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$30,000 reward offered for Victoria Mosque arsonist

Fire destroyed building Jan. 28

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VICTORIA, Texas – The Houston field division of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $30,000 rewards for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for setting fire to the Victoria Islamic Center Mosque.

Fire destroyed the building on Jan. 28 and caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set but evidence does not indicate the fire was a “biased crime.”

“Houses of worship are a sacred place in this country, and ATF is committed to devoting the necessary resources to solving this crime,” said Fred Milanowski, the special agent in charge.

The ATF, the religious center and Crime Stoppers are each offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3474) or Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200. Individuals can also submit information through the mobile ReportIt® app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. All individuals providing tips can remain anonymous.