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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Florida Man Accused Of Trying To Burn Down Condo

A man accused of plotting to burn down a condominium building in Miami Beach will remain behind bars for now.

A judge denied him bond at his first court appearance, which took place Saturday.

Police say that man was upset with his Jewish neighbors after learning he was about to be evicted.

“I think there’s sufficient evidence here that not only did he have the means to do this but that he was doing it specifically to kill Jewish people,” Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Teresa Mary Pooler said in court.

72-yr-old Walter Stolper’s plans were ruined after police say they found 28 containers of gasoline, sulfur powder, and potassium nitrate inside his building, stashed right under the homeowners’ nose.

“He has a relationship with the, as I understand it, with the actual owner of the apartment so in turn he had access to an exclusive storage room inside the building, so it’s our belief that the defendant had exclusive access to this room,” said Miami Beach police chief Dan Oates.

Police say they stopped the man on Thursday as he was going into his condo at 5601 Collins Avenue with two tanks of gasoline.

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