KENDALL, Fla. - Surveillance cameras outside a West Kendall home captured a burglar using a Bible to set a sport utility vehicle on fire.
It happened in the Encore neighborhood near Southwest 147th Avenue and 88th Street.
In the video, the burglar got inside Daniel Rodriguez's unlocked Acura.
"He sits down. He uses a lighter to get some vision, some light in here," said Rodriguez. "He didn't want to, you know, burn his identity by turning on the light."
The video showed the burglar continuously sparking the lighter as he searched the car for valuables.
"I think he got fed up or upset that he couldn't find anything worth taking, so he decided to just ignite the car on fire," said Rodriguez. "If it would've had some oxygen, definitely it would've fueled the fire and things could've gotten ugly."
The fire burned the passenger's side front seat and much of the roof.
"You can tell he's being sneaky. He closes the door real quietly. He wasn't making a lot of noise," added Rodriguez. "We actually lock the doors all the time. We just happened to do groceries that night. My mother forgot to lock the doors, you know, and it happened."
The burglar then stole a neighbor's black 2011 Honda Pilot with a Florida tag of ALXD18.
Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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