Immigrant facing deportation lights church steeple on fire

While a Belarussian immigrant facing deportation is not the typical threat facing a church, it does show how difficult it is to predict the source of the next threat to a church.

Bychkou was arrested by police inside the church early in the morning of Oct. 23 as a fire in the mostly wooden steeple was breaking out. Police went to the church after a custodian called to report someone had broken into the building.Bychkou later told police that “voices” had told him to go to the church and look for treasure in the steeple but he didn’t find any, according to a police affidavit in the case.

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