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Police accuse man in miniskirt of setting fire in Cedar Park bank

Cedar Park police have arrested the man they say set a small fire last year inside a bank while wearing a black miniskirt.

Kirill Belchenko, 27, has been charged with arson.

The fire was reported May 4, 2014, at the Lone Star Bank on Cypress Creek Road, according to an arrest affidavit.

Surveillance video from the bank showed a man wearing a miniskirt shooting the bank’s front door with a pellet gun, entering the bank, pouring liquid on the carpet and setting the carpet on fire, the affidavit said.

A separate security video from another business showed the man leaving in a gold or silver passenger car, it said.

Cedar Park police issued an arrest warrant for Belchenko on Dec. 10 on a separate charge of harassment in connection with making threatening statements and stalking his stepsister, said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.

After Belchenko, who was living in his car, was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Dec. 16, he provided a written statement confessing to a series of arson fires in Cedar Park, police said.

It had details consistent with the bank arson and police said Belchenko’s car was similar to the getaway vehicle seen in the video, the affidavit said.

Cedar Park police are also investigating Belchenko in connection with four other small fires set from February through May 2014, Mannix said. Damage was estimated at $141,000 for all the fires, including the one at the bank.

Belchenko’s mother identified her son from the bank video, police said.

The miniskirt Belchenko was wearing was “an unusual choice of wardrobe,” Mannix said.

Belchenko was being held Tuesday at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $152,000.

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