Arrest made in Fort Pierce mosque fire
FORT PIERCE (CBS12) —
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Port St. Lucie man for setting fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce.
32-year-old Joseph Michael Schreiber was arrested Wednesday in the 100 block of Depot Drive in Fort Pierce Wednesday thanks to numerous tips from the community on his where-abouts.
Investigators say Schreiber matched the description of the man captured on surveillance video riding a motorcycle up to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce on September 11th and then setting fire to the building.
Major David R. Thompson says they found a motorcycle matching the description seen in the mosque security footage at Schreiber's home on 5707 NW Zenith Drive, while serving a search warrant.
Law enforcement says they credit the community for supplying numerous tips helping lead to the identity and arrest of the accused arsonist.
The fire caused significant damage to the mosque and burned more than five hours before it was extinguished early Monday.
WHO IS JOE SCHREIBER?
Law enforcement says Joseph M, Schreiber is no stranger to them.
He has a long history with run-ins, including armed robbery with a fire arm, petit theft, and grand theft, according to records.
Authorities say since Schreiber is on prison release, he qualifies as a re-offender and that would impose a 30 year minimum mandatory sentence. He also qualifies as a habitual felony offender and could ultimately be sentence to life in prison.
Schreiber currently in custody at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.