Caught On Video: Blowtorch-wielding burglar nearly burns down car wash in Bensalem, Pa.

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BENSALEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The Bensalem Police Department is searching for a fishy who tried to interruption unfastened a outgo instrumentality astatine a car lavation Wednesday with a stroke torch, lone to airy the instrumentality connected fire.

Officials accidental the full car lavation gathering astir burned down.

The incidental happened astatine the Red Rhino Car Wash 3511 Bristol Pike, and it was each caught connected tape.

"This is simply a begetter and lad owned business. We've been moving hard to marque this spot perfect," said Brent McCurdy, who co-owns the concern with his son.

The fishy is seen connected video pulling up to the spot astir 3 a.m. connected Wednesday.

Police accidental the suspect's conveyance is simply a dark-colored Nissan sedan, perchance an Altima, with overgarment chipping disconnected the hood, roof, and driver's broadside beforehand door.

Next, helium parked successful the backmost and walked up to the outgo machine, lit his stroke torch, and began attempting to interruption it unfastened for currency inside.

McCurdy says determination are 3 locks connected this benignant of machine, and the fishy was capable to airy the apical 1 connected fire.

Then, video shows the fishy trying to torch the 2nd lock.

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The fishy past seemed to recognize his program wasn't going to enactment and left, but the instrumentality was inactive connected fire.

About a infinitesimal later, it would spell up successful flames. The occurrence would statesman melting portion of the building's extortion arsenic well.

But incredibly, a bully Samaritan came retired of obscurity to prevention the time and enactment the occurrence retired with his extinguisher.

"If this would person gone down, my bosom would person been breached close now. We'd person mislaid the full business. I request to find who they are," said McCurdy. "I heard they thrust a immense dump truck, and due to the fact that our introduction is tall, helium tin lavation here. When I find him, I'll beryllium giving him a large hug."

McCurdy says the wealth wrong the instrumentality wasn't overmuch and was burned during the incident.

But now, erstwhile the car lavation isn't managed, customers can't usage the 24-hour automatic service.

"Some of these customers mightiness spell and find a caller spot to wash," said McCurdy.

McCurdy hopes idiosyncratic recognizes the fishy oregon his car and turns him in.

He besides had a connection for the fishy who astir burned the Red Rhino down.

"I wanna accidental get a job!" said McCurdy.

Ironically enough, McCurdy is hiring.

If anyone has accusation surrounding this incident, interaction the Bensalem police.

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