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Virginia Man Accused of Robbing Burned-Out Bank

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After fire ripped through the roof of a bank in Fairfax, Virginia, last month, a man went in and looted it, according to court documents.

United Bank at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center caught fire just after 4 p.m. May 2 after someone discarded a cigarette into mulch, which ignited a pine tree and spread to the roof of the bank, investigators said.

Now Dmitry Christensen is charged with burglary and larceny. 

Police were investigating Christensen on a drug charge when he gave an officer permission to search his phone, according to a search warrant. That revealed photos of safes and computer parts.

Christensen admitted going into the burned-out bank and taking money, computer equipment, safes, surveillance equipment and keys to the bank's locks and putting the items in a storage unit, according to court documents.

A search of the storage unit found some of the stolen items.

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