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Police: Illinois man tried to burn shed near a daycare center

(KMOV.com) -- An Illinois man was charged with attempted arson after police said he tried to burn down a home next to a daycare center.

At 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office took a report from two witnesses who observed the suspect pouring gasoline on a shed at a home in the 100 block of Second Street in Hamel, Illinois.

Police said the suspect used to share the home with a girlfriend, but the relationship has since dissolved.  Thanks to some observant neighbors, the man never got a fire started.  He left the scene before law enforcement and fire personnel arrived.

As a result of an investigation, deputies were able to determine that the suspect entered the shed at the home, took a battery from a lawn tractor and severed the tractor's fuel lines.  He then took a gas can from the shed and poured it on the building.

A daycare center is located near the shed, but no children or personnel were injured.

Anthony J. Luckshis, 30, from Glen Carbon, Illinois was taken into custody in connection with the incident on Thursday afternoon.  Police found him in a vehicle near his residence.

After his arrest, Luckshis was taken to the Madison County Jail where he was charged with felony attempted arson and misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage to property.  His bond is set at $50,000.

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