The man charged with torching a Burlington church steeple checked out another church -- and City Hall beforehand.
Aliaksandr Bychkou, 32, faces an arson charge following the fire at the College Street Congregational Church last week. Detectives say employees at Burlington City Hall told them Bychkou surprised them days before the fire by wandering around City Hall asking about the layout of the building and what goes on there.
Detectives say Bychkou also visited the Unitarian Church at the top of Church Street the weekend before the fire and asked repeatedly to see the tower but was not allowed to. And after he attended a service that Sunday, a church official found the front door mysteriously propped open.