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URGENT: Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in connection with the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and three other New York City sites.

A law enforcement source told Fox affiliate WNYW-TV that the suspect confessed under questioning.

The man was tracked through a car with Virginia license plates that was believed to be at the scene of at least two of the attacks Sunday evening on a convenience store, two homes and the cultural center, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The man in custody may be the same person kicked out of the convenience store on Dec. 22 for trying to steal a glass Starbucks bottle and milk, authorities believe. Four of the five crude Molotov cocktails thrown at the various locations were made from glass Starbucks bottles, Kelly said.

Witnesses reported he made threats as he was escorted out, Kelly said.

“When they were pushing him out of the store, he said words to the effect that `We’re going to get even. We’re going to get back at you,”‘ Kelly said.

No one was injured in any of the attacks, and Kelly said Tuesday they appear to be linked. The attacks wrought little or no damage at most of the locations.

The first hit was at 8 p.m., when a bottle was thrown at a counter at the corner convenience store where the man was kicked out.

Ten minutes later, a possible firebomb smashed through the glass at a nearby home, setting it on fire and badly damaging it. Three children were inside.

About half an hour later, the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, an Islamic center, was hit with two, one at the entrance where about 80 worshippers were dining, and one near a sign for the center’s grade school.

And shortly after 10 p.m., two bottles were thrown at a house that police said was used for Hindu worship services, causing minimal fire damage.

Police also were investigating a possible firebombing Sunday night in Elmont, Nassau County, just east of the city borough of Queens where the other attacks occurred. A homeowner reported hearing glass shattering and smelling gasoline and found a broken glass bottle on his porch, county police said.

In New York, detectives working with surveillance footage from the fourth attack — the one at the Hindu worship site — and witness descriptions of the suspect and vehicle located the car with Virginia plates and staked it out, noticing the man who fit a police description of the suspect trying to get into it Tuesday morning.

Police had released a sketch of the suspect, described as 5-foot-8 and approximately 200 pounds.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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