A constable’s patrol car appears to have been set ablaze late Sunday night in the parking lot at Wilderness Trail Manor, an apartment community for seniors just one mile from downtown Pineville.
The car was parked right in front of the main doors of the building and the fire was noticed soon after it had started just after 1 a.m. The car was damaged far beyond repair.
Constable Larry “Fish” Mills says it was spotted quickly on the security camera at the front door, but there was no chance to save the vehicle.
“It’s totaled,” said Mills. “It was started in the front — at the grill and spread so everything under the hood, the interior and all my stuff in the car burned up.”
He has been constable for 25 years and says nothing like this has ever happened to him before. “I’ve not seen anything like this in my life,” he said. “I treat the people as I want to be treated.”
Mills, who is disabled is totally without transportation now and hopes people from the community will assist him in getting a new vehicle. “I’ve had a few heart attacks and I have to walk with a cane,” he said. “I just need something decent to get around in.”
Anyone who would like to help Mills find a suitable automobile or who would like to donate funds to help facilitate the purchase thereof are asked to contact Carolyn Gambrel at Gambrel’s Food Mart in Arjay or call (606) 337-9902.
“Fish doesn’t get paid but if you call him he will be there for you,” said Gambrel. “A lot of people are going to miss him this winter. People who can’t get out to get their medicine or elderly who need groceries — Fish has always been there for them. Why would they take the only thing he has?”
A police report was made with the Pineville Police Department and an arson investigator from the state police has been requested.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn