There is one less police cruiser on the streets of Helena-West Helena as the direct result of the irresponsible action of an arsonist. The car literally went up in smoke early Tuesday morning.

There is one less police cruiser on the streets of Helena-West Helena as the direct result of the irresponsible action of an arsonist. The car literally went up in smoke early Tuesday morning.

According to Helena-West Helena Police reports the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Adams Street in Helena. The officer had responded to call at a apartment unit in the housing development. He was in the apartment and not in the police unit when the fire occurred.

The officer reported hearing a loud popping sound. When he looked outside he saw the police unit engulfed in flames.

The Helena-West Helena Fire Department quickly responded and put out the fire.

"It's still too early in the investigation to be able to determine a motive," stated Chief Virgil Green. "However, it is very clear that this officer's unit was targeted. Why? We don't know."

"We have no suspects and very few leads to go on at this time," he added.

Green added that the police unit, valued at $28,000, was a total loss.

The chief has requested the help of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Unit. They will assist with the arson investigation.

The Helena-West Helena Police Department urges anyone with any information regarding this incident to immediately contact the department's Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 572-3441 or send the agency a message on the H–WHPD's Facebook page, or use tip app. to quick-tip local police. Callers will remain anonymous.