JACKMAN -- A 30-year-old landmark in Jackman is destroyed -- a man ripping it to shreds and dragging pieces of it behind his pickup.
It happened at around midnight Tuesday -- the fake police cruiser in front of the Jackman Trading Post ripped from its frame under the cover of darkness.
"He put a chain or something around it and was trying for quite a while to get the whole car," said Jim Hegarty, owner of the Jackman Trading Post. "But all of a sudden, he ripped the entire top right off of the bottom, and continued to drag it three miles on Route 201, scattering parts of the vehicle all over the place."
Authorities subsequently charged Michael Bishop, 31, of Solon with criminal mischief.
He's also accused of stealing a sign from a business in Caratunk.
Meanwhile, Hegarty says he's already looking for a replacement cruiser, and hopes to have it in place when the business opens in May.
The old 'black-and-white,' with a mannequin behind the wheel and a prosthetic leg hanging out the back window, attracted scores of visitors over the years.
Hegarty says the novelty vehicle even helped deter speeding along Route 201.
Jared Pliner joined WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX22 in August of 2011, as a reporter. Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Jared obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, magna cum laude, from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. In college, he served as news and talk director of WRGW, the campus radio station. Before that, he was a weeknight and weekend news anchor. From 2008 to 2010, Jared held internships across multiple divisions of ABC News, in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Boston. Off air, Jared enjoys cooking, reading non-fiction and mystery novels and listening to opera.