Suspect at large after family’s beloved classic car destroyed by arson in Millersville

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Millersville police need the public’s help after another arson fire.  

According to investigators, three cars and one house have been set on fire in just over two years. So far, no one has been charged in any of the cases.  

The most recent arson case happened around 11:30 p.m. on July 17. 

Brandon and Kayla Ray said they returned to their Millersville home to find a bright, orange glow and their car on fire.  

According to police, an arsonist set the 1997 30th anniversary Camaro on fire.  

The couple said the fire was gut-wrenching, terrifying and impacted the whole family.  

The Rays said their children, ages eight, nine and 11, were all helping restore the car as a family project as a tribute to their grandfather.  

“Once my dad passed away, this right here was keeping him alive,” Brandon Ray told News 2.  

Kayla Ray added, “This was not an attack on a man, it was an attack on a family.” 

Not only was the beloved car burned, but part of their home also caught on fire.  

“We didn’t stay at our home for three days. We were so worried he could come and do it to us,” Brandon explained.  

Brandon told News 2 before the fire, he fired a man who worked at his home. He said as that man left, he allegedly made some very terrifying threats.  

“’You ain’t seen the last of me. I’ll kill you and I’m going to burn you up in your house,’” Brandon recalled. “It terrified me.”  

Millersville police said in each of the arson cases over the last two-and-a-half years, the name of Brandon’s disgruntled worker has surfaced.  

“We followed up on multiple leads and interviewed multiple suspects and there is no physical evidence to tie anyone to it, so it is still an open investigation,” said Assistant Chief Dustin Carr.  

Police told News 2 their prime suspect denied any involvement in the arson cases, and when asked to take a polygraph, he declined.  

The Ray family said they had nearly $20,000 invested in the car and restoration. Brandon said his father had a similar car before his death in 2010. 

“He stole our security from us,” Brandon said. “We had to get security cameras and lights around the house. I even had pictures of my dad in there I can never get back.”  

The family said they could not insure the classic car because their insurance company told them it was not completely restored yet.  

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