Blue Light Special | Homeless man who lit Providence Church on fire sentenced to 42 months in prison

Providence Church on Highway 501 Bypass in Conway burned Christmas Eve 2014. File photo.
Providence Church on Highway 501 Bypass in Conway burned Christmas Eve 2014. File photo. Matt Silfer for The Sun News.

Burning man

A man who was helped by a church, then repaid the kindness with ultimate slackness, was recently sentenced to 42 months in jail.

Bobby Lee Barfield, 43, was being assisted by the members of Providence Church on Dec. 24, 2014.

Barfield was being allowed to sleep in a shed behind the church just before he torched the building and stole electronic equipment.

Barfield has now pled guilty to third-degree arson, grand larceny and failure to stop for a blue light.

He was arrested after police discovered flammable lacquer poured in the church and at least $20,000 in electronics missing.

Barfield, who showed he was really no nice guy, stole musical equipment and a laptop from the church, police said.

Church members said after his arrest that they were still praying for Barfield.

Barfield’s quick arrest, just after the fire, was made because he was no stranger to police.

Booking reports at J. Reuben Long Detention Center prove that he has been arrested for many other crimes.

This includes driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to appear in court and putting a license plate on a car “other than the vehicle for which the plate was issued.”

Barfield won’t be driving anywhere, or needing any musical equipment, for quite a while.

His sentences for the crimes against the church have resulted in him spending more than three years behind bars.

Phantom pisser

A woman returned home to her apartment on Oak Street late Friday only to find that someone had violated her personal space ... but didn’t take anything valuable.

The unknown, impolite house guest had the nerve to use the woman’s toilet and leave without flushing.

Police found an obvious sign that someone had gone “number one” in the toilet and just left the offensive liquid it in the potty, according to police.

Not only that, the person had apparently eaten some of her food and also slept in her bed.

Unless she had kids home from college, or a possible visit from the three bears, the woman had probably been the victim of a bizarre break-in.

It is typical to find food missing, beds unmade and the toilet full when the kids, summer house guests (or three bears) sweep in for the summer.

In this case, the woman told police she did not allow uninvited guests inside her home.

None of the woman’s valuable stuff was taken, police said. She was only missing some food. And a courtesy flush.

No arrests have been made ... but the suspects are probably wearing college T-shirts or hanging out with a rude chick named Goldilocks.

Keep on trucking

A man told police Friday that he passed out drunk and then had his truck stolen.

This has to be the worst start to a holiday weekend in recent Myrtle Beach history.

The saga started on Thursday night, when the dude said he was riding around with a guy he knew only as “Danny.”

“Danny” was driving the truck because the man said he was too drunk to drive.

First of all, don’t trust people with no last name to get you home safely from the bar.

The man said the mysterious “Danny” then dumped him near the beach access at Sixth Avenue South.

Apparently he thought that was the man’s home address.

Maybe he was from out of town and didn’t know people don’t live in parking lots.

Unfortunately, the truck’s owner could not provide solid information about the theft.

He wasn’t exactly sure of Danny’s real name.

He also wasn’t sure whether Danny had the truck, since he was pretty drunk when the vehicle disappeared.

Police searched the area around Sixth Avenue South for the missing truck.

The 1996 Ford Ranger remains missing.

Meanwhile, the truck’s owner has probably learned a sad, country song story about letting strangers have the keys, while riding around town in a drunken coma.

Got milk?

An 18-year-old probably thought the days of someone stealing his milk money were over.

This was apparently a false assumption, since he said he was robbed by four men who “chased him and pushed him off his bike.”

This was no ordinary playground-style attack.

The man said the robbers held him at gunpoint during the attempted robbery.

The frightening incident was reported around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.

The man said he was pedaling home in the area of Greens Boulevard and Monticello Drive when he was accosted by the unknown men.

He said he had just been to the store for a gallon of milk.

The man tried to flee on his bike, but said he was pushed off and into a drainage ditch. He was also followed home and yelled at when he told the men he didn’t have any money.

The man might have been having a flashback to his old days in elementary school.

He said the gun-toting bullies did not actually take anything from him.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Blue Light Special is a roundup of the Myrtle Beach area’s weird and wild crime, written with a saracastic and/or humorous twist. It is meant as a parody. Don’t take it too seriously; we don’t.