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James Walker: Tennessee cops step in to help family after man steals presents, lights Christmas tree on fire

James Walker: Tennessee cops step in to help family after man steals presents, lights Christmas tree on fire

A Tennessee man was arrested this week after police say he stole items from a home and then set fire to a Christmas tree and the presents beneath it.

The Dyersburg Police Department said in a Facebook post this week that 25-year-old James Walker was arrested after a short foot chase after officers responded to a disturbance call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

James Walker: Tennessee cops step in to help family after man steals presents, lights Christmas tree on fire
James Walker

Walker was seen going in and out of an apartment and carrying items to his car, and he allegedly wrapped a Christmas tree in the apartment with a children’s blanket before setting fire to it and the presents below.

“Officers also observed that a window had been opened to vent the fire, and the apartment’s smoke detector had been covered,” the Facebook post said.

“The resident was not at home at the time of the incident, but returned home after learning of the fire.”

Gifts provided by the Dyersburg Police Department's Community Changer initiative
Gifts provided by the Dyersburg Police Department’s Community Changer initiative

Walker, according to the victim, was an acquaintance who had an altercation with the victim and her brother earlier in the day.

The Dyersburg Police Department’s Community Changer, a community outreach initiative, stepped in and replaced the child’s presents at the home, as well as pitching in for a few extra.

Walker faces aggravated burglary, public intoxication, resisting arrest, aggravated arson, and simple possession charges.

Walker was also charged with failure to appear in Dyersburg City Court and is being held for Pemiscot County, Missouri, for active warrants.

source:summarybio.com