Florida Man Steals Trove of Lynyrd Skynyrd Memorabilia

Wess Haubrich

William James WalkerOrange Park, FL Police

Total value: around $12,000.

38-year-old William James Walker is wanted by Orange Park Florida law enforcement for allegedly stealing a trailer packed with around $12,000 worth of memorabilia (including a 1957 Les Paul electric guitar autographed by Greg Allman, Brian Howe, and Butch Trucks among other rock legends) associated with southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The trailer was going to be auctioned off to benefit the Jimmie VanZant Cancer Benefit. Jimmie was a cousin of the Donny, Johnny, and Ronnie VanZant of the band. Jimmie died in 2016 of liver cancer.

The trailer was parked at a Days Inn in Orange Park when it disappeared April 9. Much of the treasures inside are irreplaceable as many are signed by musicians who are now dead. To read more about the exact contents, check out the Facebook post embedded below.

An arrest warrant for felony grand theft has been issued for Walker. He is described as homeless and often staying in hotels in the area. He has a “praying hands” tattoo on his forearm and a spider inked on his shoulder.

If you have any information on Walker, police urge you to call 904-264-5555 or contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477)

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