Jacksonville homeless man arrested after trailer with Lynyrd Skynyrd memorabilia stolen

Items taken from Orange Park hotel taken ahead of cancer relief auction

Clay Today
Posted 5/13/21

ORANGE PARK – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted in connection with the theft of a van filled with rock ‘n roll memorabilia, including items from the legendary …

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Jacksonville homeless man arrested after trailer with Lynyrd Skynyrd memorabilia stolen

Items taken from Orange Park hotel taken ahead of cancer relief auction

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ORANGE PARK – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted in connection with the theft of a van filled with rock ‘n roll memorabilia, including items from the legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

William James Walker, 38, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, according to the Orange Park Police Department.

Walker a warrant was issued for Walker after a trailer was taken from taken from the Days Inn at 4280 Eldridge Loop on April 9 – one night before the Cruisin’ for Cancer Car Show and Concert at the Southern Social Whiskey Bar in Middleburg. The event was to benefit the Jimmie Van Zant Cancer Charity. Van Zant is a cousin to Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special.

Jimmie Van Zant had his own band before he died of cancer in 2016.

The memorabilia included artifacts from Lynyrd Skynyrd, OPPD said. The value of the missing items was estimated at $12,000.

A GoFundMe account at bit.ly/3nV4DvM was established by charity founder Joey Nichols to recoup some of their losses.

Walker will remain at the Duval County Jail because he’s not eligible for bond, according to JSO.

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