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Orange Park, FL — This “freebird” could wind up in a cage after stealing about $12,000-worth of Lynyrd Skynyrd memorabilia in Florida. 38-year-old William James Walker is wanted for the theft of a trailer filled with rock relics — which were intended to be sold for charity last month.
The trailer disappeared from the parking lot of a Days Inn hotel in Orange Park on April 9th, just one day before the items inside were set to be auctioned off at a cancer benefit. The Jimmie Van Zant Cancer Benefit in Middleburg was set to honor late musician Jimmie Van Zant — a cousin of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Donnie, Johnny, and Ronnie Van Zant — who died of liver cancer in 2016.
The stolen items included irreplaceable mementos from the Southern rock band, as well as a 1957 Les Paul guitar signed by musicians Gregg Allman, Brian Howe, Butch Trucks, and others. “We have guitars that are signed by a lot of the band members. A lot of them aren’t even alive anymore,” organizer Joey Willut told local outlet News4Jax. “It’s stuff that can’t be replaced.” The Orange Park Police Department on Friday said it had obtained an arrest warrant for Walker, charging him with felony grand theft.