Memphis police help young burglary victim with heartfelt gift

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Police Department hopes you will join leaders in congratulating their officers on a job well done. Several officers worked together to make the holidays special for a young burglary victim.

According to the department’s Facebook Page, the officers responded to the scene of a burglary around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. An 11-year-old boy and his mother lived at the address. The two had been at church when they returned home to discover the burglary.

Several of the mother’s items were stolen, but the officers were most touched by the boy. His Xbox game system, that had been handed down to him, and all of his games were taken. The officers asked the boy if he was going to ask Santa for a replacement. His reply: “My mom works long hours and several jobs… she uses that money to just pay the bills; I am not gonna even ask.”

His response touched the officers so much, they got together after the call to make Christmas a little brighter for the boy. Officers Jerry Graves and Antonio Martin went to Game Stop between calls to buy a new Xbox system and three games. The clerk at the store learned the story behind the purchase and split the cost with the officers. A manager at Game Stop also donated an additional controller.

The officers returned to the home and asked the young man if they had found his stolen Xbox. He looked in the bag and replied “No, sir… mine was older.” They admitted to the boy that had not found his, but the one they had was now his.

“My guys came in from their duties tonight knowing they made a difference in this young man’s life, not by buying a new game, but by simply showing this random act of kindness. I am sure this little guy will never forget their kind gesture. These officers are going home tonight knowing that they did a good thing,” the post said.

The officers who were involved are:

Officer Jerry Graves
Officer Antonio Martin
Officer Antwan Cooper
Officer Justin Bourland

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