Tyler police arrest 1 of 2 suspects in Salvation Army kettle theft

Tyler police arrest 1 of 2 suspects in Salvation Army kettle theft
Jimmie Gamble was arrested in connection to the theft of a Salvation Army donation kettle at a Walmart in Tyler. (Source: Tyler Police Department)

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Tyler police are still searching for one suspect after arresting another involved in the theft of a Salvation Army donation kettle from a Tyler Walmart.

According to Tyler police, they arrested 60-year-old Jimmie Earl Gamble Sr., of Tyler, who they believe had a part in stealing a donation kettle on Dec. 3 in front of the Walmart located at 450 SSE Loop 323. They believe Gamble was driving the vehicle used in the theft.

The theft occurred at about 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. According to Tyler police, several witnesses said they saw someone grab the stand the kettle was held by and throw it in the back of a truck before driving up.

About $500 to $600 in donations were believed to be in the kettle, according to Captain Bobby Parker, a commanding officer with the Salvation Army.

One witness began to follow the suspected truck. Tyler police said the suspects soon realized they were being followed and stopped. An unknown passenger then got out of the truck and struck the windshield of the witness’s car with an unknown object, causing damage to the car. According to Tyler police, the suspects then fled the scene in the truck.

The witness was able to obtain the license plate number for investigators, according to Tyler police.

Tyler police reported investigators located a part of the stand that the kettle was held by in the rear of Gamble’s truck and determined that he was involved in the theft.

A warrant was issued for Gamble and he was arrested on Dec. 6. He has been charged with Theft Class B and his bond has been set at $30,00. Tyler police reported Gamble was currently on parole and has a lengthy criminal history.

Tyler police are still searching for the second suspect involved in the theft. They ask for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Tyler police ask anyone with information in regards to the case to contact Detective Tekell with the Tyler Police Department at 903-537-1046 or the Crimestoppers at 903-597-2833.

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