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Man arrested after assault on store employee

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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A Moscow, Tenn. man was recently arrested by Dyersburg Police after reportedly stealing a board game and assaulting a store employee at Walmart.

Tempton Land, 41, 5925 Bobbit Road, Moscow, Tenn., is charged with theft under $500 and assault.

According to police, on Sunday afternoon, Walmart loss-prevention officers observed Land conceal a board game and try to exit the store without paying. A loss-prevention officer confronted Land near the front doors and attempted to stop him. Land allegedly grabbed the officer and drove them backwards approximately 10 feet into the sliding doors. The force was so great that both sliding doors were knocked off of their tracks.

Land was able to run away, but not with the game, which was valued at $13.87. A short time later, a DPD officer located Land in the parking lot of the vacant Perkins Restaurant at Lake Road and Highway 51 Bypass. Land reportedly had turned his jacket inside out, but was able to be positively identified by the loss-prevention officers.

After an appearance in Dyersburg City Court, Land remains in the Dyer County Jail on a $1,000 bond.


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Probably a gift for a child. If people werent so greedy with their wealth, and shared with poor folks, this type of thing would be much less common.

-- Posted by movingfaraway on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 12:29 PM

He was trying to steal the game Clue but he is in reality Clueless...

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 12:58 PM

That reversible jacket trick didn't work huh? LOL

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 1:01 PM

I totally agree that the punishment should be based on what game it was.... If he stole the game and knocked some guy into a door for a child, that really makes it OK. We also have to consider the AGE of the child. Was it 18 months or 18 years? Did he leave his child in the car while he was shoplifting? If not, then he gets bonus points and time off for excellent behavior.

Maybe he was stealing it to give to a needy child, that wasn't even his own. Wow! If we all shared more like this man then we wouldn't have the problem of people like this man... I'm confused.

-- Posted by duh duh duh on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 1:37 PM

People steal because they are unable to buy. If the rich would stop caring so much about their own personal wealth, and start truly caring about others as they care for themselves, stealing would no longer be nessecary. Hoarding money is wrong, according to JESUS, and giving all you can afford to give to those without is something the world needs a lesson in.

-- Posted by movingfaraway on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 3:22 PM

"People steal because they are unable to buy".

You are partly correct.

Some people steal because they don't WANT to buy it even though they can. Some people steal as a way to make a living. Some people just steal.

"Hoarding money is wrong according to Jesus" but His FATHER said Thou Shalt Not Steal.

... and you're right in that all people should start truly caring about others......... whether rich or poor.

-- Posted by duh duh duh on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 4:19 PM

JESUS SPOKE THE WORDS OF HIS FATHER when he said" if ye would be perfect, go sell all your belongings and give to the poor, then take up your cross and follow me, and your reward will be great in heaven." He did not ever say to save your money and give a small percentage to your church to justify your hoarded pile of money. He did say not to steal, but forgave those who did. He hung out with the lowly people of life, and ran money changers out of the temple. How many churches in dyer co. monetarily compensate their secretaries and preachers who should be doing it out of love? I have resolved to stand up against the rich and their apathy, and fight for love, sharing, and empathy. Thats why i keep going on about this and will continue to until something changes.

-- Posted by movingfaraway on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 5:40 PM

There is no excuse for stealing. What that store shrinks out comes out of that stores associates bonus. I work hard to feed and cloth my kids and it would always infuriate me to see someone steal that was money out of my kids mouth. I have needed help many times but never resorted to theft. It's not my place to judge this guy, but I'm surely not going to blame people who work hard for there wealth for his actions really people???

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 8:56 PM

Did someone miss the fact the he assaulted an associate as well. Those loss prevention people are put there to catch shop lifters which in return means lower prices for the PAYING customer which I'm sure everyone enjoys. I don't think JESUS looks apon stealing and assault very well. Lol

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 9:13 PM

First - I'm confused. Was it a loss prevention officer or officers who was or were assaulted? Third paragraph, first sentence, states "loss prevention officers" (plural). Next sentence says "loss prevention officer" (singular) Next sentence "grabbed the officer" (singular)and drove "them" (plural) backwards.

Next, it isn't right to steal, period. Rich people should share and many do, but it's not for the poor to steal to make it right. If the man were stealing food because he or his family were hungry, it would be more understandable, but to steal a game??? Really, there's no justification for that. The Walmart employees had to get out in the awful weather Sunday to go to a job to help support themselves and their families. Thieves should have stayed at home. I've been desperately poor myself but never resorted to stealing to get something for nothing. I kept searching for a job until I found one. There are too many looking for a free ride instead of looking for work to earn an honest living.

-- Posted by realworld on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 12:48 AM

Thank you realworld well said.

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 5:40 AM

When the bible was being written I don't think Jesus had in mind people stealing and assaulting one another because they're poor. Really people come on..... I try not to judge others and I try to look at things through my faiths perspective but this is a bit rediculous. What are we robinhood???

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 5:49 AM

I agree with "REALWORLD"... I have seen times when I couldn't buy a $2.00 Teddy bear for my child's first Christmas, but I didn't go out and steal for him... If he had been hungry, and it was a last resort, MAYBE... but, Hard work goes a long way... IF you NEED something, you can get help, If you WANT something, this is a different story... IF there is one thing that is certain... Since the beginning of time, there have always been rich and poor people, this will never change... And the Rich sharing their wealth is not going to change the poor... Hard work and determination is...

-- Posted by Elvin Patch on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 6:25 AM

Yes very true I'm a single dad of 3 and yes there's been times iv had to go thru the couch cushions for gas to take my kids to school, but I make it and I make it honestly. I don't expect the rich to help me after all the rich (most of them) have worked hard for there money as well.

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 8:54 AM


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