UPDATED: Close Call for Chick-fil-A, Trailer Stolen

It was a close call for Tupelo's Chick-fil-A restaurant as a trailer used to store gifts turned up missing overnight.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 10:51 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 6:08 PM

UPDATED Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: In Tupelo, Christmas will go on as planned for hundreds of nursing home residents in the area, but not before Grinch-like thieves almost made off with their presents. It was a close call, with a happy ending. WTVA's Mike Russell spoke with Chick-fil-A authorities and filed this story.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - If you’ve ever heard the story of the Grinch, You’d see the comparison. Burglars stole a trailer that just one day later would have been filled with gifts headed to nursing home residents.

Chick-fil-A on Barnes Crossing Road had collected the presents as part of its Golden Angel Tree program. But sometime Monday night, three burglars made off with the trailer that was to be used for sorting and storing all gifts for as many as 375 nursing home residents in Tupelo, Okolona, and Amory. When franchise owner Jamey Finley arrived at the restaurant, he noticed the trailer gone. He called Tupelo Police - and about that time, he got some good news.

"It just so happened that [Tupelo Police] had a call on the same line at the same time I was calling in where someone had been pulled over for suspicious behavior that had my trailer," says Finley. "So they were able to make an arrest, and get the trailer back to us [Tuesday] morning within a few hours of it being missed."

Finley picked up the trailer -- and he and his team went on about the business of making Christmas merry for all those senior citizens. He also says the givers of all these gifts are twice-blessed...

"...The person you're giving it to," says Finley. "...and you as the person receive a blessing for giving it as well."

So at the end of the day, Christmas will go on as planned for those hundreds of men and women at nursing homes in the region. And in a final twist, Jamey Finley decided not to press charges against the three burglars.

How’s that for Christmas spirit?


TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – A trailer used to store Christmas gifts at Tupelo’s Chick-fil-A restaurant turned up missing overnight.

However, no gifts were inside the trailer at the time.

The trailer was to be loaded with gifts donated by customers for the restaurant’s annual Golden Angel Tree program.

The restaurant’s owner, Jamey Finley, says the trailer was on the property last night at closing. However, when he returned this morning, the trailer was missing.

Tuesday morning the trailer was found by Tupelo police, along with the person believed to be responsible.

WTVA has reached out to Tupelo police for information about the discovery.

The donated gifts are to be delivered later this week to area nursing home residents.

WTVA’s Mike Russell is following this story and will have more on it later today on WTVA 9 News.

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