LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Some people who live in the Capitol View/Stifft’s Station neighborhood near downtown say a man well known for stealing things from their homes is in jail again.
Kevin Walker, 64, is behind bars on a misdemeanor theft of property charge.
“On my videos I see him about weekly,” says Frederick Williams, homeowner. “Kevin Walker is well known in the neighborhood.”
It takes less than 10 seconds. Walker is captured on security cameras. He looks for whatever he can steal on the front porch and he walks right off with it.
“It’s aggravating. It’s the consistent little things. He’s never stolen anything from me worth more than $40 or $50,” Williams continues.
“His history is well known,” says Lt. Michael Ford, Little Rock Police Department Spokesman.
Walker’s latest arrest marks his 60th booking into the Pulaski County Jail since 1997.
Neighbors believe he would be a good fit for the county’s new Crisis Stabilization Unit, which houses low level offenders suffering from mental health issues.
Little Rock Police say they don’t know why Walker keeps stealing.
“Whether it be is it something he’s having some kind of substance abuse, does he have some type of mental illness or something like that, to where he needs help rather than jail,” Lt. Ford adds.
“You’ll typically see him walking north on some of the streets empty-handed and then when he heads south his arms are filled,” says Williams.
Williams says Walker’s new popularity may be what it takes to get the man some real help.
“I would like to see him get some help to try and resolve whatever it is that makes him want to steal,” he says.
Walker remains jailed on $10,000 bond.
That Crisis Stabilization Unit can hold more than a dozen “guests” who can stay up to a week under 24/7 care from a mental health team that includes doctors, psychologists and social workers.