A local judge who lays down the law finds himself a victim

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BARTLETT, Tenn. -- Stolen wallets and stolen credit cards.

The Criminal Justice Center try these types of crimes everyday, but it's not too often that you hear of it happening to a judge.

Judge Tarik Sugarmon told us he lays down the law everyday, but the tables turned.

He claimed to be the victim of a crime.

"Even though while I'm a victim in this instance, people should realize just because you're an elected official or because you're a public official you're not immune from it," he said as he sat down with WREG Tuesday.

Sugarmon said his wallet was stolen from his car Friday outside an auto parts store in Memphis.

Right away, he said he filed a police report and cut off his credit cards.

Unfortunately the preventive measures came too late.

The crook had already done some damage.

"What happened was the person apparently went to other filling stations and used my credit card. They were running up gas and I believe that people were paying them cash to use my credit card," he said.

Sunday, Bartlett Police picked up Terrance Walker at a Walmart off of U.S. 64.

The police report said Walker was acting as a lookout as two men shoplifted inside.

After a search, police found drugs, counterfeit money and Judge Sugarmon's license and credit cards on Walker.

"I trust our law enforcement officials to be able to handle the case. It's my duty, as a citizen, to stay out of it, not to use my position to influence a decision," said Sugarmon.

Walker was given a $40,000 bond.

The Judge credited law enforcement for being on top of this case and making a quick arrest.

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