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Memphis police officers buy new Xbox to replace boy's stolen one

Christmas came early for one Memphis boy, thanks to a pair of police officers playing Santa in delivering a new Xbox to replace a stolen one.

The officers had previously met 11-year-old Tontrevion Campbell over the weekend after his home was burglarized while he and his mother attended an evening church service.

Among the items taken from the home was a hand-me-down Xbox and every game the boy owned.

"When we asked the child if he's going to get a new Xbox for Christmas, he said ‘No, my mom doesn't have that kind of money, and all the money she makes goes to pay the bills,’” Memphis police officer Jerry Graves told NBC-affiliate WMC.

Tontrevion's concern for his mother impressed Graves and his fellow officers, so they decided to help the boy. In between work calls, they stopped by a local Game Stop and bought a brand new Xbox, along with three games. The store's management donated an additional system controller after hearing what why the officers were making the purchase.

When the officers returned to Tontrevion's house, they asked the boy to examine the new gaming system they had brought with them and see if it looked familiar.

“No, sir, mine was older," the boy told the officers, according to the Memphis Police Department on its Facebook page. The officers then revealed they had bought the new Xbox for Tontrevion, moving him and his mother to tears.

Officer Antonio Martin said he was glad he could lift some of the burden off the family.

"Just to be able to alleviate some of his stress, just of that day, and actually help that family in this time, like Christmas, it really was an overwhelming feeling," he said.

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