Lexington Police arrest man for at least one recent theft

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After putting out a warrant for his arrest Monday morning, Lexington Police now have 28-year-old, James Watts the IV in custody.

Lexington Police say Watts posed as a repairmen to get into Bluegrass Baptist School during basketball practice.

"He approached one of the adults there facilitating the practice and said, the principal and he named the principal by name told me to stop by and fix one of the broken lights in the locker room."

Police say he stole electronics from the lockers.

Watts is only wanted for that incident but a person used a similar scam to hit other Lexington businesses.

Court documents show that Watts has faced several criminal charges in the past. Some of those charges include theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to court paperwork, in January of 2012, Watts was accused of stealing a cellphone from someone else at a local restaurant. The victim says Watts helped him to download apps to the phone before stealing it when he went to pay for the check.

In February of 2012, Watts is accused of stealing a credit card from a locker at the Beaumont Center and making several charges to it.

Police in Jessamine County and Berea are also investigating school thefts involving a man with a similar description.

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