A longtime security guard at Tempe High School stole more than $1,000 from money bags kept in a school closet, police say.
Kimmie Dwayne Baker, 46, who had been employed as a security guard at the school for 19 years, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and three unrelated misdemeanor warrants about 7 p.m. Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered the key to the school closet inside the leather cover on his Bible, according to Tempe police.
Baker at first denied having a key to the closet; then after police found it, he denied his involvement in the burglary at the school where $1,028 in cash was taken from two money bags from football game revenue, police said.
At this time, police believe that the crime is an isolated incident, but they are investigating to see if there were thefts.
Baker was booked into the Tempe City Jail.
Baker is the father of Jordan Baker, a former star basketball player at Tempe High, who is attending Pepperdine University on a full-ride basketball scholarship.