Police: Security guard stole $1K from Tempe High School

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Kimmie Dwayne Baker By Catherine Holland Kimmie Dwayne Baker By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. – Police have arrested a longtime security guard at Tempe High School for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 cash from the school.

Kimmie Dwayne Baker, 47, was taken into custody Tuesday evening.

According to Sgt. Steve Carbajal of the Tempe Police Department, Baker went to the administration building of Tempe High School sometime between 8:57 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 8:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and took $1,028 in cash, proceeds from a football game, from two money bags that were stored in a locked closet.

Detectives said only a few employees have keys to that closet. Baker, who has been a security guard at Tempe High for nearly 20 years, said he is not one of them.

While executing a search warrant at Baker’s home, however, police found a key to the closet tucked in the leather cover of his Bible.

Carbajal said when confronted with the evidence, Baker denied any involvement in the theft.

Police believe the weekend theft is an isolated case, but they are trying to determine if there are any other incidents.

Carbajal did not say what led police to suspect Baker and search his home for the key.

Baker was booked on charges of third-degree burglary, which is a Class 4 felony, and felony theft. Carbajal said officers also booked Baker on three outstanding misdemeanor warrants, but he did not release any specifics about those warrants.

Baker was held to see a judge.