Cops: Security Guard Stole Cash From High School; Hid Evidence in Bible

Kimmie Dwayne Baker apparently is a religious man. Well, at the very least, he owns a Bible -- in which he allegedly stashed evidence from a burglary he'd committed at Tempe High School where he works.

According to the Tempe Police Department, Baker was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from the administration building at Tempe High at 1730 South Mill Avenue.

Baker, it just so happens, has been a security guard at the school for the past 19 years.

The money was supposed to be used for an upcoming high school football game, and was being stored in a locked closet that only a few school employees had a key to. Baker, police say, denied having a key -- which apparently was a lie.

Police say that sometime between 8:57 p.m. on September 23 and 8:10 a.m. on September 26, Baker entered the school, opened the locked closet, and stole the cash.

Police served a search warrant at Baker's house. During the search, authorities found Baker's Bible. Hidden inside was the key to the closet from which the money was stolen.

When asked about the key, Baker denied any involvement in the theft.

Tempe Sergeant Steve Carbajal tells New Times the money never was recovered.

Baker was booked into Tempe City Jail on burglary charges and three unrelated outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

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