Posted: Mar 21, 2013 5:03 PM
A man accused of stealing from a Lexington school among other charges pleaded not guilty in the case Thursday.
Police arrested James Nelson Watts IV in early February on charges stemming from the theft of electronics from Blue Grass Baptist School and the Cheapside Bar and Grill. He pretended he was a maintenance worker to get access to the buildings. After his arrest, police filed additional charges for burglaries and thefts at Lexington Christian Academy, Transylvania University and the Atomic Café on North Limestone.
An LEX 18 reporter spoke with Watts at jail. He says he stole to support a crippling drug habit he picked up in the Army.
"I come from a great family, and I've let them all down. It's a real, real big disappointment my addiction has been," he said. "Obviously, it costs a lot of money, and when you've got a $1000 per day drug habit, you don't just pluck it off the tree branches."
Watts says he hopes to enter a drug treatment program.