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Feb 7, 2013 4:53 AM

Man Charged With Stealing From School Faces New Charges

A man accused of stealing from a Lexington school now faces additional burglary and theft charges.

Police arrested James Nelson Watts IV Monday afternoon 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 earlier this week. 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.


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