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

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Kimmie Dwayne Baker
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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Itzach Stern
Itzach Stern

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THS2005
THS2005

kim did do it, i remember back in 2005, a kid got busted with a big freezer bag of weed in his back pack. i was getting a soda from the machines and around the corner i knew what was going on in between the  the K building casue i saw kim looking through his bag before i grabbed a hallpass. when i got outside i over heard kim tell him he better not pull that out and take it home not to bring it back to school..... real good role model huh... fuck kim! im glad he finally got busted, crooked ass mother fucker, alwas been to friendly. you know what i mean

freeKIM
freeKIM

no fuck you bitch cause guess what he didnt do mothafucka!

Sickneszent
Sickneszent

i went to tempe several years ago and kim was a really koo dude , i kno dat if he stole dat money it was for a gudd reason , i mean look at how bad da fucken economy is. i kno kim did ot for sum gudd reason. and their aint nuthin wrong wit a suspended license or MISDEMENOUR warrants , like i said people dnt got enough to pay for shit rite now. fuck whoever talks sht fucken hypocrits

guest
guest

holy shit, you didn't graduate did you? did you read your statement before posting? sound ignorant BRAH!

Victoriahickcox
Victoriahickcox

I stand by Kim! I know Kim, his wife && his SON! I will stand by your side bestfriend..i wont believe this unless it comes from kim's mouth my family's love and support is with you.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

He stole the money because the football team sucks.  hehe!!!  Maybe he needs the money to pay the tickets he got for driving on a suspended license.

Sophomore at THS
Sophomore at THS

Talking about the suspended license and all the other crap? come on now really!? we all make mistakes bringing up someone's past isn't gonna change the future. I met Kim last year and he is by far one of the nicest guy I have ever met no matter what mistake's he has made I KNOW he would have never made a mistake like this one! he is too wise. the whole  "great father" thing is just pathetic ! he IS a great father to his children I'm SURE! blaming it on him is just purely foolish-Grow up now. & making all this news publicity and what not is just absolutely wrong, Tempe high already has a low standard--  ,sure the money was for an upcoming football game?! no one go's to the football games anyways THIS MAN IS INNOCENT.

human
human

All you dumb hypocrite people need to shut up and mine your own business. Do something with your life. Instead of trying to play cop and a court judge go see your own life and analysis what mistakes you all have done instead of pointing fingers. And if he did it god is the one to judge. On another note tempe football suck don't understand why they raising money for.

Tita_vargas19
Tita_vargas19

I dont think kim took that money. And if so why did it take them a long time to find out who took that money. I think their blaming him so tempe high won't look stupid . Why would they keep that much money in a locker come people.

bebe
bebe

kim has always been a great guy and i dont believe anyof this and people should just shut their mouths if they dont know what happened. He has always been such a grat guy no matter what i  will love him no matter wat.

Ellie
Ellie

Should we also ignore the multiple charges over the years for driving on a suspended license?  How about the warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court when he as last caught driving on a suspended license, without insurance and in a car that wasn't registered.

That isn't what a 'great guy' does.

Dopeboi480
Dopeboi480

i am a tempe high senior 2012 and on the varsity football team. that money was for our game and he fucked us over,, so fuck that guy. and PS Tempe goin win tomoro for homecoming

FREEKIM
FREEKIM

you know what fuck you..its not like you guys ever win anyways..&& you're definitely not winning tomorrow..

Linda13
Linda13

Shut the fuck up dude oo yea that money was for our football game who care tempe high is making a lot of money for the activities they have you have cook class but you to pay$ 40

Alexoooooooo
Alexoooooooo

The money was for what? Money to put towards some cheesy ass homecoming celebration just before you guys lose like you always do? Fuck that. Money is not going to help Tempe High's football program, you guys suck because of the demographic of kids that go here, not because of monetary issues. I'm a senior at THS too, and yes I know Kim. He's not some egotistical, greedy bastard who would just steal from the school for no reason. I bet he did steal it given the evidence, but I know it was for a good reason. And I don't give a fuck about what all you pious, religious idiots say, stealing can be justified. There IS a difference between stealing from a poor man and stealing from a rich man. There's something greater than the American legal system; it's called morality.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

What part of stealing you don't understand?  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

" stealing can be justified."

Really? Why is it then that theft, regardless of value, is considered a crime?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Best stay in school and learn how to spell, football boy.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

He's a senior, Walter. If he excels in college on a football scholarship he will have average spelling and writing skills by the sixth year as he graduates.

tt
tt

Who is this? I thought it originally said Walter Cronkite, as in the journalism college... ha

mina
mina

Hey Mr. King, learn to write like a journalist, objectively.  I know Kim Baker and his kids and they are all really good people.  I don't know what happened in this incident but I'm waiting for more details and not passing judgment.  My prayers are with Kim and his family! That school needs a miracle to save those kids......

Ellie
Ellie

The courts have been wanting to pass judgment on Kim as well but he failed to appear in court and had a warrant issued for his arrest.  That warrant was finally executed when this incident came up.

Multiple times Kim has been charged with driving on a suspended license, is that what "really good people" do?

Sunshine
Sunshine

I know Kim My brother was really good friends with him amd his son and for what I've heard from my brother and his son is-that, Kim a is great Father, Person , and friend! Knowing he has been working as the security leader at Tempe High doesn't mean he STOLE the money mistakes always happen like from what I've seen on the news Blaming innocent people like Kim and making them serve prison while the ba person is enjoying freedom. We all should support Kim and actually realize what kind of person he truly is inside amd out. My teachers said the same thing. Let's all pray and hope this was ALL a MISTAKE. Love You all Kim Baker! <3

Jane Doe
Jane Doe

I knew him. Not really surprised. He was also one of those faculty that was "too friendly" if you know what I mean.

Victoriahickcox
Victoriahickcox

just because your nice and friendly doesn't mean you're a theif!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The key found in his possession also fits the closet in which the cash was being kept. Interesting. I wonder if security video shows anyone entering and leaving the school during the time of occurrence? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.......

BreshaeBellamy
BreshaeBellamy

I know kim personally. I have known him for 5 yrs. Me and his son went to school together. & I'm just not sure if he did it. Evidence or not. But kim is a great father and man. & I will always love him as a father figure. May the lord be w/ you kim.

Sunshine
Sunshine

I agree with this <3 May we all be with him to

Ellie
Ellie

Multiple charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to have insurance or registration.  Not what a "great father" does.

Ellie
Ellie

A "great man" doesn't duck his responsibilities:

Failure to appear on criminal offense; warrant of arrest issued; suspension of operating privilege ordered. 

BreshaeBellamy
BreshaeBellamy

you just know everything huh. ? you don't know him. yeah he made some mistakes but kim is a great guy & i stand by him. yall can say all the negative stuff if you want to. but your not god so your judgement don't matter.

Simple
Simple

I heard he does not take care of his kids.

Victoriahickcox
Victoriahickcox

Halleluah!! Breshae.. I know Kim very well too..i stand by his side and my prayers are with him..i swear people act like no one makes mistakes

Ellie
Ellie

I don't have to be god to judge kimmie and neither do the courts.  He has repeatedly driven on a suspended license and failed to appear in court.  That's a fact as determined by a duly elected judge.

He might very well be a nice guy but it looks like he has had some financial difficulties in the past and that provides motive.

El_puppet_boi
El_puppet_boi

I believe he didn't do it... I attended tempe high I knew the guy... Im sure the money is missing but they had to blame some1. So they just blammed the "Black Guy".... I hope hes innocent and find the real person who commited this crime....

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

The black guy that had a key and was the only one around at the time.  The race card is useless here.

Ellie
Ellie

He claimed he didn't have a key to the locker.

He had a key to the locker.

He had hidden the key to the locker.

The first is a lie.  The second provides the means to commit the crime.  The third provides evidence of ill intent (ie concealment).

Gary bibbs
Gary bibbs

For all you guys you need to open up your eyes it's not the race card because everyone it's a white mans world regardless to what everyone may think it's been that way an doesn't look like it's changing I'm a black male but I know this for fact all black men are stero typed out just off how we dress or talk so for everyone that's passing judgment shame on you your the one that's doing the biggest crime one that god him self does not approve of I know kimmie an it's not a day that goes by were he's not talking about the lord with that being said god finds away for you why would a father of a athlete steal money from other athletes he has to do the fun raisers an donations just like every other parent who's child is bless with a talent ..... (were is the money ) ? If you want to judge people money doesnt stay hidden you have to buy or do something if money is what's missing were is it an a few people has they key arrest them search theyre house seems like they're trying to frame him

Eleanor
Eleanor

Maybe you arent Cobbs.....hmmmm......Billy?   LOL..................................

Eleanor
Eleanor

Cobbs is that you?  Blame the black guy....when are you  going to stop using that piss poor excuse??? Not everybody is prejudice like you seem to think they are.  You really need to remember that. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

Why is it again that us parents of Tempe High students are donating money to school fundraisers?  I'm pretty sure it is for the students activities, Kimmie, not to support you.  Shame on you, Kimmie.  It's bad enough the state steals from the Arizona kids and their education. 

Ellie
Ellie

Does it matter who he stole it from?  Should he feel more shame if he stole for a poor man vs a rich man?

Eleanor
Eleanor

Cobbs, no it doesn't matter who he took it from.  It is all disrespectful.  How is your baby mama doing?  Not your wife either. 

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