When the Locksmiths Stop Coming
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) — A locksmith in Tampa, Florida, was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from the bank account of a man he’d helped to unlock the locks on.
Tampa Police said James Johnson, 50, of Hillsborough County, Florida pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four felony charges, including burglary, larceny over $500 and theft by deception.
He was released on his own recognizance.
The Tampa Police Department said in a news release that Johnson was working with an unknown locksmith, who had been working with the locksmith on the locks at the home in the Tampa Bay area.
It’s unclear whether Johnson is a licensed locksmith.
The Tampa Police department said that the charges are not related to the investigation.
The locksmiths were working on the man’s home on July 1, 2016, the Tampa Police said.
A security camera at the house captured Johnson entering the lock room, which was unlocked, then exiting through a back door and leaving the house.
He then returned to the lockroom and unlocked the locks, the release said.
The footage shows the locks were then taken out of the lock, the police said.
Johnson told police that he was told by the lockslinger to go home, but he never returned.
He told investigators that the locks are “very secure,” the release stated.
Johnson is due back in court on August 6.