Lexington police arrested the manager of Boone Tavern on a Madison County warrant Feb. 9 following a theft investigation conducted by the Berea Police Department.

According to the warrant, between Aug. 1 and Jan. 1, James Smock, 57, Lexington, stole $63,990.89 from daily deposits at Boone Tavern and $3,804.12 from a house bank on Boone Tavern's property.

James Smock

James Smock

The victim told Berea police that Smock admitted to gambling the money away, but smock refused to talk with detectives, the warrant states.

Smock's last two paychecks were garnished for $3,555.74, and the victim is still owed $64,239.27, the warrant states.

Smock was taken to the Madison County Detention Center on Feb. 10 and was released from jail on Sunday, according to online jail records.

He is charged with theft by unlawful taking (more than $10,000, but less than $1,000,000), which is a Class C felony.

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The following were also arrested recently:

• Michael James, 36, Lexington, first-degree controlled substance trafficking (10 dosage units or more of opiates), second-degree controlled substance trafficking (20 dosage units or more of an unspecified drug) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

• Michael Northern, 38, Caroline Drive, Richmond, receiving stolen property (less than $500), improper registration plate, no registration plates, no registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, no operator's license and possession of a defaced firearm.

• Terry Anglin, 43, Lambert Rd., Berea, two charges of receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and two probation violations.

• Cody Helton, 28, Stanford, Kentucky, theft by unlawful taking (less than $500) and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals actually committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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