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Man Suspected of Nursery Break-Ins Arrested Wearing Diapers

February 22, 1989

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ A man was charged in 13 break-ins at churches and day-care centers after he was found hiding in a church closet wearing disposable diapers, police said.

James Phipps Davis, 35, of Greensboro, is charged with breaking into four churches and a day-care center between Dec. 23 and Feb. 15, when he was caught hiding inside a church closet.

The break-in spree began one day after Davis was released from the state prison unit in McLeansville, where he served time for a break-in conviction. The facilities reported food and small items missing, including baby bottles, blankets and disposable diapers.

At Church of the Covenant Presbyterian, a church member entering the nursery about 6 a.m. Jan. 28 discovered a man sleeping in a crib with a baby blanket and toys. The startled intruder awoke and fled through a window.

Davis was arrested Feb. 15 after a police sergeant spotted a man entering College Place United Methodist Church through a window. He was found in a closet wearing the diapers and holding a pocketknife, said police detective L.E. Baulding.

Davis was arrested and charged with 13 counts of felony breaking and entering, one count of breaking into a car, and one count of withholding a credit card. The last two charges stem from the theft of a purse from a car near Davis’ home.

The morning after her car was broken into, the owner found a diaper swaddled around a sawhorse in her yard, Baulding said.

When arrested, Davis was carrying a bag with dozens of photos of infants cut from magazines, Baulding said.

″He told me he wanted to talk to the infants to tell them he had had a tough life and that they should be good,″ Baulding told The Greensboro News & Record.

Davis is being held at the Guilford County Jail under $50,000 bond.

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