Paducah man arrested for the 4th time in 6 weeks

Paducah man arrested for the 4th time in 6 weeks
Paducah police this morning arrested a man for the fourth time in six weeks after he was found to be in possession of a stolen cellular phone. (Source: SOURCE: Paducah Police Dept.)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Paducah police this morning arrested a man for the fourth time in six weeks after he was found to be in possession of a stolen cellular phone.

James L. Byas, 54, of Paducah, was arrested at 7:46 a.m. on Tuesday as he was creating a disturbance in the street at North 22nd and Jefferson streets.

Police were called at 4:25 a.m. to a business in the 1000 block of Monroe Street.

A man told officers a duffel bag containing about $2,300 cash, his cell phone and other items had been taken from a tractor-trailer truck parked at the business.

The man’s wife was able to track the phone to North 22nd and Jefferson streets.

There, police found Byas in the street with a cell phone matching the description of the stolen phone.

Byas became aggressive and was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Breakfield had dispatchers call the stolen phone and confirmed it was the one in Byas' possession.

This is the fourth time since Sept. 21 that Paducah police officers have arrested Byas.

He was charged on that date with stealing a car and possessing synthetic drugs.

On Oct. 23, he was arrested on charges of shoplifting and resisting arrest.

Five days later, he was arrested on a bench warrant charging him with failing to appear in court.

During a search at McCracken County Regional Jail after his arrest this morning, officers found suspected synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine and more than $1,600 cash in Byas' pockets.

He was charged with the drug related offenses and booked into jail.

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