A professional skydiver from Lexington faces a wide range of charges, including burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Police documents filed in Fayette District Court accuse Justin Hammons, 32, of being in possession of altered U.S. currency, re-encoded credit cards with information on them that did not belong to him, credit card embossing and encoding machines and property taken from Middletown, Ohio, valued at about $24,000.
Nine parachutes, eight computer towers, four laptops and many other items were seized by police Thursday from property on Rio Dosa Drive, documents show. A police uniform citation says Hammons had pried open the window of an unoccupied home on Rio Dosa Drive and put stolen items inside.
Hammons has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center. His next appearance in Fayette District Court is scheduled for Friday.
Hammons was hospitalized with multiple broken bones in March 2010 after a skydiving crash in which a friend said he misjudged his altitude and hit the ground at 40 to 50 mph.
The Herald-Leader reported at the time that Hammons was a computer consultant who was a member of a demonstration skydiving team out of Middletown, Ohio, that was affiliated with Start Skydiving. Hammons is wanted on warrants out of Middletown, Ohio, for telecommunications fraud and theft, court records show. An affidavit filed in connection with the Ohio theft case says Hammons took $1,831.60 from Start Sky Diving.