LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A suspect has been arrested after Louisville Metro Police say he stole $12,000 worth of jewelry from a man's home while that man was taking a friend to the hospital for chemotherapy treatment.

According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Dec. 20. Police say 32-year-old Kevin Christopher Claxton had been staying at the victim's home temporarily.

At some point during the day, the victim took a friend to Baptist Health Louisville -- formerly Baptist Hospital East -- to receive chemotherapy treatment.

That's when, police say, Claxton struck, taking the jewelry and leaving the home.

When the victim arrived home, he discovered that both the jewelry and Claxton were gone. Police say he tried to call Claxton -- who was the only one in the home at the time the jewelry vanished -- but Claxton wouldn't take his calls.

The man eventually reported the incident to police.

Police say Claxton already had active court cases involving drug charges.

An arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 17, and Claxton was arrested on Wednesday afternoon. He is charged with theft.

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