Written by Larry Limpf
Friday, 13 April 2012 08:25
A recent traffic stop in Northwood led to the arrest of a suspect in a breaking and entering case of a Village of Walbridge residence dating back to November 2011.
The suspect, Joshua J. Baker, 21, was bound over last week to Wood County Common Pleas Court.
In announcing the arrest, Ken Frost, the village police chief, credited cooperation between his department and the Northwood, Lake Township, and Toledo departments and an agency in North Dakota where Baker had lived.
Baker became a person of interest to police less than two weeks after a reported burglary in November of a Meadow Lane residence where the homeowner told investigators a .45 caliber Colt pistol tobacco machine, a pool cue, and two boxes of darts were missing.
A village officer, checking for stolen jewelry Nov. 15 at an east Toledo gold exchange business on Woodville Road, was able to match more than 20 pieces of jewelry to a sale by Baker to the firm on Nov. 2, according to police reports.
The officer had learned a female relative of the Meadow Lane resident was an acquaintance of Baker and let him use the bathroom.
Baker had been living at a Harlan Drive residence and told the relative the water had been shut off.
After being stopped March 31 by Northwood police for a traffic violation, he was released to Walbridge and transported to the Wood County Justice Center on a warrant.
Village officers interrogated him that day at the center and he confessed to the burglary on Meadow Lane, according to police reports, and said he received more than $700 for the jewelry.
He told police he used the money to pay for a trip to Enderlin, N.D.
Police reports indicate security cameras show Baker was at the gold exchange store the afternoon of the burglary.
The store also had a record of his Social Security number.
The homeowner told police the .45 pistol was later found in a wood pile.
Baker admitted to police he took the pistol but left it there as he exited the home, the police report says.