Police solve Baker theft spree, burglary
Baldwin City police solved a series of thefts and a burglary from Baker University with an arrest last week, among other cases the department investigated.
Police Chief Mike McKenna said Anthony Perkins, 20, a former student who was living in Gessner Hall, was arrested and charged with six counts of theft and is currently in Douglas County Jail. Perkins' next court date is Oct. 17, McKenna said.
"Last Thursday afternoon, we interviewed a Baker student," said McKenna. "We asked him to come to the police department and he did. He was interviewed and in the interview he confessed to taking purses and credit cards from employees of Baker University. This all began when school started.
"He also admitted to breaking into administrative offices at Harter Union," he said. "He took officers to his dorm room at Gessner Hall Thursday evening and we filled up a pickup truck full of merchandise that had been purchased with credit cards. Largely, it was furniture items and items for himself."
McKenna said more than 114 items were recovered, but a dollar value wasn't available. He said the items taken from the union were photographed and returned to Baker.
Another burglary was reported to police by Mark Shay. He told officers that sometime between 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 and 7 p.m. Sept. 22 that someone entered his home in the 500 block of Santa Fe Court and stole 10 guns. A variety of rifles and shotguns valued at $1,400 were taken.
"Anyone that has information is requested to call our office," said McKenna, adding the phone number is 594-3850. "Any information will be kept in confidence."
Another theft was reported by Melissa Nichols. She said she left her purse in a breakroom at 406 Ames and that between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., someone took an envelope from the purse which contained $130 in cash.