DeKalb Man Charged in Cannon County Burglary

March 16, 2011
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Cannon Courier
Matthew Allen Baker

A DeKalb County man has been arrested in connection with a recent Cannon County burglary in which over $10,000 worth of items were stolen.

Cannon County Sheriff's Investigator Anthony Young said the burglary occurred on January 6th year at a home on Basham Ridge Road in Woodbury, according to a report on the Cannon Courier website.

Investigator Young arrested Matthew Allen Baker, 1022 Pine Grove Road, Smithville, on March 10.

"I received information in relation to the theft, and after a thorough investigation, determined Baker was allegedly one of the persons involved in the taking of the items," Investigator Young said.

The case remains under investigation and an additional arrest is expected, Young said.

Among the items taken were gold jewelry, guns, knives, a 42-inch flat screen TV, tools, video games and a laptop computer.

In addition to charges of aggravated burglary, theft over $10,000 and criminal trespass, Baker incurred additional charges while he was being booked at the Cannon County Jail. Baker was arrested by DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies and transported to Cannon County.

During that process, Corrections Officer Albert Summers discovered within Baker's personal property a black flashlight. Upon opening the flashlight, Summers observed that the batteries had been removed and replaced with a small plastic baggie. Inside of the baggie was a substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Additional charges of possession of a Schedule II drug and introducing contraband into a penal institution were levied against Baker.

Total bond was set at $30,000. Initial court date is May 3.

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