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Archive for Saturday, December 13, 1997

ARMED BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED

December 13, 1997

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One of three men who police say broke into a house and stole a pit bull and money at gunpoint was charged Friday in Douglas County District Court.

Cedric Keith Baker, 23, Lawrence, was arrested Thursday night by detectives who have been working on the case since the men broke into the house on Aug. 1. Baker has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, aiding and abetting aggravated kidnapping, aiding and abetting aggravated assault and aiding and abetting auto burglary.

District Judge Robert Fairchild set Baker's bond at $60,000, and he remained in Douglas County Jail Friday night.

Lawrence police Det. John Lewis said no one else had been arrested in the burglary. Two men, two women and five children were at the house in the 1500 block of Lindenwood in East Lawrence about 1:30 a.m. when the three men broke in.

According to police reports, the men took a cellular phone, $1,500 in cash and a registered 4-month-old pit bull named Rowdy and its carrying case. After holding the adults and children captive for 20 minutes, they took a car belonging to one of the victims.

There were no injuries or shots fired during the burglary.

The two other suspects are also in their late teens or early 20s, according to police.

Lewis said the conspiracy charges stemmed from the trio planning the burglary before arriving at the house.

Baker was also arrested for aggravated intimidation of a witness and possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, but he was not charged in connection with the two counts.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is koger@ljworld.com.

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