Richmond Police have charged Justin Baird, 23, in connection with five residential burglaries committed in the latter part of March and first half of April 2012.
On 04/14/2012, a resident in the 300 block of N. Third Street reported that her residence had been broken into during the afternoon hours and a number of coins were stolen. Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door. The stolen coins were described as being both gold and silver from the U.S. Mint embossed with the images of various presidents from Washington through Lincoln. There were also numerous Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea gold coins along with numerous Kennedy half-dollar coins and quarters with various states on them. Estimated loss: $4000.00.
The investigating officer subsequently learned that Baird had been in possession of a large amount of coins that he had cashed in at a local store. Some of the missing coins were later recovered by the officer. As the investigation continued, the officer was able to link Baird to the following additional burglaries:
On 03/26/2012, a resident in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue reported that a number of items had been stolen from her residence sometime during the past 1 ½ weeks. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence. The following items were reported stolen: a white Xbox 360 gaming console; a black Xbox Kinect; a black Nintendo DSI; a red Nintendo Mario DSI XL; a black PlayStation 3 gaming system; a Wii gaming system; approximately 19 games for the aforementioned systems. Estimated loss: $2389.00
On 04/02/2012, a resident of an apartment in the 300 block of Fifth Street reported that his residence had been unlawfully entered sometime during the past day and a number of items were stolen. It is suspected that entry was gained through an unsecure window. The following items were reported missing: a Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol, model JCP, serial #X791484; approximately $30.00 in loose change; and a small metal safe containing a vehicle title and several older pieces of U.S. Currency, to include $10 bills, $5 bills, $2 bills, 50-cent pieces, and quarters. Estimated loss: $295.00
On 04/09/2012, a resident in the 500 block of Lyndale Avenue reported that her residence had been unlawfully entered sometime during the past two days and a number of items were stolen. It is suspected that entry was gained through a rear window. The following items were reported stolen: a Vizio 32” LCD television; a black Sony Playstation2; a black Compaq Presario laptop computer with 16” screen: a beige and white North Face trail and hiking backpack; a 1955 Winchester .308 caliber rifle, model 88, with a 4-digit serial number, possibly 4600 or 4800; a Ruger .270 caliber rifle, model M77; a silver woman’s watch; a silver Seiko watch with one diamond; a bag of costume jewelry bracelets; and a bag of assorted silver earrings.. Estimated loss: $5890.00
On 04/13/2012, a resident in the 300 block of Fifth Street reported that her residence had been unlawfully entered the previous evening and a number of items were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry. The following items were reported missing: an 18” yellow gold herringbone necklace, 14 carat; a 14 carat yellow gold diamond cut bracelet; a pair of yellow gold diamond hoop earrings; two Case XX pocket knives; a hand-made pocket knife; an Old Timer large knife in a leather sheath; a book of personal checks; a bottle of prescription medication; and an assorted collection of coins that included three books of state quarters along with 20 gold one dollar coins. Two suspects seen in the area included a heavy-set black male and a skinny white male. They have reportedly been seen in the area of other burglaries in the neighborhood in the past. Estimated loss: $1526.00
The Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol stolen on 04/02/2012 was also recovered during the investigation.
Baird was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, charged with the following offenses: Burglary 1st Degree (2 counts); Burglary 2nd Degree (3 counts).