Break-ins lead to 54 charges against man in Durham

From staff reportsApril 23, 2014 

— A man being held in the Durham County Jail on 54 charges related to break-ins at six restaurants and an attempted seventh one has a busy week, with hearings on other charges in Orange, Chatham and Guilford counties.

Brian Joshua Baker, 36, was arrested last week and charged in the restaurant incidents that happened between Dec. 15 and March 7, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The string of charges against Baker include breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking in, damaging buildings, damaging personal property, possession of burglars tools and safe-cracking.

His total bail on the charges was set at $354,500, and he was scheduled to be in court again on June 4.

The break-ins happened Dec. 15 at Oscar’s Que and Bar on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Jan. 26 at Randy’s Pizza on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Feb. 2 at Applebee’s on McFarland Drive, Feb. 12 at the Carolina Ale House on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Feb. 17 at Shiki Sushi on West N.C. 54 and March 7 at Spartacus on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

There was an attempted break-in Jan. 26 at Bruegger’s Bagels on Martin Luther King Parkway.

Details on Baker’s other arrests were not immediately available. but he was in Chatham County on Monday for a hearing involving charges of breaking and entering, felony larceny, injury to personal property and injury to a building.

He will be back there May 5, according to court records.

Thursday, Baker is scheduled to be in court in Greensboro on a charge of breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny and a safe-cracking charge, records show.

Baker is also slated for an Orange County court appearance Thursday on traffic charges, including driving while impaired, from 2013.

Friday, Baker is to be back in Hillsborough on charges of breaking and entering, felony larceny, two counts of safe-cracking, possession of burglar’s tools, breaking into coin machines, speeding and resisting an officer.

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