Thief, probation violator sentenced to CBCF

Aaron Krause • Feb 2, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A former local man convicted of stealing checks from a relative who admitted to violating his probation was sentenced recently to a community based corrections facility (CBCF) and three years of community control.

Shelby resident Dustin L. Baker, 27, and formerly of Willard and Greenwich, pleaded guilty to his indictment -- one count of theft of checks, a fifth-degree felony.

A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper also said Baker agreed to pay $2,520 in restitution on a theft case. Kasper said Baker stole items such as truck batteries, an electric cable, radiator and transmission from his employer.

Baker also admitted to violation his probation stemming from a case in which he stole theft of a credit card. He was convicted of using a male victim's credit card to make $107 worth of purchases without authorization Jan. 20, 2013. In early August, Baker was ordered to pay the remaining $60 in restitution. The court sentenced Baker to a discretionary 90-day jail sentence on the work release program.

Kasper said Baker violated his probation by testing positive for using oxycodone and marijuana.

Probation officer Jim Zappa has said Baker was convicted of disorderly conduct when he lived in Greenwich with a relative. He also said the defendant tested positive for THC Oct. 15 and again before an Oct. 4 probation violation hearing.

"When he's not using (drugs), he's successful," Zappa told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo praised Baker for being a "skilled mechanic" and a good welder who works hard.

"He likes to work; he's good at working. He just needs to get the monkey off his back," Longo said.

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