Credit card thief pleads guilty to stealing grandma's check

Defendant also admits to violating probation.
Cary Ashby
Jan 23, 2014


A former Willard and Greenwich man convicted of stealing checks from a relative admitted Tuesday to also violating his probation.

Shelby resident Dustin L. Baker, 27, pleaded guilty to theft of checks and will be sentenced Feb. 5.

As part of a plea deal, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the state agreed not to indict Baker on a theft charge which has been transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court. Also, prosecutors recommended the defendant serve four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Baker's conviction is for an Aug. 22 incident when he was staying with his grandparents in Huron County. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the defendant stole two checks from his grandmother, one of which he attempted to cash for $100.

"She realized this (theft). She immediately called police," Kasper said.

"He (Baker) claimed he wanted to buy something for one of his children. Upon further questioning, he admitted he had problem with substance abuse," she added.

Also at Tuesday's hearing, Baker admitted to three offenses related to violating his probation. On Oct. 22, he tested positive for oxycodone and marijuana during a random drug screen and failed to report to jail after his work day at the request of his probation officer. Three days later, Baker changed his address without notifying his supervisor.

Baker has an earlier conviction for 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.

Probation officer Jim Zappa 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, who plans to follow the joint recommendation of sentencing Baker to a CBCF.

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.



and yet another smack on the hands. disgusting.


Used to live near this guy when he was a little boy. It's a shame that he has turned out this way. He was such a sweet little boy but had a bad home life.


What about Carlos W stealing Checks?


How sad. He's a good kid. He needs to get it together.

swiss family

wow ... you have a pretty "lose" definition of being a "good kid" it looks like he did everything but kill someone.. and you call him a "good kid".. if you are or have been around him too much I would say you have enabled him well... and you are then almost as guilty as he is... but you are a "good person" too


Let me rephrase.......he WAS a good kid. And please dont you try to act like you know what kind of person I am. Let put it this way, you would never see my name in a newspaper. I was raised to be a "good person" . Good morals and respect.


Bless his heart,his mom must really be proud!