Man charged with numerous break-ins in Henrico and Chesterfield

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico police say they've stopped a serial burglar in his tracks.

Cornelius Baker is now behind bars - accused of nearly 40 break-ins since February. He's charged in both Henrico and Chesterfield counties.

Police say he was caught in the act - not in Henrico where the majority of the alleged crimes happened but in Chesterfield. A worker at one office building in Henrico says he's relieved Baker is behind bars.

Henrico police say they believe 53 year old Baker may be responsible for as many as forty burglaries that netted laptop computers, digital cameras and cash.

In one case on Easter Sunday, one office building at Gaskins and Patterson had 12 offices broken into. Chuck Rogers works for a sign company on the second floor.

"It was just locks and stuff and deadbolts and doors tore up pretty bad here," said Rogers.

Police say they've been investigating a rash of home and commercial burglaries dating back to February. Five months later, they believe they have their man.

Police say Baker was caught red handed earlier this month trying to break into an office at the Boulders Office Complex near Midlothian in Chesterfield. He was being followed by undercover officers from Henrico.

Chesterfield police charged Baker with two break-ins on top of the 16 felonies he's facing in Henrico. Also arrested, a woman who police say was baker's accomplice but her identity is not being released.

Rogers says he's relieved a suspect is now in jail because the crime brought on a lot of concerns.

"They have looked into getting cameras put in here," said Rogers.

Baker is being held without bond at Riverside Regional jail.

He's expected in court in both Henrico and Chesterfield in August.

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