NORTH WEBSTER — A failed attempt to break into an ATM machine has landed a North Webster resident in the Kosciusko County Jail.
David Allen Baker was booked under the address of 221 S. Brook St., Mishawaka, at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. His age was listed as unknown.
According to court documents filed Wednesday, Feb. 17, Baker is shown to be 53 years old with an address of 811 S. Main St., North Webster. He has been charged with attempted burglary, a level 5 felony, and attempted theft, a class A misdemeanor. However due to a conviction on Feb. 28, 2003, in Elkhart County on a charge of theft, the misdemeanor charge was enhanced to a level 6 felony.
North Webster Police Officer Candace Smythe filed the affidavit of probable cause with Kosciusko County Superior Court 1.
On Feb. 14, she was called to an attempted burglary to an ATM machine at the North Webster American Legion. She found the front of the machine had been pried at in several different areas, including the area where money was located. However, no money was obtained.
A member of the American Legion told police around 6 p.m. he saw a man standing in front of the ATM. An employee of the organization stated around 7 p.m. attempts to pry open the machine were noticed. Officials with Mutual Bank, owners of the ATM, took possession of the money and secured the machine.
A review of the Legion’s surveillance video shows a man standing in front of the ATM making motions appearing to be prying on the machine. He is also seen on his knees with the same type of prying motion. A legion member identified the man as the same one seen standing in front of the machine at 6 p.m. The man was also recognized as an individual brought to the Legion and signed in by another individual. The register showed Baker’s name.
Baker was located at his place of residence and was found to be the same individual seen on the video.
He was held on a $10,000 surety and $250 cash bond.