WARSAW — An Elkhart Man is facing another felony theft charge after stealing electronics from Walmart.
Sean Andrew Baird, 30, 1017 Bradford Court, Elkhart, is being charged with count I theft, a class a misdemeanor, with a sentence enhancement to a level 6 felony. Baird is also listed as a habitual offender since he has been convicted of at least three prior felony offenses.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a theft at Walmart on Sept. 18, 2016. An employee advised the officer that three males had entered the store, loaded a cart with an Acer desktop tower and a television and walked out without paying.
Upon exiting the store they were stopped by a construction worker. The male pushing the cart left it and the group took off running. The construction worker obtained a license plate number and provided it to the investigating officer.
The affidavit states that the officer obtained surveillance footage that shows the three subjects loading the cart. When the subjects get to the door, one of them distracts the greeter as the other pushes the cart through the exit before being stopped by the construction worker.
The officer checked the registration of the license plate number provided and contacted the owner. The owner of the vehicle advised that Baird and another subject went to Walmart to steal merchandise.
A photograph of Baird was obtained from the Indiana BMV and compared to the surveillance footage. The officer was able to identify Baird as the subject pushing the shopping cart.
Baird has five theft convictions in Elkhart, Noble and Steuben counties, and was convicted of theft on Dec. 2, 2013 in Elkhart County.
Baird was arrested and booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Jan. 30 with $15,250 surety and cash bond.