Man seeking food, shelter in York County homes facing burglary charge

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.

WATERBORO, Maine — An Iowa man who allegedly broke into four York County homes seeking food and shelter instead received a roof and a bed in jail, according to police.

Chance Baker, 18, of Shenandoah, Iowa., is no stranger to New England law enforcement, according to Major Bill King.

Police dealt with him in August when Baker stole a car in the York County town of Parsonfield and tried to drive back to the Midwest, but a Massachusetts state trooper arrested him and returned him to Maine to face charges of vehicle theft.

On Saturday, Baker was in trouble again when as deputies discovered him at a residence on Highpoint Circle in Waterboro, according to King. Baker reportedly admitted to officers he did not have permission to be there.

A subsequent investigation by Deputies Corey Sweatt and Stan Moore determined Baker had broken into three other houses in the area in a search for food and shelter, King said. The owners were quickly notified.

Baker was booked into the York County Jail on a charge of burglary, a Class B felony, King said. He has since been released on $5,000 bail.

If convicted, Baker faces up to 10 years in prisonl on the burglary charge.

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