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Clearwater police arrest YMCA burglary suspect

CLEARWATER — Officers made an arrest Wednesday in connection with a burglary reported at Clearwater's YMCA last week.

Michael Baker, 22, of Largo, faces charges of burglary and grand theft.

A man sneaked into the YMCA facility at 1005 S Highland Ave. and stole money from a safe between 9 p.m. Sunday and just before 5 a.m. Monday, police said.

On Wednesday, Clearwater police officer Scott Durivou found Baker and another person sleeping inside a car behind the Georgie Boy Restaurant at 1101 S Missouri Ave. Durivou recognized Baker as the person in the surveillance images from the YMCA, according to reports.

Baker, who police said admitted to committing the burglary, also had items that belonged to the YMCA. Police did not disclose how much money and what items were taken.

Baker was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $7,000 bail.

Clearwater police arrest YMCA burglary suspect 11/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:38pm]

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