PHOENIXVILLE — Two years after a series of burglaries were committed in the borough, blood found on the scenes of these crimes led police to charge a man already serving a prison term.
Raymond Anthony Baker, 41, who is currently an inmate at Graterford Prison, is being charged with five counts of felony burglary, five counts of criminal trespassing and other related charges.
According to police, Baker allegedly burglarized five business on Nov. 10, 2011. Police were called to the Acme Shopping Center at 785 Starr St. around 2 a.m. on that day and they found a large rock that allegedly been used to break the window of Ethan Nails and Spa Store, police said.
Police said that $150 was taken from the cash register inside the salon and blood was found on the reception desk.
Less than 10 hours later, police went to Metro PCS store at 35 E. Bridge St. for another burglary, police said.
According to police, the front glass had also been broken with a large rock, and the cash register with $100 was taken from the store.
During their investigation, police watched surveillance video of the Metro PCS store and saw a man smash the window, steal the register and climb back through the shattered glass, police said.
Police collected dried blood from three places; the counter at the salon, the window at the Metro PCS store, and the register of the Metro PCS store which was found in the woods behind the shop in Nov. 11, police said. All three samples were send to the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Forensic Services for DNA testing.
On April 26 of this year, borough police received results from the DNA analysis, police said. The results indicated that the suspect was Baker, police said.
According to court documents, Baker was incarcerated on April 17 for retail theft charges. After a search warrant was executed, police matched Baker’s DNA to the test results from the blood at the scene, police said.
A preliminary hearing date for Baker has not been set.
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