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Teen charged in dental office theft
BY KEITH EPPS
A teenager was arrested this week after he was accused of stealing drugs and other items from a Stafford dentist’s office while the office was open, police said.
Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said a theft occurred about 2:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.
A 17-year-old Stafford boy and his 18-year-old friend were walking in the Stafford Courthouse area when the older teen decided to go into the dentist’s office, Decatur said.
He had been in a stock room about 30 seconds when the dentist walked up, Decatur said. The teen ran out of the building with the dentist in pursuit.
Decatur said the dentist called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that two males wearing backpacks were on the run.
Among the items taken were several vials of a common local anesthetic known as lidocaine, syringes, a cellphone and some sort of dental tool.
Deputies found the suspects a short time later at a trailer in the nearby Paradise Estates Mobile Home Park.
They searched their backpacks and found the items taken from the office, including the drugs.
Joshua David Baker of no fixed address, who just turned 18 this month, was charged with multiple offenses, including burglary, conspiracy, larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The other teen had not been charged as of Friday night. He was turned over to his parents.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404