A man who twice broke into an Allied Gardens church and stole musical instruments and electronic equipment was sentenced Monday to nearly three years behind bars, most of it to be served in local custody.
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Joshua Mahlon Baker, 40, will spend the first two years of his sentence in a local jail, and the last eight months on mandatory supervised release, said Superior Court Judge Charles Gill.
Baker pleaded guilty last month to burglary charges for breaking into the Palisades Presbyterian Church on two occasions, Feb. 16-17 and March 7.
In the latest break-in, an area resident called 911 after seeing a tall person dressed in what appeared to be an oversized T-shirt and a sparkly purple tutu loading a guitar amplifier into a truck outside the church shortly after 4 a.m., according to San Diego police.
Police said officers found Baker carrying a trash can filled with property stolen from the church while wearing a white piece of cloth draped over the upper part of his body and a scarf-like covering around his waist, with nothing underneath.
Seeing the officers, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound man dropped the trash can and ran. Officers gave chase as Baker climbed over a chain-link fence, losing the scarf-like covering in the process. Moments later, he was taken into custody.
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