A 20-year-old man is behind bars today after police say he burglarized two Coronado homes in the early hours of Tuesday morning -- just hours after posting bail for another burglary, auto theft, and DUI arrest that took place overnight on Sunday.
Justin Baier was arrested early Monday morning after being pulled over in San Diego on suspicion of driving under the influence. At that time, he was driving a car that was later determined to have been stolen from a home in Coronado. Police allege that Baier entered the Coronado home of the car’s owners through an unlocked door, took the car keys from inside the home, and the used the keys to steal the car.
He was booked on charges of auto theft, burglary, and DUI, and was released on bail Monday afternoon.
Just hours later, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Baier allegedly entered another Coronado home, also through an unlocked door. After encountering the residents of the home, he left the first residence and entered a second home nearby, where he was detained by the residents and arrested by the Coronado Police Department. Additionally, at that time it was determined that he had been riding a bicycle that police believe to be stolen.
Baier, who is in the military, was charged today on eight additional counts, including two counts of first degree burglary, one count of attempted first degree burglary, one count of petty theft, and two counts of committing a felony while on bail. Bail has been set at $290,500, but as of this writing Baier remains in jail.
At this time, the Coronado Police report that there is no indication that these burglaries are connected to the recent purse thefts that have occurred in Coronado, but ask that anyone who has any information about the thefts contact the Coronado Police Department at 619-522-7350.
The Coronado Police Department is stepping up patrols in an effort to curb these property crimes. And as always, the Police are encouraging residents to observe good general personal safety habits by:
These steps may help to deter the types of property crimes that have been reported recently in Coronado.
UPDATE (10:09 p.m.): The Coronado Police Department has released the following additional information:
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