Det. Baker Honored for Working to Bust Car Theft Ring

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       Charles County Sgt. Craig Stillwell and Det. Charles Baker were recently awarded Deputy Sheriff of the Year Awards by the Maryland Sheriffs' Association.

       Sgt. Stillwell was awarded in the community service category and Det. Baker was awarded for crime prevention.

      Sgt. Stillwell supervises a squad of community policing officers and continuously dedicates his time and energy to Special Olympics and his church outside of his Agency assignments. For Special Olympics, Sgt. Stillwell assists with swimming and basketball activities and is involved in multiple fund-raising efforts, including an annual silent auction, the Shiver in the River and the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. He serves as the south region coordinator for the Torch Run, attends County meetings and helps present awards at different functions.

       Sgt. Stillwell's involvement with his church, Hughesville Baptist Church, includes teaching Sunday school to ninth and tenth graders. He is the activity coordinator and also works with the youth ministries. Sgt. Stillwell plays on the Church softball team and sings in the choir.

       Det. Baker, a long-time auto theft detective for the Sheriff's Office, received the award for his investigation of a major vehicle theft ring in Charles and Prince George's counties last year.

       Between April 8, 2004 and May 5, 2004, a car dealership in Waldorf was the victim of a series of thefts of high-end vehicles, including Cadillac Escalades and DeVilles.

       Det. Baker was assigned the cases and investigation led him to conduct surveillance in a Capital Heights neighborhood. The surveillance resulted in catching two suspects in the act of altering vehicle identification numbers and manufacturing false safety certification labels. In the sophisticated operation, the falsified numbers satisfied the Motor Vehicle Administration, allowing the stolen vehicles to be registered with the falsified documents.

       Through Det. Baker's tireless efforts, he was able to expose an organized theft ring operating in Charles and Prince George's counties. Wi

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