Man Siphoning Gas From Cop Car Arrested


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Man Arrested After Facebook Picture Shows Him Siphoning Gas From Cop Car

April 18, 2012 12:34 PM


Copy of the picture Michael Baker posted on Facebook of him siphoning gas, an action that ultimately led to his arrest. (Credit: Jenkins Police Department)

JENKINS, Ky. (CBS Cleveland) – A local man was arrested Monday for siphoning gas from a police cruiser. He may have gotten away with the crime — if he hadn’t posted a picture of himself in the act on his Facebook page.

Jenkins Police Chief Allen Bormes told CBS Cleveland that 20-year-old Michael Baker had posted the picture last Friday.

“It was then forwarded to one of our officers … and it went from there,” he added.

According to CBS affiliate WYMT, Baker’s girlfriend, Joann Sandelin, snapped the photo. The couple had intended for it to be a joke.

“We was just standing there and thought it would be funny to take a picture and then post it on Facebook,” Baker told the station.

The couple was initially apologetic for their actions.

“Yeah, we’re sorry, but it was just a joke,” Sandelin said. “I mean, if we was [sic] going to steal gas, we wouldn’t put it nationwide on Facebook. We don’t steal anyway, but we’re sorry.”

However, Baker later told WYMT that he did take some of the fuel, and was not truly sorry for his crime.

Baker was charged with theft by unlawful taking. He was held overnight in jail, but his bond was subsequently posted.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the price for a regular gallon of gas in Kentucky is presently $3.90.