Police Arrest Man Suspected of Stealing Car From Vacationing Family In San Diego

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:47:20 -0800

HALF MOON BAY (BCN)--Police have arrested a man  outside of Half Moon Bay who is suspected of stealing a car from a family at Sea World in San Diego.
     
Deputies responded to reports of a reckless driver on state  Highway 92 heading towards Half Moon Bay at 10:15 p.m Wednesday.
     
A license plate check on the car revealed it was reported stolen,  and deputies pulled over the car. The suspect surrendered to deputies and was  taken into custody without incident, sheriff's officials said.
     
The man was not carrying identification and deputies said that he  initially gave them a false name, Michael Brown.
     
As he was being transported to the Maguire Correctional Facility  in Redwood City, the suspect told deputies he was having chest pains and  potentially suffering from a heart attack.
     
The deputy pulled over and called for medial assistance, and the  man was transported to San Mateo County Hospital.
     
As the man was being treated, deputies took his fingerprints and a  check revealed he was Thomas William Baker, 56, a wanted parolee at large.
     
Deputies also learned that the car Baker was driving was a rental  car suspected stolen from a family vacationing in San Diego from the East  Coast on March 31.
     
Baker is suspected of befriending the family at their hotel and  telling them he had suffered a stroke and was wheelchair-bound. The family  agreed to take him to Sea World the following day.
     
While at Sea World, Baker is suspected of telling the family that  he had left his medicine in their car and asked to use their car keys to  retrieve it and meet up with them later. Baker allegedly then drove away in  the car, according to the sheriff's office.
     
After being treated for his chest pains, Baker was booked into  Maguire Correctional Facility.
 
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