The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the location of Jonathan J. Baker (DOB 10/14/82). Baker is a suspect in a theft of jewelry that occurred on August 25th during a meet-up stemming from a transaction on the popular re-sale app Letgo.
The victim listed a wedding ring set on the app and later arranged to meet “Jimbo Brown” at the Wendy’s restaurant in Port Charlotte (24180 Veterans Blvd). “Jimbo” took the rings to examine them, later fleeing the scene with them when the victim went into her vehicle for a pen and paper. The victim immediately called the Sheriff’s Office and provided a description of the suspect.
Investigators set up a phony transaction with “Jimbo Brown” the following day. While waiting for someone to approach the “seller” during the fake transaction, a man drove through the parking lot very slowly but did not stop. Investigators noted that the man matched the victim’s description on “Jimbo Brown” and conducted a traffic stop. The man in the vehicle was identified as Jonathan Baker. He was released on scene for additional investigation.
A check of pawn shops in the area showed a record of Jonathan Baker pawning a ring in North Fort Myers. The victim was contacted, and investigators were able to positively determine that it was the victim’s stolen ring. The victim also identified Jonathan Baker as “Jimbo Brown” in a photo lineup.
There is an active warrant for Jonathan Brown’s arrest on the charges for the charge of Grand Theft. Jonathan drives a red Jeep Liberty. If you have information on his location, please contact Detective Hauschild by calling the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013. You can also anonymously provide information to CCSO by submitting a tip through our mobile app.
“The Sheriff’s Office encourages you to be safe when conducting business transactions resulting from online commerce”, states Sheriff Bill Prummell. “To encourage meeting in a safe place, I have designated parking spots at each of our District Offices as E-Commerce Exchange Safe Zones. Arranging to meet at these safe locations can help prevent crimes of opportunity from taking place.”
Additional information on these locations, as well as safety tips for meeting someone to conduct business transactions, is posted to our previous blog post here: https://ccsoblog.org/2019/06/19/safe-zone/ .