Antenese S. Baker, DOB 9/26/93, was arrested on a shoplifting charge back in April. But she was in jail recently, picked up on a bench warrant.
Actually, at the time she was picked up Baker had SEVEN BENCH WARRANTS, which is the most I've ever seen on the jail roster. The warrants were from Bloomington, Edina, Champlin, and Minneapolis. The warrants were for charges of theft, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, some traffic charges, and giving a police officer a false name. In addition, two counties (Pine and Washington) wanted this woman for felony charges.
I guess Washington County won the wrestling match. Yesterday, Baker was "released to other authority" and it appears she went to Washington County.
According to the only criminal complaint against Baker that I could turn up in Hennepin County, click here, four women were acting suspiciously at the Eden Prairie Walmart because they placed 12 to 15 video games in a shopping cart and covered the games with clothing. They were also observed breaking security devices on two T-Mobile cell phones. The women concealed items and walked out of the store without attempting to pay. At least one loss prevention officer followed the women to the car and told them to return to the store. Instead...
The women got into a Suburban vehicle and drove off. The complaint says Walmart's loss prevention service "observed the women who had been in the store get out and run toward a neighborhood business." The complaint is not clear whether the officers followed the women on foot, or pursued in a vehicle, or observed from a distance, or clung to their windshield wiper like William Shatner in the television series TJ Hooker.
In any case, the loss prevention officer(s) saw the women run into a neighboring business. Eden Prairie police arrived and found the women, including Antenese Baker, who was hiding in a bathroom stall with one of the other suspects. They had stolen costume jewelry in the bathroom stall. At first, Baker tried to give the alias "Myeshia Braziel" but police figured out who she was. One of the other suspects opened up her mouth and spilled her guts about the stealing being done at the store, allegedly. Eden Prairie police were able to locate a number of the stolen goods worth more than a $1,000 but surely manufactured in China for a tenth of that.
In the same complaint, Baker was connected to systematic shoplifting at the Kohl's store in Bloomington, where she was also arrested. That's when it was discovered (purportedly) that Baker had a wire girdle under her shirt in which she could conceal merchandise.
Um...I'm guessing this Antenese Baker is a LARGE woman?
Interestingly, in the Kohl's shoplifting incident it was Baker herself who opened up her mouth and admitted to the shoplifting and the use of the wire girdle to facilitate that.
Baker is now charged with theft over $1,000 and possession of burglary tools, which are both felonies.
The most likely place Baker would go (if convicted) is the Shakopee Women's Prison, click here for a link.
Baker's home address is listed as 3725 6th St. N., which is a rental property owned by notorious North Minneapolis slumlord Steven Meldahl. The property was in foreclosure in 2007 but was apparently snapped up by Meldahl after that. As usual, the information on the City of Minneapolis property website is not up to date and the last sale listed is from 1994.