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Million-dollar bond for wanted man

Ernest Lee Baldwin
By Jefferson Weaver

Revised on: 02.12.2020 at 01:59 p.m.

Posted on: 02.12.2020 at 01:59 p.m. |

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A man wanted for a series of break-ins and not showing up for court is under a million-dollar bond.

Ernest Lee Baldwin, 58, was arrested by Sgt. M. Kellihan in the parking lot of the Lowes Home Improvement Store Feb. 8, according to Whiteville Police. Baldwin was held under a total bond of $1 million, charged with multiple counts of failure to appear, being a habitual felon, habitual breaking and entering, and larceny.

His address is listed as 231 John Spaulding Rd., Clarkton.

Kellihan was on routine patrol when he received a tip that Spaulding was at the Lowes store around 1:24 p.m. Kellihan and another WPD officer took Baldwin into custody without incident.

Baldwin was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 11, and has been sought by police since then.

Records show he was arrested Dec. 11, 2018, after a brief chase led to a manhunt on Red Hill Road. A deputy spotted Baldwin driving along Red Hill, and knew Baldwin has outstanding warrants, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Baldwin allegedly fled at a high rate of speed, turning behind a home and getting stuck in a wooded area. He fled on foot, but was later picked up on Jenkins Road.

He was convicted of those outstanding warrants, and served time in the county jail for fleeing to elude arrest, according to court records and jail reports.

Baldwin was arrested Jan. 9, 2019, after allegedly attempting to sell stolen property in the Walmart parking lot in Whiteville. In that case, a resident of Baldwin Road called the sheriff’s office after finding a front door broken in. The suspect took a compound bow and arrows,

Later that day, deputies were notified via social media that Baldwin was attempting to sell the hunting equipment. Deputies identified Baldwin, and took him into custody on charges of breaking and entering, larceny and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

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