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Guilty plea from unusually dressed man who stole electronic equipment from church

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An unusually dressed man who twice broke into an Allied Gardens church and stole musical instruments and electronic equipment pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary charges.

Joshua Mahlon Baker, 39, will be sentenced to a prison term of two years and eight months at a June 4 hearing.

Baker, who appeared Thursday morning before Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren, admitted breaking into the Palisades Presbyterian Church on two occasions, Feb. 16-17 and March 7.

In the more recent break-in, an area resident called 911after seeing a tall person dressed in what appeared to be an oversized T-shirt and a sparkly purple tutu loading a guitar amplifier into a truck outside the church shortly after 4 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Police said officers found Baker carrying a trash can filled with property stolen from the church while wearing a white piece of cloth draped over the upper part of his body and a scarf-like covering around his waist, with nothing underneath.

Seeing the officers, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound man dropped the trash can and ran. Officers gave chase as Baker climbed over a chain-link fence, losing the scarf-like covering in the process. Moments later, he was taken into custody.

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