Public safety chief resigns amid shoplifting incident

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 3:33 PM
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The Harlem Department of Public Safety chief resigned today after authorities say he was caught shoplifting Thursday from the Evans Wal-Mart.

Store employees watched Jerry Baldwin, 47, of Trippe Street, attempting to leave the store at about 4 p.m. Thursday with less than $13 worth of grocery items concealed in his pockets, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

“I’m not going to say I didn’t do anything wrong,” Mr. Baldwin said. “I shouldn’t have done what I did.”

Mr. Baldwin had gum, tarter sauce, Crystal Light and jelly in his pockets, but went to a register and paid for other items in his shopping cart. When he left the store at 4469 Washington Road with the items, the store’s loss prevention employees stopped Mr. Baldwin and escorted him to the store office, Capt. Morris said.

Mr. Baldwin handed over the stolen items. Capt. Morris said Mr. Baldwin commented to the loss prevention officer that, “I did have the money. It was just a stupid thing I did.”

Wal-Mart declined to press charges and Mr. Baldwin agreed not to return to Wal-Mart property.

“The law is the law,” Mr. Baldwin said. “And I’ve got to suffer the consequences like everybody else.”

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me too
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me too 01/23/09 - 04:55 pm
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I heard about it on the

I heard about it on the radio, and didn't quite believe what I'd heard - I now see it what true. I'm glad Mr. Baldwin owned up to what he did and acknowledges that he has to suffer the consequences like anyone else would have to. In our current political climate I'd expect the complete opposite of this reaction.

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jackfruitpaper833 01/23/09 - 05:02 pm
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Shakes my head.

Shakes my head.

Why ME
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Why ME 01/23/09 - 05:33 pm
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A cry for help, or a deeper

A cry for help, or a deeper issue? I'm puzzled!?

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 01/23/09 - 05:49 pm
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I know Mr Baldwin personally

I know Mr Baldwin personally and would have NEVER imagined him to do this. I am glad that he admitted what he did and has resigned his job. He was the Chief of Police and supposed to be a Role Model and uphold the law NOT break the law. I just hope he has learned this. I am truly shocked.

Tired of the BS
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Tired of the BS 01/23/09 - 06:31 pm
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What an idiot---good job/good

What an idiot---good job/good benefits/recognition---all out the window for less than $13.00----now that is smart

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 01/23/09 - 06:52 pm
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The man had gum & tartar

The man had gum & tartar sauce. The temptation is just to hard to resist. Send this guy to Washington DC. He's a natural.

aaa
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aaa 01/23/09 - 08:26 pm
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He did the right thing in

He did the right thing in taking responsibility for his own actions. I am sorry for him and his family. He needs to pick himself back up and move on with his life.

SC88fan
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SC88fan 01/23/09 - 08:27 pm
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Also shaking my head.

Also shaking my head.

211lover
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211lover 01/23/09 - 10:01 pm
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hmm, wonder how many times he
Unpublished

hmm, wonder how many times he has got away with stealing? Wonder how many people have been convicted of stealing because of him? But hey, he is a big wig.. no biggie right? He stole and Walmart decided NOT to prosecute.. that is unreal, as they have a policy to prosecute EVERYONE! Strange. Head of police.. well, I wonder what he has taught his deputy's? What a loser! Guess he will be flipping burgers now, and maybe even pocketing a few.

Sneraul Yddad
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Sneraul Yddad 01/23/09 - 10:37 pm
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Not good....... Even worse

Not good....... Even worse it's Harlem, GA.

depdog1002002
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depdog1002002 01/23/09 - 10:53 pm
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Eh, this is a shock. Or maybe

Eh, this is a shock. Or maybe not. I know he was starting to clean house with a few crooked cops but who is the crooked one now. Im suprised at this. Ive always known Mr.Baldwin to be a good man. Im not saying hes not a good man but made a few bad decisions that he knew better to do. Im glad he admitted he did wrong. You dont see much of that. A bad mark on the good City of Harlem.

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Butterfly143 01/23/09 - 11:10 pm
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if you dont know him, you

if you dont know him, you shouldnt talk about him or the situation. their may be alot of things going on in his life right now that nooooo one knows about. so shut the hell up!!!!!

KSL
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KSL 01/23/09 - 11:20 pm
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Since when is lots of things

Since when is lots of things going on in someone's life an excuse for criminal behavior? He placed himself in a position of being talked about. No doubt he has problems based on the report of what he stole. But I am sick and tired of coddling people who do wrong. Lots of people have bad things going on within their lives. They don't resort to criminal behavior.

Holdem
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Holdem 01/23/09 - 11:27 pm
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Pure karma.This guy has

Pure karma.This guy has resided over a Police Dept that harasses folks that pass through Harlem for years and issues bogus citations.I feel for his family,but what goes around comes around........

kcsjayjay
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kcsjayjay 01/23/09 - 11:43 pm
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I knew this boy be no good!!!

I knew this boy be no good!!! He stole my gosh darned tractor right out from under my nose!!! And when i called the police, guess who showed up but mista sticky fingaz hismelf!!! I hope the 13 dollars was worth it buddy boy!

BOBO
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BOBO 01/23/09 - 11:50 pm
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well 1 more job open for the

well 1 more job open for the unemployed.. You play You PAY...

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rtkguy 01/24/09 - 01:56 am
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I have lived in Harlem for

I have lived in Harlem for the past 5 years and all I can say to Baldwin is good riddance.

The police in Harlem are a disgrace. They pull people over for no reason and write bogus tickets just to have something to do.

Harlem reminds be of Mayberry with Barney running around just looking for a reason to pull his bullet out of his pocket.

I hope and pray that the next police chief of Harlem will have enough sense to make Harlem a place people want to live instead of somewhere to avoid because Barney Fife is going to "write them up".

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SandyK2005 01/24/09 - 04:22 am
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Usually shoplifting of this

Usually shoplifting of this type (especially of an official) is a sign of someone calling out for help. If he really wanted to steal, tarter sauce and jelly isn't even a blip on the radar (he could easily have paid for it). Folks shoplift expensive stuff they can't afford, they don't do it for the cheapest stuff on the shelves, let alone items that will be noticed if put in their pockets (a jar of jelly, even in baggy jeans, will show). He wanted to be caught quickly.

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justus4 01/24/09 - 06:51 am
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Where is the prosecution of
Unpublished

Where is the prosecution of this guy? It must be pending due to the severe nature of his actions. This is shaping up to be another example of U know what....The apologists provide insight for motive, the non-minority media weighs in with no images of the individual, but provides a statement of remorse from suspect, law enforcement believes it's just a lapse in judgement, DA decides its not a big deal-he's already lost his job and what about his family? And the minority community thinks bach to Rev. Lowery's statement during Tuesday's historicial events, questioning "when will white do what is right?" Who knows...it may be today.

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crackertroy 01/24/09 - 07:50 am
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Being banned from Wal Mart is
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Being banned from Wal Mart is worse than prosecution. That $13 is nothing compared to what he's going to pay now: Always High Prices, Always.

suga
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suga 01/24/09 - 08:48 am
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I agree justus4. Maybe he was

I agree justus4. Maybe he was planning a fish fry!

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steelermoose1 01/24/09 - 11:15 am
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F.U. justus4...you blacks all

F.U. justus4...you blacks all use your "oh no, we've been held down by the white man" mentality to justify anything you wish to dispute. You all make me sick. I have terrific minority friends that have fought through racism and accomplished wonderful things, not to be lumped into the same reverse racism mold you are from. You need to get a life. Rev Lowery is an idiot just like Obama

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corndog69 01/24/09 - 11:43 am
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this kinda ticked me off i

this kinda ticked me off i was having a fish fry and jerry was suppose to bring the tarter sauce. see if i ever invite him to another fish fry

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Tujeez1 01/24/09 - 01:16 pm
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AC And Everyone

AC And Everyone Else........It is "tartar sauce"or "tartare sauce" for the record!

ncdixon
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ncdixon 01/24/09 - 03:38 pm
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He is a thief that got

He is a thief that got caught. If it had been anyone else there would be all kind of ugly comments. The man is a thief who wore a uniform. bottom line.

hossiv
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hossiv 01/24/09 - 03:41 pm
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What a loser!

What a loser!

ncdixon
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ncdixon 01/24/09 - 03:45 pm
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Steelmoose1 We just finished

Steelmoose1 We just finished discussing people like you in my History class.

Butterfly143
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Butterfly143 01/24/09 - 04:43 pm
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I think it should be against

I think it should be against the law to leave stupid comments under a article. If you dont know him personally then I dont think its none of your business. You and your family Jerry are in our prayers. If you really know Jerry, then you know this isnt him. Something is wrong, and your going to feel real bad if something really does happen. WE LOVE YOU JERRY!!

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wise ole man 01/26/09 - 09:50 am
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Justuce4- your comments were

Justuce4- your comments were expected. You can not see the crime for trying to blame others. Mr. Baldwin probably did not get convicted because he did not try to run out the door and plow into a car load of innocent people- killing them. Nor did he make excuses that society was holding him down. He was wrong- he was caught and he confessed to his crime without shouting and without a community riot. i wo uld love to know your version of right. Is it what is correct- morally and ethically or is it revenge on what you think you deserve based on actions of the past. Mr. Baldwin had a job more than I can say for others who have been defended by posters on this site, and unlike those same posters, Mr. Baldwin has not cried foul because he was caught nor did he ask for special favors. So save your racial implications to your self.

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