Massac County Sheriff's Office, along with numerous other law enforcement agencies, carried out a search warrant in the 2900 block of North Avenue on Sept. 9. A press release was issued the following day. According to Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, in that release, no names were given at the time because no arrests had been made.

A news release was recently issued regarding the arrest of Donald Gilbert, 51, of Joppa. On Oct. 4, a Massac County Grand Jury heard evidence from the investigation and an indictment was issued against Gilbert for charges related to the investigation. Gilbert was charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle -- theft over $500.

The Massac County Grand Jury also returned indictments on Dusty Baker, 39, of Metropolis, and his wife, Brittany Baker, 31, both of Metropolis.

Dusty E. Baker was charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle -- theft over $500, and Brittany R. Baker was charged with obstructing justice and theft over $500.

According to Massac County Sheriff's Department, deputies began investigating the Bakers following the recovery of a stolen excavator at their residence on North Avenue, outside of Metropolis.

The investigation continued throughout the summer as deputies began locating stolen vehicles along with numerous other stolen items. The investigation concluded following the Sept. 9 search warrant at their residence on North Avenue.

From there, all of the evidence collected over the course of the investigation was presented to the Massac County States Attorney Josh Stratemeyer, who presented the case to a Massac County Grand Jury on Oct. 4, where the indictments were returned.

Gilbert was already in custody on unrelated charges. Dusty Baker was in custody in McCracken County at the time on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Brittany Baker was arrested on Oct. 7 at the Massac County Courthouse.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, the Illinois State Police, the Paducah Police Department and the Massac County Highway Department were all involved in assisting the sheriff's department with the investigation.

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