Man arrested for having items from suspected Greenbank murderer’s home

A Greenbank man was caught with an industrial meat slicer, a washer and dryer and a TV allegedly stolen from the vacant home of a murder suspect, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Curtis Farrow, 35, in Island County Superior Court July 18 with possession of stolen property in the first degree, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of an unlawful firearm.

Robert “Al” Baker is being held in the Island County jail and was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kathie Baker.

The Greenbank home they once shared is a crime scene and has been vacant for the past year.

The property manager reported three times in the past three months that the house was burglarized.

On July 15, the landlord of a different house, located on Shoreline Drive, reported that someone may have been living in it, though it was supposed to be vacant.

He reported that a door was open and the hot tub was filled.

The man also reported that his partner’s Jeep was stolen.

Deputy Darren Crownover with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated with another deputy. They reported they found an assortment of belongings on the property which were not supposed to be there.

The items included a meat slicer, a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a washer, a dryer, a license plate belonging to Baker and black bag with the name Baker on it.

The items were all reported stolen from the Baker residence, Crownover wrote in his report of the incident.

In addition, the deputies found a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle and a .357 Ruger, which were stolen from other Whidbey Island residents.

The deputy interviewed a woman who said she had been living at the Shoreline Drive home with Farrow and others. The woman and Farrow had rented the house previously, but were no longer supposed to be living there, the report indicates.

The Jeep was found parked at the Bayview Park and Ride.

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