Police arrest man for allegedly stealing stapler from city hall

Centralia police arrested John C. Baker Wednesday morning after he threatened staff members at Centralia City Hall and then allegedly stole a stapler as he was being escorted out of the building by police, The Chronicle reported.

The 69-year-old Centralia man, who owns the Sticklin Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery in Centralia, allegedly began “causing a commotion” and was “freaking out” in the city attorney’s office shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Centralia police. Because of Baker’s threats, the staff called police officers upstairs, and Baker was escorted by police out of the building.

Before leaving, Baker allegedly told one of the staff members that he was going “nose to nose” with the individual the next day, according to Centralia police.

Once outside, one of the officers noticed he had a blue stapler in his pocket, according to Centralia police. Baker later told police he stole it because officers were forcing him to leave the building. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft.