With 20 prior convictions, Rocky Point man heads to prison for breaking into coin-operated dryers

With 20 prior convictions, Rocky Point man heads to prison for breaking into coin-operated dryers
James Wade Baucom (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A Rocky Point man with a history of breaking into coin-operated dryers is headed to prison after he admitted to breaking into two laundry buildings at a pair of Wilmington apartment complexes last year.

James Wade Baucom, 47, will spend 77-105 months in prison after he entered guilty pleas to eleven counts of felony breaking into coin-operated machines and two counts of felony breaking and entering a building. He was sentenced as a habitual felon.

On April 12, 2018, Baucom broke into the laundry building at the Pines Apartments and stole money from four Speed Queen dryers. On July 3, 2018, he broke into the laundry building at the Pinewood Apartments, stealing money from seven of the washers and dryers inside.

Wilmington police managed to link Baucom to the crimes after he left behind fingerprints at the crime scenes.

Prosecutors say Baucom has an extensive history of breaking into coin-operated machines, having been previously convicted 20 times for the crime. He’s currently facing similar charges in South Carolina.

Baucom also has prior convictions of felony and misdemeanor property crimes in North and South Carolina, felony hit and run, and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

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