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MPD charges four in burglary of Weidmann's

By By Lynette Wilson / staff writer
Oct. 4, 2002
One teen-ager remained in jail Thursday and three other people were released on bond after being arrested in connection with the burglary of Weidmann's restaurant.
Jason A. Baldwin, 18, 4215 33rd Ave., was charged with commercial burglary and was being held on a $5,000 bond. Meridian Police arrested Baldwin on Thursday.
Christopher Grant Hatcher, 18, 810 63rd Ave.; Angela Castiang, 22, 703 Willow Bend; and Justin L. Tran, 17, 12905 County Road 514, Clarke County, also were charged with commercial burglary.
Police arrested Hatcher on Thursday, Castiang on Wednesday and Tran on Tuesday. All three were released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond each.
Detective Deano Harper, spokesman for the Meridian Police Department, announced the arrests at a news conference Thursday at MPD headquarters.
Thousands of dollars in kitchen equipment, electronics, silver and crystal were taken from Weidmann's during a burglary that Harper said happened Sept. 24.
William McGehee, a chef who is partnered with Jackson restaurateur Nick Apostle to oversee the building's renovations, said last week that components of a state-of-the-art sound system were missing from his office.
The historic 22nd Avenue downtown restaurant closed last year and is undergoing a $20 million renovation. The new restaurant could be open by the end of the year.
Harper said some of the stolen goods have been recovered and were found for sale locally. He said the MPD is looking for help finding the rest of the stolen items.
If anyone has information regarding the crime, they can call CrimeStoppers at 485-1860 or 917-8888.