Baldi watch: Bel Rio owner faces embezzlement charges
A pleasant homecoming for Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi appears less likely, as Albemarle County police say they have been issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony embezzlement charge. Following a July 20 story in the Hook, which delved into the circumstances surrounding Bel Rio’s sudden closure and Baldi’s disappearance, the long-time local bookkeeper, bartender, and restaurateur became the subject of a number of local news stories, including this recent one by the Newplex. According to police, Baldi, who turns 47 August 13, embezzled money from WK Foods and Proffitt Management.
According to County police spokesperson Lt. Shawn Schwertfeger, the warrant is for an alleged embezzlement that happened sometime between November 2009 and July 15 2010. Schwertfeger would not say how much money was allegedly embezzled. Anyone with information about Baldi's whereabouts should contact Detective Espinoza at 434-296-5865 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.