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Sale of speakers brings charges

December 02, 1997

Sale of speakers brings charges

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

An attempt to sell band equipment in early November resulted in injuries to the seller and charges against one of the "buyers'' when the transaction went sour, according to Maryland State Police.

Christopher Steven Stone, 20, of 20714 Trovinger Mill Road, has been charged with robbery, felony theft, conspiracy to commit theft and first- and second-degree assault, according to Washington County District Court records.

The incident occurred at the Unger Road home of Jason Betker, who had several pieces of band equipment for sale, court records said.

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Stone and two other men showed up at Betker's home on Nov. 4 and proceeded to talk about buying the amplifers and speakers, which Betker had bought for $1,300 and was then selling for $800, court records said.

After reaching a deal, Stone and the two other men began loading the items into a car prior to paying Betker, court records said.

Once the equipment was loaded, the men jumped into the car and began to pull out of Betker's driveway with the victim running after the car yelling, court records said.

At that point, Betker tried to pull open the car doors but the occupants opened their doors in an effort to knock Betker off the car, court records said.

Finally Betker was dragged out of the driveway and then fell onto the road, causing cuts and scrapes and neck pain, court records said.

Trooper First Class R.O. Fraley responded to the victim's home and saw the injuries, court records said.

It wasn't known if there would be more charges against the other two men.

Bond was set at $75,000, but on Monday Judge Ralph France lowered it to $25,000, court records said.

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