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Former Martinsburg councilman arraigned

Christopher Aaron Baker is accused of failing to pay for and return a GPS unit that he leased

July 28, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Martinsburg City Councilman who is accused of failing to pay for and return a GPS unit that he leased in May 2007 was arraigned Tuesday on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Christopher Aaron Baker, 34, was released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court records.

Baker, who served on City Council from 2000 to 2004, was identified by a Caron East Inc. sales representative in a photo lineup, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. W.A. Johnson.

Johnson was unsuccessful in several attempts to interview Baker after making contact with his father, according to court records.

Christopher Robson of Caron East told police that Baker signed a lease agreement on May 1, 2007, for a Topcon GPS unit with a value of $5,300. The lease was $600 per month, but Robson told police Baker failed to pay and could not be reached by the company afterward, according to court records.

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Caron East has offices in Cumberland, Md., and in Manassas and Chesapeake, Va., according to the company's website.

In May 2001, Baker was ordered to serve 10 days in jail after being arrested in June 2000 by Martinsburg Police and charged with a second offense of driving without an operator's license.

Baker did not seek re-election in 2004 after serving one four-year term on City Council.

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