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Man accused of taking GPS unit waives right to hearing

Christopher Aaron Baker was allowed to remain free on bond after $2,500 was posted for bail

August 17, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Martinsburg city councilman accused of failing to pay for and return a GPS unit that he leased in May 2007 has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records.

Christopher Aaron Baker, 34, was arraigned July 26 on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense, according to magistrate court records.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington issued the capias Aug. 5 after Baker failed to appear for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Baker, who appeared in court Monday, was allowed to remain free on bond after $2,500 was posted for bail, according to court records.

Baker, who served on City Council from 2000 to 2004, signed a lease agreement with Caron East Inc., on May 1, 2007, for a Topcon GPS unit with a value of $5,300, according to court records. The lease was $600 per month, but a company sales representative told police that Baker failed to pay and could not be reached by the company afterward, according to court records.

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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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