MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A city councilman in West Virginia is accused of helping his brother take and destroy a tenant’s belongings.

The Journal cites a Martinsburg police release that says the victim reported Monday his landlord, Christopher Baker, had loaded his belongings onto city trucks to take away.

Christopher Baker told police the city planning commission had deemed the apartment uninhabitable because of a lack of electricity, so he disposed of the victim’s belongings. While he was talking to police, Martinsburg Councilman Jason Baker exited the apartment with the victim’s tools.

An investigation revealed Christopher Baker hadn’t filed for eviction or wrongful occupation.

He’s charged with petit larceny, destruction of property and conspiracy. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Jason Baker is charged with conspiracy to commit petit larceny. In a statement, he said he was “falsely accused.”


Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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