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Thursday, March 28, 2013 —A temporary worker was charged this week with theft for taking electronic devices from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chicago office, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

This month, Cook County Sheriff’s Police assistance was requested by federal investigators in the theft of a laptop and two smartphones that occurred in December.

Alan BakerInvestigators learned that the stolen laptop was in the possession of Alan Baker, 35, of the 13000 block of South Houston Avenue in Chicago. Evidence showed Baker had contacted the laptop’s manufacturers help line for assistance.

At the time of the theft, Baker was on a temporary assignment at the EPA facility, where he performed janitorial duties.

On March 25, Sheriff’s Police and federal investigators interviewed Baker at his home. There they found the stolen computer and the two cell phones.

Baker was arrested and charged on March 25 with one count of theft of government property, a class 2 felony. He is being held at Cook County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Baker’s next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 1 at Branch 44 of the Chicago Police Courts - North, located at 3150 West Flournoy.

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