A former Willard man convicted of a credit card theft is accused of testing positive for marijuana before his arraignment on another theft charge.
Shelby resident Dustin L. Baker, 27, pleaded innocent Monday to theft of checks in connection with an Aug. 22 incident. As a condition of his $5,000 bond, he is prohibited from having any association with the victimized couple or be on their Townline Road 12, North Fairfield, property.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the suspected offense is an "intrafamily" issue over a $100 check.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper had requested the court revoke Baker's bond in connection with testing positive for multiple drugs since being placed on probation in August. Baker's underlying conviction is for stealing a credit card from his former work supervisor.
"This afternoon he tested positive for marijuana," Kasper said at Monday's hearing.
The prosecutor also told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway she believes a third theft-related charge was making its way through the local court system.
Conway released Baker on a personal recognizance bond, but warned him if he failed to appear for future hearings or had another positive drug screen, he would be arrested, jailed and have his bond revoked.
"You're not helping yourself out with this behavior. You're going to have to turn yourself around quickly," the judge said.
Baker, the father of two young children, told Conway he was supposed to start working Monday afternoon at an Ashland-area business. He also said his wife told him if she suspected him of using drugs or of violating his felony probation, she would report it to his probation officer.
The defendant has been convicted of using a male victim's credit card to make $107 worth of purchases without authorization Jan. 20.
In early August, Baker was ordered to pay the remaining $60 in restitution. The court sentenced Baker to a 90-day jail sentence on the work release program, which can be imposed or asked to be waived at the discretion of his probation officer.
Baker is subject to weekly drug screens on the current case.
"It can be more than that; it's up to the discretion of your probation officer," Conway warned the defendant Monday.