RIVERSIDE - A Chicago contractor who allegedly scammed a Riverside resident in May 2019 was arrested Feb. 13 while attending a court case in Chicago.
Riverside detectives took Christopher Baker into custody when he stepped outside the Cook County County Criminal Court Building.
Baker, 29, of the 8000 block of South Keeler Avenue, Chicago, was charged with one count of home repair fraud--a Class A misdemeanor because the initial loss was under $1,000.
Baker reportedly solicited work through the village of Riverside for a resident in the 400 block of Repton Road. The original complaint was filed with police in May 2019.
In the original complaint, the homeowner had contracted with an individual for repair work to be done to an in ground pool. Baker, of Got Splash Pools Repair, was given a $250 deposit to complete some extensive work. He took the money but never showed up to perform any repair work, according to Riverside police.
The homeowner and the contractor went back and forth on this issue until the end of 2019. A complaint was filed with Riverside police, and an investigation was opened.
At the time of his arrest, Baker was out on bond for an armed robbery case in which he was arrested on July 15 in the 9200 block of Western Avenue in Evergreen Park. Riverside police are seeking to have that bond revoked. Baker was able to post bond and has been released, but Riverside police has filed paperwork asking that his bond be revoked.
“Our detectives worked this case for over a year and were finally able to make an arrest. This department is committed to arresting dishonest contractors who prey on hardworking homeowners by skipping out with their deposits,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said. “What’s even more disturbing is that his company, Got Splash Pools, had already been flagged on numerous social media accounts as a scammer.”