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Case dismissed against man who tried to take Masters sand

Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:55 PM
Last updated 11:45 PM
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An Ohio man who was arrested during the final round of the Masters Tournament in what police say was a failed attempt to steal some bunker sand had his case dismissed Thursday.

Baker
Baker


Clayton Price Baker did not show up for Richmond County Magistrate Court, but his attorney, Roger Claridge, spoke on his behalf.

Police said Baker, 40, slipped under the ropes after the tournament and attempted to fill his cup with sand. After a short foot chase by Augusta National Golf Club security and sheriff’s deputies, he was caught and charged with disorderly conduct.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at time of the incident, did not get any sand.

Claridge said the incident had caused his client a great deal of embarrassment and money. He lost his Masters badges, and while he sat in the Richmond County jail, the meter was running on a private jet he had booked to fly him home, Claridge said.

“Let me make sure I understand this,” Judge William D. Jennings III said. “He rode a jet to Augusta to collect dirt?”

Claridge clarified that his client had come to see the Masters.

“So he came here to collect special dirt,” Jennings said. “Had he been successful in his attempt, what, pray tell, would he have done with it?”

Claridge explained that his client tries to collect dirt from ballparks and other sports venues he attends as sort of a hobby.

“It was going to be part of his collection,” said Claridge, adding that he hoped the court could dismiss the charges.

Solicitor Harry B. James said he didn’t object so long as Baker forfeited the $285 in bond he posted to be released from jail.

“In my estimation of the amount of money this has cost him, the embarrassment, the fact he lost his badges to the Masters, the fact that he spent a considerable amount of time in jail – I believe that it is more than enough punishment in this matter,” James said.

Jennings granted the request with a parting admonition.

“You tell him I said, ‘Dictum sapienti sat est,’ ” the judge said, using a Latin phrase that means, “A word to the wise is enough.”

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/10/12 - 01:24 pm
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Too funny.

Too funny.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 05/10/12 - 01:43 pm
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I wonder what this guy does

I wonder what this guy does for a living that allows him to travel by jet to collect dirt/sand. After the trouble and money this guy spent the National should give him a whole bucket of that "special sand".

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dwb619 05/10/12 - 01:56 pm
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He should be thankful that he

He should be thankful that he wasn't caught fishing.

Jake
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Jake 05/10/12 - 02:50 pm
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Rats, soiled again!

This is one of the dirtiest stories I have ever read on the Chronicle.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/10/12 - 03:01 pm
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More Than the Money!

I am sure that his boss, his co workers, his family and friends all Googled the Chronicle and saw his mug shot!! It's amazing what those spirits will make you do! LOL!

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/10/12 - 03:08 pm
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I am sure he learned his

I am sure he learned his lesson, especially with his mug shot plastered for the world to see. His buddies are probably calling him "Mr. Sand Man".

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David Parker 05/10/12 - 03:15 pm
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We got to get this guy back

We got to get this guy back to Augusta for more shenanigans. I'm thinking we get him and John Daly together, lock them in a room with a bottle of SoCo, and set them free. If they don't come back, it was never meant to be.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/10/12 - 04:05 pm
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"Wine is a mocker, and strong

"Wine is a mocker, and strong drink is raging!!". Ain't it the truth?!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/10/12 - 05:04 pm
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Bunker bandit
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"Finally counsel, this was undoubtedly a foul and dastardly act! Henceforth, your client shall be known as "the bunker bandit" and may he forever be anathema."

"Nexxxxttt!!!!"

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/10/12 - 05:05 pm
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Judge Using Latin Funny
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The judge using Latin was funniest thing. Pontificating wisdom in Latin in Richmond County Magistrate's court is a wee bit out of the ordinary. I guess dealing with the publicity and these well off people instead of those he usually deals with has him feeling like he's the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

raul
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raul 05/10/12 - 06:11 pm
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Small jets are $2500 an hour

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 05/11/12 - 06:32 am
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I wonder what ever happened
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I wonder what ever happened to the pilot that was pulling one of the banners behind his small plane.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/11/12 - 08:32 am
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I know plenty of people who

I know plenty of people who collect rocks, sand, etc from places they visit-just usually you aren't arrested for it. Jeez.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 05/11/12 - 09:00 am
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the augusta mystique
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so now along with the golf tycoonament that everyone knows isn't ours but just parks here and trashy washington road which is totally ours, people when they think of augusta will also think of our sheriff's department and the rules or whatever they follow.

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