Recovered Ballroom Dance Costumes Lead to Criminal Charges

Recovered Ballroom Dance Costumes Lead to Criminal Charges

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- The search for two missing Utah Valley State College ballroom dance costumes has turned up at least 10 pricey gowns and led to the arrest of a Southern Utah University dance instructor.

Mark Baker was charged with misdemeanor theft after the some of the missing costumes were found in his possession. Police have recovered two outfits worth a combined $500 and eight tango dresses each worth $100.

Two gowns valued at $5,000 each remain missing.

Some of the costumes were spotted in an online video production by a dance team member and led police to Baker.

Baker worked at UVSC during the 2005-06 school year as an adjunct dance instructor and coached the intermediate ballroom dance team.

Since 2006 Baker has been employed at SUU as director of the Ballroom Dance Company. School officials have suspended Baker pending the outcome of his case.

A hearing in 4th District Court is scheduled for Oct. 29.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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