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Published February 25 2012

Man accused of stuffing flat screen in pants

MINNEAPOLIS – A 21-year-old Columbia Heights man is accused of stealing a 19-inch flat-screen television from an Eagan business by stuffing it down his pants.

Eric Lee King was charged Friday with felony fifth-degree controlled substance and shoplifting, a misdemeanor.

According to the complaint, an Eagan officer saw King drop a box of candy as he walked out the store Dec. 5, 2011.

WCCO-TV reported that when he tried several times to get King’s attention, King ignored him. The officer later saw the TV in his pants.

He also allegedly had a remote, power cords, a bottle of brake fluid and two Xanax pills shoved down there, too.

If convicted, King could face more than five years in prison and $11,000 in fines.