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Associated Press, Published July 05 2012

Homeless man accused of stealing shotgun from Bismarck store

BISMARCK — A homeless man is accused of stealing a shotgun from a downtown Bismarck store, then alarming people by walking across the street with it and hanging out in a parking lot.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 23-year-old Luke Eppler was charged Tuesday with Class C felony theft of property.

South Central District Judge David Reich set bond for Eppler at $100,000 cash.

Police say officers were called to Gun City Monday morning for a report of a man stealing a shotgun. Police when officers arrived, Eppler was standing near a tire store and had the gun leaning against the building. Officers arrested him at gunpoint without incident.

Police say the shotgun was returned to Gun City.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.