As anyone who's spent a two hour negotiation at the age of 14, in the security office of Birmingham's Virgin Megastore knows, shoplifting is a subtle art. And by art we mean crime.
Eric Lee King, 21, of Columbia Heights Minnesota, lacks the guile for such illegalities and has been charged for allegedly trying to leave a store with a 19-inch TV in his pants.
A cop said he saw King drop a box of candy in a store parking lot (so he made it out of the building!) in Eagan. But when the officer called out to King to alert him, King did not respond and the officer then noticed King was walking strangely.
The officer got out of his car to confront King, who reached into his pants, prompting the officer to handcuff him.
After King was cuffed, the officer noticed a large rectangular object in King's pants, which turned out to be a 19-inch, flat-screen television. The officer also found other items, including a remote control, power cords and a bottle of brake fluid.