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Fargo man busted in sex toy case arrested another shoplifting charge

FARGO – A Fargo man who was arrested last week on suspicion of shoplifting an artificial vagina from an adult bookstore was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of shoplifting a $550 camera from a sporting goods store.

In Wednesday’s incident, Christopher Wiener, 26, is suspected of taking a trail camera from Scheels All Sports at 1551 45th St. S., police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Vettel said when confronted, Wiener returned the camera to an employee of the store and then fled at around 3:10 p.m.

When a police officer spotted Wiener in the parking lot of a nearby liquor store, Wiener saw the officer at about the same time and ran inside the store, Vettel said.

The officer arrested Wiener a short time later after he attempted to hide in the store’s bathroom, Vettel said.

Based on the value of the camera involved, Wiener may face a felony shoplifting charge, Vettel added.

In last week’s incident, an employee at the Romantix adult bookstore at 417 NP Ave. approached a police officer who happened to be in the area of the store and told him that a man had just shoplifted an artificial vagina, according to a police report on the incident.

When the officer stopped the man, identified by police as Wiener, the officer found him in possession of the stolen merchandise and took him into custody, the report said.

The report said jail staff discovered meth and a glass pipe with residue among Wiener’s belongings and he was charged in Cass County District Court with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

He was freed after posting bail of $500.

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