A Milwaukee man could face up to nine months in prison if he is convicted of attempting to stuff a frying pan down his pants and stealing two coats.
Herman Hampton, 50, was charged March 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of misdemeanor retail theft in connection with an alleged incident at Burlington Coat Factory, 12575 W. Capitol Drive, Dec. 29, 2016.
According to a criminal complaint, police responded to Burlington Coat Factory at about 7:15 p.m. for a report about a suspect who allegedly concealed merchandise, left the store and then returned, exchanging the stolen items for a gift card.
As police arrived, dispatch advised that Hampton was putting a frying pan down his pants. As an officer approached, Hampton allegedly tried to hide behind a shelving unit while removing the pan from his pants and placing it on a shelf.
According to the criminal complaint, video surveillance showed Hampton concealing two coats and leaving the store before returning and exchanging the items for a gift card, which he then passed to an unidentified woman. The woman then used the gift card to make a purchase, the complaint said.
Cash bond has been set at $200. Hampton is scheduled to make his initial court appearance April 10.