Man arrested for shoplifting sex toy from downtown Fargo store
By Emily Welker / The Forum
FARGO – A Fargo man was arrested Tuesday for shoplifting an artificial vagina from downtown Fargo’s adult bookstore after he told police he became embarrassed by his interest in the object when a woman came into the store.
The man, 26-year old Christopher Wiener of Fargo, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine, both C felonies.
According to a police report filed in the case, the Fargo Police Officer Brent Malone was clearing a disturbance call Tuesday around 12:25 a.m. at the Romantix bookstore at 417 NP Avenue in downtown Fargo when an employee of the store told him a man leaving the store had stolen an artificial vagina.
When Malone stopped the man in the 100 block of Fourth Street North, he asked the man where the box containing the merchandise had come from.
The man, who identified himself as Christopher Wiener, told the police he had bought the item from Romantix.
Upon further discussion, the police report says, Wiener told Malone that “I saw an opportunity, I took it, and it was stupid,” adding that he’d become embarrassed when a female entered the store and didn’t want to take out the product and reveal his interest in it.
Wiener was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and taken to the Cass County jail.
At the jail, the report says, a Cass County deputy discovered meth and a glass pipe with residue among Wiener’s belongings.
Malone asked Wiener if he had been using narcotics or alcohol earlier in the evening, to which the report says Wiener replied that he had been using ecstasy.
Wiener made his first court appearance Wednesday in Cass County District Court, at which his bail was set at $500.