Man conceals Swiss cheese in his pants, police say

Suspect was 'waddling when he walked,' security officer says

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - A man with an apparent love for Swiss cheese is now behind bars on retail theft charges.

A security officer at the Giant Food Store, 4320 North Fifth St. Hwy., Muhlenberg Township, spotted Elijah Muhammad Eason "waddling when he walked" through the store on Monday, police said.

Eason was found to have four logs of Swiss cheese, each valued between $52 and $55, inside the legs of his pants, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

When confronted outside the store, Eason asked the security officer, "What cheese?"

Police responded, recovered the cheese and took Eason into custody.

Police said Eason was later identified as the man who who was captured on surveillance video committing a similar theft at the Giant Food Store at 1100 Rockland St. in Reading on Saturday.

The video, police said, showed Eason pushing out of camera view a shopping cart with three logs of Swiss cheese in it. When he was back in the camera's range, police said he had visual bulges in the legs of his pants.

Eason, of Reading, was charged with retail theft and committed to the Berks County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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