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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:53 pm | Updated: 6:02 pm, Tue Jul 16, 2013.

A man with a long history of theft-related charges remains behind bars after a shoplifting attempt at a Carolina Forest shopping center, according to police records.

Lehman Morris Blackman, 35, of Marion, has been charged with shoplifting and giving false information to law enforcement. No bail has been set.

The charges stem from a shoplifting attempt at the Ollie's Bargain Outlet off Carolina Forest Boulevard on July 10.

An employee said the suspect placed an air conditioner and pots and pans in a shopping cart and tried to walk out of the store without paying for the items, the report said.

According to the report, the employee tried to stop the suspect by putting his hand on the cart, but the suspect removed the employee's hand and said he was taking the items.

The suspect fled on foot heading toward Goodwill, and entered the job link section of the business.

Police threatened to tase the suspect before he surrendered. Then the suspect entered a semi-responsive state and complained of chest pains, so he was taken to Conway Medical Center.

Later the suspect admitted to trying to steal the items so he could sell them to buy cocaine, the report said.

A check of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website shows the suspect has been charged with mainly theft-related offenses at least six times since Aug. 13, 2012.

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