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July 17, 2006
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Man arrested in Wis. cop's house while retrieving pants

The Associated Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wis.- An 18-year-old man was charged with felony burglary and property damage after he returned to the site of an unauthorized party at a police officer's house when he forgot a pair of pants.

Eric D. Hening was caught at the home of Officer Timothy Patton when he returned the night after Patton's son threw a party that included underage alcohol consumption without his father's permission.

Authorities are investigating after a police-issued handgun, seven other firearms, ammunition, speed loaders, high-powered radios and several Sheboygan Police Department uniform shirts were taken during the party.

Hening has only been charged with theft of a shirt and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer.

A sheriff's department deputy found Hening wearing the inside-out police department shirt while he was hiding in the shower of an upstairs bathroom, a criminal complaint said.

Hening was also photographed wearing the shirt for his mug shot before officers realized he was wearing it, authorities said.

Hening told police he returned because he needed to retrieve a pair of pants, the complaint said. Hening said he leaned a ladder against the locked home and entered a second-story window.

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