Man, 31, accused of theft, shoplifting


Upper Fairfield Township resident Christopher Joseph Eck, 31, faces three separate sets of charges, including allegedly stealing from his mother and stepfather, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.

Eck, of 2669 Route 864, is accused of using his mother’s credit card to rack up $2,900 in charges between last Oct. 29 and Dec. 10, state police said. He made the purchases on Cindy Kling’s credit card at numerous stores, police said.

Eck also used his father’s identity to set up a credit card account in the name of David G. Kling, police said. Once he established credit with the bogus card, Eck used it to buy airplane tickets, police said. The Klings live in the 2600 block of Blair Street Extension.

In this case, Eck was charged with theft by deception, access device fraud and identity theft. He was arraigned on this warrant on the afternoon of June 3 when he was caught allegedly shoplifting at the Family Dollar, 1221 W. Fourth St., city police said.

Eck had fled the store allegedly with $8 worth of merchandise, but he was nabbed minutes later just around the corner, police said.

He was arraigned on the charges from the state police warrant and placed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Eck was taken from the jail the next day and arraigned before District Judge James Carn on a misdemeanor charge of shoplifting stemming from the incident at the Family Dollar. He was recommitted in lieu of an additional $12,500 bail.

Before the week was over, Eck once again was before Whiteman. This time, he was arraigned on a second misdemeanor shoplifting charge that the state police filed as a result of incident on April 25 when he was caught allegedly trying to steal merchandise at Kmart, 1915 E. Third St.

Following this proceeding, he was recommitted in lieu of an additional $5,000 bail.