County police charged a 36-year-old Baltimore man after an attempt to steal $5,000 worth of computer equipment, including a desktop computer and a printer, from Comp USA in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway.
Police said a man entered the store at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, placed computer equipment in a shopping cart and headed for the store's front exit.
The man told store employees he had a work order in the car and would bring it into the store for their inspection after he put the items in his car, the police report said.
After arguing with an employee, the man said he was with the national security office and "had the right to take" the equipment, the report said.
The man re-entered the store and had begun filling out a credit card application when police arrived. He tried unsuccessfully to persuade officers that he was going to pay for the merchandise with his new credit card and that he was a National Security officer, the report said.
Police charged Isaiah Harley Jr. of the 2400 block of Etting St.
* Glen Burnie: A $3,600 fiberglass tub was stolen Tuesday from a home that was being built in the 400 block of Applegate Court.