Spokane man on trial in tinfoil theft

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man accused of tearing off a piece of aluminum foil at a pharmacy is on trial in Spokane.

KXLY reports that what could have been a shoplifting case turned into a robbery charge because the man is accused of pepper-spraying a security guard who tried to stop him.

The 26-year-old defendant, David Hickam, has a history of theft and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Police say he went into a Rite-Aid stored, picked up a box of aluminum foil, tore off a sheet, put it in his pocket and tried to walk out of the store.

His defense lawyer says he used the pepper spray in self defense once the security guard had his hands on Hickam's throat.

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Information from: KXLY-TV, http://www.kxly.com/