Police in Pasco, Wash., say they've arrested a man who tried to steal multiple bottles of expensive cognac from two Rite Aid drugstores.

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Police in Pasco, Wash., say they’ve arrested a man who tried to steal multiple bottles of expensive cognac from two Rite Aid drugstores.

Capt. Jim Raymond says the man is accused of stuffing $40 bottles of Hennessy Cognac down the front of his pants on Sunday at one Rite Aid. When a clerk tried to stop him, police say he grabbed a pair of scissors and tried to stab the employee during his escape. The clerk was unhurt.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( http://is.gd/68smCe) that on Wednesday, the man is accused of taking cognac bottles into the public restroom of another Rite Aid. Police say he ran when employees tried to stop him from leaving but was stopped by police a short distance away.

Raymond says 48-year-old Thomas D. Franklin of Pasco has been jailed for investigation.

It’s been a month since Washington state privatized liquor sales. Police in some cities say liquor shoplifting is becoming an increasing problem.

Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com