MASON CITY | A Mason City man is accused of stealing air duster from Wal-Mart after being released from jail for running from a sheriff's deputy after jaywalking earlier that morning. 

Travis Alan Kummer, 34, has been charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree theft after Mason City police said he stole a two-pack of air duster from the shelf at the discount retailer about 2:55 p.m. March 4, court documents said.

The product, also known as canned air, is often huffed to achieve a "high."

Kummer is accused of concealing the air duster, valued at $4.74, in his clothing and fleeing the store, according to charging documents. Police said he put the item in a trash can before running off the property.

“Travis was identified by video surveillance as he was wearing the same clothing in the video as he had logged into jail from early that morning,” the Mason City Police Department criminal complaint said.

About 1:48 a.m. March 4, a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's deputy saw Kummer jaywalking near 19th Street Southwest and South Monroe Avenue, according to court documents. 

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"Kummer was advised to stop and took off running from a uniformed deputy sheriff," the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's criminal complaint said. 

He was apprehended, charged with misdemeanor failure to use a crosswalk and released on his own recognizance. Kummer is scheduled to appear in court April 3 on the jaywalking charge. 

In the case involving air duster, Kummer allegedly admitted the theft to a Mason City police officer via phone, according to court documents.

He has been released on his own recognizance in the theft case is scheduled to appear in court March 29. 

Court documents indicated prosecutors would seek jail time if Kummer is convicted in the theft case. 

Kummer has been previously convicted of theft in Cerro Gordo County in 2012 and Floyd County in 2002, court documents said.

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