Lufkin Police tell Fox 51, 18 year-old Ernesto Ricardo Maldonado was arrested early Friday morning during a Black Friday event.
It happened at the Best Buy on the 4500 block of Medford Drive in Lufkin around 4:00 a.m.
Officials say security officers spotted Maldonado walking into the bathroom with an HDMI cable tucked under his shirt.
Authorities followed Maldonado into the restroom, where he got spooked and flushed the cable down the toilet.
Lufkin Police say the 18 year-old had been drinking, so in addition to Theft, Maldonado was also charged with Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor and Failure to Identify when asked.
The HDMI cable was valued at $29.99, and could not be recovered.