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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker accused of stealing a television from a Gray Mountain motel.

But Duane Tsinigine is not entirely off the hook. The case was dropped without prejudice late last month, meaning it can be refiled.

Tsinigine had pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage, stemming from a reported theft July 6 at the Anasazi Inn. He says friends had placed a flat-screen TV in the trunk of his car after he checked out of the motel.

According to a police report, two men with Tsinigine ran off before law enforcement arrived.

Mike Lessler of the Coconino County Attorney's Office says the sheriff's office has been asked to investigate further. He says prosecutors then will determine how to proceed.

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