Oklahoma man arrested after allegedly trying to hide propane tank down his pants at Walmart

OKLAHOMA CITY — A man was arrested on larceny charges after he tried to steal several items from a Walmart store, including a small propane tank that he allegedly tried to hide down his pants. It happened earlier this week at the Belle Isle Walmart.

According to the police report, 24-year-old Benjamin Stallings Love tried to steal a knife, a propane tank regulator, a propane tank and a pack of Hane’s T-shirts. He allegedly tried to hide the small propane tank down his pants.

"He was stopped by security, ultimately placed under arrest and held in the loss prevention office,” MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department said. "The officer was checking the suspect to see if he had any warrants, checking the name that was given to them, it turned out to be a false name. As the officer is ascertaining this information, the suspect actually opened the door and was able to get out of the loss prevention office and tried to run through the parking lot.”

The officers and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy were able to catch up to the suspect.

He was taken into custody on larceny charges and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

"Nobody got hurt. He did steal a knife as well, which obviously can be used as a weapon. In this case, it wasn't and he was taken into custody. Other than the brief escape attempt, it was without incident,” Knight said.

Love is now out on bond.

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