Man with $977 in merchandise arrested in Oklahoma City

A man tried to leave a Walmart store with 67 items in a cart without paying for them, Oklahoma City police reported.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: September 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm •  Published: September 5, 2012
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A man was arrested, police said, after he failed to pay for the 67 items in his cart — twice.

James R. Beck, 56, was arrested Sunday at Walmart, 1801 N Belle Isle Blvd., on a complaint of grand larceny.

An employee saw Beck push a cart of merchandise from the registers to the customer service area, according to an incident report released Wednesday.

The employee told police he saw Beck try to leave with the cart after going to the customer service area. When the employee confronted Beck, he told the employee he would go back inside and pay.

The employee saw Beck go to a register and then attempted to leave a second time without paying for the merchandise, according to the report.

The total value of the merchandise was $977.40, according to the police report. Items in the cart included tools, bath towels and an HP computer.

Police took Beck to the Oklahoma County jail.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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