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Arnold Police arrested a 48-year-old St. Louis man following a brief physical altercation with an officer in Walmart. The officer confronted the man at the store, 2201 Michigan Ave., because he allegedly tried to steal $2,208 worth of items, authorities reported.

A store loss prevention officer called Arnold Police and reported that the suspect had previously been told not to come back to the store again, but on April 28, he returned and allegedly filled a cart with items and was trying to leave without paying for them. The officer arrived and allegedly saw the man push the cart past a self-checkout lane without paying for the items, the report said.

The officer told the suspect he needed to pay for the merchandise, but the man reportedly refused and got into an argument with the officer. During the argument, the man allegedly said he was not going to go to jail, according to the report.

Then, the man tried to leave the store, and he and the officer tussled. Afterward, the suspect said he had recently broken his leg and couldn’t go to jail, the report said.

The officer arrested the man and took him to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where it was determined the man was physically able to be taken to jail. So, the man was taken to the Arnold Police Station, according to the report.

The man already was wanted by St. Louis County Police on felony warrants for driving while revoked and shoplifting. He also was wanted in Glen Carbon, Ill., on a warrant for failure to appear in court, and by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for driving while revoked. In addition, the 2010 Toyota Yaris the man drove to Walmart had been reported stolen from Chester, Ill., the report said.

Arnold Police will seek charges against the man for felony stealing, shoplifting, first-degree trespassing, driving with a revoked license, resisting arrest and first-degree tampering, Cpl. Brett Ackermann said.

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