After allegedly trying to steal from Walmart in Boaz, a man pulled a knife on police Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 4:15 p.m., Bert Alonzo Saylor, 45, of Boaz, was suspected of stealing from the store’s garden center, and loss prevention officers quickly notified Boaz police, Boaz Assistant Police Chief Walter Colbert said.
When an investigator arrived, Saylor was instructed to come back inside the store for questioning but would not, Colbert said.
As he refused, Colbert said Saylor puled a knife from his pocket in an attempt to resist arrest. The investigator then drew his gun and instructed Saylor to drop the knife, according to Colbert.
After a “short struggle” with the investigator, Saylor finally dropped the knife, but then he tried to run, Colbert said. After a quick pursuit, Saylor was arrested and charged with fourth degree theft of property, resisting arrest, attempting to elude and first degree robbery.
Colbert said Saylor also had warrants in Boaz for failure to appear and warrants with the Department of Corrections.