A man accused of driving away from a convenience store without paying for his gasoline was locked inside the store when he returned three days later and was recognized by an employee, police said.

Assistant manager Mitzie McClain said she walked into her store Friday and saw the man she had seen on Tuesday. She then locked the door and told clerk Roberta King to call police.The man, Luther Irving Butler, didn't talk much during his short incarceration in the convenience store, Ms. McClain said. At one point, however, he did offer to pay for the gas.

But she refused, saying she was tired of people driving away without paying for gas. The store has been victimized by gasoline thieves four times this month, King said.

When police arrived, they arrested Butler, 37, on complaints of larceny of gasoline and public drunkenness and took him to the Oklahoma City Jail.