NORMAN, Okla. -- Police arrested a University of Oklahoma
freshman football player early Friday on an accusation that he
tried to steal gasoline from a convenience store pump.
Ryan Broyles, 19, was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center at 12:10 a.m. on attempted larceny accusations and was
released at 3:44 a.m. after posting $200 cash bond.
A police officer saw him at a closed gasoline station. He had a
key and codes with which the pump could be activated, police Capt.
Leonard Judy said. The key was in the pump.
The officer contacted the owner of the business, former Norman
Mayor Ron Henderson, and confirmed that Broyles did not work there
and never has.
By overriding the pump's access code, gasoline can be pumped
without the electronic meter detecting it, Henderson told The
Oklahoman. The difference between the meter and actual inventory,
he said, wouldn't be known until someone manually took a tank
"We've been experiencing shortages for several months and we've
been trying to figure out where the problem might be," Henderson
said. "We thought maybe we're losing gas in the tanks or in the
underground lines. Never once did we dream it could be theft
Henderson said he is unsure how anyone could get a key because
neither he nor his employees have one. He also said he doesn't know
whether the alleged attempt was an isolated incident.
Henderson said his tanks were tested for leaks to come up with a
cause for the gasoline losses.
A juvenile who was in the vehicle with Broyles was cited for a
curfew violation, police said.
Broyles was an all-state selection at Norman High School last
season. He had 44 receptions of 908 yards and rushed for 345. He
also scored 20 touchdowns. Broyles was listed as the second-team
wide receiver on OU's depth chart for Saturday's season opener
against North Texas.
"We are aware of a matter involving Ryan Broyles," coach Bob
Stoops said in a statement. "Effective immediately, Ryan is
suspended from the team for an indefinite period of time. I take
very seriously the conduct of our players, and I will not
compromise my expectations for anyone associated with our
Broyles orally committed to play at Oklahoma State in the fall
but changed his mind in the week leading up to signing day.