A local man has been accused of shop-lifting at the Derby Walmart store like he owned the place

A local man has been accused of shop-lifting at the Derby Walmart store like he owned the place.

Elijah J. Emerson, 31, of Newport, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Orleans Superior Court to three misdemeanor retail theft charges and was released on conditions.

Police describe in court documents multiple incidents at the store since January involving Emerson and his alleged crimes.

Of thefts in the documents, “Elijah entered the Walmart Store and selected an electric scooter from the store and went to the customer service to return it. Elijah failed to pay for the scooter, but he requested a gift card (with the amount) of the item on it. The employee asked Elijah for a receipt, at which time, Elijah failed to provide them with one.”

Police said Emerson then left the store with the scooter without paying for it.

Emerson then re-entered the store and selected a new pair of shoes from the shoe aisle, put them on and walked out of the store without paying for them while leaving his old shoes behind.