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Man charged with illegally using shopping cart in retail theft case

TWP WILKES-BARRE. –Banned for life from entering Walmart, a Wilkes-Barre man pushing a shopping cart traded a stolen small air conditioner for a larger unit that didn’t pay for the item before leaving the property with the shopping cart.

Daniel Allen Smith, 35, of Thompson Street, was caught walking inside the store on Highland Park Boulevard on Tuesday, court records show.

Township police in court records say Smith was notified of a lifetime ban from entering Walmart due to prior thefts.

Smith was reportedly recorded by store surveillance cameras failing to pay for items on Sunday and Monday. Court records also indicate that Smith stole items from the store in November 2019 and Lowe’s Home Improvement at Arena Hub Plaza in January 2022.

According to the criminal complaints:

Smith walked into Walmart on Sunday and picked up a Hamilton Beach electric can opener worth $39.88, went to a self-checkout register where he didn’t pay for the item . Smith placed the can opener in a shopping bag before returning to the sales floor pushing a shopping cart selecting a $408 Midea air conditioner.

Smith then walked out of the store without paying for the two items leaving the property with the basket, according to the complaints.

Police in the complaints say Smith returned to Walmart on Monday entering the store through the garden section pushing a shopping cart containing a small air conditioner from another store.

Smith allegedly placed the small air conditioner on the floor and picked up a larger Midea air conditioner worth $329, leaving the smaller air conditioner behind.

Police say Smith left the store without paying the Midea unit leaving the property with the cart, according to the complaints.

When Smith was arrested on Tuesday, police say he entered Walmart, selected a drink from a cooler and drove to the electronics department where he retrieved a gaming computer.

Smith was recorded answering his cell phone while in the boys’ clothing department where he left the gaming computer behind and began to walk out when he was arrested, according to the complaints .

Police allege Smith was in possession of drug paraphernalia including an ink pen, a glass pipe with burnt residue, a straw and six packets of suspected heroin.

Court records say Smith stole a Skill drill worth $119.98 from Lowe’s Home Improvement which he placed in a shopping bag by failing to pay for the item on January 6 and fraudulently returning an item at Walmart on November 10, 2019.

Smith was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Thomas Malloy of Luzerne County Central Court on three criminal complaints, charging him with multiple counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance , retail theft, defiant intrusion and illegal use of a shopping or laundry cart. . He was jailed at the county correctional facility for want of a full bond of $35,000.