A Pioneer man — 35-year-old Elbert Lee Day — was arrested Sunday evening on charges of theft under $500 and resisting arrest following an alleged shoplifting incident at the Oneida Walmart.

According to a warrant filed by OPD K-9 officer Steven Ward, Day was observed by a Walmart loss prevention employee opening a laser pointer priced at $2.98 and sticking it in his pocket.

When Ward arrived at the store and attempted to stop Day, Day allegedly resisted and had to have his hand forcibly removed from a knife that was clipped to his belt. When Day continued to refuse to comply with Ward’s efforts to take him into custody, the warrant continued, Ward used pepper spray to subdue him.

According to the warrant, Day “told (Ward) several times that he would find (Ward) out without a badge and take care of this.”


  1. He should not have resisted or had his hand on his knife. At that point, they did not know whether he had stolen other items. Shoplifting is a crime that affects anyone paying for their merchandise.