WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing more than $1,600 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

According to the criminal complaint field Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, Worthington police officers were dispatched to Walmart in Worthington for the report of a suspected shoplifter.

Upon arrival, an officer witnessed Leon Baron, 27, the suspected shoplifter, exiting the store. Walmart employees requested that Baron return to the store, and he complied, the complaint states.

Baron emptied the bags, which contained $1,607.71 worth of food, electronics, kids clothing and shoes and fabric. Scissors were also located, which were believed to have been used to cut open packaging, the complaint states.

During an interview with law enforcement, Baron said he was homeless and went to Walmart because he was hungry. He'd intended to purchase some of the items, but admitted he did not have enough money to pay for all the items he took.

Baron faces felony theft, which is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

Baron's conditional bail was scheduled at $1,500, and his unconditional at $15,000.