Monday, August 4, 2014

Wal-Mart Crime report July 2014

Do you think it would be a good campaign slogan to tell the voters that not only will the candidate stand up to Walmart and Sam's Club but he'll steal their beer, paper towels and cashews if he can get away with it?

It doesn't quite look like we'll find out; apparently he didn't use that slogan and Alabama decided they didn't want him as their Republican candidate to look after their finances.

In Arkansas it was a constable that got into trouble for crime at Walmart when he was in a car while the driver destroyed a Walmart Shopping Corral. Usually the police are the ones to arrest the criminals not drive off with them.

The police have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to crime at Walmart even when they're not involved in it. There couldn't be this much of a problem without occasional comments about the subject from them; although they rarely do speak out on it too much, for one reason or another. But this month at least three police departments spoke out about the problems they've been having or expect to have with Walmart.

One of the Texas police talking about it said that before their Walmart opened “We had regular meetings with chiefs of police within Kaufman County,” he said. “Everybody that has a Walmart store says you can expect 400 to 500 more calls within the year.” Ironically he doesn't seem to consider whether or not Walmart policies might have something to do with it and even complements them “Walmart is very security conscious,” he said. “We had contact with loss prevention before the store opened because they wanted to take every opportunity to reduce thefts.” If they really wanted to do that they could have never opened their store, or at least try to figure out what small businesses are doing right that doesn't create so many problems with crime.

The Tennessee police concerned about crime at Walmart at least acknowledged that taxpayers end up footing the bill; they also asked Walmart to provide more resources but so far they've had no luck.

Many people might consider the added cost to police the high crime at Walmart with little or not help from Walmart might be another taxpayer subsidy.

The police also had other concern and occasionally have to put themselves at risk when dealing with high crime at Walmart; there were at least two assaults on police this month. If there aren't political reasons for some police to down play the potential impact Walmart might have there must be some other reason.

There were at least two car chases that took place in Walmrt parking lots or started there, including one where three sisters tried to chase down one of their husbands with two vehicles smashing into his car on at least one occasion. There was also an incident where at least two employees were stabed while trying to detain a shoplifter and there were at least a couple of carjackings. One employee was arrested for painting "loser" on her co-workers car before going into the bathroom and putting more messages there; and employees in another store were accused of passing around and using a charge card that was lost instead of turning it in.

Do any of these people think about the fact that these transactions are routinely caught on camera?

There were also the usual number of bomb threats but in one cases they actually discussed how often they happen when reporting it, to some degree. Thjey didn't mention that Wal-Marts around the country get hundreds if not thousands of bomb threats every year and that the taxpayers wind up spending an enormous amount of money to investigate them, of course.

That would be to much to expect; but they did quote a couple employees talking about how this was their third or second. Other stores almost certainly get more while some rarely if ever get any bomb threats. What is more unusual is that on one occasion they found a live grenade, although it didn't go off. Usually when they do find something it is just a simulated bomb or a sodapop bomb which isn't very powerful.

They made another clear demonstration of how decisions are made at the top then when employees follow orders and it creates problems they falsely blame the employee. Apparently they had a store policy that required them to card all people accompanied by someone purchasing alcohol and a large number of parents that tried to buy alcohol with their children present were turned down. Initially one of these incidents was reported in the news and they said the cashier was acting against company policy then they were flooded with calls to the news and to Walmart saying that many other people had the same problem.

An article that received little attention about local residents that didn't want a plant for one of Walmart's suppliers near their children's schools probably should get more attention. The return of manufacturing to the U.S. is long overdue but it should not be done with a corporation like Walmart making all the decisions. This should be done with more input from the public and safety of the environment should be given serious consideration.

On top of that more people might want to think about ways to restore factory direct options. Before the retail establishment consolidated into a relatively small number of oligarchies the factory direct stores provided reasonable competition and it was much better for workers, employees the environment and everyone else except the small number of people that control the oligarchies.

With real reform then prostitution wouldn't ‘make more sense’ than working at Walmart or any other oligarch.

Sometimes I'm glad I'm not a cop.

If I was trying to arrest someone and he responded by taking off his boxer shorts and defecating in the parking lot I might call in the dispatcher and say, "I changed my mind I decided to call in sick today."

Do you think the police chief would mind?

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!

In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Wal-Mart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in July 2014. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart.

Milford Del. Police Arrest Woman for Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree 07/01/2014

Female WWE wrestler arrested on Conn. Wal-Mart shoplifting charges 07/01/2014

Workers allowed back into Ark. Walmart after bomb threat 07/02/2014

Police: Man performed 'lewd act' watching girls in NC Walmart children's section 07/02/2014

Woman wanted for stealing from Newport News Walmart 07/02/2014

Employee steals $3,000 worth of merchandise from ND Walmart 07/02/2014

Bus driver robbed outside Mount Pocono Pa. Wal-Mart 07/02/2014

Pa. Man Fights Attacker With Sword Using BBQ Brush Over $6 Walmart Card 07/02/2014

Adidas and shoe designer for Walmart settle trademark lawsuit 07/02/2014

Three charged with shoplifting from NH Walmart 07/02/2014

Police Identify ND Walmart Hit and Run Suspect 07/03/2014

Dalton Ga. Police need help searching for WalMart TV thief 07/03/2014

Bomb threat causes four-hour evacuation of Walmart in Wexford County Mich. 07/03/2014

Shoplifting Suspects Run Over Off-Duty Police Officer, working security at La. Walmart on Ambassador Caffery; he fires shots in response 07/03/2014

Virginia PD: Suspects pull knife on Walmart employee 07/03/2014

Man accused of exposing self to child outside Walmart in Apopka Fla. 07/04/2014

Robber attacks grandma in Tx. Walmart parking lot, shoppers stand by and watch 07/04/2014

Woman’s Wheelchair Stolen From Madison Tenn. Walmart 07/04/2014 Fortunately, a clerk was kind enough to clock out, take her to the car with her groceries and even help carry her into her home.

Man arrested after allegedly exposing himself to woman in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/05/2014

Teens Arrested For Elderly Woman Tx. Walmart Robbery 07/05/2014

Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Md. Walmart, police say 07/05/2014

Confrontation at north Logan Utah Walmart leads to shots fired 07/06/2014

Ex-con wanted for theft arrested at west Nashville Tenn. Walmart 07/05/2014

Dog dies in hot car while woman “browses” at Fla. Walmart for 13 hours 07/07/2014

Boyfriend's mom tried to run her over in parking lot, Peoria Ill. Wal-Mart employee tells police 07/07/2014

Man accused of exposing himself in kids clothing department at NC Walmart 07/07/2014

Man pleads guilty in Ohio Walmart parking lot assault 07/07/2014

Sears, Walmart Pull, "Work makes you free," Poster of Nazis' Dachau Camp 07/07/2014

Robbery reported at Garner NC Walmart 07/07/2014

Mom, family members arrested for shoplifting at Henrico Va. Walmart 07/0/2014

Walmart vendor pulls plans to build plastics plant near Ark. school 07/07/2014

SPRINGDALE, Ark. —A Walmart vendor has decided not to build a new plastics manufacturing plant right down the street from an elementary school.

Keith Scheffler, owner of Creative Things, LLC, told 40/29 News he would build the plant somewhere else in Northwest Arkansas.

Scheffler would not confirm the new location, but said the plant will be up and running by Nov. 1.

Scheffler said in a phone interview he understood the concern voiced by neighbors about the new plant and said that is the reason he decided to change the location.

Neighbors who live near Willis Shaw Elementary School took to Facebook to voice their concerns. Complete article

3 Sisters Arrested After Car Chase In Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 07/08/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman and her two sisters have been arrested and booked on multiple charges after making threats against her husband in a Walmart parking lot.

Officials said the two sisters chased the woman’s husband with their vehicle, endangering several people – including nine children inside the vehicles. The entire incident was caught on tape.

The woman was identified as Samantha Meneese. Her sisters were identified as Alicia Kuwamoto and Danielle Arguello.

According to several affidavits, officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department were called to the Walmart on Dickerson Pike for a domestic situation on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses reported vehicles driven by Kuwamoto and Arguelle were chasing after a vehicle driven by Rolando Meneese, Sr. They struck his vehicle several times and at one point blocked him in. Complete article

Dog rescued from hot car outside Valparaiso Ind. Walmart 07/08/2014

Man Charged With Stealing Meat From Tenn. Walmart 07/08/2014

Dale Peterson, candidate for Alabama auditor, pleads not guilty to Hoover Wal-Mart theft charge 07/08/2014

BESSEMER, Alabama – Dale Peterson, who will be in a Republican runoff for state auditor next week, appeared for a hearing Tuesday in Bessemer and pleaded not guilty to a theft charge.

A Hoover Municipal Court judge levied fines against Peterson, 68, on a misdemeanor theft charge after he was accused of stealing beer from a Wal-Mart store in October 2012. Complete article

The bizarre tale of Dale Peterson — internet legend, convicted thief, candidate 02/14/2014

Jim Zeigler defeats Dale Peterson in GOP state auditor runoff 07/15/2014

Death investigation underway at Irondale Ala. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/08/2014

Woman left dog in hot car outside Napanoch NY Walmart, deputies say 07/08/2014

Police: Charlotte NC mom left kids in car at Walmart 07/08/2014

Teen girl reports sexual assault outside Conway SC Wal-Mart 07/08/2014

Sexual predator molested girl at Walmart, Palm Bay Fla. police say 07/08/2014

Newark NJ man drags Walmart security guard with his car in Kearny: police 07/08/2014

Wal-Mart's warning to the world 07/08/2014 Sales not rising with lower unemployment.

Police say Manchester woman arrested for punching ex-boyfriend during custody exchange in Hooksett NH Walmart parking lot 07/0/2014

Evidence points to murder-suicide plan in Queensbury NY Wal-Mart shooting 07/08/2014

Alderman: Walmart won't help Wisc. taxpayers 07/09/2014

MORENO VALLEY Ca.: Parolee jailed in Walmart shooting case 07/09/2014

Breastfeeding Group Holds Nurse-In At SC Walmart After Employees Shame Nursing Customer 07/09/2014

"The Truth of the Matter Is Walmart Is a Horrible Place to Work" 07/09/2014

Suspects accused of stealing from Ariz. Walmart market 07/09/2014

Disgraced host Adam Richman still a spokesman for Walmart 07/07/2014

Deputies: Asst. Manager steals from Upstate SC Walmart 07/09/2014

Suspects pry open display case, swipe iPads from Ohio Walmart 07/09/2014

Alleged shoplifter tries to elude Las Cruces police inside NM Walmart 07/09/2014

Letter: Walmart is cruel to Betta fish (pets for sale) 07/10/2014

Photo: Bomb threat at Ohio Walmart 07/08/2014

Fla. Walmart Masturbator Brought Viagra And Condoms: Cops 07/08/2014

In These Times: OUR Walmart Crashes the Party 07/08/2014

Gouverneur woman accused of stealing from Watertown NY Walmart 07/10/2014

Man shot, killed in parking lot of Walmart in Marion County Fla. 07/10/2014

The Walmartization of Education 07/08/2014

Child starts fire in Ga. Walmart toy section 07/10/2014

Narcotics investigation results in two arrests at Wal-Mart in East Stroudsburg Pa. 07/10/2014

Man Shot In Madison Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 07/10/2014

Wanted man sees deputy while leaving Fla. Walmart, flees 07/10/2014

Woman publicly shamed for stealing from Fla. Walmart 07/11/2014

Man accused of impersonating police officer at SC Walmart 07/11/2014

Chipley Fla. Walmart Theft 07/11/2014

Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for NJ crash 07/12/2014

Woman accused of biting employee in Fla. Wal-Mart theft 07/12/2014

Ga. Wal-Mart shoplifter allegedly strikes employee 07/13/2014

Infant formula bottles tampered with in Walmart stores near Toronto Canada 07/13/2014

Man leaves loaded handgun in South Carolina Walmart bathroom 07/12/2014

OKC Police: Woman with knife wrestled to ground by Ok. Walmart customers and employees after jumping pharmacy counter 07/14/2014

Woman arrested after 'LOSER' painted on coworker's car at Tenn. Walmart 07/14/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A woman was arrested Saturday night after she allegedly vandalized a Walmart bathroom and a vehicle in the parking lot in Madison.

According to the affidavit, Brenda Ojiako was caught on surveillance cameras painting the word “LOSER” on an associate’s car at the business located on Dickerson Pike.

Then Ojiako, 24, reportedly went in the store’s restroom and spray painted various words, such as “loser,” “failure” and “snakes” on the walls. Complete article

Wal-Mart, Campbell Soup owners top 'America's Richest Families' list 07/14/2014 Media corporations were the second-most common sources of wealth

MLK Walmart in Ark. closed, evacuated after power pole causes problems 07/14/2014

Man wanted for grabbing woman’s buttocks at Newport News Va. Walmart 07/14/2014

Woman cited for leaving children in car at Pasadena Tx. Walmart 07/14/2014

Police ID woman found dead in Elkton Del. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/14/2014

Man pleads guilty to taking up-skirt photos at Mich. Walmart 07/14/2014

Police investigate death of man in Mich. Walmart bathroom 07/14/2014

Wal-Mart theft, forgery suspect recaptured after fleeing Athens Ala. police station 07/14/2014

Mother says stranger tried to lure son at Walmart in northwest Harris County Tx. 07/14/2014

'Bible' listed on Walmart back to school lists in Tulsa Ok. 07/14/2014 Cameras were not allowed inside

Man accused of stealing from Ind. Walmart, running from police 07/15/2014

Constable Arrested After Russellville Ark. Walmart Shopping Corral is Destroyed 07/15/2014

RUSSELLEVILLE, AR -- Police say Pope County Constable Kenneth Loveless was first a passenger then a driver in a truck that caused more than $1,350 damage to a shopping cart corral on the parking lot of a local Walmart store.

"Everybody ought to be treated the same, doesn't matter prince or a pauper, the law applies to everyone," said Pope County deputy Charles Bowden.

A warrant affidavit says the driver ran over a shopping cart corral, dragging it across the parking lot. That's when police say Loveless took the wheel.

Finally able to dislodge the corral from the truck, police say Loveless tried to put it back in place and then left. Complete article

Police Arrest ND Walmart Employee for Embezzlement 07/15/2014

Man wanted for shoplifting at Suffolk Va. Walmart 07/15/2014

Rare forest in Florida sold to make way for Walmart 07/16/2014

Ottawa OPP officer charged with shoplifting electronics and resisting arrest at Walmart 07/16/2014

Woman takes cooler full of merchandise from Utah Walmart, arrested 07/16/2014

Mom accused of leaving 4 kids in hot car at Georgia Wal-Mart 07/16/2014

Man charged with neglect after leaving kids in Tenn. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/16/2014

NC Walmart air conditioning theft still under investigation 07/16/2014

Man incites dog to attack people in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/16/2014

Bradenton Fla. Walmart throws out $18,000 worth of food after lightning strike 07/16/2014

Police Seek Info On Suspected Pa. Wal-Mart Thief 07/16/2014

Judge denies request in Swansboro, NC developers suit 07/16/2014

Police look for suspects accused of switching price tags at Pa. Walmart 07/16/2014

Crime Stoppers: Collegedale Tenn. Walmart TV thefts 07/1/2014

Clearlake Ca. man arrested in Wal-Mart armed robberies 07/16/2014

Ukiah police Tuesday night arrested a Clearlake man they suspect robbed the Ukiah Wal-Mart at gunpoint last week.

Michael Christopher Drebaum, 33, also is suspected of multiple thefts at the Clearlake Wal-Mart, most recently on Thursday, the day before the Ukiah robbery, police said. On one occasion, he smashed a display cabinet and made off with jewelry, police said.

On Friday, Drebaum is suspected of standing in line at the Ukiah Wal-Mart customer service counter until it was his turn, then displaying a gun and demanding money. Complete article

Decatur man accused of stealing $1,800 worth of cell phones from Alabama Wal-Mart 07/17/2014

Fort Ashby WV man arrested with handgun at Wal-mart 07/17/2014

Three Sacramento men accused of burglary at Galt Ca. Walmart 07/17/2014

Missouri Walmart employee accused of stealing customer's credit card, racking up charges 07/17/2014

( – A Walmart employee allegedly stole a customer’s credit card and passed it around to other employees to use.

Police said the incident took place at the south St. Louis County store, and the credit card was found in the store’s parking lot. One of the employees found the credit card and turned it in to a cashier as a lost item. But things took a turn when that cashier gave it to another employee.

Ricky Brent, 27, and another employee allegedly used the card for several purchases at the Walmart store on Telegraph. Complete article

Man took upskirt pics of woman at Fla. Walmart, Sanford police say 07/17/2014

Foiled Augusta Me. Walmart purse snatching cracks thefts case 07/17/2014

A foiled purse snatching in a grocery aisle at Walmart on July 1 led Augusta police to charge a New York man with a series of thefts of purses and wallets from shoppers as well as with robbery and drug offenses.

Police say the alleged robber and two female accomplices took credit and debit cards from stolen wallets and went shopping themselves, charging numerous items at Walmart, T.J. Maxx and Wendy’s in Augusta. Five incidents of stolen purses were reported at Walmart June 28 through July 5. Complete article

Shoplifting attempt becomes robbery arrest after suspect fights employees at Huntsville Ala. Wal-Mart 07/17/2014

Arrest in Pa. Wal-Mart Thefts 07/17/2014

Charges pending against Rogersville Tenn. man who fell off cliff during Walmart theft getaway 07/19/2014

Wal-Mart thief sought in Hudson NH 07/19/2014

Man jailed for resisting, defecating in ND Walmart parking lot 07/19/2014

James Yoes, 51, of Williston, was arrested yesterday afternoon after resisting arrest and defecating in the Walmart parking lot. ....

Officers attempted to arrest Yoes, and, during the altercation, Yoes removed his boxer shorts and defecated on the parking lot. Complete article

Early Morning Fire Closes Trinity Parkway Ca. Walmart 07/19/2014

Man took photo up woman's skirt at Fla. Wal-Mart, cops say 07/19/2014

Body found in vehicle at Kansas Wal-Mart parking lot 07/20/2014

Convicted Felon Arrested In Tenn. July 10 Walmart Market Parking Lot Shooting 07/21/2014

Hand grenade found at Clinton Tenn. Highway Walmart 07/21/2014

POWELL (WATE) - Knoxville police deactivated Monday what appeared to be a live hand grenade found at the Walmart on Clinton Highway in Powell.

A mowing crew told police they found the device in the grass near the tire and lube center around 9 a.m. Monday. They moved it to the curb along Pleasant Ridge Road and called 911.

Police still don't know how long the hand grenade had been in the grass before its discovery Monday morning. ....

"This is too close for comfort. That thing goes off, you're going to have shrapnel going everywhere and you never know who it's going to hit," added Jones. Complete article

Court upholds $1M judgment against firm in Nevada Wal-Mart customer’s death 07/21/2014

Walmart executives dominate list of top-paid executives 07/21/2014

Richmond man pleads guilty to firearm charge related to Utah Walmart shooting 07/21/2014

McCandless Pa. Residents Speak Out Against Proposed New Walmart 07/21/2014

Viewer records scene as infant rescued from SUV outside NE Philly Pa. Walmart 07/21/2014

WATCH: Phone video of suspected shoplifting spree at Ok. Wal-Mart goes viral 07/22/2014

Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Kroger stores 07/22/2014

NC mother accused of forcing son to steal from Walmart 07/22/2014

El Reno police searching for thief in Ok. Walmart theft 07/22/2014

2 women robbed of purses at Holly Hill Fla. Walmart 07/22/2014

Fire burns truck at Rincon Ga. Walmart; man arrested for fighting officers 07/23/2014

A fire burned a pickup truck that was pulling a camper in the parking lot of the Rincon Walmart early this afternoon.

Police Chief Phillip Scholl said the fire may have been caused by an electrical problem. He said the fire destroyed the truck and melted the camper shell. No one was injured.

As firefighters and officers were fighting the fire, a man who had no relation to the truck or the fire started cursing at officers, Scholl said. Complete article

Police: Woman stole from Mechanicsburg Pa. Wal-Mart, nearly struck security officer with vehicle 07/23/2014

Officials: Fires set in Avondale Ariz. Walmart, Goodyear Target 07/23/2014

Two separate fires shut down two West Valley retail stores Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.

A small fire was reported about 1 p.m. inside a Walmart Supercenter located on 13055 Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., according to Avondale Fire Department officials.

Officials said a man reportedly set a pile of clothes on fire in the men's department of the store and the store was promptly evacuated. Complete article

Man Sentenced for Ohio Wal-Mart Parking Lot Attack 07/23/2014

Feds ask developer to stop work on Fla. Walmart in rare Miami-Dade forest 07/23/2014

Landowner says Walmart is 'done,' seeks Wisc. city offer 07/23/2014 The owner of Walmart's preferred site for a downtown Green Bay store does not think the retailer will try again with an alternative proposal.

State worker accused of pulling out gun in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 07/23/2014

Hanover Va. Board Approves Plans to Build Possible Walmart, Residents Upset 07/23/2014

Open carry of firearm in Missouri Walmart alarms customers 07/23/2014

Bomb threat made at Tx. Wal-Mart 07/18/2014

The Greenville Police Department evacuated the Greenville Wal-Mart late Thursday night due to a bomb threat, city officials said.

No injuries were reported, and a bomb sweep came back clean, according to city of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton. Barton said the decision to evacuate the building is one made by the Wal-Mart manager, not the Greenville Police Department. .....

“I’ve been here 10 years and this is my third one,” White said of the evacuation procedure.

“This is my second and I’ve been here five years,” Nolder said. Complete article

NC Walmart bomb threat leads to arrest of Elizabeth City man 07/21/2014

Woman Carjacked at Gunpoint at Miramar Fla. Walmart 07/24/2014

Police are investigating after a woman was carjacked at gunpoint at the parking lot of a Miramar Walmart Thursday morning.

The carjacking happened around 6:45 a.m. at the store at 1800 University Drive, Miramar Police officials said.

The woman told officers she was approached by two suspects who demanded her purse and car keys. She didn't resist and handed them over, and the suspects fled in the car, police said. Complete article

Affidavit Details Arrest Made In Connection With Coweta Ok. Walmart Theft 07/24/2014

Va. Walmart thief ID’d 07/24/2014

Wal-Mart’s New U.S. Chief Faces Empty Shelves, Grumpy Shoppers 07/24/2014

Suspect in San Marcos Ca. shooting arrested outside Wal-Mart 07/24/2014

Police: Man tried to steal from Fla. Walmart before leading police on chase 07/25/2014

Suspects ID'd in Anna Ill. Walmart theft 07/25/2014

Metro police concerned about Walmart in Madison Tenn. 07/25/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A brand new Walmart Supercenter in Madison means one-stop shopping and low prices around the clock.

For Metro Nashville Police it also means a lot of headaches.

"Looking at the numbers on our shoplifting, we do see a pattern developing from our Walmarts," said Commander Sebastian Gourdin.

Forty-seven percent of Madison's shoplifting incidents this year all happened at Walmarts. It's a huge drain on the department's resources.

"It takes away from officers being in the neighborhoods addressing crime issues and quality of life issues as well," Gourdin said.

Taxpayers end up footing the bill. ....

A Walmart spokesperson issued this statement: "We constantly evaluate how we can be doing better in terms of our asset protection measures and we are constantly updating those measures."

Officers say they have asked Walmart to add more resources.

"Some locations do have cameras, maybe put them in a different area. They always can hire more security," Gourdin said.

So far, no luck. Complete article

3 Utica NY women accused in $2,600 theft from Walmart 07/26/2014

Did The NLRB Just Make It Easier For Unions To Organize Walmart? 07/25/2014

A decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board could make it much easier for unions to get a foothold in large retailers include Walmart, which has thwarted eorganization efforts by the United Food and Commercial Workers for years.

The board, in a case involving Macy’s, ruled that the UFCW can organize a subgroup of workers within a single Massachusetts store. By targeting just 41 cosmetics workers at the 150-employee store in Saugus, the union stands a better chance of winning the required election and establishing a position within the store to try and recruit more workers. It was based upon a 2011 decision involving a nursing home, Specialty Healthcare, that retailers hoped to contain within the healthcare industry.

“These are significant decisions, and put employers in a position where it’s much easier to organize” segments of the workplace, said Gerard Golden, a partner with Neal Gerber Eisenberg in Chicago who frequently represents employers in union negotiations. “Typically a union had to organize all the employees in a related sales position in order to hold an election.” Complete article

Kaufman Tx. police see jump in crime since city's Walmart opened in April 07/26/2014

KAUFMAN - Walmart is finally here and with it comes the option to buy all your groceries in the same place as your household items and electronics, something long-awaited in the city of Kaufman.

It also comes with an uptick in crime, Kaufman Police Department Chief Dana Whitaker said.

At a recent regular meeting of the Kaufman City Council, Whitaker mentioned briefly that, as some may have expected, there was a 28.9 percent increase in the number of calls for service to the KPD in the two months after Walmart opened compared to the two months prior.

Since the big box store opened April 23, the department received 72 calls from Walmart and put 32 people in jail for a total of 39 charges stemming from those calls, Whitaker told The Herald on July 7.

From Feb. 22 to April 23, the day Walmart opened, the department received a total of 847 calls for service across the city. From April 23 to June 22, there were 1,092 calls for service, an overall increase of 28.9 percent.

And for those who might think the influx could be chalked up to the typical ebb and flow of crime throughout the year, there was smaller, 1.46-percent increase in calls for service between the same two time periods in 2013.

The biggest increases in calls were for burglary investigation — a 250-percent uptick, from six to 21 calls — and theft in progress and theft investigation were a combined 18 calls prior to Walmart and 37 calls after for a 105.5-percent increase.

There were no shoplifting calls in the two months prior to store opening and after, there were eight.

Whitaker said the department expected this uptick.

“We had regular meetings with chiefs of police within Kaufman County,” he said. “Everybody that has a Walmart store says you can expect 400 to 500 more calls within the year.” .....

“Walmart is very security conscious,” he said. “We had contact with loss prevention before the store opened because they wanted to take every opportunity to reduce thefts.” Complete article

One dead after car hits tree near Lehigh Fla. Walmart 07/27/2014

Walmart in Chesapeake Va. cleared after bomb threat called in 07/27/2014

Woman charged after kids left inside car with keys at Tenn. Walmart 07/27/2014

Norman residents fight proposed Ok. Walmart Supercenter 07/27/2014

Reader's Watchdog: Wal-Mart refuses to sell beer to dad shopping with daughter 07/27/2014

Jim Davis simply wanted to buy two six packs of Budweiser and some Smirnoff for his wife.

But when the 57-year-old from rural State Center reached the checkout counter at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ames on July 13, with $80 in groceries and the alcohol, something odd happened. The clerk carded his 15-year-old daughter — not him.

Because the teen had no ID, the employee refused to sell to Davis.

It's part of Wal-Mart's recent efforts to experiment with new ways to thwart underage drinking, the store's customer service department told Davis in response to a complaint he made. The store has had a policy since 2003 requiring ID from all customers who appear under the age of 40. Complete article

Hundreds of KCCI viewers report Walmart alcohol sale problems 7/29/2014 NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT:

Chipotle Va. crime leads police to McDonald’s and Walmart 07/28/2014

Man with child wearing 'Keep Calm and Play On' T-shirt steals Mich. Walmart cash register 07/28/2014

Man steals thousands of dollars at Deerfield Beach Fla. Walmart, deputies say 07/28/2014

Man wanted for assaulting Fishkill NY police officer at Walmart 07/28/2014

FISHKILL The man who fled from Walmart and was wanted by law enforcement after assaulting a police officer is out of jail Tuesday night, after his arrest.

Joseph I. Akchayan, 31, of East Fishkill, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, petty larceny and resisting arrest.

Akchayan had allegedly stolen items from Walmart and was attempting to flee from the store around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, when a Fishkill police officer tried to stop him, said Sgt. John Berlingieri of the town Police Department.

He pushed into the officer, dislocating the man's shoulder, police said. The officer was treated and released from the hospital Monday afternoon, police said. Complete article

Walmart apologizes to NC mom asked to breastfeed in toilet stall 07/28/2014

Ohio Walmart evacuated because of phoned threat 07/28/2014

Mom charged with neglect after missing son found wandering at Fla. Wal-Mart 07/28/2014

Police: Shoplifting mom left kids behind at Fla. Walmart 07/28/2014

Victim shot at Fayetteville Ga. Walmart 07/28/2014

Goldman Adds Costco, Tosses Wal-Mart From Its Shopping Cart 07/29/2014

Man faces several charges after reported shoplifting and allegedly useing a stun gun on one of the officers at Tenn. Wal-Mart 07/29/2014

Gang member pulls gun on security guard at South Jordan Utah Walmart, police say 07/29/2014

SOUTH JORDAN — Police are asking for help to locate a man who they say pulled a gun on a security guard Monday.

Store security personnel at Walmart, located at 11328 S. Jordan Gateway, approached 37-year-old Dennis James Monard for possible retail theft, according to the South Jordan Police Department. They said he then pulled a handgun on the security guard and left the store. Complete article

Police nab suspect in South Jordan Walmart robbery 07/30/2014

Lincoln Co. woman accused of embezzling $4K from NC Walmart 07/30/2014

Police: Woman stole lube, condoms from NC Walmart 07/30/2014

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Prosecutors: No charges in fatal parking lot shooting at Shores Wal-Mart 07/3/2014

Citing the "stand your ground" law, the State Attorney's Office on Wednesday said it will not file charges against the man who shot and killed another man July 9 in a Silver Springs Shores parking lot.

Authorities say Colt D. Thriemer, 20, of Weirsdale, shot and killed Thomas James "TJ" Brown, 21, of Silver Springs Shores, during an argument in the Wal-Mart parking lot off Maricamp Road.

Assistant State Attorney Amy Berndt noted in an eight-page report that Brown had been threatening to kill Thriemer and his family for months. Thriemer had told his parents, brother, girlfriend and friends about the threats. Those people were interviewed and backed up Thriemer's statement.

Berndt stated that most people, including Thriemer, knew that Brown had access to several firearms and carried a gun. She cited two previous police reports that mentioned Brown firing a weapon. Complete article

Officials: Woman stole money from NC Walmart 07/30/2014

Radio DJ shows Walmart ice cream sandwich won't melt in sun 07/30/2014

Are Target and Wal-Mart past their prime? 07/30/2014

Man gives chase after alleged lewd act in McComb Walmart 07/25/2014

Dothan man arrested for stealing alcohol, handicapped scooter from Ala. Wal-Mart 07/30/2014

Police: Casselberry Walmart a target for criminals 07/30/2014

CASSELBERRY, Fla. — A Casselberry Walmart has become a favorite target for criminals.

In the past 30 days, 37 arrests have been made at the store and since January, they’ve made 202 arrests, authorities say.

But police hope a new plan they cannot yet unveil will make the store on State Road 436 safer.

Although most of the crimes are petty theft, some have turned out to be dangerous for officers.

Last week, two Casselberry officers were captured on surveillance video trying to stop the driver of a truck after he allegedly shoplifted, but the man took off with the officer still hanging onto his window.

Earlier this year, a man dressed as a woman stole 18 flat-screen TVs from the store.

“That's ridiculous and crazy,” said shopper Ashley Williams. “I don't know. It doesn't make me feel that safe.” Complete article

Why Do Criminals Love This Walmart So Much? 07/30/2014

Vehicle crashes during 'getaway' after theft at Portage Walmart 07/30/2014

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Portage Department of Public Safety is searching for a second person after an incident at a local Walmart and a vehicle crash.

It happened on Shaver Road just after 4am Thursday, July 31st.

An employee told police he approached the subject, but the man took off in a 2008 Mercury.

He drove off at a high rate of speed, exiting the lot onto Shaver Road at West Melody. He lost control and crashed on the east side of Shaver Road on the train tracks. Complete article

Two jailed after NC Walmart theft attempt 07/31/2014

Man Arrested After Exposing Himself To Child At Washington Ill. Walmart 07/31/2014

Walmart Sends Me 4 Extra iPods, Doesn’t Want Them Back 07/29/2014

Wal-Mart Must Share Documents on Mexico Bribery Probe: Court 07/28/2014

Does prostitution ‘make more sense’ than working at Walmart? 07/30/2014

An ex-escort points out that working in the sex industry pays well above minimum wage.

Turning tricks makes more financial sense than stocking shelves at Walmart.

At least, that's what some current and former members of the sex industry are arguing.

In an article for titled “Why Prostitution Can Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart,” author and ex-escort David Henry Sterry says that he was drawn into the world's oldest profession when he was a broke 17-year-old in Hollywood.

Sterry says he was unable to support himself working at a fried chicken restaurant and was told he could make "real money" — $100 an hour — as a rent boy. Complete article

SCPD Crime Alert: Man Wanted for Shoplifting from Centereach NY Walmart 07/30/2014

Arrest in Walmart shoot-up in Raleigh NC leads to drug-trafficking charge 07/31/2014

RALEIGH Detectives who went to a man's apartment Wednesday to charge him with shooting up cars and a Walmart store early Tuesday also charged him with cocaine trafficking after finding the drug there, police said.

Uchenna Jermel Okechukwu, 20, was in the apartment at 6742 Narrow Valley Way in north Raleigh along with the woman who shares the apartment, Shawyvashae Shanice Dixon, 20, according to arrest records.

With them, police found between 28 and 199 grams of cocaine, according to arrest warrants, and they charged both with trafficking and with maintaining the apartment to keep and sell drugs.

Investigation into the gunshots outside the New Bern Avenue Walmart about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday had led detectives to Okechukwu, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

In that case, police charged, Okechukwu had a semiautomatic pistol that he shot into a car a man was driving.

Bullets also hit other cars and the store, where people were shopping, arrest warrants charged. Complete article

Ask The Pittsburgh Pa. Leaders: Police Chief, Walmart & More 07/31/2014 Should Walmart come to McCandless?

Video shows man stabbing 2 Walmart employees 07/31/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Two Walmart employees were stabbed last week after trying to prevent a man from stealing several hundred dollars’ worth of DVDs.

Joaquin Holmes, 31, has been arrested.

Police said employees from the Walmart on Carlisle Boulevard NE spotted a man placing $700 worth of DVDs into a cooler July 22. The man tried walking out of the store without paying for the DVDs and that’s when one of the employees approached him.

Surveillance footage released by Albuquerque police shows the employee wrestling with the man outside of the store, and at one point the man pulls out a knife and begins stabbing the employee. At that point two other employees rush to intervene.

Police said the man eventually fled, and two of the employees were taken to the hospital. One of the men was stabbed three times.

The third employee suffered a broken nose and several bruises. Complete article

Mississippi Wal-Mart 2013 shooting suspect pleads guilty 07/31/2014

Victim Walking Out of OK Walmart Robbed of Car at gunpoint 08/01/2014

Victim Walking Out of OK Walmart Robbed of Car at gunpoint 08/01/2014

At approximately 4 a.m. this morning, Tulsa police responded to an armed robbery and carjacking of a customer who was walking out of Walmart.

This incident occurred at the 207 South Memorial Walmart location. The victim told police he had just left Walmart and was walking to his car when a suspect presented a gun and demanded the keys to his 1989 Honda Accord.

About 15 minutes after the carjacking, police discovered the stolen vehicle was on the Broken Arrow expressway, engulfed in flames. The suspect was no longer in the vehicle. Police believe the car caught fire as the suspect was driving. Complete article

How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse 07/30/2014

Why Do Criminals Love This Walmart So Much? 07/30/2014

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