Friday, May 1, 2015

Wal-Mart Crime report April 2015

Wal-Mart announced they're shutting down five stores for plumbing problems without any notice and laid off thousands of workers. They claim it will take at least six months.

Hardly anyone with any ability to think believes this explanation.

This isn't surprising; it is hard to imagine what kind of plumbing problems would need six months to fix or why they would happen all on the same day. This has spurred plenty of conspiracy theories that range from the relatively simple to extreme conspiracies that few are likely to believe.

It shouldn't be surprising to people familiar with Wal-Mart that they're shutting down five stores; however it is hard to understand how they managed to botch the way they handled it so bad. Wal-Mart has done a lot of clueless things but it is hard to image how they could possibly expect people to believe such a bad explanation.

Are they that clueless?

Or are they actually trying to incite conspiracy theories?

This one doesn't seem likely but something unlikely seems to be happening, although there are simple explanations for some of their problems.

First of all the reason it shouldn't be surprising that they shut them down is that Wal-Mart has been overbuilding for a long time as part of their strategy to dominate the market. This means there is way to much supply for the economy so they're bound to wind up with too many stores.

One of the conspiracy theories involves a large number of bodies that were found at Wal-Mart last month. This may actually be a problem with reporting in the news and that we aren't maintaining an economic system that enables people to live and die under reasonable circumstances.

Dead bodies turning up at Wal-Mart isn't new at all. They just report them locally without letting people know how often they happen. Most of them are poor people or drug addicts that have no place to go; and they have to die somewhere. However the number of bodies found last month and again this month is more than usual. This should indicate a problem with taking care of the poor and reporting on it.

Another conspiracy involves working with the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt at martial law. This hasn't turned out to be true yet even though there are major problems in Baltimore, and most people would be skeptical of it. However a few years ago the DHS did announce that they would partner with Wal-Mart in their Orwellian "if you see something say something" policy; which should worry every one since it involves asking us to spy on each other and it is acknowledged by both our government and Wal-Mart.

A bigger reason for a legitimate conspiracy theories, which isn't new; is how did Wal-Mart get to dominate the market so much when so many people dislike them and they behave so incompetently.

An enormous amount of this is their political connections and government subsidies; however this might not fit the strictest definition of conspiracy since people like Bob Ortega author of "In Sam We Trust," Stacy Mitchell author or "Big Box Swindle" and more researchers have exposed major portions of this; but the majority of the public isn't accustomed to reading non-fiction books.

Another common tactic allegedly used by conspirators is that they create extreme conspiracy theories that are so absurd no one would believe them. Then they stereo type conspiracy theories and dismiss all of them, or at least all but the one believed by the government and the media. Their absurd explanation seems to be designed to invite absurd conspiracies. Even if this isn't being done intentionally it happens often. And if they aren't doing something like this there has to be another explanation for their absurd behavior.

A few days before this announcement there was a news story which got much less attention about a new wage study that shows that Wal-Mart suppresses wages and shopping locally will almost certainly help bring them back up. This should also indicate that efforts to get Wal-Mart to reopen the stores should be considered carefully. It might bring back the lost jobs temporarily but it would enable Wal-Mart to keep their market share; and shopping locally will create better jobs and reduce Wal-Marts political clout. We also need more manufacturing and a restoration of factory direct options for consumers which is far more efficient than Wal-Mart has ever been despite all their propaganda.

We ship subsidized cotton from the U.S. half way around the world, abuse workers so they have little or no incentive to do a good job, then ship low quality merchandise that starts falling apart almost immediately back going through complex distribution systems. On top of that they pay an enormous amount of money for advertisers lobbyists and consultants that do jobs that have nothing to do with serving consumers needs.

Then they spend even more money to buy advertising time telling us about their efficiency.

This isn't the first sign that Wal-Mart might be past it's peak; A corporation as big as Wal-Mart doesn't collapse overnight; but these signs are slowly escalating.

Their sales have been flat or going down for years. On at least one occasion in the past five years they had seven consecutive quarters with declining same store sales. There have also bee additional reports of flat sales and the only way they can grow at this point is to open more stores which they're having problems doing. They claim to be expanding in China again but the same day there was an article saying they're going slow there; and another market adviser has said that their stock isn't likely to grow. This is rare; market advisers often continue recommending buys even when a company like Enron or Worldcom is on the verge of collapse.

This could lead to the Decline and Fall of Wal-Mart especially if workers and consumers stand up for their rights.

On top of that Wal-Mart has had their share of other strange things and crimes taking place this month. Someone found bags of Marijuana in their Easter gifts for their children; I didn't make this up supposedly it was a return which no one checked.

There were officer involved shootings again this month and more incidents where people shot at, attempted to run over or stabbed police. There was an incident where someone stole a gun from Wal-Mart and went on a crime spree elsewhere before getting rammed by police.

Stealing weapons from Wal-Mart is actually much more common than people realize. There were two other incidents this month where robbers stole a crowbar and knife and threatened or assaulted people; the one that stole the knife asked the clerk if she wanted to get fired. This implies familiarity with Wal-Mart policies of firing people fro overreacting to robberies. However another clerk indicated he wasn't aware of this policy when he got fired in another incident. Some of these people that risk their lives and their jobs have to go through harassment a lot from potential robbers occasionally more than once per day. There are enough of these incidents to raise doubts about how they train their workers.

They also had another brawl and the video from last months brawl was released; but neither of these made much if any national news. Springfield police backtracked on previous statements about Wal-Mart being uncooperative and now claim they're working together to reduce crime. This is a common pattern of changed stories after they embarrass Wal-Mart; I wouldn't rule out political pressure.

Justin Boyd was sentenced to thirty years for a shooting of another Wal-Mart employee; however they didn't mention how many other incidents where there are arguments fights and shootings or if Wal-Mart's union busting policies might be related.

They had plenty of other interesting activities this month including more mice problems, petty theft spiraling into major assaults, drunken bumper cars, possible assaults or infections with needles and more.

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 un-investigaterd 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. For regular updates about events at Walmart through the month see Walmart Watch on twitteror check the Wal-Mart Wall; they have helped compile some of this information. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in April 2015. 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.

Walmart tells suppliers to slash prices 04/01/2015 The retail giant is aiming for a tradeoff: less marketing, but more sales.

Authorities searching for SC Walmart armed robbery suspect 04/01/2015

Man accused of stalking girls at Walmart 04/01/2015

Maine man sues Wal-Mart after employee allegedly rammed him with carts 04/01/2015

Police: 3 arrested in 2 separate incidents at Pittsburgh Pa.-area Walmart 04/01/2015

Police say employee stole from NC Walmart grocery store 04/01/2015

Men wanted after wallet, prescription drugs taken from Tenn. Walmart shopper 04/01/2015

Suspects sought in Reidsville NC Walmart larceny 04/01/2015

Disney employee accused of touching himself in Kissimmee Fla. Walmart 04/01/2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A Disney employee has been arrested after being accused of touching himself and damaging retail products with bodily fluids in a Walmart store.

The incident happened before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Walmart store at 3250 Vineland Road in Kissimmee.

Osceola County deputies spoke with a store employee who said a man in the store inappropriately touched himself and possibly followed a female shopper. Complete article

Wal-Mart's obsession with low prices is causing major tension with suppliers 04/01/2015

Thieves steal $15K worth of cell phones from SC Walmart 04/02/2015

Police arrest 1 of 2 suspects in Colorado Walmart robbery 04/02/2015

Shoplifting incidents drop at Royal Palm Fla. Wal-Mart 04/02/2015

Tx. Walmart run-in ends in aggravated assault charge 04/02/2015

Police: Florida Sex Offender Caught On Camera Stalking Children At Walmart Store 04/02/2015

Bomb Scare At Lexington Ky. Walmart 04/02/2015

Man allegedly tried to run down San Leandro officer in Ca. Walmart parking lot 04/03/2015

SAN LEANDRO -- A suspected thief on a motorcycle tried to run down a San Leandro police officer in a Walmart parking lot this week after allegedly stealing 40 cases of energy drinks, authorities said Thursday.

The incident started at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday as the uniformed officer was eating lunch outside Westgate Center on Davis Street, Lt. Bob McManus said.

The officer overheard a loud argument coming from the parking lot and saw a man on his cellphone, yelling profanities. The officer began to walk toward the man, who was carrying a motorcycle helmet and wearing a black, leather jacket. He intended to ask the man to calm down and stop cursing, as it appeared he was scaring patrons, McManus said. But the suspect walked away, ended his phonecall and put on his motorcycle helmet. ....

When the officer tried to stop the man, the motorcyclist quickly accelerated toward the officer and swerved around him, narrowly missing the officer, McManus said. Complete article

Police investigating theft of woman's crutches from Me. Walmart 04/03/2015

Man arrested for threatening to blow up or bomb Okla. Walmart appears in court 04/03/2015

Man arrested in attempted child luring at Wash. state Walmart 04/03/2015

11 computers stolen from Conover NC Walmart 04/04/2015

Three Brooklyn men accused of using fake credit cards at Walmart in Batavia NY 04/04/2015

Witnesses: Racial slurs led to Oak Cliff Dallas Tx. Wal-Mart brawl 04/04/2015

DALLAS – We're learning more about a video thousands of people saw on Facebook. Employees say racial slurs are at the root of a fight inside a Cockrell Hill Wal-Mart.

You can hear customers screaming in the cellphone video as they watch a brawl breakout inside the store late Thursday night.

The video posted on the Oak Cliff, Dallas Texas Latino Facebook page got more than 45,000 clicks in a matter of hours.

"It's bad," said Sir Jonathan Finely. "It's real bad."

Wal-Mart associates told News 8 that a man and woman were throwing racial slurs at another customer when fists started flying. Complete article

Ghettoness - Oak Cliff, Dallas Texas Latino Wal-Mart brawl 04/03/2015

Wilmington woman has debit card stolen, used at Walmart; Delaware State Police ask for help IDing suspect 04/06/2015

Suffolk Va. Walmart briefly evacuated due to deli fire 04/06/2015

Man Tries to Rob Mother with Baby in Conway Ark. Walmart Parking Lot 04/07/2015

Biloxi man behind bars after exposing himself in a Mississippi Walmart 04/06/2015

Public hearing set for proposed Walmart in Inwood WV 04/06/2015

Woman scared of HIV after being pricked by needle at Wash. Walmart 04/06/2015

EVERETT, Wash. — Walmart is investigating after a woman says she was pricked by a needle, and now fears she's been infected with diseases.

Last week, Kenzie Erickson says she was shopping for make-up when she reached into a shopping basket and felt a prick at a Walmart in Everett.

"I was bleeding really bad, I was upset, crying,” said Erickson.

“It went all the way in my thumb."

She filed a complaint with Walmart, but then came the doctor’s visits.

"The doctors told me that this could be really serious,” said Erickson. Complete article

Sam's Club, Walmart pull all Blue Bell Ice Cream products 04/07/2015

DALLAS —Some of the largest retailers in the country have decided to pull from their shelves Blue Bell Ice Cream made at an Oklahoma production plant that the company has temporarily closed.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said Monday that the giant retailer along with Sam's Club have pulled products made at the plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club continue to sell Blue Bell products made at other plants. ...

The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Complete article

Police search for Pa. Wal-Mart purse snatcher 04/07/2015

Man accused of touching teen at NM Walmart 04/07/2015

Suspect assaults employee, knocks sliding doors off hinges fleeing Va. Walmart 04/07/2015

Chalmette man fatally crushed by forklift at Elmwood La. Wal-Mart, JPSO says 04/07/2015

A Chalmette man died after being crushed by a forklift he was repairing at a Wal-Mart in Elmwood, authorities said. Christopher Brandt, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The accident occurred about 9:25 a.m. at the Wal-Mart located at 5110 Jefferson Highway. Brandt, who was employed by a local forklift repair company, was there in a rear parking lot doing some work on the store's vehicle, Fortunato said. Complete article

On Your Side: Va. Walmart denies negligence after cart damages customer's car 04/07/2015

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You're in a store parking lot when a grocery cart crashes into your car and makes a dent. Who's responsible and who should pay: you or the store?

That runaway shopping cart scenario played out at the Walmart on Forest Hill as Sherman Price says he was sitting in his car waiting for his nephew to finish shopping for him. He says he saw it coming.

"But there was nothing I could do. I'm in a chair. I couldn't get out to stop it," he said.

Price says an employee removed the windblown basket off his car parked in front of the store in a handicap spot. He didn't get out to inspect his car when it happened.

"The wind was so high that evening, when it hit it made a bang noise," Price said. "But I didn't think that it had done enough damage to jam the door. But when I got home, I couldn't get out of the car. Someone had to take a screwdriver and pry it and open the door so I could get out."

Store surveillance cameras caught everything. Price filed a claim, which was denied a week or so later. Complete article

11 computers stolen from Conover NC Walmart 04/07/2015

$50k bond set for Wash. Walmart sex assault suspect 04/07/2015

Police looking for Brooklyn Center Minn. Walmart robber 04/07/2015

Ocala Residents upset with proposal to build Fla. Walmart 04/07/2015

Wal-Mart’s right to sell guns at risk in lawsuit 04/07/2015

Police: WPB Fla. Wal-Mart employee stole $2,800 from registers 04/08/2015

Police: Shoplifting suspect threatened Wisc. Walmart employee with knife 04/08/2015

Three Arrested After AK-47 Fired Near Waco Tx. Walmart Store 04/05/2015

Fla. Wal-Mart greeter duped; thief said wife was in labor 04/08/2015

Meth lab found in semi parked at Missouri Walmart 04/08/2015

Augusta Me. Walmart workers alert police to possible kidnapping 04/08/2015

Woman reported missing, last seen in Alvin Walmart parking lot 04/08/2015

Actual WALMART Crimes (So Creepy You'll Never Want to Go There Again...)

... In Lawrenceville, Georgia, this Se>< offender ejactulated on a Walmart employee. He purposely knocked over several clothes in order to get her into a position where he could do this thing (for whatever sick reason). ...

Another man (unidentified) ejaculated onto at least two different women on 2 separate occasions at a Walmart in Farmington, N.M. in 2013. Although he was caught on camera, he was never identified. ...

Verdon Taylor got himself arrested for allegedly (like how we use that word? Wink!) stripping down to his birthday suit in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. Then he walked inside, put some socks on and got on with his shopping. He was tased eventually, EVEN THOUGH he was probably just shopping for a new birthday suit. You can't win with these cops! Complete article

Fight at Portage Ind. Wal-Mart self checkout line leads to arrest 04/0/2015

PORTAGE | A woman was arrested after a fight broke out Wednesday at the self checkout register at Wal-Mart.

Alicia Contreras, 32, of Portage, was charged with battery after witnesses told police said she cut in line and fought with customers who objected.

Police were called to Wal-Mart about 8 p.m. and spoke with several witnesses who said Contreras cut in front of a couple and their infant child in a stroller. Complete article

The 10 States With the Most Wal-Mart Stores 04/0/2015

Woman charged in robberies at Rockingham County NC Walmart, Sheetz 04/03/2015

Old Lady Fight at Walmart (Video) 04/04/2015

Walmart Employee Knocks Out Manager (Video) 03/27/2015

The human cost of Walmart's $5.97 t-shirt 04/08/2015

Dakota Co. Man Accused of Stealing Underwear, Shoes from Minn. Wal-Mart 04/06/2015

Longmont Colorado police say shoplifter pulled knife on Walmart loss prevention officer 04/06/2015

Man allegedly grabs toddler from mom outside Halifax Canada Walmart 04/07/2015

Marijuana bags found in Easter gift from Oregon Walmart 04/06/2015

NEWPORT, Ore., April 6 (UPI) -- An Oregon woman said the Easter bunny made a mistake when he stashed three bags of marijuana in a packaged toy she purchased from Walmart.

Christina Marie Hannahs of Otis said she bought the Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center from the Walmart store more than a week ago as an Easter gift for her young daughter. Her family opened the toy Easter morning to discover some pieces were missing from the box and had been replaced with three bags of marijuana.

"I was shocked. At first I was like, I kind of laughed and was like oh my gosh, I cannot believe this even came out of there," Hannahs told KATU-TV.

Hannahs said she put the box up to keep it away from her daughter after discovering the first bag.

"She ended up going for the box. And once she grabbed the box, the box rolled over and two more small bags fell out of it," Hannahs said. Complete article

“Give me the money! Now!” Chaos as customers swarm armed robber in Hamilton Canada Walmart 04/07/2015

Metro Nebraska Walmart evacuated after threat 04/04/2015

Shoppers at Va. Walmart evacuated after freezer malfunction causes fire 04/06/2015

Wal-Mart put me through hell: Inside the retailer’s pregnancy discrimination horror 04/06/2015

Mice Problem in SC Walmart Store, Says Former Employee 04/07/2015

North Augusta, SC - One worker says he couldn't take it anymore clocking in with a lot of critters!

The former employee says a Walmart store in North Augusta has a rodent problem.

This is a picture a former Walmart employee took over the weekend showing a dead mouse he says is covered up with oatmeal.

It's one of several pictures taken in the grocery back room at the Walmart on Knox Avenue in North Augusta.

The former employee asked to remain anonymous because he fears retaliation.

"I was told that not to worry about it, we've had a rodent problem as long as they can remember," said the former worker. Complete article

Suspicious chemicals found in Walmart restroom 04/07/2015

Report: Woman Shoved to The Ground, Robbed While Walking To Ga. Walmart 04/01/2015

Guess What This Man Did With a Cow's Tongue At Walmart... (It's even weirder than you think) 04/07/2015 down his pants?

Duo Steals $2,700 In TVs From Marlton NJ Walmart 04/09/2015

Woman wanted for stealing merchandise from Va. Walmart 04/09/2015

Cameras catch man walking out of Fla. Wal-Mart with 55-inch TV 04/09/2015

Woman dead after being hit by car at Ashland City Tenn. Walmart 04/09/2015

ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) - A woman was killed after a driver backed over her with a car at a Walmart in Ashland City on Thursday.

The Ashland City Police Department said the incident happened at the store at 1626 Highway 12 South around 10 a.m.

"This is something so isolated," said Monte Allen, a witness. "I've never heard of something like this in Ashland City." Complete article

Cops: Distinctive jacket may help ID second half of Granby NY Wal-Mart counterfeiting duo 04/09/2015

Ariz. Walmart employee fired after trying to stop shoplifters 04/09/2015

SAHUARITA, Ariz. — A former Wal-Mart employee whose job it was to stop shoplifters says he was fired for doing his job.

Three weeks ago James Young stopped two shoplifters from leaving the garden center at the Wal-Mart in Sahuarita, Arizona.

“I risked my life and it cost me my job,” Young said. ....

“I found out after I got terminated that it came down to there’s absolutely no hands on,” he said. Complete article

ND Walmart $13 shoe theft spirals into fight with officers 04/09/2015

WILLISTON, N.D. – Mayhem at the Williston Walmart that began with the alleged theft of a $13 pair of shoes landed a man in jail facing a dozen charges, including the assaults of three police officers.

Williston police received a report last Friday morning of an unruly male after Walmart employees saw a man ripping the tags from a pair of shoes and walk past the cashiers without paying for them.

The man, later identified as William Dean Jessop of Williston, is accused in court records of striking a female Walmart employee in the face with the shoes after she approached him about the theft. Complete article

Freeport man held in robbery at Peoria Ill. Walmart 04/09/2015

High speed chase ends in crash in Okla. Walmart parking lot 04/10/2015

Man arrested after he exposed himself at Tx. Walmart, Taco Cabana 04/09/2015

Man arrested for futon heist caught on camera in Ga. Walmart 04/08/2015

Kingston, Ont. Canada Walmart customer bear-sprayed after helping store guard 04/09/2015

Port Richey Fla. police: Nearly half of city's crime comes from local Walmart 04/09/2015

Rincon Ga. Police: Shoplifters strike Walmart, Dollar General 04/10/2015

Man accused of stealing money from Ga. Walmart charity display 04/10/2015

Man who stole from Lockport NY Walmart gets plea deal 04/10/2015

Agents: 'Dirty' busted with meth at Pooler Ga. Wal-Mart 04/10/2015

Robber Wields Machete to Steal Computers From Fla. Wal-Mart 04/10/2015

A robber in Cape Coral threatened a Wal-Mart manager and worker with a machete before fleeing with computer equipment.

Lee County sheriff's officials say they arrested 39-year-old Giovanni Cortes shortly after the robbery early Friday morning.

The News-Press reports that a store manager told deputies she approached Cortes to ask for a receipt as he tried to leave without paying.

She says he pulled a machete from his pants and told her he didn't need one. When another employee tried to stop him, deputies say Cortes threatened to kill him. Complete article

Wal-Mart says Walton family to sell shares to keep lid on stake 04/10/2015

Video Shows Deadly Brawl Between Gaver Family and Cops at Arizona Walmart 04/11/2015

Police released video Friday showing a parking lot brawl at an Arizona Walmart that left one suspect dead, and another suspect and officer shot.

The brawl broke out when eight officers from the Cottonwood Police Department responded to a call on Saturday, March 21 that a female Walmart employee had been physically assaulted when trying to enter a store restroom, according to a statement from police. When officers arrived, the suspects — identified by police as members of the Gaver family — were in the parking lot attacking a second store employee, and immediately began attacking officers who tried to break up the melee, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The newly released video appears to show officers and suspects punching and kicking one another, and officers using Tasers, batons and pepper spray on several members of the Gaver family. An officer identified as Sgt. Jeremy Daniels appears to be on the ground in a struggle with a suspect over the officer's weapon. An officer identified as Officer Rick Hicks appears to shoot one man in the stomach before fatally shooting a man on top of Daniels. Complete article

POLICE: alleged shoplifter assaulted Ky. Walmart security guard 04/10/2015

Workers Sue Walmart For Manipulating Employee Classification To Deny Them Overtime Pay 04/10/2015

Walmart Senior Citizen Worker Caught On Camera Racially Profiling Customers, Footage Goes Viral [Video] 04/11/2015

NY Walmart shoplifting suspect accused of shoving security guard 04/11/2015

Grill fire leads to evacuation of McDonald’s, Walmart in NE Austin Tx. 04/11/2015

Man Recounts 20 Harrowing Hours inside Walmart 04/12/2015

Edson RCMP officer discharges firearm in Walmart parking lot 04/11/2015

Judge Tosses Wal-Mart Shareholder Lawsuit About Bribery 04/13/2015

Walmart pays $7.45 million for Cheektowaga NY site 04/13/2015

Historic home in danger of demolition for Tenn. Walmart 04/13/2015

Man who lost leg wins lawsuit against Ky. Walmart 04/13/2015

Teays Valley WV residents organize opposition against proposed Walmart market 04/13/2015

Local First Arizona, Walmart say Arizona wage study not full picture 04/13/2015

Kimber Lanning believes a new report on low-wage jobs costing Arizona taxpayers millions is another reason consumers should shop locally.

The founder and executive director of Local First Arizona was reacting to the report from the University of California-Berkeley Labor Center that said low-wage jobs in Arizona cost taxpayers $686 million a year. The authors said Arizona taxpayers are subsidizing those businesses, as nearly three-quarters of those families qualify for some form of public assistance despite drawing a paycheck. Complete article

Man steals full cart from Ga. Walmart twice in one day 04/13/2015

Police find mobile meth lab in Ind. Wal-Mart parking lot while responding to domestic violence report 04/13/2015

Some Walmart Employees Question Whether Pico Rivera Store Closure Was Over Plumbing 04/15/2015

PICO RIVERA ( — Some Walmart employees are wondering whether this week’s abrupt closure of a Pico Rivera store was the result of a costly plumbing problem as the company continues to cite.

Venanzi Luna was one of 530 employees told Monday that the store is closing for six months to fix plumbing issues.

Luna has worked as a deli manager at the store for seven years getting paid $14 an hour. She explains that she was slated to get a raise in June. Complete article

Valrico Fla. Walmart to close for 6 months 04/13/2015

Admiral and Memorial Tulsa, Okla. Walmart closing due to plumbing issues, according to company spokeswoman 04/13/2015

530 Pico Rivera Ca. Walmart employees laid off after sudden closure of supercenter 04/14/2015

400 Employees concerned about Tx. Walmart closure 04/14/2015

Walmart Staff Will Have to Reapply for Jobs 04/14/2015

Homeland Security taps new partner in terror fight: Wal-Mart 12/07/2010

Walmart Directly Tied To DHS? Inside Info May Have Prompted Store Closures 04/16/2015

Random Walmart closures spark detention center theories as run-up to Jade Helm 2015 continues 04/15/2015

Mysterious Deaths Surround Jade Helm State Wal-Mart's 'Hotel California' Tunnel System Project - If They Check You In, Can You Ever Leave? 04/15/2015

Signs That The Elite Are Feverishly Preparing For Something BIG 04/16/2015

Fla. Commissioner questions Walmart's plumbing problems 04/17/2015

Walmart Burglar Makes Off With Sony Playstations 04/14/2015

PD: Peoria man accused of stealing 76 car batteries from Ariz. Wal-mart 04/14/2015

Shoplifter Uses Pepper Spray On Nebraska Walmart Employee 04/14/2015

Firefighters knock down blaze in garden center of Walmart in Puyallup Wash.; no injuries reported 04/14/2015

Items too close to heater caused fire that damaged Puyallup Wash. Walmart 04/15/2015

Is Your Tax Rate Higher Than Walmart’s? 04/15/2015

Ga. Walmart Pharmacist Refused To Fill Prescription For Woman Who Miscarried (VIDEO) 04/13/2015

Five arrested on drug charges in Douglas Ga. Walmart 04/13/2015

Bazetta police investigate dog stolen from Walmart parking lot 04/13/2015

Giant food corporations are controlling our food supply and Wal-Mart Policies to control monopoly 04/15/2015

Woman injured during attempted purse snatching at Greensboro NC Wal-Mart 04/15/2015

Man wearing chef’s whites wanted for stealing grill from Va. Walmart 04/15/2015

Marathon Co. Wisc. Crime Stoppers: Walmart theft 04/15/2015

Women shoplifters accused of leaving kids behind at Tx. Walmart 04/15/2015

Decatur Woman Arrested For Stealing Nearly $240K From Tx. Walmart 04/15/2015

Indiana mom arrested after child, 3, left at Ind. Walmart 04/16/2015

Former NYPD officer dubbed 'Robocop' disarms man with gun and ammo stolen from Walmart by ramming him with police cruiser, ending Arizona crime spree (VIDEO) 04/15/2015

A former NYPD officer who calls himself Robocop used his police cruiser to ram a rifle-toting suspect on a one-man crime spree, dramatic Arizona police video released Tuesday shows.

Marana Police officer Michael Rapiejko was hailed a hero by his chief after the department released the dramatic footage Tuesday highlighting the Feb. 19 incident.

"That's not an easy decision right there," Chief Terry Rozema told Tucson News Now. "That's a tough, tough, tough decision. But he made it."

Rozema said the suspect, Mario Valencia, was headed toward locked-down businesses and deadly force may have been necessary to prevent a hostage crisis — or something far worse. Complete article

Michael Rapiejko: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know 04/1/2015

Police seek alleged Me. Walmart thief who stole a cart full of car batteries, a cart full of Legos, and the list goes on.04/16/2015

Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers 04/15/2015

Duo accused of stealing 33 iPads from Newton County Ga. Walmart 04/16/2015

Tx. Walmart Employee Injured Trying to Stop Alleged Shoplifter 04/15/2015

Felon Attacks Open Carrier for His Weapon In Washington Walmart 04/15/2015

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse? 04/01/2015

When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers? 04/02/2015

Missouri Walmart evacuated during bomb scare 04/16/2015

Man accused of attacking Kansas Walmart greeter 04/16/2015
VIDEO: Kansas man charged with attacking Walmart greeter 04/18/2015

Car of Missing Person Found at Dallas Tx. Walmart 04/16/2015

Body In Walmart Parking Lot For Over A Month, Tulsa Okla. Police Say 04/16/2015

TULSA, Oklahoma - A decomposed body was found inside a car at a Walmart parking lot Thursday afternoon. Police believe it may have been there for more than a month.

Tulsa Police responded to the Walmart in the 6600 block of South Memorial after they received a call of a body inside a car. When officers arrived they said they found a decomposed body inside a white SUV.

Police said they have been to the scene several times to check on the car but didn't know someone was inside. They said they ran the license plate, but nothing was out of the ordinary.

Thursday, police said someone walking by the car noticed a foul odor, found the body and called police.

Surveillance video goes back to mid-March and shows the car in the parking lot, but police believe it's been there since February. Complete article

Veterans making sure man found dead in south Tulsa Okla. Walmart parking lot receives a proper funeral 04/30/2015

Tulsa Walmart Employees Say They Called Police About Suspicious SUV 04/17/2015

Authorities identify man found dead inside SUV in parking lot of S. Tulsa Walmart 04/27/2015

Father of 5 from Colorado mysteriously disappears after shopping at Rancho Cucamonga Ca. Walmart 04/16/2015

Lufkin Tx. police arrest man accused of robbing Walmart with steak knife 04/16/2015

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a man identified through a Crime Stoppers tip and accused of using a steak knife to rob an employee at Walmart.

Quinton Lorenz Yarbrough, 19, is charged with first-degree robbery.

According to the arrest affidavit, an officer responded to Walmart on March 22 in reference to a theft.

A store clerk said a man came in and tried to make a purchase but had forgotten his wallet. The clerk said she went on break and when she came back, he had returned. She said he again tried to buy the items, but his card would not work. She said he then stepped back and said he had a knife. She said he then showed a steak knife and she said, "And?"

The clerk said Yarbrough then asked if she wanted to get fired and came around the counter. The clerk said she then took the items and threw them across the counter and he ran and picked the items up and ran off. Complete article

Lufkin man admits using stolen steak knife to rob Walmart 04/16/2015 Police on Wednesday arrested a Lufkin man who admitted pulling a stolen steak knife on a Walmart clerk to steal a PlayStation and game in March.

Walmart Shaking in Their Boots, About the Fight for Fifteen, Spread the Word 04/16/2015

This thing is spreading all over the world!

Low-wage workers all across America are walking off the job today to protest for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and a union.

“What?” You might be saying to yourself. “Why does the 16-year-old grimacing at me from behind the counter at Wendy’s while she texts her boyfriend selfies of her new temporary tattoo deserve to make that much money?”

Because contrary to popular belief, most minimum- and low-wage workers aren’t teenagers working a first job. And most aren’t fast-food workers either. Complete article

4 accused of passing fake bills at Walmart 04/17/2015

Man pulls gun in Spring Tx. Walmart TV heist, authorities say 04/17/2015

Suspects wanted for stealing Nintendo 3DS systems from Hanover Va. Walmart 04/17/2015

Wal-Mart to shed some in-store management in bid to improve shopper service 04/17/2015

Man offers teen money for sex act at SD Walmart 04/17/2015

UPDATE: Body of Missing Tampa Fla. General Hospital employee Lucy Moore found dead in car 04/18/2015

Tampa, Fla. - UPDATE: Hillsborough County detectives believe they have found Lucy Moore, a 31-year-old Tampa General Hospital employee who had gone missing, dead in a car at Walmart.

Law enforcement officials are conducting a death investigation in the parking lot of the Dale Mabry Walmart near Waters Avenue.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call around noon Saturday reporting a woman who appeared dead sitting in a car in the Walmart parking lot located at 8220 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa.

When deputies arrived on scene, they determined the woman was indeed dead and appeared to have been in the car for several days. Complete article

Little Rock Ark. Walmart Receives Unexpected Visitor 04/19/2015

Laid-Off Walmart Workers Head to Labor Board 04/19/2015

Nwwnah Wisc. Kohl's, Walmart evacuated because of suspicious suitcases 04/20/2015

7 ways retail jobs exploit and steal from their employees 04/14/2015

Police say Vermont residents stole $1,000 worth of appliances from NH Walmart 04/20/2015

Man shot after argument at bar, found behind Fla. Walmart 04/18/2015

Woman pushes cart of stolen items through Pa. Walmart, rides it outside, police say 04/20/2015

EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, Pa. —A woman walked through the aisles at Walmart with a list of items, crossing each one off along the way, then rode like a kid through the parking lot on her shopping cart full of stolen goods.

State police released surveillance video Monday of the incident at the store in East Huntingdon Township, in the Mount Pleasant area of Westmoreland County. .....

Surveillance video from the parking lot shows the woman pushing her shopping cart and running behind it to gain speed, then hopping on the cart and riding it as a child might do. Complete article

Police: Men tried to walk out of Fla. Walmart with TV, fled 04/20/2015

Man arrested for allegedly being naked, intoxicated in Pikeville Ky. Walmart 04/20/2015

Bomb scare closes Henry County Missouri Walmart for over seven hours 04/20/2015

Theft of 39 iPads from Paulding Ga. Wal-Mart may be linked to other crimes 04/20/2015

Police: Fla. Walmart shoplifter uses stun gun, gets away 04/21/2015

Man tools around Hanover NJ Walmart in motorized wheel chair allegedly swiping things 04/21/2015

Task force formed in wake of Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting to make recommendations 04/21/2015

CSO: Pinal man ID'd as Arizona Walmart voyeur 04/21/2015

UTC football player charged after being accused of stealing from Walmart 04/22/2015

Blotter: Man caught stealing from ND Walmart 04/21/2015

Couple accused of leaving child in locked car to shop at Fla. Wal-Mart 04/22/2015

Portsmouth police officer fatally shoots man in Walmart parking lot on Frederick Blvd. Portsmouth Va. 04/22/2015

Baby left in hot car at Fla. Walmart, Florida authorities say 04/22/2015

What if Walmart raised its minimum wage to $70,000 a year? 04/22/2015

Teens charged after shotgun reportedly fired in SC Walmart parking lot 04/22/2015

'Red Bull Bandit' suspect caught at Portage Ind. Wal-Mart 04/22/2015

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $19.4M Pay Package 04/22/2015

Bomb scare closes Olathe Kansas Walmart for hours 04/22/2015

Cigarette may have sparked fire at NC Walmart Neighborhood Market site 04/2/2015

Boyd gets 30 years for Neenah Wisc. Walmart shooting 04/24/2015

OSHKOSH – A Winnebago County judge said Justine Boyd's attempt to kill a Neenah Walmart co-worker in 2013 was only thwarted by talented doctors and the victim's own fighting spirit.

Judge John Jorgensen sentenced Boyd of Neenah to 30 years in prison on Thursday for the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Sharon Goffard. Complete article

Shopper guilty in tackling of man with gun at Fla. Walmart 04/24/2015

Residents walk out of WV Wal-Mart information session 04/24/2015

Me. Walmart worker finds thousands in cash in parking lot 04/24/2015

Man charged for selling drugs in NC Walmart parking lot with two small children in car 04/24/2015

Thief caught on camera carrying TVs out of Walmart in Port Richmond Pa. 04/24/2015

Woman arrested at Ontario Walmart store 04/24/2015

Medical examiner: Teen killed in Va. Walmart parking lot was shot in face, chest by police officer 04/24/2015

Portsmouth, Va. – William Chapman was shot in the face and in the chest and that is how he died according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

They say his death has been ruled a homicide – but that doesn`t mean murder.

Right now, State Police are investigating the case. They will provide the Commonwealth’s Attorney with their findings, then it will be decided if the officer was justified in the shooting. Complete article

‘Charge with murder’ posters in Portsmouth Va. feature officer’s face 04/30/2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A campaign involving posters and t-shirts is demanding a Portsmouth police officer be charged with murder.

The posters, which were hung in various spots across Portsmouth, feature the face of Officer Stephen Rankin and read, “Charge Stephen Rankin with murder!!!” The t-shirts feature the same image.

Community activist Michael Muhammad, who has organized Don’t Shoot rallies and meetings at his location on East 26th Street in Norfolk, posted an image of himself wearing one of the t-shirts on Instagram. He said he did not have direct involvement with starting the campaign.

“It was groups of young people, some in high school, some college, from Portsmouth,” Muhammad said. “They called on me to help them get their message out.”

Four years ago, Rankin was involved in a fatal shooting when he responded to a burglary 911 call near the Olde Towne section of Portsmouth. Rankin was cleared of any wrongdoing. He is currently on administrative duty, after a police officer shot and killed William Chapman last week outside a Portsmouth Wal-Mart. Rankin has not officially been identified as the officer who was involved.

‘Charge with murder’ posters featuring officer’s face spotted in Portsmouth Va. 04/30/2015

Springfield Missouri police Department, Walmart Working to Reduce Supercenter Crime 04/24/2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Walmart and the city of Springfield's police force are working together on a plan to reduce shoplifting and crime overall at its stores across the city.

Police Chief Paul Williams announced the collaboration on social media late last month and Walmart representatives tell KOLR 10 they've been working on possible solutions to reduce and prevent crime since then. They say working with local law enforcement is not uncommon.

"We'll continue to collaborate with the local police to focus on crime prevention," Walmart spokesman Aaron Mullins said.

The reason for the effort, at least in part, is a 2014 crime density heat map that shows heavy concentration at all of the city's Walmart Supercenters. Springfield's downtown district and the major retail area occupied by Battlefield Mall also show similar statistics.

"Criminals are predators," former policeman and security expert Matt Canovi said.

Canovi said it's not surprising that high-traffic areas, like Walmart Supercenters, show up as popular places for thieves -- especially since they're open all-hours.

It's not Walmart's fault, it's not the local law enforcement's fault and it's not the citizens' fault. Bad guys are predators and they pick targets of opportunity," Canovi said. Complete article

For an expert, Canovi seems to be poorly informed about many of the contributing causes that precede crime. He may be right that "criminals are predators;" however taht is only part of the problem. Many other contributing causes make some people more likely to commit crime, including abuse at an early age and even some of the practices carried out by Walmart as indicated by some of these Wal-Mart crime reports and the studies listed in the intro above along with some more research that I ahve done in a series of previous blogs including, Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit and others listed in it.

Gunman dies after police shootout and seven hour stand-off in Salem Oregon Walmart parking lot 04/24/2015

Is This the Beginning of the End for the Union Harassment Campaign Against Walmart? 04/24/2015

Wal-Mart reducing hours at some Colorado Springs-area stores 04/25/2015

Man detained for 'suspicious' activity at Nevada Walmart 04/24/2015

Suspect confesses to snatching purse at North Naples Fla. Walmart 04/23/2015

“Very dangerous:” Woman beaten in attempted carjacking at Wisc. Walmart that preceded high-speed chase 04/21/2015

FRANKLIN (WITI) — Early Tuesday morning, April 21st, in the parking lot of the Walmart store on S. 27th Street in Franklin, a woman screamed for help as she was beaten by a group of men and teens in an attempted carjacking. Then, the group led police on a high-speed chase on I-94.

Police say nine suspects were part of this group. Six have been taken into custody.

Franklin police, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff’s Office all took part in this incident that began as an attempted carjacking in Franklin and ended in Racine following a pursuit. Complete article

Wal-Mart, JC Penney Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse 04/24/2015

New owner of 25th Street Station agrees to drop Md. Walmart-anchored plan 04/22/2015

2 charged with assaulting police officer in NC Walmart disturbance 04/24/2015

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair is accused of assaulting a police officer and causing a disturbance at Walmart.

Police say Eric Scott Dent, 27, of 122 Blacksmoke Drive outside Hamlet, concealed a crowbar on his person at the 720 U.S. 74 West store on Friday. Officer D.R. Morton of the Rockingham Police Department was called to Walmart to investigate.

Arrest warrants state Dent pushed Morton and ran away from him when Morton tried to place him under arrest. Police say they also found a glass crack pipe on Dent. Complete article

Women attempt to steal from Ca. Walmart, end up in jail 04/24/2015

Man, woman wanted in aggravated armed robbery at Walmart in Conroe Tx. 04/2/2015

Body found in Sparta Wisc. near Walmart 04/23/2015

Poplar Bluff police looking for Missouri Walmart shoplifting suspect 04/24/2015

Not-guilty plea in Ca. Walmart armed incident 04/24/2015

Police: Men played drunken 'bumper cars' at Pa. Walmart 04/25/2015

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. -- On Thursday, State Police at Lykens responded to a call about three men riding on motorized handicap carts at the Walmart store on Kocher Lane.

Upon arriving at the store, officers found the men were using the carts to play "bumper cars." Complete article

Robberies reported at Walmart and Family Dollar in Lehigh Fla. 04/26/2015

Foot chase ends on roof of Walmart with capture of alleged shoplifter, Riverdale NJ police say 04/26/2015

Police investigate deadly shooting near Walmart on Little Debbie Parkway Chattanooga Tenn. 04/26/2015

Bossier City, La. PD: Body found outside Neighborhood Walmart; foul play not suspected 04/27/2015

Deputies: Suspect took purse from woman, 86, at SC Walmart 04/27/2015

Fla. Wal-Mart security guard has rough day, pushed and struck by shoplifting suspects 04/27/2015

A Wal-Mart security officer had a rough Sunday afternoon as he was reportedly pushed and struck during separate incidents by people accused of shoplifting from the store.

The first incident happened just after 2 p.m. at the store at 2600 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala. Three teenagers were suspected of shoplifting and security guards confronted the trio. One of the guards, a 21-year-old man, grabbed one of the 16-year-old suspects by the arm and tried to lead him back into the store. The 16-year-old reportedly pushed and hit the guard in the chest to break free, according to an Ocala Police Department report.

All three teens ran and were later found at the food court at Paddock Mall. Officers recovered stolen cellphone cases and covers, personal hygiene items and gummy vitamins, the report states. Complete article

Fernandina Beach police shoot syringe-wielding Wal-Mart robbery suspect after high-speed pursuit 04/27/2015

Fernandina Beach | A city police officer shot a man in the head after he stole a television from the local Wal-Mart on Monday morning and led officers on a high-speed pursuit which ended when he crashed his pickup truck in a ditch.

It remains unclear what prompted the officer to shoot the unidentified suspect, who had threatened a Wal-Mart loss-prevention officer with a syringe before fleeing. Police are still trying to determine if the man, who is in critical condition, had any other weapons.

The suspect was apparently shot inside his car, which he was trying to drive out of the ditch on Bonnieview Road after ramming a police car during the pursuit, Fernandina Beach Police Chief James Hurley said. Complete article

Policeman who shot Wal-Mart robbery suspect was 2-time Fernandina Fla. Officer of the Year 04/30/2015

Vehicle suspected in Pa. Walmart hit-and-run 04/27/2015

Walmart shooting protesters interrupt Beavercreek Ohio meeting 04/27/2015

Off-duty Houston Community College officer working security stabbed at SW Houston Walmart 04/27/2015

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A man stabbed an off duty police officer at a southwest Houston Walmart overnight.

It happened at around 2am at the store on South Post Oak and the South Loop. Police are still trying to figure out why the suspect went after the officer in the first place.

According to Houston police, the female officer, who normally works for the Houston Community College Police Department, was working an extra job inside the Walmart as security.

All of a sudden, a man in his late 20s or early 30s approached her and, without saying a word, stabbed her multiple times with a hunting knife. Complete article

Police Monitor: NY Wal-Mart employee accused of theft 04/28/2015

Man tried to photograph minor in NJ Walmart dressing room, police say 04/28/2015

Man tased by police at Mount Pocono Pa. Walmart 04/28/2015

Walmart robbery triggers lockout at Sterling Colorado schools 04/28/2015

Tulsa Okla. Police Believe Walmart, JC Penny Jewelry Thefts Connected 04/28/2015

Wal-Mart to expand China store network by nearly a third after growth stalls 04/29/2015

Wal-Mart Says It Will Go Slow in China 04/29/2015

Arizona Walmart employee reports poisoned water bottle, then admits she did it, cops say 04/28/2015

Opponents of new Sioux Falls SD Wal-Mart store sue city again 04/29/2015

Man accused of propositioning boys at Sioux Falls SD Wal-Mart 04/29/2015

Laurel Montana Walmart robbery and high speed chase suspects charged 04/29/2015

Kasich orders rules for use of deadly force in Ohio following Walmart and Tamir Rice shooting deaths 04/29/2015

Purcell Okla. police say man attempted to steal from Walmart 04/29/2015

TV reported stolen from Niceville Fla. Walmart 04/29/2015

Report: Walmart in Baltimore Md. Refusing Ammo Sales 04/29/2015

2 Limestone County men charged with buying meth ingredient at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart 04/30/2015

Boynton Fla. Police: Woman smoked flakka, left baby in Wal-Mart parking lot 04/30/2015

Woman arrested on 53 counterfeit-related complaints, accused of using fake $10 bills at Okla. Walmart 04/30/2015

Police: SC Walmart Employee Took Thousands of Dollars 04/30/2015

Purcell Okla. police say man attempted to steal tent, vacuum from Walmart 04/30/2015

Walmart Stock – Don’t Expect Growth From WMT This Year

WMT sales are nearly flat and earnings are shrinking

Shares in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) started the year by hitting an all-time high, and investors probably figured the worst was behind WMT. How wrong they were.

WMT stock topped $90 a share in the first trading week of January. WMT stock’s holiday-selling season rally looked like it would extend well into 2015 after lagging the broader market for more than three years, but the rally didn’t last.

WMT stock has been in steady decline since setting that record high and is now off 9% for the year-to-date. Even the quiet S&P 500 has managed a price gain of almost 2% this year (See below a 52-week chart of WMT versus the S&P 500, Courtesy of S&P Capital IQ).

Whatever optimism fueled WMT stock through the holidays is now long gone. Indeed, Walmart shares are back to levels last seen in early November. No surprise there. Stocks follow profits, and Walmart profits are expected to be in decline for some time. Complete article

Man found dead in vehicle at Martinsburg WV Walmart 04/30/2015

Man accused of attacking NJ Walmart employee pleads not guilty, jury trial scheduled 04/30/2015

Woman charged with hitting child in Minn. Walmart parking lot 04/30/2015

Fire on video in Walmart Parking Lot 04/30/2015

Moulton Police Officer arrested on theft from Walmart, on duty, in uniform, ethics charges

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter tells WAAY 31 that one of his officers has been arrested by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Officer Jeremy Wakefield, 39, was arrested on charges of theft of property in the second degree and an ethics violation.

Wakefield is accused of stealing items from a Walmart while on duty.

McWhorter said the Walmart in Moulton notified them of surveillance video they had of Wakefield taking electronics to the store's garden center and placing them outside the fence. McWhorter said the video then shows Wakefield putting the items in his patrol car.

McWhorter said Wakefield was in his uniform and on-duty at the time. Investigators believe this happened more than once. Complete article

Police officer arrested after stealing from Wal-Mart 05/01/2015

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