Monday, August 3, 2015

Wal-Mart Crime report July 2015

Walmart had a creative and horrifying robbery when someone sprayed a cashier with gasoline and threatened to light her aflame; clearly some of these more extreme stories are acting out of desperation or a desire to be famous.

At least four car chases started at Walmart as a result of thefts this month and at least two of them led to crashes. One of these started with a theft at gunpoint but a lot of these chases which happen a lot more often than most people realize are started over petty theft, and some police departments recognize the danger and cut off pursuit for these while others continue more aggressive tactics. According to a new report High-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders; over a period of about 36 years almost 2,500 bystanders were killed, plus over 2,600 passengers.

They also had at least six shooting incidents this month, including at least one or two where there is an ongoing investigation to see if a security guard or police officer was justified in a shooting. One of them involved a bail bondsman that attempted to make an arrest and was shot at. There is a growing number of incidents where private security, often former police or police with second jobs and this month a bail-bondman are involved in these shooting, yet there is little or no discussion about whether it is causing more problems in the traditional media although there is plenty of discussion in alternative media outlets indicating there might be major problems with it. If the establishment doesn't agree then they should be able to make their case easily, but instead they remain silent.

A Walmart in Ohio may be taking the title of 'most shoplifted in America,' there was a previous story about a Colorado store holding that title; one of the shoplifters in New Mexico this month turned out to be the son of a DA, don't know who will prosecute him; another inside theft seems to involve a man disguised as an armored truck driver but local workers may have been involved; and another dead body was found in the parking lot in Florida. 'most shoplifted in America'

Florida Walmarts get their share of dead bodies.

Walmart was caught misusing the "Made in America" label again, at this point only those with there heads in the sand will ever believe Walmart can be trusted with that claim. They also had a store with massive overcharges for many customers. They're also trying to take the high road by warning their suppliers to make sure there is accuracy in labels about the amount of merchandise in their packages. With all the pressure they put on suppliers to cut costs is it really surprising that this problem is happening? the story about overcharges indicated that a lot of the customers didn't detect it until they got home and checked their receipts. It wouldn't be surprising if they waited until there were enormous numbers of complaints before taking a stand on this.

They're also asking to be let out of Florida's energy efficiency program, but tehy probably prefer not to mention this when they bring up their newest green-washing policy.

Once again they had two different robbers in two states that picked up their weapons, a bat and a hammer, at Walmart before using them to attempt to steal.

Why bother buying weapons?

Both Walmart and Kroger pulled cilantro because they found human feces and toilet paper in the field. There is little or no high profile discussion about this being the result of excessive pressure to cut costs and make workers work long hours without proper resources, or if there are other problems with the health of their food as a result of similar problems.

Lots of people continue to be outraged by a lot of things Walmart does, and they rarely ever address these concerns fast if at all.

So would it be that big of a surprise if a disgruntled customer grabbed the microphone for the intercom and announced, "Hello, Walmart, the break’s over," and when that didn't work went on to say he was taking a TV out the door, and when that didn't get results announce that he had a gun.

The judge chuckled at that one.

Said he could have been a hero, if he hadn't gone too far. In that past people have pulled out BB guns demanding a return or smashed a printer on the floor and thrown it at the employee and on numerous occasions announced there was a bomb in the building when frustrated with bad service at Walmart.

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 twitter or check the Wal-Mart Wall; they have helped compile some of this information. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in July 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.

Is Westwood Ohio Walmart 'most shoplifted in America'? 07/01/2015

Walmart operates more than 4,500 stores nationwide. The most shoplifted among them is in Cincinnati's Westwood neighborhood, according to Cincinnati police.

Cincinnati police made an average of 2.5 service calls per day to the store over the last two years.

The Walmart also happens to be in police department's new backyard. The store at 2322 Ferguson Road is on a lot adjacent to the soon-to-be-operational District 3 headquarters at 2300 Ferguson Road.

The genesis of the unsavory "most shoplifted Walmart" distinction is unclear, but Cincinnati police appeared to hold the idea as truth during a May 7 news conference. District 3 Capt. Daniel Gerard said the store was most shoplifted Walmart in the country while discussing crime trends and neighborhood rankings for the most vehicle-related thefts and break-ins. Complete article

Police searching for 2 suspected of using stolen credit cards at Reidsville NC Walmart 07/01/2015

Man, 74, walks out of Fla. Walmart with $360 worth of wine, deputies say 07/01/2015

Police searching for suspect in Lubbock Tx. Wal-Mart robbery 07/01/2015

Wreck with multiple injuries near Conway SC Walmart shuts down beachbound 501 07/01/2015

Man found guilty in New Hartford NY Wal-Mart larceny 07/01/2015

Suspect charged with vehicular assault outside Joplin Missouri Wal-Mart store 07/01/2015

Walmart Shoplifting Call Turns into Tennessee Highway Pursuit 07/01/2015

Public Advocate Letitia James says city should divest from Walmart stock due to chain being country's biggest gun seller 07/02/2015

Walmart at 45th & Coulter Amarillo Tx. robbed; suspect description released 07/02/2015

Walmart to fund NY veterans’ trips to Washington 07/02/2015

Veterans host rally at Clovis NM Walmart 07/02/2015

Fireworks ignite fire by Orem Utah Walmart 07/02/2015

Man wears clerk uniform to rob Walmart in Gentilly La., at gunpoint police say 07/03/2015

Police: Robber Puts Gun To Victim's Head Outside Tulsa Okla. Walmart 07/03/2015

Kingston woman stole $1,235 in goods from Walmart, Ulster NY town police say 07/03/2015

Truck rams cars, patrons in Port Clinton Ohio Walmart parking lot 07/03/2015

PORT CLINTON -- Four people were injured Friday and about a dozen vehicles damaged when a truck crashed through the parking lot of a Walmart east of Port Clinton.

Three people were taken by three medical helicopters to hospitals in Toledo, and a fourth was taken by ground to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, according to Port Clinton fire Chief Kent Johnson.

The driver of the vehicle who caused the incident is in critical condition, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office. The rest of the victims’ conditions, as well as names, were not immediately released.

Witnesses said a black truck hit pedestrians and cars as it moved quickly through the lot. Complete article

Man Poses As Armored Truck Driver, Steals $75K From Bristow Okla. Walmart, Police Say 07/04/2015

BRISTOW, Oklahoma - Federal authorities are investigating a Fourth of July heist after police say a man with a gun and bulletproof vest claimed to be an armored truck driver and conned Bristow Walmart employees of nearly six figures.

Police tell News On 6 that the man convinced store employees he was there for the cash pick up for Loomis Armored on Saturday afternoon. The employees said they didn't realized the error until the real Loomis truck came to make the scheduled pick up about 30 minutes later, police said.

The man was able to get away with more than $75,000 in cash, according to investigators. Complete article

Manager, Stepdaughter Arrested In Bristow Walmart Heist 07/08/2015

Suspected Walmart heist accomplice allegedly given $900 not to go to police 07/15/2015

Man tries to take baby out of shopping cart at Clarksville Tenn. Walmart 07/05/2015

One man dead, one injured following Tx. Walmart parking lot shooting 07/05/2015

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- One man is dead and another injured after an argument in a southwest Houston Walmart parking lot ended in gunfire.

It happened around 4:45pm yesterday afternoon at the Walmart located on South Kirkwood at Westheimer.

Police say two men and a woman were all in a white Volvo together when they parked near the Garden Center section of the Walmart. The three people in the vehicle then began to argue.

At some point, shots were fired. One of the men ended up dead, and the second man was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. The woman was not hurt. Complete article

Tense Confederate flag rally outside Phoenix Ariz. Walmart 07/06/2015

Men charged with stealing from Waterville Me. Wal-Mart, fleeing from police 07/06/2015

Made in America? The I-Team finds local Wal-Mart misused label 07/06/2015

WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Many Americans specifically look for products boasting a "Made in America" label to support U.S. manufacturing, but when major retailers use the label though, it may be inaccurate.

The ABC11 I-Team took a closer look at some of the items Wal-Mart was advertising as American made and found that they were anything but. Wilson resident Skyler Strickland headed over to the "Made in America" display at his local Wal-Mart hoping to find some locally-made products. What he found came instead from halfway around the world.

"They had some fans there and I wanted one cause when it was so hot," he said. "I turned the box over to look at the specs on it and says 'Made in China' on the bottom."

He took a few photos and notified Wal-Mart. After a week, he said he only got a canned response. Complete article

SAPD: Man in motorized wheelchair exposed himself to children in NW Side Tx. Walmart 07/06/2015

Virginia man arrested for 'excessively spanking' child in Va. Walmart parking lot 07/06/2015

Mother, daughter accused of shoplifting at Sunrise Fla. Walmart 07/06/2015

Man accused of stealing 5 steaks from NC Walmart 07/06/2015

7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s “U.S. Manufacturing Summit.” 07/06/2015

It’s been two and a half years since Walmart announced its so-called “U.S. manufacturing initiative”, which means it’s time for another PR-heavy, Walmart manufacturing “summit,” this one in Bentonville, Arkansas on July 7th and 8th. Undoubtedly, Walmart will use the summit to deliver feel-good talking points to the media, so this seems like a good time to review some facts about Walmart’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, past, present and future.

Here are seven things we hope you’ll keep in mind when reporting on Walmart and American manufacturing:

1. We should be skeptical about “Assembled in the USA” claims from Walmart and their suppliers. ....

2. Walmart helped destroy America’s manufacturing sector to begin with. ... Complete article

2 women remain jailed after police chase following Tx. Walmart shoplifting call 07/06/2015

Double homicide suspect bought ammo at Pa. Walmart just before shooting 07/07/2015

Salisbury man charged with car break-in, buying hundreds at NC Walmart with stolen credit card 07/07/2015

Ohio parents can pay child support at Walmart, CVS 07/07/2015

Wal-Mart's 'Open Call' Draws Governors, Prospective Vendors 07/07/2015

Man Taking Upskirt Pictures at Burleson Tx. Walmart: Police 07/07/2015

Omaha, Nebraska Walmart Robbed Of Oxycodone 07/08/2015

Women steal baby formula from Margate Fla. Walmart, police say 07/07/2015

Bomb threat over at Clanton Alabama Walmart, man who allegedly made threat arrested 07/07/2015

Police video shows pick-up crash into fence in chase stemming from Tx. Wal-mart shoplifting call 07/07/2015

Lubbock police released patrol vehicle dash camera video from a chase stemming from a shoplifting call early Monday at a South Lubbock Wal-Mart.

Two women were arrested after the vehicle and foot chase that saw the suspect’s vehicle drive through a parking lot, across a grassy median and, ultimately, into a fence. ....

Deni Dionne Moore, 33, and Tamara Dawn Gould, 31, are accused of stealing $153.96 in clothing and $45.64 in miscellaneous toiletry items from the store, hiding some of the items in a purse as they checked out and paid for other items, according to Bassett and a police report. Complete article

Woman upset about alleged scuffle over scooter at NW Harris Co. Tx. Walmart 07/07/2015

Man charged with shoplifting guns at Easley SC Walmart 07/07/2015

Man arrested after attempted carjacking in Ariz. Walmart parking lot 07/07/2015

Judge sets sentencing hearing for June 2014 Montana Walmart assailant 07/07/2015

Officers spill secrets of closed Fla. Walmart store 07/07/2015

Police charge Newton man with stealing $1,100 worth of items from NC Walmart 07/07/2015

Rothesay mother suing Walmart Canada over toddler’s alleged broken leg 07/09/2015

Westworth Village Tx. Police Investigate Credit Card Abuse 07/08/2015

Wal-Mart says Rebel mascot Alabama teen wanted for class ring was never available 07/08/2015

Woman robbed, beaten outside Ca. Walmart 07/08/2015

Bibb NAACP asking for reduced charges for Ga. Walmart ransacking suspects 07/08/2015

Gang charges dropped against two Ga. Walmart vandal suspects 07/09/2015

Attorney disputes official report of Macon Ga. Wal-Mart rampage 07/09/2015

Woman wants justice after pervert grabbed her at Olathe Missouri WalMart 07/08/2015

Maiden man, Hickory woman charged with stealing $1,000 in items from NC Wal-Mart 07/08/2015

Lightning knocks out power to west side Albuquerque NM Wal-Mart; entire freezers of food tossed in garbage 07/08/2015

Appeals court re-opens Tenn. Walmart employees’ lawsuit 07/09/2015

Man in custody after shots fired at Bondsman in Brookhaven Mississippi Walmart parking lot 07/09/2015

No one was injured in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Brookhaven Walmart Wednesday night, officials said.

Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell said a bail bonding company had an outstanding felony warrant on Jimmy Douglas, 32. When the bonding company employee, Richard Marbury, approached Douglas, Douglas allegedly produced a .22-caliber handgun and fired shots at him.

"Then the gun jammed," said Bell. "They tackled him to the ground and were able to hold him until police arrived. Complete article

Argument at Bridgeview Ill. Walmart led to shooting, police say 07/09/2015

Walmart opponents protest along NC highway 07/09/2015

Police: Man points gun at Walmart employee in Rock Hill SC 07/09/2015

Man arrested in Walmart attack in Orlando Fla. 07/10/2015 Woman knocked to ground while holding 2-year-old son in May

Wanted Woman Accused Of Trespassing At Tenn. Wal-Mart 07/10/2015

Multiple guns stolen from Rock Hill SC Walmart 07/10/2015

Police: Man steals cash drawer from metro Oklahoma Walmart on two separate occasions 07/10/2015

Theft at Avon Ind. Wal-Mart leads to downtown chase 07/10/2015

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police said a chase that began with a theft at a Wal-Mart spanned two counties and ended up with three people being arrested.

Brownsburg police attempted to stop a vehicle after a theft at the Wal-Mart store in Avon.

That led to a chase onto I-70, eventually moving to downtown Indianapolis, before ending at Vermont Street and Fleming Street on the west side of Indianapolis near Thatcher Golf Course. Complete article

Butte Montana Police Reports: Man flees police, hides in bush; Walmart food heist; drinking juveniles 07/10/2015

Second Nebraska Walmart robbed within week 07/10/2015

Wal-Mart suppliers grapple with ‘Made in USA’ label challenge 07/11/2015

Walmart theft leads police to meth in Michigan couple's car, police say 07/11/2015

2 Officers Hurt By Gunshot Debris Outside Saginaw Tx. Wal-Mart 07/11/2015

Three Utica residents arrested for stealing meat and other items from Rome NY Walmart 07/12/2015

Suspect brings baby to shoplift at N. Fort Myers Fla. Walmart 07/12/2015

Grand Forks ND Wal-Mart reopens after Sunday night gun threat, evacuation 07/12/2015

Man accused of sexually assaulting woman at Va. Walmart 07/13/2015

Rockland Me. woman accused of repeating Wal-Mart theft of $25 worth of beverages 07/12/2015 Taxpayers pay much more than $25 in court and prison costs but ordinary citizens don't get the same response.

Suspected repeat Ca. Walmart robber sprays gasoline on cashier, threatens to light her aflame: report 07/0/2015

A suspected repeat Walmart robber sprayed a California cashier with gasoline and threatened to set her aflame, according to reports.

The terrified clerk gave the bandit $400 before he fled the Walmart Neighborhood Market at N. Cedar Ave. in Fresno, Calif., at around 10 a.m. Monday, police told KSEE-TV. Investigators believe the same man took $700 from the same store at gunpoint only four days earlier, the TV station reported.

Firefighters responding to the scene on Monday cleaned the gas fluid off the Walmart employee, Pete Martinez of the Fresno Fire Department told KFSN-TV. They also transported her to an area hospital as a precaution, he noted.

Fresno police have released surveillance images of a suspect they say waited in the checkout line before brandishing a small black handgun at a different clerk at 10:23 a.m. on Thursday. The robber allegedly wrapped a newspaper around the gun and demanded cash. Complete article

Wal-Mart sued for denying health insurance to gay employee's spouse (+video) 07/14/2015

Orleans sheriff's deputy fires at suspected Walmart shoplifter and former employee 07/14/2015

An Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy shot at a suspected shoplifter Tuesday afternoon (July 14) while working an off-duty security detail at the Walmart store on Behrman Highway, authorities said.

No one was struck by bullets fired from Lt. Frank Serio's weapon, authorities said. The suspected shoplifter, identified by police as 34-year-old Austin Thompson, is in custody and facing charges of attempted theft and aggravated assault of a police officer, New Orleans police said.

Phil Stelly, a spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office, said Serio attempted to stop a suspected shoplifter when he saw that individual reach into his waistband while crouched between parked cars. Serio, fearing for his safety, fired four shots at the individual, Stelly said. NOPD 4th District Commander Shaun Ferguson said Thompson previously worked at a Walmart in Jefferson Parish. He walked into the Algiers Walmart Tuesday afternoon and attempted to take several cellphones from the store, Ferguson said.

Thompson is suspected in similar thefts at Jefferson Parish Walmarts. Ferguson said an employee at the Algiers Walmart was familiar with Thompson. He did not elaborate.

Thompson pulled a silver object from his waistband when confronted by the deputy, Ferguson said, prompting the deputy to open fire. That object turned out to be a cellphone, Ferguson said.

One of the deputy's bullets struck a woman's car while she was about to exit the parking lot, Ferguson said. That woman was not injured, he added. Complete article

Algiers Wal-Mart shoplifting suspect accused of baiting cop shooting meets with psychiatrists 07/23/2015

'I just wanted the officer to kill me,' police say accused Wal-Mart thief told authorities 07/15/2015

Small fire causes Walmart evacuation near Elsmere Delaware 07/14/2015

Man identified in fatal shooting near Fort Worth Tx. Walmart 07/15/2015

FORT WORTH Homicide detectives on Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who was found lying on a street east of downtown with a gunshot wound late Tuesday.

Officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Branden Scott Cornell, 25. Authorities did not have a hometown for Cornell, but public records indicate he had lived in Euless.

Cornell was found at Beach Street and Airport Freeway just outside a Walmart shortly after a shooting was reported at about 11 p.m.

Customer Angelica Narvaiz of Fort Worth said on Wednesday that customers panicked.

“I heard people screaming in the parking lot,” said Narvaiz, who was in the store Tuesday night standing near a cash register with her 1-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. “An employee walked to the front doors and then she came running back yelling, ‘There’s someone with a gun. Everyone needs to get to get the back of the store’.” Complete article

Man arrested in fatal shooting outside Fort Worth Wal-Mart 07/21/2015

Melbourne Fla. police apprehend man near Walmart 07/15/2015

VIDEO: Case closed, but why did Willis fire shots in ND Wal-Mart? 07/15/2015 Long article and report with little information.

Women Brought Kids to Shoplift at Fla. WalMart: BSO 07/15/2015

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Bush River Road, Columbia, SC Walmart 07/15/2015

Masked men rob Fla. Walmart at gunpoint leads to high speed chase 07/15/2015

Tallahassee Police Department officers are investigating a high-speed pursuit and armed robbery at the Thomasville Road Walmart on Tuesday night.

Officers arrived at the store after reports of two males wearing mask, one brandishing a handgun, who demanded money from a store employee and fled the scene with cash.

K9 units tracked the pair to a vehicle which sped away from the area, according to TPD Spokesman David Northway. Police gave chase but a TPD supervisor called off the pursuit after it reached high, "unsafe" speeds. Complete article

Dead body found in Brevard Wal-Mart parking lot 07/15/2015

A body found in a parked car at a beachside Wal-Mart late Wednesday had apparently been there for several days, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

The unidentified remains – possibly of a man in his late 50s or 60s – were discovered at around 4 p.m. as shoppers streamed in and out of the Wal-Mart at the corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and State Road A1A in Indian Harbour Beach.

"Right now it doesn't appear to be foul play," said Lt. Steve Sadoff, spokesman for the Melbourne Police Department, which covers a portion of beachside Brevard. "But the body had been there a couple of days from what I understand." Complete article

Man arrested after girl, 4, sexually assaulted in Toronto Canada Walmart 07/15/2015

Wisconsin man indicted for pointing gun at officer’s head at St. Paul Minnesota Wal-Mart In June 07/15/2015

Women With Kids Accused Of Shoplifting At Fla. Walmart 07/16/2015

2 Men Wanted For Stealing TV From Walmart With Gun In Longmont Colorado 07/16/2015

Woman robbed as she pays bill at Delaware Walmart 07/16/2015

Woman charged after allegedly stealing candy bars, hair removal tool from Pa. Walmart 07/16/2015

Man takes 71-year-old woman's wallet at Newport News Va. Walmart, police say 07/16/2015

Auburn NY Wal-Mart reopens after being evacuated due to bomb threat 07/16/2015

Andreatta: He told Walmart over loudspeaker he had a gun, was almost a hero 07/16/2015

Geneseo Village Justice Thomas Bushnell chuckled when he summoned defendant Earl D. Hill to his bench at 4:41 p.m. on Wednesday.

The disorderly conduct charge facing the 63-year-old retired trucker was no laughing matter, but because Bushnell was a human being living in America, he could relate to what Hill had done to wind up before him in that stifling courtroom.

If you’ve ever snapped over shoddy customer service, you’ll relate, too. ...

He didn’t physically topple over, but he reached a breaking point like Michael Douglas’s anti-hero character in the 1993 cult classic film Falling Down. ..... All he wanted was a fishing license, which a Walmart clerk could have told him wasn’t possible because a lightning storm had rendered the store’s computer useless.

But there was no one to aid Hill, who’s old enough to remember pulling into a gas station where four helping hands pumped the fuel, filled the tires, checked the oil and cleaned the windshield, all for 25 cents a gallon. ....

He figures he waited 15, maybe 20, minutes, for someone to acknowledge him before the indignity of it became too much and he grabbed the phone on the counter and addressed the store over the loudspeaker.

“I said, ‘Hello, Walmart, the break’s over,’” Hill recalled outside his home in Lima in Livingston County.

When that didn’t get anyone’s attention, he broadcast that he was walking out the back door with a big-screen TV. ....

They laughed not because they thought Hill a fool — although his behavior was admittedly foolish — but because they’d been there. Maybe not at Walmart, but some other chain superstore. Perhaps it was a restaurant or an airline ticket counter or a bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles. It could have been anywhere. Complete article

Masked gunman tries to blast his way into money rooms at two Wal-Marts, Jefferson Parish Louisiana Sheriff's Office says 07/16/2015

A masked gunman attempting to rob Wal-Marts in Marrero and Elmwood early Thursday morning (July 16) tried to blast his way the stores' money rooms, according to authorities. Neither attempt was successful, but Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying the man, said Col. John Fortuato, spokesman for the department.

The first would-be robbery occurred about 1:48 a.m. at the Wal-Mart located at 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero. A man described clad in dark-colored clothing and a black ski mask entered the store through an employee entrance and walked to the money room, Fortunato said. He is desribed as as being about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build. Complete article

Man steals steaks, computer from Amherst Co. Va. Walmart: Police 07/17/2015

Woman dies after wreck on U.S. 501 near Conway SC Walmart 07/17/2015

Former Wyoming Wal-Mart employee pleads not guilty to theft 07/17/2015

65-year-old Villager arrested at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 07/17/2015

CVS and Walmart Canada Are Investigating a Data Breach 07/17/2015

Police: Man steals, beer, steaks, laundry detergent from Aurora Ohio Walmart 07/17/2015

Venice man dies of heroin overdose in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/18/2015

Woman cited for attempting to shoplift at Pa. Walmart store 07/19/2015

Police searching for man who robbed Groton Conn. Walmart 07/19/2015

Broken Arrow man arrested at dumpster after trying to steal from Okla. Walmart 07/19/2015

Police suspect arson in Cobleskill NY Wal-Mart fire 07/20/2015

Warrant issued for man accused of starting NY Walmart fire 07/21/2015

Indiana woman charged after infant left in car at WalMart 07/20/2015

Police seek man accused of shattering glass case, stealing iPads from Camp Hill Pa. Walmart 07/20/2015

A&P was ‘the Wal-Mart of its day.’ Now it’s filing for bankruptcy. 07/20/2015

Man With Gunshot Wound Driven to WalMart: Miramar Fla. Police 07/20/2015

Cumberland County NC Planning Board to consider requests for sand mine, Walmart property 07/22/2015

Missoula man gets prison time for blinding beatdown outside Montana Walmart 07/20/2015

Man Accused Of Stealing Lighter, Assaulting Ky. Walmart Employee 07/20/2015

Tenn. Walmart shoppers sing national anthem in patriotic viral video 07/21/2015

Lincolnton woman arrested for setting NC WalMart fire 07/21/2015

Student arrested in DSC campus bomb scare; Deltona Fla. Wal-Mart evacuated on similar threat 07/21/2015

Lancaster Co. Pa. Walmart evacuated for gas leak 07/21/2015

Bomb threats called into Alaska Wal-Mart stores prompt evacuations 07/22/2015

County Still Pursuing Montana Walmart Purchase for Jail 07/22/2015

1 woman in viral Beech Grove Ind. Walmart fight pleads guilty to disorderly conduct 07/22/2015

Police investigating whether Walmart security guard was justified in firing shots 07/22/2015

A shoplifting case turns into a shooting investigation as police attempt to figure out whether a Walmart security guard was justified in firing at a runaway thief.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says the incident began late Tuesday evening when loss protection officers observed a man shoplifting inside the Belle Isle Walmart. Things escalated quickly when the man ran for the parking lot trying to get away.

Michael Heatherly says he was shopping at the Belle Isle Walmart Tuesday when someone saw a thief.

"Heard somebody say he just stole something and there was a cop here and he chased him into the parking lot." Heatherly said. "The cop hollers 'Hey get out of the car! Get out of the car! Put your hands up!'"

Instead, Heatherly says the shoplifter attempted to take off.

"The dude tries to run him (the security guard) over. There was two people in the car and the cop had no choice but to fire at him," Heatherly said.

The shot didn't hit the man and he drove away. Now, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama says they are looking into whether security guard Stephen Seely went too far. Complete article

Bedford Ohio Walmart robber gets away with $7,000 in cash 07/22/2015

Wal-Mart, thwarted by India's retail restrictions, goes big: wholesale 07/23/2015

Man accused of swinging bat at Palm Coast Fla. Wal-Mart workers 07/23/2015

BUNNELL — A 56-year-old man remained in jail Thursday charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting merchant, grand theft, and illegal use of shopping carts following an incident that occurred at a Palm Coast Wal-Mart.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Kevin Leahy, 56, listed as a transient, was arrested Tuesday after he threatened employees with a metal baseball bat when they tried to stop him from shoplifting.

A Wal-Mart employee told deputies that Leahy approached her at the store's MoneyCenter and sought money from a credit card that contained no funds. When the money transfer failed, she said he pushed a shopping cart filled with items into one of the store's fitting rooms and began packing several of the items into a mountain backpack. Leahy then began walking out of the store with the backpack and shopping cart, both of which contained merchandise.

Witnesses told deputies that two store employees tried to stop Leahy as he was leaving and when one of the workers placed a hand on the shopping cart, Leahy grabbed the bat from the cart and began swinging it at them.

Deputies found Leahy about a block north of the Wal-Mart on Cypress Point Parkway, carrying the bat and pushing a shopping cart. He told deputies he had not eaten and had no money. Complete article

Missing woman last seen at Walmart in Belmont NC 07/23/2015

Saugus Mass. Firefighters Rescue Dog From Hot Car In Walmart Parking Lot 07/23/2015

Walmart Heiress, Alice Walton Selling Champion Horses From Texas Ranch 07/23/2015

Wal-Mart, others want out of Florida energy-efficency program 07/23/2015

TALLAHASSEE — Wal-Mart and a group representing other large users of electricity say they can do a better job of saving energy if state regulators would let them opt out of a nearly 35-year-old conservation program.

However, the state's most influential energy providers told the Florida Public Service Commission on Wednesday that such a one-sided proposal would shift costs to small businesses and residential customers. And an environmental group says the "radical" proposal could further diminish conservation efforts in Florida. Complete article

NJ State Police after Route 77 Walmart robbers 07/23/2015

Video shows mom leaving toddler in hot car while shopping at Arizona Walmart 07/23/2015

Couple snatches purse from disabled woman in Pinellas Fla. Wal-Mart 07/23/2015

Walmart ends overnight hours at some locations, including a store in Hampton Va. 07/23/2015

Teen Charged With Setting Fire Inside Frankfort Ky. Walmart 07/24/2015

Duo Sought in Crime Spree at South Jersey Walmart 07/24/2015

Bomb squad: No explosives in suspicious bag at Woodburn Oregon Walmart 07/24/2015

Kids found unattended in two different vehicles outside Richmond Tx. Walmart 07/24/2015

Kansas Walmart Employee to Celebrate 103rd Birthday 07/24/2015

Hot car deaths can be prevented with this new Evenflo car seat, a Walmart exclusive 07/24/2015 No need to address the social problems that lead to hot car deaths when oligarchies sell profitable items that promise solutions.

Police look for men who tried to shoplift at Purcell Okla. Walmart 07/25/2015

Fruitland Md. Walmart briefly evacuated 07/25/2015

Man arrested after attempted kidnapping at Vancouver Wal-Mart 07/25/2015

2013 Child sexually assaulted while shopping for toys in NY Walmart: suit 07/26/2015

New Jersey woman banned from all Walmart stores by judge calls ruling 'stupid,' says ‘I already have’ disobeyed the order 07/26/2015

Florida Man Accused Of Taking Upskirt Photos At NJ Walmart 07/27/2015

Ephrata Pa. police look for man who allegedly stole electronics from Walmart 07/2/2015

Wal-Mart laptop theft case solved in Aberdeen SD 07/27/2015

Man accused of exposing himself to woman shopping with kids at Tigard Oregon Walmart 07/27/2015

Homeless Man accused of arson at local Walmart 07/27/2015

Report: Macon Ga. man caught stealing sports bras at Wal-Mart 07/27/2015

Prosecutor: Video shows man grabbing girl in Vancouver Washington Walmart 07/27/2015

Extreme Overcharge At La Junta Walmart 07/28/2015

We all go to the store, but how often do you check your receipts?

As a Walmart cashier rang up Christy Rodriguez's groceries, she watched as the number on the register rose higher and higher. Suddenly that number jumped, well above what she was expecting. ....

The exceeding total was still bothering Rodriguez when she got home, so she checked her receipt of 141 items. She was stunned: she'd been charged more than $77 for an $11 package of pork chops.

Rodriguez went back to the La Junta Walmart to report the mistake. She found out she wasn't the only one overcharged that day.

"The manager that was helping me told me it had been happening quite a bit that day, that somebody brought back their yogurt because they were charged, I believe it was $38--for yogurt." Complete article

Wal-Mart warns its suppliers over labeling accuracy 07/28/2015

Memo urges suppliers to make sure labels match amounts

The world’s largest retailer has put suppliers on notice: Pay attention to the little things before they become big problems.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT, +0.68% last week sent out a memo to hundreds suppliers from Kraft Heinz Co. to Nestlé SA warning them to comply with labeling laws, emphasizing that the amount inside a package matches what is printed on the outside.

The memo, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, is a direct response to some retailers, like Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM, +0.94% being accused of overcharging customers by overstating how much of a product they are selling, a person familiar with the matter said. It also comes as corporations and district attorneys are closely monitoring that suppliers are obeying all labeling and packaging rules, and are quick to file suit if they’re not. Complete article

Walmart theft results in car chase 07/28/2015

NEW ALBANY — What began as a reported theft Monday turned into a police pursuit and charges of attempted murder of three New Albany officers, according to a police report.

An officer responded to Walmart along Grant Line Road around 11 a.m. Monday on reports of a theft in progress. The suspect, later identified as Mark Wakeland, Louisville, was seen leaving Walmart in a white Honda Accord.

The responding officer turned on his lights to try to pull Wakeland over before exiting his patrol car. Wakeland’s driver-side window was down as he yelled back at the officer and refused to stop his car. .....

An officer exited the patrol car and approached Wakeland. Wakeland then “accelerated his vehicle and drove directly toward” the officer who ran for cover.

Wakeland attempted to run over a second officer before making it out of the lot and back onto Grant Line Road, according to the report. Complete article

Vehicle Crashes Into La Vista Nebraska Walmart 07/28/2015

Police use Taser to subdue hammer-wielding man at Utah Wal-Mart 07/28/2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Police used a Taser on a man inside a Wal-Mart after a tense encounter with officers and store security workers Monday night.

Police say Makuthe Deng, 31, tried to leave Wal-Mart at 350 W. Hope Ave. without paying for several items he had picked out, including a hammer. The store's loss prevention employees tried to stop Deng from leaving around 10:30 p.m., and he reacted by swinging the hammer at them, Salt Lake police said in arresting documents.

"I drew my handgun, and (Deng) then focused on me and was swinging the hammer back and forth and yelling at me to shoot him," the arresting officer wrote.

Another officer then used a Taser on Deng, causing him to fall down, according to arrest records. He was put in handcuffs and later booked into jail for investigation of aggravated robbery, use or possession of drug Complete article

Mother accused of leaving child in Owasso Okla. Walmart 07/28/2015

Wal-Mart, Kroger pulling cilantro over human feces concerns 07/29/2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co., two of the biggest sellers of groceries in the U.S., are pulling some cilantro from stores after human feces and toilet paper were found in Mexican growing fields.

Wal-Mart is removing cilantro that came from the Mexican state of Puebla, where the problems were uncovered by U.S. regulators. The product came from a single supplier and the chain doesn’t expect any shortages, spokesman Aaron Mullins said. Kroger, meanwhile, is recalling cilantro in about 440 stores, mostly in the southeastern U.S., and expects to quickly restock shelves with product from other regions. Complete article

Infant found in hot car at White House Tenn. Wal-Mart 07/29/2015

Tahlequah Okla. police seek identity of indecent exposure suspect who flashed juvenile female in Walmart 07/29/2015

Police say guns found on boys at Conway SC Wal-Mart 07/29/2015

Shoplifter at odds with NJ Walmart due in court Aug. 27 07/29/2015 According to documents, Cassimore wrote to Superior Court: “I cannot afford the fines and know I was not treated fairly in court. I am a disabled senior citizen. I would not survive jail.”

Middle Tennessee mom arrested after baby left inside hot car at Walmart 07/29/2015

Felony charges for two after attempted theft at Walmart 07/29/2015

Trespassing call at Walmart leads to burglary, safe-cracking charges 07/29/2015

Police say couple used 3 kids to try to steal from Utah Wal-Mart 07/30/2015

DA's son accused of lifting calculators from NM Walmart 07/30/2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The son of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has been arrested again.

Justin Koch has already been charged with shoplifting twice and he’s accused of doing it again Wednesday night.

Koch stole two Texas Instruments calculators from a Walmart and tried to run from officers, police said. He’s been charged with larceny and attempting to evade police. Complete article

Fla. Woman with Tourette's sues Walmart after being banned for outbursts 07/30/2015

Customers stop purse thief at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 07/30/2015

Deputies investigate meat theft from Amherst County Va. Walmart 07/31/2015

JCPD: Tenn. Walmart cashier arrested on theft charges 07/31/2015

Robeson County NC escapee, with 1 day left in sentence, caught at Walmart 07/31/2015

Man Wanted For Ga. Walmart Child Molestation Incident 07/31/2015

Police seek suspect in Pa. Wal-Mart theft 07/31/2015

Man gets bond in case of bogus checks used at South Mississippi Wal-Mart stores 07/31/2015

Woman found dead in her car in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/31/2015

Semi truck near Nebraska Walmart goes up in flames 07/31/2015

Accused Okla. Walmart thief could face felony charges 07/31/2015

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