Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wal-Mart Crime report December 2016

Last month Walmart broke their record with fifteen shootings in one month; this month they broke it for the second consecutive month with at least nineteen shootings and higher than usual number of stabbings, crashes and dead bodies turning up on the premises including some related to the shootings and another that was decapitated.

There have been growing problems with crime for quite a while but in the last few months it ahs become so bad that even the mainstream media is reporting on it, although they still don’t do nearly as good a job as they could and should. Some of these reports included claims from Walmart that they’re addressing the problem and in some cases police chiefs even say they’re working together and improving things.

Perhaps in some cases this might be true but there are some that seem to follow a pattern where they go meet behind closed doors after telling the public about the problems and after meeting with politicians and representatives of Walmart they change their stories, often not making them seem very credible to those paying attention.

And on top of that there are still many reports indicating that they’re not getting better at all, especially if the research isn’t controlled by political establishment or Walmart.

The traditional media reported heavily on brawls and a false report of a shooting at malls around the country the day after Christmas; however they didn’t report that things like this happen almost everyday at Walmart nor did they report that while one of the malls had a false report Walmart had plenty of real reports in addition to several reports that were probably also false. Nor did they report on many other things that happened at Walmart, that are as dramatic or more dramatic than many of their obsession du jours including a decapitated body that also had the genitals removed, a truck crashing through the entrance and killing three people in the produce section within the store, plenty of stabbings, including one where an escaped in mate stabbed a police officer, numerous police shootings including several deaths and much more. One of the murder suicides was a Walmart employee who was also a former police officer killed by her husband.

The shootings alone resulted in at least eight to ten deaths at Walmart and there were more deaths as a result of car crashes stabbings or other reasons.

One of the people killed at Walmart was allegedly killed because someone thought he was Donald Trump, for some reason; that could have easily been highlighted as a dramatic obsession du jour if they wanted to; not that they should be reporting any events this way, but it is curios that they don’t hesitate to report obsessively on some subjects not others and fail to discuss the root causes behind crime anywhere especially at Walmart.

They also had close to a dozen other incidents that were gun related and could have easily turned into shootings including one where a disgruntled employee was planning on shooting up the store and burn it down, armed carjacking assaults on employees and guns stolen out of the case after breaking it with a skillet.

Walmart workers are protesting the high crime problems and even taking out ads to demand action; however they should be cautious about what kind of action they take. Some of these demands include requests for Walmart to hire more of their own security, which may help in the short term; however if they’re not trained well or held accountable they could be as much of the problem as they are the solution. They’re already having increased problems with privatized security and attempts to shake people down for false claims or depriving them of their legal rights.

Instead far more attention should be paid to the root causes that caused these crimes to escalate in the first place and some of that ahs to be done with the help of local communities and education programs.

Increased corporate control of the justice system isn’t going to solve this problem.

They need to disclose union busting activities which is a contributing cause of their high problems with disgruntled workers and address service problems which are angering many disgruntled customers.

There was also a report on the top ten states that had the most sales per resident at Walmart and five out of ten of them were alos in the top ten when it comes to murder rates, none were in the bottom ten; two more came in 11th and 13th, the last three were significantly lower but they were among the most rural states where crime is expected to be lower. Walmart does best in high crime areas among rural areas they sell the most, even though they don’t do well in large cities, which have the highest crime areas.

The states that they sell the most per capita are the same states with highest poverty rates, income inequality and many of the most authoritarian characteristics.

There are other social problems that could be solved if they werr4e reported on like an epidemic of stolen baby formula which is becoming big organized crime stealing it at Walmart or other stores and selling it at flea markets, yet they don’t even consider the possibility that it might not be a great idea giving them patents gouging poor people enriching the wealthy like many other medications, or trying to find some other way to make so basic an item for low income parents affordable without creating organized crime that could result in dangerous things happening to the formula as well.

They had another incident where they arrested the wrong person and handcuffed her assaulting her accusing her of stealing a purse where the victim came forward and said they had the wrong person resulting in a viral video increasing racial tension.

They had someone dumping razor blades in a babies car seat through an open window. There is little or no discussion about educating troubled people that might be more inclined to commit crimes like this; instead our political system is designed almost entirely for the benefit of corporations trying to increase profit that donate to campaigns. Educational programs that are routinely ignored could make these incidents much less common.

There were also several chases and crashes at Walmart including one with a stolen Walmart truck, and another incident where A Walmart semi driver fell out of his truck drunk.

They always have outages over insensitive items during the holidays that they wind up pulling when it creates a public relations disaster like selling mugs that say “got retard” or “Hitler” on them and they also sold toys that could spy in children and send information to corporations outraging civil rights activists. Some of these are politically impacted like the withdrawal of “Black Lives Matter” shirts because of police union demands. No doubt there is as much outrage that they pulled this without necessarily addressing many of the abusive by police against black people, or perhaps more important without addressing the root causes that would stop these problems before they escalate and lead to confrontation with police and blacks in the first place.

Increasing education and local employment among other things could reduce these conflicts without outraging either the minority community of the police, yet this isn’t done.

One of the seemingly trivial things is an ad about how they allegedly hypnotize adults into enjoying Christmas, and presumably buying more to increase their profits. This may seem silly, but either it is an ineffective scam wasting time and money or it is part of an attempt to indoctrinate the public without teaching them the full impact that it might have. If this works it only increases the obsession with purchasing hyped up garbage that doesn’t improve the quality of life.

This is one of many examples where educated people are trying to indoctrinate less educated people for the benefit of the wealthy, assuming it actually works.

Walmart had one of their cashiers selling blank gift cards and keeping the money, who was only caught because a customer tried to use it the same day and complaints about rawhide that allegedly poisoned dogs that chewed on it. Another customer got what she thought was supposed to be a gadget for some craft project for Christmas and got potatoes instead.

They had nothing to do with Dan Quayle.

They had another Hawk move in for a few days and another skinned carcass was dropped out of a truck coming though.

I didn’t make these things up.

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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in December 2016. 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.

Rats In The Cellar: The American Food Industry’s Substandard Labor Conditions 11/20/2016

Like a cellar full of rats, the American food industry is infested by poor working conditions, below average wages, and rampant discriminatory, abusive labor practices.

A new report from the Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA), and the Solidarity Research Cooperative, entitled No Piece Of The Pie, finds that the American food system links together 21. 5 million workers—over one out of every seven workers in the U.S.— in a chain of exploitation. With such a large percentage of workers employed in the food industry, their wages and conditions have a major impact on the U.S. economy in general.

The American. food chain comprises 14% of the nation’s workforce, and is the 3rd. largest contributor to U.S. gross output, behind manufacturing and the financial sector—generating $3.5 trillion. The average U.S. household spends approximately 10% of its yearly pre-tax income—over $7,000—on food expenses.

The FCWA report says our food system is a stew of stagnant wages, substandard working conditions, inadequate fringe benefits, health and safety issues, and mistreatment at work. The 5 links in the food chain are: production, processing, distribution, retail, and services. Complete article

Pella Iowa community 'shaken' by deadly Wal-Mart crash killing 3 injuring 2 more 12/01/2016

PELLA, Ia. — Don French, a cashier at the Wal-Mart here for almost five years, was shopping inside the store Thursday morning when he heard a loud crash.

A silver Ford F-150 pickup truck broke through the store's front doors. After it came to a rest, near a refrigerator in the produce department, three people were dead and two others were injured.

Witnesses said the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed as it went through the building entrance. The truck took out a concrete bollard placed outside the Wal-Mart entrance to block vehicles from the door.

Police and Wal-Mart officials had not released the victims' identities as of Thursday evening. But French told The Des Moines Register that two of the people killed were store employees. Complete article

Patrol: No reason to believe deadly Iowa Walmart crash was intentional 12/01/2016

Names of Driver and Victims Released In Pella Walmart Crash 12/02/2016

Safety expert says Pella Wal-Mart barriers were inadequate 12/02/2016

Ky. Wal-Mart deal's collapse prompts lawsuits bill 12/01/2016

A state lawmaker wants to make it more difficult for opponents of developments like the western Louisville Wal-Mart to delay such projects through the courts.

Under the proposal, introduced by state Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, individuals and groups could still file a suit against a project in circuit court. But if they lose at that level they would have to post a bond on the estimated cost of the delay to the project before they could appeal. Complete article

Ga. man guilty of beating state trooper outside a WV Wal-Mart 12/01/2016

Pa. Police seek to ID 2 in Walmart theft 12/01/2016

Woman allegedly leaves kids unattended in car to go shopping at Delaware Walmart - a store from which she was banned already 12/02/2016

Man allegedly passes out in Mich. Walmart after robbing nearby gas station pulls gun when woken 12/02/2016

GRAWN, MI - The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office arrested a man suspected of an early-morning armed robbery Friday after he was found passed out in a Walmart store a couple hours later.

Just before 5 a.m., the sheriff's office said deputies responded to an armed robbery at a Shell gas station in Grawn. The suspect, wearing a ski mask, had a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of money.

At 6:55 a.m., the sheriff's office and the Michigan State Police responded to a call from a nearby Walmart about a man with a gun. The store was evacuated and the suspect was detained. No injuries were reported.

Information from the scene at Walmart indicates that the suspect was passed out in the store, and then pulled out a handgun when confronted by a Walmart employee. Complete article

Woman caught on camera stealing Salvation Army kettle at Waycross NC Walmart 12/02/2016

Man accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in Longhorns clothing from Austin Tx. Walmart 12/02/2016

Homewood Alabama police apologize to woman detained at Walmart; incident goes viral in Facebook Live video 12/02/2016

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Homewood police says their internal affairs team is investigating the detainment of a woman in connection to a theft case.

Homewood Police Lt. Eric Hampton says that a female victim reported that her wallet had been stolen at the Walmart on Lakeshore Parkway on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Hampton said officers stopped Brenda Rivers for questioning because she matched the suspect description given by the victim.

“The female [Rivers] became uncompliant. The officer said she was being detained, but not at the time arrested while he investigated the theft," Hampton said.

Rivers then tried to walk away and that's when officers detained her.

The beginning of a viral video recorded of the incident shows Rivers on the floor, handcuffed by officers.

A man identified as her husband is yelling that she should not have been stopped.

While sitting on the floor, Rivers and her husband told police they had just arrived, asking them to “pull the security camera back to see when I came in the store.”

The video doesn't show how Rivers ended up on the floor but shows officers trying to lift her up. When officers try to lift her from the floor, she said, “You are hurting my arm. Let me go. I am a human being!”

Police said in the video they detained Rivers for failure to comply. Witnesses in the video claim that the theft victim told officers Rivers wasn't the same woman who stole her wallet.

Later in the video, the actual theft victim can be seen walking up to an officer and saying Rivers isn't the woman who stole from her. Complete article

'What if it was your mother?': Daughter demands action, answers in Wal-Mart incident 12/02/2016

Activists protest at Homewood City Hall after woman searched, detained at Walmart 12/05/2016

Homewood Police clear officer of wrongdoing in Lakeshore Walmart, apologize to woman and family 12/06/2016

Woman falsely detained in Homewood Walmart tells her story at City Hall prayer meeting 12/07/2016

Homewood officer reassigned after woman handcuffed at Walmart 12/08/2016

A similar incident took place in NJ Retired Corrections Officer Claims Garden City Police Mistakenly Beat Him 12/02/2016

Walmart agrees to $7.5 million settlement in discrimination suit 12/02/2016

Walmart has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a suit that alleged the chain discriminated against gay employees.

The class-action suit, which was announced Friday, claimed that Walmart denied spousal health insurance benefits to same-sex employees between 2011 and 2013. Jacqueline Cote filed the complaint in July 2015 on behalf of other Walmart employees whose same-sex spouses were also denied health insurance.

It was not immediately known how many current and former Walmart employees would be affected by the settlement. Complete article

Wal-Mart cleared in Ca. spare-tire death blamed on staff 12/02/2016

High-speed chase ends at Ohio Walmart 12/02/2016

Man kills himself in Brandon Fla. Walmart parking lot instant before Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy shoots 12/03/2016

BRANDON — A 28-year-old man shot and killed himself late Friday an instant before a Hillsborough County deputy fired his gun at him, authorities said.

Paul Mebane died from his injuries after a confrontation with deputies at a Brandon Walmart after he raised a firearm in a car with three young children. The children, ages 4 to 10, were uninjured and taken into custody by Child Protection Services.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a call by Tampa police at 9:15 p.m. Friday to help find a missing man who was believed to be suicidal.

Deputies found Mebane 30 minutes later at the back of the Walmart parking lot on S Gornto Lake Road and Causeway Boulevard.

Col. Donna Lusczynski said deputies approached the car from the rear and saw Mebane with a firearm in his hand. As deputies drew nearer, Mebane began to raise the weapon.

"They gave commands for him to drop the weapon, to which he did not," she said. "At that point deputies felt in fear for their life and fired rounds at the subject."

Officials originally thought Deputy Cabot Brown had killed Mebane. But preliminary results from the Medical Examiner's Office showed that Mebane shot himself an instant before the deputy fired. Complete article

Wal-Mart opens first SC training academy at Columbia supercenter 12/01/2016

COLUMBIA Thirty Columbia Wal-Mart employees Thursday became the retail giant’s first South Carolina graduates of the corporation’s excelerated new training program designed to make its stores more competitive.

The employees, all of whom work at the Bush River Road superstore as department managers, underwent two weeks of training aimed both at providing the workers core retail skills and sales floor knowledge the company hopes will improve customer service, department by department.

The training, which takes place in a dedicated portion of the stores that have been specified as Training Academies, concentrates on leadership skills, merchandising, technology, operations and customer service. Complete article

Wal-Mart opens first WV training academy 12/09/2016

Razor blades dropped into children's car seats in Fla. Walmart parking lot 12/02/2016

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A Pasco County mother said she left all four of her windows cracked about an inch to keep the car cool while she ran into Walmart for groceries. When she returned to the car she says someone had dropped inch long razor blades onto her children’s car seats.

“Somebody is out there trying to hurt children,” Kim Battease said. “I had all my windows vented and they (razors) were only in the car seats. They were in my kids seats and only my kids seats.”

Battease said there were a total of three, one inch long brand new razor blades in the car.

“Some monster wants to go around and hurt kids for no reason,” Battease said. “I can't wrap my mind around it honestly.”

Battease said normally her children ages eight and five would just buckle themselves in. Thankfully, Battease had to grab mail out of the back seat. Complete article

Corning pair arrested after shoplifting, struggle with officers at Council Bluffs Iowa Walmart 12/0/2016

Two southwest Iowa residents are in custody after their shoplifting attempt at Walmart went awry.

Anna Armstrong, 28, and Clifford Palmer, 68, both of Corning, are in custody after an incident at the Walmart on Manawa Centre Drive, according to the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, an officer was called to the store on a report that Armstrong had shoplifted and was in the process of leaving the business. Near the front door, Armstrong fought with the officer as he attempted to handcuff her.

Palmer pulled up in his vehicle, and Armstrong was able to open the front passenger door and get inside the vehicle, police said. When the officer attempted to pull Armstrong from the building, Palmer sped away. The door hit the officer in the leg.

Additional officers pulled the vehicle over near Walmart, and both suspects were arrested. During a search of the vehicle, police found methamphetamine and marijuana, the department said. Complete article

Woman's chance encounter in Fall River Walmart parking lot ends with her taking in puppy 12/02/2016

Woman Used Stolen Gift Cards to Purchase Items at Islandia NY Walmart: Police 12/02/2016

Sheriff’s office seeking public’s help in identifying suspect in attempted theft at Fla. Wal-Mart 12/04/2016

Police: Armed Disgruntled employee tries to burn down Prescott Ariz. Walmart 12/04/2016

A Prescott woman was stopped by police before she carried out a plan to kill her co-workers and burn down the Walmart where she worked, officials said Sunday.

Early Saturday morning, Prescott police arrested 24-year-old Ebonice Johnson after discovering her in the back of the store, located off State Route 69, with a .22-caliber rifle she said she intended to use, according to a Prescott Police Department press release.

Earlier in the day, Johnson got into an argument with several co-workers during an early morning shift, police said. She was frustrated with her manager and unhappy with how a situation was handled, breaking a cash register before leaving the store, according to police.

Johnson went home and retrieved the rifle, a knife and a torch before writing on her computer about her intentions to kill her co-workers and die by forcing police to shoot her, Prescott police said. Williams also texted family members telling them of her plans, according to police. Complete article

Two dead in officer-involved shooting near Wal-Mart, Cinemark in American Fork Utah 12/05/2016

Two people were killed in shootings near the Cinemark Theatre and Wal-Mart in American Fork on Sunday evening.

According to officials, one man and one woman were killed in the incident that began at around 7:30 p.m. and ended with an officer-involved shooting in front of the movie theater on West Main Street.

Dispatch received a 911 call from a woman at 7:26 p.m. saying that someone was shooting at her vehicle.

"She was frantic and screaming something about shots being fired at her car," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. .... "We don't know if those rounds hit the suspect or not," Cannon said. "It's possible also that he may have sustained a self-inflicted wound, but we don't know that. All we know is that he did sustain a head wound."

Officers and bystanders performed CPR and life-saving measures on the suspect for about 20 minutes, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Medical helicopters and ambulances also responded to the scene. Complete article

Deputies: Two accused of assaulting Indian Trail NC Walmart greeter with stun gun 12/05/2016

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. - Union County deputies are searching for two people who shocked a Walmart greeter with a stun gun Sunday afternoon in Indian Trail.

A man and a woman were walking out of the store on Younts Road with a 50-inch TV when the greeter noticed a security sticker on the box and asked for a receipt, officials said.

Deputies said they pulled out a stun gun, shocked the employee and fled. Complete article

Sheriff: Pair arrested after using stun gun on Walmart greeter 12/08/2016

According to the FBI Murder Rates listed at Death Penalty Information Center five of the states that spend the most at Walmart are among the ten states with the highest murder rates; two more come in at eleventh and thirteenth; the other three are in the lower half but not the bottom ten. This correlation is consistent with studies showing Walmart has more crime than other stores; however it is highly unlikely that Walmart directly influences these high rates. It is more likely that they come from a common cause. These states have higher use of corporal punishment and poverty and lower education available to them; and they’re less able to stand up to oligarchies as indicated in the study previously reviewed Wal-Mart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices?

How much the average Alabamian spends each year at Walmart. Hint: It's a lot 12/05/2016

.... Nationally, Walmart has some $288 billion in annual sales. Those sales aren't equally distributed by state, however. GoBankingRates.com analyzed sales tax information to determine the states where people spend the most money at Walmart. ....

How does that rank nationally? Here's the top 10 list of states where people spend the most at Walmart:

Oklahoma - $1,662.43 per person
South Dakota - $1,511.86 per person
Arkansas - $1,494.80 per person
Alabama - $1,476.81 per person
Kansas - $1,417.71 per person
Mississippi - $1,395.02 per person
Louisiana - $1,235.38 per person
Missouri - $1,230.66 per person
North Dakota - $1,189.45 per person
Tennessee - $1,125.68 per person Complete article

Woman charged with stealing $2,200 from Augusta Ga. Walmart 12/04/2016

Wal-Mart Customers Still Want TVs After Black Friday Pricing Error 12/05/2016

A group of North Texas women is upset after finding a Black Friday deal that turned out to be too good to be true.

Monique Daniels said a friend told her about a great deal on a Samsung TV for $99 on Walmart.com on Black Friday. She checked the app, and there it was, so she shared the deal with her friends.

Daniels and her friends jumped on it quickly before it was too late. Daniels bought two 40-inch TVs and a 75-inch TV that typically range from about $300 to $2,000 for $99 each. .....

But during the weekend, they all started receiving emails saying their orders were cancelled, because the customer “changed mind.”

"And I'm like, 'No, I didn’t change my mind,'" Daniels said.

We asked Wal-Mart about the cancellations and they sent us this statement saying:

“Unfortunately, due to a pricing error, we needed to cancel some customer orders on a certain TV item. We’ve reached out to apologize to customers and offer them a gift card for the inconvenience.” Complete article

Prosecutor: New AG won't affect probe of Ohio Wal-Mart shooting 12/05/2016

Ga. Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing $2,000 from registers 12/05/2016

Borger Tx. Walmart evacuated, cleared after police conduct bomb threat investigation 12/05/2016

West End Ky. Wal-Mart supporters: Fight is not over 12/05/2016

Police Reports: Marshall Tx. Walmart hit by thefts 12/06/2016

Fla. Sarasota deputies arrest man caught on surveillance looking up women's skirts in Walmart 12/06/2016

Huber Heights Ohio Walmart reopened following plumbing issue 12/06/2016

Cops seek 2 who stole computer from Howell NJ Walmart 12/06/2016

Ill. Walmart thieves grab TV, diapers, baby formula – worth almost 2K 12/06/2016

Woman photographed in Oregon Walmart bathroom, voyeur sought 12/06/2016

Shooting reported at gas station near Walmart in McDonough Ga. 12/06/2016

MCDONOUGH, GA (CBS46) - A shooting has been reported at a gas station in McDonough.

The shooting was reported at Murphy's gas station next to a Walmart at Exit 218 off I-75.

No additional information was provided on the incident. Complete article

Body found in Airway Heights Washington Walmart parking lot matches description of missing person 12/06/2016

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County's Major Crimes division is investigating the discovery of a dead body in the Airway Heights Walmart parking lot.

According to detectives the body, a white woman in her 40s-50s, matches the description of a missing person in Spokane County.

Detectives would not confirm the identity of that missing person, citing concerns that the family hasn't been notified, and the chance that it may not be that missing person at all. Complete article

Spokane man suspected of unlawful disposal of human remains 12/13/2016

Hudson NH police ask for help identifying man who stole $400 computer from Wal-Mart 12/06/2016

June Augusta Me. Wal-Mart parking lot fracas leads to conviction 12/07/2016

Police: Two people shot Wednesday at Glendale Ariz. Walmart; suspect on the run 12/07/2016

GLENDALE, AZ - Police are on the hunt for a suspect after two people were shot at a Glendale Walmart Wednesday.

The shooting happened shortly after 11 a.m. near 95th Avenue and Camelback Road.

"I just got down and praying asking God to protect me," shopper Dwayne Blanding said.

Two people were shot and their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening, said police. Police are looking for at least two male suspects who left the scene in a black sedan.

It is believed that the victims and suspects knew each other, but police said they are still looking into the extent of their relationship.

"From what we are seeing, this is not random gunfire," Glendale Sgt. Scott Waite said. "The victims and suspects appear to know each other."

Police said the suspects and victims got into an argument outside the store in the parking lot. At some point, the victims went into the store and were confronted by the suspects as they were exiting.

One suspect fired his weapon, said police. The role of the second suspect was still being looked into, police said in a Wednesday afternoon update. Complete article

Police looking for suspect in Glendale Walmart shooting 12/21/2016

Activists launch campaign highlighting Walmart crime stats, law enforcement impact 12/07/2016

An activist group is running television advertisements in four U.S. markets as part of a nationwide campaign highlighting the amount of petty crime that occurs at Walmart stores and the extent to which it ties up law enforcement resources.

Making Change at Walmart — a Washington D.C.-based group that says it is "seeking to change Walmart into a more responsible employer" — announced the campaign Wednesday.

While the advertisements will not be running locally, the Springfield Police Department has been specifically working to reduce crime at the city's Supercenters for nearly two years.

News outlet Bloomberg reported in August that Arkansas-based Walmart has a database of how much crime happens on its properties and that each store is assigned a risk score, based on the likelihood of different types of crimes occurring there. Making Change at Walmart wants the company to disclose its database and the risk scores "to provide employees, customers, and their communities the information they need to hold Walmart accountable for security funding decisions." Complete article

Violent Crime Is a Daily Occurrence At Walmart and Now Its Workers Want Better Security 12/08/2016

Consumerist: Activists Emphasize Walmart’s Crime Problem In TV Ads Airing In 4 Cities 12/07/2016

A number of Walmart stores around the country have been called out for being the epicenters of disproportionate levels of criminal activity and calls to the police. Now a union-backed labor advocacy group is using this information against the nation’s largest retailer in an TV ad campaign highlighting Walmart’s alleged high crime rates — and its cost to local taxpayers.

The TV ads——created by Making Change at Walmart, a project of the United Food and Commercial Workers union——will run in four metro areas, including Tampa, where the local newspaper analyzed police visits to discount stores and found that the cops were dispatched to Walmart four times as often as Target. Another city where the ads will air is Tulsa, where Bloomberg Businessweek profiled the man called “Officer Walmart,” who spends his entire work day inside a Walmart store dealing with crime there. ....

Consumerist reached out to Walmart for comment on the MCAW ad campaign, but have not yet received a response. However, the retailer did tell Bloomberg that it has been investing in store security, including off-duty officers in stores working security, and a program for first-time shoplifting offenders that keeps suspects from being arrested.

Walmart crime epidemic comes under fire from labor activists 12/11/2016

'Hundreds of thousands' of crimes at Wal-Mart are costly for taxpayers, police; Activists want increased security 12/29/2016

A Bloomberg report has revealed there have likely been "hundreds of thousands" of petty crimes on Wal-Mart properties this year, including at least one violent crime per day.

Making Change at Wal-Mart, a group of labor activists, is pushing for Wal-Mart to hire off-duty police officers and private security guards to combat the high amount of crime that turns costly for taxpayers.

A Tampa Bay Times story used an example of a man who stole a 98-cent bottle of sweet tea.

"A police officer worked two hours on the case, including filling out paperwork for a petty theft charge. Before posting bail, the man spent 10 days in jail, a cost of about $1,230 to taxpayers," The Times said.

Officer charged after allegedly breaking Ga. Wal-Mart customer’s leg 12/07/2016

An Atlanta police sergeant was indicted on charges of excessive force related to an incident at Wal-Mart, where he worked off-duty security.

Trevor King, 48, of Rex, is accused of breaking a customer’s leg in 2014 at the Wal-Mart on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta, U.S. District Attorney spokesman Bob Page said in a news release.

King was allegedly dressed in his APD uniform and carrying a police baton when he tried to stop someone from leaving the store by grabbing his shirt and striking him several times.

“He wrongfully believed the customer had shoplifted,” Page wrote in the release. Complete article

Morrisville NC police search for man wanted in Walmart bank robbery 12/07/2016

Authorities believe escaped inmate stabbed officer at SC Walmart 12/08/2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Police believe an escaped inmate is also the same man responsible for stabbing an officer several times inside a Columbia Walmart Wednesday, according to WSOC.

A massive manhunt is underway for Michael Williamson, who they say escaped from the McCormick Correction Institute and traveled 90 minutes to Columbia, where he’s accused of stabbing a female officer multiple times inside the Walmart.

Investigators in Columbia believe he escaped the prison around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Columbia.

Police said the officer was responding to a shoplifting call at the Walmart on Bush River Road around 10 p.m. and chased after Williamson. That’s when officials said he turned and stabbed the officer several times. Complete article

Escaped inmate accused in Walmart stabbing caught after trying to enter school 12/09/2016

Suspect in Ithaca NY Walmart Homicide Holed up in Residence After Shooting at Police 12/08/2016

Police say a suspect who allegedly killed a man in the Walmart parking lot has fired “a long gun” at police officers and is holed up in a residence on Dryden Road.

After responding to reports of a shooting at Walmart at 12:52 a.m., officers from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Cayuga Heights Police Department noticed a vehicle matching the suspect’s driving north on Route 13 and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to Ithaca Police Chief John Barber.

The suspect fled for a quarter mile, Barber said, before turning into a driveway, exiting the vehicle with a “long gun” and firing at least one round in the direction of officers, who did not return fire and were uninjured. Leaderboard 1

State Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca Police are at the scene on the 1200 block of Dryden Road and officials warned people to avoid the area. County officials said that TCAT buses and the Dryden and Ithaca school districts have been notified of the active scene.

The victim, wearing a UPS uniform, was fatally shot by a man in a black truck, who then ran over the victim and peeled out, according to witnesses. Complete article

Update: Suspect in Wal-Mart homicide in police custody 12/08/2016

Man admits murder in Ithaca Walmart parking lot shooting 12/08/2016

After Shooting UPS Driver at Walmart, Man Tells Judge Who He Thinks He Killed—The President-Elect 12/21/2016

Man tries to steal TV, fights over it in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/07/2016

Broken Arrow Okla. Walmart robbed, 30-mile police chase ensues 12/08/2016

VIDEO: Man arrested for looking up woman’s skirt in Walmart 12/07/2016

Police investigate thefts from registers at Upstate SC Walmart stores 12/07/2016

Couple Who Stole Elderly Woman's Purse at Falmouth Mass. Walmart Caught: Police 12/08/2016

Ind. Walmart disturbance leads police to wanted man 12/08/2016

Suffolk group accuses Va. Walmart of racist sales practice 12/08/2016

SUFFOLK, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — A group in Suffolk is accusing three Virginia Walmart stores of offensive sales practices.

The group is called “Making Change at Walmart.”

They say that the stores are racially discriminating against customers by locking up certain African-American hair products.

A Walmart spokesperson said that the security measures have nothing to do with race, and went further saying “any claim otherwise is false and offensive.”

8News affiliate WAVY reporters spoke with Randy Parraz, the director of the campaign.

“We cannot find any other Walmart that’s doing this,” Parraz said. “This is forcing African-American shoppers to have a different experience.” Complete article

National group gathers outside Tulsa Okla. Walmart to ask for safety changes 12/08/2016

A national group is gathering outside a Tulsa Walmart to ask the company to make changes due to safety concerns.

Members of the Northeastern Oklahoma Labor Council and Making a Change at Walmart are holding a news conference at 3:00 p.m. at the Walmart located near Admiral and Memorial.

FOX23 has told you multiple Tulsa Walmart stores have made national headlines due to the number of times Tulsa police have responded to crime calls at the stores.

Making a Change at Walmart says “Walmart relies on public tax dollars and local police resources instead of investing in under-staffed stores and security.” Complete article

Stolen Walmart truck leads Spokane Police on historic chase 12/09/2016

SPOKANE, Wash. - A plan to hijack a semi-truck loaded with merchandise from Walmart triggered a pursuit today that left motorists dodging the speeding 18 wheeler.

Investigators say long-time thief Daren Allen Suiter, 38, was behind the wheel of the big rig as it careened around some of Spokane's busiest streets.

The precise route of the chase isn't clear, but we know it started in the 3100 block of N. Coleman. The truck made its way to Central and Lidgerwood where it crashed into a vehicle. The chase ended in the 1500 block of E. Dalton.

This could be considered one of the biggest chases in Spokane's history, especially if you go by gross weight and the number of miles driven.

Vehicle pursuits are always dangerous, but this one was particularly brutal, taking out a fence and crushing a car, all because two thieves wanted an entire truckload of stolen loot. This is what stopped the driver's long haul getaway, as he crashed into other cars, narrowly missing others. Complete article

Actual Wal-Mart driver explains how man likely stole tractor-trailer 12/08/2016

Restroom at Palm Springs Ca. Wal-Mart brings woman in wheelchair to tears 12/08/2016

Fla. Wal-Mart employee arrested for giving away merchandise 12/08/2016

Man tries to sneak 58-inch TV out of Fla. Walmart during shop-with-a-cop event 12/09/2016

Man found dead behind Clay NY Wal-Mart; death not suspicious, deputies say 12/09/2016

CLAY, N.Y. -- The death of a man found behind a Clay Wal-Mart last week is not suspicious, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said this week.

The man's body was found on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in a patch of cattails off of Laser Drive, said Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Laser Drive is a secluded road near Route 31 that runs behind Wal-Mart and Bryant & Stratton College.

The man -- whose name was not released -- was 28 years old, Seeber said. His death was not suspicious, he said. Complete article

Baby formula theft growing national problem; Suspects charged, allegedly stole formula & TV from Godfrey Ill. Walmart 12/09/2016

GODFREY — Madison County authorities have charged two people with theft of 250 bottles of baby formula from the Walmart on Godfrey Road, apparently part of what authorities are calling a growing national trend.

Charged are Terry L. Little, 34, and Darnell Gregory, 37, both of St. Louis. Authorities said the suspects simply loaded up shopping carts and attempted to leave the store on Nov. 29. Bail on each suspect is $45,000. The suspects were on parole from similar offenses in Missouri.

Little is accused of taking 75 bottles of baby formula and a television. In a second count, he is accused of taking about 100 bottles of the powder formula. In each case, the value of the items was placed at more than $300 Complete article

Wisc. Walmart the target of baby formula thefts 10/11/2016

There’s a thriving black market for baby formula 01/0/2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The recent arrests in Utah of three people accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of baby formula is the latest example of a problem that officials say is vexing stores and police nationwide as thieves systematically swipe the mixture from shelves and resell it to unsuspecting parents.

Baby formula is a major expense for many new parents, with small canisters starting around $20 and special or prescription blends costing two or three times that.

It’s also widely used. More than a third of infants receive formula in addition to breastmilk in their first six months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Often, babies who are weaned of breastmilk will continue to drink formula into their toddler years.

The high price and broad demand make it an enticing target for thieves, who typically sell the stolen formula at flea markets or list it on websites like Craigslist and eBay.

Do you recognize this suspect from Rome NY Wal-Mart? 12/09/2016

Police look for man attempting to steal merchandise at Williston Vermont Wal-Mart 12/09/2016

Woman Kidnapped From NW Side San Antonio Tx. Walmart Parking Lot 12/10/2016

Several men who heard the woman screaming tried to rescue her.. One man got his clothing stuck in the man's car when he slammed the door was dragged several feet when the man started speeding away.

The witnesses gave police a full description of the car, and about 12:30 this morning police saw the man driving down Highway 90 with the woman still in the car.

Police chased him to John Ryan Blvd near Air Force Village, where he stopped the car and jumped out, leaving the woman inside.

He was chased around the back of Air Force Village, where police lost sight of him. Complete article

Boynton Fla. police arrest teen who falsely reported gunman in Wal-Mart late November 12/10/2016

Police ask for help identifying foiled Vermont Wal-Mart thief 12/11/2016

Man shoots Ga. Wal-Mart employee in parking lot, kills self, cops say 12/11/2016

A murder-suicide was reported in a Walmart parking lot about 4 a.m. Sunday, East Point police said.

Investigators said a man shot and killed a woman in a car and then shot and killed himself.

They were in the parking lot of the store located on Cleveland Avenue.

Police told Channel 2 Action News the woman was a Wal-Mart employee who'd been followed to work by a man she was at one time romantically involved with. Complete article

Two bodies found in East Point Walmart parking lot 12/12/2016

Former deputy sheriff killed outside Wal-Mart in East Point 12/12/2016

Suspect killed in police shooting at West Virginia Walmart 12/12/2016

Officials say the suspect who was shot by officers at a Walmart in West Virginia has died.

According to a statement from the West Virginia State Police, the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot in White Hall. The incident involved two officers from two separate, unspecified agencies.

The statement says officers were trying to execute a bailpiece on the suspect for felony offenses. The suspect "operated a motor vehicle in an aggressive manner toward officers." The officers then shot the suspect. Complete article

Crab Thief Jacks Car at Geneseo NY Walmart 12/12/2016

GENESEO – The Geneseo Police Department arrested a Rochester resident for allegedly dragging a woman from her car in the Walmart parking lot and speeding off with armloads of food and clothes.

According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Shamon Bedell, 44, was arrested for felony Robbery in the Second Degree and misdemeanor Petit Larceny. The incident started on Nov. 18 when Bedell allegedly worked with Sherry Nichols, 43, of Mount Morris, to steal $609.87 of merchandise clothes including mens underwear and meats including steaks, lobster tails and snow crab. Osganian said that Walmart employees were likely already aware of the thefts when the pair came out of the store and, they allege, Bedell forcibly pulled the woman who had driven them from Rochester from her vehicle.

“Bedell and Nichols didn’t know the victim per se but she had driven them from Rochester that day,” said Osganian. “Bedell pulled the driver from her vehicle, Nichols gets in the passenger seat and they take off out of the Village and onto 390 north eventually reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. Our officer did broadcast to 911 a basic description of the vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office to take up the pursuit.” Complete article

Video: Florida man arrested for looking up woman’s skirt in Walmart 12/11/2016

Driver veers off Hwy 17, crashes into 7 cars in NC Walmart parking lot 12/11/2016

NEW BERN, Craven County - Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, New Bern Police got several 911 calls alerting them to a driver who crashed into the Walmart parking lot on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

New Bern Police told NewsChannel 12 a male driver veered off of Hwy 17 as he was traveling north, went through a ditch, the U.S. Cellular parking lot and then crashed into seven cars in the Walmart parking lot.

The driver then fled the scene by foot. The unidentified driver was caught by police under the US 70 bypass. Complete article

Emergency Crews Called to Lubbock Walmart Parking Lot 12/10/2016 The Lubbock Police Department was called to a Walmart parking lot Saturday evening to a report of at least one "unresponsive" person.

Law and Order: Second person charged in theft of $1,500 from NY Walmart 12/12/2016

Texas Tech student found dead in Walmart parking lot day after reported missing 12/12/2016

Texas Tech has released more information on a reported missing 18-year-old student found unresponsive in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday evening.

On Monday morning, university spokesman Chris Cook confirmed the student’s name through email.

“The Texas Tech University community extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Grant Kleman during this difficult time,” the statement reads. Complete article

This armed man reportedly robbed the Meridian Idaho Wal-Mart. Do you know him? 12/12/2016

Meridian police are looking for a man who pointed a handgun at a store employee and escaped after reportedly stealing items ranging from women's underwear to auto parts Monday morning.

The theft and aggravated battery were reported about 11:20 a.m. at the Wal-Mart, 4051 E. Fairview Ave., police said.

The man reportedly piled more than $1,000 worth of merchandise into a shopping cart, then left the store without paying, police said. Before a store employee could confront the man at his car, the thief pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the employee, saying “get back or I am going to shoot you,” police said. Complete article

Two suspects in Meridian Wal-Mart assault arrested 12/15/2016

Walmart removes ‘got retard?’ mugs from online store after flurry of complaints 12/12/2016

Shoppers were outraged Monday when Walmart featured offensive mugs on its website with the words "got retard?" on them.

The products have since been removed after the retail giant received multiple complaints.

Hallie Levine, 43, of Conn., told the Daily News she was horrified and offended that Walmart had "got retard?" mugs on its site, retailing at $21.99. Complete article

Walmart Pulls ‘Got Hitler?’ ‘Got Pepe?’ Mugs from Online Store 12/14/2016

Public outraged over "Black Lives Matter" gear sold on Walmart.com 12/19/2016

Shooting reported in Yuma Ariz. Walmart parking lot 12/12/2016

Yuma police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart on Pacific Avenue.

Sgt. Lori Franklin said that the victim, a 25-year-old woman, is currently at Yuma Regional Medical Center where she is being treated for a single gunshot wound. She is listed in serious condition.

Franklin said that at about 12:06 p.m. the woman was on the east side of the parking lot when a light-colored four-door passenger car drove up.

As the car approached, a single shot was fired from inside the vehicle, which then sped off southbound on Pacific Avenue. Complete article

Company recalls Walmart brand macaroni and cheese cups, others 12/12/2016

OAK BROOK, Ill. TeeHouse Foods Inc. has voluntarily recalled certain macaroni and cheese cups, which may be contaminated with salmonella.

The company found the milk powder from its supplier used in the seasoning has the potential for salmonella contamination. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Walmart’s Great Value Macaroni & Cheese Original Cups were impacted. Other brands impacted included Big Win Original Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and the Cheese Club Express Mac Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. Complete article

Fire shuts Plainfield Ind. Wal-Mart 12/13/2016

Fired NY Wal-Mart worker charged in second bank robbery After time in spotlight, man accused of 2 heists 12/1/2016 Thomas Smith was fired in November 2015 for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart at the East Greenbush store for roughly an hour in an entryway next to redemption machines.

Police: Man tried to kidnap boy at Bend Oregon Walmart 12/13/2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man tried to abduct a young boy at a Walmart store in Bend on Sunday, police said.

32-year-old La Pine resident Dennis Anderson is accused of following a child and his mother around the store and then trying to walk out of the store with the boy when he wandered away from his mother.

The boy did not leave with Anderson and was with his mother when police arrived on scene. Anderson had already left the store but officers identified him using surveillance video. Complete article

Preble Shawnee teacher accused in Ohio Walmart self-checkout theft 12/13/2016

Fire Starter: Authorities search for man who set fire in Oct. Fla. Wal-Mart, causing over $1 million in damage 12/12/2016

Bomb threat reported at Davenport Iowa Walmart 12/12/2016

Richland Mississippi Chief: Possible bomb threat at Walmart on Highway 49 12/13/2016

Natchitoches Louisiana Police investigate Walmart bomb threat 12/13/2016

Fort Smith police arrest man in Arkansas Walmart robbery 12/13/2016

Man uses skillet to smash case, steal shotgun from Mississippi Walmart, police say 12/13/2016

CLINTON, Miss — Clinton police have released surveillance video of a gun theft Sunday at Walmart.

The video, which was recorded about 3 a.m., shows a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt going behind the unoccupied gun counter at the store on Highway 80. He browsed the guns in the display case for a few minutes before walking over to the side of the counter and grabbing an iron skillet to smash the glass and grab a shotgun.

Clinton police Chief Ford Hayman said the theft didn't appear to be an elaborate scheme, but one that was relatively thought out because the thief used his hood to hide his face from surveillance cameras. He also knew to escape through an exit door in the nearby automotive section.

"That is a weapon on the street, wherever it is -- Clinton, Jackson -- or wherever, and we don't like that," Hayman said. Complete article

2 arrested after shotgun stolen from Clinton Mississippi Walmart 12/20/2016

Suspects identified in Ky. Walmart store thefts 12/12/2016

Driver alleges he was struck by Louisiana Wal-Mart/Swift Transportation employee 12/12/2016

Man accused of using phony cash at Biloxi Mississippi Walmart 12/13/2016

Highlands Ranch Community comes together to help Army combat veteran living in Colorado Walmart parking lot 12/13/2016

Man attacks woman, takes keys, goes to Tx. Walmart, attacks someone else 12/13/2016

Peabody Mass. police investigating Wal-Mart credit card machine tampering 12/14/2016

Newport man faces theft charges from Havelock NC Wal-Mart 12/14/2016

Duo steals nearly $1,000 in nail polish from Florida Walmart 12/14/2016

Walmart: The No. 1 destination for Phoenix Ariz. police 12/14/2016

It wasn’t yet 7:30 a.m. on May 27 when Phoenix police received their first call of the day to the Walmart at 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

A man with a backpack had browsed through the bike section and picked out some glue, cleaner and a bike inner tube before slipping out front door without paying. He fled on his bicycle.

The second call came at 8:50 a.m. A woman believed someone had stolen her daughter’s cellphone.

A few hours later, a man walked out the door with $102 worth of merchandise, $79 of it meat, police said.

Before the store closed at midnight, the Phoenix Police Department had received 10 calls to the address, nine of which resulted in a responding officer. Complete article

Woman, 83, struck and killed by car in Walmart parking lot in O'Fallon, Mo. 12/14/2016

O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - An 83-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car backing out of a parking space at the Walmart in O’Fallon, Mo. Wednesday afternoon, police say.

A man, 85, was backing out of a parking space at the Walmart on Highway K around 2:50 p.m. when he hit the woman. She later died from her injuries. Complete article

Gainesville Fla. Walmart fraud 12/15/2016

Gardner Kansas PD look for suspects in Walmart criminal incidents 12/15/2016

Two activists. A Fla. Walmart. An election. And a lawsuit. 12/14/2016

It has all the ingredients of a Miami election drama: winning candidates who allegedly shouldn’t have been allowed on the ballot; an 11th hour lawsuit; and a power struggle with the world’s largest retailer.

Chances are, you’ve never heard of the Midtown Community Development District. But a lawsuit that effectively stopped two activists from taking a seat on the board of the public agency has placed the tiny district in a unique spotlight.

Grant Stern, a Miami mortgage broker, and Peter Ehrlich, a Lemon City property owner, were elected to the Midtown district’s board of supervisors at the ballot box by a majority of some 300 district voters on Nov. 8 and were to be sworn in Tuesday afternoon. But the district’s board stopped short of welcoming them after an affiliate of DDR, the owner of the Shops at Midtown Miami, filed suit on the evening of Dec. 9 to stop them from taking office. .....

But there’s a bigger picture to this quandary: Stern and Ehrlich are staunch critics of the massive Walmart superstore planned within the district boundaries on land sold by a DDR affiliate. Complete article

Police: Armed robbery suspects fire shots in Goose Creek SC Walmart 12/15/2016

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Armed robbery suspects fired shots inside the Goose Creek Walmart late Wednesday night during a robbery.

Goose Creek police officials say the incident happened at the Walmart on St. James Avenue around 11:01 p.m., and officers are searching for two suspects.

At this time, GCPD officials do not have a description of the suspects.

No injuries were reported.

Shoppers reported earlier that it was a robbery and the suspects had fired two shots near the front of the store.

Lisa Burton, who was shopping at the Walmart at the time, said she heard the first shot but thought it was something that had fallen from the ceiling.

"But when the second one started, that ’s when people started screaming and running away from the front," Burton said. "Everybody started saying there was a shooting." Complete article

Man robs Rosemead bank branch inside Ca. Walmart store 12/14/2016

Twin Cities Minn. legislators say Walmart is dumping its security costs on the public 12/15/2016

Metro area Walmarts rely on police to deal with shoplifting more than any other business, including rival big box stores like Target and Cub.

Legislators from St. Paul and Brooklyn Park say the discount giant has been gobbling up an unfair portion of their cities’ public resources. Rather than hiring their own security to deal with petty crimes, they say, Walmart is forcing taxpayers to subsidize security for its stores.

In the past year, the St. Paul Walmart made 2,129 calls for service; Bloomington had 1,250; Brooklyn Center 1,099; and Brooklyn Park 480. The total cost to these cities is estimated to be a little more than $3 million.

“A lot of times when Walmart comes into the cities, they ask for tax breaks, they ask for other incentives so that they can build there, and their thing is, ‘Well, we can provide jobs,’” says Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park). “Well, they’re not providing that many jobs, they’re not providing well-paying jobs, and then they’re dumping their security problems back on the city resources.” Complete article

Armed Carjackers Take Car From South Philadelphia Pa. Walmart Lot; Police Find Car in Delaware County 12/15/2016

Two armed men carjacked a driver in the parking lot of a popular South Philadelphia shopping center overnight and wound up ditching the car in Delaware County.

The gunmen approached the driver in the Walmart parking lot along Christopher Columbus Boulevard just after midnight, said Philadelphia Police.

The victim luckily wasn’t injured as the suspects drove off, said police. Complete article

Raynham Mass. cops seek help identifying Walmart thieves 12/15/2016

Fraudulent return at Columbus Ga. Wal-Mart leads to high-speed chase 12/15/2016

Authorities were tracking down two men accused of making a fraudulent return at the Wal-Mart on Whittlesey Boulevard Dec. 9 when they got involved in a high-speed chase that ended with a crash, according to testimony Thursday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Authorities identified the five suspects in the fleeing car that was reported stolen from Henry County that same day as James Deon Raymond 26, Faith Mariaregina Taylor, 19, Coreycia Queonshann Spratling, 25, Brittany Shatara Temple, 24, and Justice Amondilin Anderson, 24.

Each suspect pleaded not guilty to numerous charges related to the incident aside from Anderson, who posted bond prior to Thursday’s hearing.

Columbus Police Officer Officer Drew Osbon said he was called to the Wal-Mart at 5448 Blvd. around 11:49 a.m. Dec. 9.

He spoke with an employee who reported that two black men, later identified as Anderson and Raymond, selected a $53 flannel comforter set and made a fraudulent return at the store. The men fled the scene in a green Chevrolet Tahoe with three women, according to police. Complete article

Police seek pair in shooting at Rantoul Ill. Wal-Mart parking lot 12/15/2016

RANTOUL — Police are searching for a man and a woman after a man was injured during a robbery and shooting Thursday night outside the Rantoul Wal-Mart.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said in a release that officers were called to the retailer at 8:08 p.m. on a report of a shooting. When they arrived, witnesses told them both the shooter and the victim had fled the area in different vehicles.

"The victim said he fled because he didn't know if the person would come back," Bouse said.

A little later, officers were called to the 1300 block of Harmon Drive to respond to the victim. When they arrived, they found he had injuries to his face that they discovered were the result of glass that had broken during the shooting and not a gunshot. Complete article

Authorities looking for two men who stole 70″ TV from Williamsburg Va. Walmart 12/16/2016

Wal-Mart's high call rate keeps Sioux Falls SD police busy 12/16/2016

Low prices, high crime.

Wal-Mart stores draw more calls to police in Sioux Falls than any other retailer, far exceeding call volumes for similar big-box competitors in the city.

In 2015, Sioux Falls Police were called to a Wal-Mart store more than three times a day for offenses ranging from shoplifting to sex offenses.

The persistent pull on police time and resources — not unique to Sioux Falls — is raising questions among some on the City Council Complete article

Police: Man tries to rob woman at gunpoint in Walmart parking lot in LaGrange Ky. 12/16/2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police in LaGrange are looking for a man who tried to rob a woman at gunpoint in a busy store parking lot. She told police she was walking in the Walmart parking lot around 8:30 a.m. Friday when a tan Ford Focus pulled up beside her.

"That is crazy. You just wouldn't expect anything like that," LaGrange resident Barbara Johnson said.

A man with blond hair and a scruffy beard in his late teens or early 20s pointed a camouflage-colored rifle at her and demanded money.

"It's terrifying, especially as a woman it makes me not want to go anywhere by myself. And it's not even night time. It's in the middle of the day, so you just don't feel safe," shopper Hayley Cook said.

Officials said when she refused to give him anything, he drove away. Complete article

Officer shot, suspect dead outside Dallas, Oregon Walmart 12/16/2016

DALLAS, Ore. (KOIN) — A DUII stop outside a Dallas, Oregon Walmart escalated to gunshots that left one officer wounded and the suspect dead.

The Friday night incident involved 3 officers, which escalated quickly. It resulted in one officer being shot in the leg. He is expected to survive.

According to Oregon State Police, the suspect was also shot and he died at the scene.

At a press briefing Friday night, Oregon State Police Lt. Bill Charpentier did not disclose the names of the those involved, but promised more information as the investigation unfolded. Complete article

OSP identifies officer and suspect in Dallas Walmart shooting 12/17/2016

Rooftop fire at Walmart in Grand Chute Wisc. during snow storm 12/17/2016

Watertown man and woman accused of stealing from NY Walmart 12/16/2016

Ind. Walmart worker: Gas leak causing evacuation could have been ‘much worse’ 12/16/2016

GREENSBURG, Ind. – A Greensburg Walmart associate who was hospitalized for carbon monoxide exposure claims she notified management numerous times about the possible leak.

The worker fell ill while working third shift and was admitted to Decatur County Memorial Hospital after leaving the store around 7 a.m. Friday.

She spoke with WRBI on a condition of anonymity to protect her job.

Emergency crews were called around 8:30 a.m. to the Walmart Supercenter after carbon monoxide was believed to be leaking from the heating units. The store was evacuated until 11 a.m. Complete article

Man stabbed multiple times at Walmart 12/16/2016

An online car sale turned violent Thursday night after the seller reportedly stabbed a potential buyer in the parking lot of the Seventh Avenue Walmart and then fled the scene.

A Longview husband and wife, both aged 41, met the suspect at the Walmart to respond to ad for a car through OfferUp.com, an online marketplace similar to Craigslist.

After a test drive with the vehicle, the two sides couldn’t agree on the price and the seller reportedly stabbed the husband multiple times. He then robbed the wife and fled in his vehicle while a nearby witness called 911. Complete article

Deputies: Group stole thousands worth of merchandise from Indian Trail NC Walmart 12/18/2016

Fired Wal-Mart workers had a right to defend themselves, Utah’s high court says 12/18/2016

Chico Ca. facing lawsuit over Wal-Mart expansion 12/18/2016


Petitioner, CHICO ADVOCATES FOR A RESPONSIBLE ECONOMY (“Petitioner” or “CARE”) respectfully petitions this Court for a Writ of Mandate pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 1085 and 1094.5, and for a declaration of rights directed to the City of Chico (“City”), by and through the City Council, to decertify the Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”), prepared and certified for the Chico Walmart Expansion Project (“Project”), wherein the existing Walmart store will be expanded up to 66,500 square feet, an eight pump fuel station with a 1,500 square foot convenience store will be developed, and create two outlot parcels with development area of 52,000 square feet. The City’s actions violate State and local environmental laws and amount to a prejudicial abuse of discretion. A writ of mandate is necessary to remedy the City’s failure to adequately address the Project’s environmental impacts; to ensure the City complies with all applicable laws, and to ensure proper review, disclosure, and mitigation of the potential environmental impacts resulting from the approval and development of the Project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). By this Petition, Petitioner represents the following: Complete article PDF

Prestonsburg Police Searching for Ky. Walmart Theft Suspects 12/18/2016

Stabbing Victim Dies After Being Found Near Walmart In California 12/18/2016

SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a man has died after being stabbed multiple times in Santa Ana.

The victim, described as a man in his late 20s or 30s was found in the rear of a Walmart located on West McFadden Avenue overnight Sunday.

When officers arrived, they located him, and transported him to a hospital where he died. Complete article

Teen recovering after shooting outside DeKalb Ga. Wal-Mart 12/18/2016

LITHONIA, Ga. -- DeKalb County police are on the hunt for a shooting suspect after an incident Sunday evening.

Officers were called to the Walmart on Farrington Road Sunday afternoon after reports of shots fired.

Officers arrived to find a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the back. The victim told investigators he was shot after getting into an argument with another man in the store's parking lot. Complete article

Body found decapitated near Albuquerque NM Walmart 12/19/2016

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque police are investigating the death of a man found decapitated with his genitalia removed near a Walmart over the weekend.

The body of a man was discovered just after midnight Saturday in a landscaping area near the Walmart on Menaul and Wyoming. Neither the man’s head or genitalia were found near the scene.

Police said they believe the man is a 42-year-old white male, but are awaiting the Office of the Medical Investigator for positive identification. Complete article

Man charged with stealing from Fla. Walmart 12/18/2016

Police identify Tenn. Wal-Mart armed robbery suspect 12/18/2016

Manassas Va. Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 12/18/2016

Police: Woman chases thief, recovers stolen purse in Pa. Walmart parking lot 12/18/2016

Man steals women's wallets at Va. Walmart, uses card to buy over $2K in Target gift cards 12/19/2016

Two women sought in theft of purse in Mississippi Wal-Mart parking lot 12/19/2016

3 in custody after stabbing at Jefferson City Tenn. Walmart 12/19/2016

Me. Walmart evacuated, caller reported smoke coming from office 12/19/2016

Off-duty NYPD cop busted for stealing soap, toothbrushes from Newburgh NY Walmart 12/19/2016

He’s so clean it’s a crime.

An off-duty NYPD officer was busted for stealing soap, toothbrushes and other cleaning supplies from a Walmart in Newburgh, N.Y., cops said.

Shawn Carter, 44, who lives in neighboring New Windsor, was using the self-checkout line, but he only scanned some of his items through on Friday night, police sources said. He didn’t pay for $46.84 in merchandise — Irish Spring body wash, three toothbrushes, Percil laundry detergent containers, and Brute-brand plastic bags, police sources said.

Carter, who’s assigned to Transit Bureau Special Operations, made $112,888 with overtime in 2016, payroll records show. Complete article

$900 in electronics, clothes stolen from Ga. Wal-Mart 12/19/2016

Flasher arrested at Walmart in East Windsor Conn. 12/20/2016

Wanted man tries hiding in Walmart to evade Rochester Minn. police 12/20/2016

Tulsa man arrested for sexual assault at Okla. Walmart, threatening police officer 12/20/2016

Shoplifting at Walmart continues to keep Secaucus NJ police, store employees busy 12/20/2016

Twitter helps Raynham Mass. Police identify suspect in Walmart thefts 12/20/2016

National FOP to Walmart: Prohibit offensive 'BULLETPROOF,' 'Black Lives Matter' apparel 12/20/2016

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The national president of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has asked Walmart to prohibit the online sale of apparel with the words “BULLETPROOF” and “Black Lives Matter,” calling the slogans offensive.

The letter states, in part, “I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you that third-party sellers are using your website to sell offensive shirts and sweatshirts with the slogans ‘BULLETPROOF’ and ‘Black Lives Matter.’ I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products.

The letter, signed by FOP National President Chuck Canterbury, was released Tuesday. Complete article

Walmart to pull ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt after complaint from America’s largest police union 12/21/2016

Altercation outside Wal-Mart in Lawton Okla. leads to gunfire 12/20/2016

LAWTON, Ok (KSWO) - Lawton Police responded to the Wal-Mart on Sheridan Road after an altercation ended in gunfire.

Officials say a car drove up to the grocery side of the store where an argument began between people in the car and people walking outside the store. One of the people then walked up to the car and punched an occupant of the vehicle.

One of the people in the car then fired off approximately 10 rounds which Lawton Police said were “blanks.” Complete article

$20K in cellphones, devices stolen from Ga. Wal-Mart store 12/20/2016

Group that accused Virginia Walmarts of racist sales practice launching ad 12/21/2016

Battery thieves hit La. Walmart, Sam's Club stores; 2 arrested 12/21/2016

Walmart store near Miller Park Way in West Milwaukee Wisc. evacuated after bomb threat 12/21/2016

Devine Tx. Walmart reopens after bomb threat 12/22/2016

Five malnourished children found living in car at Greenacres’ Fla. Walmart 12/20/2016

Police: 3 cited after surrounding man's car in Idaho Walmart parking lot 12/20/2016

Drunk Wal-Mart semi-truck driver fall out of truck, blocks traffic in Minn. 12/20/2016

(KMSP) - A Minnesota man is being charged after troopers pulled him over for driving a Wal-Mart semi-truck while drunk. A video from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows the driver falling out of the truck and rolling and crawling on the ground, causing to troopers shut down an entire lane of traffic.

The incident took place around 6 p.m. on July 16. Minnesota State Patrol troopers were alerted to a semi-truck that was swerving over the lanes of Highway 10. The semi served off the right shoulder, hit a sign and swerved back to the left before eventually coming to a stop on the right shoulder.

The driver, identified as Jonathan Czech, 45, of Isle, Minnesota, told the trooper who pulled him over that he was traveling from Minot. The trooper noticed Czech’s speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and watery and he smelled of alcohol. He admitted to consuming a “few beers.” Complete article

Police investigating after body with gunshot wound found behind Rockton Ill. Walmart 12/20/2016

ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockton Police are investigating after they say the body of a man was found near a local Walmart.

According to Rockton Chief of Police Stephen Dickson, the body was discovered in a gray van behind the Rockton Walmart around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.

The Winnebago County Coroner says a preliminary report shows the man was shot to death. Investigators say a delivery driver found the man slumped over the wheel. Rockton Police stress they believe there is no danger to the public and they have ruled out foul play. Complete article

My Turn: How Walmart can stop crime at its stores 12/20/2016

My Turn: A company that earned $14 billion in profit last year should not be asking taxpayers to subsidize its security. Around 100 to 150 million people a week visit a Walmart store in the United States, and Phoenix alone has 14 Walmart stores.

As Bloomberg News reported earlier this year, Walmarts across the country have become a regular stop for police officers responding to shoplifting and other petty crimes, which can diminish law enforcement resources that could be better used preventing more serious crimes in our communities.

The Republic's Megan Cassidy also reported that “between 2011 and mid-2016, three of the top five addresses to which Phoenix police officers responded were Walmart stores.” Additionally, “The Walmart at Christown Spectrum Mall, at 17th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, averaged more police dispatches than any other address in the city during that 5 1/2-year span.” Complete article

Salina police investigating Kansas Walmart theft 12/20/2016

Man Arrested at Arkansas Walmart, Facing Drug and Theft Charges 12/20/2016

Man puts Pa. Walmart manager in headlock over stolen items, police say 12/20/2016

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Police are looking for a man who they say stole from Walmart and put the female manager in a headlock. It happened at the Walmart in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County.

Police charged 54-year-old Wilberto Santiago Rosa. They say in November, he tried to leave the store with just under $17 worth of items. That's when the manager tried to stop him. Complete article

NY Walmart Employee Charged with Grand Larceny 12/20/2016

PD: Conn. woman tries to 'fraudulently' return items at Walmart, leaves kids alone in car 12/21/2016

Covington Tenn. police search for repeat Walmart shoplifter 12/21/2016

Woman caught on camera taking dropped wallet at Walmart in New Jersey 12/21/2016

Ad of the Day: Adults Hate Christmas So Much That Walmart Hypnotized Them Into Enjoying It Chris Jones stars in Saatchi's 'Holiday Hypnosis' By Angela Natividad 12/21/2016

Walmart's holiday ad begins by reminding us of something we already know: Kids love Christmas. They can't sleep. They tear their presents open like wild animals. They scream.

Adults, on the other hand, are way less keen. Christmas is stressful. It's laborious. It's expensive. And it's a minefield of actively unfun corporate holiday parties.

Then the ad ramps up. "At Walmart," it tells us, "we believe grownups should have a joyful Christmas too."

How's that? we wonder. Will you dim your abrasive lights? Will you make your aisles less cluttered? Will you, at the very least, give us a flashmob?

No. None of those things. Instead, Walmart is giving us Chris Jones, a hypnotist.

In "Holiday Hypnosis," by Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Jones meets various harried adults and interviews them about their favorite childhood Christmases. Then, after placing them in a trance, he gets them to relive them. Complete article

EXCLUSIVE: NYC pols support victims' lawsuit against Walmart over sale of bullets used to kill three in Penn. 12/21/2016

Parents charged with shooting heroin in Tenn. Walmart parking lot with 2 kids in car 12/21/2016

Police: Woman tries to steal $2K of teeth whitening strips, razor blades from Ga. Walmart 12/22/2016

Man accused of touching 9-year-old girl at Oregon Walmart 12/22/2016

2 teens arrested for stealing SUV at Fort Myers Fla. Walmart 12/23/2016

FORT MYERS - Two boys not even old enough to drive or tall enough to touch the pedals were arrested by Lee County deputies for stealing an SUV.

The 13-year-olds got a hold of the victim's keys after snatching her purse at a popular Fort Myers store right in the middle of the holiday rush.

"You wouldn't expect it from children," said shopper Julia Weaver. Complete article

Man arrested after carrying gun and ammo into Spartanburg SC Walmart 12/22/2016

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg Police were called to the Walmart on E Main St. around 9:30 Wednesday night for a report of a disturbance with a weapon.

The complainant said they saw a man get out of a minivan and walk into Wal-mart with a gun.

Police started interviewing people when they saw a man that matched the suspect description that appeared to be avoiding the officer.

The officer drew their gun and told the suspect to put his hands up when they noticed he was carrying a bag of ammunition. The officer says they saw they saw a black gun come out from under the man’s jacket and started yelling command to drop the gun.

The man dropped the gun and hot on his knees but didn’t completely get on the ground, according to the officer.

The officer went to handcuff the man and holstered his gun.

The suspect saw the officer holster his gun and tried to run which turned into a scuffle between the officer and the suspect.

The officer says the suspect tried to circle around the minivan to pick up his gun so he used the Tazer on the man. Complete article

Amazon, Walmart urged to stop selling "spying" doll 12/20/2016

Consumer advocates are pressing retailers including Amazon.com (AMZN) and Walmart (WMT) to stop selling a doll that can eavesdrop on children and families.

The groups are asking the retailers to discontinue sales of the doll My Friend Cayla following a complaint they filed earlier this month with the Federal Trade Commission. The complaint alleges the doll and another toy, which isn’t sold in the U.S., can send recordings to Nuance Communications (NUAN). The speech-to-text software company has contracts with military and law enforcement agencies, among other customers.

The doll, made by interactive toy maker Genesis, are no laughing matter, according to the consumer privacy advocates, who say that these and other wireless-enabled devices can open the door to hackers, privacy violations and other unsavory behavior. In the case of My Friend Cayla, the doll is programmed to respond to a child’s questions; it uses equipment including a Bluetooth microphone and a mobile application, which requests access to the parents’ or child’s devices, such as its hardware, storage and Wi-Fi connections.

“My Friend Cayla poses significant security risks that could place children in physical danger,” Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “Genesis fails to require basic authentication mechanisms to prevent unauthorized Bluetooth connections between the doll and a smartphone or tablet.” Complete article

Man stabbed outside Fort Collins Colorado Walmart 12/21/2016

A Loveland man reportedly stabbed an acquaintance in the back of the head and arm after the two met outside a Fort Collins Walmart on Monday.

The crime came to light when the victim, Nathan Collins, arrived of his own volition at McKee Medical Center in Loveland with stab wounds. Collins told a police officer who responded to the medical center that he only knew the alleged assailant by his first name and his street name, "Shifty," according to the man's arrest affidavit.

The suspect, Ryan Bennett, 33, got into a fight with his girlfriend and she left him, at which point he called Collins to ask for a ride home shortly before midnight Monday, Complete article

Man arrested after armed robbery at Wilmington NC Walmart 12/22/2016

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – One man is behind bars after an early morning armed robbery at the Walmart on Sigmon Road.

Wilmington police say it happened around 3:15 a.m.

Walmart employees told police that a man put a knife to the back of a cashier and took cash from the cashier’s hand. The man then ran out of the store and was chased by Walmart security. Complete article

Police: Kennewick teen arrested; found sleeping in stolen truck with stolen Wash. Walmart goods 12/22/2016

Police: 3 stole $1,000 worth of Xboxes from Elizabethville Pa. Walmart 12/21/2016

Police looking for Pa. Walmart thief 12/21/2016

Cashier accused in $1.7K theft of Ga. Wal-Mart merchandise 12/23/2016

Man exposes himself at Charlotte NC Walmart, police say 12/23/2016

Stolen credit card suspect caught on camera at Vancouver Wash. Walmart 12/23/2016

Walmart truck driver gets lost in Cullman County, Alabam ends up overturning off small bridge 12/24/2016

Missing: Anchorage police seek whereabouts of man last seen at Dimond Alaska Wal-Mart 12/24/2016

Charges filed in connection to shooting at Garners Ferry SC Walmart 12/24/2016

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two men face charges after a shooting that happened Saturday evening at the Walmart on Garners Ferry.

Officers have charged 22-year-old Elliot Caldwell with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Officers also charged 25-year-old Bradley Spigner with possession of a firearm during a violent crime, shooting into a dwelling, and attempted murder.

According to officers, Caldwell got into an altercation with the shooting victim at the Walmart. During the altercation, Caldwell fired several rounds, striking the victim. This is when officers say a vehicle pulled up and Spigner started to open fire on Caldwell.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A woman who fell down while trying to run out of the store following the shooting was also transported to the hospital. Complete article

Shootout at SC Walmart on Christmas Eve Lands 2 In Jail 12/26/2016

Woman arrested for leaving newborn at Louisiana Walmart linked to hot car death of toddler in 2009 12/24/2016

(WAFB) - Kyandrea Thomas, 34, who was arrested Saturday, December 24 by the New Roads Police Department after allegedly leaving her newborn infant in a trash can at the Walmart in New Roads, was also arrested in 2009 in connection with the hot car death of a toddler.

It's a crime police are calling senseless.

"It's a hard thing to work any time of the year, but especially at Christmas time," said Shael Stringer, spokesman for the New Roads Police Department.

Police believe Thomas gave birth to a baby girl in the store’s bathroom before throwing her in the trash and leaving the store. Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon said had police not arrived when they did, the baby would be dead. Complete article

Louisville woman captures Ky. Wal-Mart fight on camera 12/24/2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — These folks may end up with coal in their stockings for Christmas.

People got into a brawl at a Wal-Mart in Louisville, and it was caught on camera by Marlene Jaggers.

The video, which has been shared more than 6,000 times on Facebook, shows punches being thrown, people on the floor and store items being used to hit people. Complete article

Man accused of threatening clerk with knife at E. Greenbush NY Walmart 12/26/2016

EAST GREENBUSH >> An Albany man was arrested Friday after police said he threatened a clerk at the Walmart store on Route 4 with a knife.

Town police said Melvin A. Rivera-Andino, 21, waved an open jackknife at a deli clerk in the store during a dispute, then walked behind the service counter to confront her. Store security responded and held the suspect until police arrived.

Rivera-Andino was charged with second-degree menacing and second-degree reckless endangerment and was held pending arraignment in East Greenbush Town Court. Complete article

Police investigating shooting at Walmart in Tupelo Mississippi 12/26/2016

TUPELO – Tupelo Police Department officials are currently investigating a shooting that took place at Walmart on West Main Street late Monday evening.

Around 8:45 p.m., a call was received for shots fired at the store.

According to Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre, many details of the shooting are still being determined.

“We did have shots fired over there and right now we are in the process of looking over the video footage to see what happened,” Aguirre said. “We have two vehicles hit by bullets, but no victims. Right now, it’s too early to tell.” Complete article

Police search for Walmart shooting suspects 12/28/2016 This is the second incident in less than two weeks in the same parking lot involving a handgun. On the afternoon of Dec. 14, a male brandished a handgun and tried to force a woman out of her vehicle. She struggled with him, and he fled with two accomplices. Following a pursuit that ended with a search of a nearby neighborhood, three juvenile boys (ages 14, 16 and 17) were arrested and charged as adults.

UPDATE: Suspect wanted in connection with Walmart shooting in custody 12/18/2011

Woman caught shoplifting at Fort Pierce Fla. Walmart 12/26/2016

Poughkeepsie woman stole $1,400 from NY Walmart: cops 12/26/2016

Police log: Ariz. Walmart bomb threat 12/28/2016 The transmission said in part,"Hey Walmart, you're all going to explode in 15 minutes," and used the store's code word for a bomb threat, according to the police report.... No bomb or explosive devices were found in the building, and according to the police report officers had no leads on who called in the bomb threat, but suspect it was an employee or ex-employee because the person in the radio transmission used the store's code for a bomb threat.

NH Walmart distribution center worker seriously hurt 12/28/2016

Murfreesboro woman allegedly raped outside Tenn. Walmart on Christmas Eve 12/28/2016

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - Murfreesboro police are searching for a man accused of raping a 38-year-old woman outside of the Walmart on Old Fort Parkway this weekend. The victim told investigators she was attacked by a Hispanic man wearing a yellow pullover around 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

According to the report, the alleged rape happened in some bushes near the Bank of America ATM. The victim said she bit the man on the arm and drove herself to the hospital.

Officers responded just after 11 p.m., and Murfreesboro police have yet to make any arrests.

This comes less than four months after another woman told police she was raped in the Walmart parking lot on South Rutherford Boulevard, just six miles away. That victim later told police she didn’t want to move forward with prosecution and no arrests were made. Complete article

Batavia NY woman barred from Walmart is charged with burglary 12/27/2016

Meth, gun found in car outside Sanger Ca. Walmart during bomb threat 12/28/2016

SC Town Walmart sees slight increase in shoplifting 12/29/2016

It’s no secret that Walmart sees its share of shoplifters. Nationally, high level of shoplifting incidents, as well as other criminal activity, occurs within the superstore’s walls.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, police responded to city Walmart stores just under 2,000 times in 2015.

Just like the thousands across the United States, the local Walmart at 511 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner is the mecca for hundreds of shoplifters who consider the store’s massive size an advantage when trying to lift an item or two.

“You may feel a little more comfortable in a big store,” Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic said. “They think it’s more accessible to do things and not be noticed.”

In 2015, the police department recorded 194 Walmart shoplifting incidents – offenders ranging from petty thieves who steal in the spur of the moment, as well as more determined suspects who need income to facilitate a drug habit, or are struggling financially, Ollic said. In 2016, that number of incidents crawled to 215. Complete article

Chase Ends with Crash in Front of South Belt Missouri Walmart 12/27/2016

Woman sought in attempted Wash. Walmart heist 12/26/2016

Fake bill passed at Ohio Walmart over holiday weekend 12/27/2016

Routine traffic stop spills the beans on Ny Walmart shoplifting spree 12/24/2016

Woman critical, struck by van in Ind. Wal-Mart lot 12/28/2016

Benbrook Tx. Wal-Mart Locked Down Due to Bomb Threat 12/28/2016

Minn. Walmart called local police more than 600 times this year 12/28/2016

Police officers go to Walmart, off of Highway 55 and General Sieben Road, nearly every day. Sometimes they go twice a day. However, it's not so they can browse the aisles for a good deal. Most of the time they are called for a shoplifting incident, said Bryan Schafer, Hastings' chief of police.

The Hastings Police Department was called to Walmart more than 600 times in 2016. That's an average of 1.7 times per day. In comparison, Target, located just across Highway 55 from Walmart, called the HPD 97 times in 2016 (as of Dec. 15).

The number of police calls to Walmart stores not just in Hastings, but around the region, has been cause for concern for some. Last week, a press conference was held in St. Paul regarding how Walmart relies on public tax dollars and local police resources instead of investing in security within their stores. The Making Change at Walmart campaign, Minnesota State Representatives and Brooklyn Park City Council members were present at the gathering.

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, spoke at the press conference on Dec. 14.

"Right here in Minnesota we have a tradition of ensuring that our public resources are shared fairly and equally, and right now, Walmart is consuming an inordinate share of those resources," he said. Complete article

Police seek information regarding Mich. Walmart theft 12/28/2016

Pa. Walmart Evacuated Wednesday Afternoon 12/28/2016

Walmart Disrespects Veteran, Does Something Shocking To Muslim 12/28/2016

Police arrest man after attempted robbery at McDonald’s, disturbance at Indianapolis Ind. Walmart 12/28/2016

Police: Man tries to steal 60-inch TV from Idaho Walmart 12/29/2016

Oak Creek Police Respond to Wisc. Walmart Retail Theft That Turns into I-94 Shutdown, Weird 911 Call 12/29/2016

Mass. Man Bagged on Shoplifting, Other Charges at NH Walmart 12/29/2016

Dalton Ga. PD seeking suspect in purse theft at Shugart Road Walmart 12/29/2016

No evidence of crime at scene of reported shooting in American Fork Utah Walmart 12/29/2016

Run-DMC Sues Walmart & Amazon For $50 Million 12/30/2016

Eight teen cashiers ticketed and fired for stealing from Hastings Nebraska Walmart 12/30/2016

Shots fired, no injuries at Williamsburg Va. Walmart 12/30/2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — No one was injured late Thursday night after someone fired gunshots outside of a Walmart in Williamsburg.

Officers and deputies from York County, James City County and Williamsburg responded to the Walmart Supercenter on Rochambeau Road just before midnight for a call of shots fired.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says two separate groups of males began arguing, and shots were fired between the two groups at some point. Complete article

Aberdeen Washington Police Department asking for information on possible gunfire near Walmart 12/29/2016

The Aberdeen Police Department is asking anyone who might have information on a reported incident this morning at 11:37 in the Walmart parking lot to give them a call.

They say they have received conflicting reports so they are asking the public to call them if they have information about a possible argument or a gunshot in the parking lot. Complete article

Man shot multiple times in Tenn. WalMart parking lot 12/30/2016

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Chattanooga police are investigating a report of a person shot in the WalMart parking lot off Brainerd Road at Eastgate Town Center.

When police arrived Friday around 11:30am, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds who was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Investigators from the CPD's Violent Crime Bureau are on the scene. Complete article

Hawk Becomes Stranded in Lodi Ca. Walmart for Several Days 12/30/2016

LODI -- A cooper’s hawk that was stranded inside the Walmart on Lower Sacramento Road caused quite a commotion for several days as it perched and flew around in there three story alcove just inside the doors to the grocery section.

Tri County Wildlife Care called Lodi firefighters who used a scissor lift and fishing nets from the sporting goods department to try and capture it. Instead, it managed to chase it out through the shopping cart entrance.

Raptor care experts say the scenario isn’t that unusual. Pat Benik, the raptor leader at Tri County Wildlife Care, says the cooper’s hawk hunts pigeons and follows them with tunnel vision -- meaning they often follow them into buildings. Getting back out proves more difficult. Complete article

Ga. Walmart cashier sold blank gift cards, kept money 12/30/2016

WALTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - Loganville Police are telling customers of the store on Atlanta Highway to check their gift card balances.

An employee was just arrested for selling empty gift cards and keeping money for herself.

Anyone who bought a gift card between December 9 and December 25 could be a victim. Complete article

Silverton woman says rawhide bones from Oregon Walmart poisoned her dogs 12/31/2016

SILVERTON, Ore. — A Silverton woman is claiming holiday themed rawhide bones she purchased from the Walmart in Woodburn nearly killed two of her dogs.

Jess Butcher purchased three colorful, rawhide bones from Walmart as a Christmas present for her dogs: Bella, Harley, and Madison.

"We came home and wrapped them and we thought it would be funny Christmas morning to see them unwrap presents," Butcher said. Complete article

Army veteran steps in to help man shot at Texas Walmart 12/31/2016

An Army vet says his military training kicked in when a man was shot at a Walmart in the Red Bird area of Dallas, Texas on Friday.

Rafael Semmler told FOX 4 that he and his family were at the Walmart when they heard gunfire. After making sure his family got out safely, he returned to the store to see if there was anything he could do to help.

“Everybody started running towards us screaming they’re shooting, they’re shooting,” Semmler recalled. “You don’t really think about it, it’s just at that time it’s kind of like instinct, it’s what you’ve been trained to do.” Complete article

Police investigating after skinned coyote carcass found outside Shawnee Okla. Walmart 12/31/2016

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Authorities say they are investigating after a skinned carcass was dropped off in front of a Shawnee store.

On Jan.1, the Shawnee Police Department received several calls about a dog’s carcass found in front of Walmart’s entrance.

Witnesses told investigators that the animal was pushed from the back of a white pickup truck and appeared to be skinned. Complete article

Tenn. Woman opens Walmart Christmas gift to find 10 potatoes 12/31/2016

LAKELAND, Tenn. -- Christmas is usually about the kids, but this year there was one present under the tree that was just for mom of three, Ashley Montgomery.

“This is a Cricut that was bought for me as a gift from Walmart,” Montgomery said. “It cuts vinyl and paper. A lot of crafters use it.” .....

She said she was shocked by what happened next.

“When I opened the box, it was full of sprouting potatoes,” she said.

She found ten potatoes in all in the box and wondered if her dad was playing a joke.

"My dad is very upset it's not what he purchased for $150," she said. "I'm hoping Walmart can work with me. Hopefully we can get it fixed." Complete article

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