Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wal-Mart Crime report March 2017

Walmart crime is simply not getting any better, although there are now routine reports about police departments speaking out about it, at local levels across the country, but most of them aren’t addressing the root causes of crime.

There were at least four different police departments in four states speaking out about it this month. Some of them claim that Walmart has been helping to solve the problem; however there is little or no discussion about the design of their stores which invites shoplifting, union busting or large numbers of angry customers and workers that are clearly inciting a lot of angry incidents, including at least a couple knife fights this month among employees in two different states, one of which resulted in a death. Over the years Walmart has had over a dozen, perhaps much more, employees go on shooting sprees take hostages or other extreme incidents.

Instead of trying to recognize these root causes and more, and prevent them, Walmart and the criminal justice system focus on punishment after the fact or even a new program that already has problems called Restorative Justice. I have reported on this previously and they’re trying to turn crime into another opportunity to increase profit instead of trying to decrease it in the most effective way possible.

This is part of the effort to privatize the justice system; they charge low level shoplifter in return for not turning them over to police and if they pay on time and take an on line course they can keep their record clear. This has resulted in some intimidation tactics and there have been lawsuits which I reported previously of illegal detention and depriving people of due process.

A report came out about the 19 states where Walmart is the biggest private employer in the state and this report indicates that they have grown the most in some of the states with the highest rates of violence, although it is unlikely that they caused it. Six out of these nineteen states are among the ten states with the highest murder rates; an additional three are close and have been in the top ten sates in the past few years; none are in the bottom ten nor have they been in the past few years, although Wyoming came close consistently. Fourteen out of nineteen of these states are also among the only nineteen states that still allow corporal punishment in schools.

It is unlikely that Walmart directly causes this correlation with high murder rates; however it does take advantage of the authoritarian attitudes in states that still use corporal punishment. It also relies heavily on union busting tactics and other authoritarian methods which almost certainly contributes to these high murder rates and Walmart’s high crime rates, so it probably does indirectly impact both crime at Walmart and murder rates in the states where it does business most.

There is little or no chance that these tactics will result in reducing crime and recent reports already indicate that if anything more serious incidents are probably rising. There was a record breaking surge in shootings during the holiday season with fifteen in November and eighteen in December; this month is down significantly from that with only nine that I found on their property plus two more nearby where the victims, including one police officer drove to Walmart for safety. There was also another shooting at two Walmart stores with a BB gun by a man who had also gone on a hatchet attack at Best Buy before turning himself in.

Two of these shootings were gang related; two of them targeted employees and two of them were suicides which are far more common at Walmart than most people know and they seem to be getting more common. There were also at least half a dozen additional gun related crimes including armed robberies, and attempts to steal guns from Walmart.

There was another dramatic suicide there by someone that drove his truck around a Colorado Walmart before asking people to video tape him while he told them about how he was being harassed by the FBI doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire. He died the next day from his injuries after being taken to the hospital.

Sure he’s crazy but maybe society should think about ways to avoid pushing crazy people over the edge, perhaps giving them psychological help instead.

Or perhaps it is more important to think only about increasing profits for multinational corporations that donate to political campaigns.

There’s just so much insanity somewhere at Walmart that few people can come close to keeping track of it, including at least fifteen stabbings or attempted stabbings with knives or hatchets including at least one that was stolen from the store by one of the armed robbers that often don’t bring their own weapons; half a dozen or more crashes of some sort including some that were intentional and a couple deaths, probably much more minor fender benders; nine fires mostly if not all arsons, including the suicide mentioned earlier and many more assaults shopliftings and other incidents including at least a two or three kidnapping attempts and a couple thefts from small children.

There were also at least a couple more bodies found at Walmart including one famous chef that got some media attention and another person that was probably homeless and may have been staying in the parking lot for a couple weeks before dying, or perhaps she dies quicker and it just took them a couple weeks to find her decomposing body which has happened before.

I’m not making this up there are enormous amounts of incidents like this but little or no effort to organize the information and figure out how to prevent them. Our economic and political system is based on the best interest of corporation that donate to campaigns and control the propaganda designed to control the government not to address social problems in the most effective way possible.

Other dramatic events include a violent video of a police officer making an arrest, a man who ran through a window after groping a woman, a woman who sprayed chemicals on an employee, someone making terroristic threats, and someone that stole keys from a break room and took an employees car along with at least one or two additional auto thefts, if not more.

Someone pissed on the merchandise again, this time it was dozens of shoes. Walmart claims they threw them out. Maybe they did but they’ve been caught lying so often it’s hard to be sure.

At least two customers claim they got counterfeit money from Walmart at the same store from the same register; they supposedly didn’t know each other.

Don’t take my word for this check the sources.

Walmart is trying to expand it’s services to dominate a growing part of society including getting involved in collecting child support and they’re trying to patents drones for local deliveries within the store, among other things.

What could go wrong? When do any of the things they try do not go wrong? One of the things that continue having problems are the self-check out registers and there was at least one incident this month where they caught some one shoplifting, although they’re probably much more common. Are they spending more money than they save by trying to catch shoplifters take advantage of the self-check outlines? The information needed to find out the answer to that is almost certainly proprietary which means the law is designed to prevent us from knowing unless Walmart decides to tell us. On at least one case they suppressed a report indicating that they could reduce crime with increased security; this was exposed in the documentary “The high cost of low prices.”

A mob also rushed an Arkansas store, no word on why or if it is angry customers although it probably involves teenagers.

Arkansas is one of the states that had a high number of odd animal activities this month at Walmart, where someone was bitten by a Copperhead. They also had pranksters riding horses through the aisle of one store and a deer a turkey and a dead shark all vested other Walmart stores, either in the aisles or in the parking lot.

I told you I didn’t make these things up but don’t trust me check the sources.

These animals probably weren’t involved in the strangest parking job I’ve seen in recent history.

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. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in March 2017. 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.

Ex-employee charged with stabbing former Orlando Fla. Walmart boss to death 03/01/2017

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A former employee accused of stabbing his 25-year-old former Walmart Neighborhood Market boss has been arrested, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident was reported shortly before 9 a.m. outside the store's gas station on Lee Road east of Interstate 4, near Eatonville, Orange County Deputy Rose Silva said.

"The struggle was pushed out of the area (and) into the parking lot," Silva said. "The suspect was able to stab the victim multiple times."

Davon Brown was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando, where he died, deputies said.

Caswayne Williams, 23, was arrested shortly after the stabbing at West Fairbanks Avenue and South Wymore Road, deputies said.

The altercation appears to have spilled over from an argument the two had earlier in the day, investigators said. Complete article

Victim in fatal Walmart stabbing blurted out suspect's name before dying 03/02/2017

Woman Purposely Rams 10-Year-Old Hearing Impaired Kid With Shopping Cart at New York Walmart 03/01/2017

Police are looking for a woman who they say intentionally rammed a hearing impaired 10-year-old child with a shopping cart at a Westchester County Walmart over the weekend.

Authorities say she attacked the child around 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart on Main Street in Cortlandt Manor. The child is OK.

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect. Complete article

Man groped women, then ran through Utah Wal-Mart glass door, police say 03/01/2017

MILLCREEK — Unified police are asking the public to help locate a man who they say groped five women recently in a Wal-Mart, and then escaped from a pursuing store employee by jumping through a glass door.

About 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, a woman stepped out of a stall in the women's bathroom at Wal-Mart, 4627 S. 900 East. But as she did that, a man stepped out of the stall next to her and grabbed her arm, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

The woman was able to successfully fight the man off and ran. The man also ran off, but groped four other women as he made his way to the exit, Lohrke said.

A store employee saw what was happening and began chasing the man. The man took a 40-ounce glass bottle of beer and threw it at the employee, Lohrke said. He believes the store also locked all the doors to try and catch him. When the man got to the sliding glass doors at the entrance, he crashed through one and ran off. Complete article

Police detain suspect in stolen vehicle after altercation at Fla. Walmart 03/01/2017

ORMOND BEACH, Fla.(WOFL FOX 35) - The Ormond Beach Police Department received a call Tuesday morning in regard to a fight at a local Walmart. The Walmart is located at 1521 W. Grenada Blvd in Ormond Beach.

Eventually police found out it was not a fight, but a verbal argument. When police arrived there witnesses at the Walmart say a dark black truck was involved and they were in the parking lot.

When police approached the vehicle, the suspect took off at high rate of speed onto I-95 northbound.

After going about 2 miles up the road the vehicle crashed into a tree off the interstate.

Police soon discovered the vehicle was stolen upon checking the license plate. Chopper was able to locate the a male companion crawling in the ditch, who told officers he wasn’t driving and he gave up info on the suspect. Complete article

Man crawls through mud while fleeing Walmart fight, police say 03/01/2017

Man attempts to snatch baby from mother's arms at Shelby NC Walmart 03/02/2017

SHELBY, N.C. - Shelby police are looking for a man they say grabbed a baby at Walmart Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at the store on Dixon Boulevard.

The girl's mother said the man, who was identified as Eric Richardson, was being nice as he talked to her 10-month-old.

She said that's when things escalated and he tried to pull the baby away.

"He like put a grip on her arm and was like you can come home with me. I was like no we don't talk to strangers, and that's when he tried to pull her towards him," Richardson said. Complete article

Police investigate arson, theft at Holland Ohio Walmart on McCord Road 03/02/2017

Police: Woman charged with beating 10-year-old at Ga. Wal-Mart on Victory Drive 03/02/2017

A woman was charged with child cruelty after allegedly beating a 10-year-old girl on her face and body at the Wal-Mart on Victory Drive, according to Columbus police reports released early Wednesday.

Letrice Blair, 45, faces one count of child cruelty charge related to the Feb. 13 incident that authorities said led to non-life-threatening injuries. She was booked into the Muscogee County Jail, but she was later released on bond.

A Columbus police officer was working part-time at the 3515 Victory Drive store around 6 p.m. Feb. 13 when he was told about the incident. Further investigation indicated that Blair used a belt to strike the 10-year-old girl on her face and arms, according to an arrest report. Complete article

Police look for man who stole money from Ca. Walmart register 03/02/2017

"Grandparent Scam" Fraud Thwarted At Glendora Ca. Walmart 03/01/2017

Two more arrests made after Tyler Tx. Wal-Mart robbery 03/01/2017

Man charged with making bomb threats at Tulsa Okla. Wal-Mart 03/02/2017 Darity reportedly told officers the box was a bomb to blow up officers because "he was on a mission from God."

Police investigate possible suicide in Iowa Wal-Mart parking lot 03/02/2017

SIOUX CITY | Police are investigating a death that occurred in the Singing Hills Wal-Mart Supercenter early Thursday as a possible suicide.

Sioux City Police and SWAT responded to the parking lot at 3400 Singing Hills Boulevard, around 5:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a man with a gun.

Police at the scene said they advised Wal-Mart management to keep the nearby Home & Pharmacy doors locked and to keep customers away from the glass.

Police shortly before 8 a.m. removed a deceased man from a vehicle. Complete article

Noted chef found dead at Palm Coast Fla. Wal-Mart 03/02/2017

PALM COAST — A Palm Coast man who recently worked as a head chef at the Hammock Beach Resort was found dead in his jeep Thursday morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Stephen Schoembs, 43, of Parkview Drive had been missing since Sunday, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. Deputies issued an alert for him Monday after loved ones reported him missing.

Schoemb's girlfriend, Ann Thomas, 42, told officers she had kicked Schoembs out of the house after he came home drunk Sunday evening. ...

He also served as an executive chef in Saudi Arabia, where he served that country's royal family, according to News-Journal archives. ...

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Laura Williams said foul play is not suspected. Complete article

Shots fired outside Walmart store in Franklin Wisc. 03/03/2017

FRANKLIN, Wis. — One person is in custody after shots were fired outside the Walmart store in Franklin.

Crime scene tape surrounded the business at 27th Street and Rawson Avenue early Friday morning. Squad cars were seen blocking the parking lot.

Everything has since reopened.

Police said no one was hurt when shots were fired in the area around 1:30 a.m. A suspect was arrested.

Officers were also spotted at the PDQ near 27th and College in Oak Creek -- which is just a few blocks from the Walmart store. A vehicle was parked there with shattered windows. Complete article

“Wanted to scare them:” Man eventually admits to firing shots at vehicle at Walmart in Franklin after war of words 03/07/2017

“Pretty intense:” 1 arrested after shots fired incident near Franklin Walmart 03/03/2017

Police: Woman fought with officer, Wal-Mart employees in Skokie Ill. 03/02/2017

At Least 1 Injured in Crash at Theodore Alabama Walmart 03/02/2017

Police look for man who stole money from Ca. Walmart register 03/02/2017

Police: Man wanted in Va. Walmart phone theft 03/03/2017

Muscatine Iowa Police say 2 stabbed in overnight incident at Walmart 03/02/2017

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) — Police were called to a stabbing at the Walmart on Highway 61, early Thursday morning, March 2, 2017. The call came in around 1:28 a.m.

Police tell us two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released later that morning.

After a criminal investigation, police arrested 22-year-old Sonny Boyce of Georgia and charged him with robbery in the first degree.

We’ve reached out to the Muscatine Police to find out what connection Boyce had to the stabbings. Police say both the victim of the robbery and the suspect had stab wounds from the altercation in the bathroom. There was a struggle for control of the knife. Complete article

Waynesboro Va. police seeking info about man who followed woman around Walmart 03/02/2017

Suspect identified in theft of $4,700 worth of headphones from La. Walmart 03/02/2017

Elderly Couple Held Up At Knifepoint Outside Riverhead NY Walmart: Police 03/02/2017

3 Huntsville teens charged with attempted murder in Alabama Wal-Mart parking lot shooting 03/03/2017

Worst parking job ever at Charlotte County Fla. Walmart 03/03/2017

Creepy man approaching women at Walmart in Zachary La. 03/03/2017

Employee stabbed by another employee at Killeen Tx. Walmart 03/03/2017

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - Killeen Police are investigating a stabbing outside of a Walmart on Friday night.

According to police, they were called to the store in the 3400 block of Stan Schlueter Loop after 5:30 p.m. in reference to an assault. Officers said two store employees got into a fight. The fight escalated resulting in one of the men stabbing the other.

Police said the victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White, his condition is unknown, but he is stable. Complete article

62-Year-Old Woman Killed in Crash at Theodore Alabama Walmart 03/03/2017


Tina Miller White, 62, of Mobile was killed when the 2006 Acura TL she was driving was struck by a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Orrin T. Byrd, 27, also from Mobile.

White was transported to USA Hospital where she later died from her injuries. Byrd was also transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Complete article

Ga. 'Walmart Bandits' suspects arrested in Alabama 03/03/2017

Theft suspect dons stolen Alabama Walmart vest, walks out with TV 03/03/2017

Mt. Juliet police investigate bomb threat made against Tenn. Walmart 03/04/2017

Police looking for woman who sprayed chemical on Colorado Walmart employees 03/04/2017

Police are searching for a woman who sprayed a mystery substance on several employees at a Fountain Walmart on Friday.

Officers were called to the store’s 4426 Venetucci Boulevard location at about 10 p.m., where seven employees were complaining of skin irritation and nausea after being exposed to “some type of chemical liquid,” according to a news release from the Fountain Police Department.

The store manager told police that the woman, who was in one of the checkout lanes, had pulled a small spray bottle out of her purse and sprayed the clerk, herself, an empty shopping cart and then herself again before leaving the store, police said.

Six other employees were also “contaminated,” police said. Several were taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

A hazmat team, along with police, responded to the incident. Complete article

Spring man indicted for alleged Tx. Walmart theft, chase 03/05/2017

Suspect steals cell phones from York County Va. Walmart 03/05/2017

Police: Stolen credit card numbers used at York Va. Walmart 03/06/2017

Counterfeit $50 Bills Passed At Tenn. Wal-Mart 03/06/2017

Former Conn. elementary school principal charged with 'upskirting' young girls at Hartford Walmart 03/06/2017

No cookies for you: Girl Scouts and others get the boot at O'Fallon, Missouri, Wal-Mart 03/06/2017

A popular O’Fallon, Mo., Walmart will no longer allow groups to solicit at its store on Highway K.

This includes one of the region’s top solicitors: area Girl Scout troops selling cookies.

A Walmart employee said Monday the store had decided to put a halt to solicitations for a while after an altercation broke out with another group at the store.

The store employee and a corporate spokesman, Charles Crowson, did not name the organization involved in the incident but noted it was not Girl Scouts. Complete article

Man arrested after allegedly threatening woman with knife in Altus Okla. Walmart parking lot 03/06/2017

ALTUS, OK (KSWO) - The man accused of threatening a woman in the parking lot at the Walmart on Main Street has been arrested. Anthony Burns, 40, is accused of attempted armed robbery by knifepoint early Saturday afternoon.

The victim says that she was putting her groceries into her car when Burns approached her from behind and put her in a chokehold with the knife to her throat before throwing her to the ground.

Thankfully, a good Samaritan in a nearby vehicle saw the whole thing go down and jumped into action. When he confronted the suspect, Burns took off through the parking lot towards Atwoods. The woman was not hurt.

The Altus Police chief says the woman was by herself in the parking lot, and they believe the suspect targeted her. They say the woman did not know the suspect. Complete article

Woman sucker-punched 75-year-old grandmother at Ga. Wal-Mart, police say 03/06/2017

Police are searching for a woman they say beat a 75-year-old grandmother inside a Wal-Mart early Sunday in northwest Atlanta.

Alexa Venderburg was shopping inside the store on Howell Mill Road when Sandra McClung accidentally ran into her with her wheelchair, according to a police report.

Venderburg cursed at McClung to move out of the way, and when the grandmother did, she cursed Venderburg under her breath, police said.

That’s when police say Venderburg sucker-punched her and beat her in the face until McClung yelled for help. McCLung’s nose was “bleeding profusely,” according to the report, and suffered bruises on the upper part. Complete article

Elderly woman describes bread aisle beatdown at Walmart 03/07/2017

Authorites say no bomb in suspicious package at Hendersonville NC Walmart 03/06/2017

Serial shoplifter sent to prison for thefts at Wal-Mart, Bass Pro in Cayuga County NY 03/06/2017

The 19 US states where the biggest private employer is Walmart 03/06/2017

The US economy, in theory, is supported by a rich diversity of employers. But in much of the country, more people work for Walmart than at any other business.

In 19 states, Walmart is the biggest private-sector employer, and in many of them, there are more Walmart employers than state or military workers, according to research from Olivet Nazarene University and 24/7 Wall Street. They includes both sparsely populated states without major industries, like Wyoming, and some of the biggest states, like Texas and Illinois.

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming. Complete article

Six out of these nineteen states are among the ten states with the highest murder rates; an additional three are close and have been in the top ten sates in the past few years; none are in the bottom ten nor have they been in the past few years, although Wyoming came close consistently. Fourteen out of nineteen of these states are also among the only nineteen states that still allow corporal punishment.

It is unlikely that Walmart directly causes this correlation with high murder rates; however it does take advantage of the authoritarian attitudes in states that still use corporal punishment. It also relies heavily on union busting tactics and other authoritarian methods which almost certainly contributes to these high murder rates and Walmart’s high crime rates, so it probably does indirectly impact both crime at Walmart and murder rates in the states where it does business most.

Police Seek Suspect in Bangor Me. Walmart Attempted Robbery 03/0/2017

Sonora police make 2 arrests in theft from Ca. Walmart 03/0/2017

Police: Dryden pair stole from Cortlandville NY Wal-Mart 03/06/2017

3 Teens and 1 Adult Arrested For Stealing Alcohol At Oswego Ill. Walmart: Police 03/06/2017

Man Missing After Sending Letter To Family, Car Abandoned At Livermore Ca. Walmart 03/06/2017

Sebastian Man Uses Electric Scooter To Steal From Fla. Walmart 03/06/2017

Walmart Police Chase: Nashua NH Couple Arrested 03/06/2017

No liquor in Walmart after sharply divided Colorado vote 03/07/2017

Fla. Wal-Mart employee secretly swapped $7,600 with movie money, investigators say 03/07/2017

Arrest made after holdup at Walmart Neighborhood Market 03/07/2017

Bangor Me. police looking for female Wal-Mart robbery suspect 03/07/2017

Union Grove Woman Charged After Embezzling $86K from Wisc. Walmart 03/07/2017

Two arrested on unrelated warrants following explosive scare at Johnson City Tenn. Walmart 03/07/2017 No bomb found

Man with blood on his clothes at Ga. Walmart charged in knife attack on roommate 03/07/2017

A bloodied man who showed up at Walmart and claimed he needed to die was taken into custody at the Airport Thruway business, Columbus police said.

Gabriel Dunn, 23, of Columbus was taken into custody at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday and held in the Muscogee County Jail. He is held on one count of aggravated assault for a 9 a.m. Thursday hearing in Recorder’s Court.

A police officer was called to the 2801 Airport Thruway store after a man with a bloodied white shirt and gray pants entered the store and claimed he needed to die. Police found no injuries on Dunn but determined during an investigation that he lived in the 3800 block of Sunrise Lane, less than five miles from the store. Complete article

Police: 3 stole alcohol, assaulted Wash. Walmart worker 03/07/2017

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — Police are asking for help identifying 3 suspects accused of stealing alcohol and assaulting a Walmart employee Monday night.

The 3 suspects reportedly entered the Walmart on SW 13th Avenue together, stole alcohol and left. But 2 of the suspects came back into the store — possibly to steal more alcohol, detectives said — and were confronted by an employee.

The Walmart employee was assaulted as the 2 suspects fled, police said. Complete article

Goldsboro Man Arrested For Narcotics At Rosewood NC Walmart 03/07/2017

Ill. WalMart Thief Wasn't Allowed There: Cops 03/07/2017

Dalton police seek help finding Tenn. Walmart shoplifting suspects 03/07/2017

Blotter: Boy charged for setting fire in Pa. Wal-Mart 03/06/2017

An 11-year-old Lebanon boy is facing charges for setting clothing in Men's Department at Wal-Mart on fire last week. The fire, which was started about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, caused more than $2,600 damage to clothing and additional damage to shelving, police said. The boy, who was not identified, was turned over to Lebanon County juvenile probation authorities on charges of arson, risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief. Crews from Weavertown, Avon, Rural Security and Hebron fire companies assisted. No injuries were reported. Complete article

Police: El Paso Tx. couple stole vehicle from hotel, shoplifted from Walmart 03/07/2017

Bond set at $25,000 for man accused of flashing 7-year-old girl at SC Walmart 03/07/2017

Car flips in crash near Greenville Ohio Walmart 03/08/2017

Two charged in Augusta Me. Wal-Mart June 2016 parking lot shooting incident plead to reduced charges 03/08/2017

Man reportedly slashes employee at Southwest Side San Antonio Tx. Wal-Mart 03/08/2017

The San Antonio Police Department and Crime Stoppers need help tracking down a man for allegedly robbing a Southwest Side Walmart and cut an employee's wrist with a knife, according to a news release.

The incident occurred Monday at the store at 8538 Interstate 35 South where a man was seen concealing merchandise in his pockets. Security officers tried to stop him as he left the store without paying for the merchandise, a Crime Stoppers news release said.

When the officers came into contact with him, the suspect used a knife to cut one of them before fleeing, according to the release. Complete article

Fake Walmart checks being mailed to St. Louis Missouri area residents 03/08/2017

Couple sought in Pa. Walmart theft 03/08/2017

Cell Phones Stolen from Walmart near Lewisburg Pa. 03/08/2017

How does a dead shark end up outside a St. Augustine Fla. Walmart? 03/08/2017

That's what deputies - and a few St. Augustine residents - want to know.

How on earth did a dead shark end up in the parking lot outside the Walmart on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine last week?

The store's assistant manager, Amy, called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office after employees found a rather large dead shark near an RV in their parking lot Friday afternoon. Complete article

Police search for man who urinated on children's shoes at Tenn. Walmart 03/08/2017

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Hendersonville Police are looking for the man who urinated on over 50 pairs of children's shoes at the Walmart on Anderson Lane.

Security cameras captured images of the man leaving the store. Police say he left in a gray four-door sedan.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 45 to 55 years old, with balding hair and eyeglasses.

Walmart says they had to throw out all the shoes. They were valued at around $550 all together. Complete article

Man arrested for urinating on shoes at Hendersonville Walmart 03/29/2017

Woman Banned from All Walmarts is Arrested at...Tx. Walmart 03/08/2017

Salem Ohio Walmart closes after outage 03/09/2017

Warrant Wednesday: Troopers seek ex-Brunswick NY Walmart employee 03/08/2017

Teens Arrested in Marianna for Starting Fires in a Fla. Walmart 03/08/2017

MARIANNA, Fla. (WTXL) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says two juveniles have been arrested for setting two fires in a Marianna Walmart. They told deputies the main reason they did it was "because they were bored."

JSCO said that on March 3, around 10:30 p.m., they and Jackson County Fire Rescue were called to a Walmart on S.R. 71 in Marianna.

When they arrived, the fire had already been extinguished by people inside the store.

Surveillance footage revealed that 2 teen girls lit two candles in two different places and left them. As a result of their actions, the area where the first candle was lit burned the flooring causing damage. The second location, where a candle was placed in a box, ignited other boxes and the fire was seen burning above the shelves and spreading. Complete article

Fla. Wal-Mart cashier charged with grand theft 03/09/2017

Man arrested at Amarillo Tx. Walmart after grabbing boy in restroom 03/09/2017

Marshall PD seeking information in Tx. Wal-Mart theft 03/10/2017

Man accused of stealing money from toddler at Oklahoma City Walmart 03/09/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – “You’ve heard of ‘taking candy from a baby.'”

A man is accused of stealing money from a toddler Saturday at an Oklahoma City Walmart.

A mother had placed a $100 bill on the counter in the customer service area of the Walmart Neighborhood Market near Penn and S.W. 59th St.

Her toddler started playing with the money when a suspect ripped the cash out of the child’s hands.

Now, police are searching for the suspect, who is seen wearing a black hoodie and accompanied by two other men in a picture taken from surveillance video. Complete article

Fortune Outlines Five Behaviors of Walmart Customers 03/10/2017

As the nation’s largest retailer, the trends impacting Walmart shoppers could also impact your store.

​BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, sees 140 million shoppers pass through its doors each week. Recently, the discount chain asked marketing firm Quid to analyze Walmart data to identify shopping trends. Fortune parsed out five habits of Walmart customers.

1. Quick meals. The data showed that fully cooked rotisserie chicken sales rose nearly 10% since 2015. That pointed to a growing desire among consumers for nutrition and convenience when it came to meals. Slow cookers also had a 10% increase in sales from 2015 to 2016, which the report deemed “one of the easiest ways to quickly make meals for a family.”

2. Healthful property foods. Turmeric and garlic supplements jumped 30% over the past 24 months, indicating that families are turning to preventative methods to stay healthy. Sales of OTC products have risen close to 10% over the past two years, with probiotics at the forefront.

3. STEM-focused toys. Sales of educational and scientific toys accelerated 24% over the last year. Parents appear to appease their children’s desire for screen time and technology with STEM-focused digital products. Robotic toys have been the winners, with sales rising 14% over the past year. Complete article

Owe child support in La.? Now you can make payments at Walmart, CVS and other locations 03/09/2017

BATON ROUGE – Parents who owe child support can now make cash payments through MoneyGram at Walmart, CVS or any other of MoneyGram’s estimated 780 locations in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has aligned with MoneyGram, a money transfer company, to electronically send payments to DCFS for transfer to custodial parents.

The new MoneyGram service makes it easier and more convenient for non-custodial parents to make child support payments. Complete article

Ohio man steals $3,800 worth of fishing gear from Walmart 03/09/2017

Mother of baby found in trash can of New Roads La. Walmart indicted by grand jury 03/10/2017

Former church pastor accused of attacking baby in Oct. 2016 at Overland Park Kansas Wal-Mart is ordered to stand trial 03/10/2017

Monroe NJ Walmart reopens after police evacuation 03/10/2017 Camden County Bomb Squad said the device was found to be safe

PD: NH Walmart Shoplifter Busted With Heroin, Crack 03/10/2017

Ducks not in a row; man asks 911 for girls; Walmart crimes: Offbeat Pa. Police Blotter 03/11/2017 "Wallace had exchanged the boots he was wearing for a pair of new boots, then walked out of the store without paying. Wallace was charged with felony retail theft based on two prior retail theft convictions," police said. Wallace is currently being held in the Lancaster County Prison on $5,000 bail.

Barre City man accused of stealing items from Vermont Wal-Mart 03/11/2017

Albany woman arrested, accused of stabbing man in NY WalMart 03/10/2017

ALBANY , NY (WRGB) Police in Albany arrested an 18 year old in connection to a stabbing at a WalMart.

Investigators say on Thursday at around 4:30 PM, police responded to the WalMart on Washington Avenue Extension to find a male victim had been stabbed twice.

Sariah Castillo, 18, was arrested, charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Complete article

Do you know this suspect in attempted Pa. Walmart theft? 03/10/2017

Two women accused of stealing TVs from Ca. Walmart 03/10/2017

Alabama Walmart at the beltline evacuated due to bomb threat 03/10/2017

Bangor Me. Police Say They Know Who Allegedly Robbed Walmart 03/10/2017

Fla. Walmart armed robbery investigation 03/11/2017

Central Fire Dept. responds to fire inside La. Walmart 03/10/2017

CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Just before 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the Central Fire Department responded to a call about a fire inside the Walmart on Sullivan Rd. in Central.

Officials with the fire department say the fire was out when they arrived on scene. However, the store did fill with smoke and had to be evacuated. The store is currently being aired out.

It is believed by officials that the fire was intentionally set by a juvenile and originated in the baby section. Complete article

Police seeking assistance in identifying man who stole cash from Pa. Walmart 03/09/2017

Milk truck stolen from Elizabethtown Ky. Walmart; man arrested at nearby Steak 'n Shake 03/12/2017

Woman robs Girl Scout Cookie booth in front of Powdersville SC Walmart on National Girl Scout Day 03/12/2017

POWDERSVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A thief got away with the money box from a Girls Scout Cookie booth at the Powdersville Walmart, according to officials with Girl Scouts of America.

Karen Kelly, Director and Marketing and Communications professional for the organization, said Anderson County deputies responded to the call.

According to a statement from a parent volunteer, she and her daughter who is a Girl Scout were selling cookies outside the Walmart around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday when a woman got out of a black Jeep and went to the vending machine behind them. Complete article

Theft tops long list of police calls to Ohio Walmart last year 03/13/2017

Besides being a hotspot for retail activity, Tiffin’s Walmart is an area of focus for Tiffin Police Department, with 231 calls occurring during 2016.

Forty-eight percent, or 111 of the calls were theft-related, a Tiffin Police Department report states. From January to March 2017, there have been more than 60 calls to Walmart, with about 25 being theft-related, the report states.

“It is a problem, it has always been a problem with the big box stores,” said Tiffin Police Department Chief Fred Stevens. “It’s not an anomaly to the city of Tiffin … At any place you have a lot of people congregating, you’re going to have a lot of calls.” Complete article

Police charge parolee in knifepoint robbery outside NY Walmart March 2 03/12/2017

Riverhead Police detectives have arrested a man in connection with the March 2 knifepoint robbery of an elderly couple in the Walmart parking lot.

Christopher M. Laterza, 26, no address provided by police, was arrested on Riverside Drive yesterday afternoon just before 2 p.m., police said in a press release issued last night.

Laterza is currently on parole for two 2012 felony convictions. Laterza pleaded guilty to robbery in the third degree and attempted burglary in the second degree in June 2012 and served two years and seven months in a state penitentiary, according to online records. He was released on parole in February 2015. Complete article

Intentional Fire prompts evacuation at Mililani Hawaii Walmart 03/10/2017

Bemidji man sentenced for felony theft at DL Walmart 03/13/2017

1 shot, 1 run over in gang fight at Bedford Park Ill. Walmart, police say 03/13/2017

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A person was in custody Monday afternoon after a shooting at the Walmart parking lot in southwest suburban Bedford Park, police said.

One person was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and another was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle, said Bedford Park Police Chief Daniel Godfrey.

The Walmart is located in the 7000-block of South Cicero Avenue.

Police said the people in two vehicles traveling on Cicero Avenue, were allegedly flashing gang signs to each other. The vehicles pulled into the Walmart parking lot, where one vehicle stopped and two people got out, police said. The driver of the other vehicle ran over one of them, police said, then there was gunfire, and the driver of the striking vehicle was shot at least once in the face.

Inside the store, there was chaos as employees and customers were trying to figure out what was going on. Complete article

Shooting, Incident Outside Suburban Walmart Leaves 2 Injured 03/13/2017

Alleged Walmart Shooter Fired Gun After Victim Ran Over His Brother: COURT 03/15/2017

Two men plead to using stolen credit info at multiple Metro East ST. Louis Ill. Walmarts 03/13/2017

West Bend Police: Woman Arrested for OWI After Stealing From Wisc. Walmart With Her 13-Year-Old Passenger 03/13/2017

Deputies seek stabbing suspect in Quincy WV Walmart incident 03/13/2017

Man held at gunpoint by potential victim in Tx. Walmart parking lot 03/13/2017

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A wild scene was caught on camera in the parking lot of a Walmart in west Houston.

In the video, a man suspected of checking car doors to see if they were unlocked was held at gunpoint by a potential victim.

The potential victim and his wife had been watching the suspect from inside their vehicle, according to a Facebook post. When the suspect approached, the man pulled out his gun to subdue him.

The man was taken to a hospital on an emergency detention order, but the DA's office did not press any charges against him. Complete article

Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Fountain Colorado Walmart 03/14/2017

Woman arrested in alleged theft of groceries blames ‘defective’ scanner at a self-checkout lane in Fla. Wal-Mart 03/14/2017

Burlington man accused of stealing guns from NC Walmart display case 03/15/2017

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Burlington man is accused of breaking into a Walmart display case and stealing guns and ammunition early Wednesday morning, according to a press release.

Police responded to the Walmart at 530 Graham-Hopedale Road around 3 a.m. Upon arrival, officers saw James Darnell Lane exiting the store with a rifle in each hand and multiple rounds of ammo in his pockets. He was arrested without incident.

Lane was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center with injuries sustained while breaking the display glass. Complete article

Three men sought after theft at Tx. Walmart 03/15/2017

Okla. Wal-Mart Purse Snatcher Identified 03/14/2017

Two wanted for theft at East Texas Walmart 03/14/2017

Affidavit: Man arrested for attacking elderly man at northwest Tx. Walmart 03/14/2017

Jasper PD: Teens made bomb threats at Tx. Walmart, Whataburger 03/14/2017 In an unrelated case, officials at a Jasper Whataburger decided not to press charges against a teenager also accused of calling in a bomb threat just days earlier.

Two Kids Still in Car During Hijacking at Ill. Walmart 03/14/2017

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCCU) — Two people are behind bars after police said they hijacked a car in Danville, while two young children were in the car at the time.

But it's how the car was stolen that shook police and parents.

After investigations, police said the car was left unlocked, the engine was running, and two young children were still inside.

That's how police said one Danville mother left her car when she ran into Walmart. Complete article

Elderly pedestrian remains in critical condition after crash at Elizabethton Tenn. Walmart 03/15/2017

Women shopping alone with their daughters report being targeted at Missouri Walmart stores 03/15/2017

Do you recognize this person? Man accused of assault at Ohio Walmart 03/15/2017

Man arrested after violent purse snatching in WV Walmart parking lot 03/15/2017

Sheriff’s asking for public’s help in Palmdale Ca. Walmart theft case 03/16/2017

Three men sought after theft at Txs. Walmart 03/15/2017

Former Tx. Walmart Employee Charged with Embezzling Over $3000 from Store 03/15/2017

Shoplifters strike Sylvester Ga. Walmart for thermostats 03/15/2017

Police search for man who stashed stolen items from Tx. Walmart and returned to store to retrieve them 03/15/2017

Authorities: Suspects make fraudulent purchases at Tabb Va. Walmart 03/15/2017

Sheriff’s asking for public’s help in Palmdale Ca. Walmart theft case 03/16/2017

Crime Stoppers: Car seats stolen from Alabama Walmart 03/15/2017

Vero Beach Woman Arrested for Stealing Lego Pieces at Fla. Walmart 03/15/2017

Tires stolen from SC Walmart at Dorman Centre 03/15/2017

Sylvester Ga. Police Press Release: Shoplifting at Walmart again!! 03/15/2017

2 suspects wanted for using stolen credit card at Colonial Heights Va. Walmart 03/16/2017

Police crack down after rise in thefts at Coweta Okla. Walmart 03/16/2017

Police in Coweta are cracking down after a series of shoplifting arrests at the town’s Walmart.

Chief Mike Bell said merchandise totaling up to $500,000 was stolen from the store in 2016. Officials are also concerned about the sales tax money that the city is missing out on because of the thefts.

Police said the number of reported incidents at the store rose from about 150 in 2015 to 339 in 2016.

Coweta police plan to setup a desk inside the store to keep an officer on-hand. Complete article

Over 21,000 Pounds of Pizza Sold at Walmart Is Being Recalled for Possible Listeria 03/16/2017

Over 21,000 pounds of a popular pizza sold at Walmart is being recalled for possible listeria.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday that the Marketside Extra Large Supreme 16-inch pizza, produced by RBR Meat company, is being recalled after the manufacturer conducted a routine sampling and concluded that the pizza may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Currently, there haven't been any reported cases of the illness.

The recalled pizzas were produced on Feb. 23. They are shrink-wrapped, and found inside a 50.6 ounce box that's labeled as “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza." The lot code is 20547. According to the USDA, they were shipped to retail distribution centers in California, Nevada, Utah, and Washington.

Symptoms of listeria include muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are especially at risk—according to the USDA, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, and life-threatening infections for a baby. Those who are older or have a weakened immune system are also highly susceptible. Complete article

Florida men charged with using stolen credit cards at Waterville Me. Wal-Mart 03/16/2017

Women In Custody For Theft At Springfield Missouri Walmart 03/17/2017

Wooden pallets catch fire outside Gastonia NC Walmart 03/16/2017

Franklin Ind. police looking for suspect who used cloned credit cards at Walmart stores 03/16/2017

Me. Wal-Mart robbery suspect owed $100 for drug debt, affidavit states 03/16/2017

2 arrested after Singing Hills Iowa Walmart drug-related shooting 03/16/2017

SIOUX CITY, Iowa | Two people were charged with first-degree robbery Wednesday in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of the Singing Hills Walmart last week.

At 3 a.m. on March 9, Kelsey Kritzer, 23, arranged to meet two subjects at the store to collect money for a previous drug debt, court documents said.

The Sergeant Bluff woman asked Luis Lira, 22, also known as "Lil Cholo," to come with her during the collection.

When the subjects arrived, Lira walked up to the passenger side of the vehicle and told them to roll down the window and demanded the money, the documents said.

When the window was down three inches, Lira pointed a pistol at the victims, which caused them to speed away.

Lira then fired the pistol at the fleeing car. The documents said one bullet entered through the rear window and struck the driver in the back of the right shoulder. Complete article

Staying safe following scary situations for moms at Missouri Walmart stores 03/16/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The response from KY3 viewers has been incredible after a woman shared her account of being cornered and threatened at the South Campbell Walmart while shopping with her 18-month-old daughter.

It was the scariest thing I've ever been through," Julina Foss said.

After KY3 shared Foss,' story on the 5 p.m. news, as well as accounts from other area moms, on the KY3 Facebook page, thousands of viewers shared it with their friends and families as well. Hundreds posted advice for staying safe Complete article

Man accused of stealing credit card from Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart employee 03/17/2017

Former Greenville SC Walmart cashier stole $10K from store 03/16/2017

Husband tackles Tx. Walmart suspect with concealed weapon to get wife's purse back 03/16/2017

Police are looking for a man who stole from a woman inside a Sugar Land Walmart, but did not get away with her purse after the victim's husband tackled the suspect to the ground.

On Feb. 17, the woman said she left her purse unattended in a shopping cart at the Walmart at 345 Highway 6. When she returned to her cart, the purse was missing, police said in a report on Thursday, March 16.

The woman said she and her husband saw the suspect putting an item in his jacket. They followed the man and the husband confronted him, then tackled the suspect while demanding the purse be returned, police said.

When a handgun fell from the suspect's pants, he pointed it at the husband and ran from the store, leaving the purse behind. Complete article

Four wanted for using counterfeit Walmart cash vouchers in Louisiana 03/16/2017

Man faces felony charge for Walmart debit card theft 03/16/2017

Lumberton Tx. police: 3 suspected in Walmart mower theft 03/16/2017

Judge: Accused NY Walmart shooter is competent for trial 03/17/2017

Drones May One Day Buzz Inside a Walmart Near You 03/17/2017

Walmart may use drones like in-store messenger pigeons.

The retail giant was granted a patent this week for a system in which drones would shuttle products between different departments inside its stores. The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums to find what they want and from having to wait while employees return from far-away storerooms.

Ultimately, Walmart believes that drones “can greatly improve the customer experience without overburdening the human associates of the facility.” Waiting, the filing said, “can contribute to reduced customer satisfaction.”

The drones would mostly avoid buzzing above customers' heads by being routed over shelves instead of store aisles, according to the patent filing. But the filing did leave the door open to humans and flying delivery assistants crossing paths. Complete article

Fire at Fort Worth Tx. Wal-Mart warehouse being investigated as arson 03/17/2017

FORT WORTH Investigators believe a fire at a Wal-Mart distribution center in far north Fort Worth on Friday was arson, said Lt. Kyle Clay, fire department spokesman.

Firefighters were dispatched to the Wal-Mart warehouse at 5300 Westport Parkway, off U.S. 377, at 11:09 a.m.

By the time they arrived, a sprinkler system had mostly contained the fire, which started on a bottom shelf in the 800,000-square-foot warehouse, Clay said. The fire spread two shelves higher before it was put out.

Clay said the water damage to items in the warehouse was “significant.” No one was injured.

Complete article

Collierville Tenn. Police Identify Suspect Wanted For Firing Shots In Walmart Parking Lot Last Month 03/17/2017

Kid sets clothes on fire at North Charleston SC Walmart 03/17/2017

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — North Charleston Fire Department officials say two people were hurt Friday when an unknown juvenile reportedly set fire to a clothes rack inside a North Charleston Walmart.

Firefighters were called to the Walmart on Centre Pointe Drive at 3:43 p.m. By the time they arrived, firefighters say store employees had already put out the flames.

Officials say the two people injured were taken by EMS to a local hospital to be evaluated. Complete article

Phoenix Ariz. police officer violently arrests woman in Walmart parking lot 03/17/2017

PHOENIX - A Phoenix Walmart parking lot erupted in screams and vulgarities as a police officer forcefully arrested a woman accused of shoplifting Thursday afternoon.

The woman, 26-year-old Delores Imboden, shouted that the officer was choking her while inside a car in the parking lot.

Dozens of people gathered around with cellphones to record the violent arrest, during which the officer hit Imboden and threatened to shoot as she fought against being handcuffed and taken out of the car.

Police say Imboden bit the officer before he "used strikes to prevent any further injury to himself." According to police, the bite came as the officer reached to turn off the car, which the driver refused to do. Complete article

Police: Man Steals $108 in Walmart Steaks and Makeup then Hops into a BMW 03/17/2017

Woman charged with assaulting officer at Kearny NJ Walmart 03/17/2017

Man Arrested on Warrant; Shoplifting Reported at Ohio Walmart 03/17/2017

Peoria Ariz. Walmart evacuated for bomb; officials determine it was fake 03/18/2017 A Peoria Walmart was evacuated and investigated Saturday morning after a device that looked like a bomb was found inside a stock room, according to police.

Police release identities after car hits pedestrians outside Rogers Arkansas Walmart 03/18/2017

ROGERS, Ark. — UPDATE Monday, March 20: Rogers Police Press Release:

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, around 4 pm, the Rogers Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident at the Walmart located at 4208 S Pleasant Crossing Blvd in Rogers.

Fredrick Guidry, age 79 of Lowell, was driving 2006 Ford Focus in the parking lot of Walmart when he struck Joshua Smith, age 27, and Ashley Grishby, age 27, both of Bentonville, as they were walking toward the store.

Guidry’s vehicle collided with a pole and came to rest in front of the store.

Medics from the Rogers Fire Department assessed Guidry but he was deceased prior to their arrival. Complete article

Man attempts to abduct child outside Kissimmee Fla. Walmart, deputies say 03/19/2017

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Officials are searching for a man they say attempted to abduct a child Sunday outside a Walmart in Kissimmee.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said the man approached the child in the parking lot of the Walmart at 904 Cypress Parkway and attempted to get her into his car.

The man is described as Hispanic, about 50 to 60 years old, with a bald head. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a motorcycle on the front and blue jeans. Complete article

Police searching for suspect in armed robbery near Walmart on Colton Street Spokane Wash. 03/19/2017

Marietta Ga. councilman: Wal-Mart deserted city 03/19/2017

Oh Deer! An unexpected visitor makes its way into Pikeville Ky. Walmart 03/19/2017

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An unexpected visitor made its way into the Pikeville Walmart Sunday night.

Adam Newsome sent WYMT a photo of the deer in the kitchen aisle of the store! He said he was one of many customers who stopped to snap a picture around 8 p.m.

Employees at the store said they do not know how the deer managed to get inside the building. They said luckily, it did not cause any damage. Complete article

Little girl dies after being run over in Wash. Walmart parking lot 03/19/2017

A child, approximately 18 months old, was run over in the Walmart parking lot on E Lincoln Ave in Sunnyside.

On March 18 around 3:10 p.m. the child was leaving the grocery store with her mother. Sunnyside Police said she ran from her mother, into the path of a pickup.

A 68-year-old male from Prosser was driving the pickup. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Witnesses attempted to help the little girl, rendering First Aid until the ambulance arrived. She was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Complete article

Tx. Walmart Greeter Survives After Man Repeatedly Stabs Him 03/20/2017

CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – A Walmart greeter is recovering at a local hospital after a man stabbed him repeatedly today.

It happened just after noon at the Walmart located at 3801 W. Hwy. 31.

The victim, Marcus Polk is well-known in the community.

“Marcus is one of these legends in Corsicana. He’s the kind of guy, that when he sees you he will give you a hug. Always has a huge smile on his face… will always ask how you’re doing,” said Corsicana police chief Robert Johnson. “He’s just one of those guys — he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.”

Polk told Corsicana police that a man he didn’t know (pictured above) approached and then started stabbing him for no apparent reason. Complete article

Man who stabbed Corsicana Wal-Mart greeter arrested, reports say 03/21/2017

Police Search For Ca. Walmart Parking Lot Rampage Suspect 03/20/2017

UNION CITY (CBS SF) — A woman who went on a wild rampage in a Union City Walmart parking lot, striking several people before fleeing in her Honda Accord was the subject of a Bay Area-wide manhunt Monday.

The Union City Police Department said the incident began at around 6 p.m. Sunday when the female suspect attempted to return some batteries. When store employees declined to accept the batteries she became extremely agitated, police said.

The suspect returned to her car and backed out of the stall, almost hitting a family walking behind the vehicle. Complete article

Walmart rampage suspect was agitated after failed battery return, police say 03/24/2017

Crossville Police search for man connected to Tenn. Walmart robbery 03/20/2017

Search for man who tried to lure girl at Poinciana Fla. Walmart 03/20/2017
Man arrested in attempted abduction at Walmart in Poinciana Fla. 03/23/2017

Man suspected of using hatchet, BB gun in robbery series at Best Buy and two Walmarts turns self in 03/21/2017

SANTEE, Calif. — A 22-year-old man suspected of carrying out three East County commercial robberies during which he threatened one employee with a hatchet and shot a BB gun at several others turned himself in Tuesday.

Randall Lee of Lakeside surrendered at the sheriff’s Santee Station about 3 p.m., less than six hours after authorities released a wanted poster bearing photos of the armed bandit responsible for the crimes, sheriff’s Sgt. William Amavisca said.

Lee allegedly pulled a hatchet on a loss-prevention officer on Feb. 28 and fled after shoplifting a camera from a Best Buy store on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

Shortly after midnight on March 12, the suspect allegedly fired a BB pistol at a manager at a Walmart on Camino Canada in El Cajon while trying to steal two long-barreled BB guns.

Lee allegedly fired a BB gun toward an assistant manager at a Walmart on Town Center Parkway in Santee about 11 p.m. the same day, striking another employee in the shoulder, authorities said. Complete article

Police need help identifying woman suspected of taking purse from Ca. Wal-Mart shopper 03/21/2017
Tips lead to arrest of suspect in purse theft at Lincoln Ca. Wal-Mart 03/23/2017

Cobb Ga. Wal-Mart evacuated due to bomb threat 03/21/2017

Police seeking Braves fan who stole cash at Ga. Walmart 03/21/2017

Police search for potential witness after small fires set inside Arbutus Md. Walmart 03/21/2017

ARBUTUS, Md. (WBFF) – Firefighters responded to a Walmart Supercenter in Arbutus late Tuesday morning and learned that a person had set several fire inside of the store.

The incident at the Walmart on Washington Blvd. near Commerce Dr. was first reported shortly before 11:10 a.m. Fire crews worked to extinguish several small fires inside the store, which did not spread, according to fire officials. Another sweep of the building was also performed to ensure all of the small blazes had been extinguished.

One person was transported for possible smoke inhalation. A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause and motive behind the incident. Complete article

Boy, 11, charged in Arbutus Walmart fires 03/23/2017 Walmart estimated that the fires caused about $10,000 in damage.

Pranksters ride horses around Walmart 03/21/2017

(KPRC/NBC News) Customers and employees were shocked when two riders and their horses strolled through a Houston, Texas Walmart over the weekend.

"I was just trying to make people smile and laugh," Woody Fields said.

Fields, one of the riders, recorded video of the prank.

He and his friends ride every weekend and they just wanted to try something different.

"I wasn't trying to hurt nobody, or do anything destructive. It was just, like, you only live once, you know? That's all," Fields said. Complete article

Police: Woman Stabbed After Breaking Up Argument At Md. Wal-Mart 03/21/2017

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 17-year-old is being charged as an adult after police say he stabbed a 50-year-old woman who intervened in an argument at a Wal-Mart Tuesday morning.

Tyler Vermilyea faces numerous charges for the stabbing, including attempted second-degree murder.

Maryland State Police report the incident happened just before 6 a.m., at the Wal-Mart located in the unit block of North East Rd., in Cecil County. Complete article

Slocomb woman arrested after Alabama Walmart parking lot stabbing 03/20/2017

20-year-old Destinee Mitchell-Cotteral of Slocomb has been arrested after a verbal argument escalated and she allegedly stabbed another woman in the Northside Walmart parking lot in Dothan.

Cotteral then fled the scene, Slocomb police went to her address and detained her, and she is in the Houston County jail awaiting her bond to be set. Complete article

Branford Conn. Police Investigate Suspicious Walmart Incident 03/21/2017

Man wanted for groping women in Wash. Walmart 03/21/2017

Chicago man charged with stealing toys from Rantoul Ill. Wal-Mart 03/21/2017

Two Overnight Robberies At Lexington Ky. Walmarts 03/22/2017

LEXINGTON (LEX18) - Four people have been taken into custody following two overnight robberies that police say may be connected.

The first happened around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Elkhorn Road near the Hamburg Walmart.

Police say a Walmart employee was leaving work when a car approached her.

Two men jumped out, took her purse, and pushed her to the ground.

Police say the men drove off, heading outbound on Winchester Road. Complete article

Woman Accused Of Stealing Items, Employee’s Car From Blaine Minn. Walmart 03/22/2017

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 22-year-old woman is accused of stealing several items from a Blaine Walmart and stealing an employee’s car from the parking lot, according to charges filed in Anoka County Court.

Rachael Howard Robinson is charged with theft of a motor vehicle and theft (motor vehicle use without consent) in connection with the incident, which happened Feb. 27.

According to the charges, Blaine police were called to the Walmart at 11505 Ulysses Street on a report of a theft. When officers arrived, two employees told them they had items stolen from them in the break room. One employee said her cardholder with her driver’s license, credit card, $40 cash, a gift card and her car keys was stolen. Someone tried to use her credit card, but wasn’t successful.

The other employee told police her keys were stolen and then used to steal her car from the parking lot. Her vehicle was recovered later in the day in Minneapolis.The complaint states store employees looked at surveillance video and recognized Robinson by a tattoo on her upper left breast. She had pushed a load of merchandise outside the store and was looking for her ride. She couldn’t find it, and pushed the stolen merchandise back into the vestibule.

According to the complaint, Robinson went back inside the store and took an employee uniform off the wall, put it on and went into the break room, where she stole property from the two female employees. Robinson is then seen going to the parking lot and stealing one of the employee’s cars. Complete article

Fla. Walmart shoppers claim they received counterfeit bills from cashiers 03/23/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Two shoppers claimed they received fake currency when they requested cash back from a Florida Walmart, a police report said.

On March 18, deputies from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Walmart on 103rd Street, where two Jacksonville residents – Taijahn Robinson and Tometta Lattella – said they received fake bills as cash back during purchases made on March 17.

Walmart said Wednesday it is investigating to confirm the claims. The victims told JSO that they didn't know the bills were fake until the day after they shopped at Walmart.

“We take these situations seriously and are currently working both internally and with local law enforcement to confirm the claims," Walmart said in a statement.

Robinson and Lattella do not know each other, JSO said in the report. Complete article

Rockingham County man accused of groping women in Va. Walmart 03/23/2017

Man arrested for shooting at employee inside Va. Walmart 03/22/2017

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - A man in Fairfax County has been arrested and charged with attempted malicious wounding and trespassing.

Rayquan Jackson was arrested on Tuesday after police positively identified him as a suspect for shooting at a Walmart employee on March 12.

In the original incident, two men were inside a Walmart store acting suspiciously. As they exited the store, the employee followed them, thinking they had stolen merchandise. As the employee approached the two suspects, they took off running.

The victim then heard what sounded like a gunshot but did not see a weapon. However nobody was injured during the incident. Complete article

Columbus officer involved in altercation at Ohio Walmart 03/22/2017

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Columbus Police have taken a suspect into custody after he reportedly tried to drag an officer with his car.

Early Wednesday morning, officers received a call that a civilian and officer were involved in an altercation at the Walmart on Morse Road, and that the civilian was trying to drag the officer with their car.

A call went out that the officer was in trouble and the suspect fled the scene. Complete article

Offer for $250 Walmart gift card is a scam: Money Matters 03/22/2017

Officer nabs suspected shoplifter in Missouri Walmart parking lot 03/22/2017

Three suspects sought in smash and grab iPhone theft at Tx. Walmart 03/22/2017

Woman shot in leg near Renton Wash, Walmart 03/22/2017

RENTON, Wash. - Police are investigating after a woman was shot in the leg Wednesday night in Renton.

The shooting happened in front near the Popeyes restaurant at 105 Southwest 7th Street.

Renton Fire officials said a car was shot at multiple times and then drove to the nearby Walmart parking lot. Complete article

Police: Man defrauds Va. Walmart with refund scam 03/22/2017

Police: Employee gets attacked by woman at North Port Fla. Walmart 03/23/2017

Crime Stoppers: Thieves steal computer from Alabama Walmart 03/22/2017

Woman charged with shoplifting at Athens Ga. Walmart 03/2/2017

Bennettsville police looking for men flim-flamming SC Walmart 03/23/2017 He said the men got away with $3,500 dollars from the Bennettsville Walmart.

2 Long Beach Wal-Marts evacuated after bomb threats 03/23/2017

Police: Man robbed, face slashed in NC Wal-Mart parking lot 03/24/2017

A man was robbed and cut several times in the face in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at 1002 N. Spence Ave. early this morning, according to a police report.

The report said 30-year-old Scotty Eugene Davis was leaving Wal-Mart and walking through the parking lot around 1:40 a.m. when two black males wearing all black walked up to him.

According to the report, the two men then demanded Davis' wallet and he refused.

When he refused, one of the men pulled a knife from his pocket and cut Davis' face several times, the report said. Complete article

Waukesha man accused of trying to steal large TVs from Walmart in New Berlin Wisc. 03/21/2017

Corinth man charged with stealing anti-theft equipment from Oxford Mississippi Walmart 03/24/2017

Oklahoma City Police Say Suspect Used Stolen Credit Card At Local Walmart 03/23/2017

Walmart Is Still Being Banned From One of the World's Biggest Cities, But Oddly Target Isn't 03/21/2017

The world's largest retailer still gets no love from New York City, not from the mayor, the unions or some consumers.

New York City is brimming with big box stores, Target (TGT) , Sears' (SHLD) Kmart and Best Buy (BBY) , to name a few. But Walmart (WMT) , the world's biggest retailer, still can't get traction in New York City, which is welcoming its third Target store to Manhattan this October.

Seemingly, there's no love for Walmart in the Big Apple: Mayor Bill De Blasio, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), the union covering grocery workers, and some local residents continue to oppose having a Walmart in their neighborhoods.

"Walmart, Target and Kmart all have the same basic [business] model. Historically, there have been differences around the edges—primarily in marketing and branding," said Michael J. Berne, president of MJB Consulting. Complete article

Person dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound in Okla. Walmart parking lot in SW OKC 03/25/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY — Police said a person died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of a Walmart at Southwest 104th and Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City. Complete article

Police: Body Found In Vehicle At SW OKC Walmart Confirmed As Suicide 03/24/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - Police say a person, found dead inside a vehicle parked at a SW OKC grocery store, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities tell News 9 the call went out as a welfare check at a Walmart store located near SW 104th St. and I-44. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male dead inside a red Kia.

Two arrested after armed robbery in Ill. Wal-Mart parking lot 03/24/2017

Traylee MT Price, 20, and Alysha M. McCrary, 25, could be charged with armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, Springfield police said.

Police were sent to the Wal-Mart about 4:30 p.m. and were told a man with a handgun had approached the victim, 29, who was sitting in her car, and took her cell phone and cash. The man then ran away and got into a van. A bystander who saw the robbery followed the van to a mobile home park in the 2500 block of North Grand Avenue East and called police.

Officers surrounded the mobile home with several vehicles, including the department's armored vehicle. Price at first refused to come out, but he eventually did without incident, police said. A search warrant was obtained, and the victim's money, cell phone and the gun Price allegedly used in the robbery were found inside the mobile home, police said. Complete article

Man stabbed over $15 debt goes to Mich. Walmart for medical supplies 03/24/2017

‘Turn Yourself In:’ Police Search for Final Suspect in Ca. Walmart Parking Lot Robbery 03/24/2017

Police looking for man who robbed a Fla. Walmart then scooted away on a cart 03/24/2017

Minn. Brooklyn Center Walmart Launches Partnership with Police to Prevent Crime Around Store 03/25/2017

The Brooklyn Center Police Department is starting a new partnership with Walmart this week to help keep residents safe.

It's part of a statewide and national campaign to try to curb crime in and near Walmart stores.

The Brooklyn Center Walmart has been open for about two years, but in that time, police have noticed a disturbing trend.

"We have had significant violent crimes and assaults occur on the property," Brooklyn Center Police Cdr. Rick Gabler said. In fact, police responded to roughly 1,000 calls for service at this store last year.

"When you compare that to Sears, which is adjacent to the Walmart and Target, it's about nine to 10 times higher," Gabler said.

Just last fall, a man was shot outside the store in the middle of the day. Complete article

Troopers seek information in NY Walmart theft 03/24/2017

Man accused of punching Tx. Walmart employee, stealing GoPro cameras, police say 03/24/2017

$1,400 Theft at Walmart in Murfreesboro Tenn. 03/24/2017

Banned from NC Walmart 03/24/2017

WEST JEFFERSON-Two local residents will no longer be able to “save money and live better” following recent decisions in Ashe County District Court that placed lifetime bans on the shoplifters from Walmart.

Although both cases appeared on the same court docket, court records did not indicate that the cases were related.

Tiffany Louise Bare was sentenced to 45 days in the Ashe County Jail for misdemeanor larceny. This sentence was suspended for 12 months of supervised probation. As long as she abides by the terms of her probation, she will avoid the 45 day jail sentence. Bare was also ordered to pay $100.20 in restitution to Walmart in addition to the ban.

In a separate case, Johnathan Rob Triplett, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, suspended for 12 months of supervised probation for committing misdemeanor larceny at the West Jefferson retailer. He was ordered to pay $1,658 in restitution. Triplett is also forbidden from ever shopping at the county’s lone super center. The state took a dismissal on the larceny by defeating an anti theft device and felony larceny charges.

Another person, Melissa Weaver, was ordered by the court to stay away from the store for six months. She received a prayer for judgment for a charge of felonious obtaining property by false pretense. According to, a PJC essentially allows a defendant to plead guilty to a crime without having the plea entered against them. She was also ordered to pay $71.13 in restitution. Complete article

Unruly man charged with making terroristic threats at Athens Ga. Walmart 03/2/2017

An Athens-Clarke County police officer was dispatched to Walmart on Lexington Road on Wednesday in reference to a disorderly person. The officer spoke to the store manager, who said a man who began to argue with him in the electronics section of the store was causing a commotion.

The manager asked the man to leave, and as they were walking to the front, the man began to shove the manager and “said something about shooting him,” another store employee said.

The man reached toward the small of his back as if to retrieve a weapon, but did not brandish a weapon.

Kevin Vernard Smith, 52, of Branch Street was arrested on a charge of terroristic threats and was barred from Walmart, as well as the shopping center on Lexington Road, for two years. Complete article

Wyoming Area School Board will recognize Walmart Foundation at March 28 meeting 03/24/2017

Serial Walmart thief accused of stealing vacuum cleaner in Wisc. 03/23/2017

Lawsuit filed in 2016 fatal shooting at Lake Hallie Wisc. Wal-Mart 03/24/2017

CHIPPEWA FALLS – The family of a 25-year-old woman who was shot and killed in April 2016 by a police officer at the Wal-Mart Store in Lake Hallie has filed a lawsuit against the village, the police department, the Northern Wisconsin Center and several insurance companies.

Melissa Abbott was a resident at the Northern Wisconsin Center, a state-operated facility for persons with disabilities and mental diseases. On April 8, 2016, Abbott was at the Wal-Mart in Lake Hallie, 2786 Commercial Boulevard, when she began swinging a hatchet around other shoppers in the store. The Chippewa County dispatch center received a call at 5:11 p.m. about a “disorderly female who refused to leave the store.” Complete article

Crane Falls at Walmart in Corpus Christi Tx. 03/24/2017

Woman charged with shoplifting at Athens Ga. Walmart 03/22/2017

Wal-Mart in Marshall Tx. closed due to power outage from storm 03/25/2017

Janesville Wisc. police seek man, woman in two Walmart theft cases 03/25/2017

Man robs Tenn. Wal-Mart with note warning not to scream 03/25/2017 The cashier said he took the note to the cashiers counter and gave it to her while brandishing a gun.

Walmart scheme making rounds on Facebook 03/26/2017

Deputies investigate fraud case at multiple Wisc. Wal-Mart stores 03/26/2017

Janesville Wisc. police looking for woman who stole $700 in meat from Walmart 03/26/2017

Man, woman arrested for theft at Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart 03/27/2017

Man burns to death after setting himself on fire in Colorado Walmart parking lot [VIDEO] 03/28/2017

Shoppers at a Colorado Walmart witnessed a horrific scene as a man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire, after driving around the parking lot telling people to watch and record him.

According to Fox 31 Denver, a still-unidentified man appearing to be about 60 years old drove to the Lafayette Walmart in a beige Toyota Corolla on Sunday. He reportedly got the attention of a number of people in the parking lot, telling them to keep watching him. He explained that he planned to self-immolate because of harassment from the FBI.

“I got in trouble 11 years ago, and ever since (the FBI has) been completely harassing me,” the man told an onlooker, according to video footage of the incident obtained by the Lafayette News. “They never let me sleep. All I’m doing is trying to make ends meet and all they’re trying to do is (expletive) with me.”

Then he stopped near the Walmart store entrance, poured gasoline on himself, and set himself on fire while still in the vehicle.

Horrified onlookers tried to intervene, but the man reportedly said not to put out the fire. Eventually bystanders were able to put out the flames on his body by covering him with multiple jackets, while the car continued to burn.

But his injuries were too severe. According to Fox 31 Denver, the man was airlifted to a nearby hospital with second- and third-degree burns, and died on Monday afternoon. Complete article

Man who lit himself on fire outside Lafayette Walmart dies 03/27/2017

"He said, 'I want you to record me and I want to get my message out,'" Bach said.

The man stated that he had fallen into trouble with the FBI more than a decade ago and had been harassed ever since, according to the video.

The Camera could not verify the claims made in the video.

"It was all very disturbing," Bach said. "The fact that someone could get to that point in their life and in their head where they would do something that drastic is just sad and disturbing."

Man set himself on fire at Ga. Wal-Mart has ‘life-threatening’ burns 10/10/2015

Woman gets jail time for hit-and-run of girl in Mich. Dec. 2015 Walmart parking lot 03/26/2017

Smoke Report Draws Firefighters to NC Walmart 03/25/2017

Body found inside vehicle in Elizabethton Tenn. Walmart parking lot 03/28/2017

Suspect took 'small but expensive' electronics from Pa. Wal-Mart: police 03/28/2017

Troopers investigating Oneida County NY Walmart theft find suspect hiding in cardboard box 03/28/2017

Identified suspects face charges in Baytown Tx. Walmart baby formula theft 03/28/2017

Mob rushes Jonesboro, Arkansas Walmart, wrecking parts of store 03/27/2017

JONESBORO, Ark. (KATV) — Dozens of people rushed a Walmart in Jonesboro, tossing items from the shelves Friday night.

It happened just before midnight at the 1815 E. Highland store.

The manager tells KAIT a group of about 30 males and females rushed into the store, filming with phones.

Surveillance video showed the group taking items off the shelves and throwing them on the floor.

According to police, the group scattered and ran out the store when the manager confronted them. Complete article

WV Trooper shot, drives himself to Southridge Walmart for help 03/28/2017

ORIGINAL: According to Kanawha County Dispatchers, a West Virginia State Trooper was shot along the Kanawha County/Lincoln County line around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Dispatchers say the injured Trooper managed to drive himself to the Walmart in Southridge where he was advised to wait for help. His name has not been released at this time. Complete article

Abingdon Va. police warn about Walmart Secret Shopper scam 03/27/2017

Two Perth Amboy men charged with cocaine possession at Manville NJ Walmart 03/27/2017

Man tries to stop alleged purse snatcher by jumping on hood of car outside Pa. Walmart 03/28/2017

RICHLAND TOW — The Northern Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a Walmart store in Richland Township on March 18. The victim was leaving the store when the man in the photo grabbed the victim’s purse and ran to his vehicle, police said.

A family member of the victim tried to stop the man by jumping on the hood of his vehicle. The man was thrown from the vehicle after the suspect hit his breaks. The suspect fled the scene, almost striking another pedestrian, police said. Complete article

2 wanted for stealing rifle from Lebanon Tenn. Walmart 03/28/2017

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are searching for a man and a woman who are accused of stealing a rifle from a display case in a Lebanon Walmart earlier this month.

Lebanon police reported the Henry Model H010B Cal.45-70 was stolen on March 19 from the Walmart on South Cumberland Street.

The male suspect reportedly took the rifle by placing the gun down the leg of his pants, according to Lebanon police. Complete article

Man steals cell phone from 4-year-old inside Florida Walmart 03/28/2017

A man has been arrested after police say he stole a cell phone from a 4-year-old girl inside a Walmart store in Florida.

Little Angelina's father, Nelson Quiles, says he was so eager to catch the crook who stole his daughter's cell phone that he sent a text message to her number.

And the robber, Mykhal Henderson, responded.

"I was telling him he should return the phone because he stole it from a 4-year-old. He pretty much laughed in my face," said Nelson.

Additionally, Mykhal says he found the phone on the floor and was going to keep it.

Soon after, cops tracked him down through an online order he placed and arrested him at a traffic stop where he confessed. Complete article

Wal-Mart promotes three tech executives amid ongoing Jet integration 03/28/2017

Wal-Mart Has a Unique Way to Cut Down on Shoplifting 03/28/2017

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) has taken the law into its own hands. No, the company has not started its own jail, and any employee who wears a cape and fights crime must still do so on their own time. Instead, the retail chain has taken a new approach to fighting shoplifting that requires less involvement from the police. The retailer has been using a "restorative justice" program in 1,500 of its stores, according to The Gainesville Sun. That's a program where people deemed low-risk, first-time offenders are given the choice of paying to take an anti-shoplifting course rather than facing arrest and prosecution.

The effort is in its early days, but the results have been good so far. The company has seen a 35% reduction in calls to law enforcement nationwide since restorative justice programs were first implemented, Wal-Mart spokesman Ragan Dickens told The Sun in an email.

"No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime. We recognize the importance of this issue at the highest levels of the company, and we are investing in people and technology to support our stores," he wrote, noting that police are not being cut out of the loop.

Alleged shoplifters who get the chance to participate in the course must pay a fee to take it. The company does not disclose what it charges, but the paper noted that "the rate of repeat theft is low among those who have gone through the program." If that proves to be true over a national rollout for the long run, then the company could save some serious money. Complete article

NY Walmart reports $8,600 loss from a single shoplifting incident 03/28/2017

Poughkeepsie Man, Woman Charged With Shoplifting From NY Walmart 03/29/2017

Shoplifter causes Walmart to be evacuated; no gun found 03/28/2017

During search for a Va. Walmart shoplifter, Stafford deputy spots drugs being used in parked car 03/28/2017

Man arrested for leaving child in car at Jacksonville Walmart 03/28/2017

Alleged Pa. Walmart shooter sues Luzerne County officials alleging improper medical care in jail 03/28/2017

MORE turkey trouble in SE WI: HAWS officials called out to Wisc. Walmart for unusual shopper! 03/27/2017

WAUKESHA — Why did the turkey go into Walmart? That’s the question officials with the Humane Animal Welfare Society asked themselves on Monday, March 27th when they were called out to the Walmart Supercenter on West Avenue near the Les Paul Parkway in Waukesha.

Apparently, this turkey had some shopping to do!

HAWS’ animal rescuer was called out to assist with the unusual shopper. HAWS officials later wrote about the incident on their Facebook page, saying: “We’re not sure if Ms. Turkey got all the items she needed, but she certainly got personalized service!” Complete article

Greendale Police Report: Man exposes himself to Wisc. Walmart cashier 03/28/2017

Vermont State Police: Multi-State Walmart Scam Thawarted by Police 03/28/2017

Waukesha Wisc. police reports: Man banned from store asks Walmart employee for hugs 03/27/2017

1 Officers caught a man removing scrap from a trash bin near Firehouse Subs, 220 E. Sunset Drive, around 9:24 a.m. March 19. According to a police report, the man did not have the restaurant's permission to do so and was moved along after he put the items back into the trash.

12 A man who is banned from Walmart, 2000 S. West Ave., reportedly asked a female employee for her address and two hugs, then told her he would wait outside the store for her to finish her shift around 4:43 p.m. March 23. According to a police report, the man tried to fondle the woman during the second hug and told her "'pretty girls" live near her address. Walmart management asked police to document the incident, but did not file a formal complaint. Complete article

Man used card stolen in Clayton NC to buy TVs at Walmart, police say 03/29/2017

Pooler Ga. Wal-Mart evacuated after fire intentionally set in aisle 03/29/2017

The Pooler Fire Department says a fire was intentionally set in an aisle at the Walmart in Pooler on Wednesday afternoon, prompting an evacuation of the store and an arson investigation by Pooler Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Fire officials were called to the scene about 5 p.m. at the Walmart on Pooler Parkway near Interstate 95 after an unknown suspect started a fire inside. A suspect has not yet been identified or arrested, officials said. Complete article

In separate cases people tried to leave NC Walmart with full carts of shoplifted items 03/29/2017

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Within an hour, there were two instances where people tried to push carts loaded with merchandise they had not paid for out of the Salisbury Walmart.

The first case happened just after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, according to Salisbury police reports.

A man identified as a Livingstone College student filled up a cart with groceries. He first went to the self-checkout and began to ring up some of the items. He then canceled out the sales, put the items in the cart, and headed for the front door. Complete article

Wisconsin Walmart hires unique dog 'greeter' helps associate thrive 03/29/2017

Police impersonator steals truckload of items from Mass. Wal-Mart, authorities say 03/29/2017

Lake City police looking for man who stole purse at Walmart 03/29/2017

Medical emergency prompts heavy police presence at Derby Vermont Wal-Mart 03/29/2017

Police: Helena Montana man wielded hatchet at Wal-Mart workers 03/29/2017

A Helena man is jailed on a felony charge on accusations he threatened Wal-Mart workers with a hatchet after a shoplifting attempt went awry.

Shay Wallace Howey, 35, faces a felony charge of robbery. He is in custody on a $50,000 bond.

Police say Howey stole several items, including a hatchet-style ax. When employees attempted to stop the shoplifting Tuesday, Howey allegedly waved the hatchet at them, court documents state. Complete article

Police Arrest Md. Walmart Stabbing Suspect In Cecil County 03/29/2017

NORTH EAST, MD (WJZ) – Maryland State Police have arrested a man accused of trying to stab a Walmart employee in Cecil County.

Troopers responded to the store around 4 p.m. Wednesday for reports of the attempted stabbing. Employees said the suspect took off heading toward Lakeside Drive. Police eventually found the suspect and pursued him on foot. The suspect, identified as 30-year old John Fox Jr, was eventually caught and arrested. He is being charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Theft, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Weapon, and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon with the Intent to Injure.

The victim told police that he attempted to stop Fox for shoplifting merchandise valued at just over $300. That’s when he says Fox pulled out a black object from his pocket and made a slashing motion at the victim. He then dropped the stolen property and fled the scene. Complete article

Police Responding to Anonymous Bomb Threat at Ill. Walmart 03/29/2017

Bartholomew County deputy revives teen girl who overdosed in Ind. Walmart parking lot 03/29/2017

Arrest made in Red Bluff Ca. Walmart purse snatching case 03/29/2017

Woman's car stolen from Walmart parking lot in St. Clairsville Ohio 03/29/2017 The original article with this title was quickly deleted and replaced with another title that omitted Walmart's name making it less likely to turn up in searches.

Police: 3 juveniles stole keys, car from Hattiesburg Mississippi Walmart 03/29/2017

Police: Woman used stolen credit card at Camillus NY Walmart 03/29/2017

Truck, camper burn in Fruitland Md. Walmart parking lot 03/28/2017

Police looking for NY Walmart theft suspect 03/31/2017

Two teenagers shot in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 03/31/2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two teenagers are recovering after a shooting in a busy parking lot in Hickory Hill overnight.

The shooting happened just after midnight Friday morning outside the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Riverdale and East Shelby Drive.

Police say five people were sitting inside a black car when someone in a white vehicle drove up and started shooting. Complete article

Dickson Tenn. police: Walmart thefts drain police resources 03/31/2017

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A high percentage of the caseload at the Dickson Police Department involves the same victim store: Walmart.

Police say the store is a target rich environment for criminals draining police resources. ....

Dickson police told News 2 a high percentage of crimes originate at Walmart. In this case, it was a shoplifting call. Three police cars and detective were present.

“This is a daily occurrence. It happens once, twice, three or four times per day,” said Fussell. .....

Ashland city police estimate that 65 percent of the department’s crime centers around Walmart there. Complete article

I-Team: Clerk at Cleveland Ohio Walmart attacked by customers 03/30/2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The FOX 8 I TEAM has found a clerk at a local Walmart ended up in the hospital after getting attacked. Now Crime Stoppers and Cleveland Police are hoping for help in identifying suspects.

It happened Saturday at the Steelyard Commons Walmart in Cleveland.

Nautica Chappell,18, said she was training a new employee and helping customers when a couple of other customers wanted service and grew impatient and taunted her. Chappell told us, "I said, 'I don't entertain any drama. Now, you have a nice day.'" "She said, '---- do you want me to beat your ---?'" "I said, 'you won't,; now have a nice day.'" Complete article

Mother arrested after leaving 2-year-old son at Anderson SC Walmart 03/30/2017

Titusville Fla. Walmart evacuated due to bomb scare, officials say 03/31/2017

Suspected burglar caught using stolen credit cards at Houston Tx. Wal-Mart, deputies say 03/30/2017

Junction City Tenn. police looking for suspect who attacked woman in Walmart parking lot 03/30/2017

Body found in vehicle at Elizabethton Tenn. Walmart identified as 60-year-old Kingsport woman 03/31/2017

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – Elizabethton police revealed the identity of the woman whose body was found in a parked vehicle last weekend at the Walmart located on Over Mountain Drive.

Police identified the woman as 60-year-old Carolyn Pleasant from Kingsport.

Investigators said Pleasant’s vehicle had been in the parking lot for several weeks and during that time she passed away.

Police said there is no evidence that indicates foul play. Investigators said preliminary findings did not find any trauma, however, final autopsy results are pending. Complete article

Police: DeKalb Ga. Walmart employee shot by alleged shoplifter 03/31/2017

REDAN, Ga. -- Police in DeKalb have confirmed that a loss prevention employee was shot while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter.

The shooting happened at the Walmart on Farmington Road in DeKalb County south of the Redan community. A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department said that as the employee tried to catch the suspect the suspect opened fire. The employee was shot in the foot.

Details on the suspect are still limited but police said that he is a black male in his late 20s or early 30s. The getaway vehicle is described only as a burgundy sedan. Complete article

Man bitten by Copperhead inside Arkansas Walmart 03/31/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas man was rushed to the hospital after he was bitten by a Copperhead inside a Walmart store.

According to THV11, the incident happened in Jacksonville, Arkansas, just northeast of Little Rock.

Animal Control officials said the snake was de-fanged, which indicates it could be someone’s pet. The snake’s front two fangs were removed, but the venomous glands were not. Complete article

Woman struck by pickup at Kearney Nebraska's Walmart parking lot in critical condition 03/31/2017

Police looking for person who set items on fire at Henry County Va. Walmart 03/31/2017

HENRY COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Authorities are looking for a person who they say set items on fire at a Walmart.

According to the Chief of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, a man set laptop cases on fire in the electronics department and dresses on fire in the women’s department.

Someone put out the flames with a fire extinguisher before crews arrived. Complete article

Amber Alert update: Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins seen on Oklahoma Wal-Mart video 03/31/2017

Autopsy report released for man found decapitated behind Wal-Mart in Dec. 03/31/2017

Suisun City Police Search for Suspect in Armed Robbery at Ca. Wal-Mart 03/31/2017

Man stabbed in Antioch Ca. Walmart bathroom 03/31/2017

ANTIOCH (KRON) — Police arrested a suspect who allegedly stabbed a man inside a bathroom at the Antioch Walmart on Thursday, according to Antioch Police Department.

Around 9:20 p.m., police responded to the Walmart at 4893 Lone Tree Way after receiving reports of a possible stabbing, police said.

When they arrived on scene, officers found a man inside the bathroom suffering from a single stab wound.

Police discovered that prior to the stabbing, the victim and suspect were arguing somewhere else near the store. Complete article

Ga. Walmart employee shot by alleged shoplifter, suspect wanted 04/03/2017

REDAN, Ga. -- Police in DeKalb County have released a surveillance photo of the suspect wanted in the shooting of a Walmart loss prevention employee.

The shooting happened on at the Walmart on Farmington Road in DeKalb County south of the Redan community on Friday. A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department said the employee was shot while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter. The employee was shot in the foot.

Details on the suspect are still limited but police said that he is a black male in his late 20's or early 30's. The getaway vehicle is described only as a burgundy sedan. Complete article

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