Monday, May 1, 2017
Wal-Mart Crime report April 2017
Walmart shootings continue to happen at much faster rates than just a couple years ago with at least eleven this month and at least five deaths, related to these shootings, alone not counting at least half a dozen other people that died at Walmart for other reasons. Three of these deaths were murder suicides, although one of the murders didn’t take place at Walmart and wasn’t counted. There were also several more injuries as a result of the shootings. A couple of the shootings were accidental, but these didn’t hit anyone. Last months count of shooting also rose from eight to nine, since there was one that happened on the thirty first but wasn’t in national news for a few days after that.
Delayed or missed reports of events are not uncommon, even when they’re major ones; this may mean that additional reports might not be included in this listing. In some cases even major events like shootings or potential shootings could easily be missed. There were two reports of court settlements for past events including one that was for a major panic that didn’t include a shooting but wasn’t listed last November. Another was also for a major gang related shooting that didn’t get reported last June. This one was reported about five or six days after, when they caught the suspect; but the initial report, if there was one didn’t show up in the searches. In most cases, if there are additional shootings that don’t get counted they’re most likely to be suicides or accidental shootings, which usually draw much less attention.
One of the shootings from 2012 where a manager was injured was allegedly a result of his own involvement in a conspiracy to rob the store; and another old shooting in Beavercreek Ohio cost the city $400,000 it was only the second police shooting they had in recent history and the other one involved the same officer.
There were eight other gun related incidents, mostly robberies or attempted robberies, one of which had a man that was also armed with a machete. One of them was a Walmart worker who was angry about a card game and made numerous threats to shoot up the store before they arrested him and found a gun that could have been used to carry out the threat. Walmart also settled an old lawsuit about selling ammo that was used in a murder from 2015. The terms of that settlement are as usual confidential so that no one can ever know whether or not justice is remotely fair when it comes to civil trials.
It’s not news that Walmart’s self-checkout aisles have been causing an enormous amount of problems including theft; however this time when a group of people found that it was giving out twenty dollar bills when it was only supposed to give out fives they went through the register over and over again until they got over a thousand dollars in change more than they should have. The state of Florida is using tax payer money to search for them and hold them accountable. This seems to be standard operating procedure; when there was a problem with the Electronic Benefits Transfer cards three years ago some of the recipients of them couldn’t get anything but others had their limits removed and when they took advantage of it instead of holding the people that made the mistakes accountable, they charged the people that took advantage of it.
When Walmart executives take advantages of rigged rules for their own profit they’re never held accountable but when it benefits customers or workers it appears to be the opposite.
One customer in Arizona found a note from a Chinese worker or “prisoner” who wanted to inform them about outrageous conditions. This was translated by several Chinese people who came up with almost identical translations. This, as usual raised concerns among customers and civil rights activists but business people and politicians, as usual don’t intend to do anything to investigate.
There were at least six different kidnappings attempted kidnappings or carjackings in six different states last month including one of an employee and four of children most of which failed but one of them was by someone pretending to be a Walmart security guard. There were also at least six attacks with knives, hatchets tomahawks or machetes including at least two that resulted in stabbings.
At least five people were found dead in there cars and one more died after running from police and falling off a cliff. The deaths in cars are usually not considered suspicious since poor people have to die somewhere. If human rights activists knew more about how many bodies showed up at Walmart they might want to understand the causes and prevent them; however business people that donate to campaigns don’t want to slow down business if it reduces profits by figuring these things out.
What happens if they find out that the epidemic fraud their business practices involve are contributing to these deaths or other crime problems?
Someone might want to fix it and it might not be good for profits so why keep track?
There were also at least four accidents high speed chases or purse snatchers that hit a customer retrieving it at least one resulting in a death, which means at least twelve people died at Walmart last month. This doesn’t count the vast majority of minor accidents which rarely make much if any news.
There were also at least four fire incidents, at least two of which were arson and one of those involved three separate fires that were successfully set while the arsonist escaped with stolen merchandise, at least temporarily as a result of the distraction. That’s unusual they almost always catch them faster when they try this trick that never seems to work, not that thieves and arsonists figure this out.
There were at least ten major assaults or brawls including one where a suspect slammed an employee from behind when he attempted to stop his girlfriend from shoplifting; and another major brawl that went viral on the internet, again.
Is there ever a month that goes by without a Walmart brawl on the internet?
Certainly not November or December but even the rest of the year they’re pretty common.
Walmart is always being sued. Some of the money customers give them is routinely used for their legal defense fund which gives them much better treatment than the rest of us in the courts. This month their lawsuits include cans that allegedly weren’t stored properly falling and hitting a boy and a professor that had his job title on his fishing license listed as cleaning toilets.
Why the hell does Walmart handle fishing licenses? Isn’t that the governments responsibility? Corporations seem to be taking over the government and treating it like a fully owned subsidiary and they have ‘Some of the best digital-forensics labs” now. Most of this is either done in secrecy or it is reported only at low levels where few people pay attention, which accomplishes the same thing.
Walmart was exposed for selling Tuna that was endangering Dolphins again. Boycotting Walmart is becoming increasingly less effective since the government gave them a big enough advantage to dominate the market except for the shares they divided among the other oligarchies that behave almost as bad, at least 95% of the public spent at least a little money at Walmart last year.
When you find a Syringe near the baby food the management will always tell you it’s still safe so don’t worry.
A rhino iguana and Dozens of slithery snakes showed up at Walmart last month for some reason and they got another public relations disaster when they fired an 88-year-old greater for not stopping a wild turkey from the store. He said they never gave him a manual that told him what to do when Turkeys go shopping; but it worked out OK another store hired him.
Remember when we used to expect to look forward to retirement?
Do people that buy there salads anywhere else but Walmart find decomposing bats in them? Twice?
Did you ever find heroin that might have been left behind by someone on the run in the pants pockets you bought at Walmart?
Ever get so drunk you set your underwear on fire then pull a knife out when the employers try to put it out?
Me neither, at least not that I’ll admit.
Stabbings aren’t limited to Walmart though several people were stabbed in an apartment complex as well.
I mention this because the person that allegedly did this was on LSD and they found him walking through Walmart naked.
Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!
Maybe next month will be the first time there are no shootings or other strange things at Walmart.
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 April 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.
Man arrested for setting fires at Henry Co. Wal-Mart 04/02/2017
Man's Arkansas Walmart shopping trip ends in arrest 04/01/2017
Woman injured in Kearney Nebraska's Walmart parking lot crash lot dies 04/03/2017
30 car batteries stolen from Tarboro NC Walmart 04/02/2017
Salem Ill. Police Arrest Two People Who Spent Six Hours in Walmart Store 04/01/2017
2 charged after elderly woman robbed at knifepoint in Ky. Walmart parking lot in February 04/01/2017
Mississippi Walmart evacuated after smoke pours from AC unit 04/03/2017
Tums, socks among items stolen by woman from Warwick RI Walmart 04/03/2017
Man pleads not guilty to shooting in Iowa Wal-Mart parking lot 04/03/2017
Law enforcement tracks down suspect in thefts at Fla. Wal-Mart and Goodwill store 04/03/2017
Suspect accused of using stolen debit card at Colorado Walmart 04/03/2017
Police: two women already banned from NC Walmart caught shoplifting 04/04/2017
Credit card taken from Chatham County high school used at NC Walmart, deputies say 04/04/2017
Police: Man dressed as woman steals steaks from NC Walmart 04/04/2017
Video: Trio wanted for allegedly stealing from Tx. Wal-Mart 04/04/2017
Walmart Opens New Training Academy in Bangor Me. 04/04/2017
Investigators: Suspects stole credit cards from vehicles, used them at Va. Walmart 04/04/2017
2 men steal TVs from Kosciusko Mississippi Walmart; Reward offered for info on suspects 04/04/2017
West Monroe Louisiana Police search for Walmart theft suspects 04/04/2017
Man charged with using fake credit cards at Pa. Wal-Mart 04/05/2017
Butler County Ohio Walmart becomes training academy for 25 stores 04/05/2017
Amherst County Sheriff’s Office searching for group suspected of stealing from Va. Wal-Marts 04/05/2017
Man charged with manslaughter after shooting suspected diaper-thief outside Fla. Wal-Mart in February 04/05/2017
Two people arrested for stealing nearly $3,000 in merchandise from Hayden Idaho Walmart 04/06/2017
Hamburg Police want to identify NY Walmart shoppers 04/06/2017
Amherst Co. Sheriff's Office investigating quick-change scheme at Madison Heights Va. Walmart 04/05/2017
Florida man arrested in Walmart credit card fraud in Cumberland County Pa. 04/05/2017
Police seek help in identifying suspect seen stealing from Richland Wash. Walmart 04/05/2017
Undercover detective says truck driver arranged to meet 'teen' for sex at Randolph Co. Ind. Walmart 04/06/2017
Walmart donates bicycle lights to Carlisle Pa. Police 04/06/2017
Plattsburgh NY Walmart evacuated following suspected natural gas leak 04/07/2017
Do you know these people? Pa. Walmart theft suspects sought 04/0/2017
Sting operation thwarts illegal sale in Alabama Walmart parking lot 04/06/2017
Counterfeit cash used to buy chainsaws from Hilton Head Island SC Walmart 04/07/2017
3 separate retail thefts in 1 day reported at East Lampeter Twp. Pa. Walmart 04/07/2017
91-year-old Walmart employee fixing to retire from town of Ulster NY store 04/07/2017
Woman accused of NY Wal-Mart shoplifting 04/07/2017
Four people indicted in connection to Tyler Tx. Wal-Mart robbery 04/07/2017
Boyfriend Arrested For Assault After Made-Up Ky. Walmart Attack 04/07/2017 Not reported previously either this month or last.
Billings Montana man killed in crash with delivery truck near Heights Wal-Mart 04/07/2017
Muncie man sentenced in Ind. Walmart meth lab case 04/07/2017
Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Mechanicsville Va. Walmart 04/09/2017
Official: Pair accused of stealing TVs from York County Va. Walmart 04/10/2017 The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying two people accused of stealing TVs from the Tabb Walmart, an official said.
Police arrest suspected South Lubbock Tx. Walmart shoplifter after brief chase 04/08/2017
Police searching for man accused of credit card fraud at NH Walmart 04/09/2017
Two bikes stolen from kids at Ariz. Walmart 04/10/2017
Waukesha Wisc. County Sheriff's Department Recovers 1,300 Cloned Walmart Cards 04/0/2017
Blotter: Two arrested for shoplifting at ND Walmart 04/10/2017
Suspect Wanted for Stealing Televisions from Wal-Mart: Police 04/10/2017
Police want to question man about NY Walmart theft 04/11/2017
Woman’s wallet reportedly stolen from her purse during shopping trip at Fla. Wal-Mart 04/11/2017
Mother, daughter struck in Lancaster SC Walmart parking lot 04/11/2017
Man wanted in connection with thefts at La Vergne Tenn. Walmart 04/12/2017
ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY: Suspects Involved in Retail Theft at Pa. Walmart 04/11/2017
Drunk Man Confronts Former MMA Fighter Outside a Walmart, With Unexpected Result 04/11/2017
Couple arrested for Ind. Walmart theft and drug paraphernalia 04/11/2017
Conviction overturned, Piqua man facing new charge in connection to attempted Ohio Walmart 5015 carjacking 04/11/2017
Suspect steals televisions twice from Walmart in York County Va. 04/11/2017
EBRSO: Women wanted for stealing money from College Drive La. Walmart 04/10/2017
Ex-firefighter gets no jail time following sex act in Troy Ohio Walmart lot in Nov. 201604/12/2017
Four honored for extinguishing intentionally set fire at Pooler Ga. Wal-Mart 04/12/2017 Four people were honored Wednesday for their heroic actions in extinguishing a fire that closed the Pooler Wal-Mart for several days last month and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Man arrested for string of grand larcenies at Walmarts across NY state 04/13/2017
Ten years ago, he set off a bomb in an NC Walmart. Here’s how they caught him. 04/13/2017
Ga. Walmart shopper charged with forgery after handing cashier $1,500 in counterfeit bills for purchase 04/13/2017
Man suspected of pricetag-switching at Fla. Wal-Mart tracked down at nearby Arby’s in The Villages 04/13/2017
Man accused of shooting Ga. Walmart guard last month was banned from different store location 04/13/2017 The shooting, the second in five months at the Fairington Road store, left the worker with a foot injury. He had to have surgery but was recovering well a few days later, according to WSB-TV.
Suspicious package found at Crowley La. Walmart 04/13/2017 Chief Broussard says the State Police Bomb Squad is en route to the scene and police are reviewing surveillance footage that is believed to show a subject leaving the package on the property.
VIDEO: Couple steals a pool from Fla. Walmart in brazen theft caught on camera 04/13/2017
Sidney man allegedly uses heroin in Piqua Ohio Walmart bathroom 04/12/2017
Suspects sought in theft at Carencro La. Walmart 04/12/2017
Small Fire Closes Concord NH Walmart 04/12/2017
Police seek to ID suspect in retail theft at Pa. Wal-Mart 04/12/2017
Police investigate GECU, Wal-Mart robberies 04/10/2017
Man, woman accused of robbing man at gunpoint, spending $600 at NC Walmart 04/14/2017
Wal-Mart said to be in advanced talks to buy Bonobos men’s fashion retailer 04/14/2017
City officials: Bomb threat to Tenn. Walmart was prank call 04/15/2017
Thanks to Social Media Couple Identified In Fla. Walmart Theft 04/14/2017
State College police investigating theft at Benner Pike Pa. Wal-Mart 04/14/2017
Elderly woman robbed outside N. Fort Myers Fla. Wal-Mart 04/15/2017
Fla. Walmart theft suspect surrenders via Facebook 04/16/2017
Police identify body found in Brewer Me. woods by Wal-Mart 04/20/2017
Woman in Dallas Tx. arrested after luring boys to Wal-Mart store 04/16/2017
Rutland man flees Vermont Wal-Mart with Stolen Register 04/16/2017
West Side Ohio Wal-Mart Reopens After "Suspicious Bag" Investigation No bomb Found 04/1/2017
Walmart in Denham Springs La. forced to close by flood water, reopens 04/15/2017
Woman arrested in Yakima drug bust at Walmart parking lot 04/1/2017
Police: 2 arrested with liquid meth in Ga. Walmart parking lot 04/18/2017
All-clear given at south Austin Tx. Walmart after bomb threat 04/19/2017
Ware man wanted by police arrested at Mass. Walmart 04/19/2017
Customer blames WV Walmart for injuries 04/18/2017
Men rob Ky. Walmart employee at gunpoint 04/18/2017
Lee Co. officials search for thieves involved in Ga. Walmart car break-in 04/18/2017
Accomac man guilty in Md. Wal-Mart TV thefts 04/18/2017
Police: Bandit fails in bid to rob Suisun City Ca. Walmart 04/18/2017
Police searching for man who allegedly used counterfeit checks at La. Walmart 04/18/2017
Lancaster man had cart loaded with merchandise stolen from Pa. Wal-Mart 04/17/2017
La Vergne police search for 3 in 2 separate Tenn. Walmart cases 04/19/2017
Two charged for shoplifting at Westminster Md. Walmart 04/1/2017
Family arrested for theft, fraud after allegedly removing price tags from Tx. Walmart merchandise 04/20/2017
Investigators looking for suspect who allegedly stole TV from Ga. Walmart 04/19/2017
Oxford Woman Accused of Shoplifting at Walmart: Naugatuck Conn. Police 04/19/2017
Police: Man runs out of Vermont Wal-Mart carrying cash box 04/20/2017
Teen arrested for attempting to steal merchandise from Arkansas Walmart 04/20/2017
Three suspects steal TVs from Hendersonville Tenn. Walmart, flee 04/20/2017
Missing man’s body found in Walmart parking lot, coroner says 04/20/2017 He said, “At this time, after consulting with law enforcement,it appears this death was not caused by another human and was caused by the decedent. That is only a preliminary thought as I have more testing to perform and an exam to perform on the body.”
Crews battle fire in Pueblo Colorado near Walmart 04/19/2017
Largo Fla. Walmart evacuated after reports of chemical smell inside store 04/21/2017
Suspect in fatal Ashland Va. Walmart shooting in February released on bond 04/21/2017
Thieves steal car by towing it from Tenn. Walmart parking lot 04/21/2017
Villager thrilled to have golf cart back from suspected thief who had been living in woods near Fla. Wal-Mart 04/21/2017
3 arrested for shoplifting at Iowa Walmart 04/21/2017
Police search for suspects in Ky. Walmart theft case 04/22/2017
Buffalo man gets probation, fine for theft at Amherst NY Walmart 04/21/2017
One arrested, one still wanted in Whiteville NC Walmart theft 04/21/2017
Ca. Walmart thefts solved, arrest made 04/1/2017
Help ID woman in keyed van incident at SC Seneca Walmart 04/21/2017
Two Oxnard teens accused of attacking Ca. Walmart employee 04/20/2017
Two Glynn Co. Ga. Walmart shoppers arrested with weed plant in car 04/21/2017
Second man in Walmart robbery in St. Charles Missouri gets 10 years in prison 04/22/2017
Bomb threat prompts temporary closure at Ohio Walmart 04/22/2017
Person of interest in Wal-Mart robbery in North Fort Myers Fla. sought 04/23/2017
Police: Suspect accused of stealing multiple drones from Pa. WalMart 04/23/2017
Police: Man stole ‘cart full’ of items from Pa. Walmart 04/23/2017
Shoplifter pulls knife on store manager at Schillinger Alabama Walmart 04/23/2017
NY Walmart larceny suspects found with $500 worth of stolen meat, other items 04/21/2017
Kentucky State Police ask for help identifying suspects in Hanson Walmart robbery 04/22/2017
Thief Stole 40-Inch TV From NY Walmart: Cops 04/24/2017
State police: Dunlo couple stole electronics from Somerset Pa. Walmart 04/24/2017
Man wanted for shoplifting lawn mower from Madison Mississippi Walmart 04/24/2017
Two alleged Walmart shoplifters charged in Hanover Township NJ 04/24/2017
Girls cited for shoplifting makeup, clothes at Colorado Walmart 04/23/2017
Man charged with burglary of Ind. Walmart 04/24/2017
Arrested After Being Disorderly at Delaware Walmart 04/23/2017
"Don't do it, bro", Anthony Burgess, arrested in NY Walmart parking lot 04/24/2017
Man gets prison in $300K credit-card scheme at Mich. Sam's Club, Walmart 04/25/2017
Woman accused of telling Pa. Walmart a bomb would go off at noon 04/26/2017
Video camera at Walmart helps police ID robbery suspect 04/26/2017
Police blotter: Escapee caught, man arrested for assaulting girlfriend at Montana Walmart 04/26/2017
Brown County Sheriff's Office searching for suspects who stole credit card numbers to buy Wisc. Walmart gift cards 04/26/2017
Police: Two women used counterfeit $100 bills at Bedford Va. Walmart 04/25/2017
A shoplifting call at Mililani Hawaii Walmart turns into auto theft case 04/27/2017
Police seek man wanted for shoplifting from Conway SC Walmart 04/27/2017
2 arrested outside Milpitas Ca. Walmart on suspicion of auto theft 04/26/2017
Report: TV shoplifters return to Austintown Walmart for second helping 04/26/2017
No foul play suspected after man, 31, found dead in vehicle at Ga. Walmart 04/27/2017
Omaha Nebraska police investigate viral Facebook post about attempted abduction at local Walmart 04/27/2017 OPD said there is no evidence to substantiate the claims, and there is no risk to the public
Crime: Man shows gun at NC Wal-Mart during theft 04/27/2017
Man allegedly stole $250+ worth of merchandise from Ware Mass. Walmart 04/28/2017
Bakersfield Ca. police looking for man who allegedly threatened Walmart worker 04/27/2017
WalMart La. shoplifter caught on camera stealing security cameras, electronics 04/27/2017
Brandon Fla. Walmart rolls back hours and calls to local law enforcement 04/28/2017 The move was motivated by a study of customer shopping patterns, analyzing which hours and locations saw the most traffic, said Ragan Dickens, Walmart's national media relations director. Now, employees at stores like the Brandon supercenter will spend the hours between midnight and 6 a.m. restocking shelves, cleaning aisles and making other enhancements to "improve customers' experience," Dickens said.
Police arrest 3 for IdahoWalmart burglary 04/28/2017
How DFW businesses get their products on Wal-Mart shelves 04/28/2017
Opelika Ga. police trying to ID suspects who used counterfeit checks at Walmart 04/2/2017
Judge: Nampa Idaho Walmart June 29, 2016 parking lot shooter can't take back plea 04/28/2017
Kansas City, Kansas Police investigating after suspicious device call forces evacuation of Legends Walmart 04/30/2017 No Bomb found threat included false claim implicating man in a van at store.
Women claim disabled man was assaulted at nail salon in NM Walmart 04/30/2017
Alleged shoplifter arrested accused of repeatedly targeting Albuquerque NM Walmart 04/30/2017