Friday, February 1, 2019

Walmart Crime Report January 2019

Walmart had another fifteen shootings in January, again after breaking the record in December with at least twenty shootings probably more, since one of the suicides from that month didn't list the cause, which is almost always, if not always, gunfire at Walmart, and several additional shootings off the premises were related to Walmart, but not counted. At least three of these shootings resulted in deaths, including one that was not initially reported as a shootings, instead only saying it was a suicide, however, another article confirmed it was a shootings, the other two were murders.

There were two wrongful death lawsuits filed against Walmart, or the police for past shootings and Zephen Xaver, the Florida mass shooter was reported to previously work at Walmart, none of which are counted among the fifteen shootings this month, which is only the fifth time they've had that many and second time when it wasn't the Christmas shopping season with that many. Media reports on Walmart crime often appear to be less reliable, without reporting many details and often waiting days, or even weeks before reporting them at all.

There was also a surge of shootings at Malls across the country, which actually did get reported on cable news, for a little while, but they didn't mention that at the same time there was also a surge in Walmart shootings about as large, and this was quickly forgotten, unlike some of their obsession du jours, including Zephen Xaver, who they covered more than the retail shootings but let follow up reporting fall down the memory hole after no more than a week. One of the reports that got very little attention in most of the media was that the Mall where an innocent man was killed by police in Alabama banned a protest organizer, even though little or nothing was done to reform police training or report on the leading causes of violence so they can be prevented and police encounters can be greatly reduced.

One obvious point was made by a customer responding to a stabbing who said, “Desperate people do desperate things; it doesn’t matter where they are,” but instead of trying to defend the working class minimizing desperation by many people reducing this violence, they increase their union busting practices and corner cutting among other things that contribute to poverty and crime.

There are growing stories of homeless people stealing to get by or committing suicide because they can't afford health care, in some cases going out in a blaze of glory shooting others as well, yet the oligarchy continues to rig the economic system for the wealthy increasing desperation and violence, instead of reducing it.

Instead the establishment quietly tries to sweep their crime problems under the rug, although those following good alternative media outlets won't fall for that.

At least two of these shootings were officer involved, but they didn't hit any people, although one of the shots hit the car of someone that hit the officer before he fired at the fleeing vehicle. In addition to the three deaths in shootings there were another two that died as a result of crashes at Walmart, one of which was a result of a shoplifting but didn't happen on the promises. This is a total of five deaths which would have been high compared to the deaths about five years ago, but last year there were a minimum of six each month and an average of nine, with the highest having at least twelve dead in one month.

There were at least thirteen other gun related crimes at Walmart last month including at least three or four active shooter scares, even though there were no shots fired in these incidents, and a couple of them might not have even involved any guns, although people claimed they had guns. Most of these involved robberies, or shoplifting but there was at least one where a clumsy person dropped a gun causing a panic, one or two carjackings, and a man who broke in and got away with a stolen shotgun. This man was apparently homeless, like a lot of other people involved in mostly minor crimes, and a handful of major ones; however there's little or no attempt to reduce poverty or homelessness, instead trying to continue driving down wages, and ship jobs overseas, which is a major part of their high crime problems, although mainstream media refuses to report on this.

Walmart banned someone for allegedly stealing a loaf of bread, although media reports indicate this might not be conclusive, however he did videotape the Walmart worker who accused him of stealing, and knocked the cell phone out of his hand. The police filed charges against her, and to the best of my knowledge only notified him that Walmart had banned him. It appears as if they might have been more concerned about the video than the shoplifting, which might not have been real, saying, "it is their policy to not allow recording in their stores, but it's up to the manager to enforce it." There have been several similar incidents in the past like this including people being told they couldn't take video of brawls happening during the Christmas season and one where a shopper was videoing dead fish, establishing a pattern of behavior where they use their control of videos to hold others accountable but not them selves.

Their policy seems to be they can spy on you to hold you accountable, but you can't do the same to them!

Another incident involved a women that was arrested for resisting arrest although it isn't clear what the original charge was, and she was holding a baby while an off-duty police officer, who may not have been in uniform, was tackling her. It appears as if the women might have been acting in self-defense against another woman who was stalking her, and might not have known for sure that this was a real police officer, and there's a lawsuit pending on that as well.

In yet another incident there were a couple security guards arrested for impersonating SLED officers or "South Carolina Law Enforcement Division." According to their side of the story they initially notified employees that they spotted a shoplifter, and after being asked how they knew said they were trained by SLED, which appears to be true, but later after employees asked them to assist the arrest they claimed to be SLED officers, which was presumably false. This is part of an increasing problem with growing amounts of private security, some of which doesn't have the same training as official police, often leading to vigilantism, or the appearance of vigilantism; yet, there's little or no research into whether efforts to privatize the "justice" system are leading to increased problems and bureaucracy, instead of the opposite. In many cases the for-profit motive of this should raise obvious alarm bells, yet it doesn't to those pushing it, often with financial incentives that have nothing to do with "justice."

The money they spend on security is paid for indirectly by consumers, but there's little or no regulation to ensure it's not misused, and they developed their oligarchy status as a result of political connections that enabled them to drive many more sincere small businesses out to dominate the market creating a corporate spy operation not accountable to the public with help from the government. A large reason for their high crime problems is their cuts to services that help people; but instead of restoring them to reverse the process, they increase surveillance activities often falsely making claims, some of which have led to lawsuits that cost and enormous amount of tax payer money, in addition to the large amount of tax money paid to increase court and prison costs, as a result of high Walmart crime problems.

Walmart also had at least two or three brawls this month, which happen year round although they're much more common during the holiday season, and another police officer and his wife accused of stealing from Walmart. They can often kill people with little accountability, but not stealing from Walmart. There were another to incidents where there was an evacuation for hazardous materials, or perceived hazardous materials, one from cleaning fluids, which did cause health problems and another for “white powder” which caused a panic whether there was anything to it or not.

In addition to the two crashes killing people, Walmart had at least a dozen more crashes, carjackings, stolen cars, etc. often involving police chases and at least one of the shootings was related to this. One of the stolen vehicles was a police cruiser, and another cruiser was rammed at least a couple times during the chase. Most of these crashes only injure or kill shoplifting suspects, including one that died this month, but the threat is always there that they'll kill innocent bystanders, yet they still ignore research that could reduce crime and chases, especially if it impacts profits. One of these stolen cars had a baby in the back seat, although the thief didn't realize this until it was too late and quickly abandoned it with the baby, who was recovered safely, afterwards.

Fires are becoming much more common at Walmart as well, mostly as a result of arson, with at least four vehicles catching fire, at least one as a result of arson and at least nine more fires, mostly in the stores, and as a result of arson. One of these was retaliation for an argument over a parking sport, although it's unclear how setting fire in the chip aisle is connected to that. Another was to distract people from his shoplifting attempt, by someone who initially got away, but they always have these things on tape, virtually guaranteeing they can't get away with it long, which happened again, but that doesn't seem to stop people from trying.

In addition to the man shot with a hatchet last month there were over half a dozen other knife or machete attacks or robberies, including at least a couple stabbings and another one threatening a police officer, which didn't result in injuries or more shots fired. There were numerous more robberies, assault, for calling mother a bad name or other reasons, an attempt to lure a child away from his parents, stalkings and thefts, often of large amounts, which was never a major threat before rapid increases of big-box stores, with easy exits and few employees to watch for this massive amount of theft.

Walmart virtually always has several recalls, often of dangerous products, including one of pork paddies that might have rubber in them, fruit that might carry listeria, and an expansion of an old recall over infant liquid ibuprofen which is more potent than it's supposed to be.

Walmart continues it's increasing reliance on technology, while saying they're not going to reduce jobs further, which doesn't appear more credible than many if any of their other claims, since they get caught lying one time after another, although mainstream media rarely covers obvious lies from their advertiser; and they have a revolving door with many other business, which should raise major doubts about the so-called free-enterprise system, where they're supposed to compete with other stores. Even when they don't involve hiring employees from alleged competitors or direct interlocking boards of directors, ties with other oligarch enable them to continue wiping out the few remaining small businesses.

They're even hiring a CEO for a "stealth company" which supposedly doesn't exist, at least not yet, what ever that means. As long as we're not allowed to understand how the economy works we're supposed to believe it's a free-enterprise system, or so they imply. One of the few remaining antitrust lawsuits was settled between Walmart and StarKist, which was confidential of course, but it appears as if StarKist paid Walmart, not consumers, for alleged price fixing, which they still don't admit to. The days where antitrust defends consumers appear to be over, which is what they were intended to do, instead they're used to enable those with political and legal clout to sue other corporations.

The United States government is trying to pressure India's government to stop restricting Walmart and Amazon practices, as well. What makes them so upset? That India's government is protecting their own consumers better than the United States apparently!

Trump's food stamp plans, and the government shut down apparently also drew attention to poverty wages that are forcing Walmart workers to collect food stamps, although mainstream media is minimizing coverage for that as well!

They have several more lawsuits about discrimination, and failure to follow California laws about disclosure on application process, which amounts to another example of how they're allowed to spy on you but you're not allowed to hold them accountable.

Al Norman made a point of notifying people that they abandon their right to sue or return some items if they use their customer delivery system, although this is often hidden in the fine print!

Walmart had another hawk invasion that shut down a store, which is fewer animals than usual that go to shop, or perhaps visit, Walmart, who was removed by animal control; I can't imagine why they don't allow equal rights for animals, they also restricting some companion pets as well.

Apparently a woman riding around in a Walmart shopping cart drinking wine out of a Pringles can turned in to a massive viral story, allegedly driven by social media, but an enormous amount of it was also boosted by media outlets that reported it around the country, although it's mild compared to massive numbers of shootings, crashes, arson stabbings and many other stories they decline to cover adequately. Thousands of people were so outraged they agreed to show up for a party driving around Walmart drinking out of Pringles cans; three of them actually showed up.

Police yawned.

I can't imagine why this is more interesting than someone literally trying to shove his head up several people asses before finally getting arrested!

I suppose I could make stuff up like this but why would I? This is Walmart, there's no need to make up strange things!

Strange things happen at Walmart!

In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart 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 Walmart’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 Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart 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 Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart 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. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in January 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, 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 Walmart.

Crash near Destin Fla. Walmart cleared 01/01/2019

Route 59 Walmart Thief Can't Outrun Joliet Ill. Police: Cops 01/01/2019

Pair sought for stealing nearly $10k worth of electronics from Walmart 01/02/2019

Man accused of trying to steal over $1,000 of merchandise from Idaho Walmart 01/01/2019

Shoppers run from Jackson Mississippi Walmart after disturbance, active shooter panic, witnesses say 01/01/2018

JACKSON, Miss. — Shoppers ran from a Jackson Walmart after a disturbance at the store Tuesday, witnesses said.

Police said a disturbance was reported about 1:15 p.m. outside the store on Greenway Drive, off Highway 18.

A man who was walking into the store and another man became involved in an argument and a woman, who was with one of the men, pulled a gun from a bag and displayed it, a Jackson police official said.

Witnesses said someone inside the store yelled, "Active shooter," and shoppers started running out of the store. Complete article

16-year-old charged in Roanoke Va. Walmart shooting last week 01/02/2019

Woman reported false assault at Harbison SC Walmart, police say 01/02/2019

New details released about officer-involved shooting at Tullahoma Tenn. Walmart 01/02/2019

Kansas City Missouri man grabs knife in Walmart, stabs employee in neck, on New Years Eve charges allege 01/02/2019 An off-duty Kansas City police officer arrested Brian Lenoble Jr., 22, in the parking lot, telling investigators that Lenoble cursed about the victim and said, “I tried to kill her and slit her throat and I would do it again.”

Jennings La. police identify women wanted in Walmart theft ring 01/02/2019

Suspicious Package Clears Midland Ontario Canada Walmart 01/02/2019 Investigators say they have “deemed it to be a non explosive item and there is no threat to public safety,” or bomb.

Police: Man Arrested After Firing Shot In Ky. Walmart Parking Lot Saturday 12/29/2018 01/02/2019

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A man was taken into custody Saturday after police say he fired a gun in a grocery store parking lot.

Officers were called to the Berea Walmart in reference to a gunshot. The subject who fired the shot, 37-year-old William Hayes, was located and detained.

An investigation revealed that he allegedly fired the shot to break up a fight that his juvenile son was involved in. Complete article

Man stole TV from Knightdale NC Walmart, pointed gun at employees, officials say 01/02/2019

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) — Knightdale police are looking for a man wanted for taking a big screen TV from Walmart and threatening employees with a gun.

According to Town of Knightdale public information officer Jonas Silver, the incident occurred at the Walmart located at 7106 Knightdale Blvd. around 9 a.m.

Employees told police that a white male 45-60 years old was pushing a big screen TV out of the store's garden center when he was confronted by two employees attempting to verify that he bought the TV. After the employees asked about the TV, the man took out a handgun and pointed it at the workers before making threatening comments and leaving the store. Complete article

Police looking for man who allegedly tried to lure girls from Delaware Walmart to his SUV 01/02/2019

Elkton police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to lure girls away from a Walmart on New Year's Eve.

Police responded to the Elkton Walmart Monday where two girls said a man tried to lure them to his SUV. The girls immediately left the area and reported the incident to their guardian, who called police. The man left the area in a Chrysler Aspen before police arrived, police said.

Police said the man has been identified, but did not release his name. Complete article

Recognize him? Police seek suspect who robbed US Bank inside Walmart in West Milwaukee Wisc. 01/02/2019

WEST MILWAUKEE — West Milwaukee police are seeking a suspect who robbed the US Bank inside Walmart near Greenfield Avenue and Miller Park Way.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Police said the suspect, a man, black, implied he had a weapon and got away with a large amount of cash. He fled the scene in a stolen black Chevy Blazer. According to police, the vehicle was involved in several strong armed robberies in Milwaukee. Complete article

Officers recovering after drug bust outside York SC Walmart 01/02/2019

YORK, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Two York Police officers are recovering after they were hurt New Years' Day when they busted four people having drugs and shoplifting at a Wal-Mart. .....

"Both men were using flashlights, they said they were trying to get to their trunk because they dropped their keys."

That's when Cummings saw a glass pipe laced with drugs. They also found heroin, meth, and other pills.

"Then he also noticed the keys they were looking for on the ground."

One of the men outside was armed with a knife, while police say two others were inside the store shoplifting. Complete article

Man accused of stealing $8K of merchandise from Idaho Walmart to sell on eBay 01/02/2019

Kansas Walmart, Mama Lupe's give update on teen seen spitting in jar of salsa 01/02/2019 It said the girl came back with her parents to the north Meridian store and apologized to the management. They also say she called the salsa's maker, Mama Lupe’s, and apologized. As a precaution, the company replaced all of its salsa at that location. They say they’re considering taking legal action.

Police: 3 accused of organized retail theft at Laredo Tx. Walmart 01/03/2019

He brushed snow off a 79-year-old woman's car at Wisc. Walmart. He then followed her home and robbed her. 01/02/2019

Police: Man tried to take items, flee from Sand Springs Okla. Walmart 01/02/2019

Wanted man spotted at Ammon Idaho Walmart, tased after foot pursuit 01/02/2019

Smile! You're on Pa. Walmart surveillance camera 01/01/2019

Troy police seeking Alabama Walmart theft suspects 01/02/2019

Ridge Woman Arrested for Shoplifting at Walmart in California 01/02/2019

Man accused of breaking into NC church arrested at Walmart 01/03/2019

Man jailed in Port St. Lucie Fla. counterfeit cash caper needs lots of real money for bail 01/03/2019 Philpart was held Thursday in the St. Lucie County Jail on $125,000 bail, a jail official said.

Sheriff releases sketch of suspect in killing of Jazmine Barnes, 7, shot at Texas Walmart 01/03/2019

Jeanette Kaseman, Minot, ND, sentenced for trespassing at Walmart; charged with possession of meth 01/04/2019

No one expected this Walmart visitor, a red-tailed hawk, or that he would shut down the store 01/04/2019

An unexpected visitor forced the shutdown of a Mississippi Walmart store in New Albany, Mississippi for 90 minutes on Wednesday afternoon.

New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson told the New Albany Gazette newspaper that police were called by Walmart’s management at approximately 1 p.m. after people inside the store realized a red-tailed hawk had managed to get inside the massive building was was flying around. Complete article

Huntsville Alabama Police: Active search for suspect who stole a car near a local Walmart 01/04/2019

Huntsville Police have a perimeter set up near the Walmart on Sparkman Drive as they search for someone who stole a car Friday morning.

Huntsville Police are investigating after they said someone stole a vehicle early Friday morning.

It happened at 4:30 AM near the Walmart on Sparkman Drive. When police arrived, they told us a man was driving away from the scene, and when he saw the patrol cars, that's when the man jumped out of the moving car and took off running. That car came to a stop in a ditch on the side of the road. Police K9's were brought in to help search for the suspect, however, they didn't find anything. Complete article

P&G brand director for Walmart joins C-Suite of e-commerce strategy firm 01/03/2019

Procter & Gamble Co.’s senior brand director for Walmart, Horacio Trevino, has been hired as chief operating officer of the e-commerce strategy firm Bold Retail Inc., which was recently created by another former P&G executive.

Trevino led e-commerce and marketing across 10 different P&G product categories involving U.S. Walmart (NYSE: WMT), and New Jersey-based Walmart is P&G’s biggest retail customer, accounting for about $9 billion in sales annually. Complete article

Walmart Offers Investors Poor Expected Returns 01/03/2019

Walmart (WMT) had a decent 2018 considering just how rough it was for most retailers. Investors became spooked about a variety of things related to retail, including tariffs and weakening consumer spending. However, Walmart managed to continue posting results investors cheered, and although the shares ended the year lower than where they started, they outperformed the rest of the retail sector, as measured by the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT).

The problem is that Walmart was overvalued to start 2018, and it also ended 2018 in the same way. The company's recent earnings reports have shown meaningful top-line growth thanks mostly to comparable sales gains, but margins, which have been a problem for the past couple of years, remain as such. Given that Walmart is ceding profitability for the sake of boosting comparable sales, and that the valuation is high by historical standards, we rate the stock a sell. Indeed, there are plenty of better options today for investors that are interested in owning consumer cyclical dividend stocks that have better yields and lower valuations. Complete article

Plan to create electric car charging stations at Walmart stores nationwide coming to Milwaukee Wisc. area 01/03/2019

A plan to create electric car charging stations at more than 100 Walmart store parking lots nationwide is coming to the Milwaukee area.

Electrify America LLC wants to install an electric vehicle charging station at the Walmart at 4140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Milwaukee.

The firm is seeking Plan Commission approval for the charging station, according to the commission's new agenda. Complete article

Town of Hamburg NY Police looking for suspect in theft from Walmart 01/03/2019

Winchester Ky. Police looking for Walmart theft suspects 01/03/2019

Deputies searching for suspect connected to Fla. Walmart theft 01/03/2019

Man charged with taking close to $5,000 worth of items from Ga. Walmart 01/03/2019 A Rome man was arrested at his residence Wednesday where warrants say he was wanted for making six trips to the East Rome Walmart where he took an estimated total of $4,800 worth of goods between October through December.

Body Cam Shows Arrest Of Muskogee Okla. Veteran In Walmart 01/04/2019

Troy woman charged in Halfmoon NY Walmart thefts 01/04/2019

Albany man accused of stealing 55-inch TV from NY Walmart 01/02/2019

Urbana man gets two years for stealing games, TV from Ill. Walmart 01/05/2019

Deputies: Man steals several packs of cigarettes from Fla. Walmart 01/04/2019

Accused shoplifter charged with robbery after threatening to hurt Abilene Tx. Walmart employee 01/04/2019

Woman accused of shoplifting at Boaz Alabama Walmart charged with identity theft 01/0/2019

Sioux Falls SD Police Arrest Three, Find Six Pounds Of Meth After Walmart Robbery 01/04/2019

Benton Arkansas police investigating Walmart shoplifting case 01/04/2019

Police looking for man suspected of using stolen credit card at WV Walmart 01/04/2019

Raleigh man charged with armed robbery after stealing TV from NC Walmart, officials say 01/04/2019

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) — The man who Knightdale police say stole a big screen TV from a Walmart and threatened employees with a gun on his way out has been arrested.

Jeffrey Brent Penny, 55, of Raleigh, has been arrested and charged with common law robbery, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony possession of cocaine.

According to Town of Knightdale public information officer Jonas Silver, the incident occurred at the Walmart located at 7106 Knightdale Blvd. around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Complete article

Tx. Police vehicle recovered after being stolen from Walmart 01/04/2019

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX (KXXV) - Police in Prairie View tracked down a police vehicle that was stolen from a Walmart on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the vehicle was found at Crockett Martin and State Highway 105. The Montogomery County Sheriff's Office will investigate the theft and attempt to find the suspect.

Police said several vehicles have been stolen in the area lately, including one stolen from the Montgomery County Hospital District on Wednesday. Complete article

Alleged shoplifter also charged for box-cutter assault at Great Falls Montana WalMart 01/04/2019

A Great Falls woman accused of shoplifting from WalMart last October has also been charged with felony assault for allegedly attacking a store employee with a box cutter as she left the store with stolen items.

Jade Nicole Roach-Baker has been charged with felony assault with a weapon as well as misdemeanor theft stemming from an alleged incident at the 10th Avenue South WalMart on Oct. 19, 2018, according to court records.

According to the affidavit, a WalMart loss prevention officer called Great Falls Police on the afternoon of Oct. 18 to investigate a shoplift by an unidentified female. Complete article

Taunton Woman Busted for Shoplifting at Wareham Mass. Walmart 01/04/2019

Eric Black Jr. charged in Tx. Jazmine Barnes Walmart slaying 01/06/2019

Adamsville Alabama Walmart evacuated because of Bomb Threat 01/06/2019

He got a little shellfish: Man with lifetime NY Walmart ban steals lobster tails and steak 01/05/2019

"Wal-Mart thieves" sought by Marion County Fla. Sheriff's Office 01/07/2019

Theft suspects wanted after using stolen credit cards at Walmart in Medina Township Ohio 01/06/2019

Ex Mich. Walmart cashier sentenced for stealing from the till 01/06/2019

Police searching for suspects in Saturday night's Goodyear Ariz. Walmart parking lot shooting 01/06/2019

Goodyear police are searching for suspects in a Saturday-night shooting near a Walmart on Estrella Parkway.

One man suffered a minor injury when he and his friends were in a vehicle and were approached by another vehicle from which two subjects emerged and began shooting, according to police.

The victim attempted to drive away but was shot, according to police, who found him parked nearby. Complete article

3 arrested in connection with Goodyear Walmart parking lot shooting 01/08/2019

Crookston Minn. police investigating incident at Walmart after video surfaces 01/06/2019 charges filed; Man banned from Crookston Walmart for a year

CROOKSTON, M.N. - (Valley News Live) A customer at a Minnesota Walmart shot video of an employee slapping his cell phone to the ground as he's recording her.

The incident happened at the Walmart Supercenter in Crookston, Minnesota on Sunday at around 6:20 p.m., according to Joshua Baatz.

Baatz told us he was accused of stealing as he was leaving the store. He claimed the Walmart employee went through his bag without his permission.

He said the employee called him an idiot and slapped his phone, which was all caught on video.

The Crookston Police Department told us officers are investigating the incident, yet refused to release any information on what led up to it. Complete article

Crookston Police - Incident at Walmart could bring charges 01/07/2019

Man banned from Crookston Walmart for a year after phone slapping incident 01/07/2019 Walmart said it is their policy to not allow recording in their stores, but it's up to the manager to enforce it.

Walmart employee charged after confrontation with customer in Crookston 01/11/2019

Dispute over loaf of bread behind disorderly charge from Crookston Walmart 01/14/2019

Hazmat situation prompts evacuation at north Spokane Wash. Walmart 01/06/2019

SPOKANE, Wash. - Five people were sent to the hospital with medical complaints during a hazmat situation at a Walmart in North Spokane.

According to Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, the Walmart was evacuated and five people were hospitalized, all with minor issues. This happened around 8 p.m. Sunday. Complete article

North Spokane Walmart evacuated after reports of suspicious substance 01/07/2019

A Walmart in north Spokane was closed for several hours Sunday after employees discovered what they described as “white powder” on money passed over the counter.

Reports of the substance prompted a response from emergency personnel and an evacuation of the building.

At around 6:45 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to reports of a suspicious substance at the Walmart, located at 9212 Colton Street. Crews proceeded to isolate the area, and performed a hazmat evacuation of the store, evacuating employees and customers. .....

A post to the Walmart’s Facebook page acknowledged the incident. “We had to do a hazmat evacuation of the store from about 7:45 to 10 p.m.,” it read. “All affected associates are OK, and have been cleared by medical. The hazmat team did not find anything, but did a full decontamination. Thank you to the entire management team on how it was handled.”

Driver slams into multiple vehicles after suffering medical incident in front of Fla. Walmart 01/05/2019

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) - North Port police say a driver suffering a medical condition slammed into a number of parked cars in front of a Walmart on Tamiami Trail.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the vehicles sustained light to heavy damage.

Police said the driver was taken to the hospital to be medically evaluated. Complete article

Alleged Kennewick Wash. Walmart groper arrested 01/07/2019

Man with bag of cash denied sale at Fla. Walmart after robbery at McDonald's 01/07/2019

Deputies searching for duo who stole $1,500 worth of items from Fla. Walmart 01/06/2019

Orangeburg SC suspects wanted for stealing thousands of dollars of jewelry from Walmart 01/07/2019

Lincoln Nebraska PD: Walmart customer tries touching employees inappropriately 01/07/2019

Hawaii Police Department Searching for Person Last Seen at Walmart 01/07/2019

Man steals phone from Ohio Walmart, tries to hide inside Lowe’s 01/08/2019

Pa. Walmart brawl caught on camera, multiple people charged 01/07/2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Six people were charged with disorderly conduct after a violent brawl inside a Harrisburg Walmart.

Video of the Jan. 5 fight was posted to Facebook and shows multiple people hitting and punching each other.

According to Swatara Township Police, the fight was between two groups of three people each at the Walmart on Grayson Road. They say the fight began when one person from each group got into a disagreement. Complete article

CMPD: Woman pulls knife on NC Walmart workers who caught her stealing 01/07/2019

A woman pulled a knife on workers at a south Charlotte Walmart over the weekend, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arboretum Shopping Center over the weekend.

A police report said loss prevention employees caught the suspect stealing clothes and soup cans. Edna Massey, 62, was arrested. “It’s pretty frightening,” said one Walmart shopper.

“Desperate people do desperate things; it doesn’t matter where they are,” said Walmart shopper Terry Williams. Complete article

Adult female dies in crash near Montana Walmart 01/08/2019

UPDATE: Great Falls Police Department has confirmed an adult female has died in a crash near Walmart this morning. The area is still blocked off and 8th St NE remains closed near Walmart. Our reporter on scene said it happened right at exit of Walmart to 8th St NE. Great Falls Police Department is not giving out any further information at this time. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

The Great Falls Police Department is investigating a fatal crash on 8th Street NE between 25th Ave. NE and Smelter Avenue. They're asking people to avoid the area. Complete article

Livingston Tx. Police: Man arrested after setting car on fire in Walmart parking lot 01/08/2019

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A man was arrested after Livingston Police said he set a car on fire in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Erik Ulisses Rauda, 27, of Coldspring was arrested and charged with arson. His bond was set at $5000.

According to Livingston Police, on December 28, 2018, at approximately 4 p.m, they responded to the parking lot of a Walmart in regards to reports of a vehicle that had been set on fire. .....

Witnesses said the man had a white bag in his hand and began squirting a liquid substance on the tire of the vehicle. Complete article

Fire in chip aisle of Lufkin Tx. Walmart prompts arson investigation 01/08/2019 disgruntled customer in argument over parking spot

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin’s Walmart store was temporarily evacuated after several bags of chips caught on fire Monday night.

About 11:20 p.m. Monday, crews were called to the store in the 2500 block of Daniel McCall Drive.

The Lufkin Police Department reports that the fire began in the Ruffles section of the aisle. Complete article

Walmart customer allegedly starts fire in Ruffles section of chip aisle 01/09/2019

Police: Thief snatched woman's purse in Fla. Walmart parking lot 01/07/2019

Adamsville Alabama Walmart deemed all clear after bomb threat 01/06/2019

West Norriton Pa. PD searching for Walmart thieves 01/07/2019

PSP Indiana County, Pa looking for Walmart theft suspect 01/08/2019

Facebook followers credited with identifying Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart bandits 01/08/2019

Hearing for suspect in Yuma Ariz. Walmart fraud case delayed 01/08/2019

Florence SC police seek 3 in string of Walmart shopliftings 01/08/2019

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired outside Newark Ohio Walmart 01/08/2019

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) -- Police in Newark are responding to a report of shots fired outside a Walmart store.

According to Newark police, it happened outside the Walmart on North 21st Street.

No injuries were reported, and the suspect was arrested a short time after the incident, according to police. Police Chief Barry Connell said investigators are not releasing the suspect's name at this point in time. Complete article

Man arrested after shot fired in parking lot of Newark Walmart 01/09/2019

Justice Insider: Fight over dog led to Newark Walmart shooting 01/15/2019

Findlay Ohio Walmart petty theft leads to police chase on I-75 01/08/2019

Officers in Findlay were sent to Walmart early Tuesday morning on a report of a theft in progress and the call led to a chase.

Kaleb Redman and Michelle Snyder allegedly fled south on Interstate 75 where they were located near the intersection of I-75 and W. Main Cross Street. An officer attempted to stop the suspects but they fled southbound on I-75. After a pursuit, the suspects were apprehended at a house east of Bluffton. Redman is charged with petty theft and failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer. Snyder is charged with petty theft and falsification. She also had a warrant out for her arrest through the Findlay Municipal Court.

Both are being held at the Hancock County Justice Center. Complete article

Windsor Ca. Walmart theft report leads to two arrests 01/08/2019

Two men were arrested after a suspected theft from Windsor’s Walmart store triggered a large police response Monday evening.

A Walmart customer called police to report a man had walked out of the store with a basket of unpaid items, Windsor Police Chief Carlos Basurto said Tuesday. The suspect jumped into a waiting car, which the customer then followed to a home just blocks away on Hastings Place, Basurto said.

Windsor law enforcement officials were familiar with the home from prior calls, including for suspected drug issues and arrests of at least one resident, he said.

Five deputies responded to the home, where they found an empty Walmart basket outside during a probation search, Basurto said. No store items were located. However, the two men were arrested on other suspected charges. Complete article

Fla. Walmart offering flu shots, health screenings this weekend 01/09/2019

Walmart surveillance video helps Washington, Missouri authorities catch spray painting vandals 01/08/2019

Northampton Mass. City Council rapped over loss of Walmart’s donated ammunition 01/09/2019

Intoxicated man charged in Ind. Walmart theft 01/09/2019

Alcoa Tenn. police looking for two suspects in Walmart computer theft 01/09/2019

Southport NC police looking for person of interest in Walmart larceny 01/07/2019

'Ugly' sex offender tackled at Florida Walmart after grabbing girl's butt, deputies say 01/09/2019

Walmart offering flu shots, free health screenings Saturday across the country 01/09/2019
CORRECTION: Walmart offering flu shots but not for free, just offering free health screenings Sat., Jan. 12 01/10/2019

Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart bandits abscond with BB gun and cell phone accessories 01/09/2019

Police need help identifying woman who stole purse from Ft. Wright Ky. Walmart 01/09/2019

1 killed in police chase after reported Ohio Walmart shoplifting incident 01/10/2019

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after one person was killed in a police chase in Franklin.

Franklin Police said it was responding to the Walmart located on East Second Street around 1:15 a.m. for a shoplifting incident. During the incident, police said they were notified that a male subject left on foot westbound towards an apartment building and that a female had left in a white pickup truck westbound on Second Street.

"Approximately 10 minutes later a Franklin Police Officer saw the vehicle matching the description of the white pickup truck on Anderson Street heading south. The officer energized his overhead lights to signal the driver to pull over and the white pickup truck gained speed and sped away," police said.

The white pickup truck then went left of center and off the left side of the roadway striking a tree in the 6900 block of Shaker Road at a high speed, according to police.

The unidentified female was pronounced dead at the scene. The Warren County Coroner’s Office was called for identification and autopsy. Complete article

Woman suspected of stealing $18 worth of meat killed in resulting high-speed police chase 01/15/2019

Cops: Shoplifter points gun, shouts ‘bang, bang!’ in Gwinnett Ga. Walmart 01/10/2019

What started with an allegedly shoplifted phone ended in a brief police standoff in Duluth on Tuesday night, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Employees at the Walmart on Pleasant Hill Road tried to stop 21-year-old Anthony Robinson from stealing a phone case from the store, according to police. Robinson then pulled out a gun, pointed it in the air and repeatedly shouted “bang, bang!” before fleeing the scene, Channel 2 reported.

Despite Robinson not firing any actual shots, the incident was reported to police as “shots fired.” Officers stopped Robinson in a car not far from the store and found a gun in his trunk, Channel 2 reported.

Robinson was charged with reckless conduct and shoplifting. He was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center and released on $1,300 bond a day later. Complete article

Wanted Wednesday: Man tied to Hawaii Walmart burglary misses HOPE probation hearing 01/09/2019

‘Peeping Tom’ suspect sought from Okla. Walmart store incident 01/09/2019

Woman with Parkinson's disease gets nasty note on car at Pa. Walmart 01/09/2019

Two allegedly tried to scan fraudulent tag on item at Okla. Walmart self check, flee police 01/09/2019

Court Rejects Alabama Injured Worker's Retaliation Claim Against Walmart 01/09/2019 A federal appellate court ruled that a Walmart employee failed to assert a viable claim of retaliatory discharge after he requested accommodations for a work injury. Case: Sanders v. Walmart Stores East, No. 18-11524, 01/02/2019, unpublished. Facts and procedural history: Morris Sanders worked for a Walmart store in Alabama. After he suffered an on-the-job injury, he requested accommodation of his physical limitations. Shortly thereafter, Sanders was fired. Sanders filed suit against Walmart for discrimination and violation of the Family Medical Leave Act. He also asserted he had been ...

Judge to rule if Walmart, Beavercreek Ohio go to trial in John Crawford’s death 01/10/2019

Warner Robins Ga. police arrest alleged Walmart shoplifter with meth in purse 01/10/2019

'Horrendous' bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers 01/11/2019

Organizers of pretend fight at Commack NY Walmart sought, police release images 01/11/2019

Man charged with eavesdropping at Athens Ga. Walmart 01/10/2019

Walmart obtains patent for eavesdropping on customers and employees 01/10/2019

Swainsboro Ga. PD investigating after physical altercation ensues in Walmart 01/10/2019

EMANUEL COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Swainsboro Police are investigating after a family feud led to an assault in Walmart, Wednesday night.

Police were dispatched to the store around 6:40 p.m. in reference to a physical altercation between two people. Near the self checkout area in the front of the store, officers found two men covered in blood. They were identified as 27-year-old Jason Williams of Nunez and 57-year-old Larry Williams of Swainsboro.

Witnesses informed officers on scene that Jason Williams was checking out in the self checkout area when he was jumped by Larry Williams. Both men sustained injuries and needed medical attention, which was requested by officers. Complete article

Walmart Will Start Delivering Groceries Via Self-Driving Vans in 2019 01/11/2019

Udelv, a startup that uses self-driving cars as delivery vehicles, announced ta CES 2019 that it will partner with Walmart on grocery delivery. The startup also announced that it will work with Baidu on the Chinese tech giant's latest open-source autonomous driving platform, dubbed Apollo 3.5.

Udelv's bright orange vans have been delivering groceries in select locations for just under a year. The startup first signed a deal with the Draeger's Market chain in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later began delivering groceries in Oklahoma City. Udelv claims to have completed 1,200 deliveries and said it will deploy up to 100 vans in 2019.

This isn't Walmart's first attempt to use autonomous delivery vehicles. In November 2018, the retail giant signed a deal with Ford to create an autonomous delivery service. Ford is working with Postmates and Domino's alongside Walmart.

The startup is also working with Baidu on the Chinese firm's Apollo 3.5 platform. Baidu introduced Apollo in 2017 with the idea that multiple companies collaborating on an open-source software platform could advance autonomous-driving tech more quickly than they could working separately. Baidu chose the name Apollo in reference to the NASA lunar program, as it views the development of self-driving cars as a comparable technical challenge. Udelv plans to use Apollo as the basis for new algorithms to run its delivery vehicle, dubbed Newton.

Other companies are working on autonomous delivery vehicles. General Motors' Cruise division recently signed a deal with DoorDash in San Francisco, and startup Nuro is working with supermarket chain Kroger to deliver groceries in Arizona. Toyota is developing the e-Palette, a boxy autonomous vehicle that can carry passengers or cargo. Delivery services may be an easier route to mass deployment of self-driving cars than the other most-discussed use case: ride-hailing. Complete article

Self-driving vans will deliver Walmart groceries in Surprise Ariz. 01/10/2019

Morgantown man arrested after allegedly assaulting woman in WV Walmart 01/10/2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man was arrested after allegedly grabbing and biting a woman in Walmart on Wednesday night.

Joseph Dane Goodfellow, 30, of Morgantown, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse by the Morgantown Police Department.

According to a criminal complaint, Goodfellow approached a woman in the automotive section of the Walmart on Retail Drive and asked her if she wanted a hug. The woman said she didn’t but told police Goodfellow hugged her anyways.

While hugging her, Goodfellow whispered in her ear, the complaint said. He asked the woman if she would go around the corner with him and said “don’t be so loud, the employees will hear,” the complaint stated.

Goodfellow also bit the woman’s neck and picked her up, made her straddle his body with her legs, grabbed and then squeezed her butt, the complaint said. Complete article

Woman drunkenly assaults minor at Okla. WalMart 01/10/2019

Duncan Police reported a woman sits behind bars on three charges after allegedly assaulting a minor victim in the victim’s car when she was trying to leave WalMart.

According to On Demand Court Records, Kelly Len Killsfirst, 24 of Lawton, is charged with child abuse by injury, loitering in or upon an automobile and public intoxication.

Police initially responded to the call around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at WalMart for two females fighting. When police arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim who advised she didn’t know Killsfirst and that Killsfirst had assaulted her. Complete article

Man Wanted For Questioning In Public Indecency At Ga. Walmart 01/10/2019

Hamlin man sentenced in April 2018 fatal crash near Sweden NY Walmart 01/10/2019

Theft Charges Filed Following Shoplifting at Ohio Walmart 01/10/2019

Man allegedly knocks down woman, tries to hit police officer at Arnold Missouri Walmart 01/10/2019

Driver charged in July 16 2018 fatal crash in Mentor Ohio Walmart parking lot 01/11/2019

Manheim Township Pa. police searching for Walmart 'pursesnatcher' 01/11/2019

Police: Gunman robs bank inside Orange City Fla. Walmart 01/11/2019

A gunman entered a bank inside a Walmart on Friday and sped away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Orange City police said.

Authorities responded shortly after 4 p.m. to the Space Coast Credit Union, 2400 Veterans Memorial Parkway, but the suspect had already fled in a “light-colored” vehicle, possibly a Dodge Charger, Lt. Jason Sampsell told The News-Journal.

The suspect displayed a handgun and was given cash by a bank employee, according to police. He ran out the door, got into a car in the parking lot and sped away, Sampsell said. Complete article

Cleaning chemicals blamed as 6 at Lauderdale Lakes Fla. Walmart are taken to hospital 01/11/2019

A Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes was evacuated Friday afternoon and six people were taken to a nearby hospital with itchy eyes and sore throats, fire officials said.

Cleaning chemicals are believed to be the culprit behind the symptoms and complaints, said Battalion Chief Michael Kane, spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. Paramedics went to the store at 3001 N. State Road 7 at about 1 p.m. after getting multiple reports of varying medical complaints, Kane said.

“Five sales associates and one customer reported itching and watering eyes and sore throats,” he said. Complete article

Mich. Walmart shoplifter leads officers on high-speed chase around city and crash 01/11/2019

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP – A shoplifting incident about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at Walmart resulted in a fleeing and eluding scenario where the speeds reached up to 120 mph on I-75, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect eventually crashed off LaPlaisance Rd.

When deputies were called to the store at 2150 N. Telegraph Rd., the employees gave a report of a retail fraud in progress. Just before time officers arrived, the suspect fled outside with a bag of merchandise and ran southbound toward the parking lot at Applebee’s. Complete article

Suspect arrested after car stolen with infant inside is left at Clanton Alabama Walmart 01/11/2019

CHILTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A suspect has been arrested after authorities spent much of Friday afternoon searching for a man who stole a car with a baby inside and later left the car at the Walmart in Clanton.

The suspect has been identified as Scottie Johnson. He is facing auto theft charges.

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon says he believes a woman left the keys in her car at the Dollar Tree in Clanton with her infant inside. They say a man jumped in and when he realized a baby was in the back he ditched the car at Walmart and then ran off.

The infant was located and is said to be OK.

Clanton Intermediate School was placed on lockdown as a precaution. Complete article

Wichita Falls Tx. PD: Woman riding cart drinking wine from Pringles can barred from Walmart 01/11/2019

Wichita Falls police received a rather unique call Friday morning involving a woman drinking wine in a Walmart parking lot.

Employees requested officers to ban a woman from the local Walmart store after she reportedly had been drinking wine from a Pringles can for several hours while riding on an electric cart.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m. Friday when officers responded to a call to check on a suspicious person in the parking lot of Walmart, 2700 Central East Fwy. Complete article

Social media was up in arms about a woman getting banned from a Walmart for drinking wine out of a Pringles can 01/13/2019

Group drinks wine from Pringles cans in Walmart parking lot in honor of woman banned for doing so 01/1/2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS — After a Wichita Falls woman was banned from Walmart for riding around in an electric cart drinking wine from a Pringles can, some Austin residents decided to celebrate her actions by drinking wine out of a Pringles can in a Walmart parking lot.

More than 10,000 people indicated an interest and 2,000 said they would attend the “Drinking wine from a Pringles can in Walmart parking lot” event Wednesday.

"We’re gonna meet in the parking lot of this Walmart and drink wine or whatever you like from a Pringles can," the event description reads. "You wanna ride an electric scooter while you drink from a Pringles can? That’s cool. You wanna sit on the tailgate of your Ford F-150? That’s fine too."

However, only three people turned out, KVUE reported.

Texas Bar Serving Wine In Pringles Can Like Walmart Woman 01/21/2019

Franklin Tenn. police looking for suspects in Walmart carjacking 01/12/2019

FRANKLIN — Franklin police officers are investigating a carjacking this weekend after a man was threatened at gunpoint.

The incident happened at 3 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of the Mallory Lane Walmart. A man was sitting in his vehicle for his wife while she in the store. Police said two black male suspects approached the victim in his car and ordered him out at gunpoint. The suspects then fled in the victim’s vehicle, a 2017 maroon Honda Accord with Tennessee license plate 1H87A6. Complete article

Police searching for Tx. Walmart wallet thief 01/11/2019

Walmart Worker Fired, Arrested: Ill. Police Blotter 01/11/2019

Pa. Walmart customer tries to load BB gun in store, prompts 911 call and police response 01/11/2019

State College Pa. Police searching for Walmart theft suspect 01/10/2019

Marion Iowa Police beat: Multiple thefts reported at Walmart 01/11/2019

Pa. Cops: Mt. Pleasant woman was on drugs when she struck Walmart worker last month 01/11/2019

Lady Lake woman arrested in theft at Fla. Wal-Mart store where she worked 01/13/2019

Homeless man arrested at Wal-Mart in Summerfield Fla. in attempted theft of dog food and golf cart battery 01/12/2019

Cellphone sale ends with 1 dead in Mississippi Walmart parking lot, police say 01/14/2019

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson police have made three arrests in connection with a fatal shooting in the Walmart parking lot on Highway 18 in south Jackson.

Two men arranged to meet about 6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot to sell a cellphone that was listed on a mobile classified app, police said. Witnesses said two men with guns pulled up during the meeting and started firing into a vehicle.

Witnesses also said after a second gunshot was fired, a driver took off immediately from the parking lot.

One of the men, Calphrion Vardman, 19, suffered several gunshot wounds and died at the scene, police said. Complete article

After fatal shootings at church, Walmart, Jackson Mississippi mayor calls for ban on open carry 01/14/2019

Officer shoots suspect carrying hatchet in Walmart parking lot in Huntsville Tx. 01/12/2019

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KTRK) -- The Huntsville Police Department said a man carrying a hatchet was shot by an officer while authorities tried to get him to drop the axe.

The incident happened on 141 IH-45 in a Walmart parking lot on Friday at around 8:45 p.m. when officers said they approached the man in an attempt to get him to drop the hatchet.

Moments later, more officers arrived to the scene and continued to advise the man to drop the object.

Police say when the man started coming towards them, and officers tased him, but to no effect.

Authorities say the man continued to walk towards them and one officer discharged his weapon, shooting the suspect. Complete article

Car found with blood stains, bullet holes near north Springs Colorado Walmart 01/14/2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A blood-stained car dotted with bullet holes was found near the Walmart off I-25 and North Academy Sunday night.

No victim has been found, and at the time of this writing, no shooter either.

Police say they were called to the area just after 10 p.m. on reports of someone shooting at a vehicle. The vehicle had been abandoned by the time officers arrived, and police believe the occupant or occupants may have been picked up by a friend. Complete article

Man injured in accidental shooting at Denham Springs La. Walmart 01/14/2019

DENHAM SPRINGS - One person was injured in an accidental shooting at an area store in Denham Springs Sunday night.

The incident was reported at the Walmart on S. Range Avenue in Livingston Parish around 9 p.m. According to the police department, a 19-year-old man was attempting to buy a gun from 19-year-old Charleston Topps when the accident happened.

The man was inspecting the gun when a round accidentally fired and hit him in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Complete article

Carolina Place Mall NC reopens after fatal shooting involving DTLR employee 01/14/2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One person was shot to death following a dispute inside a store at the Carolina Place Mall, according to Pineville police.

Investigators said they believe the dispute was between an employee of DTLR and someone who came into the store and started a physical confrontation just after noon on Sunday.

Paramedics said one person was pronounced dead at the scene. That person's name has not been released.

Channel 9 learned the shooter was an employee at DTLR. The victim was not an employee of the store. Complete article

Jersey City mall re-opens following Friday shooting 01/12/2019

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A mall in New Jersey re-opened Saturday after two people were shot.

The shooting happened around 6:00 p.m. Friday inside the food court at the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City.

One victim was shot in the stomach and another one was shot in the arm. The victims are in critical, but stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center. The victims walked into a hospital separately on their own. Complete article

Visalia Ca. Police identify suspect injured in officer-involved shooting at Visalia Mall 01/11/2019

VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- UPDATE: The Visalia Police Department has identified the suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting as Richard Sylvester Garcia, 36. Police say he has been booked into the Tulare County Jail on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property.

An officer-involved shooting took place at the Visalia Mall on Thursday.

Police said the man was driving a stolen vehicle and was armed with a handgun. Complete article

2 shot outside mall in Salt Lake City Utah suburb 01/14/2019

MURRAY, Utah -- Two people were wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall Sunday where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building.

Two people in their early 20s were shot at about 1:30 p.m. near the southeast entrance to the Fashion Place mall in Murray, a suburb south of Salt Lake City, said Murray Police Officer Kenny Bass. The man was in critical condition while the woman was in serious. Both were treated at a hospital.

Police were looking for three people suspected in the shooting, Bass said. He said the shooting may be gang related. Complete article

Mall bans Alabama mall shooting protest organizer 12/24/2018

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A shopping mall in Alabama has banned a man who has organized protests of the shooting of a man by police last month.

News outlets reported Riverchase Galleria in Hoover has banned 25-year-old Carlos Chaverst Jr. from visiting for one year. Police issued a warning for Chaverest on Sunday night and told him he would be arrested if he returns to the property.

Activists have been protesting the shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr., who authorities mistook for the suspect in a shopping mall shooting on Thanksgiving night. A police officer who heard the initial shots fatally wounded Bradford moments later after seeing him with a gun. Complete article

Man smashes display case to steal Xbox from York County Pa. Walmart 01/13/2019

SOUTH HANOVER, York County – Police are looking for a man who broke a display glass and stole an Xbox from a Walmart.

Police say the incident happened January 10th at the Walmart on the 1800 block of Baltimore Pike.

According to authorities the unidentified male in the above picture walked to the electronic section of the store and intentionally shattered the security display case and stole an Xbox One gaming system. Complete article

Trial set in suit over Walmart shooting of black man by Beavercreek Ohio cop 01/13/2019

Mother, daughter arrested as NY Walmart foils shoplifting attempt 01/13/2019

White-coated woman wanted in Pa. Walmart theft, police say 01/13/2019

Rome Ga. Man Found with Stolen Credit Cards, Makes Walmart Purchases 01/13/2019

Judge recuses herself from case of deadly Sept. 8 2018 La. Walmart shooting 01/14/2019

Orangeburg County SC officers identify suspects wanted for stealing jewelry from Walmart 01/14/2019

Car engulfed in flames in Pascagoula Mississippi Walmart parking lot. (Source: Bruce Merrill) 01/14/2019

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula Fire Department was busy putting out a fire after flames engulfed a car parked in the Walmart parking lot in Pascagoula Monday afternoon.

Captain Doug Adams with the Pascagoula Police Department says there were no injuries, and the car was unoccupied at the time of the incident. Complete article

Osceola County Fla. deputy, wife accused of stealing from St. Cloud Walmart 01/14/2019

An Osceola County deputy has been relieved of duty after he and his wife were accused of stealing over $150 in merchandise from a St. Cloud Walmart.

According to an incident report from the St. Cloud Police Department, Alex Valentin and his wife were caught on surveillance scanning the items at a self-checkout station and walking out of the store without paying.

A store loss prevention officer did not contact the police department about the incident, as Walmart has said it is against store policy.

While the case remains under investigation, no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

The case has been turned over to the department's investigation unit and will later be sent to the state's attorney office for further review. Complete article

Cars catch fire in Cape Coral at Del Prado Fla. Walmart 01/14/2019

Cars parked in a supermarket parking lot burst into flames in Lee County, and it is still unknown how it happened.

Cape Coral Fire Department responded to a three-vehicle fire in the Del Prado Walmart parking lot in Cape Coral Monday.

An employee was having lunch in her car when she saw smoke coming from under the passenger seat. She was able to safely evacuate the car before the fire spread to the rest of the vehicle and to the vehicles parked on either side. Complete article

Two Men Arrested After One Threatens to Shoot up Dunkirk Ca. Walmart 01/15/2019

On January 2, 2019, at approximately 1:20 p.m. Deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff Department responded to the Walmart in Dunkirk for the report of a person with a weapon.

Police were advised that a subject wearing camouflage pants and a purple jacket advised that he was going to his car to get a gun and “shoot the store up”.

When police arrived on scene, they located a black male, identified as Christopher Thomas Yancy, 27 of Landover, walking in the parking lot with his hands in his pockets. Police exited their vehicles with their service issued pistols drawn and ordered Yancy to show his hands. Yancy showed his hands but proceeded to yell obscenities. After the officer holstered his weapon, Yancy was ordered to place his hands on the hood of the police car. Yancy became aggressive and the deputy used a leg sweep to take Yancy down to the ground. While they were fighting, another male, later identified as Decarlos Tre’quan Hendrick, 20 of Waldorf, approached and told the officer to get off Yancy. The officer got up off the ground along with Yancy and held him by his jacket, Yancy was told once again to stop resisting and that he was under arrest.

The officer then retrieved his taser and ordered Yancy to get back on the ground or he would be tased. Yancy did not comply and was struck by one cartridge of the officer’s taser. Once the taser probes struck Yancy, he immediately removed the probes rendering the taser useless.

Yancy was told again that if he did not comply with police and get on the ground he would be tased again. Yancy did not comply and the officer tased Yancy a second time. Yancy fell to the ground and removed the probes again. At this time other officers had arrived on scene and were able handcuff Yancy and place him under arrest. Complete article

Alleged Ga. Walmart thief stopped by Good Samaritan 01/14/2019

ALBANY, Ga. (WFXL) — A Good Samaritan was able to stop an alleged thief at Walmart over the weekend.

According to the Albany Police Department, a woman was in the east Albany Walmart parking lot when 31-year-old David Bailey stole her wallet.

Bailey ran through a field behind the store and was followed by Latreal McDaniel, who saw him take the wallet.

McDaniel followed Bailey until police caught him jumping a fence on Force Drive. .....

Just two hours after this happened, APD was dispatched to the same Walmart on a report of shoplifting. Complete article

Police searching for suspect accused of stealing a TV from Pa. Walmart 01/14/2019

Grandmother's purse stolen in Whitehall Ohio Walmart parking lot 01/14/2019

Woman allegedly tried to take items from Okla. Walmart, obstruct police 01/14/2019

Mother, daughter arrested as NY Walmart foils shoplifting attempt 01/13/2019

2 arrested after disturbances at Holiday Inn, Walmart in Mattoon Ill. 01/13/2019

Two-vehicle collision at Walmart parking lot North in Rochester Minn. 01/14/2019

1 arrested after disturbance at Chicopee Mass. Walmart 01/15/2019

Police: Thief stole from Ill. Walmart on four straight nights 01/15/2019

Chatham Ga. police investigating PlayStation 4 thefts from Ogeechee Road Walmart 01/15/2019

Walmart, Target pull children’s game that had players defuse toy bomb 01/15/2019

Police search for man who grabbed woman at Oregon Wal-Mart 01/15/2019

Modesto Ca. police investigating shooting at Walmart market on Coffee Road 01/16/2019

Modesto police responded to a shooting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Coffee Road and East Orangeburg Avenue around midnight Tuesday.

A male victim was found, and police said he was expected to survive. The circumstances — including the possibility the wound was self-inflicted — are under investigation, police said. Complete article

Man arrested in Silsbee Tx. Walmart stabbing 01/15/2019

The Silsbee Police Department is investigating after a man and woman were stabbed in a Walmart parking lot early Tuesday morning, according to information from the department.

At approximately 8:19 a.m. police responded to a call in reference to a disturbance with a possible stabbing at the store located in the 1100 block of US 96.

Upon arrival police found a man, 19, and a woman, 25, had been stabbed while loading their groceries into their vehicle in the parking lot. The victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Complete article

Cops: Philadelphia men stole iPhones worth $41K from Frazer Pa. Walmart 01/15/2019

Two Philadelphia men are accused of stealing nearly $41,000 worth of cellphones last month from the Walmart store in Frazer, and they are suspected in similar thefts in at least two other states.

“This is the biggest theft we’ve ever had at that Walmart by far. It is the largest singular incident of retail theft that we’ve ever had in Frazer,” said township police Chief Terry Kuhns.

James J. Jordan, 42, and Jahmir Andre Mitchell, 19, face felony charges of participating in a corrupt organization, receiving stolen property and retail theft and a misdemeanor conspiracy charge. They remain at large. Complete article

Walmart Leaving the CVS Health Network Could Roil Drugstores 01/15/2019

Walmart will leave CVS Health’s network that administers drug benefits for millions of Americans, in a dispute over costs that could roil the business of filling prescriptions.

Walmart, the world’s largest retail chain (WMT, +1.43%), was demanding higher reimbursements for its in-store pharmacies where customers who have CVS pharmacy-benefit management plans could pick up their prescriptions, CVS said in a statement announcing the split.

Walmart said that it was resisting efforts by CVS to steer consumers to certain pharmacies to have their prescriptions filled. The Bentonville, Arkansas, company said in an emailed statement that it was committed to giving customers access to affordable health care, “but we don’t want to give that value to the middle man.”

“This issue underscores the problems that can arise when a PBM can exert their unregulated power to direct members on where to fill their scripts, disrupting patients’ health care,” the statement said. “Walmart is standing up to CVS’s behaviors that are putting pressure on pharmacies and disrupting patient care.” Complete article

Walmart-CVS Caremark split: Filling your prescriptions is going to get harder 01/15/2019

Some KanCare recipients won't be able to use Walmart pharmacies soon 01/15/2019

Walmart, CVS Health hammer out pharmacy network deal 01/18/2019

Walmart bans comfort animals, welcomes service animals 01/15/2019

MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Purse dogs and snuggle buddies are not permitted in Walmart stores. Instead, only service animals will be allowed, after a wave of people have been stretching the rules, the retail giant says.

The policy is not new, but those reminders right when you go in to shop are. Advocates for the disabled in Brevard County are applauding Walmart for trying to stop the trend of people making false claims that their dog is performing a vital function.

The blue and white sign reminds shoppers of the big difference, and a legal one, between your pet and a certified service animal. Therapy dogs or comfort dogs are not considered service animals, under the policy. Complete article

Woman accused of switching tags at Tx. Walmart 01/16/2019

Wallet snatcher at Ga. Walmart leaves residents concerned for safety 01/14/2019

Ephrata Pa. Police announce arrest in Walmart purse-snatching case 01/15/2019

Fake store barcodes at Ny Walmart lead to man's arrest 01/15/2019

Police investigate 3 TV thefts at State College Pa. Walmart 01/15/2019

Police investigating suspicious incident at St. Albans Vermont Walmart 01/16/2019

Man stole credit cards at Plaza Frontenac Cinema, used them at Missouri Walmart 01/16/2019

Teen charged in Dec. 2018 shooting at Tx. Walmart returned to Central Texas 01/16/2019

Wash. Walmart installs a new form of 'Lot Cop' security 01/16/2019

No one hurt after gun fired inside Hays Kansas Walmart 01/16/2019

HAYS, Kan. The Hays Police Department says no one was injured after at least one gunshot was fired inside the Hays Walmart Wednesday night.

The Hays Post reports from employees that this was an accidental discharge.

Wednesday night, Hays police provided an update on its Facebook page including information that, "two people remain in custody and are held for weapon and drug violations."

A little before 7 p.m., the Hays PD says it responded to the initial call as a possible active shooter situation. The Kansas Highway Patrol, Ellis County Sheriff's Office and Fort Hays State University Police Department also responded, the Hays PD says. Complete article

Mother sues Fla. Walmart where her son worked before he was murdered on New Years Eve 2016 by a coworker 01/16/2019

The lawsuit alleges negligence claiming the victim sought assistance from Walmart

LARGO, FLA.- The mother of Quade Gifford is suing Walmart where her son worked before he was murdered on New Year's Eve in 2016.

"It's very challenging, hard trying to find purpose every day to move forward. It's very tough," said Christine Gifford, mother.

According to court records, Jared Compton went into Quade Gifford's home with a Halloween mask and a gun to confront Gifford about his involvement with his ex-girlfriend on New Years Eve 2016. Compton was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder in May 2018.

Gifford and Compton both worked at a Walmart in Largo. According to the lawsuit, Gifford started dating Compton's former girlfriend, who was also a Walmart employee.

According to the lawsuit, Gifford sought assistance from Walmart's human resources department by reporting mounting tensions and harassment from Compton. Gifford was seeking a transfer to the produce department. Complete article

Trackdown: Help find the Tx. Walmart hit-and-run driver 01/16/2019 Dallas officer fired shot into car after being hit.

In this week’s Trackdown, Dallas police are looking for the driver in a vehicle that intentionally struck a police officer in a Walmart parking lot.

A Charlton Methodist police officer was working an off-duty job at the Walmart on 3155 West Wheatland Road on December 4 when he was hit by a car that kept going.

Surveillance video shows people in a black Maxima being chased through the Walmart parking lot by the driver of what police believe is a white four-door Toyota Camry. They believe the culprit was the Toyota Camry driver. .....

A dark-colored Maxima was being chased by the white Toyota Camry. They performed donuts around a bread truck. Employees and customers told the police officer at the store about the crazy cars. ....

“The suspect then fled temporarily and then returned and intentionally struck the officer with his vehicle,” Whitaker said. “He was able to get his weapon and fire one shot into that vehicle.”

With the officer down, the driver in the white car crushes the gas and leaves the scene. Complete article

Police say they've identified three suspects in connection to Pa. Walmart arson; 3 hurt 01/16/2019

YORK COUNTY — West Manheim Township Police say they've identified three males involved in setting fires in a York County Walmart.

The names have not yet been released, but the investigation is ongoing.

Three Walmart employees reported injuries due to smoke inhalation after several items were set on fire inside the store on Jan. 15. Complete article

Charges filed against man accused of starting fires in Pa. Walmart 01/29/2019

Litchfield man charged with stealing, drinking wine at Augusta Me. Walmart, burning merchandise 01/16/2019

AUGUSTA — A Litchfield man was arrested Monday afternoon on allegations he stole and drank a box of wine at Walmart on Civic Center Drive, and also burned purses and a knife so the store items were “easier to steal,” police said.

Jacob Lorance, 30, was arrested on a probation hold and subsequently charged with two counts of arson and one count of theft by unauthorized taking — elevated by two prior convictions — after the incident.

After Lorance was arrested and taken to Kennebec County jail in Augusta, he allegedly told police that he committed the crime to get his ex-girlfriend’s attention. Complete article

Cedar Rapids Iowa couple accuses Walmart of discrimination 01/16/2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- A Cedar Rapids family thinks they are the latest example of what is known as "shopping while black". "It was just so injustice," said Adria Phillips.

Halbert Jackson, Phillip's husband, planned a simple shopping trip earlier this month at the Walmart off Edgewood Road southwest in Cedar Rapids but that changed at checkout.

"They just refused to give my money back," said Jackson.

It turns out the money was real. Walmart returned the money the following day.

Adria recorded the interaction she had with Walmart staff on her cell phone as she picked up her money. In the video, staff appear to indicate the money actually never tested fake to begin with. Complete article

Walmart exec reveals why it canceled its Amazon Go-like cashierless program in stores — and what the company is working on instead 01/14/2019

NEW YORK CITY — A year ago, in January 2018, Walmart expanded its Scan & Go program to 125 stores, calling it a new way to shop with just your phone or a handheld device, and no interacting with cashiers.

By April, that program had all but wrapped up. At the time, a Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that its ending was due to "low participation" from customers, who found the program difficult to use. Complete article

Spring Hill Tenn. Police seize 27 pounds of marijuana in bust at Walmart parking lot 01/15/2019

The Spring Hill Police Department seized 27 pounds of marijuana and arrested one suspect Monday evening in the parking lot of the Walmart on Main Street, in what was a collaborative effort between Spring Hill police, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill police intercepted a marijuana delivery that it was made aware of through its ongoing investigation, and made one arrest. Information on the individual is not being released at this time, due to the continued investigation.

“There was a delivery made to the parking lot of Walmart that we had prior knowledge of, and we were able to stop the delivery,” said Lieutenant Justin Whitwell with the Spring Hill Police Department. “We had enough police presence that there wasn’t any issue.” Complete article

Get Your Groceries and Mental Health Checked Out at Tx. Walmart 01/17/2019

Goshen Ind. PD ask the public's help in identifying alleged Walmart thief 01/16/2019

Man charged with trying to use stolen card at Alabama Walmart 01/16/2019

West Manheim Township Pa. Police asking to help identifying smash and grab thief at Walmart 01/13/2019

Duo sought in Lexington County SC Walmart robbery 01/17/2019

Police searching for Tx. Walmart thief who took mattress, t-shirt and men's underwear 01/17/2019 Seguin Police released a video of a woman walking out of a Walmart with a mattress she didn't pay for, along with other items.

Police urge caution after report of following at Baraboo Wisc. Walmart 01/17/2019

NY Walmart Patron Finds More Than He Was Shopping For 01/17/2019

A Watertown Walmart shopper was surprised to return to the parking lot to find his pickup truck on fire.

A viewer sent us the video above.

Town of Watertown Fire Chief David Johnston says the truck caught fire at the Walmart on outer Arsenal Street around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Two cars -- one on either side -- had minor damage.

Officials say they believe mechanical failure caused the blaze. Complete article

Police looking for Roomba vacuum cleaners thieves targeting South Side Chicago Ill. Walmarts 01/17/2019

Walmart is looking for a CEO for a ‘stealth company’ that doesn’t exist yet 01/17/2019

Walmart is searching for its next big technology star.

The world’s largest retailer has posted an opening for a “CEO, Stealth Company” who would lead the latest startup housed inside its technology incubator, Store No. 8. The executive will be responsible for “building a business from scratch,” the job listing says, working closely with senior Walmart leaders and serving as the “public champion” for the as-yet-undefined business.

One key skill is the ability to handle competitive threats and possibly “pivot strategy” just in case, say, decides to try and crush the fledgling unit.

Walmart created its incubator Store No. 8 two years ago to identify and capitalize on changes in the way people shop, by using tools such as virtual reality and self-checkout. The unit already includes several endeavors, such as Jetblack, a concierge shopping service for upscale city dwellers; Spatialand, a virtual-reality software maker acquired in 2018; Project Kepler, a push to compete with Amazon’s cashierless Go stores; and Project Franklin, which is still in stealth mode after hiring a Google veteran as its CEO year ago. Complete article

Man pleads guilty to stabbing Fredericksburg Walmart shopper who refused to give him $10 in 2017 01/17/2019

Police: Woman steals $6K worth of items from Springfield Ill. Walmart 01/17/2019

Neighborhood Market Walmart in Conway Arkansas burglarized 01/17/2019

All-clear given after bomb threat found in Upstate SC Walmart bathroom, deputies say 01/17/2019

58-year-old man arrested for Woodburn Oregon Walmart parking lot thefts; more arrests likely 01/17/2019

Goshen Police Department asks for help identifying possible Ind. Walmart thief 01/17/2019

Woman charged with stealing brand new phone from Ashland City Tenn. Walmart 01/18/2019

Man robs Melbourne Fla. Walmart store at knifepoint for booze 01/18/2019

A man walked out of a Neighborhood Walmart and threatened a clerk with a knife Thursday, Melbourne police said.

Officers charged Jonathan Gignilliat, 36, who was listed as homeless, with robbery with a deadly weapon. He was being held at the Brevard County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The crime happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Babcock Street.

The clerk said Gignilliat took a bottle of liquor and was walking toward the door, without paying. When the clerk told him he couldn't leave with the bottle, Gignilliat waved a knife in a threatening manner at the employee, the affidavit states. Complete article

13-year-old boy arrested in Laurel for fire at Laurel Post Office, attempted arson at Montana Walmart 01/18/2019

A 13-year-old boy was arrested in Laurel Friday afternoon on suspicion he caused the Thursday arson fire at Laurel's post office and a previously unreported arson attempt at the Laurel Walmart.

Both incidents occurred early Thursday morning. The Laurel Post Office partially re-opened Friday morning, but access to post office boxes is still restricted.

The Laurel Police Department announced the teenager's arrest in a Friday press release issued at about 3 p.m.

Discussing the arrest by phone, Chief Stanley Langve said the Walmart incident was "very critical" in identifying the suspect. Complete article

Sycamore woman claims police brutality after fight at DeKalb Ill. Walmart 01/18/2019

Video of the struggle outside the DeKalb Walmart on Sept. 23 shows Ashley Lunardon clinging to her baby's car seat, the child inside crying, as an off-duty Northern Illinois University police officer tries to pin her arms behind her back.

"Let go of the [expletive] car seat!" Lunardon shouts at an unidentified woman trying to take the baby from her. Meanwhile, the officer, Junelle Bennett, stands behind Lunardon, trying to pull her arms behind her back. A crowd, including Walmart employees, watches. One of them captured about a minute of the incident on video obtained by the Daily Chronicle.

"Could you let go?" the unidentified woman says to Lunardon on the video. "She told me I could grab it." Complete article

Deputy suffers broken ankle, suspect faces felonies after Ohio Walmart altercation, pursuit 01/18/2019

A Roseville man faces multiple felony charges after an altercation that began at Walmart in South Zanesville, leaving a deputy injured, and continued into a road pursuit, damaging a pair of cruisers.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said his deputies were called to Walmart on Maysville Pike around 3 a.m. Wednesday for a suspicious person fitting the description of a previous shoplifter at the store.

When deputies began interviewing the suspect, who was later identified as 31 year-old John Beatty, the man would not cooperate, Lutz said. .....

Lutz said Beatty then put his truck into reverse and rammed William’s cruiser twice, the second impact sending Williams into Kanavel’s vehicle.

At that point, the deputies exited their cars and successfully deployed a Taser through Beatty’s side window, allowing the officers to take him into custody. Complete article

Walmart using technology to speed up shopping 01/18/2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Walmart on Razorback Rd. in Colorado Springs is testing new technology that they hope will make shopping more efficient.

The new scanning machine in use is the first of its kind in Colorado, it works by sorting items straight from a delivery truck to the stocking area.

The store says not only will this save time, but the workers who would be taking time to stock shelves can instead move to sales floors to help customers. Complete article

Man accused of setting fire in Tx. Walmart restroom in Feb. 05 2018 01/16/2019

Car Thief Drives Stolen Car to Wash. Walmart, Done in By Blaring Alarm! 01/1/2019

Man wanted for allegedly using fake money at Walmart in Seguin Tx. 01/18/2019

Man cited for shopping cart cruise from Colorado Walmart 01/19/2019

Middletown Delaware Walmart re-opened after customers evacuated Sunday afternoon for a possible gas leak. 01/20/2019

Two Arnold women arrested outside Missouri Walmart for alleged possession of drugs 01/21/2019

Power outage closes old SC Walmart, adjacent shopping center 01/20/2019

Calm heads, new CPR skills help two Walmart employees save a life 01/21/2019

Crime blotter: A Walmart iPhone theft ring, New Hampshire delivery scammers sentenced 01/20/2019 Theft ring targets iPhones, Apple Watches from WalMarts in NJ, PA

16-year-old killed in shooting outside Renton Wash. Walmart crashed into store which was closed due to fire night before 01/20/2019

A 16-year-old boy died from a shooting in the parking lot of a Renton Walmart on Sunday afternoon.

The Renton Police Department reports three people got into a fight inside a vehicle. The teenager who was driving was shot in the chest and died from his injuries. The vehicle then struck the Renton Walmart building. One person fled the scene but was later arrested. A third person was also detained for questioning. There are no other injuries to report.

The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Sunday. The store was closed on a normally busy Sunday afternoon after a fire inside the store Saturday night. Complete article

Fight between two Panama City Fla. Walmart workers ends in stabbing 01/20/2019

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A fight reportedly between two Walmart employees on Saturday sent one party to the hospital and another on the run from a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

According to Panama City Beach Police, officers were called to the Walmart in Pier Park, 15495 Panama City Beach Parkway, about a fight between two employees. Upon arrival, they found the victim suffering multiple stab wounds in the abdomen, face, neck and shoulder. The victim was taken to Bay Medical and is in stable condition.

The suspect, according to PCBPD, was identified as Frederick Stanley, a 6-foot, 4-inch black male last seen wearing tan pants and a white jacket, who took off in an unknown direction of travel in an older model gold Chrysler Pacifica. Stanley is from Mobile, Alabama. Complete article

Suspect Arrested in Walmart Stabbing 01/28/2019

Judge Certifies Class of Five Million Walmart Job Applicants to Pursue FCRA Class Action Lawsuit 01/21/2019

On January 17, 2019, a California federal judge certified a Class of approximately five million people who applied for a job at Walmart to pursue a class action lawsuit – Randy Pitre v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Case No. 8:17-cv-01281-DOC-DFM) – that claims the retail giant added extraneous information to background check disclosure notices issued to applicants in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Walmart FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

Judge David O. Carter granted the Motion for Class Certification in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for the class action lawsuit in which lead plaintiff Randy Pitre – who worked for Walmart in November 2015 – claimed Walmart improperly obtained background checks on applicants and employees with a job application that was out of compliance with the FCRA from 2012 until 2015.

According to the complaint filed in July 2017, Section 1681 b(b )(2)(A)(i) of the FCRA requires that a “clear and conspicuous” disclosure be made to consumers before a “consumer report” – the FCRA’s term for a background check report – is procured. Also, the disclosure that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes must be made “in a document that consists solely of the disclosure.”

However, the class action lawsuit claimed Walmart’s job applications included extraneous and confusing information instead of providing a clear and concise disclosure about the background check in violation of the FCRA. The complaint also claimed Walmart violated the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) and the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA). Complete article

Report of man loading a handgun at Waterville Me. Walmart a case of mistaken perception 01/21/2019

WATERVILLE — Appearances can be deceiving, as police learned Monday after responding to the local Walmart where witnesses said a man had loaded a handgun in the lobby and entered the store.

A man did enter the lobby but an investigation revealed he was merely trying to re-secure a pellet gun that had fallen out of his pants, according to Waterville police Sgt. Joshua Woods, who was at the scene.

“He said his pants had fallen down and he tried to re-secure it in his pants,” Woods said. Complete article

Pork patties sold at Kroger, Walmart and other stores may contain rubber 01/21/2019

A popular sausage brand is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen raw pork patties, sold at Walmart, Kroger and other major grocery chains, due to concerns they may contain rubber.

The problem was discovered after three consumers complained of black rubber in the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions as a result of the possible contamination.

The recall involves “Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor” 24-ounce, or 1.5 pound, products, packaged in a plastic bag in a carton, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release. Produced and packaged in September and October, the affected items have the number “34225” printed on the carton. The products also have “best flavor by” dates of July 24, 2019, Aug. 13, 2019, or Aug. 14, 2019.

The USDA urged consumers to check their freezers for the recalled products, which it said should be thrown out or returned to the store for a refund. Complete article

Officials investigate suspicious device at Ruckersville Va. Walmart 01/19/2019 Device was a pressure cooker probably not a bomb

Attorney: Vietnam Veteran who threatened to ‘shoot up’ a La. Walmart suffers from PTSD 01/19/2019 An attorney representing man who was accused of threatening to “shoot up” a Thibodaux store last month said his client suffers from PTSD and is a decorated Army war veteran.

Ill. Crime Stoppers | Couple accused of stealing TV from Walmart 01/21/2019

Troy man arrested after trying to steal televisions from NY Walmart 01/21/2019

Woman to be sentenced after allegedly abandoning elderly dog in parking lot of Ohio Walmart 01/21/2019

Off The Beat: Letting it all hang out in Fla. Walmart’s pillow aisle 01/22/2019

Jacksonville Fla. Sheriff's Office: 2 sought after woman injured in purse snatching at Walmart 01/21/2019

West Monroe La. PD: Woman caught with $500 worth of fake bills at Walmart 01/21/2019

Police Looking for WalMart iPhone Thieves from Philly 01/21/2019 Allegedly stole US$40,000 worth of iPhones and Apple Watches across multiple states.

Report: Police find dog tied to car, ‘shaking uncontrollably’ in parking lot of SC Walmart 01/22/2019 The man, identified as Scott Norris, said they were living in the vehicle until they can find work in the area. Norris was issued a citation for animal cruelty, and the dog was placed into protective custody and taken to the Grand Strand Humane Society, according to the report.

Va. Walmart in Suffolk evacuated due to smoke in building 01/22/2019

2 arrested by Converse police while allegedly cooking meth in Tx. Walmart parking lot 01/22/2019 Officers searched Alvarez's and Robles' vehicle and found five handguns, one of which was reported stolen, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, and identifying information that did not belong to either suspect, authorities said.

Defendant in Ariz. Walmart fraud case accepts plea deal 01/22/2019

Woman says teens snatched her purse at Fla. Walmart 01/22/2019

Beaufort SC Walmart closed for several hours after fire breaks out in deli 01/22/2019

A fire in the deli of Walmart in Beaufort closed the entire store for several hours Tuesday evening, according to officials.

Employees were using extinguishers to control the grease fire when firefighters arrived, said a news release from the Beaufort Port Royal Fire Department Chief Reece Bertholf sent just after 5 p.m. Complete article

How Walmart is going all in on artificial intelligence 01/22/2019

Walmart is experiencing its highest sales figures in nine years. Artificial intelligence is a huge part of the company's plan to keep them there.

As the digital era continues to turn retail on its head, Walmart’s story is particularly interesting, as the brand is somehow both the challenger and the incumbent. Walmart has been the world’s largest retailer since 1988, but as Sears proved, prominence isn’t permanent. The retailer had a series of disappointing quarters, seemingly on track to become Amazon’s biggest casualty.

Walmart got complacent. Galagher Jeff, the company’s VP of Merchandising Operations and Business Analytics, even said so when he spoke at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show in New York City earlier this week.

“We had a business that was successful and we stopped taking risks,” admits Jeff. “We didn’t know how to manage the complexity so we focused on what we know, which is good operations. Now, we have a chance to really reimagine our business and what it can be.”

Sales in the U.S. are at a nine-year high. One thing Jeff’s presentation made abundantly clear is that the company plans to keep those numbers up with artificial intelligence. Complete article

No timetable given for SC Walmart repair 01/23/2019 The Walmart lost power Saturday night after an electrical issue.

Bedford Heights man attempts to "return" items to Ohio Walmart that he removed from shelf 01/22/2019

Women harassed at Lehigh Acres Fla. Walmart 01/23/2019 Several women at the Lehigh Acres Walmart said they were harassed by someone recording video of them on his tablet.

Suspicious incidents at Chili's, Walmart reported to Southgate Mich. police 01/22/2019

Officials: HVAC issue prompts evacuation at Suffolk Va. Walmart 01/22/2019

Bentonville ArkansasPolice Seek Help Identifying Suspect Allegedly Using Stolen Check At Walmart 01/22/2019

Rock Springs Police Seek Suspect in Wy. Walmart Theft 01/22/2019

Report: Greenwood man faces drug charges after putting on boots at SC Walmart 01/22/2019

Investigators say they need your help to find these people who stole two TV's from Ga. Walmart 01/23/2019

Police ask for help identifying suspect in Pa. Walmart television theft 01/23/2019

Person shot inside West Memphis Arkansas Walmart 01/23/2019

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - West Memphis Police Department is investigating a shooting inside Walmart.

One person was injured in the shooting; there is no word on that victim's condition.

It’s unclear if anyone is in custody at this time. Complete article

WANTED: Suspect Identified In Shooting At West Memphis Walmart 01/24/2019

Bartow Fla. police: Woman kills self in Walmart parking lot 01/23/2019

BARTOW, Fla. (FOX 13) - Police said a woman killed herself inside a vehicle in a Bartow Walmart parking lot Wednesday morning.

Bartow police officers responded to a report of a possible shooting in the store's parking lot around 10:20 a.m.

Investigators discovered the body of a 67-year-old woman in the passenger seat of a vehicle, and said she suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A family member who was inside of the store at the time of the incident told detectives the woman was "distraught over ongoing medical issues," police said. Complete article

Bartow PD investigating death of woman found in car of Walmart parking lot 01/23/2019

Disabled Wash. Walmart greeter says she was fired after public transit delays led to too many late days 01/23/2019

BONNEY LAKE, WASH. — Brandi Hanvold has been a greeter at the Walmart in Bonney Lake, Washington, for more than 10 years.

But Seattle's KIRO-TV reports that she was fired last week, and now she is heartbroken.

Hanvold suffered a traumatic brain injury 28 years ago when she was ejected in a car crash, the station reported. Her speech, processing and mobility are a challenge, and she relies on an electric wheelchair to get around. Complete article

Trump food stamp plan drags states, big employers like WalMart and McDonald's, into spotlight 01/23/2019

The Trump administration’s efforts to squeeze government spending and eliminate waste have returned to the nation’s food stamp program, and it’s playing hardball to get what it wants.

The administration estimates it can save up to $1.4 billion over 10 years through reforms to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, primarily by forcing able bodied adults without children or dependents off the program’s rolls and into the workforce. At stake are roughly $4 billion in federal SNAP reimbursements the administration can withhold or delay to states and other SNAP administrators who refuse, or lack the resources, to comply.

The plan was announced Dec. 20 and would see the U.S. Department of Agriculture force SNAP administrators — namely states and counties that provide SNAP benefits — to scale back a waiver program that some argue has been abused. The waivers in question enable states and other SNAP administrators to bypass work requirements for a certain percentage of non disabled adults without dependents. .....

In six of those eight cooperating states — Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington — WalMart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) had the most employees who qualified for SNAP benefits. Dunkin Brands Group Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) was tops in New Hampshire, while McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) had the most in Ohio. Complete article

Did you know Arkansas has a museum that's all about Walmart? 01/23/2019

The Walmart Museum in Bentonville tells the story of how Sam Walton grew his small company into a global empire. BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Did you know Arkansas has a museum that's all about Walmart?

The Walmart Museum is in Bentonville home of the company's world headquarters.

The museum is housed in the store where Sam Walton got his start. Walton bought the shop in 1950 and rebranded the store as "Walton's 5 & 10." Complete article

Tx. Torchy's Tacos adds execs from Walmart, Dick's; CEO wants to bring queso to masses nationwide 01/23/2019

As CEO of Torchy's Tacos, G.J. Hart has the difficult job of blending the company's cool Austin vibe with the corporate systems needed to compete nationally. Here's how he's doing it, backed by a stable of recent hires that also came from big-league brands such as Taco Bell. Complete article

Rohnert Park Ca. Walmart employee accused of theft 01/23/2019

Walmart Raises Truck Drivers' Salaries, Anxious to Fill Routes Amid Driver Shortage 01/23/2019

Editorial: Gigs are up with Walmart announcement 01/23/2019 The news of Walmart grocery delivery in the Pittsburgh area was met with interest.

Walmart drops lawsuit against Stamford financial firm 01/23/2019 The country’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer’s decision resolves a breach-of-contract complaint it filed last November, following its move last July to end the Stamford company’s two-decade run as its credit-card provider in favor of a new deal with Capital One. But the companies are maintaining their ties by extending a separate, 25-year partnership that provides cards to Sam’s Club members.

Woman caught stealing in self-checkout line from Fla. Walmart 01/23/2019

Deputies searching for man who walked out of Ky. Walmart with stolen computer 01/23/2019

Gardendale Police investigate Alabama WalMart bomb threat 01/23/2019

2 people in custody for suspected fraudulent activity at Moultrie Ga. Walmart 01/23/2019

Nevada Walmart shoplifter ends up in prison 01/23/2019 A woman who is facing a felony theft charge in Carson City had her probation revoked on Tuesday.

Police halt man outside Nebraska Walmart with $2,700 worth of merchandise 01/23/2019

Tx. Walmart employee's call leads police to suspect accused of stealing SUV, fuel 01/22/2019

Three Arrested for Shoplifting at Manchester Iowa Walmart 01/23/2019

Man spends five hours huffing in Walmart restroom: South Euclid Police Blotter 01/23/2019 Officers responded to Walmart around 5 a.m. for a report of a man who had been in a stall in the men's room for five hours. They located the Cleveland man, 48, attempting to leave the store with several cans of canned air. He admitted to huffing in the restroom. He was cited for theft and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies: Man records worker’s code, swipes $1,300 from Flagler Fla. Walmart 01/24/2019

Farmington, Jay men indicted in connection to Me. Walmart parking lot incidents in Dec. 01/24/2019

Colorado Walmart Shoplifter armed with gun sends school into lockout 01/24/2019 Security guard followed the pickup in another vehicle.

Escalante Middle School was placed on a brief lockout Thursday morning while the Durango Police Department searched for a man suspected of shoplifting and brandishing a firearm at the nearby Walmart.

The incident occurred about 6:20 a.m. when a man reportedly tried to steal $440 worth of merchandise, including electronics, tools and a small amount of groceries, said Cmdr. Ray Shupe with the police department.

Chad Kesselhuth, 32, of Durango was arrested on suspicion of felony robbery. He was being held Thursday at the La Plata County Jail on $25,000 bail.

After being caught trying to steal the items, Kesselhuth climbed into a white Ford pickup and left the parking lot, Shupe said. A store security guard followed the pickup in another vehicle. Complete article

Man, woman accused of impersonating SLED officers at Powdersville SC Walmart 01/24/2019

An Upstate man and woman are accused of impersonating officers from the State Law Enforcement Division and detaining a woman they believed to be shoplifting at a Powdersville Walmart.

Lawrence McConnell, 29, of Easley and Cheyenne Burrell, 28, of Piedmont were arrested Thursday. According to arrest warrants, McConnell and Burrell were at Walmart on Anderson Road Jan. 15 when they claimed to be SLED agents and detained "a suspected female shoplifter."

According to their arrest warrants, McConnell and Burrell are licensed security guards, but do not work at, or for, Walmart.

According to McConnell's arrest warrant, he is also accused of physically assaulting the woman who was detained.

An incident report from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office says that when deputies arrived at Walmart just before midnight that day, store managers told them they had a 23-year-old woman inside their loss prevention office "in reference to concealing items and not rendering payment." The store managers told deputies and that two people who had identified themselves as SLED officers had gotten into a physical altercation with the woman as they were attempting to detain her. Complete article

Upstate couple charged with posing as SLED share their side 01/25/2019

.... "The manager and the [employee] asked how we know these type of things and I presented to tell them that we are SLED Certified Licensed Security Guards," she said.

She says the store manager asked the couple to stay close by while they approached the shoplifter. ....

According to the incident report, the store manager told deputies they had detained a shoplifter. While trying a to catch the shoplifter Burrell and McConnell presented themselves as SLED agents.

That's landed the couple in hot water.

Police: Man stalked woman in Pa. Walmart, assaulted her in store parking lot 01/24/2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Swatara Township Police say a man is scheduled to turn himself into authorities after he was charged with stalking a woman inside a Walmart.

A victim reported to police that on Jan. 23 she was being stalked while inside the store and then assaulted in the parking lot when she tried to get into her car.

Detectives identified 42-year-old Michael Zapcic as a suspect in the incident, and charged him with Stalking, Indecent Assault, and Unlawful Restraint. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Complete article

Harrisville Utah Walmart closed after small fire fills building with smoke 01/24/2019

(KUTV) — The Walmart store in Harrisville was closed Thursday afternoon after an appliance fire filled the building with smoke, fire officials report.

The fire started in one of the chillers in the produce area at about 3:42 p.m., says North View Fire Marshal Ryan Barker.

Employees were able to push the cooler outside before firefighters arrived, Barker said. The entire store was evacuated due to the amount of smoke generated by the fire. Complete article

Google Express shopping loses support for products from Walmart 01/23/2019

When you order products online, it’s likely from Amazon. Google Express has slowly been built up as a competitor to Amazon for certain cases, and a huge reason for that was thanks to a partnership with Walmart. Now, though, Walmart has disappeared entirely from Google’s shopping platform.

First spotted by Android Police tipsters and also confirmed by Google on Twitter, Walmart is no longer available on Express. Regardless of your location, items sold by Walmart are either gone or “outside of your delivery area,” and the Walmart store page shows the same thing.

Walmart is one of the two big names currently partnered with Google Express, the other being Target. The retailer first partnered with Google Express back in 2017. The removal of Walmart from Google Express doesn’t exactly kill the service, but it’s a major loss for sure. Target still hosts plenty of items to fill in the gap, but Walmart’s catalog is certainly larger. Costco also helps out, so long as you’ve got a membership. Complete article

Va. Walmart robbery investigated 01/24/2019

WINCHESTER — A robbery in which a man was found tied up in a Walmart bathroom about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday is under investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, who police didn’t identify, was found by an employee lying on the bathroom floor at the store at 501 Walmart Drive off Northwestern Pike (U.S.50) with his hands zip-tied behind his back, according to a Wednesday news release from Lt. Keith Covert, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The man was treated and released from Winchester Medical Center for a small cut on his forearm.

Covert said the man was uncooperative. He told deputies two people he didn’t know forced him into the bathroom, tied his hands together, assaulted him, and stole his wallet. Complete article

Exclusive: U.S. voices concern as India's e-commerce restrictions hit Amazon, Walmart - sources 01/24/2019

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States government is concerned about India’s revised e-commerce regulations and has told officials in New Delhi the policy will hinder the Indian investment plans of and Walmart Inc, three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

The tussle marks the latest in a number of U.S. protests over Indian government policies which impact American companies and comes at a time when the two countries are trying to iron out other trade irritants. In 2017, the U.S. lodged a written protest against India’s decision to cap medical device prices, which upset American companies.

India’s e-commerce investment rules, which kick in from Feb. 1, ban companies from selling products via firms in which they have an equity interest and also bar them from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms.

The policy has dealt a blow to Walmart, which just last year invested $16 billion in buying 77 percent of India’s Flipkart, and Amazon, as it would force them to change their business structures in the country and raise their operational costs. Complete article These policies are designed to protect Indian consumers from oligarchy price gouging and fraud.

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Leland NC police need help identifying suspected Walmart thief 01/24/2019

Walmart theft Cape Coral Fla. 01/24/2019

Man arrested after shopper catches him exposing himself inside Upstate SC Walmart, report says 01/24/2019

9 sneaky ways Walmart makes you spend more money 01/23/2019

Norman Man Arrested After Filming Female In Ind. Walmart Dressing Room 01/25/2019

Cheater David Beador's GF Lesley Cook Shames Walmart Employee and post video on social media 01/24/2019 David Beador's girlfriend Lesley Cook probably won't be going back to Walmart any time soon. Cook went shopping at a local Walmart in Irvine Ca. and got in an argument when asked for receipt.

2 Accused Of 'Skipping' Items At Ga. Walmart Self-Checkout Counter 01/22/2019

Police: Cashier stole $2,800 from Walmart in Round Rock Tx. 01/25/2019

The Latest: Zephen Xaver, bank mass-murdering Suspect worked at Walmart, restaurant, auto shop 01/25/2019

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — Records show that the man suspected of killing five women at a Florida bank worked at a Walmart, a Mexican restaurant and an oil change shop in Indiana before moving to Florida and getting a job as a corrections officer.

Records show that the man suspected of killing five women at a Florida bank worked at a Walmart, a Mexican restaurant and an oil change shop in Indiana before moving to Florida and getting a job as a corrections officer.

The Florida Department of Corrections personnel file for 21-year-old Zephen Xaver shows he stayed at each job in Plymouth, Indiana, for just a few months. Xaver was hired as a trainee prison guard at Avon Park Correctional Institution on Nov. 2 and resigned Jan. 9. No disciplinary issues were reported.

Xaver's employment history shows that he worked at the Hacienda Mexican restaurant from August 2014 to January 2015, when he was terminated. He worked at Duke of Oil from September 2015 to December 2015, when he left to deal with "family issues." He was a Walmart overnight maintenance worker from January 2018 to April 2018, when he moved to Florida. Complete article

Family of man fatally shot, May 2017, by deputy, working off-duty security, at Raytown Missouri Walmart files wrongful death lawsuit 01/25/2019

Walmart and an off-duty Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy face a wrongful death lawsuit for a shooting that resulted in the death of a man who was suspected of shoplifting.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Donald Sneed III, in Jackson County Circuit Court alleges negligence that resulted in Sneed’s death on May 28, 2017. Sneed died following a struggle with Deputy Lauren Michael outside the front doors of a Walmart at 10300 E. U.S. 350 in Raytown.

Michael was working off-duty security at the store and was trying to help store employees who had stopped Sneed for allegedly shoplifting when Sneed disarmed the deputy of her stun gun and shocked her in the neck with it. Complete article

Women Accused of Shoplifting 4 Trash Cans Full of Goods From Covina Ca. Walmart, Arrested After Brief Pursuit, crash 01/25/2019

Police arrested two Los Angeles women Friday after they allegedly stole more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Covina Walmart store, then led police on a brief pursuit that ended with a crash, officials said.

Officers were on patrol shortly before 10 a.m. when they noticed a car parked in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 1275 N. Azusa Ave. The vehicle was still running, but no one was inside, prompting the officers to become suspicious, Covina police Sgt. John Zumwalt said.

As they watched the car, two women came running out of the store carrying two trash cans full of merchandise, he said. Officers tried to pull over the car, but it sped away.

Police chased the fleeing car for about two blocks before it crashed into a tree, Zumwalt said. The two women fled into a nearby condominium complex before eventually being cornered and arrested. Complete article

Days after power outage, Greenwood SC Walmart reopens 01/25/2019

Southport NC police looking for ‘person of interest’ in theft in Walmart parking lot 01/25/2019

Kenai Alaska man accused of stealing laptop from Walmart, returning in stolen truck 01/24/2019

Newly obtained video footage from Sept. 2018 Hobart Ind. Walmart shooting to be presented in open court 01/25/2019

South Glenwood Colorado wreck near Walmart resulted in minor injuries 01/2/2019

Couple caught on camera stealing more than 300 ink cartridges from Tenn. Walmart 01/25/2019

2nd suspect in Walmart theft ring sentenced in Eau Claire County Wisc. 01/25/2019

Beavercreek Ohio appeal in Crawford case will delay trial until October 01/25/2019

Two arrested for robberies from Alabama Walmart and Publix 01/25/2019

Arkansas Walmart location to temporarily close for maintenance work 01/26/2019

Police: Man accidentally shoots himself in Pa. Walmart in Somerset County 01/27/2019

SOMERSET, Pa. — A 48-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg inside the Somerset Walmart on Saturday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The incident happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart on N. Center Avenue.

According to police, the bullet struck Eric Jack in the right calf. Complete article

One suspect in custody, one at-large after striking police officer at Arnold Missouri Walmart 01/26/2019

GREEN PARK, MO – A high-speed chase ended in the City of Green Park in south St. Louis County Saturday evening. The police pursuit started in Arnold Missouri just after 6 pm at the Walmart on Michigan Avenue. Two Arnold Police Officers had responded to the Walmart for a report of a theft of merchandise by two suspects. While on the parking lot one officer was struck by the suspects SUV.

The officer received a minor injury to his knee and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A short time later another officer spotted the suspect vehicle and chased it on northbound I-55 from Arnold to Green Park, where the suspect abandoned the SUV and fled on foot. Complete article


Late Thursday night, Crossville police were called to Walmart for a report of an assault.

The victim told police 19-year-old Daren Thurman Ray of Crossville, had been trying to get him to fight recently because he said the victim reportedly “called his mother a bad name.” The victim said Ray pushed and struck him in the face, then chased him inside the store.

One of Ray’s companions was said to have been recording the incident, which was posted online. Complete article

Some fruits sold at stores including Costco, Walmart recalled over listeria concerns 01/28/2019

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - Check your fruit baskets.

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled some fresh fruit sold by several retailers including Walmart and Costco stores due to a possible listeria contamination.

Jac. Vandenberg has recalled 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums, according to the recall notice.

The fruit was distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia through small retail establishments and larger retailers including ALDI, Costco, Fairway Market, Hannaford, Market Basket, and Walmart.

The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile. Complete article

StarKist reaches $20.5M settlement with Walmart 01/28/2019

StarKist Co. announced Friday that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Walmart, resolving all antitrust claims that the retailer had brought against the North Shore-based tuna supplier, according to a press release from the company.

Walmart, which is the largest retailer for canned tuna in the country, will receive a settlement valued at $20.5 million, which is based on a combination of cash payment and certain favorable commercial terms.

"StarKist is committed to being a socially responsible company and we are pleased to resolve this lawsuit with our largest customer under fair and reasonable terms," Andrew Choe, StarKist president and CEO, said in a statement. "We will continue to conduct our business with the utmost transparency and integrity, and we hope to resolve the remaining lawsuits with our other customers under similarly fair and mutually beneficial terms." Complete article

Breaking: Walmart taking over Elwood Ill. warehouse; 589 workers laid off, some to be rehired 01/25/2019

The operator of the massive Walmart warehouse in Elwood has issued a layoff notice for 589 employees as management of the facility is turned over to the retailer.

Walmart plans to hire "as many people as possible" from the existing workforce, a company spokeswoman said.

The 3.4 million-square-foot distribution center consisting of two buildings has been run by Schneider Logistics, which issued a notice to the state this week that it will lay off 589 employees at the facility as of March 31.

"The facility's not closing," said Caroline Portlock, director of the Workforce Investment Board of Will County. "It's anticipated that employees will be offered employment by Walmart." Complete article

Do you know me? Police looking for information in a NC Walmart larceny 01/27/2019

Police Seeking Duo in Attempted NY Walmart Theft 01/28/2019

2 Waretown Residents Charged In NJ Walmart Incidents: Police 01/28/2019

Cocoa Fla. police seek at least 3 people who stole $800 in merchandise from Walmart 01/28/2019

Clerk charged with pocketing money from Clermont Fla. Walmart register 01/28/2019 A checkout clerk at the Clermont Walmart who was charged Sunday with stealing from the register told police he did so because he’s homeless.

'Bumblebee' Transformer to visit 28 Phoenix Ariz. Walmart stores for free pictures and autographs 01/28/2019

Judge dismisses wrongful death claim against Beavercreek Ohio Walmart 01/29/2019

Most of Crawford case allegations against Beavercreek Ohio Walmart will go to trial 01/28/2019

Man gets probation for threatening another man with knife at North Adams Mass. Walmart in November 2018 01/29/2019

EPPD identifies officer, suspect involved in shooting outside Lower Valley Tx. Walmart 01/29/2019

EL PASO, Texas - A shooting review team with the El Paso Police Department's Internal Affairs continues its investigation into a shooting involving a police officer. Police Tuesday identified the officer involved in the shooting as Mizrahaim Delgado, a three-year veteran of the police force. The man arrested after the shooting was identified by police as 50-year-old Alejandro Novela-De La Rosa.

Police charged Novela-De La Rosa with Evading Arrest or Detention in a Motor Vehicle.

The shooting happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the parking lot of the Walmart at 9411, police said. Complete article

Report: He demanded shopper’s keys, then took off from Myrtle Beach SC Walmart grocery store 01/30/2019 Article doesn't specify if this was at gunpoint, but it's strongly implied saying it's armed robbery showing an unrelated picture with a man holding a gun linked to a separate incident about prison term for this.

A person was loading groceries into a vehicle at a Myrtle Beach Walmart Neighborhood Market when a man demanded the keys and drove away with the car Thursday night, according to Myrtle Beach police.

The vehicle was later found, and officers arrested a duo in connection to the incident.

Jonathon Gowers is charged with armed robbery, fugitive from justice, identity fraud and possession of stolen property. Mandy Foster is charged with possession of stolen property and accessory after the fact to a felony.

Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver did not stop and police lost sight of it.

“A short time later,” police arrested Gowers and his “accomplice,” Foster. During a search of the vehicle, police found a weapon in the cup holder, officers said. Complete article

Man shoved his face into women’s butts at shopping center, with Target and Walmart NC cops say after arrest 01/28/2019

A 25-year-old man accused of putting his face into women’s butts at a shopping center faces charges of sexual battery and assault, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Two of the alleged assaults happened on South Main Street in Kernersville, North Carolina, around a shopping center with a Target and Walmart, Fox 8 reports. A third assault happened on the same road toward the center of the suburban town outside Winston-Salem, according to the station.

Stefan Ryan Shuford faces three counts of sexual battery and three counts of assault on a female, Forsyth County jail records show. He remains in jail under a $55,000 bond, according to online records. Complete article

Man accused of shoplifting, setting fire in High Point NC Walmart 01/28/2019

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A man has been arrested after a fire at the Walmart on South Main Street Monday afternoon, according to a news release from High Point police. Daniel K. Dailey, 26, of High Point, is charged with resist/delay/obstruct, larceny (concealment of goods) and arson.

At 1:21 p.m., officers were called to the Walmart for a shoplifting in progress.

When officers arrived, Dailey allegedly ran from them. He was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. Complete article

Man Who Captures Walmart Fire On Video Also Helped Catch Accused Arsonist 01/30/2019

UPDATE: Fire at Rantoul Ill. Walmart caused by cigarette discarded into cardboard 01/29/2019

RANTOUL — A discarded cigarette has been blamed for a Tuesday-morning fire outside the Rantoul Walmart.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said video from a camera on the west side of the store showed two employees, at least one of whom discarded a cigarette into a pallet of baled cardboard.

"It was accidental, I'm sure," Waters said. "I don't think there was anything malicious about it."

He said the police and fire departments do not plan to take any action against the individuals, and said it will be up to Walmart personnel how to handle the incident. Complete article

2 arrested following Myrtle Beach NC Walmart armed robbery 01/29/2019

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — Two people have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery Thursday at a Myrtle Beach Walmart, according to arrest warrants.

Police say 47-year-old Jonathon Gowers of Vincent, Ala. approached the victims in the parking lot of the Walmart near 38th Avenue and demanded their keys while they were loading groceries into their vehicle.

The warrant says Gowers had his fist closed and tucked near his side, which caused the victims to fear for their safety, so they handed over their keys. Gowers then took off with the car.

Police say when the car was later recovered, brass knuckles were found inside a cup holder.

Gowers and 39-year-old Mandy Raye Foster, of Riverside, Ala., were arrested after a MBPD officer spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it. The suspects led police on a chase and eventually got away, according to the warrant.

They were found again later in North Myrtle Beach near the stolen car. Foster was wearing of the victim’s jackets and told police she knew the vehicle was stolen and didn’t try to contact police. Complete article

Suspect charged with robbery for incident at Lebanon Oregon Walmart 01/29/2019

Man arrested for allegedly masturbating in Alabama Walmart parking lot 01/29/2019

Man gets probation for large Wisc. Walmart theft ring 01/29/2019

West Monroe La. PD investigating Walmart purse snatching 01/29/2019

Peeping Tom arrested in St. Mary's County for recording man in Md. Walmart bathroom 01/29/2019

Ga. Walmart Santa Charged With Murder After Kids Found Buried in His Backyard 01/29/2019 Elwyn Crocker and four other adults have been jailed on child cruelty charges and murder. But neighbors had raised the alarm about abuse in the household years earlier.

KPD seeks tips on Tenn. Walmart register break-in 01/29/2019

Norfolk Va. police investigate suspicious package at Walmart 01/30/2019 The building was evacuated while the bomb squad investigate.

Watch: Attempted TV theft stopped by locked door at Lee County Fla. Walmart 01/29/2019

Serial Pa. Walmart thief sentenced to state prison 01/29/2019

Video shows man didn't initiate Sept. 2018 double shooting at Hobart Ind. Walmart, defense attorney says 01/29/2019

Investigation reveals San Angelo Tx. Walmart bomb threat a hoax 01/28/2019

Goshen police need your help identifying suspects, vehicle in Ind. Walmart theft 01/28/2019

Cops: Women tried to steal $3K worth of merchandise at Hempfield Pa. Walmart 01/29/2019

Duo Stole Nearly $1K Worth Of Items From Islandia NY Walmart: PD 01/29/2019

Police Look for Suspects in Pa. Walmart Theft 01/29/2019

2 arrested on Walmart theft charges in Mattoon Ill. 01/29/2019

Irving woman left infant, toddler alone in SUV in Tx. Walmart parking lot, police say 01/29/2019

Suspect wanted for shoplifting from Mechanicsville Va. Walmart 01/30/2019

Employee suspected in NC Walmart theft 01/30/2019

Police: 911 caller falsely said there was shooter at Festus Missouri Walmart to get revenge on man 01/30/2019

FESTUS ( - On Tuesday, all available Festus police officers rushed to the Walmart store in the 600 block of south Truman Parkway believing they may encounter an active shooter situation, based on a call to 911.

"A caller stated a subject, by name, who was known to us, was in our Walmart threatening to shoot some people," said Capt. Doug Wendel

Wendel said as officers arrived, they saw the person named in the call coming out of the store with two others. In a photo, three men can be seen lying on the ground with officers around them and one of the officers holding a shotgun that shoots bean bag rounds.

A 20-year old man named in the 911 call told News 4 that he’d gone to Walmart to buy bottles for his newborn baby son.

After talking with the three men and independent witnesses, Wendel said officers determined the man had argued with two people in the store with whom he’d had a previous dispute. Investigators believe one of them called 911 and made a fake claim in order to get revenge. Complete article

Man allegedly breaks into Moses Lake Wash. Walmart, steals shotgun and other merchandise 01/30/2019

MOSES LAKE - A man reportedly smashed his way into the Moses Lake Walmart minutes before the store opened Wednesday morning and loaded up on sporting goods and a shotgun before fleeing.

Moses Lake police say Alberto Ramirez, 27, broke a glass door at the garden center of Walmart about three minutes before 6 a.m., the time the store opens. He reportedly had several duffle bags and proceeds to the sporting goods section and began filling the bags with various merchandise.

Ramirez then allegedly used a hammer to break a glass case and took a shotgun. He was in the store until about 6:30 a.m. and fled with one duffle back and the firearm, according to Moses Lake police.

Officers recognized Ramirez from Walmart surveillance video and tracked him down about 8 a.m. near the homeless warming center on West Third Avenue. Complete article

Recall of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart expands over safety worries 01/30/2019

Dangerously high concentrations of the drug raises risks of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach bleeding, and kidney damage.

The recall of an infant pain reliever has been expanded over worries that the over-the-counter medication may contain dangerously high concentrations of the drug.

On Thursday, the drug maker Tris-Pharma said that additional lots of Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL — sold in 0.5 oz. bottles at Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar Services — may have higher concentrations of ibuprofen than what’s on the label.

Routine tests found that some units contained 10 percent more ibuprofen than specified levels. Normal levels per bottle are 50 mg of ibuprofen per 1.25ml.

“Studies have shown that safety issues or toxicity is generally accepted to be a concern in infants at doses in excess of 700 percent of the recommended dose. To date, no serious adverse events have been reported related to this recall,” the company said. Complete article

Man with a machete caught shoplifting at Arkansas Walmart threatens officer 01/29/2019

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of shoplifting at Walmart in Jonesboro is also in trouble for threatening a police officer.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called to the Walmart on Highland Drive Jan. 28.

There, they spoke with loss prevention who told police that Johnny Tate had a machete in the bag he was carrying.

Tate was taken into custody and placed in the back of a patrol car.

While in the car, Tate allegedly threatened to “beat” the transport officer and “blow his brains out.” Complete article

Knife-wielding robber steals calculators from Irmo SC Walmart, police say 01/31/2019

A 26-year-old man was arrested after police say he stole calculators from an Irmo Walmart at knife-point, according to a statement from Irmo police.

Steven Wayne Harmon was charged with the armed robbery at the Dutch Fork Road store, according to the statement.

Police were called out to the Walmart on Tuesday after a person, believed to be Harmon, was spotted shoplifting 10 scientific calculators, according to the statement. When an employee approached Harmon, he pulled out a knife and ran away. Complete article

State police seek 4 men suspected of $4K Walmart theft in White Township Pa. 01/30/2019

Florence man arrested after police say he burglarized an Alabama Walmart 01/31/2019

Woman’s purse with $1,000 cash taken at NH Walmart 01/30/2019

Man pleasures himself in parking lot of Naples Fla. Walmart 01/30/2019

Nevada 2018 Walmart raider faces 11 years in struggle with deputy 01/30/2019

West Monroe La. PD make arrest in Walmart purse snatching 01/29/2019

Evansville Ind. PD Seeking Suspect in Purse Theft at East Side Walmart 01/3/2019

Hayden man thanks Wash. Walmart employees for saving his wife's life 01/31/2019

Denton Tx. Blotter: Four arrested at Walmart for switching price tags 01/30/2019

Man holding child tries to pay with fake money at Tx. Walmart, police say 01/30/2019

North Olmsted woman with warrant arrested for drunken driving & Walmart shoplifting: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 01/30/2019

Heroin addict who carjacked retired cop at East Shore Walmart needs to stay behind bars, Pa. court rules 01/28/2019 Retired officer pulled her own gun on him which went off, but didn't hit anyone at the time.

2 men suspected of stealing TVs from three Walmarts in Raleigh NC 01/3/2019

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from ND Walmart 01/31/2019

Man convicted of stealing $100K from Orlando Fla. Walmarts 01/31/2019

Prince Frederick Md. Man Arrested at Walmart with Beer, Machete and BB Gun at Walmart 01/31/2019

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, at approximately 7:40 pm, OFC Lewis responded to the Walmart on Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a person with a weapon. The Calvert Control Center advised that a white male, wearing a black jacket, camo pants, was seen in the parking lot with a machete.

Upon arriving on the scene, the officer located a white male, later identified as Ronald Lee Russey-Thyes, 19 of Prince Frederick, matching the description walking towards the left side of Walmart.

The officer activated his emergency equipment and ordered Thyes to stop and noticed that Thyes had an open 40oz bottle of Budweiser beer in his hand and a large knife strapped to his right leg. Thyes dropped the bottle of beer and was ordered to toss the knife away from his person, then he was placed in handcuffs.

During the officer’s interaction with Thyes, the officer noticed a strong odor alcohol emitting from Thyes breath and person and had slurred speech. Thyes admitted to drinking Budweiser in the parking lot prior to the officers arrival and informed the officer that he had been staying in a tree house located in the woods next to Walmart. Complete article

Amazon and Walmart are about to take a big hit in India 01/31/2019

(CNN) — India is the world’s biggest emerging digital economy, and Silicon Valley’s top companies have invested huge sums to cash in on it. Now new regulations are threatening their business.

E-commerce restrictions due to go into effect Friday will prevent global retailers such as Amazon and Walmart from using their deep pockets and massive scale to drive down prices in India.

And proposed legal changes would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to monitor and take down content at the request of Indian authorities, which critics say could be misused for censorship. Complete article Some of these policies are antitrust practices to prevent monopolies, which infringe on consumer and worker rights in long term even if they provide short term benefits while wiping out small businesses.

UK court rules against Walmart-owned Asda in pay dispute 01/31/2019

LONDON — A U.K. court has ruled against Walmart-owned Asda in a decision that could have ramifications for equal pay in the private sector.

The Court of Appeal said Thursday that lower-paid shop workers, who are mostly women, can compare themselves to higher-paid workers in distribution centers, who are mostly men.

The next stage will address whether the roles are of equal value. Complete article

Walmart is changing its sick leave policy, and will pay bonuses for good attendance 01/31/2019

New York (CNN Business)Walmart is changing its paid time off policies for its employees, and will start paying bonuses to workers who limit their absences.

The goal is to give incentives to workers who show up every day, while building in protections for people who have no choice but to miss work.

Currently, hourly workers can miss up to 9 days every six months for unexpected absences. Walmart is cutting that to 5 under the new policy, which will take effect this weekend. The policy around vacation days is not changing. Complete article

Two accused of stealing cell phones from Tx. Walmart stores 01/31/2019

UPDATE: Janesville Wisc. Walmart open after pipe burst 01/31/2019

Women sought after stolen credit card used at Orangeburg SC Walmart 01/31/2019

Board member Sarah Friar weighs in on Walmart and Slack 01/31/2019

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