Monday, February 1, 2021
Walmart Crime Report January 2021
Walmart had at least fourteen shootings, in January 2021, with at least one fatality and seven more injuries. The fatality was an off-duty security guard who was there to shop, one of the injuries was also a police officer, and at least three of the non-fatal shootings were officer involved resulting in at least two injuries. One of the shootings involved a carjacking and chase; another involved a rollover with bullet holes in the vehicle. The first shooting of February took place in the first three hours of the month.
They also had at least sixteen more gun related crimes, including at least five or six armed robberies and another four or five false alarms, although some of these panics may have involved armed people.
In addition to the shooting death there were four more bodies found on the premises, two people killed in accidents, one person killed in a stabbing, and the relative of a former worker trying to draw attention to a death as a result of COVID-19; which comes to a total of eight deaths last month, since the COVID-19 death was from last August.
There were at least two Walmart employees attacked during theft of jewelry, including one of an 89-year-old employee. Why are they even making her work, let alone being threatened over something as petty and useless as jewelry? Walmart is part of the oligarchy system that forces working class people to work well beyond when they used to be able to retire, while the billionaires take all the profit without risk!
Walmart's own promotion for PS5 inspired people to open up boxes of cereal across the country to get it, even though there was little chance it would work, since the promotion was another scam anyway. Their own scams routinely incite more crime, which is almost certainly a significant reason why they have more crime than other stores. Several other employees were also attacked for other reasons, including two in two different states with a baseball bat.
There was a family brawl that had to be broken up and several customers were attacked, including one that was kidnapped. A Texas police indicated that his officers "clearly mishandled" an arrest after they were being sued, these admissions are rare with black defendants and this one was white. One of the El Paso mass shooting survivors that was expected to be called as a witness was deported for petty reasons even though she had no record and there was no reason to believe she was a threat to anyone. Despite improved rhetoric from the Biden administration there's little or no improvement. Many of these immigrants are victims of oppressive polices in their own countries, often with the approval of our politicians, yet the USA, "defender of the free world" isn't trying to enable them to participate in the decision making process, which real democracies do.
Problems with the pandemic are now routine at Walmart, and everywhere else, including several assaults related to arguments about masks, at least one possibly two that may have involved gun threats. They had another fake “COVID Response Team” spotted at one of their stores. One person was allegedly fired for complaining about lack of enforcement. Another Walmart store in Canada went to the other extreme sending local authorities to enforce rules often with shockingly high fines. Whether it's enforcement of pandemic rules or anything else, it's usually the rich that come up with high fines, even though they're much less likely to be enforced against other rich people, and poor people can't afford them. This is rarely taken into consideration, indicating these policies are more concerned with controlling the poor and keeping them poor.
There were close to, if not more than a dozen major accidents, police chases or other automobile related incidents, including the two people killed in accidents, including several other crashes with at least two hit and runs, a couple police chases, a stolen vehicle, someone slashing tires and a man with a medical incident that was stopped from crashing into Walmart by a police officer that used his cruiser to prevent it.
Walmart had at least eight fires, including four arsons at one store and three more arsons at other stores, one of which was next to gas pumps by someone that might have been suicidal, plus another major fire still under investigation.
There were at least seven major stabbings, including the one that was fatal, and two more knife threats or attempted stabbings last month. Nancy Grace expressed outrage when a criminal profiler expressed concern about the lack of supervision for the children involved in the fatal stabbing. The rest of us should be outraged by her. If she really was a "victims rights advocate," as she falsely claims, she would be interested in finding out the root causes of violence so it can be prevented. The most important right for victims should be not to be victims in the first place and if we can learn how to prevent crimes like this, then we can prevent many people from becoming victims in the first place. Nancy Grace is just an egotistical demagogue promoting herself by seeking vengeance after it's too late to prevent crimes. If we had better education about causes of crime decades ago many current atrocities could be prevented, but that wouldn't be good for the employment of demagogues like Nancy Grace, who's actually a disgrace.
Walmart also had at least one theft of a catalytic converter, following several others in recent months, several sexual assaults, a major "cash out" scam that cost them thousands of dollars, and many more assaults shoplifting's and other crimes.
Walmart has been caught with false claims of "made in the USA" again, which happens practically every year; if they ever had credibility they lost it decades ago. A former employee said they ignored warning signs about the opioid crisis. They filed a counter-suit to prevent a fair investigation; it remains to be seen if it will work.
They're facing at least five major lawsuits, including one for a tricycle that wasn't properly assembled, a suit for using the image of a veteran without permission, multiple slip and fall suits, a suit for failing to fulfill lifetime tire rotations using the pandemic as an excuse, without offering refunds, and a suit over an arrest that was refilled. Part of the money you give them is routinely used for their legal defense funds, but if you have reason to sue them you'll have to come up with your own legal expenses, without relying on funds from your opponent.
Walmart is increasing their efforts to control health care, which should concern everyone, since they put profits over the interests of the public on everything else they do. We should be just as concerned with their use of self-driving cars and other delivery items, some within the store. They're also involved in many political scandals including ending donations to lawmakers that supported rhetoric contributing to the insurrection; but they haven't stopped selling MyPillow yet, and they want credit for partial support of the minimum wage despite efforts to stop it for decades.
Another consumer found another needle in clothing, this time a sweatshirt, sold at Walmart.
A video from before the pandemic went viral again showing a TikTok mom answering the phone at Walmart and offering to help the customer, even though there are no employees around, do to their relentless corner cutting.
Another women was caught on video hitching a ride on the back of a Walmart truck until he stopped at a traffic light, which also went viral.
An armed man was caught pointing a gun at imaginary people in the Walmart parking lot, saying he was trying to "protect himself and his family," even though the video showed that he was alone, with no one stalking him, or even his family.
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 Walmart 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 Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart 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 2021. 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.
Summerfield Fla. couple nabbed after price-tag-switching incident at Wal-Mart 01/01/2021
UPDATE: Man arrested after firing handgun in parking lot of Ca. Walmart store did not show up for his court hearing 01/01/2021
Two face Glen Carbon Ill. Walmart theft charges 01/01/2021
Woman wanted after taking wallet with $200 belonging to 6-year-old at Chandler Ariz. Walmart 01/02/2021
Cranston RI police look to identify women accused of stealing from Walmart 01/02/2021
Elizabethton Tenn. Walmart Supercenter to close temporarily for sanitizing 01/03/2021
Family honors Chattanooga Tenn. Walmart employee killed in store shooting last year 01/03/2021
Mother and daughter charged with NY Walmart burglary 01/03/2021
Ky. Walmart employee gives life-saving service to customer 01/04/2021
Newburgh family finds money inside baby formula at Ind. Walmart 01/03/2021
Seismograph box causes bomb scare outside of West Nashville Tenn. Walmart 01/04/2021
New Albany Mississippi Walmart closes and set to reopen January 7th, 2021 01/04/2021
Tooele Utah police searching for man, woman in connection with Walmart theft 01/04/2021
Walmart in Decatur Alabama closes for deep cleaning 01/04/2021
KNOW THEM? Police Seek To ID Warminster Pa. Walmart Thieves 01/04/2021
Columbia SC Walmart on Bush River Road to close in February 01/05/2021
Chandler Ariz. police donate new wallet and money to boy who had his stolen at Walmart 01/05/2021
Man arrested after bomb threat at Colorado Walmart 01/05/2021 Gabe Smith, 35, went into the store at 37 Stafford Ln. in Delta around 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 and initially made statements about threatening himself and others in the store, police said. He made the statements over a radio he had taken from an associate, which is typically used to communicate among employees, police said. When officers arrived, they were able to contact Smith through that radio system.
Crime and fire report: Walmart account holder hacked, item rerouted to California; multiple package thefts reported 01/05/2021
Walmart, SC environmentalists are pushing back on Dominion electric rate hike request 01/05/2021
Police arrest suspicious person observed drinking in Tx. Walmart restroom 01/05/2021
Hartsville SC Walmart closed for two days for cleaning, officials say 01/06/2021
Ca. Walmart temporarily closes Paramount store for COVID-19 sanitizing 01/06/2021
Laredo Tx. Walmart closes for COVID cleaning, sanitization 01/06/2021
Deputies: Canandaigua man charged with public lewdness at NY Walmart 01/07/2021
Wichita Kansas Police investigating sexual battery at East Wichita Walmart 01/0/2021
Leon County Fla. Sheriff’s Office investigating theft at Walmart on Tennessee Street, asking public to help identify suspect 01/07/2021
McDonough Ga. Walmart evacuated for bomb threat, police say 01/08/2021
Walmart Neighborhood Market in Jenks Okla. closing for deep cleaning 01/08/2021
One Gulfport Mississippi Walmart closing Saturday for deep cleaning 01/08/2021
Loss of SC Walmart shows how major retail has left Columbia’s Bush River area behind 01/09/2021
Walmart temporarily closing Fayetteville Tenn. store 01/09/2021
Five coronavirus infections linked to Mass. Walmart employees 01/09/2021
S. Eastern Las Vegas Nevada Walmart to close temporarily 01/10/2021
Checotah Okla. Walmart Closing Temporarily For Cleaning 01/10/2021
Manassas Va. mall Walmart closed until Tuesday for deep cleaning 01/10/2021
Hopkins Co. Ky. Walmart to temporarily close for deep cleaning 01/10/2021
Visiting Florida woman caught shoplifting at Walmart: Bainbridge Township Ohio Police Blotter 01/10/2021
Lewisburg WV Walmart to close for cleaning and reorganization 01/11/2021
Crime Solvers looking for suspect in Va. Walmart theft 01/11/2021
Man With Heroin, Xanax, Captured At Route 59 Walmart: Ill. Cops 01/11/2021
Women In Trucking Association Announces Continued Partnership with Walmart 01/12/2021
SPD: Reward offered for name of man wanted for stealing from Walmart on E. Bert Kouns Shreveport La. 01/12/2021
Walmart temporary closings for deep cleaning are more common in winter COVID-19 surge 01/12/2021 The Walmart Supercenter in Garland is closed for a couple of days to allow “third-party cleaning crews time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building,” the retailer said Sunday. Walmart isn’t providing a lot of details behind the closings, but there have been several around the country, including one last...
Walmart closing Bush River Road Columbia SC location 01/12/2021
Lafayette La. Crime Stoppers: Information sought on Walmart theft suspect 01/12/2021
Tarpon Springs Fla. group that warded off Walmart prepares for next battle 01/12/2021
3 Ca. Walmarts and 1 Sam’s Club temporarily closed for COVID-19 cleaning 01/1/2021
Walmart closing more Okla. stores to conduct deep cleanings 01/13/2021
Police seek ID of man caught on camera stealing Ninja food processor from Bossier La. Walmart 01/13/2021
Rome NY Walmart temporarily closes 01/13/2021
Shoppers driven out of Huntington Beach Walmart closed for COVID-19 cleaning 01/14/2021
Crime Briefs: Man runs into protected party in Colorado Walmart, refuses to leave 01/14/2021
Man arrested at Tenn. Walmart for criminal trespass 01/14/2021
Some Md. Giant Food, Walmart stores to get COVID-19 vaccines in pilot program 01/15/2021
Paris Tenn. Walmart to temporarily close for cleaning 01/1/2021
Reading man whose recorded scuffle with Wyomissing police at Pa. Walmart went viral arrested again. 01/14/2021
St. Cloud woman charged with theft from Minn. Walmart 01/15/2021
Person of interest sought after theft of purse at Orangeburg SC Walmart 01/15/2021
Fenton Mich. police arrest man allegedly passing counterfeit $50 bills at Walmart 01/15/2021
Clearfield County Pa. man steals $1,112 worth of items from Walmart, Ollie’s, Rural King 01/16/2021
West Sacramento Ca. police say suspicious item in Walmart parking lot a 'hoax' 01/16/2021
State police looking for assistance identifying Potsdam NY Walmart shoplifters 01/16/2021
Police blotter: Woman steals $1,400 in items from Mich. Walmart 01/16/2021
How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine at Walmart 01/15/2021
Walmart Located in Escondido Ca. to Close for Sanitation Amid Coronavirus Pandemic 01/17/2021
TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN THEFT AT INDIANA PA. WALMART 01/18/2021
DaBaby responds to fatal Walmart shooting on new single ‘Masterpiece’ 01/17/2021
Oklahoma State Player Surprised With Scholarship While Working His Shift At Walmart 01/18/2021
Bomb squad finds no threat from suspicious package at far east El Paso Tx. Walmart 01/18/2021
North Logan Utah Walmart abruptly closes for 'cleaning and additional restocking'; reopening expected Wednesday 01/18/2021
Owensboro Ky. PD looking for man wanted in Walmart theft 01/1/2021
Walmart temporarily closes Orange Ca. store for COVID-19 sanitizing 01/18/2021
Alleged Tenn. Walmart gunman back in jail 01/18/2021
Walmart on Shackleford Road Little Rock Arkansas closing temporarily due to thorough cleaning 01/1/2021
Greeneville Tenn. PD: No explosives found, no charges filed after report of suspicious package near Walmart 01/19/2021 Police said the backpack was, “cleared by a member of the police department bomb squad and no explosives were found.”
Gaston County NC Walmart closes for cleaning 01/19/2021
SWFL woman wants to thank good Samaritan who saved her with CPR at Fla. Walmart 01/19/2021
RRPD seeks person who stole headlight sets from NC Walmart 01/19/2021
2 suspected in Trumann Walmart robbery arrested in Mississippi 01/20/2021
Woman Arrested After Attempting to Steal from Walmart in Manitowoc Wisc. 01/20/2021
Walmart in Cabot Arkansas closing temporarily due to thorough cleaning 01/20/2021
Health department warns of potential exposure at Ithaca NY Walmart 01/21/2021
CRIME STOPPERS: Man wanted after 10+ video games stolen from Moline Ill. Walmart 01/21/2021
Woman arrested after child found wandering inside San Antonio Tx. Walmart with head injury, bruising, records show 01/21/2021
Parolee accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Wy. Walmart 01/21/2021
Summerfield Fla. man once nabbed in theft at Villages Wal-Mart back behind bars 01/22/2021
Police: Queensbury man stole clothing, food from NY Walmart 01/22/2021 Troopers learned that a man had fled the store after stealing about $40 worth of clothing and food from the store, according to police.
Police: ‘Unruly’ Hunterdon County NJ Man Refusing To Wear Mask At Walmart Throws Coffee On Ground 01/22/2021
Walmart Supercenter on Northeast Side San Antonio Tx. to close Friday afternoon for deep cleaning 01/22/2021
Pekin Ill. Walmart cleared after report of possible bomb in store 01/22/2021
Police: Shoplifter hits Ill. Walmart twice 01/22/2021
12 Walmart stores in N.J. ready to give COVID vaccinations when doses are available, company says 01/25/2021
Walmart Expanding Vaccine Distribution Efforts 01/25/2021
Walmart starting to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in some Georgia locations 01/22/2021
Walmart expanding COVID-19 vaccine program to South Carolina 01/22/2021
2 Missouri jail escapees arrested in Denver homeless shelter, Arvada Colorado Walmart 01/25/2021 Abernathie was arrested Sunday afternoon after he attempted to steal about $150 worth of clothes and other items from a Walmart at 9400 Ralston Rd., according to the Arvada Police Department. He gave officers a false name, so they ran his fingerprints to discover his identity, police said.
Police Seeking To Identify Suspect Accusing Of Stealing From Pa. Walmart 01/26/2021
Leesville La. Walmart closing for cleaning 01/25/2021
Columbus Ind. Walmart to offer limited COVID-19 vaccinations, beginning today 01/26/2021
Skip Scanning Away At Fla. Walmart 01/2/2021
Police calls: Woman's house, vehicle shot up 01/26/2021 Walmart, 2485 Possum Run Road - A 35-year-old woman concealed items totaling $86.03 in her scooter and failed to scan and pay for them.
Walmart, 2485 Possum Run Road - A 26-year-old woman said she needed food so that is why she attempted to steal from the store. She was issued a summons on a charge of theft in lieu of arrest. The items were returned to Walmart.
Woman Charged With Stealing Items From Pa. Walmart 01/26/2021
Lowcountry high school principal donates his paychecks at SC Walmart to help those in need 01/26/2021
Utah chooses Smith's, Walmart to help vaccinate general public, when allowed 01/27/2021
Suspicious Walmart shopper claims bad checks and sex trafficking taking place at store: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 01/27/2021
10 States Walmart is Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine In 01/26/2021
Walmart to build $800M distribution center near Dallas Tx. 01/27/2021
Walmart Has Spent the Past Year Preparing with CDC and Others to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine 01/27/2021
Charges expected in Ky. Walmart jewelry theft 01/27/2021
Massena man charged in Potsdam NY Walmart larcenies, allegedly stole tires, arcade game 01/28/2021
Man indicted for murder in deadly North Lubbock Tx. Walmart shooting last Dec. 01/27/2021
Springfield Ill. Police: Teenager turns himself in for Christmas Eve shooting in Walmart parking lot 01/28/2021
5,000 Walmarts ready to administer COVID-19 vaccine 01/28/2021
Brazil Ind. Walmart given all-clear after evacuation; Brazil Police Department issues statement 01/28/2021 “At 8:02 p.m. the Brazil Police Department responded to a report of a bomb/active-violence threat that was called into the Wal-Mart. .... it was determined that no threat was imminent at that time."
MPD asking for help identifying suspects in Tx. Walmart theft 01/28/2021
WOMAN CHARGED IN MULTIPLE THEFTS FROM WHITE TOWNSHIP PA. WALMART 01/29/2021
Theft from Walmart in Waterloo Ill. 01/28/2021
Rome Ga. Woman Found with Meth While Shoplifting at Walmart 01/28/2021
Man shot by law enforcement at Cleveland Ohio WalMart in Dec. indicted on federal charges 01/29/2021
Rio Rancho NM Walmart bomb threat proves to be false alarm 01/30/2021
WOMEN BILK PA. WALMART CASHIER OUT OF $2,100 01/31/2021
Johnstown woman charged for 7 known ‘no scan’ Pa. Walmart visits 01/30/2021
New Hartford NY police looking to identify suspects in Walmart theft 01/29/2021
Walmart in Avon Colorado reopened after evacuation for crews to investigate gas smell 01/29/2021
Oxford Mississippi Police Department investigating Walmart bomb threat, suspect in custody 01/31/2021
Walmart employee injured in Tampa shooting 02/01/2021