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    05/18/2016 7:52:47 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 63 replies
    frontpagemag ^ | May 18, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Left-wing, conservative and libertarian pro-crime policies lead to a rise in crime. The left's insane propositions in California included Proposition 47 or the "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act". That Orwellian name made as much sense as calling a bill to legalize arson the "Fire Prevention and Non-Torched Homes Act". Proposition 47 effectively decriminalized a bunch of crimes, including shoplifting. And you'll never guess what happened next. Shoplifting. Lots and lots of shoplifting. Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1˝ years ago. About a half-dozen times...
  • California Ballot Measure Blamed for Shoplifting Jump

    05/15/2016 12:48:06 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 6 replies
    abc news ^ | 5/15/16
    Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1˝ years ago. About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells in HobbyTown USA, a small shop in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento. "It's just pretty much open season," Lutz said. "They'll pick the $800 unit and just grab it and run out the door." Anything below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor — and likely means the thieves face no pursuit and no punishment, say retailers and law...
  • California ballot measure blamed for shoplifting jump

    05/14/2016 12:11:47 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 52 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 14, 2016 | AP
    Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1˝ years ago. About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells (...). "It's just pretty much open season," Lutz said. "They'll pick the $800 unit and just grab it and run out the door." Anything below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor — and likely means the thieves face no pursuit and no punishment, say retailers and law enforcement officials.
  • 2 women accused of shoplifting in Green Hills, leading police on chase (tried to run over police)

    04/02/2016 6:49:03 PM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    WRKN-TV ^ | April 1, 2016 | WKRN web staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two women are facing various charges after police say they attempted to run over a police officer while trying to get away after shoplifting from the Mall at Green Hills. Metro police said Stardreaka Eddings and Tawonda Parrish also drove into oncoming traffic while escaping on Thursday. It all began around 4:20 p.m. when Officer Dustin Tidwell saw Parrish run out of the Macy’s store with an arm full of clothes to a waiting Honda Accord, according to a press release. Police say Eddings was behind the wheel when she aimed her car at the officer...
  • Oakland’s Minimum Wage Is Up, Wal-Mart Is Out

    01/30/2016 8:44:31 AM PST · by upchuck · 64 replies
    daily signal ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    A minimum wage of $12.55 an hour in Oakland, Calif., may be the culprit for a Wal-Mart store's closure. Wal-Mart announced Jan. 15 it will close 269 stores globally, including 154 locations in the United States-affecting about 10,000 associates across the nation... snip Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat, has been leading statewide efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. "This higher city minimum wage eliminated the jobs of the very workers advocates wanted to help," said James Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation... snip The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that most...
  • Woman arrested for shoplifting breaks into home, takes nap in homeowner's pajamas

    12/14/2015 3:28:22 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    WPEC ^ | Dec. 14, 2015 | WPEC
    A 72-year-old woman awoke from her slumber late Sunday morning to quite a surprise. She found a young woman in the guest bedroom, sleeping in her husband's pajamas. The homeowner initially thought her husband was having an affair with the female intruder, but that turned out not to be the case. She even ordered him home from the golf course for an explanation, and he told the truth.
  • U. Wisconsin official: let's stop prosecuting shoplifting

    08/30/2015 8:07:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    Mitchell, a former assistant district attorney, says his comments were not an endorsement of shoplifting. A University of Wisconsin-Madison official claims laws against shoplifting are just an excuse to over-police minority communities. “I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases… for people who steal from Wal-Mart,” said Everett Mitchell, director of community relations for the university, during an on-campus event. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”...
  • U Of WI Director Of Community Relations Says Arresting Shoplifters Is Over-Policing

    08/24/2015 4:10:24 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 53 replies
    Ethics Alarms ^ | 8/22/2015 | Rick Jones
    UW Director of Community Relations Everett Mitchell, speaking at a University of Wisconsin Madison panel dealing with “Best Policing Practices,” argued that police should stop responding to shoplifting and thefts at Wal-Mart and Target to reduce what he refers to as “over policing” of the community. Yes, he really believes that enforcing the law regarding property crimes against retailers is “over-policing.” Mitchell, an employee of an institution that exists to enlighten the young and impressionable, said that communities should be able to decide for themselves what laws should be enforced, and that the ultimate goal of law enforcement is not...
  • One alarming reason Walmart's profit is down

    08/18/2015 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 78 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo ^ | 8/18/15 | Hayley Peterson
    Walmart's theft problem is getting worse. Walmart US president Greg Foran said Tuesday that theft, which the company calls shrinkage, was one of three major factors behind the retailer's drop in profit in the most recent quarter. Walmart's profit fell to $3.48 billion, or $1.08 a share, in the quarter ending July 31, from $4.09 billion, or $1.26 a share, a year earlier, the company reported Tuesday. "Inventory shrinkage was meaningfully higher than planned for the quarter," Foran said in an earnings call. Walmart probably loses about 1% of its US revenue — or roughly $3 billion every year —...
  • Why the rich feel entitled to shoplift

    08/09/2015 9:46:46 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | Amber Jamieson
    Items are often lifted by privileged shoppers who somehow feel they deserve more. “They’d pay for one of the things they were still holding but drop something extra in their shopping bag, like their own version of a free gift,” said the Sephora insider. At Anthropologie, some upper-middle-class women buy $400 kaftans and $500 clogs — and then “accessorize” for free. “We were taught that our prime shoplifters were women and girls who were regular shoppers at ­Anthro,” said one ex-employee, who every night would find piles of security tags in the fitting rooms that were taken off apparel that...
  • No relatives show up to claim 5-year-old left at Kohl’s after attempted theft

    06/22/2015 2:01:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    Attorneys at a hearing to determine who would receive temporary custody of the 5-year-old boy told a judge Friday morning that his mother and an aunt had been notified that the hearing would take place but that neither were in the courtroom to speak on his behalf. His father hadn’t yet been found, and the grandmother who abandoned him Tuesday at Kohl’s when she bolted from a shoplifting stop was still on the run from law enforcement, Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Marino said. The judge placed the child in the temporary custody of the state.
  • Pay us or we’ll call the cops: Stores giving shoplifters choice of punishment - but is it coercion?

    02/28/2015 3:13:00 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | February 27, 2015 | Leon Neyfakh
    Imagine you’re browsing at Bloomingdale’s when a security guard taps you on the shoulder and accuses you of shoplifting. He takes you to a private room, sits you down, and runs your name through a database to see if you have any outstanding warrants. Then he tells you that you have two options. The first involves him calling the police, who might arrest you and take you to jail. The second allows you to walk out of the store immediately, no questions asked—right after you sign an admission of guilt and agree to pay $320 to take an online course...
  • Scammers Manipulate Lowe’s Receipt-Checking Policy To Steal $80,000 In Tools

    01/26/2015 4:01:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Consumerist ^ | January 26, 2015
    Many consumers don’t like it when stores check their receipts on the way out of the building, claiming it treats all shoppers like shoplifting suspects. But a trio of scammers had no problem showing their receipt at Lowe’s, running a multi-state shoplifting/return scheme for several months. According to WAVE3, the men would start out from their home base in the Danville, KY, area and then drive the 90-ish miles to Southern Indiana, swiping stuff from various Lowe’s stores along the way. But this wasn’t a simple matter of walking out of the store with power tools and hoping no one...
  • Kids Left in Car for Hours After Parents Arrested for Shoplifting at WalMart: BSO

    01/07/2015 12:47:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    nbc ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | nbc
    A couple caught shoplifting at a Lauderdale Lakes WalMart left their three young children in their car for several hours after they didn't tell deputies the kids were waiting for them, authorities said. Gerald Moultrie and Tosheba Hope are facing grand theft and child neglect charges following their arrest Monday night, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. Moultrie, 24, and Hope, 30, were being held on $1,000 bond early Tuesday, jail records showed. It was unknown if they have an attorney. According to the BSO, the couple left their three young children - ages 2, 5 and 7 - in a...
  • NYT Reporter Who Published #DarrenWilson Address,...Has Shoplifting Criminal Record

    11/29/2014 3:18:26 PM PST · by RummyChick · 113 replies ^ | 11/29 | Johnson
    The New York Times reported who published Darren Wilson’s address and has been covering Michael Brown has a shoplifting record, has learned. Julie Bosman and her co-author famously published Darren Wilson’s address in the New York Times page. The apparent conflict of interest wasn’t disclosed to the New York Times, a source with knowledge in the inside of the Times has told
  • 'I can infect whomever I please': HIV-positive woman steals frozen food from Texas Walmart...

    11/01/2014 8:27:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 1, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Dallas police arrested Diamond Lawrence Thursday after she allegedly stole $11 worth of frozen food from a Walmart and then attacked the employee who stopped her. She scratched him in an attempt to draw blood and infect him with HIV, police said. Then told him, 'You're welcome.'A woman tried to swipe a stack of frozen dinners from a Texas Walmart by threatening a store clerk with HIV, police said. Dallas police arrested 25-year-old Diamond Lawrence Thursday after she allegedly attacked an employee in a bid to give him the virus and make off with $11 worth of stolen food. Lawrence...
  • Frisco police: Cowboys’ Joseph Randle arrested Monday, charged with theft

    10/14/2014 9:34:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 9:27 am on October 14, 2014 | By Naheed Rajwani
    Frisco police say Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested Monday evening for allegedly shoplifting at the Dillard’s at Stonebriar Mall. Police were called to the Dillard’s at 8:17 p.m. Monday, said Frisco police spokesman Chad LaPrelle. The store’s loss prevention employees had detained Randle, who was later charged with theft, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said Randle attempted to steal a $39.50-pack of two black Polo underwear and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne valued at $84. He was released from Frisco City Jail early Tuesday after posting a $350 bail, police said. Randle has a...
  • Woman Suspected As Topless Shoplifter Surrenders To Arcadia Police

    07/29/2014 8:50:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | July 28, 2014 9:55 PM
    ROSSMOOR ( — A 45-year-old woman turned herself in to Arcadia police Monday in connection with a June shoplifting incident at the Westfield Santa Anita mall. But what really sets this case apart is that the woman, during a violent scuffle with a security guard outside over her purse, somehow lost her shirt and bra. Police say the woman left behind her purse, stuffed with stolen merchandise, and ran topless to her white Mercedes-Benz parked nearby. A witness recorded the woman’s license plate as she drove off, police reported. Investigators found the woman’s driver’s license inside her purse. They identified...
  • VIDEO: Store Clerk Stands Up To Shoplifting Mob

    06/17/2014 7:09:47 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 6 replies ^ | 6/16/14 | Mike Parker
    VIDEO: Store Clerk Stands Up To Shoplifting Mob June 16, 2014 (CBS) – Chicago police are investigating a bold and massive shoplifting scheme. They walk into a store like any other shopper, only they have no plans to pay. In fact, they grab what they want and suddenly take off. But as CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the thieves were not expecting a store employee to put up such a fight. A dozen or so people came to the Grand Crossing neighborhood K & G clothing store, but not in search of advertised bargains. They came to steal, as a...
  • Man Shames a Walmart Shoplifter – Was He Wrong?

    02/21/2014 3:09:42 AM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 44 replies
    nj1015. com The Dennis andJudi Show ^ | February 20, 2014 1:25 PM | The Dennis andJudi Show
    A man who worked for loss prevention was in Walmart and caught a woman shoplifting. What happened after that is the big question of how to handle situation like this. The man did NOT work for Walmart. By no means are we condoning what the woman did, it obviously is wrong to steal. But did this guy go too far in shaming this woman or did he teacher her a valuable lesson? At the end of the video, you can hear the guy giggling, almost like he enjoyed shaming her and catching it on video.
  • New Jersey state trooper caught shoplifting at Cabela's near Hamburg, police say

    02/03/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies
    TILDEN TWP., Pa. - A New Jersey State Police trooper asked an officer not to arrest him on shoplifting charges by mentioning he worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's security detail, police said. An attorney for William Carvounis confirmed the trooper has worked on Christie's security detail but denied he asked for special treatment. He also denied that Carvounis shoplifted items from the outdoor retailer Cabela's in Tilden Twp., Berks Co., near Hamburg, on Jan. 8.
  • Shoplifter lawsuit highlights retail dilemma

    01/23/2014 12:10:47 PM PST · by rey · 24 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | January 22, 2014 | Paul.Payne
    Sometimes it’s better to just let things go. That could be the mantra for overprotective retail clerks and loss-prevention agents everywhere following a lawsuit in Santa Rosa civil court by a would-be shoplifter who was badly injured when he was tackled by a grocery store manager. The clash happened when plaintiff Johnny Ramirez was stealing a bottle of rum from the Windsor Raley’s, according to a tentative ruling from Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Arthur Wick. Ramirez tucked the glass bottle into his waistband and ran out the door, only to be stopped by manager Shea Carpenter, who tackled him...
  • NYPD: Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

    10/17/2013 5:19:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two teenage girls suspected of shoplifting were stopped as they were leaving the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square, and a security guard checking their bags found what appeared to be a dead baby, police said Thursday. The girls, both 17, were stopped by a store security guard. It was then that one of the girls admitted she had “a baby in the bag,” CBS 2 reported. The guard called police. The girl later told police that she had given birth Wednesday and did not know what to do with the stillborn baby, which had matured...
  • NBC12 confronts mom accused of leaving kids in car and shoplifting

    09/12/2013 11:46:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    NBC12 ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | Ashley Monfort
    "Someone could break in and take the kids," said Marilyn Brook. "Or they could coerce the kids to open the door, take the car and the kids and be gone." "Just leaving them unattended is irresponsible in itself and then to go and do something that's illegal while they're sitting in the car is just inexcusable," said Gabriel Gonzalez. NBC12 wanted to see if Thomas could explain what happened.
  • Ferguson Hot Dog Vendor at Home Depot Robbed and Beaten With Hammer for His Cell Phone

    08/22/2013 11:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 22, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Police: Suspects hit hot dog vendor with hammer at local Home Depot. Police are hoping surveillance video will help catch four suspects after a hot dog vender was robbed and attacked with a stolen hammer at a Ferguson Home Depot on Wednesday. view full article A hot dog vendor at a Ferguson Home Depot was robbed of his cellphone and struck in the head with a hammer by four shoplifters. The incident occurred around 3 p.m on Wednesday. The Home Depot is located in St. Louis County at the 10900 block of New Halls Ferry Road. According the CBS St...
  • Trenton woman allegedly steals dresses at Quaker Bridge Mall, crashes car, leads police into marsh

    07/30/2013 12:03:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Times of Trenton ( ^ | July 29, 2013 | Alex Zdan
    LAWRENCE - A Trenton woman shoplifted $250 worth of dresses from Macy’s Saturday afternoon, pushed a security officer, and then led police on a one-mile car chase before crashing and fleeing into a marsh along the highway, police said today. Shabrika Laster, 24, was captured after a 20-minute police search of the marshy area near Route 1 and Interstate 95, Sgt. Joseph Amodio said. Laster was in Macy’s at Quaker Bridge Mall at around 3:10 p.m., and had allegedly stuffed $251.98 worth of dresses under her tube top. “She was approached by Macy’s security,” Amodio said. “She was stopped outside...
  • Man-of-the-Cloth in Five-Finger Discount

    06/24/2013 7:17:53 AM PDT · by Doc Savage · 28 replies
    June 24, 2013 | Doc Savage
    I frequently meet friends at Panera in the morning. For the past five years, almost every morning, a minister at a local church walks in. He always carries a large drink cup that he hides in his pant's pocket or down at his side. He grabs a USA Today from the stand near the door, moves to a table and sits down. He reads the paper for a minute or two to establish he's in the building, then walks over to the iced tea dispenser and fills it up. Then he takes six or seven pieces of lemon and squeezes...
  • McDonald’s Employee Finds Stolen Car At Restaurant’s Drive-Thru

    05/16/2013 2:48:22 PM PDT · by mykroar · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/16/2013 | CBS Seattle
    KENNEWICK, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A McDonald’s employee found her own stolen car in the fast food restaurant’s drive-thru. Kennewick authorities tell KEPR-TV that 22-year-old Katherine York was driving Virginia Maiden’s stolen Toyota SUV while going through the McDonald’s drive-thru Tuesday. Maiden told police that her vehicle was stolen from her apartment complex Tuesday morning. After Maiden spotted her car, she called Kennewick police who responded to the scene as York was pulling out of the drive-thru. York and a male passenger were detained, but the unidentified man was later released.
  • The Mother Of The Boston Bombing Suspects Was Arrested For Shoplifting Last Year

    04/19/2013 7:58:45 AM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-19-2013 | Grace Wyler
    The Mother Of The Boston Bombing Suspects Was Arrested For Shoplifting Last Year Grace WylerApril 19, 2013Natick Police A woman believed to be the mother of Boston bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was arrested last year for shoplifting at a Cambridge Lord & Taylor department store, according to a police briefing in the Natick Patch. Here's the June 13, 2012 report from the Natick Police: 7:42 p.m.: Loss prevention from Lord & Taylorcalled to report they had detained a shoplifter. Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, 45, of 410 Norfolk St., Apt. 3, Cambridge, was arrested and charged with larceny over $250...
  • Accused female shoplifters suspected in Russian 'retail theft ring'

    04/08/2013 4:51:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 8, 2013 | Brett Clarkson,
    Four women who are believed to be part of an organized Russian "retail theft ring" were arrested Saturday after trying to steal $32,000 worth of clothes from the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Boca Raton, police said. The women told police they were visiting Florida from New York but they couldn't say why and claimed to not speak English, according to Boca Raton police arrest reports.
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Walmart security shoots mother-of-2 shoplifting suspect dead in parking lot as she tries to flee

    12/08/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 391 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | James Nye
    A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Fatal Crash Reported after Chase Along I-64 in Hurricane

    12/06/2012 11:03:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 12.6.2012 | Anna Baxter
    PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A deadly crash has been reported along Interstate 64 at the Hurricane rest stop. The wreck was reported just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards tells Hurricane Police got into a pursuit with a driver that was allegedly wanted for taking items from a local store. The chase reached 100 MPH in the eastbound lanes before the driver tried to exit the interstate and crashed into a semi parked at the Hurricane rest stop, according to Mayor Edwards. Mayor Edwards says the man was killed in the crash. Emergency crews are on...
  • [DEM] House candidate admits taking [STEALING] items from grocery store

    09/20/2012 9:58:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | Sep 14, 2012 | Charles Ashby
    The same day she officially became a candidate for House District 58, Tammy Theis was issued a citation on suspicion of shoplifting last week. The Democrat admitted to the Sept. 6 incident, saying she mistakenly placed a handful of items in an empty box she had under her cart and forgot all about them when she went through the checkout line. The Montrose resident said she was distracted at the time, trying to get boxes to help her father move into an assisted living center while doing her normal grocery shopping at the same time.
  • Jacquetta Simmons takes the stand, (punched Walmart cashier)

    08/24/2012 8:24:56 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 31 replies
    The Batavian ^ | August 24, 2012 - 12:18am | Howard Owens
    For the first time in public, Jacquetta Simmons told her side of the story today, and in front of the one audience who's opinion of the events Dec. 24 at Walmart really matter: A jury of 12 Genesee County resident who tomorrow must decide whether a 26-year-old Simmons intentionally punched 70-year-old Grace Suozzi. Simmons, now 27, said she had no idea she even hit Suozzi until hours later. She said she was horrified to learn she had injured Suozzi and it's been a painful realization ever since. "I feel horrible about it," Simmons said during her only tearful moment on...
  • Woman Nabbed With 42-Inch TV Under Her Skirt

    08/12/2012 1:46:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Aug 2012
    A woman was arrested in Oslo on Thursday after walking out of a shopping centre with a 42-inch flat screen television between her legs.The woman, who was accompanied by a male companion, wandered out of the Elkjřp shopping centre in the Skřyen area of Oslo with the substantial item under her long flowing skirt. A witness alarmed the police after spotting the cumbersome couple leaving the shopping centre at around 8pm on Thursday. The woman was able to carry the widescreen television clasped between her legs and well hidden under her long skirt, to a nearby bus stop. The police...
  • Hayashi to run for vacant Alameda County seat

    07/22/2012 3:24:06 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 22, 2012 | AP
    California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi says she's planning to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer. Hayashi — who is on probation after pleading no contest in January to charges that she shoplifted from a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco — has filed papers indicating her intent to run for supervisor in the November election. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News the Democrat from Hayward told the newspaper that her opponents would try to use the shoplifting incident to what she termed "smear" her.
  • Mary Hayashi inquired about Nadia Lockyer's seat

    04/25/2012 5:22:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/25/12 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    Maybe there's something about one of the Alameda County Board of Supervisor's five seats that attracts troubled Bay Area politicians. Less than a week after Nadia Lockyer resigned her seat on the board following weeks of scandalous revelations of drug abuse and a sexual affair with a meth adddict, disgraced Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, reportedly inquired about the post. Hayashi, who is termed out of the Legislature after this year, contacted three of the four remaining members of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to gauge their interest in appointing her to fill out Lockyer's term until 2014, the Bay...
  • Americans More Embarrassed To Be Caught Shoplifting Or Littering Than Cheating On Their Taxes

    04/03/2012 6:22:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/30/2012 | Janet Novack
    A new survey suggests Americans consider cheating on their taxes more socially acceptable than shoplifting, drunk driving or even throwing trash out the window of a moving car. The Shelton Group, a green marketing firm based in Knoxville, Tenn. had 1,105 Americans complete on-line surveys in an effort to find out what kind of messages will make them adopt more environmentally friendly and energy efficient products and behaviors. Towards the end of the survey, the respondents were asked directly: “How embarrassed would you be if someone you knew found out that you……” and then read a list of presumably undesirable...
  • GRIME WAVE: It’s a dirty job: Police nationwide take on soaring Tide detergent theft

    03/12/2012 3:39:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 58 replies
    The Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | M.L. Nestel
    Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent. Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid. One Tide taker in West St. Paul, Minn., made off with $25,000 in the product over 15 months before he was busted last year. “That was unique that he stole so much soap,”...
  • Assemblywoman pleads no contest in shoplifting

    01/06/2012 6:42:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/12 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi pleaded no contest Friday to stealing nearly $2,500 in clothing from the Neiman Marcus store on San Francisco's Union Square after a judge reduced the felony grand theft charge against her to a misdemeanor. Outside court, her attorney said Hayashi had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor before the shoplifting, and that the condition may have influenced her behavior. Hayashi, 45, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft. She was sentenced to three years' probation, ordered to pay $120 to a restitution fund and $60 in court costs, and told to stay at...
  • Police: Man Celebrated 45th Birthday With $283 Worth Of Food Stuffed In Pants

    12/20/2011 12:15:39 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    CBS Charlotte ^ | 12/19/11 | CBS Charlotte
    SALISBURY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Shrimp, rib-eye steak, baby back ribs and smoked turkey. One Salisbury man celebrated his 45th birthday by trying to stuff all of it — almost $300 worth of food — down his pants. Ronald Broadway, 45, was arrested Thursday night in the parking lot of his local Food Lion supermarket, packed with enough meats and fish intended for a birthday and holiday celebration, police said.
  • Guard fired after nabbing child who ate from box

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A grocery store security guard was fired after he told the father of a 4-year-old girl that she would face criminal charges for eating from a dried fruit package, a TV station reported. The child's mother, Alissa Jones, said the father wasn't looking when the girl grabbed the package, ate a few pieces of fruit then returned it to a shelf at a Safeway store in Everett, Wash., KOMO reported Wednesday. Safeway previously faced widespread criticism when a Honolulu couple were arrested over stolen sandwiches and had their 2-year-old daughter taken from them briefly by state...
  • Police: Shoplifting Suspect Shot At Walmart

    11/02/2011 5:18:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | 11/2/2011 | Steve Tellier/WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A shoplifting incident led to a shooting at a Walmart, according to police dispatchers. The shooting happened at the Walmart at 7100 Raggard Road. Police said off-duty Jefferson County constable David Whitlaw was shopping at the store around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when he heard there was a shoplifting suspect outside the store in the parking lot. Police said Whitlaw went to the parking lot, where the female suspect was in a car. Police said she ran over Whitlaw's foot, and he in turn fired a shot into the car, wounding the woman in her arm and hand....
  • 'Flash Robs' Vex Retailers

    10/21/2011 7:55:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2011 | ANN ZIMMERMAN and MIGUEL BUSTILLO
    Retailers this holiday season are preparing to protect themselves against a new group of unwanted visitors: swarms of teenagers and young adults who plot via Twitter, phone texts and Facebook to descend on stores and steal merchandise. Law enforcement officials call them "flash robs," a criminal incarnation of the "flash mob" phenomenon in which participants use social media to organize impromptu gatherings, from dances in shopping malls to uprisings in the Middle East. In Philadelphia, about 40 boys swarmed into a suburban Sears in June and made off with thousands of dollars in merchandise including sneakers, socks and pretty much...
  • Shoplifting Suspects Flee Store, Leave Kids Behind

    10/13/2011 10:47:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville couple is facing multiple charges after police said they fled a store without their children when they were confronted by security personnel about shoplifting. According to arrest records, 19-year-old Kelsey Grobmeier and 20-year-old Michael S. Kaufman were at a Walmart on Cedar Springs Boulevard at 7 p.m. Wednesday with two small children. Grobmeier and Kaufman were caught by loss prevention agents attempting to steal items from the store, police said. Police said Kaufman had stolen a cellphone and attempted to steal a tablet computer, destroying the display to which the tablet was attached. When confronted,...
  • Legacy of love overshadows Wilson woman's sudden death

    05/21/2011 1:55:40 PM PDT · by Renderofveils · 41 replies · 1+ views
    WRAL TV ^ | 5/20/2011 | Ken Smith
    Rochelle Pender's family and co-workers were stunned Friday to learn that the smiling Walmart greeter was dead. Police said employees at the 2500 Forest Hills Road store were chasing a suspected shoplifter Wednesday when someone ran into Pender. She fell and hit her head and died two days later. ... A Walmart spokesman said Pender, 71, had been with the company for 15 years and was a beloved member of the team at the Wilson store. "She's going to be greeting people in heaven now," Langley said.
  • Marine Colonel Convicted Of Shoplifting At WalMart, Loses Command!

    05/08/2011 9:20:48 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 46 replies
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 05-07-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
  • Wal-Mart: Get serious about security or give it up

    02/28/2011 10:43:15 PM PST · by kathsua · 21 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 2/22/11 | Dan Deming
    It is far past time for Wal-Mart to either get serious about store security or abandon the effort and pass the savings along to customers. I was hoping to avoid writing about my experiences at the Hutchinson Walmart as a security officer, something I enjoyed for 18 months before resigning to run for public office. My hesitation comes from not wanting to reveal security information that would be harmful to store operations or lead to even greater thievery. I have a deep respect and friendship with a number of Walmart's local managers and employees. I miss working with many of...
  • Police: Woman Sells Stolen Walmart Items On Craigslist (Video)

    02/07/2011 8:06:31 PM PST · by greatdefender · 13 replies · 1+ views
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | February 7, 2011
    SANFORD, Fla. -- Surveillance video from a Sanford Walmart helped lead detectives to a suspect in the theft of more than $1,000 of computer hardware. The video shows a woman hanging out in the electronics section, and then placing external hard drives in a bag under her shirt, police said. Police said the woman then went into the bathroom, dumped the security chip in the packaging and left the store. Investigators went to Craigslist and found the same hard drives for sale. Undercover officers then set up a meeting with the woman and offered to purchase the hardware. Police said...