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Monday
Nov262012

Suspected Shoplifter Dies After Confrontation with Walmart Employees

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LITHONIA, Ga.) -- A man suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from a Lithonia, Ga., Walmart on Sunday died after an altercation with two store employees and a contract security guard, prompting a police investigation.

The man, whose identity has not been released, exited through the front door of the store at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was confronted in the parking lot, according to DeKalb County police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the employees on top of the middle-aged man, according to a police report obtained by ABC News affiliate WSB-TV.  When an officer bent down to handcuff the suspect, he noticed there was no resistance.

At that point, the officer noticed the suspect was bleeding from the nose and mouth, according to the report.  He was transported to DeKalb Medical-Hillandale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is truly a sad situation.  We don’t know all of the facts right now.  We’re in the process of working with law enforcement to determine all of the facts and cooperating and providing any information we have to assist in the investigation,” Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee said in a statement issued to ABC News.

Gee said the contract security guard will no longer be providing services to the retailer.  The two store employees have been suspended with pay while Walmart assists police in the investigation.

“Our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority,” Gee said.  “No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life.  Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk.  That being said, this is still an active investigation and we’re working with police to provide any assistance.”

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Monday
Nov282011

Real Estate Mogul Charged with Shoplifting

Elizabeth Burks/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's(CHICAGO) -- A top executive at a high-profile Chicago real estate firm is accused of shoplifting three designer neckties from Bloomingdale’s on Black Friday.

Michael J. Sato, 44, was charged with retail theft for allegedly stealing three Burberry ties from the Michigan Avenue department store. The ties sold for $145 each.

According to court documents, a store security guard said he watched Sato tuck two of the pricey ties into the pocket of his coat, and put a third into a shopping bag he was carrying. Sato then allegedly walked past the cash registers and was stopped in the exit vestibule by security.

Sato’s lawyer told the Chicago Sun-Times it was all a misunderstanding in the chaos of Black Friday’s shopping crush.

“It was just a mistake. It was busy,” defense attorney Jon Erickson said. “He had his kids with him, it was crowded.”

Erickson called Sato a “highly respected” member of the community who did not intend to take the merchandise.

According to his company’s website, Sato is a president of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, and is one of “Chicago’s top producing realtors, with over $400 million career sales volume.”

At his court appearance, Erickson told the judge that Sato had no criminal record. Sato is scheduled to return to court next month. He was released on his own recognizance. Neither he nor his attorney returned phone calls Monday.

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Friday
Nov252011

Safeway Security Guard Fired After Interrogating 4-Year-Old Girl

ABC News(EVERETT, Wash.) -- Safeway has fired the security guard who interrogated a 4-year-old girl for alleged shoplifting after he saw her eat from a bag of apricots and put the bag back on the shelf.

The girl’s father apparently hadn’t noticed what his daughter had done and was taken aback when he was stopped by security on his way out of the Everett, Wash., store.

The guard then interrogated Savannah Harp, 4.

The girl’s mother, Alissa Jones, said the guard proceeded to tell Harp’s father that the tot was banned from the store and that it would be pressing charges.

“He told them, ‘Your daughter stole and she’s banned from the store, and we’re pressing charges. And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways,’” Jones said, according to ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO 4 News.

Savannah, who can’t read or write yet, was forced to scribble on the piece of paper.

“It’s pretty troubling. It’s not like she even knows what she was doing,” Jones said.

Safeway officials expressed outrage over the guard’s treatment of the little girl and issued a formal apology to her family. The division president offered to take the little girl around the bakery to show her that the store was not a scary place.

“In this case, neither our policy nor commonsense seems to have been followed,” Safeway said in a statement.

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Friday
Nov252011

Safeway Guard Bans 4-Year-Old from Store Over Alleged Shoplifting

ABC News(EVERETT, Wash.) -- A security guard in Everett, Wash., is in trouble for the way he interrogated a 4-year-old alleged shoplifter.

Savannah Harp, 4, was put through the ringer in the break room of a Safeway grocery store after a guard contracted by the store saw her open a bag of dried apricots, eat a couple and put the bag back on the shelf.

Harp’s father didn’t notice her sticky fingers and was taken aback when security stopped him on his way out of the store.

The girl’s mother, Alissa Jones, said the guard proceeded to tell Harp’s father that the tot is banned from the store and that they would be pressing charges.

“She needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways,” Jones said the guard told him.

Savannah, who can’t read or write, was forced to scribble on the piece of paper.

“It’s pretty troubling. It’s not like she even knows what she was doing,” Jones said.

Safeway said it was outraged by the treatment of Savannah and the division president offered to take the little girl around the bakery to show her that the store is not a scary place.

“In this case, neither our policy nor common sense seems to have been followed,” Safeway said in a statement.

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Monday
Feb282011

World's Biggest Shoplifters? Couple Named in $5M Safeway Thefts

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (file)(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- If the allegations are correct, a pair of thieves in  Portland, Ore. may well be among the world's most prolific shoplifters. Police said they nabbed the sticky-fingered couple for allegedly shoplifting some $5 million of merchandise from Safeway stores.

Safeway worked with authorities to arrest Richard Remington, 52, and Angela Evans, 32, on Feb. 15. The grocery chain claims Remington pulled off 103 thefts that were caught on tape at various Safeway stores while Evans was seen 75 times stealing merchandise.

So determined was Safeway to stop the thefts, they authorized a loss prevention officer to place a tracking device on the couple's van, according to The Oregonian.

Remington and Evans, who had been dating for about six months, allegedly stole about $400,000 of merchandise a year from Safeway over the span of several years, according to an affidavit signed by Charles Mickly, deputy district attorney for Multnomah County in Oregon. The district attorney's office charged the two with 24 counts of theft. They have pleaded not guilty. It wasn't clear if they had a lawyer.

Trent Drucker, a loss prevention officer at Safeway, located Remington's van and placed a tracking device on it. He was then able to review video of the shoplifting and determine that they allegedly drove to pawn shops to sell stolen DVDs.

Not all retailers are able to invest months in capturing individual shoplifters, though this case suggests outsized losses for the supermarket chain.

Shoplifters stole $13.7 billion in merchandise in the U.S. from June 2009 to October 2010, according to the Centre for Retail Research in England. Surveying retailers worldwide, shoplifters cost retailers $107.3 billion in that period. The survey included 1,103 of the largest retailers in 42 countries, with $873.8 billion in combined sales.

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