Walgreen’s employee charged with thefts http://www.privateofficer.com
According to police, employee, Nathan C. Walker, 20, of the 100 block of West Foundry Street, was charged Monday with shoplifting and theft.
Police responded to the pharmacy on North High Street about 6:24 p.m. Monday for a report of theft by a store employee.
Scott McMullen of the Walgreens loss prevention team told police Walker was ringing up one or two items in a customer’s cart and then letting them leave the store with other items that weren’t paid for. McMullen also said Walker would ring up sales, round the totals to the nearest dollar and then pocket the money after voiding transactions once customers left the store.
McMullen told police he had documentation showing the total value of the items Walker failed to charge for was $570.84, but McMullen said Walker told him he had been “under-ringing” items for about a year and the actual value was about $5,000.
A search of Walker’s bag by police turned up papers that contained “gang paraphernalia” related to the Bloods street gang, according to a police report.
Walker was processed and released on a summons.
RETAIL SECURITY ALERT! http://www.privateofficer.com
In the past eighteen days, we have reports from at least a dozen different states and retail stores of large amounts of razor blades being stolen from pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreen as well as department stores such as Walmart and K-Mart.
These thefts involve the replacement tri- blades for all brands and has netted thieves approximately $300,000 in stolen merchandise.
The razor blades, as with most HBA(health, beauty aid) items are fast cash on internet sites such as EBay and other online auctions, Craigslist and on line stores and market places as well as area flea markets and just selling them right out of the trunk of their car like one shoplifter did in New Jersey.
Most stores are reporting that the thefts wipe out entire sections of inventory and add up to thousands of dollars of merchandise in one hit.
Although there have been several arrests in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee we do not see a connection to these thefts at this time and in most cases the shoplifters are acting independently in their area. This does not mean however that gangs are not working a particular city or state because we are sure that they are.
Some stores have begun locking up these items while others do not want to inconvenience their customers anymore than they have to.
BE AWARE! If you have an HBA area it is advised to spend extra time on surveillance and make you GM’s and store associates aware of this alert!