WALMART has considered closing some of its stores as theft rates across the country have increased.
Police in Toledo, Ohio, have been called to the chain’s Glendale Avenue location 11 times in the past two months to deal with thefts, WTOL reported.
“I think it goes year round,” Walmart shopper Marty Calderon said of the thefts in an interview with the outlet. “Not just during the holiday season.”
At a Walmart location in Long Island, New York, a man stole more than $25,000 worth of jewelry last month, Patch reported.
Police said they still don’t know who the suspect is, which is why they’re asking the public for help in identifying him.
Sometimes the suspected thieves come from inside Walmart.
An employee allegedly stole nearly $13,000 worth of cash and merchandise over the course of five months earlier this year from a location in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, WEAU reported.
Saybre Graeff, 32, was charged Tuesday with stealing movable property between $10,000 and $100,000 after being arrested in June.
It’s unclear if she filed a plea deal at this point.
“Theft is a problem,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNBC earlier this month. “It’s higher than in the past.”
Though he said it could prompt the chain to close some stores, no final decisions have been made about specific locations.
“It’s not cool,” Calderon said of the potential closures. “We need to open these stores… They need to get security or something.”
In certain locations where theft is a problem, Walmart takes extra precautions to protect its merchandise.
Products including shampoo, cosmetics and underwear are now being held under wraps at some of the chain’s Southern California stores, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“We do not discuss details related to illegal activities at our stores,” said Charles Crowson, Walmart’s director of corporate communications.
“We’re constantly looking for effective ways to protect goods, keep prices down and create a safe environment for the millions of customers we serve weekly,” he said.
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