Breaking News in the Industry: January 30, 2019

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Shoplifting suspect with 4 kids; drives into cop car to escape

A Virginia man was arrested after he allegedly drove into a police cruiser, according to Henrico Police. Just after 4:30 PM on Saturday, officers were called to a reported shoplifting at the local Walmart. Once officers arrived on the scene, they saw a man jumping into a vehicle. “The subject, later identified as Michael A. Brown, reportedly drove into a police car while trying to escape, with the police officer inside the vehicle.

After striking the vehicle, Brown fled the scene and a pursuit ensued, due to the assault on law enforcement.  Brown exited his vehicle and continued to flee on foot, but was apprehended,” Henrico Police said in a news release. Brown was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, felony child neglect (there were four children in the car at the time of the incident), felony elude, felony hit and run, felony larceny and possession of heroin.   [Source: ABC8 News]

AP associate bit during scuffle

Police are searching for a man accused of biting an employee after stealing items from a Target store in Wilmington, Delaware. The incident occurred at the Target store around 4 PM on January 21, police said. Brandon Webster, 28, of Townsend, Delaware, allegedly stole merchandise from the store and was spotted outside by an employee. When the employee approached him and tried to recover the items, Webster bit him on the hand and then fled on foot, according to investigators. The employee was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.   [Source: NBC10 News]

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LP associate offered job back after kerfuffle over tackle

A Best Buy LP associate in California may be out of a job after doing what some would consider a good deed. The LPA tackled a suspect outside the store  who was running away from Placer County Deputies. The company said what their employee did is against their policy so they had no choice but to fire him. Surveillance video shows the moment the employee, identified in the article only as Tyler, tackles the suspect. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies were chasing the suspect Timothy Trujillo. Tyler’s swift action helped the deputies arrest Trujillo and also got him fired. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies intervened and on Monday, Best Buy issued a statement saying they would offer Tyler his job back.

The statement said:
“We made a decision to terminate our employee for violating our clear policies but have had reason to take another look at what happened. In the end, we understand he made a split-second decision to do what he thought was right and, while we wish he hadn’t put himself or anyone else at risk, we regret our initial decision and will be offering him his job back.”

Tyler said he has no hard feelings toward the company and just wants to move forward. In fact, he told CBS13 Monday that he has received a lot of offers from Sheriff’s Departments and law enforcement agencies since the incident. He has not made a decision where he will work yet.   [Source: CBS13 Sacramento]

Two different employees arrested in same store on same day in separate theft cases

It happened twice in the same day, Hackettstown, New Jersey, police were called to a local Wawa, and both times charged employees with stealing money from the convenience store. The first call on Saturday came at 8:20 a.m. from the Mountain Avenue Wawa, according to a police news release on Monday. Nineteen-year-old Donnell Gatling Jr., of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with fourth-degree theft for allegedly stealing $228 between January 20 and 21.

The second call from the same store came at 3:13 p.m. That time, police said, 20-year-old Michael Cavaliere, of Belvidere, was charged with third-degree theft for stealing $1,130 between Jan. 10 and 20. Both men were released pending court appearances.   [Source: LehighValleyLive]

Felon receives reduced sentence of jail, probation for retail theft, fraud charges

A California woman who pleaded no contest to seven felonies in four different cases of theft or fraud at San Mateo County retail stores was sentenced to four months in jail and five years of supervised probation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Facing up to four years in state prison at her sentencing hearing Friday, Thomas allegedly apologized to the police officer and will receive 40 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Douglass said Thomas’ daughter was born in the midst of her court proceedings and has changed Thomas’ life for the better, noting she now has a lot on the line in fulfilling her sentence.

Though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said prosecutors asked Ayoob to consider a prison term, he noted Ayoob’s sentence afforded her second chance. “As a society, we will all hope she takes advantage of it,” he said.   [Source: The Daily Journal]

MLB has new deal for uniform, footwear supplier

Major League Baseball, Nike and Fanatics on Friday announced a 10-year partnership that crowns Nike the league’s official uniform and footwear supplier, which encompasses on-field uniforms including baselayers, game-day outerwear and training apparel, starting in the 2020 season.

The deal sounds just like one announced two years ago by MLB, Fanatics and Under Armour. Last May, Sports Business Journal reported that Under Armour backed out in order to save $50 million, in a year when slumping sales later led the company to slash its global workforce. Under Armour didn’t immediately return Retail Dive’s request for comment.

In its own press release, Nike said it will continue as an official MLB sponsor, and, as part of the new agreement, will also partner with all 30 teams for marketing. Fanatics, meanwhile, remains the partner in charge of manufacturing and distributing MLB’s licensed fan gear, according to the league’s release.
   [Source: RetailDIVE]

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