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Macy's is closing 68 stores, cutting 10,000 jobs
The announcement was issued alongside an unfavorable earnings report, showing comparable store sales dipped 2.1% last quarter. The news caused its stock to plunge nearly 10% during after-hours trading Wednesday.

Macy's said it expects to layoff about 3,900 workers as a result of the upcoming store closures, and another 6,200 jobs will be cut as the company works to streamline its management team, according to a press release. A few stores have already been shuttered, but 63 will close down between now and mid-2017, leaving about 660 U.S. stores left open. The closings are among the 100 stores Macy's said last August that it intends to shutter.

The expected savings from these cuts will be invested in the company's digital business as well as marketing efforts including Bluemercury, Macy's Backstage and China, Macy's said. cnn.com

Full list of Macy's store closures

Sears closing 150 stores, selling Craftsman in attempt to survive
Department-store chain Sears Holdings is seeking to stem its bleeding by closing another 150 stores, including 108 Kmart locations, and selling its Craftsman brand to raise cash.

The ailing retailer said Thursday that it had reached a deal to sell the tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker for a net present value of about $900 million, including future royalty payments. The move came several months after Sears put the Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands up for sale as it seeks an elusive turnaround.

The company said late Tuesday that it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears stores, calling it "a difficult but necessary step as we take actions to strengthen the company's operations and fund its transformation." usatoday.com

Full list of Sears store closures

Sears walking away from leases, will close 19 additional stores
Seritage Growth Properties, the real estate investment trust that Sears CEO Eddie Lampert spun off from the retailer, said in an SEC filing Wednesday that Sears had exercised its right to terminate the leases on 19 unprofitable stores. The stores, which total 1.9 million square feet of space available for leasing, account for $5.9 million in rent, or 2.7 percent of the retailer's total annual base rent as of the end of September. yahoo.com

The Limited to Close Stores Across the Country
After wide speculation that it would be among the first retail bankruptcies of 2017, The Limited is closing its stores. Media outlets in Ohio, North Carolina, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida, and Wisconsin are reporting that their local Limited stores will be closing on January 7th, often with "everything must go" and "all sales final" sales. Today, Racked also received a tip that all stores will, indeed, be closing on that date. racked.com

New York City Major Crimes Fall to Lowest Recorded Level
Robberies Down 8.7%, Burglaries Down 14.6% in 2016

Major felony crime in New York City slid in 2016 to its lowest level in decades, as other big U.S. cities reported jumps in homicides. Sixteen of the nation's 20 largest police departments reported a year-over rise in homicides, a Wall Street Journal survey from last month found. Chicago alone reported 762 homicides in 2016, more than Los Angeles and New York City combined.

New York City reported 335 murders in 2016, down from 352 in 2015, 673 in 2000 - and 2,262 in 1990.

About half of the long-term decrease reflects the broader national trend that began in the 1990s, law professor Franklin Zimring said. But he attributed the other half to strategies employed by the New York Police Department, including a sharp increase in the size of the police force, an intense focus on crime hot spots and the introduction of the crime-tracking system known as CompStat.

The NYPD drove serious crime to record lows last year by focusing on very specific wrongdoers: Gang members, career criminals and recidivist robbers.

"We identified the worst individuals across the city," said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce as the police released 2016 crime statistics Wednesday. "We found that the same people carrying guns, the same people witnessing crimes, the same people were committing crimes." wsj.com nydailynews.com

Safeway, Insurer Seek Quick Wins In Parking Lot Shooting Coverage Row
Seneca Insurance Company on Tuesday pushed for Georgia judge to quickly conclude it owed no coverage towards a man's underlying suit against Safeway after being shot in its parking lot, while the grocery story chain maintained its policy still applies.

The insurer launched a declaratory action last January, claiming Safeway Group Inc. lied on a 2013 application for coverage by answering "no" to the question of whether or not crimes had occurred at an Atlanta-area shopping center it managed within the last three years. Because of the misrepresentation, Seneca said it owes no coverage of a March 2015 suit against Safeway and WH-Tri County Shopping Center LLC, the center's owner, by a man who alleged their negligence led him to be shot three times in the parking lot.

"Without question, Safeway and WH-Tri County misrepresented multiple violent crimes that resulted in claims, yet failed to disclose them to Seneca, warranting rescission of the policy," Seneca wrote on Tuesday, urging a Georgia federal judge to grant it summary judgment.

For their part Safeway and Tri County responded Tuesday with their own bid for quick judgment, arguing that Seneca can't possibly claim its coverage decision was based on a "no" answer to the past crime question because in reality the insurer received a "loss run summary" as part of the application which identified multiple shootings, assaults, batteries and other crimes on the property.

Indeed, Seneca's underwriter of the policy admitted during deposition that he was aware of past crimes on the property prior to issuing the policy, and Seneca's own coverage expert testified that he would not have accepted Safeway's risk given the information disclosed on the application, the grocery chain pointed out.

Seneca had also argued that, between the time Safeway applied for insurance coverage in October 2013 and signed the final policy in January 2014, another shooting occurred on the Tri County shopping center premises, yet the grocer supposedly failed to disclose that potential claim, another reason for rescission.

What's more, even if the insurer's argument regarding the misrepresentations were correct, Seneca allegedly "knew 'facts' supposedly relevant to its claim of rescission as early as April 2014 yet waited almost two years before taking any action whatsoever," Safeway wrote. "Seneca's allegations are without merit."

According to Mitchell's complaint, Safeway and Tri County were aware of multiple shootings, robberies, assaults and other crimes that occurred at the shopping center as early as 2010, yet did nothing to improve the center's safety, thus the pair were negligent and liable for his injuries.  law360.com

Ex-employee claims Versace used code for black customers
Former employee at a Versace outlet store in the San Francisco Bay Area is suing the global retailer for discriminating against him and customers, according to a lawsuit filed in Alameda County court.

The East Bay Times reports that 23-year-old Christopher Sampino alleges that store employees used a code to notify each other when black customers walked into the Livermore store.

He claims a manager told him to casually say "D410" when a black person entered the store. D410 is a code used in the store for black clothing.

Sampino claims he was fired in October for being biracial after working in the store for two weeks. The lawsuit filed in November also alleges that Sampino was told he was fired because he did not "know luxury" and "had not lived the luxury life."

The company has filed a request to move the case from state court to a federal court. Versace denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper. dallasnews.com

Aurora, IL: Fox Valley Mall joins other malls with "Parental Escort Policy" days Police say eight teens face misdemeanor charges including battery, resisting police and disorderly conduct after the Dec. 26 fight. Authorities say it took 75 officers from Aurora and neighboring Chicago suburbs to regain control of the mall. mywebtimes.com

Former NFL Player Sells Security-Guard Firm to U.S. Security Associates
Christmas came early for Rafe Wilkinson in 2016. The former University of Richmond football standout and retired NFL player closed out the year by selling his company, Richmond-based ODS Security Solutions, to national competitor U.S. Security Associates. The deal closed just prior to Thanksgiving for an undisclosed sum. U.S. Security acquired ODS in its entirety.

Founded about 16 years ago as Old Dominion Security, ODS provides security guards, training and other services primarily to healthcare clients such as hospitals. Wilkinson, who played linebacker at UR and went on to play for the Denver Broncos in the 1980s, bought ODS in 2002. richmondbizsense.com

10 million posters printed thanks to CNY Ride for Missing & Exploited Children
A major milestone has been reached for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - New York/Mohawk Valley branch. As of Dec. 31, more than 10 million posters of 10,401 missing children have been printed and distributed from the Utica office on York Street since its inception in September 1995. This achievement has been made possible because of funds raised by the Ride for Missing Children-CNY (The Ride) and has led to the successful recovery of 7,125 children. timestelegram.com

Amazon and Forever 21 may make bids for American Apparel

December Same Store Sales Results

Canada's Reitmans comp's up 9.5%, e-commerce sales up 60%, sales up 4.4% (80 fewer stores)
L Brands comp's down 1%, sales up 1%
Fred's comp's down 3.4%, sales down 3.9%
Cato comp's down 12%, sales down 12%
The Buckle comp's down 15.5%, sales down 15.1%

Holiday Same Store Sales Results (Nov/Dec)

Canada's Reitmans comp's up 7.5%, e-commerce up 54.6%, sales up 2.5% (80 fewer stores)
Children's Place comp's up 6.9%
Kohl's comp's down 2.1%, sales down 2.7%
Macy's comp's down 2.7%
Barnes & Noble comp's down 9.1%, online sales up 2%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Walgreens Q1 US comp's up 1.1%, sales up 1.4% 

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CIOs will thwart cybersecurity threats with behavioral analytics in 2017
Software that detects and alerts companies to anomalous behavior are on CIOs' purchase lists for the New Year, when spending on cybersecurity tools is expected to increase.

Companies are investing more money in emerging technologies that can help anticipate and detect a variety of threats, including phishing scams and advanced persistent threats, both of which are weighing heavily on the minds' of corporate board members. For 2017 CIOs are eyeing tools that use anomaly-detecting analytics and machine learning algorithms to protect their companies' data.

Proactive protection is the key

Worrall says he currently uses three predictive analytics tools that detect anomalous network access, such as when someone using an employee's valid Juniper credentials accesses information they don't normally access for work.

Such digital forensics can also determine whether the malicious actor was pinging the network from another country, as well as other details that help "stitch together various events and detect anomalous behavior humans couldn't detect," Worrall, who declined to name the tools because he did not to invite hackers to probe his security defenses.

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies will help companies take a more proactive approach to corporate defense.

Companies must integrate such tools with technologies and business processes for validating user authentication and authorization. He says that such a solution could leverage blockchain, the digital ledger software that ensures trust between parties exchanging cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, will emerge in 2017.

Boards free up budget but expect proof of protection

CIOs will continue to struggle to balance their cyber investments against managing risks to their businesses. Put another way: The choice between what to buy, implement and tune first -- the shiny new behavioral analytics platform or the latest and greatest business email compromise stopper -- poses prioritization challenges many CIOs aren't accustomed to in this age of cyber warfare. csoonline.com

Barista Bots
Starbucks among brands on cutting edge of AI in retail

Coming soon to Starbucks: virtual baristas. The coffee giant plans to add a Siri-like virtual assistant to its mobile app that will allow users to place an order by talking to a virtual barista that will then send the order to a store nearby user where it will be made by an employee.

The new AI feature is just one example of how a handful of brands, including home improvement giant Lowe's, are using artificial intelligence in their operations, reported Adweek.com.

"AI is going to be like electricity or the Internet - it's going to be foundational technology [for] which most things are built," says Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe's Innovation Labs. chainstoreage.com

What to do if your data is taken hostage
Getting duped online by a cybercriminal is infuriating. You let your guard down for a minute and the thieves find their way in to your machine.

Look no further for help than the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology report that in part describes how to deal with criminals when they are holding your data hostage. The report talks of what to do once a breach has been found.

ICIT says the proper response will depend on the risk appetite of the organization, the potential impact of the hostage data, the impact on business continuity, whether a redundant system is available, and the sectorial regulatory requirements.

Hopefully the information security team has already planned out a procedure to follow in the event of a ransomware attack. They should begin by notifying the authorities and applicable regulatory bodies. The plan identifies the organization's recovery time objective (RTO), and recovery point objective (RPO) for data breaches. In the event that a backup exists, then cyber-forensic evidence of the incident should be preserved and documented for/by law enforcement.

In many cases, files may be partially corrupted or incompletely decrypted. Even if a vendor solution is a simple executable, the victim may not be able to assure that their system is not still compromised by inactive ransomware, backdoors, or other malware. csoonline.com

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Safeway posts Director, Information Security Governance job - based in Phoenix

Five Below Selected as Finalist in Innovative Retail Technologies Retailer Innovation Awards

Innovative Retail Technologies magazine recognizes retailer's in-store operations achievements

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 4, 2017 -- Agilence, Inc., the market leading insight service provider of cloud based data analytics for store operations and loss prevention, today announced that retail client Five Below, one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, has been selected as an Innovative Retail Technologies Retailer Innovation Awards Finalist in the In-Store Operations Category.

Innovative Retail Technologies magazine conducted a Web-based survey of subscribers during October 2016. Subscribers were asked to nominate a retailer in one of six categories (omni-channel retailing; in-store operations; supply chain/fulfillment; workforce management; loss prevention; and customer engagement). A total of 50 validated nominations were submitted. Winners and Finalists were selected by the Innovative Retail Technologies editorial staff. Five Below was selected as an awards finalist in the In-Store Operations Category.

Five Below's unprecedented growth led them to create their first Asset Protection department to drive in-store operational efficiencies and performance. They searched for a tool that not only would meet the needs of Asset Protection efforts but would serve other business partners within the organization. Five Below selected 20/20 Retail from Agilence to identify areas of operational improvement and to investigate fraud in store locations. Five Below Regional Managers and District Managers monitor actions of the top performers and potential offenders in each of their 44 districts via personalized dashboards.

"Five Below has been growing fast. Our new Asset Protection department provides our field teams with the information needed to manage and optimize in-store operations, freeing us up to focus on corporate growth initiatives," said Gregg Smith, Senior Director of Asset Protection, Five Below. "We are honored that our team has been recognized for our efforts to turn operational insights into efficiencies."

"Five Below built an asset protection department from the ground up in a fast growing company, recognized the need for tools to accelerate their efforts and then took action," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence, Inc. "We are delighted that the Five Below team has been recognized for their in-store operational achievements."

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How Amazon's Problems with Counterfeiters Got so Bad
Companies, customers are getting fed up with the counterfeits flooding Amazon

Counterfeiters have been a part of the internet's firmament for about as long as things have been sold online. EBay's rating system for buyers and sellers originated, in part, as an attempt to combat the sale of fake products.

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, counterfeits were an almost $500 billion business in 2013. It's an issue for eBay, and such a problem at Alibaba, that the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative just put the Chinese retail giant on its "Notorious Markets List," citing the "challenges" trademark and copyright-holders face in enforcing their rights.

But here in the United States, Amazon, the nation's largest online retailer, gets the most attention for the problem. The company's current woes seem to have originated in a 2014 decision by management to allow Chinese manufacturers to directly list their wares on Amazon Marketplace, where third-party sellers are responsible for about 40 percent of the company's sales. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 72 percent of counterfeits confiscated by law enforcement authorities in the United States, European Union, and Japan between 2010 and 2014 originated in China.

Amazon's legal responsibilities include removing fraudulent listings when they are brought to their attention. As a result, chasing down frauds became a time-consuming and all-but-Sisyphean task for many legitimate sellers and copyright and trademark holders. Proving the fraud was on them, not Amazon. And the frequent response of a busted counterfeiter isn't to stop selling the product but to reopen for business under another account on Amazon, forcing the aggrieved party to start the process over.

Counterfeits are now giving Amazon such a black eye that the company is finally starting to improve. Whaley says she believes Amazon is being "more proactive" in combatting the problem, And last month, Bloomberg reported on a new initiative that would begin to ask large companies to register with the site even if they do not use it to sell their brands. slate.com

Gucci alleges online sellers are marketing counterfeit goods
Gucci America Inc. filed a complaint on Dec. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against guccihandbagsoutlet.us, 5seenland-tv.de, afsdc.co.uk, et al., alleging trademark infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it suffered damages to its business and reputation as the result of lesser quality products that bear its mark being sold to consumers. The plaintiff holds guccihandbagsoutlet.us, 5seenland-tv.de, afsdc.co.uk, et al., responsible because the defendants allegedly use online websites to offer for sale and distribute confusingly similar imitations of plaintiff's trademark. flarecord.com

Global cost of card fraud increases 29% to $40bn
Oakhall, the London-based analysis firm, estimates that the cost of card fraud for the card industry increased 29% to $40.1bn in 2015 (2014: $31bn). This was primarily driven by the continuing rise in card use, a higher proportion of online shopping and the growing sophistication of fraud criminals. The study was published in conjunction with Featurespace, the global leader in machine learning adaptive behavioural analytics fraud prevention software. In 2015, costs associated with incidents of card fraud increased 34% to $21.8bn and fraud-related costs associated with genuine transactions declined, increased 24% to $18.3bn. bobsguide.com

Cross Border Ecommerce More Susceptible to Fraud; Payscout Offers Solutions

Account fraud grows 113%

Online sales rake in a record $91.7 billion over the holidays, rising 11%

Las Vegas, NV: Pair in custody for $900,000 Jared store Armed Robbery
Las Vegas Metro police said they are investigating a robbery at a jewelry store Tuesday morning. The incident occurred at 11:26 a.m. at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry on Rainbow Boulevard. Police said two people entered the store armed with firearms. The pair left the business after committing the robbery. Witnesses reported a suspicious vehicle leaving the scene and officers were able to locate the vehicle. Two people were taken into custody and are in the process of being interviewed. The incident is under investigation. fox5vegas.com

PA State Police raid pawn shops in Berks, Montco seeking stolen items
Pennsylvania State police spent Wednesday at two different pawn shops in Berks and Montgomery counties searching for stolen items. State troopers could be seen Wednesday outside Capitol Cash Exchange, Stowe, as they executed a search warrant and collected items from inside the building. Trooper David Boehm said, "We're going through the store and we're looking for items that are still in their original packaging," Boehm explained. "We're at over 200 items right now that are in that U-Haul truck. At the West Pottsgrove shop, Boehm said troopers had representatives from Lowe's and Target stores present to help them determine if items were stolen from those stores. In Muhlenberg, which is north of Reading, Boehm said representatives from Walmart were on scene. pottsmerc.com

Spring Hill, FL: Target Burglary suspects could be part of Teen Crime Ring
Four burglary suspects are on the run after they broke into a Target store and led authorities on a chase from Hernando County to Orange County. Around 2:45 A.M., the suspects were seen on surveillance video smashing a glass door at the entrance of the Target on Commercial Way in Spring Hill. The suspects ran from aisle to aisle, filling trash bags with electronics and fled. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the juveniles involved in the burglary and chase are believed to be a part of a teenage crime ring based in the Orlando area. Authorities believe the group is connected to multiple "smash and grab" burglaries over the last six months from Tampa Bay to Orlando, including a burglary at the Tampa Arms Company, where 42 guns were taken, and car dealerships burglarized in at least three counties. fox13news.com

Clarksville, TN: 3 Suspects wanted in $1,800 theft from Best Buy
Police are investigating a felony theft of over $1,800 in merchandise from the Best Buy store on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, which occurred about 6:15pm on Friday, December 30th, 2016. Three male suspects allegedly entered the store and quickly filled a shopping cart with Xbox One and PlayStation game systems. The individuals were in and out of the business in less than ten minutes. clarksvilleonline.com

Tucson, AZ: Groups team up to fight Organized Retail Theft; CART, Coalition Against Retail Theft
A group comprised of retailers, law enforcement officials and prosecutors is trying to put a stop to organized retail theft. This crime costs retailers and citizens in Pima County more than $5.9 million, according to the group. So they launched the "We Watch, We Prosecute" campaign on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to combat organized retail theft. The program aims to do this by educating retailers, consumers, and suspects. The group wants the suspects to hear the warning message "If you rip off a store, you will go to jail. For more information on CART click here. tucsonnewsnow.com

Anderson, SC: Five Burglars hit 'Phone Factory' for over $7,000 in merchandise; gone in 3 minutes

Platteville, WI: Police investigating Armed Robbery at BeMobile Verizon; 23 Iphones and 15 Galaxy S7 stolen

Newark, DE: Police trying to indentify Acme shoplifter; over $300

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Update: Seattle, WA: Prosecutors file 5 Murder counts in Mall shooting;
Arcan Cetin had "premeditated intent" when he gunned down five Sept. 23

The charges filed in Skagit County Superior Court said Arcan Cetin acted with "premeditated intent" when
he used a rifle to kill a teenage girl, three women and a man at the Macy's Women's store inside the Cascade Mall in Burlington. Cetin is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. Each count carries a maximum sentence of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Weyrich said his office has 30 days to decide whether they'll seek the death penalty. registerguard.com

Indianapolis, IN: Armed Robbers kill 2 employees inside a restaurant
Police were searching Wednesday for two men suspected of gunning down two Indianapolis restaurant workers during an apparent robbery overnight. Investigators released surveillance video showing two men with handguns wearing hooded sweatshirts that hid their faces entering Jordan's Fish and Chicken on the city's far east side, jumping over the counter and running out a couple of minutes later. whio.com

Robberies & Thefts

Sacramento County, CA: Shot fired when robbers hold up woman
in Target parking lot

A gun went off during a robbery on Wednesday in a Target store parking lot in Arden Arcade. Deputies responded about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to the Target store on Fulton Ave. They determined that a man and a woman tried to rob a woman in the parking lot. A struggle began and at some point a weapon held by one of the robbers fired. Nobody was hit by the gunfire. Both robbers ran away after taking unspecified property from the woman. sacbee.com

San Diego, CA: Police search for gunman in Home Depot robbery attempt
San Diego police looked for an armed man who allegedly stole a $20 pair of gloves from a Home Depot, showed security a gun when approached and ran off Wednesday. The robbery was reported at the Home Depot at 355 Marketplace Avenue in the Mountain View-area around 4:30 p.m., SDPD said. When loss prevention officers reportedly approached the man in the parking lot about the theft, they told police he then pulled out what appeared to be a 9mm gun, which prompted them to return to the store and call authorities. fox5sandiego.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Pickup slams into Kay Jewelers in apparent Smash & Grab Oklahoma City police report the gray pickup rammed the Kay Jewelers, 7638 W Reno Ave. about 4 a.m. No arrests have been made. Police are trying to determine how much jewelry was stolen. A trail of jewelry was found going east from the store. newsok.com

Calcasieu Parish, LA : Suspect in jewel theft arrested;
$1600 worth of merchandise still missing

Distraction Theft: A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing approximately $1,600 worth of merchandise from a jewelry store in Lake Charles, authorities said. Steven Sullivan admitted to deputies that he stole the jewelry, but deputies were unable to locate the stolen property. ksla.com

Eugene, OR: JC Penney's Armed Robbery suspect arrested after car, foot chase A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a JCPenney store in early November was arrested Tuesday night, but not before leading Eugene police on a lengthy vehicle and foot chase through the River Road area - including through a homeowner's residence. registerguard.com

Conyers, GA: Robber hides in women's bathroom, ambushes Fred's Super Dollar employees
Police in Conyers have released video of a man investigators said lay in wait in the women's bathroom of a store before ambushing the employees at a closing in a takeover-style robbery. Investigators said the man came into the Fred's on New Year's Eve and cased the place. Police then said he waited in a women's bathroom stall armed with a black semi-automatic handgun for an employee to clean up. Police said the man then bound the employee with duct tape. fox5atlanta.com

Nashua, NH Police Officer escapes injury, two arrested in wild scene
at Nashua Mall

A Nashua police officer escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when he was tossed from a moving vehicle while struggling to subdue a passenger suspected of theft at Kohl's in the Nashua Mall. The driver of the vehicle, Keisha Celestin, 25, allegedly sped off but promptly crashed into a parked car, at which time she and the passenger fled on foot. nashuatelegraph.com

Xalapa, Mexico: Unrest over Mexico gasoline price hike erupts into looting
Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly robbed. Protesters also continued to block highways, burn tires and seize gas stations, snarling traffic and jeopardizing fuel supplies across the country. The National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores of Mexico said in a statement that 79 stores had been looted and 170 were closed or blockaded in central Mexico, including the capital. usnews.com

Aberdeen, MD: Two men charged in connection to a string of Armed Robberies at liquor stores in Harford and Baltimore County

Natick, MA: Lids store employee busted for Refund Fraud; 11 transactions totaling nearly $500

Jared's in the Best in the West, Las Vegas, NV reported an Armed Robbery on 1/3, items valued at nearly $900,000

Helzberg Diamonds in The Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX reported a Smash & Grab, Rolex watches valued a $71,000

JB Robinson in the Colony Square Mall, Zanesville, OH reported a Grab & Run on 1/4, items valued at $2,599

Jared's in the Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL reported a Diamond Switch on 1/3, item valued at $26,700

Peoples Jewellers in the Marlborough Mall, Calgary AB, CN reported a Grab & Run on 1/3, item valued at $3,999

Jared Vault in the Katy Mills, Katy TX reported a Distraction Theft on 1/2 item valued at $10,400

Zales Outlet in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, Williamsburg, VA, reported Counterfeit Currency, $250 in fake $50's

Skimming Thefts

West Lafayette, IN: Formed McDonalds employee charged with Skimming
over 100 cards at drive-thru

A former McDonald's employee is facing a sentence of one to six years after admitting to a charge of corrupt business influence on Wednesday. Mekeisha Roberts, 24, did all the skimming last year - but police said she had help getting the device and making the fraudulent transactions. Roberts, Quentin Creamer and Damien Smith all face several charges including conspiracy to commit fraud, theft and corrupt business influence. Roberts told police she estimates skimming at least 100 cards at the drive-thru. Detectives identified 12 victims in the case. wlfi.com

Joilet, IL: Three Men Arrested In Connection With Thronton's Gas Station Skimming


Michael Kors targets New York-based counterfeiters
Luxury fashion company Michael Kors has set its sights on counterfeiters based in New York in a trademark infringement claim. Filed Tuesday, January 3, at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the lawsuit claimed (pdf) that counterfeiters based in a building in New York had infringed Michael Kors trademarks. The current owner of the property, 5th Ave Gateway Land, and its former owner, 314 Fifth Avenue, are also named in the suit. According to the luxury brand, 5th Ave has continued to "allow its premises to be used as a safe haven and marketplace from which counterfeiters can sell their wares". worldipreview.com


Dayton, OH: Customers post notes to Dollar Tree closed after Christmas Eve Arson
The Dollar Tree on Wayne Avenue has been closed since suffering significant damage from a fire set on Christmas Eve with customers and staff inside the building. But community members have taped printed and scribbled messages of support and appreciation to the store's entrance, urging ownership to reopen the business after the arson. "Yes, please reopen!" wrote 39-year-old Brian Hoeflich, who lives about eight blocks from the store. "This neighborhood needs you badly!" On Christmas Eve, the Dollar Tree was set ablaze, by at least three boys ages 10 to 11. whio.com

Adam's Pizza - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
BeMobile Verizon - Platteville, WI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Savannah, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Fred's - Conyers, GA - Armed Robbery
Furniture Depot - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, manager wounded
Home Depot - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Hometown Pantry - Springfield, IL - Shooting, no injuries
Hope Gospel store- Eau Claire, WI - Burglary
• Jared - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Jordan's Fish & Chicken - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery/ 2 employees shot and killed
Kay Jewelers - Oklahoma City, OK - Burglary
Phone Factory - Anderson, SC - Burglary
Rite Aid - Moorestown, NJ - Burglary
Sam's Mart -Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery / 2nd x in 2 days
Spy Spot Store - Deerfield Beach, FL - Burglary
Stop & Shop - Carrolton, GA - Armed Robbery
Target - Sacramento County, CA - Armed Robber/ Shooting in parking lot, no injuries
Target - Spring Hill, FL - Burglary
Thrifty Liquor - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
United Paletera - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Vito's Pizza - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven/ BP - Twinsburg, OH - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
6 burglaries
4 shootings
2 killed

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Vice President Asset Protection
Grand Rapids, MI

The Vice President of Asset Protection is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of Meijer's Asset Protection programs for the Stores, Distribution, Manufacturing and Corporate functions at Meijer. This executive position is accountable for the development and implementation of Asset Protection programs including Shrink Reduction, Risk Mitigation, Safety and Security Plans, Training, Investigations and Analytics to drive overall operating efficiencies while supporting the Company's strategic focus of a "Customer First" experience...

Director, Territory Asset Protection - Territory 2 (Central States)
Richfield, MN

The Director, Territory Asset Protection manages all Retail Asset Protection functions, strategies, and performance for an assigned group of Sr. Manager, Market Asset Protection leaders within 2 retail territories. Your leadership will be essential in building a team culture that is engaging, and encourages innovation, knowledge sharing, and profitable growth... 

Director of Investigations
New York, NY

The Director of Investigations is responsible for developing multi-level and multi-tiered strategy for investigations company-wide. These areas include investigations, investigative analysis, and investigative training. To create this multi-tiered strategy, The Director of Investigations must influence and impact members of Legal, Human Resources, Store Operations, and Customer Service to ensure that the collective decisions and policies incorporate Loss Prevention's goals of reducing business integrity-related risks...

Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention & Safety
Malvern, PA

The Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety 1NA is responsible for developing strategies to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that lead, or could lead, to financial loss throughout the NA operation, both in the field and office locations...


Director, Loss Prevention Initiatives Job
Dublin, CA

The Director of LP Initiatives & Compliance is responsible for directing cross-functional initiatives for both Ross and dd's Stores. The Director will direct and lead rollouts of new/updated processes, policies and procedures by working directly with LP Field Management and Stores for feedback. The Director will also direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs... 


Director, Loss Prevention & Safety
Westlake Village, CA

The purpose of this job is to develop and implement programs and activities for the Loss Prevention department, to include inventory control and shrinkage protection, investigations, safety and health, and bad debt...


Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety
Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs, and by developing and maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with Operations and Human Resource business partners...

Director Loss Prevention
Dallas, TX

The National Loss Prevention Director will create and lead Loss Prevention programs for corporate owned/managed units. Create and review Loss Prevention program processes in stores to drive shrink reduction and bottom line profits. Provides leadership to operations teams and stores in the management of critical incidents...

Director, Loss Prevention
New York, NY

Maintain inventory levels and reduce loss. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the Fashion division. Building programs to sustain a high level of Loss Prevention awareness in our boutiques, and support our MBR partners and corporate partners...


Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager
San Francisco, CA

The Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of projects/programs. You will ensure that projects are completed on schedule and to the scope established and agreed upon with key stakeholders...

Sr. Manager Loss Prevention
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Asset Protection Manager will oversee the asset protection efforts in all Retail and Outlet stores in Canada and in the states of: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio which will include the following:
• Conduct investigations as it relates to theft, fraud and policy violations and furnish those results the VP of Asset Protection as well as Human Resources.
• Reviewing an analyzing incident reports generated from the stores...


Loss Prevention Manager
Chicago, IL

The Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for monitoring the performance and minimizing the losses experienced in the bowling centers operated by AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. The Loss Prevention Manager will investigate incidents of fraud, theft, policy violations, allegations of wrongdoing or any other activities that have or potentially could adversely affect the bowling centers... 


Loss Prevention Business Analyst
New York, NY

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives... 


2nd Shift Loss Prevention Specialist
Riverside, CA

The DC Loss Prevention Specialist has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. loss prevention, security and life safety procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft. Responds to and proactively addresses life safety, security, and operational issues...

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