How PGA Tour Superstore drove video and CCTV improvement|
For Atlanta-based, 24-store specialty golf retailer PGA Tour Superstore, getting
a better store-level view has meant starting to upgrade a legacy analog video
management system (VMS) to a modern IP-based VMS.
"I joined PGA Tour Superstore about 12 months ago and analyzed the
infrastructure from a security and loss prevention perspective," said Kevin
Thomas, global director of loss prevention, asset and risk management, said in
an interview with Chain Store Age. "I identified an opportunity to upgrade the
VMS platform. We had a major footprint that was analog-based, and I decided to
seek ways to pursue modernization."
Already using electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags and technology from
loss prevention solutions provider USS, Thomas decided it would be practical to
use VMS and closed-circuit television (CCTV) technology offered by USS as well.
The retailer selected the supplier's NDVision solution, which automatically
manages the conversion of analog video systems to an IP-based digital video
"We wanted the consistency of services from one vendor," explained Thomas. "We
avoided incurring the cost of retrofitting all the relevant equipment."
A full retrofit of VMS and CCTV infrastructure would have cost roughly $30,000 -
$35,000 per store. But the cost was considerably reduced by leveraging the
existing USS install base, Thomas noted.
In September 2015, PGA Tour Superstore implemented its first NDVision system at
a test location.
"We were pleased with the results," said Thomas. "Not only from a clarity
standpoint, but also from a standpoint of having current video footage."
NDVision allows the retailer to store 90 days of video, where it typically could
only store 30-45 days of video with its previous analog system. "Having access
to more video provides a lot of benefits for incident management," commented
Other benefits cited by Thomas include the elimination of end-of-life issues
associated with older analog-based video systems. The retailer now has NDVision
implemented at four stores, and will continue rollout to more stores this year.
"IP-based video has gained a lot of popularity at all the stores where it's been
implemented," stated Thomas.
Marshals raid booth at Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas to seize allegedly
Attendees at the CES in Las Vegas on Thursday were treated to a more dramatic
sight when US Marshals marched onto the show floor to seize allegedly contraband
hoverboards. A Chinese company accused of making counterfeit hoverboards was
raided and forced out of its booth.
The raid was conducted at the request of a company called Future Motion, the
original maker of the one-wheeled hoverboards. The report says its staff members
at CES had difficulty communicating in English.
Here's the video of the raid right on the expo hall floor....
On Thursday afternoon, two U.S. federal marshals showed up at the Consumer
Electronics Show to conduct a raid. As a crowd gathered, the marshals packed up
a one-wheeled skateboard on display at a Chinese company's booth, as well as a
sign and fliers promoting the product, and carried them away. It quickly became
clear this wasn't the usual CES publicity stunt. Staffers for the company,
Changzhou First International Trade Co., were stunned.
CES, the world's largest annual gadget conference taking place in Las Vegas
this week, has always been full of small-bore dealers, many from China,
selling products that look like something you might find in the discount bin at
a Best Buy.
Q&A with Shoppers World CEO on his
A theft occurred at one of the stores you were working in and you were told the
store had no formal security. Did this incident result in any company-wide
Since the episode, to ensure our employees safety, we hired two of the country's
top security and loss-prevention firms. We invested more than $1.5 million in
the top loss-prevention software and surveillance. Editor's Note: They're going
from 40 to 500 stores. Be on the look out for them to develop an in-house LP
Wal-Mart sued over sale of bullets used in Pennsylvania murders
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, faces a lawsuit in
Pennsylvania claiming store employees negligently allowed an underage,
intoxicated customer to buy a box of bullets later used to commit three murders.
At no time did the Walmart defendants ... require that Robert Jourdain present
appropriate and valid identification," the lawsuit says. "Nor did the defendants
take any precautions to determine whether Mr. Jourdain was intoxicated."
Jourdain, then 20, walked out of the store with the bullets and handed them to
Todd West, then 22, who loaded them into his .38 caliber Smith & Wesson
revolver, the suit says. About 15 minutes later, West randomly shot and killed a
stranger, Kory Ketrow, 22, in Easton. Twenty minutes after that, he murdered
Francine Ramos, 32, and Trevor Gray, 21, in Allentown. Both of them were
strangers to him.
Until recently, sellers of guns and ammunition assumed they were protected from
liability by the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. But last
year, in a Wisconsin case, a jury found a Milwaukee gun store liable for selling
a gun to a 21-year-old customer even though clerks had serious misgivings that
the buyer was illegally buying the gun for someone else.The gun was later used
by an 18-year-old to shoot and critically wound two police officers, who were
awarded damages by the jury.
Spokesman Randy Hargrove said Wal-Mart has a policy requiring cashiers to verify
ages in guns or ammo purchases, and has cash register prompts to remind them. He
said the company may argue that the bullets purchased by Jourdain for West could
be used in either handguns or rifles, and that the lower age limit of 18 for
purchases of ammunition for rifles should apply in the case. reuters.com
Mall of America to shoppers during lockdown: "Seek shelter in nearest store"
- BLM Protest over the holidays highlights free speech debate
Has the shopping center replaced the town square?
On December 23, the day before Christmas Eve, the United States' largest mall
moved to shut down a potentially landmark Black Lives Matter demonstration
before it even really began. Management at the shopping center, Mall of America,
located just outside Minneapolis, had stores lower their metal security gates
about half an hour before the protest started, part of a "lockdown" that cleared
shoppers from that wing of the mall. Only moments after Black Lives Matter
organizers entered the mall's east rotunda, the cousin of Jamar Clark, whose
death at the hands of police was the center of the protest, was led away by a
throng of police. Organizers directed demonstrators to exit the mall toward the
light-rail station. As protesters walked out, the mall broadcast a looping
announcement in a friendly Midwestern voice: "Mall of America is now going into
lockdown. Seek shelter in the nearest store, and follow employee instructions."
A year earlier, Black Lives Matter protesters were able to spend close to 90
minutes in the shopping center, chanting slogans and staging a "die in." This
December, Mall of America threw its massive security and legal resources behind
stifling the Black Lives Matter protest. Although the activists still managed to
have mall stores shuttered during the holiday shopping period, organizers
redirected the protest to the airport.
Legal arguments that free political speech should be allowed at malls center
around the idea that the shopping center has replaced the town square as a
place where opinions can be heard and exchanged. Besides an on-site police
station, the Mall of America features an amusement park and a wedding chapel,
and hosts morning walkers. The publicly funded light rail line was designed to
draw residents and tourists to its doors; the mall is the line's last stop.
In a statement, Mall of America said its ban on political protests is in place
to protect guest and employee safety, adding, "We respect the rights of free
speech and peaceful assembly. However, the courts have affirmed our right as
private property owners to prohibit demonstrations on our property."
States, however, may still decide individually that malls in their
jurisdiction should allow political speech. A handful of states, including
California, New Jersey, Colorado, and Massachusetts, have compelled malls to
do so, at least to some extent, but more than a dozen others, including
Minnesota, have held that malls are private spaces free to prevent such speech.
Kohl's $4M Manager OT Settlement Gets Final Approval
A New York federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval of a class and
collective action settlement worth up to $4 million that resolve allegations
Kohl's Department Stores Inc. misclassified managers as supervisors who were
ineligible for overtime.
With Dollar Tree deal done, Family Dollar CEO to step down
Howard Levine is stepping down as chief executive of the chain on Jan. 15. Gary
Philbin, president and chief operating officer of Family Dollar, will continue
to lead the company.
Finish Line announces plans to close up to 150 stores
Finish Line will close up to 25 percent of its stores over the next four years
as same-store sales continue to decline. The athletic wear retailer is bringing
on a new CEO next month in an effort to recharge its business.
Former CEO puts together bid for American Apparel Former CEO Dov Charney has
found an investor to back a rival bid for his former company
The bid is valued at more than $200 million.
Supervalu files for possible spin off of Save-A-Lot
London: 'Heil Hitler' men attack Jewish shoppers, activists claim
Man detained after Liverpool city center bomb scare
December & Holiday period Same Store Sales
Children's Place nine week period comp's up 7.3%
Signet Jewelers eight week period comp's up 4.9% with total sales up 5%
Five Below nine week period comp's up 4.1% with sales up 24%
Costco December comp's up 3%
Toys R Us December domestic comp's up 2.9% with international comp's up
Fred's December comp's up 2.4% with total sales up 10%
Barnes & Noble nine week period - stores comp's up 1.6%, excluding NOOK
Gap December comp's down 5%, Gap Global down 2%, Banana Republic down 9%, Old
Navy down 7% with net sales down 4%
The Buckle five week period comp's down 5.4% with net sales down down 4.5%
Conn's December comp's down 5.6% with total net sales up 2.5%
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ruby Tuesday Q2 comp's up 0.8% with sales up 0.6%
The Container Store Q3 comp's up 0.5%, with net sales up 3.3%
Canada's Jean Coutu Group Q3 comp's up 0.1%, pharmacy up 1.6%, front-end up 2.4%
with sales up 1.7%
Bed Bath & Beyond Q3 comp's down 0.4% with net sales up 0.3%
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Fake IRS agent scammed Deltona man out of $1,300
The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Volusia
County Sheriff's Office with their investigation into the affairs and arrest of
Michael Kolodin. Kolodin impersonated an IRS collections agent in order to
extort money, in the form of back taxes, from multiple victims. Investigators
seized credit card processing equipment, financial documents, identification
cards, bank records, computer equipment, modems, routers and storage devices
connected to the operation during a search of Kolodin's home. Currently Kolodin
is facing only one count of organized scheme to defraud but looking to find more
evidence to bring further charges in the future.
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J.C. Penney overcomes warm weather with enhanced omnichannel capabilities
Omni is working at Penney's with 3.9% same store sales increases
Who'll be the next VP of LP?
Less than 12 hours after Macy's shared bleak holiday results, J.C. Penney Co.
said enhanced digital capabilities and strong demand for its
private-label offerings helped it to produce strong holiday season same-store
sales growth, which allowed the company to reaffirm its full year profit
"Although we have much work to do, our strengthened omnichannel capabilities
enabled our supply chain network to process millions of jcp.com orders this
season, supported by 250 stores across the country that helped fulfill online
orders using in-store inventory," Ellison said. "With this level of
selection, we saw more online customers take advantage of our in-store pick
up option available at over 1,000 J.C. Penney stores nationwide. We look
forward to capitalizing on this digital progress through 2016."
"We have much work to do," Ellison told the Wall Street Journal, noting he
expects to see more good results in 2016 from investments in digital retail
Barring a major fall off in January sales, the 3.9% increase through November
and December has J.C. Penney well positioned to achieve its full year
outlook, which called for same-store sales growth of 4% to 5%, considering comps
during the first, second and third quarters increased 3.4%, 4.1% and 6.4%,
Saks Owners Accelerate Omnichannel -
Acquire online shopping hub Gilt Groupe In $250M Deal
Hudson's Bay revealed plans to integrate Gilt.com with Saks Off 5th stores
through Gilt concept stores inside the retail locations. Execs also expect
traffic to increase as consumers will be able to return items purchased on Gilt
L2's 2015 Digital IQ Index®: Department Stores finds online and in-store sales
are no longer divided as retailers are looking to integrate them with
online-to-offline services such as in-store pickup and inventory visibility. For
example, Nordstrom and Sears have introduced and are scaling "in-vehicle pickup"
and Macy's allows users to check if an item they are considering for purchase in
a nearby store. Omnichannel sophistication has increased; among brands
tracked since 2013, real-time inventory present on product pages has jumped from
16% to 61%.
Hack Victims Haven't Shown Harm, Judge Says
A Minnesota federal judge on Thursday booted multidistrict litigation involving
a proposed class of SuperValu shoppers who alleged they were harmed after the
supermarket chain's payment systems were hacked, saying their claims of possible
future injuries were too speculative to give them standing.
U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery said that although the two 2014 data
breaches affected more than 1,000 retail stores operated by SuperValu more than
a year and a half ago, the only fact asserted by any of the 16 named shoppers
regarding the misuse of their personal information was a single unauthorized
charge suffered by one person which, given the frequency of credit card fraud,
isn't even fairly traceable to the hacks incurred by the grocery store. law360.com
ATM malware: Gang behind Euro ATM malware attacks targeted in police swoops;
Romanian police have acted to end a series of malware ATM attacks carried out in
Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Romania
Alleged members of an international criminal group responsible for a year-long
campaign of ATM malware attacks across Europe have been rounded up, according to
EU law-enforcement agency Europol. Eight people have been arrested in Romania
and Moldova this week on suspicion of "causing substantial losses across Europe
to the ATM industry" and inflicting at least 200,000 euros ($218,000) of damage on
ATM machines located in several European countries. The gang behind the attacks
used the Tyupkin Trojan, a piece of Russian-made malware identified in 2014 by
Kaspersky Lab. According to Europol, the gang embarked on large-scale ATM
'jackpotting'. To use this technique, a criminal launches a Trojan via an
executable file to gain control of the ATM's PIN pad and submit commands to the
malware to empty the machine's cash cassettes.
RC Willey saves millions, reduces shrink 170% below industry average by adding
Axis network cameras to its inventory tracking system
In order to fulfil its promise of same or next day delivery, home furnishings
retailer, RC Willey, manages $500 million of inventory in warehouses and stores
throughout the Western US. With millions of dollars of product in constant
motion, tracking inventory discrepancies and investigating shrink was a
challenge without video support. The company installed analog cameras to
document the inventory flow, but when that system reached the end of its life,
RC Willey began searching for a high resolution IP video surveillance system
that could deliver better video with greater forensic value.
After lengthy on-site testing of 15 IP camera vendors, RC Willey selected Axis
network cameras to track inventory in transit from its distribution centers,
retail stores and delivery trucks. West Valley City, UT-based systems integrator
and Axis partner, Alphacorp, was selected to undertake the installations.
Advanced imaging features such as Wide Dynamic Range-Dynamic Capture provide the
company with sharp, identifiable details under widely diverse lighting
conditions - from vast warehouse racks to open dock bays, retail stockrooms and
will-call pick-up centers. RC Willey stores the video locally at each site where
it can be accessed remotely by Loss Prevention staff and other authorized
personnel through a Genetec video management system.
Since the Axis cameras were installed, inventory shrink has dropped
significantly to 0.01 percent, a full 170 percent below the home furnishings
industry average. The cameras have helped the company pinpoint the root causes
of inventory discrepancies and take steps to correct their procedures. The
cameras also help the company improve warehouse management best practices to
prevent future inventory from going astray.
Read the full story here
The Silicon Valley has long been the world's center of
technological innovation, so it should come as no surprise that WG Security is
located at its very heart in San Jose, CA. Whether tackling the phenomenon of "wardrobing,"
preventing counterfeit online returns, taking EAS service to the next level, or
developing a new solution for cylinder-shaped merchandise, WG continues to turn
heads in the EAS and RFID industry with its ingenuity and out-of-the-box
Ed Wolfe, VP Business Development for WG,
tells us how the company has been so successful at solving retailers' chronic
shortage and operational problems.
LPNN Quick Take #2
Joe LaRocca - tech guru and "borderline
Millennial" (as Amber calls him) - talks
about some of the challenges and opportunities of technology in today's retail
world - from live video streaming to social media.
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THE BIG STORIES TO WATCH IN 2016
Prices will increase - Here comes luxury - e-retailers will cause pain
In many respects, 2015 was a year to forget for Canadian business. Are the
prospects for 2016 any better? Globe reporters look at the year ahead in six key
areas for Corporate Canada.
Retailers are bracing for a year of fast-paced change that could hit their
bottom lines even as they raise some prices. A weak Canadian dollar will push
up some import prices, although consumer resistance may force some merchants
to swallow the added currency cost. At the same time, new luxury
players will expand in Canada and help shake up that market amid the rise
of e-commerce and shrinking physical stores. And 2016 will bring more
pain for retailers in oil-squeezed provinces, particularly Alberta.
Merchandising sales are projected to rise 3.6 per cent in 2016, compared
with an estimated 2.2 per cent in 2015 and 4.6 per cent in 2014, said retail
consultant Ed Strapagiel.
"The biggest issue is still the economy - it's simply not recovering in
any significant way," he said. The retail slowdown in the second half of 2015
will carry over into the first half of 2016, with some pickup by the end of
the year, he predicted.
In the mall, landlords will feel the strain of empty stores in the wake
of U.S. Target Corp.'s 2015 departure and other faltering retailers' closings.
The changes are rapidly redefining the retail landscape as digital powerhouse
Amazon.com Inc. and other e-commerce players step up their efforts while
brick-and-mortar stores increasingly scale back. Retailers will need to find
ways to marry their physical and digital stores and better serve the ever more
important mobile customer.
2016 Retail Sales to be better than 2015 -
Up 3.5% to 4% range vs. '15's mere 2.3% increase
In an analysis of Statistics Canada figures for up to October 2015, Strapagiel
estimates total retail sales will reach $513.8 billion in 2015, a 2.3%
increase from 2014. We're ending the year on a low ebb, maybe even a sour
note, depending on the retailer."
The picture for 2016 is a little bit sunnier: retail sales growth should be in
the 3.5% to 4.0% range, says Strapagiel. He expects 2016 to have a slow start
with growth modestly accelerating as the year plays out.
This year, Canadian retailers will continue to be challenged with higher costs
of imported goods due to the low Canadian dollar. However, there is a silver
lining: Canadians are more likely to spend their dollars at home, and
retailers can encourage more Americans to cross-border shop, says Strapagiel.
Prices Soaring 20% in Canada is Driving Increased Theft
Stealing meat: Grocery stores fighting shoplifters in Montreal
Grocery stores are coming up with innovative ways to stop shoplifters, and some
fear the rising price of food could lead to an increase in the amount of theft.
The Food Retailers Association of Quebec estimates that $600 million worth of
food is stolen from stores in Quebec each year. Meanwhile the price of food went
up by 4.1 percent in 2015, and is estimated to rise by an equal amount in 2016.
In dollar figures, that's about $300 more per year for a family of four.
Recently we've seen 20 percent [increases] especially in meat and they're
predicting it's going to go up even more. And that's not just for meat but also
for other products like fruits and vegetables and all of that," he said.
With the increase in prices comes a change in thefts from stores, with some
people targetting meat. Stores have been fighting back by attaching sensors to
packaging, and in some cases putting sensors inside the packages of meat
prepared by grocery store butchers.
No solution is perfect, however, and Menard said thieves have been spotted
ripping meat out of packages and slipping it inside plastic bags in an attempt
to avoid detection.
Hudson's Bay agrees to accept gift cards from other stores
Canada's oldest retailer, The Hudson's Bay Company, announced this week it will
allow consumers to trade in gift cards from other stores in order to make
purchases at the Bay. Under its Gift Card Advantage program, Hudson's Bay
customers will receive an offer for the cards they want to trade in, said
Tiffany Bourré, the company's director of external communications.
"This program will be a first in the Canadian marketplace, as current
exchange programs only offer a prorated cash equivalent," Bourré told Global
The Canadian Push Continues
28 international retailers opened freestanding Canadian locations in 2015
Ottawa, CN: Peoples Jewelers robbed of over
$133,000 in Smash and Grab
On 1/4/2016, at approximately 8:28 pm, a Peoples store at the Billings Bridge
Plaza, in Ottawa, ON, was the victim of a smash and grab. Four male subjects
entered the store and began smashing two solitaire showcases at the back of the
store. The subjects were in the store for three minutes.
AB: One suspect in custody
after cell phone store armed robbery
Police have one man in custody after a number of armed robberies at cell phone
stores in and around our city. The EPS teamed up with RCMP after a robbery at
the Rogers Wireless in Leduc on December 16, 2015. Shortly after, police issued
a press release asking for information on the whereabouts of one of the
suspects. On Tuesday, Dawit Abraham Atsbaha turned himself into Edmonton police.
The 20-year-old is facing one count each of robbery with a firearm, forcible
confinement, and disguise with intent to commit robbery. He's being held in
custody until he's scheduled to be in court on January 28, 2016. Police believe
that two other people are involved in at least some of the robberies.
Saskatchewan RCMP use social media to nab robbery suspects
RCMP used social media to help find three suspects after a grocery store and gas
bar was robbed in Lafleche, Sask. On Dec. 29, just after 10 p.m. an alarm went
off at the store after what RCMP called a "smash and grab" style theft.
Surveillance video footage showed a pickup truck ram into the side of the
building and three suspects run into the store. RCMP said 52 cartons of
cigarettes and a lot of hard liquor was taken from the store and thrown into the
truck before it took off from the scene. After the robbery, RCMP released the
surveillance video on Facebook and YouTube. Witnesses began to call the RCMP
with information about the video and different parts of the crime, which RCMP
said helped them identify the suspects.
New Brunswick: RCMP seek suspect in attempted
armed robbery at McDonald's
Humboldt, Sask.: Prepaid credit cards snatched by thief at 7-Eleven
Okotoks, AB: RCMP Looking For Suspect In New Years Day Mac's Robbery
Clinton, BC: RCMP Looking for Grocery store Armed Robbery Suspect
Maple Ridge, BC: Men caught inside jewelry store
facing burglary charges
Despite e-retail growth, many retailers struggle to grow online
The report shows that online sales in 2015 were flat for 17% of responding
retailers, versus only 3% in last year's report. "Much of this is due to more
retail competition than ever before," says the report, authored by Forrester
e-retail analyst Sucharita Mulpuru. "More than 800,000 online stores in the U.S.
alone are now vying for recognition, market share and relevance with assortment.
What's more, the report concludes that, "while it's relatively easy to launch a
web store, scaling an online business is extremely difficult." Retailers saying
they're spending 9% of their online revenue on information technology now versus
5% in 2013. In addition the average marketing cost per order is $20 for
responding retailers, with 49% saying it's increased in the past year, and the
average cost to fulfill an order is $10, with 27% saying it's up in the past
Study: What drove online holiday sales growth?
According to the MarketLive 2015 Holiday Flash Report, smartphone revenue during
the just-completed holiday season (Nov. 23, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016) increased 50%.
Overall e-commerce revenue grew 8% during that period.
In terms of online visits, smartphone growth (19%) slightly tailed overall
visits (21%). However, smartphone conversion rate rose 8% to 1.3%, from 1.2%.
Meanwhile, overall conversion rate plunged 13% to 2.7%, from 3.1%.
In addition, average order value (AOV) increased at a higher rate for
smartphones than for overall e-commerce orders. Smartphone AOV rose 9% to
$140.63 from $129.06. This brought smartphone within less than $8 of overall
e-commerce AOV, which climbed 6% to $147.24, from $139.24.
4 Predictions for Credit Cards and the Payments Industry in 2016
Here are 4 predictions for the payments world in 2016:
In an interesting twist on the rise of the "selfie," your face may become the
most secure way to process a credit card transaction in 2016. This technology,
called "Selfie Pay," would work in a similar fashion to current biometric
authorizations already in place, such as the fingerprint scan to confirm an
ApplePay payment. A benefit to this type of technology is that it would make
online payments more secure, which is currently a high-risk fraud platform.
The security, speed and convenience offered by a mobile wallet will continue to
be the biggest selling point. Mobile wallets can store your credit card
information so you don't need to carry plastic, and it can speed up the checkout
process. Perhaps what's best of all is that your card information cannot be
stolen even if you lose your phone!
2016 should see an increase in online and app banking as more institutions begin
limiting in-person branch opportunities and maximizing online capabilities. With
overhead costs a concern for banks, this push will be driven as much by the bank
as by the consumer, where statistics show that app users are more loyal, cost
less, and report a more pleasant customer experience overall.
Credit Score Adjustments
2015 marks the year that credit score assessments were revised to factor in
payment history in different ways than existing models. 2016 will mark the first
year this new equation is implemented for the major credit bureaus.
Leader Of International, $200 Million Credit Card Fraud Scam
Sentenced To 80 Months In Prison
TRENTON, N.J. - A New York man was sentenced today to 80 months for leading one
of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the U.S. Department of
Justice, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Tahir Lodhi, 56, of Hicksville, N.Y., previously pleaded guilty. Lodhi directed
the activities of a number of other conspirators in fabricating more than 7,000
false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. They doctored
credit reports to pump up the spending and borrowing power associated with the
cards. Lodhi and others then borrowed or spent as much as they could, based on
the phony credit history, but did not repay the debts, causing more than $200
million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial institutions.
The conspiracy generated enormous profits for Lodhi and his conspirators - even
though they spent millions of dollars sustaining the elaborate network of drop
addresses and running credit reports on the thousands of false identities.
Records of the New York and New Jersey Departments of Labor reveal that many of
Lodhi's conspirators had no reported legitimate employment in the last five
years. Nonetheless, Lodhi and his conspirators used the proceeds of the criminal
enterprise to buy luxury automobiles, electronics, spa treatments, expensive
clothing and millions of dollars in gold. They also stockpiled large sums of
and his conspirators also relied upon complicit businesses, including several
jewelry stores in the Jersey City, N.J., area, to extract money from the
fraudulent cards. The complicit businesses would allow certain conspirators to
conduct sham transactions on the phony cards and would then receive the proceeds
from the credit card companies and split them with the other conspirators.
Due to the massive scope of the conspiracy, which involved more than 25,000
fraudulent credit cards, loss calculations are ongoing. Final figures may grow
beyond the present confirmed losses of more than $200 million. justice.gov
Sacramento, CA: Two plead guilty in $186,000 Target Credit Card Fraud
Lee Yang, 34, and Chee Yang, 28, both of Sacramento, have pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin
Wagner. According to court documents, Lee Yang and Chee Yang participated in a
scheme that involved at least 500 unauthorized and counterfeit credit cards and
debit cards, affecting at least 1,800 victims, and leading to an estimated loss
of $186,000. The pair stole or possessed stolen mail, created or received
fraudulent credit and debit cards, and made fraudulent purchases totaling
thousands of dollars using the cards at national retailers such as Target in
various Sacramento-area locations, the U.S. Attorney's office says. The Yangs
remain in custody. Five co-defendants remain in the case, which is next set for
a status conference on February 25.
IN: Suspect in $60,000 credit card theft receives suspended sentence
The first of five defendants accused of using stolen credit cards to take more
than $60,000 at two Indiana casinos received a suspended sentence on Dec. 28.
Timothy A. Smith, 25, of Flossmoor, Ill., will have the opportunity to just be
on probation for six years and not go to jail if he doesn't get into any more
legal trouble. This is in part because of a plea agreement he entered on Dec.
14. With the agreement, he agreed to plead guilty to two counts of Class C
felony fraud on a financial institution, Class C felony corrupt business
influence, two counts of Class D felony fraud and two counts of Class D felony
theft. Smith's sentencing included a sentence of two years for the two counts of
fraud on a financial institution and the count of corrupt business influence
concurrently. Smith received one year each for the other charges, but he will
have to serve the other charges concurrently. Smith will have to abide by all
probation rules to avoid jail time, including keeping a job of at least 35 hours
a week. The suspects reportedly used credit cards with numbers belonging to
eight different victims to obtain cash advances, totaling more than $48,000 at
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and more than $16,000 at Indiana Grand
Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.
East Lampeter Twp. PA: More than $40K in merchandise stolen from Lancaster
County Verizon store overnight
The burglary took place overnight at the Verizon store in the Mill Creek Square
complex on Lincoln Highway East, said East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin
Weaver. High-end smart phones and tablets were stolen, police said. Store
employees discovered the theft Thursday and called police to investigate shortly
thereafter, Weaver said. Police are working to obtain surveillance video.
Co, VA: Police seek man who dons Walmart employee vest in theft scheme
Authorities are searching for a man who may be stealing from Walmart stores by
wearing an employee vest and who, on one recent occasion, used a ruse to get a
cashier to walk away from their logged-in register, Fairfax County police said
Thursday. Police said the unidentified man walked up to a cashier at the Fair
Lakes Shopping Center store around 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. He told the cashier that
he was needed in the office and, after the cashier left without logging out of
the register, proceeded to check out a customer before taking an undisclosed
amount of cash.
Westlake, OH: Police release surveillance pics of vacuum cleaner thief at Bed
Bath & Beyond; employee injured
Westlake Police are releasing surveillance pictures from a November robbery that
left a Bed Bath and Beyond employee injured. Two vacuum cleaners, totaling
$1399, were stolen from the Detroit Rd. store. According to police there were
two suspects. One came in the store to steal the merchandise while the other
remained in the vestibule. He apparently stayed there to trigger the automatic
sliding door to help the other suspect escape. Police say during a struggle with
the thieves an employee was hit by the suspect's car and hurt her foot. She was
able to get one of the vacuum's back.
Ephrata, PA: Retail theft suspect arrested after standoff
Ephrata Police say Charles R. McCarraher, 32, was arrested in Chester County.
McCarraher was wanted for allegedly stealing over $1,000 from a Walmart in
Ephrata. Police had issued a felony retail theft warrant for his arrest. Ephrata
Police say they received a tip McCarraher was staying in a hotel and contacted
local police, who found his vehicle at the hotel. McCarraher was taken into
custody after a brief standoff.
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TX: Police exchange gunfire with man outside of Tanger Outlets; suspect later
Terrell Police Department captain was involved in a shooting in the Tanger
Outlet Center parking lot on Thursday afternoon with a possible "mental patient"
who had been missing from Savannah, Georgia, since Monday. The man, identified
as 25-year-old Joseph Buckley, later died at a Dallas-area hospital. Terrell
Police Department Chief Jody Lay says at approximately 1:15 p.m., the department
received a 911 call about a suspicious person in the Applebees parking lot.
Terrell Police Captain A.D. Sansom and another Police captain were in the area
for lunch when the 911 was aired. The two officers observed a subject in a
vehicle, both of which matched the description given by the 911 caller, backing
into a handicapped parking space in front of Rue 21 at the Tanger Outlet Center.
As Sansom, who was uniformed at the time, approached the vehicle, a gunshot rang
out inside the vehicle and the subject pointed a gun in the direction of Sansom,
according to Lay. Sansom "fired a single self-defense shot at the man and then
moved back to cover." The man suffered at least one gunshot wound to the center
of his chest and was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Its
unknown if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted or inflicted by the officer. The
Texas Rangers and the Terrell Police Department Criminal Investigations Division
are investigating the shooting.
Angeles, CA: Security Guard Shot During Botched Robbery at Chinatown Jewelry
Police were searching for three people in connection with a shooting that
wounded a security guard during what officers described as a botched robbery at
a Chinatown jewelry store Thursday morning. An exchange of gunfire between the
guard and two suspects was reported at 11 a.m. on Broadway near Alpine Street,
the Los Angeles Police Department said. Aerial footage showed shattered glass in
front of Kim Phuoc Jewelry. It was unclear if anything was stolen. The security
guard suffered a wound to the hand during the gun battle. The guard was taken to
the hospital in stable condition.
GA: Police release description
of two GameStop armed robbery suspects
Police released the description of two male suspects who were involved in an
armed robbery at GameStop Monday in Stockbridge. Around 6:45 p.m., the Henry
County Police Department responded to GameStop on Davis Road after the store
manager reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint. According to the incident
report, two black males walked in the store pulling blue bandanas over their
noses and mouths. The first suspect who entered the store went straight to the
cash registers and then told everyone to freeze, the report states. The first
suspect reportedly told two other employees to open their cash registers. He
grabbed all cash from the drawers and then threw the drawers to the ground. The
second suspect remained in the middle of the store without speaking during the
robbery, the HCPD reported.
IN: Rooftop burglars hit Lowe's store, flee with nothing
At least four people wearing ski masks cut a 4-foot-by-4-foot hole in the roof
of a Lowe's store to steal copper plumbing and wiring materials but were scared
off, police said. Franklin police are investigating an attempted burglary at
Lowe's, located off U.S. 31, between 1 and 2 a.m. Thursday. About 5 a.m., Lowe's
employees saw buckets full of copper plumbing and wire in an aisle of the store
then noticed a hole in the roof, Franklin Police Chief Tim O'Sullivan said. A
similar theft happened in 2014, when thieves also cut a hole in the roof to
steal copper wire. The two break-ins have similarities in how the thieves
entered the store, but police think they were done by separate groups. On
Thursday, the thieves climbed up the access ladder on the east side of the
building, which leads to the roof. There, they cut into the metal roof, dropped
onto one of the shelves, then down to the floor.
NC: Robberies Force Triad Jewelry Stores To Re-evaluate Security
Triad jewelry stores are taking a closer look at security policies, after a
serial jewelry robber hit Jared Vault in Mebane. A Greensboro jewelry store
manager says he's known about the suspect since September. The woman is
suspected of robbing 6 jewelry stores throughout the southeast, with the help of
a male accomplice. "We weren't surprised. We know she's made a habit of hitting
many stores up and down the south east," Royal Diadem Jewelers manager, Brian
Wilson, said. "So we know she's coming. The object is to be alert and pay
attention." Now that Wilson knows the suspect was in North Carolina, he's taking
a second look at procedures. Royal Diadem Jewelers already has video
surveillance and panic buttons installed. "Once a weapon is shown, there's
really nothing a jeweler can do at that point unless they want to get into a
gunfight," Wilson said. So, he tells employees to cooperate with the thief.
Baltimore, MD: FBI and Baltimore PD release video of Aldi Armed Robbery suspects
Baltimore Police are seeking the public's help to find two men in connection
with an armed robbery at a grocery store. City police said two men armed with
guns robbed the Aldi in the 3600 block of West Coldspring Lane on Dec. 27.
Police released on Thursday surveillance video showing the two men.
Englewood, CO: Police follow footprints in snow to smash-and-grab suspect; may
be tied to more than 20 similar burglaries
Englewood police followed footprints in the snow Friday morning from an
Englewood store to a man's apartment and nabbed a smash-and-grab store burglar
early Friday morning. Police often use high tech tools to solve crimes, but in
this case simple detective work may solve a case of more than 20 similar
smash-and-grab thefts, said Kevin Sage, Englewood police spokesman. Englewood
experienced four smash-and-grab burglaries early Friday morning.
Houston, TX: Penalties cut for low level criminals
in effort to avoid jail overcrowding
Shoplifters will be allowed to avoid jail time. If they don't have felony
records, they'll have 90 days to take a class designed to discourage theft. If
they stay out of trouble, they can stay out of jail.
CCTV captures 'daring' masked robber who threatens Asda supermarket Loomis armed
guard with pump-action shotgun
A masked robber pointed a pump-action shotgun at a supermarket security guard
before making off with a cash box. Police have released CCTV images of the
'daring' raid at Asda in Leigh early on Friday morning. The drama happened after
a Loomis security van pulled up at the store on Priesteners Way at 6.17am. When
the driver entered the store, he was confronted by a masked robber wearing a hi-vis
vest who was pointing a pump-action shotgun directly towards him. The brazen
thief snatched a cash box the security guard was carrying and ran out.
Crestwood, IL: Police Officer injured when struck
by vehicle of fleeing Walmart shoplifter
Atlanta, GA: Thieves strike Ponce City Market store; 2nd time in 2 months
Topeka, KS: Academy Sports Robbery suspect pleaded guilty to hold-up
Lansing, MI: C-Store Clerk could be charged for shooting at would-be robbers
Port St Lucie, FL: Four smash-and-grab burglaries on the Treasure Coast may be
Natick, MA: Woman bought more than $2K in items through credit fraud
Waynesboro, PA: Walmart shoplifter with a knife faces multiple charges after
Mount Joy, PA: Police investigating New Year's Eve burglary that netted $3.5K
from Dunkin' Donuts
North Bend, NE: Nebraska Law Enforcement and Humane Society investigating Horse
Hair Theft; estimated value is $400 a pound
Aldi - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery
AutoZone - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Bigfork Stage Stop -Flathead Co, MT - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Jonesboro, GA - Armed Robbery
BP Amoco - Port St Lucie, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Dallas, TX - Burglary / Smash & Grab
CVS - Evansville, IN - Robbery
CVS - Azusa, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Buffalo, NY - Robbery
Dollar General - Knoxville, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Roanoke, VA - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Mt Joy, PA - Burglary
East Market - York, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Wichita, NE - Armed Robbery
Family Video - Holland, MI - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Stockbridge, GA - Armed Robbery
Henderson Drugs - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Kim's Food - Sanford, FL - Armed Robbery/ Owner murdered
Lakeside General Store - Helena, MT - Armed Robbery
Papa John's - Wichita, NE - Armed Robbery
Papa John's - Jonesboro, GA - Armed Robbery
Pawn City - Santa Fe, NM - Shooting
Ponce Denim Company - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Sam's Club - McDonough, GA - Burglary
Verizon - East Lamenter, PA - Burglary
Walgreens - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot
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