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 January 11, 2016


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Doug McHose, President

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Kelly Moye, CFI was named Corporate Investigations Manager for GM Financial. 
Kelly was previously the Regional Loss Prevention Manager DFW Area for Dollar General before taking this new role. She had been at Dollar General since 2010, when she started as a Regional Loss Prevention Investigator. She has also worked at Wet Seal, Inc. as a Regional Loss Prevention Director, Toys R Us as an RLPM, Regional Manager of Investigations, and Regional AP Investigator, and at ICI Paints as an ALPM. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Public Safety from Capella University. Congratulations Kelly!

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Justice Department Sending Message on Food Safety
Stepping Up Enforcement

Two newly opened investigations and a banner conviction mean the U.S. Justice Department is sending a message to the food industry to take product safety more seriously, an expert said.

Last September the former head of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was sentenced to 28 years in prison over allegedly knowingly shipping salmonella tainted products that sickened hundreds. The Justice Department recently opened investigations into Chipotle Mexican Grill over an E. coli outbreak and Blue Bell Creameries LP over a listeria outbreak, both of which sickened hundreds.

The department has said it will focus more efforts on individual law-breakers after a recent memo that requires turning over information about responsible individuals to the government for a company to receive cooperation credit. The government is likely indicating that things are changing in terms of corporate responsibility and standards in the food industry, Mr. Lankler said.  The Department of Justice is signaling that whatever standard the food industry thought it needed to meet for food safety, the bar is higher, he said. "The department is going to step up enforcement in areas where they can prove they sold tainted product." wsj.com

DOJ investigators in Washington are also looking into Chipotle's
food safety issues
The U.S. Justice Department's consumer protection unit is looking into a norovirus outbreak at a Chipotle restaurant in California, in a sign that a recent probe launched by federal prosecutors in California is getting attention at Washington. Officials in the Justice Department's Consumer Protection Branch contacted Los Angeles federal prosecutors to discuss the early stage inquiry on Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter. businessinsider.com

Massachusetts Police Departments Target Shoplifting with Federal Grant
Crime analysis has revealed an increase in local shoplifting, which Revere Police plan to address with the help of a federal grant, increasing police presence and loss prevention efforts for local businesses. The Revere Police Department has received a $38,495 grant to combat an increase in shoplifting in the city, Revere police said. The Revere Police Department was one of 27 cities and towns in Massachusetts to receive the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (JAG) Program Implementation grant, which is a federal grant administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and Office of Grants and Research, Revere police said. The purpose of the grant is to develop and implement a "No Tolerance for Shoplifting" program. Over the next several months, the police department will have an increased presence in the city's major retail locations and surrounding areas to enhance enforcement and arrests to reduce shoplifting, Revere police said. The program is a partnership with Revere businesses and retailers to assist with their loss prevention efforts, Revere police said. itemlive.com

US Retail Fraud Survey reveals employee theft major concern for retailers
Theft by employees, of both stock and cash, is now among retailers' top three areas of concern, according to the US Retail Fraud Survey 2015. The Survey reveals that alongside online fraud and return fraud, internal theft is a major area of concern for retailers and the biggest area of store loss. Concern about employee theft of stock has risen from 18% in 2012 to 38% in 2015. While recognising that cash theft is a problem, the study reveals that it has only increased from 24% to 26% this year and comes in second, administrative third with 23% and shoplifting fourth with 11%.

Paul Bessant, Founder of Retail Knowledge who commissioned the Survey, said: "North Americans are more up front about insider fraud than their retail colleagues in the UK." Its UK sister publication noted that internal loss in the UK 'may be under reported' and comes in second as a concern, after outsider shoplifting.

James Harris, Commercial Director of Volumatic, Survey sponsor, added: "Cash and merchandise losses caused by internal fraud are only part of the story. When you factor in the costs and time spent in investigations and disciplinary procedures, not to mention the damage done to internal morale and external reputation - the cost of insider fraud can be up to three times as much as the original losses incurred." Click here to view more findings from the Survey. retailfraud.com

Calzedonia Group selects Nedap for global EAS roll-out
- Stores to be equipped with Nedap's RFID-ready loss prevention solution
The Italian fashion retailer Calzedonia Group has selected Nedap as solution provider for security solutions such as electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems, video surveillance and intrusion detection systems. The multi-year contract encompasses the supply and installation of RF EAS hardware and consumables for loss prevention purposes. The first step entails the roll-out of EAS systems to about 50 Tezenis and Intimissimi stores. Worldwide, Calzedonia has around 4000 stores across 40 countries and the first installations were already completed in the last quarter of 2015. nedap-retail.com

Agilence, Inc. Fuels Growth with $6 Million in New Funding
Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data analytics solutions for retail and food & beverage organizations, today announced that it has raised $6 million in new funding led by Arrowroot Capital. Additional funding was provided by previous investor Aster Capitol. Over the last 18 months, Retail 20/20 has been implemented by over 50 leading retail and food & beverage organizations in America. The funding provided by Arrowroot Capital and Aster Capital will be used to enhance product development, improve sales & marketing, and boost the already industry leading support team. prnewswire.com

Checkpoint Systems' Sense + Respond Solution Provides Multi-Channel Retailers with Real-Time Insights, Predictive Analytics
Cloud-Based Merchandise Visibility Solution on Microsoft Azure Transforms Shopper Engagement across All Channels; Creates Responsive Retail Infrastructure.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, announced that it has collaborated with Microsoft Corp. to bring Checkpoint RFID Merchandise Visibility solutions to the cloud, and enhance them utilizing Microsoft analytical tools. The resulting cloud-based merchandise visibility solution, Sense + Respond, provides multi-channel retailers with a flexible, fast deployment approach to gather real-time insights and predictive analytics.

Sense + Respond utilizes Checkpoint Systems' leading Internet of Things (IoT) platform for retailers, the OAT Foundation Suite, along with Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions, enabling retailers to make informed business decisions in real-time.

In the race to win shopper loyalty, retailers must find better, faster ways to understand and engage connected consumers across channels," said Uwe Sydon, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Checkpoint Systems. "As the global RFID deployment leader, we chose to collaborate with Microsoft to create a scalable, easy-to-deploy merchandise visibility solution that enables retailers to quickly realize value."  businesswire.com

New Jersey sues Advance Auto, Pep Boys for overcharges
New Jersey sued Advance Auto Parts Inc and Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, accusing the auto parts and services retailers of fraudulently overcharging customers in their stores, the state's acting attorney general said on Friday.  reuters.com

Kohl's Weighs Next Steps, struggling retailer considering going private
or breaking up
Kohl's, a national department-store chain with roughly 1,200 stores, with shares down 40%, is debating whether to pursue more drastic action, such as taking itself private or breaking up the company, according to a person familiar with the situation. wsj.com

These 5 retailers are suffering in a changing retail world
More shoppers are mining their phones and the web for deals and flocking to off-price chains to save a buck. They're also choosing stores that can turn around stylish merchandise fast and favoring specialty merchandise such as comfortable and stylish athletic gear. The shift is making business challenging for some traditional retailers. Even as stores typically on solid footing, including Macy's and Nordstrom, have scrambled to keep up with the shift in shopping habits, they're finding it difficult to maintain an edge. Here are five retailers facing challenges in 2016: Macy's, Nordstrom, Aeropostale, Sears, and HH Gregg. indystar.com

Is This One of the Biggest Cases of Wine Fraud Ever?
In one of the largest defaults in American wine retail history, last Friday, Berkeley, California-based wine seller Premier Cru filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, citing more than $70 million in debt liabilities. The shop owes customers varying sums of money, some in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The now shuttered Premier Cru store, which was run by a partnership under the name Fox Ortega Enterprises, was widely known for its active email program that sent out wine deals to potential purchasers around the globe. The retailer sold highly sought-after, collectible bottles, often in quantity and often at attractive prices. However, Premier Cru frequently sold wines on a "pre-arrival" basis, meaning that the store was not in possession of certain bottles, so shipping was not always immediate. Thusly, customers sometimes complained about long waits in obtaining pre-paid wines, and those delays could reportedly stretch into years. eater.com

Your driver's license will work at airport security until at least 2018
The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for state driver licenses to meet REAL ID standards until Jan. 22, 2018. That's good - though not entirely surprising - for people in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and American Samoa, who will still be able to use their drivers' licenses at airport security checkpoints until then. The REAL ID program is meant to "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses," according to DHS. mashable.com

Police see spike in Springfield retail theft

Starboard Value Pushes Macy's to Pursue Deals for Its Real Estate

Hollister Latest Store Hit By Worker Suit Over On-Call Shifts

American Apparel gets $300 million bid from group supporting Charney

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Genesco Q4 comp's up 3%

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Macy's Outlines $400M Cost Efficiency Initiatives
and Lists 40 Store Locations to Be Closed
- Macy's Cuts 4,500 Jobs - Reorganizes 7 Regions to 5 - 58 Districts to 47
Macy's, Inc. yesterday announced a series of cost-efficiency and process improvement measures to be implemented beginning in early 2016 that will reduce SG&A expense by approximately $400 million. To address the need for greater efficiency and productivity, among the changes being implemented by Macy's, Inc. in early 2016 are: Consolidating the grouping of existing Macy's stores into five regions and 47 local districts (down from the current structure of seven regions and 58 local districts), as well as other field support functions. businesswire.com

The Secure Stores Forum, a whole new kind of LP meeting, gets high marks from Loss Prevention leaders

This year's event is Feb. 21-23, 2016 in Miami

Last year at this time, about 45 retail Loss Prevention executives were wondering what to expect as they looked forward to the very first Secure Stores Forum event. Well, the reviews for Secure Stores were very strong indeed. The LP leaders who attended, representing retailers ranging from Bloomingdale's to Big Lots, Donna Karan to Dress Barn and more, gave the event high marks across the board.

Attendees said they enjoyed the Forum's different approach: Secure Stores Forum hosts just 50 senior LP leaders, by invitation, for intimate conversation and the opportunity for one-to-one networking at a resort between peers, colleagues and suppliers.

The Second Annual Secure Stores Forum is February 21-23, 2016 at the 4-star Eden Roc Resort on Miami Beach. A few of the 50 retailer spots for this year's event are still available, first-come, first-served, for VP and Director-level LP leaders who haven't attended before. (LP executives can call or email Secure Stores Forum for an invitation.) There is no cost to attend, and Secure Stores Forum pays all expenses: airfare, hotel, meals, for those who qualify.

We see a unique place in our industry for this event as a complement to the larger, established shows and conferences. Secure Stores Forum won't replace them, but it is doing something different, and from all reports, it's doing that something quite well. Whether you're a retailer or a service provider, Secure Stores Forum may indeed be something you should consider adding to your schedule for February of 2016.

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Feds Warn Banks of Rising Ransomware Tide
The US Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) is warning banks about a continued sharp rise in cyber-attacks using ransomware. This type of malware is typically a consumer scourge, but the FFIEC said that there has been a concerning uptick in both the number and severity of attacks against financial institutions that involve extortion, with ransom demands ranging up to $5,000 each.

According to an analysis from Easy Solutions, bank-focused ransomware screens often attempt to trick the victims into thinking that the attack is the result of an official government sanction, using images such as the official crest of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security or local police department to demand that a "fine" is paid, for noncompliance or some other relevant transgression. infosecurity-magazine.com

How Google And Amazon Plan To Manage The Crowded Skies
Google would like what is best described as an automated version of the air traffic control system that governs the skies today.  This plan would require commercial drones to file a flight plan with a centralized system that either clears the flight plan - or suggest modifications, depending on other plans filed.

Amazon's proposal is less focused on centralization. While it has no objection to registered flight plans - reports on its plans note that the sky will be full of real time moving obstacles like bird, balloons and private drones - meaning the unmanned craft must be able to determine their path in response to real world conditions. This means drones must be able to communicate with each other more than they need to be able to communicate with a centralized processing center. pymnts.com

The CSO IoT Survival Guide
With billions of newly connected devices coming online within the next four years, security managers are going to find themselves with a new and complex challenge on their hands, as they look for ways to manage and protect not only the availability and security of these devices, but all of the data that they generate that will be needed to store and analyze.

"IoT is the Wild West right now. We don't know what it's going to look like, where it's going. We're right at the cusp and, while there's a lot of opportunity, there is an intrinsic vulnerability because too often security is bolted on after the fact.

While IoT is just ramping up, now is the time for enterprise security teams to get the management of these right, while the challenge is manageable, and CISOs can position themselves in front of the problem. And with that in mind, we've handpicked a number of the most relevant features and analysis stories that have recently appeared in CSO to help you get started: csoonline.com

11 tips for spotting insider threats
To help companies spot the insider sooner, we collected advice from security experts aimed at helping companies find an insider attack sooner rather than later. networkworld.com

ICSC: Omnichannel wins, with physical stores at epicenter
Nearly one-third (32%) of shoppers the past holiday season used the click and collect method - with 69% of these shoppers purchasing additional items in the store when they went to pick up the item and 36% making another purchase in an adjacent store, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers' Holiday Consumer Purchasing Trends study. What's more, 60% of holiday shoppers used their mobile device while shopping in a store to do such things as compare prices, check availability and view reviews/ratings. And 56% of holiday shoppers researched products before they even entered the store. retailingtoday.com






Over the past 20 years, USS has earned a reputation for its innovation and exceptional customer service, bringing to market some of the most innovative technologies LP professionals use today. USS' EAS tags and systems are highly regarded in the industry, and the company has a proven track record of deploying large-scale video and access control systems. In this LPNN interview, Doug McHose, President of USS, talks about the secret behind the company's remarkable growth. From their Tactical Tagging solution to their latest innovation - NDVision - learn how USS can help LP teams do more with less.

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Ed Wolfe, VP Business Development for WG Security, joins Joe and Amber in this LPNN Quick Take. Ed talks about the most surprising findings from the latest National Retail Security Survey, provides an update on WG's Ninja Tag, and tells us which actor he would want to play himself in a movie.

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Louis Vuitton Sues For Damages From Fakes sold on Taobao in China
Louis Vuitton has filed a lawsuit at a district court in Beijing, claiming damages from three people convicted of selling counterfeit versions of the brand's products. The three individuals were convicted of selling the counterfeit products on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce marketplace, which is owned by Alibaba Group. The French luxury house, part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is claiming 250,000 yuan (or $37,900 at current exchange) in economic damages, the court confirmed. The counterfeit operation staged by the three defendants between 2011 and 2014, involved "a huge amount of money." wwd.com

Over half of US and UK businesses fear attacks on payment data
60% of US and 52% of UK businesses believe an attack on payment card data to be quite likely or very likely, a recent research shows. 84% of US and 87% of UK respondents stated that the volume had increased or remained level over the past two years. Only 14% of all respondents suggested that the number of telephone payments has declined. In spite of this increase in telephone payments, and the widespread fear of attack, contact centres appear to be ill-prepared; only 46% of respondents said that they have implemented and maintain a full set of Payment Card Industry (PCI) controls to reduce the risk of an attack. 81% admitted that they ask their customers to say their card details out loud. 83% of total respondents (79% US and 86% UK) felt that loss of customers or brand/ reputational damage would be the most damaging effect of a payment card data breach. thepaypers.com

Verizon: Retailers should adjust to 'Cyber Season'
According to the Verizon Retail Index, days that previously had unusual spikes in e-commerce activity, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now show more normal levels of online traffic and purchase activity. Part of this shift is attributed to the widespread availability of high-speed online connections from consumer mobile devices.

"Days such as 'Cyber Monday' and 'Green Monday' are essentially being kept alive by retailers who only have an e-commerce presence," said Michele Dupré, group VP of retail, hospitality and distribution for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Effective online engagement by the retail industry and fail-proof website platforms are essential throughout the season."

In addition, Verizon Retail Index analysis shows broadband traffic attributed to e-commerce shopping activity began to taper off by Mon., Jan. 4, dipping dramatically from the New Year's weekend highs (which ranged from 28-36%) to 12% above average daily levels, followed by 9% above on Tues. (Jan. 5) and 8%by Wed. (Jan. 6). This is a similar year-over-year pattern. chainstoreage.com

Study: Mobile commerce paradigm shifts
A shift in investments by technology companies and continued optimization strategies from retailers has landed smartphones on top as a driver of mobile sales and traffic for retail companies. Specifically, retailers surveyed report smartphone sales accounted for 17% of their total online sales in 2015, edging ahead of the 14% generated via tablets. Overall, retailers said sales from smartphone devices grew 53% from the previous year, while sales from tablet devices grew 32%. Smartphones represented 29% of mobile retail traffic, roughly double the 15% share held by tablets. chainstoreage.com

Retailers to Benefit from Growing Mobile Payment System in 2016



Hesperia, CA: Hesperia man arrested for stealing 7,500 pounds of candy
The payoff wasn't so sweet for a Hesperia man arrested for stealing more than 7,500 pounds of candy from a delivery truck, sheriff's officials said. Jesus Ibarra, 35, was arrested Thursday morning after deputies discovered the missing sweets in his garage. Excel Corporation, the west coast distributor for Mars Candy Company, contracted a private trucking company to deliver candy that had not passed inspection to San Bernardino for destruction. The truck arrived at its destination missing approximately 7,500 pounds of candy. Investigators found online advertisements on High Desert Deals, a popular Facebook site, and Craigslist, of a man selling bulk candy from his home, sheriff's officials said. A search warrant was issued for Ibarra's home. Investigators said the entire garage had been converted into a candy store with approximately 30 racks of candy in boxes, which were labeled with prices. Loss prevention officers from Excel were able to positively identify the candy in Ibarra's home by the serial numbers on the side of the boxes, sheriff's officials said. sbsun.com

Beaverton, OR: On January 6, 2016, Beaverton patrol officers alerted Beaverton Detectives regarding a possible credit card crew from Miami, Florida staying in Beaverton
Beaverton Detectives along with Tigard Police Detectives conducted surveillance on four subjects for two days. On January 7, 2016 Beaverton Detectives witnessed some of the subjects using multiple credit cards for gift card purchases at several Walmart stores throughout the Metro Area. Beaverton and Tigard Detectives were able to confirm the credit cards used for the gift card purchases were in fact counterfeit and found that most of the victims lived in the Washington County area. Beaverton Detectives also found out that some of the victims had used their credit cards at the same local gas station. Detectives checked the gas station pumps and didn't locate any skimming devices. Late in the evening of January 7, 2016 Beaverton Detectives arrested Marie Armstrong and Liorge Hernandez-Cueto when they returned to the hotel they were staying. Leorge Despaigne-Moreno was in the hotel room and was also arrested. Leorge Despaigne-Moreno has been arrested for these types of crimes on two previous occasions since October 2014 in Kansas and Colorado. Leorge Despaigne-Moreno was currently out on bond before being arrested again by Beaverton Police. A fourth person was detained and eventually released. A search warrant was obtained for the hotel room and vehicle, Detectives seized over 240 counterfeit re-encoded prepaid credit cards/gift cards, a credit card encoder, gas pump keys, and 22 gas pump skimming devices. During the investigation detectives found that the subjects drove from Miami, FL on January 2, 2016 and arrived in Beaverton on January 6, 2016. 1190kex.com

Toledo, OH: 3 women shoplift $1,600 in merchandise from PINK
They concealed $1,600 worth of merchandise, then fled the store. That's how the Toledo Police Crime Log describes a shoplifting inside the Franklin Park Mall. It happened at PINK, which is a brand of Victoria's Secret that has its own location. According to the police report, three women were spotted "concealing merchandise," then leaving the store. The theft happened during store hours this past Thursday. It amounted to a roughly $1,600 loss in goods. 13abc.com

Alcoa, TN: Employee charged with stealing $1,500 of baby formula,
selling on street
Walcutt was arrested Thursday after a supervisor at his workplace, DRS Outlet, 3490 Northbend Circle, Alcoa, reported that Walcutt had come forward and admitted to stealing about 300 cans of baby formula during the last 10 months. thedailytimes.com

Rogersville, TN: Walmart employee caught stealing video games
A Rogersville Walmart employee allegedly admitted to stealing video games from his department and returning them to exchange for gift cards after a theft was captured on store video surveillance last week. The total value of the games was $1,392 and included 22 for the XBox 1, two for Playstation 4, and one unknown game. timesnewsnet.com

Detroit area Best Buy reports Play Station theft
On Dec. 21, officers were sent to the Best Buy store at 2169 Telegraph for a retail fraud complaint. An employee saw a man and woman run out of the store with a total of four PlayStation 4 gaming systems valued at over $1400. theoaklandpress.com

Walton Co, GA: Detergent shoplifters busted with a Car Load of merchandise from Dollar General
Law enforcement in Georgia say two people were arrested after finding loads of stolen laundry detergent in their vehicle. According to a post made by the Walton County, Georgia Sheriff's Office, a car was pulled over and found to contain dozens of bottles of laundry soap, body wash, and other household goods. Officials said much of the merchandise came from a Dollar General store on the west side of the county, along with multiple stores in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties. Photos taken by investigators show dozens of bottles of detergent inside the car's trunk. More of the stolen goods are shown lined up across the car's hood, roof and trunk. wtvm.com

Hamilton, ON, CN: Duo charged with credit card fraud in $75K gift card scam
Hamilton Police say they have made two arrests so far in connection with a four-month fraud where fake credit cards were used to buy more than $75,000 in gift cards and electronics at Walmart and other stores. Walmart's corporate security worked with the OPP and Hamilton, Brantford and Peel police services to investigate the incidents stretching from August to November 2015, Hamilton Police said Monday. Hamilton Police have arrested two people: A 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Glanbrook, in connection with the investigation, and charged them with fraud over $5,000 and possession and forgery of credit cards and money laundering. cbc.ca

UK: Police targeting Coventry gangs and crime families make 40 arrests
Police have pledged to start the new year by continuing a blitz on gangs and crime families in Coventry. West Midlands Police say at least 40 gang suspects have been arrested as part of Operation Blue Steel which was launched last year. Last month saw shop robbery gang Anthony Bell, Roy Lewis and Leyton Clare jailed for a total of 24 years for a string of Coventry raids − and drug dealer Tavaseen Iqbal, who hid a loaded shotgun in the garden of his Foleshill home, was also imprisoned for six years. Members of two more retail crime gangs can expect lengthy spells behind bars when they go to court later this month while others are on remand awaiting trial. coventrytelegraph.net

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Eugene, OR: Shoplifter apprehended at Fred Meyer later dies In Police Custody
A death investigation is underway in Eugene, after a man died while in police custody. Police say just after 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 32-year-old Perry Otto Charles Wilms stole clothing and food from the Fred Meyer store on West 11th Avenue. Detective Jed McGuire said Wilms became combative with the Fred Meyer Loss Prevention Staff and then ran away. Within minutes, police arrested him about four blocks from the store, on the bike path near Acorn Park. Detective McGuire said Wilms was verbally uncooperative, but physically did not resist arrest. After he was detained in handcuffs, he started exhibiting medical issues. Detective McGuire said Wilms was having trouble breathing and not responding. He said Wilms died after paramedics treated him for almost 30 minutes. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, pending the results from the Medical Examiner's Office. kdrv.com

Atlanta, GA: Armed jewel theft suspect in custody
The suspect in a string of armed jewelry robberies, including the August heist at Zales Outlet in Dawsonville, was taken into custody Friday in Smyrna. Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, was arrested without incident by agents from the FBI Atlanta Division. She is one of two suspects believed to have been involved in multiple jewelry store robberies in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. Another individual who was with Kemp at the time of her arrest is also in custody. Due to ongoing investigative efforts, the identity of the second person and the details of the arrests are not being released at this time. The FBI began receiving tips soon after requesting assistance in identifying the suspect after the most recent armed robbery. Kemp is also accused of executing multiple similarly-styled jewelry store robberies across the Southeast region in recent months, including the Aug. 5 armed robbery of the Zales Outlet at North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville. Other locations include Jared Vault in Sevierville, Tenn., on Oct. 16; Jared Jewelry in Bluffton, S.C., on Sept. 2; Reeds Jewelers in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Aug. 11; and Jared Jewelry in Woodstock on April 29. gainesvilletimes.com

Myrtle Beach, SC: Walmart Employee's Fingertip Bitten Off
While Stopping Shoplifter
A Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart loss prevention officer lost part of her finger after she and another employee confronted a suspected shoplifter. According to a Myrtle Beach police report, the incident happened around 2 p.m. Police said the suspect, Carolynn Elizabeth Wright, 23, got into a fight with two employees after they said she concealed merchandise. One victim's fingertip was bitten off during the struggle, the report said. A customer who witnessed the fight tried to call 911 but dropped her phone. Wright picked up the phone and refused to give it back, according to the report. After the woman tried to get the phone back from Wright, she was grabbed by the hair and then punched Wright in the face, the report said. wspa.com

Canton, OH: Police K9 shot and killed during grocery store burglary shoot-out
A beloved Ohio police dog who was shot four times while attempting to protect his partner from a grocery store shootout has tragically died after fighting for his life through the night. Jethro was on hand when Canton police responded to a burglary alarm activation call at Fisher Foods Grocery Store around 1:13am on Saturday. The K9 approached the burglary suspect, who fired several shots at the dog before exchanging fire with officers several times as he fled the store. dailymail.co.uk

Staten Island, NY: Man used developmentally disabled teen in S.I. Mall counterfeit scheme
A Brooklyn man is accused of forcing a 16-year-old developmentally disabled boy to make purchases using counterfeit cash at the Staten Island Mall, authorities said. Karim Iguenaran, 24, had his twisted scheme cut short, however, after security cameras from the two stores he hit on Jan. 5 caught him red-handed. In both cases, Iguenaran coerced the teen to make a small purchase using a counterfeit $100 bill. Iguenaran then pocketed the real money after the teen handed him the change from each transaction. At the Hallmark store, Iguenaran had the teen buy an ornament for $4.54 using the fake $100 bill. He then exited the store and handed Iguenaran $95.46 in change. The suspect pulled off the scam a second time that day at the Aerosoles store, waiting outside while the 16-year-old purchased $13 in merchandise using another counterfeit $100 bill. Iguenaran again kept the real money the teen handed him as change. Police arrested Iguenaran that night inside the mall. It's unclear what relationship he has with the teen. silive.com

Shallotte, NC: NC Anti-counterfeiting Task Force raids shop;
$60,000 in product seized
Police have taken a Shallotte store owner into custody following a raid that turned up counterfeit merchandise. Media outlets report that on Dec. 15 agents with the N.C. Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force raided Fresh Gear, in Shallotte. N.C. Secretary of State spokeswoman Liz Proctor says in that raid, authorities seized counterfeit Air Jordans, Michael Kors shoes, CDs, DVDs and other counterfeit items. On Thursday, officers arrested Fresh Gear owner 51-year-old Pattie Thomas Hill. She has been charged with felony counterfeit trademarking and failing to disclose the origin of recording. Proctor says the merchandise, if legitimate, would have a retail value of $62,940. wral.com

Smash-and-grab burglars hit Lincoln Park clothing store 4 times in 30 days

Egg Harbor, NJ: Firefighter loses $78,000 job for shoplifting $7.98 in items

Mappins in the Northgate Square, North Bay, ON was the victim of a Grab & Run on the afternoon of 1/6, merchandise valued at $7,999

J. B. Robinson in the Diamond Center, Anchorage, AK was the victim of a Grab & Run of 1/7, merchandise valued at $1,299

Piercing Pagoda in the Greece Ridge Mall, Rochester, NY was hit with a Grab & Run on 1/9, merchandise valued at over $650

CB Wireless - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery / employee injured
CVS - Arlington, VA - Robbery
Dollar General - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Avondale, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Easton, PA - Armed Robbery
Food Mart - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ clerk kills 1 suspect
Liberty Mart - Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC - Shooting
Mr Cash - Kingsport, TN - Armed Robbery
Patterson - Waldo Co, ME - Burglary
Red Lobster - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Cartersville, GA - Armed Robbery
Salvation Army - La Vergne, TN - Burglary
Smart Cuts - Kingsport, TN - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Kansas City, MO - Robbery
Walgreens - Springettsbury, PA - Armed Robbery
Z & S Food - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / 2 suspects killed



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How you leave an employer and how you start at a new employer are very critical segments of time because they can tend to label executives and those labels can last a very long time. Interesting how short the time periods are relative to an executive's actual career. But the exiting process and the on-boarding periods leave long term impressions that follow executives. Regardless of why an executive leaves the important thing is to leave professionally, quietly, and making sure the employer has a detailed report on all of your projects and work. And most certainly respect their intellectual property which in today's world virtually every company has been a victim of intellectual property theft. According to most recent surveys 33% of employees have stolen intellectual property and this is a major concern for every company and is the primary reason some employers require the departing executive to leave the day of their resignation.

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