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 January 15, 2016


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Josh Machtinger was named Senior Manager of Safety
and Security for dressbarn.

Josh will be responsible for the safety initiatives and physical security for the field and corporate campus. Josh comes to us from Toys "R" Us where he spent over 7 years in various roles in Audit and Asset Protection. Most recently Josh managed the Safety program for the stores and distribution centers helping the company to lay the groundwork for a new distribution center safety program and re-engineer the training for the stores. Josh looks forward to this next chapter in his career and the exciting challenges ahead. In his free time, Josh spends time with his wife and 3-year old daughter traveling and spending time outdoors. He looks forward to getting into the stores to meet everyone and help as we strive to make our stores safer and more profitable! Congratulations Josh!

Michael Slevin Joins 3VR as Sales Director,
with Focus on Retail Industry

3VR, the video technology and data company, today announced that it has hired retail industry veteran Michael Slevin as a sales director. In this role, he will create opportunities for 3VR's retail analytics products - VisionPoint Dashboard and Video Management System (VMS) - by generating and maintaining relationships with retail customers and channel partners. Slevin joins 3VR from Tyco, where he spent more than 15 years in a variety of sales roles, cultivating awareness and demand for the company's retail solutions.

"Retail is an important market for us, and we are happy to be strengthening both our team and product offering," said Jeff Karnes, senior vice president of marketing and operations for 3VR. "We welcome Michael to the company and look forward to his contributions as we continue to innovate and grow our customer base."

First Quarter 2016 - Will it be the Bloodiest Since Q1 2009?
Only 15 days into the first quarter and we've already seen over 15,000 jobs lost and that's only two retailers. We've already seen 7-Eleven, Macy's, Walmart, Finish Line, and yesterday Talbots wiped out their senior LP job as well. Our prediction is that this will end up being the bloodiest quarter since the first quarter in 2009 at the peak of the last great recession.

Warm weather, the experiential Millennial shopper, online shopping, the Amazon impact, the terrorism & active shooter fear factor, and data breaches. All playing a part in the brick and mortar's 10.5% holiday sales decline.

Walmart is closing 269 stores, laying off thousands of employees
Walmart is closing 269 stores and laying off thousands of employees. The move will affect more than 16,000 employees, including 10,000 in the US. The closings include 154 locations in the US - 102 of which are the company's smallest stores, called Walmart Express, which have been in pilot since 2011. Walmart is closing the stores to shift resources to Walmart's Supercenters and smaller-format Neighborhood Market stores. Walmart will also shut down 23 Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers, and four Sam's Clubs.

The company said it would try to place laid-off employees at other Walmart stores.
Employees who aren't hired by nearby locations will get 60 days of pay and severance if eligible, as well as résumé and interview skills training, the company said.

"The decision to close stores is difficult and we care about the associates who will be impacted," Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. "We invested considerable time assessing our stores and clubs and don't take this lightly. We are supporting those impacted with extra pay and support, and we will take all appropriate steps to ensure they are treated well."

The retailer said it still planned to open more than 100 US stores in the next year, including 50 to 60 Supercenters, 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets, and seven to 10 Sam's Club locations. Internationally, Walmart plans to open 200 to 240 stores within the next year. yahoo.com foxnews.com

See Wal-Mart's official statement here - with full list of store closings

Chipotle to close all stores on Feb. 8th for all-staff meeting on food safety
Embattled fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) will close all of its eateries nationwide for a few hours during the morning of Feb. 8 for an all-staff meeting on food safety. Conducted via a live satellite feed, the session will feature Chipotle officials thanking the company's roughly 60,000 staffers for their efforts to address recent food-bourne illness issues that arose among some of the company's customers on the West Coast and in the Boston area. Outlining the plan during a Wednesday investor conference in Florida, company executives said the staff meeting would also include a discussion of new food-safety measures Chipotle has implemented and a question-and-answer session with employees. Chipotle will use the time for a company-wide meeting to discuss food safety in the wake of a bout of food-borne illness issues at locations across the country, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes amid a marketing campaign beginning next month that aims to win back customers who have stopped coming to the chain in light of the recent outbreaks, the Journal reported. usatoday.com

ORC, The Internet, and Heroin drive upward trend in shoplifting
Central Ohio shoplifters snuck off with a record amount of merchandise from retailers in 2015, according to new statistics from the city of Columbus. The average value of each theft increased to $151.53 from $137.29 in 2014, the office of Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. reported. While more shoplifting has occurred, more thieves are being caught and charged.

The total value of stolen merchandise recovered increased 22.7 percent, to $695,527, in 2015, and the city attorney's prosecution division filed 4,590 theft charges, an increase of 11.2 percent from the previous year's 4,128 filings. The number of thefts over $500 also grew in the past year, Pfeiffer said.

Since the Ohio General Assembly raised the felony theft limit from $500 to $1,000 in 2012, Columbus prosecutors have seen high-dollar misdemeanor thefts more than double.

Most of the shoplifting cases in central Ohio - 4 in 5 - involved repeat offenders who are either serial thieves or professional shoplifters, Pfeiffer said. That number also has grown significantly over the past seven years. In 2009, 58 percent of theft charges involved repeat offenders. By 2014, that number had surged to 81 percent, and it remained there in 2015.

The trend upward in Columbus, as in the rest of the country, can be attributed to a number of factors, "most specifically the heroin epidemic, organized retail crime and the ability to sell stolen merchandise easily via the Internet," said First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick. dispatch.com

Bloomingdale's to Host LPRC Future of LP Event - Jan. 19th in NYC
Bloomingdale's is hosting a small LPRC Future of LP Working Group tour of their Manhattan Flagship store Tuesday the 19th of January. All members in the NYC area next week are encouraged to participate! If you are interested in participating, please let the LPRC know your RSVP via: operations@lpresearch.org.

Global Retailer Cole Haan Standardizes on Intelligent IP Video Solution and Services from March Networks and Diebold
Global lifestyle brand Cole Haan has selected March Networks and Diebold Incorporated for its enterprise-class video solution to help reduce shrink, enhance security and resolve liability claims in all of its 117 North American locations. Acting on Diebold's recommendation, Cole Haan decided to standardize on the March Networks intelligent video solution to replace a variety of older surveillance systems that were performing poorly and were increasingly costly to maintain. The new solution easily addresses all of the retailer's key requirements, such as enabling the loss prevention team to conduct investigations remotely from its Greenland, NH global headquarters using powerful March Networks video management software. marchnetworks.com

NRF: Retail Holiday Sales Increase 3 Percent
Holiday sales in 2015 increased 3 percent to $626.1 billion - solid growth considering the unforeseen weather events across the country and an extreme deflationary retail environment. NRF forecasted total growth, including online sales, of 3.7 percent. Non-store holiday sales grew 9 percent to $105 billion.

According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, decreased 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from November and increased 3.1 percent unadjusted on a year-over-year basis. nrf.com

American Apparel rejects Charney's takeover bid: source
Bankrupt teen apparel retailer American Apparel Inc's board has rejected the latest takeover offer involving the company's controversial founder, Dov Charney, a source told Reuters. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles-based company received a $300 million bid from a group of investors who are backing the return of Dov Charney. Hagan Capital Group and Silver Creek Capital Partners said their proposal included $90 million of new equity and a $40 million term loan, and backs a business plan from Charney, who was fired as chief executive in December 2014. American Apparel is open to a revised offer from the funds, the source said. reuters.com

'Confidential' memo shows Deutsche Bank admitting its screwup was the reason American Apparel employees didn't get paid last week
Deutsche Bank has admitted it screwed up on January 7 by failing to process the US staff payroll for American Apparel, resulting in a huge number of the chain's employees not getting paid until the following week. A copy of the memo was obtained by Business Insider. The January 12 Deutsche Bank memo marked "confidential" says the payroll wasn't processed for five more days due to "human error." The incident caused a minor freakout because American Apparel is currently going through a bankruptcy reorganisation, its sales are in decline, and its current cash position has not been disclosed since October 31, when it had $21 million in the bank, mostly from debt financing. businessinsider.com

Ahold to close two DCs, let C&S Wholesale handle distribution
Ahold USA has chosen to close warehouse operations in western New York and transfer those responsibilities to C&S facilities in Bethlehem, PA and South Hatfield, MA. Over 600 jobs will be impacted. wkbw.com

SpartanNash to close three area stores, spent $14 million remodeling eight others

NRF: Wash. D.C. Scheduling Law Would Have "Sweeping Unintended Consequences"


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Hyatt Breach: 250 Hotels, 50 Countries
- POS Malware Checked In, Stayed For Four Months
Hyatt Hotels says it's concluded its investigation into the payment card data breach that it first discovered in November 2015, and reports that malware infected 250 of its locations across 50 countries.

The Chicago-based hotel chain says that anyone who used a payment card at one of the affected properties last year from July 30 to Dec. 8 was potentially affected. The affected properties are located everywhere from Argentina and Armenia to the United Kingdom and Vietnam. In the United States, 100 hotels in 26 different states were affected.

Hyatt first publicly disclosed the breach on Dec. 23. The firm tells Information Security Media Group that it hired third-party digital forensic investigators and information security expert Mandiant and Kroll to help it investigate the intrusion and better lock down its security processes, procedures and technology.

Investigators found that the malware collected data from cards used onsite - rather than online - and that it was able to steal cardholder names, card numbers, card expiration dates as well as internal verification codes "as the data was being routed through affected payment processing systems," Hyatt says. But the hotel chain doesn't believe that any other information - such as customers' mailing addresses or email addresses - was compromised by attackers.

Hyatt says that it doesn't know exactly which type of malware hit it. The hotel has published a list of affected properties databreachtoday.com

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Coming Online
The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act became law last month after it was a last minute addition to the U.S. federal spending bill, which means companies should start to see increasing incentives for sharing hacking information soon, an expert said. The act, supported by much of the business community but opposed by privacy activists and some technology firms, gives liability protection to companies that share information with the government about a hacking incident, ostensibly allowing better U.S. coordination against cyber attacks. David Turetsky, a partner at law firm Akin Gump, has tracked the litany of new federal actions and programs created by the act, which are required to take place in the next weeks and years. He said as those programs come online, companies will have a better experience with information exchanges, some of which is already occurring. "Voluntary cybersecurity information sharing is something that a number of companies engage in now and they see benefits," Mr. Turetsky said.

The law requires the government to set up outreach programs to coordinate the information sharing. "Certainly in the area of cybersecurity there have been extensive efforts to foster public private partnerships and cooperation-this will build on that," Mr. Turetsky said. "I think that what you will see is more and more pieces coming into play and making it more and more attractive for companies to participate." wsj.com

LPRC Cyber Security Summit 2016!
The University of Florida and the LPRC are teaming up once again this time to bring you a cyber security summit set to kick off in early spring 2016! The summit will analyze major issues and common security hot topics affecting retailers in our technological-world today. If you are interested in learning more about this, please follow this link to learn more: http://fics-institute.org/. If you are interested in attending the summit, please contact Brittany at brittany@lpresearch.org. Stay tuned!

Check out this link to access the Top Cyber-security trends for 2016!

Please email Brittany with answers to the following question. Thank you.
● Are you interested in attending?
● Would you bring an IT colleague if so?
● What are 2-4 of your biggest web, cloud, and in-store digital and cyber-security concerns?



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Don't miss the Atlanta Local InfraGard
Security Training (A-LIST) Event!

The drive to connect is as old as humanity. By connecting with each other and exchanging information and ideas, we build trust, create resilience, and foster safety and security across Atlanta area communities.

A-LIST is a conference geared toward public safety/law enforcement officers and cyber security professionals, held at Kennesaw State University on February 10, 2016, from 7:30am - 5pm. A-LIST reinforces the importance of supporting our local cyber security community and public safety officers, fostering cooperation between law enforcement and businesses.

We have some fantastic speakers lined up for this year's event, including cyber security expert, James DeLuccia, Special Agent Alan Davis, Defensive Tactics instructor Ariel Siegelman, and Special Agent with the FBI Cyber Division, Rod Coffin. You don't want to miss it!

The event has been approved to give law enforcement officers credit toward required POST hours as well as CPE credits for security professionals.

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Greater Toronto Area - The "Shopping Triangle" for Cargo Thieves
In security circles, the Greater Toronto Area has come to be known as the "shopping triangle" for cargo thieves who continue to wreak havoc on the Canadian trucking industry to the tune of $5 billion per year, snapping up everything from electronics to metals, by any means necessary.

Canada's cargo theft crisis continues to escalate, with reports to the Insurance Bureau of Canada doubling to 400 over 2015 alone, primarily in southern Ontario. As Canada's most targeted area, the shopping triangle is a geographical region that's not only on organized crime's radar, but the radar of security experts like Ron Hartman, too, who's working to empower trucking companies through a long list of modern prevention measures.

"We all know it's a lot easier to prevent a crime than solve it," says Hartman, speaking at a Wednesday seminar hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. "You must think like a criminal."

Hartman is director of security solutions for AFIMAC Global, which specializes in cargo theft prevention. While the old school criminal methods of hijacking cargo are alive and well, Hartman says technology has allowed for more criminals to operate from behind the safety of a desk, utilizing online information and applications to find new ways to infiltrate the system, and of course, precious cargo.

One of the more recent cargo theft phenomenon is dubbed fraudulent pickups. Essentially, criminals setup an entirely fictitious trucking company online, and then use it to prey on shippers who don't do their homework, failing to screen and verify data. The criminals troll load boards and make a deal. "Then that load gets picked up and never delivered," says Hartman.

Hartman describes the cargo theft business as "low risk, low penalty, high reward." In fact, theft is so pervasive that he estimates as much as 60 percent of these crimes go unreported, mostly out of fear over rising insurance premiums, or corporate image. Of course, nobody likes to admit they're a victim. todaystrucking.com

Ontario Superior Court rejects Target Canada's recovery plan
Failed U.S.-owned retailer Target Canada faces yet another big setback. In an unusual move, the Ontario Superior Court has rejected the insolvent retailer's proposed recovery plan for its creditors. The decision late Wednesday by Justice Geoffrey Morawetz followed stiff opposition to the proposal by major landlords who stood to gain little in the would-be plan. Still, other creditors, including suppliers, would have received as much as 75 to 85 per cent of their "proven" claims. Now, Target Canada, which filed for court protection from its creditors almost exactly a year ago - on Jan. 15, 2015 - will almost certainly have to draw up a new plan in the case, which has squeezed a wide swath of suppliers, landlords and other businesses. theglobeandmail.com

Slumping loonie holds silver lining for Canadian retailers
as cross-border shopping expected to 'all but die'
The Canadian dollar's plunge to a 12-year low is seen boosting sales for the country's retailers in 2016 as fewer shoppers cross the border south, but profit growth will vary depending on their ability to control import costs and push through price increases. The currency has lost roughly a third of its value against the U.S. dollar since the start of 2014 as weaker prices for oil, a key Canadian export, triggered a mild recession last year. It fell to less than 71 U.S. cents this week. In their 2016 outlook for Canada, the commercial real estate services firm CBRE says an influx of tourists and foreign retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. setting up shop should help spur retail sales growth despite limp economic growth. financialpost.com

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Canada's Cargo Theft Crisis Escalates As Thieves Go Online
In security circles, the Greater Toronto Area has come to be known as the "shopping triangle" for cargo thieves who continue to wreak havoc on the Canadian trucking industry to the tune of $5 billion per year, snapping up everything from electronics to metals, by any means necessary. Canada's cargo theft crisis continues to escalate, with reports to the Insurance Bureau of Canada doubling to 400 over 2015 alone, primarily in southern Ontario. claimspages.com

Mac's and Crime Stoppers Join Forces With Captain Canuck
Mac's Convenience Stores and Crime Stoppers have partnered with Captain Canuck to celebrate the 40th Anniversary edition of the iconic Canadian comic book. Mac's is taking this opportunity to generate brand exposure, while also reinforcing its continued support of Crime Stoppers across Canada. The promotion of the comic also demonstrated Mac's commitment to its philosophy of Crime Prevention Through Community Engagement. cstoredecisions.com

Edmonton, AB: 1,300 guns were reported stolen in 2015 in Alberta -
double the amount stolen in 2012
The head of the RCMP in Alberta is raising the alarm about stolen guns after the number of firearm thefts reported to RCMP in the province swelled by more than 20 per cent in 2015. There are currently 10,000 guns listed stolen or missing in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. The number of stolen firearms reported to RCMP has more than doubled since 2012. There were 1,300 guns reported stolen in RCMP jurisdictions in Alberta in 2015 - more than three each day - not including those reported stolen in Calgary and Edmonton. Those cities are also seeing more guns, and more gun crime. There were 94 shootings in Calgary in 2015, nearly a 100-per-cent increase from the year before. edmontonjournal.com

British Columbia: Rookie Mountie solves unusual crime after watching CTV News A stolen truck has been returned to a Surrey car dealership after a very unusual theft - and a very unusual arrest. On Dec. 19, an employee at the car dealership Haley Dodge in South Surrey handed over a set of keys to a brand new pick-up truck to a man pretending to do a dealer trade. The suspect then drove off with the truck before staff noticed, police said. ctvnews.ca

Edmonton: Mac's convenience store shooting victim Karanpal Bhangu laid to rest Bhangu, 35, was one of two Mac's convenience store workers shot and killed in two apparent armed robberies on Dec. 18. He leaves behind his wife, Kiranbir, and son Royce. edmontonsun.com


The fraudsters' faithful friend: will credit cards ever be safe for online payment?
Before the birth of the credit card and advent of online shopping, transaction fraud was rare. Fast forward to today and "plastic fraud" is rife and moreover expected by merchants, many of whom skip straight to damage limitation rather than trying to fight it.

As the most popular payment method after cash, fraud figures involving credit cards have skyrocketed since the e-commerce boom of the 1990's with fraud losses from UK-issued cards in 2014 alone.

To limit rising figures, the credit card industry has made various attempts over the past 20 years to stop the fraudsters in their tracks, with varying degrees of success.

With the introduction of PCI DSS (payment card industry data security standard), merchants were required to implement security measures to secure credit card details that they had stored or collected. Other approaches to secure online credit card use have involved the card holder needing to provide the expiry date and address details to verify their identity. In 3-D Secure, the industry thought it had scored its greatest hit. During this payment process, cardholders were redirected to the banks which issued their credit cards and asked to enter a secret code in a pop-up window. The most recent approach to securing online credit card transactions is known as 'tokenisation'.

The bottom line is that despite numerous efforts to make the credit card a secure method for online payment, they have not had a lasting effect due to a number of reasons, with fraud figures showing no signs of stabilising or decreasing in the short-term. When it comes to card payments, there is, unfortunately, no one solution to this dilemma, as payments initiated by merchants which require data to be transmitted or stored in some form will always leave a back door open for data thieves. information-age.com

United States Fraud Detection & Prevention and Anti Money Laundering and Account Takeover Market 2015-2019 - Authentication is Expected to Remain a Major Revenue Generating Pocket
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "U.S. Fraud Detection & Prevention and Anti Money Laundering and Account Takeover Market by Fraud Detection & Prevention Type, by End User, By Vertical - Market Trends & Forecasts Till 2019" report to their offering.

The number of fraud cases has been increasing. But the major concern is that the losses caused by these incidents are increasing at high rate. Enterprises in such circumstances are being compelled to take counter measures. Industries engaged in transactions (mostly monetary transactions) are prime target for fraudsters. Banking, financial sector, insurance, and public sector being such prime targets, demand for these solutions is significantly high in these industries. Retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, healthcare and education are the other industries where penetration is observed to be high.

Fraud detection & prevention and anti money laundering and account takeover solutions and services are the offerings from IT vendors which helps enterprises to take counter measures to fight fraud & money laundering incidents and occurrences. These solutions detect fraud & money laundering incidents and prevent enterprises from losing revenue. These solutions refer to the IT solutions, systems, and services which are used to analyze the data and find anomalies and patterns (to find deterrence from usual course), and the solutions which regulate user access by verification and authentication along with the services helpful in the ecosystem.

Major challenges in this market include low awareness level of fraud possibilities in SMEs, high costs of deployments, and unavailability of pre-deployment measures of performance. Though awareness level in SMEs is increasing and the impact of this factor will decrease in due course of time, the cost and pre-deployment measures would remain primary concerns in the market. For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/r8bh9f/u_s_fraud  prnewswire.com



$140K worth of Jewelry stolen from Kohl's store in Texas
A few North Texas department stores have become a target for jewelry thieves, and the criminals keep coming back despite being caught on camera. The thieves are hitting Kohl's department stores in the middle of the night. Store surveillance video caught them throwing a rock through the door of a Lewisville store, grabbing store bags and smashing jewelry counters. They took $140,000 worth watches, gold and necklaces and then rolled it out on a store wheelchair. Kohl's stores in Dallas and Carrollton have also lost about $100,000 in similar burglaries. There was also an attempted burglary in Irving. unsully.com

Santa Barbara, CA: Thieves grab Handbags Valued Over $8,500 from Nordstrom On Wednesday at 11:30am, three suspected thieves grabbed more than a dozen high-end Burberry purses and wallets, fleeing on foot with what police say amounts to more than $8,500 dollars worth of merchandise. noozhawk.com

New York City: Two accused in Middletown Sears $3,800 shoplifting spree
Two alleged shoplifters, apparently with good taste in kitchenware, face a raft of charges, accused of trying to walk off with thousands of dollars' worth of items from the Middletown Sears. Reports filed by Middletown police charge Jay Hutler, 44, of Netcong, with taking Kitchen-Aid appliances out of the store without paying on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 9, 10, and 11. Police said that he filled carts with items totaling $2,559.84 this past Monday...one day after allegedly taking $549.99 appliance, and two days after allegedly leaving with items worth $744.98. wobm.com

Orchard Park, NY: Investigation of three sharp-dressing shoplifters continuing Orchard Park police said Thursday that they are continuing to investigate other possible store thefts by three sharply dressed Dunkirk men arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Kohls store parking lot with more than $2,500 in clothing and electronic gear. buffalonews.com

Westland, MI: Kohl's shoplifter sentenced to 1 yr for ORC;
Led Police on 100mph chase
47-year-old Marcus Lowell Hunter has been sentenced to one year in the Livingston County jail and two years of probation. Hunter pleaded guilty as charged last month to one count of organized retail crime, 1st degree retail fraud and fleeing and eluding a police officer with a motor vehicle. In October, police were called to a fraud complaint at the Kohl's in Genoa Township, Hunter fled with the merchandise. Hunter took off, heading on I-96 and reached speeds of 100 mph. whmi.com

San Bernardino Co, CA: Three women are arrested on identity theft charges
Three women were arrested on identity theft charges on Jan. 11, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. On Jan. 11 at about 3 a.m., Deputy Kovensky of the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department contacted one of the suspects in Rancho Cucamonga. During the contact, Kovensky learned Mullins was on felony probation for fraud. While searching Mullins's purse, Kovensky located several fraudulent credit cards. Kovensky questioned Mullins and found she was renting a room at the Holiday Inn Express. Kovensky and several additional deputies conducted a probation search on Mullins's hotel room. Baker and Ramirez were located in Mullins' room; both were found to be on felony probation. A thorough search of the room revealed additional fraudulent credit cards, stolen ID cards, an embossing machine, credit card reader, stolen credit cards and laptop computer. fontanaheraldnews.com

Orlando, FL: 3 charged in suspected Disney ticket scheme
Undercover detectives with the Orange County Sheriff's Office have filed charges against three people for reselling park hopper passes to Walt Disney World. Investigators charged the 3 suspects with resale of multi-day or multi-event tickets. According to investigators, the three were buying and then reselling the tickets from a counter rented in a convenience store just a stone's throw from the Disney entrance off of Highway 535. Deputies say the trio was buying multi-day passes that still had days left on them, and then reselling them. After the undercover deputies paid $260 cash, they were handed two passes and told two names they were supposed to use. Investigators say they were given specific instructions on what to do if they were approached by Disney security. fox35orlando.com

Decatur, AL: Police say woman took $1,100 worth of merchandise from Kohl's

Lower Nazareth Twp, PA: 3 jailed in $848 Wal-Mart shoplifting scheme

Pittsburgh, PA: State Police seek woman in Westmoreland Mall Macy's dressing room theft

Exeter Township, PA: Police seek man wanted in $200 energy-drink heist

Portland, OR: Couple steals from Ace Hardware store on opening day

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San Leandro, CA: Police reporting shooting at Bayfair Center
San Leandro police are investigating a shooting Thursday night outside the Bayfair Center, police said. It happened at around 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot near the Bed Bath & Beyond store. Witnesses say that numerous shots were fired as a result of an altercation between a group of people walking and a group in a car. Police said it is unclear if both groups fired at each other, or if the gunfire was directed from one group to the other. Two people were detained after officers showed up at the scene. Nobody was hurt in the shooting. kron4.com

Columbus, OH: SWAT Nabs Trio Of Armed Robbers
at O'Reilly Auto Parts; One Shot
One man is hospitalized and two others are in custody following an armed robbery and shooting Thursday night in southeast Columbus. Police were called to the O'Reilly Auto Parts store just after 8:30 Thursday night on a report of an armed robbery. The trio is suspected in around a dozen other robberies in the Columbus area dating back to last month. 10tv.com

Houston, TX: Police seek help in search for suspect in fatal shooting of Security Guard
Houston police say two people have been charged in the December 2015 shooting death of a security guard but only one is in custody. The wanted suspect, 21-year-old Jonathan Vasquez, is charged with capital murder. Another suspect, 22-year-old Daniel Moreno, faces the same charge and is already in custody. Both men are accused in the killing of Saul Cruz, 71, who died at the scene of his job. The crime happened at Olympic Markets at about 4:10 a.m. on Dec. 22. khou.com

Schererville, IN: Police search Highland Meijer for robbery suspects
Police took two men into custody and were searching the Meijer store in Highland for two others Thursday night after an armed robbery in Schererville ended in a crash outside the store, officials said. The four men robbed an AT&T store near U.S. 41 and U.S. 30 about 7:15 p.m. A Schererville officer spotted their vehicle and gave chase. The vehicle crashed outside the Meijer in Highland. Two men were taken into custody, and two men fled from police, Neyhart said. Police cleared the Meijer and were still searching the building as of 8 p.m. nwitimes.com

Elkhart, IN: Shooting victim's estate files lawsuit against Martin's Super Markets
Two years ago Friday, 22-year-old Shawn Bair opened fire in a Martin's Super Market on the east side of Elkhart, starting a six-minute attack that left three people dead, including the shooter. Now, the estate of one of Bair's victims is suing the South Bend-based grocery chain on behalf of her sons, claiming Martin's failed to take appropriate steps to prevent and respond to such an attack. In a wrongful-death lawsuit filed this week in St. Joseph County, an attorney for the estate of Rachelle Godfread wrote that Martin's management failed to set in place adequate policies, training and security measures that could have protected guests in the event of an "active shooter" situation. southbendtribune.com

New York City: NYPD Increases Police Presence In SoHo
In Wake Of Spike in Retail Crime
Increased police presence in SoHo is part of a "grand larceny initiative" to combat a spike in thefts in the ritzy retail neighborhood, police said. Residents noticed a police command truck parked at Prince and Greene streets, as well as a significant increase in officers. "Officers have been posted all along Greene and Spring [streets] for about a week," resident Susan Wittenberg said. Wittenberg and others said they were told the target is "high-end shoplifting" and referenced the fact that "there were two women robbed at gunpoint recently." Police said the truck is expected to stay at that location "indefinitely". dnainfo.com

UK: Security Guard suspended following incident at Norwich shopping centre Castle Mall has this evening confirmed an incident took place on Sunday, and that following this an employee from Interserve - which provides a security service for the centre - has been "suspended on the grounds of gross misconduct." The suspension comes after both Castle Mall and Interserve were investigating claims a security guard threw a cold bucket of water onto a group of homeless people sleeping in a doorway. edp24.co.uk

UK: Rise in meat theft from Cambridge shops linked to knife-carrying London street gangs

Richmond, VA: Police look for man who robbed three stores in six hours

Lawton, OK: Shoplifter strikes Security Guard with vehicle while trying to flee Central Mall

Kansas City, MO: Robber tries to flee using fire extinguisher; Store owner, employee fight back

Fresno, CA: Auto Shop Tied To Identify Theft Operation

Fontana, CA: 2 arrested in pharmacy robbery; 1 suspect still at large

Fairfield, CT: Police collaborate, seek leads to bust smash-and-grab burglars

CVS - Squirrel Hill, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Drugs - Carterville, IL - Robbery
Gallery Furniture - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Kum & Go - Colorado Springs, CO - Shooting
Laurel Crest - Wolcott, CT - Robbery
Lee's Market - Nashville, TN - Burglary
New Image Thrift - Springfield, MO - Burglary
Nutall's Market - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
Paradise Spirits - Shelbyville, KY - Robbery
Quick Stop - Muscle Shoals, AL - Burglary
Saddlebrook Dollar Store, Laurel Co, KY - Armed Robbery
Savage Soles Boutique -Sinking Springs, PA - Burglary
S&S Gun - Friendship, TX - Burglary
The K-Store - Enid, OK -Shooting
Triangle Stop - Hendersonville, NC - Robbery
Valero - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Agawam, MA - Robbery
Y Knot - International Falls, MN - Burglary
7-Eleven - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
20th St Grocery - Port Huron, MI - Robbery



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