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Deltrinae Hodges promoted to Director, US Ethics and Compliance for Walmart
Deltrinae has been with Walmart for over sixteen years, holding a variety of roles including Staff II Auditor - Internal Audit, Senior Corporate Fraud Examiner, Senior Product Analyst - IT Risk and Security Governance and her most recent role as Senior Ethics Manager. She earned her Bachelors degree in Economics and Accounting from Tougaloo College and her MBA in Business Administration and Management from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Congratulations, Deltrinae!
Dustin MacDonald named Director, NA Digital Loss Prevention for Nike
Previously, Dustin was the Sr. Director of Fraud Prevention for Momentum Travel Group. He's held other roles during his 12 years of work experience including Director of Fraud Prevention for Momentum Travel Group, Operations Manager, Transaction Risk Management Systems for Amazon and Manager, Fraud & Chargeback Operations, Fraud Operations Lead and Fraud Analyst for Expedia. Dustin earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Western Washington University. Congratulations, Dustin!
Nicholas Paczkowski named Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Goodwill of Greater Washington
Nicholas previously held the role of Asset Protection Assistant Store Manager for Walmart for a year before taking this new role. He's held a variety of other loss prevention and investigative positions for retailers including CVS Health as Senior Market Investigator and Market Investigator, The Home Depot as AP Specialist, Saks Fifth Avenue as LP Investigator, Lowe's as LP Specialist and Kmart and Best Buy as LP Detective. Nicholas earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Baltimore. Congratulations Nicholas!
Kyle Loftus named Director Compliance Investigations for Walgreens
Kyle previously held the position of Assistant Senior Counsel for Takeda for over a year. He's held other positions in ethics as Office of Ethics and Compliance for AbbVie and as an attorney and law clerk for O'Brien & Murphy-Aguilu and for Tressler LLP. Kyle earned his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctor at DePaul University College of Law. Congratulations, Kyle!
Dave Antel named Divisional LP Director for Dollar General
Previously, Dave was the Zone LP Director for Family Dollar for over 11 years. He was also in the Military Police for the US Army for over 25 years, a District LP Manager for Lowe's and a District LP Manager for Kmart. Dave earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management from Grantham University. Congratulations, Dave!
Jim Motes named Chief Information Security Officer for GameStop
Jim was the Interim CISO for GameStop since September before he acquired the role in December. He's held a variety of senior level positions in the information security industry including Vice President of Information Security for Kohler Co., the VP and Chief Information Security Officer for Rockwell Automation, VP of Information Security for Invensys and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for Perot Systems. He was also a Captain in the US Army for over eight years. Jim earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Delaware State University. Congratulations Jim!

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2 DSW Stores participated in Part I of LPRC/CIS Security Solutions testing of the CIS Gen5, and the results are in!
Offenders were interviewed by members of the Loss Prevention Research Council regarding the Gen5. Here are some excerpts:

Offenders were presented with a high-end hand bag and asked if they noticed any deterrents on the product. 100% of offenders noticed (See It) the Gen-5 Tether.

While 100% identified the tag as a deterrent (Get It), 80% of offenders also understood the mechanism of the tether, correctly guessing that the tag had a built-in alarm that would go off when any part of the tether was cut, or the entire tether was removed. Read more in our vendor spotlight column below.

30 Shocking Retail Loss Prevention and Violent Crime Statistics for 2019
In 2019, retail crime remains one of the most serious problems facing superstores, retail chains and grocery stores. How big of a problem is it? Inventory shrinkage costs the U.S. retail industry over $45 billion each year. Internal theft, shoplifting, fraud and organized retail crime (ORC) can have a crippling effect on profit margins. In fact, almost all retailers have been impacted by ORC. But more importantly, retail crime puts shoppers and employees in danger. That's why it's so important to have a forward-looking strategy for preventing retail crime.

In order to help give you a broad view of what's at stake, we scoured the web for research that provides insight into the scope of retail crime, as well as the steps that companies are taking to prevent crime from occurring. The following 30 stats offer a state-of-the-industry view of loss prevention, workplace violence, organized retail crime, internal shrinkage and more for 2018. Read more: facefirst.com

OpenEye Offers New 12MP Fisheye 360° Camera
OpenEye, a leading provider of cloud managed video surveillance solutions, announces the upcoming release of a new 12 MP Ultra High-Definition Fisheye 360° IP Camera. This camera delivers superior IP video quality while capturing activity in all directions.

The OE-C97512 includes built-in IR LEDs to enhance the quality of nighttime images as well as true day/night, digital-WDR, and multiple video streams. The camera is low profile and lightweight at a height of only 2.17" and weighs just over 1lb making it easy to install almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors. The IP66 and IK10 rated housing provides vandal resistance and protection from extreme weather making the camera is suitable for almost anywhere that you need it and gives you the same coverage with one camera and no blind spots that would otherwise require multiple cameras and IP licenses. openeye.net

Foot Locker CEO to Open Link2019 RILA's Annual Retail Supply Chain Conference
Members of the press are invited to attend LINK 2019 (formerly the Retail Supply Chain Conference), hosted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) February 24-27 in Orlando, Florida. In addition to learning about the retail industry's evolving approach to supply chain excellence, attendees will have the opportunity to network with top supply chain executives from America's leading retail companies and hear about the pressing challenges retailers are facing.

New to this year's event, RILA will host the RTech Supply Chain Innovation Awards, designed to showcase the technologies transforming how retailers do business. The Awards finalists will pitch their innovative supply chain solutions based on input from attendees and a team of retail supply chain leaders, RILA will announce first, second, third, and retailers' choice award winners on the main stage. rila.org

Winners Announced
RILA Recognizes Three Startups Driving Retail Innovation

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today announced the winners of the 2019 RTech CEO Forum Innovation Awards, a program designed to connect retailers with companies enabling the industry's future. The three winners, 42 Technologies, Limitless Insight, and Gladly, were chosen by RILA's Board of Directors and will now have the opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions to retail's chief executives in person at RILA's 2019 Retail CEO Forum January 20-22 in Amelia Island, Florida. rila.org

RLPSA Announces Keynote Speakers, Preliminary Agenda for "Amped Up" Annual Conference in Nashville 2019
The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is proud to announce its keynote speaker, legendary coach and motivator, Lou Holtz, and preliminary agenda for its 2019 "Amped Up" Annual Conference August 4 - 7 at the Renaissance Downtown Nashville.

Additional agenda highlights include:

"Game Plan for Success" presented by legendary coach, motivator, and author Lou Holtz, considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. Coach Holtz will discuss overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them.

"Active Shooter: A Case Study in Preparation and Response" featuring John Fervier, Vice President of Risk from Waffle House and Director of Public Relations Pat Warner from Waffle House, and Steven Antoine, Director of Global Assets Protection, (CSO) Senior Security Executive and Advisor, GRCP for YUM! Brands.
"On the 20" - the hottest trends, challenges, and ideas discussed with your peers every 20 mins. Pick your table, pick your topic!

"Franchisee Focus" No Loss Prevention professional on staff? Attend this breakout for strategies on tackling the hottest LP, safety, and risk problems in the restaurant industry. Facilitated by: Domino's Largest Franchisee RPM Pizza's CEO Glenn Mueller. rlpsa.com

After a Strong 2018 for Retail Sales, Caution Flags Pop Up
Commerce Department won't release sales figures due to shutdown;
Analysts note headwinds for 2019

After retail sales wrapped up 2018 strongly, U.S. consumers face headwinds to maintaining last year's robust level of spending.

The Commerce Department, normally scheduled to publish retail-sales data Wednesday morning, won't release the figures due to the government shutdown. Still, some private-sector analysts who track the retail sector estimate that Americans stepped up their spending in November and December, crucial months that include Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Christmas, but voice caution about 2019.

Some retailers are preparing for consumer spending to weaken, even if there is no sign it will happen soon, said Rod Sides, vice chairman of retail at Deloitte. The firm's clients are looking to cut costs, he said. "Retailers are going to have to spend 2019 figuring out what they do when the tide goes out."

Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation, said the U.S. consumer is in a positive position, backed by a solid job market and rising wages. There will be headwinds this year, though, he said.

"Overall the economy is in a good place and the consumer is at this point in a good place, but I do anticipate the general direction of the economy to be slower, but not negative," Mr. Kleinhenz said.

Rising interest rates could bite into discretionary spending, and a stock-market decline, under way since last fall, could translate into lower spending, the so-called wealth effect. Other factors that could chill spending include a fading stimulus from the tax cut enacted in late 2017 and trade frictions that could worsen.

Further, the government shutdown, especially if it continues, poses a risk to spending. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers missed out on their first payday of the closure late last week.

"Consumer sentiment is at quite a high level," Janet Yellen, former Fed Chairman, said at a retail conference Monday, but "it has dropped somewhat based on expectations for the future and I think a general sense that the government is not functioning," amid the shutdown. She also pointed to volatile markets, trade disputes and less synchronized global growth as risks. wsj.com

Sears staves off liquidation, 400 stores to remain open
The company's chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The person agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiation publicly.

The plan still must be approved by the bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York, who is presiding over the court case.

Lampert, who steered the company into bankruptcy protection, may be able to keep the roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open, meaning tens of thousands of jobs have been saved, at least for now. apnews.com

Shopko files for bankruptcy; to reduce store footprint, sell Rx business
Shopko filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures. The retailer, which operates over 360 stores, said it will continue to operate and serve its customers, vendors, partners and employees during the restructuring process. It reported assets of less than $1 billion and liabilities between $1 billion and $10 billion.

As part of the reorganization, Shopko plans to close an additional 38 stores (on top of some 45 during the past year), relocate more than 20 Optical centers to freestanding locations and conduct an auction process for its pharmacy business. All Shopko Optical centers and pharmacies will remain open during the process. chainstoreage.com

Payless Shoe Source hires advisor to help exploring options
Payless Shoe Source may put itself on the selling block.

The shoe retailer has hired an advisor to help evaluate strategic alternatives, including a sale or restructuring, reported CNBC. The move comes less than 18 months after the company successfully exited bankruptcy.

Payless may also consider filing for bankruptcy and closing a significant number of its approximate 3,000 stores, according to the report, which cited people familiar with the matter. chainstoreage.com

J.C. Penney makes changes to executive team; announces open positions
On Tuesday, the retailer named two new executive hires and also announced a list of open positions within the company's leadership ranks.

Mike Robbins, executive VP of private brands and supply chain at Penney, has been named executive VP, chief stores and supply chain officer, effective Jan. 21. Robbins, who came to Penney in 2015 from Target, will now be responsible for all stores, supply chain and sourcing operations.

Additionally, Truett Horne, currently an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, will join the retailer as chief transformation officer. He will have primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the company's strategic and transformational initiatives.

Penney, which was hit with a series of management resignations in the wake of CEO Marvin Ellison's departure for Lowe's in July, said its search for a CFO is well underway and that it has identified "many compelling candidates."

In addition, the company said it is seeking to fill key senior management positions and address current business needs as it undergoes a "leadership transition" within the following areas:

● A chief merchant search is well underway to lead the company's merchandising initiatives across all merchandise categories.

● A chief customer officer is being sought to drive aggressive customer-centric strategies to grow traffic, engagement and retention of its customer.

● A senior VP of planning and allocation search is underway to lead the company's process for setting and maintaining future performance goals for sales, inventory and merchandise replenishment, while simultaneously anticipating sales trends and shopper demand for sought-after merchandise. chainstoreage.com

Mexico's Fuel Crisis Worsens
In an effort to curb gasoline theft, the Mexican government is causing major distribution delays.

Gasoline theft in Mexico has caused such distress that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took action by shutting and increasing surveillance of pipelines, relying on slower-moving-and more costly-tanker trucks to transport fuel across the country. The thefts were costing state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos nearly $3.5 billion a year, said a report in Bloomberg. But the shutdown and increased surveillance of pipelines is causing major disruption delays.

The country is now relying on slow-moving tanker trucks to transport fuel across the country, is struggling to find enough storage within its existing infrastructure and using Pemex-branded fuel terminals which aren't operating at full efficiency.

As Mexican gas stations are running out of fuel, private retailers like BP Plc and Repsol SA are looking for alternatives to state-owned Pemex for supply. convenience.org

Director of Operations and Loss Prevention posted for Barney's New York
- San Francisco, CA

Celebrating our legacy of modern fashion, creativity, individuality, and intrigue by providing every guest with an unparalleled customer experience. We are currently seeking full-time Director of Operations & Loss Prevention for our flagship store in San Francisco.

The Director of Operations & Loss Prevention is responsible for expense budgets, loss prevention, building maintenance, merchandise handling, alterations, and sales audit. He/She is directly responsible for asset protection by minimizing internal, external, and paperwork shortage. taleo.net

Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas and along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 16 other full price stores and warehouse stores across the United States. barneys.com

Bloomingdale's - Director Asset Protection Investigations job removed from website

Lowe's - Div AP, Ops, Safety Director job removed from website

Amazon lists job postings for HQ2 New York City location

Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City

Whole Foods Halts Expansion Of Lower-Price 365 Stores

Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

Walgreens and Microsoft join forces in healthcare delivery alliance

Kroger CEO offers five predictions on future of retail

Columbia Sportswear slams government shutdown
'This is not about politics,' says CEO

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Suspect is caught after selling stolen UPS shipments on eBay

Two Memphis men were taken into custody after police say they were caught selling merchandise that had been stolen from a local UPS facility.

According to police, the burglary happened at the UPS warehouse on Meltech Drive on December 3.

Video surveillance showed three men breaking into the warehouse through a loading dock door and then passing boxes back through to a waiting vehicle. Inside those boxes were 632 Turtle Beach Stealth 700 gaming headsets, a Champion generator and medical equipment valued at $25,280. Read more

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2 DSW Stores participated in Part I of LPRC/CIS Security Solutions testing of the CIS Gen5, and the results are in!

Offenders were interviewed by members of the Loss Prevention Research Council regarding the Gen5. Here are some excerpts:

Offenders were presented with a high-end hand bag and asked if they noticed any deterrents on the product. 100% of offenders noticed (See It) the Gen-5 Tether.

While 100% identified the tag as a deterrent (Get It), 80% of offenders also understood the mechanism of the tether, correctly guessing that the tag had a built-in alarm that would go off when any part of the tether was cut, or the entire tether was removed.

In response to the Gen 5 Tether, offenders rated their likelihood of attempting to steal an item protected by the tether at 1 out of 7, "Extremely unlikely". Not a single offender was at all willing to attempt theft of an item protected by this solution. (Fear It).

  • "I'd go to a different store and I'll tell you why, this store looks like they've got their s&%# together because of this. This is way better."

  • "Too complicated and too much time, wouldn't even touch it or bother"

  • "I like the size. It's pretty cool. It's actually scary to us habitual shoplifters. Too much f&#*ing work. You'll get caught."

  • "Never seen before. Don't know if alarm would go off. Would leave alone"

  • "Obviously if you try to cut it it's gonna go off. This is crazy, I've never seen anything like it before. More threatening than what I usually see. You'd have a hard time"

An increase in offender deterrence was the theme of this research, with additional sales and shrink data coming in 2019.

The Gen-5 tether rated very high on offender deterrence, performing as well as any technology that LPRC has tested in this initial test of modest sample size.

See the new Gen 5 Alarming Tether in action HERE.

Call 772-287-7999 or email info@cisssinc.com for more information.


New ransomware that steals PayPal credentials using phishing discovered
MalwareHunterTeam have discovered a new ransomware that not only encrypts users' files, but also tries to steal their PayPal credentials with an included phishing page.

The note that accompanies the threat not only tries to steal your money through a normal Bitcoin ransom payment, but also offers a choice to pay via PayPal. If a user chooses to pay using PayPal, they will be brought to a phishing site that will then attempt to steal the victim's PayPal credentials, according to BeepingComputer.

When a user clicks on the PayPal Buy Now button, they will be brought to a phishing page that tries to appear as a legitimate PayPal page. The only difference is that if they submit their information, instead of it being sent to PayPal.com, it is sent to http://ppyc-ve0rf.890m.com/s2[.]php, which then displays another form asking for your address and other personal information. thepaypers.com

Bug Bounties Aren't Silver Bullet for Better Security: Report
Many organizations may find they're better off hiring pen testers and in-house security researchers directly than running bug bounty programs, according to new MIT research.

The New Solutions for Cybersecurity paper features a surprising analysis of bug bounty programs in the chapter, Fixing a Hole: The Labor Market for Bugs.

It studied 61 HackerOne bounty programs over 23 months - including those run for Twitter, Coinbase, Square and other big names - and one Facebook program over 45 months.

It claimed that, contrary to industry hype, organizations running these programs don't benefit from a large pool of white hats probing their products. Instead, an elite few produce the biggest volume and highest quality of bug reports across multiple products, earning the biggest slice of available rewards. infosecurity-magazine.com

Orgs Slow to Advance IoT Security
Despite the burgeoning IoT market, organizations made limited progress on IoT security in 2018, according to a new report from Gemalto. Though there is evidence of incremental improvements, security measures are being outpaced by the rapid growth of IoT, which is on track to hit 20 billion devices by 2023.

The survey queried 950 IT and business decision-makers with awareness of IoT in their organization in 2018. Of those, only 48% of companies said that they have the ability to detect whether their IoT devices have suffered a breach; however, 90% of respondents believe that security is a major concern for their customers.

According to the report, more than half (54%) of consumers fear that their privacy may be compromised with IoT devices, yet only 14% of the survey participants see protecting customer privacy by security IoT devices as an ethical responsibility. infosecurity-magazine.com

Google, Amazon Urged To Keep Face ID Tech From Feds

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Alleged SEC Hackers Charged in Insider Trading Conspiracy


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In our 6th episode, we sit down with two RFID subject matter experts at the LPRC Impact Conference at the University of Florida, getting their thoughts on how RFID is progressing and impacting the retail industry.

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NRF study says more online shoppers want free shipping
Consumers increasingly expect free delivery of items they buy online and are also embracing new options like picking up their online purchases at a local store, according to the latest issue of the quarterly Consumer View report released today by the National Retail Federation.

The report found that 75 percent of consumers surveyed expect delivery to be free even on orders under $50, up from 68 percent a year ago.

Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) demand free shipping the most, with 88 percent expecting it. That compares with 77 percent for Generation X (1965-1980), 61 percent for millennials (1981-1994) and 76 percent for Generation Z (1995 and later).

Many consumers now consider shipping costs even before getting to the checkout page, with 65 percent saying they look up free-shipping thresholds before adding items to their online shopping carts. Consumers also want their products fast, with 39 percent expecting two-day shipping to be free, and 29 percent have backed out of a purchase because two-day shipping wasn't free. nrf.com

Goodwill Partners With Entrupy To Verify Designer Luxury Items
Product authentication technology company Entrupy has announced that shopgoodwill.com will be implementing its artificial intelligence-based solution to verify luxury and designer items sold through the site.

Shopgoodwill.com is an online auction site created, owned and operated by the nonprofit Goodwill of Orange County, California. All revenue generated from the site funds Goodwill's many programs and services for people with disabilities and other needs.

Entrupy's solution uses machine learning algorithms and computer-vision technology to verify items with 99.1 percent accuracy. The company's database includes millions of data points from real and fake goods spanning 100 years from brands including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Coach, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada and YSL/Saint Laurent. There are plans to add authentication of more product categories in early 2019.

The deployment of Entrupy's authentication solution will be included in 125 Goodwill agencies across the United States. Each verified item will receive an Entrupy Certificate of Authenticity and financial guarantee, resulting in greater returns from the public's donations. pymnts.com

bebe Debuts New Online Store and Loyalty Program

In New York, a Glitzy New Mall Devotes a Floor to Online Retailers

Inspired By Amazon, Will Same-Day Delivery Become The New Norm?



San Antonio, TX: Operation 'Dirty Dozen': 12 arrested in ID theft ring, accused of stealing over $500,000
A six-month, multi-agency fraud investigation led to the arrest of 12 suspects in the San Antonio area during operation "Dirty Dozen," according to a news release. The Tri-County Fraud Task Force - consisting of investigators from Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal counties - discovered the ID theft ring when they began investigating reports of stolen mail and checks in the spring of 2018, officials said. The suspects are believed to have caused more than $50,000 in damage to U.S. Postal Service property and amassed more than $500,000 worth of fraud against businesses and residents. Authorities believe suspects used stolen information to create fake driver's licenses and forged several checks at a number of businesses along the Interstate 35 Corridor, Wagner said. Each suspect was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, although some are facing additional charges like auto theft or possession of narcotics, according to the news release. mysanantonio.com seguingazette.com

(Update) Worcester, MA: Store employee admits to identity theft after being jailed for $3.6M in food stamp fraud
A Worcester man who worked at a city store whose owner was jailed for $3.6 million in food stamp fraud admitted Tuesday to stealing people's identities. Yaw Okyere, 36, a citizen of Ghana who overstayed a student visa in 2009, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of possessing five or more identification documents.

Mr. Okyere was arrested last year after authorities said they found evidence of identity theft and dozens of boxes of pricey merchandise in his apartment. He had nearly 200 state driver's licenses in files on his computer, authorities said, and apparently used other people's identities to order goods through the mail.

Authorities allege in court documents that Mr. Okyere had intermediaries bring the ill-gotten goods to his day job at J&W Aseda Plaza, the same Worcester store where $3.6 million in food stamp fraud was perpetrated several years ago. The charges Mr. Okyere faces carry combined maximum penalties of up to 17 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. He also faces possible deportation. telegram.com

(Update) Richmond Heights, MO: Four Michigan men sentenced for $60,000 smash-and-grab jewelry store robbery
Four men from Michigan have been sentenced to between about three and five years in prison for robbing a Richmond Heights jewelry store, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday. The men entered the Jared the Galleria of Jewelry store on Dec. 4, 2017, and used hammers to smash display cases before grabbing loose diamonds and watches worth about $60,000, prosecutors said. They were unable to reach their getaway driver and were quickly caught by police who were in the area on an unrelated incident, prosecutors said. stltoday.com

Osage Beach, MO: Employee Stole More Than $13,000 From Jewelry Stores
A Sunrise Beach woman has reportedly confessed and been charged with stealing from local jewelry stores where she was an employee. According to Osage Beach Police Chief Todd Davis, the Osage Beach Police Department, OBPD, received a call from the Zales Outlet Store Loss Prevention Officer on Thursday, Jan. 10 stating an employee had allegedly stole cash and jewelry in the amount of $13,794.62. "She confessed to everything," Chief Davis said. Pryor allegedly confessed to stealing $3,785.62 in cash from an in-store purchase by an employee of a diamond ring and also stealing a $9,999 diamond bracelet in December, while working at the Kay Jewelers Store. Pryor also allegedly admitted to adding hours to an employee's payroll account and collecting and keeping a portion of the overages from that employee. lakeexpo.com

Mt. Juliet, TN: Four armed suspects rob Sprint store; Theft of over $10,000
Three teens and one adult are now facing charges after allegedly robbing a cellphone store in Mt. Juliet overnight. The Mt. Juliet Police Department worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department and an FBI Task Force detective to make the arrests. Investigators said they were able to recover the stolen phones. All four suspects are charged with one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of theft over $10,000. wsmv.com

Huntington, WV: Shoplifter found in parking with 112 items worth $1,133; Threatened police officer

Oklahoma City, OK: Two women make off with $700 in hair supplies

Janesville, WI: Woman charged with felony retail theft after stealing $600 in perfume from Ulta

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Shootings & Deaths

Gray, KY: Fleeing customer shot, killed during attempted c-store robbery
Kentucky State Police are looking for the gunman accused of killing a bystander during an attempted armed robbery in Knox County. Investigators said a man entered the A&B Quick Stop on US 25 E in the Gray community around 12:04 Wednesday morning and pointed a gun at the clerk. A bystander in the store tried to leave when the suspect fired several shots at the fleeing man, killing him, according to Trooper Shane Jacobs. The coroner pronounced Gary Medlin, 25, of Barbourville, dead at the scene. Trooper Jacobs said several witnesses were in the store at the time. No one else was hurt. The suspect then left the store without stealing anything. wkyt.com

Louisville, KY: Suspect on the loose after shooting, carjacking at grocery store
Louisville Metro Police are still searching for a suspect in an attempted carjacking that sent a man to the hospital after he was shot in the chest. Police believe a man in his 30s left the Pic Pac grocery store around 8 p.m. Saturday and was headed to his car when another man approached in an attempt to steal the car. During a fight, the suspect shot the man in the chest. "I ran over to him while I was calling the cops and he was saying that he got shot in the chest and they were telling me on the phone that I needed to put pressure on the wound," said Michelle McFall, who works at Domino's next door. wdrb.com

Peoria, AZ: 17-year-old suspect shot during AutoZone armed robbery
Police said a caller reported that a man with a bandana over his face and armed with a handgun ran into the AutoZone and had two employees at gunpoint. The caller told dispatchers that it appeared they were heading toward the back room. Police said the officer went toward the commotion, turned a corner and saw the suspect with a gun in his hand struggling with an employee. The officer gave verbal commands and fired one round at the suspect, hitting him in the shoulder, police said. The suspect then fell to the ground and complied with the officer's commands, after which the suspect was taken into custody and given medical aid. 12news.com

St. Louis, MO: Carjacking suspect fatally shot by police in Schnucks store parking lot

Willmar, MN: Man charged with attempted murder in convenience store shooting; Shot male employee, threatened female employee

Memphis, TN: 5 suspects wanted for store shooting, museum robbery


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Wheat Ridge, CO: 87-year-old woman attacked and robbed outside Dollar Tree; 21-year-old suspect arrested
Police in Wheat Ridge announced Tuesday that an arrest had been made in connection with an attack and robbery of an elderly woman outside a store in broad daylight. Alexander is accused of seriously injuring an 87-year-old woman during a purse robbery outside a Dollar Tree store on Jan. 7. The attack was caught by the store's surveillance camera and shows the victim, Patricia Scott, being thrown to the ground and dragged as she clings to her purse. The ordeal put Scott in the intensive care unit at Lutheran Hospital. She suffered broken bones and sustained head trauma, according to her family. thedenverchannel.com

San Diego, CA: Two T-Mobile stores robbed within 30 minutes; Masked suspects got away with thousands in display items
Two T-Mobile stores in San Diego were robbed within an hour Tuesday night, police said. A store on University Avenue in the College Area was robbed at 6:45 p.m. Thirty minutes later, a second store on Washington Street in Hillcrest was robbed. Police were searching for the two suspects, who were described as African-American men in their early-to-mid-20s. Officers say the men got away with thousands of dollars worth of display items. The men had mace, and although they did not spray it, they used it to threaten customers inside. fox5sandiego.com

Niles, MI: Guns taken after thieves crash stolen vehicle into firearm store

Berks County, PA: Man caught after string of robberies, theft of cash registers

Lancaster, PA: Police seek man who swiped $2,000 gold bracelet from Boscov's

Daytona woman steals $50 worth of bacon, flees without it and her wallet

Credit Card Fraud

Chicopee, MA: Police seek man committing credit fraud at stores throughout Pioneer Valley
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man in connection with the theft and fraudulent use of a credit card at stores throughout the Pioneer Valley. Police issued a brief video of the suspect, shown in the Chicopee Marshall's department store. They said the same man used a credit card at the store that was later found to have been stolen. The same card was used at Cal's restaurant in West Springfield, and at Purele Salon in Hadley. masslive.com


Aurora, IL: 19-year-old man faces up to 30 years in prison after robbing gas station at knifepoint

Auburn, NY: Teen sentenced to 8 years for armed c-store robbery


Aldi - Lexington, NC - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Sweetwater, TX - Armed Robbery
AutoZone - Peoria, AZ - Armed Robbery/Suspect shot
C-Store - Gray, KY - Armed Robbery/Customer shot & killed
C-Store - Manchester, NH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hanover, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Killeen, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cocoa, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Jacksonville, AR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lansing, MI - Robbery
Dollar General - Fern Rock, PA - Burglary
Dollar General - Lillington, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Wheat Ridge, CO - Robbery
Family Dollar - Lydia Community, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Chico, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Monroe, LA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lake Charles, LA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Manassas, VA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Irondequoit, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Henry County, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Wallingford, CT - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Alsace Township, PA - Robbery
Gun Store - Niles, MI - Burglary
MetroPCS - St. Louis, MO - Armed Robbery
MetroPCS - Pinson, AL - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Mt. Juliet, TN - Armed Robbery
Subway - East Hampton, CT - Armed Robbery
Sunglass Hut - Forsyth County, GA - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Glendale, AZ - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - San Diego, CA - Robbery (University Ave.)
T-Mobile - San Diego, CA - Robbery (Washington St.)
Verizon - Hayes, VA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
33 robberies
2 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing





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