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RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017
Feb. 12-15

Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar and Expo
March 7-9

IAI Elite Training Day
April 4-5

ISC West
April 6-8

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June 26-28

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Richard Koloski, VP of Loss Prevention Retires After Exceptional Career
Eric Stewart Promoted to VP of Loss Prevention, Exchange HQ

After an outstanding career with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service that spanned more than three decades, Richard A. Koloski, who most recently served as Vice President of Loss Prevention for the Exchange, retired last month.

Over many years, Richard hasn't just honorably served the LP industry; he's served the entire country and world.

After beginning his Exchange career in 1983, Richard held positions all over the globe, from Fort Dix, NJ, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and Fort Bragg, NC, all the way to Europe, where he spent time covering LP for the United Kingdom and Spain.

A highlight of his retail training experience was serving as the project manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, which generated $1.2 million in retail sales. Next, he transferred to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., where he held the dual role of Main Store Manager/General Manager.

In 2004 he was promoted to Central Region LP Manager, and a year later returned to Europe as a Regional LP Manager for all of Europe as well as Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia.

Richard's work on the front lines in the Middle East was unique for an LP position, but he says it gave him a sincere appreciation for those serving the country in dangerous parts of the world.

"There is probably no other VP role in LP that puts you on the front lines in war zones where you witness the real heroes in our military services," he told the Daily. "Their work abroad protects us at home and no sacrifice is as great as theirs."

In 2007, Richard was promoted to Chief, Headquarters LP Operations Director for AAFES, and from 2011 until his retirement, he served as Vice President of LP. His exceptional performance throughout his career has earned him three Extraordinary Achievement Awards - the most recent of which was presented at the time of his retirement - and 10 Superior Accomplishment Awards.

The D&D Daily thanks him for his decades of leadership and service to the industry and our country.

To replace Richard, the Army and Air Force Exchange has promoted Eric Stewart to Vice President of Loss Prevention, Exchange HQ.

Eric began his career with AAFES in 1980 as a part-time store laborer while completing his college education. Since then, he has worked his way up the ladder, initially joining the LP management ranks as a Covert Video Surveillance Specialist and advancing all the way to Senior LP Field Operations Manager with responsibility for worldwide LP operations before his latest promotion.

We wish Eric the best of luck in his new role with The Exchange.


About The Exchange
The Exchange is an organization of the Department of Defense, celebrating its 121st year in supporting service members and their families. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Exchange is the 57th largest retail organization in the U.S. with annual revenue of $8.5 billion, employing about 35,000 associates, including a small contingent of military. The Exchange operates department and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and 33 countries.






 


Thomas Kane promoted to Senior Regional Manager Asset & Profit Protection - East Coast/Distribution/Corporate for Burberry.

Thomas previously held the role of Senior Manager of Asset & Profit Protection - Distribution for the retailer and has been on their team since 2015. Thomas has also held other loss prevention roles such as Area LP Manager for Mervyns, LP Agent for Saks Fifth Avenue and LP Investigator for Neiman Marcus. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saint John's University. Congratulations Thomas!


 





Tight Security Planned for Donald Trump's Inauguration
5,000+ area businesses put on notice

Along with about 28,000 security personnel to protect the city on Inauguration Day will be dozens of trucks, dumpsters and buses to fortify the edge of events that are projected to draw up to 900,000 people.

Security along a so-called hard vehicle perimeter, within which only official cars may operate, reflects a renewed focus on the threat posed by trucks after deadly terrorist attacks using such vehicles last year in Nice, France, and Berlin.

"This year in particular the hard vehicle perimeter will be heavily fortified," said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. He added: "We know of no specific, credible threat directed toward the inauguration."

Mr. Johnson projected Friday's crowds for Donald Trump's inauguration at 700,000 to 900,000, compared with the 1.8 million at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Planning for the quadrennial event began in April and has involved federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector.

To make sure those most affected know what to expect, officials have reached out to more than 5,000 area businesses, 350,000 residents and managers of 1,500 buildings, said Brian Ebert, the Secret Service special agent in charge of the Washington field office, speaking at a media briefing. The list of road closures and vehicle restrictions for the inauguration and related events fills 10 pages. wsj.com

Washington DC braces for days of anti-Trump protests
250K+ protesters to flood capital on Friday

Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in.

Outgoing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police aim to separate groups to diffuse tensions, similar to last-year's political conventions. "The concern is some of these groups are pro-Trump, some of them are con-Trump, and they may not play well together in the same space," Johnson said on MSNBC on Thursday.

About 30 groups that organizers claim will draw about 270,000 protesters or Trump backers have received permits for rallies or marches before, during and after the swearing-in. More protests are expected without permits. A protest group known as Disrupt J20 has vowed to stage demonstrations at each of 12 security checkpoints and block access to the festivities on the grassy National Mall. reuters.com

Trump's inauguration will be protested in all 50 states and 32 countries
Cities with the largest number of registrants include Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis. There are marches even in smaller and non-coastal cities including Topeka, Nashville, and Des Moines. usatoday.com

UPDATE: Lowe's cuts 2,400 managers to refocus on customers
Lowe's, the home improvement chain, said Wednesday that it is redeploying its workforce in a way that will eliminate about 2,400 positions, most of them in management.

The biggest change will occur in the stores, where Lowe's says it can cut one or two assistant manager positions as it tries to shift the focus "from back-of-the-store activities to customer facing ones," the company said in a statement. The move will "enhance our efficiency and productivity." The new model will shift responsibilities in ways that some store workers will get new responsibilities. The goal is to get the new model in place for spring, a big-selling season in the home improvement business.

Lowe's says it has also cut 37 employees who worked in "leadership positions" in its customer support and distribution centers. It's also eliminating 10% of the vice presidents in its corporate office. In total, the chain based in Mooresville, N.C., says the cuts amount to less than 1% of its workforce. usatoday.com

Suffolk, VA: Walmart hair product security policy is racist says union
A workers union seeks the City of Suffolk's help to end alleged racial discrimination at local Walmart stores. They say the retailer discriminates against certain customers because it locks up African-American hair products.

"Hair products locked up. An extra layer of security, but only for some shoppers, black shoppers," says the narrator in a video ad created by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which calls out Hampton Road's Walmart stores for the alleged discriminatory policy.

In a statement Wal-Mart spokesperson, Phillip Keene, says the allegations are false and offensive and that some products are more frequently targeted by shoplifters, so the company takes "normal" measures to protect the items against theft.  13newsnow.com

How Systems Integrators Can Ring Up More Retail Security Sales
Systems integrators can help end users of all sizes in the retail vertical who are collectively absorbing losses worth billions of dollars from vulnerabilities both outside and inside their establishments.

Brick-and-mortar retail spaces offer myriad opportunities for systems integrators, particularly in the areas of shrink control and asset protection. Statistics show us that having a wide array of up-to-date, high-tech security services available is essential for retail clients, and security professionals can be profitable in this market by staying ahead of the curve providing solutions for this growing market. securitysales.com

4 takeaways from NRF's Big Show 2017
1. The brick-and-mortar shakeout will continue in 2017
After a year defined by the shuttering of stores across America, Robin Lewis, CEO of The Robin Report, says the brick-and-mortar shakeout isn't going away.

"2017 won't be any better than 2016 on a macro level," he told Retail Dive at the show.

When I say fundamental change, that means someone like Jeff Gannette ... taking out of his vocabulary the words 'department store,'" he said. "They need a new mindset - they aren't in the retail business anymore, they're not in the department store business anymore. They're in the business of entertainment, of building social communities, of absolutely fundamentally upending their big boxes and turning them into places to go."

"These department stores like Macy's, they're at the end of the line, they're at a tipping point."

2. Retailers need to think like digital natives

Consumer behavior has changed dramatically over the last few years, and retailers are desperately scrambling to understand the demands of today's shopper.

"People don't have to go stores anymore," Lee Peterson, EVP of brand, strategy and design at global retail design firm WD Partners, said during a talk on Monday. "They have to want to go to stores."

"This is about a lot more than stores and how we put things on the shelves. There's only one thing to talk about: Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant?"

3. Omnichannel needs more than lip service

Omnichannel has been a major challenge for the industry. But retailers need to understand that they are only 20% into the disruption, not 80%.

Goldberg predicts 2017 will be the year that retailers get more serious about measuring the impact of omnichannel.

4. 'Retail's future isn't what - it's who'

There was perhaps no bigger mantra at the Big Show this year than this: Store associates will be key to the future success of the retail industry. This may seem like a simple takeaway, but retailers too often have their eyes only on the customer and the product. As consumer behavior changes, good customer service and well-trained store associates are more important than ever.

The NRF trumpeted the sentiment on Sunday morning with the announcement of a new retail training and credentialing initiative called RISE (Retail Industry Skills & Education) Up. The effort brings together 21 merchants.

"For us to have crappy employees in our stores is a death knell," Peterson said. "You just can't afford to do that anymore. Service is a big factor."  retaildive.com

Top 10 Workplace Trends:
#6 Evolving the Workforce

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has published its fourth annual Top 10 Workplace Trends list. Several of the trends on this list signify great changes in the way workplaces function. It appears "change" will be a major trend itself in organizations this year.

#6. The Changing Nature of the Workforce

As Baby Boomers continue to retire and younger generations enter the workforce, organizations' demographics will evolve, with lasting implications for organizational culture and management. Millennials and later generations have reshaped the workplace in a multitude of ways and will continue to push boundaries and redefine expectations as they take on a more prominent role within organizations.

Organizations may need to continue to redesign jobs and workspace to accommodate Millennials. At the same time, new technology and innovations will push for further automation of tasks and the growing use of artificial intelligence could have drastic implications for how organizations and employees function. ehstoday.com


ATM industry groups caution against unintended consequences of complicated regs
Increasingly, it seems, local governments are joining Congress and state legislatures in the rush to regulate retail ATMs. Industry trade groups are imploring them to slow down and think hard about the unintended consequences of their well-meaning proposals. One piece of legislation seeks to regulate the placement and installation of ATMs, as well as security cameras, lighting, bollards, and GPS trackers in ATMs.

The ATMIA responded by letter to the proposal, explaining the ramifications of the regulations, including the additional security risks, and increased costs of doing business that would result. atmmarketplace.com

BCBG closing stores, restructuring to avoid Bankruptcy

Dollar General to build 1K stores this year

Pizza Hut Restaurants To Fill 11,000 Job Openings In U.S.

Pittsburgh mall sells for $100 (that's not a typo)

DC businesses are banking on Trump's inauguration being as profitable as Obama's

UK: Robberies Spike 31%, CC Fraud Up 40%

NRF's 2017 Big Show Recap


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How to get fired in 2017: Have a security breach
There are many reasons why IT professionals can be fired, but six out of the top nine are related to security, said a survey released this morning. For example, having a tech investment that leads to a security breach was considered a fireable offense by 39 percent of organizations, according to Osterman Research, which conducted the survey. A data breach that becomes public was a fireable offense for 38 percent of companies.

Other fireable offenses included failing to modernize a security program, data breaches with unknown causes, data breaches that do not become public, and the failure of a security product or program investment.

Failing to meet regulatory compliance and getting a large fine or penalty, was the top offense, with 68 percent of organizations considering it reason for dismissal. csoonline.com

Governors urge Trump to ensure states have flexibility on implementing cyber policy
The National Governors Association in a new report urges President-elect Trump to provide states with "maximum flexibility" to develop and implement policies for improving cyber defense and enhancing incident response planning.

The governors association calls for the president-elect to allow flexibility in use of state National Guard resources for cyber defense and incident response and urges him to provide clear guidance on using federal emergency assistance and relief funding in the event of "significant" cyber attacks that stress state and local governments' capabilities. NGA says clarity is also needed for breaches that can have physical consequences versus those that are not. insidecybersecurity.com

Lack of On-Site Security and IT Expertise a Common Challenge
Cybera, the leading provider of secure software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN), today released the results of its Retail Realities survey of retail professionals at Retail's BIG Show or NRF. The survey of more than 50 retail professionals found that many retailers lack the necessary IT staff at the store level to ensure proper solution implementation and security. Additional findings from the Retail Realities survey included:

● More than two-thirds (66.7 percent) of respondents report being challenged by growing complexity in past application deployments;
● Nearly one-quarter (23.5 percent) of survey respondents have zero IT or security staffers on site at the average retail location;
● Point of sale (POS), payment authorization and payroll systems were the most commonly deployed applications, according to respondents   businesswire.com

Retail jobs among those at risk from automation
The supermarket employee restocking the cans in aisle three may soon no longer be a person. As robots become more advanced, they are capable of performing actions that previously required a pair of eyeballs, such as managing inventory on a store shelf. Once such robot called the Tally is designed to audit shelves for out-of-stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors, reports Inverse. Tally roams the aisles and uses multiple sensors to scan the shelves, alerting human staff of its findings. fastcompany.com

Report: Attacks based on open source vulnerabilities will rise 20% this year

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Nedap Gives Three !D Tops to LP Winners

Nedap's innovative !D Top was on display at the D&D Daily LIVE event in NYC at the NRF Big Show. A random drawing was held to give away !D Tops to 3 retailers. The winners were announced LIVE at the D&D event on January 16, 2017.

Congratulations to the following Loss Prevention professionals who each won Nedap's award-winning !D Top to complement their EAS initiatives.

   ● Pedro Cabrera, Gucci
   ● Chip Chiappetta, Sephora
   ● John Holubowicz, Uniqlo
 








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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

State of the Industry &
NRF Protect 2016 Update

Bob Moraca, VP of LP, NRF
Joe LaRocca, VP & Sr. Advisor, RetaiLPartners

From the growth of e-commerce and online fraud to the looming threats of active shooter incidents and ORC, the retail industry continues to rapidly evolve, redefining the role of loss prevention and the new skill set it demands. Bob Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention for the National Retail Federation, and Joe LaRocca, VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners, provide their thoughts on the major challenges facing the LP executives of today and tomorrow. Bob also tells us what's in store for this year's NRF Protect Conference & Expo in Philadelphia.

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LPNN Quick Take #16

There's a lot to be excited about at The Zellman Group these days, as CEO Stuart Levine tells Amber in this LPNN Quick Take. Learn about Zellman's new partnership with Agilence, their addition of industry-vet Stan Welch, and where Stuart plans to move when he's 103 years old.


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Card-Not-Present Fraud Picking Up In US
Card-not-present (CNP) fraud is increasing as cyber thieves are showing they are quite able to use both technology and stolen payment card data to defraud retailers around the world.

That's the latest findings of Research and Markets, which released a new report Tuesday (Jan. 17) titled Card-Not-Present Fraud: The Merchant Empire Strikes Back. According to Research and Markets, eCommerce merchants, particularly in the U.S., are in a perfect storm of rapid online sales growth at the same time that the credit card industry is continuing to transition to EMV chip technology. Those trends leave the merchants vulnerable to CNP fraud. The researchers pointed to the breaches of payment card data at major retailers including Target and Home Depot during the last few years as providing the bad guys with a treasure trove of millions of cardholders' data that is still being used by thieves to commit this type of fraud.

"Despite anticipating that fraudsters would transition to online attacks once counterfeit card fraud at the point of sale was reduced through the EMV chip, U.S. payment card networks and issuers, payment providers, merchants and cardholders are now asking, What can we do about the increase in CNP fraud?," Research and Markets wrote. pymnts.com

Riding The US Fraud Escalator In 2017 - Up

$8.6 Billion

Yes, that is billions with a B, and a capital B, as it represents the staggering amount that merchants lost last year, in the United States alone, from false declines, as estimated by BI Intelligence. This is the amount that went by the wayside from legit customers because merchants thought they looked shady, as Webster noted.

As so much business moves online, he said, with that $8 billion figure (writ much larger internationally), the question becomes how to minimize threats while maximizing revenues without forcing the tradeoff of security and convenience for the customer.

86.1%: Percentage of online merchants who expect to see the same or more fraud and abuse attempts in 2017.

This data point begs the question: What does the remaining 14 percent know that others do not? Said Tan, this is his firm's own data, and even adjusting for sample bias, that 14 percent depends on the business, with reliance in part on systems that are already in place. As Tan said, as the world moves from offline to online, "every crime that happens in the real world is going to happen online. We must prepare for that inevitability."

48%: Percentage of online merchants who observed a rise in Account Takeover (ATO) last year.

This comes from Sift Science, and Tan said he would have expected the number to be higher, going so far as to say that account takeovers would be the future of fraud. He likened account takeovers to the perfect crime, as the identity being used is one that is a strong one, trusted by the merchant. The fraudster parachutes in, and with the positive reputation as a lure, data becomes tempting to steal, too. pymnts.com
 

Limited Stores May Be Resurrected as E-Tail Operation

UK e-commerce sales grow nearly 16% in 2016

Target's online sales grow more than 40% in December

Online marketplace Letgo raises $175M as it challenges eBay and other resellers


Fraud and online crimes make up almost half of UK's 11.8m total









Loss Prevention Organization of the Caribbean (LPOC) Kicks Off 2017
with Successful First Meeting

Officially, LPOC started 2017 on the right foot! The organization would like to thank those who attended the first Loss Prevention Organization of the Caribbean (LPOC) meeting of the year. LPOC also thanks the Shuster Aguiló firm for sponsoring the meeting at their offices and for sharing their knowledge with the group.

It was a very productive meeting and LPOC will be following up on established plans with the Police of Puerto Rico and other associations. Once again, to those who attended, thank you for your attendance and participation! LPOC counts on you and everyone else who wishes to join the next meeting, which will be held in March 2017.

To read about LPOC's leaders Jose Rivas and Axel Diaz, click here.

Philadelphia, PA: Clerk, Customer Bound with Zip Ties as Robbers Steal $10K from Manayunk Consignment Shop
Police say a man entered Remix on Main on the 4300 block of Main Street around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday and asked for a Chanel handbag. A 32-year-old female employee and a 65-year-old male customer were inside the store at the time. As trio walked to the back of the store to help the man pick out a suit, the suspect produced a silver handgun and announced a robbery, said police. The suspect tied up both of the victims with zip ties and forced them inside the store's dressing room. The armed man then turned off the lights in the store and two more suspects entered, police said. The robbers then stole fur coats, jackets, pocketbooks and boots as well as $200 from the register and the female employee's purse. In all, the suspects made off with $10,000 in merchandise. nbcphiladelphia.com

Atlanta, GA: Shoplifters use unusual distraction to steal $6,000 in perfume
Police are looking for two women suspected of creating a distraction to steal more than $6,000 of perfume from a Ponce City Market business. The incident happened on Jan. 4 at the Sephora on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. A store employee told police that one woman entered the store around 6:40 p.m. and soon faked an injury. As employees checked on the first suspect, another woman stuffed $6,000 worth of Chanel perfume into her purse. Both suspects were out of the store in a matter of minutes. 11alive.com


Lincoln, NE: Four Women busted stealing $1,700 of merchandise from Kohl's
Four women are facing charges after attempting to steal $1,700 worth of clothes from Kohl's on Tuesday night. The incident occurred around 6:43 p.m., when the women were seen by an employee attempting to conceal items in bags and purses. Inside the vehicle, the merchandise from Kohl's was located, as well as 23 bottles of alcohol, two bottles of Grey Goose and 21 bottles of Crown Royal, that had been stolen from Hy-Vee. It was also determined that these women were involved in an attempted theft at Finish Line at Gateway Mall earlier in the day. Police said that the women tried to leave with over $800 worth of merchandise. An employee confronted them, and attempted to grab Douglas' purse. Eventually, the purse, and a wallet, were left behind. wowt.com

Alexandria, VA: Repeat offender booked for 60th time, known to be regular shoplifter
On January 14, APD responded to a report of a shoplifter at a business in the Alexandria Mall. When APD officers arrived, the store's loss-prevention associates had already detained the shoplifter, and he was taken into custody by the officer. The suspect, identified as Ellis Kitchen, 68, had selected a tool set before walking out of the door without paying. Kitchen was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for Theft of Goods. This was his 59th booking. According to APD, Kitchen is homeless. On January 18, APD responded to the same business to a report of Kitchen shoplifting again. Officers arrived on scene, but Kitchen had dropped the stolen property and fled the scene on foot. A short time later, officers located Kitchen nearby in the mall parking lot. When officers found him, he had stolen property from another mall store in his possession. kalb.com

Raritan Township, NJ: Serial shoplifter charged in Lowe's, ShopRite thefts
 


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Shootings & Death

Detroit, MI: Armed Robbery and Violence breaks out in local restaurant, employee shot and wounded
The search is on for a man who fired a gun inside the American Coney Island, wounding an employee. Owner Grace Keros said some men were harassing women waiting to use the restroom. Employees went to help, sparking a brawl with the unruly customers. "There was a party bus that pulled up. Some punk walked in decided to shoot into the crowd that was fighting," Keros said. A 19-year-old male employee was shot. His wound was not life-threatening. The brawl and shooting were captured by the store's security camera. The gunman got away on foot. wxyz.com



Lauderhill, FL: Police Release Surveillance Of Point-Blank Shooting Outside Fish Market
The Lauderhill Police Department has released surveillance video of a fatal shooting outside a fish market. Surveillance tape was rolling as Gary Wallock and a woman exited The Lobster and Seafood Warehouse, on Monday. While Wallock was preparing to put away a bag in the trunk of a black sedan, a man approached him from behind. The man ran toward Wallock and shot him at point-blank range. cbslocal.com

Mar Vista, CA: Employee Fatally Shot in Pot Dispensary store Armed Robbery
Officers responded about 11:30 a.m. to a call of shots fired in the 12400 block of West Venice Boulevard and upon arrival were directed to the dispensary. The victim was found inside, unconscious and not breathing, suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. A witness saw a male and a female, both wearing hoodies, enter the dispensary prior to the shooting, but detailed descriptions were not made available. nbclosangeles.com

Jackson County, GA: Three dead after woman with Shoplifting Warrant fled traffic stop
Three people are dead after a police chase that started in Banks County late Wednesday night ended in Jackson County a few hours later on Thursday. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed on an exit ramp on southbound I-85 around 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning. "The chase itself lasted only three minutes," said Lt. Carissa McFaddin with the Banks County Sheriff's Department. "Our goal was to just try and stop the driver and address the issues. We never got that chance." The deceased driver has been identified as Rebecca Mack, 21, from South Carolina. Georgia State Patrol said it appears Mack had an outstanding arrest warrant for a shoplifting charge out of Gwinnett County. The deceased passengers have been identified as Clifton Gordon, 23, and Jamarkeiz Jenkins, 29. wtvm.com

Myrtle Beach, SC: Man loading family in car witnesses shooting at Coastal Grand Mall
A man told police Wednesday afternoon that he was loading his family into his vehicle in the Coastal Grand Mall parking lot when he witnessed a shooting. The witness heard people yelling and turned to see what was happening. He saw two men running toward a silver car, and when the suspects arrived at the driver's side door, they opened fire, shooting a handgun about six times. After firing the rounds, the suspects ran over to a different vehicle and then left the mall parking lot. Police responded to the incident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and said they discovered seven shell casings in the parking lot, which were collected as evidence. myrtlebeachonline.com


Robberies & Thefts


Citronelle, AL: Thief drives into local gun store, steals 18 handguns
The ATF is offering up to a $2,500 reward, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. You can still see tire marks on the floor at Rowell's Sporting Goods store in Citronelle. Tommy Rowell says early Tuesday morning his store's alarm system alerted him. "Took what guns they could and out the door in 25-30 seconds," he said. He says nothing was caught on camera because the impact disconnected the camera system. local15tv.com


Lower Makefield Township, PA: Arrest Made In $100K Kohl's
Sledgehammer Burglary

Jeremy Ruga was busted with his burglary weapon of choice. The 29-year-old Trenton resident was found to be in possession of a homemade yellow-handle sledgehammer after he was pulled over by Ewing police in a stolen vehicle on Jan. 2, authorities announced Wednesday. That weapon and clothing uncovered in the car ultimately linked Ruga to a smash-and-grab robbery that occurred on Dec. 28 at approximately 3:15 a.m. at a Kohl's department store in, police said Wednesday. trentonian.com

Target Security Being Questioned After Attack on Local Theatre Director
Target's security is being questioned after the vicious attack on a local theatre director. The victim's attorney says the attack could've and should've been prevented. Police say Derek Whitener actually spotted the two suspects before the attack and reported them to store security. He said they were acting suspiciously and possibly wearing masks. Security reportedly told the suspects to leave, but they didn't, and that's where Whitener's attorney says things went wrong. "We have two dangerous men reported with weapons in front of the store by the victim in advance. Asking for help," Whitener's attorney says, "And they allow him to walk outside on his own, into an ambush where we have concerns targets actions not only didn`t protect Derek but may have made the situation worse." Whitener's attorney now wants to interview Target employees to figure out what exactly happened. The plan is to also get Whitener's side of the story once he recovers enough to talk. cw33.com

UK: Liverpool: Designer menswear store burglarized just weeks after opening
A designer menswear store was burgled just weeks after opening in Liverpool city centre. Merseyside Police confirmed they were called to Union House, shortly before midnight on Tuesday, January 17 to reports clothing had been stolen during a raid. Union 22 opened just a few weeks ago and sells a number of brands, such as Mackage, Nobis, Cornelliani & John Smedley, exclusively in Liverpool. liverpoolecho.co.uk

Ireland: Crime against pharmacists is reaching 'crisis level'; 77% of pharmacies have been victims, with a quarter of incidents 'violent'
Crime against pharmacies have reached "crisis level" as a new survey shows 77 per cent have been a victim of crime, the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) says. The IPU Crime Survey 2016, which was published on Thursday, found 23 per cent of the pharmacies that responded described the incident as "violent". The research showed one in five of the cases where there was a robbery or raid the perpetrators had a weapon, with a knife used in 81 per cent of the cases and a gun in 18 per cent. Daragh Connolly, IPU president, said crimes against pharmacy staff were "extremely worrying and utterly unacceptable". irishtimes.com

Nashua, NH: Rite Aid employee arrested for Refund Fraud

Juneau, AK: Safeway burglar sentenced to 22 months

Kay Jewelers in the Mall de las Aguilas, Eagle Pass, TX reported a Distraction Theft on 1/17, item was recovered (valued at $2,999)

Kay Outlet in the Tulare Outlets, Tulare, CA reported a Grab & Run on 1/18, item (Rolex) valued at $14,000


Cargo Theft

New Mexico bills set Felony Cargo Theft rule
A New Mexico state lawmaker wants to add the state to a short list of states to enact rules intended to discourage cargo theft. Sen. Jim White, R-Albuquerque, is behind a bill to establish the theft of trailer or container cargo as a specific offense and impose significant punishment. Advocates say that cargo theft by organized crime rings has become a very serious problem across the nation. The FBI says cargo theft causes $15 billion to $30 billion in losses each year. According to FreightWatch International, in 2015 New Mexico ranked in the top half of states in the number of cargo thefts. California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Tennessee are in the top five. White's bill would authorize second-degree felony charges. Offenders would face up to nine years in prison and fines up to the fair market value of the property stolen and the cost of recovering the property. Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Texas are among the states with rules in place that make cargo theft a specific crime with stiff punishment for offenders. Mike Matousek, OOIDA director of state legislative affairs, says the issue of cargo theft is something that more states need to address. landlinemag.com


Skimming

Saucier, MS: Robinwood One Stop on US 49 discovers skimming devices on 4 pumps





AJ Market - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery
American Coney Island - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery/ Shooting Clerk shot and wounded
Bi-Mart - Yakima, WA - Burglary/ Guns
Buddy's Drive-Thru - Escobares, TX - Armed Robbery
CMP Food - Escambia County, FL - Armed Robbery
Convenient Food Mart - Westlake, OH - Robbery
CVS - Napa, CA - Robbery
Dan & Wits - Norwich, VT - Armed Robbery
Ferndale, MI - Payless Shoes - Armed Robbery
Go Wireless - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery
Golden State Marj. Dispensary - Mar Vista, CA - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - Employee shot and killed
Herbs Plus - Morrow, GA - Armed Robbery
Hill Street Booze - Valdosta, GA - Armed Robbery
Krauszer Store - West Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
Kroger - Sevierville, TN - Robbery
Loaf' N Jug - Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery/ Stabbing - Clerk killed
Lobster and Seafood Warehouse - Lauderhill, FL - Shooting/ Customer shot and killed in parking lot
Majik Mart - Biloxi, MS - Burglary
Pay Less Food - Lowell, MA - Armed Robbery
Remix Designer Consignment - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Shell - Atlanta, GA - Robbery/ Assault/ Car Jacking
Snappy's - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
The Konnect - Freeport, IL - Shooting / no injuries
The River Station - Brownsville, MN - Burglary
Thriftway - Coconino County, AZ - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Weis Market - Thurmont, MD - Robbery
Zeek's Pizza - Ahwatukee, AZ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Utah County, UT - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
23 robberies
3 burglaries
4 shootings
3 killed











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