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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

NRF Protect 2017
June 26-28

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Sept. 25-28

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State of the Industry and NRF Protect Update
Bob Moraca and
Joe LaRocca


LPNN Quick Take #16

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America's LP Teams

From the D&D Daily 2016 GLPS's

Turkey Hill Indiana/Ohio
Region 4 Team


"
When times get tough, it's time
to get back to basics
"


Pictured from left to right:  Randy Perkins, Loss Prevention Specialist and
Matt Dorgan, Loss Prevention Manager







NRF Show attendees aren't sure how 2017 will shake out
Two big shadows are casting uncertainty over the industry - Amazon.com and Donald Trump.
In Amazon's case, many said a tipping point may have occurred over the holidays with a significant number of consumers choosing the site to buy gifts.

While many said a well-executed omnichannel response could stave off the Amazon threat (good news) they also questioned whether retailers had the vision, will and resources to do it (bad news).

Mr. Trump, whose inauguration is today, could prove a boon or bane to retailers. On the plus side, Republican control of the White House and Congress should lead to cuts in corporate tax rates and a reduction in environmental and other regulations seen as costly to business. Many expect the Labor Department to be more employer-friendly under Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, should he be confirmed.

As negatives, attendees pointed to the potential for import prices to increase substantially should a trade war break out with China or other nations that retailers rely on to produce the products that line their shelves.  retailwire.com

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in US Fraud Settlement
Prosecutors Allege Company's Anti-Money Laundering Procedures Failed.  Western Union will pay $586 million to settle U.S. civil and criminal cases that alleged the company turned a blind eye for years to criminals who used its money transfer network to commit fraud.

In one of the most serious accusations, the Department of Justice alleged that Western Union knew for at least five years that its agents were accommodating funds transfers connected with human smuggling.

Since 2001, 29 Western Union agents have been convicted of helping fraudsters conduct transactions with suspected criminal proceeds, according to prosecutors.

"Western Union, the largest money service business in the world, has admitted to a flawed corporate culture that failed to provide a checks and balances approach to combat criminal practices," says U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida. govinfosecurity.com

Walgreens to pay $50 million to resolve U.S. prescription kickback case
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) will pay $50 million to resolve a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of violating federal law by providing beneficiaries of government healthcare programs discounts and other incentives to fill their prescriptions at its pharmacies.

The settlement, announced by Manhattan U.S Attorney Preet Bharara on Thursday, resolves a whistleblower lawsuit that the government joined related to the national pharmacy chain's Prescription Savings Club program.

Bharara said Walgreens allowed beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid to take part in the Savings Club program even though doing so violated a federal law against paying those beneficiaries kickbacks so they would choose Walgreens. reuters.com

Costco to pay $11.75M for improper sales of opioids
Costco Wholesale will pay $11.75 million to settle allegations that its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substances Act when they improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

In addition to the monetary settlement, the Drug Enforcement Administration is allowed over the next three years to conduct unannounced and unrestricted inspections of all DEA-registered Costco Pharmacy locations without administrative inspection warrants. The settlement resolves allegations that some Costco pharmacies filled prescriptions that were incomplete, lacked valid DEA numbers or involved substances beyond doctors' scope of practice, as well as allegations that Costco failed to keep accurate records for controlled substances, according to the DOJ press release. A request for comment from Retail Dive to Costco was not immediately returned. retaildive.com

Philadelphia Poised to Ban Employers From Asking Hires About Salary History
Key players in business community, including Comcast, are pushing for a veto.

Philadelphia is on the brink of becoming the first U.S. city to bar employers from asking potential hires for their salary history, a step aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women.

The wage-history bill unanimously passed by the city council now sits on the desk of Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney who said Thursday he expects to sign it as soon as Monday. wsj.com

Macy's store closures a windfall for off-price retail
Off-price retailers will get a bump from Macy's' on-going plans to close some 100 stores, according to a note from BMO Capital Markets apparel and retail analyst John Morris. Burlington Coat Factory, which has 47 stores within five miles of a Macy's slated for closure, will be a prime beneficiary, CNBC reports

Off-price stores run by Burlington, TJX Cos. and Ross could snap up 40% of the $575 million in revenue that those closures will leave on the table, Morris estimates. retaildive.com

High taxes and limited enforcement have New York City awash in illegal booze and cigarettes
Bootlegging deprives New York state of at least $1.6B in annual tax revenue. It's only growing

The enterprise has grown exponentially since the city and state quadrupled tobacco taxes between 2001 and 2011.

Prosecutors bring charges almost every week against smugglers who sneak in carloads of cigarettes, typically from Virginia, where state taxes are just 30 cents per pack, the second-lowest rate in the nation. New York levies $4.35, the highest in the country.

The state did create a "strike force" targeting cigarette smugglers two years ago, and arrests for alcohol, cigarette or tobacco smuggling doubled last year, to 133.

25% of booze sold in the city was likely smuggled in
50% of cigarettes purchased in the five boroughs are also contraband. crainsnewyork.com

Top 10 Workplace Trends:
#7 Employee Feedback

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.

#7. Capturing the Voice of the Employee

Employees' voices will become more important to organizations this year as they focus on collecting employee feedback more frequently, utilizing innovations for capturing that feedback, and taking action to drive engagement based on those results. Organizations may explore changes to the way they capture employees' voices and move beyond quantitative surveys to qualitative measures and other nontraditional approaches, such as utilizing continuous listening/pulse surveys and examining passive data for employee opinions and behaviors. ehstoday.com


Fishkill, NY: Gap Distribution Center gets sales tax exemption on $110M of new equipment
The Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday approved a sales tax exemption on the purchase of $110 million worth of new equipment at the Gap's Fishkill distribution center. The company needs the new equipment to replace machinery that was destroyed by an arson fire that gutted a large portion of its complex last year. IDA Executive Director Sarah Lee said the funding will help keep the company in Dutchess County.

"It is a retention project because if they were not offered this sales tax benefit, we would be in real jeopardy of losing the Gap warehouse," Lee said. In 2014, the IDA granted a sales tax exemption, mortgage recording fee exemption and payment-in-lieu of taxes agreement for the Gap to build a $96 million addition to its facility. midhudsonnews.com

Director Of Loss Prevention re-posted for A.C. Moore in Berlin, N.J.
The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for the management, administration and operation of the Loss Prevention Team. Ensures adherence to company policies and procedures, as well as state and federal laws and regulations. Monitors and analyzes economic conditions affecting the risk management department and recommends appropriate action. Develops and executes corporate Audit Risk Plans.

A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral merchandise to a broad demographic of customers.We opened the first A.C. Moore store in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985, and have since grown to more than 130 stores. Our stores are located in the Eastern United States from Maine to Florida. acmoore.com
 
Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety for Dollar Financial Group - DFC posted in Malvern, PA
Responsible for all aspects of Financial Crime prevention which includes internal and external fraud. Responsible for all aspects of Loss Prevention, Physical Security Equipment and OSHA strategy throughout 1NA's retail stores and office (non-trading) locations. smartrecruiters.com
 
AutoZone, Dollar General and Tractor Supply to grow store counts

Save-A-Lot closing 13 store locations and a Distribution Center

 

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Data breach incident in several Popeyes restaurants may have put customers at risk for credit card fraud
Customers chowing down on chicken at several Popeyes locations in Texas, North Carolina and Georgia may have been affected by a malware infection.

Business consulting company CCC Restaurant Enterprise LLC, which own the popular chain, released a report full of evidence showing that malicious code infected the company's computer systems between May 5, 2016 and Aug. 18, 2016. Customers who used credit or debit cards at several locations during this time may be victims of the breach. nydailynews.com

5 technologies reshaping retail in 2017
Retailers are already making significant investments in tech, of course: Wal-Mart alone spent more than $10.5 billion on IT in 2015, topping the list of the world's biggest technology spenders. "Technology integration is the only way to fulfill promises to the consumer."

So, what will 2017 bring? What technologies are likely to influence how retailers interact with their customers and manage their operations? Here are five technologies we think will be worth watching throughout the rest of 2017.

1. Robotics It may seem strange to start off the list with robotics, because the reality is that robotics technologies have become fairly commonplace in the retail sector - or at least in the supply chain. There will be even more of that happening in 2017.

2. Drone delivery Companies continue to advance their drone delivery projects, and some may even be ready to edge their way out of the lab, and expand into larger pilot programs. Flirtey and 7-Eleven already have taken a step in that direction, making several dozen drone deliveries in the Reno, NV area in November.

3. E-commerce anti-fraud tools no sooner did the industry see progress using EMV to fight in-store fraud than it realized it has a much bigger and broader security problem on its hands - e-commerce fraud. Throughout 2017, expect to see more payment companies using AI capabilities to fight fraud, as well as using other methods - including tokenization agreements - to mitigate vulnerabilities as they show merchants they are taking steps to battle e-commerce fraud.  

Expect a greater focus by retailer IT departments on developments or partnerships (with the likes of Akamai, for example) to protect their websites and other operations from malicious hackers and other cybersecurity threats.

4. Blockchain and bitcoin  If you're a retailer and not yet sure what, if anything, your organization is doing with either or both of these technologies, don't panic just yet. The relationship between the two technologies is itself very thorny and difficult to understand, though blockchain may have more imminent application in retail supply chain and ecosystem applications.

5. Virtual/Digital assistants  If you made the acquaintance of Siri, Alexa or Cortana, then you know this is not a new trend, but one that will have much greater impact this year than ever before. Our lives and our shopping activities are about to be overrun with virtual - or as some say, digital - assistants.  "We're seeing the beginnings of voice-generated purchase." retaildive.com

Do you have a cyber A-team?
Companies of all sizes should ask themselves: do we have a real cyber A-team of executives and outside experts?

Only experienced executives can create and improve a risk management, threat mitigation and cyber defense plan. And only people can implement and execute that plan. In a people-process-technology equation, without top talent nothing improves. The stakes are too high, especially for public companies, not to have a true cyber A-team.  csoonline.com

Number Of Data Breach Disclosures Jumped 40% in 2016
Though there were no mega breaches, 2016 had more breaches on record than any previous year, according to a new report.

New data from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout show that 2016, in fact, had more reported breaches than any previous year.

A total of 1,093 security incidents involving loss of sensitive data were disclosed last year. The number represented a 40 percent jump compared to the 780 breaches reported in 2015. In all, about 36.7 million records were exposed in the breaches, which the two organizations described as any incident where an individual's name along with their driver's license number, Social Security Number, bank or financial account data, medical records and credit or debit card data is exposed.  darkreading.com

The 4 Top Barriers To Effective Incident Response
Cyberattacks are getting worse, growing in frequency and impact.

Although Incident Response is straightforward in some ways, it's often very difficult in others. In practice, these four barriers most often prevent IR teams from responding effectively and efficiently to threats:

Availability of information: This is table stakes; obviously, if the forensics information doesn't exist, you can't do much with it. It's surprising how often organizations simply don't log useful information.

Scalability barriers: Some information is useful, but impossible to get at scale. For example, in a smaller investigation, I might want a full disk image of a user's workstation to look for malware or other indicators of compromise. In a larger investigation, I may need to look on every employee's machine for those same indicators.

People shortages: Many firms simply don't have the bodies (and connected brains) needed to investigate and analyze an incident. This may be due to frozen staffing budgets or simple inability to hire what's needed.

Collaboration at scale: In many past engagements, we, as IR consultants, tracked notes and data in a shared spreadsheet and discussed the information over chat. Tools are coming to market that help IR teams collaborate, share notes, and respond quickly. Look for these, whether commercial or open source, as they will support a collaborative response that doesn't miss details.

The barriers aren't hard to describe: lack of data, lack of brains, failure to work at scale. I've suggested some approaches that can help, and there are interesting new technologies becoming available that make many of these IR processes more effective. darkreading.com

IT Security Employment Soars to Record High
BLS reports that 89,000 individuals last year were employed in the United States as information security analysts. That's a whopping 27 percent increase from the 70,000 people in 2015 who identified themselves as information security analysts.


Information Security Analysts Employment Growth

Year Number of Employees
2011 44,000
2012 52,000
2013 48,000
2014 68,000
2015 70,000
2016 89,000   govinfosecurity.com


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USS Partners with LPF

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., (January, 19 2017) - USS, a global leader in product protection and security systems, recently announced their new Associate Level Scholarship partnership with the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF).

Founded in 2006 by industry leading professionals, the LPF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the loss prevention industry by advancing the profession. Their mission is primarily accomplished through partnerships with retailers and solution providers, like USS, and by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources.

As a member of the Foundation's Scholarship Partners program, USS receives a block of LPF certification scholarships. These scholarships can be distributed to retailers, law enforcement, USS employees or other candidates deemed worthy.

Claude Verville, USS Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an LPC certified member of the LPF's board of directors, voiced his confidence in the new relationship.

"I believe in the significance of the LPC certification and can personally attest to the quality and diversity of the content," he said. "Prior to joining the USS team, as leader within the loss prevention industry, I have required all my leaders and management to be LP certified. Now as the COO of USS, we are proud to sponsor the LPF and privileged to sponsor four LPC scholarships.

"We are excited to announce our new relationship with USS," said Gene Smith, LPC, president of The Loss Prevention Foundation. "This partnership demonstrates their continued commitment to the loss prevention and asset protection industry. Our scholarship partners are vital to our mission of providing education through certification initiatives such as the LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC)."

Additionally, at the Associate Level Partnership, USS is entitled to several other advantages and benefits ranging from the logo being featured on the LPF website to proud partner signage to be displayed at industry conferences and tradeshows.

On top of the undeniable value the partnership brings, the new relationship demonstrates both organizations' commitment to advancing the profession and adds immediate legitimacy with practitioners and future leaders.


About USS
USS is a U.S.-based, privately-held global leader in product protection and security solutions. USS is a leading integrator of video surveillance systems, access control and RFID systems. USS is dedicated to innovation and has more than 100 patents issued and pending. For more information, visit ussinnovate.com.



 


Excerpts from Prove 'Em Innocent:
The Art & Science of Workplace Investigations

by John A. Velke III

Part Two

One of the most important competencies of a retail loss prevention / asset protection professional is to be capable of conducting a fair, unbiased investigation thoroughly, confidentially, and with absolute professionalism. Velke's book provides new and experienced investigators an opportunity to build on their investigative expertise using real-life examples and exercises derived from more than 40 years of investigative experience.

Second in a series of bi-monthly excerpts: The Investigators Curse from Chapter 1.

I have questions. I like answers. The same is true of most good investigators. Unfortunately, sometimes in life we don't get satisfactory answers to all of our questions. Have you ever spent time trying to get the answer to a question that makes very little difference to you or anyone else? The "investigators curse" is the desire to know what is unknowable or so irrelevant that you invest your time to find the answer despite the fact that you will not do anything with your new-found knowledge.

Here is an example you may be able to relate to. During the second week of January, 2013, I spent an hour on Tuesday morning searching the internet for the answer to a question. I was on vacation in Hawaii with my wife, who would have preferred that I walk down to the beach with her, but a question came to my mind the evening before and I wanted to know the answer. Instead of walking down to the beach the next morning, I surfed the internet reading everything I could find about the College National Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame played the day before. The funny thing is that I had watched the entire game and I only had one question I wanted the answer to. During the fourth quarter of the game two University of Alabama players had a misunderstanding. The quarterback, A.J. McCarron, got angry and said something to his Center, Barrett Jones, who then shoved McCarron backward. It was clear enough that the nature of their spat was over the play calling and the fact that the play clock was ticking down, but what wasn't so clear is what McCarron actually said to Jones that caused Jones to lash out at his quarterback. I really wanted to know what was said to cause such upheaval.

Read Part 1 and today's full excerpt here

Copies of Velke's book are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Prove 'Em Innocent websites.







Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

The Ultimate High-End Retail Loss Prevention

Scott Barefoot, AVP, Security, Health & Safety & E-Commerce Fraud Prevention, Richemont

Hear from Scott Barefoot, Assistant Vice President, Security, Health & Safety & e-Commerce Fraud Prevention at Richemont, an $11 billion worldwide retailer with over 19 high-end luxury brands from Cartier to Montblonc. From guarding against the infamous "Pink Panthers" gang to delivering jewels to Hollywood celebrities, this retailer protects the best of the best. Scott tells us how they do it and how they deliver LP services to the world's elite where the expectations are high and the risk even higher.

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Top 4 Types of Fraud Affecting the E-Commerce Sector

#4 Identity Theft

Criminals get very crafty when it comes to impersonating someone else. Credit cards, as well as other payment vehicles are of great value to criminals in this regard. Traditional identity theft would see criminals carry out transactions and commit fraud on a large scale. However, things are changing quickly in this "area of expertise."

A new form of identity theft is called pharming and sends customers to fraudulent websites. Since most e-commerce platforms store customer payment information in their databases, it is rather easy to take over control of the account.

#3 Clean Fraud

Unlike what the name suggests, clean fraud has nothing to do with not causing financial harm. Criminals who obtained stolen payment card information will make a purchase, yet manipulate the transaction to avoid fraud detection. In most cases, criminals resort to a careful analysis of their target's fraud detection systems, combined with information about the original owner of the credit card.

#2 Triangulation Fraud

As the name suggests, this type of fraud requires three key "pillars" to execute properly. First of all, criminals will create a fake online storefront, where they claim to sell high-target items at low prices.

Secondly, the stolen credit card information and personal information collected during this process will be used to order items online and have them shipped to the original card owner. Since these transactions occur shortly after a legitimate purchase, the fraud will usually remain undetected for weeks, if not months.

#1 Chargeback Fraud

Ordering goods online and committing a chargeback is a very real threat to e-commerce operators today. In most cases, the "victims" will claim their items were stolen off their porch, allowing them to get reimbursed. However, they will keep the goods or services, as the chargeback only occurs after items were shipped in the first place. This type of fraud is traditionally not carried out by hardcore criminals, but rather by consumers who are all too aware of what they are doing. themerkle.com

Fraud and Security in Online Payments 2016
Shoppers consider security when making online payments

Global online payment fraud is increasing at double digit rates, according to a forecast cited in the yStats.com report, and retail E-Commerce transactions is a major component of that fraud. This motivates payment companies to seek innovative means to make online and mobile payments more secure, including biometric authentication.

Surveys cited in the yStats.com report reflect that consumers consider payment security in their decision whether to make online purchases, as well as in the choice of payment method. In the USA, shoppers have indicated that security is more important than speed, and in Spain and Germany, payment security is the top concern of online shoppers in choosing a payment method. Fear of data compromise also appears to be keeping shoppers from adopting new payment methods such as mobile payments. Over 50% of survey respondents worldwide expressed concern about the security of mobile payment apps. yahoo.com

Amazon to add three U.S. fulfillment centers - North East, MD, Coppell, TX, Jacksonville, FL

U.S. consumers will spend $632 billion online by 2020

Ecommerce Jobs Show Fast-Rising Real Wages and Productivity

Retailers haven't perfected buy online, pick up in store yet
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Organized retail crime becomes an issue in South Dakota
Sioux Falls police are reporting a 25 percent increase in theft calls in the past five years. Sgt. Paul Creviston said that retail crimes are a big portion of those calls. A retail coalition spearheaded by Creviston, and made up of about a dozen retailers in the city, meets monthly to discuss what can be done. The meetings serve to inform retailers of organized retail crimes that may be in the area and to share information, including surveillance images and videos. "Obviously, just the whole education portion of the meetings is a big part of prevention," Creviston said.

Ted Haggar, owner of Franklin Food Market, is among the retailers who attended the meetings. He said he often brings photos of people he's caught in his stores and that he is surprised other businesses have had trouble with the same people. "In my wildest day, I would never imagined a person would fill up a cart, push it out the door and start loading it in their cars," Haggar said.

South Dakota Retailers Association spokesman Shawn Lyons said he believes organized retail crime involving large-scale theft of merchandise will be more common in the state in years to come. He said retail losses may have long-term effects on the state's ability to collect taxes. "I think there is no question that as we grow, all types of crimes have the propensity to grow," Lyons said. "In this particular case, this is one we are watching very closely." dailyprogress.com

Slidell, LA: Fraudulent Credit Card operation broken up; $25,000 in merchandise and equipment seized
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office financial crimes unit shut down a fraudulent credit card operation working in the Slidell area and recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and credit card-making equipment. Authorities arrested two suspects on a number of charges in connection with the credit card fraud. When investigators searched the suspects' Joseph Street home, they found 115 counterfeit credit cards, equipment used to make credit cards and more than $25,000 in expensive sneakers. wdsu.com

Memphis, TN: Thieves take $30K in merchandise from Legend in Oak Court Mall Memphis Police Department said thieves got away with more than $30,000 worth of merchandise from Oak Court Mall on Wednesday. According to police, a mall security officer told police officers he saw the front mall entrance's glass door broken just before 4 a.m. The lock was cut on the inside gate. Once inside the mall, officers discovered the front door of Legend Clothing store was broken as well. Mall security told police he saw a red G2 Hummer on the north side of the mall speed off. The store owner said the theft totaled $30,893. wmcactionnews5.com

Palm Beach, FL: Serial Target shoplifter arrested; focused on Vacuums, mixers, knives and even cat food
David Gillotti of Greenacres faces several charges of theft and remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday morning on $64,000 bail. Gillotti was arrested on Jan. 10 for 8 open theft cases, totaling nearly $10,000 that go back as far as August. Gilloti's MO was to simply fill a shopping cart with high end merchandise and push it out the door. If a security guard would approach prior to exiting, he would simply walk away from the cart, say nothing and exit the store. As early as 2005, Gillotti has been arrested on theft charges in Palm Beach County according to court records. He was also arrested in July and February on theft charges. He served less than three months in prison on grand theft charges between 2007 and 2008. palmbeachpost.com

Logan County, WV: WV State Troopers find $10,000 in stolen merchandise in a home
Complaints from neighbors about trespassers and potential squatters led WVSP to a much bigger crime. WVSP troopers were assisting the Logan County Code Enforcement Officer after neighbors complained that people were going in and out of a home that was supposed to be vacant.

When they arrived to the house, they found evidence of squatting. Troopers say they recovered more than $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise. They say there were items hidden all throughout the home, including inside a refrigerator. They found dozens of items including, power tools, a high-end microwave, chainsaw, tool chests and a water heater. Troopers recovered so many stolen items that a fire truck had to help haul everything to WVSP headquarters. wsaz.com

St Louis, MO: Group of 9 snatches $5,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret
Security images show nine young women wanted for stealing lingerie and other apparel at a west St. Louis County Victoria's Secret store. In a matter of minutes, the group made off with more than $5,000 worth of merchandise, primarily from the retailer's popular PINK line, Des Peres Department of Public Safety Detective Marshall Broughton said. Broughton said an employee from a nearby store at West County Center spotted the women running out of the store. Witnesses reported them entering a van with Ohio license plates. fox2now.com

Los Angeles, CA: 2 LA Dodgers security guards stole $3,400 in equipment, balls and jerseys
Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online. Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online. They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016. Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys. therepublic.com

Houston, TX: Burglar caught on camera stealing $5,000 of high-end purses in Rice Village

Ormond Beach, FL: Police investigating two Lego thefts from Walmart

Troy, MI: Woman Busted Shoplifting $2,518.69 Of Items At Nordstrom's Rack


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Shootings & Death

Australia: Melbourne: Four dead after shots fired and car rampage at Bourke Street Mall
Victoria's Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has confirmed the driver of the vehicle that "intentionally" ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD is a 26-year-old man known to police and was on bail. The man police believe is responsible for today's atrocity is 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas. The driver was shot by police in his arm and is being treated in hospital. The incident is not terrorism related. Police understand the incident is linked to a stabbing that took place in Windsor early Friday morning involving parties known to one another. Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in a stolen Holden Commodore. She managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge earlier today. Four people have been confirmed deceased with more than 20 people injured. abc.net.au


Robberies & Thefts

Alleged NYC Bucket of Gold Thief Arrested In Ecuador
A suspected thief accused of stealing a bucket filled with $1.6 million in gold flakes off an armored truck in New York City has been apprehended in Ecuador. After a search that spanned thousands of miles across two continents over the course of months, authorities arrested Julio Nivelo Thursday. After surveillance video allegedly first captured Nivelo walking away with an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes in September, authorities followed a trail from the Big Apple to Orlando then California until they finally made their way to Nivelo's native country. It is not clear what happened to his bucket of gold. yahoo.com

Bozeman Police respond to report of robbery, suspicious electrical outages
at two stores

Police responded in force Thursday night after someone turned out the lights at two big box stores in Bozeman. Sgt. Bill Klundt said officers were called at about 5:30 to Office Depot, N. 19th Ave., for a reported robbery. Police turned up with guns drawn and surrounded the building. A K-9 unit was also summoned. An employee told police that someone had turned the store's power off at the building's main switch. An employee restored the electricity, but because the store had a similar prior theft, they called police thinking it was a robbery. However, while officers were investigating the office store and interviewing employees, the lights went out at the nearby World Market store on Tschache Lane. bozemandailychronicle.com

West Memphis, TN: Cricket Store Manager orchestrates $9K heist
A manager helped a man rob her store in West Memphis, according to police. The heist left employees at the store shocked when they found out one of their managers helped in the plan. Employees at the store said the manager, Crystal Robinson, 24, told them she had been robbed at gunpoint. Two people were arrested in connection with the aggravated robbery of the Cricket Store, on January 17. The robbery was captured on surveillance camera. Police arrested Javory Jones, 36, for the robbery. But, he wasn't the only one. Investigators also arrested Robinson. wmcactionnews5.com

Erie, PA: Forensic Audit reveals $6,000 theft by Parking Lot employee
A former employee with the Erie Parking Authority was arrested and is facing criminal charges for pocketing cash from cars parking in a downtown garage. Vanessa Zearfoss is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Zearfoss allegedly stole more than $6,000 in cash while she was working special event parking. The parking authority ordered a forensic audit and reviewed video as part of the investigation, counting cars and comparing that to the money that was actually reported to the parking authority. yourerie.com

Albuquerque, NM: Good Samaritans scare off suspects attempting to rob gun store
Another smash and grab at an Albuquerque gun store, but this time the bad guys didn't get anything thanks to some good samaritans. Around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the thieves backed their SUV right into the front door of the ABQ Gun Store near Coors and Montano. People at a nearby business saw the whole thing, and yelled at the two guys who took off. The thieves didn't get any guns, but caused a lot of damage to the business. krqe.com



UK: Shoplifter who hid 7ft Venetian blind down back of jacket ordered to carry out community work
A bungling thief who tried to steal a Venetian blind from a furniture store by stuffing it down his jacket has been handed a 12-month community sentence. Jessie Bellham, aged 39, was seen with the 7ft long blind ($60) clearly sticking out from the top of his coat as he tried to make a getaway from a Dunelm Mill store. mirror.co.uk


Israel: Very High Tech Gang busted with $2.7M; for years utilized government-grade frequency jamming technology to disable alarms and surveillance equipment
The gang-made up of 12 people from settlements and the center-would locate the businesses and learn their hours of operation before stealing the goods. The crew would use technology to disrupt the frequencies of alarm systems and cameras and then monitor law enforcement frequencies to ensure they weren't disturbed. Police allege the gang was run with military-like precision including division of responsibility among tasks including lookouts, getaway drivers, transport trucks and more. ynetnews.com

Fairfield, CT: 5th Man Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping, Violent Robbing of Jewelry Store

Jared in The Aventura Mall, Aventura, FL reported a Grab & Run on 1/18, item valued at $6,399

Gate City, TN: Advance Auto Parts employee busted for $2,000 in Refund Fraud


Skimming Thefts

Cape Coral, FL: Man, 2 teens arrested for planting ATM skimming devices at 7-Eleven

Westerly, RI: Westerly police find credit card skimmer at gas station convenience store

Staten Island, NY: Men sought for questioning in connection with ATM thefts using skimmer, camera


Counterfeit

Glendale, AZ: $50,000 of counterfeit merchandise seized from T & T Accessories





ABQ Gun - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
Bristol Liquors - Mansfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Casey's General - Fargo, ND - Robbery
Cricket - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Crusty's Pizza - Seminole Heights, FL - Shooting/ no injuries
CVS - Crofton, MD - Robbery
DASH - Cape Girardeau, MO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - employee shot and wounded
Legend - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Little Caesars - Horn Lake, MS - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - Manager shot and wounded
McDonald's - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
PDQ - Delafield, WI - Armed Robbery
Rick's Pharmacy - Enid, OK - Armed Robbery
San Francisco Pharmacy - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Tasty's Wine - Ardmore, OK - Burglary
The Gaspy Collection - Houston, TX - Burglary
Time Out Liquors - new Castle, PA - Armed Robbery
Valero - Danville, VA - Armed Robbery
Valero - Houston, TX - Robbery/ ATM
West Main Street - Stamford, CT - Shooting- 1 customer shot and wounded
Xtra Mart - Seabrook, NH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Huntington, WV - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Middletown, NY - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
18 robberies
4 burglaries
4 shootings
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
107 robberies
12 burglaries
22 shootings
9 killed











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