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 January 21, 2016


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1.2 million Walmart workers to get pay raise
Most Walmart employees in the U.S. will get a raise next month as part of the second phase of the company's commitment to higher wages. More than 1.2 million workers at Walmart and Sam's Club will see a pay bump on Feb. 20, in line with Walmart's promise to bring its minimum hourly wage up to $10 this year. Entry-level workers, however, will still receive $9 an hour until completing an in-house training program. The average full-time hourly wage will become $13.38. Walmart also announced a new paid time-off policy, making vacation days available immediately as they're earned and eliminating a previous requirement that employees wait one day before taking sick time. A new short-term disability plan will also take effect this year at no cost to full-time hourly employees. usatoday.com

FBI: Violent Crime, Robberies Rose in First 6 Months of 2015 Over 2014
- Burglary, Property Crime, Arson Dropped
Violent crime rose across the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before, according to preliminary data released by the FBI. The statistics show a 1.7 percent jump in the overall number of violent crimes reported by local law enforcement, with increases in murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The FBI said violent crime rose most dramatically, at 5.3 percent, in cities with populations between 250,000 and 499,999. Burglary and property crimes, however, dropped in the first six months of last year, as did arson offenses, the FBI said.

The statistics provide some numerical support for assertions, voiced in the last few months by local and federal law enforcement officials, of a crime spike in 2015. But the snapshot is widely understood to be incomplete since the data from local law enforcement is reported to the FBI voluntarily, and not all agencies participate.

Police officials have struggled to pinpoint specific reasons for the homicide increase, and the FBI release does not point to possible explanations. Many criminal justice experts have cautioned against making too much of the increase given that the totals are far below where they were some 20 years ago. Some have also noted that after years of drops, the numbers could not be expected to keep going down. abcnews.com fbi.gov

Retail Terror Risk: The Cost of Doing Nothing is Increasing
Last week's terrorist attacks in Jakarta and Burkina Faso followed months of similar incidents across the globe, including the coordinated shootings and bombings in Paris. In the last 10 years alone, the number of terrorist attacks has doubled, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. The number of casualties has also increased. And many attacks occur in public places such as shopping malls, restaurants, retail stores and hotels. What can businesses do to help mitigate the risk and impact of an attack? Jack Zahran, president of security and investigation firm Pinkerton, said the "cost of doing nothing is increasing." Here, Zahran discusses how and why global threats are changing, and what retailers can do to assess the risk of a terrorist attack.

WWD: From a security management perspective - and given recent terrorist attacks and threats - why is it important for global companies to have a security management plan and strategy?
Jack Zahran: International events are having a greater impact on business operations and continuity due to the increased connectivity of today's global economy. Threats are less isolated and the magnitude of potential losses and business disruptions are on the rise. The cost of doing nothing is increasing. Therefore it is good business to put a plan in place to help mitigate against potential threats. Certainly, all threats and risks cannot be avoided. But smart companies concerned about long-term growth and sustained profits will have a plan to lessen their potential impact.

WWD: What are some of the key elements of a security management plan, and how should companies implement it?
J.Z.: We recommend a holistic approach to designing a security management plan that addresses four different risk areas: operations/physical; event and hazard; technology and information, and market and economic risk. To make a security management plan relevant, a company should assess which mission-critical objectives must not be impacted by these risks in order to achieve business results. Implementing a "security/risk management plan" that is linked to business objectives is recommended, and should be the starting point for any implementation.

WWD: Why is it a good idea to revisit and update security strategies and plans?
J.Z.: It is a good idea to revisit and update security strategies and plans because the threat landscape is ever-changing. The top threat today did not exist two years ago and the top threat two years from now does not exist today. For example, the risks mobile devices present to companies' operations today are far more than they were several years ago. With this dynamic environment it is a good idea to update strategies to protective your business from new threats that can impact the organizational value. wwd.com

JCPenney security officer says he had to resign to avoid firing after stopping thief
A JCPenney security officer who apprehended an alleged shoplifter who police say tried to get away in a stranger's car Jan. 12 is now out of a job because store policy prohibits loss-prevention officers from chasing suspects too far outside the store. Scott Hurst, 30, of Caseyville, who also is a Fairview Heights volunteer firefighter and a member of the Army National Guard, said he knew he broke store policy, but once he saw the suspect enter an occupied car on an Interstate 64 on-ramp, his main concern was safety, not policy. Hurst noticed a male suspect carrying a bag in the store's fragrance section at 6:50 p.m. Jan. 12. He approached the suspect because he believed he'd stolen merchandise. That's when the suspect bolted, beginning a chase that went out the store, up an escalator, through St. Clair Square Mall and into a parking lot.

"The majority of stores say 'do not chase.' If you break the rule, there are no do-overs," said J. Patrick Murphy, a Texas-based retail security expert. He said at least one loss-prevention officer is killed every year, so the majority of retailers tell their employees not to chase shoplifters and allow themselves to become isolated. Murphy tracked 75 deaths of store workers, police and shoplifters since 2000, and said the store will likely get sued if a shoplifter dies. bnd.com

Coverage, detail and complications as 4K cameras move forward
Security experts saw 4K camera technology coming their way a decade ago. They saw the market slide from consumers to security around 2013-2014. They know 4K will grow in the surveillance field, but the variables - in supporting technology development and opportunity cost - make the immediate future of 4K unknown and unpredictable. The most obvious adjustment needed for 4K end users is a planning and pro-active approach for the amount of bandwidth gobbled up by these cameras that offer the best of both worlds - a wide range of coverage with high-density image detail. In some cases, insiders say, "too good to be true" may in fact be too good to be practical or cost effective. securitysystemsnews.com

NJ Panel Orders New Trial In Rite Aid Bias Suit Involving LP Manager
The New Jersey Appellate Division has ordered a new trial in a former Rite Aid Corp. employee's discrimination case, ruling Wednesday that a trial judge wrongly barred the use of deposition testimony from the company's loss prevention manager. In a decision that upended a judgment in favor of the drug store chain, a three-judge panel found that Harold Hansen's bias case was clearly prejudiced in the absence of relevant deposition testimony by defendant Craig Mauriello, a "prime actor" in the alleged discriminatory acts. The lawsuit alleges that Mauriello mounted theft investigations as pretext for firing employees, including Hansen, a Rite Aid store manager.

In his deposition, Mauriello acknowledged that company policy didn't require that a store manager take action on every suspected shoplifting and said they should only reach out to their field staff and district team when additional resources were limited.

"Arguably, testimony of the company's loss prevention manager that plaintiff did not violate any policies or procedures, but only failed to use common sense, would powerfully rebut the company's stated reasons for firing plaintiff, particularly when those reasons were asserted for the first time well after the actual termination," the opinion said. law360.com

Charney's Last Chance?
- Ousted CEO faces off with American Apparel in Bankruptcy Court
American Apparel and its ousted CEO, Dov Charney, are duking it out again. In Delaware Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday, the two sides squared off in a battle to convince the judge that their plans are in the best interests of the Los Angeles company and its creditors. American Apparel Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, supports a reorganization plan that would take the company private and hand nearly 100% control to its largest bondholders. Shareholders, including Charney, would be left with nothing. Charney supports an investor group including Hagan Capital Group that submitted two takeover offers in recent months, including a $300-million bid that was rejected last week by American Apparel's board. The Hagan group favors returning Charney to the company. He was fired in 2014 after an investigation uncovered allegations of misuse of company funds and inappropriate behavior with employees. The bankruptcy proceedings this week could represent the last real opportunity that Charney has to regain control of American Apparel. latimes.com

Burlington Stores posts Territory LP Director position based in Garden Grove, CA
We are currently seeking a Territory Loss Prevention Director to be based out of Southern California, providing leadership, support and partnership to over 14 states and 120+ stores. The Territory Loss Prevention Director is responsible for the management of all Loss Prevention programs and talent for multiple locations. The TLPD also provides support for the company's Shortage Control programs, Risk Management, and overall business plan of achieving sales and profit objectives and providing exceptional Customer Service. burlingtonstores.jobs

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Norfolk man pleads guilty to fraud scheme
involving Canon USA

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Virginian US Postal Inspection Services with their investigation into the affairs and arrest of Nadar Elnegery. Elnegery admitted to falsely certifying his eligibility for membership in a program offered by Canon to professional photographers and filmmakers. He used the Canon memberships to obtain loans of high-end, professional cameras and lenses from Canon. Elnegery failed to return these items, resulting in significant losses for Canon. The PayPal Asset Protection team supported the USPIS and the U.S Attorney's office directly, building a case against Elengery which resulted in the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Hacked Uber Accounts Trump Credit Cards On Dark Web
Stolen Uber accounts are now more valuable on the Dark Web than credit card numbers. New data from Trend Micro shows the going rate for stolen Uber account info is about $3.78 per account, on average. The Dark Web, which has been a haven for picking up stolen data - financial account info, Netflix accounts, PayPal logins, etc. - has apparently turned into a place for Uber hackers to make some money on selling accounts from the ride-hailing giant. In the report, personally identifiable information (PII) was selling between $1-$3.30, down from $4. And stolen credit card information? That's just not quite as valuable as it used to be.

According to the Trend Micro report, which was compiled for CNBC, stolen Uber account credentials house a trove of data treasures that criminals seek. It can help them secure information needed for identity theft, but it can also help them set up fake driver accounts that enable the cybercriminal to charge for rides that don't exist. That's been part of the ghost ride hacking phenomenon that started catching headlines last spring.

Credit card value on the Dark Web, however, has slumped, since banks have increased their fraud protection, implementing detection systems that make it much harder to actually do much with a stolen credit card these days. Once that card is alerted as stolen or any activity that is remotely odd occurs, the credit card companies or banks act quickly, rendering those cards fairly useless. pymnts.com

The complex criminal ecosystem behind a DDoS attack
They're frequently in the news affecting major organisations: Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are one of the most powerful tools in a cyber criminal's arsena. But no two DDoS attacks are alike. New research has revealed an entire ecosystem of criminals, arms dealers and victims, showing how DDoS attacks come in many forms depending on the cyber criminal's end goal, who the victims are, the arms dealers behind the attacks, the perpetrators and the average cost to mitigate the attack.

A typical brute force DDoS attack comes from a botnet - an enormous network of malware-infected devices, often numbering in the millions, that cyber criminals use to lock up your website. Infected computers and mobile phones become unwitting components of a botnet as people browse the internet unaware of enabling any malicious activity. This cycle then creates a self-sustaining chain of criminal activity. At the centre are the victims from whom the cyber criminals harvest data or leverage computing resources to conduct a DDoS attack.

The attacks can vary wildly depending on the end goal- from a brute force barrage, to an application layer infection, to slowing your computer or making it difficult to complete an online purchase. information-age.com

Free Webinar: "How the Retail Industry is Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity"
An estimated two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product comes from the retail industry. This activity has also driven the mass accumulation of payment card data that now serves as a de facto currency. The unfortunate consequence is that criminals can be more efficient hacking into computer systems to steal payment cards and other data than they would robbing a bank for cash. But retail is leading the way with innovative cybersecurity solutions. Join our panel of industry experts as we explore some of the cybersecurity technologies and issues that are shaping the future.

Our panel includes Chris Bullock, CISO @ Aarons Inc. Aarons is a specialty retailer with over 2,100 company-operated and franchised stores in the United States and Canada. The Company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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37 Retailers choose Agilence in 2015

20/20 solution hits its stride in 2015 with advanced functionality and ease-of-use unmatched by rivals

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, January 19, 2016 - Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data analytics solutions for retailers, today announced a record year in 2015 driven by the extraordinary adoption of the 20/20 Solution.

In its second full year of release, Agilence's SaaS-based 20/20 solution was selected by 37 customers including: At Home, Five Below, Kirkland's, Uniqlo and 17 clients affiliated with The Zellman Group. With the addition of these new customers, 20/20 is now deployed in over 20,000 locations across the United States.

2015 also marked the expansion of 20/20's reach into new verticals and markets. Agilence added their first European and Latin American customers to the 20/20 platform during the year. In addition, 20/20 also entered into a new industry vertical in 2015.

"2015 saw tremendous adoption of 20/20 across multiple segments," said Russ Hawkins, CEO, Agilence, Inc. "We have seen our customers experience double digit ROI in just a few months. We are expecting 2016 to further accelerate adoption and we are expanding our company and products to continue to exceed our customers' expectations."

"20/20 is a cutting-edge solution that combines advanced functionality while maintaining the ease-of-use that has driven its success in the marketplace," said Derek Rodner, VP Product Strategy. "In 2016, we will release exciting new capabilities that will extend our market-leading position and deliver unprecedented ROI for our customers."

About Agilence
Agilence (www.agilenceinc.com) is the industry leader in data analytics and reporting solutions for retail organizations. Agilence develops 20/20 Retail, a highly flexible and powerful cloud-based reporting solution. 20/20 provides organizations with a complete view of their business, empowering them to make informed decisions faster, to increase efficiency and improve profit margins across the enterprise. Agilence, Inc. is headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ. To learn more about Agilence, please email sales@agilenceinc.com or call 856-366-1200.



LPRC Monthly Research in Action Report

The Loss Prevention Research Council is aware of how critical research is to help guide you and your team to sell more and lose less. Each month the D&D Daily publishes brief summaries of loss prevention research from the LPRC and other researchers across the globe. This research covers a wide range of topics and includes basic types of research, such as benchmarking, as well as more applied research. Both types are beneficial: basic research helps us understand complex loss prevention issues and the environmental context in which you work, while applied research builds on this to provide us with more concrete deliverables.

In the spirit of the recent holiday season, this month's Research In Action report focuses on temporary seasonal employees and the unique LP challenges they pose.

Temporary Seasonal Hiring and Retail Theft
While not an academic study, this article offers perspective on the issue of retail theft from a professional with over 20 years of experience in employee pre-screening. Many of the issues encountered by deviant temporary workers parallel the issues faced with full-time deviant workers. This article examines whether the same remedies should be used for both situations. Read the report summary here. Read the full report here.

Watching the detectives: Seasonal student employee reactions to electronic monitoring with and without advance notification
Electronic monitoring-supervisors or their agents using devices such as video cameras or computers to observe and/or record worker behavior-is increasing. An American Management Association (AMA) survey of 2,100 major U.S. firms reports that 73% engage in electronic monitoring, up from 63% in 1997. There are many reasons for this trend: to reduce employee theft, to reduce insurance costs, to increase control over work behavior, and to increase productivity. Of the above-listed reasons for monitoring, theft is the most serious concern for many businesses. Employee theft accounts for approximately 41% of inventory shrinkage among U.S. businesses and customer shoplifting accounts for another 35%. Click here to access the report. (LPRC membership required)

Post 9/11 Employee Theft Within US Airports
This article, although not heavily mandated with quantitative research, nonetheless, analyzes the rare occurring phenomenon of Employee-theft within the aviation system at U.S. airports (post 9/11). Several of these crimes spiked after 9/11 due to lack of higher security-measures within smaller airports systems (as opposed to larger airport systems). A very interesting read. Click here to access the report. (LPRC membership required)



Leadership Lessons for Successful Teams

Tom Arigi, Sr. Dir. AP, Wal-Mart US

True success in loss prevention is about more than just catching thieves or bolstering security. It's about the leadership behind the loss prevention strategies: the leadership that guides teams, develops processes, and empowers workers. So what exactly makes a great LP leader? 30-year industry vet Tom Arigi, Senior Director of Asset Protection, Wal-Mart US, offers his thoughts on the topic. Learn how the three critical elements of accountability, credibility and trust can positively impact effectiveness in your team's leadership, empower associates and a whole lot more in this LPNN interview. 

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Bot fraud will cost advertisers $7bn in 2016
Advertisers will lose $7.2bn to fraudulent ads this year, with campaigns delivered using programmatic media buying technologies identified as a key area of concern, according to a study released today (January 19).

While bot volumes have remained steady, digital spend has increased, leading to the increase in estimated global losses to ad fraud, according to a study published by US-based trade body Association of National Advertisers (ANA). In all, advertisers are set to lose $7.2bn to fraudsters this year, with Bob Liodice, ANA president and CEO, describing the criminal activities of online ad fraudsters as a travesty.

The findings, based on a survey of 49 ANA members plus an analysis of 10 billion online ad impressions across 1,300 campaigns, also reveal that less than a third of participants experienced a decrease in their bot rates between 2014 and 2015.

The traffic analysis of the survey found that in 2015 advertisers had a range of bot percentages varying from three to 37 per cent, compared to two to 22 per cent 12 months earlier. thedrum.com

Amazon offering refunds on all hoverboards
Amazon is now offering full refunds on any hoverboards sold on the site, including in the U.S. and Canada. The refunds are a response to the rash of fires and falls that have plagued the popular two-wheeled balance boards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission praised Amazon's decision on Wednesday and said it expects other retailers and manufacturers to do the same. The CPSC has been investigating hoverboard safety issues since December. Because of "the increasing number of serious injuries and emergency room visits associated with these products," the commission announced that it is expanding its investigation into hoverboard falls and injuries, which may be caused by design flaws in the boards. cnn.com

Why touch commerce will reign supreme in 2016: report
As consumers become more comfortable with making purchases on smartphones, the number of users tapping a third-party touch-based payment platform for mobile checkout is expected to increase by 150 percent this year, according to research from Deloitte Canada.

Deloitte's 2016 Canadian technology, media and telecommunications predictions forecast a continuation of mobile payments going mainstream, especially as marketers begin to adopt more payment platforms, such as Apple Pay, as well as authorization tools, including Touch ID. The number of consumers using a touch-based payment service to make a purchase on mobile this year is expected to rise to more than one million users in Canada, even though mobile checkout optimization has not yet reached its zenith. mobilecommercedaily.com

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Kroger ORC teamed with Los Angeles area Law Enforcement
to bring down a Giant

In February 2015, based on information from multiple confidential informants, Kroger ORC team in their Ralph's Division (Los Angeles) began investigating an interstate fencing operation involving two suspects in Los Angeles that were buying large amounts of stolen product from multiple boosters in the Los Angeles area. The fences were transporting the stolen product from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada, for re-sale. Kroger ORC team was partnered with the Torrance Police Department, California. The Torrance area had multiple retailers that had been victimized by various boosters who were selling the product to these fences. Subsequent to conducting numerous reverse buys with the fences, on May 21, 2015, Torrance detectives, in conjunction with the Kroger ORC team, executed search warrants at four separate locations in the Los Angeles area which lead to the seizure of approximately $300,000 in stolen product from 13 different retailers. Approximately $200,000 in property belonged to Kroger's Ralph's Division. Now that the ORC investigation has been adjudicated, approximately $100,000 in recovered stolen property that has been identified belonging to other retailers will be able to be returned to those retailers. The attached photo depicts the recovery property, the Torrance detectives and Kroger ORC team. This was an excellent example of the retail/law enforcement partnership and what can be accomplished working together to combat ORC. Thank you Denny Dansak, Sr. Corporate Manager, ORC, The Kroger Company for this ORC submission!

Chandler, AZ: Chandler Police bust a $100,000 Organized Retail Theft Ring
Chandler Police busted a Retail Theft ring in Phoenix and say shoplifters made off with a huge supply of groceries, health and beauty items -- stealing from stores in Chandler and selling them on the west side of Phoenix. Six people were arrested in this case. Four were big time alleged shoplifters a few months ago, and two were accused of selling the stolen goods out of the home on Wednesday. Police raided the home near 43rd Avenue and Osborn. The suspects allegedly turned their house into a store, filled with stolen goods stacked on shelves just like in the supermarket. Authorities brought out box after box. All day, observers noticed Axe body spray, Irish Spring soap and Old Spice Swagger, baby formula, cream for fighting wrinkles, deodorant spray and lots more. A neighbor down the block though something might be up. Police say a shoplifting ring ripped off Fry's in Chandler -- $80,000 worth of groceries, health and beauty items -- and ripped off Walgreens and Walmart stores too. Then the shoplifters drove it over to west Phoenix to sell. Police had to bring in a truck to haul it all away to save as evidence, but the next door neighbor isn't buying it. fox10phoenix.com

Logan, UT: Judge orders no bail
for suspected baby formula thieves
Three people suspected of stealing baby formula from local grocery stores will remain in jail without bail, after a judge ruled the man and two women have no ties to the community. The ruling in 1st District Court happened while Selford Velcu, Iolandaa Velcu and Elisabeta Zatreanu appeared Wednesday afternoon for a bail hearing with their attorney, Kevin Vander Werff. He told the court his clients deserved to have a bail amount set, noting that they had no prior criminal convictions and that Zatreanu was struggling in jail, being away from her husband and family in California. State attorney Jacob Gordon opposed the request arguing the three suspects have no ties to the community and are in the country illegally. As part of his argument, Gordon had the lead investigator, Logan City Police Lt. Rod Peterson, take the witness stand to testify. Peterson told the court that investigators believe the three suspects are tied to seven baby formula theft cases in Cache County and are suspected of similar thefts along the Wasatch Front and around Idaho Falls, Idaho. The three suspects were arrested by police during a traffic stop December 28, when officers noticed a white van that matched a vehicle seen driving after surveillance cameras caught them stealing formula from Lee's Marketplace earlier in the month. cachevalleydaily.com

Orchard Park, NY: Three men charged with thefts from Target and Kohl's;
over $2,500 in merchandise recovered
Orchard Park police arrested three men from Dunkirk on Jan. 12, after receiving a report of men actively stealing clothes from the Kohl's in Quaker Crossing plaza, police said. Upon patrol arrival, Christopher Izzo, 32, was apprehended while running from Kohl's to a van located near the adjacent Dick's Sporting Goods, police said. According to the police report, Izzo was caught wearing some of the stolen merchandise, and there also was more than $1,200 worth of stolen electronics from Target in the van, which was occupied by Brian Lidlow, 34, and Mark Waclawski, 27. Police investigation led to the arrests of all three individuals for the possession and/or theft of over $1,300 in various clothing items from Kohl's. orchardparkbee.com

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Cumberland, IN: 3 charged in killing of store clerk
A man and two juveniles face murder charges for the recent killing of a store clerk. Kiree Hayes, Damion Cobb and Tyler Miller are charged for the murder of Khushwilder Singh. Cobb and Miller are 17-year-olds that will be charged as adults. Store surveillance video showed two men wearing masks enter the Cumberland Express Mart at 11140 E. Washington St. just after 7 p.m. on Jan. 15. According to court documents, one of the men shot Singh. An autopsy confirmed Singh died after being shot in the heart. One of the men told a woman behind the counter to open the register but she didn't know how. The men then left the store running and were seen by witnesses getting into a white car. indystar.com

Valdosta, GA: GBI identifies armed robbery suspect shot by deputy
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the identity of the armed robbery suspect who was shot by a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office deputy Tuesday. Jim Bravis Redmond, 28, was shot and killed by an LCSO deputy at the Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 75 Exit 11. Redmond was wanted on U.S. Military Charges for desertion out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to GBI reports. Redmond was traveling with Crystal Griffin Redd, 32, who was wanted on embezzlement charges out of Virginia. The mother of two had been missing for more than two months. She was last seen on surveillance video taking thousands of dollars from the safe of a Virginia Food Lion store where she worked. valdostatoday.com

Canandaigua, NY: Lego Thieves sentenced to 5 years;
led Police on High Speed Chase
Several days after his friend admitted ramming a state police vehicle during a high-speed chase on the Thruway, a Rochester man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that incident. Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts said William Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Ontario County Court to felony charges of assault and grand larceny. Judge Frederick Reed will sentence Johnson to five years in prison followed by five years of parole. Sentencing is set for Feb. 4. Johnson pleaded guilty five days after another Rochester man, 24-year-old Darrel Hughes, pleaded guilty to numerous charges. Hughes also will be sentenced to five years in prison and five years of parole. His sentencing is Feb. 3. An attempted theft from the Hopewell Walmart last May touched off the police chase. Hughes, Johnson and a Rochester woman, 27-year-old Ella Cotton, allegedly tried to steal more than $1,000 worth of Lego building block sets before store security intervened. The suspects left the merchandise before hopping into a car and fleeing the scene. fltimes.com

Jersey City, NJ: More than 880 incidents of Cargo Theft occurred in 2015
According to the CargoNet Command Center, it received more than 1,500 incidents of cargo theft, commercial vehicle theft, and identity theft of trucking companies in Canada and the US in 2015. Of those, 881 incidents involved theft of cargo. "CargoNet received a loss value on 53% of reported cargo thefts," the company said in a release. "$98 million in cargo was stolen in those 470 thefts. The average cargo theft loss value per incident was $187,490. If combined with the known loss value, we can estimate the value of stolen cargo in all 881 incidents to be $175,303,399. CargoNet recorded 10 cargo thefts worth more than $1 million this year." The most cargo theft occurred in the state of California than any other state or province. In California, CargoNet recorded 158 thefts with a total loss value of $18.7 million. Texas came in second with 130 recorded theft incidents - a value of $12.2 million. Texas was followed by Florida (98 thefts), Georgia (97 thefts) and New Jersey (80 thefts). trucknews.com

Windsor, ON, CN: Police investigate armed robbery
at Tecumseh Road jewelry store
Windsor police are investigating after an armed robbery at a jewelry store on Tecumseh Road East. Police say a man with a gun entered Unis Jewellers Ltd. around 5 p.m. Wednesday night. No injuries were reported. ctvnews.ca

Rockford, IL: Two more armed robberies reported in Rockford on top of 14 since Sunday

Portage, IN: Chesterton man, with weapons and infant, arrested on theft charge at Walmart

Meridan, CT: Boscov's Loss Prevention agent assaulted, suspect charged with Robbery

Kay Jewelers in the Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, PA was the victim of a $2,849 Grab & Run yesterday evening

AM/PM - San Bruno, CA - Armed Robbery
Big Man - Decatur, GA - Armed Robbery / clerk shot
Carrick Hardware - Carrick, PA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Shreveport, LA - Shooting
Dollar General - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery/ Arrested
Dollar General - Leo, IN - Armed Robbery
Lay's Food Mart - Athens, GA - Armed Robbery
Plaid Pantry - Salem, OR - Shooting
Super Sale 97 - Oxnard, CA - Burglary
Valero - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Video Express - Richland Co, SC - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Edina, MN - Robbery
7-Eleven - Stafford Co, VA - Armed Robbery



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