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Bank of China Says It Provided Docs On Gucci Counterfeiters
A New York federal judge relieved Bank of China of $50,000 in daily fines
Wednesday evening after the bank said it had complied with two 5-year-old
subpoenas for information on account holders accused in a $330 million suit of
creating and selling counterfeit luxury goods.
Gucci America Inc., Yves Saint Laurent America Inc. and other high-end designers
who say their trademarks were infringed sent a letter to U.S. District Judge
Richard J. Sullivan confirming that they had received more than 7,200 pages of
records from the bank, but said they had to translate them from Chinese and
declined to state whether the documents complied with subpoenas from 2010 and
Judge Sullivan ordered a temporary halt to the daily fines he ordered the bank
to pay starting earlier this month for refusing to turn over the records, and he
gave the luxury companies until Jan. 29 to tell the court whether the documents
they received fit the bill. Although the bank said some documents were
privileged, it said there was no need for further fines.
Judge Won't Rethink OKing Suicide Claims Against Amazon
A Pennsylvania judge has rejected a request by Amazon asking that he rethink a
decision to greenlight claims alleging that the online retailer allowed a
university student to obtain illegal chemicals through its website that she used
to take her own life.
Judge John Younge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia said he would not
reconsider his order last month rejecting arguments raised in Amazon.com Inc.'s
preliminary objections that Pennsylvania state law did not allow defendants to
be held liable for negligence in instances of suicide.
Amazon was sued in July alongside the University of Pennsylvania over nursing
student Arya Singh's February 2013 suicide. According to the complaint, Singh
killed herself in her dorm room at the university in February 2013 using soluble
cyanide salts she purchased through Amazon from a Thai company.
The suit targets Amazon for permitting the sale and the university for what the
complaint called "unsympathetic, hostile and at times vindictive" behavior at
the hands of university employees as Singh struggled to deal with an on-campus
sexual assault she had suffered two years earlier.
Sports Authority tries to keep a bankruptcy filing at bay
Sports Authority Inc., which once dreamed of becoming the biggest U.S.
sporting-goods retailer, is now working to stave off bankruptcy after failing to
capitalize on a fitness boom that's benefiting e-commerce and upstart
The company is struggling to persuade creditors to reduce its outstanding debt
as it tries to avoid filing for Chapter 11 reorganization, according to people
with knowledge of the matter. Sports Authority skipped an interest payment last
week on $343 million of subordinated debt maturing in 2018 and has been talking
to the bondholders about taking a loss on the notes in exchange for other
securities, said one of the sources.
The company, which has at least $643 million in debt, may seek bankruptcy
protection if it fails to agree on a deal with the bondholders, said the
sources, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Sports
Authority entered a 30-day grace period last Friday, according to Moody's
Investors Service. After that, a default is triggered if the interest payment
still isn't covered.
Walmart found to have fired striking workers unlawfully
An administrative law judge ordered Walmart (WMT) to give 16 workers their jobs
back and pay them for the time they went without work. Walmart must also hold a
company meeting at 29 stores to inform workers of their right to strike. Walmart
refused to allow its associates to strike, and it fired and disciplined workers
at 29 stores for unexcused absences. Workers claimed their right to strike was
protected by the National Labor Relations Act. On Thursday, Administrative Law
Judge Geoffrey Carter sided with workers, saying that Walmart unfairly
retaliated against its associates. Walmart said it plans to appeal the decision.
Macy's to open discount spinoff within stores amid slump
Legendary department store Macy's is cutting nearly 5,000 jobs and closing 40
stores across 21 states after reporting disappointing holiday sales. Sales in
November and December dropped nearly 5 percent compared to 2014. "This is a
search for relevancy and to drive foot traffic into the store," CBS News
financial contributor Mellody Hobson said on "CBS This Morning" Thursday. Under
pressure to sell real estate, Macy's is opening branches of its discount stores,
"Macy's Backstage," inside their traditional store locations in the hopes of
drawing in customers. Macy's experts say 80 percent of Backstage's offerings
will be the same as the main store's.
Chipotle's business is so bad that people are losing their jobs in other
The impact of Chipotle's E. coli outbreaks has extended beyond the restaurant
chain's plunging sales. Chipotle's same-store sales fell by 30% in December in
the wake of the outbreaks tied to its restaurants in nine states. Now a paper
mill that supplies burrito bowl take-out containers to Chipotle has cut jobs.
Maine paper manufacturer Huhtamaki laid off 25 to 30 employees after Christmas,
the Bangor Daily News reports. But Chipotle says customer traffic and profit
margins won't fully recover from recent food safety scares until 2017.
Walmart Opening 15 Supercenter Stores Across Canada This Month
On the heels of announcing it would close more than 150 stores in the United
States, Walmart says it will open 15 supercenters this month in Canada. These
grand openings bring Walmart Canada's total store count to 400 stores, including
312 supercenters and 88 discount stores. The company says its 15 supercenter
projects represent an investment of more than $100 million and have generated
approximately 700 new store jobs and 1,450 construction and trade jobs in that
RadioShack CEO leaves retailer
Ron Garriques, a former executive with Dell and Motorola, has stepped down as
chief executive at RadioShack after less than one year on the job. Gordon
Briscoe, RadioShack's CFO, will serve as interim CEO until a replacement can be
Liberal return policies drive sales
A study by researchers at the University of Texas-Dallas found that liberal
return policies result in a greater percentage of returns. The researchers also
found that the cost of returns is outweighed by the sales generated by the same
customers seeking refunds or store credits.
Reducing Error Opportunities - Home furnishings retailer RC Willey puts 'eyes on
the product' to reduce shrink
Loss prevention isn't always about reducing shrink by preventing or solving
external and internal thefts. Sometimes the primary objective can be achieved by
preventing or solving logistical problems such as errors in the inventory
management process that may cause products to be damaged, lost or inaccurately
counted. Five years ago, that second challenge loomed large for Salt Lake
City-based RC Willey, a chain with stores in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and California
specializing in home furnishings and appliances.
Rod Mosher, director of loss prevention and safety, was convinced that deploying
high-resolution digital surveillance cameras to replace older analog cameras
would reduce shrink considerably.
Willey moves what Mosher calls "a tremendous amount of product." One Salt Lake
City warehouse holds about 400,000 products at any given time. About 70 trucks
deliver from that building, which receives about 40 to 60 loads a day. "There
can be 5,000 to 10,000 pieces in transit at any given time," he says With such a
heavy volume, "we realized that if we could put eyes on that and if we had an
ability to go back and research that activity in a very quick manner, we could
verify, especially for our largest, most expensive pieces, where we might be
losing items and why."
After spending two years consulting with other retailers and testing different
systems, "we knew that the Axis cameras were far superior in all the ways
that mattered - image quality, color fidelity, feature sets, wide dynamic
capture, light finder technology, clarity and reliability," Mosher says. Now,
with "eyes on our products, we know almost immediately what is happening."
Could Your Next Store Visit Be Guided by a Robot? IBM Hopes So
IBM has partnered with Softbank to make retail robots a reality, and it showed
off the experiment at the National Retail Federation's big annual conference.
The idea is that Softbank's human-like robots Pepper, which is the first robot
that can read emotion, and Nao, which was the company's first humanoid robot,
will be powered by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology to turn the
robot into a store associate. According to IBM, the goal is not to replace human
beings in stores but rather to add support. But it's not hard to imagine
retailers may be able to save some money by reducing their workforce and
installing some robots.
Uber will pay extra to scoop up thousands of
laid-off Walmart workers
Starbucks Q1 profit tops; on track for 1,800 new stores in 2016
Ahold USA 2015 sales up 1.4%
Bloomingdale's to open second international store in Kuwait
Kroger named the world's third-largest retailer
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Modell's defends the perimeter with proactive network security
Modell's Sporting Goods is playing to win when it comes to network security.
Operating more than 150 stores throughout the East Coast, New York-based
Modell's is protecting customer data and personal information residing within
its infrastructure. Modell's is using a software-based network security solution
from Cyphort to actively monitor and detect suspicious activity.
"Given the speed at which new threats are introduced, we wished to add a
security layer that dealt with more than just scanning for the known and
reported malware, but also looked for patterns of suspicious behavior and
proactively alerted us of potential malicious intent," said Vincent Damiano,
VP, information security and compliance, Modell's Sporting Goods. "We needed the
solution to be smart so that it wouldn't overwhelm the IT department with false
positives so they can focus on the threats that really matter."
Retailers can longer rely upon basic security solutions that attempt to block
malware, or identify it once it has penetrated the network. The sophistication
of modern cyberattacks necessitates the use of advanced technology that can
analyze traffic and activity inside and outside the network for threat
likelihood early enough to prevent disaster.
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reestablished. Therefore, it behooves Security pros to have a basic
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stakeholders, the standards and regulations to which the business is held, and
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Report: Cybersecurity pros losing confidence
Security professionals were less confident in their security infrastructure in
2015 than in 2014, according to a report released this week by Cisco. In 2014,
64 percent of security pros said that their infrastructure was up to date, while
only 59 percent felt the same way about 2015. In addition, in 2015, 54 percent
said they strongly believe that they do a good job of building security into
procedures for acquiring, developing, and maintaining systems, compared with 58
percent in 2014.
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What really happened to Target Canada?
The untold tale of Target Canada's difficult birth, tough life and brutal death
In February 2013, about a dozen senior-level employees gathered at the company's
Mississauga, Ont., headquarters to offer updates on the state of their
departments. The 750 employees at the Mississauga head office had worked
furiously for a year to get up and running, and nerves were beginning to fray.
Three test stores were slated to open at the beginning of March, followed
shortly by another 21. A decision had to be made.
Their concern was that with severe supply chain problems and stores facing the
prospect of patchy or empty shelves, Target would blow its first date with
Canadian consumers. Still, neither one outright advocated that the company push
back its plans. Nobody disagreed with the negative assessment-everyone was well
aware of Target's operational problems-but there was still a strong sense of
optimism among the leaders, many of whom were U.S. expats.
The former employee says the meeting ultimately concerned much more than when to
open the first few stores; it was about the entirety of Target's Canadian
launch. Postponement would mean pushing back even more store openings. Everyone
else in attendance expressed confidence in sticking to the schedule, and by the
time the meeting concluded, it was clear the doors would open as promised. "That
was the biggest mistake we could have made," says the former employee.
Roughly two years from that date, Target Canada filed for creditor protection,
marking the end of its first international foray and one of the most confounding
sagas in Canadian corporate history. The debacle cost the parent company
billions of dollars, sullied its reputation and put roughly 17,600 people out of
Why Target Canada collapsed has been endlessly dissected by analysts, pundits
and journalists. But the people who know what happened best are the employees
who lived through the experience. On the first anniversary of the company's
bankruptcy filing, Canadian Business spoke to close to 30 former employees in
Canada and the U.S. to find out how Target, one of the best retailers in North
America, got it so wrong in Canada. Even those employees remain baffled by how
Target Canada collapsed. But what emerged is a story of a company trapped by an
overly ambitious launch schedule, an inexperienced leadership team expected to
deal with the biggest crisis in the firm's history, and a sophisticated retail
giant felled by the most mundane, basic and embarrassing of errors. Read the
rest of the story here.
Toronto-area Goodwill retail shutdown blamed on 'fiscal crisis'
A fiscal crisis brought on by high rent and declining sales has forced the
surprise closure of 16 Toronto-area Goodwill stores, according to the charity's
CEO Keiko Nakamura. The 80-year old organization, which collects and resells
donated clothes and goods, abruptly shut down 16 stores, 10 donation centres and
two offices in the GTA, Barrie, Orillia and Brockville on Sunday. Nakamura, the
top executive for Goodwill in Toronto and much of Ontario, said Monday that the
charity generates 85 per cent of its revenue from retail operations - but poor
market conditions mean the stores will remain closed until further notice. The
shut down has left the organization's 430 retail workers, drivers, and cashiers
"shocked and deeply concerned," according to their union.
Big U.S. department stores moving into Canada, but is the demand there?
On Feb. 18, big-name retailer Saks Fifth Avenue will make its Canadian debut in
Toronto. Two more Nordstroms are supposed to set up shop in the city this fall
(Sept. 16 at Toronto's Eaton Centre and Oct. 21 at Yorkdale Centre). Canada's
popular Quebec-based fashion chain, Simons, is also expanding in the east after
seeing success in Edmonton. "The simple truth is that the retail economy in the
U.S. remains relatively stagnant," said Doug Stephens, who runs the Retail
Prophet. So what's behind the sudden Canadian conquest? Well, there are a couple
theories. "The simple truth is that the retail economy in the U.S. remains
relatively stagnant," said Doug Stephens, who runs the Retail Prophet. "The auto
sector is one of the few exceptions. But for apparel and other consumer
products, growth has been anemic at best. This has got many retailers looking to
Canada as an expansion target."
Canadians Break Holiday Online Shopping Records in 2015 - Up 20%
In November, online sales accounted for 9.7%, the highest in Canadian eCommerce
history. This record was broken in December when online sales climbed to 9.9% of
total retail sales, up from 8.6% in 2014. The online shopping category showed a
20% increase during that same period compared to 2014, representing the highest
year-over-year growth in SpendingPulse's ten-year history measuring Canadian
Marc Poulin gets candid about Safeway integration -
Sobeys CEO talks about the retailer's past challenges and future priorities
The slowing economy in Western Canada has made it more difficult to integrate
Sobeys' acquisition of Canada Safeway into its operations, says Marc Poulin,
president and CEO of Sobeys. Poulin says "it can't be hidden" that it has been
harder for the company to integrate its $5.8 billion acquisition of Safeway in
2013 into the company than it would have been if the economy in Western Canada
was functioning the way it was two years ago. Nor has the integration of Safeway
operations into Sobeys been glitch-free, admits Poulin. He told his business
audience that the merging of Safeway's IT system into Sobeys' has been the
number one priority during the integration. However, in the long-term, Safeway
will serve as a major plank in Sobeys' strategy to transform Canadians'
relationship with food as part of its "Better food for all" program, Poulin
Loonie's Value Keeps Canadian Shoppers Home
While more Americans are going to Canada to spend their dollars, the Brockville
Downtown Business Improvement Association sees something else - more Canadians
staying home. The difference in dollar values is so sharp right now that it more
than makes up for higher Canadian retail prices. There's another side of the
same coin, however, and one that's not quite so good for Canadian businesses.
They are shelling out more for inventories and supplies that come from the U.S.
As for the cause of the falling Canadian dollar: that's tied to falling global
oil prices, which show no sign of reversing anytime soon.
Canadian Retail Sales Post Surprise 1.7% Gain in
using video to track down jewelry store robbers
On Thursday, investigators released a video and still images of robbery in which
three men used a hammer to smash glass display cases and grab jewelry and
watches from the Charm Diamond Centre in Carlingwood Mall on the evening of Dec.
23. They also posted pictures of that robbery and a Jan. 4 nighttime robbery in
which four men using the same modus operandi as the earlier theft - robbed a
jewelry store in Billings Bridge Plaza before fleeing the mall to a waiting
vehicle. Police believe that at least some of the men were involved in both
Belledune: Foodland hit by Armed Robbery attempt
The Foodland grocery store in Belledune was the scene of an attempted armed
robbery Wednesday by a man with a knife. The robber was wearing a red, blue and
white plaid jacket, blue jeans and a fur cap with beige and dark markings. His
face was covered. The man approached a cashier around 6 p.m. and demanded cash.
He spoke English and did not have an accent. Employees went to the rear of the
store and the man fled on foot, heading south on Main Street. No one was
Brantford, ON: Drugs stolen from Shoppers Drug Mart at knifepoint
Police in Brantford are searching for a man in a black winter coat who allegedly
perpetrated an armed robbery. The robbery was reported around 9:30 p.m., at the
Shoppers Drug Mart on King George Road. According to police, the man pulled out
a knife and demanded drugs, then was taken to the back of the store where he
"helped himself to a large quantity of narcotics."
Prince George: RCMP arrest TV Shoplifter who pulled a knife on Loss Prevention
at a Westgate store
A 27-year-old Prince George man is in custody after allegedly pulling an edged
weapon on staff who were attempting to stop him from fleeing a big box store in
the Westgate shopping centre with a television on Monday afternoon. Prince
George RCMP, who were called to the scene at about 3 p.m., deployed a dog
service team and a helicopter, as well as several general duty members, and
about 40 minutes later a suspect was arrested in the parking lot of the Ecole
College Heights elementary school.
Surrey, BC: Police investigate smash-and-grab at
Virgin Mobile store
Grande Prairie RCMP investigate string of weekend robberies
Thieves make off with prized art works from Iqaluit museum
West Kelowna: RCMP Looking to Identify Man Involved in Assault at Real Canadian
Scotch Creek: Stolen pickup rams into People Drug
Managing the Change Process from Loss Prevention to Asset Protection
Transforming to 'Omni AP'
Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP,
Macy's is not only the largest department store chain in the U.S., but it is now
also the 7th largest online retailer. To keep pace with the rapidly changing
business model, Macy's Asset Protection team has
reinvented itself to address
the many challenges that cybersecurity and omni-channel retailing presents.
Kevin Colman, Group Vice President of
Asset Protection for Macy's, tells us about the department's transformation to 'Omni
AP', where protecting the brand and increasing profits is just as important as
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Mobile-payment services draw more shoppers and merchants
The pay-by-phone crowd is growing at the checkout counter. More consumers are
using their smartphones to pay for goods and services, and more companies are
offering "mobile-payments" or "mobile-wallet" services. Research firm, EMarketer
Inc., has estimated that 9.6% of all U.S. mobile-phone users, or 23.2 million
consumers, made mobile-payments transactions last year. This year, that figure
should rise to 37.5 million consumers, or 15.3% of mobile-phone users, and keep
climbing to 69.8 million (27.3%) in 2019, the firm projected. In other words,
four years from now less than one-third of smartphone users would be using the
devices to pay at the checkout counter, if the forecasts prove correct.
10 People Arrested in Connection With Bitcoin Money Laundering Scheme
Ten men suspected of using the digital currency Bitcoin to launder up to 20
million euros ($22 million) of criminal money made from online drug deals have
been arrested in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Prosecutors believe the men laundered 15-20 million euros ($16-22 million) for
drug dealers who sold their wares at online marketplaces on the "Dark Web" --
web sites that are invisible to search engines and only reachable using
A statement by prosecutors said investigators seized luxury cars, cash, bank
accounts and other goods abroad including an unknown amount of Bitcoin in
cooperation with officials in the United States, Australia, Lithuania and
Home Depot hammers away at online growth
Stores and more dedicated web fulfillment centers are the key to continued
e-commerce expansion, president of online Kevin Hofmann tells Internet Retailer.
The Home Depot has grown web sales at a compound annual growth rate of nearly
40% over the five years through 2014, and by 26% over the prior year for the
first nine months of 2015.
Amazon to create 2,500 jobs in the UK this year
New York company debuts pure mobile-only grocery checkout
Face mapping the future: how technology will aid
beauty sector digital transformation
Piscataway Man Used eBay to Sell Over $200,000 Worth
of Stolen Barnes & Noble
Dominick James Izzo, 49, of Piscataway and Port Orange, Florida was charged with
one count of transportation of stolen goods for using eBay to sell more than
$200,000 worth of Barnes and Noble merchandise he shoplifted with a "booster
bag" announced U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. Izzo appeared this afternoon
before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was
released on a $250,000 unsecured bond. According to the criminal complaint, Izzo
allegedly stole merchandise from Barnes & Noble stores in New Jersey, Florida
and elsewhere using a "booster bag" to evade anti-theft alarms. He then listed
the stolen merchandise on eBay using nominee seller accounts such as "Threefolks",
"Gothrifty123", and "Coyne412", "Stand-upcomics386", and "Overstockgallery" to
conceal his identity.
Myrtle Beach, SC: Men steal $3K in sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
Police are looking for two men in connection with a shoplifting at the Sunglass
Hut in Myrtle Beach where thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses were stolen.
two men who entered the Sunglass Hut store, located at Factory Stores Blvd, and
reportedly stole at least 12 pairs of sunglasses totaling nearly $3,000.
left 2-year-old in car while she shoplifted from Meijer; Recovered $800 in
merchandise, drugs and Loaded Gun
A Richmond mom was arrested after allegedly leaving her two-year-old in the car
while she shoplifted at a Meijer. Ashley Doolin, 27, has been preliminarily
charged with child endangerment, theft, possession of a schedule I, II, III or
IV controlled substance, possession of stolen property and criminal conversion.
Police said at the time the two-year-old was removed from the car, the air
temperature was between 10 and 15 degrees. Police say the child had been alone
inside the car for 30 minutes and was not wearing a coat. In Doolin's car,
police found about $800 worth of stolen merchandise from Meijer, a loaded stolen
handgun and prescription pill bottles that did not match her name.
Valparaiso, IN: Alert employee heads off Best Buy theft
An alert employee at the Merrillville Best Buy store helped head off a theft
Thursday night at the sister store in Valparaiso. The employee left work to
return to the Valparaiso area and followed two men accused of purchasing two
iPad Air 2 devices with a fraudulent credit card. The two men - identified by
police as Martazz Williams, 25, and Allen Martin, 18, both of Detroit -
reportedly attempted to purchase two more iPads at the Valparaiso Best Buy store
using a MasterCard gift card. Williams initially said he purchased the gift
card, then changed his story, saying it was a Christmas gift, police said.
Police discovered the pair had 13 credit card gift cards and 13 iPads, police
said. Police said Williams and Martin also had a list of the addresses of nine
Best Buy locations in Indiana and Illinois.
Canandaigua, NY: Third defendant pleads guilty in Lego theft, chase
It's three up, three down in what could be called the great Lego caper. On
Wednesday, Ella Cotton pleaded guilty in Ontario County Court to two counts of
fourth-degree grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.
She is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 3 by Judge Frederick Reed to 31⁄2 years in
prison. Hughes, Johnson and Cotton admitted trying to steal more than $1,000
worth of Lego building block sets before store security intervened. They left
the merchandise behind before hopping into a car and fleeing the scene, with
Hughes behind the wheel.
Palm Beach Co, FL: Two women wanted for theft of high-end sunglasses
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in
identifying two women accused of stealing high-end sunglasses. According to
deputies, the two women were caught on surveillance video entering Marciano
Family Optometric in the 1700 block of North Jog Road in West Palm Beach. The
incident was reported between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on Jan. 5. One of the women took
five pairs of sunglasses while her friend distracted the receptionist, deputies
Hts, MI: State Trooper helps stop $1,500 Victoria's Secret theft
An off-duty trooper helped stop two women from allegedly stealing more $1,500 in
Victoria's Secret merchandise at Lakeside Mall, according to the Michigan State
Police. The unnamed trooper was approaching the Victoria's Secret register
around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when the sales clerk indicated she just witnessed
three women leave the store carrying large bags of unpurchased merchandise,
officials said. The trooper identified himself as a police officer, prompting
the suspects to flee through the mall. After a brief struggle, the trooper
detained a 23-year-old Toledo resident, officials said. The mall's loss
prevention officers were able to arrest a 20-year-old Toledo resident without
incident. More than $1,500 in stolen merchandise was recovered after the
arrests, officials said.
Detroit, MI: Two men are responsible for stealing four blood pressure monitors
from the CVS store at 42934 Woodward
The monitors have a total value of $300. Witnesses saw the suspects driving away
in a dark-colored Ford Focus.
Riverside, CA: Heath Care worker busted with 70
ID's and 50 Prepaid Debit cards
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Leandro, CA: Police make arrests in Bayfair Center shooting
Two men are behind bars in connection with last week's Bayfair Center shooting.
Police have arrested 22-year-old James Williams and an unidentified minor.
Police searched Williams' house Wednesday and found several firearms, including
an assault rifle, many of them with 30-round magazines. Officers found the teen
Thursday afternoon with a semi-automatic pistol containing a 30-round magazine.
The shooting happened in the mall's parking lot on Jan. 14 at around 6:40 p.m.,
just outside the Old Navy and Bed Bath and Beyond stores last Thursday.
Officials said there was an exchange of gunfire between a car and two men
outside. The shooting is not believed to be random, Lt. Robert McManus said. No
one was injured in the shooting. The suspects all fled the scene before police
arrived, with the suspects on foot fleeing into the mall. Two men were detained
and interviewed by police after a search of the mall, but those men were
determined to be only witnesses. One was released Thursday night but the other
man was held on an unrelated outstanding arrest warrant.
City, CA: TJ Maxx evacuated for suspect search following Bank Robbery/ shooting
Shots were fired during a bank robbery involving four suspects in Culver City
Thursday morning, prompting a massive police response. The armed robbery was
reported at One West Bank, located at 10784 Jefferson Blvd, around 9 a.m. The
suspects went into the bank, and there was an altercation with a security guard.
Shots were fired, shattering a glass window, but no one was injured, police
said. The suspects fled in a vehicle down Jefferson Boulevard. Authorities say
one person was arrested after a short foot pursuit. Then a nearby T.J. Maxx
store was evacuated as police searched for the suspects. Investigators say one
person was detained outside the store.
Sioux Falls, SC: Teen Acquitted in shooting death of another teen near Mall
A Sioux Falls teenager has been found not guilty for the high-profile shooting
death of another teen after an across-town car chase that ended on one of the
state's busiest streets near The Empire mall. After more than 10 hours of
deliberation, a jury on Wednesday found Conner Hanson, 18, not guilty on all
counts for the killing of Anthony Gabriel, 18, last January. Defense attorney
Jeff Larson argued Hanson fired at Gabriel in self-defense. Larson told the jury
that passenger Robert Montes and Hanson tried to turn off and tried to stop
Gabriel from chasing them, but Gabriel controlled the situation and
unfortunately Gabriel tragically paid the consequences for his own violent and
reckless behavior. Gabriel was shot in the head in his vehicle near the mall,
and later died.
Rapids, MN: Man Arrested Following Payless Shoe Store Robbery / Hostage
Police have taken a man into custody following a shoe store robbery and hostage
situation. The incident happened at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday at a Payless Shoes
store. Employees pushed the hold-up alarm, saying a man confronted them who may
have had a gun. Police arrived and saw a man walking out of the store who then
ducked back inside. After several minutes of negotiation over the phone, police
said the man agreed to come out unarmed, but with a hostage. Ultimately, though,
the man came out by himself and gave up. Officers said he had bound one of two
employees with duct tape, but neither of the workers were hurt. The 38-year-old
man in custody is from Minneapolis.
CO: 27 Firearms stolen from area Pawn Shops
Authorities believe a string of pawn shop robberies that have resulted in 27
stolen guns over the past several months are related - and they're offering a
$25,000 reward for information. "These criminals are prepared, methodical and
ready for a fight, making this situation like a primed powder keg," Denver Field
Division Special Agent in Charge Ken Croke said in a news release. "We are
appealing to the public for help, so we can end their dangerous spree before
they hurt someone." The three potentially related robberies happened in Denver,
Edgewater and Adams County -most recently on Dec. 21. The ATF says these
represent an uptick in stolen firearms in Colorado. In 2015, 133 firearms were
reported stolen from licensed gun retailers. That's compared to 56 in 2014.
Allegheny Co, PA: Arrest warrant obtained for man alleged with starting Hanna's
Clothing Store fire
Stanley Patterson, 63, will face four counts of attempted homicide, 18 counts of
aggravated arson and several other arson-related charges in relation to the Dec.
12 blaze. Patterson is already in the Allegheny County Jail, charged in a
separate arson case in which police said he threw a Molotov cocktail at Hanna's
Clothing Store in Carnegie on Dec. 16. A preliminary hearing on those charges is
set for Feb. 19.
indicted in $700,000 Identity Theft ring that spanned at least 10 states
Eleven people were indicted for stealing over $700,000 in a widespread identity
theft scam, prosecutors said Thursday. Alleged leader Chester Taylor, 30 and
participant Marie Ferris, 50, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to
grand larceny, scheme to defraud and identity theft. Members of the crew
impersonated customers of Wells Fargo, Chase, Capital One and Key Bank,
withdrawing cash using fake IDs and purchasing money orders from post offices,
prosecutors said. The operation spanned at least ten states including New York,
South Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Washington, according to the Manhattan
District Attorney's office.
Palm Beach, FL: Judge orders U.S. Marshals to arrest former
Shamrock Jewelers Owner
A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday ordered U.S. marshals to arrest the
former owner of Shamrock Jewelers, saying Anthony Simpson has repeatedly
violated his order to turn over financial documents to show how millions
disappeared from the once popular Lake Park store. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Erik
Kimball signed what is known as a "writ of bodily attachment" after an attorney
representing bankruptcy trustee Robert Furr alerted him: "Anthony Simpson's
pattern of contumacious conduct continues unabated."
Great Falls, MT: Man charged with burglary stealing $600 of aquarium items from
Sean Michael Grumbein has been charged after allegedly breaking into and
stealing from the Petcetera store in Great Falls. The incident happened at about
4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19th, when a Great Falls police officer was
dispatched to the Petcetera store for a report of an alarm. When he arrived, the
officer found that a large window had been broken, and it appeared that several
items had been taken from the store. The officer noted wet hand-prints going
back toward the aquarium area of the shop. The owner of the store told the
police that several "Live Rocks" and a Lunar Aqualight had been stolen; the
estimated cost of the stolen items is $623.
Edwardsville, IL: Two charged in Smash & Grab robbery at Hudson Jewelers
The Madison County State's Attorney issued charges Thursday to two St. Louis men
for what has been described as a "smash and grab" robbery at Hudson Jewelers in
Edwardsville on Jan. 6.
Kuala Lumpur: Two men held over murder at shopping mall
Spain: Organized Thieves steal nearly 10 Tons of
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Citgo - Orlando, FL - Shooting
CVS - Odem, IN - Robbery
David's Food - South Austin, TX - Armed Robbery / suspect shot
Dollar General - Fort Smith, AR - Robbery
Kwik Trip - Eau Claire, WI - Robbery
Lay's Food - Augusta, GA - Armed Robbery
Maria Alves' - Brockton, MA - Armed Robbery
N-N Out - Odessa, TX - Armed Robbery
Sun & Shine - Fall River, MA - Armed Robbery
Texas Hair Team - Houston, TX - Robbery
Trexmart - St Joseph, MO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Oak Lawn, IL - Robbery
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