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 January 22, 2016

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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 2011.

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. law360.com

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. law360.com

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 competitors.

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. internetretailer.com

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. cnn.com

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. cbsnews.com

Chipotle's business is so bad that people are losing their jobs in other industries
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. businessinsider.com

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 nation. retailingtoday.com


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 found. star-telegram.com

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. washingtonpost.com


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." nrf.com


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. thestreet.com

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. chainstoreage.com

Compliance 101: Basics
for Security Professionals
In today's regulatory environment, businesses can be subject to a number of industry standards and regulations, many of which include substantial penalties for non-compliance. Compliance is not voluntary and non-compliance can result in a mandatory business disruption - or even stoppage - until a compliant state is reestablished. Therefore, it behooves Security pros to have a basic understanding of how compliance impacts the organization, including the stakeholders, the standards and regulations to which the business is held, and what needs to be done to ensure continued compliance. Download the eGuide here to learn more. databreachtoday.com

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. csoonline.com

 


 

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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 work.

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. canadiangrocer.com

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. thestar.com

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." globalnews.ca

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 retail sales. pointofsale.com

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 says. canadiangrocer.com

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. wwnytv.com

Canadian Retail Sales Post Surprise 1.7% Gain in November

 

Police 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 robberies. ottawacitizen.com


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 injured. cbc.ca


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." ctvnews.ca

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. princegeorgecitizen.com

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 Superstore

Scotch Creek: Stolen pickup rams into People Drug Mart
 

 


 

Managing the Change Process from Loss Prevention to Asset Protection

Transforming to 'Omni AP'

Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP, Macy's

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 preventing shrink. 

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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. latimes.com

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 specialized software.

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 Morocco. entrepreneur.com

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. internetretailer.com

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. tapinto.net


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. wbtw.com


Mom 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. theindychannel.com

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. nwitimes.com

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. fltimes.com

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 said. wpbf.com

Sterling 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. detroitnews.com

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. hometownlife.com

Riverside, CA: Heath Care worker busted with 70 ID's and 50 Prepaid Debit cards
 

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San 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. kron4.com

Culver 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. abc7.com

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. grandforksherald.com

Coon Rapids, MN: Man Arrested Following Payless Shoe Store Robbery / Hostage situation
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. cbslocal.com

Denver, 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. 9news.com

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. post-gazette.com

11 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. nydailynews.com

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." palmbeachpost.com

Great Falls, MT: Man charged with burglary stealing $600 of aquarium items from Pet Store
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. kbzk.com

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. riverbender.com

Kuala Lumpur: Two men held over murder at shopping mall

Spain: Organized Thieves steal nearly 10 Tons of Olives



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Lay's Food - Augusta, GA - Armed Robbery
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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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