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 America's LP Teams

From the D&D Daily 2016 GLPS's

GameStop Asset Protection team volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House

"GameStop is a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple"
 


 

Front Row (Left to Right): Stephen Ortiz, LP Coordinator; Asia Crawford, OV Agent; Monica Trevino Sr. Mgr Asset Protection; Mary Pham, LP Coordinator; Michael Nguyen, Project Specialist

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Crime Accountability Partnership Program Saves Communities $30 Million and Changes Lives
Created by Turning Point Justice (TPJ) and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), the Crime Accountability Partnership Program has not only saved communities more than $30 million in resources, but it has saved many people from a self-destructive, criminal future.

Offered free to retailers and their law enforcement partners, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program significantly reduces the drain on police resources in responding to petty shoplifting, helps reduce court case backlogs and frees up valuable public and private resources, enabling police and loss prevention personnel to focus on more significant issues.

Adopted by several major retailers, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program was designed by criminal justice and loss prevention professionals and uses TPJ's Cloud-Justice technology and NASP's court-approved educational programs to provide a coordinated and collaborative response to low-level shoplifting by retail, police and criminal justice partners. prweb.com

CargoNet's 2016 Cargo Theft Trend Analysis
Georgia's New Task Force & Law Drives 64% Drop in Cargo Theft

In 2016, 1,614 records of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft, supply chain fraud, and other intelligence events across the United States and Canada were logged by the CargoNet® Command Center. 836 of those records involved cargo theft.

In 2016, CargoNet recorded 623 stolen tractors and 732 stolen trailers in the United States and Canada. Tractor thefts are up 8% year over year, and trailer thefts are up 4% year over year.

CargoNet recorded $114 million in stolen cargo across 554 cargo theft incidents for an average loss value of $206,836.97. If we apply this average to the events with a missing value, the loss value would equal $172.9 million. Reported cargo theft incidents were highest in California (228 reports; +36% year-over-year), Texas (135 reports; +1% year-over-year), and New Jersey (73 reports; -25% year-over-year). Georgia is usually one of the most common states for cargo theft, but tough cargo theft legislation along with a statewide, cutting edge, and proactive task force has made the state very hostile to cargo thieves. Reported cargo theft losses in Georgia dropped 64% year-over-year.

Food and beverage commodities remained the most stolen category of cargo in 2016. Out of 836 reported cargo thefts, 217 of them involved theft of food and beverage products. Alcoholic beverages, meat products, and non-alcoholic beverages were the most stolen items, respectively. Electronics items were the next most stolen commodity with 122 reported losses and most costly category with $45.6 million in reported losses across the United States and Canada.

Cargo theft was most common on Friday with 164 reported events and Saturday with 140 reported events. However, Monday and Tuesday were the most common days to report a cargo theft loss to CargoNet; 201 cargo thefts were reported on Monday and 171 on Tuesday.  ajot.com

Ethics hotline callers fired or punished
The Wells Fargo Scandal Is Now Reaching VW Proportions

Recent developments go way beyond the original revelation, that the bank opened as many as 2.1 million accounts without customers' permission or knowledge. Lots of people had to know of such widespread wrongdoing, but..

New evidence suggests that some employees who called the company's ethics hotline may have been fired or otherwise punished. That's illegal under federal law. The bank has hired an outside investigator to learn more.

Editor's Note: What happens when the compliance group may be involved? Was it an outsourced model or in-house? And where was the compliance officer and board member?

With the VW head of U.S. operations jailed over the holidays after being nabbed at Miami International trying to leave the country where are the Wells Fargo exec's and will any of them be jailed? Our opinion is we'll see a number of individuals prosecuted over this. Including the executive who ran the operations and resigned shortly after it going public and possibly the top executive who was testifying about it right before he left the company with a multi-million dollar parachute - although he did forfeit a sizeable stock package.

And with the Trump Attorney General coming in soon we may see severe consequences. fortune.com

Crate & Barrel, CEO Stole Trade Secrets, Restoration Says
Recruited RH's Executives & Started UP Same Business
Confidentiality and Non-Solicitation Agreements Under Fire

Restoration Hardware Inc. on Monday slapped two former executives now with competitor Crate & Barrel Inc. with a lawsuit in California state court, accusing them of stealing trade secrets and violating confidentiality agreements in a strategy to turn around Crate's "flagging business."

The Marin County, California-based luxury home furnishings brand is accusing Crate & Barrel and its CEO, Douglas Diemoz, and manager in the food and beverage area, Kimberly Ahlheim, of unlawfully taking its proprietary information and violating contractual obligations to the brand in efforts to revitalize the housewares retail chain.

"Rather than invent its own growth strategy, Crate effectively sought to steal a page from the successful RH playbook," the suit alleges.

Specifically, the launch of a new food and beverage service in Chicago in October 2015 - led Crate to eye its talent and devise a strategy to lure over executives to plan something similar.

"On information and belief, Crate began targeting RH personnel and RH strategies as part of a strategy to turn around Crate's inferior performance and growth," the suit alleges.

This was set into motion by the hiring of Diemoz, Restoration's chief development officer, in July 2015, to serve as Crate & Barrel's new CEO, according to the suit. Diemoz was subject to a confidentiality agreement and non-solicitation agreement for 12 months after leaving, the suit says.

Starting around February 2016, Diemoz "encouraged" Ahlheim, the former director of food and beverage at Restoration Hardware, to join him at Crate & Barrel, the suit alleges. law360.com

The Criminal Intelligence Center Driving Real Time Actionable Data to Law Enforcement in Dayton, OH
A former Teradata Corp. executive can tell Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies which neighborhoods have been plagued by robberies - and with software, even what addresses are mostly likely to be hit next. The center can even tell deputies who has bragged on Facebook or Twitter about having committed recent crimes - or even planning them.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer calls the center a "force multiplier." "It's almost real time," he said. "If there's a priority call or a part 1 crime that takes place, then we jump on that pretty quick." Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess said the center has been "invaluable" to local departments like his.

The city of Toledo has an intelligence center, Plummer said. And major cities work with states at fusion centers that assist in homeland security work. Ohio has three of those. govtech.com

Amazon Can't Escape Applicants' Background Check Suit
Florida federal judge on Monday said that Amazon.com Inc. can't duck a class action by job applicants accusing the online retailer of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act through its background check system, saying that it is possible the company did not follow the proper steps to receive approval for the checks.

And failing to provide two separate forms for the job application and the background check authorization for employment at a Florida-based fulfillment center.

The judge also found that it is also possible that Amazon's actions related to the disclosure violations were willful, as the retailer included a liability waiver along with the background check policy. Additionally, Judge Lazzara said that Amazon is involved with other background check-related litigation, meaning it is unlikely that the company was unaware of its obligations under the FCRA. law360.com

Clerk shot outside convenience store can get workers compensation for injuries, Pa. court rules
A Philadelphia-area man who was shot repeatedly while sitting in a car outside the convenience store where he worked is eligible to receive workers compensation for his injuries, a Commonwealth Court panel ruled Tuesday.

The judges found that Shah Mahar-Ullah's injuries were work-related and noted that he was shot soon after being threatened by relatives of a woman he had arrested for shoplifting. The shooting was work-related because it occurred in retaliation for the shoplifting arrest.

His injuries left him permanently disabled. He was shot in the chest, leg, thumb and liver.

Even though the shooting happened on the public street right outside the store, it was work-related because that section of street constitutes part of the employer's property. pennlive.com

Wal-Mart to Adjust Policies on Employee Pay Increases
Helping workers advance faster, feel more confident

Two years after raising minimum wages for store employees to $9 an hour, Wal-Mart Stores is making adjustments to the way it dispenses pay increases and trains store employees.

The retailer will abbreviate a training program that new employees must complete to earn $10 an hour. The six-month program introduced last year will now take three months to complete, company executives said.

Wal-Mart will stick with an annual raise system it first implemented last year, in which most store employees get their raise on the same day. That changed a longtime practice of linking store employees' annual raises to performance, doling them out on each employee's hire-date anniversary.

This year employees hired on or before Oct. 31, 2016, will get a 2% raise on Feb. 18. Longtime workers who make the most their job title allows get a onetime lump sum of 2% of their annual pay, as they did last year.

Wal-Mart says its average salary is $13.69 an hour, or about $25,000 a year for full-time employees, a pool the company says makes up just over half of its store workers. Wal-Mart employs 1.5 million people, both in its stores and in corporate positions, making it the largest private employer in the U.S.  wsj.com

More than 35% of retailers on track with omnichannel execution, up 200%
Delving deeper into the actions of retail winners (defined as companies growing 4.5% or more annually), this group continues to advance their lead in omnichannel "by forging closer collaboration with their trading community to deliver the speed and consistency across channels that consumers want and expect."

Consumers are definitely calling the shots in this increasingly omnichannel market. In fact, more than 75% of respondents cited consumer demands as the top factor shaping their business over the next five years.
 
"Shopper demands for a personalized and seamless experience across all channels are outpacing the retail industry's ability to keep pace."

Legacy systems are the top factor hindering omnichannel execution among 29% of companies, data revealed. chainstoreage.com

New Florida law could bring hard liquor to big-box grocery, retail stores
The state legislature is considering shattering a Prohibition-era rule that restricts liquor sales to package stores, opening up the sale of vodka, gin, whiskey and other spirits to supermarkets and box stores, such as Walmart and Target.  fox25boston.com

Make the Monday after the "Big Game" a National Holiday!
Should the Monday after the Super Bowl be a national holiday?

The consumer packaged goods giant, Kraft Heinz, doesn't expect to get much out of its salaried workers on the Monday following the Super Bowl, so the company has decided to give them the day off. The company is also calling on others to join it in, asking Congress to make "Smunday" - Super Bowl Sunday and the Monday that follows - a national holiday.

According to a Change.org petition started by Heinz Ketchup, some 16 million people do not show up for work on the Monday following the Super Bowl. While not mentioned in the petition, it's also likely true that too much fun on the day of the big game has many who do show up for work on Monday operating at less than optimum. The petition claims the U.S. has a productivity decline of $1 billion on the day after the Super Bowl.

The petition on Change.org currently has over 46,000 supporters. It needs to reach 100,000 signatures before being sent to Congress. change.org

Sr. Mgr. Assets Protection & Safety posted for Denny's in Orlando, Fla.
Protect company assets and improve profitability by developing and implementing security and safety programs for employees, managers and guests. Communicate with Director and Chief Food Safety Officer, Vice President of Brand Protection, Quality & Regulatory Compliance on any and all adverse issues of concern that affect Denny's restaurants or the brand.

Over 1,700 locations worldwide. dennys.com linkedin.com


Kmart sources indicate last weeks cuts impacted 800 stores

Under Armour debuts 'made in the U.S.' gear

H&M Rolls Back on New Store Openings


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Under Armour Q4 North America direct to consumer revenue up 23%, net sales up 5.9%
Coach Q2 North American comp's up 4%, net sales up 3.8%
hhGregg Q3 comp's down 22.2%, net sales down 23.7%

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Ransomware Took DC Cameras Offline Ahead of Inauguration
Two-thirds of police internet-connected CCTV cameras in Washington DC were forced offline in January ahead of the presidential inauguration after a ransomware attack.

Officials told the Washington Post that 123 out of a network of 187 cameras were affected. The devices are apparently used run by the police to monitor public spaces.

However, the issue was resolved by removing each device's software and reinstalling at each site. infosecurity-magazine.com

How to eliminate insider threats
Statistics prove that more risk exists within an organization

Many compliance regulations require monitoring of systems to identify and eliminate insider threat.

Build a proactive insider threat program
 
Key elements of the program should include:

A cross-departmental team, including: HR, IT, CIS and Leadership.

Employee training on cybersecurity policies and reinforcement of those policies. Real-time notifications at the point of violation should be a key component of the cybersecurity education program.

A user activity monitoring solution that will keep track of activities of privileged users, high-risk employees, remote vendors-anyone who has access to your systems and data. It should track and visualize users' risk and behavior over time for faster and easier detection of insider threats.

Beware of privilege creep  Have clear video playback of exactly what happened before, during and after an event or alert. This decreases MTTR and provides organizations with irrefutable evidence that is vital to be able to take action. Create credentialed logins (avoid using one general login), and employ an IT ticketing system to ensure all server-activity is very important.

Regularly review employee access controls  If there's no need for an employee to access a particular account, revoke their permission. Additionally, consider restricting the use of remote login applications or cloud storage applications on corporate accounts.

Monitor all data exfiltration points  With user activity monitoring and video playback, large print jobs from computers, USB data exfiltration, Cloud Drive uploads, sending data to personal email addresses, or sending files via Instant Messenger do not have to be investigated by combing through event logs.

Know why users are installing/uninstalling software  Organizations use virtual desktops, non-persistent images, various software management tools, and account restrictions to control installed applications. In most cases, these infrastructure-centric methods don't provide information on user intent and underlying business need. Insider threat technology can eliminate these visibility gaps and allow organizations to know whether people are putting the organization at risk.

Pay extra attention to high-risk users  Whether it's through a conversation or the placement of a broadcast banner on a desktop, let high-risk users know they are being monitored. This will, in most cases, deter them from engaging in malicious activities. Immediately change the password access to computers when an employee leaves. Additionally, make sure third-party services also know of this employee's termination so they can de-authorize their account.

Ensure departing employees do not have company data on personal devices. Before a high-risk employee leaves the organization, check whether they have company data on their personal computers, mobile phone, tablets, etc.

Speed security investigations  It is essential to be able to detect and respond to incidents and alerts quickly. Without the right security tools and programs, the mean time to detect to the mean time to resolve (MTTR) can be weeks. For example, the FBI often requests that companies not intervene with active exploits so they can gather evidence. Integrate your user activity monitoring solution with other cyber security tools so you can provide irrefutable evidence and decrease MTTR. csoonline.com

Digital Impacts 49% of U.S. Retail Sales
Mobile Investments Pay Off in Evolving Retail Landscape

Amid a seismic shift in how U.S. consumers shop, retailers are vying for time on their customers' screens across all their devices - before, during and after a purchase. That is according to The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile report, released today by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division and Forrester.

Forrester forecasted that in 2016 direct online sales totaled 11.6 percent of total U.S. retail sales ($394 billion), but digital touchpoints actually impacted an estimated 49 percent of total U.S. retail sales.

In response, this year retailers are focusing on several key areas to enhance customer experiences across all touchpoints, growing their business for the long term. For example, 54 percent of retailers note that mobile is one of their top initiatives in 2017, as are marketing (46 percent), site merchandising (42 percent) and omnichannel efforts (22 percent).

"Smartphones are driving retail sales more than ever, and retailers have found that even modest investments in mobile initiatives can result in huge returns."   nrf.com

Texas Police Unit Loses Years Of Evidence To Ransomware
Police in Cockrell Hill, Tex., lost eight years of documents, photos, and videos when a ransomware attack corrupted files on its server.

Data lost in the attack dates back to 2009, the department reported. Information stored on CDs and DVDs remains intact, but officials are more concerned about data that relates to ongoing investigations.

The hackers used an email with a spoofed address to infect the system and demanded $4,000 to unlock the files. After consulting the FBI, the police ignored the demand. Instead, they wiped the server clean and reinstalled everything.

Although the police claimed to have been attacked by OSIRIS virus, BleepingComputer says the ransomware used was possibly a new version of Locky, which affixes the ".osiris" extension at the end of infected files.  darkreading.com

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Crime Accountability Partnership Program Saves Communities $30 Million and Changes Lives

Created by Turning Point Justice and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program has not only saved communities more than $30 million in resources, but it has also changed lives of those who were on a self-destructive path toward a future of crime.

Created by Turning Point Justice (TPJ) and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), the Crime Accountability Partnership Program has not only saved communities more than $30 million in resources, but it has saved many people from a self-destructive, criminal future.

Offered free to retailers and their law enforcement partners, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program significantly reduces the drain on police resources in responding to petty shoplifting, helps reduce court case backlogs and frees up valuable public and private resources, enabling police and loss prevention personnel to focus on more significant issues.

Adopted by several major retailers, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program was designed by criminal justice and loss prevention professionals and uses TPJ's Cloud-Justice technology and NASP's court-approved educational programs to provide a coordinated and collaborative response to low-level shoplifting by retail, police and criminal justice partners.

Guided by restorative justice principles, the program requires that offenders accept responsibility for their actions, pay restitution to the retail victim and complete the appropriate NASP education course to build their competency and prevent repeat offenses.

In 2016, the program allowed partner retailers to reduce calls to law enforcement between 40% and 60% while effectively educating and holding offenders accountable.

Read full press release here.

To learn more about the Crime Accountability Partnership Program, contact Paul Jones, LPC at Turning Point Justice, (561) 419-7993, ext. 103 or visit either NASP at http://www.shopliftingprevention.org or TPJ at http://www.turningpointjustice.com.




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Maurice Cloutier, VP Loss Prevention
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Digital Fraud Cost Advertisers $8.2B LY
94% of all websites experienced a bot attack in 2016

Bots continue to account for more online traffic than humans but, according to new figures released by Imperva Incapsula, the positive news is that, despite a slight rise in bot activity, that increase is attributed to good bots.

Bot operators, and the non-human traffic they generate, are becoming more sophisticated. The Interactive Advertising Bureau reported last year that digital fraud costs advertisers around $8.2 billion each year.

According to Imperva Incapsula, good bots now account for 22.9% of all bot activity (up from 19.5% in their last report) and bad bots account for 28.9%, a very slight increase of 0.1% from the previous report.

Good bots assist with automated tasks, including data collection and website scanning, while bad bots are responsible for malicious activity. For the fifth year in a row, impersonator bots, most often used to launch DDoS attacks, were the most active, accounting for 24.3% of all traffic on Imperva's network.

Perhaps the most shocking statistic in Imperva Incapsula's report is that 94.2% of all websites experienced a bot attack last year.  bizreport.com

CNP fraud in the travel industry: A growing problem
Whether it's scamming free flights with stolen credit card numbers, booking hotel stays to test stolen card numbers' validity, or falsely claiming fraud after a tour or trip, travel fraud is a big, organized business. Last October, for example, law enforcement agencies from more than 40 countries arrested nearly 200 people in a coordinated operation targeting airline fraudsters. According to Europol, such fraud costs the airline industry more than a billion dollars every year. For smaller operators like travel agencies, the losses are smaller but the stakes are higher. traveldailynews.com

Wal-Mart ditches Shipping Pass membership, offers free 2-day delivery
In the latest effort to win online customers, Wal-Mart is now offering free two-day shipping without a membership fee with a minimum $35 purchase. On Tuesday, the retailer announced it was getting rid of its Shipping Pass membership program and giving all customers access to free two-day shipping. The company also said it reduced its minimum purchase required to $35 from $50 to qualify. nj.com

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Philadelphia, PA: Plastic Vendor crate theft is a $100 Million dollar problem
There's a new scheme in town that's making thieves some big bucks. Thieves are now stealing plastic from local corner stores and supermarkets. One expert said, "plastic is the new copper". It's a $100 million dollar a year black market industry nationwide. You can find them outside any corner market in your neighborhood. Those blue or yellow hard plastic delivery trays used to hold bottles of soda or bread. "A very lucrative business," says Lt. Jonathan Josey of the Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Unit.

The trays or shells are made of high density polyethylene, which is a tough but flexible plastic manufactured with petroleum so as the price of oil goes up so does the price of these trays. They cost about $7 to make and they are a hot commodity on the black market. The bread, soft drink and dairy industry estimate loses at close to $100 million a year in those plastic containers because of theft. The theft of these plastic trays has become such a problem that companies are hiring private investigators to track down the thieves and the cost to consumers. fox29.com

Miami: Strike Force Nabs 100+ In Identity Theft Fraud Investigation
30,000 stolen identities, $60M in intended theft

More than 100 people were charged after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Florida set up a task force to tackle identity theft. The collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement, which made up the South Florida Identity Theft Refund Fraud Strike Force, uncovered more than 30,000 stolen identities and the intended theft of over $60 million dollars. In addition to fraudulent tax refund cases, the Strike Force also focused on the theft of personal identifying information.

Investigators said these cases included the use of the stolen information to access proprietary government databases. It was also used by the identity thieves to get into a number of retail credit card accounts and bank accounts along with accessing the individual's Social Security and unemployment benefits. Of the 104 people who are charged, approximately 60 are in custody. cbslocal.com


Polk, County, FL: Suspect arrested in $250K jewelry store heist connected to multi-county armed crime spree
Tampa detectives working with Polk County investigators brought down a group of people they say committed several "violent, take-over style" robberies in the Tampa Bay area. Four people are now in jail after police say they stole $250,000 worth of jewelry in just 30 seconds. It happened on December 9 at Gold N Diamonds in Tampa. ksdk.com



Aspen, CO: Woman 'dealing with kleptomania' arrested again
for theft

A woman who's been arrested six times in the past decade for stealing everything from coconut water to a pricey pullover landed in jail again Friday for theft, police said. This time, Jillian White, 61, is accused of trying to sell a pair of skis at a sports equipment consignment shop in town that were stolen last month from near the base of Aspen Mountain. In March, a former prosecutor called White a habitual thief. "There's very significant kleptomania she's dealing with," said Andrea Bryan before a judge ordered White to serve three weeks in jail and two years on probation for stealing a $4,100 pullover from Brunello Cucinelli in downtown Aspen in 2013. In that case, White was arrested after an employees followed her to her Porsche SUV and gave its license number to police.  aspentimes.com

Lancaster County, PA: Convicted 11 times for retail theft, Lancaster man now faces felony charge for stealing sneakers
East Lampeter Township Police have upped the ante on charges for Carlos Ruben Barreto Jr. The 43 year old Lancaster man already has nearly a dozen prior convictions for retail theft. Over the weekend township police charged with Felony Retail Theft after stealing a pair of Nike sneakers from Kohl's and Yankee Candles from Christmas Tree Shoppes on Lincoln Highway East on Sunday. Because of 11 prior retail theft convictions the grading of the incidents rose to the level of a Felony. fox43.com

Hodgkins, IL: Police Hunt Crest White Strip-Rogaine for Men Thief; $978 of merchandise from Target
An arrest warrant was issued for Robert Gillhooley, 35, on a misdemeanor charge retail theft, even though the stolen goods exceeded the new threshold $1,000 for felony shoplifting. According to police, Gillhooley went to the Target on W. Joliet Road on Jan. 9. There, Gillhooley walked out with Crest White Strips and Rogaine products valued at $736.84. Gillhooley allegedly went back to the same store on Jan. 11 and stole $239.94 worth of the same products. The Hodgkins detective told the judge that Gillhooley was involved in a retail theft at another store. patch.com  


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Santa Barbara, CA: Two 'contracted' Loss Prevention Officers banned from Vons after assault
A couple loss prevention officers assigned to patrol the Vons on Turnpike and Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara were banned from the grocery store chain.

A Santa Barbara resident caught the officers on camera while they used force on a man they suspected of shoplifting. According to the Sheriff's Department, the loss prevention officers spotted the suspect putting items into his pocket. They proceeded to follow him outside the store. That's when a witness heard the scuffle and filmed the altercation. On the video, the man being handcuffed says he didn't take anything and says he's not resisting. The two loss prevention officers can be seen tackling the man to the ground and punching him in the face.

The Director of Public Affairs for Vons issued the following statement: "The actions of the two contracted Loss Prevention agents do not represent the standards for handling a possible shoplifting situation in any of our stores. These agents, who are not employees of Vons, will no longer be assigned to this or any other Vons store. We are investigating the incident and will have no further comment until we have all the facts related to this incident." keyt.com

Montgomery, AL: Local Loss Prevention and Pharmacists send red flags to DEA, Doctor busted in operating a pill mill
Court documents depict a desperate situation: patients showing up to Ritchea's practice in vans and buses, some from out of state, who would get their prescriptions and travel elsewhere to have it filled to avoid red flags. A local pharmacist was noted in court documents stating most pharmacies the size of his fill around 600 Roxicodone pills in a week. His pharmacy was filling 4,000 pills a week for Ritchea's patients alone. Corporate loss-prevention launched an investigation to rule out whether the pills were being stolen due to the high volume processed in the pharmacy. Other pharmacists across the state reported Ritchea to the DEA citing red flags such as out of state addresses and prescriptions for high numbers of narcotics. The system of checks and balances worked. Investigators were tipped off and many pharmacists refused to fill Richea's prescriptions. wsfa.com 

Shootings & Evacuations



Cincinnati, OH: Shooting inside Wireless Connection store caught on surveillance video
The video shows a man walking into a wireless store in the 3000 block of Reading Road around 10:40 a.m. on Monday. The victim is seen leaning over the counter when the shooter walks in. He turns around to leave before firing several shots at the victim's leg. Police said the victim was taken to UC Medical Center. wwlwt.com



Little Rock, AR: Man who shot Police Officer during robbery of Red Lobster sentenced to 35 years
A 21-year-old Little Rock man who shot an off-duty Little Rock police officer during an armed holdup last year accepted a 35-year sentence on Monday. arkansasonline.com

Fresno, CA: Parolee accused of Falsely reporting Active Shooting scene at Walmart
A man police say falsely reported an active shooting at the Wal-Mart near Blackstone and Ashlan avenues was arrested Monday after officers sped to the scene with lights and sirens activated. Lt. Joe Gomez said Anthony Sanchez, 45, walked into the store about 11 a.m. and asked a clerk to use the telephone. He called police and reported that customers were being shot inside the store. He borrowed another phone and reported that there were gunshot victims. As officers arrived, Sanchez was identified and resisted officers trying to take him into custody. He was booked and taken for a mental evaluation. fresnobee.com

Berkeley, CA: Whole Foods evacuated after Security Officers pepper-spray thief with knife
According to BPD, "At 5:48 pm, officers responded to the store on a report of someone brandishing a knife. According to security/loss prevention, they attempted to stop/contact a man who had just stolen items from inside." When they spoke with him, he brandished a knife at them. "That's when security/loss prevention sprayed the man with pepper spray. The man then ran away," dropping the items he had taken, said Officer Byron White, a BPD spokesman. The brandishing of the knife and subsequent pepper spray took place outside, White said. berkeleyside.com

Brunswick, GA: Bomb threat evacuates Target, other businesses in Glynn Isles Market

Robberies & Thefts

UK: London: Police hit 15 locations in pre-dawn raids; search for Smash & Grab suspects
Police today swooped on suspected moped thieves linked to a soaring number of robberies and smash and grab raids across London. Scores of officers carried out pre-dawn raids on 15 addresses in north and east London to target robbers behind a crimewave linked to at least £500,000 worth of stolen goods.

Detectives are investigating a 600 per cent surge in crimes involving mopeds last year - ranging from smash and grab raids on high end boutiques and jewellers to mobile phone snatches. standard.co.uk

Paris: Kim Kardashian's Thieves Melted Down Her Jewelry & Only Made $30,000
Most of Kim Kardashian's stolen jewelry has been melted and sold. Her $4 million engagement ring is the one piece that may still be out there. In fact, much of the jewelry was "melted down" soon after it was taken, said 60-year-old Aomar Ait Khedache, the alleged mastermind of the whole theft, in his police testimony, excerpts of which were published in the French newspaper Le Monde. hotnewhiphop.com

Piercing Pagoda in the Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX reported a Grab & Run on 1/30, item valued at $1.099

Midland, TX: Serious crimes declined, but Robberies spike at C- Stores and banks 34% in 2016

Montgomery County, MD: Police Believe Serial Pharmacy Robber Struck Two More Times; hitting 5 times in the last week

Skimming

Grand Rapids, MI: Man convicted in gas pump skimmer scam; losses top $425,000

Southborough, MA: Skimmer located on ATM at Cumberland Farms

Arson


Lexington, KY: Fire Deliberately set inside Walmart; employees quickly extinguished and cleared the store
Someone deliberately set some linens on fire inside the Hamburg Walmart in Lexington Monday night, according to the Lexington Fire Department. Investigators say the call came in around 8:40 p.m. They say once the fire was set, employees were notified and workers used two fire extinguishers to put the fire out, but not before smoke filled the store, leading to an evacuation of customers and employees. wtvq.com





Accucare Pharmacy - Middletown, NY - Armed Robbery
Advance Auto Parts - Dallas, NC - Robbery
BP - District Heights, MD - Murder / man shot and killed (no robbery)
Circle K - Morrisville, NC - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Lowell, MA - Armed Robbery
D&D Food & Liquor - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / employee shot and wounded
Dollar General - North Charleston, - Armed Robbery/ female employee stabbed
Dollar General - Garland County, AR - Armed Robbery
Everyday C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
Hallmark - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Armed Robbery
Han-Dee Hugo's - Cary, NC - Robbery
Marathon - Portsmouth, OH - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Normal Heights, CA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Pacifica, CA - Armed Robbery
Phone Wizard - Malta, NY - Burglary
Stop-A-Minit - Anderson County, SC - Armed Robbery
The Diamond Family Jewelry - Manchester, MO - Burglary
Val's Wagon Wheel - Vallejo, CA - Armed Robbery
Wild Fig - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Wireless Connection - Cincinnati, OH - Shooting/ 1 man injured
7-Eleven - Aberdeen, WA - Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
17 robberies
3 burglaries
3 shootings
1 killed












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