Glenn Feazell was named Vice President Loss Prevention
& Operations Support for Lowe's. Congratulations
Craig Sprinkles was named Vice President, Operations
and Corporate LP for Lowe's. Craig was
previously the Director of Continuous Improvement for the retailer and has been
with Lowe's since 2007. He has held such positions as Director of Sales Support
and Planning, Divisional Director of Store Operations and Regional Director of
Store Operations. Craig earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Nursery &
Landscape Management from Tennessee Technological University. Congratulations
Lowe's reorganizes - Eliminates 3 Operating
Division Teams Entirely
& Realigns LP
Last week, Lowe's reorganized their field operations team, eliminating the three
Divisional operating teams entirely, including the three Divisional LP
Director's. They also eliminated 150 Area Operations Managers in the field, with
now having the 14 Regional LP Directors reporting directly to the Vice President
of Loss Prevention Scott Draher.
All other corporate loss prevention functions now report to Glenn Feazell, Vice
President Loss Prevention and Operations Support. Scott Draher also reports to
Glenn Feazell as well. Additionally Craig Sprinkles, Vice President, Operations
and Corporate LP was given corporate responsibilities as well and he to reports
to Glenn Feazell.
Correction From Friday Post:
LinkedIn post Home Depot AP Specialist jobs multiple multiple times
Friday we posted "Home Depot rolls out Midwest Asset Protection Specialist
initiative - over 200 positions" and was contacted by Home Depot and told that
it was obviously a LinkedIn mistake. LinkedIn posted a few jobs multiple
multiple times. Home Depot is not rolling-out anything new or different than
what they normally do.
Netflix's Making a Murderer: An Interrogator's Perspective -
A Must Read for All Investigators
With all of the press this Netflix's series has gotten no one has actually
looked at it from the interrogator's prospective and Dave Thompson's blog, from
Wicklander & Zulawski & Associates, Inc., on the series is one every
investigator should read in detail. As it cast a different and specialist
prospective that we doubt ever makes it to the public. Certainly in episode 6
when the police refer to their being trained in the Reid technique one
immediately thinks they're using it almost as an excuse of how they interrogated
Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, and regardless of how you feel about the
series or the case this blog, posted below in today's Op. Ed., is one you
should take the time to read as it not only gives you a better prospective but
it also talks about the standards and ethics that all investigators should abide
by. Well written Dave. Just a thought
Retailers Legislative Update:
Civil Demand Under Attack in
The Zellman Group invited to testify Wednesday Feb 3rd &
Who Retailers should be contacting
This Wednesday The Zellman Group will be testifying before the judiciary
committee at 2:00 PM and is represented by Stuart Levine, CEO and Michael Ira
Asen Chief Counsel.
Cailey Locklair Tolle, President, Maryland Retailers Association has provided
the following list of State Senators and Representatives who should be contacted
by interested retailers. Most important are the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the
committees: Phone calls & emails would help!
Chairman Bobby Zirkin: 410-841-3131
Vice-Chairwoman Lisa Gladden: 410-841-3697
Chairman Joe Vallario: 301-858-3488
Vice-Chairwoman Kathleen Dumais: 301-858-3052
Sponsors of the bills:
Delegate Brooke Lierman: 410-841-3319
Senator Victor Ramirez: 301-858-3745
Delegate Brooke Lierman's bill to repeal the statute allowing business owners to
seek civil penalties from shoplifters or her pay stub transparency bill has been
re-introduced this session.
The Civil Penalties for Shoplifting and Employee Theft - Repeal (HB190) is the
same bill as last year. This bill seeks to repeal the entire statute that allows
employees to seek civil penalties in cases of customer or employee theft. This
takes away a critical tool for businesses in Maryland to seek remedies when they
are victims of theft.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, February 3rd at 2pm in the House Judiciary Committee
Maryland Retailers Association Position: OPPOSE contact www.mdra.org
Cost of UK retail crime soars to a record $878M
New Record Highs in All Categories
British Retail Consortium blames rise on criminal gangs stealing luxury and
hi-tech goods to order with cyber-crime now making up one-third of the cost.
The annual bill for UK retail crime soared to 613m pounds ($878M U.S.) last year
- the highest level since records began - driven by sophisticated
criminal gangs stealing luxury goods such as designer clothing and hi-tech
gadgets to order.
That was a 2% increase on the cost to industry in 2014, according to the annual
retail crime survey published on Monday by the British Retail Consortium, while
the average value of goods stolen leaped by over a third to 325 pounds ($465
U.S.) per incident - also a record.
Not only is the direct cost of crime now at its highest level on record, but it
is more than three times higher than in 2007-08.
The total number of offences has dropped for the second year running, retailers
reported, to 750,144 incidents. But the high value of items stolen compared with
the drop in incidents shows that crime against retailers is increasingly being
carried out by sophisticated criminals stealing to order. Customer theft still
accounts for the majority of incidents of retail crime, at 83% of the total.
Fraud, including the burgeoning waves of online cyber-attacks, is also on
the rise, the report said - up by 55% and, significantly, now accounting
for more than a third of the cost of crime against retailers (36%).
The human cost of retail crime has also grown. Data collected revealed a 28%
increase in offences involving abuse or violence against shop staff, rising
to 41 out of every 1,000 crimes committed, compared to 32 out of 1,000 reported
last year. Something the U.S. does not track.
Negotiating Use of Electronic Surveillance at Work
Various court cases and administrative rulings have spelled out instances when a
company or government entity can deploy electronic surveillance in its workplace
without employee or union approval, but that still may mean negotiations are
necessary to establish how, when, where and why surveillance is needed and how
it will be used, two labor attorneys said.
It's best for companies to devise policies on how electronic surveillance will
be used before engaging employees or their union in discussions. "Anticipate
employee concerns when drafting policies," he said. "Employees have rights, but
so do employers." Employers would be wise to "have policies about everything
that is subject to search," she said, as this goes a long way toward "minimizing
employee expectations of privacy."
NYC ports shut down Friday - 1,000+ longshoremen walk off the job
Federal criminal investigation into the union's leadership?
The East Coast's busiest port system ground to a halt on Friday as thousands of
longshoremen in New York and New Jersey walked off the job, threatening to
disrupt the delivery of goods throughout the region. The walkout caught many
people involved with port operations by surprise, and the reasons behind the
action remained shrouded in intrigue, with even officials at the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, which acts as a landlord for the ports,
struggling to understand the situation.
From Louisiana to New England, convenience retailers are finding
Since June 2015 25 skimming devices have been found in Louisiana. The New
England area is also seeing a rash of skimming devices found at pumps. nacsonline.com
Minnesota Commerce Department issues skimming crime alert
Crime involving card skimmers has been an isolated problem in Minnesota. Cases
in Robbinsdale and another this week in which three men were charged in
Hennepin County District Court for placing skimmers at a Bloomington gas station
prompted the Commerce Department to issue a warning. Robbinsdale police also
issued a crime alert. The Commerce Department, "is investigating and
responding to this emerging threat, it's important for both consumers and
gas station operators to be vigilant."
LPRC Innovation Lab Visit: Target and UF Cyber Security Team
Last week at the Loss Prevention Research Council, Target Executives: Emy
Johnson, Shane Bennett, and Mike Andreotti visited the lab in order to
collaborate on 2016 Research initiatives. During the visit, two of the top UF
Cyber Security professionals also joined us here at the lab in order to have a
"Lunch and Learn" with the Target team. Cyber security issues, data breaches,
and methods used to prepare and recover from these data breaches were discussed.
A special thank you to Kevin Butler and Patrick Traynor of the University of
Florida for dropping by to enlighten us on these hot topics! Be on the look out
for these two to help the LPRC host the upcoming Cyber Security Summit!
UK's Southern Co-operative faces up to retail crime with Facewatch
Tim Compston, features editor at SecurityNewsDesk, finds out how the Facewatch
platform is revolutionising the way that retailers like the UK's Southern
Co-operative are able to clamp down on problematic criminal activity in-store
and provide vital evidence to the police. On the subject of the way forward in
the battle against retail crime, The Southern Co-operative, which runs over 250
community food stores across Southern England, stands out as an early adopter
and enthusiastic advocate of Facewatch, a secure on-line crime reporting and
information sharing platform. Since signing up to Facewatch, Gareth Lewis, loss
prevention and security services manager at the independently-owned retailer,
reports that the platform has been particularly effective in the way that it
facilitates the linking of incidents, sharing of information, and the provision
of evidence - witness statements and video - to the police in an approved
VP of Loss Prevention for David Yurman in NYC posted
The Company is seeking a strategic leader to play a vital role in heading up the
loss prevention function globally. He/She will ensure the protection of the
Company's assets and employees through the professional implementation of Loss
Prevention and Safety Programs. Manage a loss prevention team that strategically
controls internal/external theft, facility security and employee safety and
National Loss Prevention Specialist posted for MEC in Vancouver, B.C.
An outdoor retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage and inspire Canadians to
live active outdoor lifestyles. MEC has more than 3.8 million members across
Canada, whom it serves through 17 stores in 6 provinces as well as mec.ca and
the Shop MEC iPhone® app.
Ahold, Delhaize set shareholder meeting dates
March 14th to decide merger
Bose Illegally Collects Customer Info in CA., Class Action Says
Walgreens Boots Alliance "Confident" Rite Aid deal will get done second half of
We're Not Alone - UK Retailer Boots Cuts 350 assistant store manager roles
H&M to open 425 stores in '16 - with focus in U.S. & China
Thursday January sales
numbers are posted - Prediction - worst month in years for apparel across the
Last week's #1 article --
Boddie-Noell Loss Prevention Director charged with embezzlement
Nash County deputies arrested a Boddie-Noell Enterprises executive Thursday in
connection with embezzling from the national company. Ted Polensky, 48, was
charged with 15 counts of felony embezzlement. He was jailed in Nash County
under a $15,000 secured bond.
Company representatives allegedly contacted the sheriff's office in November
regarding suspicions of embezzlement and deputies investigated the allegations.
Officials said Polensky, who reportedly was employed as the director of the
loss prevention division, embezzled more than $1,000 from the company during a
three-month period. When contacted, representatives of Boddie-Noell declined
to comment on the incident.
Officials said the investigation began in November of 2015 and concluded
Thursday morning in Nash County.
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LPRC Cyber Security Summit
- Coming Early Spring 2016!
The University of Florida and the LPRC are teaming up once again this time to
bring you a cyber security summit set to kick off in early spring 2016! The
summit will analyze major issues and common security hot topics affecting
retailers in our technological-world today. If you are interested in learning
more about this, please follow this link to learn more:
http://fics-institute.org/. If you are interested in attending the summit,
please contact Brittany at
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Please email Brittany with answers to the following questions:
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Robots are coming to a retailer near you
New research by the consulting experts Deloitte suggests that an enormous
chunk of the UK workforce will be automated by 2036 - including over 2
million retail workers.
The research suggests that 1.1 million food services and accommodation workers
are at risk. In the USA, fast-food chains like Eatsa are already experimenting
with systems that ask customers to place orders on a tablet and then to collect
their food from a hatch. The march of the machines was already well underway and
nothing could be done to stop it: "You either adopt the technology or your
economy suffers, it's hard to resist these changes."
humans shop at a store run mostly by robots?
SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese parent of Sprint, will test what it claims to
be the first store to be run largely by robots. Five or six of the company's
Pepper humanoid robots will greet shoppers, demonstrate cellphones and make
purchasing suggestions. They will also use a tablet to assist customers in
handling order processing and finalize data plans.
Some human staffers will be present in the back to check customers' IDs and for
maintenance, but customers will be able to purchase a phone without human
contact. The test will run from Mar. 28 to Apr. 3 at a store in Tokyo.
Better With a CISO
A survey of around 200 security analysts by ThreatTrack Security found, for
those organizations that have a chief information security officer, 23% said
it's become easier to defend against malware-based cyberattacks in the past year
versus 15% of respondents from companies without a CISO who said that.
Ninety-four percent of those at a company with a CISO said they also have a
dedicated incident response team, compared with 48% for those at a business
without a CISO. And 71% at CISO companies said they would personally guarantee
the safety of customer data in 2016, versus 42% of those at a non-CISO firm who
would make that promise.
Landry's releases list of restaurants affected by credit card data breach
Following a December report of suspicious activity on cards used at some
Landry's locations, an investigation was launched that determined criminal
attackers were able to install a program on payment card processing devices at
Silver Lining for IT Security Professionals - Wages Going Up 14%
According to results from the Robert Walters Salary Survey, salaries for roles
in IT security are set to receive a significant increase with employers offering
an average rise of 14%, the largest across the industry. This is a clear
response to the significant amount of high-profile security breaches seen
throughout 2015, with organizations looking to secure the highest caliber of
talent available to strengthen their defenses against cyber-criminals. infosecurity-magazine.com
Breach Investigations: Who's Accountable?
- Lawsuit Puts Focus on Roles of PCI Council, Security Firms, Buyers
A lawsuit recently filed against security and incident response firm Trustwave
raises questions about the efficacy of the Payment Card Industry's "Professional
Forensic Investigator" services that are marketed and sold by security firms,
the extent to which the PCI's Security Standards Council monitors these
providers, as well as the responsibilities incumbent on anyone who buys such
services. One financial fraud prevention expert stresses that it's "buyer
beware" for anyone who buys any type of security product or service, including a
breach investigation. "The onus really falls on the buyer to understand their
need, understand what the product [or service] they are buying offers, and then
make sure the contract is explicit concerning what the product will accomplish,"
says Shirley Inscoe, an analyst at consultancy Aite. The contractual
requirements for a firm hired to conduct a forensic investigation must be
clearly laid out, Inscoe adds, noting that anyone who hires investigators should
not assume that these experts will contain the compromise or prevent future
Survey: Consumers shift payment preferences, warming to digital wallets
Slowly but surely, consumers are becoming open to the idea of switching from
leather wallets to an electronic version. According to the new "Let's Get
Digital" consumer survey from Citi Retail Services, digital wallet usage has
increased by 20% in the past two years. Thirty-five percent of consumers used
digital wallets at the end of 2014, and that figure rose to 55% by the end of
the year 2015. Additionally, 66% of respondents said they could be convinced to
adopt a digital wallet in their everyday lives if they were educated on the
Netflix's Making a Murderer:
An Interrogator's Perspective
Dave Thompson, CFI
Manager of Investigations & Consulting
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates
The Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" is causing an outcry for justice in
a perceived unjust system. The 10-part documentary depicts for the viewer a
perspective of Wisconsinite Steven Avery, and his nephew Brendan Dassey as they
travel through the many layers of the criminal justice system. This series has
taken social media by storm, creating several discussions on interview or
interrogation techniques, false confessions and alleged corruption in the
criminal justice system. It is an incredible example of how quickly and easily
our society becomes divided and blinded when discussing potential injustice and
As a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) it is imperative to take a critical
look at the series and separate truth or evidence from drama and conspiracy. The
documentary produced by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos begins in 2003 and is
broken down over 10 different episodes that all leave the viewer hanging and
salivating to watch the next one. Since the documentary aired on December 18,
2015, almost 400,000 people signed a petition to the White House asking for the
Federal Government to take another look at the Avery case. Justice, in the eyes
of some viewers, has not been served. However, it is interesting that a series
which highlights injustices and biases, is unequivocally mirroring that same
behavior. Ricciardi and Demo have made several appearances and interviews since
the release of the documentary and have stated "We're not prosecutors, we're not
defense attorneys, we do not set out to convict or exonerate anyone". If not
meant to convict nor to exonerate, a critical review of this documentary should
make the viewer question the intent of this film.
we continue to take a critical view of this documentary and the claims and
allegations it has so widely publicized, it's important to review the
information presented. It is an interesting observation that in the Avery case a
jury heard weeks of testimony and then deliberated for days prior to making a
decision. However, upon watching the 10 hour documentary, it seems as though the
decision has already been made for you. Before a viewer decides on a verdict,
maybe it would be appropriate to take a step back and deliberate this from an
If there was one word to describe the selection of content provided during this
documentary as well as the actual investigation that took place, "bias" would be
a perfect description. There are several types of biases that we all fall victim
to in different circumstances. A personal bias is obvious, and the basis of this
documentary is an alleged personal bias against the Avery family by the criminal
justice system and specifically the Manitowac County Police Department. Based on
the information provided in the documentary, the viewer is led to believe that
the entire homicide investigation of Teresa Halbach has been focused on Steve
Avery predicated on his history with the department. Avery was in the process of
settling a large lawsuit based off of his wrongful conviction that placed him
behind bars for 18 years of his life. There are several allegations of
wrongdoings by the police department including the planting of evidence, lack of
due diligence and misleading interviews. This series begs the viewer to question
the integrity of the investigation, the ethical and moral violations by the
police department and the unjust nature of the resulting verdicts.
Read more here.
Versa Guard's Unmatched Security, Ease of Use and
Merchandising Benefits Add Up to Fast ROI
THOROFARE, NJ - Jan. 25, 2015 -
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of merchandise
availability solutions for the retail industry, today announced the launch of
Alpha High Theft Solutions'
1 Alarm Versa Guard bottle cap, which is designed for the protection of
high-risk spirits in retail stores throughout the world.
For the past several years, the
Global Retail Theft Barometer has ranked spirits as the highest shrink
category in the "food and beverage" retail vertical market. With this in mind,
the Versa Guard solution offers retailers a higher level of benefit denial
security for theft reduction; a faster mode of application and removal for
efficient operations; and a clean, simple aesthetic design for optimum
merchandising, resulting in an impressive ROI.
The 1 Alarm Versa Guard is an inventive solution that combines tough
polycarbonate construction, a robust locking mechanism and innovative features
designed specifically to greatly reduce defeat by impact, tampering and body
shielding. The 1 Alarm solution will activate both acousto-magnetic (AM) and
radio frequency (RF) electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas at store
exits. Further, the 3 Alarm Versa Guard, a higher level of alarming bottle
protection product, will provide all the benefits as the 1 Alarm product and
will also self-alarm at 95+ decibels, both in a tamper situation in the store
and as it passes through EAS antennas at store exits, identifying individuals
carrying the merchandise.
Ease of Use
In time-and-motion studies, Versa Guard is more than twice as fast to apply and
remove compared with other bottle security solutions. The reduction in labor
significantly increases store compliance and lowers total cost of ownership when
compared to other options. In addition, a wide assortment of bottles were
assessed and tested globally with both small and large caps to ensure that Versa
Guard fits the widest range of spirits bottle formats around the world. A short
video demonstrating ease and speed of application and removal can be seen
A clear product front offers both a clean display and minimal bottle obstruction
for better merchandising and to display tax stamps, where used.
According to Uwe Sydon, Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer,
Checkpoint Systems, "Until now, it's been challenging for retailers to balance
the need of protecting their high-risk merchandise with providing an open
merchandising shopping experience to their customers. Versa Guard provides
excellent versatility, optimal merchandising and benefit denial security. It
fits most spirit bottles on the market and was designed with maximum ease of
application and removal in mind to make in-store operations quick and
Checkpoint's 1 Alarm Versa Guard solution is available immediately. Its 3 Alarm
Versa Guard will be available this spring.
Opening Comments - Why We're Here
Gus Downing, Publisher and Editor of the D&D Daily, leads off the "Live in Ft.
Lauderdale at the NRF LP Conference" broadcast with an introduction of all 18
episodes filmed live at this year's NRF Show. An NRF & LP industry first, the
full slate of interviews takes you in-depth with the leaders of the LP industry.
Gus explains why we're here, why we did it and how the proceeding episodes can
help add value to you and your career.
The NRF's Senior Leadership Supporting the LP Industry
The History - The Impact - The Meaning & the New VP of LP
Vicki Cantrell and Robert Moraca
In this episode,
Vicki Cantrell, SVP Communities and
Executive Director Shop.org at NRF, and
Robert Moraca, the new Vice President of
Loss Prevention for the NRF, take us behind the curtains of the biggest LP
conference in North America. Vicki discusses the expansion of LP's role and the
renaming of the conference to
"NRF Protect." While Robert shares with us plans
for his new leadership position at the NRF, highlighting the importance of IT
and law enforcement partnerships with retail Loss Prevention going forward.
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New customer services to improve the buying experience will always carry risk
Visa offers shoppers a simpler way to checkout online using just three easy
clicks. MasterCard has also been active in maintaining its market share. It launched a
recent ground-breaking promise to improve and expand the minimum standard for
consumer protection against unauthorised transactions across the globe with one
Zero Liability, developed in line with issuers and regulators, is a global
promise to increase the minimum standard for consumer protection against
unauthorised transactions, subject to any local laws that may be applicable.
However, there is an underlying issue of more risk to such schemes - so-called
friendly fraud. Even though a scheme such as Visa Checkout strives for the
highest levels of protection, online criminals continue to challenge the
financial safety of consumers.
Risks in any new online payment service can generally be reduced by educating
merchants to take precautions themselves as well as the safeguards MasterCard,
Visa and other providers implement.
However, the opportunity for fraud increases as easier online payments methods
are made available. The increasing sophistication of online criminals means that
fraud managers must work harder than ever before to keep consumers safe.
Fraudulent transactions are varied, which makes it harder to identify among
legitimate activity. The advent of more convenient payment platforms runs the
risk of higher levels of chargebacks.
The benefits of chargebacks for consumers who have been defrauded are evident.
Unfortunately fraudulent chargebacks, friendly fraud, can hit the bottom line
for merchants. However, merchants should not be discouraged from implementing
quicker, easier payment schemes, especially if they can mitigate the chargeback
Recent Wendy's Data Breach Shows The Importance of Bitcoin Payments
Some of the people who have recently enjoyed a meal at Wendy's in the United
States may want to keep an eye on their credit card statements in the next few
months. Several customers have reported their cards have been used for
fraudulent payments after visiting a Wendy's near them, which is not good news
for the fast food chain.
Unfortunately, this incident does not revolve around one particular location, as
several restaurants have been affected by this wave of strange customer card
charges. As is the case in many locations around the world, Wendy's cashiers
will swipe the user's card through a payment terminal, a process that has been
ingrained in customer's habits for quite some time now.
This is one of the reasons why Bitcoin payments are so important to both
consumers and companies all over the world. There is no risk for fraud or
chargebacks involved in the world of Bitcoin and digital currency. Plus, there
is no sensitive payment information changing hands when completing a Bitcoin
payment. All in all, Bitcoin is far more secure for global payments than a
credit card will ever be.
Online sales will reach $523 billion by 2020 in
Martinsville, Va., PD's increased focus on shoplifting last year led to 2 ORC
Commonwealth Attorney Compliments Local Retail LP Teams
Shoplifting accounted for a fifth of Martinsville's total Part I crimes in 2014.
Police Chief Sean Dunn said. Shoplifting accounted for 92 of the city's 441
total Part 1 crimes (nearly 21 percent) in 2014. As a result of the large
percentage of shoplifting incidents, we decided to tackle this from a
department-wide approach and enhance our partnership with the business
community," Dunn said.
The Martinsville Police Department's initial response included patrol officers
making periodic stops at local businesses. Our second step was to assign
shoplifting incidents to criminal investigators when Patrol was unable to make
an apprehension. Reported crime was down 23 percent from 2013 to 2014, giving us
an opportunity to shift these incidents to criminal investigators with their
much lower caseloads," Dunn said. "This (led) to the identification of two
organized retail theft rings that were operating in the city. One of the
organized retail theft rings was operating out of North Carolina and into
several other states."
He added that MPD also developed Business Watch, spearheaded by Lt. R.
"Tony" Turner, to facilitate dialogue between the business community and the
police department. MPD's preliminary numbers for 2015 indicate 114 reported
shoplifting incidents, 86 percent of which MPD cleared by arrest.
Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney Clay Gravely said he thought shoplifting
"is a significant problem which impacts us all. "In the city, most of these
involve shoplifting from local grocery and department stores, such as CVS,
Kroger and Belk. Fortunately, my office has a great working relationship with
the loss-prevention agents at these stores, and they are always very prepared
and good at what they do, which helps us to prosecute these cases effectively,"
Gravely said. martinsvillebulletin.com
NY: Trio Shoplifts $15K in Fur Coats
A trio of shoplifters made off with five fur coats from a Brooklyn store and
police on Sunday released images of them taken by a surveillance camera. The
photos show two men and a woman posing as shoppers at the Macy's Backstage store
on Emmons Avenue in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. The trio entered the store
at about 8:10 p.m. Friday, removed locked wires on five fur coats, stuffed them
into a bag and fled, investigators said. The furs are valued at approximately
Wichita, KS: Six arrested after clothing thefts on opposite sides of town
Six people were arrested Thursday after two stores on opposite sides of town
reported crimes an hour apart committed by a group of people using a white SUV,
police said. An employee of Burlington Coat Factory said the group came into the
store shortly before noon, "grabbed armfuls of clothing items" and fled the
store. They left in a white Dodge Durango. About an hour later, six people
entered the Famous Footwear and began to grab shoes and socks. When a clerk
tried to intervene, a man in the group warned her that he had a gun. More than
50 pairs of blue jeans and jogging pants, worth an estimated $2,000, were stolen
from Burlington Coat Factory. Several pairs of shoes and socks were taken from
Famous Footwear, worth about $600.
FL: Police searching for 2 in Davie cellphone store burglary
A South Florida business owner is hoping police are able to locate the duo who,
he said, smashed their way into his cellphone store and took off with thousands
of dollars in cash and merchandise, early Sunday. Cameras rolled as the subjects
used a sledgehammer to get into the Davie business, at around 6 a.m., and were
in and out in seconds. Davie Police alerted the Owner, Ahmad Sharifeh about the
burglary. Sunday afternoon. "[They] emptied it out, all the phones we had in
there and the accessories," he said. "They took everything, snatched the cash
register, and within two minutes they were gone." Sharifeh said the pair got
away with about $4,000 in merchandise and cash.
Springfield, MA: Loot seized from trio of 'professional' shoplifters included
110 pairs of ladies underwear
Stolen merchandise recovered from what police describe as a trio of professional
shoplifters, arrested Thursday after they fled Kohl's on Riverdale Street,
included 110 pairs of women's underwear valued at over $1,300. They are
professionals," Police Capt. Michael J. Banas of the three suspects, all from
Queens, N.Y. "These are guys who knew what they were doing." The underwear and a
number of other recovered items had been stolen from the Macy's store at the
Holyoke Mall which the suspects visited shortly before they made their ill-fated
visit to Kohl's at 935 Riverdale Street. Most of the recovered merchandise had
been taken from the Holyoke Mall. Along with the ladies underwear, the suspects'
haul from Macy's included 11 wallets valued at $693 and a leather coat of
undetermined value. Police also recovered two Target gift cards worth $1,000
apiece, 5 iTune cards worth $100 apiece and clothing valued at approximately
$95. The suspects also took an iPad from the Apple Store at the mall valued at
approximately $1,000. The haul from their interrupted time at Kohl's was
considerably less: a camera and speaker valued at approximately $139.
Augusta, GA: Mother and son busted with $450 in merchandise from JC Penney
Josette Rowan, 41, and Aron Sculley, 24, both of New Ellenton, S.C., were seen
on surveillance cameras, authorities said, attempting to conceal more than $450
worth of makeup and clothing from J.C. Penney. According to an incident report,
the suspects attempted to hide the items in Rowan's purse and leave the store.
Rockland, ME: Woman arrested for switching price tags; 20 previous arrests
A woman who was arrested for allegedly switching price tags of merchandise at a
Rockland business was ordered held without bail on Jan. 27 pending a hearing to
revoke her probation. Rockland Police charged Traci L. Cultrera, Jan. 22 with
theft by deception and violating conditions of release. Cultrera has 20 previous
arrests, primarily for theft, and numerous probation revocations.
Beach, SC: Woman charged with shoplifting from 10 stores at Coastal Grand Mall
In Horry County, a woman is facing 10 counts of shoplifting following a rash of
thefts Friday at Coastal Grand Mall, according to police records. Kristen
Elizabeth Hardee, 28, of the Myrtle Beach area, was booked Friday at the Myrtle
Beach city jail on 10 counts of shoplifting, according to booking records.
Police reports filed Friday state the suspect concealed merchandise shoplifted
from various stores in shopping bags and a stroller. All items were returned
back to the stores, and Hardee is charged with 10 counts of shoplifting less
Helena-West Helena, AR: Off-duty officer helps
thwart $1,500 Wal-Mart shoplifters
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NC: 6 Arrested After Shooting In Charlotte Mall
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested six people after they say a dispute
led to a shooting in north Charlotte Saturday. According to CMPD, two groups
were in the parking lot just outside of the Verizon Wireless store on Northlake
Centre Parkway when a dispute led to multiple shots being fired. Officers
responded to a call in reference to the shooting just before 1 p.m. When
officers arrived on scene, one of the subjects involved was found to have a gun
inside his vehicle. CMPD's Real Time Crime Center located a possible suspect
vehicle that left the scene. Mecklenburg County deputies located the vehicle and
stopped the driver. One of the vehicle's occupants was found to have a gunshot
wound in the stomach. Several other passengers in the vehicle were detained for
questioning by police.
Durham, NC: Woman injured in Northgate Mall shooting
Authorities said that a woman was shot in the arm in the parking lot of the mall
just after 7 p.m on Saturday. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life
threatening injuries. Her identity was not released. The shooting occurred after
some type of altercation that began inside the mall spilled out into the parking
lot. No suspects were in custody Saturday night.
AL: Man accused of Killing Co-Worker at Home Depot to go before Grand Jury
Kareem Gaymon, 23, wasn't in court long on Thursday as he waived his right to a
preliminary hearing, he remains in the Shelby Co. jail on $1 million bond.
Gaymon was arrested in late October, nearly two months after police say he shot
and killed 25-year-old Xavier Beasley. Gaymon was arrested at Sam's Club, which
is where he worked at the time. But they say in September, Gaymon worked with
Beasley at the Hoover Home Depot. Police said that on the night Beasley was
killed, Gaymon left work two hours before Beasley and then returned and waited
on Beasley in the parking lot. Investigators said Gaymon was interested in a
female co-worker and the young lady was friends with Beasley. They believe
Gaymon considered Beasley his competition and therefore, he didn't like Beasley.
Ottawa, CN: Man dead, one injured in restaurant Shooting
Police entered a restaurant Sunday night to find one man shot dead and another
badly injured. The cops had raced to the Iris Plaza mini-mall after calls
starting coming in about a shooting, around 5:30 p.m. Inside the Shifa
Restaurant, police found the two victims, one of whom was rushed to hospital and
was in serious condition Sunday night. The area around the strip mall was
cordoned off, as roughly a dozen police vehicles descended on the intersection
of Iris Street and Cobden Road. Nearby residents were told to stay inside their
Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threat At Long Island Macy's Store
A Hempstead man has been charged with making a phony bomb threat at the Macy's
in the Roosevelt Field mall.
Tucson, AZ: Police crackdown on Convenience Store crime
Convenience store crime is nothing new, but what's happening right now across
Tucson is disturbing on many different levels. Not only because of the number of
burglaries and robberies taking place, police said, but because of the
escalation in violence that's putting public safety at risk. The Tucson Police
Department is calling upon its specialized Community Response Team to find out
what's going on, determine who's responsible and how to stop them.
Oak Lawn, IL: Security Guard Dragged By Neck While Trying to Handcuff Woman
A shoplifter dropped his Apple phone after he grabbed a loss prevention officer
around the neck who was trying to handcuff his female companion during a
Hennessy heist at Mariano's. The female suspect refused to comply with the Loss
Prevention agent, the male accomplice grabbed the loss prevention officer around
his neck and dragged him backwards. While the loss prevention officer struggled
with the man, the man's cell phone fell out the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt.
The loss prevention officer picked up the phone and the man said to arrest him,
not the woman. The pair were able to get away and fled through the parking lot.
BC, CN: Bystanders catch suspect during Penticton jewelry store smash-and-grab
A would-be thief smashed a glass display at a jewelry store in Penticton's mall,
but bystanders grabbed the suspect before he could get away with the loot.
Police were called at about 2 p.m., Jan. 29, to Paris Jewellers in the Cherry
Lane Shopping Centre to a report of a display case getting smashed by a thief.
One of two suspects was caught by several bystanders, who held the man down
until RCMP arrived to arrest him. The second suspect got away.
FL: Disney to hire, train its own Security Personnel
Disney's launching another major security change at its Orlando parks nearly a
month after metal detectors were put up at the front gates. WFTV found out
Disney is hiring and training its own security personnel. Industry experts said
the move shouldn't come as a surprise, as Disney likes to control what's going
on inside the parks, even when it comes to security. "The trick is to provide
enough security to make people feel safe, but not so much that they feel
alarmed," said theme park expert Dr. Rick Foglesong. He said the metal detectors
were a big departure, especially for Walt Disney World, a company that prides
itself on immersing guests into the experiences at the parks. Disney has been
using a private firm, with security officers using black and bright yellow
jackets for added security, but now Disney is beefing up its own security force,
with plans to move to an all in-house operation. Company officials have not said
how many security officers it's hiring.
Singapore: Retailers and Police to work closer to ensure shopper safety
Singapore is known as a shopping paradise and areas like Orchard Road, Bugis and
Marina Bay attract many shoppers from here and abroad, especially during festive
periods. Thus, a closer working relationship between retailers and the police is
needed to ensure the safety of shoppers, in the light of a recent terrorist
attack that happened outside a shopping mall in Jakarta in January, said Madam
Rahayu Mahzam, MP for Jurong GRC. Under the Retail Watch Group, the police will
send an e-newsletter to retailers detailing latest crimes trends and statistics.
Also included are tips on how to prevent crime and good security practices.
Ocean City, N.J., online sports memorabilia
retailer pleads guilty to $2.5M fraud scheme
Orem, UT: Police offer Residents Mass Shooting Survival Course
Toledo, OH: Dollar General and Family Dollar stores robbed about 40 minutes
Grand Forks, ND: A spike in burglaries is prompting action
Australia: Shopkeeper makes flamethrower to fight armed robbers
Curious Sea Lion climbed 145 steps to browse a Gift Shop
Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in the Fountain Square, Lombard, IL was the victim
of a Samsh & Grab Armed Robbery on 1/29 at 8:40pm. Over 100 pieces of jewelry
Kay Jewelers in the Mall in Columbia, Columbia, MD was the victim of a Grab &
Run on 1/30, merchandise valued at $8,700
Kay Jewelers in the Clifton Town Center, Clifton, NJ was the victim of an
Attempted Burglary, no merchandise was stolen
AT&T - Hilltown Twp, PA - Robbery
Bossy Dairy - San Bernardino, CA - Armed Robbery/ Store Owner Killed
Chevron - Yuma, AZ - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Yuma, AZ - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Battle Creek, MI - Armed Robbery
Common Man General - Hookset, NH - Robbery
Dollar General - Toledo, OH - Burglary
Family Dollar - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Bayou Blue, LA - Armed Robbery
Fast Stop - Douglas Co, OR - Robbery
Fred's Pro Hardware - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Gift Card ATM - Hampton, VA - Robbery / employee kills Suspect
Jimmy Johns - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
Radio Shack - Downers Grove, IL - Armed Robbery
Runaway Mart - Little Falls, NY - Robbery
- Pineville, KY - Burglary
Stop & Go - Cordele, GA - Robbery/ Assault of cashier
Verizon - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robber
Walgreens - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
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