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In Case You Missed It

January's Moving Ups

18 New Senior LP's - 11 Appointments - 7 Promotions

Apple promoted Jessica Kirschbraun to Director of Investigations
C-3is, Inc. named Sean Walker, CFI Senior Vice President
CVS Health named Raymond Sosa Divisional Asset Protection Director - Washington, DC Metro Area
Facebook named Jason Jones Global Security Manager - Security Operations Center
Facebook named Lee Freedman Director II and Associate General Counsel for Compliance, Security & Investigations
HD Supply Construction & Industrial - White Cap promoted Brian Friedman to Director - Asset Protection & Chief Security Officer
Kate Spade New York named Joey Hunt Director of Loss Prevention
L Brands named Michael Loox, CFI Director, Emergency Operations Center
MadRag/10Spot named Derek McCarthy Director of Loss Prevention
Nike promoted Adam Oberdick to North America Manager, Digital Loss Prevention
Nordstrom promoted Tony Davis to Director, National Loss Prevention, Internal Investigations, Rack Operations
Office Depot promoted Walt Hall to Director of Loss Prevention & Safety
Sally Beauty named Jim Mires Vice President Loss Prevention and Safety
Sekura Global named Donna Gudridge Client Program Manager - NAM
Spark Resultants promoted Johnny Custer, CFI to CIO - Chief Implementation Officer Spark Analytics
The Decurion Corporation named Katie Walker, CFI Director of Asset Protection
The Fresh Market named John Bishop Group Vice President of Operations
The Walking Company promoted Jon Parrett to Head of Loss Prevention

Jennifer Kajzer named Vice President of Loss Prevention for Michaels

Jennifer was previously the Asset Protection Senior Director of Operations for JC Penney since 2016. She's also held a variety of other roles during her fifteen years working in retail, including District Manager for PetSmart, District Vice President and Territory Vice President Loss Prevention for Kohl's Department Stores, and Group Assets Protection Team Leader for Target. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana University South Bend, and then acquired her Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis. Congratulations Jennifer!

Jimmy Treuting Named SVP Sales and Marketing for ADT Cybersecurity
ADT, the leader in security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in North America, today announced that it has hired Jimmy Treuting to lead sales and marketing for ADT Cybersecurity.

Prior to joining ADT Cybersecurity, Treuting served as SVP Sales and Marketing at Netchex Online, a leading provider of cloud-based human resources and payroll solutions.

He has also held CEO positions with Verticalive, a technology startup company focused on developing and supporting a Microsoft Azure-based software accelerator framework; Dukky, LLC, a provider of integrated social media solutions and Strategic Consulting, LLC.

In addition to his previous roles, Treuting spent more than eight years with Verio and Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT) where he was president of three divisions and was responsible for the profit and loss for several areas of the company. He was also Chairman and CEO of Communique, a regional Internet Service Provider that he managed from startup to sale. Congratulations Jimmy! Read full press release here

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Registration Now Open for "Swing for Certification" Golf Tournament
Hosted by the LP Foundation at NRF Protect 2018

Registration is now open for "Swing for Certification", the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) golf tournament set for Sunday, June 10, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas preceding the NRF Protect conference June 11-13, 2018. The event is open to all retailers and solution providers to benefit the LPF Fund Scholarship Program for LP professionals who want to advance their careers through obtaining their LPQ or LPC certifications. Proceeds will also benefit industry charities including the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund and the USS Foundation, the legacy event sponsor.

The event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Prizes and awards will be handed out at a cocktail reception following golf. Bear Creek Golf Club is located at 3500 Bear Creek Court in Dallas, adjacent to DFW Airport and just 7 miles from the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, site of the NRF Protect conference.

Join your colleagues for this opportune networking event by registering today at "Swing for Certification" event website. Read the full press release here.

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Announces Newest Masters Level Partner
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest Masters level scholarship partner, InstaKey Security Systems. The Masters level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships for distribution to retailers, universities and internal associates. It also enables InstaKey to provide complimentary LPF memberships to loss prevention practitioners.

Headquartered just outside Denver, CO, InstaKey became a market leader in key control by offering clients a sustainable, cost-effective solution for rekeying locations and managing keys using restricted, serialized keys, user-rekeyable locks, cloud-based key management software, and dedicated program administration. prweb.com

Search Ends for Quiksilver CEO Lost at Sea
A search for missing Boardriders CEO Pierre Agnes has ended with no sign of the 54-year-old father of three, who is now presumed dead. Agnes had been fishing off the southwest coast of France early Tuesday when he told port authorities his return would be delayed because of thick fog, per Reuters. His 36-foot boat then returned to land without him, not far from his hometown of Capbreton. More than a day after helicopters and coast guard vessels began searching for Agnes in choppy waters, authorities called off the search at 2:35pm local time Wednesday, "well beyond the theoretical survival time for someone in the water," reports NBC News. newser.com

Mattress Firm-Owner Steinhoff Refers Ex-CEO to Police on Suspicion of Corruption
Global retailer lost 85% of value after finding accounts wrongdoing

Steinhoff International Holdings NV reported former Chief Executive Officer Markus Jooste to South Africa's anti-graft police, pinning the blame for an accounting scandal squarely on the man who built the retailer into a global force.

The owner of Mattress Firm in the U.S. and Conforama in France referred Jooste to the unit known as the Hawks on Tuesday based on its investigation into financial irregularities, acting Chairman Heather Sonn told lawmakers in Cape Town on Wednesday. The company has enough evidence to suggest the former CEO may have committed offenses that breached the country's corruption-fighting act, she said.

"The matter is now in the hands of the Hawks for further investigation and prosecution," Frankfurt-and-Johannesburg-listed Steinhoff said in an accompanying presentation. The retailer still doesn't know how the crisis began and a probe into its accounts led by PwC will be completed as quickly as possible, Sonn said.

The move against Jooste shows Steinhoff is seeking to isolate itself from the company's former leader, who quit when the retailer reported the accounting irregularities on Dec. 5. Ex-chairman and biggest shareholder Christo Wiese was also at the hearing with lawmakers, and said news of the scandal came to him as "a bolt from the blue" and that he had no prior knowledge of any wrongdoing. Wiese, 76, has seen his net worth more than halve to $2.3 billion as Steinhoff's shares plunged by 85 percent. bloomberg.com

NFL warns fans to be wary of counterfeit merchandise and tickets
450K illegal items worth $39M seized last year

Fake Super Bowl merchandise is flooding into the Twin Cities this week, and federal agents who usually fight terrorists are stalking our skyways and scrutinizing shopping tags to figure out if they can seize racks full of suspect sweatshirts and sham hats. It's a big problem, according to the National Football League.

Before last year's Super Bowl in Houston, agents with the Department of Homeland Security - working with local law enforcement - confiscated more than 260,000 counterfeit items worth more than $20 million, court records show. A total of 56 people were arrested for selling illegal merchandise, including fake tickets to the big game. And that wasn't the biggest haul. That happened in 2016, when 450,000 illegal items worth $39 million were seized.

On Monday, a Hennepin County judge granted the league and its agents permission to seize all suspected contraband without the notices typically required in court. The order came in response to an emergency lawsuit the league filed against 100 unspecified counterfeiters on Jan. 24. startribune.com

'Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal'
Employees say Whole Foods is using 'scorecards' to punish them

Whole Foods has a new inventory-management system aimed at making stores more efficient and cutting down on food waste. And employees say the retailer's method of ensuring compliance is crushing morale.

The new system, called order-to-shelf, or OTS, has a strict set of procedures for purchasing, displaying, and storing products on store shelves and in back rooms. To make sure stores comply, Whole Foods relies on "scorecards" that evaluate everything from the accuracy of signage to the proper recording of theft, or "shrink."

Some employees, who walk through stores with managers to ensure compliance, describe the system as onerous and stress-inducing. Conversations with 27 current and recently departed Whole Foods workers, including cashiers and corporate employees - some of whom have been with the company for nearly two decades - say the system is seen by many as punitive.

They say many employees are terrified of losing their jobs under the new system and that they spend more hours mired in OTS-related paperwork than helping customers. Some are so fed up with the new system that they have quit or are looking for other jobs. In addition to hurting morale, OTS has led to food shortages across Whole Foods stores, they say.

"I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about maps and inventory, and when regional leadership is going to come in and see one thing wrong, and fail the team," a supervisor at a West Coast Whole Foods store said. "The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal."  businessinsider.com

Sears lays off roughly 220 corporate workers 'effective immediately'
Sears, which has been shuttering stores and selling off assets to prop up its finances in the midst of sliding sales, said Wednesday that it is laying off roughly 220 employees at its corporate offices "effective immediately.''

The job cuts are pegged to the one-time retail giant's turnaround plan, which has involved renegotiating debt and slashing costs to eke out a profit at a time when Sears is struggling to compete with Amazon as well as more nimble or cheaper competitors like Walmart.

"Positions in various business units and roles across the organization were impacted,'' the company said in a statement that noted efforts to shed money-losing product categories, shutter weaker stores and winnow operations helped it make "significant progress in our efforts to improve our financial position.'' usatoday.com

Bon-Ton is shuttering 42 stores
Regional department store chain Bon-Ton has announced the 42 locations that it will be closing next, following years of declining sales.

The stores set to close operated under various banners - Carson's, Younkers and Herberger's - and span states such as Idaho, New York and Ohio. Bon-Ton has dual headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania. Liquidation sales for the 42 stores are set to begin on Feb. 1 and will last for about 10 to 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, the department store chain has laid out a restructuring plan that includes opening smaller locations, resetting its inventory to move away from seasonal fashion accessories and growing its private-label brands. chainstoreage.com

See full list of Bon-Ton closures here

As Bon-Ton shutters stores, Kohl's could reap the benefits
Kohl's could be the biggest winner in retail as regional department store chain Bon-Ton restructures its store fleet, according to Jefferies. Jefferies' Konik found many of Bon-Ton's stores are in the same neighborhood as Kohl's, positioning Kohl's to pick up lost customers. cnbc.com

Retailers See Tax Reform Boost
But 2018 Could Be Make-or-Break for Brands

Industry disruption, mounting debt, and tax reform's sweeping changes continue to widen the gap between traditional economic predictors and the retail industry's current financial reality. Retailers' expectations for the year ahead remain moderate, with C-suite executives forecasting a 3.2 percent increase in total sales for 2018, according to a mix of 100 retail CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs in the first annual 2018 BDO Retail Compass Survey of CxOs.

At the same time, the industry is generally bullish for tax reform. When considering tax changes, more than one third (34 percent) of retailers agree that a reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate would have the greatest impact on their business, followed by a reduction in the U.S. individual income tax rate, changes to state and local taxes, and cross-border tariffs. The ways retailers adjust their financial and tax strategies to maximize returns will define how much money they will be able to spend on initiatives that can help them compete. businesswire.com

Lowe's Expands Benefits and Announces $1,000 Cash Bonus

UK supermarket Morrisons to cut 1,500 management jobs

Tourneau Acquired by European Watch Retailer Bucherer

NRF Says Consumers Will Spend Near-Record $19.6 Billion on Valentine's Day

Mt. Juliet, TN: Leaders take aim at gun store security

Quarterly Results
Boot Barn Q3 comp's up 5.2%, net sales up 12.7%
Ralph Lauren Q3 comp's down 10%, revenue down 4%

Announcing the launch of the
North American Fraud Awards 2018

Do you, your Asset Protection team, a colleague or vendor partner deserve special recognition for their work?

Is there a particular strategy, product or local initiative worthy of celebrating on a national stage?

Whether you can think of just one or many deserving examples, Retail Knowledge is delighted to announce the launch of the North American Fraud Awards; an industry event created specifically to celebrate the best of the Asset Protection industry...

Free to enter

Entry is truly free and you can make as many entries in as many categories as you like. You do not have to be a member of any organisation. You can nominate yourself or anyone else you choose (with their permission, of course), and entering the Fraud Awards could not be simpler...

Entries for nominations open December 1, 2017 and close February 19, 2018. Judging takes place on February 21 and the shortlist of finalists will be published on March 5.

On May 17 in Dallas the winners will be revealed at the Fraud Awards Gala Dinner Evening. There guests enjoy a champagne reception followed by an outstanding three course meal with champagne and fine wines before the Awards themselves get underway.

For further details about the Awards and how to enter check out this page.

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White Paper - Specialty Beauty Retailer Offender, Shopper, Employee Feedback Study: LM Tag

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) conducted a series of in-person survey interviews in the Gainesville, FL. A specialty beauty retailer's StoreLab in order to understand the impact of the LM Tag on associates, shoppers and shoplifters. This research focused on the LM Tag's impact on protecting high end fragrances, one of the specialty beauty retailer's high loss products.

Shopper Feedback
93% of customers rated the LM Tag's effectiveness above a 5, indicating they think the LM Tag is effective at preventing theft.

Employee Feedback
90% of the associates surveyed agreed that they like the LM Tag and that it is easy to apply.

Offender Feedback
In this study, all 7 shoplifters indicated they would not attempt to steal a product that was protected by the LM Tag.

Click here to download the complete report.

The LM Tag from Intelligent Loss Prevention uses the combination of a light sensor and motion detector to notify when a product is both in motion and concealed. It alarms at the point of theft, making it the only device on the market that has the ability to alert you before product walks out the door.



Over 300,000 Oracle Point-of-Sale Systems at Security Risk
MICROS POS Breached, Again

A new security flaw has been discovered affecting Oracle MICROS point-of-sale (POS) systems. The vulnerability allows attackers to collect configuration files from the affected POS systems, and use this data to gain full access to the POS system and attached services. This flaw is highly dangerous considering a lot of customer financial or personal data is linked with these systems.

Security researchers at ERPScan wrote that criminals have always tried to leverage vulnerabilities that could be used to target POS systems as they are "a hacker's coveted choice." The exploit in question was discovered by security researcher Dmitry Chastuhin last year affecting Oracle MICROS POS systems. Tracked as CVE-2018-2636, the vulnerability has been given a rating of 8.1 out of 10, meaning it's highly severe.

Using this flaw, attackers can gain unauthenticated read and write access to the POS server's database and read local files to obtain usernames and passwords to gain full access to the database.

Along with stealing data, attackers could also install POS malware to collect customer payment details or other types of malware for future attacks. While Oracle fixed the flaw earlier in January, it is unlikely if all the 330,000 affected POS systems will be updated promptly, as it takes month before businesses update their point-of-sale systems. wccftech.com

96% of Top Merchants Now Accepting Chip-Card Payments
The U.S. Payments Forum recently released its winter 2018 market snapshot, providing updates on the status of the U.S. credit-card chip migration and contactless payments, technologies for securing online transactions, and recently released resources.

At the forum's December 2017 member meeting, several of the global payment networks reported that the number of chip-on-chip transactions for credit cards is more than 50%, and more than 60% of funds transferred during credit-card purchases are from chip-on-chip transactions. This can be attributed to the growth in merchant enablement seen over the past year. Today, 96% of the top 200 merchants are now accepting chip payments, compared to 29% of merchants at the beginning of 2017. cspdailynews.com

'The (in)Convenience of Clerkless C-stores'
Change is coming to the convenience store industry - but it may not be for the best.

Earlier this year, 7-Eleven Inc. announced plans to swap out store associates in Japan with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagged merchandise. The intention is to place a greater emphasis on payment cards, as well as mobile technology at checkout.

While the setup could alleviate the worker shortage facing Japanese convenience stores, the risks likely outweigh the rewards in the U.S. market. From the ongoing importance of register clerks to a wide range of security concerns, here's why convenience store owners should think twice before going clerkless.

Fewer Protections in Place

Security remains an important concern for convenience store owners. A rise in fraud at the pump coupled with delays in chip-card compliance have turned up the pressure on retailers to guard against cybercriminals. But embracing clerkless stores may be a step in the wrong direction.

Although technology can help speed up the checkout process, some innovations leave much to be desired when it comes to security. RFID tags, for example, could be covered up in aluminum foil, thereby blocking the signal and making it easy for shoplifters to steal valuable products.

By instead opting for a combination of RFID technology and limited human intervention, retailers can reap the rewards of automated scanning while also stopping thieves in their tracks. csnews.com

Scan - Bag - Go
Kroger expands checkout-free technology to more divisions

The nation's largest supermarket retailer is outfitting more stores with technology designed to eliminate checkout lanes. Throughout 2018, Kroger Co. will deploy its Scan, Bag, Go shopping technology in 18 operating divisions, making the service available to customers at 400 stores. The expansion is based on a successful 20-store test.

Kroger will roll out the technology at select locations in the following divisions: Atlanta; Central; Cincinnati; Columbus; Dallas; Delta; Dillons; Fred Meyer; Fry's; Houston; King Soopers; Louisville; Michigan; Mid-Atlantic; Nashville; Ralphs; Smith's; and QFC. All chosen locations will launch the technology by the end of the year.

The technology, which was designed by Kroger's in-house research and development team, enables shoppers to use a wireless handheld scanner or download the "Scan, Bag, Go" app onto their personal device. Customers use the technology to scan and bag products as they shop. chainstoreage.com

Woodman's Food Markets pilots 'rapid checkout' technology
Woodman's Food Markets in Janesville, Wis., is testing new technology that offers customers quicker checkout options at its Gammon Road location.

The employee-owned supermarket chain is rolling out a pilot program that includes "rapid checkout" lanes and a hand-held scanning device called the "mobile shopper," similar to other scanners being introduced by Walmart and Kroger this year. supermarketnews.com

Umbo Computer Vision unveils new AI-based camera
Umbo Computer Vision, a provider of autonomous video security technology based in San Francisco, announced the release of Umbo SmartBullet, its new AI-based camera designed for integrators, businesses and governments looking for autonomous video security capabilities and a simple end-to-end user experience.

With real-time video security capabilities and AI-based technology, SmartBullet enables facilities managers at businesses in high crime areas, critical infrastructure installations, school campuses, transportation systems and other public venues, for example, to record, track and receive more accurate notifications when intruders have entered a property, climbed a wall or crossed a border. securitysystemsnews.com


America's Funniest LP 'Quick Takes'

With MCs Joe LaRocca & Amber Bradley

Amber Tries to Make
Scott Sanford Cry

Originally Published 4-28-16

Amber calls him "ORC Zen Master", but you may know him as Scott Sanford, Director of Loss Prevention for Forman Hills. In this LPNN Quick Take, he tells us the one crime-fighting resource that would be hard to live without and why he thinks a national ORC association is needed.

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The Darker Side of eCommerce Fraud
Radial Asks Retailers: Are You Prepared to Handle Top Fraud Threats? New Fraud Index Says No

Radial, the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, released its 2017 Fraud Index informing the pervasive and shifting nature of fraud as eCommerce continues to surge. Data scientists from Radial's Fraud Team analyzed data from hundreds of clients and billions of transactions to create the 2017 Fraud Index that identifies the EMV, digital gift card, cross border and shipping and fulfillment trends putting retailers at risk.

Radial's 2017 Fraud Index takes an in-depth look at five trends and the data behind them to help retailers decide if managing fraud on their own is a wise decision.

1. Card-Not-Present fraud continues to rise with some market segments more vulnerable than others, but the blame does not lie solely with EMV. In 2017, fraud attacks in cosmetics soared 400 percent versus 2016. Apparel wasn't far behind, with more than four times the increase in attacks, followed by a two-times increase in the electronics, home and entertainment segments.

2. Data breaches are igniting fraud attacks, with 2017 reporting the highest number of breaches since tracking began. One of 2017's worst data breaches that impacted 145.5 million U.S. consumers, started in mid-May and wasn't discovered until the end of July. Radial's data shows a significant uptick in fraud attacks across four market segments during this same time period, and then a corresponding decrease in attacks and a shift to other market segments when the attack was made public in September.

3. Digital gift cards steadily increase in risk YoY, showing on average a four-times increase in fraud attacks from Thanksgiving to Christmas compared to 2015. Digital gift cards remain a popular target for fraudsters as they take advantage of the surge in order volumes during the holiday season to mask their criminal intent.

4. Shipping and fulfillment methods carry different risk, but all areas saw an increase in attacks in 2017. Fraud attacks were 2.5 times higher for ground shipments for the first three quarters of 2017, compared to 2016. Despite this increase, ground shipments carry the least financial risk when it comes to fraud-for every $211 of good orders shipped via ground there is $1 of fraud attacks. In contrast, same day (e.g., digital gift cards) poses the highest financial risk-with every $10 of good orders comes $1 in fraud attacks. Overnight shipping remains a favorite with fraudsters and the riskiest physical shipping method for retailers as evidenced by $1 of fraud attacks for every $13.

5. Credit card BIN Country and IP Country are red flags for fraud, with certain geographies representing higher risk internationally across market segments. For the countries with the highest attack rates by BIN and IP for all eCommerce volume within each country, nearly 20 percent of eCommerce fraud in Italy's entertainment market segment was attributed to credit cards issued from that country's BIN, while nearly 30 percent in Dominica originated from an IP address in that country. Even more startling is the amount of eCommerce fraud for cosmetics in Venezuela - nearly 75 percent originates from a Venezuelan IP address. prnewswire.com

Robots gain ground in ecommerce warehouses
Debate rages over whether enough new jobs will be created

Ecommerce growth fell 26% in 2017: Forrester Research

Mexico antirust body opens e-commerce probe for potential abuses

Pandora is laying off 5% of its workforce


Annapolis, MD: Five Women Charged With Stealing $100K-Plus from Dick's, Victoria's Secret and Pink in Theft Ring
Five Maryland women have been charged with stealing more than $100,000 of retail merchandise in an alleged theft ring. Tyrayah Shonita Graham, Donna Leurine Moye, Lisa Marie Williams, Lyric Taj McLaughlin and Tiara Kianna Baker were charged with conspiracy to commit a theft scheme with a value of $100,000 or more. Moye and Williams were also charged with possessing and selling counterfeit goods. The women allegedly targeted retail stores such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Victoria's Secret and Pink, prosecutors said. The newspaper quotes prosecutors as saying the women would enter stores together, put display merchandise into large bags and leave without paying. They say the theft ring operated in Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Charles and Montgomery counties. baltimoresun.com

Memphis, TN: Owner of a Meat Market charged in $1.2 Million Food Stamp Scam
The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday that 59-year-old Guy Randal Stockard has been charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A Jan. 11 indictment says Stockard owned Southern Meat Market in Memphis. Prosecutors say he bought customers' food assistance program benefits at a discount in exchange for cash. The indictment says Stockard then redeemed those benefits at full face value. Prosecutors say the value of the fraudulent transactions was at least $1.2 million. Stockard faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. time.com

Fremont, CA: Police Recover 2,000 Stolen Laptops in International Theft Ring
Northern California police have arrested nine people and recovered $2 million in stolen electronics after they say they broke up a massive auto burglary ring. Fremont Police announced the arrests Wednesday. Several Northern California law enforcement agencies joined forces a few months ago to investigate a surge in auto burglaries. Investigators said the evidence led them to a gang operating on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, which in turn led them to a man they said was buying the stolen equipment.

Police last month seized more than 2,000 stolen laptops stored in a rental unit and found in a tractor trailer investigators pulled over near Oakland, California. Investigators believe the vehicle was headed to the Port of Oakland so the laptops could be shipped to Vietnam. nbcbayarea.com

Update: Horry County, SC: Three suspects facing over 100 charges after breaking into 50 Dollar Generals in a multi-state crime spree
The department's Facebook post says 13 break-ins happened within the county. CID Employees of the Month October 2017 are Det. Jonathan Rabon, Det. Matt Treitler, and Det. Ashley Soucy (now SLED agent). During a months long rash of burglaries targeting Dollar General stores, these detectives worked tirelessly to coordinate with over 19 other jurisdictions, in two states, that were observing similar incidents. Of the at least 50 burglaries that occurred, 13 were in Horry County. wpde.com

Tucson, AZ: 'Foundrop' assists Ace Hardware recover thousands in stolen merchandise
A new website called Foundrop helped a local business find thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that was stolen from its store two weeks ago. On January 17, Security cameras caught two people smashing a glass doorwith a small hammer at an Ace Hardware near 22nd and Kolb. Surveillance video shows once inside, the thieves spent less than two minutes to steal about $15,000 worth of expensive knives and gun scopes. A couple days later, Tucson Police detective Todd Landau says officers pulled over a driver with a suspended license and impounded the car. kgun9.com

Sonora, CA: Four arrested in another $1,500 baby formula heist
A group of four Modesto residents were arrested Tuesday evening after racking up more than $1,500 in stolen items during a crime spree at two businesses in the Timberhills Shopping Center. At about 3:30 p.m., two men and a woman left Sav-Mart on Mono Way with multiple cans of baby formula and bottles of liquor. uniondemocrat.com

UK: England: House of Fraser worker caught with hand in till used dodgy refunds to bankroll cocaine habit; James McCaughey for almost 20 years, stole thousands to pay off drug dealers

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Shootings, Stabbing & Deaths

Miami Beach, FL: 2 Publix employees stabbed by shoplifter
The incident happened at a Publix on Collins Avenue, at around 6:30 p.m. Police said an investigation into the incident is in its early stages, but they believe the suspect may have been shoplifting when an employee intervened. Police said Miller had pulled out a knife during the confrontation. The conditions of the victims remain unknown, but they are expected to be OK. wsvn.com

Fort Worth, TX: She helped plan Save a Lot robbery that left a man dead
She's now facing a capital murder charge. A 19-year-old woman who admitted to police that she helped plan a robbery at her former workplace that left a Fort Worth man dead now faces a capital murder charge in the case. Sonja Jones was arrested Monday on a capital murder warrant in connection with the Jan. 11 robbery and fatal shooting of Raymond Huerta, 26, at a Save-A-Lot grocery store in south Fort Worth. Raymond Huerta did not work at the store at 5519 James Ave., but was trying to intervene in the robbery to protect his wife, an employee there, when he was shot multiple times. star-telegram.com

Bal Harbour, FL: Mysterious murder of Prada store manager intensifies
Two questioned, car involved found. Police on Wednesday were trying to tie together two more pieces of the mysterious puzzle surrounding who shot and killed a Bal Harbour retail store manager last week, as they questioned one man at length and found another who had been missing for almost a week. The first man, whose name has not been released, was found at a Miami Metrorail station with the white Honda Accord police believe was used in the crime. He was let go late Tuesday after several hours of interviews. Also Tuesday, police found Orestes Marrero, 54, the man last seen in the Honda by family members who reported him and the vehicle missing last week - the day after the murder of Kamil Patel.

Patel, 29, who moved to Miami Beach from Dallas three weeks ago to manage a Prada store in Bal Harbour was shot and killed just before midnight last Thursday as he and his girlfriend walked through an alley after leaving Mac's Club Deuce and on their way to a karaoke bar. brandenton.com

St James, MN: Armed Car Theft suspect shot and killed by Police inside Casey's General Store
The incident started late Wednesday morning when deputies in Nicollet County spotted a vehicle in LaFayette, Minn., that had been reported stolen. There was a chase, but it was called off for safety reasons. About a half-hour later, the vehicle was spotted in St. James. Officers followed it until the driver drove into a snowbank and then fled on foot. The man ran into Casey's General Store and shots were heard from the store. Investigators found a knife at the scene, the BCA said. One officer suffered a noncritical injury, the agency said. keyc.com

Council Bluffs, IA: Police Shooting outside C-Store leaves suspect in Critical Condition

Tinley Park, IL: Police release new composite image of 2008 Lane Bryant shooting suspect

Robberies & Thefts

Wilton, CT: 1 of 4 suspects in $20,000 jewelry store robbery charged
One of four people wanted for stealing more than $20,000 in merchandise from a jewelry store in Wilton has been charged in the crime. Yolanda Santa, 56, was arrested last month at her home in Ridgewood, New York. She returned Wednesday to Connecticut. he crime happened at Campus Jewelers on River Road back in October and was all caught on camera. According to police, Santa and two other women distracted the sales people while a man who came with them stole jewelry from behind the counter. connecticut.news12.com

Broward, FL: He asked to see the $60,000 flea market necklace
Two seconds later, both were gone. A young man scampered from a flea market jewelry stand with a stolen $60,000 necklace around his neck in a video released Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff's Office. BSO says that the value was put on the necklace with a large San Lázaro charm by the owner of Rambo Jewelry. Despite the necklace's claimed value - and Rambo's history with theft - the owner let the young man across the jewelry counter put the necklace around his neck just before noon Dec. 17. The owner asked for identification. The owner looked at it for two seconds before flipping it onto the counter and handing over the necklace. brandenton.com

Benton County, WA: Richland Rite Aid manager accused of robbing her own store - then marrying her accomplice
The manager of the Richland Rite Aid allegedly targeted her own store for a robbery so she could give insider intel to her accomplices and open the safe. Tonya M. Wright, her husband and his brother made off with $6,000 total in cash and bank coin rolls in the Dec. 22 holdup, court documents show.
Tonya and Anthony D. Wright got married four days after James E. Wright went into the Lee Blvd. store, pointed a revolver at his future sister-in-law and a male clerk and demanded money. Anthony Wright, 47, is a career criminal with 11 felony convictions including staging the burglary of a Kennewick payday loan store 16 years ago. That 2002 crime was similar to the Rite Aid robbery in that Anthony Wright was romantically involved with the Payday Loans manager. tri-cityherald.com

Little Rock, AR: Teen charged in dozen holdups; robbery streak spanned 8 weeks

Lexington, NC: Man charged in Winston-Salem C-store Armed Robbery suspected in Thomasville, Salisbury and Danville, Va.

Palo Alto, CA: Man booked for groping, spitting and punching at Stanford Shopping Center

Cleburne County, AR: Jail Escapee charged in Theft of Cuffs, Restraints gone when captured

Legislative Updates

Janesville, WI: Wisconsin Lawmaker renews call for Bill requiring increased Security at Gun Shops
Following three gun shop burglaries this week, Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, renewed her call Wednesday for a hearing on a bill that would require guns be secured when gun shops are closed. Subeck's bill would require shop owners to secure their weapons in gun cabinets or safes with rod-and-cable locks when the stores are closed. Federal rules currently only require gun shops owners to lock their store entrance doors securely after-hours. wqow.com

Tallahassee, FL: 3 criminal justice reform bills advance in Florida Legislature; felony threshold from $300 to $1,000
A trio of bills aimed at reducing the penalties for low-level criminal offenses advanced in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday. One proposed change would increase the monetary threshold for felony theft from $300 to $1,000. Another proposal would allow judges to depart from mandatory-minimum sentencing for low-level drug offenses. Yet another proposal would reduce driver's license suspensions for non-driving offenses. Though the bills are still a ways off from becoming law, the advances may be indicative of a bipartisan push to rethink the way we administer justice. pnj.com

Sentencings & Arrests

Former Pharmacist has been granted a hearing on his request for a Commutation of Life Sentence; shot a wounded Robber 5 more times
Former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland has been granted a rare hearing on his long shot request for a commutation of his life sentence. Ersland, 66, applied for a commutation in November, six years after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for shooting an already wounded robber five more times. In his application, Ersland called his conviction an "injustice" and complained he will die in prison unless his sentence is commuted. newsok.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man who threatened 'acid' attack robberies at CVS and Lowe's pleads guilty
Carlton Ayers faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison on the charges. timesherald.com

Lima, OH: 10-year prison sentence doled out to Walgreens Armed Robber

Sacramento, CA: 3 men face jail time for robbery, looting of CVS pharmacies during Napa Valley fires

Pottsville, PA: Man sentenced to 6 to 23 months for 3 Walmart thefts in a year; $831 in restitution


AT&T - Martin, TN - Burglary
C-Store - Milroy, MN - Burglary
C-Store - Beatrice, NE - Burglary
C-Store - Cairo, GA - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot & wounded
C-Store - Cambridge, MA - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Brooklyn, NY - Robbery / Assault
Family Dollar - Salisbury, MD - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Gray, LA - Armed Robbery
Gun Store - Loomis, CA - Burglary
Jack in the Box - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Jimmy Johns - Greenville, SC - Burglary
Liquor Store - Hattiesburg, MS - Burglary
Postal Store - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Waukesha, WI - Burglary
Verizon - Monrovia, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Rock Hill, SC - Armed Robbery
Whataburger - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Lehigh Acres, FL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
8 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings




None to report.

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Let Mikey do it!

What a profound statement and hopefully you know exactly the commercial I'm referring to. Where two little boys coax Mikey to eat a new cereal they're scared to try and say "Let Mikey do it." Well the metaphor is incredible. As it relates to virtually all of us in so many situations. Especially those at work where we have so much to learn and mountains of new technology burying us in a world changing every day. And while the commercial was just downright funny, it's also a sad commentary when applied to the adult professional world.

For those of us who do play it safe, it may seem like it's the best bet when in reality, it's absolutely the most risky position to put yourself in. Certainly that motto applies in some situations but for the most part the best role in the world is to be that Mikey.

The new age of retail requires that we all learn as much as possible about so many things outside of our comfort zone and outside of our defined job responsibilities. No longer do we have the luxury of looking at a job description and saying that's what we do, instead we must look at them and say "That's where we begin."

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