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 February 3, 2016


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Amazon opening 300 to 400 bookstores?
A passing reference at the end of a conference call about Amazon.com's possible plans for physical stores by General Growth Properties' CEO has taken on a life of its own with speculation raging that the online retailer will soon open 400 stores.

How Amazon.com went from opening a single store to opening as many as 400 locations stemmed from comments General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani said at the very end of the company's fourth quarter conference call. Responding to an analyst question about holiday traffic, Mathrani offered a wide-ranging response that touched on e-commerce, the clicks-to-bricks trends and made a passing reference to what he described as his understanding of Amazon.com's plans.

Here's the quote - "And this case in point, you've got Amazon opening bricks and mortar bookstores and their goal is to open as I understand 300 to 400 bookstores" Thomson Reuters StreetEvents transcript chainstoreage.com

Peeping Tom's Spree Was Sears' Fault, Jury Told In Closing
Failing to have LP check for signs of peeping - 90 More Cases to go

Counsel for a woman alleging Sears was negligent in failing to catch a prolific peeping tom employee told a California jury Tuesday during closing arguments in the bellwether trial that the retailer must pay for failing to have "one second of any procedure" to protect customers' privacy.

Alder told the jury that Evans - the first plaintiff to head to trial of the more than 90 women with claims in the consolidated proceeding - now suffers a phobia of public restrooms, and that because Sears failed to act reasonably to prevent Gamiz's spying, by failing to have its loss prevention staff check for signs of peeping, the jury should find Sears 75 percent responsible for any damages.

"Throughout this trial you have heard Sears go to the end of the earth to keep someone from stealing a pair of socks ... [but] they have not one second of any procedure to protect their customers privacy," he said. "Sears should have done something, just been reasonable in trying to figure out what was going on." law360.com

The media likes what Ellison is doing at JC Penney
Reducing Risk - Names former Home Depot colleague to run stores

However, the main reason why J.C.Penney will be successful has everything to do with Ellison's background and that of the team he has assembled.

Just last month, Ellison named another Home Depot veteran to a key operations role. Joe McFarland spent 20 years at Home Depot in a variety of sales and operations roles and was named executive VP of stores at J.C. Penney. In that role he leads the operations of all 1,000 J.C. Penney stores including the implementation and support of initiatives such as same day pickup, in-store jcp.com fulfillment and improving sales productivity.  Editor's Note: That's the fourth senior hire of Ellison's and all four worked with him in the past, either at Home Depot or Target. Guess we'll see something like that when he fills his VPLP position.  chainstoreage.com

Is Your Food Safety Program Up to Standards?
Food Safety Impacts Sales & Brings Criminal Investigations

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter comp's down 14.6%, income down 44%, revenue down 6.8% and operating margin down 700 basis points.

On January 28, 2016, Chipotle was served with a subpoena broadening the scope of the previously-announced criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California. The new subpoena requires us to produce documents and information related to company-wide food safety matters dating back to January 1, 2013, and supersedes the subpoena served in December 2015 that was limited to a single Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California. We intend to fully cooperate in the investigation. businesswire.com

DOJ Widens Criminal Probe Of Chipotle Over Norovirus
News of the widened probe comes just one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention closed its investigation into two separate outbreaks of E. coli linked to Chipotle restaurants in various states, saying the outbreaks "appear to be over" though the agency could not identify which ingredient likely spread the bacteria.  law360.com

Chipotle makes food safety the #1 priority - revamps total program
Employees, who use to hand-rub meat now will add the rub in sealed bags so they don't directly handle raw meat. Workers now marinate meat after restaurants close to avoid possible contamination with food prepared during the day. Each restaurant shift has designated food-safety leaders to ensure outlets are adhering to protocols. Half of restaurant managers' bonuses are now tied to food safety. wsj.com

Lowe's to Acquire RONA, Creating Canada's Leading Home Improvement Retailer
Lowe's Canada and RONA stores will create Canada's leading home improvement retailer with 2015 pro forma revenues from Canadian operations of approximately C$5.6 billion.

RONA operates a network of close to 500 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats. With its nine distribution centres, RONA serves its network of stores and several independent dealers operating under other banners, including Ace, for which RONA owns the licensing rights and is the exclusive distributor in Canada. With more than 17,000 employees in corporate stores and more than 5,000 employees in the stores of its independent affiliate dealers, RONA generates annual consolidated sales of C$4.1 billion. Editor's Note: When the Canadian Push really began around 2009 and 2010 RONA's president was one of the most outspoken opponents of the American invasion and while RONA had been struggling earlier he and his team turned the company around and really re-built it to the point of now selling it to Lowe's. From one perspective it's a shame to see a Canadian cash in but them again it's always about the shareholder.  prnewswire.com

CVS Seals $7.4M Wages Deal Covering 1K Pharmacists
A California judge on Tuesday granted final approval to a $7.4 million settlement between CVS Pharmacy Inc. and a class of 1,182 pharmacists who alleged in three consolidated suits that they were unlawfully denied overtime pay when they worked more than six consecutive days.  law360.com

Home Depot hiring 80,000 seasonal workers

Home Depot's Brass Ring web site shows 1,972 Asset Protection Specialist positions posted

2015 Super Bowl Crime Stats
21 arrests, two inside for trespassing and 19 outside (seven for counterfeit merchandise, four for fraud, three for trespassing, two for DUI, one for stolen credit card, theft and an outstanding warrant.
-13 ejections all for being drunk or disorderly.
- 18 reports of fraud, 11 for counterfeit tickets (one for resale of stolen ticket), six for pickpocketed tickets, and one suspicious circumstances.
- 33 calls for bomb squad to inspect three suspicious vehicles and 30 unattended bags; provided more than 100 sweeps of taxis.
- 18 state and local law enforcement agencies and 10 federal groups provided more than 6,000 hours of service, including explosive sweeps, tactical deployment, air assets, K9s and vehicle inspections.  contracostatimes.com

Hancock Fabrics 250 stores files for bankruptcy - Closing 70 may sell rest

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Indigo Books Q3 comp's Indigo & Chapters up 16%, Coles & Indigospirit up 13%, with revenue up 13%
LVMH Q4 no comp data available - revenue up 12% for year revenue up 16%
Boot Barn Q3 comp's down 2% with net sales up 49% (opened 22 new stores & purchased Sheplers)

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Dental office manager accused of stealing $99K from employer

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Mandeville Police Department, based in Louisiana, with their investigation into the affairs and arrest of Katie Lykins. Lykins is accused of stealing more than $99,000 from the dental practice where she worked, performing the duties of an office manager, including preparing bank deposits, paying bills, maintaining payroll, purchasing office supplies and handling other financial matters. Lykins had been intermittently paying her mortgage, personal utility bills, health insurance, vehicle insurance, cable, and phone bills with funds from dental office's accounts. Lykins also fraudulently used the office accounts to buy merchandise from Office Depot and to make Paypal and Amazon purchases. She was booked and transported to St. Tammany Parish jail, awaiting charges in relation to fraud, forgery, identify theft and money laundering.

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Target exec joins Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) board of directors
Brad Maiorino, Target senior VP and chief information security officer, is the newest member of the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) board of directors.

R-CISC is an organization of more than 50 members representing retail and other consumer-facing companies which provides a network to communicate about cyberthreats and vulnerabilities, and to share best practices in data protection and breach mitigation.

Maiorino joins existing leadership from retail organizations including AutoNation, Gap Inc., J.C. Penney, Levi Strauss & Co., Lowes, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), TJX Companies, Inc., and Walgreens.  chainstoreage.com

Boards Put on Notice About Cyber Expertise
A U.S. Senate bill that would require boards to disclose in public filings their cybersecurity expertise isn't likely to pass, but the measure still will have an impact on companies, two lawyers said. The bill demonstrates that influential senators have concerns that public companies should make information available about the cybersecurity experience and or expertise" on their boards, Mr. McFarland said. What's most important if a data breach occurs, he said, "is whether board and company has expertise and not necessarily whether they disclose it."  wsj.com

Safeway Self-Checkout Skimmer Close Up
In Dec. 2015, KrebsOnSecurity warned that security experts had discovered skimming devices attached to credit and debit card terminals at self-checkout lanes at Safeway stores in Colorado and possibly other states. Safeway hasn't disclosed what those skimmers looked like, but images from a recent skimming attack allegedly launched against self-checkout shoppers at a Safeway in Maryland offers a closer look at once such device.

The image above shows an simple but effective "overlay" skimmer that banking industry sources say was retrieved from a Safeway store in Germantown, Md. The device is designed to fit directly over top of the Verifone terminals in use at many Safeways and other retailers. It has a PIN pad overlay to capture the user's PIN, and a mechanism for recording the data stored on a card's magnetic stripe when customers swipe their cards at self-checkout aisles. Safeway officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment about this incident. krebsonsecurity.com

Cyber Resilience Capabilities Often in Ad-Hoc Plans
According to research by Resilient Systems and the Ponemon Institute of 450 IT and security executives, just over a third (36%) of organizations are confident in their ability to recover from a cyber-attack. Speaking to Infosecurity, Paul Ayers, EMEA general manager at Resilient Systems says that the level of cyber-resilience was not about being able to prevent an attack, but more about managing and being able to recover back to a normal state.

He says: "43% say that they have nothing in place, and 20-25% have an ad-hoc unprepared plan. So its two-thirds who have insufficient plans."  infosecurity-magazine.com

Researchers Hack Motorola Cloud-Connected Security Camera - Focus 73 outdoor security camera
Reflecting the growing number of internet of things (IoT) devices hitting the market without adequate protection, researchers have succeeded in hacking a Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera. "This is one more example of an IoT product getting to market with little attention being paid to security."  infosecurity-magazine.com

Major banks to roll out ATMs that use smartphones for authentication


What is the Real World Smart Store?

By Michael T. Grady
Executive Vice President
Vector Security

Imagine an in-store shopping experience where mirrors double as touchscreens...where you can swipe through a store's inventory and have items brought to you...where you can pay for merchandise without ever having to stand in line at a register. Where data from devices can support operational change, employee performance and create unique customer experiences. Imagine your online experience supporting your in-store experience and vice versa.

Welcome to the Real World Smart Store
Today's retailers focused on bringing their loss prevention and IT teams together - those teams building the real world smart store - is not a myth. It isn't something predicted to happen far into the future. It's happening right here, right now - in the real world. And it's being driven by consumers looking for a consistent online and in-store experience - a true omnichannel experience.

Retailers are increasingly delivering this in-demand omnichannel shopping model, combining the convenience of online shopping with the tactile experience of brick and mortar shopping. From the moment shoppers walk into a store, they may be met with touchscreen mirrors that allow them to view merchandise, check what's in stock, and send items directly to their dressing room. This shift in consumer behavior requires retailers to think differently and demands that roles like loss prevention adjust to these changing times. In fact, it is imperative for LP professionals to understand the real world smart store and know how their expertise not only protects merchandise, but also helps improve the customer experience.  Read more here.





IACLEA Announces Continued Partnership & New Scholarships with STANLEY Security

WEST HARTFORD - CT (February 2, 2016) - IACLEA announced today that STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, and IACLEA Corporate Partner, has committed to supporting IACLEA's association programs in 2016, including new Executive Development Scholarship opportunities and a premier sponsorship of the Annual Conference. STANLEY Security's overall commitment and ongoing relationship supports the implementation of the Association's strategic initiatives; to further its educational mission, and to enhance the ability of campus public safety agencies to protect institutions of higher education.

"We are grateful to STANLEY Security for its partnership and commitment to support IACLEA's mission by helping us provide continued educational resources and professional development services to our members," Stated William F. Taylor, IACLEA President.

Specifically, with the enhanced commitment, STANLEY Security is providing ten scholarship opportunities for the 2016 Executive Development Institute (EDI), taking place March 7-10, at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. The EDI is designed to train current and newly appointed executives on law enforcement leadership and management topics pertaining to a campus environment. Additionally, STANLEY Security will help support special events as a major sponsor at the 2016 IACLEA Annual Conference & Exposition, the premier meeting for campus public safety leaders, scheduled for June 24-27 in Phoenix, AZ.

As the Annual Conference Host Institution, Arizona State University Police Department coordinates all aspects of the special events, including the Host Reception, Golf Scramble, and 5k Law Enforcement Torch Run.

"STANLEY Security is already a fantastic partner with Arizona State University in making our campus's safer," said Michael Thompson, ASU Chief of Police. "We are thankful for their gracious support of EDI and the IACLEA Annual Conference, which are both being hosted in Arizona this year; it certainly speaks to their dedication to campus safety."

"Partnering with IACLEA, both nationally and locally, is an important endeavor for STANLEY Security as we are actively engaged with giving back to the community that gives so much to us," stated Kyle Gordon, Vice President Campus Solutions. "We believe in the core of IACLEA's mission, and the importance of taking an integral role in establishing a longstanding culture of safety on campuses across the country. We are more than happy to continue our support to this organization and campuses as a whole."

STANLEY Security actively partners with colleges and universities nationwide by offering a comprehensive suite of security solutions specifically tailored to meet the complex needs and compliance standards of higher education institutions. As true consultants within campus environments, STANLEY's commitment to being a security partner extends beyond technological innovations through thought leadership and continuous dialogue. The company proactively identifies potential needs to promptly provide the highest level of service, solutions and educational materials for higher education institutions. STANLEY Security employs a laser focus on the integration of security solutions, manufactured products, cutting-edge technologies and unparalleled customer service to provide superior enterprise system solutions.

Additional information on the Corporate Partnership Program and links to STANLEY Security's higher education solutions and product offerings can be found on the IACLEA website, on the Corporate Partnership page at: http://www.iaclea.org/visitors/about/CorporatePartnership/index.cfm

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Steve Ippolito and Gary Johnson - "Planning content for the LP industry's biggest event"

Steve Ippolito, Dir. of LP at Talbots and Chair of the NRF LP Content Planning Committee, and Gary Johnson, VP of LP for The Vitamin Shoppe and former Chair of the NRF LP Advisory Council, talk about the year-long process that goes into planning the NRF LP Conference & Expo. The show has evolved over the years to address the educational needs and increased scope of the LP profession. Steve and Gary tell us how the NRF conference reflects the direction and future profile of the successful senior LP executive.

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Retailers want their mobile apps to offer payment security
Nearly three-quarters of retailers worldwide said they wanted their apps to offer payment security, a recent research shows. According to a recent study conducted by Aci Worldwide, which surveyed 200 global retail and technology industry professionals, 71% of cited them as a feature they would like their mobile app to deliver. A majority said they wanted apps to have seamless ordering, making it significantly less important than security or loyalty. Retailers are prioritizing their digital efforts this year, and while unified commerce and customer experience and engagement are top of mind, they are also focusing on payment and data security. In fact, 2016 research from Boston Retail Partners found that 38% of retailers in North America said that payment and data security was a leading priority for them in 2016. thepaypers.com

The Human Touch Will Lead Us Out of the Ad Fraud Storm
Fraud artificially increases the number of impressions in order to increase the advertising cost. Therefore, if performance data includes consumer activity that never actually happened, it can skew our understanding of effectiveness which goes on to inform future investment decisions.

We now operate in a world where we can directly link the spend on digital to revenue uplifts. Although bots can mimic some online behaviours like ad views and clicks, there are still many human behaviours they cannot, like interacting with ads and making an actual purchase. Despite the evolution of AI and the speed at which bots have evolved, spending our hard-earned is, for now, a behaviour that remains uniquely human. By keeping this front of mind, the number of impressions becomes irrelevant as a metric. The battle between true performance data and the fraudsters will be ongoing, so it is important to focus on analytics that will help manage the inaccuracies in the data. performancein.com

Security concerns weigh on online shoppers
But a survey from Experian shows that almost 75% of consumers don't read the fine print when downloading a mobile app. and half of the consumers surveyed don't use passwords to protect the mobile devices they use to access the web because they find the process cumbersome. Most shoppers worry about identity theft and the security of their data while shopping online, but few bother taking necessary precautions to prevent such occurrences. internetretailer.com

Michael Kors credits digital push with 11% sales rise as it eyes connected watch opportunities

E-retailers cut clicks to check out and make it easier to return in stores



Educating, Communicating & Documenting the ORC Efforts

A Thank You From the Daily's Team to the ORC Teams & Associations Across North America

We at the D&D Daily would like to thank all of you who've allowed us to share your news, your stories and your histories with the entire retail LP industry. We're honored that you've included us in your efforts and look forward to continuing to do so well into the future.

With ORC now being recognized as the leading cause of theft in the retail industry, it's more important now than ever to communicate and document as much as we can publically in order to hopefully persuade the remaining 20 states to pass ORC legislation. With retail, state, and city budgets being as tight as they are, it's also imperative that we continue to share your news in a public forum that enables any and all retailers, states and cities to quickly see the reality of the matter and the facts that support their continuing investment in the efforts.

As everyone knows, educating, communicating and documenting a problem is the only way to gain the visibility needed to secure the funding necessary to solve or fight it. We at the Daily are committed to doing just that. But we need your help, your stories, your cases and anything else you feel can add value to this fight. We recently launched our new ORC Resource Center (orcinfo.com) with these goals in mind, providing valuable investigative resources and information, while also highlighting the ORC leaders, teams and efforts that are making a difference.

ORC is never going away, and now that we're seeing the cybercrime nexus it's more critical than ever that we educate the general public and secure the funding for all of you. The Daily is here for all of you and we're ready to help. All we need is your input. Share your stories, your news, and your association's history & events, even your Group LP Selfies, and let's see how it makes a difference.

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Seven Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Crimes Related To ATM Skimming And Counterfeit And Stolen Credit Cards
"Today, we arrested seven defendants who allegedly stole debit and credit card numbers using sophisticated skimming devices installed on ATMs, and then used that information to defraud victims out of thousands of dollars. Furthermore, from November 2015 through December 2015, PRELAJ and BATSKA fraudulently obtained thousands of dollars of merchandise at department stores in Manhattan by using at least one credit card that had been stolen from a victim by BOGIC.  justice.gov

Haverhill, MA: Workers steal over $500,000 of Lobster Meat from a Distribution Center
A scheme to steal frozen lobster meat was carried out by employees of the Hans Kissle food manufacturing facility. Investigators said the thieves sold the lobster meat on the black market to businesses across New England. The thieves were identified when Hans Kissle managers reviewed surveillance video from the business. eagletribune.com

Marion, OH: Multi-county ORC ring stole $250,000 in groceries to buy drugs
Wendy Emmons, 46, and her sons, Justin, 26 and Jordan, 24, all of Marion, avoided a jury trial Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court by each agreeing to plead guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony, instead of additional counts that would have doubled their sentences. Five others had earlier pleaded guilty. According to testimony before the trial was to start, the thieves had described entering Kroger, Meijer and other stores and filling carts with large quantities of beef jerky, detergent pods, bags of candy or batteries. They would distract security guards and elude loss prevention measures to leave the store without paying. While the defendants agreed to pay more than $48,000 in restitution, prosecutors estimate that up to $250,000 in merchandise may have been stolen between May 2014 and December. dispatch.com

Atlanta, GA: Man accused of swapping $28,000 diamond with fake
A man stole a $28,000 diamond and walked right out the front door of a Cobb County jewelry store. Employees at D. Geller and Son on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna said the man swapped the real diamond with a fake one while standing feet from an employee. The man spent two hours in the store on Monday and returned after closing to say he wanted to buy the engagement diamond he eyed earlier, employees said. Assistant manager Candy Johnson said the man told the staff he needed to step outside for a cigarette right when he seemed ready to pay for the diamond. "We realized about as soon as he left that he had swapped our two-carat diamond with a cubic zirconium," Johnson said. fox5atlanta.com ajc.com

Riverhead, NY: Wal-Mart worker stole more than $10,000 worth of merchandise Riverhead woman had been charged with grand larceny in connection with the theft of $10,782 in merchandise from the Riverhead Wal-Mart. Police said they arrested Bianca N. Roberson, 24, a former Wal-Mart employee, after a months-long investigation by Wal-Mart Asset Protection. Roberson worked in concert with numerous subjects in removing merchandise, totaling more than $10,273 from the store, police said. riverheadlocal.com

Ulster, NY: Macy's Employee and customer charged in $3,000 theft
Macy's employee and a customer were charged by town police with stealing merchandise from the store. Police said they began an investigation after receiving a complaint from the store's loss prevention department on Monday afternoon. Police said Audrey C. Bullock, 32, of Prospect Street, Kingston, who was employed by Macy's at the time, voided out a transaction, allowing Davey Sanchez, 37, of Route 28, Kingston, to leave the store without paying for $684.48 worth of merchandise. Police said further investigation revealed that Bullock allowed two other acquaintances, on two other dates, to leave the store without paying for merchandise, too. The total value of merchandise taken was under $3,000. recordonline.com

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Rancho Cordova, CA: Shoplifter killed in Officer-Involved Shooting; Police said Tasers had no effect on him
A man who reportedly told Walmart Loss Prevention officers that he would kill himself rather than be arrested was shot and later died after a confrontation with Rancho Cordova police Tuesday night. Sacramento County Sheriff's Department received a call about 6:45 p.m. from Loss Prevention officers with Walmart. They said they had observed a man cutting the tags off merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying for the items. When the man left the store, the loss prevention officers contacted him and attempted to detain him. At that point, they reported, the man pulled a sharp-edged weapon similar to a knife and put it to his throat, saying he would not be arrested and would kill himself first. The loss prevention officers backed away from the suspect and waited for police. Police said the man was behaving erratically and when he failed to comply with officers, they discharged a Taser, but it had no effect. When the man continued to behave erratically, they discharged a second Taser, which also had no effect. As the confrontation continued, an officer, fearing for his safety, fired a gun at the suspect, hitting him. Officers administered life-saving aid until Paramedics arrived and transported the man to a hospital where he later was pronounced dead. kcra.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police seek 2 in Strip Mall shooting
Police on Wednesday were looking for two men in connection with a shooting at a north Phoenix strip mall that left a man in critical condition. Sgt. Brian Bailey said shots were fired during an altercation Tuesday night between three men in the parking lot of the Union Square strip mall at 35th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. Bailey said one man was shot multiple times in the chest. azcentral.com

West Chester, OH: Man steals 2 rifles and a shotgun from Cabela's; hitting 3 days in a row A spokeswoman for Cabela's declined to comment on the thefts, referring questions to the West Chester Police Department. "The same person went into Cabela's, took a gun each day and walked out of the store with it," Michelle Berling said. The 3 weapons are worth a total of $5,000. wlwt.com

Tinley Park, IL: Hope remains 8 years after Lane Bryant store shooting
Eight years after five women were found shot to death inside a Lane Bryant clothing store in Tinley Park, police say they believe there are people out there who know the killer's identity and will come forward to help them solve the case. Since the slayings on Feb. 2, 2008, investigators with the Tinley Park Police Department have received nearly 7,000 leads, and they still continue to regularly get tips. fox23chicago.com

West Nyack, NY: Teens shoplifted $1,249 in clothes from Lord & Taylor in Palisades Center
Two Westchester County teenagers face felony charges involving the theft of $1,249 worth of merchandise. Clarkstown Police Officer Peter Walker said that the 16- and 17-year-old girls from Irvington were spotted by a store security officer taking clothing from the dressing room. Police arrested them and later released them into the custody of their parents. lohud.com

San Jose, CA; Burglars hits same Stop N Save six months apart; wore the same sweatshirt
Police said the first burglary happened at 1:07 a.m. on June 29, 2015. The footage released by police shows the suspects smashing a glass window; two then enter the store while two others keep watch. Cigarettes, lottery tickets and alcohol were among the items stolen. Police say this person took part in two burglaries at the Stop N Save Market on June 29, 2015, and Jan. 13, 2016. At least one of the suspects returned to the store at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, according to police. The footage shows him smashing a window, stealing merchandise and getting into a waiting white Mercedes-Benz as the owner arrives to open the store. mercurynews.com

Jackson Co, FL: Pharmacy break-ins throughout Florida Panhandle and Alabama
At least two men are believed to have ransacked pharmacies throughout the Panhandle and Alabama in recent months. So far, no arrests have been made. These incidents likely began in late October. The men have hit stores in Santa Rosa and Jackson Counties with the most recent happening in Sneads. Surveillance video from January 10th shows the Sneads Pharmacy break-in that cost pharmacist Brian Lewis about $10,000 in prescription drugs. Most of the stores are independently owned. wjhg.com

Moscow: Security Guards Beat Customer, Breaking Ribs
Security guards at a Moscow supermarket have allegedly beaten a customer, breaking four of his ribs, after accusing him of trying to steal a skillet, tabloid-style LifeNews television reported on its website Tuesday. The alleged victim frequently shopped there, had no intention of stealing anything, and picked up the skillet to show it to his wife who accompanied him to the supermarket. themoscowtimes.com

Washington DC: Man sought in string of D.C Store Robberies

Stevens Point, WI: Man to reach plea deal in Dollar General Arson and attempted assisted suicide charges

Turlock, CA: Police release photo of $1,000 Ulta Beauty thief

Minn, MN: Elusive gunman has robbed 8 liquor stores, gas stations in northern Twin Cities

Springfield, MA: 13-page arrest record, judge says before boosting bail for Springfield shoplifting suspect

UK: Altham, England: Nearly 600 Cell Phones stolen from Distribution Center

Peoples Jewellers in the Village Green Mall, Vernon, BC was the victim of a Grab & Run of 2/2 at 1:20pm, merchandise valued at $9,999

Zale's in the Southaven Towne Center, Southaven, MS was the victim of a Burglary early this morning, approx. 65 pieces of jewelry were stolen

AT&T - Pelham, NY - Robbery
Ahlam's First Stop - Myrtle Beach, SC - Armed Robbery
Cabot Village - Cabot, VT - Armed Robbery
Citgo Mart - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
CVS - Upper Allen, PA - Robbery
Dollar General - Hartselle, AL - Robbery
Metro Market - Madison, WI - Shooting/ Customer Killed
O'Reilly - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Pace Car - Montgomery Co, AL - Armed Robbery
Peck's Lodge - Stillwater, OK - Burglary
Stop N Save - San Jose, CA - Burglary
Sugar Creek - Orlando, FL - Robbery
Truck Trailer & Hitch - Kansas City, MO - Burglary
Walnut Hill - Dadeville, MS - Burglary
West Market - Bloomington, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Virginia Beach, VA - Armed Robbery
99 Cent Only - Yuba City, CA - Armed Robbery



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When anyone goes for an interview you've got to play to win. You should not allow: any outside variable, any future promotion thoughts or promises, your guilt feelings towards your current employer or boss, your preconceived opinions of the possible future employer, or any miss-step in the process on the part of the future employer disrupt or impact your performance. All interviews have long range implications on your career. The executives interviewing you are part of a community and you'll run into them again at another company. So if you do get involved and go for an interview, commit yourself all the way and play to win. It doesn't mean you've got to take the job. It just means you have to perform at 100%.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing

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