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RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017
Feb. 12-15

Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar and Expo
March 7-9

ISC West
April 6-8

NRF Protect 2017
June 26-28

Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference
Sept. 21

ASIS International
63rd Annual Seminar

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Left to right: Jim Passarella (Director of Asset Protection), Art Lazo (Director of Asset Protection - Western US, Canada & SSC Operations), Commissioner James O'Neill, Mark Stinde (Vice President, Asset Protection), and Chris Spaccaforno (Zone Asset Protection Manager)



Brian Kirby, CFI named a member of RILA Asset Protection Leaders Council

Brian is currently the Director of Loss Prevention for Columbia Sportswear and now a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Assocation (RILA) AP Leaders Council. Brian has held a number of different loss prevention positions including LP Field Manager - East Coast for Columbia Sportswear, District LP Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods, Regional LP Specialist for Publix, District LP Investigator for TJ Maxx, and Area LP Manager for Sports Authority. Congratulations Brian!


Super Bowl 51 Security
1M Spectators - Tier 1 National Security Event

Over 10,000 Law Enforcement, Military, & Security Personnel
The Most Heavily Armed Event in History?

Weeks on the Job & New NFL Sr. VP Security - Former DC Police Chief Has Huge Task
NRF Keynote Speaker June 26th

Just having left her DC Police Chief position, Cathy Lanier will be tested - just let's hope it isn't under fire, so to speak.

With a security force of thousands, she'll have a small army to help manage over 1 million guests that the city of Houston expects this weekend.

We'll have to make sure someone asks her about it on June 26th when she keynotes the NRF Protect Conference. Good Luck Cathy, from all of us in the industry.

Houston prepares security efforts for Super Bowl
NFL Hires 4,000 Private Security & Crowd Management Personnel

Governor Greg Abbott requested federal support for the event which was then designated a Tier 1 national security event. kristv.com

Super Bowl Security Heightened Amid Ongoing Trump Protests
5,000 Houston PD On Duty

Protests are expected to continue even at the game itself. Halftime performer Lady Gaga has been an outspoken critic of Trump.

Amidst the protests, officials said no credible threats to the city have emerged ahead of the game, which is expected to be watched by more than 100 million people around the globe.

All members of the more-than 5,000-officer Houston Police Department will be on patrol alongside regional and federal law enforcement, officials said.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has deployed commando-style SWAT (special weapons and tactics) teams ahead of the game, officials said, and is collecting and sharing intelligence information with local and regional officials. Security preparations have been more than three years in the making.

Law enforcement officials said the concentration of Super Bowl-related events in only two areas, rather than several locations like last year in the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, had made security coordination easier.

Metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and myriad other security equipment have been deployed across downtown Houston and 7 miles (11 km) southwest at NRG Stadium, which will host the football game and about 73,000 spectators.

Hotels have beefed up security as well. The Four Seasons, one of Houston's most-expensive hotels, has conducted active-shooter drills and added routine sweeps of plainclothes security throughout the facility. nbcnews.com

Special eyes will be on Twitter and other social media
Super Bowl security is team effort in Houston
Unlimited resources - Low Visibility Presence

We don't think we need to display a heavy militaristic presence to provide a safe environment," said Executive Assistant Houston Police Chief George Buenik, who heads the event's public safety committee. "We are keeping it a lower visible presence, meaning we are not going to be displaying all of our resources and assets, just like we are not getting into numbers or specifics. A lot of our security plan is what we consider confidential."

Bomb-sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras, metal detectors and helicopters overhead will fortify Houston police, who will be out on bikes, foot and horseback, with most in their standard blue uniforms. Harris County sheriff's deputies also will be visible in large numbers to guard the game and surrounding events.

We have unlimited resources available through all our federal, state and local partners that will be staged and ready for deployment based on any threats we have or potential threats we have," Buenik said.

Keeping such events safe has grown even more complex in recent years, with the proliferation of terrorist attacks and new technology and social media that can connect or inspire like-minded persons.

The city is expected to spend about $5.5 million, mostly for security, but that is expected to be reimbursed by the game's host committee.

The federal government also is covering some security costs, with the FBI; Homeland Security; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies participating, though those details are - not surprisingly - not available.

And local law enforcement officers are racking their brains to think of new threats they might have missed. Representatives of various local, state and federal entities gathered in recent days in a conference room at NRG Stadium to think up new scenarios and how they would respond.

Host cities work closely together, year after year, to share tips, hints and, perhaps, mistakes. Previous hosts routinely handed off the confidential, continually updated playbook on how best to protect fans under a worldwide spotlight, and Houston already is working with representatives from Minneapolis, which will host the 2018 Super Bowl. houstonchronicle.com

FBI: Super Bowl Security
Behind the Scenes Look at Game Day Preparations

During the 10 days of festivities leading up to Super Bowl LI on February 5, the FBI will be working closely with the Houston Police Department and other local, state, and federal agencies to keep the city safe. At the Houston Emergency Center, a command post will monitor and coordinate law enforcement and public safety activities

Working with the Houston Police Department-which has the lead role in security planning-and other local, state, and federal agencies, the FBI's primary role is to provide intelligence about possible terror threats. But because the Super Bowl is a major national event, just about every aspect of the Bureau's expertise will be called into play.

We are using all the elements within our office," Webster said. From SWAT teams and cyber squads to intelligence analysts and surveillance specialists, FBI personnel will be on the ground at the stadium and will also be staffing command posts set up for the 10-day operational period that includes a variety of festivities leading up to the game on February 5.

3 Jets and 5 Heavily Armed Helicopters
Black Hawk helicopters will be part of Super Bowl security

Customs and Border Protection will have three Black Hawks prepared to intercept unauthorized planes if they fly into restricted areas. Also assisting in the agency's gameday security efforts are three Cessna C-550 Citation jets and two Airbus AS350 helicopters.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command also will have fighter jets and tanker aircraft to fuel those jets on alert if a plane needs to be intercepted on Super Bowl Sunday. mysanantonio.com

ICE, HPD seize $500,000 of counterfeit Super Bowl merch 


Saks Owner Hudson's Bay Makes Takeover Approach to Macy's
Talks are in the early stages and may not lead to a deal

Canada's Hudson's Bay Co. has approached Macy's about a takeover, people familiar with the matter said, as the biggest U.S. department-store chain grapples with disappointing results and restive shareholders. But complicating a takeover, Macy's is saddled with about $7.5 billion in debt.

Cowen & Co. suggested Amazon could also be a "transformative" potential buyer.
Sources this week indicated HBC and Macy's have held talks about a possible merger or takeover of Macy's, in a switch from Baker's widely known interest in pursuing the Neiman Marcus Group. But a Macy's deal would likely require HBC to recruit partners in a transaction.

"I think it's real," said one retail source. "Richard Baker has been looking. but in this case, he'll need partners," the source said, Baker is executive chairman of HBC. The source cited private equity or real estate companies as possibilities. "Real estate guys have a vested interest in these [Macy's] properties. "Baker thinks he can make it happen. But he'll have to ask himself, how many properties is he going to want to keep?  wsj.com wwd.com

Macy's & The Limited Lead in Jan. Job Cuts
January payroll cuts "hit retail sector the hardest"
22,491 Cut in Retail in January - 50% of total U.S. cuts

Employers in the United States announced 45,934 payroll cuts for the month of January, amid a wave of corporate downsizing that hit the retail sector the hardest, according to a monthly report released on Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Total pink slips were up 37 percent from December 2016, when total layoffs came to 33,627. January's total was down 39 percent year over year, however, with January 2016 seeing 75,411 cuts.

The retail sector dominated job cutting plans, as the sector continues to fall under pressure to shift to online. Macy's led the retail sector in layoffs by a wide margin, announcing plans to shut down 68 stores and slash its payrolls by 10,000 workers. The top four also included The Limited, American Apparel and Wet Seal.

In total, the retail sector announced 22,491 cuts for the month of January, nearly 50 percent of all the cuts for the month. cnbc.com

Why Your Business Should Ditch Cash
Crime reduction-key driver in shift to cashless economy

Tech is enabling more firms, big and small, to make the jump.

Salad chain Sweetgreen, which has 66 locations on both coasts and after a year-long trial, the company has decided to go completely cashless in 2017, says a spokeswoman. There were many factors in its decision, from increased transaction speed to the unhygienic nature of cash, but the first reason Sweetgreen's spokeswoman cites is the same as Mr. Hart's-keeping employees safe by reducing the chance of robbery.

A host of factors have pushed many people in the U.S. to the point where they can stop using cash in their daily lives, and a host of unlocking technologies deserve credit.

Americans of a certain demographic are simply falling out of the habit of using cash. Last year was the first year that, globally, the value of credit-card transactions exceeded that of cash transactions.

The decline of hard currency and the rise of alternate payments are now self-reinforcing phenomena that will, sooner than anticipated, lead to the end of cash for legitimate businesses.

And the remaining, mostly shady, uses of cash are why we shouldn't lament its passing. There is little good research on the topic, but the one comprehensive study to tackle the problem of the relationship between cash and crime in the U.S. found that reducing the amount of cash in any given area significantly reduces not just theft but also violent crime.

By simply eliminating a scarce resource required by criminals, street crime, if not cybercrime, can be brought to heel.

In many instances, this has been motivated by politicians' desire to stamp out black-market activity and increase tax revenue.

Americans now lose $500 million a year to street crime but $8 billion a year in ATM fees. wsj.com
Citing boycott threats & potential conflicts of interest
Nordstrom Drops Ivanka Trump Brand

Nordstrom Inc. will stop selling the controversial Ivanka Trump brand this season, a move that follows boycott threats and concerns about the first daughter's conflicts of interest.

"In this case, based on the brand's performance, we've decided not to buy it for this season," the company said.

Nordstrom has come under fire from the Grab Your Wallet campaign, a critic of the administration that is asking shoppers to boycott retailers that carry Ivanka Trump or Donald Trump goods. The Grab Your Wallet campaign declared victory for helping prompt the move. bloomberg.com
TJ Maxx To Pay $8.5M To Settle Meal Break Suit
TJ Maxx has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class action alleging it did not pay nearly 83,000 workers for time spent waiting for managers to close up shop after hours or give them meal breaks. law360.com

New York Police Dept. Agrees to Curb Stop-and-Frisk Tactics
The New York Police Department has agreed to curtail stop-and-frisk tactics in thousands of private apartment buildings under a settlement announced Thursday, ending the last in a series of stop-and-frisk lawsuits that fundamentally changed the city's approach to fighting street crime. The settlement addressed police stops in and around buildings whose landlords had asked the police to conduct patrols and arrest trespassers under a city-run program.  nytimes.com

Report: Major retail bankruptcies jumped in 2016 - and more likely
The number of bankruptcy filings by U.S. retailers nearly doubled in 2016, and 2017 looks bleak for the industry. Teen clothing retailers especially struggling as teenagers turn towards experiences as a method of conspicuous consumption and away from fashion labels, the report said. chainstoreage.com

Lee County, FL: Bill shifts Mass Shooting blame to Businesses
Guns are banned by law in courtrooms, police stations, bars, and public schools in Florida. For businesses that don't serve alcohol, it's up to the owner to decide if guns are allowed inside.

Now, a new bill from an NRA-backed Senator would hold a business responsible if it bans you from carrying your legal gun and something happens to you. The law would require business owners to clearly post a notice if guns aren't allowed inside, but it would also hold them fully accountable for the safety of their patrons. nbc-2.com

Howard County, MO: Dairy Queen Manager found responsible
for employee's suicide

The manager of a Dairy Queen has been found responsible for the suicide death of an employee after an investigation into harassment. A Howard County jury ruled Harley Branham, 21, harassed 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner leading him to shoot himself outside his home in December. The ruling said Branham was "the principal cause of death." It also blames Dairy Queen for not training employees to prevent harassment and the school Suttner attended for being "negligent in preventing bullying." Branham denied the claim but 20 witnesses confirmed Suttner had been bullied for years. ksla.com

Bay County, Fla., sheriff's office starts new Financial Crimes Unit to fight credit card fraud and scams

Dollar General to hire 10,000 new jobs - 9% increase in workforce & open 1,000 stores this yr

Alaska rejects marijuana consumption at retail pot stores

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Amazon Q4 net sales up 22% - $43.7B, full yr net sales up 27% - $136B
Regis Q2 down 3.6%, sales down 5.9%
Kirkland's Q4 comp's down 4.6%, sales up 2.1%
Chipotle Q4 comp's down 4.8%, net sales up 3.7%, full yr comp's down 20.4%, revenue down 13.3%
bebe Q2 comp's down 10.5%, net sales down 16.8%


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Cybersecurity and Privacy Top Technology Challenge
According to Protiviti/ISACA Survey of IT Audit Leaders

More IT audit functions becoming involved in major technology projects; more IT audit leaders are attending audit committee meetings.

Cybersecurity and privacy issues, along with infrastructure management and emerging technologies, rank as the top technology challenges organizations face today, according to a just-released survey report from global consulting firm Protiviti and ISACA, a global business technology professional association for IT audit/assurance, governance, risk and information security professionals.

In the survey, respondents were asked to name the top technology or business challenges their organizations face today. The top 10 responses:

1. IT security and privacy/cybersecurity
2. Infrastructure management
3. Emerging technology and infrastructure changes - transformation, innovation, disruption
4. Resource/staffing/skills challenges
5. Regulatory compliance
6. Budgets and controlling costs
7. Cloud computing/virtualization
8. Bridging IT and the business
9. Project management and change management
10. Third-party/vendor management  prnewswire.com

Cybersecurity's million dollar jobs
Some cybersecurity leadership roles at large U.S. corporations offering $1 million compensation packages. The recipients of these big pay packages include military cyber experts making a switch to the commercial sector.

What's luring military cyber leaders to the other side? King says that while top cyber experts in the commercial sector can earn as much as 5x what their counterparts in the military earn, money is not the number one motivator. The top reason is because commercial capabilities are now crucial to the national security mission, and the commercial sector will always be more agile and innovative. The passion they have to serve their nation never leaves them. Now they are providing a dual-use solution, the U.S. Government and commercial customers. csoonline.com
Businesses Fear Brand Damage More Than Security Breaches
Organizations struggling with risk management are more concerned about brand damage than cyberattacks, new Ponemon study shows.

Risk management is a challenge for most businesses, but security breaches aren't their top concern. Most fear long-term reputational damage will stem from their inability to manage risk.

This comes from a new survey entitled "The Imperative to Raise Enterprise Risk Intelligence," sponsored by RiskVision and conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

They discovered the biggest fear resulting from a poor risk management program is reputation damage (63%). Security breaches and business disruption tied for second; each was cited by 51% of respondents.
Despite all the noise and issues around cybersecurity, organizations really fear brand damage. That can come from cybersecurity breaches, but it can also come from lost intellectual property, accidents like losing laptops, and bad market news."

The survey discovered less than one-quarter (24%) of respondents say their organization has a clearly defined risk management strategy that is relevant across the enterprise. One-third do not have a clearly defined strategy at all. Only 37% said their risk management process was "very effective."

There are several barriers organizations face as they create and implement risk management plans. More than half (53%) of respondents, for example, say there is a lack of collaboration among the finance, operations, compliance, legal, and IT teams on risk management projects.

Budget problems prove another obstacle, the study found. More than half (52%) of respondents don't have a formal budget around enterprise risk strategy. Other key barriers to achieving risk management goals include lack of resources (44%), complexity (44%) and inability to get started (43%).

"There is an increasing awareness that they need to understand [cyberrisk]," Fantuzzi says of business leaders.

As cyberattacks on businesses become more publicized, enterprise leaders face the responsibility of predicting the likelihood, and potential impact, of security breaches. Many are scrambling to determine the best approach to risk modeling.  darkreading.com

Platt Retail Institute Finds RFID-Based Inventory Accuracy, Sales and Satisfaction Gains at Macy's - Part 3
In case two, the study focused on GUV in the men's departments at eight New Jersey Macy's stores. Here, the retailer carries an average of 297,666 SKUs. GUV variances occurred due to employee or vendor error, merchandise loss or theft, and infrequency of cycle counts. The researchers compared two non-RFID-enabled brands against an RFID-enabled brand, and found that RFID-enabled brands showed between 17 and 24 percent less year-end variance than those that were non-RFID-enabled. The data also found that better inventory accuracy, in general, led to fewer markdowns. rfidjournal.com

Court Orders Review of Target Security Breach Settlement
A Minnesota federal judge must hold hearings to determine whether a proposed settlement for about 100 million Target customers who were victims of a 2013 security breach treats all customers fairly, a federal appeals court says.

Under the settlement, Minneapolis-based Target must establish a $10 million fund. Consumers can claim up to $10,000 if they can document unreimbursed losses. After those claims are paid out, the remaining settlement funds will be divided among consumers who state under oath that they suffered a qualifying loss, but don't have documentation. Those who suffered no monetary loss from the security breach but could face future identity theft issues receive nothing.

Court documents say 41.9 million Target customers in the lawsuit class had credit card information stolen and 60 million had personal information stolen.

Vincent Esades, an attorney for Target customers, acknowledged when questioned by an appeals court judge that 99 percent of the customers in the class-action case will get no money from the settlement.

Target also is required in the settlement to appoint a chief information security officer, keep a written information security program and offer security training to its workers. abcnews.go.com

CSOs set to make the big bucks in 2017
The security job category was one of the faster growing IT occupations during 2016. During the last 90 days, U.S. employers posted nearly 25,000 job openings for security positions.

Chief security officer /
Chief information security officer

2017 salary range = $145,250 to $236,750
2016 salary range = $140,250 to $222,500
Difference from 2016 = 5.3 percent

Information systems security manager
2017 salary range = $136,000 to $191,750
2016 salary range = $129,750 to $182,000
Difference from 2016 = 5.1 percent

IT security specialist
2016 salary range = $52,300 to $147,200
Top job market = Minneapolis
Average salary in Minneapolis (adjusted) = $127,757
Average salary in Minneapolis (unadjusted) = $131,302

Data security analyst
2017 salary range = $118,250 to $169,000
2016 salary range = $113,500 to $160,000
Difference from 2016 = 5.0 percent

Systems security administrator
2017 salary range = $110,500 to $157,500
2016 salary range = $105,500 to $149,500
Difference from 2016 = 5.1 percent

Network security administrator
2017 salary range = $107,750 to $155,250
2016 salary range = $103,250 to $147,000
Difference from 2016 = 5.1 percent

Network security engineer
2017 salary range = $115,500 to $162,500
2016 salary range = $110,250 to $152,750
Difference from 2016 = 5.7 percent

Information security analyst
Salary range = $107,000 to $147,000
Difference from 2016 = plus 3%

IS audit analyst
Salary range = $59,000 to $84,000
Difference from 2016 = plus 5%

With cyberattacks increasing in both frequency and severity, it seems every organization wants veteran IT security professionals on the front line. That is driving up salaries for all IT security jobs. But there is a shortage of experienced people in the job market, everyone we spoke with agrees. The solution: Aim lower, and allow security pros to grow in the job. " csoonline.com


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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Organized Retail Crime
The Great Debate #2

Chris DeSantis, Dir. of Central Inv. & ORC, Macy's; TJ Flynn, Market Inv. Sr. Mgr., J.C. Penney; Jim Cosseboom, Mgr., Inv. & Corp. Security, Ahold USA; and Tarik Sheppard, NYPD Lt. Dep. Comm. of Public Information

Hear from four professionals with unique skills in developing and leading ORC programs in the public and private sectors: Chris DeSantis, Director of Central Investigations & ORC, Macy's; TJ Flynn, Market Investigations Sr. Manager, J.C. Penney; Jim Cosseboom, Manager, Investigations & Corporate Security, Ahold USA, Inc.; and Tarik Sheppard, NYPD Lt. Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Learn why technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to ORC, how decriminalization laws are forcing retailers to build bigger cases, and where we're at in establishing a national information-sharing database.

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Super Bowl merchandise highlights the stream of fakes from online sites
Federal officials are turning up the pressure on Amazon and eBay to increase their ability to crack down on counterfeit goods.

Government officials want greater transparency about the scope of the counterfeit problem on Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, and eBay. They're pressuring the two companies to share records of counterfeit removal requests so they can get their hands on sellers' physical and IP addresses as well as their preferred payment methods. The data would be used to spot trends and focus enforcement. Officials say the public also would benefit from greater awareness about the prevalence of fake goods on popular sites and that disclosure would be a good incentive for marketplaces to keep counterfeits under control.

Alibaba, recently put back on a U.S. anti-counterfeiting blacklist, has been willing to share more information with the government than Amazon and eBay, says Danny Marti, until recently the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator.

Marti, appointed by President Barack Obama, submitted a plan in December designed to guide the various federal agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property laws over the next three years. Greater collaboration with online marketplaces was a key proposal. President Donald Trump will appoint Marti's successor, who will oversee the plan (or change it).  internetretailer.com

Phishing campaign targets PayPal users
According to ESET, the phishing attack uses a very convincing bait as well, with fake websites and email messages meant to trick users into revealing their login credentials and other personal information. The attackers were even able to bypass two-factor authentication protection by accessing the compromised email accounts immediately.

The email asks the user to log into their account and includes what looks like a "Log In" button, which in fact takes the victims to a landing page that presents them with a fake login screen. However, the domain has nothing to do with PayPal sites, and are clearly scam URLs.

After the user enters their information, another message with fake information is presented to them, asking for more personal details. Thus, the security researchers suggest that the attackers are not looking only for the victims' money, but also after their identities. thepaypers.com

Green Bay, WI: $18,000 Tooth-whitening strip, hair growth products and razor blade theft suspect arrested in Chicago
A woman suspected of stealing nearly $18,000 worth of personal care products from area stores was arrested in Chicago. Lovea Moore, 20, faces theft charges in Brown and Outagamie counties. Green Bay Police say she stole tooth-whitening strips, hair-growth cream and shaving cartridges. The Walgreens on the corner of W. Mason and Oneida streets is where police believe Moore started her crime-filled day on Jan. 7. A criminal complaint states Moore went into the store just after 10 a.m. Surveillance footage shows her, within minutes, stuffing Crest White strips, Rogaine and Gillette fusion razor blades into a blue bag and leaving the store. A Walgreens manager told police the items totaled $1,482. The complaint shows within two hours, Moore did the same thing at two other Walgreens on Green Bay's east side, and two Walgreens and a CVS in De Pere. The merchandise she is accused of stealing totals $7,290, and that is just in Brown County. Police say that afternoon, Moore hit stores in Kaukauna, Appleton, Neenah and Oshkosh. They say the grand total of her thefts is almost $18,000. fox11online.com

Vanderburgh, CO: Over $9,000 worth of stolen items found inside car; Walgreens, CVS and Dollar General
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people in connection with a theft ring. Deputies responded to a shoplifting at CVS on Thursday. They say the suspects took off in a car and was stopped on after a short pursuit. We're told they found nearly $9,000 worth of stolen items, including over-the-counter medicine, hygiene products, and other retail items. It is believed to be stolen from various Walgreens, Dollar General, and CVS stores throughout the Tri-State. Deputies arrested two people, both of Indiana. 14news.com

Paducah, KY: Dillard's shoplifter arrested after ramming Security Guard's vehicle
Paducah Police were contacted by Dillard's of a shoplifting incident and gave a description of the suspect and her vehicle. The officer, Ben Green, found the car and parked his vehicle behind it to keep the woman from leaving so he could talk to her. That's when officers say the woman, identified as Quanta Burse, started ramming the cruiser repeatedly and hit the vehicles on both sides of her car. Burse was able to push the cruiser out of the way and took off. Deputies arrested Burse after a short chase. Burse admitted to stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise from Dillard's. She also claimed that she didn't realize she hit Green's vehicle. kfvs12.com

Kershaw County, SC: KCSO nabs fugitive "Bloods" gang member with stolen checks, $1,500 of merchandise and gift cards
Deputies arrested yet another documented gang member, this time one who is a fugitive from New Jersey. Deputies arrested Daion Ali Bowers, 31, and charged him with being in possession of stolen checks. A Deputy stopped Bowers for driving 25 mph over the speed limit. A driver's license check revealed Bowers was wanted out of New Jersey for a federal probation violation and that he was a documented "Blood" gang member. Also traveling with Bowers were three additional male subjects, one of whom admitted that he was also a Blood. A search of the car revealed 11 checks stolen from five individuals in Kershaw and Richland counties. Investigators also found $225 worth of prepaid VISA cards and about $1,500 worth of merchandise still in their original packages. chronicle-independent.com

Pittsburgh, PA: Electronics store owners accused of selling stolen merchandise online Last summer federal agents and police raided eight electronics stores in the region but wouldn't say why. The reason became clear Thursday, when federal prosecutors accused the owners of one store of dealing in stolen merchandise and selling it online. Aliya and Qamar Zaman, a married couple who own Ninja Electronics in North Hills, were charged with mail fraud and illegally engaging in monetary transactions in connection with the fraud. Prosecutors said they accepted stolen items, "new and in the box," that they knew were stolen and then resold them on Amazon.com and shipped them out to customers across the U.S. The second charge pertains to depositing money they made from the Amazon sales into their Pittsburgh bank account. The charges say the couple operated the scheme from August 2014 to June 2016, when agents from the IRS, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Pittsburgh police and police in Shaler and Ross conducted the raids. The investigation is believed to involve a larger target with ties to all the stores and against whom prosecutors are building a case. post-gazette.com

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Shootings, Explosives & Death

Pasadena, CA: Man Tosses Small Explosive Into a Cheesecake Factory Restaurant
Diners at the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena were given a scare when a man tossed a homemade explosive inside the restaurant and fled the scene. The small explosion sent patrons running for cover, but no one was hurt according to Pasadena police. Police evacuated the restaurant and are searching for the bearded suspect who remains at large. Witnesses described the suspect as 6 feet tall, thin build, with a heavy beard and wearing all black clothing and a black beanie. abcnews.go.com

Heath, OH: Shot fired inside Indian Lake Mall in Heath
The investigation into how a gun got into the Indian Mound Mall in Heath continues. Heath police say one shot was fired in a bathroom, but police haven't found the person who fired it. The single shot was fired after 2 pm Thursday afternoon. Authorities from the Heath Police Department and Licking County Sheriff's Office checked out the mall. Police haven't said if the shooting was accidental or intentional. abc6onyourside.com

Fouke, AR: 12-year-old arrested in the murder of an E-Z Mart employee
A 12-year-old male is in custody for the early morning shooting of an E-Z Mart cashier in Fouke, Ark. The Miller County Sheriff's Office responded to the Fouke, Arkansas EZ-Mart on US Highway 71 just after 2:00 a.m. yesterday morning. A newspaper carrier had entered the store and found the clerk, Christa Shockley, white, female, 21 years old, unresponsive on the floor. Near 7:00 a.m. personnel from the School District were contacted and given a brief summary of the investigation. At that time no suspects had been identified, however it appeared the victim had been specifically targeted. Members of the investigative units continued to work diligently with EZ-Mart employees in an attempt to locate evidence and determine the identity of the suspect. At 8:00 a.m. critical items of evidence including the clothing the suspect wore during the crime and the pistol believed to be used to commit the crime had been recovered. Shortly after 8:00 a.m. the suspect was arrested in the Fouke City limits. txktoday.com

Robberies & Thefts

Montgomery County, MD: Four armed robbery suspects in police custody; Detectives investigating possible connection to string of pharmacy robberies
Montgomery County Police say they received a call for the incident at 4:15 a.m. from a Wheaton CVS. Later, officers stopped a car with four subjects and after questioning, took them into custody. Detectives are looking into whether these suspects are linked to about seven other robberies in the county. Police say the group seems to match the description of a string of pharmacy robberies over the last few weeks. your4state.com

Brundidge, AL: Southern Classic Food Group reports the theft of over $2,500 of Sugar and Oil; one man arrested

Caln Township, PA: Police investigating an Attempted Robbery at TD Bank Night Deposit

Irvine, CA: Police arrest Jeweler who stole over $40,000 of customers' rings

UK: Shopkeeper kicked and punched in 'vicious' attack by egg theft gang

Zales in the Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY reported a Distraction Theft on 1/31, items valued at $21,000

Skimming Thefts

Tampa, FL: Thousands of Gasparilla-goers may have been ATM skimmer victims
Tampa police are looking for two men caught on surveillance video appearing to install a skimming device on an ATM steps away from Ashley Drive. A customer found the skimmer on January 29 at the GTE Credit Union ATM on Tampa and Twiggs streets downtown. Police say it had been in place since it was installed on January 21. The skimmer was on the ATM during Gasparilla weekend, when thousands of people were in the area for Saturday's parade. fox13news.com

Reno, NV: Three devices located on ATM's, several other sites tampered with

Hampton Bay, NY: Police investigating skimming device at National Bank

Grover Beach, CA: Police looking for man suspected of installing card skimmer on 7-Eleven ATM

West Hartford, CT: Technician finds a skimmer on a pump at Sunoco

Credit Card Fraud

Bay County, FL: Sheriff's office starts new task force to fight crime; focus on Scams and Credit Card Fraud

Asheboro, NC: Police seize dozens of counterfeit credit cards; 2 arrested

Cargo Theft

UK: Solihull: $3 Million in Engines stolen from Jaguar/ Land Rover plant; thieves brazenly passed through security
A gang brazenly swept past security before stealing around $3 million of engines from Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant. Sources say that the crooks used a suspected stolen HGV truck in the audacious heist - which took place in full view of security cameras at the Lode Lane plant. The gang unloaded the 40-tonne truck in Coventry - and police have launched an urgent investigation. Jaguar Land Rover has posted a substantial reward to catch the crooks. coventrytelegraph.net

C-Store - Jersey City, NJ - Robbery/ woman dressed as Fireman
CVS - Wheaton, MD - Armed Robbery
E-Z Mart - Fouke, AR - Murder
Garrison's C-Store - Wichita Falls, TX - Shooting/ Hostage- SWAT shot and killed suspect
Safe Mini Mart - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Sammy's Gas - Riverside, OH - Robbery
Subway - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery/ suspected in 6 others
Taco Bueno - Tulsa OK - Armed Robbery/ employees assaulted
Valero - Baton Rouge, LA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Sunnyvale, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Belleville, IL - Armed Robbery
Winco - Eugene, OR - Robbery/ Theft
Wings Rings & Things - Birmingham, AL - Shooting/ 2 wounded
24-Hour Laundromat -Upper Darby, PA - Armed Robbery/ Attempted Rape/ Assault
7-Eleven - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Manchester, NH - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
0 burglaries
3 shootings
2 killed

Weekly Totals:
105 robberies
11 burglaries
23 shootings
11 killed

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