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America's Top Cop

'Founding Father'
of Public Law Enforcement's ORC Efforts

New York Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton



Commissioner Bratton speaking to the LP community at the Daily's
'Live in NYC at the NRF Big Show' event on Jan. 18th.
 

While there are so many great people who have played instrumental roles in developing the Organized Retail Crime efforts both in the retail community and in the law enforcement community over the last 10 years, there's one leader who, until recently, has gone by unnoticed. With no one really connecting the dots so to speak in our industry, we just learned about this at our 'Live in NYC at the NRF Big Show' event on January 18th.

As we all know, at the end of the day it takes a true leader who believes in an effort enough to support it with the funding necessary to get it off the ground and help it grow. In the late 2000's that's exactly what NYPD Commissioner William Bratton did as Los Angeles' Police Chief. He is the one leading law enforcement executive who recognized the ORC impact and authorized the funding and support of what became the nation's largest ORC association and conference, the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA).

Certainly, without the efforts of retired LAPD Detective Kent Oda and retired LAPD Captain Billy Williams leading the charge, LAAORCA would have never developed into what it is today. But without the vision, the support and the funding from Bratton's office it may not have ever even started.



Commissioner Bratton with Gus Downing,
Publisher & Editor of the D&D Daily.
 

Couple that with the Commissioner's appointment in NYC in 2014 and within months he recognized that same ORC collaborative need and authorized the formation of NYC's first Metro ORC effort, which kicked off shortly afterwards.

NYPD Lt. Tarik Sheppard, who helped roll out the Metro ORC effort said it best: "What we've been able to do here under his leadership has been really unbelievable." "When Bratton took over in 2014, I was given the freedom to collaborate with private industry in ways we had never done before. In just two short years, we have managers and mid level retail staff meeting with executives in the NYPD and other agencies all the time. It's an amazing turnaround in this region and I'm proud to be a part of it."

In his remarks to the LP community at the D&D Daily's dinner event last month, Commissioner Bratton expressed his absolute commitment and support for working with retailers to fight and solve the ORC epidemic. He passionately conveyed his long-term support dating back to his position at the Los Angeles Police Department.

Commissioner Bratton is the only person to ever lead the police agencies of the nation's two largest cities, and his vision and support of public law enforcement's ORC efforts have helped create what is today the largest collaborative effort between law enforcement and the retail Loss Prevention industry in history. Without which no one can say if it would have developed to what it is today. But one fact stands out - Commissioner Bratton is indeed the 'Founding Father of Public Law Enforcement's ORC Efforts', and we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

 


LP teams taking pictures with Comm. Bratton at our 'Live in NYC' 2016 Dinner Party. See more pictures here!

 



 

The Changing of the Guard - A natural process of evolution
The Cold Cruel Reality

Seems like the industry is changing. With the regretful elimination of a number of senior LP positions over the last year most of which populated with tenured senior LP executives, seems like a changing of the guard is taking place. Where the older generation is being pushed aside and cast off similar to what happened with the last generation of leaders that preceded this current generation that's been leading the efforts for the last fifteen to twenty years.

It happens every twenty years or so and this time is no different than last. The only problem is that for those of us who've been here to watch it and worked with all of them, we too are part of that group. There's very little anyone can do and quite frankly it's the natural process of evolution. However cold and cruel it is, it is a matter of reality. For those of you coming up it means future opportunities and for those of you who remain, whether part of this generation or close to it, it means you better reinvent yourself. More on the 'impact of this' in the next article... Just a thought.

High Salaries Haunt Some Job Hunters
The Cold Cruel Reality Hits Again
Recruiters increasingly ask pay history up front, putting high earners in a quandary

Today, pay increasingly is mentioned early in the process, either as a required field in online applications-which are used more often-or during initial interviews, say recruiters, compensation consultants and job seekers.

The shift is vexing applicants, mostly those of a certain age and pay level, who are concerned that a salary they worked to attain now gets in the way of having a job at all. "I'm unemployable now as a result of getting to the top of the tree," Mr. Edwards lamented.

Human-resources executives say asking about pay right off the bat helps contain compensation costs, ensures that candidates have reasonable expectations and spares recruiters from chasing prospects they can't afford.

"Unfortunately, some clients use salary as a pre-screening question," So if the role tops out at $55,000 and they say they want $60,000, it might knock the candidate out of consideration" even if the person would be open to salary negotiations. Screening candidates this way may be a factor in wage stagnation, some analysts suggest. Focusing on compensation history "holds down wages because now the jobs are being filled by people with lower salary expectations, "We have a whole generation of people who are permanently adversely affected."

"The decisions of firms individually are...creating collectively this macro phenomenon of stagnation," yet are hard to measure because they are shrouded in secrecy.

In Deloitte's most recent quarterly survey, 47% of chief financial offers said they plan to work to lower or control labor costs this year, by taming compensation growth, reducing benefit costs or other means. Moreover, employers may feel they can lowball applicants because they believe there is still a surplus of qualified candidates. "Employers won't pay what the last person in the job was paid because labor is now on sale."

Older job seekers sometimes see such outcomes as evidence of bias. But "employers can make financial decisions and it's not necessarily age discrimination."

A majority of workers take a salary cut when they get a new job after a stretch of unemployment, but those over 45 usually take a bigger hit than workers under 35 years of age.

Some employers hesitate to hire at far below a past salary, concerned that the employee would resent earning so much less. "If someone wants $100,000 and settles for $75,000, they're not going to be happy." wsj.com

Jury Clears Sears In Fitting Room Peeping Tom Bellwether
A California jury on Thursday found that while Sears was negligent in failing to catch a prolific peeping Tom employee, the retailer owes nothing in the bellwether trial on claims by one of dozens of women alleging privacy violations, since the woman suing couldn't prove she was actually spied upon.

After two days of deliberations after a five-day trial in Los Angeles on the claims of customer Stephanie Evans, the jury found Sears was negligent for failing to catch store maintenance worker and defendant Alejandro Gamiz's elaborate, years long spying, which involved dozens of peepholes in store restrooms and hidden video cameras in fitting rooms. But the jury found in favor of Sears Roebuck & Company and Sears Holding Corp. on a second, crucial question: whether plaintiff Stephanie Evans was actually spied upon.

On Thursday, the jury agreed, finding Evans had not proven she'd been spied upon and awarding her no damages. Evans was the first plaintiff to head to trial of the more than 90 women with claims in the consolidated proceedings.  law360.com

Marijuana Use and Its Impact on Workplace Safety and Productivity
The number of people using marijuana in the United States is rising rapidly, and the impact of this increase is showing up at work. Drug testing services report more positive tests for marijuana, both in pre-employment drug screens and drug tests conducted for other reasons.

The penalty for a positive test is often a refusal to hire or, for those who are already employees, discipline up to and including termination. An employee familiar with state laws legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use may be surprised by such a harsh workplace penalty, but employers continue to have good reasons for enforcing a strong substance abuse policy that includes a ban on marijuana.

Marijuana use has been linked to an increase in job accidents and injuries, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that the short-term effects of marijuana include impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving, memory problems, and an altered sense of time.  ohsonline.com

NRF President and CEO says "Retail LP professionals have one of the hardest jobs in the industry"
Dayton, OH., Police: Drugs, greed drive local black market for stolen goods

Heroin addiction and greed are being blamed for fueling the local black market for stolen goods, including everything from heartburn medication to laundry detergent.

A father and son, Charles and Randall Cantrell, of Fairborn, were convicted this week of receiving stolen property for selling Tide Pods at Traders World Flea Market in Monroe. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the Cantrells believed they were buying the laundry detergent, which sells for $4 for 14 units, that was stolen from a local Kroger.

Curlis said, he's seeing an increase in the sale of stolen merchandise on the Internet and in retail parking lots. He said eBay sellers have listed new merchandise for less than the wholesale price. He said thieves also are getting bolder. He has heard reports that some shoppers at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe have been asked in the parking lot if they're interested in shoes and clothing and what size they wear. If interested, they're told to wait in the parking lot, and the item will be available for 50 percent of the marked price.

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said flea markets and the Internet are places to "unload" stolen property and those items are "very difficult to trace."

"Retail loss prevention professionals have one of the hardest jobs in the industry - protecting their customers, employees and merchandise from the threat of harm and fraud, and the results of this survey prove the enormity of their task," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "Retailers will continue to review best practices and work to better educate decision makers in Washington about the burdens these crimes place on consumers, retail companies, their employees and the economy." whio.com

U.S. Justice Dept to Require Certification of Cooperation in Investigations
The U.S. Justice Department's fraud section will now require certification from companies that they fully disclosed all information about individuals involved in wrongdoing before finalizing a settlement agreement, a spokesman said Thursday.

The new requirement comes on the on the heels of a prosecutors memorandum  by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates that put a renewed focus on prosecuting individuals in white-collar crime. The memo specified that to obtain any cooperation credit in a settlement, a company must provide all relevant information about individuals. Now moving closer to putting the policy in practice, the department said it will require a definite confirmation that all that information has been turned over. The certification process is still in it's development, according to the department, but it could be a written statement of cooperation. wsj.com

Secretary Johnson Highlights Super Bowl 50 Security Operations
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with local law enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) security team this week to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security operations that will help ensure the safety and security of employees, players and fans during Super Bowl 50.

More than 15 million fans and visitors in and around the San Francisco area will see the "If You See Something, Say Something" message at airports, on bus and rail systems, billboards, magazines and visitor guides. Last year, for the first time ever, individuals using their smart phones to play games using the Game Day and NFL Experience mobile applications might have seen campaign messaging throughout Super Bowl Weekend.

DHS Operations - Super Bowl 50

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Mafia behind most EU pharma cargo theft: $33.5M worth of drugs stolen each year says expert
The Mafia is responsible for most pharmaceutical cargo thefts in Europe according to a researcher who says 30m euros ($33.5m) worth of drugs are stolen while in transit across the continent each year. This week FreightWatch suggested the actual annual volume of cargo theft is closer to $12.9B in Europe as a whole.  myinforms.com

Companies Form New Alliance to Target Health-Care Costs
Twenty major companies-including American Express Co. AXP 0.50 % , Macy's Inc. M -2.11 % and Verizon Communications Inc. VZ -0.38 % -are banding together to use their collective data and market power in a bid to hold down the cost of providing workers with health-care benefits. wsj.com

Director, Global Security Systems posted for Disney in Burbank, CA
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Global Security Operations, the Director, Enterprise Security Systems Strategy and Technology serves as the principle expert, advisor and strategist for the development, standardization, deployment, and management of Disney's enterprise wide physical security system infrastructure. This position will analyze current physical security system policies, strategy and services overlaying these with business and facilities needs, and identify opportunities for efficiency and enhanced security.  brassring.com



LPRC Travels to Houston, Texas

Dr. Read Hayes, Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, traveled to Houston, Texas this week in order to gain perspective on R&D Initiatives for 2016. Top LP and AP Executives from all over met to collaborate on high-risk stores and how better to combat high shrinkage and new RFID technology!




J.C. Penney Puts Headquarters on Real Estate Market

Retailers Boost Payrolls but Overall Job Growth Weaker Than Expected


January Same Store Sales Results
Fred's up 0.7%
Stein Mart down 0.1%
L Brands down 2%
Zumiez down 4.6%
The Buckle down 11.3% with net sales don 10.1%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Sally Beauty Q1 up 3.9% with net sales up 3.5%
Kirkland's Q4 comp's up 1.3% with net sales up 11.4%
Ralph Lauren Q3 retail consolidated comp sales down 5% with net revenues down 1%
 


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Biometrics Institute Offers Fresh Privacy Guidelines
A leading biometrics organization has revamped its guidance for how companies in a wide array of industries ranging from retail to banking should go about collecting and safeguarding increasingly prevalent biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans, the institution said Tuesday.

The revised guidelines issued by the Biometrics Institute contain 16 privacy principles that companies should take into consideration when gathering and using biometric data, including respect for client privacy, proportionality, accountability and informed consent. Businesses should also consider the purpose for which the data is being collected; how it is being protected, shared and transmitted across national boundaries; and what special protections should be given to employee biometric data, according to the institute's guidance.  law360.com

Researchers Build 'Hack Proof' RFID Chip
Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new RFID chip which they claim to be "virtually impossible to hack." The new chip is designed to prevent so-called "side channel attacks" designed to extract the cryptographic key by analyzing patterns of memory access or fluctuations in power usage. "The idea in a side-channel attack is that a given execution of the cryptographic algorithm only leaks a slight amount of information," said research paper co-author, Chiraag Juvekar.

The research team claims that the innovative new chips could help prevent contactless card details from being stolen, as well as securing key cards and warehouse goods loaded onto pallets fitted with RFID tags.  infosecurity-magazine.com

When It Comes to Multichannel Shoppers, Retailers Come Up Short
Here's what Millennial's want

Almost 50 percent of shoppers said they want the ability to check product availability online before going to a store. Only 28 percent of retailers provide information about stock for a specific store. The multichannel group wants to use mobile phones while shopping to get real-time promotions, automatic credit for coupons and ordering out-of-stock products, but only 7 percent of retailers can send real-time promotions and only 16 percent are able to automatically credit coupons. wwd.com

Report: Product price fast giving way to customer experience focus
It's All in the Data - So is Fines, Legal Action and Revenue Loss

A new report claims companies worldwide are re-focusing strategy on customer needs and brand experiences as compared to product-focused efforts and it reflects how retailers are continually moving away from price as a competitive differentiator.

The Forbes Insights study, conducted with Pitney Bowes, reveals how data, specifically consumer data, are becoming an invaluable aspect in fostering a compelling and rewarding customer experience. "This report underlines the importance of clear, valid and accessible data on your customers,"

"Business solutions can only be as good as the data you retrieve," states Jack Bullock, SVP of digital commerce solutions, Pitney Bowes. "Missing the mark could result in poor brand experience for your clients and even fines, legal action and revenue loss." retailcustomerexperience.com


 

Real world data makes the store smarter

By Michael T. Grady
Executive Vice President
Vector Security


Through online shopping, retailers can analyze how customers shop and customize their site and the overall shopping experience to meet the demands of their customer. The real world smart store is no different. Using IP video surveillance and analytics on a secure network, retailers can glean a wealth of consumer behavior intelligence that can be used to improve the overall customer experience, optimize store layout and mapping, and drive business decisions that can improve the bottom line.

That customer behavior intelligence includes valuable information such as footfall, repeat versus new customers, and average number and duration of visits. Meanwhile, applications that were traditionally used for loss prevention, like video and POS data, can reveal insights to customer traffic, purchase habits, staffing, employee training issues, and conversion ratios. Cameras can also track patterns like how customers move through the store, where they tend to linger and how long they stay. These insights help retailers make more targeted marketing, merchandising, loss prevention and overall business decisions that support the company's objectives.

Likewise, RFID technology not only better prevents shoplifting and identify trends in theft, it tracks what's being purchased, what's not and provides real-time inventory of what's available, helping retailers get merchandise back on the shelves faster.

Additionally, predictive analytics are being used to know what the customer wants before they even ask for it either through a live salesperson or via the customer's smartphone. 
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Self-checkouts: Who really benefits from the technology?
It's clear self-service is here to stay, but not everyone is convinced customers are coming out on top. They're everywhere. From supermarkets to hardware stores, self-service machines are an increasingly common sight, promising faster, more convenient checkouts. cbc.ca

CANADA: Lowe's Makes Another Run for Canada's Rona in $2.3B Deal
Lowe's is expanding its footprint in Canada with a $2.3 billion acquisition of the home improvement retailer Rona. It's Lowe's second run for the company. Lowe's made a $1.9 billion bid for Rona in 2012, but that deal never went through. Chairman and CEO Robert Niblock said Wednesday that the acquisition gives Lowe's exposure in Quebec, a province of more than 8 million people, where Lowe's currently has no presence.

Lowe's has had limited operations in Canada since 2007, with stores across Alberto, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. It has 42 stores and 1 distribution center, with 6,300 employees across the country. Rona has nearly 500 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in Canada and nine distribution centers. Lowe's said that it does not yet have specific details on the branding plans for each Lowe's Canada and Rona store, but it does plan on maintaining multiple retail brands. The deal also strengthens Lowe's in its fight for market share with rival Home Depot, which announced Wednesday that it was hiring 80,000 workers this spring. abcnews.go

National Loss Prevention Specialist posted for MEC in Vancouver, B.C.
An outdoor retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles. MEC has more than 3.8 million members across Canada, whom it serves through 17 stores in 6 provinces as well as mec.ca and the Shop MEC iPhone® app. linkedin.com

Walmart Canada brings 'click and collect' online grocery service to Toronto

Rolex joins Canadian luxury market with new store in Vancouver

Dollarama invests in new warehouse in Montreal

Danier Leather begins 90 store insolvency proceedings


Retail Fast Facts: January 2016 
Highlights:
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.1 per cent over the comparable month last year. 
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.1 per cent over the comparable month last year.  Read more  

 

Police make one of Calgary's biggest seizures of stolen goods ever - Police seize over $1.5M in Stolen Property
One man is in custody - and more arrests are expected - after police seized a massive stash of stolen property, one of the largest ever in Calgary, with enough goods to fill five tractor trailers to the brim. Officers are still compiling a full inventory of all the sporting goods, beauty products, clothing, household appliances, snow blowers, log splitter and tanning bed seized in southeast Calgary. Insp. Nancy Farmer was at a loss when attempting to describe the incredible volume of stolen property, obtained from a suspected organized crime ring. "It's just insurmountable," Farmer said. "The list is endless."

Following a months-long investigation, police executed search warrants at a home, garage, vehicle and three storage facilities in southeast Calgary. They discovered upwards of $1.5 million worth of goods, much of it stolen from local retailers over the past 18 months.

"The property seizure appears to be a textbook example of organized retail crime," said Const. Lara Sampson, of the retail crime unit. "Most of the goods were new, in boxes, in packaging with retail tags, and they were taken directly from commercial break-and-enters or sophisticated organized retail shoplifting."

Storage facilities now housing the mountain of stolen goods look like retail warehouses. Household appliances, from ventilation equipment to hot water heaters, remain in their original boxes, stacked on top of one another. Racks upon racks of clothing are clustered in one storage area with pants, purses and boots stacked behind them. Cody William Scott, a 28-year-old Calgary man, has been charged with several counts of possession of stolen property worth more than $5,000. Police expect to make more arrests.

Police say a lot of the items were brand new and were from retail businesses in the city. They believe half of the property was stolen over an 18 month period and the rest was acquired through organized retail crime offences. calgaryherald.con ctvnews.ca

 

Two youths connected to armed robbery at Barrie store
City police have arrested one youth in connection with an armed robbery at a Barrie Mac's store Monday.
On Tuesday at 8:20 p.m., a 17-year-old male was arrested. Police have also identified a 12-year-old male from Barrie.

Two armed males wearing Guy Fawkes masks had entered the Huronia Road store and demanded cash at 11:10 p.m. Monday. City police say both were wearing white, 'anonymous'-style masks when they demanded the clerk hand over cash in the register. One was armed with a small, blue 18-20 inch baseball bat, approximately 1-2 inches in diameter, police said, with second male brandishing a large knife. Police say the pair stole Canadian money and a few packages of cigarettes, then fled. The store clerk was not injured. thebarrieexaminer.com
 

 

Super Bowl Payments Fraud Requires a New Defensive Gameplan
Super Bowl attendees are predicted to spend an average of $82.19 on food, decor, team apparel and more, up from $77.88 last year. Total spending for Super Bowl 50 is expected to top a whopping $15.5 billion.

While this can be a great profit driver for businesses, it also leaves them vulnerable to a variety of data breach schemes, which can greatly undermine customer loyalty and their bottom line.

Payment providers are like the right and left guards of a football team's offensive line. We protect businesses from all sides so criminals can't make a tackle and hack into their systems. Here are a couple of ways that we can stand on the line of scrimmage and provide the best possible defense of Super Bowl proportions for our customers.

Add a Strong Line of Defense to Accepting Payments.
As we in the industry know, cyber criminals have become more sophisticated in their attacks. The best way to secure data includes a combination of technologies that protects cardholder data from the time a customer swipes his/her card all the way until the transaction is complete. This layered approach is recommended for businesses of all sizes.

Don't Fumble the Technology: Proper Handling of Human Error.
While secured or unsecured technology can be a major player when it comes to breaches, businesses also need to evaluate the role of human error in security attacks. When game day comes and fans start to get chaotic, there's an opportunity for human error- especially at the stadium. According to IBM's 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, 95% of all security incidents involved human error throughout 2014.This could happen in numerous ways (i.e., system misconfiguration, sharing sensitive passwords, leaving POS systems unattended, etc.). paymentssource.com

Super Bowl means super business for some online retailers
Retailers say Super Sunday can be a busy time for online shoppers as well. Layne says Fathead plans to capitalize on an anticipated 65% spike in traffic on Sunday night. A spokeswoman for retail chain J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (No. 37 in the 2015 Top 500) says JCP.com saw a spike in traffic immediately following the conclusion of the conference championship games. With that in mind, they'll be ready for an anticipated post-Super Bowl rush. Consumers won't stock up just on gear, however. A spokesman for pizza chain Papa John's says Super Bowl Sunday is one of their five busiest days of the year, with online orders spiking by more than 60%. internetretailer.com

Amazon plans more than just bookstores
Amazon' first bookstore could be just the tip of the iceberg for the retailer as it plans more physical locations and has a team in place to grow the division. Amazon's brick-and-mortar efforts are being watched obsessively. The bookstores are not the first-the company has opened pop-up shops and has a presence in college bookstores-but they are the best representation of Amazon's plans.

The stores feature a data-driven selection of merchandise by featuring books deemed most popular per reader recommendations and sales, and the locations can also double as pick-up and drop-off points for other Amazon shipments, helping to reduce shipping costs. fierceretail.com

 

 

N.C. law enforcement, retailers to combat organized retail crime; form Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Retail theft schemes are increasing in the Carolinas and they're becoming more sophisticated. According to local law enforcement, current retail theft goes far beyond shoplifting, involving complex schemes and organized efforts by people who convert illegally obtained merchandise or cash into financial gain by theft or fraud. In response, the NC Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) and local law enforcement agencies announced earlier today at a press conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, the formation of the Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA), a coalition of law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals in North and South Carolina aimed at combating the rise of retail theft crime.

"Organized retail crime costs the retail industry nearly $30 billion annually in the United States," said NCRMA President Andy Ellen. "These losses drive up costs for retailers which then get passed along to consumers. The new CORCA Alliance is vitally needed to provide important education and to serve as a resource link for retailers and law enforcement in the effort to combat this crime."

The CORCA Alliance plans to promote a retail theft database CORCA.org, developed in partnership with Alan Buck, Bed, Bath and Beyond's area loss prevention manager, and Detective Shawn Blee with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Created nearly two years ago to track theft and criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis, the site currently has 510 retail and law enforcement users who are currently posting valuable information about crimes and criminals and helping to prevent others from being victimized.

CORCA plans to work with the retail industry and law enforcement agencies in the Carolinas to spread the word about the database and encourage new users.

"The Alliance will help us build on the success that CORCA.org has achieved and help us proactively combat the threat of organized retail crime in the Carolinas," said Womack. "Since the launch of the database website, we've seen an increase in retailer-to-retailer communications and an increased focus on collaboration between retailers and law enforcement," said Womack.

The Alliance is membership based with all law enforcement participation free of charge. It will meet quarterly to provide insight and oversight of CORCA.org, plan an Annual Convention, and provide education. NCRMA's professional staff will provide oversight of all CORCA operations, meeting preparations, planning, and accounting. 1888pressrelease.com jonesandblount.com

Pittsburgh, PA: 'Shoulder surfing' husband gets prison in $600K Walmart check scam targeting hundreds
A man who cashed $300,000 worth of counterfeit checks using personal information stolen by peeking over the shoulders of hundreds of Wal-Mart customers was sentenced to prison Thursday. Robert MacVittie and his wife lined up behind customers trying to cash payroll checks at "dozens and dozens" of Wal-Mart stores in 20 states and recorded them providing their Social Security numbers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci said at the hearing where MacVittie received a 34-month sentence. The couple would then use the victims' identities to create counterfeit checks, which they cashed at other Wal-Marts. Melucci called MacVittie, 35, and his wife Jennifer, 32, "the Bonnie and Clyde of counterfeit checks." The MacVitties, formerly of Cranberry Township, pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft in a scheme known as "shoulder surfing."

More than 400 people had their identities used on the successfully cashed counterfeit checks, Melucci said. In all, the MacVitties stole or attempted to steal the identities of more than 900 people, Melucci said. They failed to cash more than $600,000 in other counterfeit checks; prosecutors had previously put that number at $700,000. wtae.com

Salt Lake, UT: Police bust alleged Sandy check fraud ring, net six wanted fugitives
Unified Police discovered an alleged check fraud operation and arrested six people Wednesday night after receiving a tip that a wanted fugitive may have been staying in a Sandy home. As officers surrounded the house, they heard noise coming from a shed on the property. Police say Auger was inside and surrendered. Cops entered the shed and found check-making equipment inside, according to Lt. Bell. "In plain view in the shed was a check-making factory where they were basically manufacturing checks in that shed. They had printers, laptops, the whole bit," Lt. Bell said. In total, six fugitives were arrested in the bust. Police say they believe the alleged check-fraud ring may have ties to other criminal activity. kutv.com

Buy Buy Baby Employee Sold Stolen Baby Strollers, Car Seats on Craig's List
The Port Chester Police Department Detective Bureau was notified on Feb. 4, 2016, by loss prevention from Buy Buy Baby, on an internal investigation they were conducting on one of its employees and wished to press charges based on their findings. Police stated through the store's internal investigation, employee, 29-year old Bronx resident, Leonard Simkins had admitted to stealing baby strollers and car seats from the store. Police said Simkins, when confronted by store personnel, allegedly admitted to stealing the merchandise. In his confession, Simkins alleges he placed the items on Craig's List, over 10 strollers and at least three car seats, and sold the items locally and even delivered the items to the customers, according to the police report. According to video evidence provided to police from Buy Buy Baby, the video showed that on Jan. 11, 2016, Simkins was seen taking two strollers and two car sets, placing them in a shopping cart and exiting the store without paying for them. Buy Buy Baby, said police, are still trying to obtain footage from other incidents. The total value of the merchandise was $2527.36. hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com

Rockledge, FL: Woman's lost wallet results in $2K racked up on credit cards - suspects could be part of larger ring
Investigators in Brevard County are looking for four suspects who they said found a woman's wallet and racked up nearly $2,000 on her credit cards. "I was really hurt knowing that people will take your items for their own personal gain," said Roxanne Kyle. As she was getting out of her car, her wallet fell from her lap and onto the ground without her knowing. At first she thought she may have left her wallet at home, but then about an hour and a half later four suspects who police say found the wallet went on a shopping spree with Kyle's credit cards. Rockledge police shared surveillance video from two Walmarts -- the one on Wickham Road in Viera and the one on Clearlake Road in Cocoa. In the video, four suspects -- one man and three women -- are seeing taking TVs, video game consoles, and even bedding, before driving off in their white SUV. Because of their demeanor, Weigel believes the suspects could be part of a larger shoplifting ring in Central Florida. clickorlando.com

Livingston County, MI: 31-year-old Davidson woman pleads guilty to ORC
 

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Milton, FL: Couple's multistate crime spree that started with Famous Footwear robbery ends in standoff, leaving one suspect dead, one wounded
Officials say a chase that led to a standoff with a Missouri couple suspected in a multistate crime spree started with a report of a robbery at a Famous Footwear store in Pensacola, Florida. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at a Friday news conference that a call at 7:56 p.m. Thursday alerted authorities to the armed robbery. Officers spotted the couple near Pensacola Beach, before they headed east, eventually ending up on Interstate 10 before cutting back toward Pensacola. Morgan says the couple held a family hostage in their Pensacola home before fleeing in the family truck. Morgan says deputies spotted Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper in the truck, and they went into a neighborhood and had a 15-minute standoff with authorities. Morgan says officers engaged in gunfire with the couple as they tried to leave the truck and enter a home. Fitzgerald was killed and Harper wounded. therepublic.com


Kansas City, KS: Officer shoots man armed with large knife near Dollar Tree
Kansas City, Kan., police and deputies in the Wyandotte County Sheriff's office responded at about 1:30 p.m. in large numbers to an area near 5th and County Line Road, where an officer shot a man after he allegedly tried to rob a nearby Dollar Tree store. Lt. Kelli Baliff, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, says a man went into the Dollar Tree, armed with a large knife. The man wasn't able to get anything from the store and fled in a westbound direction. A deputy from the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department and an officer from Westwood Police arrived and came in contact with the man in the 500 block of County Line Road. Lt. Baliff said the Westwood officer tried to subdue him with a Taser, but it was ineffective. The deputy then shot the suspect. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. fox4kc.com

Irving, TX: Armed robber who took woman hostage at Texas check-cashing store killed by police
An armed robber who took a woman hostage at a Dallas-area check-cashing store was fatally shot by police in a standoff captured on video. Staff at Cash Store in Irving, Texas, set off an alarm around 1 p.m. Friday when Christopher Michael Dew, 29, tried to rob the business, according to the Irving Police Department. The store on Esters Rd. near state highways 161 and 183 also got targeted earlier in January as police probe a string of burglaries at check-cashing stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Cops said Dew grabbed a female employee and walked outside to the parking lot with her when they arrived at the scene. Two officers fired on him and killed him as he tried to force her into a car at gunpoint, according to police. The woman wasn't injured in the standoff. nydailynews.com

Rochester, MN - Convicted murderer arrested after allegedly shoplifting at Macy's, punching LP officer, fleeing through mall
A convicted murderer who served time in Illinois reportedly fled from Rochester police through the Apache Mall on Thursday afternoon after allegedly stealing over $500 worth of merchandise. Around 1:20 p.m., officers were called to Macy's with a report from the store's loss prevention team of someone shoplifting. Officers were positioned outside the main doors waiting for the suspect to come out. When he saw them, 44-year-old Mario Peterson, of Rochester, fled back inside where he was met with a 47-year-old man from the loss prevention team. That's when Peterson allegedly punched the man in the face and dropped the stolen merchandise. The chase was on through the mall. A security guard tried to grab him the food court, and then Peterson ran out a door from Scheels into the parking lot. When he went into J.C. Penney, authorities say they lost him for a bit because he somehow had a different shirt on. They eventually cornered and tased him. He faces several charges related to shoplifting and fleeing from police. kimt.com

Berkeley Liquor Store A Mess After Smash-And-Grab
With a jolt like an earthquake, a pickup truck backed into the Pic-n-Pac at the corner of San Pablo and Gilman in Berkeley. Berkeley police Officer Byron White said the suspects tried to steal the ATM machines inside. "Tried" is the operative word, as it appears that the machines were too heavy for them. Undeterred, the truck slammed into the store again 30 seconds later. In the video surveillance footage, the suspects appear to try to pick up the ATM, but it was just too heavy for them and they got away empty handed. What was left, besides the ATM machine, was a mess. Top shelf liquor bottles were broken on the floor and a gaping hole through the door and side of the building resulted. The door, the windows, the shelves, the booze and the ATM are all gone now. The owner decided to remove the ATM machines in hopes that his business won't get turned into a drive through again. cbslocal.com

Skiatook, OK: Police seek duo in counterfeit credit card case
Skiatook police are looking for two people they said are using counterfeit credit cards. They said the duo used the fake cards at four stores there, including Dollar General. The fake cards use people's information from their real cards. Skiatook police said they have dealt with credit card theft, but this is the first they are seeing of counterfeit credit card use. fox23.com

Sarasota, FL: Police seek Hobby Marketplace drone thief
Police are seeking to identify a suspect who stole a Drone from the Sarasota Square Mall at 8201 S Tamiami Trail. The individual entered the Hobby Marketplace store in the mall at approximately 6:00pm this Tuesday, February 2nd, and walked out with a Drone valued at over $1000. Police report the suspect is a white, male, in his 30s, and was last seen in a store surveillance video wearing a black, button-up shirt, and dark blue jeans. mysuncoast.com

Armed robbery starts in Philly, ends in Delaware ditch
A man suspected of holding up a Verizon store in Philadelphia Thursday night headed south on I-95 with city and state police on his tail, ending the chase in the cul-de-sac of a quiet Brandywine Hundred neighborhood. The man crashed at the end of Talley Road and a trooper got out of his patrol car with his gun drawn as helicopters buzzed overhead, said Iman Dawson, who lives in a suburban house with Christmas lights on the porch a few doors down from where it happened. The crash happened a little after 8:30 p.m. and the suspect was taken to the hospital in an ambulance for a minor injury to his wrist, said Corporal Mark Michaels of the Pennsylvania State Police. The man allegedly had phones taken from the Verizon store in his car, Michaels said. delawareonline.com

Urban Wear fire leads to arson investigation, panic for neighboring business
Authorities are investigating an early morning fire at an Odessa clothing store as a possible act of arson, officials confirmed. Flames broke out Thursday around 1:30 a.m. at Urban Wear, a business at a small strip mall in the 3600 block of N. Dixie Blvd. Nobody was in the store and no injuries were reported, according to a city spokesperson.

Firefighters responded around 1:45 a.m. and spent approximately two hours working to extinguish the fire, witnesses said. Gilbert Armenta, the owner of a neighboring business, said friends initially thought the flames were coming from his store. Armenta rushed to his religious candle shop on N. Dixie Blvd and discovered the business next door was actually the source of the blaze. newswest9.com

Louisville, KY: Nice-guy store clerk shot and killed

Tacoma, WA: Man Charged With Murder in C-Store Shooting

Kay Outlet in Glendale, AZ victim of $13,749 Grab & Run

Burnet, TX: Llano man gets 15 years for stealing $1,600 worth of necklaces

Danville, KY: Woman charged in Domino's Pizza robbery pleads guilty


Gas Station Attendant Fights Off Armed Burglar with Piping Hot Cup of Coffee

Kansas City, MO: Eight Subways robbed in past week and a half



AJ's Discount Store - Birmingham, AL - Armed Robbery
Amco Supply - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Cowboy's Discount - Dallas, TX - Robbery /Clerk stabbed
Dollar Tree - Kansas City, KS - Robbery/Suspect Shot
Garden Teran Meat Market - Angleton, TX - Robbery/Employee shot
Marathon - Muncie, IN - Burglary
Salvation Army - Detroit, MI - Burglary

Shell - Dunlap, TN - Robbery
Subway - Kansas City, MO - Armed Robbery - 8 in past week and a half
Verizon - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hampton, VA - Robbery

 

 


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