America's Top Cop
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
"The decisions of firms individually are...creating collectively this macro
phenomenon of stagnation," yet are hard to measure because they are shrouded
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
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."
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
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
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said flea markets and the Internet are
places to "unload" stolen property and those items are "very difficult to
"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."
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
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.
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
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
Read the details
Mafia behind most EU pharma cargo theft: $33.5M worth of drugs stolen each year
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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."
Real world data makes the store smarter
Michael T. Grady
Executive Vice President
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
Read more here.
Leadership & Development Series:
Chief Human Resources Officer, Beall's, Inc.
His story, advice and vision of
tomorrow's successful LP executive profile
Newly inducted into the NRF's honorary
"Ring of Excellence,"
Chief Human Resources Officer at Beall's Inc., provides his vision of leadership
as a 25+ year veteran of the LP industry. Describing loss prevention, at its
core, as a "people business," Dan talks about the difference between passion and
emotion and how maintaining an even keel helps one navigate the unpredictable
nature of the retail business.
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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
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.
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.
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
Retail Fast Facts: January 2016
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.1 per cent over the comparable month
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.1 per cent
over the comparable month last year. Read
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
Salt Lake, UT: Police bust alleged Sandy check fraud ring, net six wanted
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Louisville, KY: Nice-guy store clerk shot and killed
Tacoma, WA: Man Charged With Murder in C-Store Shooting
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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