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Katie Carver, CFI promoted to Assistant Vice President Director of Loss Prevention for The TJX Companies

Katie has been with TJX Companies for nearly seven years, starting with the company in 2013 as a Loss Prevention Investigator. Before her latest promotion to Assistant Vice President Director of Loss Prevention, she spent three years as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager and three years as a District Loss Prevention Manager. Prior to her time at TJX, she spent more than three years with Gap Inc./Old Navy as a Market Loss Prevention Supervisor and nearly a year with Neiman Marcus as a Loss Prevention Investigator. Congratulations, Katie!

Travis Bolin promoted to Assistant Vice President Director, Investigations and Safety for The TJX Companies
Travis has been with TJX Companies for nearly 16 years, starting with the company in 2004 as a DLPM. Prior to his promotion to Assistant Vice President Director, Investigations and Safety, he served as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for over a year. Before that, he spent nearly two years as Distribution Center Regional Loss Prevention Manager and four years as Regional Investigations Manager. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly ten years with Kmart Corporation as a DLPM. Congratulations, Travis!


Checkpoint Systems Completes Eti-Textil Acquisition
We are pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Eti-Textil, a full capability trim manufacturing business with production locations in Spain and Morocco. Eti-Textil manufactures a range of garment trim products which includes printed tags and woven labels along with their in-house RFID capabilities and has an excellent reputation for speed, service & quality.

We are happy to say that the experienced management team will remain with the business and it will be part of Checkpoint's Apparel Labeling Solutions (ALS) Division. Miguel will lead Checkpoint's apparel label business for Iberia and Morocco. checkpointsystems.com

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NRF 2020: Computer Vision Discerns the Center of the Retail Store

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

Having split my career between security and information technologies, for some time I have prognosticating the rise of the camera as a powerful sensor to redefine and enhance consumer experiences. At NRF 2020, computer vision was 'visible' everywhere.

Robots loaded with cameras to verify planogram compliance, floor spills, out-of-stocks, engagement with consumers, were prevalent both with large and emerging companies. AI and machine learning were common integration themes in most of the computer vision demonstrations. At this NRF you also saw the technology combined with RFID and 5G. In the Innovation Lab startups area, variations of drones - the flying kind and even one running in a shelf tunnel - made a computer vision appearance.

Facial recognition also increased its presence at NRF 2020 including face-pay, security applications including one for directly protecting high theft items, shopping cart push-out protection, sentiment detection, and FaceID solutions designed to improve consumer engagement.

Computer vision is critical to retail because:

● It is increasingly being applied at the consumer decision-making center of the physical store which for too long has been highly under sensored. This is an important first step that will eventually lead to much improved differentiated digital consumer conversations.

● Decreasing friction in the shopping experience directly increases opportunities for retail theft. Security risks are also increasing in areas where traditional technologies have struggled to respond. Computer vision combined with AI have capabilities to address these challenges. tonydonofrio.com


Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Live Updates: Wuhan Ordered to Round Up Infected People
The lockdown is unprecedented in scale and experts have questioned its effectiveness. Wuhan and Hubei Province have borne the brunt of the epidemic as the sudden shutdown of transportation links into and around the area slowed the shipping of vital medical supplies. The fatality rate in Wuhan is 4.1 percent and 2.8 percent in Hubei

"This is almost a humanitarian disaster" China professor who cited insufficient supplies of medical equipment, food and other necessities. "The Wuhan people seem to be left high and dry by themselves."

Wuhan is told to round up infected residents for mass quarantine camps.

Death toll in China rises to 564 as lockdown enters third week.

225 cases outside the country, and one death.

W.H.O. will host a meeting of scientists who remain perplexed by the virus.

The number of Americans quarantined on military bases continues to rise. Now 543 - Two more flights expected this week.

Virus's spread raises fears about Tokyo Olympics.

United States Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA's new webpage focuses on protecting workers from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In addition to this OSHA guidance, employers and workers should consult interim CDC guidance specific to 2019-nCoV. CDC also provides tips on what the general public should do during the ongoing outbreak. osha.gov

Coronavirus restrictions are taking a toll on fashion brands

United States: FCPA 2019 Year In Review

DOJ & SEC Collected Record $2.65 B in Corp. FCPA Fines & Penalties
Walmart Paid $282.7M in Fines & Penalties & Ranked 5th Overall in 2019

In the third year of the Trump Administration, the biggest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") headlines were record corporate fines and penalties, and a banner year of individual FCPA enforcement highlighted by three DOJ trial victories. The DOJ clarified aspects of its FCPA corporate enforcement policy and provided additional guidance regarding effective corporate ethics and compliance programs. Abroad, the DOJ and SEC continued to coordinate with foreign authorities, publicly acknowledging cooperation from 26 countries and territories.

The dollar value of FCPA settlements soared to $2.65 billion, more than two-and-a-half times the $1.03 billion collected in 2018, and surpassed the previous record of $2.43 billion set in 2016, the last full year of the Obama Administration. To date, the Trump Administration's DOJ and SEC have entered into 35 corporate FCPA resolutions and collected more than $4.5 billion in fines and penalties. mondaq.com

FCPA Corporate Enforcement Actions, 2019 - Only 1 retailer on list of enforcements.

Company Date DOJ ($M) SEC ($M) Total ($M)
5. Walmart Inc. (Retail: U.S.) June 20 $138.0M $144.7M $282.7M

Victoria's Secret Refused to Act to Protect Women, Models Say

The Model Alliance Sends 100 Signature 'Lack of Action' Letter to CEO

New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Surfaced Over Weekend

The Model Alliance, an organization that advocates for the protection of models, sent a letter to Victoria's Secret Chief Executive Officer John Mehas on Wednesday, calling what it described as the retailer's lack of action to shield women from abuse "utterly unacceptable." It's signed by more than 100 people, mostly models, including stars like Christy Turlington Burns and Edie Campbell.

Models and executives were bullied and harassed for decades due to an "entrenched culture of misogyny" at the lingerie chain, owned by L Brands Inc., according to a New York Times investigation published last weekend.

"The time for listening is long past," they wrote in the letter. "It's time for Victoria's Secret to take action to protect the people they profit from. Human rights violations can't be stopped with a corporate rebranding exercise."

Models also sent a letter to Mehas last August calling for Victoria's Secret to guard them against harassment.

In Wednesday's letter, the group said it met with representatives of the chain in September and proposed changes to protect models and other employees from workplace harassment.

Victoria's Secret made it "abundantly clear," according to the letter, that it wouldn't take the allegations seriously, and that management wouldn't take any concrete steps to address the problem. Instead, the company told the group the business is "in the process of continued learning and listening," the group said.

"This is an opportunity for Victoria's Secret," Sara Ziff, executive director of the Model Alliance, said in an interview. "It should be both a wake-up call and opportunity for them to do the right thing." bloomberg.com

Clearview AI CEO claims First Amendment protects scraping of public biometric data

Industry Backlash Against Clearview Scrapping Images

Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That appeared on CBS This Morning for an interview with correspondent Errol Barnett, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Google and YouTube demanding the company stop taking images from the companies' platforms.

Barnett was matched by the company's software with images of him scrapped from websites, within seconds, even with half of his face partially covered with his hand.

Ton-That notes in the interview that the system is used only for investigations following a crime, and can not be used as "a 24/7 surveillance system."

Gizmodo suggests that while Clearview's practices may not be illegal, they may open the company up to civil liability under the vaguely-worded 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). A decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a data-scraping suit by LinkedIn against hiQ last year that data scraping does not necessarily violate the CFAA also declined to weigh in on First Amendment protection.

Former Facebook CISO and current Stanford Internet Observatory Director Alex Stamos Tweeted that Clearview may be liable for BIPA and copyright violations.

Twitter demanded two weeks ago that the company stop scraping its platform and delete images it had taken from the social media platform. biometricupdate.com

Mafia Informant in Witness Protection Just Couldn't Resist The Big Time Fraud - Arrested Yesterday

Son & Mother Arrested For $65M+ Branded Restaurant Fraud Scheme
on Toby Keith & Others

Opened 20 'Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill' & A Rascal Flatts

Frank Capri, 52, of AZ., and his mother Debbie Corvo, 68, AZ., appeared in federal court following their arrest earlier today. Facing a 16-count wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the operation of various branded restaurant locations across the US. justice.gov

Mafia informant profits from broken restaurant projects named after country music stars. He was part of the Lucchese crime family in New York City before he entered the Federal Witness Protection Program with a new name.

Taking money from broken restaurant-development projects across the country, Capri was behind the collapse of a restaurant chain named after country music recording star Toby Keith. Starting in 2009, Phoenix-based companies controlled by Capri opened 20 restaurants under the name Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill.

Read the full story of how a Mafia guy got away with it all the while in Witness Protection. Did the FBI turn a blind eye?

Shoplifting is out of control in Scotland, new industry research reveals
Scottish Grocers' Federation's chief executive, Pete Cheema, said: "Our new Retail Crime Report 2020 report - which is now backed up by five years' worth of evidence - shows that shoplifting is now essentially out of control and the authorities have simply lost their grip on it. The Protection of Workers Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament is a step in the right direction and we urge MSPs to support it."

The Scottish Parliament Economy Committee is currently taking evidence on the Protection of Workers Bill and SGF give evidence directly on the 3 March. talkingretail.com

The Science Behind Marijuana Testing at Work
Quest Diagnostics, which conducts drug testing for employers, reported in 2019 that many employers are dropping marijuana from their preemployment screening drug tests. But employers who do continue to test for marijuana have seen an increase in the number of employees and potential employees testing positive for the drug, says Dr. Barry Sample, director of science and technology for employer solutions at Quest Diagnostics.

"For the general workforce test, if we look at the positivity rates in recreational use states and medical use states, there's very little difference in positivity," he explains. "Where you see the difference, really and not surprisingly, is in the recreational use states and the nonrecreational use states."

Sample adds that tests only show whether someone has used marijuana-not if that individual is under the influence.

"What you need to remember is it doesn't matter if it's urine, oral fluid or hair testing-it just reflects use," he says. "It doesn't inform you whether someone was impaired or what their usage patterns are." shrm.org

Bernie Madoff Seeks Prison Release, Saying He's Dying
Madoff asked Fed. judge Wednesday to let him out of a 150-year sentence after serving just over a decade, saying he's expected to die soon due to complications from kidney failure. law360.com

Kroger Named Top Corporation For Women-Owned Businesses

Quarterly Results
Yum Brands Q4 comp's up 2%, revenue up 9%
   Taco Bell comp's up 4%
   KFC comp's up 3%
   Pizza Hut comp's down 2%



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5 Key Benefits of High Security Door Lock Systems

If you are concerned about security in your organization, but also want to keep costs under control, a high security door lock system could be the right choice for your business. This kind of electronic system has many advantages over other types of door locks. Let's take a look at five benefits that the most secure door locks can bring to your business.

1. High Security Door Lock System Benefits Reduce Costs in the Long Run

The major benefit of high security locks (also known as HSEC) is that they are nearly impossible to pick. That's because they utilize two levels of biaxial key cutting, which produce angled cuts inside the lock that are very difficult to force open by picking the lock. As a result, your business can avoid costs associated with theft, which can be financially crippling.

Of course, a pick-resistant lock is no use if a determined intruder can simply drill the lock out of its housing. That's why all the most secure door locks come with drill resistant housings, which prevent the locks from being removed from the doors. Not only does this feature reduce theft, but it also means you won't face the expense of replacing damaged locks with new ones to re-secure the property after an attempted break-in.

For many businesses, most of the costs associated with door locks arise from the need to replace locks when keys go missing or are copied without authorization. However, Instakey's key blanks are not available on the open market and therefore cannot be duplicated without authorization. As a result, you may find that your organization's need to replace locks to ensure security decreases.

2. High Security Door Lock Systems Can Be Customized to Meet Your Needs

If you have particular requirements for your door lock system, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the most secure door locks on the market. Instakey provides a highly customizable HSEC system that can be tailored to meet your business' needs. If you need to secure multiple locations, you can even customize each system to meet the particular demands of the individual working environment.

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New Survey Reveals CISO Stress and the Toll it Takes
The CISO Stress Report: Life Inside the Perimeter, One Year On from Nominet found that the vast majority of CISOs (88 percent) remain moderately or tremendously stressed, a small decrease from 91 percent in 2019. However, this stress is now taking a greater toll on CISOs' mental and physical health, and their personal relationships.

Key findings:

48 percent of CISOs said work stress has had a detrimental impact on their mental health, almost twice as high as last year (27 percent). 31 percent also reported that their stress had impacted their physical health.

40 percent of CISOs said that their stress levels had affected their relationships with their partners or children

32 percent said that their stress levels had repercussions on their marriage or romantic relationships and 32 percent said that their stress levels had affected their personal friendships

The number of CISOs turning to medication or alcohol has increased by a quarter year on year, from 17 percent in 2019 to 23 percent in 2020

The research also found that the board does take security seriously, with 47 percent saying that cybersecurity is a "great" concern to them. They are actually more likely than CISOs to think that cyber threats are a "high" or "very high" risk to their business (90% vs 66%). They are also aware of the high-pressure nature of the CISO's job, with 74 percent saying they believe their security team to be moderately or tremendously stressed. However, many still hold the CISO responsible for a breach and expect them to deliver more value to the business. securitymagazine.com

How can we harness human bias to have a more positive impact on cybersecurity awareness?

What are some of the most important things you've learned over time when it comes to security culture? How important is it and why?

A positive and robust security culture is absolutely fundamental to the overall security maturity of an organisation. An organisation's culture sets the tone for what is normal and accepted; it's not what is written in a policy, it is what influences how people actually behave. From a security point of view, this is absolutely crucial and extremely influential.

Different cultures will influence whether people do what they should when it comes to security, for example a culture in which leadership demonstrate a strong commitment to, and respect for, security is much more likely to result in positive security behaviours than one in which leadership are dismissive of security.

The phenomenon of social proof, in which people model their behaviour on how others act (especially those in positions of authority or those they particularly admire), means that the role of leadership in security culture is vital. People in an organisation look to those in leadership to see how they should behave.

If leaders are seen to follow security policies and good practices, such as wearing identity badges and challenging tailgating, then others throughout the organisation are more likely to follow suit. A culture of fear in an organisation is very destructive. If people feel they are going to be blamed for clicking a link in an email they then suspect was phishing, for example, they are less likely to report such incidents when they happen. A culture of fear does not reduce the number of incidents, it just drives them underground and reduces the likelihood of people reporting those incidents. helpnetsecurity.com

Scientists test forensic methods to acquire data from damaged mobile phones
Criminals sometimes damage their mobile phones in an attempt to destroy data. They might smash, shoot, submerge or cook their phones, but forensics experts can often retrieve the evidence anyway. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have tested how well these forensic methods work.


Accessing the phone's memory chips
A damaged phone might not power on, and the data port might not work, so experts use hardware and software tools to directly access the phone's memory chips. These include hacking tools, albeit ones that may be lawfully used as part of a criminal investigation.

"Our goal was to test the validity of these methods," said Rick Ayers, the NIST digital forensics expert who led the study. "Do they reliably produce accurate results?"

To conduct the study, researchers loaded data onto 10 popular models of phones. They then extracted the data or had outside experts extract the data for them. The question was: Would the extracted data exactly match the original data, without any changes?

The methods - Data extractions

Retailers Can Make Claim for DoS Attack
Notification Advisory for Victims Affected by Bukoski’s Dos-For-Hire Booter Service

David Bukoski, 24, of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced for operating a long-running Denial of Service (DoS) for-hire service, known as Quantum Stress, which allowed paying users to conduct wide-ranging attacks on individual and corporate victim domains and networks, preventing them from being able to access the internet.

The government is asking that members of the community who believe they may be a victim
of Bukoski’s criminal activities, to please contact (907) 271-3041 to reach the
Victim-Witness Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Alaska.

The investigation revealed that Bukoski made a number of different subscription plans available to his approximately 70-80,000 subscribers between 2011 and 2018, all of which entailed payment by the subscriber in exchange for some period of access to attack infrastructure controlled by Bukoski.

Retailers Can Make Claim for DoS Attack if Your Website Was Down. justice.gov

Michigan man gets 1 yr & 1 month fed prison, to pay $208,718 restitution in cryptocurrency scam



US Cannabinoid Market to Reach $45B in 2024
What's the Shrink Number Going to Be?

Legal Cannabis is Disrupting the Retail Industry

"The Greatest Opportunity for the Industry is to Reap the Benefits of Legal Cannabis"

"We haven't seen this kind of disruption in our industry...ever"

At the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference this past Jan. 25th, Larry Levin, EVP of IRI, told executives, in a session on 'Emerging Consumer Trends in the Grocery Industry,' that 'The greatest opportunity for the industry today is to reap the benefits of legal cannabis," observed IRI's Levin, who added that "we have not seen this kind of disruption in our industry...ever."

"CBD is growing because we're accepting it. Consumer behaviors toward CBD, hemp and cannabis are changing. It's no longer just a western United States phenomenon as more states legalize it."

With the majority of U.S. adults supporting legalization of marijuana, social barriers are being eliminated that are leading to more interest in non-THC CBD. About 80% of U.S. adults agree there should be some form of legal marijuana usage, and 64% of U.S. adults agree that marijuana has medical benefits, according to BDS research.

"Cannabis will be among the most disruptive trends to hit CPG in decades," reiterated Levin. "Retailers and manufacturers have an opportunity to capitalize on a burgeoning revenue stream with unique innovation and consumer marketing."

The widespread consumer acceptance, along with CBD availability in general retail, will result in a projected US total cannabinoid market of $45B in 2024. supermarketnews.com

Editor's Note: With this rapid growth, the need to be proactive is imperative because the shrink number could pop up in one cycle and cost a senior their job. Then again the old hair-on-fire routine certainly doesn't work in this era and there's no benchmarking or track record to study. The only fact to go on is that it's the new high risk product line for merchandise protection standards. The issue is how far one goes. Just a thought.

Securing Your Stash: Emerging Technologies in the Cannabis Industry

By Tony Gallo, Managing Partner & Katharine Baxter, Lead Technical Writer for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Some recent innovations and emerging technologies are changing the ways that cannabis businesses secure their products and facilities. Many of these promising technologies are implemented to strengthen physical security, augment cybersecurity measures, and improve business productivity and efficiency. Designed for high-risk businesses like jewelry stores, these technological advancements are well suited to impact the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

Video Surveillance as a Service
Many external alarm monitoring companies are also contracted to monitor video surveillance, and cannabis businesses are already required by law to house surveillance equipment and onsite (and sometimes additionally off-site) archives of footage. But this service is only valuable if someone is watching the footage in real-time.

Robots and Drones
Drones have already made a strong entrance into the cannabis industry, specifically for outdoor cultivations and grows. Drones can effectively monitor security by conducting risk assessments of a property or facility and checking for signs of break-ins or damage quickly without employees physically traveling acres of farmland or into potentially dangerous situations.

Deep Analytical Tools
Deep analytics occurs when large amounts of information, often from multiple sources, is analyzed and organized to provide key insights into an individual user, group of users, or company as a whole. Deep analytics produces vast amounts of data which can improve everything from a business' security to its productivity. Read more

Florida's new billion-dollar hemp market is at risk, industry advocates say
A federal proposed rule for stringent testing would result in less "CBD content" in hemp crops, making them less attractive to buyers. That's according to the Hemp Industries Association of Florida, which has complained to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is developing regulations to oversee hemp production. As the rules stand, they would have a "serious chilling effect on the amount of acres planted" and would "increase prices for the consumer significantly," according to the association's letter to the USDA.

If the USDA rules become final, most hemp farming in Florida would become "cost-prohibitive," Mazzie said. The result would be Florida consumers having to continue to buy out-of-state CBD oil, instead of potentially lower-priced alternatives from Florida growers. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Wana Brands, Leading Producer of Infused Cannabis Products, Expands Product Lines to Maryland





White House adviser accuses Amazon's Jeff Bezos of backing out of meeting on fake products

Trump's top trade aide says Bezos deflected to underlings over counterfeiting

White House adviser Peter Navarro was walking to his seat in the grand ballroom at the glitzy annual Alfalfa Club dinner on Jan. 25 when he spotted Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, clad in a tuxedo among hundreds of people mingling with appetizers and drinks.

The day before, the Trump administration, led by Navarro, published a 54-page report alleging that e-commerce giants such as Amazon have become marketplaces for counterfeiters, undermining U.S. firms and hurting consumers. Navarro said he had for months been seeking a one-on-one meeting with Bezos to secure help from Amazon in cracking down on counterfeiters, but he was continually rebuffed.

Navarro said Trump is also angry over the trade of counterfeit goods on Amazon and "thinks it's outrageous what the e-commerce platforms are getting away with" at the expense of brick-and-mortar retail stores in the United States.

"The reason I want to see Jeff Bezos is because Jeff Bezos could, in the blink of an eye, put a complete halt to the counterfeiting that Amazon is facilitating," Navarro said. "It's a rare occurrence where a single individual can have an enormous impact on the issue - but so far, it's 'see no evil.' "

For example, Navarro wants Amazon to adopt a list of "best practices" that were outlined in the recent government report on counterfeiting. These include stricter vetting of third-party sellers and using rapid notice and "takedown" procedures.

An Amazon spokeswoman said senior executives have met with Navarro and other White House officials "on multiple occasions" to discuss how to guard against counterfeits. Amazon has also said it already spends millions of dollars on the issue, including $400 million in 2018 on things like fraud and abuse.

Amazon also said it already works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies to combat fraud and has committed to reporting all confirmed counterfeiters to law enforcement

The Trump administration on Jan. 24 said it would begin imposing fines and other penalties on merchants, warehouses and third-party websites such as Amazon that facilitated the import and sale of counterfeits.

David Kahan, chief executive of Birkenstock Americas, likened Amazon's practices to "modern-day piracy on the high seas."

According to former executives and outside consultants, the continued abundance of counterfeit goods on the site is the result of Amazon's decisions to prioritize a broad selection of products and cheaper prices over the deployment of aggressive technologies and policies that could stem the problem. washingtonpost.com

Police warn online shoppers in the UK about PayPal fraudsters
Police are warning online shoppers of a new scam involving fake PayPal emails. The scheme has been reported more than 3,000 times, with the victims losing over £1.1m between October and December last year, according to national cyber crime centre Action Fraud. Those targeted include people selling electronics, vehicles, phones and household furniture via online marketplaces.

Fraudsters will send the victim an email purporting to be from PayPal in attempt to trick them into believing they have received payment for an item. The fraudster will then send a follow-up email requesting a tracking number in the hope that the victim will be rushed into shipping the item before they have had a chance to verify the payment. theboltonnews.co.uk

How to avoid falling victim to credit card fraud when shopping online or travelling overseas

High-end fashion brands are writing off Amazon's rumored luxury platform





Four sentenced for attempting to steal $6M in merchandise & intricate $1M counterfeiting scam
HOUSTON - The leaders and two others have been ordered to federal prison after passing more than $1.3 million in counterfeit checks in Houston and Louisiana.

A jury convicted Harold Chaney, 49, Missouri City, Oct. 3, 2019. Also sentenced today were Charmine Godine, 46, and Marcus McNeal, 40, both of Missouri City, along with Frank Chaney, 55, Houston, who had all previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.

Harold Chaney, one of the leaders, to serve a 235-month sentence. The other leader - Godine - received a 240-month-term of imprisonment, while Frank Chaney and McNeal received respective terms of 85 and 160 months. All will also serve three years of supervised release following their sentences.

At the hearing, the court heard evidence that showed the group was responsible for attempting to steal more than $6 million in merchandise and passing over $1.3 million in counterfeit checks.

Harold Chaney and Godine headed the group who purchased expensive goods from retail stores using a sophisticated counterfeiting scheme.

Other members of the group, such as Frank Chaney, used the counterfeit checks to purchase computers, appliances and construction materials at retail stores. The group then sold the items to customers on the black market. justice.gov

Milburn, NJ: Bloomingdale in Short Hill the target of a $120,000 Rolex Smash & Grab
On January 31, 2020, Millburn Police responded Bloomingdales at The Mall at Short Hills on a report of two males smashing a display cases with a sledge hammer. Bloomingdales associates reported that one male was described as a short back male, 40-50 years old, and was with a second male. The males stole approximately 10 Rolex watches from the case, approximate value $120,000 and ran out of the store. tapinto.net

Milburn, NJ: Louis Vuitton at The Mall at Short Hills hit for $10,000
On January 29, 2020 Millburn Police Officer Herrera responded to Louis Vuitton at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Louis Vuitton personnel reported that a black male wearing a black puffy jacket, black pants and black sneakers, took three handbags, total value $10,350.00 and left the store without making payment. tapinto.net

Pembroke Pines, FL: Sephora Shoplifters Stole Nearly A Grand Worth Of Merchandise
The theft took place on January 22nd, at the Sephora location inside the J. C. Penny store at the Pembroke Lakes Mall. Police say the women put the items into their shopping bags and left the store. Loss prevention employees tried to stop them before they sped off in newer model red Honda Civic. miami.cbslocal.com

Orlando, FL: Sprint employee accused of stealing 8k worth of merchandise through fake accounts

Onamia, MN: Traffic stop uncovers $3,500 in stolen goods; including Victoria's Secret, Pink, and J.C. Penney's, among others

Milford, CT: 2 women attempt to shoplift over $1,500 in frozen seafood from ShopRite

Marin County, CA: Target shoplifter busted with over $1,000 in merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Conway, AR: Shoplifting Suspect Dies After Being Tased
Conway police responded to a shoplifting call to the Harp's Food Store on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. when a male suspect allegedly resisted arrest and died due to injuries from the struggle. According to the Arkansas State Police, who is currently investigating the incident, 39-year-old Lionel Morris died on his way to the hospital. The 911 call described two suspects taking items from their packaging and attempting to steal them. State police say they are investigating the use of force by an arresting Conway police officer. 5newsonline.com

Charlotte, NC: Shooting leaves 1 employee dead inside a Mexican restaurant
A man working at a Mexican restaurant in southwest Charlotte was shot and killed late Wednesday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The victim was identified as Juan Velazquez Hernandez, 37, and police said in an update that they do not know the motive. The shooter has been described only as an "adult male." It happened about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the La Poblanita Bar and Grill. charlotteobserver.com

Richmond, VA: Man shot to death inside a convenience store
A death investigation is underway in Richmond after police say a man was shot and killed inside a convenience store Wednesday night. Police say the shooting doesn't appear to be a random act. wric.com

Update: Chester, SC: Family of South Carolina shoplifting suspect killed by police files lawsuit
Family members of a South Carolina man who was fatally shot by police in November filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the police department and the city and store where the shooting happened. Lawyers for the family of Ariane Lamont McCree, 28, filed the lawsuit at the Chester County courthouse following a march of about 200 people rallying in support, The Herald of Rock Hill reported. It's been just over two months since McCree was fatally shot after he was accused of pulling a gun, attacking and trying to run away from officers responding to a shoplifting call at a Walmart, according to an account from Chester Police Chief Eric Williams. But the family's lawsuit disputes that account and says McCree was handcuffed with his hands behind his back when he was shot by three officers. The department has said just two officers were involved. The officers weren't named in the lawsuit and haven't been identified by police, the newspaper said. wjcl.com

Las Vegas, NV: Man convicted of all counts in the 2016 Las Vegas liquor store murder case

Anchorage, AK: Shoplifter threatened staff before Officer-involved Shooting at Northway Mall
No one was injured during an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night at the Northway Mall, Anchorage police said. A man threatened employees at the Carrs on the west side of the mall Tuesday afternoon while he was shoplifting, employee Teeh Lavatai said. Lavatai works for the store's loss prevention department. The man was placing bottles of shampoo into his backpack when Lavatai and another employee approached him. Lavatai said the man displayed a handgun in the waistband of his pants and ran from the store. Lavatai called 911 just before 4 p.m. and said police responded quickly. adn.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Charleston County, SC: Female Shoplifting suspect attacks CPD transport officer, escapes custody


AT&T - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Beauty - Federal Way, WA - Burglary
Bloomingdales - Milburn, NJ - Robbery
CEFCO - Kaufman County, TX - Armed Robbery (Inside job)
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Robbery
C-Store - Greensburg, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Carmichael, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tallahassee, FL - Armed Robbery / clerk wounded
C-Store - Kittrell, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Anderson, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Redding, CA - Armed Robbery
Furniture - Gainesville, FL - Burglary
Gas Station - Monroe County, MI - Burglary
Jewelry - Jeffersonville, OH - Robbery
Liquor - Bernardsville, NJ - Burglary
Louis Vuitton - Milburn, NJ - Robbery
Pawn Shop - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Apache Junction, AZ - Burglary
Restaurant - Columbia, TN - Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant - Columbia, TN - Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Hudson, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Auburn, ME - Armed Robbery
Scheels Outdoors - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Thrift - Denison, TX - Burglary
7-Eleven - Brockton, MA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


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Philip Johnson promoted to Investigations Manager for The TJX Companies
Joe Kennedy named Regional Director, Asset Protection Process and Strategy for Lowe's Canada
Joshua Vote, CFI promoted to Regional Manager of Asset Protection for Abercrombie & Fitch
Erik Robles, LPC, CORCI promoted to District Loss Prevention Supervisor for The TJX Companies

Michelle Asselin-Jarry promoted to Asset Protection Area Manager for Staples Canada

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