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 February 8, 2016


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2015 Group LP Selfie Awards - Pizza Party Drawing
Brian Broadus, VP of LP, Mattress Firm;
Tonya Prive, Dir. of Sales, NuTech National

Building Partnerships for a Safe Customer & Associate Experience
Mark Stinde, VP of AP, 7-Eleven

Workplace Violence:
How to Defuse and Protect

Gary Johnson, VP of Loss Prevention

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2016's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
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Brown's Loss Prevention Team

"Tenacity, the Breakfast
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Back Row (Left to Right): Dawn Roller LP Supervisor, Jermaine Elder LPM, Phil Mitchell LPM, Jared Ferguson LPM, Anthony Davis, LPM, Ed Fields LPM

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Donna Camm LPM, Matt Mcaffery Risk Manager, Jeff Gagnon LPM, Willie Williams LPM, Kyle Smith LPM, Evan Gilbert LPM

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Craig M. Gage, CPP Director of LP, Safety and Risk



In Case You Missed It:
America's Top Cop - The 'Founding Father' of Public Law Enforcement's ORC Efforts - NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton
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). Read more here.

Arizona mom says Barneys told her to breast-feed in bathroom, not dressing room, because of loss prevention
An Arizona mom is taking on Barneys for relegating her to the toilet to breast-feed her hungry baby girl. Andrea O'Dowd, 32, said staffers at the swanky clothing store in a Scottsdale mall refused to let her use a dressing room Thursday to nurse her 4-month-old daughter, Serena. "They tried to tell me to use their bathroom, which didn't have an area to feed or change a little one, just stalls," she vented on Facebook. Store employees told Dowd they couldn't let her use the dressing room because of "loss prevention." The exasperated mom told them they could search her stroller, but the employees refused. Arizona law allows women to breast-feed their babies in any private or public location - as long as they are authorized to be there. A Barneys spokeswoman said the company would review its "lactation policy and training protocol for all locations to ensure that we are adhering to best practices." nydailynews.com

When Workplace Recording Restrictions Are Deemed Unlawful
Employee recordings in the workplace

The National Labor Relations Board recently held in Whole Foods Market Group Inc.[1] that an unqualified prohibition of all workplace audio recording was unlawfully overbroad under the National Labor Relations Act because photography and audio or video recording in the workplace are protected activity under "certain circumstances."

The board held that employee recordings in the workplace are protected if: 1) the employees are acting in concert for their mutual aid and protection; and 2) there is no overriding employer interest. A recording can constitute concerted activity or activity for mutual aid and protection even if engaged in by one individual, the board concluded, so long as it is undertaken, for instance, to initiate or induce group action. Examples provided by the board include: recording images of protected picketing; documenting unsafe workplace equipment or hazardous working conditions; documenting and publicizing discussions about terms and conditions of employment; documenting inconsistent application of employer rules; or recording evidence to preserve it for later use in a trial or hearing.

The board did not offer any similar examples of recordings that would not constitute protected concerted activity, which would have been helpful.

Following the Whole Foods decision, employers may still maintain rules regulating recording in the workplace, but the rules must be narrowly drawn to prohibit recording under only limited circumstances and must be connected to (that is, justified by) an overriding employer interest. Employers should check to see whether the state(s) in which they operate make(s) nonconsensual recording unlawful.

Employers can expect the NLRB to more closely scrutinize policies prohibiting audio and video recordings or even still photography. Employers should therefore consider reevaluating their policies on still and video photography and audio recording in the workplace and consult with legal counsel on the policies' likely compliance with NLRB law. law360.com

One third of consumer's feel vulnerable to fraud
Equifax research reveals that almost one third of consumers are exposed to fraudulent activity due to uncertainty over what constitutes "secure" channels for sharing their bank details. In an online survey conducted by YouGov, 30% of people expressed uncertainty for when it's safe to disclose personal banking details, with more than a fifth (22%) of respondents considering their personal or work email a secure place to share their financial information. Over a fifth (22%) would share their bank/credit card account PIN with a friend or family member, bank representative, when requested by an online store or when prompted by an email from their bank. retailfraud.com

Chipotle closes all stores nationwide today for 4-hour food safety meeting
Now that Chipotle's E. coli is outbreak officially over, the company is temporarily shuttering all its restaurants in order to keep it that way. Chipotle (CMG) is closing all of its stores nationwide for four hours Monday to hold a company-wide staff meeting about food safety. The meeting is slated to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and CEO Steve Ells will field questions from employees. The company will also live-tweet and Periscope the meeting. The meeting will go over an improved "farm-to-fork" food safety program, which the chain implemented in January. It includes paid sick leave to make sure employees will stay home when they're sick, DNA-based testing of ingredients before they're shipped to restaurants, and some changes in food preparation protocols.

The Centers for Disease Control announced on Feb. 1 that the outbreak that started in July "appears to be over." But the damage was already done. About 500 people got sick last year, including an entire basketball team at Boston College. Some of the sickened diners have sued Chipotle. Profits plunged 44% in the fourth quarter compared to the year before. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the company for possible criminal activity. The outbreak started in the Northwest and spread to a dozen states before Chipotle got it under control. The cause of the outbreak remains unknown. cnn.com

Mattress Firm acquires rival Sleepy's, creating first national bedding chain
The nation's two leading mattress specialty firms are one. On Friday, Mattress Firm completed its $780 million acquisition of rival Sleepy's. The combined company will have annual sales of over $3.6 billion through approximately 3,500 retail locations in 48 states. Houston-based Mattress Firm in the nation's largest mattress specialty chain, with 2,400 stores. Sleepy's, based in Hicksville, New York, is the second largest, with 1,050 stores in 17 states, mostly in the Northeast. chainstoreage.com

Report: Sports Authority eyes bankruptcy filing - could close 200 stores
Sports Authority is taking steps towards filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to Bloomberg. The retailer has a debt payment due in 10 days and in talk with its lenders about a reorganization plan under which it would close as many as 200 of its more than 450 stores, the report said. Sports Authority reportedly skipped a $20 million in interest payment in January on a $343 million loan. It has 10 days to make the payment. Sports Authority recently confirmed that it had laid off about 100 workers at its corporate office, the Denver Business Journal reported. chainstoreage.com

Reams Food Store Worker in Utah Dies After Getting Dragged Into Industrial Mixer
A 45-year-old grocery store employee in Utah died after she was dragged into an industrial-sized bakery mixing machine, officials said. Investigators are still trying to determine how Carmen "Jackie" Lindhardt was pulled into the mixer in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy on Wednesday morning, Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger told NBC News. Lindhardt was using the appliance in the bakery department of a Reams Food Store when she became caught on a moving part that rotates to combine ingredients, Carriger said. oshatoday.com

Retailers added 48,800 jobs in January

American Apparel emerges from bankruptcy as private company

Unprecedented amount of security reported at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara

Starbucks in Saudi Arabia temporarily bans women

Quarterly Same Store Sale Results
Ingles Markets Q1 comp's excluding gas up 2.3% with net grocery sales up 2.6%

Last week's #1 article --

Netflix's Making a Murderer: An Interrogator's Perspective -
A Must Read for All Investigators
With all of the press this Netflix's series has gotten no one has actually looked at it from the interrogator's prospective and Dave Thompson's blog, from Wicklander & Zulawski & Associates, Inc., on the series is one every investigator should read in detail. As it cast a different and specialist prospective that we doubt ever makes it to the public. Certainly in episode 6 when the police refer to their being trained in the Reid technique one immediately thinks they're using it almost as an excuse of how they interrogated Brendan Dassey.

Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, and regardless of how you feel about the series or the case this blog, is one you should take the time to read as it not only gives you a better prospective but it also talks about the standards and ethics that all investigators should abide by. Well written Dave. Just a thought w-z.com

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CISA Means Firms Should Focus on Data
The enactment of the new Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act means companies will need to start taking a close look at their data so they can comply with the specific privacy requirements of the law, according to lawyers.

The controversial act became law in December as a last-minute addition to the U.S. budget. It sets up mechanisms for business and government exchanges of information after cyber breaches to help catch online vulnerabilities, and it offers liability protection for the data sharing. But to take advantage of the benefits of the law, a company needs to have good grasp of how to get its data into an acceptable form to be shared, including being able to automatically strip identifying information from user data, said Howard Waltzman from law firm Mayer Brown, speaking on a recent teleconference call. Mr. Waltzman cautioned: "CISA does not necessarily nullify the responsibility imposed by other legal regimes." "Companies will need to think carefully about the scope of information covered by these provisions." wsj.com

Hackers leak DHS staff directory, claim DOJ is next
On Sunday, an account on Twitter posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory with 9,355 names. Shortly after the DHS data was posted, the account went on to claim that an additional data dump focused on 20,000 FBI employees was next. The published staff directory is exactly what you think it is - the name, title, email address, and phone number of more than 9,000 DHS employees. The titles range from engineers, to security specialists, program analysts, InfoSec and IT, all the way up to director level. More than 100 staffers are listed with an Intelligence related title. csoonline.com

Online gift card retailer Gyft reports security breach
In an ongoing effort to protect the accounts and account information of its users, Gyft is notifying users who may have been affected by a security incident. Gyft is continuing to investigate the incident and will take all appropriate steps to protect Gyft users. This Media Notice is being issued to assist Gyft users and to comply with required notice obligations. Beginning on October 3 and continuing through December 18, 2015, an unknown party accessed without authorization two cloud providers used by Gyft. This party was able to view or download certain Gyft user information stored with these cloud providers and made a file containing some of that user information. businesswire.com

New Research Report Finds Retailers Struggling to Put the Customer at the Center of Business
Nearly 70 percent of retailers are still struggling to evolve from an omni-channel model to one that truly puts the customer front and center. The report, "Retail Transformation Underway: Achieving Customer-Centric Commerce," examined critical self-assessments of 150 senior executives from across all sectors of the industry.

Customer-facing tools such as smartphones, tablets, and in-store kiosks have become mission critical to the shopping experience, yet most retailers still have not integrated these tools into a cohesive system that creates circular commerce."

While omni-channel was about giving shoppers a single view of a brand across all touch-points, the customer-centric model is about giving the brand a single view of the shopper, understanding who she is, what she wants, and how she behaves at all times." businesswire.com

'Error 53' security measure kills thousands of iPhones
It may be too late to save your precious iPhones, if your iOS receives the dreaded 'Error 53' which has already turned thousands of iPhones worthless. According to The Guardian, Apple's latest operating system, the iOS 9 permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician. The "error 53," which is considered a new buzz in the tech world, but if it happens, the unfortunate soul would read the following message, "An unknown error has occurred (53)," and the device expires shortly after. The Cupertino based tech has confirmed about the 'Error 53', saying that the message is actually the company's technique of preventing Touch ID-related security breaches. brecorder.com

Connected toys pose security risk
While major crimes teeming from the hack of a connected toy haven't yet surfaced, some experts argue that it's only a matter of time. Kids "aren't expected to be Internet security experts and neither are their parents," said Tod Beardsley, security research manager for Rapid7 Inc., the Boston-based cybersecurity firm that published the toy-security research on Tuesday. Rapid7 researchers examined the Fisher Price Smart Toy, an interactive stuffed animal for children aged 3 to 8 that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. They also took a look at HereO, a GPS smartwatch that allows parents to track their child's location. In both cases, they found that the toys failed to safeguard children's information such as their names and in the case of the watch, their location, storing it on remote servers in such a way that unauthorized people could access it by masquerading as legitimate users. dispatch.com

Twitter Suspended 125,000 ISIS-Related Accounts in Six Months



Nedap Releases, "Winning Over the CFO: A Practical Guide for Loss Prevention Executives"

By Rob Schuurman, CEO, Nedap Retail and
Patrick O'Leary, GM, Nedap Retail Americas

Loss Prevention professionals know what it takes to fight Organized Retail Crime, prevent shoplifting and employee theft. They need modern, intelligent systems to stay ahead of the curve! But what does it take to get budgetary approval from the CFO and other senior executives? Look no further! We interviewed experienced loss prevention and C-level executives and compiled their advice into this 18-page eBook. It is packed with practical tips from beginning to end covering topics such as:

>  How to approach the budget discussion with your CFO

>  What pressures and concerns keep them up at night
>  How to find common ground
>  How to speak the CFO language
>  What ROI factors should to be considered
>  How to handle common boardroom objections
>  Next steps for building the business case

So, what are you waiting for? Download the eBook here.

About Nedap
Nedap is a manufacturer of intelligent technological solutions for relevant themes. Sufficient food for a growing population, clean drinking water throughout the world and smart networks for sustainable energy are just a couple of examples of themes Nedap is working on. It has a continual focus on technology that matters. Nedap was established in 1929, has been listed on the stock exchange since 1947 and, with more than 720 employees, Nedap is active around the world.



Graham Handyside, EVP of Worldwide Operations for WG, and Ed Wolfe, VP of Business Development, tell us about the Seal Tag, the Ninja Tag and other new, innovative solutions offered by WG Security Products. Controlling the entire process of their business - from design to manufacture to distribution to service - WG has the ability to create a unique solution for a retailer and bring it to market in a matter of weeks. Graham and Ed tell us what makes WG a technological leader in retail security.

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Amazon adds 17 million square feet of distribution space last year
In the U.S., Amazon has 72 distribution centers, which include fulfillment and sorting centers as well as AmazonFresh hubs. Amazon says it has same-day delivery in 16 cities, and 23 cities that offer the company's Prime Now delivery service.

Amazon's Flex delivery -- an Uber-like service deploying drivers with their own cars and phones to make urban deliveries -- is available in several major metro areas already and is coming soon to New York, Chicago, and Portland. bloomberg.com

There's a RAT in Your Mobile - Cyber-criminals are rushing into the mobile space
The past year, in particular, has seen a rise in the use of RAT (Remote Access Trojans) access technology to perpetrate online banking fraud using financial malware like Dyre, Dridex and Neverquest. With these variants of RATs, known as RAT-in-the-Browser (RitB), hackers have been able to access user browsers, login to user accounts and submit fraudulent transactions. When fraudsters deploy RitB, banks have a more difficult time detecting fraudulent activity, as sessions can continue to look normal without raising red flags - the device is trusted, there is a known IP address, and there are no signs of automated scripts.

These same RAT tactics are now migrating to the mobile space. New generation malware in the wild, such as OmniRAT, have introduced support for remote access on mobile devices. The new RAT tools also include new mobile centric infection technologies such as specially crafted MMS messages that enable mass infections of mobile devices. In a recent vulnerability detected by BioCatch in a major mobile payment app, it was found that this app (like many other similar apps) can't detect that it is being managed remotely and allows a remote user to operate the application and transfer money. infosecurity-magazine.com

Do EMV Chip Cards Protect Online And Phone Purchases?
For all the strengths of the EMV smart chip system, it is really only used when the credit card itself is present in a transaction. When cardholders make purchases over the phone or through the Internet, then they will still be providing their credit card account information manually to the merchant. So in this sense, the existence of an EMV smart chip will do nothing to directly enhance the security of the transaction.

Nevertheless, the EMV system does have an indirect security benefit, even when the transaction is performed over the phone or online. Should the customer's credit card information be compromised, it would be much harder to use that information to create a cloned credit card that has an EMV smart chip embedded. So in this narrow sense, the EMV smart chip system could potentially make it harder for stolen credit card information to be used fraudulently.

Since EMV cards are more secure than regular credit cards with just magnetic stripes, criminals will have a hard time cloning them. But if someone steals your credit card number, it will be much more likely that they will use it over the phone or the Internet. In addition, transactions where the card is not present, such as those over the phone and the Internet, will become the preferred method of credit card fraud, now that cloning a card has become too expensive and impractical. lowcards.com

New investor index designed to track the performance of the online retail market

Kohls.com sales growth is the highlight of the retail chain's Q4

Walmart.ca expands e-grocery to the Toronto area

Apple Pay Is Now Accepted at Millions of Stores



DSW LP Recovers 57 Designer Handbags Worth $6,300 Using GPS Trackers

Organized retail crime is a huge enterprise and hits locations everywhere. Dallas, TX, and the surrounding areas are no exception and the Loss Prevention Team at DSW decided to take action to address the problem. While DSW already employs sophisticated alarm and surveillance systems to combat nighttime burglaries, ORC boosters tend to work so quickly that they escape with the goods before police or security arrive at the store. One effective solution is to be able to follow the criminals and track them back to wherever they are storing the stolen goods...this gives the possibility of catching the boosters but also of busting an entire fencing operation and putting them out of business. Using 3SI Security System's Asset Tracking Program, DSW believed they could do just that. Using the covert devices when the store is closed, the trackers lie silently in wait until they detect a burglary. Burglars have no idea they are taking trackers along with the stolen merchandise...their goal is to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible so they don't take time to look for security devices.

At 3:34 AM on January 13, 2016, approximately $6,300 of designer handbags were stolen from the DSW store in Lewisville, TX. The burglars didn't know that some of the bags contained trackers. Multiple local PDs were alerted immediately that the handbags had been stolen and could view the movement of the stolen bags using the 3SI Secure Tracking Website. After DSW Loss Prevention confirmed the break in with the alarm company, police began a high speed pursuit with the vehicle, which was a stolen Toyota Corolla. The DSW LP team was also actively monitoring the trackers in real time. After several minutes of active pursuit the suspects abandoned the car in a back alley and fled on foot. Police were able to find the vehicle and recover all of the stolen merchandise. No suspects were found in the area. Currently, the car is being impounded and the GPS units were recovered.

Total recovered merchandise: 57 handbags for a total of $6,296.74. While no suspects have been apprehended yet (a police investigation is ongoing), DSW has successfully protected their brand and made their company a hardened target for criminals. Criminals talk...and word will get around to avoid hitting DSW stores and focus on easier prey.

Thank you to Greg Dolcich, Regional LP Investigator, DSW, for this article submission!

Louisville, KY: Heroin addiction behind husband and wife's $100,000 organized crime spree
Police say a Louisville couple is among a group of nine people who stole merchandise from local retail stores, returned them for gift cards and pawned the cards for more than $100,000 in cash. Esperanza and Derek Sines were arrested on Feb. 6, both charged with engaging in organized crime and theft for a string of crimes that span from November 2013 to October of last year. In all, the couple is alleged to have sold more than $100,000 worth of fraudulently obtained gift cards. An arrest report states both admitted to the crime spree and blamed it on a heroin addiction. Police say the two along with at least 7 others stole merchandise from stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Sephora, Walmart, Target, Meijer and Macy's, among others, then returned the merchandise, where they received more than 600 gift cards and later pawned them at locations off Preston Street and Dixie Highway. whas11.com

Ohio father, son arrested; 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. Early last year, Kroger contacted the Warren County Sheriff's Office to report a significant rise in thefts, said Fornshell, who added a sting operation led to the arrest of the Cantrells. daytondailynews.com

Albany, GA: Family Dollar employees arrested, charged with $3,000 theft
Two employees of the Family Dollar on the 100 block of Cordele Road were arrested Thursday. 42-year-old Latasha Kennedy and 25-year-old Reginald Williams were arrested by Albany Police and charged with felony computer theft. Both employees stole thousands of dollars worth of goods. They had stolen approximately three thousand dollars worth of merchandise over the course of last month. walb.com

Fort Walton Beach, FL: Shoplifter tell Kohl's LP Agent, 'I am not going to make this easy on you!'
A Fort Walton Beach woman, 37, accused of stealing several items from Kohl's by stuffing them inside three comforters was arrested Jan. 15 and charged with larceny and resisting an officer without violence. The store's loss prevention associate observed the woman conceal multiple items inside the comforter bags and then head to the check-out line where she paid only for the comforters. The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated at $1,235.93. When a sheriff's deputy informed her she was under arrest, she began to pull away but was eventually placed in handcuffs. The woman told the deputy, "I am not going to make this easy on you!" the report said. nwfdailynews.com

Warwick, RI: Target Shoplifter busted with $1,800 in merchandise, Wanted for Domestic Strangulation
Warwick Police arrested a Providence man Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at a bus stop at Rhode Island Mall after he fled the Bald Hill Road Target carrying $1,856.87 in stolen electronics, learning he was wanted for skipping court on a domestic strangulation charge. Officer Darren Parrillo, who had been at a gas leak at Rhode Island mall, received word of reports of a man who loss prevention personnel at Target said had selected multiple electronic devices including Polaroid cameras, headphones, external hard drives, and a dashboard camera, then walked into the luggage department, selected a backpack and loaded the items into it. From there, the man exited the store with the items. warwickpost.com

Baltimore, MD: 3 charged in baby formula theft
Three Baltimore residents are accused of stealing more than $300 worth of baby formula from a York County CVS as part of a suspected organized team that stole thousands of dollars worth of the product. Andrea Denise Gilmore, 28, Dremus Hall, 22, and Dawan Payton, 31, are charged with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft, retail theft, and receiving stolen property, according to charging documents. On Nov. 4, 2014, at around 2 p.m., Northern York County Regional Police responded to a report of theft at the CVS in Manchester Township. The manager said three people working as a team stole $338.46 worth of baby formula from the store using bags they brought in to conceal the baby formula. yorkdispatch.com

Garden Grove, CA: Six arrested in Garden Grove in connection with robberies

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Perry Hill, MD: Police investigating shooting at White Marsh Mall
Baltimore County police are investigating an early morning shooting at White Marsh Mall. Police said officers were called to the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant at the mall just after midnight Sunday. When officers arrived they found a man who had been shot once in the lower body. He was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. abc2news.com

Orlando, FL: Florida Mall shooting leaves 1 dead, 19-year-old injured
Orange County deputies are investigating after one person was shot and killed in the Florida Mall parking lot Friday night. Deputies said they responded to the west entrance of the JCPenney at Florida Mall at about 7:20 p.m., where a man was found dead next to a car in the parking lot. He has been identified as 20-year-old Andrew Garland. They were responding to reports of a man with gunshot wounds, and said there were no reports of shots fired. Deputies found the second victim, identified as 19-year-old Samuel Destin, with gunshot wounds about 100 yards from the car where the first victim was found. The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is in critical condition, recovering from surgery. wftv.com

Gun Store Owner And Son Shot To Death By Irate Customers
The owner of a gun store and his son were both brutally shot to death by two irate customers in a gun store about 130 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi. According to the Pearl River County Sheriff's Office, an argument begin over a $25 service fee and the fact the firearm wouldn't be available. When the owner and his son arrived, they came into an already hostile situation. It is unclear at this point who drew first or exchanged rounds with whom, but parties exchanged a number of rounds before the owner and his son were killed. The customer and his son were seriously injured and evacuated to a nearby hospital where they are both listed in severe condition. concealednation.org

Grand Rapids, MI: Two teens shot near party store
Two teen boys were shot near a Grand Rapids party store late Saturday night. The shooting happened around 11:16 p.m. outside the Riordan's Party store on Madison Avenue at Dickinson Street, police said. Officers on scene told 24 Hour News 8 the two 17-year-old victims were headed to the party store when the shooter got out of a vehicle, fired shots, then got back in and took off. The victims were taken by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. woodtv.com

Renton, WA: Victim of throat-slashing GameStop burglary calls 911 on suspect
According to her family, 23-year-old Kiersten Shideler not only survived having her throat slashed by a robber, her father says his daughter also courageously gathered herself to call 911 even though she was bleeding profusely and couldn't even speak. Renton police told KIRO 7 that Shideler was working alone in the GameStop store in Renton when 44-year-old Darren Gayles captured on store surveillance robbing Shideler at knife point. Police said Gayles ordered Shideler to empty the till, then he slit her throat after she cooperated with him. According to investigators Gayles confessed to the attack, he told them he is schizophrenic and was not taking his medicine when he attacked Shideler. kiro7.com

8-Year-Old 'Gunman' tries to commit Armed Robbery
The employees at a Florida grocery store are shaken up after an attempted armed robbery by an eight-year-old boy. Surveillance footage captured the young boy walking into the store with a motorcycle helmet and a sweater covering his mouth. According to a clerk, the boy walked right up to the counter and pulled out a gun and demanded money. The clerk said he managed to take the gun away from the boy, and another employee prevented the boy from escaping. Officials say the gun was stolen from his mother and say the incident is still under investigation. wjactv.com

Panama City, FL: Prosecutors say a woman and man accused of robbing jewelry stores across the South have been indicted by a federal grand jury in northern Florida
The two are charged with conspiracy, obstructing commerce by robbery, and brandishing a gun in a violent crime. FBI agents say 24-year-old Abigail Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry by robbing six jewelry stores in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Authorities used cellphone records and tips from the public to find and arrest both of them Jan. 8 in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, Georgia. Court records show that both suspects pleaded not guilty. Calls to their attorneys weren't immediately returned Monday. A trial for both suspects is scheduled for March 21 in Panama City. dailyjournal.net

Hobe Sound, FL: $800 Champagne thief from Publix caught after getting stuck in mud
A Florida man ended up stuck in mud Friday after trying to steal $800 in Champagne from a Publix Super Market, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said. Enrique Fernandez, 42, tried to walk out of the store without paying for a cart full of bottles, the sheriff's office said. He climbed into a waiting vehicle, which fled from the store's parking lot. Deputies stopped the vehicle and the driver got out immediately. Fernandez then jumped behind the wheel and drove away, making it as far as Interstate 95 before he was captured again. kiro7.com

Fred Meyer Jewelers in West Jordan, UT was the victim of a Grab &Run on 2/4, merchandise was valued at $9,995

Kay Jewelers in the Laurel Town Center, Laurel, MD was the victim of a Grab & Run on 2/7, merchandise valued at $1,477

Number of Piracy and Armed Robbery Incidents on Ocean Vessels Increased in 2015

Dublin, Ireland: Man pours fuel over himself in Irish Tesco store

UK: Arrest made following sledgehammer burglary at Shepton Mulberry shop

EU: Kaunas, Lithuania: Police investigators have helped their French counterparts crack an international network of thieves of trucks - the persons are suspected of stealing the vehicles in France and bringing them to Lithuania

Alsace Street - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Apple - Huntsville, AL - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Peoria, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store S. Agnew - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Waterville, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Knoxville, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary
Eastside Grocery - Cordele, FL - Armed Robbery/ Owner Shot & Killed
Family Dollar - Coolbaugh Twp., PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Easton, PA - Robbery
Food Bag - Chicopee, MA - Armed Robbery
Henry's Food Mart - Cincinnati, OH - Armed Robbery

Metro PCS - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Munches Grocery - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery / clerk shot
N&S Liquors - Eureka, CA - Burglary/ Roof-top
Nashville Hydroponics - Hermitage, TN - Burglary
Neighborhood Food - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery / Clerk shot 3x
Phillips 66 - Houston, TX - Robbery/ Clerk Killed
Subway - Dayton, OH - Robbery
Thornton's - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Total Wine - Reno, NV - Burglary
Walgreens - Knoxville, TN - Armed Robbery



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