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 February 9, 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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Andrew Buchanan, CFI was named Director of Loss Prevention for Calgary Co-op. 
Andrew was previously the Associate Vice President of Asset Protection for Mark's Work Wearhouse and had been working for the retailer for over five years. He has also held senior leadership level positions for The Home Depot as Director of Asset Protection/ Senior Manager Process Improvement HD China and HD Supply as Senior Manager Asset Protection - Canada. Andrew was also the Vice President for Canada Security Corporation and a Communications Specialist for the Canadian Armed Forces. Congratulations Andrew!


2016's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
One Team at a Time

Signet Jewelers Loss Prevention Team - North America

"We are what Legends
are made of"

Back row from the left: Mark Neapolitan- Senior Director Loss Prevention - North America, Rick Dunn - RLPM, Allen Flower - RLPM, Jay Voss - RLPM, Damon Trite - RLPM, Mike Forgione - RLPM, Kent Moore - RLPM, Jim Contakos - RLPM, Karin Gibbs - Senior Manager Loss Prevention, Aaron Wichmann - RLPM, Cliff Bennett - RLPM

Row 3 from the left: Stephanie Flynn - RLPM, Brian Finnicum - Corporate Loss Prevention Manager, Pete Danner - RLPM

Row 3 from the right: John Melli - Senior Manager Loss Prevention, Brian Hayes - RLPM, Brett Walker - RLPM

Row 2 from the left: Sean O'Neill - RLPM, Claude Taybi - RLPM, Julia Hesson - LP Coordinator, Mahala Davidson - LP Analyst, John Waugh - RLPM, Dave Collins - Senior Manager Loss Prevention

1st Row from the left: Jennifer Dayss - RLPM, Virginia Kirven - LP Clerical, Rob Knutowicz - RLPM, Felipe Chavez - RLPM, Paul Leasum - RLPM



Former Pilot Flying J president & 7 other executives indicted on federal charges for $56M rebate fraud scheme
The former president of Pilot Flying J, the $31 billion truck stop company run by the family of Gov. Bill Haslam, has been indicted in connection to a rebate scheme.

In the latest round of indictments related to the Pilot investigation that stretches back several years, former president Mark Hazelwood and seven other high-ranking employees were indicted this month. Although the indictments were publicly released Tuesday, sealed indictments were filed Feb. 3.

Pilot Owner and CEO Jimmy Haslam was not among those indicted. Haslam, who is also the owner of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of any problems.

Hazelwood faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and witness tampering, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District court in Knoxville. Other named defendants include Scott Wombold, John Freeman, Vicki Borden, John Spiewak, Katy Bibbe, Heather Jones and Karen Mann. All at one point worked for Pilot.

Before Tuesday's indictment, authorities argued that Freeman, the former director and vice president of the direct sales division who's also known as "Stick," was deeply involved in the rebate scheme, according to federal authorities. His profanity-laced conversations and emails were previously released in federal court documents.

Wombold, also known as "Scooter," was vice president of the direct sales division. Borden was director of the direct sales division and direct supervisor of Bibbe, Hones and Mann. Spiewak was a regional sales manager who worked remotely from Ohio, according to the indictment.

Federal authorities accuse all eight of participating in "a scheme and artifice to defraud certain interstate trucking companies and for obtaining money from certain interstate trucking companies by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representatives and promises."

Federal authorities argue Pilot promised fuel rebates to trucking customers but never actually paid them out, resulting in defrauding customers of more than $56 million and a $92 million federal penalty. Ten former Pilot employees have pleaded guilty to charges related to the rebate scheme.

Hazelwood’s compensation was tied to the profitability of diesel fuel sales at the company, the indictment said. The indictment also states Hazelwood contacted a former employee who was working with federal investigators "with the intent to hinder, delay and prevent" that employee communicating with the FBI or IRS.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Pilot paid tens of millions in settlements to some of the trucking customers. tennessean.com

Indianapolis - U.S. Robbery Capital - Retailers & Law Enforcement Collaborative Efforts
Fewer pharmacy robberies in Indy but problem has moved to 'soft targets'

The record number of pharmacy robberies in Indianapolis is dropping, but the problem may be moving elsewhere. 154 robberies were reported at pharmacies in Indianapolis in the first five months of 2015. Only 12 were reported In the last quarter of the year. Police credit the dramatic decline to the arrest
of 40 people who investigators say were responsible for more than 100 robberies.

"We started aggressively working with our federal partners, making good arrests. And at that time,
CVS and Walgreens were targeted exclusively. So we formed some great partnerships with them," said Lt. Craig McCart, Metro Police Robbery.

The city continues to see a decline in robberies. Just ten in the first 38 days of 2016, compared to 18 during the same time period in 2015.
But investigators say robbers have shifted tactics and are going after pharmacies in large grocery chains and retail stores.

One reason for the shift to the so-called softer targets is that CVS and Walgreens are now hiring off-duty IMPD officers for security.

"We're ready to get ahead of the new trend and we'll work closely with all these chains as well, the Krogers, the Marshes and the Meijers and do the same things we did before," said McCart. theindychannel.com

Public Active Shooter Training Skyrockets
Across the nation thousands attending active shooter training classes

Virtually every day this year we're seeing local news groups reporting on the
huge responses police departments are getting for their public training classes on active shooter situations. With classes booked and over flowing police departments are literally inundated with requests and standing room only in classes. Too many to report on we felt it necessary to report on this national wave of concern and reaction.

There's been a continued push to teach the "fighting back to save lives" approach as was reported by a number of agencies and endorsed by DHS earlier this year and we've seen well over a dozen police departments report on the huge increase in attendees to these classes in the last two weeks. nbc4i.com

Chipotle Meeting Outlines Food Safety to Workers and Message for Public
Sick Employees caused greatest number of illnesses in 2 stores
$10M commitment to farmers for new food safety programs

Chipotle Mexican Grill closed its more than 2,000 restaurants for four hours on Monday to hold a "virtual" town hall meeting with its employees about steps it said it was taking to improve food safety and regain consumers' trust.

People will come back," Steve Ells, the company's founder and co-chief executive, told more than 50,000 employees, who were connected to Chipotle's Denver headquarters via video. The company allowed a wire-service reporter and a reporter from Fast Company into the hourlong meeting, and it tweeted some statements made by its executives and photos of them and employees.

It also posted a video clip on Periscope of Mr. Ells announcing a
$10 million program to help small farmers who are Chipotle suppliers shoulder the costs of putting in place the company's new food safety system, which will require them to do more rigorous testing.

Marketing experts applauded the company for its transparency about the meeting, but said the company would need to do a lot more to win back the trust of consumers. Chipotle has experienced six food safety failures involving norovirus, salmonella and E. coli since July, with more than 500 customers reporting that they fell ill afterward. Most of those illnesses were associated with two outbreaks of norovirus.

The norovirus contaminations that caused the greatest number of illnesses occurred in two stores, one in Simi Valley, Calif., and one in Boston, and were introduced to the restaurants by sick employees, said Monty Moran, the company's co-chief executive.

Since the outbreaks, the company has
instituted paid sick leave for employees in an effort to encourage them to stay home and has told employees they should report their colleagues who come to work when they are sick. "We all need to commit today not to let this happen again: We must not allow employees to work when they are sick."

Mr. Moran said that a salmonella outbreak in Minnesota and
Wisconsin that sickened more than 60 people was linked to chopped tomatoes. nytimes.com

Collaboration between Verisk's CargoNet & Law Enforcement Leads to Recoveries & Arrests
Verisk Analytics, a leading data analytics provider, has announced that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation-along with other law enforcement agencies-has used the investigative support and cargo theft database of Verisk's CargoNet® business to facilitate the arrest of multiple cargo thieves responsible for millions of dollars in cargo theft over the past several months. Those efforts also included the
shutdown of one of the major cargo theft rings in North America.

$500,000 Tobacco Recovery - While serving an arrest warrant, law enforcement investigators found a large amount of dunnage containing cigarillo shipping labels and a key and passcode to a local storage facility.

Data and Analysis Lead to a Multistate Cargo Theft Ring Bust - CargoNet played a significant role in the arrest of the person charged with stealing two trailer loads of copper from Bremen, Indiana.

Investigative Work and Use of Tracking Device Lead to Arrest of Group Directly Responsible for at Least Eight Cargo Thefts - CargoNet assisted in a year-long investigation that concluded in the arrest and recovery of a CargoNet member's stolen cargo.

"We're excited about having a proven, reliable, and valuable resource like CargoNet available to law enforcement when conducting our investigations," said Special Agent John Cannon of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. By calling CargoNet, we were able to save a significant amount of time, because within a matter of hours CargoNet was able to help connect all the dots between the theft victim, the victim's insurance company, and law enforcement," added Cannon. "CargoNet's assistance allowed our supervisors and case managers to reallocate precious investigative resources to other pressing tasks." nasdaq.com

Sears Holdings to accelerate closure of unprofitable stores
Reducing expenses by $550M to $650M

A combined 7.1% same store sales decline at Sear and Kmart stores in the fourth quarter has parent company Sears Holdings vowing to undertake a wide range expense reduction and cash generating moves, including
more store closings and asset sales.

Sears Holdings preannounced weak fourth quarter sales results and an anticipated net loss of between $525 million and $625 million ahead of its earnings release scheduled for Feb. 25. Same store sales declined 7.2% and 6.9% at Kmart and Sears domestic stores, respectively. The company said it expects fourth quarter revenues to total $7.3 billion and full year revenues to reach $25.1 billion.

Sears Holdings indicated that pretty much
everything is on the table when it comes to improving liquidity and reducing expenses. For example, the company said it would accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores, including, but not limited to, roughly 50 stores expected to close in the next few months and suggested Tuesday that it may raise that number.

In 2016, Sears Holdings' plans call for the a
reduction in expenses between $550 million to $650 million following 2015 expense reductions in the range of $765 million to $790 million. In addition to the expense actions and store closing, Sears Holdings said it is targeting at least $300 million of other asset sales during the first half of the year in addition to ongoing efforts to possibly sell the Sears Auto Business.

The company added that it is evaluating overall staffing levels but stopped short of announcing layoffs. wsj.com retailingtoday.com

Lowe's Human Resources Managers OT Wage Suit Opt-Ins Can Stay, On Two Conditions
New York federal magistrate on Monday said several human resources managers who opted in to a proposed wage class action against Lowe's that was denied conditional certification can stay in the case, but only under two conditions that move the burden from the retailer to the employees suing it.

Lowe's Home Center LLC employees Cynthia Augustyniak and Denise Giambrone filed suit against the home improvement giant in New York state court in April 2014, alleging the company and its top executives conspired to misclassify its
human resources managers and withhold overtime wages while forcing them to work more than 40 hours each week. law360.com

Gas pump skimmers lead to safety sweep in Kissimmee today
The Kissimmee Police Department and Florida Department of Agriculture on Tuesday will be conducting a safety sweep at all gas stations within the city. A suspected skimming device was
found last week by an employee at the 7-Eleven at 51 West Vine Street. The skimmer was one of four recently found at gas stations within the county. clickorlando.com

A lesson for all of us - Part 1
What makes a "Superboss" - Uncompromising vision - self-confidence & surrounding yourself with world-class talent

Like all superbosses, Ralph Lauren had an
uncompromising vision, in his case about what American fashion should look like. But with that self-confidence came the ability to hire world-class talent.  "The more talent, the brighter his light shined and he was always aware that it was him first in that it was his concept and his business; he always had the confidence to know that. But he did always want the best talent he could find."

What people sometimes miss about self-confidence is that as long as you
don't let it take control of you and shut down every other voice, it actually empowers you to take chances and to surround yourself with the absolute best people. It is insecurity that dooms leaders to fear star talent, even though chief executive officers and entrepreneurs have the most to gain by bringing on the best.

Superbosses instill a sense of confidence in their people, that they are the ones who can accomplish great things. Part 2 tomorrow. wwd.com

Sally Beauty opens 5,000th store - 800 more coming

Gap January comp's down 8%, Gap down 6%, Banana Republic down 17%, Old Navy down 6%

Walmart Plans to Build as Many Gas Stations as Possible

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
CVS Q4 comp's up 3.5%, front-end comp's down 0.5%, pharmacy comp's up 5%, with revenues in Retail/LTC segment up 12.5%
Wendy's Q4 North American comp's up 4.8% with revenues down 4.7% (363 fewer comp. operated units)
Conn's Q4 comp's down 2% with net sales up 7.4%
Gap Q4 comp's down 7%, Gap Global down 3%, Banana Republic down 14%, Old Navy down 8%, with net sales down 5%


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Help Desk Gave Passcode to Hacker over Phone
DoJ and DHS Employee Details Exposed in Latest Hack

US officials have been left red-faced yet again after an anonymous hacker claimed to have stolen the details of 29,000 government employees including FBI staffers.

The breached data included phone numbers, email addresses and job titles for 20,000 Department of Justice employees and a further 9000 working for the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report on Motherboard.

The hacker is said to have compromised the email account of a DoJ employee, attempted to log-in to a departmental portal and then phoned up the help desk when that failed. Instead of being asked for a token, or forced to go through additional security, the hacker was given a passcode over the phone. From there he could log-in remotely to the computer of the staffer whose email account he'd hacked, according to the report.

The databases of government employee information were apparently accessible from an intranet site. infosecurity-magazine.com

Cyber Ratings Services Can Help Thwart Hackers
New generation of tools for assessing companies' "cyber hygiene" may lower the risk of data breaches. A new generation of cyber ratings firms, led by BitSight Technologies and SecurityScorecard, are becoming known for rating a company's cyber hygiene in much the same way that Moody's and S&P set the standard by which we understand their creditworthiness. These firms could have a profound effect on how companies understand their own level of cybersecurity and decide which vendors they wish to select and retain.

The new cyber ratings firms size up companies like a hacker would on a continuous basis, in a non-invasive way. They offer a numerical, FICO-like rating or a letter grade, much like the credit rating agencies employ. Performance levels for any of these factors can instantly raise or lower a rating. cfoonline.com

Banks Get Access To Outreach In Home Depot Breach Suit
A Georgia federal judge has boosted the ability of banks suing Home Depot over its 2014 data breach to review the retailer's communications with absent putative class members about settlements it may strike with Visa and MasterCard, ruling that the proposed class is entitled to a broad range of documents.
"The scope of permissible discovery extends to anything - including the facts, documents and testimony - that would reasonably bear on the question of whether communications with putative class members have been misleading or coercive," the order said.  law360.com

Smart CCTV and the Internet of Things: 2016 trends and predications
As the evolution of the physical security industry has shown us, consumer and IT technology has had a profound effect on driving innovation and change with the security industry, HDTV, H264 compression and Power over Ethernet being notable examples. With this in mind the Internet of Things is also set to have profound ramifications on the security and video surveillance industry.

IoT will allow network cameras to think independently and make smart decisions on their own. Imagine a mesh of network cameras that correspond between each other to alert the next camera of a person or object entering shortly from the left of a given scene. IoT-enabled cameras may also be able to cover up for one of their peers being damaged or obstructed.

As enthralled as we are with the individual capabilities of IoT devices, in the security world the more important aspect of this trend is how all the components work together to solve a tangible challenge. First of all, IoT-based systems must be easy to design, install, maintain and use. And one size does not fit all.  Read more of how IoT will impact the CCTV world. Written by Axis Communications.  ifsecglobal.com

Mobile Shoppers are Valuable to Physical Stores
Courting mobile shoppers can pay off for physical as well as digital stores, as smartphone shopping has become a new "front door" for retailers.

Cross-channel shoppers are an important bunch. MasterCard determined that omnichannel shoppers buy 250 percent more than those who shop in a single channel, and Macy's found that omnichannel shoppers are eight times more valuable.

Before a purchase, the mobile shopper wants local information. "Near me" Google searches grew 2.4 times in the past year, and 18 percent of local searches lead to a purchase. Shoppers also want to know what's in nearby stores. Google said that after Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores used ads that show shoppers what is in stock near them (called Local Inventory Ads), the stores saw a 122 percent increase in visits.

Google found that 82 percent of shoppers surveyed (all of whom were Internet users) said they turn to their phones when buying in stores. One in four said they changed their minds after looking up details. wwd.com

U.S. to spend $19B on cybersecurity in fiscal 2017 - Up 35% over current year



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NRF's Women in LP Caucus

Joan Manson,
VP of LP,
Benefits, Payroll & Legal for The Container Store and Chair of the NRF's Women in LP Caucus

Joan Manson, VP of LP, Benefits, Payroll & Legal for The Container Store and Chair of the NRF's Women in Loss Prevention Caucus Committee, sits down with Joe LaRocca to talk about the history of the Caucus and its mission to help grow and develop the presence of women in the LP field. With an annual meeting at the NRF Show, quarterly conference calls with industry leaders and a highly successful mentoring program, the Women in LP Caucus offers countless opportunities for networking and professional development to both men and women alike.

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Moncler Recovers Domain Names of 50 Counterfeit Web Sites
Moncler continues its fight against counterfeits being sold online. After closing down more than 1,800 Web sites selling fake products in November, the brand has now interrupted the business of 50 counterfeit Web sites that were registered in December by three Chinese individuals. The illegal Web sites used original imagery taken from Moncler's site in combination with search terms such as "outlet" and "sale" to draw in customers, who would end up with counterfeit goods.  wwd.com

Visa Puts Consumers in Charge of Security
Visa Inc., a global leader in payments, is introducing a new service to help Visa issuers empower consumers to monitor and control how, where, and when their Visa credit, debit, and prepaid accounts can be used. With real-time visibility and control over their accounts, consumers can take immediate action to protect themselves from security threats and fraud.

Visa Consumer Transaction Controls, which is available to Visa card-issuing financial institutions, enables account holders to set simple, convenient, and effective spending controls, receive transaction alerts, or even temporarily suspend their accounts using a simple on/off feature.

"By putting the account holder in charge, Visa card issuers can provide their consumers peace of mind through innovative spending controls, and more effective fraud prevention," said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. "With new digital commerce experiences emerging daily, it's important that we provide easy and convenient ways for consumers to direct and monitor how their accounts are used and help better secure the payment system." businesswire.com

Visa pushes mobile payments at Super Bowl 50
Visa helped outfit Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50 and the San Francisco 49ers, with 535 contactless-enabled point-of-sale terminals to give fans the chance to use the mobile wallet of their choice to pay for concessions and souvenirs. Ingenico Group and FreedomPay the majortiy of the terminals in the venue. Sporting venues provide the payments industry with an ideal environment to promote new technologies. In early 2015, Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants added Apple Pay acceptance at AT&T Park. During the 2014 World Series between the Royals and the Giants, MasterCard introduced Apple Pay at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. mobilepaymentstoday.com



Five Arrested in $1M+ Florida Cargo Theft Ring
Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the arrests of five Miami-Dade County residents in connection to an organized cargo theft ring. The arrests are the result of an investigation by Attorney General Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution, with the assistance of the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami Metropolitan Major Theft Task Force and the Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle and Cargo Theft Task Force.

According to the investigation, the defendants typically traveled from Miami-Dade County in a rental vehicle to search for tractor trailers they could easily steal. Once the defendants stole both the cargo and trailers, they returned to Miami to sell the stolen property on the black market.

The five members of this theft ring face charges related to seven different cargo theft incidents in Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach and Polk Counties. The estimated loss of stolen property amounts to more than a million dollars.

● Juan Carlos Almaguer, 42;
● Alcide Frahuela Casanova, 56;
● Cecilio Guillen, 45;
● Yanier Torres, 30; and
● Julio Vega, 53.

Each defendant faces charges including, but not limited to, conspiracy to commit racketeering and multiple counts of grand theft cargo $50,000 or more, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 30 years in prison per count of conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft cargo $50,000 or more. Attorney General Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the defendants. myfloridalegal.com

Suspects face Bergen County charges in ID theft ring
Five residents of the Bronx, N.Y., have been charged in connection with allegations that they are part of a ring that stole identities of people to purchase thousands of dollars of iPhones in Bergen County and other locations, authorities said in a news release Monday. Three of the accused were arrested and charged on Friday following an investigation that began in November with an arrest in Closter, and two others remain at large, Bergen Co. Pros. Grewal said. Aimee Gonzalez had been arrested in Closter last year after she attempted to purchase iPhones at a Verizon Wireless store, Grewal said. He said that authorities had determined she was a member of "an organized identity theft ring" that used "numerous stolen identities" to purchase tens of thousands of dollars worth of iPhones in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. northjersey.com

Louisville, KY couple sold $100,000 of stolen gift cards
Police say a husband and wife sold more than $100,000 in stolen gift cards to three pawn shops. LMPD officials tell us there's a ring of people linked to the scheme that involved stealing merchandise from local retailers. Derek and Esperanza Sines were arraigned Monday morning on charges of theft and engaging in organized crime. From November of 2013 up until last month, police say the pair stole merchandise from local businesses like Walmart, Target, and Meijer, then returned the merchandise for gift cards. They then sold those gift cards to pawn shops for less than their face value in exchange for cash. The stolen gift cards were sold at two Easy Cash stores and J&M Pawn. Police say the Sines sold more than 660 gift cards. Police say the pair didn't act alone. They believe at least seven other people are in on the scheme. wdrb.com

Council Bluffs, IA: One of two women accused of stealing thousands from Walmart pleads guilty
On Monday afternoon, Keisha Kephart, 24, pleaded guilty to felony theft and received two years of formal probation, but, as part of her plea agreement, she has to help the State of Iowa convict her alleged co-conspirator. Kephart was arrested on Dec. 7 at Walmart after stealing between $2,000 and $4,000 in merchandise while working as a cashier at the store. On Jan. 19, Jeri Atilano, 30, of Council Bluffs, was arrested and charged with second-degree felony theft, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, as well as ongoing criminal conduct. nonpareilonline.com

Lake City, FL: Suspect in multi-county Walmart thefts arrested in Lake City
Lake City police said they arrested a man suspected of stealing merchandise from Walmarts in two counties. Kenneth Platt, 50, was arrested at a Starbucks off U.S. 90 over the weekend. Walmart associates said last November, they discovered several laptops missing from the display area. After reviewing surveillance video, they saw a man tampering with security devices on the laptops. Walmart employees told LCPD this occurred four different times. The stolen merchandise was valued at $1,746. Platt had three active warrants for thefts in Columbia, Baker and Suwannee Counties. news4jax.com

Epping, NH: Police say Legos are a target for thieves
Epping Police Capt. Jason Newman said, "Lego thefts are on the rise due to their popularity, cost and pawn value." Epping Police recently charged a Manchester man after he allegedly tried to steal $890 worth of Legos from the Epping Wal-Mart last month. Justin Laforge, 29, is charged with attempt to commit theft and driving after revocation. New Hampshire is the latest state to see thieves targeting the toy loot. unionleader.com

LaSalle, ON, CN: Four suspects hit Shoppers Drug Mart targeting Baby Formula
Local police are wondering if they're battling a black market for baby formula after a four-woman shoplifting team made off with $1,000 worth of the product from a LaSalle drug store Saturday. LaSalle police Monday released surveillance camera images of four women who made two trips each into the Shoppers Drug Mart between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Each of the women carried a reusable cloth shopping bag into the store and filled it with large cans of powdered formula. The women left the store without paying, then returned to shoplift more of the same item. The store's manager reported more than 20 cans missing. windsorstar.com

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New Orleans, LA: Man fatally shot by Deputies after car chase starting at Oakwood Mall
One man has died and a woman has been injured after a car chase ended with a deputies opening fire in New Orleans. The incident began Monday night at Oakwood Mall after three people reported that an unidentified man had brandished a gun toward them. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says a security officer approached the man and an altercation ensued. The man then fled the mall in a car with deputies in pursuit. After losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a pole, Normand says the man put his car in reverse and the deputies opened fire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman who was in the car was taken to the hospital. wdsu.com

Conroe, TX: Police investigating after Police Officer Shoots Suspected Shoplifter A Conroe police officer shot a suspected shoplifter outside the Wal-Mart near Montgomery around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The officer fired three shots at 36-year-old Christopher Fillmore, one of which struck him in the shoulder. Police reportedly believed the suspect pulled a handgun on Wal-Mart employees. Law enforcement later determined it was a BB gun. yourhoustonnews.com

Madison, WI: Fired grocery store employee, 'who said it was "easy" killing his co-worker would have done it sooner but wanted to practice shooting his gun" Christopher O'Kroley, 26, is accused of shooting dead 24-year-old Caroline Nosal at Metro Market Cottage Grove in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. O'Kroley had been fired from the market last Monday, two weeks after Nosal accused him of harassment. Co-workers described the relationship between O'Kroley and Nosal as one that soured after O'Kroley 'wanted more'. Nosal died of gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen, an autopsy said. O'Kroley's bond was set at $1million on Friday after he was pushed into the courtroom in a wheelchair while wearing a suicide-prevention smock. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment. dailymail.co.uk

Palm Beach Co. FL: Man Arrested for Throwing an Alligator through Wendy's Drive-Thru window
Joshua James, 23, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, petit theft, and unlawful possession of an alligator. He allegedly threw the 3-and-a-half foot reptile through the drive-thru window after being served a large drink. While the incident took place in October, James was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals this week. nbcnews.com

Hartford, CT: PA man sentenced for kidnapping, jewelery store robbery in CT Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Kasam Hennix, 42-year-old, of Easton, Pa., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 171 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a violent kidnapping and jewelry store robbery in April 2013. wtnh.com

UK: England: Suspected Arson/ Burglary, The Mall in Blackburn 'set on fire'
A shopping centre was set alight in a suspected arson on the same night burglars broke into a jewelry store at the site. Thieves broke into Chris Shan Jewellers overnight and The Mall's entrance on Church Street, Blackburn, was set on fire at about 02:30am. Three areas of the shopping centre have been closed. Lancashire Police and the fire service are carrying out investigations. bbc.com

Elk Grove Wal-Mart hit by early morning robber who targeted cash room

Orlando, FL: Police still searching for gunman in deadly Publix shooting last Friday

Fairfield, CT: Home Depot shoplifting suspect flees after gun scare

Cleveland, TN: Dumpster fire causes $150,000 in damages to Belk in Bradley Square Mall

Canton, OH: What Diebold is doing to help fight ATM credit card information theft

Newark, DE: Two men charged in robbery spree; Wawa, Dollar General & Valero

Kay Jewelers in the Fox Hills Mall, Culver City, CA was the victim of a Grab &Run on 2/8, merchandise valued at $1,049

Kay Jewelers in the Cielo Vista Mall, El Paso, TX was the victim of a Grab & Run on 2/8, merchandise valued at $1,599

Yuriy's Jewelry, Downtown Pittsburg, PA was the victim of a Burglary on 2/8, hole drilled from adjacent building

Garcia Jewelers, Downtown Pittsburg, PA was the victim of a Robbery on 2/2

AT&T - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Columbus, IN - Armed Robbery
CVS -Cincinnati, OH - Armed Robbery
Eastside Grocery - Cordele, GA - Armed Robbery/ Owner killed
Family Dollar - Longview, TX -Burglary
Jackson's - Remo, NV - Armed Robbery
Jim Coad Coins - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Kangaroo - Goose Creek, SC - Armed Robbery
Lube Express - Everett, WA - Burglary
Mac's - Edmonton, AB, CN - Armed Robbery / clerk assaulted
Markette - Darlington, SC - Burglary
Muggs - Dexter, MI - Armed Robbery
Sisk In & Out - Chester, SC - Armed Robbery
Stop N Go - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
Wilmington Ave - Dayton, OH - Burglary



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4 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn from Playing 'Candy Crush'  If you love playing this addictive game, it's not only entertaining, it also holds a few leadership lessons that anyone can learn. Here are some subtle ways the game is helping your leadership style. Increase the challenge

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Energy is the primary force behind success and without it mediocrity or failure is almost guaranteed. The ability to move things forward and influence change requires energy and there's a direct correlation to the amount of it and to the degree of success. It's great to start off energized and gung ho about a project or initiative, but it's critical to maintain the energy thru to completion. As one senior executive has said, "there's no bad plan -- it's always a matter of execution" and execution is all about energy. So when you think you've lost your energy, take a break, do something different, and give your mind a chance to re-energize. Because the worst thing you can do is to try to execute without it

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