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Brian Morrison, CFI promoted to Sr. Director - Asset Protection Operations for Dollar General

Brian has been with Dollar General for five years, starting with the company in 2015 as Director Asset Protection - Supply Chain. Before his latest promotion to Sr. Director - Asset Protection Operations, he served as Director Loss Prevention - Division 4. Prior to his time at Dollar General, he served as Director Loss Prevention - Logistics with CVS Health for over two years. Earlier in his career, he was with Lowe's Companies for over seven years as Director - Loss Prevention Operations (3 years) and Division Director Loss Prevention, Safety and Hazmat (over four years). Congratulations, Brian!

Patrick Finnigan promoted to Director, Loss Prevention Analytics & Fraud for Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Patrick has been with Dunkin' Brands for over 15 years, starting with the company as a Sr. Financial Analyst. Before his latest promotion, he spent 5 years as a Sr. Manager of Analytics & Fraud. Over the past few years, Patrick led the development of the LP department's internal fraud team, focusing on the mitigation of mobile, e-commerce and digital frauds. Prior to coming to Dunkin' Patrick spent 10 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Medicare Fraud Investigator . He is "drinkin" Dunkin' Original Blend Coffee and "scoopin" Baskin-Robbins World Class Chocolate ice cream. Congratulations, Patrick!

Spike Friend promoted to Senior Manager, Operations & Asset Protection for Macy's

Spike has been with Macy's for nearly six years, starting with the company in 2014 in the Loss Prevention Executive Development Program. Before his latest promotion to Senior Manager, Operations & Asset Protection, he served as Manager, Operations & Asset Protection for over two years and Asset Protection Manager for over three years. Earlier in his career, he also held LP roles with Sears. Congratulations, Spike!

Israel Herrera promoted to Senior Organized Retail Crime Investigator for Macy's
Israel has been with Macy's for nearly five years. Before his promotion to Senior Organized Retail Crime Investigator, he held the position of Organized Retail Crime Investigator. Prior to his time at Macy's, he spent over a year at TJX Companies in Area Loss Prevention and nearly five years at Toys R Us as a Regional ORC Investigator (1 year), Store Investigator Specialist (nearly four years), and Asset Protection Specialist (six months). Congratulations, Israel!

John Murphy promoted to Global Head of Security Operations
for Stripe

John has been with Stripe for over a year. Before his promotion to Global Head of Security Operations, he served as Head of Regional Security Operations EMEA. Prior to joining Stripe, he served as VP, Global Corporate Security for the Bank of New York Mellon for nearly six years. He also held various security roles with Life Style Sports and Dunnes Stores. Stripe is a technology company whose software is used to accept online payments and run technically sophisticated financial operations in more than 100 countries. Congratulations, John!

Marcus Collins promoted to Asset Protection Operations Manager for Save A Lot

Marcus has been with Save A Lot for more than five years, starting with the company in 2014 as a Loss Prevention Analyst. Before his promotion to Asset Protection Operations Manager, he served as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for over four years. Prior to his time at Save A Lot, he held LP positions with Belk (nearly 3 years), Lowe's (nearly six years) and Gap Inc./Old Navy (more than three years). Congratulations, Marcus!


LPF and IAI Announce Strategic Partnership

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) and the International Association of Interviewers (IAI) have joined forces to create a strategic partnership to strengthen continued education for the Loss Prevention/Asset Protection profession. This new partnership will ultimately benefit LPF and IAI by offering additional opportunities for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), networking events, webinars, training days, and more.

The Loss Prevention Foundation, founded in 2006, is the only 501 (c) 6 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retail loss prevention and asset protection industry. The LPFs mission is to advance the loss prevention profession by providing relevant, convenient, and challenging educational resources. This is accomplished through the administration of the industry's only internationally sanctioned certifications: LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC).

The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) is the only association specifically for Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) and ACFI designees as well as all those dedicated to the art of interviewing and interrogation. The IAI mission is to provide educational, business, and networking opportunities to interviewers from all disciplines through valuable resources such as instructive events, useful web content, including the Rationalization Matrix and Interviewing Video Tips, exclusive webinars, and much more.
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De Blasio admits NYC crime jump is linked to bail reform
Mayor Bill de Blasio linked a recent crime surge in the Big Apple to the state's controversial overhaul of bail laws Friday, after spending a week dancing around the matter.

"We had, for six years, steady decreases in crime across the board. There's not a whole lot of other environmental things that have changed recently," de Blasio told WNYC's Brian Lehrer on new CompStat data that shows crime has soared since the new laws took effect at the start of 2020. "It sort of stands out like a sore thumb that this is the single biggest new thing in the equation and we saw an extraordinary jump."

The controversial law bars judges from setting bail to hold criminal defendants for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies cases. It's come under intense criticism from law enforcement officials and prosecutors.

De Blasio again reiterated his support for giving the judges the power to lock up defendants they believe are a danger to the public while awaiting trial - a position that's left him at odds with the bail overhaul's top backer, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx).

It's a change in tune for City Hall from just Tuesday when de Blasio repeatedly dodged questions about the
link between bail laws and a surge in crime stats that show auto thefts, robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and felony assaults have all shot up since the start of 2020. nypost.com

Bernie Sanders calls for nationwide end to cash bail during Democratic debate

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Deaths in China Surpass Toll From SARS

900+ people have died from the new virus in China; infections surpass 40,000

The coronavirus death toll in China has risen to 908, surpassing the toll from the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, according to official data.

The number of confirmed infections in the country rose to 40,171, China's National Health Commission said Monday. Ninety-seven deaths and 3,062 new cases were recorded in the preceding 24 hours, most of them in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak. A United States citizen died from the coronavirus in Wuhan, the provincial capital, American officials said on Saturday.

The SARS epidemic, which also began in China, killed 774 people worldwide. There have been
only two confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus outside mainland China: one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

Many doctors believe that deaths and infections from the current epidemic are undercounted in China because testing facilities are under severe strain. nytimes.com

KFC worker diagnosed with coronavirus in China after 12-hour shift
A fast-food employee in mainland China has been diagnosed with the coronavirus after working a full-day shift last month. The infected staff member worked a 12-hour shift at a KFC store in Xian, Shaanxi province, according to local media reports.
The employee worked "at the front desk" on January 12, but their main job was to "prepare meals", China News reported.

KFC is among several US franchises in China that have temporarily closed their restaurants over fears about the spreading virus, which has killed more than 900 people in the mainland.

Yum China, which has exclusive rights to fast-food chains in China, has already closed more than 30 percent of its 9,200 restaurants across the country. nzherald.co.nz

'Caution: I have the coronavirus'
Prank in Joliet, IL Walmart causes $10k in damage, police say

Two teens have been charged after pulling a costly coronavirus prank at a Walmart in Joliet, Illinois, according to police.

Tyler D. Wallace, 19, walked into the Walmart Sunday afternoon wearing a
handmade sign on his back that said "Caution I have the coronavirus." Wallace put on a yellow medical mask and began spraying Lysol on products and produce, police say.

Wallace turned himself into police Thursday and was charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, retail theft and criminal trespass to property. A 17-year-old boy who was in the store with Wallace was arrested on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Walmart estimates the
loss of produce to be over $7,300 and cleanup costing over $2,400, according to police. usatoday.com

Coronavirus echoes in retail:
Companies anticipate "material impact" in revenues

Store closures and sales loss hit international retailers like Nike, Capri and Burberry

Store closures, less trading hours and fewer store traffic. The coronavirus crisis has spread fear within the Chinese population. Companies have taken measures all over the country, one of the largest markets for fashion, and they started to anticipate the "material impact" this can have in their results. However, all of them remain confident that China will remain a solid market and that consumption will resume once the crisis is over.

Nike was one of the first fashion giants that anticipated the impact that the coronavirus crisis can have in its business. Last Wednesday, the group issued a statement saying that it "expected the situation to have a material impact on our operations in Greater China". However, the group also said that "Nike's brand and business momentum with the Chinese consumer remains strong, as reflected in the continued strength of our Nike digital commerce business". The group, that operates stores in the country, has temporarily shut down approximately half of its directly operated stores in China and has been operating with reduced hours in the remaining points of sale.

Capri group, owner of Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace, has been the group that detailed the most the impact that the crisis will have on its business. With the release of its quarterly results, the company anticipated the situation in China to reduce revenue by approximately 100 million dollars and earnings per share by 0.40 to 0.45 dollars for the fourth quarter and full year. As of February 5, approximately 150 of the 225 stores of the group in Mainland China are closed and the remaining are operating with reduced hours and experiencing a decline in customer traffic.

The latest company to address the impact of the epidemic is
Burberry. The group, that derives a significant amount of its revenue in Mainland China, currently has 24 of its 65 stores closed. "This is impacting retail sales both in both Mainland China and Hong Kong", indicated the company in a statement. themds.com

February retail imports to see larger drop amid coronavirus
With coronavirus causing longer Lunar New Year shutdowns of factories in China, imports at major U.S. retail container ports are expected to see a sharper-than-usual drop this month, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

"February is historically a slow month for imports because of Lunar New Year and the lull between retailers' holiday season and summer, but this is an unusual situation," NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. "Many Chinese factories have already stayed closed longer than usual, and we don't know how soon they will reopen. U.S. retailers were already beginning to shift some sourcing to other countries because of the trade war, but if shutdowns continue, we could see an impact on supply chains." nrf.com

Apple extends its store closures in China due to the coronavirus

WeWork closes 100 buildings in China over coronavirus threat

WHO: $675 million needed for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan

What the CFO's Are Reading:
Don't Discount Secondhand Whistleblower Reports

Research shows: Reports based on Secondhand Information

More Credible than those from Firsthand Knowledge

Which employee whistleblower hotline report would you trust more - one with firsthand knowledge of alleged conduct or one based on secondhand information?

After examining more than 2 million whistleblower reports from more than 1,000 publicly traded U.S. companies, our new study found that secondhand whistleblower reports are almost 50% more likely to be substantiated - in other words, they're 50% more credible - than firsthand reports.

With organizations around the world increasingly adopting risk management mindsets, this is a crucially important, counterintuitive finding. It should turn the heads of company leaders who might have looked askance at secondhand reporting in the past.

Secondhand reports often hold untapped approaches to discover organizational problems, or even prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Why Secondhand Reports Are More Valuable - Dissecting Firsthand & Secondhand Reports - What Are The Take-Aways? A Must Read

Biggest Fraud in History - 150 Yr. Sentence & $170 Billion Restitution

Remember, there's no parole in federal prison. Wikipedia detailed listing

Federal Judge Ask For Victims Input:
'Opportunity For Victim Input To Court In Pending Motion By Bernard L. Madoff For Sentence Reduction'

The motion, which seeks Madoff's immediate release from prison, is based primarily on his various medical conditions. The Government will file a response to Madoff's motion. The Court may also order a public hearing on the motion. A copy of the briefs relating to Madoff's motion for a sentence reduction can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/madoff-sentence-reduction

If you are a victim of Madoff's crimes and you wish to provide your views to Judge Chin with respect to Madoff's motion for a sentence reduction, you may do so. Please address any such correspondence to the Court, but send the correspondence to the Victim/Witness coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York by email: justice.gov

Retail Job Losses Impact Women More
With store closings on the rise, scores of U.S. retail workers are losing jobs. Department stores have shed 241,000 employees in the last five years, and clothing stores 67,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So where is the national outcry to protect these workers, asks Time. With the growth of online shopping, retail jobs, which traditionally favor women, are becoming less available while warehouse employment, which tends to favor men, grows.

"We hear politicians talk about the loss of factories and manufacturing and mining, but there has not been the same level of outcry around the loss of retail jobs," says Nicole Mason, the president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.. "I would conjecture that one of the reasons we're not talking about it is that it impacts predominantly women."

Nearly 80 percent of cashiers were women in 2018, according to IWPR data. As online shopping grows, and employment in warehouses grows, retail jobs for women are shrinking, while men's jobs are growing - an IWPR analysis found that the retail industry lost 54,300 jobs between 2016 and 2017; over that time, women lost 160,300 jobs while men gained 106,000. time.com

Home Depot Opens First of 40 Drive-Through Distribution Centers
The Home Depot announced recently that it has opened its first drive-through distribution center, located in Dallas, Texas. Called a flatbed distribution center (FDC) the company's first such facility spans 800,000-square-feet and allows flatbed trucks to drive through the middle of the warehouse and have heavy or over oversized building materials such as lumber, ladders, pipes, or roofing materials added from either side.

Traditionally, Home Depot's distribution centers and retail stores can only accommodate smaller trucks, which would load or unload smaller orders from each location multiple times. The FDC makes that process more efficient. thomasnet.com

The Importance of Retail Collaboration With Law Enforcement ft Ryan McCazzio & Daryl Blackmore

In the newest episode of LPRC CrimeScience, guests Detective Ryan McCazzio (GPD) and Daryl Blackmore (Rexall) discuss the importance of retail collaboration with law enforcement, with co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes (LPRC) and Tom Meehan (CONTROLTEK).

View the episode here.

Simon snaps up Taubman malls for $3.6B

L Brands nears sale of Victoria's Secret to Sycamore Partners

China to slash tariffs by 50% on $75B of US imports

Twin Cities Janitors And Security Guards Authorize Strike

H-E-B gives $100 bills to all its employees for top grocer ranking

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Apply Now for Vector Security, Inc.
2020 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Scholarships

Scholarships support certification for loss prevention professionals
and those interested in a career in loss prevention.

Loss prevention professionals as well as those who aspire to work in loss prevention in the United States and Canada can apply for Vector Security's annual Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program now through March 31, 2020.

Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals - or those who have an interest in loss prevention - seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.

More than 260 scholarships totaling $262,460 have been awarded since the program began. The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to those based in Canada.

"We are proud to once again offer the Vector Security LPF scholarship program to LP professionals in the U.S. and Canada," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President, Vector Security Networks. "As the security needs of multi-site businesses continue to evolve, it's important for LP professionals to stay current on industry trends and solutions. Continuing education and certification, such as LPQ and LPC, in this field will help LP professionals meet the challenges of their profession."

Anyone who is currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in a career in loss prevention, can apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Details can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.





*OCC - Organized Cyber Crime
It's time to give this crime its own acronym. Especially when you consider ORC. Just a thought.

Equifax: US charges four Chinese military officers over huge hack
The US has charged four Chinese military officers over the huge cyber-attack of credit rating giant Equifax.

More than 147 million Americans were affected in 2017 when hackers stole sensitive personal data including names and addresses. Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected.

Announcing the indictments Attorney General William Barr called the hack "one of the largest data breaches in history".

According to court documents, the four are allegedly members of the People's Liberation Army's 54th Research Institute, a component of the Chinese military. They spent weeks in the company's system, breaking into security networks and stealing personal data, the documents said.

The nine-count indictment also accuses the group of stealing trade secrets including data compilation and database designs.

The whereabouts of the suspects is unknown and it is highly unlikely that they would come to the US for a trial. bbc.com

Cryptocurrency Scams Took in More Than $4 Billion in 2019

Ponzi schemes are the latest form of bitcoin fraud

Cryptocrime is expanding. Ponzi schemes and other frauds involving bitcoin and cryptocurrencies lured at least $4.3 billion from investors in 2019, according to Chainalysis. That was a bigger haul than the combined $3 billion in 2017 and 2018.

After a boom in dubious initial coin offerings in 2017 and a number of hacks in 2018, Ponzi schemes have become among the most popular vehicles for fraud. The biggest ones have been prolific: Just six well-orchestrated scams were responsible for about 90% of the funds stolen last year, Chainalysis said.

"There's been huge growth in ones that mimic investing opportunities," said Kim Grauer, head of research at Chainalysis. They are becoming more sophisticated, larger in size and they reach into the mainstream, victimizing naive investors, she said. wsj.com

RobbinHood Kills Security Processes Before Dropping Ransomware
In a newly detected attack campaign, the attackers behind RobbinHood ransomware deploy legitimate, digitally signed hardware drivers to delete security tools on target machines before they encrypt files.

These attacks exploit known vulnerability CVE-2019-19320, report Sophos researchers who investigated two attacks employing this technique. The flaw exists in a signed driver that is part of a now-deprecated software package published by Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte. When it was patched with proof-of-concept code in 2018, Gigabyte said its products weren't affected by the flaws. While the company later rescinded its statement, it continued using the vulnerable driver, which is still a threat. darkreading.com

Amazon wants to depose Trump after losing $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract
Amazon's cloud computing arm wants to depose President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary James Mattis over a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract awarded to Microsoft, according to court documents unsealed Monday.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) said in the filing that it wants to depose Trump to learn more about any private conversations or instructions that were given in regard to the JEDI contract award.

In November, Amazon filed a notice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicating a plan to protest the Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the multibillion-dollar cloud contract. cnbc.com

Could cloud liveness detection and facial biometrics make high security attractive?
A recently granted U.S. patent links facial recognition, liveness detection and cloud computing.

In June 2018, a secretive licensing startup called Brivas (Biometric Relative Identity Verified Authentication System) applied for its sixth patent related to liveness techniques. biometricupdate.com


'Panic Shopping': Mainland China Depends On E-Commerce for Food & Essentials with Cities on Lockdown
From January 24 to February 2, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com (JD) says it sold 18,900 tons of rice, flour and grain; 15,000 tons of fresh food; 1.5 million gallons of cooking oil; 1.8 million bottles of disinfectant; and 3 million bottles of liquid soap. Looked at closely, sales of rice on JD.com rose five-fold from a year ago. Baking flour shipments are up 4.7 times year-on-year.

In mainland China, where the health crisis has cities on lockdown, quarantine orders and curfews are forcing the locals to buy food and other essentials online.

JD said in a press release today that they were not seeing price increases as companies jack up prices to take advantage of the crisis. JD said it was monitoring third party platforms to watch out for unfair price hikes, with penalties to third party sellers if unfair price hikes are discovered, the company said.

The JD Retail unit also announced today that they were providing subsidies for merchants, including lower costs for using the platform, financing and logistics support, among other things. The subsidies were primarily targeting companies located in the viral epicenter of Hubei province.

Investors figured more Chinese consumers would be homebound and using tech companies more because of the lockdown. Some 250 million Chinese are restricted from moving out of their city. Foxconn, manufacturers of numerous Apple products, said it was keeping some of its factories closed longer than expected, possibly stretching out for the entire month. forbes.com

Amazon pulls out of MWC 2020, citing coronavirus concerns

The e-commerce titan joins LG, Ericsson and Nvidia in skipping the world's
largest mobile trade show

E-commerce giant Amazon is pulling out of Mobile World Congress, citing concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus.

Amazon will withdraw from MWC 2020 "due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus," a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services said Sunday.

The company joins a number of big exhibitors that have already pulled out of the world's largest mobile trade show, including LG, Ericsson and Nvidia, citing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV. First disclosed in late December, the virus has infected over 37,000 people and killed over 800 as of Feb. 9. Companies including Apple, Google and Nintendo have closed offices, limited business travel and faced supply chain disruptions.

The GSMA, the organization that runs MWC, said it will have additional medical personnel on-site. It will also put other measures in place to reduce the risks posed by the disease, including a no-handshake policy. cnet.com

Shoppers warned of new Valentine's Day scam where fraudsters try to steal your details

Safety expert warns of counterfeit online products - especially kids products



Chesterfield, MO: Woman accused of operating online boutique using stolen items
Authorities believe an East St. Louis, Illinois woman with a history of theft cases against her ran an online boutique out of her basement where she was selling stolen merchandise. Now she is behind bars after pleading guilty in a separate stealing case. Investigators say the woman hit most all of the retail areas in Chesterfield. Sgt. Keith Rider, Chesterfield Police, says some $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise was discovered at the East St. Louis home of 29-year-old Twanna Trotter during a police search last November.

Rider says Trotter and others stole the merchandise from many areas, including Chesterfield, then Trotter would try to sell it on Facebook. "She basically had a boutique set up in her basement where she would advertise what she had and show them on the live video and, I guess, hoping for people to come and buy those products for her," Rider said. Rider says his detectives would actually watch Trotter's Facebook Live sessions to see what she was selling. "The products that they observed she was selling we were able to track back to actually stole from retail areas in Chesterfield as well as throughout St. Louis County, and also as far as Osage Beach," he said.

Rider says Trotter has a history of arrests in Chesterfield for retail thefts. In fact, he calls her a professional shoplifter. On Thursday, Trotter pled guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison for cases, including a 2018 theft at a Chesterfield Walmart. "Retail crime is not a victimless crime," Ridler said. "It's going to drive the prices up. You know there's a lot of other issues with the retail crime and so we really wanted to put a stop to it because she was really hitting the St. Louis area hard." Rider says the case at Trotter's home is still under investigation by authorities in Illinois. At this point, no charges have been filed yet in connection with that search and seizure. fox4kc.com

Stamford, CT: 2 men stole $80K worth of Rolex watches from Lord & Taylor
Connecticut police are looking for two men who used sledgehammers to break open a jewelry cabinet and stole $80,000 worth of Rolex watches. Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said the two men broke into a Lord & Taylor store Thursday, began smashing a glass-topped case of high-end watches and took eight to 10 of the luxury brand watches before fleeing. "It looks like the two parties involved entered the store earlier, probably in an effort to case the location, about an hour and one-half prior to this action they took. They knew right were they were going and were out of the store very quickly," Conklin said. washingtontimes.com

Bethel Park, PA: Three people charged in Best Buy Burglary
Three people charged after burglary at Best Buy in Bethel Park. Police said they found scratch marks on the store's sliding entry doors and also on the cell phone security cage. The vehicle involved was spotted at a Sheetz on William Penn Highway in Monroeville and police said they found a pry bar and gloves inside. Facing charges are Joshua Hoskins, 23, Justin Williams, 21, and Damond Coloumb, 26. All three are from Texas. Police said a juvenile was also in the vehicle. wtae.com

Idaho Falls, ID: Husband of employee accused of stealing from Sam's Club faces felony charges
The husband of a woman accused of stealing thousands from the Idaho Falls Sam's Club is also facing felony charges. Enrique Molina Lopez is charged with felony grand theft and felony burglary after police say he stole at least $1,000 from the store. Lopez's wife, Melissa Ricks, is also charged with felony grand theft after she admitted to staff and police to stealing at least $13,000 from the store over several years. On Dec. 24, staff at Sam's Club saw Lopez taking items from the shelves to the returns cashier and exchanging them for store credit cards. Officers cited Lopez that day with misdemeanor petty theft. Further investigation led Sam's Club loss prevention calling the police again on Dec. 23, after Ricks admitted to stealing thousands from the store. Ricks told police she would load money onto gift cards and return them to the store for cash. In a written statement, Ricks said, "We have estimated over two years it is $20,000 worth." Loss prevention staff calculated the total Rick's allegedly stole at $13,120. The amount of money police suspect Lopez of stealing is unclear. Prosecutors later amended Lopez's charge to the felonies and summoned him to court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 11. eastidahonews.com

Snyder County, PA: PA State Troopers investigating the burglary of 18 Snow Boards valued at nearly $10,000

Queensbury, NY: Couple face felonies for Walmart cart push-out theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Thailand: Mall Mass Shooting: Thai military brought in mother of gunman who killed 29 people, in bid to negotiate with him
Thailand police revealed Sunday they tried several times to persuade a soldier who had killed 29 people to turn himself in, and even brought the gunman's mother in to talk to him. The shooting at a military base in Thailand's northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province, known as Korat, and a crowded shopping mall also left 58 others injured -- 30 of whom remain hospitalized -- before the gunman was killed by police at around 9 a.m. local time on Sunday (9 p.m. ET Saturday), according to officials. Seven bodies have been extracted from the Terminal 21 shopping mall where the rampage ended, Thai Public Health Ministry official Narinrat Pitchayakamin said Sunday. This figure likely includes the gunman's body. Thai authorities said the attacker was believed to be Army Sub. Lt. Jakrapanth Thomma, of the 22nd Ammunition Battalion. cnn.com

Orange County, FL: Deputies shot, killed knife-wielding man at La-Z-Boy store
Two deputies shot and killed a knife-wielding man Sunday night at a La-Z-Boy store in east Orange County, the Sheriff's Office said. Undersheriff Mark Canty told reporters the incident began around 6 p.m. Sunday near Rouse Road, where the man was struck by a car. The man then was hit by a second car, and 911 callers said "it looked like he was intentionally running back into traffic and trying to get hit by a car," Canty said. After the crashes, the man ran to the nearby La-Z-Boy store. Once inside, he brandished a knife, Canty said. Employees called 911. When deputies arrived and confronted him, the man ignored commands to drop his knife and made "a very quick movement" toward one of them, Canty said. The deputies fired their weapons, striking the man, Canty said. orlandosentinel.com

Fort Worth, TX: 2 Injured After Shooting Outside C-Store
A shooting in the parking lot of a store in Fort Worth late Sunday evening left two people injured, police said. According to police, the incident happened at around 11 p.m. outside of a store in the 2800 block of Las Vegas Trail. Police said there was some sort of altercation that led to gunshots being fired. A motive for the shooting is unknown as police continue to investigate. There have been no arrests made. dfw.cbslocal.com

Houston, TX: 2 stores employees shot during reported robbery
The shooting was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at 110 Vintage Park. Two store employees shot during reported robbery at Vintage Park Mall. The victim told deputies he and a coworker were shot during a robbery outside the business where they both work. EMS responded and took the victim to the hospital. Deputies said a short time later, the other shooting victim turned up at a hospital in Willowbrook with a gunshot to his hand. Both are expected to make a full recovery. khou.com

Houston, TX: Man ambushed on Sunday, shot to death outside Sunnyside Food store

Harris County, TX: Auto shop owner shoots suspected robber


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Pinellas Park, FL: Man critical after machete attack at McDonald's
A man is in critical condition after he was attacked by another man with a machete on Sunday night, and police say the suspect is still wanted. Pinellas Park Police responded to the McDonald's 11 p.m. after they were called about a fight. They say two men who knew each other got into an altercation and one man hit the other with a machete. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. According to police, the suspect ran away from the McDonald's before their arrival. abcactionnews.com

College Station, TX: Missing Teen arrested, accused of assaulting Officers during Shoplifting call
A College Station teen, who was reported missing back in October of 2019, has turned up in the Brazos County Jail. Martha Ruiz, 17, is charged with assault on a public servant, assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest, possession of marijuana and theft under $100. She is accused of attacking officers who responded to the scene for an alleged shoplifting call. It happened just after 1:30 p.m. at Walmart on North Harvey Mitchell Parkway Friday. The loss prevention officer told police Ruiz left the store and hid behind the dumpster of a nearby restaurant. They said Ruiz then began walking back through the parking lot and was seen going back into the store as police got to the scene. The loss prevention officer told police they confronted Ruiz, who punched them in the face and ran outside again. Police said they chased Ruiz in the parking lot and when they caught up to her, she began punching, hitting and kicking them in an effort to get away. They said after a search, they found her to be in possession of marijuana. After doing a check of Ruiz's name, police said they learned she was a teen reported by the College Station Police Department and Amber Alert Brazos Valley as missing. She also has two outstanding warrants for being a runaway out of Brazos County and the College Station Police Department. kagstv.com

Gastonia, NC: Community calling for change after QT 'flash mob' destroys store
A community is calling for change after a riot took place at a QuikTrip gas station last week in Gastonia. An employee was seriously injured after she was hit in the head with a bottle during the incident. Three suspects have been arrested and face numerous charges. All have been released. Police are asking for the public's help in locating the other three suspects they have identified.  gastongazette.com

San Antonio, TX: Tiffany & Co. store in The Shops at La Cantera the victim of a Smash & Grab

Utah County, UT: Man arrested for reported $3,000 of fraudulent purchases from 3 Walmart stores

Nassau County, NY: Shoplifter With Ankle Monitoring Bracelet Caught After Carjacking Uber Driver At Long Island Target

Chico, CA: 7-Eleven Armed Robber steals Ice Cream and runs



Detroit Retailer Gets 24 months federal prison for $2.3M food stamp fraud
Haidar Aoun admits that he paid cash fifty cents to the dollar, to people in exchange for more lucrative swipes of their electronic debit-style cards. He was subsequently paid by the government. He owned convenience stores in Detroit area. justice.gov

Baltimore, MD: 7-Eleven Robber Donald Khan Found Guilty, Faces Up To 63 Years In Prison



Auto Parts - Katy, TX- Burglary
Best Buy - Bethel Park, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Forney, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cincinnati, OH - Armed Robbery
CVS - Nassau County, NY - Robbery
Cellphone - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Parkton, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Marion County, FL - Robbery
Hardware - Owego, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Dallas, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Greeley, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Newark, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Sugarland, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Westminster, CO - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Humble, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Portland, OR - Burglary
Kohl's - Crete, IL - Burglary
Lord & Taylor - Stamford, CT - Robbery
Marijuana - Yakima, WA - Robbery
Pharmacy - Camdenton, MO - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chico, CA - Armed Robbery
Snow Boards - Snyder County, PA - Burglary
Tiffany - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Tobacco - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
7-Eleven - Lowell, MA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chico, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Nassau County, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Samantha Ashcraft promoted to District Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies
Chris Austin, LPC named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Ross Stores, Inc.
Chris Kelly named Regional Loss Prevention Manager - Canada for Nordstrom
Debbie Wilson, CFI named Regional Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Marcus Collins promoted to Asset Protection Operations Manager for Save A Lot

Andrew Phipps, LPC promoted to Manager of Field Investigations-ORC for TJX Companies

Jennifer Krawiec named Loss Prevention Detective for TJX Companies

Brandon Kiick promoted to Manager, Asset Protection - Southwest for CVS Health

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