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 February 11, 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:
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Gary Johnson, VP of Loss Prevention


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2016's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
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 Area 9 Loss Prevention Team for CVS Health

"Lead, not follow"

Pictured (Left to Right): Steve DePestel, LPQ (RLPM), Laquita Waligorski (RLPM), Fred Cahill (RLPM), Dean Rogers (RLPM), Lynn Douville (RLPM), Steve Perry (RLPM), Colleen Lomanto (RLPM), John Zeisloft (RLPM), Mike McDonald (RLPM), Donna Farrell (RLPM), Phil Rhea (Sr. RLPM), Rob Hyrmer, CFI (RLPM), Nathan Watson (Area LP Director), Bo Felts (RLPM), Tim Gaffney (RLPM), Bob Alberta (RLPM)
 

 


 

Shooting at Maryland Panera Bread leaves
Two Deputies and One Suspect Dead

Two sheriff's deputies were killed Wednesday in a shooting that started at a restaurant in a shopping center in Abingdon, Md., and ended near an apartment complex, the authorities said. The suspect was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Gahler said Evans entered a Panera in Abingdon during the busy lunchtime rush Wednesday. At 11:46 a.m., someone called the police to say that a man was behaving suspiciously in the restaurant. The deputy tried to talk to the man, who was apparently known to workers. The deputy sat down beside him, asked how he was doing and the man shot him in the head. The deputy later died at the hospital, officials said. People who saw Evans running away pointed authorities in the right direction, sheriff's office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said. Gahler said that a deputy found Evans almost immediately, down the hill from the restaurant. Evans then shot that deputy.

The next two deputies who arrived then fired at the gunman, fatally wounding him. Both of those deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting. The sheriff said investigators believe the person acted alone and there is no further threat to the community.

The suspect had two outstanding warrants - one in Florida for assaulting a police officer and fleeing, and another in Harford County for a reason not disclosed by Gahler, USA Today reports. theweek.com nytimes.com washingtonpost.com foxnews.com

 


Boot Barn Launches Enhanced Security and Loss Prevention Initiative Leveraging Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions
Leader in U.S. Country Western Wear is Deploying New Technology to Optimize Operations and Mitigate Shrinkage

Verint Systems Inc. today announced that Boot Barn, America's largest Western and Work Wear retailer, is deploying its video and situation intelligence solutions at various retail store locations to enhance operations and loss prevention efforts. Boot Barn invested in a new IP video solution to increase situational awareness across its stores and reach new levels of intelligence to help optimize operations and control shrinkage. Since its investment in Verint's solutions in 2014, Boot Barn has continued to advance its focus on the security of its customers, employees and assets, which are paramount to its ongoing success.

"Our mission is to protect our assets in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible," says Brian Huff, director of loss prevention, Boot Barn. "Our objective was to identify a new IP surveillance solution that could provide higher-resolution video to streamline, and reinforce our investigative and operational efforts. Verint has helped us in both of these critical areas."

With Verint EdgeVMS Vid-Center, field and loss prevention leaders can view live and recorded video from their desktops to make real-time decisions quickly and efficiently. Combined with the EdgeVMS Op-Center diagnostic and management application, Boot Barn is able to monitor system health, gain access to firmware updates and issue alerts about potential problems. When anomalies within the surveillance system are recognized, Huff and his management team are immediately notified, enabling them to take a proactive approach to addressing issues. Verint Edge VMS Op-Center also provides Boot Barn with a high degree of control over both cameras and NVRs, which allows personnel to use the system more efficiently. businesswire.com

Improving Loss Prevention by Applying Swarm Intelligence to Flash Mobs
Applying software simulations to shoplifting behavior can help retailers identify and prepare for a number of shoplifting scenarios. By using Swarm Intelligence (SI) algorithms such as Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), the Bees Algorithm, the Ant Colony Optimization, the Bat Algorithm, etc., retailers can create simulations to understand potential threats based on how merchandise is placed at the store. PSO is a good algorithm to apply to the flash mob scenario, as it helps retailers understand the behavior of each individual (particle)-and ideally, of the leader coordinating the flash mob-who is browsing at a store. The store format may have multiple levels (n-dimensions) with various departments for different categories and merchandise, and the flash mobs organize themselves based on the information they gather moving through the store.  edgl.com

National Restaurant Association Announces Acquisition of National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
The National Restaurant Association marked a major achievement in the advancement of food safety training nationwide. The Association announced its acquisition of the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), a U.S.-based certification body. NRFSP focuses on providing certificates for individuals seeking credentials in a variety of food safety disciplines.  prnewswire.com

Employee Hygiene and Handwashing in Retail Foodservice Establishments
Highlighted by Chipotle's recent events

The health and well-being of food handlers and proper hygiene practices often get overlooked in the retail food industry. The employee needs a paycheck to provide for his or her family, and will often neither seek medical attention if ill nor sacrifice missing work if not feeling well. Sometimes, there are cultural barriers or lack of influence outside and inside the workplace that impact proper personal hygiene.

A return to the fundamentals of food safety-handwashing and personal hygiene-should be executed and followed up day in and day out in retail foodservice operations. Once the behavior slips, it can become cancerous and affect others. Social media these days can make any negligent personal hygiene or handwashing practice a potential viral sensation. All it takes is footage from a cellphone of some food handler doing something nasty to cause a viral, reputation-damaging newsworthy event.  foodsafetymagazine.com

Some Lumber Liquidators Flooring May Hurt Breathing: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that certain laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators tested for high formaldehyde levels could cause health problems, including irritation and breathing difficulties, according to its report Wednesday.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said that it is likely to cause respiratory problems in children and older people in particular. The CDC's report was part of the CPSC's investigation since March of last year into the Virginia-based flooring retailer.

Lumber Liquidators could not be reached Wednesday for comment. law360.com

Defying the e-commerce impact - The 43 Tanger Factory Outlet Centers are Hot
Outlet centers - ORC hotspots

If retailers are concerned about the effect of e-commerce on traffic to physical stores it certainly isn't evident from Tanger's year-end report to investors. The company's portfolio of 43 upscale outlet shopping centers encompassing 14.5 million square feet ended the year with an occupancy rate of 97.5%. The essentially full occupancy rate is even more impressive considering the company added four new properties totaling 1.4 million square feet throughout 2015. Base rental rates increased 22.4% on the 397 leases Tanger executed last year and that was on top of a prior year increase of 23%. chainstoreage.com

Ex-Kroger Recruiters Say Grocer Refused Rightful OT Pay
Kroger Co. on Tuesday was smacked with a proposed class action in Ohio federal court by a group of former in-house recruiters claiming they were denied overtime pay through the grocery chain's intentional misclassification of them as exempt employees, a violation of federal and state labor laws.

The three plaintiffs, along with about 200 other recruiters, worked at a Kroger call center in Ohio, where they primarily dealt with calls and initial screenings of prospective employees who had applied to various Kroger-owned grocery locations throughout the U.S. If an applicant passed an initial screening phase, which consisted of the same three set questions, the recruiters would set up an interview at a store location.

The plaintiffs on Tuesday said that at no time did they have authority to make hiring or "other personnel management decisions," yet they were classified by Kroger as employees exempt from overtime pay. "All recruiters exercise no discretion with respect to matters of significance, as the information recruiters convey to applicants, the methods of interviewing applicants, the lists of applicants whom they are to call or receive calls from and the number of interviews to schedule per day are determined by Kroger," the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.  law360.com

Intellectual Property - Manager, Investigations posted for Oakley in Foothill Ranch, CA
The Manager of Investigations will manage the IP Protection Department in the region reporting to the Director, Intellectual Property Protection Director - Americas.  The NAIPPM has to manage the strategy developed at the Corporate level to safeguard the brands managing the day by day activity with the local vendors as well as building up relationship with the local Authorities dealing in the IP environment. Investigate and manages all Brand Protection activities within assigned region (North America) to include anti-counterfeiting, product diversion, as well as unauthorized use of Luxottica's intellectual property.  oakley.com

Downing & Downing has been retained by Boddie-Noell Enterprises to secure the most qualified candidate for their Loss Prevention Director opening
Headquartered in Rocky Mount, N.C., Boddie-Noell Enterprises Inc. (BNE) is a diversified, family owned company. They own and operate restaurants and develop successful real estate projects. Today they employ close to 10,000 people and are considered one of the nation's leading privately owned restaurant companies. BNE is the largest Hardee's franchise operator in the United States with more than 330 restaurants in four states.

Skechers to add 330 global stores in '16 to hit 1,650 total

Joyce Leslie's 47 stores to sold

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
O'Reilly Auto Q4 comp's up 7.7% with sales up 10%
GNC Q4 domestic company-owned comp's up up 0.8%, consolidated revenue up 1.8%
 


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Fraudsters Tap Kohl's Cash for Cold Cash
Scam artists have been using hacked accounts from retailer Kohl's.com to order high-priced, bulky merchandise that is then shipped to the victim's home. While the crooks don't get the stolen merchandise, the unauthorized purchases rack up valuable credits called "Kohl's cash" that the thieves quickly redeem at Kohl's locations for items that can be resold for cash or returned for gift cards.

It's unclear how much is lost annually to points and rewards fraud, but the industry is ripe for the picking: Loyalty program experts at Colloquy.com estimated in 2011 that some 2.6 billion loyalty memberships generated $48 billion in rewarded points and miles. krebsonsecurity.com

Samsung's Newest Biometric Security is All in the Bloodstream
Samsung's new system-as noticed in a new patent-involves a sensor worn on the wrist that could "read" the pattern of a user's veins. It could also, potentially, be used to verify a user's pulse, since pulses are generally unique to individuals. Your heartbeat pattern, essentially, would be your password, and the only way you could forget your password would be to be actively dead. Reports suggest the device could be part of a smartwatch, but not necessarily.

Such a system could be used for more than just security on a device; it could be part of a mobile payment's security system, as part of a complete security mechanism-even down to the door locks on a house, apartment, or car-and more beyond that. paymentweek.com

Banks Seek $20M In Atty Fees After Target Data Breach Deal
Charles S. Zimmerman, lead counsel for the financial institution plaintiffs, and Karl L. Cambronne, coordinating lead counsel for the plaintiffs, told the court that Target Corp. has agreed to pay attorneys' fees in addition to the settlement fund, so that any fee award won't decrease benefits for the class members.

The financial institutions reached a $39 million deal in December to resolve their long-running dispute, marking the first classwide data breach pact ever reached on behalf of financial institutions, the parties said at the time. law360.com

What's the real cost of a security breach?
The majority of business decision makers admit that their organization will suffer an information security breach and that the cost of recovery could start from around $1 million. Respondents estimate a breach would take nine weeks to recover from and would cost $907,053, on average - even before the cost of any reputational damage, brand erosion and lost business are taken into consideration.

Decision makers estimate that 19% of their company's remediation costs would be spent on legal fees, 18% on compensation to customers, 15% on third party resources and 15% on fines or compliance costs. net-security.org

Security Pros Struggling with Increasing Workplace Pressure
Rolling out IT projects that aren't security-ready

Nearly two-thirds of cybersecurity professionals felt under more pressure to secure their organizations in 2015 compared to the year before, and were subject to increasing challenges surrounding skills shortages, according to Trustwave. Detection of vulnerabilities, malware and compromised systems comprised the biggest responsibilities for 54% of those interviewed. The pressure many are under is having a negative effect on the security posture of their organization. Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) claimed they're being forced to roll-out IT projects which aren't 'security-ready.'  infosecurity-magazine.com
 

 


 

Tech Guest Viewpoint:
Steps to Implementing RFID Successfully

By Steve Sell
Chief Marketing Officer, USS


Careful planning with clear, set goals will better your chances to get the most out of any vision. When considering RFID in retail, it's no different. If you start with the results you want and identify a pathway toward achieving them, you'll set yourself up for success.

Perhaps you want enhanced visibility of merchandise, or sharper in-store process efficiency. Maybe you feel harnessing real-time information will help lead to better decisions. RFID can help you achieve all of these. The right goals for your business have the potential to increase your profit and bottom line success. Whatever your goal, pick one and focus on it.

Once you have a goal and expected outcome in mind, it's time to prepare. First, consider the size of your organization. True discovery, testing and implementation of an RFID program could take as little as six months to well more than five years. Expected outcomes and the number of use cases you need will impact your timeline, because the scope of work drives the systems needed for integration. This is highly critical, as time and money invested in RFID are what turn it into a quality outcome.

The following steps will help achieve the right RFID results:

1. Understand the goals: Partner, really partner, with your integrator to understand the business model and technical maturity of your systems currently in place. In order to do so, a complete step-by-step walkthrough of your perfect RFID outcome is key. This helps support the largest ROI.

2. Ensure supply chain collaboration: Your ROI velocity is dependent upon everyone the RFID implementation will effect getting behind the technology. In addition to your departmental stakeholders understanding the uses of an RFID system, a strong collaboration between suppliers and other internal stakeholders is crucial to realizing the greatest value in RFID.

3. Define outcomes clearly: Defining project objectives and agreeing to an order of implementation steps will help manage expectations and avoid complications. The steps toward achieving full discovery are as follows: audit current systems for integration purposes, identify third-party stakeholders and offset potential obstacles.

4. Project scoping: How wide is the scope? How narrow? Make sure your integration partner sources both hardware and software solutions, details the primary location and timelines for implementation and identifies both local and corporate project participants. Maintaining documents that outline equipment and software requirements, as well as regulatory and environmental factors, will help keep the implementation process on track.

5. Primary development and staging: RFID implementation takes a strong attention to detail. An important part of the process is when the integrator and retailer develop integration bridges, make sure to stage the test environment, walk through the proof of concept and debug the system. In short, many tasks are necessary to be able to adapt and easily make any changes that should occur before implementation.

6. Implementation/test installation: Depending on the size of your implementation, "shadow runs" can be performed to train stakeholders. Shadow runs are done in off hours, so they do not impact normal store operations.

You and your team can get RFID right the first time by first defining what you want out of RFID, and then moving in a methodical process toward adoption across the enterprise. Each individual company and the retail industry at large have much to gain by adopting RFID and reaping the benefits it has to offer.
 

 
 


 

NRF's LP Awards & Recognition Committee

Melissa Mitchell, CFI, Dir of LP and Inventory Control, LifeWay Christian Stores, and Chair, NRF LP Awards & Recognition Committee

Melissa Mitchell, CFI, Director of LP and Inventory Control for LifeWay Christian Stores, discusses the NRF's LP Awards Program, which honors loss prevention professionals and law enforcement officers who have positively impacted the LP community each year. As chair of the NRF's Awards & Recognition Committee, Melissa talks about the importance of acknowledging excellent performance among your ranks. Learn how you can get involved in next year's nomination process!

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Amazon launching global logistics operation to compete with UPS & Fed Ex
The ambitious strategy promises to turn FedEx and UPS into Amazon rivals, but also will pit the Seattle giant against Chinese counterpart Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Both companies are vying for dominance of the rapidly growing cross-border e- commerce market, which by 2020 is expected to swell into a $1 trillion industry serving 900 million shoppers.

Amazon's plan would culminate with the launch of a new venture called "Global Supply Chain by Amazon," as soon as this year, the documents said. The new business will locate Amazon at the center of a logistics industry that involves not just shippers like FedEx and UPS but also legions of middlemen who handle cargo and paperwork associated with transnational trade. Amazon wants to bypass these brokers, amassing inventory from thousands of merchants around the world and then buying space on trucks, planes and ships at reduced rates. Merchants will be able to book cargo space online or via mobile devices, creating what Amazon described as a "one click-ship for seamless international trade and shipping." internetretailer.com

NRF backs expanded Internet sales tax
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is publicly supporting what it calls "e-fairness" legislation that would extend the reach of state sales taxes to online transactions. Under present regulations, a state can only charge a sales tax on an Internet sale conducted by an entity that has some type of physical presence in that state.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made public comments on Feb. 9 that Internet sales tax legislation would be considered by the chamber during the current session of Congress, David French, NRF senior VP for government relations, made a statement in support of this legislation. "Retailers applaud e-fairness champions Sens. Dick Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Mike Enzi and Heidi Heitkamp for continuing to push for action on removing the government-imposed sales tax advantage that Internet sellers enjoy," said French. chainstoreage.com

Online Valentine's Day sales hit their sweet, peak spot
Candy, jewelry, apparel and date nights will constitute a big chunk of the nearly $20 billion projected in Valentine's Day sales, with online shoppers spending about 30% more than consumers in stores. internetretailer.com

Estee Lauder eyes $1 billion in annual online sales

 

 

ORC ring of four busted hitting CVS in Albemarle, N.C.
Albemarle Police arrested four people who they say are part of an organized retail theft ring. On Monday night, police were called to the CVS in Albemarle on reports of a theft. Officers located the suspects down the road and found trash bags full of toiletries over-the-counter medication and other items that had been stolen from CVS and other drug stores in the area recently, police say. All four were charged with organized retail theft. wcnc.com

San Francisco, CA: Flash Mob of 7 to 9 Women steal $10,000 in goods from Salvatore Ferragamo in Union Square
San Francisco police said approximately seven to nine women and men jumped out of one or two SUVs a couple of blocks away from the store. There is surveillance video of them getting away, but investigators have a reason for not releasing it yet. There is no broken glass or signs of forced entry outside the store. Officials said brazen thieves walked into the store Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., grabbing at least $10,000 worth of merchandise before taking off. abc7news.com

Costa Mesa, CA: Man flees Apple store with $5,000 in iPhones
A thief dashed out of an Apple store in South Coast Plaza with at least 10 iPhones on Wednesday night, police said. A man, who may be in his 20s, walked into the store shortly before 7:20 p.m. and took 10 to 15 iPhone 6 models that were on display, said Sgt. Doug Johnson of the Costa Mesa Police Department. ocregister.com

Willowbrook, NJ: Sephora Loss Prevention nabs $750 cosmetic thief
Feb. 5, at 9:05 p.m. Store security informed police that Christina Stefanelli, 44, of Clifton, had been observed placing multiple assorted cosmetics valued at $752 in her purse and leaving the store without paying. Stefanelli was arrested and a search revealed four Suboxone pills without a prescription. northjersey.com


Tulsa, OK: Woman accused of using infant to assist in $700 Target shoplifting spree
Officers said Jennifer Gerber was caught at Target trying to steal nearly $700 in items. Police said Gerber placed the baby over the stolen items trying to hide them. Gerber now faces several charges, including child endangerment. fox23.com



Bullhead City, AZ: Two females busted at Walmart on ORC Charges, self-checkout/refund scam
Store employees reported that two female subjects who had shoplifted there earlier in the day and on several prior days had returned. On those occasions, the pair reportedly used the self-checkout register and did not scan all the items. They also used barcodes of cheaper items than the ones they took. Store employees reported that one of the suspects returned to customer service items that she had not paid for and received cash. mohavedailynews.com
 

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Salinas, CA: Body of 22-year-old found in Walmart parking lot, may have been there for 3 months
The body of a 22-year-old California woman was discovered in the parking lot of a Salinas, Calif., Walmart last week and investigators said Tuesday that it appears her body went unnoticed for three months. A Lauren Jessie Moss was last seen alive on Nov. 13, 2015. Authorities blamed her car's dark-tinted windows, and a sunshade on the dashboard was one of the reasons it was difficult to spot someone inside. Authorities reviewed security cameras and discovered that the car was in the same parking spot since December. Her cause of death was not yet determined by a coroner, but Salinas Police said her death was likely a suicide. The paper, citing a KSBW report, said Moss' sister said she left behind a suicide note. A drug needle was also reportedly found in the car. sfgate.com

Thousand Oaks, CA: Jewelry store Smash-and-grab robbery leads to chaos at Cheesecake Factory
One of the city's busiest restaurants became a scene of chaos as diners scrambled to leave the building after hearing what they thought were gunshots on the morning of Feb. 7. People dining at The Oaks mall Cheesecake Factory began diving under tables and rushing for the exit when loud banging sounds rang out near the restaurant around 11:45 a.m. It wasn't gunfire they heard but the sound of shattering glass as two masked-men robbed the nearby Ben Bridge Jeweler. toacorn.com

Memphis, TN: Memphis Police say two murders and two shootings happened within hours
A violent day in the Mid-South. Four separate shootings in a matter of hours. Around 4 p.m., investigators were in Whitehaven trying to solve a disturbing murder at Bundles of Hair on Millbranch. Police said two masked men wearing all black went into the store, demanded hair weaves, and then shot and killed an employee. A half an hour later, another shooting happened across town at Memphis Inn on American Way where officers said a person was shot during a robbery. The victim is expected to be okay. Just before 5 p.m., another shooting happened on Mt. Moriah at a Mapco gas station. At least six rounds were fired. wreg.com

New York, NY: Man Convicted of Killing 3 Brooklyn Merchants in 2012
A traveling clothing salesman was convicted on Wednesday of fatally shooting three merchants in Brooklyn, a series of apparently random attacks in 2012 that had shopkeepers on alert for months. A jury deliberated for less than two hours in State Supreme Court before finding Salvatore Perrone, 67, of Staten Island, guilty of three counts of second-degree murder, prosecutors said. In each of the three shootings, the authorities said, the victims were men over 50 and of Middle Eastern origin working alone in shops when Mr. Perrone opened fire with the same sawed-off shotgun. nytimes.com

Queens, NY: Suspects Hook $21,000 In Designer Handbags In Queens Ceiling Burglary
The NYPD is looking for suspects who were caught on camera stealing around $21,000 in designer handbags by "fishing" from the ceiling at a store in Queens. The burglars - the very definition of "brazen" - broke through a skylight to gain access to the second floor office above Bagriculture, of Forest Hills. After breaking through the ceiling, the suspects realized the goods were out of reach and re-entered the office through an opening in the ceiling behind the counter, where it was easier to retrieve the bags. At one point, the burglars got greedy - overreaching for a large bag on the side wall and sending it toppling to the floor. cbslocal.com

Woodstock, IL: Walgreens pharmacy tech accused of stealing 1800 Hydrocodone pills
A Woodstock man is facing six felony charges after police said he stole more than 1,800 hydrocodone pills from the Walgreens pharmacy where he worked. Sean M. Damiano, 24was charged Jan. 7 with three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and three charges of retail theft over $300, all felonies. nwherald.com

Council Bluffs: Woman pleads Not Guilty to working with Walmart cashier to steal thousands
A Council Bluffs woman has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with a former Walmart employee to steal thousands of dollars of merchandise from the department store. On Tuesday, Jeri Atilano submitted a plea of not guilty to charges of felony theft, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, as well as ongoing criminal conduct. Atilano allegedly worked with former Walmart cashier Keisha Kephart. Kephart, 24, would mark down merchandise for Atilano as well as take coupons, which were for different items, from Atilano. Loss prevention employees at Walmart said the coupons made many of the items free. The report claims the store lost more than $4,000. nonpareilonline.com

Houston, TX: Gallery Furniture Arson suspect ruled competent to stand trial; $20 Million in damages
Robert Gillham has spent the last four years in a state mental hospital. Investigators say in 2009, the disgruntled former employee set fire to the store on the North Freeway and Parker, causing more than $20 million in damages. We're told he will return to Harris County in the coming weeks and a trial date will be set. abc13.com

Puerto Rico authorities seize more than $1.6 million in counterfeit merchandise
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced on Wednesday the seizure of nearly 10,000 counterfeit products, valued at more than $1.6 million at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. wide range of counterfeited products were seized during the operation, to include: medical equipment, automotive parts, luxury jewelry, electronics and more. Various shipments inspected by CBP officers during the operation revealed products that infringed the intellectual property rights of numerous branded names, as Apple, Audi, Beats by Dr Dre, BMW, Cartier, Gucci, Mercedes, Oakley, PANDORA, Porsche, Samsung, Tous, Toyota, among many others. The products were all shipped from vendors in China. caribbeannewsnow.com

UK: England: Woman who falls 60 feet in department store lands on ideal item
A 60-year-old woman shopping at a department store in England fell over a balcony on Monday, but luckily landed onto a display bed 60 feet below. According to reports, the woman suffered only hip and spine injuries after she fell from the upper level of the John Lewis department store in Cheadle, which is in Greater Manchester County. The Guardian said her fall happened near glass balconies beside the store's escalators. Police said the incident is not being treated as an accident or a crime, and the woman avoided serious injuries. theguardian.com

Charleston, MO: Pharmacy Tech charged with Felony theft, drug charges and embezzlement of over $25,000 of narcotics

Tucson, AZ: Suspects caught Skimming ATM at Chase bank; at least 60 victims

Douglasville, GA: Circle K Store robbery leads to police chase, crash near Six Flags



Ben Bridges Jewelers - Thousand Oaks, CA - Armed Robbery
Bundles of Hair - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery/ Employee killed
Circle K - Douglasville, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
M. Lewis Antiques - Waterbury, CT - Burglary
Mapco - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Memphis Inn - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Moose Emporium - Jackson Hole, WY - Aggravated Assault
Rite Aid - West Mifflin, PA - Robbery
Safe Market - Memphis, TN - Theft/ Aggravated Assault
Scotchman - Spartanburg Co. SC - Armed Robbery
Stop N Go - Platteville, WI - Armed Robbery
Subway - Meriden, CT - Robbery
Thrifty - Bogalusa, LA - Armed Robbery

 

 


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