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Brad Buckley promoted to Assistant Vice President Director of Loss Prevention for TJX Companies
Brad has been with TJX Companies for more than 3 years, starting with the company in 2017 as Distribution Center Regional Loss Prevention Manager before his latest promotion to Assistant Vice President Director of Loss Prevention. Before his time at TJX Companies, he spent more than 10 years with Sears, starting there as Regional Director of Loss Prevention and working his way up to Director of Asset Protection - Retail Excellence. Earlier in his career, he was a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Retail Ventures Inc. Congratulations, Brad!

Wallace Parks promoted to National Principal of Operations and Asset Protection for Macy's

Wallace has been with Macy's for more than 12 years, starting with the company in 2007 as a Store Detective. Before his latest promotion to National Principal of Operations and Asset Protection, he spent nearly two years as Regional Director of Asset Protection Northwest Region. Before that, he served various other AP positions with Macy's, including District Director of Operations and Asset Protection Atlanta West/Memphis/Alabama District, Regional Training Manager, and Senior Asset Protection Manager, among others. Congratulations, Wallace!

Jamie Van Dusen promoted to National Principal of Operations and Asset Protection for Macy's

Jamie has been with Macy's for nearly 10 years, starting with the company in 2010 as an Assistant Loss Prevention Manager. Before his latest promotion, he spent nearly two years as District Director of Operations and Asset Protection. He has also held various other roles with Macy's, including Regional Director of Asset Protection, Regional Director of Investigations and District Manager of Investigations, among others. Earlier in his career, he held LP positions with Abercrombie & Fitch, Target and Sears. Congratulations, Jamie!

John Matas CFE, CFCI promoted to Corporate Principal - Fraud & Profit Protection for Macy's

John has been with Macy's for more than two decades, starting with the company in 2000. Before his promotion to Corporate Principal - Fraud & Profit Protection for Macy's, he served as Vice President Profit Protection, Investigations, Fraud & ORC for 20 years. He also serves as an International Advisory Board Member for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Congratulations, John!

James Dougher, CFI promoted to Director of Asset Protection for Macy's

James has been with Macy's for more than 10 years, starting with the company in 2009 as a Loss Prevention Detective. Before his promotion to Director of Asset Protection, he served as District Director of Asset Protection for nearly a year. Prior to that, he held numerous other roles with Macy's, including District Director of Investigations, District Manager of Investigations and Loss Prevention Manager. Congratulations, James!

Joe Kinsey promoted to Central Director of Investigations for Macy's

Joe has been with Macy's for nearly 15 years, starting with the company in 2006 as a Regional Director of Investigations. Before being promoted to Central Director of Investigations, he spent over eight years as District Director of Asset Protection, two years as District Manager of Investigations and two years as Regional Director Asset Protection. Congratulations, Joe!

Anthony Clark promoted to Senior Investigator for Macy's

Anthony has been with Macy's since last year when he started with the company as District Manager of Investigations before being promoted to Senior Investigator. Prior to his time at Macy's, he spent over 15 years with JCPenney in various AP/LP roles, including District Asset Protection Manager, Area Loss Prevention Manager, Department Supervisor and Loss Prevention Supervisor. Congratulations, Anthony!

Joe Gibney, LPC, promoted to Sr. Manager, Asset Protection Operations - USA & Canada for Chico's FAS

Joe has been with Chico's FAS for more than 6 years, serving in roles of RLPM - North East & Canada, and Sr. RLPM. He's previously held various leadership positions across specialty retail, including National Manager of Safety & Crisis Management for Toys R Us, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention at The Children's Place and Disney Stores, and Assistant Director of Loss Prevention at Merry-Go-Round Enterprises. In his new role, Joe is responsible for enterprise Asset Protection operations in USA & Canada, including leadership of field LP and investigations teams. Congratulations, Joe!

Tony Cucchiaro promoted to Sr. Analyst Asset Protection Investigations for Chico's FAS
Tony has been with Chico's FAS for more than 7 years, most recently working as a Corp. LP Analyst and providing LP leadership for the Florida and Caribbean markets. He has also held positions with the Digital Loss Prevention and Corporate Security teams. Prior to Chico's, Tony worked in various corporate security and investigatory roles for Mardi Gras Casino (Hallandale Beach, FL). In his new role, Tony is responsible for coordinating AP, Digital and Workplace Violence investigations for the organization while continuing to provide LP leadership to the Florida and Caribbean markets. Congratulations, Tony!


Zebra Technologies' NRF 2020 Recap

This year at NRF, there was a strong focus on transformative and immersive experiences that are advancing retail into the future. Zebra's booth featured our latest technologies designed to help you gain greater inventory visibility, enhance operational efficiencies and transform the experience for your customers whether in store or online.

At NRF, we showcased innovative solutions that give you an edge in today's ever-evolving omnichannel retail world and set you up for the future. Revisit our technology solutions featured at the show by watching more videos here.

Download Zebra's latest reports:
● Vol 1: The Shopper Perspective - How they expect digital experiences online and in-store
● Vol 2: The Retailers Perspective - Bridging online and in-store experiences with technology

Coronavirus Update

NRF: Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the current risk of coronavirus becoming a pandemic in the United States is low, the health and safety of customers and workers from our member companies is a top priority.

NRF is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, coordinating with U.S. government agencies and health experts as the situation continues to evolve.

NRF has a collection of coronavirus resources from the World Health Organization, CDC and other agencies and organizations. Visit our resource page to access this information.

Tianjin, China: Quarantine Ordered as Cases Are Linked to Shopping Center

11,700 customers who shopped at one department store to be quarantined

Nearly a third of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Tianjin, a city of more than 15 million about 70 miles southeast of Beijing, have been
linked to one department store, adding to fears about rapid transmission in tightly clustered communities.

Of 102 confirmed cases in the city,
at least 33 patients worked or shopped at a department store in the Baodi district, or had close contact with employees or customers, according to the Tianjin health authorities. Many of them had no history of travel to Wuhan, the city where the outbreak emerged.

Officials estimated that 11,700 customers had visited the shopping complex during a period in late January. The authorities said that those customers would be quarantined, and that the store itself, which they did not identify, had been sealed and disinfected. nytimes.com

First US evacuee infected with coronavirus was mistakenly released
from a San Diego, CA hospital - as US total reaches 13

The first US evacuee from China known to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus was mistakenly released from a San Diego hospital after an initial test found the person had not been infected, local health officials said Monday.

The San Diego case is the 13th to be confirmed in the US and the seventh in California. Eleven of these cases have been confirmed in people who recently traveled to Wuhan, China; the other two are instances of person-to-person transmission. cnn.com

Coronavirus Cuts Chinese Tourism, and Luxury Retailers Suffer

Sellers of high-end goods in the U.S. and Europe feel the pain

"If you think you see a Chinese shopper these days, it's probably a mirage"

Chinese tourists are disappearing from major shopping capitals across the U.S. and Europe as a result of the new coronavirus, and their absence is hurting some of the world's highest-profile luxury brands.

The outbreak has exposed how dependent high-end retailers in places such as New York, Paris and Milan have become on visitors from China, who often spend more than the typical tourist. Estée Lauder Cos. and Capri Holdings Ltd., which owns the Versace and Jimmy Choo brands, warned investors this week their financial results could suffer due to lower sales to Chinese travelers.

A new Galeries Lafayette store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, where there are signs in Chinese and a center where tourists can claim value-added tax refunds, was largely empty this week. Normally, more than 1,000 shoppers a day visit the store, many of them Chinese tourists who arrive by the busload after stopping at sights such as the Louvre, a salesman said.

The U.S. economy overall could lose $10.3 billion in Chinese visitor spending due to the outbreak, according to estimates by the research firm Tourism Economics. Chinese represent 7% of all overseas visitors to the U.S., and they spent roughly $34 billion on travel and transportation services in 2019, including spending in the U.S. and on U.S. airlines, the firm said. wsj.com


Why Apple's supply chain is prepared for China's coronavirus
The outbreak of the coronavirus, now infecting tens of thousands of people, has stoked fears that Apple would be dramatically affected both from lost sales in its China and interruptions to its component supply chain. However, while Apple has its work cut out for it, it also has a uniquely proficient operations team to manage crisis events, one that has been challenged before. appleinsider.com

Coronavirus case tally: 43,101 cases - 1,018 deaths

87% of US businesses in China expect coronavirus to impact revenue

Under Armour expects coronavirus hit in first quarter

Coronavirus Toll on Shipping Reaches $350 Million a Week

U.K. Businessman Linked to Coronavirus Cluster in Britain and France Comes Forward

Can retailers combat consumer desire for counterfeits?

Online marketplaces have launched initiatives aimed at addressing counterfeit sales, but those efforts can be cumbersome for brands.

For some shoppers, buying fake goods can be about as good as the real thing.

It's not clear how big the global counterfeit market is, but research suggests it costs American retailers a sizeable amount of lost revenue. Per a 2018 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Customs and Border Patrol seized an estimated $1.38 billion worth of knockoff merchandise in fiscal year 2016 alone.

Counterfeit sales were a problem long before digital marketplaces emerged. Now, online sales of fake merchandise have become a growing problem for retailers. While some consumers mistakenly purchase knockoff merchandise,
a notable number of consumers find it perfectly fine to buy fake goods and have done so on purpose, multiple experts told Retail Dive. To combat online counterfeit sales, retailers face the problem of addressing not only the appeal of affordable knockoffs but also the rise of third-party sellers on online marketplaces. And they'll likely need international law enforcement agencies' help to effectively do so.

Per a May 2019 report from the International Trademark Association on Gen Z counterfeit consumption habits, 71% of survey respondents purchased counterfeit products in the past year, and 35% anticipated buying fewer fake goods in the future. The majority of Gen Z consumers (64%) said they had a positive experience with the purchase of a counterfeit product, the survey found. retaildive.com

FBI Currently Has 1,000 Investigations into Chinese Technology Theft
FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that China is threatening national security with its efforts to steal sensitive technology and proprietary information from U.S. companies, academic institutions and other organizations.

According to an FBI press release, Wray described the threat from China as "diverse" and "multi-layered" at the Department of Justice China Initiative Conference held February 6, 2020 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He noted that the Chinese government exploits the openness of the American economy and society.
"They've pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors," Wray said.

Wray told the audience that China is targeting everything from agricultural techniques to medical devices in its efforts to get ahead economically. While this is sometimes done legally, such as through company acquisitions,
China often takes illegal approaches, including cyber intrusions and corporate espionage, says the FBI. securitymagazine.com

IRS launches Identity Theft Central
The Internal Revenue Service last week launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses.

Located on IRS.gov, Identity Theft Central is available 24/7 at irs.gov/identitytheft. It is a resource on how to report identity theft, how taxpayers can protect themselves against phishing, online scams and more. irs.gov

New AI-backed tech opens till-free booze sales to retailers
A retail app is using AI to open up retail alcohol sales to retailers, by incorporating age-verification and facial recognition features that allow customers to scan alcohol as they shop.

According to mobile tech company Ubamarket, the new facial age verification feature on its till-less retail app allows customers to scan alcohol and other age-restricted products as they shop, and then use facial recognition to pre-approve them when they check out. It means customers don't have to go to the till and carry out a check with a cashier or security assistant, the company confirmed. thedrinksbusiness.com


Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:

Dir. Loss Prevention - Dollar General - Goodlettsville, TN - Jan. 6
Dir. Organized Retail Crime - Family Dollar - Chesapeake, VA - Nov. 5
Loss Prevention Director - Rent One - St. Louis, MO - Jan. 3
Dir. Compliance Investigations - Walgreens - Deerfield, IL - Dec. 12
Payments Security Program Manager - eBay - San Jose, CA - Jan. 6


Judge approves $26 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

Home Depot To Hire 80,000 Associates This Spring

New Starbucks Airport Partnership Aims for More Coffee, Fewer Lines

UK: Harrods security guards to strike for 5 days over pay dispute

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Did They Really Do It?

The interviewer has video of an employee stealing $200 from a register, conducts an investigation and schedules an interview. After a short while the employee ends up confessing to the $200, as well as another $3,000 of merchandise and $500 of cash. The development of the confession has provided the interviewer with these additional admissions and a proud phone call to the boss.

Truth be told, I've had a lot of these cases (both as the interview and as the supervisor getting the phone call afterwards). Generally, at the development phase of the interview, both the subject and the interviewer are mentally drained and exhausted. The interviewer may be conducting an ethical fact-gathering development session, and the subject may be truthful. The other thing to consider is if these additional admissions by the subject are true, or just a way to appease the interviewer and end the conversation.

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FBI warns about ongoing attacks against software supply chain companies

FBI alerts US private sectors - Attacks aimed at your supply chain software providers

The FBI has sent a security alert to the US private sector about an ongoing hacking campaign that's targeting supply chain software providers, ZDNet has learned. The FBI says hackers are attempting to infect companies with the Kwampirs malware, a remote access trojan (RAT).

"Software supply chain companies are believed to be targeted in order to gain access to the victim's strategic partners and/or customers, including entities supporting Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for global energy generation, transmission, and distribution," the FBI said in a private industry notification sent out last week.

Besides attacks against supply chain software providers, the FBI said the same malware was also deployed in attacks against companies in the healthcare, energy, and financial sectors. The alert did not identify the targeted software providers, nor any other victims. zdnet.com

IBM: Stolen Credentials & Vulnerabilities Weaponized Against Businesses in 2019
IBM Security today released the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2020, highlighting how cybercriminals' techniques have evolved after decades of access to tens of billions of corporate and personal records and hundreds of thousands of software flaws.

According to the report, 60% of initial entries into victims' networks that were observed leveraged either previously stolen credentials or known software vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to rely less on deception to gain access. finance.yahoo.com

Data Shows 41% Hike In Ransomware Attacks In 2019
Ransomware hackers are striking more frequently, taking down computer networks across businesses, hospital and governments, the New York Times reported on Sunday (Feb. 9).

Ransomware cyber-attacks are up 41 percent over last year, with 205,280 enterprises having lost access to hacked files, according to data from the ransomware security firm Emsisoft.

Companies paid an average of $84,116 in the last quarter of 2019 to get their files back from online thieves, according to data from security firm Coveware.

"Anything of value that is smart and connected can be compromised and held for ransom," said Steve Grobman, the chief technology officer at McAfee. "If critical infrastructure systems are held for ransom, what is our policy going to be for dealing with those?" pymnts.com

Purdue Team Creates a Detection System to Alert Organizations to Cyberattacks
A new tool from Purdue University researchers may help stop cyberattacks. The Purdue team created a detection system to alert organizations to cyberattacks. The system is called LIDAR - which stands for lifelong, intelligent, diverse, agile and robust.

According to the release, LIDAR can be used for computer systems and networks, including wireless networks. In addition, the system works with preprocessing components that are designed to be resilient to adversarial attacks and a cross-layer feature extraction mechanism for wireless networks. The system is made up of three main parts: supervised machine learning, unsupervised machine learning and rule-based learning.

The supervised machine-learning component uses an algorithm to compare abnormalities detected in the system to known attack templates, notes the release. The unsupervised component uses an algorithm to detect any anomalies in the overall system being monitored and uses a novel curiosity-driven honeypot, which lures attackers but does not let them infiltrate the system. purdue.edu

Unlocked Amazon S3 Bucket Lets 36,077 Jail Files Escape
The leaky repository belongs to JailCore, a cloud management and compliance platform used in several states' correctional facilities. Researchers found a misconfigured Amazon S3 bucket leaking sensitive data belonging to inmates of correctional facilities in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Investigators are working to determine the status of other potentially affected state jails. darkreading.com


Report Spam Emails to Your Company's IT Department

If you receive an email that seems suspicious, like an email phishing attempt asking for login credentials, in your work email inbox, you should report this email to your IT department using your company's protocol. If you are receiving spam or phishing emails like this, it is likely other employees at your company might be as well. Reporting these emails to your IT department is the best way to keep everyone informed of potential scams and to protect the company from malware.


Deepfakes are a real threat for payment security
Fraudsters are smarter and more devious than ever before. With that evolution comes an increase in successful fraud attempts, seen especially by companies that do not practice modern payment safety protocols.

This number is higher than it should be: According to the 2019 AFP Payments Fraud & Control Survey, a record 82% of organizations surveyed reported fraud incidents in 2018.

Business Email Compromise (BEC) also set a record, with a whopping 80% of companies reporting an incident. Now we're starting to see reports of fraud schemes involving "deepfakes," which are artificial intelligence (AI) technologies designed to imitate real images and sound. For example, late last year, Nikkei, a Japanese media company, reportedly sent $29 million via wire transfer in response to a phone call purportedly from a company executive-but in reality, a robocall using an AI-generated imitation of the executive's voice.

What's a company to do? Even for companies already investing in fraud prevention, it's hard to keep up. The payments landscape keeps getting more complicated. Just a little over a decade ago, most businesses paid exclusively by check, and only had to worry about check fraud. Now, in the digital age, they are also paying by ACH, card, and, as more businesses go global, by wire. That means the battle against fraud is on multiple fronts, leaving AP to juggle all these different payment workflows.

Companies need to combine advanced technologies with human effort to mount a comprehensive effort across all payment types. For example, virtual cards can reduce card fraud. Sometimes referred to as Single-Use Ghost Accounts (SUGAs), these are one-time use "card" numbers that can only be used once by the specified payee in the specified amount. That's a significant improvement from the days of giving out card numbers over the phone or keeping a card on file.

More companies are consolidating their payment processes with single-payment-workflows through electronic solutions. This simultaneously minimizes AP teams' workloads-enabling them to focus on more complex initiatives-and shores up security by limiting the entry-points available to bad actors. paymentssource.com

Ecommerce fraud prevention needed in the US, report suggests

Reportlinker.com has announced the release of the report dubbed 'Frost Radar in the US eCommerce Fraud Prevention Market'

The US ecommerce fraud prevention market is growing, as ecommerce sales are expected to generate more than USD 700 billion in the US by 2023. The online environment has emerged as the preferred channel for fraudulent transactions.

ReportLinker is a market research solution and its research indicates that ecommerce fraud prevention solutions focused primarily on static data and rule-based analytics to address transaction fraud are inadequate for preventing sophisticated fraud mechanisms. Moreover, there is a clear need for behavioural, analytics-based fraud management solutions that can leverage the power of ML and AI to identify threats and assist with timely decision-making for fraud prevention.

Equally important is the ability to collect, create, and augment data from across verticals, industries, various sizes of companies, locations, and types of products to find patterns and behaviours that would otherwise be hidden if the data were only across one network, vertical, or location.

Also, Yahoo Finance reveals that what the provider is able to do with the data is what matters for successful ecommerce fraud prevention. The radar unveils the market positioning of companies in an industry using their Growth and Innovation scores as highlighted in the radar methodology. thepaypers.com

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Charleston, WV: $400,000 Fencing Operation - Massive Shoplifting Scheme Targeting Major Retail Stores Shut Down
United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced a major takedown today of a fraudulent fencing scheme in the Charleston, West Virginia area. In a criminal complaint unsealed today in United States District for the Southern District of West Virginia, a Cross Lanes, West Virginia man, Nedeltcho Vladimirov, a native of Bulgaria, was arrested and charged with money laundering. The complaint alleges that Vladimirov operated a fraudulent fencing scheme for several years. A fencing operation is one in which stolen goods are acquired in order to later resell them for profit.

"The scale of this shoplifting scheme is extraordinary. Nearly 4,000 items and nearly $400,000 in goods were stolen from retailers like Target, CVS and Kroger in approximately two years. We believe that Vladimirov received over $200,000 from selling the stolen goods in just a single year. Like many consumers, I shop at Kroger, CVS and Target. The volume of theft is almost unbelievable," said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. "Victims. Lots and lots of victims. Consumers. Insurers. Taxpayers. Even the shoplifters.

"The U.S. Secret Service Charleston, West Virginia Resident Office, has successfully partnered with our local and state law enforcement partners along with corporate security from Target, Kroger and CVS," said United States Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Wade Fleming. This led to the arrest of Nedeltcho Vladimirov who victimized national retail merchants and took advantage of West Virginians to commit retail theft for his own enrichment. These partnerships are the best way to limit victimization of West Virginians." huntingtonnews.net

Brentwood, CA: Police Vehicle Struck During Pursuit; $10,000 worth of merchandise stolen from Ulta
Four people were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of perfume and beauty products from Ulta in Brentwood. According to police, officers were dispatched at 11:45 a.m. Monday to the Ulta Beauty in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center where three women had allegedly stolen $10,000 worth of merchandise. Police later tracked down the suspects, who fled the store, at the intersection of Shady Willow Lane and Lone Tree Way. The driver of the suspects' car collided with an officer's patrol car before leaving the area again, according to authorities. Officers then found the car at Slatten Ranch Road, where the suspects ran from police on foot. With the help of Antioch and Oakley police, three women and a man, the suspected driver of the car, were taken into custody. kron4.com

Update: York County, PA: Police seek to identify suspects in $4.3K retail theft at Old Navy
Northern York County Regional Police are seeking to identify three suspects in connection with a retail theft involving more than 200 pieces of clothing valued at approximately $4,300 from the Old Navy store in Manchester Township. The suspects worked together to steal primarily baby clothes on Dec. 22 from the store in the 300 block of Loucks Road, police said in a Facebook post. yorkdispatch.com

Oswego, IL: Police Investigating After Suspects Allegedly Steal Over $6,700 in Alcohol From Business
Officials with the Oswego Police Department are currently investigating a retail theft in which over $6,000 in merchandise was stolen from a business in the village on Friday. Officers responded to a business on Rt. 34 at around 9:39 a.m. on Saturday to investigate. Upon arrival, officers found that two suspects allegedly entered the store and loaded up two shopping carts with alcohol. The suspects left the store without paying; dollar loss from the incident is estimated to be $6,726. wspynews.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Orlando, FL: Under Armour employee shot and killed in store at Orlando International Premium Outlets
Officers with the Orlando Police Department surrounded the Under Armour store at the Orlando International Premium Outlets on Monday Night after a store employee was shot and killed, according to the Orlando Police Department. The suspect is not in custody, according to police. About 12 law enforcement vehicles responded to the scene. Police said the shooting took place inside the Under Armour store. Investigators said it appears the male suspect and the woman knew each other. "Detectives still have some leads that they are working and following as we speak," Sergeant David Baker said. It appears to be an isolated incident, according to police. Authorities said the motive is unclear at this moment. clickorlando.com

Forest City, AR: Suspect dead, 2 officers shot at Walmart
Two officers were injured and a suspect was killed during a shooting Monday morning inside Walmart in Forrest City. Forrest City Oolice have identified the officers as Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington. Varner went to the hospital in Forrest City and was conscious and talking at the scene. He was treated and released. Watlington was brought to a Memphis hospital and taken into surgery. Le says he is expected to be OK. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Bobby Gibbs, died at the store. Lee says the situation started with a report from someone inside the store that a man was making threats. No civilians were injured in the incident. Arkansas State Police is leading the investigation. They are reviewing video surveillance of the incident, but Lee says the officers were not wearing body cameras or protective vests.. The ATF is also responding to the scene to assist with the investigation. wtok.com

Man Wanted In Detroit Party Store Killing Arrested In West Virginia


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lansing, MI: Police looking for suspects in Dollar General burglary
Lansing Police are looking for suspects that allegedly robbed a Dollar General over the weekend. Police have surveillance video from the store that shows two people drive a truck into the store. They say it happened around 5:30 Saturday morning. The video also shows the two men taking things out of the store. Police say they have found the truck but are still looking for the men. wilx.com

Racine, WI: Man held 10 people hostage at local Dollar General
A Racine man is facing charges after reportedly entering a local Dollar General store on Sunday and holding customers hostage inside the store while pretending to have a gun. Darrin L. Banks, 49, was charged on Monday with 10 felony counts of false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. On Sunday, police responded to Dollar General for a possible robbery in progress. Dispatchers, after receiving multiple 911 calls from customers, reported that a man had entered the store and demanded that everyone go to the back of the store. Several witnesses said that Banks told them "you came in at the wrong time, go to the back" and "I'm going to rob this place, keep walking." They believed Banks had a gun concealed and followed his directions. In total, 10 people were confined to the back of the store during the incident. There were no reports of injuries. journaltimes.com

Justice Dept Sues State of California, California Governor, and California Attorney General for Prohibiting the Operation of Private Detention Facilities in the State
The Justice Department filed suit against California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the State of California challenging California state law A.B. 32, which prohibits any individual or entity from operating private detention facilities in the state. Under A.B. 32, prisoners and detainees currently housed in private facilities in California will have to be relocated at great cost, potentially isolating prisoners and detainees from their families and causing overcrowding in neighboring states. The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), for example, which is responsible for the housing and transportation of federal prisoners awaiting trial and sentencing, will need to relocate nearly 50 percent of its inmates in the Southern District of California and nearly 30 percent of its total California inmates to out-of-state facilities.

A.B. 32 will also require frequent and costly transportation of prisoners and detainees. For USMS, pretrial inmates will have to be frequently transported to and from California to meet the demands of courts, defense attorneys, and any pretrial or probationary requirements. And for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is responsible for the housing and transportation of immigration detainees, any aliens apprehended in California (about 45,000 in fiscal year 2019) will have to be transported to out-of-state facilities using costly air or ground transportation. This drastic increase in USMS and ICE transportation requirements will also heighten security concerns. Finally, A.B. 32 may delay federal proceedings due to the out-of-state relocation of prisoners and detainees.

The lawsuit challenges A.B. 32 as unlawful under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution because A.B. 32 substantially obstructs the federal government's housing of federal prisoners and detainees, stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment of congressional objectives related to criminal law and immigration enforcement, directly regulates federal operations, and discriminates against the United States by granting exceptions for California that do not apply to the federal government or its contractors. justice.gov

San Rafael, CA: Gunman sighting prompts Dollar Tree evacuation / robbery probe

Yakima, WA: Two local dispensaries targeted by Armed Robbers in less than a week

Albion, MI: Armed Robbers assault, tie up Hydroponics store worker

Portland, OR: Crime rings target lunch crowd at Panera Bread restaurants, steal wallets

Miami, FL: Cake thief: man arrested after trying to escape with stolen baked goods



Maryland: FedEx Senior Manager pleads guilty to tax evasion, transportation of stolen goods
Josph Kukta, 43, of Laurel, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods and tax evasion, in connection with his theft and resale of merchandise being shipped through a commercial mail service. According to his plea agreement, from 2007 through July 30, 2019, Kukta worked as a senior manager at the FedEx facility in Seaford. Kukta admitted that beginning in 2009 and continuing until June 2019, he stole packages shipped via FedEx and resold the items to Person A, currently living in Colorado, at approximately 50% of the item's retail price. Kukta then transported the stolen items, using his vehicles and trailers, to Person B who resided in Maryland. Person B is Person A's father. From 2012 through 2019, Person A made 275 payments to Kukta totaling more than $1.8 million for merchandise worth approximately $3.6 million that was stolen from FedEx. middletowntranscript.com

Chicago, IL: 20 years for man who ran over ex-girlfriend in Yorktown mall parking lot


AT&T - Rochester, MN - Burglary
African Market - Columbus, OH - Robbery
C-Store - Warner Robins, GA - Robbery
C-Store - Muhlenberg County, KY - Burglary
C-Store - Akron, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Dekalb County, AL - Burglary
Dollar General - Lansing, MI - Burglary
Dollar General - Racine, WI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Wilson, NC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Madera County, CA - Burglary
Holiday Inn Express -Austin, TX - Robbery/ Assault
Hydroponics - Albion, MI -Robbery
Jewelry - Des Moines, IA - Robbery
Jewelry - Elmhurst, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Shelby, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Lumberton, NC - Robbery
Marijuana - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery (2nd in a week)
Pharmacy - Lynn, MA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - New York, NY - Burglary
Tobacco - Murfreesboro, TN - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Tractor Supply - Council Bluffs, IA - Armed Robbery
Ulta - Brentwood, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Whitehall, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Bill Davis promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Director for Ross Stores
Aaron Metoyer promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies
Todd Budovsky promoted to Asset Protection District Leader
for CVS Health
Rod Holm named Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods
Conrad Nelson, CFI, LPC named Organized Retail Crime Investigator - Marmaxx National Task Force for TJX Companies
Abel Flores named Safety, Security & Loss Prevention Representative for Domino's

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Field Loss Prevention Manager
Oklahoma City, OK
As a Retail Loss Prevention Manager for Staples, you will manage and coordinate Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail locations...
Risk Management and Asset Protection Manager
Kansas City, MO
This role is responsible for risk management, physical security, and loss prevention in Hallmark Gold Crown retail stores and will monitor internal and external theft, consumer and retailer fraud, and employee and consumer injuries...
Assets Protection Business Partner - Food & Beverage
Minneapolis, MN
In this role you will lead a team of DC AP Managers responsible for providing safe and secure environments for our team members and guests in Food & Beverage Distribution Centers. AP teams will do this by leading a physical security culture and responding to crisis events to protect our team, investigating and resolving theft, and creating awareness and educating team members on operational shortage priorities...
Assets Protection Business Partner - Global Supply Chain & Logistics
Multiple Field Locations, Nationwide
In this role you will lead a team of DC AP Managers responsible for providing safe and secure environments for our team members and guests in Distribution Centers across Central and Pac-Northwest US regions. AP teams will do this by leading a physical security culture and responding to crisis events to protect our team, investigating and resolving theft, and creating awareness and educating team members on operational shortage priorities...
Investigative Analyst
Palo Alto, CA
The Investigative Analyst conducts various analysis and investigative services for a specific client in their Investigations Center. The Analyst will complete all-source research, gather pertinent data, review intelligence gaps, prepare case files and complete associated investigations and reporting requirements...
Regional Loss Prevention Manager
San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA
Primary Purpose: To protect the company assets, associates and customers in the stores located on the West Coast (majority of stores in California) and administer the established Loss Prevention programs that have been established at the stores of our three brands: Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman...

Manager of Loss Prevention & Security
Wawa, PA
The Manager of Loss Prevention and Security serves as the subject matter expert in the area of Loss Prevention and Physical Security for the Company with focus on developing and driving solutions that will create an optimum associate and customer experience in a safe and secure environment...

Region Asset Protection Manager
Jacksonville, FL
Responsible for managing asset protection programs designed to minimize shrink, associate and customer liability accidents, bad check and cash loss, and safety incidents for stores within assigned region. This position will develop the framework for the groups' response to critical incidents, investigative needs, safety concerns and regulatory agency visits...

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