The GAP Outsmarts Organized Retail Crime
An Interview with Nelson Harrah, Director of ORC, Gap Inc.
Nelson Harrah, GAP, Inc.'s Director of Organized Retail Crime (ORC) for the past
11 years is very proud of his team! This Loss Prevention Professional and his
team have routinely dealt with violent habitual offenders to sophisticated ORC
organizations, but what he is most proud of is the ORC training that he and his
team have been able to provide for law enforcement.
Harrah says he was the typical college student and didn't know what he wanted to
do when he graduated. While in college he worked part time in the local juvenile
hall. One day he ran into someone who was working undercover in Loss Prevention
and this glimpse into the LP world fascinated Harrah. Although still a college
student, he applied to one of the department stores in town and secured a job in
security. Within a year he was promoted. Soon he began moving around to
different department stores and discount retail outlets. Eventually his LP
career took him to GAP.
ORC Meets Its Match
Harrah had been at GAP for several years when he heard some retailers were
putting Organized Retail Crime (ORC) teams together. He spearheaded the effort
at GAP and, in 2004, was promoted to ORC manager. Harrah started off as a team
of one dealing with ORC-related activities, but today his team is fourteen
members strong. These ORC professionals are strategically placed around the
country and Canada, and the team's goal is to expand the ORC program into China,
the UK, and Mexico in some form.
ORC's Global Reach
Harrah believes ORC is a global problem. He believes, of course, focus on the
illegally imported products such as drugs and counterfeit merchandise is
important. But equally important is being aware that many of the products stolen
here in the U.S. are being illegally exported. The California highway patrol has
a Foreign Export Asset Recovery team (FEAR) that scrutinizes the products
leaving our country.
Harrah believes ORC activities are on the rise. International criminals who
engage in illegal activities such as human trafficking (also on the rise) impact
other sectors. These criminals are well-trained in their home countries. They
learn the techniques of changing clothes, altering identities, hiding evidence,
forging documents, and evading law enforcement. These learned behaviors also
make them good at ORC. Keith White SVP leads a team of 700 loss prevention
professionals at GAP. Harrah explains, "We believe having LP agents in our
stores is a competitive advantage in any situation, from shoplifting to active
Harrah commented on the evolution of the ORC highlighting, back in 2000, a
person could count on one hand the retailers that focused on ORC. But now,
everyone at least has a strategy for dealing with ORC whether that means
operationally and/or a LP approach. Harrah's strategy concerning their return
policy, for example, was both operational and hands-on. Although GAP has a
friendly return policy, GAP no longer accepts personal checks or travelers
checks (operational), but because the majority of people attempting illegal
returns were violent and threatening, it was necessary to include LP
professionals in the company strategy. These actions saved GAP nearly $77
million in one year. Unfortunately, the successful plan has caused these
criminals to target other retailers.
High-Level Team Training
Harrah's team is highly trained to deal with ORC criminals and activities. This
training includes Peace Officer's Standards Training (POST). Many law
enforcement officers receive very little training on retail theft tools and how
retail criminals operate. Knowing law enforcement standard operating procedures
allows Harrah's elite team to train police officers in areas such as evasion
techniques used by ORC suspects or booster bag groups.
Harrah adds, "I am SUPER passionate about teaching these ORC principles to law
enforcement! I get calls every week from law enforcement saying thank you for
your training. If I had a professional "Wish List," standardized training for
all levels of law enforcement would be at the top of it and having such a
program accredited nationally would follow close behind."
A training highlight for Harrah was in 2008, when his GAP teamed up with Limited
Brands and Abercrombie and Fitch to meet with Simon properties and GGP (General
Growth Properties). They created detailed ORC training, including videos, for
their mall security teams. The follow-up process includes a report every two
weeks that identifies the top 25 malls hit by ORC. This information goes to law
enforcement and security directors who create action plans that include an
undercover team to work the malls and catch the criminals.
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Williams was recently promoted to Senior Director - Asset Protection for Walmart.
Anthony was previously the Director of Asset Protection for Walmart, and has
been with the retailer since 2009 when he started as a Market Asset Protection
Manager. Anthony has also held other loss prevention managerial positions for
such retailers as Sears Holdings Corporation as a District Loss Prevention
Manager, Ross Stores as a District Loss Prevention Manager, Goody's Family
Clothing as an area Loss Prevention Manager and at Saks Inc. as a Loss
Prevention Manager. Anthony earned his Bachelors of Science degree in
Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. Congratulations
Corporate Espionage - Fuel Non-compete agreements
XPO suing competitor YRC over theft of trade secrets
XPO Logistics entered the less-than-truckload (LTL) market with its US$3 billion
acquisition of Con-way trucking company in October last year. On Feb. 3, XPO
filed a lawsuit against one of its biggest LTL competitors, YRC Worldwide, Inc.,
claiming theft of trade secrets.
The complaint alleges that YRC stole company information about XPO, which had
been obtained by two former XPO executives, who came to XPO with the Con-way
acquisition. The two men, Paul Lorensen and Chet Richardson, were hired by YRC
as vice presidents just days after XPO closed on the Con-way transaction,
according to the Wall Street Journal. XPO said in the lawsuit that Lorensen and
Richardson were "highly compensated, given extensive training, and entrusted
with XPO Freight's highest level of confidential information and trade secrets."
XPO is asking the court to order YRC to return any company information it had
access to and to not employ any former XPO employees, including Lorensen and
Richardson, for a full year. The lawsuit accuses YRC of encouraging the two men
to "remain surreptitiously at XPO Freight for several weeks before ending
their employment," falsifying offer letters and encouraging them to disclose
Additionally, XPO said "YRC is offering each poached sales employee a special
commission or bonus for each XPO freight customer they bring with them to YRC."
Other employees named in the lawsuit were those in sales and operations hired by
YRC that had confidentiality obligations to XPO.
The Commercial Carrier Journal reported that YRC called the allegations
French Antifraud Authority Searches Carrefour Offices in Pricing Probe
Search of hypermarket chain's headquarters comes as retailers and suppliers hold
annual price talks
France's antifraud authority searched the offices of Carrefour as part of a
probe into whether the retailer unfairly squeezed its suppliers to lower prices.
The competition and antifraud office searched Carrefour's offices after several
suppliers accused the hypermarket chain of demanding they effectively lower the
price of their goods as a precondition to entering price negotiations. The
office, known by its acronym DGCCRF, said imposing any preconditions to
negotiations is against the law.
The search, which took place on Feb. 9 at Carrefour's France headquarters in
Massy, south of Paris, comes as retailers and suppliers hold annual talks on the
price of goods. The discussions are to conclude by the end of February.
The negotiations are taking place against a backdrop of repeated protests from
farmers who are angry at the prices of dairy and meat products.
Kohl's eliminates three senior exec positions
Several published reports are indicating that Kohl's has eliminated three senior
level leadership positions. Kohl's has reportedly eliminated the positions of
chief digital officer, senior vice president of store environment and
development, and senior vice president of communications and public relations.
Retailing Today was unable to independently confirm the jobs cuts or the
identify of executives involved.
"We made several organizational changes yesterday at corporate headquarters to
build in more speed and agility for our corporate offices," said the
spokeswoman. Asked if other employees would be affected by Friday's
developments, the spokeswoman said, "I think we're very focused on the
reorganization and feel really good about what that's going to do for the
company. The leaders are really committed to long-term success. We might we
make some [other] shifts."
Card Numbers On The Body Shop Receipts Risk Identity Theft, NY Suit Says
The Body Shop LLC is facing a proposed class action in New York federal court
from a customer who said Friday the cosmetics retailer printed 10 digits of his
credit card on a receipt, leaving him and other customers open to widespread
Despite a congressional mandate under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions
Act, plaintiff Henry Lee said his receipt for his Dec. 7 purchase at a Body Shop
location in New York City printed the first six and last four digits of his
credit card. Retailers can print receipts with no more than the last five digits
of a customer's debit or credit card, according to the complaint.
IKEA accused of dodging $1.1 billion in taxes
Ikea has been accused of dodging up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in taxes
between 2009 and 2014, according to a report by the Green party in the European
Parliament. The political group is accusing the retailer of "large scale tax
avoidance." Its report, published over the weekend, said Ikea was deliberately
shifting money from its stores around Europe through a subsidiary in the
Netherlands. From there, they would end up untaxed in Lichtenstein or
Luxembourg. The European Commission, the top E.U. regulator, said it would study
the report. Ikea defended itself against the report. "We pay our taxes in full
compliance with national and international tax rules and regulations," the
company said in a statement. The report estimated that for 2014 alone, the tax
avoidance led to $39 million of missing tax revenues in Germany, $26 million in
France, and $13 million in the U.K. Countries like Sweden, Spain and Belgium are
likely losing between $8.5 million to $11.2 million, the report claims.
Adidas Wins Bid To Block Skechers 'Knockoffs' Sales
Adidas America Inc. won a bid to block Skechers USA Inc. from selling three
lines of shoes when an Oregon federal judge ruled in the trademark dispute on
Friday that Skechers had created a "knockoff" of an iconic Adidas design, and
that the copycat could hurt the original's sales. U.S. District Judge Marco A.
Hernandez found that Skechers' Onix shoes are a near-exact copy of Adidas'
famous Stan Smith sneakers, and that Adidas had shown a likelihood of prevailing
on the merits of its case accusing Skechers of blatantly copying three of its
shoe designs, according to an order filed on Friday. law360.com
RadioShack Judge OKs $5.5M Deal With Pa. Store Managers
The liquidating trustee overseeing RadioShack's bankruptcy agreed to pay $5.5
million in unsecured claims to a class of store managers who did not receive
overtime pay from the now-bankrupt electronics retail chain under a settlement a
Delaware federal bankruptcy judge approved Wednesday.
Bank of China lets counterfeiters withdraw $2M in illegal proceeds after
accounts were suppose to be frozen
Gucci America Inc. and other luxury designers told a New York federal court
Thursday that state-run Bank of China did not substantially comply with
subpoenas for information on account holders accused of selling counterfeit
goods and let them run off with more than $2 million while their assets were
supposed to be frozen. The luxury designers said preliminary analysis of the
records they had so far received showed that Bank of China had allowed 45
restrained accounts to transfer out more than $2 million after the Second
Circuit upheld the court's authority to freeze the account holders' assets. law360.com
Impediments to Compliance Buy-In
A survey of chief compliance officers by executive-level events company Consero
Group found 58% of respondents said the compliance function is not integrated
sufficiently into corporate decision-making and strategy. Respondents said
insufficient staffing (22%) and lack of management buy-in (16%) were the two
main impediments to better integration of compliance.
"While Compliance Officers' influence on decision-making and strategy has grown
over time, there remains a great deal of opportunity for compliance
integration," said Paul Mandell, chief executive of Consero Group. "By working
across the C-Suite and leveraging their teams, today's chief compliance officers
can prove the worth of their function."
Whole Foods considering in-store tattoo parlors to lure millennial shoppers
Whole Foods has a colorful idea on how to lure millennials into its 365 spinoff
grocery chain. In an effort to make it a "hip, cool" place, it is proposing
in-store tattoo parlors. Co-CEO Walter Robb told Bloomberg they're calling it
"Friends of 365" where the supermarket chain would partner with third-party
vendors that would set up in stores. Whole Foods has advertised that it's
looking to find suppliers -- "from food and drinks to fashion, body care
products, services, and more," the website says.
TYCO Visits the LPRC Innovation Lab
Last week, the TYCO team visited the Innovation lab here in Gainesville, Florida
to discuss with the LPRC future Research and Direction initiatives. The LPRC
team and TYCO were able to collaborate on up and coming science-backed research
that will help shed light on various industry-related hot topics. Thank you to
the TYCO team!
New Mexico bill would set felony cargo theft rule
The House Rules and Order of Business Committee could soon take up for
consideration a bill that would authorize felony charges for offenders of up to
nine years in prison and fines up to the value of the property stolen and the
cost of recovering the property.
Texas and Georgia already have rules in place that make cargo theft a
specific crime with stiff punishment for offenders.
Outage Halts Retail Traffic at Grand Central Terminal
The trains were running, but retail ground to a halt on Monday morning as Grand
Central Terminal experienced a power outage. The hallways housing retailers,
including the Lexington Passage and Shuttle Passage, were pitch dark and
cordoned off by ropes. New York city police officers, soldiers and members of
the National Guard stood in front of the ropes, directing shoppers to an exit on
The lower level of the massive transportation hub couldn't be used due to the
loss of power that began after 9 a.m. A water main break was reportedly the
cause of the outage.
A'GACI women's specialty retailer re-post Director of Loss Prevention position
in San Antonio
A'gaci LLC is currently looking for a Director of Loss Prevention with "big-box"
retail experience. This leadership position will have both hands-on operational
and high-level analytical reporting responsibilities.
Hudson's Bay eyeing acquisition of bankrupt Dutch
department store chain V&D
GNC to sell 1,000 company owned stores to franchisees by 2020
Calvin Klein, Hilfiger Outlets Accused Of 'Phantom Markdowns'
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Flash Mob Races Through Shopping Mall
A video of a real-life Mario Kart race through a local mall is now trending on
YouTube. A group of friends dressed up as popular characters from
Nintendo's Mario Kart video franchise and raced through a local shopping mall.
The flash mob received some looks from shoppers but otherwise were left alone
throughout their race. At one point in the video a banana was thrown like in the
game in attempt to slow competitors. Somehow they avoided mall security, but
were thwarted in the end.
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The #1 IT Growth Job in U.S. = 1.Cybersecurity analysts: 85,200 total jobs,
Retail, health, finance and manufacturing all saw IT employment gains, with
cybersecurity being the #1 growth position of them all.
Deloitte: Cybersecurity Moves to the Offensive
Organizations with a sophisticated approach to cybersecurity are no longer
satisfied with locking the doors after the robbery has been committed. There is
instead a distinct shift toward offense.
A Deloitte & Touche report [PDF] notes a trend toward predictive models, which
has meant that protection has become more about using advanced math and science
to pursue anomalies and pinpoint threats, than it is about building bigger and
better walls. "The market is now at a tipping point where cybersecurity
operations are starting to transcend tactical 'monitoring' and become
significantly more sophisticated. "Technology advances in multiple areas,
including: high-speed access to abundant datasets (threat sharing, real-time
network traffic, unstructured business data), innovative automation (analytics,
machine learning, visualization), and evolving forensic and incident response
tools, are driving this sophistication."
UK hits 10 year Chip and PIN anniversary - Counterfeit card losses down 63%
Annual counterfeit card losses down from $187.7M U.S. in 2004 to $69.2 in
2014.Around three quarters of UK businesses now accept Chip and PIN although
figures from Barclaycard show that entering a four digit number at the
point-of-sale is becoming less common thanks to the rise of contactless
payments, which saw spending soar 164% last year.
hunt for mastermind of card fraud site
Investigators are examining evidence that the mastermind of a huge market for
stolen credit and debit cards is a Romanian based in Russia. Information passed
to the National Crime Agency and the FBI by The Times suggests that the
individual behind Bestvalid.cc, the illegal card-trading website exposed by this
newspaper on Saturday, has accidentally posted identifying details online. List
over one million stolen credit and debit cards from 400,000 Americans.
Study: IT Professionals Overconfident in Cyber Attack Detection
The majority of the respondents displayed high levels of confidence in their
ability to detect a data breach even though they were unsure how long it would
take automated tools to discover key indicators of compromise. For example, when
asked how long it would take automated tools to detect unauthorized
configuration changes to an endpoint on their organizations' networks, 67
percent only had a general idea, were unsure or did not use automated tools.
However, when asked how long it would take to detect a configuration change to
an endpoint on their organizations' networks, 71 percent believed it would
happen within minutes or hours. Configuration changes are a hallmark of
malicious covert activity.
S-TRON's Military Leadership -
"Failure Is Not an Option"
military leadership has been found to not only bring success but also create an
atmosphere of true partnership with customers across the country.
NEW YORK - S-TRON, one of the nation's leading full-service security
providers to national retailers, has intentionally based its business model on
military leadership qualities since the beginning. This leadership starts at the
top with CEO Steven Dunn (right), who while serving in the Navy received the
Expeditionary Force Award for being part of a multinational peacekeeping force in the Beirut Lebanon war zone.
Mattschull (left), S-TRON's President, decorated with the Navy Expedition Medal,
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal has been a
driving force at S-TRON since 2003.
Through rough seas and smooth sailing alike, Dunn and Mattschull have assembled
an ever growing team of military veterans and highly skilled civilians that is
second to none in the security industry. And because of this operational
military environment, S-TRON customers enjoy Respect, Reliability and a
high-level of Communication.
"No customer left behind" is not just the S-TRON mantra, Pete Mattschull says
"it's our way of life".
S-TRON is an electronic security integrator for national and regional retailers
with thousands of installation locations and headquarters in Plainview, New
York. S-TRON provides outstanding customer service for national retail, grocery
stores, restaurants and C-stores.
Video Surveillance - Video beyond surveillance, S-TRON can implement a
redundant video surveillance solution across all of your retail storefronts to
aid in reducing shrink.
Access Control - Custom, scalable systems to control entrance, egress and
Intrusion Detection - Active deterrence systems that provide the highest
levels of security.
Business Intelligence - Go beyond just security! Improve efficiencies,
increase marketing intelligence and provide operations with invaluable customer
and staffing data all at the store level.
For more information, visit the company's website at:
Future Leaders for Tomorrow's Challenges
History and Goals of the IOBSE
Keith White & Michael
Keith White, SVP Loss Prevention for Gap Inc., and
Michael Nelson, Regional Dir. of LP for Kohl's, talk about the history and
goals of the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE). As
the leading organization for minority security professionals, IOBSE is driven
toward inspiring and encouraging young executives and college students to
success in the security industry. Hear Keith talk about some of the IOBSE's
success stories from over the years, while Michael tells us about the group's
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Future of Payments Security: 3 Predictions for Dramatic Change in 2016
Here are some top predictions for payments security, as well as the challenges
and opportunities businesses will face this year as these predictions become
EMV standards won't de-value PCI data for criminals.
Some believe that stolen PCI data will diminish in its black market value as EMV
becomes widespread across U.S. retailers. Not so. EMV is purely designed to
authenticate the payment card at the time of acceptance, but does not protect
the sensitive PCI data as it is transmitted to the payment authorization
network. EMV has a positive effect on payment fraud prevention, but does not
address data security. Payment accepting businesses should strive to protect all
sensitive data at the moment of acceptance.
Security of the data itself needs to be of equal, or greater, priority than
It is important to note the difference between data security and fraud
prevention. EMV is designed to prevent fraud - fraudulent cards or fraudulent
users of cards - from entering the system. Data security is the safe transmittal
of accurate, valid payment information through the payment process. Despite the
growth of EMV across the payment ecosystems of the world, data security projects
need to be weighted at an equal or higher priority than EMV adoption, because
financial and reputational impacts of data breaches are much more significant
than that of individual fraud instances.
More businesses will want to know how the P2PE Validation Standard affects
It is anticipated that the businesses most interested in having solutions
validated against this standard are those that offer merchant services to
retailers, such as payment processors/acquirers and gateways. These businesses
need a simple way to demonstrate that their P2PE solution(s) adhere to the PCI
P2PE standard, which makes it easier to sell their services to retailers.
Retailers can be confident that choosing a validated P2PE solution will remove
sensitive PCI data from their payment acceptance environments, and help simplify
the compliance process.
Mobile banking is under scrutiny after UK bank customer loses his life savings
in 'smishing' attack
UK banks and their customers have warned to be vigilant to a form of phishing
known as 'smishing', which utilises SMS. According to figures from CMO Council
almost two-thirds of adults utilise text messaging, and over 90% of all text
messages are opened with 15 minutes of being received. Data thieves have already
drained thousands of pounds from current accounts using the 'smishing' method by
hijacking text message threads claiming to be from banks. It hit the news that
one banking customer lost 22,700 pounds when frausters claiming to be from
Santander sent a text alerting him to suspicious activity on his account. He
called the number and spoke to fraudsters who asked him for a 'one-time
password' and wiped out his account. With this specific wave of smishing
attacks, hackers fool customers into downloading their malware by posing as a
legitimate, unrelated app. The malware then takes over a legitimate SMS
communication between the customer and their bank to socially engineer the
customer into giving away their PII information and access their account.
Alton, IL: Three Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Theft Ring; |
Profits going to
Ringleader in Mexico
Three men have pleaded guilty in connection with a major theft ring based in
Madison County. The suspects were charged in federal court and admitted to their
roles in using stolen credit card information from individuals and businesses to
purchase merchandise, sell it below cost, and send the money to the ringleader
in Mexico. Pleading guilty to participating in a stolen property ring are
58-year-old James Litchfield, owner of Big Jim's Autorama in Madison, his
brother 37-year-old Ryan Litchfield of O'Fallon, Missouri, and 55-year-old
Benedict Pellerito of Troy, Missouri. All three will be sentenced in June.
Federal authorities allege the men worked with another suspect in the case, 42
year old Jason Parmeley of O'Fallon, Missouri, to use the stolen credit account
information to purchase items from places like Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's and
rental stores. The items would then be sold for less, some through retail
outlets and other items were sold on line. Authorities say some of the profits
were then wired electronically to Parmeley who was in Mexico at the time. He has
since been extradited to the U.S. and is in federal custody in Alabama on
unrelated charges. Trial for the remaining defendants in the case is schedule
for April 18.
warn about organized retail crime
Police are warning New Hampshire retailers about the new ways criminals are
targeting stores and customers. Investigators said criminals are using credit
card skimmers and other technology in what police call organized retail crime.
"It's essentially shoplifting," Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said. "And
it's essentially crossing into identity theft cases and other sorts of
compromises on credit card information phone scams. It's all starting to
interconnect now." Police held a seminar Friday on how retailers can protect
themselves from being victims. "What we're trying to do is create awareness that
it's out there, where we're seeing it and also keep the public informed, and
educate the public, as well, to be a little bit diligent," Cormier said.
NY: Police trying to ID suspects in $4,600 JC Penney theft
DeWitt Police are trying to identify two suspects who they believe worked with
others to steal $4,661 in merchandise from the JC Penney store at ShoppingTown
Mall. Police say four males - including two who were caught on camera - entered
the store on Feb. 1 around 4:19 p.m. According to police, one suspect who was
wearing a Superman sweatshirt on camera went into a fitting room. A three other
men reportedly grabbed merchandise and handed it to the suspect in the fitting
room. All four were then reportedly seen running out of the store with large,
white bags full of merchandise.
Hialeah, FL: Cell Phone/ electronics Thieves seen on surveillance video at 3
Four men were caught on camera carrying out three smash-and-grab robberies
across Hialeah over the weekend, hauling away thousands of dollars worth of
cellphones and other electronic equipment from three stores. A sledgehammer
appears to be the destructive weapon in each case.
Riverhead, NY: Two Women hit J. Crew in Tanger Outlets for $1,200 in merchandise
Two women removed $1,221 worth of women's clothing from the J. Crew store at
Tanger Outlets about noon last Thursday and fled the area, police said. A store
manager told police that she first noticed the items were missing about 1:30
p.m. and then reviewed the surveillance camera footage and saw the women
stealing 17 pink shirts, 10 blue shirts and 10 pink and white shirts, according
Havasu, AZ: Woman, 24, arrested on Felony shoplifting charges, 7th offence in 2
Alina B. Click, 24, was arrested Friday in reference to a shoplifting incident
that occurred nearly a week ago. Click allegedly attempted to abscond with items
from Kmart without paying for them, and was located on Friday. Click was
arrested without incident. Charges were upgraded to felony shoplifting when a
criminal history report revealed that Click has been arrested in seven different
shoplifting incidents, organized retail theft and identity theft within the past
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Clarksdale, MS: Officer Shot Point-Blank in the Face after Grocery Store Robbery
On Saturday night, a Mississippi police officer got shot point-blank in the face
after grocery store robbery. Reportedly, Cpl. Derrick Couch of the Clarksdale
Police Department was confronting one of the suspects when he was shot in the
head. As of Monday morning, his condition remained critical. Doctors noted that
the officer was shot in the eye and the bullet managed to reach the brain. The
police said that CCTV cameras showed that there were two masked suspects. Both
of them were recently arrested. One of the two was turned over to the police by
his own father. All suspects and the wounded police officer are
African-American. The police declined to identify the suspects.
Bluff, AR: Officer shoots fleeing murder suspect outside Pines Mall
Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation into the
officer-involved shooting of a wanted murder suspect outside of a Pine Bluff
mall Saturday night. Arkansas State Police said they've been asked to
investigate the incident after Pine Bluff officers shot Markevious White outside
of the mall around 7 p.m. Saturday, February 13. White was wanted out of
Jefferson County for the 2013 murder of 24 year-old Terrance Brooks. When
officers tried to arrest him Saturday night, White allegedly tried to strike at
least one of the officers with his vehicle.
Hollywood, FL: $500,000 in merchandise nabbed in Jewelry store heist
Police are searching for the man who, they said, robbed a jewelry store in
Hollywood in broad daylight, taking off with about half a million dollars in
merchandise, Sunday morning. According to Hollywood Police, the brazen
Valentine's Day heist took place at O.F. Jewelers, just after 9 a.m., about an
hour before the store was supposed to open for the holiday. Investigators said
the suspect walked into the family-owned business wearing a ski mask. Police
said he pistol-whipped one of the employees, then locked that person and another
employee in the bathroom.
Co, TN: Texas Man Wanted In Connection To $10,000 Piggly Wiggly Burglary Police in Bradley County are looking for a man who they say... is connected to a
break-in at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store back in January. Christopher
Chambers of Mabank, Texas is wanted on charges of burglary and theft over
$10,000 dollars. Police say when they got to the store last month, the found a
large hole in the roof and a safe weighing several thousand pounds, gone. They
later located the safe in the back of a stolen pickup but the contents inside
were removed. It was later determined Chambers could be connected to a string of
crimes stretching from Texas to Tennessee.
Diva' allegedly went through extensive 'training' before robbery spree
The "Diamond Diva" allegedly had extensive training before stealing over $4
million worth of jewels in a five-state series of armed robberies. Abigail Lee
Kemp, 24, was arrested mid-January and is accused of carrying out six raids on
jewelers across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee
since April 2015. But prior to starting her stint in crime, Kemp reportedly
received extensive "training" in handling a handgun, the art of zip-tie
restraint, code words and which items to steal.
Lubbock, TX: Big Credit Card Scheme Leads to Arrest
Four arrest warrants for one man were made public last week - all related to
credit card fraud. Those warrants revealed 23 credit card victims, and one
victim of witness tampering. Esvagui Rodriguez, 52, was arrested on January 26.
In one of the four arrest warrants, a Lubbock police investigator wrote, "[The
suspect] does not appear to be working alone and it is my belief that [the
suspect] is part of a larger well-organized criminal operation." The
investigator also wrote, "This belief is based on the quality and quantity of
the forged cards, as well as the state-wide skimming of the victims'
OR: Thieves brazenly take jewelry from store
The search is on for a brazen thief who stole hundreds of dollars worth of
jewelry from a Southeast Portland small business. Security cameras inside
Cactus, caught the thief's every move. Hatkin Seely said she noticed a few rings
were missing from a tray last Friday. When she inspected the tray, she noticed
the security strings used to prevent theft were snapped. The video shows the
pair bought some small items. While the cashier was boxing the items, the woman
browsed other items in the store. When she came across the rings, she broke the
string with her bare hands and pocketed five rings. Hatkin Seely says the
robbery happened just feet from the cashier.
Zales in the Opry Mills,
Nashville, TN was the victim of a Grab & Run, merchandise valued at $12,965
Piercing Pagoda in the University Mall, South Burlington, VT was the victim of a
Grab & Run on 2/12, merchandise valued at $859
New Orleans, LA: Armed Robber points gun at Security Guard before fleeing Stein
Mart in Uptown
New Orleans, LA: Five armed robberies reported in New Orleans in 12 hours over
weekend, police say
Newark, NJ: 3 arrested, 1 remains at large in string of Atlantic City Armed
Calgary, AB, CN: Front-end loader used in Smash and Grab at a bank
UK: 10 Man team pulls a Burglary/ Smash & Grab at a Jeweler in Blackburn,
UK: Oxford, England: Donations pour in for homeless woman after she foils
Cape Town, South Africa: Shots fired in Mall
during Jewelry Store Robbery; same shop hit 5 months ago
CVS - Mechanicsburg, PA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Hampden Twp, PA - Robbery
CVS - Valparaiso, IN - Robbery
CVS - Ventura, CA - Armed Robbery / 2 employees assaulted
Cactus - Portland, OR - Robbery
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Albany, GA - Armed Robbery / clerk shot
Family Pharmacy - Rocky Mount, VA - Robbery
General Store - Rabbit Hash, KY - Arson
O.F.Jewelers - Hollywood, FL - Armed Robbery
Stein Mart - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Douglas Co, GA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Bradenton, FL - Robbery
Walgreens - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dallas, TX - Shooting
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