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Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar and Expo
March 7-9

ISC West
April 6-8

NRF Protect 2017
June 26-28

Twin Cities ORC Association Annual Conference & Training
Aug. 15-16

Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference
Sept. 21

ASIS International
63rd Annual Seminar

Sept. 25-28

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NYPD Commissioner
James O'Neill addresses
the Retail Loss Prevention community

Full live shoot coming soon!

2016 report coming in the Daily.


2016 Senior LP/AP Jobs Report

2016 Internet Postings Jobs Report

'D&D Daily's LP New Years Kick Off' was a great success!

Domino's National Director,
Safety and Loss Prevention
with NYPD Commissioner O'Neill
at the Daily's Annual NYC Dinner

Left to right: NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill and Van Carney (National Director, Safety
and Loss Prevention)


Kelly Moye, CFI promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations and Investigations for GM Financial
Kelly was previously the Corporate Security Investigations Manager since 2015 at GM Financial. Throughout her career she's held various asset protection and operations positions in various retail, manufacturing and financial businesses. Kelly earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety & Criminal Justice from Capella University. In this new role Kelly will provide oversight and direction for several operational components within the Corporate Security organization. Primary responsibilities include strategic oversight of the Personnel Security, Physical Security, and Investigations functions; coordinating security efforts, emergency response, security risk assessments and investigative activities to safeguard GMF employees and physical assets. The AVP also serves as the GMF liaison to all contracted guard services, providing oversight and monitoring to ensure appropriate, contractually compliant service delivery levels. Congratulations Kelly!

From LP to the White House
J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison - former LP exec - among retail leaders who met with Trump over import tax

J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison was among eight retail executives meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss how import taxes could hurt their bottom lines.

The leaders discussed with Trump how a proposal to impose a tax on all imports will drive up prices and decimate profits, Reuters said. Trump is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a tax plan he's slated to unveil in the next few weeks, which could include a 20 percent tax on all imported goods.

If put an import tax is put into place, retailers would likely have to pass on the expense to consumers. The National Retail Federation estimates prices could go up around 15 percent, or $1,700 per family annually. bizjournals.com

The Asset Protection Executive Who Took It All the Way
Read our Special Report from October 2014 on Marvin Ellison's appointment to CEO at J.C. Penney and his background in retail security as a former Vice President of Asset Protection.

Trump tells retail executives tax cuts are coming soon
Brushing aside questions about his advisers' connections to Russia, President Trump told retail executives Wednesday that he's concentrating on cutting taxes and regulations to create more jobs for the middle class and stronger business growth. Mr. Trump told the heads of companies such as the Gap, Target, Best Buy and J.C. Penney that his "massive tax plan" will be submitted "in the not-too-distant future." washingtontimes.com

Alexander Acosta named Labor secretary pick after Andy Puzder, CEO CKE Restaurants, withdraws nomination
President Trump said Thursday that he will nominate former Justice Department official R. Alexander Acosta as Labor secretary after his first pick, fast-food executive Andy Puzder, withdrew. Acosta was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under former President George W. Bush and also has served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida and as a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Since 2009, Acosta has been dean of the law school at Florida International University in Miami. latimes.com

Businesses nationwide participate in 'Day Without Immigrants' protest
Businesses around the country today are planning to either close their doors or provide limited service in support of a "Day Without Immigrants," a social media-led protest of President Donald Trump's promises to crack down on illegal immigration.

The boycott is intended to illustrate the impact immigrants have on the United States, particularly Latino immigrants. Hundreds of business owners in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, San José and Des Moines are participating in the protests.

In Washington, D.C., nearly 50 restaurant owners said they would either close or offer a limited menu for the day. Earlier this week, a similar protest was staged in Milwaukee. Thousands of people attended the "Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees" march, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. abcnews.go.com cnbc.com

Rocateq Wins Dutch B.A.R. Innovation Award 2016 - 2017
Rocateq is pleased to accept the Dutch B.A.R. Innovation Award 2016 - 2017 presented by Rabobank Group - Netherlands. Rabobank Group is a full-range financial services provider which is among the 30 largest financial institutions in the world. Rabobank Group is currently serving approximately 10 million customers in 40 countries. The Innovation Award criteria set by Rabobank Group included: Proven Product Innovation, Market Position, Internationalization, and Best Company to Work For.

"As a quickly expanding international company, Rocateq is honored to be recognized for such a prestigious award by such a tremendous organization," said Adriaan Neele, Executive Vice President of Rocateq. "It feels great to be recognized for Rocateq's diligent work to maintain the highest level of business integrity and customer satisfaction all the while delivering innovative shrink solutions," Neele added.

"We are thrilled to have received this affirmation that Rocateq is the leading international cart containment and business intelligence solution provider," said Tim Bartkowiak, LPC, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We are proud Rocateq has been recognized for offering the only cart containment, push-out protection system that offers tangible return-on-investment savings!" Bartkowiak concluded. Read more here.

USS' Annual KickOff & Sales Training Serves as Running Start for 2017
Each year, USS, a global leader in product protection and security systems, holds its annual KickOff event which combines a company-wide meeting with specialized sales training and planning sessions over the course of a week.

This year, the entire sales team traveled from across the globe for two and half days of in-depth product training and sales coordination, hosted by CEO and founder Adel Sayegh, and COO, Claude Verville. These regular and cohesive meetings provide an opportunity for the Sales team to not only interact with their support system at USS headquarters, but to also get a sneak peek at things like upcoming innovation from the R&D team and sales support efforts being implemented by the Marketing department.

With more than 235 years of combined loss prevention (LP) experience, these all-hands training sessions equip the Sales team the opportunity to educate each other on new and recurring LP and organized retail crime (ORC) trends, as well as tips and tricks for successful implementation of USS' innovative products and services. Read more here.

Preparing for Disaster to Strike
Events need an emergency plan should serious crisis occur during a meeting
Even at Large Company Meetings

Meeting planners strategize for any number of event problems including bad WiFi and no-show caterers. But what they may not account for are true disasters such as cyberattacks, terrorism, flooding, or tornadoes.

Be prepared to be on your own, she suggests. Government responders may not be able to reach you in a timely manner, so "meeting managers, venue operators, and suppliers need to have their own plans-and train, train, train so everyone knows exactly who needs to do what, when, and how so they will be able to seamlessly spring into action to protect attendees, staff, exhibitors, and all others who are at your event," Pelletier reports.

Also, before an emergency hits, make sure that everyone's role on your team is clearly defined. If you're told to shelter in place, who closes the doors, who calls the police, who communicates with attendees? Know those answers before the meeting starts.

In addition, meeting planners should work closely with venues for a complete understanding of their security measures. associationsnow.com

Update: Braintree, MA: Officials to review mall security after shooting; Simon Property declines invitation
Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Police Chief Paul Shastany are scheduled to meet privately with mall General Manager Rick Tonzi and other members of his management team today to review the Feb. 3 shooting, which took place in the shoe department of the Macy's store and prompted a massive police response. The town council's public safety committee met Wednesday night on the same topic. Tonzi declined an invitation to attend the meeting, citing policies of mall owner Simon Property Group. "Simon does not publicly comment on what we do and don't do on security at South Shore Plaza," Tonzi wrote in an email to District 1 Town Councilor Charles Kokoros, who chairs the public safety committee. Kokoros said he was not pleased with the response. wcvb.com

Sr. Loss Prevention Program Manager, Amazon Books and Amazon Go
Based in Seattle - Job posted online

The Loss Prevention Team is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support its Amazon Books and Amazon Go retail programs. This position manages the entire retail program, inclusive of building security and loss prevention design and site visits, investigations, crisis management. In this position, you will develop tools and policies to support Loss Prevention initiatives, reporting to the Director, Loss Prevention and Security for the Americas Region. You will need to interact extensively with cross-functional groups such Operations, InfoSec, Supply Chain, Inventory Control and others. This role currently does not have direct reports, and though a high level role within Amazon, will require granular analysis, tactical execution of Loss Prevention functions, store travel and corporate office dedication. amazon.icims.com

Ivanka Trump products are still sold at these stores

Warren Buffett sells $900 million in Walmart stock

Gander Mountain responds to bankruptcy rumors

hhgregg to Explore Strategic Alternatives

Lowe's plans to add 600 jobs in Wilkesboro as part of its at-home installation initiative

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Canadian Tire Q4 comp's up 8.1%, sales up 9.6%
Cabela's Q4 comp's down 6.5%, sales down 4.9%
Build-A-Bear Workshop Q4 comp's down 8.3%, sales down 6.3%
GNC Holdings Q4 comp's down 12%, sales down 8%

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Card Issuers Say Schnucks Clearly Had Duty To Protect Data
Payment card issuers suing Midwestern grocery chain Schnucks over a 2013 data breach told an Illinois federal court Tuesday that the grocer had a clear duty to protect the compromised card information.

St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. had argued in a motion to dismiss in December that it had no state-law duty to protect the information, which included card numbers, expiration dates and security codes. But in a response Tuesday, the financial institutions argued the chain had a contractual and common-law duty to meet industry security standards.

"Absent a duty to protect payment card data, merchants, such as Schnucks, are incentivized to cut corners, thereby forcing FIs, which have no ability to detect or protect themselves from such cost-shifting, to bear the costs," the banks said.

Community Bank of Trenton, University of Illinois Employees Credit Union and two other card issuers are suing over the breach, which compromised 2.4 million shoppers' data. According to the banks, sometime prior to December 2012, hackers "waltzed through" security holes in the chain's payment card processing network and were able to install malware that harvested card numbers. The banks claimed Schnucks did not discover the breach until March 2013 and did not announce the breach until 16 days after its discovery. law360.com

Researchers trick 'CEO' email scammer into giving up identity
Businesses targeted in email scams don't always have to play the victim. They can actually fight back. Researchers at Dell SecureWorks have documented how they identified a suspected email scammer from Nigeria, by essentially playing along with the scheme to fool the attacker into revealing his true whereabouts.

The email scheme SecureWorks dealt with involved a fraudster impersonating a CEO in what's called a business email spoofing attack. The goal is often to trick a victim into wiring funds to the scammer's bank account. Although a business can train its employees to learn how to spot these suspicious emails, that won't necessarily stop the attack, especially since it's easy for anyone to continually bombard a victim with emails, SecureWork said.

Instead, a business' IT security staff can actually fight back and disrupt the scammer's operations. They can do this, by first replying to an email scam and pretending to act like a gullible victim.

To try and identify the scammer, SecureWorks decided to email back a PDF-based receipt, indicating the wire transfer had been complete. In reality, the receipt was a decoy that when clicked on, sent off the recipient's IP address and other web browser information. csoonline.com

To pay or not to pay: Too many victims say yes to ransomware
Paying a ransom to cyber criminals to unlock your files only encourages them to do it more, experts say. But many victims haven't left themselves any choice - which is what is fueling ransomware's explosive growth. The Ponemon Institute reported in a study released last month that 48% of businesses victimized by ransomware said they paid. csoonline.com

Infographic Shows The "Price Of Your Stolen Credit Cards" On The Dark Web
The Dark Web is a home to various online shops selling people's private information like PII (Personally Identifiable Information), credit card details, email accounts, social security numbers, etc. These things are harvested during data breaches, online frauds by fooling people into clicking malicious links.

It's illegal to perform such sale on the surface web or the world wide web we normally use.

Here is an infographic by the credit reporting agency Equifax's UK division showing the approximate pricing details for 2016 of various personal stuff of the people sold on the dark web market along with other things like trojans, exploit kits etc. It is evident from the infographic that a buyer won't have to loosen pockets much with such sensitive information. fossbytes.com

Russian-Speaking Hacker Breaches Over 60 Universities and Government Agencies

Yahoo warns users of account breaches related to recent attacks

Nedap Gives Three !D Tops to LP Winners

Nedap's innovative !D Top was on display at the D&D Daily LIVE event in NYC at the NRF Big Show. A random drawing was held to give away !D Tops to 3 retailers. The winners were announced LIVE at the D&D event on January 16, 2017.

Congratulations to the following Loss Prevention professionals who each won Nedap's award-winning !D Top to complement their EAS initiatives.

   ● Pedro Cabrera, Gucci
   ● Chip Chiappetta, Sephora
   ● John Holubowicz, Uniqlo

To learn more about Nedap's award-winning !D Top, or to schedule a free consultation, visit: nedapretail-americas.com.


Excerpts from Prove 'Em Innocent:
The Art & Science of Workplace Investigations

by John A. Velke III

Part Three

One of the most important competencies of a retail loss prevention / asset protection professional is to be capable of conducting a fair, unbiased investigation thoroughly, confidentially, and with absolute professionalism. Velke's book provides new and experienced investigators an opportunity to build on their investigative expertise using real-life examples and exercises derived from more than 40 years of investigative experience.

Third in a series of bi-monthly excerpts: Observation Skills from Chapter 2.

Observation skills

No one succeeds as an investigator without strong observation skills. Watching human behavior is a critical element of the work investigators do, whether they are watching someone live or on video. A quick gesture, a knowing smile, and back and forth eye movement are examples of behavior that may be an indication that more is going on than a casual observer may detect. Equally important is the ability to examine evidence and deduce facts often overlooked by the less experienced. The following exchange described by Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle serves as a wonderful illustration. The exchange begins with Dr. Watson asking:

"Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?"

Sherlock Holmes replied, "Only as much as we can deduce."

"From his hat?"


"But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered felt?"

"Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this article?"

I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round shape, hard and much the worse for wear. The lining had been of red silk, but was a good deal discolored. There was no maker's name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a hat- securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the discolored patches by smearing them with ink.

Read today's full excerpt and other parts from John's book here

Copies of Velke's book are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Prove 'Em Innocent websites.


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Mark Stinde
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The D&D Daily's Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leaders in the retail loss prevention industry that epitomize what all good leaders should stand for and should be like. This annual recognition, in its fifth year, continues to identify those leaders who have made a difference in the industry, with their retailers and more importantly with the people they lead.

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Should eBay Be Doing More to Stop Sales of Fakes?
Sales of counterfeit items on online marketplaces like eBay Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. has been and continues to be a source of irritation (at least) to the companies, the manufacturers of the fake goods and to the consumers who buy them.

According to The Counterfeit Report, a website that searches out fakes and reports the items to the e-commerce websites, "eBay is proving to be an ideal platform to distribute counterfeit goods - an activity that is profitable, difficult to track and widely unpunished."

The Counterfeit Report claims that it has identified more than 2.8 million counterfeit items at eBay and reported more than 1.9 million to the company for listing removal on behalf of trademark holders. The Counterfeit Report purchased and received more than 2,300 products from eBay sellers, all of which were fakes.

What more should eBay do to stamp out the sale of fakes by its Marketplace sellers? Again, according to The Counterfeit Report:

• Deceived eBay buyers should be told by eBay that they have received a fake item and that buyers may be entitled to a refund.
• eBay's seller profiles should include the seller's history of counterfeit product sales, if any.
• eBay could take a tougher stand against previous offenders who relist the same or other fake items for sale. 247wallst.com

EU Online-Security Plan Is Criticized 
Will Preventing Online Fraud Cause Customers to Abandon Online Purchases?

Business groups are slamming a European Union proposal that would require customers to enter extra security information for online purchases above €10 ($10.64), saying the extra hassle could cut online sales by more than €11 billion ($11.7 billion) a year.

The European Banking Authority, an EU rule-making body based in London, said it aims to combat fraud by requiring customers to enter extra information, such as a personal identification number, but "will seriously consider" making changes. It plans to announce revisions by the end of this month.

Credit-card companies and e-commerce associations worry that if online purchases become too cumbersome customers will abandon them.

Consumer advocates, on the other hand, say there is no trade-off between antifraud protections and promoting e-commerce.

The retail sector objects to proposed exceptions from so-called Strong Customer Authentication, an industry standard designed to prevent online fraud. Under SCA a buyer would need to use a combination of two elements such as a PIN, authentication code or fingerprint. The EBA proposes exempting online purchases below €10 from such rules.

Retailers and credit-card providers worry that if customers must take extra steps, then they will buy less. Purveyors prefer to set their own rules on how best to combat fraud. wsj.com

Shopify Sales Soar In Q4 - over $130M in revenue in Q4

Online Merchants May Be Off The Hook For Credit Card Fraud

Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference - S
ept. 21

Mark your calendars! Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Stay tuned for the complete schedule and list of speakers!

Check out a recap of last here's CORCA conference here. For more information on the organization, visit www.corca.org.


Coffee County, TN: State Trooper traffic stop leads to identity theft ring discovery totaling $800,000 in stolen credit
A routine traffic stop by the Tennessee Highway Patrol led to the recovery of 50 activated stolen credit cards totaling $800,000 in stolen credit. A vehicle was stopped on I-24 in Coffee County for a traffic violation on Jan. 31. A trooper smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and performed a probable cause search. Two troopers searched the vehicle and located 18 counterfeit credit cards, along with several fake IDs. The vehicle was a stolen rental car, rented using a fraudulent credit card. Three people from Georgia were arrested. When they booked the suspects, one of the females revealed 32 additional credit cards concealed on her person, bringing the total to 50 fraudulent credit cards. All of the credit cards were activated for use. timesfreepress.com

Cleveland, OH: 'Heartless Felons' Gang members arrested in phone thefts from 9 states
The FBI says agents and Cleveland police officers have arrested three members of the Ohio-based Heartless Felons street gang in connection with the theft of $500,000 in phones and electronic devices from nine states. An FBI spokeswoman in Cleveland says the gang members were arrested early Wednesday and that four incarcerated gang members involved in the thefts have been transferred to federal custody. Another suspect is being sought.

The FBI says seven men and one woman broke into retail stores and mall kiosks 18 times between April and July 2016, would bring the devices back to Cleveland and then sell them to gas stations and phone stores. An FBI affidavit says the thefts occurred in Pennsylvania, Indiana, South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York and Maryland. washingtonpost.com

Green County, WI: Five arrested in $90,000 from Radio Shack: 40 mile Police chase
Five residents of the Fox Valley Area are in custody in Green County, Wisconsin after they reportedly stole more than $90,000 worth of merchandise from a Monroe, Wisconsin Radio Shack store. Police say they were led police on a more than 40-mile chase. In a news release from the Monroe, Wisconsin Police Department, authorities say three more suspected remain at large, following the theft. wspynews.com

South Euclid, OH: Habitual Walmart Baby Formula thief gets away; banned from stores for theft of over $5,000
A Walmart employee reported Feb. 6 a habitual thief tried to steal 30 cans of baby formula, but fled from the store when asked to see a receipt. He said the Cleveland woman, 35, is known to Walmart employees because of a company-wide notification banning her from all stores. He said she has attempted to steal $5,000 worth of merchandise from at least ten Walmart stores in the last five years. Officers did not locate the woman. cleveland.com

Franklin, KY: Police seeking $5,300 Walmart jewelry thief
Police officers were dispatched to the Walmart on on Sunday regarding a theft. A manager told police an unknown man had pried open a jewelry case and stolen men's rings. Just before noticing the theft, an employee found the man behind the jewelry counter. When the employee questioned him about why he was behind the counter, he casually walked out of the store. The total value of the jewelry taken was $5,530.00. state-journal.com

Natick, MA: Lord & Taylor nabs Shoplifter wanted on 7 counts in 2 states
Natick Police arrested Nenia C. Paige, 27, at 3:33 p.m. after they said she stole two totes worth nearly $600 from Lord & Taylor. Police charged Paige with larceny of property worth more than $250, providing police a fake name, trespassing and being a fugitive from justice. Police said Paige had two warrants each from Brockton and Quincy District Courts, as well as one warrant each from Dedham, Natick, Hingham, Stoughton and Plymouth District Courts for shoplifting and larceny charges. Paige also has a Salem, New Hampshire, court warrant for larceny. Police said Salem Police said they plan on having Paige brought back to their state to face charges. headlinesnetwork.com

Martinsburg, WV: Hagerstown women charged in $1,500 Target theft; possible connection to 4 other thefts
Two women are accused of attempting to steal more than $1,500 in merchandise on Saturday from Target in Martinsburg. Jennifer Keckler and Amanda Smith both charged with grand larceny and conspiracy. WV State Trooper D.A. Gough said in a complaint against the defendants that they attempted to steal two full carts, including baby items, clothing, entertainment and electronic goods, groceries, luggage, toy goods, health and beauty products, home items and hardware that amounted to $1,506.22. A store official told police on Saturday that similar style thefts were under investigation at four other Target stores, including Hagerstown, Leesburg, Va., and two locations in Winchester, Va. heraldmailmedia.com

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Palatine, IL: Update: 17 year old charged with Shooting outside Walmart
Giovanny Unzueta faces one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count count of aggravated battery with a firearm. He was charged as an adult. Officers responded about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 to the store and found a 19-year-old man shot once in the face in the parking lot. He was conscious and was able to provide information to the officers. Police said the victim has no gang affiliation, was a victim of mistaken identity. He has since been released from the hospital. suntimes.com

Marietta, GA: Fire truck caught in crossfire outside store dispute
Police think the fire crew was simply caught in crossfire of some sort of dispute at this Delk Road store. Images from the store's camera captures the moment police think the shooting happened. A group of men at one side of the store splits up and walks off camera. Moments later the ladder truck, heading home from a call, glides by on Delk Road. wsbtv.com

Robberies & Thefts

Newburgh, NY: Sears shoplifter pulled from icy lake
The man who had to be rescued after jumping into a partially frozen lake in the City of Newburgh on Tuesday while fleeing police officers was being chased for allegedly stealing merchandise from Sears at the Newburgh Mall. Daniel Rios, 28, led police on a car chase and then jumped into Muchattoes Lake in an attempt to escape. Rios ran behind the strip mall and ran out onto the frozen lake, the ice gave way before Rios could get too far out. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 3:19 p.m., two minutes after police called them for a rescue. Firefighters attached by safety ropes and reached the man as he struggled about 200 feet from shore. recordonline.com

Ashland, NE: Local Police team with State and Feds to bust a gang who hit 60 ATM's in 6 states
Ashland Police Chief Joe Baudler said several suspects were recently arrested for a series of nearly 60 burglaries that targeted ATMs in Ashland, Omaha, Lincoln, Waverly and Sarpy County. They are responsible for similar crimes in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa and South Dakota. In most of the burglaries, the suspects would break out the glass of a business, attach a chain to the ATM and then attempt to tear it out of the building using a vehicle. The investigation led to a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction operation involving the FBI, Safe Streets Task Force, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln Police and Omaha Police Department. The approximately 60 burglaries resulted in over $1 million damage to vehicles, buildings and ATMs in the six-state area. wahoo-ashland-waverly.com

Bartow, FL: Gun Thieves hit Pawn Shop; Over 200 guns stolen from area stores
Thieves hit yet another Tampa Bay area store and once again, more stolen guns are now out on the streets. The most recent case took place at the Bartow Jewelry & Pawn store on East Main Street. Investigators said four people broke into the store and stole a handful of long guns, including an AR-15, and handguns. It's the latest in a series of burglaries that began in May of 2016. More than 200 guns were already out on the streets of the Tampa Bay area before this latest stolen batch.

Houston, TX: Second CVS this week hit in smash-and-grab attempt
For the second time this week suspects rammed the entrance of a CVS pharmacy with a pickup truck, the most recent one happening early Wednesday morning. The suspects left behind the vehicle running idle in nearby bushes for police to find. The attempted smash-and-grab happened on the corner of West Fugua Street and Hiram Clarke Road in southwest Houston. The burglars smashed the gated door of the CVS with a truck, damaging the truck and door. Police say it's unknown if anything inside was stolen, and they believe the truck is stolen. houstonchronicle.com

Houston, TX: Saint Bernard in the River Oaks District the victim of a high end Smash & Grab
The thieves allegedly used a metal storm grate to break through the plywood and get inside. Police say surveillance video showed several men break a display case with a hammer. Officers believe they got away with several watches. abc13.com

Hamden, CT: Two men wanted in $800 theft from AT&T store
Hamden Police Capt. Smith said the same men then committed a similar crime in another town. Hamden police responded to the store there at about 6:30 p.m. to investigate that theft. nhregister.com

Gulfport, MS: Four charged in McDonald's Armed Robbery
Gulfport Police have arrested three teens and one man in connection to a McDonald's restaurant armed robbery. Sgt. Joshua Bromen said the four suspects are each charged with two counts of armed robbery. Two masked suspects walked into the restaurant on Courthouse Rd. the night of Jan. 29 and forced everyone to the back of the building at gunpoint. Police said the suspects took money from the business and a customer before running from the scene. wlox.com

Madrid, Spain: Police arrest gang who stole iPhones from Apple store by chewing security cables
Spanish police have arrested ten people for repeatedly stealing iPhones from an Apple Store in Madrid over a two-month period, with gang members caught on camera chewing through the security tethers used to protect the store from theft. appleinsider.com

Norwood, MA: Burglar with 10 pound rock fails
A bumbling burglar was caught on camera failing to break into a Massachusetts market using a large rock. "He has the ability to hurl a 10 pound boulder, multiple times, but lacks the strength to provide proper trajectory in order to gain entry," police said. The man was eventually able to send the boulder through the glass door after three failed attempts, but couldn't create a large enough hole to enter the building. upi.com

Gulfport, MS: Three UPS 'line workers' busted for theft

Lady Lake, FL: Publix employee admits to Refund fraud to cover up to $6,000 in stolen lottery tickets

Colorado Springs, CO: 40 robberies in last 3 months

Buffalo, NY: Six Robberies in Elmwood, North Buffalo and Bailey traced to one man

UK: London: Smash and Grab at Superdrug

UK: Manningtree: Smash and Grab with a car at Tesco an attempt to steal cigarettes

Kay Jewelers in the Avenues Mall, Jacksonville, FL reported a Grab & Run on 2/14, items valued at $17,798

Piercing Pagoda in the Park City Mall, Lancaster, PA reported a Distraction Theft on 2/10, item valued at $1,539

Piercing Pagoda in the Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA reported a Grab & Run on 2/14, item valued at $899

Zales in the Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute, IN reported a Distraction Theft on 2/9, items valued at $6,300

Zales in the Mall at St. Matthews, Louisville, KY reported a Grab & Run on 2/13, items valued at $5,628

Credit Card Fraud

Palmer, PA: Police allege trio had phony credit cards, thousands in stolen gift cards; buying Amazon cards at Sheetz
Authorities allege they found more than $3,000 in stolen gift cards after a trio used phony credit cards to buy food, drinks and more gift cards from a Northampton County convenience store. The 3 suspects are each facing a least a dozen counts of conspiracy and access device fraud following their arrest near a Palmer Township Sheetz late last week. wfmz.com

Ukrainian National Busted in Bangkok for Credit Card Fraud


Bossier City, LA: Pair wanted for setting fire inside Wal-Mart
Bossier City Fire Investigators are seeking to identify two suspects who were caught on video setting a fire inside the store. The suspects can be seen on video walking down an aisle when the woman points out a package of feminine hygiene products to the man who sets the package on fire with a cigarette lighter. The couple then walks to the end of the aisle and appears to wait until the fire engulfs the package before they walked away and exited the store. shreveporttimes.com

Counterfeit Goods

Fake cosmetics worth $125 Million seized by China police
Fake cosmetics worth almost $125 million - including products packaged to look like famous brands including Chanel, Christian Dior and Estée Lauder - have been seized in China in a wide-ranging swoop.

Police in China's eastern Taizhou city discovered the products in 1,200 boxes that were found during seven raids earlier this month, authorities said in social media posts late Wednesday. The operation has seen 15 suspects being detained, and 13 of those have already been charged by prosecutors. telegraph.co.uk

Cargo Theft

Netherlands: Trucks with expensive cargo are increasingly targeted by gangs, especially in the southern parts of the Netherlands
These gangs empty the trucks' trailers while they're parked in parking lots, or even while they are moving, according to the annual Transport Crime report the police published on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports. In 2015 cargo was stolen from trucks 177 times. Last year there were 226 such cases, an increase of nearly 30 percent. The number of attempts to steal cargo also increased from 131 in 2015 to 191 in 2016. The number of trucks that were stolen decreased from 150 to 110, a decrease of 27 percent. Cargo theft is a particularly common crime along the highways in the south of the Netherlands. Rest areas along the A67, A73 and A2 were often the scene o the crime. The Hazeldonk rest area on the A16, near the border, was the hotspot last year. A total of 40 cargo thefts happened here. nltimes.nl

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Bell Store - Ontario, OH - Armed Robbery
Budget Store - Pensacola, FL - Shooting/ 1 man wounded
Classic Smoke Shop - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Opelika, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Gulfport, MS - Armed Robbery
Empire Wine and Liquor - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery - Clerk shot and Killed
EZ Stop Mini-Mart - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Family Dollar - Manchester, NH - Armed Robbery
Fast Stop - Leavenworth, KS - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, no injuries
McDonald's - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Payless Shoe - San Ysidro, CA - Burglary
Oven Fresh Pizza- Youngstown, OH - Armed Robbery
Radio Shack -Monroe, WI - Burglary
Sunoco - Hartwell, OH - Shooting
Walgreens - Skokie, IL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Woodbury, MN - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Leavenworth, KS - Robbery (parking lot)
7-Eleven - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - St Charles, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Taylorsville, UT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Manassas, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
17 robberies
5 burglaries
4 shootings
1 killed

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