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 February 19, 2016

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Developing Tomorrow's
LP Leaders, Today

John Voytilla, VP Global LP & Safety, Office Depot


New Perspectives
on the National Retail
Security Survey

Dr. Richard Hollinger, criminology professor at Univ. of Florida, lead author of the NRSS


Keys to Collaboration:
Building Effective Public-Private Sector Partnerships

Joe LaRocca, RetaiLPartners; Eric Ives, Unit Chief International ORC Task Forces, FBI; Cpt. John Romero and Det. Joe Hopkins, LAPD Commercial Crimes Division


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Dennis Klein was named Vice President, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety for Ross Stores, Inc.
Dennis was previously the SVP of Asset Protection and Risk Management for Stage Stores and had been with the retailer for over two years. Dennis has also held other executive level positions in the loss prevention industry such as Vice President of Loss Prevention for Abercrombie & Fitch, Regional Director of Loss Prevention for Bloomingdale's, Director of Loss Prevention for Old Navy, and Vice President of Loss Prevention for KB Toys. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from George State University. Congratulations Dennis!

Brent Onan was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Accounts Retail for USS (Universal Surveillance Systems).
Brent was previously the Vice President of Sales and has been with the company since 2014, when he started as a National Account Manager. Brent was in the retail loss prevention industry prior to joining the USS team, and had worked as a Regional Loss Prevention Director for Nordstrom for over 13 years, and was also a Loss Prevention Agent for Gap Inc. Brent earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Congratulations Brent!
 

 


 

Get LP Social! - 128 Loss Prevention Teams Submit 'Group LP Selfies'
Showing Industry Pride, One Team at a Time

In June of 2014, the Bloomingdales Loss Prevention team, led by Chad McIntosh, Vice President of Loss Prevention, submitted the first Group LP Selfie and helped start the only program of its kind in the industry. With over 128 teams now having sent in their LP team selfies, we're showing the industry how one team at a time builds industry pride and commitment.

We at the Daily are honored to share them with you and remain committed to publishing a Daily that's absolutely for the people and about the people that make up our industry. Keep them coming folks as we are the only ones doing it in the entire retail industry, and that says something about all of us to all of them in the retail community. One Team at a time building industry pride and commitment.

Don't miss out on the chance to win your team a pizza party! Submit your new Group LP Selfie here! Our next drawing will be held in June at NRF Protect in Philadelphia during our Live Broadcast.

2014 GLPS Winners selected at 'Live in NYC' drawing 2015 GLPS Winners selected at 'Live in Long Beach' drawing 2015 GLPS Winners selected at 'Live in NYC' drawing

1) 7-Eleven's AP Team - Pacific Northwest Zone
2) REI AP Team
3) Rent-A-Center International

1) 7-Eleven AP Team
2) Bed Bath & Beyond Corporate LP Team
3) Kmart APP APM Team

1) Home Depot Gulf Region
2) Bob's Discount Furniture
3) Toys R Us: Central Region
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Jeremy Grahn from Bi-Mart

SVP, Asset Protection and Risk Management at Stage Stores in Houston is open
According to multiple sources the internal recruiting staff has been reaching out to a few LP executives via linkedin. Interestingly enough it isn't posted anywhere on any job boards or even LinkedIn.

Stage Stores, Inc. is a Houston, Texas-based retailer. Its department stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody's Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage nameplates, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The company operates approximately 900 stores in 40 states

911 calls depict chaos, terror after holiday Northlake Mall shooting
Moments after gunfire erupted at busy Northlake Mall on Christmas Eve, eight people huddled in the back room of the Anthropologie store while a frightened woman spoke with a 911 operator.

"Yes, there's about 10 of us stuck in the back here," the woman told the dispatcher, her voice shaking. "There's shots going off continuously."

In newly released recordings of 911 calls, the dispatcher asked the woman whether anyone was injured, and for instructions on how officers could find them. But she was interrupted when the woman thought she heard gunshots.

Police-radio traffic and 911 recordings obtained by the Observer reflect terror felt by mall shoppers. The recordings also help characterize the gridlock and chaos as officers tried to secure the scene and evacuate a mall filled on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.  thestate.com

Batch of fifty stolen credit or debit cards can make a seller between $250,000 and $1M
Cybercrime's true toll - New Study by MSU Criminologist

MSU notes that the study, published online in the journal Deviant Behavior, was funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Holt and fellow researchers analyzed online forums in English and Russian where criminals sold stolen financial and personal information, often in batches of 50 or 100. The buyers then attempt to access the victims' bank accounts or buy goods or services with the stolen cards.

On average, a batch of fifty stolen credit or debit cards can make a seller between about $250,000 and $1 million.
Buyers, in turn, assume more risk (since they could get caught trying to use the cards), but also stand to gain more. On average, a batch of fifty stolen credit or debit cards could make the buyer between $2 million (if only 25 percent of the cards worked) and nearly $8 million (if all cards worked).  homelandsecuritynewswire.com

Cargo theft skyrockets in 'EMEA' - Europe, Middle East, Africa region
Cargo theft getting more violent with crime gangs going after even low-value cargo

A total of 1,970 cargo thefts were reported in Europe, the Middle East and Africa throughout 2015, 669 in the fourth quarter alone, year-over-year increases of 46 percent and 152 percent, respectively. In the fourth quarter alone, reported cargo thefts in the EMEA region reached 669 reported incidents, up 51 percent from the third quarter and 152 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Increasingly violent criminals are now targeting all types of cargo, including low-value shipments, in a new trend, Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) reported this morning. The average loss in 2015 in the EMEA region was 101,256 euros ($112,000 U.S.) - but only 22.5% of reported incidents had a loss value.

"The real trend we are seeing is that cargo thieves are now prepared to target virtually any product," said Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA. "Products with a low unit value can be just as attractive because of the high volumes moved. And these products are often easier to dispose of and harder to trace. They include food and drink, cigarettes, cosmetics and hygiene products, clothing and footwear.

Mr Neumann warned that violent crime was on the increase, particularly where drivers are threatened with guns or knives - some have even been kidnapped while many have ended up in hospital. The result could be an even greater shortage of drivers, he said.

The combined loss of valued cargo in 2015 was 34.5m euros ($38.2M U.S.) TAPA recorded cargo crimes in 29 countries across the EMEA region, with five countries seeing incidents involving product losses of more than 1 million euros.  theloadstar.co.uk

Retail CFOs feeling less bullish
That's according to a new BDO U.S.A. survey in which retail CFOs predict a 3.4% increase in total sales for 2016. It's the second consecutive year that the total store sales projection has dipped since the spike to 5.1% in 2014. chainstoreage.com

Next wave of store closings may hit luxury: Real estate pro
An overall glut of retail space in the U.S., Graiser predicts luxury retailers will be next in line to close some stores, as they try to compete in a country that has more than two times the retail space per capita than the United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Germany combined. "This whole turmoil in retail's going to continue," Appel said. cnbc.com

LPRC Winter Planning Meeting Hits Nashville, Tenn.

This week, the Loss Prevention Research Council team traveled to Nashville, TN for the annual winter planning meeting. The team met with the Board of Advisors to discuss future R&D focus within the LPRC. A special thank you to Tractor Supply Company for providing the meeting venue as the team met at their headquarters in Nashville. Thanks to sponsors CAP Index and Protection 1 / CCI for helping make this meeting a success!


Fresh & Easy Didn't Pay Off Departing Workers' PTO, Suit Says

bebe stores restructures - cuts 45 corporate jobs - 14.6% of corporate headcount


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Nordstrom Q4 comp's up 1% with sales up 5.2%
 

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Man who imported and sold counterfeit DVDs in the UK convicted

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the National Anti-Fraud Network, based in the United Kingdom, with their investigation into the affairs and arrest of Keith Liggins. Liggins, who lived at various addresses at the time of offences, sold $207,000 worth of imported DVDs accepting payments via PayPal. Liggins, 62, who had already received warnings from FACT (the Federation Against Copyright Theft), was convicted of eight offences under the Trade Marks Act at Corby Magistrates' Court. The suspect was given two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $94,000.

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For further information on PayPal GAP Team, email inquiries to lawenforcement@paypal.com.
 
 

 

 

One-Third of IT Staff Are Hackers
About a third of IT staff have hacked an organization-sometimes the one they work for.
A report from Absolute Software shows a real "physician heal thyself" situation going on: A high percentage of IT personnel admitted to not following the same security protocols they are expected to enforce. Of those surveyed, 33% of respondents admitted to successfully hacking their own or another organization. The report also showed that 45% admitted to knowingly circumventing their own security policies.

IT managers believe that employees or insiders represent the greatest security risk to an organization (46%). This may be related to the fact that on average, 33% of all security protocols are not being followed by staff. It may also explain the high number of security breaches, with 38% of respondents experiencing a data breach within the past year. infosecurity-magazine.com

EMV lags other payment security options
Only 10% of retailers are performing EMV-enabled transactions that are working well, with another 12% saying their EMV-enabled transactions need improvement.

However, 53% of retailers plan to implement EMV within 12 months. Thus EMV should have a significant impact on retailers' technology activities in 2016 despite its small impact so far.

While the use of EMV-compliant terminals weakens the incentive for thieves to steal credit card information, EMV adoption by a retailer in and of itself does not do anything to actually reduce the risk of a breach. Retailers demonstrate awareness of this fact with relatively high levels of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) usage.

Forty-nine percent of retailers have implemented E2EE, which eliminates encrypted data at rest and keeps the encryption key outside the retailer's environment. Thirty-seven percent say it currently works well, and another 29% plan to implement E2EE in the next 12 months.

Forty-one percent of retailers use tokenization, with 25% saying it works well and 22% planning to implement tokenization in the next 12 months. chainstoreage.com

MasterCard's Aim To Reduce False Declines
MasterCard is expanding its security offerings with the launch of a new suite of solutions that uses real-time intelligence to improve fraud management decisions.

The pack of solutions, called MasterCard IQ, promises to bring down the number of unnecessarily declined transactions, which have seen a spike in recent years due to increased security efforts by merchants and credit card companies.

Authorization IQ, one of two offerings in the suite, provides user spending insights to issuers to help distinguish between authentic and fraudulent transactions. This, MasterCard says, will help reduce the number of false declines, which, at $118 billion, account for more loss than the $9 billion lost in actual card fraud.

The effects of false declines seem to have a long-lasting effect on consumer psychology, with 39 percent reportedly abandoning their card, 25 percent decreasing their card usage and another 32 percent giving up on shopping at that retailer for good.  pymnts.com

PCI DSS 3.2 Expected as Soon as March
The next version of card data security standard PCI DSS could land as soon as next month, replacing the expected November release as the only update in 2016, according to the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC).

The council's CTO, Troy Leach, explained that the standard is moving towards a system of smaller, more incremental modifications to address things like the EMV roll-out in the US, rather than larger, wholesale updates.  infosecurity-magazine.com
 

 


 

Leading Supermarket Retailer TOPS Friendly Markets Selects Profitect Prescriptive Analytics to Enhance Merchandising and Asset Protection Strategy


Waltham, MA - February 16, 2016 -
Profitect Inc., the leading prescriptive analytics provider for the retail industry, today announced TOPS Markets, a leading supermarket retailer with locations in upstate New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, selected Profitect's sales module to increase sales, reduce costs and improve customer service.

After a thorough review of current Exception Based Reporting (EBR) solutions - including a trial period in which Profitect gave TOPS full access to its sales module - Profitect was selected. Profitect proved its ability to quickly integrate TOPS' legacy point of sale (POS) data, train users and improve shrink performance. By supplementing legacy reporting approaches, TOPS now efficiently identifies shrink and fraud related activities. In addition, Profitect's unlimited user licensing enabled TOPS to empower their merchandising users with category management analytics to identify product and store performance opportunities. Profitect's solution will also guide TOPS' employees with ways to act on and resolve identified opportunities.

"Profitect's customer-centric approach mirrors our same vision to continuously find new ways to improve our shopper experience. We are excited to work alongside Profitect to build upon our shared values backed by the power of prescriptive analytics," said John Persons, President and COO, TOPS Markets. "It was clear from the start that Profitect provides unprecedented customer service; we were using the system within 72 hours of initial setup. We're very pleased to have chosen Profitect over some of the other solutions our team evaluated."

Profitect's approach to quickly integrating data with minimal IT resources- while producing actionable opportunities- provides organization-wide benefits for TOPS. This enables the company to improve shrink performance by supplementing legacy reporting approaches and replacing them with automated resolution processes. Profitect's closed loop system also creates accountability by ensuring employees identify and resolve opportunities impacting the business.

"TOPS Markets is a true innovator in the grocery industry. By moving operations to a data-driven prescriptive analytics model, TOPS will increase both employee and customer satisfaction with improved category management and asset protection strategies," said Guy Yehiav, CEO, Profitect. "We are very excited for the opportunity to work with TOPS Markets."

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ORC Roundtable
 
A National Update

In this national update on ORC, hear from five of the leading experts on this growing threat to the LP industry and the latest efforts to combat it. Denny Dansak, Sr. Corp. Mgr. ORC, The Kroger Co.; Nelson Harrah, Dir. of ORC, Gap Inc.; Tony Sheppard, National Mgr., ORC Unit, CVS Caremark; Debra Lussier, Sr. Mgr., Investigations, The Home Depot; and Scott Sanford, Dir. of Investigations & Training, Barnes & Noble Inc., discuss the link between online fraud and brick-and-mortar crimes, the impact of state ORC laws, and the mounting national effort of ORC associations that are helping to bridge the gap.

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Joe LaRocca, VP & Senior Advisor, LP, RetaiLPartners, moderates this session on the importance of public-private partnerships in fighting ORC. Captain Bill Williams and Detective Joe Hopkins of the LAPD, and Sergeant Jim Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, tell us about the industry-leading models taking shape across the country that are helping retailers and law enforcement share real-time information like never before. Learn about the commercial crimes division of the LAPD, the expansion of associations like LAAORCA and the new ORC training programs for law enforcement.
 

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Billion-dollar mistake: How inferior IT killed Target Canada
What really happened behind closed doors - A must read for the retail student

Unmanageable deadlines and disastrous IT wrecked this top US retailer's attempt at international expansion. The moral of the story: IT drives the enterprise.

Because the company wasn't extending its existing data entry system, the data being used either had to be exported or entered from scratch. Lengths were entered where widths needed to be. The wrong prices were entered. The wrong descriptions were entered. Low-level marketing assistants were pushed on impossible deadlines to enter thousands upon thousands of fields of information. Is it any wonder that they got 70 percent of it wrong?

Then there was the replenishment system. As you know, stores are designed to sell frequently bought items. When products run low on shelves, the replenishment system is supposed to know that, and instruct the distribution centers to send more stock. In Target's case, behind every product's replenishment process was a business analyst, whose job it is to predict just how much product of a given region will sell.

As you might imagine, each product requires some level of demographic and psychographic analytics in order to build a model for purchase and replenishment for each local store. But the analysts were compensated (or, more accurately) dinged if too low a percentage of their products was kept in stock at any given time. The replenishment system, by placing automatic orders, would expose when certain products had had an unexpected run, or there were too few in stock. When this happened, the junior analyst would get the equivalent of a demerit put on his or her record.

Not being stupid, the analysts turned off this metric -- because they could. Apparently, the Canadian system made automatic replenishment data an optional switch, so when the analysts started to notice that they were getting criticized for poor stocking levels, they turned off the notification system that would tell people that there were poor stocking levels. As a result, management reading replenishment reports thought there was plenty of stock, when that was far from the case. Call it productmageddon. It wasn't pretty

Put simply, Target should have never added an entirely new and unrelated IT system for Canada. Instead, Target should have carefully extended their existing IT system to support internationalization, and once that capability was available, only then consider expanding into another country. The moral of the story is that IT matters. If done correctly, IT should not be an afterthought. IT drives the entire enterprise. zdnet.com

Ontario allows wine in 300 grocery stores
Ontario is taking the next step to modernize the way alcohol is sold, announcing plans to allow the sale of wine in up to 300 grocery stores, starting with about 70 supermarkets by this fall. And she said another 150 existing wine stores now located just outside a grocery store checkout will be permitted to move inside the store and share the checkout.  canadiangrocer.com

Decentral to Sell Bitcoin in Retail Stores Across Canada
Toronto-based innovation and disruption hub Decentral has announced a new series of 'bitcoin cards' that can be purchased at local retail stores nationwide. The Decentral Bitcoin Cards will be available for buyers in denominations of $20, $50 and $100. The cards fundamentally work like a gift card, pre-loaded with fiat cash. Buyers can then redeem the cards for bitcoin via Decentral's website. cryptpcoinsnews.com

Canada's retail sales fall most since 2010 in December
Sales decreased 2.2 per cent to $43.2-billion, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa. Sales declined in 10 of 11 categories marking 97 per cent of total sales. General merchandise receipts fell 2.2 per cent and at clothing stores they declined 3.6 per cent.  theglobeandmail.com

Scarborough's Centennial College hosts Double-Disaster Simulation for First Responders
This was the scenario Centennial College simulated Thursday, when over 500 volunteers, including about 350 students, worked through a mock disaster at the school's Morningside campus in Scarborough, Ontario. The annual event, which is in its 11th year, helps train students from Centennial's paramedic, nursing, pre-fire service, social working programs and others to handle large-scale disaster situations. usatoday.com

Bomb squad destroys suspicious package at Winnipeg Boston Pizza
Police robot destroyed the package and the area was reopened to public around midnight.  cbc.ca

Nordstrom Rack Announces First Canadian Store In Toronto

Danish men's fashion brand Lindbergh plans to open between 20 and 25 Canadian stores

 

Winnipeg: Store employees stabbed and assaulted during robbery; held suspect until police arrived
Two employees of the Giant Food Mart on Selkirk Avenue were hurt during a robbery Thursday morning. One employee was stabbed and the other assaulted, Winnipeg police said. The employees managed to keep the suspect at the store until officers arrived. An 18-year-old man has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, disguise with intent and assault. He was released on a promise to appear in court. The employee who was stabbed was initially listed in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition. cbc.ca

Manitoba: Fentanyl, other drugs stolen from Swan River pharmacy
Manitoba RCMP are warning residents in Swan River and nearby communities they could see an influx of illicit prescription drugs circulating in the area. On Thursday morning, police were notified of a break and enter that occurred overnight at a pharmacy in Swan River, said RCMP. An "undisclosed amount" of fentanyl and other prescription drugs were taken from the pharmacy, said police. Police are especially concerned about the stolen fentanyl. The drug is estimated to be up to 100 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more powerful than heroin. cbc.ca

Cornwall, ON: RCMP investigating Baxtrom's Independent Grocery store break-in

Kelowna, BC: RCMP place 1 in custody following a shooting outside Rutland 7-Eleven

Kelowna, BC: Thieves Smash & Grab an ATM, falls out of the van on the highway
 

 

Sophisticated hackers call for refined payment security systems: report
As retailers innovate and enhance the omnichannel shopping experience, one of their biggest challenges will be creating an inclusive payment security strategy, according to a new report by Boston Retail Partners. Boston Retail Partners' survey found that most retailers are planning to implement a multi-tiered security strategy. Most effective is combining end-to-end encryption with EMV transactions.

EMV may lower the probability of a thief using a fraudulent physical card in a transaction, but EMV compatibility alone does not do anything to mitigate the risk to the data once a card has been swiped. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) works from the swipe.

Almost half of retailers have implemented E2EE. Boston Retail Partners suggests keeping the encryption key with the bank or switch provider, putting it outside of a retailer's system entirely, thereby eliminating the possibility that a hacker could decrypt data within the store's environment.

In an effort to make online shopping simpler, retailers often store consumer credit card information, sparing the shopper from entering her card number each time she returns. While this could open a consumer's data up to hackers, a number of retailers that use tokens in-store are also leveraging them online, protecting consumers across channels. luxurydaily.com

Payments-Focused Cybercrime Startup Locks Deal With Europol
Chainalysis, a cybercrime startup that's focused on payments fraud across the digital currency space, has secured a deal with Europol's European Cybercrime Center.

Because bitcoin is sometimes associated with money laundering and fraud cases, the agreement between Chainalysis and the center will act as a memorandum of understanding to target and prevent criminals from extorting consumers via fraudulent methods. Where Chainalysis comes into the mix is to track the digital identities necessary to trace the criminal digital currencies. Using its software, the startup is able to detect and target suspicious behavior to combat the fraud. pymnts.com

Samsung SDS to use Morpho's facial recognition technology for online authentication

Fossil shifts more of its focus to e-commerce - online sales grew by double digits

Canadian Tire eyes acquisitions in e-commerce as a 'mammoth opportunity'

Mobile Wallet Brings QR Code For Payments

 

 

Huntington, NY: Man pleads guilty to $50,000 spending spree and ID Theft
A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of conspiracy for his role in a multistate identity theft ring last year. Tianli Yang, 26, of Brooklyn, New York, who spoke through an interpreter, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve two years' probation after Judge Ferguson suspended a yearlong jail sentence. Yang and his friends were accused of racking up $50,500 in unauthorized purchases in three states. The four were arrested at the Huntington Mall last year after a two-day spending spree at the mall. Over 100 fraudulent credit cards were seized. herald-dispatch.com

Upper Gwynedd, PA: Suspect identified in East Coast Cell Phone store heists; nearly $6,000
Police said Thursday morning they have identified a Maryland man as one of three suspects who allegedly stole thousands of dollars' worth of iPhones and other items from an AT&T store on Valley Forge Road in January and who are believed to be part of an out-of-town crime ring that's committed similar distraction retail thefts along the East Coast. According to police, shortly after 7 p.m. on Jan. 19, three men walked into the AT&T on Valley Forge Road and stole five iPhones and two iPads with a total value of $5,205. A similar theft of an iPhone valued at $699 occurred approximately 45 minutes earlier at a Sprint store inside the Plymouth Meeting Mall. thereporteronline.com cbslocal.com

Lancaster Co, PA: Man charged in $12,900 Movado theft at Tanger Outlet; previous $1,900 theft at Nike
A man recently released from Lancaster County Prison after serving time for theft has been charged again - this time for a $12,900 watch theft, police said. Charles Hudson, 49, of Philadelphia, took the watch from Movado Company Store at Tanger Outlets on Feb. 10, police said. Last March, Hudson was charged with stealing 15 pairs of Nike shoes, valued at $1,909, from the Nike Outlet at Tanger Outlets. He pleaded guilty to retail theft on Dec. 17 and was sentenced to time served to 23 months. He'd served nine months in prison. lancasteronline.com

Union Square, NYC: Makeup Marauder Caught After Weeklong Shoplifting Spree; over $4,000
A woman went on a shoplifting spree in Manhattan, stealing thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics and other loot from five stores over the course of a week, according to a criminal complaint. Eva Doublerg, 28, hit three Sephora makeup stores, a CVS, and a Michael Kors store between Feb. 6 and Feb. 14, making off with more than $4,000 worth of goods before finally getting caught, police said. dnainfo.com

Philadelphia, PA: $2,000 worth of clothes taken in a Smash-and-grab at the Century 21 in Center City
Philadelphia Police were searching for the thieves who smashed two display windows at the Century 21 Department store in Center City early Thursday morning and then made off with $2,000 worth of clothes. A burglar alarm was triggered at 4:47 a.m.and responding officers found two broken display windows with mannequins stripped of their clothes and accessories, including handbags. The cost of the two broken display windows is $7,000. philly.com

Philadelphia, PA: 9 men Grab & Run with over $2,000 in Jeans
from Bloomingdales
Police say thousands of dollars' worth of jeans have been stolen from a luxury department store chain in downtown Philadelphia. Philadelphia police say nine males donning ski masks stole 20 to 30 pairs of jeans from a Bloomingdale's store at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the jeans are worth about $2,000. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. wowktv.com

Clarkstown, NY: Sears cheap TV Scam busted
Police arrested a Massachusetts resident Thursday for her involvement in an ongoing scam that has been carried out for years in the Northeast. The victims are offered an opportunity to get a discount on a high end Samsung 65" TV from a Sears store. The suspect poses as a Sears employee and meets the victim in the parking lot of the store. The victim hands over ($2,100) the money and is told to wait at the store merchandise pick-up area for the TV, which never comes. Police responded to Sears in Nanuet at about 6 p.m. for a report of fraud. The responding patrol officers interviewed an alert loss prevention employee who said he had observed the scam taking place. The employee, a 35-year-old Nanuet resident, was able to hold the suspect at the scene until officers arrived. patch.com

Waseca, MN: Man sentenced to prison Waseca Wal-Mart theft;
$2,900 ordered in restitution
A 26-year-old Faribault man was sentenced to prison as a result of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Waseca Wal-Mart last year. According to court records, Benjamin Jacob Hunt, 26, of Faribault, was sentenced to 25 months in prison as a result of the felony theft charge, and 28 months as a result of the felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge. The two sentences will be served concurrently. Hunt was also ordered to pay nearly $2,900 in restitution. southernminn.com
 

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Las Vegas, NV: Two women killed, one man injured in shooting
at Miracle Mile shops
Two women were killed and a man was injured during an early morning shooting on the Las Vegas strip Friday. Police are hunting for the suspect, who fled the scene after the 1:30 a.m. incident near the Cosmopolitan hotel. The shooting happened after a fight broke out at Miracle Mile shops, a mall attached to the Planet Hollywood Resort. Mall security broke up the fracas, which included about six people, but the group continued to fued when they left the building and walked onto the popular Las Vegas Boulevard. Three people were shot on the Strip close to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Two of the wounded dashed to the hotel's valet stand for help, and police found a third victim lying in the street. nydailynews.com

Steubenville, OH: Five to face charges in shooting at Fort Steuben Mall
Charges are expected to be filed today against five juveniles who have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident outside of the cinemas at the Fort Steuben Mall on Saturday evening. City Police arrested four juveniles on Monday and a fifth juvenile Wednesday. Two of the juveniles are 12 and three are 14. All five juveniles will be charged with disorderly conduct. Police were called to the mall around 11:20 p.m. Saturday after a large group of juveniles became involved in an argument with two other patrons inside a theater. No injuries were reported. heraldstaronline.com

San Diego, CA: Man Accused in fatal Mission Valley Mall Shootings
Could Face Death Penalty
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged in the shooting deaths of three people, two of whom were killed outside the Mission Valley Mall on Christmas Eve more than two years ago, it was announced Thursday. Carlo Mercado, 30, is charged with murder in the Dec. 24, 2013, deaths of Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere, and the killing of Belvedere's older brother, Gianni, whose decomposing body was found in the trunk of his car in Riverside on Jan. 17, 2014. patch.com

Washington, D.C: Police release video of assault on decorated Marine outside McDonalds
Police have released video showing several suspects who may be involved in assaulting and robbing a decorated Marine veteran at a Washington, D.C., McDonald's last week. Former Sgt. Christopher Marquez, who earned a Bronze Star with combat "V" in Iraq and helped carry then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of Fallujah's "Hell House," was mugged by several people Feb. 12 in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood. usatoday.com


Louisiana Sheriff calling out Gang member by name in a dramatic Crimestoppers video
Captain Clay Higgins of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana has a strong message for a group of suspected criminals. He recently made a Crimestoppers video, to announce increased efforts to arrest suspected members of the "Gremlins Gang." In the video, Capt. Higgins names each of the wanted men, calling them "thugs", "animals", and "heathens". He speaks directly to the suspects, promising to hunt them down. waaytv.com

Brandenton, FL: Man gets beaten up on Valentine's Day while trying to rob a Walgreens Pharmacist in front of her boyfriend, a trained fighter
Robert Nemeth, the alleged robber, walked into the Walgreens on Valentine's Day, leaped onto the counter, told the pharmacist he had a gun and then demanded Oxycodone pills. Unfortunately for him, the pharmacist's beau, David West, was visiting his girlfriend for the romantic holiday just as the thief showed up. "When he started reaching into his pants like he had a weapon, that's when I did something just to protect my girlfriend," Surveillance footage showed West casually walking over to the thief, pulling him off the counter, yanking his white towel mask and sweater off, and landing a series of hard punches to his face, knocking out the wannabe robber. West held Nemeth down as his girlfriend watched until police arrived. nydailynews.com

New Orleans, LA: NOPD searches for two women trying to use
stolen credit cards
New Orleans police need help finding two women who allegedly broke into a car in the Freret neighborhood, stole credit cards, and then later tried to use them at a Mid-City store. The victim later alerted police that someone was attempting to use her stolen credit card at a Walgreen's for a purchase of $262.34. The purchase was declined and voided by the store manager. ksla.com

UK: Paris: Roma pickpocket gang wearing Mickey Mouse ears busted by French police after raking in 6,000 pounds a DAY by targeting tourists at Disneyland Paris

Grand Cayman, BWI: Gunmen hold up jewelry store in Camana Bay, escape with diamonds

Fred Meyer in Albany, OR was the victim of a Grab & Run also on 2/17, $7,995 of merchandise was stolen

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Springfield, OR was the victim of a Grab & Run on 2/17, $8,995 of merchandise was stolen



Citgo - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery / Clerk Killed
D&D Quick Mart - Florence, AL - Burglary
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Frayser, TN - Armed Robbery/ shooting
Family Dollar - Killeen, TX - Burglary
Eastland Grocery - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Holiday Station - Aitkin Co, MN - Theft
Kwik Shop - Council Bluffs, IA - Armed Robbery
Latinos Unidos Market - Santa Fe, NM - Armed Robbery
On Edge - Bucktown/ Chicago, IL - Burglary
Popeye's - Rome, GA - Burglary
Ravi - New London, CT - Shooting
Saint Vincent De Paul - Havasu, AZ - Burglary
Shell - Laredo, TX - Armed Robbery
Short N Easy - Cartersville, GA - Armed Robbery
Spanaway Deli - Spanaway, Wa - Armed Robbery / Clerk shot-wounded
Taboo - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Wawa - Palmer, PA - Robbery

 

 


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