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NYPD Commissioner
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From the D&D Daily 2016 GLPS's

 

Retailers Association of Massachusetts at their Quarterly LP Committee meeting

"Law Enforcement and Loss Prevention partnerships in action in Massachusetts"

Meeting Attendees:

Matt Taylor, Christine O'Connor, Dave Valentine, Carlo Naimey, Justin Vuylsteke, Joe Barnes, Kevin Plante, Chuck Moore, William Congdon III, Alisha Le, Richard Bjork, Shawn O'Connell, Jose Mercado, Ryan Kearney, Traci Walton, Jaron Cohen, Daniel Churchill, Andi Shea, Steve Ippolito, Daniel Desmond, Chris Sacramone, Amy Richard, Seth Paquin, Malay Kundu, Mark Gaudette, Michelle Bruneau, Bob McFarlin, Kris Seibert, Shannon Lenahan, Josh Dudek, Jevonne Woods, Kelli Woelfel, Major Christopher Mason, Quinn Sullivan and Daniel Freeman

Companies and Agencies Represented:

Walgreen, Stop and Shop, Target, Retailers Association of MA, CVS Health, Wegmans Food Markets, Bob's Discount Furniture, Gap Inc., Walmart, Stop Lift Checkout Vision Systems, Profitect, Department of Homeland Security, MA State Police, Big Y Foods, and TJX Companies.

 








   



Christopher Crossman promoted to Senior Director Loss Prevention Operations for CVS Health

Christopher was previously the Area Loss Prevention Director for CVS Health since 2002. He has also held other loss prevention positions such as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for CVS and District Loss Prevention Manager for The Home Depot. Christopher earned his Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Congratulations Christopher!




Art Barraza named Asset Protection Director for Rite Aid

Art was previously the Division Director of Loss Prevention and Safety, HazMat for Lowe's. He held a variety of loss prevention and investigations positions while there, including Corporate Director of Investigations, Regional Loss Prevention Director and Regional Investigator. Congratulations Art!







Toys "R" Us Lays Off 10%-15% of Corporate Employees - 250 jobs
About 250 jobs were eliminated at the Wayne, N.J.-based company, people familiar with the matter said. The layoffs were announced Friday, a day before the toy industry's annual convention kicked off in New York.

The reorganization is the latest effort by Toys "R" Us's chief executive, David Brandon, to adjust the privately held company to a fast-changing market. For the nine weeks ended Dec. 31, its sales at U.S. stores open at least a year declined 2.5%. Overseas, they fell 4.9%. wsj.com

New York City Gangs Turn to White-Collar Crimes
Credit-Card Skimming & Check Forging Up 5% in Jan.

Identity theft and making fake credit cards are becoming more prevalent, as word has spread that they carry lighter prison sentences than violent crimes, authorities say.

New York City gang members are turning more often to white-collar crimes such as fraudulent checks and credit cards to fund their enterprises and lifestyle, according to law-enforcement officials.

When a member of the Brooklyn gang Bosses in Business wanted to deposit counterfeit checks, authorities said he turned to strangers on Facebook for help.

The man is one of nine alleged gang members indicted last week for stealing more than $94,000 by depositing counterfeit checks. The indictment marked the third case involving gangs and financial fraud the Brooklyn district attorney's office has brought in the past six months.

In New York City, police started noticing the occasional gang member with a fake credit card about five years ago. By 2014, financial crimes had become more prevalent.

Grand larceny, the category the police use to track such crimes, was up 5% last month over January 2016. The increase was driven by credit-card skimming and check forging, police said.

Investigators often discover credit-card embossing machines and stacks of fake cards while investigating drug or murder cases.

While financial crimes aren't themselves violent, law-enforcement officials say such offenses fund the lifestyles of gang members, including purchasing guns and getaway cars, which contribute directly to violent activity.

Recently, gangs have become more sophisticated, with some members going on the dark web to obtain fraudulent credit card numbers and using higher quality credit-card printers, police say.

A 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation report found street gangs have become involved in more white-collar crimes because of the shorter sentences and the ease of making money. Locally, law-enforcement officials said gangs were similarly motivated.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has pushed for state legislation to raise penalties for identity-theft crimes and possessing tools such as skimming devices used to steal bank card information. The bill has passed the Senate but not the Assembly for the past two years.

The New York Police Department said there were some 10,000 reports of identity theft last year, a figure believed to capture only a fraction of such crimes. Credit card and other identity thefts are among the most underreported crimes, experts say, because most victims are satisfied when a bank or company reimburses money or cancels fraudulent charge.

There are myriad ways for gang members to commit this kind of crime, said Mr. Shea, including depositing a forged check with a bank teller or ATM, opening cellphone or credit-card accounts or having a credit card skimmed by a waiter.

"We were seeing, literally, shootouts in ATM vestibules over, 'This is the ATM that I use to deposit my fraudulent check.' wsj.com

New wave of potentially high-exposure litigation under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act
Facial Recognition Legislation in 4 States
Washington Supports LP Usage - Part One

Notably, since Jan. 1, 2017, the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data.[1] If passed, these bills could have significant implications for businesses that capture, obtain, store or use biometric information.

Many of these new legislative proposals borrow from Illinois' BIPA. As one of the first state statutes of its kind, BIPA imposes strict notice and consent requirements on organizations before they may "collect, capture, purchase, receive through trade, or otherwise obtain" biometric identifiers or biometric information (collectively "biometric data"). Specifically, an individual must be given written notice of, and provide written consent to, the initial collection and storage of his or her biometric data as well as the purpose and length of time that data will be stored and used. Any business that collects or obtains such biometric data must (1) develop a written data retention policy available to the public that meets statutory requirements, (2) restrict the transfer or disclosure of biometric data to very limited circumstances, and (3) protect and store that data to, at least, the same degree it protects other confidential or sensitive information.

In addition, BIPA creates a private right of action for an "aggrieved person" and provides for statutory damages of $1,000 dollars for each negligent violation and $5,000 for each intentional or reckless violation.

Connecticut

Earlier this year, Connecticut General Assembly Rep. Tami Zawistowski introduced a bill that would "prohibit retailers from using facial recognition software for marketing purposes." H.B. 5522, 2017 Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Conn. 2017). That new proposed House bill comes on the heels of a 2016 bill she cosponsored that passed the Connecticut House chamber but failed to pass the Connecticut State Senate to become law.

The public hearing testimony surrounding the 2016 bill demonstrates the competing interests for and against biometrics legislation. With the technology sector worried the bill's strict notice and consent requirements were too broad and would hinder innovation because "most promising biometric technologies cannot incorporate a notice and consent interface."

The 2016 bill would have required certain retailers to display a sign if they use facial recognition technology to capture any biometric identifier of persons entering their retail locations. It remains to be seen whether the more recent 2017 bill will be sufficiently tailored to garner enough support to be enacted.

Washington allows retention to last "no longer than reasonably necessary" to "effectuate the purpose for which the individual has provided consent," to "comply with court order, statute, or administrative rule," or to protect against or prevent "fraud, criminal activity, claims, security threats, or liability.  law360.com
 
Lawsuit Against Walmart For Lehigh Valley In-Store Killing Spree Moves Forward
Suit claims Walmart improperly sold ammo used

A Philadelphia judge ruled that a lawsuit against Walmart filed by the families of three people killed during a shooting spree in the Lehigh Valley in 2015 can move forward.

The lawsuit claims the Walmart store in Lower Nazareth Township was negligent when it sold ammunition to Robert Jourdain, 20, who was allegedly drunk and underage at the time.

The lawsuit says the store was negligent in failing to make sure Jourdain was at least 21, as required by law. wfmz.com

Wells Fargo Fires Four Executives Following Probe of Sales-Practices Scandal
Bank says the terminated executives won't receive 2016 bonus, will forfeit unvested equity.

The terminated executives are a few levels below the bank's top brass: former Wells Fargo Retail Banking Chief Risk Officer Claudia Russ Anderson; Arizona Retail Banking executive Pamela Conboy; Consumer Credit executive Shelley Freeman, who was also a former Los Angeles retail banking executive; and Retail Banking Strategy and Finance executive Matthew Raphaelson.

Wells Fargo's board is continuing its independent investigation of the scandal, which erupted last September when the bank entered into a $185 million settlement and enforcement action with regulators. wsj.com

Security Company Introduces Hidden Weapon Detection Technology to the Cannabis Space
"The weapons detection market has changed. Traditional, old-school metal detectors are not efficient enough and can lead to numerous errors," said Kleperis. "The system we're bringing to the cannabis space will be hidden in walls of our clients locations, completely unnoticed. It will allow our team access to threat detection in advance of a cash pickup or drop off." prnewswire.com
 
UK Castlebar District Court Judge Calls Civil Recovery 'blatantly a parallel system of justice'
Judge Mary Devins described the policy by TK Maxx as 'very peculiar', and Inspector Gary Walsh said that he had never heard of this before.

Judge Devins thanked Mr Walsh for bringing the store's policy to the attention of the court and commented that it was 'blatantly a parallel system of justice.' She said the store were asking the State to bring a prosecution and by issuing the invoice they were taking 'two bites of the cherry'. She dismissed the charge against the woman.

On its website, RLP says it 'pioneered the introduction of Civil Recovery to the UK in 1998 and implemented the National Civil Recovery Programme'. The website also contains a reference from TK Maxx, which says it has used RLP for its civil-recovery cases for over five years.

"In that time they [RLP] have worked closely with our loss prevention team to fine tune the civil recovery process. This has resulted in an efficient and cost effective operation that has delivered better results with each passing year whilst at the same time providing a deterrent against our most persistent offenders," said Liz Ferris, the Manager of Loss Prevention at TK Maxx. mayonews.ie
 


Spending Trends Seen Shifting With Demographics
Aging Baby Boomers and shifts in immigration patterns will impact spending

The research, titled, "The Impact of Demographic Trends on Consumer Spending," found that both the aging of Baby Boomers and a shift in immigration patterns will change spending patterns.

The report predicted New York, Illinois and the Washington metropolitan areas would likely lose a disproportionate number of their older and affluent residents. Further, the research group concluded that consumption in states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada is expected to "grow more than the national average," while states such as New York and Illinois will "barely see any growth at all." The report noted that Rhode Island and Michigan will "actually experience negative consumption growth."

While exact projections of demand are never certain, he said businesses should "grasp the opportunity to use what is known about demographic trends to make better business decisions."

Editor's Note: Similiary one can see that in ORC patterns as well. wwd.com

Sycamore Partners Wins The Limited Brand at Auction for $26.75M
Sycamore owns Belk, Coldwater Creek, Dollar Express, Hot Topic, Jones of New York, Talbots, Torrid, Nine West, Stuart Weitzman, and others. sycamorepartners.com

Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety posted for Ross Stores
in Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. Manages three DC Loss Prevention Managers. To achieve an effective partnership with Store Operations the Loss Prevention Director must develop and maintain ongoing communication and interaction with their SVP, VP's for each DC, HR Directors, and DC Operations Directors. linkedin.com

Burger King and Tim Hortons owner to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion

Amazon's Living Lab: Reimagining Retail on Seattle Streets

Wendy's to open 1,000 locations by 2020

Kate Spade explores buyout options with Michael Kors, Coach

'Live in NYC 2017' Premieres Today - Catch the first episode in today's LPNN column
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Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Home Depot Q4 U.S. comp's up 6.3%, sales up 5.8%
Wal-Mart Q4 total revenue up 3%, full year up 3.1%
WWal-Mart U.S. Q4 comp's up 1.8%, online sales up 29%, revenue up 1%
Wal-Mart Sam's Club Q4 comp's up 2.4%
Wal-Mart Walmex Q4 comp's up 8%, total sales up 9%
Wal-Mart Canada Q4 comp's up 0.2%, net sales up 2.7%
Wal-Mart UK Q4 comp's down 2.9%, net sales down 0.6%
Wal-Mart China Q4 comp's up 2.3%, net sales up 5.4%
Lumber Liquidators Q4 comp's up 2.8%, sales up 4.3%, full year comp's down 4.6%, sales down 1.9%
Cracker Barrel Q2 comp's up 0.6%, sales up 1.1%
Macy's Q4 comp's down 2.7%, sales down 4%
Dillard's Q4 comp's down 6%, sales down 6%, full year comp's down 5%, sales down 5%

 

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Data breach cost Yahoo $350 Million
And that's just what they lost in selling the company

Faced with unknown costs related to two huge data breaches, Yahoo and Verizon Communications announced Tuesday that they had agreed to shave $350 million from the price that Verizon would pay to buy Yahoo's core internet businesses.

The two companies said they would also share liabilities related to the breaches, which occurred in 2013 and 2014 but were only disclosed last year after the deal was announced.

Yahoo, which is winding down its own investigation of the breaches, will share more details about the incidents and their impact in the next few weeks when it makes required regulatory filings.

Yahoo still faces dozens of lawsuits related to the theft of its user data. Hackers stole information, including weakly encrypted passwords, on one billion user accounts in 2013, later selling the information online. The following year, another set of hackers, which Yahoo believes were sponsored by a foreign government, stole similar information on more than 500 million accounts.

The two breaches, the largest known hacks of a private corporation, came amid infighting at Yahoo over security investments and safety measures that would inconvenience users. nytimes.com

The Importance of Embedding Risk Management Into Cybersecurity
There is a need to work together collectively and how to go after managing the threats and the vulnerabilities these threats are taking advantage of. The sector is coming together to talk collaboratively about what we can do through partnerships to manage risk from a critical infrastructure perspective.

One of the things we hear routinely are questions by the board about whether the investments they are making are going to the right places, going to the things that not just make them more secure but more resilient. It has to do with the idea the bad guys are going to find their way in so it's how you manage that through the whole process and how you remediate that before it becomes a problem.

When we talk about setting risk culture across an enterprise, every single person that has a role within the organization at some level is managing cyberrisk, which is why we have such a push toward training. That people angle, managing the people to say you have a role and responsibility that your network-connected devices are secure, all of us have a responsibility with that. wsj.com

Tips for negotiating with cyber extortionists
Whether you are opposed to it or not, enterprises need to have a plan for negotiating with people who take their data hostage.

Seventy percent of businesses hit in ransomware attacks have paid to resolve the problem, half of them over $10,000 and 20 percent over $40,000, a recent IBM survey of 600 corporate executives showed. Nearly six in 10 indicated they would be willing to pay a ransom to recover data.

"All companies should have a general process and tabletop developed on a ransomware scenario."

The strategy should consider the financial, reputational, and operational impacts of being negatively impacted by ransomware. Any decision on whether or not to pay the ransom and how much should involve your organization's security, legal, financial, business, technology and public relations groups, Pierson says.

Be prepared for sticker shock: Cybercriminals who manage to get their hands on your trade secrets, intellectual property or indeed any data vital to keeping your business running could easily scale their demands into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Figure out the cost of no action: One of the keys to successful negotiation when hackers are holding your data ransom is to have a precise idea of how much it would cost you if you do not comply with the demand.

When negotiating with extortionists there's no guarantee that they haven't already copied your data or sold it to someone else or that they will decrypt it as promised. Sometimes, decisions on whether to make a payment will come down to a judgment call.

Communications with the extortionists should focus on gaining as much intelligence as possible on the group, malware used, motives, and other digital fingerprinting evidence, Pierson says. "In addition, the victims will want to receive some proof of life that their data can be decrypted."

Don't let IT lead crisis response: When negotiating with cyber extortionists try not to think of it as solely a technology or a security issue and don't have an IT-lead team handle the crisis. "To put it bluntly, their butt is on the grill and their decision making will likely always be biased to cover their ass."

It is important also not to let personal egos and finger-pointing get in the way of rational decision making. There's nothing like a full-fledged data hostage crisis to expose the fault lines in an organization's collaborative decision making ability, Cristal says.

Never disrespect the cyber extortionist: For the same reason that you never really know who the extortionists are, don't disrespect them. If you decide not to negotiate with an attacker it is better to communicate that decision as professionally as you can. Because it's hard to know exactly what data or access the attackers might have on you, or their potential to cause future harm, treat them courteously.

Rather than abruptly cutting off communications it is better to explain your decision in a respectful manner. Communicate with the attacker that you got legal advice not to pay the ransom," he says. "Be extremely professional in the way you communicate and try not be emotionally impacted by the incident." csoonline.com

Ransomware Doubles Since July
The percentage of ransomware attacks doubled during the period July to December 2016, to account for 10.5% of all recognized malware attacks during that time. The Locky ransomware was the most common type. It accounted for 41% of all ransomware attacks. infosecurity-magazine.com

Controlling Privileged Access To Prevent Rogue Users In Active Directory
Knowing which of your employees have which privileges is the first step to staying safe.

Often, a rogue user is an internal employee who has been granted privileges that he or she shouldn't have. Controlling privileges for your Windows servers, domain controllers, and Active Directory environment is key to limiting what your users can do. The problem is knowing who has privileges and how to restrict those privileges. darkreading.com

UPS 'Successfully' Tests Drone Delivery System Amid Online Sales Growth
UPS has "successfully tested" a drone that launches from a package vehicle and "autonomously delivers" a package to a home before returning to the truck - while it continues en route to other delivery locations. The test was done with Workhorse Group, which is an Ohio-based electric truck and drone developer.

The goal is to help UPS drivers be more efficient in delivering goods as the growth of online purchases continues to soar, the company said, adding that e-commerce is pegged to grow 9.5 percent a year through 2018.

Last month, Amazon said it successfully tested a drone delivery as part of its Prime Air program.

"It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery." wwd.com

9 new hacks coming to get you
The proliferation of insecure devices in every facet of our lives will have consequences far beyond the digital realm.

Securitywise, the internet of things is going as badly as most computer security experts predicted. In fact, most vendors don't fully appreciate the potential threats IoT devices pose. Anything connected to the internet and running code can be taken over for malicious purposes.

The coming wave of IoT attacks include those that could injure or kill people. This isn't hypothetical. And no one has done anything to make these attacks less likely to happen.  csoonline.com

Hacker That Tried to Frame Krebs for Heroin Goes to Jail
A Dark Web bigwig who tried to frame security researcher Brian Krebs for heroin trafficking back in 2013 is going to jail for 41 months. The 31-year-old hacker, variously known as Sergey Vovnenko, Sergey Vovnencko, Tomas Rimkis, Flycracker, Flyck, Fly, Centurion, MUXACC1, Stranier and Darklife, most recently of Naples, Italy, was arrested on June 13, 2014, following an international investigation led by the US Secret Service in coordination with Italian law enforcement. He had been detained by the Italian authorities pending the resolution of extradition proceedings, which he contested for more than 15 months. infosecurity-magazine.com

Voice Biometrics Prone To Error, Study Shows

IBM, Visa partner to embed payment capabilities into Watson-enabled IoT devices








Putting a Dent in OSHA Fines

Using a third party to avoid costly fines

Inviting consumers to shop in brick and mortar stores brings with it a responsibility to maintain customer safety. As much as stores want to, and try to, follow the rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), they sometimes fall short due to understaffing, limited resources, unskilled labor, neglect, or ignorance.

It is easy to agree that none of these excuses are acceptable for putting public safety at risk. But violations do happen and when OSHA issues penalties for infraction of the rules, companies are left to pay the price, whatever the reason...and that cost will rise every year. Not only is there a direct financial loss that can come from OSHA violations, but also extensive brand damage.

OSHA fines increase to reflect inflation

Recent legislation allows federal agencies, such as OSHA, to account for inflation when setting penalty fees. The new law took effect in 2016, and the ensuing OSHA penalty amounts are significantly higher than previous fines. The new fine structure represents a 78.2% increase in dollar amounts to reflect inflation since 1990, the last time OSHA increased its maximum fines.

Sharon Block, deputy assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Labor, believes that the increase in OSHA penalties will "strengthen their deterrent effect."

Here are some examples of the new fines:

  ● $12,741 for serious and other-than-serious violations, up from $7,000
  ● $124,709 for repeat or willful violations, up from $70,000
  ● $12,741 per day for failure-to-abate, up from $7,000

Read full article here.

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LPNN Season 7 Premiere

'Live in NYC' 2017 Kickoff
Quick Take #1

LPNN is back for another LIVE industry-only digital conference, with over 20 information-packed episodes discussing and debating the hottest topics facing the retail LP industry today.

From the CCTV IP conversion, source tagging, RFID, merchandise protection to the increased violence we're seeing, how terrorism is impacting us domestically, how we should all be focused on increasing diversity, redefining ORC and understanding it's a global problem, to how technology and the Omni evolution is literally changing all of our jobs, these sessions are a must-watch if you want to be in the know and stay up-to-date.

LPNN's dynamic duo, MC's Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley, help kick off the event with the first video here. Stay tuned to the Daily in the coming weeks as we re-broadcast the entire "Live in NYC" at the NRF Big Show 2017 shoot from start to finish!


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Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29%
The company saw the biggest gain in a key revenue measure in its U.S business in four years, marking the tenth consecutive increase. The number of customers rose for the ninth straight quarter. And online sales rose 29 percent in the third straight quarter of gains after about two years of a slowing trend.

Global e-commerce sales grew 29 percent in the quarter, up from 20.6 percent in the prior period. Wal-Mart said it's working to accelerate the integration between Wal-Mart and Jet.com, and trying to take advantage of its scale in areas like shipping and sharing its product selection. Wal-Mart last year also raised its stake in JD.com, China's No. 2 e-commerce site. But online sales still only account for a fraction of its total. abcnews.go.com

Kroger's ClickList - a store within a store
Online Business Drives Store Jobs

Since launching its ClickList service that allows grocery shoppers to order online and have their purchases bagged and loaded when they arrive at stores, Kroger has added 25 to 35 new jobs at each store offering the service, said Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager for Kroger's Delta Division. "In a couple of stores, we're as high as 40 new jobs per store, so it's generating a lot of new jobs in every store that we're putting ClickList in to," Evans said.

In the near future, Kroger will announce a home-delivery service in the fast-changing, competitive world of retail e-commerce, he said. tennessean.com

Microsoft and Flipkart announce e-commerce cloud partnership
Microsoft and Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart have signed a new deal to establish a strategic cloud partnership to support innovation in online retail. The new agreement will see Microsoft Azure become the exclusive public cloud platform behind Flipkart's online business. thestack.com

GNC's online sales drop 29% in Q4

Chain Store Closings, Online Shopping Create Plaza Vacancies in Las Vegas

Amazon lowers its free shipping threshold to $35










Madison, WI: Two arrested in $1,500 Baby Formula theft at Walmart
Milwaukee man and a Chicago woman are suspected of stealing over 90 cans of baby formula from Wal-Mart on Nakoosa Trail on Madison's East Side. Madison Police recovered formula and other stolen items valued at around $1,500 in the trunk of the suspects' car Friday. Police say formula theft has not been a recent problem in the Madison area, but numerous incidents of large-scale formula theft have been reported in Milwaukee and the surrounding area in recent years. nbc15.com


Franklin, TN: 2 men try to return stolen merchandise at TJ Maxx
Franklin police hope the public can help identify two men accused in a TJ Maxx theft. Authorities say the suspects entered the TJ Maxx on Cool Springs Blvd. separately around 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Each of the men reportedly tried to return merchandise stolen from another TJ Maxx store. Franklin police report the suspects became disruptive and caused a disturbance during the attempted transaction. wkrn.com


Lee County, FL: $600 Power tool theft reported at Northern Tool store
An unknown suspect is accused of stealing a $600 power washer from a North Fort Myers business last week. According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, employees at Northern Tool on N. Tamiami Trail stated that the man came to the store last Wednesday, asking to exchange a power washer. fox4now.com

Coon Rapids, MN: Sears employee caught giving friends and family 95% OFF; theft totaling $2,790


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Shootings & Death


Wichita, KS: Shots-fired call reported at Burlington Coat Factory
Wichita police are investigating a report of shots fired during an attempted robbery Monday night at the Burlington Coat Factory store in west Wichita. Police say no one was injured in the incident reported about 9:15 p.m. They say witnesses told them a man armed with a handgun came into the store and demanded money. Police say witnesses told them the man got upset because a cashier wasn't reacting fast enough and fired one shot in the air before running from the scene. kansas.com

Benton, AR: 1 Injured, Suspects Sought in Academy Sports Parking Lot Shooting
Benton Police say they have found the black Camaro suspected to be involved in Monday's shooting incident. They have also found a victim and one other party involved. Police say they are still searching for the white truck and any other parties involved. They have not released the condition of the victim. The shooting was reported Monday afternoon in the Academy Sports parking lot, Benton Police say. At around 2:30 p.m. Monday, officers were called to the store in regards to a shooting incident. Police say neither the suspect(s) nor the victim were at the scene when they arrived. arkansasmatters.com

Mayfield Hts, OH: Dairy Queen employee with CCW shoots Armed Robber
A Dairy Queen employee with a concealed carry permit shot an armed robber in Mayfield Heights Sunday evening. According to police, the robbery attempt happened around 10:20 p.m. at the restaurant at 5713 Mayfield Road. A suspect went into the store pointing a gun at employees. That's when the worker fired. The robber ran off and was located several hours later by police near Interstate 271. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment. newsnet5.com



Melbourne, Australia: Private Plane crashes into Mall, Killing 4 U.S. Tourists and Pilot
An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open. tampabay.com


Valley, NE: Suspect who shot at Police, captured by K9 at Menard's Distribution Center


Robberies & Thefts

Lansdale, PA: 'Mission Impossible' Roof Top Burglaries at Costco and small family businesses
A brazen burglary targeting a family business in Lansdale, Montgomery County may be connected to other crimes in neighboring towns. Police say the suspect entered the business through a roof vent using a rope to rappel into the store. A similar method of entry was reported last week at Costco in King of Prussia. A security camera caught the suspect scouring the inside of Lansdale Meats and Deli just before 4 a.m. last Wednesday. Last week, cameras caught a man fleeing after he used rope to rappel 40 feet from a Costco skylight, before swiping fine jewelry inside the King of Prussia store. 6abc.com

Gastonia, NC: Shoplifting quickly turns to Armed Robbery when suspect pulls a gun in Target parking lot
A shoplifter created a panic at Target last night when he allegedly pulled out a gun. Police swarmed Gaston Mall in time to arrest Antonio Manuel Rodas. Rodas went inside Target around 6:30 p.m. and began shopping. He filled a shopping cart with children and adult clothes, a child's swing, a comforter, speakers, headphones and a crib. A store security guard watched as Rodas allegedly walked out with the cart full of merchandise without paying. The loss prevention officer and a Target employee tried to stop Rodas, and he responded by pulling out a handgun and pointing it at the ground near the two. The two employees backed away from Rodas, and the suspect fled through the parking lot with the shopping cart. He ultimately ditched the cart, and police caught up with Rodas across the parking lot. gastongazette.com

Bayou Vista, LA: Deputies seek suspect who stole liquor, threatened Walmart employee with box cutter
St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who is accused of stealing liquor from a store and threatening a security guard with a box cutter. Det. Lt. Traci Landry said surveillance video showed the suspect concealing bottles of liquor in a box containing a baby's high chair. The suspect then paid for the high chair with the liquor stash still inside the box and walked towards the exit. klfy.com




UK: Northumbria: Six wanted for questioning in $5,000
Apple Store theft

Around $5,000 worth of items were stolen from the Apple store in Saint Andrews Way in Eldon. A police appeal has been launched following a "high value" theft at the Apple store in Newcastle. CCTV images have been released by police in the hope the people in the footage can be identified. itv.com




Kay Jewelers in the Piedmont Mall, Danville, VA reported a Distraction Theft on 2/19, items valued at over $35,000

Zale Outlet in the Albertville Premium Outlets, Albertville, MN reported a Distraction Theft on 2/18, items valued at $27,290

Zales in the Hulen Mall, Ft Worth TX reported a Grab & Run on 2/20, item valued at $9,069

Kay Jewelers in the Walden Galleria, Buffalo, NY reported a Grab & Run on 2/20, item valued at $6,799

Zales in the Concord Mills, Concord, NC reported a Distraction Theft on 2/15, item valued at $2,430

Piercing Pagoda in the Charleston Town Center, Charleston, WV reported a Grab & Run on 2/20, item valued at $199

Washington County, NE: Casey's General manager facing felony charges for nearly $3,000 in deposit theft

Guam: Macy's arrests shoplifter with $800 of merchandise; his 3rd felony could put him away for 5 years



Skimming Theft

Lake Station, IN: Police warn of gas pump skimming scam in North West Indiana
The suspect captured in surveillance footage "may be responsible for hundreds of credit cards being compromised, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent purchases," Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales said in a news release. Gonzales did not provide the exact location of the Lake Station gas station, but said it is located off Ripley Street. The suspect used victims' credit card information at store chains in Michigan City, Valparaiso Portage on Jan. 30. The same person was also captured on video Sunday in a store in Michigan City using stolen credit card data from a Highland victim. nwitimes.com


Credit Card Fraud


Sturbridge, MA: Over 50 fraudulent credit cards seized during traffic stop; 2 suspects arrested
Two people were arrested and dozens of fraudulent credit cards were seized when state troopers made a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge over the weekend. Massachusetts State Police pulled over the suspects' car on Saturday for motor vehicle violations. Inside the car, troopers allegedly found a credit card skimmer, as well as more than 50 credit cards, video games, and PlayStation controllers that are believed to have been purchased with the fraudulent cards. wwlp.com




Academy Sports - Benton, AR - Shooting/ Parking lot , 1 wounded
Big Red - Pine Bluff, AR - Armed Robbery
Burlington Coat - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery/ Shot fired , no injuries
C-Store - Wythe County, VA - Armed Robbery
Clark's Pump N Shop - Portsmouth, OH - Robbery
Costco - King of Prussia, PA - Burglary
Dairy Queen - Mayfield Hts, OH - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, Clerk shot Robber
Donnelly Food Store - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery - Shots fired Clerk wounded
Kangaroo Express - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Lansdale Meats - Lansdale, PA - Burglary
Petro - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Prospect Park Market - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Rostraver Township, PA - Robbery
Shell - San Bruno, CA - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Hillsborough, FL - Armed Robbery
Texan Mart - Killeen, TX - Armed Robbery
Vocelli Pizza -Washington, PA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Hillsborough, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
17 robberies
2 burglaries
4 shootings
0 killed










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