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 February 23, 2016

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Stuart Rosenthal was promoted to Senior Director of Sales and Customer Service - North America for Checkpoint Systems - Alpha brand.
Stuart has been with Checkpoint/Alpha since 2010 and has held various positions including National Account Manager, Director of Business Development, and Director of Sales. Stuart brings with him 25 years of previous Loss Prevention Management experience holding positions as a District, Regional, and Director of Loss Prevention. Stuart earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Georgia. Congratulations Stuart!



Tony Davis
was promoted to Canada Operations Director for Nordstrom.
Tony was previously the Eastcoast Operations Manager for the retailer and has been with Nordstrom since 1994 when he started as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager - Northeast Region. He has worked his way up, and has held such positions as Corporate Loss Prevention Director - Operations and Corporate Loss Prevention Director/Rack Division. Congratulations Tony!
 

 



Sports Authority to file for bankruptcy as early as March, close 150-200 stores
Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority Inc intends to file for bankruptcy as early as next month, an action that would expedite the closing of some of its 450 stores across the United States, according to three people familiar with the matter. Sports Authority missed a $20 million coupon payment on Jan. 15, triggering a 30-day grace period to work out a compromise with creditors. The Englewood, Colorado-based company's bankruptcy plans underscore the challenges the fragmented sporting goods industry faces as it competes with discounter Wal-Mart Stores Inc and online retailer Amazon.com Inc. Ahead of the bankruptcy filing, Sports Authority is trying to work out a deal with creditors for a loan to get the company through bankruptcy, and line up liquidators for the 150 to 200 stores it plans to close, one of the people said this week. reuters.com


Best Buy lays off a few dozen corporate employees
Best Buy has laid off a few dozen corporate employees in recent weeks, the Richfield-based electronics retailer confirmed Monday. We've had some areas where we have done a small amount of restructuring," Jeff Shelman, a company spokesman, told the Star Tribune.

He did not provide an exact number of job cuts. But he noted that Best Buy is also hiring in other strategic areas. Its corporate website lists about 90 job openings in Richfield. startribune.com

Security vs. Privacy Debate - Rallies supporting Apple taking place at stores nationwide today
Rallies are planned at Apple stores across the country Tuesday to support the company's refusal to help the FBI access the cell phone of a gunman who took part in the killings of 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The group Fight for the Future is behind the national effort, encouraging people to rally at an Apple store at 5:30 p.m. at the Fashion Valley Mall. Other Southern California rallies are planned in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

"Breaking the security features of our iPhones won't just hurt our privacy, it puts all of our safety at risk," the group proclaims on its website. "Once a backdoor is built, there's no way to ensure it will only be used by the government and law enforcement, and it will eventually leak either by malicious hackers, foreign governments, terrorists or thieves and stalkers to use our data against us."

Federal authorities want Apple to help investigators access data on the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the man in the husband-wife terror duo that killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered the company last week to help the FBI access the password-protected phone, but Apple has resisted, saying such a move could compromise the security of all iPhone owners' information. 760kfmb.com chicagotribune.com

Most Americans support the FBI over Apple, Pew study finds
Most Americans think that Apple should help the FBI unlock a smartphone used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino mass shooting, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-one percent of those asked said they think Apple should unlock the iPhone to help the FBI with its investigation, while 38 percent said it should not unlock the phone to protect the security of its other users. Eleven percent of respondents had no opinion either way. csoonline.com


Ex-Dress Barn Assistant Controller & Former CFO Settle SEC Insider Trading Claims
The SEC on Friday filed and settled administrative claims against Nicholas Prezioso, a former assistant controller at Dress Barn subsidiary Ascena Retail Group Inc. According to the SEC, Prezioso purchased Ascena options in December 2011 and February 2012 based on inside information regarding the company's positive earnings results. Prezioso also illegally purchased stock in Lane Bryant owner Charming Shoppes Inc. in early 2012 after learning that it would be acquired by Ascena, the SEC said.

Prezioso is the second former Ascena employee to be accused of insider trading by the SEC in as many months. On Jan. 12, Reid Hackney, the company's former chief financial officer, agreed to pay $100,770 to settle allegations that he traded on inside information about earnings reports and the Charming Shoppes deal.

Prezioso, of Secaucus, New Jersey, agreed to pay $420,669 in disgorgement, interest and civil fines without admitting or denying wrongdoing. law360.com

Does Walmart self-checkout have shoplifting problem?
Something unusual may be going on at the self-checkout line in Walmart, officials say. Natchez, Mississippi city officials have noticed a high number of shoplifting arrests related to the self-checkout line, and are questioning whether some of the allegations could be mistakes. The narrative reports on those instances almost always describe a failure to scan an item; many suspects told police the items were left unscanned by accident. They were all arrested.

One person who was arrested for shoplifting at the self-checkout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the self-checkout area made it difficult to keep track of what items had already been purchased. She forgot an item in the bottom of her shopping cart, she said, and when she approached the door, she was stopped and told that surveillance had noticed the omission. But instead of being allowed to return to checkout, she was escorted to the back of the store and detained.

Municipal Court Judge Jim Blough said he has seen every single one of the self-checkout cases. "It has come up again and again, and it's something that will have to be looked at harder," Blough said. "It is a growing problem, and they're working on it on both sides." natchezdemocrat.com

Survey: U.S. Retail Cash Theft Up 8%
- While the number of stores using secure storage at POS dropped

Published by Retail Knowledge and sponsored by Volumatic, the US Retail Fraud Survey 2015, now in its third year, is an extensive study of the retail fraud and loss prevention systems, processes and strategies employed by of 100 of the US's top retailers. The latest Survey showed that cash theft, one of the top areas of store loss for retailers, represents the second biggest area of store loss at 26% of shrink. This is an 8% increase since last year's Survey. The Survey also revealed that, during the same period, the number of stores using secure cash storage systems at the POS dropped by 2%.

Other areas of store loss highlighted by the Survey include:
● Employee theft is identified as the biggest area of store loss at 38% of shrink
● Administrative and bookkeeping errors account for the third biggest area of loss at 23%; a 10% increase
● Shoplifting is the fourth biggest area of loss in stores at 11%

Mafia behind most EU pharma cargo theft
- $33.5M worth of drugs stolen each year says expert
The Mafia is responsible for most pharmaceutical cargo thefts in Europe according to a researcher who says 30m euros ($33.5m) worth of drugs are stolen while in transit across the continent each year. The research also identified Italy as a hot spot for such crime, however, the South East of England, Dusseldorf in Germany and Moscow in Russia were also mentioned as areas of concern by survey respondents. pharmatechnologist.com

Mississippi Bills cover Cargo Theft
One bill is intended to deter the theft of truck, rail or container cargo through stiff punishment. The bill from Rep. Steve Massengill, R-Hickory Flat, would establish cargo theft as a specific offense and impose felony charges with escalating fines and punishment based on the value of goods. In an effort to discourage thefts in the state, offenders would face prison in addition to monetary penalties. Specifically, thieves who steal cargo from trucks loaded with controlled substances, or pharmaceuticals, valued at less than $10,000 would face fines up to $100,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison.

Theft of controlled substances valued up to $1 million could result in as much as 25 years behind bars and/or fines up to $1 million. Loads valued in excess of $1 million could result in prison terms as long as 30 years and/or fines up to $1 million. Violators of other property heists valued as much as $1,000 would face misdemeanor charges. Theft of cargo valued as high as $10,000 would include fines up to $100,000 and/or 10 years behind bars. Stolen loads valued in excess of $10,000 could result in 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.  landlinemag.com

Berkeley, NJ: Investigation of Fatal Accident in Roof Collapse Still Ongoing
It's been almost five months since 52-year-old Raymond Crosby died at the Beachwood Shopping Center, when a roof collapsed on him in one of the sections of the dilapidated plaza. But the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has not finished its investigation in the Sept. 24 accident, spokesperson Leni Fortson said. Crosby died during the demolition of the shopping center, which had been underway for several weeks. Everything stopped on the day he was killed and no work has been done at the site since. oshatoday.com

Whole Foods Calls Claims Of Overcharging Scheme Baseless
Whole Foods Market Inc. told a Texas federal court Friday that investors' class allegations the grocery chain masterminded a plot to overcharge New York City customers were unfounded, and that the case should be permanently dismissed. The shareholder lawsuit is premised on a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs press release detailing an alleged companywide scheme to overcharge customers in Whole Foods' New York City locations, the company said Friday. But the "unwarranted" allegations in that release were put to rest after the agency reached a settlement with the retailer in which Whole Foods denied any culpability, the health food chain said.

The alleged overcharging scheme was revealed in June 2015 by the DCA. The agency said a probe carried out in fall and winter 2014 tested 80 different prepackaged products, including berries, nuts, vegetables, meat and baked goods, and found 89 percent of the foods tested were missing more product than is allowed under federal guidelines. law360.com

DSW to open 14 new stores next 3 months

Stein Mart plans 12 new stores this year

Wayfair to hire 450 for Texas service center

Danish jewelry brand Pandora Acquitted in Criminal Court Case

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
HBC Q4 comp's up 11%:
• The Department Store Group (DSG) up 4%; • Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th up 2%; • Saks Fifth Avenue down 1.2%; • HBC Europe (GALERIA Kaufhof, Galeria INNO and Sportarena) up 0.4%; • Digital sales up 22.8%
Home Depot Q4 comp's up 7.1% with net sales up 9.5%
Office Depot Q4 comp's flat, with total sales down 9%
Dillard's Q4 comp's down 2% with total sales down 2%
Macy's Q4 comp's down 4.3% with total sales down 5.3%

 


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eBay Asset Protection Assists Law Enforcement
on Vehicle Scammer Arrest

The victims said they had purchased vehicles online through eBay. The offender would talk the victims into just making a down payment through PayPal and to wire the rest of the money into his bank account located in Scottsboro. The victims were never able to get the vehicle they had purchased. After a few weeks of being unable to make contact with the offender, the victims would file a claim through eBay. On Feb. 19, Dennis lee Burton, Jr., 41, of Fackler, AL was arrested and charged with theft by deception. Burton is being held in the Jackson County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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The rise of LinkedIn fraud - Hackers after your business email
There is an increasing number of fraudsters and hackers who are committing cyber crimes targeting LinkedIn users. Phishing campaigns are among the most popular means to acquiring a target's security credentials and personal data. One report revealed a large number of hackers who were speculated to be have operating out of Iran. Creating dozens of fake LinkedIn accounts by posing as corporate headhunters, they sought to snag working professionals in industries such as telecommunications and even government agencies. Once the approach and the trap is laid with successful results, the targets are enticed into giving up information such as business emails.

Acquiring important business emails is key, as this brings hackers the targets that they seek. When a successful phishing campaign is completed, the stolen employees' sensitive data could be used to engage in more effective phishing campaigns all over again. By gaining access to significant data such as titles, reporting structures and emails, the hackers gain the means to assume the identity of senior management.

Even more-so, communicating through the hacker company emails could see malicious hackers pretend to be a member of the board, the CEO, a senior executive and most times, the CFO. Usually, the communication is made toward an employee who is below the hacker's assumed position in the corporate hierarchy. There are plenty of instances when an employee is forced to transfer money, at the behest of the faux executive or senior to the hacking impersonator's account.

Inversely, a hacker could also assume the identity of a supplier to the business, sending in a vendor email that can easily be mistaken as routine communication. Vendor emails are either compromised or spoofed with subtle changes, an extra character here or a removed one there - which would, in essence, make the email appear legitimate. Another instance wherein emails are clearly deemed an effective hacking vulnerability is malware-laced attachments that tend to infect targeted computers entirely. csoonline.com

Last Year 700 Million Records Were Compromised
Over 700 million data records were compromised last year thanks to 1,673 data breaches, according to digital security firm Gemalto. In 2015, 22 records were lost every second, yet in only 4% of total cases strong encryption was used to render that stolen data useless to the attacker.

The majority of incidents (53%) were related to identity theft rather than financial access (22%) or account access (11%). This is a shift away from a pattern of previous years, when credit card and other financial data was the main target for cybercriminals.  infosecurity-magazine.com

Hackers Targeted Human Error in 2015
Hackers overwhelmingly sought to socially engineer and exploit computer users last year rather than create automated exploits for use in email-based attacks, according to Proofpoint.

The cybersecurity company claimed in its new The Human Factor 2016 report that 99.7% of documents used in attachment-based campaigns relied on social engineering and macros. What's more, 98% of URLs in malicious messages link to executables, or executables inside an archive - which have to be opened by the user. infosecurity-magazine.com

How do you make seamless shopping a reality?
Operational silos are key inhibitor to delivering an integrated, seamless experience
Only 18% of CEOs said they have eliminated operational silos and are delivering seamless omnichannel shopping experiences for their customers. Companies without operational silos expressed greater confidence in revenue growth (59% compared to 48% average for all CEOs) and profit growth (63% compared to 43%) than their peers. The study also indicates CEOs that have removed silos are also achieving competitive advantage though lower costs and increased investments in customer-centric services.  chainstoreage.com

MasterCard, Visa bring payment to the consumer
Both of the major financial services providers are releasing new Internet of Things (IoT)- and mobile-enabled payment solutions that will allow consumers to shop from an increasing number of locations, using a variety of touchpoints, with greater security. chainstoreage.com
 

 


 

STANLEY SECURITY ANNOUNCES STANLEY GUARD

Mobility Solution Delivers Security and Response Management
to Campuses and Workplaces

Indianapolis, IN - February 22, 2016 - STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, announces STANLEY Guard, a smartphone and cloud-based personal safety and security response suite. The STANLEY Guard Personal Safety app allows users - whether they are students, employees, or executives - to send alerts, including video and their GPS location, directly to their security command center for immediate response. The STANLEY Guard Security Response app is designed to coordinate incident responses and provide a means of task management for facilities and institutions that manage their own security. Finally, the STANLEY Guard Command Center platform provides businesses, schools, and other facilities an effective means to verify and dispatch their security resources and manage mass notifications.

The STANLEY Guard campus security mobility solution provides personal safety beginning with a user triggering an alert from their Personal Safety app. Once the alert is triggered, the user's smartphone immediately notifies the STANLEY Guard Command Center portal and begins to transmit the user's identity and location, as well as live audio and video that may be used as evidence of the incident. If the user chooses, he or she may then shake their smartphone, turning the device into a high-volume, strobe-light alarm.

As the Command Center portal receives the alert triggered from the user's smartphone in real-time, the authenticity and severity of the threat may be verified. In addition to receiving the user's real-time video and audio evidence, location and identity, the Command Center also sees a record of previous alerts, including comments from dispatchers and first responders. Once the Command Center verifies a threat, a police or security officer may be dispatched through the STANLEY Guard Security Response app. Further, the Command Center can choose which security officer to dispatch based on either their proximity to the incident or their unique qualifications and skill set.

Security personnel are notified of the incident in progress, and are provided with all pertinent information, including a map and GPS guidance to the incident's location through the STANLEY Guard Security Response app. The Security Response app may also be used to capture and coordinate video and audio evidence, as well as provide detail response reports from each individual security personnel.

Key Features:
 

● Send Alerts: users can notify security whenever the need arises from anywhere on their premises.
● Schedule Meetings: automatically alert authorities if the user deviates from their schedule and does not switch off a timed alert.
● Conduct Journeys: the user can set pre-arranged routes and automatically alert authorities if they deviate from their route and do not switch off a timed alert.
● Man-Down Functionality: the user can activate this feature to automatically alert authorities if their device senses a fall, collision, or similar incident.
● Lone Worker Safety Solutions: provides employees with a direct line to security in any situation.
● Geo-fencing: assign security personnel to defined areas to improve coverage, efficiency, and productivity.

Read more here.
 

 

 

LPRC Monthly Research in Action Report


The Loss Prevention Research Council is aware of how critical research is to help guide you and your team to sell more and lose less. Each month the D&D Daily publishes brief summaries of loss prevention research from the LPRC and other researchers across the globe. This research covers a wide range of topics and includes basic types of research, such as benchmarking, as well as more applied research. Both types are beneficial: basic research helps us understand complex loss prevention issues and the environmental context in which you work, while applied research builds on this to provide us with more concrete deliverables.

Due to the upcoming LPRC Cyber Security Summit, this month's Research In Action report focuses on Cyber-Crime. We will discuss various reactions and responses to cyber-crime and analyze the current systematic measures that are currently in place to combat the threats as a whole. Finally, we will look at the overall costs of cyber-crime and how it might affect you.

How Do Consumers React to Cyber-Crime?
While cyber-crime events are costly and disruptive in their own right, even more impactful is the ripple effect they exhibit on consumer trust and subsequent commerce behavior. This research examines consumer reactions to various degrees of cyber-crime exposure, measuring their change in willingness/likeliness to execute online retail transactions. Read the report summary here. Read the full report here.

Cyber Crime: Impact On Society And Prevention
Cyber crime is emerging as a serious threat worldwide. Governments, police departments and intelligence units have started reacting to it seriously. In the current era of online processing, much of the information is online and prone to cyber threats. Those attacks which are processed knowingly can be considered cyber crime and they have serious impacts over the society in the form of economical disrupt, psychological imbalance, threat to national defense and infrastructure, etc. Restrictions on cyber crimes are dependent on proper analysis of their behavior and understanding of their impacts over various levels of society. Click here to access the report. (LPRC membership required)

Measuring the Costs of Cyber-Crime
Annual costs of cyber crime are amounting to scary figures - but how much do these figures affect you? Several data sources in existence lead citizens to believe they are being affected in a very grandiose way. This Deltica study from 2012 aims to combat this belief and provides readers with actual costs versus perceived costs of cyber-crime and how to better combat this online issue. Click here to access the report. (LPRC membership required)
 

 


 

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

America's Top Cop

'Founding Father' of Public Law Enforcement's ORC Efforts

NYPD Commissioner
William Bratton's speech
to the LP community


On Jan. 18th, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke to retail loss prevention executives at the D&D Daily's "Live in NYC 2016 at the NRF Big Show" event. In his speech, Bratton talks about NYC's new ORC efforts, asking retailers to get involved and help in the fight against the growing threat of organized retail crime.

From his support and funding of the nation's largest ORC association and conference in Los Angeles, to his current efforts in authorizing the formation of New York City's first Metro ORC effort, learn about Commissioner Bratton's commitment to public-private crime-fighting partnerships nationwide.

Watch Bratton's speech here.

 

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The 'Ex' Factor Of Offline Commerce
Savvy retailers - whether they began as physical stores before expanding online or vice versa - understand that the customer experience at a brick-and-mortar location, if sufficiently attended to, provides a substantial potential differentiator over the competition that is not available in the online space.

That is not to say, however, that to build an effectively unique in-store experience, retailers can disregard the ever-increasing propensity of digital elements. On the contrary, those are essential factors in the new world of offline commerce - i.e., the one in which physical retail stores have to compete with online offerings, as well as with one another - to be incorporated in designing experiences powerful enough to draw customers away from their desktops and laptops (but they can keep their mobile devices handy) and into the world.

Barneys New York, for one, kept all of these factors in mind during the planning of its flagship store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, which just opened this week.

As Digiday reports, the new location - which marks a return for Barneys to where it was first founded (at the time, as a menswear brand) in 1923 - features a beacon network that communicates with shoppers' smartphones, a sales staff equipped with iPads to help them better personalize the shopping experience (as well as offer mobile checkout) and same-day delivery, an offering that is fast becoming table stakes in the realm of online-to-offline commerce.

Expanding in the other direction (but with the same purpose), meanwhile, is Amazon, which - having opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in November of last year - is rumored to be planning hundreds more. Regardless of the exact number of locations that Amazon intends to open, many observers are questioning why the very (digital) company responsible for effectively annihilating bookstore chains (hang in there, Barnes & Noble!) would quite literally move into that space. The answer, very likely, is the customer experience. pymnts.com

MasterCard Raises The IQ Of Fraud Prevention
While recognizing that digital commerce (referring to card-not-present, card present, eCommerce and mobile commerce) is still small, Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard President of Enterprise, notes that it's expanding "at a very fast pace." It's a problem, explains Bhalla, that inspired MasterCard and its IQ Series.

Two products have been launched so far in the series. The first solution is Authorization IQ, a system that monitors the behavior of a consumer's account over a rolling 12-month period and can authorize payments using algorithms based on that very behavior. The second solution launched as part of the IQ series is Assurance IQ, which Bhalla notes "solves specifically for the devices world." Assurance IQ allows merchants to pass all of the aforementioned information to MasterCard through an API. MasterCard will then use the information in its databases, combine all the other information that we have about the transaction - for instance, the merchant, the ATM, where it's used - and then provide a score to the issuing bank. pymnts.com

 

 

New York: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Fur Thefts In New York City And Colorado
The NYPD is teaming up with law enforcement in Colorado to go after robbers targeting fur stores. The NYPD and police departments in four Colorado cities are on the hunt for the fur thieves. Surveillance cameras have captured a man and woman on their alleged crime spree that started last October. Investigators said they're link to at least six incidents in Midtown alone. Members of the suspected theft ring stole two fur coats in December, a $40,000 loss. The high end fur store owner in Denver believes the same man and woman hit his store for over $20,000 in merchandise. The fur store owners said the thieves have thick accents and could possibly be from eastern Europe. cbslocal.com

Bellevue, WA: Bellevue Police bust 5 tied to several Apple Store Robberies,
over $20,000 of merchandise stolen
Officers apprehended five suspects linked to several robberies at local Apple stores. During one robbery, six men entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts and grabbed around 13 iPhones before fleeing. In all, they were reportedly in and out of the store within 25 seconds. The suspect's descriptions also match large-scale grab-and-runs at Apple stores in Southcenter and Tacoma, according to police. bellevuereporter.com

Hudson, NH: Police arrest a FL man connected to ID Theft Gang
and over $10,000 in gift cards purchased
Police have arrested a Florida man in connection with a credit card fraud ring involving more than $10,000 in gift cards from Sam's Club in Hudson. According to Hudson police, around 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 officers were called to Sam's Club to investigate a reported credit card fraud in progress. Two men fled the area prior to police arriving, with one man, identified as Yoel Peguero Bettancourt, 38, of Miami arrested on charges of disobeying an officer. Police have requested a warrant for Bettancourt on felony charges related to credit card fraud. Police believe a Texas-based organized crime ring responsible for the gift card fraud also put devices on gas pumps in several New Hampshire communities to steal or skim credit card numbers. unionleader.com

Two Baltimore men charged with Identity Theft
Two men are charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft, forgery, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. On Friday, Springettsbury Township police responded to Boscov's at the York Galleria mall. Alert employees and Loss Prevention observed the two suspects after they had opened 2 lines of Credit, purchasing $2,794.83 worth of clothing and jewelry. Corporate Loss Prevention contacted the 'actual' South Carolina victim who stated that his identity was also used the day prior at Home Depot to open a line of credit. Police stop the two men, a search and found a fake Florida Driver's license and four credit cards in other names. yorkdispatch.com

Belknap Co, NH: Grand Jury indicts Man in $1,500 Baby Formula case
Edward Burke, 32, was indicted this week for theft by unauthorized taking of baby formula valued at more than $1,500 from the Tilton Wal-Mart back in November. citizen.com


Norman, OK: Man steals 2 Drones valued at $500 each from Target; may have a de-activation security device
Police say the man was able to walk into the Target and out with the drones undetected. The drones were valued at $500 a piece. "Target's loss prevention seems to think that he had some type of mechanism with him that allowed him to disable or take off those security items," Jensen said. okcfox.com


Brownwood, TX: Brown County Sheriff's Office arrests a suspect warrant
for ORC and drug charges
Chelsea Rene Mallone, 28, of Brownwood on warrants related to surety withdrawals for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 equal or greater than 4 grams, less than 200 grams, and theft from person enhanced along with a Weatherford Police warrant for organized retail theft. brownwoodnews.com

Madison, MS: Police look for suspect that used clone credit cards
at Kroger stores
The suspect used what appeared to be a cloned credit card to make three different purchases at two different Kroger stores in Madison. wdam.com

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Columbia, SC: Reported SC shooting may not have involved gunfire, Airsoft Guns found
Investigators have not found any shell casings at the Columbiana Centre, and the surveillance video reviewed so far hasn't given authorities any solid leads, Columbia Police said in a news release Monday. Also, witnesses who originally reported seeing two men fire in the air after a fistfight Saturday night aren't as confident about their stories in later interviews, police said. Investigators did find one curious piece of evidence in the woods nearby - a backpack with at least four Airsoft guns, which look like real guns and fire tiny BB-size pellets. Some of the guns make popping sounds when fired. Police haven't been able to determine who left the bag behind or if they were connected with what witnesses thought was a shooting. No one was injured in the mall, despite a mass panic when reports of shots fired spread rapidly. Hundreds of people ran away or hid in stores. It took hours for police to clear everyone out. wtop.com

Baltimore, MD: 90-year-old woman, 82-year-old man shot
in shopping center parking lot
The shooting happened in the area of Clifton Avenue and Denison Street around 1:00 p.m., near the Walbrook Junction Shopping Center. "They were not the intended targets," Police spokesperson TJ Smith said at a press briefing. Investigators believe the suspect(s) fired from across the street. foxbaltimore.com

Kalamazoo, MI: Suspect bought tactical jacket hours before shooting spree
The man charged with shooting eight people Saturday night, killing six of them, bought a tactical jacket hours before the shooting. Jonathan Southwick of Southwick's Gun Store in Plainwell, confirmed that Jason Dalton was at the store at 3 p.m. Saturday. Dalton bought a 511 brand tactical jacket, but no guns or ammo. wzzm13.com

Wesley Chapel, FL: Police Officer slams female Shoplifter to the ground; failure to comply or abuse of force?
Tiffany Tebo was accused of shoplifting from Bealls Department Store. A police officer in Wesley Chapel, Florida, ordered her to put her hands behind her back, instead of complying, she pleaded with him and got thrown to the ground. He slammed her head causing blood to splatter and drip down her back. At one point, the deputy's hand can be seen around her neck, and the situation escalates, leading to Tebo bleeding severely from her head. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco spoke on behalf of the unnamed deputy and defended his actions. dailymail.co.uk

Center City, PA: Woman who abandoned child after Macy's theft in custody
A woman who abandoned her young daughter while evading police at Macy's now in custody. 27-year-old Mahogany Ashly Terry, was taken into police custody late Monday night. The incident happened around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Macy's in Center City. Police say Terry was apprehended by store security for retail theft. She is accused of stealing $1,400 worth of merchandise. Terry, who was accompanied by her 4-year-old daughter, was handcuffed and detained by Macy's Loss Prevention. Hwever, she was able to free herself from the handcuffs and escaped the room, leaving her daughter behind. Security notified police and the child was taken to DHS and is now staying with relatives. 6abc.com


Sherman, TX: Two men wanted in Kay Jewelers $8,000 Grab & Run theft
Sherman Police are looking for two men who snatched thousands of dollars in jewelry right out of an employee's hand. Two men entered Kay Jewelers around 5 p.m. Monday. "They actually asked to see the jewelry from the case," said Sgt. D.M. Hampton with Sherman Police. "When the employee showed it to them they ended up grabbing it out of the employees hand and they fled on foot." They ran off with about $8,000 worth of stolen jewelry. kxii.com

El Dorado Co., CA: Sheriffs Detectives Seek Pick Pocket Gang possibly based in Sacramento
The search began after a series of wallet snatchings at area grocery stores where shoppers left their purses in the child seat of shopping carts. Instead of taking the purses, which would be to conspicuous, they took the wallets with credit cards in them instead. It appears the thieves were taking credit cards quickly to nearby stores to buy gift cards before law enforcement could be alerted. fox40.com

Pasco Loss Prevention detective collected $11,000 in benefits
for false claim of Injury during Apprehension
Charging papers say Carranza claimed she injured her knee in May 2014 when chasing a shoplifter in her job as a loss prevention specialist at a Pasco grocery store. L&I opened a workers' comp claim for Carranza, which provided medical care for the workplace injury. The store allowed her to keep working with medical restrictions while her knee was being treated. In April 2015, however, Carranza admitted she wasn't really injured on the job. She apologized to her employer, saying she filed the false claim to get medical treatment for a painful, preexisting knee problem. Carranza is accused of stealing more than $11,000 in L&I benefits, including more than $7,200 for medical treatment. The amount also includes nearly $3,900 that L&I reimbursed the store for providing Carranza with light duty instead of requiring her regular job tasks. tri-cityherald.com

Cedar Rapids, IA: New York Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Counterfeit Merchandise
A Federal Judge Monday sentenced a man who sold counterfeit merchandise at a "Clearance Sale" in Cedar Rapids to more than three years in federal prison. 57-year-old Yahya Jawad from Binghamton, New York, pleaded guilty in September to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Jawad admitted that on January 9, 2015, he was selling counterfeit merchandise. Police seized more than $150,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise. Prosecutors presented evidence at the sentencing hearing Monday showing Jawad ran a similar sale in Topeka, Kansas in December. Kansas police seized more than $280,000 worth of additional counterfeit merchandise. kcrg.com

Austin, TX: Homeland Security helps APD crackdown on fake merchandise
Working off tips from the Department of Homeland Security, Austin Police Organized Crime detectives arrested Evelyn Teresa Carewicz, 36, and Irfanbhai Barkatali Momin, 36 in two different cases. Each face a state jail felony charge of trademark counterfeiting. According to Momin's arrest warrant, he is a store manager at Mi Pueblito. A private investigator paid a visit to the store on Feb. 12, and found numerous counterfeit products including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Otterbox merchandise. A few days later, Austin police went to Carewicz's apartment. They had received a tip from Homeland Security that she was selling counterfeit Beachbody, Chi flat irons, P-90X and Zumba products online. kxan.com

Kay Jewelers in the Rockaway Mall, Rockaway NJ was the victim of a Diamond Switch on 2/20, earrings valued at $2,149

Peoples Jewelers in the Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener, ON, CN, Attempted Credit Fraud in the amount of $13,000; The Credit Line was denied and no merchandise was lost

Austin, TX: Woman arrested for stealing 27 bags of candy from HEB, priors make it a felony

Aurora, IL: City Alderman's charges upgrade from shoplifting at Meijer's to Felony Burglary

Montgomery Co, MD: Several Smash-and-Grab Robberies Reported at Montgomery County Businesses

Limassol, Cyprus: Designer sunglasses worth $33,000 stolen in smash and grab



Aldi - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
Bashas' - Flagstaff, AZ - Burglary
Circle K - Port Lucie, FL - Robbery
CVS - Georgetown, KY - Robbery
Dollar General - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Georgetown, KY - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Montgomery Co, MD - Burglary
Food Line Market - East Ney York, NY - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Odessa, TX - Armed Robbery
Little Caesars - Montgomery Co, MD - Burglary
Nancy's - Wilson, NC - Armed Robbery
Pacific Quickmart - Spanaway, WA - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot
Patricia's - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Quick and Easy - Ramseur, NC - Armed Robbery
Sammy's Food Mart - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Sherwin Williams - Hendersonville, TN - Armed Robbery
Shopper Drug Mart - Lindsey, ON, CN - Robbery
Walgreens - Brunswick Co, NC - Robbery

 

 


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