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Macy's Asset Protection Announces Four New Promotions

Dave Rogers was named the Asset Protection RVP for the Northeast Region.
Dave began his Asset Protection career with Macys in 1995 as a store Detective. Dave has held multiple positions in several markets; including Asset Protection Manager, Investigations and Systems Manager (Hecht's Department Stores), Regional Director of Investigations, Asset Protection RVP New England South, and Asset Protection RVP for the Mid-Atlantic Region since 2009. Dave will report to Alisa Dart, VP of Asset Protection. Congratulations Dave!

Pamela Velose was named the Asset Protection RVP for the Southwest Region.

Pamela began her Asset Protection career with Macys in 1995. Pamela has held multiple positions in several markets; including Asset Protection Manager, District Director Asset Protection in Hawaii and Regional Director of Investigations for the Southwest Region. Pamela will report to Alisa Dart, VP of Asset Protection. Congratulations Pamela!

Cynthia Grizzle was named the Asset Protection RVP for the South Region.

Cynthia began her Asset Protection career with Macys in 1990. Cynthia has held multiple positions in several markets; including Asset Protection Manager, Sr. Field Manager in Denver, Director of Training and Operations for Macy's South in Atlanta, District Director Asset Protection in Atlanta and Regional Director of Investigations for the Southeast Region, as well as Asset Protection RVP for South Central Region. Cynthia will report to Alisa Dart, VP of Asset Protection. Congratulations Cynthia!

Mike Coyle was named the Regional Director of Investigations for the Northeast Region.
Mike began his Asset Protection career with Macys in 1998. Mike has held multiple positions in New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Maryland as an Asset Protection Manager, District Director Asset Protection in Florida and Regional Director of Investigations for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mike will report to John Matas, VP of Asset Protection/Investigations. Congratulations Mike!

Rob Gibson, CFI was promoted to Senior Asset Protection Manager - West for Under Armour.  
Rob was previously the Asset Protection Manager - West for the retailer and has been with them since 2014. Rob has also worked in the loss prevention and investigations field for such retailers as JC Penney (Senior Market Investigations Manager), Target (Senior Investigator and Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection), Abercrombie & Fitch (Regional Loss Prevention Manager), and at Marshall Fields (Investigator). Rob earned his BA in Criminal Social Justice from Lewis University and his Masters in Cybersecurity Policy from Colorado Technical University. Congratulations Rob!


Canada's CCL Industries to Buy Checkpoint Systems
CCL will buy Checkpoint for $10.15 a share, which represents a 29% premium to its closing share price Tuesday. CCL Industries Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to buy U.S.-based Checkpoint Systems Inc. for more than $400 million, marking the largest in a string of acquisitions aimed at expanding the Canadian packaging and label company's international footprint.

Toronto-based CCL said it has reached a friendly deal to buy Checkpoint, which makes antitheft tags for the retail and apparel industry, for $10.15 a share. The offer represents a 29% premium to Checkpoint's closing share price on Tuesday, and values the New Jersey-based company at about $428 million based on the 42.2 million shares it has outstanding, according to data provider FactSet.

Checkpoint CEO George Babich, who headed Pep Boys in the early 2000s, called the price "a highly attractive premium," nearly 30 percent higher than Checkpoint's closing price yesterday. Checkpoint employs nearly 4,800 at its Gloucester County plant and other facilities. CCK said it expected to shave up to $40 million in annual expenses from Checkpoint. Sales totaled around $600 million in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, down from over $900 million in 2008, the company's busiest year. wsj.com philly.com

March Networks and SpeedLine Point of Sale Integration Helps Pizza Restaurants Protect Profits and Grow their Business
A new integration from intelligent IP video leader March Networks® and premier pizza point of sale (POS) provider SpeedLine Solutions is helping pizza restaurants and other delivery operators reduce losses from shrink significantly, and improve overall performance using valuable insights into customer service, operations, compliance and other areas of their business.

The proven integration, already deployed by a Midwestern U.S. pizza chain, enables operators to find theft and fraud incidents more efficiently and conduct centralized investigations faster with powerful March Networks Searchlight for Retail software and SpeedLine's enterprise-class restaurant POS system. The software combines the POS transaction data with high-quality surveillance video from March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs. It provides restaurant operators with easy-to-use transaction summary and graphical reporting tools. prnewswire.com

Sports Authority files for bankruptcy
Sports Authority is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The retailer said Wednesday that it planned to close or sell about 140 stores and two distribution centers. The store closings are expected to take up to three months. The Englewood, Colorado, company has 463 stores.  businessinsider.com

Sports Authority Seeks to Honor Gift Cards, Rewards Program in Chapter 11
One of the retailer's first requests in its new chapter 11 bankruptcy case is to continue honoring them. The retailer told the judge that its ability to do so "is necessary to retain their customer base and reputation within their industry."

Sports Authority has about $93 million in outstanding gift cards, court papers show. Companies in bankruptcy don't have to honor gift cards, but many do to keep customers happy. (Many retailers and shoppers have learned this the hard way.)

The retailer also wants to continue its shoppers loyalty program, called The League by Sports Authority. About 28.8 million people are enrolled in the program, in which they earn one point for every $1 spent at a Sports Authority store or online. Points are converted to rewards that customers can use on future purchases. The retailer says an estimated 128.4 million points were outstanding in January, worth about $1.1 million. Another $22 million in reward certificates were outstanding as of Jan. 25, Sports Authority said. wsj.com

NYPD - Cops get new discretion over arrests for minor offenses
Summonses, Not Arrests, for Small Crimes in Manhattan
10,000 fewer cases being prosecuted in Manhattan Criminal Court each year

Manhattan will no longer arrest most people who commit minor offenses. Will take effect on Monday. It gives officers discretion to issue criminal summonses for such offenses as an alternative to arresting people whose behavior they determine does not pose a threat to public safety.

Summonses are adjudicated by judges, who ask the recipient questions about the alleged violation or infraction before deciding whether to dismiss the ticket or impose a penalty, usually a fine. It would also improve how New Yorkers experience the criminal justice system.

The changes come as the City Council considers legislation that would go further by creating a civil process for minor violations of New York City law in all five boroughs. Introduced in January, the legislation aims to reduce the impact of the "broken windows" style of policing that has guided the Police Department for decades, as officials sought to deter major crime by focusing on quality-of-life issues. The department has also scaled back enforcement of low-level offenses in recent years as crime has fallen to record lows. Editor's Note: Does this include shoplifting? As NYPD goes so does the rest of the nation. As most follow suit based on NYPD. nytimes.com

Modell's Says Fiery Hoverboard Suit Can't Show Class Injuries
Modell's Sporting Goods on Monday urged an Indiana federal court to toss a proposed class action accusing the retailer of liability for selling a Swagway LLC self-balancing "hoverboard" that allegedly exploded while charging, arguing it's impossible to certify a class based on hypothetical injuries.  law360.com

Home Depot Pays $2.1M To Shutter Wage, OT Class Action
A California judge on Tuesday approved Home Depot's agreement to pay $2.1 million to end a class action alleging the retailer shorted sales managers in its roofing division on overtime pay and meal breaks, ruling the parties had resolved his prior concerns about notifying the class.  law360.com

Meijer spending $400 million on stores; adding 3,000 jobs in 2016
Meijer plans to build nine new supercenters and remodel 32 stores across its six-state footprint in 2016. The opening of each new Meijer store represents as many as 300 full- and part-time jobs. Since 2010, Meijer has opened 36 new stores, and remodeled dozens of others. chainstoreage.com

CargoNet and Florida Trucking Association Align to Mitigate Cargo Theft in Florida
Verisk Analytics, a leading data analytics provider, announced today an alliance between its CargoNet business and the Florida Trucking Association (FTA) to help members reduce cargo theft risk and lobby for stricter penalties and more public resources.

CargoNet will assist the FTA to collect, aggregate, and analyze cargo theft data in an effort to aid law enforcement with recoveries and better identify trends. Their collective efforts will also assist the state to better understand the potential damages of cargo theft intrastate. Both organizations are optimistic this strategy will help them communicate to legislators the need for more resources, such as more law enforcement officers in the state of Florida dedicated to cargo theft. Additionally, these collection efforts are essential to assist in their commitments to lobby for stricter cargo theft penalties. nasdaq.com

One man arrested in the 2015 $4.8M gold bar heist in Miami
Miami FBI spokesman Mike Leverock says 46-year-old Adalberto Perez was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in Opa-Locka, Fla. The truck shipment of 275 pounds of gold bars was intercepted in March 2015 by three armed thieves as it traveled along I-95 near mile marker 144 in North Carolina. Two others have been arrested with one serving 3 years in prison. wsvn.com

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Attorney General doesn't budge on Apple and encryption in RSA talk
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thinks the government and tech industry should find common ground in the fight over whether Apple should help crack an iPhone used by a terrorist, but her position is that the company should comply, she said during a talk at RSA Conference 2016.

The middle ground is to do what the law requires," Lynch said, which in her view is having Apple obey the court order. "Do what you did for years until about a year ago." She was referring to Apple's earlier ability to decrypt data stored on iPhones - a capability that it has since disabled. It now faces a court order to help the FBI by writing code that would enable a computer to carry out a brute-force attack to open up the phone.

While Lynch called for dialog about the issue, she made it clear her mind was set. Security vendors "need to maintain the ability to obey court orders," she says. "We can have strong encryption...but we can also have the ability to conduct investigations in the way we always have." csoonline.com

Turkish ring leader of $55M operation - hacked credit & debit card processing companies pleads guilty - NYC court
A Turkish citizen who led an operation that hacked into the systems of credit and debit card processing companies between 2011 and 2013 has pleaded guilty in a court in New York, according to officials. Ercan Findikoglu, 34, also known by his online nicknames Segate, Predator, and Oreon, pleaded guilty.

Findikoglu was arrested in Germany in 2013 and was extradited to the U.S. in 2015. He could face up to over 57 years of imprisonment on sentencing. The operations of his group inflicted more than US$55 million in losses on the global financial system.

His group is said to have hacked into the systems of at least three credit and debit card processing companies, stole data for prepaid debit cards and removed withdrawal limits for those debit cards. The group targeted Visa and MasterCard prepaid debit cards serviced by the processors, breached the security protocols that put withdrawal limits on such cards, and then increased the account balances to allow withdrawals in excess of legitimate balances.

The group then disseminated the stolen card data worldwide to the leaders of "cashing crews" around the world, who were directed to use the information to make fraudulent ATM withdrawals in a matter of hours, for which the group would get a commission.  pcworld.com

Collaborating with the Competition
From 25 threats a day to 500,000 a day in 10 years

While threat intelligence-sharing has been a favoured buzzword in the industry for a few years now, many industry leaders have become skeptical that it will yield results.

At a keynote speech at the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco, Christopher D. Young passionately advocated for companies to make a renewed effort challenge their existing models, and to share information more freely and strategically - even with companies that are competitors.

Young, a Senior Vice President and the General Manager of the Intel Security Group at Intel Corporation, outlined how his company is already moving forward on this front.

"We wanted to revise our business model because 'sharing as charity' isn't going to work," Young said. "We can compete, but not on the intelligence or the data itself, but on how we use it and put it into action."

Intel Security, along with Fortinet, PaloAlto, and Symantec, founded an organization called Cyber Threat Alliance, through which they and a growing number of partners share threat information for the purpose of improving defenses against advanced cyber adversaries.  infosecurity-magazine.com

Mobile POS is growing rapidly - 6 million worldwide now - up 64% LY
The vast majority of these units are being used in retailers below 50 stores in their chain. However, IHL reports it is beginning to see an uptick in enterprise mobile POS retail accounts.

Looking at retail verticals most likely to implement mobile POS, IHL found that shipments to department stores grew at the fastest rate at 107% worldwide. Meanwhile, restaurants and other hospitality establishments (90%) and specialty stores (70%) also saw significant growth in mobile POS shipments during 2015.

IHL also identifies two primary barriers to full widespread adoption in the enterprise, particularly in North America, These are the move to EMV and the priority of aligning systems within Unified Commerce, which is a real-time store environment that uses a cloud-based infrastructure to lessen reliance on hardware such as fixed POS terminals. IHL says Unified Commerce is by far the largest area of spend for most retailers.  chainstoreage.com

Pros And Cons Of The Payment Card Data Security Standard
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (the PCI DSS) establishes the self-described minimum data protection measures required of all entities involved in payment card transactions. The PCI DSS consists of twelve basic requirements, along with testing procedures and guidance designed to assist entities in meeting each requirement. The PCI DSS itself is not a law or regulation, and the PCI Security Standards Council has no enforcement authority. Many businesses are confused about what their obligations are under the standard and what liability they may still bear in the event of a data breach. The short answer is that while the PCI DSS provides guidance as to appropriate data protection measures and is contractually required by many card processing agreements, compliance with PCI DSS does not necessarily protect businesses from data breaches or related costs.

Why Comply? The council does not require, monitor or enforce compliance with the PCI DSS, leaving many companies wondering why they should comply. The reality is that there are many reasons for all payment industry participants to seek compliance with the PCI DSS.

First, merchants typically are contractually obligated to comply with the PCI DSS. Many agreements, such as card processing agreements, expressly obligate the merchant to comply with the PCI DSS as well as card network rules, which incorporate the PCI DSS. The individual payment brands, not the council, determine any noncompliance penalties that may be assessed. Merchants risk financial penalties for noncompliance and may even lose card network privileges.

Second, PCI DSS is the first step toward complying with rapidly changing statutory requirements surrounding data privacy.

Third, PCI DSS noncompliance is a "bad fact" for a company defending a lawsuit in the wake of a data breach.

Last but certainly not least, the PCI DSS provides specific direction and recommendations to merchants, service providers and other participants in the payments ecosystem that enable them to establish at least a base set of proven measures that help protect sensitive data.  law360.com



Top 3 Reasons Why ORC may be
Smaller Fish in the Shrink Sea

What is ORC?
The National Retail Federation (NRF) defines Organized Retail Crime (ORC) as, "theft/fraudulent activity conducted with the intent to convert illegally obtained merchandise, cargo, cash, or cash equivalent into financial gain (no personal use), typically through online or offline sales. Organized retail crime typically involves a criminal enterprise that organizes large-scale thefts from a number of retail stores and employs a fencing operation to sell the illegally-obtained goods for financial gain."

ORC: The Smaller Fish in the Shrink Sea?
Shrink rates can be lowered by either decreasing the amount of inventory shortage or by increasing sales, The Calibration Group's whitepaper, "SOH: The Retail Problem That's 7 Times Greater than ORC" reveals. Accordingly, ORC may no longer be considered the biggest threat to retailers' bottom lines from a Loss Prevention perspective. The Top 3 reasons to consider when pondering this comparison:

1. ORC costs North American retailers a staggering $34.67 billion a year, but the $252.9 billion stock-on-hand (SOH) issue overshadows ORC by more than 7:1.

2. If North American retailers eliminated ORC entirely, profit earned from the $34.67 billion in merchandise now available for sale would be $1.04 billion.*

3. If North American retailers resolved their SOH issues and recouped the lost sales, the profit earned from the $252.9 billion would be nearly $7.6 billion.*

* Calculations based on 3% net profit margins

The Four-Letter Solution
An inventory visibility system (IVS) with RFID technology offers retailers clear insight into their inventory at any given point in time. RFID, along with a comprehensive, yet simple software application, has now become the solution that can easily be embedded into any retail framework. An IVS system with RFID provides store personnel with key inventory management data, such as how many items are in back stock and on the sales floor, which in turn allows the staff to manage inventory more "real-time" by making necessary adjustments.

This technology also provides the ability to take a full inventory of the store within minutes as opposed to hours. Loss Prevention professionals can now enhance profitability more effectively by increasing sales while simultaneously lowering the shrink rate.

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How to combat coupon fraud - go digital
Coupons continue to be a strong tool for retailers to use both online and offline, but in the digital space, coupon fraud is becoming a bigger problem.

Kristina: What can retailers do to combat coupon fraud?

Cheryl: The solution to coupon fraud...is digital coupons. Digital coupons wipe out the problem and put the money back in the pockets of retailers and manufacturers.

When we say 'digital coupons,' this doesn't mean general coupons that can be printed from a website. These coupons never exist as paper or other hard-copy form during their entire life cycle, so there's no presentation of a barcode and they can't be copied and distributed. Digital coupons must be set up in advance to work at a point of sale (POS) and must be selected or taken by a consumer and associated with his or her loyalty card or other ID to allow the retailer to uniquely identify her when she shops. This solution is already in practice today and has the potential to save would-be lost dollars due to fraud.

Kristina: How can digital coupons help to combat coupon fraud?

Cheryl: Digital coupons are essential to reducing fraud and increasing security. With digital, counterfeiting isn't an issue. The coupon won't work unless it's a legitimate coupon that's been set up in advance. The same applies to copied coupons: A "copy" won't work. Retailers no longer have to worry about people reusing coupons. Digital coupons are set up to work the exact number of times per person that they are meant to be.

Digital coupons also ensure that discounts are only being issued for the exact UPCs of the products covered by the coupon. There are no generic family codes. Expired coupons also become nonexistent in this case. Digital coupons can also help combat return fraud. They allow returns at the transaction level to be net of coupons, but this is determined by the store return policy. bizreport.com

M-Commerce Security Failing? Mobile Payment Adoption Must Come with Protection, Education
The answer to improved m-commerce security is a two-pronged approach: one-part increased security measures by merchants, in conjunction with all-out consumer security education that extends across the entire range of electronic payment solutions consumers have access to while at the same time advancing the security of payments and consumer identity with standardized best-practices that run end to end.

Eaton-Cardone contends that the above changes are needed now. Over the next five years, mobile point of sale transactions, and particularly the NFC, contactless payment ecosystem will become more pervasive. It is projected that it will be used nearly three times more often. Naturally, where there are more users, there is more money, and thus more potential for fraud. And with the 50+ year-old consumers representing the web's largest and fastest growing constituency, security and education must be in place for rapid adoption. prweb.com

Luxury online retail market to reach $41.8B by 2019: report



Biloxi, MS: Wal-Mart employee arrested in theft of $40K
Police arrested a Wal-Mart employee Tuesday in the theft of more than $40,000 from the business. Samantha Lynn Edwards, 29, faces a charge of embezzlement. Police began investigating her after Wal-Mart security officers completed an internal investigation and found an employee had made fraudulent transactions. sunherald.com

Aventura, FL: $30,000 in Drones and Hoverboards stolen from hobby shop
Over $30,000 worth of drones and hoverboards was stolen from a hobby store in Aventura, Tuesday morning. The burglary took place at the Drone Nerds on Biscayne Blvd., at around 4:30 a.m. This is the second time this store has been burglarized this year. wsvn.com

Bucksport, ME: Employee woman charged in $15,000 theft from Family Dollar
Police have charged a Waltham woman for the alleged theft of $15,000 from the Family Dollar store last spring. Michelle Chaloult, 47, was an employee of the Route 1 business last April, when the incident is believed to have taken place. Police began investigating the case in May, after receiving a complaint from a district manager of the Family Dollar chain. ellsworthamerican.com

Wauwatasa, WI: Nordstrom hit for over $2,000 by Grab & Run gang
Five males in their late teens took between $800 and $1,000 worth of shirts from Nordstrom, 2424 N. Mayfair Road, around 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Police believe one of the suspects also took $1,155 in men's Lacoste tops from the store around 11:20 a.m. Feb. 22. wauwatosanow.com

Austin, TX: Lowe's busts man stealing Washing Machines
Austin police say over the past few months a man entered several Lowe's Home Improvement stores, loaded up a washer and dryer on a cart and wheeled them out without paying. But the thief's luck finally ran out. On February 4th, a man identified as John Carline was stopped by a Lowe's loss prevention employee as he was pushing a washing machine out of the store without paying. According to the police affidavit, the loss prevention employee was able to link Carline to 6 other thefts from Lowe's through still photographs and store video. In a written statement to the employee, he admitted to stealing the big ticket items. A criminal history check by police revealed prior convictions for theft. Carline is now facing two arrest warrants for felony theft. kvue.com

Memphis, TN: Man wanted for stealing thousands of dollars in beer from Kroger Steven Richardson,49, is accused of stealing beer from the Kroger on Lamar but Kroger claims he's stolen a whole lot more than just a 6-pack, he's targeted multiple stores for beer. Kroger couldn't saw which stores were targeted and wouldn't give details about the kind of beer he's accused of stealing or how it says he keeps getting away with it. Kroger did say its retail crime loss prevention team is working with police to try to catch him. wreg.com

West Palm Beach, FL: Man, 74, caught pilfering 65 pairs of panties from store
A customer told the manager that a man was stuffing merchandise into a large shopping bag. The manager of the Palm Beach Outlets store saw the man leaving the store and stopped him. The $520.80 worth of items recovered included 65 pairs of panties and seven pairs of socks. The 74-year-old ma was arrested and taken to the county jail. palmbeachpost.com

Stockton, CA: Repeat Offender targets meat counter in store robbery
A man walked into a store in Stockton, threatened the manager, then took off with hundreds of dollars worth of meat. Police say the suspect is known to employees at the Walmart along March Lane, and has been known to take items in the past. He walked into the store Monday afternoon and reportedly told the manager "If you come near me, I'll stab you". At which point, the suspect walked to the meat section, filled his bag and backpack with about $200 worth of meat, then walked out of the store. abc10.com

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Orlando, FL: Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting of two men at Florida Mall
Deputies arrested a 20-year-old man on third-degree murder charges stemming from the Feb. 5 killing of two men outside the Florida Mall. Novell Johnson was booked into the Orange CountyJail on Monday and is being held on $25,150 bail, records show. He faces two counts of third-degree murder with a firearm. A shopper found 19-year-old Samuel Destin lying on the ground in the mall parking lot near the JC Penney department store about 7:20 p.m. with a gunshot wound, according to the Sheriff's Office. The shopper called 911, and when deputies responded, they found 20-year-old Andrew Garland also shot and lying near a vehicle about 100 yards from the store's entrance. Both men were rushed to a local hospital, where Garland died a short while later, deputies said. orlandosentinel.com

Prince Edward Island, CN: Five-hour standoff ends at Sherwood Mall
A paramedic is seen talking to a police officer in a vehicle outside an incident Tuesday in the Sherwood Shopping Centre. A man inside the building was threatening harm to himself if his demands concerning social assistance were not met. theguardian.pe.ca

Palm Beach Co, FL: Three Life Sentences for Robert Alvarez in Circle K murders Robert Alvarez was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences based on a jury's verdict, convicting him in the murders of two Greenacres Circle K store clerks. Circuit Judge Charles Burton handed out the sentence without comment at the end of a brief sentencing hearing immediately after the jury's verdict. Lisa Alvarez told the judge she believed her son was an innocent man caught in a vicious law enforcement conspiracy that destroyed her family. palmbeachpost.com

South Charleston, WV: Person of interest named in Arson at Southridge Wal-Mart
South Charleston Police are trying to find the person who intentionally set a fire at the Southridge Walmart in South Charleston, causing significant damage to the store. The fire was reported just after midnight Wednesday at 2700 Mountaineer Boulevard. Police are still on the scene reviewing surveillance video and gathering evidence in the case. Also, police say they are looking for a man found on the video. They have named him a person of interest in the case. Police say the fire caused significant damage to the store. The fire started near the sporting goods and automotive sections. The store was closed overnight, but reopened to customers about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. wsaz.com

Police seize at least 250 stolen credit cards in West Greenwich, Cranston -
Two separate traffic stops
Five New York residents were arrested in Rhode Island after police found more than 250 stolen credit cards during traffic stops in West Greenwich and Cranston.

Police said officers pulled over a car for speeding on Route 95 in West Greenwich around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. During the stop, police learned that the driver, Roberto Carmona, 24, and one of his two passengers, Yannick Dopwell, 29, were recently arrested in Virginia for using stolen credit cards to purchase $19,000 worth of merchandise. Authorities searched the car and found 180 fraudulent VISA credit cards, along with 36 Apple store gift cards.

On Saturday night, authorities made two more arrests for fraudulent credit cards, stopped an unregistered vehicle on Route 95 in Cranston. Upon searching the driver, Jonathan Meeks, 23, officers located 41 fraudulent VISA and MasterCard credit cards, as well as 31 fraudulent credit cards from VISA and MasterCard on his passenger, Geraldy Beraud, 22. turnto10.com

Michigan warns consumers about skimming devices popping up across the state
While state officials have already removed nearly 40 credit card "skimming" devices from gas pumps in little more than a year and a half, they are warning consumers to remain vigilant for the information stealing devices. State officials report the first known skimming device was recovered from a gas station pump last August.

Criminals have been migrating eastward with the equipment, only recently reaching Southeast Michigan. The most recent discovery of a skimming device was in the Westland area in late-February, Holton said, just a month after another device was found at a station in nearby Livonia.  theoaklandpress.com

Murrieta, CA: Man named LOSER arrested while trying to steal tools at California Walmart
A California man with the unfortunate last name of Loser was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing items from a cluster of Walmarts in Murrieta, Calif. Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle near Murrieta Hot Springs and Madison Avenue from a Walmart loss prevention employee. nydailynews.com

Wichita, KS: Man charged in 4 bank, jewelry store robberies
Terence L. Thomas is charged with four counts of bank robbery, one count of robbing a commercial business, one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. If convicted, Thomas faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. ksn.com

UK: Taunton, England: Five arrested following Smash & Grab raid on Michael Spiers Jewelers, police chase ends with a dramatic crash
Masked gang attempted a smash and grab at a Taunton jewellers before ending in a dramatic police case and crash this morning. Police launched a manhunt to find five men following the attempted robbery at Michael Spiers Jewellers. A police chase ensued along the M4, which was brought to an abrupt end with a crash at 11.30am. Two lanes of the M4 were closed following the crash. somersetcountygazette.co.uk

Two Texas men busted with gas-pump skimmer in traffic stop in Harrison County, MS

Niagara, N.Y. Walmart associate busted for 18 shoplifting incidents in Lockport store

Cuyahoga Falls, OH: Man sentenced 12 Years or robbing four CVS Pharmacies

KwaMashu, South Africa: 3 Police Officers injured at Bridge City Mall Armed Robbery/ Shootout

AT&T - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Conoco - Gainesville, FL - Robbery
CVS- Lafayette, IN - Armed Robbery
Envios Y Mas - Houston, TX - Robbery
HEB - Houston, TX - Burglary
Kardesh Jewelry - Bellmore, NY - Burglary
Lama Grocery - Tavares, FL - Burglary
nTelos - Roanoke, VA - Burglary
N. Glenoaks Pharmacy - Burbank, CA - Burglary
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Dave Rogers was named the Asset Protection RVP for the Northeast Region for Macy's.

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Why Some People are Great Leaders, and Others Are Not  What sets the great leaders apart from the rest? They have earned the title of leader, and they did so by creating a lasting impact to the people around them. It's about their actions not their job status. Here are traits of the greatest, most successful leaders. Lead with character

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The 5 Management Styles Good Bosses Always Avoid  Leading others isn't easy. It involves not only managing your own tasks, but the tasks of others and their goals. With so much to do, it can be easy to lose sight of your management style. Here are some bad boss traits to avoid. Don't be the best friend

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Success can not happen without conflict. Because success always challenges the status quo, regardless, and mandates change. And in order for change to be successful you need commitment - you need everyone to buy in totally. It's not good enough for everyone to merely agree and move forward because they'll be those that merely go thru the motions and don't believe. One can disagree and still commit but for those who don't engage - commitment is a mere phrase not reinforced by actions.

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