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John Pool was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Security and Fraud for Eastern Bank.
 
John was previously the Senior Management Leader, Corporate Security for Target and was with Target since 1999. He first started as an Investigator, and worked his way through asset protection, investigative and security related leadership roles for the retailer to include District Assets Protection Team Leader, Investigations Team Leader, Manager - Central Investigations, Senior Management Leader - Corporate Security Standards and Ethics, and Senior Management Leader - Enterprise Risk Management. Congratulations John!
 

 



Saks Fifth Ave and Facial Recognition - New Canadian Store Unveiled
Revealed: how facial recognition has invaded shops - and your privacy

Retailers are increasingly using facial recognition technology to track your face. With an estimated 59% of UK fashion retailers doing it, is the anonymity of cities an outdated idea?

On a Thursday morning in February, there were more gawkers than shoppers swelling the aisles for the debut of the new Saks Fifth Avenue in Toronto's Eaton Centre.

Specifically, Saks is the feeling of being watched. Its new stores, which have been built to the standards of an impregnable, hi-tech fortress, employ some of the world's most aggressive, cutting edge approaches to in-store security and customer surveillance. If anonymity is a traditional virtue of cities, it potentially goes out the window any time you enter a Saks shop - and a host of others.

None of the other retail work we've done has anywhere near this kind of security," says a source with direct knowledge of Saks's building requirements, and who has worked extensively with other big Canadian and international retail chains.

The windows are fitted with hurricane-proof glass, the interior walls internally reinforced with wire cage. At Saks' Sherway Gardens location, steel bollards capable of stopping a vehicle - and the so-called "smash and grab" - have been installed outside. So have roller security grilles, and measures to curtail employee theft: the staff lockers have clear plexiglass doors to ensure the contents inside are visible. The company's "asset protection" book, revealed to the Guardian, is meticulously detailed, down to the make and model of almost every screw, bracket and hinge.

"Some of the doors you couldn't get through with a police battering ram," says the source. "It's like there's an Oceans Eleven-type scenario going on somewhere, planning this break-in into the Saks to steal all the luxury handbags."

Saks, though, has also been an early adopter of a more controversial and potentially intrusive tactic in retail loss prevention - facial recognition software, a technology that until recently was, in the physical world, largely employed by airport security, border agents, casinos and cops.

In its commercial retail application, faces of individuals caught on camera are converted into a biometric template and cross-referenced with a database for a possible match with past shoplifters or known criminals. Some stores in the US give shoplifting suspects the option of allowing themselves to be photographed, rather than arrested. All this had been made possible by the arrival of networked, high-resolution security cameras and rapidly advancing analytical capabilities.

In a presentation at a loss prevention conference in Fort Lauderdale in 2014, Patrick McEvoy, the senior manager of asset protection systems for Saks' parent company, Hudson's Bay Company, shared the retailer's initial experience with facial recognition software. Though he identified some limitations with the emerging technology, McEvoy found that the "desired results were definitely obtainable". The cameras in all Saks stores are networked so as to be viewable at company headquarters in New York.

The same technologies used to identify thieves, however, can also be used to track customers.  theguardian.com

NYPD Prepares to Expand Body Camera Use
Officials to work on issues such as video storage and privacy concerns as they seek to expand camera use
The New York Police Department is wrapping up a pilot program that outfitted officers with body cameras, taking the 54 recording devices off city streets in the coming weeks as it prepares to expand to 1,000 cameras this summer, officials said.

Officials say they will spend the next several months sorting out issues such as video storage as well as challenges involving privacy raised by the program, which grew out of an order by the federal judge who found the city's stop-and-frisk policing tactic unconstitutional.

Eventually, the department expects to use about 18,000 cameras to record arrests, stops and other interactions with the public, a move being adopted by police agencies across the country in the face of criticism over excessive force and lack of transparency.

"Body-camera technology is...something that American policing is embracing, but it's in its early stages. There are so many unanswered questions on this issue," Police Commissioner William Bratton said. wsj.com

Fortunes 100 Best Companies To Work For
Here's how the retailers stack up
4. Wegmans Food Markets
14. The Container Store - 17 consecutive years in Top 100
26. REI Recreational Equipment Inc
45. Build-A-Bear
63. Ikea Holding U.S.
67. Publix Super Markets - 19 consecutive years in Top 100
75. Whole Foods Markets - 19 Consecutive years in Top 100
76. QuikTrip
85. Car Max
92. Nordstrom
97. Sheetz

Ore. Hikes Minimum Wage Using Unique 3-Tier System
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law Tuesday landmark legislation that increases the state's minimum wage according to a three-tier system based on an employer's geographic location within the state, with the highest mandated wage of nearly $15 per hour slated for workers in the Portland metropolitan area.  law360.com

Wal-Mart Wants $31M Discrimination Verdict Undone
Wal-Mart has asked a New Hampshire federal judge to step in and overturn a jury's guilty verdict against it, as well as a $31 million award, later trimmed to roughly $16.3 million, to a former pharmacist who accused the retailer of gender bias and wrongful termination after she complained that her medical data had been disclosed by a colleague. law360.com

Carbon Monoxide Incident at Panera in Walt Whitman Mall Sends 7 to Hospital
Several Panera Bread employees were experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning Wednesday morning. Seven people inside Panera Bread at Walt Whitman Mall were taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning after they were exposed to elevated levels of carbon monoxide, according to Huntington Community First Aid Squad. According to a Panera Bread representative, the carbon monoxide leak was caused by construction going on next door, the former location of Legal Sea Foods. patch.com

Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention posted on Indeed
Luxury Retail Confidential Company - New York, NY

Responsibilities
● Lead the Loss Prevention and Safety organization globally with locations throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
● Manage and drive all aspects of a Loss Prevention program globally.
● Develop and maintain a security plan for each location that will prevent crime and reduce loss.
● Lead the audit function for each location asset controls and other asset protection audits.
● Implement prosecution and restitution measures when necessary.
● Keep current with loss prevention advancements, technology and legal matters that could impact the methods and practices of Loss Prevention/ Safety globally.
Local candidates only: ● New York, NY  indeed.com

Checkpoint Systems Q4 net revenue down 9.8%

Five Below "one of the fastest growing retailers in the U.S." plans 85 new stores in '16

Ross Stores to open 70 stores in '16

Burlington Coat plans 25 new stores

Kroger plans $4.1B to $4.4B in capital expenditures in '16


Mississippi Legislature Tackles Cargo Theft; House Bill 595 protects consumers while targeting cargo thieves

Feb Same Store Sales Results
L Brands up 5%, Victoria's Secret up 4%, Bath & Body up 9%
Cato up 4%
Fred's up 0.8%
Rite Aid Feb. comp's down 0.8%, front-end down 0.5%, pharmacy down 0.9%
The Buckle down 8.9% with net sales down 7.7%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
American Eagle Q4 comp's up 4% with revenue up 3%
Costco Q2 U.S. comp's up 4% with total sales up 2.6%
Kroger Q4 comp's excluding fuel up 3.9% with sales up 3.8%
Burlington Coat Q4 comp's up 2.1% with sales up 3.5%
Barnes & Noble Q3 comp's up 1.3% with sales down 1.8%
Stage Stores comp's down 3.4% with sales down 4.2%, full year comp's down 2% with sales down 2.1%
 

NRF's 2016 Dream BIG Scholarship - Apply today - Deadline: March 31

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Suspended prison sentences for men who sold
illegal car number plates online


The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Milton Keynes Trading Standards Regulatory Services, based in the United Kingdom, with their extensive five year investigation into a major counterfeiting and Copyright offences case. The family business sold car registration plates without the authority of the trademark holder, via an extensive network of websites. The logos used on the number platers made them illegal for normal use. The defendants went to great lengths to try and hide their business to ensure they wouldn't be detected by the UK authorities.

Read more here

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

 


 

Report: Walmart customer data possibly exposed
Personal information of some Walmart online pharmacy customers reportedly may have been visible online during a four-day period in February 2016. According to Reuters, a coding mistake may have exposed basic information such as name, address, date of birth, and prescription history of fewer than 5,000 consumers. The error potentially allowed online Walmart pharmacy customers to view each other's data if they were logged into their accounts at the same time. Social security numbers and full payment card or health insurance information were not visible.

"We had a software coding error for a 72-hour period from Feb. 15 to 18 that affected a limited group of online pharmacy customers," Walmart spokesperson Dan Toporek told Reuters. "We moved quickly to fix the issue once it was discovered."

The error happened during a server migration and did not represent any type of security breach or intentional incident. Although currently there is no indication any of the data has been misused, Walmart is contacting customers who may have been affected and offering them identity protection services.  chainstoreage.com

National data security standards for retailers: The way to keep consumers safe
Published in The Hill - Congress Blog yesterday

Consumers will only be protected when every sector of industry, including merchants, issuers and networks, is subject to robust federal data safekeeping standards. Since 1999, financial institutions have adhered to the rigorous standards of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that help safeguard consumers' sensitive personal and financial information. The Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205), introduced by Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and John Carney (D-Del.), would establish uniform national standards for protecting consumer payment and personal information, akin to Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and it would require all entities to have procedures in place to protect consumer data.

Under current rules, retailers are not subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requirement to develop and maintain robust internal protections against network intrusions and data theft. Under H.R. 2205, retailers would be held responsible for implementing security measures to protect consumer data. These systems, which should start with the ability to process new EMV chip cards, should prevent data breaches from happening in the first place.  S. 961 is the companion bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), in the Senate.

The continued push for chip-and-PIN technology is another delay tactic for retailers to avoid true accountability through national data security standards.

Financial institutions continue to pursue new technologies such as tokenization, biometrics like voice and fingerprint recognition and point-to-point encryption - all in addition to EMV chip cards.

Ultimately, true data security requires a multi-tiered approach, and new technology is only one part of that. There must be national data security standards for all businesses that handle financial information, including merchants. To stop fraud, we must work together to stem the tide of cyberattacks .

Hunt is executive vice president of Government Affairs and general counsel of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. thehill.com

How cybercriminals are using Facebook
A new report from threat researchers at RSA describes how cybercriminals are using social media, including Facebook, to not only network about their attacks, but also sell card data and other compromised consumer information - all in open, public forums.

Daniel Cohen, head of RSA FraudAction, says the company found that hackers and fraudsters had posted more than 15,000 stolen payment cards for sale on social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp.

During this video interview at RSA Conference 2016, Cohen discusses:
● How cybercrime rings from different geographical regions use social media in different ways;
● Why law enforcement can't keep up with all of the public forums cropping up for cybercrime; and
● Why cybercriminals are getting more public about their nefarious activities. govinfosecurity.com

Latest Updates from the RSA Conference 2016 - the world's largest infosecurity event
 

 


 

Reduce Costs Associated with Employee Turnover in Your Restaurant with Key Control

Are you experiencing high turnover? You are not alone. Restaurant Owners face turnover rates of more than 62%. The majority of those employees quit, sometimes on poor terms. When employees quit or are terminated from their jobs, it is vital that their keys get returned or security measures dictate the locks will need to be changed - and fast.

InstaKey provides a KeyControl Program for Restaurants that helps reduce costs associated with high employee turnover through use of simple rekey technology and non-duplicable, trackable keys. Check out our latest video here to find out more!

 

 

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Miami ZIP codes lead the list for e-commerce shipping fraud, as do other U.S. cities near ports
When it comes to fraud in the United States, it's the coasts with the most. Five of the top 10 riskiest shipping ZIP codes are in or near Miami. California ZIP codes take three of the top 10 spots, according to a new study.

E-retailers can benefit from knowing where fraud occurs because that knowledge adds a layer of verification when assessing the risk of whether an online order is legitimate, according to Experian, which analyzed data on fraud attack rates for shipping and billing locations. Shipping states are associated with criminals committing fraud (the address where purchased goods are sent), and billing states are associated with fraud victims (the address of the purchaser), Experian says.

Seven states-Florida, Oregon, Delaware, California, New York, Georgia and Nevada-plus Puerto Rico, rank higher than average on the attack rate threshold for shipping and billing fraud. However, the majority of U.S. states are at or below the average attack rate threshold for both shipping and billing fraud, which  indicates that attackers target consumers equally in higher-risk states and use addresses from higher- and lower-risk states to ship and receive fraudulent goods, the report says.

Many higher-risk states are near a large port-of-entry city, including Miami; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C., all of which are among the riskiest cities for shipping and billing fraud. Such proximity lets criminals move stolen goods more effectively, Experian says.

Miami is a major hub for international commerce with its proximity to the Caribbean and South America, plus the airport and port that handle international trade, says Adam Fingersh, Experian general manager and senior vice president of Fraud & Identity Solutions. "There are numerous freight forwarders in the area because of this and as a result, Miami accounted for the most (risky) ZIP codes of any city. The same characteristics can be said of Florida, too, with many international airports and other port cities within the state," he says. internetretailer.com

E-Commerce Coming to Social Media Messaging Apps?
As social media sites show signs they are moving their messenger applications into the e-commerce space, the time has come to consider the negative implications for policing counterfeit goods and enforcement of online purchases.

Facebook Inc., WeChat and other social networks have already expanded their services to allow for users to send payments to one another through private messages. Twitter Inc. has recently introduced new tools to facilitate the exchange of direct messages between businesses and consumers. Facebook is testing a product that will enable businesses to send updates to and have personal conversations with their customers.

Buying and selling goods through messenger apps may be next, e-commerce and intellectual property attorneys told Bloomberg BNA. However, enabling retail transactions via chat may open the door for more counterfeit goods, as brand owners would have difficulty monitoring sales made via private messages, attorneys said. It could also make online purchase terms more difficult to enforce, as chat windows lack the space to properly notify customers of the terms. bna.com

Can PayPal's Mobile Wallet Compete with Apple Pay and Android Pay?

Foot Locker's web sales grow 8.8% in 2015

AutoZone's e-commerce growth slows to 2.7% in Q2

 

 

Home Depot LP ID's Fencing Operation
Fencing Operation: Lakewood, Wash., thrift store 'Thrift - T' sold stolen goods

Investigators busted Thrift-T, located at 9622 40th Ave SW, on February 18th, after being tipped off that the store was selling stolen items. Inside, they recovered more than $150,000 worth of stuff, from power tools to toys and car parts to clothing.

Detectives were first tipped off by the Home Depot in Gig Harbor, Lawler said. Loss prevention workers at the store believed an organized theft ring was responsible for roughly $100,000 in stolen items in the South Puget Sound. Employees tracked the goods to the Lakewood shop, police said. Officers set up a sting, selling high-priced power tools to the store on two separate occasions -- with the security tags still intact.

Online" (Pawn/Second Hand reporting program) and found "Thrift-T" was purchasing large qualities of new items from individuals. After purchasing the items, "Thrift-T" would sell the items on EBay.  Further investigation found that the individuals selling the items had criminal history for shoplifting and theft.

Home Depot donated over $1200 in brand new merchandise to the Lakewood Police Department Property Crimes/Robbery Unit to assist in the investigation. Undercover officers from the Lakewood PD sold these items to "Thrift-T" on two consecutive days. Some of these items had the security devices still attached to them.

The Lakewood Police Department Property Crimes/Robbery Unit served a search warrant on the business (02-18-16 to 02-19-16) over the course of two days and recovered several items. A large quantity of security devices that were removed from items were located in the trash at the business. A total of 2500+ items were seized valued at approximately $150,000-$200,000. Victims include Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer, Target, Kohls and several more unidentified retailers. Some of the items recovered included miscellaneous power tools, beauty supplies, vitamins, household products, personal hygiene products, toys, electronics, sporting goods, arts, clothing, automotive parts, musical items, home improvement item, hand tools and pet supplies.

Authorities arrested the store owner, Timothy Tull, for first degree trafficking in stolen property. During the raid, police found more than 90 security tags in the store dumpster, Lawler said. Lawler said additional arrests are likely. Officers are currently going through records the shop kept, which proves how crucial a citywide pawn shop database can be, he said.

This release was delayed to facilitate additional investigation into the business and the subjects suspected of selling the stolen property.  komonews.com  thesubtimes.com

Three 'Ghanaian gang' members arrested on suspicion of 500,000 pound credit card fraud in UK
Three people believed to be part of a Ghanaian gang have been arrested on suspicion of using fraudulent credit cards to fund a half-a-million pound spending spree on Rolex watches, top-of-the-range computers and fine dining. Two men, aged 34 and 35, and a woman, 34, were arrested in Croydon during dawn raids by City of London Police fraud squad this morning. They have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering in Croydon and Beckenham.

Detectives believe the gang was running an elaborate identity fraud using fake passports and driving licenses to create fraudulent utility bills to buy companies that were already registered and apply for ban accounts and corporate credit cards for limits up to L400,000 pounds. yourlocalguardian.co.uk

West Des Moines Man Convicted on Multiple Charges Involving Multi-State Organized Retail Theft Scheme, Child Pornography and Witness
On March 1, 2016, a jury in the Southern District of Iowa convicted Bradley J. Prucha, 38, of West Des Moines, Iowa, on multiple counts from an organized retail theft scheme, child pornography, and witness tampering.

From around October 2013 through May 2015, Prucha led a scheme to purchase items from various retailers using UPC bar code stickers that Prucha created. Prucha used these stickers, and provided these stickers to others, to purchase items at significantly lower costs than their actual retail value. These purchases occurred at stores from Iowa to Florida, where Prucha maintained a residence, as well as states surrounding Iowa such as Nebraska and Illinois. Prucha returned the items to stores, or sold them using eBay, Craigslist, and to direct buyers, for close to their actual retail value. Some of the individuals Prucha used to perpetrate this scheme included minors. Prucha was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit interstate sale and receipt of stolen property and mail fraud, as well as six counts of mail fraud, for his role in this scheme.  justice.gov

Baltimore, MD: Conspirator in CC Fraud Gang of Five in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Zachary O'Brien, age 31, of Bronx, New York, today to four years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft arising from a scheme to use counterfeit credit cards to purchase merchandise.

According to his plea, from February 2014, through October 2014, O'Brien conspired with his co-defendants, Jerry Anderson, Steven Harris, Marquis Johnson, and Steven Tejeda, as well as others, to use stolen credit card and other personal information of customers of victim financial institutions to purchase items, including Apple iPhones, at retail locations in Maryland and elsewhere.  justice.gov

Credit Fraud Ring of four operating in Greensboro, N.C. - 6 Police agencies are searching for them
About six law enforcement agencies in the Triad are tracking four people linked to a credit card fraud ring in the area. Three men and a woman are believed to have used stolen credit card information to buy gift cards and other items at several discount department stores, said Detective R.D. Seals with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

The four people are between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, drive different large SUVs, including one that's silver and one that's black. They are possibly a a Chevy Tahoe. The sheriff's office said it is investigating three cases. However, the Greensboro and High Point police departments are also investigating cases, as are law enforcement agencies in Randleman, Siler City and Forsyth and Randolph counties.

The sheriff's office asks anyone with information regarding this case to call Detective R.D. Seals at (336) 641-2683 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. greensboro.com

New Yorkers charged in three-state credit card theft ring targeting Cleveland-area Giant Eagle stores
Two men are charged in a credit card theft ring that operated in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania and defrauded Northeast Ohio businesses of more than $150,000," according to prosecutors." Brook Park police arrested Rondon Bernard and Raymond Caballero, of New York state last month on wire fraud charges and identity theft. The men had 25 different credit cards numbers, most associated with Toronto Dominion Bank, according to police.

The men used the stolen credit card numbers to buy gift cards at Giant Eagle and Get Go stores in three states and at least three Northeast Ohio Communities, court records say. The men stole at least $150,000 in Northeast Ohio, which included over $9,000 in purchases at the Giant Eagle supermarket in North Olmsted, according to police Sgt. Bob Wagner.

Communities in Ohio, New York and western Pennsylvania have reported finding credit card skimmers on gas pumps that can steal and transmit credit card data.  cleveland.com

Bethlehem Twp, PA: Pair charged in appliance thefts
from Boscov's and Wal-Mart
Police charged a couple formerly from West Easton on Wednesday for allegedly stealing kitchen appliances from stores in Palmer and Bethlehem townships. The scheme hit Boscov's in the Palmer Park Mall on Jan. 8, 14 and 15 and Wal-Mart on Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem Township on Feb. 12. In the thefts from the mall in Palmer Township, township police got onto the pair's trail after responding Jan. 15 to Boscov's to talk with security about a man and woman, later identified as Ramos and Forrester, walking past all points of purchase with two $349.99 Kitchen Aid mixers in a shopping cart, records say. They allegedly left both behind when confronted by security and fled in a burgundy Saturn sedan registered to a Wilson Borough woman. lehighvalleylive.com

Hatfield, PA: 'Felony Lane Gang' Member Busted In Hatfield After Manhunt
"Felony Lane Gang" member has been arrested after a seven-day manhunt, according to reports. Sarah Ruth Langlitz, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, is allegedly a part of the national crime group that focuses on robbery and identify theft, reports state. She is allegedly connected to the same group that smashed into several cop cars during a police chase on Tuesday afternoon. Langlitz was allegedly involved with stealing money from KinderCare, The Upper Gwynedd Child Learning Center and the Chesterbrook Academy. patch.com

Serial shoplifter hitting Kroger and Walmart to support his drug habit faces felony burglary charges in Toledo, OH

Chicago, IL: 3 charged in booze-fencing ring run from West Side liquor store

Jackson, TN: Woman accused in $2,321 Wal-Mart theft; said she had a receipt

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Hickory, NC: Suspect charged in McDonald's shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 hospitalized
One woman is dead after a shooting Wednesday evening at the parking lot of a McDonald's on Second Avenue NW. Another victim, a store manager, is in a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Police charged Eric Terril Yount, 22, with one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder . Police were dispatched to the scene at 5:57 p.m., where they discovered Richelle Scott Lail, 22, lying on the ground and suffering from gunshot wounds. She died on the scene as a result of injuries. Cody William Watts, 28, was found in a nearby vehicle also suffering from gunshot wounds. Watts remains in a nearby hospital in critical condition. wbtv.com


Charlotte, NC: Shots fired in Strip Center parking lot along South Boulevard; 2 in custody
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating after shots were fired in a strip mall parking lot on South Boulevard. Police were called to the 3000 block of South Boulevard around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The strip mall is home to shops and a couple of restaurants, including a popular bar. wsoctv.com


Monroeville, PA: Court refuses to move Monroeville Mall shooting case to juvenile court
In the past when, as a juvenile, Tarod Thornhill, 18, had gotten in trouble, he did well in juvenile placement. He has multiple mental health diagnoses and suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash several years ago. And the shooting at the mall, where he indiscriminately fired a weapon inside Macy's, was far from sophisticated. But the judge also must consider other factors, such as the impact of the offense on the community; the nature of the offense; the child's previous record; and whether the child can be rehabilitated prior to his 21st birthday, after which juvenile court no longer has jurisdiction. Those factors, Judge Mariani found, weighed heavily against Mr. Thornhill. "The nature of this offense is outrageous, and there's no explanation to the community that's satisfactory," the judge said. post-gazette.com

Canton, OH: Grocery store Burglary suspect indicted in fatal shooting
of NE Ohio police dog
A man accused of shooting and fatally wounding a northeast Ohio police dog during an investigation of a grocery store break-in has been indicted by a grand jury. Twenty-two-year-old Kelontre Barefield is charged with six counts, including aggravated robbery, assaulting a police dog and shooting at police. Barefield could get more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges. abc6onyourside.com

ICE, CBP team with international authorities in key operation
Mexican authorities executed dozens of verification warrants, seizing thousands of counterfeit sports-related items from retail outlets, and Hong Kong customs officials conducted anti-counterfeiting enforcement actions at the border and inland level, leading to one arrest, as part of a major operation developed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations-led (HSI) National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

The international collaboration was part of Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort targeting the illegal importation of counterfeit sports-related merchandise, which culminated last month in San Francisco, California, ahead of Super Bowl 50. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and HSI special agents leverage the yearlong operation to increase intellectual property enforcement during major sporting events, and international partners recently concluded an internal assessment of enforcement actions and results. ice.gov

Nearly a dozen credit card skimmers found on gas pumps around Indy this week
This week, Indianapolis police are investigating nearly a dozen cases of credit card skimmers installed on gas pumps. Police say all the skimmers they have found since Monday have been at Ricker's stores. Ricker's began to install alarms on their pumps, and discovered the devices. fox59.com

Shreveport, LA: Stage Store employee busted in $5,000 Sweetheart Scam
Tomika Carroll, was employed as a cashier at Stage, where she allegedly used her position to steal merchandise. Carroll was allegedly scanning merchandise at her assigned register for family members and then voiding the items, allowing them to leave with the merchandise without paying. At the time of the arrest the amount of theft was nearly $5,000. shreveporttimes.com



Houston, TX: Dramatic Gun Store Smash and Grab Burglary; 3 men arrested
A group of masked robbers chain a pickup truck to the doors of Carter's Country gun store to break into the building in a risky burglary. Once inside, the robbers ransacked the business smashing through display counters to access weapons and ammo within the store. The whole thing took a little more than 2 minutes. wtnh.com


Hialeah, FL: Police Search For Target Burglars
Hialeah Police are searching for four people in connection to a burglary at a Target store. Investigators say the crooks pried open the front doors of the store at 1750 West 37TH Street at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday. The group managed to rip off electronics like Playstations and iPhones. cbslocal.com

Charleston, WV: Wal-Mart fire a cover for Jewelry counter robbery
A man accused of starting a fire in the South Charleston Wal-Mart to cover up his theft from the jewelry counter was arrested Wednesday. The suspect set boxes of plastic tarpaulins aflame shortly after midnight. South Charleston Fire Chief John Taylor said the fire was mainly contained to two sets of shelves in the sporting goods/automotive area, but that the store was filled with smoke and water spread throughout the building. The detective said the fire was a cover for Rogers' real target: the jewelry counter. wvgazettemail.com

Fresno, CA: Police seeing more cases of violent shoplifters
Shoplifters caught, confronted, and then turning the tables on authorities. Fresno Police said they are seeing an increase in violent shoplifting incidents, raising serious concerns for businesses in the Central Valley. This is just one in a string of recent incidents-- a shoplifting confrontation at a Target store where security guards backed off because one of the suspects flashed a gun. Now experts say more local stores are hiring armed security guards for protection. abc30.com

Las Cruces, NM: Man breaks into convenience store for cigarettes, leaves money behind
Police in Las Cruces, New Mexico, arrested a man whom they say broke into a convenience store to take a pack of cigarettes, but did leave behind $6. Police said surveillance cameras inside the store clearly show Battista as he pounded on the doors trying to get the attention of someone inside. The problem was the store was closed and no clerk was on-duty. At that point, police said Battista kicked in the glass door, walked into the store, chose a pack of cigarettes from behind the store, held up money to the store's security camera, placed it on the counter, then left. Damage to the store's front door is $800. waaytv.com

Credit card skimming is occurring more in Southern Minnesota

Buffalo, NY: 25 years for man who Robbed 7-Eleven, Raped store clerk

Australia: Bulgarians skimmed more than $380,000 from Melbourne ATMs



Carter's Country Gun - Houston, TX - Burglary
Champlain Beverage - Leicester, VT - Robbery
CVS - Braselton, GA - Robbery
CVS - Lubbock Co, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Marianna, FL - Robbery
Dollar General - Trafford, AL - Armed Robbery/ Assault
East Coast Boutique - Union Co, NJ - Armed Robbery/ owner killed
Fink's Jewelry - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery
FM One - Monroe, CT - Burglary
Golden Market - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery
Keysville - Burke Co, GA - Armed Robbery
Paradise Donuts - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Quick Stop - Ridgeville, SC - Armed Robbery
Stop and Save - Grand Junction, CO - Armed Robbery
Target - Hialeah, FL - Burglary
Vape & Smoke Shop - coral Gables, FL - Burglary
Verizon - Lehigh Acres, FL - Burglary
Wawa - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - LaPalma, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Winter Haven, FL - Carjacking
7-Elevan - Kissimmee, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Aurora, IL - Armed Robbery

 

 


 
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