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March 7-9

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Paul LaBlanc promoted to Director, Global Asset Protection for Coinstar
Paul will report directly to the COO and lead the global efforts of loss prevention, employee safety & health, business continuity & disaster recovery, plus have direct oversight of all corporate facility buildings. Paul joined Coinstar in 2010 as a Senior Corporate Investigator and has held a couple of roles including Manager, Corporate Loss Prevention and most recently Senior Manager, Corporate Loss Prevention. Prior to Coinstar, Paul was a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Zale Jewelers and Corporate Investigator at Fred Meyer (a division of Kroger). Paul is a CPP and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. Congratulations Paul!

Woodbridge, VA: Fatal stabbing of a LP Associate at Burlington Coat Factory
Suspect Still Remains At Large
A man is being sought after police say he stabbed a loss prevention employee to death after being caught shoplifting from a Burlington Coat Factory in Woodbridge.

On March 4, a suspect was spotted shoplifting inside the store. Police have identified this suspect as Jamel Carlos Kingsbury, 35. They say that Kingsbury was confronted by two loss prevention employees as he left the store and accuse him of fatally stabbing one during the ensuing confrontation.

Kingsbury apparently fled on foot. Police searched for him, to no avail. The victim of the stabbing died after being transported to the hospital. He has been identified as Larry Drumgole, 44, of Rappahannock. Drumgole leaves behind a wife and three children.
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Sears Holdings Restructures Asset Protection
Creates 200 New Area IRT (Interdictive Response Team) Positions

According to our sources Sears Holdings eliminated approximately 700 Asset Protection positions this past Friday while creating 200 new Area IRT (Interdictive Response Team) positions.

Of those 700, 325 Asset Protection Manager positions were affected, but it is the hope to find new positions within the organization for at least 150, a source close to the matter stated.

This new Area IRT position is a new, nimble and highly efficient position powered by data analytics and predictive modeling that has the ability to remote monitor issues in multiple stores, reacting to flagged transactions, inventory control and internal investigations.

Interesting note is that Sears Holdings also posted 62 multi-unit Asset Protection positions on Friday as well.

Editor's Note: Is this the cost-effective wave of the future, with data analytics driving geographically dispersed teams based on real-time information and predictive modeling? New position, new title, new approach.

Wicklander-Zulawski Discontinues Reid Method Instruction
After More Than 30 Years

Decision based on false confessions tied to misuse of Reid Method, as well as WZ's continued focus on teaching multiple non-confrontational interviewing techniques.

Downers Grove, IL - (March 6, 2017) Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), a world leader in interview and interrogation training services for federal government agencies, law enforcement organizations and corporations, announced today the company will no longer offer training in the controversial Reid Method.

See press release below. w-z.com
$12M Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Apple
Alleged Racial Profiling by Apple Store Staff

A new civil rights case has been filed against Apple Inc. in Maryland's District Court, Montgomery. The two Plaintiffs in this case are Deandre Simmons and Darius Green from the State of Maryland. The two are identified in the lawsuit as being "African American/Black citizens." They're suing Apple for being subjected to racial profiling at an Apple Store in Maryland.

What do the Plaintiffs want in this case? Plaintiffs Simmons and Green each want Apple to pay them 1 million dollars each for compensatory damages and 10 million in punitive damages for Apple's willful and malicious conduct to serve as an example to prevent a repetition of such conduct in the future.

The lawsuit claims that "Plaintiffs were subjected to race discrimination while shopping and purchasing Apple, Inc. products at the Apple Store located at 4860 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.

Plaintiffs were racially profiled before, during and after the purchase of their Apple products at the location in question, were subjected to unlawful detention by local authorities at the behest of Apple for appearing "suspicious" before, during and after their purchase of Apple Store products, and were subjected to racial profiling in violation of their constitutional rights when the Apple Store employees called 911 to report two suspicious black men at the store and summoned the local police department to the location."

Upon information and belief, the Defendant has previously been accused, both domestically and internationally, of racial discrimination at its Apple Store locations, and a string of similar complaints suggest a pattern of racially biased policies and practices that have systemically and systematically resulted in widespread discrimination against African Americans/Black customers and or shoppers. patentlyapple.com

U.S. District Court Filing
Columbia Sportswear Accuses Top IT Guy of Stealing Corporate Plans
Takes Job at Business Partner - Uses Info to get business

This case concerns a flagrant invasion of Columbia's and its employees' privacy by a technology consulting firm that secretly and repeatedly hacked into Columbia's private computer network, including several employees' private company email accounts. That firm, Denali, is a Washington-based "IT provider" and former vendor to Columbia. Leeper, who works as Denali's Chief Technology Officer ("CTO"), is the Denali employee who committed the hacking. regmedia.co.uk

Stage Stores Inc Denies Takeover Rumors After A Fake SEC Filing
SEC Compromised - Trying to Move Share Prices?

Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI) has denied receiving an offer for a takeover. This follows a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which indicates there was a takeover bid that was lodged. Through a statement the retailer declared that it had not received a bid from a company going by the name of HMA Acquisition.

The retailer went on to deny that it had any communication with HMA Acquisition before adding that it had been unable to verify the existence of the company that was said to have tabled a takeover bid.

EDGAR, the filing system of the Securities and Exchange Commission has been compromised before resulting in sharp movements in share prices. The hoax was especially prevalent in 2015 when a couple of fake filings were entered into the filing system.  marketexclusive.com
An anti-Trump movement is focusing its boycott efforts on these 10 companies
As of Monday, 53 companies are still on Grab Your Wallet's boycott list. But the movement has narrowed its focus on 10 companies. Here are the anti-Trump movement's top targets. 

Macy's L.L. Bean, Bloomingdales, Dillard's, Zappos, Amazon, Hudson's Bay, T J Maxx, Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond. businessinsider.com
Amazon replaces 100,000 stolen diapers
A couple big companies are stepping in to help a diaper bank in Wisconsin that was targeted by thieves.

Someone stole about 100,000 diapers from the area in recent weeks. Amazon said Thursday that it would donate the same amount of diapers to compensate for the loss. The stolen diapers were for babies from low-income families. Nancy Micke of United Way was pleasantly surprised by the donations. hawaiinewsnow.com

National retailers step up the pace of store closures
Retailers are disappearing from shopping centers in Maryland and throughout the United States at a pace not seen in years as familiar brands go out of business or attempt to stay alive by closing some stores.

This year alone, at least 13 retailers are closing more than 1,500 stores nationwide. The Limited and Wet Seal - with more than 400 apparel stores between them - have gone the way of Sports Authority and Radio Shack, disappearing altogether.

"Liquidators are telling me it's the worst they've seen in 30 years," Millman said. "The number of closings are fast and furious."

"What's happening is the traffic is completely dropping off for those malls," Efros said. "Trips overall are down, and I believe it's the new normal. I don't believe there will be an upsurge in people running to the malls.

That doesn't mean some stores aren't doing well. Chains that specialize in home improvement, optical services and pet supplies are booming, Millman said.

"The retailers that are doing well are the ones that have smaller formats" and lower fixed costs such as electricity and labor, Efros said. "The whole role of the store is different." baltimoresun.com

No Deal: Hudson's Bay, Macy's Fail to Reach Agreement
The question becomes: Where will the acquisition-minded Hudson's Bay Co. turn its attentions to next?

Talks between Hudson's Bay Co. and Macy's have run aground, with the two department store retailers unable to come to terms on a deal, according to sources.

"Frankly, there is no agreement," said a source close to the situation. "It's purely about money. Macy's wants more money and HBC wants to pay less. There's no meeting of the minds."

HBC is said to have the resources to finance a deal at the price they wanted to pay for Macy's, and possibly even a Chinese partner lined up. A Macy's deal would be too big for HBC to tackle alone. HBC would not confirm having a partner.

Other issues could have surfaced during the talks, such as how management of the combined structure would have been organized and who would continue in leadership roles in a combined entity, and who wouldn't.

With Macy's out of the picture for now, the question becomes where does the acquisition-minded Richard Baker, HBC's governor and executive chairman, turn his attention, though sources indicated that he has not given up forever on Macy's and would always have other retail properties in mind as well. As business conditions and stock prices change, the Macy's courtship could one day be revived. wwd.com
Lowe's CEO: Layoffs difficult but necessary for changing company
He also did not rule out future job cuts to reduce costs

Following rounds of mass layoffs at Lowe's, the company's CEO says he regrets the impact on those affected but is pleased with the streamlining effort and workers' reception of it.

He also did not rule out future job cuts to reduce costs. Robert Niblock's remarks came after the company reported fourth-quarter financial results Wednesday that topped Wall Street expectations - a much-needed sign of momentum for the home improvement retailer that has consistently trailed behind its larger competitor, Home Depot.

Lowe's executives have said the layoffs - more than 500 last week at the corporate level in suburban Charlotte and 2,400 last month at the store level - eliminate layers of control, making the company more nimble and better able to respond to changing consumer habits. qconline.com

Director of Loss Prevention posted for Helzberg Diamonds
in North Kansas City, MO

Helzberg Diamonds, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway has opened the Director of Loss Prevention position. The Director reports the D.V.P of Loss Prevention, and is a business partner with our Divisional Vice Presidents of Store Operations, Regional Managers, Store Managers, and corporate teammates.

Helzberg Diamonds and our more than 220 jewelry stores are part of Berkshire Hathaway, a company known for setting the example for positive business ethics. helzberg.com

Savers Thrift shops closing all 3 Colorado locations

New Book Offered Through ASIS International
'Retail Security: 150 Things You Should Know'

Ross Stores to Open 90 Stores in 2017

Meijer investing $375M to build 7 new stores and remodel 22 stores

CVS to lay off 99 workers in Rockland Pharmacy Offices

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Costco Q2 comp's up 3%, revenue up 5.7%
Kroger Q4 comp's down 0.7%, total sales up 5.5%, full yr comp's up 1%, total sales up 5%
Vitamin Shoppe Q4 comp's down 2.2%, net sales up 3.9%, full yr. comp's down 0.9%, net sales up 1.7%

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Wicklander-Zulawski Discontinues Reid Method Instruction After More Than 30 Years

Decision based on false confessions tied to misuse of Reid Method, as well as WZ's continued focus on teaching multiple non-confrontational interviewing techniques

Downers Grove, IL - (March 6, 2017) - Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), a world leader in interview and interrogation training services for federal government agencies, law enforcement organizations and corporations, announced today the company will no longer offer training in the controversial Reid Method.

WZ has been licensed by John E. Reid and Associates, Inc., originator and developer of the Reid Method, and had included this direct, positive interrogation method in their standard public sector curriculum with WZ's non-confrontational techniques for the last 33 years. WZ Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) instructors have conducted training for more than 200,000 law enforcement officers worldwide since the founding of the firm in 1982.

Going forward, WZ will standardize their core instruction on multiple techniques including the Participatory Method, Cognitive Interviewing, Fact-Finding and Selective Interviewing, as well as the popular WZ Non-Confrontational Method. A major city police department recently contracted with WZ to teach this exact combination of industry best practices in seminars for their new detectives. This customized course was designed to provide progressive, comprehensive training in multiple non-confrontational interviewing techniques with a focus on obtaining truthful information and admissions. It will now become WZ's flagship seminar for law enforcement.

"It's human nature to deny and defend oneself. Confrontation is not an effective way of getting truthful information," said WZ President and CEO Shane Sturman, CFI. "Rather than primarily seeking a confession, it's an important goal for investigators to find the truth ethically through a respectful, non-confrontational approach." Sturman added, "WZ has dedicated instructional blocks to educate detectives on the causes of false confessions and the risks of utilizing improper interrogation methods. In future classes, WZ will only discuss the Reid Method in effort to highlight potential risks posed in obtaining a false confession, or to illustrate the major advantages of using the WZ Non-Confrontational Method."

Approximately 29% of DNA exonerations in the US since 1989 have involved false confessions to the crime. A combination of factors could cause innocent persons to confess to a crime they did not commit. Academics have chronicled the commonalities among these cases and found the suspect is often mentally or intellectually challenged, interviewed without an attorney or parent, interrogated for over three hours, or told information about the crime by the investigators. In addition, the officers in these cases were often trained in the Reid Technique of Interview and Interrogation. Although one might argue that the officers misused their training in the Technique, many courts and law enforcement agencies are moving away from this confrontational approach to non-confrontational styles.

Read full press release here.

The Personal Cost of Data Breaches
Yahoo CEO Punished for Data Breaches

Marissa Mayer will be denied her annual bonus of around $2 million and also forgoes annual stock award worth millions.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will pay a penalty for the two breaches the company suffered in 2013 and 2014 by being denied her annual bonus of around $2 million and forgoing her annual stock award worth millions of dollars, Fox News reports. Yahoo's general counsel Ronald Bell too was punished, having to resign without getting his severance pay.

Alex Stamos, Yahoo's top security officer at the time of the 2014 breach, left the company in 2015.

An internal investigation into the breaches has held the executives responsible for failing to conduct a deep probe into the security lapses once revealed, alleging the executives "failed to act sufficiently." The report also called out the legal department for failing to act immediately, which caused the breaches to not be "properly investigated and analyzed at the time."

The data breaches, reported by Yahoo in 2016, compromised over 1 billion user accounts and cost the company $350 million after Verizon reduced its takeover deal price. Over 40 lawsuits have been filed against the company and the SEC and FTC are investigating the incidents. darkreading.com foxnews.com

Penney adds cybersecurity expert to board
J.C. Penney Company has added a former senior advisor to the director of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), to its board of directors.

Debora Plunkett is joining the Penney board. Possessing extensive experience in cybersecurity, information assurance and innovation in information security, Plunkett has a deep understanding of the data-driven and interconnected world of today, the retailer said.

"Debora has a strong background in information management and technology, and has been trusted by some of the nation`s top leaders to deliver robust security solutions and policies for the U.S. government," said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney.

Most recently, Plunkett served as a professor at University of Maryland University College teaching graduate-level cybersecurity courses. She also provides consultation on cybersecurity, and information assurance. chainstoreage.com

Blockchain tech seen as answer to food safety concerns
A Better Way to Track Pork Chops, Bonds, Bad Peanut Butter?

Last year, IBM executives flew to Walmart's headquarters in Arkansas to propose a solution: the blockchain. For a better way to track lettuce, steaks and snack cakes from farm and factory to the shelves of Walmart, When the company dealt with salmonella outbreaks, it often took weeks to trace where the bad ingredients came from.

The IBM-Walmart partnership is one of the biggest practical tests to date.

At its heart, blockchain simply refers to a bookkeeping method that "chains" together entries so that they are very difficult to modify later. It provides a way for large groups of unrelated companies to jointly keep a secure and reliable record of their transactions.

In the next week, Maersk, the global shipping giant, is expected to announce it is using IBM's version of the blockchain to track the avocados, flowers and machine parts it carries on its enormous cargo ships. Last month, the government of Dubai said it was working with IBM to trace the goods flowing through its ports. nytimes.com

Report: Virginia is first state to legally support robot delivery traffic
Virginia's new law is a coup for robotics

The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state.

As of July 1, robots can rove autonomously on streets in a crosswalk at a maximum of 10 miles per hour. Robots, which cannot weigh over 50 lbs., don't have to be visible to controllers. However, users must be accessible remotely to take over if it goes awry, the report explained.

Similar legislation is proposed in both Idaho and Florida. recode.net

How robotic delivery will disrupt the grocery industry
What if you could get groceries in less than two minutes without even leaving your apartment?

This and a lot more will be possible in the next five years as robots become more reliable, inexpensive, and efficient. In-door delivery robots could remove items from refrigerated shelves in the basement and ferry them upstairs to apartment dwellers. The automated "bot-marts" could be operated by grocery retailers or residential property management companies. Together with RFID-based payment systems, loading and unloading mechanisms to and from the fridge, and AI algorithms to optimize inventory and restocking management, delivery bots could autonomously supply a building's residents with groceries.

Because software could track the demand for specific items, these mini-marts could automatically order supplies as needed, eliminating waste. Since most consumers actually don't change their grocery purchasing habits all that much each week, such a system could rather quickly learn what its residents like to eat and drink and make sure to always stock those items. This means you could have a never-empty fridge without ever having to go to the grocery store again.

Once such a system is in place, there's no reason automation couldn't expand to restaurant delivery or on-demand, automated cooking.

The speed of innovation in robotics delivery is ever increasing, and startups are finding new, profitable applications that benefit the consumer, both indoors and outdoors. venturebeat.com

The Latest Cart Containment Innovation

Many LP executives are unaware of the losses they incur from shopping cart thefts, as well as theft of merchandise from push-outs. According to a recent whitepaper by The Calibration Group, it takes the profits generated from roughly $6,000 in sales just to replace one stolen shopping cart. As an early adopter of the Rocateq Cart Containment System, as a former retail LP exec himself, Tim Bartkowiak, VP Sales and Marketing for Rocateq, shares the many cost and time saving benefits of Rocateq's patented technology.

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Fake Goods on Alibaba Hurt U.S. Small Businesses
Despite Jack Ma's pledge to champion U.S. small firms, many struggle to get counterfeits removed from Taobao, which landed back on U.S. 'notorious' list.

Alibaba's Taobao was reinstated on a list of notorious marketplaces for fakes in December due in part to "the challenges right holders experience in removing and preventing illicit sales and offers of such goods," said the U.S. Trade Representative's office, which maintains the list.

In the 12 months through August, Alibaba said it removed more than 380 million infringing product listings and closed 180,000 stores on Taobao. The company said more than 1,100 brands now qualify for an expedited takedown process, through which suspect listings are removed in an average of half a day.

The USTR, in its December report, said the expedited takedown program "reportedly remains out of reach," especially for small- and medium-size businesses, because of stringent eligibility requirements. To be eligible, brands must submit 100 takedown requests over a three-month period from Taobao and have a 90% accuracy ratio, according to Alibaba.

Unlike some e-commerce platforms such as eBay and Amazon.com, Alibaba doesn't necessarily automatically remove listings reported as problematic, instead conducting an investigation, a process that brands say can take days or weeks. wsj.com

40 retailers that used Aptos' e-commerce services were compromised last year
E-commerce firm Aptos, Inc. experienced a data breach last year, and 40 of the company's clients were infiltrated by malware. This means that personal information and financial data of anyone who purchased items from those online retailers could be at risk.

The breach occurred from February through December 2016, but Aptos didn't notify its clients for 60 days via FBI protocol. After the two-month period passed, the company alerted businesses of the hack.

"We are working closely with the specific digital commerce customers who were impacted by this incident to ensure affected consumers are notified in a transparent, accurate and timely manner in accordance with US-based state disclosure laws for data security incidents," an Aptos spokesperson told the Register earlier this week.

Aptos hasn't released of full list of impacted clients, but here are some of the known companies that were affected:

• Abbott Nutrition
• LibertyHardware.com
• MrsPrindables.com
• AffyTapple.com
• AlphaIndustries.com
• AtlanticCigar.com
• BlueMercury.com
• MovieMars.com
• Nutrex-Hawaii.com
• PegasusLighting.com
• PlowandHearth.com
• Purdys.com
• Runnings.com
• Sport-Mart.com
• Thiesens.com
• VapourBeauty.com  wyff4.com

Consumer Packaged Goods Online Sales Surge 36% and Hit $10 Billion in 2016 Across Key Categories

Carter's approaches half a billion dollars in annual online sales

Vitamin Shoppe's YOY e-commerce comp. sales down 5.0% in Q4

Springfield, MA: Three women charged for stealing $10,000 worth of merchandise at Clinton Crossing Outlet
Saturday afternoon, around 4 p.m., Clinton Police received a call of suspicious activity from three women. When police arrived, they said an employee at the Polo Outlet told them the store had been robbed by three women. After police received the descriptions of the three suspects, officers said they quickly located the women in the lower level of the outlet. Police said, when they arrested the 3 suspects, their vehicle contained hundreds of items of clothing and footwear that was stolen from approximately 13 different outlet stores. Police said the stolen items totaled up to roughly $10,000. fox61.com

Geneva, GA: Albany, GA couple arrested on multi-state theft charges from Walmart
Wiregrass authorities describe an Albany, Georgia couple as a modern day Bonnie and Clyde. Harry and Shannon Dunlap are in the Geneva County Jail facing theft of property and drug paraphernalia charges. Geneva Police Chief Tony Clemmons says a concerned citizen alerted his department that the suspects left the Geneva Wal-Mart with a shopping cart full of electronic that weren't paid for. They're suspects in similar incidents at Wal-Marts in Enterprise, Sylvester, Georgia, and several other cities across the Tri-State area. Chief Clemmons credits alert citizens with breaking-up the multi-state theft ring. The Dunlaps' are expected to face additional theft charges from several other law enforcement agencies. wtvy.com

Vermillion County, IN: Walmart theft leads to Craigslist sale and 2 Arrests
Johnathan Thomas and Karli Emery were arrested after allegedly stealing security cameras from a Wal-Mart on Feb. 24. The theft led to an investigation into the sale of the same stolen cameras on Craigslist in the Clinton area. A meeting was set up between Thomas, Emery and a potential buyer in the parking lot of the Clinton office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Feb. 27. Once it was confirmed Thomas and Emery were there, police intervened and arrested the pair after confirming the cameras were stolen. tribstar.com

Northampton County, PA: Multi-jurisdictional Task Force conducts 3 raids, 2 arrests in connection with Lehigh Valley cellphone store robberies
Last Tuesday, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli created the multi-jurisdictional task force to "further investigations" into robberies at cellphone stores in the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey and a related killing and reported abduction. On Friday morning, Police raided three buildings and arrested two people. The raids were connected to the investigation of four cellphone store robberies since October. The two suspects arrested are charged receiving stolen property in the wake of the robberies. mcall.com

Hillsboro, TX: Two Arrested for theft of $636 in merchandise from Walmart: repeat offenders used magnets to defeat sensors

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Shootings & Death

Colorado Springs, CO: Man in custody after reportedly pointing gun
at shoppers at Target

Colorado Springs police were able to quickly detain a man after he was reportedly pointing a handgun in the parking lot at Target. Police responded to Target at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Police say the man was inside the store as well, but only threatened people in the parking lot. Officers were able to quickly place the man into custody without any injuries reported. He was later identified as 32-year-old Tyler Fengler. They say no shots were fired at any time. During the arrest, police confirmed they recovered a handgun from the Fengler. Fengler faces multiple charges, including felony menacing, impersonating a peace officer, and unlawfully concealing a weapon. kktv.com

Robberies & Thefts

San Jose, CA: Teenage "Geisha Dolls" serial robbery crew arrested
A teenage trio that terrorized more than a dozen minimarts and gas stations in the South Bay over several months while wearing Geisha masks is now behind bars, according to San Jose police. The "Geisha Dolls" crew, dubbed as such because of the distinct face coverings they donned while robbing businesses at gunpoint, targeted businesses in San Jose and Milpitas and in some cases pistol-whipped the store clerks they encountered. And the estimate of about 12 armed robberies, between Oct. 23 and Jan. 25, is conservative. Police said the investigation is ongoing and believe there may be more victims who have not reported a robbery linked to the crew of three teenage boys, two of which were 17 years old and one who was 16. mercurynews.com

Long Beach, CA: Felony charges filed on suspect in 8 Armed Robberies over 10 days
Long Beach Police announced felony charges were filed today against a man in connection with multiple robberies involving local businesses and one in the City of Gardena. Between Feb. 18, 2017 and Feb. 27, 2017, a suspect armed with a handgun entered several locations, demand money from the employees, and fled before officers arrived. Fortunately, none of the victims were injured during any of the robberies. oc-breeze.com

Kay Jewelers in the Potomac Mills, Woodbridge, VA reported a Grab & Run on 3/5, item valued at $14,000

Piercing Pagoda in the Mall of America, Bloomington, MN reported an Attempted Burglary on 3/2, no loss

Kay Jewelers Tanger Outlet Center in the Lancaster, PA reported a Distraction Theft on 2/27, item valued at $5,399

Cargo Theft

Update - Jackson, MS: Two men sentenced in $1,4 Million Cargo Theft from Levi Strauss
Richard Calvin Harper and Andrew Sneed were sentenced on March 2, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, for their convictions on charges of conspiracy to steal merchandise under the control of the United States Customs Service. Harper was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and Sneed was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison. Both defendants were also ordered to pay $1,483,011.50 in restitution to Levis Strauss and Company and its insurance company. On July 4, 2015, Harper and Sneed conspired with others to steal long-haul trailers full of Levi's merchandise from the United States Customs bonded warehouse located at the Levi's facility in Madison County, Mississippi. Several hundred palettes of merchandise were stolen. msnewsnow.com

Skimming Thefts

New York, NY: Skimmers found on ATM's at three Duane Reed stores
Police want to warn shoppers about using the ATMs at Duane Reade pharmacies. Authorities say customers should check the ATMs before using them, because skimming devices have been found on machines at three Manhattan locations. The devices were discovered at 184 Fifth Avenue, 1350 Broadway and 769 Broadway. Last month, police in Nassau County also found ATM skimmers at several 7-Eleven stores. cbslocal.com

Newberry Township, PA: More than 20 scammed from convenience store skimming devices

Baltimore, MD: 2 Men Arrested For Possessing Skimming Device, $6K In Cash

Winchester, VA: Police searching for ATM skimming suspect; stole debit cards of 80 customers

Waverly, IA: Waverly forgery suspect sought in card skimming probe

Pacifica, CA: Police Discover ATM Skimmer Device At 7-Eleven Store

Charlotte, NC: Skimmers on the prowl in the Charlotte area

Bomb Threat

Mt. Juliet, TN: Police investigate bomb threat made against Walmart

Aldi - Shippensburg, PA - Burglary
Bernie's Wine - West Fargo, ND - Robbery
Big Red Liquors Bloomington, IN - Armed Robbery
Bread Box - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Burlington Coat Factory - Woodbridge, VA - Homicide/ LP Agent stabbed during apprehension
C-Store - St John's County, FL - Shooting/ 2 male suspects shot and killed (parking lot)
C-Store - Charlotte, NC - Shooting/ 1 man wounded (parking lot)
C-Store - La Monte, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - victim wounded
Cell Phone Store - Las Vegas, NV - Burglary
CVS - Niles, IL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Cabell County, WV - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Victoria, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Robeson County, NC - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
EXXON - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Fastrip - Bakersfield, CA - Shooting/ 1 man shot and killed (parking lot)
Hardee's - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Hi Tech - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery
Kroger - Fayette County, GA - Robbery
Kwik Shop - Topeka, KS - Shooting/ no injuries
Liddell Construction Supply - Redding, CA - Burglary
McDonalds - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Marques Market - Fall River, MA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Nittany Minit Mart - Loyalsock Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Radio Shack - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Rite Aid - Cleveland, OH - Burglary / ATM Smash & Grab
Rite Aid - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Royal Farms - York, PA - Armed Robbery
Shoe Palace - Newark, CA- Armed Robbery
Simply Mac - Macon, GA - Burglary
South Avenue Wine - Rochester, NY - Robbery/ Murder - Female Owner killed, struck with wine bottle
South Seas - Lewiston, ME - Armed Robbery
West Mart - Graves County, KY - Armed Robbery
Xtra Mart Mobil - Westbrook, CT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Spring, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - shot fired, no injuries
333 Beer, Wine & Grocery - Terrell, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
29 robberies
6 burglaries
6 shootings
5 killed

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Director, Loss Prevention
New York

Provide retail stores, corporate and the distribution center with a safe and secure working environment. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the retail division and NJ facilities. This includes sustaining a high level or loss prevention awareness in all locations. Must have the ability to detect and resolve internal theft issues...


Sr. Manager Loss Prevention
New York, NY
The Asset Protection Manager will oversee the asset protection efforts in all Retail and Outlet stores in Canada and in the states of: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio which will include the following:
• Conduct investigations as it relates to theft, fraud and policy violations, and furnish those results to the VP of Asset Protection as well as Human Resources.s.
• Review and analyze incident reports generated from the stores...

Director, Corporate Loss Prevention
Charlotte, NC

The Corporate Loss Prevention Director is responsible for Loss Prevention support, administrative, investigative functions for the corporation. The Corporate Loss Prevention Director will Develop and Administer programs Related to Emergency Preparedness and Response; Active Shooter; Centralized Investigations; Exception Reporting System; Data Analytics; Remote Monitoring Program; Loss Prevention Technology...

Director Loss Prevention
Memphis, TN

The Director of Loss Prevention develops and implements the strategic plans and initiatives for the MGI Loss Prevention program and security controls. Responsible for establishing and providing the ongoing training of loss prevention policies and procedures and security controls that eliminate risk and loss...

Director, Facilities and Loss Prevention
San Francisco, California

Reporting directly to the Sr. Director of Workplace Services and Facilities, this role will be responsible for managing all aspects of our facilities, safety, and security strategies. The ideal candidate will possess a blend of strategic vision and pragmatism, will be the unquestioned expert on all things relating to the location, function, quality, compliance, safety and cost of the places where our employees work, and will be able to translate who we are as a company and a brand into our workplace experience...

Director Loss Prevention
Calabasas, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for setting and leading the Loss Prevention strategy for the enterprise, including retail stores, distribution centers, corporate offices and quality assurance labs. The Director of Loss Prevention will lead a diverse team of remote field and office based staff in the development and implementation of strategies to reduce shrink and controllable losses including reducing both internal and external theft and ensuring the safety and physical security of all stores, distribution centers and offices across the enterprise...

Director Corporate Security
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President, Loss Prevention & Risk Management, the Director of Corporate Security will work in a dynamic fast paced environment and will be responsible for leading all "corporate" security functions which include but are not limited to: corporate internal investigations of both a criminal and code of conduct nature; physical security of all Regional support centers and the Home Office located in Brampton, ON; manage third party security providers... 

Director, National Asset Protection
Toronto, Canada

At Holt Renfrew, our mission is to present exceptional experiences together with the finest luxury products for life's every day and extraordinary moments. The Director, National Asset Protection defines the luxury lifestyle shopping experience through building lasting relationships with our people, customers and partners by pro-actively developing, recommending, implementing and monitoring asset protection strategies...

Senior Manager of Loss Prevention
Atlanta, GA

NAPA is hiring for a Senior Manager of Loss Prevention! Come join our team and manage and direct all loss prevention activities and results. We are looking for someone who can provide leadership and build business partnerships with vital corporate and field partners (which include our distribution centers and stores)...

Sr. LP Program Manager, Amazon Books & Amazon Go
Seattle, WA

The Loss Prevention Team is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support its Amazon Books and Amazon Go retail programs. This position manages the entire retail program, inclusive of building security and loss prevention design and site visits, investigations, crisis management. In this position, you will develop tools and policies to support Loss Prevention initiatives, reporting to the Director, Loss Prevention and Security for the Americas Region...

Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy and Risk
Seattle, WA

The Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy & Risk, will lead our global investigative strategy and workplace incident management program supporting Worldwide Operations and Customer Service. This position will provide strategic framework globally for investigations and workplace incident management as well as assist field loss prevention partners as a subject matter expert... 

Director of Investigations
New York, NY

The Director of Investigations is responsible for developing multi-level and multi-tiered strategy for investigations company-wide. These areas include investigations, investigative analysis, and investigative training. To create this multi-tiered strategy, The Director of Investigations must influence and impact members of Legal, Human Resources, Store Operations, and Customer Service to ensure that the collective decisions and policies incorporate Loss Prevention's goals of reducing business integrity-related risks...

Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention & Safety
Malvern, PA

The Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety 1NA is responsible for developing strategies to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that lead, or could lead, to financial loss throughout the NA operation, both in the field and office locations...


Director, Loss Prevention Initiatives Job
Dublin, CA

The Director of LP Initiatives & Compliance is responsible for directing cross-functional initiatives for both Ross and dd's Stores. The Director will direct and lead rollouts of new/updated processes, policies and procedures by working directly with LP Field Management and Stores for feedback. The Director will also direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs... 


Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety
Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs, and by developing and maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with Operations and Human Resource business partners...


Manager of District Loss Prevention
Wichita, Kansas

You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results. District Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific operations district and for collaborating with Store Operations and Human Resources in an effort to prevent company loss...


Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Miami Region)
Miami & South Florida
The Sr manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region...


Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Jacksonville, FL)
Jacksonville & North Florida

The Sr manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region...


Loss Prevention Area Investigator
Southeast US

Gap Inc is seeking an experienced Loss Prevention Investigator to support the company's shortage reduction efforts. Investigators are primarily responsible for detecting the existence of internal fraud through exception reporting, store research, networking, general loss interviews and response to COBC hot lines. All conclusions are based upon associate interviews and/or factual findings derived from various company and vendor resources...


Store Detective - Multi-Unit
St Paul, MN

As a Market Investigator, you will directly assist in thesafety and protection of CVS Health retail assets within assigned stores, including customers, employees, merchandise, and store property. In this role, you will become familiar with CVS Health policy, local criminal law, covert surveillance principles, overt customer service methods, and digital and traditional VCR tape video surveillance systems...

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Listening and hearing what your internal customers are saying is critical if you expect to be successful with any program or project. Oftentimes, the speed of delivery negatively impacts the process of success and keeps us from hearing exactly what we need to hear when we so passionately roll out our programs and projects. After testing and reviewing our plans and being so committed to our beliefs, we oftentimes don't hear our retail partners once we've committed ourselves to a specific path. And sometimes it's not what they say that's important as much as what they don't say or as much as what they quietly say beneath their breath or maybe even how they react. Whenever you're rolling out a new program or project, use those interrogative skills, in a positive way, and read the reactions of your internal customers because they will determine the success regardless of how good it is.

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