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2019 GLPS - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
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Office Depot Southeast LP Team

"Taking Care of Business"

Bottom Row, left to right: Chris Carmody (Director of LP/Ops Supply Chain); Ben Lampley (DLPM); Alberto Rovira (DLPM); Chuck Posey (DLPM); Bond Pratt (DLPM); Bo White (Sr. Regional LP)

Middle Row: Walt Hall (Director Retail LP); Tommy Williams (DLPM); Chuck Taylor (DLPM); Debbie Pullins (DLPM); Shannon Hunter (Vice President of Loss Prevention); Ken Fiori (DLPM)

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Ken Peschier promoted to Vice President, Asset Protection for Dollar General
Ken Peschier has been promoted to Vice President, Asset Protection for Dollar General. Ken first joined Dollar General in 2011 and has held roles of increasing responsibility since that time. Prior to Dollar General, Ken held leadership roles in Merchandising and Operations for Walmart, Shaw's Supermarkets and Accenture.

Over the past several years, Ken has led the Shrink Improvement and Loss Prevention teams enabling the company to achieve record low shrink in 2018. Through his leadership, the shrink improvement team was expanded to a profit recovery team by taking on merchandise damages and impairment cost mitigation. Ken serves on the Board of Advisors for the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), as well as the Asset Protection Steering Committee for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Ken earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Boston College. Congratulations, Ken!

Michael Wolfson named Director of Loss Prevention for Surf Style Retail Management Inc.
Michael previously was the Director of Loss Prevention & eCommerce Fraud for Bebe stores for over 12 years. Prior, Michael was an Area Loss Prevention Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren and an Executive Internal Investigator for Bloomingdale's. Congratulations, Michael!

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David Lund, CFI, LPC, Vice President of Loss Prevention at Dick's Sporting Goods, Wakes Up to Tell Us About IAI's Elite Training Day

Not yet registered for the International Association of Interviewers Elite Training Day, April 3-4? It's not too late to treat yourself to a few days at the Chico's HQ in Fort Meyers, FL. Start early and level-up your interview game by attending the WZ Master Class on April 2. Go to certifiedinterviewer.com for all the details.



FDA Commissioner to Resign Amid Crackdown on Retailers
for Underage Tobacco Sales

In a surprise turn of events, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb will resign in about a month, the Trump administration confirmed Tuesday. His two-year tenure since he was appointed as head of the FDA by President Trump has included efforts to push tougher regulation of e-cigarettes and the tobacco industry generally.

Gottlieb's work in recent months was hardly popular among retailers. Last month, he put Walgreens on notice initiating "enforcement action against certain retail locations of Walgreens and Circle K Stores for repeated violations of restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products, including sales of cigars and menthol cigarettes to minors."

On Monday, Gottlieb broadened the crackdown on retailers, announcing what he called "forceful actions" focused on retailers and manufacturers "to combat youth access to e-cigarettes as part of FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan." forbes.com

Walgreens responds to FDA letter on tobacco sales to minors
Walgreens on Tuesday said it welcomed a meeting with Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb to discuss its approach to preventing the sale of tobacco to minors. The statement followed a letter that Gottlieb sent to the chain Monday requesting a meeting with its leadership to discuss what he called "this corporate-wide issue related to your stores' noncompliance" when it came to selling tobacco to minors. drugstorenews.com

Reported in the Daily Monday:
FDA puts 15 retailers on notice for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors
The Food and Drug Administration called out 15 retailers on Monday for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors and requested information from more than 40 e-cigarette companies the agency thinks may have illegally introduced new products onto the market.

The agency named corporate-owned and franchise retailers who were allegedly found selling tobacco products to minors more than 15 percent of the time since the FDA started conducting inspections 2010. These retailers include Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, BP and Citgo. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that he plans to ask these companies about what policies they have in place and what more they plan to do. cnbc.com

D&D Daily Special Report on FDA's Enforcement Actions: Published Last Month
Read more of our coverage on the FDA's crackdown on retailers' tobacco sales to minors and how solution provider Intellicheck is helping retailers curb fake ID use. Read more here.

Vector Security is First Alarm Company to go Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) in Dauphin County, PA
Vector Security is the first alarm company to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) in Dauphin County, PA on February 26. ASAP is technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers.

Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for alarm users and first responders:

  • Less phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch.
  • Quicker processing times. Data doesn't have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error, and faster responses.
  • Greater accuracy of information transmitted. Electronic transmission of data reduces chances for errors.   vectorsecurity.com

3 Director Jobs

Director of Loss Prevention - Nordstrom Rack Stores - Seattle, WA
The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for the development and execution of the Company's safety & security processes with focus on the protection of the Company's employees, property and assets. As a key member of the Stores leadership team, you will lead a Loss Prevention team that are owners at heart, responsible for the safety and security of customers and employees, prevention of theft and organized retail crime, and alignment with company values and business strategy.

Nordstrom Rack is a fashion retailer owned by Nordstrom operating over 113 brick and mortar stores and an E-commerce website. Nordstrom Rack offers branded clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids at a large discount to consumers across the United States. myworkdayjobs.com

Director of LP Business Intelligence - Ross Stores - Dublin, CA
The Director of LP Business Intelligence is responsible for leading the LP Business Intelligence team and will have a spectrum of responsibilities from being a thought leader and thought partner for the LP and Store Operations Executive Leadership team to help answer big, strategic questions to driving curiosity with regular business reporting and ad-hoc analytics to track trends and understand what's driving them. This person will oversee LP's reporting and case management system and will bring key insights from various teams and metrics into compelling dashboards and insights tools.

Ross Stores is an off-price department store chain operating 1,483 Ross Dress for Less stores in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, with more on the way. dd's DISCOUNTS is a younger concept with 237 stores in 18 states. rossstores.com

Director of Corporate Safety - Albertson's - Boise, ID
The purpose of the Director, Corporate Safety is to assist the Sr. Director of Corporate Safety in managing and streamlining all retail safety accident prevention and regulatory compliance practices into a cohesive and purpose-directed risk management program.

Albertsons Companies is the second-largest supermarket chain in North America after Kroger, operating 2,230 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 19 manufacturing plants with over 280,000 employees across 34 states and the District of Columbia. recruiting.adp.com

Republicans Propose Mandatory E-Verify
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has reintroduced legislation which would require employers to use the federal government's E-Verify program to determine if workers are authorized to work in the United States.

Grassley's Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would permanently authorize E-Verify, first established in 1996 as a pilot program and reauthorized several times since then.

Within three years of enactment, the bill also would require employers to check the status of all current employees and terminate the employment of any unauthorized employees found due to the electronic checks. The bill has several Republican co-sponsors. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. shrm.org

Tallahassee, FL: Criminal Justice Panel approved raising the Felony Threshold from $300 to $1,000, moves to Florida House
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Naples, says it's time to recognize that economics have changed over the decades while the threshold has remained constant. A similar measure died in the Legislature last year. newsherald.com

FDA confirms asbestos in Claire's and Justice makeup products
The Food and Drug Administration confirmed Tuesday that Claire's and Justice, two retailers aimed at tweens and teenagers, carried makeup products that contained asbestos. The FDA released test results that revealed that three powdered makeup products from Claire's and one from Justice contained asbestos, a mineral fiber that once was commonly used in building construction materials. Exposure to asbestos fibers and particles may cause lung disease. aol.com

Target Chief Puts Stores at Center of Retailer's Universe
The mass retailer is using stores as delivery hubs to lower costs

At a time when the industry continues to feel the pain of store closures and bankruptcies - and even as its digital sales grew 31 percent in the fourth quarter - Target Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell sounded as bullish as ever about physical retail.

"The digital component is important, but at the end of the day the majority of guests go to stores," Cornell told a room of retail analysts at Target's annual meeting for the financial community.

Stores are key to reducing shipping and delivery costs, Cornell said, with shipping from stores resulting in cost savings of 40 percent. A 90 percent savings with a lower average unit cost is realized through drive-up pickup, where a customer alerts the local store that she's on the way, and a sales associate puts the order in the trunk. wwd.com

Fashion retailer Rue21 and Mastek to rollout BOPIS
Rue21, a leading fast fashion apparel retailer, is expanding its omni-channel shopping experience by offering buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) across its 700+ retail locations. Working with Mastek on the development and rollout, Rue21 aims to increase the convenience and flexibility for its loyal customer base with this mobile-first approach. Through BOPIS, Rue21 customers can check for the stock availability of any product in the nearest store, purchase the product online and pick up in store without any shipping charges. fibre2fashion.com

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world - pending his divorce
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is still the richest person in the world, with a fortune of $131bn - but his impending divorce could change that. The CEO has topped Forbes' list of the World's Billionaires for the second year in a row, after becoming the first person to do so with a net worth of over $100bn in 2018. yahoo.com

Dollar Tree to close 390 Family Dollar locations, rebrand 200 others

Chico's names new president; to close 60-80 stores amid Q4 loss

Abercrombie & Fitch to close up to 40 stores this year

Jeans maker Diesel USA files for bankruptcy

Uber found not criminally liable in last year's self-driving car death

Quarterly Results

Ross Stores Q4 comp's up 4%, sales up 1%; full-year comp's up 4%, sales up 6%
Abercrombie & Fitch Q4 comp's up 3%, net sales down 3%; full-year comp's up 3%, net sales up 3%
BJ's Wholesale Club Q4 comp's up 2.9%, revenue down 3.9%; full-year comp's up 2.2%, revenue up 2%

Dollar Tree Q4 enterprise comp's up 2.4%, net sales down 2.4%
     Dollar Tree Q4 comp's up 3.2%
     Family Dollar Q4 comp's up 1.4%

Dollar Tree full-year enterprise comp's up 1.7%, net sales up 2.6%
     Dollar Tree full-year comp's up 3.3%
     Family Dollar full-year comp's up 0.1%

J.Jill Q4 comp's down 1.7%, net sales down 9.4%; full-year comp's up 0.9%, net sales up 1.2%
Chico's Q4 comp's down 3.8%, net sales down 10.7%; full-year comp's down 4.9%, net sales down 6.6%

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RH-ISAC Member Spotlight:
Dillard's Lead of Threat Hunting & Intelligence, Angeline Button
2018 Breakthrough Female in Cybersecurity Award Winner

Managing time to complete intelligence sharing is a huge priority for Peer Choice Winner Angeline Button. She manages to be a rock-solid resource for not only the intel sharing community, but as a strong female influence in cyber security. Angeline is the practice lead of Threat Hunting & Intelligence at Dillard's. In her role, she manages Dillard's MSSP, continues the process of maturing Dillard's Threat Intelligence, and is involved in email security and PKI.

Here's what Angeline has to say about sharing and the benefits of being an RH-ISAC member:

1. How has information shared via the RH-ISAC benefited your organization?
Threat Intelligence Sharing: There have been two occasions that come to mind where RH-ISAC members sharing IOCs have notified us of an issue on our site as well as malicious emails that bypassed our security controls. We have used Information in the portal on how to monitor for threats to create new credential stuffing and fraud monitoring, and, because of RH-ISAC, we have begun monitoring our email threats daily (to share "interesting" threats) instead of weekly (for reporting). We have also added additional logging/monitoring due to suspicious activity that was noted in the "Strange Gift Card Related Activity" email. Originally, we didn't have the logging in place to assist with the question from Target, but as a result we do now and will be able to share/alert on spikes in activity to email domains, etc.

2. Many companies say it's difficult to find time to share. How do you find time?
I'll admit starting out that it took a lot of time to compile the information and review before sharing, and I'd only be able to do it a few times a week. We have been working to streamline the process so I can carve out time to share on a daily basis with the goal of automating some of the reporting/IOCs.

3. You received the Breakthrough Female in Cybersecurity award last year. What did it mean to receive this award?
I honestly wasn't expecting to receive a Peer Choice Award last year along with Vanessa Aranda at Gap. I'm honored, especially because I felt like a relative newcomer to threat intelligence. I've also been incredibly lucky to have a manager, director and CIO who firmly believe in sharing intelligence within this community. rhisac.org

Retail industry endures new point-of-sale cybercrime spree
Researchers have uncovered an ongoing campaign against retail VMWare Horizon Point-of-Sale (PoS) thin clients. The new attack wave, which has taken place over the past eight to ten weeks, is attempting to spread Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool which has also, unfortunately, been adopted in recent years by threat actors.

According to researchers from Morphisec, Cobalt Strike -- in tandem with malicious payloads -- can be used to hijack systems, execute code, harvest credentials, and is also able to circumvent EDR scanning. zdnet.com

Fraud Protection for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Navigating Digital Transformation
Brick and mortar businesses navigating towards a digital transformation need to deploy a fraud strategy that is multi-layered and specifically accounts for card-not-present fraud.

An underpinning technology for stopping CNP fraud is machine learning. Machine learning combines data, context, and feature engineering to allow organisations to evaluate the risk of a particular digital interaction or purchase.
Machine Learning, a form of artificial intelligence, allows fraud prevention solutions to "learn" on their own and continually improve results. In order to stop a card-not-present payment, there are two critical types of machine learning that, when combined, provide the best fraud prevention foundation.

Unsupervised Machine Learning
Unsupervised learning does not require outcomes, so it can learn without waiting for the completion of a three-month chargeback reporting cycle. This type of learning often relies on clustering, peer group analysis, breakpoint analysis, or a combination of these. This enables fraud prevention solutions to detect patterns and anomalies rapidly within extremely large sets of data.

Supervised Machine Learning
Supervised learning uses outcome-labelled training data sets to learn. Models include neural networks, Bayesian classifiers, regression, decision trees, or an ensemble combination. Massive amounts of data run through defined models to assess risk outcomes. thepaypers.com


Ardene's store expansion supported by connected retail technology

Sensormatic Solutions offers wide range of loss prevention options and insights to address varied needs in more than 375 fast-fashion retail locations

Looking to grow and scale internationally, Canadian fast-fashion retailer, Ardene, partnered with Sensormatic Solutions to support their loss prevention strategy. The retailer is leveraging connected devices and solutions to reduce loss, improve store operations and enhance the customer shopping experience in more than 375 of its stores, across Canada and the U.S. Through a wide range of innovative Sensormatic solutions offering real-time insights, Ardene is deploying an innovative and tailored loss prevention program to meet the unique needs of their various store locations and configurations.

"As Ardene continues to expand and open new store formats, we need adaptive options that provide effective merchandise protection and a frictionless shopper experience," said Angie Dalios, director, Loss Prevention & Security at Ardene. "With Sensormatic's broad assortment of solutions and capabilities, we are able to tailor our loss prevention program to each store layout and need, while ensuring an inviting environment throughout the entire customer journey." businesswire.com

How Hudson's Bay CEO Helena Foulkes Is Getting the Retailer to Focus
Since taking the helm at Hudson's Bay Co just over a year ago, Helena Foulkes has been busy streamlining the department store operator's business. On her watch, HBC has made big moves like shedding online flash site Gilt Groupe, selling a large stake in the company's struggling European business to a rival, shelving plans for further Saks expansion in Canada, closing the Lord & Taylor flagship in Manhattan and selling it to WeWork and most recently, announcing it would close up to 20 Saks Off Fifth stores. Instead, HBC is putting its energies into its best performing businesses-and those with most potential. "I've trying to get the organization to focus more," Foulkes tells in a recent interview at HBC headquarters in New York City.

Before Foulkes became CEO in February 2018, the retailer had grown bloated with high debt and was chasing too many markets, all the while much of the business was stagnant or declining, notably Lord & Taylor and Saks Off Fifth. The bright spot has been Saks Fifth Avenue and to a lesser extent, the Hudson's Bay chain in Canada. So Foulkes wants to apply the lessons learned at Saks, where comparable sales have been on a tear for two years now, to the other parts of the HBC business. fortune.com

Huawei CFO Sues Canada, Argues December Arrest Violated Constitution
Canada violated the constitutional rights of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou when border officials detained and interrogated her for hours, lawyers for Meng are alleging in a lawsuit against the Canadian government.

Meng, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom firm Huawei, was arrested by Canadian officials in December at the request of the United States. The U.S. had sought Meng's arrest on charges of fraud, arguing Huawei had violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

In detaining Meng, Canada became entangled in the ongoing legal battle between the U.S. and China, which have been sparring over alleged spying by the Chinese telecom company. China has detained more than a dozen Canadian citizens, possibly in retaliation for its arrest of Meng. npr.org

F.D.A. Says Canadian Company, CanaRx, Sells Unsafe Medicines to U.S. Buyers
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said a major Canadian drug distributor was selling unapproved and mislabeled medicines to unsuspecting Americans looking to save money on prescriptions, and warned it to stop. "Operations like CanaRx use their names to imply that patients are receiving medicines approved in Canada, when it's likely that some of those drugs are from other countries with lax standards," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the F.D.A. commissioner, said in an interview.  

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Paramount Fine Foods Launches Aggressive Expansion - planning to open 11 stores in Canada
North York, ON: Valentino Opens First Boutique in Canada
Public Mobile to Launch Branded Retail Kiosks Across Canada This Spring
Valentino Unveils 1st Canadian Flagship

Gap announces plan to close 230 stores, some in Canada

Victoria's Secret To Shut 3 Canadian Stores As Chain Reorganizes

Tom Horton's to open 1,500 China Locations

Canada Goose revenues surge more than 50%

2018 Was a Bad Year for Canadian Retail Sales; No Relief in Sight for 2019

List of International Retailers that Entered Canada in 2018

EastWest Bioscience Receives New PO's from TJX Companies Inc to Increase Canada Wide Distribution of Hemp Based Products

Ninety-six per cent of Canadians failed to spot fraud when put to the test

Toronto cafe owner suing province for $1.1M over lost cannabis license

Cannabis used to be a niche market,
now it's the new retail frontier

Join us on March 26th at RCC's Retail Cannabis Forum. Learn how cannabis industry experts are rethinking store design, expanding the marketplace and attracting a new segment of customers.

Edmonton, AB: "Project Timber" Bust of $3.5M Lumber Theft Ring
results in 80 charges against 4 people

A year-long investigation into a commercial vehicle theft ring in Edmonton has resulted in police seizing $3.5 million in stolen property and laying dozens of charges. On Feb. 8, 2018, the Edmonton Police Service's commercial vehicle investigation detail launched Project Timber, an investigation into several suspects who were alleged to be stealing semi-tractor trailer units loaded with lumber. "It actually started with the recovery of a stolen semi with its load just west of Edmonton," said Sgt. Kerry Bates.

"Surveillance was conducted by a supporting unit for us and identified the driver and another person at that time. Our investigation that took a year grew from that event. We were aware there was loads of lumber and tractor trailers going missing and being recovered. But that was the one incident that led to the whole incident being uncovered." Bates said there were, in total, 10 incidents of tractor trailers and their loads of lumber going missing. Police say the suspects were targeting the big rigs, which were parked overnight in various industrial areas around the city. Many of the vehicles targeted were parked on the side of the street outside a lumber distribution centre north of the Yellowhead. The suspects would sell the stolen lumber to unsuspecting clients outside of Edmonton, according to police. The tractor trailers would then be left in trucking yards or other locations, according to Bates, but have since been recovered. globalnews.ca

Oakville, ON: Hamilton Police seeking suspect in $1,100 theft from Shoppers Drug Mart
According to police, on Feb. 17, 2019, a female suspect went to the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 2501 Third Line in Oakville. It is alleged that the suspect stole razors and replacement toothbrush heads. The total value of the merchandise was $1,167.31. inhalton.com

Redcliff Mounties Track Down Okotoks $5,000 Burglary Suspect

Alliston, ON: Three arrested for shoplifting at Walmart, one person still at large

Halton, ON: Police are searching for three suspects who stole over $500 in merchandise from LCBO

Kingston, ON: Police searching for 2 ATM thieves who hit at Invista Centre

Barrie, ON: Teen facing 16 charges in connection with string of armed robberies

Windsor, ON: Police dealing with rash of C-Store Robberies; three in the past weekend

Sylvan Lake, AB: $3,000 worth of tools stolen from Habitat for Humanity construction site

Robberies & Burglaries

C- Store - Barrie, ON - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Barrie, ON - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Berwick, N.S. - Burglary
C-Store - Leduc, AB - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Windsor, ON- Armed Robbery
C- Store - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bay Roberts, N.L. - Robbery
Fas Gas - Airdrie, AB - Armed Robbery
Little Caesars - Etobicoke, ON, CN - Robbery/ Assault



Sensormatic Solutions

Enabling Smart, Connected Shopper Engagement and Empowering Store Associates


Sensormatic, the brand synonymous with retail loss prevention, now offers innovative store performance solutions that help improve operations, optimize profitability and create memorable shopper experiences. Hear from their experts how Sensormatic's Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS) empowers LP professionals to more strategically manage shrink with predictive analytics and shoplifting insights, and why Sensormatic's new InFuzion Tag is a gamechanger for the industry.

Quick Take 3 with The Zellman Group

Stuart Levine, CEO,
The Zellman Group

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Stuart Levine, CEO of The Zellman Group, talks about the changing landscape of civil recovery, reveals his misadventures with the GPS app Waze, and becomes the first contestant of the day to take on Amber's "Lightning Round" of hot-seat questions.



Brands Lose Up To An Estimated $50 Billion Annually From Ad Fraud
About three-quarters of U.S. fraudulent advertising traffic is "sophisticated" invalid traffic, according to data released Tuesday. Looking at IP and blacklists no longer works, said Guy Tytunovich, CHEQ founder-CEO, and a former Israeli military intelligence officer. Tytunovich called ad fraud the second-largest organized-crime scheme globally, in terms of revenue generated, including narcotics.

"The industry needs to understand that for the last 10 years, vendors have been talking about different methods for detecting fraud through probabilistic and simplistic approaches," he said. "At the end of the day, which I learned working for the defense intelligence in Israel, it's a cat-and-mouse game. These methods no longer work."

CHEQ, whose scientists continue to build out a military-grade ad-verification service, analyzed 4.1 billion ad requests made in the United States across 1.2 million websites between October 2018 and February 2019 -- up about 20% from the prior year. About 18% of the online ad traffic was fraudulent.

Ad fraud is just one element; brands are losing between $20 billion and $50 billion per year, he said. mediapost.com

Savvy crooks make card not present fraud a risk without end
Fraud against e-commerce merchants is growing faster than the rate of e-commerce sales, and Juniper Research projects that retailers will lose $130 billion to CNP fraud between now and 2023.

Why is CNP fraud growing so fast? It's no longer a matter of post-EMV migration from POS to online fraud. What we're seeing now is brazen, organized cybercriminals leveraging technology and traditional business strategies to commit more fraud faster.

Today's CNP criminals network online, and not only in the far recesses of the dark web. RSA recently reported that fraudsters are using the popular global messaging app Telegram in new ways to grow their criminal enterprises. Although they used to use the app for group chats to share knowledge and stolen data, RSA has found they're also now using Telegram channels to sell their services to other would-be criminals. The new bot feature in Telegram is also being used by fraudsters to automate sales of stolen data, provide fully outsourced fraud-as-a-service and sell subscriptions to compromised card numbers and card-testing services. paymentssource.com

Target's web sales grow more than 25% for five years in a row

Albertsons Introduces Real-Time Tracking of Ecommerce Orders

JD.Com And Google Debut Online Store

CVS builds up its executive team for ecommerce and digital health



McDonough, GA: Home Depot Loss Prevention attacked with Pepper Spray
Couple has hit HD stores 6 other locations

The pepper spray attack on the loss prevention officer at the McDonough store was recorded on surveillance video as it happened just outside the store on Jonesboro Road. On surveillance video a fast-moving suspected thief is seen turning around to pepper spray the loss prevention agent at the rear door of the store. Henry County Police said the security officer was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released after the pepper spray attack.

Investigators tell FOX 5 News he spotted the man and the woman with him in the store trying to steal power tools and batteries. "These individuals are probably expecting to be confronted. They used violence to get away so its very concerning for us as well, said Captain Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department. Smith said the couple apparently left empty-handed after they pepper sprayed the security officer. He said this wasn't the first time the couple has been seen at the McDonough store and other Metro Atlanta Home Depot's.fox5atlanta.com

Issaquah, WA: Bellevue detectives recovered $183,000 worth of stolen rings from an Issaquah house six hours after jewelry heist at mall
The discovery happened six hours after the jewelry heist at Factoria Mall. According to investigators, Drew Creighton, 30, walked into Olsen and Son's Fine Jewelry and asked to see engagement rings last Wednesday night. After looking at rings for about 45 minutes, police say Creighton grabbed the trays of rings and ran. The employee chased him. As Creighton got in his car to get away, he dropped his health insurance card with his name and birthdate, according to police. kiro7.com

West Springfield, MA: Three charged with stealing $3K in electrical supplies
from The Home Depot in West Springfield, Police chase into Chicopee

Police say a trio from Connecticut stole thousands in electrical supplies from the Home Depot on Route 5 Sunday, and then led officers on a chase on the highway into Chicopee before finally surrendering, police said. When officers looked inside the minivan at the end of the chase, they found enough stolen electrical supplies "to wire a home or small office," police said. The total value of the stolen items was $2,944. masslive.com


Mecosta County, MI: Man stole $4,500 in Apple products, other devices in Walmart theft
Police are looking for a man who stole about $4,500 in electronics, including Apple iPads and Apple watches, during an early morning theft at a Walmart store in Big Rapids. Mecosta County sheriff's deputies said a man entered the store at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and went behind an employee counter. He pried open a locked case and cut a security cable to access electronics. mlive.com

Update: Elkton, MD: Man Found Guilty in $65K Sports Card Storage Unit Theft Case

Morgantown, WV: Police warn of criminals buying electronics with stolen identification

Eau Claire, WI: Man accused of stealing over $1,000 in merchandise in multiple thefts

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Shootings & Deaths

DeKalb County, GA: Armed Robbery suspect dies in Police shooting at Family Dollar
A suspect has died after a police shooting at a local Family Dollar, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. The GBI identifed the man as 22-year-old Steven Goins. No officers were hurt. The DeKalb County Police Chief said this started with an armed robbery at the store on Glenwood Avenue. Police say the suspect ran away to the back of the shopping center, where he shot at a Police Officer who returned fire. wsbtv.com

St Charles, MO: Amazon Driver shot in dispute over handicapped parking spot outside Target
One man is in custody and another hospitalized after a dispute over a handicapped parking spot at a Missouri Target store turned violent. The shooting happened around noon Tuesday in St. Charles. Police say a 65-year-old man shot a 21-year-old Amazon delivery driver who had parked in the handicapped spot, following an argument between the two men. The driver was shot once in the back. Amazon described what happened as "terrible" and said in a written statement that it would "work with law enforcement and the delivery service partner as they investigate." Police say the weapon used in the shooting has been recovered. fox4kc.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Portland, OR: Loss Prevention Manager at Fred Meyer Convicted of Stealing
$230,000 From Self-Checkout Machines

The loss prevention manager at the Gateway Shopping Center Fred Meyer was convicted of stealing almost $230,000 from self-checkout machines. As the store's loss prevention manager, 37-year-old Emily Tallman was the person tasked with investigation thefts.

But prosecutors presented evidence that Tallman used her employee badge to enter the store outside of normal business hours, pull up to the machines with cart and use a clipboard to obscure security camera views with she took out money. Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sean Hughey, who prosecuted this case, said in court today that Tallman "was the person that [Fred Meyer] had tasked with looking into these thefts," and that regional loss prevention managers started looking into the issue after Tallman reported she didn't know why the machines were coming up short.

Hughey said the company soon realized: "Our store's loss prevention manager is the one stealing the money." A jury found Tallman guilty of 14 counts of theft in the first degree and seven counts of aggravated theft in the first degree. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2019. wweek.com

Towson, MD: Arrests Made In String Of 76 Commercial Armed Robberies Across Maryland
Baltimore County Police arrested three suspects in a robbery spree that targeted several businesses across Maryland. The spree ended at a McDonalds on Falls Road, and now they are connected with dozens of armed robberies across the area. Multiple agencies, including Baltimore Police, Anne Arundel County Police and the FBI, investigated a string of 76 robberies that started at a Game Stop on York Road on Nov. 28. Of the 76 robberies, 18 were in Baltimore County, four were in Anne Arundel County and 54 were in Baltimore City. baltimore.cbslocal.com

Macon, GA: 6 Indicted in Gang-influenced Macon Armed Robberies
Six people -- including four males age 18 and younger -- were indicted Tuesday for a string of alleged gang-influenced armed robberies in Macon. Tiquan Jamir Spivey, 20, Anthony Rashad Love, 19, Juan Malik Parker, 18, a 16-year-old and two 15-year-old's are each charged with three counts of violating the Georgia Racketter Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Between Sept. 23, 2018, and Nov. 17, 2018, five armed robberies occurred at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores in Macon. An Oct. 5, 2018, armed robbery at Waffle House, 4731 Chambers Road, also has been linked to the robbery spree. An investigation by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of the six suspects. wgxa.tv

Conway, AR: Teen charged with Robbery for assault on a Loss Prevention Agent at Belk

Tulsa, OK: Police Search For Suspect In $19,000 EZ Pawn Theft

Los Angeles, CA: 2nd suspect in Canoga Park Macy's $700,000 Jewelry Burglary Arrested


Cheyenne, WY: Man Sentenced to 35 years for Kidnapping and Pharmacy Armed Robbery
The last of three New Mexico men charged for their roles in a carjacking and pharmacy robbery in Wyoming has been sentenced. Antoine Mitchell was sentenced on Monday to 35 years in prison. Mitchell and his co-defendants, Moses D. Dickens III and Christopher Dominguez, were indicted in Wyoming in May 2017. The men were arrested on Dec. 3, 2016, in Raton, New Mexico, after robbing another pharmacy and leading police on a high-speed chase. Dickens was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Dominguez to 28 years as part of plea agreements. sheridanmedia.com

Allentown, PA: Man Pleads Guilty to Assault in Shooting Outside Macy's
at Lehigh Valley Mall

Twenty-year-old Miles Harper pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault in a deal in which Lehigh county prosecutors dropped attempted homicide counts. Prosecutors said a June 1 fight near the cosmetics section of Macy's at the Lehigh Valley Mall continued outside the store and involved about 10 men. Prosecutors said Harper was a member of a Bethlehem-based gang, and one of the two people wounded was a member of a rival gang. pahomepage.com

Salt Lake City, UT: Big Dog pawn & Jewelry Owners enter plea agreements
to Felony Charges

The Utah Attorney General's Office announced that the principal owners of Big Dog Pawn & Jewelry of Murray, Inc., have entered plea agreements to felony charges after investigations into the pawn shop revealed unlawful activity, including money laundering and receiving stolen property. On June 19, 2018, Special Agents from the Utah Attorney General's Office served search warrants on seven different pawn shops, one being Big Dog Pawn & Jewelry, and seized several hundred thousand dollars' worth of new-in-the-box merchandise alleged to be stolen from various local retailers. attorneygeneral.utah.gov

Centreville, MD: Serial burglar sentenced to 10 years in prison; targeted small retail stores in 6 counties


Belk - Conway, AR - Robbery / Assault
Beauty Store - Dover, DE - Burglary
C-Store - Cordele, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lehigh County, PA - Robbery
Dollar Tree - Nassau County, NY - Robbery
Family Dollar - Rosenberg, TX - Burglary
Family Dollar - DeKalb County, GA- Armed Robbery/Shooting - suspect shot, killed by police
Gas Station - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hot Springs, AR - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Wareham, MA - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Pharmacy - El Centro, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Rockford, IL - Robbery (Subway)
7-Eleven - Pittsburgh, PA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
14 robberies
2 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killed





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