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Al Vanegas was named National Loss Prevention Manager, Eurest National Accounts for Compass Group North America

Al was previously Director of Loss Prevention, Southeast Division for Dollar General. Prior to that, he held the roles of Director of Investigations for Lowe's, Corporate Investigator for The Limited Inc., and Loss Prevention Manager for Neiman Marcus. Al holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University and an associate's degree in Architecture from Miami Dade College. Congratulations, Al!

Bobby DeAgostino was named Safety Director for Floor & Decor

Bobby was previously Regional Vice President for Family Dollar. Prior to that, he held the positions of Store Team Leader for Target, Regional Asset Protection Manager and later Regional Director of Operations for Home Depot, and Divisional Loss Prevention Manager for Sears Holdings Corp. Bobby holds a B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University. Congratulations, Bobby!
Adam Eaton was promoted to Senior Manager, Loss Prevention Technology for Ross Stores
Adam joined Ross Stores, Inc. in 2010, holding the roles of Area Loss Prevention Manager, Regional Manager of Investigations and, his most recent position, Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager. Before joining Ross Stores, Adam was a Regional Market Investigator for Limited Brands - Victoria Secret and an Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection for Target. Adam also teaches online Criminal Justice courses for the University of Phoenix. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Congratulations, Adam!


How Amazon Shames Warehouse Workers for Alleged Theft
While waiting to clock in each morning, workers at some Amazon.com warehouses get a steady stream of company-provided reading: the stories of co-workers fired for theft.

In an effort to discourage stealing, Amazon has put up flatscreen TVs that display examples of alleged on-the-job theft, say 11 of the company's current and former warehouse workers and antitheft staff. The alleged offenders aren't identified by name. Each is represented by a black silhouette stamped with the word “terminated" and accompanied by details such as when they stole, what they stole, how much it was worth, and how they got caught-changing an outbound package's address, for example, or stuffing merchandise in their socks. Some of the silhouettes are marked “arrested."

Theft is a persistent concern for Amazon, with warehouses full of small but valuable items and a workforce with high turnover and low pay. The digital bulletin boards also occasionally display information about firings related to workplace violence. In some warehouses that don't have flatscreens, workers say, tales of firings are posted on sheets of paper tacked to bulletin boards or taped to the wall.

Former managers in Amazon's loss-prevention department say the use of theft stories was widespread during their tenure. Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment for this story.

Security experts say Amazon's anecdotal warnings are a natural extension of older corporate loss-prevention tactics, such as frisking employees as they leave a store. “There are people who will never steal. There's a certain percentage of people that will always steal," says Pat Murphy, the president of LPT Security Consulting. “You're always trying to influence that middle group by reminding them there is a high probability they will get caught, and if I get caught, these are the consequences."

Amazon's methods can be extreme. In 2010 several Pennsylvania warehouse employees required medical attention after having to stand outside for hours in freezing cold after a fire alarm went off. Workers wearing T-shirts and shorts because of the heat in the warehouse weren't allowed to go to their cars because, they said, the company was afraid the alarm had been pulled to cover a theft. Amazon said in a statement at the time that employee safety was a top priority and it had developed faster fire alarm procedures.

Antitheft tactics have advanced with technology, Murphy says. In the 1980s retailers tried embedding subliminal messages in the music played in their stores to deter customers from stealing. Today, break-room warning posters and anonymous hotlines are commonplace. “The types of methods used by warehouses and fulfillment centers are only limited by your imagination," Murphy says, “and whatever the law allows." bloomberg.com

Big Lots & Marshall's Fined $195k - Violated 'Ban the Box'
New York States Ban the Box Legal Aspects
"Ban-the-box policies are good for business, too"

Last month, national chain retailers Big Lots and Marshall's were fined a total of $195,000 for violating Buffalo's "ban the box" ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants to disclose criminal history on employment applications. New York has been at the forefront of creating such policies to protect job seekers; New York City enacted one last year.

The business community has many misperceptions about these policies, which are at times met with resistance by employers. However, the reality is that if New York businesses adopt ban-the-box policies and best practice standards on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions, they enhance employers' applicant pool and protection from legal liability.

Ban-the-box policies are good for business in that qualified applicants are not unnecessarily weeded out early on in the process.

There are also financial incentives. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire applicants from specific populations, including those with past felony convictions, who have traditionally faced barriers securing employment. The amount of the tax credit is determined by the wages paid to and hours worked by the employee-ranging from $1,200 to $9,600. Further, businesses that are concerned about employee theft, fraud or embezzlement can also apply for a federal fidelity bond that, at the government's expense, covers the new employee for six months before the employer would apply for private coverage.

Businesses in New York are protected from civil legal liability through the state's Human Rights Law. Although this law may appear concerned only with the well-being of workers, compliance with this law and with New York's Article 23-A of the Corrections Law actually better positions employers to defend against possible negligent hiring, retention and supervision claims stemming from employees' criminal histories, New York state or city human-rights agency actions, or an enforcement action by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

These initiatives also may help insulate employers from liability, contain financial incentives to make businesses stronger and help ensure that employers can conduct a hiring search that allows for meaningful consideration of the most qualified candidate for the job. A second chance for individuals with criminal records means a stronger future for businesses. crainsnewyork.com

Big Lots, Marshalls fined for 'Ban the Box' violations - Jan. 20, 2016
Big Lots and Marshalls have agreed to pay penalties totaling $195,000 for violating a Buffalo law that prohibits employers from asking job candidates about their criminal history on their initial employment applications.

The settlement with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also includes an agreement by the two retailers to remove any inquiries about an applicant's criminal record from the job applications that the companies use throughout New York. The attorney general's office said both Marshalls and Big Lots used standard applications that included inquiries about an applicant's criminal record at their stores in Buffalo, where a local law bans companies from including that type of inquiry on initial applications. buffalonews.com

Air Jordan's release causes 2 shootings and violence across the country this weekend
Madison Wisconsin Police say that they were called to West Towne Mall just before 10 a.m. on Saturday for a disturbance caused by shoppers clamoring for new "Air Jordan" sneakers. A crowd of more than 60 people gathered outside Finish Line Footwear before the store opened. There were reports of pushing, shoving, and foul language before the store opened. Mall security said they had difficulty controlling the crowd, and asked for city police to provide back-up. Madison police say there were no arrests made. wifc.com

Police were called to the Westroads Mall in Omaha to help control the crowd waiting to buy the girls Air Jordan. A disturbance was reported at The Finish Line around 5:20 a.m. Customers were waiting for the store to open at 7 a.m. Officers were advised by security that several people entered the mall early and were asked to leave. The Finish Line closed at 7:30 a.m. due to concerns about crowd size and stated it would not reopen until 10 a.m. Most chose to stay and wait, some were upset but stayed calm.

Two men were shot in a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota shopping area parking lot during an apparent argument over the Air Jordans. Witnesses tell KARE 11 that an argument inside the Foot Locker store on Shingle Creek Parkway spilled out into the parking lot and "several shots" were fired. That argument reportedly started over the new Nike Air Jordan shoes released Saturday. Shoppers ran or cover and witnesses outside the sports store say they heard at least six shots ring out. Both are expected to recover. wcnc.com

A fight broke out among those waiting at a mall in Madison, Wisconsin. wndu.com metro.co.uk

The Eastland Mall located in Harper Woods Michigan also shut down briefly Saturday morning after large crowds gathered for the release of new Nike Air Jordan's and became unruly.

In another shooting incident involving the Nike Air Jordan's, a teen was shot during confrontation over the sneakers in southwest Detroit.

Numerous other incidents were reported during the Saturday sale event including two stabbings and numerous fighting incidents that led to injuries and arrests.

FWI: Cargo theft skyrockets 73% in Mexico
Food & Drinks #1, MEX-57 highway, August to November

1,087 cargo thefts reported in '15, up 73% over 2014. Rose significantly in the northern region of Mexico. However, the central zone of the country was at the highest risk for cargo thefts, primarily in the states of Puebla, Guanajuato and the State of Mexico. Highest amount occurred from August through November.  Food and drinks remained the most stolen product, accounting for 18%, followed by building and industrial (15%) and fuel (11%). The MEX-57 (MEX-QRO) highway, the main arrival and departure corridor for Mexico City, has more incidents of cargo theft than any other. americanshipper.com

The Anatomy of Skimming Gangs
Targeting Small Towns - Cops are Merely an Inconvenience
6 Gangs busted in last two weeks across the country

According to the FBI, skimming devices are the calling cards of Eurasian organized crime groups with associates born in or with family in Russia or Eastern Europe. The agency says it has dismantled sophisticated organizations in Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.

In law enforcement circles, skimming investigations are known as “cop kryptonite" - they require a lot of technical know-how and time, often with little payoff. If perpetrators are brought to justice, the jail or prison time is usually insignificant, and skimmer-savvy crooks can be back on the street in little to no time.

Detective Eric Vitale, San Luis Obispo Police Department, where he heads the department's fraud investigations, said the groups using skimmer technology prefer to install the devices in smaller communities, where authorities are generally less versed in how to deal with them. The professional skimming groups, he said, can earn a lavish living through fraud and are usually well-represented legally.

Within the hierarchy of organized crime, all we (the police) are is an inconvenience to them. I'm just the cost of doing business," Vitale said. “I never get close enough to the top guys, unfortunately."

Vitale said the goal in investigating the crimes is not to solely arrest those who operate the skimmers, but to trace the operation to those at the top. Depending on how sophisticated the rings are, one crew may be tasked with installing skimmers, another with harvesting their information, one to develop clones, one to cash out and another to launder the money.

We can sit on a gas station for hours or days to find the guys hiding these things, but the key is you want to get to that hotel room, where (the clones) are being made," Vitale said.

They come here because they think it's Mayberry. Like we're not exposed to this and all we have are a bunch of hick cops," Vitale said. “But my job is to not just catch these guys, but to send a strong message: Don't come here." sanluisobispo.com

Staples Prepares Plan B as Merger Stalls, Sales Sink
Retailer planning changes to improve stand-alone performance - Closing 50

“We've been working on Plan B for several months at this point," CEO Ron Sargent said in a conference call with analysts Friday, though he didn't say how it might differ from Staples' existing plan to close stores and expand its customer base. He said the office-supplies retailer is planning specific changes to improve its stand-alone performance “despite the fact that we're focusing all our energies and efforts on getting this acquisition behind us."

In North America, the company closed 12 stores in the latest quarter, among 73 total closures last year. Staples said it expects to close about 50 North American stores in 2016.

This past January the retailer took steps to streamline its operation, changing its management team and reportedly laying off hundreds of employees at its headquarters. “It was a bloodbath," one employee tells Fortune, noting that the layoffs applied to both senior and junior employees. wsj.com fortune.com consumerist.com

Haggen Wants More Time To Come Up With Restructuring Plan
Grocery store chain Haggen asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday for a 90-day extension of its exclusivity period to file a reorganizing plan in its Chapter 11 proceedings, saying that it has been too busy selling off some of its stores to focus on the plan. law360.com

Target & Walmart named 'Top Companies for Executive Women'
Cardinal Health, Target and Walmart were all selected as part of the 2016 National Association for Female Executives Top Companies for Executive Women, which recognizes American corporations that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that fosters the careers of talented women. drugstorenews.com

Home Depot posts SR MGR Asset Protection job in Atlanta Corp. office
- Reports to Director AP
Drive the cross-functional integration of Loss Prevention methodology and practices into Store Operations focusing on reducing shrink/theft/fraud and improving operational process accuracy through process improvement. Play a substantial role in the development of all Loss Prevention operational strategies across the enterprise. indeed.com

Director, Partner and Asset Protection - Seattle, WA - Starbucks posted today
This job contributes to Starbucks success by ensuring that partners and assets are protected to the best capabilities of the Company. Ensures the safety of all partners and customers and the security of all assets and the contribution of profit margins by reducing losses. Defines the security services and systems requirements for identified risks within the US business. Develops tactics consistent with global strategy to deter or eliminate identified risks. Investigates all crimes and threats to partners, assets and brand in order to mitigate litigation risk and preserve the Starbucks Brand. Supports the US business security response to manmade and natural crises that affect partners and assets. Models and acts in accordance with Starbucks guiding principles.  Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required, Master's Degree/MBA Preferred  starbucks.taleo.net

Assistant Vice President, Loss Prevention CARMAX Richmond, Va.
CarMax is looking for an Assistant Vice President, Loss Prevention to be located in our Home Office in Richmond, VA. This position will direct, plan, manage and oversee all processes, personnel, and vendors related to the Loss Prevention function for CarMax (including Field Loss Prevention, Background Screening, Home Office Support, and Security/Command Center). carmax.com

Director, Loss Prevention for Alex and Ani, LLC, New York, NY
The Loss Prevention Manager will develop and oversee Company loss prevention operations incorporating loss prevention reporting, detection and predictive modeling, conducting investigations, coordination with other Company departments, and education for home office, field, stores, and distribution center management.

Working diligently with distributors and sales agencies to develop relationships worldwide, ALEX AND ANI operates in 10 countries and 11 Caribbean islands. indeed.com

Macy's to open 42 Bluemercury stores - 24 freestanding, 18 in-store shops
Macy's Backstage to open 1 freestanding, 15 in-store locations

Kroger Division - Fry's Opening 7 New Arizona Stores This Year, 6 Are Marketplaces

Maryland looks to pass paid sick days - 1 hour for every 30

Osage Beach, MO, PD hosting monthly meetings for retail LP

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Pier 1 Q4 comp's flat with sales down 1.3%

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

● 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

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The Risk Takers
The Ashley Madison Effect on Companies

The four economists matched "active" email addresses used to register on Ashley Madison with corporate email domains. The economists then looked at how the data matched up with a measure of corporate social responsibility and with Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions for accounting misstatements. No surprise, companies with more Ashley Madison users were more likely to engage in unethical behavior.

They found companies with more Ashley Madison members had a higher penchant for risk taking, as measured by factors such as debt loads and return volatility.

While investing in companies that take more risk isn't for everyone, the economy would be poorer for it without them. The economy would also be poorer for it without innovation. That was another thing the Ashley Madison companies, judged by measures such as successful patent applications, did more of. It seems people who have to come up with creative excuses to their spouses may be creative in more positive aspects of life, too. wsj.com

High Hopes - Hacking Drones
Cummings says drones could also be susceptible to hacking. “How to keep drones safe from those intentional and non-intentional acts, and how to keep the public safe, particularly for the descent to landing, is going to be very challenging."

The National Retail Federation told the FAA in November that retailers are looking at drones not only for package delivery but loss prevention efforts and warehouse evaluations. While safety is important, the agency “must balance competing interests in order to preserve innovation."

Insurance companies will likely play a big role in guiding operating procedures. Lloyd's of London last year released a report which noted that while the potential of drones is hard to deny, the “concerns around safety, security and surveillance could pose significant risks to users of this nascent technology." nrf.com

RSA Conference: Unlikely Allies Address Value of Digital Security
40,000 attended last week's RSA Conf., world's largest gathering of security experts

What surprised many of the about 40,000 people attending the RSA Conference, the world's largest gathering of security experts, this week was the nuanced, industry-friendly tone of former government officials who spoke at the event.

Michael Chertoff, the former director of Homeland Security under George W. Bush and an author of the Patriot Act, said it would be a mistake to sacrifice tough security to “give authorities admittedly important access to certain types of phones or data."

And strong security will become even more important in the coming years as Internet-connected technology spreads from smartphones and computers to home heating systems, streetlights, the electrical grid and much more, said Mr. Chertoff.

Attacks on control systems can have loss of life, and encryption is going to be a key element in a strategy to secure all of this going forward," he told an audience.

Security experts now worry that if Apple is required to create software to bypass its password system, it will be a precursor to many more government requests. They also worry that once Apple writes that code, it will show the world's spies, terrorists and hackers how to bypass its password security. “Once it's created, you can't unwrite that code."  nytimes.com

Hackers At The Doors of U.S. Retailers
DDoS Attacks Jump Nearly 150%
U.S. Retailers #1 Victim of Web App. Attacks

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks spiked 40% in Q4 2015 compared with the previous quarter while web application attacks jumped 28% globally, as IT security teams struggled to contain an ever resourceful online enemy, according to Akamai. The content delivery firm's latest State of the Internet report for the last three months of 2015 revealed an ever-increasing volume of DDoS attacks

In fact, they were up 149% year-on-year, with the vast majority (97%) accounted for by infrastructure layer (layer 3 and 4) attacks. Cyber-criminals continued to rely on so-called “stresser/booter-based botnets" designed to launch reflection attacks by bouncing traffic off DNS, Chargen, NTP, and other servers running vulnerable services.

The vast majority of web application attacks (59%) were aimed at retailers - up from 55% in the previous quarter - followed some way behind by media & entertainment (10%) and hotel & travel (10%). The most popular type of web app attack was LFI (41%), followed by SQLi (28%), PHPi (22%), XSS (5%) and Shellshock (2%).

US is #1 victim worldwide when it came to web app attacks, accounting for 56%. infosecurity-magazine.com

Govern Access, Not Just Identities
- Digital Video Session From Last Week's RSA Conference

The security industry has been too focused on managing identities - not enough on privileged access, says Andy Vallila of Dell Security Solutions. What level of visibility do organizations need into privileged accounts? In a video interview at RSA Conference 2016, Vallila discusses:
• The risks of not governing privileged access;
• How improved visibility will boost security;
• How Dell is helping customers gain this visibility.
Vallila is the sales leader in the Americas for Dell Security Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for revenue growth, customer success and sales-enablement. inforisktoday.com

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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

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With solutions ranging from Interactive Video Response, Video Verification, Intrusion Protection, Fire Protection, CCTV Systems, and Business Intelligence, Iverify is committed to making a difference by delivering innovative life safety and property protection solutions, with the core belief that every interaction matters. Iverify has invested over $25 million in professionals, processes and technology to become the recognized industry leader in interactive remote video and audio protection solutions. Nick Khalil, President of Iverify, talks about the variety of solutions they offer to help retailers be more profitable through the protection of assets. 

LPNN Quick Take #4

In this LPNN Quick Take, Joe and Amber call out some of the most overused office phrases that need to be banned from our vocabulary. Spoiler: If you always say "think outside the box", you just might be IN the box.

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March 2016 Special Report - Security on high alert
- A special report, from the editors of Internet Retailer, on fraud prevention for e-retailers
No matter how strong an e-retailer thinks its security barriers are, no merchant is immune from the threat of increasingly sophisticated criminals who keep finding ways to steal consumers' personal information and commit fraud.

Every retailer has to be on guard, as the many high-profile data breaches in recent years has made consumers well aware of the threat to their payment and personal data within retailers' systems. A recent Bizrate Insights study found 60% of consumers said online merchants aren't doing enough to protect their credit card and personal information. And 65% of respondents expressed the same feelings about mobile merchants.

That kind of consumer sentiment puts pressure on retailers to find stronger solutions to protect data and prevent fraud. This special report examines the technology and techniques that retailers can use to combat criminals' efforts to penetrate their systems.

Download the FREE report now by going to internetretailer.com and filling out the form. internetretailer.com

Amazon, Wal-Mart Lead Top 25 E-commerce Retail List
As analysts expect e-commerce sales in the U.S. to continue growing by 10 to 12 percent a year, total e-commerce sales are already at substantial levels as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have expanded their online efforts. As a result, total annual retail e-commerce sales are $201 billion, according to the 180 companies tracked by eMarketer. For the top 25 retailers, total annual e-commerce sales come in at $159 billion, with Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. taking the top three spots. According to eMarketer, Amazon's e-commerce sales are $79.3 billion while Wal-Mart has $13.5 billion and Apple totals $12 billion.

Of the top 25 companies on the list, 18 are more traditional brick-and-mortar retailers that have pushed their online efforts over the past five years. These include companies such as Macy's Inc., Nordstrom Inc., Target Corp., Gap Inc. and Neiman Marcus. wwd.com

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Canadian millennials most likely targets for fraud



Fencing Operation: Warrant leads police to Wake towing co. Raleigh, N.C.
Placing Orders For Merchandise

Female arrested to larceny cooperates with police and connects owner of towing company to selling stolen merchandise. Communications between Snyder and Tony Harris, owner of Hollywood Towing, from shortly after Christmas until Snyder's arrest “discussed the theft, sale and receipt of stolen property from retail locations." Text messages “often included pictures of new retail property appearing to be stolen from retail locations," Womack wrote. Harris, who operates Hollywood Towing, was charged Wednesday with organized retail theft that had gone on for 90 days that an arrest warrant taken out by Wake County sheriff's investigators said ran through Feb. 10.

Womack also told the magistrate Snyder had been able to communicate on her phone with someone to tell that person what to steal from a store and how to get to Harris' home to sell it.  newsobserver.com

Inmates & Smartphones Running Retail Scams from Inside
While serving time at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Joseph H. Raper managed to defraud a tire business with a smuggled in smartphone by about $200,000. On Thursday, federal Judge Scott Coogler sentenced Raper to about three years in prison, which he'll serve while in custody for the remainder of a sentence imposed in 2000. That sentence stems from theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card charges. “(Raper) would start off calling a business and say, 'Hey who do you sell your tires to?'" said Brandon Essig, an Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.

In this case, the business Raper called was STM, LLC, a tire retailer in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was able to find out that STM sold tires to HMT, Inc., a trucking company located in Alabama, court documents indicate. He called (HMT) and found out the name of a real person working there, then he called (STM) back and ordered tires (under the guise of being an HMT employee) with what was usually a bogus purchase order number," Essig said. “But by the time (STM) figured it out, the tires were gone."

Court documents say that after sealing the purchase from STM, Raper would sell the tires to a third party business, such as a tire distributor, at a significantly reduced price. Then he'd hire a “free world person" to get the tires from STM, and bring them to whoever Raper sold them to from inside the prison.

Three others have also recently been federally sentenced for carrying out a scheme involving inmates swindling a business from inside prison walls using a smuggled phone. Garrison, Coston and Lee would defraud gas stations and convenient stores around the country. While serving time at Bullock County Correctional Facility, Garrison and Coston called clerks at these businesses and posed as as a district manager.

They'd say, 'What I need you to do is count down the cash in your drawer,'" said Essig, who also handled this case. “Whatever number (the clerk) came back with, (Garrison and Coston) would say, 'Look, your cash count is off. It's showing $500 more than what we've got here at the corporate office. The two would then direct the clerk to remove an amount of cash from the register, and purchase a pre-paid debit card to correct the overage.

Once the card was purchased, the defendants told the clerk to provide them with the account number over the phone so that the funds could be transferred, an indictment states.

They'd do that and say, 'OK now you're clear. We've credited the money back and so now your books are fine. The $500 has been taken care of.' Meanwhile the district manager is actually Garrison and Coston on the phone sitting in a jail cell in the Alabama Department of Corrections making this phone call," Essig said. They would then immediately call Pamela Lee, Garrison's mother, and give her the account numbers, which she would use to transfer the funds to an alternate pre-paid debit card. montgomeryadvertiser.com

Portland, OR: Wire Cutters used in Assault, ORC Gang tied to $50,000 theft
A 24-year-old woman accused of being part of a metro-wide organized retail crime ring, is now accused of using wire cutters to cause serious physical injury to one of her co-defendants in the theft ring. The group is accused of stealing more than $50,000 in apparel and personal goods. koin.com

Woman stole $24K in underwear from Victoria's Secret, Garden State Mall, Paramus, N.J.
She is accused of stealing from floor displays since August 2015, police said in a statement on Friday. With the help of store employees, detectives developed Roman as a suspect in January. There were nine thefts totaling $24,000, they said. She was held in the Bergen County Jail on $75,000 full bail. nj.com

Westfield, MA: 4 suspects wanted in Walmart theft; $350 in merchandise stolen
Westfield police are looking for your help to find four suspects wanted in connection with a theft of hundreds of dollars in merchandise from the city's Walmart store. Westfield Police Detective Rick Mazza said that the three men and one woman appeared to have been working together on the March 2 theft. The woman was seen leaving the store with a shopping carriage full of food items and a baby car seat. wwlp.com

Riverhead, NY: Thieves hit Ralph Lauren; Polo Outlet hit for $3,900
Two men removed about $3,930 worth of merchandise from the Polo Ralph Lauren store at Tanger Outlets Sunday around 7:20 p.m. timesreview.com

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Walmart Asset Protection officer stabbed in the neck by shoplifter in Sturgis, MI
A 48-year-old Kendallville, Ind. man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and two counts of resisting and obstructing police officers following an incident Friday around 12:54 p.m. Witnesses at the scene gave dispatchers a description and location of the suspect. When police units arrived the suspect ran from the officers on foot but was apprehended. The victim is a Wal-Mart Asset Protection officer who attempted to stop the suspect for shoplifting and got into a physical altercation with him. He suffered a stab wound to the neck and was transported to the Sturgis Hospital for treatment. threeriversnews.com

Anaheim, CA: Officer Shoots Man Holding Women at Knife-Point in Subway Restaurant
A man suspected of trying to rob an Anaheim Subway restaurant held two women at knife-point before he was shot by police, officers said Sunday. Dispatch first received a hushed call from a woman whispering into the phone calling from the restaurant. When officers arrived, a 33-year-old man was holding two female employees at knife-point with an 8 to 10-inch blade. Police said the man was trying to rob the Subway restaurant. Officers went inside the store. It wasn't clear what exactly led to the shooting, but an officer fired a weapon, police said. nbclosangeles.com

Petaluma, CA: Thieves ram car into Gun store, steal $12,00 in firearms
Police and a store owner in Northern California say four men who rammed a car into a gun store and stole 18 weapons worth some $12,000. The Petaluma Police Department says it received a report Saturday that the Independence Armory had been burglarized. It says surveillance video shows the suspects used a Honda Accord to ram the business, which disabled the security system. They then went inside, took the weapons and fled in the vehicle. Surveillance video images released by police show four suspects, believed to all be men. njherald.com

Dallas, TX: Sonic employee shot during Armed Robbery
Police said two suspects walked up to the Sonic on Audelia Road Saturday night and one shot the worker, as she was sweeping up outside, while they attempted to rob the store. The victim was rushed to the hospital. Officials say she's expected to survive. Neighbors said they are very concerned about a rash of violent crime in the area. cbslocal.com

530 counterfeit credit cards recovered by St. Ann PD - 4 in jail - Florida Crew
Approximately 530 credit cards were recovered. Police discovered them Thursday night when they arrested the four suspects, two of whom were from Florida and two from Cuba. Police from Bridgeton, Maryland Heights, Florissant, and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office were also working the case. fox2now.com

Aloha, OR: Armed Robber arrested after stealing $15,000 of merchandise from AT&T; staff threatened with Taser
A 25-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stealing 19 new iPhones worth over $15,000 from a local AT&T. Steven Prieto is accused of robbing the store while wearing a mask over his face. Preito reportedly threatened employees with a Taser before deputies arrived. He fled the scene with 2 bags of new iPhones, deputies said. He was found 3 blocks from the store where he was chased and quickly captured. Deputies said he had a flashlight, but no Taser. koin.com

Career ID Thief Sentenced to Over 19 Years in Federal Prison in Atlanta

Canal-Winchester, OH: Girl Scouts robbed while selling cookies at Walmart

Columbus, OH: $2 million bond for suspect accused of shooting 3 people at Express Mart, killing child

San Diego, CA: Kearny Mesa AT&T victim of Armed Robbery; guns and duffle bags

San Diego, CA: 7-Eleven Armed Robbery fails after clerk runs from machete & gun threats

Serial 7-Eleven armed robber still on the loose in South Jersey, police say

Teenage girl shot in back by 25-year-old boyfriend at a Georgia Peachtree mall

Life in Prison for Middlesex County Cell Phone Store Robber

Troy police: Man with 21 credit cards arrested for identity theft at Buffalo Wild Wings

Sentencing set today for Van Nuys credit-card skimming ring leader

Bomb Threat at Walmart in Dauphin Co.

UK: Gang who committed biggest Jewelry Burglary in English history due for sentencing; Hatton Garden raid

Brockton, MA: Shoplifter pulls knife when approached about thefts at Macy's

Jared Vault in the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY was the victim of Glass Lift Theft on 3-6, merchandise valued at $23,000

Kay Jewelers in the Mall at Green Hills, Nashville, TN, was the victim of a Grab & Run on 3-4, merchandise valued at $12,298

Jared Vault in the Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, El Paso, TX was the victim of a Distraction Theft on 3-4, merchandise valued at $1,665

Kay Outlet in the Opry Mills, Nashville, TN was the victim of a Grab & Run on ¾, merchandise valued at $69

AT&T - Aloha, OR - Armed Robbery
AT&T - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Big 10 - Davenport, IA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Edina, MN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Waterford, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Marianna, FL - Armed Robbery
Drug Store - San Juan, PR - Shooting / 1 killed
Giselle's - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
Legacy Drugs - Pauls Valley, OK- Armed Robbery
Quick Stop - Birmingham, AL - Burglary
Sam's Foods - Lawrence, NJ - Shooting / 1 killed
Sonic - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery / employee shot
Starbucks - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Subway - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Valero - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Murrieta, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Lakewood, OH - Armed Robbery
Wood's Mini - St Joseph, MO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Gloucester Township, NJ - Armed Robbery



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