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Gatekeeper Systems

Using Technology for #DramaFreeLP at the Door

Robert Harling, CEO,
Gatekeeper Systems


As shoplifter apprehensions have turned more violent in recent years, Gatekeeper Systems, the international leader in cart containment and Pushout Theft solutions, has stepped up to address this dangerous problem. CEO Robert Harling explains how Gatekeeper's Purchek anti-theft solution not only reduces retail employee injuries and shopping cart replacement costs, but also helps avoid violent shoplifter confrontations that statistics prove are becoming more prevalent.

Quick Take 4 with Hanwha Techwin America

Miguel Lazatin, Director of Product & Channel Marketing
Jordan Rivchun, Leader, Retail Solutions & Strategy

Hanwha Techwin America


Hanwha is a global Fortune 500 company and now one of the fastest growing security manufacturers in the world, driven by customer-led product design and development. Jordan Rivchun tells us why these reasons and more led him to join Hanwha Techwin America after years working on the retailer side of the business. And Miguel Lazatin shares some of the exciting new solutions they're bringing to the market.




Art Lazo promoted to Vice President, Asset Protection for 7-Eleven
Art will report directly to Rankin Gasaway, SVP, General Counsel and Secretary. Art joined 7-Eleven in 2013 as Director of Asset Protection Operations at the store support center. In 2018, he was named Director of Asset Protection for US and Canada when he took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the field Asset Protection Team. Art has more than 20 years of experience in the AP field previously working for Toys "R" Us, Kmart, Home Depot and Asset Protection Associates. Congratulations, Art!

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CONTROLTEK Moves into New Headquarters,
Opens Customer Experience Center


CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in loss prevention solutions, has opened new headquarters which include a brand-new customer experience center, showcasing the latest technology in loss prevention and asset tracking.

"The new customer experience center offers a unique space for clients to view and test the latest asset protection solutions," said Steve Sell, CONTROLTEK's vice president of global sales and marketing. "It is designed as a collaborative space that enables clients to connect directly with our experts to come up with new solutions to the ever-evolving threats of shrink."

"Opening our new headquarters increases our capacity to collaborate with both our clients and our partners in the industry," said Rod Diplock, CONTROLTEK's chief executive officer. "This new space is an investment into the company's future but also into expanding our relationships within the loss prevention industry."

CONTROLTEK's new headquarters is located a short drive from New York City at 200 Crossing Blvd., Second Floor, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Southfield Capital Partners with Protos Security

Southfield Capital, a premier lower middle market private equity firm, announced today its partnership with Protos Security, a leading North American tech-enabled managed security services provider. The Company's co-founders, Chris Copenhaver and Patrick Henderson, will remain in their existing leadership roles post-close.

Protos provides security guard and related solutions through its proprietary technology system and vast security vendor network. The Company enables clients to outsource the administrative burden associated with onboarding, managing and tracking thousands of guards working for dozens of vendors across hundreds of locations. Headquartered in Virginia, Protos manages thousands of sites in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico on behalf of a blue-chip customer base, including many Fortune 500 companies. prnewswire.com

Walmart to Allow 'Customer Hosts' to Process Returns & Refunds at the Door
Walmart Also Improving Self-Checkout Technology to Reduce Shrink

Walmart shoppers will soon be able to return purchases without walking more than a couple of steps inside a store. Employees called "customer hosts" will soon have the power to process returns and issue refunds at store entrances, Walmart US CEO Greg Foran told attendees at the UBS Global Consumer and Retail Conference on Wednesday.

"You're soon going to be able to do a refund right at the front door of a Walmart store," he said, according to an audio recording of his remarks. "We're not going to ask you to go to a service desk."

"The customer host will have the technology to do a refund for you right there, including cash."

The company is also planning on improving the technology at its self-checkout registers, Foran said. Walmart is refining the scanners so they can more easily identify different products and the company is working on ways to help reduce "shrinkage" - theft - associated with the self-checkout registers, he said.

The company has also added curbside grocery pickup and automated pickup towers to hundreds of stores, with more on the way. Walmart also recently rolled out Check Out With Me, a program that allows employees to process shoppers' purchases on mobile devices. businessinsider.com

Marvin Ellison: 'Don't blend in'
The CEO, who has been at Lowe's for seven months now, is driving a cultural change that embraces employees and caters to different types of customers. When Marvin Ellison joined Lowe's about seven months ago, he didn't show up on his first day. Well, not to the corporate office that is. Ellison spent that first week at stores, having lunch with hourly employees and listening to what they had to say, he told attendees of the Shoptalk retail conference Tuesday.

"If I'm coming to a new company to solve problems, I may think I have all the answers, but really I don't," he said. "You have to listen to the culture and true concerns of employees and [find the] root cause of some things not working." retaildive.com

Total Retail Loss Gets Exposure
C-Store Loss Prevention Basics Still Crucial

C-store loss prevention requires a multifaceted approached, but tried-and-true best practices remain key.

Kum & Go is taking a new approach to c-store loss prevention in 2019, starting on the 'TRL path.'

The Retail Industry Leaders Association introduced TRL (Total Retail Loss), designed to encourage businesses to consider loss differently, a couple years ago.

"Specifically, it provides a much better way to define and measure loss of all kinds by providing a typology consisting of 33 different categories that cross the entire spectrum of retail theft and fraud," said Britt Davidson, manager of loss prevention for Kum & Go, which operates more than 400 stores in 11 states.

NSA Chief: Huawei's Involvement In 5G Networks 'Concerns Me a Lot'
The U.S. and its allies should be concerned about letting Huawei Technologies Co. help build 5G networks because of the potential for the company to be used as a tool by the Chinese government, said Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency, on Wednesday.

"[China] has very strong and deliberate ties to its private sector, and that concerns me a lot," he said during a keynote at the RSA Conference.

Mr. Nakasone's comments suggest that the U.S. will continue to seek to block Huawei from 5G rollouts even as the company tries to assuage governments and consumers with ad campaigns and flashy displays of the trustworthiness of its technology. cmail20.com

    Huawei Sues US, Saying It's Targeted By Unconstitutional Law

Aldi names Lidl in lawsuit against two ex-employees
Former Aldi staffers accused of passing trade secrets

In the complaint, filed March 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Aldi claims the ex-employees breached non-compete and non-disclosure agreements by accepting jobs at Lidl and then providing the company with proprietary, confidential trade information from Aldi.

Named as defendants in the suit are Bruna Maraccini, who most recently served as director of real estate for North Carolina and Virginia at Aldi; Colleen Savory, a real estate assistant for those regions at Aldi; and Arlington, Va.-based Lidl US.

Aldi said in a statement on the lawsuit. "We welcome fair competition. However, where we believe anyone has taken measures to undercut our ability to compete fairly, we will take any and all necessary actions to stifle such attempts. As with most litigation, we will limit our comments to the judicial proceedings, as we believe that our complaint speaks for itself."

Aldi alleges in the suit that 11-year employee Maraccini went to work for Lidl in violation of her non-compete agreement; took confidential, proprietary and/or trade secret information from Aldi - including real estate strategy maps and planned store locations - that she had agreed to return upon leaving the company; and enlisted Savory to steal Aldi information for use by Lidl.

Savory, a five-year Aldi employee, is accused of misappropriating Aldi trade information by sending it to Maraccini in her role at Lidl for use in competing with Aldi in North Carolina, and then accepting a job offer from Lidl in which she could put that information to use.  supermarketnews.com

National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) Responds
on FDA E-Cig Action Statement

"The FDA Commissioner's statement lists 15 retail chains that have accumulated an aggregate of 15% to 44% violation rates by their respective stores at which tobacco products were sold to underage individuals under the FDA retail inspection program since 2010.

"This statement needs to be put into perspective given that the FDA has been conducting retail store compliance checks for nine years now. According to the Commissioner's statement, 15 store chains had sales to minors violations in 15% or more of 'their total inspected stores since the inception of the FDA's retailer compliance check inspection program in 2010.' This means that a retailer which accumulated an aggregate 44% violation rate over the nine-year period could have, on average, experienced a 95% successful passing rate each year with approximately 5% of its stores inspected incurring a violation on an annual basis.

"According to the FDA's method of determining aggregate violation rates, this estimated 5% violation rate would be added up for each of the nine consecutive years to obtain an approximate, but cumulative, 45% failure rate.

"Similarly, a retailer that has a 15% cumulative violation rate over that same nine-year period would have, on average, passed FDA compliance checks 98.3% of the time with an estimated yearly 1.67% failure rate. Calculating compliance inspection rates on a cumulative basis can result in an erroneous perception that a retailer sells tobacco products to underage youth numerous times each year. These compliance check percentage results should be analyzed on an annual basis and not added together because doing so results in an inaccurate characterization of the actual rate of violation. cstoredecisions.com

Cisco Former Director of Global Supply Charged in $9.3M Shell Company's Scheme
Prithviraj R. Bhikha, a former employee of Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), was charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud.

Bhikha, 50, of San Francisco, was employed until mid-2017 by Cisco as a director in its global supply unit in San Jose, Calif.  That unit was in charge of working with suppliers and vendors to obtain parts for Cisco products.  In or about 2013, Bhikha is alleged to have begun advocating within Cisco for the approval of a new project, of which he would be in charge, the goal of which was for Cisco to retain third-party vendors to negotiate savings with manufacturers on small parts used in Cisco products. The complaint affidavit alleges that Bhikha devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud Cisco by establishing overseas business entities, then directing and approving Cisco contracts to these entities pursuant to the aforementioned project, and failing to disclose his ownership interest in the overseas entities. The affidavit alleges that Cisco wired approximately $6.5 million to one of these entities and approximately $2.8 million to another.  The affidavit also alleges more than $8.5 million was wired from bank accounts associated with these two overseas entities to U.S. bank accounts either controlled jointly by Bhikha and his wife or by his wife alone.

If convicted on the charge in the criminal complaint, the defendant would face a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate. justice.gov

Update: Florida: Retailers pushback against increase in Felony Threshold
An effort to raise a legal threshold that triggers felony charges passed its first hurdle in the Florida House on Tuesday, with some pushback from representatives of retail stores. As reported in the DAILY yesterday, Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, is proposing legislation (HB 589) that would increase the threshold amount for third-degree felony retail theft from $300 to $1,000 or more. The bill would also change state law to no longer make it a third-degree felony to steal fire extinguishers, stop signs or property from construction sites. The proposal was approved Tuesday by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, with the support of organizations seeking reforms to the criminal-justice system. But the Florida Retail Federation was against the proposal because it would loosen penalties for retail theft. A similar proposal in the Senate would raise the threshold to $1,500. If the legislation is approved, the state's Criminal Justice Impact Conference has determined that it would have a "significant" impact on reducing the state's prison population. bizjournals.com

Houston, TX: SpotCrime data indicates decline in Robbery and Thefts in Houston
500 Robberies, 4,910 Thefts reported in February

The number of crime incidents in Houston saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell by about 11 percent, from 8,463 in January to 7,467 in February. Theft and robbery led the most recent decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell from 5,394 reported incidents in January to 4,910 in February. Robbery incidents went from 720 to 501 for the month, or about a 30 percent decrease. hoodline.com

New York: NYC Consumer Affairs and the NYPD combating Identity Theft
with Public Information Campaign

Brochures are available, in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French, Korean, and Haitian to spread the word of the risks associated with the many forms of Identity Theft. Topics include: Identity Theft Protection Tips, Internet Scams, Telephone Scams, Tax Scams, Predatory Lending and even Pet Scams just to mention a few. Download brochures here  nyc.gov

Ethics Boards, Codes of Conduct Help Guide AI Use in Hiring
Emerging alongside reports of the many ways artificial intelligence (AI) is benefiting HR is a more troubling narrative that algorithms may perpetuate bias in hiring or other talent decisions.

While well-designed AI can help eliminate unconscious human bias in processes like candidate screening, there also are risks that the technology can cause adverse impact as well. The bombshell revelation last year that Amazon created and later shut down a recruiting algorithm that was biased against women applying for software development jobs continues to reverberate in HR. Although it represented just a single case of an internally developed AI tool, the flawed Amazon algorithm captured the attention of the industry and led to a new wariness and some policy changes.

Some organizations have taken these ethical concerns seriously enough that they've created advisory boards and new codes of conduct to monitor and guide their use of AI. HireVue, a provider of AI-driven video interviewing and assessment tools in Salt Lake City, has created a board to guide the ethical development and use of AI in its products. The board includes experts in industrial and organizational psychology, algorithmic bias, data privacy, and diversity and inclusion. shrm.org

Senior Manager, Asset Protection - Taco Bell Posted in Irvine, CA - Top AP Job
This position reports to the Director and Head of Field HR.  Working closely with the restaurant operations team, the Senior Manager, Asset Protection will be accountable for reducing risk factors within our restaurants to help protect our brand, employees and customers. This includes leading a team of asset protection professionals who are passionate about building the capability of our restaurant leaders while working through internal cash loss issues, reducing the instances of accidents and injuries and driving and executing on industry leading asset protection policies, processes, procedures and technology.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brandTaco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through nearly 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 300 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. greenhouse.io

Walmart US CEO says half his store visits make him 'grumpy'
- and he's turning up the heat on managers

Amazon to Shut All U.S. Pop-Up Stores as It Rethinks Physical Retail Strategy

Charlotte Russe going out of business - Closing All 500 Stores

Kohl's is shrinking stores and leasing out the extra space to Planet Fitness

Whole Foods cuts workers' hours after Amazon introduces minimum wage

Quarterly Results

American Eagle Q4 comp's up 6%, net sales up 1%, full yr. comp's up 8%, net sales up 6%
Barnes & Noble Q3 comp's up 1.1%, total sales flat

Kroger Q4 comp's without fuel down 1.9%, total sales down 9.5%, full yr comp's up 1.8%, total sales down 1.2%

LPRC Board of Advisors Collaborate With Technical & Academic Partners In Gainesville, FL

The LPRC Board of Advisors recently interfaced with select technical and academic partners at the annual IGNITE meeting to strategize research and launch the LPRC into 2019. This year's planning meeting featured LPRC Innovate sessions, showcasing the new initiatives the LPRC will implement to support innovation in their research.

The first official tours were also given of the LPRC NextRetail Center (NRC), a space dedicated to R&D, ideation, & realistic-training engagements to support retailers' profit and growth strategies. The LPRC NextRetail Center will feature elite, independent, problem-solvers and simulation places/spaces that help enable cross-functional retailer teams to grow their business.

Find out more about the Loss Prevention Research Council and their mission here.


Continuing Education Credits Now Available through the
2019 LPRC Supply Chain Protection Summit

This year's theme: Beyond Retail Supply Chain Security

The Supply Chain Protection Summit, taking place next week, March 12 - 13, in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, is a chance for supply chain security professionals to come together and review LPRC research on supply chain protection issues, hear from industry experts on how to improve supply chain protection operations, and to collectively form & discuss the research agenda for the next year. Attendees are now eligible to earn up to 3 credits towards their CFI Certification and 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward their LPC Re-Certifications.

This year's focus will be advancing retail supply chain security by adapting insights from other sectors, and fostering closer cooperation with manufacturers, distributors, and law enforcement.

View the agenda and finalize your plans today!

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The Retail and Hospitality ISAC Teams Up with Ernst & Young to Help Retail and Hospitality Industries Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks
The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) today announced that it has teamed up with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) to create new, executive-level cyber threat reports that will be available to its chief information security officer (CISO) and senior cybersecurity membership. Through this initiative, the RH-ISAC and EY will provide a breakdown of current and relevant cyber threats targeting the retail and hospitality sectors.

"Providing strategic information for our senior-level executives is key to the RH-ISAC's mission to mitigate cyber risk," said Jennifer McGoldrick-Stenberg, vice president of membership and operations for the RH-ISAC. "Teaming with a leader like EY enables us to provide the information, trends and metrics that CISOs need to continue to strengthen their defenses. We are grateful to work with EY to provide key information that members can use with their teams and their boards."

"When retail and hospitality organizations are targeted by cyber criminals, it leaves every consumer vulnerable, creating risks to our information security and economic prosperity," said Tony Sibert, EY cybersecurity leader in the Consumer Products and Retail sectors. "Through our work with the RH-ISAC team, we can provide meaningful and actionable cyber risk insights for protecting networks, businesses and brands." hospitalitytech.com

FBI director calls for public-private cybersecurity partnerships at RSA Conference
At the recent RSA Conference, FBI Director Christopher Wray called for public-private partnerships to fend off cyberadversaries and threats.

"Today's cyberthreat is bigger than any one government agency -- frankly, bigger than the government itself," Wray told RSA Conference (RSAC) attendees in San Francisco this week. "In the cyber arena, the need for private sector partnerships is higher than really anywhere else of any program we have."

Wray stressed the need to build cybersecurity partnerships between law enforcement and businesses and said these partnerships are also crucial to securing the nation's critical infrastructure -- a vast majority of which are owned and operated by the private sector.

"The key is having the private sector start to form those kinds of relationships with their local field office beforehand, because the name of the game is not just prevention, but, in many cases, it's going to be mitigation," he said. techtarget.com

Competing IoT Security Standards Confuse Companies
A variety of industry groups, government agencies and cybersecurity organizations have issued a hodgepodge of Internet of Things security standards in recent months, leaving companies confused about whether their devices are safe from hackers.

Last week, the Industrial Internet Consortium published guidelines for IoT device security, following at least 30 other organizations, including the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and trade groups in the wireless communications and energy sectors. The recommendations often overlap but can differ for practices such as patching vulnerabilities, password protection and reporting cybersecurity issues.

Some of the guidelines are written for manufacturers of IoT devices, while others are for companies that deploy the equipment. None of the guidelines are required.

The proliferation of standards sends mixed messages to corporate cybersecurity leaders puzzling over which rules to apply, said Steve Povolny, head of advanced threat research at cybersecurity firm
McAfee LLC.

One challenge is applying a single IoT security standard to devices as diverse as consumer products and military equipment. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

It's Time to Rethink Your Vendor Questionnaire
To get the most from a vendor management program you must trust, then verify. These six best practices are a good place to begin.

Questionnaires are a vital part of understanding how your vendors manage cybersecurity risk; they'll help you understand the investments your vendors have made for positive risk outcomes across people, processes, and technology. They're especially useful because, frankly, there are some questions you can't get answers to unless you ask.  darkreading.com

Improving Threat Detection With AI - 5 Minute Video
Brian NeSmith of Arctic Wolf Networks on Hybrid Artificial Intelligence

How can enterprises couple automated processes with human intelligence to improve threat detection? Brian NeSmith of Arctic Wolf Networks shares insights.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at
RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, NeSmith discusses:

● The concept of hybrid artificial intelligence;
● Finding the balance between automation and cognitive human input;
● The evolution of AI in security.

NeSmith, CEO of Arctic Wolf Networks, has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as CEO of Blue Coat Systems. Previously, he was CEO of Ipsilon Networks, acquired by Nokia, and served in various roles at Newbridge Networks and Network Strategies Inc. govinfosecurity.com

Study: Retailers See Value in AI
Retailers increasingly view artificial intelligence (AI) as a competitive necessity, according to a new study.

Results from "Shopping For AI," a study of 324 U.S. retail executives from financial services company Synchrony, indicate 80% of respondents believe that AI will change the online customer experience. Almost three-quarters (72%) believe AI will be a competitive necessity for business in the next five years (72%).

Nearly half of respondents expect to use AI in the next three years for inventory planning (43%), quality control (46%), forecasting market trends using data analytics (46%), and detecting fraud (45%).

Looking at current retail AI trends, the study finds that almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) are using AI to capture data and learn more from customers, and 40% say they are currently using this data to predict customer behavior. chainstoreage.com

The 20 Best Examples Of Using Artificial Intelligence For Retail Experiences

Florida considers biometric data privacy law with private action rights like BIPA

Future Data Privacy Penalties May Include Prison Time


E-commerce can't deliver what consumers want, but social commerce can
Consumers' preferences are shifting -- driven by mobile and social technologies -- and they are demanding more from retailers than ever before. These characteristics have far-reaching impacts on our shopping habits, preferences, and relationships. Looking at these relationships, Redwood City, Calif.-based social commerce platform Poshmark has released first-ever report on the phenomenon of social commerce.

The report was created to better understand the power of a true social commerce platform -- beyond buy buttons and plug-ins -- detailing how a peer-to-peer model of commerce can solve real retail problems. Two out of five (40 percent) of the world's population is on social media, including 60 percent of Americans. eMarketer predicts that almost 70 percent of retail ecommerce sales will come through mobile by 2021. Almost four out of five (78 percent) of transactions on Poshmark involve a social interaction.

E-commerce can only deliver a fraction of what demanding consumers are looking for -- a breadth of options that are easily discoverable and transactions that are quick and seamless. Social commerce is emerging as a superpower in retail. Human interactions can deliver the social experience that can answer personalised questions that are not possible in other e-commerce models. Social commerce utilises the human interactions across social networks to deliver more personalised transactions and improve the shopping experience. zdnet.com

Coles Partners with eBay to Propel Online Shopping Performance
Coles and eBay have joined forces, with the Aussie supermarket launching a range of its perishable and non-perishable items on eBay's local online marketplace. Available products will reportedly include selected pre-packaged food, pantry goods, personal care and household items. powerretail.com.au

Amazon and Walmart are tops in online grocery survey

Almost 90% of UK shoppers use Amazon, research reveals

Online shoppers benefit from virtual credit cards




Seven Hills, OH: Thief caught on camera stealing $100K worth of jewelry from Kmart
"Our officers received a call Thursday morning, just after 12:00 a.m. for glass breaking and motion detection inside the Kmart," said Chief Michael Salloum with the Seven Hills Police Department. When officers arrived, they discovered the glass door of the garden area was shattered. "After making entry and clearing the building, they came upon six jewelry cases where the glass was busted open and the jewelry was removed," said Salloum. Surveillance cameras show the thief clearing out all the cases in under four minutes. fox8.com

Worchester, MA: Ex-postal worker gets probation in $82K stamp theft
A longtime former Worcester postal worker who stole and resold more than 100,000 stamps from the main post office in the city was sentenced to 2 years of probation Wednesday in federal court. David Fors of Holden apologized profusely in an emotional statement as his family stood behind him. His lawyer afterward said he intends to repay the government the full $82,445 it seeks. telegram.com

Hillsborough County, FL: Sheriff's office searching for pair of baby formula thieves
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a pair of women who stole a large quantity of baby formula from a Publix in Valrico. According to the sheriff's office, on March 5, the women were caught removing about 20 cans of baby formula from store shelves and concealing them in the large handbags and leaving without paying. The items were worth approximately $367. wfla.com

Rosemont, IL: Pair Charged With Retail Theft from Calvin Klein
and Barneys New York

Rosemont Police were dispatched to Calvin Klein for a report of a retail theft Feb. 20. The store manager noticed security sensor tags on the ground and contacted police. Upon reviewing security footage, two women were seen placing multiple items into their personal bags, removing the security devices and exiting the store. More than $300 was stolen from Calvin Klein.

That same day, Rosemont police were dispatched to Barneys New York for an alleged retail theft. The store manager claimed two women stole $657 in merchandise. Security footage revealed the offenders placed merchandise into their bags. The offenders matched the ones from the Calvin Klein incident. Mall security noticed two female subjects who matched descriptions from the retail thefts Feb. 21.

Rosemont contacted the offenders outside the Burberry store. It was discovered the offenders' vehicle was reported as stolen from Hertz. Upon searching their property at the police station, officers reportedly recovered two magnets used to demagnetize anti-theft sensors. journal-topics.com

Update: Fresno, CA: Suspect in $1 million Apple Store heists appears in court
One of the men accused of hitting the Apple Store at Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall in a $27,000 theft is finally in custody here and appeared in court Tuesday morning. 19-year-old Kennith Martin postponed entering a plea for the September crime. He's one of five men -- also Leo David Smith III, Leo David Smith IV, Yoshua Neshon Barker and Armon Darzell James -- who are charged in the case.

Two months after the Fresno grand theft, state prosecutors announced felony charges against 17 people in connection with "a series of coordinated heists" to steal more than $1 million in iPhones and other electronic devices from Apple stores across the state. The attorney general's office filed the Fresno County case against Martin and the other men in September, but James is the only defendant who had appeared in court before Tuesday. He posted a $20,000 bond in January and has skipped court twice since then. There's a warrant out for his arrest, as well as for the three others. Martin will be back in court on April 9. abc30.com

Moline, IL: Boost Mobile reports Burglary of $25,000 in merchandise and a Cancer Donation Tip Jar

Cumberland, MD: Three suspect wanted for $20,000 theft of merchandise form AT&T

Colt, AR: Father, son arrested after 25 guns stolen from Arkansas sports store

Stafford, VA: 3 Males flee Verizon with $3,140 in merchandise

Rock Springs, WY: Two wanted for cartload push-out thefts at Walmart

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Shootings & Deaths

Nashville, TN: Security Guard shoots suspected Shoplifter inside Walgreens
A security officer shot a suspected shoplifter inside a Walgreens in Bordeaux early Thursday morning. It happened just before 4 a.m. at the store located at 3130 Clarksville Pike, which is open 24 hours. Metro police said the security officer shot the alleged shoplifter twice in the legs after a physical altercation inside the store. The suspect was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The security officer was taken Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital for treatment of a cut to his wrist. No additional information was immediately released. wkrn.com

Virginia Beach, VA: Two charged in murder of Norfolk man at Virginia Beach 7-Eleven
Two people were charged Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Norfolk man earlier this week. The shooting occurred around 2:20 a.m. Monday outside of a 7-Eleven on Virginia Beach Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found Malcolm Adrian Jones suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he died later that day. Police said the incident began as an argument and escalated into Jones being shot. Malik Brown, 20, of Norfolk, was charged with murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Cornelia Otelia Taylor, also 20 and a Norfolk resident, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. pilotonline.com

Houston, TX: Liquor store employee kills Armed Robber in shoot-out

Tampa. FL: Police searching for gunman who shot and killed one person at a local liquor store, second person injured

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Philadelphia, PA: 6 Taco Bell employees terminated after attacking a customer
Philadelphia Police are now investigating an incident caught on cellphone video from a Center City fast food restaurant supposedly showing restaurant workers attacking a customer and his girlfriend in the street. It happened at the Taco Bell located at 11th and Chestnut on February 24th around 10:45 p.m. The man who took the video, Joe Boback, and the man who was attacked, Bryan Reese, say they were in the store with other customers.

They were waiting a very long time for their orders and had started to complain to the employees. Reese said the employees told them they were inundated with GrubHub orders, which took precedence. At some point the Taco Bell employees seemed to snap and jumped over the counter and followed Reese outside. The video shows six people in Taco Bell uniforms attacked him as he was being held down. Reese's girlfriend was also hit. Taco Bell has fired the employees and offered Reese a $20 gift card. He plans on filing charges. iradiophilly.com

Chicago, IL: 10 people attack H&M security guard on Magnificent Mile
Chicago police are looking for 10 people who attacked a security guard Saturday night at the H&M store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The 24-year-old guard at the store in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue was not seriously injured. At about 8 p.m., the guard told two female shoppers to make their final purchases because the store was closing. Then, the women started punching and kicking him. Eight other people got involved and, at one point, one of the women pepper sprayed the guard in the face. All offenders, who were between the ages of 15 and 55, fled the scene, police said. The victim was treated at the scene. abc13.com

Fresno, CA: Off Duty Corrections Officer saves the life of a Stabbing Assault
inside a Grocery store

A man is facing multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon after police say he walked into the Grocery Outlet and stabbed a woman in the neck multiple times before fleeing the scene. Officers tracked him down minutes later at a nearby apartment complex and arrested him. "Witnesses say there was some conversation they had prior to this happening so we don't know if there is a prior relationship or he just talked to her today and didn't like what he heard and ending up stabbing her," said Lt. Joe Gomez. According to investigators the 64-year old victim is believed to be a transient and is currently being treated at CRMC with non-life threatening injuries. Fred Moss, an off-duty Correctional officer at the Women's Prison in Chowchilla was shopping inside the store at the time. His quick thinking may have saved the woman's life. abc30.com

Harrison Township, OH: Four indicted in connection with Cricket Wireless robbery
A clerk was reportedly working by himself in the store when two suspects came in, took his phone, wallet and more than 40 cell phones from the store. They then took off, where investigators said they believe they met with another person who was driving. abc22now.com

Seattle, WA: Fred Meyer employee chased, repeatedly pepper-sprayed by shoplifter
Rainy Kathryn Griffin, 51, has been charged with second-degree robbery in the incident. Police say much of the attack was recorded by surveillance cameras. According to the loss prevention officer who was the victim, Jonathan Vermillion, Griffin has been involved in 37 incidents at the store since 2015, according to a preliminary list. kiro7.com

Memphis, TN: Five Guys manager accused of stealing $12,000 from business

Fire & Arson

Southington, CT: Good Samaritan credited with alerting workers to Southington supermarket fire
Days after a devastating fire at a grocery store in Southington, no one knows how it started or why it moved so quickly. But out of the ruins comes a story of heroism. Families of workers say lives were saved because of the actions of one shopper. wfsb.com


Man convicted of attempted murder of Notasulga Police Officer during Burglary
Ronji Vason was found guilty by a Lee County jury for attempted murder. He has multiple prior felony convictions and faces life imprisonment, according to the Lee County District Attorney's office. Vason was arrested in August 2017 along with three other co-defendants following an attempted burglary of a Notasulga package store, and pursuits by both the store owner and law enforcement which began in Notasulga and ended in the Auburn area. oanow.com

UK: London, England: Sentenced to Life: Terrorist Lewis Ludlow planned to murder 100 people outside Disney Store on Oxford Street
A jihadi who called himself The Eagle and plotted to murder around 100 people outside a Disney store on London's Oxford Street has been jailed for life. Muslim convert Lewis Ludlow will serve a minimum of 15 years after he filmed himself swearing allegiance to Islamic State in the run up to his planned attack, which would have seen him drive a van into crowds of shoppers. The 27-year-old was arrested after police raided his home in Rochester in April last year. kentonline.co.uk

East Memphis, TN: Former employee allegedly steals $4,400 in cash from the safe of a Hopdoddy's restaurant

Tampa, FL: Repeat Offender Gets 54 Months Federal Prison For ATM Skimming Scheme


AT&T - Cumberland, MD - Burglary
Adult Store - Tampa, FL - Burglary
Barbershop - Vermilion, OH - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Moline, IL - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Davenport, IA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Corvallis, OR - Robbery
C-Store - Dothan, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Englewood, NJ - Burglary
Dollar General - Darlington, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson County, TX - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Harrison County, MS - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Athens, GA - Burglary
Gun Store - Colt, AR - Burglary
Gun Store - El Dorado County, CA - Burglary
Liquor Store - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery / Suspect shot and killed
Liquor Store - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery / one man killed
Restaurant - Broken Arrow, OK - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Tobacco Store - Tampa, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Modesto, CA - Robbery



Daily Totals:
9 robberies
12 burglaries
2 shootings
2 killed





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Jeremy Harrington named District Loss Prevention Manager for Marshalls Convenience Stores
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