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Kelly Riddle was promoted to National Manager of ORC (Organized Retail Crime) Investigations for Burlington Stores.
Kelly was previously the Manager of Organized Retail Crime Investigations and has been with the retailer since 2012, when he started as a Shortage Control Trainer. Kelly has also worked in the loss prevention industry for other retailers such as Sears Holdings Corporation as District Loss Prevention Manager, Target as Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection and Asset Protection Specialist. Kelly earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business from Catawba College. Congratulations Kelly!
Katerina Chizhikova was promoted to Asset Protection Department Training Manager for Burlington Stores.
Katerina was previously the Internal Investigations Auditor/Trainer for the retailer and has been with with Burlington Stores since 2012. She has also worked in loss prevention for Bloomingdale's as a Manager of Loss Prevention Administration and Systems and for Linens 'N Things as a Senior LP Analyst. Katerina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from John Jay College and acquired her MBA in Financial Management from Pace University - Lubin School of Business. Congratulations Katerina!
Jim Kennedy was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Sacramento, Nevada, Utah and Idaho for Burlington Stores.
Jim has been with the retailer since October of 2014 and brings with him his background in loss prevention from Sears Holdings Corporation where he was a District Loss Prevention Manager. Congratulations Jim!


Senior LP Jobs Hit the Market - The Busiest Time of Year
Spring 2016 is off & running - 'The Domino Effect'

While retail America is indeed shrinking and the total number of senior LP jobs has been reduced, we are seeing a sense of urgency on the part of a number of retailers that do have the need. Certainly the exposures are greater than ever before. With ORC growing, data breaches and identity theft impacting virtually every retailer, workplace violence and active shooter incidents creating a sense of fear in the workplace, the impact of online sales on brick and mortar, and the skyrocketing e-commerce fraud, and what we have is an environment that dictates - if not, mandates - the quick response to open senior leader LP jobs.

Couple that with the fact that it's the season retail America usually looks at filling, replacing, and addressing such needs and what you have is a mad rush to the market with these open positions. The internet has provided us with a looking glass into the very motivations of corporate America, and right now they're motivated to fill senior LP jobs.

We don't normally see this number appear virtually all at once. But then again we've never had such connectivity either, which magnifies what is a normal trend for the spring season. So given the fourth quarter results and all the reports of the above-mentioned risk factors and what we have is a busy job market.  

It's going to be interesting to see the domino effect and how this current round of musical chairs ends up playing out. How many unemployed seniors land jobs versus those who merely change retailers? And most importantly how many get their first shot at running a department? That's going to say a lot about everyone. Good Luck to all of you, as this year's spring season, which will take months to play out, changes the face of retail LP. Just a thought.

Retailers Put Restrictions on Gift Card Purchases to Combat Fraud
Retailers are making it tougher to buy gift cards, a consequence of new credit-card rules that put them on the hook for fraud. Some merchants are requiring that customers buy the cards with cash or asking that they show identification. Others have cut back to smaller denominations, put limits on repeat purchases or stopped selling certain cards altogether, according to people who are familiar with the stores' policies.

Gift cards also are a favorite among criminals, who pay for them with stolen credit-card data.
Historically, the cost of that fraud was borne by the financial institutions that issued the credit cards. That changed in October, when new card-industry rules went into effect making merchants liable for fraud-related losses if they haven't upgraded their checkout technology to accept credit cards that are embedded with computer chips, which are more secure.

In general, grocery stores, small businesses and gas stations have been slower to implement the new chip-based card technology, making them more vulnerable to fraud, payments specialists said.

Kroger is in the midst of upgrading its checkout equipment to accept chip cards and expects to complete the overhaul by the end of the month. To ward off thieves, the grocer is limiting the number of gift-card purchases that are made on a credit card within a 24-hour period, said Chris Hjelm, the chain's chief information officer. wsj.com

Neiman Marcus Partners with Return Path to Combat Email Fraud
Neiman Marcus today joined the growing list of retail brands protecting consumers from email fraud with authentication-based anti-phishing technology. In an effort to identify and block fraudulent messages from cybercriminals attempting to use the famed retailer's brand to dupe consumers, Neiman Marcus will deploy Return Path's Email Fraud Protection solution. Neiman Marcus chose data solutions provider Return Path as their partner in this initiative based on the company's ability to detect and mitigate both domain spoofing and brand spoofing attacks - a defense offering currently beyond the scope of authentication-based technology - preventing more email fraud from reaching consumers.

Cybercriminals often target customers of high-profile brands like Neiman Marcus, and a single successful attack can destroy consumer trust. Malicious email messages may contain malware or links to fraudulent sites set up to steal personal information, account credentials, or passwords. A Return Path study conducted in 2015 found that more than 13% of messages (6 billion) appearing to come from the global brands profiled actually came from third parties spoofing the brands' identities. businesswire.com

California bill aims at cargo theft
"The State loses $5 million to $6 million daily from cargo theft"

One Assembly bill addresses heightened concern about the crime. California law already appropriates funding to cover the costs for the Highway Patrol to deter commercial vehicle cargo thefts and provide security of carriers and cargoes throughout the state.

Assembly Member Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, is behind legislation intended to "enhance crime prevention efforts" by establishing a pilot program to strengthen law enforcement agencies' ability to detect and monitor cargo theft crimes, and to authorize a cargo theft prevention program. Specifically, the program would create statewide standards and methods of detecting and tracking cargo theft crime. OOIDA says legislative efforts to deter cargo theft are a step in the right direction to help protect truck drivers and their property. myinforms.com

Skimming Evolves Worldwide
A recent update from the ATM Security Association's European ATM Security Team (EAST) suggests that card skimming at cash machines is evolving. Criminal usage of throat inlay skimming devices, which are hidden within the card slot, appears to be increasing. The trend of losses due to skimming occurring outside of EMV chip liability shift areas continues. International losses were reported in 44 countries and territories outside of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) and in three within SEPA. The top three locations where such losses were reported are the United States, Indonesia and the Philippines. In a recent white paper, the association suggests that ATM skimming will continue to be a formidable threat until every country, including the United States, fully adopts EMV, or chip-and-PIN, card technology. nacsonline.com

ATM Data-Skimming Threats Are On The Rise In C-Stores
ATMs in convenience stores have become a prime target for criminals using so-called skimming devices. A quick Internet search shows dozens of cases within the last year, across the country. It is a sign of the times that common street criminals are now engaging in data theft, trading in their traditional guns and knives for high-tech devices. Carried out by lone criminals or organized crews, skimming has is now a significant threat to both ATM operators and consumers. Although exact figures are not available, news reports tell the story of a distinct trend. vendingtimes.com

U.S. Preparing Companies for Investigations
The government has long worked to keep in touch with the corporate community when it comes to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, and the Justice Department is going new lengths in helping companies to understand the investigation and settlement process. Officials have recently said they are trying to increase transparency and draw a bright line between law breakers and those who helpfully resolve a case.

Patrick Stokes, head of the Justice Department's FCPA unit, spoke Wednesday at a Trace International event in D.C. about companies providing the most helpful type of assistance during an investigation, encouraging cooperating companies to anticipate concerns and "look for opportunities to give us facts." He said the government is preparing a public list of questions for compliance officers so they can be better prepared to answer questions when things go wrong. wsj.com

Companies Walk Fine Line With Noncompete Pacts
"Companies are increasingly using noncompete agreements not just as a shield but as a sword"
State regulators are paying closer attention to how companies use employee noncompete agreements, and businesses need to be careful if they try to use such pacts to protect more than trade secrets, said one attorney. Companies have begun to use noncompete pacts not just in a manner to protect trade secrets but also as a competitive edge in the marketplace, and that's where state regulators have begun to step in. While noncompetes are legal, companies need to stay "faithful" to the purpose for which regulators want them used, and that is to protect information, he said. "At the end of the day there is no magic pill for companies," he said. "What they cannot do, or what will draw the ire of state regulators, is to use a tool like the noncompete as an affirmative way to gain more traction in the marketplace." wsj.com

Harbor Freight Tools reposts Director of Loss Prevention & Safety position on LinkedIn - based in Calabasas, CA
The Director, Safety & Loss Prevention is responsible for conducting operational compliance audits in designated areas, assisting in the development and rollout of programs to reduce shrink and controllable losses in designated stores, and directing Regional Loss Prevention Managers. The Director, Safety & Loss Prevention is also responsible for providing strategic planning, direction, and analysis for the enterprise wide Environmental Health and Safety functions, including oversight of all EHS policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Harbor Freight Tools is a privately held discount tool and equipment retailer, headquartered in Calabasas, California, which operates a chain of retail stores as well as a mail-order and eCommerce business. The company has over 600 stores in 47 states. linkedin.com

Retail bankruptcies and the circle of life

Shopko Hometown opens 12 stores this year so far

Amazon confirms San Diego as second location for Amazon Books

CarMax Hiring More Than 1,600 Positions Nationwide

Store Closing Sales Begin Today at All 76 Remaining Danier Leather Stores and Outlets Throughout Canada

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Urban Outfitters Q4 comp's down 2% with total net sales flat
Dick's Sporting Goods Q4 comp's down 2.5% with net sales up 3.7%


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Banks to stop $8B credit card theft - Smartphone Geo-location
If you're in a store trying to pay with a card, and your phone is at that location, then the transaction goes through. In situations where your phone and card aren't in the same place, then other anti-fraud measures come into play. Visa claims this system can reduce misidentified fraud and declines by 30%.

Visa and MasterCard both already offer this service, but most banks won't sign on because they're worried about how customers will react. Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and American Express are also exploring the idea, but are moving slow to avoid customer backlash. Some banks are already making it clear they'd only use location data for anti-fraud measures not marketing.

If banks do go forward, at first this feature will probably be a voluntary sign-up at first. However, experts are predicting that in the coming years it will be a required feature. komando.com

Mac 'ransomware' attack exposes vulnerability of Apple users
For the first time, security experts say, a dangerous form of software called "ransomware" has successfully targeted a Mac operating system, piercing an image of safety that Apple customers had long enjoyed. The attack, while noteworthy, affected a relatively small number of people and doesn't mean that typical Mac users should panic, experts say. The software, when installed on a victim's computer, denies a user access to files unless a ransom is paid: about $400. It targets files that users would most likely find important: photos, videos, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. expressnews.com

5 things you need to know about ransomware
It's not just your PC that's at risk: Most ransomware programs target computers running Windows, as it's the most popular operating system. However, ransomware applications for Android and several variants that infect Linux servers have been discovered. Law enforcement actions are few and far between: In most cases, however, law enforcement agencies are powerless in the face of ransomware. An FBI official admitted at an event in October that in many cases the agency advises victims to pay the ransom if they don't have backups and there are no other alternatives. Back up, back up, back up: The best practice is to use what some people call the 3-2-1 rule: at least three copies of the data, stored in two different formats, with at least one of the copies stored off-site or offline. You might get lucky, but don't count on it: Sometimes ransomware creators make mistakes in implementing their encryption algorithms, resulting in vulnerabilities that allow the recovery of the files without paying the ransom. Prevention is best: Ransomware programs get distributed in a variety of ways, most commonly through malicious email attachments, Word documents with macro code and Web-based exploits launched from compromised websites or malicious advertisements. Many are also installed by other malware programs. Always keep the software on your computer up to date, especially the OS, browser and browser plug-ins. csoonline.com

Cybersecurity information sharing - "The hardest part is scaling trust"
It's easy to forget that none of this tends to happen in isolation, yet companies tend to feel isolated. Instead of banding together against a common enemy, they instead try to fight alone. In many ways it doesn't make sense to take this approach, but companies which don't want to be seen as having weak security in the eyes of the public, likely don't understand that on some level everyone is equally vulnerable.

"As somebody whose job it is to get retailers to share security information, the problem is almost entirely psychological. It's not about liability," says Wendy Nather, research director at Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. This leads to people sharing information one on one or using someone like her as a conduit to share security info instead of having an organized security sharing system.

As Todd Inskeep from Booz Allen put it, "The hardest part is scaling trust. Two guys and a beer doesn't scale." techcrunch.com

FTC Opens Inquiry Into Payment Card Data Security Audits
The Federal Trade Commission has directed PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mandiant, Verizon Enterprise Solutions and a half-dozen more auditing firms to provide the agency with details about how they conduct assessments to measure businesses' compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, the regulator said Monday.

As part of an initiative to study the state of credit card industry data security auditing, the FTC sent orders to nine companies that conduct screening of those who comply with the industry standard, known as PCI DSS. The orders direct the auditors to file a special report within 45 days about their assessment process, including the ways they interact with the retailers and other companies they assess, examples of security assessments, and information about whether they provide additional services such as forensic audits. law360.com

Criminals call locked iPhones a 'gift from God,' NYPD official says

Apple VP: FBI wants to 'turn back the clock' on security



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AFCI Hosting Annual Fraud Seminar
in Chicago Area on April 20th

Noted interviewing and interrogation expert Don Rabon, CFE to present day-long seminar

On April 20th, the Association of Financial Crimes Investigators will be hosting its Annual Fraud Seminar. We are once again at the Doubletree Suites in Downers Grove, IL. We are hosting it again in the Grand Ballroom, so there will be plenty of room for everyone who attends.

This year we are featuring Don Rabon, CFE, noted expert on interviewing and interrogation techniques. More information on Mr. Rabon is on our web page at http://tafci.org - Attached is an information flier and registration form which can be used to pay by check. You can also pay via credit card at http://tafci.org/register - which upon completion, will take you to PayPal, our secure third-party payment portal.

Mr. Rabon is a premier expert in the field of interviewing and interrogation. As always, we'll have plenty of refreshments and a great lunch waiting for you. Don't miss this networking and educational opportunity.

For decades, Mr. Rabon has has provided instruction and investigative assistance in most of the United States and worldwide. He has also trained federal, state and local law enforcement personnel in addition to private sector investigative, audit and security personnel.

Mr. Rabon is also a prolific author on investigations, interviewing and interrogation as can be seen here at Amazon. Mr. Rabon will be presenting a day long seminar on interviewing techniques.

More information can be found here.  Register for the seminar here.


Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference

The Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) Program - formerly Turning Point Justice - saves time and money for retailers and law enforcement alike through a cloud-based collaborative solution that cultivates positive change through restorative justice. In this LPNN interview, Paul Jones, VP of Retail Strategy, tells us what's new with the company's Cloud Justice platform, how their partnership with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention sets them apart, and what drew him and other LP industry veterans to the CAP Program.  

LPNN Quick Take #5

Hot off the heels of a recent merger that "brought the band back together", Nick Khalil, President of Iverify, chats with Amber and Joe about the latest innovations Iverify is bringing to the industry. From their stock-on-hand analytics to remotely managing unattended deliveries, hear how Iverify helps retailers keep employees safe, prevent turnover, and save money over time.

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Apple, the FBI and the security of mobile payments
The security of mobile phones is particularly relevant to the mobile payments industry. According to GfK's latest FutureBuy research, mobile payments make up only 3 percent of all payments transactions in the U.S. - relatively low compared to other payment methods such as cash, credit and debit.

When we asked consumers about their attitudes towards mobile payments, over half (52 percent) indicated that they are worried about their personal information when using a mobile payment app. And only 16 percent indicated that making mobile payments is more secure than other payment methods, which would include cash, swipe and sign and chip cards.

In addition, only 1 in 5 (20 percent) U.S. consumers is confident that mobile payments are 100 percent secure.

These security and privacy concerns stubbornly remain in the minds of consumers, despite the fact that not even the FBI can bypass the security encryption of current iPhones - let alone your typical fraudster or thief.

In order to make a mobile payment, most applications require several layers of authentication, and many also need a biometric authentication in the form of fingerprint. This is on top of the tokenization technology, which replaces transmitting personal information with an encrypted code, to process the payment.

But the message that mobile payments are secure seems to be lost on consumers. mobilepaymentstoday.com

Can Digital Ad Fraud Be Stopped? Madison Avenue Takes On Bot Armies
But this ease of ordering comes at a steep cost - $7.2 billion, by one estimate. That's how much money the digital ad industry lost to fake views in 2015, according to a study on digital ad fraud from the cybersecurity firm WhiteOps. The hockey-stick rise in online video viewing has proved irresistible to digital charlatans (located mostly in China and other Asian countries), who create entire networks of fake viewers, or bots, to siphon away ad dollars. They take advertisers' money and deliver them the online equivalent of empty calories. And the more valuable an audience, the more likely the advertiser will get a passel of bots instead of the human viewers they paid for. TubeMogul has devised a potential solution. The company, which offers software that enables buyers to purchase digital and regular TV ads, has partnered with WhiteOps to sniff out nonhuman "viewers"; when the company detects fake impressions, TubeMogul will automatically issue a refund to the advertiser, instead of waiting for the advertiser to request one. ibtimes.com

Google tries to crack formula for invisible payments with Hands Free app
The strategy - leveraging a smartphone application, location services and a cashier to authenticate a purchase without the need to pull out a phone or card - has been tried before without much success, although the timing may not have been right. Now that mobile payments are beginning to catch on - with Android Pay facing stiff competition on multiple fronts - Google is angling to be ahead of the curve on what it hopes will be the next phase in payments.

Hands Free is a new app from Google that enables users to make in-store payments without having to reach for their phone or wallet. The app is separate from Android Pay. McDonald's and Papa John's are among a small group of merchants piloting the new hands-free mobile payments application. The app uses Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, location services and other sensors on a phone to detect when users are near a participating store. When users are ready to make a payment, they tell the cashier, "I'll pay with Google." The cashier confirms a shopper's identity via his or her initials and photo on the Hands Free profile.

Google has put several safeguards in place to protect Hands Free users' data. The app does not share full credit card numbers with stores. This information is stored and shared only with the payment processor. For the smaller visual identification pilot, all images and data from the in-store camera are deleted immediately and cannot be accessed by the store. mobilecommercedaily.com

Saks offers online shoppers the human touch

Kate Spade will launch buy online, pick up in store



Jefferson Co, AL: Operation Molten Iron targets Organized Retail Theft
The Jefferson County D.A.'s office says it's spent several weeks working with Vestavia Hills and Birmingham police to investigate a retail crime ring. During the operation, about $55,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from stores. To combat the theft ring, law enforcement worked with organized retail crime investigators from CVS, Home Depot, Publix, Target, Walgreen's and Wal-Mart. The retailers donated merchandise and personnel in order to support the operation. The efforts resulted in three arrests- and the D.A. says more are on the way. Law enforcement officers also recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in vehicles and store merchandise. They also found 15 pounds of marijuana in one location. abc3340.com al.com

Operation Molten Iron - Alabama Law Enforcement calls for stronger ORC Laws
At this time, law enforcement has limited tools to combat Organized Retail Crime. One subject investigated during Operation Molten Iron cannot be charged under Alabama's current criminal laws, but could be charged if Alabama had the same organized crime laws that exist in other states. Fortunately, there is legislation pending in Montgomery to enact a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) law to fight ORC as well as other organized crime. That legislation, SB234, gives law enforcement the ability to dismantle the organizational structure of the criminal enterprises operating in Alabama. We encourage everyone who is concerned about organized crime in Alabama to contact their local legislator and request passage of the RICO bill in order to give law enforcement the necessary tools to fight organized crime. facebook.com

UPDATE: Centralia, WA: Tacoma Woman Pleads Guilty in Retail Theft Operation at Centralia Factory Outlets
A Tacoma woman accused of orchestrating an organized retail theft operation using three juveniles to steal items from stores in the Centralia Factory Outlets has pleaded guilty. Rosemary Valderas Valencia, 44, of Tacoma, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of second-degree organized retail theft. Her sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 23. On Oct. 9, the Centralia Police Department responded to the outlets after hearing reports of juveniles stealing stacks of clothing and running out the door. Officers contacted the juveniles and arrested them. Witnesses associated the juveniles with a dark green Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot, registered to Valencia, according to court documents. Officers search the car and found merchandise from stores including Aeropostale, Hanes Outlet, Claire's, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and The Children's Place. Valencia has a LONG list of priors both in Oregon and Washington, including an Organized Retail theft charge in 2011. chronline.com

Trenton, NJ: Booster bag abetted Barnes & Noble thefts, N.J. man admits
It's not uncommon to see book lovers with tote bags stroll the aisles of Barnes & Noble booksellers to load up on their favorite authors. Dominick J. Izzo liked to collect a pile of new books as well, but for years, the Piscataway man walked out without paying for them. Izzo, 49, Monday admitted before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson that he made hundreds of thousands of dollars stealing books from the nation's largest bookseller by stuffing them in a "booster bag" designed to evade anti-theft alarms. The bag was lined with aluminum, court records say, which kept scanners from reading the anti-theft devices in the books. Izzo admitted to stealing from Barnes & Noble stores in New Jersey, Florida and elsewhere and then selling the books on eBay using several aliases. Court records say he stole books from 2007 through 2014. In entering his guilty plea, Izzo admitted to one count of transportation of stolen goods and one count of tax evasion. nj.com

Trumbull Co, OH: Man gets 1 year for $10,000 Wal-Mart thefts
A Milwaukee man was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for the theft of more than $10,000 in merchandise last summer from several Wal-Mart stores. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos noted Frank Covington's crimes in other states before his theft arrest July 17 at the Liberty Wal-Mart. "Looking at your record, it is evident that probation hasn't done you any good," Kontos told Covington before pronouncing sentence. tribtoday.com

Mission, TX: Home Depot $1,000 theft suspects arrested following Police chase
Two people were arrested Sunday, hours after evading authorities in a car chase and making off with about $1,000 worth of merchandise from a Mission Home Depot, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Johnny Hernandez. The suspects led Mission Police Department units on a high-speed pursuit, until authorities called it off for safety reasons. DPS officers arrested the pair of suspects near Mile 4 Road and Inspiration Road later that day after finding the suspected vehicle outside an area residence. themonitor.com

Montgomery Co, PA: Man heading to State Prison for stealing $1,100 in timepieces from Macy's at Willow Grove Park Mall

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Jacksonville, FL: Tragedy Averted at Granite store when Employee/ Attempted Mass-Shooter's Gun Jams; suspect took his own life
One person is recovering and a suspect is dead after an attempted mass shooting Monday, but officials say others were spared after the shooter's gun happened to jam. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it happened at the "Jacksonville Granite" store in a local suburb called Orange Park, where the shooter, identified as 34-year-old James Cameau, worked. Reports stated that Cameau had been working there for less than a month before he went home on his lunch break Monday, and then returned with a semi-automatic pistol. Clay County Undersheriff Craig Aldrich said Cameau then walked to the back of the building and confronted 11 employees, telling them, "You better run." fox13news.com

Myrtle Beach, SC: Prosecutor clear Horry County officer who shot shoplifting suspect
A State Law Enforcement Division investigation cleared an Horry County police officer in the November shooting of a shoplifting suspect who tried to drive away while another officer clung to her moving SUV. Lance Cpl. Crystal Buckingham shot Laquandra Borden of Sumter twice Nov. 10 when Borden tried to speed off with HCPD officer Floyd Truss stuck between the Jeep that Borden was driving and the vehicle's open door. Police dash cam video captured the incident, which took place at the Wal-Mart at U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544. Buckingham told SLED agents that Truss seemed to be "stuck in the car" and she feared for his life so she fired at Borden, striking the suspect's left side. Despite being wounded, Borden backed into a concrete pole, then led police on a 10-mile chase. Truss scraped his arms and shins. Buckingham suffered cuts on her left forearm and thumb as well as an abrasion on her left knee and a contusion on her right hand. myrtlebeachonline.com

Huntersville, NC: Burglar crashes vehicle into Birkdale Village jewelry store
The vehicle crashed into Fink's Jewelers on Townley Road near Birkdale Commons Parkway. Huntersville police are looking for the burglar, or burglars. There's no word on what, if anything, was stolen from the jewelry store. The Huntersville Fire Department reported the crash around 5:30 a.m. By the time Huntersville police arrived, the vehicle was gone. tucsonnewsnow.com

Memphis, TN: Man charged with shooting at Wolfchase shoplifting, carjacking suspect
A store customer inside Wolfchase Galleria chased and shot at a shoplifting suspect. Memphis Police Department said a suspect shoplifted City Gear and ran into the parking lot. Bartlett Police later identified this suspect as 23-year-old Nathan Williams. Christopher Jones, a customer, chased the shoplifter and opened fire in the parking lot. Police said Jones fired a round into the ground to scare the shoplifting suspect. The suspect was not shot. Jones was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. At that point, Williams ran across Highway 64 and tried to carjack two vehicles. Upon arrival, police found two men holding Williams on the ground. The two men told police they found Williams holding onto a moving SUV and saw him fall off. Williams then asked an ambulance driver for a ride, to which the driver said the only place they could go would be the emergency room. Refusing to go to the ER, Williams stole the key out of the ignition in the ambulance and ran away. A passenger in the ambulance chased Williams down and tackled him to the ground. At some point during this exchange, the key was broken. wmcactionnews5.com

Englewood, CO: Break-Ins Continue: 'They're Just Getting Away With It'
The seemingly never-ending streak of break-ins on South Broadway continues. CBS4's Tom Mustin has been talking to store owners for months about the problem. Some have found a solution while others are still struggling. Englewood police don't have any leads or hard numbers for the recent crime surge, but the website Raidsonline.com shows dozens of commercial burglaries, robberies and thefts in Englewood in the past 30 days. In many cases the crooks cut power to the building before the robbery. cbslocal.com

Troy, MI: Office Depot Shoplifter Leads Police on Chase, Hits Three Cars
A man went into Office Depot and stole $249.99 worth of merchandise, fleeing outside the business through the r ear door, activating a security alarm. The suspect stashed the stolen merchandise on the side of the building before fleeing in his truck. The suspect drove at a high rate of speed, crashing into three other vehicles. The suspect at one point; drove up onto the center median in an attempt to escape. The vehicle eventually jumped the curb, striking a "No Standing, No Stopping, No Parking Sign". oaklandcounty115.com

Athens police make arrest in weekend jewelry store burglary
Athens authorities have a man in custody who they say broke into Hobbs Jewelry on Highway 72 early Saturday morning. Police say the alarm was activated around 1:00 a.m. Officers responded and found David Johnson walking across the parking lot carrying a box. Officers saw that one of the windows of Hobbs Jewelry had been broken. The officers say they stopped Johnson and found jewelry inside the box he was holding. An investigation into the burglary determined that Johnson broke the window using a brick and stole jewelry from two display cases. waaytv.com

Baltimore, MD: CVS Completes major renovation to store hit by Arson
A CVS Pharmacy that went through major renovations and rebuilding because of heavy fire damage during riots last spring has reopened. The CVS Pharmacy at 2509 Pennsylvania Ave. reopened Sunday morning. Looters broke through the store's main doors on April 27 at the height of the riots. The store was engulfed in flames that day, and in September, a 24-year old man, Raymon Cater, pleaded guilty to arson for starting the fire. He is serving a four-year prison sentence. wbaltv.com

Alabama in Top 10 for Guns Stolen from Federally Licensed Dealers
With 481 firearms reported missing in 77 incidents, Alabama came in at No. 7. Nationwide, there were 14,800 guns reported lost or stolen. The statistics were compiled by ATF's Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, and the report was made by the Firearms Tracing System. Arkansas led the way with 2,951 guns reported missing. The report, however, said audits in Arkansas led to a high number of losses reported from that state. The rest of the Top 10 is: Texas, 1,024; Florida, 700; Georgia, 683; South Carolina, 572; North Carolina, 532; California, 470; Indiana, 399 and Mississippi, 386. al.com

Philadelphia, PA: Church's Chicken Employee Shot While Bussing Tables

Avondale, AZ: Stolen SUV crashes into Gun Store

Van Nuys, CA: Credit-card skimming ring leader gets 51-month sentence, could be deported

Brown Co, SD: Credit card skimmers target gas stations

Sarasota, FL: Skimmers found at 7-Eleven/ Mobile Gas station

Port St John, FL: Skimming devices found at Gas Station

Winthrop, MA: Skimming device found at Cumberland Farms ATM

Fresno Skimmer thieves getting Craftier

Fayetteville, AR: Woman accused of 24 felonies involving credit card fraud

Hobbs Jewelry in Athens, AL was the victim of a Burglary, suspect arrested

Finks Jewelers in Huntersville, NC was the victim of a Burglary on 3/8, store front was smashed with a vehicle

AZ Firearms - Avondale, AZ - Burglary
Arby's - Waterford, MI - Armed Robbery
Aspen Dispensary - Aspen, CO - Armed Robbery
Boonville Foods - Bryan, TX - Burglary
Chevron - Tupelo, MS - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Phoenix, AZ - Shooting
Dollar General - Waterford, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Crown Point, IN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Pontiac, MI - Armed Robbery
Family Video - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
Finks Jewelers - Huntersville, NC - Burglary
Glad Springs Pharmacy - Glade Springs, VA - Armed Robbery
Hobbs Jewelry - Athens, AL - Burglary
Meat City - Lima, OH - Shooting/ 1 killed
Morgan Music - Eau Claire, WI - Burglary
Yosemite Market - Fresno, CA - Burglary/ ATM
7-Eleven - Reno, NV - Robbery



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