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Irvine Study on Prop 47 Disproves Its Own Conclusion

Larceny Soared After 47 Passage More Than 12%

A recent study by a University of Irvine professor and a doctoral student purports to examine whether Prop 47 was responsible for the rising crime rate in 2015, the year after its passage. The authors, in what they admitted was a "quasi-experimental" study, invented "a synthetic control group" to compare California's crime rate to this "synthetic" California. They concluded that Prop 47 was not responsible for the upticks in crime after its enactment. But a careful analysis of the actual study seems to contradict their conclusion.

What were the results of the study on the rise in larceny crimes in 2015? Not surprisingly, the study showed that "Prop 47 did have an impact" and "the larceny effect appears significant." To quote from the study directly, "only larceny appears to have an impact that is large relative to the unidentified variation observed in donor pool states." So - Prop 47 had "an impact that is large" on larceny offenses! In fact, in the real world, the California Attorney General "Crime in California" documented the larceny rate soared more than 12% from 2014 to 2015-all while property crime fell across the US by 3.4%.

If Prop 47 was supposed to reduce crime rates through community treatment and rehabilitation it has arguably failed. Crimes rates, the study concedes, went up. The authors note that California's recidivism rates, "remain stubbornly high today, even as prison and state parole populations have dropped dramatically."

The study also notes the failure of Prop 47 to generate the promised savings on incarceration costs. "One anticipated benefit from Prop 47 was that the state would save money on corrections due to fewer individuals being sentenced to prison," said the study, "but those savings have not fully materialized."

The authors conclude by saying "While reforms such as Realignment and Prop 47 have shown us we can, in fact, downsize our prisons without compromising public safety... solutions to America's 'crime problem' should not be limited to 'back end' efforts at reform that focus solely on sentencing and incarceration."

Perhaps the authors should read their own study again. Crime went up, savings on incarceration were minimal, and the recidivism rate remains high. That sounds like a compromise to public safety. Just ask the victims of all those additional crimes. See full article

Irvine Study:
Prop. 47 Not Responsible for Crime Rate Increases in 2015, Says New UCI Study

California's voter-approved Proposition 47-which downgraded six low-level drug and property-related felonies to misdemeanors, and thus, reduced the state's prison population-has been repeatedly accused of having harmed the state's public safety by causing a spike in crime.

Now, a new study from the University of California, Irvine, suggests that the blame is misplaced.

"Many people assume that since rates for some types of crime went up after the passage of Prop. 47, that it must be the cause, but our study indicates that is not the case," wrote the team of researchers.

The researchers did note, however, that property crime trends appear to show Proposition 47 caused an increase in larceny and motor vehicle thefts, "but these findings do not withstand sensitivity and robustness testing," they wrote.

"What the measure did do," continued the researchers, "was cause less harm and suffering to those charged with crime. Of course, we want to keep our streets safe, but we also want to be as humane as possible along the way. And it's good to cut criminal justice costs, especially when that money can be earmarked for crime prevention programs, as some of the money saved by Prop. 47 is supposed to be."

These initial findings are part of a forthcoming study by Kubrin and Bartos to be published in the Journal Criminology & Public Policy. witnessia.com

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Violence Trend in U.S.
Is Law Enforcement Under Attack?
15 Police Officers Killed by Guns So Far in 2018
Up Almost 300% Over 2017

With only 5 killed by guns in 2017 at this point in time.

In five of the shooting incidents this year multiple officers were shot as well according to a news briefing on Fox News on 3-8-18.

March 8, 2018, 2:58 foxnews.com odmp.org

Stoplift Making An Impact Worldwide
Australia's TV News Program "A Current Affair":
StopLift stopping shoplifters at self-checkout

StopLift Checkout Vision Systems was featured on "A Current Affair", a major TV news program in Australia.

StopLift CEO Malay Kundu says that his scan avoidance technology is being used at manned and self-checkouts at retail stores, supermarkets and specialty stores throughout Australia. Up to one out of five items at the self-checkout are not scanned. Shoppers often leave expensive items in a reusable bag while scanning cheaper items. vimeo.com

Judge Rules EEOC Background Check Guidance Is Unenforceable
Blanket bans on hiring felons remain unlawful

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) cannot enforce its 2012 guidance limiting the use of criminal background checks against employers in the state.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings in Lubbock decided in February that the EEOC's guidance is invalid because it was issued without notice or opportunity for public comment.

The federal government cannot enforce the EEOC's interpretation of the guidance within the state of Texas until the agency complies with the notice and comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act, he ruled.

Even though Cummings ruled to prevent the EEOC from enforcing the guidance, he seemed to agree with its overall intent, refusing to affirm Texas' right to categorically exclude felons from jobs and allowing the EEOC to issue right-to-sue letters to claimants who allege illegal discrimination by employers in Texas. shrm.org

New California Sanctuary State Statute Bars Store Managers From Cooperating with ICE
Prevents Private Businesses From Cooperating with ICE
If You Answer - If You Speak - You Committed a Crime - Fox News - Judge Neopolitano Declares it's Unconstitutional

According the Fox News legal analyst Judge Neopolitano store managers can not answer questions when ICE is trying to locate illegal immigrants. Such as holding up a picture of a suspect and asking if they know or have seen an individual.

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Cartel Drug Money Deliveries In America's Retail Parking Lots
Nationwide Takedown Targets Brazen International Money Laundering Scheme
Forty Defendants Charged in San Diego with Conspiring To Launder Millions of Dollars in Drug Money for Mexican Cartels

These cash deliveries took place in locations such as parking lots of retail stores, hotels, and restaurants across the United States, including ones in San Diego, California; Los Angeles, California; Kansas City, Missouri; New York, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Chicago, Illinois. By targeting these money movers, law enforcement was able to discover multiple drug trafficking cells across the United States responsible for importing and distributing substantial quantities of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

A total of 75 defendants nationwide have been charged across the United States with crimes ranging from drug distribution to money laundering, all stemming from this investigation.

Jose Roberto Lopez-Albarran, a significant money broker for a Mexican-based international money laundering organization, along with other members of the organization, allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds from the United States to Mexico between 2015 and 2018.

Editor's Note: Obviously this may be a contributor to some of the deaths in the nations parking lots. But most importantly is the increased risk to the consumer and associates working in retail America. Is there an answer to this one? justice.gov

PwC's 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey
Pulling fraud out of the shadows
Staying vigilant - or turning a blind eye?

PwC's 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey finds that 49% of global organizations say they've experienced economic crime in the past two years. But what about the other 51%? Have they avoided falling victim - or simply don't know about it? Since fraud hides in the shadows, one of the most powerful weapons in a fraudster's armory is a lack of awareness within organizations. It's time for all businesses to recognize the true nature of the threat: not as just a nuisance or cost of doing business, but a shadow industry with tentacles in every country, sector and function.

The reality is, too few companies are fully aware of the fraud risks they face. That's why this year's Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, gathering valuable data from more than 7,200 respondents across 123 different territories, aims to pull fraud out from the shadows - and shed much-needed light on some of the most important strategic challenges confronting every organization.

The fraud you don't see is as important as the fraud you do.

PwC's 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey shows that, while there is growing awareness of the perils of economic crime, too few companies are fully aware of the individual risks they face. This report sets out to plug that awareness gap. In it, we explore not only the visible fraud that companies say they are facing, but also the blind spots that stop them seeing the big picture - and what they can and should do about them. pwc.com

Job Cuts Continued to Fall in February
But Retail Job Cuts Still Roaring - Up 60%
Defying the Whole Economy

Employers announced plans to cut 35,369 jobs in February, according to a report issued by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. February's announced cuts were 20.0% less than January's and 4.3% lower than last February's.

The retail sector led the way, cutting 6,106 jobs in February. This is 60.3% higher than the same period last year.

"The economy is almost at full employment, and companies are holding on to their workforces. Announced job cuts have been below 50,000 a month for the last 22 months. That's the longest streak in our tracking," said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. aba.com

Editor's Note: Just stay calm and paddle as fast as you can to stay out in front!

NeighborhoodScout releases 2018 list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities
They compiled the list by examining violent crime reports of cities with a minimum population of 25,000. They then took the number of crimes reported in the city, along with the population total, and divided by 1,000 to determine the crime rate. The list shows
Monroe, Louisiana, as the most dangerous city in 2018. NeighborhoodScout data also shows states with the highest number of dangerous cities. According to the data, Michigan has the largest number of Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. with nine coming from that state. Other states with high counts of dangerous cities include Illinois (5), California (7), and Florida (8). neighborhoodscout.com

Toys 'R' Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations

Dick's gets traffic surge after taking stand on gun sales

Home Depot Settles $28M Suit Over Hazardous Waste Disposal in CA

Claire's close to filing for bankruptcy, report says

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Costco Q1 & Q2 comp's up 9.4%, Q2 net sales up 10.8%
Diversified Restaurants (65 Buffalo Wild Wings) Q4 comp's up 6.8%, sales up 2.8%, full yr comp's down 3.7%,
Neiman Marcus Q2 comp's up 6.7%, sales up 6.2%
Burlington Stores Q4 comp's up 5.9%, sales up 14.9%, full yr comp's up 3.4%, sales up 9.3%
Christopher & Banks Q4 comp's up 5.7%, sales up 8.6%, full yr comp's down 2.5%, sales down 4.1%
Nordstrom Q4 comp's up 2.6%, net sales up 8.4%, full yr comp's up 0.8%, net sales up 4.4%
Stage Stores Q4 comp's up 1.1%, sales up 20.9%, full yr comp's down 3.6%, sales up 10.3%
Big Lots Q4 comp's up 0.1%, net sales up 3.9%, full yr comp's up 0.4%, sales up 1.3%

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ALL-TAG: An American Manufacturer
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Source Tagging Benefits

Source Tagging is a very efficient, cost-saving process where product manufacturers and packagers strategically position Radio-Frequency (RF) or Acousto-Magnetic (AM) security labels on products before shipping them to retail stores. Both retailers and product manufacturers benefit from source tagging in many ways.

  ● Retailers eliminate high labor costs associated with in-store tagging
  ● Retail employees have more time to spend on the sales floor
  ● Uniform tag placement
  ● Products can be moved to the sales floor immediately
  ● Products can be more openly displayed

Source Tagging with ALL-TAG

ALL-TAG has been manufacturing RF labels since 1992, and is the currently the second largest global manufacturer of anti-theft labels. We offer many different label roll sizes, glue types, and top papers based on the requirements for the high-speed automated application process performed by the retail merchandise manufacturers and packagers.

As source tagging experts, ALL-TAG works closely with manufacturers and packagers to determine the RF or AM label position that ensures excellent detection by an EAS system, invisibility and tamper resistance, and deactivation convenience at the checkout counter. As a complimentary service, ALL-TAG will provide a certification in writing that guarantees that the label position meets these requirements.

The small yet powerful ALL-TAG SuperLabels® allow more products to be tagged. For example, the detection performance of our ALL-TAG 31x32 mm (1.2x1.3 inch) SuperLabel is comparable to standard Checkpoint 40x40 mm (1.5x1.5 inch) RF labels. ALL-TAG's patented Black Static Line (BSL) technology ensures that any static from the auto-mated label application process will not affect the quality or reliability of our labels in any way. Other RF Label suppliers may offer some type of anti-static solution, but ALL-TAG's BSL technology is the most effective solution for eliminating static, and the only one that is guaranteed to protect your labels.

ALL-TAG offers labels and special source tagging services for both RF and AM label applications.



How to Manage Cyber-Whistleblower Risk
Companies should pay specific attention to risks arising from the increasingly common whistleblower complaints regarding data breaches and cybersecurity.

Public companies increasingly are confronted with whistleblower complaints regarding data breaches, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and related internal control deficiencies.

If those complaints go unheeded - or, worse, prompt retaliation - companies could be exposed to civil liability in addition to reputational damage. The Securities and Exchange Commission has made no secret of the fact that cybersecurity is a top enforcement priority and that its whistleblower program is here to stay.

This article discusses the application of existing whistleblower protections for those making allegations regarding data breaches and cybersecurity deficiencies. We also recommend practical steps that public companies can take to tailor their compliance and internal investigations procedures to prepare for the intersection of these issues and assure a consistent approach when addressing cybersecurity whistleblower issues. cfo.com

Here's Direct Evidence - How Breach Notifications Can Impact a Company's Sale
Yahoo Agrees to $80 Million Settlement with Investors
Investors alleged that Yahoo intentionally misled them about its cybersecurity practices

Yahoo has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class action securities litigation brought against it by shareholders who alleged that the company intentionally misled them about its cybersecurity practices in the wake of massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014 that compromised the personal information of all 3 billion of Yahoo customers.

The 2013 breach was not reported until 2016, and the full extent of the damage was not known until October 2017, months after the investors' lawsuit was filed. The listed defendants are the company, and its CEO and CFO at the time of the events, Marissa Meyer and Kenneth Goldman, respectively. The settlement class includes all those who purchased or acquired Yahoo securities on the open market between April 30, 2013, and Dec. 14, 2016. 

The settlement must now be accepted by the court.

A separate class action suit against Yahoo is also being brought by the victims of the breach whose personal data was exposed in the 2013 breach. The incidents forced Yahoo to trim $350 million off the original $4.83 billion asking price when it sold its main assets to Verizon in 2017. 

Editor's Note: So we have $80M plus the $350M sale price reduction plus the victims law suit plus breach cost and expenses. This might top even Equifax's $600m cost. And wouldn't be surprised if there's a move to clawback stock from the former CEO and CFO. darkreading.com

Privilege Abuse Attacks: 4 Common Scenarios
It doesn't matter if the threat comes from a disgruntled ex-employee or an insider anticipating financial gain, privilege abuse patterns are pretty much the same, and they're easy to avoid.

Privileged account abuse is one of the most dangerous threats because it is relatively easy to execute and takes a long time to detect. The 2017 IBM Cost of Data Breach Study disclosed that organizations lost at least $3.62 million on forensic and investigative activities, remediation and legal expenditures associated with security incidents in 2016. But the overall damage for businesses can be irrecoverable.

Scenario 1: Privilege Abuse
The simplest and most common situation is when an insider uses legitimate permissions for malicious activities.

Lesson Learned: Be aware of what your employees and contractors are doing by regularly monitoring the activity of all privileged users. You can deter misbehavior simply by letting people know they are being watched.

Scenario 2: Privilege Escalation
Privilege escalation is when an insider deliberately raises his or her level of permissions to get more access rights. Privilege escalation requires more effort and knowledge than simple privilege abuse. The most obvious example is the case of Edward Snowden.

Lesson Learned:
Make sure you have rigorous control over access to systems that store confidential information, and a complete key and certificate inventory. In addition, remind your employees about your security policy and the consequences of violating it, for example, by sharing their passwords.

Scenario 3: Unauthorized Access
The unauthorized use of another user's account is particularly difficult to detect and investigate. It occurs when an employee either purposely steals someone's credentials or obtains them by mistake. These cases rarely go public, but here is one good example.

Lesson Learned: Detecting account hijacking can be tough, but thorough monitoring and analysis of user activity will help you detect anomalies that could indicate a security incident. It's also a good idea to implement a user termination policy that includes steps such as immediately disabling the employee's account, terminating VPN and remote desktop access, and changing all shared account passwords. Be sure that the policy is closely followed whenever an employee quits or is terminated.

Scenario 4: Human Error
Human mistakes are perhaps the most common type of privilege abuse. Actually, there are two types of mistakes to consider: when a user accidentally misuses access rights that were granted properly, or an admin grants a user excessive access rights by mistake or out of negligence. I bet every organization has experienced this issue.

Lesson Learned: Strictly enforce the least-privilege principle to minimize the amount of data each employee can reach, and closely monitor user behavior to detect suspicious activity and new patterns. Also educate users about proper behavior and let them know they are being monitored; these steps can go a long way toward preventing costly mistakes.

The Main Lesson
These four common scenarios for privilege abuse resulting in data compromise all share the same key problem: a poor understanding of what users are doing in critical systems and how they interact with sensitive data, according to the 2017 Netwrix IT Risks Report. To mitigate the threat or privilege abuse, security pros need to ensure that users have only the permissions they need to perform their duties, and monitor user activity across all levels of IT infrastructure. darkreading.com

Security Think Tank: Multi-layered security key to fileless malware defense
Identifying VPN's & Incoming Network Traffic

What should organisations do, at the very least, to ensure business computers are protected from fileless malware?

The nature of fileless malware means it often cannot be rebuffed by simple antivirus protection and is incredibly difficult to detect once it is in the system. 

This makes it critical to get in front of the problem and prevent it happening in the first place. This requires installing multiple layers of security as well as ensuring system resilience so that all bases are covered.

Security automation tools such as Cyberarc, DarkTrace or SAP's Enterprise Threat Detection can identify potential attacks based on anomalies or behavior deemed suspicious.

For example, connections from an IP address, whether recognised or unfamiliar, might be coming from an unknown or unusual geographical location where the organisation has no recognised business interests. Because this could indicate that a virtual private network (VPN) server or other masking protocol is being used to make it appear that the connecting party is located somewhere they are not to seem legitimate, automation tools will flag with an alert or block access altogether.

Identifying potentially suspicious activity through the incoming network traffic can allow early insight into an attack that might be underway, even if there is no "traditional trace" of a file. computerweekly.com

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Retail Security Landscape
in 2018

ADT/P1 Perspective

ADT/Protection 1 is a national leader when it comes to delivering retail business security that does more for you. They've built their reputation by providing outstanding security, differentiated by careful attention to detail - from installation through ongoing services, including same day/next day service and its Tech Tracker program. Rex Gillette, Vice President of Retail Sales, tells us about the new technologies ADT/Protection 1 is bringing to the market, how their company merger is going, and what he sees for the future of retail.

How Retailers Can Save More With Source Tagging

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Hidden Costs Associated with Retail's Pursuit of Omnichannel Experience
For many retailers, the rush to develop their omnichannel retail strategy has left them exposed to a number of hidden costs and lacking fundamental fraud prevention within a number of their channels.

This lack of preparation combined with the hidden costs of fraud-including friendly and criminal-spell trouble for retailers. Below are a few factors that make omnichannel ripe for fraudsters:

Card Not Present (CNP) Fraud: Whenever you are dealing with a CNP scenario, your organization is exposed to increased risk of fraud. Because CNP fraud is anonymous, fraudsters exploit this channel with ever-changing fraud tactics and vigor. CNP fraud places the onus on the retailer to identify and stop fraud before it occurs.

BOPUS: In this scenario, customers can order in a CNP environment (mobile device, laptop, etc.) and then pick their order up in the store. When a retailer's backend systems (fraud prevention and order fulfillment) are not seamlessly connected, fraudsters can exploit one channel against another.

Transaction Speed: Part of the customer experience is the speed at which transactions need to occur. The standard for approval is now instantaneous. This, too, places the onus on the retailer and its fraud solution to instantaneously certify the identity of the customer and confirm with a high level of probability that the transaction is legitimate.

Mobile Payment Options: To deliver an omnichannel experience to customers, retailers must support multiple payment options. While payment platforms continue to change, the retailer must ensure that each of them is protected by the same level of security that is on a company's e-commerce site. cardnotpresent.com

Why online retailers need be on alert
Cyber Attacks Double Against eTailers

Internet retailers are waging a two-front war. On one front, they face growing competition that's forcing them to shave costs and operate more efficiently. On the other, they're fending off cybercriminals who are using myriad tactics to eat into their profits and hamstring their businesses.

"Small businesses [like Find Me A Gift] are increasingly coming under attack as hackers target smaller companies because they know many don't have the infrastructure or skills needed to fully secure themselves."

Successful and attempted cyberattacks in the online retail industry are growing. The number of cyberattacks that were identified and prevented in the third quarter of 2017 was double that of the same time period in 2015, according to digital identity firm ThreatMetrix's "2017 Q3 Cybercrime Report." And those are only the attacks the industry knows about, which many industry experts suggest may be just the tip of the cybercrime iceberg. As bad actors get better at plying their illegal trade. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon files lawsuits over counterfeit Vera Bradley purses and Otterbox phone cases

Jewel Paymentech Takes On Marketplace Counterfeits

Lawyers admit no easy fix to chargeback loophole in online retail


Worchester, MA: Man held on ID theft charges worked at store tied to $3.6M food stamp fraud
A man was ordered detained in Federal court Wednesday after authorities said they found evidence of identity theft and dozens of boxes of pricey merchandise in his apartment. Yaw Okyere, 33, a citizen of Ghana living in Worcester, had nearly 200 state driver's licenses in files on his computer and used other people's identities to order goods through the mail. Authorities allege in court documents that Mr. Okyere had intermediaries bring the ill-gotten goods to his day job at J&W Aseda Plaza, the same Worcester store where $3.6 million in food stamp fraud was perpetrated several years ago. Mr. Okyere is described in court documents as a relative of the store owner. Authorities' attention was drawn to Mr. Okyere in August 2016, a month after the owner was sentenced to a year in federal prison. Seized in the raid were six computers, tablets, high-end women's clothing, eight wristwatches, five or six pocketbooks and luggage, authorities said, all of which was in original packaging. telegram.com

Birmingham, AL: US Secret Service Agents arrest Organized Retail Theft gang; over $250,00 from multiple Walmarts
Five Birmingham women are charged in Jefferson and Shelby counties after lawmen say they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from area Walmart stores. The U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force announced the arrests of 5 suspects. The task force is made up of investigators from the U.S. Secret Service, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Homewood and Birmingham police and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Authorities said the women worked together to commit fraud known as the "Cash Cash Scam," a well-known scheme that has caused significant losses to Walmart nationwide. The scheme involves the suspects tricking cashiers into fraudulently loading pre-paid gift cards. Task force investigators worked with Walmart Global Investigations to identify the suspects in this one Birmingham group, and then the arrests were made. Store investigators were able to spot a trend and then use surveillance video to identify them. Authorities said the group is responsible for a loss of more than $250,000 in Jefferson and Shelby counties. privateofficernews.org

Abilene, TX: C-Store Employee arrested for theft of $41,000 in lottery tickets
Abilene police said a woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing $41,675 worth of lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked. Kinsley Whitehead was taken into custody at the Wes-T-Go, where the corporate loss prevention office had been investigating the suspect since Dec. 29. During the arrest, police said they also found less than a gram of methamphetamine in Whitehead's purse, leading to a drug charge in addition to the third-degree felony theft charge. reporternews.com

Thibodaux, LA: Man arrested for trading stolen baby formula for drugs
Trevor Theriot faces charges of organized retail theft, possession of heroin, and possession of Suboxone. Theriot stole a container of Similac baby formula and handed it over in exchange for Norco pills in the parking lot of the business where he worked on February 28. During the investigation, Theriot also admitted to stealing chicken noodle soup and chewing gum in the past. It remains unclear if Theriot will face charges for the soup and gum theft. wgno.com

Cape Coral, FL: Pawn shop Owners warning of scam that's hurting their bottom line
A pawn shop owner say people are pawning off phones and then reporting them stolen, so they're left with a phone they can't sell. rumble.com

Boardman, OH: Police arrest a woman wanted in 5 retail thefts; Home Depot & Dick's Sporting Goods
Police took custody of Rebecca Robinson at Home Depot on Tuesday. The theft warrants stem from several thefts reported at Dick's Sporting Goods in October, all involving North Face merchandise. The charges are in connection with an 4 known thefts totaling over $2,000. Additionally, Robinson is charged with theft in a Feb. 27 theft of $198 worth of items from Home Depot. vindy.com

Thailand: Flight Catering Staff steals 180 Duty-Free items from British Airways Aircraft
Eight employees of a food catering firm have been arrested on suspicion of stealing more than 180 duty-free items from perfume to watches from British Airways aircraft at Suvarnabhumi airport. The arrests by airport police followed an investigation into a complaint made last month by an an airline representative. BA said duty-free goods stored for sale to passengers had been found missing from parked British Airways jets on 12 occasions. bangkokpost.com

Tallahassee, FL: Repeat Offender now facing Felony charged for $46 Walmart theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Flowood, MS: Police shooting outside Kroger, ends when driver crashes vehicle
An officer-involved shooting was reported Thursday night at the Kroger in Flowood. Flowood Police Chief Richie McCluskey said the incident happened at about 8:30 p.m. McCluskey said that when his officers approached the suspect, the person ran and got into a car. The chief said the driver tried to run over an officer and that officer, who shot the person. "The officer shot into the car, fearing for his life," McCluskey said. "The suspect continued to drive." The driver eventually crashed into a ditch, McCluskey said. Investigators said the driver was taken to a hospital. It's not clear if he was injured after being shot or injured because of the wreck. The officer was not hurt. wapt.com

Update: Seminole County, FL: Man arrested in shooting outside Seminole Towne Center
Sanford police have arrested the man accused of opening fire in the parking lot of the Seminole Towne Center mall and injuring another person. Police arrested Lewis Boone Thursday night. Investigators said he shot 19-year-old Ja'vonte Washington following an argument Monday night. wftv.com

Missoula, MT: Pair of University of Montana students arrested for C-Store shooting

Robberies & Thefts

Update: Tyler, TX: Suspect robs Zales store, posed as delivery driver
The Tyler Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect they say dressed as a delivery driver and robbed a jewelry store. A Zales employee contacted the police department on Dec. 28, 2017 to report a theft at the store in the Village at Cumberland Park. Investigators said Zales' employees told them a suspect wearing a uniform resembling a UPS employee entered the store on Dec. 11 and asked the employees if they had any outgoing packages of jewelry for him to pick up. Police said an employee gave the man a package containing jewelry valued at $63,000. The suspect exited the store with the property, according to police. tylerpaper.com

Everett, WA: Owner of Tacos Guaymas restaurants charged with felony theft;
$5.6 Million in taxes

The owner of a string of Mexican restaurants in Snohomish and King counties is facing felony theft charges after audits allegedly turned up evidence he's stolen more than $5.6 million in state taxes using software that partially masked his commercial success. The case was built in part on state employees going undercover on 35 occasions to order lunches and dinners, according to documents filed this week in Snohomish County Superior Court. heraldnet.com

Clarksville, TN: Walgreen's Drive-through customer foils robbery attempt at pharmacy

Monroe, LA: Target employee arrested for cash theft of $4,480

Merrimack, NH: Circle K clerk busted for theft of $1,500

Oakland, CA: Rash of mail truck burglaries continues; targeting bank and credit card statements

Santa Fe, NM: Man & Woman facing 14 charges of Armed Robbery of Santa Fe grocery stores in late February

Gillett, WI: Pharmacist charged with Felony Theft of $10,000 in painkillers

Detroit, MI: Federal Charges sought for 2 men connected to $500,000 Jared store Robberies in MI and Ohio

Jared in Kissimmee, FL reported a Grab & Run, item valued at $6,799

Kay Jewelers in the Silver Lake Village, Bartlesville, OK reported a Grab & Run on 3/7, items valued at $9,899

Kay Jewelers in the Gresham Station, Gresham, OR reported a Burglary on 3/7, items valued at $18,000

Kay Jewelers in the Tanger Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC reported a Grab & Run on 3/5, items valued at $5,399

Piercing Pagoda in the Rotterdam Mall, Rotterdam, NY reported a Distraction Theft on 3/3, items valued at $300

Piercing Pagoda in the Galleria at Sunset Mall, Henderson, NV reported a Grab & Run on 3/8, item valued at $2,999

Zales in the Harrisonburg Mall, Harrisonburg, VA reported a Credit Fraud on 2/23, items valued at $2,600


Santa Fe, NM: Court Upholds Convictions in Killing of Jewelry Store Worker

Little Rock, AR: Jurors Acquit 2 in Armed Jewelry Store heist

Las Vegas, NV: Man Convicted Of $450,000 Armed Robbery Of Alfredo's Jewelry Store

Lawrence, MA: Barber busted for using his Shop to distribute Heroin; facing Deportation and 5 years in Federal Prison

Minot, ND: Kmart employee gets 3 years probation for theft of $3,000 of Gift Cards and merchandise

Cleveland, OH: Man who shot Dollar General clerk, self during robbery gets 15 years

Easton, MD: Two arrested in connection to Talbot Co. armed robberies


Boston, MA: Brazilian national admits to skimming $43K from ATM's in a month
A Brazilian national admitted on Monday to stealing $43,000 from unsuspecting bank customers in the Boston area during a single month last spring as part of an ATM skimming operation. Helisson Benazi de Souza, 38, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to charges of using counterfeit access devices (debit cards); one count of possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices (debit cards); three counts of possessing device-making equipment (ATM skimming devices); one count of illegal transactions with an access device (other persons' debit cards); and two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to authorities. bostonglobe.com

Wilmington, NC: Three men arrested in multi-state skimming ring; $9,000 in cash seized
Three men are behind bars after Wilmington Police received information from Myrtle Beach that a multi-state credit card skimming ring was operating out of the Port City. Police stopped a vehicle around 1:30 p.m. Monday and found more than $9,000 in cash, credit cards, pin numbers, debit card skimming devices and pin-hole cameras in the vehicle. The men are from the Miami, Florida area. wwaytv3.com

'Large number of victims'
Card skimmers reported at ATMs, gas stations throughout Delaware

Police are investigating several locations throughout the First State where skimming devices have been reported, according to Delaware State Police. The devices, which steal payment card information, were primarily placed at ATMs and gas stations in all three counties. There are a "large number of victims," according to police. The Financial Crimes Unit is working with local businesses and financial institutions to identify potential victims and suspects. Click here to view the affected locations. delmarvanow.com

Fremont, CA: Credit card skimmers found at gas stations in 5 counties; 4 arrested

Georgia ranks #2 in nation for consumer fraud - driven by gas station skimming

Iowa nears new law to combat 'skimming' at fuel pumps

Cape Coral, FL: Council approves 'skimmer' ordinance

San Antonio, TX: More skimming devices popping up at gas pumps, say police

Shimming, Not Skimming: Thieves Target Chip Cards

Las Vegas, NV: Henderson police warns residents of card 'skimming' scheme

Flagstaff, AZ: Police Looking For ATM Skimming Suspects

Camarillo, CA: Police warn of credit card skimmer fraud at gas stations

Northlake, IL: card skimming device found at Northlake Walgreens
Ocala, FL: Skimming device found at SunTrust bank ATM

Charles County, MD: Sheriff's Office Warns ATM Users to be Aware of Skimming Devices

Lompoc, CA: Residents speaking out about credit card skimmer fraud

Grafton, WI: ATM skimmer found at BP gas station

AutoZone - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Roanoke, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shawano County, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ouachita Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Valdosta, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Gurnee, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Monongalia County, WV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Houston, TX - Burglary
CVS - Decatur, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Kennedy Township, PA - Robbery
Donut Shop - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Desoto County, MS - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Santa Rosa, CA - Armed Robbery
Hardware Store - Shelton, CT - Burglary
Ice Cream Shop - St Louis, MO - Robbery/ Assault
JC Penney - Emporia, KS - Burglary
Liquor Store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Vape store - Southside, AL - Burglary
Verizon - Brentwood, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Covington, LA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
79 robberies
27 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings


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