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 March 10, 2015


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Maya Sydner was promoted to Assistant Loss Prevention Director at Ross Stores.  Maya was previously the Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager for the retailer and has been at Ross Stores for over three years. She has also worked at Home Depot as Store Manager, and Target as an Assets Protection Business Partner and District Assets Protection Team Leader. Congratulations Maya!















FMI Asset Protection Conference:
Diva Ducks and Snow in Memphis?
By Amber Bradley Virgillo

Golfers didn't let a little snow and rain dampen their day at the Mirimichi golf course on the first day of the Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) Asset Protection Conference in Memphis Monday, March 9.

Leave it to the innovators at FMI and sponsor Checkpoint Systems to take all the best elements of a golf tournament and bring them inside! Participants competed to win a CTS Cadillac while going head to head in the longest drive, closest to the pin, and putting contests. Don't forget the unmatched networking with food retailers and solution providers while sampling some of Memphis' finest barbecue!

Although the rain didn't let up, it didn't cool off one of the hottest conferences of the year! Attendees descended onto the blues capital and kicked things off with the ever-popular welcome reception on the Skyway rooftop terrace sponsored by Protection 1.

Attendees cited some of the most anticipated sessions for the FMI conference this year as:


"The Next Era of Payment Technology: Evaluating Security & Risk" from John Guenther, Director, Loss Prevention, Heinen's, Shawn Princell, Vice President, Cash Flow Solutions, Annette Higgins, Vice President of Operations and Development, Cash Flow Solutions
- "Get Your Shift Together" from Steve Rizzo, The Attitude Adjuster

"Social Engineering: The Greatest Threat - How is my company at risk?" from Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director, US-CERT, Randy Trzeciak, Senior Member of the technical staff for the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) CERT Program at Carnegie Mellon University, Vince Crisler, Partner, Fortalice Solutions

One event all attendees are greatly anticipating is the Peabody's infamous duck walk. But do these feather-bellied divas really have it made? We're taking on that mission to truly find out...stay tuned.

Check out the exclusive video coverage!

Be sure to stay tuned throughout the day for live tweets from the FMI conference by following @DandDDaily and #FMIAsset2015.



Midwest chain puts fraud prevention on the fast track with Agilence's Retail 20/20  Conducting loss prevention investigations in a more time-efficient manner increases productivity and reduces shrink. That's how it is working out for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn's, a retail chain operating 44 grocery stores under the Coborn's and Cash Wise banners in addition to nearly 70 liquor and convenience stores. The retailer had been using a cloud-based point-of-sale exception reporting application that was time-consuming and didn't have the ability to create common reports for Coborn's two supermarket and convenience store divisions.

When we decided to change our POS, changing our platform as well seemed like a logical step," says Matt Larson, director of loss control and compliance for Coborn's. "Some of our existing legacy exception-based reporting tools had development issues. There wasn't a lot of support and querying the system was time consuming, so we looked at new platforms."

In late 2014, Coborn's began implementing Agilence's Retail 20/20, a fast, flexible software-as-a-service cloud-based point of sale exception-reporting system. Retail 20/20, Larson says, is "a more dynamic platform that is able to analyze our vast amounts of data, yet flexible enough to integrate with our different POS terminals. "We expect it to significantly reduce fraud and shrink, as well as improve in-store operations."

Retail 20/20, which was launched in 2013, evolved from an early store-based platform called Hawkeye. Derek Rodner, Agilence's vice president of product strategy and marketing, says that over 30 retailers operating more than 13,000 stores are currently using Retail 20/20. They run the gamut from large national chains (Rite Aid, Neiman Marcus) to regional chains like Coborn's.   nrf.com

March 4th posting - American Apparel Workers Demand A Halt To Intimidation And Harassment by Security - Form Coalition With Hermandad Mexicana  Hundreds of workers met on February 28, 2015 to organize themselves into a new coalition of united factory workers to save American Apparel as their newly adopted name reflects, "Coalition of American Apparel Factory Workers United to Save American Apparel." Among the demands raised by the coalition are - stop using "Sweatshop Free" in company advertising; stop the blind reduction of production hours and the furloughing of workers; and stop the incessant intimidation of workers by security guards and supervisors merely for seeking to meet and organize themselves to address workplace issues. Spokesperson Maria Luisa Salgado declared that, "The current situation of intimidation by large and gruff security guards directed at workers for having a flyer calling for meetings, and interrogating them about meetings, is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and the National Labor Relations Board Act. We are involved in protected activity, and such harassment needs to stop immediately." She concluded by reporting, "The current corporate management is estranged from the cultural spirit that existed at American Apparel under the leadership of its founder, Dov Charney. Under the new management, we do not feel safe or dignified." Editor's note: Regardless of how security/loss prevention handles any given situation our industry is always subject to being overly criticized. prnewswire.com

March 5th posting - American Apparel Investigates Harassment Claims by Security As Factory Workers Rally Against New Regime - Supported by former fired CEO & Founder  On Wednesday, Ana Amador, an employee of the American Apparel's factory in LA, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming that security staff "accosted and interrogated" her after she attended the first coalition meeting on February 16th. According to the NLRB filing, a security employee confiscated flyers from Almador, then seized her ID badge to photograph it. "A guard physically pulled her blouse to take the ID off," said Nativo Lopez, director of Hermandad Mexicana, an immigrant rights group that has an estimated 700 members working at American Apparel and has helped set up this new coalition. "He threatened her with the loss of her job."

After the coalition's second meeting on Feb. 28th, factory worker Domingo Marcos reportedly filed a complaint with American Apparel's Human Resources department, claiming he and several other workers were threatened with termination by security guards who also tried to tear off their ID badges. American Apparel said they couldn't comment on either of these incidents specifically. They also couldn't confirm whether the security guards said to have intimidated these workers are employees of American Apparel or a contracted firm. But a spokesperson for the company made it clear that the California-based clothier is taking these claims seriously. "American Apparel will investigate these allegations to determine the actual facts," said a company spokesperson. "If anyone is found to have been intimidating employees, we will take the appropriate action to remedy the situation." forbes.com

Lumber Liquidators to Discuss Product Safety During Business Update Thursday - Stock drops 41.6% since 60 Minutes segment aired  The company has defended its products as "completely safe" and said that the attacks were driven by short sellers who stood to benefit by driving its stock price down. Lumber Liquidators Holding Corp. said it plans to discuss the safety of its products, its liquidity and give updated guidance for its current quarter on a conference call Thursday as the hardwood-flooring company continues to deal with the fallout from a television report that accused the company of selling products that violate health and safety guidelines. wsj.com

Target Corp. says 1,700 to be laid off, 1,400 open jobs eliminated in restructuring
The announcement puts a number on last week's announcement that the company would eliminate several thousand jobs as part of a restructuring aimed at saving $2 billion in costs over the next two years. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder says the cuts will come primarily at headquarters locations in the Minneapolis area. foxbusiness.com

Toys R Us Rewards Breach - sends out 'Security Update' e-mail to rewards customers - Change Your Password  Kathleen Waugh, vice president of corporate communications for Toys R Us, confirmed in an e-mail that no points were lost for customers. She said the retailer sent the security update e-mail to a "small percentage" of Rewards R Us members requesting a password change. "We suspect this activity was due to large breaches at other companies - not Toys R Us - where user log-in names and passwords were stolen and then used for unauthorized access to other accounts, such as Rewards R Us accounts, where a user may use the same log-in name and/or password," according to the e-mail sent to some rewards members. Toys R Us said it was able to identify an attempt to gain unauthorized access to a small percentage of the rewards accounts from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30. usatoday.com

TransUnion, Equifax and Experian Agree to Overhaul Credit Reporting Practices as part of NY settlement  The nation's giant credit reporting agencies - which keep records on more than 200 million individuals and influence their ability to obtain credit - have agreed to overhaul their approach to fixing errors and their treatment of medical debts on consumers' reports. New York State attorney general, announced Monday that his office had reached a sweeping settlement with the agencies, affecting consumers nationwide, which was prompted by an investigation that began in 2012.

Under the agreement, they will improve their dispute resolution process, which is largely automated, and instead use specially trained employees.

Establish a six-month waiting period before reporting medical debts on consumers' credit reports, providing more time for consumers to resolve issues that might amount only to a delayed insurance payment or another dispute. The credit agencies will also remove medical debts from an individual's report after the debt is paid by insurance.

Take steps to make consumers aware that their credit reports are available free at least once a year from each of the credit agencies through the website annualcreditreport.com. The agencies will now have to include links to that website on their home pages, as well as provide another free report to consumers who experience a change in their credit reports after initiating a dispute.

The settlement - which requires the bureaus to carry out a media campaign explaining many of the changes over three years - also prohibits collection companies from reporting items that did not arise from a contract or an agreement to pay, including items like fines or tickets.  nytimes.com

One million unfilled security jobs worldwide - Claiming TJX 2006 breach was 'Turning Point' - Security No Longer Part of IT  Which led to data-breach disclosure legislation and increased scrutiny of corporate data-handling practices. Cybersecurity job postings grew 74% from 2007 to 2013, which is more than twice the growth rate of all IT jobs. The labor pool has yet to catch up. U.S. employers posted 50,000 jobs requesting CISSP credentials in 2013, a year in which the population of CISSP holders numbered 60,000. In the past, security was typically IT's domain, "part of something you did in infrastructure or in networking," Jethi says. Today, more companies have a chief security officer (CSO) or a chief information security officer (CISO) who's explicitly responsible for security. Increasingly they are no longer part of the CIO organization but they are a separate, independent entity that is responsible for cybersecurity and often reporting directly to the COO or the CEO of the company. csoonline.com

Group of AG's announce coalition to crack down on fraud & quality control in $5B herbal supplement industry  The coalition would signal a shift in the way law enforcement agencies ensure the safety of herbal supplements industry that has been plagued by complaints of mislabeling. An investigation by the New York State attorney general's office led to accusations last month that four national retailers were selling supplements that contained either little or none of the medicinal herbs advertised on their labels or, in many cases, included cheap fillers and contaminants like powdered rice, wheat and houseplants. The retailers - GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens - were forced to pull the products from their shelves. The state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, later issued subpoenas to the manufacturers of the products, demanding that they explain how they verify the quality of their products and what testing they do to support a variety of claims on their labels, like "gluten free" and "hypoallergenic." On Monday, the attorney general's office said that because problems in the supplement industry were not limited to New York, the agency had enlisted the help of other attorneys general, a group that so far includes those from Connecticut, Indiana and Puerto Rico.  nytimes.com

Apple to hire own security and put them on payroll at corporate facilities
After a year-long review, the company says it will be hiring full-time employees to handle security at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. "We've decided to directly hire a number of key onsite security roles for Apple's Silicon Valley operations, which are currently contract positions," said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet in a statement. We will be hiring a large number of full-time people to handle our day-to-day security needs," she said. "We hope that virtually all of these positions will be filled by employees from our current security vendor, and we're working closely with them on this process." Apple would not release how many employees would make up the security staff, but the staffing will include all the guards and workers who patrol the campus. The security employees will get similar benefits and perks that all Apple employees get, Huguet said in an interview. United Service Workers West, a Calif.-based affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, had pressured Google and Apple to hire its own workers rather than use contractor Security Industry Specialists. The union protested at Apple headquarters in December. usatoday.com

Mistaken Active Shooter Alert instead of Smash & Grab robbery alert - sends Mall Shoppers & Employees Running at Westbrook Mall in Houston  An alert meant to inform Willowbrook Mall retailers about a smash and grab robbery at a Zales Jewelry store in the mall, was instead sent out as an "active shooter" alert. The active shooter alert triggered stores to close their doors and usher customers in protected areas. HPD says one of the Zales robbers displayed a gun, but no shots were fired. The store closures lasted about 20 minutes according to some merchants, though mall management said it was less than that. abc13.com

Clarkstown Supervisor's plan calls for $94.5M in state funding for increased police in 41 malls across New York - posted March 4th  In Clarkstown itself they have two - Palisades Center Mall and Shops at Nanuet. Where they're asking for 10 to 15 officers for the two centers. N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's office has not responded.  news12.com

Clarkstown officials call for more security at Palisades Mall after suicide - Sixth death in 10 years - posted March 9th

FreightWatch: Cargo theft risk will rise in 2015
Based on its annual analysis of cargo theft activity, FreightWatch International (FWI) believes the risk of cargo theft will increase slightly in 2015 versus 2014, many because cargo thieves continue to adopt what the firm describes "professional and sophisticated" tactics. "This evolution is illustrated by the 36% rise in average value [of cargo thefts] which suggests organized thieves offset the lack of access to a high quantity of shipments by targeting higher value merchandise," the firm added.  fleetowner.com

Wal-Mart denies claims in lawsuit over fatal store shooting
Wal-Mart on Friday denied responsibility for the death of a man fatally shot by police while carrying an air rifle in one of its stores last year. John Crawford III was shot in August when police responded to a 911 call reporting a man waving what appeared to be a firearm at the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police said the pellet rifle appeared to be real, and a grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. Crawford's relatives sued in federal court, seeking at least $75,000 in compensation. Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. denied it did anything to cause Crawford's death. The company denied its security cameras "provide for complete monitoring and surveillance of the activities of customers." The lawsuit alleges that Wal-Mart was negligent "concerning the placement of guns at its stores and also acted negligently in failing to secure" the air rifle, which the family's attorneys said was left unpackaged on a shelf. The company pulled pellet rifles from the shelves of its Beavercreek store after the shooting. msn.com

Mall owner Simon makes multibillion-dollar offer for rival Macerich

460 store $4B U.S. retailer Ashley Furniture aims for 1,000 stores in Asia in ten years

Aaron's eliminated Vice President of Loss Prevention position

Maine State Senator to introduce Organized Retail Crime bill this spring

#1 ranked cargo theft state Texas - considering cargo theft legislation this year

C-store operator Sheetz to open 30 stores in 2015 - just opened its 500th - wants to double size

Gap Inc., Petco, Levi Strauss among 2015 World's Most Ethical Company honorees

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Foot Locker Q4 up 10.2% with sales up 30%
Neiman Marcus Q2 up 5.6% with sales up 6.3%
Urban Outfitters Q4 retail up 2%, wholesale up 27% with sales up 12%
Barnes & Noble Q3 up 1.7% with sales basically flat

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Incorporated in California in 1998, WG has been turning heads in the EAS and RFID industry with its ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking since its inception. In this LPNN interview, Graham Handyside, EVP Worldwide Operations, and Ed Wolfe, VP Business Development, WG Security, tells us about the innovative products that have come from addressing their customers' various needs over the years, such as the Seal Tag, the Ninja Tag, and the Skyguard 2A system. In this video, also learn about WG's Eyes on U product - a three-in-one solution that combines the functionality of EAS, RFID and video.

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In this LPNN Quick Take, Rex Gillette, Vice President Retail Sales, Protection 1, tells Joe and Amber a little bit about the secret sauce behind Protection 1's success since entering the retail LP market - great customer service. Rex also provides some helpful advice to professionals in the industry.

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Apple Pay fraud reflects weakness with credit cards, not platform
Fraudulent purchases are a possible stumbling block in Apple Pay's ascent that has been receiving a lot of attention recently, but the problem appears to lie more with how some banks issue credit cards than with any inherent weakness in the mobile payments platform. According to reports, hackers are using stolen credit card data to make fraudulent purchases using Apple Pay. With Apple Pay receiving significant attention as an important new payment method, it is no surprise that industrious hackers have turned their focus to the platform to look for weaknesses. "This is an interesting story and very likely to be blown out of proportion," said Daniel Ingevaldson, CTO of Easy Solutions, Doral, FL. "The problem with Apple Pay is not Apple Pay itself, but that Apple Pay created a new payment channel. "Whenever a new channel is created, an opportunity for fraud is created along with it," he said. "We have no indication that Apple Pay itself has been breached or its fundamental security technologies such as biometric authentication (TouchID) and tokenization (using one-time payment card information to prevent credit card theft) have been bypassed." mobilecommercedaily.com

Online sales at Staples grow 4.8% in fiscal 2014

Adidas increases global web sales 69%

Amazon opens a second storefront on Alibaba's Tmall

Smartphone Transactions Make Impact Despite Availability of Mainstream Payment Options



The 'Awwad Criminal Enterprise' - The Middle East Connection to ORC - Twenty-six indicted in stolen equipment & fencing ring in Toledo, OH  Twenty-six people, most of whom are Toledo residents, have been indicted in U.S. District Court for roles in a stolen-equipment ring that shipped goods to Michigan and the Middle East, the U.S. Department of Justice said today. The items were fenced at stores in Toledo and resold elsewhere. They included stolen computers, smart phones, and other electronics. Officials said some members of the conspiracy used guns, threats, or violence as part of their work. Allegations also included illegal check cashing and selling counterfeit clothing at stores. The announcement today at a news conference comes after authorities earlier conducted a series of raids at businesses and homes across the city. In one instance, FBI agents raided an apartment building in the 800 block of South Avenue near Broadway in South Toledo. Agents wearing FBI jackets were seen carrying boxes in their hands from the structure to a vehicle nearby about 7:45 a.m. Two people were taken into custody. The United States Department of Justice says the accused sold stolen computers, smart phones and other electronics in Toledo, Michigan and the Middle East. Some in the group are also accused of illegally cashing millions of dollars worth of checks in their stores, laundering money and selling counterfeit clothing. Editor's Note: This investigation was led by Kroger's ORC team and the investigation is ongoing. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes public as it will extend for some time. toledoblade.com toledonewsnow.com

Russian citizen Alexey Svetlichny pleads guilty in Fed. court to $400K online fraud stealing consumer goods and stored value cards - using stolen credit & debit cards - faces 20 yrs  Svetlichnyy and other accomplices allegedly used the stolen information for online purchases of Apple iPads, Samsung cell phones, various kinds of laptop computers, scuba diving equipment, as well as stored value cards issued by or on behalf of American Express, Visa, Budget Rental Car, Frontier Airlines, Macy's, and other retailers, according to the charging document. sputniknews.com

ORC male busted hitting JC Penney at International Mall for $2,500 in jeans - operating since 2013  James Francisco Castro, 36, was arrested Feb. 27 after wiping the shelves clean. On police radar since 2013 his MO was always the same. Entered the store take stacks of Levi's and walked out of the store. Sometimes jumping into a getaway car and sometimes on his bicycle.  miamiherald.com

Calgary, Canada couple busted for $8K Toys R Us theft at Crosslron Mall this past December - hit other Calgary Mall as well  The male suspect is also facing robbery and weapons charges in connection with a violent shoplifting incident last August at the Heritage Meadows Superstore. cbc.ca

Macy's employee stole $93K in jewelry from Charlotte store over course of a year, pawned items for cash  A Macy's employee at the SouthPark mall store stole jewelry over the course of a year worth nearly $93,000, then pawned the items for cash, the store told police this week. Macy's reported the theft to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Sunday, a CMPD incident report shows. CMPD's financial crimes unit has a person of interest in the case, spokeswoman Officer Jessica Wallin said. No charges have been filed yet, she said. The incident report detailed 46 pieces of jewelry stolen from the store at 4400 Sharon Road in south Charlotte. The median value of the items stolen was $1,300. charlotteobserver.com

ORC male hits Bloomingdales for 11 Burberry coats March 3rd in Upper Merion, PA

ORC couple (male-female) hit Sephora at Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack for $2,500 worth of merchandise Saturday

Flemington, PA AT&T Store burglary nets $100,000-plus in smartphones, authorities say

High-end hair extensions stolen during smash-and-grab at Houston beauty supply

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Pair caught with $30,000 in counterfeit cash while shopping at Bloomingdale's Palm Beach Gardens Police said a man and a woman tried to buy nearly $1,000 in merchandise from Bloomingdale's on PGA Boulevard earlier this month. A loss prevention officer at the department store told police she saw a woman pay for items from the children's department with seven counterfeit $50 bills before buying a purse in another part of the store with five counterfeit $50 bills. Police detained the pair, later identified as Bernardo Lecaros and Mariana Cordova Ortiz, in the parking lot. Authorities searched their car and recovered a bag with more than $30,000 in cash, all believed to be counterfeit. cbs12.com

Louisville Police arrest at least three allegedly involved in "large scale" cargo theft, marijuana trafficking ring  According to arrest reports, police arrested 59-year-old Marcos Placeres Padron, 45-year-old Ridian Boizan-Gonzalez and 51-year-old Eduardo Cruz Monday night. After executing a search warrant at several properties belonging to Placeres, who arrest reports name as the "head" of the ring. During the search, officers allegedly found a large-scale marijuana growing operation, several pounds of marijuana packaged for sale and hundreds of cases of merchandise from a stolen semi truck. wdrb.com

Security guard critically wounded in shootout at L.A. marijuana dispensary
A security guard was critically wounded in an exchange of gunfire with three robbers Sunday night at a medical marijuana dispensary in Hyde Park, authorities said. The culprits entered the business in the 3300 block of West 54th Street about 7:20 p.m., said Sgt. Robert Grant of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division. Gunfire broke out when they attempted to rob the business. Multiple shots were fired by the robbers and security guard, who shot back in an attempt to defend himself, according to police. The robbers, whom police believe are gang members, fled through the front door of the dispensary. The guard, who was struck by gunfire, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He was later listed as stable. ktla.com

Crime scene DNA evidence leads to arrest in year-old TJ Maxx armed robbery - Surveillance footage released  DNA evidence led officers to an arrest in the armed robbery of a store in Burlington County early last year, according to the Evesham Township Police Department. Colby Rodgers, 30, of Mount Laurel, was charged with robbery in connection with the incident on Jan. 19, 2014, at the T.J. Maxx in Evesham, NJ. Police say investigators were able to gather DNA evidence at the scene that was submitted to the New Jersey State Police laboratory for testing that helped identify Rodgers, along with other evidence, as the suspect. He was placed in Burlington County Jail in default of $150,000 bail. nj.com

Attica, NY man could get life in prison for four-county crime spree
An Attica man accused of a series of sexual assaults and robberies in four Southern Tier counties will face his first trial next week in Broome County Court. Malowsky is accused of forcing his way into a house in Vestal and sexually assaulting a woman who was caring for two children, ages 1 and 2. It was part of a rampage through four counties, one that includes sexual assaults and armed robberies. Malowsky was arrested after he allegedly robbed a CVS store in Tioga County. thedailynewsonline.com

Safes Containing $60,000 Stolen From Cartersville, GA BP Gas Station
According to Cartersville police report, the burglary at the BP station at 263 Cassville Road occurred between 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 and 6:43 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Cartersville police wrote on its Facebook page that the burglars allegedly disabled the alarm and "made forced entry into the business." The suspects gained access to the store by allegedly cutting a hole in the rear metal wall - located on the east side of the building - and using a sledge hammer to break down the drywall, the report states. Police said the incident caused extensive damage to the store, and the suspects made off with two safes containing over $60,000. patch.com

Woman Arrested After Making Two Attempts to Shoplift at Corpus Christi Wal-Mart  A woman who was allegedly caught red handed twice trying to steal merchandise from the Wal-Mart store early Monday morning was arrested for theft and resisting arrest. Police say store employees called to report a female suspect shoplifting at around 4:45 a.m. Employees told police that the suspect, identified as 21-year old Victoria Flores, had taken some empty grocery store bags from near the registers and filled them with apparel items. She then tried leaving the store without paying, but employees stopped her and made her give back the merchandise. After handing back the merchandise, employees told police that Flores went back into the store and began taking and concealing merchandise again. That's when they called police. kiiitv.com

Cheese thieves steal tractor-trailer with $85K worth of mozzarella headed to Hungry Howies Pizza distribution center in Central Florida

Three California men busted with cloned credit cards that may have been operating in Twin Cities, ND

NYC man busted by TSA with 200 counterfeit credit cards in duffel bag at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Carlsbad sees rash of fake $100 bills

Male duo & former warehouse employee busted for $37K of cellphones, iPhones, & iPads hitting Ingram Micro warehouse three times in Miami

Sullivan County stings net $80K in counterfeit goods

Orlando Walmart reopens after bomb threat

Man arrested stealing $4k worth of merchandise from Walmart in Pittsburgh

Mansfield Township, NJ Police arrest 9 for Walmart, Kohl's shoplifting

Suspect dies in Pasadena smash/grab discount tobacco store robbery

Employee, 2 others arrested in San Antonio vision center robbery

$12,500 in jewelry stolen in grab-and-run from Helzberg Diamonds in Glendale, AZ

46 pieces of jewelry stolen from Zale's in Houston - 2 suspects smash glass showcases with hammers

Kay Jewelers in Dover, DE victim of $1,995 grab-and-run theft

Opelika, AL Police seek suspect in Feb. 13 Dollar General fraud and theft

Man Fights Police After Stealing Bicycle From Walmart in Riverhead, NY

Woman hits, scratches Walmart LP officer in Billings, MT after attempted robbery

● AT&T - Flemington, PA - Burglary
● Cabela's - Richmond, GA - Burglary - Suspects took 15 guns
● Carabba's - Bonita Springs, FL - Robbery
● Circle K - Brattleboro, VT - Robbery
● Citgo - Piedmont, SC - Robbery
● CVS - Fairburn, GA - Robbery
● E and J Grocery Store - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery - Suspect surrendered

● Dollar General - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery - Suspect shot by officer
● Hobby Lobby - Rock Hill, SC - Burglary - Suspect crawled through ceiling vent system
● Kum 'n Go - Minot, ND - Armed Robbery
● Lucky Food Store - Austin, TX - Armed Robbery
● Mobil - Milford, CT - Robbery
● Quick Shop - Columbus, KS - Robbery
● Zales - Houston, TX - Robbery
● 7-Eleven - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery



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