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Rhett Asher was named Director of Business Development for CONTROLTEK
CONTROLTEK USA has hired Rhett Asher as their new Director of Business Development. Asher, former Vice President of Asset Protection, Data Security & Crisis Management for the Food Marketing Institute, brings more than 30 years of retail store operations and trade association experience. Asher has previously served as Vice President of Loss Prevention for both the National Retail Federation and Retail Industry Leaders Association.  Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.
Suzanne Read, LPC was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention Process & Strategy for Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Suzanne was previously the Division Director Loss Prevention & Safety for the retailer and has been on the Lowe's loss prevention team since 2003. She started as a District Loss Prevention Manager and then moved up to become Regional Loss Prevention Director. Suzanne was also an Area Loss Prevention Manager for Filene's Basement. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University. Congratulations Suzanne!
Emily Akino (Bosworth), LPC was promoted to Market Director-Stores for Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Emily was previously a Regional Loss Prevention Director for Lowe's and has been on their loss prevention team since 2006 when she started as a Loss Prevention Manager. Emily also has experience in investigations from her role as Division Manager/Senior Investigator at Data Quest Investigations, Ltd. She was also a Loss Prevention Manager for Sears. Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Congratulations Emily!
Mike Kujawa was promoted to Senior Regional Manager - Asset Protection for Under Armour.
Mike was previously the Regional Manager, Asset Protection for the retailer and has worked in their asset protection department since 2010. He started as a Corporate Asset Protection Leader and worked his way up to become Asset Protection Manager of Investigations. Mike was also an Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection for Target. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, Criminology and a minor in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations Mike!


Open-Carry in Missouri stores heightens racial tensions,
keeps some shoppers away
Missouri used to have among the strictest gun laws in the nation, including a requirement that handgun buyers undergo background checks in person at sheriffs' offices before obtaining gun permits. But over the past 10 years, an increasingly conservative legislature and citizenry relaxed limitations governing practically every aspect of buying, owning and carrying guns.

A number of African Americans interviewed worried that guns heightened racial tensions. I met a man named John Steen who now thinks twice about shopping at Sam's Club. Steen, a Vietnam veteran who works in Kansas City, used to stop by the wholesale megastore on his way home from his job as a home health-care provider. But that was before he saw armed white men strolling through the aisles exerting what gun proponents describe as their "unalienable" rights to carry firearms into public spaces including retail stores.

For Steen and other African Americans in Kansas City, the result was often intimidation. "I see white guys and their sons walking around Sam's Club, Walmart, and other places where we shop, strolling with guns on their hips like it's the wild west," he told me. "They're trying to be all macho, like they have power because of their guns, walking down the aisles. It just makes me...stay away." rawstory.com

Retailers Stuck in EMV Limbo
- Many chains still waiting for EMV Certification more than 5 months after the 'Fraud Liability Shift' - while they continue to rack up chargeback fees
- Visa, MasterCard, Banks Hit With Antitrust Suit
A slew of major credit card companies and banks -- including Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America and Citibank -- were slapped with an antitrust complaint in California federal court Tuesday alleging they conspired to unlawfully shift fraud liability to merchants despite complications in switching to a new security chip system.

Florida-based B&R Supermarket Inc. and Grove Liquors LLC seek to represent a proposed class of merchants who allegedly were subjected to the liability shift in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, California's antitrust regulations and other laws, according to the complaint filed in the Northern District of California.

The credit card companies and banks shifted the fraud liability to merchants who were not ready by Oct. 1 to use the so-called EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) cards without consulting with the plaintiffs or giving them the chance to opt out or to object, according to the complaint.

Many merchants were unready not because of inaction on their part, but because the new payment card terminals, which cost businesses hundreds of dollars to acquire and install, needed to be certified before they could be used, the complaint alleges.

While large retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. were able to receive their certifications in time for the October deadline, smaller retailers such as Grove Liquors and B&R - which does business as Milam's - who had the machines in place have been told to wait an undetermined amount of time even though they were now liable for fraudulent purchases, according to the complaint.

For example, from Oct. 1 to Feb. 15, Milam's Market and Grove Liquors have been found responsible for more than $10,000 in allegedly fraudulent transactions and fees, the companies allege. MasterCard and Visa assessed 88 chargebacks during the period, compared to four during the comparable period from October 2014 to February 2015. law360.com

This Pawn Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a 'Fortress of Security'
While most Sioux Falls businesses do not need bulletproof glass or fingerprint scanners to maintain security, the technology is out there. And a fair amount of it is at Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, which opened late last year and doubles as a concert venue. Owner Chuck Brennan calls the business a "fortress of security," complete with a full staff of armed guards, almost 200 surveillance cameras and some of the most high-tech security features in the state. "I don't know that there's a more secure building that I've ever seen," Brennan said. "The whole place is built for security." Employees use a unique code, key-card access and a hand-print scan to enter their work area, and cameras record the entire process.

Badlands Pawn was built around an old vault in a former bank building. The vault holds millions of dollars of gold, silver and jewelry, but any interested criminals would have a difficult, if not impossible, time getting access. The vault is surrounded by an entire room of bulletproof walls. An armed guard stands in the entryway between two bulletproof glass doors, and only three people on the Badlands Pawn staff are authorized to enter the vault. argusleader.com

Columbus, OH: Don't weaken Pawnshop rules - Bill would make life easier for thieves, worse for victims
A state lawmaker wants to loosen reasonable reporting requirements for pawnbrokers and also allow them to buy from convicted thieves - many of whom burglarize and rob repeatedly to feed drug habits. This piece of legislation - while it would benefit some generous campaign donors by boosting profits - would put Ohioans' safety and property at risk. Senate Bill 270, proposed by Sen. John Eklund, R-Chardon, would increase the burden for crime victims to recover stolen property, cripple the ability of police to retrieve stolen items and nab criminals, and stick taxpayers with higher administrative costs, among other provisions generous to pawnbrokers. dispatch.com

Video surveillance provider Samsung Techwin rebranding to Hanwha Techwin
The Samsung name will stay on its products for now, but as of April 1, video surveillance provider Samsung Techwin America is changing its name to Hanwha Techwin America. Tom Cook, Samsung VP sales for North America, called the name change "the next move as we incorporate ourselves into Hanwha, a $56 billion corporation." Hanwha became the majority owner of Samsung Techwin in December of 2014. securitysystemsnews.com

Salvation Army Dinged Over Absent Building Collapse Witness
A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday ordered attorneys for the Salvation Army to pay $1,000 in sanctions for their failure to produce a witness in the civil litigation over the 2013 Philadelphia building collapse that killed six and injured 13. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein tagged attorneys at Rawle & Henderson LLP, who represent the Salvation Army, with the fine after Maj. Glenn Bloomfield, the organization's chief financial officer, did not appear for a deposition.

More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals injured or killed in the accident, in which a building undergoing demolition on Philadelphia's bustling Market Street corridor in Center City collapsed onto an adjacent store operated by the Salvation Army. The plaintiffs contend that the organization kept the store open despite the danger posed by the demolition efforts, and they will be subject to potential punitive damages in the lengthy trial expected to begin in the fall. law360.com

Tailored Brands, Men's Wearhouse parent company, closing 250 stores
The company formerly known as Men's Wearhouse plans to significantly reduce its physical presence this year by closing 250 stores, including more than 20% of the Jos. A. Bank stores acquired in 2014. The major reduction is selling space by the company which changed its name to Tailored Brands earlier this year was announced in conjunction with the release of weak fourth quarter results that were in line with previously released results, which showed Jos. A. Bank stores had 32% decline in same-store sales.

The company plans to close between 80 and 90 Jos. A. Bank stores and all 49 of the brand's outlet stores. At the end of the fourth quarter, Jos. A. Bank operated 625 locations. Also slated for closure are nine Men's Wearhouse outlet stores, but none of the company's 714 Men's Wearhouse stores. Between 100 and 110 stores branded as MW Tux are due to close. chainstoreage.com

Report: Albertsons acquiring remaining Haggen stores
Citing union sources, The Bellingham Herald on Tuesday reported that Albertsons is prepared to acquire the remaining core stores of Haggen with the blessing of the Federal Trade Commission. "It appears that other bidders are not going to raise their bids or otherwise make them qualified bids, so the scheduled auction is cancelled and the sale to Albertsons will be put before the court for approval in the next week," representatives of Haggen union workers released in a statement. "Our members look forward to continuing their unparalleled dedication to the neighborhoods and their customers." retailingtoday.com

Vermont becomes 5th state to require paid sick leave
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law Wednesday. Supporters say about 60,000 Vermont workers do not have paid sick time. The law requires employers to provide a minimum of three paid days off a year for employees to use when they are sick or to care for a child or family member. Employers with more than five employees must provide the benefit next year while those with five or fewer have until 2018. The mandatory amount increases to five days in 2019. Vermont joins California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon as states mandating paid sick leave. More than 20 cities and the District of Columbia also have mandatory paid sick leave. cnbc.com

Surging Dollar General plans to open 900 stores in 2016

AutoZone hiring more than 10,000 employees this spring

Los Angeles' Beverly Center to get $500 million renovation

CVS Kicks in $50 Million More to Anti-Tobacco Push

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Smart & Final Q4 comp's up 3.5% with net sales up 18.9%
Party City Q4 comp's up 2.8% with total revenue down 2.8%
Toys R Us Q4 comp's up 2.3% with revenue down 2.6%
Dollar General Q4 comp's up 2.2% with net sales up 7%
Christopher & Banks Q4 comp's down 3.4% with net sales down 3.5%

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Verizon: Three breach scenarios retailers should watch for
In a new study, "Data Breach Digest," Verizon identifies 18 different data breach scenarios drawn from analyzing more than 1,200 global cases investigated by the Verizon Risk Team in the past three years. Although all the identified scenarios can affect companies in any industry, Novak said that retailers are especially likely to be victimized by three - POS intrusion, peripheral tampering, and SQL injection. Following is a brief overview of each scenario.

POS intrusion
Nicknamed the "leaky boot" by Verizon, POS intrusion involves RAM scraping by malware designed to monitor and extract specific, targeted data from physical memory. Verizon analysis of this type of malware indicates that hackers customize their tools to work in specific environments, such as on application-specific POS servers and terminals.

Typical perpetrators include those seeking financial gain, such as organized criminal networks, as well as independent hacking groups. POS intrusion attacks often originate from foreign locations. Common points of origin include China, Germany, Romania and the Russian Federation.

Retailers often discover POS intrusion attacks through notification by a third-party financial services provider (such as a payment card processor noticing fraudulent transactions on exposed cards) or law enforcement. It typically takes weeks to months to discover a POS intrusion and days to weeks to contain it.

Peripheral tampering
Peripheral tampering involves any tampering or physically manipulation of a hardware device that connects to a computer system. These devices may include Personal Identification Number (PIN) entry devices (PEDs), scanners, printers, etc. Perpetrators associated with altered payment card transaction devices typically involve organized crime groups. These groups may be based in the U.S. but also are often based in overseas locations such as Bulgaria, Romania, Armenia and Brazil.

Discovery of peripheral tampering can be quick, often taking days or even hours. However, because so many devices across so many locations may be compromised, containment may take months.

SQL injection
Also termed as "snakebite" by Verizon, SQL injection attacks, in their most basic form, are methods of abusing an application's interaction with its back-end database. These attacks leverage non-validated inputs (such as stolen credentials or guessed passwords) to modify existing database queries to achieve unintended results (i.e., the theft of sensitive data) and frequently target Web applications.

Perpetrators may be activists, organized criminals or even state-affiliated individuals. Thus there is no definite pattern of where the attacks originate from. The time it can take to discover and contain SQL injection attacks also varies widely, from hours to months depending on specific circumstances. retailingtoday.com

Home Depot Breach Case Shows 'Cash-Plus' Deals Are Key
Home Depot recently agreed to boost its data security practices and fund identity theft services in addition to paying $13 million to settle putative consumer class claims over its massive 2014 data breach, a model that attorneys say is likely to catch on as a popular way to address the difficulties with quantifying harm for data losses.

In a motion filed Monday, a putative class of consumers notified the court that it had struck a "cash-plus" deal with Home Depot Inc. that requires the retailer to establish a $13 million settlement fund to compensate consumers for out-of-pocket losses or unreimbursed expenses "fairly traceable" to the data breach, pay an additional $6.5 million to finance 18 months of "identity protection" services for all class members who had their payment card data exposed through the breach, and implement new data security measures.

The structure of the deal is reminiscent of the pact that Target Corp. reached with consumers last March that set up a $10 million settlement fund and required the retailer to devote more effort to better safeguarding the customer data it possesses, and this careful balance of monetary and injunctive relief is likely to continue to be a prime feature in data breach settlements moving forward, attorneys say. law360.com

Cybercrime Recruiters Want You - Desperately Seeking Hackers for Hire
A thriving market now exists to help cybercriminals promote themselves - or what they've stolen - as well as recruit new talent.

On the recruitment front, what Digital Shadows found bears a startling resemblance to noncriminal hiring and firing practices - online job applications, Skype interviews and having to demonstrate one's hacking skills via sample assignments before would-be employers give job seekers the green light. Many new jobs also include a probationary period, with one noting that if a designated group of sites hadn't been hacked within three months, the employee's contract would not be renewed.

In return, however, budding cybercriminals can benefit from flexible working arrangements, avoid having to deal with some nitty-gritty aspects of the fraud ecosystem, such as using money mules to convert stolen payment card details into cash, and can earn more if they hack more. govinfosecurity.com

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CONTROLTEK Appoints LP Industry Titan Rhett Asher as Director of Business Development

CRANFORD, NJ, March 9, 2016 - CONTROLTEK USA has hired Rhett Asher as their new Director of Business Development. Asher, former Vice President of Asset Protection, Data Security & Crisis Management for the Food Marketing Institute, brings more than 30 years of retail store operations and trade association experience.

Asher has previously served as Vice President of Loss Prevention for both the National Retail Federation and Retail Industry Leaders Association. Co-founder of the non-profit Loss Prevention Foundation, Asher knows asset protection. "My passion is serving this industry," Asher said. "I cannot imagine a better fit for my skill set, than CONTROLTEK's vision to deliver innovative products and solutions to the asset protection industry."

CONTROLTEK's CEO, Rod Diplock, stated, "Rhett is the addition our CONTROLTEK team needed to keep pace with our organization's growth. I am excited for what our future holds."

CONTROLTEK's National Sales Director, Sal Armato said, "We have actively charted a course over the past several years to bring added value, new thinking and viable approaches, addressing the dilemmas and challenges that frustrate business professionals today. CONTROLTEK is building the leadership team that can stay this course."

Enabling Commerce through Innovation
Since 1976, CONTROLTEK has been delivering unique products and solutions to the cash-transfer and asset protection industries to address specific business challenges. CONTROLTEK has created three silos: Inventory Security Solutions (ISS), Intelligent Security Packaging (ISP), and Intelligent Visibility Solutions (IVS). Whatever the application, CONTROLTEK resources stand by ready to deliver results that enable commerce and effectively secure assets at financial institutions and leading retailers across the globe.

To find out more, visit www.controltekusa.com.



Next Thursday, March 10th, the Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to take action on legislation that would increase the felony threshold amount contained in a number of the Commonwealth's property crime statutes. Senate Bill 2156, an Act relative to larceny, seeks to increase the property value threshold of $250 to $1,500 in the state's larceny, use of fraudulent credit card, receipt of stolen property and destruction of personal property statutes.

At the current threshold level of $250, retailers already experience significant losses due to theft-costs which are shared with consumers in the form of higher prices. The driving force behind most of these losses are professional and sophisticated thieves taking advantage of the low risk, high reward of their activities resulting from weak criminal laws. An increase to these felony thresholds further reduces the risk receiving meaningful penalties and therefore incentivizes continued theft. In short, this law decreases their cost of doing business.

Over the past 15 years there have been a number of states that have looked at this issue and taken action to increase the felony threshold. In those states the average threshold increase fell just below $1,000.

Members are strongly urged to contact their Senators prior to next Thursday, March 10th to voice their opposition to this legislation and request that at a minimum that the thresholds called for in the bill be reduced to reflect the nation wide trend of $1,000.

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The Limited cuts call volume with a new online returns technology
The Limited installed technology from Narvar Returns in the fall. The new process helps complete returns faster and gets inventory back in rotation before it's in a marked-down state, he says. "Also, the customers' ability to handle their returns through self-service improves the customers' experience and helps us manage labor costs at the call center."

Here's how the technology The Limited uses, called Narvar Returns, works: A shopper who wants to return an item logs into The Limited website, clicks on "return/exchanges" and is taken to a web page in which she enters her order number and billing ZIP code to call up order details.  The shopper selects the items to return, the reason for the return, whether she is returning by UPS or to a store, and prints out a return slip. The web page, run by Narvar, informs the shopper if she is within The Limited's 60-day return deadline. The shopper then takes the return slip to a nearby store, which she can find on the web page, or puts it in the return package.

The shopper uses the number on her return slip to track the return online via the same web page;  it's no longer necessary to redirect the customer to the UPS site for such information, Acevedo says. internetretailer.com

Salvatore Ferragamo Keeps Up the Fight Against Counterfeits
in China and on the Web
The Salvatore Ferragamo Group is continuing its anticounterfeiting efforts, which are especially focused on China and the Web. The company said that in 2015 it intercepted and blocked 91,000 online advertisements for counterfeit products. In addition, 140 domain names and illegal Web Sites, mainly managed by Chinese individuals, were recovered or canceled. "In 2015, we further expanded the number of e-commerce sites that we monitor," said Ferragamo Group chairman Ferruccio Ferragamo. "On the Chinese market, we have continued and ramped up our offline checks, targeting trade fairs and resellers in particular," he said. Ferragamo also added that the company had also completed the official process for recognition as a well-known brand in China, a key law enforcement tool, which will help the company saving time and money in the counterfeit battle. wwd.com

Amazon, Wal-Mart Lead Top 25 E-commerce Retail List
As analysts expect e-commerce sales in the U.S. to continue growing by 10 to 12 percent a year, total e-commerce sales are already at substantial levels as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have expanded their online efforts.

As a result, total annual retail e-commerce sales are $201 billion, according to the 180 companies tracked by eMarketer. For the top 25 retailers, total annual e-commerce sales come in at $159 billion, with Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. taking the top three spots. wwd.com

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Gang Members embrace White-Collar Crime; NYPD Commissioner Bratton
speaks out
Some street gangs are finding white-collar crime can be lucrative. In a "national trend," gangs are committing crimes such as check fraud and identity theft, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports in a story noted by the newspaper's Law Blog. Such offenses have a bigger payoff, are more difficult to detect, and are subject to lower prison sentences than more traditional gang crimes. Some gang members in New York are carrying re-encoded credit cards using stolen data. Gang members prosecuted in Brooklyn were accused of defrauding banks by creating fake checks, depositing them and withdrawing the money before the forgery was discovered. In California, gang members were accused of stealing identity information to file fraudulent tax returns and to commit other financial crimes. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton wrote about the trend in a December op-ed for the New York Daily News. "To an astonishing degree," he wrote, "crew members are learning the skills of credit card fraud-stealing with computers, embossing machines, and stacks of blank cards instead of resorting to robbery and burglary. Yet despite their migration to white-collar crime, they show no signs of becoming less violent." abajournal.com

Rockford, MI: Traffic stop helps bust up shoplifting scheme
State Police are investigating a shoplifting scheme that may have earned a group of suspects as much as $30,000 dollars. Investigators say the group had been driving through several states, stealing from stores and returning some of the stolen items for gift cards and cash. Trooper Ed Brinkman with the Michigan State Police Rockford post made the discovery last month after pulling the suspects over for various traffic violations. "We had a couple of simple violations, [like] lane use violations," said Brinkman. Trooper Brinkman pulled the car over and said he searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana coming from inside. "We were expecting one thing," he said. Authorities found a lot more than they expected when they opened the trunk to reveal all kinds of electronics, designer handbags and jeans, some with the security tags still attached. fox17online.com

Livonia, MI: Victoria's Secret hit by a 2 person Distraction Team
at Laurel Park Place
Livonia police were dispatched Saturday afternoon to Victoria's Secret on the report of two suspects accused of stealing merchandise had fled the store. Dispatch told police two suspects had fled the store in a vehicle with an Ohio license plate. Police searched the area but could not locate the vehicle. When speaking to a store manager, police found out the two suspects came into the store with one distracting an employee while the other concealed some unknown merchandise. When an employee confronted the suspects, they fled the store. The items were concealed in a large black purse. hometownlife.com

Wilmington, NC: 15 year in Federal Prison for suspect in Burglaries of Gun Stores across NC; over 200 stolen guns believe sold in Camden, NJ
A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for stealing nearly 200 firearms from various gun shops in North Carolina, including two stores in Wilmington. Ahkeem Donte Pratt, 24, was sentenced Wednesday to 188 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. Pratt was named on a 17-count federal indictment in March 2015, charging him and several other co-defendants with breaking into five North Carolina gun stores between August and December 2014, and stealing 193 firearms, 82 of which were stolen out of Wilmington. portcitydaily.com

High-end bike owners, retailers believe theft ring taking stolen cycles to Juarez High-end bikes worth thousands of dollars are disappearing left and right out of the Albuquerque metro. Owners of these bikes have no clue who is responsible, but they say they're pretty certain they know where these bikes are ending up. The Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office are investigating the thefts. "I think they know exactly what they're after," said Sports Systems GM Jerry Shere. "They're looking for high-end, $5,000-$10,000, full-suspension mountain bikes." Sports Systems in Albuquerque just had 16 of those bikes go missing. They are valued around $70,000 altogether. kob.com

Portland, OR: Undercover Operation builds case against alleged Lego thief
A Happy Valley man is in custody after police say he agreed to sell stolen Legos to undercover investigators. Pavel Illich Kuzik, 25, was arrested in a stolen car on Thursday, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple outstanding warrants. Kuzik is accused of stealing Lego sets and other goods and selling them online on OfferUp.com. Detectives and Fred Meyer loss prevention officers started investigating the thefts in late February, according to the news release. The investigation is ongoing, and police expect Kuzik will face additional charges. Kuzik also pleaded not guilty to third-degree theft in a separate case Thursday morning, court records show. He's accused of stealing merchandise worth less than $100 from a Target store in late January. Kuzik is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on $46,234 bail, jail records show. His criminal record includes felony convictions for second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and identity theft, court records show. oregonlive.com

Cooper City, FL: Elderly victim speaks out after distraction theft Publix
92-year-old woman was shopping at a Cooper City supermarket when, authorities said, two men stole from her right under her nose. Betty Swanson was shopping for groceries at a Publix in Cooper City on Feb. 28 when, according to investigators, one man distracted her while another man took her belongings out of her purse. Detectives said the suspects the supermarket in search of an easy target, and they found one. "I feel like blasting them, I'll tell ya," said Swanson. "If they had been in front of me doing that, I would have hit them with a cane. I really would." According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the thieves immediately went to a Best Buy in Pembroke Pines to use Swanson's credit card. Surveillance footage captured them purchasing $1,600 worth of computers and then exiting the store with the devices. wsvn.com

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Fort Payne, AL: Domestic situation ends with one man shot
in Wal-Mart parking lot
Fort Payne Police confirm a man was shot in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday night. Police say the victim was flown to a hospital in Chattanooga, TN. His condition is not yet known. Two persons of interest are in custody for questioning. Charges have not yet been announced. Police said the shooting appears to be the result of a domestic situation. al.com

Jacksonville, FL: Supervisor killed in Workplace shooting near Avenues Mall
The owner of a business near the Avenues said it will not be open on Thursday. B&L Landscaping Co. was the scene of a deadly workplace shooting Wednesday morning. The business is located on Spaner Road near the Avenues Mall. One person was killed and another was taken into police custody. actionnewsjax.com

Burlington, NC: Man shot inside c-store during argument
A Burlington man was injured Wednesday after being shot in his left arm during an argument inside a convenience store, police said. The victim reported that the man opened fire shortly after entering Fairway One Stop. The shooting stemmed from an argument between the shooter and the victim's girlfriend, the Burlington Police Department. A struggle then ensure and spilled outside after the victim pushed the shooter, police said. It was then that the shooter got away. wncn.com

Canoga Park, CA: Robbers grab 40 Rolexes at Westfield Topanga jewelry store, GPS foiled
Four armed men who carried out a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store in the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park are being sought by Los Angeles police. The robbery at the Ben Bridge store in the Topanga Mall took place about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, when the robbers ordered employees to get on the floor, smashed a display case, and stole about 40 Rolex watches, some of which were fitted with GPS tracking devices, police said. The thieves fled, heading south to the San Diego Freeway. Police tracked the GPS signals, but eventually lost the signal on the southbound 405 Freeway, although LAPD officers later found at least one tracking device about 8:30 p.m. near Sherman Oaks. dailynews.com abc7.com

Hammond, IN: Indictment expected in fatal 7-Eleven shooting
Investigators are expected to reveal Thursday a break in the shooting death of a 7-Eleven store clerk in Hammond, Indiana. The killing was caught on camera, but another key piece of evidence may have helped police. At a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana is expected to announce an indictment in the case. Just before 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 20, Hammond police said a wearing a wig walked into the 7-Eleven, pointed a gun at Roger Unton and demanded cash. Surveillance video shows the man did not wait for Unton to open the cash register before shooting him twice in the chest. Unton died at the hospital half an hour later. abc7chicago.com

Denver, CO: Overnight Burglary At Bass Pro Shops May Have Targeted Guns
The Bass Pro Shops located in The Shops At Northfield Stapleton was broken into overnight. Police responded to the Denver store when an alarm went off just before 3 a.m. Thursday. A door was smashed in by the suspect, or suspects, who got away. Due to the size of the store, police spent much of the morning sweeping through with K9s to make sure no one was still inside. Items were stolen from the store, and police said ropes surrounding a gun section were cut, leading them to believe the items taken were likely guns. They are waiting for confirmation from the store once an Outdoor World official takes inventory. cbslocal.com

4,200 Counterfeit Zanellato Bags Seized in Milan
Milan's local police coordinated an anticounterfeiting operation on Tuesday in several stores and local markets in the Chinatown area, as well as in the warehouses of two Chinese companies located in Sesto Fiorentino near Florence. During the raid in Milan and in the Tuscan warehouses, the police seized more than 45,000 counterfeit leather products, and 4,200 items of them were Zanellato's Postina bags. The Vicenza-based company, which introduced the style in 2011, said this is the largest confiscated quantity of the popular bag ever seized and has released guidelines helping customers distinguishing fakes from the originals. The owners of the two Chinese companies, whose turnover is estimated at about 1 million euros, or $1.1 million at current exchange, are facing legal action. wwd.com

Madison, WI: Baby rescued, Boston Store Loss Prevention knocked out
at West Towne Mall
A baby in a stroller was saved from rolling into traffic while a security guard was knocked out during a retail theft incident Wednesday at West Towne Mall. Two people were arrested and the baby's mother ticketed at the Boston Store. Rache Boyd was arrested for substantial battery, disorderly conduct and retail theft, Malique Norris was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed and retail theft, and was ticketed for retail theft. The 35-year-old female security guard at Boston Store tried to stop the three suspects, when Boyd, who was pushing the baby stroller, let go of the stroller to walk over to the guard. "As she did this, the stroller with the child in it rolled toward an area where cars were coming and going," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. A Boston Store manager on the scene grabbed the child from the stroller to keep the baby safe. "At the same time, Boyd allegedly punched the security guard in the head, rendering her unconscious," DeSpain said. "She also reached into a back pack carried by Norris and said 'I have a gun, I'm going to shoot you.'" Police arrived and arrested two suspects. A pellet gun was found in Norris' back pack. madison.com

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