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Chris Nichols was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for National Stores, Inc. 
Chris has been with National Stores since 2012 as a Director of Loss Prevention, and since July of last year, Chris had been acting as the Interim EVP of Stores along with his role as VP of Loss Prevention. Under his new role, the heads of Stores Organization, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Store Services, E-Commerce, Marketing and Real Estate will report to him. Chris has held several loss prevention leadership positions during his over 26 years in this field, including Loss Prevention Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co., Sr. Regional Loss Prevention Investigator for KB Toys, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Limited Too, District Loss Prevention Manager for Gap Inc., and Loss Prevention Director for Sears Holdings Corporation. Congratulations Chris!


How A Foiled Robbery Sheds Light On Apple's Clash With The FBI
In a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey said: "We're moving to a place where there are warrantproof places in our life. That's a world we've never lived in before in the United States that has profound consequences for public safety, and all I'm saying is, we shouldn't drift there." Comey's claim is a bold one, with two parts: one, that the iPhone is a warrantproof place; and two, that is historically unprecedented.

"Comey is 99.99 percent right,"
says Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University who is an expert on the Constitution, technology and police powers. In just about every instance, he says, "if the government has a warrant, they can break in. They can break into a house. They can break into a safe." Though Kerr does suggest one curious counterexample: the 1985 Supreme Court case of Winston v. Lee.

It was an armed robbery case.
On July 18, 1982, at about 1 a.m., a store owner named Ralph Watkinson was closing shop for the night. As he was locking the door, a gunman approached him. Watkinson, too, had a gun, and both of them fired. Watkinson managed to hit the other man in the chest, and the would-be robber fled. Eight blocks away from the crime scene, police found Rudolph Lee, who happened to have a bullet lodged in the left part of his chest. They suspected he was the robber. But to prove it, they needed to go into his body and get that bullet, to show that it matched the store owner's gun.

"When it comes to physical surgery," says Kerr, "forcing somebody to have something extracted from inside of their body, that has to be judged on a case-by-case basis. You have to figure out: How important is it to get this evidence from inside the person; how dangerous is the surgery?"

The Supreme Court ruled against the investigators, saying: "We believe that in these circumstances the Commonwealth has failed to demonstrate that it would be 'reasonable' under the terms of the Fourth Amendment to search for evidence of this crime by means of the contemplated surgery."

For this case to apply to the Apple-FBI debate, Kerr says, you'd have to argue that the iPhone is more than just a phone, but a part of your brain - your body. "Some people may think of it that way," he says, "but that's pretty different from saying it requires surgery to look at the phone."

Apple lawyer Theodore Boutrous tells NPR that Comey's rhetoric about warrantproof space is just that - rhetoric - because the FBI does have a warrant. "The government got a warrant for the phone. It seized the phone," Boutrous says. Apple is saying: Go ahead and break in; just don't expect us to help. npr.org

Two Michigan lawmakers introduce Active Shooter Alert bills
A second Kalamazoo-area lawmaker has introduced a bill to create an emergency warning system in the event of an active shooter or act of terrorism. State Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, introduced the bipartisan legislation Wednesday which would create a warning system similar to an Amber Alert that would notify the public "of an urgent threat to their safety or health such as an active shooter situation or an act of terrorism," according to a news release issued by Hoadley's office.

Hoadley's bill comes on the heels of legislation that also was introduced Wednesday by State Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Township. Iden's House Bill 5442 would require Michigan State Police to establish and maintain a system similar to Amber Alerts and disseminate information in the event of an active shooter through cellphones, radio, TV and other communication devices.

Officials said Hoadley drafted his bill at the suggestion of Kalamazoo County Sheriff Rick Fuller following a Feb. 20 mass shooting that left six people dead and two other seriously hurt at three locations in and near Kalamazoo. mlive.com

UPDATE: Mass. Senate passes bill raising felony threshold from $250 to $1,500
The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill that would raise from $250 to $1,500 the threshold for being charged with felony larceny and other property crimes. The bill's supporters say the change would bring Massachusetts in line with other states. caledonianrecord.com

Feds Charge Man In $400M Avon Stock Manipulation Scheme
The Bulgarian man allegedly behind two separate phony takeover offers intended to artificially inflate stock prices of Avon and another company was hit with a securities fraud suit in New York federal court accusing him of masterminding the $400 million market manipulation scheme, prosecutors said Thursday. Nedko Nedev, 38, was charged by federal prosecutors with eight counts of securities and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to manipulate public trading of shares in Avon Products Inc. and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. by submitting sham buyout offers through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Edgar electronic data system, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in New York federal court. law360.com

IAFCI Annual Fraud Training Seminar - May 4th in Downey, Calif.
Please join us for the Annual IAFCI One-Day Training Seminar, hosted by the Southern California Chapter, scheduled Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 8:00am-4:30pm held at the Rio Hondo Event Center, located at 10627 Old River School Road, Downey, California. We have confirmed the following topics: Money Laundering, Interview & Interrogation Techniques, Synthetic Identity Theft/Credit Privacy Number, Business E-Mail Compromise, Cyber Security, and EMV Technology ("Chip & PIN").

Keynote Speaker will be The Honorable Eileen Decker, United States Attorney, Central District of California, and invited to speak is The Honorable John McMahon, Sheriff, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Register for the IAFCI Annual Fraud Training Seminar here.

Seasonality of Cargo Theft at Transport Chain Locations
Professor Daniel Ekwall discusses his 2013 research on cargo theft published in the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management: If you talk about seasonality time of year, it's the number of crimes that changes, not how and what they are targeting. If we look into time of week, we would expect an increase in frequency over the weekends because then most of the trucks are standing still and that's called a facility. However, we didn't find that.

We did, however, find an increase in frequency when it comes to the less-protected areas, which means the non-secure parkings and the on route locations which is between facilities. We did find a frequency change but not any value or impact change. So, basically, again, it falls back to the same conclusion in that, it's the number of attacks that differs. Not how and when and where they are done. kinaxis.com

Axis Announces Enhanced Version of AXIS Camera Station for Mid-Sized Installations
Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, introduces AXIS Camera Station 5, the latest version of its video management software (VMS) offering for mid-size installations. The new version introduces hardware decoding, with support for third-party IP cameras and Axis Optimized Rendering for high-definition identification and smooth videos with resolutions up to three 4K video streams. A new mobile viewing app allows for easy remote monitoring. businesswire.com

Kroger and Axis Visit the LPRC Innovation Lab
A special thank you to Kroger and Axis team members for taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit the Loss Prevention Research Council innovation lab in Gainesville, FL. Kroger was able to share some of their state of the art technologies with the LPRC, as LPRC did the same. Also, a special thank you to the Axis team for collaborating and helping bring new ideas and expertise on the subject matter.

Dollar General Testing Smaller Stores
Dollar General said Thursday it's currently testing 30 smaller format stores in undisclosed urban areas. The stores are less than 6,000 square feet, or about 20% smaller than a traditional Dollar General store. According to Dollar General, the stores are devoid of less productive departments while boasting more space for items that urban dwellers may want to buy in a hurry. Dollar General plans to open 80 of the smaller format stores this year, part of an aggressive campaign to open 900 new locations overall. The dollar store has more than 12,000 locations in the U.S. thestreet.com

'Nightline' examines Brendan Dassey confession in 'Making a Murderer' doc

After 186 years, Europe's oldest department store is no more

JC Penney CEO Marvin Ellison buys JCP stock, bringing total stake to 2.5M shares

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q4 comp's up 12.5% with sales up 21.1%
Kirkland's Q4 comp's up 1.3% with net sales up 11.4%
Hibbett Sports Q4 comp's down 0.6% with net sales up 2.7%
Stein Mart Q4 comp's down 1.1% with total sales up 1.8%
Citi Trends Q4 comp's down 5% with total sales down 2.8%
The Buckle Q4 comp's down 7.2% with net sales down 6.1%


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How to Catch Chinese Hackers:
Look at Who Wants Your Corporate Secrets
Jeffrey Johnson contends that hacking isn't a technical issue: It's a business and competitive issue, and that's how companies need to approach it. "All this time we've been focused on the technology layer, but it's just a means to an end," he says. "What we forgot to do was to focus on the business transactions." Johnson began doing just that as a cyber-risk specialist at EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

Johnson says his approach simplifies things. Instead of defending against everyone, companies identify the two or three competitors most likely to target them. Individuals, whether an executive at a partner company or an engineer at an acquisition target, are assigned a risk score based on career history and links to institutions in China that may support hacking and IP theft. bloomberg.com

Hackers Target Anti-DDoS Firm Staminus
Staminus Communications Inc., a California-based Internet hosting provider that specializes in protecting customers from massive "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks aimed at knocking sites offline, has itself apparently been massively hacked. Staminus's entire network was down for more than 20 hours until Thursday evening, leaving customers to vent their rage on the company's Facebook and Twitter pages. In the midst of the outage, someone posted online download links for what appear to be Staminus's customer credentials, support tickets, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. krebsonsecurity.com

The Rising Threat of Loyalty Fraud
There is a rising threat to loyalty programs that has the potential to outweigh the benefits of those rewards. A single instance of loyalty fraud could turn those loyal customers away from the brands they love, and even worse, cause them to spread the news of their negative experience. Loyalty fraud can be carried out in varying degrees - from thieves pilfering points and fraudulent travel redemptions, all the way to hackers stealing credit card and member identity data. Loyalty programs large and small, from travel to retail, are at risk without proper protections. In fact, 72 percent of loyalty program managers say they have experienced issues related to fraud. 1to1media.com

As retailers, banks, and payment-processors play a game of "pass the liability," the only clear winners are fraudsters
For years, when it came to credit-card security, the United States was the last major holdout in the developed world, continuing to issue cards with magnetic stripes rather than the more-secure microchip EMV cards. Finally, last October, retailers and banks in the United States were pressured to accept and provide EMV cards, initiating a transition that much of the world regarded as long overdue.

But despite having many other countries to use as models for how to go about updating credit-card technology, the first five months of the EMV transition in the United States have been fraught with delays, complications, and concerns about whether chip-enabled cards will really help mitigate fraud. Especially bewildering was the decision to provide chip-and-signature cards, rather than the chip-and-PIN cards (used in most of Europe) that require people to input a PIN in order to use their cards, rather than just signing for their purchases. If the whole point of the EMV transition is to bring U.S. payment technology up to speed with the rest of the world, why do most U.S.-issued cards still not allow for the more-secure PIN verification? Or, put another way, why is the United States so determined to have the least-secure credit cards in the world? theatlantic.com

Will the FTC's PCI probe do any good?
When the FTC on Monday announced a probe into how PCI operates, it threatened to shine a light into how merchants deal with payments security. Even for merchants - who typically express bitter resentment about the paperwork-intensive and labor-expensive PCI process - it's an uncomfortable area to probe. And that is because, despite retail's long-term resistance to PCI, they know that it has sharply improved security.

In other words, retailers understand that PCI is far from perfect, but it's probably a lot better than the same process tweaked by FTC rules. The devil you know. The FTC probe will be examining, among other things, potentially excessive charges, inconsistency in enforcement, card brand influence and rampant conflicts of interest. computerworld.com

More tech layoffs at Nordstrom - At least 100 jobs cut in latest round

How a hacker's typo helped stop a billion dollar bank heist



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Facial Recognition Tech Headed For Canadian Stores, And Saks Leads The Way
As luxury retailer Saks rolls out in Canada, a new report says it's bringing with it an unprecedented level of store surveillance - both for security and for the purposes of tracking customers. "None of the other retail work we've done has anywhere near this kind of security," an unnamed source close to Saks' Canadian development plans told The Guardian.

Besides battering ram-proof doors and metal bollards to prevent cars from crashing through, Saks is reportedly bringing its nascent facial-recognition technology to Canadian locations. Camera feeds will be viewable from the company's New York headquarters, The Guardian reports. (Saks is owned by Hudson's Bay Company but maintains head offices in New York.)

While shoppers may be used to the idea that online retailers collect detailed information about them, "I question how aware the average Canadian is about the level of surveillance that may be happening" at physical stores, White said.

It's not just Saks, or even luxury retailers. According to Bloomberg, Walmart, Macy's, Giorgio Armani and Benetton are among the retailers considering or testing facial recognition technology (though a few have officially denied this).

But even that is nothing compared to Britain. In the U.K. - which has long been an early adopter of surveillance technologies - one-quarter of retailers are reportedly already using facial recognition tech, including six out of 10 fashion retailers. huffingtonpost.ca

Target's Departure Gives Retailers Cause to Renegotiate or Break Leases
TJX Cos. Inc., which owns Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls, and Gap Inc., which also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic - want retailers to be able to invoke their so-called co-tenancy rights to get rent breaks and even permission to leave a mall without a penalty as a result of Target's closing.

The co-tenancy battle, which affects big retailers in situations where a key anchor tenant - Target, in this case - shuts down, could have wider implications for former Target landlords, pinching their financial results even further. theglobeandmail.com

U.S. shoppers, lured by the loonie, flock to Canadian e-commerce sites
The Canadian dollar- the loonie - has fallen about 18% against its U.S. counterpart over the past two years after flirting with parity several times in the last decade. At the same time, spending by U.S. shoppers using PayPal on Canadian websites jumped 20% in 2015 from the year before. Americans are finding the lower prices worth their while. Americans spent $3.2 billion on Canadian websites in 2015, part of a total cross-border spending spree of $27 billion that is expected to grow 10% in 2016, according to a study from PayPal and Ipsos SA. internetretailer.com

Canadian millennials most likely targets for fraud
A new survey suggests over half of Canadians have fallen victim to financial fraud - and that unaware millennials are the most likely targets. Equifax Canada's survey, released on Monday, found that 53 per cent of respondents had been the victim of fraud, and that millennials (Generation Y) are experiencing more fraud than any other generation. According to the agency's Chief Privacy Officer John Russo, approximately half of all fraud in Canada is being committed against the age group.

"Millennials rely heavily on technology for most of their day-to-day activities, which exposes them to more risk," Russo said. "Whether it's online banking at home or tapping into a Wi-Fi hot-spot via a mobile device, millennials must recognize that they are now the biggest target for fraudsters."

"Additionally, our survey found that 21 per cent think that identity theft is something that happens to other individuals, not them." globalnews.ca

Liquidation Starts at 76 Danier Leather stores

Couche-Tard, 7-Eleven to buy Canadian Esso stations

Loblaw's 'Ugly produce' could be a win-win for farmers and consumers

Labrador,NL: RCMP release terrifying photo of axe-wielding robber
It would be hard to imagine a more terrifying robber: A man carrying a large axe, dressed all in black, his face hidden behind a tinted black snowmobile helmet. "I think I would just die right on the spot with a heart attack," clerk Berdina Saunders said Thursday from the Labrador Spice Mini Mart in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills has spent nine years in the region and said he has never seen a convenience store robbery quite like it. The axe-wielding man demanded cash and was gone in less than a minute with an undisclosed amount, he said in an interview. No physical injuries or damage to the store were reported. metronews.ca

Toronto man wanted for two Home Depot thefts totaling over $3,000
turned himself in
On June 10, store staff at Home Depot saw two men leave without paying for $765 worth of goods loaded on a flat cart. They placed the items in a vehicle and left together. Both men were later identified as having been involved in similar thefts in the Toronto and Hamilton area. On Oct. 7, the same duo returned to Home Depot and loaded a cart with $2,280 worth of merchandise and left without paying. But his time they left the merchandise behind and fled after being approached by loss prevention staff to be put under arrest. A second man wanted for the same two incidents remains at large. brantnews.com

Saskatoon police warn retailers about card skimming
Saskatoon police are looking for two men they believe tampered with debit and credit card terminals at five retailers. Cashiers from five stores in Saskatoon told police how two men approached them to make a small purchase. In these cases, while the clerk was processing a sale, one of the suspects tampered with the device. The suspects left once the transaction was complete. However, they returned several days later to collect the skimmed data from the debit terminal. cbc.ca

Regina: Police arrest 5 men in connection with Robbery at Rogers store
Five people have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a Rogers store in Harbour Landing last month. The accused suspects were picked up in Wawa, Ontario by the Ontario Provincial Police and transported back to Regina. The robbery happened on February 25th and, at the time, police said they believed it might be related to similar burglaries in other western Canadian cities. leaderpost.com

Halifax pharmacist fears of future incidents after store robbed at knifepoint

Salmo, BC: RCMP Report arrests of two juveniles in Pipers Store Robbery

Prince George RCMP Looking for Suspects after Two Armed Robberies

Sudbury, ON: Suspect arrested in A&L Store and Subway Robberies

Peoples Jewellers in the Cloverdale Mall, Etobicoke, ON was the victim of a Grab & Run theft on March 8 at; merchandise stolen was a 1ct diamond Men's gold ring valued at $1,799



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Seven signs of online fraud
1. 32-bit OS running on 64 bit processors: A transaction is eight times more likely to be fraudulent if the device configuration matches this description. Similty analysis indicates this is often because fraudsters use "cracked versions" of older Windows machines which are imaged and then explicitly programmed for greater control.

2. Fresh cookies without old cookies: Fraudsters clear their cookies 90% of the time, whereas organic users clear cookies only 10% of the time. Thus cookie age is a strong fraud signal, and browser cookies are more likely to be good the older they are.

3. Null values: Browsers have a "Do Not Track feature. For organic/real users, the possible options are "Yes", "No", and "Unspecified." The default setting is "No" 70% of the time. With fraudsters, this value is often "null" which is not among possible organic values. There are more browser configuration parameters where fraudulent devices have values other than the possible organic values.

4. Flushed browser referrer history: Fraudsters often flush their browser referrer history. Less than 5% of the organic population explicitly filters their referrer history using third-party plugins or extensions. Fraudsters as a population are five times more likely to do this.

5. Fraudsters don't use Macs: Windows desktop and laptop have a dominant market share organically (90%-plus overall) and 70%-plus among the sampled data of users. However, more than 96% of fraudsters use Windows.

6. Fraudsters do not install a lot of plugins and extensions: Ninety percent of fraudsters having less than five plugins in the browser. By comparison, good users have more plugins, and in fact 5% of the organic population have more than 25 plugins/extensions installed.

7. Fraudsters don't go incognito: A user in "private mode" is more likely to be good than bad. Surprisingly, fraudsters do not enable private mode. Organic users are three times more likely to prefer private mode. chainstoreage.com

Amazon Finds Air Freight Partner
Amazon.com Inc. is taking to the air with a fleet of planes, part of a broader effort to reduce its inflated shipping costs. The Seattle retailer plans to shuttle merchandise around the U.S. using as many as 20 Boeing Co. 767 aircraft it will lease from Air Transport Services Group Inc. Discussing the results in January, Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said Amazon had to take matters into its own hands when its partners, such as UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service, couldn't handle it all. "Those carriers are just no longer able to handle all of our capacity that we need at peak," the CFO said. “​We have had to add some resources on our own." wsj.com

Urban Outfitters' focus turns to online-offline integration

Zara parent Inditex will focus on e-commerce and curb store expansion



Washington, PA: WV sisters arrested for retail theft were stealing 'for the fun of it'
Two sisters from West Virginia reportedly told Police they were stealing for the fun of it after they were arrested Wednesday afternoon at Tanger Outlets. Gabrielle E. Dean, 24, and Michaelann F. Dean, 22, were taken into custody after police were called to the outlets by an assistant general manager. When Police arrived they pulled up behind the vehicle, he said he could see Michaelann Dean with a hypodermic needle in her hand getting ready to inject suspected heroin. Molinaro said he asked her to get out and asked her where the merchandise was, and she told him it was in the vehicle. Police were given permission to search the vehicle and said they found 23 items valued at $1,056 that had been stolen from several stores. Gabrielle Dean was caught after she ran out of American Eagle. Police said they found items valued at $209.75 that reportedly were stolen from the store in her purse, along with a pair of wire-cutting pliers. She allegedly told police she and her sister were "taking items for the fun of it." observer-reporter.com

Lewisville, TX: Teens admit to longtime theft scheme at Ulta Beauty
Anytime friends Jamie Oh and Brenda Salazar wanted new makeup, they would make their way to a local beauty supply store and steal what they desired. This went on for more than a year until the two were arrested for organized retail theft March 5. "They were seen on the surveillance footage walking around, taking turns as a look out in order not to get caught by employees concealing merchandise," said Lewisville police officer Codie Bannister. "They also admitted that every couple weeks they would go to the Ulta store to steal merchandise. The girls said they would then 'barter items among each other.'" Their one-day total of stolen merchandise was more than $500, but there was no way to know the value of the rest of their haul both admitted to stealing over the course of the year. Oh and Salazar were arrested for organized retail theft. starlocalmedia.com

Franklin, NJ: Police chief nabs suspect in $1,000 Walmart theft
Police responded to the store Tuesday, where loss-prevention workers said about 60 items had been taken. Police later determined a Jersey City woman, Doreen Zelaya, 53, distracted employees while her accomplice, Tahlee Dzurella, 33 and also of Jersey City, made off with the merchandise. nj.com

Jackson, TN: Sally Beauty, CVS, Walgreens and Ulta Beauty all victims of a Nail Polish and Fragrance thief; stole over 200 bottles of nail polish in one day
A woman was arraigned Thursday in Jackson City Court on multiple charges following a series of nail polish thefts. According to court documents, Lakita Davis, 31, shoplifted or attempted to shoplift bottles of nail polish or fragrance from Sally Beauty Supply,  CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta Beauty Supply in a period from Nov. 11 to Jan. 15. On Nov 11 at CVS an employee found that the woman dumped out 55 bottles of nail polish valued at $513.08, the same day a manager at Walgreen observed the suspect steal 80 bottles of nail polish valued at $680. At 4pm the same day she hit Sally Beauty for 71 bottles, valued at $598. Totals from 'known thefts' are over $3,200. jacksonsun.com

Stroudsburg, PA: Second defendant sentenced for fake gift cards
Davis was found with 59 gift cards, 50 of which were altered and 48 of which could have been fraudulently used to make purchases, while Green was found with a similar card. Davis also was found with $8,200, in $100 bills, plus another $82 in cash. Green received a harsher sentence because he was charged in two Lackawanna County cases after being released on bail in this case. The pending Lackawanna County cases involve charges of gift card fraud, theft and receiving stolen property. Sentenced to 1 year and 6 months probation. poconorecord.com

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Torrance, CA: Man killed during Jewelry Store Robbery ID'd
as 'person of interest' in Apple Valley homicide
Authorities said a man shot and killed Tuesday during a jewelry store robbery in Torrance has been identified as a "person of interest" in the murders of an elderly Apple Valley couple. Keon Bailey, 20, of Lancaster, was shot and killed Tuesday by a Torrance jewelry store owner during an attempted robbery, Bailey was found to be in possession of property that was reported stolen from victims in Apple Valley. Authorities said Bailey was a "person of interest" in the ongoing homicide investigation. In addition to the homicides, authorities said they believe Bailey was responsible for two other recent crimes in Apple Valley. They said certain evidence recovered from each scene is consistent in all three locations. An armed robbery was reported just before 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at Neils Donuts. Surveillance video from the donut shop led to the positive identification of Bailey as the robbery suspect, which was confirmed Wednesday, authorities said. Authorities said they also believe Bailey was connected to a home invasion robbery reported in the 15600 block of Myalon Road on Sunday. Evidence was recovered at the home invasion robbery by investigators and is consistent with the donut shop robbery and the homicide, authorities said. Bailey was released on parole on Feb. 18 last year. vvdailypress.com

Brooklyn, MN: Two juveniles arrested in Nike sneaker shooting
Two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with a shooting Saturday outside a mall that followed an argument over a new pair of sneakers, Brooklyn Center police said. The suspects were arrested in Minneapolis on Wednesday night by the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force. They haven't been identified publicly. The shooting took place as dozens of people lined up outside a Foot Locker to buy Nike's new Air Jordan shoes. Witnesses said there was an altercation in the line over the shoes, followed by the shooting. Police are still asking for the public to come forward with any information about the shooting, in which two people were hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening. wday.com

Aztec, NM: Woman pleads in Bloomfield Farmers Market Grocery store shooting Charmaine Lucero pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the shooting of a 27-year-old man last spring outside the Farmers Market grocery store in Bloomfield. Lucero, 26, will face up to 10 years and six months in prison. Lucero allegedly shot Cameron Burton once in the face after an argument in the grocery store parking lot. Prosecutor Ron Brambl said at Thursday's plea hearing he will request the maximum sentence. In exchange for Lucero's plea, the District Attorney's Office dismissed charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting from a motor vehicle causing great bodily harm and child abuse. abqjournal.com

Richmond, KY: Kroger employee allegedly stole $35k, passing cash off to her husband
A Richmond woman who allegedly stole approximately $35,000 from Kroger was arrested Wednesday evening. Richmond Police responded to an employee theft complaint at Kroger, which led to the arrest of Sarah R. Carter, 29, of Richmond. Loss prevention associates told police that they had been conducting an ongoing investigation, which led them to believe Carter had stolen approximately $35,000 from the store in the past six months. However on Tuesday, Carter had been witnessed stealing $1,100 and giving the money to her husband during her lunch break. Carter "freely admitted" to the thefts, a citation stated, and had "a written confession to stealing the money over the past six months." Carter was escorted to an RPD interview room, where according to a citation, she removed a rock of heroin estimated to be one gram from "inside her underwear" and tried to swallow it. The heroin was recovered, and Carter stated that she wanted to "get rid of it." The citation stated Carter then refused an interview and requested to speak with an attorney. richmondregister.com

Sherman, TX: Gander Mountain Employee arrested for Stealing Guns
Police say an employee at a sporting goods store was caught stealing guns from his employer. Police say 38-year-old Stacey Macke was arrested at Gander Mountain in Sherman early Thursday morning. Officers say an employee called them after noticing Macke had stolen seven hand guns over a five week span. He is charged with seven counts of theft of a firearm and his bond is set at $35,000. kxii.com

Woodland Hills, CA: Rolex Watch Smash & Grab thieves still at Large; Store adds heavy security
Four men remain at large a day after committing a daring smash-and-grab robbery at a mall jewelry store in Woodland Hills. Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the masked men, one armed with a gun, stormed into the Ben Bridge jewelry store at the Westfield Topanga Mall and ordered employees and customers to the floor. They escaped with nearly 30 high-end watches, but no one was hurt. The store was back in business Thursday, and the higher-than-usual security staffing was visible. nbclosangeles.com

Mesquite, TX: Police Chase of Fraudulent Credit Card suspects ends with Crash into School Bus filled with 60 children
Mesquite Police say staff at the Fairfield Inn called Thursday afternoon about a group of people using a stolen credit card. When officers arrived, two suspects drove off in a red car, starting the chase that lead them to northwest Dallas. That pair was arrested after the crash, and a third suspect was handcuffed back at the hotel hours later. There were approximately 60 children on the school bus, according to the company that operates the school district's buses. No injuries were reported. wfaa.com

Authorities confiscated 1,144 counterfeit items during Rose Bowl; University of Iowa official: 'It was overwhelmingly evident that the market was Iowa'
During a 16-hour period on Jan. 1 - along the streets of Pasadena that hosted the 102nd Rose Bowl game featuring the Iowa Hawkeyes and Stanford Cardinal - licensing officials contacted more than 40 vendors who surrendered or abandoned 1,144 counterfeit items. That illegal merchandise included 295 counterfeit Rose Bowl T-shirts depicting both the Iowa and Stanford brand, 286 unlicensed bowl shirts promoting Iowa, and 121 illegal bowl shirts for Stanford. thegazette.com

Riverhead, NY: Skimming device found at Citgo

Barboursville, WV: Sears clerk accused of stealing $6,000 over course of a year at Huntington Mall

Wichita, KS: Grandmother who left 5 year old boy at Kohl's store sentenced to 3 years in jail

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