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Critical Incident Management - Technology - Response

Pat McEvoy, Sr. Dir of AP Administration, Hudson's Bay Company
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With lone wolf terrorist attacks happening more frequently in the greater NYC area and active shooter incidents increasing nationwide, the need for critical incident management programs, technology and hardware has never been more important.

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Craig Cunningham Named Key Account Director for WG Security Products
WG Security Products, Inc., a leading global provider of retail security solutions sold direct and through authorized business partners worldwide, today announced retail loss prevention industry veteran Craig Cunningham has joined its ranks as Key Account Director. In his new role, Cunningham will interact and partner with WG's retail clients to protect their assets with state-of-the-art technology including but not limited to EAS tags, EAS Systems and CCTV products.

Cunningham's last retail position was Vice President of Loss Prevention for Lord and Taylor, NYNY, where he was employed from 1990 to 2005. Prior to that he held other LP positions at Highland Superstores, TG&Y Stores and Montgomery Ward.

After L&T, Cunningham joined USS as Vice President of Business Development where he helped expand the USS business throughout the North and South Eastern Region Territories. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

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The evidence is piling up that Amazon will choose Washington, DC, for its HQ2
The evidence is now piling up that Amazon is looking seriously at the nation's capital for its second headquarters. After all, it may be the only place large enough to capture the company's growing ambitions across multiple sectors with its high-profile colleges, strong transportation system, and high concentration of powerful people.

Here are the reasons why it's looking likely that Washington will be chosen for Amazon's HQ2:

● An article on a local news site in Arlington, Virginia, blew up overnight, and the site says the views came mostly from what appears to be an internal Amazon.com page.

● Amazon has drastically increased its lobbying efforts.

● Three of the 20 remaining HQ2 contenders are in the DC metro area.

● Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos already owns the district's largest home.  businessinsider.com

U.S. Drone Deliveries Could Begin Within Months
Security Concerns Are Holding It Up
After lagging behind other countries for years, commercial drones in the U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months, according to federal regulators and industry officials.

The momentum partly stems from stepped-up White House pressure, prompting closer cooperation between the government and companies such as Amazon.com Inc. seeking authorizations for such fledgling businesses. The upshot, according to these officials, is newfound confidence by both sides that domestic package-delivery services finally appear on the verge of taking off.

Earlier promises of progress turned out to be premature. The green light could be delayed again if proponents can't overcome nagging security concerns on the part of local or national law-enforcement agencies. Proposed projects also may end up stymied if Federal Aviation Administration managers don't find creative ways around legislative and regulatory restrictions such as those mandating pilot training for manned aircraft. wsj.com

ASIS Article
Weapons in the Workplace
Guns Taking Center Stage Nationwide

For most private employers, the issue is anything but cut-and-dried. There is currently no U.S. federal law regulating weapons at private workplaces, but many state legislatures have taken up the cause of protecting the Second Amendment rights of employees while on the job. These laws, which are typically designed to protect employees' individual rights to possess concealed firearms, vary in terms of their restrictions and make it tough for employers operating in multiple U.S. states to implement one weapons policy across the board.

Gun advocates cite the increase in workplace shootings such as reasons to allow guns in the workplace, while critics say these shootings are exactly why employers should ban firearms. As the debate rages on, employers are left grappling with the question of how to comply with state law and institute their own policies that promote a safe work environment.

While there are many legal twists and turns surrounding the issue, security practitioners must deal with the question of how current laws affect their responsibility to keep employees and property safe from external and internal threats.

By understanding the legal landscape surrounding firearms on work property, and ensuring that existing policies and procedures properly address workplace violence, security professionals can help promote a safe work environment without infringing on the legal rights of their employees. ​

Parking Lot Laws

Most commonly, workplace gun laws allow employees the right to have firearms in their locked, private vehicles while parked on company-owned property. Additional obligations may be placed on the employer, such as a prohibition on searching vehicles and discriminating against an employee because he or she is a gun owner

Twenty-three U.S. states provide some level of protection for employees who bring their firearms to company property. These so-called "parking lot laws" were part of an effort by state legislatures in the early 2000s to allow workers to exercise their Second Amendment rights at work, with some restrictions.

For example, often the gun must be locked in the trunk or glove box, or be hidden from view through the vehicle's windows. But the business community sees many issues with these laws and fears they will have a far-reaching impact on both employee safety and legal liability.

Employee Rights

More lawsuits can be expected regarding employee termination based on gun-free workplace policies. An intriguing case comes out of the state of Florida, which passed a comprehensive law in 2008 that prohibits public and private employers from discriminating against any employee, customer, or invitee for exercising the right to keep and bear arms.

Employer Protections

Several U.S. states have included some liability protections to provide conditional immunity to employers that comply with their state's guns-at-work law. This is mainly in response to the business community's outcry over what liability they will face for workplace violence involving guns on their property. asisonline.org

Spending on Digital Tech Will Spike This Year
Companies are planning a major boost in spending on digital transformation over the next year, according to a survey of senior finance executives by Grant Thornton in partnership with CFO Research.

Among 304 executives surveyed, more than two-thirds (69%) said they plan to make greater investments in digital technologies. For 39% of those, the planned increase is greater than 10%.

Many organizations admitted that the planned spending boost is designed to enable them to catch up to their competition or match competitive offerings. But 41% of respondents indicated that their digital transformation efforts are directed at overtaking their competition through differentiation.

Until now, a majority of investment strategies for digital transformation have been influenced by the desire to improve operational performance and reduce costs, Grant Thornton said in its research report. cfo.com

Prosecutors Followed Cartel 'Money Movers' in Drug Case For 3 Yrs 
Cash deliveries took place in parking lots of retail stores, hotels & restaurants across the U.S.

A total of 75 defendants, 40 of them in San Diego, were charged. Prosecutors said they were able to discover multiple drug trafficking cells across the U.S. by following the money.

The lead defendant, Jose Roberto Lopez-Albarran, allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars in drug proceeds from the U.S. to Mexico over the last three years. Prosecutors said law enforcement officials infiltrated his organization and agreed to pick up bulk currency for transfer. They identified people known as "money movers," who collected and disposed of money as they were directed.

Editor's Note: Are we really aware of what's going on in our parking lots? This in and of itself is dramatic. With the drug cartels using them all over the country as money drops the exposure is significant and have we really addressed them? Given this one case alone, does it impact long term the legal exposure?  wsj.com

Retail Fraud Prevention System Targets 'Serial Returners'
A national computer system that monitors consumers' purchases and return activity in order to identify consumer fraud and protect the bottom line for retailers has sparked controversy among some customers.

Called the Retail Equation, it tracks patterns of returns at stores and if a consumer makes too many returns too frequently, it could label that individual a "serial returner" and automatically deny the possibility to conduct a product return.

But the program has sparked controversy from data privacy advocates and consumers who feel the system could mislabel their activity and deny them the possibility to carry out lawful product returns.

An ABC27 report cites the case of a shopper who argues he was mislabeled and denied the opportunity to make a product return he should have been entitled to.

Watch the video to see "Isiah Factor Uncensored" anchor Isiah Carey interview boutique owner Jackie Adams and reveal the details of this controversial program. theepoch.com

Viewpoint: FMLA Surveillance of Employees Requires a Good Reason
Employers need an objective basis for believing an employee is abusing FMLA leave

The federal district court in Idaho was troubled that surveilling an employee-in this case, John Walker, a longtime police officer with the Pocatello police department-without any basis might "chill" an employee from taking Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. The court said in its Jan. 31, 2018 ruling:

Also, maintain a policy regarding the fraudulent use of FMLA leave. Not currently in your policy? Have your employment attorney update your policy now, as this type of provision is a gem to hang your hat on when you have to defend an FMLA claim involving a (former) employee suspected of misusing FMLA leave.

Must the employer seek a second opinion before surveilling an employee? Not necessarily, and I think in Walker the court overstepped by insisting that the police department should have done so here. Before pulling the trigger on surveillance, however, it is critical that the employer have an objective basis for believing that an employee is abusing a leave of absence. shrm.org

Study Shows Worker Concerns with Job Security
Trust in leadership also down since 2016

HRO Today has released its 'Worker Confidence Index Study' annual report for 2017.

In this study, the Worker Confidence Index (WCI) reports a decrease of 0.7 points since last quarter and 1.3 points since last year. It now stands at 103.2 after increasing for the past two consecutive quarters.

Of the four components of the WCI, trust in company leadership rose by 3.2 points, while there was a 2.5% decline in confidence related to job security.

"The decline in the WCI since last year suggests some concerns in worker confidence, specifically related to trust in company leadership - which experienced a significant drop of 3.6 points since the fourth quarter of 2016."  cstoredecisions.com

NRF: Retail Jobs Increased by over 46,000 in February
DOL Numbers Exclude Certain Retail Categories

Retail industry employment increased by 46,400 jobs in February over January, the National Retail Federation said today.

The February increase was more than four times the gain of 10,800 jobs seen in January over December. The three-month moving average in February showed an increase of 10,600 jobs.

General merchandise stores were up by 17,700 jobs, fueled mostly by gains at warehouse and supercenter stores, while clothing and accessories stores were up by 14,900 jobs and building materials stores were up by 10,300 jobs. There were declines totaling 5,400 jobs spread across health and personal care, sporting goods and miscellaneous stores.

Kleinhenz noted that retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide an accurate picture of the industry because they count only employees who work in stores while excluding retail workers in other parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution centers, call centers and innovation labs. businesswire.com

Across the Pond It's The Same
Nine Major Retailers Cutting Jobs
Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat

In the space of two weeks, some 15,000 jobs in the UK retail and leisure sectors have been wiped out or are under threat.

Home electronics firm Maplin and retailers Toys R Us and have both gone into administration, which could lead to the closure of some 300 stores with the loss of 5,500 jobs. Restaurant chains Prezzo and Jamie's are to shut down nearly 140 outlets, placing at least 1,000 jobs at risk.

Floorcovering chain Carpetright announced its third profit warning in just four months, with the future of one quarter of its 400 stores in danger, threatening thousands of jobs. Retail chain Mothercare also announced last week it was talking to bankers.

On the High Street, falling sales at That's Entertainment outlets have led to the company's owners, musicMagpie, saying it was reviewing the long-term viability of its stores, "which in the worst-case scenario would lead to the closure of all 29 current outlets by the end of May 2018."

Among the big four supermarket chains, Morrisons has announced it is cutting 1,500 shop floor jobs. Market leader Tesco is slashing 1,700 jobs in managerial and supervisory roles after already imposing 1,200 redundancies at its head office last year. As part of an ongoing restructuring plan, Sainsbury's is also eliminating many more senior roles, with staff being offered lower-paid jobs or facing redundancy.

The changing face of shopping with the growth of online giants such as Amazon taking away business. wsws.org

How to avoid the organizational flu
My firm's research discovered four common "germs" that continually lurk within organizations -- destructive internal dynamics that can easily cause a business to be bedridden. They are management misalignment, loss of focus, lack of nerve and strategic inconsistency. As with real germs, they're ever-present at some level, even within thriving companies. The primary task is to keep them contained.

How to avoid an outbreak? The best form of treatment is prevention, so knowing what to watch out for is the first step.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that getting vaccinated cuts your risk of getting the flu by 36% this year. The same benefit can accrue to companies that seek to strengthen their immune systems against common and destructive internal dynamics. Alas, most organizations don't take action until they have a fever, at which point there's no avoiding the suffering.

If you're noticing even mild symptoms of organizational flu -- the inability to agree on important decisions, whisperers in the hallway, passive-aggressive behavior -- the worst thing you can do is ignore them. If you're the one feeling unwell you must recognize, isolate and address the issue. If it's others who are ailing, you must confront them to keep the contamination from spreading. Left untreated, it will almost certainly get out of hand. smartbrief.com

Ross to open 100 stores in 2018
"As we look out over the long-term, we remain confident that Ross can grow to 2,000 locations and dd's Discounts can become a chain of 500 stores," said Fassio.

The recent openings give the company a total of 1,651 stores across 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. The total includes 1,432 Ross Dress for Less stores and 219 dd's Discounts. chainstoreage.com

If Toys R Us liquidates, 10 to 15% of all toy sales could be lost forever

A peek inside one of Target's newest small-format stores

New Jersey: Senate Bill S2226: Increases monetary thresholds for certain theft offenses

Quarterly Results
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Pennsylvania pawn shop owner arrested on suspicion
of fencing $700k of stolen goods

Dozens have been charged after authorities busted an alleged theft ring that was ongoing at two Bucks County pawn shops.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General announced Thursday that Michael Stein, 35, the owner of Levittown Quick Cash Trading Post and Morrisville Loan & Pawn, has been charged in connection with the theft ring. Also charged are four of his employees and 27 professional retail thieves.

Authorities say the accused stole items from major retailers, then pawned them. The pawn shops would then resell the items at full value. All told, about $700,000 in merchandise from national chain stores was stolen, officials estimate. Read more here

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LP Veteran Craig Cunningham Joins WG Security
as Key Account Director

Former Vice President of Loss Prevention Brings 30 Years of Industry Experience From Both the Retailer and Solution Provider Side

CAMPBELL, CA - MARCH 12, 2018 - WG Security Products, Inc. (www.wgspi.com), a leading global provider of retail security solutions sold direct and through authorized business partners worldwide, today announced retail loss prevention industry veteran Craig Cunningham has joined its ranks as Key Account Director.

In his new role, Cunningham will interact and partner with WG's retail clients to protect their assets with state-of-the-art technology including but not limited to EAS tags, EAS Systems and CCTV products.

"I am excited to join the WGSP team which has an excellent reputation in our space for both their product line and Management Team!" Cunningham said. "I feel that my 30 years of LP experience, combined with 13 years' experience as a solution provider, will complement WG's business plans and contribute to our retail partners' merchandise protection strategies in order to reduce their inventory shortage results and maximize their company's profits."

Cunningham's last retail position was Vice President of Loss Prevention for Lord and Taylor, NYNY, where he was employed from 1990 to 2005. Prior to that he held other LP positions at Highland Superstores, TG&Y Stores and Montgomery Ward.

After L&T, Cunningham joined USS as Vice President of Business Development where he helped expand the USS business throughout the North and South Eastern Region Territories. A graduate of Florida State University, Cunningham is an avid Seminoles fan and enjoys an occasional round of golf with his friends.

Graham Handyside, EVP Operations for WG Security Products said, "We're thrilled to have an individual with Craig's background, talent, and subject matter expertise join our team and help maximize the value we deliver to all of our client partners and ensure that they're making the right investments for the best solutions that fit their specific needs. With the EAS technology progressing, Craig's unique and deep experience will enable retailers to fully benefit from their investments and reach their individual ROI goals even faster. We're proud to have him on our team."

About WG Security Products, Inc.
With over 20 years of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) excellence in the retail space, WG Security Products Inc is a leading global provider of security solutions, deployed throughout the world to top retailers. Customers range from single-store boutiques to international retail brands. Operating in more than 50 countries globally, WGSPI provides retailers with real-time visibility via our cloud-based system. Learn more at www.wgspi.com


Study: Cyber-security tops the list of business risks
Third Report to Place Cyber Security at Top of Business Risk List
Cyber-criminals are in an intense arms race, and all organizations, including retailers, are feeling the fallout.
There were 9.32 billion total malware attacks in 2017, an 18.4% year-over-year increase. This puts cyber-attacks on pace to becoming the No. 1 risk to business, brands, operations and financials, according to the "2018 Cyber Threat Report," from SonicWall, a network security provider.

According to the study, while ransomware attacks dropped from 638 million to 184 million between 2016 and 2017, the number of ransomware variants increased 101.2% - proving that risks continue to grow. And smart devices are increasingly cyber-thieves' preferred entry point - especially as consumers increasingly shop/order from the comfort of their homes.

However, some devices are better targets. Androids are the most targeted devices for ransomware attacks. And as these phones and tablets become more sophisticated, so do the mechanisms used by ransomware to render devices useless, according to the study.

"A series of strategic attacks and countermeasures reveals the cyber arms race continues to escalate," Connor said. "The risks to business, privacy and related data grow by the day - so much so that cyber-security is outranking some of the more traditional business risks and concerns." chainstoreage.com

Checkpoint Systems Debuts Solutions Enabling Retailers to Use RFID-based Inventory Data to Provide Customers with Product Recommendations
Brick and mortar stores provide customers with a chance to interact with merchandise and experiment with different items. To make the in-store experience even more engaging, Checkpoint Systems, a leading global supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry, has released InterACT - a unique range of solutions that leverage the power of RFID to increase sales. businesswire.com

McAfee warns of major rise in cybersecurity threats
Eight new cyberthreats are being detected every second, firm says

The number of new malware threats being detected has doubled compared to last quarter, according to McAfee's latest threat report.

The report also says that ransomware is losing its popularity. The latest trend revolves around stealing other people's cryptocurrency wallets. itproportal.com

Amazon, Google, Others Are Developing Private Air-Traffic Control for Drones
Validation tests in conjunction with NASA are slated for the next three months.

The commercial drone industry wants to create a privately funded and operated air-traffic control network, separate from the current federal system, to enable widespread operations at low altitudes. Proponents envision one day using automated cellular and web applications to track and prevent collisions among swarms of small unmanned aircraft flying a few hundred feet above the ground.

Limited deployment will take at least two years, experts told the conference, and significant engineering and policy hurdles could push that goal out further. But even partial success in the early stages would provide the foundation for an entirely new airspace-management model. wsj.com

Beyond Talking the Talk: Building Cybersecurity into a Company's DNA
Security is constant. It's fast-paced with a high burnout rate, and many companies continue to struggle with implementing basic security controls. Given the overwhelming reality of resources and time that are already being dedicated to a company's security strategy, how can organizations begin to build security into a company's DNA in a realistic way?

While it may seem onerous or unrealistic to some, it is possible to create more than a cyber-aware culture. Changing the fabric of a company's DNA is more than just a Pollyanna goal, it's a necessary reality. But it will take time and leadership buy-in. The very basic building blocks require a shift in the way companies think about accountability. It starts with making everyone in the organization responsible for cybersecurity.

Let's be clear that there is a difference between corporate culture and a company's DNA. The DNA encompassing everything that relates to the very fibers of the organization. All those aspects of the company that we don't think about it.

When security is a part of the profit and loss statement, it inherently becomes a priority of the company's goals. These are the ideas and behaviors we need to be going after in order to make security a priority for the organization.

Have a security team.
Whether you have the resources to have an internal team or you need to outsource, there are options available within your budget.

Craft measurable goals.
One measurable goal that any organization can set today is to reduce the number of threats or phishing attacks. That's something that with full transparency, the whole company can see and track. Set goals that tie back to the employees so that they can understand security and how their behavior impacts the organization.

Start security at the on-boarding process. Security training isn't a one and done exercise. Rather, effective security training happens throughout the entire year. There should not be a month that goes by where you can't show your employees how they are doing.

Create extensions to the security team. Call them liaisons, advocates, champions. Whichever label you choose, make sure that you are using and harnessing the strengths of all of the employees. securitymagazine.com

1,500 cybersecurity professionals surveyed, the top three risk factors for insider threats are:
having too many users with excessive access privileges, an increasing number of devices with access to sensitive data, and the increasing complexity of information technology.

According to Ware, evidence suggests that those trusted individuals who go on to break the rules often exhibit "very clear risk indicators, sometimes even weeks or months in advance of an actual insider event."

The solution for cyber insurers, he says, is to ensure that clients have a "robust" insider threat mitigation program in place.

"One that analyses not just network data, but also other information sources that can shed light on potentially malicious, negligent or accidental human behaviours before they become a crisis," Ware said.

Earlier this year, a report from Aon Risk Solutions warned that companies' increasing reliance on technology is leaving them exposed to a wide range of cyber-related risks - including insider risk, which Aon said, "plagues organisations," adding that many underestimate their severe vulnerability and liability. insurancebusinessmag.com

Hacked robots could demand Bitcoin and stop work until paid
Traditionally ransomware encrypts data but it could be used to hold a robot's functionality to ransom rendering them useless, professional hackers from IOActive have told the 2018 Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) in Mexico.

"It's no secret that ransomware attacks have become a preferred method for cyber criminals to get monetary profit by encrypting victim information and requiring a ransom to get the information back," said senior security researcher Lucas Apa.

He found that the behaviour of a robot could be shifted by entering custom code into a behaviour file. In a video demo, a retail robot switched from being helpful and polite to malicious and demanding the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. home.bt.com

Cyber attribution
Cyber attribution is the process of tracking, identifying and laying blame on the perpetrator of a cyberattack or other hacking exploit.

In the wake of an attack, an organization often conducts investigations to attribute the incident to specific threat actors in order to gain a complete picture of the attack, and to help ensure the attackers are brought to justice. These cyber attribution efforts are often conducted in conjunction with official investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies.

Companies often lack the resources or expertise needed to track down cybercriminals, so organizations that need to do cyber attribution usually hire outside information security experts. However, cyber attribution can be challenging, even for cybersecurity experts. techtarget.com


Singapore: Two arrested for selling fake goods worth more than S$100,000 ($76,501 US) online
A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday (Mar 8) for allegedly selling counterfeit goods online.

Police said the suspects were arrested after officers conducted raids at Gambas Crescent and Woodlands Industrial Park during a 12-hour operation.

A total of 4,704 items of trade mark infringing goods were seized, which included luxury bags, pouches, caps, floor mats and card holders.

The street value of the fake goods was worth approximately S$102,000, added police in the press release.

Investigations revealed that the duo used an e-commerce platform to order the goods from overseas before reselling them in Singapore on another online platform. channelnewsasia.com

Mother's Day shoppers warned to steer clear of counterfeit websites
Mother's Day shoppers tempted to use counterfeit websites to buy goods more cheaply run the risk of injury and identity theft, police have warned.

The City of London Police's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said it has suspended around 38,000 counterfeit websites since its launch in September 2013.

Gifts typically bought for Mother's Day such as jewellery, handbags and perfume are some of the most commonly counterfeited items. dailymail.co.uk

Capital One announces one-time use virtual credit card numbers
Friday announced a new feature for its credit cards called "virtual numbers." They are one-time numbers consumers can use while shopping online so they don't have to give their actual Capital One credit-card number to an online retailer. The tool creates unique, virtual numbers for each merchant, linked to their Capital One credit card account. But the online retailers don't receive the actual number printed on consumer's physical credit card.

It's Capital One's latest answer to combatting online credit card fraud. Several banks, including Bank of America and Citi have started similar systems. marketwatch.com

Amazon tracking deliveries with a click of a camera

Amazon gives Medicaid recipients a discount on Prime membership

Amazon On Path To Beat Apple To The $1T Mark

Boxed reportedly rejects Kroger's $400 million purchase offer

Fulfillment Centers Promise Special Delivery for E-Commerce Subscriptions


Houston, TX: Nearly $600,000 of stolen merchandise seized by Federal Agents
A criminal complaint filed in Houston federal court outlines a retail theft operation accused of stealing, repackaging and distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of name-brand merchandise. When federal agents executed a search warrant at GPS Wholesale on Oxford Park near Westheimer, they reported finding 147 boxes of stolen merchandise valued at $591,895.76. According to federal court documents, the merchandise came from places like Walgreen's and CVS and involved items like Benadryl, Bayer Aspirin, Abreva, Nexium and Tylenol.

Federal agents say the operation employed mainly undocumented immigrants as professional shoplifters stealing specific merchandise, e.g. over-the-counter (OTC) medications, diabetic testing supplies, shaving razors and other items." Federal agents say the stolen goods would eventually wind up at the Oxford Park business where anti-theft stickers were removed, the products repacked and shipped to wholesale companies called "Diverters." Arrested during the search were Yasser Ouwad and Luis Garcia-Oyuela. Agents say this operation is believed to have "received, processed (cleaned) and packaged for interstate commerce approximately $1.3 million in stolen merchandise." click2houston.com

Daytona Beach, FL: Identity Theft Ring bust nets 9 arrests; thousands in merchandise seized in 5 month Investigation
Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri said that his agency has busted an elaborate crime ring dealing in thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods. Detectives, who have been investigating the ring since November, said they arrested four people last week and five others during two busts Friday evening. The group would steal mail, packages and people's identities and spend the money they earned from doing so on drugs, Capri said. "They would create credit cards in their name and just victimize hundreds and hundreds of people, (causing) thousands and thousands in damages," he said. Police said they discovered methamphetamine on stacks of stolen televisions and laptops in one of the homes. "This place here looks like the scene from 'Hoarders,'" Capri said. "You can't even walk in there." wftv.com

Bethleham, PA: Wal-Mart employee jailed in near $60K retail theft scheme
A former Wal-Mart employee is accused of conspiring to steal nearly $60,000 in a theft scheme spanning three months. Co-defendants previously named include: Kristopher Herrera, and Kory Cherry, Jared Lugo, Gabriel Pozo and David Burgos. Court records state just Burgos didn't work for Wal-Mart during the time of the alleged thefts. Bethlehem Township Police Detectives on Feb. 2, 2013 began investigating a series of thefts at the Wal-Mart on Nazareth Pike. A loss prevention officer reported Merced and the five others were stealing from the store from November 2012 to February 11, 2013. Cherry in an interview with investigators reported witnessing Merced allegedly "under ring" televisions and other electronics, but create a "price check" instead of an actual sale. lehighvalleylive.com

Folsom, CA: Female Duo Accused of $11,000 Victoria's Secret Bra Heist
Two women from the Bay Area were arrested in Folsom Friday night after Police said they stole "several large bags" of clothing, specifically bras. Blanca Quintero and Antanae Welch were arrested around 8 p.m. near the Palladio shopping center in Folsom. Before they could escape the store an employee tried to stop them and Quintero attempted to pepper spray the employee. That employee was uninjured. After a description of the suspects' vehicle was given, police were able to track the two down and arrest them. Investigators say the grand total for the stolen goods was $11,000. fox40.com

Beavercreek, OH: Armed Robbers steal 50 phones from Verizon
The group of robbers armed with guns barged in through the rear door of the business as he was trying to lock up for the night. They grabbed at least 50 cell phones (approx. value of $25,000) and ran out, the employee said. whio.com

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Shootings, Stabbings & Deaths

Bethesda, MD: Reports of shots fired at Westfield Montgomery Mall following argument
Montgomery County Police responded to reports of shots fired at Westfield Montgomery Mall on Friday night. Police said the incident stemmed from an argument between several people, which led to shots being fired. Witnesses told police they heard between 3 to 4 gunshots, but Detectives did not find any victims. wjla.com

Auburn, AL: Two men wounded in gunfight in Auburn Mall parking lot
Two young men were wounded Friday evening when a gunfight broke out in the parking lot of the Auburn Mall, startling some mall customers, starting a flurry of phone calls to police and prompting countless messages on social media. When Auburn police officers arrived at the mall around 5 p.m., they discovered two men -- estimated to be in their 20s - suffering from gunshot wounds. The shooting was not random and no bystanders were injured. oanow.com

Jackson, MI: Dollar General Armed Robbery suspect shot & killed by Police
Michigan State Police say five officers from Jackson-area departments fired at 47-year-old Kenneth Townley on Sunday afternoon in Jackson County's Blackman Township and he died at a hospital. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports state police Detective 1st Lt. Tom DeClercq says Townley robbed an area Dollar General store and also was suspected in a purse theft on Sunday. usnews.com

Jacksonville, FL: Armed Guard shot & killed 1 of 3 Armed Robbers
on an Internet Cafe

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said an armed security guard shot at three suspects trying to rob a Spin City Sweepstakes store. According to police, they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds outside of Spin City Sweepstakes. Police report one died at the scene while the other died at a local hospital. firstcoastnews.com

La Puente, CA: Domino's Pizza Worker Dies After Being Stabbed
In Fight With Coworker

Deputies say they responded to the store in the 1000 block of Hacienda Boulevard just before 6 p.m. Saturday for an "assault with a deadly weapon" call. When they arrived, they located male victim who had been stabbed at least once in the upper body. cbslocal.com

Leesburg, FL: Man dies after being struck by hit-and-run driver outside Leesburg mall

Lansing, MI: 2 men shot inside Liquor store, both in critical condition

Shelby County, TN: Man arrested for double stabbing in McDonald's parking lot

Robberies & Thefts

International Jewel Crew Hit Stores in Multiple States
Jewel thieves distracted clerk at Bridgeview, ILL., store and stole $87,000 in jewelry, detective said. Arrest warrant issued.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman who is said to be part of an international ruse shoplifting crew that hit a Bridgeview jewelry store last month. A Bridgeview detective was in court this week seeking an arrest warrant for Florica Maruntelu, 32, on a charge of retail theft. She and her fellow crew members are believed to have left the country.

According to the detective, Maruntelu and two other people entered the Bridgeview jewelry store on Feb. 19. Maruntelu and the other man and woman took turns talking and distracting the clerk. When the clerk wasn't looking, Maruntelu and her accomplices pocketed $87,000 worth of jewelry.

Maruntelu and her pals pulled similar ruses in Iowa where large amounts of jewelry were heisted, the detective said. Bridgeview police were able to develop information about the suspects from police in Ames and Oskaloosa.

The trio have connections in Maryland and New York, and may be driving a silver Nissen with Maryland license plates. The detective said they received information that Maruntelu and her fellow crew members are believed to have left the country from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Anyone with information about Maruntelu's whereabouts or the thefts is asked to call Bridgeview Police at 708-924-8044. patch.com

Fresno, CA: 3 Arrested following Rite Aid Robbery and Police chase; possible ties to other Robberies in Northern California
Fresno Police say three suspects entered the Rite Aid on Bullard and First and went straight to the pharmacy inside the store around 8 p.m. Friday evening. They assaulted the employees and demanded narcotics. Officers say the suspects ran outside to a waiting car and drove off, but a witness saw the suspects and followed the car from a distance, reporting their location to police. Officers chased the suspects to a dead-ended at a field. The men then tried running but officers caught two of them and a third with help from a police K9. Officers think they may be involved in similar crimes throughout Northern California. abc30.com

Glendale, CA: Jewelry Store Security Guard fires 3 shots at 3 Robbery Suspects inside Glendale Galleria
A security guard Saturday fired shots at suspects in an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in the Glendale Galleria, authorities said. No one was injured in the 2:47 p.m. shooting at Bhindi Jewelers in the mall, Police Sgt. Dan Suttles said. The armed guard fired two to three shots, Suttles said. One suspect was in custody and two got away. "There is no danger to the public," he said. The suspects did not use a gun in the robbery attempt. The suspects brought hammers or mallets into the store to attempt a "smash and grab" robbery, Suttles said. abc7.com

Tacoma, WA: Girl Scouts Cookie Stall Targeted in Attempted Armed Robbery
Two men attempted to rob Girl Guides selling cookies outside a store on Saturday evening. One of the men was carrying a gun. newsweek.com

Kay Jewelers in the Southgate Mall, Taylor, MI reported a Grab & Run on 3/7, item valued at $8,399

Zales in the Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA reported a Grab & Run on 3/8, item valued at $4,199

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in the Midland Park Mall, Midland, TX reported an Attempted Burglary on 3/9


Bomb Threat

Maryville, TN: McDonald's evacuated following bomb threat


New Haven, CT: Gunman sentenced to 90 years for killing convenience store clerk

San Jose, CA: Police Capture Alleged Serial Armed Bandit; Suspected in at least 5 armed robberies


Auto Parts - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Milwaukee, WI - Robbery/ Assault
C-Store - St Cloud, MN - Burglary
C-Store- Dothan, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hazleton, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Eau Claire, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Methuen, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Coachella, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery / suspect killed by Police
Dollar General - Marquette Heights, IL - Armed Robbery
Grocery store - Fairfield, IA - Armed Robbery
JC Penney - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry store - Glendale, CA - Robbery/ Shots fired
Moneygram - Richland County, SC - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Verizon - Beavercreek, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Estero, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Deer Park, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Boston, MA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Annapolis, MD - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
19 robberies
3 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing



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