Sears Holdings Asset & Profit Protection Associates Receive LPC Certification
Scholarships to Support Career Advancement
Matthews, NC (March 11, 2016) - Sears Holdings, in partnership with the
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) today awarded 12 Sears Holdings Asset &
Profit Protection Associates
scholarships designed to support their career advancement and personal
development while working at SHMC. Sears Holdings takes great pleasure in every
opportunity to invest in the development of their teams.
SHMC awarded the scholarships for certification-review courses and the final
LPCertified (LPC) examination which will earn them a widely-recognized
certification within the loss prevention industry.
Scott Glenn, Vice President and Chief Security Officer noted: "We are extremely
proud to be able to continue to support our upcoming leaders through the Loss
Prevention Foundation. I know how comprehensive and rigorous the coursework for LPC
certification is and I am very proud of our associates that have committed
themselves to this process."
Congratulations to the following recipients of the LPCertified (LPC)
● Mike Simpson - Area Manager, AP
● Geran Maples - Area Manager, AP
● Gayle Gollogly - Area Manager, AP
● Bradley Nichols - Asset Protection Manager
● Rocco Mesiti - Asset Protection Associate
● Patrick Duncan - Territory Manager, AP
● Rebecca Lee Murray - Asset Protection Manager
● Ryan T. Destler - Market Manager, AP
● Cory Arnsperger - Zone Manager, AP
● Humberto Santana - Asset Protection Manager
● Diane Laukaitis - Asset Protection Manager
● Dave Rozhon - Manager, Safety
About the Loss Prevention Foundation:
The Loss Prevention Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006,
by industry-leading professionals to serve the loss prevention and asset
protection industry. Their mission is to advance the loss prevention profession
by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources. LPF is
responsible for administering the industry's two-tiered certification program,
the LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC), on-line educational resources and
the loss prevention professional membership program. In addition, LPF is focused
on driving more talent to the industry from colleges, universities, military and
law enforcement through its Academic Retail Partnership Program and its
Hire-A-Vet Program. For further information, visit
Gray was promoted to Senior Vice President for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores,
Michael was previously the Vice President and General Manager of Sears Hometown
and Outlet Stores, Inc. and has been working for Sears since 2003. He had
previously worked in loss prevention for Sears Holdings Corporation as the
Divisional Vice President, Loss Prevention, and also held director level
positions for Things Remembered as Director Loss Prevention & Sales Audit and
PetSmart as Region Director of Loss Prevention. Michael earned his Bachelor's of
Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Akron. Congratulations Michael!
Frazier CPP CFI LPC was named Vice President and Loss Prevention for Mattress
Nate was previously the Divisional Vice President of Loss Prevention & Safety
for Helzberg Diamonds. In 2009 Nate worked for Abercrombie & Fitch as their
Director of Asset Protection; International and Operations. He has also had
other managerial level loss prevention roles for such retailers as GameStop as
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Saks Inc. as Loss Prevention Department
Manager, and Target as Assets Protection Specialist. Nate earned his Bachelor's
of Science Degree in
Assets Protection from Eastern Kentucky University. Congratulations Nate!
Lapinski CFI LPC was promoted to Divisional Vice President - Loss Prevention for
Tim was previously the Director of Loss Prevention before receiving this
promotion and has been with the retailer since 2014. Tim has worked in the loss
prevention industry since 1993 when he started as a District Loss Prevention
Manager for Kohl's. He quickly worked his way up the ladder, to hold such roles
as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Hollywood Video, CVS and Abercrombie &
Fitch, and then Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager and Director of Loss
Prevention - Western US and Asia for Abercrombie & Fitch. Tim earned his
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Administration for the
University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Congratulations Tim!
Column: Senate larceny bill would hurt businesses, taxpayers
Maybe crime really does pay - in Massachusetts
At least it would under legislation recently passed by the Massachusetts
Senate that increases the felony threshold contained in a number of our
property crime statutes from $250 to $1,500. It allows fraudsters to run up
$1,499 in charges on your credit card and thieves to steal or destroy up to
$1,499 of your personal property with no risk of receiving meaningful
repercussions. It also emboldens professional and sophisticated criminals who
treat theft as a low-risk, high-reward activity due to our already weak criminal
laws. It essentially decreases their cost of doing business while increasing the
price you pay for consumer goods.
Annually, the Massachusetts retail industry loses an estimated $750 million
in stolen merchandise, potentially worth $46.8 million in lost sales tax
revenue. A cost shared by you in the form of higher prices -- approximately $400
per household. The majority of these losses are attributed to organized crime
rings using proceeds to fund other criminal activities, including drug
trafficking, arms dealing and even terrorism.
For these criminals, the only deterrent is the threat of meaningful prison time.
Fines alone are inadequate, as the proceeds of their day's "work" more than
covers any potential fine levied. Yet this proposal makes it harder for courts
to impose such sentences and instead authorizes the theft of higher-valued
merchandise -- a positive net gain for these thieves.
It also renders Massachusetts a regional and national outlier.
Regionally, only Rhode Island has adopted a larceny threshold as high as $1,500
-- our other neighboring states fall below $1,000 and the national average is
even lower. Due to the reduced risk, states with the highest felony thresholds
become more attractive targets.
Recognizing these issues, Massachusetts adopted an organized retail crime
statute in 2014. However, the criminal statutes amended in the Senate's
proposal remain the primary theft prevention tools for law enforcement and
prosecutors. By increasing the felony thresholds, the proposal decreases their
effectiveness. It is a giant step backward and exposes the Senate as being weak
Jon B. Hurst of Beverly is president of the Retailers Association of
Safety Crisis Cuts Chipotle's Co-CEO's Comp in Half
CEO Pay - Safety's Impact - Minimum Wage Disparity
Ells' pay dropped to $13.8 million in 2015 from $28.9 million in 2014, and
Moran's pay dropped to $13.6 million from $28.1 million - lack of stock rewards.
The CEOs were awarded no stock options in 2015, while each received $23.7
million in options the year before. No Stock Rewards - Stock down 30%
Going forward, Chipotle said it's going to start partially tying executive
bonuses to Chipotle's stock price. The changes to the executives' compensation
plans may please some shareholders, who have put pressure on Chipotle in the
past to reduce it's generous pay for Ells and Moran. The executives' pay
packages in 2013, which totaled more than $67 million in 2013, were 10 times
the median pay for CEOs at peer companies.
Chipotle pays workers an average of $8.57 an hour, according to Glassdoor,
a wage higher than those of Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Wendy's, and
Family of Coral Ridge Mall shooting victim suing mall, & Universal Protection
Service guard company
Former Security Guard Harassed & Threatened Victim - Mall Museum Employee
The family of the Coral Ridge Mall shooting victim, Andrea Farrington, is now
filing a lawsuit against the mall and the company it employs for security.
Police say Alexander Kozak, a former security guard at the mall, shot and
killed Farrington while she was working at the Iowa Children's Museum,
inside the mall.
The lawsuit is filed against Universal Protection Service, which provides
security for the mall, and the mall's management company, General Growth
Farrington's family says the mall and the security company didn't do enough
to protect Farrington after she reported Kozak harassing and physically
Just last week, a motion filed by Kozak's defense for the county to unlock
Farrington's phone was denied. His trial will take place in Story County on
Confidence Lacking in Third-Party Due Diligence
A survey of 267 senior-level corporate compliance officers worldwide by Kroll
and Ethisphere Institute found 55% slightly confident and 25% not confident in
their ability to catch problems with third-party partners. Even when third-party
due diligence was conducted and problems arose afterward, 48% said due diligence
wasn't comprehensive enough and 42% said issues that were spotted weren't
adequately addressed. Despite the issues, 48% said their organizations don't
conduct audits of third parties; for those organizations that do, 31% conduct
ongoing audits and 30% do so annually, 5% quarterly and 2% semiannually.
One reason for the lack of auditing is a lack of people and budget, said Lee
Kirschbaum, president of Kroll Compliance. "It's a question of finding the
people and fighting for budget," he said. Compliance needs to "make the case"
for why it needs the money to conduct audits and to make sure senior leadership
knows it's "not just about checking the box." wsj.com
Credit card terminal goes from safe to compromised in less than three seconds
In a video released by Miami Beach Police, two men work as a team to install a
credit card skimmer at a local gas station. In less than three seconds, the
terminal goes from safe to fully compromised.
by one customer, the store clerk starts a conversation with a friendly gentleman
who is asking for assistance, happy to wait his turn. Keeping a friendly tone,
the man doing most of the talking is there to keep the attention off his
companion - who is clearly aware that he's on camera.
Keeping his head low, and his face covered by a hat, the man waits until his
friend has the clerk get something further down the counter and makes his move.
Did you see it? In less than three seconds, that payment card terminal has been
compromised. He's attached a skimmer. Scams such as this are one of the
reasons merchants are supposed to move to EMV terminals. If your bank or credit
card company hasn't issued you one yet, you should call them and inquire as to
Florida state bills require increased security measures to fight gas pump, ATM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said legislation
passed by the Legislature targets skimmers, the devices planted on gas pump
credit card readers to steal card information. The bill requires gas stations to
improve their security measures to prevent theft through skimming.
The information stolen using skimmers is used to create fraudulent credit cards,
authorities said. The legislation increases the penalties for the crimes. The
bill did not address security improvements for ATMs, which would require
Gasoline vendors will be required to use security tape on credit card readers to
prevent tampering, according to the revamped law. Vendors also need to design
their card readers to become inoperable if they have been tampered with, the law
Fast Fashion Retailer A'Gaci to add 20 stores this year - 30% Growth
Opening Here - Keeping You Informed
San Antonio-based is leveraging technology from Euclid Analytics to view
customer engagement trends, build smarter loyalty programs and make data-driven
decisions to improve operations. Operating 65 stores in 10 states and Puerto
Rico with plans to add 20 more U.S. locations in the next year. They're staying
current with trends. Editor's Note: Sounds like a great opportunity with
strong company growth. Special Note - Our Educational Mission -
Our commitment to you the reader, publishing news on any retailer
looking to staff senior LP positions - should you be looking at them or
referring a colleague.
J.C. Penney Takes Down Vice President Loss
Prevention Posting On Corp. Job Board
Ahold, Delhaize shareholders approve grocery merger
CEO says Hudson's Bay plans to invest $1.4-billion in Germany's Kaufhof division
they just bought
Ulta Beauty plans 100 stores this year
Fresh Market Accepts $1.36B Buyout Offer From Apollo Global Management
Hugo Boss to close 20 of its 145 stores
Albertsons buys 29 core Haggen stores - the rest
will go out of business
Ulta Beauty Q4 comp's up 12.5% sales up 21.1%, full year comp's up 11.8% sales
Genesco Q4 comp's up 4% sales up 4.4%
Weis Markets Q4 comp's up 2.8%, sales up 2.8%, full yr. comp's up 3.7%, sales up
Hibbet Sports Q4 comp's down 0.6%, net sales up 2.7%, full year comp's down
0.4%, net sales up 3.2%
Citi Trends Q4 comp's down 5%, net sales down 2.8%, full year comp's down
0.1%, sales up 1.9%
The Buckle Q4 comp's down 7.2%, sales down 6.1, full year comp's down 4.4%,
sales down down 2.9%
Last week's #1 article --
This Pawn Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a 'Fortress of Security'
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.
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'Innovative Choice: The future of electronic payments'
Electronic Payments Coalition Slams Retailers
PIN is old news in the security world, with other advanced and effective
solutions already on the market. While PIN has its uses, it is not relevant for
many instances of fraud. On the other hand, where PIN is used, fraud is on the
rise and has been for some time.
Retailers have also come out publicly in support of choice and innovation when
it comes to payments security at checkout. According to an October 30, 2015
Reuters article, not all big box stores view PIN in the same light:
"Even though demands for PIN cards are being made by groups representing large
retailers, some big merchants say they have no plans to offer PINs. "Our
approach is chip and signature," said Macy's Inc spokesman Jim Sluzewski. JC
Penney Co Inc. said it has no plans to introduce PINs and has yet to begin
processing any chip transactions.
Just as one security solution cannot protect consumers, one sector of society
cannot resolve all cyber threats. According to a Morning Consult poll, 90
percent of consumers agreed stores and retailers should be held to similar
standards as banks and financial institutions to keep customer data secure.
We must also look to the future, not the past. Mandating the use of PIN does not
prevent online or mobile fraud. PIN is just one security technology and a
mandate would not address digital commerce security, which is critically needed
in today's increasingly mobile-oriented world.
An all-out push for PIN delays development and implementation of other
technologies that can be deployed in the changing threat landscape.
Instead of stonewalling progress by a misinformed campaign to mandate old
technology, the big box retailers need to get on board to help protect the
people that visit their checkout counters. A good start would be supporting the
national data security standards such as those outlined in the Data Security Act
of 2015-and moving forward with innovative payment security solutions.
Editor's Note: Talk about bending facts and information to fit your position.
This executive director has obviously not worked in retail nor does she
understand that it was Master Card and Visa that stonewalled PIN not the
retailers. Saying the American public was not smart enough to remember their PIN's.
12 Cloud Security Threats
The 'Treacherous 12,' top security threats org.'s face in the cloud
As the RSA Conference last week, the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) listed the
"Treacherous 12," the top 12 cloud computing threats organizations face in 2016.
1: Data breaches - Cloud environments face many of the same
threats as traditional corporate networks with the providers as
2: Compromised credentials and broken authentication - lax
authentication, weak passwords, and poor key or certificate
3: Hacked interfaces and APIs - IT teams use interfaces and
APIs to manage and interact with cloud services.
4: Exploited system vulnerabilities - System vulnerabilities,
exploitable bugs, becoming bigger problem with advent of
multitenancy in cloud computing.
5: Account hijacking - Phishing, fraud, and software exploits
are still successful, and cloud services add a new dimension to the
threat because attackers can eavesdrop on activities, manipulate
transactions, and modify data. Attackers may also be able to use the
cloud application to launch other attacks.
6: Malicious insiders - The insider threat has many faces: a
current or former employee, a system administrator, a contractor, or
a business partner.
7: The APT parasite - advanced persistent threats (APTs)
"parasitical" forms of attack.
8: Permanent data loss - malicious hackers known to
permanently delete cloud data to harm businesses, & cloud data
centers are vulnerable to natural disasters as well.
9: Inadequate diligence - without fully understanding the
environment and its associated risks may encounter a "myriad of
commercial, financial, technical, legal, and compliance risks."
10: Cloud service abuses - Cloud services can be commandeered
to support nefarious activities.
11: DoS attacks - they've gained prominence again thanks to
cloud computing because they often affect availability
12: Shared technology, shared dangers
- Cloud service providers share infrastructure, platforms, and
applications, and if a vulnerability arises in any of these layers,
it affects everyone.
FBI Says Threat From 'Ransomware' Is Expected to Grow
2015 - 2,453 cases paying our $24.1M
More Americans are being victimized by hackers extorting money through so-called
ransomware, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday, and the
law-enforcement agency expects the problem to get worse this year.
Soon-to-be-released data from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center will
show that in 2015 there were 2,453 reported ransomware incidents, in which
victims paid about $24.1 million total.
The problem of ransomware, Mr. Stangl said, "is growing...The only reason why
these campaigns are successful is because people pay" and he warned that the
only way to deter skilled criminals is to make copies of important data
before they strike.
ISS expanding corporate office & warehouse
space to meet growing LP demand
our humble beginning based out of our Founder's garage,
Industrial Security Solutions (ISS) has grown into a national competitor in
the loss prevention industry. As a supplier of retail security tags, EAS
systems, CCTV and other anti-shoplifting solutions, ISS experienced a banner
year in 2015. There were many positive things to take away, but one of our
favorite achievements was that we were able to increase our installation and
service business by over 30%! We take pride that companies trust us with their
loss prevention needs and 2015 proved the word is out that we take care of our
The trend is certainly continuing in 2016, with the
recent announcement that ISS will be doubling its office and warehouse space
this year to meet the company's growing demand. With this additional space we
will be able to carry more inventory and fill your orders faster than ever!
Industrial Security Solutions is a supplier of AM and RF retail security tags,
EAS systems, labels and detachers, and offers custom CCTV and EAS system
installation services for retailers nationwide. We believe in "partnering" with
our clients by providing creative and flexible anti-theft solutions to meet your
specific loss prevention needs. Industrial Security Solutions carries a full
range of retail security products with worldwide shipment capabilities. With our
Tag Trade Out and Recycling Programs, we help customers keep their loss
prevention technology up-to-date.
anti-shoplifting / CCTV product line offers maximum value to retailers, due to
creative and flexible security solutions. It is our steadfast belief that
systems should, and do, vary by client. You cannot always force a square peg
into a round hole! Industrial Security Solutions will appeal to the retailer
with large and/or multiple facilities, as well as to the independent business
owner. Our ability to integrate complete anti-shoplifting solutions, no matter
what the size or complexity, is unsurpassed. Our team pledges to supply fast and
efficient service, in order to provide your company or business with immediate
security peace of mind. Our flexibility and desire to truly serve our clients is
what sets us apart.
Industrial Security Solutions is an American-owned and operated company. In
addition, ISS does not have to answer to a corporate board, hedge fund or
foreign owner. By having the founder and owner still involved with day-to-day
decision making we are able to provide QUICK SOLUTIONS AND COST SAVINGS!
Call Industrial Security Solutions at (800) 846-4993. Or
visit our website to learn more!
Losing the Fight
Massachusetts Rising Felony Thresholds & California's Prop. 47
seems as though the political momentum may be against what many of us have been
fighting against and for for generations. With felony thresholds rising, the
fed's releasing 40,000 non-violent criminals, and California's prop. 47 we
have a battle in front of us.
Certainly as a society we did over react in the 90's with the get tough on crime
initiatives and laws. But with cyber crime fueling identity theft and ORC we
have a growing problem that quite frankly, is only going to get worse.
With the retailers feeling the blunt and the loss prevention industry operating
with one hand tied behind our backs.
Just last week we heard from one retailer that a known serial shoplifter
victimizing retailers in Union Square in San Francisco was actually
intentionally run off by police and not apprehended because the legal system
just won't do anything to him. As the officer explained to this senior LP
Ladies and gentlemen we have a problem. But we can all make a difference.
Stay involved in the ORC associations, grow them, participate in them, and just
do the best job you can do when you're out there fighting them. And stay tuned
to the Daily as we launch 'The Fight For 20'.
We need the last twenty states to pass ORC legislation more than ever before and
'The Fight For 20' will give you the information, the tools, and the
ability to make a difference. It's all up to each and every one of you. And
speaking candidly, we as an industry have not done a good job of getting
involved and trying to make a difference legislatively.
'The Fight For 20' can help and we need your stories, your updates, your
state's news on legislation as we can hopefully mobilize the industry and
help make our voice heard around the country. Retail America is the Heroin
Epidemic's Silent Victim.
Alabama addressing ORC through RICO bill
Get Involved - Contact AL Retail Trade Association & Bill's Sponsors
'RICO bill could save AL consumers hundreds of dollars'
Alabama lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation that would help the
state prosecute those involved in high-level organized crime. The lack of a RICO
statute in Alabama is an attraction to criminals.
The retail industry is another major target. Criminals traveling the country
hitting a specific box store for one item, take the inventory to the port to be
shipped overseas, repackaged and sold back to U.S. companies. The profits go
overseas. They fund terrorism and organized crime that we have to go back and
fight again," Matson said.
In fact, that cost is passed on to Alabama consumers. On average, organized
retail crime costs Alabama shoppers about $500 each year.
"It's terribly frustrating when you know there's people that profit off of
hurting Alabama," Matson said. "A statute like this is desperately needed."
If the RICO statute passes, a conviction would be guilty of a Class A Felony.
Contact the Alabama Retail Trade Association here
Senator Richard Shelby or
Senator Jeff Sessions
LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference
Wouldn't it be great if your store could
communicate exactly what's happening within its four walls? With network video
surveillance, now it can. As the global leader in network video,
Communications continues to revolutionize the way retail professionals work
with not just loss prevention efforts, but also with store optimization,
operational efficiencies, and enhancements to the overall customer experience.
Retail Business Development Manager for Axis, tells us about the many uses of
network video, the flexibility in implementing it, and how the technology can
help LP work cross-functionally with other business units.
LPNN Quick Take #7
Pat O'Leary and
Wouter Ubbels of
Nedap Retail meet up with Joe and
Amber in this LPNN Quick Take, where they
discuss Nedap's innovative product line, their support of the D&D Daily's
Resource Center, and which sports teams Wouter - originally from the
Netherlands - should support.
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a Digital Wallet Is No Better Than a Ziploc -
Mobile Apps aren't properly securing user data
In 2016, 148 million people around the world will reach for their handsets to
make payments at in-store point-of-sales terminals, according to a report from
Juniper Research. Many millions more will use payment apps such as Dwolla or
Venmo to send money to friends and businesses. The boom is creating
opportunities for hackers and thieves, and security gaps in some of the apps are
leaving buyers as well as sellers exposed.
Along with a handful of well-known companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung,
the mobile payments field has attracted thousands of thinly capitalized
startups. "We have a lot of people competing to deliver the same service," says
Michael Belton, vice president for applied research at Optiv Security. He says
that in the rush to get their product out, many developers are cutting corners.
Mobile app security provider Bluebox found vulnerabilities in all the roughly 10
unnamed U.S. mobile payment apps it examined last year. "Most of the time, the
apps themselves aren't using any kind of encryption to protect the data on the
phone or to protect the data in transit," says Andrew Blaich, Bluebox's lead
Thursday's 20-minute outage cost Amazon about $3.75 million
More than half of online shoppers read reviews before buying
Shopping Comes To Apple TV
Kirkland's is laser-focused on e-commerce growth - digital sales spiked 34% in
Christopher & Banks' web sales increase 45%, but
total sales slip
Mentor, OH, police receives $25k Retail Crime Deterrence Grant to fight ORC
Lake County Narcotics Unit Links Drug Use to ORC
Funded by the Office of Criminal Justice Service with $6, 247 of that coming
from a match by the city of Mentor. The narcotics unit helped Mentor craft
the grant when the connection was made between thefts and drug use.
Some of the prevention measures have included five meetings held for targeted
stores along with developing a storewide network/email to distribute
arrest/suspect information. There were 66 bulletins distributed through
email to the targeted stores, Collier said. In addition, crime prevention
officers are able to conduct training for the targeted stores, which is
improving communications between the stores and police department.
The department also is using the grant money to conduct undercover surveillance
details in retail store parking lots to identify and arrest retail crime
suspects, Collier said. "Mentor's objective with their grant is to prevent and
deter the thefts while Lake County Narcotics piggybacks off that and is able to
take advantage if a suspect in a theft charge is able to assist Narcotics in
their investigations," Frisone said.
New York Skimming Crew Mules Busted by Cumberland Farms
An apparent New York skimming racket experienced a setback this week when
Cumberland Farms employees alerted local police after questioning two women who
were purchasing gift cards with multiple credit cards.
Calisa L. Moyston, 25, was charged with 13 counts of receiving improper credit
cards, while Jessica T. Peters, 24, was charged with 10 counts of receiving
improper credit cards. Each was also charged with conspiracy and larceny over
$250 by a single scheme.
Cumberland Farms employees became concerned that the two women were purchasing
gift cards with multiple credit cards, according to the police report. Shortly
after they left that store, the suspects were spotted in the parking lot of
another Cumberland Farms in the center of town, the police report states. In
addition to numerous credit cards, a search provided 22 gift cards totaling
Police said in their report that this appears to have been a case where skimming
devices have been reported at several gas stations and other places.
According to police, Ms. Moyston admitted the credit cards in her possession
were fake. She said she gets the credit cards from a person named "Derrick" in
New York. She would purchase gift cards with the fraudulent credit cards and
receive 40 to 50 percent of the value for the gift cards, according to the
CT: Homegoods apprehension leads to trunk full of clothing, gift cards and
A New York woman charged a year ago with stealing from
the local Homegoods store was arrested again last week in connection with
additional thefts. Tamika Davis, 26, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was charged on a
warrant Wednesday with possession of a shoplifting device and fifth-degree
larceny. Davis initially was charged with stealing merchandise from Homegoods
last March. Her vehicle was seized, and after securing a search warrant to
determine if "more evidence of criminal activity was in the vehicle," police
said they found bags of stolen clothing and fraudulent gifts cards. The bags,
police said, were lined with aluminum and magnetic security tag removers, which
are used to circumvent store security alarms.
Kelso, WA: Man arrested after month long theft spree from Target
arrested a man suspected of shoplifting $1,029 worth of products from Target
over the last month. Target loss prevention reported a string of thefts all
committed by Micheal Norman Schmidt III, 25. Between Feb. 12 and March 1,
Schmidt allegedly took a $109 Virgin Mobile HTC cell phone; three Motorola baby
monitors valued at $129, $199, $259; a $129 GoPro Hero; and $199 Beats by Dre
headphones. Schmidt was arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft - a
felony because the items totaled more than $750 in the last 180 days.
Vallejo, CA: Burglary Suspects Caught On Camera Stealing High-End Sunglasses
Credit Card Fraudsters Gang of 4 NY Men busted
hitting Wegmans in Mount Laurel, NJ, buying gift cards
Kelso, WA., police arrest ORC male for $1k -
hitting Target multiple times
Do you have an ORC case to share? Publishing it educates the LP & retail community,
which might fuel even more jobs and funding.
Share your ORC news and help the industry grow!
Shootings and Deaths
Man gets 2 years for pointing gun at security guard
A California man who pointed a gun at a Safeway store security officer following
an alleged shoplifting incident in November was sentenced Wednesday to nearly
two years in prison. Lamar J. Bishop, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty
in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. A
firearms enhancement allowed for the longer-than-normal sentence. Bishop and
three other people drove to the Safeway store at 3707 Main St. on Nov. 6.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court, the incident
began at about 9:05 p.m. when Markisha S. Issac, 25, and Aliesha S. Talley 23,
both of Portland, entered the store and allegedly placed multiple bottles of
alcohol in their purses. They then left the store without paying, the affidavit
said. The women fled to a nearby running vehicle occupied by Bishop and James L.
Lewis, 28, also of Portland, court records said. When the store’s
loss-prevention tried to stop them, Bishop, a convicted felon, pointed a gun at
one of the officers and said, "Get ... back, or I will shoot you," the affidavit
said. The group then drove away, but witnesses provided a description of the
vehicle for police.
Modesto, CA: Suspicious item prompts investigation at Vintage Faire
Modesto police cordoned off several doors to the Vintage Faire Mall and
evacuated one store after a man left flammable material near a propane tank
inside the mall Friday morning, authorities said. The suspect was seen on
surveillance cameras leaving a piece of cardboard wet with accelerant near a
propane tank outside of the administrative offices, said Modesto police
spokeswoman Heather Graves. A bottle of accelerant also was left at the site.
She did not say what kind of accelerant was used. Nearby Abercrombie & Fitch was
evacuated. Cal-Time owner Hamlet Genja said police also "quietly" cleared his
business two doors down, as well as a hat store, Lids.
Burien, WA: Masked Armed Robber with hatchet shot & killed inside
A customer drinking coffee at a 7-11 Sunday morning shot and killed a
man who entered 7-Eleven and attacked him and a clerk with a hatchet. Deputies
received the call around 5:45 a.m. The clerk and customer told police that the
suspect entered the store wearing a mask and armed with a hatchet. The suspect
did not make any statements but swung the hatchet at the customer and then went
behind the counter and attacked the clerk. The customer drew a pistol and shot
the suspect. Medics responded but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The customer was not injured. He has a valid concealed pistol license. The clerk
received a minor injury to his stomach.
San Jose, CA: Three Police Officers shot and wounded a man fleeing 7-Eleven
after he fired at their patrol cars with an assault rifle
responding to a call early Saturday from a man at a 7-Eleven store who said
someone had shot at him. The officers saw the suspect's flee the scene, and as
they pursued the vehicle he leaned out of the driver's window and fired several
rounds with an AR-15, striking one of the patrol cars. The officers returned
fire and struck the suspect, who was identified as 24-year-old Steven Pedroza. A
passenger escaped injury. Pedroza will be booked for investigation of attempted
murder of a police officer.
Brooklyn Center, MN: 2 teens charged for shooting man over pair of Air Jordans
outside Foot Locker
On March 5, Police were called to the Kids Foot Locker at
9:40 a.m. on a report of people with weapons. When police arrived, they found a
long line of people waiting for the store to open to purchase the new Michael
Jordan shoes that were going on sale, but saw no sign of guns. Just before 10
a.m., police heard gunshots in front of the store. They found Daniel Hart, 17,
helping to move Gary Townsend, 17 away from the shooting. Townsend had been shot
in the leg. Police also found a victim lying on the ground in front of the store
with a gunshot wound to the stomach. A witness told police Townsend was fighting
with the victim over a pair of shoes when he pulled out a gun and shot him.
Robberies and Thefts
Las Vegas, NV: Four arrested in T-Mobile and AT&T hit
'Point Break' style Armed
Robbery; thieves wore masks of presidents
Four men were arrested last month in
connection with a string of armed robberies at cellphone stores around the
valley. Like a scene from the movie "Point Break," the suspects in the case wore
masks of U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. Fred Oaxaca, 19,
Marcus Hammon, 21, Martin Garcia, 18, and Luis Cuevas, 31, were arrested in
connection with the crime spree. Feb. 12, two masked men entered the T-Mobile
store right before closing. The men force two clerks into the backroom and
zip-tied. The men begin to fill a laundry basket and boxes with money and
merchandise. They got away with about $300 in cash and $66,000-worth of phones
and electronics. Four days later, JFK and his crew struck again, this time at
the AT&T store. Again, the men entered the store around closing time. They stole
$7,000 in cash and electronics valued at $113,421 - and threatened to shoot a
cleaning lady who stumbled upon the scene. The thieves hit another store on Feb.
18, but it wasn't until their fourth robbery a week later that they made the
mistake that led to their capture. Oaxaca initially denied involvement in any of
the robberies. But he later told police that he had been selling the electronics
on Craigslist for $100 each. He declined to help police locate the $250,000 in
electronics that had been taken in the robberies.
Olympia, WA: Imposter Steals Safeway Uniform To Raid Store's Safe
Police say a
woman walked into the break room at an Olympia Safeway store, stole a uniform
and posed as a company auditor to gain access to a safe. She is accused of
stealing money, checks, vouchers and merchandise worth about $20,000 before
officers caught her near the store. The suspect has been identified as
27-year-old Lorraine Little. She was arrested Monday when the alleged scheme
took place. A police report says she convincingly posed as an auditor from the
corporate office to an assistant manger. Investigators say auditors often show
up unannounced at stores.
ATF: 1,080 weapons reported stolen in Tennessee and Georgia last year
gun dealers in Tennessee and Georgia reported 1,080 weapons stolen or lost in
2015, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, amid
what the agency says is a nationwide uptick in gun thefts. Dealers with federal
firearms licenses in Georgia reported 683 guns stolen or lost, while Tennessee
dealers reported 397 such firearms. Nationwide, dealers reported 14,800 firearms
stolen or lost - including pistols, rifles, shotguns, revolvers, machine guns
and even one tear gas launcher, among other weapons.
Brooklyn, NY: IHOP waiter accused of giving away $3,000 in soft drinks, claims
he's 'modern-day Robin Hood'
A waiter at a Brooklyn IHOP sees himself as a folk
hero, but his boss says he's a thief. "I am the modern-day Robin Hood," said
William Powell, 27, after prosecutors accused him of giving away $3,000-plus in
soft drinks to customers over eight months. They charged the self-styled Robin
HOP with felony grand larceny and possession of stolen property. "I am not
stealing," Powell told cops. "I am serving the ones in need. I take from the
rich and give to the poor. What's the big deal? I've been doing this since I
Dunwoody, GA: "I don't like my groceries touching in the shopping cart so I
always keep grocery bags in my purse..."
When someone gets caught committing an
alleged crime, the excuses can get pretty wild. Just ask members of the Dunwoody
Police Department. The department posted a "creative" response when they caught
an apparent shoplifter. Officials said they were called to a store where the
alleged shoplifter was seen walking around the store with a shopping cart - and
a purse full of empty grocery bags. Police said the woman was filling the empty
bags with groceries as she walked around the store and placing them in her cart.
As Police stopped the fleeing suspect outside the store, she said, "I don't like
my groceries touching in the shopping cart so I always keep grocery bags in my
purse and bag the groceries while I'm shopping." "Then I walked out of the store
with the groceries to meet my daughter in the parking lot to get the money."
UK: Manchester, England: McDonald's branch Hires Bouncers to deal with unruly
UK: Shoplifter accused of head butting County Mall security guard says he acted
in self defense
'Skimmers' on Annapolis ATMs Behind Credit Card
Fraud: PD issues warning
Central Indiana continues finding skimmers at gas stations
Hancock County, In., skimmer found on I-70 gas station
Willingboro, N.J., police find ATM skimming device
Saskatoon police warn retailers about card skimming
Skimming device found at Oviedo, Fla., gas station
Riverhead, N.Y. warns residents of skimming devices - finds one on gas pump
Fishers, IN Police investigate credit card skimmed device
Credit Card Fraud
Palm Coast, FL., Highway Patrol traffic stop nets
86 fake CC's - two men arrested
Franklin, Ind., police looking for two men using fake credit cards at Walmart
Framingham: Pair charged with using 'found' credit cards
Columbia, MO: Four Chicago men in jail for using fake cards at Columbia Mall
Madisonville, KY: Texas Woman Faces 5 felony Identity Theft Charges in KY
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AV's III Market - Framingham, MA
- Armed Robbery
- Palm Coast, FL - Robbery / Employee Arrested
Check & Go
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- Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
- Southington, CT - Robbery
- Waterbury, CT - Robbery
- Orange, CT - Armed Robbery
- Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
- Belzoni, MS - Armed Robbery
- Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
First National Pawn
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Flying Pond Variety
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- Newark, CA - Armed Robbery/ Suspect killed by Police
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- West Deer, PA - Armed Robbery
Parks Drug - Albion, MI
- Armed Robbery
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- Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
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- Armed Robbery
- Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
The Corner Market
- Selkirk, NY - Armed Robbery
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- Conway, SC - Robbery
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