Getting Ahead of the Safety Curve:
Keys to Building a Successful Active Threat Plan
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about five percent of all
businesses experience an instance of workplace violence each year. For larger
organizations with over 1,000 employees, this rate is increased tenfold to 50%.
A 2014 report from the FBI found active shooter incidents in the U.S. now occur
on an average of once a month. Of these incidents, almost (45.6%) occurred at a
business while nearly a quarter (24.4%) occurred at Pre-K to 12 schools and
institutions of higher learning.
Although active threats and the environments where they take place can vary from
incident to incident, the common threads found throughout can be woven together
to create the fabric of an effective and successful safety program. The
following are lessons learned gleaned from past experience that businesses can
use as tools for building a solid foundation for a safety-minded workplace:
Mindset to Clear the First Hurdle
More often than not, active threat training is the elephant in the room.
Everyone has seen or heard of incidents, but are reluctant to take the steps
toward mitigation. The reasons may vary from believing it'll make employees more
fearful than empowered to worrying the training might not be "right" for the
team. Breaking through the barrier of apprehension begins with a holistic
approach: one team, one goal. Leadership should evaluate the type of training
fitting for their organization's culture, articulate the vital importance of
such training to employees, and clearly explain how the training will be
Flexible Response Plans
All active threat response plans should be built upon the same principles so
even if the minute details are lost in the heat of the moment, team members can
still make informed decisions to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Streamlining processes encourages a quick implementation and retention of
information. Knowledge increases confidence, confidence increases decisiveness,
and it is decisive action in a critical incident that saves lives.
Proactive Response Plans
An effective response plan doesn't begin when the incident occurs, but as soon
as training can be conducted. Empowering employees with tools on how to identify
and communicate to leadership possible high-risk indicators such as signs of
growing anger, depression, or erratic behavior can be just as, if not more
effective as decisive action during an active threat.
The article continues with lessons on Clear Communication Plans and
What Matters More: Focusing on Rules or Creating Ethical Culture?
Is it more important to have rules to guide employees away from doing wrong, or
better to instill a corporate culture where rules are less pronounced because
everybody who works there knows they are expected to do what is right?
Encouraging a "speak-up culture" that lets employees know it is alright for them
to come forward with concerns or information about potentially problematic
practices is vital to a company looking to nurture a healthy and ethical
culture, said Melissa Stapleton Barnes, chief ethics and compliance officer at
Eli Lilly Co.
Organizations that focus on rules rather than culture can run into problems, she
said, as emphasizing rules can lead employees to look for loopholes to
exploit rather than looking for ways to act ethically. "Culture is the sum
of its parts," she said at a conference last week in New York, adding that she "hates" the word compliance.
"I'm not sure it's [compliance] anything to aspire
to, whereas ethics and integrity is something to aspire to," she said, adding
that a company can be compliant without necessarily being ethical.
'Successful African American Woman Racially Profiled At A Popular Dallas, Texas
On February 27, 2016 our client Mrs. Arnita Johnson-Hall of AMB Credit
Consultants, LLC went into the Z Gallerie store at Knox and Henderson in Dallas,
Texas to purchase a $1,000 gift card. Although the purchase was promptly
approved by the bank that issued Z Gallerie's credit card, Johnson-Hall was
falsely informed that it had been declined. Subsequent to the approval of
Johnson-Hall's purchase and contrary to standard (retailing) protocol, Z Gallerie made 2 (additional) security calls to the credit card company in an
attempt to confirm Johnson-Hall's identity. At this time, Z Gallerie falsely
informed our client that her purchase had been declined due to "suspicious
activity". They did so without providing any information on the suspicious
activity being referenced.
Malaysia: Tesco offers shoplifter a job
A father of three was caught shoplifting at a hypermarket in Malaysia, but
instead of being punished, he has been offered a job there. The 31-year-old man,
who declined to be named, said he was thankful to be given a second chance and a
job instead of being handed over to the police after last Wednesday's incident.
He said he stole some food stuff worth 27 ringgit (US$6.50) from the Tesco
hypermarket in Alma because his children were hungry and he did not have any
money. The store's general manager Radzuan Ma'asan, who interrogated the man,
decided to take a different approach in dealing with the crime. Warning him
never to steal again, he offered the man a job at the store.
New Zealand: The Warehouse accused of demanding 'illegal' compensation from
The Warehouse has been accused of illegally demanding "compensation" from
shoplifters it catches stealing in its stores. The claim was made by a lawyer
for two foreign tourists in Hastings District Court on Tuesday, who admitted
stealing from The Warehouse in Blenheim last month. The store issued a "civil
recovery notice" to German Laura Fischer, 21, and Dutchman Jimmy Haluani, 22,
demanding $275 each in recompense. Fischer's notice said the goods she had taken
were worth $11. Lawyer Alan Cressey said the pair believed they were required to
pay up, but in fact the "intimidating" notice was illegal, he told Judge Max
Courtney, and was a way for The Warehouse to claim money it was "not entitled
Axis shows off cybersecurity platform at ISC West 2016 conference
James Marcella, director, technical services at Axis Communications, told SSN
that Axis will be showing off a cybersecurity platform at ISC West 2016,
something the company did "on an invitation-only basis last year - but we're
making [it] more mainstream this year." Marcella called the platform a "collaboration with a group of partners to create an edge-core cybersecure
solution for any customer who's ultimately concerned about the cyber integrity
of a total system." This platform can "lock down the edge devices - the cameras
and encoders - and transmit securely from edge to core video," Marcella said,
and the company will be demoing it at the show. Axis released a cyber-hardening
guide late last year. For the first year, Axis is attracting attendees to its
booth with an iBeacon Zone sponsorship. Attendees with the ISC West app who
enter a certain zone of the show floor will get a notification on their phone
with info on Axis' latest products.
Video Surveillance Market Worth 71.28 Billion USD by 2022
The market for the commercial sector is expected to grow at the highest CAGR
between 2016 and 2022. The high demand for security systems in large and small
retail businesses is increasing to reduce robbery and inventory loss. In the
commercial sector, financial institutions and banks highly recommend video
surveillance systems to provide security to the buildings, maintain cash
management, and monitor customers and staff activities. This enhances security
parameters and drives the surveillance system market for the commercial sector.
Survey: Retail CFOs upping investment in store remodeling/redesign
Retail CFOs are bullish on online sales growth, but they are focusing fewer
dollars on building out their online presence in 2016 as they look instead to
enhance the in-store experience in response to omnichannel expectations. That's
one of the findings of BDO's 10th annual Retail Compass Survey of CFOs which
found that, following several years of ramped-up investment, only 9% of CFOs say
they will invest the most capital in their e-commerce channels, down from 22%
last year. By contrast, 31% plan to invest the most capital in redesigning and
remodeling stores, up from 9% in 2015.
However, CFOs expect to see strong online sales -and with the continued
popularity of e-commerce, a growing focus on cybersecurity, as well. Additional
● CFOs expect online sales to grow by nearly 10%;
● 69% expect cybersecurity regulation to increase;
● 52% have increased their spending on cybersecurity protections, and
● Three-quarters say they are currently EMV compliant.
Amazon eyes Office Depot deal to launch office supply business
A prominent activist investor has taken a stake in Office Depot, believing the
workplace supply chain could be near a deal that will clear all regulatory
barriers to its merger with Staples, The Post has learned. The deal would
involve Amazon, which is believed to be eyeing the corporate business unit of
Office Depot, according to a person familiar with the investor's thinking.
Bankrupt Sports Authority Plays Hardball in Suits Against Suppliers
Sports Authority Inc. is playing hardball with suppliers, filing lawsuits
against more than 160 of them just weeks after it sought bankruptcy protection
for its chain of ailing stores. Suppliers are striking back, fighting the
beleaguered company over goods they placed with it for sale under consignment
arrangements. At stake is $85 million worth of shoes and other gear on the
shelves of the insolvent retailing operation, which filed for chapter 11
protection earlier this month. Filed Tuesday in bankruptcy court, the suits
challenge vendor claims to consigned goods on the shelves of the distressed
retail chain, which has already begun liquidating 140 stores and has little time
to save the rest in bankruptcy.
Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney accuses lawyers of malpractice
NRF Says Easter Spending Will Reach $17.3 Billion
Gap Inc. wins inclusion award for advancement of women in the workplace
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Feds: Chinese man sought stolen military gear
The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted San Diego's
Homeland Security with their investigation into a Chinese national suspected of
procuring stolen military equipment. There is no indication of who the national
is working for but experts say the types of sophisticated sensitive
military-grade equipment they are accused of seeking are highly prized by
foreign governments, criminal organizations and in war zones.
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Business email compromise fraud rising fast, hard to fight
The email comes from a trusted source -- the CEO, a regular vendor, the company
attorney or accountant. It's part of an ongoing conversation, the format and
language is identical to previous emails of the same type. There might even be
phone calls. It's no surprise that in this situation an employee would send a
wire transfer to a new payee or a sensitive business document to someone who
turns out to be a fraudster.
According to ZapFraud, these kinds of spear phishing attacks, known as business
email compromise (BEC), now account for 4 percent of the total volume of scams,
up from from less than 1 percent in 2011. BEC fraud was the fastest-growing type
of spear phishing attack last year, reported PhishLabs in a report released late
last month. This type of fraud cost global business more than $1.2 billion over
the past two years, the FBI reported late last summer, and the number of victims
increased by 270 percent during the first eight months of 2015. The average loss
per scam was $130,000.
According to the FBI, BEC fraud typically includes urgency or secrecy, uses a
look-alike email address, takes place just before a holiday or weekend or while
the CEO is away from the office, and typically results in a large sum of money
transferred to China.
Some of these aspects are evolving, however. Fraudsters increasingly spoof the
actual email address of the CEO or trusted business partner, and ask for the
money to be sent to a domestic bank account, according to PhishLabs.
Risk Management: Getting it Right
Behind many of the biggest breaches is a third-party intrusion. And yet far too
few organizations have an effective third-party risk management program in
place, says Norman Menz III, co-founder and CTO of Prevalent. How must they
address this gap? In a video interview at RSA Conference 2016, Menz discusses: ●
Rising regulatory pressure on organizations to manage third-party risks; ●
Common risk management gaps; ● Prevalent's approach to assessing and managing
American Express just now warns customers about third-party breach that happened
notification letter dated March 10, American Express warns cardholders that
their account information might've been exposed after a third-party service
provider suffered a data breach. "...Account information of some of our Card
Members, including some of your account information, may have been involved. It
is important to note that American Express owned or controlled systems were not
compromised by this incident," the letter states. The third-party provider,
which isn't named, is engaged by several merchants the notification letter
explains. Cardholders should expect that their account number, name, and
other card details were compromised.
The interesting aspect of this notification is that the incident being
referenced by American Express happened on Saturday, December 7, 2013. It isn't
clear why the there was such a delay. American Express says the notification is
just a precaution.
Banking Industry Continues Attack on Retailers, PIN Security
Op-Ed: "Consumer protection and the PIN diversion"
The retail industry's continued emphasis on static technologies impedes
innovation and stands in the way of consumer protection, said ABA SVP Jess Sharp
op-ed in The Hill published yesterday. Sharp criticized the retail lobby for
its repeated calls to mandate chip and PIN technology, saying that doing so
would not prevent future data breaches. "The retail industry's position...
reveals the troubling gaps between retailers' understanding of the cybersecurity
landscape and what is needed to protect consumer data," he wrote. "It is high
time that they stop passing off a single tool as a panacea that will save their
members big money - it is simply not true."
Sharp pointed out that the nature of fraud has changed drastically since PIN
technology was first introduced, evolving from the physical theft and use of
cards to sophisticated hacking of retail data systems, which can be done from
miles away. While PIN technology can help safeguard against point-of-sale fraud,
it cannot offer consumers protection from online fraud where a physical card is
not used. Rather than pushing to standardize this technology, Sharp said, the
retail industry should take the opportunity to join banks in supporting strong
data standards that provide the ability to innovate and offer more consumer
One in Four IT Professionals Say Companies are Not Doing Enough to Protect Data
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International Organization of Black Security
Executives 2016 Spring Conference
Boca Raton, FL
The IOBSE Executive Officers and
Board of Directors would like to invite you to the 2016 IOBSE Spring
Conference. As the leading organization for minority security
professionals, one key goal is to provide high quality education and
training to keep practitioners and students abreast of current
trends in security operations and technology.
The conference will showcase thought presentations by top leaders in
the security industry featuring an array of outstanding speakers and
trending topics. In additional to the educational sessions there
will also be several exciting networking events including the
President's Welcome Reception as well as the Founder's Awards
We are pleased to announce Tyco
as this year's conference host. The conference will take place at
Tyco Integrated Security's Corporate Center in Boca Raton, FL, April
13 - April 14, 2016. We have set aside a room block for the IOBSE at
the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa Deerfield Beach with a fantastic
negotiated room rate of $159 per night for a 2 room King Suite
(includes complementary made-to-order breakfast and evening
reception with cocktails and appetizers).
Registration for the 2016 IOBSE Spring Conference is available
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online retailers face crackdown on VAT fraud
New powers to tackle value added tax fraud by overseas online retailers formed
the centrepiece of a multibillion-pound campaign against avoidance and evasion.
George Osborne, chancellor, said there had been a big rise in overseas suppliers
selling goods online without paying VAT. This, he said, "unfairly undercuts
British businesses both on the internet and on the high street". HM Revenue &
Customs will get new powers to tackle the most non-compliant overseas
businesses. If they fail to pay VAT the tax body will tell the online
marketplace concerned - that is, platforms such as eBay and Amazon - to suspend
the traders. The online platforms would be held liable for the missing VAT if
they failed to act. The VAT measure is expected to raise 875m pounds by April
I'm a Barbie girl, in a fraudster's world - the threat of counterfeit to online
Barbie has come a long way in the past six decades, with the makers recently
debuting new Barbie dolls that come in a variety of body shapes and sizes.
However, alongside Barbie's evolution, the figurehead of Mattel's dolls and
accessories has been the target of counterfeit activity in recent years, with US
Customs making a large-scale seizure of the toys in 2010 and 2012, with a
further 20,000 fake Frozen dolls seized from a shipping container arriving from
China in 2014.
Increasing ecommerce has caused a rapid change in the way customers shop for
toys, but despite the growth in profits this has brought for some retailers, the
technological developments have also brought a wave of new threats - meaning
brands and consumers must be on high alert. According to a report from the
Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), 12% of toys and games
sales are being lost annually in the UK due to fake goods - making it the
second worst country hit by counterfeiters.
The Internet is a vast and relatively unregulated space, and brands all over
the world are increasingly falling prey to cyber criminals selling counterfeit
versions of products. Fraudsters are able to set up extremely high-quality
fake websites and listings on marketplace sites, resulting in customers
unknowingly buying counterfeit versions of the items they intended to purchase.
In addition to revenue, hard earned reputation for value and quality can be
quickly lost due to counterfeiters. Counterfeiting can rapidly erode brand
perception in the marketplace if consumers are disappointed with an unwittingly
purchased counterfeit product.
Bon-Ton will offer buy online, pick up in-store companywide by September
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Co, VA: 'We can't arrest our way out of it' -
Chesterfield Police teams with Retail Loss Prevention to explore new ways to
combat heroin epidemic
In just the first two months of this year, Chesterfield County has seen an 183%
increase in heroin overdoses and fatalities over the same time period last year,
according to Chesterfield Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE). In addition
to SAFE, police have teamed up with retailers to help identify repeat
shoplifters that are suspected of being heroin addicts. "Things start to go
sideways and they start committing crime to support their habit," said Major
Chris Hensley with Chesterfield County Police. Hensley says police and loss
prevention personnel will start handing out cards to suspected shoplifters and
addicts before they are arrested or commit a crime. On the cards, the names and
numbers of places around the area that can help with addiction. Police say it's
an effort to stop petty criminals from overdosing or moving on to more serious
and violent crimes like armed robbery.
County, VA: Man charged with stealing goods to sell on eBay; $50,000 to $70,000
in merchandise stolen
On March 9, the Wythe County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Aaron Brandon
Wright after an investigation that started last year into the theft of thousands
of dollars worth of items from Wytheville stores, including Walmart. Police
believe that Wright was selling the goods ranging from shoes to speakers on
eBay. Walmart associates notified Police last April that someone was shoplifting
items from the store and that the person had an "alpha" key used to unlock
more-expensive merchandise. Police said Wright, who came into the store with a
small child, would take the items into a family bathroom where he apparently
concealed them in a diaper bag. Police went to Wright's residence on March 9 and
seized hundreds of items including infant formula, game cameras, iPhone cases, a
pet trimmer, headphones, jewelry, dog leashes and DVDs. On Wednesday, 62 similar
items were still listed for sell under the eBay account named in the warrant.
Started in 2013, the account had 100 percent positive feedback. Investigator
states 50-70k in merchandise has been stolen by Mr. Wright. In 2013, Wright was
convicted of three felony shoplifting charges in Montgomery County Circuit
Mobile, AL: Cell Phone thieves hit Walmart
for over $13,000 in merchandise
Police need your help tracking down some alleged thieves caught on surveillance
cameras. The accompanying video comes from a Walmart store in Mobile. Police say
the three people seen in the video went behind a counter and stole numerous cell
phones. They just grabbed the phones and took off. Pictures show the alleged
thieves as they came inside the store. Investigators say the total value of the
cell phones is around $13,000.
Mankato, MN: ORC thief busted in spree of electronics thefts; had a "magic key"
An Iowa man is facing three charges in connection with a shoplifting incident at
Shopko. Dustin Lucas Nesje, 22, was charged Tuesday with felony possession of
shoplifting gear, felony possession of burglary or theft tools and misdemeanor
theft. Officers responded to the Mankato Shopko for a shoplifting report at 3:23
p.m. Monday. A loss prevention employee told officers he recognized Nesje and
another man as people involved in a "string of organized retail thefts" at
Shopko in recent weeks. .Nesje admitted to the employee he had a magnetic key to
open a videogame case, a tool he said he stole from a retailer in Rochester. He
also said he'd been going to the Shopko with others and stealing.
Juliet, TN: Over $800 in flip-flops stolen from Old Navy
It all started when officers were called to the South Mt. Juliet Road business
just after 5 p.m. for a shoplifting in progress. Mt. Juliet police say as
officers were on their way, the suspects ran from the store and got into a
Nissan Altima. A detailed description of the car was provided to police, who
spotted and stopped the suspects. During a traffic stop, authorities reportedly
found the $800 in flip-flops inside the car, which were returned to Old Navy.
Two women, 28-year-old Tena Allen and 26-year-old Towonda Parrish, were taken
Coldwater, MI: Police investigation leads to arrest in large ORC theft from
One of two suspects charged in connection with the theft of a large amount of
items from the Coldwater Gander Mountain Store is free after posting ten percent
of a $25,000 bond on Tuesday. 21-year-old Kayla Kristine Wagoner is facing five
year felony counts for Retail Fraud, Organized Retail Crime and Conspiracy to
Commit Organized Retail Crime. According to Branch County court documents, the
alleged crimes in January involved the taking of items from the store for
possible reselling either through the mail or by electronic media. Wagoner was
arrested following a Coldwater Police Department investigation. A co-defendant,
28-year-old Paul William Goetz-Hoke of Coldwater, was booked at the Branch
County Jail in late January.
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IN: Name of suspect released in Officer-Involved shooting at TGI Friday's at
Evansville police have released more details in Tuesday night's deadly
officer-involved shooting. Police say it all began around 8:20 p.m. when
officers responded to a report of a person threatening to kill people at T.G.I.
Friday's at Eastland Mall. Witnesses at the restaurant told officers the
suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Daniel Wooters, said he was "going to
kill some cops." We're told Wooters then left the restaurant and started walking
toward the nearby Fifth Third Bank parking lot. Authorities say an officer
responding to the scene was confronted by Wooters in the parking lot and he
pulled out a knife. The officer kept her distance and that's when, we're told,
Wooters jumped into the officer's marked patrol car and sped away. That
escalated into a police chase, which ended on Morgan Avenue. EPD tells us
Wooters then got out of the car, still armed with the knife, and moved toward
the officers. At that time, three officers fired their guns at him. Wooters
later died due to internal bleeding from gunshot wounds to the chest at St.
VA: Police ID suspect arrested in Richmond Walmart shooting
Richmond Police have identified the suspect arrested in the Walmart parking lot
shooting on Sheila Lane. The suspect, identified as Randall C. Hicks, 26, was
charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a
felony. Both charges are felonies. The shooting happened around 11:55 a.m.
Wednesday in the parking lot of the store. Police say a customer was simply
putting groceries in his car, when in broad daylight, someone approached him
with a gun. The man was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. Police
say they do not consider this a random attack.
TX: Teen suspects shot by off-duty Police Officer during Game X Change Armed
Texas Rangers are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left two
teenage suspects wounded after an armed robbery at an Athens video game store
Wednesday night. Around 8:45 p.m., four teenagers entered the Game X Change. One
of the suspects displayed a handgun and ordered the clerk and customers to the
floor, then demanded money from the cash register. One of the customers, an
off-duty Kerens police officer, tried to stop the robbery and fired several
shots at the suspects. The officer, whose name has not been released, struck two
of the suspects; one in the side and the other in the arm. No other injuries
were reported. The officer detained the suspects until the Athens Police
Department arrived at the store.
Store employee grazed by bullet during attempted robbery
Police are searching for an attempted robbery suspect who shot at an employee at
Mega Saver. Officers were called to 24th and P Streets just after 8 p.m.
Wednesday on a shots fired call. Employee Rosa Garduno-Ruiz told officers she
was behind the counter when a man armed with a handgun approached her and
demanded money. She told officers the suspect was startled when a second
employee appeared. Police said the suspect fired five shots at the male
employee. One of the bullets grazed the victim's side. Medics treated the
employee on scene.
Robberies & Thefts
Elk Grove, CA: Walmart manager, boyfriend accused of February robbery
The manager of an Elk Grove Walmart store and her boyfriend have been arrested
in the Feb. 9 robbery at the store. Gilbert Smith, 45, was arrested Tuesday at
his Sacramento residence, and his girlfriend, Shenita Barnes, 33, was taken into
custody Wednesday at work, said Officer Christopher Trim, Elk Grove police
spokesman. The robbery occurred about 2:10 a.m. Feb. 9. Smith allegedly entered
the store and entered the cash room using a copied management key, according to
a Police. Once inside the cash room, he confronted an employee, brandished a
handgun and demanded money. The employee, fearing for his safety, gave Smith an
undisclosed amount of money, Smith then fled the store. Detectives were able to
connect Barnes, a manager at the Elk Grove Walmart, to the robbery. Both were
booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. Each
is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
AZ: Shoplifting Sisters charged with Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping; Store
manager was not quitting without a fight
Police believe that on Feb. 24, Reaanne Gail Bowman, 20, and her sister Allie
went to the "The Cotton Cactus" where Bowman stole some shorts and a backpack.
Police say as Bowman left the store, her sister was already in the car and ready
to go. At this moment, the store manager came out and grabbed the backpack
Bowman was carrying. The two struggled for the backpack, as Bowman punched and
kicked the victim. "Reaanne grabbed the victim by the bicep and started punching
and kicking the victim. Allie started driving the car through the parking lot.
The victim took several steps running next to the car due to Reaanne still
holding on to her arm," court documents read. Fearing she'd be dragged or run
over, the manager made her way into the car- where Reaanne kept beating her.
Half a mile away, the sisters stopped o let her out. Bowman was found and
arrested on March 9. She is being charged with aggravated robbery and
kidnapping. Her sister has not yet been arrested.
Beach, CA: Police explore whether 4 burglary suspects are linked to Newport
At 3:23 a.m. Wednesday, Tustin police responded to an alarm at 13151 Jamboree
Road and found that the front door of a Rite-Aid there had been busted open,
Tustin police Sgt. Andy Birozy said. Officers discovered that when the burglars
took cash from the store, they inadvertently took a GPS security device with
them. Police tracked the device to a gas station near the 5 Freeway and Oso
Parkway in south Orange County, where they detained four men who were there in
two cars. Birozy said investigators are interviewing the suspects, whom he
declined to identify, and have reached out to other police agencies that have
been looking into similar break-ins. Three pharmacies in Newport Beach were
burglarized in the early morning of March 10, according to police. Within the
past week, burglars also broke into Rite-Aid stores in Fountain Valley, Dana
Point and Westminster.
Springfield, IL: 4 Dollar stores robbed in a month
Springfield police are seeking information about a robbery at the Family Dollar
Wednesday afternoon. A man walked into the store at 1:53 p.m., approached the
clerk and demanded money, police said. After receiving the money, he fled the
store on foot. No weapon was displayed. Police are investigating the possibility
of a link between Wednesday's robbery and three robberies at different Dollar
General stores in Springfield over the past month.
San Jose, CA: Detectives investigate Apple store theft
On March 10 at 10:28 a.m. on N. Santa Cruz Ave, two unarmed subjects entered the
Apple store, grabbed electronics and fled. Detectives are working to identify
Charleston, WV: Two men arrested in robbery of 78 year old woman outside
Elder-Beerman store at the Shops at Kanawha
Countryside, IL: Arrest Warrant Issued for TJ Maxx Stiletto Shoe Thief
UK: South London, England: Fight at Brixton McDonald's as 'crowd of teenagers
attack security guard and police seize knife'
UK: Aberdeen City Centre Community Policing Team to focus on Retail Crime
York, NY: NYPD Busts $2.6 Million Worth Of Counterfeit Apple Watches, Beats
The NYPD this week seized about $2.6 million worth of counterfeit goods,
including fake Apple watches and Beats music headphones. Inspector John
Denesopolis says the goods were shipped from China and arrived abroad a ship to
Newark. The container with the fake products was picked up and sent to a storage
facility, where police arrested 28-year-old Minijan Hu Tuesday. Police said the
authentic products were sent without labels and Hu would put brand names on
them. They say he would sell the inferior products online and at flea markets.
The watches couldn't be registered with Apple. Police believe the shipments came
twice a year from China beginning in 2014. Cops began investigating after a tip
from Homeland Security. Hu and three others were arrested on trademark
New Haven, CT: Chinese national arrested in Milford pleads guilty to conspiracy
Xianfeng Zuo, 37, of China, admitted to intentionally conspiring to traffic
goods and knowing that one or more of the conspirators knew about the goods and
services being counterfeit, according to the plea agreement. Zuo was arrested
along with two other Chinese nationals, Daofu Zhang, 50, and Jiang Guanghou Yan.
Yan pleaded guilty on March 8 to two counts of conspiracy to counterfeit goods
and with attempting to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
According to the complaint in this case, Yan reportedly sold 45 counterfeit
Intel processors to an undercover U.S. agent, who told Yan the processors would
be used in U.S. Navy operations. The complaint also alleges that Yan then
offered to pay for military-grade semiconductors and would replace the ones he
bought with fake semiconductors.
Chesterfield, VA: 2 men indicted by Federal Grand Jury for using skimming device
at Bank of America and Sun Trust; $32,000 in cash recovered
Police say for five months, two men had a scheme and may have stolen the
information of up to 40 people in Richmond. The Secret Service alleges the
scheme hit SunTrust, Bank of America and state department credit union banks in
Maryland and Virginia. Chesterfield Police made the initial arrest and seized
$32,000 in cash from Korotkov's and Tursk's Fairfax apartment along with ATM
skimmer hardware, computers and 94 magnetic-strip cards.
Credit Card Fraud
TN: Credit card theft victim acts quickly; Police arrest three
With the help of a quick-acting victim and Walmart security, Franklin Police
Officers have apprehended and charged three New Orleans residents in a credit
card fraud case. It started at a Franklin Kroger, where a senior citizen was
shopping, last Thursday. After the victim checked out at the store, someone
stole the wallet from her purse. The victim immediately noticed the missing
wallet, and went back inside to call police. Officers worked quickly to track
the victim's missing cards, and immediately located video of the suspects using
the stolen credit cards at the Franklin Walmart. Security there called police
after the suspects returned, later that same night, to make a second round of
purchases. Officers apprehended three suspects, all of Louisiana. Inside their
parked car, officers discovered thousands in electronic merchandise and gift
cards bought with the Franklin victim's stolen credit cards.
CA: Identity Theft Ring Busted in Carpinteria
Renee Ash, 24, and Christopher Hernandez, 37, were booked into Santa Barbara
County Jail. Authorities say that a deputy contacted two people who were smoking
in the 5500 block of Carpinteria. The City has instituted a ban against public
smoking within city limits. During the contact, the deputy discovered one of the
people was on active probation for theft out of Fresno County. A search of that
person's car found several fraudulent California identification cards, debit
cards, and credit cards, according to the Sheriff's Office. Both, Ash and
Hernandez, were arrested on scene. The arrest led police to contact two other
individuals, 47-year-old Wanda Elliot-Ash and 31-year-old Chard Petros, both of
Madera, at a nearby motel. According to the Sheriff's Office, its deputies
searched the motel rooms and discovered more stolen credit cards, checkbooks and
manufactured fraudulent credit cards. They say Elliot-Ash provided a false
identity to hide a felony narcotics/theft warrant in her name out of Madera
County. She is Ash's mother.
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