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Starbucks closes all Brussels stores after airport terrorist attack
Starbucks closed all of its stores in Brussels Tuesday following terrorist attacks at the airport there and at a metro station. One of the explosions that took place at the airport happened outside of a Starbucks store, according to eyewitness accounts. Starbucks said that one employee was injured but that everyone has been accounted for and is safe.

"We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts that have taken place in Brussels today," the Seattle-based coffee company said in a statement. "This store and all other Starbucks stores in Brussels will remain closed until further notice."

Airport worker Anthony Deloos told the Associated Press the first explosion took place near counters where customers pay for overweight baggage. He and a colleague said the second blast hit near the Starbucks.

"We heard a big explosion. It's like when you're in a party and suddenly your hearing goes out, from like a big noise," Deloos said, adding that he jumped into a luggage chute to protect himself. usatoday.com

Wicklander-Zulawski Launches #AskWZ
CHICAGO, March 22, 2016 - Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ), a consulting and training industry leader, is launching #AskWZ. The elite CFI certified investigators and instructors at WZ are offering their insights on WZ's social media platforms: LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Loss Prevention, Asset Protection and Human Resources professionals can now ask WZ experts questions anytime.

WZ takes pride in creating new and customized solutions to account for the diverse challenges that face their diverse clients. Whether you need help with your career, getting to the truth, or taking your skill set to the next level, #AskWZ is your new social resource. So get your questions answered via your favorite social network with #AskWZ today. w-z.com

Insurer Blames Tyco Security For $60M Eli Lilly Drug Heist
Eli Lilly's insurer told a Florida jury Monday that Tyco Integrated Security LLC failed to protect a Lilly pharmaceutical warehouse in Connecticut and should shoulder the blame for a $60 million drug heist there by burglars who disabled the alarm system.

In opening arguments before a jury in federal court in Miami, National Union Fire Insurance Co.'s attorney Elisa Gilbert said Tyco, formerly ADT Security Services Inc., routinely failed to investigate its security systems after burglaries and "stubbornly, arrogantly refused to cooperate" with National Union's investigation into the 2010 break-in.

"We know who took the cookies," Gilbert told the jury. "This case is about who more likely than not left the kitchen door open."

The burglary at Eli Lilly's Enfield, Connecticut, facility was carried out by brothers Amed and Amaury Villa, who cut a hole in the warehouse roof directly above the control room, deactivated the alarm system and absconded with thousands of cases of drugs, including including the antidepressant Prozac and schizophrenia treatment Zyprexa, fleeing in a tractor trailer.

National Union paid Eli Lilly over $42 million in connection with the burglary, the insurer said in its suit against Tyco. law360.com

UK Landmark ruling could see businesses prosecuted for employees
behaving badly
UK businesses could be liable if an employee commits a negligent act while at work, the Supreme Court has ruled. The landmark judgement, which was confirmed this week, will have considerable consequences on the way employers train and monitor their staff, according to North West law firm Kirwans.

The warning comes after Morrisons were held responsible for the actions of an employee who kicked and punched a customer at a store's petrol forecourt in Birmingham in 2008. Ahmed Mahmoud, who was assaulted by Morrison's worker Amjid Khan on the supermarket's premises, the Supreme Court ruled Morrisons were "vicariously liable" for Mr Khan's actions.

This means, that the supermarket giant was held responsible for its employees negligent act.
"The Supreme Court's judgement is extremely significant and could open the floodgates for similar cases where an employee commits a negligent act, in a place of work, during working hours. Under this new ruling, liability is no longer a matter for the individual alone; the employer will now also be accountable.  retailfraud.com

Merchants Bear a Heavy Cost from Non-Fraud Chargebacks
Third Party Dispute Resolution Network?

Today it is possible for a post billing chargeback notification platform to process hundreds of thousands of cases monthly and to enable almost near real-time collaboration for both fraud and non-fraud chargeback disputes. By integrating directly with card issuers and redirecting disputes from the issuer to the merchant for resolution, disputes can be resolved before they escalate and become chargebacks. In this scenario, everybody wins; merchants avoid costly fees, fines or penalties while Issuers experience lower operating expenses while supporting cardholder satisfaction through timely resolution.

TC-40s and SAFE list certainly have their uses, so they aren't going away anytime soon. But neither will prevent fraud or chargebacks. The way forward is a collaborative dispute resolution network that closes the loop before chargebacks occur. In our experience, using a dispute resolution network could reduce chargebacks by up to 40% and give merchants and issuing banks another tool to keep customers happy and save money.  paymentssource.com

Amazon Sues Executive Recently Hired by Target
Retailer says logistics and supply chain expert Arthur Valdez violated noncompete clause

In the lawsuit, the Seattle retailer said Arthur Valdez, employed by Amazon for 16 years, was in a position to reveal confidential strategy to its rival. Target had touted Mr. Valdez's lengthy experience in a news release last month announcing his hiring.

Amazon said Mr. Valdez is bound by a noncompete agreement he signed in 2012, which requires an 18-month hiatus before he can take a position with similar responsibilities at a rival firm. Mr. Valdez's new post will necessarily involve "the disclosure and use of Amazon's confidential and proprietary information to Amazon's detriment and Target's advantage.

"We have taken significant precautions to ensure that any proprietary information remains confidential and we believe this suit is without merit," a Target spokeswoman said. "However, as this is pending litigation we are not going to comment further at this time."

Amazon is seeking to prevent him from contributing to Target's supply chain or logistics operations for the full 18-month period, beginning March 1, 2016. wsj.com

California State Cargo Theft Report Trend Analysis 2012-2015
Between the years 2012 and 2015, CargoNet® received and logged more than 992 incidents of cargo theft, vehicle theft, and identity theft for trucking companies in California. CargoNet received reported loss values totaling $83,689,725. The average loss value per incident was calculated at $112,767. If combined with the known loss value, we can estimate the value of stolen cargo in all 992 incidents to be $111,639,330.

From 2012 to 2015, 45% of the total number of cargo theft incidents occurred between Friday and Saturday. Friday was the most common day for cargo theft; 21% of all cargo thefts occurred on Friday. Cargo theft also spiked on Monday, contributing to 17% of total cargo theft incidents. Wednesday was the least active day, with only 11% of total cargo theft incidents.

29% involved the theft of food and beverage products with electronics, coming in at 19%. CargoNet recorded that 22% of cargo theft incidents occur at warehouses, followed by secured yards and parking lots at 8%. ajot.com

View additional California cargo theft analysis in CargoNet's State of the State report

Feds Want Banks To Check Prepaid Card Customer IDs
Curtailing Criminal Use

Federal regulators said Monday that banks and other financial institutions that issue reloadable prepaid cards are responsible for collecting personal information from customers, even if those cards are marketed through third parties, in a bid to curtail criminal use of the popular financial products. That means that banks will have to collect, at minimum, the names, birthdays, addresses and identification numbers of cardholders even if those cards are issued by third-party firms and not the banks themselves.  law360.com

FedEx Gets Drug Trafficking Claims Trimmed After DOJ Flub
A California federal judge drastically trimmed criminal charges against FedEx Corp. and a subsidiary over drug shipments on Friday, saying the statute of limitations has run out and prosecutors had no excuse for putting the wrong company's name on deals to extend the deadline.

The ruling frees FedEx Corp. and FedEx Corporate Services from all ten counts of distribution of controlled substances, and one count each of conspiracy to distribute misbranded drugs, conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

That leaves the parent company and its e-commerce services unit facing one count of misbranded drug distribution conspiracy, two counts of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. law360.com

FTC 'Ginned Up' Case Against Office Depot Deal, Staples Says
FTC Says They Have 79% of Largest B2B Customers

Staples laid into the Federal Trade Commission on Monday as a D.C. federal court mulled whether to pause the company's Office Depot merger, accusing the agency of "gerrymandering" and not crediting competition from Amazon and other office supplies providers in opposing the deal.

At opening arguments Monday of a two-week hearing, Staples and Office Depot pushed back against the FTC's argument for a preliminary injunction against the retailers' $6.3 billion merger. Staples' counsel Diane Sullivan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP said that the FTC has contorted the office supply market by excluding thousands of business customers and whole categories of products, to find a "narrow, rigged, artificially inflated view of the world that has nothing to do with reality" and to challenge the deal.

The FTC, meanwhile, defended its administrative complaint, which focused on business-to-business office supply contracts. The FTC's attorney Tara Reinhart continued that argument in pushing for the preliminary injunction Monday, saying that Staples and Office Depot routinely compete with each other, lowering prices for those businesses.

Monday's opening arguments teed up a battle over the bounds of the market for office supplies, both in the customers served and the products considered, as the FTC looks to preserve its list of the largest business customers - 79 percent of which are served by Staples or Office Depot currently. law360.com

Eagan, MN: Woman sues Police and Gap Inc. store in Federal Court for Theft Arrest; seeking $15,000 in damages
A Medford, MN., woman has filed a federal lawsuit against an Eagan police officer and an outlet store after she was arrested for allegedly shoplifting an item she bought earlier that day. In the 20-page lawsuit filed last Thursday, Kathryn Krogh, 33, is suing Eagan Police officer Sean Sweeney and Gap Inc. for unlawful arrest and defamation during an October visit to Twin Cities Premium Outlets. startribune.com

Aritzia posts Vice President of Loss Prevention position for Vancouver, Canada
Aritzia is searching for our new Vice President, Loss Prevention who will maximize profit by minimizing loss while respecting People, Brand and Operations. The Vice President, Loss Prevention is responsible for developing Aritzia's Loss Prevention strategy and tactics for Merchandise, Finance, People, Property, and Information.

Founded by Brian Hill in 1984, Aritzia now has more than 70 locations in select cities across North America, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. catsone.com

Macy's posts over 70 Asset Protection positions on LinkedIn in last 30 days

Retailers Say Consumption Tax Would Cause 'Great Disruption' to U.S. Economy

83 Ahold-Delhaize stores for sale: Includes 19 Martin's stores in Richmond

Modell's Sporting Goods to open 2 stores - Boston & Philly

Rochester, NY: Local malls tough on shoplifting

Apple Event: CEO Tim Cook Addresses iPhone Security; Small iPhone Gets Upgrade

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Mattress Firm Q4 comp's up 0.7%, sales up 3.4%, full yr. comp's up 2.1%, sales up 40.7%

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Retail and the cashless society - Not So Fast
As smartphone-based payment options like Apple Pay catch on, the idea of the U.S. functioning as an entirely cashless society seems less and less like something out of science fiction. A recent think-piece from Fast Company speculates that a cashless society would be one in which some - perhaps significant swaths of the population - could end up feeling the downside.

The article cites concerns about a cashless U.S. such as a lack of privacy (because it would be impossible to make a financial transaction that was not tracked) and, perhaps more disturbingly, the negative impact on the unbanked and underbanked. A startling 17 million Americans have no bank account and an additional 51 million are underbanked.

A cash-free society could also adversely affect retailers and grocers, especially those in low-income areas, which serve such populations. There seems to be acknowledgement among even major retailers that segments of the population still want and/or need cash.  retailwire.com

Less Than Half of Orgs Share CTI - Cyber Threat Intelligence
New research from Intel Security has explored the issue of cyber threat intelligence (CTI) sharing to gauge how it is currently being adopted and perceived by companies.

The survey of 500 cybersecurity professionals found that although a significant proportion of those polled believe CTI sharing helps to build stronger security, less than half (42%) of respondents currently do it.

Of those who don't share CTI 54% noted corporate policy as the reason why, followed by industry regulations (24%). The remainder of respondents whose organizations don't share threat data either said they would be interested in doing so but currently lack knowledge about the varieties of CTI integration options available to them or have concerns about whether any shared data could be linked back to their companies or themselves as individuals.  infosecurity-magazine.com

The Insecurities of Information Security
A survey of 597 U.S. IT executives who direct either cybersecurity activities and/or control the budget for such activities by Ponemon Institute and security firm Cyphort found 39% said their organization is effective at detecting cyberthreats, while 30% said their organization is effective at preventing cyberattacks. Only 17% said they do well at prioritizing alerts and 13% said they were effective at detecting false positives, with 68% saying they spend a significant amount of time chasing false positives.

"Getting malware attacks under control continues to be a challenge for companies," the survey report said. "Despite such catastrophic data breaches as Target, cyber threats are not getting the appropriate attention from senior leadership they deserve. ... Respondents say they do not have the necessary intelligence to make a convincing case to the C-suite about the threats facing their company."  wsj.com

How to catch a thief, e-commerce style
The latest testing reveals some non-intuitive computer profile details for spotting the bad guys.

E-commerce directors and their IT security and loss prevention counterparts play an endless cat-and-mouse game with cyberthieves. The trick to getting ahead of fraud is anticipating which customers are the most likely thieves, typically through some form of pattern or attribute recognition. The problem is that smart bad guys can change their patterns and attributes as quickly as the good guys learn to recognize them. Here are some of their most interesting patterns:

32-bit OS running on 64-bit processors. Bad guys like older Windows devices, which they can reprogram to be short-lived fraud tools that have been tweaked to leave as few fingerprints as possible.

A shortage or absence of old cookies. Bad guys hate cookies, or anything else that leaves a trail, so they continually clear them. "Fraudsters clear their cookies 90% of the time whereas organic users clear cookies only 10% of the time," Simility said.

Machines that have opted to come up with their own settings. Many browsers offer Do Not Track options, with typical preprogrammed options being Yes, No, Unspecified or No. Over the full population, "no" is the choice about 70% of the time, Simility said. But fraudsters' customized browsers will opt for Null.

A lack of plug-ins and extensions. The customized machines that professional cyberthieves use are acting as single-purpose devices. They are not used for personal activities nor for non-criminal business needs.

Fraudsters don't go incognito. If these thieves have done their job properly, their machine will leave few if any clues. Therefore, there's no reason to go incognito. Some thieves would think that going incognito makes them look more suspicious. But you, dear readers, now know better.  computerworld.com

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Vector Security Now Accepting Applications
for 2016 LPF Scholarships

Intelligent security and home automation provider continues commitment to furthering loss prevention education

PITTSBURGH, March 21, 2016 - Vector Security, Inc., the provider of intelligent security and home automation solutions tailored to the needs of customers, is accepting applications for its 2016 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through April 30, 2016. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals - or those who have an interest in loss prevention - seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.

The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

In 2012, the program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.

"We are pleased to collaborate with the Loss Prevention Foundation once again to support loss prevention education and certification," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President, Vector Security. "We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong."

He added, "Over the years, LPQ and LPC certifications have become immensely popular and well-respected. Through our scholarship program, we're honored to assist worthy individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification."

Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

Vector Security has awarded 161 scholarships totaling almost $148,865 since the program began in 2009.

About Vector Security
For more than 40 years, Vector Security, Inc. (www.vectorsecurity.com) has been a premier provider of intelligent security solutions tailored to the needs of the customer. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company offers a full suite of electronic security services for residential, business and national account customers across North America and the Caribbean through a network of branches and authorized dealers. Through its subsidiary, Industry Retail Group (IRG), the company also offers customized managed broadband services that lay the foundation for unsurpassed business intelligence. Vector Security is a sister company of the Philadelphia Contributionship, a mutual insurance company founded in 1752, and currently provides cost-effective, technology-based security solutions to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses. 



State Attorney General Recognizes Need for ORC Law
The 'Fight For 20' Presses On

As we kick off the 'Fight for 20' campaign it is important to remember this is going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. The legislators of states without current Organized Retail Crime laws are not blind to the fact that there is an increase in credit card fraud, gift card scams, shoplifting and identity theft; sometimes the wheels of justice just move a little slow.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with the Attorney General from a state which currently does not have an Organized Retail Crime law. Being that he is the Top Law Enforcement official in the state, surely he had more important things to do. To my surprise, our conversation lasted over 30 minutes. The Attorney General acknowledged that he was aware of ORC laws being enacted in several surrounding states, but to his knowledge, there is no current bill in place in his state and no current effort to support such a bill.

The Attorney General shared that several retailers (including Walmart, Home Depot and CVS) all had major Credit Card/Gift Card Fraud cases in the state in the last few months, large enough to get the attention of his office. The Attorney General also shared the fact that a large retailer recently recovered a great deal of merchandise from a local pawn shop, which was paying heroin addicts pennies on the dollar for stolen merchandise. Prior to these types of crimes gaining headlines, he said, "Honestly, we just didn't see the need." The Attorney General stated that his office also recommends sentencing guidelines to the court; and in these cases, he knew that an Organized Retail Crime law would have come into play.

After he told us he needed "more ammo" to present to the state legislator regarding ORC activity in his and surrounding states, The D&D Daily was able to supply him with information for the local ORC Investigators Network and were pleased to add his contact information to The Daily.

It may seem strange to not name the Attorney General or the state, but we are trying to build bridges, not call out states individually that have not moved forward as of yet. This state will move forward with the right information and a little push from The Daily and the Loss Prevention professionals around the country.

- Gordon Smith
ORC & Retail Crime Editor


Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

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ADA lawsuits against retailers are on the rise
The new areas drawing attention include POS (touch-screens, kiosks and the like), ATMs and retail websites. "Although these areas aren't written into the ADA Standard for Accessible Design, the U.S. Department of Justice and courts are ruling against business for these elements if they are not usable by individuals with disabilities," Stein said at the SPECS session, "ADA Non-Compliance: Can You Afford It?"

She added that the primary disability is question with these elements is visual impairment. "If you have an IT department, talk with them about modifying your website," she advised. "The law suits filed in this area are really ramping up."  chainstoreage.com

Cardholders Prefer Dynamic Security Codes for Online Purchases
Four out of five consumers would prefer using dynamic security codes over static CVV codes when making online purchases with debit and credit cards, according to a study by Oberthur Technologies.

The "dynamic" security features referenced in the study are known as Motion Codes. The static number on the back of a card is replaced by a screen that changes numbers every hour. This is designed to protect the card if the information is stolen online because the verification code is no longer valid after an hour. lowcards.com

Why Online Retailers Are Flocking to Nordstrom
In the past few years, Nordstrom has struck distribution deals for such hot, online-only brands like Bonobos, Shoes of Prey, and Baublebar, making the upscale brick-and-mortar department store a retail partner of choice for many hot up-and-coming e-commerce players. Nordstrom now gets 21% of its revenue from digital sales, thanks to years of investing heavily in its e-commerce backbone, with everything from up-to-date distribution centers to shopping apps. "We think that Nordstrom's high exposure to 'MVP' malls makes it the most attractive wholesale distribution partner for both emerging traditional and online-born brands that wish to expand their distribution to new markets," Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein wrote in the note. fortune.com

UK Online Banking Fraud Soars 64% in 2015, e-commerce fraud jumps 19%
The Year-End 2015 Fraud Update from Financial Fraud Action UK revealed that the value of e-commerce fraud jumped 19% from 2014 to 2015 to reach £261.5 million. When including mail order and telephone fraud - which spiked 22% - the figure for total card not present (CNP) losses amounts to an even higher £398.2m. Bearing this out, fraud on contactless cards and mobile devices - for example those using Apple Pay - amounted to losses of just £2.8 million during 2015, compared to spending of £7.75 billion over the same period. However, it was online banking that saw the biggest spike in fraud last year. Losses jumped a massive 64% to reach £133.5m in 2015, while the volume of cases reported increased 23%. infosecurity-magazine.com

PayPal Poised To Ride The Crest Of Mobile Payment Wave

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South Strabane, PA: Police arrest six in connection with retail thefts
Earlier this month, South Strabane Township police Chief Don Zofchak asked the board of supervisors to consider hiring more officers to handle an increasing number of calls, particularly retail theft arrests. Zofchak's request may have been validated during an eight-hour span Friday that started about 12:30 p.m. with the arrest of two people after a theft at Tanger Outlets that included a chase and capture of the suspects from Ohio, and ended that night with the arrest of three Erie women accused of stealing from stores at Tanger. Quantessa Michelle Huffman, 25, and Travis Wolfe, 25, both of Dayton, were arrested following the chase. Huffman, who is charged with felony retail theft and possessing instruments of a crime, is accused of stealing items from H&M Outlets. Police said she was found with a bag lined with foil to block security sensors. Wolfe, who police said was driving the getaway car, was charged in connection with the chase. Lashana Lendre Mayo Henderson, 24, Krystal Erin Williams, 25, and Jazmine Nicholson, 20, all of Erie, were arrested on charges of felony retail theft, conspiracy and possessing instruments of a crime after police were called to the outlets about 8:25 p.m. for a report of three women stealing from stores. Henderson and Nicholson also were charged with false identification to police after allegedly giving the officer fake names. All three carried purses and booster shopping bags. Police said they found clothing valued at $1,676 inside the shopping bags. Also found was a pair of pliers that could be used to pry off the tags. Williams allowed police to search her car, where police said they found more shopping bags and more clothing. A sixth person, Matthew Dorrance, 46, of Pittsburgh, was charged with felony retail theft for allegedly stealing a hammer drill valued at $349 from Home Depot. observerreporter.com

Ozark, AL: Four Arrested in Walmart Theft Ring
After allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, the members of a Walmart theft ring are now behind bars. Several Walmarts from all around the Wiregrass were targeted including Ozark, Dothan, Enterprise, Marianna, and even Tallahassee. Thirty-five year old Marcus Golden, thirty-one year old Pamela Flowers, nineteen year old Amos Ball, and thirty-one year old Donald Allen were all arrested and charged with 3rd degree theft. The four suspects reportedly had been stealing an assortment of different electronics, such as tv's cameras, computers, phones and other items. With the help of Walmart security cameras, and the assistance of Walmart Loss Prevention, the Ozark Police Department were able to identify the suspects. and conduct an undercover operation. The suspects were confronted and arrested at the Walmart in Ozark. wtvy.com

Perth Amboy, NJ: Woman busted stealing $630 in baby formula from Target
A 39-year-old Perth Amboy woman is facing shoplifting charges for allegedly trying to steal 24 containers of baby formula, worth $630, from Target. On Sunday, store loss prevention officers told police that they spotted Tara M. Lassandro allegedly place 24 containers of Enfamil baby formula into a 20-gallon tote container and then attempt to leave the store without paying. Police said Lassandro, who also had a contempt warrant out of North Brunswick, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. kwqc.com

Lincolnton, NC: Man stole merchandise from Walmart, tried to make return
Michael Samuel Still, 30, is accused of stealing merchandise and then walking outside to his vehicle and then returning to the store to return the items for a refund. Staff at the store called police during the theft. Officers confronted Still after he received the refund. Still was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny and issued a $6,000 secured bond. Officers said Still has previous convictions for trafficking opiates by possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny. lincolntimesnews.com

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Kaufman, TX: Authorities Confirm Murder-Suicide At Walmart; one Walmart Associate killed
The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a murder-suicide at a Walmart store in the city of Kaufman. This took place just before 10:00 a.m. in the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway. The call was first reported as an active shooter situation. According to Capt. Fred Klingelberger, the male suspect walked into the store's garden center and shot a male employee. That suspect then turned the gun on himself. Both men died at the scene. "You have two male victims, one was an employee of Walmart, and both are deceased on scene," said Klingelberger. There were no other injuries reported. The store was placed on lockdown while authorities responded to the scene. A witness stated that there was a heavy police presence in the Walmart parking lot, and several roads were blocked off. Area businesses were also advised to remain on lockdown until the situation was resolved. The Kaufman School District also locked down all of their campuses after the reports of shots being fired. That lockdown was lifted at around 10:30 a.m. when authorities confirmed that the scene was secure. cbslocal.com fox4news.com

Cedar Rapids, IA: Judge sets $1M bail for suspect in Saturday night's fatal shooting; Rivalry ongoing since brawl at Lindale Mall in February
A Judge set a $1 million cash bail for a 16-year-old charged in adult court Monday in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old in northeast Cedar Rapids, part of a feud between rival families more than two years in the making. Kenyauta De'Andrice Vesey-Keith, 16, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Keith is accused of shooting and killing Brandon Fitzgerald Johnson and seriously injuring Deaveon Gauldin, 16, on Saturday. Officers found Johnson's body after they responded to a report that a number of individuals were involved in a physical fight and shots had been fired. Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Gauldin and other witnesses, who were later contacted and interviewed by police, "positively identified" Vesey-Keith as being involved in the fight, as he went to a vehicle and retrieved a handgun. Witnesses also saw Vesey-Keith threatening people at the scene with the gun before firing the shots that struck both victims. Police said Sunday that a brawl in the Lindale Mall food court on Feb. 13, 2014 started an ongoing rivalry between two families and their friends, which led to Saturday's deadly incident. Johnson also was involved in that food court fight. thegazette.com

North Charleston, SC: Police release photo of suspect vehicle in Northwoods Mall homicide
One of the men jailed in connection with the events leading to a fatal shooting last week outside a North Charleston Olive Garden was the first to call 911 and frantically ask for help as his younger brother bled in the back of a vehicle. Released Monday, the 911 calls provided more details about the shooting just before 6:30 p.m. Friday in the restaurant parking lot near Northwoods Mall. Derrick Roper, 15, has been identified as the shooting victim in what investigators called an apparent drug deal. postandcourier.com

Keizer, OR: Bi-Mart parking lot shooting leaves 1 man wounded
One man was receiving medical treatment for at least one gunshot wound while another man was being questioned after a shooting outside a Bi-Mart store in Keizer on Monday. Keizer Police haven't yet identified either man. They said they didn't know yet what led to the shooting or the severity of the wounded man's injuries. The shooting occurred about 1:35 p.m. in the store parking lot. Witnesses said a man ran from the lot after the gunfire, police said. An officer spotted someone who matched the suspect's description hiding in a nearby pizzeria and detained him for questioning in the case. oregonlive.com

Hobart, IN: Toys R Us employee arrested for theft of cash from safe;
Suicide note found
An employee at the Toys R Us was taken into custody in New Buffalo, MI, after allegedly taking an undetermined amount of money from the store's safe. Frank Essany, 36, was arrested by Tribal Police on the grounds of the Four Winds Casino, about 10 a.m. Monday. Essany, who reportedly also left behind a suicide note, was taken for evaluation to a local hospital. The note indicated he had a gun and would not go to jail. According to Police, Essany works as one of the managers at the Toys R Us store. The theft was reported at 7am Monday. nwitimes.com

New Orleans, LA: Man involved in escape, Deputy shooting at a Hospital
also Armed Robbery suspect
A man who was shot at Sunday by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy while escaping from University Medical Center in New Orleans was named Monday as a suspect in the armed robbery of a Belle Chasse convenience store. Authorities released new details, meanwhile, of the events that led Deputy Staci Penwright to shoot several times at 26-year-old Domonique Battle inside the hospital and outside on Canal Street. Battle was not injured and was arrested shortly after his escape. theadvocate.com

Lakewood, OH: Man Arrested After Shooting Threat inside Aldi
During an argument over line-cutting, a man threatened to shoot another customer at an Aldi on West 117 Street. A cashier called police Sunday night after overhearing an argument between two customers. During the argument, one of the customers called a friend waiting in the parking lot and said, "bring in the gun," Lakewood Police said. A third man then entered the store and joined the argument, according to police. Although the cashier claimed the man threatened to shoot the other customer, no gun was pulled during the argument. patch.com

Jersey City, NJ: Easter Bunny Attacks Shoppers In Newport Mall Brawl
The incident was recorded at Jersey City's Newport Mall at around 5 p.m. on Sunday by a nearby shopper. Video shows a man dressed as the Easter Bunny at a mall photo set engaging in an emotionally-charged brawl with several mall shoppers while security personnel does their best to break it up. The brawl reportedly began when the father of a 1-year-old girl verbally and physically attacked the man in the Easter Bunny costume, according to the Jersey City Police. The infant girl had just snapped a photo with the Easter Bunny when she apparently slipped out of the chair. This accident angered the father to the point of attacking the Easter Bunny, who promptly fought back full force. inquisitr.com

Huntsville, AL: Man charged with Arson after setting rack of clothes on fire at Gander Mountain
A Huntsville man has been charged with setting clothes on fire inside Gander Mountain Outdoors over the weekend, causing the store's temporary closure. Joseph Charles Cobble, 25, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree arson, according to Huntsville Police. Cobble went into the store around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and used camp fuel to douse a rack of clothing and set it on fire. He then left the store and fled in a vehicle. Investigators were able to tie Cobble to the fire and arrested him at his home early Sunday morning. al.com

Robberies & Thefts

Police reports say that a male suspect in a video game store theft ran out of gas in his vehicle and asked a cop for a ride
The officer did give the man a ride back to the Game On store on South High Street, where employees informed the officer that the 28-year-old suspect had just robbed them. The man then was given another ride by the officer, but this time it was to jail, where the suspect was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft. Reports say that the man stole a $50 video game and a security camera caught an image of his truck leaving the parking lot. 700wlw.com

Newport News, VA: Woman attempts to rob Rite Aid
at the drive-through window
A woman is in custody accused of trying to rob a Rite Aid pharmacy. Police say the 39-year-old suspect went up to the drive-through window and handed a note to an employee demanding drugs and implied she had a gun. When police officers arrived at the store in the just after 12:30 p.m., the store security officer already had the woman detained. Detectives are interviewing the suspect now. wavy.com

New Orleans, LA: Popeye's interviewee gets job after helping stop Robbery
An 18-year-old's quick thinking helped stop the robbery of a Popeye's on Saturday while he was at the restaurant interviewing for a job. When a robber grabbed cash from the register, the job applicant Devin Washington, assistant manager Dominique Griffin and manager Danyanna Metoyer halted him as he made his break for it. Griffin attempted to grab the robber's arms, but he broke free and Metoyer jumped in to block him. "I got up and bent his arm back," Washington said. Then he and cook Michael Ford held the thief down while they waited for police. Washington not only helped saved the day, but landed the job. The two managers said they had already decided to hire the teen, but the incident just cemented their decision. Afterwards she told him, "You're hired. You earned it." nydailynews.com

Dayton, OH: 'Smash and Grab' cigarette robberies continue to plague stores

Joplin, MO: Police say Kum & Go Carjacking suspect tied to Select Jewelers robbery

Harvey, LA: Fleeing Walmart Shoplifter hits Deputy with car

Memphis, TN: Suspect Wanted For Four Armed Robberies Within An Hour, one cashier shot

UK: London: Mastermind of Hatton Garden Burglary Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Counterfeit/Intellectual Property

Sports Industry Loses Billions to IP Thieves
The global sports industry loses billions of dollars a year to counterfeiting-not only of merchandise but also of fake tickets, illegal streaming and bogus social media and online offers, according to a new report that highlights major intellectual property issues facing sports organizations. While issues surrounding the sale of counterfeit goods are well known, less attention has been paid to the struggles of sports brands and organizations as they combat ticket fraud and digital piracy, according to the report, "The False Nine: The Growing Threat of Intellectual Property Infringement in the Sports Industry." corpcounsel.com

Orangeburg County, SC: Walmart LP Manager turns over $3,185 in counterfeit bills, collected over the past year

Credit Card Fraud

Hattiesburg, MS: Police arrested Rebecca Denise Durr, 31, for credit card fraud/accepting fraudulent or forged credit card

Ridgeland, MS: 2 women caught on camera in credit card fraud case

Skimming Reports

Michigan: Statewide search of 3,000 gas pumps finds devices at two gas stations; 3rd device found in Cedar Springs

Waynesboro, VA: Police Investigating Use of 'Credit Card Skimmer' at Union Bank & Trust Bank

Aberdeen, SD: Bond set at $100,000 for Credit Card Skimmer suspect

Aldi - Lakewood, OH - Shooting
Brady Mart - Davenport, IA - Robbery
CVS - Muncie, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Phenix City, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Dollar General - Bloomington, MN - Robbery
Dunkin' Donuts - Des Plaines, IL - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Express Fuel - Mayfair, PA - Robbery
Jernegan's Health Mart - Appleton, WI - Armed Robbery
Mega Holiday - Eau Claire, WI - Armed Robbery
Mobile - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Popeye's - New Orleans, LA - Robbery
Rite Aid - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Select Jewelers - Joplin, MO - Armed Robbery/ Suspect in Custody
Shopko - Lewiston, WA - Burglary
Valero - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery



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