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FMI's ASAP Conference: Value-Packed Sessions, Inspiring Speakers & The New NRF Partnership Announcement Made ASAP 2017 A Can't-Miss Event

Recap by James Cosseboom, LPC
Manager, Investigations and Corporate Asset Protection, Ahold USA

Over the past two and a half days, over 150 Asset Protection Safety and Internal Audit professionals from Food Retailers around the country gathered at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Florida for the FMI ASAP conference.

The conference began on Monday afternoon with a golf tournament on the resort's golf course followed by a poolside opening reception.

Tuesday and Wednesday were packed with a variety of breakout sessions and general sessions. Topics covered included:

Credit card fraud
• The future of video surveillance
• Workplace Violence/Active Shooter preparation
• The Food Safety Modernization Act
• PCI Compliance
• OSHA Updates
• Crisis Planning
• Cybersecurity
• Leadership

Keynote speakers inspired the attendees with their messages and Wednesday night concluded with a Hawaiian themed party.

It was also announced during the conference that this will be the final year for this conference and that beginning in 2018, the FMI ASAP will be integrated with the NRF Protect Conference.

While this was the final year of a stand-alone Food Industry Asset Protection, Safety and Internal Audit, it was a great event consisting of educational programs and excellent networking opportunities among industry peers and vendor partners.

A great thanks to the event sponsors as well as the planning committee that worked hard to put on an excellent program!


'Hold on a minute,' says Sears
On Tuesday afternoon, the chain released a detailed statement from CFO Jason Hollar in which he explained the inclusion of the language that caused the uproar was meant to adhere to "regulatory standards.

"To clarify, the comments from our Annual Report quoted by the media are in line with regulatory standards that require management to assess and disclose potential risks the company could face within one year from the reported financial statements," Hollar stated. "As 2016 proved to be another challenging year for most "bricks-and-mortar" retailers, our disclosures reflected these developments." 

He noted that media reports generated by the filing failed to include the actions Sears is taking to mitigate its financial risks and boost its liquidity. These include the recent sale of its Craftsman tool brand, the selling of select real estate assets, and a restructuring program targeted to deliver at least $1 billion in annual cost savings. 

"In line with these initiatives, despite the risks outlined we remain confident in our financial position and remain focused on executing our transformation plan," Hollar stated. 

To read Hollar's full statement, click herechainstoreage.com
Supreme Court Makes First Ruling Ever on Apparel Copyright
Protecting Cheerleaders Uniforms Could be Lifeline For Designers

In its first-ever ruling on apparel copyright, the court said certain artistic elements of apparel can be protected.

The high court found that cheerleading uniform-maker Varsity Brands can attempt to protect two-dimensional design elements - like stripes, chevron patterns and colorblocking allegedly being used by rival Star Athletica. Experts said the broad decision could aid designers looking for legal tools to protect their work."

"If a design can be perceived as a separate work of art, it can potentially qualify as copyrighted material."

Christopher Buccafusco, a professor focused on intellectual property at Cardozo Law School in New York, sees such a copyright-friendly opinion as a new foothold for apparel copyright. wwd.com

Across the Pond - We're Not Alone
UK Retailers axe 3,700 jobs ahead of new national minimum wage

The jobs of the 3,700 low skilled workers have been made redundant due to the introduction of new technology, as retailers seek to cut costs ahead of the introduction of the national living wage, according to the Financial Times. The national living wage is set to rise to £7.50 ($9.39 U.S.) an hour in April, up from the current wage of £7.20 an hour, with the Government aiming to increase the rate to £9 ($11.26 U.S.) per hour by 2020. drapersonline.com

Starbucks to hire 240,000 around the world - 68,000 in U.S. by 2021
Fueling the company's ambitious hiring plans is its continuing aggressive store growth. Starbucks will open 3,400 U.S. stores and 12,000 global stores by 2021. 

Starbucks said it had reached its initial goal, announced in 2013, to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses ahead of the original 2018 deadline. The retailer is increasing the goal to 25,000 total hires by 2025.

By 2020, the chain also plans to hire 100,000 younger employees who are either not in school or unemployed, building on its earlier commitment it made to hire 10,000 by 2018. Starbucks exceeded that goal also.  chainstoreage.com

Protection 1 execs discuss today's cybersecurity concerns, the company approach
Customers cyberaware, but not fully cyber-prepared

Protection 1, which operates its own Network Operations Center, is seeing a rise in customers separating their security network in order to stay more cybersecure. Security Systems News talked with several professionals at Protection 1 about how cyberaware end users are today and the similarities and differences in cyber- and physical security solutions.

"I think the awareness of cybersecurity is quite high. I say that because you see the popularity of a variety of different things in pop culture - we even have shows about hacking," Michael Keen, Protection 1 vice president, said.

"But what's really provocative is when you ask a customer their level of awareness around cybercriminal activity, they're going to rate it as very high. Then, if you ask them in the same conversation to rate their level of protection against that activity, they oftentimes diagnose that as very low," Keen continued. "I think that's attributed to this gray area of who owns that space, and what options for protection and remediation exist."

"[End users] do know that cybersecurity is a risk, but there's currently not the infrastructure to protect themselves or the knowledge of what to do if [they] are attacked," said Keen.

End users conceive of risk differently with cybersecurity than with physical security. "It's not a tangible experience like a locked door or a burg system or an access control system. So, they don't always know what they're looking for, they don't always know all of the openings that they have to protect and that's what makes it so unique and more challenging," Morgan Harris, company director, enterprise solutions, said. securitysystemsnews.com

ALTO Announces new Advisory Board
ALTO, the multi-national company specializing in the prevention of property loss, announced a new Advisory Board to support its growth throughout the US market. The Advisory Board members bring their extensive experience and practical knowledge from different backgrounds to ALTO's 13-year presence in the Loss Prevention industry.

The six Advisory Board members are: Louis Anemone; Gary M. Johnson, CPP; Carol A. Martinson; William Morales; Loren M. Naiman; and Bill Williams. Read more here.

'Just Walk Out' Technology
Three ways Amazon Go's automation will impact the retail industry

In early December, Amazon opened its checkout-free store concept, Amazon Go, in Seattle. Initially open only to employees, the store is expected to open to the public early this year. With the e-commerce giant's "just walk out" technology, customers are able to swipe their app when they enter, pick up items they want off the shelves, and exit without cash registers or lines.

But what does this automation mean for the future of the retail industry which employs more than 42 million workers in the U.S. alone? Here are three key points retail owners and employees should keep in mind amidst the rise of Amazon Go's automation technology:

Retailers will adapt to customer expectations, but change won't happen overnight.
Retailers should adapt to their customers' changing tech expectations when it comes to "just walk out" technology like Amazon Go but also address the needs of customers who prefer traditional methods and personalized experience. In addition to cashiers, other employees will still be necessary in checkout-free stores. Shelves will still need to be stocked, inventory will still need to be received, and customers will still have questions for associates; while automation will make some retail processes more efficient, it won't completely replace the human workforce. In the process of upgrading their tech, retailers can't ignore their most valuable resource: people.

Quality customer service will become even more valuable.
The shift toward checkout automation is indicative of the evolving demands of customers who have more buying power and choice. This innovation stands to improve the in-store experience for customers who prefer efficiency, but for customers who seek a more hands-on, personal sales approach, retailers need to look at how they can better engage their staff to improve the quality of customer service.

Training initiatives will be necessary to boost customer service.
Today, it is still especially difficult for chain stores to effectively extend unified training programs to large workforces across numerous locations and execute campaigns. To combat this, chain stores can now implement employee engagement platforms that provide readily accessible communication and training functions across desktop and mobile platforms. Some of these platforms even include gamified learning programs to educate and evaluate employees quickly and efficiently, providing them with product knowledge that will become the store's competitive edge. chainstoreage.com

Target store revamps cater to dashers and wanderers
The new layout was unveiled by CEO Brian Cornell in Las Vegas Monday. It will feature a separate entrance and 10-minute parking for shoppers looking to pick up an online order or some essentials. New center aisles will be curved rather than squared off, to inspire people to explore, says Mark Schindele, senior vice president of Target Properties. LED track lighting will replace fluorescent fixtures, and brand boutiques meant to replicate a specialty-store feel will showcase rotating looks.

More than 600 of Target's 1,800 total locations are scheduled for updates over the next three years. It expects the remodeled stores to see a 2 percent to 4 percent sales bump.

The Houston prototype's separate entrances for shoppers in a hurry and those who aren't is among its biggest novelties.

The entrance on the right will have a dedicated pickup counter for online orders. Shoppers will also have the option of having their order brought to their car. Groceries, wine and liquor will be located here, rather than in the back where they're usually found. Seasonal essentials, like school supplies in the fall, will also be found nearby.

Shoppers using the "inspiration" entrance on the left will see the brand name displays and a section highlighting seasonal fashion. Beauty, jewelry and accessories departments will be nearby. There will also be seating outside of Starbucks (SBUX). An area to hold store events will be located between the two entrances. cbsnews.com

Fred Meyer Stores Director of Loss Prevention, Scott Bringhurst
retiring March 31st

A division of Kroger this major Northwest retailer based in Portland will obviously be naming a new Director. It's one of the best jobs in the Northwest and has an excellent Loss Prevention program. Stay tuned for an article about Scott's long and successful career at Fred Meyer Stores next week.

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"It will never happen here" must not be the mindset in today's environment. It is important for businesses to prepare and ensure employees are properly trained in the event of an active shooter incident. This webinar is designed for businesses to gain insights from the FBI on how to prepare for and react to an active shooter event.

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Phishing Your Employees for Schooling & Security
Your education program isn't complete until you test your users with fake phishing emails.

There are plenty of tools and services that can do this for you. The real test of your phishing and user awareness security training.

For phishing specifically, the Ponemen Institute found that user education had a staggering 50x return on investment. If you aren't already educating your users through training, that number alone should convince you to start. So, let's talk about how you can improve your general security education program, and why phishing your users is such a valuable piece of the puzzle.

Practical tests are the best measure of understanding. Most security awareness training I've seen ends with a basic multiple choice test.

Practical assessment can reveal training gaps. By sending fake phishing emails, you can learn which ones your users fell for most often.

They help employees recognize their own level of understanding. Your fake phishing emails should immediately inform the user when they clicked on a bad link. The goal isn't to shame the user - that's detrimental to education.

They provide another training opportunity. The best training involves repetition.

Practical tests are more likely to change behaviors. The true measure of security education is if its recipients change their bad behaviors.

They help you measure the actual value of your training. I believe that security training is effective, but not all training is equal. darkreading.com

NY Data Breaches Soared 60% - Record Levels In 2016, AG Says
Fueled by hacks and employee negligence, reports of data security breaches impacting New York state residents jumped by 60 percent to hit an all-time high in 2016, with businesses disclosing nearly 1,300 incidents that compromised 1.6 million residents' financial and other personal data, the state's attorney general said Tuesday.

According to the attorney general, hacking was cited as the leading cause of these breaches, with the method appearing in more than 40 percent of breach reports. However, in a departure from previous years, employee negligence - which consists of a combination of inadvertent exposure of records, insider wrongdoing, and the loss of a device or media - nearly tied hacking by accounting for approximately 37 percent of reported breaches. Other causes of the breaches included merchant missteps and the theft of devices. law360.com

Amazon Literally Becomes the 'Mothership'
Amazon Files Patents for Super Drones - "Collective Aerial Vehicles" & Flying Warehouses - Blimps

That's essentially a super-drone that consists of "smaller drones (stuck) together in various configurations."

This would allow the super-drone to carry virtually any size, weight or quantity of items or travel longer distances. According to the application, the super-drone would be built in such a way as to allow the drones to fly together somewhere, then decouple to make individual deliveries.

Amazon filed another patent that might be of note: Flying warehouses held aloft by blimps. These would float above a city at 45,000 feet and hold thousands of items and a fleet of drones. Gravity would make the drones more energy efficient, as they wouldn't have to power up until they're close to the ground. In this scenario, the drones could make their way back to the mother ship in a shuttle, accompanied by packages and workers (presumably not afraid of heights). stores.org
CO-OP Financial Services to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat fraud
Will rollout a machine learning-based risk management tool for its client credit unions this year. "A key pain point for credit unions in 2017 is that fraud mitigation tools have not kept pace with the relentless advance of fraud," Todd Clark, president/CEO of CO-OP, said in statement. We are investing $20 million this year on new innovations to ensure credit unions have access to the very best technology in the payments industry. Implementing machine learning capabilities is a key initiative in delivery on that promise," Clark continued. pymnts.com

20 Million Mobile Devices at High Risk of Attack, Study Finds
A company with 1,000 employees that means that 10 devices are at high risk," Kohli says. "All a bad guy needs is one device to get into the network and start compromising data."

Mobile malware - adware, hidden apps, potentially unwanted apps, spyware, and Trojans - grew more than 500% from the first quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of that year, according to Skycure's data.  darkreading.com

Hackers threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices, demand ransom
Group of hackers claims to have access to over 220M iCloud accounts

A group of hackers is threatening to wipe data from millions of Apple devices in two weeks if the company doesn't pay them US$150,000.

The group, which calls itself Turkish Crime Family, claims to have login credentials for more than 627 million icloud.com, me.com and mac.com email addresses. These are email domains that Apple has allowed for users creating iCloud accounts over the years.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on. csoonline.com



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Amazon advertising fake deals, Consumer Watchdog study claims
Amazon is the online retailer many people choose to get their goods, but a new study from Consumer Watchdog claims the retail giant sometimes advertises a bogus list price.

Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson said other retailers were not advertising Amazon's higher list price of $1,599.99 for a camera being sold on the site. Their prices for the camera were the same as Amazon's sale price of $1,498. The group said that was the case on 1,000 of the 4,000 prices they checked.

In a statement, Amazon said: "We validate list prices against actual prices recently found across Amazon and other retailers, and we eliminate List Price when we believe it isn't relevant to our customers."

Consumer Watchdog researchers said they believe Amazon is engaging in false advertising and has petitioned the state attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

"I have dealt with the FTC from time to time in that past. I've never gotten a response back from them that fast. (I) sent it yesterday, got a response today, so I'm hoping they're really on this," Simpson said.

Amazon called the Consumer Watchdog report "misleading." abc7.com

EBay Not Responsible for Selling Products Infringing Designs - Court Rules
An inventor who sells his traps for carpenter bees on eBay.com may not hold the online auction site responsible for selling products that allegedly infringed his designs, an Alabama federal court ruled on Monday. In the opinion, Chief U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre wrote that Brian Robert Blazer, who runs a company called Carpenter Bee Solutions, couldn't prove eBay Inc. turned a blind eye to copycat sellers and refused to review his patent.

EBay is a conduit: It doesn't physically have the items it sells. Instead, sellers use the site as a platform to auction off their items, the opinion reasoned. Therefore, eBay can't be held responsible for wrongly selling a patent-protected product. law360.com

Nearly half of online purchases in Canada made at foreign retail sites: report

U.S. Brick-and-Mortar Grocers Not Threatened Yet - Online food purchases only 1% of Market

Bronx, NY: Suspects steal $23K in product from T-Mobile store
Police say armed suspects stole $23,000 worth of merchandise from a T-Mobile store in the Olinville section of the Bronx. The robbery happened just before 11 a.m. Wednesday at the store, located at 370 East Gun Hill Road. Two employees and a customer were inside at the time. Multiple iPhones were among the stolen items. news12.com

St. Davids, PA: $11K worth of merchandise stolen from TJ Maxx
According to police, store security was reviewing security footage from February when they spotted a male and two females entered the store. During the course of their shopping, the women were seen unlocking 10 high-end purses. The women were then seen hiding seven of the purses and exiting the store with them. Store security told police the three suspects are known to TJ Maxx stores throughout the country for being part of a larger theft ring. mainlinemedianews.com

Bluffton, SC: True Religion Outlet store the target of multiple thefts over 5 months
A Bluffton clothing store was the victim of theft again March 16 the sixth such theft since November - when four women took $3,300 in items before being caught by Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies. The store manager at the Tanger Outlets 1 True Religion Store said two black females entered the store around 2:20 p.m. and began "piling things up" around the store without looking at price tags. About 10 minutes later, two other women entered the store and began "distracting the staff" by asking questions and trying items on. The pair who were asking questions then each purchased as the two grabbed a pile of clothing and fled the store. The store's assistant manager chased the four women and saw them drive away. A nearby deputy spotted the vehicle and pulled the women over. Inside the vehicle, deputies found stolen items valued at $3,384. islandpacket.com

Cottage Grove, MN: Target Employee arrested for theft of over $2,000 of Electronics merchandise
Wilton Alexis Lopez, 26, of Cottage Grove, was arrested on suspicion of felony theft for allegedly stealing $2,029 in electronics from Target. Lopez worked at the store, and the stolen items were concealed in other purchases, police said. Lopez was booked at the Washington County jail. swcbulletin.com

Yorktown, NY: Two arrested in $2,000 theft from Ulta Beauty
Two women from Yonkers face accusations of stealing beauty products worth more than $2,000 from a store in the Jefferson Valley Mall. An investigation found that Hudson and Jackson entered the store and stole numerous items worth $2,112. The pair were arrested March 21 at the Croton Police Department and taken to the Yorktown Police Department where they were processed on the charges. patch.com

Baton Rouge, LA: Baton Rouge man accused of making 51 fake credit cards after learning how on YouTube
In a search of the man's home, investigators found 85 cards along with a computer loaded with software, an embosser machine and a card reader that could be used to make them. Jones told police he would carry three of the cards at a time to purchase household items at Baton Rouge stores. Four of the cards had Jones' name on them, 16 had other names and 31 had the name Larry Mullins, which matches a fake Tennessee driver's license with Jones's photo. theadvocate.com

Niceville, FL: Man uses old receipt to steal puppy chow
A man who took and fraudulently returned three bags of Purina Puppy Chow was charged with theft and fraud for the incident. The 28-year-old Freeport man had stolen from the Niceville Walmart before. The loss prevention officer knew him by name and face. He used an old receipt to return the puppy chow and was given a gift card worth more than $70, which he carried out of the store. chipleypaper.com

Nashua, NH: 3rd theft arrest may bring 7 years in prison for NH woman
On Jan. 21, Officers responded to JCPenney at the Pheasant Lane Mall for a report of shoplifter that was being detained by the store's loss prevention associates. Nashua police subsequently arrested Rebecca Bulsa, 22, for theft. Police also learned that Bulsa had two previous theft-related convictions on her criminal record and upgraded the charge to theft by unauthorized taking (third strike), class B felony, punishable by up to seven years imprisonment. nh1.com

Lower Merion, PA: Lord & Taylor shoplifter stopped with over $1,000 of merchandise

Boardman, OH: A man dressed as a woman and wearing a wig reportedly stole two $368 purses from Macy's in Southern Park Mall

Simpsonville, KY: Saks Off 5th at the Shoppes of the Bluegrass reported the theft of hundreds of dollars in merchandise

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Shootings & Death

Fairfax County, VA Police Arrest Alexandria Teen Wanted in Wal-Mart Shooting
A teenager who fired a gun at a Wal-Mart Security Guard on March 12 is behind bars, according to the Fairfax County Police. Rayquan Jackson, 18, of Alexandria, was arrested Tuesday, taken to the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax City and charged with attempted malicious wounding and trespassing. He was apprehended by police at about 6:20 p.m. No one was injured in the shooting on March 12. patch.com

Ames Avenue C- Store - Omaha, NE - Shooting/ man shot and killed in parking lot

Robberies & Thefts

Las Vegas, NV: Third suspect arrested in armed home improvement store robberies
An at-large 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an early Monday morning police chase after a string of armed home improvement store robberies. Justin Castro joined 32-year-old Nicholas Ray Brodigan and 19-year-old Victoria Ann Commisso behind bars, in connection with the Sunday night robberies at two Home Depot locations. Early Monday morning, Metropolitan Police Department officers chased a car occupied by Justin Castro, Brodigan and Commisso. During the chase, a decoy motorcycle driven by Justin Castro's brother "interjected into the pursuit" and crashed. They arrested three people following the pursuit. Officer Michael Rodriguez said Monday officers were looking for a fourth person. Police later confirmed the person was Justin Castro. Metro records also implicate Justin Castro and Brodigan in a March 14 robbery at a Lowe's Home Improvement. reviewjournal.com

Stafford, VA: Rite Aid employee busted on 9 counts of Embezzlement
Police responded to report of larceny at a Rite Aid on March 21. On arrival, a loss prevention officer told police that a store employee, Tyra Jean Powell, was making suspicious returns of store items.The loss prevention officer said Powell would ring up a cash sale and if the customer forgot to take the receipt, she would then use it to return the fake item and get the cash. The returns by Powell had occurred as many as nine times on eight separate days in March. wric.com

Kileen, TX: Man hit by multiple vehicles on I-14 was wanted for multiple
Pharmacy Robberies

The Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 5 Chief Brian Harris has confirmed that the man hit by multiple cars on I-14 on Saturday was Darrel Glen Kees - a man wanted for multiple robberies. Kees was spotted by Bellmead Police Department on Saturday on the side of a county road, and after a short pursuit, he was able to escape police. Later that day, Harris said the Killeen Police Department saw Kees "staggering". When police approached him, Kees ran into traffic and got hit by multiple vehicles. He is currently in critical condition. kxxv.com

Nashua, NH: Dick's Sporting Goods employee nabbed for scamming store through fake merchandise returns
Nashua Police responded in December to Dick's Sporting Goods for a report of an internal theft. Officers learned that John Raby, 42, had been making fraudulent return transactions totaling $2,000 for three months. Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant charging Raby with one count of theft by deception (consolidation), class A felony. nh1.com

Update: Vacaville, CA: Outlet thieves caught with $1,000 in merchandise
offered plea deals

A man and woman arrested due to their alleged connection to a theft ring at the Vacaville Outlet Stores are on the brink of accepting plea deals, Wednesday's proceedings in Solano County Superior Court revealed. The suspects, two Contra Costa County residents, were arrested in November by Vacaville police after more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered. Authorities said shortly after their Nov. 29 arrest that the suspects were identified during a "plainclothes" police operation after they were seen allegedly acting suspicious at stores at the Vacaville Outlets. The deputy district attorney did not provide details as to the plea offers made to each suspect, though Scott's public defender said her client is considering accepting the offer. thereporter.com

Gwinnett County, GA: Police identify woman accused of stealing reality star's identity
Gwinnett County police have identified a woman accused of using a reality star's identity to buy more than $9,000 worth of goods. Cpl. Michelle Pihera said they're looking for Atlanta resident Alcie Almecoh Green, 43. She's accused of stealing reality star Kari Wells' identity and using it to open lines of credit at Belk, Von Maur, TJMaxx and Target in Buford. She also allegedly used the identity at Kohl's on West Liddell Road and the Comcast website. Wells is a member of the cast of the Bravo reality show "Married to Medicine" and is married to Atlanta surgeon Duncan Wells. gwinnettdailypost.com

Auburn, AL: Waffle House employees smother, cover each other in punches during brawl
Two Waffle House employees trade blows while on the job. Video of the fight was taken inside the location in Auburn Sunday. Witnesses say the two began fighting because they had a disagreement over who was going to wash the dishes. wect.com

Coweta County, GA: Deputies say man went on paranoid rampage; ran truck into building
It was a close call in Coweta County over the weekend. Investigators said a man on drugs became paranoid and thought that people were trying to shoot at him. That was not actually happening, but the man began ramming his truck into cars and shooting at businesses. The businesses have not had a chance to replace their store front windows, but the owners said the blessing in all of this is they were not open when the shooting happened. fox5atlanta.com

Houston, TX: Two Men Take Horses On A Ride Through Walmart
Woody Fields uploaded the video Sunday. It shows Woody and two of his friends casually riding their horses through a Houston Walmart store. The three men make their way around a good portion of the store and after a couple minutes went back out the front, but not before one of them apparently got an earful from security. khou.com

Cargo Theft

Jacksonville, FL: Store owner accused of 2-state cargo theft conspiracy surrenders
A man whose two Jacksonville businesses are believed to have sold merchandise taken in a two-state conspiracy to steal cargo from tractor-trailers turned himself in Wednesday morning in Orange County on a charge of conspiracy to engage in racketeering. William Shepard Ellison, 70, was arrested in Jacksonville last year after the FDLE raided his home and one of his businesses. He was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after two shotguns were found in his home and was also charged with trafficking in hydrocodone. The charges were dropped in January 2017. The racketeering charges are part of the attorney general's investigation into a cargo theft operation in which tractor-trailers loaded with power tools, refrigerators, beer and energy drinks were stolen in Florida and Georgia. Prosecutors said the stolen merchandise was brought to Ellison's two Jacksonville businesses --Shep's Discount Furniture and Shep's Chicken and Auction House where the items were offered for sale. dolphinsix.com

Credit Card Fraud

Update: Rochester, NY: Man sentenced in widespread $60,000 credit card scheme
One of five men who used stolen credit card information to buy items at several businesses in Western New York was sentenced to six months in federal prison Friday in U.S. District Court. Richard Lipke of Rochester also must may $60,608 restitution for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Lipke was one of five men arrested in June and charged with using stolen information to make purchases over the phone. Among the locations the men purchased items from were Home Depot and Bentley Brothers Tractor Equipment Supplier in Brockport. thedailynewsonline.com

Bomb Threat

Edmond, OK: Police Give All Clear After Bomb Threat At Crest Grocery Store

Jacksonville, FL: Man arrested for making false bomb threat at restaurant


Loudon Co., VA: Marshalls, Gold's Gym evacuated evacuated due to fire

Pompano Beach, FL: Chevron a total loss after fire

Skimming Theft

Worcester, MA: Card skimmer discovered at Stop & Shop


Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses social media to call out Counterfeit Memorabilia

Rocky Mount, NC: Cocaine, designer knockoffs seized in I-95 traffic stop

ABC Store - Daphne, AL - Burglary
Conoco - Lower Merion, PA - Burglary
Davidson's Package Store - Natchez, MS - Burglary
DeWalt Factory Store - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Express Mart - Zebulon, NC - Armed Robbery
Family Video - Hickory, NC - Armed Robbery
Finest Firearms - Mentor, OH - Burglary
Grady's Restaurant Supply - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Kangaroo - Chattanooga, TN - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Pittsfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Little Caesar's - Lower Merion, PA - Armed Robbery
Meemos Wireless - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Mike and Reggie's Beverages - Maple Heights, OH - Burglary
Sail in Liquor - Huntington Beach, CA - Burglary
Surf City Tacos - Huntington Beach, CA - Burglary
T-Mobile - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Outlet - Des Moines, IA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, clerk wounded


Daily Totals:
9 robberies
9 burglaries
1 shootings
0 killed

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Distribution Center Loss Prevention Manager
Redlands, CA

Under the supervision of the Director of Loss Prevention, the Distribution Center Loss Prevention Manager implements and enforces measures to ensure safety, security and prevent loss within all Distribution Center facilities...

Manager of District Loss Prevention
Wichita, Kansas

You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results. District Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific operations district and for collaborating with Store Operations and Human Resources in an effort to prevent company loss...

Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Miami Region)
Miami & South Florida
The Sr manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region...

Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Jacksonville, FL)
Jacksonville & North Florida

The Sr manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region...


Loss Prevention Area Investigator
Southeast US

Gap Inc is seeking an experienced Loss Prevention Investigator to support the company's shortage reduction efforts. Investigators are primarily responsible for detecting the existence of internal fraud through exception reporting, store research, networking, general loss interviews and response to COBC hot lines. All conclusions are based upon associate interviews and/or factual findings derived from various company and vendor resources...


Store Detective - Multi-Unit
St Paul, MN

As a Market Investigator, you will directly assist in thesafety and protection of CVS Health retail assets within assigned stores, including customers, employees, merchandise, and store property. In this role, you will become familiar with CVS Health policy, local criminal law, covert surveillance principles, overt customer service methods, and digital and traditional VCR tape video surveillance systems...

Director of Loss Prevention Positions
Arkansas and Florida

Provides strategic loss prevention management for a division of 2,000+ stores with sales volumes totaling +/- $4B. Maximizes profits by developing and executing programs to reduce and prevent the loss of company inventory/assets and managing Regional Loss Prevention Managers within an assigned geographical area...

Director of Loss Prevention - Russellville, AR

Director of Loss Prevention - Tampa, FL

Director Loss Prevention Field - Northern California
Rocklin, CA

The Loss Prevention Director is responsible for all aspects of loss prevention fora specified market within CVS. In this role you will manage, develop, and recruit Region Loss Prevention Managers in the field. Developing loss prevention strategies and objectives designed to educate, enhance awareness among all levels of employees with the overall objective of controlling shrink and protecting the company's assets is a crucial part of this role...

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