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Stepped-up security is becoming a cost of doing business in an age of terrorism
- Retailers "recognize their unique responsibility"
Even before the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, businesses have been placing increasing emphasis on security in a tacit acknowledgment that any place serving a large gathering of people can be a target. "There is a much broader accepted awareness about the fact that this is now an everyday job. This is not something you react to," said Michael W. McCormick, executive director of the Global Business Travel Association.

The preparations could be seen in the swift response around the globe. On Tuesday, coffee giant Starbucks announced that it was closing all of its stores in Belgium "until further notice." Several airlines and hotel firms quickly announced that they would honor last-minute cancellations. In Washington, meanwhile, organizations of all kinds beefed up their vigilance. Amtrak police, for instance, alerted its retail partners at Union Station that it was putting extra precautions in place.

Jim McNulty, executive vice president at security firm Securitas, said corporate clients have been regularly retooling their operating strategies to gird themselves for such an environment. "What we're seeing is not necessarily a ramp-up in spending but a ramp-up in a much more comprehensive and holistic approach to the security situation," McNulty said. That means, McNulty said, clients are often expanding their approaches to include services such as mobile patrol and remote guarding, technologies that he said have improved dramatically in recent years and that cost far less than they used to.

Retailers, meanwhile, "recognize their unique responsibility" in preparing for threats and emergencies, said Bob Moraca, the vice president of loss prevention at the National Retail Federation. "Retailers will remain vigilant and proactive as they work with each other and domestic and international law enforcement agencies to bolster their security preparations after events like what took place in Brussels," Moraca said in a statement. washingtonpost.com


60 seconds with... Chris McDonald - Senior Vice President Loss Prevention, Compass Group North America
What will be the biggest changes in the next three years?

There really isn't anything different in LP than in any other industry; technology will continue to drive change. Whether it be through POS and inventory analytics, to better hiring, training, and employee management, technology will be that driving force. I will go back to my view on the landscape of LP as I think the ongoing changes that are most interesting to see is how the industry continues to adapt outside of its previously traditional roles. What does LP look like in the industrial markets, hospitality industry, medical world, distribution networks, and so forth? We continue to see changes there, so I think you'll see more horizontal growth in areas where we haven't thought about LP in the past.

What are the 5 biggest issues in LP?
1.LP keeping up with Technology. Technology keeps changing and we need to stay adaptive.
2.Attracting, training, and growing the right candidates for future growth. Traditional 'growth' patterns of the industry are changing.
3.Growing the industry vertically.
4.Moving from brick and mortar to the world of cyber and how does LP make the migration.
5.Vendor partners keeping up with technology and support.

Give us your favorite piece of wisdom...!
The best advice I ever got with a saying from my Father; "The Good Lord gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them in that same ratio."  retailrisk.com

Why Amazon's 'Big Brother' warehouse theft surveillance is a big mistake
Earlier this month, Bloomberg News reported that Amazon-already notorious for dismal working conditions at its white-collar offices as well as in its warehouses-has installed big-screen monitors to broadcast streams of images of workers fired after they were caught stealing on the job. The employees are seen in silhouettes, stamped with the words "Terminated" or "Arrested."

Amazon has not publicly commented on the practice, its latest attempt to stymie theft in its warehouses, and did not return interview requests for this story. But the company's problem with employee theft is real, as it is for many businesses that use warehouses to store and move large numbers of items of varying levels of value.

Amazon has already won a Supreme Court case that affirmed it wouldn't have to pay warehouse workers waiting in long lines to be frisked for items they may have stolen, a process that workers say often takes up a lot of their time, sometimes in inclement weather. And it's worth noting that at least one employee told Bloomberg that the new video-monitor practice didn't bother them, while others said that working conditions and poor pay were bigger complaints.

But the setup seems disturbing-one worker called it "creepy"-and even Orwellian, raising questions whether Amazon's practices are commonplace... and whether they're effective.

Psychology is part of employee security

Could it backfire?

Research is needed

Some research needs to be done whether that does damage to the employer/employee relationship," LeMay said. "Not what the thieves think of that, but what the people who are not likely to be thieves think about that. We are moving into a climate over the [coming] years that says there's going to be a shortage of workers, and that particularly applies to supply chain people."

I don't fault Amazon tor trying to find ways to slow down theft," LeMay said. "There's never going to be a perfect solution. The question is: Is it effective? And, if so, is its effectiveness worth the cost on the other side-turning off the people who they really might want to employ? There's that creepy factor, and that's a question I'd like to answer." Editor's Note: Great article, too long to post but well worth the read. retaildive.com

Toys R Us Transport Manager Skimmed $1.9M, Feds Say
A Toys R Us transportation manager bilked the retailer of nearly $2 million over a three-year period through a scheme in which he loaded company funds onto debit cards and withdrew them at ATMs, arrest warrant papers entered in New York federal court Wednesday show.

Daniel Chon, the company's former director of inbound and outbound transportation, is accused of using the retailer's "Fleet Cards," debit cards issued only to transport drivers to pay for things like meals and fuel on the road, for his personal use, including on jaunts to London, Madrid and Berlin last year, and to make deposits into two personal checking accounts.

The complaint in support of arrest, which was filed Monday and entered into court records Wednesday, said Chon logged into Toys R Us' secure Fleet Card system and loaded "eCash" onto the cards on approximately 117 occasions from May 2013 until this month, loading a total of $1,915,429 onto the cards over three years.

The complaint said that invoices for the debit cards were sent to Chon directly and that he approved the payments on behalf of the company for the $1.9 million. The affidavit said security cameras at ATMs in New Jersey and Europe showed Chon making withdrawals.

An internal investigation brought to light the alleged activity and confirmed that Chon is no longer working for the company.  law360.com

Fla. Poised For RICO Crackdown With New Enforcement Tools
ORC Fencing Operations & Gangs in the Cross Hairs

State lawmakers earlier this month passed H.B. 549, which makes key changes to the state's RICO bill, including the addition of statutory penalties of $100,000 for individuals and $1 million for companies targeted under the act. The bill passed both houses unanimously, and Gov. Rick Scott is expected to make it law.

"With this new penalty, the attorney general is not going to have to show any actual damages," William Hill of Gunster said. "That's going to be very big in the enforcement arsenal and probably will cause a lot of cases to settle early when defendants are facing the possibility of statutory penalties that are greater than the damages they would've faced under a damages calculation."

The statutory penalties allow the attorney general to pursue smaller cases that previously may not have warranted the cost of prosecution, he said. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had called the bill an "important piece of consumer protection legislation" that will help her to double down on fraudsters.

"This bill will allow my office to better protect victims of massive consumer fraud by enhancing the enforcement tools we need to shut down illegitimate and fraudulent enterprises," Bondi said in the statement issued March 7, shortly after the legislation passed both houses of the Legislature.

In addition, the bill amends the RICO Act to allow the attorney general to distribute the proceeds of forfeiture as restitution to victims of the racketeering activity, which Hill called a "game changer." Previously, the forfeitures would go to the state, he said. law360.com

UK retailers unprepared for new polymer note & ID'ing counterfeits
The introduction of new, polymer currency this year means businesses will face the biggest upheaval in UK currency since the introduction of the pound coin in 1983. The introduction of the new five pound notes in September, followed by new pound coins and ten pound notes in 2017, means the money counting machines that many businesses rely on to accurately process cash must be replaced or updated. Employees must also be trained both to recognize the new currency, and more importantly to identify fakes. theretailbulletin.com

J.C. Penney's $12 Million Club: Pay for Myron Ullman and Marvin Ellison
Myron "Mike" Ullman 3rd and Marvin Ellison split the duties of chief executive officer at J.C. Penney Co. Inc. last year and each logged compensation of more than $12 million.

Ellison's pay totaled $12.1 million and included a salary of $1.4 million, and incentive pay of $3.6 million. Stock awards and options were valued at $6.7 million. The rest of his compensation totaled $379,786 in various benefits, including relocation costs of $104,124, personal use of corporate aircraft valued at $228,860 and a home security system for $44,469.

Ellison joined the company from Home Depot in 2014 and served as president, taking some time to learn the ropes from Ullman. During his first year at the company his compensation tallied $19.6 million, driven by stock awards valued at $15 million and a $4.1 million bonus.

Under their stewardship, J.C. Penney has been reworking and making up for losses during the misadventure that was Ron Johnson's tenure as ceo, which led to bold merchandising moves and steep losses. wwd.com

New Listing - VP of Loss Prevention Posted on Fashion Career Expo WWD Website
SBH Fashion (view profile) Search Firm

VP of Loss Prevention Reports to: Chief Executive Officer The Company is seeking a motivated, flexible self-starter to play a vital role leading the loss prevention function. He/She will ensure the protection of the Company's assets and employees through the professional implementation of Loss Prevention and Safety Programs. Manage a loss prevention team that strategically controls internal/external theft, facility security and employee safety and well being. Bachelor's Degree or greater in criminal justice. MS Degree and LPC, LPQ or PCI certifications preferred.  fashioncareerexpo.com

Hancock Fabrics to sell 70 store leases & plans to sell remaining 190 stores to exit Chapter 11

OSHA cites Green Twp. Kroger $45k after man loses fingertip butchering meat

OSHA Releases Final Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Regulations

Dollar General to open 900 new stores & remodel 875 in '16

Five Below to open 85 stores in '16, Hits Billion Dollar Club


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Francesca's Q4 comp's up 11%, net sales up 25%
Signet Jewelers Q4 comp's up 4.9%, sales up 5.1%, full yr comp's up 4.1%, sales up 14.2%
Finish Line Q4 comp's up 4.6%, sales up 5.2%, full yr comp's up 1.8%, sales up 3.8%
Sportsman Warehouse Q4 comp's up 4%, sales up 14.6%, full yr comp's up 1.1%, sales up 10.6%
Five Below Q4 comp's up 3.6%, sales up 23.7%, full yr comp's up 3.4%, sales up 22.3%
Sears Hometown Outlet Q4 comp's down 0.5%, sales down 4.3%

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Sprouts Farmers Market's employee information compromised in phishing scam
Last week, a payroll department employee at the company's headquarters in Arizona responded to an email thought to be from a company senior executive. In the email, the person asked for the 2015 W-2 statements of all Sprouts workers.

The employee complied with the request, but the company quickly realized that the email was not legitimate and contacted federal authorities.
Sprouts did not say how many people had their information compromised. The company employs more than 21,000 people at 220+ stores across the country, according to its website. Sprouts is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service to look into the scam.

The breach impacts those employed by Sprouts during the calendar year 2015. Those affected are receiving 12 months of ID theft protection and Sprouts has set up an employee information hotline, company officials said. thedenverchannel.com

'Software Coding Error' exposes 5,000 patient pharmacy records on Walmart.com
Exposed consumer data - either hacked or openly displayed because of computer glitches, sloppy workflow and human error - remains a consistent problem with online pharmacies. This time the problem belongs to the online pharmacy on Walmart.com. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. confirms that between Feb. 15 and 18 the company exposed personal information, including name, address, date of birth and prescription history, of potentially as many as 5,000 customers who buy and refill prescriptions through the online pharmacy. The personal data and medical records were visible when other consumers logged on to Walmart.com's pharmacy pages.

No debit card, credit card or Social Security information was compromised. The problem wasn't attributable to an outside hacker but occurred because of coding errors during a migration to a new server. "A software coding error for a 72-hour period from Feb. 15-18 affected a limited group of online pharmacy customers," says a spokesman. internetretailer.com

Where do you start when building an insider-threat program?
Creating an insider-threat program from nothing requires some serious time in order to do it right. Here are a few basic tips to think about when you set out on that journey.

1: Know your data
You can't protect something you don't know anything about. It's extremely important to catalogue the information your systems contain. Additionally, it's important to ask yourself questions such as "what server is that data on?", "where is that information physically located?" and "who has access to that application?" This is a much more vital step than many organizations realize.

2: Set priorities
While massive databases of customer data are extremely important, sometimes very specific documents like strategic plans or company financials would prove more damaging if they fell into the wrong hands. These are also easier to identify and protect than huge sets of data, which can come later on in the process.

3. Technology isn't the only factor
Insider threats are not merely a technology problem. They're also a risk management problem. An organization needs to set this expectation early and bring it up often during the building and implementation process. You may need to elevate insider threats out of the IT department; to give this concern the proper attention it needs to make its way to the C-suite and the boardroom. scmagazineuk.com
 

 


 

Rekeying: The Hidden Cost of Grocery Store Turnover

The Grocery industry faces turnover rates of over 60%. When an employee quits or is terminated from their job, they don't always return their keys. In the event that keys are not returned upon departure, a rekey of the store becomes necessary.

InstaKey helps Grocery stores reduce rekeying events by 50% as well as decrease time and costs associated with the process.
 


 

 



 

NYC's Stop & Frisk Last Hold Out in Ontario Canada Stops Practice
Ontario regulation bans random street checks or carding by police
Claims of Racial Profiling Plays Big Part

Ontario has released its final regulations to ban police from randomly stopping people to collect personal information, a practice known as carding or street checks. Race is prohibited from being any part of a police officer's reason for attempting to collect someone's identifying information.

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, police must tell people they have a right not to talk with them, and refusing to co-operate or walking away cannot then be used as reasons to compel information.

However, police can gather personal information during routine traffic stops, when someone is being arrested or detained, or when a search warrant is executed.

The Liberal government said it wanted to ban arbitrary stops after hearing from too many people of colour and aboriginal men and women, who said the Human Rights Code was being ignored by police who stopped them for no apparent reason.  ctvnews.ca

HBC settles race complaint from shopper, agrees to educate LP staff on profiling
The Hudson's Bay Company has agreed to educate its staff on racial profiling as part of a settlement in the case of a now-deceased Nova Scotia grandmother allegedly accused of shoplifting a rug. African Canadian Kathleen Viner filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission alleging that two employees discriminated against her at a now-closed Zellers store in Greenwood, N.S., in 2008. Viner, then a 77-year-old grandmother of 13, was stopped by a security guard "and made to feel she had stolen a rug," according to an affidavit from her daughters, Shelley and Donna. Viner provided proof she had bought the rug, but the incident left her shaken, her daughters said.

Viner died in 2011. Her daughters urged the commission's board of inquiry to hear the case anyway, and in 2012 it agreed. On Tuesday, though, the commission and HBC - which owned the store - issued a joint statement saying they had settled the complaint. Hudson's Bay said it has agreed to educate its Nova Scotia-based loss prevention officers about consumer racial profiling and train them appropriately. The company did not admit to any wrongdoing, but said it expects its staff to treat customers "in a dignified, fair and understanding manner."
winnipegfreepress.com


Sears Canada seeking to cut up to $127 million in expenses this year,
mostly by first quarter
Sales at Sears Canada's core retail store network, which consists of 95 full-line department stores and 41 Sears Home stores, fell 0.8 per cent in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, from a year earlier. Revenue fell 8.7 per cent to $887.6 million.  financialpost.com

Ikea to double store count in Canada over next 10 years
Opens new distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario.  chainstoreage.com

ECCO Shoes Plans Multi-Year Canadian Expansion


January retail sales increase by 2.1%, biggest gain since 2010

Home Depot and McDonald's creating 3,000 jobs in Alberta

Montreal: One man shot dead in Terrebonne in Gangland-style attack
One man is dead after a shooting on Terrebonne that has all the markings of an organized crime hit. The Surete du Quebec is investigating after the man was shot in his car around 10:45 am on 3/21, as he was driving on de la Piniere Blvd. The victim then took refuge inside a store that sells pool equipment, but two masked men then entered the store and shot him several more times, then fled. ctvnews.ca

Police release security camera images of Fairview Mall assault,
theft investigation
Police have released security camera images of two men wanted in an assault and theft investigation at Fairview Mall that left an elderly woman with head injuries. Police said two men approached the Wind Mobile kiosk inside the mall Friday, March 18 around 4:15 p.m. After a brief conversation with an employee, a new cell phone was grabbed from behind the kiosk's counter. Police said one of the suspects pushed his way through a crowd and knocked an 85-year-old woman to the ground, causing her to hit her head. She received injuries to her head, shoulder, neck and hip area. She was taken to hospital and received 10 staples to close the laceration in the back of her head and also underwent an emergency CT scan. insidetoronto.com

Calgary, AB: Four charged in credit card fraud, identity theft ring
Credit card blanks, counterfeiting equipment, cash and heaps of marijuana were among the items seized by police after busting a credit card fraud and identity theft ring in Calgary. Officers have arrested one man and are searching for three more in the case. Investigators launched a two-month investigation after a credit card company noticed some fraudulent applications for credit cards and notified police, said Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul with the economic crimes unit. It's believed the suspects were purchasing credit card data online - information that had been stolen from victims across Canada and the United States - and encoding the data on the gift cards, hotel swipe keys and other cards with a magnetic stripe, and using them to buy high-end items, such as electronics and car parts. The suspects were also allegedly stealing identities and using that personal information to apply for credit cards. calgaryherald.com

Montreal: Man arrested in connection with Birks robbery
A Montreal man is facing 14 charges in connection with an armed robbery at a Birks jewelry store in Laval just before Christmas. Marco Ruest, 51, was arrested on Friday by Laval police. He appeared in court Monday to face charges including armed robbery, possession of a firearm and receiving stolen goods. During the robbery last December, a man carrying a gun and a hammer entered the store in the Carrefour Laval shopping centre and smashed eight display cases. He filled a bag with merchandise from the cases and fled with jewelry and watches. Some shoppers took shelter in neighboring stores. When police searched Ruest's home in Montreal, officers found a gun similar to the one used on Dec. 23 in the holdup at Birks. They also found another firearm and some of the stolen jewelry. Laval police said $300,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. cbc.ca


Lewisporte, NF: Armed robber steals drugs for PharmaChoice, escapes on snowmobile
An armed robber entered a pharmacy in Lewisporte this weekend, assaulted a pharmacist and stole narcotics before escaping on a snowmobile, police say. According to the RCMP in Lewisporte, a man armed with a handgun robbed the PharmaChoice last Sunday night, entering through the rear door of the store. Sgt. Raymond Jullien of the RCMP said the robber then assaulted the pharmacist, 61, who was closing up at the time. cbc.ca

St Johns: Peoples Jewelers in the Village Mall, St. Johns, NL reported a Burglary on 3/23 at 1 am
A suspect entered the mall by a means unknown. The stores gate was forced open and the suspect entered the store and went directly to the Diamond Solitaire Pendants and Earrings. The back of the showcases was forced open and product removed. Suspect placed in the items into a clear storage tote that was brought with the suspect. Amount of Theft: 25 pieces - $20,475 The suspect then fled the store. Police Information: Royal Newfoundland Constable, Constable Spurrell, Phone: 709-729-8000
 
Edmonton, AB: Peoples Jewelers in the Londonderry Mall reported a Distraction Theft on 3/22 at 4pm, merchandise valued at $6,598
 

 

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USS is the largest privately held loss prevention and security company in the U.S. They've long been known for their innovative EAS tags and systems and have earned a strong reputation as a leading integrator of video surveillance and access control systems. Last year, USS launched the highly successful NDVision platform, which simplifies the process of migrating from analog video to IP. With many retailers feeling tremendous pressure to stay current and drive higher performance, Steve Sell, Chief Marketing Officer for USS, tells us how USS is responding to the changes that keep their customers up at night.
 


LPNN Quick Take #11

Joe LaRocca is joined by Jim Shepherd, National Accounts Manager for Protection 1, in this LPNN Quick Take. Jim talks about the impact of Protection 1's recent acquisition by parent company Apollo, as well as what goes into managing and securing retail networks.
 

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BMO Financial Group & MasterCard roll-out biometric credit card in Canada & U.S. using facial recognition & fingerprint biometrics
In the first phase, BMO employee corporate cardholders in Canada and the U.S. will be able to use the MasterCard Identity Check mobile app to pay for online purchases on their smartphones via a selfie or fingerprint rather than a PIN or a password. The second phase will make the technology more available to customers starting the summer of 2016. biometricupdate.com

Like a Glove - Online tool helps customers find the perfect fit
According to a 2015 report by The Retail Equation based on information from the National Retail Federation's return fraud survey, nearly 11 percent of all apparel purchases are returned, with "fit" often stated as the reason. Efforts have been made to model a business plan that might circumvent this costly obstacle: Retailers first offered simple size charts on their websites; later came software that customers could load onto their computers to help determine accurate sizes. Now there is a tool that offers help to customers looking for a perfect fit, all while creating an informational bridge between consumers and clothing manufacturers. Online marketplace Fittery's FitMatch system accurately assesses customer sizes as well as style and fit preferences, recommends appropriate items and then guides the shopper to purchase. nrf.com

Alibaba develops technology to allow virtual visits to stores
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. this week opened a lab to develop virtual reality technology for shopping and predicted that VR gear could become the next big computing platform after computers and mobile devices. "VR technology could create a 360-degree shopping experience for users. In the near future, people sitting at home can shop like they are walking in the stores on Fifth Avenue in New York," lab leader Zhao Haiping says in a statement. "We are developing tools that allow merchants to build virtual stores easier." internetretailer.com

Millennials shun mobile payments
Those who claimed millennials are pushing for new mobile payment technology may have spoken too soon, according to a new survey. Whilst those polled between the ages of 18-35 were still the highest adopters of mobile payment options like Apple Pay, only 3.5% actually chose to use it on a daily basis and less than 5% say it would be their payment method of choice in the next ten years. However, it is not all doom and gloom for new technology. Convenience, rather than security, was selected by 72% of people as the most important aspect of their favoured payment options. retailrisk.com

Social media becomes more of a mobile commerce tool worldwide

Groupon expands online delivery presence

Nike kicks up a 56% increase in e-commerce sales

 

 

Tucson, AZ: Crime Trackers: TPD, neighborhood association team up
to stop thieves
Tucson Police Department has teamed up with a neighborhood association to fight this type of crime. The Circle K is a popular convenience store for the neighborhood. It was also a target for thieves. "This happened over a course of five or six months," Det. Jesse Chlopowicz said. "They would go in every day, multiple times a day, steal the beer and walk out. This happened every day for six months." Chlopowicz works the city's South Side. He and other detectives from the Organized Retail Theft unit tracked this theft ring for months. Sgt. Nancy Fatura heads the neighborhood crime section. She revamped the online reporting tool convenience store clerks use. "I am able to have a better format for the way they have reported their crimes and I am able to ID repeat offenders and trends." said Fatura. That was how Chlopowicz ultimately was able to arrest seven people on charges of 154 felony counts of aggravated shoplifting, totaling $10,000. When these people were arrested, detectives made a shocking discovery. kvoa.com

Tacoma, WA: Woman Sentenced to More Than Two Years for Organized Shoplifting at Centralia Outlets
A Lewis County Superior Court judge sentenced a Tacoma woman to 25 months in prison on Wednesday for organizing a retail theft operation at the Centralia Factory Outlets using three juveniles, including one of her children. "I want to apologize for being here. I took something that didn't belong to me," said Rosemary Valderas Valencia, who appeared in court out of custody. She said she didn't plan on having the juveniles steal anything; it was their choice. However, while wiping tears from her eyes, she said she takes full responsibility. Valencia, 44, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree organized retail theft on March 4. The standard sentencing range for the charges is 14 to 18 months in prison, but the state recommended 29 months based on aggravating factors including prior misdemeanor and felony criminal history, abuse of a position of trust and a destructive impact to people other than the victims. Valencia's prior criminal history includes multiple cases of second and third-degree theft, aggravated first-degree theft, shoplifting and organized retail theft, among other convictions, in Washington and Oregon between 1990 and 2013. chrononline.com

Las Cruces, NM Woman, stepson suspected in Target shoplifting scheme; $400 in headphones and printer ink
Angelica Joy Green, 27, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Her 13-year-old stepson was given a juvenile Class III citation, charging him with shoplifting nearly $400 worth of merchandise. Police responded to the report of shoplifting at Target, Officers found Green and her stepson in the parking lot. Police said the 13-year-old boy was captured on video surveillance stealing two Beats headphones and a cartridge for printer ink. The store's loss prevention witnessed the boy exiting the store without paying for the items, then handing the ink cartridge to Green, who entered the store and tried to return the merchandise for cash. lcsun-news.com

Easton, PA: Police nab accused repeat shoplifter after Legos go missing
A repeat shoplifter at the Northampton Crossings was nabbed after attempting to leave Wal-Mart without paying for three Lego sets. James Richard Brittain, 31, on Monday allegedly grabbed three Lego sets off a shelf, valued at $207.54, and walked through the self check-out area without paying. Police said Brittain had a woman and small child with him. Officers were familiar with Brittain, who police said was stealing from an another store in the Lower Nazareth shopping center. Brittain on Feb. 22 allegedly entered the Kohl's, pulled $161.98 worth of merchandise off the shelf and went to customer service to return the items without a receipt. Police said Brittain was successful and was offered store credit. On Feb. 23, Brittain returned to Kohl's, selecting an $89.99 item and once again, attempting to return without a receipt, received store credit. On Feb. 24, Brittain returned to Kohl's pulled $139.98 worth of items off the shelf and brought the merchandise to customer service, again in search of merchandise credit. On March 3, Brittain went to Kohl's again and selected a Kitchenaide mixer, valued at $349.99, and walked to customer service in search of an exchange, it was denied, but he proceeded to leave the store with the mixer and didn't pay for it. lehighvalleylive.com

Agoura Hills, CA: Shoplifters stole $1,000 worth of merchandise, including baby formula, vodka and nail polish, from the CVS

Barboursville, WV: Sears shoplifter flees Huntington Mall, caught with 83 Xanax, over $300 in Power Tools

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Shootings

Fresno, CA: Shots Fired during Armed Robbery of Vallarta Supermarket; Robber with BB Gun shoots at Security Guards (with real guns)
Two men have been charged with felony robbery after trying to rob a Vallarta Supermarket Wednesday afternoon. Officers say a man shot at a security guard with a pellet gun and those guards shot back. Officers say three suspects left the supermarket with stolen cases of Budweiser and Modelo. A loss prevention officer stopped one suspect, while a second escaped. The third decided to put up a fight. "The guard grabs him," Gomez said. "As soon as he grabs him, he turns he pulls out what appeared to be a handgun, and he shoots the guard in the head." That weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, but police say security guards thought it was a real gun at the time and one of them fired back. "He misses him" Gomez explained. "The suspect with the pellet gun runs towards the street." Surveillance video shows the suspect running while two other guards
chased after him. One fired a warning shot into the ground, while another shot towards the suspect and missed. Eventually, they detained him. abc30.com

College Station, TX: Police investigating Aggravated Assault/ Shooting at Post Oak Mall parking lot
Police are seeking help identifying a vehicle of interest in an aggravated assault that occurred in the Post Oak Mall parking lot late Monday. Surveillance photos released by the College Station Police Department show a dark colored vehicle leaving the mall parking lot after a gun was fired between Bealls and Macy's. Around 7:15 p.m. Monday, a woman said she was approached by a man who pointed a gun at her and fired a shot into her car, officials said. The woman was not injured in the incident. theeagle.com

Greenville, SC: Burger King investigating Police Officer shooting comment by employee
Burger King is starting an investigation into a post that has gone viral from an Upstate woman. The post claims that an employee was fired after a discussion about the recent shooting of Greenville Officer Allen Jacobs at the Burger King location on Laurens Road in Greenville. Jacobs was shot while investigating an incident regarding a known gang member, Deontea Mackey. Mackey then took his own life, according to police. wbtw

Woonsocket, RI: Man gets life in prison in pawn shop shooting


Robberies & Thefts

North Hollywood Man Arrested in $700,000 Jewelry Store Robberies
A North Hollywood man suspected of burglarizing jewelry stores in Fountain Valley and Tustin was arrested today. DNA evidence from both crime scenes linked the burglaries to Victor Barba Herrera. A search warrant was issued for his residence. Detectives found potential stolen property and burglary tools during the search. Herrera, 50, was located inside the residence and arrested. The Ballard and Ballard jewelry store in Fountain Valley was burglarized at 3:11 a.m. on Nov. 2. The suspect entered the business by cutting a hole in the roof, then disabled the alarm system. The suspect fled undetected with property. Tustin Village Jewelers in Tustin were burglarized on April 20, 2014, with the suspect entering the business by cutting a hole in the roof of a neighboring business, then tunneled into the store. Varner said. The suspect took a combined $700,000 in jewelry in the two robberies. patch.com

St. Louis, MO: Kmart theft led to high speed, multi-state chase, manhunt
A high speed chase and manhunt tied up police in two states Wednesday. Police say it started with a report of a theft at a Kmart and ended with a dramatic capture involving police dogs. St. Louis county Police said after getting a larceny report at a Kmart , four people fled from police in a stolen vehicle. Police pursued them into Columbia, Illinois. The car eventually went off the road near a subdivision. The people inside bailed but police dogs found three of them hiding in a wooded area, the 4th suspect was found in a local store. Multiple agencies including the Illinois State Police, Madison County Sheriff's office, St. Clair County Sheriff's office and Columbia Police were involved in the capture. ksdk.com

Charlotte, NC: Federal agents noticing trend; thieves targeting guns stores in NC, SC
Someone smashed a car into the back of the Hyatt Gun Shop in west Charlotte Wednesday morning. Suspects never gained entrance to the store, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe it was an attempted burglary. Guns stores are being targeted. Federal agents said that over the last year there's been a trend in North and South Carolina by thieves attempting to break-in and steal guns. Police say a similar incident happened at The Gun Outlet on N Tryon Street, Wednesday morning as well. At approximately 2 a.m. a Jeep smashed into the back of the store. No guns were stolen. wbtv.com

Girard, OH: Man Chooses to Wear 'I Am a Thief' Sign Over Going to Jail
An Ohio man chose to wear a sign proclaiming he's a thief rather than go to jail after trying to steal a 52-inch television. Greg Davenport, of Liberty Township, pleaded no contest this month to a theft charge for stealing from a Wal-Mart in the township in December. A judge in Girard gave Davenport, 44, the sentencing option of 30 days in jail or wearing a sign saying, "I am a thief. I stole from WalMart." Davenport has to wear the sign in front of the store eight hours a day for 10 days of his choosing. Police Chief Richard Tisone said he hopes the sign embarrasses Davenport enough to prevent him from committing the same crime again. abcnews.go.com

Queensland, AU: The video of a man attempting to burgle the computer store, Mission Impossible-style, has been released by Queensland police
A man lowered himself into the store using a rope from the roof at about 1am on March 7. But he caught his foot on the rope, stumbled, fell onto the floor and lost his shoe. edp24.co.uk

College Station, TX: Walmart employee punched by thief

Salem, NH: City Finance Director quits, charged in two shoplifting incidents

Springfield, IL: Police think 1 man responsible for dollar-store robberies

Appomattox, VA: Two plead guilty in Gun Store thefts

Des Moines, IA; Third Git-N-Go robbed in the city this week

Kay Jewelers in the Coolsprings Galleria, Franklin, TN reported a Grab & Run at noon on 3/23, merchandise valued at over $6,000

Fred Meyer Jewelers in the Raleigh Hills Mall, Portland, OR reported a Grab & Run on 3/21 at 4pm, merchandise valued at $2,595

Piercing Pagoda in the Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, WA reported a Grab & Run on 3/22 at 7pm, merchandise valued at $999



Cargo Theft

Edwardsville, IL: USF Holland Truck driver caught stealing $5,500
of merchandise
Dana L. Howard, 53, was charged Monday after a police officer spotted an unoccupied tractor-trailer truck off to the side of the road in Bethalto. The officer stopped because the area is known as a place for illegal dumping, but he saw Howard near the truck, dropping a DeWalt work-site radio in a box. The off-duty officer claims Howard appeared nervous, so he called Bethalto Police. Officers from Bethalto responded and discovered three more boxes with similar radios on the ground, near the trailer. An official of the USF Holland came to the scene and discovered there were several items in the truck that were not on the truck manifest. Howard allegedly told a police officer that he intended to take only one of the radios but not the other $5,500 worth of property. thetelegraph.com



Credit Card Fraud

Hillsdale, NJ: Off-duty Officer arrests four New York suspects
on credit card fraud
Police found that the culprits were in possession of more than 50 prepaid gift cards and over 30 fake credit cards. When police returned to King's later on that evening for a follow-up investigation, Zimmerman was alerted to a woman unrelated to the first group of suspects attempting to use what appeared to be fraudulent credit cards to purchase $1,000 in prepaid gift cards. northjersey.com

Valley City, ND: Valley City State University professor faces ID theft charges after police seize 200 credit cards



Apple - Santa Clara, CA - Burglary
Camelback Corner -Duncan, OK - Robbery
CVS - Lake Tahoe, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wilmington, NC - Armed Robbery
Donohue's - Sheldon, IL - Burglary
EZ Mart - Monroe, LA - Armed Robbery
Fenton Pawn - Fenton, MO - Burglary
Git-N-Go - Des Moines, IA - Robbery/ 3rd this week
Mega Saver - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot
The Depot - N. Cheyenne, MT - Shooting
TNT Outfitters - Spout Spring, VA - Burglary
Vallarta Supermarket - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery/ shooting
Whiskey Liquors - Louisville, KY - Shooting
7-Eleven - Poughkeepsie, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
 

 

 


 
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