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America's LP Teams
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The Largest Asset Protection Team in the World

The Walmart U.S. AP Team at the 2016 AP National Meeting for Market, Regional and Home Office Teams.
Walmart is committed to protecting people and profit

"Direct. Deter. Detect"

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Randy Hamilton named Vice President of Operations for USS
USS, a global leader in product protection and security technology, recently announced the addition of a longstanding, well known industry leader to their executive team with the onboarding of new Vice President of Operations, Randy Hamilton. Hamilton, a loss prevention industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, will lead the security solution provider's operations team as they process and deliver customer orders, manage inventory and continue their mission of providing relentless customer service.

Prior to joining the team at USS, Hamilton cut his teeth in the LP industry, working his way up through the ranks at major retailers such as Sears, Mervyn's, Caldor, Target, Home Depot and HD Supply where he served in various roles ranging from Store Detective, LP Manager, Distribution Center LP Manager, District LP Manager, Corporate LP Manager, Asset Protection District and Group Manager, Director and Senior Director of Asset Protection and most recently as Chief Security Officer for a multi-billion-dollar national industrial/diversified distributor. Read more here.

Knowing What Your CFO's Are Dealing With
Allows You to Join the Conversation
Bullish on Sales, Retail CFOs Face Border Showdown

After two straight years of softening predictions, retail CFOs forecast 4.9% sales growth for the industry in 2017, according to the results of a survey released Monday of 100 of the finance chiefs in the industry.

Sparked by their bullish projections of online revenue and a lucrative 2016 holiday season, their prediction of overall sales growth spiked for this year after forecasts of 3.9% for 2015 and 3.4% for 2016, according to the BDO survey. Their projection of sales growth in online channels for 2017 hit 10.7%, the highest level in the survey's 11-year history. (See graph.)

Further boosting optimism is rising consumer confidence, according to the report, which cited the 15-year high registered in December by The Conference Board's consumer confidence index. BDO reported that 67% of retail CFOs believe consumer confidence will rise in 2017, increasing from the 28% who felt that way at the start of 2016.

But right after the finance chiefs were surveyed in January, the industry began to face headwinds that might eventually threaten the accuracy of its optimistic outlook. First was a substantial sales slowdown in February.

Natalie Kotlyar, the national leader of BDO's consumer business practice, attributes the slowdown in part to what she said was the late arrival of IRS refund checks, meaning that consumers had less money to spend.

Another factor might be that February 2016 had one more day to sell goods because it was a leap year, thus decreasing the sales performance of February 2017 by comparison.  But "ultimately two months don't make a year," she said. "I think retailers are in general cautiously optimistic."

More ominous is the possible enactment of a federal border tax on imports (accompanied by a tax break on exports) that could devastate the many retailers who fill their shelves and warehouses with them. True, many would also benefit from the big cuts in corporate taxes being contemplated by President Trump and Congress. But the result may end up a net loss for the industry, according to Kotlyar.

Particularly hard hit for by a border-adjusted tax would be U.S. retailers that import goods directly from overseas. "They would be hit pretty hard because their cost of goods sold would not be deductible for tax purposes," as it is currently, Kotlyar says.

But there would be one set of "big winners" among retailers if it passes. Retailers that manufacture their goods here or buy products from domestic vendors wouldn't have to pay the import tax (and would get breaks if they export), but would benefit from the big tax cuts.

In all, 22% of the retail CFOs cited "federal, state and local regulations as the top risk keeping them up at night," according to the survey. cfo.com
Grocery Store Vendor Kick Back Scheme
Utz Quality Foods (iconic potato chip maker) Vendor Gets 3 Years For $1.4M False Invoice Scheme

Pennsylvania federal judge sentenced a businessman to three years in prison Thursday for conspiring with an Utz Quality Foods Inc. executive to bilk the snack company out of $1.4 million through a string of false invoices.

Haas was once the owner of Haas Packaging and Design Inc., a company that contracted with Utz to provide shelving and packaging products.

Haas Packaging and Design was a vendor for Utz between January 2010 and August 2014. During that time period, he and Myers, the Utz executive, carried out the alleged kickback scheme. Prosecutors said the defendants defrauded Utz by Haas' submission of approximately 83 false invoices and approximately 43 bogus purchase orders prepared by Myers for products Utz never actually received. After Myers approved Haas' false invoices for payment, a portion of the proceeds would be kicked back to Myers.

Prosecutors had alleged Myers and Haas used the vendor relationship and false invoice payments to illegally reap about $1.47 million from the iconic potato chip maker, approximately $651,000 of which was kicked back to Myers the Utz executive. Myers also pled guilty last July.  law360.com

Instacart will pay $4.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit with its workers
The startup also has to change how it describes a controversial service fee

As part of the suit, independent contractors who pick out and deliver groceries for Instacart claimed 18 violations, including improper tip pooling and failure to reimburse workers for business expenses. Instacart still denies all the claims against it.

Settlement also requires the startup to alter the way it describes a new service fee that has led to outrage among Instacart workers because many customers incorrectly assume the fee is a tip. Recode recently called out Instacart for how it introduced this fee, how hard it has made it for customers to find the tipping option and how it describes tips.

"Instacart will modify the existing user interfaces related to the Service fee to provide additional information to customers regarding the nature of the Service fee and the differences between the Service fee and tip," the agreement reads.

The settlement also requires Instacart to create a formal policy that explains under what circumstances a worker can be deactivated from the Instacart system - essentially, being fired - and a process for disputing deactivation. recode.net
Senate Votes to Eliminate OSHA Recordkeeping Update,
President Supports Measure

A joint resolution nullifying the Department of Labor's recordkeeping rule, published on Dec. 19, 2016, which clarified an employer's "ongoing" obligation to make and maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses, now goes to the president for his signature. ehstoday.com

Top Global Retailers to Attend RILA Asset Protection Conference
The 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference, hosted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) April 9-12 in New Orleans, LA, will bring together top global retail asset protection executives and industry experts for three days of discussions around the complex challenges facing retailers today. The program will focus on the latest trends and technologies transforming the industry and will cover the whole spectrum of asset protection including crimes against businesses, operational loss, workplace safety, business intelligence and analytics, and leadership and development.

In addition, the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards will be held at the conference, during which RILA will recognize innovative companies developing game-changing technology for the retail asset protection community. The Exhibit Hall will also be a forum for leading solution providers and retail technology companies to showcase industry innovations throughout the conference.

Speakers will include:

  ● Keynote speaker Richard Ashworth, president, pharmacy & retail operations, Walgreen Co.
  ● Kimberly Overton, chief resource prosecutor, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys
  ● Aaron Miller, director, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  ● Patrick Van Horne, co-author of Left to Bang
  ● Matthew Rubin, retail strategy executive, Accenture
  ● Hannah Ubl, research director, BridgeWorks
  ● Closing keynote speaker Brandon Smith, The Workplace Therapist
  ● Asset protection executives from leading retailers
  ● Innovative retail technology companies
  ● RILA's asset protection experts   rila.org

Q&A: Profitect's Guy Yehiav Talks RILA Innovation Awards, Keeping it Simple
As we approach this year's event, RILA's Senior Vice President for Retail Operations, Lisa LaBruno, sat down with last year's winner, Profitect, to talk about their experience applying for the awards, the competition, and life after taking home the top prize last year.

Lisa LaBruno: What led you to apply to the Innovation Awards in 2016?

Guy Yehiav: That's an easy one. Everyone in retail recognizes RILA as a thought leader in retail. For the awards, our customers encouraged us to apply, and we recognized it as an opportunity to secure some important third-party validation. We knew we had a strong case for innovation and change in the industry, and we appreciated the opportunity to make that case with a renowned organization like RILA.

LL: You took home first place as well as the Retailer's Choice Award. Tell us a little about your winning technology.

GY: The vision of Profitect is to change the paradigm of reporting and offer better insights through prescriptive analytics. We're always acting with that end in mind. There are a lot of great new technologies out there, but oftentimes they end up leaving organizations with more questions than answers. Retail is complex and very data heavy. We're making data analysis and actions as simple as possible. We thought why don't we just tell people what happened, what will happen, and what they need to do to optimize the outcome. This gets executives and employees away from drowning in reports that don't offer actionable insights. As Steve Jobs said: "Easy is much harder than complex". Making technology easy for the user is harder, but we're pushing the industry there and we have a lot of happy customers to prove it. Our ability to simplify reports down to easy-to-understand actions and next steps is why we're leading the charge.

Read the full Q&A with Profitect's CEO Guy Yehiav here.

Report: Terror Risk Tops Safety Concerns for Business Travelers
A new Global Business Travel Association report reveals that many business travelers' biggest safety concern is terrorism, despite the fact that other risk factors, such as theft or street violence, are much more likely.

According to GBTA's survey of business travelers for Risk on the Road, 45 percent of respondents ranked terrorism as their top concern, above street crime (15 percent), illness or disease outbreaks (13 percent), and property crime or theft (12 percent).

Media coverage of terrorist incidents in the U.S. and Europe could be driving these concerns, the report notes, even though fatalities from terror attacks have affected Americans only rarely since 2002.

The report notes, however, that terror attacks can have a negative impact not only on individual travelers, but also on the business travel space as a whole. At 7.6 out of a 10-point scale, terrorism is the largest factor affecting business travel, according to the poll - topping local and regional disease outbreaks (7.3) and corporate budget cuts (7.1). associationsnow.com

Op-Ed: An empire of smuggled smokes
NY's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back

New York has ostensibly made the health of its people and its treasuries a priority by maintaining high cigarette taxes, but these taxes come with a cost. The state's high cigarette taxes have led to rampant tax evasion and avoidance and other ugly, unintended consequences.

Since 2008, we have assessed the degree to which cigarettes are smuggled between states. Through 2015, we estimate that 57% of all the cigarettes consumed in New York are acquired in a different taxing jurisdiction, the highest smuggling rate of any state.

New York imposes $4.35 in taxes per pack, not including additional taxes imposed by localities. These high costs mixed with proximity to lower-taxed smokes is a scofflaw marriage made in heaven. The state is surrounded by lower-taxed ones and has Indian reservations that sell cigarettes for less. Virginia, for example, taxes cigarettes at just 30 cents per pack. crainsnewyork.com

Posting for Your Stores
Poison Control Group Launches New Online Hotline

The American Association of Poison Control Centers has created a new online tool where the public can find information on toxic substances without picking up the phone. associationsnow.com

Five Below to open 100 stores in '17, has more then 500 now

GameStop Closing at Least 150 Stores Amid Sales Decline

New JSA Security Pavilion at Largest US Jewelry Trade Show

BCBG Founder, Wife Sue Bankrupt Fashion Brand Over Job Dispute

Honolulu, HI: Lawmakers discuss homeless concerns as retailers prepare to move in

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Five Below Q4 comp's up 1%, revenue up 18.9%, full yr comp's up 2%, sales up 20.2%
Shoe Carnival Q4 comp's down 1.2%, net sales basically flat, full yr comp's up 0.5%
Game Stop Q4 comp's down 20.8%, sales down 14%, full yr comp's down 13.5%, sales down



Vector Security Accepting Applications for 2017
LPF Scholarships through March 31

Each year, Vector Security grants a number of LPQ and LPC scholarships to the public. Worthy candidates for the scholarships have shown a dedication to a long-term career in North American retail loss prevention and a willingness to commit themselves to continuing their education.

The goal of the LPF Scholarship Program is to provide LPQ & LPC scholarships to well-deserving, loss prevention staff members and new entries to the retail LP industry. The scholarships fund the cost of course materials and exams related to obtaining certification from the LPF. Vector Security has awarded 184 scholarships totaling $189,345 since the program began. Detailed information can be found at https://www.vectorsecurity.com/loss-prevention-foundation-scholarship.

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Se-Kure Controls Announces Organization Changes

Names Roger Leyden Chairman and CEO,
Laura Greenwell President
and John Mangiameli Executive Vice President


Roger Leyden   Laura Greenwell   John Mangiameli

Franklin Park, IL - March 22, 2017 - Se-Kure Controls, manufacturers of anti-shoplifting and security systems for over 52 years, has named Roger Leyden Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Mr. Leyden, who founded the company in 1965, has been President of the company since its inception. He has guided the company from a small distributor of convex mirrors to one of the largest, most diverse manufacturers of security and safety equipment in the country, with three US based manufacturing plants.

With Roger moving to Chairman/CEO, Laura Greenwell was named the company's new President. Laura has been with Se-Kure for thirty-four years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance and Personnel. In her new position, Laura will oversee the company's two divisions; Se-Kure Controls and Se-Kure Domes & Mirrors.

John Mangiameli was appointed Executive Vice President, responsible for sales and marketing for both divisions. Previously as Vice President of Business Development, Mangiameli has been with Se-Kure for twenty-two years.

"These organizational changes position Se-Kure Controls for continued growth and strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our customers," said Mr. Leyden.

About Se-Kure Controls
Se-Kure Controls develops and manufactures innovative asset protection systems that maximize return on investment for its retail and industrial customers. We strive to anticipate and promptly respond to customer needs in a manner consistent with our tradition of Quality through Design. With two facilities located in suburban Chicago, Se-Kure Controls is one of the leading Manufacturers and Distributors of State-of-the-Art Security Products.

Celebrating Se-Kure Controls' 50th Business Anniversary
at D&D Daily's 'Live in NYC' 2015 Dinner Event

Left to Right: Bill Titus, Gus Downing, Roger Leyden, Greg Saputo

Hackers in Your Yogurt
Food Supply Chain Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

These days, nearly every step of the food supply chain involves a smart device or sensor that connects to a centralized control system. Shipping containers, trucks, cooled storage systems, and other machinery are becoming increasingly smart. That means they're equipped to remotely detect temperature, heavy metals, and other environmental conditions in fields, greenhouses, and housing facilities. They track and monitor shipments on land and by sea, which can travel thousands of miles and change multiple hands, in real time. They help companies react quickly to accidents and unpredictable seasonal changes. Supply-chain data encoded in RFID tags and bar codes is also helping regulative organizations spot problems - and, maybe someday soon, will help consumers learn more about the provenance of their products.

But to keep retail costs low, smart devices often have poorly written code. They may also lack the bits of software, or patches, designed to update and fix bugs in outdated software. And that means that our meat, yogurt, and other foodstuffs are vulnerable to hacking. In a worst-case scenario, hackers could delay or prevent shipments from arriving, adulterate products, steal trade secrets - or even spoil perishable items, putting consumers in danger. And because the supply chain is so interconnected, attackers could take advantage of a single entry point to infiltrate the entire system. qz.com

MasterCard Infusing Artificial Intelligence into Credit Transactions
Although the technology behind artificial intelligence is hardly a new concept, it is now being used in different applications to benefit businesses and individual consumers on a higher level. MasterCard, one of the leading issuers of credit cards throughout the country, recently announced the development and implementation of an artificial intelligence tool, Decision Intelligence. The service, touted as a comprehensive decision and fraud detection program, utilizes artificial intelligence technology to allow financial institutions the ability to accurately process transactions and detect fraudulent purchases for customers. The intent of the program is to decrease the number of false positives that plague consumers when the detection of credit card fraud is less than accurate. centredaily.com

5 Ways CISOs Could Work Better with Their Cyber Insurers
Cybersecurity risk management is undergoing one of the most important shifts in recent memory - but this shift is not being driven by the information security industry. Cyber insurance is emerging as a critical new risk management tool for companies and, according to Fitch, it's the fastest-growing segment in property/casualty insurance. But what does this mean for information security professionals?

Corporate clients and insurance brokers from Allianz recently rated cyberrisk as the third most important corporate peril, above fire, natural catastrophes, and even macroeconomic developments. Too often, CISOs and information security teams have cursory engagement with their cyber insurer. This is bad for the CISO, bad for their insurer, and bad for the cyber resilience of the company.

Here are five ways CISOs should start engaging with their corporate risk managers, brokers, and insurance carriers today:

1. Understand what cyber insurance coverage your company already has purchased.
2. Get involved with risk managers in the cyber insurance purchase process and in insurance renewals.
3. Proactively provide information in the underwriting process.
4. Security personnel should engage in a transparent dialogue about security they don't currently have.
5. Security professionals should openly share prior breaches with their insurers. darkreading.com

Russian hacker pleads guilty over $500m Citadel malware
A Russian hacker accused of helping to develop and maintain the notorious Citadel malware toolkit, which was used to steal more than $500 million from bank accounts, faces up to 10 years in a US prison after pleading guilty to computer fraud. finextra.com

Apple Extortion Attempt by Hackers Likely a Bluff

Wikileaks document dump claims the CIA could break into Macs using a 'sonic screwdriver' tool

Senate approves bill allowing Internet providers to sell consumer data


Asset Protection Solutions
Creating the Future

CONTROLTEK is perhaps the best kept secret in the LP Industry. The company has been in the asset protection business for over 40 years. Its line of secure packaging products helps the nation's leading banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely. And CONTROLTEK's inventory visibility solutions help retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently. Steve Sell, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, talks about some of the innovations we can expect this year.

Quick Take #11

Pat O'Leary and Wouter Ubbels from Gold-Sponsor Nedap Retail Americas place a friendly wager on an NFL game - with an orange head-to-toe spandex "Morph Suit" on the line!

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Amazon's Taking Over - Bezos's Mother Ship RobotZ
At one point or another, we've all thought that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos could be a robot. Think about it: He's often quiet, reserved, calculated and a powerful genius with limited emotional range. Alas, Bezos presents himself in human form. Until this week.

While it is still unconfirmed whether Bezos is actually a robot, at a top-secret Amazon conference Monday he at least played the part, taking control of a 13-foot, 1.5-ton robotic exo-suit. "Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?" Bezos said, referencing the mecha suit worn by the actress in the 1986 sci-fi film "Aliens." The comparison is visually apt, despite the lack of alien-slaying at the conference.  retaildive.com

Former Amazon Investigator Develops Insurance For Kicked Off Sellers
Amazon sellers can get insured by Lloyd's for getting kicked off

$1,200 policy covering up to $1 million of income lost during an Amazon suspension.

In recent years, an entire cottage industry has emerged in the shadow of the world's largest online retailer. There are consulting firms pledging to help make Amazon merchants rich. Temporary staffing agencies find workers to staff Amazon warehouses during the holiday shopping season. Now the insurance industry has found a niche, thanks to an enterprising Amazon merchant from Kentucky who sells custom bedding.

In some cases, they'd violated Amazon's terms by selling expired, damaged or counterfeit goods. But sellers told Jurans they were also kicked off for things beyond their control-for a late delivery from a courier, say, or because customers seeking a refund complained even if the product was fine.

Amazon, which declined to comment for this story, says it has various online tools and a team dedicated to help merchants resolve any issues. But merchants say they must navigate a mysterious process primarily via email that can eat up weeks and sometimes isn't resolved at all.

So Jurans and two Kentucky insurance agents set up a company called Well Insurance. For advice, they turned to InsuraTech, an Indiana firm whose chief executive Tim Craig has cultivated a strong relationship with Lloyd's of London. The storied marketplace has long underwritten unusual niches, including policies covering Bruce Springsteen's voice, America Ferrera's smile and alien abductions. Craig himself worked with Lloyd's to develop insurance that reimburses poultry farmers should they lose their flocks to avian influenza.

Chris McCabe, who once investigated merchants for Amazon and now helps them get reinstated. He worked at Amazon from June 2007 to June 2012 as a Investigation Specialist - Level Two, Merchant Risk Investigations department and became an ecommerce consultant in 2014. denverpost.com

Nearly 27% of all shoppers will buy online for Easter

Nike e-commerce growth slows in Q3 - only 18% jump in digital sales

Bixby, OK: A Bixby store is looking to catch thieves caught on surveillance camera stealing $50,000 worth of vintage merchandise
The Galley, a luxury kitchen store, was victimized last Thursday overnight. "To have this large of a theft and this big of a problem happen a week before we move in, or 10 days or two weeks before we move in it's really just not a great thing," said Josh Nave, owner of Plum Legacy, the general contractor for The Galley. On Thursday, crews worked to finish construction at the company's new headquarters just days before it's opening in April. ktul.com

State College, PA: Woman facing 30+ Felony theft charges for over $25,000 in Fraudulent Cell Phone Purchases
A New York woman who was arrested by State College Police last weekend after she allegedly attempted to fraudulently purchase cell phones is facing more felony charges related to thousands of dollars in purchases of cell phones in Centre and Blair counties. State College Police were dispatched to the Verizon store in the Nittany Mall on Saturday after store employees recognized a woman from a fraud incident at a Blair County store.

The woman, later identified as Franchesca M. Lachapel, 24, reportedly told an employee at the Nittany Mall store that she wanted to purchase five iPhone 7s, valued at $4,300. She allegedly provided a driver's license with another person's name and date of birth, as well as that person's cell phone number and last four Social Security number digits. Lachapel was also arraigned this week on charges filed by Bellefonte Police and Roaring Spring Police. statecollege.com

West Monroe, LA: Dillard's employee busted on fake refunds; admits to $15,000 in merchandise theft
A Dillard's employee is facing felony theft charges after fraudulent returns were discovered. Hannah Twist, 19, is accused of generating $1,293 in returns for merchandise. The credits were reportedly placed on three different gift cards Twist then used to purchase merchandise from Dillard's that was then removed from the store. Twist used the sales numbers of other employees to create the cards and no customers were in her area of the store when the transactions were completed. Twist was taken into custody and reportedly told officers she took the merchandise. She was unable to specify a specific amount stolen but believed it exceeded $15,000. thenewsstar.com

Pinellas County, FL: Suspect Sought In $2K Stein Mart Grand Theft
A suspect, who allegedly loaded up a Stein Mart shopping cart with approximately $2,000 of items, including Michael Kors handbags, perfume and clothing, and walked out of the business without paying, is sought by local detectives. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office today released surveillance photos and video of the grand-theft suspect. patch.com

Eau Claire, WI: Serial Walmart thief accused of stealing vacuum cleaner A man who Walmart officials nationwide have identified as a serial thief is accused of stealing a vacuum cleaner at the Eau Claire Walmart, according to police. James B. Mullins has a history of using multiple license plates and currently has a felony arrest warrant from Florida. Walmart loss prevention employees said they were familiar with Mullins from national and statewide Walmart bulletins regarding his thefts all over the country. The employees told police Mullins has recently been in western Wisconsin and had been at the Lake Hallie, Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield stores. leadertelegram.com

Fayettville, AR: Police ID thieves who threatened Walmart, Home Depot workers with contaminated needles
Fayetteville police have identified and are trying to find two men they say threatened to stab people with hypodermic needles during thefts at businesses in February. The threats happened at a Walmart on Feb. 16 and Home Depot two days later. Sgt. Shawn Strepay, a spokesman for the Police Department, said the crimes aren't related. "As of right now, we don't have a reason to believe these suspects even know each other," he said. Detectives with the department's Organized Retail Crime Unit are searching for James Pete Allen and Brian Gregory Graham. The men are accused of threatening to stab loss prevention personnel with needles that allegedly contained a communicable disease during separate incidents. Graham is accused in the Walmart incident, Allen at Home Depot. fayobserver.com

Town of Hamburg, NY: Police seeking to identify 2 suspects in Best Buy theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Beachwood, OH: One person injured in Beachwood Place parking lot shooting
Beachwood police are investigating a shooting that happened in the parking lot of Beachwood Place mall Thursday night at around 7:15 p.m. According to Police, one victim has been identified so far, but that person was not at the scene when police arrived. That person is said to be in stable condition. There is no information on a suspect or suspects at this point. Police Chief Gary Haba believes the mall remained open the entire time. fox8.com

Charleston Police Department: No shots fired at Citadel Mall, no injuries
Investigators with the Charleston Police Department responded to an incident Thursday evening. Police confirmed the incident was what was originally reported as a possible shooting at Citadel Mall. "No shots were fired at Citadel Mall this evening," police spokesperson wrote in an email. abcnews4.com

Burlington, NC: Police get to bottom of false Mall shooting report
Police have new information on what led to the evacuation and lockdown at Holly Hill Mall in Burlington last week. Burlington Police say someone heard a group of people talking about a mall shooting somewhere else and a person with a gun. he person who overheard the conversation told a store worker - and the store called 911. The mall was quickly evacuated - and police went store to store investigating and found no evidence of a shooting. Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck says police have to react the same way every time those kinds of reports come in - regardless of what is happening or not happening. thetimesnews.com

Waite Park, MN: Police/Fire Honored For Actions During Crossroads Center Mall Attack
Waite Park Police officers and Firefighters were recognized for their actions during the Crossroads Center mall stabbing attack in September. When St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis honored St. Cloud first responders in December with the 2016 Reflection of the Year Award, he also sent the award to several members of the Waite Park police and fire departments. A formal recognition event was held Wednesday night at Waite Park City Hall. knsiradio.com

Terrytown, LA: Man found guilty in 2014 Christmas Eve murder inside Oakwood Mall store
A jury of seven women and five men took just over two hours Thursday afternoon to reject the insanity defense of Gary Francois and find him guilty of second-degree murder, a verdict that will send him to prison for the rest of his life. Francois walked into the Foot Locker store at the Oakwood Mall in Terrytown on Christmas Eve of 2014 and shot James Vaughn four times. Francois didn't deny the killing, but his defense team argued that he was suffering a psychotic episode. Had the jury agreed, Francois would have been sent to a state mental hospital for treatment. The jury instead agreed with prosecutors, who argued that whatever mental problems Francois has or had, he knew right from wrong and formed a specific intent to commit murder that day in the mall. theadvocate.com

Los Angeles, CA: Shooting in Parking lot at Eddies Liquors - 2 shot and killed, 1 in critical condition

San Diego, CA: Shooting at Ocean View Liquor - 1 man killed in parking lot

Robberies & Thefts

Man charged with Burglary, theft of $830,000 of Jewelry from Sears
Daniel E. Grant, 34 faces commercial burglary and theft charges after he stayed inside a Sears store past closing and tried to steal $830,000 worth of jewelry. About 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, police were dispatched to the Sears in the White Oak Shopping Center. The alarm alerted to motion activity in several locations within the store. Officers and K9s entered the store and took Grant into custody. mymcmedia.org

Bremerton, WA: 'Good Samaritan' kicks WinCo security guard in head, shoplifting suspect gets away
A woman suspected of trying to shoplift a $4 allergy medicine, who broke her collarbone wrestling with a grocery store security guard, was charged Monday with felony assault on the guard. The woman escaped the plainclothes guard when a customer at WinCo intervened, believing the guard was assaulting the woman. Police were told by witnesses that the "good Samaritan" kicked the security guard in the head at "full speed". Police interviewed the "good Samaritan's" fiancée, who said she saw the woman on the ground with the guard on top of her and believed she was a victim of domestic violence or a kidnapping attempt. She told her fiancé, 50, to help the woman. kitsapsun.com

Oxnard, CA: Two arrested in cross-county burglary spree; $85,000 in eye glasses and prescriptions and a Verizon store

Hermitage, PA: Police arrest 2 in connection with McDonald's Armed Robbery; employee help set up the robbery

Janesville, WI: Woman charged with $1,000 theft from Kohl's

Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy: Thieves steal nearly $108,000 in Wine & Cheese

Kay Jewelers in the Willow Grove Mall, Abington, PA reported a Grab & Run on 3/23, item valued at $5,899

Kay Jewelers in the Avenue at Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro, TN reported a Grab & Run on 3/23, items valued at $9,596

Kay Jewelers in the Streets of Southpoint, Durham, NC reported a Distraction Theft on 3/22, item valued at $ 3,599

Kay Jewelers in the Dayton Mall, Dayton, OH reported a Distraction Theft on 3/21, item valued at $7,999

Kay Jewelers in the Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, El Paso, TX reported a Grab & Run on 3/22, item valued at $4,199


From Romania With Love
Arrest of Romanian teens highlight nationwide skimming problem

The recent arrests and convictions of two Romanian teenagers in Utah highlight a much bigger card skimming trend, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

A group of "Eastern European gypsies" are believed to be committing fraud using any type of plastic card that has a magnetic strip, including bank cards, gift cards and even hotel room keys. The group has been known to steal a person's credit card information and put it on a hotel room key's magnetic strip in an effort to hide it from authorities.

According to the warrant, "Immigration (officials) stated that they are aware of several subjects of Romanian decent that are traveling the country with skimmers."  ksl.com

East Elmhurst, NY: Shopper Finds ATM Skimming Machine 10 Minutes After Installation

Eustis, FL: Skimming device found at Exxon gas station

Greenfield, IN: Two men face felony fraud charges after Greenfield police found a device used for stealing credit card information in their car and more than two dozen stolen cards during a traffic stop


Baltimore County, MD: 11-year-old accused of setting fires in Arbutus Wal-Mart Baltimore County Police say an 11-year-old boy set small fires inside the Arbutus Wal-Mart Supercenter store Tuesday morning. Firefighters and police responded to the store in the Lansdowne Crossing shopping center in Arbutus at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday, after the business was evacuated when multiple small fires were set in different areas of the building. baltimoresun.com


$31M in Counterfeit Items Seized From SW Dade Jewelry Store
Miami-Dade Police made a major bust at a jewelry store in Southwest Miami-Dade. Detectives said two people were arrested for selling counterfeit items at The Lord of the Rings Jewelry. Co-owners Tania Varona and Jimmy Hernandez were charged in the case. Police said they seized over $31 million in counterfeit items. Investigators accuse the duo of selling thousands of fake name brand merchandise such as Cartier, Chanel, Tory Burch and Rolex. But, Hernandez told NBC 6 that they don't sell name brands items, only items that are inspired by name brands. nbcmiami.com

New study reveals young EU citizens buying more counterfeits, becoming less convinced fakes are damaging

Ace Hardware - Vacaville, CA - Burglary
Albertsons - Bend, OR - Robbery
C-Store - Blaine, MN - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Diamond Shamrock - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Warren County, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Greenup, KY - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Allentown, PA - Armed Robbery/ Clerk assaulted
Fill It Up - Athens, GA - Burglary
G & G Automotive - San Angelo, TX - Burglary
Grand Junction, CO - Pizza Hut - Burglary
Hollywood Food and Cigar - Houston, TX - Burglary
McDonald's - Port Arthur, TX - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Roscoe, IL - Robbery
Stop & Shop - Peekskill, NY - Robbery
WSS Shoe - Corona, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed

Weekly Totals:
61 robberies
28 burglaries
19 shootings
6 killed

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