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More CVS Detectives Say They Were Told To Racially Profile Non-White Shoppers - Total of 9 store detectives across NYC make discrimination claims
Nine months after four former store detectives at CVS stores in New York first claimed their bosses told them to target black and Hispanic customers, three others have come forward with similar allegations in separate lawsuits filed Monday in state and federal court. The lawsuits, two filed in state Supreme Court in the Bronx and another in federal court in Brooklyn, all claim that detectives were asked to racially profile nonwhite shoppers and had to deal with store managers' slurs and other discriminatory language.

One of the lawsuits said loss prevention manager Anthony Salvatore told detectives to "make sure you watch the Spanish because they are thieves and crooks." Salvatore was named as a ringleader of the racial profiling in the previous lawsuit. Another unnamed supervisor said "all black people steal, you gotta watch them," according to one of the lawsuits filed in state court.

Sheldon Thomas, who worked as a CVS "market investigator" from January 2012 to July 2013, said racial slurs were routinely thrown around the workplace by his supervisor, including the n-word. In his Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit filing, he says that same supervisor would often let white shoplifters go, but get black and Hispanic shoplifters arrested.

Each of the detectives is represented by David E. Gottlieb and other attorneys at Wigdor LLP, the same firm that launched the first complaint against CVS last June on behalf of four former detectives at stores in Queens and Manhattan. Another lawsuit was filed in November, making similar allegations.

"There are now nine CVS store detectives, who worked all across New York and under a variety of different managers, who all confirm that racial profiling and discrimination is a pervasive aspect of CVS's business," Gottlieb said.

CVS has denied the allegations, claiming they "appear to be little more than rehashed allegations filed by the same law firm." ... "CVS Health has firm nondiscrimination policies that are rigorously enforced throughout the company," it said in a statement. "We do not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any of our customers or employees, and our market investigator training explicitly prohibits the profiling of customers." law360.com nydailynews.com

Chipotle Sued by Employees 3x More Than Peers Starbucks and Panera
Over the past five years, Chipotle has been hit with 115 federal employee lawsuits - about 4.85 legal actions per 100 stores, more than three times the rate of two of its peers, Panera Bread and Starbucks, according to analysis of lawsuit data by The Post. Of the 115 suits filed against Chipotle from July 2011 through Feb. 29, 2016, most alleged discrimination. Thirty-five of the suits are still active, records show. "It's striking how many cases and class-action complaints there are against Chipotle," said Justin Swartz, a lawyer with Outten & Golden, which is representing more than 500 former Chipotle managers-in-training, so-called "apprentices," who claim they were not paid overtime. That case, filed in 2012, is still pending. nypost.com

Ontario, Canada: Costco probed in alleged $1.3M drug kickback scheme
Two Costco directors are under investigation for allegedly demanding unlawful rebates when buying drugs for their pharmacies. Costco is under investigation for an alleged kickback scheme where it demanded a drug company pay more than a million dollars to get its medications stocked at the giant store chain's pharmacies. The Ontario College of Pharmacists began its probe after a sales rep for generic drugmaker Ranbaxy filed a complaint accusing Costco of squeezing out nearly $1.3 million in unlawful rebates.

At the heart of the complaint is a secretly recorded phone conversation of a Costco director explaining to a drug company sales rep how much the drug company would have to pay to "greatly reduce the likelihood of somebody eating your business."

Costco, in its response to the complaint, has said the contentious payments from Ranbaxy were for "advertising fees" and were not connected to its decision to buy specific medications from the drug company. thestar.com

The Fake CEO Scam - Cyber thieves pose as Mattel CEO to steal millions
The email seemed unremarkable: a routine request by Mattel Inc.'s chief executive for a new vendor payment to China. It was well-timed, arriving on Thursday, April 30, during a tumultuous period for the Los-Angeles based maker of Barbie dolls. Barbie was bombing, particularly overseas, and the CEO, Christopher Sinclair, had officially taken over only that month. Mattel had fired his predecessor. The finance executive who got the note was naturally eager to please her new boss. She double-checked protocol. Fund transfers required approval from two high-ranking managers. She qualified and so did the CEO, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Satisfied, the executive wired over $3 million to the Bank of Wenzhou, in China. Hours later, she mentioned the payment to Sinclair. But he hadn't made any such request. Frantic, Mattel executives called their U.S. bank, the police and the FBI. The response? You're out of luck. The money's already in China.

Mattel's millions were swept up in a tide of dirty money that passes through China and that Western police are only beginning to understand. The scam the company fell victim to - known as the fake CEO or fake president scam - has cost companies, many of them American, over $1.8 billion, according to the FBI. Most of the stolen money passes through banks in China or Hong Kong, the FBI said. nbc4i.com

"We have a thing for good-looking stores"
"We have a thing for good-looking stores...and that was the main reason for our engineers to develop a stylish, concealed item protection and item availability solution; the !D Top 2. It reduces shrinkage and improves product availability, and it is built into the ceiling of the store; good-looking stores need good-looking systems." - Rob Schuurman, Managing Director, Nedap Retail  linkedin.com

Report: Global Video Surveillance Market Worth $71 Billion by 2022
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Video Surveillance Market by System, Component, Service, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. The video surveillance market is expected to be worth USD 71.28 Billion by 2022, at an estimated CAGR of 16.56%. It holds a great potential across the commercial sector. security.world

NRF Protect 2016 Session: 'Active Shooter Response: Are You Ready?'
Be sure to check out this Breakout Session featuring Debbie Maples, VP, Global LP & Corp. Security for Gap, Inc. at the NRF Protect Conference on Wednesday, June 15th from 2:00-2:45 pm.

Active shooter events in a retail or restaurant location present unique challenges; customers are present and need to be protected, colleagues and employees may behave differently under stress or the physical layout of the space could impact your ability to hide or escape. No single answer exists for what to do, but a survival mindset can increase the odds of surviving. This session will explore the current thinking and best practices to ensure your organization and store teams are prepared. Fortify yourself with practical solutions to enhance facility safety and maximize employee safety in an active threat situation. Learn more here.

NRF tells Fed to lower swipe fees further
The National Retail Federation is pressing for a further reduction in per transaction fee banks charge retailers when customers use debit cards five years after the Federal Reserve cut the fee in half. In a letter the National Retail Federation sent to the Federal Reserve the trade group said the cap on debit card swipe fees enacted by the Federal Reserve five years ago has helped reduce costs for retailers and consumers but is still higher than intended by Congress and should be lowered. "In most cases, 24 cents per transaction represents a significant savings over the prior non-competitive pricing," NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. "However, it is still substantially higher than issuers' incremental costs." chainstoreage.com

Cellphone gun helps open carry get more concealed
A Minnesota company is making national headlines for a gun that's not even on the market yet. The start-up Monticello company, called Ideal Conceal, is getting a lot of attention for its double-barrel .380-caliber handgun. The reason why? The gun is designed to look just like a cell phone. CEO Kirk Kjellberg said he got the idea for the gun at a restaurant, after getting his permit to carry -- and quickly realizing he'd like to be more concealed. click2houston.com

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How To Share Threat Intelligence Through CISA: 10 Things To Know
If you want those liability protections the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act promised, you must follow DHS's new guidelines.

However, those liability protections do not apply to any and all sharing, so if you want to be safe from litigation, you must share information through the guidelines recently released by the US Department of Homeland Security.

1. You need to remove individuals' personal data before sharing it.
2. The personal data you need to remove may be more extensive than you think.
3. Be particularly careful of Europeans' personal data
4. If you want liability protection, share with DHS or ISACs and not other federal agencies.
5. DHS scrubs it of personal information too, but...
6. Joining AIS and building a TAXII client makes all this easier.
7. There are other ways to share indicators with, too.
8. There are rules government agencies must follow, and punishments if they don't.
9. There are still privacy concerns.
10. The liability protections themselves aren't entirely clear.

FBI wants U.S. businesses to help as cyber extortion gains urgency
The FBI is asking businesses and software security experts for emergency assistance in its investigation into a pernicious new type of "ransomware" virus used by hackers for extortion. "We need your help!" the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a confidential "Flash" advisory that was dated March 25 and obtained by Reuters over the weekend. Friday's FBI alert was focused on ransomware known as MSIL/Samas.A that the agency said seeks to encrypt data on entire networks, an alarming change because typically, ransomware has sought to encrypt data one computer at a time. The plea asked recipients to immediately contact the FBI's CYWATCH cyber center if they find evidence that they have been attacked or have other information that might help in its investigation. reuters.com

FireEye: Hackers are racing to infiltrate retail POS systems
Cybercriminals are redoubling efforts to steal payment card details from retailers before new defenses are put in place, according to FireEye. More than a dozen types of malware were found last year that target point-of-sale systems, the electronic cash registers the process payments at many retailers. Nart Villeneuve, a senior threat intelligence researcher with FireEye, described a new type of POS malware called Treasurehunt, which steals payment card data from a computer's memory. "In a typical scenario, Treasurehunt would be implanted on a POS system through the use of previously stolen credentials or through brute forcing common passwords that allow access to poorly secured POS systems," he wrote. pcworld.com

40% Avoid Retailers Who've Been Breached
- Shoppers Believe Keeping Information Safe Is The Retailer's Responsibility
- Consumers Believe in Chip Technology

Retail services and experiential marketing firm Interactions has released its latest Retail Perceptions report, "Security Hacks and the lasting Impact on Retailers."

The study found that 64 percent of shoppers have accepted security breaches to be part of the shopping process and 53 percent say that security breaches are a risk they're willing to take in exchange for convenience. Ultimately, 75 percent of shoppers believe that keeping shopper information safe is the retailer's responsibility.

According to this year's report, 40 percent of shoppers avoid retailers that have been hit by security breaches. In addition, 34 percent avoid shopping online and 50 percent avoid shopping on their mobile phones due to the fear of security breaches. For those who shop at a retailer that has experienced a security breach, 39 percent spend less per trip than before, 67 percent use cash instead of credit or debit cards and 60 percent shop online with one specific card designated to online purchases to monitor its activity.

The study also found that 43 percent of shoppers do not trust companies to keep their personal information safe, and of these, 30 percent do not think companies invest in enough security measures.

Nearly half of all shoppers believe that a retailer could avoid a security breach by investing in better technology. When asked about the other ways to avoid security breaches, 43 percent of shoppers indicated the use of credit cards with chip technology, 32 percent said stricter laws enforced against hackers and 14 percent said the use of mobile wallets.

A significant 62 percent of shoppers use credit and/or debit cards with chip technology to make purchases. Of these, 71 percent said that using chip technology credit cards makes them feel more secure when shopping and 60 percent preferred to use a chip technology card vs. any other method of payment. theshelbyreport.com

Drone data shows 'close calls' surge
Retailers intrigued by the prospect of drone deliveries should be concerned by new data that shows a disturbingly high number of close calls with commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration released data showing the number of incidents in which drones flew too close to a commercial aircraft increased to 1,200 last year from 236 incidents in 2014, the first year FAA began tracking the data. The increased number of close calls is noteworthy as the FAA crafts rules regulating drone usage which, if overly restrictive, could impinge on some retailers plans to use the unmanned aerial vehicles. chainstoreage.com



Metro One LPSG Opens New Branch Office in South Florida

Staten Island, NY -
Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group, a comprehensive security/loss prevention solutions provider, has announced the opening of a new branch office in the South Florida area.

Metro One LPSG recently signed a deal with one of its long term clients to provide security at their locations throughout the Fort Lauderdale, North Miami and Miami area's and will be ready to offer the full breadth of its services in that market effective May 9, 2016.

Since 1984, the Metro One LPSG brand has been recognized for consistency in delivering professional security services. With our management team's 150 years of combined loss prevention experience, we tailor our service to fully integrate into the client's security/loss prevention program and play a key role in obtaining their objectives. Through recruiting, training and program development, we serve as full partners in designing cost-effective solutions for our clients.

Metro One LPSG offers successive levels of service in several divisions of expertise. All of our divisions work together, in the background and whenever duty calls, to ensure immediate response and optimal security for our clients. This is the standard that distinguishes us from other security providers.

Our clients run the gamut from retail organizations to commercial, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, convention centers and sports arena accounts, and have benefitted from our experience and services, including:

● Uniformed Officers ● Logistics
● Armed Officers ● Investigations
● Special Events ● Store Detectives
● Executive Protection ● Mystery Shoppers
● Luxury Accounts ● Organized Retail Crime

For more information, visit our website at metroonelpsg.com, or contact Metro One LPSG Business Development at 1-844-638-5774 (MetLPSG).


Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference

Incorporated in California in 1998, WG Security has been turning heads in the EAS and RFID industry with its ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking since its inception. In this LPNN interview, Ed Wolfe, VP of Business Development, shows off some of WG's latest innovations, including their Multi-Detacher and the latest iteration of their popular Ninja Tag. Learn how WG is able to service their EAS systems in a manner of minutes through remote monitoring and tuning, why they offer an unmatched five-year warranty for their products, and what else is on the horizon for them in 2016 and beyond.

LPNN Quick Take #12

With two sessions coming up later in the broadcast on Organized Retail Crime, MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley chat a little about ORC. Joe tells us why he thinks the $30 billion estimate of the problem is "seriously understated", and then the conversation takes a turn.

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UK Senior Police Officer: Bitcoin Removes The Need For Refunding Online Card Fraud Victims
Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the number of online fraud victims. More often than not, these card details are obtained from breaching databases of companies who do not take the necessary security precautions, and the end user is not to blame for whatever happens next. After all, it is rather hard to spot fraudulent transactions until after they appear on the credit card statement, a process that can take days or even weeks to complete.

Regardless of which party is to blame, the UK's most senior police officer - Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe - does not see the point in refunding online fraud victims. In fact, he goes on by saying that consumers are being incentivized to treat their financial data in an irresponsible manner, as there is always someone to bail them out if things go awry.

Although the language used by Hogan-Howe will not be taken too kindly by a lot of consumers in the United Kingdom, he does raise a valid point. Consumers have given up financial controls to credit card companies and third parties who will - allegedly - keep their details safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, which leads to credit card theft, abuse, and eventually, a lot of refund claims.

Bitcoin would provide consumers with an alternative financial tool, without the risk of details being stolen. In fact, Bitcoin would be a solution Hogan-Howe could potentially agree with - although he never mentioned it - as it would entirely remove online fraud and refund claims from the equation. Moreover, Bitcoin puts consumers in full control of their money at all times, and there is no sensitive information to be stolen while transferring value. bitcoinist.net

How Merchants can Mitigate their Ecommerce Fraud Risk
Digital goods merchants can often suffer the most. The Javelin study found that digital goods merchants employ nearly five times the dedicated fraud-prevention personnel that physical goods merchants do.

So what can merchants do to ease the pain? Start by assessing costs, resources and goals:

Do a five-year review: Determine costs directly related to chargebacks and fraud prevention initiatives. Have they stayed about the same year-over-year, or increased? This will provide valuable insights as to cost trends.

Examine your five-year growth plan: What's your company's growth plan? Are you working to grow your online digital goods business quickly, conservatively, or not at all? The greater your growth initiatives, the more you will likely need to scale up your chargeback and fraud mitigation.

Take stock of your current (and future) resources: Determine current and anticipated chargeback and fraud-related costs, and the resources expected to deploy in the future. Project what your operational budget will be, what cost efficiencies you'll need and how dedicated headcount growth will affect your bottom line.

Consider your DIY process vs. outsourcing: Explore the implications of continuing to build an in-house fraud prevention team versus outsourcing. In addition to the benefits of lower headcount and reduced operational costs, the best outside vendors monitor fraud patterns across numerous clients, allowing them to adapt risk strategies and quickly implement new, proactive security measures. multichannelmerchant.com



Northbrook, IL: 5 charged as 2 theft crews hit Saks Off 5th store on same day Police reported that five people from two separate retail theft crews face charges, after both groups hit the same store near the Dundee Road ramp to the Edens Expressway on March 19. In the first case, Northbrook Plice said officers from two other area police departments chased down suspects as they fled Northbrook. Store security personnel at the Saks 5th Avenue/Off Fifth in the Village Square of Northbrook had reported seeing four people running from the store with purses worth $4,000 to $5,000 shortly before 1 p.m. on March 19. They told police they saw them jump into a car and flee the shopping center. Hearing a broadcast bulletin, Wilmette Police pulled behind a suspect vehicle, and with the help of Skokie Police, stopped it at Oakton Avenue, about nine miles south of Dundee. chicagotribune.com

Pleasant Prairie, WI: Two charged for shoplifting from outlet mall
Two Milwaukee women are facing felony charges for shoplifting from Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. The two are accused of stealing more than $600 worth of clothing and accessories from Gap, Ralph Lauren and Justice on Saturday around 5 p.m. They were charged Monday in Kenosha County Circuit Court with felony retail theft and felony retail theft with a shielding device. According to court documents, Pleasant Prairie police were called after a loss prevention employee at Gap failed to stop the women from leaving the store with stolen merchandise. Police found the two women in a silver sedan with tinted windows in the parking lot. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a so-called "booster bag" lined with duct tape and tin foil. kenoshanews.com

Sylvester, GA: Police tracking suspects in theft of electronics, chainsaw and clothing; hit Garden Center exit
Sylvester Police are looking for two theft by shoplifting suspects who entered the Sylvester Walmart store and stole hundreds of dollars' worth of items. Some of the items were two small TV sets, a chain saw and clothes. The two individuals loaded the items in a shopping cart, cut the chain off the garden center rear door to exit the store with the stolen items. The items were then loaded onto a red truck seen driving from the parking lot. worthit2u.net

Chandler, AZ: Man accused of stealing vacuum cleaners from Target and IKEA
A Guadalupe man has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of vacuum cleaners from East Valley Target stores. Daniel Armenta, 28, is accused in court documents of stealing nine Dyson vacuum cleaners from various Target stores in Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe. Police said the thefts occurred between September 2015 and January 2016. Documents say Armenta would arrive as a passenger in a Discount cab, enter the store and remove the attached security device from the vacuum before walking out and leaving in the cab. Police used surveillance video to match Armenta with a photo they had from a prior arrest. Armenta was arrested while allegedly in progress of stealing from a Tempe IKEA. Police valued the total of the thefts at $2,700. He's been charged with seven counts of organized retail theft. abc15.com

Pekin, IL: All-woman crime ring swipes cameras in East Peoria using magnetic key and 'spider wrap'
Thieves in unrelated cases used unique tools - a magnetic key in one, a cart loaded with toilet paper in the other - to steal thousands of dollars in items from Tazewell County stores, charges allege. The latter case produced an arrest warrant for a Bellevue man who police say got away with 31 bottles of liquor hidden within the rolls of tissue. Ralph Raithel, 32, is sought on charges of burglary and felony retail theft for the crime Feb. 23 at the Kroger store in Washington. The liquor was worth a total of about $1,370, store officials told police. Raithel was sentenced in 2013 to three years in prison for felony retail theft. His girlfriend also is being sought, the affidavit stated. The second case began Aug. 5, when four women allegedly teamed up to steal several digital cameras from the Target store in East Peoria. Store employees discovered the theft five days later when they found a "spider wrap" used to secure the cameras tucked back into a display shelf. The employees told police the theft, which they found recorded on security video, appeared to be the work of a ring of women who committed similar thefts at Target stores in several other Illinois cities, including Peoria. pjstar.com

Brunswick, OH: 2 of 3 Arrested hitting Home Depot; stealing fertilizer
 Police arrested two of three suspects thought to be involved in recent thefts at local Home Depot stores. A loss prevention officer at the Home Depot saw the suspects pull into the parking lot around 2:23 p.m. A man and a woman entered the store and took five large bags of fertilizer. The security officer confronted the suspects and the man became confrontational, allowing the female to flee the scene in the awaiting car, which was being driven by the unknown third suspect. During the investigation, the man admitted to the theft and told police he had "chemical dependency issues." He was cited for theft and told not to return to the store. The woman later turned herself in to police and was also cited for theft. cleveland.com

Victorville, CA: Three Kohl's Theft Suspects Lead Deputies on Pursuit
According to Sheriff's spokeswoman, Chandon Porter, 29, and a 16-year-old teen were reported to have stolen merchandise from Kohl's. They fled the store to a waiting vehicle, driven by Harvey Yates, 31. As deputies responded they observed the vehicle, a gold-colored car driving through the Kohl's parking lot and attempted to stop the vehicle. Yates led deputies on a pursuit in the immediate area for approximately 7 minutes. The three were detained when deputies boxed in the vehicle. vvng.com

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Spanaway, WA: Convenience store clerk booked on suspicion of murder after shooting shoplifter in the back
When sheriff's deputies arrived at the Pacific Quickmart in Spanaway, Wash., on Friday night, they found a dead body in the doorway. The explanation for the gruesome scene seemed simple, at least at first. Min Sik Kim, the convenience store clerk, told deputies he had caught someone stealing cigarettes. When the would-be thief knocked him to the ground and tried to grab his gun, Kim had no choice but to defend himself, he said. "I pulled my gun out and I shot him a couple of times," Kim told local reporters, "I would do this again if I have to keep my life." Deputies drove off, leaving Kim free to tell his gripping story of survival to local media. On Monday afternoon, however, those deputies returned. They had reviewed surveillance footage of the incident and found a much different picture than the one painted by Kim. washingtonpost.com

Houston, TX: Woman's car hit by gunfire at Memorial City Mall shooting
A northwest Harris County woman still can't believe her car was caught in the crossfire of Friday's shootout just minutes before she walked out of the Memorial City Mall. Taylor, who didn't want her full name used, had been shopping with a friend when she walked outside and saw the parking lot packed with police officers, then approached her car, which was nearby. click2houston.com

Fairfield, CA: Suspect in the shooting of a 6 year old boy, shot by Police behind Lowes
A person had called the Fairfield Police Department at approximately 12:40 p.m. Monday to report they were following a suspect who they believed to be wanted in connection with the Concord shooting. Fairfield police officers arrived and found the suspect, positively identified Monday evening as James Jarrard, 32, in the north end of the parking lot. Officers pursued him on foot, a pursuit that ended with officers shooting Jarrard behind the store. Jarrard is listed in critical condition. thereporter.com

Columbus, GA: Peachtree Mall reacts to safety concerns following shooting
Officials at the Columbus Police Department are speaking out about security measures in and around the Peachtree Mall following this weekend's shooting that left one dead and possibly hundreds in fear. When you hear about gun-fire erupting at our local mall, it may be hard not to worry about your safety. However, officials at the Columbus Police Department want everyone to look at the nature of this shooting before swearing they'll never return to the popular shopping center. wtvm.com

Charlotte, NC: 1 shot in Aldi Grocery store parking lot early Tuesday
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a robbery-related shooting early Tuesday in the parking lot of an Aldi grocery store. About 5:30 a.m., police responded to a report of shots fired. Officers said they found a male with a gunshot wound. Medic took the victim to Carolinas Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries. charlotteobserver.com

Robberies & Thefts

Ventura, CA: Gun Store Owner speaks out about Brazen Smash & Grab
The owner of a Ventura gun shop targeted by criminals on Easter isn't taking any more chances. He stayed in his store overnight, armed and wearing a bullet-resistant vest. Two thieves rammed a truck into the entrance of Red Seal Arms Guns and Ammo around 4 a.m. Sunday. The crime was all caught on surveillance cameras inside the store. The footage shows a truck ramming through the steel gates, hitting them twice before breaking through. abc7.com

Grand Chute, WI: Police say a 16-year-old boy went on a burglary spree
at the Fox River Mall
Capt. Mike Velie says mall security called them around 12:30 p.m., after finding a broken window in a door that leads to a back hallway. Velie says they caught the teen walking out of the Zumiez store. He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. Velie says they're asking prosecutors to charge him with 11 counts of burglary or criminal damage to property. whby.com

Chandler, AZ: Not too bright thief knocks over a Drone store
A thief ripped off a Chandler drone store early Saturday morning but it probably wasn't the best idea considering what he got away with and the number of security cameras. According Cory Burright, the manager of Drone Plus, the suspect tried to steal some of the drones that can run upwards of $4,000. "We have eight cameras in this store," Burright said. "Four pointing at the door itself." The video showed the man backed his SUV into a space right in front of the store. The high definition security cameras inside got a clear shot of the license plate. azfamily.com

UK: Coleraine, Ireland: Sentence deferred on gang of Romanians on shoplifting raid

UK: Victor Harbor, Australia: Shoplifter's videos posted on Facebook: legal told him to stop, but owner doesn't care... 'shoplifting rates have dropped'

Credit Card Fraud

Honolulu, HI: FBI arrest man in "one of the Most Prolific ID Theft cases
in Hawaii's History"
FBI agents arrested Steven Zubler, 34, at around 6:30 a.m. at his Waikiki apartment. According to the criminal complaint, he's charged with "access device fraud," which deals with credit card fraud. Authorities say he purchased information needed to obtain credit cards from places like Russia, China, and Vietnam in an elaborate scheme that involved online credit card applications, temporary mail forwarding requests, burner phones, retail mail drops, and shopping sprees. The FBI says more than 40 people, including some in Hawaii, had their personal information stolen and sold. Authorities say that information ended up in the hands of Zubler. He racked up more than $100,000 in fraudulent credit card activity, authorities allege. khon2.com

Ladue, MO: Suspects charged in multi-state credit card theft scheme
Three suspects have been charged in what police are calling a multi-state credit card theft scheme. Kayla Burleson, Fana Kiros, and Haben Sebhatu face felony charges of trafficking in stolen identities and possession of a forgery instrument, police say. The three were arrested in the early morning on March 25 after a traffic stop for speeding on I-64 at McKnight Road. The officer reported smelling marijuana in the car, which led to a search, revealing over 100 credit and debit cards, a laptop computer, and credit card reader/writer device. Police say the suspects came to the St. Louis area from Seattle and made several stops. kmov.com

Dubuque, IA: Hy-Vee employee stole nearly $13,000 in gift cards
Police said a Hy-Vee employee's theft of nearly $13,000 was uncovered after his mother found multiple stolen gift cards while cleaning his room. Nicholas R. Schmitt, 18, of Dickeyville, Wis., was arrested on a charge of first-degree theft. Schmitt activate and replenish cards "approximately 34 times" since April. An audit conducted by Hy-Vee's loss-prevention supervisor found $12,830 in gift card purchases that were not paid to a register. Schmitt and his mother, Nancy Schmitt, came into the store Feb. 9 to admit to the thefts. Police said Nancy Schmitt located six Visa Debit gift cards, two Hy-Vee gift cards and one U.S. Bank gift card while cleaning her son's room. thonline.com

Nashville, TN: Thieves rent a car with a fake credit card
and then sell it at McDonalds
If $30,000 sounds suspiciously low for a nearly new Suburban, you're a step ahead of the man who answered a Craigslist ad and wound up with a hot car and an empty wallet. A Lafayette, TN man thought he'd struck Craigslist gold. The Chevrolet Suburban, normally valued at around $60,000, was selling for half its normal price. All he had to do was bring $30,000 in cash to a McDonald's parking lot in Nashville, and the new vehicle would be his. But Kyle Whitlow, the would-be Suburban owner, grew suspicious of the deal when he forked over the $30,000. The 28-year-old handed the cash to two young men, who gave him the Suburban and sped off in their own car without even counting the money. Whitlow's suspicions grew when he attempted to register the car later that day and found another name on the registry: EAN Holdings LLC, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car. thedailybeast.com

Dollar General - Utica, NY - Robbery
Drone Plus - Chandler, AZ - Burglary
Food Mart - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
Gunzo's Sports Center - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Inland C-Store - Dothan, AL - Armed Robbery
Kangaroo Express - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Keith Field Classic Goldsmith - Bangor, ME - Burglary
Kmart - Bluefield, WV - Armed Robbery
In -N-Out - Pasadena, CA - Assault/ Vandalism
Milton Travel Center Milton, WI - Robbery
Nuevo Mexico Grocery - Des Plaines, IL - Armed Robbery
Red Seal Arms - Ventura, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Lorton, VA - Armed Robbery
Shell - Georgetown, KY - Robbery
Subway - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Tiger Mart - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Young's Jewelers - Benton, AR - Theft / 2 Diam. Rings
7-Eleven - Naples, FL - Armed Robbery



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

The Director of Sales is responsible for meeting and exceeding revenue and profit goals for the assigned region. The individual will be accountable for specific accounts within their designated area and will manage core business while focusing on new business with an emphasis on growth...
Director of Sales
Mid-Atlantic Region

The Director of Sales is responsible for meeting and exceeding revenue and profit goals for the assigned region. The individual will be accountable for specific accounts within their designated area and will manage core business while focusing on new business with an emphasis on growth...

Loss Prevention Supervisor
Riverside, CA
Provides detailed reports regarding events related to safety and loss prevention related activities to various staff and support departments. Works with LP Management to act as a liaison by participating in various meetings, providing written documentation and providing analytical analysis and research related to DC incidents...

Loss Prevention Officer
Riverside, CA
The DC Loss Prevention Officer has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. loss prevention, security and life safety procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft. Responds to and proactively addresses life safety, security, and operational issues...

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