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David Thompson, CFI was promoted to Director of Investigations, Research and Innovation for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates.
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) is pleased to announce the promotion of David Thompson, CFI from Manager of Investigations & Consulting to Director of Investigations, Research and Innovation. Dave started with WZ in June of 2014 as a Speaker & Consultant and was promoted to Manager of Investigations & Consulting in August of 2015. During his time with WZ, Dave has demonstrated his willingness to always go the extra mile not only in his job responsibilities, but in taking on additional projects and assisting in other divisions. Dave will be working closely with Dave Zulawski, CFI conducting research and recommending program upgrades based on academic research, developing additional online programs and virtual delivery platforms, and identifying and implementing technology and innovation to keep WZ on the cutting edge and out in front of any competition. Congratulations Dave!
 
Dan Diggins was named Director of Security & Safety for Safeway Open.
Dan previously held the role of Director of Loss Prevention & Safety for Fry's Electronics for over twenty years, and led a team of over 400 across 37 locations nationwide. Before that, Dan was the District Loss Prevention Manager for Ross Stores for over six years. Congratulations Dan!
 
Stephani Enriquez was promoted to Sr. Shortage Control Coordinator for REI.
Stephani was previously the Supervisor of Asset Protection for the retailer and has been a part of the REI team since 2003. She started as a Sales Specialist and quickly worked her way up to hold such titles as Corporate Services Administrative Assistant, Corporate Loss Prevention Administrative Assistant and Security Coordinator. Stephani earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Geography from Western Washington University. Congratulations Stephani!
 

 



NYPD practicing how to respond to Brussels-style attack
The exercise took place Monday in a conference room. It involved four locations around the city and included a suicide bomber, shooter and other attacks. Officers discussed how they would deploy resources to best take down the suspects, stop the danger and render aid. NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill says it is one of several such exercises the department has undergone to ensure it's prepared.  newstimes.com

Credit Card, ATM Frauds Make Up Nearly Half of Upper West Side Grand Larcenies: NYPD
Skimming is Becoming an Epidemic

Nearly half of all property thefts of more than $1,000 in the neighborhood last month stemmed from thieves stealing credit card or ATM information, police revealed. 

There were 48 grand larcenies - or thefts of property worth more than $1,000 - in the 20th Precinct between Feb. 29 and March 27, with 22 of those involving credit and bank card fraud, Capt. Levon Holley said at a precinct meeting Monday. "What's becoming very prevalent now are [credit card] skimming devices," Holley said.

ATM machines found in stores, as opposed to banks, seem to be more susceptible to these devices and scams. dnainfo.com

Grocery store workers ranked 7th on OSHA's Severe Injury Reporting Program
As of January 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident. Fatalities must be reported within 8 hours. A year later, OSHA has published a report, "Year One of OSHA's Severe Injury Reporting Program: An Impact Evaluation."

As the title indicates, the report evaluates the first year's findings based on the OSHA's experience in the field and the data generated by the employer reports. According Dr. Michael's report, in 2015, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries which included 7,636 in-patient hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. Interestingly, among the top 25 industry groups reporting the largest number of severe injuries, the postal service (ranked 5th) and grocery store workers (ranked 7th).

OSHA believes these figures represent significant underreporting - "perhaps 50% or more." To discourage this behavior, OSHA has said that it "is more likely to cite for non-reporting" and it has also raised the unadjusted penalty for not reporting a severe injury from $1,000 to as high as $7,000.  oshatoday.com

Minority Biz Owner Trashes Staples-Office Depot Divestiture & Merger
Morrison told U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan there's no way that proposed contract buyer Essendant Inc. can successfully take over the wholesaler role for the divested contracts in 18 months.

And claimed the Staples-Office Depot behemoth would swoop in "like vultures" shortly after their consummated merger to retake the $500 million in divested contracts, as "tier one" minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses don't have the resources to support orders for the country's largest businesses after losing their experienced suppliers in favor of an unproven wholesaler.

Tuesday's testimony formed the FTC's first attack on the proposed spinoff of Staples and Office Depot assets as part of its weekslong effort to block the merger on allegations the merged company could raise prices for business office supplies. Morrison said the proposed divestiture would kill the market of "tier one" diversity businesses.

Morrison had similar customer-service-based criticism for another purported competitor to the merged entity: Amazon Business, Amazon.com Inc.'s new business-to-business venture. He said the company seems geared toward small or medium-size businesses, offering a one-size-fits-all online catalog and not so much as a customer support phone number.  law360.com

Macedonia, OH., passes "Big Box Retail Businesses" security rules
Mandating LP Coverage
The new ordinance requiring "Big Box" retailers to develop new or improved security measures was approved starting mid May. Mayor Joe Migliorini said there are roughly six to eight stores in the city who will be affected by the ordinance. The stores will have 60 days from March 17 to draft security plans and employ required loss-prevention officers. The city will be communicating with them to make sure they understand what is expected. Once the 60 days is up, big box retail owners/operators will face $1,000 fine per day the violation occurs and could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. The city wants to curtail theft and ensure criminals won't be attracted to the area because they think they will go unpunished.

The ordinance requires big box retail businesses with 25,000 to 55,000 square feet to employ at least one loss prevention officer for a minimum of eight hours per week. As the square footage increases, so would the number of hours a big box retail store must employ loss prevention staff. The largest stores in town, with more than 130,000 square feet, would be required to employ loss prevention staff for 80 hours per week. An amendment was passed on March 16 including the provision that if a "Big Box" store is larger than 130,000 square feet and more than 18 hours per day they are required to employ a loss prevention officer for a minimum of 120 hours per week.

If a store is identified as a "Retail Security Issue Location" due to excessive calls to police, it will be required to provide an Ohio licensed security guard or one armed off-duty Macedonia police officer during all business hours.  the-news-leader.com

Dir Asset & Profit Protection, Automotive posted for Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoffman Estates, IL
The Director of Sears Auto Centers/Asset Protection collaborates with the Hoffman Support Team to help define strategic and tactical direction of Asset & Profit Protection within the Sears Auto Center business. He/She works cross functionally to ensure achievement of all business goals and targets are met. The Director of SAC/Asset Protection will manage complex projects, provide business wide analysis, provide the Senior Auto Center and APP Team with key insight and solutions to improve profit performance, develop new Asset & Profit Protection routines/programs at the Auto Center level, and support implementation of such through collaboration with the Regional Asset & Profit Protection Directors and SAC RVP Team/Field Teams. sears.com

LPRC Violent Crime Working Group - Drug Store Task Force
Walgreens' hosted an LPRC VCWG - Drug Store Task Force meeting this week near Chicago. Top Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS AP executives analyzed crime data and crime event CCTV footage, while the LPRC/UF "zones of influence" frame was used to design a Cross-chain R&D program. The team posed in front of Walgreens' state of the art SOC or Security Operations Center with the Red Nose Day Charity noses.


Save the Date! - 5th Axis Retail Leadership Forum - August 8-10 in Denver, CO
What a milestone! This year marks 5 years of retail industry leaders coming together for two days of education and open discussion about topics surrounding advances in IP technologies, trends in security, and the future of retail surveillance. This forum is exclusive for retailers. The focus is on your needs, overcoming your challenges, and preparing you for the future. Take this valuable opportunity to network with your peers, share your experiences, and learn the ins-and-outs of finding the right solution for you. The retail leaders advisory board is currently finalizing the agenda, and registration will be opening shortly. Learn more here.


Finalists Announced for "CFI of the Year" Award
Every year, at the International Association of Interviewers Elite Training Day, one person is chosen to be the Certified Forensic Interviewer of the year. This person was nominated for going above and beyond and following the CFI values. The finalists for this year's CFI of the Year are:

● Hector Erazo, LPC, CFI (Market Asset Protection Manager for Walmart)

● Jonathan Derek Mayes, CFI (Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Tuesday Morning, Inc.)

● Tim Ruggiero, CFI (Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Barnes & Noble College Booksellers)

The winner will be announced at the 2016 Elite Training Day, April 5 and 6 in Minneapolis, MN!
Learn more about becoming a CFI here

Target facing lawsuit over OT warehouse pay in Fed. Court

Ross Stores to open 90 stores in '16

Conn's to open 10 to 15 new stores in '16


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Lululemon Q4 comp's up 11%, sales up 17%, full yr comp's up 11%, sales up 14.6%
Restoration Hardware Q4 comp's up 9%, net revenue up 11%, full yr comp's up 11%, net revenue up 13%
Conn's Q4 comp's down 1.7%, sales up 7%
Claire's Q4 comp's down 0.2%, sales down 2.4%, full yr comp's down 1.2%, sales down 6.1%
 


Participate in the 2016 National Retail Security Survey

  

The National Retail Security Study serves as the industry benchmark for calculating inventory shrink. The University of Florida and the NRF have partnered together for over a decade to conduct this research. NRSS is an invaluable tool for the retail and vendor communities and law enforcement partners, as well as legislative efforts and media awareness campaigns.

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Pawn shop owner sentenced to five years in prison
for stolen goods scheme

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted Baltimore's United States Secret Service with their investigation into a pawn shop owner who plead guilty to the transportation of stolen goods. The owner purchased stolen products from shoplifters for less than the products' retail value and resold the merchandise for a profit.

Read more here

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Hackers race to compromise POS systems
New Attack - TreasureHunt malware steals POS credit card data from retailers

Cybercriminals are redoubling efforts to steal payment card details from retailers before new defenses are put in place, according to FireEye. Nart Villeneuve, a senior threat intelligence researcher with FireEye, wrote on Monday that more than a dozen malware families that target POS systems were found last year.

"Criminals appear to be racing to infected POS systems in the United States before U.S. retailers complete this transition," Villeneuve wrote.

Villeneuve described a new type of POS malware called Treasurehunt, which steals payment card data from a computer's memory. Custom-built malware is stealing credit card details directly from retail point-of-sale (POS) systems, cybersecurity researchers have warned. The malware, dubbed TreasureHunt, has been observed by FireEye, which has warned the POS-targeting software is being used to steal information from specific organizations.

TreasureHunt appears to target US retailers using older, less secure POS systems, which rely on 'swipe', rather than chip and PIN, cards to authorise payments. Once a POS machine is infected, the software will enumerate the running processes, extract payment card information from memory, and transmit this information to a command and control server, wrote Nart Villeneuve, a threat researcher at FireEye in a blog post about the malware.

Examination of the TreasureHunt code points to the source of the malware as BearsInc, who FireEye describes as "an actor on an underground cybercrime forum dedicated to credit card fraud". Such forums typically allow users to buy and sell stolen payment information. zdnet.com  computerworld.com

Report: IT Security Threat to Intensify in Next Two Years
A new report from the Information Security Forum paints a fairly pessimistic picture of enterprises' ability to protect their IT from cybercriminals over the next two years.

The report, Threat Horizons 2018, says the ability of organizations to protect IT is progressively being weakened. Businesses and society, for that matter, are becoming more reliant on complex new technologies to function, which intensifies the threat landscape, the report contends.

Technology adoption will dramatically expand the threat landscape. This includes using algorithms to maximize the efficiency of IT systems, which often results in heightened IT security risks.

Safeguarding IT will be progressively more difficult. Cyber insurance is one way organizations can mitigate associated risks. But cyber insurance is not a panacea, and Durbin points out that in the coming years, this insurance will have limited benefits.

Governments will become increasingly interventionist. This includes some nations requiring domestic organizations using cloud computing providers to store data on servers within their national borders. govinfosecurity.com

More companies are buying Cyber coverage, Marsh says
Retail Cyber Coverage Grew 30% in 2015

An increasing awareness and appreciation of cyber risk, from the boardroom to the data center, is driving a 27% increase of Cyber insurance purchases by its U.S.-based clients, says New York City-based global insurance broker Marsh LLC.

According to Marsh's "Benchmarking Trends: Operation Risks Drive Cyber Insurance Purchases," released today, this increase continues a pattern of strong growth in Cyber insurance: 32% increase in 2014 over 2013, and a 21% increase in 2013 over 2012. The yearly increase shows that organizations see cyber as a risk to be managed, not merely a problem to be fixed by IT.

Certain industries - retail and health care, primarily - and insureds with significant losses found that markets remained challenging. Average rates at renewal typically increased throughout 2015. Organizations are realizing that they increasingly rely on technology for essential operations, and they're looking for more coverage than indemnification for privacy breach costs.

Cyber risk is at the forefront of conversation in many organizations and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, Marsh predicts. As part of their risk management, companies will be monitoring a number of areas from risk financing to mitigation measures, including: Risk Modeling - Regulatory developments - The connected world - Coverage innnvations. This report is available on the Marsh website (registration required).  propertycasualty.com

Data Breach Plans Can Limit Exposure: BakerHostetler Report
Companies that have a plan for responding to data security breaches in place before an incident strikes are likely to be able to stifle its effects more quickly and reduce their legal exposure, according to a new BakerHostetler report that places hacking among the top causes of such incidents. law360.com

"Last Mile" delivery robot being tested at University of Arkansas
A major experiment is set to begin soon on the campus of the University of Arkansas that could determine how retailers use robots, also known as autonomous terrestrial drones, to make deliveries. UImportant experiment gets underway to gauge human interaction with autonomous land-based vehicles.

Starship's founders, the folks who created Skype, plan to operate the small, six-wheeled vehicles for the first time in the U.S. in hopes of demonstrating how the vehicle can revolutionize last mile deliveries. The vehicle travels at a maximum speed of four miles per hour and is capable of transporting two to three bags of groceries via sidewalks within a four mile radius for as little as $1, according to the company.  retailingtoday.com

Square increases access to omnichannel payment
 

 


 
This new AXIS M30 Series features Wide Dynamic Range to adapt to variable lighting conditions and Axis' Zipstream technology, which reduces storage and bandwidth requirements.
The M30 Series has a new three year warranty, can be discreetly installed indoors and is best suited for video surveillance applications in hotels, restaurants, retail shops, offices and schools.
 
Chelmsford, Mass. - Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, introduces three new mini dome network cameras to the AXIS M30 Series. The new models offer HDTV image quality to capture all details, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology to adapt to variable lighting conditions and Axis' Zipstream technology to reduce storage and bandwidth requirements by 50% without sacrificing important image details. The factory-focused cameras can be mounted on walls or ceilings and easily be leveled and directed in any direction using a 3-axis camera angle adjustment.

"By offering WDR and Zipstream the new AXIS M30 Series can provide small and medium sized businesses with stellar image quality and significant cost savings," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "The M30 Series also offers a 4 megapixel option as well as a new three year warranty."

AXIS M3044-V provides HDTV 720p video at up to 30 fps. AXIS M3045-V provides HDTV 1080p video at 30 fps and offers HDMI support that enables live streaming to an HDTV monitor for public viewing. AXIS M3046-V provides 4 megapixel video at up to 30 fps and supports the common format of QHD, which allows it to be used as an alternative to a camera with varifocal lens. The AXIS M3046-V camera's high resolution and digital PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) capability enable sharp, cropped-out views in HDTV 1080p video with a horizontal field of view from 95° to 125°.

The new cameras in the AXIS M30 Series provide multiple, individually configurable H.264 and Motion JPEG video streams in addition to WDR and Axis' Zipstream technology. The cameras offer video motion detection and active tampering alarm and support third party video analytics applications such as people counting. Axis' Corridor Format makes full use of the sensor when monitoring narrow areas such as staircases, hallways or aisles by providing vertically oriented video streams. The cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE) requiring only one network cable for data and power and also offer an integrated MicroSD/microSDHC memory card slot for edge storage applications, which supports up to 64GB.

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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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Online Fraud is Spiking
To Spike 80-to-100 percent over next 3 yrs in U.S.

Yep, it's real. According to Rurik Bradbury, VP, Identity Solutions at TransUnion, as more stores start accepting chip-enabled cards, the spike in online fraud has been remarkable - as in remarkably bad. 

That's the seismic aftershock effect of that October (2015) rule change," he said. The same happened in countries preceding the U.S. with EMV. "With the EMV adoption, what has happened in other countries - Australia, Canada, the U.K. - has been a big rise in online fraud." Fraudsters, he said, are professionals, and they readily adapt to the changing marketplace. By making it more difficult to commit fraud in-store with EMV, the shift to online ("the next easiest place") has accelerated. "So what happened after EMV came in countries? Online fraud increased by 80-to-100 percent in the three-year period following.

On top of that, he said, the switch to EMV has been costly to monthly subscriber services, like Spotify and Netflix, as well as other companies and services that have consumers' card information on file for automatic payments. Bradbury referred to this type of recurring auto payment setup as "the holy grail" for businesses. But, with all the card turnover recently, he said, "that kind of business model of billing a credit card on file is less of a sure thing." pymnts.com

Amazon to open 2 fulfillment centers - Edgerton, Kansas & San Bernardino, CA.
Nearly 100 fulfillment centers now in U.S.

Amazon plans to open a seventh California fulfillment center in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first Golden State fulfillment center in the state in 2012. The retailer currently employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California locations and says it will hire more than 1,000 full-time employees in the new San Bernardino facility. Employees at the 1.1 million-square-foot San Bernardino fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Editor's Note: This means LP jobs, as even the single unit LPM position pays well and may have stock options as well. chainstoreage.com

Wave-And-Pay Wearables Are Convenient for Users and Crooks Alike
Researcher IDC predicts shipments of wearables will grow more than fourfold to 237 million units in 2020 from about 80 million this year. Between 30 percent and 40 percent will have payment functions in 2019, compared with 2 percent today, said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates Inc.

With hundreds of companies jumping into the business, security and privacy protections vary widely, and even the most trusted companies aren't risk free. Immediately after Apple Pay made its debut in 2014, fraudsters used stolen credit card data to make purchases. Apple Inc. and its bank partners have tightened controls over the service, which lets consumers pay by tapping their iPhone or Watch on a store terminal, and reduced this type of fraud.

Still, opportunities for theft will grow with the industry. For starters, wearables are among the least secure of all smart devices. While many phones require a fingerprint to OK a payment, 69 percent of wearable-device owners don't bother setting up a password for the products, according to a survey released in March by identify-management provider Centrify.

"The devices themselves can be compromised," Witten said. "They can be used to track users, even halfway around the world," potentially letting would-be burglars know their intended victims are on vacation. Symantec's research shows "the majority" are vulnerable to breaches, he said. bloomberg.com

Zumiez turns stores into mini-fulfillment centers

Lululemon Q4 direct to consumer sales up 28%, full yr up 25%, represents 20.8% of total sales

 

 

NYC, NY: Chanel employee arrested for theft of $75,000 in merchandise
A 30-year-old borough man who worked as a driver for a Chanel Store in New York has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $75,000 worth of Chanel-branded items, authorities said Tuesday. The investigation that led to the arrest of Edwin Duran started March 14, when Haledon Police received a complaint from Chanel staff that one of the company's drivers was stealing merchandise he was expected to deliver, said Lt. George Guzman. The 50 missing items, with a total value of $75,180, included shoes, purses, sunglasses and neckwear, Guzman said. Detective Sgt. George Kelly and Detective Tim Lindberg arrested Duran at his home and recovered all the missing merchandise. Guzman said the investigation revealed that Duran had intended to sell the stolen items on the black market." northjersey.com

Fencing Operation - 5 Arrested for Alleged Credit Card Fraud Ring in Miami-Dade: Police
Miami-Dade Police have arrested five people in connection to an alleged credit card fraud ring operating out of two homes in Miami-Dade.

Detectives said Tony Pedraza-Ruiz and Zulia Seijas were working with their next-door neighbors, David Gonzalez and Digna Delaguardia, to obtain merchandise through fraudulent credit cards to sell on the black market. Alexis Delgado also faces charges in the case.

After conducting search warrants in their southwest Miami-Dade homes, police found dozens of blank counterfeit cards, along with gift cards and more than $20,000 in cash.

Many of the merchandise items were found packaged and with tags on them, which allows the buyers on the street to return the items for store credit or exchange them, according to investigators.

Investigators also seized skimmer software used to download stolen credit card numbers and a magnet strip to produce counterfeit credit cards. nbcmiami.com

Police Nab New York Identity Theft Gang Suspected of Targeting Apple Stores in Southern CA. - $55k recovered
Officers arrested three suspects at an Apple Store in Old Pasadena on suspicion of identity theft who may have been a part of an organized theft ring targeting Apple stores.

About 3:27 p.m. Monday, the men entered the Apple Store, 54 W. Colorado Blvd., and tried to make purchases using other people's credit cards. All three suspects were subsequently detained, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.

"During the investigation, their vehicle was searched and around $55,000 worth of Apple (computer) products were recovered from the trunk of their vehicle," Goodman said. "It's believed that these three suspects are possibly a part of an organized theft ring targeting Apple stores."

The suspects were identified as East Elmhurst, N.Y. resident Anthony Pichardo, 21; New York, N.Y. resident Julio Reyes, 25, and The Bronx, N.Y. resident Franklin Hilliciano, 26, he said. pasadenanow.com

Apple store on NYC's Upper West Side hit twice in $50,000 theft
Thieves outsmarted the geniuses at an Apple Store on the Upper West Side - twice - to swipe dozens of iPhones in the past month, police said Tuesday. Three crooks, including a woman disguised as an Apple worker, first stole eight iPhones worth more than $5,300 from the store on Broadway at West 67th Street around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, according to police and an Apple source. A male cohort distracted the real workers, while another acted as a lookout during the heist. Then, last Tuesday, three thieves used the ruse to net 59 iPhones worth $44,000. nypost.com

Cuban national sentenced 24 months - cc fraud hitting Sam's Club in Bowling Green & other retailers
Traveling Duo Hits Stores with Cloned Cards in Multiple States

The cards, which contained information belonging to other peoples' credit card accounts, were used to buy gift cards at several stores, court documents show. Guerra is serving a 20-month sentence for the same offenses.

Simon and Guerra were linked by law enforcement to a car rented at Louisville International Airport on Feb. 11, 2015. They were arrested eight days later outside Sam's Club in Bowling Green under suspicion of identity theft. At the time of the arrest, police found about 60 re-encoded credit cards in the rental car, and an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies linked Simon and Guerra to thefts reported at retailers in multiple states, according to federal court records. bgdailynews.com

Six charged in scam targeting Carbon County Walmart
Exchanged stolen merchandise for a gift card to buy heroin. Several people have been arrested in Carbon County for stealing merchandise from Walmart, putting it into Walmart bags, returning it to the store in exchange for a gift card and swapping that gift card for bags of heroin. wfmz.com

Serial Walmart Thief Caught And Charged in Sheboygan, WI
According to a criminal complaint, deputies have been investigating Duncan for a series of thefts at area Walmarts since February, both in the City and Town of Sheboygan. Deputies say Duncan has a history of coming into a Walmart, taking a TV from the shelves, and putting other merchandise on top of the TV to disguise it as he tries to leave the store. Loss prevention staff in the stores have attempted to stop Duncan on several occasions, but he has gotten away until his arrest this week. Duncan has also been banned from entering any Walmart property since July of 2014. Deputies say Duncan's habit is to steal the TVs and then transport them to Milwaukee to sell them off in order to purchase heroin.  whbl.com

Littleton, CO: Teen jumps into van with shoplifting suspects
as they try to flee store
The Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office was looking for two women who fled a Burlington Coat Factory with armloads of clothing. The woman ran from the store around 7:20 p.m. last Thursday. A loss prevention officer was able to grab some of the clothes as the woman ran to a black minivan. At the same time, a family pulled into the parking lot and saw what was happening. "The mother told her 19-year-old daughter, to 'Get them!'" according to a release from the sheriff's office. The teen managed to jump into the suspect's van after the women. "The van took off with the side door still wide open, and without the suspects realizing they had company," The suspects hit a parked car and a cashier as they sped away from the store. "About 100 yards from the store entrance, Byanka yelled at the suspects, who were startled. They stopped the van and yelled at her to get out which she did. She suffered no injuries." thedenverchannel.com

Pregnant woman with Prior Theft History steals $1,000 in Target merchandise
A West Haven woman was arrested for larceny in the sixth degree at the Target inside the Westfield Trumbull Mall around 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Police said Elaini Simmons, 43, was observed by security and is known for shoplifting in the store in the past. Simmons was seen putting a car seat, bedding supplies, and electronics into her cart and then entering a fitting room. After concealing much of the merchandise, she exited the fitting room and walked directly out of the store with the electronics and car seat still in her cart. According to a report, security stopped her and brought her back to the loss prevention office, where they recovered $1,024.86 worth of merchandise. Simmons, who is seven months pregnant, had her infant daughter of less than a year with her at the time of her arrest. trumbulltimes.com

Fremont, CA: Two arrested in $1,000 Baby formula and alcohol theft from Safeway; CVS & Walgreens hit
Police stopped a vehicle fitting the description, and found $817.57 worth of baby formula and bottles of alcohol security-tagged from Safeway. Police also learned $195.92 worth of baby formula had been dropped outside the store as the women fled the Safeway. Officers also found more items, including containers of Rogaine, over-the-counter medication, baby formula, razors and beauty products stolen from the Walgreens and CVS. mercurynews.com

UK: Liverpool: This is the one man crime wave who would steal from some Liverpool One shops twice in a day
This is the face of the one man crime wave who made his living stealing from Liverpool One shops including Urban Outfitters and John Lewis. Phillip Robert Jones, 34, was locked up for eight months this week after confessing to stealing clothes worth thousands of pounds in Liverpool city centre. When he was confronted by a security guard who got wise to him Jones threw clothes in his face before punching him and threatening to stab him if he kept chasing after him. Andrew Page, prosecuting, reeled off a lengthy list of thefts from stores in the Liverpool One shopping complex on various dates since May 2015, including John Lewis, TK Maxx, Hollister, The Nike Store, Urban Outfitters and Top Shop. He already had 20 convictions for 57 offences. The total cost of the items exceeded $8,000. liverpoolecho.co.uk

Minneapolis, MN: The lucrative larceny of Lego bricks

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Largest commercial fraud scheme ever uncovered on West Coast
Smuggling hundreds of millions worth of Chinese-made wearing apparel into Ports
US government, Hong Kong authorities share $20M+ seized in massive HSI apparel smuggling probe

The action, announced by ICE Tuesday, is the culmination of an investigation originally launched by the former U.S. Customs Service in 2000 into a multinational criminal organization responsible for smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of Chinese-made wearing apparel into the U.S. through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The ensuing probe by HSI special agents in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, working closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and HKSAR's Customs and Excise Department, revealed the smuggling scheme resulted in more than 7,000 shipping containers of apparel, worth over $600 million, being illegally imported into the United States. To avoid import duties and quotas, the organization's operatives - based in China, Hong Kong and the U.S. - provided documents to customs brokers falsely stating the Chinese-made garments were being sold to companies in Mexico when, in fact, they were being delivered to buyers throughout the U.S. Investigators estimate the loss of customs revenues alone at more than $60 million.

Besides the interdiction of more than 200 shipping containers of clothing, the probe also resulted in the seizure of a 100,000 square foot warehouse in the City of Commerce, as well other business and residential locations in Los Angeles and Laredo, Texas. Additionally, investigators seized or obtained restraining orders against two dozen bank accounts in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

To date, five persons, including the owner of a Los Angeles-area trucking company, have been federally charged in connection with the case. Armando Salcedo, 53, owner of Friends Global Logistics trucking company, pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false customs declarations and smuggling. In addition to receiving an 18-month prison term, Salcedo forfeited nearly $5 million in personal property and other assets to the federal government, including his Downey residence and the City of Commerce warehouse. The remaining four defendants remain at large and are considered fugitives. Editor's Note: What retailers were buying these goods? ice.gov

Three Fresno gang members sentenced to prison for Fashion Fair brawl
Three Fresno gang members were sentenced Tuesday to prison for their role in a fight with rival gang members inside the Fashion Fair mall last year - a violent altercation that received widespread views on social media. As part of a plea agreement, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Gary Hoff sentenced Tyrone Demetrius Smith, 20, to eight years in prison; Demariea Lamont Robinson, 21, to seven years in prison; and Quran Roberson, 22, to a five-year prison term. All three defendants have criminal records and were on probation or parole when the fight happened, the judge said. They also admitted to being members or associates of the Strother Boys street gang. In addition, Roberson was released from jail a day before the fight. fresnobee.com



Robberies & Thefts

Granada Hills, CA: Armed Bandit Robs Armored Truck at CVS
A robber is on the run after making off with a bag of cash from a Brinks armored truck in Granada Hills Tuesday. The heist happened at about 11 a.m. after the messenger got out of the truck to make a delivery at the CVS store at Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue. Police said a man with a gun approached the Brinks employee and demanded a bag of money and his gun. The messenger complied. The thief took off with the cash and the weapon. The messenger quickly jumped back into the Brinks truck. He and the driver chased after the robber but could not keep up. Police said the bandit was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. His face was covered with a piece of cloth or bandana. cbslocal.com

Booneville, County, ID: 16 guns stolen during break-in at Cabela's
According to sheriff's office the break-in occurred at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. When sheriff's deputies arrived at the store they discovered someone had been inside the building and approximately 16 different firearms, ammunition, and other items were taken. It appeared that the suspect had possibly been hiding inside the store until after closing before gathering items and leaving. The Sheriff's office says the crime is similar to a Burglary at Sportsman's Warehouse in Ammon that occurred in the early morning hours of March 25. localnews8.com

Jeweler's Security Alliance Issues Special Crime Alert Over Violent Robberies in Southern California
The Jeweler's Security Alliance (JSA) has issued a special crime alert over a wave of violent robberies in Southern California. Seven retail jewelers have been hit for high-end watches, employees have been pepper sprayed and pistol whipped, and suspects have been arrested in two cases, reports the JSA. During an incident in January 2016, 5 masked suspects used guns and sledgehammers during a robbery, pistol-whipped the security guard and took watches. The JSA reports on four incidents in February, two of which ended up with arrests being made. So far in March, the JSA warns of two violent robberies in Southern California. In the first 4 black males with guns order employees to ground and committed a smash & grab in which watches taken. The second incident involves 4 males who used pepper spray to conduct a smash & grab in which they took high end watches. israelidiamond.co

Scottsdale, AZ: Police investigate a string of Hobby Shop burglaries; targeting drones

Kay Jewelers in the Elmwood Village Shopping Center, Harahan, LA reported a Grab & Run on 3/29, merchandise valued at $2,599


Cargo Theft

Warren, MI: Whopper Theft; 33 cases of hamburgers
Police are investigating how several cases of Burger King Whopper hamburgers disappeared from the back of a delivery truck. The incident began Thursday night when a semitrailer driver tried to deliver cases of the burgers to a food distribution center. The driver had to wait several hours to make the delivery and fell asleep, waking at 2 a.m. and noticing the truck's shipping seal was broken and a few boxes of the burgers were missing. The driver went back to sleep after securing the truck with a padlock. By the time he awoke at 8:30 a.m., 33 cases were taken. fox17online.com


Credit Card Fraud and ID Theft

Youngstown, OH: Woman nabbed for $93,000 stolen credit card spree
A woman has been arrested in Youngstown for allegedly making more than $93,000 in fraudulent purchases in southern and western Ohio. According to an affidavit, 52-year-old Sabrina Parker and another woman, Emma Goode, have been charged with aggravated identity theft. The affidavit says the two women used at least 49 stolen credit cards on 14 separate occasions beginning in December 2011. The two women are accused of stealing the Ohio operator's license associated with the credit and debit cards six times. They both are wanted in Lucas County for larceny. wfmj.com

Canandaigua, NY: Chilean crime ring busted in upstate New York;
operating in 13 states
Authorities say the theft of a wallet in western New York has led to the arrest of three members of a South American crime ring operating in 13 U.S. states. Police in Canandaigua say a 22-year-old man and two women ages 20 and 32, all from Chile, were arrested last week after they stole a woman's wallet at a supermarket and used her credit cards to buy more than $6,000 in merchandise at nearby department stores. washingtontimes.com

Newark, CA: Two arrested on suspicion of identity theft
A man and woman from Stockton were in Santa Rita Jail after their arrest Monday in connection with at least 10 cases of identity theft. The officer found the man, a 38-year-old Stockton resident, was on active searchable probation. When a search of the vehicle turned up signs of identity theft, the officer detained the man and took him back to the Doubletree, where the man had rented a room. A probation search found dozens of stolen credit cards, a card reader, stolen property and altered checks, as well as a 29-year-old Stockton woman, whom police also detained. contracostatimes.com

Columbus, OH: Theft ring has stolen more than $100,000
from central Ohio mailboxes
Columbus Police say the same theft ring has struck neighborhoods in Franklin, Fairfield, and Delaware counties, stealing more than $100,000 worth of checks from nearly 30 victims, the majority being the elderly. abc6onyourside.com


Rochester - Discount Food Market owner jailed for 16 weekends & to pay $50k in food stamp fraud plea deal

FBI arrests man in connection with elaborate credit card fraud scheme in Honolulu


Skimming Theft

Seven Central Kentucky locations hit with skimmers
Two ATM machines and two gas stations in Central Kentucky have been hit with skimming devices so far in 2016. No skimming devices have been reported in Lexington this year, but seven were reported in Central Kentucky between last September and October. Two of those cases were in Lexington. kykernel.com

2 Men Wanted In ATM Skimming Device Incidents In Brooklyn, Queens

Waynesboro officers arrest skimming suspect at Dollar General store

Skimming devices popping up across West Texas - one found in Pecos
 



Advanced Auto Part - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery
BP Express - Cartersville, GA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
Cabela's - Booneville County, ID - Burglary
CVS - Granada Hills, CA - Armed Robbery
Doc's Pharmacy - Early, TX - Burglary
Dollar General - DeLand, Fl - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Freedom Twp, OH - Armed Robbery
Judy's Country - Ridgebury Twp, PA - Armed Robbery
Kwik Shop - Salina, KS - Armed Robbery
Kum & Go - Ames, IA - Armed Robbery
Pate's Hardware - Early, TX - Burglary
Payless Shoe - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Rings Pharmacy - Montpelier, OH - Armed Robbery
Sammy's Food - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
Sheetz - Cumberland, MD - Armed Robbery
Shell - Prince George Co, VA - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Lockport, NY - Armed Robbery
University Store (Princeton) - Princeton, NJ - Theft
Walgreens - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cumberland, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
 

 

 


 
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