Alex Baker was promoted to National Manager
of Investigation (East) with Toys R Us. Alex was
previously the Regional Asset Protection Manager and has been with Toys R Us for
over five years. He was also the Senior Consultant for Protiviti/LP Consulting
and the Director (Interim)/Regional Assets Protection Team Leader for Target
Corporation - Mervyns. Alex earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Business
Management from Hiram College. Congratulations Alex!
2015 National Retail Security Survey
year, the University of Florida's Department of Sociology and
Criminology & Law conducts a security research project called the
National Retail Security Survey. Directed by UF criminologist
Richard C. Hollinger, Ph.D., the NRSS analyzes shrinkage rates,
fraud and other important areas of loss prevention. The 2015 National Retail Security Survey
is now officially underway.
All senior LP or AP executives in the top 100 retail firms should have
received a link to the survey by email. If you have not received your survey,
please contact Dr. Hollinger at
MasterCard Demands $5 Million in Damages from Nike - Says Former CISO Shared
'Confidential Information', Lured Away Key Employees MasterCard
International Inc. filed new charges in its breach of contract lawsuit against
Nike Inc. and two former information security employees, claiming ongoing IT
damage at the credit card company. Among the new allegations, MasterCard says
its former CISO, William Dennings, "reconfigured Nike's network to resemble that
of MasterCard using MasterCard's confidential information," according to an
amended complaint filed last Thursday. Mr. Dennings and other former employees,
who also joined Nike in 2013, "induced suppliers...to divert resources" from
MasterCard, according to the documents. That includes vendors that provide
incident response to "MasterCard's emergency needs." MasterCard has demanded at
least $5 million in damages. The amended complaint adds details about the
colleagues allegedly lured away - eight key employees in MasterCard's 135-member
information security department. Nike has denied the original and new charges.
The suit highlights a fight for scarce security talent as hacks and breaches
intensify. Experienced information security professionals are lured
frequently to new jobs, Mr. Lewis said. "It's usually more fraternal among CISOs.
They have generally cooperative relationships because they never know who they
have to work with when they have a threat," he said.
Former Motionloft, Inc CEO headed to prison for fraud
The former chief executive of a San Francisco technology company has been
sentenced to two years in federal prison for cheating investors out of more than
$500,000 by falsely telling them the company was about to be bought by Cisco
Systems. Jonathan Mills pleaded guilty to wire fraud in October. He was
sentenced to prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, who also
fined him $6,000 and ordered him to pay $572,000 in restitution to investors.
Mills, 31, was the founder and chief executive officer of Motionloft Inc., which
makes motion sensors for retail stores to track pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Shareholders fired him in December 2013 after three years as CEO. The company's
chief investor, entrepreneur Mark Cuban, said he recapitalized the company that
month to keep it from closing and brought in a new chief executive.
Disruptive technologies can create competitive advantage for retailers
Technology is both disrupting and revitalizing retail, according to a new report
by Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC). The
emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt retail, placing new
pressures on stores to produce a seamless, omnichannel (anytime/anywhere)
shopping experience for consumers, and providing new business models for
retailers, according to Deborah Weinswig, executive director at FBIC. Some of
the newer technologies dramatically influencing shopper behavior and experience
include smartphone sensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMs), mobile apps,
cloud computing and beacons. "Overcoming these obstacles will take time, but
retailers that do not master new technologies will be victims of disruption
rather than the disruptors," Weinswig said. The store of the future will
incorporate these new technologies to improve the collection and analysis of
consumer data, resulting in a more informed customer and more empowered
'Embracing Emerging Technologies in your LP Environment' - Upcoming session at
this year's NRF Protect Conference Advanced consumer data analytics.
Mobile payments. Virtual storefronts. These and other emerging technologies are
unlike anything retailers could have imagined 20 years ago, and they'll redefine
not just how retailers do business, but how LP professionals protect their
goods. Listen in as an engaging panel of technology experts and LP professionals
share their thoughts and insights on how new (and sometimes mind-boggling)
retail technologies can radically redefine loss prevention in the coming years.
Axis Introduces Sharpdome and Lightfinder Technologies in New High-End PTZ Dome
Camera Series Axis Communications, the global leader in network video
surveillance, introduces the unique Axis' Sharpdome technology with the new AXIS
Q61-E Series. Sharpdome technology, with its innovative mechanics and unique
dome geometry, provides full scene fidelity and amazingly sharp images in all
directions. The technology enables cameras to capture objects as much as 20
degrees above the camera horizon, making these cameras suitable for uneven
terrain. Axis' unique Speed Dry function quickly removes water drops from the
dome glass to provide clear images in rainy weather and also simplifies dome
cleaning, allowing for more efficient methods such as high pressure cleaning.
Iverify adds 170 new employees with acquisition of Checkview
Video monitoring company Iverify doubled the size of its business with the
March 26 acquisition of Checkview, a provider of loss prevention and
security services for national accounts. The deal includes 170 new employees,
bringing Iverify's employee count to almost 500. It adds a monitoring station in
Minnesota. It expand Iverify's footprint into Canada, as Checkview has a Toronto
office and employees throughout Canada. The acquisition brings Checkview new
After $7B in Lost Retail Sales, Backlog of Ships at West Coast Ports Continues - Could
take months to resolve Although a tentative labor contract put workers
back on the docks in late February, Bloomberg reports that the two busiest U.S.
ports - Los Angeles and Long Beach - are still facing their largest backlog of
ships in more than a decade. This could take months to resolve. The mess created
by the delays is etched in retailers' minds and margins, and according to an
analysis from management consultant firm Kurt Salmon, costing the retail
industry up to $7 billion in lost sales and expenses.
Retailers Respond to Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Laws in Indiana and
Arkansas From Apple to Wal-Mart, CEOs and major companies have weighed
in on the debate sparked by Indiana and Arkansas' religious-freedom legislation.
Opponents of the measures and businesses have said the laws would open the door
to gays and lesbians being denied service. Some supporters have said the
measures would shield Christian business owners and churches from legal action
should they refuse to do business with gays and lesbians. Many companies have
used social media to express their views - including Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon,
who asked Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson to veto the bill in a
statement released on Twitter.
McDonald's joins the rest - Ups minimum wage to $9.90/hr - Far cry from the $15
organizers want Following Wal-Mart, TJX, The Gap, and others,
McDonald's gives in and ups its minimum wage to $9.90/hour. Starting July 1,
McDonald's will pay at least $1 an hour more than the local minimum wage for
employees at the roughly 1,500 restaurants it owns in the U.S. The increase
doesn't apply to employees of franchisees, which operate nearly 90% of the
14,350 U.S. McDonald's stores - a fact critics seized on. But it applies to
some 90,000 workers at all levels of experience and rank at company-owned
restaurants and it will lift the average hourly rate to $9.90 on July 1 and more
than $10 by the end of 2016, from $9.01 currently. Editor's Note: As
reported earlier this week, the 'Fight for 15' group is shooting for
60,000 protesters in 200 cities nationwide on April 15, calling for
McDonald's to raise its minimum wage to $15. Does this new announcement make a
difference? Looks like last year's protests have impacted the retail industry.
Hacker pleads guilty to $100 million theft of Microsoft, Valve, U.S. Army data
The fourth and final member of an international hacking ring called the XU Group
has pled guilty to stealing more than $100 million in software and data from
Microsoft, Epic Games, and Valve Software. The ring also stole proprietary
software that the U.S. Army uses to train helicopter pilots and conspired to
sell the data. Austin Alcala, a 19-year-old from Indiana who lived with his
parents until his arrest, joined two other Americans and a Canadian, ages 19 to
28, in pleading guilty to charges of computer hacking conspiracies and criminal
copyright infringement. In exchange for the guilty plea, the U.S. government is
dropping charges of wire fraud and identity theft. The arrest came after Alcala
and his cohorts stole "software and data related to the [then unreleased] Xbox
One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system," according to the U.S.
Department of Justice, "and popular games such as the FIFA online soccer series;
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3; and Gears of War 3."
Job apps increased by double digits at Gap Inc. after 2014 wage hike
Lumber Liquidators' March same-store sales down 18% following 60 Minutes
Cybercriminals conduct EMV fraud against banks not yet EMV-compliant
Same Store Sales Results
CarMax Q4 up 7% with profit up 44%
Reitmans Canada Q4 up 2.1% - full year comp's up 1.2%
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Protection 1 Names Steve Wall New General Manager for its Memphis Branch
Experience Spans Multiple Disciplines in the
Chicago, IL - April 1, 2015 - Protection 1, the largest full-service
business and home security company in the U.S., today announced that it has
hired Steve Wall to fill the General Manager position for its Memphis branch.
Wall will report to Regional Vice President Chris Massaglia.
"Steve comes to us as a proven winner with a solid track record. In his 15 years
in the industry, Steve has worked on both the operations and sales side of the
house," stated Massaglia. "He brings a willingness and a desire to make things
happen and possesses a 'can do' attitude. I am more than confident that he will
be an excellent fit inside the East Region and Protection 1."
Prior to joining Protection 1, Wall worked for a number of different companies
such as Sonitrol, Honeywell and Interface Security Systems. He has held
positions in the industry ranging from sales team leader and operations manager
to general manager. Wall also has experience conducting on-site surveys for new
installations and designing security solutions for large commercial businesses
that included intrusion detection, fire and life safety, video and access
control systems. His background also includes managing installation and service
backlogs and directing sales and operations teams.
As General Manager, Wall will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations
for the branch, which has commercial and residential sales activities. He will
also oversee the quality and production of management and non-management
personnel and will direct and supervise effective procedures to maintain or
exceed Field Operations metrics. Wall also assumes responsibility for the
attainment of all financial and operational objectives.
"I am excited to be the General Manager in Memphis and happy to be on board with
Protection 1," said Wall. "In my 15 years in the industry, I have enjoyed a
diverse background in operations management and in commercial sales. I look
forward to building a strong commercial sales team and turning this branch
around to make the climb towards the Top 10."
Protection 1, the largest full-service business and home security company in the
U.S., provides installation, maintenance, and monitoring of single-family home
security systems, business security systems and multi-family security systems.
Protection 1 serves nearly 2 million customers and employs over 3,500 people in
more than 70 office locations and five UL Certified monitoring centers across
the country. The company has a 97.3% customer satisfaction rating and an A+
Better Business Bureau rating.
Protection 1 also offers network management services through its Network
Operations Center and is the only company in the security industry to hold Cisco
Cloud and Managed Services Express Partner Certification.
Since 2012, the company has been recognized by leading industry publications for
its commitment to its customers, the industry and the communities it serves. For
other Protection 1 news, visit
Specialty LP in an Omni World
How Technology is Changing the
Regional LP Job & How Can They Increase Their Impact
Maurice Cloutier, VP of Loss Prevention, Ann Inc., and Gary Johnson,
VP of Loss Prevention, The Vitamin Shoppe, tell us how technology has changed
the profile of the successful RLPM, particularly among specialty retailers, in
this LPNN interview moderated by Joe LaRocca. Many of the advancements in
retail technology have been advantageous to the LP profession. Learn why such
technology should be utilized and how breaking out of the LP silo and
understanding the holistic business can help make an LP professional more
effective in their role.
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his students at St. Cloud State University, Yiwei Zheng was merely a
contemplative professor who lectured on Chinese religions and the existentialist
philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. He was popular on campus and had once served as
president of the Association of Chinese Philosophers of North America. But to
federal wildlife agents who had been watching him for years, Zheng was a
secretive dealer in Chinese antiquities who profited from an international black
market for carved ivory and other rare objects. On Tuesday morning, Zheng was
arrested at a St. Cloud restaurant by agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, accused of smuggling elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn out of the
United States and into China from 2006 through at least 2011. Zheng, a
naturalized U.S. citizen who grew up in Shanghai, China, has operated an online
sales business out of his St. Cloud home called Crouching Dragon Antiques since
2010, according to court documents. Often using eBay as his marketing base,
Zheng offered wildlife specimen parts and carved objects, describing them as
made from "ox bone." But agents suspected they were actually made from carved
elephant ivory that Zheng was smuggling to China, according to a federal search
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Big box properties need to reinvent - into mixed-use lifestyle hubs to avoid
bleak future As Canadians migrate from the suburbs to the inner cities
and do more of their shopping online, big box shopping centres face an uncertain
fate. Experts say many of these shopping centres will need to reinvent
themselves as mixed-use lifestyle hubs to avoid a bleak future. Some of the most
vulnerable property types are those that were built purely on the big-box format
stores -- in other words, the power malls of the 1990s that were very auto
oriented." The imminent closures of 66 Future Shop stores and 133 Target stores
means there will be a glut of big-box retail space coming onto the Canadian
market this year at a time when more retailers are looking for smaller stores in
densely populated urban cores. ctvnews.ca
In Canada, Unabashed Wooing of Commercial Drones - Amazon is Flying - And so do
clay pigeons It didn't take long for Canada's transport minister to
exploit the promotional possibilities of Amazon testing its drone delivery
service in the country - testing that the company confirmed on Monday. In terms
of Amazon and companies like that, Canada Post, whoever wants to utilize this
technology in their day-to-day businesses, I'd encourage them to talk to
Transport Canada," said the minister, Lisa Raitt, referring to the government
department she leads. "We have a wealth of experience and we certainly want to
keep up with the times."
Future shop severance packages not up to snuff, says lawyer
"What I discovered pretty much consistently amongst all the people that I've
spoken to is that the offers were completely inadequate," says Lior Samfiru, a
labour lawyer retained to negotiate for higher packages for a number of former
employees. While Samfiru admits the company may be operating within the letter
of Ontario law, the payouts fall well below levels that previous court decisions
have established as a fair level. "(Provincial law) is only a minimum, and every
employee has significantly greater severance rights under our common law," he
says. He says the severance packages have to take into account not only
length of employment, but also the workers' age and job classification.
Best Buy, for its part, says the severance packages are above board. "We took
great care to ensure we looked after our people. Best Buy Canada fully complied
with all Provincial Employment and Labour Standards to calculate severance for
our employees," said a statement from spokesperson Elliott Chun.
Is Metro & Sobey's just giving up to Walmart &
Costco basic's & bulk buying?
In walking the newly renovated Metro's and Sobey's you've got to wonder if they
just gave in to Walmart's and Costco's basics and bulk goods. With shoppers so
price conscious and willing to shop multiple stores for the best price maybe
they both just gave up and cried "Uncle". With both now expanding prepared foods
and meals, and shrinking the size of their bulk goods drastically it certainly
looks it. Let's see how comps show over the next few quarters.
treat closing Target stores as junk shop, says employee An employee
for Target at Lawson Heights in Canada wrote this article:
"I work for Target at Lawson Heights and want to express my deep disappointment
with the folks of Saskatoon and surrounding areas. In the past few months, since
we were told that our store would be closing and that we would all be losing our
jobs, the guests at our store have treated us and the store as if it were a junk
shop. They have no respect for the effort we put in every day to try to keep our
store "shoppable." They think nothing of dumping their unwanted items all over
the store or on the floor. The amount of theft that has occurred is
unbelievable. People must be of the opinion that it doesn't matter if they steal
because "the store's closing anyway," but it does matter. We are all sad that
Target is leaving Canada. We have a great store and a management team. Our team
members are amazing. We could have all walked away when we were told we would be
losing our jobs, but we didn't because we are loyal to our management and our
store, and wanted to still provide our guests with a great shopping experience."
Americans Answer Questions About Canada
We came across this funny, yet embarrassing, video showing how little the
average American knows about their neighbor up north...
"Is Canadian a language?" asks one respondent.
British Columbia becoming a hot hunting ground for cyber criminals
B.C. is ripe for the picking when it comes to cyber fraud, especially given that
only three per cent of us regularly change the passwords on our various digital
devices. Further, half the population doesn't even take such preventive measures
as installing brand-name anti-virus or anti-malware software, according to a
recent poll. And half of British Columbians fail to set up their devices to lock
automatically, the survey, undertaken by The Province, accounting firm MNP and
market research firm Mustel Group, discovered.
Target closing all Canadian stores by April 12
Widespread drone use in Canada years away, experts say
Halton Regional Police investigating 2nd burglary
at Purba Vision in Burlington
Chilliwack police make arrest for downtown
Calgary Police Service's Economic Crimes Unit Fraud Team arrests man in month
long investigation The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in
relation to a credit card and identification counterfeiting operation in the
city's southeast. After a month long investigation, the Economic Crimes Unit
Fraud Team executed a search warrant on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the 0-100
block of Mahogany Heath S.E. Inside the residence, police found: Bundles of
blank credit cards, Bundles of blank identification cards, Electronic scanning
devices, An electronic card printer, Counterfeit credit cards, Counterfeit
vehicle registrations, An electronic device used to roll back vehicle odometers,
A small amount of drugs. It is believed that the items seized during the search
were being used to produce fraudulent credit cards and identifications, which
were then used in the commission of other crimes. Andriy Volodymryrovich
PLYUSNIN, 28, of Calgary, is charged with: Three counts of fraud under $5,000,
possession of credit card data, possession of a controlled substance, possession
of a counterfeit credit card, possession of manufacturing equipment, possession
of government seals and possession of stolen property. The arrest comes at the
end of Fraud Prevention Month when police agencies, government departments,
consumer protection interest groups, and businesses come together for an annual
awareness campaign on the most common frauds in Alberta.
Alberta SafeGrowth Grant to deter thieves approved
A grant meant to improve the security tag system for a downtown clothing store
is instead being used to install a steel gate. During the last run of SafeGrowth
grants from the city's Crime Prevention Department in Fall 2014, one was awarded
to Milano for Men downtown. Rather than putting the grant money towards the
electronic tag deterrent as recommended by Crime Prevention, Milano wants to
spend it putting a folding steel gate behind the store's bay windows. Store
owner Rob McConkey said theft that happens during the day is minimal compared to
the kind of "smash and grab" burglary his store has fallen prey to. McConkey
said in 21 years of operations he'd never had a window broken, but it has
happened twice in the past year.
Retail's Digitally Shifting Landscape
"The digital world achieved enormous progress in 2014 as several transformative
changes shaped how Americans interacted with technology and consumed media.
Perhaps more so than at any other time in recent memory, changes were not merely
incremental but rather seemed to represent key inflection points in the
evolution of various markets and behaviors," comScore wrote in its summary of
the findings. "We saw platforms collide in ways that upended existing markets,
reconfigured the economics of various industries, and suggested that we are
embarking on a new era of digital that will look markedly different from its
While mobile commerce grew 28 percent from the year prior - a notable figure -
to $31.6 billion, it's still only a sliver of what digital retail figures are
overall. Research from comScore indicates that the retail digital commerce
figures for 2014 grew 14 percent to $268.5 billion from the year prior. While
that's a notable jump, desktop-based eCommerce also jumped 13 percent to $236.9
So just where is the digital retail shift occurring? Overall, digital commerce
dollars across retail saw a 14 percent increase, year over year. In its
research, comScore also broke down digital commerce retail dollar growth by
category to indicate just what types of shoppers are more likely to go digital.
Digital content/subscriptions consumer: 27 percent increase
Packaged goods: 21 percent increase
Apparel and accessories: 22 percent increase
Sport and fitness: 17 percent increase
Office supplies: 17 percent increase
Furniture, appliances and equipment: 15 percent increase
Home and garden: 14 percent increase
Toys and hobbies: 14 percent increase
Consumer electronics: 14 percent increase
Computers/peripherals/PDAs: 14 percent increase
Event tickets: 8 percent increase
Video games, consoles and accessories: 7 percent increase
Music, movies and videos: 6 percent increase
Flowers, greetings and miscellaneous gifts: 6 percent increase
Books and magazines: 2 percent increase
Jewelry and watches: 1 percent decrease
Computer software: 4 percent decrease
E-commerce in groceries lags, but ready to take off
Research by Amitabh Sinha of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business
suggests grocery e-commerce is at a tipping point, poised to grow at about 15
percent per year. His analysis with Paul Weitzel of the firm Willard Bishop
shows what retailers are learning and what models may emerge. "This sector is a
late bloomer in terms of e-commerce, at least in the U.S.," said Sinha,
professor of technology and operations. "But there is a future market there, and
if retailers don't get a hold of this, they'll go the way of Circuit City and
Borders." E-commerce sales in the U.S. were about 6 percent of about $5 trillion
in retail sales in 2014. Grocery and consumer packaged goods (CPG) e-commerce
sales, by contrast, were only about 3 percent of the sector's $600 billion. A
number of grocery chains, retailers and e-commerce giants such as Amazon are
experimenting with a number of systems and features for grocery and CPG.
Online retailers get in on the fun on April Fools'
Duo arrested in Tulsa, OK for using over 40 counterfeit credit cards; hitting
Home Depots Tulsa police said they arrested two men accused of ripping
off Home Depot for thousands of dollars by using counterfeit credit cards. FOX23
found out the duo was arrested near 71st Street and Mingo Road around 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday. Police said 21-year-old Jamauri Gibson and 22-year-old Deion Stegall
are accused of driving around to three different home depot stores in Tulsa,
buying 10 Home Depot store gift cards at each store for $500 apiece. Tulsa
police reported that this resulted in Home Depot having $5,000 loss.
Forks Township, PA man charged after $6,000 scam over many months at Sam's Clubs
A Forks Township man is charged with retail theft after stealing more than
$6,000 in merchandise from two local Sam's Clubs by "under-ringing" his
purchases at the self-checkout. Richael Platt, 34 times between Oct. 1 and March
9 visited the Sam's Clubs at Northampton Crossings in Lower Nazareth Township
and in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, police said. Each time he went to the
self-checkout line and only rang up the less-costly items, police said. After
reviewing security video, it was determined there were several higher-priced
items in Platt's cart that weren't rung up before he left the store, police
said. Platt stole $3,918 in merchandise from the Lower Nazareth store and $2,610
from the Lehigh County store, police said.
Syracuse, NY Doctor arrested in $1,000 shoplifting spree; 10th arrest since 1990
Dr. Lisa Freedman took a raincoat, dresses, hats, gloves and other items worth
more than $1,000 from Boom Babies at 489 Westcott St., Syracuse, and stuffed
them into a bag, according to a police report. Syracuse police arrested Freeman.
Kohl's accused Freedman of stealing $884.63 worth of merchandise Feb. 26 from
its store at 100 Towne Drive in Fayetteville. The arrest at Kohl's was the ninth
time since 1990 Freedman was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, in the
Syracuse area, Post-Standard archives show. Some of the previous charges
occurred at Price Chopper in Syracuse, Towne Center shopping center in Manlius,
Walmart in East Syracuse and Wegmans in Liverpool. Freedman is an
obstetrician-gynecologist with a practice in East Syracuse.
Bethel Park, PA Police arrest 3 for thefts at Wal-Mart
Two men were arrested Wednesday on charges of using stolen credit cards in an
attempt to steal nearly $950 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart on Library
Road in Bethel Park. Police Chief Timothy O'Connor said Wal-Mart called police
at about 1:30 p.m. when two men, both 31, were seen using multiple credit cards
suspected of being stolen in an attempt to purchase electronics. As police
arrived, another man in the midst of trying to steal merchandise spotted the
officers, thought they were there for him, and fled the store, speeding out of
the parking lot in a Ford Mustang, O'Connor said. Officers located the Mustang
stopped near Port Authority property a short distance away and took the accused
shoplifter into custody.
Thefts by Organized Gangs rising 30% in Czech shops
The number of thefts by organized gangs has been rising in Czech shops,
according to the latest statistics of the Securitas security agency released
Wednesday. Last year, the number of revealed shoplifting cases rose by 30
percent, compared with 2013, while a half of them were committed by organized
groups. Fashion and cosmetics shops are the most frequent targets.
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Judge sets bail at $120,000 in ID theft case in Fairfield, CA
Just a few days after a judge released a man with a history of identity theft
from custody on his own recognizance, he was arrested again and has been charged
with 11 new felony identity theft offenses. Justin A. King, 21, of Vacaville,
pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was ordered to be in court April 14 for a
probable cause hearing. Vacaville police in March found evidence that King may
have been bilking gullible Craigslist shoppers by selling them bogus Southwest
Airlines flight vouchers. The scam was simple and at least nine victims
responded to Craigslist's postings touting $500 flight vouchers for $280. Buyers
sent money via Moneygram and got the voucher numbers. But when they tried to
book flights, they discovered the voucher numbers had been canceled after
Southwest employees learned they had been purchased using stolen credit cards,
according to court records.
Springfield, MA Police say he's wanted for credit card fraud over $10K
Authorities here are looking to identify a man wanted in connection with a
credit card fraud investigation. West Springfield police posted surveillance
photos of the suspect on the department's Facebook page on Wednesday, hoping
that anyone who recognizes the man will call Detective Matthew Mattina. The
suspect is wanted for credit card fraud over $10,000, according to police, who
didn't provide additional details about the investigation.
Credit card thieves strike at Publix in St. Johns Co., FL
Deputies are searching for two men they say are skimming credit card information
to produce counterfeit cards and make unauthorized purchases. The pair is caught
on camera three separate times using the cloned cards at Publix grocery stores.
Detectives say the pair is being sought in connection with at least three credit
card fraud cases since the beginning of the year.
Two suspects wanted for string of AT&T burglaries in Conway, AR
The Conway Police Department is searching for two men they believe is
responsible for a string of burglaries at three different AT&T locations. The
Conway Police Department is searching for two men they believe is responsible
for a string of burglaries at three different AT&T locations. Conway police
responded to an activated alarm at the AT&T store around 9 p.m. Tuesday. When
police arrived, they observed shattered glass and a light broken above the front
door of the business. They also noticed that there were tiles removed from the
ceiling. Around $20,000 of product was reported missing from the store's
Hammond, LA Police investigating Smash and Grab at Ibert Jewelry
Police are investigating an apparent smash and grab theft at a Hammond jewelry
store. About 2 a.m. Sunday, an alarm went off at Ibert Jewelry, officers wrote
on the department's Facebook page Wednesday. In security footage posted to the
site, a glass door is seen shattering as two people enter the store. The
suspects "entered a glass jewelry case and took a large amount of jewelry,"
according to police. The surveillance video shows both suspects running out of
the store carrying what appear to be large black trash bags shortly after they
arrived. Police believe they fled the scene in a black sports utility vehicle.
Richland, PA Police arrest Best Buy employee for theft of 38 video games, valued
at $2,280 Michael Scott Benecke, 36, of Milford, was charged with
felony retail theft and receiving stolen property on March 20 after police said
he stole 38 video games during the past year valued at $2,280 while he worked at
Best Buy, police said.
Trio of Burglars victimize more than 60 businesses since January in Las Vegas
A trio of burglars with a strong work ethic are victimizing small businesses in
southwest Las Vegas. Since January they have ransacked more than 60 businesses,
police say. They seem to be experts. They find a way to break through a window
to get in. Surveillance cameras don't seem to concern them. Officers are hopeful
they'll get a break in the case soon.
Milledgeville, GA Police arrest Kay Jewelers store burglar
Milledgeville police arrested a man wanted for burglarizing a jewelry store.
According to Major Reggie Hill, Jonathan Krupke broke into the Milledgeville
mall on February 24 through a skylight. He then tried to break into the Kay
Jewelers, but the alarm went off and he ran away. Officers says Krupke is also
suspected of stealing a television from a home on March 17. Krupke is charged
with two counts of burglary.
UK: Mole gang tunnels underneath Tesco Express in Rochdale
Thieves tunneled underneath a convenience store to steal thousands of pounds of
cash from a hole in the wall machine. It is estimated that the thieves may have
stolen up to $73,900 from the ATM at Tesco Express in Whitworth Road, Rochdale.
The theft was discovered when Tesco staff called a maintenance man to fix the
cash machine and he uncovered the tunnel. The mole burglars removed cash
cassettes, with their tunnel causing more than $3,500 of damage at the store.
Police are currently investigating the theft.
Nearly 30 ATM Thefts & Attempted Thefts In Dallas
Port Richey, FL Police Chief: Walmart Supercenter
accounts for 46 percent of city's crime
Man caught after police chase in Charlotte believed to be suspect in Salisbury
Bloomington police nab fugitive suspected in fatal 2009 shooting at Indianapolis
Employee arrested for theft from Piggly Wiggly in Cowley, WI
Spirit Lake, IA Police investigating Wal-Mart
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Caesars - Houston, TX - Burglary
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Stop - Charleston, WV - Robbery
Vision - Burlington, ON, CN - Burglary
Aid - East Windsor, CT - Robbery
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- Lubbock, TX - Robbery
Bell - Turlock, CA - Burglary
Green Spot - Dallas, TX - Burglary
- Austin, TX - Armed Robbery
- Forked River, NJ - Robbery
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