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March's Moving Ups

23 New Senior LP's - 9 Appointments - 14 Promotions

Arch Telecom named Brian Sawyer Director of Loss Prevention
Bed Bath & Beyond named Jake Wilson Corporate Director Loss Prevention
Blue Dot Safes named Kevin Trimble, CFE Director of Loss Prevention Development
Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd. named Jim Faulds Director of Asset Protection
CVS Health named Quinby (Yost) Squire Vice President, Head of Asset Analytics and Insights
Coinstar promoted Paul LaBlanc to Director, Global Asset Protection
Destination Maternity Corporation promoted Al Robinette to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager for North America and Canada
Destination Maternity Corporation promoted Erik Schmidt to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager for North America and Canada
Eddie Bauer promoted Ian Hartman to Director, Field Loss Prevention
L Brands promoted Bill Gropper to Associate Vice President International Asset Protection
L'Oreal USA named Matthew Haughton Assistant Vice President - Corporate Security
National Express Transit Corporation promoted Mark Logan to Area Director of Safety
Nike promoted Mike Rackley to Senior Director Retail Operations Risk & Control
Old Navy promoted Max Walzenbach to Senior Loss Prevention Manager
Petsmart promoted Melanie Meschwitz, CFI to Senior Regional Loss Prevention & Safety Manager
Sears Canada promoted Matt Robertson to Acting DVP of Retail Operations
The Body Shop promoted Ken Keegan to Director of Profit Protection U.S. & Mexico
The Fresh Market named Matt Palmer Senior Manager of Loss Prevention
Under Armour named Jeff Hunter Senior Manager of Asset Protection - West
USS named Randy Hamilton Vice President of Operations
VF Outdoor and Action Sports Coalitions promoted Ryan Dzwigalski, CFI to Senior Loss Prevention Manager
VF Outdoor and Action Sports Coalitions promoted Marty Andrews, CFI to Senior Director Loss Prevention
Wicklander-Zulawski promoted Brett L. Ward, CFI to Divisional Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations

Adam Walker named Manager, Corporate Security and Loss Prevention for APMEX, Inc.
Adam was previously the Manager of Supply Chain Asset Protection, Logistics and Operations - Direct to Consumer for Macy's for over two years before taking this new role. Adam was also an Logistics Asset Protection Area Manager for Wal-Mart Stores in 2012. He was also the Chief of Police for Ramona Police Dept. in 2012 for three years, and a Police Officer - Field Training Officer for City of Bartlesville in 2006 for five years. Adam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Ethics from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Congratulations Adam!

Prop 47 Impacting California
Statewide Police Arrests Fall to 50-Year Low
L.A. Violent Crime Up 38% Over Last 2 Years - Property Crime Up 4%

In 2013, something changed on the streets of Los Angeles. Police officers began making fewer arrests. The following year, the Los Angeles Police Department's arrest numbers dipped even lower and continued to fall, dropping by 25% from 2013 to 2015. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Police Department also saw significant drops in arrests during that period.

The statewide numbers are just as striking: Police recorded the lowest number of arrests in nearly 50 years, according to the California attorney general's office, with about 1.1 million arrests in 2015 compared with 1.5 million in 2006.

It is unclear why officers are making fewer arrests. Some in law enforcement cite diminished manpower and changes in deployment strategies. Others say officers have lost motivation in the face of increased scrutiny - from the public as well as their supervisors.

The picture is further complicated by Proposition 47, a November 2014 ballot measure that downgraded some drug and property felonies to misdemeanors. Many police officers say an arrest isn't worth the time it takes to process when the suspect will spend at most a few months in jail.

In Los Angeles, the drop in arrests comes amid a persistent increase in crime, which began in 2014. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck noted that arrests for the most serious crimes have risen along with the numbers of those offenses, while the decrease comes largely from narcotics arrests. Two other measures of police productivity, citations and field interviews, have also declined significantly.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are among local officials who have blamed Proposition 47, which took effect on Nov. 5, 2014, for a rise in crime, especially property offenses, in both the city of L.A. and the Sheriff's Department's territory. Critics of the measure say that with some drug and property felonies downgraded to misdemeanors, offenders spend less time in jail and have the opportunity to commit more crimes.

In 2016, violent crime in Los Angeles increased for the third straight year and was up 38% over the previous two years. Property crime jumped for the second consecutive year, with a 4% rise that was driven by double-digit increases in car-related thefts.

Still, the city remains far safer than a decade ago, when there were 40% more robberies than in 2016 and 480 homicides compared with 294 last year.

Proponents of Proposition 47, which was designed to funnel funds that would have been used to jail low-level offenders into creating treatment programs for those same people, say there is no evidence linking the legislation to crime increases. They say that criminal justice officials, including prosecutors and judges, need to change the way they do business.

But the measure has almost certainly contributed to the decline in felony arrests, since some drug and property crimes are no longer felonies. Moreover, some police officers and sheriff's deputies are less inclined to make a misdemeanor arrest for a Proposition 47 crime, saying it is not worth the hours it takes to book a person who could wind up back on the street soon after being placed in handcuffs.

Harris, the LAPD union director, said that Proposition 47, combined with the department's "inadequate" staffing levels, has altered the calculus for officers when deciding whether to engage with someone.

"Are you going to go and make an arrest that you know is only going to be a misdemeanor? You know your impact is not going to be very great," Harris said. "That guy is going to be right back out again." latimes.com

Story is making the rounds - Published in Minneapolis
Supermarket chain finds talent in ex-drug dealers
"Now it's not crack or dope. It's broccoli and ice cream," says former dealer 

PHILADELPHIA - When Jeffrey Brown looks to promote employees within his 13-store supermarket chain, he looks for people with hustle, ability and commitment.

There's another unlikely attribute that has turned out to be a predictor of success at Brown's ShopRite and Fresh Grocer stores: drug dealing.

"What we realized is that a lot of the people we hired were in the drug trade," said Brown, founder and chief executive of Brown's Super Stores Inc. "We were surprised that some of the people we hired have fairly good business skills. The drug trade is a business. It's an illegal business. You are buying. You are selling. You have inventory. You have some of the common problems that any retailer has. A lot of them are accelerating into management."

Many experts say employment is key to keeping people from returning to prison. But what's in it for the employer? Isn't the company just hiring trouble? Brown's loss-prevention people thought so. "The loss-prevention side of the business, they were saying, 'They're criminals,'" Brown said.

But "We hired the first batch," he said. "And the first problems were not the problems we thought. They were conflict resolution, what's appropriate to say or not say."

These days, even the loss-prevention people are on board. Craig Gage, a relative newcomer at ShopRite, has a 30-year career in loss prevention. "I'm all for it," he said.

"It used to be you'd never want a criminal working for you, but the U.S. has one of the highest rates of incarceration," he said. So having a workforce without criminal records "is not sustainable anymore. There are not enough people to hire." startribune.com

"30% of Retail Chains Gone Within 3 Years"
The Shift is moving at Light Speed - With Brick & Mortar Like Snail Mail
Retail turmoil means stores must innovate faster

More than two decades after online giant Amazon made its debut, brick-and-mortar retailers are still trying to figure out how to integrate their core store business with the Internet, even as new technologies - drones, virtual reality, robots - continue to pop up. Companies like Target and Macy's, which have invested considerable time and treasure to reinvent themselves, are finding in-stores sales are declining faster than they can innovate and adapt.

"We all know the industry shift has begun to accelerate, and we believe that rate of acceleration will only continue to increase," Target CEO Brian Cornell told analysts during the earnings call.

Williams-Sonoma, the home goods chain based in San Francisco, probably comes the closest to mastering the blend of store and online retail. The 61-year-old brick-and-mortar chain has managed to generate an equal amount of sales at stores and through its e-commerce business without hurting profit or revenue growth.

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has also generally outpaced its rivals in embracing digital technology. For example, the company allowed customers to pick up online orders in stores beginning in 2007, far earlier than Target and Best Buy.

But even Walmart executives acknowledge that they need to pick up the pace.

But 47 percent of U.S. retailers are still trying to craft a strategy on how to use the Internet to drive sales, communicate with customers and more efficiently transport products.

The struggles are manifest in store closings and on balance sheets.

"All of the stuff retailers are doing is still wrong," said Brian Kilcourse, managing partner of the RSR Research consulting firm. He predicts that within three years, 30 percent of U.S. retail chains will be gone.

"Margins are so thin that it's hard for many retailers to find the money to make very proactive investments," said Chris Curran, a PricewaterhouseCoopers principal who wrote the report. "They do it on the cheap."

Retailers recognize they need to go digital, but they often feel overwhelmed by the number of new technologies hitting the market, he said.

The companies say they have support from CEOs, "and now we have to get going on executing the strategies," Curran said. "But they don't have a systematic approach to do it. They are bewildered by the technology. 'The more we know, the more we don't know.'" sfchronicle.com
Costco Receipt Suit Tossed - Can't Show Harm
Costco Wholesale Corp. beat a proposed consumer class action alleging the company printed too many digits of a customer's credit card number on a receipt when an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday the customer hadn't shown she was harmed by the alleged action.  law360.com
NY Restaurant Owner Faces Jail Time For Stiffing Employees
A restaurant owner has been sentenced to jail for not paying employees what they were legally entitled to for a couple of years. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that Elisa Parto, the owner of Elisa's Food & Plus Inc., in Port Chester, NY, was sentenced for failing to pay employees the required minimum wage and overtime. At her sentencing, Parto was ordered to pay the remaining amount of the total $47,000 in restitution she owed to six former employees. restaurantsnews.com

Report: Counterfeiting is the Biggest Transnational Crime
The global value of transnational crime is estimated at between $1.6 trillion and $2.2 trillion annually, according to a report from research and advocacy organization Global Financial Integrity. Counterfeiting was ranked the most valuable transnational crime, with an estimated annual value of between $923 billion to $1.3 trillion, followed by drug trafficking at between $426 billion and $652 billion. Such crimes are enabled by the global shadow financial system, the report found.

"The fight against transnational crime needs to be redirected to combatting the money the crimes generate," said Raymond Baker, president of GFI. "This means shutting down the global shadow financial system that facilitates the moving and secreting of illicitly generated funds. None of this is technically difficult. It is a matter of political will." wsj.com

UK: Shoplifting gangs recruit thieves as young as three
Children as young as three are being "used" to steal high-value items from stores because they cannot be prosecuted if caught by security staff, a retail lobby group has warned legislators.

Retail Excellence wants TDs and senators to introduce measures to thwart shoplifting and cyber-theft, including making parents liable for theft by children under the age of criminal responsibility.

Primary-school children, typically aged six or seven, are said to be pushing trolleys full of wine, steak and other costly goods past supermarket checkouts and being coached to steal expensive electrical items at stores such as Tesco, Woodies and Harvey Norman, the group has alleged. thetimes.co.uk

Court Rejects American Apparel Founder's Defamation Suit Against Hedge Fund
A Los Angeles appeals court shot down Dov Charney's $30 million lawsuit, which argued former partner Standard General had defamed him when he was fired from American Apparel, the company he founded, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Charney accused hedge fund Standard General of defamation and interfering with his economic relations when it issued a press release in 2014 announcing his firing from the company "for cause" after an independent investigation into his business conduct. wwd.com

Smart & Final Slapped With Calif. Wage-Hour Class Action
A former employee hit Smart & Final Inc. with a proposed class action in California state court on Thursday, alleging managers at the budget-friendly grocery chain weren't able to take legally mandated meal and rest breaks and other labor law violations.

Named plaintiff Jessy Barahona Dubon says she worked for Smart & Final as a key carrier and closing shift manager from 2007 through February 2015, earning approximately $15 an hour. When she worked night shifts from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., she was typically the only manager working and couldn't routinely take mandated meal or rest breaks, the complaint says.

The suit also brings allegations of minimum wage violations. Though Dubon was directed to clock out by 10 p.m., she would sometimes still have to work past that time, the complaint says. Other labor law violations claimed include failure to pay all and timely wages upon termination and failure to provide accurate wage statements. law360.com

Amazon Cash lets you shop without a bank card
The e-commerce giant on Monday announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows customers to add funds to their online Amazon account by showing a barcode to a cashier at certain brick-and-mortar stores. To use the service, customers go to a participating retailer and show the cashier their personal barcode to scan. Then they pay the cashier the amount they want to add to their Amazon online balance -- between $15 and $500 in a single transaction -- and the funds appear in the account immediately. cnn.com

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GAP Connect & Collaborate 2017

NA GAP hosted it's now 3rd "Connect and Collaborate Conference" on March 16th at the eBay campus in Draper, Utah. This year, we brought together 130 law enforcement and retailer partners from around the country to come together and "Connect & Collaborate" on the issues associated with organized retail crime (ORC) and trending Cybercrime topics. We had a nice mix of Law Enforcement and Retail in attendance, with representatives hailing from (but not limited to), the FBI, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as Microsoft, Macy's, Target, and Home Depot. The agenda was jam-packed with value content and presenters, including guest speakers on topics such as Triangle Fraud, Dark Web, Reshipping schemes, and Pawn Shop investigations. EBay was well represented in the agenda as well, with presenters from GCX Risk, Prohibited Items, & GAP educating our guests on our various policies, processes, and ways to best partner with us.

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WG Security Products, Inc. Recycle Source Tags (RST)

Helping retailers to reduce in-store labor costs

Campbell, CA - WG Security Products, Inc (www.wgspi.com), a leading global provider of retail security solutions sold through WG and authorized business partners worldwide, today announced it has signed a long term contract with Fallas to provide a Hard Tag Recycle solution, (RST).

WG's unique approach: Source tagging has emerged as one of the most cost-effective mechanisms for EAS tagging and is quickly catching on in the retail world. The elimination of in-store tagging labor costs and the expediency of merchandise being delivered to the floor carry obvious benefits to even most shrewd money people. Maintaining a uniform tagging policy at the point of manufacture also generates a smoother aesthetic on the store floor, leading to a better customer relations experience. Being the first in the market to offer a full source tag recirculation program offers an environmentally responsible initiative retailers can easily integrate into existing sustainability programs. Because of the cyclical nature of the tag use, retailers do not need to spend capital on the purchase of hard tags, but tags are leased from WG to be used for a pre-determined amount of time. Retailers no longer have to maintain a stockpile of tags or find a way to dispose of their tags once they have been used. Less waste and more green!

According to Chris Nichols, Executive Vice President of Operations Fallas, "With the challenges in labor costs, operating margins and inventory accuracy, retailers like ours require solutions that serve our customers better and more effectively. Recycled EAS Hard Tags deployments decrease costs and improve operational performance."

With over 20 years of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) excellence in the retail space, WG is a global leader in hard tag source tagging, providing worldwide protection across a wide range of theft-prone retailer product categories including: apparel, building supplies, computer products, grocery and health and beauty care. Our program benefits retailers due to tags being applied at the source include reduced in-store labor costs, enhanced customer focus, standardized tag compliance to improve merchandising, product to the selling floor, and improved sales.

"Our US and International presence and source tagging infrastructure enables WG to deliver cost effective and robust merchandise protection," said Graham Handyside, Executive Vice President of Global Operations WG Security Products, Inc. "More importantly, we are helping our customers to minimize shrink, improve sales and reduce in store labor costs."

About WG Security Products, Inc.
WG security Products, Inc is a leading global provider of security solutions, deployed throughout the world to top retailers. Customers range from single-store boutiques to international retail brands. Operating in more than 50 countries globally, WGSPI provides retailers with real-time visibility via our cloud based system.

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McDonald's Canada says its jobs website has been hacked,
info of 95,000 applicants compromised

McDonald's Canada says the jobs section of its website has been hacked, compromising the personal information of about 95,000 applicants over the last three years.

The company said Friday the accessed information included names, addresses, phone numbers, employment histories and other standard job application information of those who applied online between March 2014 and March 2017.

The site doesn't collect social insurance numbers, banking information or health information, McDonald's said in a statement. financialpost.com

'Can You Hear Me?' Scam Hooks Victims With a Single Word - 'Yes'
Don't pick up the phone to answer calls from unknown numbers. Instead, let them go to voicemail. That's the operational security advice being promulgated to Americans by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in response to an ongoing series of attacks designed to trick victims into uttering a single word.

The FCC says in a March 27 alert that the scam centers on tricking victims into saying the word "yes," which fraudsters record and later use to attempt to make fraudulent charges on a person's utility or credit card accounts. databreachtoday.com

Payment Card Industry Security Compliance: What You Need to Know
A quick refresher on all the different PCI SSC security standards that are relevant for organizations that accept electronic payments.

In the dynamic world of payments, transaction security is of paramount importance. When we speak with our customers and partners, the topic of payment security and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance always comes up. Although there is a lot of useful information about payment security available, the industry is also filled with many questions regarding PCI. So, with the latest PCI Data Security Standard update and the release of the latest security standards for payments terminals, now is a great time to provide a quick refresher on PCI compliance and the various security standards merchants need to know.

The PCI Council and its various Security Standards
The Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council (PCI SSC) is a global, open body created to develop, enhance, distribute, and assist with the understanding of security standards for payment security. The council also provides critical tools needed to implement various security standards. Below is a list of all the different security standards from PCI SSC that are relevant for organizations that accept electronic payments.

1. PCI DSS The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) covers the security of the cardholder data environment, the IT systems that process, store, and transmit credit and debit card information.

2. PA DSS The Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA DSS) covers security for payment applications that access cardholder data.

3. PCI PTS The Payment Card Industry PIN Transaction Security (PCI PTS) standard is a set of technical and operational requirements for payment terminals focused on protecting cardholder data.

4. PCI P2PE The Payment Card Industry Point-to-Point Encryption (PCI P2PE) standard is a set of security requirements that cover all aspects of a P2PE solution, including the payment terminal, terminal application, deployment, key management, and decryption environment.

Who Needs to Be PCI Compliant? Accepting electronic payment involves handling of sensitive cardholder information, and keeping it secure needs to be a top priority for businesses that accept, process, or transmit credit card information.

Evolution of PCI Standards The technology to accept payment is constantly evolving, and so are the ways to protect sensitive customer information, such as credit card details, from cyberthreats. darkreading.com

AI, Machine Learning: Not Ready for Prime Time
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been marketed as game-changing technologies amid the climbing number of breaches, increased prevalence of non-malware attacks and the waning efficacy of legacy antivirus (AV). Yet doubts still persist, especially when they're used in siloes. For now, it appears to be a fledgling space.

"AI technology can be useful in helping humans parse through significant amounts of data," the report noted. "What once took days or weeks can be done by AI in a matter of minutes or hours. That's certainly a good thing. A key element of AI to consider, though, is that it is programmed and trained by humans and, much like humans, can be defeated. AI-driven security will only work as well as it's been taught to...While AI is being used to effectively highlight nonobvious relationships in data sets, it still appears to be in its nascent stages."

As a result, only 13% of these researchers indicated they will look to implement AI-driven cybersecurity solutions at their organizations over the next three years. infosecurity-magazine.com

Report: Criminals find profit rates of up to 95 percent with DDoS attacks

Walmart To Host IOBSE Conference at Home Office
IOBSE Spring Conference 2017 - April 26th and 27th

The IOBSE Spring Conference 2017 is just a month away. Both the early bird registration discount deadline (March 31) and negotiated hotel rate discount deadline (April 4 and April 11) are fast approaching.

The IOBSE Executive Officers and Board of Directors would like to invite you to the 2017 IOBSE Spring Conference. As the leading organization for minority security professionals, one of our key goals is to provide high quality education and training to keep practitioners and students abreast of current trends in security operations and technology.

The conference will showcase thought presentations by top leaders in the security industry featuring an array of outstanding speakers and trending topics. In addition to the educational sessions there will also be several exciting networking events including the President's Welcome Reception as well as the Founder's Awards Dinner.

For those that are interested in presenting there are still a limited number of speaker sessions available. If you would like to be a speaker please reply to this message and a Call for Presentations submission form will be sent to you.

We are pleased to announce Walmart as this year's conference host. The conference will take place at Walmart's Home Office in Bentonville, AK, April 26 - April 27, 2017. We have set aside a room block for the IOBSE at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas (First 15 rooms available at $139, additional rooms at $159) & the Staybridge Suites Rogers-Bentonville (Ask for the IOBSE negotiated rate of $149 per night). The local airport is Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA).

Register now for an early bird discount! We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 IOBSE Spring Conference. Click here for more information.


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Amazon seller wins $6.8M in suit over knockoff fitness gear
Amazon's tough stance on counterfeiters appears to have paid off.

A federal jury ruled in favor of Fitness Anywhere on Thursday awarding the TRX fitness equipment company $6.8 million in damages. The decision came after Fitness Anywhere sued WOSS Enterprises for patent and trademark infringement, alleging it manipulated e-commerce platforms like Amazon.

This decision marks a legal precedent in brands' battles with counterfeiters and e-commerce knockoffs.

"This jury award should serve as a notice to all those determined to engage in intellectual property infringement or other similar unlawful activity that they are not beyond the reach of justice by federal court juries," Paul Zadoff, president of TRX for Fitness Anywhere, said in a statement.

Amazon has been cracking down on fakes sold through its site over the past few years. In November it filed two lawsuits alleging that more than 20 companies and individuals were involved in selling knockoff exercise and furniture moving equipment.

For the most part, Amazon has escaped criticism leveled at other online retailers, most notably Chinese rival Alibaba, for selling counterfeits through their websites. Amazon has mostly avoided such criticism, in part because of its years of investments in anti-counterfeiting technology and staff.

But as the Seattle retailer continues to grow at a rapid pace, suppressing counterfeit listings may be getting more difficult. The company now lists hundreds of millions of items online. Shoemaker Birkenstock pulled its products from Amazon last year amid what it said was a rash of counterfeits. And Apple sued a supplier of allegedly fake charging cables and power adapters that were sold on Amazon.

In its two lawsuits, Amazon alleged breach of contract and false advertising. It also asked the court to allow it to permanently ban the defendants and their employees from selling on Amazon's website.

"The internet has enabled a class of e-commerce parasites to evolve and feed on the investment and hard work of others," Randy Hetrick, founder and CEO of TRX for Fitness Anywhere, said in a statement. "This verdict is a big win for brand innovators and customers alike, and it officially puts the fraudsters and cheaters of our industry on notice." cnet.com

BITCOIN Scam Alert - Pyramid Schemes, Bitcoin Fraud Growing on the Internet
Based on the latest report by ZeroFOX, these scams are carried out through the collection of sensitive information, especially when virtual money reached values at more than 1 ounce of gold for the first time early this month.

The online fraud ranged from your typical phishing attempts to a more complex high-yield Ponzi schemes, all taking advantage of the ubiquitous Bitcoin logo to attract clueless users.

The strategy used by scammers are actually very simple: they trick unsuspecting victims into installing malicious applications or promising huge cash returns in exchange for an initial upfront fee.

ZeroFOX disclosed that it tracked down 3,618 bogus electronic currency online addresses, which were shared 24 times a day on average in the course of the monitoring period.

The social media security and digital risk monitor firm advised virtual currency users to avoid helping anyone mine bitcoin, stating that cloud mining contracts historically under-perform the advances seen by just holding Bitcoin in a private wallet. fxpips.com

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Romanian Jewel Gang stole $3.7 Million from stores across Britain
Trained in 'academy regime' teaching heist techniques

A Romanian organized crime gang member has been jailed as police reveal the jewellery heist team which stole more than $3.7 million were trained in an "academy". Cosmin Moraru, aged 25, of Birmingham, was sentenced to six years seven months for his part in a series of 11 jewellery store raids across England where more than £3.1m was stolen. Moraru was convicted for conspiracy to commit burglaries and 18 months for conspiracy to commit arson at jewellers spanning nine counties. The sentencing yesterday came after six other members of the gang received a total of 47 years in jail for conspiracy to burgle. mirror.co.uk

Napa County, CA: Two men arrested in $13,000 Michael Kors thefts at Napa Outlets
At 6 p.m., an employee of the Michael Kors shop called police to report two men standing beside a vehicle in the parking lot, according to Sgt. Nick Dalessi. The worker, who contacted store management and security officers, recognized the men in connection with two thefts at the store in 2016, one involving about $8,000 in merchandise and the other causing a $5,000 loss, Dalessi said. When private security officers arrived, the two men got into their vehicle and fled. Police officers then stopped the vehicle and learned the driver, Tovia Augustus, had a suspended license, and his passenger, Robert Garner was wanted on a Sacramento County theft warrant, Dalessi said. After the Michael Kors worker identified Augustus and Garner as the suspects in the thefts, officers confirmed their identities based on security video from the store. napavalleyregister.com

UPDATE: Troy, IN: FBI Task Force assist Police with Verizon Armed Robbery; Suspects under investigation for multiple incidents
The FBI has identified the four suspects in the Verizon store armed robbery last Thursday. According to reports, the 4 suspects were taken into custody following a traffic stop on Interstate 70 near Indianapolis Thursday. The suspects were under FBI surveillance during the armed robbery due to the suspects committing similar crimes in Indiana. Troy Police patrolmen followed the car until FBI Task Force agents picked up the pursuit, which ended outside of Indianapolis on Interstate 70. The three alleged robbers and the driver were then taken into custody. tdn-net.com

Dayton, OH: Police suspect inside job in Boost Mobile burglary
A boyfriend of an employee is suspected by police in a burglary early Friday at Boost Mobile in Dayton. Police were called shortly before 1 a.m. Friday after an alarm sounded at the business. The rear entry door was found open, and the only thing missing was about $2,000 cash from a storage container that also contained cellphones. An employee told police that the container is normally locked, with the key also locked but accessible using a security code only known to employees. Video from earlier in the day at the store showed a woman worker and her boyfriend in the business. The employee's boyfriend was seen going to the back of the store near the storage container and he removed trash bags near a rear entry door. Police responded to the couple's residence where the woman signed a consent form to search the apartment. Police found a black Adidas coat with white stripes, cash and a cash register drawer. Police took the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Timothy Byrd, to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of breaking and entering. He has since been released from jail. whio.com

Manchester, CT: Police shut down 3 C-Store/ Deli Fencing Operations
On Feb. 15, a police informant wearing a wire took an order from a corner shop owner in Manchester. The proprietor of Town Convenience Mart, Mohammad J. Khan, said he needed cheese and sliced sandwich meats and cheese packaged together. Police say Khan and two other local store owners who placed similar orders knew their goods would not arrive by truck, but rather stolen from other stores within walking distance and stuffed into a neighborhood junkie's backpack. Durable and perishable products that were boosted in town, including 125 bags of seafood, stayed in town - a twist, police in the region say - on the usual transfer of hot products from the suburbs to small shops in Hartford and other cities. courant.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Lithonia, GA: Loss Prevention agent shot during apprehension at Walmart
Early Friday evening, Investigators said a loss prevention officer spotted the apparent thief with a bunch of DVD's in the store. The Walmart employee was met with violence when he tried to stop the man. "I believe they stopped him as he was leaving the store right in front of his office. The male suspect pulled out a gun and shot him once in the foot," said Sgt. Sabrena Dorsey. Police said the Walmart employee, a man in his 30s was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Store employees and customers were evacuated from the store. fox5atlanta.com

Wilmington, NC: Woman Dies Following Shooting Outside of Independence Mall
A woman shot Saturday in the parking lot of Independence Mall has died, a Wilmington police spokeswoman confirmed Sunday. The woman was identified Sunday as Catherine Ruth Ballard, she was 24 years old. Witnesses of Saturday's incident said a confrontation between Ballard and people inside a burgundy car may have taken place before the shooting. She was shot near a mall entrance next to the Ruby Tuesday restaurant. A child who was in the area at the time of the shooting, but not related to the victim, suffered a minor injury from shattering glass. twcnews.com

Phoenix, AZ: Shotgun blast fired in Armed Robbery of a Chili's Restaurant; man arrested, no injuries
A person is in custody after reportedly firing a shotgun in a Chili's restaurant Sunday night. Officers said a masked person entered the restaurant armed with a shotgun and demanded money. The suspect fired a shot into the ceiling and left the area on an ATV. There were about 30 customers in the restaurant with staff when the incident took place. None of them were injured. The investigation led officers to a mobile home to the north, where a person was detained in relation to the incident. azfamily.com

Cleveland, OH: Teen shot in robbery at Subway restaurant

Robberies & Thefts

Houston, TX: CVS Employees duck for cover as thieves ram truck into store
An alarm likely scared off some would-be thieves during an attempted smash and grab, but not before they caused some serious damage to the store. It happened at a CVS store around 2 a.m. Two employees were inside the store when a black truck was used to smash a gaping hole in the wall. The store's employees locked themselves in the bathroom and were not hurt. They said three men in hoodies jumped out of the truck and approached the ATM, but the store's alarm sounded and scared them off. abc13.com

East Garden City, NY: Woman Threatens Guard With Taser After Stealing From Claire's in Roosevelt Fields Mall
Imani Merchant, 18, is charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. A security guard from the store followed Merchant, and stopped her as she was leaving the mall. Police say Merchant pulled out a Taser and threatened the security guard. She fled the mall, and was stopped in the parking lot by police, who arrested her without incident. Police say she had an Oxycodone pill on her when she was arrested. newsday.com

Miami, FL: Macy's Loss Prevention Pepper-Sprayed In Shoplifting Incident At Dadeland Mall
Saturday afternoon, several mall shoppers experienced the effects of pepper-spray after a woman allegedly tried helping a shoplifter escape custody from security guards at the Dadeland Mall. Miami-Dade Police said after a man was taken into custody for shoplifting, a woman attempted to free him by pepper-spraying the guards holding him. The store was soon evacuated as the self-defense spray permeated throughout, causing some people to feel sick. cbslocal.com

Jacksonville, AR: Copperhead snake bite investigation at Walmart turns very strange
It was first reported that a customer in the Produce section was reaching for a tomato and was bitten on the thumb by a copperhead snake. A Walmart spokesman tells a different story, however. "We take seriously the safety of everyone who shops in our stores. After close examination of surveillance video, it appears the customer who was bitten brought the defanged snake inside the store himself. No one else was impacted," Walmart said in a statement. A Walmart employee placed the snake in a bag. katv.com

Kay Jewelers in the Knightdale Outlets, Knightdale, NC reported a Distraction Theft on 3/31, item valued at $7,199

Pagoda in The Great Mall of the Bay Area, Milpitas, CA reported a theft on 3/30, items valued at $3,035

Shaw's in the Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore, MD reported an Armed Robbery on 3/31, items valued at $2,690

Piercing Pagoda in the Prince George Plaza, Hyattsville, MD reported a distraction theft on 4/1, items valued at $7,700

Piercing Pagoda in the Coronado Center Mall, Albuquerque, NM reported a Grab & Run on 4/1, items valued at $420

Kay Outlet in the Napa Premium Outlets, Napa, CA reported a Grab and Run on 4/1, item valued at $6,681

Piercing Pagoda in the Concord Mall, Wilmington, DE reported a distraction theft on 3/27, items valued at $2,819

Zale's in the Green Acres, Valley Stream, NY reported an Armed Robbery on 3/29, items valued at $18,025

Piercing Pagoda in the Fayette Mall, Lexington, KY reported a Grab & Run on 3/28, items valued at $739

Kay Jewelers in the Westfield South Shore, Bay Shore, NY reported a Merchandise Switch on 3/27, item valued at $1,799

Norfolk, VA: Four men sentenced to 7 to 10 years for $300,000 AT&T stores robbery last year

Cleveland, OH: Rash of smash-and-grab robberies prompts 'Stolen in the Suburbs' project

Valdosta, GA: Marco's Pizza Manager busted for $7,000 cash theft

Honolulu, HI: Three men wanted in violent Smash & Grab Jewelry Robbery in Waimalu

UK: East London: 4 Men wanted for Jewelry store Smash & Grab at Hemingways Mall

Cargo Theft

Marietta, GA: Two YRC employees arrested for stealing 45 guns from Distribution Center
The pair allegedly stole 45 Smith & Wesson firearms on March 13 and 14 from YRC Freight by filling up bags with forklifts and then driving the forklifts to the employee parking lot. The theft was realized when a box listed to contain a firearm showed up empty in Alabama. Following up on surveillance video at the shipping location, police obtained a warrant for Washington's home and discovered 10 of the stolen guns. guns.com

Georgia truckers, GBI work to cut cargo theft

Credit Card Fraud

Madrid, Spain: Police in Spain arrest 38, dismantle International credit card ring
Police say they have arrested 38 people and dismantled a criminal organization dealing in credit card fraud on an international scale. Authorities said on Saturday those arrested were in a ring that specialized in the counterfeit and fraudulent use of credit cards from international banks, which were used to scam over $2 Million. The banks were mainly based in Italy, Britain, the United States, Australia and Germany. Police say the ring created a virtual travel agency offering online plane and train tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals and other purchases and paid suppliers with cloned credit cards. The criminal ring also worked with local businesses in Madrid, Seville, Cadiz, Malaga, Marbella and Cordoba that accepted payments from the fraudulent cards for a percentage of the profits. news24.com

Skimming Theft

Indiana State Police see Credit Card Skimming trend at gas pumps, ATMs


Omaha, NB: Man fired from business charged with setting fire there the next day

Bozeman, MT: Fire shuts down Target at mid-day

Apple Valley, CA: Walmart closed due to fire

Bomb Threat

Sebastian, FL: Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

Boost Mobile - Marshall, TX - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, manger wounded
BP Family Fare - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Bishop's Jewelry - Valdosta, GA - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Carvel's - Ronkonkoma, NY - Armed Robbery
Chili's - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, shotgun fired, no injuries
CVS - Houston, TX - Robbery
CVS - Fort Worth, TX- Armed Robbery
CVS - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Barboursville, WV - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Centralia, IL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Han-Dee Hugo's - Wilmington, NC - Armed Robbery
King Soopers - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
Krauszer's C- store - West Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
La Reina Del Sur Western Wear - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Little Caesars - Pecos, TX - Armed Robbery
Mill Street - Belleville, NJ - Burglary
Potbelly - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Quick Pick - Salem, MA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Newtown Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Subway - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery/ Shooting, clerk wounded
Thrifty Liquor - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Manatee County, FL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Lithonia, GA - Robbery/ Theft / Shooting, LP Agent wounded
Walmart - Suisun City, CA - Armed Robbery
Whataburger - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Santa Cruz, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Murray, UT - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
 28 robberies
 2 burglaries
  4 shootings
  0 killed

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Debbie Ho
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promoted to Regional Manager of Loss Prevention for TJX Canada/Winners Merchants International LP 

Josh Skinner
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Elizabeth Luke
promoted to Assets Protection Business Partner for Target 

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