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Europol and MRC Europe join forces in the fight against e-commerce fraud
Today, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Merchant Risk Council (MRC Europe), an independent and not-for-profit business association engaged in fighting e-commerce fraud in Europe. The MoU was signed by Una Dillon, Managing Director of MRC Europe and the Head of EC3, Steven Wilson, at the Europol headquarters in The Hague.

MRC Europe is a close partner of EC3 in taking action against e-commerce fraud in the European market landscape. As such, MRC Europe is a key stakeholder in the recurrent Europol e-Commerce Action, an international EMPACT operation targeting fraudsters and serious organised crime groups with the help of national competent authorities, as well as MRC's network of 535 e-merchants. europa.eu

Facebook Shuts Down 'Online Criminal Flea Market'
Facebook Erases 74 Cybercrime Groups With 385,000 Members Selling Passwords, Credit Cards And Hacking Services

Facebook has launched a crackdown on cybercrime on its platform after security researchers from Cisco Talos discovered what it dubbed an "online criminal flea market" on the site. They uncovered scores of groups where hundreds of thousands of members oversaw the trade of passwords, credit card information and hacking tools. The news comes as Facebook faces renewed criticism for its failure to moderate violent content, extremism and state-sponsored disinformation campaigns.

Meanwhile, more run-of-the-mill crooks continue to benefit from the openness of the platform to reach a wide audience to sell illegal offerings. It took a warning from the Cisco cybersecurity unit to get Facebook to remove 74 groups in which many of their 385,000 members were offering a wide array of cybercrime services. Those criminal offerings included stolen credit card details with CVV security numbers, usernames and passwords, and email spamming tools, a Cisco Talos report released Friday revealed. Some of the groups had managed to remain active for eight years. forbes.com

Feds To Use FISA Surveillance In Prosecuting Huawei
U.S. authorities gathered information about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd through secret surveillance that they plan to use in a case accusing the Chinese telecom equipment maker of sanctions-busting and bank fraud, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Solomon said at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn that the evidence, obtained under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), would require classified handling.

The government notified Huawei in a court filing on Thursday of its intent to use the information, saying it was "obtained or derived from electronic surveillance and physical search," but gave no details.

The United States has been pressuring other countries to drop Huawei from their cellular networks, worried its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. The company says the concerns are unfounded. reuters.com

Enterprise Security Risk Management: Culture Eats Strategy
Enterprise Security Risk Management, or ESRM, seems to be the new buzzword across the corporate security ecosystem. Interestingly, any of us who have led its parent "enterprise risk management" (ERM) recognize "security" has been a component part of the enterprise risk management framework for well over a couple of decades, arguably more. Nevertheless, given the prudence of security leaders adopting an "enterprise-wide" perspective, there is renewed focus in this domain. Most security leaders are highly adept at the hard-skills aspects of administering a security program: policies, procedures, operational execution and technology among others. However, as you codify your enterprise security risk management strategy, are you giving the soft-skills elements their due attention?

While a CSO, I often said to my leadership team, "We can develop the best security strategy in the world, and if our culture isn't going to let it happen, it will absolutely fail in its attempt at implementation". I have personally experienced culture eating security strategy - and have the scars to prove it, despite prior success as a seasoned and diversely skilled leader. securitymagazine.com

CVS Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes in All of Its Tennessee Pharmacies
New safes for controlled substances will help combat opioid epidemic in the state and reduce robbery incidents

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, announced today that it has completed the rollout of time delay safes in all of its 169 CVS Pharmacy locations in Tennessee. The safes will help prevent pharmacy robberies and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the state by helping to prevent diversion of controlled substance narcotic medications by keeping them out of the hands of unauthorized individuals. In addition, the safes will help CVS Pharmacy ensure the safety and well-being of its customers and employees.

Controlled substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are now stored in time delay safes in every CVS Pharmacy in the state of Tennessee. Time delay safes help deter pharmacy robberies by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. CVS Pharmacy first implemented time delay safes in Indianapolis, a city experiencing a high volume of pharmacy robberies, in 2015. The company saw a 70 percent decline in pharmacy robberies among the Indianapolis stores where the time delay safes had been installed. cvshealth.com newschannel5.com

AP Security Checkpoint Lawsuit:
Walmart Metal Detectors Short Fulfillment Center Workers' Breaks, Jury Told

A former Walmart employee told a California federal jury Thursday she felt like a criminal going through a metal detector before leaving work, a time-consuming process she claims in her class action lawsuit discouraged workers from leaving the center for meal breaks.

From 2016 to 2017, Chelsea Hamilton worked as an order filler in a Walmart fulfillment center in Chino, California, compiling items that would be shipped to customers for online orders. To protect its merchandise, Walmart installed asset protection checkpoints with metal detectors that all employees are required to pass through whenever they leave the warehouse, including for lunch breaks.

Describing the process of going through the asset protection checkpoint, Hamilton said employees were required to put all of their personal belongings through a conveyor belt, step through a metal detector and show their phone screen to the asset protection personnel to ensure they weren't stealing any Walmart property.

"I felt like a criminal," Hamilton said. "I thought it was a hassle and I felt violated."

Often, the asset protection personnel were men, according to Hamilton, and she would feel violated when she had to display her personal items, sometimes including feminine hygiene products. law360.com

Amazon Go Faces Unlikely Challenge From Checkout-Free Startup
Will Run Into Heavily Supported Start-Up in Europe - Big Time
Cheaper & Quicker to Retrofit Existing Stores

Grocers, alarmed at Amazon.com Inc.'s rapid growth in Europe, are considering fighting back with the help of a tiny Portuguese startup.

Sensei, a 16-month-old technology company based in Lisbon that's backed by Germany's Metro AG and Portugal's Sonae SGPS SA, is pitching its technology to European supermarkets as they race the e-commerce giant to open the region's first checkoutless stores.

Sensei says three major European grocers, including a U.K. supermarket operator, have tapped its technology for stores they plan to open this year -- potentially getting in ahead of Amazon. The U.S. behemoth has reportedly scouted space for its Amazon Go stores in London, but has not announced any openings.

The startup uses overhead cameras and artificial-intelligence software to detect what's picked off shelves and calculate the bill. It can also determine whether products are put down again anywhere in the store, so that shoppers aren't charged. Customers check in with a payment card or mobile-phone code when they arrive, and the store automatically takes payment when they leave.

Amazon has not detailed the technology in its Go stores, but analysts who have inspected them say it relies on a variety of sensors, including so-called smart shelves that can determine when an item is removed, as well as cameras that can read patterns printed on package labels. Payment is made via a mobile app. The company declined to comment on European plans for checkout-free stores.

Sensei's technology may be cheaper to deploy. It's easier to retrofit existing stores with AI-driven, camera-only approaches than with multisensor systems, said George Lawrie, a principal analyst with research firm Forrester. bloomberg.com

VICKI: ViaTouch's AI-Driven Kiosk For High-Theft Items
New York-based ViaTouch has introduced a new solution to make the purchase of high-theft items easier for both shoppers and retailers. ViaTouch's automated solution is dubbed Via Touch Intellishelf Cognitive Kinetic Interactions, or VICKI.

"VICKI is an AI-driven self-checkout device that auto inventories itself and also provides media at the point of sale," Tom Murn, ViaTouch CEO, told The Shelby Report at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show earlier this year. "You open the door with a credit card or a biometric purse that you can sign up (for with) your thumb, your eye, or with your credit card once. After that VICKI knows who you are, and you open the door."

VICKI can be customized with a retailer's branding and lighting, and it accepts a number of forms of payment, including credit cards, Apple Pay and thumb or optional iris scan.

VICKI even tracks its inventory automatically while it's being restocked, so its products are secure against theft from employees as well. theshelbyreport.com

Lowe's to cut over 200 jobs in Charlotte, relocate hundreds more to HQ
On Thursday morning, roughly 600 full-time employees at the Lowe's corporate offices in Wilkesboro were informed that their jobs would be shifting to the retailer's headquarters in Mooresville, about an hour away. About another 80 Wilkesboro-based tech jobs will be moved to the Lowe's data center in Winston-Salem, according to Dan Frahm, Lowe's vice president of communications.

The job cuts and relocations come amid a transformation of Lowe's spearheaded by Marvin Ellison, who took over as CEO in July. charlotteobserver.com

Retail employment dropped in March but overall job gains point to economic growth
Retail industry employment in March was down by 11,700 jobs seasonally adjusted from February and down 47,400 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the Labor Department said today. The retail numbers, which exclude restaurants, came as the nation saw a monthly gain of 196,000 jobs overall. nrf.com

NRF hails Trump retreat on Mexico border closure
Amid pressure from business groups in several industries and top lawmakers in his own party, President Donald Trump this week walked back his threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border.

The National Retail Federation was among them. "We are relieved the administration has listened to the concerns of lawmakers and the business community and backed away from threats to close the US-Mexico border," ​NRF SVP of Government Relations David French said in a statement emailed to Retail Dive on Friday. "Now is the time for Congress and the administration to act on bipartisan solutions for border security and immigration reform." retaildive.com

UK: Retail Risk - London 'supercharged' for April 11, 2019. Get your tickets today!
More interactive than ever before, the eighteenth annual Retail Risk - London conference will provide you with unparalleled networking opportunities and expert-lead discussion sessions on best practice solutions to take away and use immediately.

   Learn more about the conference and register here.

ISC West 2019: What's New In Physical Security's Biggest Global Tradeshow?

Walmart CEO: The American consumer 'is in pretty good shape' right now

Neiman Marcus Opens First NYC Store, as it Seeks to Escape Debt Burden

Bend, OR: The World's Last Blockbuster Has No Plans to Close

Amazon's big internet plan: 3,236 satellites to beam faster, cheaper web to millions

Retail AP Conference Brings Women, D&I Center Stage

During Women's History Month in March, we shared a look at some of the incredible women who help shape our supply chain-focused communities and some of the female-driven content featured at our recent LINK conference. Now, we're turning our attention to our upcoming Retail Asset Protection Conference. Held May 5-8 in Denver, the leading conference for top level asset protection executives from the most progressive retailers in the world is the perfect opportunity for us to continue fostering a community of strong women in retail and AP. Here's a look at how we'll be celebrating women at the Retail Asset Protection Conference:

WRAP - Women in Retail Asset Protection
Similar to our Women in Supply Chain community (which is now 11 years strong!), we're launching an official Women in Retail Asset Protection (WRAP) group designed to connect and support female advancement in the industry. We'll be holding a few events at the conference to help kick off the start of WRAP.

D&I - Diversity & Inclusion
In 2018, RILA launched our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative led by CEOs like RILA chairman and Target CEO Brian Cornell and other top executives from leading retailers to unify the industry's commitment to a diverse workforce that reflects its customers. The initiative is focused on developing new tools and resources tailored to retailers' unique needs and deepening D&I engagement across companies. To that end, we will dedicate time and programming at the upcoming conference to just that.

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Mobile Shrink: Challenges of Mobile Self-Checkout
& Mobile Payment

Webinar Available On-Demand Now

Watch this free 1-hour webinar to learn about the new retail world of mobility. Customers can now shop in stores and pay for their items without any employee interaction. Using personal smartphones as payment devices, customers have free reign in stores, leaving them virtually unchecked as shrink increases. What's a retailer to do?

In this fresh and relevant Webinar offered by Nedap, Asset Protection and Loss Prevention professionals will learn how RFID technology is the most viable solution to their mobile shrink-causing woes.

This webinar qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards your LPC Re-Certification.





Is Your HR or Finance Dept. Being Conned?
New, Improved BEC Campaigns Targeting Direct Deposits Via HR

A wave of business email compromise (BEC) campaigns targeting direct-deposit payroll information demonstrate once again that sophisticated technical skills aren't necessary when you can convince employees to simply hand you money.

Vade Secure recently discovered an ongoing direct-deposit spear-phishing campaign that used conversational email messages to make first contact with HR representatives in an attempt to enlist their help in re-directing direct deposit funds into the criminals' accounts.

The campaign Vade Secure reports on doesn't use address spoofing: instead, they conduct a multi-phase campaign in which step one is to obtain email account credentials from a high-level employee. After that, the employee's legitimate account is used to send illegitimate spear-phishing email messages to the finance department seeking payment to a throwaway criminal account.

The widespread nature of the problem is amplified in a new report by Agari Data on London Blue, a multinational gang conducting BEC campaigns first revealed in December. London Blue harvests the names and addresses of targets from legitimate sources, buying access to executives from companies paid to provide contact information (typically for legitimate marketing operations). darkreading.com

Companies Create Honeypots to Study Hackers in Action
Retailers Can Learn From Their Financial Partners

A honeypot, or decoy server used to lure hackers to one segment of a company's network, can allow security teams to observe and learn from repeated attacks.

Voya Financial Inc. is deploying a honeypot in a lab setting, where an engineer studies attacks made against part of the company's network segmented from operational systems.

"We primarily are looking at data exfiltration use cases--insiders that may be trying to exfiltrate data," So far, the experiment has helped the company improve authentication procedures and firewall security, Mr. Badhwar said.

At Voya, Mr. Badhwar hopes insights gained from the honeypot will let the company cut down on the amount of threat intelligence it buys from cybersecurity companies. That could save the company money, he said. cmail19.com

To Patch Or Not To Patch - That's The Question
Companies Skip Patching When Business Could Be Hindered

Corporations can avoid common cybersecurity threats by patching their systems regularly. But most security leaders occasionally hold back on implementing updates when business concerns get in the way, a new study shows.

The report published Wednesday by cybersecurity firm Tanium Inc. shows that 81% of technology leaders said they have refrained from patching their systems due to concerns about the impact it might have on business operations. More than half of the 500 chief information officers and chief information security officers surveyed said they had done so more than once.

According to the Tanium survey, 94% of respondents said they have to make trade-offs in how well they are able to protect their organizations from cyber threats and other technology disruptions. cmail19.com

Alleged Chief of Romanian ATM Skimming Gang Arrested in Mexico
An alleged top boss of a Romanian crime syndicate that U.S. authorities say is responsible for deploying card-skimming devices at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) throughout North America was arrested in Mexico last week on firearms charges. The arrest comes months after the accused allegedly ordered the execution of a former bodyguard who was trying to help U.S. authorities bring down the group's lucrative skimming operations. krebsonsecurity.com

BEC Gang "London Blue" Lines Up 8,500 New Executive Targets

Threat Group Employs Amazon-Style Fulfillment Model to Distribute Malware

Document-based malware on the rise, businesses warned



The Disappearing Front End, Seamless Shopping
& The POS Disruption

Dan Faketty, Vice President, Asset Protection, Southeastern Grocers
Mike Lamb, Vice President, Asset Protection & Safety, the Kroger Company


The demand for seamless shopping, the technology that delivers it, and the physical changes it creates in stores is forcing retailers to completely rethink and reinvent Loss Prevention controls, policies and practices - and possibly even redefine what acceptable levels of shrink are. Dan Faketty and Mike Lamb discuss the LP implications of new POS technologies and customer experiences - from scan-and go and mobile pay to self-checkout kiosks, tablet-based solutions, BOPIS and more.

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Why Walgreens will invest $300 million in ecommerce and digital healthcare
If Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc. hasn't made it clear yet that its future lies in leveraging ecommerce and digital healthcare to turn its retail drugstores into virtual healthcare malls, that certainly is clear now.

On the company's recent earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Pessina and other Walgreens executives made it clear that Walgreens, while looking to cut its annual operating expenses annually by up to $1.5 trillion-including between $500 million and $600 million for information technology-is putting a priority on rolling out a more aggressive approach to ecommerce and digital healthcare.

Despite cost-cutting measures, Walgreens could spend as much as $300 million on various initiatives related to digital healthcare. In January, Walgreens announced it would begin working with Microsoft to design new "digital health corners" for its stores, beginning with a 12-store pilot project this year. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon Fights Williams-Sonoma's Counterfeit Webpage Suit
Amazon urged a California federal judge Tuesday to toss allegations that it uses a "counterfeit" Williams-Sonoma webpage to mislead customers into thinking Williams-Sonoma endorses product resellers, arguing that Amazon can't be punished for not "bending over backwards" to tell consumers it's not Williams-Sonoma. law360.com

The next frontier of experience - 5G - is good news for retailers
5G is good news for retailers. With mobile visitors much quicker to give up on a site than their desktop counterparts, mobile speed has a direct effect on revenue. And given the fast growth of M-Commerce, the impact on mobile retail will be significant. chainstoreage.com

New Ecommerce Fraud Publication Is First Ever Nexus for Merchants
to Crowdsource Fraud Prevention Knowledge & Best Practices

New eCommerce fraud prevention publication entitled Merchant Fraud Journal launches; Will honest, hard-working online sellers finally have the insider knowledge and resources they need to protect themselves against cyber thieves?

Research shows 90% of global consumers participate in digital commerce, but US eCommerce merchants alone lost $19 billion to fraudulent online orders in 2018. As online sellers continue to struggle with combating cyber fraud, the Merchant Fraud Journal, a new online publication dedicated to educating eCommerce merchants about how to better protect themselves against cyber thieves, has launched.

The launch responds to a specific market need. Despite the global eCommerce market already being valued in the several trillions of dollars, no resource existed where eCommerce merchants, payment professionals, and other industry professionals could go to get educated on the myriad of challenges they face. prweb.com

Industry 1st - Feb. Online Sales Surpass General Merchandise Sales

MacKenzie Bezos, with $35 billion, is now the world's third-wealthiest woman

FedEx Responds to E-commerce Growth with 2,000th Retail Store

Wayfair takes a bite out of Prime with Way Day 2019


Norfolk, VA: Update: Kingpin in Pet Supply ORC Ring confessed to $500,000
black market scheme

A Pennsylvania man busted three years ago in Suffolk with an SUV full of stolen pet supplies confessed Thursday to leading an organized shoplifting ring. The items they stole netted about $500,000 on the black market, according to court documents. Joseph Heim Jr., of Harrisburg, Pa., is set to be sentenced Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Stoker declined to comment on the case, as did Heim's attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Wilfredo Bonilla Jr.

According to court documents, Heim was arrested May 6, 2016, outside a PetSmart in North Suffolk after an extended shoplifting spree that started a few days earlier in Pennsylvania. Among other places, his eight-person crew hit stores in Charlotte, N.C., Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton. The documents indicate Heim and a co-defendant, Timothy Erb, were running a pet supply business that got its inventory through theft.

Philadelphia, PA: Woman Ran $100K ID, Retail Theft ring targeting Home Depot
Home Depot LP, PA Police Partner in ORC Theft Ring Bust

On Thursday, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced criminal charges against Myra Reddy, 54, of Philadelphia. Reddy allegedly organized and orchestrated an identity and retail theft scheme valued at more than $100,000 that stole from stores across Southeast Pennsylvania. Reddy was charged yesterday with corrupt organizations, theft by unlawful taking, retail theft, identity theft and other related charges.

The AG's office said collaboration between the Philadelphia and Tredyffrin Township Police, Home Depot Loss Prevention, and the AG's Organized Crime Section led to the organization being shut down. An investigation revealed Reddy, and others under her direction, stole merchandise from stores utilizing the "box stuffing" method, the AG's office said. Reddy illegally used over 30 individuals' identities, which she obtained through stolen ID cards, licenses and Social Security cards, in this criminal enterprise. Investigators found the defendant's operation was responsible for over $100,000 worth of loss to Home Depots in Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster and Philadelphia counties from December 2016-present. patch.com

Berkeley, CA: Apple Store thieves make off with $20K in stolen goods; hit 4 times in a week
Authorities are searching for three suspects accused of stealing over $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store in Berkeley on four separate occasions. The biggest loss happened on Monday around 7:33 p.m. and totaled about $15,000. The following day the alleged thieves made off with $5,000 in stolen goods. Police say last Thursday, three laptops were taken and in another incident, $1200 in merchandise was stolen. kron4.com

Madison, WI: Two arrested after hitting Target for $2,000 of Electronics in 2 days
Chase Strunk arrested Wednesday after allegedly running out of Target with stolen merchandise was arrested three years ago following a series of armed robberies. He was tentatively charged with felony retail theft, and the driver of the SUV, Emily Derra was tentatively charged with being party to the crime of felony retail theft. "The suspect pushed more than $700 worth of merchandise out the door when he was confronted by security staff, who recognized him as the same person who allegedly stole $1,300 worth of electronics from the store on Monday," said police. Strunk fought with security as they tried to hold him for police, but he wriggled out of his sweatshirt and ran shirtless to the waiting SUV. madison.com

Foxborough, MA: Mass. State Police traffic stop evolves into stolen merchandise, booster bags and a possible ORC ring connection
Two men were pulled over for speeding in a gray Honda Odyssey at 7 p.m. on Route 495 northbound in Foxborough. Neither had a valid driver's license, both were removed from the vehicle so it could be towed. Before the car was towed, the trooper searched the vehicle and found several bags of brand new clothing with security tags intact and a backpack (booster bag) and a homemade device used to remove security sensors. Both men were charged with unlawful deactivation of theft detection shielding and receiving stolen property over $1,200. bostonglobe.com

Alpena, MI: Michigan State Police seeking to identify a Walmart thief

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Barboursville, WV: Police to charge woman who falsely accused
Egyptian man of attempted abduction in WV mall

A woman will be criminally charged for falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall, a police detective told The Associated Press on Friday. Barboursville Police Detective Greg Lucas said they are going to charge Santana Renee Adams with falsely reporting an emergency incident.

The charge would be the latest turn in a sensational tale of a mother who used a gun to thwart an abduction that quickly unraveled amid inconsistencies in her story. Authorities on Thursday announced they were dropping charges against the man, Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, a 54-year-old engineer from Alexandria, Egypt, who is in the area for work. He cried as he greeted family members upon his release from jail. Adams initially told police Zayan grabbed her 5-year-old daughter girl by the hair inside a clothing store and tried to pull her away but stopped when she produced a gun, authorities said. But the story started falling apart when no witnesses could be found and mall surveillance video showed inconsistencies in the woman's original statement. kold.com

Lubbock, TX: Boost Mobile Associate wrestles gun away after shots fired during Armed Robbery
Police say received multiple calls that shots were fired near the Quaker Square shopping center. When they arrived, they learned the incident started as a robbery. The suspect entered the store with a gun and demanded money. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to get the gun and fire it at the suspect. No injuries were reported. The suspect ran from the area. Multiple officers, including K9 teams, are searching for the suspect, but he has not been found. wsfa.com

St Louis, MO: Argument over groceries in Schnucks checkout line leads to gunfire
Tationna Thompson, 20, was in the checkout line at the Schnucks on South Grand when a woman made a comment about how many items she had in her cart. The comment erupted into an argument inside the grocery store. Thompson then followed the shopper outside in the parking lot where she allegedly pulled out a gun and continued yelling at her. No shots were fired in the parking lot and both woman left, police said. Moments later, Thompson leaned her head and body out of the SUV and fired two shots at the shopper. No one was injured during the shooting. Thompson was later arrested. kmov.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

James City County, VA: Tire Shop employee steals a customer's Credit Card, now facing 20+ years on Felony charges
Justin Keivon Knight, 22, has been charged with credit card theft and credit card fraud, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court. Knight stole the card from a customer at Henry's Tire. Investigators obtained surveillance video from 7-Eleven where Knight used the card for a $65 transaction. If convicted, Knight faces as much as 21 years behind bars and $5,000 in fines, according to Virginia Code. vagazette.com

Santa Fe, NM: Thieves Choose Wrong Pawn Shop to Peddle Stolen Clubs
In the days following a heist from a New Mexico club, criminals attempted to pawn their loot at a shop run by the former manager of the course from which the clubs were stolen. GPS also tracked an iPad taken from the club to the apartment of the suspects, who denied knowing anything about the stolen items. clubandresortbusiness.com

Moscow, ID: Two University of Idaho Football players arrested for shoplifting
at Walmart

A theft investigation is underway in Moscow, Idaho of two University of Idaho football players accused of stealing from Walmart. Moscow Police say Junior Linebacker Christian Elliss, and sophomore Linebacker Dalton Cash were caught on camera shoplifting. Investigators estimate the two had around $130.00 worth of food. Both players have been suspended for the first game of the season. klewtv.com

Polk County, FL: Sheriff Grady Judd Surprises Child with New Bike
After a mother's plea on Facebook for a young boy's stolen bike to be returned, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stepped in. Daylin Campbell, 13, got his new bike for Christmas. But, he hadn't been able to ride it because he had been feeling too weak. When Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd got wind of the news it, "just didn't sit well," and he stepped in to help with others from the sheriff's office. They surprised Daylin with a donated bike to cheer him up. abcactionnews.com

Milford, CT: Man With Three Active Warrants busted for Shoplifting at Advance Auto

Newton, NC: Pizza delivery driver faces charges after lying about robbery

UK: Cleethorpes, England: Shoplifting wiped out at store a year after joining WhatsApp security alert group


Washington, DC: $207K Of Counterfeit Designer Baseball Caps Seized At Dulles International Airport
Officers found 450 hats in two shipments, with the brands of Gucci, Chanel, LV Supreme, Y-3 Adidas and Louis Vuitton, according to the press release. The two shipments, inspected on March 18, were coming from China and from Hong Kong. They were being shipped to Centerville, Va., and Manassas Park, Va. Officers confirmed the hats were counterfeit by working with Customs and Borders Protection's Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise. foxbaltimore.com


Pomona, CA: Man Sentenced to 3 years after opening fire with a rifle
inside a 99 Cents Store

The case stems from a dispute that escalated into violence on the afternoon of Dec. 9 at 99 Cent Discount Store. As shown on surveillance video of the encounter released by police, the suspect enters the store with what appears to be an aerosol spray can and hands it to the clerk as if trying to return or exchange it. The clerk is seen passing the can back to Valenzuela, who becomes enraged and throws the can, as well as other items, at the clerk. The employee pulls a handgun on Valenzuela, the video shows. Valenzuela walks out of the store and retrieves a rifle from his car. He fired two shots into the store, police said. The worker was not struck. ktla.com

Brockton, MA: 3 Boston men charged Federally in $25,000 T-Mobile Armed Robbery / Assault on Store Manager

Lubbock, TX: Man sentenced to 33 years for Armed Robbery of EZ Mart, prior offences in New York


Apple Store- Berkeley, CA - Robbery
Boost Mobile - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery/Employee shoots at suspect
C-Store - Robstown, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Bethlehem, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Boardman, OH - Robbery/ Assault
Gas Station - Slidell, LA - Robbery/ Assault
• Jewelry Store - Lombard, IL - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry Store - Sandusky, OH - Burglary
Pharmacy - Chubbuck, ID - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Stockton, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Walnut Creek, CA - Robbery
T-Mobile - Decatur, IL - Burglary
Walgreens - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
12 robberies
3 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
74 robberies
21 burglaries
6 shootings
2 killed


Tina McHale promoted to Regional ORC Manager for Macy's Inc.
Tina will have responsibility for managing and coordinating ORC and major crimes for the Southwest region comprising Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Guam. Tina will report to Tim Huff.
Bernie Bulos, CFI promoted to the Manager of Central Investigations for Macy's Inc.
Bulos will have responsibility for the Cyber Investigations Team, which supports stores and ORC investigations as well as investigative training and systems.
Jon Goodrich, CFI named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Dollar General

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