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James Wilhelm was named Director, Asset Protection for 99 Cents Only Stores.
James was previously the Senior Manager for Protiviti since 2013, a global consulting firm for finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. James has also held various loss prevention managerial positions such as Regional Manager, Loss Prevention & Safety for Office Depot, Senior Manager of Asset Protection for Harlem Furniture, Corporate Manager of Retail Loss Prevention for Ace Hardware, and Area Loss Prevention Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Company. James earned his MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Congratulations James!
 

 


 

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NRF Supply Chain Expert Jon Gold Named to Commerce Department Advisory Committee

Will Advise Officials on Improving International Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - National Retail Federation Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold has been appointed to the Department of Commerce's Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, NRF said today. Established in 2011, the committee consists of 45 senior-level private sector supply chain experts and industry representatives who advise Commerce, the Transportation Department and other government agencies on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

"I'm honored by this appointment," Gold said. "The global supply chain is critical to the success of any retailer, as well as the overall economy. This committee plays an important role in not only identifying ongoing challenges, but also developing solutions to ensure the competitiveness of American companies. As the nation's largest private-sector employer, it is critical that the retail industry's supply chain works as efficiently as possible in order to provide consumers with a wide range of product choices on a daily basis." nrf.com

 

How credit card fraud in the U.S. supports Russia's underground economy
HPE researchers have uncovered a complex web of shipment scams which rely on US operators and stolen credit card information to provide goods fraudulently to customers in Russia. Credit card fraud is big business. Data breaches at high-profile companies are becoming commonplace, and as data collection -- and theft -- surges, the sale of stolen information has become established as a business in its own right.

Large-scale criminal operations often rely on fraud to keep going. According to Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE)'s security research analyst report, stolen credit card data is being used in "reseller" operations in areas where many US companies will no longer ship due to high levels of fraud -- such as Eastern Europe.

Items in high demand are purchased in the US using stolen information and then resold for cash through international scams made possible through the Internet. Bypassing these corporate restrictions is important, and so cybercriminals will often find an intermediary able to receive the goods before they are sold on in other countries. zdnet.com

Don't let your merchandise out of your sight, even when it's left the warehouse
Until recently, warehouses were seen as a separate entity in the overall supply chain; merely a repository for merchandise storage before it was moved onto its final destination. Now retailers and other businesses have realised that by integrating the warehouse and freight transport into the greater supply chain, they can reap the benefits of enhanced inventory management, better loss prevention and shrinkage protection.

When it comes to transporting merchandise between warehouse and retail destination, merely tracking the movement of trucks is no longer enough, and companies are having to rely on armed escorts and the implementation of smarter security technology to get their freight to its destination. Despite additional security measures, there are still syndicates that outsmart these technologies and additional measures while in transit. In addition to merchandise being at risk during transport, these goods are also vulnerable in the warehouses while waiting for collection. supplychaindigital.com

Woman loses $1,825 to mystery shopping scam posing as BestMark, Inc.
A woman in Houston, Texas is out $1,825 after scammers targeted her using the name of a legitimate company that specializes in mystery shopping. The victim came to Salted Hash's attention after a family member read a post on CSO's XSS blog detailing a resurgence of Walmart-themed mystery shopping scams. Earlier this month, a package arrived at the victim's home. Upon on a passive examination, it appeared to come from BestMark, Inc. Based in Minnetonka, MN, BestMark provides mystery shopping services to organizations across the country. A Google search of the company's name will be all most people need to believe what they see in their mailbox - a check for nearly $2,000. Along with the check, the package also contained instructions. Follow-up communications from the scammers, via email and text message, encouraged the victim to follow the instructions and collect her commission. csoonline.com

Palmer Reifler Says It Has No Liability For Sephora's Defense
Palmer Reifler & Associates PA told a California federal court Friday that it has "no possible liability" to Sephora for costs related to a dismissed customer suit over the cosmetics retailer's pursuit of shoplifting damages, saying the firm's service agreement contains no contractual reimbursement duty.

On top of there allegedly being no reimbursement duty in the Florida-based firm's 2005 agreement with Sephora USA Inc., Palmer Reifler said the pursuit of legal fees and costs is a remedy that can only be granted if the retailer showed a breach of the firm's duty to defend under the agreement and that such a breach resulted in expenses. "That never happened in this case," Palmer Reifler said Friday. "Sephora never tendered the defense of the [underlying] case to defendant PRA. Sephora instead retained and directed its own defense of the action with its own attorneys."

The firm said it was only asked to fund Sephora's defense about two weeks after Tamera Renn filed her 2014 California state suit accusing the retailer of invading her minor daughter's privacy when she was detained for shoplifting, according to the motion.

While Palmer Reifler admitted Renn's suit included claims of allegedly improper demand letters for damages related to the shoplifting incident that were sent by the firm on behalf of Sephora, it said all of Renns claims were "specifically and carefully" aimed at the retailer, not Palmer Reifler. law360.com

OSHA Cites Guess Outlet for Workplace Safety Violations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Guess Factory Store at the Tanger Outlet Mall at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., with two workplace safety standards and proposed fines totaling $65,000. OSHA said a blocked emergency exit and improperly stored stock put the employees of the store at risk of burns, lacerations and being struck by falling objects, following an investigation.

Responding to a complaint, OSHA began an inspection on March 3 and said it found the employer allowed several "hazardous conditions." These included obstruction of the store's emergency exit route by boxes containing clothes, shoes and hangers, as well as by a folding table; access to electrical panels that power the store's operations blocked by several boxes of clothing and hangers, eight storage shelves and two extension ladders, and stacked boxes of hangers, shoes and accessories in the storage room and in the bathroom that were in danger of toppling onto employees. wwd.com

Verizon workers set Wednesday strike deadline
Unions representing more than 36,000 Verizon landline phone and cable workers are threatening a strike starting Wednesday morning if the company doesn't agree to a new contract. The unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, say Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely more on contract workers. Verizon says there are health care issues that need to be addressed for both retirees and workers as medical costs have grown, and it wants "greater flexibility" to manage its employees. 6abc.com

Piggy Wiggly parent set to sell properties; lawsuit against it grows
The parent of a fallen Charleston supermarket chain is embarking on a big real estate sale, as former employees are lining up in a class-action lawsuit to recoup millions in lost retirement benefits. Six Greenbax affiliates are selling the properties for $69 million, down from $71 million in cash offered in December.

Piggly Wiggly Carolina sold off or shuttered many of its supermarkets in 2013 after its finances deteriorated. In February, two former employees sued the company and its top management in federal court to recoup millions of dollars in lost retirement benefits. The former workers who filed the case are seeking class-action status. As of last week, more than 200 people have been added to the complaint as plaintiffs. postandcourier.com


GNC Agrees To Pay $9M To End Calif. Labor, Wage Class Suit
GNC and a class of employees urged a California federal court Friday to approve a $9 million settlement to end labor and wage law violation claims against the vitamin retailer, saying the deal secures worker payment and resolves the uncertainty of continuing litigation. The 8,000-strong class of current and former General Nutrition Corp. store employees claiming they worked without pay and received incomplete wage statements said the maximum $9 million settlement amount, along with GNC's agreement to pay up to $20,000 in costs related to administering the payment to class members, is set to end "all issues pending in the litigation." law360.com

Equal Pay proposal poses threat of lawsuits, reputational damage for retailers with significant gender pay disparity
President Obama started off the year by highlighting the equal pay issue during his State of the Union address in January and immediately followed that with an announcement that Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, published a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees - covering more than 63 million employees.

Operationally, this will add a significant compliance challenge for larger employers when it comes to record keeping and data collection. Additionally, this new access to payroll records in the name of equal pay could bring unknown legal liability to companies as they defend themselves from potential pay disparity lawsuits. The real exposure for some companies, however, may be in the reputational space with regard to elected officials, opinion leaders, consumers and ultimately employees. Quite often in the retail, service and hospitality sectors there is significant pay and benefit parity at the hourly level, but the further up the management ladder you go, the greater the disparity becomes. chainstoreage.com

LP Foundation/LP Benevolent Fund sets up Account for Family
of Murdered Walmart LP Agent

The Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund is establishing an account for the family of JD Ferguson, the Walmart LP Agent who was shot Sunday during the apprehension of a shoplifting suspect. The Loss Prevention Foundation has established this memorial fund as a way to honor LP professionals who were lost during the course of their duty. As a profession, we can not allow the families of our fallen friends and colleagues to mourn their loss alone. More information will come tomorrow in the Daily for anyone interested in donating.

Reports: American Apparel cutting jobs in Los Angeles factories

Founder of American Apparel plans new venture

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'Uncertainty, Doubt And Confusion:' EMV's 6-Month Pulse
Much has been made about the United States' transition to EMV, which, post the Oct. 2015 deadline that saw a flurry of activity by U.S. merchants amid the liability shift, still is a work in progress. For smaller merchants across a variety of verticals, the transition itself presents some knotty problems. The balance between embracing EMV, navigating the costs involved and also deploying resources toward building out a robust customer experience can be a tough tightrope to walk.

Now that the transition is official, Ozvat noted, firms are racked by "uncertainty and doubt and confusion" over what their liabilities are in the wake of the liability shift, especially as chargebacks loom should EMV not be set in place. By way of example, a several-thousand-dollar chargeback tied to, say, a Durango mountain bike can have far-reaching financial impacts. The key challenge, he added, is that firms are working constantly with a "moving target," while they expected "to innovate on top of" EMV shifts, even as priorities demand that regulatory compliance be top of mind. pymnts.com

Malware Found on Security Cameras Available Through Amazon
Security comes in many forms, and they're not always compatible with one another. That's what a security researcher named Mike Olsen found when he went to set up an outdoor surveillance system that he had purchased on Amazon from a seller called Urban Security Group. As Olsen writes in a blog post, he found himself frustrated by the cameras' configuration interface, so he looked at their administrative settings. What he found was a link to Brenz.pl, a site that has infected thousands of domains with malware. slate.com

With few options, companies increasingly yield to ransomware demands
Faced with few options, companies are increasingly giving in to cybercriminals who hold their data hostage and demand payment for its return, while law enforcement officials struggle to catch the nearly invisible perpetrators. The risks to organizations have become so severe that many simply pay their attackers to make them go away -- a strategy that may only embolden the crooks.

It's a case of asymmetric electronic warfare. Ransomware, which encrypts files until a victim pays to have them unlocked, can be devastating to an organization. Barring an up-to-date backup, little can be done aside from paying the attackers to provide the decryption keys.

Less common but just as harmful are extortion schemes, where attackers claim to have stolen critical data and threaten to publicly release it unless their demands are met. Timeframes are tight: Hackers may give a company less than 48 hours to comply, setting off a race to confirm what data, if any, has been stolen. csoonline.com

Three Ways to Keep Stores Relevant in the Omnichannel Age
By now, everyone has heard the adage "the store is the center of omnichannel" and seen the statistics showing that physical stores account for about 90% of retail sales. So clearly brick-and-mortar stores are as relevant as ever. Well, yes and no. Brick-and-mortar stores can be relevant as ever, but only if they offer modern technological amenities expected by today's customers. Here are three ways to make sure consumers see your stores as central to their omnichannel shopping activities.

Fulfilling experiences
One of the most important roles a modern brick-and-mortar store can play is as a fulfillment center for digital purchases. To truly offer a "fulfilling" seamless in-store experience, retailers will also have to invest in real-time order management and inventory visibility systems, as well as reconsider how stores are physically designed. Shelf space may need to be reduced to make way for larger stockrooms, picking and packing areas, and designated locations for picking up and returning online purchases.

Virtual viewpoints
Thanks to virtual and augmented reality technology, stores can provide spaces for consumers to view and interact with lifelike, interactive holograms. A variety of wearable and mobile devices are available to let shoppers either add digital objects to an existing environment, or engage with entirely virtual surroundings.

Extra information
Beacons are only one of many means retailers have at their disposal to digitally enhance the information shoppers have access to in the store. For example, using live two-way communications technologies such as Skype or FaceTime, retailers can allow shoppers to consult product experts using links on in-store terminals and kiosks. retailingtoday.com

Encryption bill would force companies to surrender user data

U.S. to Keep Pushing Apple to Unlock iPhone in New York Case
 

 


 

Best Security Industries (BSI) - Serving the Retail Community's Loss Prevention Needs Since 1987

Originally founded as RuME Corporation, today BSI is a premiere provider of certified, pre-owned and private label EAS systems and components, along with engineered IP-video solutions. As the largest procurer of legacy EAS technologies and the number one independent distributor of EAS systems in the industry, the company also offers robust field service, maintenance and bench repair programs to help extend the life and original investment for most EAS technologies.

BSI employs certified service, repair and installation professionals that have on average 20 years' experience and a knowledgeable sales organization. The company is dedicated to customer service, on-time installations and repairs and will create tailored programs for a retailers' business needs. BSI currently offers sales of over 200 different product lines and guarantees same day shipping on most in-stock products.

For its private label line, BSI manufactures items that are compatible and interchangeable with Sensormatic and Checkpoint tags and systems. Its products include EAS systems, security tags, detachers, deactivators, lanyards, security labels, benefit denial ink tags, and other peripherals. Its value-added services also include express exchange and repair on most EAS deactivators and detachers, a depot program for refurbishing and warehousing a variety of EAS components, consulting and integrations. The company also offers comprehensive trade-in and lease options as well as a full procurement program where it will buy excess inventory from the retailer.

Along with its full suite of certified pre-owned and BSI private label EAS solutions, the company also offers a full suite of analog and IP-based engineered video systems and advanced analytics.

BSI knows that retailers have spent millions of dollars over the years on loss prevention technologies and building out the infrastructure to support them. It recognizes that over time some of these technologies become obsolete in terms of support from the original equipment manufacturer. For that reason, BSI offers viable options to extend the life of these investments while helping retailers execute on environmental sustainability goals.

To support sustainability goals, the company will recycle and repurpose older legacy systems and accessories for use as replacement components. BSI will remove EAS systems from closed locations, refurbish them to original manufacturers' specifications and warehouse the inventory until it is needed in alternate locations. It also refurbishes most merchandise protection solutions, including hard tags and pins, wraps, cables, and other accessories. These devices can be sorted, cleaned, repaired and placed in inventory for future deployment or immediate distribution.

BSI can extend its refurbish, repair and replacement programs to some video systems as well including domes, fixed cameras, switches and digital video recorders after initial qualification from its video services team.

BSI prides itself on being a value-added solutions provider that retailers can turn to for help in extending their investments in legacy loss prevention technologies. It also provides new private label EAS systems and IP video solutions to meet a variety of retailer needs.

With nearly three decades of experience, BSI is a viable option worth considering.
 

 


 

ORC Bill Approved by New York Senate

Yesterday the New York State Senate approved long-sought Retail Council of New York State backed legislation that would establish New York State's first-ever definition of "organized retail theft crime."  View bill here

The measure would prosecute defendants for criminal actions included in a pattern of offenses related to organized retail crime (ORC) in any contiguous county where at least one offense has occurred. The bill would also define "organized retail theft crime" as "the crime of larceny, including by trick, fraud, embezzlement, stealing or false pretenses, of retail merchandise in quantities that would not normally be purchased for personal use or consumption, for the purposes of reselling, trading, or otherwise reentering such retail merchandise in commerce."

The bill passed the Assembly in mid-March and now will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration. The Retail Council will, of course, submit a letter to the Governor signaling their strong support for the measure. If your company would like to do the same, please consider working with the RCNYS (www.retailcouncilnys.com) in your efforts.

In other loss prevention-specific news, I can report that the Retail Council's direct intervention caused the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs to hold legislation that would have established additional requirements for stores attempting to settle civil actions related to larceny prosecutions. This move kills the bill in the Assembly for the remainder of 2016. Many thanks to those who provided specific feedback over the past few days - it was extraordinarily helpful in our efforts to stall the bill in short order.

Congratulations to the Retail Council of New York State and the retailers supporting their efforts!

-Joe LaRocca, RetaiLPartners
 


State of Indiana General Assembly House Bill 1051

Current Status: 01/05/2016
First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code


Authored by Rep. Gregory Steuerwald.

Republican, District 40
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
800-383-9941

Organized retail theft. Makes it organized retail theft, a Level 5 felony, for a person: (1) to knowingly: (A) take, procure, receive, conceal, or otherwise exercise control over the personal property of a retail merchant; or (B) use an artifice, an instrument, a container, a device, or another article to facilitate taking, procuring, receiving, concealing, or exercising control over the personal property of a retail merchant; without the consent of the retail merchant or without paying the appropriate consideration for the personal property; and (2) with the intent to sell, deliver, or distribute the personal property to another person. Allows property with a retail or repurchase value of at least $100 that is stolen during the commission of the crime of organized retail theft to be seized and forfeited under the law concerning forfeiture of property used in violation of certain criminal statutes. Allows a victim of the crime of organized retail theft to receive treble damages in a civil action concerning the crime. Adds organized retail theft to the list of crimes considered racketeering activity under the law concerning racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations.

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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Partnerships Between Shopping Center Leaders and Retailers

Malachy Kavanagh, Sr. VP, Comm. & External Relations, ICSC

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, representing shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. In this LPNN interview, Malachy Kavanagh, Sr. VP, Communications and External Relations for ICSC, chats with Joe LaRocca about the organization's long history of working with retailers and specifically loss prevention professionals to address issues such as terrorism and active shooter threats.

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Shipping wars: Fighting the pricing surge with omnichannel retail tactics
At the heart of this heightened customer experience lies the ability to compete against ecommerce giants such as Amazon, which continue to win over the customer market with their ability to deliver products with free two-day or even same-day shipping- a feature that is rapidly becoming a standard expectation among customers. Pair that with the fact 2016 brought with it an increase in shipping prices from popular shipping providers including FedEx, UPS and USPS, and it is clear to see why all retailers are looking for a solid strategy to overcome the current shipping wars.

While free shipping may benefit the customer, the practice often leaves retailers with a low margin or none at all. With this shipping struggle already a pain point for retailers, the latest news that popular shipping providers are raising rates hits home for retailers and can cause them to rethink their plans. What can they do to compete against shipping price inflation?

A proper omnichannel strategy provides two winning solutions for retailers - ship-from-store and in-store pickup. Omnichannel retailing requires the ability to serve customers across all channels, with the physical store serving as a key player. By properly arming brick-and-mortar locations with the right technology, retailers can turn their stores into active ecommerce fulfillment channels, delivering benefits for both customers and themselves. retailcustomerexperience.com

Big Brick-And-Mortars Double Down On Same-Day Delivery
Macy's, Best Buy and Kohl's have all recently stepped up same-day delivery options that were in testing mode to full-scale operations in some locations. Macy's was the earliest to the table with same-day delivery, first moving toward it in 2014. However, of late, its expansion has been rapid, and it is now in 17 major metro markets. Best Buy has expanded its same-day delivery pilot program that launched last fall in San Francisco to 13 U.S. markets. Best Buy has also recently added NYC, as well as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Kohl's has expanded same-day delivery to Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C./Baltimore markets. pymnts.com

Facebook pushes retailers to use Messenger
Facebook Inc. strengthened its push to make its Messenger app a customer service hub by rolling out a suite of tools and updates today to encourage retailers and other businesses to use the channel to connect with customers. internetretailer.com

 

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Chicago, IL: Former $2M Lego thief, on trail for Hobby Lobby shoplifting gets 6 more months for Court Room Outburst
Already jailed for more than six months in what would ordinarily be considered a fairly minor suburban Chicago shoplifting case, Ignatius Pollara got another six months for direct contempt on Friday after a courtroom outburst. When he tried to speak in court and was told to stop talking by Judge Brian Telander, the 50-year-old lost his temper, began shouting, leaned over the bench and yelled a profanity as a deputy led him from the courtroom. Outside in the hallway, Pollara repeatedly shouted, "Help me! Police brutality!" as the deputy held him against a wall. Pollara loudly complained, "This is all a malicious prosecution for two paintbrushes!" Pollara hails from Florida but faces a felony burglary case in DuPage County, Illinois, after being charged with shoplifting two paintbrushes and some pencils from a Hobby Lobby store in Lombard during a vacation. Since he was already on probation in his home state for stealing some $2 million worth of Legos and other merchandise from retailers, his case was taken more seriously, resulting in a high bond after he was arrested last July. Before Friday's outburst, Telander set a June trial date for Pollara, after assistant public defender Mark Lyon said the defendant had rejected a plea offer. Heavily guarded, Pollara apologized for his outburst after a recess. The judge gave the defendant six months for contempt, then recused himself from the case, saying that he did not want to risk the appearance of a conflict. chicagotribune.com

Trumbull, CT: Seven Arrested in $300,000 Home Depot Internal Theft
Arrested on Sunday, April 10, and charged with conspiracy to commit larceny were Santiago Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, and Jerel Santamaria, 21, of Monroe. Trumbull police arrested two men in connection with an employee theft ring that operated from January 2015 to October 2015 at the Home Depot on Monroe Turnpike. Santiago Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport and Jerel Santamaria, 21, of Monroe were both arrested at the Trumbull Police Department Sunday, April 10, on outstanding warrants for conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree. According to a report, there are five more employees, including a shift manager, who have yet to be arrested in connection with the almost yearlong shoplifting spree that took place overnight at the store. Police told The Times Monday that the seven employees worked together as a cleaning crew at the store and stole valuable tools in the middle of the night when on break during their shift. According to the report, the shift manager estimated that more than $300,000 worth of tools had been stolen in total. trumbulltimes.com

Laguna Beach, CA: 3 arrested following $11,500 Smash and Grab at Robin's Jean Three people were arrested on suspicion of burglary after clothes valued at more than $11,500 were taken from a Forest Avenue retailer Saturday night, Laguna Beach police said. At around 6 p.m., a Laguna officer saw a female leaving Robin's Jean at 264 Forest Ave. with "arms full of merchandise." latimes.com

Shreveport, LA: Crime Stopper Reward offered in $600 JC Penney theft case
Shreveport police have released surveillance video of three men who they say stole merchandise from a department store last month. Back on March 20, officers were called to the JCPenney on reports of a shoplifting. When police arrived, they were told that 3 men walked into the store and stole numerous clothing items valued at more than $600 then fled the scene. ksla.com

Tilton, NH: 2 men arrested for credit card fraud at Tilton outlets;
Police seize counterfeit credit cards
Police arrested Jamaal Rose, 30, and Tyshon Morancie, 30, both of Brooklyn, New York, after confirming they used the counterfeit cards with stolen identities. Rose and Morancie were both found to be in possession of several cards. The men were charged with felony Organized Retail Crime. They were released from custody after signing waivers of extradition. wmur.com

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Arson

Saanich ,BC, Canada: Fire intentionally set at Home Depot while store was full of customers Police in Saanich say someone deliberately set a fire near the paint section of a Home Depot Saturday morning while it was full of customers. No one was hurt, but the box store had to be evacuated and the fire and water damage is extensive. Acting Sergeant Jereme Leslie with Saanich Police says the timing couldn't have been worse. "Home Depot also had an event on, where parents were encouraged to bring their children into Home Depot to do a workshop on building. We're quite disturbed and upset," he explains. Police have yet to track down a suspect. There's no word yet on the total cost of the damage. ctvnews.ca


Robberies & Thefts

Billings, MT: Man suspected in Wal-Mart robbery held in lieu of $60,000
According to court documents, Kauffman pulled a handgun on a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer after the suspect attempted to leave the store with about $167 of stolen merchandise. A Billings police officer contacted Kauffman in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2525 King Ave. Kauffman then allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the officer before getting into a car and attempting to flee. Officers followed Kauffman through the parking area. Kauffman attempted to flee on foot while still holding the handgun. Officers were able arrest him after using two Tazers and compliance techniques. A passenger in the car with Kauffman told police she didn't know he had a weapon when they went to Wal-Mart and tried to get out of the vehicle after Kauffman said he pulled a gun on someone. billingsgazette.com

Houston, TX: Deputies investigating two store break-ins in east Harris County
Thieves smashed into two stores within minutes of each other overnight, according to deputies in east Harris County. Officers responded to the first burglary at around 2:30 a.m. at a Walgreens on Wallisville Rd. and N. Castlegory. Only a front window was broken. Employees cleaning up would not say if anything was stolen. Minutes later down the street, thieves smashed into to Sally Beauty Supply on E. Sam Houston Parkway. This time the entire front door was taken out. It's unclear whether anything was taken from the store. click2houston.com

Beaumont, TX: Organized gang behind multiple Southeast Texas burglaries
The Beaumont Police Department believes an organized gang of thieves may be behind a rash of burglaries committed since last August using stolen vehicles. Since August of 2015, there have been at least 27 burglaries locally where criminals have used stolen cars to steal cigarettes, ATMs, safes and other items according to Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley. Monday morning around 3:22 a.m., at least two men could be seen in surveillance video backing into a Beaumont store and stealing a safe. You may also remember Beaumont and just last month - one in Orange. This past weekend there were 14 burglaries in Beaumont, six of which involved a business, according to Riley. Five of those burglaries seem to be connected, she said. And early Sunday morning, around three car dealerships were broken into. 12newsnow.com

Des Moines, IA: String of Robberies Hits 10 Git-N-Go Stores
Des Moines police are investigating a string of robberies at Git-N-Go stores across the city. Ten locations have been held up in the last month, some of which have been targeted more than once. The suspects are still on the loose. Police have released new surveillance video in the rash of robberies showing the suspects armed with guns, knives and scissors. whotv.com

Miami, FL: Thieves Rob Miami Lumber Store at Gunpoint, Tie Up Worker
Police are looking for a pair of armed thieves who robbed and tied up a lumber store worker in Miami in an incident that was caught on camera. The robbery happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday at Shell Lumber at 2733 Southwest 27th Avenue, Miami Police said. Surveillance footage from inside the business showed the two masked suspects hold a worker at gunpoint as they demanded he open the store's safe, which contained $11,000. nbcmiami.com

Elizabeth, NJ: 4 men indicted after 9 Union County robberies in 12 days
Four men from four different municipalities now face indictments for a spree of robberies committed over 12 days across Union County last year. The crime spree began Sept. 10, 2015 and stretched over 12 days. In most cases, the men wore masks and rushed into businesses to steal cash and whatever else they could grab, authorities said. They said the nine robberies were committed in Mountainside, Rahway,
Scotch Plains, Union Township and Westfield. The robberies occurred at service stations and convenience stores. nj.com

Washington Twp, PA: Accused shoplifter attacked police
A Big Cove Tannery woman was taken into custody Sunday after police said she attempted to steal more than $550 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, then attacked the off-duty officer who confronted her about it. Alyson Dee Mills, 30, is charged with felony counts of retail theft, assault of a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, simple assault and a summary citation of harassment. An off-duty officer was at Wal-Mart after midnight Sunday morning, and spotted Mills pushing a full cart behind the registers toward the exit. publicopiniononline.com

Houston, TX: Truck rams into a Super 8 Motel to steal the ATM

Riddle's Jewelry Store at the Apache Mall in Rochester, MN reported a Grab & Run on 4/8;
suspect has been arrested, the $3000 ring was not recovered


Counterfeit Goods

Portland, OR: Online store accused of selling counterfeit Nike shoes
Thousands of potentially counterfeit athletic shoes were recovered by federal investigators during a search at a residence in Happy Valley. Agents from the IRS and Homeland Security Investigations searched a home in the 11000 block of SE Rimrock Drive in Happy Valley on April 6. The search was done at 6:20 a.m. and investigators seized: 1560 pair of Nike sneakers; 40 pair of Adidas sneakers; 7 pair of Asics sneakers; 5 boxes of shoe boxes and packaging material; 7 boxes and 1 bag of miscellaneous documents; multiple cell phones and computers. koin.com


Credit Card Fraud

Tilton, NH: 2 men arrested for credit card fraud at Tilton outlets, Police seize counterfeit credit cards


Skimming Reports

Columbus, IN: Contractor discovers skimmer on a gas pump at Circle K Gas Station, at 1644 Central Avenue

San Antonio, TX: Victim's hunch helps Exxon store find credit card skimmer inside gas pump

Manchester, NH: Police discover skimmer on ATM at St Mary's Bank



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CVS - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Armed Robbery
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Flores Check Cashing - Yakima County, WA - Armed Robbery
Gold & Silver Trading - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Marengo Guns - Marengo, IL - Burglary
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