Williams was promoted to Director of Asset
Protection - Northeast Division for Walmart.
Anthony was previously the Regional Asset Protection Senior Manager for the
retailer and has been a part of the Walmart team for over five years, working as
a Regional Asset Protection Manager and Market Asset Protection Manager as well.
He has also held other managerial roles for retailers such as Sears Holdings
Corporation and Ross Stores as a District Loss Prevention Manager, Goody's
Family Clothing as an Area Loss Prevention Manager and Saks Incorporated as a
Loss Prevention Manager. Anthony earned his Bachelors of Science degree in
Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. Congratulations
Sampaio was named the Security and Loss Prevention Manager with
Acklands-Grainger in Canada. Formerly, Christine
was a Regional Asset Protection Business Partner with Target based in the
Toronto Market. Christine had served prior as an Area Loss Prevention Manager
with Lowes and began her LP career with Future Shops/ Best Buy as a Logistics
Coordinator, Inventory Specialist and Loss Prevention Manager.
Acklands-Grainger is Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety, and
fastener products with 175 branches, 6 distribution centers and over 2700 team
members coast to coast. Acklands-Grainger is owned by W.W. Grainger, Inc., North
America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating
products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Congratulations
Asset Protection Team Enjoying Some Pizza!
2014 Group LP Selfie Award
REI's Asset Protection Team enjoyed a free pizza party for lunch yesterday at
their headquarters in Kent, Washington, as winners in the D&D Daily's 2014 "Get
LP Social" Competition. Last summer, Perry Resnick, Director of AP, REI,
submitted a photo of he and his team at a kayak outing in Seattle. This January,
they were selected as one of three winners in a
drawing at our "Live in NYC"
A special thank you to NuTech National - sponsors of the GLPS program - for
providing the pizzas to our winners! And thank you to all the LP teams who
submitted photos over the past year - Keep 'em coming! Let's continue Getting
Part of REI's Asset Protection Team enjoying a
few slices of pizza at their corporate headquarters.
Card-not-present fraud in U.S. predicted to hit $22 billion after EMV switch|
With counterfeiting credit and debit cards much more difficult, fraudsters are
expected to move to online commerce, or downstream to smaller merchants who
haven't yet installed EMV terminals. As such, the methods of criminals will
shift as they follow the path of least resistance. If history is any judge, the
migration to card-not-present (CNP) transactions - mainly in online commerce -
will be significant. For instance, when the United Kingdom implemented EMV in a
chip-and-PIN format in 2004, fraud amounted to $4.4 billion dollars, estimates
BetterBuyDesign, a payments consultancy. A similar projection for the U.S. is
around $22 billion. As EMV gains critical mass, merchants without EMV card
readers will be a major target. One third of smaller merchants aren't even aware
of chip cards, according to a 2014 telephone survey by Aite Group. Only 59
percent of merchant locations will be EMV/NFC-ready by the end of this year,
with 73 percent by the end of 2016, and 90 percent by the end of 2017.
Aaron's Inc. Loses Appeal on Computer "Detective Mode" Spyware Allegations on
Customers A class action lawsuit accusing Aaron's Inc. and a
franchisee of secretly collecting thousands of computer webcam photos, screen
shots and keystroke logs of customers will go forward because of a federal
appellate court's ruling, Herman Gerel LLP and co-counsel said today. "The
spyware, as described in the Byrds' complaint, was Orwellian-like in that it
guaranteed that '[t]here was of course no way of knowing whether you were being
watched at any given moment ... because [the defendants] apparently activated the
PC Rental Agent's Detective Mode 'whenever they wanted to.' "With this ruling,
we are pleased to refocus our efforts on getting the victims of the spyware back
According to the Byrds' lawsuit and others filed by their legal team in other
courts, information collected, transmitted and stored by Aaron's corporate
servers - without encryption - allegedly includes financial and other personal
information, such as credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, security
codes, pin numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, birth dates, identity of
children and their personal and school records, tax returns, personal health
information, employment records, bank account records, email addresses, log-in
credentials, answers to security questions, and private communications with
health care providers, therapists, attorneys, and others.
In October 2013, Aaron's Inc. agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges
that the company "surreptitiously tracked consumers' locations, captured images
through the computers' webcams - including those of adults engaged in intimate
activities." According to the FTC, Aaron's senior corporate management knew
the PC Rental Agent software, created and sold by now-defunct DesignerWare,
LLC, of North East, Pa., could be highly intrusive and invaded consumers'
privacy when in "Detective Mode."
UK Consumer Rights Bill on track to come into force Oct 1 - has some retailers
concerned about returns The aim of the Consumer Rights Bill is to
streamline key consumer rights, aligning the inconsistent remedies previously
available for consumers under different contract types, and introducing a
generic set of consumer law investigatory powers. Any businesses selling goods
or services to consumers will be affected by the changes. Though much of the Act
is a consolidation of existing legislation, consumers will have some new rights.
Under the new changes, consumers will have the right to a reduction in the price
or to reject the goods purchased after only one unsuccessful repair or
replacement. This is one element that is causing some significant uncertainty.
Businesses are already expressing concerns as to how they should approach
customer complaints and what remedies can be used and when. When the guidance is
produced, it will be important for retailers to review their practices and
policies to ensure they don't fall foul of the new rules. They will have to
check a wide variety of practices from returns policies to staff training;
contracts with subcontractors with regard to issues such as liability for damage
caused to a device or other digital content; and the presentation of terms and
UK supply chain theft rises nearly 100 percent
TAPA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region recorded 1,102 cargo
crimes last year. For the 33 percent of those reporting a value, losses were
$80,457,567 U.S. A total of 92.8 percent of crimes took place in 10
countries: Germany, the Netherlands, U.K., France, Italy, Russia, Spain,
Austria, Sweden and South Africa. The association says the use of violence by
criminal gangs grew 4.5 percent year-on-year, driven largely by 102 violent
hijackings of trucks in France, Italy and South Africa. Thefts from vehicles
continued to account for the biggest share of the total with over 500 incidents
in 2014. Germany recorded the highest number of freight crimes as thefts rose
42.5 percent from 2013 to reach 285. The UK experienced the highest percentage
growth of all countries in the region as thefts rose 98.8 percent to 175.
Meanwhile the Netherlands saw a drop of 9.7 percent compared to the previous
year but still recorded 258 incidents overall.
The top 10 cargo crimes in 2014 involved a combined loss of $34,904,845 U.S.
says TAPA EMEA with 15 thefts exceeding $1.075 million as gangs
targeted scratchcards, cosmetics, consumer electronics, clothing, footwear,
tobacco products, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, auto parts and cash.
Keynote: Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing On April
15, 2013, the largest domestic terrorist incident since the 9/11 attack hit the
city of Boston and the surrounding communities. Two bombs were detonated near
the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than
260. As the Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department, Dan Linskey
was thrust into managing one of the largest law enforcement operations in
history. In this compelling talk on leadership, Chief Linskey will share how he
managed his intense emotional response, the importance of specificity of
training, why it's important to maintain a team of "Evil Geniuses," why you
should never have a "not my job" mentality, and why too much help can be a bad
Dollar General looking for candidates in TX
Dollar General, one of America's fastest-growing retailers with nearly 12,000
locations across the country, announces additional vacancies within its Asset
Protection and Loss Prevention department to support the company's strong growth
and development. Positions are currently available in the Midland/Odessa, TX
area. Candidates interested in learning more about the position and/or applying
may visit the DG Careers website at
Walgreens headquarters to remain in Deerfield
Newly merged drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced that its
international headquarters will remain in Deerfield, Indiana. When Walgreens and
Europe's Alliance Boots began merger talks last year, there was a possibility of
the retailer relocating its headquarters to Switzerland and moving U.S.
operations to an office in downtown Chicago. The two companies officially became
one on Dec. 31, taking on its new name, Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Cloud is security's future
Cloud offerings are proliferating in the security industry. In the latest News
Poll just over half of respondents-52 percent-said yes. "Cloud is clearly
inevitable and the integrators that are experimenting with it now will be the
victors," said one respondent. It may be where the industry is headed, but 27
percent of respondents said that the cloud has no place in physical security.
Bruce Cree, owner of B.C. Electronics, said, "It will happen, but it's not
secure. It's convenient. Forty-eight percent of respondents said that cloud
services are being widely offered in security, whereas one-quarter said there
are some cloud offerings, but not a large variety. Some believe that cloud's
potential lies in monitoring. "Cloud managed monitoring services hold great
promise near-term. Cloud video storage as a redundant path is also useful when
you have to be sure you don't lose video. Forty-one percent said increased RMR
for integrators and cost savings for end users are the cloud's best uses in
physical security. Reduced infrastructure, more security and ease of
installation are the biggest benefits, 37 percent said. Twenty-two percent said
it's just good for marketing purposes.
Cybersecurity firms hire former military, intelligence cyber experts
Over the past two years, U.S. cybersecurity firms have brought in several former
military and intelligence community computer experts to help combat hackers
targeting the U.S. private sector. Hundreds of ex-government cybersecurity
workers represent the competitive advantage of a cybersecurity services industry
expected to bring in more than $48 billion in revenue next year, up 41 percent
from 2012. "The people coming out of the military and the intelligence community
are really, really good," says a cyber startup founder. "They know the
attackers. They know how they work."
Is Google Wallet Spying on You And Selling Your Personal Information?
A huge fight is brewing that pits Apple Pay against Google Wallet against
Samsung Pay and all the players want dominance in what they believe will be the
explosion of mobile payments where we buy stuff at retail with a tap or wave of
our phone. You the consumer have choices to make. Right now, the choice is
straightforward. Own an iPhone, and only Apple Pay works. Ditto for Android and
Google Wallet (although soon Samsung phones running Android will come with
Samsung Pay built in). So exactly what is Google doing differently? The lawsuit
explains. Alice Svenson, et. al. v. Google, is a class action filing where
Svenson is the lead plaintiff. Her complaint is that she bought an email app,
YCDroid, for $1.77 in Google's Play store and that in turn Google shared with
the app developer personal information about Svenson such as her home address
and phone number. Such information, the suit alleges, could facilitate identity
theft. In an early ruling, the court brushed aside much of Google's motion to
dismiss, thus allowing the suit to proceed to trial. Google, for its part, said
it had no comment on the ruling.
Today's Personality Tests Raise the Bar for Job Seekers - As online access helps
facilitate usage & customization Pre-hire assessments have been used
for years, but never have such tests been deployed so widely at companies across
the U.S. The automation of the job application process, combined with powerful
data tools and inexpensive online software, have led to falling costs, more
accurate results and a surge in use. Eight of the top 10 U.S. private employers
now administer pre-hire tests in their job applications for some positions.
These tests have, in effect, raised the bar for U.S. job seekers: With more
companies holding an alleged formula for workplace success, fewer are willing to
take a chance on anyone who doesn't measure up. In 2001, 26% of large U.S.
employers used pre-hire assessments. By 2013, the number had climbed to 57%,
reflecting a sea change in hiring practices that some economists suspect is
making it tougher for people, especially young adults and the long-term
unemployed, to get on the payroll.
Steven Davis, a University of Chicago economist who has studied the gap between
job openings and hires, found the annual sum of hires and separations-called
labor-market churn-has declined by more than 25% since 2000, suggesting, he
said, that as employers intensify their front-end screening, among other
factors, "a larger fraction of the people they hire are working out."
Editor's Note: One of the best articles on pre-employment screening we've
Job Cuts are always a part of all mergers - no
matter how large or small
For the most part mergers are by design meant to increase synergies while
driving costs down and efficiencies up. And while the announcements of these
mergers are almost always applauded by the financial community and shareholders,
there are those workers who ultimately pay the price and lose their jobs. Not
much is written about these executives and employees, but they are the ones who
feel the blunt end of the merger. Certainly the online world is driving this
massive change in the retail landscape and a number of the mergers in fact are
meant to save jobs and stores. But at the end of the day corporate America
continues to move forward and the thousands of those left displaced must also
move forward. Understanding all of that, lets make sure we don't forget those
who've been displaced in our own community because quite frankly you never know
when you might be there yourself. Just a thought - Gus Downing
Private equity firm closes deal to buy teen retailer Wet Seal
Wet Seal will also continue operating 173 stores. The teen retailer filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after it laid off thousands of
workers and closed 338 stores, or two-thirds of its locations.
Frederick's of Hollywood closes all stores, strips
down to Web
Hilco Merchant Resources Acquires Inventory and
Intellectual Property Assets of Fixture Finders
Meijer launches online ordering, curbside pickup program
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The Insider Threat &
Server Room Mitigation
Charles Delgado, VP Asset Protection,
As technology has evolved to the point where everyone is interconnected and has
the ability to access virtually any information, there's more exposure than ever
before to our data, our assets and our organizations. The Insider Threat is
often an overlooked and under-valued subject for retailers, however, Charles
Delgado, VP Asset Protection, Meijer, tells us why it isn't just a corporate
IT problem but something Loss Prevention members in the field should be
cognizant of as well. Learn why EMV technology is shifting the threat from
outside hackers to low-level employees coming in just to identify retailers'
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Quebec Court of Appeals judgement impacts franchise law in Canada - Franchisor
must root out free-riders in Dunkan Donuts case
In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeal of Québec confirmed the merits of
Justice Tingley's decision and ruled in favour of the former franchisees in
Québec who were suing Dunkin' Brands Canada Ltd. for incompetence, negligence,
lack of support and flagrant breach of the contract entered into between the
franchisor and franchisees as regards the brand's protection and development
between 1995 and 2005. This ruling reduced the damages from $16,407,143 to
$10,908,523. With legal interest and fees, Dunkin' Brands should be paying
plaintiffs a total of $18 million. ... By denying that it has a duty to protect
and enhance the brand, the judge rightly saw the Franchisor as going back on its
word in each individual contract by denying the existence of the very cause of
the arrangement. The Court of Appeal also confirms the franchisees' duties as
regards their contractual undertaking. It adds, however, that they cannot be
held liable for the shortcomings of less assiduous franchisees. What can a
franchisee do about a free-rider who, for example, fails to adhere to the
contractual standards of product quality or store cleanliness? Little or
nothing.  It is up to the Franchisor to police the network by taking
reasonable measures to root out the free-riders. ... '
Beyond the obligation to allow individual franchisees to use the Dunkin' Donuts
system, the contracts created, through express language and by necessary
implication, a duty owed to the franchisees collectively to take reasonable
measures to support and enhance the brand. This included the duty to respond
with reasonable measures to help the franchisees as a group to meet the market
challenges of the moment and to assist the network of franchisees by enforcing
the uniform standards of quality and cleanliness it holds out as critical to the
success of the franchise.
Canadian Retailers Applaud New Contraband Tobacco Law
The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) is commending the federal
government for its commitment to fight illegal tobacco trafficking, following
the implementation of Bill C-10. The trafficking of illegal tobacco poses a
serious threat to community safety in all regions of Canada, through its ties to
organized crime, its link to drugs and illegal weapons trafficking, as well as
its accessibility to youth. "The announcement that Bill C-10 has now been
implemented represents a significant step forward in the ongoing fight against
illegal tobacco trafficking in Canada," said Alex Scholten, president of the
CCSA, in a press release. The CCSA has been actively working with
parliamentarians and police to communicate the need for tougher penalties and
additional enforcement to deter illegal tobacco trafficking. The association is
hopeful that the enforcement of the new law will create an effective deterent to
traffickers and make them think twice before selling illegal product.
Supreme Court of Canada strikes down mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes
The Supreme Court of Canada dealt the Harper government's tough-on-crime agenda
a serious blow Tuesday by striking down a law requiring mandatory minimum
sentences for gun crimes. The 6-3 ruling, penned by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, said the statute was unconstitutional as it upheld a 2013 Ontario
Court of Appeal ruling that labeled the law cruel and unusual. The court said
the mandatory minimum sentence could ensnare people with "little or no moral
fault" and who pose "little or no danger to the public." It cited as, an
example, a person who inherits a firearm and does not immediately get a license
for the weapon.
Apple Pay Plans to Launch in Canada This Fall
The company is in negotiations with Canada's six biggest banks about a potential
November launch of the service which would enable mobile payments for both
credit and debit cards using iPhones and the forthcoming Apple Watch, those
people said. wsj.com
Ontario Will Loosen Rules to Allow Beer Sales in Largest Supermarkets
Ontario, Canada's most populous province, said on Thursday that it would partly
open its beer retailing system, which is dominated by three of the world's
largest breweries. "The days of the monopoly are done," Kathleen Wynne, premier
of the province, said at a news conference. "This is the biggest shake-up to the
sale of beer in Ontario since we repealed prohibition. Ontario will allow about
a third of its 1,500 largest supermarkets to sell beer by the end of the year.
They will, however, not be permitted to offer anything larger than six-packs.
Canada Updates Credit-Card Transaction Rules - Gives Retailers Greater Control,
Reflects Growing Use of Mobile Payments Canada on Monday introduced an update to the rules
governing credit-card transactions to reflect the growing use of mobile payments
and to give the country's merchants additional powers in dealing with the
payments industry. The changes would give merchants greater flexibility to opt
out of their contracts with payment processors without penalties if fees are
raised. Under the changes, merchants can refuse to accept mobile payments if the
processing cost exceeds that of other forms of payments. Rules governing credit
cards will be extended to apply to the growing mobile-payment field, the
Canadian government said. Last November, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc.
voluntarily agreed to lower the swipe fees they charged Canadian retailers,
avoiding the imposition of lower fees by the Canadian government. Those changes,
and the ones announced Monday, are meant to appease small-business owners and
retailers who say high processing fees hurt their bottom lines. The Retail
Council of Canada was a driving force behind the passage of these new
Retail Fast Facts: March 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 0.5 per cent over the comparable month
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.7 per cent
over the comparable month last year. Read
Calgary smash-and-grab part of larger trend in Canada
A recent smash-and-grab jewelry theft at Calgary's Marlborough Mall could be
part of a larger trend that's occurring across Canada. That's according to the
John Lamont, the director of loss prevention with Jewellers Vigilance Canada
(JVC), which monitors crime in the Canadian jewelry industry. He said while the
recent smash-and-grab may appear blunt in nature; it was likely "quite
sophisticated" as in his experience, criminals may have a buyer lined-up before
the robbery even occurs. It's happened before, it's happened in B.C. and
yesterday it happened in Ontario," Lamont said, touching on a similar
smash-and-grab robbery in Hamilton Ont. on Tuesday. Lamont said year-over-year
from 2013 to 2014, the JVC tracked a 10 per cent increase in theft due "mainly"
to break and enters. metronews.ca
Creek pharmacy robbery makes 13 so far this year Hamilton police are
looking for a suspect in the latest in a series of pharmacy robberies. A Friday
afternoon robbery made 13 so far in 2015, nearly double the seven pharmacy
robberies in all of last year. There have now been more pharmacy robberies in
just the four months of 2015 than in any of the previous four years. The
robberies aren't isolated to any one part of town. Hamilton Police published
this map showing where the 13 robberies have taken place. One location, 712
Mohawk Rd. E., was targeted three times, and last month police were looking for
one suspect they believe was behind all three.
Armed robbery at Burlington, ON bakery didn't actually happen
Police in Burlington say an armed robbery reported at a city bakery never
actually happened. Towards the end of March, police said they were investigating
a robbery reported at the Eastway Bake Shoppe in which a man allegedly armed
with a handgun entered the business and demanded money from an employee. Police
had said the employee reportedly handed over an undisclosed amount of cash
before the suspect fled. Police now say their investigation has determined the
robbery did not occur. The employee who reported the incident has since been
arrested. Jennifer Elliott is charged with public mischief and theft under
knows this Staples suspect from Maple Ridge A man threatened a store
clerk and made off with a computer from the Staples store on the border of Maple
Ridge and Pitt Meadows earlier this week. Ridge Meadows Mounties released this
picture Tuesday. It's a surveillance image of the man believed responsible for
shoplifting and for threatening the staffer just after 5 p.m. on Monday, April
13, explained RCMP Const. Amanda Harnett. "As the suspect was leaving the store,
he was challenged by an employee who had witnessed the theft [of a computer].
The male threatened this employee before departing the store with the computer."
Woman shocked after phone recycled at Rogers store sold on eBay
A Calgary woman was shocked to find a cellphone with her personal information
for sale on eBay after she left it at a Rogers store under the impression it
would be recycled. Rhonda Anderson dropped her iPhone in February, and it broke
into pieces. There was still a year on her contract and so she took it to the
Rogers store in Beacon Hill. Anderson says the manager sold her a new phone and
she left the old one for recycling. He said Rogers has a recycling program and I
said, 'Perfect.' So he lifted up a little white bin and I placed my broken phone
in there." A month later she got an email from someone who bought a phone on
eBay and found her personal information on it. They wanted to know if it was
stolen and if she could unlock and delete the iCloud account. "It was advertised
as: 'The screen is broken, phone works, it's on the Rogers network, sold as is.'
I've got text messages, photos of my family...my life is on that phone," said
Retail accounts for most identity theft attempts
The retail industry last year accounted for 205 million exposures of consumers'
identity data, up 30% from 2013, according to a new report from Symantec Corp, a
security technology firm. Its latest Internet Security Threat Report, issued
annually, is based on the threat activity monitored by the Symantec network in
157 countries. The report also finds 312 total web data breaches in 2014, up
23.3% from 253 in 2013. The top five industries from which those breaches
stemmed are health care, 37%; retail, 11%; education, 10%; government, 8%; and
financial, 6%. When it comes to exposed identities in 2014, the top five
sectors for criminals are: retail, accounting for 59%; financial, 23%;
computer software, 10%; healthcare, 2%; and government, 2%.
So what are criminals paying for stolen data and other nefarious goods on the
black market? According to the Internet Security Threat Report:
|● 50 cents to $1 for 1,000 stolen email addresses.
|● $70 to $150 for "1 million verified email spam mail-outs."
|● 50 cents to $20 for what the report calls "credit card details."
|● $12 to $3,500 for custom malware.
|● $2 to $12 for 1,000 social network followers.
|● $7 to $8 for stolen web-hosted, or cloud, accounts.
Measuring The Speed Of Theft
So how fast does stolen data travel? This is not the set-up for a poorly
conceived joke - instead it is the subject of a new experiment created by tech
security firm Bitglass. Bitglass posted some sensitive material - dummied up
consumer information (names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers
and credit card numbers of 1,568 fictitious people) on the dark web to see how
long it took criminals to snap up said data. Answer: not very long. Within two
weeks, the data had been viewed over 1,000 times and downloaded 47 times in 22
countries on five continents. The information was reportedly particularly
popular with Russian and Nigerian criminal gangs.
A New Competitor for Bitcoin Aims to Be Faster and Safer
Mazières's new cryptocurrency protocol,
called SCP, is being adopted by a nonprofit called Stellar to replace a Bitcoin-inspired
system meant to make financial services cheaper and more widely accessible in
the developing world. The new SCP system relies on people running software that
communicates over the Internet, but trust is not enforced through mining.
Instead, each person running the software must identify a few other trusted
participants to correctly apply the cryptographic rules used to validate
transactions. Each instance of the software will recognize transactions only
once a certain majority fraction of its trusted partners have also signed off.
And the trust relationships are all public.
- Fencing Operation - Court papers show extent of Overland Park's largest ORC
bust of female - over $100,000 recovered With a fencing operation set
up in her home police recovered over $100,000 of merchandise and say that she
approached shoplifting like it was her full time job - career. They haven't been
able to identify anyone that may have been working with her or anyone who has
purchased merchandise from her. But police found racks and piles of clothes with
price tickets still attached. Bauer, 45, is accused of shoplifting merchandise
from stores like Coach, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor Loft
and locally-owned boutiques. Prosecutors said she would sell the items online.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and also said this is the largest ORC
case they've seen in their city. Investigators said they're still sifting
through more than 85 boxes of items found during a search of Bauer's home.
Credit card fraudster who hit Safeway stores up and down North Coast for over
$130,000 gets 9 years in prison A Rohnert Park man who racked up
$130,000 in damages during a yearlong credit card fraud spree in which he rented
an exotic sports car and two high-end vacation homes was sentenced Thursday to
more than nine years in jail. Mohannad Halaweh, 20, also used fake credit cards
that he manufactured to buy thounds of dollars worth of gift cards from Safeway
stores up and down the North Coast, police said. He was arrested in June while
driving the $240,000 McLaren sports car that had been reported stolen a day
earlier from a South Bay rental agency. Halaweh is expected to be sentenced
later this year in a separate Alameda County case. Prosecutors initially charged
him with 54 criminal counts but he pleaded no contest earlier this year to 15
crimes including identity theft, commerical burglary and grand theft.
Court backs Felony Lane Gang leader's federal prison term for $1M multi-state
crime spree An appeals court panel has upheld the federal prison
sentence for the leader of the so-called "Felony Lane Gang" that investigators
said stole more than $1 million in a theft spree targeting state park patrons
from Florida to Pennsylvania. The ruling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit issued this week turned aside Travis J. Russ' claim that his 188-month
jail term is too harsh. U.S. Middle District Senior Judge William W. Caldwell
slapped Russ, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with that penalty in March 2014. The
other nine members of the gang also are serving prison sentences. The
conspirators were dubbed the Felony Lane Gang for their practice of passing
forged checks stolen from victims at the drive-through lanes of banks.
Investigators said that during the crime spree from 2008 to 2012 the gang
members broke into cars and stole purses, wallets, check books and
identifications. In his plea to the appeals court. Russ argued that Caldwell
over-sentenced him because investigators over-estimated the scope of the gang's
Brooklyn, NY Woman on trial in $3,000 theft from Saratoga Saddlery; tied to
$59,000 in other thefts A Brooklyn woman is expected to stand trial
this week for charges relating to a theft of nearly $3,000 in merchandize from a
Broadway boutique. Tracy Adams, 50, was arrested in December by city police on a
warrant out of Saratoga County Court and extradited back to New York from
Massachusetts on a third-degree grand larceny charge. The charge stems from an
alleged theft of nearly $3,000 in merchandise from the Saratoga Saddlery on Jan.
13, 2014. But the Spa City boutique isn't the only business from which they are
accused of making off with pilfered merchandise. They allegedly stole at least
$29,000 worth of items from Murray's Furs in Randolph, Mass., just days after
the theft in Saratoga Springs. Police said the group was professional in what
they do and many businesses could have been unaware of the thefts. They operated
under numerous names and identities over the years, police said. A television
news report from Rhode Island said they were also caught on security footage at
a boutique in East Greenwich and stole over $30,000 in designer handbags.
Two males with booster bags, magnet, and hook for removing sensors, hit King of
Prussia Victoria's Secret for $5,885 worth of merchandise An employee
of Victoria's Secret observed two males with booster bags and notified Plaza
Security. Security followed the two who were seen with booster bags prior to
leaving the area in a silver Honda. Police stopped the vehicle and discovered
three large duffle bags filled with clothes, a large magnet and hook for
removing sensors. Recovered was $5,885 worth or merchandise. mainlinemedianews.com
Sisters Arrested in multi-state Baby Formula Shoplifting Case in Barboursville,
W.Va., Walmart - LP Officer taken to emergency room Deputies say
surveillance video shows the employee stepping in front of the suspects as they
were leaving the store with 22 cans of formula and two tote bags concealed in
their purses. Investigators say that's when the loss prevention officer was
thrown to the ground, hitting her head on the concrete floor. The employee was
taken to the emergency room. Vickey Estepp and her sister Jennifer Estepp were
arrested Thursday night in Mingo County. They are facing charges in connection
with the shoplifting in Cabell County, as well as charges in several other
counties. Investigators say the women were moving back and forth between West
Virginia and Kentucky. They've been traveling up Corridor G so this may reach
into Kanawha County as well. wsaz.com
Allendale couple charged in 15 shopliftings, mostly booze, worth $3,345 Detectives
investigating a six-week, late-night string of thefts that began March 4
conferred with loss prevention officers at the store and identified Michael
Basile, 26, and 21-year-old Laura Probst as suspects. Investigators set up
surveillance and nabbed the pair in the act overnight today, Scherb said.
Scherb's officers charged Basile with 15 shoplifting offenses, along with one
count of conspiracy and another of drug paraphernalia possession.
Two West Virginia women arrested for theft from 4 stores in Huntington Mall
A 32-year-old Charleston woman and a 33-year-old Dunbar, West Virginia, woman
were arrested April 7 after allegedly stealing $2,093 worth of merchandise from
four stores in the Huntington Mall. When police arrived, the Charleston woman
attempted to flee, but both were apprehended. Security had witnessed the women
placing merchandise in their vehicle. Police found the merchandise, along with
$2,440 cash and 2.1 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Both suspects were
arrested and taken to the Western Regional Jail.
Four Detroit women busted in $820 theft at Meijer in Allen Park, MI
Four women from Detroit were arrested for retail fraud April 11 after attempting
to steal more than $800 worth of merchandise from the Meijer store at Fairlane
Green. The women, ages 17; 19; 20 and 35, entered the store around 1:14 p.m. and
selected several items from the shelves, according to the police report. They
split the items between two shopping carts and walked to the self checkout area
where they scanned about $178 worth of items and failed to scan an additional
$820 worth of merchandise.
Charleston, WV man busted stealing $580 worth of
Coach handbags from Huntington Mall Macy's - had 12 outstanding shoplifting
Four males hitting Walmart stores for gaming
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$5.4 million smash-and-grab jewel heist reported in Paris tunnel
The Landy Tunnel is infamous for its insecurity. Long, dimly lit and clogged
with traffic trying to get from Charles De Gaulle Airport to downtown Paris, the
tunnel's the perfect spot for someone to break a car's window, grab
whatever's inside and flee before anyone can stop them. Three thieves may have
just committed the tunnel's most expensive bag snatch yet. French police say
that a purse containing $5.4 million worth of jewels was snatched from a car in
the tunnel Thursday. The bag belonged to a Taiwanese art collector, Agence
France Presse reported, who was stuck in traffic on her way to donate its
contents to the Paris Museum of Modern Art. One item, a ring, was reportedly
worth $1.8 million. Police don't know whether the thieves had targeted the
collector or if they'd grabbed her purse by chance. If it's the latter, they may
have taken more than they bargained for, an unnamed officer told AFP. The stolen
jewels are numbered, meaning they can be traced and will be difficult to sell
without a specialized network. "Either it was an order or they are in
Thieves hit Paris packaging facility for 500 Hermes bags worth $1.07M U.S.
Thieves made away with Hermès bags with a market value of more than 1 million
euros, or $1.07 million at current exchange, in the robbery of a packaging and
logistics facility northwest of Paris that was subcontracted to package them. A
police source confirmed that at 7:30 local time on Thursday, six individuals
forced the manager of supplier CAMS in Le Plessis-Bouchard, who was alone at the
premises, to load some 500 of the brand's bags into a truck before fleeing in
two vehicles. The thieves, who were not visibly armed, were still on the run
Friday afternoon, the police source said.
Update on Palm Beach Gardens Mall Saks Fifth "robbery" of three purses and guard
firing warning shots Keionate Bailey, 31, of Riviera Beach, faces
charges of robbery without a weapon and battery. He is being held without bond
because he was just released from a five-year stint prison, has two other open
arrests and has more than 10 felony convictions including numerous theft
charges. Cory Hutchins, 30, of West Palm Beach, faces a charge of robbery, and
is being held on $100,000 bond. He has several convictions and served two years
and four months in connection to a 2007 case. The incident started Wednesday
when Bailey entered the store, grabbed three purses, fought with a loss
prevention officer and ran outside, according to an arrest report. Bailey
allegedly flipped the officer over and he hit a pole and the ground, sustaining
minor injuries. Once outside, an armed security guard fired a warning shot
in the air. Bailey got into the car, driven by Hutchins, and the armed guard
fired three more shots to try to puncture the tires. The men drove away and were
arrested a short time later when their car was pulled over on Federal Highway
and PGA Boulevard. Circuit judge Joseph Marx said he decided to hold Bailey
without bond because he is a danger to the community. Marx said his job is to
protect the public.
No parole for 30 years for man who shot 2 dead in crowded Toronto mall
A man who gunned down two people in a crowded downtown food court was sentenced
Thursday to at least 30 years behind bars - an unprecedented sentence for
second-degree murder. Ontario Superior Court Justice Eugene Ewaschuk, who
denounced the crimes as horrific and outrageous, decided Christopher Husbands
will be ineligible for parole for 15 years for each killing. Ewaschuk also
decided the periods of parole ineligibility should be served consecutively.
"It's an unprecedented sentence for second-degree murder in Canada- it's
literally never been given," defense lawyer Dirk Derstine said. "He's in shock
because of the sentence."
Sentencing Set In Fairfield, CT Home Invasion-Jewelry Store Robbery
Federal prosecutors are calling for a sentence of no less than 17 years in
prison for a man convicted in a 2013 robbery that involved the kidnapping of two
Connecticut jewelry store employees. Twenty-seven-year-old William Davis of
Allentown, Pennsylvania is to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Hartford.
Two of four co-defendants have pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced and
two are still awaiting trial. Authorities say armed robbers broke into a Meriden
apartment in April 2013 and bound and blindfolded four people. Two of the men
then drove two victims to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the victims worked.
Prosecutors said the robbers made away with $4 million in jewelry and watches.
Man sentenced to 20 years in $1.6M Burglary of Diamonds R Forever in Kennesaw,
GA A Florida man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for
his role in a $1.6 million jewelry heist in Kennesaw and it turns out that he
was caught because he was a shoddy driver, his burglary crew was too picky about
its jewels, and they didn't sort their trash. Osniel Labrada-Guillen, 30,
burglarized Diamonds R Forever on Wade Green Road in Kennesaw in January 2010,
Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. Labrada-Guillen cut holes in the roof,
disabled the phone and alarm systems, then cut a hole in a safe and got away
with jewelry, Reynolds said. The crew used a sophisticated technique of
disabling the alarm system and retreating to observe if they had alerted
authorities. After no police appeared they returned to the roof and entered the
business, said Don Geary, chief assistant district attorney who handled the
Washington D.C. Police arrest 9 after CVS Pharmacy robbery along DC waterfront
D.C. police this week arrested nine people in connection with a robbery at a CVS
pharmacy near the Waterfront Metro station in Southwest in which authorities
said bottles of prescription medicine containing codeine were stripped from the
shelves. Three of the suspects, including two who are brothers, were charged
with robbery and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. The others were
charged with drug possession. Police said they also seized three semi-automatic
handguns during a raid on an apartment a few blocks from the store.
serial burglar nabbed at Great Mall, Milpitas, CA; responsible for 12 break-ins
Cachius Lamiere Brown, an 18-year-old San Jose resident, was arrested on Tuesday
in connection to multiple burglaries at the Great Mall, Milpitas Police
Department reported. At about 1:35 p.m. that day, a Milpitas police officer
responded to Clark's Bostonian Shoes at 550 Great Mall Drive on a report of
employees who chased away a man from the employee area of the store, police
said. The suspect allegedly stole credit cards and cash from purses belonging to
employees. The suspect, later identified as Brown, was eventually located and
arrested while he was still inside the mall, police said. During the course of
the investigation, the officer allegedly determined Brown was responsible for 11
additional burglaries at businesses within the Great Mall. The burglaries
occurred during business hours between March 4 and April 14, police said.
Garden City Police arrest two for burglary, clear cases across Nassau County
Garden City police arrested two men for a burglary that occurred in Garden City
on Saturday, April 11th at 2:43 A.M. as well as for numerous other burglaries
that occurred throughout Nassau County.
South Florida ID Theft Ring suspects fleeing from Officers ram Police Cruiser
Johns Creek, GA Police said three South Florida men who rammed a police car
Thursday trying to flee from officers are suspected in a large ID theft ring.
Officers responded to a Kroger on Holcomb Bridge Road to reports that three men
were using stolen credit card numbers to purchase gift cards. Police said an
unmarked detective car stopped in front of the getaway car, and as another
officer approached, he said the driver threw the car into reverse and slammed
into the squad car. "In the collision, one of our lieutenants wound up hitting
the glass with his head when they struck at a very high rate of speed," Captain
Chris Byers said.
shoplifting suspects lead police on high-speed chase, cause 2 crashes in Cedar
City, UT A shoplifting call to police Wednesday led to a high-speed
police chase on Interstate 15 in the Cedar City area, two collisions involving a
stolen vehicle and the arrest of two Colorado women. At approximately 6 p.m.,
officers responded to the Cedar City Wal-Mart on a report of shoplifting in
progress. While officers were responding, they were advised the two female
suspects exited the store and entered a blue car that was later discovered to
have been reported stolen out of Colorado. During the six mile pursuit on I-15,
speeds reached over 120 mph, according to the statement. At one point, the
suspect vehicle collided into a truck. The suspects exited I-15 however, due to
excessive speed, the driver lost control, crashing the car. Both suspects were
taken into custody. No one was injured during the incident. Both Sales and
Perkins were also found to be wanted fugitives from Colorado.
Bail Set at $750,000 for Woman Accused of Biting Safeway Employee in Chehalis,
WA A woman accused of fighting with Chehalis Safeway employees, biting
one of them, pleaded not guilty to three charges in Lewis County Superior Court
Thursday. Margaret D. Shults, a 27-year-old transient, is charged with
second-degree assault, third-degree attempted escape and escape from community
custody. She is being held in the Lewis County Jail on bail set at $750,000.
Defense attorney Don Blair said he is confident the case will be resolved to
everyone's satisfaction. The charges stem from an April 11 incident at the
Chehalis Safeway. Shults was allegedly seen shoplifting and left the store. A
loss prevention employee contacted her and brought her back into the store and
called police, according to court documents. While waiting for police, Shults
allegedly pushed the employee and tried to run. Shults then allegedly bit the
employee on her right shoulder, causing significant bleeding.
Body found in SUV parked at Wal-Mart in Tulsa, OK may have been there for months
A decomposed body was found inside a car at a Walmart parking lot Thursday
afternoon. Police believe it may have been there for more than a month. Police
said they have been to the scene several times to check on the car but didn't
know someone was inside. They said they ran the license plate, but nothing was
out of the ordinary. Thursday, police said someone walking by the car noticed a
foul odor, found the body and called police. Surveillance video goes back to
mid-March and shows the car in the parking lot, but police believe it's been
there since February. Police said they don't believe foul play is involved, but
will keep the case open until the medical examiner inspects the body.
Former Power Townsend employee denies embezzling
more than $8,000
Man arrested in liquor store armed robbery in Wilkes Barre, PA says he did it
'for my kids'
Man with hypodermic needle allegedly shoplifts
$346 in Sears merchandise in Watchung, NJ
Buffalo, NY C-store employee arrested after stealing $6,000 from the register
Burger King manager in Fort Wayne, IN arrested for
theft of deposits
Chicago's Gold Coast Moncler boutique hit again by
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