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Mike Lamb named Vice President Asset Protection for Kroger

Mike Lamb was previously the Vice President of Asset Protection and Safety for Walmart US for over two years before earning this new role. During his 30 years of experience, he's held a variety of loss prevention senior level leadership positions including Senior Director Operations Support, Asset Protection for Walmart, VP of Asset Protection, Senior Director AP US Stores, Senior Director LP - Eastern Division and Corporate Director of LP for The Home Depot, and Loss Prevention Director for Federated Department Stores. Congratulations Mike!

Adam Eaton promoted to Director - Loss Prevention, Corporate Technology for Ross Stores
Adam was previously the Senior Manager of Loss Prevention Technology for the retailer and has been working in their loss prevention department since 2010, when he began as an Area Loss Prevention Manager. Three years later he was promoted to Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager. Adam's also held other asset protection and investigations positions including Executive Team Leader - AP and Regional AP Specialist - Video Solutions for Target and Regional Market Investigator for Limited Brands. Adam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and went on to acquire his Masters of Science from the University of Central Florida. Congratulations Adam!

NRF Brings Compelling Speakers to PROTECT 2017
Over 90 industry leaders will be featured speakers as more than 2,000 retailers, loss prevention executives, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers convene in Washington, D.C., June 26-28 at the annual NRF PROTECT conference.

"The level of expertise and insider insights that these industry leaders will bring to the show this year will be very impactful," NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. "Each of these speakers was handpicked to challenge, inspire and encourage attendees to redefine their companies' loss prevention plans and embrace changes that can help make their companies safer for their employees and customers."

The speaker lineup will begin on June 27, when former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Christopher Voss will deliver in a keynote session titled "Never Split the Difference - Lessons from a Former Hostage Negotiator." Voss will share secrets on how to be effective in negotiating, with examples from high-stakes criminal situations.

The same day, The Home Depot Senior Manager for Asset Protection Resources and Technology Luis Ninan and Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group Vice President for Business Development Frank Camerino will host a breakout session titled "Looking Beyond the Badge: Partnering With Your Security Provider." Ninan and Camerino will share insights on how retailers can think outside the "scope of work" and ask loss prevention partners what can they do together. Read more here. nrf.com

Email Proves Eli Manning Gave Fake Helmets, Dealer Claims
A sports memorabilia dealer has told a New Jersey state court that a 2010 email exchange between New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the team's equipment director proves that Manning knowingly provided fake game-used helmets for a memorabilia retailer to sell to fans.

Memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg launched that claim as part of his wide-ranging lawsuit alleging that Giants equipment staff and Manning knowingly peddled fake game-worn memorabilia, and that the team exposed Inselberg to mail fraud charges to cover up those activities. A criminal indictment against Inselberg was eventually dismissed. law360.com

Dick's Sporting Goods Workers Get Class Cert. - Off-Clock "Mandatory" Security Checks
A California judge Thursday certified a class of thousands of Dick's Sporting Goods employees who claim they were unlawfully required to wait off the clock for inspections of their belongings, rejecting the company's argument that the case was akin to one filed against Nordstrom that was denied class certification.

The suit filed in 2015 by lead plaintiff Jimmy Greer, who worked in the hunting department of the national sporting goods retailer's Fresno store, focuses on two alleged labor violations: making the employees wait on their own time for an inspection of their personal belongings as part of the store's loss-prevention practices and requiring workers to purchase apparel appropriate to their department without providing reimbursement for the clothing-related expenses.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller said certification for the class of "as many as eight to nine thousand" is appropriate, noting for the waiting-time claim that the California Supreme Court in its 2000 Morillion ruling underscored that an employee's work hours encompass the time during which they are "subject to the control" of the employer.

In its opposition to class certification, Dick's argued that its case was similar to a California federal case in which class certification was denied, Ogiamien v. Nordstrom Inc. Judge Mueller disagreed, saying the case before the court was distinguishable from Ogiamien, in part because Nordstrom's inspection policy only applied to bags and therefore did not apply to a substantial portion of the putative class that did not bring bags to work. Dick's security check policy, Judge Mueller pointed out, pertained to jackets, bags and other personal belongings, "and therefore applied to a greater proportion, if not the entire, putative class."

With the Dick's case, "the security check policy here was not random by design; rather, its express terms are mandatory 'when you leave the building,' and deposition testimony supports the conclusion that this policy applied equally to breaks and the end of shifts," Judge Mueller wrote in her Thursday ruling. law360.com

Dollar General Stores ordered to pay $1.12 million in hazardous waste
civil settlement

The Tennessee-based company that owns and operates Dollar General Stores and a Distribution Center in California has been ordered to pay $1.12 million as part of a civil settlement in an environmental prosecution.

The settlement agreed to by Dolgen California, DG Strategic II, and DG Strategic VII, resolves allegations made in a civil enforcement lawsuit filed April 11 in Kern County.  

The lawsuit alleged that Dollar General retail stores throughout the state and their distribution center unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials over a 5-year period.  

Those hazardous wastes and materials included automotive fluids, alkaline batteries, electronic waste, aerosol cans, expired over the counter medications, and other toxic, ignitable, and corrosive wastes. 

The inspections revealed that Dollar General retail stores and their distribution center was routinely and systematically sending hazardous wastes to local landfills throughout California that were not permitted to receive those wastes, officials said.

Regulators said they also found the documentation of employee hazardous waste training to be inaccurate or incomplete. 

Dollar General was cooperative throughout the investigation, officials said, and quickly responded to enhance its policies and procedures designed to eliminate the improper disposal of hazardous waste products in California. kerngoldempire.com

New design features could help cut down on crime at convenience stores
Between January and September of 2016 Springfield Police say there were 15 robberies reported at Kum & Go stations. Now, the store has increased cameras, the store is better lit and staff increased. And that is not by accident. Springfield police say they've met with Kum & Go company leaders and several other businesses to implement Crime Prevention Through Environmental design practices.

"The brighter, the better. With additional or newer lighting you're making it a less attractive environment for your criminal to come in," said Lilly. Several Kum & Go stores in Springfield have been updated with these new design features. Along with banks, big retail stores, and other businesses. "The recommendations can be kind of pricey but in the end they see that [the improvements] pay for themselves in that the businesses aren't experiencing that shrinkage like they were, meaning the lost product due to theft," said Lilly. Springfield Police say (as of April 13th, 2017) there have been no reports of robberies at Kum & Go stations in Springfield so far this year. ky3.com

How to tackle employee theft with real-time inventory
No retail business wants to believe that they might be subject to theft from their own employees. Unfortunately, it is a very real problem. It might be stealing items on their person, or exploiting employee discount privileges to significantly reduce the price - either way, employee theft can account for as much as 28% of unexplained inventory loss globally, according to the recent Global Theft Barometer Report. essentialretail.com

Crate & Barrel CEO exits abruptly without explanation
Connected to Recruiting & Stealing Trade Secrets from former Employer?

A company spokesperson declined to provide a reason for the departure when asked by the Tribune.

Doug Diemoz, CEO, who was hired in 2015 from Restoration Hardware and recruited Kimberly Ahlheim, an RH executive, to join his team there last year. The suit filed by Restoration Hardware in early 2017 alleges that Diemoz and Ahlheim brought with them proprietary knowledge of the company's food and beverage operations, part of an experiment in Chicago to boost Restoration Hardware's retail experience. 

While surely a selling point for Crate & Barrel, the expertise and insight that Diemoz gained at Restoration Hardware was taken too far, according to the lawsuit. "Crate was keenly ware of the high growth that RH has achieved due to its more innovative approach to the home furnishings industry. Lacking its own formula for growth, Crate set upon a business strategy of recruiting away key senior leaders ... to help revitalize Crate's flagging business," the lawsuit reads in part. "In particular, Crate launched a systematic strategy to recruit a new CEO in 2014 by targeting a list of senior management talent from RH. Rather than invent its own growth strategy, Crate effectively sought to steal a page from the successful RH playbook."

The focus on food in stores comes as retailers of all stripes are increasingly turning to food concessions to attract customers and provide an enjoyable experience that incentivizes them to linger at their stores. retaildive.com

Among Large, Troubled Retailers, 1 Million Jobs at Stake
Among America's eight most troubled large retailers, nearly 1 million jobs are at stake as the industry continues to collapse in on itself, damaged by sales that have continued to dive, largely due to e-commerce. Not all of these jobs will be lost. However, as more and more companies in the industry go bankrupt and others slash tens of thousands of jobs, many of these positions are at extreme risk.

According to the Retail 100, the 20 largest retailers, excluding fast food, include eight walking wounded, which are chains that already have shown loses, closed stores and laid off employees, or are already, in the case of Sears Holdings Corp., potential Chapter 11 candidates. These are Target Corp. with 300,000 employees, Macy's Inc. with 125,000, Sears with 120,000, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. with 80,000, Kohl's Corp. with 25,000, Gap Inc. with 115,000, Best Buy Co. Inc. with 125,000, and Nordstrom Inc. with 80,000. Together, they have 970,000 employees. 247wallst.com

Retailers turn in mixed performance in March
A slump in consumer prices helped to keep retail sales in check in March.

Retail sales in March inched up 0.3% over February, according to the National Retail Federation. (The NRF numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.)

On a three-month moving average, retail sales have grown 2.8% year-over-year. When looking at business lines, performance in March was again uneven. Clothing and accessories and general merchandise saw slight gains, while there were declines in building materials and supplies and sporting goods, likely due to winter weather. But even the sectors with declines showed increases year-over-year, the NRF pointed out.

A few specifics include:

• Online and other non-store sales increased 0.6% over February and increased 11.4% unadjusted year-over-year.
• Sales at clothing and accessories stores increased 1% seasonally adjusted from February but decreased 2.5% unadjusted year-over-year.
• Sales at general merchandise stores increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over February and remained even year-over-year.
• Electronics and appliances stores' sales increased 2.6% seasonally adjusted over February but decreased 0.4% unadjusted year-over-year.
• Furniture and home furnishings stores' sales decreased 0.3% from February but increased 3.3% unadjusted year-over-year.
• Sales at building materials and supplies stores decreased 1.5% seasonally adjusted from February but increased 6.3% unadjusted year-over-year.
• Sporting goods stores' sales decreased 0.8% seasonally adjusted from February and decreased 4.7% unadjusted year-over-year. chainstoreage.com

Wal-Mart Fights Investor Bid For Privileged Corruption Docs
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked an Arkansas federal judge on Thursday to refuse investors' request for secret documents related to an internal corruption probe at the retailer's Mexican unit, saying the frustrated plaintiffs are trying to "piggyback" on work Wal-Mart's attorneys did in anticipation of lawsuits.

The shareholders, led by a pension fund known as PGERS, say Wal-Mart knew about rampant bribery at its Mexican unit but failed to tell investors about the problem until The New York Times reported on the company's cover-up and sent its stock tanking. Although the investors have managed to interview Wal-Mart employees, including former Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley, they have said in court filings that Wal-Mart has fought their efforts to obtain even the simplest facts, which are not themselves protected by attorney-client privilege.

As a result of the company's stonewalling, and Holley's claim that even information that went into public regulatory filings was passed onto him by lawyers, the investors said Wal-Mart should be forced to turn over all its documents - "including attorney-client communications" - related to the corruption. But the retailer responded Thursday that it had not waived its privileges, and that the shareholders should have to explain, document by document, what they want and why they are entitled to it. law360.com

J.C. Penney delays closing 138 stores one month due to stronger sales
J.C. Penney Co. said it's delaying its plan to close 138 stores by one month because sales and traffic at the locations have been better than expected. In a bid to cut costs and boost its long-term performance, the department store chain had announced Feb. 24 that it planned to start liquidation sales at the 138 stores on April 17 and to close the outlets in mid-June. Penney said the liquidation sales would now start May 22 with the closures set for July 31. latimes.com

Hy-Vee shakes up corporate offices; reassignments, layoffs expected
Hy-Vee is shaking up its corporate office at its West Des Moines headquarters, reassigning dozen of employees, company officials told the Register Friday. Others could possibly face layoffs.

About 60 employees were affected by the changes, officials said. At least 50 were offered positions at the store level or in new corporate posts. But it's unclear how many employees will accept reassignments and how many will leave the company.

That process includes 70 new corporate positions being created by the shakeup. For example, Hy-Vee will hire several dozen employees at its IT building in Grimes as the company places more emphasis on digital initiatives. desmoinesregister.com

Director, Territory Asset Protection in Dallas, TX for Best Buy Posted
The Director, Territory Asset Protection manages all Retail Asset Protection functions, strategies, and performance for an assigned group of Sr. Manager, Market Asset Protection leaders within 2 retail territories. Your leadership will be essential in building a team culture that is engaging, and encourages innovation, knowledge sharing, and profitable growth. bestbuy-jobs.com

Best Buy generates nearly $40 billion annually. Nationwide, Best Buy has more than 1,500 stores in North America, including large-format and Best Buy Mobile stores, and employs more than 125,000 people. bestbuy.com

Rue 21 closing 400 stores - 1/3 of company

Report: BJ's Wholesale is for sale - and Amazon may be interested

Wal-Mart close to buying men's fashion retailer Bonobos

Walmart Opens 100th Training Academy in the U.S.

Last week's #1 article --

The FBI Story - The Biggest Pharmaceutical Case in History
The FBI's Remarkable Work on the 2010 Eli Lilly $60M Warehouse Theft
"These criminals went on a $100 million robbery spree, but in the end they were brought to justice"

The details of the heist-including a mysterious tip called in to local police a few days later-have all the markings of a Hollywood whodunit, but what's truly remarkable about the 2010 theft from the Eli Lilly warehouse is the investigative work that went into recovering the stolen goods, catching the thieves, and sending them to prison.

The small town of Enfield is about 20 miles north of Hartford. "You would never guess there was a warehouse there with millions of dollars of pharmaceuticals inside," said Special Agent Damian Platosh, who supervised the investigation of the theft from the FBI's New Haven Division. Among a select group of criminals who specialize in cargo theft, however, the facility's location was well known.

These particular cargo thieves-part of a criminal group known as the Cuban Mob-were experts at their trade. They targeted facilities that stored drugs, cigarettes, and consumer electronics such as cell phones. They understood how to conduct surveillance, were proficient at recognizing and disarming alarm systems, and they knew how to load and move freight.

Editor's Note: As the Daily reported on this throughout the entire case including when the insurance carrier tried to sue Tyco for leaking the alarm spec's, this is the FBI's account for the first time published. The biggest pharmaceutical case in history. Read the whole FBI case story. Published for the first time as only they can say it. fbi.gov

NRF Protect LP Awards - Submit Your Nomination Today
Nominate Award-Worthy Colleagues and Cases
Recognizing LP professionals for their hard work and talent is an important tradition at NRF PROTECT-but we need your help.

Tell us about outstanding people and cases so that we can celebrate them in a special awards ceremony at NRF PROTECT 2017 this summer in Washington, D.C. We're looking for nominations from across the industry, including retailers, supermarkets, restaurants and law enforcement.

Visit NRFPROTECT.com/awards to see past winners and submit your nomination today! The nominations deadline is April 21, 2017.

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Shoney's Might Be Latest Victim Of Credit Card Breach
Multiple sources in the financial industry have found a pattern of fraud on customer cards, with the latest victim of a breach looking to be Shoney's, a 70-year-old restaurant chain that operates primarily in the southern United States.

Krebson Security reports that the privately held restaurant chain includes approximately 150 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states, from Maryland to Florida in the East and from Missouri to Texas in the West, with the northernmost location being in Ohio. Right now, Shoney's isn't responding to the reports, and it's not sure of the breach affects corporate-owned or franchised stores. pymnts.com

Ransomware, Mac Malware Dominate Q1 Threat Landscape
Cerber, somewhat unexpectedly, emerged as the biggest ransomware threat, Malwarebytes found.

An analysis of the threat landscape in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that ransomware will continue to pose major problems for enterprises and individual users through the rest of the year.

Organizations can also expect to see increased malware development activity targeting Apple Mac and Android systems and evolving methods for distributing malware via exploit kits, social engineering methods and spam email, Malwarebytes said in a report this week.

"It's important to realize that threats are constantly evolving, faster than we have ever seen before," says Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at Malwarebytes. "This is mainly due to the increased resources available to the cybercrime community, which means more people, more money, more talent." darkreading.com

1 Out of 5 Companies Have Suffered Mobile Device Breach
A survey on security solutions for mobile devices finds 24% don't even know if they have been breached.

A survey of 410 security professionals worldwide about mobile security by Dimensional Research and Check Point Software Technologies found organizations ill-equipped to handle security breaches - even though 94% believe attack frequency will increase. While 64% are unsure whether they can avert a mobile breach, 79% say it's getting more difficult to secure these devices.

According to the report, mobile devices in organizations are subjected to a broad range of attacks, with malware and phishing attacks topping the list. One-third of companies are aware of existing risks, and 34% believe data loss can be bigger on mobile devices. Most don't secure their devices, and more than 60% attribute this to a lack of resources or experience, and 37% say there's not enough risk for such an investment. Only 38% have security in place for mobile devices. darkreading.com

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad IoT?
Iot Has Stalled Out Because of Fear

In an atmosphere of fear about IoT security and privacy business should be aware that if an IoT project seems promising, it may be worth the risk to push on, as long as security is at the forefront.

What once was thought to be the next great evolution in the enterprise, has all but stalled out in both the private and public sector.

Much of this is thanks to the poor press that IoT has seen as of late surrounding data security. It then begs the question: Are our IoT fears truly justified? We're going to explore that complicated question today to get to the heart of why many enterprises are second guessing their IoT ambitions -- and why giving into IoT fears may not be the smartest decision to make.

Enterprise IoT is vastly different from consumer IoT. Not only are enterprise IoT devices hardened with an individual hardware and software perspective, IT architects responsible for designing IoT infrastructures have been taught to use an overarching, "security first" methodology for these types of projects. Therefore, security is not only baked-in to the IoT data collectors themselves, but also along the entire data pipeline. IoT projects that transport sensitive data will no doubt include security measures such as centralized authentication/logging, end-to-end encryption, and automated patch remediation processes to rapidly fix newly discovered security holes while deployed in the field. informationweek.com

38% of Consumers Pay Up to Ransomware

Offender, Shopper and Employee Feedback Study: Turtle

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) conducted a series of in-person survey interviews in the Gainesville, FL. Big Box retailer StoreLab in order to understand the impact of the Turtle on associates, shoppers and shoplifters. This research focused on the Turtle's impact on protecting DEWALT Power Drills, one of the Big Box retailer's high-loss products.

Employee Feedback
● 100% of associates agreed that the Turtle is effective in deterring theft.
● 100% of associates strongly agree that the Turtle is not disruptive to their daily duties.

Offender Feedback
● 85% of the offenders said they would not steal the product if it was protected by the Turtle.
● Over 90% of shoplifters noticed the Turtle and all of them understood the purpose of the Turtle.

Shopper Feedback
● 90% of customers believe the Turtle is effective at preventing theft.
● 97% of customers stated that the presence of the Turtle did not have a negative impact on their shopping experience.

Click here to download the case study.

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eCommerce Fraud Attacks Increase by 33%
Global information services company Experian has released a new report, the 2016 E-commerce Fraud Attack Rates rankings, which reveals that there was a 33% increase in e-commerce fraud in 2016.

One of the major drivers for the increase in fraud attacks is the continued adoption of EMV which has driven fraudsters online. This pattern is similar to what other EMV markets saw when transitioning to chip-and-pin cards."

The study analyzed e-commerce transactions to rank billing and shipping fraud across the US. In 2016, the top-ranked states for shipping and billing fraud were Delaware, Oregon, and Florida. The top city for both shipping and billing frauds was South El Monte, California

While the billing frauds in Delaware and Oregon increased by over 200%, the states of California, Florida, and New York accounted for over 70% of the total billing frauds during the year. The states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Maine, Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming saw over 100% increase in shipping frauds.

Miami, Florida, accounted for 17 of the top 100 ZIP codes for shipping frauds, and 20 out of the top 100 ZIP codes for billing frauds.

While there was a record number of 1,093 data breaches in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revealed that there was a 32% increase in reported credit card fraud related to data theft in 2016. The increasing trend in the reported theft indicates that fraudulent activities will continue in the future too.

More e-retailers in North America turn to consumer authentication tools at checkout
More than a third-or 36%-of merchants that do business only in North America now use consumer authentication programs such as Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, which is up from 29% of the same subset that did so a year ago, according to new data released by CardinalCommerce and The Fraud Practice Inc.

But many online retailers have chosen not to ask consumers to enter a password for fear the added step would lead shoppers to abandon their purchases. CardinalCommerce has sought to gauge merchant sentiment on the matter and asked retailer survey respondents why they don't use consumer authentication.

In this most recent survey, most merchants said the volume of online fraud attempts was too low to warrant the use of an additional step, with 17% of respondents citing this rationale. The No. 2 reason, at 15%, was concern about the impact consumer authentication might have on the user experience, and the third most common reason for skipping identify verification steps during online checkout, at 13%, was a perceived effect on sales. digitalcommerce360.com

Static online security isn't enough to stop post-EMV fraud
The U.S. Payments Forum's report on global Card-Not-Present (CNP) fraud shows that CNP fraud is the most prevalent type of payment fraud reported in countries that have migrated to EMV technology, and it continues to increase.

In an effort to limit CNP fraud, payment service providers in many countries have deployed various fraud prevention tools, such as Card Verification Numbers (CVN), E-mail Address Validation (AVS), 3D Secure, and Transaction Risk Analysis (TRA).

Several of these technologies have proven to be effective. However, CNP fraud continues to increase because of the rapid growth of e-commerce and because fraud prevention tools have not been fully adopted by all stakeholders. paymentssource.com

Hopkins, MN: $100K of Sports Memorabilia Stolen from Small Store
Ultimate Collectibles in downtown Hopkins was burglarized last Monday night, and investigators said thieves made off with hundreds of vintage sports items valued at more than $100,000. Police said the thieves were sophisticated enough to dismantle and steal the store's entire security surveillance system, as well. kstp.com

Milpitas, CA: $3K Of Cigarettes Stolen from Milpitas Walgreens; Suspect Busted Leaving Store
The 51-year-old Oakland resident previously was arrested for stealing $4,400 of cigarettes from another area Walgreens. Police in Milpitas arrested an Oakland man Wednesday in connection with an alleged commercial burglary. Chardel Ray Malone, 51, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and multiple other charges. Responding officers saw Malone walking away from the business and allegedly carrying bags of stolen merchandise, officers discovered $3,000 in stolen cigarettes. Police said Malone is currently on probation for burglary. On 6/20/16, police investigated a similar burglary at a Walgreens. Malone was identified as a suspect in that burglary after being identified in surveillance video. Police said $4,400 worth of cigarettes was stolen in that burglary. patch.com

Greenfield, WI: McDonald's Manager does 1,100 Big Mac fake returns;
over $3,800

Fast food chains refund money to dissatisfied customers, but a manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Wisconsin had a different idea. She issued fake refunds for almost 1,100 Big Mac sandwiches over a period of two months and pocketed the money. Mary Ruelle, a manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Greenfield, Wisconsin, faces a felony theft charge after she was accused of stealing more than $3,800 in money from her employer as refunds for Big Macs. If convicted, Ruelle might face up to a year and a half in prison or up to $10,000 in fines. nasdaq.com

Dunkirk, NY: Woman charged in felony identity theft probe; 75 transactions
totaling over $3,400

A Dunkirk woman was jailed after her arrest Saturday in an ongoing investigation of identity thefts by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Ashley Ayers, 22, is accused of making at least 75 fraudulent charges totaling more than $3,400 on the debit card of another person - unlawfully obtaining the number of the card several months ago. buffalonews.com

Danbury, CT: Two NC men had $1,500 in stolen merchandise from Lowe's
The pair were part of an independent vendor hired to stock the store's shelves overnight. Combined, they had nearly $1,500 in screw drivers, power tools, razor blades, batteries and other merchandise. Two men from North Carolina were arrested this week after officials discovered the pair stole hundreds of dollars in merchandise from Lowe's Home Improvement. newstimes.com

Muskegon County, MI: Angela Renae Trowbridge, 29, of Muskegon, in jail for organized retail crime, habitual offender second, $1,098 court costs/fees

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Shootings & Deaths

Tucson, AZ: Two killed, one injured in apparent murder-suicide at Firewood's Grill in the La Encantada Mall
A shooting at a crowded Arizona restaurant left two men dead in an altercation Friday night involving three people who knew one another. The shooting was contained to the Firebirds Wood Fired Grill restaurant in the La Encantada mall in Tucson. One woman was injured with a gunshot to the leg and was treated at a local hospital. On Saturday, the sheriff's department described the shooting as an apparent murder-suicide. The shooting suspect was identified as Frederick Bair, 60, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the department said. He was a captain with the Tucson Fire Department. Bair's ex-wife, Mary Jo Bair, was wounded. And a male victim, 65-year-old Eliot Cobb, died. cnn.com

Mount Vernon, WA: Accused Burlington Mall shooter found dead in his prison cell
Arcan Cetin, accused of killing five people last year in a Burlington mall, is dead. He apparently hanged himself in the Snohomish County jail, where he had been held for about a month. He was discovered dead just before 9 p.m. Sunday. She said the families of the victims of the mall shooting were notified early Monday morning. In January, a judge ordered a mental health evaluation for Cetin. His stepfather has said that he suffered from psychiatric problems. He was scheduled for a court competency hearing next week. Police say Cetin entered the Cascade Mall in Burlington on Sept. 23 and headed for the Macy's Women's store. Surveillance video shows Cetin shooting a teenage girl near some clothing racks and then shooting an adult man. He next went to the cosmetics section where he shot three women. Police captured Cetin about 30 hours later near his Oak Harbor, Washington, apartment. A clear motive for the mass shootings was never established. komonews.com

North Charleston, SC: Jewelry Store Owner accused
of killing wife inside store

Investigators arrested Ivo Francesco Colucci, 80, Friday afternoon at his North Charleston store. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 74-year-old Doris Colucci died as a result of a gunshot wound. Saturday, Colucci's attorney said his client was diagnosed with dementia over a year ago. His family was in court to show support. Colucci's arrest comes after officers responded to Colucci's Jewelers at 4:19 p.m. for reports of shots fired inside the business.

Court documents state video surveillance captured Colucci arrive at the store and become involved in a verbal altercation with his wife. Colucci was then seen pulling a gun out of his pocket without his wife knowing, and shot her in the head. Video surveillance then shows Colucci hide his gun, and retrieve the shell casing that was ejected during the shooting, which he put in his pocket. live5news.com

Fresno, CA: Security Guard at Motel 6 shot and killed responding to a disturbance
Carl Williams, 25, worked as a supervisor for Monument Security for two years. Police say he was shot and killed on duty while responding to a disturbance. Authorities say a couple who was not following the rules of the motel got into a fight with two security guards. Williams was shot multiple times and the gunman ran away. abc30.com

Update: Galveston, TX: Hotel Security guard who was shot 11 times last week,
has died from his injuries

Philip Mollis, 23, spotted at least three men involved in what authorities said was suspicious activity outside the San Luis Resort. Investigators say when he approached them, they opened fire. Police Capt. Joshua Schirard says the security guards at the hotel wear uniforms that look similar to ones worn by Galveston police. foxsanantonio.com

Largo, FL: Police search turns up nothing after bomb, shooting threats to Lowe's
A disgruntled customer threatened to shoot up and bomb a Lowe's Home Improvement store Saturday night, sparking an evacuation and search that police said revealed no weapons or explosives. Largo police Sgt. Andy Hill said Sunday that no one was arrested or injured. The customer called Lowe's about 8:40 p.m., threatening to shoot people in the parking lot and plant explosive devices in the store at 11101 Ulmerton Road, Hill said. Initial calls to police reported there was a person with an assault rifle in the parking lot, but officers turned up nothing after evacuating and searching the store with police dogs. tampabay.com

Los Angeles, CA: Police search for 2 men who shot and killed a man in CVS parking lot

Mt Dora, FL: Barbershop Owner shot and killed over the price of a Haircut

Yakima, WA: Shooting outside C- Store leave 1 man in critical condition

Robberies & Thefts

Jefferson County, AL: ATF and Local Police Investigating 2 Pawn Shop Robberies; over 80 Guns stolen
The first robbery was reported on March 20 at the Bradford's Jewelry and Pawn shop in Athens, AL; about 63 firearms were reported stolen. The second robbery was reported on April 5 at the Scotts Jewelry and Pawn in Tarrant, AL; about 17 firearms were reported stolen. wvtm13.com

Fort Walton Beach, FL: Home Depot Employee charged with Grand Theft;
$1,400 theft with co-conspirator

A 57-year-old Home Depot employee was charged with grand theft for his role in the theft of more than $1,400 in merchandise from the store. His co-defendant presented 15 items at the suspect's register. The suspect then removed the anti-theft devices, scanned three items and gave the co-defendant a false receipt. The transaction was recorded on surveillance video. nwfdailynews.com

Update: Johannesburg, South Africa: 5 men Arrested on Sunday in last weeks High End Jewelry store Armed Robbery

AT&T - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Brady's - Moorhead, MN - Armed Robbery
Burger King - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Captain D's Restaurant - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Cicrle K - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
CVS - Harrison Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
East 170th Liquor - Bronx, NY- Armed Robbery
Great Stops - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Hucks C-Store - Mt Vernon, IL - Armed Robbery
Kwik Shop - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
L.Oppleman Pawn - Lynchburg, VA - Burglary
Lake City Dollar Store - Livingston County, KY - Armed Robbery
Lakeshore C-Store - Saugatuck Township, MI - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Peru, IL - Armed Robbery
Marathon - Springfield, OH - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - New York City, NY - Armed Robbery
Mind's Eye - Spokane Valley, WA - Burglary
P.K. Foods - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Riverhead Supermarket & Deli - Riverhead, NY - Armed Robbery
Sultan Pharmacy - Sultan, WA - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Circleville, OH - Robbery
Subway - North Merrick, NY - Armed Robbery
Subway - Beaufort, SC - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Title Max - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Ultimate Collectibles - Hopkins, MN - Burglary
Verizon Wireless- Mount Prospect, IL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Milpitas, CA - Burglary
Walmart - Yucca Valley, CA - Armed Robbery
4th Street Liquor - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
7-Eleven - Independence, MO - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Wesley Chapel, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
28 robberies
0 shootings
0 killed

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