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Dave Siler, CFI was named Director of Asset Protection
for Bartell Drugs

Dave was previously the Director of Loss Prevention for Bartell Drugs for seven years. The company reorganized the department into Asset Protection and added responsibility for Inventory Control and Internal Store Audit to the position. Dave previously held the positions of Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Sterling Jewelers from 2005 to 2010 and Corporate Investigator for The Sports Authority from 2000 to 2005. Dave has held various loss prevention leadership positions for such retailers as Gart Sports and Marshalls. Dave is a legacy CFI, a member of ASIS, ACFE, and the LPF. He is on the Board of Directors for WSORCA and a state representative for CLEAR. Congratulations Dave!
 

Henry Johnson, CFI named Director of Loss Prevention for Memphis Goodwill

Henry was previously the Regional Director, Store Operations for Family Dollar, and had worked for the retailer since 2004. He started as a Regional Loss Prevention Director and later was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention. He was also a Senior Loss Prevention Manager for JC Penney for over six years before he started at Family Dollar. Congratulations Henry!







Financial Rewards of Being a 'Front Liner' on Risk
Companies that create risk management strategies that are agile enough to respond to and prepare for the changing nature of risks-and those that also are resilient enough to mitigate risks-are more likely to generate higher revenue and profits than those that don't, according to a study from PwC.

 "To remain competitive in today's business climate, companies must pursue two parallel strategies: building agile and flexible risk management frameworks that can anticipate and prepare for the shifts that bring long-term success and building the resiliency that will enable those frameworks to mitigate risk events and keep the business moving toward its goals," stated the report.

PwC says these so-called front-line organizations are more likely than other groups to effectively manage risk across 12 key areas; these include financial; regulatory and compliance; reputational; strategic; environmental; cybersecurity; third party and culture.

The report spells out five ways organizations can build front-line risk-management programs. These include creating an organizational tone that emphasizes risk culture, starting with senior management and the board; aligning risk-management with strategy at the time decisions are being made; and setting up the three lines of risk management defense so the front-line business units own the decisions, the second line watches the first and the third line provides overall oversight. wsj.com

Prestigious Criminology Journal Publishes Newest UF Field Experiment
Three University of Florida (UF) scientists recently had a crime control experiment published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Experimental Criminology (JEC):

Testing the effectiveness of two retail theft control approaches: an experimental research design


The FBI and commercial organizations report theft, fraud and violence increasing over the last two years, creating an even greater need for scientific evidence-based solutions. To meet the need for shaping safer places, UF has a unique Crime Prevention Research Team housed in CLAS's Florida Survey Research Center. The researchers study large robbery, burglary, and theft crime event datasets for protective opportunities, then tests indicated protective treatments using criminal offender feedback interviews.

Making a Difference Using Science

Large samples of stores are then selected and randomly assigned to either receive the now precisely focused countermeasures, or to serve as comparison/control sites. This rigorous experimental approach to crime prevention is growing across the US and UK, and the UF team is at the forefront of this evidence-based approach, especially in commercial settings like stores and malls.

At this point, over 40 major US and Canadian retail chains participate in the initial testing and experimental process with University of Florida faculty members Dr. Read Hayes, a criminologist, Dr. Mike Scicchitano, the FSRC director, and Dr. Tracy Johns, also a criminologist. The UF team is prolific, having worked on over 200 projects over the last 17 years; with 40 more studies currently under way. The UF crew distributes the results of their work to two audiences, via scientific journals like JEC and academic conferences to fellow scientists and scholars, and to loss prevention or asset protection practitioners through report briefs, trade conference sessions, and working group webinars.

The university scientists frequently work with retail companies, law enforcement agencies, and security technology providers across North America through the industry group Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) which includes over 120 corporate members. In addition to his UF Research Scientist role, Dr. Hayes also directs the LPRC. More information on the current research article, or past and planed crime control research, can be located by contacting:

LPRC
Operations@lpresearch.org
 
Hallmark sues company - selling 8M Hallmark Brand Products - supposed to be recycled
When Hallmark Cards last year closed its Enfield, Conn., distribution center, it "entrusted significant quantities of greeting cards" and other Hallmark-brand products to a company that was supposed to recycle them "in unsalable condition." Somehow, perfectly good greeting cards found their way to market, spawning a lawsuit. Kansas City-based Hallmark Licensing LLC and Hallmark Marketing Co. LLC have brought suit against Dickens Inc., a reduced-price card distributor that isn't a Hallmark vendor.

Hallmark said in the case, filed in U.S. District Court in NY, that Dickens obtained "as many as 8 million or more Hallmark Brand Products ... which constitutes a significant threat" to the Hallmark trademark. Hallmark said it had a contract with NorthStar Pulp & Paper Co. "for the sole purpose of recycling those products." But Hallmark said it discovered in March that Dickens was selling its products to non-Hallmark retailers and on the Dickens website at discounted prices. The lawsuit made no further reference to NorthStar concerning the Enfield products. A Hallmark district sales manager in New York said a Dickens vice president told him that Dickens acquired 75 truckloads of Hallmark products by paying an unnamed third party 10 cents per card. kansascity.com

Multi-Billion Dollar Cannabis Industry Lacks Security Services
Published today on Private Officer International newsletter
A security services provider from California has decided to expand their business with a transportation service for the cannabis industry.

MPS International who has offices in California, Colorado, Maryland, Illinois, Nevada and Washington is one of the first to provide armored car services to transport both the cannabis product and the revenues from the sales of the cannabis.

Most of the larger armored car services have stayed out of the business of transporting anything related to the industry because there are still questions on the legality of the sale of the product and the transportation of the cash derived from it.

Brink's, Dunbar Armored, Loomis - they all help traditional retailers securely haul bags of cash from Point A to Point B but they're still standing on the sidelines when it comes to the marijuana business.

In 2016, Colorado's legal cannabis industry brought in more than $1 billion in revenue. But due to federal regulation, the cannabis industry has limited (or no) access to traditional banking services.

Since growers and dispensaries can't process debit or credit card payments, they're forced to conduct the majority of their business in cash.

So at the end of the day, more than 450 dispensaries in Denver are sitting on large piles of cash making them targets for robberies and thefts.

Since recreational marijuana was legalized three years ago, there have been nearly 600 reports of dispensary robberies in Denver.

MPS International says that they now hire the enforcement officers that were once trained to crack down on cannabis smugglers. security-mpsi.com

Beavercreek, OH: City spends $430K to defend Police Officers in Walmart shooting
An Ohio city has spent over $430,000 defending two officers in connection with the fatal police shooting of a man at a Walmart who was carrying an air rifle from a store shelf.

The Dayton Daily News reports the cost to Beavercreek includes about $210,000 paid to two law firms. The city's law director says outside counsel was necessary. Crawford family attorney Michael Wright says the money could have gone toward a settlement for the family. An officer fatally shot John Crawford III in 2014 after a 911 call about someone waving a rifle at the Walmart. Police say he didn't obey commands to drop what later turned out to be an air rifle. A federal probe for any possible civil rights violations is continuing. nbc4i.com
 
Custom Suit Maker Sues Former Employee - Stealing Trade Secrets To Work at Competitor
A Chicago custom suit maker sued a former employee on Friday, alleging the former employee stole trade secrets on his way out the door to a new job at the company's direct competitor in Chicago. Daniel George Ltd., which calls itself "Chicago's premier bespoke and custom suit maker," filed the suit against former employee Grant McNamara, who allegedly breached his employment agreement in taking confidential information to competing suit maker ESQ Clothing Inc. The case, filed in Cook County Court, lists both McNamara and ESQ as defendants. law360.com
 
7 States That Are Battling Skimming
Chances are a skimming device is being installed right now at one of the 765,000 fuel dispensers in the United States. According to NACS, just one of these devices can capture data from 30 to 100 cards each day.

Louisiana, Indiana, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, Utah and New Mexico have all reported increased activity beyond the national trend. cspdailynews.com

Layoffs Require Communication, Compassion and Compliance
Conducting layoffs is one of the most difficult things that HR may be tasked with. We've all heard chaotic and stressful accounts of employees being shocked with the news they've been let go; stories of security guards escorting workers off the premises; tales of workplaces where rumors spread like wildfire in a vacuum of information; and allegations of supervisors protecting their favorite employees instead of high performers.

A downsizing is a significant blow to the morale of the organization, but it may be necessary to keep a company afloat and can be done in a thoughtful way-that is, strategically, with compassion and in compliance with all relevant laws.

When position eliminations and job consolidations are being considered, it is important for the process to be objective and focused on making the business more effective. The best practice is to conduct a work analysis followed by a people assessment. shrm.org

Office Depot took the wraps off its "store of the future" concept
To Have 100 Future Stores & Closing 75 More

So far, Office Depot has remodeled 25 stores with the new layout, which includes larger signage and more areas to try products out before making a purchase. The new stores offer tech support services similar to those found at electronics retailers.

The company is also adding new services to the print and copy centers in the remodeled stores.

The Boca Raton, Fla-based company is revamping 75 stores in its 1,400-unit chain with the new layout this year. It has also announced plans to close 75 stores, down from the 123 it closed last year.  startribune.com
 
Chief Security Officer for Amazon Corporate, LLC in Seattle, WA posted today
Amazon is looking for a Director, On-Road Security, World-Wide AMZL, who will act as the Chief On-Road Security Officer for the World Wide network operated Amazon Logistics (AMZL). Amazon Logistics is responsible for providing the best in class customer experience by building a global final mile transportation network.

Operations are at the heart of Amazon's customer experience and to meet and exceed expectations, the global AMZL network relies on thousands of delivery providers who play a critical role in the delivery of shipments to Amazon retail customers. In this role as the Chief On-Road Security Officer, you will provide the vision and drive innovation in ensuring that we provide secure and safe services through our large network of delivery providers and in general build big ideas in developing the footprint of AMZL's network security by leveraging digital technology. You will provide the thought leadership in the development of next-generation technology systems and process mechanisms in enabling sophisticated automation, digital identification of potential risks to the driver and customers, provide network risk/vulnerability metrics and investigative expertise and develop advanced response and risk mitigation systems.

This is a unique opportunity to be a senior leader for one of the fastest growing Amazon operations, AMZL. This role will give you single threaded ownership of the AMZL on-road network security and give you a platform to deliver the next generation of security processes and technology products. This role is responsible for growing and leading an exceptionally talented organization. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of building and leading large teams, is a creative thinker, problem solver, teacher, learner, and a fantastic manager of people. Disruptive ideas are catalysts for your inventions and others follow you because they want to build. us-amazon.icims.com

National Loss Prevention Manager Toys R Us, Concord, Ontario, Canada
There is a full time opportunity for a National Loss Prevention Manager reporting to the Director, Retail Operations. The role focuses on the protection of all team members, customers, visitors and assets of Toys"R"Us as it relates to loss prevention, asset management, reduction of shrink, security, product recall and fire prevention. The National Loss Prevention Manager is accountable for taking a proactive approach in developing loss prevention strategies that protect the assets of the Company by directing, establishing, implementing and monitoring programs for the retail business to prevent and reduce merchandise loss using procedures and systems designed to safeguard assets. This role has accountability for company level shrink in collaboration with Director Logistics and Controller cross functionally.

Toys"R"Us, Canada operates 81 full-sized stores across the country, as well as Express locations. Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 893 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 735 international stores and over 210 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. toysrus.ca

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 to Feature Exhibitors
from a Record 25 Countries

RFID Journal announced that its 15th annual RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 conference and exhibition has attracted exhibitors from a record 25 countries. The event, which will be held on May 9-11, at Arizona's Phoenix Convention Center, has already attracted preregistered attendees from 49 countries.

"RFID Journal LIVE! has truly become the global RFID event," said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "It's the only place where companies can meet the world's top RFID solution providers and negotiate the best deals under one roof."

In addition to the United States, exhibitors that have committed to the event hail from the following countries:

Australia
Austria
Canada
China
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
India
Israel

Italy
Japan
New Zealand
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turkey
United Kingdom

LIVE! 2017 will feature four industry-specific and four technical conference tracks, as well as eight in-depth preconference seminars and workshops, four post-conference seminars, fast-track training provided by RFID4U, and RFID Professional Institute certification. The event will be hosted alongside the IEEE RFID 2017 event and the 2017 RFID Journal Awards. What's more, the event will offer exhibits and demonstrations conducted by the industry's leading technology firms. For more information, visit www.rfidjournalevents.com/live.


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Multiple Sentences Handed Down in
Counterfeit Sports Memorabilia Scheme

eBay's Global Asset Protection team (GAP) closely supported law enforcement in the case, which involved the sale of over $2M in forged sports memorabilia using the eBay platform. Clifton Panezich, 31, considered to be the 'Mastermind', was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated theft, three counts of forgery, telecommunications fraud, identity fraud, and money laundering. Others involved in the scheme have been sentenced to varying degrees depending on involvement and cooperation in the case. Press and sentencing info here.

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Intercontinental Hotels Suffer Major Card Breach
The Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been forced to reveal yet another major data breach of customer card details over the latter part of 2016.

In a lengthy missive on Friday, the group explained that an unspecified number of IHG hotels run as franchises were affected between September 29 and December 29 last year.

It added:

"Although there is no evidence of unauthorized access to payment card data after December 29 2016, confirmation that the malware was eradicated did not occur until the properties were investigated in February and March 2017..."

Although the hotel group didn't explicitly mention how many outlets and/or customers may have been affected, a list of hotels impacted by the breach reveals a huge number across the US and Puerto Rico.  infosecurity-magazine.com

Why Brand Trumps Tech in C-Level Conversations
Knowing How to Communicate is the Key

Brand reputation, not technical tools, should be the focus of the CIO's conversations with board members about the importance of security.

CIOs have a spot at the executive table but struggle to hold security-focused conversations with people sitting around it. The problem: It's tough to convey the importance of security before a major breach.

"Security is like life insurance," says Larry Bonfante, founder at CIO Bench Coach. "Nobody cares about it until something has already happened."

This "seat at the table" comes with the responsibility of knowing how to communicate with board members. Instead of explaining the nitty-gritty details of security tools, CIOs should step back to think about risk mitigation and brand reputation.

Companies can invest millions in security and attackers will still get in, Bonfante explains. Part of a CIO's job is to evaluate the probability of an attack based on factors like geography and industry. When they know where the risk is highest, they can determine how much to invest, where to invest it, and how to explain that risk to board members. darkreading.com

UPS taps beacon technology to curb misloaded packages
United Parcel Service is aiming to keep packages from being placed aboard the wrong delivery vehicle with the launch of a new program called Preload Smart Scan, under which delivery drivers use scanners to read package labels connected via Bluetooth with beacons that go off if the label doesn't match the truck route. UPS believes Preload Smart Scan could lead to a 70% reduction in such misses.  retaildive.com

Watch Out Merchant Agreements May Exclude Data Breach Coverage
Liquor Chain's Merchant Deal Nixed Data Breach Ins. Coverage

A Texas federal judge said Monday a liquor store chain can't force its insurer to pay for a suit seeking to recover about $4 million charged by its credit card processor following two data breaches, reasoning that the chain's merchant agreement with the processor was excluded from its insurance policy.

U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller in an unsealed opinion that explained his March 15 ruling held that Hanover Insurance Co. did not have a duty to defend Texas liquor store chain Spec's Family Partners Ltd., dismissing its claim that Hanover breached both its policy with the chain as well as a defense funding agreement related to a Spec's lawsuit against FirstData Merchant Services Corp., which processes customer payments made via Visa or MasterCard. law360.com
 
AI to Become Key Competitive Factor by 2020, Says Tata
Eighty-four percent of large companies around the world say they are using artificial intelligence, and 62% say AI is important to remaining competitive in the year 2020. But only a few are making bold investments in AI or cognitive computing. Conservative spending may come to haunt the majority. informationweek.com







Profitect Adds Tania Stockbridge to Executive Team
as Vice President of Marketing
to Support Rapid Double-Digit Growth

Leading Provider of Prescriptive Analytics for Retail & CPG Continues to Advance Senior Management with the Strategic New Hire of Marketing Leader

WALTHAM, MA - Profitect Inc., the leading prescriptive analytics provider for the retail/CPG industry, today announced the appointment of Tania Stockbridge as Vice President of Marketing. Stockbridge joins the Profitect team with proven experience in marketing, branding, communications, and growth strategies, as well as a deep background in guiding programs within the retail and technology landscape. She will work closely with the Profitect leadership team to drive revenue, increase brand awareness and success, while educating the market on the critical need for prescriptive analytics.

"From the moment I met with Tania, I knew she was the right fit for this role," said Guy Yehiav, CEO of Profitect. "Tania's unmatched skill set and proven track record in both retail and technology stood out, but it was her commitment to driving results that solidified our decision to bring her on board. Profitect is coming off our most successful year to date and I'm confident Tania is the leader we need to help elevate our profile and support our strategic growth initiatives. We are very excited to have her as part of the team."

In her role as Vice President of Marketing at Profitect, Stockbridge will lead the marketing team in creating demand generation programs that drive new revenue opportunities, while overseeing both internal and external communications. She will also drive all Profitect branding initiatives, product marketing, graphic design, advertising, and multimedia productions.

"I have been in the marketing industry for more than 15 years and what excites me most is the opportunity to work with innovative companies, helping them reach their full brand potential," said Stockbridge. "I am thrilled to join such a collaborative and intelligent team and I'm optimistic that together, we'll bring the marketing efforts to new levels. Profitect is in a unique position to showcase results and return on investment for its retail/CPG customers, and I'm looking forward to telling this story."

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The New Shopping Hubs for Cities: Warehouse Distribution Centers
"It's shopping as infrastructure"

The growing network of e-commerce sites, warehouses and delivery services will "function like a utility." Stores are giving way to offices and housing as residents say goodbye to the weekly shopping trip.

Warehouses are becoming a way of life for many urbanites. Instead of spending the afternoon choosing items off store shelves and standing in a checkout line, city dwellers of the future will tap a few buttons on hand-held devices and a part-human, part-machine warehouse crew in a nearby industrial district will handle the transaction from start to finish. The weekly shopping is done in 10 minutes, and the shopper never has to leave the house. wsj.com
 
The Rise Of Payments Laundering
When fraudsters get flushed out of card payments, they lose access to the card networks and acquirers, so they are forced to progress from hiding among front businesses and shell companies to then hiding among different payment methods, he explained.

This is the watershed moment where payment hustlers evolve to using payment laundering, which Frechtling defines as shifting the flow of funds between payment methods.

With payment laundering, APMs such as P2P payments, money service businesses (MSBs), eWallets, mobile payments, prepaid cards, vouchers, bank debits and credits or linked bank accounts and cryptocurrencies become fertile territory for fraud and crime.

Frechtling said that money laundering requires three steps: placement, layering and integration.
Layering is the key step where the alternative payments come into play by carrying out one or many transactions to hide the source of funds, he explained.

Using the dark web for refuge, payment hustlers can freely conduct illegal commerce as well as lurk and browse undetected to find the illicit products or services they are looking to buy or sell.

Payment hustlers are strategic, smart and also not afraid to use trial and error until they find the attack methods that work best, Frechtling noted. He said that their tactics typically include a Plan A of using alternative payment networks, a Plan B of using bank payments and a Plan C of relying on cryptocurrencies.

Providers of alternative and emerging payments often find themselves unwittingly enabling crime.  pymnts.com
 
Consumers Skeptical About Value of Sharing Data with Retailers
Mixed reviews for the effects of the data they've already shared.

US consumers offer mixed reviews of retailers' use of their personal data-and they are generally doubtful that sharing additional data would do much to improve their customer experience. In retail 36% are confident and 46% are doubtful that sharing more personal data with retailers would improve their customer experience. emarketer.com


Where and How Amazon Drives Sales
Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer in North America and Europe, has released its 2016 annual report. Data in the report shows where and how Amazon generates revenue, and the contributions of each business segment.

By key geographic market


Amazon generates two-thirds of its total revenue from its business interests in the United States, including its retail business, marketplace, seller services and its computing business, Amazon Web Services. Amazon's next-largest markets for sales are Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

By business segment


Retail products Amazon sells directly to consumers (where Amazon is the seller of record) accounted for $91.43 billion of Amazon's 2016 revenue, or 67.2%. Revenue generated as a result of the services it offers other online merchants (third-party seller services) accounted for $22.99 billion in revenue, or 16.9%.  digitalcommerce360.com

PetSmart will acquire high-flying rival e‑retailer Chewy
Only six years old, Chewy commands 57% of online pet food sales, while PetSmart has only 2%.  digitalcommerce360.com

 
Nonstore sales grow three times faster than total retail sales
The Commerce Department reported online and nonstore sales of $50.168 billion in March, up 11.4% from $45.017 billion in March 2016. Total retail sales, excluding motor vehicles and parts, came in at $377.632 billion during the month, up 4.6% from $361.020 billion last year.

Data released by the National Retail Federation shows online and nonstore sales grew 11.4% through the first three months of 2017 compared with the same period last year.

Online and nonstore sales grew by 0.6% month over month in March, compared with the total retail month-over-month sales growth of 0.3%. digitalcommerce360.com

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Update: Grand Rapids, MI: 'Bricks of $100 bills:' Credit-card scheme at Sam's Club brings prison
A man linked to a $300,000 fraud in Walmart and Sam's Club stores was sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Daniel Hernandez Perez was sentenced Monday, April 17, to 45 months in prison. He and Lixandra Gelaber Matos, both Cuban citizens admitted to the U.S. under parole, and Alexander Santiesteban-Criado and Yume Ubmit Martinez-Orta, Cuban citizens and lawful U.S. permanent residents, were arrested last year in Kent County. Perez and Matos - who was earlier sentenced to 46 months in federal prison - are suspected of having ties to a $300,000 fraud scheme in Texas in which gift cards, or stored-value cards, are re-encoded with stolen account numbers to make fraudulent purchases at retailers such as Walmart and Sam's Club. They were each ordered to pay $218,000 in restitution. Martinez-Orta was sentenced Monday to five days in prison, with credit for time served, for withholding information on a crime. She was ordered to pay $39,000 in restitution. The FBI said the defendants, who had been living in Miami, targeted Sam's Club stores in Alpine Township, Cascade Township, Holland, Lansing and Muskegon. Kent County sheriff's deputies found evidence of the scheme while investigating a disturbance last July at the Motel 6. mlive.com


Cedar Park, TX: Walmart cashier stole more than $7,000 from store
Lena Brown, 19, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. After discrepancies in funds were reported from Brown's register, the loss prevention team began viewing surveillance video. The video showed Brown began stealing cash on Feb. 27, followed by multiple cash thefts thru March 6. Brown also stole money by loading several thousand dollars onto her own credit cards and gifts cards on nine occasions at the store from March 3 to March 6. statesman.com


Early, TX: Off-duty Officer stops mall shoplifters from taking 122 items
from JC Penney

Saturday night, an off-duty Early police officer intervened in a shoplifting Saturday night at the JC Penney store in the Heartland Mall. Other officers arrived and arrested Erica Chapa and Jeffery Smith on charges of felony theft. Officer Andre Smoot was shopping in the store around 7:15 p.m. when he heard a noise from the emergency exit door. Smoot saw a woman with a large armload of items exiting the building. Smoot retrieved his badge and went after the woman. Once outside, Smoot saw a vehicle, driven by a man later identified as Smith, speeding up to the door to pick her up. As Chapa, dove into the back seat, she apparently got hung up on the large bundle of items and was not able to get all the way inside the car. The woman yelled at the man to "go, go." The car was in danger of dragging the woman and Smoot, and Smoot drew his weapon and yelled for the man to stop and turn off the engine. The man complied. The stolen items were valued at $2,500, police said. brownwoodtx.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Woman arrested for $1,000 shoplifting spree after leaving car keys in store
Corpus Christi police were dispatched to the Walmart Sunday after a woman left the store without paying for more than $1,000 worth of items. Police said the suspect had left her car keys at the store and was sitting in a silver Volkswagen Jetta in the parking lot. Officers located her and noticed she was holding a screwdriver inside her car. She was ordered to drop it and get out of the vehicle. She dropped it, but wouldn't get out. After a brief struggle, officers were able to remove the suspect from the vehicle and detain her. Loss prevention personnel told officers that the suspect was seen grabbing numerous DVDs in the electronics section and then put them inside personal shopping bags. She then walked past the registers and was confronted by loss prevention. When they asked her to stop, she said "No!" and left, leaving her DVDs and her car keys. kiiitv.com

High Point, NC: Organized Retail Theft arrest following 3 month investigation
Three months of investigative work by the High Point Police Department's Property Crimes Unit and other Triad agencies lead to the arrest of a man for running a fencing operation. Officers arrested Charles Robert Hazelwood for receiving stolen property, obtaining property by false pretense, and organized retail theft. A search warrant executed this morning at Hazelwood's address has resulted in thousands of dollars of recovered stolen property, according to police. They say the property was stolen from numerous businesses in the area. High Point Police say this investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected. wfmynews2.com

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Warren, OH: Citi-Trend Shoplifter drives into innocent Mother and children
in the parking lot

A woman was injured during a theft at Citi-Trends on Thursday. Katelyn Shields, an employee at Citi-Trends, told police she had taken pictures of a woman who put $50 worth of items in her purse around 3:45 p.m. When she realized she was caught, the woman ran to her Jeep and backed out of the parking lot, striking Chelsey Hinkle, 24, who was walking out of the store with her two children. The suspect is still at large. The victim had minor injuries and was not hospitalized. tribtoday.com

Springfield, MA: Suspect in Walgreens Armed Robbery captured after vehicle crashes; suspect in multiple Robberies
Police arrested a man suspected of armed robbery of the Walgreen's Pharmacy on Sumner Avenue late Monday morning after the car he was driving crashed about two miles away. Police said that the suspect was caught shortly before 11:30, about a half-hour after the robbery. The suspect took drugs from the store and implied that he had a weapon. The suspect's vehicle hopped onto the curb and knocked down a traffic light and street sign before the front right tire blew out. The man is a suspect in multiple robberies that took place in Connecticut recently, police said. masslive.com

New Orleans, LA: Woman attacks Police, EMS tech, Hospital nurse
after Save-A-Lot arrest

A woman accused of threatening a grocery store customer with a knife after a checkout line dispute on Easter Sunday was booked with additional allegations that she tried biting police, an EMS technician and a hospital nurse after being taken into custody. New Orleans Police said Maquelle Brown, 37, compounded her legal troubles with a violent reaction to her arrest at the Save-A-Lot grocery store. Brown slipped out of handcuffs, damaged the interior of an NOPD cruiser and attempted to physically harm police, medical personnel and herself in a fit of rage over being taken into custody. nola.com

Philadelphia, PA: Serial Armed Robber gets 59 years in jail
A Philadelphia man who authorities pegged as a serial Armed Robber was sentenced this last week for, among other crimes, a carjacking at a Phoenixville-area convenience store. Cory D. Foster, 29, was sentenced Thursday to a total of 714 months (59.5 years) in prison. dailylocal.com

Indianapolis, IN: Marsh Supermarket Pharmacist gets 6 months suspension from Indiana Board of Pharmacy for $31,763 theft of cash and merchandise
A Pharmacist who allegedly stole $31,763 in cash and merchandise from the Marsh Supermarket where she worked has been put on probation for six months by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. The disciplinary order against Candice Rominger was approved by the pharmacy board on a 7-0 vote last week. Rominger's attorney said the woman sincerely regrets what occurred. Rominger was hired as a pharmacist by Marsh in November 2009. heraldbulletin.com

Studio City, CA: Police Seeking Man Wanted For 7 Smash-And-Grab Burglaries

Dollar Tree Armed Robbery, suspect did $4,000 worth of damages including stolen property

Florence, AL: Three Florence Mall shoplifters turn $106 shoplifting into Strong Arm Robbery

Melbourne, AU: Smash and Grab Raid on another jewelry store; 11th attack in past 8 months

Helzberg Diamonds in the San Francisco Premium Outlets, Livermore, CA reported a Grab & Run on 4/12, item valued at $10,688

Piercing Pagoda in the Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise, FL reported a Grab & Run on 4/14, item valued at $1,899

Piercing Pagoda in the Gateway Mall, Lincoln, NE reported a Burglary on 4/16, 40 to 50 pieces of merchandise stolen


Skimming Theft


Las Vegas, NV: Police arrest 3 suspects in gas station skimming




Adult Mart - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery (2x in 1 week)
Apple Store - Augusta, GA - Burglary
Catty Mart - Catasauqa, PA - Armed Robbery
Cool Lane Express - Richmond, VA - Burglary
CYA Guns - Forney, TX - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
Family Foods - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Jiffy Mart - Rockingham, VT - Burglary
La Preferida C-Store - Evansville, IN - Burglary
McDonald's - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
Nachos Grill - Evansville, IN - Burglary
Noran's Coffee Shop - Bernardsville, NJ - Burglary
QuikTrip - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery
Qwik King - Marion County, FL - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Wilkins Township, PA - Robbery
Sprint - Butler Township, OH - Burglary
Sprint - Miamisburg, OH - Burglary
Valle Verde Pharmacy - Watsonville, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Bucks County, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Aurora, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Santa Barbara, CA - Armed Robbery
 

 

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13 robberies
9
burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed














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