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  April 22, 2015


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Brian Morrison
was named Director of Asset Protection - Distribution Centers for Dollar General.  Brian was previously the Director of Loss Prevention - Logistics for CVS Health for over 2 years before taking this new position. He has held executive leadership roles in the industry for Lowe's as a Director - Loss Prevention Operations and Division Director Loss Prevention, Safety and Hazmat. Brian earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Criminology and Sociology from Western Kentucky University. Congratulations Brian!








National Retail Federations Loss Prevention Conference and Expo makes list of "Top 250 Trade Shows" in U.S.  The world's premiere online resource for trade show and event industry news, Trade Show News Network, recently announced Retail's BIG Show 2014 ranked #112 on their coveted Top 250 Trade Show list, up from #132 in 2013. This list represents the top trade events held each year within the United States and is ranked by net square footage. Not only was Retail's BIG Show named to the list, but NRF also had two other events make the cut. The 2014 Shop.org Summit (#234) made the list, along with NRF's 2014 Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO (#242). nrf.com

Computer Attacks Spur Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in the Making
Responding to a series of computer security breaches, the House is expected on Wednesday to pass a bill, years in the making, that would push private companies to share access to their computer networks and records with federal investigators. The House bill would provide legal liability protections for companies that share cyberthreat information with one other or with the government. But negotiators added what they see as critical privacy protections. If a company shares information with the government, it would receive liability protection only if its data undergoes two rounds of washing out personal information - once by the company before it gives the data to the government and another round by the government agency that receives the data. The data would also go first to a civilian agency, not the National Security Agency or the Defense Department, for that scrub. While House passage of the bill is not in question, the timing may be a hurdle in the Senate, where an open amendment process is slowing legislation. nytimes.com

Total Retail Loss - an opportunity for LP leaders to widen their role
Today's LP manager has a much bigger job to do than studying CCTV footage for shoplifters. Forward-thinking companies are beginning to see how LP executives may have a broader role in retail operations through the concept of 'Total Retail Loss'. Technology is transforming retailing and the roles within it. The responsibilities of the LP manager are rapidly changing as businesses find that traditional strategies and solutions are no longer fit-for-purpose.

But new thinking on what constitutes loss will dictate how the LP role evolves. There is now a proposal for a 'Total Retail Loss' framework that recognises a much wider range of contributory factors to loss. One of these factors is the rise of digital technology, which, while it offers marvellous new opportunities also presents LP challenges, ranging from online fraud to the logistical pressures of flash sales conceived in short time frames and promoted at scale.

Professor Adrian Beck, academic advisor to the ECR Europe Shrink and on-Shelf Availability Group, and fellow experts came up with a definition of 'Total Retail Loss' that at its simplest embraces all the losses within a retail organisation that are not regarded as 'the cost of doing business' (such as the cost of stock or heat and lighting). retailfraud.com

Taking a cross functional approach to Loss Prevention
Effective loss prevention is no longer just the domain of the Loss Prevention department. Increasingly, other departments, from Finance to Operations, IT and HR, are gaining significant involvement in the design and implementation of loss prevention decisions. This "cross-functional" approach to loss prevention, as it has been called, is becoming essential in order to fight crime effectively. This is a key topic for this year's Retail Fraud conference, and a trend that has been gaining recognition for some time now, having been raised recurrently during the event series by loss prevention executives from retail companies worldwide.

In the digital era, when we as consumers take for granted that we can be continuously connected and have all the information we need in the palm of our hands, retail companies are having to develop these cross-functional approaches to data analytics competencies and Business Intelligence solutions to drive operational support and control the basics - enough product on shelf and good customer service in store.

Large scale retail operations have traditionally adopted continuous monitoring and forensics analytics to prevent fraud and error. This is no longer the primary focus of continuous monitoring as algorithms and business models have evolved to drive efficiencies in promotion execution, improving availability in key value items, productivity in store, billing of supplier deals and cost control. Exception based reporting drives the insight and case management capabilities that enable prompt resolution of issues which often require alignment between central functions and store operations. retailfraud.com

1990 'Eyes Only' Visa Document Says PIN is Safer Than Signature
In almost every country in the world where they are used, chip cards take the additional step of replacing signatures with a secret personal identification number. Signatures are easy to forge and no more secure than the 1960s magnetic stripe technology being dispensed with, but a PIN is a secret number known only to the legitimate cardholder. While chip cards are difficult to counterfeit, criminals will eventually find a way, and a PIN provides another layer of security that shouldn't be tossed aside. Surprisingly, the card industry has said the same thing - just not in public. And a once-secret document unearthed during a 1997 NRF lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard has the proof. The document, stamped "highly confidential" and "eyes only" by Visa lawyers, describes a meeting of Visa executives held in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1990 to discuss plans for rolling out then-new debit cards. During one group session at the two-day meeting, executives discussed whether debit cards should require the use of a PIN like ATM cards or be used with a signature like credit cards. Session notes indicate that the conclusion was that PINs were the "safest products for banks, less fraud" and also the "safest product for consumers." They were also called "consumer friendly" and the document noted their "ease to use."  Signatures, however, were praised for "proven profitability," citing "merchant discount income," "interchange fee income" and "cardholder fees. Not surprisingly, profitability came out ahead of fraud protection, and debit cards were issued without the protection that would have come with a PIN. Why is a 25-year-old meeting important? Because the current debate on data security standards is directly related to these foundational conversations about whether cards should have a PIN, and this meeting shows that banks have known all along that a PIN is safer. nrf.com

Report: IT managers not best leaders in breach crisis
Technology managers are typically expected to take the point when a company is hit by a major cyber security crisis, but a more business-oriented leader might be more effective, says a new report from Booz Allen Hamilton. It's the business leaders who typically make all the big decisions affecting the whole company. "In a crisis, it doesn't work that way," he said. "The roles get flipped."

But a technology manager is going to focus on the technology -- on fixing the things that are broken and getting the adversary out of the systems. But crisis management also involves legal issues, crisis communications, and other strategic decisions, that an IT manager might be unprepared for, or not have time to deal with. In addition, technological solutions may sometimes be in conflict with what's best for a company as a whole. "They may have to shut the systems down, reconfigure things, and do other things that will affect the business," Stewart said. "And they might not be in a situation where they understand the broader business objectives. Having someone who understands the broader business, helps them make better decisions."

However, it may not make good financial sense for a company to have a full specialized crisis management team standing by at all times, ready to jump into action. csoonline.com

The UK's Primark coming to the Northeast, U.S. in a big way - new LP jobs coming & a Directorship? - keep an eye out  George Weston, CEO of Primark's parent company ABF (Associated British Foods), says plans for the clothing retailer's 2015 entry to the US are "well advanced. Preparations include the signing of eight store leases in the north-east of the country, including seven from department store group Sears. Half a dozen store locations have been announced, including Downtown Crossing in Boston and five in shopping malls across Pennsylvania, New York State, Connecticut and New Jersey. Primark has also signed a lease for warehouse space located in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. Editor's note: They hired a Regional Manager, obviously of operations, this past November out of Macy's based in Boston and they just hired a Sr. Contract Recruiter last month. So keep your eyes out as they start gearing up.

About Primark- We offer a diverse range of products, stocking everything from baby and kids, to womens, mens, home ware, accessories, beauty products and confectionery. Primark opened its first store in Dublin in 1969 under the name Penneys and today operates in over 270 stores in nine countries in Europe and growing with the first US store opening in Boston in 2015. Adored by fashion fans and value seekers alike Primark is widely established as the destination store for keeping up with the latest looks without breaking the bank. To date the largest store that Primark operate worldwide is Manchester, which occupies a retail space of 155,000 sq ft (14,400 m2) spread over three floors. primark.com

SEC Awards More than $1.4 Million to Whistleblower Compliance Officer
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday it awarded between $1.4 million and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided information that helped the SEC in an enforcement action against the tipster's company, marking the second time a compliance professional received an award under the SEC's whistleblower program. The SEC didn't name the whistleblower, citing confidentiality laws. It also didn't name the company involved, saying it can't disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal the tipster's identity. The compliance officer had a reasonable basis to believe disclosure to the SEC "was necessary to prevent imminent misconduct" from causing "substantial financial harm" to the company or investors, the SEC said. wsj.com

Law enforcement association defines verified alarms - 1st State ever to define "verified alarm"  Steve Walker, president of the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response, called the Texas Police Chiefs Association's definition of the term "verified alarm" a big step for future conversations on alarm verification. "It's a huge step forward for us," Walker said. "This is the first state that has taken the step forward to try to get really clear on what a verified alarm is." A verified alarm, by this definition, is one in which a trained central station operator "confirms the presence of humans [at a specific site], and [has] information that shows that there is a probable crime in progress," Chris Vinson, chairman of the Texas Police Chiefs Association's alarm committee, told Security Systems News. It is a "best practice" definition, he said; each law enforcement agency in the state individually decides whether to adopt it. Walker said the term "enhanced call verification" is confusing. ECV was seen as verifying false alarms, whereas verified alarms confirm probable crimes. Verification can occur through various sensors, audio or video. securitysystemsnews.com

Target opens small-format stores in California
TargetExpress, the retailer's newest and smallest format store yet, is now open in San Francisco and Berkeley and designed with local city dwellers in mind. The 12,000-square-foot Berkeley store, a former Walgreens, and the San Francisco location, 18,000 square feet and housed on Bush Street in the financial district, feature a refined and modern concept. The new locations offer grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, fresh produce, toiletries, beauty supplies and more. The express shops also feature access to prescription and over-the-counter medication. retailingtoday.com

UK - Retail Crime Hits Record High
The impact of crime on retailers has reached record levels and businesses are ploughing huge sums into tackling the growing problem. The direct cost of retail crime in the U.K. rocketed to an all-time high of £603m (US $906m) in 2013/14, a rise of 18% on last year's total of £511m (US $768m). Organized gangs and sophisticated thieves targeting high-ticket goods and bulk thefts contributed to the rise as the average value of each in-store theft increased by 36% to £241 per incident. The increase in crime, which was revealed recently in the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Retail Crime Survey, has prompted firms to shell out an average of 2m pounds (US $3m) per retailer to beef up their security. But despite the impact on retailers of physical thefts taking place in-store - which includes the 8.9 members of staff per 1,000 who steal from their employers - respondents to the survey named their biggest concern over the next two years as fraud, which alone cost stores 223m pounds (US $335m) in 2013/14. The vast majority of those surveyed reported suffering increasing levels of fraud, most of which is now committed online. Retailers issued a stark warning that fraud will pose the "most significant threat" to their businesses in the coming 24 months. The BRC admits there is only so much that retailers can do and says the police have a key role to play. It is putting pressure on forces to take legal action on a greater number of reported fraud cases and hopes that will act as a deterrent to potential cyber-criminals and organized gangs, who are now responsible for 59% of all retail fraud. retail-week.com

Ten Steps to Optimizing a Retail Distribution Center
Most retail executives who work in supply chain know that facility design offers opportunities for significant operational savings. The information they lack, however, is the tactical knowledge of how to analyze, plan and implement an optimization strategy within their facilities. There are 10 critical steps to ensure distribution center (DC) optimization success for retailers, all of which set retailers up to generate significant cost savings over time. edgl.com

Former Emory University employee charged in theft of $317,000 in student fees
A former Emory University employee is facing federal fraud charges in connection with about $317,000 in student fees and tuition stolen over a two-year period. Brenda Michael is accused of setting up a PayPal account to divert student funds into her own account, affecting about 185 students taking classes at the Emory University School of Nursing. Michael's attorney, Parag Shah, said she will enter a guilty plea later this month. An Emory University representative released a statement saying the school takes the security of student information very seriously and is fully committed to protecting all of the information and funds that students have entrusted to the university. jacksonville.com

Follow-up to Yesterday's Civil Demand Commentary Article - Links to 8 State Civil Recovery Statutes  In yesterday's Daily, we published an opinion article from a Vermont news organization that criticized civil recovery laws used by retailers in Vermont and across the country. The writer of the article called for these statutes to be repealed but said that state legislatures should, at minimum, limit recovery to actual damages. He then cited seven different civil recovery laws that could be used as models. Today, we wanted to include direct links to those state Civil Demand statutes for anyone interested: In Nebraska, civil recovery is limited to actual damages. In Virginia and New Mexico, civil recovery is barred until after a criminal conviction. In West Virginia, subsequent civil recovery is barred if the criminal fine is equal to or greater than the possible civil damages. And in Tennessee, New Hampshire and South Carolina, civil claims can be used in lieu of criminal prosecution altogether.

Credit Card Processing - EMV Checklist for Merchants

American Eagle closing Pittsburgh distribution center - more people shopping online - center couldn't be changed enough to meet demand

Intelligent Supply Chain Fights Theft, Loss - New mobile app 'Savi Now' allows users to track, in real-time, location of assets worldwide

Wet Seal stores now called Seal 123 Inc.

Hyatt resets Gold Passport passwords after security incident

UK's Tesco grocery chain announces $9.5B loss - biggest in its 97-year history

Former Target Canada employees burn their shirts

100-carat diamond sells for $22 million at auction at Sotheby's

Brookfield Merchants unite to share info, prevent crime in Sharon, PA
Brookfield Business Watch - Initially proposed by Police Chief Dan Faustino, the idea is to connect township businesses in a way that let them share information instantly, alerting them of potential threats. About a dozen business owners attended a meeting last month. sharonherald.com

South Florida Police Prep with Dolphin Mall Active Shooter Drill this morning  Sweetwater Police, along with about a dozen agencies across South Florida, took part in an active shooter exercises at the Dolphin Mall early Wednesday in an effort to prepare the more than 400 officers on how to respond in the event of a real-life crisis situation. The officers met at 4 a.m. sharp and were not permitted to bring any real, loaded firearms in the exercise or within the perimeter of the mall.  nbcmiami.com

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Tile Shop Q1 up 4.5% with net sales up 13.3%
Canada's Metro grocery stores Q2 sales up 6%
McDonald's Q1 down 2.3% with revenue down 11%

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The Latest Shift: Zellman Fraudnet, now Zelligent stops fraud.

In the past decade there has been a rumbling in the distance, deep beneath the stockrooms of retailer's flagship stores. In the passing years these rumblings have grown stronger; however it is not the sound of increasing foot traffic on Black Friday, but the shifting of the shopping habits we all once knew. Very soon we will see a full tectonic shift in the world of retail. As foot traffic slows in brick and mortar shops, the world of eCommerce/mCommerce continues to grow. This shift requires retailers to take control of their ecommerce environments and the customer service that follows.

Another change on the horizon is the looming EMV mandate. Here we will see in-store credit card fraud virtually disappear. The bad news is fraudsters will gravitate to online retailers now. The ability to identify good customers from fraudsters will be imperative. Online retailers with weak or no fraud protection will be bombarded by fraudsters. The use of fraudulent credit cards will result in chargebacks, financial loss and the loss of product to be sold to their legitimate customer. If an online retailer chooses fraud protection that is too severe and lacks flexibility, then they run the risk of losing sales to good customers due to orders being declined.

The Zellman Group has felt this shift, and in mid 2013, announced our newest division - eCommerce Fraud Solutions. This division's mission is to support Omni-channel retailers with risk reduction in the Card Not Present environment via our customized fraud detection and prevention tool, Zellman Fraudnet.

Zellman Fraudnet, now operating under the new trade name Zelligent is powered by Kount, EMEA 2013 Payment Award winner for Anti-fraud/Security Solution of the Year Award. Additionally in October 2014, Kount was recognized again by the panel of payments industry experts for its leading fraud prevention and security offering, the Emerging Payments Awards and was selected as the Best Security/Anti-Fraud Program at their annual award ceremony.

What makes Zelligent different?

The technology behind Zelligent has 23 patented or patent pending applications related to cutting-edge fraud prevention and detection technologies including: device identification, proxy piercing, data collection, credential verification, fraud scoring, payment fraud control, chargeback prevention and risk analysis.

Zelligent has the ability to compare all data sets for continuity against your business and customer norms against their universe of client's information where our competitors may not have the ability to link this data.

Additionally, Zelligent has the flexibility to support any payment method and currency you choose, whether it is Bitcoin, Baht or Apple Pay.

Whether you're looking for a solution to monitor your transactions or to outsource the entire process, Zelligent is an unparalleled and innovative solution.

For more information please contact sales@zellmangroup.com



The Insider Threat &
Server Room Mitigation

Charles Delgado, VP Asset Protection, Meijer

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' vulnerabilities.

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Amber and Joe catch up with Bill Titus, Managing Director, PwC. An agent of change for the LP industry for many years, Bill talks about current opportunities and challenges for LP executives when it comes to omnichannel, big data and cybersecurity.

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"U-Tip - The Two Minute Tip"

Joe Troy, Sr. LP Manager of Operations, J. Crew

Joe Troy, Sr. Loss Prevention Manager of Operations for J. Crew, offers some advice on social media in this "U-Tip" video. Social media has become an everyday part of our lives, both personally and professionally. Whether you're using it for an investigation or to keep up with friends and colleagues, it can play a critical role in your future movement throughout the industry. Know the laws that govern social media, as they are changing everyday. Know if and to what extent you're allowed to use social media for an investigation. Don't post anything proprietary. Treat your LinkedIn profile like a public resume. Perception is reality.

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Taking Down Fraud Sites is Whac-a-Mole
By Brian Krebs

I've been doing quite a bit of public speaking lately - usually about cybercrime and underground activity - and there's one question that nearly always comes from the audience: "Why are these fraud Web sites allowed to operate, and not simply taken down?" This post is intended to serve as the go-to spot for answering that question.

Q: Why not take down the hundreds of sites now selling stolen credit cards and identity data?

A: For starters, it's not always so easy to take these sites offline. Many of them rely on domain name registrars that routinely ignore abuse requests. The same goes for the organizations hosting a number of these unsavory markets. What's more, most crime shops have a slew of new domain variations at a variety of hosting providers and registrars that they can turn to if they do get shut down.

More importantly, fraud shops don't often get shut down because they are quite useful to law enforcement, banks and researchers alike. Stolen data that has value among computer crooks will always find a way onto illicit markets; it benefits the aforementioned parties if those markets aren't so exclusive that the crooks can no longer easily view or buy the data for sale.

Q: Why are there so many of these card shops hosted in the clear Web, instead of via Tor, I2P or some other anonymization technology that allows the shop to hid its true Internet address?

A: Most card shops sell only a tiny fraction (think single-digit percentages) of the cards they have for sale at any one time. As I noted in the second half of this piece, the thieves in charge of the shop primarily responsible for selling cards stolen from Target and Home Depot only sold a very small percentage of the more than 100 million credit and debit cards they stole from those two companies. Russian computer forensics firm Group-IB found similar single-digit sales figures at swipe[dot]su, a long running card shop that they hacked last year.

In short, stolen cards are not like fine wines: They don't age well. The minute they are put up for sale, their value starts to decline. And there are many times more stolen cards available than there are crooks to absorb anywhere near double-digit percentages of cards stolen from a given merchant. Hence, it behooves the card vendors to make their shops as accessible and easy-to-use as possible. krebsonsecurity.com

Google Wallet Gets FDIC Insurance Against Fraud, Theft, And Misuse
Google Inc will now offer financial protection for every user on its mobile payments service, Google Wallet. The company announced to protect user accounts in the US from theft, fraudulent transfers and other malicious activities by collaborating with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The government backed service will cover funds up to $250,000 stored on Google Wallets, even if they are kept for an indefinite period. Previously, mobile payments services were not offering this service, thus resulting in using online transactions not insured by the FDIC. This protects the user of the payment service against defaulting of any bank where their online money is stored. bidnessetc.com

Flower Mound, TX., PD designates safe online transaction exchange zone in PD parking lot

Shopping online, in small metro areas drive growth, report says

Bitcoin Could Be Stored Securely as a Hardware Wallet on Your Phone



Nine arrested - Rogue distillery workers at Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries stole tens of thousands of dollars worth various whiskey's since 2008 or 2009 - $100,000 recovered in booze alone in Frankfort, KY  Prosecutors say the scheme led by rogue distillery workers lasted for years and involved tens of thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey but began to unravel when whiskey barrels were discovered behind a Franklin County shed. The theft targeted the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries and had been going on since 2008 or 2009. Police recovered over $100,000 worth of whiskey. All nine defendants are charged with engaging in organized crime as members of a criminal syndicate.  glasgowdailytimes.com

Deputies probe organized baby formula theft ring in Clackamas County, Ore. - Recoveries filled to cargo vans  Deputies found a huge cache of stolen baby formula in Clackamas County, worth thousands of dollars, in an ongoing investigation into organized retail theft. No arrests have been made yet, but investigators said they are questioning several people. Deputies said the thieves steal the formula from stores and then and sell it online to turn major profits. Several major retailers have been working with authorities to come up with ways to combat formula thefts. Deputies were also encouraging smaller retailers to contact them if they think they may be victims, too. In addition to the formula, investigators said they found stolen jeans and tools when they served the search warrant in Clackamas County. They did not disclose the exact location, due to the ongoing investigation. Looking for impacted retailers! kgw.com

Two men, members of ORC gang, plead guilty to ORC in Livingston County - hitting Walmart & Kohl's stores for returning stolen merch.  Both men admitted that they were part of a group of young people who stole items from Wal-Mart and Kohl's stores in Genoa Township and then tried to return those items for cash in November.  livingstondaily.com

Sisters used foil-lined shopping bag to steal $1,800 in clothes from mall - repeat offenders - selling loot on Facebook  Two Grand Rapids sisters apparently thought they could outsmart Woodland Mall staff when they entered several clothing stores and in one day managed to steal 81 items -- $1,794.07 worth of merchandise, police said. But Ciera Portis, 26, and Unique Portis, 24, did not account for a Kentwood Police officer assigned to the mall who was monitoring surveillance cameras in several stores on that day. Ciera Portis will now serve 210 days in jail and Unique Portis, 150 days, after the officer saw a pile of clothing in the sisters' car, sensor tags scattered throughout. The two pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing stolen property with a value more than $1,000 and less than $20,000. The Kentwood Police officer first saw Ciera Portis walking among stores Nov. 6 and recognized her as being involved in previous retail frauds, according to court records. The value of the stolen items totaled more than $1,794 and included merchandise from H&M, Aeropostale, Hollister, Forever 21 and The Children's Place, court records show. In a follow-up request to search the messages, photos and other content of Ciera Portis' cell phone, a Kentwood Police detective wrote that Portis had allegedly admitted to communicating regularly via text and Facebook messages with people looking for stolen merchandise. In the exchange of merchandise, Ciera Portis would receive a fractional profit, the detective wrote. mlive.com

Nike Theft Ring Ends as Defendants Plead Guilty to Stealing Over $680,000 in Sneakers  The two defendants left in the controversial Nike theft ring pleaded guilty today to stealing over $680,000 in rare sample sneakers. We first broke news of this massive theft ring in December and the final verdicts have now been reached. Although the Portland Business Journal reports that Tung Wing Ho and Jason Keating, an ex-Nike employee, have entered guilty pleas to the charge of conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen goods, the government recommended a relatively light sentence of only one year and one day. The pair had allegedly been part of a theft ring with a third conspirator named Kyle Yamaguchi, who also worked for Nike and was sentenced just weeks ago, to steal and sell more than 630 pairs of unauthorized sample sneakers from Nike between September 2012 and March 2014. complex.com

Vehicle used in Lowe's ORC Thefts may be Seized by Alton Police Department Authorities have filed a claim against the car of a woman who has pleaded guilty in a theft of merchandise from the Lowe's store in Alton. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office has filed a suit in court claiming a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Regina Anderson. Authorities in Illinois and Missouri have said Anderson and three companions entered several Lowe's stores and left with expensive items. Lowe's security personnel told Alton police that the women took about $3,000 worth of merchandise from each of several stores. Anderson has pleaded guilty to a count of burglary and sentenced to two years of probation in the Alton case. Alton police arrested her and her companions on Nov. 12. Police arrested Anderson and three other women as they were leaving the store carrying bags of power tools and electronics they did not buy. The Monte Carlo was seized, and police found several items in the car, believed stolen from other Lowe's stores. The suit states that police turned the seized vehicle over to the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The state's attorney's office is asking a judge to terminate any claim Anderson or any other party might have on the car and that it be delivered to Alton police. thetelegraph.com

High-end Glasses thief sought in Daytona Beach, FL; part of ORC ring  A woman's penchant for pricey sunglasses has caught the attention of Daytona Beach police, who released security video showing her stealing thousands of dollars worth of high-end merchandise. Workers at local Sunglass Huts and Lenscrafters said Jennifer Morris, 21, of Ormond Beach, has stolen from them many times before. Workers believe she is part of a wider theft ring. Video released from four recent robberies shows a woman casually slipping items under her clothing, just steps away from employees. In some cases, her trick is distraction; she holds one pair in each hand, tries on one and tucks the other under her jacket. Police have caught Morris before. Arrest records show she was picked up last August, December, this January and again just three weeks ago. But police said she is responsible for even more crimes in three different stores. A bulletin has been issued for her arrest, as police continue to search for her. clickorlando.com

Two Shoplifters hit Apple store in King of Prussia
On April 10 at 7:50 p.m. male and female theft suspects entered the Apple Store in the King of Prussia Mall. Security footage showed the female conceal 10 pairs of Beats headphones and 10 external hard drives in two large bags before leaving the store without paying. The male suspect acted as a lookout. timesherald.com

Warrant issued for CVS serial electronic toothbrush thief
An alleged North Penn-area serial electric toothbrush thief is wanted by authorities for brushing off a preliminary hearing in district court. A bench warrant was issued by a Montgomery County judge on April 15 authorizing the arrest of Tyler Erik Tinari, 25, after he skipped a hearing. In February, Tinari was arrested for the theft of 2 Sonicare toothbrushes, valued at $199 each. During questioning by detectives, Tinari waived his Miranda rights and admitted stealing two electric toothbrushes not only at the Cowpath Road CVS, but from three other CVS locations in Hatfield Township, Montgomery Township and Chalfont that same day. Further, police said, Tinari stated that he stole more electric toothbrushes from two CVS locations, on two separate dates earlier in February - he identified himself as a man captured on video surveillance swiping two Sonicare toothbrushes, valued at approximately $199 each, from the Whitpain CVS on Feb. 9. Tinari consented to a search of his vehicle, which yielded eight electric toothbrushes all allegedly stolen on Feb. 20 that were sitting on the front seat, police said. The total value of the stolen items recovered from the car was $1,496.95, according to police. timesherald.com

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Man shot and killed by Portsmouth Police officer in Walmart parking lot on Frederick Blvd - details not released yet

Federal agents open fire on drug runner outside Brooklyn shopping mall  The feds opened fire on a suspected drug runner at a Brooklyn shopping mall Tuesday, law enforcement sources said. Homeland Security and federal Drug Enforcement agents were conducting a "controlled delivery" of 2 kilos of heroin to the unidentified suspect outside the ShopRite at the Gateway Center in East New York at about 3:30 p.m. when the target saw the trap closing in on him, sources said. He jumped into a gray minivan, gunned the engine and sped off, narrowly missing a federal agent, officials said. The officials opened fire, hitting the vehicle, but not the person inside. No injuries were reported. nydailynews.com

Garden City, CA Man facing Attempted 1st Degree Murder charges for Walmart Associate attack  Quincy Crough was arrested April 6, 2014, on allegations of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary. Garden City police said Crough entered Walmart at about 8 a.m. that day, went to the store's electronics department and in an unprovoked attack, stabbed 31-year-old employee Estrella Parral, Garden City. Parral sustained multiple stab wounds to her head and face and was transported to St. Catherine Hospital, where she was treated and released. Parral testified Tuesday that on the day of the attack, she approached Crough to see if he needed any assistance, at which point he started hitting and stabbing her in the face. She said Crough then ran away. She testified that she told police in an interview following the attack that she could tell by the look in Crough's eyes he wanted to kill her. gctelegram.com

Biloxi Wal-Mart worker accused of embezzling nearly $9K in merchandise 
Scorpio William Normand, 27, is accused of selling items and pocketing the money, changing prices on some items and giving others away. sunherald.com

Baseball Park concessions worker steals $30,000 in cash from safe in Lincoln, NE Prosecutors say a 46-year-old woman stole more than $30,000 in cash from Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Myra Cannon of Lincoln is accused of taking $30,500 from the safe of Levy Restaurants, the company running concessions at the stadium, in September. Cannon was an employee when the alleged theft occurred. Police say Cannon was one of several people with access to the safe, but interviews with investigators prompted the issuance of a warrant for Cannon's arrest March 5. She was arrested Friday and charged with felony theft. omaha.com

United States Attorney's Office in PA Indict Trio In Counterfeit Credit Card Operation  Rahim Henderson, 38, Tian Larode, 34, and Waliyda Henderson, 33, all of Philadelphia, PA, were charged by indictment, unsealed today, with running a counterfeit credit card manufacturing operation, announced United States Attorney. All three defendants were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and access device fraud. Rahim Henderson was also charged with multiple counts of aggravated identity theft. According to the indictment, Rahim Henderson manufactured counterfeit credit cards and he and his co-conspirators used them at commercial establishments in the Philadelphia region. If convicted of all charges, Rahim Henderson faces a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison with a maximum statutory sentence of 74 years in prison, a fine of up to $3 million; Tian Larode and Waliyda Henderson face a maximum statutory sentence of 35 years in prison. wn.com

3 arrested for Credit Card Fraud at Tanger Outlet Mall in Park City, UT  Three people were arrested Tuesday after a "complex fraud operation" involving 49 credit cards, police said. Employees from several stores in the Tanger Outlet Mall in Park City contacted deputies after they observed three individuals from California who purchased items using credit cards that only worked by being manually entered. Deputies located the three people and discovered a large amount of merchandise in their rental car. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the three people possessed at least 49 credit cards that had been fraudulently produced. The cards were produced with their names, but had breached account numbers. The group shopped at 19 stores in the Park City Outlet Mall and a sporting goods store in Price using the fraudulent credit cards. Detectives believe the three individuals also shopped at several other stores on their drive to Utah from California. ksl.com

Fond du Lac, WI Kohl's shoplifter facing felony theft, assault and fleeing from Police  Charges have been filed against a woman accused of shoplifting and assaulting a store employee. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday for 32-year-old Patricia Bushey. She faces four counts, including one felony charge of retail theft. Fond du Lac police say Bushey fled Kohl's Department Store on Saturday with a large amount of merchandise - and after assaulting a store loss-prevention officer in the parking lot. Bushey also allegedly failed to stop for cops, resulting in two additional charges. whbl.com

Wichita, KS Couple arrested after 3 Armed Robberies; Children in back seat 
A Wichita couple faces child endangerment and robbery charges after police say they went on a crime spree with their 5 year old son and 10-month old daughter in the back seat. Investigators tell us the man used a handgun to rob the Excitement Video Store, a Quik Trip and a Presto Store. All three stores were hit over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes. The man's pregnant girlfriend was driving the car, but investigators believe she also cased the stores before they were robbed. The couple's two kids are now in police protective custody. Both face several charges. Police believe the man may also be involved in another weekend robbery at a Quik Trip near Douglas and Seneca. kwch.com

Dress Code store in Lansing, IL the target of a Smash and Grab
Masked men used a truck to rip the gate off a suburban clothing store and got away with expensive jeans and jackets, a witness and police said Tuesday. Michael Barns told NBC Chicago he was driving past the Dress Code store on Torrence Avenue, in Lansing, at about 5 a.m. when he spotted a maroon Ford truck backed up to the store. Thinking it was suspicious, he called 911. "I saw one gentleman pull a chain from the back of the truck and drop it on the ground," he recalled. Hamza Fawzi and his brother, Mohammad, the owners of the store, said the men tied the chain to the gate, ripped it off, and then broke the front glass window to gain entry. The burglars made off with Rock Revival jeans, which can sell for $150 or more, and Pelle Pelle jackets that range in price from $300 to $1,300. nbcchicago.com

Thieves Steal $40K In Checks From Tulsa, OK Farm & Garden Store
Thieves got away with $40,000 in checks from the mail box of an east Tulsa business. The store caught it all on tape. The theft happened at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015. A car pulled up, and a passenger snatched thousands of dollars worth of checks from the Smith Farm & Garden mailbox at 56th and Garnett. newson6.com

Woman uses stun gun on security officers after stealing from Walmart

Two arrested on Credit Card fraud charges at Walgreens in New Canaan, CT

Jameis Winston: I didn't steal crab legs; Publix store worker 'hooked us up'

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● Atlas - San Mateo, CA - Burglary
● Austonio Stop- Crockett, TX - Armed Robbery
● Carolina Petro - Conway, SC - Armed Robbery / Shooting
● CVS - Manchester, NH - Robbery
● Dollar General - Dalton, GA - Armed Robbery
● EZ Mart - Mount Pleasant, TX - Robbery
● Gas Mart - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery
● Medicap Pharmacy - Des Moines, IA - Robbery
● Petro - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
● Pop N Go - Muskogee, OK - Armed Robbery
● Quik Trip - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
● Sav-Mor - Twin Falls, ID - Robbery
● Sunny's - Houston, TX - Burglary
● Viau Estate Jewelry - Carmel, CA - Burglary



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