Strongest Mentoring Program in the Nation
The International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE)
Marvin Ellison, President of J.C. Penney
- Keynote Speaker at 2015 Conference
The International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) was
founded in 1982 by Black Security Executives concerned about the relatively
small number of minority professionals, and the role black security
professionals could have in helping young people. Over the years a number of key
retail Loss Prevention executives have played an instrumental role in building
their conference and their mission of helping young black students across
America who are entering the security and loss prevention industry. Keith White,
the SVP LP at Gap Inc.; Ray Cloud, Group VPLP Ross Stores; Don Knox, current
President IOBSE; Suni Shamapande, currently Director PwC - Performance GRC; Will
Baker, Ross Stores; Levell Hedgspeth, LP at Cracker Barrel; Myron Burton, RLPD at
Ross Stores; Mike Rock, Div AP Dir. for Wal-Mart; Yvonne Rouse, RLPD Ross
Stores; Keltric Goff, ALPM L Brands; and Venus Finley-Akins of Ross Stores; have
all dedicated themselves to developing probably the most impactful mentoring
program in the entire LP and security industries.
Over the years, we've witnessed this group take the concept of mentoring to its
academic heights, and while everyone talks about mentoring, these executives
actually deliver it and then some. More so than any other group this writer has
ever seen. Certainly not to minimize any other group's efforts, but the
objective of their
upcoming conference this week is to teach and develop young
people and it's quite impressive. Having attended a number of them and being
involved for a number of years by having created and maintaining the IOBSE website, we can attest to the sincerity and depth of their commitment to the young
people entering this industry.
As one of the early leaders of the IOBSE, Marvin Ellison, a long-term veteran of
retail Loss Prevention and current President of J.C. Penney - and clearly the
most successful LP executive in history - is their Keynote Speaker at this week's
conference. And ladies and gentlemen, the fact that Marvin Ellison, one of the
busiest executives in the retail industry, takes the time to do this and shows
his continued commitment to not just the IOBSE but also to the young people
entering this industry is evidence enough of this organization's unwavering
commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow.
So, if one of these students happens to come across your desk, you may want to
consider getting them involved in your program. Because they're supported,
trained, mentored, and committed to making a difference. Just a thought - Gus
was promoted to Vice
President Sales & Marketing for Globe Tracker International ApS.
Don was previously the Director Global Sales & Marketing for this
company for over four years before receiving this promotion. As Vice President
of Sales & Marketing, he is responsible for both of those divisions as well as
key account management, training and mentoring of the Globe Tracker sales force
globally. He is also responsible for setting the marketing direction, solution
and product positioning. Globe Tracker offers some of the most advanced tracking
devices. These innovative, groundbreaking tracking solutions deliver full,
end-to-end supply chain tracking and monitoring of assets and enable business
partners to securely and selectively share trade data with each other.
Myrna Petersen was promoted to Regional Director of Investigations for the
Southwest Region of Macy's Inc. Myrna was previously the District
Director of Asset Protection for the Central Los Angeles stores at Macy's. In
her new position, Myrna will be responsible for directing a team of
investigations executives directing employee investigations, major crimes, and
organized retail crime programs. Myrna will report to John Matas, VP Asset
Protection - Investigations/ORC. Congratulations Myrna!
Senate Passes Bill Targeting Professional Shoplifters and Other Organized Retail
Criminals The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3822)
sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa) to crack down on
criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in
multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute
someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least
one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county. Professional shoplifters and
others who participate in organized retail theft are aware of jurisdictional
limitations under current state law and avoid committing multiple offenses in
the same county to evade harsher penalties. Today's bill closes this loophole by
expanding a county's ability to prosecute organized retail crimes that occur in
a contiguous county. To give law enforcement officials another tool to curb
organized retail crime, one criminal court would be granted jurisdiction over
the criminal offenses, people, and property that form a pattern of retail theft.
The bill will be sent to the Assembly.
rumors of another 'purge,' businesses close Tuesday Following rumors
on social media of another planned "purge" like the one that led to rioting in
Baltimore Monday, Security Square Mall, the Social Security Administration and
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore County decided to
close Tuesday. Baltimore County Police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said his
agency was aware of the social media rumors and was monitoring the situation. He
said the police did not ask the mall to close. Mall management officials could
not be immediately reached for comment. A security guard at the mall said the
mall was closed. Security Square Mall is located in Windsor Mill on the county's
Tour of Looted Baltimore Pharmacy - $200,000 worth drugs destroyed or stolen
Joseph Adeola, owner of Best Care Pharmacy Inc. on Pennsylvania Avenue in
Baltimore, shows the BBJ's James Briggs what's left of his business on April 28.
Looters stole or destroyed $200,000 worth of drugs and stole thousands more in
lottery cash, Adeola says.
$9.00 won't be the end of it! - Who ends up
paying for it? - Switching Pockets
With the minimum wage push across the country and all of the political
pressures, especially with the presidential elections starting to heat up, the
recent increases retail America has shelled out, will have consequences and this
won't be the end of it. In this writer's opinion the $9.00 number will move
again before the next president takes office. As the combined pressures of Fight
for $15, wage gap publicity, Bangladesh's law suits, police shootings, riots,
and the shrinking store base will all have an impact on the general public. And
the public is what both parties need to win the presidency.
Now at the end of the day these huge investments, or transfers of cash so to
speak, have to be funded and those funds will come from middle and upper
management and the vendor community. As same store sales, while certainly not
dismal, can't fund these increases. So how does corporate America pay for these
increases? It's call switching pockets. You take what's in your one pocket and
put it in the other. It's as simple as that. The only problem is somebody's
going to feel the pain.
Risk Managers See Reputation Damage as Top Threat
Damage to brand and reputation has risen to the top of an annual survey of risks
facing global companies amid a wave of product recalls, hacker attacks, fraud
investigations, and other headline-grabbing incidents. Aon Risk Solutions noted
in its Global Risk Management Survey 2015 that a long list of well-known
companies saw their reputations tarnished by unexpected incidents last year. In
the 2013 survey, damage to brand and reputation was ranked the number four risk.
The risk to reputation and brand poses a major concern for organizations that
generate over [$1 billion], since they are under greater media and public
scrutiny due to their size and wider name recognition," Aon said. In this
year's poll, cyber risk (No. 9) made the top 10 for the first time in the wake
of several recent high-profile cyber attacks on major firms. Also in the top 10,
in descending order, are economic slowdown/slow recovery, regulatory/legislative
changes, increasing competition, failure to attract or retain top talent,
failure to innovate/meet customer needs, business interruption, third-party
liability, and property damage.
Former 7-Eleven franchisee sentenced to 87 months in prison for
employing and housing 50 workers - illegal immigrants
At the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York,
Farrukh Baig was sentenced to 87 months in prison following his
September 22, 2014, guilty plea to committing wire fraud and
concealing and harboring illegal aliens employed at 7-Eleven, Inc.
(7-Eleven) franchise stores located throughout Long Island and
Virginia. "Using the 7-Eleven brand in our neighborhoods, the
defendant exploited his alien employees, stealing their wages and
requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses. He now
faces time in prison for not only systematically employing illegal
aliens, but also for concealing their employment by stealing the
identities of children and even the dead," stated Acting United
States Attorney Currie. He also stole more than $2.6 million from
his overworked and underpaid employees.
According to court filings and facts presented in court, the
defendant, who owned, managed, and controlled fourteen 7-Eleven
franchise stores during the course of the conspiracy, hired
dozens of illegal aliens, equipped them with more than 20 identities
stolen from United States citizens, housed them at residences he and
his coconspirators owned, and stole substantial portions of his
workers' wages. During the scheme, the defendant generated over
$182 million in proceeds from the 7-Eleven franchise stores.
This sentence marks an important milestone in the government's
ongoing investigation, which is already one of the largest
criminal alien employment investigations ever conducted by the
Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. In
addition to the sentence of imprisonment, the court entered an order
forfeiting the defendant's rights to ten 7-Eleven stores in New York
and four 7-Eleven stores in Virginia, as well as five houses in New
York worth over $1.3 million. In addition, the court ordered the
defendant to pay $2.5 million in restitution for the back wages that
he stole from his workers.
Dollar Tree Stores to pay $2.7M+ in civil penalties - dumpster diving
investigation - unlawful disposal of hazardous waste products The
judgment, according to Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, followed
an investigation into the Virginia Corporations's alleged disposal of ignitable
and corrosive liquids, toxic materials, batteries, electronic devices and other
e-waste at each of its 480 stores and distribution centers in California. The
lawsuit was joined by 46 California D.A.s and two city attorneys, including
Solano County. The investigation included statewide inspections of Dollar Tree
Stores' Dumpsters by inspectors from district attorney's offices and other
environmental regulators who discovered that Dollar Tree Stores was routinely
and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills, officials said.
Dollar Tree Stores adopted and implemented new policies and procedures and
training programs designed to properly manage and dispose of hazardous waste, as
part of the terms of the final judgment and permanent injunction. Editors note:
This is merely one of many cases over the last few years where a retailer's
dumpsters were inspected and the retailer fined rather large amounts in
California. So there's all kinds of dumpster diving going on on both sides of
Denver Pharmacy Ignores HIPAA Privacy Rule, Fined $125k - More dumpster diving -
Wow it's always in the trash Cornell Prescription Pharmacy, a small,
single-location business in Denver, will pay a $125,000 settlement fine and
adopt a corrective action plan for failure to comply with the HIPAA privacy rule
since its compliance date in 2003. The pharmacy reached a resolution agreement
with the HHS Office for Civil Rights after local media in Denver reported that
paper records containing protected health information for 1,610 patients was
disposed of in an open container on the premises.
After Target and Home Depot Breaches, Small Lenders Object to Settlements
Small banks and credit unions are banding together in a bid to recover hundreds
of millions of dollars in losses incurred from high-profile data breaches at
Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. Angry at being squeezed out by bigger banks,
the small institutions now are trying to upend a long-standing industry practice
in which card networks Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. negotiate settlements with
breached merchants and then distribute the proceeds to affected financial
Insider Threat - HP Introduces User Behavior Analytics as part of security
HP today announced HP ArcSight User Behavior Analytics (UBA), a new offering
that gives companies visibility into user behavior, delivering a simple,
efficient way to detect malicious users within the enterprise. UBA gives
enterprises visibility into their users, making it much easier for them to gain
information on behavior patterns to help mitigate threats. It helps detect and
investigate malicious user behavior, insider threat and account misuse.
Therefore, it enables organizations to detect breaches before significant damage
occurs by finding the adversary faster. The new offering leverages behavioral
data generated by enterprise users along with broader network event intelligence
to rapidly detect the most complex threats. hp.com
Fraud, including identity theft, cost Americans $1.7B in 2014 - $2,000 per
In 2014, data theft reached record levels. According to the Identity Theft
Resource Center, there were 783 data breaches last year, a substantial increase
from both the previous year and the previous 2010 peak. In addition, the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) recorded 332,646 identity theft complaints in 2014, up
slightly from 2013. The Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) received nearly 2.6
million consumer complaints in 2014, 13% of which were identity theft
complaints, the largest complaint category. Florida reported 37,059 identity
theft complaints, or 186.3 per 100,000 people, each the largest figures by far
of any state.
NLRB Micro-Union Decision Causes Untold Harm to Retail - Single department
unionizing in Macy's store The National Labor Relations Board's
decision to recognize a micro-union of workers in just a single department at
a Macy's store in Massachusetts rather than the entire store violates
longstanding precedents on union organizing, the National Retail Federation
and the Retail Industry Leaders Association said today in a friend-of-the-court
brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals. The case before the court derives
from the NLRB's 2014 decision to recognize workers in the cosmetics and
fragrance department at a Macy's store in Saugus, Mass., as a bargaining unit,
abandoning its previous view that a unit needed to consist of employees from at
least an entire store. NRF and RILA point out that the new standard would
balkanize retail employees, hamper customer service and impede both employee
rights and retail operations. Macy's has appealed the ruling.
California retailers enact drought measures
Replacing the Malls of America - Creativity Key to Overcoming Complacency
"Change is inevitable, no matter where you live," said McClelland. "And when a
mall is closed, what we need to do is adapt. We need to understand the
experience that the mall created, the internet tools that replaced it, and what
new experiences are needed in that space to foster commerce." With more mall
closures anticipated in the coming years, McClelland notes that these closures
are indicators of changes in buyer behavior, not consumer loyalty. "Lack of
interest in what the malls have to offer is not a crime of disloyalty or
consumerism. It's indicative of supply not meeting demand. Rather than blaming
shoppers, we should work together to ensure the cancer of complacency does not
set in for local planners and developers. Together, they can drive creative
New Wal-Mart ID required for no-receipt returns policy making an impact in
Elizabethton, Tenn. Elizabethton Police Chief Greg Workman said that a
good portion of last year's 408 reported shoplifting cases stem from the
Elizabethton Wal-Mart's loss-prevention program, which began as a pilot program
at the store about eight months ago. The store is testing a possible companywide
policy that requires a customer's identification on items returned without a
receipt to combat possible shoplifting. The policy also brings more loss
prevention officers. "They're conducting investigations on people making return
on a receipt," Workman said, adding that more shoplifting charges resulted from
the superstore's new program. johnsoncitypress.com
Pacific Sunwear repost Director of Loss Prevention position April 24th
Best Buy posts two Territory Director, Asset
Protection positions today in LinkedIn - West Coast & Central States
Kirklands post Safety and Security Manager - Could
be corporate senior position
Mom's Day spending to reach $21.2B - Transactions
to hit $172.63 per mom - Up $10 from ly - Highest total ever
Office Depot "implores" shareholders to support
Best Buy to Accept Apple Pay
Quarterly Same Store
Rent-A-Center Q1 up 8% with revenues up 5.9%
Super Valu Q4 retail food division up 1.1% with sales up 10.4%
The Container Store Q4 down 0.8% with net sales up 3.4% - full year comp's down
1.4% with net sales up 4.5%
WEBINAR - The New Partnership: Loss Prevention and IT
Presented by ARTS, NRF's retail technology standards division
Tomorrow - April 29, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Under the banner of Vector Intelligent Solutions, Vector
Security and Industry Retail Group (IRG) are proud to sponsor NRF's
upcoming webinar, "The New Partnership: Loss Prevention and IT."
As your advocate in the industry, we invite you to join us on April 29, from 11
a.m. to 12 p.m. EST for this informative session.
Following opening remarks from Steve White, Corporate Vice President of
Business Development for Vector Security, you'll listen in on a conversation
between experts in Loss Prevention and Information Technology about resources
and strategies to help the IT and LP verticals work together to meet the
challenges of the emerging loss prevention landscape.
Vice President, Loss Prevention, NRF
Corp. Manager, Loss Prevention Technology, The Kroger
Director, Security Intelligence, The Neiman Marcus Group
for FREE today. You'll just need to log in to your NRF.com account or create
one if you don't already have one. It takes only a couple minutes.
And while you're there, download Vector Security's white paper, "LP
Meets IT for Complete Managed Business Infrastructure, Security and Intelligence."
We look forward to your participation!
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New York Metro ORC Alliance
NYC's New ORC Effort
The Start Up - The Vision - The Team
Learn about the
Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance from some of the key members who
helped launch this key public-private partnership in September 2014 -
Sgt. NYPD, Grand Larceny Unit;
VP Asset Protection/ Investigations & ORC, Macy's;
Sr. Manager of Internal and ORC Investigations, Rite Aid;
Sr. Regional LPM, DSW Inc.; and
Regional LPM Northeast, DSW Inc. Hear why the NYPD got involved, what makes ORC
in NYC unique, what the most prevalent ORC crimes are, and how the effort to
establish a National ORCA is finally coming along.
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How Brick-and-Mortar Brands are Using the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch started to arrive at homes over the weekend for the few who
managed to make the cut during pre-orders earlier this month. The new device -
the first new Apple product since the iPad - has received mixed-to-positive
reviews from experts. But, like the iPhone, many believe its portability and
accessibility will make it materially important for local tech. The Watch has
been open to all developers for less than a month, and there are already over
3000 applications a few days after the first devices shipped. We took a look at
a few of the best ways brick-and-mortar businesses are using the Apple Watch to
open doors, deliver recipes and even order burritos. The burrito giant made news
earlier this month when it announced that it would partner with logistics
startup Postmates for delivery in a handful of larger markets. It turns out that
the delivery announcement was a necessary predecessor to another announcement
later last week: an Apple Watch app. Too busy to pull out a phone to pay for
that iced coffee? You can pay with a flick of your wrist at select Starbucks
locations. The coffee company has rolled out an app for the Apple Watch that
uses Passbook to surface you're Starbucks loyalty card on the watch. Marsh
Supermarkets is working with Los Angeles-based startup InMarket to install a
system in its stores that will use Bluetooth beacons to "wake up" applications
on the Apple Watch and deliver relevant content to shoppers' wrists.
Amazon wants to demonstrate drones can deliver cargo safely
In its most detailed public disclosure about a proposed service called Prime
Air, Amazon is arguing that cargo drones should be allowed to take flight if the
online retailer can show they're not going to collide with planes or crash to
the ground. The drones, still in development, would mostly fly at least 200 feet
off the ground, relying on sensors and computers to select a route to customers'
doors and avoid hazards, Amazon said in a request Friday to the Federal Aviation
Administration seeking leniency on pending drone regulations. One Amazon
employee would operate many drones simultaneously, according to the request
The letter from the world's biggest online retailer mirrors comments by other
companies and industry groups seeking flexibility by the FAA that would better
take into account the rapid evolution of drone how rapidly drone technology is
evolving. Friday was the deadline for companies to formally petition the FAA for
changes to the draft regulations, which may still take a year or more to
Amazon Tests Package Delivery to Car Trunks - Talk about security exposures
The Seattle company said a small group of Prime customers in Munich will be
eligible to receive packages in the trunk of their cars, even when they aren't
there. The test is in conjunction with car maker Audi and shipping company DHL.
Under the test, Amazon customers with Internet-connected Audis agree to give DHL
couriers electronic access to their trunks and then set the approximate location
of their car and a window of time. The couriers then leave the package inside
Cloud set to take over retail in 10 years: Amazon CTO
Muskegon County District Circuit Judge sentences ORC habitual offender
Aaron Bernard Carter, 52, of Muskegon Heights, 15 months to 20 years MDOC for
two cases of first-degree retail fraud, habitual offender fourth, $597.98
restitution/fees/costs in one case, $1,146 in the other; 15 months to 25 years
MDOC for one case of organized retail crime, habitual offender fourth, $198
fees/costs; 15 months to 25 years MDOC for two other cases of first-degree
retail fraud, habitual offender fourth, $537.98 restitution/fees/costs in one
case, $477.99 in the other.
Aiken, S.C. 4-20 - ORC couple busted in stolen car after hitting Dillard's at
Aiken Mall - repeat offenders Police arrested Marlene Jackson and
Morris Morgan in a stolen car after Dillard's advised them the couple had stolen
about $900 worth of merchandise. Both subjects were found to have warrants from
Tennessee, and the Jeep had been reported stolen from Augusta-Richmond County,
Georgia, police said. aikenstandard.com
Aiken, S.C. 4-23 - police arrest 6 for hitting
same Dillard's mentioned above for several Michael Kors purses
Two women sentenced for fraud - Part of fraud ring - opening retail accounts
with fake California drivers licenses in Idaho- over $40k loss
According to the plea agreement, Contreras-Loya engaged in a retail scheme
between July 2013 and July 2014, whereby she defrauded retail stores by applying
for, and obtaining, credit accounts in the identities of unknowing third party
victims. Contreras-Loya then used the credit accounts to fraudulently purchase
merchandise and gift cards. Contreras-Loya admitted she received, from her
co-defendant Arleen Cifuentes, victim identification information and false
California driver's licenses in the victims' names, containing Contreras-Loya's
photo. Contreras-Loya admitted that she and her co-defendants executed the
scheme on at least fifteen occasions in the District of Idaho. Cifuentes and
Contreras-Loya were arrested shortly after executing the scheme at the Boise
Town Square Mall. One to spend 2 yrs in federal prison and the other got 3
yrs supervised release with restitution of over $40,000.
Cree employees accused of stealing, selling $90K worth of products
Authorities allege a group of Cree Inc. employees set up an eBay store to sell
almost $90,000 in unauthorized products from the company. Saturino R. Avila,
James A. Barker III and Joshua J. Golden were each charged Monday with
conspiracy to commit felony theft-movable property. According to a criminal
complaint, company officials discovered more than 400 unauthorized deliveries of
Cree products were shipped between July 23 and March 31. Many of those packages
were allegedly shipped from Cree's Sturtevant facility, 9201 Washington Ave., to
Avila's home. Authorities executing a search warrant at the home Thursday
reportedly found two boxes of Cree LED light fixtures in the basement. Boxes
were also reportedly delivered to Barker's home. In a statement, Cree, Inc.
identified the alleged stolen items as E-conolight, a brand of outdoor and
indoor lighting products.
Fencing Operation: Cook Co, IL State's Attorney's Regional Organized Crime Task
Force and the River Forest Police bust ORC Ring Authorities are charging the owners of a West Side JJ Food Mart with reselling
goods they knew were stolen from River Forest and elsewhere. "We served about
five or six search warrants on Monday [April 20]," said River Forest Deputy
Police Chief James O'Shea. The other warrants were used to search the homes and
banking institutions used by Jaber Abu-Elreish and Jamal Qteish. Cook County
State's Attorney Anita Alvarez alleges the two men used their business as a
front for a multi-tiered criminal enterprise that included the alleged purchase
of stolen items for about 15 cents on the dollar and paying $20 for each $40
worth of fake purchases placed onto a Link Card. The arrests came after a
three-month investigation that was kicked off when Forest Park police arrested a
man for stealing eight tubs of baby formula back in February from a Jewel Foods
in River Forest.
Text message dooms shoplifting suspect
If you're suspected of shoplifting, you shouldn't let a sheriff's deputy see the
text of a cell phone message saying you're busted and just gave the officer a
false name. Jessenia Gonzalez, 36, of Clermont, found this out Saturday when she
was charged with grand theft and proving a false name to a law enforcement
officer. A loss prevention officer at Walmart in Clermont said he saw Gonzalez
stuff items in a used Walmart shopping bag and head for the Garden Center exit
door before she spotted him and turned. Since Gonzalez had not exited the store,
no crime was committed. However, Gonzalez then proceeded to the cosmetics
department, where she placed more items into the bag and then walked out the
front door of the store without paying for them. Gonzalez was held until a
sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene. She identified herself as Elizabeth
Jimenez and told the deputy everything was just a big mistake: she had received
an urgent call from her family and absentmindedly walked out of the store. The
deputy asked to look at the woman's phone and saw the following text message to
her boyfriend: "I got caught in Walmart. I told them my name is Elizabeth
Jimenez." The deputy said Gonzalez stuck with the false name until he found a
prescription medicine bottle in her purse with her real name on it, causing her
to drop the charade. The total value of the shoplifted items was $462.26.
"75 of the pizzas have been recovered." Men try to sell stolen food to Police
Two Gambell men were arrested for burglary and theft Sunday when they stole 80
pizzas from a store and tried to sell them to the on-duty police, Alaska State
Troopers wrote in a dispatch. Troopers in Nome received reports of a burglary at
the Gambell Native Store warehouse at around 10:00 a.m. Sunday in the village of
Gambell. Investigations revealed that 29-year-old John Koozaata and 21-year-old
Lewis Oozeva of Gambell broke into to the warehouse early in the morning and
stole five cases of frozen pizzas which amounted to 80 pizzas valued at about
$1,100. "Village police officers received their strongest investigative lead
when Koozaata and Oozeva called the Gambell Police Department, attempting to
sell the pizzas to the on-duty police officers," troopers wrote. Koozaata and
Oozeva were arrested and transported to Nome to be arraigned. Both men are being
charged with second degree theft and second degree burglary. "75 of the pizzas
have been recovered," troopers wrote.
shoplifting suspect wore 'Won't Be Caught' shirt Perhaps a woman
suspected of shoplifting from a Citrus Park beauty store is getting a little
ahead of herself, or is just a bit overconfident. At least based on her attire,
as seen on surveillance photos. The photos, taken from a March 15 theft at the
Ulta Beauty Supply at The Plaza at Citrus Park in Tampa, show one of two women
wearing a black T-shirt with "Won't Be Caught" in large letters written on the
front. Hillsborough County deputies say the women entered the store around 3:45
p.m. and stole $1,478 in cologne and perfume before driving away in a
newer-model bright blue Hyundai. The suspect wearing the "Won't Be Caught"
T-shirt is described as a black female, about 5 feet 5 and 200 pounds. She was
also wearing gray pants.
Do you have an ORC case to share?
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Off-duty officer working security stabbed repeatedly in Walmart store in Houston
- in critical condition The attack happened before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The
suspect allegedly walked up to the police officer near the store's front
registers, pulled out a knife and then started repeatedly stabbing her. Other
bystanders helped use the wounded officer's handcuffs to contain the attacker
until Houston police arrived. The officer was taken to the hospital in critical
condition as the suspect was taken into custody.
Shooting behind O'Reilly's Auto Parts in Fresno leaves man injured
Police are investigating a shooting in West Central Fresno that left a man in
critical condition. Investigators say a man in his thirties was shot behind the
O'Reilly's Auto Parts store at Clinton and Marks around 9:30 p.m. Monday. They
say he was hit twice in the neck and the hand. Detectives are trying to figure
out what led up to the violence. "It was some sort of argument that
transpired... pulled out a gun and shot multiple times at the victim," said Mike
Doyle, Fresno Police Department.
T-Mobile Robbery suspects in Kingwood, TX took Shots at Witnesses and Police
after leading police on a chase Police say four masked men with guns
robbed a cell phone store and fled. Their vehicle was first followed by
witnesses and then police. The suspects led police on a chase that resulted in
two suspects caught. Two suspects are still on the run. The first suspect was
found in the bathroom of a Chili's restaurant. The second was caught at a gas
Serial shoplifter from Jersey City talked down from dangerous cliff
A serial shoplifter from Jersey City was involved in two accidents yesterday
morning and sparked a massive law enforcement response when he climbed a
dangerous cliff before he was taken into custody after a long standoff. Vincent
Salerno Jr., 35, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, assault by
auto, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and multiple motor vehicle
violations, said Mike Makarski, spokesman for the Hudson County Sheriff's
Office. Salerno has been arrested on shoplifting charges in Morris, Hunterdon,
Somerset and Sussex and Warren counties, according to previous reports on NJ.com.
Authorities said he was recently released from prison.
J C Penney's Jewelry counter robbed in the Promenade Mall, Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Police are searching for three suspects after a J.C. Penney's jewelry
store was robbed Monday night. It happened at the Promenade Mall near 31st and
Yale, just before midnight. Police say three male suspects smashed the glass of
a jewelry counter. One of them grabbed some merchandise.
Masked Suspects Allegedly Cut Hole In Roof Before Robbing Upland, CA Payday
Advance Authorities Monday were investigating a robbery at a Payday Advance in San
Bernardino County. The incident was reportedly shortly before 9 a.m. at 637 E.
Foothill Boulevard in Upland, police said. Two men wearing masks cut a hole in
the roof of the store and reportedly ambushed an employee, tied him up and
forced him to open the safe, according to a coworker.
Former Hot Topic Employee Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft in Twin Falls, ID
A 25-year-old woman who was a manager at the Twin Falls Hot Topic store has
pleaded guilty to grand theft. Brittny Ann Anderson was initially charged with
two counts of the felony but prosecutors dismissed one in a plea deal. Hot Topic
investigated and found Anderson was pulling items off the racks and ringing them
up as returns, court documents said. She pocketed cash from the register and
made up fake names and addresses for the return receipts. Prosecutors say she
stole $1,634 from the store over the course of a year.
Suspects wanted in connection with Target robbery in Bakersfield, CA
Two suspects are wanted in connection with a robbery at the Target in northeast
Bakersfield. The suspects entered the Mall View Road store at 6:16 p.m. April 11
and one of them began putting items in her purse, police said. They left without
paying and fought with store employees who confronted them. The merchandise was
Fernandina Beach police shoot syringe-wielding
Wal-Mart robbery suspect
MD nurses found dead at Baltimore Target shopping center were murder-suicide
Walmart and Springfield's police force work together to reduce crime
Shocking moment 'shoplifter' fell 20ft through second floor window of exclusive
London store Molton Brown 'after being pursued by police'
Walmart cashier steals $4,810 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Wegmans security guard run down by shoplifter in Manalapan, NJ
Toledo, OH Police seek suspect in 13 smash-and-grab C-store thefts
Two charged in theft of chain saw at Walmart in Maryville, TN
SC Man arrested using fake prescriptions at CVS to get drugs
Robber smash his way Out of B & M Jewelry in Englewood, NJ; owner deployed auto
K - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
● Circle K
- Clayton, OH - Armed Robbery
- Flagler Co, FL - Armed Robbery
- Suffolk Co, NY - Robbery/ Carjacking
● Computer Store
- Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
● Dollar General
- Conway, SC - Armed Robbery
General - Pilesgrove, NJ - Armed Robbery
● Dollar General
- Iredell Co, NC - Theft
● Family Dollar
- Henryville, IN - Armed Robbery
- Norwood, OH - Armed Robbery
● In-N- Out
- Odessa, TX - Robbery
- Memphis, TN - Shooting
- Springfield, MO - Robbery/ Kidnapping
● Metro PCS
- DeKalb, GA - Armed Robbery
● Payday Advance
- Upland, Ca - Armed Robbery
● Pit Stop
- Sterling, NY - Armed Robbery
- Clarksville, IN - Armed Robbery
- Houston, TX - ATM Burglary
- Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
● Uncle Willies
- Seaford, DE - Robbery
Walgreens - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
- Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
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willing to sacrifice, move, and take a risk. And as you can see from the list
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