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Injecting life into JC Penney - who says money won't help
Goldman Sachs to provide $1.75B in financing secured by real estate, other assets and some of its subsidiaries. J.C. Penney has been burning through cash. Earlier this month, it said it would draw $850 million from its $1.85 billion revolving credit line to pay for replenishing inventory, particularly for its overhauled home area. On Thursday, billionaire financier George Soros disclosed that he had taken a 7.9 percent stake in the company.
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Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and now 50 Million hacked at LivingSocial web site - this year alone  Online criminals gained access to user names, e-mail addresses and dates of birth for some users and encrypted passwords for 50 million people. The company’s databases, that store user and merchant credit card and banking information, were not compromised. Once cracked, passwords can be valuable on auctionlike black market sites where a single password can fetch $20. (Source

Security Firms Stand to Profit in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombings 
As the country recovers from the bombings in Boston, companies that offer security services are anticipating a surge in demand. Businesses that provide building guards, explosive detection and security advice all stand to profit from heightened fears caused by the latest round of attacks on American soil. According to Global Information Inc., which provides market research on the global security industry, the private security industry is projected to increase 5 percent annually, to $63.8 billion in 2016. It could grow even faster after the attacks in Boston, according to Robert H. Silbering, special adviser to the chairman at T&M Protection Resources, which sells security technologies to companies. (Source

Sandy's estimated damage set at $50B and doesn't even touch what retailers lost in sales  With it being the last straw for one retailer: Big M. That retailer went out of business as a direct result of it. All of the retailers felt it with many saying it caused the soft quarter we experienced. The National Hurricane Center attributes 72 deaths in the United States directly to Sandy and 87 more indirectly, from causes such as hypothermia due to power outages, carbon monoxide poisoning and accidents during cleanup efforts, for a total of 159 deaths. (Source Associated Press)

Bangladesh's deadly building collapse renews safety concerns 
"Labor rights groups around the world have been asking, indeed imploring, major retailers to address the grievous safety hazards in their Bangladesh factories and the response is always the same: vague promises and public relations dodges, while the pile of corpses grows ever higher," Scott Nova, executive director of the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium, said in a statement. (Source

Liability for false charges set to switch to retailers with new chip credit card technology in 2015  Some expect a spike in credit card fraud up to the roll-out of the new chip technology and once it starts Retailers that don’t begin using chip-scanning devices in 2015 will be on the hook for the fraudulent charges. Mastercard and Visa are both moving to chip and PIN devices by 2015, Johnson said. The most stolen items are Visa gift cards, which Postma said are favored by the credit card rings that travel from state to state because they’re easy to sell for cash. (Source

Stopping digital pickpockets: contactless credit cards face fraud risk 
Skimming isn't just at the gas pumps or POS terminals. It's also as easy as skimming your digital wallet with a free download app hackers can use to steal your credit card info immediately, without you knowing. New drivers’ licenses and passports, as well as gift cards and transit passes, which can be read electronically from further away, are also vulnerable to having their data lifted. They can then use that data to make online purchases, and even send your banking information to another country via cellphone, where their cronies can rack up more purchases. (Source

188 cargo thefts recorded in first quarter of 2013
2013′s first three months saw a 25 percent decrease in cargo thefts from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released this week from FreightWatch International. In the quarter, 188 thefts were recorded, with an average loss value of $141,266 per load stolen. In 2012, a total of 940 thefts were reported. (Source

Last year $23M in counterfeit goods taken off the streets in Houston alone 
"It's a growing market definitely it's becoming more and more available everyday and every where." The most recent case of counterfeiting was a year long investigation here on Harwin. A couple from China was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week. That's after being caught with 14,000 pieces of luxury goods at their store in Houston. (Source

Brothers charged in fatal mall shooting in Farmington, NM.  Police charged two brothers with murder after Saturday’s mall shooting in Farmington. Cops say Alejandro Ramirez, 22, and his brother Luis Ramirez, 28, shot Johnny Vialpando, 25, outside the Animas Valley Mall Saturday afternoon. Vilapando was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. The Ramirez brothers both face an open count of murder among other charges. They are each being held on a $1 million cash only bond. (Source

Smash and grabs continue in Houston with stolen truck driven into cell phone store - 7th one in a week  It is the seventh smash and grab robbery in Houston in just over a week. Houston police are seeing store after store being rammed by thieves behind the wheel, and that has neighboring business owners concerned. (Source

Police arrest four shoplifters at the Gap in Suffolk County, NY. 
Over $2000 of merchandise was recovered by police following a shoplifting incident at the Gap store in the Tanger Outlet Center in Suffolk, County, New York. Three of the suspects were arrested by a security guard; the fourth suspect was found waiting in a car. Two of the suspects are being turned over to U.S. Immigration for further investigation. (Source

Police are looking for a group of armed robbers who held up a T-Mobile store Sunday afternoon in Kingwood, TX.  No one was reported injured and it has not yet been determined what the suspects had stolen. Houston Police earlier this year formed a Task Force to focus on the recent rash of cell phone store robberies. (Source

Connecticut man allegedly robs store with hand saw.  Police in West Haven, Connecticut say they are looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed a store with a hand saw. The robbery happened at Sam's Food Mart early Sunday. Police received a report that a masked suspect allegedly entered the store, pulled out a hand saw, threatened a store employee and then stole the store's cash register. The suspect fled the scene. Police said they are looking for Michael L. Peterson, 34, in connection with the robbery. (Source

Tacoma shoplifter stopped by a Mystery man who stopped to help Nordstrom’s Loss Prevention.  A Loss Prevention agent followed a suspect out the doors after seeing the suspect remove a security tag from an item and flee. When the agent got outside, a man pulled up in a car, drew his weapon and told the suspect to stop, he did. As the agent apprehended the suspect, the mystery man drove away. (Source

New Mexico police search for a dangerous suspect in the Walmart iPad theft.  Police in two New Mexico cities are searching for a man suspected of stealing more than $13,500 worth of iPads and iPad Minis from a Santa Fe Wal-Mart. Police say surveillance video shows the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Derek Viviani, entering the store and breaking a display case that held the items. Viviani also reportedly threatened a store employee with a handgun. Investigators believe he is in the Los Lunas area. He's considered armed and dangerous. They say he may be wearing a brown wig. Viviani is also wanted in connection with an aggravated battery and residential burglary case in Los Lunas. (Source

Accused Home Depot shoplifter in Snellville, Georgia wrecks police cruiser.  It all should have ended when a Snellville police officer put an accused shoplifter into the back of his patrol car. Instead, the handcuffed woman worked her way into the front seat, put the car in drive and bit the officer before she crashed the police car into the front of Home Depot shortly after 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to Snellville police. Then, Demetra Clay fought with officers and tried to injure herself before she was again placed in a police car. This time, she was taken to the Gwinnett County jail. The incident started when Clay attempted to shoplift about $90 worth of merchandise from the store. (Source

Three Wichita juveniles arrested in confetti cannon explosion at Towne West mall.  Three juveniles were arrested after setting off what appeared to be a confetti cannon inside Towne West Square on Sunday afternoon. “There was an explosion,” said Wichita police Sgt. Jesse Boomer. “Confetti was shot into the air.” No one was injured, and there was no damage. Witnesses said the noise sounded like a gunshot and occurred inside the mall near Bath & Body Works, near the food court. (Source

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Store turns bumbling videotaped burglar into TV ad.  A Northern California grocery store owner is trying to profit from a suspected thief's botched burglary attempt that was caught on video and went viral. Footage shows the man breaking the Redding store's window last month and tripping twice as he ran away. Now store owner Kent Pfrimmer has turned it into a television commercial for his business, Kent's Meats and Groceries. (Source




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Three suspects charged with Organized Retail Theft at Toys R Us in Houston; theft is estimated at tens of thousand of dollars.  Three suspects were hitting several Toys R Us store in the Houston area, the Harris County District Attorney believes the group got away with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise and gift cards. The trio shoplifted items, returned them for gift cards where they would then purchase electronic items which were easily sold on the street. (Source

Major credit card theft ring busted in Westerville, OH.  The suspects are accused of recruiting restaurant and other business workers to skim customer credit cards. Westerville police say they've been watching the credit card theft ring for months. "They would pay them for skimming cards. Normally it would be ten dollars a number," said Westerville Police Lt. Paul Scowden. Police say the suspects would encode stolen credit card numbers onto the magnetic strips of prepaid gift cards. "There's definitely in the hundreds of thousands of fraud," said Lt. Scowden. (Source

Allentown, PA., ORC duo busted stealing baby formula
Police say the incident began around 5:45 p.m. Friday when 42-year-old Hector Vincente Rosa and 34-year-opld Stephen Rodriguez conspired to steal 18 cans of infant formula powder from the Wal-Mart on Millcreek Road in Lower Macungie Township. (Source

ORC duo hitting Walmart stores in Lancaster County, SC - police ask for public assistance  On April 7th, 11th, and 24th the first unknown suspect entered Walmart and loaded electronics into a buggy before pushing them out of the door without paying. On April 26th the same suspect returned with a second suspect and stole more electronics from the store. A total of $4750 worth of merchandise was stolen during the four incidents. (Source

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