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Research for Action: 2017 Loss Prevention Research Council Focus
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The D&D Daily's
Q1 2017 Publicly Reported
Retail Violent Death Report
112 Deaths

Deaths up 12%
Criminal acts up 20%

112 Retail violent deaths
102 Criminal acts

13% of robberies resulted in a death

Violent Deaths - 60 Victims/52 Suspects
Victim Deaths Up 10.5%
53.5%, 60 victims killed - up 10%
46.5%, 52 suspects killed - down 10%

2016 Annual Study
56%, (211) suspects killed
43%, (163) victims

60 Retail Crime Deaths - 52 Homicides

53.5%, 60 Retail Crime Deaths
                        Robberies, burglaries & shoplifting
                   • 52%, 31 Victims
                   • 48%, 29 Suspects

46.5%, 52 Homicides
                        Drug deals, arguments, murder/suicides

                   • 56%, 29 Victims
                   • 44%, 23 Suspects

64 Parking Lot Deaths - 41 In-Store Violent Deaths
  57%, 64 killed in parking lots
37%, 41 inside store or mall
4.5%, 5 died off premises
1.5%, 2 in automobile accidents/police chases

41 In-Store

Violent Deaths

29 Customers

Violently Killed
34 were shot
5 were stabbed
2 victims were beaten/struck
25.8% of total deaths
65%, 19 killed outside the store
28%, 8 killed inside the store
7%, 2 killed inside mall


26 Employees Violently Killed
2 in Workplace Violence Deaths

23.2% of the total deaths
92%, 24 killed during robberies, burglaries or thefts
1 killed by former employee
1 killed by relative


26 Employee Deaths By Gender & Method

Males Killed 4 to 1
73%, 19 Males
27%, 7 Females
77% Killed by gun
3 Stabbed
2 Beaten
1 Killed by fire


Total Deaths by Store Type

*Other category consists of bakeries, banks, barbershops, delis, motels, hair salons, and theaters 


Violent Deaths by Weekday

50% occur on Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Monday & Saturday tied for most
2 days not posted


Violent Deaths By State

Highest retail deaths:
1. Texas (15)
2. California (12)
3. Georgia (9)
3. Florida & North Carolina (each had 7)
4. Arkansas and Tennessee (each had 5)
5. Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan (each had 4)


Violent Deaths by City

  Houston leads in deaths & robberies.

Highest retail deaths:

1. Houston, TX (5)
2. Memphis, TN (4)
3. Little Rock, AR (3)
4. Indianapolis, IN (3)
5. Atlanta, GA (3)

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Kregg Carney, CFI promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Kregg was previously the Senior Manager of Loss Prevention, managing both field and home office loss prevention operations. Prior to joining The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Kregg was a Loss Prevention Manager for Z Gallerie for over four years, after leaving his position as Loss Prevention Officer for Prada USA. Congratulations Kregg!

Michael Oren, CFI named Regional Ethics & Compliance Manager for Walmart
Michael was previously the Director, Loss Prevention and Internal Audit for Natural Markets Food Group before taking this new role. He also held other loss prevention and operations positions such as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Compass Group North America, Regional Manager of Investigations - East Coast for Bloomingdale's, District Operations Manager for The Home Depot and Market Asset Protection Manager for Wal-Mart. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Congratulations Michael!

Chris McCarrick, CFI named Senior Manager, Asset Protection Solutions for Kroger
Chris was previously the Senior Manager, Corporate Investigations and Physical Security for Southeastern Grocers for over four years before taking this new role. He's also held a variety of other loss prevention managerial positions such as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Harris Teeter, District LP Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren, LP Supervisor for The Home Depot, and LP Manager for Kmart Corporation. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University. Congratulations Chris!

Portland, OR: Target, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers among retailers vandalized
May Day march erupts into fiery riot - 25 arrested

Twenty five people were arrested during a May Day march in downtown Portland, Oregon, after protesters threw bottles and other items at police officers monitoring the event, authorities said.

The Portland Police Bureau said that lead balls, smoke bombs, paint, glass bottles and full cans of Pepsi were "launched" at police. Officers were forced to put on protective helmets and other protective equipment due to the items that were being thrown at them, police said. At one point there were attempts to set a business on fire, according to police.

Damage included windows shattered or broken at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, City Hall, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Target, Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse building and Michael Parsons Fine Arts gallery.

Video captured people breaking windows and throwing flares into the downtown Portland Target store.

A rock was thrown through a window at Goldmark Jewelers, and protesters left a wall and other windows marred by graffiti. "Why'd they have to do this?" said Kurt Thomas, the building security guard. "The owner's a nice guy, not a corporate store at all."

City Hall was also tagged with graffiti, as was the shuttered Macy's building and other downtown structures. Someone scrawled "Kill Cops" on a Biketown rack, its bicycles' tires slashed. oregonlive.com abcnews.com

Agilence unveils new data analytics product tailored to pharmacy operations
20/20 Rx has been launched to help pharmacies remain compliant, reduce losses, and gain more operational visibility. Agilence, Inc., the leader in cloud-based data analytics for store operations and loss prevention, today announced 20/20 Rx, a new pharmacy analytics software designed to support the specific needs of pharmacies and retailers with pharmacy departments. With input from industry leaders including customers like Rite Aid, 20/20 Rx brings an unprecedented level of visibility and business insight to pharmacy operations. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

To learn more about 20/20 Rx, register for Agilence's upcoming pharmacy operations webinar on May 16th.

The Zellman Group Awards William Savage, Market LP Manager for Beall's,
LPC Scholarship

We wanted to thank everyone for who participated in our LPC Scholarship Essay Contest. We are thrilled with the number of submissions we received from the variety of LP Professionals. It was a challenge to narrow down all of the great submissions but we are excited to have made our selection. We wanted to highlight a select few of our winners over the next few weeks leading up to NRF. One winner we wanted to highlight is William Savage, Market Loss Prevention Manager at Beall's. Congratulations William, we wish you all the best in your studies!

Gauging Company Culture Using Internal Audit
More companies are conducting audits of their culture, but questions remain about who should be leading these efforts and how such audits can be done. In its 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority stressed that assessing firm culture would be a major focus. But what does that entail? "What is culture exactly? It's the visions, beliefs and values that drive the conduct of a firm and its employees," said Ivan Garces. "How do you audit that?"

Erica Salmon Byrne, executive vice president, governance and compliance, at business ethics advocacy group Ethisphere Institute, said there is a growing trend toward using internal audit to gauge corporate culture, especially when a company doesn't have or doesn't want to expend all the necessary resources to conduct a full-blown audit. "What companies in that position are doing are saying, 'Internal audit is out in the field all the time talking to people, let's arm them with a handful of questions to take to every field audit they do so we can get a sense of what's happening from a cultural perspective,'" she said. Some companies conduct full audits every couple of years, and use internal audit in the in-between years "as a spot-check" to see what is happening. There are some drawbacks to this approach, including not being sure the auditor will ask the question in the right way - and that means it's up to the compliance people to train auditors so they understand not only why you are asking the specific questions you are but also so they can better listen to what respondents are saying. "That is what makes this work," said Ms. Byrne. "If you are only giving them a checklist set of questions, you are not leveraging your resources as effectively as you could be." wsj.com

NY Retailers Getting Illegal Kickbacks from Cigarette Smugglers
As many as 80% of NYC's cigarettes are bootlegged

Retailers throughout New York have been getting illegal kickbacks from some cigarette distributors desperate to pick up business in a tough market, sources tell the NY Post. And investigators have the proof on tape.

For months, a team of private, undercover investigators recorded some of the transactions and have turned the evidence over to the IRS - since illegal payments seldom get reported on taxes. The NY Post has been told these "rebates" have been going on for years but only now are being looked into.

The funny part about all of this is that the probe is occurring at the same time as Mayor de Blasio's campaign to get New Yorkers to quit smoking. Last month, de Blasio announced that he wanted to raise the tax on cigarettes by 24 percent.

Experts on the city's cigarette trade say that as many as 80 percent of the cigarettes smoked in the city are bootlegged - smuggled into the state from places with far lower taxes.

So without realizing it, de Blasio's tax increase would be a boon to the smugglers because it would allow them to raise their selling price without having to increase their acquisition costs. nypost.com

Cashier Dodges Prison In $37M Stolen Cisco Goods Scam
A California federal judge on Monday ordered the former owner of a check-cashing business to forfeit $68,000 and serve two years of supervised probation for his role in a criminal network that earned $37 million by trafficking in stolen Cisco products, rejecting prosecutors' request for a 46-month prison sentence. Edwin Lin is one of at least eight individuals who have been charged with various offenses since 2013 for their dealings with the San Jose business Network Genesis Inc. and its owner Cuong Cao Dang.

Dang was arrested in July 2013 by federal law enforcement officials and indicted on charges related to the procurement and sale of stolen or counterfeit Cisco products. Under the scheme, Dang allegedly resold stolen and counterfeit Cisco merchandise to Network Genesis customers after altering the external serial numbers to make the items more difficult to trace. law360.com

Split 5th Circ. Denies Bass Pro Discrimination Rehearing Bid
Bass Pro Outdoor World's bid for a rehearing of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's suit alleging the retailer discriminated against minorities when hiring was denied Friday after the Fifth Circuit split evenly over the issue in a poll. The circuit judges split 7-7 in the poll over Bass Pro's July petition for rehearing en banc of a ruling the previous month that allowed the EEOC to pursue money damages while alleging a pattern of discrimination against black and Hispanic job applicants. law360.com

Workers at Bloomingdale's flagship store narrowly avoid a strike
The department store will no longer require sales clerks to prepare online orders for in-store pickups, and managers cannot ask workers to leave their departments if it could cause them to lose a sale, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is representing the Bloomingdale's employees. Members of the union say the deal will help ameliorate wages lost to online shopping. cnn.com

Walgreen to force FTC's hand on Rite-Aid deal
Walgreen is likely to push federal regulators to the brink. The chain about a month ago gave the Federal Trade Commission 30 days' notice it was going to certify compliance - a notification that a merger applicant believes it has supplied all the information regulators need to make a decision on the deal.

Walgreen is expected to certify compliance within days, two sources close to the situation said. In doing so, Walgreen will give the FTC 90 days to either clear the $9.7 billion deal, creating the nation's biggest drug store chain, or sue to block it, a source said.

FTC staff has been preparing to sue to block the merger, believing Walgreen's divestiture proposal does not do enough to restore competition in areas where Walgreen and Rite Aid are dominant. Walgreen has proposed selling 865 Rite Aid stores to regional money-losing chain Fred's Inc. nypost.com

Report: Is 'Apple Cash' on the horizon?
Apple may be the next company to provide a money-transfer service. Sources said Apple has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing a program that would allow iPhone owners to send money to each other digitally, according to ReCode. If Apple's plan pans out, its service will rival offerings from big U.S. banks, as well as PayPal, its millennial-popular subsidiary Venmo, and Square Cash, the report said. chainstoreage.com

The Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund Raises $4900 at the RILA Retail AP Conference

Camping World Announces Acquisition of Gander Mountain

Gander Mountain likely to close many more stores

Sycamore wins OK to sell 323 former Dollar Tree stores to Dollar General

Lidl plans stores in PA, OH, and TX - This one's coming

Sheetz adding 3,400 employees to its 550 convenience stores

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Coach Q3 comp's up 3%, net sales down 4%
CVS Q1 comp's down 4.7%, net revenue down 3.8%
Rent-A-Center Q1 comp's down 7.8%, revenue down 12.6%

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:

Czech Republic
Hong Kong

New Zealand
South Korea
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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Agilence unveils new data analytics product tailored to pharmacy operations

20/20 Rx has been launched to help pharmacies remain compliant, reduce losses, and gain more operational visibility

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, May 2, 2016 - Agilence, Inc., the leader in cloud-based data analytics for store operations and loss prevention, today announced 20/20 Rx, a new pharmacy analytics software designed to support the specific needs of pharmacies and retailers with pharmacy departments. With input from industry leaders including customers like Rite Aid, 20/20 Rx brings an unprecedented level of visibility and business insight to pharmacy operations.

Built on the foundation of Agilence's industry leading 20/20 Data Analytics platform, 20/20 Rx focuses on pharmacy operations and allows pharmacies to easily identify and prevent drug diversion activities, while also ensuring regulatory compliance with federal and state standards. In addition, the new 20/20 product makes it easy for pharmacies to identify and report prescribers who may be overprescribing controlled substances and patients who are attempting to fill invalid prescriptions.

"Pharmacies have the unique task of remaining compliant with federal and state regulations and keeping track of the controlled substances that pass through their system to ensure no one is abusing or stealing them, all while delivering exceptional customer service," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence, Inc. "20/20 Rx provides pharmacies with the ability to easily identify drug diversion and regulatory compliance issues that can lead to significant fines and even the loss of their license, allowing them to proactively solve for the unexpected."

With 20/20 Rx, every level of personnel from C-level executives to store managers, gain visibility into business information underlying operational efficiencies, regulatory compliance, and loss prevention. The new data analytics solution from Agilence includes executive level dashboards, predictive modeling, prescriptive alerts, and operational level reporting all built into a single, easy-to-use solution.

The key benefits associated with 20/20 Rx include:

Ensure Regulatory Compliance: Remain compliant with federal and state laws by automatically analyzing prescription data to identify inappropriate or illegal attempts by prescribers and patients to acquire controlled substances.

Identify and Prevent Drug Diversion: Analyze the flow of drugs including orders, transfers, fills, and inventory adjustments to quickly and easily identify potential losses that occur from both day-to-day inefficiencies as well as deliberate theft by employees.

Reduce labor, chargebacks, and fines: Properly handling insurance submittals and navigating federally funded prescriptions is a time-consuming process that can lead to undue labor, chargebacks and significant fines. Now pharmacies can analyze prescriptions to streamline the process and reduce costly mistakes.

"20/20 Rx delivers unprecedented functionality for pharmacy operations and asset protection," said Derek M. Rodner, VP of Product Strategy, Agilence, Inc. "Through automated analysis, identification, and notification of anomalies, pharmacies are able to focus on running the business while 20/20 keeps them compliant."

To learn more about 20/20 Rx, please register for Agilence's upcoming pharmacy operations webinar on May 16th.

Chipotle breach calls all restaurants to get a security 'toolbelt'
Breaches like Chipotle's reiterate that multi-location restaurant security requires a new approach, beyond maintaining PCI compliance and implementing a managed firewall, which are absolute essentials.

Unfortunately, many products and service providers simply do not have the ability to stop cybercriminals before they do real damage.

To achieve a high level of protection, restaurants should consider implementing the following technologies as part of a comprehensive 'toolbelt,' including:

File integrity monitoring, to tell you when files have changed that weren't supposed to change. Unified threat management appliances, which are used to integrate security features such as firewall, gateway antivirus, and intrusion detection. Security information and event management, which is used to centrally collect, store, and analyze log data and other data from various systems to provide a single point of view from which to be alerted to potential issues. And next-generation endpoint security solutions, which can stop attacks on the endpoint computers and servers before they can wreak havoc on other systems. paymentssource.com

Grocer Data Suit Tossed, Unlike Target And Home Depot
An Illinois federal judge Monday threw out a data-breach lawsuit brought by banks and credit unions' card issuers against Midwestern grocery chain Schnuck Markets Inc., distinguishing the dispute from data-breach cases involving retailers Home Depot and Target.

Chief District Judge Michael J. Reagan granted St. Louis-based Schnuck's motion to dismiss the financial institutions' putative class action for failure to state a claim, distinguishing their cybercrime suit against the grocery chain from the Home Depot case because Schnuck's conduct in not maintaining adequate security wasn't intentional, and from the Target case because much of that suit was based on unique contract provisions of Minnesota law.

"The facts in the record suggest that Home Depot's data security conduct in the lead-up to their breach was egregious and intentional - Home Depot on numerous occasions ignored warning signs of poor data security, and even went so far as to fire tech employees who tried to alert the company to the risks of the poor data security measures," Judge Reagan said.

As for the Target precedent, Judge Reagan did not find the duty to safeguard data recognized in that litigation to play a role in the Schnuck case because the Target court relied in part on data security provisions unique to Minnesota law that have no analogue in Missouri law. law360.com

How Cyber Insurance Has Impacted Retail Cybersecurity
One area where cyber insurance has already made an impact is in the retail space, said David White, founder and COO at Axio Global, a cyber risk company.

After the 2013 Target breach, it became very difficult for retailers to get a decent price for cyber insurance unless they had completely switched over to end-to-end encryption, or had a definite plan in place for doing that.

"I spoke to a large retailer at a conference a year ago who was wringing their hands because they could not buy cyber insurance -- the sort that would cover a payment card data breach," he said. "Their problem was that they had not allocated the funding to install end-to-end encryption and were not even planning to in the foreseeable future. The risk manager told me that they had approached the insurance market annually for several years and all she could get were 'FU quotes.' The cyber insurance industry has been a substantial force in driving retailers to adopt end-to-end encryption." csoonline.com

The NRF's Cyber Security Efforts & Legislative Update

Tom Litchford, VP Retail Technologies, NRF
Paul Martino, VP & Sr. Policy Counsel, NRF

What is the state of cybersecurity in the retail industry? How is the National Retail Federation working with its members to address the cyber risk to businesses? And what can we expect from the new Trump administration and Congress when it comes to cyber issues such as a national data breach notification law? Tom Litchford, VP of Retail Technologies, and Paul Martino, VP & Senior Policy Counsel, of the NRF tackle these topics plus - where does LP play into it all?

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Brand Protection Teams Playing Whac-A-Mole
Growth of online shopping spurs trade in counterfeit products

Companies like Pandora and Under Armour have dedicated internal teams seeking out counterfeiters and turn to law enforcement, lawsuits and other channels to protect their brands, but it's seemingly a game of Whac-A-Mole as one site is taken down, another pops up.

International trade in counterfeit and pirated goods made up as much as 2.5% of world trade in 2013 or as much as $461 billion.

Another estimate, from a 2015 report commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce's Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy, places the size of the global counterfeit market at more than $1.7 trillion, up from $600 billion in 2010.

As more shopping has moved online, counterfeiters have followed, he said, often opening e-commerce sites that mirror legitimate sites much like Pandorapick.

"Years ago, customs would intercept containers of counterfeit luxury goods, and now it's evolved to direct shipments from China to individual consumers.

The IACC has seen some success with "RogueBlock," a program in partnership with credit card issuers that works to cut off counterfeiters' ability to process payments using credit cards or money transfers.

Since 2012, nearly 6,000 merchant accounts have been shut down through the program, Barchiesi said. Many more individual websites were shut down, he believes, because multiple sites often are tied to a single merchant account. baltimoresun.com

Online Criminals Are Tricking Entrepreneurs Into Doing Their Dirty Work
Online storefronts are enormous entrepreneurial opportunity but, unbeknown to many, those virtual storefronts have become increasingly popular with cyber criminals who have learned to hide illegal activities in a new form of online fraud called transaction laundering.

Transaction laundering is a merchant-based fraud scheme whereby illicit transactions are funneled through seemingly unrelated ecommerce merchant accounts causing significant damage to legitimate merchant acquirers. Merchants suffer heavy losses from transaction laundering at the hands of the affiliates who they rely on to drive traffic and revenue.

When affiliates drive fraudulent traffic, merchants can lose money and brand equity. When affiliates conduct fraudulent transactions under the auspices of legitimate merchants (transaction laundering), merchants are exposed to an entirely different and more severe legal and regulatory liability.

Merchants need to dramatically tighten their affiliate vetting and onboarding process to protect against the liability of affiliate transaction laundering. entrepreneur.com

The Grim Upward Trajectory of Mobile Fraud Risks
By 2019, more than 60 percent of online retail sales will be made via mobile devices, which offer great convenience for buyers, according to research firm Riskified. Yet with the potential rewards come potential risks.

Mobile orders for digital goods, such as plane tickets and online gift cards, are four times as likely to be fraudulent as orders for physical goods, the Riskified report suggests. Further, mobile transactions in amounts greater than US$1,000 are three times more likely to be fraudulent than those worth less than $200.

By contrast, 96 percent of mobile orders in the lower price bracket are likely to be valid, the study found, compared to 91 percent carried out on traditional desktops or laptops.

What is being bought -- and when -- can be factors that should help retailers identify potential fraudulent transactions, at least to a point. If a purchase is for an unusual amount of items that should raise a red flag, and purchases made in the wee hours should be scrutinized as well. ecommertimes.com

Purcell, OK: Police pursue I-35 Gift Card Theft Suspects; hitting Walmart stores for over $20,000
Police in Purcell are investigating a clever gift card scam they believe may be connected to other schemes that have recently happened at Walmart stores located Pauls Valley, Norman and possibly other Walmart stores along I-35. Thieves reportedly made off with thousands of dollars in stolen gift cards. Security cameras capture a lot of things, including a pair of women who somehow managed to walk out of a Purcell Walmart Saturday with $19,000 in gift cards. The women allegedly tricked a store associate into believing they were his coworkers, and they needed his help with the gift cards. They approached the real employee, told him they worked a different shift and eventually walked out with 19 one thousand dollar gift cards without paying for them. When the register would not allow the employee to make the transactions, the women told him how to override it. kfor.com

International Super Heist Cost Retailers Billions Last Year; One woman in El Segundo stole $10,000 of clothes from a shop in about 20 minutes in three visits
Retailers ready to launch their new fashion lines can bet some of that apparel will be stolen the minute it hits their shelves, according to private investigators. The products are being shoplifted, in some cases, thousands of dollars at a time, by thieves committing organized retail crime. A private investigator, speaking to NBC4 on the condition of anonymity, helped detectives with the El Segundo police department, tie two Colombian nationals to an international theft ring. The two were arrested after police discovered $67,000 worth of stolen merchandise in their Hawthorne apartment. Police found enough piles of jeans to fill a stockroom. Some of the brands that fell victim to the heist included Athleta, Lulu Lemon, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren and Diesel, which are all high-end clothing lines. Police say organized retail crime cost retailers across the country billions of dollars last year. One of the women involved in the massive heist was captured on surveillance video in El Segundo stealing $10,000 of clothes from an athletic wear shop. In less than 20 minutes, she returns to the store three times. Each time, she is captured on surveillance video, returning to the same spot from where she stole the clothing with an empty bag to steal more. nbclosangeles.com

Woodbridge, NJ: $760 K-Mart Shoplifting Arrest in Avenel tied to Flea Market
The man was observed taking off his old sneakers and putting new sneakers on. When stopped, LP discovered numerous items stuffed under his shirt and in his backpack. In total, Abdul was charged with trying to shoplift more than $760 in personal hygiene items from the K-Mart, which he admitted he planned to sell at a flea market. patch.com

Update: Detroit Lakes, MN: Man uses bolt cutters to shoplift from Walmart
Cory Swift has been charged with felony possession of shoplifting gear and gross misdemeanor theft. Swift was allegedly one of three men that shoplifted from the Detroit Lakes Walmart on Feb. 25, using bolt cutters to cut the chain on the Garden Center exit doors and then leaving with more than $500 in goods. perhamfocus.com

Bettendorf, IA: Pawn Shop license suspended; tied to stolen merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Fort Worth, TX: Woman Shot, Killed In Ridgmar Mall Parking Lot
Fort Worth Police said a woman was shot while sitting in her car in the Ridgmar Mall parking lot around 5:30 Monday evening. Police said the victim was shot multiple times. The parking lot was closed for several hours while police conducted their investigation. cbslocal.com

Memphis, TN: 1 Killed, 1 in critical condition inside North Memphis Market
Two men were shot at a business on Avalon Road and Vollintine Road. Police said the 23-year-old victim has died from the shooting. The shooting happened at around 7 p.m. Monday, witnesses say at least 10 rounds were fired inside the store. wmcactionnews5.com

Robberies & Thefts

Update: Aztec, NM: Burglary Ring: 48 New Charges, 5 more suspects in Crime Ring; attempted theft of 6 ATM's
Authorities filed 48 new charges against five of the 14 suspects in a brazen crime ring, accusing them of stealing vehicles, welding equipment, firearms and drones. The new charges were filed in Farmington Magistrate Court on April 20 against five suspects in a nearly six-month investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and Farmington Police Department. The first wave of nearly 180 charges was filed in late February in Aztec Magistrate Court and involved 14 suspects who were accused of stealing ATMs, firearms, vehicles and $160,000 worth of taxidermy mounts across San Juan County. daily-times.com

Orland Park, IL: Retail theft at Dick's Sporting Goods escalated
to Armed Robbery

Police said they responded at 5:35 p.m. Sunday to a retail theft that had just taken place at Dick's Sporting Goods at Orland Park Place shopping center. Store employees told police that a man and woman were walking toward the store's exit doors carrying clothing, and that when an employee offered to carry the items to the register the man pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants and pointed it at the employee. The two left the store with some of the clothing and got into a car and fled. chicagotribune.com

Miramar Beach, FL: Owner of KM Jewelers fires on Robbery suspect, no injuries
Two suspects are still on the loose after allegedly robbing a local jewelry store Saturday night. Store owner Montie Fischer said he was working late that night at his jewelry store and decided to take a quick nap when he suddenly woke to the sound of breaking glass. "Well I fell asleep and all of a sudden next thing I heard was a loud bang and by the time I got downstairs, I grabbed a gun on the way. Before I got to the doorway I ended up seeing people down here and I started shooting," Fischer said. But thanks to a good security system, it was all caught on camera. wjhg.com

North Charleston, SC: No charges for Andrews Market employees videoed assaulting alleged thief
Spencer Pryor, public information officer for North Charleston Police, says NCPD is not pursuing charges because the store owners and employees acted within their rights to protect their business. In the viral video posted to Facebook, store employees are shown holding the shoplifting suspect, 38-year-old Tyrone Mazyck, at gunpoint. They also have swords drawn. abcnews4.com

Jefferson, OH: Warrants issued for Love's Travel Shops Manager who stole $14,000 in cash; Failure to appear

Charlotte, NC: Duo reportedly tries to make getaway on moped after robbing Charlotte CVS

Cleveland, OH: Theives attempt Smash & Grab of ATM at Walgreens, suspect fail

Athens, GA: Employee suspected in Tire store theft of $2,000 in cash

Youngwood, PA: PA State Police investigating Repeat Shoplifter hitting Shop N Save; shrimp and bacon

Emporia, KS: Bookkeeper charged with felony theft and embezzlement at Emporia Granada Theatre

Alexandria, VA: Shoplifting suspect trips over his saggy pants trying to flee

Kay Jewelers in the Cherry Tree Crossing, Indianapolis, IN reported a Smash & Grab on 5/1, 49 pcs. Valued at $131,778


Lexington, NE: Walmart evacuated due to fire, no time set for reopening

Credit Card Fraud

Crown Point, IN: Man used Stolen Credit Card to pay for Court Monitoring, Attorney Fees

Newark, OH: Sheriff announces Arrest in over 100 mail box thefts

AT&T - Bradley, IL - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Sarasota, FL - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Dick's Sporting Goods - Orland Park, IL - Armed Robbery
Gallery Furniture - Houston, TX - Burglary (ATM)
Gas USA - Cleveland, OH - Robbery
• Kay Jewelers - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
Marathon - Timmonsville, SC - Burglary
Midtown Liquor - Harrington, DE - Armed Robbery
North Bay Marijuana - Belfair, WA - Armed Robbery
Quik Stop - Santa Cruz County, CA - Robbery
Stripes - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Cleveland, OH - Robbery (ATM)
Walgreens - Lima, OH - Robbery
Walgreens - Dayton, OH - Robbery
7-Eleven - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Milford, CT - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
0 shootings
0 killed

Matthew Custer, CFI
named Regional Asset Protection Manager for L Brands

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