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Research for Action: 2017 Loss Prevention Research Council Focus
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Vector Security, Inc. Announces 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation Scholarship Winners

More than $23,875 given to support loss prevention continuing education

Vector Security today announced the winners of its 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarships, which provide financial support to loss prevention professionals seeking to obtain Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) and Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

The company began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this rapidly-growing industry.

The 2017 winners are:

LPQ Scholarship Recipients

Melissa Allen, Marshalls /TJX Corporation
Bianca Bennett, Giant of Landover, LLC
Paulina Garcia, Lowe's Home Improvement
Jessica Hart-Ohalloran, Marshalls /TJX Corporation
Ron Houk, Stein Mart, Inc.
Kylee Johnson, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Oklahoma & North Texas
Dustin Kelty, Belk
Eric Mizner, HomeGoods/TJX Corporation
Michael Muysenberg, Kroger Co.
Cinthia Sadauskas, Ikea

LPC Scholarship Recipients

Kathleen Avariano, Hermes of Paris
Chuck Bailey, CFI, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc.
Clyde Bentzel, Gabriel Brothers
Robert Borowski, Rent-A-Center
Stephen Boyd, Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Danielle Butler, Bealls
Adam Cooper, Belk Inc.
Jill Ellison, Lowe's Home Improvement
Douglas Fessenden, RH - Restoration Hardware
Nathan Hamblin, PetSmart
James Lapcevic, Luxottica
Peter Lewandowski, Dick's Sporting Goods
Michael Provencio, Staples, Inc.
Brigette Ross, Petco Animal Supplies
Derrik Welsh, A'GACI LLC

"Each year, we receive a high volume of applications from deserving individuals, and this year was no exception," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President of Vector Security Networks. "While the awardees represent a variety of professional backgrounds, they each express the highest level of desire for the opportunity. In addition, they all possess a positive outlook as to how they will use this program to enhance the value they bring to their respective employers and to the profession. We are pleased to help them advance their career aspirations. Congratulations to them all!"

Vector Security has awarded 209 scholarships totaling more than $213,220 since the program began in 2009.


USS Foundation Annual Charity Golf Event Secures Record Sponsorship Levels
The USS Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and their families, has secured record sponsorship levels for its upcoming 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the National Golf Club at Tantallon in Fort Washington, MD.

In addition to several well-known retailers and security solution providers, loss prevention industry major player Stanley Security will support this year's event as the presenting level sponsor, a first for the tournament.

USS Foundation Founder Adel Sayegh voiced his excitement for the event and expressed his gratitude for the unprecedented support from the retail loss prevention community.

"In the eight years we have been blessed with the opportunity to host our tournament, I have never witnessed such an outpouring of eager generosity from our LP family," he said. Learn more here.

Axis Introduces Comprehensive Store Optimization and Loss Prevention Solutions
Axis announces new solutions for retail, which can provide intelligence and drive revenue growth

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, today announced that Cognimatics' applications have been fully integrated with Axis' network cameras, audio, and access control products. Axis acquired Cognimatics in 2016 after a long, successful partnership.

The new solutions will be marketed solely under the Axis brand, and will support retailers in two critical areas - store optimization solutions for customer understanding and revenue growth and loss prevention solutions to prevent theft.

"When Axis acquired Cognimatics back in 2016 I knew that our technologies would create a strong portfolio for our retail customers," said Hedgie Bartol, Business Development Manager, Retail, Axis Communications, Inc. "We're excited that we're now able to offer a solution that can generate more revenue per customer, reduce shrink and enhance overall customer experience." businesswire.com

Political Stress at Work Worsening, Psychological Association Reports
It's been six months since the 2016 election, but the political debates that defined that period have yet to die down. In fact, things may be getting worse.

And that's creating a lot of extra stress, says the American Psychological Association. The group also reported a lot of election-season stress back in October, but with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, things haven't really changed. The association's survey finds that about a quarter of full-time and part-time workers (26 percent) say they feel stress or tension due to the political discourse happening at the office-an increase from the 17 percent that said the same last September.

The issue was creating issues for workers, with one in five employees (21 percent) reporting cynicism or feelings of negativity on the job. Even worse, 40 percent of workers say that they've had a negative outcome at work as a result of political talk at work-a huge jump from 27 percent in August. (Liberals are more likely to feel stress or tension, though every political persuasion reports at least some.)

And these political conversations could be causing bigger problems, including along the lines of productivity and collaboration. In a recent Bloomberg article, Society for Human Resource Management HR Partner Edward Yost suggests the debates can get lengthy and might lead staffers to avoid working with people they need to.

In a news release, Ballard emphasized that an environment that allows for an open dialogue might help matters.

"Employers and employees have a shared responsibility to resist the trap of vilifying those with different opinions and actively encourage civility, respect, collaboration, and trust," he said. "A psychologically healthy work environment can help diminish the negative consequences of unavoidable political discussions and serve as a source of stability and support, even during divisive times." associationsnow.com
Portland May Day Riots
Man Charged with Arson - Tossed Flare Into Target Store

Portland police have charged a man with arson after he allegedly threw a road flare into a downtown Target store and police car during a May Day protest.

Police said Damion Zachary Feller, 22, was arrested Wednesday and booked into Multnomah County Jail. He's charged with first and second degree arson, as well as a riot charge.

Investigators say they reviewed video of the incident and used community tips to identify Feller. He'll be arraigned in court Thursday. Read more on the May Day riots here opd.org
Loss Prevention Director Steers 'At Home' Home Employee Training Initiative
Home décor chain At Home modernizes associate training methods

At Home's director of loss prevention, Rick Beardsley, suggested Valerie Davisson, At Home's head of human resources, to look at Axonify.

Home décor superstore At Home uses an employee knowledge platform from Axonify to enable employees - both at company headquarters in Plano, Texas, and at its 120 stores - to access training videos that are tailored to their positions and goals, easily digested and use game strategy to boost learning and engagement.

"Our brand suffered every day from a lack of awareness," she says.

In addition, turnover was running at about 400 percent, Davisson says. The management team needed to rebuild employee policies and re-start employee training, which had become almost non-existent.

The goal was to "change the culture to be something more welcoming," she says.

Any solution would have to scale with the business and be easy to implement and learn. It also needed to be budget-friendly.

"It needed to be nimble and flexible, but robust," Davisson says. "The juice had to be worth the squeeze."

At Home's director of loss prevention suggested Davisson look at Axonify. Axonify's employee knowledge platform consists of brief lessons - often just a few minutes each - tailored to each employee's position and current level of knowledge. Its algorithm automatically adjusts as an employee successfully completes a lesson, so the next lesson builds on what they have already learned.

At Home now enjoys an average weekly participation rate of 94 percent. "I've been a human resources professional a long time," Davisson says. "This is the first time I have training that ... provides what we need within constraints of our budget, and for a dispersed workforce." stores.org
Retail had most job cuts in April with 11,669 job cuts
Leading all other sectors, retail had the most cuts, bringing the 2017 total to 50,133, up 36 percent from job cuts announced the in the first fourth months last year. With California and Ohio leading the way.  cnbc.com
Feds Want 5 Years For Wholesale Distributer Duo - $10M 5-Hour Energy Scheme
California federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a couple convicted of a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks to serve more than five years in prison each, with the husband in turn asking for three years and his wife for time served.

A jury in November found Joseph and Adriana Shayota each guilty of one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce. Joseph Shayota, one of the leaders of the scheme, should serve nine years, and his wife, a minor player, should serve 6.5 years, the government said.

The scheme involved relabeling legitimate bottles of the drink made by Living Essentials, which were meant to be sold in Mexico. The co-conspirators would replace the Spanish labels with English ones and sell them illegally in the U.S., prosecutors said. When those legitimate bottles ran out, they made fully counterfeit drinks.

The husband ran a wholesale company, Baja Exporting, which sold the bottles to co-conspirator Midwest Wholesale Distributors Inc. Midwest's owner, Walid Jamil, was sentenced on April 26 to seven years for his role in the scheme.

The couple and Baja have already paid Living Essentials compensation at least $10 million for the loss related to the scheme, his memorandum states. For that reason, they shouldn't pay further restitution, Shayota said. law360.com

Director EHS & Loss Prevention posted for Fleet Pride in Las Colinas, TX
Reporting to Chief Financial Officer, this position will be responsible for sustaining a proactive, company-wide risk management and EHS safety program to achieve annual goals and reduce accidents and associated costs. He/she will work with all departments on the development and implementation of safety and loss prevention programs. Partner with Accounting to support the analysis and tracking of inventory. ultipro.com

Fleet Pride has more than 260 locations in 45 states and 200 FleetCare repair and maintenance shops across the country. fleetpride.com

To obtain merger approval, Rite Aid believes store divestitures will total 1,200 locations

Central Grocers Files Chapter 11

Police conduct an Active Shooter training scenario at the Everett Mall in WA

April Same Store Sales
Costco comp's up 4%, sales up 5%
Fred's Pharmacy comp's up 1.2%, sales down 3%
Cato comp's down 2%, sales down 2%
The Buckle comp's down 3.5%, net sales down 3.9%
L Brands April Comp's Fall 5%, sales down 7%
   Victoria's Secret comp's down 12%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Citi Trends Q1 comp's up 1%, sales up 3.2%
Cheescake Factory Q1 comp's up 0.3%
Dunkin Brands Q1 U.S. Donuts comp's flat, U.S. Baskin Robbins comp's down 2.4%, sales up 0.5%
Sally Beauty Q2 comp's down 2%, net sales down 1.4%
Smart & Final Q1 comp's down 2.5%, net sales up 6.4%
Regis Corp. Q3 service comp's down 2.9%, product comp's down 3%, sales down 6.8%
Cabela's Q1 comp's down 8.9%, net sales down 3.4%


Learn Tactics That Can Save the Day, In Half a Day

Practice the power of words in NRF PROTECT's half-day Emerging Leaders Workshop: Verbal Defense and Influence on Monday, June 26. This all-new program designed for regional managers, district managers, LP managers and their teams will arm you with tried and true tactics and empower you to:

Defuse stressful situations and stop escalation
Communicate effectively with difficult people
Redirect behavior and take control through words

Trainers Gary Klugiewicz and Dave Young are co-founders of Vistelar, a global training institute focused on addressing conflict at the point of impact.

Workshop registration is only $195 and includes your EXPO Pass for NRF PROTECT, which kicks off right after the workshop ends. Stay through and experience all the event has to offer with a Full Conference Pass ($200 savings ends June 23).

Don't miss this essential workshop-register now!


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Nedap introduces new iSense Lumen 3-in-1 RFID antenna

In-store hardware for article surveillance and article tracking

Today, Nedap announces the global launch of its new iSense Lumen line. It is the latest extension of Nedap's successful iSense hardware platform for article surveillance and article tracking in retail stores. In the first half of 2017, Nedap will introduce three iSense Lumen antennas starting with the Lumen iL45, which offers new user feedback functionalities. It can be used at multiple locations in a store, thus optimizing the retailer's product availability.

Intuitive user feedback with light & sound

The iSense Lumen antenna line is designed to enhance the user experience through advanced light and sound options. The multi-colored lights and state-of-the-art speakers notify the store staff about the cause and urgency of specific events with light and sound signals.

Hilbert Dijkstra, Product Manager at Nedap Retail, explains: "iSense Lumen is another big step forward in the development of article surveillance solutions. It is the result of great feedback we got after the introduction of iSense in 2014. With iSense, we completely redefined the way electronic article surveillance works, because of its intelligence. The system recognizes individual items, detects the direction of the item and gives instant feedback to the store staff."

Intelligent 3-in-1 RFID antenna

The Lumen iL45 antenna can be placed at three key locations in a store to track article movements. At the entrance, it is able to detect which items are leaving the store and it will activate an alarm with items that have not been paid for, thus minimizing losses. The antenna can also be placed between the stock room and the sales floor to track article movements and in the back to track new deliveries.

"Product availability is an absolute necessity for retailers. Our solutions enable retailers to always have the right products available without adding complexity. Our iSense hardware platform is IP-based and uses open protocols, which makes information-exchange and integrations with other solutions very simple and straightforward," says Rob Schuurman, Managing Director at Nedap Retail.

The What If's of Cyber Extortion - Russian Roulette Literally
Netflix Incident A Sign Of Increase In Cyber Extortion Campaigns

Attackers using threats of data exposure and DDoS disruptions to try and extort ransoms from organizations

The recent leak of 10 unaired episodes from Season 5 of Netflix' hit series "Orange Is The New Black" shows that ransomware is not the only form of online extortion for which organizations need to be prepared.

Increasingly, cyber criminals have begun attempting to extort money from organizations by threatening to leak corporate and customer data, trade secrets, and intellectual property. Instead of encrypting data and seeking a ransom for decrypting it, criminals have begun using doxing as a leverage to try and quietly extort bigger sums from enterprises.

"Organizations, regardless of industry or size, can be targeted with cyber extortion or espionage as the hackers' goal."

The reason why there isn't more noise over such incidents is that victims often like to keep quiet about them, he says. "Unless the company is regulated to report the attack, they will keep it quiet to keep brand and reputation intact," Gaist says.

The hackers first tried to extort money from Larson Studio, the third party, before going after Netflix directly. When Netflix refused to acquiesce to the extortion demand, the hackers released the unaired episodes. The hackers claimed to have stolen several more unaired episodes of TV programs from Netflix, Fox, and National Geographic and have threatened to release them as well. It is not clear if the hackers have made any extortion demands from the various studios.

Cyber extortion can include the threat of DDoS attacks and data exposure. The goal of attackers is to find a way to threaten targets with the most damage, either financial or from a brand reputation standpoint, Cristal explains.

Any decision on whether to pay or not to pay should be based on an assessment of the potential damage, both real and perceived, that the attacker could wreak, and the company's ability to withstand such damage, Cristal says.

While attacks that result in potential exposure of customer and corporate data can be scary, there are a couple of good reasons not to pay, security analysts say. One of course is that paying off a ransom or extortion is only likely to inspire more attempts. An organization that shows its willingness to pay to get data back or to prevent something bad from happening will almost certainly be attacked again.

The other reason is that not all extortion scams are real. In fact, a lot of times attackers will attempt to scare money out of an organization with false threats.

Paying a ransom doesn't necessarily guarantee a chosen outcome. "So doing separate analysis of the request for payment and the real threat is critical for any organization."

Paying a ransom is no guarantee that your data still won't be leaked, she says. "Once data has been exfiltrated from your system, the blackmail may or may not continue after the requested payment, or it may still be leaked."

What organizations need to be focusing on is DDoS attack resilience and the operational agility of their systems, particularly access controls, backup procedures, and digital supply chain.

"The importance of online extortion depends immensely on the nature of the threat and the enterprise's risk tolerance." darkreading.com

7 Steps to Fight Ransomware
Perpetrators are shifting to more specific targets. This means companies must strengthen their defenses, and these strategies can help.

1. Provide user awareness training and friendly testing. This can reduce the human attack surface.

2. Maintain a comprehensive patch management program to keep all systems up to date and reduce the endpoint attack surface.

3. Limit users' privilege and network drive connectivity to the minimum essential for job requirements.

4. Conduct frequent backups and store them offline because many ransomware variants will spread through drive shares and can even reconnect a disconnected drive share.

5. Use network segmentation that requires authentication. For example, a user must enter a password before traversing the network. This will reduce the network attack surface.

6. Deploy advanced threat intelligence tools. Threat intelligence can be used to identify IP addresses of known command and control sites. Blocking these sites can potentially prevent malware from being able to establish its encryption routine. It's important to note this strategy may not work on some newer versions of ransomware that operate independently and create their own encryption keys without having to communicate with a command and control server.

7. Lastly, as a final fallback, know how to buy Bitcoin (or Monero, which is emerging as an alternative means of payment.) Consider pre-purchasing some in advance in the event a ransom needs to be paid on short notice.

Mitigating Risk

Although the ultimate goal is to avoid falling victim, this isn't always possible. An attack only takes one gullible employee to click on or open something he shouldn't. Then what?

Remember that increased security awareness training with testing can be your most effective defense. darkreading.com

Here's the Nightmare - The other side of that coin
Ransomware Payout Doesn't Pay Off

About 40% of small- and midsized businesses hit with ransomware paid their attackers, but less than half got their information back. A growing number of ransomware targets pay thousands of dollars to get their data back, but receive nothing. This was the most surprising result to come from a Bitdefender survey of 250 IT pros working in small and medium businesses (SMBs). darkreading.com

Apple Pay Soars 450% in Q1
Apple is accepted in 15 countries at 4.5 million payment locations in the U.S., and 20 million locations total worldwide. retaildive.com

Researchers find factory robots can be easily hacked


What's Next?
Thinking Outside the Box -
Problem Solving Redefined

Chad McIntosh, VP, LP & Risk Management, and Tom Meehan, Director, Technology & Investigations, Bloomingdale's

As Omni retail continues to evolve and technology changing virtually every aspect of retail, LP faces new risks and exposures with each new offering, service, product, or event. The pressures on both the LP and Solution Provider communities to come up with answers and solutions to these new challenges is greater now than ever before, requiring out-of-the-box innovative approaches to be successful.

Joining us from Bloomingdale's, Chad McIntosh, VP, LP & Risk Management, and Tom Meehan, Director, Technology & Investigations, share how they approach problem solving, how they're redefining it and how they're looking to Solution Providers to do the same.

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Final MC Sendoff
Quick Take #25

As we cross the finish line on yet another historic, information packed, industry-only LIVE digital conference, MC's Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley send out some final thank you's, shoutouts, and name a few lucky award winners. Thanks for watching!

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Studies Highlight Importance of Understanding Mobile Fraud
In the past two weeks, two separate studies have paid some attention to card-not-present fraud perpetrated through the m-commerce channel. Each of those efforts have corroborated an issue that has been examined annually for the past three years by CardNotPresent.com, Kount and The Fraud Practice in what has become one of the largest surveys in the world focused exclusively on mobile CNP fraud: the propensity of e-commerce merchants to attack m-commerce fraud using the traditional tools they employ on their websites. The study's authors are seeking merchant input again this year.

Last year, one of the key findings in the study was that despite more merchant support for mobile transactions than ever (82 percent compared to 69 percent the year before), more than 40 percent could not identify what share of their total fraud losses came from the mobile channel. The study's authors are looking to see if merchants have made progress in the past year on this and other mobile fraud issues.

"We're interested to see if merchants have twigged to the importance of distinguishing between mobile and traditional e-commerce fraud," said CardNotPresent.com Editor-in-Chief D.J. Murphy. "We hope the data this year show that the confusion around whether or not companies even need to take a different approach has abated." cardnotpresent.com

Fashion Players Losing Online Market Share to Innovating Rivals
With luxury seeing a rebound, ath-leisure on the rise and consumer sentiment shifting toward higher-quality basics, at least among Millennials, retailers like Forever 21, Express, Charlotte Russe and even Gap Inc. are starting to lose online market share, according to a new report by industry tracker Hitwise.

Forever 21, for example, has seen a 31 percent drop in online visits since 2014, when it ranked number one in the fast-fashion market. Similarly, Gap has seen visits fall by 43 percent.

Retailers that have seen more online visits since 2014 include H&M, with 22 percent growth, Torrid with 243 percent growth, Zara with 71 percent growth and Uniqlo with 470 percent growth. wwd.com

Robo vans, more automation could help Amazon grocery reach breakeven sooner
"Automation could significantly reduce labor costs, driving massive improvements to fulfillment and delivery efficiency overnight," said a Barclays report released Monday. In particular, the research note said Amazon could use "robot vans" in urban markets given the proximity of the AmazonFresh fulfillment centers and the Prime Now drop-off area. What's more, it said automation in the Fresh warehouse might be achieved using a technology similar to the Kiva robots already deployed in Amazon's traditional warehouses. cnbc.com

eBay pulls listing for SUV prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez used in 2012 double-murder

UTORCA Annual Conference Set for May 23
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Henry County, GA: Police search for men in Diesel Fuel Theft Ring; over $90,000
Officers said crooks have used stolen credit cards to buy large amounts of diesel fuel in the suburbs. The thieves then bring that fuel back to the city to sell at a discount. Police said Kroger stores are getting hit the hardest by this fuel theft ring. Police said the crooks are using utility trucks with very large fuel tanks onboard. So far they have stolen 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel. fox5atlanta.com

Aspen, CO: $17,000 in merchandise stolen from Aspen Gucci store
The Aspen Police Department has confirmed that nearly $17,000 in merchandise was stolen from the local Gucci store on South Galena Street on Sunday. Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn said two men entered the store and asked to try on some shoes. They even bought two pairs using pre-paid debit cards. After they left, employees noticed several items missing. The estimated value of the missing items is $17,000. 9news.com

Indianapolis, IN: Hobby R/C store Smash and Grab; nearly $7,000 of merchandise stolen
A stolen vehicle crashed into a southeast side store Thursday morning in what police described as a "smash-and-grab" theft. Indianapolis Metropolitan police said a green GMC Acadia slammed into the building at 1102 S. Franklin Rd. Suspects then got out and stole several items from the business, Hobby R/C. The stolen items were reportedly worth between $5,000 and $7,000. The store owner said this is the 2nd time a theft has targeted the location. cbs4indy.com

Harris County, TX: 2 arrested for Target thefts accused of being part of 'organized crime theft ring; $1,000 worth of electronics recovered
Constable Mark Herman believes the two men who were arrested Wednesday are connected to other thefts in the Houston area, including one Wednesday morning in Atascocita. Deputies said the two men were first seen Wednesday morning stealing goods at a Target in Atascocita. They managed to get away from that location but were caught on camera. Loss prevention employees with Target sent the info to surrounding stores to be on the lookout. The suspects were later spotted at the Target off North Grand Parkway. When Deputies they arrived, they saw the two men loading up stolen goods -- mostly electronics -- inside a vehicle. Deputies are calling this an organized crime theft ring, saying the two men fit the description of similar thefts in the area. click2houston.com

Nashua, NH: Woman arrested in theft from Kohl's; third strike makes it a Felony 

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Shootings & Deaths

Update - Columbus, GA: Guilty verdicts set aside in Peachtree Mall murder trial
In the second verdict of the day, a jury found three people guilty of malice murder, felony murder and other charges in connection with a 2016 shooting. Earlier, the judge set aside guilty verdicts against the defendants after a juror said her votes against two defendants were not free or voluntary. Also, the former foreperson was replaced last week with an alternate after other jurors said she would not deliberate. Xzavaien Trevon Jones, 19, was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, gang violence and using a firearm to commit a crime. His sister, Tekoa Chantrell Young, 24, was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and gang violence. And Terell Raquez McFarland, 26, was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and gang violence. Authorities said the defendants are associated with the Crips street gang. ajc.com

Update - Nashville, TN: Police charge Daniel Clark & teen for gas station killing

Robberies & Thefts

Riverhead, NY: Guess Factory Outlet Employee fabricated Armed Robbery story, stole money himself
Thomas Whitson, 23, had told police that at about 6 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2016 while he was opening the store, an unknown person claiming to have a weapon forced him and another employee into the store and demanded money. The suspect then left the store with cash. An investigation uncovered that Mr. Whitson had created the story and stolen the money and also participated in additional thefts. He was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, and falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, for the December incident. Detective Sgt. Ed Frost said the other employee mentioned in Mr. Whitson's fabricated story would be not be facing any charges. The additional thefts occurred on Nov. 28, 2016 when Mr. Whitson allowed two different people to leave the store without paying for clothing. He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, for those incidents, police said. timesreview.com

Cypress, TX: A Kroger employee charged with Embezzling $275,000
in cash

A Kroger employee is accused of embezzling $275,000 from a Cypress-area store. Dana Williams, 29, has been charged with felony theft for a scheme prosecutors say started in March 2016, two years after she began working at the Barker Cypress Road store location. Sometimes the Houston woman just brazenly took cash out of the safe and stashed it in a hoodie pocket, court documents allege. Other times, she manipulated the self-checkout machines to account for money she stashed away. The embezzlement scheme came to light after Williams missed work for a sick day and another employee was called in to do bookkeeping. When a sheriff's office sergeant interviewed Williams, she admitted to the theft, saying she'd used the money to buy pills. Charges were filed Friday, and Williams was booked into the Harris County jail on Monday. chron.com

Middleton, OH: Rite Aid Pharmacist helps Police by slipping GPS Tracker into Robbers' bag
Police reports reveal a GPS tracker in a bag gave officers turn-by-turn directions to the suspects as they were driving away from Rite-Aid Pharmacy just before 8 p.m. Saturday. The three suspects were charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping. She was able to put a GPS tracking device in the bag while other co-workers were ordered to lay on the ground. The tracking company immediately alerted police and told officers the car's location, speed and direction of travel. When police pulled the men over, Officers discovered 2,180 stolen pills. wlwt.com

Red Oak, TX: Police arrest 2nd Suspect in Cell Phone store Armed Robbery
Just over one month after two masked men armed with handguns stole 39 iPhones and held three employees at gunpoint inside Bright Star Wireless, a second felony arrest warrant has been issued. waxahachietx.com

Sacramento County, CA: Deputies Searching For Suspects Tied To Rash Of Convenience Store Armed Robberies

Nassau County, NY: Suspect Arrested In Long Island Knifepoint Robbery Spree; 2 Others Also Charged

Milwaukee, WI: Armed Robber of Oak Creek, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee Cell Phone Stores Faces 80 Years

Kalamazoo County, MI: C-Store Armed Robbery suspect rams cruiser before being caught

Harrison Twp, OH: CVS Pharmacy robbed for the third time since Easter

Chicago, IL: Two men charged with Armed Robbery of Metro PCS store , Gas Station and others now in Federal Custody

Fraud Reports

Bloods fraud ring recruited participants via social media ads
Manhattan DA busts 39 - social media debit card scam - yielded $2.5M in fake checks
Thirty-nine people were busted in a debit card scam that led to more than $1 million in stolen funds, authorities said Wednesday.

The defendants used various social media sites, like Instagram and Snapchat, to attract participants to give up bank account information in exchange for quick cash, authorities said. Participants gave up their account numbers and debit card information in exchange for the promise of a payoff to come.

They were instructed to report their cards stolen - but instead the data was used for counterfeit check making. Checks were cashed at several major banks, including Bank of America and Chase. The group, headed by groups affiliated with the Bloods, was based in Staten Island. More than $2.5 million in counterfeit checks were deposited and $1 million was withdrawn by the group, prosecutors said. nydailynews.com

Fed's raid Santa Ana convenience store, $2M food stamp fraud
Euclid Market, at Euclid Street and McFadden Avenue, and its father-daughter owners pocketed $2 million since January 2014. For years, Jose Garcia Olivo and Johanna Garcia "engaged in food-stamp fraud" by giving customers cash in exchange for Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits, according to an affidavit for the search warrant filed in U.S. District Court on Friday, April 28. ocregister.com


Roanoke County, VA: Crews extinguish fire at Bonsack Lowe's 


Antique Gatherings - Phoenix, AZ - Burglary
Azara Hookah - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
CVS - Harrison Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Tyler, TX - Armed Robbery
Graham Grocery - Alamance County, NC - Armed Robbery
Hobby R/C - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary
International Tobacco - Fullerton, CA - Burglary
Kingsway Convenience - Gaston County, NC - Armed Robbery
QuikTrip - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Sally Beauty Supply - Sonora, CA - Armed Robbery
Sexy by Nature - Hilton Head, NC - Burglary
Spicer Greene Jewelers - Asheville, NC - Armed Robbery
Verizon Wireless - Peotone, IL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Semmes, AL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Manhattan, NY - Robbery/ Assault


Daily Totals:
10 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed

None to report.

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