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Tom Meehan, Dir of Tech & Investigations for Bloomingdales
Named Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for CONTROLTEK

CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection, has appointed Tom Meehan, CFI, its new Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. In his new, dual role Meehan will lead the company's solutions development strategy and retail-specific strategic initiatives, while at the same time championing information security technologies and protocols for CONTROLTEK and its partners.

Most recently Meehan was director of technology and investigations with Bloomingdale's, where he was responsible for physical security, internal investigations, asset protection systems and data analytics. Prior to his 13-year tenure at Bloomingdale's, he worked for Home Depot in loss prevention, and has had various technology, loss prevention, and operational roles at several other companies. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

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Vector Security® Networks Named 'Supplier of the Year'
At Staples 2017 Global Loss Prevention Conference

Vector Security Networks, the single source solutions provider for managed network services and physical security to multi-site businesses across North America, was named "Supplier of the Year" by business-to-business solutions partner Staples at their 2017 Global Loss Prevention Conference in New Castle, NH earlier this month. This is the second time the company was recognized by Staples for this award, receiving the honor in 2014.

The award recognizes Vector Security Networks for supporting Staples' business strategy on delivery services and focus on online ordering. Using their trademark consultative approach, Vector Security Networks experts listened to the company's needs, then put a team and process in place that fast tracks projects linked to Staples' new strategy while still accommodating for site surveys, defining project scope, and installation. The process to get one of these new warehouse spaces operational requires extremely tight turnaround times and precise coordination by everyone involved. In the early stages of the program, Vector Security Networks worked closely with the Loss Prevention team to provide an access control system directly integrated with the alarm system, which greatly reduced overall costs of the equipment and installation needed. vectorsecurity.com

$20 Million Stolen for Mom
Five Stolen Things Criminals Are Most Likely to Sell You This Mother's Day

This Sunday, May 14, criminals will sell an estimated $20 million of stolen merchandise to consumers, according to estimates from fraud detection and protection firm Forter - and millions more in the days leading up to the holiday.

This is a popular time for fraudsters for a couple of reasons: First, it's a busy time for retailers, so they have more trouble combating the fraud, Forter CEO Michael Reitblatt tells Moneyish. And second, it's easy for criminals to target the products they're selling towards moms, which makes the criminal process more efficient, he adds.

Using both historical data and criminal chatter on the dark web, Forter ran an analysis for Moneyish about what are likely to be the stolen items fraudsters are most likely to sell you this Mother's Day.

Luxury watches and jewelry
Tissot and Kate Spade watches are particularly popular. The fraudsters buy them with stolen cards and then sell them at a roughly 10% discount. One way to protect yourself from buying these shadily obtained goods is to follow this rule: "If the deal seems too good to be true, it often is," says Reitblatt.

Travel packages
"Mother's Day is the perfect time for a fraudster to set up a new website, offering half-price travel deals and selling them to customers who are happy to find a bargain (without wondering if there's something fishy, maybe too-good-to-be-true, about the vendor)," Forter notes. "Fraudsters can make a handsome income over Mother's Day by selling numerous travel packages, accepting payment in cash/PayPal/bitcoin, and fulfilling the orders by booking the rooms on a real vendor's website and using stolen payment instruments."

Disneyworld and Disneyland trips
Like travel packages, these kinds of trips are popular gifts for Mother's Day - and thus popular for fraudsters. You can protect yourself from fraudulent websites hawking stolen goods by doing your homework on the site before you click buy, says Reitblatt.

Fashion sneakers
This may seem like a surprising Mother's Day item, but it speaks to the growing popularity of athleisure, says Reitblatt. Fraudsters love these because it's not uncommon to buy more than one pair at a time [one for mom, one for yourself]," Forter notes.

Higher-end fashion like leather jackets
You'll often see websites selling things like leather jackets at prices that are 40% of so off, Reitblatt explains. Usually a site will sell items that you might not be able to afford for mom at regular prices, but with their huge discounts, you can. moneyish.com

WEBINAR: The Science of Shoplifting and How Crime Prevention Begins Before Customers Enter a Retail Store
Tuesday, May 23 @ 2:00 PM EDT
When you think of retail theft, you might envision teenagers shoplifting candy bars. It's a much larger problem than that. Theft and fraud cost U.S. retailers billions in annual losses, as well as generating violence. Shoplifting also drives up prices for paying customers and filling the coffers of gangs and terrorist organizations. In cities around the United States, a growing number of violent drug store robberies are putting employees and customers at risk, while data breaches siphon off in minutes what would take years to steal from stores. Register here.

Emotion reading technology claims to spot criminals before they act
Emotion reading technology could soon be used by police after a Russian firm created a tool that can identify people in a crowd and tell if they are angry, stressed or nervous. The software, created by
Moscow-based NTechLab, can monitor citizens for suspicious behaviour by tracking identity, age, gender and current emotional state. It could be used to pre-emptively stop criminals and potential terrorists.

The emotion recognition tool is a new part of NTechLab's facial recognition software, which made the headlines last year when it was used to power the FindFace app that can track down anyone on Russian social network VKontakte from a photo. The identification app claims to have reconnected long-lost friends and family members, as well as helped police solve two cold cases and identify criminals.

Adding the emotion element, which has an accuracy rate of more than 94 per cent according to the company, could give the software real-time crime fighting capabilities.

NTechLab retains an aura of secrecy around its clients, which include security firms and retail businesses. telegraph.co.uk

Compliance Still Faces Staffing, Resource Challenges
A survey by risk consultancy Control Risks of 1,000 compliance professionals world-wide found 25% of large companies of 10,000 or more people spend just $25 per staff member on compliance, 28% have compliance teams of five people or fewer and only 27% of executives responsible for compliance attend all board meetings. Two in three respondents say they rely on whistleblowers instead of conducting anti-fraud and anti-corruption audits.

"Companies are in danger of putting themselves at risk by failing to prioritize and integrate compliance within their businesses," said Richard Fenning, chief executive, Control Risks. "Many companies are woefully under-resourced to deal with the increasingly complex, constantly evolving and often contradictory regulatory environment." wsj.com

Cherokees' Opioid Suit Against Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS
A Test For Tribal Courts' Reach

The Cherokee Nation's recent suit against Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS and other major pharmacies and drug distributors is an aggressive bid to use tribal law to make non-Indian companies pay for the opioid crisis plaguing the tribe's citizens, but attorneys say the Cherokees will likely face a tough fight to keep their claims in tribal court.

The federally recognized Oklahoma tribe hit the companies with a suit on April 20 in tribal court,
alleging that in their pursuit of profit, the companies let opioid abuse become an epidemic by failing to stop illegally prescribed opioids from reaching Cherokee citizens.

But the Cherokee courts' jurisdiction hinges on the tricky issue of showing a connection between the companies' businesses and the spread of opioids in Cherokee territory, potentially giving the defendants the chance to drag out the litigation by contesting the tribal court's ability to hear the claims, attorneys say. law360.com

Amazon to build homeless facility at new Seattle headquarters
Amazon is devoting half of its new, six-story headquarters in downtown Seattle to a permanent homeless shelter, providing it with a 47,000 sq. ft. of space - totally rent free. The facility will have private rooms that can hold 65 families, or about 200 people. It is expected to open in early 2020. chainstoreage.com

Gap DC Fire: Widow of demolition worker files $20M lawsuit
James Parisella died when a section of steel pierced the cab of his excavator.

The widow of a demolition worker who died while taking down a portion of Gap Inc.'s distribution center in Fishkill is seeking $20 million in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Parisella had been employed by Environmental Remediation Services Inc. of Syracuse, which was subcontracted by Clayco Contractors of Chicago to conduct demolition and rebuild work at the Gap site.

Building 100, a 1.3 million-square-foot facility, was destroyed in an Aug. 29 fire that authorities say was set intentionally.

ERSI, Clayco and Gap are all listed as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed May 4 in federal district court in White Plains. 

McCarthy acknowledged the building had been ravaged by the fire, but suggested unsafe conditions existed prior to the blaze. We need to find out more information from Clayco and from Gap as to engineer drawings and analysis they did before and after the fire," McCarthy said.

In October, Gap and ATF offered $7,500 each in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. poughkeepsiejournal.com

OSHA tells companies to report injuries. There's no website for that yet
The nation's top workplace safety regulator has directed scores of companies to begin submitting their injury records, but with the impending deadline less than two months away, there is still no website set up for these workplaces to comply.

"Because the secretary of labor is not allowing OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to post this website, it means tens of thousands of employers will be in violation of the law." oshatoday.com

Director, Finance & Loss Prevention Applications still posted for L Brands
in Columbus, OH

Purpose & Overview: To direct an organization whose mission is to plan, execute, and maintain a technology strategy and the resultant solutions in process and applications for the finance and loss prevention functions.

Actively contributes to and fosters a strong team-oriented, customer-focused departmental culture. - 2 direct reports/17+ team members-Technical and project teams for finance & loss prevention systems - 1 offshore indirect report / 10+ team members - Technical and project teams for finance & loss prevention systems.

L Brands, through its high-emotion brands Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, Pink, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international specialty retailer delivering lingerie, personal care and beauty products, apparel and accessories to customers worldwide. Our brands are available in more than 2,600 retail stores in the United States, more than 680 international locations, and through our award-winning internet and catalogue channels. L Brands, which recorded sales of $10.5 billion in 2012 and employs more than 90,000 associates, was Fortune's 2011 World's Most Admired specialty retailer. Category: Information Technology. lb.com

Caught on Video
Woman Hits Herself with Fallen Sprinkler for Phony Workers' Comp Claim
People faking an injury to get a big payout from workers' compensation: It's a problem you could be paying for. Several bills addressing changes to Florida's workers' compensation system were filed this legislative session as businesses here face a nearly 15-percent rate increase, and fraud could play a role in rates rising over time. In one example of workers' comp fraud out of Fort Lauderdale, a woman picked up a sprinkler head after it had fallen on her desk, then hit herself in the head with it to stage an on-the-job injury. Her employer's insurance company got suspicious and referred the incident to Florida's Division of Investigative and Forensic Services. Detectives requested security cam footage and were able to prove she staged the whole thing. foxnews.com

Marsh Supermarkets Files Bankruptcy Chapter 11

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Quarterly Same Store Sales
Canada's Aritzia Q4 comp's up 11.5%, revenue up 17.4%, full yr comp's up 14%, revenue up 23%
Canada's Leon's Q1 comp's up 1.2%, sales up 5%
Canada's Canadian Tire Q1 comp's up 0.5%, CT sales up 2%, consolidated sales up 3.8%
   Mark's comp's up 5.4%, sales up 5.7%
   FGL Sports down 2.7% (Sport Chek down 4.3%), sales down 1.4%
Good Times Restaurants Q2 comp's up 0.5%, revenues up 19%
Ahold Delhaize Q1
   Ahold USA comp's non-fuel comp's down 1.8%, sales down 1.4%
   Delhaize America comp's flat, sales up 0.1%
Kohl's Q2 comp's down 2.7%, sales down 3.2%
Whole Foods Q2 comp's down 2.8%, sales up 1.1%
Dillard's Q1 comp's down 4%, sales down 4%
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Tom Meehan Joins CONTROLTEK as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer

HAYWARD, Calif., (May 11, 2017) - CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection, has appointed Tom Meehan, CFI, its new Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. In his new, dual role Meehan will lead the company's solutions development strategy and retail-specific strategic initiatives, while at the same time championing information security technologies and protocols for CONTROLTEK and its partners.

"CONTROLTEK has the people, processes, and technology to help solve today's complex retail problems. The teams' progressive thought process and focus on fanatical customer service will undoubtedly propel CONTROLTEK to become the clear leader in the security solutions space," said Meehan. "I instantly fell in love with the company's rich history and innovative spirit. At CONTROLTEK, innovation is ingrained in everything the company does and the focus is on solving clients' problems. Our products never sleep so our clients can sleep soundly. I look forward to being a part of the team that uses technology creatively to deliver products that make life easier for LP teams."

"Tom is well-known in our industry as both a tremendously effective LP professional and as a thought leader who unselfishly shares his knowledge and experience out of a genuine desire to help his peers fight shrink more effectively," said Rod Diplock, CONTROLTEK's CEO. "The industry can look forward to new solutions from CONTROLTEK that Tom's leadership will help us create. Tom's creative insight, broad experience and deep understanding of challenges that LP teams face will elevate CONTROLTEK's capacity to deliver to our clients and partners the type of measurable forward thinking that drives maximum results to their bottom line. I am thrilled to have him on our leadership team."

Most recently Meehan was director of technology and investigations with Bloomingdale's, where he was responsible for physical security, internal investigations, asset protection systems and data analytics. He currently serves as the chair of the Loss Prevention Research Council's LP Innovations working group and is the organization's senior technology advisor. Meehan is a contributing writer for LP Magazine, where his Future of LP column appears in every issue. Prior to his 13-year tenure at Bloomingdale's, he worked for Home Depot in loss prevention, and has had various technology, loss prevention, and operational roles at several other companies.


Since 1976 CONTROLTEK has been a global leader in tamper-evident security packaging, helping banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely. The company's expanding line of inventory protection and visibility solutions also helps retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently. As a second-generation family owned business, with a history of stable growth and a reputation for strong customer focus, CONTROLTEK continues to deliver on its mission every single day: to enable commerce through innovation.


Tyco Retail Solutions Offers IoT-enabled RFID Inventory-Visibility Systems at RFID Journal Live this week
Tyco Retail Solutions showcased its portfolio of Internet of Things-enabled RFID solutions, designed to provide real-time in-store visibility and inventory insights. The company's RFID products are intended to help retailers transform store operations with real-time visibility into available inventory throughout the store and across the supply chain.

Tyco's TrueVUE Inventory Intelligence solutions, featuring the Tyco Retail RFID Fitting Room, enables retailers to optimize the customer experience and gain real-time insights into fitting room inventory, customer preferences and potential loss situations. Retailers can leverage these new data insights to combat shrinkage, increase sales, enable in-room merchandising and promotional opportunities, and provide an enhanced, personalized shopper experience.

Leveraging RAIN RFID technology and cloud-based analytics, the Supply Chain Track & Trace application tracks and controls inventory throughout the supply chain. This application offers retailers real-time access to product flow data, providing smarter brand and customer protection from counterfeiting and gray market diversion. Part 2 tomorrow. rfidjournal.com

Making RFID work in real life
Day one of RBTE 2017 featured a panel discussion moderated by Mark Tailford, global sales director for Asreader Global, featuring Richard Jenkins, head of loss prevention & RFID at Marks & Spencer, Rob Mitchell, manager, stock operations at John Lewis, and Martin Speed, loss prevention manager at River Island. The subject was 'making RFID work in real life', but rather than discussing if and how RFID helps in reducing shrink (as one might expect from the job titles of the participants), the retailers focused on the RFID’s ability to help their companies reduce capital investments in inventory by reducing stock levels while at the same time increasing service levels to customers. 

According to Jenkins, that effort has been so successful that M&S has been able to reduce backroom stock levels by 50% while at the same time reducing out-of-stocks. "The improved accuracy pays for the investment", said Jenkins. John Lewis' Mitchell agreed, commenting that RFID enables more accurate replenishment that achieves the double benefits of reduced stock levels and increased service levels. 

The numbers are compelling. River Island's Speed said the company has been able to improve stock ledger accuracy from about 75% to 99%. Similarly, M&S's Jenkins said his company has been able to measure a 14% improvement in inventory accuracy. That level of accuracy delivers three benefits, according to John Lewis' Mitchell: sales lift, stop-loss improvements, and a 30% productivity improvement in store associates' cycle counting and replenishment activities. essentialretail.com

Third Party, Insider Access Rages Out of Control
According to Bomgar's 2017 Secure Access Threat Report, 81% of companies have seen an increase in dealings with third parties (defined as external vendors or suppliers granted access to business systems, including outsourcers) in the last two years, compared to 75% the previous year.

Nonetheless, processes to control and manage privileged access for vendors remains lax, as evidenced by only 34% of respondents being totally confident that they can track vendor log-ins, and not many more (37%) confident that they can track the number of vendors accessing their internal systems.

These results are ironic at best, given that 66% of security professionals admit that they trust third-party vendors too much. And with good reason: More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents said that they have already experienced a data breach that was 'definitely' (35%) or 'possibly' (34%) linked to a third-party vendor.

"Third-party privileged access presents a multitude of risks to network security. Security professionals must balance the business needs of those accessing their systems-whether insiders or third-parties- with security." infosecurity-magazine.com
Sloppy Board Cyber Practices Are Prevalent
Many members of corporate boards continue to use poor cybersecurity practices in their communications with other board members, acknowledging the risks of doing so but citing the advantage of convenience in addressing some board issues on personal devices and accounts. "Most directors recognize that the practice of storing sensitive information outside the company's firewall and control represents risk, although some may not realize how great a risk this practice represents," stated a survey report by NYSE Governance Services and board portal software provider Diligent Corp.

The survey of 381 corporate directors of publicly traded companies found 90% use unsecured personal email accounts to sometimes communicate with other board members and management, while 49% said they regularly download board meeting materials, reports and company documents onto personal computers and devices. Board members would be better served using a closed-loop, secured and controlled messaging system-better still if it is integrated with the company's board portal system. wsj.com

Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage. Here's How to Fix It
One way IBM is addressing the talent shortage is by creating "new collar" jobs, particularly in cybersecurity. These roles prioritize skills, knowledge, and willingness to learn over degrees and the career fields that gave people their initial work experience. Some characteristics of a successful cybersecurity professional simply can't be taught in a classroom: unbridled curiosity, passion for problem solving, strong ethics, and an understanding of risks. People with these traits can quickly pick up the technical skills through on-the-job training, industry certifications, community college courses, and modern vocational and skills education programs.

We began using this approach about two years ago, and its success has been clear: 20% of our U.S. hiring in cybersecurity since 2015 has consisted of new collar professionals. Other organizations can use a similar approach by establishing apprenticeship opportunities, emphasizing certification programs, exploring new education models, supporting programs at community colleges or polytechnic schools, and looking for talent in new places. Some of our recent additions to the security team came from unexpected career fields such as retail, education, entertainment, and law. The two things they all had in common? They were curious about security and motivated to learn the skills. hbr.org

FTC Launches Cybersecurity Resource Website for SMBs
The Federal Trade Commission rolled out a website this week for small businesses that provides tips and resources on cybersecurity.

The new ftc.gov/SmallBusiness website aims to help small businesses protect their networks and systems from cyberattacks, as well as protect customer and employee data. Access to the FTC's tips and advice are free. darkreading.com



Asset Protection Solutions
Creating the Future

CONTROLTEK is perhaps the best kept secret in the LP Industry. The company has been in the asset protection business for over 40 years. Its line of secure packaging products helps the nation's leading banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely. And CONTROLTEK's inventory visibility solutions help retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently. Steve Sell, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, talks about some of the innovations we can expect this year.

Finds a way to get the job done!

Leading retailers and LP executives trust Scarsdale Security to provide building security, fire protection, loss prevention and video surveillance needs. In addition to unsurpassed security services, Scarsdale is the retail industry's leading source for advanced Business Intelligence and traffic analytics. Jim Mahoney, VP of Sales, and Frank Baker, VP of Business Development, for Scarsdale Security, discuss LP's role in cross-departmental functionality, the opportunities with Central Station Monitoring, and how Scarsdale can help retailers keep existing infrastructure active while still promoting new technology.

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Amazon Sued Over Alleged Counterfeit Headsets for Sale
Amazon.com Inc. failed to kick sellers of counterfeit headsets off its site, a virtual reality company alleged in a lawsuit filed May 2.

Wow Virtual Reality Inc. alleged that third-party merchants are hawking virtual reality headsets on Amazon that infringe its "VR BOX" mark. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Wow claimed that Amazon hasn't removed a majority of the sellers, even though it's been notified of the alleged trademark infringement.

According to Wow, most of the allegedly infringing sellers that stayed on Amazon are designated as Amazon Prime or Fulfillment-a designation given to sellers that give Amazon a bigger share of sales revenues as compared with other sellers. Numerous infringing sellers identified by Wow continue to sell counterfeit products on Amazon "with Amazon's knowledge, tacit approval and for Amazon's benefit," Wow said. bna.com

JD.com becomes first Chinese marketplace to join AAFA
Promises "cooperation with international fashion brands"

One of the largest online marketplaces in China, JD.com, has signed up to the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) with a pledge to partner with international fashion brands "on issues surrounding IP protection". While it celebrates being the first Chinese e-commerce company to become a certified member of the association, some may see parallels between this move and Alibaba's brief membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) - which, nearly a year ago to the day, resulted in considerable kickback from members.

The hook-up might surprise some in the trademark industry, as the AAFA has been a vocal critic of the vast amounts of counterfeit goods sold on Chinese online marketplaces. Indeed, JD.com has fought a well-publicised battle against counterfeiters on its platforms, including shutting down its consumer-to-consumer marketplace to quell the trading of fakes. worldtrademarkreview.com

Is Logistics Next Billion Dollar Source for e-Commerce Companies?
In order to control costs that are being driven up from increased e-commerce demands, many companies, both pure play e-commerce and large retailers are looking into how they can handle more of their own shipping.

BI Intelligence looked at this trend and issued a report recently. Here are some of the key points from the report:

• Transportation and logistics could be the next billion dollar opportunity for e-commerce companies. The global shipping market, including ocean, air, and truck freight, is a $2.1 trillion market, according to World Bank, Boeing, and Golden Valley Co.

• There is much at stake for legacy shipping companies, which have seen a boom in parcel delivery as e-commerce spending has risen. Twenty different partners currently share the duties of shipping Amazon's 600 million packages a year, with FedEx, USPS, and UPS moving the most.

• Amazon, Alibaba, and Walmart have so far focused on building out their last-mile delivery and logistics services but are increasingly going after the middle- and first-mile of the shipping chain. mhlnews.com

Wayfair's online sales increase 32% in Q1

LVMH Finally Enters the World of E-Commerce

Amazon Grows Sales Of 'eCommerce Immune' Categories

Jet.com ventures into physical retail

Myrtle Beach, SC: Pawn shop owner arrested for stolen goods; over $10,000
Steve Wiggins, of Steve's Pawn Shop is charged with receiving stolen goods over $10,000 dollars. His arrest comes after, back in 2015, the Myrtle Beach Police got information that Steve's Pawn Shop was receiving and selling stolen merchandise. Detectives opened an investigation and, today, got a search warrant for the business and arrested Wiggins. The investigation is on-going and future arrest(s) are possible. The Myrtle Beach Police also said it wants to thank the asset protection investigators from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Home Depot, Publix, and CVS for their work and participation in this investigation. wpde.com

Erie, PA: Millcreek Police seek 4 Victoria's Secret theft suspects
Millcreek Township police are attempting to identify four females accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret in the Millcreek Mall. The theft happened on April 20, when the suspects entered the store, selected merchandise, concealed it in Victoria's Secret duffel bags and left the store, Millcreek police reported Wednesday. The items stolen included two duffel bags, about 20 bras, 45 pairs of pants and 60 sweatshirts, with a total value of $5,509.75, investigators said. goerie.com

Highland Heights, OH: A man and 4 girls busted in $3,600 Kohl's theft
Officers were called to Kohl's May 6 after the staff reported five suspected shoplifters from previous incidents were in the store. The suspects ran from the store and into a vehicle, but were quickly stopped by officers. Subsequently, a Cleveland man, 18, was charged with felony theft. The four girls that were with him will be filed on in juvenile court. The total value of the theft was $3,647. cleveland.com

Fresno, CA: Police bust Fencing Operation in China Town;
tied to alcohol and drugs

The Fresno Police Department Has busted what they describe as an illegal fencing operation in Fresno's Chinatown neighborhood. They believe the store was essentially a front, supplying downtown homeless residents with Marijuana and Alcohol. Police are not disclosing the location of the operation because they say the investigation continues. yourcentralvalley.com

Knoxville, TN: Tire Shop Owner arrested in raid; felony theft
and selling stolen property

Paul Edward Sexton and Corina Sexton, the owners of Sexton's New & Used Tires and Automotive, were charged with one count each of felony theft for allegedly buying stolen property. KCSO Office arrived at the shop Thursday morning to serve a search warrant and conduct the raid. KCSO described the stolen goods as "anything and everything," including motor oil, tires, cigarettes and other items. knoxnews.com

Shepherd, MI: Serial Flower thief has Florists sleeping in shifts to catch next caper; nearly $1,000 of merchandise stolen in 4 recent Burglaries

Modesto, CA: Grab & Run Team of thieves strikes Apple Store in Vintage Faire Mall

Willmar, MN: Country Club Golf Pro swindled $90,000 of cash and merchandise; invoiced items sold out of his home

Marble Falls, TX: Gracellia Ballesteros, 23, arrested May 4 by MFPD for failure to appear-organized retail theft; released next day after posting bond

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Shootings & Deaths

Smyrna, GA: Police arrest 2 in Monday shooting near Cumberland Mall
Smyrna police have arrested two men in connection with a May 8 fatal shooting at Carrabba's Italian Grill near Cumberland Mall. Damien Scott, 22, and Vincent Diandrez Brooks, 22, are both being charged with murder and aggravated assault. Their arrests follow the death of Mezaio Pickett, 26, whom police said met with two suspects in the restaurant parking lot to buy shoes as part of a Craigslist transaction. mdjonline.com

Salem, OR: Father charged for shooting his 12-year-old son at a Hardware store
Court documents indicate the man accused of shooting his 12-year-old son at a Salem hardware store in January will face an assault charge in connection to the incident. The boy's injuries were not life-threatening. Bail was set at $50,000 for Taylor Allen Reeves, charged with second-degree assault with a firearm charge. katu.com

Update: Friendswood, TX: Grand jury takes no action against Police Officer who killed shoplifter
The announcement came after a grand jury completed its investigation Wednesday into the fatal shooting of 55-year-old Toby Dean Cummins by Officer Brad Rusk on Nov. 29. "The grand jury concluded its review of the evidence and testimony and determined to take no action in the matter," the Galveston County District Attorney's office said in a written statement. According to the district attorney's statement, Rusk answered a shoplifting call from a convenience store. He found Cummins walking on a nearby sidewalk and ordered him to stop. Witnesses, photos and Rusk's body-camera video showed that Cummins had a box-cutter in his hand, the statement said. "After Cummins refused orders to stop and began charging Officer Rusk with the box-cutter, Officer Rusk fired four times at Cummins, striking him three times and killing him," the statement said. A frame-by-frame examination of the body-camera video combined with an on-scene investigation led investigators to conclude that Cummins had cut himself before lunging at Rusk. chron.com

Modesto, CA: Murder trial begins in 2006 armed robberies that ended in death of store clerk

Robberies & Thefts

Box Springs, GA: Thieves Smash & Grab multiple ATM's, busted following Police chase
The suspects crime spree started several days ago spanned four counties and the same MO. Smash and grab, as many ATM's as they could beginning in Schley County. "He came to our Oakland IGA Store, backed up fixing to do the same thing with the ATM. Snatch the ATM out of there and when he seen a Deputy pull up he jumped in his vehicle and the chase was on." The suspects were running from the Marion County Sheriff's Department in a stolen SUV when they ditched the vehicle here in Muscogee County and fled on foot. Police quickly zeroed in on 53 year old Dwayne Thomas of Columbus as the prime suspect. Thomas made his way out of the woods a short time later. "The Captain seen him, turned around on him and put the cuffs on him" But before the Sheriff could haul him away, Thomas had one request. "A Lawyer? Thank you Sir. wltz.com

Bronx, NY: Pawn Shop Employee robbed of $21,000 in cash on the street

German Police Hunting Thieves Who Stole $1.3M Diamond Tiara From Museum

Skimming Theft

Concord, NH: Texas crook gets 2 Years for $29,000 Credit Card Skimmer fraud
An Austin, Texas man was sentenced to two years in federal prison in connection with a $29,000 credit card fraud involving a skimmer on a gas pump in Londonderry, NH. Elvis Barban Chavez, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft. Chavez and others traveled from Austin to New Hampshire in late December 2015 and early January 2016. unionleader.com


Phnom Pehn: Cambodia seizes 75 tons of fake cosmetic products
Cambodian authorities have confiscated 68 tons of fake cosmetic products that purported to be made in countries like Japan and South Korea, an official said, calling it the country's largest bust of counterfeit make-up. The cosmetics included bottles of hair dye, skin-whitening creams and shampoo worth "millions of dollars", said Meach Sophana, the head of government's counterfeit committee. The goods were produced locally but labeled as products made in countries like Japan, South Korea, China, the US, Germany and Thailand, said Meach Sophana. nation.com.pk


Dekalb County, GA: Crews respond to fire near Toco Hills shopping center


Beeline Gas - Enterprise, AL - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Durham, NC - Armed Robbery
BP - West Babylon, NY - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Apex, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Moraine, OH - Robbery
Dollar General - Roseboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Prince George County, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Suffolk County, NY - Robbery
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Robbery
Grubbs Pharmacy - Washington, DC - Armed Robbery
Gulf Coast Pharmacy - Panama City, FL - Robbery
Hibbett Sports - Effingham, IL - Burglary
Kangaroo - Summerfield, FL - Armed Robbery
Pay Day Money Store - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Salty Country Store - Salt Springs, FL - Burglary
Stop N Gas - Brockton, MA - Robbery/ Battery
Stop N Go - Janesville, WI - Robbery
Tacos El Dorado - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Toledo Family Pharmacy - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Uni-Mart - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Virginia Beach, VA - Armed Robbery (Newton Rd)
7-Eleven - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
19 robberies
4 burglary
0 shootings
0 killed

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