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Eric Brill named Senior Manager of Security Operations for Ascena Retail Group
Eric was previously the Manager of Investigations for Justice for over five years before taking this new role. He had been with Justice since 2008 when he started as an XBR Investigator, and a few years later was promoted to Senior Manager of Operations. Eric has also been an Financial Secretary for the Fraternal Order of Police, a Regional Account Manager for Cauley Security Services, Police Officer for Whitehall Division of Police, Deputy Sheriff for Franklin County Sheriff's Office and an Executive Protection Specialist for The Limited. Congratulations Eric!

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Roger Leyden, Founder, President and CEO of Se-Kure Controls, and John Mangiameli, VP of Business Development, discuss the diversified approach Se-Kure Controls takes as a solution provider in the retail LP industry. With a variety of technologies that display products, create a safe environment and defend against theft, this international company offers over 800 security products in its extensive catalogue of solutions. Roger and John talk about Se-Kure Controls' ability to respond quickly to customers' requests, while providing unique solutions tailored to retailers' specific problems.

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lululemon honored with "Best Retail RFID Implementation" industry award
Tyco Retail Solutions congratulates customer lululemon on the industry award recognition of being named the winner in the category of "Best Retail RFID Implementation" in the 11th annual RFID Journal Awards 2017. The award, presented at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 Conference and Exhibition, honors the retailer that demonstrates the best use of RFID technology to improve its store or supply chain operations. lululemon is recognized for how they leverage RFID technology to drive inventory accuracy and visibility to enhance their guest experience and create easy transactions for today's omni-channel shoppers.

lululemon has rolled out Tyco's TrueVUE RFID Inventory Visibility solution to all 300 North American stores. They rely on it to accurately report real-time inventory on-hand by location to their in-store educators and guests, as well as their online shoppers. This visibility is available for every item in the product assortment at any given time. Making merchandise available anytime, anywhere, is essential to elevating lululemon's guest experience and fuels the "buy online, pick up in store" initiative guests appreciate. marketwired.com

USS Reveals New F-117 Nighthawk Protection for Designer Eyewear
Security solution and technology provider, USS, recently revealed its latest product development in eyewear protection, the F-117 Nighthawk Eyewear Tag.

While there are eyewear specific electronic article surveillance (EAS) products on the market, what makes USS' new F-117 Eyewear Tag unique, is its stylish, lightweight design and robust anti-theft features including a patented mechanism that tightens the tag's grip in the event that an improper removal is attempted. ussinnovate.com

The Zellman Group Awards LPC Scholarship
to Ryan Torres, Regional AP Manager, Five Below

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.

This week we wanted to highlight winner, Ryan Torres. Ryan has been in the Loss Prevention industry for the last ten years, starting as an hourly associate to the manager in the Big Box realm. After gaining his experience as a manager, he transitioned in Specialty/Discount Retail where he currently works as the Regional Asset Protection Manager at Five Below. Ryan is responsible for 14 states as well as the company's distribution network. Congratulations Ryan, we wish you all the best in your studies!

'Expose Walmart Tour' Marches on Phoenix
Union Group Criticizes Retailer's High Number of Calls to Police
Walmart Says Restorative Justice has Reduced Calls by 35% Nationwide

A union that represents thousands of grocery and retail works launched a national tour Monday in Phoenix to draw attention to Walmart's wages and the thousands of police calls to its mega stores that are costing local taxpayers each year. The Expose Walmart tour is led by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million professionals in the United States, according to its website.

There were union reps, local and state lawmakers and community groups. They chanted and marched from city hall to Phoenix Police Headquarters, a building that they say should be named 'Walmart Security Headquarters.' The rally was organized by 'Making Change at Walmart,' a group critical of the retail giant.

"Walmart uses the local police for the first call for items that are sometimes less than $5 because they refuse to put the number of employees on the floor to service the customers, as well as hire appropriate security," said Randy Parraz, director for Making Change at Walmart. The group alleges that
a Valley Walmart logged more than 1,100 police calls in 2016.

Critics say Walmart relies too heavily on taxpayer-funded police, while other big-box stores deploy more rigorous in-house security measures.

Walmart officials at the time of the report said new security policies are being enacted around the country, including more employees at the entrance and a new diversion program that would spare police calls for certain low-level offenders.

On Monday, Walmart Director of Corporate Communications Blake Jackson credited the diversion program, Restorative Justice, for a
35 percent drop in Walmart calls to police nationwide. Additionally, he said, the recidivism rate for those who complete the program hovers at about 2 to 3 percent. abc15.com azcentral.com

More CEOs are getting forced out for ethics violations
If it seems like more CEOs are getting cast aside amid ethical blunders or corporate scandals, they are. According to a new report on CEO succession from Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business, the percentage of CEOs getting pushed out for questionable behavior - lapses including environmental disasters, insider trading, résumé fraud, accounting scandals and sexual misconduct - is up over the past five years.

While the number is small - there were only 82 CEOs ousted for scandals among the 2,500 largest public companies over the past five years - dismissals for bad behavior between 2012 and 2016 rose from 3.9 percent in the prior five-year period to 5.3 percent in the last five, a 36 percent increase.

In North America and Western Europe, they rose from 4.6 percent of all successions to 7.8 percent. (Because companies are often elusive with their reasons for a CEO's departure, and rarely outright say a CEO is "fired," Strategy& says it uses news reports, independent sources and on-the-ground knowledge to decode the cause of each executive change.)

"We're going through this cleansing out period where you can't hide it anymore," said Gary Neilson, a principal at Strategy&. For boards, he says, "there's not much willingness to deal with distraction. It's bad for companies. They want to get on with it."

Neilson says the rise in ousters over ethical issues is not because of more bad behavior or more corporate scandals. Indeed, there may even be less, as boards become more focused on succession planning and face greater scrutiny from both investors and the public. But at least five factors are making it less possible for CEOs to skate through unscrupulous company behavior unscathed, Neilson says.

One is that the public has grown more skeptical and less forgiving when it comes to bad behavior, and consumers' public outcry combined with the threat of activist investors has prompted boards to react more often.

That's compounded by two other factors: a digital communications world primed to expose bad behavior that might have gone unnoticed in the past, as well as a 24/7 news cycle that acts as a megaphone, particularly for negative stories that catch fire on social media. With emails and text messages, Neilson said, it's more common for boards that "you have a smoking gun," he says. "It's more provable. You can't hide from it. And there's this huge capacity for news that might not have met the [newsworthy test] in the past."

Meanwhile, Neilson says that increased regulation and governance requirements, as well as more business being done in emerging markets where there is more unethical behavior, have added to the higher numbers. washingtonpost.com

More American Workers Are Testing Positive for Drugs
More than one in 25 U.S. workers fail their employer's drug tests
Marijuana is on the rise

More U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any time in the last 12 years, according to data coming out today from Quest Diagnostics Inc., one of the largest workplace-testing labs in the nation.

The number of workers who tested positive for marijuana rose by 4%, while positive results for other drugs also rose. The increases come against a backdrop of more liberal marijuana state laws and an apparent resurgence in the use of drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine.

In 2016, 4.2% of the 8.9 million urine drug tests that Quest conducted on behalf of employers came back positive, up from 4% in 2015. It is the highest rate since 2004, when 4.5% of tests showed evidence of potentially illicit drug use.

Marijuana remains the most commonly used drug among U.S. workers and was identified in 2.5% of all urine tests for the general workforce in 2016, up from 2.4% a year earlier. Quest also tests people, such as bus drivers and airline pilots, in jobs that affect public safety. For these jobs, regular drug testing is mandated by federal rules. In this segment, 0.78% of workers tested positive for marijuana, up from 0.71% in the previous year.

Workers in states that permit recreational marijuana use appear to be picking up the habit.
The number of workers testing positive in Colorado rose 11%; in Washington - 9%. The rates of increase in these states, the first to legalize pot, were more than double the increase nationwide in 2016.

Employers in Colorado and Washington can fire or choose not to hire someone who tests positive for marijuana despite the state laws. More recent statutes in states like Maine would give employers less leeway for
punishing workers with traces of pot in their urine.

Another concern for employers is the continuing rise in cocaine positives, particularly in drug tests conducted after workplace accidents. Of U.S. workers tested by Quest, traces of cocaine were found in 0.28% of tests. The share of positives from post-accident tests was more than twice as high as the rate from pre-employment assessments.

Amphetamine positives - which include Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - rose for all workers to 1.1% of urine tests, up from 0.97% in 2015. Quest found that methamphetamine positives continue to climb in the general workforce, rising 64% between 2012 and 2016, amounting to an overall positivity rate of 0.18% for the general workforce last year.

One bright spot: The use of prescription opioids like oxycodone appears to be on the decline. In 2016, even heroin positives leveled off - a reversal of a previous pattern. In the past, heroin positives increased as law-enforcement agencies and regulators cracked down on illegal opioid prescriptions, Dr. Sample said. wsj.com

Rue 21 Files Bankruptcy Chapter 11 - Closing 400+ stores
Rue21, which has 1,179 stores across the US, will continue operating its stores during the bankrutpcy proceedings. The retailer started closing 400 stores last month, and said it is considering additional closures beyond those 400. businessinsider.com

Dick's Sporting Goods plans to cut corporate jobs
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs at the corporate level. The Findlay Township-based retailer said in its first-quarter earnings results released Tuesday that it anticipated a pre-tax charge of about $7 million for severance and employee costs "associated with the elimination of positions, primarily at the company's Store Support Center."

There were no further specifics about the cuts, which Dick's called a corporate reorganization to streamline operations and reduce expenses. bizjournals.com

Walmart truck driver earns grand champion honor in national competition
The time had come for Walmart Distribution Center truck driver Charles "Mike" White to get a new cab. Tim Schumpe, general transportation manager of the Seymour distribution center, offered him one brand, but White said he preferred another. Schumpe's response was, "Go win the grand champion, and you can get any truck you want." He was referring to the American Trucking Associations' annual National Truck Driving Championships. To qualify, a driver has to be accident-free and work for a company for at least a year, and then they have to win one of the nine classes at the state competition. tribtown.com

FleetPride Building an LP program - staffing Dir EHS & LP + Regionals
Formed in 1999, FleetPride is the largest distributor of truck and trailer parts in the independent heavy-duty aftermarket channel. FleetPride operates over 250 locations in 45 states and carries over 400 nationally-recognized brands. In addition, FleetPride offers in-house remanufactured products such as brake shoes and driveline components. Truck - more... and trailer repair services are also offered at a number of locations under the FleetCare brand.

   Director EHS & Loss Prevention on Las Colinas, TX

   Regional EHS & LP Manager for the Northeast Region (Boston, MA)

   Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Northeast, N.Y.

LP Foundation Looking For New President - Matthews, NC
The President is the key management leader of The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF). The President is responsible for overseeing the administration, revenue generation, marketing, programs, strategic plan and industry outreach of the organization. The position reports directly to the Executive Committee.

Read more and apply here.

Retail CEOs meet with Treasury chief on border adjustment tax

Analyst: J.C. Penney May Have No Other Choice but to Aggressively Close More Than 300 Stores by 2020

Jewel-Osco to acquire 19 Strack & Van Til stores from Central Grocers

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Home Depot Q1 global comp's up 5.5%, U.S. comp's up 6%, sales up 4.9%
Dick's Sporting Goods Q1 comp's up 2.4%, net sales up 9.9%
TJX Q1 consolidated comp's up 1%, net sales up 3%
   Marmaxx comp's flat
   Home Goods comp's up 3%
   TJX Canada comp's up 3%
   TJX International comp's flat
Staples Q1 comp's down 3%, total sales down 5%

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"Counter Espionage Tactics: Protecting your company from the rogue employee and the outside spy"

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Recently featured in March/April 2017 issue of FRAUD Magazine, an ACFE publication, O'Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history: Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran of the FBI. The remarkable-true events of his life are the inspiration behind the critically acclaimed dramatic-thriller, Breach, starring Ryan Philippe as O'Neill. The film set inside the FBI - the gatekeeper of the nation's most sensitive and potentially volatile secrets - is the story of the greatest security breach in US history.

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Starbucks app vulnerable to hacking, fraudulent charges
Starbucks' mobile application has vulnerabilities that make user accounts susceptible to hacking, Fortune magazine reported. Customers who use the same username and password on multiple sites make themselves vulnerable to hackers who gather that information from other compromised websites.

After gaining access to a Starbucks account, a scammer can run up charges and refill the card from an attached credit card or bank account. Because gift cards can be purchased with the Starbucks app, a scammer can effectively steal cash from someone after selling the cards on the street.

Less than 1% of Starbucks accounts have been compromised by an account takeover, the company told BuzzFeed, which said complaints about fraudulent charges are cropping up on social media. retaildive.com

Starbucks sees payment system outage in US and Canada
The coffee chains' payment system was down Tuesday morning and baristas were unable to complete transactions. Some baristas told CNBC that the outage began Monday night.

"As part of our normal course of business, overnight we worked to install a technology update to our store registers in the U.S. and Canada," the company said in a statement. "A limited number of locations remain offline, and we are working swiftly to resume full operations in each of these stores," Starbucks added. cnbc.com

Retailers feel little threat from the latest ransomware attack
Even for businesses that weren't affected, the malicious software that on Friday began quickly spreading worldwide is a swift and ugly reminder to stay on top of computer system updates and backups.

The malware, known as WannaCry, used a technique purportedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency. More than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries have so far been infected, according to Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency. The hackers used the tool to encrypt files within affected computers, making them inaccessible, and demanded ransom - typically $300 in bitcoin, an online currency. Russia and Ukraine had a heavy concentration of infections, according to Dutch security company Avast Software BV.

The malware affected the U.K.'s National Health Service, Russia's Ministry of Interior, China government agencies, Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail system, automakers Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, PetroChina, and other company and hospital computer systems in countries from Eastern Europe to the U.S. and Asia.

Logistics giant FedEx Corp., which is the shipping carrier for 318 retailers in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 1000, also was hit Friday. "Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware. We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible. We regret any inconvenience to our customers," FedEx said, declining to detail how it was affected.

Several e-retailers in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 1000 say they had not been affected by the attack but they are on guard. Most of the retailers contacted declined to speak publicly. digitalcommerce360.com

Everything You Need To Know About WannaCry

Researchers find link between North Korean hackers and WannaCry

WannaCry most dangerous to smaller companies, says cybersecurity firm

Global Cyberattacks Put Pressure on CISOs, CIOs

Your data has been kidnapped - Now what?
If you think you're not a target for a cyberattack, recent 'ransomware' incidents should make you think again.

There's no right choice... but there's no good choice, either. Ethics and principle demand that you stand your ground and not negotiate with criminals. Reality, however, is that your phone system doesn't work, your factory is completely shut down, your ledgers, ordering system and everything else is eerily quiet. So you grind your teeth, bang your fist on the desk... and pay.

Or not. Maybe you don't have to pay because you took the appropriate precautions. They're relatively simple but the number of companies that don't follow these simple guidelines would shock you.

1. Backup backup backup backup backup. That's right - do it daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Move the backups offline to another, totally separate network with completely different credentials and operations. That's what cloud systems are great for - use them. Take snapshots of different types of data in different ways. Be absolutely totally obsessively compulsively fanatic about it. And then do it some more. If you have an unencrypted backup and are the victim of a ransomware attack you can laugh at the criminals while you restore a perfectly preserved snapshot of your system from the day, week or month before. It may not be up to the minute but it'll be enough and you'll thank yourself for doing it.

2. Educate your employees until they're sick of hearing it. Tell them not to click links, insert USB thumb drives, open emails from anyone not in their address book and a dozen other things that can expose the entire company. Then do it again. And again - until it is seared into their memory to the point where they are all mildly paranoid. In today's cybercrime world that's a healthy state of mind.

3. Conduct a fire drill. Pick a day - preferably over a weekend or sometime when your normal business will not be heavily impacted and tell your IT department that you just got the worst scareware letter you've ever seen or have the IT department call you and tell you that every single aspect of your system is locked up. And then create a checklist of what to do, who is responsible for doing it and what can be done while you are bringing your backup online. Do you need to call customers, put up a message on your web page, make a public announcement or tell your employees? Figure it out now because when this happens you won't be able to think about anything other than getting your operation restored. csoonline.com

Microsoft Calls for IoT Cybersecurity Policy Development
Microsoft is urging for the development of cybersecurity policies to support the rapid growth of the IoT. A new white paper entitled "Cybersecurity Policy for the Internet of Things" addresses the need for specific IoT security practices.

The IoT is part of a broader combination of the physical, digital, and biological worlds, the report explains, and this merger can cause cyberattacks to become more dangerous. Policymakers should look to the concerns of businesses, consumers, and the government to identify and understand security issues.

Businesses can integrate security as they develop and implement IoT devices and infrastructure. However, an IoT-specific approach is needed given the number of IoT devices, the scale and technical challenges of their deployments, and heterogeneity of systems. darkreading.com

Cyber security bill introduced in Michigan House
A bill up for a vote in the Michigan state legislature would enhance cyber security for businesses and residents in the state. The introduction of the comes just before a cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shut down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies. The attack hit computers in about 100 countries.

Newschannel 3's Mike Krafcik spoke to state Representative Brandt Iden, Oshtemo (R), sponsor of a bill that aims to strengthen an all-volunteer force that provides cyber security and responds to attacks.

Established by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013, the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corp (MiC3), responds when a government agency, a school or business is under imminent threat of a hacker attack.

Iden has proposed legislation that would fold it into state government, conduct background checks, insure certification and set policy for when they are deployed. wwmt.com

Breach at DocuSign Led to Targeted Email Malware Campaign
DocuSign, a major provider of electronic signature technology, acknowledged today that a series of recent malware phishing attacks targeting its customers and users was the result of a data breach at one of its computer systems. The company stresses that the data stolen was limited to customer and user email addresses, but the incident is especially dangerous because it allows attackers to target users who may already be expecting to click on links in emails from DocuSign. krebsonsecurity.com

Experian Launches IdentityWorks to Detect, Protect & Resolve ID Theft

Delta testing facial recognition software for checked bags

Managing conflict at the point of impact for retailers

According to Bob Moraca, VP Loss Prevention NRF, he has constantly heard from members and non-members alike that retail criminals are becoming increasingly more aggressive and menacing. As a result, we asked retailers in our latest ORC survey and sure enough, the data from the most recent NRF ORC survey released last October, further documents that reality. Almost every retail respondent, 96.5 percent, reported that in the past 12 months, shoplifters and ORC criminals have become more aggressive.

While it's clear that there is no way to totally prevent violence, Moraca believes that with the proper tools and training, security officers, Loss Prevention professionals and store level employees may be able to defuse a potentially fierce encounter before it builds to a peak and that they may even be able to de-escalate a potentially violent encounter even if it starts to achieve momentum.

Acting on that belief, NRF has partnered with Milwaukee, Wisc.-based Vistelar, a provider of training programs designed to prevent and manage conflict by using non-escalatory and de-escalatory verbalization skills.

That program, created with feedback from the NRF is a version of Vistelar's Verbal Defense & Influence Training (VD&I) program customized to meet the specific needs of retailers and their loss prevention department.

Two training directors from Vistelar will be running a workshop from noon to 4:00 PM on June 26th, 2017 at this year's NRF PROTECT 17, at the Gaylord National Harbor in Washington DC.

This workshop will focus on managing conflict at the point of impact - the short period of time when disagreements, insults or gateway behaviors (e.g., swearing, aggressive posturing, verbal threats) can escalate to conflict and on to emotional and/or physical violence. Vistelar's training programs are designed to enhance employee safety in these four areas (P.O.L.E.™):

Physical Safety: improved threat assessment and physical assault avoidance
Organizational Safety: better job performance, morale and collaboration
Legal Safety: less risk of personal liability and looking bad on YouTube
Emotional Safety: improved relationships, self-confidence and life quality

Here are just a few of the things you'll learn by attending this workshop:

How to identify your conflict triggers and maintain your emotional equilibrium
How to not set off the conflict triggers of others
The gateway behaviors of violence
How to not end up on YouTube or the evening news
Using distance, positioning and hand placement to stay safe
How to redirect verbal abuse
The three step sequence for gaining cooperation
How to intervene in a crisis situation
How to close an interaction to achieve the best possible outcome

For more information: http://nrfprotect.nrf.com/session/emerging-leaders-workshop-verbal-defense-and-influence

Non-Payment Account Abuse Requires New Mindset
for E-Commerce Companies: Report

Increasingly, non-payment account abuse is an issue for e-commerce merchants and other companies.
While payment fraud in the early days of e-commerce spawned an entire industry dedicated to its prevention, other types of abuse are on the rise, according to a new report from Forrester commissioned by antifraud technology provider Sift Science. Fraudulent registrations were named by 65 percent of respondents as the abuse to which they are most vulnerable, followed by fake accounts (61 percent) and promotion abuse (53 percent). While payment fraud was still named as a top concern by 51 percent of respondents, it's clear other types of fraud are affecting customers and, consequently, the reputations and brands of e-commerce retailers.

According to the Forrester report, it is even more important than ever to shift from a narrow focus on payments and credit cards to "a more holistic focus on trust and safety." That will require executive buy-in and the inclusion of other internal corporate stakeholders outside of the departments responsible for risk management and fraud prevention. It also requires that a company's vision expand beyond tools and technology to first ensure it has "governance and processes that cover all transactions and channels before settling on the right tools for the job." cardnotpresent.com

How ecommerce businesses deal with cart abandonment
As you would imagine, there is no shortage of statistics around shopping cart abandonment, but the question of how to interpret the actions of customers - and what stopped them buying or whether they ever intended to buy at all - is a fraught area. Plenty of suppliers out there like to imply they've created an end-to-end process that's a definitive solution to lost sales, but the reality is probably messier.

In 2017, the statistics for ecommerce shopping cart abandonment are as high as ever, with some sources reporting that abandonment is on the rise.

What are the main reasons cited for individuals to ditch ecommerce shopping carts?

It may sound a simple question, but it's not. That's because the reasons for a customer to use a shopping cart in the first place vary. It is, though, possible to find out more by at least asking a departing nearly-customer why they are off - and many retailers do.

Here are the three most common responses that come back when the question gets posed:

• Shipping costs are too high or there's no free shipping
• The visitor wanted to know the total price, but wasn't ready to buy
• The visitor was using the checkout to create a wish list businesszone.co.uk

Jonesboro, AR: Trailer with $5,000 worth of Little Debbie snack cakes stolen
A man in Arkansas is glad to have his Little Debbie snacks back after a thief stole a trailer with about $5,000 worth of snack cakes inside. Roy Frazier said the trailer was taken in the middle of the night last Tuesday. Police found the trailer, but there were about 10 cases of the desserts missing along with a dolly worth about $300. Frazier said people have made a lot of jokes about the theft, but they don't realize the severity of the issue because it's his job. "I guess they're thinking it's Little Debbies, it's just Little Debbies. But hey, you're talking $10,000, $15,000 worth of stuff and it's mine," Frazier said. " Two women were arrested in connection with the stolen trailer. Investigators said the women switched the trailer's license plate and padlocks to try and conceal the loot. abc13.com

Fencing Operation: Lafourche Parish, LA: Man Arrested with over $4,000
in Stolen Merchandise

A Galliano man was arrested Thursday after detectives found he had over $4,000 worth of stolen merchandise, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said today. Carl Wilkinson Jr is charged with felony theft of goods and possession of stolen things. The items were taken over the past six months from department stores in Mathews and Galliano, Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release. Investigators believe Wilkinson stole at least two of the items. Webre said Wilkinson was caught on camera stealing televisions from the Mathews store in mid-April. Detectives searched the home where he was staying on Thursday and found several like-new items with open boxes. houmatoday.com

Stafford, NJ: 2 Arrested for Fraud and Theft at Dick's Sporting Goods
On Saturday, the Stafford Township Police received a call at 10:19 p.m. from the Dick's Sporting Goods. The call was made in reference to "two female subjects who were suspected by store management to be involved in credit card fraud and theft by deception from other Dick's Sporting Goods stores throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut," said the police report. Stafford Police arrived on the scene and identified the two female suspects as Demytra Gibbs and Khadijah Greene, both from Brooklyn, NY. The police investigation revealed that both Gibbs and Greene were in possession of numerous fraudulent Dick's Sporting Goods store gift cards and merchandise. The police report stated that Gibbs and Greene were both charged with multiple Fraud and Theft charges. tapinto.net

La Porte County, IN: Sheriff's traffic stop leads to 54 counterfeit card and $1,200 in stolen cigarettes
A man is behind bars after a regular traffic stop Saturday turned into the biggest case of counterfeit credit cards the sheriff has ever seen. "Saturday evening one of our deputies was patrolling US Highway 20...when he clocked a vehicle that was speeding and performed a traffic stop," said Sheriff Boyd.

As Deputy Samuelson was speaking with the driver and passenger, he noticed a strong smell of marijuana. As he looked more closely, he saw a bunch of credit cards sitting near the center of the car. Deputies ended up finding 54 credit cards, none of which contained either suspect's name, more than 22 cartons of Newport cigarettes, and three grams of pot. abc57.com

El Paso County, CO: Three arrested in 'sophisticated' counterfeit money and ID theft ring
The "highly sophisticated" forgery and identity theft operation netting at least $12,500 in counterfeit bills and 12 ID cards, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported Friday. Robert Gould, the suspected ringleader, was making counterfeit bills with holographic markings that passed the typical "marker test". He was arrested last week on suspicion of 125 counts of forgery, criminal possession of a financial device, criminal possession of tools for a forgery device, criminal possession of identity documents for multiple victims and theft. gazette.com

Four Milwaukee women arrested after stealing shopping bags full of merchandise from Bath and Body Works
According to police, the women entered the store, filled shopping bags with merchandise, and then ran from the store. The individuals then entered a vehicle and drove away. Germantown Police observed the vehicle, attempted to stop the car, but the driver continued to flee. After a short pursuit, Germantown Police officers and Washington County Sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle. All four women were taken into custody. The merchandise stolen from the business was recovered. cbs58.com

Plaistow, NH: Man posing as Home Depot employee, stealing air conditioners
A Massachusetts man posed as a Home Depot employee over the weekend to steal air conditioners in Plaistow, police said. Police said the man wore a store apron to disguise himself, but that's also what gave him away. Bernardo Calana, 53, of Haverhill, was arrested Saturday morning. Police said Calana was wearing an orange Home Depot apron with the name "Shannon" and flowers drawn on it. Calana loaded two air conditioners into his pickup truck and went back inside the store, police said. A manager noticed the apron and called police, telling them that no one named Shannon worked in the store, police said. wmur.com

Tucson, AZ: Woman switched flour for baby formula
and returned products for cash

An Arizona woman is accused of substituting flour for infant formula in containers returned to several local stores for refunds, and police have warned the public to check formula containers' seals for tampering. Police listed two Fry's grocery stores and two Wal-Mart stores, all on Tucson's eastside, that are linked to the incident. One child got sick from ingesting tampered formula but is in good condition after being treated at a hospital and released May 5.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus held an unusual nighttime news conference to disclose the arrest and to warn the public. Police said the suspect was motivated by money and apparently took place over at least several days and possibly for up to two months. Police said Jennifer LaPlante, 30, was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of fraudulent schemes and artifices and child endangerment. wmur.com

Raleigh, NC: Investigative Report: Rise in organized retail theft is costing you
Organized retail thieves are costing retailers billions of dollars each year, which inevitably ends up costing you. But it's more than just shoplifting. Durham Police Detective Debra Smith's job is to stop retail theft. "Once I identify you, you're on my watch list, and it's downhill for you from there," Smith said. She said it's a crime that happens every single day. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't get a phone call or a text message or an email from a loss prevention personnel that tells me 'Hey, we just got hit by this person, do you know these people?'" Smith explained. wncn.com

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Shootings & Death

Memphis, TN: Boost Mobile employee shot and killed as he stood outside the door of his business
At around 6:20 p.m., police responded to a shooting call to the 1700 block of Winchester, where they found a man shot in front of a Boost Mobile store. According to police, three males walked up to him, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he later died. Three people are being detained. localmemphis.com

Update: Durham, NC: Suspect who killed store a C-Store clerk found guilty of murder; sentenced to Life in Prison

Update: Bridgeport, CT: Man faces 40 years in prison for grocery store shooting

Robberies & Thefts

Bibb County, GA: Three charged in string of Macon Armed Robberies
Three people are in jail Friday after Bibb County deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested them in connection to a string of commercial robberies. They were arrested in connection with eight robberies in Macon over the past three weeks. The following businesses were robbed between April 27 and May 11; Ultra-Shoes, Econo Lodge, Baymont Inn & Suites, Sally's Beauty Supply, Family Dollar, and 3 separate Subway locations. 13wmaz.com

Chicago, IL: Three Cell Phone stores Burglarized in 4 Hours
Police are investigating three cellphone store burglaries within four hours early Tuesday on the Northwest Side. In each burglary, the suspect got inside the stores by shattering the front door using bricks or various objects, according to Chicago Police. It was not known how much cash or how many phones or other items were stolen. suntimes.com

Metropolis, IL: Woman Arrested in $3,000 Jewelry Distraction Theft
Metropolis Police responded to help after learning the owner of Silver Collections on 5th Street was following someone who had allegedly taken jewelry from the store. Officers caught up to the suspect in the McDonald's parking lot and spoke to 51-year-old Letricia May Jarvis. Police learned that the items taken were worth more than $3,000, and the theft was reportedly captured on surveillance video. Jarvis was arrested for felony retail theft. westkentuckystar.com

Fontana, CA: Kohl's Loss Prevention stabbed, another pepper sprayed in shoplifting confrontation
A man pepper-sprayed Kohl's loss-prevention workers and stabbed one of them in the torso after the workers detained two women who had left the store without paying for items, according to a Fontana Police Department news release. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The trio got away after the Thursday incident at the Kohl's on Summit Avenue. But later that day, police arrested the suspects at their residence in Ontario. sbsun.com

Melbourne, Australia: Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre in Mulgrave in lockdown after Armed Jewelry store Robbery
A shopping centre in Melbourne's south-east was placed in lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after four men armed with hammers and an axe smashed their way into JK Collections Jewelers. theage.com.au

Schenectady, NY: Suspect in robberies at 4 Schenectady businesses sought

Lansdale, PA: McCaffrey's Market, on May 11, reported theft of 100 shopping carts


Endicott, NY: Man pleads guilty to attempted Arson in Weis Market
A Johnson City man on Monday pleaded guilty in connection to a small fire inside the Weis Market in the town of Union in February. Authorities said the flames were put out by the store's automatic fire sprinkler system. Investigators had said the fire was intentionally set in a coat room at the back of the store. Shoppers and employees were inside at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported. Broome County Emergency Services said the fire caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage. wbng.com

Cargo Theft

Netherlands: 'Foreign' gangs are targeting Dutch trucks as cargo theft soars
The number of cargo thefts from vans and delivery trucks has soared in the first three months of this year, according to new police figures. Between January and March, 136 thefts and attempted thefts were reported to the police, a rise of 46% on a year ago. The police have now opened a special hotline where drivers can report crimes because transport companies don't always take action, the paper said. Transport sector lobby group TLN estimates thieves get away with some $387 Million worth of goods a year. Police say foreign gangs are now increasingly targeting Dutch lorries (delivery trucks). 'It used to be Dutch crooks, said Police. dutchnews.nl


CVS - Schenectady, NY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Schenectady, NY - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Schenectady, NY - Armed Robbery
Food Mart - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - Woodstock, GA - Robbery
Hai's Mini Market - Spokane, WA - Armed Robbery/ Shot fired-no injuries
Hungry Howie's - Winter Haven, FL - Burglary
Liquors on Bay Street - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
M& J Food Mart - West Ashville, NC - Armed Robbery/ Suspect shot by Clerk
Quik Trip - Cherokee County, GA - Robbery
Rite Aid - Schenectady, NY - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Bensalem, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
1 burglary
2 shootings
0 killed

Chad Hixon, CFI
named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Region 5, WI, MN, IA, NE, SD, ND for Burlington Stores

Whitney Plemons, CFI
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