Bret Graddy was promoted
to Director of Asset and Profit Protection Automotive for Sears Holdings Corporation.
Bret Graddy has been promoted to the role of
Director of Asset and Profit Protection Automotive and will now lead the Asset
and Profit Protection efforts supporting the Automotive business. In this new
role, Bret will be responsible for collaborating with the Automotive Team to
develop and implement strategies that will continue to ensure the safety of
their associates and members, their adherence to regulatory standards, and the
improvement of processes that will strengthen their bottom line profits.
For the past 12 months, Bret was the Market Asset and Profit Protection Manger
for the Atlanta Market supporting 30 Sears Full Line stores. Prior to joining
Sears Holdings, Bret served in a variety of Asset Protection and Operational
positions including Director of Asset Protection - Home Services Division,
Director of Asset Protection - Supply Chain and Director of Asset Protection -
Expo Design Center for Home Depot and District Loss Prevention Manager for
Target. Bret holds a Master's of Science from Michigan State University, a
Bachelors of Arts from Ball State University, and is currently completing course
work to obtain his Green Belt in Six Sigma/Lean Efficiency. Congratulations Bret!
Quarter 1 2016 - It's a
Mall Retailers Hurting the Most
fewer and more moderate highs above the negative comp's what we're seeing is
that the Malls are dying. The Millennials are just not going to the malls.
And even the boomers are now attached to their smart phones and don't have
the time. The culture has changed and we're all staring down at our phones
texting and talking away.
Just fifteen years ago we didn't have all
these cell phone stores or Apple stores and Amazon was just taking off. Now
that looks like all we have.
Tech toys are now necessities and we've all got
multiple and waiting for the next version. Yes, gas is down and Master Card
says they're spending. But they aren't in Mainstreet USA.
more shake ups coming as we all know.
Over the last two weeks we've reported
the first quarter earnings of 61 different retailers. Overall, average Q1
comparable same-store sales were down 1.25%. This may be an industry first.
Study probes impact of
terror on business travelers, managers
study of terror's impact on business travelers and business travel managers
revealed surprising results, especially with regard to traveler fears and
anxiety. Among other findings, the study found that 31 percent of business
travelers worry that a reluctance to travel could hurt their career, and
that 6 percent would not feel comfortable expressing their concerns to
The study's findings also indicated that corporate
travel managers may be missing key traveler concerns.
Sixty-seven percent of travelers state that there is a psychological effect
on either them or their families when travelling to a region where they may
not feel safe
• Ten percent of business travelers remain "utterly
fearless" regarding terrorism, and 25 percent have very little fear.
Sixty-five percent of business travelers have varied fears, including being
stranded in a security lockdown, in-flight terror incidents, and the threat
of medical health risks.
• A majority of business travelers fear
mugging and traffic accidents while on the road more than the possibility of
a terrorist attack
The study also focused on how business travel
managers (identified as "corporate travel executives) interpreted traveler
response to terrorist issues. Travel managers had a higher estimation
regarding their policy's effectiveness addressing risk than more skeptical
business travelers. Specifically, travelers wanted more access to up-to-date
risk management tools and specific safety briefings for various
destinations. Likewise, corporate travel executives may be assuming that
traveler silence indicates total acceptance of a travel program.
the world we live in today, traveler care is a growing concern and top
priority for companies of all shapes and sizes." We've heard this time and
time again from our customers who want access to advanced products and
services that ensure the safety and security of their employees, no matter
what happens. Equipping our customers with great tools is the first step,
followed by ensuring these functionalities are properly communicated to
employees so there are no disconnects.
Memorial Day Weekend
Brings Increased Risk Of Cargo Theft
Memorial Day weekend approaches, CargoNet warns truckers to be on the alert
for cargo theft. According to the report from CargoNet, cargo theft has
spiked during Memorial Day weekend for the past four years. The 2015
Memorial Day weekend recorded a record-high 15 cargo theft incidents
averaging in excess of $600,000.
Additionally, the SCIC has recorded
a recent spike in cargo theft activity of electronics and cosmetics in the
past five weeks with some losses exceeding $3 million.
Memorial Day Cargo Theft Facts
• The top type of stolen
cargo is food and beverages.
• The risk for cargo theft reaches its
peak on Saturday.
• The average value of a stolen cargo load is
• Florida is the state with the most Memorial Day cargo
theft, followed by California, Texas, Georgia, and New Jersey.
Over half of all cargo thefts take place at a truck stop, carrier lot, or
• Fuel advance, hostage load, and line haul scams also
increase before the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
• To prevent cargo
theft, CargoNet recommends that truck drivers arrive for pickup well-rested,
fed, and with a full tank of fuel to minimize stop offs where theft could
Notable thefts over Memorial Day
weekends since 2013:
California, full truckload of apparel,
Florida, full truckload of medication, $300,000
Carolina, full truckload of cosmetics, $200,000
Florida, full truckload
of televisions and displays, $800,000
New Jersey, full truckload of
California, full truckload of notebook computers,
Pennsylvania, full truckload of copper, $600,000
Jersey, full truckload of tobacco accessories, $600,000
Chasing the 'Holy
Grail': How to Measure Compliance?
referred to by some as the Holy Grail: How to accurately measure the
effectiveness of a company's ethics and compliance program? And for good
reason, as no one yet seems to have come up with a definitive measurement.
In a business world increasingly focused on metrics and return on
investment, the compliance department would love to have an easy number to
employ to prove their return on investment.
Companies under pressure
to show that their compliance programs work can leverage some tools they
already have at their disposal. These include:
• Forming a
governance, regulatory and compliance committee to assist in monitoring and
auditing of compliance;
• Expanding existing company surveys to
incorporate compliance metrics;
• Making better use of exit interviews,
as departing employees may be more candid than those hoping to keep their
• Using existing audits to to evaluate the compliance program
One of the best ways to determine the effectiveness of a program is to
hire an independent third-party expert to come in and assess the program
against all regulatory and legal requirements, and against the best
practices of companies inside and outside one's industry.
"This is a
really difficult job, maybe the hardest job in the company, so to do this
you need the right positioning, the right authority and independence, or it
doesn't get done." wsj.com
Sears to Explore Deals
for Key brands
The retailer also said its
board would explore increasing the availability of Kenmore, Craftsman and
DieHard wares outside of Sears and Kmart stores, saying it could "realize
significant growth." In addition, Sears said its home services business "has
greater potential than what we have delivered in the past."
Berkowitz has noted that Sears has assets it could divest, including
the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brand names and its home services unit.
In all, for the quarter ended April 30, Sears reported a loss of $471
million, or $4.41 a share, compared with a loss of $303 million, or $2.85 a
share, a year earlier. Excluding certain items, Sears's adjusted loss shrunk
to $1.86 a share from $2 a share.
Revenue dropped 8.3% to $5.39
billion, mostly owing to the same-store sales decrease and having fewer
Kmart and Sears full-line stores in operation. Of the year-over-year
decline, $268 million was attributable to comparable-store declines, while
$149 million of the decline was due to having fewer stores. wsj.com
New Report on Gap, H&M
Alleges Failure in Labor Rights
DELHI, India - A report released by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance,
an international alliance of trade unions and labor-rights activists, has
alleged persistent abuses at San Francisco-based Gap's supplier factories in
India, Indonesia and Cambodia.
The report, which surveyed 150 workers
across the three countries, noted that "significant gaps remained in
stemming abuses" across the company's supply chain, "despite its widely
publicized commitments to stem these.
"The problem is larger than The
Gap. The global supply chain needs a binding regulation. Rights violations
are fundamentally linked to the structure of the global garment value chain.
The ILO must also take action, set global standards across industries and
pass a binding convention to regulate global supply chains." wwd.com
CVS Hit With Overtime
Suit In Fla. Federal Court
retailer of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay
overtime wages to a nonexempt employee who claims to have logged about five
overtime hours each week for seven years.
Earlier this month, An
Arizona federal judge
$1.47 million settlement between a
CVS Pharmacy affiliate and a class of corporate employees who
work to process insurance claims alleging they had been misclassified as
exempt from overtime pay while often being required to work more than 40
hours a week.
And in February, a California judge
final approval to a $7.4 million settlement between CVS and a
class of 1,182 pharmacists who alleged in three consolidated suits that they
were denied overtime when they worked more than six consecutive days. law360.com
US Foods Teamsters
Spread Strike To Metro NY Facility
Maryland workers have extended picket lines to US Foods' Metro New York
facility, where 320 workers are honoring the lines by refusing to work. It
is the US Foods' largest distribution center in America. The 180 warehouse
workers who are members of Local 202 and 140 drivers who are members of
Local 282 are just the latest group of US Foods workers to honor a picket
line supporting the striking Maryland workers. They join US Foods workers in
Colorado, Michigan and Washington who did the same last week. Similar
pickets were held in Illinois, New York and Ohio earlier this month. The
Maryland workers are on strike to protest allegations that US Foods violated
federal law that protects workers' rights.
re-post Director of Loss Prevention position today on LinkedIn in Kansas
Helzberg Diamonds has opened a critical
position within our Loss Prevention department. Due to promotion we are
looking for our next Director of Loss Prevention. The
Director reports the D.V.P of Loss Prevention, and is a business partner to
our Divisional Vice Presidents of Store Operations, Regional Managers, Store
Managers, and corporate teammates.
cutting 461 headquarters jobs - closing HQ June 3
Workers Seek Nod For $117K OT Deal
Adidas to staff two
new production facilities with robots - one in U.S. next year
Quarterly Same Store
have all the shoppers gone? They're not in the malls!
Williams-Sonoma Q1 comp's up 4.5%, net revenue up 6.5%
Q1 comp's up 4.3%, sales up 8.4%
Signet Jewelers Q1 comp's up 2.4%, sales
Dollar Tree Q1 comp's up 2.3%, sales up 134% (Family Dollar
Dollar General Q1 comp's up 2.2%, sales up 7%
Louisiana Kitchen Q1 comp's up 1,6%, sales up 6.4%
Fred's Q1 comp's up
1%, sales up 8%
Genesco Q1 comp's down 1%, sales down 2%
Q1 Retail Segment comp's down 3.4%, total net sales down 1.3%
Americas Retail comp's down 4%, total sales down 6%
Tilly's Q1 comp's
down 4.1%, sales flat
Chico's Q1 comp's down 4.2%, sales down 7.9%
Claire's Stores Q1 comp's down 5.1%, sales down 6.4%
Maternity Q1 comp's down 5.4%, sales down 13.8%
J Crew Q1 comp's down 7%,
sales down 3%
Sears Holdings Q1 Sears comp's down 7.1%, Kmart comp's
down 5%, sales 9.1%
Over the last two weeks we've reported
the first quarter earnings of 61 different retailers. Overall, average Q1
comparable same-store sales were down 1.25%.
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- With Heat Map Illustration
● State Felony Threshold Limits -
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led to $1.6 million in losses during 2015: Report
FBI Report - Cyber Crime Complaints Totaled
$1.07B in Losses
An FBI report released
Tuesday said that ransomware infections caused more than $1.6 million in
losses last year for individuals and businesses, even before experts began
sounding the alarm over a cyber epidemic whose latest victims include yet
another medical center following a slew of hacks affecting hospitals coast
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, IC3, said in an
published this week that it received 2,453 complaints during the
last calendar year concerning ransomware.
All told, criminal cyber
activity ranging from hacktivist attacks to credit card fraud resulted in
the IC3 receiving 288,012 complaints last year totaling more than $1.07
billion in reported losses. Of that sum, ransomware resulted in $1,620,814
in adjusted losses during the last calendar year, the report concluded.
Although the 236-page report indicates ransomware was nowhere near as
prevalent as some other cyber-schemes during 2015, statistics suggest
criminals are capitalizing more than ever off of the money-making scam. The
IC3 only began making mention of ransomware in its 2012 report, and
previously said it was aware of 1,402 ransomware victims during the second
half of 2014, the likes of which was said to have resulted in roughly
$490,000 in losses, or less than one-third of what last year's infections
The IC3's statistics only take into account instances where
ransomware victims went to the authorities, and overwhelmingly elate to
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said previously that
it spotted 179,209 computers in 2015 that had been infected with ransomware,
and CNN said in April that the cost of those infections had amounted to $24
Multi-factor Authentication Mandate Delayed 'Til 2018
Deadlines for compliance for two of the most important mandates in PCI DSS
version 3.2 have been delayed to 2018.
PCI DSS 3.2 replaces 3.1 which
will expire on October 31-this means that after that, all organizations will
need to validate their compliance using v3.2 instead of 3.1, just like any
previous version of the DSS. However, that deadline is extended for both
SSL/TLS migration (extended to July 2018) and multi-factor authentication
(which must be deployed by 1 Feb. 2018).
By setting a two-year window
to become compliant, the PCI SSC may have inadvertently set up a period of
greater confusion for end users, who will need to take extra care to ensure
that their data is adequately stored and protected, and that third-party
providers guarantee a high degree of security and compliance. infosecurity-magazine.com
Customers Liable for
Online Fraud Charges?
UK Banks Considering Holding Customers
Responsible for Online Fraud Charges
cost of internet banking fraud up 64% in 2015, due to online fraud, the
banks are considering holding the customer responsible for maintaining their
online security practices and upgrades.
Fraud surge: The number of
bank customers falling victim to scams is on the rise - and in the future,
could face an uphill battle for refunds. Firstly, it is belived customers
would be urged to upgrade their online security if it is found they are
using outdated or ineffective antivirus software.
Failure to do so
would mean being locked out of online banking services. If a customer with
poor cyber security - despite warnings to upgrade - is a victim of fraud,
banks may then refuse to compensate.
A recent investigation by Money
Mall is finding more readers are being refused refunds with banks labeling
them "negligent." flynewsonline.com
Halton Regional Police
Service & The Gap Organized Retail Crime Team|
Organized Retail Crime & Fraud Information
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Mold-Masters Sportsplex Park, 221 Guelph
Together with Gap Inc.,
Organized Retail Crime Team, Halton Regional Police Service invites you to
attend a seminar to learn more about how to create a safe and crime free
environment for you and your customers. There is no charge to attend.
Bring your team to help everyone be aware of prevention strategies to
protect you, your customers and your business from retail crime & fraud.
Registration is requested. For more information about this event please
contact the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce 905-877-7119 or 647-544-7119
For information on this program please contact Sgt. Paul Harrower, Division
1, Community Mobilization Bureau - Phone: 905-825-4747 Email:
eliminating fitting rooms in locations in Quebec & the Maritimes
We are trialing the elimination of change rooms in some of our locations in
Quebec and the Maritimes in an effort to increase floor space," Anika Malik,
Walmart's manager of corporate affairs, told CBC News in an email. If
customers get home and don't like the clothes they bought, they can return
or exchange them as always within 90 days.
The idea is, more floor
space will mean more selection. This increased space allows us to offer a
broader selection of clothing items and ultimately more choice for our
customers," said Malik.
No word on how long the trial will last, and
whether the rooms will ever come back.
Did security play a role in this? And what about returns without a receipt?
This could cause some issues.
Halifax-area convenience store robberies have
declined over 10 years
Halifax Regional Police logged almost 200
convenience store robberies since 2006
Almost three-quarters of them involving a weapon or a threat of one,
according to Halifax Regional Police report logs.
half of convenience store robberies result in a criminal charge.
That "unsolvability" rate is mostly due to poor-quality
video surveillance technology, according to Sgt. Kevin Murphy with
Halifax's general investigative unit. Police see obsolete systems in both
big chains and independent stores, he said. Sometimes they're not turned on
Some of the other findings of the CBC analysis include:
• The most-robbed convenience stores are located on traffic
arteries to out-lying parts of the city.
• Robberies are more likely
when the sun's down.
• They're more likely when it's warm out.
They tend to happen in areas of high vehicle and foot traffic.
who commit robberies are most likely armed - 71 per cent carried a
firearm or other kind of weapon. Besides cash, cigarettes are a hot
"Cigarettes are almost a currency for some
people," Murphy said, adding high prices and the difficulty tracing
them, make cigarettes an ideal target. "They're easy to turn around
in the black market."
Retail theft fuels
underground market: RCMP
While everyone likes a good
deal, those video games sold at flea markets might not be what they seem.
Retail theft is feeding a thriving industry of selling stolen merchandise,
Richmond RCMP said Wednesday.
Police said criminals are working alone or
in groups, with specific "shopping" lists of products to steal. They use
lookouts, counter-surveillance and scout out their locations in advance.
Some of the most popular items might surprise you, police said: razor
blades, shampoo, beauty creams, toothbrushes, batteries, video games,
movies/videos, bedding and small kitchen appliances.
Some of the
products may be sold to rival retailers or openly through flea markets,
police said, although many wind up being sold through places like Craigslist
There is an economy that buys and sells stolen
merchandise," said Cpl. Dennis Hwang. "It is definitely not a victimless
crime. We are trying to provide people with some extra knowledge in this
area in order to help them make informed decisions. Be smart when shopping
for items - especially if the seller has multiple items that are new and in
original packaging without corresponding receipts."
Retail sales slide 1% in
Sales at furniture and home furnishing
stores were down, along with gas station sales. On the upside, sales at
clothing and accessories stores rose 0.8 per cent.
Lowe's plans 'strategy
of growth' with Rona takeover: CEO
is expected to come on two fronts: The chain of 539 stores across
Canada will grow, as will their online business. There are no plans
to open or rebrand any Rona stores as Lowe's and the company's head office
will remain in Boucherville.
In-store Hanky Panky -
Caught Red Handed & Red Faced
Wind Mobile store police standoff during
bizarre incident in Vancouver
say there will be no charges for those involved in a bizarre police incident
after an inebriated, naked woman was spotted inside a Wind Mobile store on
Robson Street last Friday afternoon.
Constable Brian Montague
says the incident began shortly after noon Friday, May 20, when a would-be
customer tried to enter the Wind Mobile store at Robson and Hamilton but
found the door locked and noticed a woman's foot sticking out from behind
When police arrived they didn't want to open the door.
"The strange set of circumstances, the suspicious nature of the
circumstances and what our officers were seeing triggered a pretty
large police response," he said.
Eventually two men
were taken into custody while the woman was taken to hospital.
"I won't go into detail about what the video showed us," he said, but
did add that "everything that was going on was consensual." Montague says
one of the three people involved was a store employee. He
says there was no evidence to support criminal charges but chided the
Ikea Canada is Booming -
up 15% over last 8 months
Mezzi Plans 25 Pop-Up
fashion retailer Maska Mode expanding Canadian stores
Canadian Tire rolling
out Home Delivery to millions of customers across Canada
Canada Goose opening
retail stores as it expands marketing strategy
CC Fraudster caught
using 200 cloned U.S. cards at ATM
at Watertown Royal Bank
Police have seized more than 200 fraudulent credit
cards after a Waterdown Royal Bank patron noticed something fishy at the
ATM. When officers checked out the bank around 9:15 p.m. on May 4, they
found a man inserting a blank gold plastic card with a magnetic strip into
the ATM. The man tried several times but eventually figured out the correct
PIN and withdrew cash. Police said the man had more than 200 bogus
credit cards and in excess of $15,000 in cash on him. The credit cards seem
to be from financial institutions across the United States.
continue as thieves strike north of St. Albert
More than two dozen such thefts have been reported over the past few months.
A special team of RCMP officers began investigating earlier this year after
more than 25 thefts of ATM machines over a five-month period.
Montreal: Jewelry store
Robber blames himself for Acid Burns;
store employee threw nitric acid
Richardson François, 31,
testified before Quebec Court Judge Hélène Morin during his sentence hearing
at the Montreal courthouse that he initially felt frustration over what
transpired when he and an accomplice, Jerry Theodore, 35, tried to rob a
jewelry store on Querbes St. on Jan. 22, 2013.In February, François pleaded
guilty to armed robbery, assault and other charges related to the robbery.
Mayhem broke out during the attempted heist and one of the four people
working inside the store at the time picked up a tray full of nitric acid,
used to clean jewelry - and tossed it in the faces of both of the would-be
robbers. The acid left scars on François's face and caused him to lose 50
per cent of his vision in his right eye.
Kelowna, BC: Shoplifter
caught at The Bay tied to 7-Eleven Robbery
Police responded to The Bay at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, loss prevention
officer was watching the suspect and reported to police that he stole a pair
of sunglasses valued $250. The suspect was arrested by officers inside the
Sport Chek store and one of the investigators recognized the man from video
surveillance footage from a 7-Eleven convenience store robbery.
Westsyde, BC: Police searching for $800
St John's: Masked Man arrested after
Convenience store robbed
Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) Program - formerly Turning Point
Justice - saves time and money for retailers and law enforcement alike through a
cloud-based collaborative solution that cultivates positive change through
restorative justice. In this LPNN interview,
VP of Retail Strategy, tells us what's new with the company's Cloud Justice
platform, how their partnership with the National Association for Shoplifting
Prevention sets them apart, and what drew him and other LP industry veterans to
the CAP Program.
LPNN Quick Take #5
Hot off the heels of a
recent merger that "brought the band back together",
Nick Khalil, President of Iverify, chats
Amber and Joe
about the latest innovations Iverify is bringing to the industry. From their
stock-on-hand analytics to remotely managing unattended deliveries, hear how
Iverify helps retailers keep employees safe, prevent turnover, and save money
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How To Tell The Good Bots
Vs. The Bad Ones
Though botnets may make life more
convenient, a security firm says that roughly 40 percent of them are
actually malicious, VentureBeat reported late last week.
According to Distil Networks, for every cool, new bot - designed to help make
shopping, weather, travel and even real estate easier - there are bad bots being
created that post a serious security threat to consumers. "Bots are the
centerpiece of a hacker's toolkit," Rami Essaid, CEO and cofounder of Distil
Networks, a security firm specializing in bot detection and mitigation,
In Distil Networks'"2016 Bad Bots Landscape Report," it noted
that hackers utilize bots to intercept Web traffic and automate attacks, as well
as exploit website vulnerabilities. "Now, we're seeing a lot more interest from
companies seeking to protect business-to-consumer activities," Essaid said. "Bad
guys are buying lists of usernames and passwords and then brute-forcing their
way into banking, eCommerce and health care, as well as the Postal
Service and the IRS."
Given, therefore, that botnets do not currently
present a particularly high degree of risk on a per-transaction monetary basis
compared to forms of attack that go after big-ticket transactions, some in the
industry may be tempted to regard botnets with a lesser degree of concern than
they do other, more established (and more familiar) types of attacks, such as
account takeover and identity theft.
However, just because botnets
primarily stick to the low-hanging (i.e., low-cost) fruit in eCommerce
transactions, that's certainly no reason to sleep on them.
Account Takeover: The Bane
The hackers frequently target a
variety of non-cash instruments, such as prepaid gift cards and loyalty card
points, which can be sold for cash at a discount or traded. Even groceries
stores have been hit, with attackers going after stored loyalty points that are
held in online accounts. "They could take these vouchers, download them and
trade them basically as cash," Smith says. Account takeovers can be especially
lucrative if a customer has stored their credit card with the retailer for
purchases. The attackers can continually buy more vouchers.
So what can
e-commerce sites do? There are several signs that an account takeover campaign
may be under way. For example, one of the first things hackers do is to change
the email address of a victim. Patterns can often be detected in the new email
addresses, such as unlikely domain names, Smith says. E-commerce companies can
check their customer databases to see if many accounts have suddenly been
changed to the same shipping address, a sign of a mass account compromise. Smith
also recommends that retailers don't assign a username that is the same as a
person's email address.
Alibaba facing SEC inquiry
over accounting practices
Express Inc.'s store sales
outpace e-commerce in Q1 - online sales fell .8%
formula smuggling ring stretched from Houston to Bayonne Bayonne man sentenced
Two men were sentenced last month in federal court for their roles in a
multimillion-dollar infant formula smuggling operation that stretched from
Houston to Bayonne, according to a statement from prosecuting attorney Joe
Magliolo. Ahmad Manzoor, a 73-year-old Bayonne man who emigrated from Pakistan,
pled guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen merchandise through interstate
commerce and was sentenced to five years of federal probation and ordered to pay
$7,500 in restitution. Manzoor was accused of operating a distribution facility
on 36th Street called M&Z Candy that allegedly received and distributed stolen
goods. Court documents identify Manzoor as a "fence," meaning he allegedly
received stolen goods and merchandise from "boosters" in Houston. In this case,
a man named Abel Garcia Tepozotlan allegedly organized a team of boosters to
steal over $2 million of formula from a variety of big box retailers.
Counterfeit Purfume seized in major New York Raid;
Could contain Urine, Antifreeze
Five Queens men were busted Wednesday for running a multimillion-dollar
counterfeit-perfume operation that peddled phony merchandise containing trace
amounts of a cancer-causing substance. The crew took trips to China, where they
would get name-brand perfumes such as Chanel, Lacoste and Calvin Klein
duplicated, then pedal the goods to wholesalers in the city and across the
nation at a steep discount. An 11-month investigation by the NYPD, in
conjunction with Homeland Security and US Border Patrol, led to the 6 a.m.
arrests of ringleader Patrick Badal, 45, Abul Kashem, 49, Kaium Shah, 52, Kenny
Hi, 61, and wholesaler 42-year-old Parvez Shazzed. When the merchandise reached
New York City ports and terminals, the fraudsters would slap fake designer tags
on the packaging from inside several storage facilities across Queens, officials
said. The operation raked in an estimated $2.6 million annually
once the goods were shipped off to wholesalers and retailers, including "mom and
pop" shops in lower Manhattan, police said. Trace amounts of a cancer-causing
chemical compound - Di 2 Ethylhexyl - phthalate - were found in the products,
cops said. Authorities recovered about 60,000 bottles of counterfeit perfume in
the raid - and they seized 15 bank accounts and several luxury cars, including a
BMW and a Lexus. All five men face charges of conspiracy and trafficking
NY: 3 stole $8,000 worth of razor blades from BJ's
Three Ulster County residents have been charged in connection with the theft of
$8,000 worth of razor blades from the BJ's Wholesale Club in April, state police
said Wednesday. Andre K. Pritchard, Michael Demaio, and Leanne Demaio, were
arrested by state police at Wappinger. Pritchard and Michael Demaio were
arrested May 17, and Leanne Demaio was arrested April 28. Pritchard and Michael
Demaio were charged with grand larceny, a felony. Leanne Demaio was charged with
petit larceny. The last two arrests ended a weeks-long investigation of reported
thefts at the store.
Marina, CA: Man found guilty
in sophisticated $500 Target theft
Fort Smith, AR: Walmart nabs Repeat
Offender with over $1,000 in merchandise, Criminal Tresspass for prior thefts
Glendale, WI: Woman with 14 priors at it
again at Kohl's, now facing 18 months and $10,000 fine
Alcoa, TN: Woman caught shoplifting at
Wal-Mart, 3 priors in last 30 days
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The Q1 robberies and burglaries report is a data driven,
detailed audit of all
publicly reported incidents at U.S. retailers
the first quarter of 2016, the D&D Daily reported a total of 1,151 robberies and
burglaries across the United States. After analyzing these cases and breaking
them down into three categories, we can observe where the hot spots are in terms
of which cities, states and retailers see the most incidents.
the first quarter, the cities with the greatest number of incidents were
Houston, Texas (23), Memphis, Tennessee (20), and Tulsa, Oklahoma (14). See the extended list of the top 15
cities in the graph below:
On a statewide level, the highest number of robberies and burglaries occurred in
Texas (93), California (73) and Florida (59) - the most populous states in the
country. The graph below depicts the top 15 states with the highest number of
robberies and burglaries:
Of the cases reported by the Daily in the first quarter, Dollar General (91), CVS (62) and 7-Eleven
(54) were the retailers with the most occurrences. The graph below shows the
top 15 retailers with the most robberies and burglaries:
For a geographic picture of where the hot spots are for burglaries and robberies
in the United States, the Daily generated a heat map illustration:
Spring, MD: 7-year-old Fights Armed Robber at GameStop
A 7-year-old boy faced an Armed Robber head-on while shopping for a game with
his parents at a GameStop store in Silver Spring, Maryland. Surveillance video
shows two hooded men wearing masks rush into the store on Friday, May 20 just
before 9 p.m. One suspect can be seen trying to grab the little boy before the
boy punches the suspect in the stomach a couple of times. The suspects initially
ordered three customers, including a young boy, against the wall near the
counter. Immediately afterward, both suspects walked behind the counter and
ordered the two clerks to the floor while the suspects took an undisclosed
amount of cash and personal property was taken. No one was injured, no arrests
have been made.
PA: Behind-the-scenes of a major Smash and Grab take down
The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and a dozen local police departments teamed
up to track down one of the most notorious smash and grab jewelry store robbery
crews to strike this region. According to investigators, the crew set in motion
as many as 15 armed smash and grab robberies across the tri state area that
netted over $8 million in stolen high end watches and jewelry, and terrorized
store employees and innocent customers that stood in their way. According to
authorities, the crew struck in South Jersey, Delaware, out on the Main Line and
King of Prussia. But investigators had to track them all the way to California
and Utah, then back east to Kentucky, Missouri, Maine and our area in order to
nail this group of professional thieves.
Eugene, OR: Teens accused
of robbing Macy's store, kicking employee in groin
Nicole Daharsh, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile were taken into custody just
before 7:30 p.m. Monday on charges of second-degree theft and third-degree
robbery. The teenagers brought several items into a Macy's dressing room,
removed the tags and then left the store. An LP Agent approached both of the
teens to detain them, but Daharsh resisted, police said. The worker grabbed her
but she allegedly shoved the worker into a door, police said. When another
employee came to help, the 17-year-old struggled with that employee until a
third employee arrived. It was then that the juvenile allegedly kicked the third
employee in the knee and groin. Police arrived a short time later and took the
teens into custody.
Riviera Beach, FL: Woman
bites Wal-Mart employee on arm, threatened with box cutter while fleeing arrest
Middletown, CT: Repeat Offender Arrested
for Stop and Shop Theft; now facing 2nd degree criminal trespassing and 6th
New Castle, PA: Police link duo to 13 area
Kalamazoo, MI: Five arrested in connection
with multiple thefts, including Schoolcraft trailer
Alaska Court of Appeals Upholds Decision
Regarding 'Accomplice Liability'
UK: Two arrested after counterfeit cash/
shoplifting spree in Canterbury city centre
Credit card fraud
investigator arrested for credit card fraud
St. Petersburg Police arrested a credit card fraud investigator for
stealing customer credit card information. 26-year-old Reynaldo
Colon was arrested earlier this week for the crime that started in the fall
of 2014, according to police.
Arrest documents show he worked for
PSCU, a credit card service company for more than 800 credit unions. The
company's website says it deals with about 18-million credit cards.
"(Detectives) uncovered 21 stolen card numbers" SPPD Spokesperson Rick shaw
said. "A loss of about 13-thousand dollars had incurred."
According to arrest documents, customers would call Colon if they
noticed suspicious purchases on their accounts. He is accused of writing
those numbers down, putting those numbers into his cell phone, then using
his phone to make purchases. "Probably around 100 transactions, again,
mostly at fast food restaurants." Shaw said.
Nassau County, NY: Man used fake ID to get Neiman
Marcus card, charged $2,000
Tamarac, FL: Pair accused of using skimming
device at bank ATM
AusAustin, TX: Multiple credit card skimming
devices found at gas stations in Travis County
Advance Auto - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Bullets & Bows - Mexico, MO - Burglary
C-Store - Picayune, MS - Police Shooting/ suspect
Carol’s Corner - Sevierville, TN - Armed Robbery/
17 yr old charged
CVS - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery/ man robbed same
Dollar General - Cordova, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Gastonia, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Georgetown County, SC - Armed
Family Dollar - Las Cruces, NM - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Silver Spring, MD - Armed Robbery
Little Dixie - Polk County, FL - Burglary
lululemon - Washington, DC - Armed Robbery
Red Sea Grocery - New Bern, NC - Armed Robbery/ 2x
in 6 months
State Food Mart - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Lavista, WV - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Wah Yuan Chinese - Claymont County,DE - Armed
Robbery/ employee shot
7-Eleven - Pembroke Pines, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Pittsburgh, PA - Robbery
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