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  May 29, 2015

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NY Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance, NYPD Coordinator, Tarik Sheppard, promoted to Lieutenant.
  Tarik has played a key role as the liaison between NYC Retailers and the NYPD. Tarik's new role with the NYPD is Platoon Commander in the 32nd Precinct based in Harlem, he will continue to also serve as the Coordinator with the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NYMORCA). Tarik was previously the Sgt. NYPD, Grand Larceny Unit. This past January, Tarik was a guest at the D&D Daily 'Live in NYC' Broadcast with the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance, and you can watch the video here.
 




 






































 


 

Laws Try to Resolve Employer-Employee Social Media Conflicts
Connecticut this month became the 21st state to enact a social media privacy law, and the absence of an overriding federal law means companies with employees in multiple states have to stay abreast of what changes are being made where, and how they impact individual offices and operations. While the laws have similarities-they all broadly define social media, prohibit employers from asking employees or prospective employees for their social media passwords and include exceptions where employers can gain access to social media accounts-the differences between them require vigilance. So if you are a multistate employer there are 20-something laws now that have passed and all differ somewhat.

In addition to the state laws, the National Labor Relations Board has come out strongly in favor of employee privacy protections, particularly for social media conversations between employees that pertain to wages, benefits and working conditions, even when they are critical of the company. Whether legislatively or administratively, the rules are attempting "to balance the interests of employees and employers but respect the rights of employees to speak privately on social media." wsj.com

Nike says FIFA Indictment Doesn't Allege "any Nike employee was aware of or knowingly participated in any bribery or kickback scheme"  The comments followed the unsealing of a 161 page indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday that included a description of alleged bribery involving the Brazilian soccer federation, a local sports marketing firm, and a U.S. multinational sportswear company around an endorsement deal negotiated in 1996. The indictment didn't mention Nike but alleged that a representative for a company described as "Sportswear Company A" agreed to be invoiced by the firm and made $30 million in payments to a middleman between 1996 and 1999. Parts of those payments were then used as bribes and kickbacks, according to the indictment. Nike signed a sportswear outfitting deal with the Brazilian federation in 1996, according to the company website. Nike said Wednesday it has cooperated with the authorities and continues to do so. wsj.com

Global major retailers and retail-adjacent brands make public statements in wake of scandal with international football governing body Fifa  Where did all the kickbacks come from? There's bound to be a few retail executives involved and the names will be forthcoming soon. Just a thought.

Western countries, businesses facing increased terrorism threat: Aon - International Retailers Be Advised  Risk levels are rising in Western economies due to the increased terror threat presented by Islamic extremists, according to the Aon Terrorism and Political Violence Map. The map - launched earlier this week by Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, in partnership with The Risk Advisory Group - provides insight for business aiming to reduce risk exposures. Top risks for business include increased terrorism threats across developed economies, and a progressively uncertain and dangerous geopolitical environment, where the risk of armed conflict is growing amid changing and unstable regional balances of power. homelandsecuritynewswire.com

OSHA Working with Health Canada on GHS Alignment
The agencies plan to implement a system allowing the use of one label and one safety data sheet that would be acceptable in both countries. OSHA's chief announced May 28 that the agency will continue its partnership with Health Canada to align U.S. and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding chemical labeling and classification through the Regulatory Cooperation Council. The announcement came five days before the June 1 deadline by which chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers are required to comply with OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard (except that distributors have six more months to ensure they do not ship containers labeled by a chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label).  ohsonline.com

U.S. "retail food market is experiencing accelerated consolidation" - Says Delhaize Group Chairman - Delhaize Ahold merger talks continue  Delhaize Group officials on Thursday said a need to generate greater scale to provide fuel for investment is sparking industry consolidation in the U.S. - and by extension, its own talks of a merger with rival Ahold. Food retail has been and will continue to be a highly competitive industry. Given evolving customer needs and demands, traditional grocers, like ourselves, will have to continue investing in order to remain customer-centric organizations and to remain relevant in their respective communities," Mats Jansson, chairman of Delhaize Group, said in an address at the company's annual meeting in Belgium. "To deal with these challenges, the food retail market, particularly in the United States, is experiencing an acceleration in consolidation as companies look to realize scale benefits in order to continue funding these investments."  supermaketnews.com

Walgreens will keep headquarters in U.S.
Walgreens Boots Alliance plans to keep its headquarters in the U.S. and never went beyond the consideration stage of moving operations outside the U.S. in an "inversion" to reduce corporate taxes. At the Walgreens annual shareholder meeting May 28, Walgreens chairman James Skinner said Walgreens headquarters will remain in Deerfield, Illinois. chainstoreage.com

Conway Stores Fined $80,300 for Blocking Emergency Exits
After federal safety inspectors found four emergency doors locked in a Conway store in the Bronx in December, its parent company Southern Island Stores LLC has been fined $80,300 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Gardena, Calif.-based company that does business as Fallas and Conway among others has until the close of business on June 2 to comply, to meet with OSHA's area director or to contest the findings. During a December 5 visit to the store at 2952 Third Avenue, inspectors first found the four emergency exit doors locked with metal bars. They also identified two exit routes with no lighting and one exit route blocked by a wooden cabinet. At that time, store managers were advised to correct the violations. But when inspectors returned on Dec. 22, the four emergency exits were still locked, according to the Department of Labor. wwd.com

Rite Aid headed toward a full-fledged growth mode
The company had opened its first net new store in five years this past March, and Standley promised there would be plenty more net new stores in the chain's future as Rite Aid fills out those markets where it is decidedly understored. "We have an effort underway to rebuild our real estate pipeline," Standley said, noting that the company will continue to invest in remodels and file buys, "but we're also going to ramp up store relocations ... and we're also going to begin opening net new stores as we go forward." drugstorenews.com

Can You Outsmart a Behavioral Assessment?  Maybe, but you'd be a rarity!
If you've ever been a strong candidate for a senior position, chances are you've undergone a personality and behavioral assessment. If you want a senior executive position, it's something you have to get past, even if it amounts to a figurative pole vault. The prevalence of companies requiring executive candidates to complete an assessment has boomed over the past few years. Even if you are aware of what traits you have that might not play well in this hiring situation, it's difficult to do because of the way the assessments are constructed," he says. "When you're answering 400 questions and see the same one asked three times in three different ways, it starts to get complex." A key purpose of the assessments is to identify "derailing" behaviors - those that appear infrequently but regularly that could impede or derail an executive's success. But the presence of such traits shouldn't necessarily disqualify a candidate. cfo.com

Charlotte's Northlake Mall sees 27% increase in shoplifting - Police start posting mugshots on Facebook & Twitter

Sears Holdings Post - Senior Director, Safety/Food Safety/Hazmat job in Hoffman Estates

Police and Huntington Mall Say They're Trained to Handle Active Shooter Situation

Ulta Beauty opening 100 stores this year

Brown Shoe Company Becomes Caleres

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q1 up 11.4% with net sales up 21.6%
Destination XL Group Q1 up 8.7% with sales up 5.5%
Game Stop Q1 up 8.6% with global sales up 3%
Boot Barn Q4 comp's up 7% with net sales up 16.7%, full year comp's up 7.3% with net sales up 16.4%
Genesco Q1 up 4% with net sales up 5%
Belk Q1 up 3.3% with sales up 3.1%
Big Lots Q1 up 1.6% with sales down 0.1%
Pacific Sunwear Q1 comp's down 2% with


Retail Symposium on Shopping Equity

June 11, 2015
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Retail Council of New York State, in partnership with Macy's, Inc., will host a full-day symposium addressing shopping equity on Thursday, June 11 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The "Retail Symposium on Shopping Equity" will unite retail executives and community leaders in a direct and engaging discussion about customer racial profiling. We're planning a number of thought-provoking discussions to examine community perspectives, lessons learned, and potential brand impact. We will discuss and share strategies to help create - across the entire retail spectrum - a shopping culture in which all customers feel free to shop in a wholly welcoming environment.

We are confident that the day's participants will leave the symposium with greater insight to the complex issues we face today. And community leaders will see firsthand the industry's desire to affect positive change.

This is a fully-sponsored event and free of charge to attendees. We ask only for your engaged and thoughtful participation.

Space is limited and will be handled through reservations to this inaugural event on a first-confirmed, first-welcomed basis. The event begins with an 8 a.m. breakfast and concludes with a post-symposium reception from 5-7 p.m.

Click here to register for the event.
 


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Sally Beauty Provides Update On Recent Data Breach Security Investigation - POS Malware used  The Company can now confirm criminals used POS malware believed to have been effectively deployed on some of its point-of-sale systems at varying times between March 6th and April 17th, 2015. Accordingly, the payment card information of customers that used cards at affected U.S. Sally Beauty stores during this time may have been put at risk. In addition: Sally Beauty does not collect or store PIN data. Therefore, the Company has no reason to believe, and has received no information to suggest, that debit card PINs may have been impacted

● The Company has eliminated this malware from all Sally Beauty point-of-sale systems. The Company has been working diligently with the help of law enforcement and leading third-party forensics experts to seek to ensure that its customers are protected.  "Because we cannot pinpoint exactly which cards might have been affected during our reported date range, we are offering credit monitoring services to any customer who used their payment card at a U.S. Sally Beauty store between March 6th and April 17th of 2015. businesswire.com

Target Must Reveal Info On Past Data Breaches, Judge Says - Looking for Blame
Target Corp. has to tell financial institutions suing over the retailer's massive 2013 data breach whether it suffered similar attacks in the past and if so, how it responded to them, a Minnesota federal judge ruled in the multidistrict litigation Wednesday. law360.com

5 things you should know about cyber insurance
Cybersecurity insurance transfers some of the financial risk of a security breach to the insurer. But it doesn't do a good job of covering the reputation damage and business downturn that can be triggered by a security breach. 1. It's a risk-management strategy. 2. American and European markets differ. 3. Clear wording is essential. 4. Coverage is inadequate in some areas. 5. There's room for improvement. cio.com

MasterCard Powers Android Pay, Bringing Mobile Payments to Android Device Owners

Visa Announces New Commercial Standard for Mobile Payments
 

 


 

White Paper - Specialty Beauty Retailer Offender, Shopper, Employee Feedback Study: LM Tag

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) conducted a series of in-person survey interviews in the Gainesville, FL. A specialty beauty retailer's StoreLab in order to understand the impact of the LM Tag on associates, shoppers and shoplifters. This research focused on the LM Tag's impact on protecting high end fragrances, one of the specialty beauty retailer's high loss products.


Shopper Feedback

93% of customers rated the LM Tag's effectiveness above a 5, indicating they think the LM Tag is effective at preventing theft.


Employee Feedback

90% of the associates surveyed agreed that they like the LM Tag and that it is easy to apply.


Offender Feedback

In this study, all 7 shoplifters indicated they would not attempt to steal a product that was protected by the LM Tag.


Click here to download the complete report.
 

 

 

  









 
























 

 




Kroger's LP - Adding Value to a Retailer
Karl Langhorst, Director of LP for Kroger


The Loss Prevention Research Council
Dr. Read Hayes, Research Scientist, Univ. of FL & Dir. of LPRC; Chad McManus, VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's



PwC's LP Strategy & Analytics Team
Bill Titus, Managing Director, PwC






 




 

 

 

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Kenya's West Gate Mall Massacre - Could it happen here?

In September 2013, armed gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in 61 civilian deaths, six dead security officers and over 175 injured. Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel of the FBI deployed to Kenya with a Rapid Deployment Team and assisted the Kenyans in the forensic and intelligence investigation related to the terrorist attack. In this LPNN interview, Mr. Frankel talks about this high-profile investigation, the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of active-shooter programs for retailers. With the ultimate responsibility of protecting your employees and customers, learn what LP executives can do to prepare for and prevent such a catastrophic event.

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"Live in NYC" Event Closing

LPNN Quick Take #21

After a jam-packed day full of LP leaders, retailers, solution providers - and all the valuable information and fun in between - MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley sign off from the D&D Daily's "Live in NYC" at the NRF Big Show 2015. Re-live all the great moments here. Thanks for watching and we'll see you in Long Beach!

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Lowe's expansion in Canada helped by Target's absence - Doubling store count over next three years - More LP Jobs!  Last week Lowe's reported its eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit same-store sales in Canada. The hardware chain's growth is due in large part to successfully implementing ideas from Canadian consumers, something that Target failed to do north of the United States. fierceretail.com

Canada ripe for dollar store invasion - the one US growth sector who's been silent during the Canadian Push - but Family Dollar is coming and you can expect Dollar General might not to be far behind - LP Jobs!  A slowing economy and stretched shopper are setting the stage for a spell of softer sales at malls, plazas and big-box stores across the country, a pair of new reports predicted this week. Dollarama, the country's biggest dollar chain, continues to fan out across Canada, while U.S. bargain retailers are now sizing up a bigger push across the border. On Thursday, the head of one of the biggest dollar chains in the United States, Family Dollar, said he liked what he sees in Canada, strongly suggesting more stores could open here. Dollar Tree operates about 220 Canadian locations already, compared with Dollarama's 955 stores. Both have ambitions of opening hundreds of additional locations in the coming years. Sasser said the Family Dollar banner might expand north, as well. "We have significant growth potential in Canada," the exec said on a conference call. "I think the Canadian market would respond very well to another multi-price point value retailer like Family Dollar." globalnews.ca

Two of Nordstrom's 6 Flagships to be in Canada - Vancouver's Pacific Centre & Toronto's Eaton Center  In keeping with the trend of global flagships being magnets for tourists, the Seattle-based retailer is in the process of creating six downtown showpieces. Of the six flagship Nordstrom locations, three are existing and are currently being renovated, while three are currently under construction. Jamie Nordstrom, revealed that the company is inspired by flagships such as Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Selfridges in London, and that the company is spending a fortune to renovate its own stores to reflect international flagship standards. The Vancouver flagship, located at Pacific Centre, will open on September 18 of this year. The Toronto Eaton Centre flagship will open in the fall of 2016. The Vancouver store will span about 230,000 square feet, while the Toronto flagship will measure about 213,000 square feet. retail-insider.com

Montreal approves 24/7 retail shopping - Will it help retailers? It certainly will create LP issues  Mayor Denis Coderre, apparently after consultation, has decided to let store owners remain open 24/7 in the downtown core along with other locations. Is this the solution to Montreal's economic woes? With all the For Rent signs littering the landscape, it will take much more than extended hours for shoppers who have little left after taxes to spend at 3 a.m. montrealgazette.com

Ottawa buildings unprepared for active shooter, report finds - If you have retail stores in the area, be on alert and help get prepared  The City of Ottawa has adopted a new policy to prepare for armed attackers after an internal Ottawa police report found that office buildings need better security measures in the wake of the Oct. 22 shootings. The police report, which will be finished in June, was undertaken after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down at the National War Memorial and shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill's Centre Block. CBC News learned the report, which will not be released to the public, revealed the large-scale police response contributed to mass confusion around downtown Ottawa. The report also indicated most office buildings in Ottawa are prepared for a fire or bomb threat, but not for active gunmen. "Not everyone has a policy or procedure in the event of an active shooter in the building, or a threat in environment around your building," said Insp. Mark Ford, a member of the Ottawa police emergency operations directorate. cbc.ca

Ikea to fuel Canada expansion with massive DC in Ontario

Police launch 'positive ticketing' campaign in partnership with Mac's C-Store LP

Retail Fast Facts: April 2015 
Highlights:
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.0 per cent over the comparable month last year. 
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 5.7 per cent over the comparable month last year.  Read more
 


 

Calgary Police charge 3 in multi-million dollar fraud investigation 
Three people have been charged in a fraud investigation involving an elderly victim losing more than $8 million. The investigation also led to a search warrant that resulted in $65,000 worth of gold as well as silver and jewels seized from the suspected fraudsters. "The offender reached out and was introduced to the elderly victim and established a strong friendship for a number of years," said Calgary Police Staff Sergeant Kristie Verheul. "From there...the trust built in that relationship was used to convince that high-yield investment." The main suspect allegedly used false charities as a front to convince the victim to invest large sums of money between December 2014 and May 2015, police said. "I'm going to liken it to Pandora's Box," said Staff Sgt. Verheul. "We came in with a very small scope: one victim with $8 million, and from what our investigation has revealed right now, the search warrant yesterday seized three cube vans full of documents and evidence." Police believe the following fraudulent charities-which are not registered with the Canada Revenue Agency-were used to fool the victim: Humanitarian Foundation of Canada, World Job and Food Bank, Canadian Organization for International, Development Strategies Foundation, Lepidoptera Inc., Antennae Inc. Calgary Community Outreach Services Society. "The money donated by this victim is believed to have been funneled through the charities to international accounts," said police in a Thursday release. Police searched two residences and one business on Wednesday in the city's southwest. Evidence and property seized during the searches include: Forged bank and government documents, Fraudulent documents for investment accounts, Pyramid scheme accounts, $65,000 worth of gold, 10 computers, Banking records and account ledgers, Safe deposit box keys. globalnews.ca

Man with rifle arrested at White Oaks Mall in London, Ontario
Police arrested a suspect after a man was spotted with a rifle outside White Oaks mall last Saturday evening. Officers responded to reports of a man in the Wellington Rd. mall's south parking lot armed with a rifle shortly after 6 p.m. "Police attended and a foot pursuit was initiated with the suspect, and there was a round discharged. No one was injured though," said Staff Sgt Jeff Dunham. The man was apprehended by police in the backyard of a home near the mall. Charges are pending. An officer accidentally fired a round into the ground, said Dunham. lfpress.com

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint in central Mississauga
Heavily-armed tactical officers have descended on a central Mississauga plaza Wednesday afternoon after a jewelry store was robbed at gunpoint. The heist occurred just before 5 p.m. near the Royal Stones Jewellery store in the Mississauga Marketplace plaza, located at Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue. The male culprit wearing a hoodie, used a gun to intimidate employees and then fled the scene on foot with a quantity of jewelry. There were no reported injuries, according to Peel Regional Police. Police dogs and tactical officers are on scene searching for the suspect. mississauga.com

Armed robbery at Homesense was 'staged,' Saskatoon police allege
Saskatoon city police arrested two people following what the police are describing as a "staged" armed robbery at Homesense in Stonebridge. Saskatoon police charged a 20-year-old employee of the store and a 25-year-old man after investigators determined the armed robbery was a "staged event." Police initially said a suspect walked into a business in the 3000 block of Clarence Avenue South and handed over a note to the cashier demanding cash. According to police at the time, the suspect had what appeared to be a handgun in the waistband of his pants. The employee handed over the cash and the robber fled. In court Tuesday, the Crown said the employee failed to mention to police that she knew the person accused of robbing her. thestarphoenix.com

Superstore employee finds another nail in potatoes
Police say the discovery was made at an Atlantic Superstore on Quinpool Road in Halifax. The employee turned over the potato, nail and remaining bag of potatoes to police. The potatoes had been recalled after consumers found other spuds with metal in them in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall on some potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada on Saturday after police received multiple complaints.  canadiangrocer.com

Thieves steal 500 comics in Calgary smash and grab

Male female duo busted using fraudulent ID's to apply for credit card in Edmonton, Canada

Barrie man gets nine years for fake prescriptions

York Regional Police seek suspect following Holland Landing Convenience Store robbery


 

Free Fraud Seminar in Toronto on June 11:
A Half Day That Could Save Your Company

Criminal fraudsters continue to make news headlines breaching millions of consumer credit cards and private data files. Meanwhile, mobile payment systems are evolving with new technology and capturing consumer spending habits. Join us for this live event to discuss the most pressing issues in payment and fraud today. Seating is limited! Register here.

Location: Hyatt Regency Toronto
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cost: Complimentary

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

 
 


Retailers are not yet balancing the risks and opportunities of mobile
More retailers are enjoying the benefits of mobile commerce - but many are not yet doing enough to counteract the fraud risks that come with this opportunity, a new study suggests. The third-annual Mobile Payments & Fraud: 2015 Report, commissioned by Kount, The Fraud Practice and CardNotPresent.com, found that the number of retailers actively supporting mobile commerce, continued to climb, with 68.7% ( compared to 63.6% last year) of all retailers now supporting mobile commerce and a further 20.5% (compared to 24.7% last year) planning to support it from this year. The biggest obstacle to mobile adoption, said 27.8% of the nearly 1,500 respondents to the study, which questioned fraud and payment professionals representing retailers, fraud and ecommerce service providers, card issuers and card associations, was making it easier for consumers to transact. Working out how to address the fraud risk was a challenge for 11.3%, down from 20.1% last year. But while addressing fraud risks has become less of a priority, fewer than 40% (39.4%) of merchants said they were tracking fraud by channel, while 34.2% were uncertain whether they were. Merchants with annual revenues of at least $50m were more likely to track fraud attempts and losses by channel than those with lower revenues. Meanwhile, most respondents (61.0%) were uncertain whether fraud was increasing in their mobile channel; 4.8% said it was decreasing, and 13.2% said they were increasing. kount.com

Why stores still matter in an e-commerce world
Reports of the death of brick-and-mortar stores have been greatly exaggerated. How else to explain the throngs of shoppers still crowding physical stores in the major shopping districts of the U.S., especially over the weekend at H&M's grand opening in New York? Walking into H&M's newest store in the buzzing Herald Square section of Manhattan, for example, a shopper's first thought might be: How could shopping online ever feel as good as being right here, right now? For many consumers, shopping is an emotional experience. And there is a different kind of emotion involved in clicking the "checkout" button on the Internet. It felt thrilling and exhilarating to be surrounded by the glittering sights, deep sounds and perfumed smells of a new retail store. And H&M wasn't the only store that was mobbed with shoppers in Herald Square. Macy's, Old Navy and Forever 21 were all jam-packed. Judging by the sense of excitement among shoppers at H&M, physical stores still matter. As long as retailers realize that the experience in the store and the associates are the key differentiators that attract customers and keep them coming back. chainstoreage.com

Ulta Q1 e-commerce up 49.8%
 

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent

 
 



McCracken Co, KY Sheriff's Department arrest man on Theft and Drug charges; stealing from retailers for last 2 years  According to a McCracken County Sheriff's Department report, MCSD arrested a Lone Oak man after seizing approximately $10,000 worth of stolen property and items of drug paraphernalia from his Lone Oak residence during the execution of a search warrant. The report said on May 27, 2015 detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department were contacted by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in Key West, Fla., regarding a parcel that was intercepted by law enforcement and found to contain marijuana in excess of 8 ounces. During a search of the residence, detectives located items that had been used in the cultivation of marijuana, evidence of marijuana trafficking and approximately $10,000 worth of merchandise which was believed to have been stolen from an area business. During the following investigation, it was determined that Gold had been stealing from the local business at least once a month for the past two years and that he had profited over $10,000 from the resale of the stolen merchandise. Detectives also learned that Gold had been delivering his homegrown marijuana through the mail for several years. surfky.com

Atlanta ORC gang of four busted hitting Children's Place at Canton Marketplace
Three women and one man were arrested: Laquanda Allen, 27, Deonte Almond, 18, Veonia Hixson, 22, and Cedriona Johnson, 18. Officers found stolen items worth several thousands of dollars, discovered a firearm in one of the suspects' book bags and found what appeared to be marijuana in one of the other suspect's belongings, the press release stated. cherokeetribune.com

Three men charged in connection to $3,300 retail theft from Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton, FL  Three men were arrested in connection to the attempted theft of more than $3,300 of merchandise from a Bloomingdale's in the Town Center Mall at Boca Raton on Tuesday evening, according to an arrest report. Gendis Garcia, 47, of Miami, Lazaro Guzman-Bango, 24, of Hialeah, and Lazaro Hernandez-Remon, 25, of Miami all face one count of organized retail theft. A loss prevention officer at the store found them in the fitting rooms tampering with anti-theft devices on some merchandise from the store, the report said. When Boca Raton police arrived they found the men in a Mercedes with additional items from the store, the report said. A fourth, unidentified man was involved in the theft but he left before police arrived. palmbeachpost.com

Two Bunnell, FL women charged with shoplifting 140 items from Walmart
A pair of Bunnell women are accused of trying to steal 140 items totaling nearly $1,300 in value from a Palm Coast Walmart late Wednesday afternoon. According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, security agents at the shopping center, 174 Cypress Pointe Parkway, spotted the two women selecting items and tossing them into a laundry hamper in their shopping cart. When the pair finished shopping, they scanned seven of the items at a self-checkout register and walked to another register without paying. news-journalonline.com

Parolee busted for shoplifting at Rainbow Clothing leads to Police chase in Turlock, CA  A report of three women stealing clothes at a Turlock store turned into a two-county pursuit that ended with the capture of four suspects, one of whom was a parolee at large. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday the Turlock Police Department received a report of a larceny in progress happening at Rainbow Clothing. The caller stated three women were stealing clothing from the store. The officers responding to the call saw a vehicle matching the description from the theft enter onto Highway 99 headed south. Officers followed and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop and sped off. The driver, a man later identified as John Martini, 34, ran from the vehicle while three women stayed behind. Martini was arrested for a parole violation, resisting arrest, and felony evading. He also was taken into custody on several warrants, including one for evading. The three women in the car were all issued citations for petty theft. Inside the vehicle officers found more than 20 items of clothing stolen from the Turlock store. turlockjournal.com
 
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Former Wal-Mart employee accused of shooting co-worker in Conway Wal-Mart unfit to stand trial for capital murder  Myron Lamar Terrell, who allegedly shot Lori Martin multiple times on Feb. 1, 2014, after finishing his shift at Wal-Mart on Skyline Drive, underwent forensic evaluations at Arkansas State Hospital in May. The evaluations showed that Terrell has a diagnosis of schizophrenia but "currently possesses an adequate rational and factual understanding of the proceeding against him, as well as the ability to rationally assist in his own defense." However, at the time of the offense, he was "not capable of conforming his actions to the law." According to witness statements, a black male approached Martin in the checkout line and fired multiple shots into her abdomen and arm.  Investigators arrested Terrell at his Conway residence after security footage led them to his vehicle. Court documents showed that during an interview with investigators, Terrell admitted to shooting Martin six times because he "felt threatened by Mrs. Martin and she has been harassing him all of his life." Martin recently filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. of Bentonville, saying that Wal-Mart was negligent in continuing to employ Terrell while having knowledge that he posed potential danger. The lawsuit alleges that Terrell stalked Martin prior to the shooting and that Wal-Mart security employees were "negligent in either failing to monitor the video cameras or in failing to recognize she was being stalked."  thecabin.net

Atlanta Police investigating the death of a Dick's Sporting Goods Distribution Center Employee  The Atlanta Police Department is looking into whether the death of a Dick's Sporting Goods warehouse employee is tied to several firings at the center over theft. Antavious Kurtz was killed when he was shot inside his truck in the early morning hours of Feb. 11 outside his home, on Bunker Hill Drive. He has just gotten home from his job at the Dick's Sporting Goods warehouse in East Point, where he worked as a supervisor. Investigators said Kurtz was one of several people who provided information to police about a theft ring that cost several people their jobs at the warehouse. "He wasn't robbed. He had his valuables on him," said Detective Cedric Smith, with Atlanta police. "This guy was squeaky clean." Smith says he hasn't been able to make a link yet, but a possible connection is his leading theory behind the shooting. "Dick's is cooperating fully. I've been in contact with their investigators there, so we're working back and forth, hand in hand," Smith said. wsbtv.com

One dead in Officer-involved shooting at a Furniture/ Appliance store in Lancaster, SC  Officers from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a store on Highway 521 in Lancaster. The sheriff told Channel 9 the initial call to the store appears to have been domestic related. A man was armed inside the store with other people inside of it, the sheriff said. Law enforcement responded and at least one deputy fired shots and struck the man, the sheriff said. Other sources confirmed to Channel 9 that the man died. Officers responded to the Carolina Corner store. wsoctv.com

Clerk shot outside Family Dollar in Louisville, KY, suspect at large  Police are searching for a woman accused of shooting a clerk in a store parking lot. According to MetroSafe, the shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday at the Family Dollar on Wilson Avenue. Police said the suspect tried to walk out of the store with merchandise when the clerk chased after her. The two women got into an altercation in the parking lot and the suspect fired a shot at the clerk hitting her near her ear, then fled. Officers are searching for the suspect who is described as a woman in her 40s with heavy build. The clerk is expected to make a full recovery. A store employee said the woman had just started working there a few weeks ago. Every store has a different policy when it comes to what their employees are supposed to do during an attempted theft, but police say it's never a good idea to follow a suspected thief. wave3.com

Charleston, WV Police question suspect in mall shooting
Charleston Police have a suspect in a daylight shooting in the parking garage of the Charleston Town Center Mall. "We have developed a suspect based on some evidence we recovered," said Lieutenant Steve Cooper. "Nobody has been charged, but we are questioning a suspect." Cooper, speaking on MetroNews Talkline, would not reveal the identity of the suspect. Initially police were looking for three men who may have been tied to the shooting around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lee Street garage of the Town Center. The victim, Tevon Spencer, 22, of New York City was shot at least once while driving his car through the mall. It marked the second time in four months Spencer had been shot. Cooper said Spencer was wounded in a hail of gunfire on a home on Delaware Street in Charleston. Police say they also found both new and older bullet holes in his car when he fled to St. Francis hospital. wvmetronews.com

Investigation into the ShopKo Pharmacy Armed Robbery in Torrington, WY leads to an arrest; multi-state pharmacy robberies  Multiple cases of armed robberies at area pharmacies are cracking wide open with the arrest of a 25 year old Gering man. Richard Trapp now faces charges in Wyoming and Nebraska following his arrest Wednesday after an armed robbery for narcotics at the Torrington ShopKo. Trapp is currently in police custody while receiving medical attention at Regional West. Trapp is wanted on a Goshen County warrant for aggravated robbery. A release from the Scottsbluff Police Department says following interviews with Trapp and multiple searches of his home, he now faces charges for the armed robberies at the Scottsbluff Walgreens in February and October of last year. In Nebraska, Trapp faces two counts of robbery, two counts of using a firearm during a felony and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. More than a thousand oxycodone pills were discovered during the searches. Some 14-hundred pills were taken during the Torrington robbery. Investigators continue their work to determine if Trapp is also responsible for pharmacy robberies in Alliance and Sterling, Colorado. kotatv.com


Trio stealing debit cards buying gift cards in self-checkouts in Toledo, OH  "It appears these three individuals are targeting local chain stores. They will go in they will pick up an item, go to the self-checkout, they will buy the item and then they'll buy a gift card on the stolen debit cards," said Kozak. One chain store has reported around $5,000 in gift cards purchased with stolen debit cards. "We feel they will continue doing this until they get caught," said Kozak.  toledonewsnow.com

Two Kennedy Airport warehouse workers busted stealing $90,000 in electronics
Two Brooklyn men, workers in a cargo warehouse at Kennedy Airport, face grand larceny charges after swiping more than $90,000 worth of electronic tablets, cameras, memory cards and other devices, Queens prosecutors said Friday. newsday.com

Ocala, FL Police looking for eyeglass thieves
At least two eyeglass stores in Ocala were burglarized this month. The latest being early this morning where more than $16,000 worth of designer glasses stolen. On May 5th thieves broke into Lens Crafters just a few doors down from where they struck this morning. They stole $11,000 worth of frames and sunglasses... And police say the two burglaries might be connected. wcjb.com

Two charged in Verizon store Robberies in South NJ and Pennsylvania
Two Philadelphia men are accused of stealing phones worth $19,500 from a Verizon store in Deptford. Darryl Alston, 39, and Chamir Isaiah Lewis, 21, allegedly brandished a gun during a Jan. 27 holdup at the store on Clements Bridge Road, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. The two men, along with 34-year-old Rynell Bennett of Philadelphia, were indicted Thursday on charges of robbing the South Jersey store and four Verizon outlets in Pennsylvania. courierpostonline.com

Charges filed against couple accused of 'skimming' data from Utah ATMs  A man and woman accused of defrauding Utah banking customers with a hidden electronic device were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday. Alexandru and Ionela Stefan each could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted. Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday before U.S. District Judge Dustin Pead. The duo was arrested May 14 after being identified by the FBI Cyber Task Force in connection with fraud at ATMs in Orem and Sandy. ksl.com

UK: Pair jailed for 69-second luxury handbag heist worth $113,000 in Mayfair  Dean Dinan, 20, and Jason Furtado, 18, received 28 and 19-month sentences, respectively, for conspiracy to commit burglary. Both Dinan, from Croydon, and Furtado, from Islington, were sentenced on May 22 at Blackfriars Crown Court to a young offenders institute after pleading guilty at the same court on April 24, police said in a statement. The break-in happened at the Loewe store, in Mount Street, just before 1am on December 11 last year. A gang of nine men on six stolen motorbikes approached the shop and rammed the front door open before storming in and grabbing luxury handbags from the shelves, police said. The gang stole 57 handbags - with a total value of $113,000 - during the 69-second spree. They escaped on the motorcycles through Oxford Street. getwestlondon.co.uk

Case Closed: $42,600 A Day Eiffel Tower Gypsy Pickpocket Gang Busted  Ten members of the "Gypsy community" were arrested in Paris this week, after police blew open a major pickpocket operation around France's best known tourist destinations. French police report the gang had been employing sophisticated tactics to rob tourists for two years, with the 10 members of the gang netting a remarkable 4,000 euros a day each during tourist season. French newspaper Le Figaro outlines the police report into the methods employed by the gang, which specifically targeted Asian tourists, for being perceived as liable to carry large amounts of cash. The gang spent over $100,000 a year on living in quality hotels, and travelled everywhere by taxi - but sent the bulk of the money home to their masters in Romania, where it was used to invest in property. breitbart.com

Arkansas State Police Nab Cargo Theft Suspect

South Philadelphia Burglar Climbs Wall To Get To Cash Register

El Paso Co, Colorado Sheriff's Office looking for Lowe's Credit Card Fraud suspects

Three arrested at Naperville, IL Apple Store charged with ID Theft
 




County Mart Pharmacy - Harrison, MO - Burglary
CVS - Lafayette, IN - Robbery - 4 Arrested
Dollar General - Hedgesville, WV - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Farmington Hills, MI - Armed Robbery
Domino's - East Naples, FL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot
Family Dollar - Fort Smith, AR - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Portage, WI - Armed Robbery
Jack's Vapor - Santa Rose, CA - Burglary
Public Pawn - Davie, FL - Armed Robbery
Randy Colle Bicycles - Bridgeton, NJ - Burglary
Xtra-Mart - Seymour, CT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Orange Co, FL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Dundalk, MD - Robbery/ False Statement

 
 


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