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In Case You Missed It

May's Moving Ups

22 New Senior LP's - 15 Appointments - 7 Promotions

Albertsons-Safeway named Ryan Clevenger Director of Asset Protection
Ascena Retail Group named Eric Brill Senior Manager of Security Operations
Bloomingdale's promoted Harold McIntyre, CFI to Market Director - Asset Protection
CONTROLTEK named Tom Meehan, Dir of Tech & Investigations for Bloomingdales, CSO and CISO Officer
CVS Health promoted Sean Balducci to Area Loss Prevention Director
GardaWorld named Peter Bradley Senior Director, Loss Prevention
Harbor Freight Tools named Andrea Lykes Director of Loss Prevention
Kroger named Chris McCarrick, CFI Senior Manager, Asset Protection Solutions
Lowe's named Albert Latham Loss Prevention and Operations Support Director
Michael Kors promoted Juan Ospina to Director, Field Loss Prevention
Nedap Retail Americas named Hilbert Dijkstra Director of Product Management
Red Roof Inn named Greg Stocker, CFI Director of Safety and Security
Sherwin-Williams promoted Michael Hagenbush, CFI to Director of Corporate Loss Prevention Compliance and Reporting
SSP America Support Center named Bert Rushton Corporate Loss Prevention Manager
SSP America Support Center named Janelle Holloway Loss Prevention Cash Manager
SSP America named John Morris Loss Prevention & Safety Manager
SSP America (Canada) named Bill Freedman Loss Prevention & Safety Manager
SSP America named Elena Mencos, CFI, CFE Loss Prevention & Safety Manager
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf promoted Kregg Carney, CFI to Director of Loss Prevention
Walmart promoted Vincent Sonner to Senior Manager Global Security, Insider Trust
Walmart named Michael Oren, CFI Regional Ethics & Compliance Manager
Walmart promoted Melissa Wacha to Director Asset Protection Operations



Steve Korhummel named Sr. Loss Prevention Manager for Gap Inc.

Steve was previously a Sr. Investigator for Target for over six years, from 2010 to 2017. Prior to working for Target, he also worked on Home Depot's Loss Prevention team, holding such positions as Loss Prevention Mananger and Regional Loss Prevention Manager. He attended Grossmont College for Criminal Justice. Congratulations, Steve!





Jill Evans-Aldhizer named National Sales Representative for USS

Leader in innovative technologies, product protection, and security solutions, USS, announced the addition of retail loss prevention industry veteran, Jill Evans-Aldhizer, in a national sales representative role, last week. Prior to her full-time position and onboarding at USS, Evans-Aldhizer worked with the team, serving as a business consultant to USS' Chief Operating Officer Claude Verville. Evans-Aldhizer is well equipped to bring value to USS' efforts, with more than 20 years of Fortune 50 retail executive experience under her belt; seven of which saw her serve in a director of loss prevention operations capacity. Read more here.













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Vector Security® Acquires Guardian Force Security Services
in Nederland and Lufkin, Texas

Vector Security, Inc., a top 5 integrator of intelligent physical security and home automation solutions, has acquired Guardian Force Security Services, a provider of professional security services in Southeast and East Texas, with locations in Nederland and Lufkin. The acquisition expands Vector Security's presence in the Gulf District, which already includes branches in Dallas, Texas as well as in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

With roots dating back to 1752, Vector Security is committed to the markets they serve and building long-term relationships with homeowners and businesses across North America. As a Top 5 security provider, Vector Security is actively involved in the security industry, including Ms. Petrow's service as President of The Monitoring Association (formerly the Central Station Alarm Association). Read more in today's Press Release column below. vectorsecurity.com


Police use 3SI's Jewelry Tracker to Apprehend Criminals
Technology competing as finalist in the Think Tank Awards at JCK Las Vegas

Although almost all jewelry stores use alarms, locks, safes, cameras and other deterrents, violent criminals continue to victimize these lucrative targets. Certainly, deterrents stop some crimes, but criminals either learn to outsmart them or, are so strongly motivated, will rob no matter how many preventive measures are used. The only surefire way to prevent crimes is to lock up the crooks committing them, and 3SI Security Systems' Jewelry Tracker does just that: it puts criminals behind bars to prevent crimes. Further, it recovers stolen jewelry so store owners can get back to business with minimal losses.  Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.


Major Crime Ring - Drug Trafficking & Illegal Cigarette Smuggling & Money Laundering
35 St. Louis-area convenience store owners indicted following federal raid last week

A federal grand jury has indicted 35 store owners on federal conspiracy charges for trafficking contraband cigarettes, distributing controlled substances and money laundering.

According to reports, the suspects conspired for more than 2 years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, a low tax market, while transporting and distributing them in Chicago, Illinois, and New Jersey, which are high tax markets.

The store owners are accused of using several convenience stores that they operated to create the appearance of legal cigarette purchases. Illegal profits form the contraband cigarette sales were laundered through accounts associated with the stores.

Synethetic drugs, K-2, was sold every day from a handful of the convenience stores. Authorities said the store owners manufactured synthetic drugs themselves by importing chemicals from China.

"Synthetic drugs that are sold as purportedly legal substitutes for cannabis and stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, are neither legal nor safe," said James P. Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA St. Louis Division.

The collaboration with our federal and local law enforcement partners is the key to breaking criminal enterprises in this area," said Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons of HSI Chicago.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of five to 20 years in prison and the possibility of a $1 million dollar fine. kmov.com

Retail Industry Leads U.S. in Job Cuts Through May - 55,910
Grocery Stores Starting to Feel Online Impact

Cutbacks in retail and the auto industry sent job reductions soaring to over 50,000 in May, outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported Thursday.

Retailers still had the most job cuts this year - 55,910, including 5,777 in May, according to the report.

Apparel stores are not the only retailers cutting jobs, either.

The retail industry is starting to see more of its cuts stemming from grocery stores for the first time, Andy Challenger told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday morning. "You've seen the Jet.com purchase by Wal-Mart ... e-commerce is coming to the grocery stores as well."

"Meal delivery services and Amazon are competing with traditional grocers, and Amazon announced it is opening its first ever brick-and mortar store in Seattle. cnbc.com

 


Puerto Rican Security Company, Ranger America, Ex-President & 2 Senators Guilty of Bribery
A Puerto Rico federal jury found Juan Bravo-Fernandez, who had run Ranger American, one of the island's largest private security companies, guilty of bribing then-Puerto Rico Sens. Hector Martinez-Maldonado and De Castro Font with a lavish 2005 trip to Las Vegas in exchange for supporting legislation that benefited Ranger. The jury also found Martinez-Maldonado guilty in the scheme.

The trip included first-class airfare, hotel rooms at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, drinks, meals and rooms in Miami for the return trip, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement detailing the evidence presented at trial.

In exchange, Martinez-Maldonado and Font allegedly helped several bills that would have benefited Ranger make it through the Public Safety Committee and voted in favor of the legislation when it came to the Senate floor.

Senator Font had pled guilty in 2011 and was sentenced to roughly five years in prison. law360.com

TAPA: EMEA Cargo Theft Up 36% First Four Months of '17
Transported Asset Protection Association (Tapa): Vigilant's IIS updates for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) reported a total of 738 freight theft incidents for the first four months of 2017, up 36.6% vis-a-vis the same period in 2016. April 2017 shows a 43.4% growth year-on-year with 198 newly-recorded crimes.

The only downward trend in April 2017 was in the average loss of incidents reporting a value. It was EUR 38,070, ($42,698 U.S.) based on the 61.6% of crimes stating a value in April, compared to EUR 170,835 ($191,604 U.S.) a year ago.  transportjournal.com

ATF Starts Notification System for Gun Store Robberies
ATF: Gun store robberies, burglaries on the rise

The ATF said Wednesday the number of robberies and burglaries at gun stores is up nationwide and the number of guns getting swiped during each crime is also on the rise.

According to ATF figures, last year in Kansas there were 36 instances that resulted in 163 firearms either lost or stolen. In Missouri, 381 firearms were either lost or stolen in 84 cases. 

Six months ago the ATF started a notification system. When one gun store gets robbed or burglarized all the gun stores in that particular county are put on alert. kshb.com

NYPD Street Stops - Stop-and-Frisk - Have Plummeted 88%
191,851 in 2013 to 22,563 in 2015

It is the first report analyzing trends in the department's data on so-called stop-and-frisk tactics, and the fifth to be filed by the monitor, the report shows that overall stops declined in the three years the monitor studied: to 22,563 in 2015, from 191,851 in 2013, a period in which violent crime in New York continued its decline.

Before stopping someone, officers must suspect a crime has occurred, or is about to. The data showed a greater share of stops came after officers reasonably suspected a serious crime, such as murder or weapons possession. Less often did they stop someone for suspected low-level crimes - property crime, drugs, trespassing or so-called quality of life offenses. nytimes.com

NYC Limits Erratic Schedules For Fast-Food, Retail Workers
Bans All Retailers Over 20 Employees From Using "On-Call" Shifts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of bills into law Tuesday that will curb fast-food employers' ability to make last-minute changes to workers' schedules, require them to pay employees a premium for any scheduling changes that lack required notice and limit retailers' practice of having workers remain "on-call."

Dubbed the "Fair Workweek" bills, the legislative package requires fast-food chains to give workers two weeks' notice of their schedules, lays out a schedule of penalties for schedule changes made without the required notice and allows fast food workers to remit portions of their paychecks to worker advocacy groups.

A separate measure in the package bans retail businesses with more than 20 workers from using so-called "on-call" shifts in which employees have to check-in, often with little notice, to see if they are working on a given day.

The Fair Workweek laws will take effect in about six months.  law360.com

Wall Street bank says 1 in 4 shopping malls will close in 5 years
In a research note published Tuesday, Credit Suisse estimated that 20% to 25% of the nation's 1,100 shopping malls - or roughly 220 to 275 shopping centers - would shut down by 2022.  businessinsider.com

Regis Salons Exploring Strategic Alternatives for its 900+ Mall-Based Salons


April Same Store Sales Results
Fred's comp's down 1%, sales down 3.1%
L Brands comp's down 7%, net sales down 5%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
J.Jills Q1 comp's up 9.9%, e-commerce sales up 42.6%, revenue up 12.5%
Dollar General Q1 comp's up 0.7%, net sales up 6.5%
Express Q1 comp's down 10%, e-commerce sales up 27%, net sales down 7%



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Deterrence Isn't Enough
The Only Real Solution to Slowing Jewelry Store Crime:
Putting Criminals Away

Police use Jewelry Tracker to apprehend criminals... See this technology compete as a finalist in the Think Tank Awards at JCK Las Vegas

Although almost all jewelry stores use alarms, locks, safes, cameras and other deterrents, violent criminals continue to victimize these lucrative targets. Certainly, deterrents stop some crimes, but criminals either learn to outsmart them or, are so strongly motivated, will rob no matter how many preventive measures are used. The only surefire way to prevent crimes is to lock up the crooks committing them, and 3SI Security Systems' Jewelry Tracker does just that: it puts criminals behind bars to prevent crimes. Further, it recovers stolen jewelry so store owners can get back to business with minimal losses.

Jewelry Tracker uses the architecture of the highly successful 3SI NextGen3 platform: over 80,000 of these trackers are protecting assets around the world. NextGen3 leverages multiple security and tracking technologies (GPS, Cellular and RF) for pinpoint accuracy in tracking. Other important features include the following:

 ● Covert packaging disguises the tracker from criminals and won't impact your store's aesthetics;
 ● Device self-health checks to ensure it is ready to protect 24/7;
 ● Reliable performance in challenging locations, like cities and malls, where other trackers fail;
 ● Device is up and running to protect your store in less than 15 minutes. No need to close the store or disrupt sales to install Jewelry Tracker;
 ● Device automatically notifies police...store owners and employees stay clear of potentially dangerous pursuit or tracking situations.

Mary Pifer, 3SI's VP of International Marketing and Product Management, said, "Jewelry store owners understand that thieves can outwit technology like CCTV, and bars on windows or locked doors can be off-putting to customers. Our technology is completely invisible so customers' experience in the store is unaffected. Luckily, the technology is also invisible to criminals so they are unaware that they are being tracked. Jewelry Tracker helps recover stolen inventory and apprehend criminals almost 80% of the time."

"Our trackers are all user-friendly and work whether you are a small jeweler and want to protect just one case, or if you have a chain of stores and need to protect hundreds of locations. Our solution is scalable and supports flexibility in how you deploy it."

Jewelry Tracker was recently featured in a presentation at the Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) Show in February 2017. More recently, Jewelry Tracker reached the status of finalist in the JCK Think Tank event and will be presented live to a panel of industry judges at JCK Las Vegas from June 5-8 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Visit 3SI's booth B11131 to learn more about this innovative crime solution.

For more information about 3SI's Jewelry Tracker, visit www.3sisecurity.com/wegotthis



 






Kmart Data Breach - 2nd Time in Three Years
Malware-Based Breach of Store Credit Card Processing Systems

Sears Holdings said some of its payment systems were infected with malicious software:

"We recently became aware that Sears Holdings was a victim of a security incident involving unauthorized credit card activity following certain customer purchases at some of our Kmart stores. We immediately launched a thorough investigation and engaged leading third party forensic experts to review our systems and secure the affected part of our network."

"Our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems and application controls. Once aware of the new malicious code, we quickly removed it and contained the event. We are confident that our customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in our retail stores."

Based on the forensic investigation, NO PERSONAL identifying information (including names, addresses, social security numbers, and email addresses) was obtained by those criminally responsible. However, we believe certain credit card numbers have been compromised. Nevertheless, in light of our EMV compliant point of sale systems, which rolled out last year, we believe the exposure to cardholder data that can be used to create counterfeit cards is limited. There is also no evidence that kmart.com or Sears customers were impacted."

Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite said the company is not commenting on how many of Kmart's 735 locations nationwide may have been impacted or how long the breach is believed to have persisted, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Sears also has released a FAQ (PDF) that includes a bit more information about this breach disclosure.  krebsonsecurity.com

The Case for Disclosing Insider Breaches
Too often organizations try to sweep intentional, accidental or negligent employee theft of data under the rug. Here's why they shouldn't.

Insider threats - accidental and inadvertent, or deliberate and malicious - are becoming increasingly common as technology rapidly evolves and employee education struggles to keep pace.

We rarely see accurate data regarding the scope of the problem when it comes to accidental or negligent employee insider threats. And unfortunately, organizations often try to sweep these breaches under the rug. As a CISO, I can sympathize with many organizations' hesitation to include full breach details.

The advantages of disclosing insider breaches:

You get in front of the story (and the backlash). There is a good chance that eventually someone, somewhere would have figured it out. Instead, they were direct and upfront about the incident.

It enables companies to band together. We learn from each other's mistakes! If it is due to negligence or an inadvertent mistake, this would have also been a teachable moment.

There's data for developing mitigation strategies. This can help inform an organization, or even best practices within an entire industry. Data can help reveal where the threats are and the scope and size of the problem.  darkreading.com

IoT Third-Party Attacks - "Catastrophic Event"
Most Security Pros Expect to Suffer Cyberattacks via Unsecured IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT): A New Era of Third Party Risk report, which surveyed 553 risk management professionals, found that 94% of these security pros believe that in the next two years unsecured IoT devices and IoT applications will likely lead to a catastrophic event; data loss or theft (78%); DDoS attack (76%); and a cyberattack (76%).

As a result, companies need to track third-party IoT devices and IoT software connecting to their network and provide a way to centrally monitor their activities, according to Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute and the report's author, and Charlie Miller, senior vice president of Shared Assessments, which sponsored the report. darkreading.com

Robots, coming to a store near you
Yes, it's official. The robotics revolution is coming to retail, as it is in many industries. I know robots roaming store aisles probably still sounds like something from "Back to the Future," however, within a decade, I'm confident they will be such a normal part of the store experience we will find it hard to imagine life without them.

The core of the robotic advances is not so much their ability to move freely, though this is important in a busy environment, but their ability to help process and analyze the vast amounts of information they observe in real time, and a store's capacity to act upon it.  chainstoreage.com

Wal-Mart seeks to patent blockchain-based drone tracking system

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Vector Security® Acquires Guardian Force Security Services in Nederland and Lufkin, Texas

Acquisition expands company's presence in the Gulf Region

PITTSBURGH, June 1, 2017 - Vector Security, Inc., a top 5 integrator of intelligent physical security and home automation solutions, has acquired Guardian Force Security Services, a provider of professional security services in Southeast and East Texas, with locations in Nederland and Lufkin.

The acquisition expands Vector Security's presence in the Gulf District, which already includes branches in Dallas, Texas as well as in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"Guardian Force employees and customers will become part of Vector Security, giving them access to a wider range of home and business security solutions - including the latest in home automation - all with a focus on the regional support that communities want and need," says Robert M. McMurrey, CEO of Guardian Force Security Services, LLC. "I am confident that Vector Security will provide the quality products and services customers have come to expect from Guardian Force since the late 1980s."

"We officially welcome the teams and customers from Guardian Force as part of the Vector Security family," says Pam Petrow, President and CEO of Vector Security. "While we look forward to expanding the Vector Security brand in Texas, our newly-acquired customers will benefit from the strength of our national resources delivered locally, as we believe that a local presence is important to providing responsive, quality customer service."

With roots dating back to 1752, Vector Security is committed to the markets they serve and building long-term relationships with homeowners and businesses across North America. As a Top 5 security provider, Vector Security is actively involved in the security industry, including Ms. Petrow's service as President of The Monitoring Association (formerly the Central Station Alarm Association).









Global Ecommerce Fraud - Are Your Customers Real?
Ecommerce brings many opportunities to quickly reach more customers nationwide and across the globe. It also brings risks that include domestic and international fraud. In the U.S., online fraud rose 39% between January 2016 and June 2016 according to the October 2016 Global Fraud Attack Index. The risk is greater for global ecommerce. According to LexisNexis' 2016 True Cost of Fraud study, international ecommerce fraud happens 2.5 times more frequently than domestic ecommerce fraud.

Many retailers are successfully conducting ecommerce across borders and expanding into new markets. Others are just starting to evaluate international ecommerce. No matter the experience level or extent of your business's reach, a fraud protection program is essential. Here are 4 tips that can help you substantially reduce your global ecommerce fraud risk.

The Social Media Factor

Social logins can verify consumers' identities. According to Worldpay's Fraud Trends 2016, 56% of merchants place greater trust in customers who use social media logins and 35% already use social media as part of their customer login process. According to the Worldpay report, the main reason merchants use social media for fraud prevention is to check that an account and an individual's identify are real.

The Mobile Factor

As more consumers shop on mobile devices, retailers are increasingly concerned about the risks of m-commerce fraud. According to the Worldpay report, 59% of merchants believe there is a greater risk for fraud when shopping on a mobile device.

Despite these challenges, fraud protection tools and techniques for m-commerce are readily available. For example, geolocation services enable retailers to verify a consumer's shipping and billing address match the IP address of the device used to place the order. Device identification is another way to help prevent ecommerce fraud.

Use a Fraud Protection Team

Algorithms, social media and data touch points are essential tools to investigate fraud. Ultimately, these tools need to be leveraged by a team of dedicated fraud specialists who have expertise in detecting the evolving patterns of international ecommerce fraud.

Get a Fraud Protection Solution

In addition to social and mobile-specific fraud protection solutions, retailers should consider a broader set of protective measures for their international ecommerce sites. Online shopping sites should "look" for and reject fraudulent credit card requests as part of a comprehensive global ecommerce strategy. When technologies and expertise such as these aren't used, the costs can be high. multichannelmerchant.com


Fighting Counterfeit Domains
Re-Seller Gets Tangled in Mass Defendant Anti-Counterfeiting Action
Retailer Re-Ups Libel Fight Over Coach Counterfeiting Case

A small web retailer has refiled a defamation lawsuit claiming fashion company Coach Inc. and its law firm destroyed her business by wrongfully lumping it into a mass defendant anti-counterfeiting action.

Buschle says Coach carelessly included her legitimate business, Designer Handbag Rescue, in a suit it filed against dozen of online counterfeiters, securing an ex parte court order that seized her site in 2015 and replaced it with a warning to consumers about "counterfeit products" for 24 hours.

Coach quickly dropped her from the suit, but Buschle says the damage to her reputation was done. Following a huge drop in sales, Designer Handbag Rescue - an above-board business that resold bags from Coach and other high-end brands - went under in early 2016.  law360.com

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Ravenna, OH: Giant Eagle employee busted for $30,000 theft of merchandise
An internal investigation by Giant Eagle revealed an employee's alleged theft of more than $30,000 worth of groceries from the chain's Ravenna store beginning in November 2015. Capt. David Rarrick said a felony theft case against Judith L. White, 43, was put together primarily through the work of Giant Eagle Loss Prevention. White has pleaded not guilty to one count of theft, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly stealing at least $30,400 worth of merchandise from the store between November 2015 and September 2016. recordpub.com

East Harlem, NY: Delivery Driver Sells $20K of McDonald's Food to Harlem Bodega
A truck driver sold $20,000 worth of McDonald's hamburger patties, McNuggets, fries and apple pies to a local bodega, police said. Kojo Lockhart, 43, an employee of delivery and distribution company Martin Brower, is wanted for the May 2 fast-food caper, in which he diverted the frozen products to the J&D Deli, according to the NYPD. He also hawked sausage, bacon, cheese, hot cakes, eggs, ketchup, butter and sugar to the bodega. dnainfo.com

Memphis, TN: $14K Worth Of Nikes Stolen From Semi Trailer
Memphis police are investigating after over $14,000 worth of Nike shoes were stolen from a parked trailer. It happened at CEVA Logistics in Southeast Shelby County. Police say a truck parked on Pleasant Hill in Southeast Shelby County was the latest target. Someone cut through the trailer's lock, broke in and got away with at least a dozen cartons of Nike shoes. The loss is valued at over $14,000. wreg.com

Jonesboro, AR: JC Penney employee busted for $6,800: sweetheart discounts
Police say a J.C. Penney's employee gave more than $6,000 in discounts or free items to friends and family during the few months she was employed there. Ja-Meria Pugh appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Pugh with felony theft. Between March 26 and May 29, 2017, Pugh was employed at J.C. Penney's inside the Mall at Turtle Creek. "During this time frame she has stolen $6,818.00 in merchandise due to large discounts, item deletions or free bags," court documents state. kait8.com



Springfield, MA: Massachusetts State Police looking for Credit Card Fraud Suspects: hit Walmart for thousands
Massachusetts State Police detectives are searching for three people they believe are involved in multiple credit card fraud cases in western and central Massachusetts. In a release, Hampden County District Attorney spokesman Jim Leydon says the crimes took place in March, when the suspects visited several Walmart stores and used stolen credit card information to make purchases worth thousands of dollars. masslive.com


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Shootings & Deaths

Hesperia, CA: 1 killed, 1 injured in Officer-involved shooting at Walmart
One suspect was killed and another was wounded in an officer-involved shooting at Walmart Wednesday. A car theft task force was at the Walmart parking lot when they approached three suspects who they believe were in the middle of a car theft. After a confrontation, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Two of the suspects were struck by gunfire and transported to hospitals by medical helicopters. One suspect died from his injuries, and the second wounded suspect was expected to survive. The third suspect was not injured and taken into custody. No officers were injured in the shooting. abc7.com


Greenville, TX: Cell phone video captures shooting inside Nissan Dealership
A private investigator says a shooting at a Texas car dealership that left three men dead involved two investigators who had confronted a fugitive wanted in Minnesota on several felony charges. Cell phone video provided by the City of Greenville, Texas, captured the deadly exchange. Stew Peters, a bail investigator with the private Minnesota-based company U.S. Fugitive Recovery and Extradition, said Wednesday the two bounty hunters had tracked 49-year-old Ramon Michael Hutchinson to a Nissan dealership in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. kare11.com


Columbus, OH: Man arrested in Family Dollar Robbery charged with two Columbus homicides
TThe arrests of a man and woman by Gahanna police in a Saturday robbery of a Family Dollar store led Columbus police homicide detectives to charge the man with two prior unsolved murders. Trevor Scott Sands, 21, was being held in the Franklin County Jail on the robbery charge when he was charged with two counts of murder. He is accused in the April 24 shooting death of Jeannot Mendy and the May 8 shooting death of Gerald Talley, 63, at his home. Monae Alize Cox, 19, also charged in the Gahanna robbery is charged with complicity to murder in the May 8 fatal shooting. dispatch.com

New Orleans, LA: Loomis Armored truck employee shot and killed at Mid-City bank

Altamonte Springs, FL: Disgruntled McDonald's customer shoots manager at drive-thru

Harris County, TX: Reported shootout at Kroger parking lot injures 1

Durban, South Africa: Bullets fly as 8 Armed Men take over a Grocery Wholesaler


Sentencing Update

Update: St Louis, MO: Two get prison terms for $100,000 Saks Fifth Avenue Smash-and-Grab heist
Two Chicago residents have been ordered imprisoned for their role in a smash-and-grab theft of more than $100,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis. Prosecutors say Keyshyala Thomas was sentenced in St. Louis to two and a half years in federal prison, while Darius Bowdry received a term of a year and a half. Both are 22, pleaded guilty in February to interstate transportation of stolen property, and must pay $159,185 in restitution. Authorities have said 10 to 12 people entered the store's Chanel boutique in Frontenac on Nov. 26, all with hooded sweatshirts pulled over their faces. The suspects grabbed handbags and smashed fixtures before fleeing the store in two vehicles. Eight suspects were captured in Illinois about 60 miles from Frontenac.  k5thehometeam.com

Broward County, FL: Rapper Brisco gets 4 years in Federal Prison for selling fake cash, ID theft and fraud


Robberies & Thefts

Yakima, WA: Latest General Store Armed Robbery is 22nd this year in Yakima / Union Gap area
Two masked men ordered a clerk and customer to the floor, held guns to their heads and then kicked them before fleeing a Yakima area convenience store they robbed late Tuesday night. The incident, which marks the latest in a string of at least 22 armed robberies of stores in the Yakima and Union Gap areas this year. yakimaherald.com

Jefferson County, CO: ATF Prepares For Next Gun Store Smash & Grab
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is preparing for the next gun store break in before it even happens. "We fear they already know the next target," said Lisa Meiman, a spokesperson for the ATF. "And that they're organizing for it today." They're offering a $10,000 reward for information on three separate smash and grab break-ins at gun stores across the state. At least 45 guns were stolen from gun stores in Colorado within the last two months. CBS4 has learned 23 guns came from Jefferson County stores. cbslocal.com


Boardman, OH: Employee of 'State Alarm Co.' arrested...overpaid herself $200,000

Nashville, TN: Police arrest 2 men suspected in 5 robberies; Metro PCS, Boost Mobile, Subway and Shell


Livingston County, IL: 3 men charged with smash-and-grab burglary of Streator gun store

Lawrence, IN: Police chase could be connected to Felony Lane Gang; 3 women arrested

Medford, OR: Homeless man smashes over $5,000 worth of TV's with a Baseball Bat inside Walmart

Zales in the Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ reported a Grab & Run on 5/30, items valued at $5,348


Zales in the Oak Court Mall, Memphis, TN reported a Grab & Run on 5/31, items valued at $3,268

Counterfeit Credit Card

Concord, NH: 2 plead guilty to using counterfeit credit cards in multiple NH stores


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Skimming Theft Update

"It is becoming a problem nationwide"
Skimmers Found Across Northern Utah prompts Consumer Warning

Authorities warn travelers to look out for credit card skimmers. There have been several instances of credit card skimmers found across northern Utah in the past few months. The devices are placed onto credit card readers and allow thieves to record credit card information as victims pay for fuel. Inspectors who typically check the accuracy of gas pumps will soon get training on how to spot skimmers, the department said in a news release.

"It is becoming a problem nationwide," said Travis Waller, director of regulatory services for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. "There have been a few incidents here in the state of Utah where they've been found on fuel pumps."  ksl.com

Over 30 Skimmers Found in Conn. Since 2016
"There hasn't been any other crime that has developed as rapidly or branched out, in my opinion," said Greenwich Police Det. Mark Solomon. "Financial and cyber [crimes] have just exploded."

Gas pump skimming, a West Coast fad which was big four or five years ago, has now moved East as security measures have tightened up.

"We've had multiple incidents in Greenwich. Since 2016 we've had over 30 incidents that we're aware of in the state of Connecticut," Solomon said. Most of these devices are bluetooth enabled.

Solomon has been a part of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force for the past eight years, which focuses on combating large-scale financial and cyber criminal activity. The task force is run by the Secret Service and is based out of New Haven. greenwichsentinel.com

Southhampton, NY: Romanian in more than 20 ATM skimming incidents arrested

Camarillo, CA: 65 Skimming Cases Since the Beginning of May

"International grifter": Romanian gets 5 years in prison for Denver
credit card cloning scam

Plains Township, PA: Skimming Device Found at Sunoco Gas Pump

San Antonio, TX: SAPD Say Credit Card Skimming is Rising

Berks County, PA: Convenience store card skimmer found

Mountain Home, ID: Card skimmer size of thumb drive being used to scam consumers
West Los Angeles, CA: Thieves place card skimmer on device inside gas station

Belmont County, OH: Skimmer used to steal credit card information at gas station

Winter Haven, FL: Skimmer found in Citgo gas pump

Vienna, VA: Skimming Device Found At Tysons Exxon Gas Station


 

 
 

Ahtanum General Store - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery
Beauty Hair Supply - Virginia Beach, VA - Robbery/ Assault
C-Store - Moss Bluff, LA - Robbery

Cash America Pawn - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Cash Inn Pawn - West Park, FL - Armed Robbery
CEFCO - Amarillo, TX - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Fishers, IN - Burglary
Citgo - Houston, TX - Burglary (ATM)

Dollar General - Las Cruces, NM - Burglary
Giant Eagle - Edgewood, PA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Bronx, NY - Burglary
Poster's Donuts - Pasadena, CA - Robbery
Stripes - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Taku Harley-Davidson - Juneau, AK - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - San Antonio, TX- Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Broward County, FL - Robbery

Walmart - Lubbock, TX - Robbery
7-Eleven - Abilene, TX - Robbery
 

 

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