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Paul Stone named Vice President of Security for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

Paul was previously the Vice President of Enterprise Fraud and Risk Management for Best Buy for four years before taking this new role. Prior, Paul was the Vice President of Loss Prevention and Business Continuity for the electronics retailer for over 22 years. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Saint John's University. Congratulations Paul!

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ICE arrests 114 at Ohio garden center in major mass raid
A swarm of immigration agents arrested more than 100 workers at an Ohio gardening and landscaping company Tuesday morning, one of the largest of several recent workplace raids carried out as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration enforcement. About 200 federal officers blitzed two locations of Corso's Flower and Garden Center - one in Sandusky, on the shoreline of Lake Erie, and another in nearby Castalia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the Associated Press. Agents surrounded the perimeter of the Castalia location, blocking off nearby streets as helicopters flew overhead.

They arrested 114 workers suspected of being in the country illegally and loaded many onto buses bound for ICE detention facilities. Dozens of the workers' children were left stranded at day-care centers and with babysitters, local activists wrote on social media. Officials expect to charge the undocumented workers with identity theft and tax evasion. They reviewed 313 employee records and found that 123 were suspicious, agency officials told the AP. ICE is also investigating the role the employer played in hiring the undocumented immigrants but has not yet filed charges against the family business, said Khaalid Walls, an agency spokesman. washingtonpost.com

Massachusetts Court Upholds $20 Million Award in Shopper's 2010 Death
C-Store Cumberland Farms Found Responsible for Storefront Car Crash

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a $20 million award in a wrongful death suit against Cumberland Farms over a woman killed when a car crashed into one of the chain's stores in Chicopee in November 2010.

The June 6 ruling follows a Hampden Superior Court judge's reduction of the award in August 2016 from $32.3 million to $20 million. In the same ruling, the appeals court denied a request from Cumberland Farms for a new trial.

Hampden Superior Court Judge Mark D. Mason reduced the amount -- at the time believed to be the largest ever in Hampden County -- five months after jurors found the chain responsible for the death of Kimmy Dubuque. A 43-year-old mother and director of finance at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Dubuque was killed on Nov. 28, 2010 when an elderly man crashed his SUV at more than 70 mph into the store at Grove and Front streets. The driver, who suffered a stroke, was not prosecuted.

The victim's family sued Cumberland Farms, claiming the site was dangerous and barriers should have been installed to prevent vehicles from colliding with the building. masslive.com

People Are Stealing Millions From Grocery Stores by Scanning Items as Carrots
Self-checkout in grocery stores has definitely made the chore of shopping a little better. Maybe not for the people whose job it is to teach octogenarians about the joys of touchscreen technology, but for most of us. One group, however, seems to be benefiting from this technology most of all: thieves.

British shoppers have reportedly been sneakily weighing a variety of items as "carrots" at self-checkout stations, and over the last four years this has totaled up to $4 million in theft, according to a report by The Independent. And it's become so common that many don't even think of it as a crime.

"This behaviour is perceived as cheating the system or a way of 'gamifying' an otherwise mundane routine," Emmeline Taylor, professor of criminology at the University Of London, told the Times of Malta. thrillist.com

UK: How violent street crime has exploded across the UK,
bringing terror to our once-safe communities

Shocking figures released yesterday revealed moped gangs are striking 60 times every day in London alone. Masked thugs are using scooters and motorbikes to carry out acid attacks, muggings and jewelry raids. Moped-related attacks across the UK have risen an astounding 1,000 per cent in the past three years. Campaigners and politicians have warned this coincides with a worrying rise in stabbings, drug crime and gang violence. Violent crime rocketed by 21 per cent last year - the highest figure in 15 years. thesun.co.uk

These Are the 2018 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S.
Personal-finance website WalletHub has released the results of its annual "Safest States in America" report. To rank each state, WalletHub looked at 48 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories: personal & residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.

Data sets ranged from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita. You can view the full details of the report and its methodology here

The Safest States in America

1. Vermont
2. Maine
3. Minnesota
4. Utah
5. New Hampshire
6. Connecticut
7. Rhode Island
8. Hawaii
9. Massachusetts
10. New Hampshire


The Most Dangerous States in America

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
5. Florida
6. Arkansas
7. Alabama
8. Missouri
9. Alaska
10. South Carolina  

ALL-TAG Introduces the Innovative Q-Wrap: A New EAS Clear Cover Label
ALL-TAG, an American manufacturer of RF Labels, and a leading supplier of AM Anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, recently launched a new product: Q-Wrap®. The Q-Wrap is the premier solution for protecting high-shrink, high-value retail products that cannot be protected with traditional EAS tags or labels.

The Q-Wrap provides a new, simple, quick, and effective way to protect articles from shoplifting such as small cosmetics, perfumes, and other high-value packaged or standalone items.

"Loss Prevention Executives had simply given up on protecting certain hard to protect merchandise such as cosmetics and other health and beauty products, but now they can circle back to those with the Q-Wrap," explained ALL-TAG's Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert. prweb.com

OpenEye Releases New 4K Outdoor Bullet Camera
OpenEye, a leading provider of cloud managed video surveillance solutions, announces a new line of outdoor bullet cameras. The new cameras include an autofocus lens for quick and easy installation, true WDR, vivid low light images and resolution up to 4K (8MP).

The OE-C7094-AWR (4MP) and the OE-C7098-AWR (4K/8MP) are feature-rich outdoor IP bullet cameras with a 2.8 ~ 12mm motorized autofocus lens for clear images and easy setup. The WDR and True Day/Night offer improved low light performance and adaptive IR technology to prevent overexposure of objects close to the camera in low light/night situations. openeye.net

Announcing May's LPC and LPQ professionals!
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC):

●  Miguel Falcon, III LPC
- Sears Holdings Corp.
●  Ian Cherry, LPC - Marine Corps Community Services
●  Brandan Hearne, LPC - Kmart
●  Andrew Jordan, LPC - Six Flags Over Georgia
●  Polly Kelly, LPC - Lowes Companies, Inc.
●  Peter Lewandowski, LPC - Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
●  Nicholas Martinson, LPC - Lowes Companies, Inc.
●  Charles Miller, LPC - Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
●  Kylene Nomakchteinsky, LPC - American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
●  Brigette Ross, LPC - Vector Security Services, Inc.
●  Kyle Smith, LPC
●  Derrik Welsh, LPC - The Home Depot, Inc.
●  Andrew White, LPC CFI - King Soopers
●  Anton Dontain, LPQ - Goodwill Industries Sacramento
●  Emily Ferguson, LPQ - John Lewis Partnership
●  Matthew Kell, LPQ - Goodwill Industries Sacramento
●  Phun Lay, LPQ - John Lewis
●  Joseph Tuilua, LPQ - Onehunga Business Association
●  Kenneth Wu, LPQ - Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Retailers and ATM networks form new coalition to address payments security
The National Retail Federation, other retail groups and two of the nation's best-known ATM networks announced today that they have formed a new coalition intended to improve the security of the U.S. electronic payments system ranging from credit and debit cards to emerging technology.

Initial members of the Secure Payments Partnership include NRF, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the National Grocers Association, First Data's Star Network and the Shazam network. The coalition marks the first time that companies from the financial services industry have joined retailers' efforts to improve payments security. nrf.com

Security Concerns Slowing Down Adoption of 'Frictionless Payments'
The excitement surrounding frictionless payments - pioneered by sharing apps like Uber, but also including voice-enabled payments through digital assistants and just-walk-out store technology like the Amazon Go concept - makes them seem inevitable. Consumer concerns about security, however, could make adoption slower than expected according to new research from payment provider Paysafe.

While the convenience of these payments is unparalleled, security concerns continue to dog them. Half of those polled in the Lost in Transaction 2018 survey will not use them because they have concerns with fraud. Nearly 70 percent worry that voice-activated systems like the Amazon Echo or Google Home Assistant will overcharge them when they make purchases. And, 57 percent think that stores using just-walk-out technology are too risky. cardnotpresent.com

Study: New factors are shaping the future of commerce
Retail factors are no longer solely influencing the shopping journey. Rather, politics, voice-controlled devices, Amazon, and new technology innovations are being credited for driving a new era of commerce, according to the "Future of Retail 2018" a report from Walker Sands. chainstoreage.com

McDonald's Plans Corporate Job Cuts, 'Eliminating Layers'
McDonald's Corp. plans to cut jobs as part of an effort to shrink the corporate structure, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The number of layoffs was not disclosed, but further details will be provided at a June 12 town hall. The goal of the restructuring is to better support franchisees, the Journal reports, while also making the company more "nimble and competitive." The news comes just days after the June 5 opening of McDonald's new Chicago headquarters. The facility will house about 2,000 workers along with a Hamburger University training facility. wsj.com

UK: Department store chain House of Fraser closing 31 stores, affecting 6K jobs

Five Below adds 33 more stores as sales surge 27%

Starbucks Shops Now Outnumber McDonald's in the U.S.

Chicago Amazon Go cashierless stores coming to Willis Tower, Ogilvie

Toys R Us reportedly spoke with Sycamore, Target before liquidating

Organized Retail Crime in forefront of Florida Senate Campaign; Florida Retail Federation endorses candidate

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When the FBI Can Help Companies Deal With a Cyber Event
Companies that discover a potentially significant cyber incident usually turn to their trusted outside law firm and a cybersecurity firm for assistance. But many companies decide not to reach out to the FBI, which can be a mistake in certain circumstances. Considering the practical assistance that the FBI can provide to targets of a cyber attack, and its recent statements expressing a commitment to support corporate victims of data breaches, companies and their outside advisors should give serious thought to reaching out to the FBI as part of their incident responses.

Reasons for Reluctancy

One reason that companies are reluctant to contact the FBI in the early stages of a cyber event is that they often know very little. In the first few days, details like how the attack was executed, what vulnerability was exploited, and which parts of the network were exposed, are illusive - or, as FBI Director Christopher Wray described it during Q&A at the 2018 Boston Conference on Cyber Security, they don't have the incident "wrapped up in a nice, neat bundle with a bow on top."

This hesitancy is understandable considering companies' experiences working with government agencies in other contexts, where it is expected that companies will have answers to the government's questions and will demonstrate an understanding of the relevant facts. But those rules generally don't apply in a cyber attack, and recent statements by the FBI underscore that the earlier the Bureau is notified, the more efficiently and effectively it can provide companies with assistance. law.com

Gartner Security Summit: Enterprises, Vendors Respond to Cybercriminals
Cybercriminals may be more aggressive than ever, but security vendors are responding with new technologies - and enterprises are investing in them.

Those were some of the recurring themes at this week's Gartner Security Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, where more than 3,400 IT executives gathered to hear the latest in cybersecurity trends and technologies.

State of the security market

Gartner analyst Dana Gardner provided an update on the security market and spending trends. The overall security market is expected to grow by 8.5% this year to $96.6 billion, with most of the growth and sales coming in enterprise technologies. The relatively small $4.75 billion consumer market remains flat.

Services is the largest enterprise security market at $57.72 billion, as buyers have expressed a preference for service delivery, followed by infrastructure at $17.54 billion, network security at $11.92 billion, and identity and access management at $4.72 billion.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is driving a great deal of growth in security spending, with business in the EU setting aside an average of $1.4 million for compliance, and affected U.S. businesses spending $1 million - and in some cases up to $10 million - to comply with the new data privacy and security law. esecurityplanet.com

The Industrial Internet of Things
Building a Safe, Efficient, Cost-Effective Security Infrastructure

With more than 327,000 robberies occurring last year in the United States, and with firearms used in roughly 40% of those incidents, security continues to be a key concern for businesses, governments, schools, and the general public. Gun control continues to be one of the most debated topics, and while the nation stands divided, according to the Brady Campaign there are 93 deaths from gun violence each day. However, despite prevailing security threats, there are still many issues such as infrastructure constraints, cost, access to data, and other barriers that result in ineffective safety.

So, how can organizations address these ever-growing security concerns - both digital and physical? That's where the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) comes in. Many organizations, such as the police, are turning to data analytics and IIoT technologies to protect citizens in an efficient and cost-effective way. For example, if someone is vandalizing a public space or property, IIoT technology can alert law enforcement officers by sending real-time alerts, so the perpetrator is caught in the act while crime remediation costs are reduced. As a result, IIoT devices and platforms are being deployed in a greater number of public safety programs. darkreading.com

FCC Seeks $3M Fine For Drone Retailer Accused Of Illegal Sales
The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday it is proposing a $2.86 million penalty against remote control products retailer HobbyKing, which the agency alleges markets video transmitters for use racing unmanned drones that operate outside amateur frequency bands and power limits.

The FCC said HobbyKing, the trade name for a group of U.S. and Hong Kong-based businesses that market model airplane and drone products online, failed to fully respond to a letter of inquiry or a series of follow-ups on drone products allegedly capable of operating outside FCC-designated frequency and power ranges. law360.com

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Face Recognition Offers Retailers a Fast and Dramatic ROI

Organized retail crime costs the retail industry $30 billion each year, and the D&D Daily just released figures showing that retail deaths are up 12% year-over-year. Loss prevention professionals work extremely hard to keep stores safe, but it's clear that the status quo isn't enough to stop ORC.

Face recognition offers the ability to prevent crimes before they occur, offering the fastest and most dramatic return on investment (ROI) of any retail security technology available. This 2-minute video shows how FaceFirst reduces external shrink by up to 34%, in-store violence by 91% and offers typical retailers a full return on their investment in less than one year.

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Bob Dale, SVP Sales for Protection 1, and Rex Gillette, VP National Accounts Retail, talk about Protection 1's immense growth in the retail security market, since entering the segment four years ago. With a customer-focused culture, Protection 1 is redefining the installation world with its highly successful SEAL Team conversion process. Hear from Bob and Rex about the company's unique eSuite platform and get an exclusive scoop on what Protection 1 will be bringing to the market next. *Filmed at "Life in Ft. Lauderdale" at NRF Protect 2014

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E-commerce gender pay gap 26%
E-commerce salaries on the rise but women are still feeling the pinch of the gender pay gap

New research released from e-commerce and digital recruitment agency, cranberry panda, has revealed that, on average, men in the e-commerce industry are earning an astonishing 26% more than women.

The findings revealed that the average salary for men per annum sits at £60,606.27, while women earn an average of £46,564.29.

The research was conducted with males and female employees at every level, across the entire e-commerce and retail industry, from assistants, to directors and VP's, to owners and partners. Conducted to reveal the e-commerce industry's salary trends and main challenges, the survey revealed disparity in gender, and in roles, with the most significant pay gap discovered at board level, where men earn an average of 36% more than women.

Key findings from the survey include:

● 57% of men on average earn over £45,000 compared to 39% of women
● Staff retention (48%) and recruitment (42%) were identified as the main industry concerns
● Of those who are paid overtime, 68% were male and 32% female
● London is the UK's hub for ecommerce jobs with 62.1% of respondents working in the capital
● A third (33%) of all respondents worked in a company with over 1000 employees. 58% of these respondents work in ecommerce teams of between 1 and 50 retailtimes.co.uk

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Dangerous fake electric goods sold on Amazon and eBay, research says
One in three UK consumers have mistakenly purchased a counterfeit electrical item online

Popular e-commerce sites such as Amazon, eBay and Fruugo are being misused by third party sellers to exploit online UK shoppers and expose them to thousands of fake and potentially dangerous electrical goods, an investigation has claimed today.

The charity Electrical Safety First (ESF) found that one in three UK consumers - about 18 million people - has mistakenly purchased a counterfeit electrical item online. They were led to believe that the product was genuine, only to find it was a knockoff item at risk of causing an electric shock or even a fire.

Products found to have serious safety flaws range from large household appliances such as tumble dryers, to kettles, travel adaptors, hair straighteners and Kodi boxes, which allow users to stream content from apps and on-demand services.

Millennials are most likely to fall victim to counterfeit scams, according to the new findings which show that about half of 25- to 34-year-olds have been conned into buying fake electrical goods online. In contrast the research found that less than 10% of people aged 55 or over have received a counterfeit item after shopping on e-commerce websites. theguardian.com

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Call for Sponsors
Be a CLEAR Conference 2018 Sponsor or Exhibitor

Join the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail as they host their ninth annual training conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. The event will take place from Oct. 8 through Oct 11 and cover a range of topics, including: ORC Case Building: Trends - Resources - Tools; Opioids and Retail Crime; Leadership in ORC- Leading private sector and LE Teams; Advancements in Credit Card Fraud/Identity Theft Investigations and many more!

Come join us for the training, the networking, and the fun. View flyers for both Sponsorship/Exhibition opportunities and Registration for Sponsors/Exhibitors.

Fayette County, OH: Ringleaders sentenced in Interstate cargo theft;
$11.9 M of merchandise

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office participated in a collaborative, years-long investigation that recently resulted in the federal court sentencing of four individuals convicted of participating in a wide-ranging conspiracy to steal truckloads of high-value merchandise traveling in interstate commerce.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, among those sentenced in New Albany were the ringleaders of the theft organization: Roberto Santos-Gonzalez, 37; Carlos Enrique Freire-Pifferrer, 39; Juan Perez-Gonzalez, 44; and Eduardo Hernandez, 55.

Santos, Freire, Perez and Hernandez were named, along with nine others, in a 23-count indictment alleging that between August 2012 and May 2015, the members of the conspiracy traveled from various locations throughout the United States, to Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and other states, in order to steal property being transported in interstate commerce by semi-tractor trailers.

Members of the group would then transport the stolen trailers full of merchandise to locations in Kentucky, New Jersey, Florida and elsewhere, and sell the stolen merchandise for financial gain, according to the press release. The loads targeted by the crime syndicate included truckloads of T-Mobile cellular phones, Samsung appliances, Ralph Lauren clothing, Dell computers, HP computers, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, Mead Johnson baby formula, Lorillard cigarettes, and one truckload of LG cellular phones valued at $11.9 million. recordherald.com

Spokane County, WA: Police bust million-dollar mail theft ring
Angus Johnston is now facing 37 different charges and had eight warrants for his arrest when he was taken into custody by Spokane County Sheriff's deputies on May 30th. His warrants included mail theft, identity theft, theft and forgery related crimes.

The U.S. Postal Inspector also was seeking Johnston for similar crimes at the time of his arrest. One of his accomplices is Tyler Smith who according to Johnston introduced him to "Mailboxing". Once in custody, Johnston told investigators that he thought he "hit the jackpot" in Airway Heights after admitting to stealing over 40 checks from a business's mailbox in Airway Heights. What did Johnston mean by jackpot? According to documents Johnston is accused of stealing over one million dollars in checks from landmark turf and seed. During a search of the suspects, apartment deputies hit their own jackpot. They found meth, heroin, oxycodone, stolen mail, stolen checks, fake checks, printers, digital cameras, fake id's and check creating software. Detectives believe Johnston, Smith, and possibly others have been running a massive counterfeiting operation for months and maybe even longer. fox28spokane.com

Canton, OH: Two young men plead guilty to $3,000 Target theft; Judge gives suspects interesting assignment
The Judge gave the defendants an assignment to be completed before they are sentenced at a later date: Write a comprehensive book report after reading, "D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II." Judge Frank Forchione bristled on Wednesday when he quizzed two younger defendants about D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Two men facing criminal charges struggled to explain to Forchione the significance of D-Day and the Normandy Invasion during World War II. A 22-year-old pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony, for stealing 14 iPods valued at roughly $3,000 from the Jackson Township Walmart. The other 22-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge of receiving stolen property. cantonrep.com

San Luis Obispo, CA: Men steal $12,000 in merchandise from local
Appliance store

Two men allegedly used fraudulent credit cards to steal about $12,000 worth of merchandise from a San Luis Obispo home appliance store on Monday. the suspects entered the business on Monday afternoon and provided IDs with the credit cards while purchasing appliances, furniture and other items. Then the men loaded the goods in a U-Haul and drove away. Idler's Home was later informed the credit cards were fraudulent and that some of the identification information provided was false. calcoastnews.com

New Ulm, MN: Burglar sought by Police in $35,000 theft
from Auto Performance shop

Authorities are searching for a St. Cloud man facing charges of felony 3rd-degree burglary and felony theft filed in Brown County District Court June 5. Brandon L. Nagel, is accused of entering Proformance Auto Start & Security, on April 3 and aiding and abetting the theft of $35,830,86 worth of electronic equipment. nujournal.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Toledo, OH: 28 year old female Happy's Pizza Delivery Driver shot and killed
A mother said she's already forgiven the gunman who fatally shot her daughter late Tuesday while she was delivering a pizza in the city's center. Laverne Knighten, 65, of the 1700 block of Hamilton, just wants the person responsible for killing her daughter, Sadari Knighten, 28, to turn himself or herself in. Miss Knighten was shot shortly after 11 p.m. after making a delivery to a residence on Hoag Street. She later died at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. toledoblade.com

Robberies & Thefts

Houston, TX: Burglary suspects crash truck into Apple store at Highland Village
Police are investigating a burglary of an Apple store in southwest Houston, where a stolen truck was used to crash into the front doors of the business. Investigators said an unknown number of suspects went in and grabbed items inside the Highland Village store. There's no word on the descriptions of the suspects. abc13.com

Theodore, AL: Two men go on crime spree, ramming stolen car into pawn shop
The two men stole a car from a car lot in Mobile, drove it to Theodore, rammed it into a pawn shop, where they stole BB guns, then drove it down to another car dealership where they ransacked the office before police showed up. Only one part of the duo was caught. wtvm.com

Alameda, CA: SWAT arrests 4 connected to string of cellphone store Robberies
Four individuals were arrested Wednesday morning after officers from several East Bay police agencies served warrants in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties in connection with recent armed robberies at cellphone stores. SWAT teams from the Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Brentwood and Pittsburgh police served the arrest and search warrants about 6 a.m. at six locations. eastbaytimes.com

Charlotte, NC: Tip Helps CMPD Nab Wanted Armed Robbery Suspect; suspect hit Speedway, 7-Eleven, Domino's, Circle K, Dollar General and others
An anonymous tip from the community helped police nab a suspect wanted for a string of armed robberies around Charlotte, police said Wednesday. Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's armed robbery unit and violent criminal apprehension team arrested Altadarius Flowe, 24, June 6, and charge him with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. patch.com

Greenville County, SC: NBA's Kevin Garnett's sister charged with Armed Robbery of 'Check into Cash' and Advance America stores
The younger sister of former NBA star Kevin Garnett is behind bars after deputies say she attempted to rob three check cashing stores in the Upstate and made bomb threats. According to the Greenville County Sheriff's Department, 37-year-old Ashley Danyelle Phelps was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, making a bomb threat, and attempted armed robbery. wach.com

Las Vegas, NV: LVMP investigating a Smash & Grab at South Premium Outlets

Skimming Thefts

Richmond, VA: Romanian nationals indicted in Virginia skimming scheme; accused of stealing $42k
Two Romanian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with bank fraud, debit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Florin Bersanu, 31, and Viorel Naboiu, 43, are accused of installing skimming devices on ATMs in Virginia, West Virginia and Florida, according to the indictment. According to the indictment, the men are accused of stealing at least $42,756.80 from BB&T Bank and Henrico Federal Credit Union in Virginia, United Bank in West Virginia, and Pen Air Federal Credit Union and Eglin Federal Credit Union in Florida. wtvr.com

Sentencings & Charges

Temple, TX: Three men indicted in O'Reilley Auto Parts double Murder
and NAPA Armed Robbery

Three men were indicted Wednesday on capital murder charges in two Temple Police Department cases in which three people were killed - all in March. Theodore Dwayne Sims, 47, of Harker Heights was indicted in a double homicide case. Sims is charged with the March 14 deaths of Robert Joseph Pellerin III, 35, and Cody Glenn Cornell, 25, at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Temple. Cash Le'Anthony Hilliard, 18, and 17-year-old Kevin Hambrick, both of Temple, were indicted in the March 19 shooting death of 19-year-old Savion Manuel. Sims also was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an incident at Belton's NAPA Auto Parts Store the same night. tdtnews.com

Youngstown, OH: Man gets 20 years in prison for robbing Niles Boost Mobile store and kidnapping

Findlay, OH: 18 year old sentenced to 4 years for Robbery of CVS

Reno County, KS: Jury goes home without verdict in 2015 LoanMax Armed Robbery


Apple store - Houston, TX - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Warren, OH - Armed Robbery
CVS - Dormont, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery / former employee
C-Store - Concord, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Robstown, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Pasadena, MD - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Spokane, WA - Burglary
Dollar General - Reserve, LA - Armed Robbery / employee shot & wounded
Fireworks store - Laporte County, IN - Armed Robbery
Gun store - Chesterfield, MO - Burglary
Hydroponics supply store - Portage, MI - Burglary
Liquor store - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Love's Supermarket - Mishawaka, IN - Armed Robbery
Mapco - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Once upon a Child - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Theodore, AL - Burglary
Pizza Delivery - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery/ Delivery Driver shot and killed
Speedway - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Moraine, OH - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
14 robberies
6 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing




None to report.

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Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Business Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives...

Field Loss Prevention Manager
Philadelphia, PA

● Manages and coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail locations

● Manages Loss Prevention initiatives and programs on facility levels which may include a combination of locations within a geographical area; travel required...

Manager, Asset Protection Operations
Kent, WA

The Manager, Asset Protection Operations is responsible for the leadership, oversight and support of the comprehensive asset protection strategy, function(s) and team(s), within headquarters, supply chain and "experiences" (adventures, classes, events etc.) to drive REI's business objectives and strategies while protecting the co-op's assets...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist
Santa Monica, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

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Interesting how the social dynamics of a small industry mirror, somewhat, the same social dynamics of a family, with the holidays and conferences almost being one in the same, where we're excited to visit with old friends and colleagues, yet cautious about the battle lines business and careers at times necessitate or cause. At the end of the day, it's all about doing what's right for the industry, adding value, helping people, and continuing to help evolve the industry. And while each executive has their individual agendas, it's important to remember that we are all part of one industry and we all share one goal - to guide, nurture, and evolve it.

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