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USS Innovation Room Showcase Returns for NRF Protect 2017
California-based retail security solution and technology provider USS, recently announced plans to continue the tradition of featuring its Innovation Room, a one-on-one and interactive environment that allows the solution provider to showcase its latest loss prevention and security technology developments and offerings firsthand, at the upcoming NRF Protect Conference, scheduled for June 26-28, in Washington D.C.

As part of the announcement, USS also revealed an exciting and totally-new aspect of USS' NRF Protect 2017 offerings: an every-hour, on-the-hour showcasing of a NEW innovative product and/or technology partnership! Information regarding when each product or partnership will be highlighted in the Innovation Room will be displayed at USS' exhibit hall booth. This year, USS will be located at Booth 301. Read more here.

Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group & Blue Apron Start a Strategic Partnership
Metro One LPSG, a comprehensive security/loss prevention solutions provider, would like to announce our newest client Blue Apron. Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy. Metro One will be servicing multiple Fulfillment Centers throughout the US as well as Blue Apron HQ.
Read more in today's Press Release column below.


Counter-Terror Group Probes Toronto Store Attack
Update: Canadian Tire Female Terrorist Pledges Support to ISIS in Court

Within minutes of hearing allegations that the words "Allahu Akbar" were uttered during an armed attack at a Scarborough Canadian Tire, Canada's counter-terrorism law enforcement unit was called in. As with every suspected act of terror or terrorism case, Canada's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) was notified.

INSET has joined the Toronto Police in investigating a case in which Rehab Dughmosh, 32, a mother of two, allegedly swung a golf club at employees at the store located in the Cedarbrae Mall on Saturday - at the same time as the deadly terror attacks in London.

The woman was allegedly wearing an ISIS bandana and ranted "Allahu Akbar" - God (Allah) is greater - before swinging the golf club at employees, according to sources. A Toronto Police release says at one point before store employees subdued her, she pulled out a knife from under her clothing. One employee suffered injuries.

INSET was already investigating the background and movements of Dughmosh when it got even more interesting during her first court appearance Tuesday. Wearing a niqab and speaking through an interpreter in Arabic, Dughmosh told court she supported ISIS, declaring "I pledge to the leader of the believers: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."

It sent shock waves through those who investigate jihad and terrorism cases because it was not something said in the heat of the moment.

As a precaution, no stone will be left unturned in her life," said one officer. "We will look into all aspects of her ... and her family, her computer and phone, the state of her mental health, where she worships and her past travel."

Daghmosh was remanded in custody after a brief court appearance Tuesday. She makes her next court appearance, via video, on June 21. She faces charges including assault with a weapon, uttering threats and possession of a weapon. canoe.com

Terror attacks are weighing on European consumers
Adidas CEO says

Adidas' CEO told CNBC on Wednesday that terror attacks in Europe are taking a toll on consumers on the continent. Uncertainty over this week's U.K. election, the British exit from the European Union and the upcoming German vote is also weighing on consumers.

"You are seeing fairly conservative consumer sentiment which is also impacting the overall consumer spending," Kasper Rorsted told CNBC. "We're not really seeing any optimism flowing through, and the recent terrorist attacks are clearly setting a mark on consumers." cnbc.com

UK Landlords & Retailers Are Reacting to Terror Threat
Retail and leisure landlords implement wide-ranging new security measures

Following last weekend's attack at London Bridge, the bomb at Manchester Arena and the earlier Westminster attack in March, landlords told Property Week that they were reassessing their security protocols and looking at introducing extra defences such as enhanced CCTV, strengthened or bulletproof glass and physical blocks and barriers to improve the security at markets, shopping centres and leisure venues.

Borough Market - which is home to more than 100 businesses, most of them independents - remains closed until further notice.

In the wake of the heightened terror threat, retail landlords in the UK have been liaising closely with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office on how to train staff to spot irregular behaviour and develop evacuation and lockdown procedures. Huge investment has also been made in security, training, scenario planning and crisis preparedness.

"In response to these attacks, retail property owners are reviewing their security plans to ensure they are as resilient as they can be to such incidents," said Ed Cooke, chief executive of retail industry body Revo.

A spokesman for Intu, owner of some of the UK's largest shopping centres, said it had taken steps to improve its security. "There are additional security measures in place and there will be more staff on the malls to provide a highly visible and reassuring presence for our customers," he said.

Mark Robinson, property director at Ellandi, which manages 30 shopping centres across the country, said it had worked with managing agents and industry bodies to ensure strategies were in place and staff were briefed. (Full access to story requires registration) propertyweek.com

Fear Impacting Mall Traffic?
As reported earlier we've continued our unscientific research of young mothers and found that an entire group will not take their children to an enclosed Mall due to fear, plain and simple. They stated that if something happens they want to be able to quickly escape and actually be able to see the exit door from wherever they are in the store.

Not that anyone is doing any research here, nor would we expect anyone would want it published, given the current state of shrinking traffic patterns in the Malls of America, but this finding is legitimate and we feel compelled to report it. Regardless of the sharp criticism we may draw.

Maybe it needs to be, if we're going to be totally honest about researching the causes beyond the simple knee jerk response that it's all about online shopping. Just a thought Gus Downing
 
If It Happens Here: Facing Post-Terror Attack Litigation
While these events leave us at a loss, the court system braces for a wave of litigation as suits are quickly filed - not against the attacker, but against venue owners, operators and security providers. Which is why it is important for these stakeholders to acknowledge that they could face liability in the event of a terrorist attack, and explore options to manage that risk.

Actions seeking damages from property owners, operators and security providers following a terrorist attack is a fairly recent trend.

But the world has changed a great deal since the 1990s. So too has case law on who bears liability for damages stemming from terrorist attacks.

This shift is evident in additional litigation filed after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. After that attack, suits were not only filed against the fertilizer manufacturer, but also against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the entity that operated and provided security for the WTC.

In the suit against the Port Authority, a New York court initially held that the Port Authority bore the majority of the liability for the 1993 bombings, finding that the attack would not have occurred but for inadequate provision of security at the World Trade Center. Specifically, the court held that terrorist attacks are foreseeable and that venue owners and operators should take "reasonable measures" to defend against them.

While the Port Authority ultimately defeated liability in this suit by successfully asserting sovereign immunity, a defense not generally available to the typical venue owner/operator, the the New York court's initial holding represents an early indicator of a changing judicial view on how responsibility is allocated following an act of terror.

The shift towards holding venue owners, operators and security providers liable following an act of terrorism gained ground in the litigation arising out of the 9/11 attacks. The court found here instead that the danger of a plane crashing as a result of a hijacking was "the very risk that Boeing should reasonably have foreseen."

With this decision, plaintiffs can now argue that basically any terrorist attack is "foreseeable," thereby requiring venue owners and operators to take "reasonable" security mitigation measures to deter, defeat or mitigate terrorist attacks.

What Property Owners Need To Think About In 2017

The requirement to take "reasonable" security measures to defend against terrorist attacks raises a key question for U.S. venue owners, operators and security providers: what measures are "reasonable?"

Whatever You Are Going To Do, Get To It

For companies that have worked hard to do the right thing and protect their guests and employees, however, tools like the SAFETY Act are there to justify all their hard work. law360.com

Major Investigation of Possible Security Issues at US Bank Stadium
Sources say Monterrey Security Hired Felons, Failed to Conduct Background Checks, Falsified Government Documents

The Minnesota Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board is investigating serious allegations leveled against the security company hired by the state to protect U.S. Bank Stadium. The Chicago-based company, Monterrey Security, confirmed in an email the state is looking into the company's hiring practices. Sources said the allegations against Monterrey Security include: Falsification of government documents required for security training which includes "hundreds of employees", failure to conduct background checks on employees as required by Minnesota law and hiring people with felony criminal convictions--without proper security clearance--to work at U.S. Bank Stadium games and events. The Monterrey Security website lists a number of high-profile stadiums and events that it provides security for around the country. kstp.com

After More Than Six Years of Litigation, Judge Dismisses Security Bag Check Pay Suit
Amazon, Staffing Co. Dodge Warehouse Workers' Pay Suit

A Kentucky federal judge tossed a long-running suit alleging that Amazon.com warehouse workers deserved pay for time spent passing through security checks, holding Wednesday that the employees' efforts to revamp the action after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them didn't save their claims.

After the high court held in 2014 that the time workers spent undergoing required screenings at Amazon warehouses wasn't compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the employees reversed course with a revised complaint accusing Amazon.com Inc. and Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. of wage violations under Nevada and Arizona law.

But the new approach didn't do the trick for U.S. District Judge David J. Hale, who held that the workers failed to state a claim under the states' laws, granting Amazon and Integrity's bid to escape the proposed class action - part of multidistrict litigation consolidated in Kentucky - after more than six years of litigation. law360.com

Attornies Try To Enforce New Obama OT Rules - Even After Injunction
Lawsuit claims Chipotle owes overtime pay to thousands of workers

A lawsuit filed against Chipotle on Wednesday claims that a federal rule expanding overtime pay to millions of workers is in effect, despite an injunction late last year that banned the Labor Department from enforcing the regulation.

The proposed class-action lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, alleges that Chipotle should be paying time and a half to employees who work more than 40 hours a week and earn less than $47,476 a year - as would be required by the rule. Attorneys for Chipotle employees in New Jersey argue that the rule still took effect as scheduled on Dec. 1 because the court that ordered the injunction has not issued a final decision or repealed the regulation. The lawsuit also claims that the injunction applied narrowly to the Labor Department and does not block other parties, such as workers, from enforcing the rule in court.

At issue is a Labor Department rule finalized under the Obama administration that would more than double the income threshold - from $23,660 a year to $47,476 a year - under which workers must be eligible for overtime pay. Depending on the outcome of the case, the lawsuit could potentially lead to significant scheduling changes and back pay for Chipotle employees. It could also have implications for millions of other workers who would become eligible for overtime pay under the rule. washingtonpost.com
 
Lowe's cuts 3,121 jobs since October
Lowe's cuts 125 corporate jobs at HQ in Mooresville

Lowe's eliminated 96 corporate tech jobs in October, then in January cut another 2,400 full-time jobs, mostly at the store level. In February, it followed with more than 500 corporate layoffs, including 430 at its headquarters in Mooresville and 70 support staffers in Wilkesboro. charlotteobserver.com

Tuning Up Diversity - Dedicated to Diversity?
At its core, diversity in any organization is not only a good thing, but essential in a global business environment that thrives on bringing in new ideas, experiences and perspectives. It creates a melting pot of knowledge that can help companies and employees respond to rapidly changing market conditions. In this context, diversity is a strength-not a weakness. A well-managed program can not only reduce discrimination lawsuits and throw a few lawyers out of business, but also increase marketing and recruitment opportunities.

Anyone considering developing or reimagining their diversity program certainly has to take a broad view, incorporating elements that not only include race, gender, religion and national origin, but also age and social status. Clearly, a difficult formula to develop, which is why most programs generally fail-a fact that some of you would happily dispute. therobinreport.com


Sunrise, FL: Sawgrass Mills mall to remain closed Thursday because of flooding
Sawgrass Mills mall will remain closed Thursday after its parking lots were flooded by ongoing heavy rain in the area. The mall shuttered its doors Wednesday after excessive rainfall flooded its exterior lots and access roads, stranding some overnight workers as well as would-be shoppers whose cars stalled and stopped in the standing water. None of the buildings were flooded. Simon Property Group would not estimate the cost of closing the mall's 350 stores for two days. miamiherald.com

Rite Aid CEO: Walgreens Merger Decision Expected Soon

Starbucks removes Managing Director of Fraud Investigations and P&AP Position off Website

Loyalty data suggests Nine West may be the next to close stores

Charlotte Russe, Lands' End Could Grow Distressed Retailer List


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

99 Cents Only Q1 comp's up 6.9%, net sales up 6.7%
Tailored Brands Q1 total net sales down 5.5%
   Men's Wearhouse comp's down 3.1%, net sales down 4.9%
   Jos. A. Bank comp's up 3.5%, net sales down 6.3%
   K&G comp's down 7.4%, net sales down 6.4%
   Moores comp's down 5.3%, net sales down 5.6%
Destination Maternity Q1 comp's down 7.3%, net sales down 14.5%
Urban Outfitters Q2 comp's down 3.1%


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Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group & Blue Apron Start a Strategic Partnership

Staten Island, NY, June 05, 2017 - Metro One LPSG, a comprehensive security/loss prevention solutions provider, would like to announce our newest client Blue Apron. Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy.

Metro One will be servicing multiple Fulfillment Centers throughout the US as well as Blue Apron HQ.

Since 1984, the Metro One LPSG brand has been recognized for consistency in delivering professional security services. With our management team's 150 years of combined loss prevention experience, we tailor our service to fully integrate into the client's security/loss prevention program and play a key role in obtaining their objectives. Through recruiting, training and program development, we serve as full partners in designing cost-effective solutions for our clients.

Metro One LPSG offers successive levels of service in several divisions of expertise. All of our divisions work together, in the background and whenever duty calls, to ensure immediate response and optimal security for our clients. This is the standard that distinguishes us from other security providers.
Our clients run the gamut from retail organizations to commercial, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, convention centers and sports arena accounts, and have benefitted from our experience and services, including:

   ●  Uniformed Officers (Armed & Unarmed)
   ●  Special Events
   ●  Executive Protection
   ●  Luxury Accounts
   ●  Logistics
   ●  Investigations
   ●  Store Detectives
   ●  Mystery Shoppers
   ●  Organized Retail Crime

For more information, visit our website at metroonelpsg.com, or contact Metro One LPSG Business Development at 1-844-638-5774 (MetLPSG).









Apple Employees Busted for Selling Customer Data In $7.4 Million Scam
It was a multi-million dollar scam that may have involved your personal information. Now, Apple is cracking down on a ring of 20 employees suspected of stealing private account data for millions of dollars.

According to details confirmed by police in Beijing, a network of 20 Apple employees were making millions stealing and selling personal data. The employees have been charged with breaching private data, then selling it for profits estimated at $7.4 million (or 50 million yuan).

In total, 22 individuals in China were busted. The scam involved the theft and retail of usernames, phone numbers, Apple IDs, and other sensitive data. The 20 employees all had access to Apple's internal database of users.

The announcement followed a broad sweep involving police within China's Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Fujian provinces.

At this early stage, there are plenty of unknowns. For starters, it's unclear how long the ring was operating or how many accounts were involved. Exactly who was buying the data is also unknown. Police declined to specify whether the data belonged to Chinese, US, or other customers.

Apple itself has yet to comment. But the stink on this is quickly wafting back to Cupertino headquarters, especially given the possibility that American accounts are involved.

According to police, members of the Apple ring were selling personal data at prices ranging from 10 yuan ($1.50) and 180 yuan ($26.50).

Back in China, this is hardly a shocking development. That's because data theft and resale is becoming a thriving industry. In fact, the extent of this black market is staggering. digitalmusic.com

Cyber Gangs - Normal Work Week - Weekends Off? 
Wednesdays & Thursdays - cybercriminals' favorite days of the week
Monday may be our least favorite day of the week, but Thursday is when security professionals should watch out for cybercriminals, researchers say.

Malicious email attachment message volumes spike more than 38 percent on Thursdays over the average weekday volume, Proofpoint said in its Human Factor Report, which analyzed malicious email traffic in 2016. Wednesdays were the second highest days for malicious emails, followed by Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Weekends tend to be low-volume days for email-borne threats, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. csoonline.com

Cloud, Hackers, Trump Presidency, Drive Security Spend
Security leaders have cloud security, malicious hackers, and the Trump presidency at top of mind as they determine how to allocate security spend in 2017. Larger security budgets will go toward cloud, network, and data center security, and artificial intelligence in the coming year.

Scale Venture Partners polled 200 leaders in the US who oversee security buying decisions, success of security deployments, or overall business security. Its new report, "The State of Cybersecurity Priorities and Strategies 2017," includes top concerns and approaches for protecting organizations.

"Cloud security, which was nowhere to be seen as a priority maybe three years ago, has bubbled up as one of the top most widely invested areas in the last year."

Malicious hackers are the top concern among security pros, even those who feel equipped to handle the risk. Nearly 60% think the threat level for data breaches will grow in the next year, more than any other threat. Nearly 75% allocate the most resources to data breach protection.

Customer databases, credit cards, and proprietary information tend to be the most coveted assets, he says.

Geopolitical worries are also top-of-mind. Nearly 40% of respondents plan to invest more in security tech post-election, and 44% plan to evolve security strategy and tech usage. Nearly half (48%) have changed their perspective on security threats in the current presidential administration, and 27% plan to focus on foreign nation-state attacks.

Leaders are looking to automation as they reevaluate their security operations and network operations centers.

The role of artificial intelligence in security is also a hot topic for the year ahead, says Tseitlin, who speaks to the potential of AI. In the past two years, 47% of respondents have introduced AI-powered security solutions, and 75% of those using AI say it has helped address threats. darkreading.com

Online crimes against UK retailers rise 30 percent
Incidents of online crime against businesses in the retail sector have risen by 30 per cent over the last year according to a new crime survey, raising concerns about the sector's preparedness for new data protection rules.

The latest commercial victimisation survey published by the Home Office found that there were 787 incidents of online crime per 1,000 retail premises in 2016, up from 603 in 2015.

The online crimes experienced by retailers included included hacking, website vandalism, viruses and the theft of money and information.

The new figures support the findings of a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) crime survey which revealed that cyber-crimes such as hacking and data theft represent 5 per cent of the total direct cost of crime to retail businesses costing upwards of £36m.

A separate survey from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport found that retailers who hold electronic personal data on their customers are 14 per cent more likely to have experienced a cyber security breach than those who do not. eastmidlandsbusinesslink.co.uk

5 Key Takeaways from ISACA's Cybersecurity Report
Cyberthreat is growing ever more hostile, resources & skills not be keeping pace

While 80 percent of security leaders believe their organization will experience a cyberattack this year, few feel equipped to deal with the rapidly changing threat environment, according to a survey released Monday by IT governance association ISACA.

The survey, the second part of the association's annual State of Cyber Security report, called on 633 ISACA members with primary job functions in information or cybersecurity with the goal of assessing how prepared most enterprises feel to combat cyberthreats. The findings reflect that as the cyberthreat environment is growing ever more hostile, resources and skills may not be keeping pace.

"There is a significant and concerning gap between the threats an organization faces and its readiness to address those threats in a timely or effective manner."

The report highlights five key areas of concern:

1. Dwindling resources are proving to be a large barrier in the fight against hackers and ransomware. While more organizations than ever now employ a chief information security officer-with 65 percent reporting they have a CISO at the helm, compared to 50 percent last year-leaders are still struggling to fill open positions at lower levels.

2. Budget growth is slowing. Half of the enterprises report that they believe cybersecurity budgets will increase in the next year, compared to 61 percent from the 2016 report.

3. The threat environment is more hostile than ever
as enterprises begin to see more attacks alongside the slowdown in resource allocation.

4. The internet of things is the largest area of concern.
IoT is replacing mobile device security at the top of the list of pain points for organizations in the coming year.

5. Ransomware is expanding, but processes to address it are not yet widespread, the report finds. In fact, 78 percent of the respondents reported that their enterprises experienced attacks in 2016 that included malicious software, and 62 percent reported a ransomware attack specifically.

All of which points to a need for strong leadership and resource commitments to cybersecurity, ISACA concludes.

"The rise of CISOs in organizations demonstrates a growing leadership commitment to securing the enterprise, which is an encouraging sign," said Dimitriadis. "But that's not a cure-all. With the number of malicious attacks increasing, organizations can't afford a resource slowdown. associationsnow.com

Report Urges Independent Group to Identify Hackers
A report from the Rand Corp. recommends the creation of an independent organization to determine the parties responsible in conducting specific cyberattacks, saying the system could boost credibility and help usher in a standardized process for naming and reporting on such attacks. "We are dealing with a complex topic and many executives don't necessarily know cybersecurity, may not understand the technical details associated with IT, so there is a need to simplify this process of understanding what was involved in identifying and calling out an identified perpetrator," said John Davis, senior information scientist at Rand, a think tank. The report was sponsored by Microsoft. wsj.com

Cybersecurity Faces 1.8 Million Worker Shortfall By 2022
North America has greatest number of understaffed organizations, 68% feeling the pressure







The FTC's 'Operation Tech Trap' Trap's St. Louis Group
St. Louis Companies Shut Down for Fraudulent India Tech Support Call Centers
FTC Settles With Operators In Tech Support Scam For $5.2M

Missouri federal judge has signed off on $5.2 million judgment - which will be partially suspended - against Rajiv Chhatwal and St. Louis-based companies Global Access Technical Support LLC, Source Pundit LLC, Helios Digital Media LLC and DigiCare Desk LLC, as well as an order barring the companies and their president from selling tech support products or services and from lying to consumers about any product or service.

Using affiliate marketers, the defendants placed internet pop-up ads designed to look like they were from legitimate tech companies like Apple or Microsoft, warning users that their computers were infected with viruses or malware and urging them to call a toll-free number, according to the FTC.

Upon calling, consumers were connected to a call center in India and fed a sales pitch by telemarketers who claimed to be affiliated with or certified by a well-known tech company, convincing them their computers needed urgent repairs, even though the defendants hadn't actually detected a problem, the FTC said.

The telemarketers would get consumers to allow remote access to their computers in order to "diagnose the problem" and proceed to show a number of unimportant screens and directories that were presented as evidence of major problems that required technical support services, the FTC said.

The agency alleged that the telemarketers would push consumers to spend about $200 for a "one-time fix" or roughly $400 for a one-year technical support plan, subjecting users to intense pressure if they hesitated or declined the services.

Through Operation Tech Trap, announced last month, the FTC is cracking down on tech support operators who used many of the tactics employed by the defendants in the present action, according to the agency. law360.com

Anti-Counterfeiting Group's New Monitoring Efforts Take Down
Online Counterfeit Sellers

5,000 fewer counterfeit listings on e-commerce sites in first year

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) released the results of the first year of the group's Online Monitoring Program, which was launched in June of 2016 to crack down on criminals selling counterfeit products on e-commerce websites where both individuals and companies buy and sell products. As a direct result of the program, 1,920 counterfeit listings were removed on Taobao, a subsidiary of Alibaba, and there was a significant decline in the overall number of counterfeit listings on the site. Counterfeit golf products on online marketplaces like Alibaba, Taobao and eBay have been a recent major point of emphasis for the group as it continues to fight the spread of counterfeit golf products from multiple angles.

The Golf Group has worked with international law enforcement to identify online and brick-and-mortar manufacturers and sellers of counterfeit golf products, seize their inventory and punish when possible. The Group has helped keep millions of counterfeit products out of the marketplace. Last year, the group seized more than 10,000 counterfeit products, primarily in China. The criminals responsible for those counterfeit operations were sentenced to a combined eight years of jail time and ordered to pay fines 810,000 RMB (more than $110,000). benzinga.com

Retailers lag behind in adoption of HTTPS standard, research finds
Only 36% of eCommerce and retail websites that appear on the first page of Google's search results use HTTPS, the more secure way for web users to view and engage with online content, according to new research.

Given consumer concerns over online security and privacy, companies who have not adopted HTTPS are likely to be damaging their business and negatively impacting conversions, Searchmetrics suggests. retailrisk.com

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Amazon.com experiences product page problems









From Russia With Love - "Nationwide Racketeering Enterprise"
Russian Gang of 31 Hacked Slot Machines - Cargo Theft & Other Traditional Typical Crimes

There were the usual accouterments of an organized crime prosecution: an illegal poker house and cases of stolen cigarettes, the authorities said.

But there was also a scheme to defraud casinos with a hacking device that predicted the behavior of particular models of electronic slot machines. And a plot for a woman to seduce men, drug them with chloroform and then rob them.

There was even a large shipment of stolen sweets: 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections that two defendants were overheard discussing on a court-ordered wiretap in March, according to a federal indictment.

In all, charges were unsealed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday against 31 people. Many of them, according to the indictment, were based in New York City but others operated in Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania and abroad. They were mostly from the former Soviet Union, and many had strong ties to Georgia, Ukraine and Russia.

Most of those charged were accused of being part of a nationwide racketeering enterprise led by Razhden Shulaya of Edgewater, N.J., who faces racketeering conspiracy and other counts.

"Using computers is second nature to many of these groups," said Mr. Galeotti, the expert in Russian crime.

"Yes, there are tattooed thugs around," he noted. "But actually the kind of Russian gangster one sees in America is more likely to be a fraudster, a hacker or semi-criminal businessman." nytimes.com




Milpitas, CA: Thieves Steal 2 Handbags Worth $45,000 From Neiman Marcus Last Call
Smash and grab thieves targeted another Bay Area luxury store Wednesday after a pair of purses worth more than $45,000 were stolen from a Milpitas mall. cbslocal.com




Fresno, CA: Thieves steal $10,000 in Cough Syrup from pharmacy
A southeast Fresno pharmacy has been hit four times in the past two months. The owner of Winton Vista Pharmacy, says the first three break-ins were strictly vandalism. But last Saturday the crooks got away with 10-thousand dollars of cough syrup. kmph.com

Milledgeville, GA: Four JCPenney employees busted in store theft ring;
totaling nearly $10,000

Arrest warrants have been issued for four JCPenney employees in regard to a theft of store merchandise. The alleged theft operation netted the employees and an accomplice several thousand dollars worth of merchandise. The theft, which comes as the store prepares to close its doors to the public next month. Loss Prevention had been reviewing the store's security camera footage when he noticed four workers secretly bagging items and carrying them out of the store. One employee admitted in a statement to Loss Prevention the she was responsible for $5,500 in merchandise theft. Other employees are believed to have underrang merchandise for themselves as well as customer, estimated value of over $4,000. unionrecorder.com

Two Maryland National Guard Soldiers convicted of using stolen credit cards
at PX

Spc. James Stewart, 27, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, while Spc. Vincent Grant, 28, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The conviction is the third in a series of trials against five total conspirators. They used the merchandise themselves or resold the merchandise to individuals they knew. Shelton, James Stewart, and Quentin Stewart could spend up to 20 years in prison, while Grant and Moody are facing a maximum of seven and a half years. All five could each add two years to those sentences for identity theft charges. armytimes.com

Quincy, MA: More than 100 credit cards, checks, merchandise, passports and 2 badges seized in traffic stop
Hui Zhang and Huanjun Li were charged with two counts each of receiving stolen property. Li was also charged with impersonating a police officer. The suspects were pulled over for a traffic violation, but an officer observed an ID and Credit card that did not belong to the two men. During a search of the car, in the door pocket, Police Foley found $1,067 in cash and 10 credit cards from various banks and credit institutions. In the back seat of the car was a bag full of newly bought items from a clothing store; credit card purchase in another name. Also in Li's bag were three New York driver's licenses and others from Massachusetts, Illinois and Pennsylvania. They also found two metal badges - one that said "NYPD Captain" and another that said "ICE Officer." wickedlocal.com

Columbus, OH: Law enforcement trying to sniff out 'Cologne Cowboy'
The "Cologne Cowboy," accused of stealing more than $1,800 in men's fragrances, is the Columbus City Attorney's latest Fugitive of the Week. John Ferris Clark, 53, whose last known address was the Open Shelter on East Mount Street downtown, has five outstanding warrants for his arrest and is the latest case study in a growing trend that prosecutors have called "niche-market" shoplifting, according to the city attorney's office. thisweeknews.com


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Shootings & Deaths

Eaton Township, PA: Workplace Violence - 
Weis Market employee kills 3 co-workers and self in murder-suicide

Four people, including the shooter, are dead in a shooting at a Weis Market.

State Police are calling the shooting a murder-suicide.

A supermarket employee brought two guns to work overnight Thursday, blocked the store's entrances and exits so no one could flee and fatally shot three fellow employees before turning the weapon on himself, Pennsylvania state police said.


State police say it remains unclear why 24-year-old Randy Stair, of Dallas, shot the others and himself in a Weis Market shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Stair's shift started when the store closed at 11 p.m. Police said he later took a duffel bag from his car containing two pistol-grip shotguns, brought them into the store and started firing.

At a news conference outside the store in Eaton Township, northwest of Scranton, troopers said Stair spent the first 90 minutes of his shift blocking the entrances and exits with pallets and other items before he started shooting. He fired 59 shots before killing himself, they said.

Stair fatally shot Terry Sterling, 63, of South Montrose; Victoria Brong, 26, of Factoryville; and Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville.

Authorities called in a bomb squad to investigate the alleged suspect's car in the parking lot but ruled the scene all clear. pahomepage.com abcnews.go.com

Mathis, TX: Two arrests made in connection to fatal C-Store shooting
Two people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Mathis on Tuesday. The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. At the Hoff's Convenience Store in Mathis. One of the three men who was shot drove himself and the others to the Mathis Police Department. All three had gunshot wounds. kztv10.com

Update: Punta Gorda, FL 7-Eleven murder case goes to jury
The jury started deliberating Wednesday the fate of a man accused of a killing a Punta Gorda 7-Eleven store clerk and setting his body on fire. Prosecutors say Michael Russo shot 18-year-old Kyle Farishian inside the store Halloween night in 2015. Russo opted not to testify in the trial accusing him of second-degree murder and arson. Russo's attorney tells the jury it's simply not enough." Not one fiber, no DNA absolutely, nothing, goose egg, nothing." Mark DeSisto called the case baseless with limited physical evidence that doesn't point to his client as the killer. "This is totally circumstantial; they have no direct evidence to convict Mr. Russo in this case." nbc-2.com


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Winslow Township, NJ: Good Samaritan Fights Armed Robber inside Wawa
Officials are crediting a 52-year-old patron with fighting and tackling a 26-year-old armed robber at a New Jersey Wawa early Wednesday, holding him in his grip until police arrived. Police identified the patron only his first name, Darryl, was treated for cuts and bruises. No employees were injured. nbcphiladelphia.com



Concord, NH: Police charge man in 4 recent Armed Robberies; Family Dollar, 7 -Eleven, Shell and Dunkin Donuts

Bayville, NJ: 2 McDonald's employees arrested for Burglary; stealing $3,100 from the safe

Edina, MN: Teens Caught Shoplifting Cardboard Display Cake from Cub Foods

Sacramento, CA: 14 Fire Stations Have Been Burglarized Since April; over $30,000 of equipment stolen


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Mumbai, India: Fake Prada, Gucci among 8,000 luxury items seized


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Skimming Theft Update

Pinellas & Hillsborough County, FL: Six arrested in credit card skimming scheme
Six Tampa residents were arrested Thursday in connection with a credit card skimming scheme that netted more than 40 stolen credit card numbers from people throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. A seventh suspect remains at large.

Investigators seized credit card skimming devices from more than a dozen gas stations throughout the two counties, according to the Attorney General's Office. The seven-member ring installed them during a three-week period, investigators said, collecting dozens of credit card numbers from unsuspecting customers.

The stolen information was then used to manufacture new credit cards, make fraudulent purchases and pay for fuel that was later resold on the black market. tampabay.com

Charlotte, NC: Retailer finds four skimmers in one month
Local police in Charlotte are trying to solve how one gas station became the victim of four skimming incidents within the same month.

The news source reports that, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reports, a worker servicing a pump found a skimming device on May 8. Four days later, two more skimming devices were found on two different gas pumps. Then, on May 19, another skimming device was found. In January, reports of two card skimmers were found at the same station. A reporter asked the store manager how often employees check the tamper-evident red tape at each pump, and he said they check it every day when replacing trash bags. nacsonline.com

Fairfax Couny, VA: 21 skimmers from 15 different locations found in the past year

Tulsa, OK: Skimming cases increasing everyday

Hampton, VA: Pair tried to target ATM customers with skimmer


Charlotte, NC: Man facing charges after using skimming device at Clemmer's Country Store

Rego Park, NY: Police looking for man who allegedly placed skimming devices on two ATMs

Illinois: Suspects Wanted for ATM Skimming in Yorkville, Aurora, Batavia

Hartford County, MD: 7 credit card skimming devices found throughout county

Essex, CT: Police looking for person who installed skimming device at Mobil gas station

Bedford, TX: Police Seek 2 Men In Credit Card Skimming Probe


Ellisville, MO: Police investigating skimming device found at Petromart gas pump

Little Rock, AR: Arkansans Face Growing Problem of Skimming Devices



 

 

Cash Express - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Chevron - San Leandro, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Chevron - Pocatello, ID - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Opelika, AL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Morristown, TN - Robbery
Daiso Japan - Rowland Heights, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Salisbury, NC - Armed Robbery
EZ Mart - Tahlequah, OK - Robbery
Family Dollar - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery / Arrest
Liquor Store - North Aurora, IL - Robbery
McDonald's - Bayville, NJ - Burglary (2 employees arrested)
Payless Shoe - Yucca Valley, CA - Armed Robbery
Pic-N-Tote - Fort Smith, AR - Armed Robbery
Robert's Jewelers - Jackson, TN - Burglary
Wawa - Winslow, NJ - Armed Robbery
Winton Vista Pharmacy - Fresno, CA - Burglary
24-7 C-Store - Houston, TX - Burglary

 

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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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