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Law Enforcement, Retail Loss Prevention Experts
Honored at NRF PROTECT

PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2016 - Law enforcement officers who broke a multi-state identity theft ring, a retail loss prevention executive who helped stop a nationwide shoplifting operation, and an LP expert who has led efforts to get Congress to crack down on organized retail crime were honored today as the National Retail Federation opened its three-day NRF PROTECT conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

"The men and women being honored today are among our nation's leaders in protecting retailers and consumers against crime," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "They have made significant contributions to the never-ending task of keeping stores safe, protecting both lives and merchandise and putting criminals where they belong - behind bars."

The awards presented today include:

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award
This award acknowledges law enforcement officers or agencies that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the retail industry in combating fraud, protecting assets and reducing losses.

This year's award was presented to U.S. Postal Inspector Jamie Portell and Barrington (Illinois) Police Department Detective Lori Allsteadt for their work in tracking and apprehending a multi-state identity theft ring responsible for more than $1.5 million in losses from 2013-2015. The crime ring repeatedly visited mobile phone stores to fraudulently add lines of service to recently created accounts. One of the crime ring leaders was arrested, indicted and has cooperated with law enforcements on identifying a larger fraud ring.

Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award
This award is the premier recognition program for retail LP professionals, recognizing investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and the industry.

This year's award was presented to Barnes and Noble Senior Corporate Investigator Glenn Justus for his work in uncovering a family of shoplifters who traveled the country while stealing more than $7 million in merchandise from numerous retail businesses. Justus played an integral role in the investigation by securing crucial evidence implicating the family in an elaborate theft conspiracy that spanned a decade. With that assistance, the Chicago U.S. Attorney's office and the U.S. Secret Service were able to charge members of the family with multiple federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods, conspiracy and wire fraud resulting in guilty pleas in November 2015. The investigation involved numerous retail loss prevention teams, vendor community resources and law enforcement officials.

Ring of Excellence Award
This award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the loss prevention industry.

The award was presented to Joseph LaRocca, founder of the Los Angeles-based RetaiLPartners loss prevention consulting firm, in recognition of more than 20 years of experience in retail loss prevention, work on emerging technologies and efforts to fight organized retail crime and emerging technologies. LaRocca is a former vice president for loss prevention at NRF who has continued to serve as a nationally recognized LP spokesman and intermediary between retailers and law enforcement entities across the country. LaRocca has testified before Congress and a number of state legislatures on identity theft and organized retail crime, and has worked with groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Council of State Legislatures.

LaRocca is former director of loss prevention for the Walt Disney Company's retail division. He has been recognized three times by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for outstanding assistance in connection with investigation and for exceptional service in public safety. He is a volunteer reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, a founding member of the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association and an Advisor to the Southern California chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. nrf.com

 
 



Retail Inventory Shrink Increased to $45.2 Billion in 2015
NRF/University of Florida Survey Finds Shrink Totaled 1.38 percent of Sales Last Year
The 2016 National Retail Security Survey, conducted in collaboration by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, reveals that retailers' inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $45.2 billion in 2015, up by $1.2 billion from 2014.

According to the report, 47 percent of retailers surveyed reported increases in overall inventory shrink in 2015, with shoplifting accounting for the greatest cause with an average loss of $377 per incident (39 percent), up nearly $60 from 2014. Read the entire press release below in our News from the NRF column.

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For the fourth consecutive year the D&D Daily team is bringing the industry the NRF Protect sessions and leaders live and real-time. Covering the topics that are impacting the industry and our nation the Loss Prevention leaders that are covering these topics for attendees will be also be sharing their sessions in exclusive LPNN episodes.

Never before have we as an industry or as a nation ever faced such traumatic events and now is the time that each one of us must be prepared and ready to respond and help our stores, associates and customers. These sessions are perfect opportunities to share with the Loss Prevention teams in America. As hearing how other teams and leaders are focused on these issues and responding adds incredible value to what each one of you are focused on right now.

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Security Stepped Up in Wake of Orlando Attacks
The fashion industry on Monday expressed sympathy and outrage over the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., as cities nationwide stepped up security in the wake of what has been called a terrorist attack.

As the Orlando police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies searched for clues to the worst shooting in U.S. history, Target Corp. said Monday that two of its employees were among the 50 people killed. At least 53 others were wounded.

According to press reports, other victims worked at Gucci, Calvin Klein and Perfumania.

The fashion world began tweeting and posting on Instagram on Sunday and continued into Monday. Many other designers also showed their support on social media, sharing the rainbow colors, including Brian Atwood, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Coach's Stuart Vevers, Jason Wu, Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger.

The incident at Orlando had law enforcement in key cities keeping tabs on developments in the investigation.

Police in several major metropolitan cities elected to go to "high alert" in areas where there tends to be large gatherings, such as tourist attractions. They also are increasing patrols and surveillance in areas connected to the LGBT communities.

Locally in Orlando, reaction on Sunday was swift to enhance security measures at the major tourist venues. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld placed metal detectors at their gates. wwd.com

Disney Takes Added Security Measures in 'World of Uncertainty'
Walt Disney Co. has been boosting security measures, such as its police presence and metal detectors, for some time to keep crowds safe at its parks and other properties, the company said in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub attack.

The suspect in Sunday morning's shooting, Omar Mateen, had scouted Walt Disney World and Disney Springs, the entertainment giant's retail shopping area in the Orlando area, for a possible attack, People magazine reported Monday, citing an unidentified person. The Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the report.

Sunday's killing spree at a night club left 49 people and the gunman dead. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and has prompted a full anti-terrorism response from the U.S. government. bloomberg.com

How do gun retailers like Wal-Mart react to mass shootings?
While police and others in Orlando unpack the events of early Sunday morning it's appropriate to, yet again, look at the business of guns in America. The FBI says the guns used in the Orlando shooting were purchased legally. But do large companies like Wal-Mart and Dick's Sporting Goods -- both firearm retailers -- change their operations in the wake of mass shootings like this? And how do mom-and-pop shops play into the gun economy? Listen to this interview here marketplace.org

Orlando, FL: Owner of gun shop that sold weapons to Orlando shooter "vaguely" remembers him
The owner of St. Lucie Shooting Center, where Omar Mateen bought weapons to commit the massacre in Orlando said he "vaguely" remembers him. "He's a nobody," said Edward Henson, a former New York City police officer, in a telephone interview. "He's a customer. He came and purchased his guns and he left. We do a large business." sun-sentinel.com

Store Refused to Sell Body Armor to Orlando Gunman
In recent weeks Omar Mateen had attempted to buy military-grade body armor from a local store. The store refused to sell him what is called Level III body armor. Level III body armor offers more protection than the body armor police typically issue to officers. tristatehomepage.com

Crisis of the Week: Signet Confronts Diamond Debacle
Did Diamond-Swapping Happen or Not?

"Disparagement of a company's reputation these days can come from all sides, including Wall Street and social media. Signet has just experienced incoming on both fronts. Signet has done what it can, so far, although a more fulsome statement will have to be forthcoming at some point.

"As to attacks on social media regarding gem swapping, Signet has done many things quite right in its response, but it just did not go far enough and was not quite as earnest as it could have been in my opinion. The statement it issued was comprehensive, specific and acknowledged what consumers are looking for when buying a diamond. Wisely, it did not mention the specific allegations against it until the second paragraph.

What it does not do is speak to the specifics of whether there is any merit in the reports of its detractors, and what it has done about it. It failed to state whether the core allegation is true or false: Were jewels stolen and replaced with fakes? Without an answer, the company will have difficulty getting past this moment and recovering its credibility and trust because questions will linger.

The statement only 'objected' to the allegations in social media of 'systematic' mishandling of repairs and diamond-swapping.' Why didn't the company deny them or call them out as false? Instead, we're left to believe that something happened-and it may well be systematic absent more information. The right approach would have been to answer the question directly about whether diamond-swapping in fact occurred and then state the facts, starting with detailing the number of times such incidents had occurred and in how many stores, how the thefts were discovered, any compliance programs, and the steps Signet will now take to ensure this does not happen again. Without the facts, trying to place the incidents in the context of four million annual service transactions and high customer ratings is meaningless.

"Signet offers no meaningful information that suggests the perpetrators were apprehended, and no assurance their actions were confined in some manner. Signet fails to disclose how it compensated or remedied the plight of the innocent victims. And there is only the slightest hint of remorse or apology."  wsj.com
 
Retail Sales: Consumer Spending Isn't Everything
Tuesday's retail-sales report could highlight glaring divide between retail's winners and losers

U.S. consumer spending recently rose at its fastest pace in nearly seven years. The uptick makes sense. The labor market is still adding jobs, wage and salary income are on the rise, and sentiment is fairly upbeat.

All of that should bode well for Tuesday's retail-sales report, one of the last major data points prior to this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting.

While the headline figures aren't expected to be as good as last month's report, the data should show healthy consumer spending and the growing bifurcation between struggling brick-and-mortar retailers and thriving internet outlets.

Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal expect retail sales to have risen by 0.3% in May from a month earlier. While that would be down from 1.3% growth in April, it would exceed the 0.2% average growth over the past 12 months.

What's more, Tuesday's data should show the glaring divide between retail's winners and losers. For instance, internet and catalog sales in the 12 months through April grew more than three times as fast as overall sales, up 10.2%. That is in large part thanks to Amazon.com Inc. 's success.

Meanwhile, department-store sales fell 1.7% in the same period. Struggling retailers Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. are among a number of victims of sagging mall traffic. wsj.com

Macy's Reacts to Possible Union Strike With Employment Ads
Macy's, reacting to the possibility of a worker strike, has placed advertisements seeking temporary replacement employees at four New York area stores. By placing the ads, Macy's steps up the pressure in its contract talks with Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Nearly 5,000 unionized workers at Macy's Herald Square flagship and branches in the Parkchester section of The Bronx, at the Queens Center Mall on Queens Boulevard, and in the Galleria in White Plains, N.Y., have threatened to strike on Wednesday if the company fails to meet demands to lower the costs of healthcare plans as part of a new contract. Healthcare is the central point of dispute, though there other issues such as wages. wwd.com

ATM Insert Skimmers In Action
KrebsOnSecurity has featured several recent posts on "insert skimmers," ATM skimming devices made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine's card acceptance slot. I'm revisiting the subject again because I've recently acquired how-to videos produced by two different insert skimmer peddlers, and these silent movies show a great deal more than words can tell about how insert skimmers do their dirty work.

Operating the insert skimmer pictured in this video requires two special tools that are sold with it: One to set the skimmer in place inside the ATM's card acceptance slot, and another to retrieve it. NCR told me its technicians had never actually found any tools crooks use to install and retrieve the insert skimmers, but the following sales video produced by an insert skimmer vendor clearly shows a different tool is used for each job. krebsonsecurity.com
 
Scanners allow police to seize assets
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has purchased several devices capable of seizing funds loaded on to prepaid debit cards to aid troopers in roadside seizures of suspected drug-trafficking proceeds. The portable card scanners are designed to be carried in law enforcement vehicles, allow troopers to freeze and seize money loaded on to a prepaid debit card, and to return money to an account whose funds were seized or frozen.

The vehicle-mounted scanners are also capable of retrieving and storing limited account information from other cards as well, such as banking debit cards, credit cards and "payment account information from virtually any magnetic stripe card."

The new devices will now allow law enforcement to not only seize money in physical possession of a person being stopped, but from a financial institution holding the money loaded onto a prepaid debit card as well.  examiner-enterprise.com

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Retail Inventory Shrink Increased to $45.2 Billion in 2015


NRF/University of Florida Survey Finds Shrink Totaled 1.38 percent of Sales Last Year


WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 - The 2016 National Retail Security Survey, conducted in collaboration by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, reveals that retailers' inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $45.2 billion in 2015, up by $1.2 billion from 2014.

According to the report, 47 percent of retailers surveyed reported increases in overall inventory shrink in 2015, with shoplifting accounting for the greatest cause with an average loss of $377 per incident (39 percent), up nearly $60 from 2014.

Robberies continue to be a growing expense for retailers, costing an average of $8,180.17, up from $2,465. The rise in robberies in 2015 was driven by an increase in jewelry stores reporting extremely high average losses.

"With a constantly evolving retail landscape, loss prevention becomes more complex every day," said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca. "LP professionals have been working diligently to find advancements in technology aimed at deterring crime in our industry, sometimes even before it happens - but as our techniques get more sophisticated, so too do the criminals."

The report also found a decrease in the average loss from dishonest employee cases, $1,546.83 to $1,233.77. Although the number of employee apprehensions increased, prosecutions, terminations and civil demands for these type of internal incidents dropped.

When it comes to retailers budgeting for the loss prevention sector, the survey reported that budgets remained flat year-over-year as a percentage of sales. However, the total number of loss prevention personnel per $1 billion in sales increased from 32.5 percent in 2014 to 37.5 percent in 2015.

"Loss prevention professionals continue to do an exceptional job at locating the issues and finding solutions to prevent additional loss in their retail stores," said Dr. Richard Hollinger, University of Florida criminology professor and lead author of the NRSS. "It is important for retailers to continue building relationships with law enforcement and leverage new technologies that can further provide protection to their assets, customers and employees."

Media wishing to contact Dr. Hollinger can email press@nrf.com for an interview request.

The survey of 80 senior retail loss prevention executives from various sectors was conducted March 22 to April 22, 2016. The NRSS is a partnership between the University of Florida and the National Retail Federation and is sponsored by The Retail Equation.

About NRF
NRF is the world's largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation's largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs - 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation's economy. NRF's This is Retail campaign highlights the industry's opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

 

 


 
Study: Most companies can't protect confidential documents
A majority of companies don't have the technology in place to keep employees from sharing confidential documents, according to a study released. In particular, only 36 percent of over 600 IT practitioners at large companies said that their companies were able to restrict the sharing of confidential documents with third parties, and only 27 percent were able to restrict sharing between employees.

Most companies don't keep track of where their most sensitive documents are moved to. csoonline.com

Fraudsters can clone 15 bank cards a second with hi-tech contactless device
Crooks use the hi-tech hacking unit to fund shopping sprees using stolen details. The scanner skims details from the credit and debit card of people standing nearby. The reader - the Contactless Infusion X5 - is able to capture encrypted data, extracting the card's number and even the holder's name, address and a mini-statement in some cases. That data is then written on to blank cards using special software.

The swipe card swindlers who call themselves the CC buddies are selling ready-made con kits which include the reader with built-in battery, a USB cable, 20 blank chipped credit cards and software. They are sold by dealers on the streets for up to 500 pounds or distributed more cheaply via anonymous "dark net" fraud markets. There are 31 million credit cards now in circulation and 95.7million debit cards - half of them contactless. Crooks are believed to have netted around 185,000 pounds during October 2015 alone. dailystar.co.uk

Privileged Insiders Remain the Top Data Threat
Perhaps given the repeated breaches that arise from escalated privileges for insiders, Ponemon Institute has found that 72% of surveyed organizations are not confident in their ability to manage and control employee access to confidential documents and files.

The report found that company insiders are the biggest threat. The primary cause of data breaches experienced by companies was the careless employee (56%), followed by the lost or stolen devices (37%). Half of all respondents said their organization is highly effective in preventing leakage by external attackers and hackers, yet less than half are as confident in preventing data leakage by careless employees.

Sales departments for instance pose the greatest risk to information assets, both structured (69%) and unstructured data (58%). C-level executives and human resources (79%) meanwhile account for more than half of unstructured data risk, while human resources and finance and accounting (71%) pose more risk with structured data. infosecurity-magazine.com

Group: Biometrics crucial in preventing mobile fraud
Biometric authentication will be increasing important in counteracting the online fraud, with the technology playing a vital role as a result, says Juniper Research.

Rising spending on the technology needed for online fraud detection will see the market's value hit $9.2bn by 2020, particularly as fraudsters increasingly target mobile payments, the group has found in a new study.

In a survey of fraud detection solutions, 'Online Payment Fraud: Key Vertical Strategies and Management 2016-2020', the group found that the leading solution vendors were now capable of reducing fraud levels down to less than 0.1% of transaction values in some key eCommerce verticals. planetbiometrics.com
 

 


 

ALL-TAG Expands Product Line to Include RFID-Ink

Boca Raton, Florida - ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, announces the release of RFID-Ink, the world's first product to combine RFID technology with an ink component.

The RFID-Ink is another ALL-TAG innovation that allows retailers to combine EAS and RFID technologies into a single tag.

ALL-TAG Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert took a moment to expand on this new combination product, "This product is essentially an Ink Tag with an RFID circuit embedded inside of the plastic shell. Retailers can now use a single tag to protect their merchandise from theft (ink), as well as perform inventory tracking, and other RFID related functions."

The RFID-Ink can be connected to merchandise using Sensormatic SuperTags, Checkpoint Mini Tags, and any other AM or RF EAS Tags for double measure of protection against theft.

RFID-Ink will be on display at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference & Expo, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 15 - 16, 2016 at ALL-TAG booth #1520.

For more information about RFID-Ink or ALL-TAG, please visit www.ALL-TAG.com.

About ALL-TAG
ALL-TAG manufacturers Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) products and services designed to help retailers protect their merchandise from shoplifting. The company is the currently the second largest global manufacturer of 8.2 MHz Radio-Frequency (RF) anti-theft labels behind Checkpoint Systems Inc.. The original ALL-TAG RF Label factory, located in Manage, Belgium, began producing RF Labels for source-taggers and retailers throughout the world in 1992. ALL-TAG Corporation, located in Boca Raton, Florida USA, opened in 2000 as a global sales and marketing office. In July of 2011, ALL-TAG launched a new production facility to manufacture RF labels in the United States. The new factory supplies RF Labels to our US customers, as well as many other customers around the world. The company also has an inventory warehouse in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to ensure timely deliveries to our many customers in those regions.

 

 

 


Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016 

Partnerships Between Shopping Center Leaders and Retailers

Malachy Kavanagh, Sr. VP, Comm. & External Relations, ICSC

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, representing shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. In this LPNN interview, Malachy Kavanagh, Sr. VP, Communications and External Relations for ICSC, chats with Joe LaRocca about the organization's long history of working with retailers and specifically loss prevention professionals to address issues such as terrorism and active shooter threats.

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FAA seeks fines against Amazon for air cargo hazards
Workers at a UPS facility were affected by a chemical leak, according to the FAA, which notes that Amazon has violated hazardous materials regulations before.

U.S. aviation regulators are seeking a $350,000 fine against Amazon.com Inc. for allegedly sending hazardous shipments as air cargo. E-commerce giant Amazon, which has made two deals this year in an attempt to create its own air-shipping network, was charged Monday with improperly sending a caustic chemical that leaked and came in contact with nine workers at a United Parcel Service Inc. facility, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release. Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide. internetretailer.com

How can online returns be minimized?
According to a recent survey of 308 retailers in the U.K. from Barclayscard, 60 percent claim to be negatively affected by consumers increasingly returning unwanted items while 31 percent found managing returns are having a negative impact profit margins.

A complementary consumer survey found 58 percent indicating a retailer's returns policy influences their decision to make a purchase online, while 47 percent would not order an item if they had to pay to return it. A small group of "serial returners" compounds the problem. Thirty percent deliberately over-buy and subsequently return unwanted items. Past studies have shown that about a third of online buys are returned.

The study finds that standardizing sizing and offering virtual dressing rooms may help reduce returns. Almost half of shoppers said standardizing apparel and shoe sizes would save them from having to order multiple items. Another solution that has been offered to reduce the likelihood of wrong buys is providing ready access to live chat to handle questions. retailwire.com

Vast Majority of Consumers Say They Won't Increase E-Commerce Spending in Coming Years
In 41 categories, from athletic apparel and pet supplies to insurance products and consumer electronics, the vast majority of Americans surveyed -- 78% to 92%, depending on the category -- said they don't plan to increase their online spending over the next three years. And in many categories -- including baby products and food, beverages, fine jewelry, news and magazines, cars and packages goods -- more than a quarter of those already shopping online said they will spend less online in the future. pointofsale.com

Mobile payments should adopt biometrics for security - study

 
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Las Vegas, NV: Thieves steal up to $20K worth of shoes from the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation has been helping kids in need break in new shoes for years. Unfortunately, the nonprofit was the victim of a break-in. Thousands of new shoes that were supposed to go to kids were stolen. The burglars didn't just smash and grab. The alarm system installed to protect the charity's warehouse failed, and the crooks made several trips in and out of the building. Goodie Two Shoes has been serving Southern Nevada for 14 years. This isn't the first time the organization has been a victim of crime. "Stealing from anyone is terrible, but stealing from a nonprofit that helps children in need with shoes - that's the lowest of the low," Goodie Two Shoes founder Nikki Berti said. The break-in occurred Sunday morning. The culprits were captured on surveillance video. kdwn.com

Bulloch County, GA: ATF, NSSF offer reward in $25,000 gun store burglary
The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office is on high alert after over $25,000 worth of guns were stolen from Backwoods Armory, located in the 20000 block of U.S. 80 East. The owner of Backwoods Armory found the break-in Thursday morning. Fifty-five rifles, shotguns, and handguns were gone.Now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation is offering a $5,000 for information in the burglary. wtoc.com

Fort Worth, TX: Perfume thieves at large after chase from Ulta Beauty Store
Two burglars stole bags full of pricey perfume from a beauty supply store and led authorities on a chase from Forth Worth to Dallas overnight. Tracking devices in the stolen property led authorities in the same direction as the suspects headed. The officers found the van in the driveway, but the suspects had fled. The residents at the house let officers search it. They found two large trash cans full of perfumes they believe were taken from Ulta. crimeblog.dallasnews.com

Gang Literally Uses Monopoly Money To Scam Jewelers Out Of $9.9 Million
A gang of fraudsters used Monopoly money to pay for watches, jewelry, and diamonds in several scams worth over $9 million. Sandwiched between real euro notes or disguised with paper bands, the toy cash looked almost exactly like authentic currency, except for its light color. When victims used pens or machines to count the notes, the Monopoly money went undiscovered. dailycaller.com

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Shootings

Savannah, GA: Search continues for suspect car in Savannah Mall shooting
Savannah-Chatham Police are still looking for the black Lexus IS 250 sedan with dark tinted windows that left the scene of the shooting at the Savannah Mall on Friday. Already in custody is one suspect, 16-year-old Jerry Chambers. Chambers turned himself in to authorities Saturday night. Chambers, suspected of a robbery and shooting in Savannah Mall's parking lot on Friday that left a 63-year-old woman with serious injuries. savannahnow.com

Alameda, CA: Shots fired during Armed Robbery at Walgreens, no injuries reported
A robber forced people to lie face down on the floor and fired two gun shots inside Walgreens at Alameda South Shore Center on Sunday night, police said. The same suspect also confronted people and carried out a robbery at the ATMs of Wells Fargo in the shopping center on Sunday, and was responsible for a robbery at the Alameda Cellars liquor store on Encinal Avenue, where he also fired a shot while leaving. mercurynews.com


Robberies and Thefts

Waterloo, IL: Hibbett Sports hit by a Smash & Grab burglary
The Waterloo Police Department is seeking information from the public as it investigates a "smash and grab" incident that occurred early Monday morning at Hibbett Sports. Officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm sounding at the location at about 3:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police discovered the front glass door had been smashed out. The responding officer was able to see that clothing was strewn about on the floor inside the store and near the front door republictimes.net

Corpus Christi, TX: Police Looking for Link Between Weekend Robberies
Police are investigating a possible connection between the two convenience store robberies from over the weekend. Both robberies happening early Sunday morning within an hour and half of each other. Police got the first call around 2:30AM on Sunday morning for a hold up at a Stripes store on Buddy Lawrence. Officers say the clerk called police after two men, armed with handguns, approached the counter and demanded money. The robbery suspects took cash, packages of cigarettes and the clerk's cellular phone. Another armed robbery was called in around 4:00AM Sunday morning at another Stripes on Ayers. The clerk told police a similar story. Police are looking through surveillance video recovered at the scene. kiiitv.com

Olympia, WA: Shoplifting suspect accused of assaulting security guard at Capital Mall

Waterloo, IA: Police investigating 2 Smash & Grab Cigarette Burglaries, 65 cartons up in smoke

Marzavas & Son's Swiss American Jewelers reported a Smash & Grab on 6/11 in Lorain, OH


Piercing Pagoda in the Southridge Mall, Greendale, WI reported a Distraction Theft on 6/11, merchandise valued at $259.99

Kay Jewelers in the Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island, FL reported a Grab & Run on 6/11, merchandise valued at $535

Piercing Pagoda in the Crossgates Mall, Albany, NY reported a Grab & Run on 6/9, merchandise valued at $299

Zales Outlet in the Baybrook Square Mall, Webster, TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/13, merchandise valued at $3800


Credit Card Fraud

Clarksville police discover credit card fraud ring; Secret Service could launch investigation
Two out-of-town women could face federal charges after Clarksville police say they discovered the women were running an extensive credit card fraud scheme. Nearly 20 fraudulent drivers licenses and more than 30 false credit cards were sprawled across a table at Clarksville Police Department headquarters Monday. CPD Detective Carl Durbin said it's hard to say just how many victims there were, explaining that the names on the fabricated licenses and credit cards could be of local residents or from people all over the country. Police will hand off the investigation to the U.S. Secret Service for a possible federal investigation and additional charges. Until then, Deanna Moody, 25, of Atlanta, and Ceia Nicole Jarvis-Stewart, 33, of Akron, Ohio, are in the Clark County jail on local charges. Jarvis-Stewart, who Durbin said was the "lead" in the scheme, faces 39 counts of fraud, 14 counts of identity theft and 25 counts of fraud of a financial institution. wdrb.com

Westport, CT: Two Arrests for Fake Credit Cards, Cigarette Haul
Officers arrested a New York man and woman for credit card fraud, forgery and related charges after they had attempted to make a large purchase of cigarettes at the Exxon station at 1510 Post Road East. Geraldy Beraud,and Aliyah Somerville, who fled the gas station were arrested Thursday. Farrell said the suspects had attempted fraudulent purchases at Exxon a week prior. "The store clerk immediately recognized the suspects as they attempted a similar purchase a week earlier," he said. He said officers found the suspects' unoccupied vehicle a short time later in the Shake Shack lot. Officers located the suspects inside the restaurant. Officers then located several credit cards with Beraud's and Somerville's names on them in the Shake Shack bathroom garbage. He added that officers also located over 20 cartons of stolen cigarettes in the vehicle's trunk. westportnow.com


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Portland, OR: Man faces Arson for Fred Meyer pipe bomb explosion
Arson investigators with the Portland Fire Bureau have arrested a 26-year-old man who they say is responsible for causing a small explosion inside a Fred Meyer store. Joshua Hines is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday afternoon at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Police said Hines caused a small pipe bomb to go off inside the Fred Meyer store located at Southeast Foster in late May. The explosion did not cause any injuries and there was no major damage to the store. Police have not said what may have motivated Hines to set off the device. koin.com


 


 
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