7-Eleven Managers Charged with ID Theft Names Released Farrukh and Bushra Baig, a
married couple who owned or managed a dozen of the
convenience stores, along with seven other owner-managers,
were charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire
fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants,
Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New
York, said Monday. The defendants are accused of using
stolen identities from 20 victims to mask the true
identities of their illegal workers to 7-Eleven Corp.
Authorities have arrested all but one of the defendants.
Most of the defendants, including the Baigs, are naturalized
citizens, authorities said, and all of them live on Long
Island. The defendants are from Pakistan or the Philippines,
and allegedly exploited people from their own home
countries, said the authorities. Victims alerted the
authorities to the alleged crime, despite their own
vulnerable situation in the U.S. Lynch said Azhar Zia, 49,
of Great River, N.Y., is a fugitive from justice.
John Menard Denies Sexual Claims
A lawsuit claims the hardware kingpin pressured a business
partner's wife to have sex with him and his wife. After
being turned down, he retaliated with firings and lawsuits.
Menard denies the claims of Tomisue Hilbert. In the lawsuit,
filed May 29, Hilbert accuses him of extortion, battery,
assault and breach of fiduciary duty for actions including
firing her husband as CEO of the equity funds he and Menard
had founded together in 2005. (Source
LVMH opens its workshop doors to consumers in 6 European
Dior, Berluti, Chaumet, Dom Pérignon and Guerlain, are just
a few of the brand names of the 60 that make up LVMH.
Consumers are interested in the craftsmanship that goes into
to these high end products, so LVMH held an event last year
to open its facilities to the public. In the first few days
over 100,000 people attended. This year the event reaches
facilities in 6 countries. (Source
Royal Baby Fever Could Boost Retail
The British royal family joined retailers in welcoming the
new heir to the family, offering baby products that could
boost the economy by 240 million pounds (374 million US
BJ’s Celebrates 200th Location in Fayetteville, NC
The new location will feature a fresh bakery, café, deli,
optical services, rotisserie chicken, tire center, gas
station and even a Verizon Wireless Kiosk. The grand opening
celebrations will be on Friday June 21st through the whole
weekend. Reusable shopping bags will be given away and food
and beverages will be available to sample for members and
the public. The retailer is providing a gift card to the USO
of Fayetteville to support the Airport Travel Center, and
they are donating money to the Junior League of Fayetteville
to sponsor their fundraiser. (Source
Czech Republic Welcomes 800 Jobs and Lego Factory
Lego announced that it would expand a factory in the Czech
Republic and create 800 jobs to help meet demand for the
popular toy. The expansion is expected to be done in 2015.
Last year, in part due to the introduction of a new series
of building blocks designed for girls, sales climbed 25
percent for Lego. (Source
Toys R Us Feels Cold Weather in their Q1 Sales
The retailer dipped in their first quarter, reporting net
sales of $2.4 billion, a decrease of 8% from last year's
quarter. The store saw decreases in store net sales in
juvenile, seasonal and entertainment departments. Interim
CEO Antonio Urcelay said, "Similar to other retailers, our
soft sales in the first quarter were partially impacted by
the ongoing challenges of the global economic environment
and the prolonged cool weather conditions around the world."
Home Depot to Launch Hurricane Preparedness Workshops
The workshops are schedules for July 27 in coastal areas,
even though hurricane season officially began on June 1st.
The retailer is taking a risk that any 'meaningful storms'
won't come until the season is already upon us. The workshop
will cover storm preparation projects, generator safety,
sizing generators for homes or business needs, and putting
together disaster preparedness kits. The workshops will be
free to attend. (Source
Urban Outfitters Takes Prescription Drug Paraphernalia Off
Earlier this year, the Daily reported that the retail
store was getting pressured into getting their prescription
bottle shot glasses off the shelves. Now, the retailer has
given in and agreed to pull the shot glasses, prescription
label flasks and pint glasses from the shelves.
In a statement to CNN last week, the retailer stated
"In this extensive range of product we recognize that from
time to time there may be individual items that are
misinterpreted by people who are not our consumer. As a
result of this misinterpretation we are electing to
discontinue these few styles from our current product
offering." The petition that had requested the store to take
the product off the shelves happened in May.
Bureau of Justice Assistance Helps Law Enforcement with
The BJA developed the “Planning Primer” to provide local law
enforcement officials with tools to better plan for security
in major events. With the number of opportunities that comes
with large-scale events, the law enforcement has a bigger
responsibility to keep the public safe. The “Planning
Primer” includes guidelines on pre-event planning,
post-event activities, and even has checklists and
actionable templates in the Appendix.
Smart Phone Security Features to Meet Dept. of Defense
The team at the Defense Information Systems Agency will work
with mobile device vendors to make sure the security
standards are up to the DoD’s standards. DISA has been
helping Samsung with their mobile security software for the
Android phones, and if it meets the correct standards, the
DoD would ‘authorize the use of devices that employ the
mobile security system.’ (Source
Retailers Are Catching On: Technology Is the Key
Retailers are increasingly seeing that technology is driving
customer growth and the omnichannel approach needs to be
taken to reach customers. According to the 2013 Retail
Outlook Survey, retail executives are going to spend more
money to enhance technology, as well as in areas of
geographic expansion and advertising/marketing. Executives
said social media, online shopping, and mobile promotions
and coupons have had the most impact on their businesses.
Even with cloud computing, more than 68% indicated they
adopted or will adopt cloud technologies.
Today's Teens Prefer Brick and Mortar Shopping
Although most of today's teenagers have spend their lives
having the internet and smart phones all around them, three
quarter's of the 5,000 male and female teens surveyed prefer
to go to the stores to do their shopping. This brings good
news to retailers, with the increasing rise of technology
and online shopping. (Source
Criminals, Prepare for a Social Media Scolding
In Kent, Ohio, if you’re up to no good you will be scolded
by police Chief David Oliver and some of his departments
Facebook fans. Oliver does not go easy on his targets, and
certainly doesn’t leave anyone out: He wrote last year about
someone, not in the slightest bit handicapped, parking in a
handicapped space, saying ‘You are milking the system and it
aggravates those of us who play by the rules. Ignoring us
does not make you invisible. We see you, loser.’ His blunt
opinions and direct sarcasm only gets him more likes on the
social media site, ranking his page to be among one of the
most-liked local law enforcement pages in the country.
Smartphone App Launched to Help Stop Shoplifters
Hampshire Constabulary joined Facewatch, an online crime
reporting system which contains pictures of those suspected
of committing retail offences in Festival Place. The public
can download this app and see the images. They then can
anonymously submit names and addresses to the offenders they
recognize. The app has already been used by the British
Transport Police and forces in London and Surrey.
Alaskan Man gets DUI on Motorized Shopping Cart
The man was shoplifting desserts from the Fred Meyer store,
while on one of the store’s motorized shopping carts when he
thought it would be a good idea to take the cart for a spin
in the parking lot, and then join traffic. This wasn’t the
first time he had pulled a stunt like this, however! He had
tried to steal a box of chocolate chip cookies and cake mix,
but was caught by one of the employees.
Police seize $275K in counterfeit goods in Myrtle Beach
More than $275,000 worth of counterfeit goods were seized
from Myrtle Beach businesses at the conclusion of an
investigation by Myrtle Beach Police, the Department of
Homeland Security and the SC Secretary of State's Office.
Two men, Leon Koretzky, owner of Grasshopper and David
Ohana, owner of Nothing Over $7.95 were charged with
trafficking in counterfeit goods. Beki Boutboul of Best For
Less was charged with distribution of counterfeit goods. The
counterfeit items seized included hats, clothing, jewelry
and stickers which misrepresent that brands of MLB, Nike,
Hello Kitty, NFL, NBA, Jake Daniels, Warner Brothers, Polo,
Harley Davidson and others. If convicted of distributing
counterfeit merchandise, the store owners could be sentenced
to pay a fine up to $20,000 or spend up to five years in
Florida Man Sentenced for Sending Counterfeit Razor Blades
to Michigan Meijer Stores
Jeffrey Telsey plead guilty to sending Gillette razor
blades to the retail stores. He had a legitimate business
selling leftover beauty and health merchandise, but mixed in
were the imported counterfeit blades from China.
fired inside a Petco store in Titusville, Florida; no one
Brevard County is investigating two armed
robberies of two Petco stores over the weekend. The gunman
first approached an associate at 6:30pm about applying for a
job at the store, then pulled out a handgun. Two shots were
fired at employees, one bullet hitting the cash register.
The suspect got away without any merchandise or cash.
suspects arrested in Rochester AT&T store burglary.
Four Rochester men are under arrest for
stealing more than $10,000 worth of electronics from an AT&T
store. Early on the morning of June 14, a Genesee County
sheriff’s deputy saw a suspicious car and then noticed the
AT&T Premier Technology store had been broken into. The
driver of the car was immediately taken into custody, while
three other suspects fled on foot. Two of them were caught
about an hour later as they tried to cross the New York
State Thruway. The stolen electronics were recovered.
Seattle QFC Employee Attacked by Shoplifter
The employee was on break, and was attacked by a known
shoplifter just outside the store. The victim was wearing
his work uniform, when the suspect walked towards them,
chest-bumped the employee, pinning him against a railing and
then yelled in his face about having never shoplifted
before. The man then started choking the victim to the point
of being unable to breathe. The victim was able to knock the
man's hands away, but the suspect ran off.
Wearing Hazmat Suits rob Jared’s Jewelry Store in Woodlands,
TX Montgomery County
Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a robbery at a
Woodlands jewelry store where five people entered the store
wearing hazmat suits. Investigators determined the suspects
walked in the front door, were in the store for one to two minutes. The suspects
broke several glass display cases while taking jewelry. At
least one of the suspects had a handgun.
Seattle camera store employee dragged 75 feet by shoplifting
Two men entered the Glazer’s Camera shop in
Seattle and grabbed a camera and lens worth over $10,000 and
fled the store. The two men reportedly got into a car parked
on the street. But, before they could drive off an employee
grabbed the passenger-side door and forced it back open.
While the employee held the door open, a second employee
grabbed the stolen camera from between the front seats and
wrestled over it with the two men. The suspects drove off
while the employee was still hanging out of the passenger
doors, dragging the associate 75 feet down the street, the
employee let go, rolling several times and cutting his
elbows and shoulder. (Source
Burlington Coat shoplifter pulls a gun in Orlando.
Two suspects were arrested yesterday
outside the Burlington Coat store on Orange Blossom Trail in
Orange County. When the store officer stopped them, the male
suspect pulled up his shirt and displayed a handgun.
Surveillance video shows the Loss Prevention officer backing
off with his hands in the air. When the suspects were
arrested a short time later, no weapon was found.
Grab and run of a $6000 ring in Johnstown,
The male suspect entered the Littman Jewelers in The
Galleria of Johnstown over the weekend and snatched a $6000
ring from the sales associate. The suspect, Shane Neisner
escaped on a motorcycle, but only to return later to attempt
to sell the ring to another jewelry store inside the mall.
Neisner was quickly arrested. (Source
Home Depot Loss Prevention Associate assaulted in Salem,
Kabineh Kaba, 42, was arrested yesterday on charges of
shoplifting and assault and battery after he got into a
physical confrontation with store security at the Home
Ulta Beauty employee and customer accused of
theft in Williamsport.
John Botsford was only with the store for 2 weeks when he
was accused of stealing both cash and merchandise from the
store. Court papers indicate that Botsford is believed to
have taken $193 from the business. Ulta also accused Ashley
McCluskey of stealing over $250 worth of merchandise on two
separate occasions. (Source