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Retail is the Most Targeted Corporate Sector for Terrorism
Worldwide Islamist Terrorist Attacks Double Since the Emergence of IS

The global threat posed by IS-inspired terrorism is growing and spreading, according to a report released today by Control Risks, the specialist global risk consultancy. Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is still the most affected region, with 2,273 incidents between 30 April 2017 and 30 April 2018, but the number of attacks in MENA has fallen slightly compared with the previous 12 month period. In contrast, Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa registered record numbers of incidents in the year to 30 April 2018, with 1,392 and 1,549 attacks respectively. Islamist attacks in European Union countries have been on a broadly upward trend in recent years with the EU recording 29 Islamist attacks between 30 April 2017 and 30 April 2018.

Comparing today's Islamist terror threat with the picture before IS emerged, Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business finds the number of attacks in 2013 - 2,676 - to have almost doubled to 5,276 in the year to the end of April 2018.

The threat from Islamist terrorism in the Americas remains generally low and only manifest in North America, with two attacks in the US and two in Canada between 30 April 2017 and 30 April 2018.

Retail is the corporate sector most affected by terrorism globally

Government facilities and the security forces generally bear the brunt of terror attacks across the world. If these two categories are lifted from the figures, the report reveals that:

Retail was the most targeted corporate sector globally. There were large variances though between the regions. In the EU, the entertainment sector was most targeted, followed by hospitality and rail. prnewswire.co.uk

Anecdotal Evidence Points to a Rise in Women Engaged in Retail Crime
Women have been part of shoplifting and organized retail crime at least since the development of the department store in the mid-1800s, but their participation is growing in the 21st century, suggests Chris McGourty, founder and executive director of the National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association.

To make his point about the current surge, McGourty lists several high profile cases: Women charged with stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Macy's store at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H.; four women arrested for stealing from 13 different stores at Tysons Corner Center in Virginia last holiday season; three women charged with felonies for aggressive shoplifting at stores in and around Omaha, Neb.; and several young women overwhelming security at high-end San Francisco stores and stealing $40,000 worth of handbags and other leather goods.

Despite the anecdotal evidence, the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention maintains that men and women shoplift at approximately the same rate. Studies show three times as many men are serving time behind bars for shoplifting as women.

Alto Alliance, which is amassing data to quantify shoplifting activities and prosecutions, is building a database of U.S. shoplifting incidents. It includes information such as which retailers are targeted, what merchandise is stolen, when shoplifting occurs, who steals with whom and what the outcomes are when cases are prosecuted.

Karl Langhorst, executive vice president of Alto U.S. and former corporate head of loss prevention for Kroger, says the data collection is based on three pillars: intelligent prosecution, deterrent merchandising and robust analytics for data mining. Alto's software includes a communication function that keeps retailers informed on the status of cases proceeding through law enforcement channels and on to the courts.

Alto Alliance is not the only business working on ORC statistics. Downing & Downing tracks ORC incidents using publicly reported information. In 2017, there was a 13 percent decline in ORC cases compared with 2016, although average value of merchandise stolen per case increased 36 percent, from $71,877 to $97,658, according to the D&D Daily report.

The number of female suspects apprehended for ORC last year rose to 41 percent, its highest level in four years, according to Downing & Downing. stores.org

'Forty Elephants'
The Female ORC Crew that Pillaged London Retailers for Over a Century

When it comes to organized retail crime, the ultimate girl gang operated in London from the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th century. An offshoot of a traditional all-male crime syndicate known as the Elephant and Castle Mob - named for the section of south London where they operated - the exclusively female group was known as the Forty Elephants, sometimes the Forty Thieves. Their specialty was raiding fancy shops and department stores, including Selfridges, D. H. Evans (now known as House of Fraser) and Debenham & Freebody (now known as Debenhams).

The women dressed fashionably in garments that were tailored to include voluminous pockets and pouches into which merchandise could be stuffed. Long skirts, layers of petticoats, bustles, trains, large hats and various accessories meant plenty of room to stash jewelry and clothing, activity made easier by the deference which women patrons were afforded by retailers then.

One of the women reportedly balled-up and stuffed two sable coats into her garments before exiting a store.
Some historians trace the gang's origins to the late 1700s, but their first mention in the press wasn't until 1873. They maintained a high profile until the 1930s, when some leaders were arrested, but vestiges of the group stayed active until the 1950s.

The most notorious period of activity dates from late during World War I through the Roaring '20s and into the Depression. The leader then was Alice Diamond - also called Diamond Annie - who wore a fistful of diamond rings to worsen the blow when delivering a punch to fend off apprehension. stores.org messynessychic.com

Elon Musk emails employees about 'extensive & damaging sabotage' by employee
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Monday morning about a factory fire, and seemed to reference possible sabotage.

Now, CNBC has learned that Musk also sent an e-mail to all employees at Tesla late on Sunday night alleging that he has discovered a saboteur in the company's ranks.

Musk said this person had conducted "quite extensive and damaging sabotage" to the company's operations, including by changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders.

The full email can be read here: cnbc.com

Woodbridge, NJ: Teacher caught shoplifting can't get her $95K job back
A fourth grade teacher has lost her legal bid to to get her job back after being fired for shoplifting. The Superior Court Appellate Division ruled Friday in an 11-page decision that the Woodbridge Board of Education, a state arbitrator and a Middlesex Superior Court judge were justified in firing and upholding the firing of Michele Schawb, a tenured teacher with 16 years experience who worked at Robert Mascenik School in Woodbridge. The district filed paperwork in April 2016 to fire Schwab and a state arbitrator took away her tenure in Jan. 2017. Schwab was suspended with pay from her $95,250 per year job as an elementary school teacher when administrators learned in March 2015 that she had been arrested in Feb. 2015 for allegedly shoplifting two NY Jets sweatshirts and a hat, valued at $225, from Sears in the Woodbridge Mall. The charge was later dropped when a witness failed to appear in court and Schwab was put back in the classroom, even though she didn't report the incident to the district within the required 14-day window. nj.com

North Carolina Senate Bill 409 to Increase Penalties of Organized Retail Theft
The Draft filed on 3/28/2017 gives specifics of Felony charges relating to crashing Exit Doors, Infant Formula, using false identities, tag switching and exchange/ returning of stolen property. ncleg.net

Lumber Liquidators MDLs Get Initial OK For $36M Settlement
A Virginia federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation involving Lumber Liquidators' alleged false statements that its laminate wood flooring complied with California Air Resource Board's formaldehyde emissions limits preliminarily approved a $36 million agreement to end the litigation Friday. law360.com

Australia: 16% of shoppers still scamming self-service check-outs despite supermarket crackdowns
COLES is nabbing "hundreds" of self-service checkout thieves every week, but a shocking number of us are still getting away with it. A survey of 2200 shoppers by research firm Canstar Blue has revealed that 7 per cent admitted to stealing an item without scanning it, while 9 per cent admitted to not paying the full price by scanning the item as a cheaper alternative. The numbers are largely unchanged from two years ago, suggesting high-profile efforts by Coles and Woolworths to crack down on the "swipe everything as carrots" mentality and rein in their massive theft bills have been largely unsuccessful. news.com.au


Review I-9 Forms in Light of Immigration Enforcement Activities
The federal government is increasing its immigration enforcement activities, which means it is more important than ever for HR & LP professionals to ensure that they're properly completing and retaining I-9 forms and related documents.

There are three circumstances in which immigration agents may knock on an employer's door.

ICE raids. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workplace raids are extreme and don't happen often, but they have been happening during President Donald Trump's administration.

Site visits. Under the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program, Fraud Detection and National Security officers make unannounced worksite visits to verify the information in a worker's visa petition as part of a compliance review.

Form I-9 audits. Employers are required to complete an I-9 form for each employee to verify employment eligibility in the United States. During an I-9 audit, an employer must hand over its I-9 forms to ICE officers for inspection.

In the first six months of fiscal year 2017, the agency doubled its number of ongoing worksite cases compared to the last full fiscal year. For example, there were about 3,500 worksite investigations in the first half of the year compared to 1,700 in all of fiscal year 2016. And there are 2,280 I-9 audits so far in fiscal year 2017 compared to 1,360 the prior fiscal year. shrm.org

Florida Officials Approve Plan to Build Largest U.S. Mall
At a time when store closures are accelerating and struggling malls pockmark the country, county commissioners in Florida have approved a plan to build what would be the largest mall in the U.S.

American Dream Miami would also be the most expensive mall ever built, according to Canadian developer Triple Five Worldwide Group of Cos. The 6.2-million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex would cost an estimated $4 billion, Triple Five says.

The cost would include 2,000 hotel rooms, indoor ski slope, ice-climbing wall and waterpark with a "submarine lake," where guests could enter a plexiglass submarine and descend underwater.

The project provides a window into the thinking of North America's largest mall developers as they confront the revolution in the shopping world sparked by e-commerce. They recognize it's no longer enough to fill malls with stores selling clothing, food, electronics and other merchandise people can more easily buy online.

Rather developers are filling malls with restaurants, rides, trampoline parks, gyms, services and other types of entertainment. This strategy taps into the increasing preference of consumers to spend their money on experiences as opposed to goods. wsj.com

Lampert's failure to invest in stores may end Kmart and Sears
Best Buy was a retailer struggling to find relevance in the marketplace five years ago. The chain included store upgrades as part of an omnichannel strategy that has helped reverse its fortunes. Last year, Best Buy spend $15.36 per square foot in capital expenditures. As a point of contrast, Sears Holdings spent 91 cents per square foot under the leadership of CEO Edward Lampert. Today, the company's Kmart and namesake stores are virtually unshoppable, which is why many expect the two chains to fail. retailwire.com

Toys 'R' Us says more than 115 companies interested in brand
The bankrupt retailer says that interest in its intellectual property, which includes its Babies 'R' Us, Toys 'R' Us and Geoffrey trademarks, is so high that it needs more time to discuss the matter with potential bidders, according to court documents. The company says that more than 115 companies, including "major retailers," want to buy its brands and that it has had "substantive communication with over 85 such parties." nypost.com

Retailers call latest tariff threat 'reckless escalation' and ask Congress to intervene
A study conducted earlier this year for NRF and the Consumer Technology Association found that tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by nearly $3 billion and lead to the loss of 134,000 American jobs, with four jobs lost for every job gained. Imposing tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese imports would bring the total impact to a $49 billion reduction in GDP and the loss of 455,000 jobs. nrf.com

Corporate Asset Protection Manager for Tony's Finer Foods in Itasca, IL
Assure the protection of company assets and execution of all facets of the Store Excellence Program designed to minimize inventory shrink, investigate general liability claims, protect against bad check and cash losses. Indirect supervision of all Asset Protection Managers by working with the Operations DM/VP for each district. Responsible to oversee all investigations & auditing programs to ensure company compliance. Has 15 stores around greater Chicago. indeed.com

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Thinking of Omnichannel Fraud Strategies? Ask 'What If?'
A standing-room session at a major retailer loss prevention convention in Dallas last week showed how the lines between protecting physical and online stores from fraud losses are not only blurring, they are vanishing. Online fraud prevention traditionally has had a limited role at NRF Protect, and the focus was still on physical security (exhibitors included companies offering video surveillance, cash management, security guard, door and window security, fire protection and other solutions geared toward protecting employees and inventory at brick-and-mortar stores).

Understandably, the education program also focused on these subjects, but online fraud prevention garnered some attention. Specifically, one breakout session on omnichannel fraud strategies played to an overfilled room. A show of hands indicated most in the room were impacted by omnichannel fraud. Order online/pickup in-store was overwhelmingly the most popular omnichannel feature offered by those in attendance. Presenters from Office Depot stressed the importance of systematically thinking about and planning for omnichannel fraud.

Don Burkett, Office Depot's director of LP technology, noted that even though the ideal implementation of omnichannel includes systems that seamlessly talk to one another, as a practical matter retailers still live in a multi-channel world. Their e-commerce technology environment is separate from their POS environment, which is separate from their call center. Fraudsters know this and will exploit the vulnerabilities this creates, so uniting these systems as much as possible is vital.

Even if your company does not yet offer omnichannel capability for your customers, fraud teams should be thinking about it and be ready to answer questions internally.

"Stay current with what's going on in [omnichannel] even if you haven't adopted it yet," Burkett said. "Put together 'What-if' exercises for your teams. What if we decided to do self-service? What if we decided to use lockers? What if the customer is in the store and they want to pick it up at another store? What if you're going to ship from the store to someone's house?"

Thinking about these things before your company is planning for omnichannel is imperative, Burkett said, if only to be ready when the subject does, inevitably, arise with your company's leadership. cardnotpresent.com

How Retailers Can Combat the Unknown Loss From Conversion Theft
Hackers Using Malware to Re-Direct Shoppers to Other Websites

While retailers can implement security measures on their own websites, they have little control over the browsers or devices used by their customers. And in a digital world rife with malware and browser hijacks, that has led to a type of theft many retailers don't even know is happening.

The issue is "conversion theft," a growing trend where nefarious actors divert sales to other retailers so they can collect commissions. Perpetrators use malware, browser hijacks and redirects, and many shoppers are unaware that their computers are running malware programs that continually point their browsers in other directions.

Such malicious codes are no longer limited to desktops and laptops, and are increasingly common on mobile devices where many consumers browse retail sites. The malware is downloaded in several ways and is often bundled in free apps. Some malware creators even buy legitimate apps, then change the apps so the malware is installed on devices when the apps are automatically updated.

Michael Miller, chief growth officer at BrandLock, says the process usually starts when a consumer with a compromised device or browser visits a retailer's website. There, the malware displays custom ads in the cross-sell or upsell section with headlines like "You May Also Like" or "Other Deals." But the links take the shopper to another retailer's website, often one with a better price.

The theft is perpetrated with computer code that provides alternative instructions on what content to display. Miller equates it to a "recipe" that essentially puts the malware code ahead of the proper code and ultimately makes it appear as if the retail site is delivering the content and links.

"The consumer clicks on it, and it takes them to [another retailer's] page to buy that product," Miller says. "Often, their malware is replacing banners that are already on the site or content that is already within the site." stores.org

Researchers disclose 7 flaws in 390 Axis IP cameras
Remote attacker could take control
Update your firmware now

If you use Axis security cameras, you really need to update the firmware because seven vulnerabilities found in 390 camera models could allow an attacker to remotely take over the camera.

VDOO security researchers have been looking into the security of IoT products dealing with safety and security and finding zero-day vulnerabilities. Earlier this month, VDOO disclosed a critical chain of vulnerabilities in Foscam security cameras. This time around, the researchers disclosed seven vulnerabilities in Axis Communications' security cameras.

VDOO senior security researcher Or Peles explained that chaining three of the flaws together could allow "an unauthenticated remote attacker that has access to the camera login page through the network (without any previous access to the camera or credentials to the camera) to fully control the affected camera." csoonline.com

Response from Axis Communications:

"The cybersecurity of our products and our customers’ data is of the utmost importance at Axis Communications. In March 2018, Axis was made aware of new security research identifying vulnerabilities in Axis products, and took proactive measures to communicate with customers and issued a firmware patch for the affected models that was released on April 13, 2018. Axis understands the value of consumer trust and have taken measures to assure open and honest communication lines with all customers affected. We will continue to monitor this situation and take any necessary action to ensure customer protection."

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Making Video Management More Productive & Secure

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Genetec is one of the largest open-architecture providers of unified video management software in the world and the largest provider of this solution to retailers in North America. Scott Thomas, Global Director of Market Development for Retail & Banking, explains why Genetec's solution has become the platform of choice for so many retailers, and what the connection is between the physical security world and the threats retailers face in cyberspace.



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NRF: The State of Retailing Online 2018
The annual "The State of Retailing Online" study conducted by NRF and Forrester examines the impact of ecommerce and provides key metrics for benchmarking. The survey examines retailer attitudes and investment levels for critical digital commerce issues. This year's results demonstrate that the line between the digital and physical worlds is blurring as the retail landscape continues to evolve, with many retailers focusing on digital store initiatives in 2018.

Key findings from this year's report include:

Net-net, stores are growing: More surveyed retailers say they will be opening stores in 2018 versus closing them. This outlook contrasts with claims that the physical retail world is being displaced by ecommerce and is therefore doomed.

Omnichannel remains a key store investment area: Efforts like in-store pickup and endless-aisle investments have been a recurring theme for digital retailers for years, and continue in 2018 as retailers recognize these initiatives are often multiyear endeavors.

Digital retail continues to be the bright spot it's been for years: Retailers continue to experience success in their ecommerce businesses, which have been buoyed by strong mobile commerce performance and improvements in key metrics like conversion rates. nrf.com

CrossFit Sues Reebok for $4.8 Million, Claims Royalty Underpayment
Late last week CrossFit, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Reebok for at least $4.8 million. CrossFit claims Reebok changed how it calculated royalty payments associated with e-commerce sales and then tried to cover it up. On top of that, CrossFit assets Reebok did not spend $51.75 million in advertising per the two parties' contract.

The contract in dispute is the 2010 agreement whereby Reebok became the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games and exclusive licensing partner of CrossFit. In that agreement, Reebok agreed to pay CrossFit a royalty on all CrossFit-branded apparel. While the royalty was generally a flat 10% against net sales (retail price minus any discounts), Reebok allegedly only paid 50% of that on e-commerce sales beginning in 2013. thebarbellspin.com

Macy's Names Chief Technology Officer To Lead eCommerce Teams

Neiman Marcus online traffic jumped 17.9% May 2017 to May 2018

Google pushes deeper into e-commerce by investing $550 million in JD.com

PetSmart says Chewy is worth $4.45 billion

Ann Taylor, Loft outlets expand online

Amazon's Furniture Sales Reached $4B In 2017



Hits 450 Walmarts in 23 states for $1 million
Connecticut Man Gets Ten Years Federal Prison - National Multi-Million Dollar Identity Theft Scheme

From January 2014 through August 2015, GLENN and his coconspirators traveled across the country in rental vehicles and attempted to cash 833 counterfeit checks worth more than $2,000,000 at more than 450 Walmart stores in 23 states, resulting in a loss to Walmart of almost $1,000,000.

WALTER GLENN and others obtained and possessed the personal identifying information of more than four hundred individual victims and used the information to create fraudulent identification cards and counterfeit checks. justice.gov

Atlanta, GA: Update: Crooks pull off $100K 'Mission: Impossible' style theft
at Best Buy

Dunwoody Police said the burglars made their way to a secure storage area at the store where Apple products were kept and cleaned it out. The theft, which happened June 8, was worth more than $100,000. No arrests have been made, and the details of the sophisticated heist from the store near Perimeter Mall have investigators wondering if it was related to similar cases in other states, including Texas. wsbradio.com

Hoover, AL: Suspects Wanted For Questioning In $5,000 Field & Stream Theft
Three suspects are wanted for questioning in a felony theft case involving more than $5,000 in stolen merchandise from the Field & Stream store in Hoover. The incident occurred on May 15, and involved two male suspects and another suspect who has not been identified as male or female yet. The suspects were in a black SUV. patch.com

Lexington, SC: Hobby Lobby Shoplifter sought for stealing $2,500 worth of goods in purse
According to LPD, the woman was seen on camera putting products into her large purse before leaving the store without purchasing anything. wistv.com

Smyrna, GA: Publix employee arrested for $1,800 coupon-for-cash scheme
A Smyrna woman has been arrested after police say she stole $1,800 from a Publix grocery store through a coupon-for-cash scheme. Shameka Leah Kirkland, an employee of Publix, allegedly confessed in a written statement that she was engaging in fraudulent coupon transactions three times a week over a five-month period beginning September 2017 to March 2018, according to the warrant. Kirkland would redeem coupons for cash and keep the cash to help her family. mdjonline.com

Whiteville, NC: UNSOLVED: String of Thefts at Belk and Walmart in Whiteville
The Whiteville Police Department is looking for several people in a string of thefts happening at all times of the day at the city's Walmart and Belk. Police say it has been going on for months costing the stores thousands of dollars and the people behind it remain unsolved. Lt. Andre Jackson with the Whiteville Police Department said people are filling up shopping carts with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and just walking out of the store using the front door or the fire exits. He said it started in November and December of last year. wwaytv3.com

Las Vegas, NV: Suspects in salon Burglaries caught after leaving fingerprint on trash can
The accused mastermind behind a string of break-ins at salon shops across the Las Vegas valley since February was identified by police after a fingerprint was found at one of the businesses. Henderson Detectives have been tracking the crimes since February which were all smash-and-grab heists, where the suspect made off with thousands of dollars in high-end beauty products. Police said the crooks targeted at least eight salon shops, mostly in Henderson.

After a five-month investigation, police arrested Kenneth McDougall and Jesenia Guerrero. The break in the case came from a fingerprint found on a trash can at one of the salons. Police say the fingerprint belonged to McDougall - a known felon - who later admitted to the string of crimes. news3lv.com

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Shootings & Deaths

(Update) Deptford, NJ: Update: Authorities release dramatic 911 tape, police audio of fatal shooting of Shoplifting suspect
Gloucester County on Monday released dramatic 911 and police radio recordings of the fatal police shooting of a shoplifter at a Deptford Township strip mall that revealed how the situation escalated from a minor property crime to a deadly confrontation. Police Sgt. Kevin Clements, who was identified for the first time Monday, shot LaShanda Anderson, 36, of Philadelphia, who was driving a rented Nissan Armada and allegedly attempting to flee from a Marshalls store where she and two others tried to steal $3,443 in merchandise stuffed into a suitcase. Anderson, who authorities said tried to run down Clements, a 17-year veteran of the force, and another police officer in the Marshalls parking lot, was pronounced dead at the scene. philly.com

Fort Worth, TX: One person dead after a shooting at the Village Food Store
Authorities in Fort Worth are investigating a shooting at a neighborhood store on the outskirts of downtown Monday afternoon. The shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. at the Village Food Store at 808 E. 15th Street. A verbal altercation at the location resulted in one person getting shot, according to police. One person was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle before police arrived. The victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital. star-telegram.com

Aurora, IL: Shots fired in Cermak Fresh Market parking lot, no injuries reported

Robberies & Thefts

Pasco, WA: Two Shoplifters arrested after pulling a gun on Albertson's employee
Two men are arrested in a robbery after police said they stole some refreshments from the Albertsons. Officers arrested two men on Sunday evening after one of them pointed a gun at a store employee when confronted in the incident. The two fled from the store with chicken wings, Hawaiian rolls and liquor without paying. keprtv.com

Fulton County, GA: Identical Twins in jail after alleged crime spree;
7 Armed Robberies

Two brothers accused of at least seven robberies across metro Atlanta in May are no ordinary criminals: they're identical twins. Marquavious and Juntavious Burton, 20, were arrested in early June. According to Fulton County jail records, the twins have been arrested multiple times since 2015 on charges such as aggravated assault and theft by receiving stolen property. The latest charges include seven counts of armed robbery and a charge of participating in criminal street gang activity. Police believe they may be responsible for even more recent robberies. ajc.com

Southwest Florida International Airport: Four arrested in Airport Rental Car
theft scheme

According to the police report, two of the suspects admitted to renting cars from several airports across the state, including Naples and Orlando, using stolen ids and credit cards. One suspect told investigators that the group made a reservation to pick up a Porsche and Nissan at Southwest Florida International Airport next. The thieves then say the cars would be brought to the Miami Gardens area, where their "boss" would remove the VINs or parts before they'd be replaced with damaged or totaled cars purchased at auctions. Finally, the car would be sold, according to the suspects. nbc-2.com

Amarillo, TX: Police seeking suspects in 19 Burglaries of Family Dollar
and Dollar General locations

In each burglary, the suspect or suspects is breaking the front glass of the store and takes mainly cigarettes and small-end electronics. amarillopioneer.com

Fresno, CA: Serial Robbery suspects in custody; 7-Eleven, Donut Shop...kidnapping and carjacking

Wheaton, IL: 2 women hit Victoria's Secret for $1,500 of merchandise

Spray's Jewelers in Fayetteville, TN reported a Burglary on 6/17

Jared in the St. Claire Square, Fairview Heights, IL reported a Grab & Run on 6/17, item valued at $6,999

Zales in the Tanger Outlet Center Bayside, Rehoboth Beach, DE reported a Grab & Run on 6/17, item valued at $12,975

Skimming Thefts

Russian Skimming Gang Gets Prison
Three Romanian men have been ordered to prison for their roles in the placement of card skimmers on ATMs and stealing money from bank accounts. They hit ATM's in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and then California.
Constantin pleaded guilty to theft aggravated identity theft and received a mandatory two years in prison, while Muraretu received 37 months for his conviction of the conspiracy charge. Cristian Viorel Ciobanu, 31 got 66 months in prison.

Ciobanu, Muraretu and Constantin were part of a group that traveled to the United States and then to Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas to steal money from victims' bank accounts. Further, after fleeing arrest in 2016, Ciobanu was arrested in 2017, apparently committing the same crimes in California. justice.gov


Hong Kong: 'Operation Goalkeeper' $2M Worth of Fake World Cup Merch Seized as FIFA Looks to Combat Counterfeiters

Sentencings & Charges

Wheeling, WV: Teen sentenced to 7 years for 7-Eleven Armed Robbery


Albertson's - Pasco, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Escambia County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Baton Rouge, LA - Robbery
C-Store - Milton-Freewater, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery, AL - Armed Robbery/Rape/Kidnapping
Cash Express - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Cell Phone store - Kansas City, MO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Dollar General - New Orleans, LA - Robbery
Dollar Tree - Columbia, SC - Armed Robbery
Garden Store - Birmingham, AL - Burglary
Grocery - Dover, DE - Burglary (ATM)
Gun Store - Sharonville, OH - Burglary
Jeweler - Fayetteville, TN - Burglary
Liquor Store - New Bedford, MA - Armed Robbery
Papa John's - Waynesboro, VA - Robbery
Victoria's Secret - Wheaton, IL - Robbery
Walgreens - Bella Vista, AR - Robbery
Walgreens - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Wine Shop - Spokane, WA - Burglary


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings





None to report.

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Goodlettsville, TN

The Sr. Director of Loss Prevention will have full responsibility for implementation of loss prevention and shrink reduction initiatives for all stores...

Regional Safety & Loss Prevention Specialist
Baltimore, MD

The Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist is a subject matter expert responsible for partnering with both our corporate TUSA stores and franchise store operations to improve the safety and training processes...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist o join our team in the Boston / Springfield area. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new/current retail store locations...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
Jacksonville, FL
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in Jacksonville, FL. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new retail store locations...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
San Francisco Bay Area
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in San Francisco Bay Area. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new/current retail store locations...

Fulfillment Center Asset Protection Manager
Atlanta, GA

Manages and coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within a major NAD Fulfillment Center, a Retail Distribution Center or a combination of Staples locations...

Loss Prevention Analyst
New York, NY

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

Loss Prevention Analyst
Richmond, VA

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

Field Loss Prevention Manager
Philadelphia, PA

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

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

Senior Asset Protection Specialist
Santa Monica, CA

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

Senior Asset Protection Specialist - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

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

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