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7-Eleven to add 20 more new Asset Protection positions on top of the 35 already reported on the Daily  Over the last three years 7-Eleven has basically re-invented the entire Asset Protection effort. With more than 10,000 locations in North America they're building an Asset Protection team driven by analytics and grounded in developing a best in class team that adds value and helps contribute to the overall performance of the organization. With 55 new Asset Protection team members this represents the biggest roll-out of an Asset Protection effort in years. If you want to be a part of this dynamic roll-out and take part in building a new and state of the art program visit


The FBI's story - "Race Against Time" The story behind Home Depot's Long Island Black Friday $2M bomb extortion

It was one of those cases like you might see on TV or in the movies—where the FBI and its partners work feverishly behind the scenes, racing to stop bombs from going off and lives from possibly being lost.

But this was real—and the stakes were high. The target was one of the nation’s largest retailers in one of America’s most populated areas. And the day of reckoning was Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

It all started last October 15, when the Home Depot in Huntington, New York—a town on the north shore of Long Island—received an ominous anonymous note. The sender demanded $2 million or he would “shut down” three Home Depot stores on Long Island the day after Thanksgiving by remotely setting off bombs filled with roofing nails using a cell phone. As proof of his ability to hide a bomb, he said that he had planted a live device in the Huntington store’s lighting department.

The man wasn’t bluffing. Home Depot immediately contacted the Suffolk County Police Department, which found an operational pipe bomb hidden within a light fixture inside a box on a shelf. Bomb techs rendered it harmless through a controlled detonation.

Suffolk County and FBI bomb techs later agreed that if a store employee or customer had come across the bomb and picked it up, it could have exploded. And the device made it clear that the bomb-maker knew what he was doing.

Two days later, the man called Home Depot and repeated his demands. Five days later, the store received a second letter, this time lowering the ransom to $1 million and setting up a “money drop” for October 26.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, on the day of the money drop, the bomber intended to be “wired up like a Christmas tree” with “2 devices strapped to a belt and 1 to a neck chain I will be wearing, wired together and attached to a deadman switch in my hand.” The man also stated that “to keep from being shot at a distance,” he intended to place an additional explosive device in a Home Depot store.

But just before the scheduled money drop, the would-be-bomber made a second phone call to Home Depot to call it off...for the time being.

All the while, a multi-agency team of investigators from federal, state, and local law enforcement were compiling a list of suspects and working to narrow it down. A prime suspect soon emerged—Daniel Patrick Sheehan, an employee of the Home Depot store in nearby Deer Park.

On November 7—after using a variety of innovative investigative techniques—law enforcement located and arrested Sheehan in the vicinity of one of the Long Island Home Depot locations. Found in Sheehan’s possession was the cell phone used to make the threatening phone calls to the store.

On June 17, 2013, Sheehan was convicted by a federal jury of extorting his employer and using a destructive device. As then-FBI New York Acting Assistant Director in Charge Mary Galligan said after Sheehan’s arrest, “Whatever his motivation...[Sheenan’s] scheme caused economic loss, was a huge drain on law enforcement resources, and threatened the safety of untold numbers of innocent people, any one of which is unacceptable.” (Source


Men's Wearhouse founder: I'm not an egomaniac 
George Zimmer says board, management 'eroding principles, values' of company. Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer fired back Thursday at claims that his "obstinate" desire to control the company led to his ouster last week. "To justify their actions, they now have tried to portray me as an obstinate former CEO, determined to regain absolute control by pushing a going private transaction for my own benefit and ego," wrote Zimmer. "Nothing could be further from the truth." The story continues with more to come we're sure. (Source

Mapco Express hacking of POS terminals leads to class action lawsuit claiming negligence  The convenience store chain was negligent by allowing customers' financial information to be compromised by hackers between March 19-25, April 14-15, and April 20-21, 2013 at their stores in the southeast U.S. (Source

TycoIS sues ISC; N.J. integrator files counterclaim
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Tyco alleges that the three men violated non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; that they stole information such as “business and sales strategy, product cost structure, pricing models, customer lists, new prospective accounts [and] sales data”; and that they’ve poached employees from TycoIS. Tyco said that it was alerted to problems earlier this year when the company “noticed that a number of its key personnel were resigning in order to join a competitor, ISC.” “Ultimately, Catagnus, Pichola and Richman, with ISC’s full knowledge and support, have used the millions of dollars that Tyco IS provided to ensure that they would not solicit TycoIS’ customers and employees to create a competitor less than 10 miles from TycoIS’ doorstep,” the lawsuit alleges. In its counterclaim, ISC denies all allegations of wrongdoing and alleges that TycoIS is maligning ISC in an attempt to drive ISC out of business. (Source

Sales in the convenience store industry goes over $700M up 2.7% over last year
According to NACS, the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, total industry sales increased 2.7% to slightly more than $700 billion in 2012. The increase was comprised of a 2.2% increase that saw in store sales reach $199.3 billion and motor fuel sales increase 2.9% to $501 billion. Last year, the total number of C-stores was pegged at 149,220 units, compared to 148,126 the prior year. (Source

National Retail Federation appeared before a Congressional Panel yesterday raising concerns on Obamacare.  The definition of Full-time vs. Part-time associates is just part of the concern facing America retailers as the new regulations are still being worked out. Under Obamacare, full-time employees are those who work a minimum of 30 hours a week, in contrast to the 40 hours per week historical definition of full-time. The NRF wants to keep that 40 hours a week definition, thus exempting part-time employees with 39 hours or less each week from mandated health-care coverage. Many retailers will face the hiring of only part time associates to ease the financial pressures of Obamacare. (Source

Three UK chains introduce in-store WiFi as they roll-out the use of iPads across their store networks  Fashion retailers Coast, Oasis and Warehouse have introduced in-store WiFi as they roll out the use of iPads across their store networks. The iPad movement is happening worldwide. The iPads will complement the retailers’ multi-channel offering by delivering multi-point mobile services in their UK and European stores. (Source

One in ten UK adults admit to committing fraudulent retail offence 
Questioning consumers on their retail habits, 2.5m (one in 20) adults admitted to buying clothing from a shop, then keeping the tags on to wear to an occasion, then taking it back to a shop for a refund or exchange. Similarly, almost the same amount at 2m admitted to deliberately damaging an item so that they could get a refund or exchange, in a survey conducted by VFM Services. Sally Griffiths, director VFM Services, said: “Fraud in the retail industry is a huge problem, and ranges from offences such as falsely claiming a refund, to fraudulently obtaining (and subsequently spending on) a store card...Costing over $5.3B U.S. annually to UK retailers." (Source

Cybercrime fueled by mature digital underground - they're way ahead of us
Cybercrime is on the rise, spurred by a robust underground economy that's industrialized the making and delivery of tools for criminal behavior. "Much of this growth stems from the maturation of the criminal digital underground and its 'industrial' approach to cybercrime," the report said. "Cybercrime is on the rise: large-scale fraud attacks, consumer data breaches and politically-motivated Distrbuted Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on financial institutions and others are costing these businesses billions of dollars every year," said the report by 41st Parameter. (Source

U.S. organizations are misjudging the severity of risks they face from cyber attacks from a financial, reputational, and regulatory perspective  Are the results of the annual 2013 State of Cybercrime Survey conducted by PwC and CSO magazine which includes responses from 500 U.S. executives. This, the 11th survey of cybercrime trends, released last week, found that while cybercrime threats are increasing, current defenses against them remain ineffective, in large measure because too many executives still do not understand the extent and seriousness of those threats, or have simply become numb to the news about them. (Source

US, EU Authorities Seize 328 Websites in Counterfeit Goods Crackdown 
U.S. authorities seized 177 domain names for websites selling counterfeit trademark merchandise manufactured by American-owned Rosetta Stone, NFL, Beats by Dre, Tiffany & Co and others, according to a statement. Another 151 sites were shut down by the European Police (Europol) in coordination with authorities in Belgium, France, Romania and Britain. (Source

Fed's believe $1.2M Swiss Air cash heist at JFK Airport was inside job 
Authorities believe the stunning theft of $1.2 million in cash from a Swiss airlines flight was an inside job that happened at JFK — not Zurich — and plan to give lie-detector tests to airport employees. The money was among $93 million in three crates on the flight, which arrived in New York at 2 p.m. Saturday en route to a federal reserve facility in East Rutherford. When the crates, which were “sealed” at JFK, got to New Jersey on Monday, authorities noticed that one had “a hole in it the size of which you could put your arm in,” said a source. (Source

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo announces $13M to help 17 counties fight crime 
Thursday announced that the State has awarded $13.1 million in grants under Operation IMPACT to 17 counties Upstate and on Long Island to aid their efforts to fight gun violence and other violent crimes and domestic violence. (Source

"Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic — in every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud is occurring,” said Mitchell Weinberg, president and chief executive of Inscatech, a company that advises on food security. “Just about every single ingredient that has even a moderate economic value is potentially vulnerable to fraud.” Increasingly, those frauds are the work of organized international criminal networks lured by the potential for big profits in an illicit trade in which most forgers are never caught. Organized crime groups have capitalized on the economic downturn by producing what looks like the real Mcoy when in reality it could be Vodka with bleach or horsemeat instead of real meat. With Seafood being one of the biggest targets in the U.S. (Source

$40M cigarette smuggling gang sentenced to prison after flooding the north of England with 150 million cigarettes and tobacco  Two men created a distribution network that transported millions of cigarettes throughout the north of England to warehouses, storage yards and farms. The shipments were then broken down into smaller loads and delivered to towns and cities across the UK to sell on the black market. This gang operated in a very professional way, importing and delivering smuggled cigarettes and tobacco with precision planning. They kept hand-written records and accounts and had developed an extensive customer base. The men were arrested in early 2011 as part of a HMRC investigation codenamed Operation Hornbeam. HMRC officers uncovered the gang’s ‘safe house’ discovering large amounts of cash and the gang’s all important customer order books in an under-floor safe, hidden beneath a spring loaded tile on the kitchen floor. (Source

LA Mayor Signs Law Banning Plastic Bags
The law, banning Los Angeles grocery stores from handing out free plastic bags, will take effect January 1st. LA is the biggest city in the country to ban the bags, as of Wednesday, when the signing took place. Shoppers will have to carry their own bags, or pay for paper bags at $.10 each. Small stores have until June 2014 to begin enforcing the ban. Stores will be required to file quarterly reports on how many paper bags are being purchased.

Man in $80M Eli Lilly drug warehouse theft to plead guilty to largest-ever U.S. theft of pharmaceutical products  A second brother charged in the theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut in 2010 plans to plead guilty on July 1. Thieves broke into the Enfield, Conn., warehouse by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the roof. They used ropes to lower themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway truck. Amaury Villa has pleaded not guilty in Connecticut. He pleaded guilty in Florida last year to possessing drugs stolen from the warehouse and was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. Amed Villa also faces warehouse theft charges in Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois and Florida, Einhorn said. What led to their arrest was finger prints left behind by one of the suspects on a water bottle. (Source

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Lauderhill Mall fight with 200 teens sparked by Social Media.  More than 200 teens descended upon a mall parking lot in Lauderhill, Fla., called by Facebook and Twitter to a fight that forced the partial closure of the mall Tuesday afternoon. The trouble apparently began across the street from the shopping center, and grew as word spread on social media. Police speculated the fight had something to do with a previous disagreement between two girls and the Trayvon Martin murder case. The partial lockdown was put into effect when police tried to disperse the fight in the parking lot and some of the teens fled into the mall. One 16-year-old boy suffered a minor injury but police said it was not life-threatening and no weapons appeared to have been used in the fight. Investigators said they don't plan to file criminal charges. (Source

Minneapolis Officer under investigation, 7 Cub Foods Associate fired in fuel fraud scheme.  A Minneapolis Police Officer is under investigation and seven employees at Cub Foods store have been fired, for allegedly manipulating a fuel rewards system. Minneapolis Police confirm Officer, William Gregory, is the focus of an internal affairs investigation. For every $50 purchase, customers earn 5 cents off per gallon of gas at any Holiday gas station in Minnesota. The limit is $1.50 per gallon, per rewards card. A Cub Foods spokesperson says the employees and Officer Gregory are suspected of asking customers, who did not have a rewards card, to use theirs on the purchases made by the customers. (Source

Suspected shoplifter allegedly shot by store owner in SW Houston  A shoplifter is recovering, after being shot by a store owner at the Club Creek shopping center in southwest Houston yesterday. Eyewitnesses say the owner of IMS Beauty Supply and Liquor Store tracked down a man and shot him in the parking lot. Police say the store owner, Peter Onuoha, claims the alleged thief came into his store, stole some merchandise, walked out and headed to a tire shop a few doors away. Eyewitnesses at a tire shop say they were thrown off guard when Onuoha rushed inside and began pistol whipping the man, yelling that he'd stolen from him. Those workers ordered the two outside. That's when they say the Onuoha fired several shots at the man, hitting him in the leg with a bullet. We're told the injured man is a regular customer in the shopping center. Onuoha is charged with aggravated assault. (Source

Swiss Army Expo store in Buckhead, Georgia hit with a Smash and grab. 
Just a short distance from the Lenox Mall where Mayor’s Jewelers was hit earlier this week for over $900,000 in watch, Swiss Expo suffered a smash and grab. Two thieves entered the store and smashed out jewelry showcases stealing an undetermined amount of inventory. (Source

Suspect pleads guilty to Payless Shoe robbery in Coon Rapids. 
Peter Nunn entered guilty pleas in federal court to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery for not only the Coon Rapids store robbery but also another robbery committed at a shoe store in Shakopee Jan. 7. Nunn had been indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 5 under the Hobbs Act. Nunn will be sentenced at a later date in federal court, but he faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count. (Source

Jewelry Store Owner shot and killed during robbery in Villa Rica, Georgia. The owner was shot and killed when four men robbed his family owned jewelry store in Villa Rica on Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at the Mobley Company family-owned jewelry store. Authorities say the robbery began as a smash-and-grab and ended in a fatal shooting. According to crews on the scene, officials said the robbers were armed with hammers and at least one handgun. Authorities arrested one man and are searching for the other suspects. No names have been released. Customers say the store has been a fixture in the community and cant believe it was the target of such a violent crime. One other person was in the store at the time of the robbery. (Source

One suspect arrested in AT&T robbery yesterday in St Louis County.  Two men and one woman entered the AT&T store yesterday morning in St Louis County and tied up the store associates at gunpoint. The suspect’s vehicle was later spotted on Interstate 55; the 2 male suspects fled on foot from the car, the female was apprehended. The two males are still being sought by police and appear to be armed and dangerous. The store merchandise was recovered. (Source

Defense team says Robbery Murder was motivated by having to pay court order restitution for prior theft.  During an armed robbery, Jeffrey Lepesch killed the son and owner of a small photography store in La Crosse. Now his defense team is saying it was because the court was pressing to get restitution payments. Lepesch was convicted in 2003 of stealing $100,000 of merchandise from the Ace Hardware Distribution Center where he was employed as a Loss Prevention Agent. Lepesch pleaded no contest to felony theft and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $66,000, of which over 9 years had only paid $7500. (Source

Pennsylvania woman steals an Air Conditioner from Rite Aid. 
The Rite Aid in Susquehanna Township is now short one $180 Sunbeam Air Conditioner, stolen by a woman who is wanted in connection to $1000 worth of theft from the CVS store. The female suspect placed the air conditioner in a cart and simply wheeled it to an awaiting car, where a male suspect helped her load the item into the car. (Source

Two men busted using a tandem bike to get-a-way with liquor store theft in New Hampshire.  Police in Manchester, N.H., say two men tried to get away on a tandem bicycle after taking items from a state liquor store. Police were alerted to the theft and spotted the bicycle riding down an alley Wednesday afternoon. One man was seen putting a bottle of Kahlua inside his pants and the second was seen placing a bottle of Courvoisier in his pants pocket. Police stopped and arrested 32-year-old Jonathan LaVoie and 33-year-old Jay Bingel, both of Manchester. (Source



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A Florida man accused of stealing $2 million in merchandise from retail locations across the country appeared this week before a probate judge to contest his competency to stand trial, with the outcome still uncertain. As of August 2012, the man had allegedly stolen an estimated $2 million worth of merchandise in 25 different states, ranging from Maine to Florida, according to an arrest report filed in Broward County Aug. 9, 2012. He was arrested by Det. William Upegui Jr. of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, who had been investigating since May 2012, Upegui wrote in the report. He used a method called “box stuffing” to smuggle valuable items out of the stores, often right under employees’ noses. “This method of theft is used by selecting a less expensive item in the store, and removing the contents and concealing the contents somewhere in the store,” Upegui said in the report. “The suspect then selects a more expensive item in the store and places it in the empty box.” He would then proceed to checkout, paying only for the cheaper boxed item but leaving with the more expensive items inside, Upegui alleges. Click here to read the full article.

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Two men charged in U.S. Federal court for $220,000 theft from Walgreen Distribution Center in Deforest, WI.  Two men were charged in federal court for the theft of a trailer of merchandise from the Walgreen Distribution Center last year. The indictment also charges the two with transporting more than $220,000 worth of merchandise stolen from the distribution center from Wisconsin to Illinois. If convicted the two could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each of the two charges. (Source

Two charged with Identity Theft at Nordstrom in Palo Alto. 
The female suspect first approached a cash register to return an unspecified item and received over $1,000 back, Nordstrom’s policy does not require a customer to have a receipt to make a return. Then the male suspect went to another register and attempted a return, but was flagged due to prior fraud in the store. Upon exiting the store the two were stopped by police, a search of their person and vehicle turned up a stolen credit card. Both were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. The female was arrested on alleged attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, two counts of identity theft and one count of violating post release community supervision. (Source

Ohio man accused of stealing over $60,000 of merchandise from a CPS delivery terminal.  Stephen C. Bugg, 44, of Elyria, is facing a fourth-degree felony charge for the theft $61,000 worth of guitars, music equipment and clothing from a Liverpool Township warehouse. Bugg is accused of helping to steal at least 20 electric guitars — each valued at between $1,700 and $7,000 — and 25 pairs of shoes or boots, socks and dozens of sweatshirts and T-shirts from CPS Delivery Systems. Other suspects are being investigated in the CPS Delivery case, and dozens more e-readers appear to be missing from the warehouse. (Source

ORC couple hits Babies R Us and Toys R Us over 50 times in Broward and Miami-Dade counties  A couple suspected in more than 50 elaborate thefts of children's products worth $36,000 was arrested Tuesday as they shopped with two children, Broward Sheriff's detectives said. Yanderi Soto, 30, and Edgar Portela, 30, are facing charges for an organized scheme to defraud and criminal conspiracy. Surveillance videos from several Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores in Broward and Miami-Dade showed Soto often pushing a baby stroller through the doors and around the stores. The couple would buy the big-ticket items and leave. They would return to the store at a later date, select the same items from the store shelves, and return those new items using the receipt from the previous purchase, detectives said. They also used old baby registries to return items they picked up off the store shelves. The pair would then list the stolen items for sale online, officials said. Both Portela and Soto have arrest records that include charges of grand theft, burglary and fraud, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. On Tuesday, security officers at Babies 'R' Us recognized the couple entering the store in Pembroke Pines and called sheriff's detectives who showed up to make the arrests. (Source

Three women arrested for theft of $1000 of merchandise from a Stuart, Florida Walmart; not their first time.  According to Stuart Police, one of the suspects claimed the trio has shoplifted in the same fashion before. The group placed the merchandise into the cart, then when they got to the exit of the store produced an old receipt from their purse and walk out like they paid for the merchandise. Along with the shopping cart full of merchandise they were apprehended with, a search of the vehicle’s car uncovered additional merchandise. (Source

West Virginia mother gets six months for felony theft with her 12 year old daughter.  Tabetha L. Jones was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of fifth-degree felony theft under the agreement that she would pay restitution for all of the thefts-$4,820.59. Jones had been charged with the theft of thousands of dollars of merchandise from Walmart on at least four separate occasions, using her daughter and another young girl who was 13 years old as look outs. (Source

Flea Market busts 9 people for selling counterfeit merchandise in Tulare County, Calif.  Investigators seized more than $154,000 in pirated movies and music in Tulare County. Investigators say seven vendors were selling the goods. (Source


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Vector Security Wins PDQ Award for Second Time
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FRISCO, Texas – Vector Security has been selected for a second time for the prestigious Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in helping reduce unnecessary calls for service to public safety agencies. The award is presented at the ESX Icebreaker Luncheon at ESX in Nashville on June 18th.

The PDQ Award is given annually by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) and the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), and co-sponsored by Honeywell Security, Security Sales & Integration Magazine, and the Installation Quality (IQ) Program. The award recognizes the security company that best demonstrates a proactive and cooperative effort to reduce unnecessary alarm dispatches. Vector Security previously won the award in 2006.

“It's terrific to see Vector Security receive this award a second time,” said Stan Martin SIAC Executive Director. “It recognizes Vector Security’s ongoing commitment to their customers and the public safety agencies who work with us to protect the public.”

“Vector Security’s impact on reducing dispatches is especially significant because they serve more than 270,000 homes and businesses in North America,” said Martin. “Their 40 year record of success helps inspire others to reach these same benchmarks.”

“Our industry has taken many important steps forward in implementing policies, technology and training to make alarm systems more effective and dependable,” said Pamela Petrow, Vector Security President and CEO. “The partnership developed with law enforcement through our work with SIAC, FARA and our state alarm associations would not have been as effective were it not for the efforts of our organization and many others to curb unnecessary dispatches while maintaining and in many cases helping fund police response.”

“Although all the finalists this year demonstrated commendable and comprehensive companywide commitments to effective alarm management,” said Scott Goldfine, Editor in Chief of Security Sales and Integration. “Vector Security was particularly thorough and impressive.”

“From initial system sale to ongoing monitoring, the company demonstrates unwavering tenacity in implementing proven best practices that reduce false dispatches,” said Goldfine. “Vector Security’s internal and external communications, training, management, and relationship with first responders are not only admirable but inspiring to our entire industry.”

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You're Hell when you're well!

Years ago an executive said that phrase to me and it made me think and left a mark. Because it's all about knowing your own rhythms and being self aware to the point that you react and take full advantage of when you're in the game and operating on all cylinders. Lord knows we all have good and bad days, the reasons of which are too numerous to even begin to mention. But the fact is when we're feeling guilty about the days when we may not be really in the game the issue is when you are - know it - realize it - and take full advantage of it and push yourself to go beyond and face the really hard things, drive through them, and burn the track up. You're lucky if you get two great days a week, one good one and two so-so days and maybe a real bad one or two slip in there. But remember on the good ones, don't let anything stand in your way and move the dime and challenge the people around you, because it's contagious and you may just light up some other team members, clients or even customers. The difference between good and great is up to you each and every day. Just remember be hell when you're well!

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