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Leadership Lessons for Successful Teams
Tom Arigi, Sr. Dir. AP,
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Using Video Intelligence to Realize Positive Financial Impact in Retail
Chris Nichols, VP LP, National Stores
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Michael Oren, CFI was named Director, Loss Prevention and Internal Audit for Natural Markets Food Group.
Michael was previously the Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Compass Group North America, and had been in that position for over two years. He has held a variety of loss prevention and operations positions such as Regional Manager of Investigations - East Coast for Bloomingdale's, District Operations Manager for The Home Depot and Market Asset Protection Manager for Wal-Mart Stores. Michael is a member of the International Association of Interviewers and also earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Congratulations Michael!
 
 

 



Cost of keeping America safe from lone wolves shifts to business
The people handling security for the nation's busiest malls and amusement parks are no longer retired cops. They are a 24-year veteran of the FBI, a former CIA operative and the one-time chief of counterterrorism for Scotland Yard. The theme-park industry's annual security bill, already roughly $250 million a year, is expected to grow by more than $100 million over the next few years, according to one consultant. Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld all installed metal detectors outside their gates for the first time last December.

"Lone wolf" shootings like those at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, and in San Bernardino last December, have forced businesses to shoulder more of the cost and responsibility of securing America against terrorism.

American companies were already spending about $341 billion on security in 2014, more than three times as much as they did in 1990, after adjusting for inflation, according to ASIS International, a professional group for security personnel. The group said that since 2013, companies have been spending about 10% more on security each year. Closed-circuit cameras alone have become an $8-billion industry, about 17 times larger than it was two decades ago. latimes.com

Inside the FBI's 'CSI'
Active-shooter terror attacks have forensic teams scrambling to adapt

Housed at each of the agency's 56 field offices, Evidence Response Teams (ERTs) handle crime-scene processing and evidence collection for FBI investigations - they are, in essence, the bureau's "CSI." The highly trained units, in many cases, also deploy overseas to assist foreign authorities with complex investigations or work scenes with a nexus to the United States. ERTs work investigations ranging from public corruption to counterintelligence, but in light of recent global events, the lion's share of the units' training efforts have been centered on counterterrorism. foxnews.com

'Personal Shoplifter'
The mystery shopper scam that got one U.K. woman arrested

Schemers are targeting high school and college students who are looking for part-time summer work with a new kind of mystery shopper job. The position is as a "personal shoplifter."

We haven't seen the scam here in the U.S. -- yet -- but it was uncovered when a woman in the U.K. answered a Facebook ad promoting a job website. When the woman clicked on the job website, she was given a list of jobs, including one for a "mystery shopper." She was then directed to a web site called "Mystery Shopping UK," and after she applied for the job, she reportedly received a call from a company rep. The rep explained the job.

The employee would visit stores from a list the firm would provide, and she'd take specific items from the stores. Along the way, she was to take notes about the cleanliness of the store, the appearance of staff, the number of security guards and what they were doing. If she was able to walk out of the store with the items, she was to put them in clearly labeled plastic bags and ship them to the company. If she was caught, she was instructed not to reveal that she was working for the company. Instead, she should go through the arrest process.

Back in the U.S., Michael Mershimer, president of MSPA-NA -- the group formerly known as the Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America -- said the scam hasn't hit our shores yet. No legitimate company would have you steal from their stores, Mershimer said. "Even to test security, this would be huge risk and liability for a company," he said. "An interaction between store security and a shoplifter can go bad quickly -- regardless of whether you are screaming that you are just a mystery shopper. You are going to jail." nj.com

Hedge Fund Looks To Reboot Costco Suit Over Ponzi Scheme
Hedge fund Ritchie Capital on Friday asked the Second Circuit to vacate the dismissal of its suit against Costco over the warehouse club's alleged involvement in the $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Tom Petters, saying the lower court erred by finding the case didn't belong in New York.

Ritchie Capital Management LLC had accused Costco Wholesale Corp. of aiding and abetting fraud and civil conspiracy on the grounds the wholesaler knew that Petters was using counterfeit purchase orders to secure loans, nine years before he was convicted on 20 counts of fraud, money laundering and other offenses in 2009. law360.com

While Amazon Waits, Drones Fly
When Amazon said in 2013 that it could soon deliver products by drone, skeptics dismissed it as a publicity stunt. Never underestimate technology: For the first time, drones this month delivered packages for retail customers. But not Amazon drones. The packages, from Chinese retailer JD.com, made it to a remote area of Jiangsu province. Amazon has built advanced drones, but it can't use them because American regulators have made it a criminal offense for businesses to use drones. Americans do use millions of drones, but almost all recreationally. In 2012 Congress legalized hobbyists' use of drones provided it doesn't endanger "the safety of the national airspace."

Last week's big news from the Federal Aviation Administration is that it will finally decriminalize some commercial uses of drones. The new FAA rules could have been adopted years ago, when the industry first asked permission from bureaucrats. Instead they come 10 years after Congress instructed the FAA to allow business use of drones. And they still ban many activities, including deliveries. American innovators will fall further behind their peers in Asia and Europe. wsj.com

Bigger ships heading for Georgia - distribution center boom
The container ship COSCO Shipping Panama was scheduled to glide through the Panama Canal, and into history, early Sunday morning. The vessel's journey heralds the long-awaited expansion of the canal and the promise that ever-larger container ships will revolutionize East Coast shipping much to Georgia's benefit. State and U.S. taxpayers are betting $706 million - the cost of deepening the Savannah River so larger ships can use it - on the hoped-for benefits of an expanded canal. More cargo, revenue and jobs will come Georgia's way, backers say, with metro Atlanta and its welter of warehouses and trucking terminals taking the lion's share of new business. myajc.com

Analysts Predict Economic Bounceback For 2nd Half of Year
The retail story this year is a tale of two halves. The first half was characterized by markdowns and too much inventory. The second half is expected to bounce back as inventories are right-sized and retailers continue to reap the benefits of their e-commerce investments.

The fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 were both disappointing, and some investors wonder if retailers' positive outlook for the second half is wishful thinking borne of desperation. However, there are some economic indicators that support the belief that the back of the year will be an improvement over the first half, as buyers head out to trade shows and plan their purchases.

IHS Economics predicts that gross domestic product growth will accelerate from 1.7 percent in the second quarter to 3.1 percent by year-end. IHS believes that the recent pullback in consumer spending is temporary. The company expects real consumer spending to stay at 3 percent for the remainder of the year, with spending for nondurable goods to rise to 3.1 percent in the third quarter and 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter. wwd.com

Brexit's ripple effect on already struggling luxury retailers
Things are about to get even tougher for struggling luxury retailers. The U.K. vote to exit the European Union adds yet another wave of uncertainty to sales and profits at the high end, which have already taken a beating due to a stronger dollar, slowing economic growth and a shift toward spending on experiences versus goods.

The British pound tumbled to a 30-year-low Friday, making high-end goods outside of the region more costly. Global financial markets likewise dove, putting pressure on the portfolios of wealthy shoppers, whose net worth is more directly tied to market fluctuations. And with the euro simultaneously moving lower, the Brexit is likely to create ripples on luxury brands' U.S. flagship stores, which depend on tourists for a chunk of their sales. Foreign shoppers have already cut back on spending in the U.S. because of the stronger dollar. cnbc.com

Winning Cannes ad uses real shoplifters
Turns out security cameras and brazen shoplifters gave birth to the top award film honored Saturday at the 63rd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Widely considered as the Academy Awards of the marketing and advertising world, Cannes Lions celebrates great ideas in the communications industry. The annual awards show and week-long trade event gathered more than 13,500 delegates from 90 countries this year in the south of France. British department store Harvey Nichols' video that stars real shoplifters to promote its loyalty app beat the other 2,800 entries in the film category and won the Grand Prix award. It is "just a perfectly executed film," said Joe Alexander, jury president of the Film category and chief operating officer at The Martin Agency. usatoday.com

Bar Code Birthday
On June 26, 1974, a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum was swiped over a scanner at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, thus becoming the first retail item to have its price "rung up" automatically thanks to its black-lined bar code. haaretz.com

Rite Aid Foundation Donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to Assist with Flood Relief Efforts in West Virginia

World Trade Center bringing 10,000 retail jobs to NYC

Sears workers reveal mistakes that are killing the company



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The EMV Migration Leads to 'Cybercrime as a Service'
Retailers both online and off have noted an increase in chargebacks since the U.S. moved to microchip cards back in October.

The bad news is for online retailers. There's no comparative liability shift available for them (unless their fraud prevention provider offers a full chargeback guarantee, which can serve a similar purpose) and as fraud gets harder in the physical world, more and more will move to the virtual one. All of this is supported by what has developed into a highly sophisticated online criminal ecosystem. You could think of it as "cybercrime as a service."

This trend has already started. The Global Fraud Attack Index found that online fraud attempts increased an astonishing 215% in 2015. During the crucial final quarter when fraud rates usually dip (because there are so many genuine orders being placed for the holidays, without a balancing increase in the number of fraudulent ones) in 2015 it actually rose 11%. paymentssource.com

Home Depot Alleges Visa, MasterCard Colluded To Delay Chip-and-PIN Implementation; Exposed Retailers, Consumers to Data Breach Risks
A recent bombshell lawsuit by The Home Depot alleges patterns of antitrust violations, illegal collusion, and anti-competitive conduct by the Visa and MasterCard credit card networks. The suit arises in a climate in which the networks are increasingly under attack by retailers, and in which The Home Depot is embroiled in extensive litigation stemming from a massive 2014 breach of customer data. Finally, for consumers concerned with payment card security, the suit highlights potential weaknesses in some U.S. payment card technologies - particularly when compared to systems widely used overseas. jdsupra.com

Seven tips on keeping your phone safe while traveling
"When you're traveling, you may do some things differently than you'd do at home," said Michael Kaiser, executive director for the National Cyber Security Alliance. For instance, Kaiser said you might be tempted to use an unprotected Wi-Fi network to save on roaming charges if you're traveling abroad. And you may not consider the risks of sharing your location via apps or pictures you post on social media.

Here's a summary of the tips most relevant to mobile devices to help ensure you don't become a victim of cybercrime while on vacation or business travel:

1. Clean up your device.
2. Turn on password or biometric protection.
3. Turn off location tracking on apps and manage privacy settings.
4. Backup your data.
5. Beware of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
6. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you're not using it.
7. Turn on "find-my-phone" and remote wiping.   cnet.com

IRS kills electronic filing PIN feature due to repeated attacks

Some Tips on Job Security in the Robot Age
 

 


 


Inspiration for 2016 and Beyond

Verisk Retail's "Up North" InterACT 2016 experience, at the historic Grand View Resort in Nisswa, Minnesota, has once again been acclaimed by its customers as one of the year's most essential events for growth and advancement of loss prevention practitioners.

Over 70 retail professionals, representing more than 40 retail brands, gathered to share insights in maximizing their use of the Aspect EliteLP POS-analysis and APIS case management systems, as well as to gain cutting-edge loss prevention knowledge. InterACT's robust agenda, once again, qualified attendees for Continuing Education Credits toward widely-recognized industry certifications, including LPC, LPQ and CFI.

 

"Minnesota's North Woods provided the perfect setting for our user community to share best practices and gain new insights into the ever-advancing world of applied LP technologies," said David Duhaime, President of Verisk Retail. "Months of planning and preparation invested by Verisk Retail and our customer-driven Steering Committee was rewarded ten-fold as we were inspired by the innovations of our user community and deepened our insight into the many opportunities to leverage partnerships to meet the evolving demands of the road ahead."

L. Wayne Hoover, Vice President of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, provided this year's keynote address, engaging and educating attendees on the subject of "Detecting Deception at Home and Abroad." Participants walked away with new skills and insights, as well as a few laughs. Other highlights included in-depth discussions on the LP implications of omni-channel, risks and controls inherent in emerging currency fraud, and enhanced communication through data visualization. Attendees also contributed their thoughts and ideas on future Verisk Retail initiatives and learned about new and unique retail offerings available exclusively through Verisk Retail and the broader Verisk Analytics family of companies.

Over the three-day conference, participants attended 35 educational, best-practice and hands-on learning sessions. The packed agenda was planned by the InterACT 2016 Steering Committee, including retail partners Kim Junko (American Eagle Outfitters), Tom Zimmerman (DSW), Mark Sutherland (Indigo Books), Lory Whitton (Kinney Drugs), Dale Casper (Exchange), David Linnemann (7-Eleven), Cristina Hanson (Toys 'R' Us), Keith Thompson (Cabela's), and Scott Vandermer (Big 5 Sporting Goods).

 

 



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Organized Retail Crime
The Great Debate #2

Chris DeSantis, Dir. of Central Inv. & ORC, Macy's; TJ Flynn, Market Inv. Sr. Mgr., J.C. Penney; Jim Cosseboom, Mgr., Inv. & Corp. Security, Ahold USA; and Tarik Sheppard, NYPD Lt. Dep. Comm. of Public Information

Hear from four professionals with unique skills in developing and leading ORC programs in the public and private sectors: Chris DeSantis, Director of Central Investigations & ORC, Macy's; TJ Flynn, Market Investigations Sr. Manager, J.C. Penney; Jim Cosseboom, Manager, Investigations & Corporate Security, Ahold USA, Inc.; and Tarik Sheppard, NYPD Lt. Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Learn why technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to ORC, how decriminalization laws are forcing retailers to build bigger cases, and where we're at in establishing a national information-sharing database.

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Alibaba's Jack Ma can't stop talking about fakes
Jack Ma said Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has "zero tolerance" for counterfeits, repeating a message that has so far failed to quell criticisms of its e-commerce platforms Tmall and Taobao as havens for knock-offs. Brands and intellectual property must be protected and counterfeits are unacceptable, Ma said in an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal. He used the opportunity to clarify comments he made to shareholders earlier this month, when he said Chinese-made counterfeit goods today have gotten better than genuine products. Ma said the comments were taken out of context.

With exports declining due to weaker demand, Chinese manufacturers are resorting to the internet and setting up their own brands to woo customers, presenting a challenge to the business model of some established labels, Ma wrote in the Journal. This has complicated efforts to root out fakes, which is why Alibaba is using real-time scanning of over 10 million new product listings a day, said Ma. "Failing to protect original designs, trademarks and technology is akin to thievery, and it is detrimental not only to innovation but also to the integrity of the marketplace," Ma said. "We do not and will never condone any act of stealing." internetretailer.com

Counterfeits account for 1.5% of China's GDP
China and Hong Kong were the source of 86 per cent of counterfeits intercepted in the US, Europe and Japan between 2010 and 2014, according to the US government.

All told, 72 per cent of counterfeits came from China - equivalent to $285bn out of a worldwide physical counterfeit trade value of $461bn, says the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). Hong Kong accounted for 14 per cent, about the same as the rest of the world put together.

A new GIPC report says that represents that 12.5 per cent of China's exports, and 1.5 per cent of its GDP, and suggests that - despite China's efforts to tackle physical counterfeiting and intellectual property (IP) related crime - the country still has a massive problem. securingindustry.com

Deloitte Finds Ecommerce Isn't Causing Retail Volatility
Ask most retailers why some well-known brands such as Ulta and Zara are flourishing, and others - like Aeropostale and Sports Authority -- are going broke, and they'll likely say it comes down to e-commerce versus brick-and-mortar stores. And they'll probably also blame the domination of big brands, such as Amazon and Walmart.

But a new study from Deloitte shows that the industry's astonishing rise in volatility - up 250% since 2010, with $200 billion up for grabs-has little to do with channels, and everything to do with fragmentation.

It's also important to point out that plenty of big brick-and-mortar retailers are already winning at e-commerce, with 16 of the top 25 reporting robust sales growth. Between 2010 and 2015, Deloitte says, this group increased e-commerce sales nearly 21%, compared with 15% growth in the overall market. mediapost.com

Declining e-commerce sales hurt Barnes & Noble
 

 
 

ORCAID Will Hold Its Second Annual ORC Conference on
July 25-26 at Boise State University
 

The Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho (ORCAID) will hold it's second annual ORC conference from July 25-26 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The event will include expert guest speakers presenting on topics related to ORC, including Investigating ORC, eBay investigations, ORC and Prescription Fraud, and Gangs and Retail Crime.

The featured training, Online Investigations, will be presented by Panopticon Investigative Research. The session will provide tactical and practical instruction for day-to-day investigators on how to leverage online content to support an investigation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to practice the tactics in real-time.

A raffle will also be held during the event, with proceeds going to fund ORCAID and future training events.

For more information, email info@orcaid.org. To register online, click here.



San Francisco, CA: $500,000 In Jewelry Stolen In Overnight Heist
Two men who walked into a jewelry store near San Francisco Union Square made off with half a million dollars in merchandise, according to police. The burglary happened at 3:44 a.m. Thursday at a jewelry store on the 100 block of O'Farrell Street near Union Square. Security images showed two suspects coming into the store and loading up a duffel bag with merchandise. Police said the value of the stolen items was $500,000. The suspects used a Ford sedan during the heist, police said. Police did not say exactly how the burglars gained entrance to the store. One of the suspects is a black man with dreadlocked hair, wearing a dark jacket, tan pants and white shoes. The second suspect was only described as a black man with a dark-colored "hoodie" pulled up over his head. cbslocal.com

Amherst, NY: 400 iPads stolen from Best Buy store, Thieves make off with over $90,000 worth of merchandise
Amherst Police say thieves stole 400 iPads from a Best Buy store on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Best Buy employees discovered the break-in when they showed up for their shifts around 6:30 Friday morning. Amherst Police Detective Lieutenant Rick Walter says the crime was very well planned out and very well orchestrated. "The suspects actually used a high lift type vehicle referred to as a sky lift which lifts workers to higher places. It was being used at a construction site close to Best Buy to get themselves onto the roof," says Walter. From there, Walter says the thieves cut through the roof, then used a ladder to get into the store. Once there, they stole 400 iPads valued at more than $90,000. He says the criminals likely cased the store and were inside up to an hour during the theft. "We don't feel it's an inside job at all. What we feel is it was very well planned, as a matter of fact, we're conferring with police departments in Erie, Pennsylvania. I just recently found out also that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also had a very similar crime at a Best Buy. So we feel at this point that all three may possibly be related," says Walter. wcnc.com



Halfmoon, NY: Man facing Grand Larceny charges for two Walmart thefts
New York State Police in Clifton Park say they arrested 25-year-old Joshua Anderson of Halfmoon as he left a Walmart in Halfmoon with more than $1,000 in stolen merchandise. Police say Walmart Asset Protection also recognized Anderson as committing a similar larceny of more than $1,000 on June 20. news10.com


Orem, UT: Suspected thief lifts pawned jewelry to sell at another pawn shop
Orem police arrested a Provo man on suspicion of third-degree felony of retail theft from a pawnshop on Friday. Alex Ty Brereton, 19, was suspected of selling the stolen items to another pawnshop, according to police reports. Employees at Good Guys Pawn on South State Street informed the reporting officer that Brereton had been in the store each of the last three days and stolen items from the store on each occasion. They showed the officer video surveillance reportedly depicting Brereton reaching behind a cabinet and opening the case before taking a ring out of the case. As the employees were calling police Friday, the suspect reportedly stole a ring in the same manner as the day before. After the officer spoke with the suspect, he reportedly admitted to taking both rings, one Friday and one Thursday. Brereton showed officers where he had hidden the $1,487 ring taken Friday and the ring was returned to the business. The first ring taken Thursday was valued at $1,800 and pawned for $260 at another business in Orem, according to the report. heraldextra.com

Sydney, Australia: NSW police arrest 90 during shoplifting crackdown
Police have arrested 90 people during an operation targeting shoplifters across Sydney last week, NSW Police say. Operation Lightfingers, comprising officers from the Redfern Region Enforcement Squad, was launched on Tuesday last week (21 June 2016), and concluded on Friday evening (24 June 2016). The operation targeted shoplifting offences throughout a number of retail stores in the Sydney CBD, Bondi Junction and Broadway. The four-day operation saw 90 people arrested, who were charged with a total of 106 offences, including larceny and stealing. Throughout the operation police also recovered approximately $12,000 worth of stolen goods. miragenews.com
 

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Shootings, Stabbings and Deaths

Washington, DC: Officer hospitalized with stab wounds after chasing theft suspect in Giant Grocery
A police officer was hospitalized with stab wounds after chasing down a suspected thief in a Giant grocery store Saturday, D.C. Police said Sunday. Police said the stabbing occurred about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, inside the store. Loss prevention personnel notified a uniformed officer that a man was spotted on video stealing. When the officer approached the suspected thief, the man became upset and started running. The officer chased the man and briefly apprehended him before a struggle ensued and the man produced a knife. The man stabbed the officer in the neck, upper body and back, causing injuries. washingtonpost.com

Augusta, ME: 4 Arrested after Shots Fired at Augusta Walmart
Two people exchanged gunfire Sunday outside the Walmart in Augusta, leading to four arrests, police said. Nobody was hurt in the altercation in the Civic Center Drive store's parking lot, which was reported around 5:30 p.m., Deputy Chief Jared Mills said. Police said the suspects involved were sitting in cars parked next to each other. One occupant, who was not identified, started shooting at the occupants of another car, which resulted in return gunfire. Police arrested Kwiesha "Reggie" McBride, of New York City; Frankie Dejesus, of Rochester, NY; Diana Davis, of Rochester, NY; and Samantha Tupper, of Augusta. The suspect's roles in the incident were not specified Sunday night. As many as six people may have been involved, police said. "When the shooting stopped one suspect exited their vehicle to confront the occupants of the other vehicle," police said in a news release. "At this time the incident was stopped by two bystanders who had watched the incident unfold. No one was injured during the incident and medical assistance was denied." A customer told WMTW News 8 that the store had been put in a lockdown. wmtw.com

West Palm Beach, FL: FBI questions employees at CityPlace Mall in an attempt to retrace Omar Mateen's steps before shooting
FBI agents have questioned employees at a Florida mall in an attempt to trace the steps of homegrown terrorist Omar Mateen after he killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse. Investigators visited CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida, about 170 miles south of Pulse, and asked employees at a movie theater along with two restaurants whether they had seen Mateen. Mateen had visited the shopping mall five times between February 25 of this year to June 6, less than a week before the Pulse shooting. dailymail.co.uk

Atlanta, GA: Dollar Tree shooting suspect arrested; charged with Armed Robbery and Murder
Tariq Walker is accused of shooting a man at the Dollar Tree store on Cascade Ave. in Atlanta after harassing several customers, along with his girlfriend, outside the store. Police said ultimately, the victim, Stanley Scott, got into an altercation with Walker who eventually shot him in the chest despite his attempt to retreat into the store. Scott died two days later at an area hospital. 11alive.com

San Antonio, TX: Man arrested in connection to killing
of a convenience store clerk

18-year-old D'Anthony Carter was arrested by San Antonio police around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk during a June 7 robbery at a Diamond Food Mart. mysanantonio.com

Fort Worth, TX: Fort Worth Store Employee Killed During Armed Robbery, Suspect on the Loose


Robberies & Thefts


Detroit, MI: Police say two men responsible for a string of Family Dollar store robberies have struck again
Customers inside during the robbery on Saturday say two unmasked men held up the store at gunpoint, demanding cash, and scaring a lot of people. The unmasked men, blatantly showing their faces to surveillance cameras, appear to be the same two men who may have held up three other Family Dollar stores on four occasions in the past two weeks on Detroit's west side. fox2detroit.com

Salt Lake, UT: Man suspected in 20 robberies says drug addiction
fueled his spree

Mathew Kuepper and his ex-wife, Kellie Kuepper, were arrested Thursday after eluding police for weeks. They are accused of committing numerous armed robberies across Salt Lake County since June 6. The Kueppers were arrested Thursday after robbing a Papa John's pizza store and leading officers on a chase. Kuepper is believed to have robbed several Papa Murphy's pizza stores in Holladay, Murray and West Jordan, as well as a Papa John's, Jamba Juice, Arctic Circle, 7-Eleven and a nail salon. deseretnews.com

College Station, TX: JCPenney employee busted for stealing nearly $10K
A former J. C. Penney employee has been arrested after police say she stole almost $10,000 in gift cards and merchandise from the store. Police were notified in March by a loss prevention officer with the store in Post Oak Mall that Jasmine Shivers was suspected of stealing from the store since December. Loss prevention officers noticed she had been using the store's computer system to issue gift cards in exchange for returned items. However, the "returned items" were actually products selected by people Shivers knew, who would bring things to the counter for Shivers to process. Authorities say over a span of four months, Shivers stole $9,188 in gift cards and items. theeagle.com

Greenville, SC: Haywood Mall security guard arrested for punching Cheesecake Factory employee
Police were called to the mall Tuesday night just before 9 p.m. about an assault. When police arrived the security guard and employee had been separated. Police said there was a verbal argument that escalated and turned physical when Wright hit the employee in the face after the victim tried to take a picture of Wright with a cellphone. Wright was charged with assault and battery. wyff4.com

Savannah-Chatham, GA: Violent Crimes Task Force nets 23 arrests in three-day crime sweep

2 MPD officers shoot suspects during armed robbery in Fox Meadows

Zale's in the Meadows Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported an Armed Robbery on 6/25, $320 of cash was stolen


Counterfeit Goods

Bangkok: Fake Out! Fake cops run fake raid to steal fake designer goods
A group of ten officers swept through Thepprasit Market in South Pattaya seizing armfuls of counterfeit goods including clothing, handbags, watches and shoes last night. The counterfeit items seized were worth over THB1 million. The cops, who were identified as from the Economic Crime Suppression Division, loaded the items into a van and left the market. Pattaya One's reporters saw the officers at the market. Apparently, that unit's leader, who identified himself as Pol. Lt. Col. Tienchai Lertmaneetaweesap, asked those reporters for their ID before explaining that there were many copyright violations at the market and needed to clamp down. Just one problem. When reporters followed up with Pattaya Police to get details about the raid for a story, Pol. Lt. Col. Pawatchai Soodsakorn, the Sub-Inspector who supervises Thepprasit Market, said that there was no raid by the Economic Crime Suppression Division at the market. coconuts.co


Credit Card Fraud

Carson City, CA: Pair jailed after fake credit card laboratory found inside car
A California man and woman were arrested Friday on suspicion of credit card fraud after an elaborate computer forgery lab was discovered inside a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. Found in the vehicle, a computer that was powered on and attached to a credit card swipe machine that was also turned on and located in the back seat of the vehicle. The computer and credit card swipe machine were connected to a power outlet inside the car. Also in the vehicle was blank credit card stock with magnetic strips. During the investigation it was learned that the computer was logged into a website with recently scanned cards listed on the screen. carsonnow.org

Catasauqua, PA: Thief mass-produced credit cards, used at Target, Home Depot and Babies R Us

Napa Valley, CA: Harvest Inn Hotel employee arrested for Credit Card Fraud



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Chicago Mini Mart - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery/ Arson
Circle K - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
CityMac - Portland, OR - Burglary
Country Store -Statesboro, GA - Armed Robbery
Discount Food - Jacksonville, FL - Shooting / 1 killed
Dollar Tree - Pickens, SC - Armed Robbery
Domino's - White House, TN - Armed Robbery
EZ Mart - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Family Dollar - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Galicia Deli - Norwalk, CT - Burglary
Kellough Pharmacy- Cumberland, MD - Robbery
Lucky Dog - Raleigh Hills, OR - Armed Robbery
Mobile - Kearny Mesa, CA- Armed Robbery
One Way Smoke Shop - Waco, TX - Robbery
Pilot - Copiague, NY - Robbery
Pizza Hut - Bear, DE - Robbery
Pronto - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot and killed
Maverik - Las Vegas, NV - Shooting/ 1 killed
USA Gas - Riverside, CA - Shooting / 1 killed
United Store - Bluff City, TN - Armed Robbery
Valero - Scottsdale, AZ - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Westime - Malibu, CA - Armed Robbery
Zale's - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Zelmo's Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery



 


 
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