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7/13/16

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The Take Down of a $7 Million ORC Family

NRF's Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award Recipient

By Lee Pernice, LPC

Since 2004, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has been recognizing and honoring the men and women in Law Enforcement and Retail Loss Prevention with annual awards. Over the years, these individuals have made significant contributions in keeping our stores and consumers safe, protecting merchandising and taking criminals off the streets. This Spotlight on Leadership will cover the recipient of the Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award. This award recognizes investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and industry.

This particular case started back in October 2013 when Barnes and Noble's Senior Corporate Investigator Glenn Justus received an incident from a store manager in Nashville, TN reporting the disappearance of the miniature version of the popular American Girl Doll. The manager had stocked the shelf with 50 of the toys and within 30 minutes the shelf was empty. The following day, Justus received a report from one of his Atlanta stores, a four hour drive from Nashville, where 75 dolls went missing in a similar very short period of time.

After reviewing the video at both locations, it appeared to be the same three people at both locations - which would later be identified as a family - father, mother and daughter trio. A pattern was beginning to emerge of what could be organized retail crime. Justus took those images and posted them to a couple of websites dedicated to addressing these types of activities and waited for a response.

Barnes & Noble utilizes ORC Workbench to identify suspect online sellers that often obtain product via fraudulent means (theft, credit fraud, etc.). Using that program, Justus and his team were able to identify two separate eBay accounts in the Chicago market that were selling many of the same items reported stolen. In fact, the accounts in question had been listing and selling items of concern in addition to American Girl Doll to include Lego and Nano Block, both of which are stolen on a frequent basis from Barnes & Noble locations and other retailers. The items were listed for less than retail value and often below costs. Listing fees, sales commissions and shipping all depleted this seller's total profit margin. After factoring in the questionable selling price it was determined these sellers could not have obtained the product legitimately while maintaining a sales profit; indicating the seller was likely engaged in the sale of stolen or otherwise misappropriated merchandise.

The sellers had listed and sold numerous baby monitors and other items specific to Toys R Us and hundreds of other items representing a cross section of retail at pricing that suggested fraud. The feedback scores, product mix, pricing model and selling categories when combined had many similarities. With assistance from eBay's PROACT division, an investigative profile was created identifying the sellers.

In December of that year, Justus traveled to Chicago to further investigate the individuals identified as possible suspects. After interviewing one of the suspects and gaining that individual's cooperation as a Confidential Informant, Justus was able to gather enough evidence to reach out to the Secret Service and the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Chicago area and present the case. By March of 2014, the case was brought to closure with the arrest of the father, mother and daughter trio originally caught on tape less than six months ago. The family members were charged with multiple federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods, conspiracy and wire fraud resulting in guilty pleas in November 2015.

In the end, this family of shoplifters who traveled the country was responsible for stealing more than $7 million in merchandise from numerous retailers over the past decade.

Justus credits the quick resolve to this case and the ability to shut down a prolific shoplifting ring with a combination of a strategic and structured approach to identifying and documenting the problem and teamwork.

"Part of my job and that of the team is to be a responsible business partner to the organization," said Justus. "Our mission is to reduce inventory shrink by investigating and solving major retail crimes that are consistent with ORC activities."

When presented the award, Justus responded with the following comments, "this honor was achieved by a dedicated team of LP & LE professionals who successfully convicted three family members responsible for $7M in losses over a ten year period. I would like to recognize the following individuals for their significant contributions to this investigation: Jeff Fulmer, Scott Sanford, Renato Mariotti, Shannon McDowell, Christian Hardman, Bob Jensen, David Thompson, Rod Lewis, B&N Booksellers, Inka Bell, Kevin Williams, my fiancé Sheila Seckler and my son James Justus."

 



Fired Loblaws director (Canada's largest grocer) jailed for 5 yrs
for defrauding $4M

Ontario's top court has dismissed an appeal launched by a former director at Brampton-based Loblaw Companies Ltd. who was sentenced to five years in prison after he defrauded the grocery store chain of nearly $4 million.

The Ontario Court of Appeal decision was released today (July 12), more than two years after Paul Vincent Thornton was found guilty of fraud over $5,000 by Justice Irving Andre in Brampton court and jailed five years.

Court heard Thornton worked as a packaging director at Loblaws from 2001 to 2009 before he was "fired." He was the packing manager of the "Product Development of Packaging Department" and he oversaw the company's "Preferred Printers and Rebate Program."

This program was based on services provided by 26 companies who either provided cardboard boxes or labels for other companies called "co-packers," which supplied certain brand name products to Loblaws for sale to the public.

As a cost of doing business with Loblaws, the 26 companies agreed to be involved in a Rebate/Rebill Program with Loblaws and issued rebate cheques to Loblaws based on a percentage of their volume of sales to the co-packers.

Court heard Thornton defrauded his employer between 2004 and 2009 by causing three of these companies to write cheques totalling $3,948,301.01 to his own company rather than to his employer.

Thornton said he deposited the money into his own account based on a confidential agreement he had with a vice-president of the company.

Court heard Thornton directed three companies to make cheques out to "IBL," a company owned by Thornton, instead of "LBL," the latter being a shortened version for Loblaws Brands Limited.

Thornton testified that at the time of his hiring in 2001, a vice-president of Loblaws told him in confidence that he could keep all the rebate cheques once they had exceeded a certain amount. Thornton never advised anyone at Loblaws about this secret agreement even after the vice-president left the company, court heard.

Thornton has also been ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution, as the Crown said about $530,000 was recovered. bramptonguardian.com

Demonstrators march through Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin
Demonstrators marched Tuesday evening against traffic south along Highway 100, entered Mayfair Mall, and protested inside the second story of the mall. Miles away, in Milwaukee, Coalition for Justice protesters gathered for a separate demonstration.

Organizers said they chose the mall because they felt the public would pay more attention if there was a financial impact. Police had earlier blocked off North Avenue and Mayfair Road while the demonstrators marched against traffic. Lt. Brian Zalewaki of Wauwatosa police described the protest as peaceful. There were no arrests. wisn.com

A 'Pokemon Go' Flash Mob
Are your stores ready - from an LP Perspective?

With it's popularity taking off and a number of retailers and Malls already seeing groups of players in their facilities what's your plan for their safety - security - and for a worst case scenario? Given the current events and power of the internet we may see an incident. Certainly let's hope not! Here's an article from the retail perspective - OMG Pokémon Go: Retailers, Pay Attention chainstoreage.com

National Safety Council Calls on Pokémon Go Players to Enjoy It Safely
NSC noted that reports of close calls associated with playing Pokémon Go "already are rolling in" and urged those playing it "to consider safety over their scores before a life is lost. No race to 'capture' a cartoon monster is worth a life." Editor's Note: Are your malls, strip centers, and stores safe?  ohsonline.com

Ashland, KY: Commonwealth's Attorney calls for new Pawn Shop Law
A Kentucky pawnbroker is required by law to hold jewelry and other goods received for 90 days - unless the items were bought by the pawn shop. "Therein lies the problem," said Boyd County Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice. When personal belongings are reported stolen, pawn shops are often the first place police look. Pawnbrokers must upload details about each item received and the customer to LeadsOnline. "If the stolen item was pawned, it's usually still there," said Justice. "But when pawn shops buy an item, like gold jewelry, they don't have to hold it. They can just pound it up into gold and send it off to the broker, and there's no chance the victim will get it back." dailyindependent.com

Robots Eye Jobs in Food Service & Retailing
Manufacturing, food service and retailing are the most susceptible to automation, based on currently available technology, while sectors like health care and education were less likely, according to the report. A McKinsey & Co. report analyzed more than 2,000 work tasks for more than 800 occupations.

Food service is the industry most likely to be taken over by technology, according to the report, since 73% of the tasks performed by food workers could be automated based on existing technologies.

Tougher to automate are the tasks of bosses, such as managing and developing people, or applying expertise to decision-making, planning and creative work, according to the report. wsj.com

Stanford Shopping Center docks robot cops after kid hit
Stanford Shopping Center, in Pall Alto, CA., has temporarily docked its futuristic security robots after one of the 5-foot-tall, 300-pound mechanical guards reportedly ran into and hurt a young child last week.

"We are investigating this incident thoroughly, and the K5 units have been docked until the investigation is complete," the mall said in a statement Tuesday.

The Shopping Center introduced the gliding "K5" robot, built by the Mountain View startup Knightscope, last year. The robot uses an array of cameras and sensors to monitor and report suspicious activity while hopefully deterring crime with its watchful presence. Since it's debut, the novelty has fascinated many shoppers. But Thursday's incident called the robots into question.

San Jose resident Tiffany Teng said she was walking with her husband and their 16-month-old son, Harwin Cheng, when the robot collided with the child, knocking him face down on the ground. Instead of stopping, Teng said, the robot proceeded to roll over Harwin's right foot, leaving swelling and a scrape on the child's leg.

At Teng's request Stanford Shopping Center security personnel ultimately called an ambulance, which confirmed that the boy was all right but advised seeing a doctor, Teng said.

Still, Teng, a regular at the upscale shopping center, was rattled enough by the incident to be wary of returning and said she had heard of a similar prior incident.

K5 can be found in other places around California including Qualcomm in San Diego and Northland Controls in Fremont. Knightscope told CBS in 2014 that the company had "a long waiting list of about four dozen companies waiting" for its roving robot.  mercurynews.com
 
GNC Says Investors Can't Back Up Illegal Drug Suit
GNC reprised its request that a Pennsylvania federal judge throw out a proposed class action that alleges the health retailer misled shareholders about illegal nutrition supplements just before its stock dropped, arguing Monday the investors' claims fall short by relying on an allegedly flawed lawsuit and hearsay from former employees.

In its reply brief, GNC again asked Judge Mark Hornak to dismiss the case, arguing that the proposed class leaned too heavily on cooperating witnesses who hadn't seen anything and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's unproven allegations that GNC knowingly sold dangerous drugs. GNC's brief argued that neither of these proved the company had intentionally misled investors. law360.com

PacSun Shouldn't Cap $135M Claim in Ch. 11, Ex-Workers Say
Security Bag Checks Still Haunting PacSun

Two former PacSun employees representing staffers in wage litigation have urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject PacSun's bid to cap the potential payout at just over half a million dollars as opposed to the $135 million sought.

The June ruling certified a class of hourly PacSun employees who worked at the company's California retail locations from March 18, 2007, through 181 days before the business filed for Chapter 11 protection. The claims are for PacSun's alleged failure to provide employees with rest breaks every four hours and to compensate employees for time spent going through security checks and performing store closing duties, the ruling said. law360.com

NEW TODAY - DIRECTOR LOSS PREVENTION NORTH AMERICA - NIKE
in Beaverton, Oregon

As the Director of Loss Prevention for North America, you will lead a team of LP professionals and share your expertise to implement solutions that will protect people and profit. You will be responsible for the following: Lead the implementation of Retail Loss Prevention strategies and awareness programs in the geography. • Lead and develop a Team. • Drive effective communication. Education Desired - Bachelor's Degree or Higher. nike.com

Senior Director Loss Prevention Hilton Worldwide in McLean, VA
The Senior Director of Loss Prevention will assist with the ongoing development, implementation, and integration of loss prevention particularly within the Company's guest loyalty program, HHonors. The Team Member will lead a team which partners with business unit management to identify current and potential risk exposures, identify key performance indicators (KPIs) and key risk indicators (KRIs), develop risk mitigation, continuous monitoring, and communication plans, and proactively balance the risks and rewards of the business. hcareers.com

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Financial controller jailed for robbing money
has sentence cut on appeal

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Irish Police with their investigation into the activities of a financial controller who plead guilty to sample charges of stealing cash, falsifying documents and using a false instrument. The fraudulent activity was unearthed by an internal investigation.

Read more here

For further information on PayPal GAP Team, email inquiries to lawenforcement@paypal.com.

 

 


 
"Retailers are shirking consumer data security responsibilities"
Published Today in 'The Hill - Congress Blog'

This is what Congress Reads Everyday
From the Credit Union's Perspective

Over the last 10 years, nearly 1 billion consumer records were stolen through data breaches in the United States. So far this year, 12.8 million records have been compromised, including almost 2.5 million within the business sector, which includes retailers.

Yet while the financial industry is developing innovative ways to secure consumers' data, retailers have resisted accountability and shirked responsibility for consumer security.

Take chip cards. Two-thirds of all in-store credit card fraud results from counterfeit cards criminals created after extracting consumer data by physically stealing a card, obtaining consumer information online or by skimming. (Losses from skimming, which involves attaching devices to ATMs or payment terminals to copy card numbers and personal identification numbers-PINs-or salespeople using handheld readers behind the counter, average $50,000 per incident.)

Chip cards prevent counterfeit fraud. In the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico, which embraced chip years ago, counterfeit fraud has dropped 50 to 80 percent. At U.S. retailers that have implemented chip, counterfeit fraud dropped 26 percent in just one year.

Despite these results, merchant groups are dragging their feet. Seventy percent of U.S. consumers-equaling nearly 600 million cards in circulation-have chip cards, but only 37 percent of retailers can process them.

Financial institutions recognize that no one solution is a panacea and that achieving consumer security will require a multi-tiered approach. That's why we're continually investing in the development of new security technologies like real-time predictive analytics, tokenization, biometrics and end-to-end encryption. Consumers recognize this too. A recent Morning Consult poll found that 75 percent of Americans want retailers to move as quickly as possible to adopt new forms of electronic payments, including chip, to help protect their personal information.

Retailers' reliance on PIN also doesn't prevent online fraud. E-commerce sales are exploding-rising more than 15 percent to $92.8 billion between the first quarter of 2015 and the beginning of 2016-while overall retail sales inched up just 2.2 percent. Last year, Black Friday sales at brick-and-mortar locations fell $1 billion while cyber Monday sales rose 16 percent, hitting a record $3 billion.

The only way to protect consumers from online fraud is for Congress to force retailers to adopt the national data security standards to which financial institutions already adhere-a move, of course, that retailers oppose.

Reps. Randy Neugebauer, (R-Texas) and John Carney's (D-Del.) Data Security Act also would hold merchants accountable when data is stolen under their watch. (Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have similar legislation in the Senate.) Retailers will spend $15 billion this year on online marketing and $23 billion by 2020, so it seems outrageous that they won't support a bill that would make sure their customers' data is protected when they use the Internet to make purchases. Apparently, retailers are content to let consumers and financial institutions pay when breaches happen.

All industries should do their part to ensure consumers and their data are protected. Merchants, under the Data Security Act, would finally have a national data security standard similar to the one the financial industry has followed since the 1999 enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. It's time they got on board.

Written by: Brad Thaler serves as vice president of legislative affairs for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).  thehill.com

Radio Frequency Identification: The Benefits And Risks
Some of the downsides of this technological advancement are the legal implications that arise when the RFID data gets intercepted by an unintended third-party.

RFID technology has great benefits for both the end user and the provider but as with any technology that collects data, there is risk and liability. The simplest example is if there is a breach of the data, this automatically triggers state and federal laws requiring notice and reporting, followed by remedial efforts, all of which are extremely costly to both the end user and the provider. Also, as RFID enters the mainstream, consumer advocates are raising concerns about the potential use of the technology for electronic eavesdropping and unwanted tracking by third parties.

The use of RFID technology in the sale of consumer goods containing the technology may subject those in the supply chain to liability. Specifically, if an injured consumer identifies the RFID-containing good as the cause of the injury, all information that was known or knowable as a result of the RFID technology becomes increases the likelihood of arguments that the manufacturer (and those in the supply chain) failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would given the available information.

RFID is a relatively new technology, but one that has tremendous potential. The potential cuts both ways in that it can be a boon to entertainment companies, retailers and marketing organizations. RFID can also create liability for companies that collect, store and disseminate the data provided by these devices. It also exposes users to unwanted third-party tracking. Given the historical trend of law catching up with technology, we will likely see case law evolve to balance the rights of the consumer against those of the providers of the RFID technology. law360.com

Effective containment: The many faces of insider threats
Understanding the many faces of insider threats, however, is just the beginning. The true challenge is maintaining a secure network that accounts for both malicious and accidental insider threats.

Singling out malicious insiders or those employees that are careless with security practices doesn't address the whole problem. What about the employees that do not engage in questionable behavior (using business devices for personal use, sharing passwords, improperly using removable storage devices, etc.)? Where do they rank in the grand scheme of insider threats?

Unfortunately, even if you do everything by the book, you can still become an unsuspecting pawn of a clever adversary. The sophistication of today's attacks makes it possible for employees that do not partake in questionable behavior (using company devices for personal use or being negligent in their security practices) to still become an accidental insider.

Organizations must implement a complete insider threat program that combines technologies such as data loss prevention (DLP) as well as user behavior analytics. federalnewsradio.com

Vicious new ransomware takes your money and still deletes your files

Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end
 

 


 

Nedap Retail-Americas Releases Shrink Rate Assessment Checklist

Boston, July 13, 2016 - Nedap Retail-Americas released the Acceptable Shrink Rate (ASR) Assessment Checklist, which is designed by Nedap to assist Loss Prevention executives who choose to implement an efficient, ROI-increasing method for identifying high-shrink stores.

In the Calibration Group's most recent whitepaper entitled, Winning with High Shrink: New Rules for an Old Game, it was revealed that one of the best ways for Loss Prevention professionals to determine which stores should receive the majority of their focused attention and resources is the Acceptable Shrink Rate (ASR) method.

Patrick O'Leary, Vice President and General Manager at Nedap Retail, stated, "Our passion at Nedap Retail is helping retailers. This ASR checklist helps empower retailers to navigate the art of identifying which stores would receive the greatest benefit from their loss prevention resources. This helps loss prevention professionals with their continual efforts to deliver positive returns on investments."

To download the ASR Checklist, visit Nedap Retail's Resource page:
www.nedapretail-americas.com/loss-prevention-resources


About Nedap Retail
Nedap brings 40 years of global experience, market expertise and close cooperation with leading retailers. Everything we do is driven by our mission to make it simple for retailers to always have the right products available. To achieve this, we offer industry-leading solutions for our customers' diverse needs in loss prevention and stock management. For more information, visit our website: www.nedapretail-americas.com/
 

 

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An inductee into the NRF's honorary "Ring of Excellence," Dan Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer for Beall's Inc., provides his vision of leadership as a 25+ year veteran of the LP industry. Describing loss prevention, at its core, as a "people business," Dan talks about the difference between passion and emotion and how maintaining an even keel helps one navigate the unpredictable nature of the retail business.  

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This year's Prime Day - the e-tail giant's biggest single day ever
Customer orders surpassed Prime Day 2015, Amazon's previous top sales day, by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the U.S. It was also the biggest day ever for Amazon devices globally, as well as a record Prime Day for each Amazon device category including Fire TV, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and Alexa-enabled devices.

More than 2 million toys and 1 million shoes sold, as well as more than 90,000 TVs. Prime member orders on the Amazon app more than doubled Prime Day 2015 mobile app orders.

On a product type level; electronics dominated Amazon Prime Day interest. On July 12, 2016; 43% of all Amazon Prime Day digital content engagement was TV-related with 46% of that TV-related interest being specifically around 4K TVs.

In addition, content engagement around Amazon increased 55% on Tuesday, July 12 compared to Monday, July 11, with digital content engagement around Walmart increasing 33% in the same time period. Forty-four of all Walmart digital content engagement on July 12, 2016 was Amazon-related. According to Amobee, this indicates Walmart's rival sale on Prime Day had some success; even with there being almost seven times more digital content engagement around Amazon than around Walmart on the day. 

Editor's Note: And we wonder where all the sales are when we look at our stores. Duh. The back seat has now become the front seat. chainstoreage.com

How to pick a mobile-focused fraud management vendor
Collecting mobile sensor data is essential to stopping mobile fraud. Verifying if the purchase is made on a smartphone is one way to block such criminals. Fraud management software can do this by collecting data that is available on smartphones but not on desktops, such as GPS geolocation and an accelerometer, which helps a phone determine the up-and-down position of its images and when to rotate its screen.

Forrester recommends vendors use a risk scoring module on their management software that collects data on user behavior, sensor and location, and weighs that information to make a decision. Forrester also recommends fraud detection vendors use an SDK, or a software development kit, that it can embed into mobile apps. This will help the vendor collect mobile device data from consumers and improve risk scoring, Cser says in the report.

Mobile fraud differs from desktop fraud in part because there are more ways to hack into a mobile device, such as hacking into apps where a payment card is stored, diverting one-time passwords sent in text messages to cellphones, disabling SIM cards and registering stolen credit cards to mobile wallets, according to the report.

"As the mobile channel is relatively new and its detection not as mature, fraudsters are turning to it in the hopes they will have an easier time perpetrating fraud initiated from mobile devices," Cser says. Because of all these different fraud methods, Forrester recommends retailers and vendors track and report fraud patterns that do occur in order to quickly identify fraudulent behavior in the future.  internetretailer.com

 
 

Salem, IL: Walmart Employees Playing Pokemon on Break Find ORC Thief Instead
Salem Police say the employees discovered Terrence Laughhunn pushing items under the fence at the Garden Center to the parking lot outside when playing the Pokemon game. Laughhunn had reportedly taken chain saws, weedeaters and yard equipment. Laughhunn was located by Salem Police hiding in the tree line while they were looking for other stolen merchandise. Police say he offered no resistance. Laughhunn was arrested for burglary and is being held in the Marion County Jail for felony retail theft in connection with a similar incident in late June where a camera system, TV, and grocery items were apparently stolen using the same method. Police say Laughhunn is also a suspect in several high dollar thefts from the store. wjbdradio.com

Anderson County, SC: Two men in custody connected to 6 store burglaries stealing nearly $25,000 of cigarettes and liquor
Two men have been charged in a string of recent burglaries that primarily focused on stealing cigarettes from Pendleton- and Anderson-area convenience stores. The robbers took thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from the stores, along with cash and liquor. independentmail.com



Home Depot thief on the loose after Swimming away from Police
A 29-year-old local resident is sought on allegations he shoplifted from a Farmington store and then nearly struck an officer as he fled the scene. Joshua Gonzales was charged Monday in Farmington with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and shoplifting. Farmington police allege Gonzales stole about $500 in tools from The Home Depot and then stashed the items in a nearby refuse bin. An officer attempted to stop Gonzales when he returned to recover the items, but Gonzales sped off in his vehicle, nearly striking the officer. Gonzales then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot toward the Animas River and managed to escape. dailytimes.com

Orland Park, IL: Shoplifter Nabbed After Third Time Hitting Apple Store
A shoplifter arrested after her third pass through the Apple store at Orland Square Mall, prosecutors said in court. Rocio Figueroa, 54, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on a felony retail theft charge. According to the allegations, Figueroa spotted around 3 p.m. July 10 swiping five items from the Apple Store at 428 Orland Square Drive. The display items were valued at $430. Orland Park police said she had been at the store on two other occasions stealing from the store. patch.com

Livingston County, MI: Two charged with Organized Retail Crime
Paul Douglas Haley, plead guilty to first-degree retail fraud, deactivating a theft detection device and organized retail crime. The prosecution agreed to recommend a minimum sentence not to exceed the minimum state guidelines. Lauren Anthony Stratton, 28, of Flint, was sentenced to 21 months to 10 years in prison for three counts of organized retail crime and 18 months to eight years for possession of a controlled substance. He also was sentenced to 11 days in the county jail for retail fraud. livingstondaily.com

Guam: Macy's in the Micronesia Mall apprehend a Shoplifter with $700 in merchandise 

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Shootings, Deaths & Threats

Baton Rouge, LA: Plot by Pawn Shop Burglars to Kill Baton Rouge Police Officers averted; 3 Arrested
Police have arrested three suspects and were seeking a possible fourth accused of stealing several handguns as part of a 'substantial, credible threat' to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area. Authorities in Baton Rouge discovered the alleged plot while responding to a burglary at a pawn shop early on Saturday morning, Baton Rouge police Chief Carl Dabadie said in a press conference. The chief said the first suspect arrested told police that 'the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers.' According to investigators, four thieves broke into a Baton Rouge pawn shop on Saturday and stole eight handguns and a BB gun. One suspect was captured by police as he attempted to flee. One officer said he subsequently asked the 17-year-old suspect what he was planning. "We're going to look for bullets to kill police officers," Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely quoted Thomas as saying. The capital city's police chief said Tuesday the threat against officers was credible. dailymail.co.uk

Houston, TX: Bellaire Police Officer dies after motorcycle crash during chase of Target Shoplifters
A Bellaire police officer on a motorcycle was killed in an accident during a chase Tuesday in southwest Houston. According to Houston police, Officer Anthony Marco Zarate was responding to a shoplifting incident at the Target in nearby Meyerland Plaza around 1:40 p.m. and a chase began. Loss prevention flagged down the Bellaire PD officer and told him that there was a vehicle that was leaving that had at least two males that were believed to be involved in a shoplifting incident inside the store. Officer Zarate pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot near Talbot's in Meyerland Plaza and when he turned his head to communicate to dispatch, the vehicle took off. Zarate was pursuing the vehicle at a high rate of speed through a residential area when the motorcycle slammed into the back of a landscaping trailer. Zarate was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. Bellaire police Chief Byron Holloway is asking the men in the car Zarate was chasing to please come forward. click2houston.com

Anchorage, AK: Police shoot, kill hatchet-wielding Robbery suspect at Home Depot
Police in Anchorage fatally shot a robbery suspect while dodging flying axes in a Home Depot parking lot Tuesday night. The man, who police said was armed with an arsenal of hatchets and axes, tried assaulting an employee at around 6:30 p.m. while escaping the home improvement store with stolen goods. The suspect came face-to-face with cops behind the store, where he ignored several demands to drop the weapons and instead, flung the blades at police, authorities said. Two cops opened fire, striking the suspect as he stepped forward with a hatchet in hand. The ax man was taken to a local hospital where he later died. ktva.com


Robberies & Thefts

Boardman, OH: Men's Wearhouse Manager busted for $30,000 theft;
store was #1 in Cash Returns

A corporate probe accuses Samuel Strine, former manager of Men's Wearhouse here, of taking approximately $30,000 from the store. Police were dispatched to the store, located on Market Street, after an investigation revealed Strine had taken approximately $30,000 from the store over the past two years. Dion Spencer, Corporate Investigator for Men's Wearhouse became suspicious after finding Strine ranked No. 1 in cash refunds and decided to conduct an investigation on his cash refunds. The investigation also found 16 of the transactions processed during his employment occurred after store hours and a number of gift cards issued from either a return or exchange were processed on one account and redeemed on another. vindy.com

Greer, SC: Police ask for help identifying subject involved in Shoplifting, Assault and Battery at Target
On Saturday, July 2 an unidentified black female entered the store at 6025 Wade Hampton Blvd in Taylors. She proceeded to take clothing and sunglasses and place them into her purse before the Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) made contact with her. As the LPO guided her to the LPO Office she pulled back, took pepper spray out of her purse and tried to spray the LPO in the face and fled. greertoday.com

Elizabethtown, MD: 3 with ties to Bloods and Crips charged
with burglary of gun shop

The smash-and-grab theft occurred at Trop Gun Shop, on May 29. Nine handguns were stolen in the early morning burglary. lancasteronline.com

Palm Beach, FL: Burglars hit the same Florida Jewelry store 3 time in one night; not a charm
Flagler County Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm call at 7:14 a.m. from Greg Lynn Jewelers. Upon arrival, deputies found several broken windows, but did not find any suspects. After reviewing surveillance video of the business, it appeared that the burglar, who was later identified Craig Chavez, had entered the store three times. The first trip inside, Chavez got nothing of value. The second trip he grab $500 worth of bracelets, followed by the third trip inside to recover his hatchet that he had left behind. The car Chavez was driving was caught on video and within hours Chavez was under arrest. orlandoadvocate.com




New Zealand: Would-Be Robber Leaves Empty-Handed After Shop Owner Ignores Gun and Serves Another Customer
A masked robber held up a New Zealand store at gunpoint, but was dumbfounded when the shop owner simply ignored him, and continued to serve other customers. insideedition.com


Worth County, GA: Big E's Country Store employee arrested for $4,000 deposit theft

Middedgeville, GA: Flash Food employee arrested for Cigarette Theft

Nashville, TN: Convenience store Armed Robber used toilet paper to cover his face

Kay Jewelers in the Westland Mall, Hialeah, FL reported an Attempted Grab & Run on 7/11, recovered merchandise is valued at over $12,000

J.B. Robinson in the Meadows Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 7/12, merchandise valued at $6,999

Kay Jewelers in the Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX reported a Grab & Run on 7/7, merchandise valued at $3,399

Skimming Theft

Glendale Skimming Gang Member faces 12 yrs in prison for $3M ID theft scheme
52-year-old man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for his role in a $3-million identity-theft scheme, as well as his subsequent attempt to flee the country, records show.

Authorities said Mario Humberto Monge, a former Glendale resident, offered technical support to fraudsters who installed credit-card skimmers on gas station pumps and used the account information to make counterfeit credit cards.

In February of last year, members of the identity-theft ring led investigators to Monge's Glendale home and other locations, where authorities found more than $50,000 in cash, a gas pump skimmer, a gas pump lock and key, and roughly 428 re-encoded credit/debit cards.  latimes.com


Counterfeit Goods

Richland County, SC: Two Arrested for Trafficking $200k in Counterfeit Merchandise Richland
County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday that this is the second time Michael and Shea Bradley have faced charges for trafficking counterfeit merchandise. After authorities seized more than $200,000 in counterfeit goods from their shop last week, Lott is looking to make this a federal case. Forty-five boxes filled with fake name brand items. Sheriff Lott told reporters, "Counterfeit merchandise, a lot of times you think about flea markets. It's not just at flea markets. A lot of stores will get the counterfeit merchandise and they sell it." This was the case at M & S Wholesale Clothing where Michael and Shea Bradley were arrested on July 6th and charged the with trafficking counterfeit merchandise. According to Lott, "There's a lot of money being lost by legitimate people and there's a lot of money being made by these crooks that are out here ripping people off." The Midlands Gang Task Force seized $208,960 in counterfeit merchandise from the River Drive store. abccolumbia.com


Credit Card Fraud

Corte Madera, CA: Athleta (Gap) employee arrested for $88,000
in fraudulent Credit Card transaction

A Novato woman was arrested on allegations she embezzled nearly $88,000 from a Corte Madera store through fraudulent credit card transactions. Alexa Elizabeth Roper, 50, turned herself in to police on Friday in response to a warrant for her arrest. The case stems from an investigation by Gap Inc. and the Central Marin Police Authority. The alleged crimes occurred while Roper worked for the Athleta store in the Corte Madera Town Center. The Athleta chain is owned by Gap. A company investigator contacted police to allege that Roper was involved in 132 fraudulent credit card transactions in 2014 and 2015, according to a prosecution affidavit. The company alleged that Roper embezzled $87,730.83 by processing refunds from merchandise returns to accounts she controlled. The company investigation linked the transactions to Roper through electronic records systems and, in some cases, video surveillance tapes. marinij.com

Houston, TX: Identity thief, credit card counterfeiter sentenced to 20 years Osdanay Gascon, a counterfeit credit card manufacturer, was sentenced to 20 years prison. Gascon was sentenced for engaging in organized criminal activity and for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, both first-degree felonies. Gascon was one of more than two dozen people involved in a large-scale identity theft and credit card fraud organized crime ring that operated in the Houston area between 2011 and 2013. Merchants affected by this crime included grocery, department, and warehouse stores. Testimony from a representative of a major retailer revealed that their company suffered credit card fraud losses of more than $100,000 a week. Gascon's group was a responsible for causing more than $300,000 in credit card fraud losses at that retailer alone. fortbendstar.com


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Cash America Pawn - Baton Rogue, LA - Burglary
Cash Store - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Chick-Fil-A - Orangeburg, SC - Burglary
CVS - Stuart, FL - Robbery
Dollar General - Richmond County, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Spartanburg, SC - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Rocky Hill, CT - Robbery
Greg Lynn Jewelers - Palm Beach, FL - Burglary
Grocery Outlet - Concord, CA - Robbery/ Guard assaulted
Guns and Ammo - Tuscaloosa, AL - Burglary / Guns
Handy Mart - Goldsboro, NC - Armed Robbery / Clerk shot during escape
Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant - Placentia, CA - Burglary
Meat Up BBQ - Placentia, CA - Burglary
Shell - Murrieta, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Stokes Sporting Goods - Andalusia, AL - Burglary/ Guns
Subway - Cherokee County, TX - Burglary
Subway - Enfield, CT - Robbery
Three Palms - Stockton, CA - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot & killed
Trop Gun Shop - Elizabethtown, PA - Burglary / Gun
True Value - Florence, OR - Burglary/ Guns (9 recovered)
Twice Daily - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery


 

 


 
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