The Take Down of a $7 Million
Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award Recipient
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
& 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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
Thornton said he deposited the money into his own
account based on a confidential agreement he had with a vice-president of
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.
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
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.
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
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
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."
Robots Eye Jobs in Food
Service & Retailing
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.
Stanford Shopping Center
docks robot cops after kid hit
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.
are investigating this incident thoroughly, and the K5 units have been
docked until the investigation is complete," the mall said in a statement
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.
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
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
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.
PacSun Shouldn't Cap $135M Claim in Ch. 11,
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
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.
NEW TODAY -
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.
Senior Director Loss
Prevention Hilton Worldwide in McLean, VA
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
Sports Authority Cuts
Deal With Lenders to Avert Abrupt Shutdown During Liquidation Sales
Store Sales Results
Burberry Q1 comp's down 3%,
retail revenue up 4%, total sales flat
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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.
For further information on PayPal GAP Team, email inquiries to
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
must implement a complete insider threat program that combines technologies such
as data loss prevention (DLP) as well as user behavior analytics.
Vicious new ransomware
takes your money and still deletes your files
Feds to hire 3,500
cybersecurity pros by year's end
Retail-Americas Releases Shrink Rate Assessment Checklist
Boston, July 13, 2016 -
Nedap Retail-Americas released the Acceptable
(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
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:
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
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Leadership & Development Series
Dan Doyle, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Beall's, Inc.
His story, advice and vision of
tomorrow's successful LP executive profile
An inductee into
the NRF's honorary "Ring of Excellence,"
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
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Guam: Macy's in the Micronesia Mall
apprehend a Shoplifter with $700 in merchandise
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Deaths & Threats
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.
TX: Bellaire Police Officer dies after motorcycle crash during chase of
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
County, SC: Two Arrested for Trafficking $200k in Counterfeit Merchandise
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.
Madera, CA: Athleta (Gap) employee arrested for $88,000
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
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
Barber Shop - Kansas City KS - Shooting/ 2
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
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
Guns and Ammo - Tuscaloosa, AL - Burglary / Guns
Handy Mart - Goldsboro, NC - Armed Robbery / Clerk
shot during escape
Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant - Placentia, CA -
Meat Up BBQ - Placentia, CA - Burglary
Shell - Murrieta, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Stokes Sporting Goods - Andalusia, AL - Burglary/
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
Twice Daily - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
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