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Preparing for Next Week's RNC in Cleveland - Are Your Stores Ready?

Security fears mount ahead of GOP convention
Concerns over security in Cleveland have been ramping up ahead of next week's Republican National Convention -- and are now further inflamed by recent incidents of racial violence that have wracked the country.

With Donald Trump expected to formally accept the GOP's presidential nomination, numerous protest groups for and against the billionaire developer are preparing to launch dozens of rallies and marches across the Ohio city, which is anticipating 50,000 visitors for the GOP's quadrennial gathering.

And the blame game for whatever could go wrong in the streets has already begun. Making matters worse, Ohio's open-carry gun laws have the head of "Bikers for Trump" telling CNN that Cleveland's streets could turn into "the O.K. Corral."

Doctors and surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have also been told to remain on call -- and prepared for a situation in which the hospital is cut off from outside aid and supplies -- for the convention's four days, according to a report from Stat News, which covers health care.

"We've hired special forces teams for security," the group's executive director, Tim Selaty, told CNN, declining to specify who would provide that extra security. "The Secret Service is well aware of what we're doing and they're going to be provided with everything they need to work in tandem with the local local law enforcement." cnn.com

Secret Service and Cleveland Police preparing for
Republican National Convention

The Secret Service and Cleveland police won't give specifics, but say they'll be ready for anything and everything at the Republican National Convention that starts next Monday. Thousands of officers from Cleveland and some 70 other law enforcement agencies across the country are headed there to help with security. wwlp.com

Half Of Downtown Cleveland Under Restrictions For RNC - "But Guns Are O.K."
The City of Cleveland is issuing permits to groups that want to demonstrate at the convention, but protest areas will be hundreds of feet from the Quicken Loans Arena, or "the Q," where the main events will take place.

The official event zone - where a long list of everyday items, like glass bottles, will be banned - will blanket 1.7 square miles in downtown Cleveland. However, guns will be allowed inside the event zone because Ohio is an open-carry state, and state law overrules any regulations put into place by the city. Firearms will not be allowed in the smaller secure zones managed by the Secret Service, including the convention arena.

Because of the influx of people and the potential for large protests, Cleveland is bringing in roughly 2,500 law enforcement officers from other cities to bolster its own convention-dedicated force of about 500 officers.

City officials have devised intricate plans to handle mass arrests should chaos break out on the streets, identifying jail facilities to house more than 975 arrested protesters and keeping courts open for 20 hours daily to process cases. And to guard against violence, the authorities have been collecting intelligence on extremist groups to identify any possible threats. Over 50,000 people are expected to visit the city during the convention.

Of the dozens of groups who are seeking to bring thousands of demonstrators here for next week's Republican National Convention, there is one conspicuous by its absence: the local franchise of Black Lives Matter. The Cleveland group, whose affiliates throughout the country have been thrust into the national spotlight for a demonstration that preceded last week's deadly ambush of five Dallas-area police officers, has elected not to participate in the formal permitting process for marches, access to downtown parks and speakers' podiums.

Among the groups planning to protest and hold parades are two competing organizations - the America First Movement (pro-Trump) and Stand Together Against Trump (anti-Trump), each representing a combined total of 10,000 people. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church will also be in attendance. The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police released this document listing all names and organizations that plan to participate. nytimes.com 2016cle.com usatoday.com fox8.com

 

Downtown Cleveland businesses stock up on security ahead of Republican National Convention
With just five days to go until the Republican National Convention, safety and security on the top of everyone's minds. You'll see obvious things the city is doing -- new see-through trash cans and no-scale fencing already placed through downtown.

But businesses in and around the secure zone, for the most part, have to fend for themselves -- and hope for the best. Many business owners said they're taking a "wait and see" approach.

Lisa Rubin owns Jerold Optical on Huron Rd. and she is taking a vacation. In the 70 years the store has been open, first owned by Rubin's father, they have never taken a week off. The store already has tight security already in place from past break-ins, with mounted cameras and gates covering the large plate-glass windows.

Other businesses are staying put and taking the matter into their own hands. One way is through a pepper-spray gel called Safe Zone CM , manufactured by Chagrin Falls-based Alternative Defense Strategies. The non-lethal gel is more targeted than pepper spray, shoots from up to 25 feet away -- and burns and stings for up to 45 minutes. After that, you're back to normal.

Lori O'Neill is the company's president and said they've already supplied the product to several downtown hotels, bars and restaurants that wanted extra help feeling safe during the convention. newsnet5.com

Packing Heat in Cleveland
A number of groups have announced plans to exploit Ohio's lenient open-carry gun law to flaunt their military-style assault rifles and other weaponry in designated protest zones, all in the name of protecting gun rights and free speech.

In Cleveland, the Secret Service will not permit guns inside the convention hall. But delegates have been talking of bringing their personal pistols to other events.  nytimes.com

Events, Functions, Parties and Hotels all over the city are being used
Don't let the RNC approved protest map fool you. This is a city wide event and they'll be scattered across the entire city. So all the malls and shopping centers are potential soft targets and run a much higher degree of risk then normally obviously.

Being that the Daily is located here in Cleveland we'll be reporting live from a number of events we'll be attending and have access to information that other reporting channels may not have. Gus Downing
 
Cleveland's Police and Courts Prepare for Unruly Visitors

Police brace for days of protests in Cleveland

Cleveland spends $20 Million on riot gear in preparation for RNC 

 
Transgender woman accused of videotaping 18-year-old woman
in Target fitting room

A transgender woman was charged in Idaho on Wednesday with voyeurism after secretly videotaping a young woman trying on swimwear in the fitting room of a Target retail store, authorities said. Shauna Patricia Smith, 43, who was booked under her legal name of Sean Patrick Smith, appeared in Bonneville County Court on a charge of video voyeurism and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. The defendant told me that she makes these videos for the 'same reason men go online to look at pornography,'" sheriff's detective Zeb Graham wrote in a probable cause affidavit in the case.

Her case may add fuel to assertions by social conservatives that policies allowing transgender people to use public restrooms and dressing rooms in accordance with their gender identity could lead to abuse.  reviewjournal.com

Study: Top retail brands include repeat performers
Results of the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend Retail Brands of the Year

Home Depot, which has been named hardware and home brand of the year. And Kohls.com, which has been named online department store brand of the year.

Other top brands in their respective categories include Macy's as department store of the year, Nordstrom as luxury department store of the year, T.J. Maxx as off-price retailer of the year, Best Buy Stores as electronics store of the year, DSW Shoes as discount shoe store of the year, and Cabela's as sporting goods store of the year.  chainstoreage.com

Can Pokémon (and AR) Save the Malls?
Pokémon Go and what the game represents has the power to transform retail if stores can capitalize upon new traffic and become integrated into an entertainment experience in an authentic brand appropriate manner," Chen said. "The new free-to-play AR gaming app has broad implications for retail as it addresses declining mall traffic, plus emerging trends toward social experiences and health/wellness." How long will it last? wwd.com

Retail theft numbers jump in Muncy Township, PA
PENNSDALE - A "whopping increase" was the description Muncy Township Supervisor Tom Schaech used in detailing the number of responses township police made last month to local retail establishments in comparison to the previous month. sungazette.com

Police Raid 5 Brooklyn Bodegas After Suspected K2 Overdoses
New York City police raided five bodegas in Brooklyn on Wednesday, a day after a wave of suspected overdoses from the synthetic drug K2 sent at least 33 people to the hospital and raised fears that the use of a substance that officials had indicated was on the wane was instead on the rise. The police found no K2, the synthetic chemical drug meant to mimic marijuana - which is illegal in New York State - in any of their raids. "It's a real epidemic." nytimes.com

Director of Loss Prevention for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Los Angeles,
posted today

The Director of Loss Prevention, in partnership with our field and store leadership teams, will be directly responsible for developing, managing, implementing, executing and validating the loss prevention functions and initiatives throughout the domestic territory, consisting of approx. 180+ stores and lending support to our 1000+ global franchise partners. The Director of Loss Prevention will supervise all loss prevention field operations and safety initiatives of the Sr. Manager of Loss Prevention. This position reports to the Director of Real Estate, Legal and Risk Management.  apply2jobs.com

Director of Loss Prevention for Torrid in Industry, CA
Torrid is the fastest growing plus-size brand in fashion specifically made for the young, stylish woman who wears sizes 12 to 28. We currently have over 3,000 associates and over 350 stores in the US, with more opening every day.

The job responsibilities include:
• Oversees team of LP managers and auditors.
• Completes on-going coaching and feedback, including annual appraisals, for Loss Prevention Team.
• Creates, develops and communicates Loss Prevention training and measuring programs.
• Completes LP investigations as needed, for stores, and HQ.
• Monitors areas of visible and invisible shrink and corrects deficiencies found in order to reduce shrink.
• Ensures the maintenance of accurate Loss Prevention records
• Ensures LP Managers complete and submit required reports in a timely manner to all appropriate parties.
• Oversees the preparation, completion and follow-up of the stores physical inventory process.
• Maintains a good relationships with the local law enforcement agencies in order to obtain assistance when necessary.
• Ensures that all Regions comply with company policy and procedures in the area of loss prevention.
• Performs other job duties as needed.  jobvite.com
 
Mgr Loss Prevention for Sprouts Farmers Market in Phoenix, AZ (Top LP Job)
The Manager of Loss Prevention will be responsible for managing and overseeing the loss prevention department. This position will educate staff on loss prevention methods, have expert knowledge on loss procedures, conduct investigations to reduce loss, implement loss prevention programs and write reports documenting all loss. This position will report directly to the Director of Risk Management.

From our first Sprouts store in Chandler, AZ back in 2002, to operating more than 200 stores across the U.S. today. icims.com
 
Wave of Credit Card Fraud Cases Popping Up in Polk County

CVS could end up buying 500 - 1,000 Rite Aid stores in divesture

Sears Holdings Closing New York Design Office

Uniglo USA is struggling - closing smaller stores - opening larger ones - focusing on
e-commerce


Ahold and Delhaize sells 86 stores to Publix, Supervalu, Weis Markets & others to gain FTC merger approval

Bass Pro Shops likely buyer for rival Cabela's

Shopko aims to right-size the big box with its smaller rural Hometown stores


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Aeropostale Q1 net sales down 6.3% 



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Mastercard First Network to Deliver Omni-Channel All-Digital Payment Service with Masterpass
In an important industry milestone, Mastercard today unveiled the foundation for the future of commerce with the new Masterpass global digital payment service. This enhanced solution enables consumers to look no further than their own trusted bank or credit union to make fast, simple and secure digital payments - across devices and channels - anywhere they want to shop be it online, in app and now in-store with contactless. Mastercard is the first network to deliver an omni-channel, all-digital payment service for consumers, issuers and merchants leveraging the most advanced methods of payment security available today. businesswire.com

Retailers blame credit card companies for delay in chip roll-out
Claim industry has been too slow to certify the new card readers

Why are there so few chip-enabled card readers at retailers around the country? It depends on who you ask. The nation's retailers say they've done their jobs - it's the credit card companies that have dropped the ball.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) points to a survey that found 48% of retailers have implemented the new EMV chip card system, or are expected to within weeks. A total of 86% said they expected to be EMV compliant by the end of 2016.

57% of the retailers who had not yet implemented the new system had installed the card readers, but were waiting for certification by the credit card industry. About 60% said they had been waiting for six months or longer.

NRF says those numbers are in sharp contract to the statistics issued by the banking industry, which it says has tried to shift blame for the slow start to retailers. The survey, NRF says, found retailers are eager to begin using the chip card system since it protects them from liability connected to fraud.

While retailers might feel frustration at the pace, Visa maintains that progress has been "significant," with over 300 million chip cards in the hands of consumers and 1.2 million retail locations now equipped to accept them. But the NRF said it is disappointed the credit card industry has not provided enough personnel to make sure certification happens in a timely manner.  consumeraffairs.com

Point - Counterpoint on EMV roll-out
Yesterday's Congress Blog article and today's Consumer Affairs article

The banks and the retailers are just banging away at each other on the EMV roll-out and ultimately this will end up in the courts with the billions in liability at stake. Gus Downing

UK Judge rules Master Card default fees to high - orders $90M payment to Sainsbury grocery stores

AKUA explains how IoT can reduce cargo theft
AKUA LLC, a leader in providing real time cargo monitoring and secured asset breach detection through its secured IoT Gateway Data-as-a-Service, today announced it will present a special topic to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) on how IoT (Internet-of-things) technology can be leveraged for improved container security.'

Rachel Pollack, in a recent article ("Containing Cargo Security" in the May/June 2016 issue of Scrap) described how theft of high-value non-ferrous scrap cargo has been increasing since the late 2000s. In most cases, the locks and seals on pilfered containers remain intact, and so it is difficult to detect an intrusion until the cargo is weighed by the buyer and a percentage of the cargo is found missing. "IoT technology can be an effective preventive measure in reducing cargo thefts by providing a real-time breach detection to pinpoint the exact time and location of an intrusion," said Neil Furukawa, CEO of AKUA. "The evidence data can then be used to change shipping practices in ways that will reduce the likelihood of theft." prnewswire.com

FAA compromise bill drops key drone privacy provisions
A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday has excluded key privacy provisions, including a requirement that commercial and government users of drones must disclose if they collect personally identifiable information of a person.

Civil rights groups have demanded drone privacy regulations, in the wake of moves to liberalize the use of the unmanned aircraft for commercial and other purposes. On Wednesday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said that the reauthorization had grounded privacy safeguards, though its proposal to require remote identification of drones had been included in the new bill. csoonline.com

World IP Video Surveillance And VSaaS Market Worth US$61.3 Billion By 2022
According to a new report titled "World IP Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market", the global IP video surveillance and VSaaS market is expected to reach $61.3 billion by 2022. North America is anticipated to account for the highest share of the overall market revenue during the forecast period (2016 2022). The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest CAGR during the forecast period and account for 25% share of the overall market revenue by 2022. security.world
 

 


 

The D&D Daily's 2016 NRSS Review


We will be covering various sections of the
2016 National Retail Security Survey, developed by Dr. Richard Hollinger of the Univ. of Florida, in partnership with the National Retail Federation.
 

Part 6: Average Dollar Loss Per Shoplifting Incident

•  The average shoplifting loss was $377 per incident, up nearly $60 from 2014.
•  While the overall average loss increased, the percentage of those reporting the highest losses decreased. In 2014, 20.4% said the average dollar loss exceeded $500 or more compared to 15.6 percent in 2015. 
 The number of those reporting the smallest losses also increased. In 2014, 40.8% said the average dollar loss per incident was less than $150 compared to 53.3% in 2015.
 Respondents in the specialty men's and women's apparel category reported smaller losses than the overall average and when compared to 2015. In 2015, the average loss per incident was $211.73 compared to $397.23 in 2014.
 The grocery store and supermarket sector saw a slight increase in the average dollar loss, up to $100.17 in 2015 compared to $96.83 in 2014.
For the complete survey, click here. nrf.com    

 

 

Avoiding holiday horrors - top tips for countering online counterfeiters
The latest MarkMonitor Online Barometer research revealed 75% of consumers in the survey said they went online to search for discounted goods before travelling. While they tend to focus their searches on genuine bargains (83 said they would not willingly buy counterfeit goods in order to keep up with seasonal holiday trends) 10% of consumers purchased a product online that subsequently turned out to be fake. Brands, regardless of industry, are increasingly being targeted by counterfeiters and online fraudsters, which has a negative impact on both their business and their customers.

Charlie Abrahams has developed the following best practices for brands to help tackle this issue.

1. Attain global visibility
Before a brand can understand the scope of the threat posed by online counterfeit sales, it must expose and quantify the problem. Counterfeiters depend on technology to drive sales volumes so approach the monitoring challenge with the same tools and leverage technology to form a complete and accurate picture of the counterfeiting challenge that your brand faces.

2. Monitor points of promotion
While it's obviously important to identify and shut down distribution channels, it's almost certain that counterfeiters will regularly seek new sales venues. So it's just as critical to monitor the online promotional channels used by these criminals.

3. Take proactive action
Counterfeiters obviously encounter more success when left to operate unchallenged; they're also known to shift their energies to more passive targets when brands visibly fight back. Once a brand understands where the greatest threats lie, aggressive action is the best strategy.

4. Fight online counterfeit sales holistically
Online counterfeit sales are easier to address when the entire enterprise participates. That means brand owners should set up a cross-functional task force to address the issue in a coordinated, holistic manner. Because fighting online counterfeiting requires attacking both promotional and distribution channels, this group needs to address more facets of the problem than seen in the physical world.

5. Let online intelligence inform offline defence measures
Because offline measures - physical investigations, factory raids and other activities - can be costly and time-consuming, it's critical to know where they should be focused. Online intelligence can help identify the most egregious infringers, so that offline defensive efforts can be focused where they'll be most effective.

6. Act swiftly - and globally
Perhaps even more than it affects legitimate business, the proliferation of international trade offers tremendous benefits to online counterfeiters. While a domestic seller or manufacturer may seem like an easy first target, brands have learned that it's more effective to launch global anti-counterfeiting initiatives - and to get them underway expeditiously.

7. Educate your customers.
Your customers can be an important ally in minimising sales of counterfeit goods with all its associated costs. Educate your customers about the risks of buying from unauthorised sources, and recruit them to join in the effort by reporting suspicious goods and sellers. retailrisk.com

Online grocery shopping is starting to overtake in-store trips

Illicit Activities No Longer Drive Bitcoin Economy, Researchers Find
 

 
 


 

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Oklahoma City, OK: A new shoplifting law will raise the felony amount of merchandise to $1,000
Legislators said it will keep non-violent offenders out of jails. Retailers said the change will cause larger thefts from their stores. Retailers and legislators disagree over a law that will change how offenders are charged. HB 2751 was approved in April and will go into effect November 1. The bill raises the amount of merchandise that can be stolen before a theft is considered a felony. Now, if merchandise valued at $500 is stolen, it is considered a felony. The bill will raise that amount to $1,000. State leaders said the change will help with overcrowded jails, because many of those in Oklahoma jails are convicted of non-violent crimes. Retailers, however, said the change will give thieves the opportunity to steal more and hurt their business. Local business owners said they worry the change could cause them trouble. Though the bill goes into effect in November, two state questions that could land the change in the Oklahoma Constitution are on the ballot. If Question 780 and Question 781 are passed, the bill cannot be challenged or changed. fox23.com
 

 

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His story, advice and vision of tomorrow's successful LP executive profile

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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Hancock County, OH: Circle K District Manager charged with $240,000 theft, court orders $150,000 in restitution
A former Circle K district manager was sentenced Wednesday to five years of community control sanctions and ordered to make restitution after stealing more than $150,000 from the company over several years. Donna F. Rexroad, 51, of Dunkirk was sentenced by Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson for grand theft, a third-degree felony. She was also placed on 90 days of electronic monitoring. Assistant Hancock County Prosecutor Alex Treece said the theft exceeded $240,000, but the parties agreed on $150,000 in restitution, the amount that could be proven. Rexroad must pay an estimated $30,000 a year to Circle K. Judge Routson said the amount of restitution is "substantial" and "one of the highest orders of restitution the court has considered." thecourier.com

Chicago, IL: Barneys hit with a $50,000 Grab & Run; nearly 20 purses stolen
Chicago police are searching for three suspects after more than a dozen purses were stolen from a high-end retail store on Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The theft took place at Barneys New York around 10:08 a.m. Wednesday, just after the store opened and when few customers were inside. Police said three suspects - 2 males and one female - went into the store, grabbed several purses, then fled in a waiting vehicle. Barneys has not commented on the incident, but police said the thieves made off with about 15 to 17 purses, valued at upwards of $50,000. No weapons were shown and no one was injured or threatened, police said. abc7chicago.com

Hunt County, TX: 18 Indicted, 20 still under investigation in multiple ORC thefts: investigation began at Marshall's
As of Wednesday, it was unknown whether the arrests were related to one another or whether they were connected to a reported investigation by the Greenville Police Department at the local Marshalls store. Police Chief Daniel J. Busken said Tuesday that 18 indictments had been issued in the case, with the department wanting to speak with more than 20 others. The indictments were issued sealed, pending the arrest of the person or persons named in the charges. None of the indictments had been unsealed and made public as of Wednesday afternoon. heraldbanner.com



Franklin, TN: 2 Men Wanted In Lowe's $1,000 Power Tool Theft
Police have been searching for two men who allegedly stole power tools and threatened store employees. Authorities with the Franklin Police Department said the incident happened July 9 at the Lowe's on Mallory Lane. Officials said the two men walked out of the store with nearly $1,000 worth of tools. The merchandise was three Dewalt power tool sets. newschannel5.com

Opelika, AL: Police are seeking the identity of a man and woman accused of shoplifting in April from the Wal-Mart Supercenter
Police Capt. Shane Healey said the incident happened on April 26 around 8:30 p.m. He released images Wednesday morning showing the two allegedly exiting the store with $544 worth of stolen merchandise concealed in a large gray plastic bin. ledger-enquirer.com

UK: Two Romanian arrested for Shoplifting in Britain; $3,000 stolen within weeks of arrival
Two Romanians who used EU free movement laws to shoplift in Britain have been jailed for 27 weeks each - and now want to go home. Viorel Flamind, 27, and his cousin Lavinia Ferar, 19, stole goods worth £2,600 within weeks of arriving here. They were arrested last Saturday after a young female shop assistant chased and confronted them in Llandudno, North Wales. Flamind has been in the UK three-and-a-half months while Ferar arrived less than a month ago. Within days of meeting up they launched a crime wave targeting Superdrug stores. express.co.uk

Lake Havasu City, AZ: False Information, 2 outstanding warrants and a Theft/ Return for cash, now charged with Organized Retail Theft 

 

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Shootings & Deaths

Atlanta, GA: Jewelry Store employee will not face charges; shot and killed
Armed Robbery suspect

An employee of a Buckhead jewelry store won't face charges after fatally shooting a man last week, police said Wednesday. Police responded to a "person shot" call at Cachet Fine Jewelry on Piedmont Road on July 6. After the man pointed a gun at the owner and demanded, "Put all the jewelry in the bag," the owner's son fired three times, hitting Robbins at least once in the neck. When officers arrived, they found 20-year-old Michael Robbins bleeding in the driveway. ajc.com

Danville, IL: Man May Face Charges After Accidentally Shooting Gun
inside a Menards store

A man is waiting to hear from the Vermilion County State's Attorney on whether or not he will face charges after accidentally firing a handgun inside Menards. Danville police say Monday evening, the man came into Menards with a gun stuffed into his belt and under his shirt. When he reached down to adjust his shorts he accidentally fired the gun, striking the floor of the business. Danville's Criminal Investigators say the man was legally licensed to carry the gun. No one was injured in the incident. foxillinois.com

 
Robberies & Thefts

Gun grabs on the rise in Sacramento region; uptick in smash-and-grab burglaries of gun stores
Two gun stores were targeted for smash and grab burglaries early Wednesday morning in the greater Sacramento region. During the break-in at Rocklin Armory, thieves netted an AK-47. Police believe the same vehicle, a Honda CRV, was used to smash through the doors of STS Guns in Folsom. "We noticed consistencies in those burglaries and we are following up," said Graham Barlowe, Sacramento's resident agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

There appears to be a link between the burglaries Wednesday and other recent smash-and-grab crimes in the Sacramento area. "The vehicle drove into the front of the business," Rocklin Police Department spokesperson Trent Jewell said. "It's similar to what we had at Nor Cal Gun Vault several months ago. We probably think it is related to that." Back in May, criminals used a car to smash through the front door of Nor Cal Gun Vault and stole more than 100 guns. Just a week later, thieves used the same method to break through two gun stores in Elk Grove. kcra.com

Fruitport Township, MI: Police seek man for shoplifting, carjacking and kidnapping at Lakes Mall
Police were called to the mall in Fruitport Township at about 3:15 p.m. Monday on a report of a shoplifting in progress. The suspect, after physically resisting loss prevention employees, left the mall. Once in the parking lot, he forced his way into a vehicle being driven by a 43-year-old woman. The suspect drove the car about a mile before stopping and telling the woman to exit the car. She was not injured and her car was later recovered. grandhaventribune.com

UK: Loughborough England: Former shoplifter sets up website to catch thieves Farrah McNutt, 22, has launched 'Catch A Thief', which is aimed at tackling shop thefts and other crimes against businesses. loughboroughecho.net

Cheney, WA: Washington State Corrections officer arrested for Armed Robbery of Dollar General

Fast-Fix Jewelry in the Sun Valley Mall, Concord, CA reported a Grab & Run of 6/22, merchandise valued at $3,000

Juneau, AK: Burglaries up 64% last year, trend continues this year

Detroit, MI: Group Of Thieves Target ATMs Across Oakland County

Kay Jewelers in the Premium Outlets Mall, Orlando, FL reported a Distraction Theft on 7/12, merchandise valued at $6,198

Zale's in the Galleria Mall, Henderson, NV reported a Grab & Run on 7/13, merchandise valued at $6,098

Piercing Pagoda in the Crossroads Mall, Mont Hope, WV reported a Grab & Run on 7/12, merchandise valued at $669

Piercing Pagoda in the Mercer Mall, Bluefield, WV reported a Grab & Run on 7/11, merchandise valued at $1,549


Credit Card Fraud

Peabody, MA: Two suspects in $120,000 Credit Card Fraud Scheme caught by Facebook locator
Salem Superior Court judge on Wednesday refused to increase the bail for two women charged in a $120,000 credit card fraud scheme that targeted stores all over the region. The women were arrested by Peabody police in February 2015, after they left Long's Jewelers after trying to purchase an $8,000 Rolex watch with two different credit cards. The pair was already on the radar of Long's, because days earlier, they had attempted similar purchases at the Long's stores in Natick and Burlington. Police found 43 "cloned" credit cards. An investigation would also reveal they'd used the cards to purchase other jewelry and items, including a large number of high-end 4K Ultra HD televisions from various B.J.'s Wholesale Club locations. Transactions were also made at Gucci and Neiman Marcus. Prosecutors obtained a warrant for records from the social media site Facebook, seeking that company's records of locations for the women during the time they were conducting the fraudulent transactions. It turns out a Facebook mobile application was recording the location of the women every three minutes, the prosecutor said. salemnews.com

Montgomery County, TX: Over 100 cards, credit card embossing machine seized; Two Arrested following a traffic stop


Skimming Reports

Multi-State crime spree - skimming gang busted in Fishers, Ind.
Fishers Police arrested three people connected to a multi-state crime spree. Clifford Cerisier, 28 of Springfield Gardens, New York, Kevin Rivera, 26 of Brooklyn, New York, and Chanique Richardson, 28 of Brooklyn, New York were arrested.

Police said the officer saw a male and female exit the car and walk inside Walmart. A third passenger stayed in the car hunched down in the backseat. Police said shortly after, the male left the store and several minutes later the female followed. Police said during the traffic stop, the officer found Cerisier, Rivera and Richardson were in possession of multiple cloned credit cards and a skimming device. Officers then informed Walmart of the situation and learned the suspects had committed ten fraudulent transactions using cloned credit cards.

Police are still investigating. If you have any information on the suspects, you are asked to contact Officer Greg Weesner at 317-595-3300.  wishtv.com

Sanford, ME: Skimming incident prompts Credit Union to boost security
Anti-skimming devices were installed Tuesday on ATMs belonging to York County Federal Credit Union in Sanford. The move came after bank officials discovered a breach back in May. wmtw.com 


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