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7/28/16

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Nathan Anderson was named Director of Field Asset Protection
for 99 Cents Only Stores.

Nathan was previously the Regional Loss Prevention Director for Lowe's, and had been with the retailer for over 18 years before taking this new position. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Adminstration from Western Illinois University. Congratulations Nathan!
 

 

 



Are private education programs for shoplifters a second chance or extortion?
Shoplifting is a massive problem for retailers, who lose $13 billion a year to theft. They get only limited help from the criminal justice system because shoplifting is considered a minor crime.

That's why some national retailers have turned to private companies like CEC and a competitor, Turning Point Justice, based in Draper, Utah. The companies tout their programs as a win for everyone: Offenders avoid a conviction, retailers get the crime addressed and law enforcement can focus on more serious offenses.

But some observers are skeptical. They worry that suspects could feel pressured into signing up even if they aren't guilty. And because the programs are outside the criminal justice system, skeptics say they could ensnare innocent people without due process.

Retailers don't like to call the police on shoplifters and Police don't like getting those calls either because of the time and cost involved. Both CEC and Turning Point Justice say they solve those problems to everyone's benefit. The companies are based on principles of restorative justice-a collaborative process in which offenders sit down with victims and the community to discuss how to make amends.

Mary Louise Frampton, a professor of law and social justice at the University of California at Berkeley, says restorative justice is cooperative rather than adversarial.

You're looking at the person who offended, the victim and often the community in sort of a shared decision-making about how to make things right," says Frampton, who teaches restorative justice.

TPJ and CEC apply those concepts in what could be considered private diversion programs. Participants must be first-time offenders, sober at apprehension and not clearly involved in organized crime. Eligible suspects are shown a short video about the program, and then asked to choose between signing up or conventional prosecution.

Those who sign up complete an online course that's intended to make them examine why they shoplifted and why it's a bad choice. They pay restitution for their thefts and foot the bill for the courses; the companies can provide financial aid. CEC's program also offers telephone-based coaching and a "life skills" component teaching participants how to build things like a resume or a nutrition plan.

The companies say their results are promising. Lohra Miller, CEO of Turning Point Justice, says it's too early for a reliable recidivism study, but TPJ is helping retailers cut their calls to police by 50 to 60 percent. Huntsman said retailers using CEC cut those calls by 30 to 70 percent, and also spend 85 percent less employee time dealing with offenders. Over 18 months, he said, fewer than 5 percent of CEC program participants have shoplifted again.

Coercion Claims

Both companies say they have safeguards against coercion of suspects. They use videos to ensure that everyone apprehended hears the same message about the course and their choices, which could prevent allegations of unequal treatment. Both tell viewers not to sign up if they've been wrongly accused. They also give potential students time to make up their minds: 72 hours for TPJ and 48 for CEC. Huntsman said in August that students can drop out and get a refund anytime.

"This is not meant to be a high-pressure type of situation," he said.

The San Francisco City Attorney's Office disagrees. Its lawsuit alleges that CEC requires students to sign a confession in a "highly coercive" situation: directly after being apprehended, in an isolated room, with limited time to make the choice and a security guard threatening to call police. The initial video is full of false and misleading statements, the lawsuit says. If students don't pay, the suit alleges, the company threatens to give the confession to police.

The lawsuit notes that CEC pays its clients for enrolling students-some are paid per enrollee-which it says creates an incentive to pressure innocent people into enrolling.

Elisa Della-Piana is familiar with private shoplifting education programs from her time serving low-income clients at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley. She has represented people who were asked to participate in private shoplifting education programs, though not CEC's-and she thinks the programs are generally extortion.

Megan E. Ryan, former supervising attorney of the East Bay Community Law Center's consumer protection program, saw accused shoplifters at the center's clinic. Almost everyone she's met who had a letter from CEC ended up agreeing to pay, she says, "because they feel like there's no other choice."
 abajournal.com

Why US Credit Card Fraud Complaints Are On The Rise
Data Breaches - Data Breaches - Data Breaches

Credit card fraud complaints in U.S. saw biggest increase in 10 years in 2015, rising by 41%.

ValuePenguin analyzed data collected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and found that there were approximately 70,000 credit card fraud complaints submitted in 2015. The significant jump in complaints, also a record number for complaints submitted to the Federal Trade Commission, are predicted to worsen in the future.

The number of complaints reported in 2015 were the highest since before the 2009 recession. Florida increased by a staggering 130%. California in 2nd place with most cases - 12,800. Across the U.S., the average number of complaints totaled 18.17 per 10,000 residents.

Editor's Note: With the Mad Russian Push happening literally right now with skimming theft, hotel's and health care breaches there won't be a slow down for some time. Actually with building complete identities with the health care industry info we'll see a more sophisticated approach that may initially avoid detection at the store level.  pymnts.com
 
Five trends to help mitigate fraud
Status quo solutions are no longer effective or acceptable when it comes to fraud mitigation.
That's the conclusion of Experian's first annual global fraud report, Global Business Trends: Protecting Growth Ambitions Against Rising Fraud Threats, which is designed as a guide for senior executives and fraud prevention professionals.

The report identifies five trends that businesses should assess - and take action on - to mitigate fraud and improve the customer experience in today's fast-paced, consumer-centric environment: 1. Applying right-sized fraud solutions to reduce unnecessary customer disruption. 2. Having a universal view of the consumer is the core of modern fraud mitigation and marketing. 3. Expanding your view through a blended ecosystem. 4. Achieving agility and scale using service-based models. 5. Future-proofing fraud solution choices.

Bringing together these key trends, the report provides business leaders with the insight they need to fight fraud using the same consumer-focused approach currently being used to attract new customers and grow revenue.  Download the full report here.   chainstoreage.com  

Social Engineering: How to steal Brand New iPhones from Apple
Not too long ago, dozens and dozens of iPhones were stolen from two Apple stores. How could this happen, what with Apple's security? Simple: The thieves wore clothes similar to Apple store employees and obviously knew the innards of the stores.

What mistake did Apple make to allow these robberies? The introduction of new uniforms, perhaps? They came up with the idea of "back to blue, but all new" attire. But really, that shouldn't be so easy. This meant no one and only uniform, but rather, a variety of options that fit within a color and style concept. This makes it easy for someone off the street to visually blend in with store employees.

The lesson here: Not everything or everyone appears to be what they actually are. Social engineering is a confidence crime. As long as the thief has your confidence either in person, over the phone or via email, you are likely to get scammed.

Always be suspect. Always challenge what's in front of you. Never go along to get along. And put systems, checks and balances in place to prevent being scammed. In this situation, proper, secure identification and authentication with proper checks would have prevented this.

Editor's Note: Nothing new here as this has been a method for years. From suspects dressed up as Brinks guards to suspects wearing a retailers smocks, apron's, etc. it's always about not questioning someone new in your store that you've never seen before or not looking for that ID badge hanging around their neck or pinned to their pocket. Bottom line it's about complacency. Just a thought.  linkedin.com

"Full time equivalent employment in retail falls at fastest rate since Q2 2014"
in UK

Retailers reduce staffing levels as conditions remain tough

New figures have shown that the equivalent number of full time jobs in the retail sector fell by 2.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.

The data from the British Retail Consortium and law firm Bond Dickinson in their latest retail employment monitor show that food retailers reported a decline in full time employment while the non-food sector saw a rise. During the period, the number of outlets fell by 0.4% compared with the same quarter a year ago. Food retailers drove the overall decrease in the number of stores.

Helen Dickinson chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: "Today's figures show that full time equivalent employment in the retail industry has fallen at its fastest rate since the second quarter of 2014. The number of stores in the UK has also fallen again, albeit at a slower rate than we have previously seen. This continues to show the dramatic structural changes that are underway in the retail industry."

The BRC said challenging economic conditions, fierce competition between retailers, customers' ever-changing shopping preferences, the expansion of digital technology, and external demands placed on retailers by government have all put pressure on the UK's retail businesses and impacted employment in the sector.  theretailbulletin.com

Kate Spade Can't Escape Suit Over Outlet Pricing
Kate Spade & Co. couldn't zip up a proposed class action in California federal court alleging false price discounts at its outlet stores when a judge Tuesday said allegations by the three consumer plaintiffs are "more than specific enough" to lay a factual basis for fraud claims. The luxury handbag retailer is accused in the suit of advertising markdowns in its outlet stores from an original price that never actually existed to convey to shoppers they're purchasing an item at a deeply discounted price when it's actually made-for-outlet merchandise of lower quality. law360.com



7-Eleven Targets Copycat Brooklyn Bodegas
7-Eleven Inc. is suing two Brooklyn bodegas for trademark infringement over "Eleven"-themed names and look-alike signage. The giant convenience store chain filed separate complaints Monday in Brooklyn federal court against Z-Eleven, located in the neighborhood of Red Hook, and Eleven 7 Food Mart, located in the neighborhood of Kensington - each claiming that the stores closely mimicked 7-Eleven's iconic name and overall look.  law360.com


Sears Hometown Sues Franchisee After Alleged Extortion Attempt
A home goods division of Sears Holdings Corp. has sued a Michigan franchisee in Illinois federal court, claiming that the franchisee is in breach of contract for abruptly closing a Michigan store and is violating Illinois and federal trade secrets law by failing to relinquish customer information.

Sears Authorized Hometown Stores LLC filed the suit on Monday against franchisee Keith Boucher and his company KS Enterprises LLC, asking for the return of computers with customers' personal information, more than $1 million in merchandise and an additional $75,000 in damages after Boucher abruptly shuttered his Escanaba, Michigan, store.

An alleged accomplice to Boucher reportedly demanded a bribe in exchange for the customer information the day before, according to the suit. Sears says this is cause for concern that Boucher could attempt to use or disclose the customer information for his own financial advantage. law360.com
 
Dollar General buys 41 former Walmart Express locations in 11 states
 

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Loblaw Cos. food retail comp's up 0.4%, drug retail comp's up 4%, sales up 0.7%
Rent-A-Center Q2 comp's down 4.9%, total revenues down 8.1%

 

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Woman can escape felony conviction for theft
if she meets conditions

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Champaign Police Department with their investigation into the activities of an Urbana woman who admitted stealing money from her employee. The employer noticed funds had been re-directed incorrectly to a PayPal account set up by the suspect.

Read more here

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

 

 



 
Orgs Must Prepare for New, More Destructive Ransomware
Organizations must be better prepared to deal with future strains of ransomware that will be more sophisticated and damaging, with fragile infrastructure, poor network hygiene and slow detection rates all currently giving adversaries too much time and air cover to operate.

That's according to new findings from Cisco, whose 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report delves into the current state of the cyber-risk landscape. infosecurity-magazine.com

Biometric Data Raises Privacy Stakes
As the advent of widescale use of biometric data approaches, companies already struggling to protect the personal information of their employees and business partners will have to ramp up their security to even higher levels to protect the even-more-sensitive fingerprints and iris scans that will be in their possession, said one data-protection services executive.

While the ramifications of a stolen password can be a pain for the affected person or company, the password can be changed and the damage limited. But stealing someone's fingerprint, palm print or iris scan can lead to a lifetime of problems. wsj.com

Consumers like omnichannel features, but have data concerns
Consumers Don't Trust Retailers Yet

Consumers know what they want: seamless shopping between online and offline. But they are worried about sharing the data that allows retailers to fully implement it.

That's one of the major findings of a new survey from Periscope, by McKinsey.

But to implement omnichannel solutions that bridge the online and in-store experience, retailers first have to earn the trust of consumers to use the information gathered online and through location-based services or other mobile device data, according to the survey. However, 62% of respondents currently do not want their online and offline information to be connected to optimize the shopping experience. chainstoreage.com

Increasing Visibility to Insider Threats With Integrated User Behavior Analytics
Security operations center (SOC) analysts need to implement behavior analytics solutions to observe and understand these insiders' activities, behavior, asset usage and access to intellectual property. They need to find the regularities and patterns hidden in user behavior to unlock potential threats and risks to the intellectual property they hope to protect.

Keeping the constraints and realities of today's security operations in mind, security teams should look for user behavior analytics (UBA) capabilities designed to simplify overly complex security operations. For example, you should be able to leverage the logs and flow data that are already curated and loaded in your security intelligence and event management (SIEM) platform to deliver rapid insights and actions. This helps SOC analysts maintain consistent visibility into users, assets and threats.

IBM integrates UBA into its SIEM platform and delivers the capability via an app on the App Exchange. SOC analysts do not have to learn a new tool; the UBA app leverages the curated log and flow data already in the SIEM platform, speeding time to insights.

The app's purpose-built, out-of-the box anomaly detection, behavioral rules and analytics detect changes in user behavior and deliver continued visibility into anomalous activities. By streamlining monitoring, detection and investigation, the app helps security analysts become more productive and manage insider threats more efficiently. With just a few clicks of the mouse, they can analyze behavior patterns, score users' risk and focus on specific insiders to investigate or add to a watch list.

This helps SOC analysts uncover malicious behavior easily. Integrating UBA into the SIEM platform improves overall security operations, investigation and response - and makes SIEM a much better security operations platform. securityintelligence.com

In light of increased cyberattacks, White House sets defense plan - FBI in charge
Taking it to the next level - An act of war?

On Tuesday, President Obama approved a directive that lays out how federal agencies will respond to "significant cyber incidents," with the FBI to be formally in charge of investigating.

Obama approved the directive weeks after hackers stole confidential documents from the Democratic National Committee. Those documents have now leaked to the public and could influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Tuesday's directive doesn't provide clarity on what Obama might do if the FBI finds that Russia was involved with the DNC breach. But the private sector has been asking the White House for a guideline on the federal government's role in fighting cyber crimes.

The White House has also come out with a color-coded scale that federal agencies will use to judge the severity of cyber incidents. It runs from zero to five, and threats evaluated at level 3 or higher will be deemed significant and trigger the FBI to investigate.

In addition, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will function in a support role to both gather intelligence and even "degrade" the perpetrators' capabilities.

In a statement, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, said he approved of the directive and called it an "important step" to ensuring that federal agencies can respond to domestic cyber attacks.

However, he also said that the President should clarify the rules of engagement for cyber warfare. That might mean the U.S. defining when a cyber attack should be construed as an act of war.

U.S. lawmakers have proposed a bill, still under review, that would direct the President to design such a policy. csoonline.com

DDoS Reflection Attacks Soar 80% in Q2
There was bad news for the white hats in the second quarter as new stats pointed to an 83% increase in DDoS reflection attacks to reach almost 183,000 over the previous three months.

NTP continued to lead the pack in terms of reflection attack vectors, accounting for over 85,000 DDoS blasts. DNS wasn't far behind with just over 80,000 and together these two comprised the vast majority of attacks in the quarter. infosecurity-magazine.com

Over 80% of IT Leaders Admit Security Skills Crisis
& No Sign of Getting Better Anytime Soon

 

 


 

All-Tag: The Only American Manufacturer of EAS Labels & Tags

Source Tagging Benefits

Source Tagging is a very efficient, cost-saving process where product manufacturers and packagers strategically position Radio-Frequency (RF) or Acousto-Magnetic (AM) security labels on products before shipping them to retail stores. Both retailers and product manufacturers benefit from source tagging in many ways.

  ● Retailers eliminate high labor costs associated with in-store tagging
  ● Retail employees have more time to spend on the sales floor
  ● Uniform tag placement
  ● Products can be moved to the sales floor immediately
  ● Products can be more openly displayed

Source Tagging with ALL-TAG

ALL-TAG has been manufacturing RF labels since 1992, and is the currently the second largest global manufacturer of anti-theft labels. We offer many different label roll sizes, glue types, and top papers based on the requirements for the high-speed automated application process performed by the retail merchandise manufacturers and packagers.

As source tagging experts, ALL-TAG works closely with manufacturers and packagers to determine the RF or AM label position that ensures excellent detection by an EAS system, invisibility and tamper resistance, and deactivation convenience at the checkout counter. As a complimentary service, ALL-TAG will provide a certification in writing that guarantees that the label position meets these requirements.

The small yet powerful ALL-TAG SuperLabels® allow more products to be tagged. For example, the detection performance of our ALL-TAG 31×32 mm (1.2×1.3 inch) SuperLabel is comparable to standard Checkpoint 40×40 mm (1.5×1.5 inch) RF labels. ALL-TAG's patented Black Static Line (BSL) technology ensures that any static from the auto-mated label application process will not affect the quality or reliability of our labels in any way. Other RF Label suppliers may offer some type of anti-static solution, but ALL-TAG's BSL technology is the most effective solution for eliminating static, and the only one that is guaranteed to protect your labels.

ALL-TAG offers labels and special source tagging services for both RF and AM label applications.

 

 


 

KYORCA launches website for law enforcement and retail collaboration to combat Organized Retail Crime in the state of Kentucky

July 25, 2016 - Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association (KYORCA) in association with Netsential web developers, has launched a website devoted to the sharing of information and collaboration among retail and the law enforcement community. The kyorca.org site includes incident mapping, fencing location identification, and suspect tagging to afford law enforcement and retail partners the opportunity to break up Organized Retail Crime rings in the state of Kentucky.

Membership (upon approval) is open to agents of retail companies and law enforcement/investigative agencies (including county, commonwealth, state, regional, and federal) or individuals who may aid the Association at kyorca.org/register.

About KYORCA
Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the state of Kentucky. After realizing the local loss prevention/law enforcement meetings were fragmented in the state, it was determined a state-wide Association was needed for proper sharing of intelligence.

Founding board members:
Ricky Bell (Kohl's) - Treasurer
Terry Young (Kroger) - Secretary
Albert Latham (Lowe's) - Vice President of Retail
Gene Haynes (Lexington Police Department) - Vice President of Law Enforcement
Andy Leonard (Kohl's) - President

View a complete list of ORC associations on the Daily's ORC Resource Center here

 

 

Prescriptive Analytics Strategies to Reduce Total Loss

Seth Hughes, Sr. Manager Asset Protection Solutions for Walgreens, shares why Walgreens chose Profitect's prescriptive analytics solution to reduce shrink and loss throughout the entire supply chain, as well as help prove profitability enterprise-wide. Former director of loss prevention, and now VP of Industry Solutions for Profitect, Kelli Woelfel tells us how she sees Asset Protection strategy changing and how technology is supporting that transition.
 


LPNN Quick Take #2

Joe LaRocca (@laroccaj) and Amber Bradley (@mycalibration) preview some of the exciting interviews to come on our agenda, introduce their hot topic of the day, and tell us how to get involved with future LPNN broadcasts.

 

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PayPal Launches Programme to Protect Online Sellers From Fraud
Digital payments platform PayPal on Wednesday announced the launch of its "Seller Protection Programme for Intangibles" - an expansion of its existing seller protection programme that earlier only covered merchants selling tangible goods like handicrafts, fashion and art.

"Growing instances of online fraud act as a barrier for sellers selling online services and other intangible goods to clients abroad," said Anupam Pahuja, Country Manager and Managing Director, PayPal India.

The Seller Protection Programme for Intangibles will cover two types of buyer complaints - "unauthorised transaction", when a buyer claims that he or she didn't authorise the payment and "item not received", when a buyer pays for the service but claims that he or she did not receive the service, a company statement said. The PayPal Resolution Centre will investigate issues and work with the sellers to ensure that they are protected against this type of fraud in genuine cases.  worldcommuter.com

Bitcoin Not The Same As Money, Miami-Dade Court Rules
In a closely followed case focused on bitcoin as a currency, a Miami-Dade judge on Monday (July 25) ruled bitcoin doesn't count as money when declining to pursue charges against a man that law enforcement alleged illegally sold the digital currency.

In the ruling, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler found that, because bitcoin isn't backed by a government or a financial institution, it's not considered "tangible wealth" that can "be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars."

The case centers on defendant Michell Espinoza, who was charged with illegally selling and laundering bitcoin valued at $1,500 to undercover detectives. The detectives told the defendant they wanted to use the bitcoin to buy stolen credit card numbers. The case was an important one for both sides. Law enforcement has been having a tough time trying to figure out how bitcoin falls into illegal activities, and this was the first case pursuing money laundering with the digital currency. pymnts.com

Systemax sticks with e-commerce as it sells off electronics supply business

56% of online retail searches take place on mobile devices

Under Armour's e-commerce sales grow nearly 28% in Q2

DHL to Expand US E-commerce Operations

 
 

Fraud Gang of Eight Busted in Middle, TN
This past Monday evening (July 25, 2016) the La Vergne Police Department was contacted by the Murfreesboro Police Department to assist with a complex credit card fraud case that began in Murfreesboro. The case was evidently tied to the Quality Inn located at 110 Enterprise Blvd. in La Vergne.

When La Vergne Detectives responded to Quality Inn they conducted 3 search warrants on 3 hotel rooms. During the operation it was determined that the 8 suspects were involved in a large scale scheme to steal victims credit card numbers and re-encode those numbers onto other debit/credit cards or gift cards to purchase expensive items to fund their criminal operation.

La Vergne Police seized a large amount of cash, a large amount of brand new cell phones, laptops, tablets, and a printer during the investigation.

8 suspects were arrested and charged with Criminal Simulation and Identity Theft. The Investigation is ongoing and more charges may follow.

Names of those arrested: 1.Alexis Salguerio Rodriguez, 24. 2.Emilio Rafael Gomez, 29. 3.Yuseff Antonio Elias, 30. 4.Daniel Mason Martinez, 36. 5.Alain Rodriuez Rivero, 35. 6.Luis E. Pedroso Vasquez, 29. 7.Yoany Abella Diaz, 32. 8.Aime Guevara, 22. wgnsradio.com

San Antonio, TX: Produce Thieves Busted For Stealing Nearly $200,000 Worth of Produce from H-E-B
When you hear "theft ring" your first thought probably doesn't involve a prolonged supermarket heist and almost $200K of lifted produce, yet here we are after authorities broke a recent distribution center crime ring. According to mySA.com, the illicit produce operation took place in an H-E-B distribution center located in San Antonio, TX. Following a tip-off by the retailer's corporate security detail, San Antonio police arrested three suspects for the expensive heist.Police estimate that the suspects, who were employed as a drivers, receivers, and truck loaders in the warehouse, stole approximately $190,000 worth of produce freight before being apprehended. andnowuknow.com

Six wanted for major credit card fraud ring in Queens
Six individuals are wanted in connection with a citywide grand larceny pattern, stealing more than $30,000 from unsuspecting victims over the last month, police said. According to officers, between May 25 and July 18, 58 victims were informed by their respective bank representatives that their credit card numbers were compromised. The illegal purchases were made throughout the 100th, 101st, 104th and 105th precincts, police said.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. timesnewsweekly.com

Albuquerque, NM: APD nabs Target thief in undercover operation
A woman caught on video ripping off a Target was in for a big surprise when she went to sell the stolen goods. Sgt. William Dorian with Albuquerque Police Department's Organized Crime Unit says officers have been investigating 29-year-old Deserae Molina and a few other people for the last two months now.

An organized crime ring that's been going into a lot of our local retailers and stealing high end products and then fencing them," Dorian said. But the jig was up for Molina two weeks ago when she was busted at the Target on Coors. Molina was caught red-handed stealing several high priced items, which she promised to sell to an undercover detective at half price.

The complaint also says Molina stole from Walgreens and showed the undercover detective what she made off with. Later that day is when the Target heist occurred. krqe.com

Los Angeles, CA: Suspects steal $8K worth of cellphones from South LA store
Two armed suspects were caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars worth of cellphones from a South Los Angeles cellphone store. Owner Armando Matias said he, two other employees and a customer were in the store at the time. In surveillance video, a suspect cleans out a cellphone case, stealing $8,000 worth of phones as the gunman orders employees to empty the register. Matias said several stores in the area have been targeted by thieves, but many of the victims have been too afraid to report the crimes. The Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating if the two suspects at the cellphone store may be to blame for the other robberies. abc7.com

 

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Shootings, Explosion & Deaths

Tempe, AZ: Armed robbery suspect dead after officer-involved shooting; Suspect barricaded himself in senior living center after robbing Walgreens
An armed robbery suspect who barricaded himself in a Tempe senior living center after being shot by police Wednesday morning has died. Lt. Mike Pooley with the Tempe Police Department said the Walgreens at Guadalupe Road and McClintock Drive was robbed by a black male wearing gray sweatpants. The suspect went inside the store and went to the pharmacy where he jumped over the counter and said he had a gun, according to Pooley. The man had his hand in a black bag.Police later saw a man matching the suspect description wearing gray sweatpants and no shirt, carrying a black bag, but he fled on foot and the officer pursued him. There was some kind of a scuffle altercation and the lieutenant fired at least one round, hitting the suspect.The suspect ran into a storage facility at the nearby Westchester Senior Living facility. azfamily.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Knife-wielding suspect killed by police
in shopping center parking lot

A suspect is dead following a police-involved shooting in a Scottsdale parking lot Wednesday evening. Police responded to the shopping center parking lot near 92nd Street and Shea Boulevard around 5 p.m. after calls of a man acting "erratically". According to police, the suspect ran from officers and would not comply with their commands. He then pulled out a knife, and officers opened fire. abc15.com

Anderson, IN: Trooper walks into store as robber flees, suspect shot
As Indiana State Police Sgt. Anthony Emery walked into a Ricker's convenience store Monday morning on Anderson's southeastside, he passed by a man who had allegedly just robbed the store, state police said. Emery went in front of the gas station and convenience store and ordered the man to stop. Zimmerman reportedly pointed a gun out of his open car window, but did not fire at the trooper. Emery drew his handgun and fired numerous shots, striking Zimmerman in both wrists. Zimmerman's car continued out of the Ricker's lot and onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where he struck a northbound Honda Civic. heraldbulletin.com


Columbus, OH: Pipe bomb set off during attempted robbery
Columbus police say some sort of explosion may have occurred overnight during an attempted robbery just south of Bexley. The incident occurred at the Bexley Liquor Agency on Livingston Avenue just after midnight on Thursday. It's unclear thus far how the explosion occurred, but it may have been triggered by a pipe bomb. It's also unknown if anyone was injured. 10tv.com


Martin, TN: Body found inside Dollar General after fire
Adam Essary was working at Exxon on Regina Street in Martin when a customer said Dollar General was smoking. Martin Police Chief Don Teal said the fire was reported around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, and a body was found inside after firefighters began their investigation. Teal said the person has not been identified, but an autopsy and additional testing will be done to determine the person's identity. It was also unknown if the fire was intentionally set or if it was accidental. jacksonsun.com

Ross Township, PA: Security guard's gun accidentally discharges at Ross Park Mall, striking friend


Robberies & Thefts



Truck driver accused of stealing $200,000 - 90 TVs, sound bars
Electronics were bound for Walmart store in LA

Houston police said that in April, 31-year-old John Manuel was a truck driver for a company contracted to deliver the electronics from Fort Worth to a Walmart store in Louisiana. When the load arrived at the store, it was missing about $200,000 worth of televisions and sound bars. clickhouston.com

Indiana leads U.S. again in pharmacy robberies
Despite some targeted measures to protect pharmacies, Indiana isn't shedding its unwanted designation as the No. 1 state for pharmacy robberies. Consider this statistic: Indiana had more pharmacy robberies from the beginning of 2013 to May of this year than any other state. Indiana logged 367 robberies, while California - with a population about six times larger - came in second with 310 robberies in the same time period. In 2015, 175 robberies occurred, 132 in Marion County alone, more than the entire state of California for the previous year, said Donna Wall, president of the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. indystar.com

'Concerning' gun store thefts up in Alabama, across U.S.
The break-in at a Pleasant Grove gun shop this week was the latest in a string of such burglaries in Alabama in recent months and part of a growing - and concerning - problem nationwide, authorities say.
In Alabama and across the U.S., weapons thefts from Federal Firearms Licensed dealers are on the rise, and most of those stolen guns, if not all, are making their way into the hands of criminals. "There is definitely an uptick in the thefts,'' said David Hyche, ATF's assistant special agent in charge in Alabama. "All of the guns are making it onto the black market. It's concerning." ATF officials continually work with FFL dealers and encourage them to better secure their stores. Hyche said he also wants the thieves to be warned. "The message I'd like to get across is we're arresting all of those people,'' he said. "Many are juveniles, but they're being tried as adults." al.com

Naples, FL: Florida Motorsports theft suspects caught after police chase
A group of suspected thieves led Collier County deputies on a chase early Wednesday after getting caught leaving a motorsports store in Naples. The suspect driving the motorcycle ended up crashing into a deputy's car. Two other men suspected of being involved were found near Naples Bath and Tennis Club. The business manager said the suspected thieves caused thousands of dollars in damage to the four motorcycles. nbc-2.com

Lake Wales, FL: Walmart manager accused of shoplifting at different
Walmart store

A Walmart manager is accused shoplifting items from another Walmart store. Lake Wales police say Donald O' Connell is a service manager at the Sebring Walmart. Over the weekend, he was arrested for shoplifting at the Lake Wales Walmart. Lake Wales Police Department officers responded to a call about a retail theft in progress at the Walmart. After officers arrived, they say they saw O'Connell select items off of a shelf. He then stuffed the items down the front of his pants and walked to a bathroom where he removed the items from their packaging. wfla.com

Louisville, KY: Burglars ram stolen corvette into gun store; unknown number of guns stolen

South Hill, WA: 'Prolific' shoplifter arrested at Walmart thanks to watchful employee

New Orleans - 2 yr's prison for serial shoplifter who faced mandatory 20-to-life for $31 candy theft

Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in the Chandler Mall, Chandler, AZ reported a Grab & Run 7/27, merchandise valued at $5,970

Kay Jewelers in Stonecrest Mall, Lithonia, GA, reported a Grab & Run on 7/27, merchandise valued at $6,999

Kay Jewelers in State Street Mall, Chicago, IL reported a Grab & Run on 7/27, merchandise valued at $5,899

Piercing Pagoda in Discover Mills Mall, Lawrenceville, GA reported a Grab & Run on 7/25, merchandise valued at $368

Niles, OH: Police looking for smash and grab suspect who stole large amount of cigarettes

Decatur, IL: Woman jailed for stealing over $400 in Kohl's merchandise

Brooklyn, OH: ATM stolen in smash and grab at Brooklyn BP

Food Stamp Fraud

U.S. accuses Arkansas convenience store owners of using food stamps to buy inventory
The federal government is seeking forfeiture in a civil case of nearly $157,000 from the owners of three Fort Smith convenience stores, saying that they used federal nutrition program cards to buy inventory. The U.S. attorney's office filed Monday a civil forfeiture case listing $156,720 seized in a money laundering and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program trafficking investigation involving Raja Zaman and his son Haroon.

Haroon Zaman admitted to using the cards to buy inventory for his stores, the affidavit said. From a time period spanning from approximately July 6, 2013, through the present, the Zaman family has operated and continues to operate a money laundering scheme in which they convert the proceeds of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud into convenience store inventory.

The affidavit said the Zamans used participants' cards at Fort Smith-area stores to purchase items -- mostly beverages such as soda and water -- then stock the items on their shelves for sale and pay the cardholders in cash for the use of their benefits. A former convenience store employee told federal agents the Zamans kept a 3-inch stack of electronic benefit cards in a box at one of the stores.

Sometimes the Zamans would take the cards and make the purchases, according to the affidavit. Other times, they would go with the cardholders and direct them to make the purchases, or they would send the cardholders to the store with a list of items to purchase. arkansasonline.com


Credit Card Fraud

2 men charged with using fake credit cards at Ellenton outlet
Saks Fifth Ave. store

Abdoul Aziz Diop, 37, has been charged with 16 counts of using a forged or altered credit card, trafficking in fake credit cards and unauthorized use of an ID. Ahmed Monsauer Njie, 31, has been charged with 12 counts of using a forged credit card, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. Another man who was with the men is being investigating in connection with the incident, an MCSO spokesman says. A deputy investigating the incident discovered a stack of cards beneath the rear driver's side tire of Njie's vehicle, a report said. heraldtribune.com

Jasmine Tucker, 33 of Vacaville, CA., arrested with 55 cloned credit cards
Outstanding warrant in Albany - ID theft


Scam-central Florida leads country in credit card fraud


Skimming Report

Boulder County, CO: Skimmers found at 2 Conoco gas stations
The discovery of skimming devices at two Boulder County gas stations has led to one arrest, but investigators believe there are more victims who have yet to learn their cards have been compromised. kwgn.com

Skimming suspect wanted in Cambridge, MA


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BP - Brooklyn, OH - Smash & Grab
Crescent Jewelers - Chatham, NJ - Robbery
CVS - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Getty Mart - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
Holliston Superette - Holliston, MA - Armed Robbery
King Tuts Jewelry - Cordele, GA - Armed Robbery/Shots fired
L&C Convenience - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery/Clerk Shot
Lampost Package Store - Hattiesburg, MS - Armed Robbery
Propst Superette #2 - Canover, NC - Armed Robbery
Quick Mart - Monticello, NY - Armed Robbery
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301 Auto Auction - Manatee, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Huntington, WV - Robbery
7-Eleven - Martinsburg, WV - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - South Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery

 


 
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