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The Founding Father of LE's ORC Effort Moves to Private Sector
NYPD's Bill Bratton-loving biz community relieved at successor pick
NYPD's New Police Commissioner James "Jimmy" O'Neill

City business leaders were shocked at news Tuesday of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's September departure, but breathed a collective sigh of relief when Chief of Department James "Jimmy" O'Neill was tapped as his successor.

John Banks, the president of the Real Estate Board of New York, commended Bratton for helping to "transform New York into a true global city" and said he looked forward to O'Neill continuing "this tradition of success."

The mayor sought such continuity. He considered only one other internal candidate for the job and did not conduct a nationwide search. 

Bratton explained his earlier-than-expected departure with word of an "extraordinarily exciting" offer, saying the public "will fully appreciate ... why I chose to accept this one at this particular time." 

Soon after a press conference in which Bratton did not reveal his gig, The Wall Street Journal reported that he accepted a position at consulting firm Teneo. The company roster includes longtime experts in fields such as foreign policy and finance, whose talents are put to use advising chief executives in the private sector.

Business magnate John Catsimatidis, the owner of Gristedes supermarket chain and Red Apple Group real estate firm, speculated that "it could be the money, or he could be fed up." crainsnewyork.com teneoholdings.com

To read about Bill Bratton's role in fighting Organized Retail Crime, click here.  

'Active Shooter' Training Exercises Increase Dramatically Across North America
Eleven announced in one day alone

In scanning the news every day we've seen an incredible increase in the 'Active Shooter' training exercises across North America. In one day alone we received 11 notifications of cities, universities, and military facilities conducting these exercises. Over the last few weeks we've seen at least thirty announced and we've heard of a number of retailers who are conducting them as well and revamping their policies and programs. Gus Downing

Protecting Our Lives through Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act
Signed into federal law last month. The act enables local law enforcement and first responders to use federal grant funding for active shooter response training. txstate.edu

Georgia Teens Found Dead Behind Publix Store Were Shot in Head, Medical Examiner 
Reviewing Surveillance Video Behind Store

The teens found dead behind a Georgia grocery store were shot in the head, the Medical Examiner said Tuesday evening, as police searched for answers in the double homicide.

The victims, identified as Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17, were found dead by a delivery driver behind a Publix supermarket in Roswell, shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, the Roswell Police Department said.

Roswell police told ABC News there were "indications...it was a relationship-based crime but that can’t be confirmed yet."

Police said detectives are reviewing surveillance video, looking for witnesses and following up on leads.
Former FBI special agent and ABC news consultant believes they were drawn there before being killed, by someone they may have known. He also believes the video may provide all the information needed to solve the case.

Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid told ABC News that the company could not comment on an open investigation but added, "Our prayers and thoughts are with the family members of those two young people. We just pray for their peace of mind and recovery." yahoo.com

Muslim woman wearing hijab booted from Family Dollar
Store Manager Cites High Crime Area & Robberies

A woman from Gary, Ind., says she was discriminated against and kicked out of a Family Dollar store for wearing a niqab and hijab, and she caught part of the exchange on video.

Sarah Safi, 32, the mother of four said she had never before experienced discrimination like she did Monday at a Family Dollar store in Gary, where she went to purchase charcoal for a family barbecue. "I might have made it 10 steps into the store and I hear the lady behind the counter say, 'Ma'am, you need to take that off your face or you need to leave my store,'" Safi said.

At that point, Safi began to record the exchange on her cell phone. Safi, who was born and raised in Texas, moved to Gary a few years ago. She told the clerk she wears a niqab and hijab for religious purposes; the clerk, who identified herself as the manager, insisted Safi leave.

"I understand, but you have to understand too this is a high crime area and we get robbed a lot. You need to remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store," the clerk is seen saying on the video.

"I told her this country is a country of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and I have a right to wear whatever I want," Safi said. While her children waited in the car, the Family Dollar employee told Safi if she didn't leave the store she would call the police. The worker also had parting words for her as she was on her way out.

The employee in question did not want to speak on camera. ABC7 Eyewitness News has reached out to Family Dollar for comment, but have not heard back.  abc7chicago.com

UK leads Europe in card fraud
Losses due to fraud on credit and debit cards in Britain rose by 18% to £492m ($656M U.S.) last year, fueled by online shopping and data breaches. The UK contributed 43% of the total card fraud losses across Europe. Most of the increase in card fraud in Britain came from online transactions and the theft of personal data through cybercrime.  ibtimes.co.uk

Illegal in Massachusetts: Asking Your Salary in a Job Interview
In a groundbreaking effort to close the wage gap between men and women, Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking about applicants' salaries before offering them a job.

The new law will require hiring managers to state a compensation figure upfront - based on what an applicant's worth is to the company, rather than on what he or she made in a previous position. nytimes.com

FBI seeking public comment on cargo theft reporting procedure
Public comments are being sought on a proposal by the nation's top law enforcement agency to extend the use of its cargo theft incident report.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget to continue its current electronic cargo theft collection protocol. According to a notice published July 20 on The Federal Register, the agency has requested an extension for public comments until Sept. 19.

Doug Morris, OOIDA director of security operations, said the FBI's move to allow electronic submission of cargo theft reports is a good thing. He said some jurisdictions have complained that providing information is labor-intensive and time-consuming, and should be automated. landlinemag.com federalregister.gov

Retention Bonuses May be in Jeopardy Long Term
Sports Authority Judge Rejects $2.8M Exec Bonuses

A Delaware bankruptcy judge rejected a move to pay the liquidating retail chain's executives up to $2.8 million in bonuses. During a hearing in Wilmington, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath ruled that the plan to award certain Sports Authority executives bonuses would be an improper transfer of estate property to insiders, siding with the U.S. Trustee's Office, which argued the payment would simply transfer over the estate's cash collateral to top brass while the rest of the employees are now unemployed.

Hannah Mufson McCollum, an attorney for the bankruptcy watchdog, noted that her office received several angry emails from former Sports Authority employees, no longer employed after the chain liquidated all of its roughly 450 locations, about the potential bonuses, and Judge Walrath said the ex-workers' pushback was perhaps justified.

"It is inappropriate to pay executives bonuses when everyone else is losing their jobs," the judge said from the bench. "Quite frankly, I'm not surprised employees are sending angry emails about it." law360.com
 
Office Depot to shutter 300 more stores
Office Depot Inc., three months after its proposed tie-up with larger rival Staples Inc. failed regulatory muster, said it would launch a quarterly dividend and close an additional 300 stores as it charts a course for remaining a stand-alone company.

The company plans to trim $250 million in costs by 2018 and initiated a quarterly dividend program at 2.5 cents a share, payable on Sept. 15 to shareholders of record by Aug. 25. The company didn't specify job cuts were part of its plan to trim expenses but said it would lower overall general and administrative costs.

Office Depot closed 42 stores in the second quarter, ending the period with 1,513 stores in North America as part of its earlier plan to close 400 stores. But Wednesday it said it would close an additional 300 stores on top of that.  marketwatch.com

OSHA finds hazards at Wichita, Clay Center Dollar General stores
Proposes $105,600 in Fines

Inspectors say the store at 2424 South Broadway in Wichita had blocked exit routes and has materials stored near electrical panels. OSHA is proposing a penalty of $88,000 for this store.

"In an emergency, blocked exits can be the difference between life and death. Piling up merchandise and blocking exit routes puts workers - and customers - at risk," said Judy Freeman in a press release, OSHA's area director in Wichita.

OSHA says the Clay Center store located at 615 West Grant received 5 serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. The inspection at that store showed electrical, fall and trip hazards. OSHA is proposing $17,600 in penalties for this store. Dollar General has 15 business days from the receipt of the citations to comply or contest the citations and proposed penalties. oshatoday.com

GameStop adds 507 AT&T Mobility stores with acquisition
The company announced Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of three national AT&T authorized retailers - Cellular World, Midwest Cellular and Red Skye Wireless - which boosts GameStop's wireless store holdings 1,421 stores of a global 7,117 total. The acquisition makes GameStop AT&T's largest authorized retailer and, says analysts, further reduces GameStop's dependence on sales of video games.  chainstoreage.com

Director of Loss Prevention for A'GACI in San Antonio, TX posted
A'gaci LLC is currently looking for a Director of Loss Prevention with "big-box" retail experience. This leadership position will have both hands-on operational and high-level analytical reporting responsibilities.
 
We started back in 1971 and A'GACI is now one of fashion's fastest growing brands. We feature an online fashion haven and high energy stores nationwide with new locations opening every year. Operating in twelve states. kronostm.com
 
Director of Loss Prevention for Unified Grocers in Los Angeles posted
Reporting to the Sr. V.P., Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director, Loss Prevention provides visionary leadership to the Loss Prevention Department by developing innovative ways to add value to the company by developing risk mitigation and communication plans, monitoring continuously to discover and reduce loss, assessing and improving internal processes, investigating policy violations and losses, protecting employees, guests and company assets and promoting the company's goals and objectives.

Unified Grocers is a leading wholesale cooperative grocery distributor that serves about 3,000 independent grocers, cash and carry outlets, and major grocery chains, mostly in the western US. The cooperative operates about a dozen distribution centers that supply its members and nonmember stores with more than 100,000 items. Unified Grocers boasts about 450 members with about 3,000 stores.  successfactors.com
 
Supervalu will consider Save-A-Lot sale

Coach Sells NYC HQ For $707M
 
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Papa John's Q2 North America comp's up 4.8%, International up 5.3%, revenue up 6%
Kate Spade Q2 comp's up 4%, net sales up 13.7%

Office Depot Q2 North America retail comp's down 1%, total sales down 6%



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Analytics Is Changing Way Companies Assess Risk, Fraud - Part 2
Scott Stephenson, chairman and chief executive of Verisk Analytics, a provider of data, analytics and decision support software primarily for the insurance, natural resources, and financial services sectors, discusses how analytics is changing risk assessments and how analytics helps companies combat fraud.

How does data analytics help fight fraud?

Mr. Stephenson: Fraud fighting is usually a network problem, with the bad guys preying on multiple market participants by using multiple identities. Early detection means containment of fraud and a reduction in payments to fraudulent actors. The use of innovative analytics can proactively detect networks of special interest and flag organized fraud activity. In the traditional approach, fraud investigators start with single suspect data points, such as name or address, then they reactively build a network with the associated data.

A new approach makes the process proactive by scanning data sets to detect fraudulent networks and using advanced analytics to identify network attributes, then scoring and prioritizing those networks based on their fraud potential. When we overlay data from social media or data derived from mining the text of claims adjusters' notes-and then apply the new data-enhanced analytics-we have a much more comprehensive toolbox to use in fighting fraud.

What are the top three risks for companies?

Mr. Stephenson: The top three risks companies face today are first-party risk associated with their own operations, third-party risk associated with supply chains and, increasingly, cyberrisk. I suppose the point about first-party risk is fairly obvious, but in a world that is increasingly knowledge-intense, regulated, global and fast-moving it requires more diligence than ever to ensure you're staying between your own lines. We see a steady stream of companies whose market caps took big hits because of a breakdown in the performance of their core processes.

As for third-party risk and supply chains, a company's risk assessment doesn't end at origin locations. Each intermediary and throughput location-distribution center, warehouse, rail terminal, truck stop-has logistics operations and potential risks that must also be considered. wsj.com

Disney may track park visitors using shoe recognition tech
Walt Disney was recently awarded a patent that describes identifying and tracking its visitors based on their footwear in order to provide customers with customized experiences.

As a guest enters a theme park, cameras would capture their shoe's color scheme as well as brand and model. Further, sensors placed in the ground would recognize and store shoe size and tread pattern.
Individuals could then be recognized by other cameras and sensors as they move about the park.

But the patent also suggests that the guest's personal data (name, hometown, interests, etc.) could be linked to the footwear data to customize the individual's experience.

Perhaps the most interesting argument in the patent is that tracking footwear is less invasive than other current methods, even when the individual knows they're being tracked. retailwire.com

This tiny device can infect point-of-sale systems and unlock hotel rooms
The new device generates an electromagnetic field that tricks card readers. Millions of point-of-sale systems and hotel room locks can be hacked by temporarily placing a small, inexpensive device several inches away from their card readers.

The device, due to be presented Sunday at the DEF CON conference in Las Vegas, is the creation of Weston Hecker, a senior security engineer at Rapid7.

MagSpoof can trick most standard card readers to believe a certain card was swiped by generating a strong electromagnetic field that simulates the data stored on the card's magnetic stripe. Kamkar presented it as a way to replace all your cards with a single device, but Hecker took the idea and investigated what else could be done with it.

He started by looking at point-of-sale systems and found that many of them treat the card readers as standard USB human input devices and would therefore also accept keyboard input through them.

Rapid7 reported the design flaw to US-CERT, which is in the process of identifying and notifying affected vendors. Unfortunately, the flaw will take a long time to fix even if vendors develop a software patch because many PoS devices require manual updating by a technician. csoonline.com

Counterfeit Fraud Down Over 60% at Mastercard's Top 5 EMV-enabled Merchants
Eighty Percent of Mastercard U.S. Consumer Credit Cards Have Chips

Mastercard today announced that 80 percent of its U.S. consumer credit cards have chips, representing an 88 percent increase in chip card adoption since the October 1, 2015 liability shift started to bring EMV-secured payments to the U.S.

The company also sees 1.7 million chip-active merchant locations on its network, representing nearly 30 percent of the U.S. merchant population and a 374 percent increase in chip terminal adoption since October 1, 2015.

In June, Mastercard unveiled a new EMV chip terminal testing and certification program that speeds chip terminal deployment to hours, rather than days, allowing merchants to move more quickly to EMV.  businesswire.com
 

 


 
 

 



 
With Nordstrom Rack announcement, discount luxury continues to surge
Probably the most underserved retail channel in Canada
Off-Price is now booming

While traditional and luxury retailers are struggling, discount retail is flourishing. "They're looking at the success of TJX and asking: 'Why not carve out a piece of that pie? Why not carve out a division of my own?' "

TJX Canada, which operates Winners and Marshalls, is the second-largest apparel retailing organization in the country after Walmart Canada, and has consistently outperformed the majority of the country's largest apparel organizations over the past three years, according to industry expert Randy Harris, publisher of Canadian Apparel Insights.

The other winner in the Canadian marketplace is Sweden's H&M global powerhouse, which increased sales by 15 per cent at its 78 Canadian stores in the first six months of 2016, according to Harris.

There is little risk of what the industry calls cannibalization due to the scarcity of stores.

Off-price shoppers are responsible for 75 per cent of apparel purchases across all channels in the U.S. The same figures are not available in Canada, said Silva, but consumer interest in discount shopping is clear. Marshalls and Winners have created a loyal following among people hooked on hunting for deals.
 

"We have seen strong performance in the market already," said Jonathan Greller, president, Saks OFF 5TH and Gilt, in a statement.  thestar.com

Study finds dozens of Canadian businesses have paid ransoms to regain control of data after cyber attacks
A new report has revealed dozens of Canadian organizations were forced to pay attackers over the past year to regain access to computer files and IT systems infected with ransomware. The Osterman Research study published by Malwarebytes found 44 of the 125 Canadian respondents, all of whom were anonymous, reported having a ransomware attack on their organization in the previous 12 months.

A majority of the victims, 33 of the respondents, said they'd paid ransoms with costs ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. The study also found 11 of the 44 organizations targeted by ransomware had to shut down their business for a time to deal with the attack and devote an average of nine person-hours to recover.
ctvnews.com

Ontario wage-theft victims lost $28M to poor enforcement, statistics show
Victims of wage theft across Ontario have lost out on $28 million over the past six years because the Ministry of Labour failed to collect the pay owed to them by law-breaking bosses, new statistics show.

Just $19 million of the $47.5 million stolen from out-of-pocket workers since 2009 has ever been recovered - a "disturbingly low success rate," according to a government-commissioned research project requested by Torstar News Service. Yet it found less than 0.2 per cent of bosses guilty of monetary violations are ever prosecuted. metronews.ca

Saks OFF 5TH Announces Next 3 Canadian Store Opening Dates - Sept. 1st
Saks says it plans to operate up to 25 Canadian OFF 5TH locations by the year 2018. retail-insider.com

Nordstrom Rack discount retail stores to open in Calgary and Toronto
 
100-year-old Winnipeg-based jewelry chain, Ben Moss Jewelers to close all 54 stores

 

Ottawa, ON: Store burgled, shot fired, police cruiser stolen - suspect freed without charges
West Ottawa residents are scratching their heads over the saga of a convenience store break-in that led to a police pursuit, a foot chase, a single shot from an officer's gun, the theft of a police car, an arrest - and the suspect's release without charges.

Ottawa police said in a statement Monday they were still investigating just what happened after authorities responded to a break-in alarm Sunday night at a store on Richmond Road near Woodroffe Avenue. After a brief vehicle chase, then a foot chase through Hintonburg park, police said, "a scuffle" broke out resulting in a single discharge of the officer's firearm. Neither the suspect nor the officer were injured. The suspect then managed to backtrack to the officer's cruiser and flee the scene, police said.

Police said Monday a 37-year-old man apprehended in Aylmer, Que., was facing multiple charges but later issued another release saying only that he had been released without charges.
ottawacitizen.com

Ontario: 7 arrested in connection to smash-and-grab spree; 80 break-ins throughout region
A group of seven people are facing nearly 70 charges combined following a police investigation into 80 break-and-enters throughout southern Ontario. Waterloo Regional Police allege that the majority of the break-ins occurred within Waterloo Region. Included in that number is a series of incidents in which stolen vehicles were used to break into buildings like Fairview Park Mall, The Aud and the Stampede Corral, after which ATMs were stolen or attempted to be stolen. In total, police allege, the group is responsible for stealing $870,000 worth of vehicles, causing $400,000 worth of damage to businesses, and stealing $70,000 in cash from ATMs. ctvnews.ca

St. Albert, AB: Attempted ATM theft foiled by incompetence
Two would-be thieves met their match in a stubborn bank machine in a St. Albert gas station this week.
A security video posted on the St. Albert Crime Awareness Facebook page shows the pair trying twice to pull an ATM through the front window of a gas station convenience story early Tuesday morning. Twice they strapped the ATM to their black pickup truck, twice the strap came loose, fluttering to the pavement. The two eventually abandoned their quarry, but not before causing extensive damage to the ATM and the store. cbc.ca

Charlottetown, PE: Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

Parry Sound, Ontario: OPP nab three Outlaw Motorcycle Club bikers after gas station robbery

Brandon, MB: Store staff thwart two thiefs with $650 in meat products, other merchandise 

Hamilton, ON: Eastgate Square jewelry store robber sentenced to 7 years


Robberies & Burglaries

Comfort Inn - Moncton, NB
Esso - Parry Sound, ON
Fondation Le Monarque - Laval, QC  

Mac's - Renfrew, ON
Mappins Jewellers - Edmonton, AB ($23,104 in merchandise)
Oshawa Gas Bar - Oshawa, ON

Peoples Jewellers - Windor, ON ($3,999 in merchandise)
Petro Canada - Vernon, BC - Armed Robbery
Unnamed Business - Ottawa, ON

 

 

Transforming Enforcement with Leading Edge Technology

With the concept of restorative justice growing in popularity as a way to save time and money for retailers, law enforcement and the judicial system, Lohra Miller, CEO of Turning Point Justice, tells us what's new with the Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) Program in this LPNN interview. Learn about the reporting and analytics features they've added to their web-based platform, the partnerships that set CAP apart, and the team of LP veterans supporting their program.
 


LPNN Quick Take #4

Joe and Amber provide some advice for getting on the NRF Protect Conference agenda, tips on the submission process, and how to put together an impactful, valuable session that isn't a sales pitch.

 

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Solving online fraud
Digital Identity's Call For Democracy

With online fraud's rapid growth into a shady multibillion-dollar annual business, preventing it is becoming increasingly critical for all merchants and consumers. One area where fraud is being fought is within the gaping loopholes in identity authentication. Just in the last six years, Fraudsters are estimated to have stolen over $100 billion.

Travis Jarae, an industry leader focused on initiatives related to the future of identity verification and developing FinTech compliance standards, knows firsthand the verification challenges plaguing the payments ecosystem and the future of digital identity."A great number of companies today are trying to tackle some of the biggest global issues, which revolve around the lack of a solid identity verification solution," said

"The issue of identity verification fringes upon a host of other related issues such as cyberthreats, identity fraud, and financial inclusion. Any solution developed to solve issues around identity; however, will need to be built for financial services first" Jarae said.

Fraudsters and blockchain

While biometrics and social data are viable solutions for identity verification, Jarae thinks of the blockchain as the breakthrough innovation that holds the most potential.   Read full article here.  pymnts.com

Report: Wal-Mart looking to buy etailer Jet for $3B

Apparel Is the Most Popular Category Among Online Shoppers

 
 

New York, NY: Saks Fifth Avenue employee used Store Credit Cards To Steal $68K in merchandise
Queens resident Shuya Xia, 25, started working at Saks' flagship at the end of March. On June 29, a surveillance camera at the store captured Xia using a computer to open three Saks Fifth Avenue credit card accounts in three different people's names. Then, on July 2 and July 3, Xia opened two more store credit card accounts using the names of two others. Between June 29 and July 3, the employee used the cards to buy more than $50,000 worth of merchandise from the store. In total, she bought about $68,000 in items with the cards. Xia was arrested on July 25 after Saks Fifth Avenue's Loss Prevention staff discovered she'd opened the credit card accounts and used the cards to purchase the merchandise. She was charged with two counts of grand larceny, one count of identity theft and one count of unlawful possession of personal identification information. dnainfo.com

San Antonio, TX: Delivery man charged with stealing, selling $50,000 of cigarettes
Police arrested a man on charges he stole large lots of cigarettes from convenient stores and sold them to other stores. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the suspect, identified as David Morales, 47, worked as a delivery person for a local newspaper. Investigators say several stores along his regular route, about 8 to 10, were burglarized and cigarettes were taken. Detectives believe Morales broke into the stores and sold the stolen products at a discount to other businesses, which later sold them. In all, Morales is accused of stealing between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of cigarettes. He faces felony charges of organized retail theft. news4sanantonio.com


Modesto, CA: Card Shop Owner busted for 'facilitating the thefts' of over $1,000 in wine from a local grocery store
A north Modesto business owner faces charges of possession of stolen property and conspiracy related to the theft of more than $1,000 in high-value wine from a grocery store. Gregory Pringle Lambert was arrested July 22 after an investigation of several months indicated he was "facilitating the thefts." A search of his Standiford Avenue business, California Card Shark, also turned up stolen property. modbee.com


Wellington, FL: Women's shoplifting plans go amiss, $3,000 in clothing left behind at The Mall at Wellington Green
A Loss Prevention officer saw four women select merchandise in a store, take it to the back of the store and stuff the items into purses and shopping bags. Deputies and security officers stationed themselves by the exits to await the shoplifters. Two of the women apparently left their companions, either to act as scouts or to retrieve the getaway vehicle. The other two women, sensing something was amiss with their shoplifting plan, dumped the merchandise out of their bags and purses and stashed it under clothing racks and displays. They were detained by deputies as they exited the store. The women admitted they were going to steal clothing, but they didn't have any merchandise in their possession. Although the store declined to issue the two trespass warnings, the mall security prohibited them from the premises for a year. The items the woman had planned to take were recovered and totaled more than $3,000. palmbeachpost.com

Chillicothe, OH: Woman found with more than $1,000 in stolen items
A woman is facing two counts of theft after she admitted to stealing from several stores. Chillicothe Police were called Monday by Ulta Beauty referencing a shoplifter. Officers found the vehicle the suspect was believed to be in after it was pointed out by store employees and conducted a search of the vehicle. Inside a trash bag, officers found six items of make up, eight Yeti coolers, a hammock, an Under Armor jacket, and 15 Under Armor t-shirts totaling $1,030.71 in merchandise. Two chargers and three pairs of jeans were also found in the bag. Sherry J. Cook, 44, admitted to stealing the items from various stores including Ulta Beauty, Dick's Sporting Goods, Rural King and others in West Virginia. Officers also found several syringes. chillicothegazette.com

Harris Teeter LP nabs persistent Nicorette gums thieves
Tiffany Starnes was arrested with $300 of Nicorette nicotine gum in her bag on Aug. 2. Starnes was observed shoplifting the day prior, Loss Prevention was able to recover $400 in merchandise as she and a male suspect fled the store. independenttribune.com

Glendale, AZ: Man arrested for $500 cologne theft from Boston store

Salem, IL: Two men arrested at Walmart with 'large amount of unpaid merchandise', bond set at $50,000

 

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Death, Shooting and Assault

Brownstown Twp, MI: Retail Fraud suspect killed,
several injured during Police Chase

Police say a car fleeing officers crashed into three vehicles in suburban Detroit, killing a 27-year-old driver who was among those hit and injuring several others. State police say the car with male driver and a female passenger collided with the others Tuesday in Wayne County's Brownstown Township after trying to escape police in Woodhaven. Police say they were wanted for retail fraud and parole violations. woodtv.com

Cahokia, MO: Shots fired in grocery store parking lot
Police are investigating after shots were fired in the parking lot of Best Top Grocery store in Cahokia Tuesday evening. Authorities say people in two cars were shooting at each other. Nobody was hit. There were at least 12 shell casings on the ground of the parking lot. One person is in custody. kmov.com


Akron, OH: Dollar General Manager attacked outside the store
Akron Police released video on Tuesday showing a man attacking a person in the Dollar General store parking lot. On July 25, an employee walked to his car to take money to the bank. Video shows the suspect running up to the employee and then attacking him. The suspect punched the employee in the face several times. Police say they are still looking for the suspect. fox8.com


Robberies & Thefts

North Wales, PA: Masked men make off with $10,000 in jewelry in heist at Montgomery Mall
Police are searching for three men who they say made off with $10,000 worth of jewelry from a suburban Philadelphia mall after a smash-and-grab heist. Officers say they were called to the Helzberg Diamonds inside the Montgomery Mall in North Wales on Tuesday morning after three masked men smashed jewelry displays in the store. Investigators say they stole about $10,000 worth of jewels before fleeing the scene. No injuries were reported during the heist. nbcphiladelphia.com

Arrest Made in Jewelry Store Robbery,
Shooting in Thousand Oaks

The Armed Robbery was reported about 1:15 p.m. April 12 at Albert's Jewelry Store. An initial investigation revealed that at least two people entered the store and one exchanged gunfire with a store employee. One of the suspects was injured in the shooting before getting away, officials said. No one else was injured during the incident. Maurice Haley, of Los Angeles, was later identified as a suspect based on DNA evidence collected at the scene. ktla.com

Fountain Valley, CA: Third Jewel Thief Suspect Arrested in Spree of High Dollar OC Burglaries
A 30-year-old woman wanted in connection with a spree of jewelry store burglaries in Orange County was arrested today. Isabel Ochoa was arrested at her South El Monte home on a warrant charging her with four counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of grand theft, all felonies. Fountain Valley police arrested Victor Herrera, a 50-year-old North Hollywood resident, was arrested earlier this year in connection with two of the burglaries, making this the third. A Co-defendant pleaded not guilty in March and was next due in court Aug. 31 on four counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of grand theft, all felonies. They are accused of burglarizing Tustin Village Jewelers, Diamonds Direct in Laguna Hills, Nick's Jewelry and Watch Craft in Fullerton and Mimi's Jewelry and Ballard and Ballard Jewelry in Fountain Valley. patch.com


Houston, TX: Sparks fly as Burglars cut through metal Security gate at Motorcycle dealership
The three masked men used a gasoline powered piece of equipment, comparable to a chainsaw, to pierce a hole in the side of a metal service door. You can see sparks flying on the video while the thieves are slicing their way into the business. The suspects are also seen placing a plastic tarp over a fence to prevent anyone on the outside from seeing what they were doing. khou.com

Golf club thief confronted at gunpoint outside Golf Galaxy
Attempting to sell stolen golf clubs does not end well for suspect. Don Acree, a retired Fire Marshall/ Police Officer, told police he noticed his golf bag was missing from the patio of LaFortune Park Golf Club. Acree drove to Golf Galaxy "on the off chance his clubs had already been sold,." Acree encountered Devon Montgomery with some of his clubs in the parking lot. Video shows Acree detaining Montgomery in the parking lot by holding him at gunpoint and claiming to be a law enforcement officer. Acree can be heard threatening to kill Montgomery and appears to kick him in the head as he lies compliant on the ground. tulsaworld.com

Cleveland, OH: Female Shoplifting on the Rise in Cleveland area malls
A string of shoplifting incidents at several local malls have one thing in common - predominantly female suspects. Strongsville police tell newsnet5.com that women have made up the majority of shoplifting arrests at the South Park Mall for several years. But the number of female arrests is on the rise. In 2014, 66 percent of shoplifting arrests were female suspects. In 2015, 68 percent of shoplifting arrests were women. And so far this year, 71 percent all shoplifting arrests have been female suspects. Beachwood had nine reports of shoplifting involving female suspects at Beachwood Place over the last two weeks, according to police reports. A $5200 Chanel purse was stolen from Saks Fifth Avenue, along with clothing from H&M, jewelry from Claire's and six different incidents at Sephora, racking up several hundred dollars worth of pocketed cosmetics. newsnet5.com

Louisville, KY: ATF, Louisville and Jeffersontown Police annouunce several arrests in gun store burglaries

Akron, OH: Dollar General Manager attacked in parking lot; making bank deposit

Sugar Land TX: Sugar Land Police seeking info on 2 JC Penney/ Sephora shoplifters

UK: Australia: Well coordinated thieves responsible for a Series of Burglaries, targeting cigarettes and cash

Kay Jewelers in the Southland Mall, Hayward, CA reprted a Grab & Run on 8/2, merchandise valued at $5,899

Kay Jewelers in the Park Place Plaza Mall, Little Rock, AR reported a Grab & Run on 8/2, merchandise valued at $3,199

Kay Jewelers in the Parma Town Mall, Parma, OH reported a Grab & Run on 8/2, merchandise valued at $1,699

Piercing Pagoda in the Las Vegas Premium Outlet South, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 8/2, merchandise valued at $149


Credit Card Fraud

Smithville, TN: Police arrest suspect on Credit Card Fraud for 3 incidents at Dollar Tree


Best Top Grocery - Cahokia, MO - Shooting
Corner Market - Laurel County, KY - Robbery / 2 arrested
Citgo - Orange County, FL - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot
Crowder Lawn - Brazil, IN - Burglary
CVS - Auburn, ME - Robbery / 2 arrested
Dollar General - Conway, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Midwest City, OK - Armed Robbery
Georgetown Pharmacy - Georgetown, DE - Armed Robbery/ suspect charged
Grand Central - Fort Smith, AR - Burglary
Greenfield Market - Lynchburg, VA - Shooting/ 1 injured
Harrison Food Mart - Cheviot, OH - Armed Robbery/ suspect killed by owner
Helzberg Diamonds - North Wales, PA - Robbery
Houston Motorsports - Harris County, TX - Burglary
Jiffy Mini Mart - Terre Haute, IN - Armed Robbery
Jim's Gun Shop - Raleigh, NC - Robbery/ Shooting
Jim's Quick Stop - Billerica, MA - Armed Robbery
Kwik Shop - Lake Worth, FL - Shooting/ 1 man killed
North Dover Shore Shop - Dover, DE - Armed Robbery/ photo released
ODIN Firearms - San Angelo, TX - Burglary
Papa John's - Magnolia, DE - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Portland, ME - Armed Robbery
S&N - DeKalb, GA - Shooting / 2 injured
Southampton Jewelry Exchange - Southampton, NY - Burglary
Stripes - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery

 

 


 
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