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Bryan O'Brien was assigned new responsibilities at Gap Inc. His new title is now Vice President of Loss Prevention, Banana Republic, Athleta & Intermix.
Bryan previously held the title of VP of Loss Prevention for Gap Inc. since March of 2014. Prior to that he has held a number of various loss prevention leadership positions inside the Gap Inc. brand. He has worked as Senior Director of Loss Prevention Banana Republic, Director of Investigations & ORC, and Senior Regional LP Manager for Banana Republic. Congratulations Bryan!
 

 

 



18 Senior LP Jobs Open Heading Into the Fourth Quarter
Most Ever Heading into Q4??

With 18 senior LP jobs open heading into the fourth quarter it's going to be a mad rush to fill those jobs before November 1st, because then retail runs into the executives who won't leave until after the holidays and some will be counting on their annual bonuses which don't normally pay out until March or April.

So this is squeeze time for Retail America in getting these jobs filled and quite frankly it can be used to an executive's advantage in the negotiation process to a certain extent. Albeit slight, it still represents a card to be played in the process.

The issue is how effective can the executive really be when joining during the holiday push. One can only expect to learn the retailer and their customers and become familiar with their operations, because how much change can one expect to make when everyone is focused on selling?

On a side note this is a very high number going into the fourth quarter and certainly reflects the sense of urgency Retail America is placing on this position, which obviously is being driven by current events and the state of retail's exposure. As a matter of fact I don't think I've ever seen this many open at one time at this time of year ever before. Now does the internet play a role in this in that it broadcasts the openings - quite possibly. But after thirty years of filling these jobs and monitoring this specific job category I don't think I've ever seen 18 open at this time of year heading into Q4. Just a thought - Gus Downing

How Employers Should Prep For Active Shooter Situations
In-house counsel must work with management to prepare for active shooters

While you do not want to overreact, inaction and lack of preparation are no longer viable options.
 
In order to protect your workforce and avoid liability under various laws, you should work with management to identify and develop an appropriate workplace critical incident protocol (WCIP). First, you must consider what laws and government agencies may be at play in the case of a workplace shooting, as well as what has been expected of employers in the past.

One government agency sure to get involved if there is an active shooter situation in your workplace is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has the ability to fine employers if reasonable steps to maintain a safe workplace are not taken. What the agency considers "reasonable" is subjective and will depend on the specifics of each case.

Certain industries have greater liability exposure under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including late night retailers, liquor stores, banks, hospitals and home health care workers. These industries are expected to have a WCIP or may be required by the agency to have an emergency action plan.

Equally important is identifying the specific state laws that impact how to best position memorializing and implementing your WCIP. It is also important to consider any available general guidance from your state's attorney general and local law enforcement on concealed carry in the workplace and active shooter preparation.  law360.com

French Mayor Cancels Europe's Largest Flea Market Over Terror Fears
Drew 2.5 Million Visitors Last Year - An Economic Blow

The mayor of the French city of Lille said Friday that it was canceling its annual flea market, the largest in Europe, due to fears of a terrorist attack. She made the decision because despite the local government's efforts to ramp up security at the event, which drew 2.5 million visitors last year, it was impossible to guarantee the safety of the crowds.
 
The event, originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 3 and 4, is a major revenue generator for the city, with 10,000 exhibitors setting up their stands in its streets. Hotels and restaurants are traditionally fully booked during the weekend, which gathers bargain-hunters from across the continent.
 
The presence of large crowds meant there was no guarantee victims could be properly treated and evacuated by emergency personnel in the event of an attack. "In addition, it is reasonable to think that even in the absence of accidents, the climate of fear is such that the slightest noise or crowd movement could create a state of panic with serious consequences," Aubry added.  wwd.com

Security in the retail sector on the rise
Retail to join government and hospitality as top vertical markets

Across the globe, retail spaces will purchase more physical security measures, such as cameras and EAS (electric article surveillance) systems, and the Americas will be a strong region in the forecast period from 2016 to 2020, according to a July 28 report from research firm Technavio.
 
We see the retail sector becoming one of the top three physical security [vertical markets]," Amrita Choudhury, Technavio research analyst, told Security Systems News. The retail market, government and the hospitality industry, will be the largest vertical markets globally, she said.
 
For the combined Americas region, including North and South America, the market value is "around $2.09 billion for 2016, and by 2020 it's going to be around $2.69 billion, and the CAGR will be 6.38 percent," Choudhury said. Choudhury couldn't provide data on individual territories, but said, "the U.S. is definitely a big player in this market."
 
The Americas made up about 47 percent of the total market in 2015, Choudhury said, and that percentage will drop slightly-down to around 46.3 percent by 2020. The Americas market is still growing, but other regions, such as Asia/Pacific, are growing at a faster rate.
 
For 2016, [the global market value] is $4.46 billion, by 2020 it's going to be around $5.8 billion ... and the CAGR is approximately 6.67 percent," Choudhury said.
 
Key retail end users that are expected to adopt more security technologies include department stores, restaurants, super markets, and a "hyper markets"-stores that carry both merchandise and groceries. Choudhury said that the report segmented end users into these four categories, but doesn't have information about which will grow the most; the report focuses on case studies on these markets.
 
Choudhury said that video surveillance, electronic article surveillance-or EAS-and video analytics are key technologies in this market growth. "These three are really driving the overall physical security market," she said.  securitysystemsnews.com


NYPD touts safest summer in decades
July shootings are at lowest point since the city started recording crime stats in 1994
The city saw fewer serious crimes last month than in any July since the NYPD began comprehensively tracking the numbers, the department announced Thursday.

The downward trend continues from June, which also had a record low number of serious crimes for that month since 1994, when the modern tracking system started. There were fewer than 100 shootings in July of this year-an all-time low for the city, according to city records. It's the eleventh consecutive month where shootings were below that level.
 
Bratton emphasized that the drop in crime continues as police make fewer arrests, a trend crime experts have lauded. "New York is proving that we can have what everybody wants: more public safety with far less police enforcement," said David Kennedy, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and director of the National Network for Safe Communities. "And that those who maligned New York's minority communities by saying they'd run red with blood unless they were occupied by the police were absolutely, completely wrong."
 
The good news comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton prepares to depart next month for the private sector. He will pass the baton to his long-groomed protegé, Chief of Department Jimmy O'Neill.  crainsnewyork.com

Home Depot Banning Shoplifters is Permissible, Calif. Court Says
Barring a shoplifter from Home Depot stores and their parking lots is constitutionally permissible, the California Supreme Court said Thursday, upholding a probation sentence that a defendant had challenged based on his constitutional right to travel.
 
"He may - without violating the challenged condition - freely move about his community, the city, and the state of California," the opinion said. "In short, the restriction on his movement imposed by the probation condition is too de minimis to implicate the constitutional travel right."  law360.com

Dollar Tree cutting 370 jobs as part of corporate restructuring
Dollar Tree will eliminate some 370 positions as part of a corporate restructuring related to its acquisition of Family Dollar last year.
 
The cuts, which include 100 vacant positions at its Family Dollar store support center in Matthews, North Carolina, are part of the chain's ongoing efforts to integrate its support functions through a shared services model.
 
"Since completing our acquisition a year ago, we have communicated our plans to utilize a shared services model, leveraging our back office functions to support both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar business segments."
 
"We will operate and grow both banners," Sasser added. "At Dollar Tree, everything is $1 while Family Dollar serves as your neighborhood discount store. To insure that we deliver value and the brand standard, we plan to keep our customer-facing organizations separate and focused on the individual banners. Specifically, store operations and merchandising functions will remain largely unchanged. There are no plans to include these functions in the shared services model."
 
The Company believes it is well positioned to achieve its goal of $300 million in combined run rate annual synergies by the end of its third year following its July 2015 acquisition. businesswire.com  chainstoreage.com

Wal-Mart Rolls Out a New Worker Scheduling System
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is trying out a scheduling system in hundreds of stores to give employees more control over their hours, as it seeks to address worker discontent around unpredictable scheduling without boosting labor costs.

The retailer, which has 1.5 million U.S. employees, has put the new system into about 650 of its Neighborhood Market stores in the past month and could eventually use it in all of its approximately 4,600 U.S. locations, said Mark Ibbotson, executive vice president of central operations for Wal-Mart.

The new system is an upgraded version of the company's employee scheduling software that allows Wal-Mart to better predict staffing demands to give store managers and employees real-time information on open shifts and staffing changes. Under the changes, some full-time and part-time employees will be able to have a fixed schedule for up to six months. Most employees will stay on the current regime, getting three weeks advanced notice of their schedules. wsj.com

Grocery strike averted: Workers reach tentative deal with Ralphs and Albertsons

Dollar Tree Expanding, Investing $110M & 600 new jobs at Corporate HQ In Chesapeake, Virginia

Michael's buys Hancock Fabrics brand & intellectual property

HSN, Inc. shares tumble 9 percent; CEO says election is distracting consumers



Quarterly Same Stores Sales Results
Jamba Juice co. owned comp's up 5.7%, revenue down 60.2% (reduction of co. owned stores)

 

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Director disqualified after taking 1m euros
from firm's PayPal account

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Irish authorities with their investigation into the activities of an Irish man who siphoned off money from company accounts through a PayPal account.

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Analytics Is Changing Way Companies Assess Risk, Fraud - Part 4
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.

What do C-suite executives and board members need to consider when introducing data analytics?

Mr. Stephenson: All business leaders must commit to the growth of their enterprise by ceaselessly innovating. At Verisk, we send our senior leadership to "data/analytic boot camp." Analytics is at the leading edge of business innovation and it works best when embraced throughout an organization. An advantaged behavior on the part of any business...is to seamlessly make use of data from within and outside the enterprise to generate new and unique insights.

What should they be thinking about when evaluating a data analytics program?

Mr. Stephenson: A very good question to ask is, "Are my line managers thinking, behaving, and sounding more like data analysts, and are my data scientists and data engineers sounding more like line managers?" Ideally, the business thought and the data analytic thought should be side by side between the left and right ear of the same individual. Even if not that integrated, a shared mindset should reinforce the notion of using data to create meaningful information and not merely to warehouse it. Companies should also assume that they will be performing much of their work in the cloud within five years. Companies need-and can achieve-continuous, agile improvements propelled by skillful use of data analytics. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 from the Daily. wsj.com

'Cyber crime has become a national security threat' in the UK,
says Fraud Advisory Panel

Expert body critical of response to crimes of deception

The independent watchdog says that many of the initiatives introduced following the government's Fraud Review 2006 have been cut back or diluted as a result of cost-cutting, political expediency and a target-driven law enforcement culture. It singles out online fraud, which wasn't even on the radar 10 years ago, as being a particular problem.

"Today the internet has industrialised the way crimes of deception are committed and the radar screen is crowded," says the panel in the review.

"Cyber crime has become a national security threat. Our challenge is to redesign our digital world with security in mind. That's going to take everything we've got because the vulnerabilities are quite literally everywhere."  computing.co.uk

IoT a focus for IBM's new security taskforce
The Internet of Things will be a key focus for IBM's newly formed security testing team, X-Force Red. Comprising security professionals and ethical hackers based in dozens of locations around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, the group will help businesses discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks, hardware, and software applications before cybercriminals do. The team will form part of IBM's Security Services division, and will be spearheaded by Charles Henderson, a renowned penetration-testing expert and IBM's global head of security testing and threats. iothub.com

'Keystroke injection' attacks on retail POS systems to be demonstrated at Black Hat security conference
The latest exploits against point-of-sale systems and hotel key systems will be demonstrated by Rapid7 senior security consultant Weston Hecker at the Black Hat security conference on Sunday. Hecker will demonstrate methods of injecting keystrokes into PoS systems as if a keyboard were plugged into the system. This includes injecting keystrokes to open the cash drawer and abusing magnetic stripe-based rewards programmes. computing.co.uk

Only 3 percent of U.S. companies pay attackers after ransomware infections
Globally, 40 percent of them have paid the ransom, 97 percent of U.S. companies did not. Specifically, 75 percent of enterprise victims paid up in Canada, 58 percent in the U.K., and 22 percent in Germany, according to an Osterman Research survey of hundreds of senior executives in the U.S., Canada, German and the U.K.

This is partly due to the fact that, in the United States, the attacks were much more likely to hit lower-level employees. In the U.S., enterprises reported that 71 percent of lower-level staff were affected, compared to 29 percent in the U.K., 23 percent in Canada, and 14 percent in Germany. csoonline.com

 

 


 

Nedap Appoints Marketing Director for US Retail Division


Wakefield, MA, August 4, 2016 -
Deidra Grier has been appointed Director of Marketing at Nedap, a global leader in loss prevention and RFID solutions for the retail sector. In this role, Grier is responsible for all Americas Marketing initiatives in connection to loss prevention and article surveillance products.

Patrick O'Leary, Vice President and General Manager at Nedap Retail, stated, "I am thrilled Deidra has joined the Nedap Americas Retail team. Her knowledge of the industry and diverse skill set enables her to bring a strategic vision and focus to Nedap." O'Leary added, "She will play a key role as we introduce innovations designed to bolster our position as a leader in the RFID / RF EAS Space."

Grier brings several years of retail industry experience and expertise in marketing communications, branding, and creative design. She is a highly motivated individual who is very conscientious and concerned about the final product and client needs.

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

 



 

ISMG Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit set for Sept. 13-14 in Toronto 

Information Secutiy Media Group (ISMG) will host a Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto on Sept. 13-14. The summit will give attendees an opportunity to network with expert presenters and over 100 peers, as well as attend over 20 sessions. The event will focus on the latest fraud techniques and technologies, as well as a holistic, strategic approach to looking at the data breach problem that affects all industries.

Feel free to switch between sessions in each track and network with your peers as well as our speakers and sponsors throughout the day. Attendees also gain onDemand access to all summit recordings and our curriculum of 400+ webinars after the Summit. 

To register and learn more, click here.


Security vendor Trustwave expands Canadian presence due to increased cybersecurity threats
Citing a growth in cybersecurity challenges in this country, Chicago-based "security-as-a-service" vendor Trustwave has opened a new office based in Waterloo.

According to new Trustwave Canada country manager Michael Sims, the new Waterloo office feature will support approximately 90 employees. There is a need for more security professionals in this country, Sims told IT World Canada. While the security issues and challenges are often the same across North America, Canadian organizations in particular are facing specific pressure from cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and resource constraints.

Within the last 24 months, with the number of security breaches across North America and the world, more organizations are being proactive about security, Sims said.  itworldcanada.com

Walmart, Costco continue to eat into sales of traditional Canadian grocers
Food sales from grocery stores such as Loblaw and Metro were 3.7 times higher overall than food sales from general merchants in the first quarter. In 2010, they were 6.5 times higher.

"The growth in food sales through the general merchandising channels, largely represented by Walmart and Costco, is astounding."  financialpost.com

Retail Fast Facts: July 2016

Highlights:
National seasonally adjusted total monthly retail sales increased 4.6 per cent over the comparable month last year, and increased 0.2 per cent versus the prior month Read more

Canadian Tire quarterly profits up 4.5 percent in second quarter



Dartmouth, NS: Store owner fined for falsifying documents and
undervaluing shipments

Kelly Wall, owner of Encore Decor, has to pay a fine of $30,000 and $77,000 in evaded duty and taxes. The case of a Dartmouth store owner who pled guilty to falsifying documents and undervaluing imported shipments was one of the most "significant" Blair MacDonald has encountered in his 32-year career with Canada Border Services Agency.

The CBSA investigation determined that between May 2008 and July 2014, Wall undervalued 32 commercial shipments to her Dartmouth store, Encore Decor Ltd. "I've not seen a commercial case where someone is only declaring their shipments on the average of less than 20 per cent," MacDonald told Metro on Wednesday. "This is the first time in my career I've ever seen anybody alter, forge, a customs manifest." metronews.ca

19-year-old Stratford man arrested in connection to Walmart bomb
threat evacuation

Police later sought the public's assistance in identifying a suspect, and released a video of the man they later arrested who was identified by the public. cbc.ca




Edmonton: St. Albert police looking for Dyson thief; four vacuums stolen from Canadian Tire
Police are trying to identify a suspect who was caught by security cameras as he walked out of a Canadian Tire with four high-end vacuum cleaners. ctvnews.ca




Lakeshore, ON: Boy, 15, woman, 29, face charges after Ontario 'crime spree' 
Provincial police are crediting a southwestern Ontario homeowner with ending what investigators allege was a "multijurisdiction crime spree." They say a Lakeshore resident reported that he had found a boy who had broken into his garage and had him in custody after a short foot chase. When officers arrived, they arrested a 15-year-old Lakeshore boy and a 29-year-old woman from Windsor, Ont. Investigators allege the pair were also involved in a truck theft in Windsor, a theft of cash from a gas station in Lakeshore, and a bicycle theft in Lasalle, Ont. The boy faces 15 charges, including break and enter, theft, unauthorized possession of a weapon, assault with a weapon, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. ctvnews.ca

Jasper RCMP are asking the public to help identify a suspect in a case of mischief and possession of a controlled substance
Jasper RCMP are asking the public to help identify a suspect in a case of mischief and possession of a controlled substance, which occurred July 24. On July 24 at approximately 11 a.m., an unknown male entered Ransom, a local clothing store, and attempted to steal a watch. While trying to cut a security cable, the suspect damaged the watch. When confronted by the store manager, the suspect fled on foot, leaving a bag of what is believed to be cocaine on the counter of the store. fitzhugh.ca

Kelowna, BC: RCMP looking to identify duo suspected of stealing from Mountain Equipment Co-Op

9 Members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club arrested; pried open an ATM



Robberies

Mac's Convenience - Barrie, ON
Petro-Canada - Regina, SK
Robert's Pizza & Donairs - Darmouth, NS
TD Canada Trust - Vancouver, BC
 
 

 

Innovating for a smarter,
safer world

Within retail, video surveillance systems have traditionally been used for safety and security. Axis network video solutions take such systems to a new level by not only offering HDTV image quality both in real time and recordings, but also by combining this with the latest intelligent video functions and invaluable analytic tools on the market. Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager for Axis, tells us how this can improve your entire business, from safety and loss prevention to merchandising and store operations.
 


LPNN Quick Take #5

Dan Doyle, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bealls Inc., and Dr. Richard Hollinger of the University of Florida, discuss National Retail Security Survey trends, diversion program effectiveness, and the impact of higher felony threshold laws.

 

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Counterfeits On Alibaba: US Judge Dismisses RICO Racketeering Claim Of Lawsuit By Luxury Brands
The lawsuit accuses Alibaba and 14 other companies of selling counterfeit goods on their online marketplaces. It also claims that the companies formed a joint enterprise which seeks to profit from the sale of fake branded items. Luxury brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent accusing the web giant of enabling counterfeiters when a New York federal judge ruled Thursday the brands hadn't proven a united conspiracy.
 
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan dismissed the claim of racketeering made by Paris-based Kering SA and the brands it owns, saying the petitioners were unable to back up the claim with facts. The existence of such an enterprise was not proved under the federal racketeering law as the complainants were unable to establish that the merchants were aware of each other or that Alibaba carried out actions with them, Castel ruled. The ruling did not affect various other trademark-related claims in the lawsuit against Alibaba. reuters.com law360.com
 
By Land, By Air, and By App - Here Comes Amazon
Amazon launches Prime Air, 40 dedicated cargo planes

Plans for a more expansive "air transportation network." The company will lease 40 planes in total from Atlas Air and another partner, ATSG, for its Prime Air cargo operations in the next two years. On the ground, Amazon.com has also launched initiatives aimed at making delivery times as fast as possible for its Prime and other customers. Among other things, these efforts include the addition of 4,000 trailers to its fleet of delivery trucks; the launch of Flex, a mobile app to let vetted freelance drivers start using their own vehicles to make Amazon.com deliveries; and the use of robotics and other technology to speed packing and sorting at its facilities.  techcrunch.com

Butchering 'BAD' BOTS
Like Zombies - you just can't kill'em all

A bot is a computer program that's made to automate a human task on the Internet. It's made to take what a human would do and turn it into an automatic action that something can execute over and over and over again. But remember, there is always a puppeteer behind it.
 
The really bad bots are being used to defraud - to hijack customer accounts. They are looking for vulnerabilities in the site. It used to be an individual hacker who wanted to make a buck. More and more we're seeing criminal enterprises. It's a much bigger effort now because more money is at stake. So there's a shift toward organized crime.
 
Any retailer with stored value - such as gift cards - sitting in their accounts. That basically means most major retailers ... . The bad guys are basically trying to get into the accounts and clear them out. They can buy stuff or sell stuff on the black market.
 
Most of the really sophisticated bots are embedded in the computers of the end users. They are hiding out on the computers of legitimate consumers - operating quietly in the background.
 
Right around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is a huge spike in bot activity. They explode around the holidays, so it's important to get ahead of these now. The Online Trust Alliance found that most retailers aren't ready.
 
The big takeaway for retailers is to think about how much money you have attributed to security of your online store. Why would you spend more on security guards for physical loss prevention without putting at least that same amount of security online to thwart the "bad" bots? nrf.com 

 
 

 Newly Formed CORCA Will Hold 1st Annual Conference on Sept. 8 in Charlotte, NC

The Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) will host its premier Annual Conference on September 8, 2016 in Charlotte, NC with a Welcome Reception on the evening of September 7. 

Formed in February 2016, CORCA is a partnership organized through the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) and the South Carolina Retail Association (SCRA). CORCA is an Alliance of retail businesses and law enforcement agencies working to combat organized retail crime activity in the Carolinas, through the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation.

The CORCA Conference will bring together experts specializing in fields such as loss prevention, security, risk management and emergency management along with law enforcement, prosecutors and policy makers. This event will provide an opportunity to network, learn about the trends surrounding retail crime in the Carolinas, and connect with vendors on innovative products in the field today. A wide-range of topics will be covered throughout the day at both the general and breakout sessions. Presentations will be focused on some of the most pressing issues, such as organized retail crime, cybersecurity, return fraud, e-commerce, asset protection technology, and the private and public sector partnerships in the Carolinas.

The incomparable exchange of knowledge will benefit retailers and law enforcement across the Carolinas. North and South Carolina are a hub for organized retail crime with major thoroughfares such as I-26, I-40, I-85 and I-95, running along the eastern corridor and right through the Carolinas. It is imperative that we work together to strengthen and expand this alliance, because together we can better identify organized retail theft networks and combat retail crime.

We invite you to join us at the Annual Conference. We believe you will strongly benefit from the information-sharing, face-to-face networking and educational seminars. Online registration is open now. Early-bird registration ends August 12.

Vendors and company supporters: We are currently scheduling seminars, meals and activities for the CORCA conference and welcome your sponsorship. Sponsorship packages and information are available here.

For more information about this organization, contact Jessica Edwin, CORCA Program Manager, at jessicae@ncrma.org or visit www.CORCA.org

 



'Superman Burglars' Break Into Miramar Optical Shop
A Miramar optician says thieves stole $68,000 of designer frames. Dr. Arnaldo Martinez calls them Superman burglars after the thieves made their way in to True Vision Optical by breaking holes in the walls of two vacant businesses. nbcmiami.com



Wal-Mart theft suspect hid 173 pills in body cavity while jailed
About 173 pills were removed from a body cavity of a Limestone County inmate who was arrested last month for conspiring with her boyfriend to steal $10,000 from Wal-Mart, authorities said. decaturdaily.com

Salem, NH: A Manchester couple was arrested Thursday after allegedly robbing a Lowe's and shoving an employee while their 9-year-old son was waiting in their car
Police were called to the Lowe's after loss prevention recognized Jessica Sederquist, 37, who police said is known to shoplift from the store. Sederquist allegedly took kitchen cabinet hardware, valued at about $140, and left the store without paying. eagletribune.com



Yorkville, IL: Police seek help identifying suspects committing multiple retail thefts at Target
Multiple retail thefts have been committed at the Yorkville Target and police want to know whodunit. Police say the people in the photos committed "numerous retail thefts" between June 25 and July 30. The report number is 16-1091. patch.com

 

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Shootings

Henderson, NV: 4 arrested after shots fired outside Olive Garden
A gunman who fired rounds into the air outside Olive Garden was arrested along with three others Thursday night. No one was injured. Police believe the gunman, along with the other three men, went into a Smith's grocery store to shoplift after the Olive Garden incident. lasvegassun.com


Robberies & Thefts

South Florida: FBI mob bust nets 46 arrests, including acting boss in Boca Raton
Dozens of members of the mob, including a half dozen from South Florida have been indicted. The feds have filed racketeering charges against people from several organized crime families. The charges are spelled out in a 30 page federal indictment. The FBI says the alleged La Cosa Nostra members were involved in crimes such as extortion, arson, running illegal gambling operations, health care fraud, credit card fraud and trafficking in firearms. cbs12.com


Treasure Coast, FL: Female pickaxe burglars remain on the run after targeting stores along Florida coast
Two female pickaxe burglars remain on the run after they continue to shatter their way into businesses up and down Florida's east coast. These women have been hard at work in 5 other counties from Palm Beach to the Space Coast. The suspects stole anywhere from $8,000.00 to $12,000.00 in jewelry before fleeing the area on foot. cbs12.com

Pittsburgh, PA: Man wanted for Armed Robbery of 3 Pittsburgh area Family Dollar stores arrested in Florida
James Battle, 46, was taken into custody at a relative's home in Clermont by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and police from Orange County, FL. wpxi.com

Merrillville, IN: Former Manager accused in Dollar Tree Armed Robbery
A former Dollar Tree manager is accused along with two Gary men of robbing his previous employer Wednesday night as workers locked up the store. nwitimes.com


Just bad luck... House Burglars try to pawn stolen goods, turns out items belonged to the Pawn Shop Owner
Clarksville Police said two burglars unknowingly delivered stolen items right back into the hands of their victim. Police said the victim recognized the items right away, and then found that his home had been burglarized. The victim called police while the Watts and Heady were still in the pawn shop and they were taken into custody. cbs12.com


Penbrook, PA: Man assaulted 7-Eleven store clerk after credit card declined
Samuel Walker, 32, is charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and retail theft. abc27.com

UK: Apex, AU: Gang member wants two Jewelry Store Robbery cases heard in Children's Court; was celebrating his 18th birthday with $200,000 theft

Baladna Jewelry on Touhy Ave, Chicago reported an Armed Robbery on 7/29; 2 suspects made off with $100


Credit Card Fraud

Michigan State Police uncover credit card cloning operation in Kalamazoo
A massive credit card cloning mill is uncovered in Kalamazoo and Michigan State Police are tracking down the victims and telling hotels in the area to be on high alert. According to MSP detectives, four separate fraud investigations from Kalkaska to Calhoun County led detectives to an apartment in Kalamazoo. What they found inside is now being kept as crucial evidence in a case that police say could potentially have thousands of victims from several states.
 
"If we were to attempt to identify all the victims, this investigation would easily go on for a year," said the Fraud Investigator, his identity is not given as to not compromise his undercover work. Police say the suspects most likely purchased the stolen credit card numbers online. As for the two suspects living in Kalamazoo, police said they're on the run.
 
State police say criminals are also stealing empty gift cards from stores and using an encoder to activate them as a credit card. wwmt.com


Counterfeit Goods

North Strabane Twp, PA: $100,000 of counterfeit merchandise seized in raid
Police and Agents obtained a warrant and searched Policano's home. More than 300 counterfeit items from Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Ray-Ban, North Face and Ugg brands were found in the home; estimated value over $100,000. observer-reporter.com


Arson

La Verne, CA: Man sought in arson, vandalism spree targeting 6 businesses


Skimming Reports

Three gas pump skimmers found at one gas station in Caroline, VA

Gas pump skimmers found in three Dallas gas stations in last two weeks

Moorpark, CA: Someone placed a skimming device at a walk-up ATM at Rabobank, 146 Los Angeles Avenue

 


Anderson Pharmacy - Denver, PA - Robbery
Arco - Eagle Point, OR - Robbery
CEFCO - Temple, TX - Robbery, suspect is 12 years old
CT Fashion - Vancouver, WA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Montgomery County , TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General Market- Mansfield, OH - Robbery
D&S Express - Council Bluffs IA - Armed Robbery
Fresh Market - Boca Raton, FL - Armed Robbery/ Assault w/ pepper spray
Jewelry Pawn - Treasure Coast, FL - Burglary
Kangaroo - Palm Coast, FL - Armed Robbery
Murphy Express - Ahoskie, NC - Murder / Store Clerk killed
Norwalk Strip Mall - Norwalk, CA - Shooting
Ridge Foods - Griffith, IN - Armed Robbery
Smith's Grocery - Bozeman, MT - Robbery
Southern Guns - Orlando, FL - Burglary/ 22 guns stolen
Stop & Go - Chaplin, CT - Robbery
Sunray Express - Willmar, MN - Robbery
True Vision Optical - Miramar, FL - Burglary
Walgreens - Brenham, TX - Robbery

 

 

 


 
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