Organized Retail Crime:
Stories from Toronto's Crime Scene
Sep. 16th - The International Centre
In his keynote presentation, Bill Blair, former Chief of Toronto Police
will share some of the most detrimental and intense organized retail crime cases
that he investigated during his 35 years of service with the Toronto Police.
Chief Blair will share his unique perspective on leadership and will also offer
advice on how LP teams could successfully work with law enforcement officials to
See full agenda here.
investigate Smash and Grab incident at North Hill Centre in Calgary
Calgary police are investigating after a vehicle crashed through a set of doors
at North Hill Centre and then smashed into one of the stores inside. Police were
called to the mall by security staff at about 4:30 a.m. and found a gaping hole
in one of the south entrances when they arrived. A number of display cases in
Paris Jewellers were broken but it is still unclear exactly what if anything was
taken. Investigators are working to obtain surveillance video, which will help
them identify the suspects and determine exactly what happened. Police located a
white Ford truck believed to be involved in the incident a short distance away.
Rutland Mac's Store Robbed by 3 men
RCMP are searching for three men that robbed the Mac's Convenience Store on
Rutland Road. The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on August 2nd when three
men entered the store wearing scarves over their faces and wearing hoods. One of
the men ordered an employee to stand in a corner while the other two loaded
grocery bags with cigarettes and energy drinks. No weapon was produced. The
suspects then left on foot and headed in an easterly direction.
Serial shoplifter sentenced to 115 days in jail in Sarnia, ON
A woman's motivation to end her drug addiction was questioned when she was
sentenced to 115 days in jail for thefts and order violations in Sarnia court.
Shannon Leigh Kerwin, 38, of Sarnia, was sentenced Wednesday after she
previously pleaded guilty to five thefts from stores and court-order violations
between 2013 and July 16, 2015. In August 2014, Kerwin stole $30 worth of goods
from a store. She then went on to steal another $287 worth of goods - including
books, tote bags, socks and underwear - from three stores in a plaza on Nov. 25,
2014. A police officer who knew Kerwin had a record for theft stopped her as she
left the last store and found the stolen goods. But less than a month later, on
Dec. 12, 2014, Kerwin loaded $1,300 worth of goods in a shopping cart before
leaving a store without paying. She was stopped outside and the goods were
Gas Station Skimmer found in Vernon, B.C.
Coquitlam RCMP seek help in suspected shoplifting
RCMP in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick apprehend Cambridge man for three
2 arrested after Dartmouth pharmacy robbed
Kamloops Mounties release photos of credit-card
Alibaba upgrades anti-counterfeiting system following complaints - Launches
English version of counterfeiting reporting system Amid complaints
that the e-commerce company does little to fight fake goods, China's Alibaba
Group is giving foreign vendors a direct line to report any counterfeit
products spotted on its retail sites.
The e-commerce giant has introduced an English-language version of its
counterfeit reporting system, the company said on Friday. This will better
allow foreign companies to file complaints, so that Alibaba can take down the
infringing goods on its Taobao and Tmall sites. Although Alibaba has its own
internal anti-counterfeiting safeguards, the new English-language system will
help it identify suspicious product listings that it's missed, the company said
on Friday. cio.com
Tampa is the hot spot nationwide for online fraud - Hackers using your data
centers to route traffic using stolen cc's Tampa No. 1 in a ranking of
cities where online fraud occurs. A recent study found a correlation between top
cities for fraud and those home to hosted data centers. In Tampa and in other
top 10 cities, there were large concentrations of fraud attempts coming from
recognized data centers within those cities, the company said.
Cybercriminals are reaping the rewards of high profile data breaches by
exploiting hosted servers and using stolen identities to their advantage.
"Transactions coming from hosted servers and data centers should automatically
set off a red flag to businesses, as cybercriminals use these servers to
fraudulently route traffic using stolen data. Instead of hosted servers,
authentic customer transactions are likely to come from business, consumer and
Faulkner called data centers and hosted service providers "unwitting accomplices
and victims of online fraud and cyberattacks," and urged them to put
cybersecurity strategies in place that can accurately identify illegitimate
usage in real time. bizjournals.com
Why Retail Breaches And ATM Hacks Won't Stop -- And How Organizations Can
Protect Their Customers The 2014 deluge of cyber attacks against large
merchants like Target , Kmart and Home Depot was just the tip of a very large
iceberg. The success of those breaches is now encouraging hackers to attack even
more retailers, some of which are probably already infected. Remember, it took
Target six months to realize they'd been hacked. Even worse, a new trend looms
that is equally troubling: ATM hacks. The highly publicized Carbanak attack was
just the beginning; once cyber hackers realize how old and unsecure the ATM
networks are, banks may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
It's important to realize that fraud occurs at the point of least resistance.
Criminals are trying to do the least amount of work possible; otherwise, they'd
have real jobs! And, as discussed, the current Achilles' heel of the financial
and retail sectors is the legacy payments systems. Shore up these defenses, and
fraud will (at least temporarily) decrease.
The following section outlines specific tactics that retailers and banks can use
to prevent fraud
● Make sure you put more attention into your payments system, both back end and
customer-facing. If you do not have time to do it yourself, hire an outside
consultant to look at your system and give advice. A lot of the security bugs
can be fixed fairly easily, but they require attention.
● If you're an administrator with control of accounts, change your password once
a month. And do not use simple passwords.
● Make sure you are choosing a payment processing provider appropriate for your
business. If your emphasis is online vs. offline, ask your provider whether
their expertise fits your needs. If necessary, choose one provider for online
commerce and a different one for offline.
● Choose the right payment implementation for your business. For example, if you
are a small retailer, you can use a Hosted Payment Page, which is hosted on the
provider's side. If your provider has a secure system, it's probably safer to do
that than to host the payment page yourself.
● Enact policies that weed out fraudsters, including accepting payments only
from authorized accounts.
● Pay attention to your customers' IP and mailing addresses: if they don't make
sense, do not ship the order.
Mobile Wallets Are Not Securing Data as It Goes to
Mobile growth drives Etsy's sales nearly 25%
higher in Q2
E-commerce equals 20% of Kate Spade's business
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
man convicted in $2M Lego theft now held on
$125K bond for shoplifting at Hobby Lobby in
IL After hearing the
criminal past of a Florida ex-convict who
authorities said made $1 million selling
Legos and other stolen goods online, Judge
Brian Telander set the man's bail at
$125,000 on a charge he stole paintbrushes
from a Hobby Lobby. Ignatius Pollara, 49, of
Tamarac, Fla., is charged with felony
burglary. Authorities in DuPage and Cook
counties were notified by Florida
authorities that Pollara had planned a trip
to the Chicago area, prosecutors said. A few
minutes before 2 p.m. on July 3, Pollara
went to the Hobby Lobby in Lombard. He took
paintbrushes and hid them in the small of
his back, then tried to leave the store.
Pollara is seen as a possible flight risk.
Wis. statewide investigation into man committing thefts, fraud and ID thefts
statewide Police say David Lee Peterson often goes to gas stations and
purchases gift cards using stolen checks. Peterson has also been known to create
credit accounts at retail stores using other people's identities, according to
Rochester's ORC thief 'most wanted' has been arrested
Last week's "Rochester's Most Wanted of the Week" - who had six active arrest
warrants alleging retail crime - is currently in jail after being arrested in
Dover. James Hepburn Jr., 38, of 36 Farmington Road, Apt. 3C1, Rochester, is
charged with organized retail crime, three counts of willful concealment, theft
by deception and being in contempt of the court. Two of the charges are from an
April 15 incident, in which Hepburn allegedly stole from Walmart in Rochester.
The next two charges are from a May 25 incident at Walmart. The other charges
stem from a June 5 incident in which Hepburn allegedly stole from Kohl's in
Three arrested in Waco, TX following ORC Theft at Walmart
Three are in jail after attempting to steal hundreds of items from Walmart,
police say. Rachel Leah Black, Crystal Lee Pruitt and George Wright Allen were
all charged with engaging in organized crime. The two women and man were
arrested by Waco police Wednesday for attempting to leave Walmart without paying
for 124 different items. The suspects were still in the parking lot when police
arrived. All items were recovered.
NJ woman charged in shoplifting scam at Walmart
Another person has been arrested in an ongoing scam involving merchandise
shoplifted from Walmart, police said. Detectives learned that several people
have been stealing items from the store and returning them for store credit or
gift cards. The cards and credit were then sold to area pawn shops, police said.
A Franklin woman, Jacqueline Thompson, 24, was arrested Tuesday after police
said she took part in the scheme. When she was arrested, police said Thompson
was in possession of a benzodiazepine narcotic, marijuana, heroin, drug
paraphernalia and needles at her home. She also had an air soft firearm but no
permit or firearms identification card.
2 Cell Phone thieves wanted for shoplifting from Grovetown Walmart
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies need your help identifying two people
suspected of shoplifting from the Grovetown Walmart. One suspect is described as
a black man with long dread-styled hair, wearing a multi-colored shirt, black
pants, and a dark ball cap. He is accused of taking three cell phones.
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Six indicted for multi-million Nigerian scam - Five U.S. citizens & One Nigerian
A 19-count indictment alleges Franzen was part of an Internet-based scheme to
defraud others through work-at-home and secret-shopper scams. According to the
indictment, the scheme allegedly involved bogus checks, money orders and
traveler's checks and the purchase of "high dollar" items with fraudulent credit
card accounts. Homeland Security Investigations alleges Hassan and others
directed the shipping of counterfeit checks and the purchases and reshipping of
expensive clothes, jewelry, purses, computers and cellphones bought with
fraudulent credit cards.
Illegal proceeds were wired or shipped to others in Nigeria, China, Ghana,
Haiti, South Africa, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. The indictment
alleges the conspiracy ran about four years, from Aug. 13, 2011, through June 3.
Teen Shot, Killed In Grocery Store Parking Lot In Denver
According to police, Jorge Elias Lopez-Ramirez, 17, was shot and killed last
Friday just after 8 p.m. in the parking lot on the north side of the Lowe's
Mercado grocery store located at South Federal Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue.
So far police have no suspects in the shooting.
TN Police searching for man who robbed Kroger cashier at gunpoint
Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a grocery store cashier at
gunpoint in south Nashville Thursday night. It happened at the Kroger at
Nashboro Village around 11 p.m. A man walked into the store wearing a yellow
bandana over his face and a hooded sweatshirt. He approached the cashier,
pointed a gun at her and ordered her to open the register. A customer saw the
man attempt to rob the woman and began running through the aisles, telling
customers to go to the back of the store. The clerk was explaining she can't
open the register without a key when the man grabs her and she pushes him away.
The man eventually left the store empty-handed. A half-hour before the attempted
robbery, another man got into an altercation with the same cashier. That man
asked her for change for a $10 bill and then began touching her around her
waist. Police are trying to determine if the two incidents related or if the men
were working together.
Shoplifters Claim They Heard 'Free Holiday' Not 'Tax Free Holiday'
Two Georgia women blamed poor hearing for their alleged attempt to shoplift
nearly $800 worth of clothing from a high-end Atlanta department store, police
said. Simone Norris, 26, and Brittany Yawn, 23, said they understood the
Perimeter Mall store was having a "free holiday" and interpreted the news to
mean the items were free for the taking.
Authorities looking to ID 4 subjects who used fake credit card at Walgreens in
Topeka, KS Crime Stoppers says that on July 26th, 2015, two unknown
white males and two unknown white females entered the Walgreens store located at
2121 SW Fairlawn in Topeka. These subjects completed credit transactions using
an illegal credit card. Surveillance images and video of the subjects were
DNA links person of interest to Under Armour store robbery in Bluffton, SC
A person of interest in the case of a robbery at a Tanger Outlets store
surrendered to authorities Thursday. Officials said Devin Thomas, 23, of Estill,
was seen walking in the area after the robbery on July 28. They said Thomas was
a former employee at the store and consented to a DNA test. Investigators said
the robber entered through a rear door of the store before it opened for
business. They said he was armed and masked when he demanded cash. Authorities
said the gunman placed the money in an Under Armour backpack before fleeing
through a rear door of the store. Officials said the DNA sample provided by
Thomas matched a profile developed from evidence recovered from the robbery.
Thomas faces several charges, including armed robbery. He is being held at the
Beaufort County Detention Center.
Surveillance photos released in Michael Kors burglary in Memphis, TN
Less than one month after opening, burglars raided Michael Kors at Shops of
Saddle Creek. The new store is located in the 7500 block of Poplar Avenue.
Investigators say the crooks shattered the store's front windows with a
sledgehammer to steal more than $12,000 in merchandise. Thirty-six handbags are
missing, along with six backpacks, and six pairs of shoes.
Thieves Committing Dozens Of Smash-&-Grabs Across Broward County, FL Since
May, the Broward Sheriff's Office says a pair of smash-and-grab thieves have
targeted nearly three dozen businesses throughout Broward and left a trail of
broken doors, stolen cash registers and surveillance video behind. The Broward
Sheriff's Office says the crooks strike between midnight and 10 a.m., smashing
their way in through the front door of a business trying to get their hands on
Gastonia, NC Police have responded to over 700 shoplifting calls, trend not
slowing down Complaints about such theft pop up routinely in the daily
case reports compiled by the Gastonia Police Department. Its not surprising
since the city serves as Gaston County dominant retail hub. Through July of this
year, Gastonia police took calls about 712 cases of shoplifting, involving
everything from department stores to small gas stations. That figure puts the
city more or less on pace with what was seen in 2013 and 2014, reflecting the
fact that its a steadily occurring crime, said police spokeswoman Donna Lahser.
We have not seen big spikes in shoplifting, she said. But it is a common
Dollar General Manager in Avon Park, FL stole a $3,000 Deposit, reported fake
Armed Robbery When the manager of a Dollar General store reported on
June 23 she was robbed while making a deposit, Highlands County deputies
responded, formed a perimeter and searched. But after they failed to find a
suspect, and as the investigation into the robbery continued, authorities say,
the manager's story unraveled and evidence indicated that she had reported a
fake crime that involved her and her boyfriend. Jessica Rivera and her boyfriend
have been arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
Arrest made in the Diamond Gems Armed Robbery in Jonesboro, AR
Univ. of Texas Offensive Lineman cited at Walmart for shoplifting
Manager of Joint Taco Bell-KFC Admits to Arranging Robbery of Own Store for
Minnesota Couple Caught with IDs, Bank Cards of 10 Victims
ATM Thieves Target Uptown Dallas Gas Station Early Friday Morning
Taylor Swift Battles Both China And 'Lucky 13' Clothing Line Over Trademark
Smash and grab burglar snatches six Ukuleles from
Hilo, HI gift shop
Casey's General - Fargo, ND - Robbery
Circle K - Miami, FL - Shooting
Circle K - Decatur, IL - Armed Robbery / Murder
Exxon - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
GameStop - Virginia Beach, VA - Robbery
Kum & Go - Owasso, OK - Shooting / Murder
Mi Pueblo Thrift Store - Martin Co, FL - Robbery
S-Mart - Alexander City, GA - Robbery
Shell - Dallas, TX - Burglary
Smart 7 - Rochester, NY - Shooting/ 2nd day in a row
Star Food - Galveston, TX - Burglary
The Menz Room - Lakeview, IL - Burglary
Valero - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
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