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Shannon Hunter promoted to Sr. Director Loss Prevention & Safety for Office Depot
Shannon has been with Office Max/Office Depot since 2005. His previous positions with the retailer include Director, Corporate Loss Prevention Operations; Director, LP Operations & International; and most recently Director - Supply Chain, Corporate & International Loss Prevention. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Truman State University. Congratulations, Shannon!

Chris Carmody, LPC promoted to Director - Supply Chain Loss Prevention for Office Depot
Chris has been with Office Depot since 2000. His previous positions with the retailer include Regional Loss Prevention Manager and Senior Manager - Supply Chain Loss Prevention. Prior to that, he held LP roles at Service Merchandise, The Home Depot, and Bealls. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University. Congratulations, Shannon!

Steve Hodgkins named Sr. Safety & Security Manager for Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Steve previously held the position of Director - LP Operations for JC Penney, where he worked since 2007. Prior to that his positions included Sr. Director or Loss Prevention & Security Services for RadioShack; Director of Loss Prevention for ComputerCity; and District LP Manager for Marshalls. Congratulations, Steve!


Hurricane Harvey Update

Homeland Security: FEMA Encourages Residents to Follow Directions
From State, Local, and Tribal Officials and Prepare for Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey - Category 3 - Evacuations Ordered
As reported by ABC News, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast as a Category 3 storm. Due to the severity of the storm some areas along the coast have called for evacuations.

Landfall is expected around 1 a.m. Saturday, based on current models. Areas in the storm's path, South Texas to western Louisiana, should expect heavy rains, possible flooding, utility outages, and/or road closures.

Hurricane Harvey: Home Depot, Lowe's Put Emergency Plans in Motion
Hurricane Harvey was upgraded from a tropical storm on Thursday afternoon, and the National Hurricane Center warned that it was rapidly building strength. Forecasters believe the storm will become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Texas late Friday or early Saturday.

Local home-improvement retailers are making preparations to stock their shelves and keep stores open. Lowe's, which has 90 stores in Hurricane Harvey's projected path, activated its 24/7 emergency command center located in North Carolina. The company has begun shipping truckloads of bottled water to help customers affected by the storm, according to a Lowe's spokesperson. Lowe's also has truckloads of generators, flashlights, batteries and plywood heading to the area.

Both Lowe's and Home Depot have backup generators in all of their stores, so they can open as soon as safely possible during power outages.

A Home Depot spokesperson told FOX Business that the retailer's merchandising and supply-chain teams have working together to send supplies to the impact zone. Home Depot has a distribution center near Houston that stocks storm-related products in bulk, allowing supplies to quickly arrive in stores. foxbusiness.com

How Employers Can Prepare, Recover from Hurricane Harvey
As employees worry about protecting their families and homes, business leaders must also protect their assets - which, of course, include their workers.

A checklist from law firm Ogletree Deakins details what employers need to do to get ready when a hurricane is in the forecast.

It's important to remember that meeting the needs of employees during a disaster is a monumental task, and learning how to communicate with employees during a crisis is important for every employer.

These government resources for responding to disaster can help employers get back to business once authorities have announced it is safe to do so:

Here is a list of Emergency Response resources to help professionals guide their businesses and employees through preparing and recovering from natural disasters. Articles answer questions such as how to pay employees during emergency situations, keep employees safe and protect business assets. shrm.org

How Home Depot's Asset Protection Team Led the Way During Hurricane Sandy
Kicking into operation during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Home Depot activated an emergency response team structured to make quick decisions and ensure the company responded effectively to the communities they serve, their associates, their customers, and their stores.

Marvin Ellison, then EVP of Home Depot and former asset protection executive himself, stated at an NRF LP conference a few years ago, asset protection continues to lead the way in Home Depot's response.

With 45 asset protection volunteer teams of four executives each located throughout the U.S., Home Depot activated eight volunteer teams of four AP executives each in October of 2012. Traveling into the storm areas, these 32 asset protection managers focused on helping close down and re-open the affected stores. Read more here.

How Walmart's Emergency Operations Center
Keeps Store Shelves Stocked During Major Storms

At Walmart's Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, the company's disaster response center has a staff of 50 that - during events like 2012's Hurricane Sandy - operates much like an incident command center set up by first responders, though with a different goal. An in-house meteorologist works with specialists in everything from energy and transportation, to inventory and communications, to make sure stores stay open as long as possible and reopen as soon as possible. Walmart uses its predictive analytics not just to keep stores well stocked with emergency supplies ahead of storms like Sandy, but to "backfill" distribution centers with what the company knows customers will need afterward. wired.com

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Terrorist attacks on global supply chain hit highest rate ever
Attacks on global supply chains by terrorist groups have hit the highest rate ever as have associated costs, according to a report released today by BSI titled Terrorist Threats to International Trade and the Supply Chain. The type of attack can vary from targeting the oil infrastructure, hijacking and cargo theft through to contraband smuggling, extortion and kidnapping schemes. This causes considerable direct and indirect economic costs, disrupts the international movement of freight and creates reputational risks to organizations.

Analysis conducted by BSI's SCREEN Intelligence program found that, over the past 10 years, an average of 3.1 attacks have occurred each week. In 2016 a total of 346 attacks took place. With terrorist attacks on the rise, and the causes of disruption also rising, BSI warns that the costs to international trade and commerce will continue to increase.

In the last decade terrorists have attacked the supply chain in 58 countries, indicating the global nature of the problem. However, there are particular routes and countries that have been hit worse by these kinds of attacks. Supply chain terror attacks occur at alarming rates in many countries, including Colombia, India, and Turkey.

Terror attacks on the supply chain include targeting oil infrastructure, hijacking, cargo theft, contraband smuggling, extortion and kidnapping schemes across air, rail, truck and sea transport or critical infrastructure.

Islamic State is the leading group for supply chain terrorism and has been responsible for 6 per cent of all attacks in the past five years, the report found.

Increasingly, terrorists are targeting industries associated with private or corporate supply chains rather than state-owned supply chain infrastructure. Meanwhile attacks against the agriculture and food and beverage sectors has more than tripled over the past three years, with attacks on the industrial and manufacturing materials and pharmaceutical sectors more than doubling, and attacks against the metals industry has nearly doubled.  securingindustry.com businessinsider.com

Employee Theft Cost US Businesses $1.13 Million in Losses
US businesses impacted by employee theft lost an average of $1.13 million last year, according to the 2017 Hiscox Embezzlement Study.

Small and mid-sized companies (fewer than 500 employees) continue to be disproportionally victimized by employee theft, representing approximately 68 percent of cases.

This is the third annual Hiscox Embezzlement Study, which examines employee theft cases that were active in the US federal court system in 2016.

The Risk Markers

Although there is no “typical” embezzler, the Hiscox report points to several common characteristics of white collar criminals, including:

  ● the median age of a perpetrator is 48 years old;
  ● slightly more women than men commit this type of crime (51% vs. 49%, respectively); and
  ● finance and accounting are the most common job functions of embezzlers (37%).

Although large companies (500 employees or more) experience fewer instances of embezzlement (24% of cases), they tend to suffer a higher median loss compared to small and mid-sized businesses ($452,025 vs. $289,864). According to the study, financial services continues to account for the highest number of cases of employee theft (18%) of any industry examined.

Nearly one-quarter of employee thefts reported involved large-scale losses of over $1 million. High-loss cases often result from schemes that repeatedly divert small sums of money over time, making them extremely difficult to detect. These schemes typically go on for years. In fact, 29 percent of employee theft persisted for more than five years. The average loss for cases that continued for five years or more was $2.2 million, and for cases lasting 10 years or more, the average loss was $5.4 million.

Funds theft is the most common embezzlement scheme, used in more than one-third of all cases, followed by check fraud (22%). Funds theft is most commonly perpetrated by women (56%) while 70 percent of check fraud cases occurred at companies with fewer than 100 employees. securitymagazine.com

3rd Circ. Rules NJ 7-Eleven Franchisee Rightly Terminated
Hiring Undocumented Workers & Failing to Pay Taxes

The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a New Jersey federal court’s ruling that 7-Eleven Inc. was within its rights to terminate the contract of a franchisee who failed to pay taxes, finding that the convenience store company didn’t violate a state franchisee rights law. 7-Eleven had sued Sodhi in June 2013 who ran six New Jersey franchises on the grounds of tax non-payment was valid.

After a November 2011 audit found potential financial discrepancies, 7-Eleven investigated and determined in June 2013 that Sodhi had breached his franchise agreement by failing to report merchandise sales worth thousands of dollars, and used some of this cash to pay undocumented workers. The company also found that Sodhi had failed to pay some of his workers minimum wage, and failed to pay sales and payroll taxes for each of his stores, according to the decision. law360.com

Main Legislative Bill "ORC by Flash Mob" Currently in Judiciary Committee
A person commits an organized retail crime by flash mob if the person, acting in concert with 6 or more persons, steals retail merchandise cumulatively valued at more than $500, and makes or receives in the course of planning or commission of the theft at least one electronic communication, including but not limited to text message, electronic mail or social media post, seeking participation in the theft. billtrack50.com

Second Quarter Winner is ... Ulta Beauty
There are few retailers demonstrating the longevity of brick-and-mortar retail better than Ulta. During the second quarter the retailer opened 20 stores, ending the period with 1,010 stores and square footage of 10,631,474, an 11.3% increase in square footage compared to the same period last year. CEO Mary Dillon told analysts that the retailer is therefore on track with its plans to open 100 net new stores this year. retaildive.com

U.K. Retail Sales Slump at Fastest Pace Since July 2016
Data from the Confederation of British Industry on Thursday showed 34 percent of retailers said that sales volumes were up in August on a year ago, while 44 percent said they were down. bloomberg.com

Director, Shortage Control Operations For Barnes & Noble - New York, NY
The Director of Shortage Control Operations is responsible for developing and directing all inventory and shortage control initiates across an Omni-channel environment. The Director will understand business plans and strategies across all areas of the business including: Stores, BN.com, Digital, and the Distribution Center. brassring.com

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q2 retail comp's up 8.3%, e-commerce sales up 72.3%, Salon sales up 15.3%, net sales up 20.6%
Burlington Stores Q2 comp's up 3.5%, total sales up 8.6%
Dollar Tree Q2 comp's up 2.4%, net sales up 5.7%
Game Stop Q2 comp's up 1.9%, net sales up 3.4%
Signet Jewelers Q2 comp's up 1.4%, net sales up 1.9%
Michael's Q2 comp's up 0.6%, net sales up 1.2%
Staples Q2 retail comp's down 1.1%, sales down 3%

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Tyco Retail Solutions (now Johnson Controls) Unveils
New Virtual Retail Experience Center

A 360 degree panoramic site features immersive content and offers a VR experience!

Tyco Retail Solutions, part of Johnson Controls, has just launched a new interactive site that allows customers, prospects, press and media to learn and engage with multimedia content about the complete retail portfolio. The new site showcases the latest retail solutions from its premier Sensormatic®, ShopperTrak and TrueVUE® brands, as well as a full suite of premium safety and security solutions.

This new site uses cutting edge virtual reality tour technology and is compatible with all operating systems for seamless viewing on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome as well as iPad, iPhone and all mobile devices.

The 360 degree panoramic site includes 11 retail solution videos, 16 still images and an interactive floor plan. You can request more information or schedule a visit to one of their global Retail Experience Centers here: http://tycoretailsolutions.com/Pages/REC.aspx.

Whether your objective is to minimize shrink, increase conversion rates, optimize inventory levels, drive employee productivity, or enhance overall store performance, the Retail Group can show you how to leverage the latest technology to deliver retail performance excellence.

Take a virtual tour of the Retail Experience Center here:


Will Amazon Go make cashiers and checkout lanes obsolete?
When Amazon last year introduced the world to its vision for grocery stores with Amazon Go, the mainstream media did its best to outdo each other to predict the retail apocalypse with the rise of the machines.

Meantime, Walmart recently commenced the rollout of a mobile app that enables consumers to scan and pay for items without the need to wait in line.

Now that Amazon has received clearance from the FTC to acquire Whole Foods, we might soon see the Go concept put more into practice on a wider scale.

In the QSR industry, Panera leads the pack with self-checkout options that include kiosks in-store and mobile order-ahead in its app.

The question then becomes, how does that merchant best match their customers to this emerging technology? "Changing behavior is very difficult," Hewitt said. "You look for those moments where there are mental shifts [in behavior]. Amazon and Walmart might be able to quickly change a tech-savvy customer's checkout habits, but will that alienate others? Of course, in order to create a good experience, the technology has to work. retailcustomerexperience.com

Corporate Espionage? BEC? Ransomware?
White House Cybersecurity Coord. Warns Against Using Kaspersky Lab Software

Rob Joyce, the Trump administration's cybersecurity coordinator, is warning for the public about using software from Kaspersky Lab. U.S. officials believe the company has ties to the Kremlin - and the federal government has vowed not to use its products.
CBS News has confirmed that FBI officials have met with private industry representatives to relay concerns about Kaspersky Lab, which is a Moscow-based cybersecurity company with suspected ties to Russian intelligence. FBI agents have also interviewed Kaspersky employees working in the U.S.

He is also warning consumers against using the company's popular anti-virus software.

"I would not," Joyce replied. "I worry that as a nation state Russia really hasn't done the right things for this country and they have a lot of control and latitude over the information that goes to companies in Russia. So I worry about that."

The U.S. government already prohibits its use, but local and state governments make extensive use of the Russian software. In fact, there are more than 400 million users worldwide.

And as a Russian certificate shows, the company is registered with the FSB, one of Russia's intelligence agencies.

The FBI says it regularly meets with private sector organizations to share security concerns but it doesn't tell companies what business decisions to make. Kaspersky, meanwhile, is preparing a free version of its software. cbsnews.com

Home Depot Data Breach Attys Seek $18M Fees On $27M Deal
Attorneys who scored just more than $27 million in settlements from The Home Depot Inc. for banks suing over the 2014 data breach asked a Georgia federal court Wednesday to approve $18 million in fees, arguing their work spurred other payouts for would-be class members out of court.

The lawyers that represented a proposed class of financial institutions after the breach that compromised 56 million credit and debit card numbers said their work had resulted not only in a $25 million deal to cover financial institutions’ losses and another $2.25 million for those whose claims had been released by a sponsor in connection with a recovery program launched by MasterCard, but also further financial benefits and security changes, according to Wednesday’s filing. law360.com

Senior Manager - Computer Security Incident Response for Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, WI
The Johnson Controls Global Information Security (GIS) team is undergoing a transformation and expansion as Johnson Controls increases its cybersecurity resources and capabilities in order to address the increasing cybersecurity threat landscape.

Hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Manager Global Computer Security Incident Response is a position reporting into the Director Cyber threat Analysis and Response with responsibility of assisting in the continuous development and improvement of the newly implemented state of the art Security Analysis, Monitoring, and Incident Response which globally supports the detection, prevention, and response of cyber security risks and threats. taleo.net


Ad Trackers on E-Commerce Sites Can Be Used to Deanonymize Bitcoin Users
Cyber criminals have taken a particular liking to Bitcoin lately, despite its lack of anonymity. While there are other cryptocurrencies better suited for nefarious purposes, they have not gained much ground in the illegal activity sector for the time being. That situation may come to change in the future, though.

It now appears there is a new way to successfully unmask the people behind a particular Bitcoin transaction. This does not bode well for individuals using the world's most popular cryptocurrency for criminal activity. It turns out ad trackers on e-commerce websites can successfully reveal information on the identities of Bitcoin users. They do not need any special information to do so, as the ad trackers collect cookies and other information already. Up until now, no one has bothered to utilize this approach in order to deanonymize Bitcoin users, but it remains a possibility.

Many people underestimate just how much information e-commerce platforms collect. This does not just apply to platforms where users are required to register, as first-time visitors are subject to these same tracking methods. Even the most simple browser cookie contains information on the device used, products purchased, items browsed, abandoned carts, email information, and even shipping addresses. There is plenty of information available to link that activity to Bitcoin transactions, even though the user itself remains pseudonymous at all times.

The information collected by ad trackers does not only fall into the hands of e-commerce operators or advertising companies. Skilled hackers and even law enforcement agencies can aggregate data from multiple trackers or advertising agencies. This type of behavior opens the proverbial floodgates to deanonymizing Bitcoin users all over the world. One upside, however, is how they could link suspicious Bitcoin activity to real-world identities and online usernames. This could effectively help reduce Bitcoin-related crimes, although the method might very well be used for other purposes as well. themerkle.com

Australia blames bitcoin for rise in organised crime
A report issued by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) this week estimated that money laundering and other financial crimes perpetrated by large criminal gangs are costing the country more than $28.43bn a year.

The Australian authorities are especially concerned that e-commerce businesses and bitcoin exchanges are helping to facilitate organised crime due to the lack of transparency around the transactions and the use of encryption, potentially enabling criminal activity and tax evasion. finextra.com

Chandler, AZ: Man steals $10K worth of baby formula to fuel heroin addiction
Security cameras were watching as police say 39-year-old Robert Illa and an underage accomplice allegedly walk into the grocery store and head straight to the baby aisle, and nearly wipe the shelf clean. They conceal their stash in white trash cans, before making a run for the door.

Police say the heist is pulled 24 times at various Fry's grocery stores from Chandler to Surprise, starting in July of 2016. In all, he got away with nearly $10,000 worth of merchandise. azfamily.com

Laguna Hills, CA: 12 thieves steal $140,000 in Prescription Sunglasses
A group of thieves broke into Blink Optometry and stole about $140,000 in prescription sunglasses earlier this week. Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary alarm about 4 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. Video surveillance shows 12 heavily clothed men entering and ransacking the business.

The victim reported that several hundred name-brand prescription sunglasses were stolen from locked display cabinets. abc7.com

Youngstown, OH: Three Women charged in $7,300 Walmart theft
Micah S. Davidson, 22; Jujuan L. Pinkard, 23; and Danere A. Bennett, 27, were charged with stealing $7,349 worth of merchandise, including women's clothing, from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive. vindy.com

Naperville, IL: Police arrest Group of 6 Young Men stealing merchandise at Walmart
The suspects went into Walmart on W. 75th St. about 12:25 p.m. and picked up "miscellaneous electronics," police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said. Police responsed to a call from the store of "multiple subjects stealing merchandise," confronted the men as they were leaving and "after an extensive, on-scene investigation" arrested them, Cmdr. Tom Kammerer said in a news release. positivelynaperville.com

Fremont, CA: Four suspects steal $3,000 worth of calculators from Fry's Electronics
According to police, a group of four entered a business and stole 30 calculators valued at $100 each. mercurynews.com

Update: Shreveport, LA: Shoplifting 'is what I do'; woman arrested after video goes viral
A Shreveport woman has surrendered to police to face charges she brazenly shoplifted 18 bottles of alcohol from a liquor store, concealing bottles of booze in her oversize purse, her bra and her pants. Sekonie Jones, 37, surrendered at Shreveport City Jail late Thursday morning and was booked on a charge of theft. Jones has nine previous arrests for shoplifting in the past nine years, in addition to other arrests including disturbing the peace, theft, battery and receiving stolen goods. The latest of those shoplifting arrests occurred at a supermarket in Shreveport in January and involved the theft of $509 worth of meat and baby formula that were placed in a purse and jacket. Video released by Crime Stoppers shows a woman steal 18 bottles of alcohol from a Thrifty Liquor last week. The woman started by putting liquor bottles in her purse, then in the crotch area of her pants and her bra as she moved from shelf to shelf. An individual identifying herself as Jones said in a social media post on Wednesday that stealing is "what I do." ktbs.com

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Shootings, Threats & Deaths

Workplace Violence
Charleston, SC: Former Disgruntled Employee Shoots & Kills Co-Worker - Wounds Another - Shot & Critically Wounded

A "disgruntled employee" who shot and killed a person and wounded another at a Charleston, South Carolina, restaurant was shot and critically wounded, Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters Thursday. Several hostages were safely released.

Several hostages were inside at the time, spokesman Charles Francis of the Charleston police said earlier during a news conference. The shooting was reported shortly after noon. About 3:30 p.m., the mayor and police said the hostage situation was over. cnn.com ksla.com

Cleveland, OH: 2 Truck Drivers Shot In 2 Attempted Robberies
Cleveland Police are asking for the public's help in providing any information pertaining to two robbery/shooting incidents targeting truck drivers. A 52-year-old truck driver employed by Gateway Warehouses was climbing into his tractor-trailer parked at the company's warehouses when two males suddenly appeared and demanded he give them his wallet. The driver refused and one of the men responded by shooting him in the leg. The second incident occurred just over 24 hours later, early Thursday morning at 4:15 a.m. The victim was a 66-year-old truck driver who was sitting inside his truck parked at E. 79th. Police say that the driver could only tell them that he was startled to see a man suddenly breaking the passenger window of his cab. The suspect then attempted to rob him and then shot him from the passenger's side of the vehicle. The driver was left with a gun shot wound to the chest and remains in critical condition. truckingindustry.news

Lakeland, FL: Walgreens Armed Robber threatens to shoot pharmacist in the head if she makes a sound
Terrifying moments for a Walgreens pharmacist when a gunman entered the store put a gun to her head and demanded pain killers. The pharmacist was not injured during the robbery. Detectives believe he is responsible for other pharmacy robberies outside of Polk County. abcactionnews.com

Concord, NH: Man tries to run down Gas Station Managers
because he didn't get job

A man who didn't get a job at a Mobil gas station retaliated by trying to run the managers over with his car Thursday. Concord police said they responded to the Mobil station at 81 S. Main St. for a report of a man that tried to run people over with his car. Police said they spoke with two managers who told them that the man had applied for a job, but he was not hired. The man told the managers that the gas pumps were broken, so the managers went outside to investigate. The man got into his vehicle and attempted to run down the managers - eventually striking a protective barrier around the gas pumps. Police said that a short time after the incident, a man identified as William Soler, 41, came to the Concord Police Department and said he was the suspect they were looking for. nh1.com

Robberies & Thefts

Loveland, CO: 2 Jewelry Stores Hit In Smash & Grabs Within Minutes
Two jewelry stores in the Promenade Shops at Centerra were hit by smash-and-grab thieves early Thursday morning. The Zales and Helzberg Diamonds windows were smashed out and all the glass cases inside destroyed before the thieves took off with the precious stones and metal. Police say the crooks used a vehicle to break into the stores. Investigators believe the burglaries at the two stores are connected. Just about an hour and a half earlier, thieves crashed an SUV into the Shane Co. jewelry store in Westminster and took off with the contents of the store. cbslocal.com

Harrisburg, PA: Victoria's Secret employee accused of retail theft, fraud
An employee at a Harrisburg Victoria's Secret store is accused of conspiring with another employee to complete fraudulent returns and steal merchandise. Rasheeda Jackson, 29, and the other employee are responsible for the loss of $300 in cash, $286.75 in merchandise, and $180 in rewards from the Victoria's Secret store. fox43.com

UK: London: $2.3 Million in Jewelry stolen in well planned raid
A gang of thieves smashed their way into the UK branch of an Indian jewelry shop in a "meticulously planned and audacious raid" and stole 1.8 million pounds worth of gold, diamond and other jewels, police said on Friday. Scotland Yard today released CCTV footage and images of the raid at Joyalukkas Jewellers on Green Street in east London. businessinsider.com

Chicago, IL: 11 cellphone store robberies reported in Northwest Indiana

Atlanta, GA: 10-year-old boy finds loaded gun in Fitting Room at Adidas Store in Lenox Square Mall

Tampa, FL: Coin dealer accused of defrauding customers out of more than $200,000

Kay Jewelers in the Cottonwood Mall, Albuquerque, NM reported a Grab & Run on 8/24, item valued at $650

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in The Market Place, Tustin, CA reported a Grab & Run, item valued at $6,999

Helzberg Diamonds in the Shoppes at Centerra, Loveland, CO reported a Burglary on 8/24

Zales in the Shoppes at Centerra, Loveland, CO reported a Burglary on 8/24

Charges - Arrests - Sentencings

Coworker gets Life in Prison for beating and burning to death American Eagle store manager on Black Friday to get her store keys and steal over $50,000
A coworker was slapped with life in prison for beating and burning to death a store manager on Black Friday so that he could take her store keys and steal $50,000. Clarence David Mallory, 22, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars in the death of Ashlea Ann Harris, 31, in a Fort Worth, Texas, courtroom on Thursday. Mallory was found guilty along with his girlfriend Carter Carol Cervantez, 28, of killing the American Eagle store manager, who they both worked with, on Black Friday in 2014. The couple bound Harris, brutally beat her and burned her body and apartment building in order to take the woman's store keys and steal $50,000. Kevin Rousseau, Tarrant County prosecutor, said of their crime: 'At a minimum this took at least a month of planning. They stalked Ashlea Harris like people stalk a deer.' Cervantez was recently found guilty of her involvement and sentenced to life in prison without parole in May 2016. dailymail.co.uk

Las Vegas: $40,000 Coin Store Armed Robber sentenced to 11 years


Gap fire: Reward up to $25,000 for information in 2016 inferno
Nearly one year after a fire ravaged the Gap Inc. distribution center in Fishkill, the reward offered to anyone who can help identify the party responsible for the blaze is increasing.

Gap Inc. and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are increasing the combined reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party or parties for the Aug. 29 incident to up to $25,000.

Authorities have ruled the fire, which destroyed Building 100 at the site, 1.3 million square feet of work space, was intentionally set. No arrests have been made.

Building 110, a 1.9 million-square-foot space that primarily supplied Old Navy merchandise, sustained smoke damage but reopened for some workers in September. 

More than 100 firefighters from more than 20 departments across three counties battled the blaze, which erupted late in the evening on Aug. 29.

In December, a construction worker from Millbrook assisting with demolition died after a piece of steel beam and tin pierced the excavator he was operating.

Editor's Note: It was also mentioned in their next quarterly report as having had a significant financial impact on quarterly results.  poughkeepsiejournal.com

Memphis, TN: Woman Accused of Setting Clothes on Fire Inside Wal-Mart
Memphis Police say Joy Cagle set serval clothes on fire inside the Wal-Mart on Austin Peay in Raleigh Thursday afternoon. Workers told police they saw Cagle setting a smock on fire. The fire forced workers to evacuate the store. Cagle, now charged with aggravated arson, told police she has ADHD and was playing with her lighter to keep her mind busy. localmemphis.com

Hampton, NH: Police search for Arsonist in Beach Trends fire


Arizona Café - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Black Creek General Store - Freeport, FL - Burglary
Blink Optometry - Laguna Beach, CA - Burglary
Book Card - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Texarkana, AR - Robbery/2 wounded
Citgo Express - Beaufort County, SC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Conway, SC - Burglary
Fortner Street C-Store- Dothan, AL - Armed Robbery
• Helzberg Diamonds - Loveland, CO - Burglary
Lake Elsinore Outlets - Lake Elsinore, CA - Robbery
Laundromat - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
MetroPCS - Oklahoma City. OK - Armed Robbery
New York Pizza - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery/Delivery Man shot
P&L Grocery - Potosi, MO - Burglary
Rite Aid - Boardman, OH - Armed Robbery (drugs)
Short Stop - Tifton, GA - Armed Robbery / Clerk shot & wounded
Sonic - Antioch, TN - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Victorville, CA - Armed Robbery
Spinx C-Store - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Total C-Store - Newbern, KY - Burglary
Walgreens - Lakeland, FL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Kansas City, MO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Huntersville, NC - Armed Robbery/clerk shot & wounded


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
3 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
80 robberies
7 shootings
2 killed


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Robert Street named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Victoria's Secret

Michael Raleigh named District Loss Prevention Manager for Kohl's

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Reporting to the VP & GM Global Loss Prevention, Tyco Retail Solutions the North America leader requires a strategic perspective and capabilities around articulating and driving the vision and value proposition for the $400 million NA team...


Director, Shortage Control Operations
New York, NY

The Director of Shortage Control Operations is responsible for developing and directing all inventory and shortage control initiates across an Omni-channel environment...

Director of Loss Prevention
Rockaway, NJ

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Director LP & Ops Support
Charlotte, NC

The primary purpose of this role is to provide leadership and oversight to a team of LP & Ops Support Managers that develop, administer and maintain Lowe's Loss Prevention, Safety and Operations, safety and operations programs within an assigned region...

Director Information Security and Data Privacy
Bellevue, WA

This role contributes to REI's success by leading the enterprise-wide Information Security and Data Privacy and Compliance programs, made up of Operational Security, Security Engineering & Architecture, Data Privacy and Cyber Risk Management...

Director Data & Analytics
Irving, TX

Stands up a new Data & Analytics capability for 7-Eleven's IT organization and mobilizes a data management team. Stewards 7-Eleven's data asset for the organization...

Sr. Director, Information Security Services
Atlanta, GA

This role will ensure information technology (IT) systems, networks, and internal and external computing environments are secure, and security and business continuity risk/reward decisions are balanced, and comply with regulatory and legislative requirements...

Director, Retail Loss Prevention and Safety
Boca Raton, FL

The Director, Retail Loss Prevention and Safety is responsible for developing and directing pro-active shrink reduction initiatives, asset protection strategies and accident prevention practices for all Retail Stores...

Head of Risk Assessment - Ops Risk & Compliance Mgr 5
Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Charlotte, NC

Centrally guide, direct, and facilitate the execution of the Company's conduct risk identification and assessment processes, including the review, aggregation, and analysis of conduct risk assessment results submitted by the lines-of-businesses to produce a Company-wide view of conduct risk assessment results...

Director of Information Security
Kansas City, MO

The Director of Information Security reports to the Vice President of Information Security and is responsible for working within Hallmark implementing and managing security policies, processes, and standards to establish acceptable levels of risk, and proactively reduce the potential for security incidents...

Director of Risk Management and Loss Prevention
San Francisco, CA

The Director of Risk Management will lead a team of Loss Prevention Managers to work closely with the field organization and distribution center in the areas of loss prevention, risk management, data analysis, auditing, and the training and implementation of awareness programs...

Loss Prevention Director
St. Louis, MO

Responsible for the investigation and detection of coworker and vendor activity that would cause a loss to Company assets and assists in implementing and maintaining awareness programs or audits relating to shortage, theft prevention, inventory control and safety...

Regional Asset Protection Manager - Southwest/Western US
Phoenix, AZ

The Regional Asset Protection Manager is responsible for the management of the Asset Protection function to a group of the 1,200 campus stores Follett operates. The RAPM guides the implementation and training of Asset Protection programs, enforcement of policies and procedures, auditing, investigations and directing of shrink reduction efforts...

Manager, Physical Corporate Security
Jacksonville, FL
The Manager, Corporate Security will oversee all aspects of the company's physical security strategy for retail stores, warehouses, and store support center and field offices. This includes responsibility for the capital expense and repair budgets, developing written specifications, layout and design for all systems and to ensure all installations and repairs are made to SEG standards...

Safety and Loss Prevention Manager (Northeast)
New York, NY
The Safety and Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the design and development of Domino's store safety, security and loss prevention programs and policies for all corporate owned stores (over 400 stores). The Safety and Loss Prevention Manager will manage a team of 3 Regional Safety and Loss Prevention team members and oversee 8 regional markets...

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