The NRF's Senior Leadership Supporting the LP Industry
Bob Moraca, VP of LP, NRF
The Unwritten Rules of Corporate America
Keith White, SVP of LP, Gap Inc.
Using Video Intelligence to Realize
Positive Financial Impact in Retail
Chris Nichols, VP LP, National Stores
Tom Arigi, Sr. Dir. AP, Wal-Mart US
Leadership Lessons for Successful Teams
Tom Arigi, Sr. Dir. AP,
September 3: Building Partnerships with Mark Stinde, VP of AP, 7-Eleven
September 8: Workplace
Violence with Gary Johnson, VP of LP, The Vitamin Shoppe
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Steven Morand, CFI was named Corporate Manager of Investigations for Dick's
Sporting Goods. Steven was previously the Market
District Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies and had been with the
retailer since 2007, when he started as a District Loss Prevention Manager for
TJ Maxx. He was also a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Belk.
workers demand investment to prevent violence in Buffalo Employees at
local 7-Eleven convenience stores say there isn't enough being done to
protect them on the job - particularly during overnight shifts. After
multiple robberies and the sexual assault of a worker in February, workers are
urging the company to make changes to staffing and security. "They're on shift
alone on overnights. They don't have security guards. They don't have a proper
response plan in place for when violence occurs in the store," said Liz Smith-Rossiter,
Project Director with the Western New York Worker's Center.
Employees from the Elmwood Avenue Store in Buffalo's Elmwood Village reached out
to Smith-Rossiter for help after 7-Eleven Field Consultant Paul Wydro reportedly
dismissed their requests for changes. Wydro is the supervisor for eight local
stores. Workers fear for their lives and want to see appropriate measures put
into place, said Smith-Rossiter. They began an online petition of Wydro in
March, calling for two employees to be staffed on all shifts, and a guard for
evening and overnight hours.
Smith-Rossiter said that in a face-to-face meeting with Wydro and a 7-Eleven
representative from the company's corporate human resources office, Wydro
refused to accept the petition. Smith-Rossiter said Wydro and the 7-Eleven
representative were non-committal about the issue and repeatedly deferred to
"corporate." Smith said when pressed about his responsibilities, Wydro stated
that "part of his job is legal compliance, and getting a budget, and creating
staffing at his stores."
Based on that description, Smith and the employees assume Wydro has the control
and the power to effect changes in staffing and protect his workers. "When
you're in a business, you have signed up for the responsibility to keep your
workers safe," said Smith-Rossiter.
After meeting with Wydro, Smith-Rossiter and the employees contacted the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration to file a formal complaint.
OSHA issued a hazard alert letter to Wydro and 7-Eleven. The employees held a
rally outside the Elmwood Avenue location during this weekend's Elmwood
Avenue Festival of the Arts to continue the fight for their safety.
According to Smith-Rossiter, 7-Eleven employees have heard that the company
has committed to putting a minimum of two employees on overnight shifts. No
start date is known, and no commitment to hiring guards has been mentioned.
The Armed Citizen Retail Stores, Part 3
Being a clerk or owner of a retail store tends to make you a target of criminals
who are intent on making their living in a less-than-legal manner. Consequently,
many such retail store employees have chosen to arm themselves in case an armed
robbery does occur at their place of business. Here are eight examples of
storeowners, clerks and customers protecting themselves from armed robbers.
In the span of less than a week, two merchants in Newark, N.J., shot
armed robbers, and neither of the businesspeople will face criminal charges. In
one case, two armed men entered a variety store, ordered customers to get down
on the ground and threated to shoot the owner if she did not give them money.
One of the intruders fired one shot. The unidentified business owner responded
by retrieving the handgun she keeps in the store. She shot a 23-year-old suspect
in the leg. He dropped a pistol on the sidewalk outside before his 50-year-old
accomplice drove him to the hospital. The two men have since been charged. Just
days earlier, a grocery store owner had shot and killed an armed robber. (NJ.com,
Newark, N.J., 1/16/15)
An armed robber, who police believe had robbed more than 30 businesses
on Virginia's middle peninsula, entered an AutoZone in York County, Va.,
and attempted to rob the store. Upon recognizing the criminal who has been
called the "fake beard bandit," store employee Devin McClean retreated to the
store's bathroom, then exited the store and headed for his truck. McClean
retrieved a pistol from his vehicle, reentered the store and ordered the
criminal to freeze as he was terrorizing another employee. At first the bandit
complied and threw his hands in the air, but then he fled the scene. Following
the incident, the manager on duty told McClean, "Thank you, Devin. You really
saved my life." Unfortunately, two days after the attempted robbery, McClean was
fired by AutoZone, whose corporate office cited a zero-tolerance policy.
Two armed men stormed into a Dollar General store one evening and
attempted to rob it. While the men held the store manager at gunpoint, a
57-year-old man carrying a concealed .45-cal. handgun, who had been shopping at
the store at the time of the robbery, took action. The customer did not
hesitate to draw his gun and fire at the suspects. One of the men robbing
the store suffered fatal wounds to the head, chest and shoulder. The second
suspect fled, but was later caught and charged with robbery and felony murder.
There were reportedly no other injuries. (The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville,
Bill Bratton, NYPD Commissioner and former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly spar over
stop-and-frisk Police Commissioner Bill Bratton unleashed a couple of
body blows - and even an upper cut or two - saying that keeping the streets safe
would be a little easier if he didn't have to clean up his predecessor's mess.
Bratton said Raymond Kelly's stop-and-frisk policy disproportionately
targeted blacks and Hispanics, and made it more difficult to improve community
policing. The No. 1 issue we heard over and over again was that the black
community - rich, poor, middle class - was concerned about this issue," Bratton,
who took the helm in 2014, said of stop-and-frisk in a New Yorker article
published online Monday. "The commissioner, whom they liked quite a bit, and
Mayor Bloomberg, who polled well for a long time, just weren't listening. They
were kind of tone-deaf to this issue. So we worked really hard, myself and Mayor
de Blasio, to respond."
What retailers need to know about gift card exchanges
Most recently, due to the growing popularity of gift card exchanges, some
retailers and other organizations are looking to "get in on the action" by
offering gift card exchange services in their stores or their own branded
channels. How it works: a retailer allows consumers to sell their unused gift
cards (from a variety of brands) in store or online. In return, the retailer
then provides the consumer the option of receiving cash or a store gift card
instantly, on the spot. The gift cards "turned in", so to speak, will then be
offered for sale through the exchange to other consumers seeking those
Safeway Liable In $30M Grocery Delivery Markup Row
Judge finds Safeway didn't advise customers of 10% markup for home delivery
between April 2010 and December 2012 and advertised online prices same as store
prices. Therefore must reimburse charges.
Haggen Sues Albertsons For More Than $1B In Damages Amid Store Closures -
Basically claims Albertson's sold them a bill of goods & then ran them out of
town Haggen Holding LLC launched a $1 billion antritrust suit against
Albertsons LLC on Tuesday in Delaware federal court, claiming the defendant
sabotaged the West Coast regional grocer's efforts to become a viable
competitor, forcing Haggen to close at least 26 stores it bought from
Albertsons. The plaintiff, which bought 146 supermarkets from Albertsons last
year, says it may have to close additional stores amid a campaign to stifle
competition in areas where Albertsons dominates. In addition to attempted
monopolization and breach of contract, the suit accuses Albertsons of making
false representations to Haggen and the Federal Trade Commission about its
commitment to a smooth transition of the stores into viable competitors under
the Haggen banner.
Filed Tuesday in United States District Court for the District of Delaware,
alleges that Albertsons engaged in "coordinated and systematic efforts to
eliminate competition and Haggen as a viable competitor in over 130 local
grocery markets in five states," and "made false representations to both Haggen
and the FTC about Albertsons' commitment to a seamless transformation of the
stores into viable competitors under the Haggen banner." Editor's Note:
Interesting article and case study to read about how selling 146 stores to a
rival can work out.
Target announces another 275 layoffs - Nearly 2,100 laid off since March
Big box retailer Target has announced 275 layoffs, most of them coming from the
company's Minneapolis-based technology department.
A&P Can Limit 'Bumping' of Workers, Should Pay More Severance
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) received permission this week from
the judge overseeing its Chapter 11 bankruptcy process to place restrictions on
seniority "bumping" rights at 25 stores slated to close by the middle of next
month, but was also told it should pay higher severance pay to workers at those
locations, according to a published report. Responding to unionized workers'
dissatisfaction with A&P's failure to adhere to labor contracts, U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain noted that "bankruptcy as a whole is about broken
7-Eleven Expanding On-Demand Delivery
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Shoe Carnival Q2 comp's up 0.5% with net sales up 2.6%
Claire's Q2 comp's down 1.7% with net sales down 8%
Sears Canada Q2 comp's down 3.9% with revenue down 9.1%
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Credit Card Fraud At Small Business About to Soar - With only 40% of retailers
ready for Oct 1st chip-and-signature The frequency of counterfeit
or stolen credit cards being used at small business is ready to jump, I was
told, in an interview with Heartland Payment Systems Chairman and CEO, Robert O.
Carr. Credit card fraud migrates to the weakest points, and since the larger
retailers and restaurants have (by and large) already installed the needed
equipment for the October 1st shift of liability to merchants, those who are
unprepared are mainly the small merchants.
This is not a theory - this is exactly what has been seen in countries that
already use chip-and-pin. Crooks don't go away - they simply choose easier
targets. Assorted studies in the last few weeks have said that only
25% to 42% of small business owners are properly prepared for the EMV
shift. The number that Heartland provided was 40% readiness among
IHL: One vendor dominates hardgoods POS market
According to the new "POS Software of Hardgoods" study from IHL Group, Oracle
is the clear market leader in the hardgoods market, with 39 of the top 200
accounts. Something that is similar between hardgoods and softgoods, however,
is that both markets are moving to a POS model based on distributed order
management at its core. chainstoreage.com
to lead IoT Technology
According to a new Juniper Research study, retailers may be on the cutting
edge of the IoT's impact on businesses. By 2020, as much as 70 percent of
purchased IoT hardware won't be consumer-centric, with the segment driven by
business IoT spending pushing the IoT opportunity worldwide to $300 billion.
For retailers adopting beacons and RFID tags, the ability to leverage IoT
technology to push relevant information to customers through their smartphones
and other mobile devices, along with real-time asset tracking and pricing
adjustments will provide substantial competitive advantages, Juniper said.
CONNECT: The issues preventing widespread beacon deployment
The panelists pointed to several reasons why retailers have yet to embrace
beacons, ranging from consumers' hesitation to be pinged while shopping to
organizations lacking the necessary personnel or foresight to implement and
manage a successful program. Some of the panelists believe that how
organizations set standards and best practices to use beacon technology to
communicate with customers is at the heart of the issue of retailer deployment.
"There are issues of deployment and management [for retailers). "I think those
are two concepts people don't fully embrace when they're evaluating something
like this. That's a barrier to why some of these things haven't panned out."
Consumers need to have the right smartphone, need to have the Bluetooth feature
turned on, need to have the retailer's app downloaded on their phone, and need
to opt in to be notified. Retailers need to make it worthwhile to consumers to
do all these things. "I think consumers are afraid of Big Brother right now,"
Cuellar said. "They know a lot of their data is being collected. What's this
giving back to them? I think you need to understand that you're not going to get
100 percent adoption." retailcustomerexperience.com
Employees put business data at risk by installing gambling apps on their phones
Some companies have as many as 35 such apps in their environments, a study
found. If you work for a large, global company, chances are some of your peers
have installed gambling apps on the mobile devices they use for work, and that's
bad news for IT security. The company tested some of the most popular gambling
apps it detected in corporate environments for potential security risks and
found critical vulnerabilities that could enable hackers to gain access to a
phone's contacts, emails, call history and location data, as well as to record
for New LP Executives
5: Visibility, Accountability and
Director of Loss Prevention, 24 Hour Fitness
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To those who have been following the Roadmap series - thank you! Hopefully
you're enjoying the information thus far. We've covered many topics, and there's
more to come! If you haven't been following the series, feel free to click on
the link at the bottom of this article to get fully caught up. This week, we're
focusing on visibility, accountability and recognition for the new department
that you've recently adopted.
This is a topic that may be somewhat controversial, as different LP leaders have
different opinions on their department's metrics and productivity. We will
discuss that a bit further in the article. The first thing that must be
determined is, what metrics actually matter? It's a good idea to make sure that
the metrics that are being collected, analyzed, measured and distributed are
somewhat universal amongst your company - meaning, a DM or RVP cares about
similar numbers that a LP Manager cares about. Again, it's that, "not swimming
upstream" mentality to help everyone work collectively. Examples of various Loss
Prevention measurable metrics may be: Shrink numbers ($ and %); Apprehension
statistics; Serious incidents; Security guard budgets; critical POS metrics
(returns, markdowns, overrides, etc.); Cash over/short. These metrics are
dependent on your company's priorities, your department's structure, and what
the executives feel are important to monitor and contain. Developing a Loss
Prevention Dashboard is a great way for Loss Prevention, District Managers, RVPs
and various corporate executives to be completely aligned on what LP is doing.
Personally, I like a one-page dashboard cleanly designed to highlight the
high-level, critical statistics. If someone requires more data, then you can
share the supporting data that makes up the dashboard.
Now that you have the critical metrics determined, you've created a departmental
dashboard, and that dashboard is being distributed to a broad audience, it's
time to make sure that everyone on the team is contributing to those great
numbers! Certain metrics (shrink, overrides, security guard budget as a few
examples) are fairly easy to assign firm goals to. The more controversial metric
is apprehensions and dishonest employee statistics. This is definitely a topic
that you should discuss openly with your Human Resources and Legal teams, to get
their buy-in. I fall within the camp of not setting firm productivity
apprehension goals for a Loss Prevention team. I feel that firm apprehension
goals lead to bad stops, costly legal disasters, and desperation to spend $3k in
LP resources to determine who may be stealing .50 cent sodas out of the employee
break room refrigerator. If you have the right people in place who take pride in
their career, then a few will automatically lead the team in productive
apprehensions, and the rest of the group should naturally want to chase and not
be bottom of the pack month-after-month. This eliminates the need for official
(or "unofficial") goals (or quotas!), and with the right people in place, keeps
your team naturally productive. Be sure to tactfully recognize those who are
remaining productive, as that recognition should keep the team productivity
moving in the right direction. For those who remain at the bottom of the
dashboard, month-after-month, they will stand out and a move will have to take
place when you feel the timing is right. This is only fair to those who work
hard to be a productive member of your team. Stay tuned for more articles
designed to help guide the New LP Executive!
Read the Introduction and Parts 1-4
Vector Security Acquires Pelican Security Network
Latest acquisition adds more than 17,000
customers and expands the company's footprint into Louisiana and Texas
PITTSBURGH, September 1, 2015 - Vector Security announces the acquisition
of Pelican Security Network, Inc., a regional alliance of independent life
safety and security services providers, fire protection companies, alarm
dealers, and systems integrators based in Baton Rouge, LA. The employees and
over 17,000 customers of the Pelican Security Network will become part of Vector
Security effective September 1, 2015.
Amy Varisco will lead the newly formed Gulf District, which includes the Pelican
Security Network of companies, for Vector Security.
"In Vector Security, we have found the perfect company to transition our valued
customers." says Louis J. Resweber, President and COO of Pelican Security
Network, Inc. "We have been impressed with Vector Security, watching as they
grow and provide exceptional service to their customers, all with a focus on the
regional support that communities want and need. I am confident that Vector
Security will provide the quality products and customer service our customers
have come to expect from Pelican Security Network since 1998."
"Today, we officially welcome the teams and customers from across the Pelican
Security Network as part of the Vector Security family." says Pam Petrow,
President and CEO of Vector Security. "We look forward to introducing the Vector
Security brand to the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi markets as we focus the
company growth across these regions in the coming months."
Vector Security is committed to the markets they serve and building long-term
relationships with homeowners and businesses across North America. As a Top 10
Security Provider, Vector Security is actively involved in the security
industry. Recently, Vector Security President and CEO, Pam Petrow, was named
Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) President and the company has garnered
a number of awards over the years including SDM Dealer of the Year and Central
Station of the Year.
For more than 40 years, Vector Security, Inc. (www.vectorsecurity.com)
has been a premier provider of intelligent security solutions tailored to the
needs of the customer. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company offers a full
suite of electronic security services for residential, business and national
account customers across North America and the Caribbean through a network of
branches and authorized dealers. Through its subsidiary, Industry Retail Group (IRG),
the company also offers customized managed broadband services that lay the
foundation for unsurpassed business intelligence. Vector Security is a sister
company of the Philadelphia Contributionship, a mutual insurance company founded
in 1752, and currently provides cost-effective, technology-based security
solutions to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses.
Managing the Change Process from Loss Prevention to Asset Protection
Transforming to 'Omni AP'
Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP,
Macy's is not only the largest department store chain in the U.S., but it is now
also the 7th largest online retailer. To keep pace with the rapidly changing
business model, Macy's Asset Protection team has
reinvented itself to address
the many challenges that cybersecurity and omni-channel retailing presents.
Kevin Colman, Group Vice President of
Asset Protection for Macy's, tells us about the department's transformation to 'Omni
AP', where protecting the brand and increasing profits is just as important as
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"Account takeover is the new credit card fraud"
Vancouver, British Columbia-based NuData Security, which predicts and prevents
online fraud, analyzed more than 15.7 million login interactions from May
through June and identified 882,340 as high risk or potential account takeover
attempts. The most common method of account takeover, he says, begins with
obtaining a list of user names and passwords.
"Fraudsters employ a variety of techniques to obtain the personal and financial
information typically needed to take control of an existing account," Wilk says.
"This can be as simple as Dumpster diving and looking through people's mail
to purchasing packages of Fullz on the Web black market."
Nearly 60% of more than 500 million online account creations NuData Security
analyzed from May through July "were flagged as high risk or fraudulent." That
percentage is a huge increase from 28% flagged as high risk or fraudulent from
February through April.
We've seen that account creation fraud has increased by more than 100% since
February 2015," These cybercriminals or bad actors are finding new ways to
conceal their location. They are moving quickly from one IP address to another
to steal valid credit card accounts, as opposed to cycling through hijacked
credit card information based on lists stolen from databases."
Credit card fraud is passé, and account takeover is the new credit card fraud,"
he says. "Much like a virus reacts to a vaccine, hackers develop new ways to
penetrate security systems as the old methods become ineffective. Shifting
tactics is just one way hackers have become more sophisticated in their efforts
to stay ahead of detection efforts."
Click-and-Collect Attractive to Consumers
According to a study 86% of those who make online purchases said they would
consider buying online and picking up in-store. According to the study, almost
four in five respondents (78%) said they would consider buying digitally and
picking up in-store if it meant they could receive an item three days earlier.
And nearly half (45%) said that they had had purchased an item online and picked
it up in-store in the past six months. When offered a financial incentive to do
so, 86% said they would utilize click and collect in order to save $10 on a $50
The merger of QVC and zulily will create a $5
billion web merchant
Operation: Kroger ORC Investigations Team and Kentucky State Police Investigates
Organized Criminal Activity in Madison County The Kentucky State Police,
Richmond Post, in conjunction with the Kroger Loss Prevention Organized Crime
Branch have been conducting undercover transactions in Richmond over the past
month. The investigation continued this morning as multiple agencies executed
search warrants, looking for items that were illegally obtained by three local
Madison County businesses. As a result of the ongoing investigation, four people
have been arrested and lodged at the Madison County Detention Center. KSP was
assisted in the investigation by Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control, Kentucky
Department of Revenue, Kroger Loss Prevention, Madison County Sheriff's Office,
Richmond Police Department, and the ATF.
Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Credit Card Making Equipment and
Aggravated Identity Theft According to court documents, between July
2013 and September 2014 Sandhu and Simone Aguilar, 42, of Vallejo, used stolen
identification information to manufacture credit cards and IDs. They used the
stolen IDs and credit cards to obtain goods and credit from car dealerships and
retail stores. justice.gov
Nassau Co, NY: Woman charged in $14,000 theft of Michael Kors merchandise from
T.J. Maxx; 3 accomplices sought A Brooklyn woman has been arrested as
one of four suspects who shoplifted more than $14,000 from TJ Maxx stores in
Greenvale and Hicksville, Nassau County police said. Raquel Davila, 54, faces
third and fourth-degree charges of grand larceny as well as a seventh-degree
count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Davila was arrested
Tuesday at her residence without incident for her alleged role in the two
incidents, which police said took place August 13 and August 23. Police said
Davila and three others entered the stores, located in Greenvale and Hicksville,
and removed $14,237.57 in Michael Kors merchandise. The three others have not
yet been apprehended.
Hays, KS: 2 Kansas arrested for string of shoplifting incidents: hitting 8
stores, totaling over $3,000 Two Kansas women were arrested over the
weekend in connection with a number of thefts at Hays retailers. According to
the Hays Police Department, Roberta Tonya Gonzalez, 43, and Angie Pilar Parra,
30, both of Dodge City, were arrested and a juvenile was taken into custody
Sunday evening at Hastings Entertainment after they were identified in a string
of shoplifting incidents at the entertainment store. The initial estimated value
of the items stole from Hasting was $1,700. During a search of the suspect's
vehicle, officers reportedly found a significant amount of stolen items, valued
at more than $1,800, that allegedly had been taken from eight other retailers in
TN: Walmart shoplifter who succeeded twice nabbed on third try in same day
A man allegedly made it out of the Rogersville Walmart with stolen tools twice
Sunday morning, but when he tried his luck again that night police were waiting
for him in the parking lot. Rogersville Police said the video shows Jonathan
Tackett leave the store with a shopping cart containing tools he didn't pay for,
and unload those tools into his pickup. Tackett then go back into the store, put
more tools in his cart, and then leave the store again without paying. The value
of the stolen tools was listed at $562. Shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday Walmart
contacted the RPD and reported that Tackett had come back at the Rogersville
Walmart. Police waited for Tackett to exit. This time Tackett allegedly
purchased a case of bottled water, which hid several more tools (valued at over
$50.00) on the bottom rack of the cart that he was allegedly attempting to get
past the checkout without paying.
Co, CO: Victoria's Secret surveillance photo released of Shoplifting Team at the
Streets of Southglenn The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has
released photos of a man and a woman accused of entering the Streets of
Southglenn Victoria's Secret, loading up shopping bags with "Pink" merchandise
and running out of the store without paying. The incident happened at around 1
p.m. on Aug. 21. It hadn't been publicized until now.
AB, CN: RCMP looking for man who stole $951 in Crest White Stripes from
Shopper's Drug Mart Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole
$951 worth of Crest White Strips, used to whiten and brighten teeth, July 13.
Mounties say the man entered the Shopper's Drug Mart on Market Street and began
loading the Strips into a gift bag. When a store clerk confronted him, the man
fled with the product in a white sports utility vehicle. Police say a woman may
also have been involved. A similar robbery, which took place at a Shopper's Drug
Mart in Calgary an hour earlier, may be linked.
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San Francisco, CA: Secret Service agent investigating Silk Road admits to theft
of $820K in Bitcoin from site A former Secret Service agent who stole
$820,000 worth of bitcoin from the Silk Road online black market while
investigating it pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco Monday to two
felony charges. Shaun Bridges, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge
Richard Seeborg to one count of money laundering of the funds he stole and one
count of obstructing justice in a federal probe of his theft. Bridges will be
sentenced by Seeborg on Dec. 7. Each count carries a possible maximum sentence
of 20 years in prison. Bridges is one of two former federal agents convicted of
corruption during the investigation of Silk Road and its founder, Ross Ulbricht.
The other is former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force, 46,
of Baltimore. He pleaded guilty before Seeborg on July 2 to charges of
extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice and will be sentenced on
KS: AT&T Store Robber says he shot customer because she wouldn't do what he said
60 year-old Julie Dombo is still in critical condition after being shot in the
chest in early August during a robbery at the AT&T store in Derby. In the arrest
affidavit obtained by KAKE News, it says the suspect came into the cell phone
store in Derby to talk about a phone plan. That's when he pulled a gun from his
back and said, 'This is not a joke.' The suspect ordered everyone into the back
room. The arrest warrant goes on to say a customer, who we now know as Dombo,
was shot twice when she tried to leave the store. The suspect, James Phillips
sped away and shot at officers as they chased him. He was caught after crashing
his SUV into a Wichita Police car.
AL: Dozen weapons stolen from gun shop; reward offered for suspect ID
A dozen guns were stolen from a Birmingham indoor shooting range and shop, and
now authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the suspects
and missing guns. The break-in happened about 3 a.m. at Sentinel Firearms. It
was the latest in a spate of similar thefts at Birmingham area gun shops.
UT: Father turns in son after Sierra West Diamonds store burglary One
man has been arrested and police were looking for two others who investigators
believe broke into Sierra West Diamonds and stole 42 pieces of jewelry. About 1
a.m. Sunday, an alarm went off at Sierra West Diamonds, Police arrived to find
the front glass door broken and several thousand dollars in merchandise missing,
according to Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez. Detectives reviewed store
surveillance video, and watched one person go inside the store and two stay in
the parking lot. About 3 hours after the burglary, a father contacted police
worried that his son might be in trouble, Martinez said. The father found a note
in his son's room that said something similar to "I'm sorry," Martinez said, and
jewelry was found in his son's room.
Dawsonville, GA: Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Thieves are targeting
North Georgia Premium Outlets A Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch
artist is being called in to help create a better picture of the woman who
robbed a local jewelry store last month. "We're hoping we can get a better ID.
Once the sketch is done, we'll put it out to social media and to the news media
to say this is what the woman looks like", said Maj. Ray Goodie, commander of
the Dawson County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division. Employees at Zales
Outlet told investigators the woman entered the store at the North Georgia
Premium Outlets just after 10 a.m. on Aug. 5, brandished a pistol and forced
them into the back of the store where she zip-tied their hands. According to
Goodie, the outlet mall, due in part to its proximity to Ga. 400 and its quick
access south to the Atlanta area, remains an easy target for theft. "Over the
last six months we've had increased shopliftings, increased entering autos.
We've had robberies, and we've had smash and grabs all that are focusing around
the outlet mall," he said.
Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Metro Police increase Castleton Mall Patrol, pays
off with $15,000 arrest IMPD is using a stealth approach to stop what
it calls a growing problem in a part of town where thousands of people visit
every day. Investigators said car break-ins were on the rise this summer in the
Castleton area along the 82nd Street corridor. "A radio broadcast came out of a
theft from a jewelry inside the Castleton Square Mall," said Commander Bailey.
He said the undercover officers pulled into the mall lot, spotted the suspect
entering a car and tailed him until a uniformed officer could pull him over.
21-year-old Richard Kirk was arrested after police said he stole $15,000 worth
of jewelry. Police said he also had an unlicensed handgun in his car.
Orland Park, IL: Father of 13 Hides in Woods, Steals $2,900 in Clothing from
Macy's Bail was set at $150,000 for a father of 13 accused of hiding
in the woods and then sneaking through an open employee entrance after closing
hours at the Orland Square Macy's. Glen Bowden, 54, appeared Tuesday before Cook
County Judge Peter Felice on a burglary charge. Bowden was then observed on
security video allegedly taking 65 items of clothing valued at $2,900. Loss
Prevention agent recognized Bowden from being in the store earlier in the day
returning possibly stolen merchandise.
Bluffton, SC: Beaufort Co Sheriff's Office investigating Armed Robbery at Jared
Jewelers at Tanger Outlet Two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies and
investigators are currently looking into an armed robbery that was reported
Wednesday morning at the Jared Jewelers store located in the Tanger Outlet Two
in Bluffton. Officials say the suspect forced employees to the back of the store
at gunpoint. She then took an undisclosed amount of jewelry and fled the store.
No one was injured during the incident.
Vallejo, CA: Man pleads guilty in $250,000 Federal ID theft case; purchased 6
cars and 2 motorcycles A Vallejo man who went to six different Bay
Area car dealerships and bought six cars and two motorcycles using fake IDs,
stolen credit cards and counterfeit checks agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in a
Sacramento courtroom more than six months after his arrest by federal agents in
February. Gurpinder Sandhu, 47, pleaded guilty to possessing credit card making
equipment and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 15 years in federal
prison and a fine of $250,000. When he was indicted earlier this year he faced
the possibility of more than 80 years behind bars.
Jonesville, SC: Belk employee arrested for stealing $500 worth of watches from
Distribution Center A Belk employee is charged with breach of trust
after authorities say he stole watches from a distribution center. Albert
Clayton Morris III, was arrested and charged Monday. Deputies say Morris tried
to take merchandise through the metal detectors of the Belk distribution center
in Jonesville. A Loss Prevention officer saw Morris go through the metal
detectors with watches inside his shoe, according to the report. The two Armani
Exchange wristwatches were valued at $500.
Melbourne, AU: Music shop overwhelmed by Facebook support after robbery post
goes viral A small business in Melbourne's east has turned to Facebook
in a bid to help find several guitars stolen at the crack of dawn. Music
Junction's owner arrived at the Camberwell store on Monday morning after being
alerted by the shop's security system. Four guitars were missing in total,
having been swiped in the early hours of the morning by a thief who managed to
pick the lock. The stock is estimated to be worth approximately $10,000. After
notifying police and reviewing the CCTV footage, Music Junction's employees
decided to turn to social media for help. Pictures of the thief posted to the
business's Facebook page have garnered 170 likes so far and have been shared
more than 1200 times. Fogarty says while the stolen guitars have not been
retrieved, the public's response has "renewed" his faith in people who are eager
to do what they can to help small businesses.
Fruitport Township, Mich., Shop owners at The
Lakes Mall are asking mall management for beefed up security after a series of
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Akron, OH: Three charged in man's Fentanyl
Oceana Co, MI: Man faces trial in woman's Fentanyl overdose death; could get
life in prison
Salina, KS: Employee accused of stealing $6,600 in deposits from Western
Sizzlin' before restaurant closed
Shelbyville, TN: Kroger Fuel Station employee arrested for theft of $1,400
Enfield, CT: Plea Agreement Reached in 2014 Target Fire, sentenced to 8 years
Asheville, NC: Belk Loss Prevention bust man for $6,460 jewelry theft
Gloucester, UK: Female Rugby player tackles Grab & Run thief stealing $1,000
Syracuse, NY: Man charged with smashing window at M. Lemp Jewelers in Syracuse,
Conway, SC: Police chase ends with crash and arrest in connection to c-store
Palm Beach, FL: Two men had 39 fake credit cards at Palm Beach Gardens Mall
Ionia, MI: At least 12 victims of Credit Card Cloning reported to Michigan State
Police last week
Baton Rouge, LA: Credit Card skimmer found at Shell gas station
Univ. of Arkansas Basketball Player arrested for
Passing Counterfeit Cash
Pharmacy - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
General - Austin, MN - Armed Robbery
K - Moncton, NB, CN - Armed Robbery
- Virginia Beach, VA - Robbery
Sunset - Mitchell, SD - Armed Robbery
General - Richmond Co, GA - Robbery
General - Center Point, AL - Armed Robbery
General - Columbia, TN - Armed Robbery
- Jackson, MS - Shooting/ 1 killed
Dollar - Augusta, GA - Theft
Dollar - Benton Harbor, MI - Armed Robbery
House - Girard, OH - Armed Robbery
- Morgantown, IN - Armed Robbery
- Thunder Bay, ON, CN - Robbery
Depot - Pompano Beach, FL - Armed Robbery/ shots fired
Food - Concord, NH - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Petersburg, VA - Shooting/ 1 killed
Valley GoMart - Putnam Co, WV - Robbery
- Colquitt, GA - Burglary
- Philadelphia, PA, Armed Robbery
- Merriam, KS - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot
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