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,
Managing the Change Process from Loss
Prevention to Asset Protection
Transforming to 'Omni AP'
Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP, Macy's
Building Partnerships for a Safe Customer &
Mark Stinde, VP of AP, 7-Eleven
September 11: Developing Tomorrow's LP Leaders with John Voytilla, VP
Global LP & Safety, Office Depot
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History of Los Angeles Area Organized
Crimes Association (LAAORCA)
By Detective III Joseph Hopkins, Los Angeles Police
Department, Commercial Crimes Division, Community Business Coordinator
In December 2007, at the direction of former Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD), Chief of Police (COP), William Bratton, detectives from LAPD,
Commercial Crimes Division (CCD), Southwest, Northeast, and Van Nuys Areas met
with representatives of the Target Corporation to develop specific strategies in
reducing crime in and around their stores. Stores in these areas were selected
due to the high volume of crime in what Target called "Safeness Incidents"
(property theft, theft from motor vehicles, etc.). Sharing information between
the LAPD and Target stores regarding various thefts especially organized retail
crime greatly improved as a result of this partnership.
seeing the impact this newly formed partnership had in helping Target and LAPD
work together to keep crime volume low, CCD assisted in the creation of a
program called Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA)
www.laaorca.org, which would bring various loss prevention store agents
together from the Greater Los Angeles area to share and discuss what ORC crime
trends they were seeing in their stores, how it was impacting the business
community and the use of a real-time intelligence sharing website to keep
retailers and law enforcement professionals aware of any threats.
In April 2009, LAAORCA was founded by a select group of loss prevention (LP)
agents from CVS, GAP, JC Penney, Lowes, Safeway/Vons, Target, Walgreens, a
representative from the National Retail Federation, and LAPD, CCD, Commanding
Officer, Captain Bill Williams and Detective III Kent Oda. Captain Williams,
Detective Oda and a retailer traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico and met with
Kenneth Cox and Craig Davis from Target. Cox and Davis had created a similar
retail program and provided invaluable guidance. Since April 2009, LAAORCA
members have held general membership meetings and tailored a program where law
enforcement and retailers can share information regarding ORC trends with one
another on a continuous basis. This organization is propelled by CCD and not
seen as a single retailer driven program.
LAAORCA now has well over 2,100 members representing over 350 companies and in
excess of 120 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. LAAORCA held
its very first training conference in 2010, with attendance over 600. The
following years thereafter, LAAORCA has recorded attendance from 850 to 1000
each year, free to attendees, which provides an excellent venue for training and
networking opportunities. In addition, LAAORCA held two golf tournaments, one
softball tournament, and made a donation to an under privilege children's
Currently LAPD, CCD, Commanding Officer, Captain John Romero is the LAAORCA Law
Enforcement Co-Chair and Albertsons/Von's/Pavilions, Area Asset Protection
Manager, Mr. Ron Foss, is the LAAORCA Retail Co-Chair.
to their retirement, Captain Bill Williams, Detective Kent Oda and several
retail members envisioned the expansion of LAAORCA, by creating a regional
partnership to address the underserved areas in the State of California. This
led to the creation of the California Organized Retail Crimes Association
www.cal-orca.org, which would address regional needs of the State, while
LAAORCA and the other local ORCA programs continue to resolve issues within
their area. Kent Oda continues to volunteer his time to facilitate and organize
LAPD, CCD, Detective Joe Hopkins is the CAL-ORCA Law Enforcement Region
Representative as well as the LAAORCA Law Enforcement Liaison. He can be reached
at Telephone No. (213) 486-8739 / E-mail:
was promoted to Senior Manager, Loss Prevention for The Disney Store.
Bryant was previously the Manager, Loss Prevention
Operations for the retailer and has been with The Disney Store since 2008 when
he started as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Bryant also brings loss
prevention experience from other retailers such as Sears where he was a District
Loss Prevention Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren as a District Loss Prevention Manager,
The Home Depot as a District Loss Prevention Manager, and Gap Inc as a Loss
Prevention Supervisor. Congratulations Bryant!
Kicks Off 2nd Annual Conference
by Byron Smith, Corporate Asset Protection Manager -Corporate
Security, Acquisitions & Supply Chain for 7-Eleven
With 125 attendees and 12 vendors exhibits, the organization's
second conference has almost doubled in size. Mark Stinde with
7-Eleven opened as the keynote speaker reflecting on supply chain
opportunities and building a successful program. Topics covered on
day one included Active Shooter with a presentation by Rod
Fulenwider, 3PL Audit Program update, Latin America Cargo Theft and
Trends, BCP Global Planning and GPS for Transportation Cases. The
ISCPO organization was able to make a donation to Pat & Emmitt
Smith's CATCH 22 program. Make sure you visit the
More information coming tomorrow on Day Two of the ISCPO Conference!
presenting donation to Pat & Emmit Smith's Catch 22
Master, Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for
Newgistics, kicking off Day 1 of the conference
Mark Stinde, Vice
President of Asset Protection
for 7-Eleven, and Keynote Speaker for ISCPO Conference
Visit - What it means to the security industry
Commissioner Bratton: Pope Francis Visit Will Present
'Unprecedented' Security Challenge Officials are preparing
for the huge security challenge of Pope Francis' visit to New York
City in several weeks, figuring out not only how to deal with the
crush of visitors to a pope who likes to get close to people but
doing so amid the United Nations General Assembly with 160 world
leaders in town. "It's going to be an unprecedented challenge
for this department that has dealt with many precedents in the
past," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Adding to that
security challenge is the news that Pope Francis may be adding
another stop to his New York visit: a motorcade through Central Park
so tens of thousands more people can get a chance to see him. He's
already planned stops at St. Patrick's Cathedral for prayer service,
Madison Square Garden for mass, and the United Nations General
Assembly. Police Monday warned New Yorkers to expect extraordinary
gridlock on the streets. There will be extra trains put into service
on the subway but access to some stations could be limited or even
FBI setting up city command post in Philly - With city police spread
thin, some roads may become impassable - Abandoned cars on I-95 ?
The FBI will establish a central command post in
Center City that will remain operational during the entire World
Meeting of Families until "after the Pope is back in Rome," an
Philadelphia-based FBI intelligence analyst said. The FBI will
interact with several subsidiary command posts and operating
centers, as well as the CIA, NSA, Secret Service and other agencies
from the U.S. intelligence community. The FBI's post during the
pope's visit will be manned 24/7, monitoring all levels of threats
to the mega-event. While the FBI will focus closely on processing
intelligence, the Philadelphia Police will provide the manpower on
the ground. Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson said that officers may
have to sleep over in the city for the first time in over 20 years
so they avoid a lack of manpower during peak times. Some roads
slated to remain open, such as I-95, may completely clog with
traffic, effectively closing themselves. Chief Inspector Dennis
Wilson said he wouldn't be surprised if people abandon their cars
on this road, and the Police Department can't afford to have
officers caught in that cluster.
'Paralyzing Gridlock' - Pope visitors may disrupt shopping in Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Cars and charter buses traveling through Delaware along I-95 to visit the pope
in Philadelphia later this month may not only cause congestion, they could also
likely have a big impact on local businesses. Traffic planners in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey and Delaware have been meeting for months to figure out ways to allow
people to move efficiently to and from Philadelphia during the papal visit on
Sept. 26 and 27. They estimate 20 to 25 percent of those taking the pilgrimage
to see Pope Francis will pass through Delaware. But the predicted traffic might
persuade shoppers who swarm tax-free shopping locations in Delaware, such as
Christiana Mall, to postpone their trips, said George Sharpley, economist at the
Delaware Department of Labor. "It would probably have two effects," Sharpley
said. "Some people might stay at home." Planners in New Jersey initially
warned of "paralyzing gridlock" in their state and discouraged drivers outside
the Philadelphia area from getting within 50 miles of the city, which included
northern Delaware, during the weekend of the pope's visit.
Philadelphia: Security map, highways closed for pope visit
Washington DC: Federal gov't urges workers to take day off or work from home
Heroin & Opiate Epidemic Drives 139 Pharmacy robberies to date this year in
Indiana - Leading the nation The figures show no signs of slowing
down, which is worrisome to both past and current CVS employees. Authorities
aren't sure what's causing them, but one theory among law enforcement is that
Indiana's struggle with heroin and opiate-based medications has fueled a
black-market demand for more pills on the streets.
Last week, CVS added time-delay safes to all 150 Indianapolis-area stores
in an effort to pare down the high number of robberies. It's a mechanism that
CVS's competitor, Walgreens, adopted more than a year ago. Phil Caruso, a
Walgreens spokesman, told I-Team 8 by phone that the company has seen a decline
in general in the number robberies since the devices were installed. Walgreens
currently has them in 13 states.
CVS has added the time-delay safes in all its Indianapolis-area stores and is
considering adding them in other states. "This was one (measure) that we had
considered very carefully and based on the study, we feel it's the right thing
for us to do at this point," Michael Silveira, CVS Vice President of Loss
Prevention, said during a recent exclusive interview with I-Team 8.
During the past year, an I-Team 8 analysis found CVS pharmacies have been
robbed more than 80 times, compared to more than 30 robberies at Walgreens
stores in the Indianapolis area, which already have the time-delay safes. CVS
regional pharmacy supervisor, Kara Williams, says that she think the time-delay
safes - in conjunction with security officers and high-definition security
cameras - will work to reduce the number of robberies.
Lt. Craig McCartt with IMPD said "CVS and Walgreens have both been a great
team in trying to put some policies and procedures in place to reduce the
chances that their places are going to be victimized."
NJ Governor & Presidential hopeful wants NYPD to reauthorize stop-and-frisk,
which was ruled unconstitutional in 2013 Christie blames de Blasio's
'liberal' law enforcement policies for uptick in city crime. The New Jersey
governor and Republican presidential hopeful suggested New York reauthorize use
of stop-and-frisk, which was ruled unconstitutional in 2013. Mr. Christie and
Mr. de Blasio appeared separately on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday. Mr.
Christie says that people are getting "more and more fed up" with crime and that
the city should resurrect a stop-and-frisk police policy.
Costco sold counterfeit "Tiffany" rings - U.S. judge - loses trademark
counterfeiting case - Costco went to far on this one Costco Wholesale
Corp willfully infringed Tiffany & Co's trademarks by selling counterfeit
diamond engagement rings bearing the luxury retailer's name and must face a jury
trial to assess damages, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday. The Court denied
Costco's claim that "Tiffany" is a generic term for a pronged ring and further
found that Costco was liable for trademark infringement and trademark
counterfeiting in its use of "Tiffany" on signs in the jewelry cases at
Costco to describe certain engagement rings that were not made by Tiffany & Co.
"We are gratified that the Court found that Costco's use of the TIFFANY
trademark infringed on our rights" said Leigh Harlan, Tiffany & Co. Senior Vice
President, Secretary and General Counsel.
Back from Bangladesh, NRF Executives Say Garment Factory Safety is Improving
National Retail Federation executives returning today from a visit to Bangladesh
said a report issued by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety reflects
improvements in garment worker safety they saw during tours of factories and
"The Alliance is doing important work to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi
workers who make clothing worn by millions of Americans and other consumers
around the world," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David
French said. "We saw first-hand in the past few days that significant progress
has been made to improve conditions at factories in Bangladesh and that work is
on track to see more improvements in the future."
FTC Intensifies Antitrust Review of Staples-Office Depot Merger
The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its probe of Staples Inc. SPLS -0.07
% 's takeover of rival Office Depot Inc., ODP -1.01 % seeking sworn legal
declarations that could be used if antitrust enforcers decide to challenge the
deal, according to people contacted by the agency.
The requests for sworn statements from other market participants about the
deal's impact on the office supply business is a signal the FTC is gearing up
for a possible lawsuit against the deal, which was valued at $6.3 billion when
it was announced in February. wsj.com
Rite Aid Can't Dodge Ex-Worker's $8.7M Jury Win Over Firing - Injured during
robbery at Thrifty Payless
A California judge on Tuesday rejected Rite Aid Corp.'s bid to escape an $8.7
million jury verdict awarded to a former employee who alleged the company fired
him for a neck injury he sustained during a robbery of his store, ruling
"substantial evidence" supported the verdict.
Leggins was in the Rite Aid store he was tasked with running in 2007 when he
was attacked during a robbery, injuring his neck to the point of needing several
surgeries, according to his suit. Though he was hurt, his higher-ups forced
him to do hard manual labor and mocked him for his injury, at times implying he
was faking it to shirk his tasks, according to Leggins' allegations.
On Tuesday, Judge Stern granted the defendant's request that a stay on
enforcement of the judgment be extended for a short time to allow it time to
perfect its appeal and post an appeal bond. law360.com
Pacific Sunwear launching major expense reduction initiative - Dir of LP job
Bath & Body Works agrees to end on-call
Macy's to close between 35 and 40 stores
Quiksilver Files for Chapter 11
Haggen supermarkets Files Bankruptcy
Quarterly Same Store
Men's Warehouse Q2 comp's up 3.9%, Moore's up 0.7%, K&G up 6.7%, Jos. A. Bank up
9.4% with sales up 15%
Barnes & Noble Q1 retail comp's up 1.1% with revenue down 1.5%
Pep Boys Q2 comp's up 0.3% with sales up 0.1%
Francesca's Q2 comp's down 4% with sales up 9%
PacSun Q2 comp's down 6% with sales down 7%
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Report: Smaller retailers not worried about EMV - 62% of consumers don't even
have a card yet
Among SMB retailers who have not yet complied with EMV, 34% say there is no time
to research or implement EMV-compliant technology, 33% say it is too expensive,
23% say it is unnecessary and a surprising 10% don't know about EMV.
Another reason SMB retailers may not be overly concerned about EMV is that
Software Advice found 62% of consumers do not yet have an EMV payment card.
California assembly passes digital privacy bill
The bill, which would require a judge's approval for access to a person's
private information, including data from personal electronic devices, email,
digital documents, text messages and location information, had been passed in
June by the state senate and will now return there for concurrence before
heading to state Governor Jerry Brown for approval. cio.com
Report: breached records count down this year - But 888 data breaches are up 10%
from last year
The number of individual records compromised by data breaches has declined by 41
percent during the first half of this year even as the number of breaches went
up, according to a new report by Gemalto. "Identity theft continues to be the
leading type of attack." Identity theft accounted for 472 breaches, or 53
percent of all attacks, and nearly 75 percent of compromised data records.
Financial access was the next biggest motivator, with 197 attacks during the
first half of this year, up steadily from 119 attacks in the first half of 2014.
A total of 888 data breaches occurred during the first half of this year, Hart
said, up 10 percent from last year, the company reported today, with a total of
246 million records compromised. The decline in total records lost is due to the
fact that there were fewer large-scale mega breaches this year compared to last.
How to communicate cyber risk to the board
Risk managers need to create a 'babel fish for business' that will make the
concept of cyber security more intelligible to the C-suite. Quantifying the
unknown - through situational awareness, the identification of potential targets
and vulnerabilities that could be exploited in the organization - and then
communicating that information to a non-technical business-focused audience is
no easy task.
Risk needs to be seen as vital to the sustainability of the organisation as
sales projections, marketing initiatives and customer retention - all are
forward thinking, all entail assessment, analysis and prediction, and all can
influence the direction the company takes.
Securing and protecting the emerging Internet of Things
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel Corporation
announced two new grants totaling $6 million to research teams that will study
solutions to address the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems.
Select Systems Technology Names Kent Oda, Retired LAPD
Detective III, New Vice President of Business
CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 - SELECT SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, the industry
leader in doing more with less, is proud to announce the hiring of Kent Oda,
ret. LAPD, as Vice President of Business Development. Kent will be reporting to
Vijay Patel, Executive Vice President. "I am thrilled to be working with Kent as
he brings our unique approach of doing more with less to a broader array of
retailers," said Patel. "Kent's service oriented career with the LAPD is a
perfect fit with Select Systems' approach to business."
One of the highlights of Kent's distinguished 26-year career with the LAPD was
the founding of the
Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes
Association, of which he served as program coordinator while with the
LAPD. In 2011, Kent was named one of the "Most Influential People in Security,"
by Security Magazine.
"Select Systems approach to protecting the retailer's original investment is
unique in the industry," said Oda. "I was surprised that Select Systems is the
only company, that I know of, that has the ability to upgrade a 15-year-old
Intellex DVR to current PCI standards."
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How to Defuse and Protect
Gary Johnson, VP of
Workplace violence is more than active shooter situations and flash mobs, but
any act or threat that jeopardizes an employee's personal safety. According to
research, some 2 million U.S. workers are victims of workplace violence each
year, and retailers are no different. With the ongoing threat of violent
criminals, hostile customers and disgruntled employees, learn from senior LP
exec Gary Johnson
why retailers should implement workplace violence programs, how they can
identify and defuse unsafe situations and what role LP has in the process.
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LPNN Quick Take #14
Joe LaRocca is joined by Ed Wolfe from WG Security
and Sgt. Jim Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff's Office in this LPNN
Quick Take. As one of the leading pioneers of ORC training programs, Sgt.
Ostojic tells us what drew him to the field, why partnerships are key to solving
big cases and how retailers can get involved with FLAORCA.
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Labor shortage may impact online businesses - "It's really become a major
supply-chain risk" As online sales growth continues to outpace that at
physical shops, experts say retailers are already having trouble filling
positions in the heart of their digital operations-their warehouses. A
continuation of this trend could be particularly troublesome for companies
during the peak shipping days of the winter holiday season, when distribution
centers often require two to five times the staffing, said Frank Layo, a partner
at supply chain consulting firm Kurt Salmon.
Over the past week or two, he said, he's heard from about two dozen retailers
with nationwide distribution that they're having a tough time filling jobs in
their warehouses. Recent research from Staffing Industry Analysts, a global
advisor on contingent labor, finds that the issue may not be limited to
warehouses, but extend to all temporary jobs created for the holiday season.
Angling for Fraud Detection Buy-In
The typical enterprise loses five percent of revenues to fraud each year,
according to the ACFE 2014 Report to the Nations. Buy-in from upper management
is key to fraud detection and prevention, adds Ratley. "You should always start
with a solid, well-tested fraud prevention program. Most fraud perpetrators
don't think they'll be caught, so begin with creating a perception of prevention
- make people aware of the program. Make employees aware of your detection
programs early, and enlist their help." The problem, he says, is that enterprise
security leaders have to spend money to implement these programs, finding room
in the budget for outreach and education, tip hotlines and reporting procedures.
Organizations with hotlines are much more likely to catch fraud by a tip,
which is the most effective way to detect fraud.
Why Some Consumers Say 'No' To Contactless Pay
While contactless payments in the U.K. are seeing off-the-charts popularity
among consumers, a relatively small but growing number of them are saying "no"
to it. The new emerging trend comes as the U.K. undergoes a massive upgrade of
payments terminals and as the customers pull an extra 10 pound out of their
pockets with the new 30 pound transaction limit in force. As PYMNTS reported in
July this year, research conducted by a U.K.-based watchdog group demonstrated
how a simple scanner could pick up essential details, including the credit card
number and expiration date, for as many six different debit cards. With
approximately 58 million contactless cards of the type used in the test,
consumers in the U.K. are increasingly at risk. Privacy expert Peter Eisenegger
from the National Consumers Federation told The Daily Mirror that a small
percentage of cards could even be read from up to 8 inches away. "Even if this
was to occur in 0.1 percent of cases, with more than 300 million transactions
taking place last year, many consumers could be affected," he said.
Report: Facebook moves into eBay territory
According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is making it easier for consumers
to use its Groups feature to buy, sell and/or trade goods. Facebook began
allowing users to create "for sale" groups late in 2014. However, the social
media giant is no longer requiring creators of for sale groups to obtain its
official approval before launching them. Currently, Facebook does not charge
listing or transaction fees in connection with for sale groups. The company has
not released information on how many listings or transactions have occurred so
Why Digital Wallets Are Destined To Be 'The' Payment Process
MO: Teen stole $45,000 of guns from Bass Pro's Fine Gun Room A
Springfield teenager has been arrested after police say he broke in through an
outside window and stole more than $45,000 worth of guns from the Fine Gun Room
at Bass Pro Shops. Ray J. Genel, 17, was arrested Friday after a brief foot
pursuit and charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the gun theft.
Police were dispatched to Bass Pro Shops at Campbell Avenue and Sunshine Street
just after 5 a.m. Aug. 8 for reports of a break-in. An employee was stocking
merchandise in the hunting department when he noticed the glass door to the Fine
Gun Room was shattered and someone was standing inside with a bandanna covering
his face. The masked man, who police say was Genel, pointed a handgun at the
employee and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave.
Canadian Co, OK: Gift cards valued at more than $30,000 recovered during routine
traffic stop About 11:40 p.m. Friday, deputies pulled over a black
2015 Infinity sports utility vehicle with California tags on I-40. The deputy
believed the people in the car might be involved in criminal activity because
neither of the occupants' names were listed on the rental agreement. The people
in the car also could not explain how they had possession of the vehicle, which
was supposed to be returned to the rental group two weeks ago. A K-9 unit was
called to the scene, and alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. Deputies
found 4 grams of marijuana in the front seat pocket and 320 assorted plastic
Gift & Cash cards inside three suitcases. The cards were valued at more than
$30,000. The people inside the car told deputies that the cards weren't theirs
and they didn't know how they got into their luggage.
TX: 2 wanted in HEB, Lowe's gift card fraud scam Austin police are
searching for two people who they say participated in a gift card scam that
netted them $7,000 in cash. According to an arrest warrant, Isaac Alonso, 41,
and Felicia Ojeda, 31, went to several different HEB grocery stores throughout
Austin and bought Lowe's gift cards using credit cards that ended up not
processing. Police say the scheme the suspects are accused of using allows them
to take advantage of a "glitch" in the gift card purchase. By working together,
the suspects can "buy" and activate the gift cards without actually paying for
the gift cards. Police say once the suspects "bought" the Lowe's gift cards,
they used the gift cards to buy items from Lowe's and then returned the items
for cash, valued at nearly $7,000.
Wichita Falls, TX: 2 from Lawton, TX arrested in theft ring; Police seeking 3rd
Police arrested a man and woman and are looking for a third suspect in a theft
ring, and all of them are from Lawton. Police arrested Tanika Huffman and Bobby
Burrell Sunday afternoon in Wichita Falls. After receiving a call about a
disturbance at Target, officers were given information that the suspects left in
a white Tahoe heading to Wal-Mart. They found the vehicle at Kohl's where
officers detained Huffman and Burrell. They recovered more than $3,000 worth of
clothing stolen from Dillard's. Authorities arrested Huffman and Burrell on
charges of engaging in organized criminal activity theft over $2,500. Police
have not yet located the third suspect involved.
St Petersburg, FL: Police searching for suspects in $3,000 Macy's purse thefts
St. Petersburg police are searching for two people seen in Macy's department
store surveillance photos who they say stole more than $3,000 in Michael Kors
purses. Police described them as a black man, 40 to 50 years old with a thin
build, who was seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word "security" on it, and
a black woman, 30 to 40 years old with a large build, who is known to wear a
head wrap and carry a large purse or shopping bag. The man was seen using a
cutting tool to free the purses from the store security wires, police said.
Frederick, MD: Six women stole $1,400 in merchandise from Francis Scott Key Mall
Several Baltimore women were caught with more than $1,000 worth of stolen
merchandise Sunday at Francis Scott Key Mall. Each of the six women faces a
maximum penalty of close to 35 years and $31,500 in fines if convicted of all of
the six criminal charges they face. The thefts were reported at 5:26 p.m.
Sunday, shortly after employees at DSW Shoes saw the women leave the store with
several pairs of shoes without paying. Employees gave deputies a description of
a car the women used, a white Nissan with New York license plates. A Frederick
County sheriff's deputy had the car stop at approximately 6:15 p.m. Employees of
the Victoria's Secret store in the mall told deputies the women had also stolen
items from their store, and the women were identified using store surveillance
footage and by employees of DSW and Victoria's Secret. In total, the women were
caught with $1,169.10 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret and $233.90
worth of shoes from DSW. Deputies also found items stolen from other stores in
the car they used.
Columbus, OH: Woman accused of running one of 'stupidest scams'
Calling it one of the "stupidest scams we've seen," Columbus City Attorney
Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. said police are looking for a 33-year-old North Side
woman who has stolen $2,000 in merchandise from area retailers. Jennifer M. Niziolek enters a store, places items in a cart and then heads to a
customer-service desk, where she attempts to exchange the items for store
credit, gift cards or merchandise vouchers without a receipt, the office said.
On the occasions when she is denied a refund, she simply leaves the
customer-service desk with the items in her cart and walks out the door,
according to the office. Niziolek on at least five occasions dating back to Jan.
2 made off with various goods, including a wet-dry vacuum, a coffee maker and
The latest US
initiative unleashes its Kryptonite
on Retail Organized Crime
ROCC (Retail Organized Crime Coalition) launched
at the 47th annual IAFCI (International Association of Financial
Crimes Investigators) training conference in Minneapolis, MN this
"I am most proud of the inclusion and commitments received from
industry loss prevention experts and key federal agencies to support
the battle against organized retail crime. This type of crime is not
victimless... retailers, both large and small, are affected daily by
villains who carry the pillaged product over state lines causing
higher prices, negatively impact sales tax revenue, and at times...
enable drug addiction when thieves convert the stolen goods into
currency through sales online or to a complicit buy-back business. ROCC intends to leverage its collective talent against the criminals
with assistance from the following investigative leaders; special
agent in charge of criminal investigations Stuart Tryon - The United
States Secret Service, supervisory special agent Scott Campbell -
Federal Bureau of Investigations and assistant deputy chief Gary
Barksdale - United States Postal Inspection Service" As quoted by
Glenn Justus, chair of ROCC.
The 47th IAFCI conference last week provided a forum for education
and networking on subjects including ORC, cyber fraud, the dark web,
identity theft and money laundering.
Please join Glenn and a panel of ROCC board members at Retail Fraud
on September 24th in New York City to learn more about case
referrals and participation or for further information email him
Save the date:
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Grand Rapids, Mi., Five jailed in West Michigan Credit Card Skimming Ring
Five people from Miami have been arrested for their involvement in what
is believed to be a card skimming operation, where gas pumps were allegedly
rigged to steal credit card information. The team then set up surveillance and
tracked them buying thousands of dollars in gift cards using cloned credit
cards at a Meijer in Holland. Based on that, they were able to get a warrant
to search their hotel rooms, where they found more cloned cards, gift cards and
one of the devices. Card skimmers have been found at three gas stations in Kent
County, Dowagiac County and Shiawassee County. The five suspects are being held
on $1 million bond.
Tallahassee, FL: Dept of Agriculture reports 103 Skimmer devices found on gas
pumps The Department of Agriculture is reporting that 103 skimmer
devices have been found at gas stations around the state. They inspected over
7,000 operations in total. The inspections were run as a part of an on-going
effort by the Florida Petroleum Council and other groups to educate the industry
on this type of threat. A skimming device was found in 29 Florida counties.
Douglasville man facing credit card fraud charges in Florida
A Douglasville man is facing fraud charges after allegedly using fraudulent
credit cards at a Florida mall. Clarence Maurice Logan, 21, of Douglasville was
arrested along with Miles Parks McCollum, 18, of Austell after Palm Beach
Gardens police found 39 credit cards in their possession. According to the
police report, Logan and McCollum were arrested at The Gardens Mall on Aug. 29
after an employee at the hat store LIDS alerted security about the two possibly
using fraudulent cards. When officers arrived, security guards pointed out
McCollum, who handed over a fraudulent credit card.
Spain arrests suspect over multi-million US credit card fraud
Police in Spain have arrested a Romanian man wanted in the United States for
allegedly running a multi-million dollar fake credit card scheme, the interior
ministry said Tuesday. The 41-year-old, who was not identified, was arrested as
he left a garage near his home in the eastern province of Valencia on the
Mediterranean coast, it said in a statement. US officials suspect him of using a
"network of fake credit cards" to defraud banks of over five million dollars
(4.5 million euros) in 2012 and 2013, the ministry said.
Maricopa Co, AZ: Former University of Kentucky basketball star Pleads Guilty To
Theft from Apple Store Former University of Kentucky basketball star
Rex Chapman, pled guilty to theft in Maricopa County, Arizona. Investigators say
he was caught on camera last September taking thousands of dollars in
merchandise from an Apple Store in Arizona and entered a substance abuse program
two weeks later. Chapman was Mr. Basketball for Kentucky in 1986, starred for
the UK Wildcats and was then selected first overall in the NBA draft.
Farmingdale, NY: Avenue Store employees and a customer tied up by Armed Gunman
Police say they are on the hunt for a gunman who tied up several employees and a
customer inside a women's clothing store at the Airport Plaza Shopping Center in
Farmingdale. Investigators say the incident occurred Monday morning inside
specialty store Avenue. Authorities say the suspect ordered two employees and a
customer into a back room area, tied them up and left the premises with cash and
the customer's purse.
East Harlem, NY: Man Steals Baby Formula, Security Guard's Credit Cards From
Pathmark A man confronted stealing baby formula from a supermarket
escalated his heist by swiping a security guard's cellphone and credit cards
before being caught, police said. When the security guard tried to stop him,
Brown took her phone and credit cards and ran, according to prosecutors.
Hillsville, VA: 7 charged with selling counterfeit goods at Va. flea market;
seized $500,000 of merchandise Authorities arrested seven men and seized
more than $500,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise at a flea market in
Hillsville. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says all seven men
are charged with being in violation of registration and protection of
trademark/service marks. She says state and local investigators arrested the
suspects at the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market. Investigators also seized
counterfeit cell phone accessories, jackets, perfumes and other items. The
investigation was conducted by state police and the Hillsville Police
Department. Blazer Investigations, representing numerous trademarked brand
names, assisted investigators with identifying counterfeit goods.
Bartholomew Co, IN: Cargo Theft, $100,000 of Auto Part stolen
A stolen semi-tractor trailer was recovered in Bartholomew County - minus some
parts. According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, a white 2005
Volvo semi-tractor and trailer was taken from Willoughby Drive in Taylorsville
some time Monday night. The semi-tractor trailer was located in Shelby County
Wednesday afternoon, but most of its contents are missing, $100,000 worth of
automotive parts (engines, transmissions, batteries, etc.) were taken from it.
Cascade Twp, MI: Man using lighter to open toy package starts Walmart fire
fire that filled the 28th Street Walmart store with smoke, forcing the retailer
to remain closed much of Saturday, allegedly started with a customer's lighter
and a packaged toy. Once the toy was removed, Aaron Pagan allegedly left the
package on the store shelf, where it continued to burn, eventually igniting a
larger fire that destroyed the shelf and damaged thousands of dollars in
merchandise. The exact financial loss was not stated. Aaron Pagan was arraigned
Wednesday morning on a charge of third-degree arson, a felony that could put him
in prison for 10 years if convicted.
Richmond, Va., Investigators report jump in gas
Sarasota, FL: Man charged with Armed Robbery at
Bedford Park, IL: Woman Told Kid to Push Cart of $400 of Stolen Merchandise Out
Johnson City, TN: Woman arrested after shoplifting
$650 of merchandise from K-Mart
Balloon Company - Alexandria, VA - Armed Robbery
- Farmingdale, NY - Armed Robbery
Ranch Store - Flagstaff, AZ - Burglary/ Guns
World - Anderson, CA - Burglary
- Waldorf, MD - Armed Robbery
- Columbia, SC - Armed Robbery
- San Clemente, CA - Armed Robbery
In - Waldorf, MD - Armed Robbery
General - Mobile, AL - Robbery
Donuts - Watertown, CT - Armed Robbery
Diamonds - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
- Morgan Hill, CA - Armed Robbery
Ears Pharmacy - Ridge Meadows, BC, CN - Robbery
Check Cashing - Mesquite, TX - Armed Robbery
- Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
Express - Keystone Hts, FL - Robbery
- Waldorf, MD - Armed Robbery
- Morgan Hill, CA - Armed Robbery
- Yakima Co, WA - Robbery
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