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Weekend Terror Sweeps the Country

First U.S. Mall Terrorist Attack
Terrorist Wears His Security Guard Uniform in Attack

St Cloud, MN: Off-duty officer kills man dressed as security guard who stabbed 8 at Crossroads Mall
Eight people were injured and the suspect died at Crossroads Center on Saturday after an attack reported about 8:15 p.m. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the victims were stabbed by a man dressed in a private security uniform. An off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the attacker, Anderson said. Anderson did not say where that officer serves during the news conference that started after midnight.

According to St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, the shooting happened inside Macy's. Eight patients were taken to St. Cloud Hospital. On Sunday morning, hospital Communications Specialist Chris Nelson told the Times that five were released, and three were admitted with injuries that were not life-threatening. Anderson said the attacker, who was armed with a knife, reportedly made references to Allah during the attack and asked at least one person whether they were Muslim. But Anderson pointedly declined to call the attacks an act of terrorism, saying the motive isn't yet known.

The IS-run Rasd news agency reported the claim on Sunday, saying the attacker had heeded calls from the extremist group for attacks in countries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition. It was not immediately clear if the extremist group had planned the attack or even knew about it beforehand. IS has encouraged so-called "lone wolf" attacks. It has also claimed past attacks that are not believed to have been planned by its central leadership. kstp.com startribune.com yahoo.com

Connection to Security Guard Uniform
While law enforcement has not disclosed the suspect's name, his father identified him as Dahir A. Adan, 22. Ahmed Adan said his son was born in Kenya but grew up in the United States. Other family members said Dahir Adan was beginning his third year as a student at St. Cloud State University. Witnesses described the assailant wearing a private security guard uniform. Inside the building where the Adans lived, a neighbor said the younger Adan sometimes wore a security guard uniform.

Until June, Adan had worked on a contract basis as a weekend security guard at Electrolux Home Products in St. Cloud, said Electrolux spokeswoman Eloise Hale. Our investigation revealed that Securitas Security Services USA is the contract guard service currently used at the Electrolux facility in St Cloud.  Securitas Security Services is not under contract at the Crossroads Center Mall

The Security Connection to U.S. Terrorist Attacks?

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen worked as a security guard for G4S

Walmart security guard bought rifles used in San Bernardino shooting

Is Minnesota a "Hotbed" for Al Qaeda Recruiting?
Terror threats not uncommon in Minnesota
The Largest Somalian population in U.S.

The FBI has arrested nine young Minnesota men since 2014 for allegedly plotting to join the terror group ISIS in Syria. The men are accused of plotting to commit murder overseas a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison as well as conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization, a charge that carries up to 15 years in prison.

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, at least 22 Somali-American men have left the Twin Cities and joined al-Shabab and these are only the confirmed cases going back to 2012.

Editor's Note: A lot of conversation over the weekend on CNN talked about how Minnesota was a recruiting hot spot for Al Qaeda due to the Somalia population. They mentioned 11 suspects had been arrested while all we could find was the documented nine suspects.

The Somalia leadership did quickly condemn this weekend's actions. However, the conversation did center around the Somalia youth and how we have to continue to work at educating and developing them so they don't fall victim to being recruited. thetower.org mprnews.com

2015 LPNN Episode:
Kenya's West Gate Mall Massacre
- Could It Happen in the U.S.?

With the ISIS-linked mall stabbing in Minnesota over the weekend, we wanted to re-publish our interview with FBI Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel, who
spoke about the 2013 terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya that resulted in 61 civilian deaths, six dead security officers and over 175 injured. Mr. Frankel talks about the FBI's high-profile investigation, the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of active-shooter programs for retailers. Watch the video here.

Bombings Rock New York, New Jersey
Possible link between two, terror cell likely

NY, NJ bombing suspect in custody after shootout with police; 2 officers hit
28-year-old suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is now in custody after a shootout with police. Rahami, the man wanted for questioning in connection with bombings in Chelsea, New York and Seaside Park, New Jersey, is also believed to be connected to the pipe bombs found in a backpack Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Two officers were hit in the shootout with Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, the mayor of the nearby city of Elizabeth said. One officer's vest was struck, and the other was shot in the hand.  cnn.com


Possible link between NY, NJ bombings: Suspect IDd, terror cell likely involved
Bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend - as well as the discovery of several unexploded devices - have led authorities to believe there may be a terror cell at work in those two states, law enforcement officials told CNN Monday. The New York City blast occurred on the same day an explosion went off near a Marine Corps charity run in New Jersey and a man stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall. cnn.com

Pipe bombs found near train station in Elizabeth, NJ

Five other people taken into custody

NYC Police on high alert as leaders from around the world descend on city for UN General Assembly meeting  

Explosion rocks Chelsea in NYC

Bomb blast near Marine Corps charity run in NJ

Pipe bomb found/detonated in Elizabeth, NJ

Saturdays - Malls - Security Guards - Lone Wolves
With three incidents on one Saturday, one has to hope that Saturday doesn't become the hit day for these terrorists.

The Mall location seemed from news accounts to be a randomly picked location and not a focused direction from ISIS. However as news develops we'll see if anything develops there. Obviously we all need to be attentive to that aspect. But the fact remains that this is in fact the first Mall terrorist incident in the U.S. and lets hope it's the last as we move into holiday shopping season.

The security guard connection, while not concerning, is an interesting point. How does it fit, and with three incidents directly tied to the security industry, what does that mean? Is it mere coincidence or would the psychiatrist make the connection for us?

Interestingly enough, the criminal profilers of serial killers do in fact point to individuals who had an interest in law enforcement and who may be working in a related field. Food for thought.

Understanding that they're still working on the NYC and NJ case and that there's been no definitive terrorist cell identified, one has to still operate that these two incidents and the Minneosta incident were 'Lone Wolf' crimes, which are the hardest to monitor and prevent. Given that position, let's hope Saturdays don't become the night of choice for these criminals. However, we all need to be aware of its possibilities.

NYC Retail Impact
Obviously with three incidents in NY & NJ, and the UN function this week NYC retail sales will be impacted slightly with Sunday probably being the worst affected. However, with the suspect being apprehended one would think everything will return to normal rather quickly, especially given the law enforcement presence and the fact that this is New York City and they're no stranger to these types of incidents.

Wall Street Rises Amid Heightened Security in New York
The morning commute in New York, while in some cases delayed by bombs found in New Jersey, was largely quiet. Security was ramped up around major transportation hubs, like Grand Central Terminal, as authorities made their presence known, searched for suspects and prepared for a meeting of the United Nations Generally Assembly.  wwd.com

A Starbucks worker's act of gratitude for New York City police officers guarding the scene of the explosion is going viral
A moment of unity in New York City, when a Starbucks employee handed out free coffee and food to police officers working at the scene of Saturday night's explosion in Chelsea.

The worker, who identified himself as Germaine, passed coffees and pastries over the security barricades to police officers working in the area. The explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people.  "I wish I could give a little more," he said as he handed over the Starbucks treats. businessinsider.com

Green Bay Cracks Down on #1 Crime Problem - Retail Theft
Captain Kevin Warych says now if you get arrested for petty theft, you no longer just get a citation and let go. You will be taken to the station, photographed, fingerprinted and left to find your way home.

We started a retail theft task force which includes several community stakeholders. That includes businesses that were experiencing a lot of retail theft and businesses that were doing really good preventing them." The new procedure was implemented over the last couple of months by Chief Andrew Smith.

Warych says big box retail stores are a common target of criminals. Officers hope the new procedure will deter criminals from committing future crimes. wifc.com

European Raiders Target Whiskey and Salmon as Cargo Thefts Jump
Criminals are stealing a wider range and higher value of goods from trucks and warehouses across Europe than ever before, with foodstuffs, alcohol and clothing now more common targets than cash and electronics.

Cargo thefts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have jumped almost three-fold in five years, with 85 percent of 2015's incidents occurring in Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, the leading hubs for distribution and cross-border trade, Transport Asset Protection Association data shows.

Tighter security at logistics centers has prompted thieves to increasingly target vehicles, slashing through trailer curtains at truck stops or even locking themselves inside before emerging mid-journey to toss out goods to accomplices, a method dubbed the "Trojan horse" by crimefighters.

In recent months felons have stolen salmon worth 100,000 euros ($112,000) from a trailer in Norway, 80 cases of whiskey from a vehicle in Grays, near London, and truckloads of nuts worth $10 million in more than 30 incidents, according to Tapa, which was founded to protect shipments of electronic goods.

Among warehouse thefts, Champagne worth 2 million euros was taken last year in Basingstoke, England, after thieves tunneled through a wall. Clothes and shoes are also now more commonly stolen than laptops and computers.

The value of cargo stolen in Europe amounted to 11.6 billion euros in 2013. bloomberg.com

Sears is closing a whole bunch of Kmart stores
On Friday, Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart, informed Kmart employees in at least 13 states that their stores would be closing in mid-December, according to local news reports and employees who spoke to Business Insider.

The new wave of closures follows Sears' decision to shut down nearly 80 stores - most of which were Kmart stores - in July. Moody's analysts warned this week that Kmart doesn't have enough cash or access to cash to stay in business. Kmart has about 870 stores today, down from about 1,300 in 2012. businessinsider.com

Hanjin Unloads More Cargo, Easing Supply-Chain Fears
Nearly one-third of the Hanjin Shipping container ships that have been waiting to dock around the world have unloaded their cargo, raising hopes that anxious retailers will get at least some of their goods in time for the crucial year-end holiday season. Of the 97 - 34 cargo-laden ships remain stranded at sea, and 35 ships were headed back to South Korea. wsj.com

Security Firm To Pay $115,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit
Guardsmark Fired Security Guard Working at Michigan Client Location For Opposing Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges
Security giant Guardsmark has agreed to pay $115,000 and to provide other relief to settle a retaliation discrimination case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. EEOC sued Guardsmark for retaliating against a security guard who opposed a sexually hostile work environment. eeoc.gov.com

Their first AP Mgr position?
National Security Asset Protection Manager posted - Studio Movie Grill in Dallas TX

The National Asset Protection Manager will manage the whole of the security system and third party teams for SMG's multi-unit facilities. This includes but is not limited to asset protection, loss prevention, criminal investigations with an emphasis on safety, security, theft, and fraudulent activity. This role will conduct security audit, research, analysis, and reporting and use this data to partner with operations and local law enforcement agencies to create and implement policies and procedures as they relate to continual improvement within security for all team members, guests, vendors, investors, and the communities we serve. The ideal team member for this role will share our core values of respect, integrity, energy, caring, courage, consistency, fun, and high standards of excellence.

Studio Movie Grill modernized the traditional movie-going experience by combining first-run movies with full-service, in-theater dining. The industry leader in its rapidly growing segment, SMG currently has 24 locations in 10 states with more expansion on the way. companycareersite.com
UPS to hire 95,000 - up from 93,000 last year
Government data last year showed that transportation and warehousing employment increased by 200,500 workers in November and December. That compares with just 42,400 a decade earlier, Challenger said.  dallasnews.com

GPS Tracking Solution offers protection for retail establishments to combat tobacco theft and robbery
Malvern, PA, September 19, 2016: As cigarette prices continue to rise, tobacco products are increasingly targeted by thieves because they are lucrative and easy to resell. Criminals committing these crimes are increasingly violent, engaging in armed robberies, smash-and-grabs and even "crash and grabs" where a car is driven through the display glass at the front of the building. The Tobacco Tracker from 3SI uses innovative GPS technology and covert packaging to track and arrest criminals and recover stolen property. Read more in today's Press Release column below.

JC Penney to hire 38,000 holiday workers for stores & 2,000 for jcp.com

Kohl's to hire 69,000 holiday workers - up 3% from last year
German grocery chain Lidl that crippled its rivals in UK - invading U.S.

Ohio statewide skimmer sweep - 64 Counties participated in 1400 stations - 12,000 pumps
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Kroger Q2 comp's up 1.7%, total sales up 4%

Last week's #1 article --

Moody's: Sears' and Kmart's shutdown is imminent
Moody's analysts say Sears and Kmart don't have enough money - or access to money - to stay in business. Kmart in particular is at risk of shutting down, according to Moody's.

"The ratings... reflect our view on the uncertainty of the viability of the Kmart franchise in particular given its meaningful market share erosion," the analysts wrote. businessinsider.com

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Helping Police Solve Cybercrimes
Panel of Experts Discusses Ways to Help Law Enforcement
How qualified is law enforcement to investigate today's cybercrimes? While many big-city police departments have all the necessary skills, those in smaller markets often do not, according to a panel of experts.

That's why companies that have been attacked must provide as much technical and forensic information as possible to authorities to help ensure that investigations lead to arrests and prosecutions.

In an audio interview with Information Security Media Group at the recent Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto, four cybercrime experts review the skills law enforcement officers must have to effectively investigate evolving cyberattacks and offer tips on working with authorities.

Because you're dealing in an area of technology that's changing weekly and daily almost, it's a challenge to stay ahead of the curve," says panelist Kenrick Bagnall, who works on the computer cybercrime intelligence services team at the Toronto Police Service.

Imran Ahmad, a Toronto-based attorney with the law firm Miller Thomson, says organizations conducting investigations of cyberattacks should "prepare the materials and the evidence in a way that would be helpful to law enforcement, because they may not necessarily have either the resources or the detailed technical know-how."

When it comes to investigating financial crimes, information sharing is even more critical, say panelists John Buzzard, a fraud expert at payments provider CO-OP Financial Services, and John Walp, managing director of forensics technology at consultancy KPMG.

Buzzard says criminal investigations focused on identity theft also have helped get law enforcement up to speed about cybercrime and fraud, which often involves the compromise of personal financial data.

Editor's Note: This is where Loss Prevention can play a vital role working in conjunction with IT Security. As the trained subject matter experts on presenting cases to law enforcement, the LP executives can truly add value and help the IT security executives build cases and develop relationships with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

NIST Unveils a Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Tool
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft of a self-assessment tool that's designed to help enterprises gauge the impact and effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management initiatives.

Known as the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder, the self-assessment tool is based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and the risk management mechanisms of NIST's cybersecurity framework. The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, like the cybersecurity framework, is designed to help organizations worldwide guide their operations, improve performance and achieve sustainable results. NIST, a Commerce Department unit, administers the Baldrige program.

Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews says organizations have been calling for a way to measure the effectiveness of the cybersecurity framework, and the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder is designed, in part, to do that. "The builder will strengthen the already powerful cybersecurity framework so that organizations can better manage their cybersecurity risks," Andrews said in announcing the tool at an Internet Security Alliance conference. govinfosecurity.com

FBI urges ransomware victims to step forward
The FBI has issued a plea for those who have been hit by ransomware to report this to federal law enforcement so that the country can get a better sense of just how bad this problem really is.

The FBI is urging victims to report ransomware incidents regardless of the outcome. Victim reporting provides law enforcement with a greater understanding of the threat, provides justification for ransomware investigations, and contributes relevant information to ongoing ransomware cases. Knowing more about victims and their experiences with ransomware will help the FBI to determine who is behind the attacks and how they are identifying or targeting victims.

While security vendors have pumped out scary numbers about ransomware infections, with some variants supposedly compromising as many as 100,000 computers a day, the FBI says that it has had a hard time gauging the scope of the issue. It suspects many victims -- both individuals and businesses -- don't report incidents for any number of reasons, including that they don't know where to turn and fear loss of privacy.

The FBI warning follows a recent forum convened by the Federal Trade Commission during which FTC Chair Edith Ramirez said "The spate of ransomware incidents are escalating at an alarming rate," and cited an estimate from the Department of Justice that ransomware incidents have increased 300% in the past year. Also, new Department of Human Services HIPAA guidance for healthcare companies has been issued this year regarding ransomware.

The FBI does not encourage people paying ransom, but encourages victims to reach out to their local FBI office and/or file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center regardless of whether they did pay.

The bureau is seeking the following details, as applicable, in reports:

1. Date of Infection
2. Ransomware Variant (identified on the ransom page or by the encrypted file extension)
3. Victim Company Information (industry type, business size, etc.)
4. How the Infection Occurred (link in e-mail, browsing the Internet, etc.)
5. Requested Ransom Amount
6. Actor's Bitcoin Wallet Address (may be listed on the ransom page)
7. Ransom Amount Paid (if any)
8. Overall Losses Associated with a Ransomware Infection (including the ransom amount)
9. Victim Impact Statement 

Read the request from the FBI

Editor's Note: Interestingly enough last October the FBI told us to go ahead and pay it and don't expect them to offer any help or guidance. Now they're asking for the data. It certainly makes sense and we all need to. However, next time we have such a threat, the FBI probably needs to take a different approach. You can't tell everyone to go away and then expect to be able to monitor the situtation. cio.com ic3.gov


GPS Tracking Solution offers protection for retail establishments to combat tobacco theft and robbery

Covert device provides superior tracking capabilities to recover stolen inventory

Malvern, PA, September 19, 2016: As cigarette prices continue to rise, tobacco products are increasingly targeted by thieves because they are lucrative and easy to resell. Criminals committing these crimes are increasingly violent, engaging in armed robberies, smash-and-grabs and even "crash and grabs" where a car is driven through the display glass at the front of the building. The Tobacco Tracker from 3SI uses innovative GPS technology and covert packaging to track and arrest criminals and recover stolen property.
Available in a variety of packaging options to suit individual store needs, the product incorporates smart technology into a compact profile that is easily hidden from thieves. Key features of Tobacco Tracker include:

Device is triggered automatically when moved: employees don't need to take any actions to report the crime;
Quick and easy installation: once you have the tracker, it will be up and protecting your store in about 20 minutes!
Minimal maintenance: charging once per quarter is the only maintenance needed.
Reasonable cost: using Tobacco Tracker costs less than a cup of coffee a day!
24/7/365 Support: our U.S.-based Tracking Support Center is always available to answer questions and to support you in case of a robbery. We handle interfacing with law enforcement so you don't have to.

Mary Pifer, Vice President, International Marketing & Product Management at 3SI, said "Our retail customers needed a solution to specifically target cigarette theft because the crime is growing so rapidly. Our Tobacco Tracker uses industry-leading technology to substantially increase the chances of catching thieves and successfully recovering the store's assets. The fact that we are already partnered with over 6,5000 law enforcement agencies means our customers don't have to intervene in the tracking or pursuit of criminals. Local dispatchers and officers are already linked to the 3SI tracking system and take the worry away from our customers. Getting criminals off the streets is the best way to prevent future crimes."

Retail organizations also use 3SI's NextGen3 Cash Tracker devices, released in 2014, which can be deployed to catch thieves targeting cash registers and safes. These products are offered in addition to 3SI's complete line of tracking products addressing the needs of ATMs, jewelers, pharmacies, high-end retailers, consumer electronics and Law Enforcement industries.

Learn more here.


'Best conference yet': Hundreds attend 10th annual
New England Loss Prevention Expo

The 10th Annual - and recently rebranded - New England Loss Prevention Expo was held Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. About three hundred people in total were in attendance and the agenda was packed full with great information and practical advice for a loss prevention and protection person.
Throughout the day, a video montage played over three big screens in the general session room and the vendor hall showing action shots from the previous 9 conferences. Some of the people depicted have moved to new companies or retired or have run for higher office. It was nice to see the progression of the people and the conference over the years.

The conference was planned by the Retailers Association of MA Loss Prevention Committee. Members are Kevin Plante, Chairman, Brendan Fitzgerald, Jason Adams, Matt Taylor, Allan Peterson and outgoing member Shannon Lenahan. RAM leadership and co-planners were Jon Hurst, President of RAM, Ryan Kearney, General Counsel of RAM and Andi Shea, Membership Director of RAM and head planner / negotiator / executer for the conference. Hosts for the conference were the trade associations for the New England States and the conference was generously sponsored by Wegmans, Rite Aid, BJ's Wholesale Club, Staples and the NRF.

Kevin Plante began the day with a "selfie from the stage" and then moved on to discuss some of the changes over the years surrounding LP and Law Enforcement partnerships and the understanding of ORC in order to pass legislation in Massachusetts. He also discussed the need to diversify the conference to include all areas of loss prevention concern in order to offer more to the attendees of the annual conference. He then ended his opening by introducing - for the 10th time - Joe LaRocca as the opening speaker.

Joe LaRocca, Founder of Retail Partners talked to an attentive crowd about retail trends and hot LP issues. Of the many points of discussion were de-criminalization of shoplifting trends in the US and how ORC cases are increasing becoming more violent. Additionally - and as Joe often does - he talked about how technology is phenomenal for retailers, retail customers and retail loss prevention but it comes with some risks that we all need to be aware of and thinking about.

After a short break in which attendees enjoyed some refreshments, the group then were able to spend an hour with our solutions providers or attend one of four concurrent breakout sessions going on in the break out rooms. All were very well attended given the quality of the subject and the speakers.

To read the entire recap, click here.


The New Face of Fraud: Preventing Loss in a Mobile and Digital Age

David Johnston, Sr. Director, LP & Corp. Security, Dunkin' Brands, and Michael Loox, Director of LP, BLD Brands

The development and adoption of mobile wallets, loyalty/payment apps, and other digital engagement for consumers present new challenges for retail LP professionals. Fraud, data privacy and even the ability to investigate "faceless" criminals in a digital-based environment are all major issues. In this LPNN interview, David Johnston, Sr. Director, LP & Corporate Security, Dunkin' Brands, and Michael Loox, Director of LP, BLD Brands, guide us through the various methods of digital retail crimes and present strategies to help reduce loss while maintaining customer loyalty.

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David Johnston and Michael Loox meet up with Joe and Amber to discuss the importance of the RLPSA organization and what excites them about their annual conference.

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Recent POS malware attacks signal a need for app security for mobile payments
In the past, hackers have most often gone after specific merchants when seeking cardholder information. Recent attacks on point-of-sale (POS) vendors, however, may signal a drastic shift in how these cybercriminals operate, and certainly signal a need for application security for mobile payments.

NFC-based applications use a secure element (SE) on the mobile device to store credentials whereas Host Card Emulation (HCE) is an easy-to-deploy alternative that does not require a physical secure element on mobile devices. With all the benefits that HCE provides, there are associated security risks such as identity theft, fraud and privacy. If these risks aren't addressed, cybercriminals can reverse engineer sensitive code that transmits or processes encryption keys within the mobile device.

Merchants need to take security for HCE to the next level by providing application hardening to protect apps and devices with:

• Integrity protection
• Code (application) obfuscation
• White-box cryptography
• Jailbreak detection
• Anti-debug protection mobilepaymentstoday.com

When Positive Product Reviews Backfire for Retailers
In online retailing, most products are returned because customers aren't satisfied with what they get-but this isn't necessarily due to product defects.

We find that online customer reviews available at the time of purchase do affect customers' likelihood to buy a product. If reviews are overly positive, this leads to a substantially higher purchase probability: a one-point increase in review valence results in an increased purchase probability of approximately 10% (9.14% for electronics; 14.60% for furniture).

However, because these overly positive reviews inflate customer expectations about the product (that's why they buy it), customers can experience greater disappointment upon receiving the item if it doesn't live up to its rave reviews. This then leads more people to send the product back.  hbr.org

70% of In-Store Purchases Will Be Driven by Online Research (Infographic)

Cleveland, OH: Victoria's Secret 'precision shoplifters' indicted in Cleveland; $750,000 of merchandise from stores in 9 states
Four Florida residents accused of participating in a national lingerie shoplifting ring that targeted Victoria's Secret have ran into trouble in northeast Ohio this week. The four were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury Wednesday, accused of stealing between $231,000 and $750,000 in merchandise from stores in nine states and mailing the goods back to Florida. Luis Perera, Maria Alvarez, Osmany Davis and Osmany Martinez are all charged with taking part in a conspiracy. They now face a 30 count racketeering indictment that includes charges of grand theft, aggravated theft and conspiracy. Prosecutors described them as "precision shoplifters." cleveland.com

Newkirk, OK: Lowe's bust 3 member of an ORC ring hitting stores
for over $250,000

Warrants are issued for Marlon Lamont Lee, Tori Louise Bryant and Kaivon Tramell. Law enforcement reports the three are part of a gang that have been stealing from Lowe's Home Improvement locations across Kansas and Oklahoma for the past three years. Lowe's Regional Loss Prevention and Operations Support Manager, contacted police about surveillance footage from the Ponca City store. Brian Swon, Lowe's Loss Prevention and Operations Support Manager for the Oklahoma City market told police that members of the Pollard Group have stolen over $250,000 worth of merchandise from Lowe's Stores located throughout Oklahoma over the course of the past three years. poncacitynews.com

Two accused in $100,000 retail theft ring, used 14-year-old son in operations
Louisville Metro Police arrested two people from Clarksville, Ind. accused of using their 14-year-old son as part of a large retail theft ring to get money to buy narcotics. Bartley Gorman, 36, and Mary O'Hara, 30, allegedly stole more than $100,000 worth of items, including at least $30,000 from The Home Depot during the months of July, August, and September, according to arrest citations. Police said that they would load up shopping carts with merchandise and push them past checkout without paying, according to court records. They would then return the items for gift cards and cash the gift cards for money to use to purchase narcotics. In at least one of the cases, they used their 14-year-old son to steal the property, records show. He was also present with his parents when drugs were bought and used.  courier-journal.com

Two charged in $8,000 theft of baby formula from Walmart
A couple accused of stealing more than $8,000 worth of baby formula from Wal-Mart in South Jackson were arraigned Friday in Jackson City Court. Rebecca Gilham, 21 and Christopher Graham, 27, are charged with several counts of theft of $1,000. The thefts, which occurred over three days in July, and were captured on surveillance video. jacksonsun.com

Somerset, MI: Three Flint, MI men stole $10,000 in merchandise from Wal-Mart

Hopkins County, TX: Sheriff's office recovers approx. $10,000 in stolen Stihl Chain Saws; tied to 5 State Theft Ring

Arapahoe County, CO: Florida's Felony Lane Gang may be responsible for thefts in Colorado

Ludlow, MA: Walgreens shoplifting suspect sought by Police; possible connection to other thefts

Serial shoplifter wanted after stealing from Target stores across Florida; man stole mumber of iPads 

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Shootings & Death 

Calgary, AB, CN: Calgary Police Officer hospitalized after machete attack
at Marlborough Mall

A police officer was recovering from surgery and doing well Sunday, just a day after being attacked by a machete-wielding man in a Calgary shopping mall. It was one of two incidents that occurred in the space of an hour Saturday afternoon, in which Calgary police officers made the choice to open fire on suspects in the unrelated incidents. An officer was injured in the incident at Marlborough Mall, but the severely wounded officer was able to stop the allegedly armed and violent suspect with a bullet. calgarysun.com

Richmond, CA: Teen fatally shot near Hilltop Mall Friday night
A 17-year-old Richmond boy was fatally shot Friday night at an apartment complex near Hilltop Mall. At about 10:30 p.m., police received reports of several shots fired at the Bella Vista apartments, Officers found Chrisean Nealy suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died. eastbaytimes.com

PASADENA, Texas: Harris County off duty Deputy shot assisting with Marshall's shoplifter
The shooting was reported around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Pasadena Police said a shoplifting was in progress at a Marshalls store and the deputy tried to intervene. Police said a man was seen running out of the store with a cartload of clothes. The off-duty deputy constable chased after the man. The man got inside a vehicle and tried to run over the deputy constable. The deputy constable fired at the car as many as four times. One of the bullets ricocheted off the vehicle and hit the deputy constable in the lower right leg. The suspect drove off and is still on the run. click2houston.com

South Pasadena, CA: Orchard Supply shoplifter charged with Attempted Murder; pepper sprayed and stabbed an employee attempting apprehension

Robberies & Thefts

Palm Beach County, FL: Man arrested in connection to five Walgreen Armed Robberies in Palm Beach and Brown counties
Boynton Beach Police say Daniel Edelstein, 34, used a knife during the crimes and now faces fives charges of armed robbery. Police posted a photo of the suspect caught on a Walgreens surveillance camera to their Facebook page. Edelstein was positively identified. The U.S. Marshals and Osceoloa County Sheriff's Office located Edelstein in Orlando and arrested him on Saturday. cbs12.com

Suspect Arrested For Series Of Armed Robberies in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
The FBI announced the arrest of a suspect wanted for a series of armed robberies in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. The suspect allegedly robbed the Exxon gas station located at 501 South Van Dorn Street in Alexandria on two separate occasions. The FBI Wanted Notice provided details of a series of armed robberies, which occurred in October, 2015 and again in September, 2016. alexandrianews.org

Duo charged in day-long robbery spree; suspects hit half dozen locations

Anchorage, AK: Police arrest Shoplifter for thefts at Safeway and JC Penney; pulled gun on LP, now facing Armed Robberies

El Paso, TX: Police search for man suspected of robbing Home Depot at gunpoint: stole a $129 drill

Terre Haute, IN: Robbery suspect, handcuffed behind back, steals police car

Kay Jewelers in the Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor, MI reported a Glass Lift Theft on 9/17, merchandise valued at $4,499

Piercing Pagoda in the Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA reported a Grab & Run on 9/16, merchandise valued at $949

Credit Card/ID Theft

San Marino, CA: Police jail man in large-scale mail, ID theft bust
San Marino police jailed a San Gabriel man on suspicion of identity theft, mail theft and other crimes after catching him with a car filled with hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, checks, identification cards, credit cards, and other identity-theft related materials, police said.pasadenastarnews.com

Counterfeit Goods

UK: Fighting the fakes: Toy industry hit with a loss of $238 Million last year
The issue of counterfeiting has long plagued the toy industry, last year costing it $238 million in lost revenue. The growing issues surrounding availability of fake toys on the UK market has been labeled 'mad and unfair' by the UK's independent retail scene. Toy sellers have united in the belief that counterfeit versions of the industry's hottest products are far too easy for consumers to come by upon the High Street. toynews-online.biz

ABC - Tabor City - CA - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Beer & Smoke - East Patchogue, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Midwest City, OK - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot & killed
C-Store- Columbia, SC - Robbery
Circle A to Z - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery/ Police Officer shot
CVS - Holbrook, NY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Clarksville, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar Store - Williamston, SC - Robbery
Dollar General - Columbus, MS - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Milwaukee, WI - Robbery
Easy Stop - Bryan, TX - Robbery
Exxon - Tyler, TX - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Mansfield, OH - Armed Robbery
Food Mart - Bryan, TX - Robbery
Freedom Gun - Lavalette, WV - Burglary
Johnson's General - Park City, KS - Armed Robbery/ Police Shooting
Kangaroo Express- Clarksville, TN - Armed Robbery
Kwik & Kold - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Marathon - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot
McDonalds - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Visalia, CA - Armed Robbery
MinitMan - Huntsville, AL - Burglary / suspect killed by Police
Orchard Supply - South Pasadena, CA - Armed Robbery
Rainbow Mart - Goose Creek, SC - Robbery
Sally Beauty - San Luis Obispo, CA - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Sprint - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery/ shooting
Stripes - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Subway - Poughkeepsie, NY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Bethel Park, PA - Robbery

  Weekly Crime Totals
• 5 Shootings
• 2 Killed
• 27 Robberies
• 3 Burglaries

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