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Blue Montez was named Director of Loss Prevention for Torrid

Blue was previously the Vice President of Risk Management for American Apparel since December of last year. He had also been the Director of Asset Protection and Risk Management for the retailer since 2011. Blue has held other loss prevention roles such as Field Loss Prevention Manager and Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Sport Chalet, District Loss Prevention Manager for Marshalls, District Loss Prevention Manager for Big Lots, and Loss Prevention Manager for Fry's Electronics. Congratulations Blue!


Cory Smith was named Global Security Compliance for Amazon
Cory was previously the Director of Global Security for Apollo Education Group before taking this new role. He had been at Apollo Education Group for over two years, starting in Global Security Operations. He has worked at Target in a variety of positions such as Executive Protection Services, Corporate Security, Access Control Project Manager, Stores Support Consultant, Stores Audit Analyst and Merchandising Specialist. Cory earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Adminstration and Management from Crown College. Congratulations Cory!



 

2016 GLPS's - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
One Team at a Time

The Helzberg Diamonds
Loss Prevention Team

"Embrace innovation and change and show every customer our integrity and passion"

 

Pictured from left to right:  Nate Frazier (DVP - LP), Jessica Smith (RLPM), Lori Jacobs (LP Assistant), Jon Dalton (RLPM), Patrick Smith (RLPM), Tim Lapinski (Director of LP) and Cassy Lee (LP Assistant)


 






Retail Council of Canada to honour Stephen O'Keefe with Lifetime Achievement Award at Loss Prevention Conference
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) will award Loss Prevention industry veteran Stephen O'Keefe with the prestigious Loss Prevention Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stephen has worked for over 30+ years with some of the greatest international retail brands as a leading authority on loss prevention, security, risk management, health and safety and process improvement. Before establishing his own consultancy firm, Stephen held a variety of loss prevention management positions with Sears Canada, Zellers, The Hudson's Bay Company and Walmart Canada.

Stephen continues to serve the retail industry through his work with Retail Council of Canada as a senior advisor in loss prevention, risk management and regulatory affairs. He is a sought after expert in a wide range of areas such as refund fraud, organized crime, restorative justice and business continuity. Read more.

The Retail Council of Canada Loss Prevention conference will be held on Sept. 29 in Toronto. Visit RCCLPConference.ca for more information and to view the conference agenda.

FBI - Latest Crime Statistics Released
Increase in Violent Crime, Decrease in Property Crime

Today, the FBI released its annual compilation of crimes reported to its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by law enforcement agencies from around the nation. Crime in the United States, 2015 reveals a 3.9 percent increase in the estimated number of violent crimes and a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of property crimes last year when compared to 2014 data.

According to the report, there were an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes committed around the nation. While that was an increase from 2014 figures, the 2015 violent crime total was 0.7 percent lower than the 2011 level and 16.5 percent below the 2006 level.

Among some of the other statistics contained in Crime in the United States, 2015:

There were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses (average dollar value of stolen property per reported robbery was $1,190).

Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion. The total value of reported stolen property (i.e., currency, jewelry, motor vehicles, electronics, firearms) was $12,420,364,454.
fbi.gov

U.S. Murders Increased 10.8% in 2015
The figures, released by the FBI, could stoke worries that the trend of falling crime rates may be ending.
Murders in the U.S. jumped by 10.8% in 2015, according to figures released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-a sharp increase that could fuel concerns that the nation's more-than two-decade trend of falling crime rates may be ending.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a speech Monday, said the report shows "we still have so much work to do. But the report also reminds us of the progress that we are making. It shows that in many communities, crime has remained stable or even decreased from historic lows reported in 2014.''

Some cities, including Chicago, Baltimore, and St. Louis, have experienced significant increases in the number of murders. The killings-and the protests over incidents when police kill unarmed people-have led to a politically charged debate about public safety, police tactics, racism and crime.

FBI Director James Comey, in releasing the figures, called for "more transparency and accountability in law enforcement. We also need better, more informed conversations about crime and policing in this country.

Mr. Comey has been among law-enforcement officials who publicly have expressed concern about increasing crime levels and what he has called a "YouTube" effect. He has described the effect in terms of police officers possibly avoiding the kind of hard work that keeps violent crime down because they are afraid of having their actions videotaped and publicly criticized. wsj.com

Will Walmart's 'restorative justice' reduce shoplifting?
Walmart has faced criticism from some in the law enforcement community who believe that factors such as a lack of sales associates on store floors are leading to higher incidences of crime at the retailer's locations. Some have questioned whether Walmart's management and board are willing to incur the added labor costs necessary to deter shoplifters. While the chain has not publicly committed to adding large numbers of permanent workers to its labor force, it has come up with a new program that it believes will make thieves think twice about stealing from its stores.

According to The Joplin Globe, Walmart has a new program called "restorative education" that aims to dissuade those caught shoplifting for the first time from becoming repeat offenders. Under the program, individuals with no criminal record who are caught stealing from Walmart are given the option of paying $400 and taking an online course instead of being turned over to the police. If they can't pay the $400, they are given the option of taking the course and paying $500 in four payments. Failure to complete the course or pay will result in Walmart pressing charges against the shoplifter.

Walmart told the paper that it instituted the program in Joplin, MO after running successful pilots in other locations. The local police department filed 512 reports in 2015 for the local store.

"We made a decision that if the overall goal is for us to try and reduce calls to police, the Restorative Justice Program allows us to not call the police at all and process the offender right on the spot," Brian Nick, senior director for corporate affairs at Walmart, told the Globe. "(The program) has become more robust in the last month, and since the beginning of the summer, we've added hundreds of stores. It's been a steady pace. The trend is continuing into additional markets."

    Wal-Mart takes its own approach to shoplifting - The Joplin Globe
     • Walmart's "Restorative Justice" Program For Shoplifters - Business Ethics Highlights
     • Low Prices, High Crime: Inside Walmart's Plan to Crack Down on Shoplifting - Time
     • Is Walmart passing its crime buck to local governments? - RetailWire

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Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence
An estimated 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, costing businesses billions of dollars annually in impaired productivity, employee turnover, security measures and legal costs, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Juries hold employers responsible for these incidents with increasing frequency and in staggering amounts. Recently, in Yowan Yang v. ActioNet, Inc, a California helpdesk technician was awarded nearly $7.4 million in damages following a workplace violence incident where a coworker grabbed the technician's neck and choked him.

OSHA's Recommendations for a Workplace Violence Program
The first step in reducing the risk of and preparing for workplace violence incidents is to develop a comprehensive, written workplace violence program. If an incident of workplace violence does occur, one of the first things OSHA will do is determine whether the employer has an adequate written workplace violence program in place. The program should offer a blueprint of the various measures the employer will take to prevent and respond to workplace violence. According to OSHA, a written workplace violence program should include, at a minimum:

• A written workplace violence policy statement for employees.
• The assignment of oversight and prevention responsibilities to appropriate personnel.
• A workplace violence hazard assessment and security analysis, including a list of the risk factors and hazards identified in the assessment and how the employer will address the specific hazards identified.
• An employee questionnaire to obtain input on potential risks and vulnerabilities.
• Appropriate employee training on the workplace violence program and policy.
• A training program, including a written outline and/or lesson plan.
• Development of workplace violence controls, including engineering and administrative controls, to prevent incidents.
• A recordkeeping system and guidelines.
• An annual review of the workplace violence program, including an updated hazard assessment each year.

Procedures, policies and responsibilities to be implemented in the event of a workplace violence incident, including investigation procedure.​

Developing a Workplace Violence Program and Policy
A written workplace violence program is more comprehensive in scope than a written workplace violence policy statement, which is a component of the program. The workplace violence policy is an important part of the workplace violence prevention program because it summarizes what is and is not expected of employees, and explains how the standards of conduct will be enforced. oshatoday.com
 
DNA Testing Could Put an End to Fake Egyptian Cotton
Scientists want to make sure your luxe sheets are actually worth the price tag. A group of retailers and manufacturers have sent products to Applied DNA Sciences and are waiting to be DNA-tested with the same rigor you'd find in an FBI crime lab. Applied DNA Sciences are looking for a unique DNA stamp in the fibers to see whether the textiles are, in fact, made of the premium cotton their labels claim.
 
It's been an open secret among experts in the cotton industry that products often labeled as 100 percent Egyptian or Pima cotton are made in part or entirely of cheaper cotton.

Cotton production in Egypt has tumbled in recent years because of poor management of the seed supply, and in California, drought conditions over the past few years have slashed output of Pima cotton, a premium U.S.-grown plant similar to Egyptian cotton. But demand from consumers for goods made from the expensive fibers-a set of Egyptian cotton sheets can retail for three times the price of those made of common upland cotton-and the desire for ever-lower prices have remained.

To keep up, some suppliers have been substituting or blending in cheaper cotton, says James Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences' chief executive officer.

Welspun, the Indian supplier to Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Bed Bath & Beyond and others is being sued for consumer fraud in federal courts, said it's adopting new labeling practices and has hired Ernst & Young to audit its supply process.  bloomberg.com
 
'The wall came in,' says survivor of deadly 2013 thrift store collapse
It was "out of the blue," recalled Felicia Hill, recalling the moment on the morning of June 5, 2013, when the remnants of a building being demolished crushed the Salvation Army's thrift store in Philadelphia's Center City. Hill was the first witness as testimony began in the civil trial to determine who, if anyone, should be held financially liable to the families of the six people killed and 13 injured that morning. One of the injured died 23 days later. oshatoday.com



Expert: Architect bears main responsibility for deadly Philadelphia Center City Salvation Army thrift store collapse - expert testimony






1,500 Converse Workers Win Cert. In Calif. Security Bag Check Wage Row
A California federal judge on Thursday certified a class of state-based Converse Inc. workers who alleged they were not paid for the time spent going through mandatory bag checks, saying the wage-and-hour claims shared common factors worthy of classwide adjudication.  law360.com
 
Former SeaWorld Manager Sentenced for Embezzling $818,000
Jobin-Reyes created fake invoices for a sham company called "SJ Merchandise" he secretly owned and used his position as manager to approve payments from SeaWorld. A former manager of SeaWorld was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $800,000 over a period of eight years while he was working there.

Wilfred David Joseph Jobin-Reyes, 48, created fake invoices for a sham company called "SJ Merchandise" that he secretly owned and used his position as manager to approve payments from SeaWorld. Jobin-Reyes created a dummy email account and posed as "SJ Merchandise" owner "John Caldwell" to correspond with SeaWorld officials.

He used his work computer to make fake invoices for inventory such as "wildlife animal bookmarks," "sea creature rings" and purple shiny ornaments" that that were difficult to trace.

Jobin-Reyes accepted fraudulent payments for just under $10,000, the amount that would have triggered a further review. SeaWorld only discovered the fraud after he had embezzled over $800,000. nbclosangeles.com
 
Dollar General cited again for safety violations at Ohio store
Faces Fines Totaling More Than $1M Now

Discount retailer Dollar General is in trouble again with the federal government over the messy condition of its stores. Inspectors found exits blocked with merchandise at a store in Bolivar in eastern Ohio during an inspection on Aug. 4. They also found electrical panels that were blocked along with the areas where fire extinguishers are kept. Also, the locations of fire extinguishers were not marked. The citation is the latest is what has been a string of issues between OSHA and Dollar General.

Since 2010, OSHA has recorded more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar General stores and assessed proposed fines totaling more than $1 million.

Dollar General isn't the only discount retailer to come under scrutiny of this nature.

Last year, OSHA announced a companywide settlement with Dollar Tree involving similar issues and included an agreement by the company to pay $825,000 in penalties arising from 13 inspections.  oshatoday.com


In Case You Missed It

- Read our Special Report on the extreme violence and terror that occurred throughout the retail industry this weekend.

 

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2016 GLPS and LPNN Recaps - Starting Today
In case you missed any of our new "Live in Philadelphia" at NRF Protect 2016 broadcast, we'll be re-airing each episode in our LPNN column, from start to finish, beginning today.

Also, as you can see above, we are starting our 2016 'Group LP Selfie' Recap, showing all the wonderful LP team photos sent in to us throughout the year. It's still not too late to get yours in! Submit your team photo here.


Head of Security - Dyson Americas posted in Chicago, IL
 
For New York's New Police Commissioner, Less Crime Is Just a Start

Office Depot Announces Deal to Sell European Business to The AURELIUS Group

Last week's #1 article --

Wife of Keith Scott, Charlotte Shooting Victim, Filmed Fatal Encounter With Police
A cellphone camera video made by the wife of Keith L. Scott before he was fatally shot by police here shows the moments before and after the incident, including the wife's pleas to her husband to get out of his truck, and her pleas to the police not to shoot him.

But the video, which was given to the Times by attorneys for the family Friday, does not include a view of the shooting itself. Nor does it answer the crucial question of whether Mr. Scott had a gun, as the police have maintained.

Justin Bamberg, who, along with Eduardo Curry, is representing the family, said in an interview Friday that the video did not prove that the shooting was either justified or unjustified. Rather, he said, it offered "another vantage point" of the incident. He said he hoped the Police Department would release is own videos of the shooting, as protesters have been demanding since it took place Tuesday afternoon. Graphic Video  Read the transcript here  nytimes.com

 

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China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Arrest 3,300 People for stealing and trading private information on internet
The suspects were linked to over 1,200 criminal cases, the MPS said in a statement. They include 270 insiders from banking, education, telecommunication, securities and other sectors, in addition to some 90 professional hackers.

In one case, it said, 13 people led by a suspect surnamed Qiu gained access to 60 million items of private information linked to popular Chinese online shopping portals such as taobao.com, jd.com, and dangdang.com.

A total of 420,000 items of illegitimate and fraudulent information have been removed from the Internet since the campaign started in April, the statement added.

The development came as authorities try to raise awareness against rampant cyber and telecom fraud across the nation.  xinhuanet.com

Take the Two-Pronged Approach to Survive a Data Breach
It's sad, but true: companies are still taking a "don't ask, don't tell" stance when it comes to owning up to data breaches. 

In an era when more than 4.8 billion data records have been exposed since 2013, according to the "Breach Level Index" from Gemalto, there is no more room for excuses.

From an external point-of-view, retailers should:

Communicate. We learn as children it is better to tell the truth than to lie. Nothing has changed. Admit responsibility for the breach, and explain to shoppers how and why it happened.
Nurture. Provide solutions for affected shoppers. To maintain loyalty, deliver protection services or even a special offer to those directly impacted.
Educate consumers. Explain the proactive steps the company is taking to mitigate the breach internally, and remind shoppers to promptly change passwords, security questions and answers.
Internally, retailers must immediately:
Review Logs. Intrusion detection software, and device and firewall sharing logs will reveal where attacks are coming from, and how far-reaching they are.
Seek Help. Once store and security managers and CIOs are in the loop, notify wireless providers, as well as the police and FBI.
Begin Remediation. Review and reduce network access of third-party business partners. Test network firewalls, related governance and disaster recovery processes.
Re-affirm Internal Security. After resetting passwords, adopt two-factor authentication for internal users, and tokenization for shoppers using credit, debit or mobile payment options at point-of-sale.
Adopt Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Systems. Even among the best laid plans, data losses happen. Using DLP to pinpoint where confidential data it is stored across the enterprise, how data is used, and from where users access the corporate network, retailers can proactively ensure sensitive or critical information doesn't leave the corporate network.

Stay proactive, honest and nimble when it comes to cleaning up the mess, and protecting sensitive personal information. Those that fail to do so lose more than customer information - they lose the confidence of their once loyal shoppers.  chainstoreage.com

New York A.G. Reaches Settlement with Trump Hotel Collection Over Data Breaches
It has reached a $50,000 settlement with the Trump Hotel Collection over two data breaches that resulted in the exposure of more than 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal data.

The hotel collection has also agreed to improve its data security practices. According to the A.G., the hotel chain did not adopt a recommended security precaution after the first breach, the implementation of which that could have prevented the second breach.  patch.com

Employees Challenged on Workplace Cybersecurity Issues
A report on workplace cybersecurity issues by Wombat Security Technologies found safe use of social media is a top challenge for employees and companies, with 31% of participants incorrectly answering questions about how to safely use social media. Other areas where issues were found included protecting and disposing of data securely, identifying phishing threats, protecting confidential information and working safely outside the office.

"To reduce cyberrisk in organizations, security education programs must teach and assess end users across many topic areas, like oversharing on social media and proper data handling," said Joe Ferrara, president and chief executive of Wombat. wsj.com


 





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Jewelry Tracker for ring displays uses the architecture of the highly successful NextGen3 tracking platform: over 75,000 NextGen3 trackers are protecting assets around the world. The platform leverages multiple security and tracking technologies (GPS, Cellular and RF) for pinpoint accuracy in tracking. Other important features include:
 

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LIVE from Philadelphia at the NRF PROTECT 2016 Conference, the D&D Daily is honored to bring you another jam-packed agenda of informative and meaningful interviews covering the hot topics and issues impacting the retail loss prevention industry. From LP leaders who've developed best-in-class programs and teams, to the solution providers offering cutting-edge technologies, our upcoming series of videos offer a wealth of knowledge that you can apply and use at your retailer and in your career. Kicking off our broadcast, Gus Downing, Publisher and Editor of the D&D Daily, introduces LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference.
 


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LPNN's dynamic duo is back! Catch up with MCs Joe LaRocca, VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners (and this year's NRF Ring of Excellence award winner), and Amber Bradley, Owner & Brand Strategist, Calibration, LLC, as they provide their signature witty banter throughout our continuous 7-hour live broadcast.

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Artificial Intelligence Beats A Path To Ecommerce
AI isn't just for devices, it's made and continues to make it's way into eCommerce and is out there working to determine what to sell to you, how you shop and ensure you have a good shopping experience.

According to Gartner by 2020, 85% of customer interactions will be managed without a human and at the close of 2018, customer digital assistants will recognize customers by face and voice across channels. Investment-wise, in 2014 there were more than $300 million in venture capital invested in AI startups according to Bloomberg. Brands are on board and are using AI to build smarter platforms they hope will create a better online shopping experience for the consumer.

"AI has had a great impact on the retail eCommerce customer experience. We've seen a large advancement in the past decade, but we've not even scratched the surface," said Keenan Baldwin, co-founder, SiteZeus. "Online retailers are scrambling to partner with or adopt new AI technologies to help facilitate customer interaction to try and match and even surpass the typical in-store experience."

"There may not be physical employees to speak to and ask questions to, but there are chat robots, or "personal shoppers" that will aid you through the sales process. They're intuitive, savvy and constantly learning from you," said Baldwin. " AI has begun to do what loyalty programs have not. They're building loyalty by understanding individual customer's needs, timing, price-elasticity, and channel-preference. Retailers will know what their customers' needs are even before they do."

Harper Reed, head of commerce at Braintree PayPal says the exciting thing about AI in retail is its ability to bring all the requisite parts of commerce into one flow and do it in a way that's deeply personal and adaptive for each customer. forbes.com

Cartier wins battle against counterfeit websites
In a decision which should be well received by the luxury goods sector, the Court of Appeal recently upheld the High Court's landmark 2014 decisions in Cartier which force ISPs such as broadband providers to block access to certain websites which sell counterfeit goods. All too often, rights holders have a never ending battle of trying to identify the owner of the website who is often outside of the jurisdiction. Even if action is taken, the infringer simply starts a new website and the whole court process must be performed again. globallegalpost.com









Update: "Operations Pandora" sends 3 to prison for the theft of over $800,000
in jewelry

Three men were sentenced to prison Friday as members of an organized retail theft ring that stole over $800,000 in jewelry in New Jersey and five other states. They were charged in "Operation Pandora," an investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice.

Nestor Raul Avila-Martinez was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Kevin A. Rodriguez was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Bryan Osorio was sentenced to five years in state prison. The joint investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice began in May 2014, after the ring stole $219,000 in silver beads by breaking into a vehicle at a service area on the New Jersey Turnpike. Several of the ring members had followed the two victims, who stopped at the service area after a jewelry trade show. A July 2015 indictment charged a total of seven defendants, with eight thefts in New Jersey, including two additional thefts of jewelry with a total value of over $150,000.

The defendants were linked to more than a dozen other thefts in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Rhode Island, including thefts involving more than $430,000 in jewelry. The New Jersey State Police received extensive assistance from the New York City Police Department and other members of a multi-agency task force that investigates retail theft organizations. njtoday.net

Waynesboro, VA: Police Searching for Trio in string of Kroger Thefts
Waynesboro police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a trio of culprits suspected in a string of thefts at Kroger stores across the Shenandoah Valley. According to investigators, the two women walk in to a store and purchase some gift cards. Police say the suspects then discreetly switch the cards with blank ones, then tell the cashier they have to run out to the car to grab payment, but never come back into the store. The man pictured then walks in and makes purchases with the newly-stolen cards. Police say this scheme has apparently happened at both Waynesboro Krogers, along with ones in Staunton and Lexington. nbc29.com


Algoma Township, MI: Cameras capture thieves swapping Ray-Bans for knockoffs; loss of over $2,500

The owner of Rockford Family Eyecare, said intuition told him something was wrong, but he didn't notice the glasses were gone until after the thieves left the store. The thieves were in and out the door in only about six minutes. The thieves made off with 13 pairs of Ray-Bans worth about $2,500 altogether and replaced them with knockoffs. woodtv.com


Naples, FL: Two women arrested following $1,800 from several stores in Coastland Center mall
The women came prepared to slip in and out of Coastland Center mall in Naples without anyone noticing the stolen items under their skirts, police said. From the minute Elbony Hudson and Cordidra Williams got to Coastland on Wednesday afternoon, undercover Naples police detectives had eyes on them. Detectives said they followed the women into Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun, Victoria's Secret PINK and JC Penney, stealing items from each store and returning several time to the parking lot to drop off the loot. Naples Police arrested both women and recovered over $1,800 worth of clothing in the car from the four stores. Both suspects have prior criminal records for theft. naplesnews.com



Riverside Town, NY: Police report $1,700 Felony shoplifting arrests at Target
Two people were arrested on grand larceny charges after they tried to steal more than $1,700 in merchandise from Target on Route 58 Friday afternoon Erol Baturer and Tara Garcia, both homeless, placed merchandise in a shopping cart and attempted to leave the store without paying, according to police. They were both arrested on charges of grand larceny in the fourth degree. riverheadlocal.com

Muskegon County, MI: Two Sentenced on ORC Charges
Juston Gene Lang, 25 of Muskegon Township, was sentenced to 13 months to 7.5 years 6 for organized retail crime, habitual offender second, $992 restitution and court costs/fees. Angel Oneal, 33, of Muskegon, to 7 months for organized retail crime, habitual offender second, probation violation, $1,389 in court costs/fines/fees. mlive.com

Wethersfield, CT: Dove Soap Shoplifter arrested after pulling a gun on CVS employee

Naperville, IL: 'Felony Lane Gang' smash and grab burglars strike again in Naperville

Springfield, PA: Swarthmore Police arrest a Target shoplifter with $492 worth of merchandise

Amsterdam, NY: State Police charge 2 with theft of $250 of merchandise from Walmart


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Robberies & Thefts

Delray Beach, FL: Man robbed Walgreens stores to support $350-a-day
drug habit

A Delray Beach man arrested last week in connection with multiple Walgreens store robberies told authorities he committed the crimes to feed his cocaine and heroin addictions. Daniel Edelstein, 34, said he spent about $150 per day on heroin and $200 per day on cocaine, the reports said. He was arrested Sept. 17 after authorities tracked him to a hotel in Osceola County. Edelstein had been wanted in connection to at least five robberies that occurred since early September in Palm Beach and Broward counties. palmbeachpost.com

Stafford, VA: Serial Shoplifter Caught, hit Walmart 10 times in one week
A Stafford man who stole from a Walmart not once, not twice, not three times but 10 times over the course of a week was arrested late last week, according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. According to police, a Walmart loss prevention officer said a middle-aged man wearing cargo shorts had been spied by the store surveillance video stealing Nest security cameras and hard drives. patch.com


Portland, OR: Nine Tanning Salons Burglarized overnight; totaling over $500,000
Between close on Saturday night and open on Sunday morning nine Tan Republic salons were burglarized. Zack, the guest relations manager, says thieves took an estimated $50,000 in goods from each store that was hit, totaling nearly $.5 million in damages across all nine. He says thieves took the most expensive lotions from shelves, cash, and the mother board for their highest end tanning beds. katu.com


Jared Vault in the Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover, MD reported a Glass Lift Theft on 9/12, merchandise valued at $2,699

Jared Jewelry Boutique in the Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD reported a Glass Lift Theft on 9/22, merchandise valued at $2,299

Piercing Pagoda in the Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO reported a Distraction Theft on 9/7, merchandise valued at $762

Piercing Pagoda in the Oaks Mall, Gainesville, FL reported a Burglary on 9/23, merchandise valued at $22,335

Helzberg Diamonds in Roseville, CA reported a Grab & Run theft on 9/23, merchandise valued at $2,998


Credit Card Fraud/ID Theft

Montgomery County, MD: Police seek identity of woman in $12,000 Credit Card fraud case
Montgomery County police said a woman racked up $12,000 in fraudulent charges on credit cards apparently stolen from a patron at a Bethesda restaurant. On Aug. 18, the victim slung her purse over the back of her chair while eating at Cosi. After receiving an alert from her bank, she discovered that her wallet with the cards had been taken from her purse. Police said a woman used the victim's cards to make $12,000 in purchases at a Target in Rockville and at stores at the Westfield Montgomery Mall. washingtonpost.com

Hudson, NH: Police seeking suspect for the purchase of gift cards with a stolen Credit Card at Walmart

Neosho, MO: Two forged checks cash totaling $900 at Walmart



Counterfeit Goods

UK: Fake designer handbags worth almost $13 Million seized in Yorkshire
this year

The statistics, revealed in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show 18,000 logo badges for designer bags and 178 fake handbags have been recovered so far this year. Most were seized at Leeds Bradford Airport. examiner.co.uk






Abby's Mini Mart - Athens, AL - Armed Robbery
BP Market - Madisonville, KY - Armed Robbery
B&S Grocery - Athens, AL - Armed Robbery
Broadway Mart - St Louis, MO - Burglary
C-Store- Stratford, CT - Robbery
C- Store - San Francisco, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Circle K - Santa Ana, CA - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Cleveland, OH - Burglary/ ATM
County Line Pharmacy - East Farmingdale, NY - Armed Robbery
CVS - Absecon, NJ - Robbery
Dollar General - St Martinville, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Madison County, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Albany, GA - Robbery
Family Dollar - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Family Dollar - Kissimmee, FL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Food Lion - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
JR's Country Store - Pueblo, CO - Armed Robbery
Liberty Stop N Go - Kootenai County, ID - Armed Robbery
Marathon - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery/ Shooting
Mini Mart - Oshkosh, WI - Armed Robbery
Presto - Wichita, KS - Robbery
Quick Trip - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Quick Way - Woodville, TX - Burglary
Sherman Way Liquor - North Hollywood, Ca - Armed Robbery/ Clerk Killed
Speedway - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Washington Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Pocatello, ID - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Fort Myers, FL - Robbery
Walgreens - Delray Beach, FL - Robbery
4 W Auto Sales - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
99 Cent Only - South El Monte, CA - Shooting/ 1 man killed

 

  Weekend Crime Totals
• 2 Shootings
• 2 Killed
• 28 Robberies
• 3 Burglaries
 














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