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The Armed Robbery Epidemic
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ORC Leader Jerry Biggs

"Sometimes the best but most controversial approach
is the obvious one"

By Jerry Biggs
President, Asset Protection & Investigation Services

Thirty-six years ago, I began my career in retail loss prevention by taking a part-time "plain clothes" security position with a local K-Mart while working in law enforcement, and four years later, found myself as a full-time retail security manager in Houston, Texas. As my retail career developed, I was chosen as a member of the first retail theft task force created to identify and apprehend professional retail thieves. Since that time, I have dedicated over two decades heading or taking part in countless organized retail crime ("ORC") investigations across the country while working for some of the industry's largest retailers such as Walmart, Lowe's Home Improvement and Walgreens.

Back when I first started in the business, the term "security" was still used to define your role and though shoplifting was common, the phrase Organized Retail Crime didn't exist.

In the past twenty years, there have been countless articles written, books published, TV documentaries created, and annual surveys conducted on the topic of ORC. To date, approximately three dozen states have passed some type of ORC legislation, and ORC investigative coalitions exist in many major cities around the country. Despite these efforts, recent surveys indicate ORC is worsening, and in my experience combatting ORC, I would have to agree.

Retailers are being targeted today more than ever - not just by shoplifters but also by cybercrime, fraud, robbery, and burglaries, which can equally harm a corporation's brand and bottom line. Even though each of these crime categories represent their own level of impact to the retail community it is my opinion they are nowhere near that of shoplifting.

For many years, the retail industry failed to acknowledge or seek the true impact external theft has had on the industry. It wasn't until the early 90's that retailers began to realize how popular and widespread shoplifting had become among common criminal types and organized crime groups.

External theft has always been a difficult problem for retailers to manage, let alone measure. This further contributes to the problem, as we live in a technologically and analytically driven society that pays more attention to percentages than actual dollars.

Read his full story here

APIS is based in Northern Indiana and offers an array of security, investigation, asset protection and training services for business and the individual consumer. Learn more about APIS.

2017's Top 5 ORC Cases

#1 Reported on April 19, 2017
From Russia With Love
Russian National Confesses to Major $170M Credit Card Fraud in Letter to US Court

#2 Reported on July 26, 2017
Florida Ring Leader Gets 7yrs Prison For Stolen Credit Card Trafficking Ring
Involving More Than 114,000 Accounts And Losses Of $23 Million

#3 Reported on March 16, 2017
New York: 'Operation Sticky Fingers' busts $12M criminal gang making millions from stolen ink cartridges

#4 Reported on January 3, 2017

New York, NY: Thieves steal $6M in jewels while ball drops on New Year's Eve

#5 Reported on Sept. 29, 2017
Miami-Dade County, FL: Search Warrants served on 2 homes in connection to $3 Million Walmart burglary during Irma; 26 people already arrested

Northern California Wine Country Fires:
23 dead, hundreds missing, 3,500 structures burned

Wildfires tearing through Northern California's wine country flared up again Wednesday, destroying hundreds more structures and leading to new evacuation orders as authorities raised the death toll to 23.

Officials confirmed the death toll Monday night, and crews are working to find at least 285 people who have been reported missing in Sonoma County.

There were originally 600 reports of missing people, but officials said that 315 were located safely. The numbers had been inconsistent as authorities tried to get confirmation.

Approximately 3,000 structures have been destroyed statewide, including homes and businesses and several wineries. abc7.com

Wine Country fires burn some stores while smoke, blackouts shutter others

   ● Gap Inc. closed 4 Gap/Banana Republic stores due to air-quality issues
   ● Santa Rosa Plaza (high-end mall) closed through yesterday morning due to "great deal of smoke"
   ● Kmart in Santa Rosa suffered major structural damage from fires
   ● Whole Foods Market closed stores in Napa and Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa
   ● Williams Sonoma in San Francisco closed Monday and Tuesday this week
   ● Target says all 10 stores in the region are open, but some operating on generator power sfgate.com


Kmart, Trader Joe's, McDonald's, Arby's, Applebees among businesses destroyed

Napa, Sonoma hotels shut down due to fires - including 3 Hiltons

Full list of Napa Valley business closures

"Las Vegas Part 2"
NY man arrested after threatening 7 employees at Denver retail-rebate company as part of extortion scheme

The FBI has arrested a man who sent pictures of two MAC-11 submachine guns to employees at Ibotta and then threatened to turn the Denver retail-rebate company into "Las Vegas part 2."

Victor Casillas, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken into custody Tuesday night in midtown Manhattan, said John Marzulli, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn. Casillas is charged with making extortionist threats, a felony, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Casillas made a series of threats between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1 against Ibotta employees as part of an extortion scheme, according to the criminal complaint filed under seal on Friday. He allegedly named seven Ibotta employees he was going to kill.

Then, on Oct. 4, three days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Casillas allegedly sent an email to Ibotta saying: "Get ready for a Las Vegas repeat (final warning). I still have not recieved (sic) my god dam FLTNDS...(profanity)... Well get ready 5 Las Vegaspart2... Maybe today you will meet you (sic) maker."

Ibotta is a popular startup that allows its users to get cashback rebates on various products and at certain stores after completing certain small tasks on the app.

According to the complaint, Casillas had started using the "referral bonus" system Ibotta allows to create new accounts for himself and game the system to get extra cash back by using various email addresses and user names. The company discovered Casillas had made 15 accounts in 2016 and 2017, according to the complaint, "and concluded that they represented a potentially fraudulent effort to generate referral bonuses." thedenverchannel.com denverpost.com

Vegas To Push Gunshot Detection Systems
The Las Vegas shooting and the future of physical security systems

Discussing how to prevent mass shootings can be a sensitive subject, especially in the aftermath of a tragic episode that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, which was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Such events, however, also trigger the field of security to evolve and consider which techniques and technologies can avert similar attacks in the future. The recent Las Vegas shooting was also crucial in that it followed a different template than many other past shootings, forcing hotel owners, casinos and event planners to rethink physical security.

To learn how technology can help mitigate similar attacks in the future, the Internet of Things Institute reached out to Will Hedgecock, director of engineering at V5 Systems, which specializes in portable outdoor IIoT security technology, including IP cameras and gunshot detection. In this interview, Hedgecock discussed the limits of conventional technology but also explains how gunshot detection systems can be best integrated with video surveillance to combat future shootings. Read the Q&A here.

U.S. Security Associates Provides Personal Safety Video for Active Shooter Survival

Announcing September's LPQ and LPC professionals!
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC):

Jason Coren, LPC
Fess Whitaker, LPC
Relana Brokmann, LPC
William Everett, LPC
Leonard Talbert, LPC
Joseph Carter, LPC
John White, LPC
Gregory Nottingham, LPC
Aaron Leger, LPC
Brian Marcial, LPC
Charles Moubray, LPC
Nathan Hamblin, LPC
Keith Langley, LPC
Michael DeGrenier, LPC
Edgardo Gonzalez, LPQ
Bruce Herritt, LPQ
Albert Bedard, LPQ
Keith Mitchell, LPQ
Denise Coghiel, LPQ
Ian Cherry, LPQ

Prosecutor's office denies resisting warrant against man beaten with baton at Meijer in Detroit
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office rejected the Detroit Police Department's request for a warrant of resisting and obstructing for a man wrongfully accused of retail fraud and beaten with a baton by an off-duty officer at a Meijer store, according to the man's attorney.

The incident prompted claims of police brutality after cellphone video circulated social media. David Bivins was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and resisting and obstruction. The interaction with police began with accusations of retail fraud. clickondetroit.com

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Computer Fraud & Abuse Act Conviction
Former Recruiter Used Ex-Colleague's Password to Steal Trade Secrets From Korn/Ferry

As is custom, the justices without comment declined a petition for certiorari filed by David Nosal, a former Korn/Ferry International executive who was convicted in 2013 of violating the CFAA by stealing trade secrets from his former employer using a valid password that was freely given to him by his ex-assistant. A divided Ninth Circuit panel affirmed Nosal's conviction in 2016.

Nosal, who had used the password to access a proprietary KFI database after the company revoked his access, had argued that the Ninth Circuit's decision exposes harmless, day-to-day activity to criminal prosecution and that high court review was needed to resolve a circuit split over who can authorize access under the CFAA.

Nosal was indicted in 2008 on charges that he and three former colleagues accessed executive search firm KFI's network using another worker's valid password and stole the company's candidate lists as part of a plan to form a competitor.

In 2012, the Ninth Circuit kept in place claims that he accessed the database "without authorization." He was convicted of violating the CFAA and the Economic Espionage Act in April 2013 and sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Editor's Note: The same would hold true for removing database files immediately prior to a planned departure. law360.com

Flu Season Coming - For the Travelers
"Poop and germs are everywhere: Here's how to avoid getting sick"

"The flu virus dies off within a minute of being outside a person, but norovirus can survive for hours, days and even weeks on a dry surface."

So other than donning a hazchem suit, how do you stop these bugs spreading? "The main thing is to practice regular hand-washing and to keep critical surfaces, such as door handles and mobile phones, as clean as possible. Here's what else to watch out for...

Mobile phone microbes: a study found that 90 per cent of us use our phone in the bathroom*. If you must take your phone into the restroom, wash your hands thoroughly and give the phone a clean with an antibacterial wipe.

Your Shoes: Study found that 39.7 per cent of shoes they tested were carrying C. diff - that's the fecal bacteria that can cause everything from diarrhea to a fatal infection. Stop the spread: "Try to place your shoes in cloth bags in your suitcase to prevent bacteria transferring on to your clothes."

Remote Controls: Study of cold viruses on household surfaces showed the remote control was one of the most infested.

Hotel Glasses: A study of US hotels by ABC News found in 11 out of 15, drinking glasses hadn't been changed or had just been rinsed and wiped with a dirty cloth.

Lights out: The main light switch and the switch on the bedside lamp are two of the germiest spots in a hotel room.

Bed bugs: Hotel bedspreads had some of the highest germ counts. nypost.com

Editor's Note: Shaking Hands: Ladies and Gentlemen, if you're ill or starting to feel ill, please do NOT shake hands regardless of where you're at or who it is.  As a matter of fact, tell the person why and it'll show how considerate you are and quite frankly earn you some points with that group. Big time!

Predicting the Death of the Mall - One J.C. Penney at a Time
Back in February, J.C. Penney said it planned to close down about 140 struggling stores. That might be just the beginning.

Analysts at System2 LLC, a big-data startup, have identified another 197 stores at risk. The outlets -- from San Bernardino, California to a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska -- have a more than 64 percent likelihood of closing. nreionline.com

Director Global Security Programs & Strategy, Legal & Corporate Affairs for Starbucks in Seattle, WA
This position contributes to Starbucks success by ensuring Starbucks Global Security enables the business to realize our retail, consumer products and digital growth ambitions across six continents. ● Leads cross-functional initiatives with senior executives to support our growth agenda and help drive the Global Security strategy. ● Leads project management efforts and driving successful delivery of strategic programs for the Global Security organization. ● Manages and develops a team of physical security and other program and project managers responsible for managing and delivering the Global Security, strategic multi-year programs. ● Provides insights into corrective action for existing programs/projects within Global Security and assists in driving maturity into the program methodology. starbucks.taleo.net

Amazon to hire more than 120,000 holiday workers across U.S.

Canada's Couche-Tard could add to empire with purchase of Kroger's 784 c-stores

The Power of Social Media
Nordstrom faces call to drop Donna Karan merchandise

Advance Auto Parts responds to record hurricane season

Shoppers expected to forego Black Friday lines this year

VECTOR: Loudoun County, VA Goes Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol


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IAI Midwest Chapter Meeting

October 18 in Chicago, IL

IAI is excited to announce the IAI MIDWEST Chapter is officially active! The goals and purpose of this and all IAI Chapters is to enable CFI's and IAI members to be life-long learners of interview and interrogation skills through a network of elite professionals, dedicated to growing the IAI brand and CFI designation.

The first IAI MIDWEST CHAPTER meeting will be held on October 18, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at the REI Lincoln Park Store in Chicago, IL. Lunch will be provided by The Cellular Connection. Guest Speakers will include Wayne Hoover, CFI.

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Learn how Under Armour introduced a game-changing loss prevention strategy

After establishing a new standard for electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology for its North American stores, Under Armour does have one lingering regret. "I could kick myself for not discovering this solution sooner," said Sean Donnelly, Director of Global Retail Asset Protection and Investigations for the premier activewear giant.

"My advice to other AP leaders is to not write things off by thinking that something looks too good to be true. Be open to challenging the status quo and willing to put new solutions to the test. We learned that openness pays big dividends, and it's an important part of servicing any rapidly growing business that prides itself on innovation."

Read more here


Hyatt Hotels Suffers 2nd Card Breach in 2 Years
Hyatt Corp. is alerting customers about another credit card breach at some hotels, the second major incident with the hospitality chain in as many years.

Hyatt said its cyber security team discovered signs of unauthorized access to payment card information from cards manually entered or swiped at the front desk of certain Hyatt-managed locations between March 18, 2017 and July 2, 2017.

The hotel chain said the incident affected payment card information – cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code – from cards manually entered or swiped at the front desk of certain Hyatt-managed locations. It added there is no indication that any other information was involved.

In late 2015, Hyatt announced that for about four months that year hackers had gained access to credit card systems at 250 properties in 50 different countries. This time, the breach appears to have impacted 41 properties across 11 countries. Only five of the Hyatt properties affected in this most recent breach included U.S. locations, including three resorts in Hawaii and one each in Guam and Puerto Rico. krebsonsecurity.com

Ransomware is a $6.2 million industry
Sales on the Dark Web Spike 2,502% in 2017

Ransomware is a $6.2 million industry, based on sales generated from a network of more than 6,300 Dark Web marketplaces that sell over 45,000 products, according to a report released Wednesday by Carbon Black.

Revenue from these illicit marketplaces soared 2,502% so far in 2017, compared to $249,287 raised in all of 2016, the report states.

Among the best sellers on the Dark Web marketplaces include do-it-yourself ransomware kits that range from 50 cents to $3,000, with the median price at $10.50, the report notes. Custom ransomware, meanwhile, costs in excess of $3,000, says McElroy.

The Dark Web marketplaces also feature a rating system for sellers, similar to that found on eBay, McElroy says. darkreading.com

Phishing Emails that Invoke Fear, Urgency, Get the Most Clicks
If an employee receives an email about a data breach, chances are they're going to click. If an "important" or "urgent" message arrives from human resources, they're going to want to know why. If an email warns their password is about to expire, they will investigate further to change it.

Hackers know this, which is why they have begun to prey on victims' sense of urgency in phishing attacks. The most effective phishing email subject lines include psychological triggers to get people to click, discovered security awareness firm KnowBe4 in a study of most-clicked phishing email subject lines for Q3 2017. After all, nobody wants to miss an important message from HR.

The most-clicked general email subject lines, and attacks in the wild, for Q3 were designed to provoke a sense of urgency or reward, according to KnowBe4's findings:

   ● Official Data Breach Notification (14%)
   ● UPS Label Delivery 1ZBE312TNY00015011 (12%)
   ● IT Reminder: Your Password Expires in Less Than 24 Hours (12%)
   ● Change of Password Required Immediately (10%)
   ● Please Read Important from Human Resources (10%)
   ● All Employees: Update your Healthcare Info (10%)
   ● Revised Vacation & Sick Time Policy (8%)
   ● Quick company survey (8%)
   ● A Delivery Attempt was made (8%)
   ● Email Account Updates (8%)

"The most successful phishing attacks are those that effectively capitalize on natural human responses," says Amy Baker, vice president of marketing at Wombat Security. "We frequently see attackers attempting to drive an emotional reaction, using fear tactics, urgent language, and offers that seem - and are - too good to be true."

Common "in the wild" phishing subject lines, similarly crafted to provoke user action, include:

   ● LinkedIn: Important Security Update
   ● Amazon: Kindly update your account with Amazon to avoid shutdown
   ● Email account will be closed
   ● Office 365: Incoming mail on hold
   ● We have created your ticket for server upgrade   darkreading.com

Ireland: Hackers target thousands of SuperValu customers' details

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Cashierless checkout transactions to explode to $78B


ORC's Attack on Retail
- Redefining ORC

John Matas, VP - Asset Protection/ Investigations & ORC, Macy's

Originally Published 4-19-17

Organized Retail Crime has changed and grown dramatically over the years. With surging cybercrime such as identity theft, data breaches, skimming and credit card fraud, ORC has become an internationally connected crime. As the retail environment has changed, so must our definition of ORC.

To help us quantify its impact on both a national and global scale, John Matas, Vice President - Asset Protection/Investigations & ORC for Macy's, offers his thoughts on the topic, and why a $100-billion estimate may be too conservative.

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Security concerns may keep shoppers from trying new online retailers
this holiday season

Fears about online security could keep shoppers from buying from some online retailers this holiday season, but there are tactics that sellers can use to attract buyers.

With ongoing news coverage about massive hacks at Equifax Inc. and Yahoo Inc., the Accenture Holiday Study finds that security is a concern for many consumers this year.

"Consumers are clearly aware of cyber threats and this perhaps plays more heavily on their mind during holidays when people are likely making a larger volume of online transactions," says Jill Standish, Accenture senior managing director of global retail. "In this year's holiday shopping survey, 62% of shoppers said they are concerned about the security of their personal information when making online purchases."

Additionally, the study finds that 64% of consumers plan to shop only at sites that they already know or feel are reputable. That may make it hard for retailers to acquire new customers during the busiest shopping time of the year, but Standish says there are a few ways sellers can make buyers feel more secure.

Standish said that open, transparent data practices can help shoppers feel more secure. That includes making it clear what data is collected and what benefits users are getting from retailers having that data. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon's Response To 'Porch Pirates'
Delivering items to your car trunk and inside your home

The company is in advanced talks to forge a partnership with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that allow items to be delivered to a car's trunk, according to a person with knowledge of the potential deal. Phrame's product fits around a license plate and contains a secure box that holds the keys to the car. Users unlock the box with their smartphone, and can grant access to others - such as delivery drivers - remotely.

At the same time, Amazon is developing a smart doorbell device that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person's home to drop off items, said two people familiar with the matter.

The new initiatives are part of Amazon's effort to go beyond convenience and fix problems associated with unattended delivery. Web retailers are dealing with products getting damaged by bad weather as well as the rise of so-called porch pirates, who steal items from doorsteps. cnbc.com

Alibaba Tops Amazon to Become the Biggest E-Commerce Company

Nearly Half of Global Consumers Unhappy With Online Shopping Experience

Digital Wallet Adoption Slows, But Merchants Still Preparing for Surge: Report

Why Shop.com says two-click checkout is better than one

Ikea on Amazon? Furniture giant to use online retailers

Target takes voice-activated shopping nationwide with Google, joining Wal-Mart in fight against Amazon

Salina, KS: Sporting goods store employee arrested for stealing $16,000
in merchandise

A 22-year-old Dick's Sporting Goods employee was arrested for felony theft after the business discovered a $16,000 discrepancy in their inventory. Salina Police say that between July 15 and Oct. 10, Damarcio McCoy, of Salina, had acquaintances pretend to make transactions for items. He would then void the transaction at the register and let them leave with the merchandise. This gave the appearance of a transaction and let them make it out of the door, according to authorities. Sgt. James Feldman said that the business, located at 2450 South Ninth, uncovered the scheme after looking into a $16,000 hole in their inventory. That is when they uncovered a large number of voided transactions by McCoy. McCoy was arrested for felony theft and booked into the Saline County Jail. salinapost.com

Murfreesboro, TN: Store Owners Suspect Crime Ring Behind Chainsaw Thefts
Several business owners across the mid-state said they suspect a crime ring is behind a rash of chainsaw thefts this year. Most recently, someone broke into Kelton's Hardware & Pet in Murfreesboro and stole 17 STIHL chainsaws from the shelves. It only took a matter of minutes for the culprits to shatter the glass door and get away with approximately $8,300 worth of chainsaws.

In Chapel Hill, Daryl Pardee said his business was also burglarized several months ago. "He got six saws in less than two minutes and he was out of here." He knows of at least five other companies across the region to experience a similar issue. In March, officials with the Franklin Police Department released surveillance video of a similar burglary at the Kubota dealership. newschannel5.com

Lake St Louis, MO: Suspects in Victoria's Secret Theft Caught
After Vehicle Catches Fire

Lake Saint Louis Police said that three female suspects who fled Victoria's Secret with approximately $8,000 in clothing and merchandise were apprehended after their vehicle caught fire in Frontenac. The three suspects entered the store in the Meadows Shopping Center at about 12:27 p.m. on Wednesday. When they left with the stolen items, police attempted to stop them. The vehicle hit a curb, resulting in a flat tire. Nevertheless, the suspects continued eastward on Interstate 64. The vehicle caught fire at Interstate 64, "possibly due to the heat and sparks from riding on the tire rims," police said. The three suspects were apprehended and not injured. 70westsentinel.com

Columbus, GA: Two nabbed on theft charge at Home Depot
Two Columbus men are accused of exchanging an item for credit at Home Depot without ever paying for the merchandise, police said. Both charged with refund fraud and theft by deception after their 9 a.m. arrest. The suspects are accused of entering the store an removing merchandise and taking it to the return counter without paying for the item. ledger-enquirer.com

Camp Hill, PA: 5 sought in 3 thefts from Walmart store
Police said two men and a woman entered the store together early Saturday, and one of the men loaded a TV and speakers into a Ford Escape without paying. The man who took the TV and speakers, returned about 9 hours later in a Honda Accord and again fled with another television and speakers. abc27.com

Ebensberg, PA: Police investigating $3,500 theft of electronics, tools and outdoor supplies from Walmart

Pendleton, OR: Police arrest man connected to $1,000 in multiple thefts from Safeway

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Shootings & Deaths

Carrol County, GA: Dash cam video shows deputy-involved shooting in Dollar General parking lot
Deputy Tyler North, 26, was on patrol just after 3 a.m. Monday when he approached a car sitting in a Dollar General parking lot along Highway 166. Investigators said Joshua Mapson, 22, was asleep inside. "He seemed very startled. He woke up. He reached for a set of car keys. He (North) thought the gentleman may have been going to roll down the window as he put the ignition on," attorney Mac Pilgrim said. Pilgrim said his client identified himself as a deputy when he went up to the car. Dash camera video shows the driver backing up and trying to drive off. "He (North) felt as if his life was threatened," Pilgrim said. North fired approximately seven rounds, hitting Mapson in the hand, according to authorities. wsbtv.com

Philadelphia, PA: Deli Manager shoots man in the leg; argument and threats

Los Angeles, CA: Man Shot Outside Walgreens in critical condition

Robberies & Thefts

Coralville, IA: Kay Jeweler Manager stole over $50,000
Police were called to Kay Jewelers on Wednesday for a report of a theft by an employee. An investigation showed Troy M. Woods, 24, had stolen merchandise from the store and issued false returns for cash. Woods was a manager at the store. The total amount stolen was over $50,000, police said. press-citizen.com

Homestead, PA: One taken into custody 500 miles away for terrifying armed robbery at Waterfront Sprint store
The crime occurred in late September. Police say the employees were zip-tied as the suspects stole up to 80 iPhones and iPads from the store. Allegheny County Police said one of the suspects was taken into custody in Illinois. An active warrant has been issued for a second suspect and a search is currently underway. The one in custody is pending extradition back to Pennsylvania. He is also facing charges in Illinois. wtae.com

Facebook played a major role in Denver-area gun theft arrests
Hundreds of pages of federal court documents detail the statewide manhunt for the suspects responsible for a rash of gun thefts across the state. According to the federal indictments, ATF agents went undercover to buy weapons and used social media postings on Facebook to arrest 17 people.

The suspects are accused of stealing more than 400 guns from 22 Colorado gun stores. "We all teamed together to hit this head on and we did," said ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Denver field division, Deborah Livingston.  thedenverchannel.com

Sheboygan, WI: Over $5,000 in merchandise stolen from Menards in overnight Burglary
On Thursday, October 6th, the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department investigated a burglary, which occurred during the early morning hours of October 5th, at the Menards store. Over $5,000 in merchandise was taken, which included Johnson brand laser level kits, Bosch power tools and Leatherman and Gerber brand multitools. mysheboygan.com

Donelson, TN: Kmart Jewelry Thief may have stayed in store overnight
Metro Police believe a stealthy thief hid out at the Donelson Kmart until closing time to pull of a jewelry heist. An alarm sounded at 4:30am and when police arrived, there was no sign of forced entry. A jewelry case was smashed, which activated the first alarm. The burglars exit through the side door sounded the second. patch.com

Macon, GA: Dollar World manager speaks out after three recent burglaries; hit 3x in a week

Holland, MI: Woman hides inside Kohl's till after closing, breaking out with large bag of merchandise

Hoover, AL: Pizza Hut deliveryman stole manager's key, hundreds in cash in 2 store burglaries

Newport News, VA: Woman leaves kids in Macy's after shoplifting

Port Orange, FL: Mom brings daughters along to shoplift at Bealls

Joliet, IL: Spirit Halloween manager steals $1,500 from store

Wiscasset, Maine: Teacher who won $1 million award faces third theft charge

Savannah-Chatham, GA: Metro Police to conduct SWAT training at Oglethorpe Mall

Estes Park, CO: Three Bears raid a Pizza Shop


Arrests & Sentencings

Brooklyn Center, MN: 3rd Person Sentenced in 2016 Shooting at Walmart

Lynchburg, VA: Armed C-Store Robber sentenced to 4 years

Hot Springs, AR: Homeless man sentenced to 4 years in prison for Sears Hometown Store burglary

Oklahoma City, OK: Arrest made in book store murder, arson

Beaumont, TX: Man found guilty of 2015 capital murder of store clerk

Charlotte, NC: Man arrested in 7-Eleven armed robbery

Albuquerque, NM: Man pleads guilty in multiple arson cases

Credit Card Fraud

Columbus, OH: Mail theft ring that included postal workers busted



Skimming Theft Update

New York, NY: $100,000 Romanian ATM Skimmer Gang Busted
Cops busted a ring of Romanian ATM thieves on October 4, who were charged with stealing more than $100,000 by installing skimming devices on ATM machine in Queens. Police seized nearly 300 forged credit and/or debit cards, two green overlay skimming devices, eight false panel PIN-capturing mechanisms, 129 deep-insert metal skimming devices and nearly $20,000 in cash. Police said the thieves likely stole much more than 100,000 in the scam by pulling off the same crimes in other parts of New York State and Pennsylvania. The three thieves are Romanian natives, authorities said. qgazette.com

Louisville, KY: LMPD arrests 5 people involved in card skimming operation
Authorities say the suspects were all taken into custody at the Burlington Coat Factory store. Authorities say it's believed the group had been running a scam where pre-paid gift cards were bought using re-encoded cards.

According to officials, officers searched the defendants' residence and found "between 500 (and) 600 pre-paid debit/credit gift cards" valued at $50, $100 and $200. Officials say items including designer handbags, purses, hats, shoes, watches, electronics, jewelry and perfume were found during the search. Additionally, police say seven gas pump skimming devices, three credit card re-encoding machines, one credit card embossing machine, two laptops with skimming cords, one gas pump lock pick set and 50 counterfeit blank bank cards were found during the search. wdrb.com

QuikTrip uses new technology to stop credit card skimming
'Pump Shield' installed at all 760 stores nationwide

Scammers across the country have taken people's personal information at the gas pump without them even knowing it, but one franchise is taking a big step to stopping these crimes. QuikTrip has now installed pump shield at every one of their 760 stores nationwide.

If an unauthorized person tries to gain access "Pump Shield" sounds a silent alarm, which allows them to immediately shut down a pump and see if any skimming device had been placed in the credit card scanner. They say it can help stop the crimes within minutes or seconds. 3newsnow.com

Advances in skimming technology are gassing customers at the pumps

North Salt Lake, UT: Organized crime targeting gas stations with skimmers

Miami Beach, FL: Chase Bank teller arrested in connection with skimming scam

Annapolis, MD: Card-Skimmer Found At Bank's ATM

Clarksville, TN: Police need help identifying US Bank ATM skimming suspect

Lawncrest, PA: Police search for ATM skimming suspect

Thomasville, GA: Credit card skimming device found on ATM

Armstrong County, PA: Gas stations targeted by credit card skimmers

Hardeeville, SC: Police investigate gas station credit card skimmers

Tupelo, MS: Police charge man with credit card skimming
Savannah, GA: Police locate credit card 'skimmer' device attached to gas pump

Woodside, NY: Men charged for installing ATM bank skimming devices

Bucks County, PA: Arrests Made In ATM Skimming Scheme

Fayette County, IN: Two caught with skimming device after high speed chase

Key West, FL: Miami Beach man accused in Louisiana skimming scheme

Wilmette, IL: ATM Skimmer Found At Bank Drive-Thru

Grand Island, NE: Man accused of using stolen credit card data for purchases

Sacramento, CA: Dozens targeted by gas station skimmers

Miami Beach, FL: 19-Year-Old Arrested for Using ATM Skimming Devices

BP - Florence County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Troy, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Upper Darby, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Missouri City, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Pima County, AZ - Robbery
Circle K - Herrin, IL - Robbery
Dollar General - Burlington, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Fort Smith, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Waukegan, IL - Armed Robbery (shot fired/ no injuries)
Dollar General - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Habitat for Humanity - Vineland, NJ - Burglary
Kmart - Donelson, TN -Burglary
McDonald's - Midland, TX - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Bountiful, UT - Armed Robbery
Menards - Sheboygan, WI - Burglary
Restaurant - Long Island City, NY - Armed Robbery
Sunrise Pharmacy - Marion County, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Glendale, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Burbank, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings




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