Retailers Accused of Digital Racial Profiling - The secret surveillance of
African Americans in an upscale Wash. D.C. neighborhood through 'GroupMe'
These are questions being asked across the country as people experiment with
services that bill themselves as a way to prevent crime, but also expose latent
biases. The application "SketchFactor," which invited users to report "sketchy"
people, faced allegations of racism in both the District and New York. Another
social network roiled Oakland, Calif., when white residents used Nextdoor.com to
cite "suspicious activity" about black neighbors. Taking it even further was GhettoTracker.com, which asked users to rate neighborhoods based on whether they
thought they were "safe" or a "ghetto."
Now "Operation GroupMe" is stirring controversy in Georgetown. In February of
last year, the Georgetown Business Improvement District partnered with District
police to launch the effort, which they call a "real-time mobile-based
group-messaging app that connects Georgetown businesses, police officers and
community members." Since then, the app has attracted nearly 380 users who
surreptitiously report on - and photograph - shoppers in an attempt to deter
The correspondence has provided an unvarnished glimpse into Georgetown
retailers' latest effort to stop their oldest scourge: shoplifting. But while
the goal is admirable, the result, critics say, has been less so, laying bare
the racial fault lines that still define this cobblestoned enclave of tony
boutiques and historic rowhouses that is home to many of Washington's elite.
Since March of last year, Georgetown retailers have dispatched more than 6,000
messages that discuss suspicious people. A review by the Business
Improvement District of all the messages since January - more than 3,000 -
revealed that nearly 70 percent of those people were black. The employees
often allege shoplifting. But other times, retailers don't accuse these shoppers
of anything beyond seeming suspicious.
"Suspicious shoppers in store," an American Apparel retailer said in April last
year. "3 female. 1 male strong smell of weed. All African American. Help
"What did they look like?" a True Religion employee in May last year asked an
American Apparel retailer who had reported a theft. "Ratchet," the American
Apparel worker replied, using a slang term for trashy that often has a racial
The retailers have also uploaded hundreds of pictures to the chatroom, many of
which they took clandestinely. Since March last year, the images have shown
more than 230 shoppers, more than 90 percent of whom are African American.
"Known thieves," one retailer wrote beside pictures of three African American
women, without specifying any evidence. "Look out."
It's unclear what effect, if any, such correspondence has had on crime in the
area. Some retailers say the community feels safer and more connected. But it
has precipitated "relatively few arrests," said Joe Sternlieb, chief executive
of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, which organized the group. He
added: "It's impossible to know what's working and what's not to deter crime."
The Retail Equation Prevents Fraud 6.5 Million Times
The Retail Equation, the industry leader in retail transaction optimization
solutions, today announced the company has stopped 6.5 million instances of
return fraud and abuse. This prevention milestone, which more than doubled in
the last 18 months across all of its retail clients, equates to a fraudulent
return being prevented every single minute by The Retail Equation's Verify
return authorization solution - even with the system approving 99 percent of all
Retailers want covert IP CCTV and mobile access to footage,
according to new report
According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the
use of CCTV in retail - commissioned by Axis Communications, the global market
leader in network video - 70% of retailers want to introduce covert CCTV and 66%
are planning to move to mobile data access in the near future. The report, which
was carried out in July and August of this year (2015), showed that 58.5% of
retailers currently use covert CCTV but that 70.1% of those not using covert
CCTV, want to start using it in the future and that only 17.6% of retailers are
currently able to access live recorded footage but 66% aspire to use mobile
access. The study sharply highlighted the industry's increasing reliance on CCTV to control stock loss and a demand amongst retailers for higher image
quality, even more reliable systems and easy and flexible access to images.
A significant 82.7% of retailers said that CCTV reduces losses and 29.7% of
retailers are now using fraud analytics to help improve their security with
58.7% planning to in the future. The report also revealed there is still a
66% majority of the market that is operating on analogue technology proving
that installers and integrators still have an opportunity to create awareness
among retailers of the benefits of IP technology.
Kmart, Office Depot, Safeway and other retailers roll out gift cards that give
recipients shares in top companies - A new avenue for fraud?
Now selling at the checkout counter: breath mints, hand sanitizer and...$25 of
Berkshire Hathaway stock? In a new twist on the bustling gift-card business,
retailers such as Kmart and Office Depot this week are starting to roll out
cards that give the recipients small amounts of stock in some of the country's
best-known companies. The cards will be available ahead of the holiday shopping
season at other retailers, including Safeway Inc., Toys "R" Us and Lowe's Cos.
The cards work like traditional gift cards but recipients receive stock instead
of merchandise when they cash them in. If they want, customers can swap the
shares they have received for other stock.
UK - 'Five million' fraud cases in past year
For years traditional crimes have been falling right across the Western world,
irrespective of who's in government and how many police are on the beat. But
today's figures have captured for the first time an awful lot of criminality
that, quite simply, looks like it has been missed. The Office for National
Statistics has published an estimate of fraud for the first time, based on its
Crime Survey. There were also 2.5 million cyber crime offences, such as computer
hacking, the ONS estimated. Just over half of the 5.1 million frauds included in
the Crime Survey data involved some financial loss, the ONS said. Where losses
were reported, 78% got some form of compensation, with 62% reimbursed in full.
Frauds included card fraud and frauds committed over the phone and online. The
fraud data was based on a sample of 2,000 people.
Western retail giants restrict travel to Bangladesh after attacks
Business executives from global clothing giants H&M, Inditex, and Gap have
canceled trips to Dhaka this month after the killings of two foreigners,
industry sources said, causing anxiety for Bangladesh's $25 billion garment
export sector. Bangladeshi suppliers to the world's top brands said they didn't
expect the disruptions to hurt their orders for the year-end Christmas season.
But the attacks, claimed by the Islamic State, increase the pressure on an
industry which faces competition from other low-wage countries and is trying to
repair its safety image after several fatal accidents. The United States and
Canada have asked their diplomats to restrict their movements, and Britain
warned of more attacks after an Italian aid worker and a Japanese man were shot
dead a few days apart. Australia canceled a cricket tour.
Visa and FireEye launch Visa Threat Intelligence for real-time cyberintelligence
Visa and FireEye Inc. have launched a new service for the payments industry
called Visa Threat Intelligence, Powered by FireEye. This service will deliver
real-time threat information on cyberattacks to merchants and issuers. Visa
Threat Intelligence is the first product available as part of a new global
strategic partnership between Visa and FireEye. Beginning late 2015, subscribers
will gain access to a Web portal that provides the latest proprietary
cyberintelligence relevant to payment systems, including alerts, trends in
cyberattacks, and forensic analysis from recent data breaches.
Staples board limits senior exec severance packages
Staples is limiting the severance pay of top executives as the resolution of a
deal with Office Depot draws near. Staples announced that its board of directors
has adopted a new policy stipulating that the company will not pay any severance
benefits that exceed three times the sum of an executive's base salary plus
target annual cash incentive award, without seeking shareholder approval.
Couche-Tard CFO resigns; company to buy 18 stores in Texas
Mt. Juliet, TN police hold active-shooter exercise at Providence Marketplace
What it's like to use a new U.S. chip card overseas
Apple extends stock grants to all employees
Five Loss Prevention
Foundation Scholarships Awarded at ISCPO 2nd Annual Conference
Matthews, NC (Oct. 14th, 2015) -
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) awarded several course
scholarships and memberships to members of the International Supply
Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) at their recent annual
The two-day conference which was held at the Fossil Headquarters in
Richardson Texas focused on "Securing Your Global Supply Chain" and
hosted 125 attendees and 12 vendors' exhibits. Topics addressed
related to supply chain security, industry theft trends and
The event culminated with the keynote speaker for the 2015
conference, Mark Stinde, Vice President of Asset Protection at
7-Eleven, Inc. and an LPF board of director.
The scholarship award winners are as follows:
|● LPC Course: Mike Campbell -
Se-Kure Controls (Campbell donated his LPC
scholarship to someone else, and received an LPF
membership for his act of good stewardship)
|● LPC Supply Chain Course -
Damacio Rodriguez - Amerisource Bergen
|● LPC Supply Chain Course - Scott
Sullivan - TJX Companies, Inc.
|● LPF Annual Membership - Gary
Hutchinson - Gap Inc.
|● LPF Annual Membership - Shaun
Lyons - TJX Companies, Inc.
"The global supply chain is such an important part
of the success of every business and it is our pleasure to support
the efforts of ISCPO. ISCPO continues to provide superior
educational content and we are pleased to be able to support their
efforts", said Gene Smith, LPC, president of LPF.
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Computer attack insurance rates rise after high-profile breaches
Hacks of Sony, Target, Home Depot and major health insurers have made it more
expensive to cope with data theft, Reuters reports. A torrent of cyberattacks on
US companies over the past two years has led cyber insurers to boost premiums
for high-risk companies and in some cases limit damage cover to a maximum of
$100 million. The limits make it hard for companies to operate in the modern
networked era and could mean higher costs they'll have to pass along to
Hacks are expensive. Companies must pay for forensic investigations, credit
monitoring, legal fees and settlements. Rising cyber insurance premiums and
limited damage coverage effectively mean that companies could be liable to pay
more if they're hit by a cyberattack. Companies without full insurance could
easily end up paying hundreds of millions out of pocket. The 2013 attack on
US retailer Target cost the company $264 million. Target expects to only recoup
around $90 million of that from insurance payouts, Reuters said. A similar
attack on Home Depot forced the US home improvement chain to shell out $234
million in expenses, but insurance will only cover about $100 million,
Safe Harbour data-sharing suspension to prompt shift in fraud prevention
The decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 6th October to suspend
the 'safe harbour' transatlantic data-sharing deal could have huge ramifications
for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic when it comes to data privacy in
fraud prevention. The agreement, which allowed the transfer of personal data of
European citizens to organizations in the US, had been active since 2000. It has
now been judged invalid because it does not enable data protection watchdogs in
Europe to intervene on the behalf of citizens who complain that their privacy
has been infringed. The ECJ ruling is not expected to be a barrier for
businesses, although it will cause friction and take time for US companies to
adapt. However, the ruling also has significant ramifications for businesses in
Europe's strongest economies, including the UK and France, as many
organizations rely heavily on exchanging data with the United States as part of
their fraud prevention practices. The ruling could even affect European
businesses that use software supported in the US, as any transfer of private
personal data could easily be made almost without thinking.
Whole Foods to Build New ERP System for
'Single View' of Product Data
Whole Foods Market Inc. will partner with enterprise software firm Infor Inc. to
create a new retail management system, part of a broader effort by the grocery
chain to centralize disparate IT systems, get a better view of its supply chain
and improve its data analytics capabilities. The company currently has 12
separate instances of a home-grown ERP system running across 431 stores, a
byproduct of early growth through acquisitions and a focus on regional markets.
That fragmented approach has left product data such as quality standards and
nutrition sitting on different systems that are not interconnected, CIO Jason
Buechel said. If integration goes according to plan, a new platform would give
Whole Foods a "single view" of all its product data for the first time. A more
centralized data infrastructure, paired with better analytics, could help Whole
Foods manage inventory and predict demand more accurately, ultimately affecting
how the company allocates space in its stores.
Starbucks rolling out video screens to 2,400 drive-thru's across the U.S.
The Big Asset Most Companies Ignore: Customer Data
Bob Ryan Joins Protection 1's Leadership Team as New Senior Vice President
Commercial & Residential Field Sales
Former ASG Chief Marketing Officer Brings a Wealth of Sales and Sales Leadership
Experience to Protection 1
Chicago, IL - October 12, 2015 - Protection 1, the premier full-service
business and home security company in the U.S., today announced that it has
named Bob Ryan to the position of Senior Vice President, Field Sales. Ryan will
have responsibility for both the residential and commercial field sales teams
and will report directly to Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jamie Haenggi.
"With our emphasis on field sales growth and, in particular our commercial sales
teams, Bob will bring a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and emphasis for sales.
He has a great deal of passion for performance and a drive to win," commented Haenggi.
"Together, we will be focused on developing our teams, hiring additional talent
to the Protection 1 roster and ensuring our product and service strategies
aligns with the needs of our customers."
Ryan began his career in 1989 as a small business sales representative in
Chicago and held positions of increasing responsibility as his career progressed
including commercial sales representative, national accounts manager, director
of Commercial Marketing, director of National Accounts and most recently, he
served as ASG's chief marketing officer with responsibility for ASG's sales and
With over 26 years in the industry, Ryan brings a wealth of sales and sales
leadership experience. Over his tenure at ASG, he grew the sales team from 30 to
over 300 in 2015 while delivering 144 consecutive months of organic sales
growth. Ryan also brings a passion to the video segment and its recurring
revenue model, helping ASG attain the ESX Maximum Impact Award for Best Security
as a Service in 2013 as well as a three-time winner of Axis Communication's
Video Hosting Partner of the Year from 2011 through 2014.
"Being part of the leadership team that will integrate the ASG and Protection 1
field sales teams into one world-class organization and being given the
opportunity to work with the top leaders in the industry is an honor," commented
Ryan. "I am very fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented team members who
are dedicated to putting the customer first and to delivering the outstanding
customer service that has marked the success of both companies over the years. A
great future lies ahead!"
Protection 1 prides itself on its reputation of excellence in the marketplace
and we will continue to grow that brand through increasing our market share by
our talented and robust sales force.
About Protection 1
Protection 1, the premier full-service business and home security company in the
U.S., provides installation, maintenance, and monitoring of single-family home
security systems, business security systems and multi-family security systems.
Protection 1 serves over 2 million customers and employs over 4,000 people in
more than 90 office locations and five UL Certified monitoring centers across
the country. The company has a 97.3% customer satisfaction rating and an A+
Better Business Bureau rating.
Protection 1 also offers network management services through its Network
Operations Center and is the only company in the security industry to hold Cisco
Cloud and Managed Services Express Partner Certification.
The company has been recognized by leading industry publications and agencies
for its commitment to its customers, the industry and the communities it serves.
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for New LP Executives
An Overview on CAPEX
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In Part 9 of the Roadmap for New LP Executives, we discussed
general budgeting, and went into some detail about the expense side of the house
(operational expenditure, or OPEX) - labor and travel. This week, we'll go into
detail about capital expenditure (CAPEX). One of the first conversations that
you should have with your Finance team is to learn what the threshold is for
CAPEX spend within the company. I've worked at some companies where the
threshold is $1k+ and other companies where the threshold is $3k+. This is
important to know, as you'll need to be savvy about CAPEX spend vs. OPEX spend.
As a general rule, there's usually more scrutiny and sensitivity around expense
purchases vs. CAPEX purchases. As you may know, CAPEX spend is typically for a
fixed asset that has a useful life (i.e. a DVR/NVR that has a useful life of 5-7
When you're building your department's annual budget, there are a few things to
think about when mapping out your capital spend: What new LP/physical security
equipment will you be purchasing for the company? Who handles capital purchases
for newly-built locations? (Usually the Construction dept., but you should
confirm this.) What existing equipment may have to be replaced next year due to
age and wear-and-tear? These are a few of the big questions that need to be
thought out and discussed, in order to set you up for budgetary success!
We briefly touched on bulk purchases in a previous article, but I wanted to
highlight a few of the benefits of negotiating a bulk, CAPEX purchase. Hopefully
your company is open to sensible bulk purchases:
● More aggressive pricing when you buy in bulk (think bulk, warehouse store vs.
● Less administrative work related to obtaining vendor bids, POs, approvals,
shipping costs, etc.
● Quicker turnaround for replenishment of new product
● Consistent product type purchased
Those are a few of the selling points for a bulk purchase that should help guide
your conversation with Sr. Leadership, as to why you'd like to go this route.
Keep in mind that when you're buying expensive, electronic items with software
and warranties (DVRs/NVRs), you should have detailed conversations with your
provider about when the warranty time starts. If the product's warranty starts
as soon as you take control of the product, you may not want to purchase 3
years' worth of NVRs. The warranty will have expired before you deploy the
product to your locations! Talk to your provider/vendor about options that will
help you - possibly extending the warranty period; phasing the shipment dates,
so you don't take control of all of the product at one time - find the sweet
spot as to where you will benefit from the bulk purchase, but you won't be
sitting on years' worth of inventory. Always remember that your vendors should
happily provide you with tiered pricing options that will help you make the
smartest decision for your company!
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State of the Industry
& NRF Protect 2015 Update
Bob Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention, National Retail Federation, and Joe
LaRocca, VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners, sit down with
LPNN to discuss the state of the LP industry. From data breaches to increased
ORC activity, the e-commerce impact on stores, mobile payments, store closings
and protests all around the country, technology is completely transforming the
LP industry as we know it. Bob and Joe tell us where loss prevention is headed
and how an LP executive can position him or herself for success. Bob also
provides a preview of the exciting things to come at this year's re-branded
NRF Protect 2015 conference in June.
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The Truth About False Positives' 3X Factor
Online consumers - particularly those purchasing digital goods - expect
immediate gratification in their purchases. The often high risk of online
purchases has put merchants in something of a pickle as they attempt to balance
their antifraud measures with meeting the needs of legitimate customers, many of
whom will abandon the merchant for good if they're met with a false-positive
Surprisingly, two-thirds of repeat eCommerce or mCommerce customers are lost
to false-positive declines, versus 54 percent lost to card fraud. As
card-not-present (CNP) transactions tend to make merchants jumpy regarding
liability, the unintended consequences of that is alienating more good customers
than they lose to straight-up card fraud.
In total, an estimated 127 million legitimate transactions are denied each
year because of a false suspicion of fraud. The rate of false-positive declines
is more than three times that of existing-card fraud. In 2014, 4.42 percent
of customers were affected by existing-card fraud, representing a loss of $9
Today, the bulk (57 percent) of false positives occur at physical stores,
followed by digital channels: eCommerce, which represents 31 percent of all
false-positive declines, and mobile, which represents 5 percent, or $1.69
Report: Internet Fuels Rapid Expansion Of Counterfeit Goods
A newly released report argues that online commerce is fueling a "global
pandemic" of counterfeiting. The analysis by NetNames, a London-based
corporate Internet firm, said that counterfeiting expands by 15 percent each
year and now costs more than $1.8 trillion annually - more than 2 percent of
total global economic output. The study blamed an increasingly fragmented
online landscape for the proliferation of counterfeits, including rogue
websites, online auctions and digital piracy. The Internet also exposes
companies to other forms of online fraud such as phishing, cybersquatting and
traffic diversion. The report said that the sale of counterfeit goods online
increased 15.6 percent in 2014, and found that most of those purchases
happened unwittingly. For every person that intentionally purchased a
counterfeit item, the study said, 28 customers did so unknowingly.
Mobile App Drives Dominos Sales - 35% annual increase
Alibaba to open offices in Europe as U.S. expansion continues
Wal-Mart will spend nearly $2 billion in web
improvements over two years
Ikea projects online sales will grow fivefold in a
Antonio, TX: SAPD links pair of thieves to $100k theft ring; Colette Smith,
Derek Schrimpsher charged with engaging in organized crime
San Antonio police and Bexar County deputies knew a gang of thieves had been
making the rounds at big box stores. They didn't know the suspect responsible
for organizing the crimes would make their job easier. "We actually discovered
that a list had been generated by the fence and the thieves would actually go
out to certain retail stores and location and try to get the property that was
on that list," said SAPD Sgt. Val Garica. he list was found in a notebook that
police said was kept by the "fence," which is a person who sells the stolen
property. It included the names of two people arrested Wednesday: Colette Smith,
55, and Derek Schrimpsher, 25. Police said electronics -- including a security
system, speakers, headphones and other gadgets -- were stolen, as were dozens of
gift cards. "We seized approximately $5,000 worth of property, approximately
$50,000 in cash and an undetermined amount in gift cards, we're thinking maybe
another $50-$60,000 (in value)," said Garcia.
Newport News, VA: Man pleads guilty to laundering money from jewelry heists; $5M
in 6 states
A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty in Newport News federal court Wednesday to
charges related to laundering the proceeds of a sophisticated jewelry theft
ring, officials said. Slavik Hayimov, aka Steve Hayimov, of Queens, New York,
admitted to conspiring with a Richmond-based jewelry theft ring. The theft ring
ultimately stole more than $5 million in jewelry from victims in Virginia and at
least six other states. The thieves regularly watched jewelry stores and
identified vulnerable people who they followed home or to hotels. In most cases,
several men suddenly appeared when the victims approached or entered their
vehicles. The robbers would then punch out car windows and threaten the victims
at knife-point before stealing the merchandise. The robbers then traveled to New
York and sold the merchandise to Hayimov, court documents state. Knowing the
merchandise was stolen, Hayimov paid far less than fair market value for the
jewelry. He paid in cash and by making anonymous bank deposits to conceal the
theft crew steals $50,000 in jewelry from upscale consignment shop
Lake Oswego police are asking for the public's help in solving a slickly
choreographed theft at an upscale consignment shop Sunday that netted more than
$50,000 in jewelry. No one was hurt in the incident. "It appears that this theft
was committed by a professional crew of suspects that have likely committed
similar thefts in other areas," said Sgt. Tom Hamann, Lake Oswego Police
Department spokesman. Hamann said two women and a man entered the New to You &
Simply Posh store before 3 p.m. While store clerks were occupied, one of the
first three "customers" signaled the man who came in alone later. That man then
used a tool to lift the glass top of a display case, took 40 pieces of jewelry
and put them in a bag before leaving the store.
TX: Police break up suspected retail theft ring targeting area malls
A sharp-eyed patrol officer helped authorities break up what they described as a
large retail theft ring that traveled across the U.S. targeting merchants and
stealing large amounts of property. Alerted by bulletins about a group of people
stealing from area malls, patrol officer Ryan Tooker spotted one of the suspects
last week at North East Mall. Tooker told mall security officers, who watched
the suspect and later got vehicle information. After the vehicle left the mall
parking lot, 1100 Melbourne Road, patrol officers stopped it on a traffic
violation and found stolen merchandise from the mall. Arrested at the scene were
Maria Alvarez, 30; Luis Perera, 21; Osmany Martinez, 26; and Antony Ferreyra,
29, all of Florida. The four are expected to be charged with organized retail
theft of $2,500 to $30,000, police said Wednesday. Police recovered $4,489.19 in
merchandise from the vehicle. The items were returned to Hollister Co. and
Portland, OR: Boosters, Fences: Inside organized retail theft; Police & crime
Industrywide, retailers big and small are facing staggering losses because of
organized retail crime. In the Pacific Northwest, private retailers and police
have formed an organization called the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance
(NWORCA). The group will cross competitive boundaries and will share information
and intelligence on suspected criminals and criminal activity, according to Fred
Meyer spokesperson Melinda Merrill.
Wayne, IN: 2 charged in stealing, selling household items from Meijers
Vacuum cleaners and air conditioners, sump pumps and chain saws were some of the
items two people are charged with taking from three Allen County Meijer
locations between January and July. Jonathan Norris Lane, 36, and Rosealyn Marie
Reeves, 36, both of Fort Wayne, are accused of swiping household appliances and
home and garden equipment and selling them for profit. Both have been charged
with racketeering and corrupt business influence in Allen County Superior Court.
A Meijer Inc. loss-prevention officer identified the pair on in-store cameras
that showed them leaving with unpaid merchandise. The jig was up when a purchase
ticket at Lev's Pawn Shop No.12 matched the serial number on a vacuum, which was
sold from the shop for $125 on June 15. The vacuum had been stolen from the
Maysville Road Meijer, the court report stated. The transaction identified Lane
and Reeves through Indiana ID cards as the sellers. The two have an extensive
sales history with Lev's since 2012, discovered through LeadsOnline, including
the vacuum and a window air conditioner this year. Meijer indicated that Lane
and Reeves were the main suspects in the disappearance of 36 Bissell vacuum
cleaners, six Dyson vacuum cleaners, five air conditioners, five sump pumps,
four chain saws, two weed trimmers, three Hoover vacuum cleaners and a 45-pint
Christi, TX: Four women are arrested after they tried the "five-finger discount"
with over two-thousand dollars of stuff from a local department store
Police were called to the JC Penney store at La Palmera Mall Tuesday night after
employees of the store saw four women go through the store, then split into two
teams, each one putting items into their purses and try to walk out with paying.
Loss prevention officers were able to stop them and police arrested 22-year-old
Guadalupe Nino, 21-year-old Jessica Elizondo, 19-year-old Stephanie Lopez-Garza
and 23-year-old Lyanne Bazan. All four are now charged with theft.
Warwick, RI: WPD Seeks Serial CVS Shoplifter
Warwick Police are seeking the public's help identifying a woman involved in
several shoplifting thefts from the CVS on Warwick Avenue, most recently in
September. On Thursday, Sept. 3, at about 8:30 p.m., the woman entered CVS with
two large purses and selected several beauty products (soap, body wash, and
lotion), concealing them in the purses. On Friday, Sept. 4 at about 5:25 a.m.,
the woman returned to the store, stealing the same sorts of products in the same
manner, according to police.
CN: Another brazen theft at the Drone store -
same store for the 4th time
For the fourth time in the past few months, thieves have targeted a drone store
in Vancouver, using increasingly devious methods. Overnight, the suspect, or
suspects, broke through the drywall of the vacant business next door to Drones
Plus. They made it directly into the store's back room and stole two drones
worth $4,000 each. Last month, would-be thieves attempted to break in by backing
vehicles into the store, but were unable to create an opening in the doors.
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Co, FL: Walgreens Armed Robbery Suspect killed in police-involved shooting
A man was shot and killed after he tried to rob a Walgreens in southwest
Miami-Dade County at gunpoint early Thursday morning, Miami-Dade police said.
Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said employees called 911 shortly
before 2 a.m. after the masked man entered the store armed with a gun. A manager
told police that the man left in a white four-door car. Police quickly tracked
down the car and attempted to pull over the driver, but he sped away. Police
pursued the car a short distance until it became disabled. At some point, shots
were fired and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear if the
man fired shots at officers, but a handgun was found in his car. No officers
were injured in the shooting.
Columbus, OH: UDF Armed Robbery suspect shot and killed by SWAT officers; same
suspect hit the store for a 3rd day in a row
It happened around 12:15 a.m. at the United Dairy Farmer store. According to
police, SWAT officers approached the store while it was being robbed at gunpoint
by a 25-year-old man. The man held an employee at gunpoint and demanded cash,
police said. As he left the store, the man was warned several times to drop his
weapon, investigators said. Police say one of the officers then fired multiple
shots, striking the suspect. The man was taken to Grant Medical Center where he
was pronounced dead. Police say this was the third time in three days that the
same store was robbed by the same suspect. SWAT officers were positioned outside
the store Thursday morning before the robbery, anticipating a third attempt.
TN: Police are seeking to identify two female suspects in Kohl's shoplifting and
On October 6, 2015 at approximately 2:00 PM, two female suspects shoplifted a
felonious amount of merchandise from Kohl's in the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping
Complex. The women concealed the merchandise (assorted clothing and makeup
items) in their purses and exited the store. When a loss prevention officer
attempted to detain them at their vehicle, one of the women slammed his hand in
the driver's side door, while the other woman punched him and clawed at his face
with her fingernails, leaving several scratches and abrasions. The first suspect
then exited the vehicle and kicked the loss prevention officer in the groin. The
suspects fled the scene in their vehicle, which was believed to be a silver
Suzuki sport utility vehicle with a Virginia issued license plate.
Collier Co, FL: Ace Hardware attempted carjacking ends with
suspect killed in an Officer Involved Shooting
A Collier County woman with a history of mental health and substance abuse
issues died Wednesday afternoon following a shooting that involved deputies. The
confrontation between Burg and deputies began at 12:22 p.m., when someone
reported an attempted carjacking at a Sunshine Ace Hardware. Sherri'f spokeman
said the woman made a failed attempt to try to carjack a tractor-trailer and got
into a struggle with the driver. A witness heard at least one shot fired. When
that failed, the woman tried to carjack several other vehicles in the parking
lot, but failed. The suspect ran to an adjacent restaurant parking lot where she
carjacked an elderly couple. Deputies gave chase and the suspect refused to
stop. The suspect smashed into a patrol car, during an exchange of gunfire the
suspect was killed.
Sioux City, IA: Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins says that they arrested
38-year-old Jerod Work, pharmacy shoplifter, recently
The chief says Work was an employee of Lewis Family Drug in Sioux Center. He
says that over the last several months, Work is alleged to have stolen
merchandise, which they believe did not include prescription drugs. Work is also
alleged to have used his key to get into the store after hours and steal
merchandise. Work was arrested and charged with 34 counts of Fifth Degree Theft
and eight counts of trespassing.
MA: ATM 'skimmer' admits ripping off $121,000 from TD Bank customers in 5
Springfield's U.S. District Court recently saw its first guilty plea from a
skimmer from Washington state who admitted he and his yet unnamed co-defendants
stole more than $121,000 from dozens of TD Bank customers in Chicopee, Ludlow,
Springfield, Agawam and East Longmeadow during August and September of last
year. This, according to the charging documents in the case, Aaron Benjamin
James Dario, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated
identity theft on Friday, about one year after his arrest in East Longmeadow.
Millburn, NJ: Police arrest man for passing counterfeit bills at
Apple store in the Short Hills Mall
On October 6, Millburn Police Officer Zonn responded to the Apple store at The
Mall at Short Hills on a report of forgery. Apple personnel report an
individual, later determined to be Anthony Pabon age 25 out of the Bronx, passed
counterfeit one hundred dollar bills for merchandise valued at $1259.91. Mr.
Pabon fled the store and was stopped by Sgt Delrusso after a foot pursuit.
Cargo Theft: GPS jammers recovered from cargo thieves, says FreightWatch; Supply
chain security firm noted law enforcement has recovered four such devices in
last 14 months
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) recently recovered GPS jamming
technology after executing a search warrant in relation to a suspected cargo
theft - the fourth such jamming device confiscated in the past 14 months in the
southeastern U.S., noted supply chain security company FreightWatch
International (FWI). The firm added that a well-known group of Cuban cargo
thieves operating along the eastern seaboard are using GPS jammers to derail
tracking and tracing efforts of their heists.
Cargo Theft: A recent legal dispute over stolen Almonds points to the Food
Industry's problem with Cargo Theft, which often occurs due to lax security,
Earlier this year, Oregon-based snack manufacturer Bridgetown Natural Foods
didn't receive a shipment of almonds worth nearly $184,000. However, the
42,000-pound shipment was picked up as scheduled on April 13 from SunnyGem LLC,
an almond supplier in Wasco, Calif. As it later turned out, the almonds were
presumed stolen and police had no luck tracking down the truck. Bridgetown
Natural Foods has now filed a lawsuit against SunnyGem and a freight management
company, Left Coast Logistics, seeking a declaration that it owes nothing for
the shipment. Experts say this almond heist is an example of "fictitious
pickup," one of several types of cargo theft that threatens the food industry.
Data about the impact of cargo theft is imprecise, but the Federal Bureau of
Investigation has pegged the economic losses at roughly $30 billion a year.
Russia: Police kill Bear; Russian Mall Shooting upsets Animal Rights Groups
A Wild Bear's Russian mall shopping spree was caught on video by security
cameras and local media. In the end, police in the Russian city of Khabarovsk
claim they had to shoot the brown bear dead in order to prevent a potential bear
attack, but animal rights groups claim the law enforcement officers should have
figured out a way to subdue the animal. In response, the Investigative
Committee, Russia's main state investigative agency, is launching a probe into
the actions by the police officers. Khabarovsk police are defending their
actions by claiming they were trying to prevent a "shopping maul." The wild
brown bear was first spotted near a local sporting arena, but by time police
officers arrived to stop the bear, Russian mall shoppers were already fleeing in
Israel: Man stabbed at IKEA, 3 killed in Jerusalem
as month-long violence escalates
UK: 'Snake' burglar tunnels through O2 shop to
steal $6,200 of mobile phones
UK: Robbers stole $57,000 worth of watches in 60 seconds
CVS - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery/ 4 Arrested
CVS - Tavernier, FL - Burglary
Dollar General - Augusta, GA - Armed Robbery
First State Market - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
HG Hill - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Marathon - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
On The Go - North Ridgeville, OH - Armed Robbery
Phillip 66 - Lancaster Co, SC - Armed Robbery
Safeway - Olympia, WA - Customer Assaulted
Speedway - Cumberland, IN - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Plus - Durham, NC - Armed Robbery
UDF - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery/ Hostage/ Police Shooting
Walgreens - Hastings, MI - Robbery
7-Eleven - Livonia, MI - Robbery
7-Eleven - Pinellas Park, FL - Armed Robbery
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