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T-Mobile Southwest Loss Prevention Team

"People, Property, Profitability"

From left to right: Jacqlyn Silva, RLPM - Inland California; Omar Angulo, RLPM - Los Angeles; Art Heredia, Sr. Manager, Loss Prevention - Southwest Region; David Jackson, RLPM - Sun West; Daniel Schneider, RLPM - Arizona; Betty Chacon, RLPM - Southern California


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"Security's Best" Awards at ASIS Accolades 2017
Axis Showcases Network Radar Detector

Axis introduces its new AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector. Radar technology is used for accurate and reliable area detection of moving objects in different light and weather conditions. The technology is a nice complement to Axis cameras with video motion detection, like PTZ cameras, and is designed to integrate with Axis video management systems (VMS). Additionally, the AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector was named a recipient of the Security's Best Award at this morning's ASIS Accolades 2017 award ceremony.

Vandal-proof and suitable for outdoor use, AXIS D2050-VE can deliver real-time information about the position, speed, angle, and size of a moving object.

Axis' network radar detector can be used as a standalone product or as part of a surveillance system. Given its open interface, it is compatible with Axis cameras and can be easily integrated with video management systems from the hundreds of partners in the Axis Developer Partner (ADP) program or Axis Camera Station for straightforward management and maintenance. security.world


LPRC and University of Florida Distance Learning Announce New Partnership  Offering Three-Part Course in LP Theory, Practice, and Analysis
The Loss Prevention Research Council is excited to announce a new partnership with University of Florida Distance Learning! LPRC Director Dr. Read Hayes will be teaching a three part course in loss prevention theory, practice, and analysis, culminating in a Loss Prevention Certificate. Discounts for group enrollment! This is a great tool for professional development and to improve your team's LP/AP skills. Follow the link or contact stuart@lpresearch.org for details!


The transformation of the NRF - and how Matthew Shay envisions its future
If you ask some, there's never been a worse time to be in the business - retailers are filing for bankruptcy left and right, shuttering stores and competing in a fierce price war with industry giants like Amazon and Walmart. Some have even gone so far as to label these apocalyptic times.

But if you ask Matthew Shay, who has been the CEO of the National Retail Federation for the last seven years, he'll tell you there's never been a more exciting time for merchants to drive innovation and experience.

"What's different about today is that the pace of change has accelerated so dramatically, and it's all very transparent," he told Retail Dive in an interview. "It's all happening right before our eyes."

For Shay, it's not about winners and losers, it's about transformation, and his association is in the midst of one as well. The NRF, an organization that dates back to the early 1900s, has evolved dramatically through the ups and downs of the industry. Over the years, it has navigated successful and failed mergers, championed major legislative wins on Capitol Hill, developed one of the biggest industry tech trade shows and built up a membership base of over 18,000 retailers, both small and large. retaildive.com

$15B Worth of Natural Disasters in US Have Occurred Through September
There were 12 billion dollar weather disasters that have occurred during the first half of 2017, and hurricane season brought three storms that resulted in massive damage, including Harvey, Irma and Maria. While the official damage costs are not available yet, they are expected to be billion-dollar weather disasters, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). securitymagazine.com

Irma was the Virgin Islands 911
Puerto Rico's Shoot to Kill Rule For Looters

OK. Hurricane Irma had moral dimensions. And of all the evils of Hurricane Irma, Jack the Looter was the most malevolent.

The greatest evil of Hurricane Irma was the fact that men and women, Virgin Islanders, belongers, residents, and aliens, went out of their way, to inflict further damage on their suffering neighbours.

The damage hurricane Irma inflicted was made worse by these 'anarchists.' Puerto Rico also became a looters paradise after horrific weather in September. But in many areas of Puerto Rico, there is a shoot to kill rule when looting takes place. Looters and potential looters understand the implications of looting in Puerto Rico.

Many of these looters were easily recognizable in the 'illegal melee.' It is alleged that some of these thieves were bold enough to make light of their criminal behaviour. They looted openly. And when questioned by law abiding residents, they stated that their crimes were acceptable in the circumstances.

There is an acceptance of crime in the Virgin Islands that is defeatist and alarming. This is a sub culture of criminal behaviour that will eventually destroy the Virgin Islands socially. It will also negatively impact the Virgin Islands community down the road if not curtailed.

The looter, plunderer, and pillager, undermine investor, business, and consumer confidence, and this further damages a 'traumatized economy'. Today, there are shortages in stores as a result of this looting. bvinews.com

British Virgin Islands Struggling With Crime After Irma
UK Sends Eight More Officers to Help With Looting

Eight officers from Gwent Police have flown to the hurricane-hit Caribbean to help local police tackle looting. The Welsh officers - six men and two women - will work with police in the British Virgin Islands who are struggling to deal with crime in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The team, made up of seven PCs and a sergeant, will join officers from 12 other UK police forces who are providing support to local officers. bbc.com

Advanced Auto Parts Ramping Up Safety
Posts Two Director of Safety Jobs - North & South

The Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety deploys the Health, and Safety programs within Advance Auto Parts through ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, standards, codes, and Company policies and driving Continuous Improvement in Safety and Claim KPI's within a specific region. The Director of Safety also supports and leads certain enterprise wide goals and initiatives. The Director of Safety will work closely with other Safety Directors, asset protection managers, and field management, as well as all other functional groups as necessary to ensure the enterprise wide Safety goals are met. This position supports the South region. Responsibility includes approximately 3000 stores stated for both positions.

Supports Vice President Risk & Safety with leadership on setting priorities and goals consistent with the corporate priorities and goals.

The location can be in Raleigh, NC or any major city in the North Region or South Region. advanceautoparts.jobs

Drones Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Active Shooters
Drone technology is not a new tool for law enforcement, but its use in certain situations continues to evolve.

On Wednesday officers in North Texas for the first Texas Intelligence, Cyber, & Counterterrorism Conference got a first-hand look at how drones can assist officers responding to an active shooter situation. Inside the Midlothian Conference Center officers pursued a mock suspect down a long hallway. The corridor offers a litany of blind corners and hiding spots. That is difficult terrain for officers to navigate quickly and safely, but not an unmanned drone.

Baker flew the drone during the drill. It hovered just a few feet in front of the SWAT officers before zipping down the corridor. The 4K camera attached to it provides real-time intelligence to officers.

"We may not even have to get the officers in the building. The drone can go through, scout the building prior to officers going in," Baker said. "Everything in my job is about saving lives, and this has just extremely enhanced my ability to do that. We went from a list of three or four different things we thought we would use them for, and now we have a several-page list of what we have used them on."

Editor's Note: Evolving corporate office security and warehouse security functions. nbcdfw.com

"Operation Greased Runway"
JFK and LGA Airport Food Retailers to Pay $13M
"Extensive Scheme" Avoiding NY Taxes

The deal is the first reached as part of Schneiderman's ongoing Operation Greased Runway investigation into contracting practices at JFK. The companies and individuals that will pay the $13 million civil settlement are connected to Express Hospitality Group. One company under the EHG umbrella, Yankee Clipper Food Services I Corp., has also pled guilty to numerous felony criminal charges related to the scheme as well.

Yankee Clipper Food Services I Inc., which run multiple Panini Express stores, two bars and a mobile hot dog stand at JFK; R&G Food Services Inc., which runs the employee cafeteria at JFK's Terminal Five; A&R Food Services Inc., which operates employee cafeterias at JFK's Terminal One and the American Airlines cafeteria and catering and vending machine business at LaGuardia Airport.

New York will get $10.1 million of the $13 million payout, while the unnamed whistleblower will receive $2.9 millionlaw360.com

Officer Who Aided 'The Codfather' Gets 1-Year Prison Term
A Boston federal judge on Thursday handed a one-year prison sentence to a former sheriff's deputy convicted of smuggling money through airport security for disgraced fishing titan "The Codfather," and then lectured him for having known better than to commit the crime.

A jury convicted Freitas in July of structuring and bulk cash smuggling. Federal agents claimed the Taunton, Massachusetts, resident worked with Carlos Rafael, who earlier this year admitted to an multi-million dollar extensive scheme to falsify fish records, evade taxes and fishing quotas and smuggle the profits to Portugal. Selling millions of dollars of illegally caught and fraudulently labeled fish to retailers and restaurants throughout New England and New York. In New York on distributor paid him in bags of cash. law360.com

Walmart Nearing Deal to Buy Lord & Taylor
Establishing Walmart.com as an Online Mall

The discount giant is nearing a deal with Lord & Taylor that would give the department store dedicated space on Walmart's website. Besides encouraging other brands to follow suit and also come aboard, this move could also be a stepping stone for the discounter to establish Walmart.com as an online mall, according to Fortune.

The strategy rivals similar operations run by Amazon and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which both offer dedicated space to brands on their websites. Such arrangements allow companies to increase traffic to their e-commerce platforms and let retailers boost their online assortment, according to Reuters. chainstoreage.com

Retail market in NYC may never recover, experts say
New strategies such as pop-up shops and experiential stores may not be enough to bring the city's lagging retail market back to its 2015 peak, an expert said Wednesday at a panel discussion hosted by the Real Estate Board of New York. crainsnewyork.com

One-fifth of Americans Report a Workplace That is Hostile or Threatening
A study by Rand Corporation has found that one in five workers say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying.

Workers who have to face customers endure a disproportionate share of abuse. Younger and prime-aged women are the workers most likely to experience unwanted sexual attention, while younger men are more likely to experience verbal abuse.
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How to Respond to Employees Who Want to Bring Guns to Work
In the wake of recent mass shootings in workplaces and at entertainment venues-like the tragic events in Las Vegas-employees may want to bring guns to work to protect themselves and their customers.

So what can employers do if they don't want armed employees in the workplace? Employment attorneys told SHRM Online that it is essential to listen to employee concerns and communicate the company's safety policies. "Employers can certainly express empathy with these concerns but can also communicate that they believe ready access to guns can pose additional safety risks," Dawson said.

Though employers can ban guns in the workplace, they need to be aware of state laws that give employees the right to store a firearm in a locked personal vehicle in the company's parking lot. About half of U.S. states have such laws. The statutory details vary significantly from state to state, but they generally require the firearm to be:

● Lawfully possessed by the employee.

● Concealed from view.

● Locked in a personal vehicle (e.g., in the trunk or glovebox of an employee's car).

Many state statutes require employers to allow employees to store firearms only in their own personal vehicles-but employers don't have to allow workers to store weapons in company-owned vehicles. In those states, employers should consider whether to have a policy prohibiting weapons in company vehicles, Burford said.

"Additionally, if employers are considering restricting weapons onsite, they should consult local and state law before doing so, because many jurisdictions require specific signage before prohibiting weapons," she added. shrm.org

California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary
A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation's most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants' previous salaries and benefits.

The salary privacy bill, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week, applies to both men and women. But it is mainly aimed at countering discrimination which can follow women from job to job.

The strategy is gaining strength across the country. California is the fourth state - after Massachusetts, Oregon and Delaware - to stop employers from asking the questions.

Likewise, cities such as San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have passed ordinances forbidding past compensation inquiries. ocregister.com


NextGen Motorsports and March Networks Partner at October 21 NASCAR Xfinity Race to Support Hurricane, Earthquake Victims
KANSAS CITY, KS; OTTAWA, ON - In response to the devastation that has occurred in the United States, Mexico and many of the Caribbean islands following recent natural disasters, NextGen Motorsports, a NASCAR series team, and March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, are joining forces to help support relief efforts.

March Networks is sponsoring NextGen Motorsports and driver Josh Berry, who will drive the Xfinity NextGen #55 in the NASCAR Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21 in Kansas City. One hundred percent of donations raised around the event at www.donations4disasters.com, will be provided via the Celia Cruz Foundation to established charities working on the ground to help families recover and rebuild following hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the devastating earthquake that hit Mexico September 19. marchnetworks.com

In Case You Missed It - Q3 Retail Violent Death Report

10 Biggest U.S. Layoffs in 2017

Target increases store remodels to 1,000 units

Sears takes another $40M from CEO's hedge fund

Romano's Macaroni Grill Files Chapter 11 - Closing 37 of its 93 restaurants

 

An Event You Can't Afford to Miss!

Northeast Regional LP Conference & Exhibition
November 2 - Monroe Township, NJ

Presented by New Jersey Food Council &
New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), in partnership with the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, hosts the 2017 Loss Prevention Conference and Expo at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township on Thursday, November 2 at 8 a.m. The event tackles all aspects of loss prevention, ensuring security professionals have all the latest information to preserve and protect company resources.

This year's presentations and roundtable discussions cover a variety of topics including Private Sector Partnerships, Facial Recognition Software and other Emerging Technologies, Forensic Interviewing Techniques, and Ecommerce Fraud.

Also, Steve Hoptay, Vice President of Loss Prevention at Wakefern Food Corp., will accept the "Loss Prevention Professional Award." In addition, the "Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award" will be given to Franklin police Capt. Gregory Borlan, State Police Sgt. Jamie Champ, and Gloucester Police Detective Anthony Massi.

Members can register for $175; non-members for $200, at njfoodcouncil.com

View the conference flyer, registration form here

For information on presentations, sponsorship options, or to register online, click here


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Leaked: Facebook security boss says its corporate network is run "like a college campus"
The source of the recording said Facebook's senior management and executives were apathetic to matters of cybersecurity. Alex Stamos said he used one of the remarks "as a figure of speech."

Facebook's security chief has told employees that the social media giant needs to improve its internal security practices to be more akin to a defense contractor, according to a leaked recording obtained by ZDNet.

Alex Stamos made the comments to employees at a late-July internal meeting where he argued that the company had not done enough to respond to the growing threats that the company faces, citing both technical challenges and cultural issues at the company.

"The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing," he said. "Both technically and from a cultural perspective I don't feel like we have caught up with our responsibility." zdnet.com

IoT Deployment Security Top Concern for Enterprises
A majority of enterprises cite cybersecurity as their main concern with corporate Internet of Things deployments, according to a survey released this week commissioned by BlackBerry.

In the survey, which queried 200 IT decision makers, 63% of respondents cited security as their top concern about IoT technologies and processes in the enterprise, yet only 37% of participants said they had a formal digital strategy in place. A full 78% of respondents indicated interest in a solution that would allow them to manage all their endpoints in one place. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) identified hackers and cyberwarfare as a major threat from the IoT. darkreading.com

End of Signature a Good First Step from Mastercard
In response to news that Mastercard will be ending signature verification at the checkout, RILA's Vice President of Government Affairs Austen Jensen issued the following statement.

"Mastercard's decision to end signature verification acknowledges what retailers have long-argued, that signatures are a costly yet feeble means of securing transactions. RILA supports this policy change and encourages other payment networks to follow Mastercard's lead. Going forward, the payment industry needs to focus on finding solutions to the growth of fraud both in stores and online, where current measures are inadequate for protecting consumers and merchants." rila.org

Visa ID Intelligence Moves Payment Security Beyond Passwords to Biometrics
Visa today announced Visa ID Intelligence, a platform that allows issuers, acquirers and merchants to quickly adopt emerging authentication technologies and create more secure and convenient ways for consumers to shop, pay and bank on their connected devices. Available through Visa Developer Platform, Visa ID Intelligence offers a curated selection of leading third-party authentication technologies with simple integration using Visa APIs and SDKs-allowing clients to create, test and adopt new authentication solutions. paymentsjournal.com

UK: Fraud in England and Wales is up again as cyber crime and CC
fraud increase
s

According to the latest crime figures for the year to June from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, there was a 4% increase in fraud offences to over 653,000. This represents the fifth year in a row in which fraud has risen at this level. But separate data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), which attempts to work out how many crimes have occurred in total rather than just those reported to the police, showed a much higher number. The CSEW estimated that around 3.3m fraud offences took place in the year to June, and said that over half (57 %) of these were online. cityam.com


UK: 3.5 million cyber-crimes recorded, true figure could be 20.5 million
Fraud and computer misuse offences accounted for almost half of the 10.8m criminal acts recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in its Crime Survey for England and Wales (CESW), accounting for some 5m crimes. scmagazineuk.com

Nearly every modern, protected WiFi network is vulnerable,
warns U.S. cyber watchdog

A widely used encryption system for wireless networks could give attackers an opening to steal sensitive information such as emails and credit card numbers.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team's announcement comes after a security expert at the University of Leuven in Belgium published findings that showed that a widely used encryption system for wireless networks could give attackers an opening to steal sensitive information such as emails, chat histories and credit card numbers.

The exploit would allow hackers to eavesdrop on Internet traffic between computers and wireless access points. The findings are significant because of the wide range of devices that could be affected. vancouversun.com




 






Change Management

From Jobs to Teams to Realignments & Initiatives

Mike Lamb, VP of AP, Kroger


Originally Published 8-29-17

While managing change has always been a critical function for every executive, in today's retail environment, it has never been more critical. Change is guaranteed, and how you manage it will determine how far you go and how far you get.

Over the last five years, Mike Lamb, Vice President of Asset Protection for Kroger, has successfully navigated and managed the change process at three of the biggest AP positions in the industry. He's done it with skill, finesse, political savvy, and a touch of humility that everyone can learn from. In this LPNN interview, he shares some of his thoughts on managing change.

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Huge Consumer Shift - They Want More Security Online
"Afraid of online fraud, a majority of consumers want tighter security measures"
Biometrics - Voice-Activated Systems - Cryptocurrencies

Specifically, more than half (59%) of Americans think fraud is an unavoidable challenge when it comes to shopping online, according to "Lost in Transaction," a report from Paysafe, a leading global payments provider.

However, they expect their favorite brands to take action. The report contradicts the widely-held belief that consumers value convenience and experience over security when shopping online. Rather, 58% of consumers are willing to accept any security measures needed to eradicate fraud, while nearly three quarters (71%) are open to the introduction of more secure payment processes such as two-factor authentication.

Only 39% of businesses in the United States believe their customers would favor tighter security, and two thirds (67%) think longer verification processes increase their risk of losing customers. Yet, only 12% of American consumers abandon online shopping carts due to payment security taking too long. Instead, hidden transaction fees and delivery charges are driving these abandoned carts, according to 37% of consumers.

Retailers are also constantly trying balancing risk and revenue generation. In fact, 67% of businesses want to increase customer sign-ups and transaction volumes by reducing risk thresholds for ID verification. But 76% also want to produce more effective verification measures to reduce fraudulent transactions, a potential conflict with their revenue ambitions.

These conflicting views exist even though transactional fraud is a top priority in the boardroom, according to three quarters of businesses (73%). In addition, 47% of merchants said that over 5% of their transactions are fraudulent. In this context, eight out of 10 businesses expect to increase spend on fraud in the next 12 to 24 months, typically by at least 11%.

Another way in which businesses intend to tackle fraud is by reducing their dependence on traditional payment methods. 45 percent of American businesses would like to see a decline in payment by credit cards, with debit cards and cheques not far behind.

The desire to phase out traditional payment channels is matched by a corresponding business interest in emerging payment methods. Nearly a third of businesses are likely to introduce voice-activated systems like Alexa within two years, while nearly one in five favor some form of biometric payment and a quarter are looking to introduce cryptocurrencies.

Editor's Note: Will credit cards and debit cards go the way of cash and disappear eventually? At least online. The Equifax impact may be one of the final straws for the consumer. businesswire.com

An Interactive Map: Visualizing eCommerce Fraud
What industries are Riskiest in the US (or Anywhere Else)
Antifraud technology provider Riskified has just published an interactive map of the world that makes it quick and easy to look up several aggregated fraud-related characteristics in countries around the world based on the companies that use the company's services.

While Riskified said it will use the visual representation to look at other characteristics in the weeks and months ahead, the first version of the map details the safest and riskiest verticals for each country along with those that generate the lowest and highest average ticket values.

Geographic data is based on IP address. Hovering over each country will reveal which industry encounters the highest and lowest rates of fraud, as well as the highest and lowest cart values. (Click on picture to view interactive map). riskified.com cardnotpresent.com

Blue Apron cuts 6% of its employees in a restructuring effort

The Limited returns as an online-only brand

XPO Logistics adding 6,000 holiday workers on e-commerce outlook

Paypal Holdings boosted by growth in mobile as it raises full year outlook







Los Angeles Skimming Crew With U-Haul Busted Near New Orleans
"Organized crime snuffed out over $7 Waffle House tab in Pearl River"

Pearl River Police officers responding to an unpaid Waffle House bill have uncovered an interstate criminal organization involved in a sophisticated identity theft scheme. Police said the investigation uncovered several fake identification cards, counterfeit credit cards and credit card skimming devices, as well as a Waffle House receipt for $7.41.

The investigation revealed that a criminal organization was operating out of Los Angeles. Stephens and Brown were recruited and hired by another subject, and had flown into New Orleans from different states. Police said they rented the U-Haul in New Orleans East, where they are alleged to have driven to several area gas stations and installed credit card skimming devices in the gas pumps, stealing credit card account information. They would then upload the stolen information onto counterfeit credit cards to be used or sold by other individuals.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Pearl River Police Department is working with the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Taskforce and other local agencies. fox8live.com

Carrollton PD disrupt $500,000 North Texas theft ring
The Carrollton Police Department said it disrupted a scheme that victimized both consumers and businesses and resulted in the theft of over $500,000. A Dallas man was arrested Oct. 11 in Dallas and is facing charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and credit/debit card abuse for his role in a diesel fuel theft ring the CPD had been investigating since July. Five other suspects are believed to be a part of the ring and have all been issued warrants.

Yoanadi Emiliano Quezada Valdez, 33, and his partners engaged in a scheme across North and East Texas, using internal skimmers to steal credit card information from consumers, mostly at gas pumps. They would then use the stolen information to create fraudulent credit cards, which they used to steal diesel fuel for resale. Officials said the suspects frequently filled high-capacity tanks concealed under the bed cover of pick-up trucks. starlocalmedia.com

Milwaukee Prosecutors: 1 of 2 charged in meat thefts said he "steals to survive because he's unemployed"
Two men have been criminally charged, accused of stealing meat from grocery stores in West Allis on at least three occasions.

They are accused of stealing meat from Save-A-Lot stores in West Allis on October 7th and 9th valued at over $500 each time. The manager reported a group of younger black men had recently taken meat from the store without paying on several occasions.

One suspect told investigators he drove to the Save-A-Lot store on the 9th "to steal steaks so he could trade the stolen steaks for new clothes." He said he "steals to survive because he's unemployed." The group of five in total also hit Aldi stores as well. fox6now.com

Truck smashes store front of Louis Vuitton, $150,000 in merchandise stolen
Thousands of dollars in Louis Vuitton merchandise was reported stolen in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery at Easton Town Center, according to Columbus Police. The robbery occurred around 5:30 a.m. Thursday at the Louis Vuitton store. Police say the thieves drove a rental truck into the front door and then stole around $150,000 in merchandise. By the time the special duty police officer assigned to Easton arrived at the store, the suspects were gone. Cleanup appears to be complete as images from today show no damage to the storefront. 10tv.com

Dublin, GA: Two arrested in Best Buy Cargo stolen at Love's truck stop on I-16
In a joint investigation and overnight stakeout with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Dublin police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the men were taken into custody early Thursday morning. The 2 men were seen taking items bound for Best Buy's distribution center on Ga. 257 and loading them into a truck and U-haul trailer.

Authorities were watching the parking lot of Love's Travel Stop after recent cargo thefts at that truck stop and the Friendly Gus Truck Stop. Officers recovered a large quantity of cellphones, computers and other items. The investigation continues. Additional charges are pending concerning possible weapons and drugs. macon.com

Update: Baltimore, MD: Two ORC suspects admit to role in East Coast ring that hit Victoria's Secret for over $300,000
A Baltimore man and woman admitted this week that they played roles in a multi-county robbery spree of Victoria's Secret stores, including a May robbery at the Berkshire Mall. James E. McCarter Jr. and Twanika D. Greer are the first of five defendants charged in the robbery spree to resolve their Berks cases. The group committed a nearly identical heist at a Lebanon County mall before they hit Berks May 19 where they were eventually caught after a vehicle and foot chase. Police said at the time they believed the group was involved in a lingerie theft ring suspected of stealing more than $300,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret stores along the East Coast. readingeagle.com

Hagerstown, MD: Organized Retail Theft Ring member gets five years in prison
A "professional" shoplifter who tried to make off with more than $2,000 worth of sump pumps and weed killer from a Lowe's Home Improvement store in January was sentenced Thursday to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to felony theft. The sentence was less than the eight years in prison Catherine Gutmann received when she was found guilty in district court in May. She later appealed the conviction to circuit court. Since her original district court conviction, state sentencing guidelines have changed, resulting in a lower sentencing range. Michael told Circuit Judge Dwyer that Gutmann was part of a theft ring of eight to 10 people who would go from one chain store to another, stealing merchandise and then going to another to return the merchandise for refunds. Sometimes, the thieves would return the stolen goods to the same store from which the items were stolen, he said. The ring used money from the steal-and-return con to buy drugs, Michael said. Gutmann, 32, and formerly of Frederick, Md., has a record for shoplifting and theft dating to 2005, Michael said. heraldmailmedia.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Muncie, IN: Fatal shooting of man, 84, at 'Cash Stop' was an accident
Police say the fatal shooting of an 84-year-old man who was alone at a Muncie business with his son was an accident. Muncie police say Venkateswara Roa Karlapudi was visiting his son Wednesday at a payday lending store in the central Indiana city when a gun discharged, killing him. The Indian native was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the gun was recently purchased by Suresh Karlapudi, the victim's son.Police declined to say who was holding the gun when it discharged. wishtv.com



Update: Mobile, AL: C-Store Clerk who shot at fleeing bandit, hits 15 year old female bystander
The bullet fired by the clerk hit a 15-year-old girl who was an innocent bystander. She was treated and released from the hospital. The robbery suspect, 26-year-old Joseph Soutullo, was arrested and charged with robbery first. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says the case will be sent to a grand jury to decide if the store clerk should face any charges. fox10tv.com




Albany, GA: Second suspect charged in Dollar General homicide
Shanorris Taylor,28, has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the Dollar General homicide. Taylor was picked up by the Albany Police Thursday afternoon. He is the second person charged with murder. Cohen Scott Mathews, 22, received the same charges, and was arrested on Wednesday. Javis Walker, 31, died in an attempted armed robbery at the Dollar General on East Oglethorpe last Friday. wfxl.com


New Orleans, LA: Man punched deputy at Walmart days before he killed
an NOPD officer

A man facing a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 13 shooting death of New Orleans Police Officer Marcus McNeil is now accused of punching an Orleans Parish deputy just a few days earlier while allegedly shoplifting from Walmart. Darren Bridges, 30, remained hospitalized Thursday for the treatment of gunshots wounds he received when officers returned fire at him Cindy Place in New Orleans East. Bridges is accused of killing McNeil, 29, during a struggle, police said in his murder warrant. McNeil was fatally shot after trying to shock Bridges with a Taser, the warrant states. nola.com

Warsaw, Poland: Man attacks 8 people with knife at shopping mall in Poland, 1 killed
A man attacked people with a knife Friday at a shopping mall in southeastern Poland, killing one person and sending seven others to the hospital with wounds. 660news.com
 


Kidnappings

Fort Worth, TX: Three Arrested at Home Depot trying to grab $20,000 in Mexican Kidnapping Plot
Three men accused of trying to collect money in a kidnapping and extortion scheme involving a fourth man who claimed ties to a Mexican cartel were arrested last week during a "ransom drop." Cabrera, Anderson and Gonzalez had traveled from McAllen to pick up $100,000 from the victim, a North Richland Hills man who had been receiving threatening calls from a Mexican phone number demanding the money. The caller first called the victim on Sept. 22 and said that the victim's two brothers were being held for ransom.

On Sept. 29, the victim received another call from the same man, who demanded $100,000 "or else they would kidnap [the victim's] brothers again and kill them." The caller told him to drop off the money at the Home Depot. When the victim arrived about 4:30 p.m. Friday, FBI agents were also outside the store, monitoring the drop. star-telegram.com
 


Robberies & Thefts

Davenport, IA: 3 would-be shoplifters found with sawed-off shotgun
Scott County Sheriff's deputies responding to an initial shoplifting call at Walmart in Davenport seized a sawed-off shotgun from the minivan in which the three suspects were fleeing the scene Thursday. The three are each charged with one count of third-degree robbery, one count of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both of the firearms charges leveled against the three are Class D felonies under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. gctimes.com

Midvale, UT: Man robbed at 7-Eleven during seizure calls for kindness for suspect
When Dustin Malone learned that the woman suspected of pickpocketing him during a seizure had turned herself in, he was relieved. While he emphasizes he doesn't excuse the robbery, Malone says he has forgiven the woman responsible and hopes the community will do the same. Malone, who was diagnosed was epilepsy three years ago, had stopped in the 7-Eleven on Oct. 4 when he experienced a seizure. As he was on the floor, surveillance cameras recorded as a woman, believed to be Alexandra Dewsnup, 29, fished the wallet from his pocket. ksl.com


El Paso, TX: Suspect in 7 aggravated robberies of C-Stores arrested

Detroit, MI: Man says he committed 9 armed robberies in to feed his twins; Mohamed Abdi arrested at CVS in St. Clair Shores

Larkspur, CA: Two men arrested in $28,000 Jewelry Store Grab & Run

Allen Park, MI: Mother uses son to shoplift at multiple Target stores for money to pay bills

Zale Jewelers in the Houston Premium Outlet Mall, Cypress, TX, reported a Grab & Run on 10/19, watch valued at $11,400
 


Arrests & Sentencings

Tampa, FL: Family Dollar Armed Robbery suspect pleads Guilty
Karlos Wilson, Jr. today pleaded guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 32 years, up to life, in federal prison. On 1/14/ 2017, Wilson and a co-conspirator committed an armed robbery at a Family Dollar Store in Tampa, stealing approximately $3,300 from the store. On June 3, 2017, Wilson committed another armed robbery at a Family Dollar Store in Hillsborough County. Forensic analysis of DNA from the crime scene led to his arrest. justice.gov
 


Skimming Theft

Huge Miami Based Cuban Skimming Gang of 12 Busted Making $2.5M Weekly
A Miami-based ring of 12 people was indicted Thursday in a massive credit-card skimming scheme that took advantage of more than 2,300 people from Colorado, and at least 8,000 across the country.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office worked with the FBI and U.S. Secret Service offices in Cleveland, Ohio for 16 months on the investigation, which led to the indictment of the 12, most of whom are Cuban nationals based out of Miami, the sheriff's office said.

According to the sheriff's office, the group would fly out of Miami to Cleveland, Chicago, Denver and other places and place the card skimmers on various fuel pumps in the area. Afterward, the ring would allegedly use the skimmed data to make credit card clones and wipe out people's credit accounts.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said it's estimated that the group would make about $2.5 million in fraudulent transactions each week using the fraudulent credit cards.

More than 8,000 people are said to be victims of the group, including more than 2,300 in Colorado. The sheriff's office said some of the people indicted are also linked to a multi-million dollar international money laundering ring, which they will also be indicted for. thedenverchannel.com
 


Credit Card Fraud

Police need public's help identifying two suspects - unauthorized credit card purchases around Cheyenne

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AT&T - Camarillo, CA - Armed Robbery
Auto Parts - Paris, TX - Burglary
C-Store- Monticello, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Athens- Clarke, GA - Burglary
C-Store - New Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Binghamton, NY - Robbery
C-Store - Kernersville, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Henderson, NV - Robbery
CVS - Wyoming, MI - Robbery
Dollar General - Rocky Mount, VA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Romulus, MI - Robbery
Food Lion - Sumter County, SC - Burglary
Gun Store - Hutto, TX - Burglary
Gun Store - Cross Plains, WI - Burglary
Johann Paul Jewelers - Larkspur, CA - Burglary
Marijuana Shop - Port Angeles, WA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Martinsville, VA - Burglary
Piggly Wiggly - Sumter County, SC - Burglary
Walgreens - Euclid, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Sandy, UT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
 

 
 

Daily Totals:
14 robberies
9 burglaries
0 shooting
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41 burglaries
5 shootings
2 killings

 



 


 



 



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