Sharad Shekhar was named Chief Executive Officer for Pelco by Schneider
Electric. Pelco by Schneider Electric, a fully owned
subsidiary of Schneider Electric, announced the appointment of Sharad Shekhar as
Chief Executive Officer. Based at Pelco Headquarters in Clovis, California,
Shekhar is responsible for the entire global video business. Having had
extensive general management experience with his prior positions at Cummins,
where he spent 15 years, Shekhar most recently was in charge of the $1.7B North
American Exhaust Aftertreatment Business. Congratulations, Sharad!
Steven Bova, CPP was named Director, Asset Protection for Taco Bell.
Steven comes to Taco Bell from Starbucks Coffee Company, where he
worked for over 12 years. His most recent position there was Director - Partner
and Asset Protectionm Starbucks Coffee Company - Americas. Prior to that, Steven
worked for Lord and Taylor Department Stores, where he was a District Loss
Prevention Manager. He holds a degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore
County. Congratulations, Steven!
Kazuya Ohara was promoted to Corporate Sr.
Analyst, Asset and Profit Protection Department for Sears Holdings
Corp. Kazuya's previous position was
Manager, Shrink Operations & Analytics for Sears Holdings
Corporation. Prior to that, he worked at Kmart for almost 10 years,
where he was an Area Manager, Loss Prevention. Kazuya also served in
the U.S. Navy for 8 years as a Petty Officer Second Class. He holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan
State University. Congratulations, Kazuya!
Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report
Florida Leads All Other States in ORC - Thieves Love the Heat
Without a doubt, it is clear to see that Florida leads the nation in Organized
Retail Crime reports in the D&D Daily. Over the past five years, we've reported on 423 ORC-related cases in Florida, leading second place
Pennsylvania with 291 incidents, California (281), Texas (266) and New York (220)
rounding out the Top Five. Florida has built an outstanding ORC effort, from the
State Prosecutor Office to County Sheriff Departments, all with the tie in of
the Retail Loss Prevention teams. The use of a strict
ORC law has also been a
valuable tool in Florida with longer sentences and the ability to seize profits and property
from these offenders. The State of New York's ORC law is currently in the hands
of Assemblyman Michael Cusick's in Albany. As of April 2013, the New York State
passed the bill, but it has not yet been enacted into law. California has
no ORC laws currently.
Top 5 States for ORC
Activity Reported by Year
2012: Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York
2013: Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, New York
2014: Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Texas
2015: Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, New York
2012-2015: Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New York
2015 NRF Organized Retail Crime Survey - Results by City
For the sixth year, retailers ranked their "top 10" cities for organized retail
crime activity. Some cities are perennials on this list from retailers, and the
2015 top 5 are the same as in 2014 (Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York and
Houston). The next five cities show some change since last year. Atlanta moved
to No. 14 on the 2015 list (down eight places from 2014), Dallas / Fort Worth
moved up to No. 6 from No. 9 in 2014; and Detroit tumbled 14 places from No. 10
last year. By contrast, Orange County, Calif., and Northern New Jersey are in
the No. 9 and 10 spots on the 2015 list.
LPRC and 7-Eleven Anti-Robbery Project in
The LPRC is working with 7-Eleven on conducting anti-robbery, accident and
parking lot crime as part of the LPRC Violent Crime Task Force. We already have
several retailers making their way to Jacksonville for this project so we look
forward to working with everyone! As part of this project, we are meeting all
day the 3rd of November, and possibly the morning of the 4th if needed, in
Wal-Mart's Swat Team Stays on Top of the Headlines
Walmart has a team of a dozen employees who are responsible for preventing the
retailer from offending customers with controversial products. The "swat team"
of workers scour Walmart's website daily in search of potentially offensive
items, like distasteful Halloween costumes, Bloomberg reports. The Walmart
team's work is sometimes dictated by the day's news, and they stay on top of
headlines to make sure they aren't missing anything that has potential to
according to Bloomberg.
In the age of social media, it's important for retailers to appear politically
and socially correct, and customers tend to see a company's products as an
extension of the business itself and its beliefs.
Former Burlington Coat VP of Talent Acquisition Pleads Guilty to Funneling
$466,290 in Fees to Shell Company She Controlled
Appearing before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal
court, Barbara Ames, a former vice president of talent acquisition for
Burlington Coat Factory, pled guilty to one count of tax evasion for failing to
pay $143,877 in taxes based on her income from the recruitment company, L.
Castillo LLC, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Prosecutors contend that Ames used her position with the company to line up
payments to L. Castillo over a four-year period, including more than $172,000 in
Hired in 2007, Ames was responsible for recruiting and hiring individuals for
executive management posts with Burlington Coat Factory, which routinely used
headhunters to help attract talent, according to an information in the case. As
part of those duties, Ames had sole authority over the approval of payments to
human resources vendors, the information said.
L. Castillo was formed in 2008, with Ames using her mother's name and Social
Security number and a P.O. Box at a UPS store in Bordentown, New Jersey,
according to the information.
T. J. Maxx will stay closed this Thanksgiving - So will GameStop & REI
Target didn't just go all-out on Black Friday last year; it flung open its doors
at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the earliest it has ever opened over the sales
weekend. And it is expected to stick to a similar schedule this year, as are
rivals like Walmart and Best Buy. Macy's is also opening most stores at 6 p.m.
Department of Labor maybe pushing OSHA rule that makes franchisers liable for
violations at franchisees
Republican lawmakers are demanding that the Department of Labor turn over all
documents relating to a proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration
rule that would make franchisers legally liable for violations at their
franchisees. The lawmakers accuse the department of planning to use OSHA to
punish businesses for issues unrelated to workplace safety and hiding those
efforts from Congress. oshatoday.com
Beware: OSHA fines could be skyrocketing
- U.S. House Bill Adjust OSHA Penalties
Since 2010, the number of companies facing total OSHA fines above $100,000 has
tripled. This month, OSHA issued three penalties that topped one-million dollars
and levied nearly a dozen citations carrying six-figure fines.
There's more: Outgoing GOP house speaker John Boehner's final peace offering -
negotiating a compromised budget deal that would extend the debt limit and boost
spending - took labor officials by surprise after finding that the agreement
included a provision to hike OSHA fines nearly 50% in 2016.
The House approved the
bill Oct. 28 and the Senate was scheduled to consider it Oct. 29. The bill
includes a provision to adjust OSHA penalties annually based on the inflation
Repeat and willful violations - which carry a maximum of $70,000 in penalties -
contributed to the high dollar value of these fines.
Shopping malls were created with nuclear war in mind
But the shopping mall is only 60 years old, and - while they were partially
envisioned as a way to get people to stay near stores and spend money - they
were designed to spread the American population away from industrial centers and
provide shelter in case of nuclear war.
The first was Southdale Mall near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Southdale and many of
the malls that followed were designed by Victor Gruen, an Austrian immigrant who
fled Nazi Germany in 1938. When Gruen began proposing his indoor malls to civic
and business leaders, he packaged it as a civil defense measure. It was
to be a perfect cornerstone of the "life belts" around major cities. To be built
just far enough from city centers that they would survive a nuclear bomb
strike on the city.
Walgreens to offer Rite Aid $650M if it walks away and divest 1,000 stores to
secure antitrust approval
Merger talks with Ahold progressing, Delhaize says
Target expanding their 'Target Run' curbside pickup service from 21 to 121
Quarterly Same Store
Starbucks Q4 Globally comp's up 8%, 9% in U.S., revenues up 18%
Tuesday Morning Q1 comp's up 3.6% with net sales slightly higher than LY
CVS Health Q3 retail drug stores comp's up 1.7%, front-end down 5.8%,
pharmacy up 4.6%, net revenues up 10.3%
Aaron's Q3 comp's down 4.1% with total revenue up 10%
National Retail Federation 2015 Return Fraud Survey
invite you to participate in the
2015 NRF Return Fraud Survey. And as a thank you, those who participate by
November 10th will be entered into a random drawing to receive one full
registration pass to NRF Protect 2016. Your feedback is pertinent in developing
best practices in all areas of retail asset protection and helping our leaders
in Washington understand the gravity of some of our industry's issues.
So as to not duplicate answers from companies, we ask that only the most
senior loss prevention officer or equivalent within your company complete the
survey in order to limit responses to one per company. NRF will also make
sure to send survey respondents a copy of the full report once it is released in
December. Please contact Bob Moraca for a PDF copy of the survey or a direct
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Hacking of 'Unregulated Data' Poses Big Risk to Firms
Personal information is generally regulated from a data-breach perspective,
meaning it's covered by notification laws, whereas corporate data, which also
product specifications, are seen as "unregulated" because they aren't subject to
the same notification requirements. But the consequences for companies suffering
from a leak of "unregulated data" shows how those incidents can also present
major risks. Firms that don't protect unregulated data properly run the risk
of damaged reputations, lawsuits from customers or worse. "If you're
singularly focused on regulated data and [you] still have a breach of
unregulated data, it's too late."
Average firm has more than nine insider threats a month
A large majority of organizations (89.6 per cent) experience at least one
insider threat each month, a new report by Skyhigh Networks says. The Q4 2015
report, entitled Cloud Adoption and Risk Report is derived from analysis of
actual cloud usage across over 23 million employees. Besides the monthly
threats, the report says that 55.6 per cent of organizations experience unusual
behavior by privileged users, such as administrators accessing data they should
not, each month. The average organization experiences 9.3 insider threats
On average, organizations experience 5.1 incidents each month in which an
unauthorized third party exploits stolen account credentials to gain access to
corporate data stored in a cloud service.
Google, Amazon and Wal-Mart join FAA drone task force
The companies, all three of which are working on drone delivery systems, are
among 25 members that have been asked to formulate recommendations by Nov. 20 on
how such a registration system would work and what types of drones should be
exempt. Their work will begin with a three-day meeting next week.
One Rasomware Gang Makes $325M - Charges From $500 to $10,000 to Remove
Encryption & the FBI says Pay Up
Just one cybercriminal group may be collecting the revenue from Cryptowall 3.0,
a malicious program that infects computers, encrypts files and demands a ransom,
according to a
new study released on Thursday. If a computer is infected, its files are
scrambled with strong encryption. There is little recourse for those affected.
The best defense is to ensure files are backed up and that the backup can't be
reached by the attackers. Otherwise, the only option is to accept the loss or
pay the ransom, which can range from $500 to as much as $10,000.
The report doesn't speculate on where members of the group may be located. But
Cryptowall 3.0 has a clue coded into itself: If it detects that it is running
on a computer in Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia or Serbia, it
will uninstall itself.
Scammers switch from Ashley Madison extortion to death threats
The email that the scammers are sending was sent to Salted Hash on October 30
and reads as follows:
"Hey! You do not know who we are, but we have been tracking you and your
loved ones for a while now. We know your schedules. We know where you all live
and spend your time. We also know how to kill any one of you without being
caught. Now, don't panic. This isn't personal. You did nothing to deserve this.
You were just one of a handful of families unfortunate enough to draw our
attention. However, nobody has to die. Allow us to explain.
"You have until 12:00 PM on Oct 03, 2015 to pay us $3,000. If you do not comply
with that simple demand, the following will happen: we will kill you, or someone
else to whom you are close. Or you can simply pay us the $3,000."
BlueTracs: Advanced Tracking Technology Brought to you by LPI
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comprehensive video to the features and benefits of BlueTracs technology. This
video will take you through the evolution of Organized Retail Crime and provide
insight to this billion dollar epidemic sweeping our nation's retailers. Learn
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Loss Prevention Research
Council launches first of its kind integrated technology lab
By Jessi Dudley, Operations Manager, LPRC
The Loss Prevention Research Council launched its Innovation Lab sponsored by
Tyco in June 2014 and have been working on growing its capability for the last
year. The new Innovation Lab was showcased at this year's 2015 IMPACT conference,
which was held in early October.
According to Dr. Read Hayes, University of Florida, Lead Research Scientist and
LPRC Director, "The lab is focused on showcasing not just technology, but
integrated technology. We are the only place in the country where retailers can
see how different technologies work together to create concentric layers of
protection for their stores."
The lab offers a unique place for LPRC members to come and see the latest
technology and how it works together to help prevent and detect theft. The LPRC
has developed a standard process to continue to bring in new technologies that
support the research being conducted by the LPRC and the various projects
initiated by its Working Groups and Action Teams.
Chris Gillen, Senior Advisor for the LPRC who is heading up the Innovation Lab
project had this comment, "The Innovation Lab is a place for continuous
research and better understanding of how technologies can work in conjunction
with one another to create higher levels of efforts for perpetrators who commit
Retail members are already signing up to conduct a visit to the new Innovation
Lab in 2016 where they will see firsthand some of the newest technologies on the
market and have the ability to interact with it in a private setting.
To learn more about the Innovation Lab or to learn how to become a member of the
Loss Prevention Research Council please visit our website at
The LPRC Innovation Lab located in the heart of the University of
Florida's cutting-edge Innovation Square.
LPRC members getting an opportunity to walk through the new
Innovation Lab at this year's IMPACT conference.
Kenya's West Gate
Could it happen here?
In September 2013, armed gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping
mall in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in 61 civilian deaths, six dead security
officers and over 175 injured.
Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel of the
deployed to Kenya with a Rapid Deployment Team and assisted the Kenyans in
the forensic and intelligence investigation related to the terrorist attack. In
this LPNN interview, Mr. Frankel talks about this high-profile investigation,
the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of
active-shooter programs for retailers. With the ultimate responsibility of
protecting your employees and customers, learn what LP executives can do to
prepare for and prevent such a catastrophic event.
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HSB BI&I Study Shows 87 Percent of Canadian Businesses
Experienced Hacking Incidents
Almost 90 percent of Canadian businesses have experienced at least one
hacking incident in the last year. More than half (60 percent) believe their
companies are dedicating enough money or trained and experienced personnel to
combat the evolution of hacking techniques, yet 42 percent do not have cyber
insurance coverage. With the prevalence of cyber attacks in Canada, there is a
clear discrepancy among risk managers' perceptions and the level of exposure
their companies face from hacking activity."
Cybersecurity, Privacy and the 'Connected Store' in Canada
In the age of the connected store at its very base level it "means that you as
the customer must opt into the retailer's database and freely consent to give
your information to the retailer to store for future purchases. With the amount
of personal information stored in the database, the retailer must ensure that
they diligently and consistently safeguard their clientele's privacy."
Editors Note: Which also means that the retailer has to be able to
communicate and convince the customer that the retailer is going well beyond in
building the best cyber security model and defenses. Which in turn means the
actual reshaping of the security model and team to include the Loss Prevention
organization of every retailer. Because you can't have two separate groups, IT
Security and LP operating independently. They will merge and become one out of
necessity and cost effectiveness.
'Tap and go' credit card purchases are surging in Canada
- PIN becoming Passe'
Punching in a security pin is rapidly becoming passé for Canadian credit card
users when making small purchases. Cards equipped with technology that allows a
user to pay with a simple wave or tap of a card is surging, new data shows. The
dollar volume of "contactless" payments made across its terminals jumped 162
per cent in the three months between July and the end of September.
Purchases at drug stores, gas stations and convenience stores were the chief
drivers of the spike. Usage has hit a "tipping point," according to Michelle Michalak, Visa Canada's head of public affairs.
One in seven smokes contraband in B.C.: survey - Illegal Gangs
Contraband tobacco products account for one in seven smokes in B.C. - almost 50
per cent higher than the Alberta rate, says the president of the Western
Convenience Stores Association, who cited the prevalence of illegal gangs as
a major factor. About 10 per cent of Alberta cigarettes are deemed to be
illegal compared to almost 15 per cent in B.C. There are 177 gangs skilled in
distribution of good such as illegal tobacco. In one seizure, millions of
dollars worth of illegal Asian cigarettes manufactured to replicate Canadian
cigarettes were discovered at the Port of Vancouver two years ago.
Co-op investigating unscented propane to ensure safety
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has been notified that one of its propane
suppliers may not have added the mandatory safety odour to propane that was
distributed through Co-op sites.
The Canadian Push Becoming the Canadian Squeeze
- Canada's Retailers Face "drawn out, margin-squeezing, profit-shaking competitive
battle" this Holiday Season
StatsCan's latest measure of retail sales shows they rose 2.8 per cent in the
12 months to August, slower than the 4.4 per cent growth rate in the year before
that. And much of that slower growth has been concentrated in one area: auto
sales, spurred at least in part by lower gas costs and cheap credit.
Retail prices this year have been growing at the fastest pace in at least a
decade, an annual rate of 6.3 per cent through the middle part of this year. All
of this makes for a holiday shopping environment that will be "subdued."
Editor's Note: Sounds like the same in the States by the way. huffingtonpost.com
Tim Hortons owner vows to speed pace of global expansion -
"Taking Tims all around the world"
With 150 Tim Horton restaurants in the Cincinnati over next decade,
announcements of new international franchise partners expected in the coming
Montreal Retailer Brown Shoes to open 25 stores
next 4 yrs. - 55 stores now
Apple Pay expanding to Canada with American
Loblaw draws on the latest data technology to
address inventory issues
Retail Fast Facts: October 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 1.4 per cent over the comparable month
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 2.2 per cent
over the comparable month last year.
Halifax: Parents of Mall Shooting plot suspect pen complaint letter to Police
The parents of the young man found dead inside his home as police foiled a mass
murder plot on Valentine's Day have written a letter to the Police Complaints
Commission. Patti Cody, James Gamble's mother, says she and her husband want the
commission to consider their extenuating circumstances, but they have yet to
receive a response. "We have so many questions," said Cody. "We're not been
given any answers." James Gamble, 19, took his own life after police say they
put an end to his and two other's plan to commit mass murder at the Halifax
Shopping Centre. "James was our son. We want to know what happened. We're his
parents," said Cody. Cody and her husband are concerned about what they say is a
'lack of communication' with police. They tried to complain, but were told they
were too late.
Retail robberies spike in Ottawa - Up 39%
The number of businesses and banks being robbed in Ottawa has spiked over the
same time last year. And robbers are targeting unusual spots including a
furniture store, even the bus terminal. An increase in violent robberies is
never a good thing but if there is one positive note in this, it is that the
same culprits have been responsible for many of the robberies and they've been
caught. The footage from a surveillance camera captures the desperation of a
robber as he races into a pharmacy on Baseline Road, demanding drugs. He gets
locked in the store and tries to crawl out through the ceiling, only to fall to
the floor. He flees through a window. Staff-Sergeant Mike Haarbosch is with the
Ottawa Police Robbery Unit, 'They'll take whatever they can get their hands on
at the end of the day,' says Haarbosch, 'but most commonly, they're after fentanyl.' Ultimately, though, they're after cash, wherever they can get it.
Retail robberies have spiked this year in Ottawa up 39% over the same time last
year. Bank robberies are up 54%, according to police statistics.
Grande Praire, AB: Stolen credit card used to buy $2000+ in lottery tickets
Grande Prairie RCMP are looking for a man accused of buying more than $2,000
worth of lottery tickets with a stolen credit card. The suspect bought them at a
local grocery store the morning of August 22nd.
Regina, ON: Man pleads guilty to 20 counts of identity theft, fraud
A Regina man has pleaded guilty to a long list of fraud charges. James Provost
stole mail to create fake IDs and credit cards. He appeared in provincial court
on Tuesday afternoon. The 39-year-old admitted to the crimes, as well as drug
and gambling addictions. Provost has a long criminal record dating back to the
1990s. The judge called identify theft devastating to the victim and a heartless
crime. Provost was sentenced to 465 days in jail after subtracting time served,
plus one year probation.
Pangnirtung RCMP seek public's help to find armed robber
Nunavut RCMP are seeking the public's help after a Northern Convenience Store
employee was a victim of an armed robbery, the second this month. Cpl. David
Lawson says a male approached the employee at around 10:15 p.m. last night, as
he was closing the store and demanded his backpack.
Saskatoon police search for 2 men who robbed 33rd Street store with shotguns
According to a news release, police were called to a convenience store on the
3300 block of 33rd Street W. at around midnight Monday night. Staff reported two
men with shotguns entered the store and took cigarettes.
Halifax: Urinating on a tree leads to Credit Card Fraud charges
for three Quebec men
Three men from Quebec are facing several charges, including credit card fraud
and fraud over $5,000, after a man caught peeing on a tree lead Halifax police
to a rented home where he and two others had been manufacturing fake credit
cards. Police responded to a call of an indecent act where a man was seen peeing
on a tree just after 3:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. The man then got into a car,
which was followed by police, and located at the Needs Convenience store on
Herring Cove Road. Two of the three men in the car were arrested for breach of
court orders and the third for obstructing a police officer. The vehicle was
also seized. Through their investigation, police learned that the three men had
rented a home in Halifax, which they then searched. In their, search officers
found materials used to make fraudulent credit cards and other items that police
allege were obtained fraudulently.
Family spots stolen car being pursued by police on CTV News
A Squamish family never thought they would see their two stolen cars again -
until they spotted one of them on TV, recklessly weaving through traffic during
a police pursuit. Paula Samra saw footage of the pursuit, taken from the RCMP's
Air One helicopter, Wednesday night on CTV News and couldn't believe her eyes:
there was her brand new Nissan Rogue acting as a getaway car for thieves who had
stolen it only days before. Police recovered a variety of stolen passports, cheques, and stolen mail, which they say points to an identity theft ring.
E-commerce revenue for retailers with stores and websites
grows over 36% in Q3
Growth across all sectors can largely be attributed to consumers shopping on
their smartphones; shoppers on smartphones spent 233% more in the third quarter
of 2015 than they did during the same period last year. We're seeing smartphones
continue to exert their influence on every category of retail," MarketLive CEO
Ken Burke said. "It doesn't matter if you sell computers, clothing or couches,
shoppers want to buy your products from the convenience of their phones. As an
industry, if we can remove the last few hurdles around mobile checkout, we'll
see mobile shopping become truly ubiquitous."
Online Fraud Hits New High in 2015 - and It's Going for Broke
According to CSO Online, reporting on a new ThreatMetrix study of Q4 2014 and Q1
2015, fraudulent login attempts reached 25 million per month. What's more, the
security firm says these only include "definitely illegitimate" transactions and
warned the numbers were "actually undercounting the problem." While retail-based
online fraud has focused on lifting credit card and personal data to make
fraudulent purchases, cybercriminals are now targeting government websites to
grab high-value, long-life-cycle information. securityintelligence.com
How the Ad Industry Plans to Fight Online Fraud - TAG Certifying Advertisers
The online advertising industry is taking another shot at tamping out the
fraud that costs it more than $6 billion a year. The four biggest U.S. ad
agencies and huge advertising technology companies, such as Google and AOL,
announced support on Thursday for a program to certify legitimate publishers and
advertisers. The goal is to lock out anyone who fails to live up to their
standards, with an industry organization called the Trustworthy Accountability
Group, or TAG, holding the keys.
While TAG will be certifying companies that create ads and websites that
display them, the most important link in the chain is the ad networks. Its a
reasonable task for an advertiser to assess the quality of a website it is
dealing with directly but that's not always how things work.
Why PayPal's Mobile Transactions Are Expected to Jump in 3Q15
Mobile will drive more than half of Thanksgiving Day online shopping visits
Study reveals three rules of mobile retail
How Digital Gift Cards Are Changing Consumer Behavior
Mentor, OH: Five from Warren suspected of shoplifting spree
Police in one Ohio community say a group of people from Warren who traveled to
their city for a day of shopping were in reality shoplifting. To casual
observers, it looked like 39-year-old Faidra Wildman, 32-year-old Nikeisha Pruit,
18-year-old Robert Travis, 30-year-old Desire Pruitt and a female juvenile were
wandering through a store in a busy business district in Mentor, Ohio Wednesday
afternoon. What the group didn't know was that they were being watched by a
store loss prevention officer who says the five were taking items from the
shelves and hiding those items on themselves.
The group split up from each other, either working in pairs or in a group of
three as they continued to select items and conceal the merchandise, according
to police. One of them would act as a lookout. Members of the Mentor Police
Retail Theft Deterrence Unit were contacted and when the group exited the store,
they were stopped by uniformed and plain clothes Mentor Police Officers.
Groton, MA: Man wanted in high-end wine thefts
being sought in 7 other communities
The so-called high-end wine thief who allegedly struck Octagon restaurant in
Groton also is being investigated in at least seven other thefts. The man made
national news last week when - seemingly unaware he was on camera - he sauntered
into a closed-off section of the Mystic Marriott's Octagon restaurant and
allegedly stole a bottle of wine priced at almost $5,000. Within days, Groton
Town Police named 25-year-old Scott Deluca - whose last known address they said
is in the Cohoes-Wynantskill area of New York - as the suspect and began
searching for similar cases of high-end wine theft. According to town police,
Deluca is being investigated in shoplifting incidents in seven other
communities: Bloomfield, East Setauket, N.Y., and the New Jersey communities of
Bernardsville, Madison, Union County Springfield Township, Voorhees and
Lincoln Co, MO: Car crash in Lincoln County leads to Credit Card Fraud charges;
$8,000 in cash and 16 cards recovered
A report of a one-car accident led to charges alleging credit card fraud against
two African men, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. The men were
taken into custody after a deputy who responded to a crash Tuesday at the Cuivre
River Bridge at Highway 61 smelled marijuana coming from the car they had been
in, the sheriff's office said. A search found beer, several bags of marijuana, a
hammer and about 16 credit cards scattered "as if they were thrown off the
bridge," police said. Four of the credit cards had the name of the car's driver,
Abdalaziz Asumani, 24. In addition, about $8,000 was found in the sock of
passenger Saikou Ba, 22. Deputies later found a credit card reader in the trunk
of the vehicle. The credit cards in Asumani's name were found to have stolen
credit card data, police said, and were apparently being used to get prepaid
Visa cards. Both men denied knowledge of the credit cards and the credit card
reader, police said. But video evidence was found of one of the men using a
credit card with stolen information at a gas station in Minnesota.
'Felony Lane' Organized Crime Ring Targets Parking Lots in Connecticut;
3 arrested, $74,000 of stolen goods recovered
A gang of burglars is targeting cars in parking lots and committing
smash-and-grab burglaries across Connecticut. Police say the gang is about 700
members strong. They've hit in more than 40 states and racked up hundreds of
millions of dollars in losses for victims. Just last month, a crew from the
Felony Lane Gang hit the Darien YMCA. At this point, investigators have
connected burglaries in more than a dozen Connecticut towns, from Stamford to
Wallingford to Waterford. Darien detectives are working with the other local
police departments and making progress with the elusive gang for first time, but
they say public awareness is equally important. In the Darien case, police
tracked a white SUV to a motel in West Haven and arrested 3 men from Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. All three are behind bars and are set to enter pleas within
the next two weeks. In all, detectives seized $74,000 in stolen goods.
Frankfort, IL: Two Kohl's/ Party City Shoplifters arrested following brief Police
chase; $3,600 in merchandise recovered
A group of thieves led police on a chase late Thursday after allegedly stealing
thousands of dollars in merchandise from Kohl's, in Frankfort. Two were arrested
following a brief foot chase. One was later curbed in the parking lot of the
Frankfort Township building, where police searched the vehicle for stolen
merchandise. Three Chicago residents were each charged with burglary, having
allegedly stolen $3,000 in merchandise from Kohl's. The same group is suspected
to have earlier targeted Party City in Mokena, where they reportedly stole an
estimated $600 in merchandise.
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Indianapolis Police seek 2 suspects in the Washington Square Mall shooting
Police on Thursday said both, unidentified suspects were black males ages 19-20,
and one was armed with a handgun. They said one of the shooting victims,
26-year-old Aaron Carr, remained hospitalized Thursday. His condition was
described as stable with injuries not believed to life-threatening. They said
the other two victims, 20-year-old Myliah Esco and 25-year-old Robert Kennedy,
had been released from hospital treatment. Investigators said they believed the
shooter opened fire during an altercation with a male victim who wasn't
identified. The other victims were bystanders.
Omaha, NE: Police Desperately Hunt For Violent Serial Armed Robbery Suspects
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest of the
young men believed to be responsible for a recent string of more than 20 armed
robberies across the Omaha metro, including one where a convenience store clerk
was shot. Omaha Police are asking for the public's help to identify and find the
suspects. Investigators believe the suspects are an organized group of men,
since descriptions of the suspects vary but the style of their crimes is
Anchorage, AL: Shooting victim found dead in Eagle River store parking lot
A man was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound just before 2 a.m. today in
the parking lot of the Eagle River Carrs store, Anchorage police say. Police
made the discovery while investigating a report of shots fired in the area. The
death is being treated as a homicide, police said. No suspects are in custody
and the victim has not been identified.
Berford, NH: Florida Credit Card Fraud suspect arrested for running a Red Light
Police pulled over Jacob Howard, 28, of Nashua, near the state police barracks
in Bedford. There was an active warrant for his arrest in Florida, stemming from
23 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, authorities said. He was charged
with being a fugitive from justice and disobeying an officer for giving a false
date of birth, police said.
Barre, VT: Woman accused of $2,000 internal theft at Olympia Sports, now busted
A Williamstown woman accused of embezzling about $2,000 from Olympia Sports in
the Berlin Mall is now accused of breaking into Simon's Deli in Montpelier.
Jackie R. Shuttle, 29, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal
court in Barre to a felony count of burglary. If convicted, she faces a maximum
of 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Chico, CA: $1,500 Grab & Run jewelry thieves arrested within minutes
Jewelry worth about $1,500 was stolen Thursday from Kirk's Jewelry downtown, but
Chico police spotted the suspected getaway car and arrested two women a short
time later. Summer Dorman, 29, and Erin Beane, 19, were arrested on suspicion of
robbery shortly after 1:30 p.m. It was a "snatch and grab," said Kirk's Jewelry
manager Chris Daniels. Two women entered the store and perused a piece of
jewelry before one of them grabbed it and they ran. "There were some bystanders
who helped. They got the license plate of the car," Daniels said. "Our city
police were here in minutes and she was apprehended in minutes."
Phoenix, AZ: ADOT Detective break up ID Theft Operation
The Arizona Department of Transportation's Fraudulent Document Unit has broken
up a criminal document operation in Phoenix. Acting on a tip, ADOT detectives
monitored the operation for two months and purchased fraudulent documents
undercover. On Oct. 21, detectives located the manufacturing facility and
apprehended Carlos Morales Alvarez, 34. The unit seized manufacturing equipment,
card stock used for Arizona credentials and credentials from other states,
Maricopa County food handler cards and U.S. immigration documents. The suspect
also had stolen identities for sale, detectives said.
ADOT detectives are still sorting through about 10 years' worth of documents to
determine how many identities were stolen. So far, they have identified and
contacted six Arizona residents. The suspect, alleged to be in the U.S.
illegally, is currently in custody and is being charged with more than 20 felony
counts, including forgery, aggravated identity theft and trafficking in stolen
UPDATE - FBI: Female suspect's jewelry store robbery spree continues in Tenn.
Waco, TX: New surveillance video shows Biker Gang shootout that killed 9 at Twin
Cincinnati, OH: Fleeing shoplifter hits Security Guard with her car
Lexington, KY: Target Shoplifting turns to Robbery; Man arrested, seeking female
Daytona Beach, FL: Twin Sisters arrested in Armed C-store Robbery
Biloxi, MS: Police searching for two men suspected of credit card fraud
Lincoln, NE: Two Romanian teens arrested for installing 3 skimming device at
Pinnacle Bank ATMs
Rare Puffer Fish returned to Portland store after theft
UK: The new jewel thieves inspired by the Pink Panthers
Any Time - Montgomery Co, TX - Armed Robbery
CVS - Aberdeen, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dover Twp., PA - Robbery
Dollar General - Dover Center, PA - Robbery/ Arrested
Dollar General - Doe Run, MO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Moline, IA - Armed Robbery
Food Mart - Daytona Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Jersey City, NJ - Armed Robbery
Short Stop - Oklahoma City, OK - Burglary
Sweet on You - Salina, KS - Burglary
United Dairy - Cincinnati, OH - Robbery
Walgreens - Johnson City, TN - Robbery
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