Here are the 13 Executives 'Moving Up' as
reported in the Daily in October
A'GACI LLC named Mark
Turner Director of Loss Prevention.
Cabela's named David Homolka Vice President
of Real Estate, Store Design and Construction.
JC Penney named Mark Shoemaker Senior
Manager, Corporate LP.
MultiSight Company named Herve Fages
REI promoted Perry Resnick to Division Vice
President - Asset Protection.
named Sharad Shekhar Chief Executive Officer for Pelco
Sears Holdings Corporation named Frank
Devlin Director of Safety Operations.
Signet Jewelers promoted Kevin Valentine,
CFI, LPC to Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, Loss Prevention & ERM.
Signet Jewelers promoted Tom Kimble to
Senior Director, Signet Internal Audit.
Signet Jewelers promoted Mark Neapolitan,
CFI, LPC to Senior Director, Signet Loss Prevention.
Signet Jewelers promoted Scott Robison to
Senior Director, Signet ERM & SOX.
Signet Jewelers promoted Chris Hackler to
Senior Director, Signet Physical Security.
Southeastern Grocers named John Bishop, CFE
Senior Director of Operations, Total Loss.
U.S. online credit card fraud costing consumers, retailers $1.8 billion a year
- Set to triple in next 3 years
Launched at the first Retail Fraud - New York conference, the
US Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has reported a substantial increase in online
credit card fraud. Published by Retail Knowledge and sponsored by intelligent
cash handling experts Volumatic, the Survey, now in its third year, is the most
extensive report into the systems, processes and strategies of 100 of the US's
top retailers. The biggest area of online loss remains, overwhelmingly, from
the fraudulent use of credit cards (66%), that's an estimated $1.8Bn cost to
retailers. However, this is a multi-billion dollar problem for consumers as
well as retailers, because ultimately the cost of fraud is recouped through
increased prices in the stores.
The latest report shows that, currently, online sales account for an average of
6% of sales. In the next three years retailers are estimating to achieve 15% of
sales to be made online. Considering this anticipated rise in online sales
and the dramatic increase of online credit card fraud, the role of online fraud
prevention will be even more important. Loss Prevention executives will
increasingly need to look at protection across all sales channels, not just the
Paul Bessant of Retail Knowledge, said: "In light of recent data breeches
throughout the last 12 months, it is no surprise that credit card fraud is up
again this year. However, what is concerning from the Survey is that whilst
retailers spending on online fraud prevention has doubled in the last 2 years,
58% of them are still more concerned about the ability of monitoring and
analytics to deal effectively with the fraudsters, by indentifying and stopping
them, than anything else."
Experience from other markets shows us that criminals are becoming
increasingly sophisticated in this type of fraud and that they find the
anonymity and remoteness of online shopping an attractive environment in which
to apply their resources. Whilst it remains to be seen whether the
introduction of Chip and Pin technology adds to, or diminishes the issues that
retailers face when dealing with electronic payment instruments, of one thing we
can be sure. The criminal fraternity will be looking to exploit any weaknesses,
as these new technologies are adopted.
Chip credit cards could slow holiday shopping
As the calendar flips to November and Black Friday draws nearer, holiday
shoppers using new, more secure chip credit and debit cards will be learning a
new checkout procedure. While the added security might be welcome, new cards
could mean more frustration and slower checkout lines during the bustle of
holiday shopping. One Wal-Mart executive said he expects widespread checkout
problems and "anarchy" during the holiday season because of confusion over how
to use the new cards, which must be "dipped" into the machine and left there
for several seconds, as opposed to a momentary swipe. While Wal-Mart was among
the first to install and use new readers for chip cards and has become
proficient over the past year, many merchants are just starting that transition
and many consumers are baffled. Many shoppers have already witnessed the
confusion at retailers widely accepting chip cards, perhaps at Target, Wal-Mart
or Walgreens. It involves failed swipes, trying to follow the cashier's
instructions, fumbling with the card while trying to insert it correctly into
the reader slot and remembering to remove the card at the end of the
President Obama pushes to remove criminal-background questions from job
applications, as part of effort to help prisoners rejoin society
Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions to help current and
former prisoners re-enter society on Monday, as the president continues his
campaign to wind down the war on drugs and reform a "broken" system. Obama's
plans include millions of dollars in education grants for current prisoners, new
policies to help former inmates find housing, a "clean slate clearing house" to
help former prisoners clear their records where possible, and a call to Congress
to "ban the box" - the space on a job application that asks about criminal
backgrounds. The president's most ambitious proposal - to "ban the box"
entirely on the grounds that such questions foster discrimination - would
require help from Congress. A group of senators have advanced a bill on
reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, but the bill
has yet to face the broader chamber, much less the chaotic House. In the
meantime, Obama has directed federal agencies to delay questions about criminal
records whenever possible during hiring.
"State's shoplifting laws handcuff retailers" - A lawyer's point of view
from New Mexico
The other day, I walked out of a hardware store without making a purchase
because I couldn't get a clerk to come unlock the anti-theft hook from which the
item I wanted was dangling. My petulance came cheap because I knew I could buy
the same item at any number of other places, but it made me wonder how often
anti-theft devices do double duty as anti-sales devices.
According to the 24th annual National Retail Security Survey, American retailers
lost $16.7 billion to shoplifters in 2014. Since the study looked at inventory
shrink, it apparently didn't factor in the cost of anti-shoplifting devices - or
lost sales to customers irritated by them. Nor, apparently, did it include the
cost of chunky tags on clothing, swiveling surveillance cameras and the hiring
of loss-prevention specialists, those retail employees whose jobs have nothing
to do with selling or customer satisfaction.
We've grown accustomed to the sight of uniformed guards standing sentry near
store exits and patrolling the parking lot the way cowboys once rode the fence
line. According to federal statistics, private security guards now outnumber
certified law enforcement officers by a 3-2 margin. Security, in America, is
increasingly a product to be purchased.
New Mexico law gives merchants a privilege to detain suspected shoplifters for
the purpose of recovering stolen merchandise. But it's not a privilege to be
exercised lightly. It arises only if the merchant's suspicions are reasonable,
and requires that the detention be conducted "in a reasonable manner" and last
only "a reasonable time." As always in the law, the appearance of the word "reasonable" signals a point of potential litigation. Unreasonableness at any
stage not only nullifies the privilege, but can tip the detention over into the
tort (and potentially even the crime) of false imprisonment.
Building a Business Case for 4K Video Surveillance
In the business world, video surveillance has often been considered a necessary
cost of doing business. Initial investment in any new system comes out of a
company's capital expenditure and 'returns' can be difficult to calculate mainly
if it simply works to deter crime, or prevent loss in the retail sector for
example. Managers have had the difficult challenge of justifying an investment
without having a hard target for Return On a new system's Investment (ROI). But
increased quality and resolution of these systems increases the value of that
investment and the potential return it can provide. An investment in a CIF
resolution video system may only guarantee a deterrent effect. However, if you
are a victim of a crime you run the risk of not being able to identify the
perpetrator with this type of system. By contrast, an HD system makes positive
identification much more likely. With the advent of 4K, offering four times
higher the resolution and pixels on target than HD, you can expect to increase
the value of your system's investment further still.
Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle called 'Amazon Books'
Amazon's first permanent physical store has opened in its hometown of Seattle
and guess what? It looks lot like the bookstores whose demise it facilitated. In
a letter to customers, the retailer announced the opening of the store called
Amazon Books located at 4601 26th Avenue NE in Seattle's University Village on
Tuesday, Nov. 3. Now in its 20th year of existence, Amazon's opening of a
physical store could represent a landmark moment in the history of retail should
the company decide an expanded physical presence is something customers want it
to provide. Amazon has dabbled with physical stores in the past, introducing
temporary pick up points on select college campuses and there were rumors of a
store in New York's Times Square ahead of the 2014 holiday season. However, the
new Seattle location is its first physical store where the company offers its
interpretation of what the seamless integration of digital and physical can look
Following scathing NY Times article on intense workplace conditions,
Amazon Adds New Benefits for Workers
Amazon is now offering better benefits to its 222,000 employees. The
hard-driving online retailer has traditionally not supplied its workers with
many perks, at least compared to its peers in the technology sector. Jeffrey P.
Bezos, Amazon's founder, once looked toward Microsoft and said if Amazon became
"a country club," it would die, according to a book by John Rossman, a former
Amazon executive. So Amazon stayed lean in the smallest things. It eschewed, for
example, free snacks. And it lagged in some of the biggest things: It offered no
paid paternity leave and eight weeks of maternity leave. On Monday, the biggest
things changed. Amazon employees learned that birth mothers would now get 20
weeks of leave and fathers would get up to six weeks. Amazon also announced a
flexible return-to-work program and an ability to share leave with a spouse who
does not work for the retailer. These benefits, the retailer said, "give you
more time and more choice in how to manage your leave in the way that works best
for your family." Amazon's intense workplace was the subject of an
article in The New York Times in August. Asked if Amazon was improving its
benefits in reaction to the article, a spokesman pointed to a line in the
announcement that said, "We review our benefit programs annually and began
considering our leave policies in early 2015."
Taco Bell executive fired after alleged assault in Uber car
A Taco Bell executive has lost his job with the fast-food company after being
caught on video in a violent incident with an Uber driver in California, Taco
Bell told CNBC.com.
Benjamin Golden, who led Taco Bell's mobile commerce and innovation initiatives,
according to an online bio, lost his position at the company after a video
posted by the Uber driver went viral.
"Given the behavior of the individual, it is clear he can no longer work for
us," Taco Bell said in a statement emailed to CNBC. "We have also offered and
encouraged him to seek professional help."
PwC: Retail mergers & acquisition activity hit $1 billion in Q3 2015
Mega deals worth more than $1 billion drove the U.S. retail and consumer
sector's strong third quarter, according to PwC's U.S. quarterly R&C Deals
Insights report. During the three-month period ending Sept. 30, 36 deals valued
over $50 million were announced for the sector, with deal value up 64% in the
third quarter, accounting for $46.6 billion, compared to $28.4 billion in the
second quarter. Deal volume went up 6% from the second quarter, but down 36%
from third quarter 2014. The 11 R&C mega deals announced in the third quarter of
this year is a significant increase from the four megadeals in second quarter
Judge gives American Apparel final approval for $90M bankruptcy loan
Retailer American Apparel Inc. received a bankruptcy court's final approval to
tap its $90 million bankruptcy financing package provided by Standard General
and other investors after the company was able to resolve a number of objections
from unsecured creditors. The financing provides $30 million in fresh capital
for American Apparel while refinancing $60 million in debt owed to Standard
General and other investors before the bankruptcy filing.
Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017
Internet giant Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, expects to
begin delivering packages to consumers via drones sometime in 2017, the
executive in charge of its drone effort said on Monday. David Vos, the leader
for Alphabet's Project Wing, said his company is in talks with the Federal
Aviation Administration and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic
control system for drones that would use cellular and Internet technology to
coordinate unmanned aerial vehicle flights at altitudes under 500 feet (152
meters). "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017," he
told an audience at an air traffic control convention near Washington. Alphabet
and Amazon.com Inc are among a growing number of companies that intend to make
package delivery by drone a reality. But drone deliveries are not expected to
take flight until after the FAA publishes final rules for commercial drone
operations, which are expected early next year.
Former Family Dollar stores will become Dollar Express stores
Best Buy becomes latest retailer to offer same-day delivery in large metro area
Kroger expands "Scan, Bag, Go" testing to 15 stores
Tyson Foods launches work safety project
Same Store Sales Results
MarineMax Q4 comp's up 17% with revenue up 15%
American Eagle Outfitters Q3 comp's up 9%
Office Depot Q3 comp's up 3% with sales down 7%
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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How Carders Can Use eBay as a Virtual ATM
- One retailer hit hard by 'Triangulation Fraud'
How do fraudsters "cash out" stolen credit card data? Increasingly, they are
selling in-demand but underpriced products on eBay that they don't yet own. Once
the auction is over, the auction fraudster uses stolen credit card data to buy
the merchandise from an e-commerce store and have it shipped to the auction
winner. Because the auction winners actually get what they bid on and
unwittingly pay the fraudster, very often the only party left to dispute the
charge is the legitimate cardholder.
So-called "triangulation fraud" - scammers using stolen cards to buy
merchandise won at auction by other eBay members - is not a new scam. But it's a
crime that's getting more sophisticated and automated, at least according to a
victim retailer who reached out to KrebsOnSecurity recently after he was
walloped in one such fraud scheme. The victim company - which spoke on condition
of anonymity - has a fairly strong e-commerce presence, and is growing rapidly.
For the past two years, it was among the Top 500 online retailers as ranked by InternetRetailer.com. The company was hit with over 40 orders across three
weeks for products that later traced back to stolen credit card data. The
victimized retailer said it was able to stop a few of the fraudulent
transactions before the items shipped, but most of the sales were losses that
the victim firm had to absorb.
Don't Fall Victim to a Hack Attack: 4 Steps to Stronger IT Security Before the
Busiest Shopping Season of the Year
Investing in IT security solutions that shut down hackers and cyber criminals
before they take advantage of flaws and vulnerabilities in your retail business
website and network during the holiday shopping rush is an important first step
in protecting company revenues. Even better, by going that extra mile to make
sure your customers' private financial data is protected, as a small business
retailer, you can also bolster your reputation as a retail brand that can be
trusted. Here are four key tips to keep in mind:
● Be Proactive - Defend against even the most sophisticated cyberattacks
that pummel operating systems, applications and servers by regularly evaluating
your system for suspicious behavior, including out of the normal behavior.
● Bolster Anti-Virus Protection - Although not the only way to protect your
network and customer data from attacks, anti-virus (AV) protection should remain
a top priority and not be taken for granted.
● Go Comprehensive - Most security experts recommend that companies of all
sizes take a comprehensive approach to IT security. While keeping AV software up
to date is extremely important, providing multiple layers of security to all
your endpoints should be the goal.
● Future Proof Your Security - The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is one trend
that is picking up steam day-by-day. From an IT security standpoint, it should
be evaluated as another potential risk to business and consumers alike.
Equifax Launches Progressive Authentication to Combat ID fraud
Equifax, the consumer and business insights company, has launched Equifax
Progressive Authentication, a suite of ID and fraud solutions which helps reduce
an organisation's exposure to fraud without impacting its service levels for
genuine customers. Equifax Progressive Authentication allows businesses to
determine the appropriate level of security and identification checks for their
customers based on their own policies as well as elements such as the type of
product being accessed and associated risk.
Whole Foods Market adds Target omnichannel guru to exec ranks
eBay goes omnichannel for holidays
Password-security store opens in Dayton, Ohio mall
One Team - One
Doing What's Right for the Customer & the
Iverify - TransAlarm - Checkview
the last year, three companies have come together as one with a single, clear
objective: To deliver the best and most comprehensive life safety and property
protection solutions in North America.
Last year, Iverify purchased TransAlarm and
earlier this year, they purchased Checkview.
With a shared DNA, from having been under the same corporate umbrella before
their history at Checkview and TransAlarm, the merging of the three actually
represents a homecoming of sorts. The teams have worked together before and
share the same values and commitment that helped drive Iverify's decision to
bring the three together.
Watch "The I" in action - Iverify's
real-time interactive solution.
With virtually no ramp-up time and unequaled synergies, the merging of the three
companies is all about increasing the value to the customer. Combining the teams
to better serve the customer with an expanded solution set including Iverify's
best-in-class "The I" solution, their real-time interactive remote video and
audio protection solutions.
The team is now focused on integrating the best practices of all three companies
and increasing the customers touch points while growing the scale of the
business in North America; A rarity to see in any merger when most are driven by
economies of scale savings, which usually decreases customer touch points.
All three organizations were quite successful on their own and each team's
subject matter expertise and commitment to their customer was deeply engrained
within their culture. With the same leadership team in place, comprised of
security and life safety experts, and teams that see this merger as their
opportunity to grow and continue to make a difference, this seamless merger not
only makes sense but it also benefits the entire industry.
With rave reviews from established long-term customers that are thrilled to see
the teams back together and joining the leader in interactive remote video, the
entire management team is truly appreciative of all the support and remain
absolutely committed to each and every customer. It's all about driving value to
the customer and the people at Iverify who make that happen.
"Live in Long Beach"
Gus Downing, Publisher and Editor of the
D&D Daily, kicks off our "Live in Long Beach" broadcast - filmed live on June
25th at the NRF Protect Conference & Expo in Long Beach, CA. Gus provides an
introduction to the day's program, featuring industry leaders, retailers and
solution providers talking about the hot topics in LP. From video analytics, to
civil unrest, workplace violence, leadership development, the National Retail
Security Survey results, Law Enforcement Collaboration, and ORC, these
interviews feature valuable information designed to help you and your career.
Stay tuned to the Daily in the coming weeks as we re-broadcast each episode in order, including all the MC fun in
LPNN Quick Take #1
LPNN's dynamic duo takes the mic once again for another D&D
Daily LIVE broadcast!
MCs Joe LaRocca,
VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners,
and Amber Bradley,
Owner & Brand Strategist, Calibration, LLC, are back for more off-the-cuff,
unfiltered fun, taking viewers along the ride for our six-hour nonstop
broadcast. Joe and Amber preview what's to come from "Live in Long Beach" at NRF
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Alibaba probably sold more than $45B in fake or 'shoddy' goods last quarter
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba likely sold over $45 billion worth of
counterfeit or "shoddy" goods on its various marketplaces last quarter, based on
its gross merchandise volume (GMV) of $112 billion for that period, according to
a new survey from China's state-run news agency Xinhua. Xinhua reported Monday
that more than 40 percent of goods sold online in China last year were either
counterfeit or of bad quality (via Reuters). Flipping that, less than 59 percent
of items were "genuine or of good quality," it said. Alibaba has been known to
be plagued with fake and counterfeit goods, though it says it's making efforts
to combat these - founder Jack Ma recently went as far as to say that Alibaba
itself is a victim of the fake goods trade. Online sales in China grew 40
percent last year to about $442 billion, Xinhua said, meaning that across all
ecommerce platforms in the country, as much as $177 billion in sales may have
been categorized as counterfeit or shoddy - though it's not a precise science
because some of those sales may have been services.
Amazon's Black Friday store is already open
Amazon.com is not waiting until Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Week to launch
its deepest holiday discounts. The e-commerce giant announced Monday that its
Black Friday Deals store is now officially open. In addition, this year Prime
members can access more than 30,000 Lightning Deals 30 minutes early, giving
Prime members special, early access to deals.
Amazon jumps into mobile payment market - 'Pay with Amazon'
Mobile payment keeps getting more popular, at least on the provider side.
According to Re/Code, Amazon.com is launching a mobile "Pay with Amazon" button
that will let consumers automatically use their Amazon payment information to
make purchases on other retailer's e-commerce apps. While not exactly a mobile
wallet app, the Pay With Amazon button is definitely an attempt to obtain a
piece of the mobile payment market which Apple, Samsung, Google, and several
other entities are trying to take an early lead in.
The Future of Retail Sales Jobs in an Increasingly Virtual Economy
With a tremendous swath of the retail economy moving to or exclusively launching
online, is the traditional role of the brick-and-mortar salesperson becoming
obsolete? Studies show consumers consistently gather information and make
educated decisions when making everyday purchases through online research at
home or via mobile comparison shopping. In fact, today the Internet influences
more than half (52%) of U.S. retail sales - and is expected to grow to 64% by
end of 2015. How does this trend impact the future of the salesperson in a
virtual economy? At first glance, the outlook may not look good. However, when
it comes to items that are larger and more expensive (furniture and cars) there
is an everlasting demand for salespeople with particular expertise, especially
when the purchase involves both an emotional and long-term commitment.
eBay Completes $925M Sale Of eBay Enterprise
Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report
Grand Rapids, MI: FBI says 2nd group of Gas Pump Skimmers caught in the act by
alert Shell manager
An alert Shell station manager in Grand Ledge helped investigators crack a
credit-card skimming crew that hid scanning devices inside gas pumps, court
records show. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids
was unsealed Monday, Nov. 2, naming five suspects who allegedly targeted West
Michigan. Three of them had been facing state charges. This is the second group
suspected of placing devices inside gas pumps to capture customers' credit-card
Marana, AZ: Police busts Organized Mail theft ring that uses juveniles;
Social media posts lead to arrest
An organized theft ring one that recruited and used juveniles has been busted.
Marana police said the thieves operated from Marana, Sahuarita, Green Valley and
Las Vegas, where their luck ran out. Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, some
Tucsonans were allegedly committing some shady crimes.
Northbrook, IL: Men accused of trying to defraud Crate & Barrel store
Northbrook's Crate & Barrel store reported that two men stole about $2,000 worth
of merchandise Oct. 22 through the use of fraudulent credit cards. The men were
seen entering the store in a Northbrook Court out-lot together but split up,
with one staying on the ground floor and the second going to an upper level.
Officers reviewed the store video tape, seeing what appeared to be a man in his
late 20s make a purchase for about $866. The other man, described as being in
his late 20s, made two purchases totaling about $1,130.
TN: Victoria's Secret Theft in Murfreesboro - Again
Another theft has been reported at Victoria's Secret in Murfreesboro. The theft
occurred at The Avenue store on Medical Center Parkway. Reports indicate this
theft was not as large as previous incidents which sometimes totaled more than
$2,000 in merchandise. In this most recent case, only two jackets, five pairs of
panties, three bras, three undershirts and a t-shirt were stolen. A store
employee told police that a female entered the store and selected merchandise.
As she headed towards the front door, the worker asked the customer if she
planned to pay for the items. The female responded that her boyfriend would pay
for the items and then fled the store.
Millburn, NJ: Two Arrested for Shoplifting $4,000
Worth of Merchandise From Bloomingdales
On November 1, 2015 Millburn Police Officer Pinero responded to Bloomingdales at
The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Bloomingdales personnel report 20
year old Jennifer Nervil out of Brooklyn concealed $2,193.00 worth of
merchandise in a bag and left the store without making payment. Ms. Nervil was
accompanied by 20 year old Jocelyn Cruz out of Brooklyn who concealed $2,102.00
worth of merchandise in a bag and left the store without making payment. Ms.
Nervil was placed under arrest and charged with shoplifting and possession of an
antishoplifting device. Ms. Cruz was placed under arrest and charged with
shoplifting and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana).
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Man Bombs Walmart Over Removal of Confederate Flag; now facing Life in Prison
A 61-year-old Mississippi man will be charged for allegedly bombing a Walmart on
Sunday morning, just months after the company said it would stop selling items
that contained the Confederate battle flag. Police said Marshall W. Leonard, of
Tupelo, posted threats on the Daily Journal's Facebook page on Wednesday, and
apparently followed through with them just a few days later. "A white male got
out, lit the package, and threw it in the vestibule. There was an employee on
break, and the suspect told him, 'You better run,'" said Tupelo Police Chief
Bart Aguirre. The employee did run and was away from harm when the package went
off. It wasn't a large explosion. It didn't cause a lot of damage to the store."
The remnants of the newspaper-wrapped explosive device are now being examined by
a crime lab. "Journal corporate . . . you are on final warning," Leonard had
written days earlier on Facebook. "You are part of the problem. As a result of
this, y'all are going down, along with Walmart, WTVA, Reeds department store,
and all the rest of the anti-American crooks. Get yourself ready . . . the Lord
is coming after y'all . . . I'm not kidding. No messing around anymore! Your
days are numbered all of ya!" The Tupelo Daily Journal reported that Leonard was
caught after he ran a red light in front of Walmart. He was easy to see,
officers said, because he had a large, 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag -
which contains the Confederate battle flag - sticking up through the sun roof of
his silver Mazda and flapping in the breeze. According to the New York Daily
News, Leonard's staunch support of the flag has been the subject of local news
reports, and he has attended many rallies protesting the removal of the state
shot to death during robbery attempt at Long Jeweler's in Winston-Salem
Police in Winston-Salem are investigating the shooting death of a man during a
robbery attempt at a jewelry store. Police said in a statement that officers
were called to a shooting around 3:30 p.m. Monday. While they responded they got
a report of a robbery attempt at a nearby jewelry store. Officers found a man
who appeared to have been shot to death. Police said it appears three suspects
entered the jewelry store and confronted customers and employees with guns.
Police say an manager in the business shot at one of the suspect and the other
two suspects fled.
FL: Witness helps save shooting victim outside Orange County Best Buy
One person was injured Monday in a shooting in front of a Best Buy near the
Florida Mall. Investigators said the shooter is still on the loose. Kevin
Sutton, who witnessed the shooting, jumped in to help the victim. Sutton was
trying to spread awareness about homeless children by camping outside a Best
Buy, but just after 11 a.m., his mission turned into something else. "When I
heard them arguing, I came to look out, and by the time I got around the van,
cars were already moving," Sutton said. He heard the arguing turn to screaming
and found a man shot in the parking lot.
San Juan, PR: US agents probe shooting of federal suspect
near popular mall in Puerto Rico
A man sought by federal authorities in Puerto Rico has been injured following a
daytime shooting near the U.S. territory's biggest mall. A spokesman for
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the unidentified suspect was shot as he
tried to flee by car from agents who were about to arrest him. Ivan Ortiz said
in a phone interview that authorities are investigating how many shots were
fired and who fired them. He said the man has been hospitalized. His condition
was not immediately known. Ortiz declined to say what charges the suspect faces.
The shooting occurred late Tuesday morning near the popular Plaza de las
Americas mall in the capital of San Juan. Federal agencies are investigating.
Island, NY: LI Police seek gunman who Robbed at least Eight Women's Clothing
Suffolk and Nassau police are on the hunt for a gunman who has targeted at least
eight women's clothing stores in the past two months and tied up employees and
shoppers. In the latest robbery at 10 a.m. Monday, a masked gunman forced people
inside the Rainbow Shops in North Lindenhurst to the back of the store, ordered
an employee to open a safe and took cash from the register.
Gretna, LA: Oakwood Mall Shooting suspect's status hearing
set in Jefferson Parish
A status hearing takes place today for the Marrero man accused of shooting and
killing another man inside a packed West Bank mall on Christmas Eve. Gary
Francois, 26, who is accused of opening fire and killing James Vaughn, 24, at
the Oakwood Mall in Gretna has pleaded not guilty. The hearing will take place
in Jefferson Parish. Francois is accused of killing Vaughn at the Foot Locker
store. Investigators say Francois saw Vaughn in the mall about two hours before
the stores closed. Vaughn was shopping with his family when Francois opened
fire. Investigators say Francois targeted the victim. Deputies say surveillance
video shows Francois waiting for Vaughn outside the Foot Locker store and shot
him three times. Vaughn died on scene.
Hagerstown, MD: Lids, the victim of an Armed Robbery
in Hagerstown Premium Outlets
A male was in custody Monday night following an attempted robbery outside Lids
at Hagerstown Premium Outlets. Police received a call at about 9:07 p.m. about
the attempted robbery at the hat store at the outlets off South Potomac Street.
An employee of Lids said he was leaving the store and walking through the
parking lot when he was approached by a male and a female. The male demanded
that the employee hand over money, police said. When the employee said he did
not have any money, the male pulled a handgun and demanded money again from the
employee. When the employee said again that he did not have any money, the male
and the female fled toward a wooded area.
Knoxville Co., TN: DA, Defense go to war over New Policy on Shoplifters;
Criminal Trespass vs. Business Burglary
Knox County is now the legal battleground for a new war on shoplifters. In a
controversial move untested in Tennessee's appellate courts, District Attorney
General Charme Allen is authorizing the use of felony burglary charges to
prosecute petty thieves who return to the scene of their shoplifting crimes. "We
want to be aggressive toward these repeat offenders," Deputy District Attorney
General Kyle Hixson said Monday. Public Defender Mark Stephens contends the move
is not only legally suspect but ineffective in achieving Allen's stated goal of
deterrence. "The DA has almost relegated itself to being a collection agency or
a protector of Walmart," Stephens said. "It is an overreaction. It is not at all
what the Legislature intended. Most of the shoplifting cases are related to
poverty and poverty issues and some are related to drug addiction. Strapping
somebody who is already struggling with a felony conviction is not smart
deterrence." Shoplifting is a misdemeanor. The lion's share of shoplifting cases
in Knox County, according to Stephens, involve thievery in small amounts. "Most
of what we are seeing with our clients is $10, $20 or $30 items," he said. Like
shoplifting, criminal trespassing is a misdemeanor. Business burglary, on the
other hand, is a felony that carries a minimum two-year prison term and as many
as 12 years if the offender has more than five prior felony convictions. The
legal twist in Allen's new policy comes in exactly what it means to burglarize a
Portage, MI: Man's resume leads to his arrest in cellphone store burglary
Police knew exactly where to look for the suspect of a burglary at a cellphone
store because of the resume he had previously left at the business, authorities
said. Christopher Wesby, was arrested Saturday after he police said he broke
into Boost Mobile Cellular. Police were called to the business about 8:30 a.m.
Saturday to find the front glass door broken. Inside, the business was in
disarray. Police contacted the owner, who arrived and said about $1,500 in
cellphones along with $150 in cash was missing. Watching surveillance video,
police saw a man later identified as Wesby break the door with a piece of
concrete, leave, but return again twice over the next couple of hours to remove
merchandise. The owner recognized Wesby in the video and told police he lived in
the nearby apartment complex.
Susquehanna Valley , PA: Police investigate string
of Skimming Device thefts across the area; Most recent occurred in Chester,
St Louis, MO: ARSON: Ferguson Protester Pleads Guilty to setting fire at
Fountain Valley, CA: Second Fountain Valley
Jewelry Store Robbed in Three Weeks
Brooklyn, NY: Video captures bodega robbery, fatal
Brooklyn shooting of good Samaritan
E. Harlem, NY: Father and young son held hostage, robbed at East Harlem Hardware
store on Sunday
Butner, NC: McDonalds Employee shot inside of the store; serious but stable
Hartland Twp, NJ: Three Walmart Associates sentenced to probation on
embezzlement charges; total restitution over $4,500
Two women face theft charges for scamming multiple Colorado banks; Cash advances
Prattville, AL: Police seeking suspect in Credit Card fraud spree
Memphis, TN: Family Dollar break-in; man steals Socks and Underwear
UK: London: C-Store worker shot in the eye with a
Pellet gun during Robbery
BP (Peters Creek) - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery/ 2X in 1 night
Country Fair - Niles, OH - Armed Robbery
Cottage Market - Niles, OH - Armed Robbery
CVS - Georgetown, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Libertytown, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Hendersonville, NC - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Hazleton, PA - Robbery
Family Dollar - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Herba-Life - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Lids - Hagerstown, MD - Armed Robbery
Long Jewelers - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery/ Suspect killed
Mega Saver - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Pechin's Supermarket - Fayette Co, PA - Burglary
Pitt Stop - Lexington Co. SC- Armed Robbery
Rainbow - Lindenhurst, NY - Armed Robbery
Stop - N -Shop - Saginaw, MI - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Kingston, PA - Armed Robbery
Valero - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
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