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 November 5, 2015


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Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP, Macy's

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Rise in State ORC Laws Reflects Industry Efforts & ORC Spike
With 2008 being really the first measureable year where we see state ORC laws beginning to take hold, what we see over the next seven years is an absolute wave of response across the country. Obviously reflecting the efforts on the part of the entire retail industry, the law enforcement community and the state legislatures.

This in and of itself is evidence of the magnitude and impact ORC is having across the country. To have 30 states pass ORC laws and three others pending in such a short period is reflective of the fact that even our elected officials understand the impact its having on society as a whole. The task in front of all of us now is getting the rest of the states to follow suit in the midst of this decriminalization wave that's taking hold because of the 'Ferguson Effect.'

With federal legislation appearing to be elusive and probably ill-timed, the priority now should be on getting the remaining states to pass ORC laws. Once complete, that accomplishment and acknowledgement itself could be used as leverage at the federal level.



Security System News Recognizes Rising End Users in their '20 under 40' Class of 2015 & Selects Game Stop LP Executive - John Schroeder
Director of LP for the North American market, GameStop, Philadelphia. Today, Schroeder is responsible for loss prevention at 1,165 stores in 14 states. Seven regional loss prevention managers work for Schroeder. Schroeder said he's always "had a passion for protection and investigation and the desire for a leadership role." In his current job, he can "put that all to use." He likes the fact that security is a dynamic field that changes from day-to-day and that he gets to work with different parts of the company including, the associates, the customers and the products.

John Schroeder learned about the security industry during a college internship. He attended Northern Kentucky University where he majored in justice studies and political science, but he found his career interest and a mentor during an LP internship.  He worked for Nate Frazier, a "20 under 40" End User honoree from the Class of 2013.

"We have many phenomenal security tools that we use effectively," he said. But, if there were no budget-or technology restraints-he'd like to have a "fully integrated IP facial recognition software."
The biggest challenge and "what keeps me up at night now and in five years is ensuring the safety of associates and keeping the GameStop family safe. That's what drives me every day," he said.  Editor's Note: Out of the twenty selected in the security industry John was the only retail executive selected. Congratulations John. And good job to Nate Frazier for recognizing and mentoring John. securitysystemsnews.com

U.S. Justice Department Outlines Metrics for New Compliance Expert
The Justice Department laid out on Monday metrics that the agency's new compliance expert will judge companies by in criminal matters. Those metrics include seven steps that the expert will use to judge a compliance program in addition to a specific road map for judging compliance.

● Do directors and managers offer strong support for corporate compliance policies?
● Do compliance personnel have stature in the company? Do the compliance teams get the resources they need?
● Are compliance policies clear and in writing? Are they easily understood and translated.
● Are the compliance policies effectively communicated to employees? Are they easy to find and do employees get repeated training?
● Are the compliance policies updated?
● Are there ways to enforce the compliance policies and is compliance incentivized and violators disciplined?
● Are third parties informed of compliance expectations?

"Our hiring of a compliance counsel should be an indication to companies about just how seriously we take compliance." wsj.com

Apple Store Workers Demand Pay For Bag Check Time
A class of Apple Inc. retail workers on Wednesday urged a California federal judge to rule that the technology giant must pay them for the time they spend having their bags checked at work, arguing that they are under Apple's control during the required security screenings.

Apple's attorney Julie Dunne of Littler Mendelson PC argued that Judge Alsup can't view Apple's screening of employee backpacks, purses and iPhones as mandatory because employees aren't required to bring those items to work. But plaintiffs attorney Lee Shalov said that the court must focus on the activity at issue - the screenings themselves - and not the activity that gives rise to them.

Judge Alsup said that although it's clear the security screenings are mandatory, it's also clear that bringing bags and electronics to work is voluntary for Apple employees. "I don't think we have a case on this point," he said. He took the arguments under submission and didn't indicate how he would rule. law360.com

OSHA Fines to Rise for First Time Since 1990
Even after expected increase of up to about 80%, workplace-safety fines to be tiny compared to those issued by other agencies. Federal penalties for workplace-safety violations were increased this week for the first time since 1990, thanks to a little-noticed provision of the budget bill signed into law by President Barack Obama.

The move would bring the fines in line with inflation over the past 25 years. In the future, fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state workplace-safety agencies would continue to rise with inflation. Workplace safety experts say they will likely increase maximum fines for the most severe citations to $125,000 from $70,000 and for other serious violations to $12,500 from $7,000. wsj.com

Former Foot Locker Marketing Director Gets 4 Months in Prison & $350k Restitution Order for Accepting Kickbacks in $18M Bank Fraud Scheme
Kathleen Smith, a former Foot Locker Inc. in-store-marketing director, was one of two people who had pled guilty in May to conspiracy charges stemming from what authorities characterized as an $18 million bank fraud and kickbacks scheme hatched by co-conspirator and Chief Operating Officer Latchmee "Robbie" Mahato of G3 Displays, a now-shuttered business that handled in-store signage. law360.com

American Apparel Cleared Over Firings After Pinata Protest
The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed nine complaints filed against American Apparel by terminated or suspended employees, including five who were fired after participating in a protest in which a pinata resembling the clothing retailer's CEO was beaten and stabbed with a stick.

The NLRB found that the eight terminations and one suspension - after the workers either participated in the August protest in an American Apparel Inc. parking lot or in what they claimed were labor organizing activities - did not violate the National Labor Relations Act because the employees were not engaged in either union activities or in "protected concerted" activities in which two or more workers act together to improve wages or working conditions, according to the Oct. 28 dismissal letters. law360.com

LP Jobs & Directorship? Be on the
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Dollar Express - a new 330 dollar store chain pops up as a result of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree merger

Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar earlier this year and to satisfy federal regulators, the company agreed to divest 330 Family Dollar stores. Sycamore Partners owns the retailer. Sycamore Partners specializes in consumer and retail investments with a $3.5 billion portfolio that includes brands such as Aeropostale, Coldwater Creek, Hot Topic, the Kasper Group, Nine West, Talbots, and Torrid.  chainstoreage.com

Analyst: Expect Department Stores to Reveal Bumpy Q3 -
Q4 to hit 2.3% growth - Below most predictions
We believe that [third-quarter] results remained under pressure due to: 1) a tough start to the fall selling season given unusually warm weather; 2) continued weakness in the southern territories related to the slowdown in the oil industry; and, 3) a lack of tourism and spending in key U.S. destination cities," Telsey noted. wwd.com

Growing List of retailers closed for Thanksgiving
Here are several regional and national retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day:

● Barnes & Noble
● Bi-Mart
● Burlington Coat Factory
● Cabela's
● Costco
● Crate & Barrel
● GameStop
● Harbor Freight
● HomeGoods
● Home Depot
● Ikea
● Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft
● Lowe's
● Marshalls
● Nordstrom (and Nordstrom Rack)
● Orchard Supply Hardware
● Patagonia
● Petco
● PetSmart
● Pier 1 Imports
● Staples
● Sur La Table
● T.J. Maxx
● The Container Store oregonlive.com

40% plan to spend more this holiday, up from 25% last year - With online being the preferred shopping option - Accenture Survey

Belk shareholders approve sale to Sycamore Partners

City Sports to Liquidate All 26 Stores

October Same Store Sales
Costco comp's up 5% excluding gas price deflation and currency fluctuations with sales up 1%
Fred's comp's up 2.3% with sales up 13%
Cato comp's up 1% with sales up 4%
Conn's, Inc., comp's down 2% with net sales up 5%
The Buckle comp's down 5.8% with net sales down 4.7%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Indigo Books & Music Q2 - Indigo & Chapters comp's up 13.6%, Coles & IndigoSpirit up 12.9% with sales up 8.8%
Cato Q3 comp's up 2% with sales up 4%
Conn's, Inc, comp's flat with net sales up 6%
Ralph Lauren Q2 Retail comp's down 1% with net revenue up 4%
Whole Foods Q4 comp's down 0.2% with sales up 6%
Michael Kors Q2 comp's down 3.4% with revenue up 6.9%
hhgregg Q2 comp's down 3.5% with net sales down 3.8%
Lumber Liquidators Q3 comp's 14.6% with net sales down 11.3%


National Retail Federation 2015 Return Fraud Survey

We 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 link moracar@nrf.com

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Target Breach Claims Review Backs $10M Deal, $10k per Eligible Consumer - Customers Say
Consumers in multidistrict litigation seeking to take Target to task for a massive 2013 data breach told a Minnesota federal judge on Tuesday that the court-appointed claims administrator's analysis of documented claims supports the $10 million settlement deal. Under the agreement, which includes up to an additional $6.75 million for attorneys' fees, consumers who can document their losses will be eligible for up to $10,000. law360.com

Only One Third of Staff Understand Value of IP & 35% Would
Sell It for the Right Price - Report
Two-thirds of UK, US, Australia, and Germany employees don't understand the value of business critical IP, and would not recognize that loss or theft of that data could damage their company, according to new research from Clearswift. The stats come from wider research by the data loss prevention firm into the attitudes of 4,000 employees split evenly across the UK, US, Australia and Germany.

The figures were particularly concerning given that 44% of respondents claimed they have access to sensitive IP, while a third (35%) revealed they can access data "above their pay grade."  What's more, as per research conducted back in July, 35% said they'd sell that IP to a third party for the right price.

Given these figures, it's perhaps not surprising that in a parallel study of 500 global security professionals also carried out by Clearswift, three-quarters (73%) said they thought their business would experience a serious data breach in the next 24 months.

Employee training and awareness is critical to begin with-what are the risks, what are the consequences of cyber-attacks? How to recognize attacks including things like phishing and what to do if they feel there is a problem," he told Infosecurity by email. infosecurity-magazine.com

83% Now Sharing Threat Intelligence - Threat Intel Could Prevent Majority of Breaches
A recent IID and Ponemon Institute survey found that out of the 47% of those surveyed that had a data breach in the past 24 months, 65% said that they believed threat intelligence could have prevented or minimized the consequences of the attack. "It is becoming more and more apparent that raw threat data is not effective. Just like the bad guys share ways to carry out their attacks, organizations must also share actionable and timely ways to stop threats."

The value of effective threat intelligence exchange is clear: A full 75% of respondents believe that exchanging threat intelligence improves their organization's security posture, and 63% say it's good for the United States' critical infrastructure. But the main inhibitors for exchanging threat intelligence are potential liability issues, lack of trust in sources and lack of resources. infosecurity-magazine.com



Frank Albany, formerly with Under Armour Asset Protection, joins Scarsdale Security as National Account Manager

Scarsdale Security Systems is pleased to welcome Frank Albany as its newest National Account Manager. Since joining Scarsdale Security in June, Frank has been actively developing new business in the Retail Sector - including physical security and monitoring solutions. He distinguishes himself through his consultative approach and attention to clients' individual needs.

Before joining Scarsdale Security, Albany earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University, Wilmington, Delaware, in 1990. He immediately assumed a role in Loss Prevention, as an Assistant LP Manager for Woodward and Lothrop Corporation. He steadily built his career and reputation by holding several esteemed positions. Most notably, he served as a Sr. Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Gap, Inc., covering the Mid-Atlantic Region as well as having full Loss Prevention responsibility for Canada. In 2009, Frank was hired as the Sr. Director of Global Asset Protection by Under Armour, Inc. where he was the first individual to ever hold an Asset Protection position for the company. Frank built the Under Armour Asset Protection Program from the ground up and had full responsibility for global supply chain, retail stores, corporate offices and all theft and fraud investigations. The Asset Protection Program at Under Armour delivered best in class inventory results, and it provided a safe and secure environment for teammates and visitors. According to Albany, his trust in Scarsdale Security significantly contributed to these results. In Albany's first year on the job with Under Armour, he selected Scarsdale Security to provide all physical security solutions for card access, CCTV and burglar alarm systems.

Albany's extensive Asset Protection experience has translated into immediate success in his new role with Scarsdale Security. According to Jim Mahoney, Vice President of Sales, "Frank Albany has opened new doors and provided great insight into what loss prevention and asset protection professionals really need from our company. We are extremely excited to welcome Frank to our team. After many years of collaborating with him as a client, we are eager to learn from his experience - and use this knowledge to further catalyze Scarsdale Security's position as a premier services provider in the physical security and monitoring sector."

Scarsdale Security Systems is one of the Northeast's premier security boutiques. It specializes in customized solutions for national multi site customers.

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Over the past 20 years, USS has earned a reputation for its innovation and exceptional customer service, bringing to market some of the most innovative technologies LP professionals use today. USS' EAS tags and systems are highly regarded in the industry, and the company has a proven track record of deploying large-scale video and access control systems. In this LPNN interview, Doug McHose, President of USS, talks about the secret behind the company's remarkable growth. From their Tactical Tagging solution to their latest innovation - NDVision - learn how USS can help LP teams do more with less.

LPNN Quick Take #3

Ed Wolfe, VP Business Development for WG Security, joins Joe and Amber in this LPNN Quick Take. Ed talks about the most surprising findings from the latest National Retail Security Survey, provides an update on WG's Ninja Tag, and tells us which actor he would want to play himself in a movie.

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Getting Ready for CNP Fraud
A month into the transition to EMV in the U.S., the retail sector has to worry about a new threat - card-not-present (CNP) fraud lurks. In anticipation of that shift, CardinalCommerce has partnered with perhaps an unlikely ally, Amtrak, to create a series of steps aimed at getting business proactive and ahead of the curve.

In a white paper titled "A Merchant's Guide to Consumer Authentication Deployment - Tips for Success," the duo posits that a number of "real world tips" can help for a smooth transition to more efficient authentication products.

Any company adopting safeguards should be aware of its own history with CNP and should also be cognizant of its key performance metrics relevant to a given industry, but some common ones to consider (and which impact any business in any industry) range from card acceptance rates to online shopping cart abandonment.

Decisions about technology are also crucial. The merchant must choose among different offerings of gateways, fraud tools (standalone or tied to suites), and levels of technical support and reporting outputs.

An informed team is one that understands the benefits and timeline of the changes taking place, and can relay those advantages to customers through marketing or other communications.

The best laid plans of companies and the people who steer them can oft go awry, so CardinalCommerce and Amtrak recommend having a contingency plan in the form of a rollback (in terms of timeline) or even as a "kill switch" that enables the bypass of 3DS.

Regarding the consumer experience, the more data provided, the better, especially as it benefits the merchant and the authentication process itself. It pays to be on top of the messages that are fed to users during the authentication process, and even when they are NOT authenticated, or when transactions have to go to manual review for completion.

Mobile is an important part of any user experience, increasingly so. Thus, a mobile site must be embedded in any plans for consumer authentication. Safety and security and ease of use is paramount, say Amtrak and CardinalCommerce.

Finally, after the technology is deployed, the system is rolled out, and the consumers are being authenticated, merchants need to constantly track the improvements authentication has been, or should be, making to both the bottom line and consumer traffic overall. The two companies recommend sharing data between merchants and client management information providers as cross pollination of information and ideas can result in optimal fraud prevention. pymnts.com

Checking product inventory goes mobile this holiday season: report
It should not be a surprise that the 2015 GPShopper/comScore Holiday Mobile Shopping survey found 54 percent of mobile shoppers plan to research products from their phone this holiday season. However, some may be surprised to learn that 35 percent plan to create shopping lists and 24 percent plan to check product inventory from their phones. "Product inventory status is a very helpful tool, and not the first thing that comes to mind for many consumers," he said. "The fact that about a quarter of shoppers now use this feature shows how savvy mobile shoppers are becoming in their use of their phones to make the most of their time while shopping." mobilecommercedaily.com

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Spanish police arrest two 'Pink Panther' jewel thieves;
over $1M in merchandise recovered
Two suspected members of the notorious "Pink Panther" group of international jewel thieves have been arrested, Spanish police have announced. Police also recovered valuables worth more than $1M stolen from a jewelry shop on the island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, as part of the operation. The authorities declined to give further information. Members of the Pink Panthers, a loosely aligned network of criminals, are drawn from paramilitary circles in the former Yugoslavia. The group, who have a weakness for expensive watches, have staged more than 380 robberies on luxury stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US since 1999, making off with booty worth more than $359M, according to Interpol. theguardian.com

Cuban National Committed $211,000 Credit Card Fraud in Texas with Help of Russian and Chinese Hackers
A legal Cuban immigrant who has never held a job in America has pleaded guilty to a large-scale fraud scheme using stolen credit card information.

Acosta admitted to buying stolen credit card numbers from Russian, Ukrainian and Chinese hackers to make his own credit cards and use them at local businesses. The Cuban national who has legal status in the U.S. actually wired more than $100,000 to hackers overseas. Through the use of the fraudulent cards, Acosta was able to dupe businesses out of more than $211,000 in merchandise and services. breitbart.com

Huntington Beach, CA: Surveillance video helps Police catch $60,000 eyewear store burglary suspect in Illinois
Investigators say a man stole tens of thousands of dollars in eyewear in Huntington Beach and returned to his home state of Illinois. But thanks to surveillance video, the law caught up with him. The video shows a man wearing a black hoodie staring inside the window of Main Street Eyewear. The video from the night of March 2 shows the man coming back to the store with what looks like a pillowcase. After looking around, he yanks the door open and goes in. Three minutes later, he leaves with a full bag. But he's not done. "He is also seen on video again returning to the same business approximately an hour later and filling up another bag," police said. The video shows him walking out with another full bag. Then, another camera shows him getting into a cab on Main Street. Police say he stole more than $60,000 worth of merchandise. Using the video, detectives tracked the man through the cab company. abc7.com

Memphis, TN: Four men arrested in Multi-county theft ring; $40,000 stolen from The Home Depot
An investigation into the death of a young boy ended with the arrest of several men accused of taking part in a multi-county theft ring. The complicated case began in July when police started investigating a stolen ATV involved in the death of an 8-year-old. Raymond Reams, Julian Burrow, Torunquinas Wilks and Robert Dratnol have been arrested since then for running a theft ring involving Home Depot. Investigators discovered stolen equipment from Quitman County in Mississippi and Fayette and Shelby County in Tennessee. After setting up surveillance, it was discovered that Wilks had stolen roughly $40,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot. myfoxmemphis.com

Palm Beach, FL: Woman accused of using bad checks to buy $26K in merchandise at Macy's
Riviera Beach woman is accused of using bad checks to buy $26,000 worth of merchandise at Macy's, police said. Shannel Jackson, 31, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach Gardens police. Police said Jackson was working as an employee at Macy's while she was writing the bad checks. According to an arrest report, Jackson would write a check knowing that she did not have enough money in her account and then pay her Macy's credit card. With her credit card, she made purchases from early September to the end of October, covering her balances with bad checks, police said. In total, she bought $26,700 worth of merchandise, according to police. sun-sentinel.com

ORC Trio busted hitting Sam's Club in Kenosha County, WI
Massive retail theft operation - with thousands of dollars of goods being stolen from Sam's Club - helped fund heroin purchases, according to court records. Charles Estep, Rachel Fehl and Katie Reck have been charged here with felony retail theft, of items worth between $500 and $5,000 after several incidents over the past few months. If convicted, they could be sent to prison for up to 18 months. According to the criminal complaint, a Sam's Club manager on Oct. 7 reported to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department that he was losing about $7,000 in manual razor cartridges each month. He said he received a tip from an unknown subject that a person - later identified as Fehl - had been overheard at Wal-Mart, talking about stealing from Sam's Club. Fehl admitted taking the razors, the complaint states, and said she had taken other items, too, like flash drives, cellphone cases, ink cartridges and headphones from stores in Illinois and Pleasant Prairie. She is paid 20 percent of the items' value in cash, and that since August she has stolen merchandise worth $15,000. kenoshanews.com

Bellevue, WA: Police arrest 2 in string of ID thefts; thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases at Costco
Bellevue police arrested two people Tuesday suspected in a string of crimes around Puget Sound after a King County Prosecutor contacted police for help finding a suspect. Police said they arrested Giap for driving with a suspended license and a credit card that had been stolen from a Bellevue burglary was found in his pocket. Giap also had a commercial check that had been stolen from a Seattle business in his pocket and Oxycodone tablets concealed in his sock, according to investigators. Officers said Sen had a $2,100 diamond ring in her pocket and a receipt from the Covington Costco. Detectives said they obtained surveillance video of Sen opening a fraudulent account under another person's name at Costco on Monday and immediately purchasing the ring. She then traveled to the Federal Way Costco, where detectives say she presented a counterfeit Washington driver's license and tried to make a second fraudulent purchase for $7,100. Sen ran from the store after Costco loss prevention staff tried to question her about the suspicious transaction. kirotv.com

St Petersburg, FL: Macy's and Police seeking 3 suspects in attempted $4,000 theft of Dooney & Bourke purses
St. Petersburg Police are looking for three individuals who allegedly attempted to steal thousands of dollars in purses from Macy's last month. Police say the trio tried to take off with $4,000 in Dooney & Bourke purses from Macy's on October 23rd, but the store security guard confronted them before they were able to get away, and they dropped the purses. Investigators believe these are the same people who got away with another $4,000+ purse theft from Macy's on October 12th. wfla.com

Augusta, GA: Woman Accused Of Stealing Nearly $3,000 In
Fragrance from Ulta Beauty
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman who reportedly stole nearly $3,000 worth of fragrances from the Ulta Beauty Supply in Augusta. The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd. After an inventory of store items was done, the employee reported that 33 bottles had been stolen worth a total of $2,930. wjbf.com

Racine, WI: Two women charged with Felony theft of $1,200
in Baby Formula from Pick n Save
Two Racine Woman have been charged with felony retail theft for stealing over $1200 in baby formula from a Pick n Save in Mount Pleasant. Desiree Brown and Shaunese Felton are accused of allegedly stealing Gerber Baby Formula on three separate occasions in August. Felton is accused of stealing one additional time at a Walmart in Burlington. The value of this theft was $412.39. cbs8.com

Knox Co, TN: Serial Shoplifter caught on tape stuffing Alcohol down pants
The search is on for a thirsty serial shoplifter who police say has stolen hundreds of dollars worth of liquor from different stores in Knoxville and Farragut. At least four store owners in the area say the man has stolen alcohol from their stores. That's why his photo is being passed around so they can get him off the streets. John Cook, the owner of Toddy's Liquor and Wine, says the suspect moves quickly, entering the store taking what he needs and leaving all within 45 seconds. They caught it all on camera. wate.com

Leesburg, VA: Leesburg Police takes International Police Excellence Award; fighting Organized Retail Crime
The Leesburg Police Department on Oct. 26 won the International Police Excellence Award. The honor is presented annually to agencies and departments in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement's contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities. The 2015 Webber Seavey Award for Policing Excellence was awarded to Leesburg Police based on its fight against organized retail crime. Using evidence-based policing, the department identified an increase in organized shoplifting and losses exceeding those reported to law enforcement. To address these issues Leesburg used a three-prong approach including high-visibility patrols, education and theft prevention operations, Leesburg has experienced a sustained reduction in organized retail crime," the award announcement states. A local presentation of the award will be made by IACP and Motorola officials at the Nov. 10 Leesburg Town Council meeting. loudountimes.com

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Suspect and Walgreens Security Guard Exchange Gunfire in Milwaukee
An armed robbery occurred around 9:00 PM at the Walgreens at 2727 West North Avenue on Wednesday Night. A suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect fled from the store with the cash and got into an SUV and drove away. A security guard from the store followed the suspect's vehicle before the SUV crashed into a light pole. Both the suspect and the security guard exchanged gunfire but neither was injured. The suspect then fled on foot. A .380 semi-automatic gun was found inside the suspect's vehicle. A few hours later, officers arrested the 37-year-old male suspect at a home. The security guard will be ordered into the District Attorney's Office tomorrow for his case to be reviewed. cbs58.com

Chattanooga, TN: Arrest Made in May Shooting at Hamilton Place Mall
Chattanooga Police arrested a man accused of firing a gun outside of Hamilton Place Mall on May 30th of this year. Jeremy Wynn is now charged with reckless endangerment and possessing a firearm with the intent to go armed. Officer Tim McFarland said back in May that it all started when a group of people got into an argument inside the mall. It eventually spilled into the parking lot by Bar Louie. Police say once the groups separated, Wynn fired a shot in the second group's direction, ran inside the mall, and hid. The arrest was made after reviewing surveillance video inside the mall. newschannel9.com

Ruston, LA: Police seek two in Subway shooting, employee
seriously injured Just before 11:00 PM
Wednesday, the Ruston Police Department received a 911 call of an armed robbery at the Subway on West California Avenue. Officers immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers located an employee on the floor in the business suffering from what appeared to be at least one gunshot wound, along with other serious injuries. knoe.com

Alliance, NE: A Gering, NE man who admitted to 5 armed robberies of 4 pharmacies in 3 states has been given another 5-to-10 years in prison, this time 25-year old Richard Trapp was given the sentence yesterday in Box Butte County District Court for robbing the Shopko pharmacy in Alliance, NE. Judge O'Gorman ordered the 5-to-10 years to be served after Trapp finishes the sentences O'Gorman gave him last week in Scotts Bluff County for two robberies of the Walgreens in Scottsbluff, NE. Those sentences were a pair of 6-to-20-year robbery terms that will run at the same time followed by 5-to-10 years for using a firearm in a felony. Trapp still faces charges in Colorado for robbing the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Sterling and in Wyoming for the April robbery of the Shopko pharmacy in Torrington. chadrad.com

Houston and Dallas hit by wave of Robberies targeting Traveling Jewelry Salespersons
A New York based diamond dealer arrived in Houston and spent most of the day with clients. He then drove back towards his hotel and made several sales calls on Westheimer Road. At the last of those sales calls at 4:00 p.m., he parked and was about to exit the car, when a male suspect came up and opened his car door. The suspect showed a gun and took the jeweler's goods. The salesperson saw three or four Hispanic male suspects in all. This is the 12th crime against Traveling Jewelry Salespersons this year in Dallas and Houston, more than twice as many as any other state in the U.S. Eleven of those crimes were robberies, and the twelfth was a theft from an unattended auto. Six were in the Dallas area and six in the Houston area. facebook.com

White Plains, NY: NY Officials Checking Gas Pumps For Credit Card Skimmers
For the first time, New York Weights and Measures officials are conducting a statewide sweep for credit card skimmers at gas pumps. So far, they have discovered skimmers in Rochester and Niagara Falls. cbslocal.com

Atlanta, GA: Burglars drive vehicle through front of NE Atlanta boutique
Burglars drove a vehicle through the front of a northeast Atlanta clothing boutique before daybreak Thursday, but Atlanta police later recovered some of the stolen merchandise from an apartment complex several miles away. The burglars hit Fly Chix Atl on the ground floor of the Dynamic Metals Lofts in the 500 block of Edgewood Avenue around 4:30 a.m., according to police dispatchers. "A witness reported that three vehicles were used during the theft and at least six perpetrators went inside and took items from the business," Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said. ajc.com

Minneapolis, MN: Fight at McDonald's Drive-Thru Caught on camera; No $100 bills
A fight between a customer and a manager at a McDonald's in Minneapolis was caught on camera. The video is going viral on social media. It all started when a customer wanted to pay for a $3 sandwich with a $100 bill. The cashier had to call the manager for more change. When he came to the drive-thru window, police said the customer attacked the manager for taking too long. The manager said the man refused to let go of his tie, and he thought he was going to choke to death. He was finally able to get back inside the window, and police arrested the customer. abc7.com

Queens, NY: Man in Skull Mask, 2 Others Rob Pharmacy at Gunpoint in Brazen Midday Heist

Bridgeton, MO: Former Best Buy worker accused of stealing over $1,200 in gift cards

Stevenson Ranch, CA: Vons reports a man and 3 females stealing $800 of baby formula

Chesterfield police arrest two Estonia natives with ATM skimming device, multiple credit cards

Fort Wayne, IN: Firefighters battle large fire at Lazer X near Glenbrook Mall

Boost - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Capeway - Wareham, MA - Armed Robbery
Cheffy Drugs - Barnesville, OH - Robbery
Cookies Grocery - Allentown, PA - Robbery
CVS - Leonardtown, MD - Armed Robbery/ 2nd suspect arrested
Fly Chix Atl - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Hala Food Mart - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery/ Multiple shots fired
Jon's Sport / Guns - Oshkosh, WI - Burglary
KS &E Sports/ Guns - Lawrence, KS - Armed Robbery
Late Liquor - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
McCarty and Munn - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Shots fired
Mini City Pawn - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery/ Murder
Sally Beauty - Salem, MA - Robbery
S&H - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Trinity Rx - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Saginaw, MI - Robbery
7-Eleven - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery/ shots fired



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