Sdiqa Sharifi was
promoted to Senior Manager, RISC for Ross Stores, Inc. Sdiqa
was previously the Operations Manager, Ross Investigative and Safety Center for
the retailer, and before that she was the Area Loss Prevention Manager from 2008
to 2014. She has also been in loss prevention management positions for Orchard
Supply Hardware and Macy's West. Sdiqa earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in
History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Congratulations Sdiqa!
Webinar: New Perspectives on the National Retail Security Study (NRSS)
Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2-3 pm EST
over 10 years, the National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) has tracked changes in
the Loss Prevention landscape - shifts in trends, evolution of the LP workforce,
and new technologies. How does your company compare to these findings and what
can you learn from this study? Hear Dr. Richard Hollinger of the University of
Florida discuss the latest developments in the security landscape, and get
insights from the most recent edition of the most important study of loss
prevention in the retail industry.
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In this webinar, you will gain:
● An awareness of key base metrics in loss prevention and asset protection.
● Updated knowledge of key ORC, background screening, external crimes, use of
technology as a deterrent and other loss prevention metrics and trends.
● Keen understanding of key and emerging trends in loss prevention.
Dr. Richard Hollinger, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law,
University of Florida
Bob Moraca, Vice President, Loss Prevention, NRF
War Zone to Department Store - Veteran continues mission with
Bloomingdale's Loss Prevention
Gardea Christian spent
three tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan. He hadn't even
thought of the possibility of retail until a recruiter and fellow
veteran suggested Bloomingdales, which happened to be looking for
someone just like him. "We really wanted to focus on bringing
veterans into our organization in leadership roles that would help
them transition out of the military and give us strong leaders on
our sales floors, in our stores," said Melanie Napolitano,
Bloomingdales director of central support recruitment and
development. Christian was hired as a loss prevention manager. There
seems to be a big difference between watching out for enemies in a
mountainous war zone and securing people and merchandise in a
high-end department store. But Christian sees a common thread.
"That's what we do here [at Bloomingdales], we operate ensuring that
safety is number one and then, you know, making sure that people are
secure," said Christian. Finding that sense of mission, and the
satisfaction that comes with it, is key to welcoming veterans back
into civilian life - not just getting any old job.
Daily would like to thank all veterans and active duty military members for
their service - Happy Veterans Day!
Report: In Many States, Security Guards Get Scant Training, Oversight
About 90 bills were introduced in state legislatures this year dealing with the
licensing and training of security officers or requirements for security
companies, according to Steve Amitay, director of the National Association of
Security Companies (NASCO), an industry group. In recent years, similar numbers
of measures have been proposed. None of this year's bills that would have
substantially toughened state requirements was enacted, Amitay said. "In
some of these states, it's a very anti-regulatory environment and they think any
additional regulation on businesses or people performing services is bad,"
Amitay said. "With other folks, it's a resource issue. For the state to start
regulating an industry and requiring licenses requires initial appropriations
and startup costs."
In Connecticut, a bill that would have required security guards to get more
training died in the Senate. In Washington state, a measure that would have
mandated FBI criminal background checks for all applicants never made it to the
House floor. Forty-one states, plus the District of Columbia, license security
officers, but requirements vary greatly from state to state. Alaska, for
example, mandates 48 hours of training initially, plus another eight hours in
firearms training for armed guards. South Carolina requires four hours of
training and an additional four for those who carry a gun. 22 states have no
training requirements for unarmed security guards; 15 of those have none for
armed guards, either.
"I think the largest problem security faces is bad people," said Charles Nemeth,
a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who directs its Center for
Private Security and Safety. "There's been a tremendous de-emphasis on
whether you have good character or not, like whether you've been arrested in
the past for drug use or you can't get good references from people who know
you." When security officers get into trouble, it often involves sexual
misconduct or internal theft and fraud, Nemeth said. "There are many more
cases of that than of security guards shooting people. Stealing is a massive
problem in the retail sector."
Sandi Davies, director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers,
a nonprofit that gives training certificates to security guards, said the
industry needs to hike salaries and reduce turnover. Ultimately, her group would
like to see a national standard of 60 to 80 hours of training. "Your security
officer is often your first responder," Davies said. "With today's threats -
workplace violence issues, school shootings - you want this person to be
prepared and well trained. Bringing someone in with little or no training,
what's the value? It's more of a detriment, and it can be the difference between
life and death."
Australia: Security guard ejects six black students from Apple store in
Melbourne - "They're just worried you might steal something" - Video of incident
Six black students have been asked to leave a store over concerns they 'might
steal something', in an incident which appears to have racist motivations. The
incident at an Apple store in Highpoint shopping centre, north-west Melbourne,
was caught on video and uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday night. The footage has
since been viewed almost 47,000 times, sparking outrage at what most viewers are
calling 'blatant racism'. 'These guys are just a bit worried about your presence
in our store,' security at the Apple store is heard saying in the footage. When
the boys, taken aback, asked for what reason they were being asked to leave,
security responded: 'They're just a bit worried you might steal something.'
UK Police tell retailers they WON'T turn up on Black Friday, as they urge proper
Police deployment will only be considered as a "last resort" after being called
to scenes of chaos in the aisles. Bargain hunters were in meltdown last year as
they scrambled to get their hands on one-day only special deals offered by a
number of stores across Britain. Footage showed fights breaking out, shoppers
being trampled on, and crushes at the doors as customers stampeded into the
shops. Already American-owned Asda, which was the scene of mayhem across the
cancelled the offer deal after shoppers said they didn't want to be "held
hostage" in their supermarket. Last year's chaos around the event prompted Sir
Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, to condemn lax
security arrangements in place to cope with the huge crowds.
In a strongly worded letter to retailers, Dep Chief Con Sue Fish, of
NPCC's Business and Retail Crime Unit, warned sales should be appropriately
staffed and said police are not a substitute for in-store security. She
said: "The police will intervene if necessary to protect public order and
safety. But we should be the service of last resort, not a substitute for
carefully-considered in-store security plans. Having to deploy officers to deal
with the fallout of highly-marketed but under-staffed sales in shops diverts
valuable resources from other areas of policing and is in most cases avoidable
through advance planning."
UK retailers spending $3B annually on loss prevention solutions
New research shows that retailers in the UK are spending around 2 billion pounds
(about $3 billion US) annually on loss prevention solutions, with EAS top of
their shopping lists. Of the retailers surveyed in the annual Global Retail
Theft Barometer, which is underwritten by an independent grant from Checkpoint
Systems, the majority use CCTV/DVR, security guards, and alarm monitoring
solutions. Three in four respondents report that they use each of these tools as
part of their loss prevention strategies. Some 63% of retailers use Electronic
Article Surveillance (EAS), including labels and hard tags/EAS antenna
solutions, while 38% said that make use of spider wraps and security keepers.
Meanwhile, shelving solutions to control product access were also used by 38% of
the UK retailers questioned for the research.
Why Employees Are the Last Line of Defense Against New EMV Card Fraud
With EMV bringing a more fraud-proof card technology to the U.S., criminals will
turn to the path of least resistance, which in many cases will be the
unsuspecting or poorly-trained employee. With more and more fraud moving to
card-not-present (CNP), technology alone isn't enough to protect cardholder
data. As before, retail and financial services employees will be a last critical
line of defense against a new wave of payment card fraud. While it may seem
basic, many of the fundamentals of PCI Compliance are vital for employees
tasked with handling and processing payment card data in this era of CNP fraud.
For example, employees must understand protocols for alerting supervisors if
they have any suspicions about the validity of a payment card or a person's
behavior. They should not alert the person without consulting with their
The problem many organizations face is not distributing these kinds of
guidelines to employees; it is translating these fundamentals into knowledge
that leads to real behavior change and ultimately, cultural change. The only way
the retail and financial services industries can achieve a risk-aware culture is
through a well-designed awareness training and reinforcement program that
helps build security-minded habits and behaviors. A risk-aware culture starts
from the top down, which is why it is important for every employee, from
executives to entry-level staff, to participate in training. Comprehensive
training and reinforcement is important because employees are only as smart as
their most recent training; it takes adaptive, ongoing training to address the
concerns that tomorrow's security challenges bring.
Retailers' Full Shelves May Force Holiday Discounts
Unsold goods are piling up on retailers' shelves, a worrisome trend that signals
weak consumer spending heading into the Black Friday kickoff to the holiday
season. A glut could make it harder for department store chains to hit their
earnings targets in reported results arriving this week. But it could be a boon
for shoppers if larger-than-expected discounts are needed to clear unsold
merchandise. Nomura and Citi retail analysts on Monday forecast weak
third-quarter results at Macy's Inc. and Kohl's Corp. due to
slower-than-expected sales that had left the pair awash in excess merchandise at
the end of the period. Executives at Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. and Ralph Lauren
Corp. , which supply the chains with goods, earlier said there has been a
buildup of inventory at big department stores.
Walgreens president shares strategies, rationale for Rite Aid acquisition
Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance's EVP and Walgreens president, on Tuesday
provided a snapshot of Walgreens U.S. market strategy, including how the
proposed Rite Aid acquisition folds into that strategy, during the Credit Suisse
2015 Healthcare Conference. According to Gourlay, Walgreens will be able to
deliver differentiated front-end shopping experiences to a greater degree
across the Northeast and California markets with the Rite Aid acquisition.
"Walgreens is very strong in the middle of the country [and] Rite Aid has a
really complementary footprint, which allows us to become strong in all these
most-important markets," he said. "We think that will be important given the
consolidation of other channels and given also the consolidation in other parts
of the supply chain." Gourlay added that Rite Aid possesses an innovative
corporate culture that will complement Walgreens' marketing and merchandising
initiatives. "We've also got some great ideas from the Rite Aid team," Gourlay
said. "We think that the best from Europe, the best from the Walgreens team here
in the USA and the best from Rite Aid in the USA will truly give us a new model
going forward that will sustain growth into the future."
Walgreens posts Director, Asset Protection Solutions position online
- Based in Earth City, Missouri
Responsible for developing and implementing department strategies and
integrating efforts with division and company strategies, emphasizing product
availability, inventory productivity, and cost productivity. Participates with
other directors to establish strategic plans and objectives. Ensures budgets and
schedules meet corporate requirements. Creates and fosters a high performance
culture, directing the development of innovative processes and solutions to
complex, organization-wide challenges. Directs and controls the activities of a
broad functional area through several department managers with the company.
Walgreens is the largest drugstore chain in the U.S., with more than 8,200
stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands. The company had fiscal 2014 sales of more than $76
billion. In December 2014, Walgreens completed its strategic combination
with Alliance Boots to establish Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., forging the
first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. And just recently,
Walgreens announced its plan to
acquire Rite Aid in a $17.2 billion deal.
Kroger to buy Roundy's supermarket chain to expand in Midwest
500 LensCrafters to open in Macy's stores
Wal-Mart nearly halfway to goal of hiring 250,000 veterans
One-third of retailers plan to open on Thanksgiving Day
American Apparel misses deadline to file quarterly report - Q3 net sales down
Quarterly Same Store
J.C. Penny Q3 comp's up 6.4% - strongest growth in more than 9 years
Ahold Q3 comp's up 1.8% with net sales up 0.8%
Boot Barn Q2 comp's up 0.1% with net sales up 50%
Roundy's Q3 comp's down 3.4% with net sales down 0.2%
Macy's Q3 comp's down 3.6% with net sales down 5.2%
Success Starts With Our Partners!
the years, The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) has successfully developed into
an international leader in educating and certifying retail loss prevention and
asset protection professionals; however, this success would not be possible
without the tremendous support of our foundation partners, who play a
significant role within the Foundation.
So many ways in which we can provide resources to the LP community start with
these partners - by providing subject matter expertise for certification
content, the LPF is able to develop a valuable educational tool for industry
Many of the LPF events which takes places through the year are sponsored by the
foundation partners, such as charity events like the RILA LP Memorial Fund,
where many of these companies generously donated prizes for the raffle event. In
addition, so many of the LPQ/LPC scholarship opportunities provided to LP/AP
professionals would not be possible without these partnerships.
We at the LPF are grateful for these solution providers who dedicate their time
and efforts to assist us in enriching the global loss prevention industry.
Thank you for all that you do!
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Royal Flush: $3.6M In Fake Chips Pulled From
Atlantic City John In "bungled" scheme
The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the New Jersey
State Police with their investigation into the affairs of Christian Lusardi.
Lusardi, a prolific criminal, exploited the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in
Atlantic City. Lusardi bought counterfeit casino chips online from a Chinese
manufacturer, then affixed the fake Borgata logos onto each one. He pleaded
guilty to second-degree trademark counterfeiting and third-degree criminal
mischief and will spend five years in prison. Read more on this in the article
For further information on PayPal GAP Team, email inquiries to
Kroger is building the grocery store of the future
It's no secret that Kroger has been expanding the products it sells at it
stores. But customers might not know the company is making some high-tech
updates on how a grocery store functions. For example, few customers probably
are aware that every time they walk into a Kroger, an infrared camera notes
their arrival. In 2012, Kroger rolled out QueVision, a technology platform that
uses sensors and predictive analytics to feed managers real-time data -
the first and currently only system of its kind in the US. By granting managers
knowledge of how many customers are in the store at any second in time,
QueVision gives them real-time knowledge of when long lines will happen and
where cashiers are needed before a pileup even begins. Data collected over time
is fed into the algorithm to provide predictions of exactly what to expect on
certain days of the week or month. Before the feature was deployed, average
wait time at the store was four minutes. Today, it is less than thirty seconds.
QueVision is just the beginning of futuristic tech at the company. At an
investor conference in late October, the company reported that 17 million
customers have digital accounts with Kroger, with more than 20% of all customers
using digital tools in certain markets.
Energy and Operational Efficiencies Retailers May Be Missing Out On
Excess energy consumption in retail can exceed 30%, which means there is a huge
opportunity for savings that many retailers have not yet fully explored.
Retailers spend nearly $20 billion annually on energy expenses, according to the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By saving just 15% from optimizing
operations and eliminating waste, we can save $3 billion as an industry.
Certainly, if you knew that some of your locations were running cooling and
heating systems concurrently, you would know how to correct the problem and save
energy. The true challenge for retail chains is in the ability to detect the
inefficiencies. When we have problems with loss prevention, we install cameras
to gain visibility into what is going on at each location. Similarly, to detect
operational inefficiencies, we also need visibility. Naturally, this kind of
visibility cannot be gained by installing cameras to watch our systems. Instead,
we use the Internet-of-Things to track electrical current sensors that report on
each device's operation and efficiency. What cameras are to loss-prevention,
electrical current sensors are to energy efficiency. They provide the
visibility to take quick and assertive action against those systems and
inefficiencies that are stealing a company's bottom line.
Arrests made in JP Morgan, eTrade, Scottrade Hacks
U.S. authorities today announced multiple indictments and arrests in connection
with separate hacking incidents that resulted in the theft of more than 100
million customer records from some of the nation's biggest financial
institutions and brokerage firms, including JP Morgan Chase, E*Trade and Scottrade. Prosecutors in Atlanta and New York unsealed indictments against four
men and one unnamed alleged co-conspirator in connection with a complex,
sprawling scheme to artificially manipulate the price of certain publicly traded
U.S. stocks. The defendants are accused of hacking into JPMorgan Chase in 2014,
stealing the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of the holders
of some 83 million accounts at the financial institution -a breach that the
Justice Department has dubbed the "largest theft of customer data from a U.S.
financial institution in history." Scottrade announced a similar breach of
4.6 million customer records in October 2015. Etrade last month warned 31,000
customers that their contact information may have been breached.
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ALL-TAG Now Offers a New Source-Tagging Service to Consumer Product Goods
ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft
Security Tags, Security Labels, and other Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS)
products, announces new service offerings for CPG (Consumer Product Goods)
Boca Raton, Florida -
a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other
Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) products, announces new service offerings
for CPG (Consumer Product Goods) Manufactures.
ALL-TAG has always been a trusted source for RF (Radio-Frequency) and AM (Acousto-Magnetic)
security labels used to tag retail merchandise at the source. Now the company
can make a source-tagger's job even easier by performing the actual tagging in
the ALL-TAG manufacturing facility in Florida.
Source Tagging is a very efficient, cost-saving process where product
manufacturers and packagers strategically position RF or AM security labels on
products before shipping them to retail stores. Both retailers and product
manufacturers benefit from source tagging in many ways.
Using a Label-Aire brand high-speed label application machine, ALL-TAG can apply
both RF and AM labels to all types of retail product packaging in a very timely
"As source tagging experts, we work closely with manufacturers and packagers to
determine the RF or AM label position that ensures excellent detection by an EAS
system, invisibility and tamper resistance, and deactivation convenience at the
checkout counter," explained Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert. "This new
service gives source-taggers one source where they can purchase RF and/or AM
Labels and have them applied to the retail product packaging."
For more information about Source Tagging or ALL-TAG, please visit
Since 1992, ALL-TAG has been a leading manufacturer of Electronic Article
Surveillance (EAS) products and services designed to help retailers protect
their merchandise from shoplifting. The company is the currently the second
largest global manufacturer of anti-theft labels. ALL-TAG Corporation., located
in Boca Raton, Florida USA, opened in 2000 as a global sales and marketing
office. In July of 2011, ALL-TAG launched a new production facility to
manufacture labels in the United States. The new factory is now the sole
manufacturing plant for all of the ALL-TAG RF Labels sold around the world. The
company also has inventory warehouses in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to
ensure timely deliveries to our customers in those regions.
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Loss Prevention is an interesting
field - I'm sure that's why most of us are in it! The infamous cat-and-mouse
game that smaller teams of LP folks often battle with larger groups of employees
and shoplifters. It's quite a unique industry with all of us always being right,
I joke a bit, as I write about this topic. It's a topic, like many others - that
can make you or break you as a Loss Prevention Executive. Having started my
career in individual retail locations, it was engrained into me that things were
very "black-and-white", no grey. Either they did it or they didn't do it. Let's
face it; you need to be darn certain that your apprehension/detention is a legal
one, right?! My fear is that many people bring that same, "all-or-nothing"
mentality with them as they climb the corporate ladder. As you distance yourself
from the day-to-day apprehensions and investigations, and you are soon
surrounded by Marketing executives, Human Resource professionals and artistic
Merchants, you are immediately tossed into an environment rich with grey... and
red, blue, green - everything! This can be overwhelming for someone who was
programmed in, and who spent many years in the field.
Now I'm definitely not suggesting that anyone lower their expectations, stomp on
your moral compass, or risk tarnishing your ethical credibility. What I am
suggesting, however, is that you try your best to put yourself in the shoes of
those who you work with on a daily basis; the creative folks, the folks who are
truly energized by co-workers, the folks who program I.T. code all day. We are
all in very robust environments, with dozens of different personality types -
make the most of it! Take the time to try to understand what makes people tick,
and what the goals are of the various departments who you work alongside. At the
same time, find a more casual, positive (non-authoritative) way to explain what
you're all about, and what goals you and your department have for the company's
A lot of the time, Loss Prevention is focused on apprehensions, investigations,
and brand-degrading incidents that occur. That's part of the job, and it will
always be part of the job. I'm willing to guess that the majority of your
co-workers have a general sense of what Loss Prevention does for the company -
no need to beat it into them repeatedly. As a Loss Prevention Executive, spend
your time and energy strategically and creatively trying to tie your
department's efforts in with your corporate peers. Once people know that you're
open-minded, willing to listen, willing to admit that you're not always right,
and willing to operate in the grey once in a while, you will immediate notice
open doors and healthy dialogue in your new role. Give it a shot, and happy
more of Mike's "Roadmap for New LP Executives" series
here, with topics including:
Meet and Greet Your Team --
Assessment/Task Delegation -- Company Priorities -- Developing an
Action Plan -- Visibility/Accountability/Recognition -- Effective
Communication -- Evaluating Company Structure -- Physical Security
Platform -- Budgeting -- Capital Expenditure -- Documenting Your
Accomplishments -- and more!
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VP Retail Sales, talks about Protection 1's recent acquisitions and how it plays
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Real-time payments require real-time fraud solutions
With the adoption of real-time payments systems around the globe, real-time
fraud prevention is becoming ever more of a necessity. The growth in payment
options and the desire for consumers and businesses to transact in a faster,
more immediate manner requires fraud prevention tactics to keep pace. Think
of it this way, if you had only one chance to ensure your customer's money was
transferred legitimately to a place that they intended it to go, wouldn't you
want to have a tool or mechanism in place to confirm the transaction is valid
before the money leaves that account?
A recent ACI-commissioned YouGov survey of over 2,000 adults in the UK indicated
that 41% expect electronic payments to reach their destination either
immediately or in less than 5 minutes. The demands of consumers and businesses
to have immediate access to funds has created an imperative that requires
financial institutions to perform real-time fraud detection with laser accuracy.
For high volume channels like credit and debit cards, financial institutions
have employed real-time fraud prevention tools to primarily focus on the
riskiest of transactions, but not the full set of transactions running through
the system on a daily basis. With this approach, less risky transactions are
monitored in near real-time or batch mode so that the history of transactions
can be accounted for and factored into future risk mitigation decision making.
Lower volume higher risk transactions, like commercial wire and ACH payments
through the online channel, have normally been treated with all transactions
evaluated in real-time. In other words, a real-time decision to let the
payment continue on or not is made for every transaction.
Online shopping is killing a category that retailers have been relying on for
years - and now they're scrambling
Companies that sell impulse buys like candy, mint, and gum to customers waiting
near the cash register are scrambling to find new solutions. More people are
ordering groceries and other products online, meaning increasingly shoppers
don't have the chance to be tempted by snacks in the checkout line, reports Ad
Even those who do shop in stores are more likely to utilize digital grocery
lists and have their face buried in their phones while waiting in line, instead
of making the split-second decision to add a candy bar to the shopping cart. As
a result, companies like Mondelez, Hershey, and Wrigley are trying to redefine
what an "impulse buy" means in the 21st century. The online impulse buy has
become a major opportunities for these companies.
Mondelez now pushes social shopping with Facebook, a space that mixes the power
of specific ad targeting with a huge captive audience browsing the platform.
Hershey and Wrigley use Amazon Dash buttons to sell Ice Breakers and Orbit gum.
Hershey has worked with e-commerce companies including Amazon Prime Now,
Instacard, Peapod, and Amazon Fire. Offline, the brands are discovering new
areas where consumers are susceptible to impulse purchases, such as shared
office spaces, Dunkin' Donuts checkout, and even Ubers, as part of an Uber
Essentials test that ended in early 2015.
Alibaba makes $5 billion in 90 minutes on "Singles Day"
The world's biggest online shopping holiday got off to a roaring start in China.
In the first 90 minutes of the "Singles Day" sale, which kicked off at 12
midnight in Beijing on Nov. 11, total sales exceeded $5 billion, Alibaba
reported. About 74% of sales were from mobile phones. Estimates are that annual
shopping extravaganza could reach as high as $11 billion in sales. Singles' Day
originated as a student celebration of male and female bachelorhood. But over
the years it has been transformed by Alibaba into an online mega-sales event.
Black Friday is Better Online: Data Reveals
eCommerce Takes Over Entire Shopping Period
Amazon gets together with Oprah, opens first store
E-commerce platform vendor Shopify grows Q3
City Sports shuts down online sales and will close
Ad sales boost ecommerce sites
Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report
Yesterday we showed you the full scale report of average dollar
amounts per ORC Case from 2012 through 2015. Here is
how 2012 stacks up against last year. In 2014 alone, total cases increased 132%,
dollars reported increased 367% and average dollar amount per case increased
95%. Will this upward trend continue for 2015?
*2015 data only through September 30th
Antonio, TX: Another suspect charged in $1M UPS theft ring bust
Authorities say a 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a theft
ring responsible for $1 million worth of stolen merchandise from UPS. Peter
Garnica is now being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and
felony cargo theft. Garnica was an employee at the UPS warehouse on Northeast
Side. Several people have already been arrested in this case, including Juan
Betancourt and Michael Rozier. Betancourt was a shift manager at the warehouse.
Investigators say he confessed to telling two employees which items to steal.
Garnica and Rozier worked at the shipping dock. We're told UPS contacted police
in June, but the thefts may have started in December.
GA: Smash & Grab burglary of thousands in Jewelry from Nest Feathers
Armed with a sledgehammer and a trash can, a man is caught on surveillance video
breaking into a Hall County store and stealing tens of thousands of dollars in
jewelry. It happened at Nest Feathers in Oakwood. Just days ago, the display
cases were filled with Pandora jewelry. But in the early hours of Sunday
morning, a crook made off with $62,000 of the sparkling gems. Surveillance video
shows a man with a sledgehammer breaking through the front door and going
straight to the Pandora jewelry.
Short Hills, NJ: Thieves Rob Neiman-Marcus, Over $24,000 in Merchandise
On November 7, 2015 Millburn Police Officer Kaiser responded to Neiman Marcus at
The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report that occurred on November 6, 2015.
Neiman Marcus personnel report a white female described as having brown hair,
wearing jeans, black/white striped sweater, red jacket vest, and red shoes
concealed 3 Chanel handbags, 2 Chanel sweaters, and 1 Chanel necklace valued at
$24,050 and left the store without making payment. The incident is under
investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.
CO: Couple accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of TVs from a Fountain
A couple accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of TVs from a Fountain
Sam's Club last month have been caught. Fountain police say 31-year-old Sam
Reardon and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Nicole Nielsen, were arrested this week
on multiple charges. Reardon and Nielsen are accused of stealing several TV and
other merchandise from the Sam's Club on Oct. 14. Police have not mentioned many
details about the crime, but say charges against them include felony theft,
conspiracy and false information to a pawnbroker. Investigators obtained arrest
warrants for the couple on Monday. Reardon and Nielsen were then arrested in
their Colorado Springs home, the Fountain Police Department announced Tuesday
Deerfield Beach, FL: Thieves smash into cellphone store,
$20,000 of merchandise stolen
Authorities are investigating after thieves smashed out the window of a
cellphone store Wednesday morning in Deerfield Beach. The burglary was reported
in a shopping plaza at 3450 W. Hillsboro Blvd. An employee at the store told
Local 10 News that 10 Hoverstance boards were stolen, as well as cellphones and
iPads. He said about $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken. Authorities have
not released a description of the thieves at this time.
Annapolis, MD: Formed Waiter accepts plea deal in $10,000
credit card fraud scheme
According to Anamanya's plea agreement, while working as a waiter at an
Annapolis restaurant, Anamanya was approached by two co-conspirators and agreed
to use a credit card reading device, known as a "skimmer," to steal credit and
debit card information. A few days later, Anamanya met with his co-conspirators
and gave them the skimmer he had used in return for another skimmer. From July
through October 2009, Anamanya repeated this process, compromising the credit
card information of approximately 12 individuals. The total loss reasonably
attributable to Anamanya's conduct was $10,153.81. Four other co-conspirators
have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing.
Fort, AL: Over $3,000 of stolen merchandise leads to high-speed chase
Four suspects have been arrested after Spanish Fort police say the suspects led
them on a high speed chase across the bay that ended in Prichard. Officials say
the theft of over $3,300 worth of merchandise from two department stores sparked
a high-speed police chase Monday night which began in Baldwin County and ended
in the Prichard area. According to officials, the chase started at the Eastern
Shore Centre after four suspects: 21-year-old Jaqayla Deldra McCants,
19-year-old Brittany Shareese Moore, 23-year-old Katrina M. Ankum and
21-year-old Siyunia Jakala McCants, stole $3,352 worth of merchandise from
Victoria's Secret and Dillard's.
Johnson City, TN: Academy Sports busts 3 in ORC ring hitting for over $1,000
On November 6, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 28-year-old Matthew
S. Buckingham and 35-year-old Kimberly H. McNees. Buckingham was charged with
shoplifting over $1,000 and McNees was charged with theft of property over $500.
On November 10, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 32-year-old
Christopher B. Boyd and charged him with theft of property under $500. On
November 3, employees of Academy Sports reported that merchandise had been
stolen from the store and returned later the same day on each day, October 31 -
November 3. Further investigation revealed that Buckingham stole the
merchandise, then McNees and Boyd would return the merchandise for gift cards.
Wilkes Barre, PA: Over $2,000 in items reported stolen from Macy's
Police are investigating a theft from Macy's in the Wyoming Valley Mall that
resulted in over $2,000 in items being taken from the store. Store security
reported to police that on at 5:16 p.m. on Monday that two black women and one
black man had stolen multiple Michael Kors and North Face clothing items. The
women were allegedly seen running from the store with two sweatshirts each,
valued at $200. The man was also seen carrying jackets valued at $1,949. Total
value of the theft is $2,149.
St Mary's MD: Employee theft scheme alleged at St.
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TX: 106 People Indicted In Deadly Biker Shooting at Twin Peaks Restaurant in
McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna announced yesterday that 106 people
were indicted by a Texas grand jury in connection to the deadly shooting this
past May at a strip mall involving rival biker gangs that resulted in nine
deaths. According to Reyna, the accused allegedly "engaging in organized
criminal activity with the underlying offense being aggravated assault and
murder." Nine people were shot and killed while 18 others were hospitalized
after the May shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. 177 people in total
were arrested, with 71 cases still waiting to be presented to the grand jury.
Texas State Police said the mele started after an uninvited biker gang showed up
at Twin Peaks, where a coalition of the motorcycle gang leaders had reserved the
outdoor bar area. Police recovered almost 500 weapons including 151 guns,
assorted knives, brass knuckles, batons, hammers, and the bikers' blunt objects
of choice; padlocks wrapped in bandanas.
Fort Wayne, IN: Store Owner Robbed and shot in parking lot, serious condition
Fort Wayne police are investigating a shooting on the city's north side that
left one man in serious condition. Officers were called to Glenn Avenue near
North Clinton around 9:15 Tuesday night. Investigators said the owner of a
nearby store was robbed in the parking lot and then shot.
Memphis, TN: Police investigating string of dollar store robberies
The robbery happened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Memphis police tell FOX13 the
robber jumped the counter and stole the cash register before taking off. This
marks the 7th dollar store robbed in Memphis in the last month. Two robberies
were at Dollar General stores, and five were at Family Dollar stores.
Madison, WI: Man with handgun robs store at Westgate Mall
A man robbed a store in Westgate Mall store Tuesday afternoon after displaying a
handgun, Madison police said. After displaying the weapon, the man demanded
money from the clerk and fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The
man is believed to have fled the scene on foot and left in a vehicle, Madison
police Lt. Kelly Donahue said. The incident happened around 4:36 p.m. Madison
police declined to name the store that was robbed.
Montreal, CN: Man, 22, arrested in July Jewelry store heist
Longueuil police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a jewelry
store robbery that happened in July. On July 8, four suspects broke into the
Monaco shop in Promenades St-Bruno shortly after closing, and attacked two
employees with pepper spray. They then broke display cases, grabbed merchandise
and fled in a vehicle driven by the fifth suspect. Police released surveillance
video at that time, and thanks to information gathered, they were able to make
an arrest Tuesday. Kelly Bien Aime, 22, from Montreal, is scheduled to appear
Wednesday at the Longueuil courthouse. He is known to police. Investigators are
looking into three other suspects in the robbery, as well as the driver of the
Midland, TX Police Release Pictures of ATM Skimmer Suspect
Kay Outlet, Franklin
Mills, Philadelphia, PA was the victim of a Grab & Run, diamond ring valued at
Madison, TN: Shoplifting suspects pepper spray exit while fleeing Dick's
BJ Convenience - Port Arthur, TX - Armed Robbery
BP - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot
BP - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Dink Bee - Keene, NJ - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Bastrop, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Springfield, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Doe Run, MO - Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Lockport, NY - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - S. Whitehall Twp., PA - Robbery
Family Fare - Grand Rapids, MI - Armed Robbery
Hy-Vee - Omaha, NE - Robbery
J&J Perez - Philadelphia, PA - Shooting/ 1 killed
Kingston - Birmingham, AL - Robbery
Railway Freight - Americus, GA - Burglary
Salem & Son - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
The Spot - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
7-11 - Jamestown, NY - Armed Robbery
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