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New York Police Bolster Security Ahead of Thanksgiving Parade
Measures include earlier start to balloon-filling event, more blocker vehicles along parade route.

Last year an ISIS publication named the 2016 parade a prime target for a truck attack. On Halloween a truck attack claimed the lives of eight people along the West Side Highway bike path. That night, the Village Halloween Parade went on as planned.

The 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will see extra precautions this year, while the night-before balloon-inflation party on the Upper West Side will see significant changes, New York City Police Department officials said Monday.

The Wednesday event will begin earlier, at 1 p.m., and end promptly at 8 p.m. instead of the usual end time of 10 p.m. The change is intended to make it easier for the parade to get going on Thursday morning, a police official said.

The Wednesday evening event, which years ago mostly attracted local residents, now draws at least 200,000 people, officials said. This year, revelers will need to enter the balloon inflating on West 74 Street at Columbus Avenue and go through a screening area before entering the inflating area on West 77 Street. Backpacks won't be allowed, but strollers are permitted.

As usual, the immediate blocks around the American Museum of Natural History will be closed to traffic beginning Wednesday morning and into Thursday.

Three million spectators are expected to line the parade route and while crews are hard at work preparing for the big event, the NYPD is also doubling down to keep revelers secure. Each balloon will have an officer assigned to it in addition to other less visible measures.

There are no specific or credible threats against the city or the parade, said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. While last month's truck attack in lower Manhattan that killed eight people remains fresh in memory, he said, "New York's response is to remain strong and resilient."

"We do not back down in the face of terror threats and we don't back down in the face of terrorism itself," said Mr. de Blasio. "This city is filled with resolve."

Still, this year's parade will have a "very forceful police presence," said Mr. de Blasio, and more of the same familiar precautions now commonly seen at the city's major events.

Police officials said there will be no crosstown traffic along the parade route. There will be more trucks filled with sand and blocker vehicles to close off streets along the route.

Heavy-weapon teams will be stationed along the route, as will canine dogs. There will be observation teams on rooftops, mounted police officers and radiation detector devices, police officials said, and there will also be a police officer on every block.

CEO Executive Protection Risk?
Korn Ferry survey: Retail CEOs worried about upcoming pay disclosure ruling
The SEC's new CEO Pay Ratio ruling requires public companies to disclose the ratio of total compensation of CEO to the total compensation of the median employee. According to a survey by Korn Ferry, 64% of retailers are concerned about explaining the meaning of the CEO pay ratio to employees, and 56% are concerned with the comparison of their ratio to that disclosed by other retail companies.

The majority of respondents reported their CEO ratio is likely to between 200 and 1100 of the median employee total compensation.

Korn Ferry recommends that retail organizations not hide the ratio from their employees. "Instead, we recommend putting forward clear communication on how the ratio is calculated and why it is not a clear measure of compensation in the organization."

Editor's Note: The concern here is what is the immediate response from the public, employees, and disgruntled employees and/or spouses and does it temporarily increase safety risk for these executives. As it's rolled out all at once across the country and given the current climate do we see isolated protests or disgruntled employees making social media posts. There's bound to be a response - the question is what is it and how is it handled? Just a thought about executive protection and being prepared. Do you have a plan from an LP prospective as this could actually be subject of discussions at the store level, in the warehouses, and in logistics.

More Than 300 Mass Shootings in U.S. in 2017
Safety measures heightened at local shopping centers for Black Friday weekend
After mass shootings killed dozens in Las Vegas and a small Texas church in recent months, shopping centers and malls are ensuring security protocols are robust for large crowds before the busy holiday shopping season.

Regional malls and shopping centers have seen violent crimes in recent years, but nationally retailers are more focused on combating theft and nonviolent crimes that cause loss of revenue for stores. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

A significant increase in store traffic can be a challenge for shopping malls and centers, and security firms are encouraging mall teams to ensure crowd control and identify suspicious behaviors during the busy holiday season. The busy shopping season comes on the heels of a string of mass shootings in populated areas. There has been more than 300 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2017, according to nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

Global security firm GardaWorld encouraged malls to "provide situational awareness and security training to shopping mall's personnel" before the holiday season.

From 2003-2008, there were 944 homicides involving workers in retail, according to a BLS study. Violent crimes occur more frequently in the parking lots of shopping centers, rather than in the actual malls. Parking lots are not a high priority for retailers when it comes to taking security precautions, Timothy L. Zehring, a risk assessment consultant, told STORES Magazine. daytondailynews.com


CVS Health Recognized for Evidence-Based HR
CVS Health is the winner of the 2017 HRM Impact Award, which recognizes organizations with outstanding evidence-based HR management practices. The award also promotes successful HR practices and initiatives that have been measured through data-driven analyses.

CVS Health's winning project, the Customer Care Pre-Hire Screening Assessment, is a custom-built, multimedia pre-hire screening assessment with a realistic job preview that integrates the company's applicant tracking system. Post-implementation studies have shown that the assessment for its call center workers has quickly and dramatically lowered costs, improved applicant reactions, and increased new hire performance on a variety of operational outcomes such as reduced hold times, call transfers, and call backs. These early performance gains have led to greater efficiency, a better caller experience, and increased profitability.

The international honor is given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the SIOP Foundation. CVS Health was recognized during the second day of SHRM's three-day Volunteer Leaders' Summit in Washington, D.C. CVS Health received the award at SIOP's Leading Edge Consortium in October. shrm.org

Central Florida's Migration Crisis - Law Enforcement's Proactive Response
Justice Department Awards $9+ Million To Hire Community Policing Officers In The Middle District Of Florida

Tampa, FL - Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow today announced $9,515,210 in grant funding through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). These funds have been awarded to 10 law enforcement agencies throughout the Middle District of Florida and will allow for the hiring of 75 additional full-time law enforcement officers. CHP provides grant funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support the hiring of additional law enforcement officers, for three years, to address specific crime problems utilizing community policing strategies.

Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that 179 law enforcement agencies across the nation were awarded $98,495,397 through the COPS Office's CHP funding program. These awards will allow for the hiring of 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.

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Second Defendant Sentenced in Macy's $3.5 Million Distribution Scheme
Suraj Patel, 38, of Long Beach, Calif., was sentenced in U.S. District Court today for his role in a $3.5 million scheme involving distribution for Macy's. As part of his sentence, Patel was ordered to pay approximately $925,000 in restitution to the company.

Rudy Rampertab, 46, of Ocoee, Fla., was sentenced in July to six months in prison for one count each of mail fraud and money laundering.

Rampertab was an employee of Macy's from 1988 until 2010. Beginning in 1998, Rampertab managed Macy's distribution center in Carson, Calif. and supervised the transport of merchandise to centers throughout the country.

Starting in July 2010, Rampertab began diverting the shipment of goods to Patel, who established several shipping companies. Ramptertab obtained approval for Patel's companies to become third party vendors for Macy's; however, Rampertab did not disclose his personal connection to the companies, which he helped operate. Rampertab also did not disclose to Macy's that he personally profited from the operations of these vendors.

Between July and December 2010, Patel's companies received more than $3.5 million in Macy's shipping and packaging jobs. After paying expenses, Rampertab and Patel generated more than $900,000 in net profits from the diverted business.

Rampertab and Patel used the proceeds to purchase real estate and vehicles, including a 2010 Aston Martin costing $199,000. Patel was sentenced to serve one day in prison, followed by six months of home confinement as part of his three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in September 2016 to mail fraud and money laundering. justice.gov

Harassment cases start hitting New York companies
Allegations increase in wake of Weinstein scandal.

These three New Yorkers, along with hundreds of women across the country, have come forward with stories of sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein allegations were published last month. They have implicated the media, the art world, technology and venture-capital companies, restaurants, government and the film industry-all central segments of New York City's economy. crainsnewyork.com

New York surprises with broad new sealing criminal records law - Oct 1 it started
The state's first general sealing authority for adult criminal convictions. Previously, record sealing was available only for non-conviction records and diversion and drug treatment dispositions. Now sealing will be available for misdemeanors and all but the most serious felony offenses.

The new law, which takes effect in October, gives New York one of the most expansive record-closing authorities in the Nation, rivaling such traditional sealing centers as Massachusetts, Washington, and Minnesota.

Under a new § 160.59 of New York's Criminal Procedure Law, courts will have discretion to seal up to two convictions (only one of which may be a felony) for all crimes other than sex offenses and class A and violent felonies, after a 10-year waiting period (running from the date of conviction or release from prison). Sealed records will remain available to law enforcement and some licensing agencies but will be unavailable to the public. ccresourcecenter.org

New PA bill would increase punishments for skimming crimes
House Bill 1918, would make the possession or use of skimmers illegal. The crime would be considered a felony and if it happened again, the punishment would worsen. abc27.com

Johnson Controls offers simplified access control solution with KT-1 Standalone
Johnson Controls announces the immediate availability of the innovative Kantech KT-1 single door controller with embedded simplified access control software for one door systems. KT-1 Standalone is the ideal choice for a cost-effective, easy-to-use, single-door application.  tycosecurityproducts.com

Johnson Controls releases the latest version of CEM Systems AC2000 Security Management System
Johnson Controls announces the release of CEM Systems AC2000 v8.0 Feature Pack 1, which offers new features that increase the performance, simplicity and scope of the AC2000 access control system suite from CEM Systems. The range of CEM Systems access control readers has also been enhanced with the release of the CEM S700s serial intelligent reader. tycosecurityproducts.com

What is the World's Largest Retail Store?
Macy's Department Store at Herald Square in New York City was the world's largest retail store for many years, since 2009 the world has a different "largest" retail store, if you measure "large" by size, square footage, or retail floor space.
Since March, 2009, the world's largest retail store is Shinsegae Centumcity Department Store, located in Busan, South Korea. With 3.163 million square feet in one retail location, it beats out the Herald Square Macy's by more than a million square feet.
Shinsegae Centumcity Department Store is larger that most of the shopping malls in the U.S.. and is much more like a mall itself and is just one store in the Shinsegae retail chain which is the largest retail chain in South Korea. thebalance.com

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Nedap introduces 3rd iSense Lumen antenna

Today, Nedap announces the international launch of its iL33 Plexiglas article surveillance antenna for loss prevention in retail stores. The iL33 is the 3rd antenna in Nedap's iSense Lumen product line, which was introduced earlier this year. It has an elegant design and delivers intuitive user feedback.

New Plexiglas design
The iL33 antenna easily blends in with a multitude of store designs with its combination of a Plexiglas body and a metallic foot. The transparent design makes the antenna an unobtrusive element in the store entrance while the light effects are reinforced in case the alarm goes off. Additional sensors for customer counting and metal detection are fully integrated in the design.

Hilbert Dijkstra, Product Manager at Nedap Retail, comments: "We always strive to make loss prevention a natural part of the store design and the store processes. The new Lumen antenna is a great addition to our iSense Lumen product range. It truly reflects design and functionality ambitions with its elegant looks and multiple alarm options for a variety of events."

Intuitive user feedback
In line with the other iSense Lumen antennas, the iL33 antenna offers different light and sound effects, which enables store employees to react more effectively to an alarm. The multi-colored lights and state-of-the-art speakers notify the store staff about the cause and urgency of specific events, such as incoming and outgoing RF alarms, metal detection alarms, and 'wrong way' detection to alert when the store entrance is used as an exit.

Learn more about the new iSense Lumen antenna here.

About Nedap
Since the company's founding in 1929, Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek 'Nedap' N.V. has been manufacturing smart technical applications for the challenges of today and tomorrow, and selling them all over the world. Headquartered in Groenlo in the Netherlands, Nedap boasts a workforce of approx. 780 employees and operates on a global scale, while the company has been listed on Euronext Amsterdam since 1947.

Nedap helps retailers permanently prevent losses, optimize stock levels and simplify the multi-store retail management.


DDoS Attack Attempts Doubled in 6 Months
Organizations face an average of eight attempts a day, up from an average of four per day at the beginning of this year.

A rise in DDoS hire-for services and unsecured IoT devices is driving a sharp increase in the average number of daily DDoS attack attempts.

The growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services is causing an explosion of attacks," said Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero.

Corero's report also points to botnets such as the Reaper, which were able to leverage the rise in unsecured IoT devices as weapons for larger DDoS attacks. The report also cites a return of Ransom Denial of Service (RDoS) threats in the third quarter. darkreading.com

The Human Element
Insider Behavior Facilitates Cyber Attacks, Erodes Business Trust

According to a worldwide survey of Information Security Forum (ISF) members, the vast majority of those insider-originated network openings are created without any intention of harming their employer. In a number of cases vulnerabilities resulted from trusted employees in the course of their normal work routine: taking files home to work on in their own spare time, or unsuspectingly opening a phishing email or clicking on a malicious link.

Recent ISF research developed a classification of insider breaches that identifies three basic types of risky insider behavior. Each type requires a different approach.

Malicious: Malicious insider behavior combines a motive to harm with a decision to act inappropriately. An example is the disgruntled or conniving employee who turns over sensitive proprietary information to a competitor after being terminated.

Negligent: Negligent behavior can occur when people look for ways to avoid policies they feel impede their work. While most have a general awareness of security risks and recognize the importance of compliance, their workarounds can be risky.

Accidental: ISF members report that completely inadvertent breaches are more common than malicious ones. According to Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Incident Report, errors accounted for 14 percent of breaches. Social attacks accounted for 43 percent of breaches, and one in 14 users were duped into opening an attachment or following a link, many of them more than once.

Combatting the wholesale theft of data by limiting inadvertent actions that could lead to its misappropriation should be a priority for every organization. Investment in technologies that can help to prevent intrusions and protect data from attackers - and there are many such options available - is essential.

However, the most fundamental element of threat is deeply human. It starts with the proper vetting of employees to look for signs that the individual has not, in the past, been a responsible steward of information entrusted to them. Applicants whose pasts have included questions over managing information should not be brought onboard. securitymagazine.com

Ransomware damage costs predicted to hit $11.5B by 2019
Cyber crime rises sharply amidst a decline in the percentage of victims willing to pay ransoms.

Paying a ransom pales in comparison to the actual damage costs involved with a ransomware attack, which includes:

● Damage and destruction (or loss) of data
● Downtime
● Lost productivity
● Post-attack disruption to the normal course of business
● Forensic investigation
● Restoration and deletion of hostage data and systems
● Reputational harm
● Employee training in direct response to the attacks

Tallying it all up, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts ransomware damages will cost the world $5 billion in 2017 and climb to $11.5 billion in 2019. Those figures are up from just $325 million in 2015.

The rising costs are driven by an uptick in the frequency of attacks. Ransomware is projected to attack a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019, up from every 40 seconds this year. csoonline.com

Business Email Compromise
Houston, TX: Couple accused of stealing $38,000 from Tampa Bay Rays in Phishing Scam
Oluwatomiwa and Madoussou Odebode were arrested Monday. They are both charged with felony theft. The couple used a phishing email in early 2017 to trick an assistant for Rays owner Randy Frankel into rerouting a $38,326.26 deposit into their own account. The fake email originated from an IP address in Nigeria. When Frankel realized the deposit never made it into the correct account, the team's IT person investigated and discovered the assistant's AOL email account had been compromised. khou.com


Have You Heard of the Citizen App?

Citizen helps people stay safe by providing real time notifications of nearby emergencies and incidents.

The Citizen app is available for IOS and Android. It only has emergencies and incidents in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area at this time. However, you don't have to be in these two cities to download or use the app.

More cities will be added soon, so keep an eye on this app. It is a great free resource for real time emergencies and incident management.



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Stuart Strome, PhD, Research Scientist, Loss Prevention Research Council

The Loss Prevention Research Council continues to work on ways to help retailers sell more while losing less using in-store and supply chain innovation efforts, interviewing offenders, shoppers and employees, while analyzing large data sets and conducting randomized controlled trials in active locations.

A major LPRC research focus is better understanding the psychology of how LP/AP efforts actually affect human behavior in stores and distribution centers. They look at how and where LP should place deterrent treatments to make the most positive impact with the least negative shopper and employee effects.

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Cyberattacks most likely to happen in these 10 states on Cyber Monday
To help consumers better understand their risk of falling victim to an attack, a new report from OpenVPN analyzed cybercrimes reported to the FBI and CSN in 2015 and 2016-concentrating on internet crime, fraud, and identity theft.

Here are the top 10 states hit by cybercrime in 2016, according to data from the FBI's IC3 and CSN reporting databases. States are ranked from most to least total victims of cybercrime, by equally weighting the total number of internet crime victims (per 100,000 people), fraud victims (per 100,000 people), identity theft victims (per 100,000 people), average dollar loss per victim of internet crime, and average dollar loss per victim of fraud:


$ lost to internet crime

# of Victims

Most Victimized Sex

Most Victimized Age

1. California





2. Florida





3. Nevada





4. Texas





5. New Mexico





6. New York





7. Arizona (tied)





7. Virginia (tied)





9. Colorado





10. Washington




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Skimming Crew Leader Gets 77 Months in Fed Prison for $1M Scheme - 25th Conviction
Metro Detroit, Carl McLoud paid waitresses $20 apiece for 1,900 Metro Detroit Pizza Hut CC#'s from customers so he could buy gift cards - hitting $1M in theft.

When Hamtramck police caught McLoud during a routine traffic stop, he had a $30 million credit limit, all in fraudulent cards. Federal officials said he was caught on camera at a Metro Detroit Meijer, where he bought gift cards with other people's credit. clickondetroit.com

San Bernardino County, CA: $16,000 of Stolen Merchandise seized by Sheriff's Deputies
A 44-year-old woman was arrested in Victoria Gardens and has been charged with stealing more than $16,000 worth of merchandise from local stores, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Anita Villasano, faces multiple counts of commercial burglary. On Nov. 14 at about 10 a.m., deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department's Retail Theft Team responded to a report of a theft at Macy's. The suspect avoided apprehension from Macy's store staff and fled the area in her car. However, deputies later located Villasano and discovered the entire passenger seat and trunk of her vehicle was full of stolen retail merchandise. Deputies connected several unsolved theft cases dating back several months. They believe Villasano stole the merchandise to sell in several local swap meets. Investigators are working with numerous businesses and law enforcement agencies to link Villasano to additional large-scale retail thefts. fontanaheraldnews.com

Saline County, KS: 4 Kansas women jailed for Shoplifting
Just before 3p.m. Sunday, an employee at Dick's Sporting Goods, in Salina, confronted four women at the door of the store as they ditched two shopping carts full of merchandise but took a duffle bag full of miscellaneous clothing items. A deputy located the suspect vehicle during the traffic stop, the stolen merchandise was recovered. hayspost.com

Owensboro, KY: Two women arrested after 130 MPH Chase; Victoria's Secret merchandise recovered in Multi-County Pursuit
Kentucky State Police observed the fleeing suspects driving at 130 MPH, Sunday afternoon. The driver attempted to swerve around a semi at high speed, but lost control. The Chevy Impala struck a rock-faced wall and flipped multiple times before coming to rest. The chase lasted around 24 minutes and 55 total miles were traveled. The driver, Tawana McGill, 30, was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a broken neck. McGill was later released from the hospital and into custody. She was charged with first degree fleeing/evading a police office, second degree assault, receiving stolen property over $500, and multiple other offenses. The passenger, Michelle Beasley, 30, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $500. According to the KSP, it's believed these women stole merchandise from Victoria's Secret at Eastland Mall in Evansville, IN. ocmonitor.com

Lancaster, PA: 70 Guns stolen; ATF , State and Local Police investigating Sporting Goods Burglary
Authorities say the burglary happened around 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Kinsey's Outdoors in Mount Joy. Northwest Regional Police say the glass doors of the building were damaged, and the suspects fled shortly before officers arrived. Police say most of the weapons stolen were handguns. None have been recovered so far. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the ongoing investigation. usnews.com

East Windsor, CT: $3,200 Apple Watch Theft Attempt Thwarted at Walmart
Around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, a Wal-Mart employee notified an East Windsor Police Sergeant who was in the store that a man had forcibly broken into the Electronic Department storage cabinet and removed all of the Apple watches into a shopping cart. The male then covered the watches with clothes. The man realized he had been detected and abandoned the shopping cart while attempting to run out of the store. He was intercepted by the sergeant at the front entrance. patch.com

Rocky Mount, NC: Belk Employee and Friend busted for $1,700 felony theft of merchandise

Update: Long Beach, CA: Man Charged with Stealing Diapers with threat of force from Multiple Stores; facing 8 felony counts

Framingham, MA: Woman arrested stealing $1,100 of merchandise from Target; filling cart with no concern for size or price

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Shootings & Deaths

Chicago, IL: Death of man who struggled with Walmart security ruled a Homicide
The death of a man after he was restrained by security guards in a Walmart parking lot on the Northwest Side has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner's office. Donnell J. Burns, 23, died primarily of "stress and asphyxia" after struggling with the guards in the 4600 block of West North Avenue on July 25, the office said. Contributing factors were toxic levels of the drug phencyclidine, or PCP, in his blood and abnormalities in his coronary artery. PCP is an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations. Burns and a woman had been stopped by security officers around 4:30 p.m. after they tried to return some stolen merchandise, Chicago police said at the time. They resisted and police officers were called, police said. Responding offers found Burns handcuffed on the pavement and "experiencing a health issue," police said. chicagotribune.com

King of Prussia, PA: Officers Cleared In Use Of Force In King Of Prussia Mall Shooting
Officials have found that the officer-involved shooting at the King of Prussia Mall parking garage last month was lawful. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele announced Monday the officers were justified in shooting 23-year-old Kalin Jackson during the Oct. 29 incident at the King of Prussia Mall parking garage. cbslocal.com

Violent Robbery Crew Leader Convicted of Ordering Murder
of Manhattan Diamond Dealer Over Business Dispute

HECTOR RIVERA, 65, was found guilty on Friday of ordering the 2004 murder of Eduard Nektalov, a Manhattan diamond dealer.

RIVERA was the leader of a violent robbery crew that operated in the diamond district in midtown Manhattan. In 2004, RIVERA commissioned the murder of Eduard Nektalov because of a business dispute between Nektalov and one of RIVERA's criminal associates.

A hitman hired by RIVERA followed Nektalov from his jewelry store on West 47th Street.  Less than a block from the store, the hitman shot Nektalov once in the head and twice in the back in the middle of a crowded sidewalk on Sixth Avenue. justice.gov

Springfield, MO: Man shot and killed in McDonald's Parking Lot

Robberies, Thefts & Raids

Lakeland, FL: FDA Raids Florida Stores That Consumers Use To Buy Drugs From Canada
The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts. The agents notified the store owners that importing drugs from foreign countries is illegal and that those helping to "administer" such medicines could face fines or jail time. None of the stores has closed, but their owners are scared the Trump administration has reversed a long-standing "non-enforcement" policy against the stores. Some of them have been open for nearly 15 years. khn.org

Merrimack, NH: Former Brookstone Employee charged in theft, use of company Airline Miles valued at $300,000
Manchester woman was arrested Saturday on theft and computer related charges, accused of using more than 2 million of her former employer's airline miles to fly to places like France, Italy and Greece, police said. Tiffany Tomaselli, 36, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking and computer-related offenses, both felony charges. Police allege the airline miles were worth more than $300,000.

Tomaselli had worked as an executive assistant who administered several accounts for the company, to include travel and air miles that were put in a company pool account, before she was terminated in 2013. An investigation revealed Tomaselli allegedly manipulated email and passwords to an account related to Delta Airlines, and allegedly accessed it after she left her job, using the "SkyBonus points" to travel, including to Europe. unionleader.com

Los Angeles, CA: Wheelchair Distraction: Robbery suspects strike 3 Pharmacies in a month
On security video a man wheels another man into a Whittier pharmacy asks to look at new wheelchairs but surprised the pharmacist when he popped out of the chair with a demand. "Presented a gun and put it to my head and put the girls on the ground and said to show him where the narcotics were," the pharmacist said. Shocked and scared employees are seen on camera face down on the ground behind the cash register last month while a third man filled a huge bag with drugs. cbslocal.com

Bellingham, WA: Shoplifter threatens to kill Burlington Loss Prevention Agent over $250 in stolen clothing

Eau Claire, WI: Arby's Manager pleads No Contest to theft of $8,500

Joliet, IL: Carson Pirie Scott Employee arrested in $1,200 Felony theft of merchandise

Raleigh, NC: Circle K Clerk beats Robbery suspect with a bat

Lady Lake, FL: Man armed with box cutter arrested in theft of merchandise from Target

Getaway Driver Pleads Guilty In Verizon Store Village West Robbery

Sentencings & Arrests

Lebanon, NH: Police Make Arrests in Theft from NH Kohl's After Finding Stolen Merchandise at Campsite
Police arrested a man and his girlfriend after finding a campsite and tent with stolen merchandise. On Nov. 14, the police department asked for help identifying a man suspected of shoplifting $1,700 worth of merchandise from Kohl's. nh1.com

London, KY: Police arrest 4 in ongoing Pawn Shop Theft investigation
On Nov 11th 2 suspects were arrested during a traffic stop, both were believed to be involved in an ongoing theft investigation. On Monday, Nov. 13, two additional suspects were arrested during a warrant search. Stolen items were recovered from the home, tied to a pawn shop theft. sentinel-echo.com

Columbus, GA: Judge sentences Rolex thief who prompted Gunfire and foot chase
The Rolex thief who ran from a downtown jewelry store with the owner firing a pistol in pursuit is headed to prison on a probation violation. Authorities said John Paul Dube Jr. was on probation for two counts of burglary and other offenses when he tried to steal the $7,000 watch from Jimmy's Fine Jewelry. Dube pleaded guilty to felony theft by taking. Judge Gottfried sentenced him to 3 years in prison and 10 on probation, though with his previous offenses he will remain on probation until Jan. 2, 2025. ledger-enquirer.com

Get-a-way Driver in Multi-State Cell Phone store Robberies pleads Guilty; facing 6 years
An Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday to being the getaway driver in a Kansas robbery that is part of a multi state scheme. Investigators used surveillance photos from the robbery to tie the Kansas City robbery to a similar robbery weeks earlier at an AT&T Store in Rochester, Minnesota. During the investigations, agents learned that some of the defendants in the Verizon robbery were part of a group involved in dozens of similar robberies in several states. Four co-defendants are awaiting trial. kansascity.com

Jackson, MI: Man who robbed 3 Pharmacies at gunpoint said he did it to collect bail money for sister; habitual offender will now serve 20 to 40 years

Clayton, NJ: Woman confesses to Armed Robbery of C-Store to feed her drug addiction

Vitamin Shop Owner in Texas Sentenced to 12 months - Misbranded Drugs & Controlled Substance Conviction


New Windsor, NY: 1 dead, 33 injured after Explosions, Fire at Cosmetics plant
More than two dozen people, including firefighters, were injured in a fire that followed an explosion at a manufacturing plant in New York's Hudson Valley. The explosion happened at around 10:15 a.m. Monday in the north section of Verla International - a business that makes cosmetics, primarily nail polish. Police reported that a second explosion occurred at 10:40 a.m. at the plant. abc11.com 


Burger King - Glen Burnie, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store -International Falls, MN - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Johnstown, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tupelo, MS - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Rantoul, IL - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Raleigh, NC - Robbery
Coin Store - Costa Mesa, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Fort Mill, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Rantoul, IL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Gun Store - Lancaster, PA - Burglary / 70 weapons
Liquor Store - Darien, CT - Burglary
Nail Salon - Massapequa, NY - Burglary
Pharmacy - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Sterling, VA - Robbery
Restaurant - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Grand Forks, ND - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Waterloo, IA - Armed Robbery
Subway - Moraine, OH - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Store - Mineral Point, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings



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