Concerns Universal as Holidays Approach' |
The biggest 'Security' article ever published in Women's Wear Daily "WWD"
Editor's Note: Due to the severity and importance
of the subject, we've elected to re-publish the majority of this article
appearing on WWD.com.
The specter of terrorism has retailers and mall operators on high alert. There
are increased presences of machine-gun toting police and military personnel
throughout major cities in the U.S. and Europe.
Foot traffic at Paris' main department stores dropped significantly following
the Nov. 13 attacks. While sales slid 30 percent at Printemps, Galeries
Lafayette's plummeted 50 percent, a spokeswoman confirmed. Both venues have
beefed up security measures to assure customers. Galeries Lafayette, which also
runs BHV Marais, is providing psychological counseling for its employees.
London has been on heightened alert since the Paris attacks and had several bomb
scares last week. Busy shopping streets such as Regent Street, Oxford Circus and
Sloane Street, as well as malls, were identified as possible target areas.
Regent Street on Wednesday was closed down after police were alerted to a
suspicious object near Hamley's toy store. Eyewitnesses said the street was
cordoned off and shoppers at both Hamley's and other nearby stores such as J.
Crew and Brooks Brothers were told to stay inside.
"There are all these open spaces that you cannot protect all the time," said
Robert Moraca, MBA, CPP, CFE and vice president of loss prevention at the
National Retail Federation, referring to shopping centers. "We know we're
vulnerable, so we put onion skin layers of security on where we can."
In today's climate, an active shooter plan is a necessity for shopping centers.
"They're actually naming cities such as Washington, D.C.," Moraca said,
referring to ISIS. "Since 9/11 and this entire chapter started, the NRF helped
Homeland Security create the standards.
Right now, we have robust plans in place," Moraca said. "Today, we're redoubling
our efforts. We'll add more loss prevention personnel. In stressful situations,
where we feel we could be targeted, we hire off-duty police officers and have an
armed presence in the facility. We ratchet it up and down. We teach mall
employees how to do counter surveillance, to be alert to a customer who comes
into the store and doesn't buy anything. We learn from the military and apply
American shoppers may find security checks a bitter pill to swallow.
Asked whether shopping centers are considering installing metal detectors for
safety, Moraca said, "I don't know of any retailers or malls that have gone to
that level yet. I don't think that's a consideration at this time. Malls have so
many exits, it's very difficult to control them. As a society, I don't think
we're there yet. In London, I saw more bobbies [officers] with armored jackets
and machine guns. Worldwide, we're seeing an increase in response to what's
going on. We saw a nation lose its innocence. They [the French] lived in a
nostalgic kind of cloud."
Shopping centers consider security a cost center and some pass the costs to
tenants as part of CAM fees, which all tenants are charged for upkeep of common
American shopping centers said they're acutely aware of security following the
Paris terrorist massacre.
Westfield U.S. officials said: "Security measures during the holiday
period typically reflect increased visitation and given recent events, like most
other organizations, we are operating under a heightened state of awareness.
While the company does not publicly discuss deployments, levels or methods,
significant resources continue to be devoted to security arrangements and we
continue to coordinate activities with local, regional and national law
enforcement and security officials."
"We regularly keep in touch with Homeland Security," said David Contis,
president of Simon Malls. "To date they've told us there's no planned
attacks against any targets in the U.S. We're even more vigilant at times like
this. We adjust coverage during the year based on traffic. We look at properties
and customize as appropriate. We have an emergency tactical plan and do active
shooter drills. We're doing a series of things to harden the targets."
"The safety and well-being of our shoppers, retailers and employees are always
our top priorities, not just when events/tragedies like the Paris incident
occur," said Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer of General Growth
Properties. "Each GGP mall has a customized public safety program that
entails different measures for various scenarios. Some of the measures are
visible to our shoppers, like our trained security team, relationships with
local law enforcement and ongoing training. Other measures are not as visible.
We also encourage people, whenever they are in any public place with large
numbers of people, to remember general public safety tips, in particular,
Homeland Security's message of "see something, say something." We do not discuss
our public safety measures because doing so would compromise our efforts, but I
want to emphasize, safety and security are our priorities every day."
The South Coast Plaza mega mall in Costa Mesa, Calif., has a new system
that streams live video from the shopping mall directly into city police cars.
Police have access to surveillance cameras in the malls so they can quickly
track suspected criminals, or see suspicious activity, as reported in the Orange
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it works with experts to ensure the safety of
customers and creates store-specific safety plans for shopping events such as
Black Friday, including crowd management.
Macy's works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement
agencies each year to put in place comprehensive security plans for the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our interagency partners lead security efforts along
all areas of the parade route. As with any public event in New York City,
security elements are extensive - from the very visible presence of law
enforcement officers to wide-ranging behind-the-scenes security operations. The
safety of our participants and spectators is the top priority for us and our
agency partners," Macy's said.
A preview of what that might look like could seen on Friday evening when Macy's
unveiled its holiday windows and the NYPD was out in force, including members of
the specially trained Hercules unit of heavily armed Special Forces-like
We take it all very seriously and are trying to do everything we can to ensure
the enjoyment and safety of shoppers and employees," said Tony Spring, chairman
and ceo of Bloomingdale's. "I'm sure [the news] put a damper on things
for some people. After having to watch the news 24/7, people need a little
therapy. The world is so serious and our business is not so serious. Our role is
to help people forget. That said, our security team in the store stays very
engaged with the local precinct and NYPD."
While there have been reports that Berlin's department stores and malls
will be stepping up security measures, retailers were unavailable or unwilling
to comment. A spokesman for ECE, one of Germany's largest shopping center
operators said, "We're in close contact with the public security institutions
and have implemented measures for prevention. All our center employees are
Retailers in France had begun to adopt the moniker Black Friday for sales
starting on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving when promotions going by that
name begin in the U.S., but now plan to abandon the loaded term after the
attacks, which happened on a Friday. Black Friday was no longer appropriate in
the wake of the terrorist events.
In the wake of the attacks, Hammerson has increased the number of security
guards at its shopping centers in France and the U.K. and made them wear high
I think it's reassuring for them that they actually see a very high-profile
presence. There is a shorter-term financial cost, which clearly is secondary,
let's be clear about that. The most important thing is that people feel safe
and secure when they go shopping."
The demand for security personnel has surged 30 percent versus October,
according to Ralph Bonan, president of Abscisse Sécurité Groupe and regional
delegate of the national union of private security forces in France. "Our
biggest challenge at the moment is to meet that demand. We have already started
moving our agents from local agencies - where it's calmer - to Paris. But it
takes time to regroup and find lodging in the capital," Bonan told WWD.
Department stores, he said, are complicated territory. "Vetting shoppers at
the entrance can be very badly seen. What we try to do is to regulate
traffic by closing off certain entrances to have a better overview of who is
coming in," he noted, suggesting metal detectors as the best solution even
though this risks slowing down traffic.
"Security needs to increase, specifically in the area of intelligence -
monitoring, gathering and responding to information in-store," said Simon
Chapman, managing director of the French office of security consultancy Lodge
Malls Tighten Security For Holidays, After Terrorist Attacks
While the holidays are already a time for heightened security and loss
prevention measures for stores and malls, many are taking additional steps. Bob
Moraca, the National Retail Federation's VP of loss prevention, said retailers
will be communicating more frequently with federal and local authorities to
understand threats and how to be prepared. "Retailers and malls are soft
targets," said Moraca. "Retailers won't be doing anything so much as 'new,' as
they are just redoubling efforts [to keep people safe]."
International Council of Shopping Centers spokesman Jesse Tran said many
shoppers likely wouldn't notice too much of a change but at some properties
there would certainly be more undercover police, canine units and patrolling
units. "This season is always a time of added security, and given the current
environment, there will be more heightened security," he added.
Chicago Set for Protests This Week Over Shooting by the Police -
'Protests are a foregone conclusion'
But Chicago now finds itself grappling with the prospect of having its own
moment. The city has been ordered to release, within days, a police video of the
fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer. Even the
officer's lawyer has described the video, which the city sought for months to
block from public view, as "graphic" and "violent" and "difficult to watch at
With the memories of discord in other cities so fresh, leaders in Chicago, which
has a history of tension over race and policing, have been holding urgent
private talks with community activists. Law enforcement officials are trying to
anticipate what response the video may bring, and how best to prepare police
forces here for that. And the mayor, Rahm Emanuel, appeared to try to calm the
city, taking the unusual steps of condemning the police officer and urging
prosecutors to take action in the case before the release of the video.
"In accordance with the judge's ruling, the city will release the video by Nov.
25, which we hope will provide prosecutors time to expeditiously bring their
investigation to a conclusion so Chicago can begin to heal," Mr. Emanuel said
Prominent Chicago activists said that protests were a foregone conclusion,
but that they were not certain yet what form they may take. Charlene A.
Carruthers, the national director at the Chicago-based Black Youth Project 100,
said she expected the video's release, whenever it came, to bolster efforts of
her group and others to press for changes to the Police Department.
Washington D.C. Police Chief offers advice on 60 Minutes -
"Take the gunmen out before police can get there"
In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris and Mali, D.C. Police Chief Cathy
Lanier offered insight on what a person should do during an active shooter
situation. In an interview with CBS' '60 Minutes,' which aired Sunday night,
Chief Lanier says we can't afford to ignore the potential reality of an attack.
"Getting out is your first option - your best option. If you're in a position of
trying to take the gunmen down and take the gunmen out - it's the best option
for saving lives before police can get there," she said.
Some security experts warn taking on the attacker can be more dangerous than
doing nothing at all but agree that knowing how to defend yourself can help.
Editor's Note: This type of advice coupled with the advice that everyone needs
to be more aware of their surroundings and what's going on, could lead to a
serious incident in the stores this holiday weekend. Totally separate of any
terrorism. Obviously we have a very high-pressure, tense environment around the
country, which could lead to mistakes.
NYPD - Emergency responders simulate Paris-style attack in NYC subway
Hundreds of emergency responders converged on a Manhattan subway station Sunday
morning as part of an emergency drill designed to deal with a Paris-like
terrorist attack. nypost.com
Paris Mayor Details Measures For Security, Retail, Tourism
Among the 14 security measures is the recruitment of 30 additional agents for
the Direction pour la Prévention et la Protection, the department in charge of
security at City Hall. Hidalgo also plans to install 165 new video cameras
throughout the city (on top of the 1,044 existing ones); and extend panic
buttons, already in museums, to libraries and music academies.
She proposed a grant of 600,000 euros, or $636,240 at current exchange, to the
15 businesses directly affected by the attacks, to help them finance the works
necessary for their reopening and compensate for their losses.
In a bid to bolster tourism, she is planning a marketing campaign to burnish
Paris' image abroad, referencing foreign artists who vowed defiance and
reaffirmed their love for the fashion capital.
Checkpoint Systems Chosen by DECATHLON to Further Extend RFID Source Tagging
Program for Millions of Products in all Its Global Stores
Checkpoint Systems, a leading global supplier of merchandise availability
solutions for the retail industry, today announced that it has been partnering
with DECATHLON, the second largest global sports and leisure goods retailer, to
roll-out radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions in more than 400 stores
globally and further extend its RFID source tagging program for millions of
products in all its stores around the world. Checkpoint will deliver RFID labels
to DECATHLON in five days through its network of service bureaus around Asia and
Europe. The service, which complies with DECATHLON requirements for high-speed
and high-quality printing, as well as corporate and environmental social
responsibility, ensures that 100 percent of RFID labels delivered to vendors are
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The Threat within: Insider Fraud on the Rise - 2015 Kroll Global Fraud Report
Three quarters of companies (75%) have fallen victim to a fraud incident in the
past year, a rise of 14 percentage points in just three years, according to the
2015 Kroll Global Fraud Report1.
The findings reveal the biggest fraud threat to companies comes from within. Of
those companies where fraud occurred and the perpetrator was identified, four
in five (81%) suffered at the hands of at least one insider, up from 72% in the
More than one in three victims (36%) experienced fraud at the hands of a
member of their own senior or middle management, 45% at the hands of a
junior employee, and for 23%, the fraud resulted from the conduct of an agent or
Similarly, among companies that experienced information/data loss, theft or
attack over the past 12 months, the most common cause was employee
malfeasance, involved in 45% of incidents, with vendor/supplier malfeasance
involved in 29% of incidents. By comparison, only a small minority involved
an attack by an external hacker on the company itself (2%) or on a
The Kroll Global Fraud Report 2015 includes a full detailed industry analysis
across a range of fraud categories and regions. To obtain a copy please visit
Global Fraud Report. businesswire.com
Don't Let Lax Vendor Info Security Ruin Your Holiday Sales
Many of the largest retailer data security breaches have been caused or enabled
by the acts or omissions of retailers' vendors, such as the widely publicized
incident at Target Corporation. Several such breaches occurred through the use
of phishing emails or direct malware attacks on their vendors and exposed
retailers to millions of dollars in stolen information, credit monitoring costs,
credit card replacement fees and class actions.
As large retailers become more dependent on third-party vendors, the possible
avenues for a data security breach increase. The legal department has a
significant role in preventing data security breaches from the outset of the
business relationship, and it should be involved long before a data security
breach actually occurs. The legal department should ensure that proper security
vetting has occurred, that proper security terms are in the agreement, and
that access to systems and data in the agreement is appropriately restricted and
subject to the retailer's policies and procedures. law360.com
Russian Cybercrime Gangs Flourish with 1,000 New Employees
Russian language cybercrime gangs have recruited up to 1,000 new 'employees'
over the past three years, although there are only around 20 people who make up
the core of the average group, according to Kaspersky Lab.
The security vendor's chief investigator, Ruslan Stoyanov, used a new report,
Russian financial cybercrime: how it works, to uncover the cyber-criminals
behind global attacks.
He claimed that law enforcers around the world have arrested over 160
Russian-speaking cyber-criminals since 2012 from gangs of all sizes.
Key roles include programmers, web designers, system administrators, testers and
cryptors-the latter tasked with ensuring that malware evades detection. Staff
are paid either a fixed wage or employed on a project basis as freelancers and
recruited on underground and some mainstream job sites.
Major campaigns are preceded by months of preparation-developing and selecting
the malware, building the attack infrastructure and studying the target
Unfortunately for consumers and companies around the world, such gangs will
continue to flourish in the absence of adequate international cybercrime laws,
frameworks for co-operation between law enforcement agencies, and a sufficient
number of cyber-trained police.
The missing piece of omnichannel retail: returns
While retailers still typically view them as necessary evils and costs of
conducting business, consumers see them as natural and occasionally inevitable
aspects of purchasing. As their expectations for interactions with retailers
across sales channels have become more sophisticated, so too have their demands
for how returns are handled.
Here's the bottom line: Consumers understand they will want to return a portion
of the products they buy. They include perceptions of how that process will go
when deciding which retailers to patronize, so returns go a long way to earning
business and building loyalty. But the benefits of returns done right don't end
with customer satisfaction; they also provide business intelligence to retailers
and help cut losses.
S-TRON's Service Department
Exceeds 50% Military Veteran Status
Sighting the familiar mantra
"Failure is NOT an Option", it only seems logical that the New York based firm
S-TRON announces that over 50% of its service and installation managers are
PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK - S-TRON, one of the nation's leading full-service
security providers to national retailers is pleased to announce the launch of
its new website which in part, focuses on the importance military veterans play
in the day-to-day operations of this elite service organization. Commenting on
the milestone, Everett Cope, Director of Sales at S-TRON explains, "The service
division of S-TRON is what compelled me to join the company". Cope continues,
"With 25 years' experience in this industry, I have never seen such a positive,
knowledgeable and customer-centric focused team of professionals."
"No customer left behind" is the reason S-TRON recruits employees who have been
trained by our nation's finest. S-Tron service managers are highly trained so
they understand the issues and can immediately access problems.
Cope further explains, "It's nice to actually know that your service request has
been acknowledged by and is being investigated by a "highly trained
professional", not an "operator" who has never actually touched a camera, DVR or
any other field equipment. This is the reason S-Tron customers enjoy an
extremely high "phone fix" rate instead of a costly dispatched technician
for every service call."
S-TRON's newly designed website is now live and can be visited at
S-TRON is an electronic security integrator for national and regional retailers
with thousands of installation locations and headquarters in Plainview, New
York. S-TRON provides outstanding customer service for national retail, grocery
stores, restaurants and C-stores.
Video Surveillance - Video beyond surveillance, S-TRON can implement a
redundant video surveillance solution across all of your retail storefronts to
aid in reducing shrink.
Access Control - Custom, scalable systems to control entrance, egress and
Intrusion Detection - Active deterrence systems that provide the highest
levels of security.
Business Intelligence - Go beyond just security! Improve efficiencies,
increase marketing intelligence and provide operations with invaluable customer
and staffing data all at the store level.
For more information, visit the company's website at:
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Amazon has added multi-factor authentication to help
customers better secure their accounts from hackers
Amazon has added multi-factor authentication to help customers better
secure their accounts from hackers. With this new feature enabled, thieves would
have to know your username, password, and have access to your mobile device or
impersonate you to your mobile provider in order to hijack your Amazon account.
The security feature allows users to receive a one-time code via text message,
automated phone call, or third-party app - such as Google Authenticator.
Card security in focus: what retailers need to know
In the second part of a series of Q&As with international director at PCI
Security Standards Council (SSC), Jeremy King, Essential Retail gets the lowdown
on global fraud, and what impact the US's migration to EMV will have on card
fraud around the world.
Which regions can be best commended in terms of their attempts to tackle card
fraud, and likewise where is there still the most work to be done?
Each country and part of the world has its own set of challenges when it comes
to securing payment transactions, but every region is having to come to terms
with the real threat of cybercrime and how to defend against it. Since the
introduction of PCI DSS in 2006 we are now seeing that organisations are no
longer storing cardholder data, and increasingly if they do have to store
cardholder data, that data is encrypted. However this still leaves data in
transit, and this is a target for criminals.
While there has been much recent attention on the US given a number of high
profile breaches, with the proposed EU Data Protection Directive all breaches
will have to be disclosed. This will give the appearance that there is a spike
in data breaches in Europe, when in reality it's just that more information will
be available about breaches that have occurred. For companies that are not yet
serious about security this could be a real wake-up call. Organisations need to
know these regulations are coming and put a plan in place for ongoing security.
Global card fraud in 2016: what will be the major issues to address?
The biggest priority going into 2016 is combatting the mindset that security is
a single point in time activity. The ongoing security of all customer data and
especially cardholder data should be the driving objective behind a continuous
security process based upon the sound requirements of the PCI DSS standard. We
encourage retailers to emphasise security, not just compliance and to build a
culture of security and allow compliance to be achieved as a consequence.
Another key mission for retailers in 2016 is to devalue cardholder data at the
soonest possible moment it enters their environment. We know that as new payment
models emerge, we've got to make multichannel security a priority, so that
however and wherever data is being processed and stored it's protected. PCI
Standards provide these protections.
Europe Is Cracking Down On Bitcoin To Impede Terrorist Financing
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Bulletin: Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson, FBI Atlanta, requests the
public's assistance in identifying those responsible for a series of armed
robberies around the metro Atlanta area targeting Walmart stores
Since May 2015, there have been approximately eight armed robberies of Walmart
stores in the metro Atlanta area that are believed by law enforcement to be
related. All robberies listed below have a very similar modus operandi. Between
the hours of 10:00 p.m. and midnight, an armed robber wearing a surgical mask
will enter the store, brandish a firearm, and rob the nearest cashier. In at
least two of the robberies, it is believed that there is a black female posing
as a customer inside the store at the time of the robbery, and it is believed
she is coordinating efforts with the armed robber prior to the actual robbery
occurring and then leaving the store after the robbery is conducted.
● May 15, 2015: 8424 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, Georgia
● August 11, 2015: 970 Mansell Rd, Roswell, Georgia
● August 18, 2015: 4725 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, Georgia
● September 13, 2015: 7050 Highway 85, Riverdale, Georgia
● September 21, 2015: 8424 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, Georgia
● September 26, 2015: 4975 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, Georgia
● October 1, 2015: 6152 Covington Hwy, Lithonia, Georgia
● October 7, 2015: 2395 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, Georgia. During this
robbery, the robber fired a round into the floor by the cash register.
The robber is described as being a black male, approximately 5'5" in height, and
wearing a surgical/dust mask as a disguise. The possibility exists that there
may be two different female accomplices serving as lookouts during the robbery.
York, NY: Mom of slain gang member stole $35K worth of Victoria's Secret
The mother of a teenager fatally shot on the way to his Bronx school in June has
been arrested for shoplifting nearly $35,000 worth of lingerie from two Upper
East Side Victoria's Secret stores. Rosanna Grullon walked out of the stores at
165 E. 86th St. and 722 Lexington Ave. on eight occasions with a total haul of
$34,677 in frilly undergarments between Oct. 25 and Nov. 14, a criminal
complaint states. On Nov. 14, a store security guard recognized Grullon from a
prior shoplifting incident - and she dropped her bag, containing 85 pairs of
undies worth over $1,000, when he tried to approach her, police said. The stores
reviewed surveillance video of the thefts and alerted cops, who were able to
identify the 38 year old, court records show.
Utah County's Most Wanted: Man wanted for role in electronics theft scam
The Utah County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for Sean Durrant, last
known to live in the Orem area, for one warrant for his arrest. According to
police reports, sometime between December 2013 and January 2014 Durrant, 28, and
a few friends went into a store on various occasions and stole several items of
electronic equipment. Included in the stolen goods are 10 televisions, 2 Blu Ray
players and a home entertainment system.
NM: Two Home Depot shoplifters pull gun on store employees
Albuquerque Police Department say a pair of shoplifters caused a big police
scene Saturday. Police say Jered Sanchez and Mario Rivera walked into a Home
Depot and started to walk out with two $400 drills. When employees tried to stop
the shoplifter, Rivera pointed what looked like a handgun at them. After a short
search A-P-D caught one of them in a shopping center and the other at the El
Mezquite Market. Both men appeared in court Sunday and the Judge heard about
Rivera's lengthy history.
Austin, TX: Fry's Electronics Loss Prevention nabs 3 in Organized Retail theft
Police arrested three suspects in an alleged robbery of Fry's Electronics on the
Mopac Expressway Saturday evening. According to the arrest affidavit, loss
prevention officers spotted men coming into the store who had allegedly
committed a theft in the same store last Wednesday. The loss prevention officers
said the males loaded a shopping cart full of merchandise and tried to leave the
store. Officers arrived on the scene and began pursuing two men that matched the
description, according to the arrest affidavit. The two men ran to a waiting SUV
with a driver inside and got in. The SUV allegedly almost hit an officer's car
during the pursuit through parking lots. Police were able to capture and arrest
the three suspects, all three were charged with engaging in organized crime and
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Hatton Garden heist was 'largest burglary in English legal history'; estimated
$20 to $30 Million
A gang including pensioners and serious criminals planned to carry out the
biggest burglary in English legal history when they broke into a Hatton Garden
security vault and stole $21M worth of jewels, gold and cash, a court has heard.
The claim was made by the prosecutor on the opening day of the trial of four men
for the burglary in London's diamond district over Easter weekend, during which
the gang bored a hole through a thick concrete wall to access safe deposit
Seattle, WA: Gunman sought in shooting outside Capitol Hill grocery store
A shooting outside the Capitol Hill QFC has neighbors uneasy. Police are hunting
for the gunman, but those who live work and visit the neighborhood are concerned
about yet another episode of gun violence. Personal dash cam video captured
sounds of gunfire and people running for their lives. According to Seattle
Police, four people were hit by gunfire, and another sprayed by glass fragments
as windows of the QFC shattered after the shooting outside the Capitol Hill QFC
around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
York, NY: Samurai sword swung around by maniac in Apple's flagship store
A man who walked into Apple's flagship store in NYC, wielding a samurai sword,
had to be tackled to the ground and subdued by Apple security. The
sword-swinging would-be Ninja, described as "emotionally disturbed," took to the
spiral staircase inside of the Fifth Avenue Apple store and started doing a
little Enter the Dragon-like performance, thrusting his katana around - doing
lunges and parries - as he fought a pretend assailant. Reports AFP News on Nov.
21, via MSN: "The incident happened at 3:55 p.m. with New York on alert after
the Paris attacks ahead of the holiday season that formally kicks off with the
Thanksgiving parade next Thursday. The suspect was transported by medics to
Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. There are no injuries or charges at this time,
Station, NY: Pier 1 Imports robbery fits pattern of heists in Suffolk and Nassau
The armed robbery of a Pier 1 Imports store in Huntington Station may be linked
to other holdups on Long Island, Suffolk County police said. It happened around
7 p.m. Sunday at the Pier 1 on East Jericho Turnpike. A man carrying a gun and
with his face covered walked in and forced employees and customers to the back
of the store, police said. He then restrained the victims, forced an employee to
open the safe and took cash from the registers before taking off, according to
New Orleans, LA: Police reports third Armed Robbery
of a Fast Food Restaurant in
Around 4:30 a.m., a man shot out the glass front door of a McDonald's restaurant
at 3025 Elysian Fields, entered the building and took a bag of money from a back
room. The incident follows a similar break-in Friday morning at a Wendy's
restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. Employees were in the restaurant at that time,
but no one reported being hurt. And Thursday, a masked gunman shot through the
front door at a McDonald's at 10001 I-10 Service Road and escaped with $2,500 in
cash from a safe. A manager and three employees were inside the restaurant at
the time. The suspect went to the manager's office and demanded "big bills" from
the store's safe, police said. That same day, a gunman also robbed a Rally's
employee about 9:15 a.m. as he walked to his car with the restaurant's cash
Huntsville, AL: Armed woman holds-up a Kroger store
Several Huntsville police units were called to investigate a robbery at the
Kroger store on Oakwood Avenue shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. According to
officials, a woman went to the customer service desk and gave staff a note
demanding money. The suspect told staff she had a gun in her purse, but did not
show one to employees. The woman left the store with an undisclosed amount of
money. K-9 units were brought in to assist in the search. No arrests have been
made at this time. No injuries were reported.
GA: Alleged ringleader of Wal-Mart stampede joins U.S. Army, case against him
Surveillance video from the Wal-Mart on Zebulon Road in Macon, GA, shows dozens
of teens running inside and destroying merchandise. The teenager authorities
believe was the ringleader of the rampage through Wal-Mart this past summer has
been cleared of charges and is enlisted in the U.S. Army. Vashaun Chandler
Rozier, 18, faced charges of criminal street gang activity, rioting and criminal
damage to property in the second degree for his part in the June 28 stampede
involving about 88 people. Authorities alleged Rozier organized the party that
most of the young people involved attended before going to the store about 2
a.m. that Sunday. Rozier, a recent graduate of Westside High School, planned to
follow in his father's footsteps by enlisting in the military. "I dismissed the
charges so that he could join the military," Macon Judicial Circuit District
Attorney David Cooke said. "Typically, in cases like this, they resolve with the
defendant doing some type of community service. Honestly, I can think of no
higher community service than serving our country in the armed forces."
Upper Macungie, Twp, PA: Storage Trailer
from Amazon Distribution Center
Police in Lehigh County say a large trailer was stolen at the Amazon
distribution center in Upper Macungie Township. The trailer was reported stolen
Friday. State police say ABF Freight reported that the 53-foot box trailer was
last seen there back on September 28th.
Long Island, NY: 4 arrested in sale of counterfeit designer goods at high school
Four women have been arrested in connection with selling counterfeit designer
merchandise at a Catholic high school crafts fair in Hicksville, Nassau County
police said. Nassau County police say authorities were alerted on Saturday that
counterfeit items from designers like Louis Vuitton and Chanel were being sold
by vendors at a holiday crafts fair at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in
Hicksville. Police arrested the suspects and charged them with trademark
counterfeiting. They are due in court on Dec. 7.
Tokyo, Japan: Harry Winston jewelry store Robbery; $611,000
Security guard and police banner are seen in front of the Harry Winston jewelry
store on the first floor of the Omotesando Hills building at the High-end
shopping of Omotesando in Tokyo Shibuya Ward, Japan. The Harry Winston Store
Omotesando in Tokyo downtown is closed after three men robbed jewelry for a
total of $611,000 according to police, in the early evening on Friday November
Skimming gang hits Aberdeen, N.D.
Spokane, WA: Owner camps outside video game store after being robbed
Capital Hill QFC - Seattle, WA - Shooting
Chevron -Fontana, CA - Armed Robbery/ suspect killed by Police
Chevron - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Winter Haven, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Belleville, MO - Robbery
Dollar General - Colbert, OK - Shooting
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Laurel, DE - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
Envios de Dinero - Houston, TX - Burglary
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Global Beauty Image - Tampa, FL - Burglary
Kroger - Huntsville, AL - Armed Robbery
Liquor Markets - Boynton Beach, FL - Armed Robbery/ Shooting/ clerk killed
M&M Bagel - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
Paradise Rd. - Las Vegas, NV - Shooting/ clerk injured
Pharmax - Bonne Terre, MO - Burglary
Smith Express Mart - Salem, OH - Armed Robbery
Star Express - Toano, VA - Armed Robbery
Stripes - Corpus Christi, TX - Burglary
T-Mobile - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Verizon - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
Walgreens - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Vancouver, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Jefferson Co, WV - Armed Robbery
8 till Late - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
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