T. Jay Brennan, CFE was named Director of Loss
Prevention & Safety for Eby-Brown Company, LLC.
T. Jay is rejoining the Eby-Brown team after previously working as the Regional Security Manager for Exel.
He had held the position of Loss Prevention/Safety Manager for Eby-Brown Company
T. Jay was also a Regional Investigator for DHL. Congratulations T. Jay!
Could Become the Hunger Games" - "This is the tipping point" -
Security playing the biggest role in retail it ever has -
Making the customer
The world, just at this moment, is riveted by the spectacle of a precariously
balanced high wire act in something approximating Hunger Games cum Circus
Maximus. We are all watching. We cannot look away. Each day comes new news and
revelations. Each day comes new frightening random acts of death and
destruction: Beirut, Paris, Mali - all in one week. Brussels on lockdown.
There will come a time soon when we begin to pick up the vestiges of our lives
and come to grips with its transformation into our new normal. For retailers,
brands, designers of retail environments and sales training professionals, the
stakes could not be higher.
Done incoherently without a genuine vision: This is the tipping point. We
move to all online shopping - all the time.
So how does the industry honestly "do it right" at this precarious moment?
Think of the potential shopper's current precarious moment. She thinks about
venturing into the mall or Main Street to cross the threshold of a major
department store or specialty retailer. What does it mean to her to confront
private security personnel (armed?) at the entrance? Does it mean safety?
Perhaps. Or is it frightening? Perhaps. Would she take her children with her?
Decide to meet a friend there? Would she rather go through an airport-style
metal detector? Would it give her the confidence to search for that perfect
Christmas gift? Or does it remind her of the endless delays and irritation of
airline travel? Or of Paris.
That's the needle we have to thread.
The only way to move forward it is to honestly (and quickly) figure out the
state-of-the art security we can discover, invent and/or borrow. By "we," I
mean retailers and brands working together. This is less about theft
reduction technology and more about protection and security technologies that
work synergistically between store and product. We need to double down and
invest beyond the armed mall cop. There are industries which have already done
this. Ones willing to share insights, forensics and state-of-the art
operations. I hope these calls are already happening. What's the area code
Once the heavy lifting of authentic security is underway, there are the physical
manifestations and psychological implications to be considered. Do headless,
armless, ideology-agnostic mannequins really support the post-Paris shopping
experience? What are the lighting, display, and music signals (amid a thousand
other environmental cues) that lower the shoulders or raise the hackles of
shoppers? There are seasoned, serious professionals who worry about these
countless security and cultural details constantly. I hope that retailers are
already asking them for help - to get it right, and fast.
And then there's the sales staff. This could be the moment. Imagine what it
means to have a real person (that is, a really knowledgeable person) really
caring about whether or not the shopper finds the exact right gift, sweater,
shoes, wallpaper, candle, makeup foundation, perfume, or TV stand. Imagine
that person as trained and ready to monitor the moment. The salesperson is
aware of strange behaviors, enabled with an emergency technology that calls for
help without obviously calling for help. Cynically speaking, imagine that
we're no longer dealing with a nameless coterie of teens on their first job (and
eager for their next), trained only to make sure you know they're watching you
to make sure you're not a shoplifter.
Simply said: The balance is shifting. It's no longer the time to suspect the
shopper. It's time to make sure the shopper trusts the store.
Getting security right, along with the appropriate tone, message and cues, is
also mission critical for our businesses. Put yourself in the psyche of that
shopper, thinking about whether or not she is ready to confront the real and
imagined perils of the mall. Or consider her decision to shop the day after
tomorrow from Amazon Prime without ever having to leave home. Shopping can be
viewed as frivolous. Having the freedom to shop is an unalienable right. Read the entire article at
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leading resources for "C" level executives in North America and for it to appear
here means something and will have an impact.
Firm that teaches 'life skills' to suspected shoplifters extorts them, suit
An alleged shoplifter Debra Black, was stopped one day in March 2013, at
Goodwill Industries for "inadvertently neglecting to pay for a few items" in
Tustin, Ca. Black, 64, said she was frightened into signing a confession and
agreeing to complete a six-hour "life skills" course and pay a Utah company
When Black did not pay, she received multiple calls and letters from Corrective
Education Co., including this final warning: "Contact us immediately to prevent
the filing of a criminal complaint." Black unsuccessfully sued the firm, which
refers to itself as CEC, along with Monument Security Inc., contending they were
debt collectors that had violated laws governing that industry.
On Monday, the San Francisco city attorney weighed in, filing a new lawsuit that
alleges CEC's practices violate the California business and professions code and
amount to extortion and false imprisonment. The suit seeks civil penalties as
well as restitution for every Californian who has paid into the program. About
20,000 accused shoplifters are believed to have participated nationwide.
Retailers that have contracted to use the program include Bloomingdale's,
Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory, DSW Inc. and Goodwill Industries of Orange
County, according to documents and interviews. The companies pay nothing; CEC
pays them for each participant who signs up.
In a statement, CEC Chief Executive Brian Ashton called the lawsuit "without
merit" and "factually incorrect," and said the company intends to fight it
He said that responding to calls from retailers to pick up shoplifters "has been
an especially difficult burden on law enforcement in California," and that the
program has "dramatically reduced" those calls. It has helped first-time
offenders "make behavior changes so that they can become productive members of
society while still being held accountable for their actions," Ashton said. latimes.com
Ray Kelly, former NYPD Commissioner, on Police Department Lessons
for Risk Management
Speaks about what companies can do to better protect employees against terrorist
attacks, and what to look for regarding cybersecurity in 2016.
In light of the attacks in Paris, is there anything businesses can do to
better protect their workers?
It's very difficult for businesses to do anything that's going to result in a
material change. But I think in general companies need to be aware of their
employees and where they are and address the issue of basic security at the
workplace so that employees feel a level of protection. I think that focusing on
physical security for employees is a good message to send to folks in this
Tourist Spending in Europe Slows Dramatically
Even before the terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, tourist spending in Europe
was slowing dramatically, increasing only 1.6 percent in October. Overall,
global tourism spending rose 6.5 percent in October, the slowest monthly growth
since January of this year as Chinese tourist spending rose only 23.5 percent,
versus 49.2 percent in September and 65.8 percent in August.
Spending by Russians declined 44.2 percent, adding to the gloomy outlook for the
Continent, as Brussels entered its third day of security lockdown and the U.S.
government issued a worldwide travel alert to its citizens.
Gunmen Sought After 5 Are Shot at Protest of Police in Minneapolis
Five people were shot and wounded Monday night near a police precinct in
Minneapolis where demonstrators have been protesting the fatal police shooting
of an unarmed black man, the police said. The Minneapolis Police Department said
in a statement early Tuesday morning that officers had responded to reports of
multiple gunshots about a block north of the Fourth Precinct around 10:40 p.m.
Monday. The victims were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not
considered life-threatening, the police said.
Miski Noor, an organizer at the Minneapolis arm of Black Lives Matter, said the
shooting happened as demonstrators were escorting three masked men who had been
behaving suspiciously away from the site of the rally, where people have
gathered for more than a week to protest the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark,
24. When they reached a dark area, the men turned around and opened fire on the
demonstrators before fleeing, Ms. Noor said. The police said on Twitter that
they were looking for three white male suspects. There had been no arrests early
Tuesday. Officials said investigators were still collecting evidence and seeking
and interviewing witnesses. nytimes.com
STANLEY Security and I-View Now Announce Partnership for Live, Actionable
Verified Alarm Response
STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive
security solutions for a wide range of industries, announces its partnership
with I-View Now, a cloud-based video verification service that communicates
event- based clips and live video from alarm events using its award-winning
central station video interface. The partnership strengthens STANLEY Security's
position as a superb video alarm verification monitoring services provider and
now enables its customers to participate in the real-time decision-making
process of determining the likelihood of a crime in progress associated with
their alarm activity.
The return of retail theft to organized crime
Today, multiple phenomena are contributing to an equal if not greater amount of
organized retail fraud or theft than in the days of the sensational mob
hijackings. However, today's theft does not involve armed physical attacks on
transporting conveyances, but rather organized rings engaged in international
fraud, corruption and shipping schemes. Such rings are not run by the old
Mafia dons, but by hardened criminals born out of other groups of immigrants.
The first phenomenon is the worldwide development of the open marketplace and,
in particular, Latin American markets, which enjoy Free Trade Agreements and
Trade Tariff Waivers with the United States. These agreements have helped
countries such as Colombia and Mexico develop more productive manufacturing
sectors and stronger economies, but have also had a dramatic effect on U.S.
exports. The North-South shipment of stolen goods is enhanced by the volume of
trade as well as the lack of tariffs to many Latin American countries, and the
consequent dearth of inspections and export controls.
Moreover, there is a commercial incentive to ship those goods to Latin American
markets: a PlayStation or LED television in many Latin American venues has far
greater retail value than in the United States, due to a combination of high
import fees and the relative unavailability of such goods in local markets.
Indeed, foreign consumer goods in Latin American countries can cost up to three
times more than the products cost in the United States. For example, according
to Bloomberg Business, while the PlayStation 4 costs $400 in the U.S., the
console costs the equivalent of approximately $1,700 in Brazil.
Given the large profits involved, the likelihood is that this criminal trend
will only grow in volume and geography until governments make it a priority to
investigate, map out and prosecute the leaders of this type of organized crime,
while enacting legislation to enhance the criminal penalties. Until
retailers pool resources to investigate and work together more effectively with
law enforcement to eliminate this organized crime phenomenon, international
retail theft will continue to grow and flourish in enjoyment of near complete
Learn more about fraud statistics and trends in Kroll's annual
Global Fraud Report. kroll.com
OfficeMax Managers Get Nod For $3.5M Settlement Of OT Suit
A New York federal judge gave initial approval Saturday to a $3.5 million
settlement in a collective action brought by current and former OfficeMax Inc.
assistant managers who claim the retailer misclassified them as exempt from
overtime pay. The agreement covers more than 330 assistant managers who
have opted into the lawsuit. Each would receive varying amounts from the
settlement, based on the number of weeks they worked during the relevant time
OfficeMax did not admit wrongdoing in the agreement and continues to
"vigorously" deny the allegations. It agreed to the settlement in order to avoid
further expenses and disruptions to its business, according to court filings. law360.com
REI's Black Friday plea to #OptOutside social media campaign
gets 1 million endorsements
The Seattle-based retailer announced Monday that more than 150 other companies,
nonprofit organizations and agencies that support state and national parks are
also encouraging people to spend Black Friday outside. As Thanksgiving
approaches, REI says it plans to recognize the hundreds of thousands of people
and partner organizations that are opting to enjoy the outdoors with friends and
Moving forward: Helping workers cope after they witness a serious incident
But the ramifications of a workplace incident extend far beyond the employee who
is injured or killed. Co-workers who witness the incident may experience
psychological trauma when work resumes, and distractions may open the door to
subsequent incidents. Safety professionals need to be aware of the psychological
fallout for employees who witness a workplace fatality or injury, experts say.
Although OSHA offers recommendations on addressing critical-incident stress, it
has no specific standards for helping uninjured workers who witness a serious
Harbor Freight Tools repost their Director of Loss Prevention & Safety
position in Calabasas, CA. on LinkedIn
A 35 year-old, $2.5 billion company - on pace to $7.5 billion in the next few
years - with the energy and enthusiasm of a start-up. We have over 500 stores
nationwide and are opening a new one every week. Please send resumes to ABermel@harborfreight.com
CPP buys Petco chain of pet stores for $4.6B
Quarterly Same Store
Alimentation Couche-Tard Q2 U.S. merchandise comp's up 5.2%, up 3.1 in Europe,
up 3.6% in Canada
Signet Jewelers Q3 comp's up 3.3% with sales up 3.3%
Burlington Coat Q3 comp's up 2.8% with net sales up 6.4%
Fred's Q3 comp's up 2.7% with sales up 14%
Cracker Barrel Q1 retail comp's up 2.4%, restaurant comp's up 2.5% with sales up
Dollar Tree Q3 comp's up 2.1% with sales up 136% due to Family Dollar
Tiffany Q3 comp's up 1% with net sales up 4%
Citi Trends Q3 comp's down 0.5% with sales up 1.4%
Chico's Q3 comp's down 3.3% with net sales down 3.7%
DSW Inc. Q3 comp's down 3.9% with sales down 0.6%
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eBay GAP Team Assists Law Enforcement in Case of Janitor Selling Stolen School
Equipment and Student Instruments
The former head of custodians for the Ipswich Public Schools admitted in court
Thursday to stealing musical instruments, electronics and other pieces of
technology and equipment from the district - and some students - to sell on
eBay, according to Ipswich police. Paul Bedard, 59, of Ipswich, pleaded guilty
to larceny over $250 in Ipswich District Court in Newburyport. The thefts took
place during various dates between December 2009 and December 2013. Bedard
admitted in court to taking the items during that three-year period and selling
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US Retailers on High Alert After ModPos Malware Warning
Security experts are warning of a major new sophisticated POS malware
framework which could wreak havoc among US retailers as they head into the busy
Black Friday shopping period.
The so-called "ModPos" malware has already been targeted at US retailers and is
likely being used elsewhere in a bid to nab card details, according to iSight
Partners. The firm said in a blog post that it has already briefed "numerous"
retailers and payments firms and is working with the Retail Cyber Intelligence
Sharing Center (R-CISC) to help stop the POS malware spreading further. infosecurity-magazine.com
Stolen Data Search Engines Flood Chinese Cyber Underground
The Chinese cybercrime underground has evolved to feature search engines to help
darknet users find leaked data, and ATM and POS skimmers to capitalise on the
growing consumer trend for non-cash payments, according to Trend Micro.
Proposed Regulations for Drones Are Released - 400,000 to be sold this holiday
Here they come - Skeet Shooting Season Officially Opens
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration, scurrying to prepare for
hundreds of thousands of more drones flying into the air, released a list of
recommendations for how to better monitor recreational use of the machines.
Under the proposal, most drone owners would have to register the machines with
the federal government, which would place the information in a national
database, the first such requirements.
The recommendations, from a task force created by the agency, would be the
biggest step yet by the government to deal with the proliferation of
recreational drones, which are usually used for harmless purposes but have also
been tools for mischief and serious wrongdoing, and pose a risk to airborne
The F.A.A. is widely expected to approve the bulk of the recommendations in the
next month, just in time for Christmas. The F.A.A. would enforce registration
rules and oversee the database. The task force recommended that the F.A.A. carve
out separate registration-related penalties for drones. Registration violations
applying to any aircraft can now exceed $25,000. That amount was established
to deter suspected drug traffickers and tax evaders but should not apply to
users of small recreational drones, the groups said.
The task force did not go as far with its recommendations as some aviation and
security experts had hoped. Editor's Note: With the obvious long term
ability to completely change the transportation industry, the real battle will
come when they start impacting the teamsters union, the truck drivers of
America. Those drivers won't take this loss of revenue easily. They will fight
this to the end, and we're going to have security incidents, thefts, safety
issues, and a whole range of new loss prevention challenges. nytimes.com
Nanotechnology: Stopping Counterfeiters in Their Tracks
South Korean researchers have recently developed a technique to create unique,
random patterns of tiny nanowires that can be used to "tag" items to verify
their authenticity. By "reading" the nanowire tag that's stored in a unique
barcode on the item, the nanowire pattern can be compared against the database
of known authentic items or cards. Much like fingerprint technology uses a
series of points to measure a print against the database to ensure a match, the
nanotechnology works in much the same way.
To create the tags, the scientists coated nanowires with silicon and placed them
in a dye solution, which is then dropped on a sheet of thin plastic; each unique
pattern is created with 20 to 30 nanowires. The patterns were then analyzed by
an algorithm, which assessed the position and color of each wire, and stored it
in the database. Each pattern was also issued a unique barcode. When that
barcode was scanned, the database checked the pattern stored in the code against
known patterns. A match meant an authentic product, a mismatch indicated a fake.
While the technology is being touted as a way to protect commonly counterfeited
items, like designer bags and sunglasses, many experts are touting the potential
applications for credit cards as well. Because each nanowire tag costs less than
$1, and does not require changing the appearance of a credit card, many believe
that it's a more cost effective solution than replacing compromised cards, which
currently costs an issuer upwards of $14 or more.
Because counterfeiters are becoming more sophisticated, there's a need for more
advanced protections, and nanotechnology is showing promise to be the type of
protection consumers are clamoring for.
Protect Your Business This Holiday Season
The holidays traditionally bring an
uptick in business to retailers across the country, but they also
introduce a less-savory element to the retail environment. Employee
theft increases by around 30 percent during the holidays, and
retailers should prepare themselves. Locks and keys may be the last
thing on your mind if you're a busy retailer during the holiday
season, but as this graphic depicts, failing to have an effective
key program implemented within your stores can lead to unauthorized
(re)entry occurrences that result in theft, which ultimately affects
your bottom-line. Find out how InstaKey is helping retailers
nationwide prevent these incidents while saving them money
throughout the entire year with a
on the National Retail
Dr. Richard Hollinger, criminology
professor at the University of Florida and lead author of the National Retail
Security Survey, sits down with LPNN for a candid discussion on the latest
findings from the industry-benchmarking annual study on retail loss. According
2015 NRSS, inventory shrink averaged 1.38% of retail sales, or $44
billion - with shoplifting accounting for the largest portion of reported
shrink, surpassing internal theft for the first time ever. Dr. Hollinger talks
about the challenges of quantifying ORC, the emergence of data analytics, the
possibility of body cameras on retail employees, and the surprising fact that
many LP departments are reporting budget increases for the first time in years.
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2015 Retail & eCommerce Security Report:
Web Application Security Issues Are Rampant And Prolific
SecurityScorecard, the leading security-risk benchmarking company, announced
findings from its 2015 Retail & eCommerce Security Report which details security
trends and problem areas affecting both businesses and consumers this holiday
season. SecurityScorecard finds the retail industry suffers from pervasive web
application weaknesses from legacy software systems which are soft targets for
attackers once inside a company's network.
The report analyzed the top and bottom 10% of retailers collected from
SecurityScorecard's proprietary industry data. These retailers represent roughly
200 retail companies and was collected and analyzed from July through October
There were no e-commerce retailers that were exempt from web application issues.
Also, many retailers that our researchers analyzed found companies need to
improve the security of servers by hardening their configurations. In the recent
past, hackers have found entry points via third party vendors and partners. The
target? Customer credit card and other personally identifying information
(Social Security Numbers, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
attackers use for fraud and identity theft.
"Attackers seek to access the 'dumps' from customer credit card magstripes
(underground slang for the track data stored on a card's magnetic stripe)," said
Alex Heid, Chief of Research, at SecurityScorecard. "They will scan ranges of IP
addresses looking for remote administration protocols and then use common or
pilfered credentials for access."
Gap's web sales grow 2.3% in Q3 as total sales
Personalization leads to online gains for
Williams-Sonoma in Q3 - online sales up 7%
Foot Locker's digital sales step closer to the billion mark
E-commerce accounts for 21% of Abercrombie's sales
American Eagle Outfitters and Coach are tops in
Bridgeport, CT: Detroit Man Gets 4 Years For Stealing over $250,000
in Rolex watches from Stamford Mall Store
A 26-year-old Detroit man was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison
for his part in a smash-and-grab robbery of a Stamford jewelry store, according
to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Brian Moore worked with two
accomplices to steal more than $250,000 worth of items from Sidney Thomas
Jewelers in the Stamford Town Center Mall on Nov. 26, 2014. Moore, along with
Richard Mathew Bailey and Daiuhn Griffin, both from Detroit, entered the jewelry
store with hammers and went to work smashing display cases, targeting Rolex
watches. Bailey was caught moments after the robbery while running from the
scene. Moore and Griffin were arrested at a later date. Moore, who helped to
organize the robbery by recruiting his accomplices and driving some of them to
Stamford from Michigan, pleaded guilty to interfering with commerce by robbery
on Aug. 31. Bailey and Griffin also have pleaded guilty to interfering with
commerce by robbery.
MI: Police arrest 21 in shoplifting blitz
Police from Lansing and Lansing Township arrested 21 people last week -
including a 12-year-old -in what they're calling a "shoplifting blitz." The
police partnered with stores including Walmart, Meijer, Target, Sears, Kmart,
and Kroger - and on Wednesday and Thursday, November 18th and 19th. They spent
15 hours over the course of those two days working with loss prevention officers
in the various stores to make the arrests. They arrested 13 men and 7 women.
Seventeen of them are from Lansing. Police say they wanted to let people know
they're keeping an eye out for these crimes - particularly in the run-up to the
holiday shopping season. "This collaborative effort between Police Departments
and local retail stores strengthened relationships and sent a strong message to
people considering shoplifting," said Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.
Co, FL: Deputies find 55 counterfeit credit cards in Tampa man's truck
A Tampa man is facing charges after he allegedly used counterfeit credit cards
to buy prepaid gift cards at multiple Walmart locations on the Suncoast.
Gilberto Trujillo, 32, is charged with Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card
and Resisting Arrest with Violence. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office,
deputies were contacted on Saturday by loss prevention regarding a suspect using
several credit cards to buy prepaid gift cards at two Walmart. Stores. Many of
those credit cards had been declined. Deputies say they went to the Walmart in
Venice in an attempt to find the suspect, but discovered he had left. They later
found Trujillo in the parking lot of the Walmart in North Port. The sheriff's
office says Trujillo punched a deputy in the chest while they tried taking him
into custody. Authorities say they found 55 counterfeit credit cards and more
than $11,000 worth in gift cards in his vehicle.
Co, TX: Suspects sought in major Baby Formula thefts hitting several Walmart's
in West Texas
The Lindale Police Department is looking for four people that used car seat
boxes to steal large amounts of baby formula from some East Texas supermarkets.
They believe the suspects are tied to a larger crime ring that could be
operating in as many as three other states. Video from inside a Walmart in
Lindale on October 28th shows suspects using a large empty car seat box inside a
shopping cart to clean out the shelves of baby formula. Police say the suspects
are working as a team, standing around at different areas of the store and then
meeting up to stuff different carts full of baby formula. The suspects never
stay in any one spot for long. "You walk out with a car seat box and you pay for
the car seat which can be, I don't know, $50 to a $100," says Mcelyea. "And in
turn you probably have close to $2,000 worth of baby formula stuffed into that
box." The very next day, police say those same suspects struck again, this time
at a Brookshire's in Tyler, attempting to use an infant carrier covered in
blankets to conceal formula, and then leaving in a white Chevy Tahoe.
WA: Shoplifting suspects in Monroe return for milk, get busted with $2,500 in
They finish shopping, get back to the car or the house, and realize they forgot
something, like the milk. That happened to two women on Sunday evening at the
Monroe Walmart. The problem was, all their shopping had been shoplifting, and
they'd forgotten to steal milk. So they went back, and they got caught. Both now
may face felony theft charges. In all, 208 stolen items were recovered, valued
at $2,587. The initial report from WalMart indicated that two women ran outside
with three carts of merchandise without paying for it. Monroe police are part of
a regional anti-shoplifting group whose participants include Albertsons,
Safeway, Kohl's and Lowe's. They get together to share notes - and surveillance
images of frequent suspects.
Edinburgh, IN: Shoplifting Due hit for $1,900
at Edinburgh Premium Outlets, 2 arrested
Two Indianapolis women were arrested Sunday after more than $1,900 worth of
clothing was stolen from several outlet stores. Lisa York, 52, and Amber Meals,
31, were arrested after police stopped their car on Interstate 65. They were
shopping at Polo Ralph Lauren around 6:20 p.m. when Meals went back to her car
to get more money to pay for their items. Instead, Meals pulled her car up to
the store entrance, and York walked out with a shopping bag full of merchandise.
Johnson County Sheriff's Office deputy found the car driving north on I-65. The
officer stopped the car and found stolen merchandise in the back seat. Police
found merchandise from Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Nike and Carter's.
Dubuque, IA: Two steal $1,100 in items from Kohl's, lead authorities on chase
Michelle A. Brandenburg, 28, and Kyle D. Schmitt, 24,were arrested at about 4
p.m. Saturday on charges of second-degree theft. Brandenburg also was charged
with eluding and interference with official acts. State Police responded
Saturday afternoon to Kohl's, for a report of shoplifters. An employee told
police that Brandenburg and Schmitt had taken several items into fitting rooms
but did not have all the items with them when they exited the rooms. The
employee also saw the two take items from their shopping cart and place them in
bags from a different store. When the employee confronted the two, they fled in
a vehicle. The vehicle went about 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. The sheriff's
department deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle. Police reported finding
nearly $1,100 worth of stolen items in the bags and on Brandenburg and Schmitt.
St George, UT: Police Tase disorderly Marriott guest with Target shopping cart
full of stolen goods in his room
A complaint of a disorderly hotel guest refusing to pay for his breakfast
Saturday morning led to an assault of two officers, the officers deploying a
Taser on the guest. Following the confrontation, housekeeping staff entered
Scano's hotel room and noticed a variety of suspicious items in the room.
Authorities were notified and a search warrant was issued for Scano's hotel room
where police located a Target shopping cart full of stolen merchandise. Among
some of the numerous stolen items located in Scano's room were Melatonin pills,
Zyrtec and Claritin allergy pills, a $70 Phillips toothbrush, Hanes tank tops,
underwear, socks, a belt, shoes, candles and an Andrea Bocelli CD. Holmes said
Target store personnel confirmed the items, with an estimated value of around
Wauwatosa, WI: Three women stole 12 Northface jackets valued at $2,733 from
Nordstrom on Nov. 15
Fairbanks, AL: Couple charged in $865 felony theft
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Increased Violence leading into Black Friday
The D&D Daily has reported on a number of armed robberies, mall and parking lot
shootings in the past few weeks leading up to Black Friday. Since the beginning
of November, we've reported 18 deaths and 18 injuries due to violence around
stores. As we prepare for the busiest shopping season of the year, and an even
busier season for crime, it's important that we keep our customers, staff and
security personnel safe this holiday season.
Park, FL: Deputies investigating Shooting, Grab & Run Theft at Mayors Jewelers
in Citrus Park Mall
A Mayors Jewelers employee at Westfield Citrus Park was able to stop a thief's
attempts at stealing a necklace worth thousands, but a capture of the man
responsible just wasn't in the cards Monday. According to the Hillsborough
County Sheriff's Office, the incident began to unfold around 6:45 p.m. at
Westfield Citrus Park when a man approached a sales associate about buying a
necklace for his mother. The associate let the man try on a necklace, worth
several thousand dollars, the agency wrote in an email to media. With the
necklace in his possession, the man ran west through the mall. Not willing to be
duped, the associate chased the suspect toward the entrance to Dick's Sporting
Goods. The suspect, deputies say, turned and fired a single shot toward his
pursuer. He then ran outside the mall and into the parking lot. The sales
associate, however, wasn't giving up. A brief struggle ensued and another shot
was fired. The associate managed to get the necklace back, but the suspect fled
in what is believed to be a 2010 or later white, four-door Hyundai Elantra,
deputies say. No injuries were reported in the attempted theft. The store
employee has not been identified by authorities.
Jacksonville, FL: Jewelry store owner jumped by two masked men and shot, draws
his own gun and kills one robber
On November 18, Police said the owner of Jax Jewelry was "locking up" for the
night when "two masked men confronted him at the back door of his store." The
owner struggled with the men and was shot, but he managed to return fire,
fatally wounding one of the two attackers. Both masked men fled after the
jewelry store owner returned fire. The wounded attacker went to the hospital for
treatment and died the next morning.
Scranton, PA: Shots Fired in Viewmont Mall Parking Lot
Police are investigating gunshots fired outside a shopping mall in Lackawanna
County. Scranton police officers were called to the Viewmont Mall just before 7
p.m. Monday. Detectives say witnesses told them two vehicles, a minivan and a
blue sports car, were chasing each other through the parking lot. Then shots
were fired from the blue sports car at the minivan. Scranton police were seen
putting markers down by spent shell casings and investigators tell us a total of
four casings were collected. The commotion startled shoppers inside the mall.
Charlotte, NC: People inside Arboretum GAP robbed at gunpoint
People at GAP in Charlotte's Arboretum area were robbed at gunpoint Saturday
evening, police say. The robbery happened just before 8 p.m. at the GAP store on
Providence Road in the Arboretum Shopping Center. According to a police report,
the robbers, armed with guns, robbed eight people inside of their belongings. An
iPhone 6, iPhone 5, wallet, money, debit card, credit cards, Droid Turbo,
checkbook and purse were some of the items stolen. After obtaining the property,
the robbers got into a vehicle and drove off, according to the police report.
One of the eight victims was moved "with force" from one side of the store to
the other, the report says. The robbers are facing armed robbery, kidnapping and
FL: Walgreen's Surveillance video released of Miami-Dade Armed Robbery shootout
Two armed crooks went for the cash at a chain store Halloween night, but when
they thought no one was around, a former police officer stepped in, and it was
all caught on camera. On Monday, Miami-Dade Police officials released
surveillance video of the robbery that happened at a retail pharmacy store.
Those robbers and a former police officer had a gun battle by the front door,
blowing out one window. The two robbers walked into the Walgreens along
Southwest 112th Avenue and 232nd Street, shouting demands just as witness
20-year-old Shannon and his sister were walking out. The crooks then headed
straight to the cash register. Two girls who were dressed up for the holiday
festivities were at the counter. One of them took some free candy from a pumpkin
on the front counter and walked away as the two robbers jumped over the counters
to rummage through the cash drawers. As the suspects were about to leave, they
spotted someone outside. One yelled, "It's police, shoot him." That's when the
rounds were fired, one bullet hitting a pack of soda cans. They were referring
to a former police officer who returned fire and broke the front window in the
process. The two robbers escaped through the back door and no one was hurt.
Police are investigating this case and are asking the community for help.
Arson: Chicago, IL: Retired Police Officer, now Safety Educator, accused of
felony Arson at Goodwill store
Former Lake Zurich Police Officer has been charged with setting fires in
Algonquin and has been suspended from his government-funded job teaching child
safety seat installation. Robert Brasky, 58, who won awards for his police work
promoting safety before retiring from the department after nearly 30 years on
the job, has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of Arson. The two more
serious fires Brasky is alleged to have set each caused more than $150 in
damage, resulting in the felony charges. Both fires occurred in trash cans at
the Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois store. Deputy Chief Sutrick said
the person who started the fires was seen on security video and identified as
Brasky by police who saw him in the area after one incident. No one was hurt in
Oak Brook, IL: Fleeing Shoplifter points knife on Neiman Marcus Loss Prevention
agent at the Oak Brook Center Mall
Police in west suburban Oak Brook are looking two people who pointed weapons at
security guards after being caught shoplifting at Oakbrook Center mall Thursday
morning. Officers were called to the Neiman Marcus store at Oakbrook Center at
11:07 a.m. for reports of a retail theft in progress, according to a statement
from Oak Brook police. A woman entered the store, selected a purse and jacket,
then tried to leave without paying, police said. When store security confronted
her, she dropped the stolen items and pulled a large fixed-blade knife from her
purse before running away.
Fresno, CA: Fresno Police arrest 5 gang members in 2 separate robbery sprees
The five suspects, all Bulldog gang members, were arrested on robbery and
related charges tied to eight different incidents between Oct. 15 and Nov. 3,
Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Cargo Theft: Houston, TX Police searching for suspects in 3 Tractor Trailer
thefts from a Super 8 motel
Police are searching for suspects who allegedly stole three tractor trailers
from a motel parking lot in northeast Houston on Monday morning. The incident
occurred just before 7 a.m. Monday at a Super 8 on in northeast Houston. Police
say the driver was hauling the three trucks for delivery and stopped for the
night at Super 8. Authorities say surveillance video shows the theft occurring
around 6:40 a.m. Monday. Officials found the trucks around 11 a.m. in the 6400
block of West Little York with the tires on the trucks stolen.
FL: Authorities cracking down on counterfeit goods in Southwest Florida
Counterfeit goods are making their way into our country. They look like ordinary
packages, but they are filled with fake merchandise. Officers at the
International Mailing Center near Miami get thousands of packages every day.
They said they have seen a big increase in counterfeits in the past month
because they recently started taking in mail from China -- where a lot of
counterfeits come from. Common counterfeits are pocketbooks, handbags, wallets,
shoes, sunglasses, watches and counterfeit pharmaceuticals like Viagra. Officers
at the center try to stop counterfeits from getting in the country through a
process that includes radiation detection, an x-ray machine and a close eye.
Spataro said officers seize a few hundred counterfeits every day just through
the mail. At Miami's seaport, officers seized more than $11 million worth of
counterfeit goods this summer.
Dearborn, MI: Fairlane Mall Shooting Triggers
Increased Security Awareness at UM-Dearborn
Chesapeake, VA: Applebee's employee fired for
having credit card skimming device
Singapore: Diamond switching couple arrested; man
with 14-year string of convictions sentenced to 5 years' 'Corrective
UK: St Ives: Burglars hit Little Jems Jewelers in
an early morning Smash & Grab, merchandise valued at $45,000
Allsup's - Abilene, TX - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery/ Video Released
Cefco - Temple, TX - Armed Robbery /Roll over accident
Circle K - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Circle S - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ 3 injured
Citgo - Winter Haven, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lower Allen, PA - Robbery
Hatch - Hollis, NH - Burglary
Hess - Yorktown, VA - Armed Robbery
Jax Jewelry - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery/ Owner shot
Kangaroo - New Hanover, NC - Armed Robbery
Palmer's Firearms - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Phone Doctor - Woodstock, AL - Armed Robbery / Assault
Rite Aid - Westbrook, ME - Armed Robbery/ long criminal record
Rite Aid - Ventura, CA - Armed Robbery
Sonny's Supplies - Landis, NC - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Green Valley, AZ - Armed Robbery
8 till Late - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
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