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Domestic Terrorism Hits Three Starbucks,
Barnes & Noble, and Old Navy

Federal authorities charged a man on Monday with using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string of overnight fires and vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year damaged Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble, and other establishments in New Mexico's largest city.

Albuquerque police arrested David A. Hickman, 28, early Saturday morning after he drove away from the Albuquerque shopping center where an officer who was on patrol said he had heard "small explosions," according to a federal criminal complaint. Hickman was transferred to the custody of federal authorities who are investigating other local arson and vandalism cases since early Wednesday.

A fire was set at a Barnes & Noble near a shopping mall the same night as the explosions at the Old Navy store, authorities said. There was water damage inside the bookselling retailer's Albuquerque location, while a tinge of smoke remained outside the Old Navy store.

Several mornings earlier, a blaze set at Project Defending Life, an anti-abortion ministry, damaged the organization's chapel and foyer, while a massive blaze destroyed a luxury condo complex under construction near the University of New Mexico.

The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent its national response team to assist in investigating the condominium fire that resulted in an estimated $9 million in damage.

On Friday morning, "suspicious devices" were left at three Albuquerque Starbucks coffee shops, with one device causing minimal damage, the FBI said. What the devices were is unclear.

The complaint filed in the Old Navy fire said officers discovered an assault rifle, ammunition, and a box labeled "Tannerite" in Hickman's vehicle with jars containing a white substance.

Editor's Note: While the authorities have not yet classified this as a case of Domestic Terrorism, it's clear that the attack may have been driven by extremist beliefs, particularly if the suspect is connected to an earlier fire set at an anti-abortion ministry.

Albuquerque, NM: Arrest made in string of arson attacks
Albuquerque's police chief says authorities believe a string of crimes targeting businesses in the city will end with the arrest Saturday of a suspect.

"We have multiple crimes scenes all over the city," Police Chief Gordon Eden said during a Saturday news conference. The FBI earlier said that police had arrested a suspect in the placement of suspicious devices, which apparently included those which the FBI said previously were placed at three Starbucks coffee shops early Friday.

Other incidents under investigation included fires early Saturday at Barnes & Noble and Old Navy stores.

Police: Suspect had gun, flare, rifle, explosives
When Albuquerque police arrested 28-year-old David Hickman as a suspect in one of a string of fires set at businesses and stores in Albuquerque over the holiday weekend, they found a loaded gun in a holster on his hip, an emergency flare in his waistband, an AR-15 style rifle in the back seat of his car and several Mason jars containing an explosive substance.  abqjournal.com

The Media Won't Call This One?
'The Horse of Another Color'
Editor's Note: Clearly these incidents are indicative of domestic terrorism and would be labeled that in any other situation, but during the holidays, and at a time when civil unrest and terrorism is front page world-wide news, the last thing we need as a nation is the media calling out a domestic terrorism incident in 5 retail stores, four weeks before Christmas.

President-elect impacting Tiffany flagship
Trump Tower right across from their flagship store

Tiffany & Co.'s sterling jewel - its flagship on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue - is feeling the impact of beefed up security and protests at Trump Tower, which is located next door to the store.

Since the election, Tiffany said its flagship, the retailer's largest location and a tourist magnet, has seen an "adverse effect" and sales softness" compared with the year before and relative to the company's other U.S. stores. And it sees no quick fix of the problem.

"The company cannot provide any assurance that sales in that store will not be negatively affected by this activity in the fourth quarter or in any future period," the retailer said in a statement.
Editor's Note: And if Trump does commute back and forth while his family stays in NYC, at least for the first year while his youngest son finishes the school year, this store could virtually crash.  chainstoreage.com

District Attorneys Should Enforce Reckless Endangerment Laws
for Dollar General

OSHA repeatedly has fined Dollar General stores for blocking fire exits, a violation that has an infamous, tragic history.
People knew of the need to have unobstructed fire exits long before the establishment of OSHA in 1974. The National Fire Protection Association and local fire codes advocated for a requirement. OSHA reinforces this in its Fire Safety Standards, and subsequently has fined Dollar General multiple times for blocking fire exits. Yet, many managers of Dollar General stores don't seem to care.
Because of this alleged negligence, district and prosecuting attorneys should come into the picture. Ordinary mistakes on fire safety should be left to the county fire marshals and to state and the federal OSHA agency. However, when that doesn't work, district attorneys need to enforce the laws of reckless endangerment against companies who criminally are indifferent to the safety of its customers and its workers.
Attorneys could wait for a fire to occur and then prosecute the local store manager for negligent homicide (manslaughter in some states), but waiting for the fires will leave some workers and shoppers stuck at blocked fire exits and burned to death. This is not the best outcome for the dead and their families.
OSHA has attempted to push Dollar General to act responsibly for its workers' and customers' safety. ehstoday.com

PC Richard Can't Shake Receipt Suit, Consumers Say
Consumers blasted P.C. Richard & Son LLC's bid to escape a proposed class action accusing it of printing too much card information on receipts, arguing on Monday that they have standing, even in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision, and that they clearly allege that the retailer acted willfully. law360.com

Petco Can't Nix Claims It Hid Background-Check Disclosure
A California federal judge has rejected Petco's bid to dismiss a proposed class action by two job applicants who claim the chain hid its plan to conduct consumer background checks, saying Monday the Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo is no block - yet. Jacklyn Feist and Angelica Zimmer claim that Petco Animal Supplies Inc. buried its background-check disclosure in a wall of words in their job applications, instead of giving a stand-alone disclosure, which they say the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires. law360.com

Retailers will lose $2B+ in fraudulent returns this holiday season
$15.9B in return fraud annually

While Americans are expected to spend a near-record $952 billion during the 2016 holiday shopping season, retailers will be plagued by about $2 billion in fraudulent returns, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Part of a $15.9 billion annual problem, return fraud hits consumers the hardest because ultimately it's honest people who are forced to pay the price for the criminal actions of others.

"Certainly there's a loss of tax revenue," NRF VP of Loss Prevention Robert Moraca told the Chicago Tribune. "And every item stolen has to be replaced, and that's passed on to the consumer."

Overall, on an annual basis, total merchandise returns come to about $260.5 billion for retailers in the United States, according to NRF. About 6.1% of that number is people either abusing the return process or making fraudulent returns (coming to the aforementioned $15.9 billion number).

During the holiday season, the NRF estimates, overall returns come in at 10% (about 2% higher than the rest of the year). About 3.5% of those returns end up being fraudulent, a $2.21 billion problem. foxbusiness.com

Los Angeles, CA: Workers Protest for Higher Wages, Union Rights in 'Fight for 15 Movement'
Hundreds of workers across Los Angeles joined a national effort for higher wages in what is being considered a "day of disruption" for businesses Tuesday morning. It's part of a "Fight for 15" movement. Organizers in Los Angeles said the $10.50 minimum wage that is in effect now is not enough, and employees are also demanding union rights.

"Los Angeles is the home of the fast-food industry and a lot of people go to these places. It's another day of business for McDonald's but not for us. Today, we're going to be reminding them that they have to do the right thing and pay their workers better," organizer Pablo Alvarado said. The minimum wage in Los Angeles will eventually be increased to $15 per hour in 2021. Workers include those from the fast-food, home and health care, ride-share and airport industries. The protest is also in response to the recent election, according to organizers. abc7.com

The nasty rise of 'flash mob robbers'
In just 90 seconds, they'd made off with over $10,000 in cosmetics. Groups known as "flash-mob robbers" storm a store, steal thousands in merchandise in minutes and bolt as quickly as they arrive. Among the most notorious are the Rainbow Girls - a group of female thieves, named for their brightly hued hair - who've hit dozens of stores in the Bay Area. Their high-stakes heists have included Ulta where the beauty burglars stole an estimated $11,000 worth of goods in less than two minutes. The mostly girl gang has also walked off with a combined more than $130,000 worth of luxury goods from Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Sunglass Hut, according to charges filed against a dozen members of the Rainbow Girls in the Bay Area in October. marketwatch.com

Angry Woman at Michaels Store Cries Discrimination for Being White, Voting Trump - Video Goes Viral
The offer of a $1 reusable bag erupted into a meltdown by a woman who proclaimed she had voted for Donald Trump and was being discriminated against by African-American employees at a Chicago arts and crafts store. The incident happened on Thanksgiving Eve at the Michaels store at 3131 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. A video shot by Jessie Grady titled "Racist White Woman Trump Rant in Chicago Store" has received more than 2 million views on YouTube since being posted on Nov. 23. patch.com

10 Retailers haul in 66.7% of all holiday revenue
27% of total retail revenue comes from Q4
Wal-Mart Stores 23%
CVS Health, 8.2%
Amazon 7.9%
Walgreens 5.2%
Costco 5%
Kroger 4.8%
Home Depot 3.8%
Target 3.7%
Lowe's 2.7%
Best Buy 2.4%

Off-price retailer TJX to expand overtime pay despite judge's block
The TJX Companies isn't letting a federal judge's decision to block the Obama administration rule expanding overtime pay get in the way of its plans to comply with the rule. 

"At TJX, we attribute our success primarily to the people we have hired over many years who remain focused on our mission of delivering amazing values to consumers," company spokeswoman Doreen Thompson wrote in an email to Boston Business Journal. "With this in mind, TJX will move forward as planned in implementing the changes outlined in Department of Labor's new rules."

Editor's Note: When you're the number one player in the U.S. and still have huge growth potential in front of you this could be a major chess move long term as it relates to the labor market. They'll be fueled with applicants like customers lining up at new Apple store openings. It'll be hard for any one, especially the department stores, to ever catch up to them now. Just a thought. chainstoreage.com

GDP rises at 3.2% annual pace, strongest in more than two years

Quarterly Same Store Sales Report
Shoe Carnival Q3 comp's down 0.4%, net sales up 1.8%

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In Memoriam: Nate Nathanson, An Industry Veteran
Nate Nathanson passed away on Nov. 7 in Houston, Texas after a long illness. Nate, whose full name is Charles Brian Nathanson, was born Oct. 8, 1956 with a love of life and an infectious laugh. He was forever a kind soul, accepting of everyone. He traveled often, much for business, but always making time for a round of golf and turning strangers to friends.

He graduated from Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, and Auburn University, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice. He was the ultimate Auburn Tigers fan.

He is remembered by many co-workers for his friendly smile and commitment to customers at Bed, Bath and Beyond, where he worked in LP management for twenty years. Overall, he's been in the Loss Prevention industry for more than 25 years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, Children's Hospital Campaign.

Click here to express your condolences. legacy.com 


Security budgets continue to grow, but is it enough?
Cybersecurity is now a top concern for businesses, but the reality is that it should have been on their radar years ago. Why did businesses wait so long to invest in cybersecurity?

So it's no surprise that Business Insider Intelligence reports an estimated $655 billion will be invested in cybersecurity initiatives between 2015 and 2020. However, in 2015, worldwide cybersecurity spending reached only $75.4 billion, according to Gartner, jumping to an estimated $2.77 trillion in 2016. Those numbers suggest that businesses are only just catching on to the importance of cybersecurity in the workplace, but are they too late?

"It's a constantly evolving complexity, so I think it's hard and even dangerous to think of it in terms of 'I need to start now,' because we're at this watershed moment. Frankly, if you're starting now, you're already way behind," says Ben DesJardins, director of security solutions at Radware.

IBM estimates that the average cost of a security breach in 2016 is $4 million - up from $3.8 million in 2015. With massive revenue losses at stake, you might think that businesses are scrambling to invest as much as possible to protect corporate data. However, implementing the technology necessary to protect your business can often be just as expensive as a data breach, especially if you want to do it the right way.

But there's a catch if you decide to wait a longer to establish your corporate security plan, says Christos K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, chair of ISACA's board of directors and group director of Information Security for INTRALOT. The longer businesses wait to tackle cybersecurity initiatives, the more it will eventually cost them to implement in the future.

"The later cybersecurity is implemented, the higher the cost, especially in technology-intensive industries. Security by design is more cost-effective than security that is patched around systems. csoonline.com

Best practices to fight corporate security risks
From phishing emails to password sharing, there are a myriad of actions that pose significant risks to organizations.

Best practices Today, security education may be part of an organization's onboarding process, but while many people know not to open an email from an unidentified source, or even those from a friend or coworker that have uncharacteristic links or text, individuals inevitably still do.

These phishing attacks run the risk of infecting organizations and can further expose a company's critical assets. From phishing emails to password sharing, to downloading applications using corporate email logins; there are a myriad of actions that pose significant risks to organizations.

Ask the question: is this for work? With the plethora of apps out there, many people download and register for consumer applications to help streamline their work processes. However, many do this using corporate email addresses and passwords. By re-using logins for third-party apps, employees increase the potential attack surface for corporate access. If an application looks interesting but hasn't been explicitly approved by work, use personal login credentials.

What harm can sharing my password do? Time to reconsider It's great to have access to a solid application or service and share the love by providing your password to friends and family or to vendors that you work with. However, opening accessibility to other users increases the threat potential dramatically.

Joe left the company five months ago. Why is his account still active? While it may seem obvious that an individual's access to applications and accounts should be turned off when they leave, things inevitably slip through the cracks.

Don't reuse passwords - ever Nobody likes changing and remembering new passwords but we all have to do things we don't like to do. If you need to change your passwords every three to six months, using strong passwords can significantly limit risk and exposure.

Continuously monitor identity when providing access to sensitive data or systems Organizations with highly confidential information should take steps to continuously ensure that users accessing it are who they say they are. In addition to username and password, identity verification monitoring should track user activity and initiate additional verification every time user activity looks suspicious. Using biometrics, two-factor authentication and user behavior, organizations can keep their network secure and even alert users if someone is trying to log in as them.

Tips to keep business from coming to a halt during a potential breach When an organization thinks it may have been breached it is important to take steps that secure the organization from the potential breach but doesn't stop the business process. Communicate with employees to make sure they know what they're supposed to do and how they can continue to work business as usual. Implementing additional security measures to ensure legitimate access to sensitive systems for a period of time may be necessary while the breach is investigated.

Get a handle on your privileged users Once attackers compromise an account, they attempt lateral movement to gain access to privileged accounts that have elevated access to the network. Privileged access means a higher risk of compromising the enterprise network. To keep privileged accounts secure, keep track of privileged accounts and regularly review them to downgrade those with unnecessary privileges and to remove stale accounts.  csoonline.com

NAFCU: Need for National Data Security Standards For Retailers Reaches Critical Stage on Cyber Monday
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger issued the following statement today as millions of Americans take advantage of Cyber Monday sales.

"Data breaches have exceeded last year's record, and millions of consumers have already had their information compromised, yet retailers continue to resist critically needed national data security standards," said Berger. "With this void in protection, every retailer's sale sign is a welcome sign for cybercriminals and a hazard for consumers who may unwittingly fall victim to a retail data breach." businesswire.com

Senators plan last-ditch push to curb US law-enforcement hacking power
Unless Congress takes 11th-hour action, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will gain new authority this week to hack into remote computers during criminal investigations. Proposed changes to Rule 41, the search and seizure provision in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, would give U.S. law enforcement agencies the authority to cross jurisdictional lines and hack computers anywhere in the world during criminal investigations. csoonline.com

As Gap Struggles, Its Analytical CEO Prizes Data Over Design

Ransomware Crooks Demand $70K After Hacking San Francisco Transport System

Vector Security Secures $300m Credit Facility

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 22, 2016 - Vector Security, a premier provider of intelligent security solutions to both residential and business customers, announced today that it has entered into a $300 million credit agreement led by PNC Bank, N.A. as Administrative Agent; PNC Capital Markets LLC, Citizens Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Joint Lead Arrangers; and PNC Markets LLC as Sole Bookrunner. U.S. Bank National Association served as Syndication Agent.

The credit agreement provides for a $300 million revolving credit facility commitment, with the option of requesting the lenders to increase the commitment by $100 million subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the credit agreement. The credit agreement, which matures November 9, 2021, provides Vector Security with a significant increase in its borrowing capacity, along with an appealing cost of borrowing. The new credit agreement contains customary covenants, representations and warranties, and events of default. Vector Security plans to use the proceeds of the credit agreement for repayment of its existing credit agreement, for working capital purposes, for general corporate purposes, and to finance acquisitions.

Pam Petrow, President and CEO of Vector Security comments, "Our ability to close on this new credit facility is a testament to the consistent performance, reputation and strong management team Vector Security has built over the past 43 years. The additional liquidity and financial flexibility provided by this refinancing will make us well positioned to capitalize on expansionary opportunities."

"We are pleased to have the continuing support of PNC Bank and our syndicate banking partners," says Chuck Thropp, Vector Security CFO. "The increased financial capacity, improved structure, and attractive interest rate options afforded by this credit agreement, will enable Vector Security to have the financial resources to support our continued growth and finance our strategic initiatives."

Read full press release here.

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Critical Incident Management

Chad McIntosh, VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's, and Blue Montez, VP of Risk Management, American Apparel

In today's multi-threat real-time environment, it's critical for retailers to be educated, informed and highly collaborative. With critical incidents like active shooters on the rise, learn about the proactive steps Loss Prevention can take when it comes to physical security programs, educating employees, monitoring social media and collaborating with law enforcement. Chad McIntosh, VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's, and Blue Montez, VP of Risk Management, American Apparel, share their thoughts on LP's elevated role as first responders in active-incident situations.

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Cyber Monday Becomes 'The Main Event'
Cyber Monday (By The Numbers)

Black Friday (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Thanksgiving) get all the press as far as holiday retail goes, but as the holiday shopping extravaganza drew closer in 2016, the question that began circulating was actually about Cyber Monday and if it would manage to surpass and become the main event itself.

And as it turns out, a lot of commerce got done yesterday while millions of Americans were ostensibly getting back to work.

Amazon - the eCommerce giant that arguably invented Cyber Monday - reported having a particularly good day (capping off an extremely good weekend). Amazon said orders via its mobile app are on pace to surpass those from Cyber Monday last year, and sales could well be record-breaking.

Though Amazon was loath to disclose a lot of hard numbers - as is its custom - it did note that the Amazon Echo has been the site's leading seller during the holiday weekend and that toy sales were an early winner on Cyber Monday - especially something called the "Pie Face Showdown Game" by Hasbro, which was apparently the best-selling toy of the day.

So, it was a big day, but was it big enough to beat back Black Friday as the holiday season's main shopping event?

Well, by the numbers:

$3.39 Billion | The total estimated sales brought in during the Cyber Monday shopping rush (according to Adobe's early data).

$3.34 Billion | Black Friday's total one-day haul, according to Adobe. So, yes, Cyber Monday did edge out Black Friday.

$540 Million | The amount of money that had already been spent online, according to Adobe, as of the end of Cyber Monday morning.

154 Million | The number of online shoppers who braved the eCommerce sites during the holiday shopping weekend - that is a 3 million human pick-up from last year's 151 million.

2-7 | The number of days "Cyber Monday" is lasting this year. Many stores are offering deals into Tuesday, and players like Macy's and Target are celebrating what they are calling Cyber Week.  pymnts.com

Cyber Monday breaks online sales record - Up 12.1%
Cyber Monday, the final lap in the Thanksgiving holiday shopping relay, yielded $3.45 billion in sales, a new online record.

"Cyber Monday was one for the history books this year," "It's an incredible milestone, but it's also incredible that Black Friday inched so close to Cyber Monday this year, generating only $110 million less in online sales."  usatoday.com
Amazon Expects 27% Sales Increase
Hiring 120,000 Temporary Workers in U.S.
Tapping Robots For Faster 2 Day Training

Amazon is gearing up for a busy holiday shopping season and is increasing its workforce by 40 percent, or 120,000 temporary workers.

Instead of training its new temporary employees over several weeks, Amazon will reportedly reply on technology ranging from touch screens to robots so it can reduce the training time to just two days, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A traditional warehouse job typically entails six weeks of training so the new hires learn the ropes. Shrinking that training period to just a couple of days requires some innovative techniques to help new employees do their job faster.

Amazon's latest facilities feature the most automation, employing screens, scanners, robots and other technology designed to get workers going as soon as possible.

New hires get hands-on training on their very first day on the job, whereas at traditional warehouses, new employees would spend the first day in a classroom. With the help of technology, new workers can easily learn how to pack shipments, what box size to use, how to identify the item they need to find and how much tape they need to finish packing the shipment. All of this information will be provided by touch screens, significantly reducing the time a new employee would otherwise need to learn how to pack shipments.

Amazon expects its holiday sales to increase as much as 27 percent this season compared to last year, reaching a high-end range of $45.5 billion. The company built 26 new warehouses this year alone, for a total of 149 warehouses worldwide.

"The newest warehouses, filled with robots, require a higher head count than older sites because the greater efficiency allows them to process even more orders, a task that still requires humans."

Robots help human workers at the fulfillment centers Amazon has in DuPont, Washington. A massive yellow robot arm moves pallets full of items on the second story of the warehouse, while new employees get safety training on the mezzanine, learning various safety techniques such as how to properly lift packages without straining their backs.

Orange robots the size of pallets, meanwhile, move at a faster speed than humans and carry shelves full of items to stations where workers can find them. Workers can look at a screen for information on the item they need and see how it looks like and where it's located so they can easily get it off the shelf quickly and accurately.

Once workers pick off an item from a robot-carried shelf, they scan the item, and a light flashes to indicate the suitable container for it. According to Olsen, the technology "automates almost everything," which is why Amazon can cut the training time to just two days instead of a lengthy six weeks. techtimes.com
Amazon Hopes to Prevent Package Theft with Lockers Set Up Around Charlotte
Lockers Popping Up Across the Country

The lockers have popped up at 26 locations around Charlotte. Most are at QuikTrip stores, but there are a few at 7-Eleven locations and one inside the Northlake Mall. twcnews.com

SDORCA's December Meeting Set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Escondido, California
Please join the San Diego Organized Retail Crime Alliance (SDORCA) for their upcoming meeting at the Escondido Police Department on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016. The meeting will take place from 9:00am - 11:00pm and will include refreshments.

Please bring any current case information you would like to discuss with the group. This will also be a great opportunity to network with Law Enforcement and Retail Investigators in the area.

To register for the event, click here

Massapequa, NY: Homeland Security and Nassau County Police take down multiple targets in Counterfeit Good trafficking
CBS2 was given rare access Monday to a joint operation between Nassau County police and the Department of Homeland Security, targeting counterfeit items at retail shops. The raid all Monday morning targeted merchants who were peddling faux goods right out in the open. Plainclothes Nassau police and federal Homeland Security officers got their orders before fanning across the county on a six-location sting. The counterfeit goods industry is exploding and has gone mainstream. CBS2's Gusoff was told to don a bulletproof vest. Gusoff and the police units then headed out in an unmarked convoy, because anything could happen - even when only counterfeit handbags are the cause for arrest. Counterfeit goods are a multibillion-dollar black market. They are no longer hidden in back rooms on Canal Street but are now sold out in the open - with little shame or secrecy. cbslocal.com

8 charged in Multi-State Theft Ring that led to police chase; connected to the theft of nearly $2M
Illinois State Police announced Monday that charges have been filed against eight Chicago residents who allegedly led multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit that ended near Farmersville Saturday. Those arrested were: Terrence J. Bell, 25, Darius O. Bowdry, 21, Julian C. Campbell, 22, Derrick Crowder, 24, Jacob A. Lee, 27, Keyshyla S. Thomas, 22, Mario Washington, 24, and Dejaun D. Winguard, 21. All were charged with theft, a Class 2 felony.

State police said the Chicagoans are part of a theft ring that has struck high-end retail establishments in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The theft ring is believed to be responsible for $1.9 million worth of stolen goods and damage, state police said.

According to state police, the incident that led to the arrests started with a theft from the Saks Fifth Avenue department store at Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis Saturday morning. The suspects fled in two vehicles, one of which was spotted heading north on Interstate 55 near Maryville about 10:30 a.m. illinoishomepage.net

Union, NJ: 5 suspects accused of stealing $25,000 of computers from Best Buy
Four men and a woman were arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of computers from Best Buy stores, and two of the men were apprehended after fleeing in a car and crashing on Route 78. They said some of the computers were stolen from the Vauxhall Best Buy store but others apparently were taken from the Jersey City store. All of the suspects are from New York, police said. nj.com

Hernando County, FL: K-9 Officer makes a $1,600 apprehension at Walmart
Judge, a Hernando K-9 officer, caught a suspect Sunday who tried to shoplift 120 items from a Walmart. Anthony Edwards, 27, was charged with retail theft, resisting an officer without violence, commercial burglary and with hitting a police dog. Before he was taken to jail, deputies transported him to the hospital where he received 18 sutures to his right thigh and ankle for punctures and lacerations from the dog bite. Deputies said Edwards stopped at Walmart where he decided to shoplift 120 items from the store, totaling $1,597.93. He simply tried to push the basket full of items out of the store. When confronted by Walmart loss prevention employees, Edwards fled on foot into a wooded area north of the store. Deputies arrived on scene to see Edwards running from the store with loss prevention employees chasing him. Deputies also gave chase. Edwards failed to comply with deputies' commands to "stop." tbreporter.com

Melbourne, AU: Criminal gangs behind spike in brazen cigarette thefts
Thefts of cigarettes have rocketed by almost 20 per cent in Victoria in the past five years. The Herald Sun can reveal an increasing number of organised criminal gangs are smashing their way into supermarkets and service stations to steal tobacco products. The brazen thieves often arrive with bed sheets so they can quickly scoop up the cigarettes before making a quick exit. Crime Statistics Agency figures for the past five years show that from July 2011 to June 2012 a total of 536 incidents in which cigarettes were stolen were recorded. heraldsun.com.au

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Shootings & Death

Cahokia, MO: Fleeing Felon shot and killed by Off Duty Officer in Walmart Parking lot
A man wanted by police was shot and killed by an off-duty officer outside a Walmart store in Cahokia Monday night. Cahokia Police Chief David Landmann said the off-duty Washington Park officer notified the Cahokia Police Department that a man wanted by police was seen entering the store around 4:50 p.m. When officers from Cahokia arrived at the Walmart, the suspect ran from them and into his vehicle. After entering the vehicle, the suspect drove erratically in the parking lot, striking a police vehicle and brick pillar in front of the store, according to police. The suspect vehicle also reportedly came close to hitting several pedestrians. The suspect vehicle then drove towards the off-duty officer who was standing in the parking lot. The off-duty officer fired several gunshots, striking the suspect at least once, police said. The suspect vehicle then left the parking lot, striking other vehicles on the roadway, and was followed by officers from multiple agencies. The chase continued for about a mile east on Camp Jackson Road, where the suspect vehicle hit a median, disabling it. Following the crash, the suspect was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. The 35-year-old suspect was wanted for multiple felony warrants, including fleeing and eluding officers, and felon in possession of a weapon, according to police. kmov.com

Hyattsville, MD: Shooting reported at Shoppers Food store
At least one shopper is asking for more security in the wake of another shooting in our area. One occurred at a Hyattsville supermarket Monday morning. Police can only confirm a suspect shot the front entrance of the Shoppers Food Warehouse on the 2400 block of Chillum Rd in Hyattsville, Md. It happened after 5 a.m. Monday.

Everything opened for business as normal after. A Shopper's manager will neither confirm nor deny what happened at the store and did not provide a cooperate spokesperson to contact. wusa9.com

Lubbock, TX: Walmart Shoplifter killed in crash during Police Chase
One person is dead following a police chase stemming from a shoplifting call early Tuesday morning at Walmart Supercenter near South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue. Officials say one person was ejected from a vehicle that flipped multiple times during a high-speed chase that ended near the East Loop. The incident occurred when police received a call at 2:30 a.m., in reference to a shoplifter at the business located at 4215 South Loop 289, according to a Lubbock Police Department news release. lubbockonline.com

Louisiana murder suspect arrested in Owasso Lowe's parking lot

Robberies & Thefts

Tampa, FL: Over 40 Guns stolen during smash-and-grab burglary at Tampa Arms Company
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a brazen smash-and-grab burglary at a gun store early Tuesday. The suspects used a truck or SUV to smash the entire glass facade of the Tampa Arms Company, 4023 W Waters Ave., and stole more than 40 guns from a display wall and cabinets. Deputies believe between eight and 12 suspects were involved. The burglary marks at least the third time in the last 13 months that a gun store in the Tampa Bay are has been targeted. tampabay.com

Hartford, CT: Flash Mob does $4,000 to a Shell convenience store
A group of 30 to 40 kids ransacked a Capitol Avenue gas station Saturday night, causing about $4,000 in damage, police said. The juveniles rushed into the Shell station at the corner of Broad Street about 10 p.m. after leaving a party in the area, according to police. They quickly started to destroy property inside and steal items - mostly snacks and candy, police reported. Amir Orjani, who's managed the Shell station for eight years, said the rampage surprised him. courant.com

Hampton, VA: Two teens charged after burglary at Bass Pro Shop
Two juveniles are facing charges after a burglary at a Bass Pro Shop in Hampton early Monday morning. Police believe the teens broke out the glass on a side door to the store and then entered the business and stole "multiple firearms." Police recovered the stolen guns near where the suspects were arrested. dailypress.com

Kochville Township, MI: Kohl's Shoplifter drags daughter through store, abandons her
The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of alleged shoplifting in which a mom abandoned her daughter at Kohl's. Police say she left her young child behind while trying to get away from store security. This alleged shoplifting spree left loss the prevention team caring for a 7-year-old girl. Sheriff investigators say this video shows a woman who allegedly shoplifted from the store dragging her child toward the exit.

She let her child go when she hit the sliding glass doors and took off without her daughter. Investigators know who this woman is but have not yet arrested her. The child was eventually picked up by her grandmother, and police say she was not hurt. wgme.com

Denver, CO: Two women grab $1,700 in cash from two Registers at Walmart
Lincoln County Sheriff's Detectives are asking for public's help in identifying two black females who stole money from check-out registers at the Walmart store at 7131 N.C. Highway 73 in Denver. Investigating Officer Detective Greg Hager was told by store security that two females came into the store Saturday at about 10:30 p.m. and were hanging around the front of the store. They then pretended to check out several clothing items, but were using that as cover as they broke into registers eight and nine. The two women got away with more than $1,700. They may have also been involved in other thefts in the surrounding area. whky.com

Moline, IL: Police launch ' Booster Buster Detail', partnership between Police and local Retail Loss Prevention
Police say they made multiple arrests during an operation targeting retail theft. During the month of November, the Moline Police Department worked in conjunction with several retail establishments to combat shoplifting by participating in what they called the "Booster Buster Detail."

Uniformed police officers alongside plain clothes officers and store employees actively identified and arrested people committing retail theft. Det. Scott Williams says police always work closely with local businesses, but this operation used a larger number of officers dedicated to stopping shoplifters. So far Williams says, the three days of operation have yielded four felony arrests, three misdemeanor arrests, six city ordinance citations issued and three identifications made in regards to prior reported larceny cases. kwqc.com

Dallas, TX: Serial Armed Robber Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in Four Armed Robberies

Harford, Cecil and Baltimore Counties, MD: Police investigating rash of liquor store robberies


Riverside, CA: Liquor store owner sets Fire to competition over beer prices
Surveillance video from a Riverside liquor store caught a rival liquor store owner setting fire to the business over what police said is the cost of beer. The video shows someone pouring gasoline all across the front of Sunny's Liquor, then lighting it on fire. The business suffered exterior and interior damage because of the fire. abc7.com

Credit Card Fraud

Mobile County, AL: Two arrested for credit card fraud; each facing 56 counts
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office has two people behind bars charged with credit card fraud. MCSO says Kevin Lugo and Daniel Larosa from Miami were arrested Monday after a traffic stop on the interstate. Officials say the two were receiving cloned credit cards, and would use them to buy gift cards. Larosa and Lugo each face 56 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. local15tv.com

Skimming Reports

Fort Atkinson, WI: Police arrest three in gas station credit card skimming
Three Miami-area men have been charged with multiple counts of attempted identity theft after trying to retrieve a credit card-skimming device planted at a Fort Atkinson gas station. Fort Atkinson police were able to apprehend the trio after a skimming device was located Nov. 17 by employees at the Stop N' Go gas station. dailyunion.com

Vernon Hills, IL: 2 men charged with skimming ATM data at MB Financial Bank

Card skimming on the rise in Las Vegas

Hillsboro, NH and Manchester Police Investigating Skimming incidents

Chester, VA: ATM Skimming device found at Argent Credit Union

Colonial Heights, VA: Police seek 2 suspects; skimmer found at Bank of Southside Virginia

Melvindale, MI: Skimmer found on ATM inside 7-Eleven

West Salem, WI: Thieves get away with $15,000 using Skimmer at Altra Federal Credit Union

Bass Pro Shop - Hampton, VA - Burglary
CVS - Lancaster, PA - Robbery
Dollar Daze - Clare, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Prichard, AL - Armed Robbery/ Manager shot
Dollar General - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Horry County, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - St Joseph, MO - Burglary
Goodwill - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
Green Country Pawn - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Gulf - Lynn, MA - Armed Robbery/ Police Officer wounded
Ingles - Anderson, SC - Robbery
Little Caesars - Princeton, WV - Armed Robbery
Macon Pawn - Macon, GA - Burglary/ guns
McDonalds -Fort Lauderdale, FL - Shooting
McDonalds - Claymont, DE - Armed Robbery
McDonalds - Burlington, SC - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Henrico, VA - Armed Robbery
Shell - College Station, TX - Burglary
Shoppers - Hyattsville, MD - Shooting/ no injuries
Smokehead Shop - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery
Tampa Arms Company - Tampa, FL - Burglary/ 40 Guns stolen
Tom Thumb - Stock Island, FL - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Chesterton, IL - Armed Robbery
Wag a Bag - Round Rock, TX - Robbery/ Assault
Wood's Mini Mart - St Joseph, MO - Burglary
7-Eleven - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - South Windsor, CT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Petaluma, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Toledo, OH - Robbery


Daily Totals:
22 robberies
7 burglaries
4 shootings
0 killed

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