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Levi's CEO: Please don't bring guns into our stores
Bergh, who is a former army officer, posted an open letter to customers on LinkedIn on Wednesday, asking that they not bring firearms into Levi's stores, offices, or facilities, even in states where it is permitted by law, unless they are authorized members of law enforcement.

"With stores in Paris, Nice and Orlando, and the company's European headquarters in Brussels, I've thought more about safety in the past year than in the previous three decades of my career because of how 'close to home' so many incidents with guns have come to impacting people working for this company," Bergh wrote in the letter.

Bergh goes on to say that the store is not outright banning guns, with the reasoning that "a ban could potentially undermine the purpose of the ban itself: safety." The retailer, he clarified, is making a "request not a mandate."

It boils down to this: you shouldn't have to be concerned about your safety while shopping for clothes or trying on a pair of jeans," the letter concludes. "Simply put, firearms don't belong in either of those settings."

The decision follows a non-fatal incident in which a customer accidentally shot himself with his own firearm at a Levi's store in Commerce, Georgia, Fortune reported

When Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked customers not to bring guns into shops in 2013, gun-enthusiasts threatened to boycott the brand. Other brands that have asked customers not to carry guns into stores include Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Target.

Editor's Note: Let's see if this goes viral and causes more response from other retailers and customers. businessinsider.com

Watch Out Hackers Here Comes The FBI
The Biggest Investigative Step in Decades
"FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails"

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The changes which, will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas.

The changes will allow judges to issue warrants in cases when a suspect uses anonymizing technology to conceal the location of his or her computer or for an investigation into a network of hacked or infected computers, such as a botnet.

Such authority, which was approved by the Supreme Court in a private vote earlier this year, but was not subject to congressional approval.

The U.S. Justice Department has pushed for the changes to the federal rules of criminal procedure for years, arguing they are procedural in nature and the criminal code needed to be modernized for the digital age.

In an effort to address concerns, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell wrote a blog post this week arguing that the benefits given to authorities from the rule changes outweighed any potential for "unintended harm."

Editor's Note: At the end of the day, this will help the retailers as well and will have a direct impact on some ORC Cases, with cybercrime fueling ORC across the country and providing the means to move merchandise and coordinate activities.

This may be the first step towards federal legislation long term, with the administration now having a direct view and actually acquiring initial evidence and data without having to rely on the retailer to provide it on ORC's activity levels. For the first time in history they'll be the ones initiating cases. Once that starts it could become a snowball that ends up as Federal ORC Legislation.  reuters.com

Workplace Safeness Becomes American's Priority
Memo to Corporate America: Pay more. Treat people better & Keep Them Safe
A Safe Workplace Has Become a Critical Concern for Americans

Pay, benefits and how well companies respect their employees are the biggest concerns for most American workers, according to a list of companies released Wednesday by Forbes Media based on research conducted by JUST Capital, a nonprofit chaired by hedge fund mogul Paul Tudor Jones II.

Americans remain positive about business, according to the survey, even though they trust big corporations less now than they did a decade ago.

Corporate behavior has drawn more and more scrutiny. An overwhelming number of Americans take a company's reputation into account when they buy its stuff, use its services, apply for jobs and even when acquiring a company's stocks or bonds.

In a poll of 50,000 people "The number one issue, by far, across all demographic groups is paying a fair wage," Whittaker said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "That was the number one thing - no matter how much money you made, no matter how you vote, no matter how old you are."

The companies are ranked in order, based on industries, according to several criteria: providing fair pay for the industry and job level; not discriminating in hiring, firing and promotion; providing a safe workplace; following laws and regulations; respecting workers; and creating jobs in the United States

Editor's Note: Safeness has now in the top three most important criteria for all Americans.

Interesting enough just two weeks ago we wrote an article about how Cybersecurity and Store Safeness has become the top two priorities for three CEO's at some of America's largest retailers and now today we see two articles dealing with both issues.

This one about how workplace safeness has become most American's top priority right under pay and fairness and then the article above this, giving the FBI the right to hack the hacker so to speak, in layman's terms obviously.

There seems to be a move a foot in the nation. Well it's about time.
Survey: 56% of retailers surveyed plan to comply with overtime rule
More than half (56%) of retailers plan to comply with the planned Fair Standards Labor Act (FLSA) overtime rule for exempt employees on Dec. 1, the date it was to go into effect, despite a Nov. 22 injunction that puts the plan on hold.

That is among the findings of a spot survey of U.S. retailers by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry.  

The overtime rule, which was set to go into effect Dec. 1, would have had an immediate impact on exempt employees who earned less than $47,476, as these employees would now be eligible for overtime time-and-a-half pay.

"This injunction came just eight days before the ruling was to go into effect and many retailers had already either communicated or implemented plans, so turning back was not an option," said Craig Rowley, Korn Ferry Hay group senior partner, retail and consumer. "This minimum pay was not driven by market practice and represents a significant cost to many retailers. The retailers that do not plan on making immediate changes are in a 'wait and see' mode."

Twenty-four of survey respondents said they will not implement changes due to the injunction and will wait for the ruling, while 21% say they will make changes on a case-by-case basis.

The survey found that 65% of those who had planned to increase exempt employees to the $47,476 salary threshold still plan to do so, with 35% saying they will wait for the ruling.The Korn Ferry Hay Group survey of 68 retailers representing nearly $1 trillion in revenue was conducted from Friday, Nov. 25 through Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.  chainstoreage.com

Editor's Note: Given the sheer number of retail class action lawsuits over OT pay, non-exempt vs. exempt status and the field auditing processes monitoring it, the fact so many have decided to proceed is not surprising. Especially given the media coverage of the Fight for $15, the civil unrest, the protest in the fast food industry, the possibility of negative brand exposure in today's social media frenzy and the impact in a tight labor market. Given all of these factors it's surprising any retailers even backed off. Especially with everyone already being prepared to proceed.

Obviously the Obama administration timed it perfectly to ensure the courts didn't have ample time to stop it. With only eight days to go - tell me they didn't time the exact day they announced it.

Smart move on their part. It'll end up being the only thing they left behind. Just a thought.

ATF expects over 500 Gun Store Burglaries This Year; Charlotte and Atlanta prime targets
ABC has learned that more than 500 thefts are anticipated by year's end, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This year's projection comes after gun store burglaries spiked 28 percent from 2013 to 2015. More than 12,000 weapons, including handguns, shotguns and assault rifles were stolen in burglaries during that time. The Charlotte, North Carolina region has been the hardest hit this year. Just in October, ATF and the firearms industry has offered rewards for information in at least five Charlotte-area burglaries or robberies. The Atlanta, Georgia area is the second worst region for gun store burglaries, according to ATF. But this is happening all over the country. abcnews.go.com

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Today's Modern Day Mafia's Guns...are Computers
Some Cybercriminals Make $200,000 a Month Pure Profit

Most cybercriminals make between $1,000 and $3,000 a month, but 20 percent earn $20,000 a month or more, according to a recent report.

The data is based on a survey conducted by a closed underground community, said report author Andrei Barysevich, director of advanced collection at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

"We actually saw criminals who made way more than that, $50,000 to $200,000 a month," he said. "This is what they keep, this is not revenues, but pure profit. This is what they can spend on loose women, fast cars and nice clothes."

Barysevich said that Recorded Future stumbled onto this survey when it was investigating activities in underground, invitation-only cybercriminal forums.

He added that he was surprised to see that the forum did a survey, and that a couple of hundred criminals participated, anonymously, and revealed details about how they worked.

Most criminals work part-time, he added, and for some cybercrime is a family business.

We've seen several generations that engaged in cybercriminal activity," he said. "We've seen messages between bad guys, with one guy complaining that today his wife was only able to purchase cheap electronics with stolen credit cards, worth a few hundred dollars, while as his father was doing Internet crime."

The biggest demographic group are individuals with no criminal records, no ties to organized crime, who actually have steady day jobs. Many got into cybercrime while in college, then continued to keep their hand in.

But the most damaging are the people who run criminal syndicates, Barysevich said.

"They are not dilettantes," he said. "They are professionals, but in real life, and in cybercrime. They plan their operations very carefully, they have trusted people on the team of different professionals, so they have lawyers and ex-law enforcement officers. They also have professional forgers if they need to establish shell companies and need fake documents. They have people responsible for money laundering. They have real estate developers that help them build a legitimate business empire on the profits they make from illegal activities."

In many ways, the cybercrime organizations mirror traditional mafia groups, he said.

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Fed: Debit-Card Fraud Losses for All Parties Rose 44% From 2013 to 2015
Fraud prevention cost median card issuer 1.9 cents per transaction in 2015

Debit-card fraud cost banks, merchants and consumers $2.41 billion in 2015, a 44% increase over the previous two years, the Federal Reserve said in a report released Wednesday.

The biennial report details the costs and losses card issuers incur in processing debit-card transactions, and how those costs stack up against the fees banks charge merchants to process the transactions. Congress capped those fees as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law-a provision known as the Durbin amendment-and the Fed now limits them to roughly 21 cents per transaction.

Wednesday's report said 99% of debit-card and prepaid-card transactions in 2015 were processed by card issuers whose costs were less than the Fed's swipe fee limit.

The Fed also found that 66% of issuers covered under the rule-banks with more than $10 billion in assets-had average debit-card costs and fraud losses below the swipe-fee limit last year. That is slightly higher than the share of banks with costs below the limit in 2013.

The median issuer had an average debit-card transaction cost of 12.3 cents per transaction, while issuers at the 75th percentile had average costs of 30.5 cents, the Fed said. The overall average cost of authorizing, clearing and settling a transaction was 4.2 cents, down from 4.6 cents in 2013.

The banking and retail industries were embroiled in a legal dispute for years over how low the fee should be set, and to what extent the Fed should consider fraud losses when setting the limit. The Supreme Court last year handed banks a victory when they declined to consider a challenge to the Fed's rule brought by retailers that argued the limit was too high.  wsj.com

Former ASG Security President and CEO Joe Nuccio joins ADT as Senior Vice President, Business Development

Boca Raton, Fla. November 30, 2016 - ADT today announced that Joe Nuccio has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Nuccio joins ADT from ASG Security, where he served as President and CEO. Reporting directly to ADT Chief Operating Officer Jim DeVries, Nuccio will be integrally involved in the expansion of ADT's dealer channel, industry relations, and supporting a number of large-scale critical operations projects.

"In an effort to improve the security industry, Joe has been a dedicated advocate, spending significant time mentoring and working side-by-side with leaders and organizations to advance key issues," said DeVries. "Joe's leadership and experience will greatly contribute to our success as we focus on building a stronger future for ADT and Protection 1."

Joe is a security industry leader with over 30 years of experience. He began his career with SecurityLink in Chicago, and later moved to Australia to lead Signature Security Group from a start-up to a market leader in Australia and New Zealand. He returned to the U.S. in 2001 and served as Regional Vice President, Central Region, for Protection 1 before joining ASG Security as President in 2003.

At ASG, Joe was instrumental in their sale to Apollo Global Management LLC in 2015. ASG was merged with Protection 1, bringing a larger commercial account footprint to the business.

"As a security industry veteran, it's a tremendous feeling to join ADT," said Nuccio. "I look forward to expanding our dealer footprint and working alongside our world-class leadership team to enhance the ADT and Protection 1 brands through our network."

About ADT
ADT is a leading provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in the United States and Canada. ADT's broad and pioneering set of products and services, including ADT Pulse® interactive home and business solutions, and health services, meet a range of customer needs for today's active and increasingly mobile lifestyles. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT, when combined with Protection 1, helps provide peace of mind to nearly eight million customers, and it employs approximately 20,000 people at 300 locations. More information is available at www.adt.com.

Costco pharmacy directors charged for allegedly accepting kickbacks
Two Costco directors are facing professional misconduct charges for allegedly accepting kickbacks when buying drugs for their pharmacies.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists says Joseph Hanna and Lawrence Varga "contravened a provincial law" when "rebates" from as many as five drug companies were accepted by Costco. Those rebates are considered unlawful in Ontario.

The college did not specify how much in improper payments Costco were alleged to have been taken from the five pharmaceutical companies, but in the complaint that led to the charges a sales rep from one of the drugmakers - Ranbaxy - accused the retail chain of squeezing out nearly $1.3 million in unlawful rebates from his company alone.

A disciplinary hearing has not yet been scheduled and none of the allegations has been proven.

"We are confident that the pharmacies, Mr. Varga and Mr. Hanna have acted appropriately and in accordance with current Ontario guidelines/regulations," Costco spokesperson Ron Damiani said in a statement.

The college first received a complaint about Costco from Tony Gagliese, who was a sale rep for Ranbaxy, in August 2015.

At the heart of the complaint was a secretly recorded phone conversation of a Costco pharmacy director explaining how much the drug company would have to pay to "greatly reduce the likelihood of somebody eating your business."

In Ontario, it's illegal for pharmacies to receive any direct or indirect rebate from a drug company.

Costco said it followed provincial law and any rebate payments were based solely on purchases for locations outside of Ontario. metronews.ca

New Study Reveals What Drives Canadian Consumers During Holiday
Shopping Season

A new study by HRC Retail Advisory finds that sales and coupons are most influential in driving consumers to shop this holiday season, with apparel being most popular among those in the 10-17 year 'Generation Z' age range. The study surveyed 3,100 participants in Canada and the United States to determine attitudes, behaviours and influences driving holiday gifts and shopping.

Consumers are still price sensitive and despite more modern approaches, 89% of respondents said that deep discounts (including coupons) are the key determinant of what stores they will visit for holiday shopping this year. Consumers are also motivated by visuals, with 87% of consumers saying that they are likely to enter a store based on store window displays. Additionally, 79% of consumers surveyed said they would be influenced on what stores to visit based on a retailer's website.

A whopping 83% of Millennial parents plan to include gift cards in their holiday purchases, and 32% of respondents who intend to buy gift cards indicated that gift cards will comprise at least half of their holiday budget. retail-insider.com

Canada Did Black Friday Better Than the U.S.
While American shoppers wrestled over sales items as another Black Friday swept through the stores, their Canadian neighbors on the contrary were polite and gracious.

Serene scenes at a Best Buy in Nova Scotia and another in Montreal as Black Friday sales took place on November 25 demonstrated Canada's reputation for civility.
With no pushing or elbowing, shoppers calmly entered the stores, where they were greeted by the applause of store workers. The chaotic, consuming crowds shown in U.S. stores were nowhere to be seen.

People were quick to share Canada-related jokes on social media as Black Friday got underway. heatst.com

Canadians reject Black Friday cross-border shopping as loonie slump continues
There are still great deals to be had in the U.S. - just not for Canadians

But with the loonie stagnant at around at 74 cents US, many Canadians now find U.S. bargains are no longer enticing.

According to Statistics Canada, road trips to the U.S. for November 2015 declined by a whopping 28 per cent compared to the same month in 2013. Same day trips saw a slightly worse decline to 30 per cent. The numbers coincide with a sharp drop in the loonie.  cbc.ca

Canadian Retailers Celebrate Cyber Monday
More than 19.3 million Canadian consumers are expected to shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday and spend $3.36 billion online. Retailers including Amazon Canada and Best Buy have been promoting online Cyber Monday deals on a range of goods such as clothing, appliances and electronics. businessreviewcanada.ca

Black Friday shoppers in Canada hunt savings without the frenzy of past years

Nova Scotia expands restorative justice program to adult offenders

Halifax: Giant Tiger store pulls potatoes from shelves after metal object found again in P.E.I. spuds

Four of the seven illegal pot shops raided by cops are now back in business

Fraud victim has 'brutal' 3-year battle with Walmart and Equifax over damaged credit

Manitoba: Convenience store owner shot at during botched robbery
A convenience store owner in the RM of Argyle was shot at while chasing three suspects who tried to steal liquor last Sunday. Manitoba RCMP say it happened just after 10 a.m. The owner was confronted by three males before they fled in a vehicle when they failed to make off with any booze.

While being pursued, the vehicle stopped and several shots were fired at the store owner. He wasn't injured and was able to make it to safety. A 19-year-old man from the RM of Argyle and a 13-year-old boy from Sandy Bay First Nation were arrested and charged with firearms-related offences. chrisd.ca

Vaughan, ON: Police bust Vaughan-based auto (and Nutella) theft ring,
recover $5 million in stolen goods

A man once dubbed the "King of Car Thieves" is among those charged after York police busted a Vaughan-based car theft ring, investigators announced Friday.

The far-reaching investigation, dubbed Project Cyclone, uncovered links to drug trafficking, a kidnapping plot and the theft of a truckload of Nutella, said Det.-Sgt. Paul LaSalle of the York Regional Police.

Police have now laid 137 charges against 23 people and recovered $5 million worth of stolen goods. Several more suspects are still at large, LaSalle said.

The alleged ringleader of the operation is 60-year-old Balwinder Dhaliwal, who was once profiled on the History Channel true crime series Mastermind for crimes he was convicted of in the 2000s.

Millions of dollars worth of stolen goods - including alcohol, e-cigarettes and car parts - were recovered from one warehouse, LaSalle said. Police also found two firearms and about $200,000 worth of cash, including $20,000 discovered buried in the Dhaliwal family's backyard. Police seized cocaine, heroin and marijuana as well.

Man arrested after making Threats with a Hatchet at Mayfair
Victoria police were called to the Mayfair Shopping Centre Monday night after a man allegedly threatened a security guard with a hatchet. It's believed the security guard approached a suspected shoplifter at Hudson's Bay around 6:25 p.m. The security guard said that's when the man threatened him with a hatchet before taking off.

Officers set up a staging area on the roof of the mall as well as in a nearby parking lot. The 31-year-old was eventually arrested. The canine unit reportedly located two hatchets. No one was injured in the incident. ctvnews.ca

Mississauga man, 19, faces dozens of charges after slew of retail,
bank and car robberies

A young Mississauga man is facing 44 charges in connection with several robberies in Ontario.

Toronto police allege the man, 19, took part in seven financial robberies, two retail robberies and several car and gas thefts in different jurisdictions between November 6 and November 22.

He allegedly robbed RBC, TD Bank and Petro Canada. The robberies occurred in Toronto's west end, Peel Region and Bolton. cbc.ca

Vancouver, BC: Violent man in Black Friday crowd prompts Adidas store to cancel sale
A late-night shoe sale at a Granville Street store had to be called off when a member of the crowd gathered outside got violent. Several people had gathered outside the Adidas store for the release of a rare athletic shoe the store was putting on-sale for a Black Friday event.

A crowd formed as sneaker-heads waited for the store to open its doors, which were blocked with a metal grate. But the sale was called off when the crowd turned violent, with several people fighting in the street.

One man, who was shirtless, started using his belt as a whip in an incident caught on cellphone camera and posted to social media. The video shows dozens of people on both sides of the street shouting and holding up their phones. A few men are around the shirtless man, ducking when he whips his belt. Another said his friend's brother went to the hospital as a result of the violence, and had to have a wound stapled shut.

The sale was cancelled and police were called in. The shoes were raffled off on Saturday instead. ctvnews.com

York, ON: Cops pluck three in theft of stolen tractor-trailers filled with chicken
Three men have been arrested and charged after police found two stolen tractor-trailers loaded with frozen chicken in Markham and Vaughan on Monday.

York Regional Police say officers were on routine patrol in the area of Bur Oak Avenue and Highway 48 when they spotted a tractor-trailer parked in a parking lot. The vehicle bore similar characteristics to a big-rig that was reported stolen.

As officers approached the vehicle, three men got out and fled the scene on foot. One of the men was taken into custody and the other two managed to get away. The tractor-trailer and its cargo of frozen fowl were seized.

That same afternoon, officers were called to Highway 400 south of King Vaughan Road for a report of a second tractor trailer carrying frozen chicken that was stolen from a nearby parking lot. Officers later found the tractor trailer abandoned. cp24.com

Montreal, QC: Vandals break windows, spray paint inside east-end businesses

Sault declared Ontario's capital of illegal cigarettes - 75.5 percent untaxed contraband

Robberies and Burglaries

Unnamed convenience store - Richmond Hill, ON - Armed Robbery
Unnamed convenience store - Argyle, MB - Armed Robbery/Shots fired
Unnamed gas station - Elmsdale, NS - Robbery
Unnamed pharmacy - Sarnia, ON - Armed Robbery

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Online Retail Credit Card Fraud Jumps 20% During Holiday Shopping Weekend
iovation, the leading provider of device intelligence for authentication and fraud prevention, today released new data that shows card-not-present fraud -- fraudulent transactions where a credit card is not physically presented to a merchant -- increased significantly from Black Friday to Cyber Monday 2016 when compared to the same period in past years.

iovation research shows a 20 percent increase in online retail credit card fraud during the 2016 holiday shopping weekend when compared to the same period in 2015, and a 34 percent increase in online credit card fraud from Black Friday to Cyber Monday 2014 to 2016. In addition, iovation disclosed:

The percent of all online retail fraudulent transactions from Black Friday to Cyber Monday that involved credit card fraud
° 2016: 59 percent
° 2015: 49 percent
° 2014: 44 percent

The percent of online retail transactions from Black Friday to Cyber Monday that were fraudulent
° 2016: 0.38 percent
° 2015: 1.16 percent
° 2014: 2.34 percent

The percent of online retail transactions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 that were fraudulent
° 2016: 1.13 percent
° 2015: 2.89 percent
° 2014: 2.53 percent

iovation attributes the rise in online credit card fraud to the recent shift from consumers using traditional credit and debit cards with magnetic strips to EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chipped cards. While the new chip cards have proven to do a great job of stopping card-present fraud, it is now clear that fraudsters are turning online.  einews.com

Amazon Gets Real About Fakes
Starting new initiative to banish counterfeiters

Now, the world's biggest online retailer is getting serious. It has made fighting phonies a major goal for 2017, building teams in the U.S. and Europe to work with major brands on a registry to prevent fakes, according to a person familiar with the initiative, who was not authorized to speak about the matter and requested anonymity. Discussions with Major League Baseball and the National Football League about selling merchandise on Amazon hit a standstill earlier this year due to concerns about Amazon's lack of control over fakes, the person said.

The new Amazon teams will encourage brands -- even those that don't sell on Amazon -- to register with the online store, the person said. Once registered, Amazon requires any marketplace merchants listing those products to prove that they have the brand's permission to sell them online. Amazon began experimenting with the registry earlier this year with Nike and other companies. The bigger push in 2017 will target thousands of large companies, including those that have been reluctant to sell on Amazon because of knock-offs.

In addition, this month Amazon teamed up with Hetrick's business to sue three people, accusing them of selling fakes on its site. It filed another similar suit the same day against an alleged counterfeit ring.

Amazon is desperately trying to bring order to the Wild West atmosphere on its marketplace, where more than 2 million independent sellers compete for the attention and money of shoppers.

Amazon's suits targeting sellers were the first of their kind for the company, a warning to counterfeiters heading into the busy holiday shopping season when the most is at stake. It could be too little, too late.

The shift of spending from stores with tight inventory controls to online marketplaces where it's tough to distinguish between fake and authentic is fueling a rise in counterfeiting that shows no signs of slowing.  bloomberg.com

Homeland Security: Cyber Monday fakes could fund terrorism
Homeland Security officials investigate designer knock-offs because they say some of the online enterprises help to fund to terrorists. The minute they shut one site down, another one pops up. Some sellers freely admit their wares are replicas. They're sometimes priced below $100. But experts say buying one isn't going to fool those who are in the know, and your money could be going toward more illicit activities than just counterfeit handbags. 11alive.com

Police shut down 4,500 websites in 27 countries selling fake products

San Antonio, TX: 'Fencing Operation' SAPD recovers $250,000 in stolen merchandise; Hollister, JC Penney and Express
More than $250,000 worth of stolen merchandise recovered Tuesday by the San Antonio Police Department's Prue Road Fencing Interdiction Team. Joann Laque, 53, was arrested in connection with the case. Sgt. Daniel Anders with the San Antonio Police Department said Laque was buying stolen merchandise and selling it at Trader's Village for a profit. Laque said that the merchandise was not stolen and that she had receipts. However, Anders said the investigation has been going on for more than a year and that Laque has been charged with engaging in "Organized Retail Crime." "We are working with the IRS," Anders said. "We are looking at possibly a money laundering component. So, this investigation is in conjunction with federal authorities. Most of the stolen merchandise is clothing and school uniforms from local retailers like Express, JC Penney and Hollister. ksat.com

Dallas, TX: Truck Driver going to Federal prison for theft of $100,000 of merchandise from Army-Air Force Exchange
A Dallas man has been sentenced to 17 months in federal prison in connection with a jewelry theft scheme that targeted the Army and Air Force Exchange Services, or AAFES. Arthur Lee Hightower II, 56, was also ordered to pay nearly $48,000 in restitution for his role in the scheme, which also involved his former wife and their two sons. Hightower, a truck driver who transported merchandise for AAFES, the U.S. Department of Defense's Dallas-based national retailer, stole about 70 wedding ring sets worth nearly $100,000 in October 2014. He later admitted giving several sets to his family members to be pawned for cash. dallasnews.com

UPDATE: Flemington, NJ: Man indicted for the theft 100 pairs of jeans from Kohl's
A Garfield man was indicted on third-degree shoplifting by a Hunterdon County grand jury for allegedly stealing 100 pairs of jeans, two suit jackets, five pairs of shorts and five T-shirts from Kohl's located in Raritan Township. Abraham German, 37, allegedly committed the crime on May 19. The indictment was unsealed on Monday. According to New Jersey court documents, German has been convicted four times on charges of shoplifting. He has also previously been found guilty of theft, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. nj.com

Deerfield, MA: Police recover $1,000 of Yankee Candles; two arrested
Police followed a hot lead, if not a strong scent, and caught two Connecticut residents accused of smuggling about $1,000 worth of merchandise from Yankee Candle's flagship store on Routes 5 and 10 Saturday. Deerfield Police said Yankee Candle staff spotted two people leaving the store carrying canvas bags full of stolen items and quickly called 911 from the parking lot. The car was spotted on I-91, two arrested and the stolen candles found in the back seat. recorder.com

Vacaville, CA: Three arrested in Police Operation at Vacaville Premium Outlets
A "plain clothes" operation in Vacaville Sunday resulted in the arrests of three individuals allegedly working together in a retail theft ring, and the recovery of approximately $1,000 worth of stolen property from local stores. thereporter.com

Roscommon County, MI: Three arrested after trunk full of cigarettes, dozens of credit cards found
Officers have arrested three people who were allegedly targeting northern Michigan businesses in a string of credit card fraud complaints. According to the Richfield Township Public Safety Officers, three men were trying to buy an extremely large amount of cigarettes at the Marathon gas station with prepaid Visa cards. Police uncovered a plot to defraud local businesses in the way of using fake prepaid Visa cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of cartons of cigarettes. We are told these cigarettes were then to be taken back to Detroit and sold for cash on the streets. upnorthlive.com

Rexburg, ID: Woman, 15-year-old boy accused of shoplifting over $4,000 worth of merchandise

Jacksonville, FL: Mom left kids in car while on a $632 shoplifting spree at Kohl's; TV recovered from Walmart

Waterford, CT: Police Seek Shoplifter hitting Victoria's Secret; suspect wore Surgical Gloves

Coldwater, MI: 3 charged in $1,700 ORC Theft from Meijer and Walmart

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Update: Greensboro, NC: High Scholl student charged in fatal Food Lion
security guard shooting

A high school student charged with shooting to death a security guard at a Greensboro Food Lion confessed to the crime to at least one classmate, according to court documents. Nature Maurice Williams, 17, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Oct. 8 death of Anthony Charles Smith, 51, of Winston-Salem. Williams was indicted on the charges Monday. Smith, an employee with Guard-One Security, was working at the Food Lion supermarket. Williams is accused of going into the store and shooting Smith once in the back of the head, taking the guard's service weapon and leaving. Smith was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital. Investigating Detective Tony Hinson of the Greensboro Police Department said in court documents that he interviewed friends of Williams' at Eastern Guilford High on Oct. 18. The friends said Williams "confessed that he 'shot the guard and removed his gun'; 'fled on foot' and 'showed the officer's gun to me,'" according to court documents. journalnow.com

Friendswood, TX: Suspect dead in Officer-involved Shooting during arrest for Stealing Beer
Friendswood police now say the man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with an officer was armed with a box cutter. Beyond that, police are not releasing any other details. The owner of a Shell station 3/4 of a mile from the shooting told KPRC it was a call from his clerk that set everything in motion. Ron Jadidi said the suspect walked in and grabbed a beer from the cooler. "He said, 'can I pay for this tomorrow,' and my guy said, 'no, because I don't know you,'" Radidi said his clerk told him. Jadidi said the man told his clerk he was taking the beer anyway. click2houston.com

Dallas, TX: Fight between Grandmothers leaves one shot in Walmart parking lot
A grandmother is in jail after a confrontation between her and another grandmother led to a shooting. Carla Hawkins, 55, went to Walmart to exchange custody of a grandchild with the other grandmother, Janice Brown, 53. Police said the child's grandmothers got into an argument that became physical and Brown allegedly shot Hawkins in the neck. An off-duty police officer saw Brown run across the store parking lot with the gun. Brown shot at the officer and he returned fire but no one was shot during the exchange. Hawkins went to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Brown was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. fox25boston.com

Mobile, AL: C-Store Owner shoots at beer (unarmed) thieves,
now faces felony charges

An alleged thief steals beer from a store, but it's the store owner who's now facing two felony charges. Mobile Police said the owner of One Stop Food Mart shot at the alleged thieves as they were driving out of his parking lot. Police said the suspected thieves did not have weapons and they were in a car attempting to leave the store when the owner fired multiple shots. The driver of the car was shot in the shoulder. The store owner now faces two felony charges, including Assault 2nd degree. local15tv.com

Wellington, FL: Body of a 17 year old man found behind Mall at Wellington Green

Robberies & Thefts

Fort Worth, TX: Armed Shoplifter Threatens Burlington Coat Factory Worker
Police are looking for man who was caught on-camera shoplifting and pulling a gun on a worker at the Burlington Coat Factory on Hulen Street. As both men exited the store, the man pictured above threatened the employee with a handgun. cbslocal.com

UPDATE: Tampa, FL: Twelve member 'Flash Mob' hits Gun Store
A mob of brazen burglars stole dozens of weapons from a Tampa gun shop Tuesday morning, after breaking in by driving through the front of the store. Surveillance cameras inside Tampa Arms Co. recorded the crime at about 3 a.m. The video shows a truck driving into the front of the business and, moments later, a swarm of thieves -- wearing masks and dressed alike -- running into the store, stealing about 40 weapons and taking off. sun-sentinel.com

Edmond, OK: Police Dashcam Video Shows Daring 30-Minute Chase
Dashcam footage captured an accused shoplifter's daring dash from authorities. Edmond police said the Nov. 22 chase began outside Kohl's. Mark Owens, 41, is accused of stealing $600 in merchandise and then leading officers on a 30-minute chase. news9.com

Grand Forks, ND: Food Co-Op blame heavy losses on Employee Theft;
$20,000 last year

After a closed-door meeting between members, the Amazing Grains food co-op is optimistic about its future. The Grand Forks staple had been victim of significant employee theft. More than $20,000 was taken from the store. Three consecutive years of losses, attributed to new food stores in town, were also said to be a factor. wday.com

Bucyrus, OH: $1M bond for man accused of telling CVS clerk he had a bomb

Delaware: Troopers investigate series of Armed Robberies in Newark and Wilmington

Salem, NH: 12 Arrested in 48 Hours on Shoplifting Charges

Glendale, WI: Pick N Save LP Agent stabbed during $20 apprehension; minor injury

Greenville, NC: Walmart LP Agent assaulted during stop; cart full of merchandise recovered

Murfreesboro, TN: Target associate busted for cash theft of $1,300

East Peoria, IL: Subway Employee charged with $1,500 theft

Colonie, NY: 3 Women Accused of Trying to Trade Counterfeit $100 Bills for Chuck E. Cheese Tokens

Jared Boutique in the Mayfair Mall, Wauwatosa, WI reported a Distraction Theft on 11/30, a Rolex watch valued at over $20,000

Kunal Jewelers in Queens (Jackson Heights), NY reported an Armed Robbery on 11/29

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Wasilla, AK reported a Grab & Run on 11/29, items valued at $2,000

Piercing Pagoda in the South Hill Mall, Puyallup, WA reported a Grab & Run on 11/29, item valued at $279

Piercing Pagoda in the Boulevard Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 11/27, item valued at $2,299


Naperville, IL: Four sought for questioning in Walmart arson
Surveillance video photos of four people wanted for questioning about a deliberately set fire in a Walmart SuperCenter store were released by Naperville police Tuesday. Additionally, Naperville Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those responsible for starting the fire at the 2552 W. 75th St. store. chicagotribune.com

Skimming Report

ATM skimmer found at Hanover Walmart store

A's Stop & Shop - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
Advanced Auto - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Amigo's - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
Apple - Pasadena, CA - Robbery
Auto Repair - Kansas City, MO - Shooting/ suspect killed by employee
Bayview Deli - Hamburg, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Catty Mart - Catasauqua, PA - Armed Robbery
Celltech - North Randall, OH - Burglary
CVS - Dayton, OH - Robbery
CVS - Macon, GA - Robbery
Discount Check Cashier - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Marion County, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Culloden, WV - Burglary
Draper Vapor - Draper, UT - Burglary
Food Lion - Prince Williams County, VA - Shooting/ 1 man killed in parking lot
GN Woods Vape - Laconia, NH - Burglary
Go-Fer Convenience - Pueblo, CO - Armed Robbery
Kostner Food Basket - Chicago, IL - Shooting / 3 people wounded
Kunal Jewelers - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Marathon- Fort Wayne, IN - Shooting/ 1 man killed
Payless Shoe - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Hopewell, VA - Armed Robbery
Texaco - San Antonio, TX - Shooting/ 1 man wounded
Shell - Houston, TX - Robbery/ suspect killed by Police
Sprint - New Lenox, IL - Armed Robbery
Subway - Edgewater, MD - Armed Robbery
UPS Store - Lexington, KY - Robbery
Valero - Houston, TX - Burglary
Wellness First Pharmacy - Abington, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cocoa, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Del City, OK - Shooting/ 1 killed-1 wounded
7-Eleven - Newark, DE - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Odessa, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fox Point, DE - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
23 robberies
6 burglaries
6 shootings
5 killed

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