Jared Hammans, CFI was promoted
to Director of Corporate Risk Manager from Loss Prevention and Safety Manager
for Goodwill Industries of Kansas. Congratulations
Bernardino, CA: Enrique Marquez, who bought rifles used in San Bernardino
attack, worked in retail Loss Prevention|
The ties between San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook and his shy,
younger neighbor ran deep long before last week's massacre at the Inland
Regional Center. Enrique Marquez spent countless hours next door tinkering on
old cars in the driveway of Farook's Riverside home. Marquez converted to Islam,
Farook's religion, and made trips to pray in a local mosque. He married a member
of Farook's extended family, a Russian emigre. And ultimately, federal
authorities say, Marquez bought the two assault-style rifles Farook and his
wife, Tashfeen Malik, used in the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since Sept.
11, 2001. Marquez, described by several neighbors as a good friend of Farook,
bought the two .223-caliber rifles legally, according to the US Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Employees at a Walmart in Corona,
Calif., 20 minutes by car from Riverside, said Marquez has been working there as
an asset protection and customer specialist for about six months. He was last
seen there on Nov. 29, they said. Marquez, who had checked himself into a
psychiatric facility after the shooting, was questioned by the feds after they
raided his home in Riverside on Saturday. He has not been charged.
FL: Mercato Mall to hold 'active shooter situation' training
Letters went out to employees Wednesday asking anyone and everyone to come to
free training sessions. The Collier County Sheriff's Office will be teaching
clerks, bartenders, and anyone who wants to learn how to respond in an active
Study Says America Lost 400,000 Jobs Because of Walmart's Imports between 2001 and 2013
The Economic Policy Institute recently
published a study estimating how many jobs Walmart has effectively
eliminated or displaced as a result of its contribution to the U.S. trade
deficit with China. The study states that between 2001 and 2013, the inflated
deficit eliminated or displaced 3.2 million U.S. jobs. As the world's largest
retailer, it seems to follow that U.S.-based Walmart would be a key contributor
to the climbing deficit and subsequent job losses. The EPI estimates that the
retailer's Chinese imports account for 15.3% of trade deficit growth in that
time period. The study states that, in total, the U.S. trade deficit resulted in
a net job loss of nearly 1 million in 2001; that number rose to over 4 million
by 2013. It estimates Walmart alone contributed to over 400,000 job losses
over those 12 years, and speculates that about 75% of those were manufacturing
jobs which offer better pay and benefits than other affected industries,
particularly for workers who lack a college education.
Walmart announced in 2013 its plans to increase sourcing of U.S.-made
products by $50 billion in the following 10 years, the New York Times reports.
The EPI's study denounces that program claiming that 100 jobs are displaced by
the company for every one job created. The EPI utilized information from a
2007 report to construct these estimates and, since the breakdown of a company's
imports aren't publicly released, it relied on guesswork.
A spokesperson for the company criticized the study: "We are very proud of our
U.S. manufacturing initiative and the results speak for themselves. By investing
in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our
shelves while bringing new jobs to local communities in Ohio, Tennessee,
California, and many others. Unfortunately, this is an old report with flawed
economic analysis that assumed that imports equal job losses and does not take
into consideration that countless jobs are added through the global supply
chain, distribution and logistics, among other areas of business."
Anti-shoplifting program making a difference in Port St. Lucie, FL
- Wal-Mart LP, Police show teens surveillance footage
At the beginning of 2015, Stacy Paton, Port St. Lucie Police Department's crime
prevention specialist, knew something needed to be done.
Every year since 2009 juvenile shoplifting had been on the rise. At that time,
she said shoplifting accounted for 22 percent of juvenile crime. By 2014, the
percentage of shoplifting cases had risen to 52 percent of all juvenile crimes
in the Juvenile Restorative Justice Initiative program.
The police department's solution was to educate Port St. Lucie teens, so Paton
said they created STOPlifting, an education presentation that has evolved since
it was started in February. The program's goal is to provide children with
information about the consequences of committing retail theft.
Initially, the Port St. Lucie Police Department planned to visit only
ninth-grade students, but after the first presentation, the target audience was
expanded to students in the fifth through ninth grades.
The target age was expanded because the first visit was eye-opening, Paton said.
It all changed the moment she made one request: Raise your hand if you know
someone who has shoplifted.
Roughly 90 percent of the students raised their hands.
A partnership with Wal-Mart's loss prevention department has allowed the police
to show pre-teens and teens how clear surveillance footage is and how often stores
are watching. While viewing the footage, one can even read a text message on
someone's phone, Paton said, adding that the technology is amazing.
So far, the work seems to have paid off because juvenile retail theft is
declining in Port St. Lucie. In February, there were 20 retail theft cases, but
that number dropped to six in August and remained that low in September and
October. That number represents the lowest the juvenile retail theft caseload
has been in 18 months.
Axis Introduces Two New Bullet-Style HDTV Network Cameras
for Difficult Light Conditions
Axis Communications, the global leader in network video surveillance, introduces
two new bullet-style HDTV network cameras for day and night 24/7 video
surveillance. AXIS P1435-E and AXIS P1435-LE feature Axis' Zipstream technology
that lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50 percent or
more compared to standard H.264 compression. Lightfinder technology enables AXIS
P1435-E and AXIS P1435-LE to capture color video even in very low-light
conditions. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) - Forensic Capture technology allows the
cameras to handle complex scenes with high contrast.
NACS Releases Skimming and Payments Security Resource
NACS and Conexxus have jointly developed and published an online resource to
offer context and tips to mitigate the risk of skimming at stores. The online
Skimming and Payments Security, provides resources and best practices for
retailers to review to reduce the likelihood of skimming at their stores. "We
developed these resources for retailers and the general public, to both offer
helpful tips for how to spot a skimmer and to put the issues related to payments
security in context," said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic
industry initiatives. "These resources also help clarify how potential skimming
at the gas pump is just one of many potential concerns related to payment
security across all retail channels."
Black Market Wholesale Drug Distributor Charged in $100M Fraud Scheme
From early 2010, when Crowell established his business, to at least July 2012,
he ran a licensed wholesale distributor based in southwest Utah and bought drugs
at a fraction of their original price before selling them as new to pharmacies
all over the country, the DOJ said.
Rather than buying medication from manufacturers or legitimate authorized
distributors at full price, scheme participants targeted the cheapest
possible source of supply -- Medicaid patients and other people who received
monthly prescriptions for little or no costs and who were willing to sell them
rather than take them. These people sold their medications to so-called
"collectors" who worked on street corners and in stores and paid as little
as $40 to $50 in cash for each bottle, the DOJ said.
The collectors then sold the secondhand drugs to people who then sold them to
those with direct access to legitimate distribution channels, including corrupt
wholesale companies like Crowell's business, the DOJ said. These wholesalers
then sold them as new to pharmacies, potentially the same locations that
initially dispensed them at full price. law360.com
Nike Ends Short-Lived Non-Compete Row Over
Ex-Designer's Move to Ralph Lauren
The company didn't disclose the terms of the deal, but a docket entry on
Wednesday showed the dispute had been resolved and a future hearing had been
Dick's To Pay Up To $10M To End Asst. Managers' OT Suits
The parties said in a memorandum supporting their joint motion for approval of
the deal that it would provide a fair recovery for about 2,200 assistant
managers who Dick's allegedly misclassified as exempt from overtime, as well as
proposed classes who alleged violations of state wage and hour laws in
Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York.
Bed Bath, Nordstrom, others settle US false labeling charges
Four U.S. retailers agreed to pay $1.3 million of fines to settle U.S. civil
charges that they deceived consumers by falsely labeling and advertising textile
products as containing bamboo, when they were actually made from rayon. Bed Bath
& Beyond Inc will pay $500,000, Nordstrom Inc will pay $360,000, J.C. Penney Co
will pay $290,000 and outdoor gear maker Backcountry.com LLC will pay $150,000
to settle, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. None of the retailers
Home Depot CEO Touts U.S., Digital Growth Opportunities
The Home Depot will not pursue international expansion or new acquisitions as
part of its efforts to reach $101 billion in sales by 2018, Chief Executive
Craig Menear said Tuesday at the company's 2015 Investor and Analyst Conference.
Instead, Home Depot will focus its efforts on North America and a renewed
emphasis on the online marketplace. Menear says Home Depot is the top home
improvement retailer in Canada and Mexico, in addition to the $80 billion it has
generated in U.S. sales. The retailer estimates it has a 15% market share of a
$550 billion U.S.-based home improvement industry. We believe we have a greater
opportunity to grow sales in North America," Menear said. Aside from the $101
billion sales target, the retailer targeted a compounded annual sales growth
rate of 4.7%, an operating margin of about 14.5% and a return on invested
capital of about 35% by fiscal year 2018. In addition, Home Depot reaffirmed
guidance for its 2015 fiscal year, with sales projected to increase by 5.7% and
earnings per share set to increase 14% to $5.36.
Worker dies after fall at Kroger distribution center
A man fell to his death at a Kroger distribution center in Forest Park on
Tuesday, police said. The incident happened just before 6 p.m. a distribution
center located at 2000 Anvil Block Road. According to the Forest Park Police
Department, 27-year-old Leonardo DeJesus, a contract employee, was working in an
area of the warehouse under construction. He fell while using a platform lift.
The Forest Park Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration are investigating the death.
String of New Projects, Rising Rents Fuel Retail Developers' Optimism
The holiday shopping season may be hit-and-miss so far, but real estate
executives are bullish about 2016 and beyond. From Manhattan to Mexico City and
elsewhere, developers are plotting projects and seeing demand in ways they
haven't seen in some time. Property owners are feeling positive enough to expand
existing projects with a focus mainly on urban markets. The Prudential Center in
Boston is building a new 17-floor tower at 888 Boylston Street, with retail at
the base, while the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., plans to create a
luxury wing called The Collection. Joseph Chetrit, the real estate mogul who
paid $1.1 billion for the Sony building at 550 Madison Avenue, is planning to
convert all or part of the trophy tower to luxury condominiums with new retail
space at the base.
Big-box retailers have been trying to squeeze into downtown urban areas with
smaller boxes. Target's 35,000-square-foot prototype is being used to fill
in the area between two full-size Target units. Petco has a new smaller concept
called Unleashed and Kohl's is introducing a 35,000-square-foot store for
different types of trade areas and a 25,000-square-foot to 35,000-square-foot
Off-Aisle off-price store design. Besides the 14 or so gateway cities that
most retailers target, Buono said there's a deep list of secondary markets that
are quite viable. "Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oahu, the Bishop Arts
District in Dallas, are some of the cities," he said. "There's a whole
revolution going on there in retail."
DEA to conduct pharmacy diversion awareness conference in Pittsburgh;
open to Loss Prevention
DEA will host a Prescription Drug Awareness Conference (PDAC) in Pittsburgh
as part of the agency's ongoing 360 Strategy to address prescription opioid and
heroin abuse in Western Pennsylvania. The PDAC is designed to assist pharmacy
personnel in identifying and preventing diversion activity. The PDAC is a free
training offered to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention
personnel employed by pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics that are registered
with DEA in the state of Pennsylvania. The 1-day training, which will be offered
on December 10th and December 11th, will be held at the Pittsburgh
Marriott City Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pep Boys snubs Bridgestone offer for Carl Icahn
"I'm deeply sorry": Chipotle CEO apologizes on national TV for E. coli outbreak
Retail exec bringing upscale vibe to Apple stores
Douglas Tompkins, 72, North Face Founder, Dies in Kayaking Accident
Same Store Sales Results
Men's Wearhouse Q3 comp's up 5.3% - down 14.6% at Jos. A. Bank -
net sales down 2.8%
Francesca's Q3 comp's up 4% with net sales up 19%
Ollie's Bargain Outlet Q3 comp's up 3.2% with sales up 16.4%
Ingles Markets Q4 comp's up 3.1% with net sales up 2.8%
Vera Bradley Q3 comp's down 9.5% with total sales up 7.9%
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Consumers Won't Shop with Breached Firms - Report
Almost two-thirds of global consumers won't shop with a brand that has suffered
a data breach, with over half believing their personal details have a higher
chance of being stolen during the Christmas shopping season, according to Gemalto.
The bad news for retailers with a poor handle on security is that they're
likely to lose 64% of potential customers if they suffer a data breach where
financial information is stolen. A slightly smaller number-49%-claimed they'd
feel the same way if a breach exposed their personal information.
The current busy shopping season is a particularly nervous time for these
shoppers-59% said they felt the threat to their personal information was greater
in the run-up to Christmas, while 18% believe they'll actually become a breach
victim during this period. Only a quarter said they thought companies take the
protection of their data seriously.
In a wake-up call to companies that don't pay close enough attention to customer
data security, around a quarter of respondents (23%) who have been the victim of
a breach claimed they'd consider legal action against the company.
Why Data Needs a Seat at the Corporate Table
Treating data as a critical asset, with a dual mandate to protect it and enhance
its value, is one of the great organizational redesign opportunities at hand. To
that end, a company should give one C-level executive the responsibility for
sustaining a comprehensive information-governance program. The payoff from
comprehensive data ownership at the C-level can be huge, and organizations won't
become cyber-secure without it. Other benefits include lower compliance and
litigation risk, stronger controls, reduced storage and other expenses, and
higher return on data and information assets.
The 6 Lawsuits All General Councils Face After A Data Breach
Consumer class actions are the most ubiquitous of post-breach litigation,
but the plaintiffs in these suits still face an uphill climb to establish their
standing to sue.
Financial Institutions: "The card-issuing banks usually didn't have any
direct relationship to the retailer, so it was difficult for them to sue, and
most of the time in the past, they haven't done so." "But I suppose Target
involved enough money for them that it made it worthwhile to give it a shot."
However the Target settlement will embolden banks to start regularly suing
retailers for data breaches that exposed card information, particularly against
smaller companies or in cases of smaller breaches. The recovery would probably
be limited to the limits of the retailer's cyberinsurance policy.
Insurers: Most companies that handle personal and financial information
have seen the writing on the wall and invested in cyberbreach insurance.
However, it's not always clear what policies cover or require of the insureds.
"There will certainly be litigation over what cybersecurity insurance really
Shareholders: Following a breach, companies face massive related costs,
including litigation outlays. Some shareholders are starting to go after
directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duty - namely, failing to
adequately protect sensitive data in a world where data thefts are commonplace,
and mishandling the litigation and enforcement fallout from a breach.
Employees: If breaches expose employee information, companies may face suits
The Government: Both federal and state enforcement authorities may come
knocking after a breach, depending on the nature of the breach, the information
it compromised and the readiness and response of the company in question. The
Federal Trade Commission also can sue companies for failing to live up to their
stated security standards, a deceptive trade practice, or not providing adequate
security - an unfair trade practice.
Wyndham Agrees to Settle FTC Breach Case
- Hotel Chain Must Maintain 'Comprehensive' Security Program for 20 Years
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade
Commission over charges stemming from the hotel chain's three security breaches
in 2008 and 2009 that exposed 619,000 payment cards and other personal
FTC Sues Hotel Chain for Card Breaches).
No financial penalty is mentioned in the settlement. The agreement requires
Wyndham to maintain a comprehensive security program designed to protect
cardholder data and conduct annual security audits to ensure it maintains
compliance with PCI Data Security Standard, according to a Dec. 9 FTC statement.
If Wyndham suffers another data breach that affects more than 10,000 payment
cards, it is required to have an assessment of the breach conducted and provide
it to the FTC within 10 days. The company's obligations under the settlement
extend 20 years.
NeWave's Smart Shelf Wins CES®
City (Columbus), Ohio - December 8, 2015 - NeWave Sensor Solutions, LLC, in
conjunction with Wistron NeWeb Corporation, is excited to announce their Smart
Shelf RFID system was selected as a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree in the new
"Unmanned Systems and Accessories" category. This award was also officially
announced on the CES website on November 10, 2015.
The prestigious Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology
Association (CTA), the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all
who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing
achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The CES Innovation
Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in
consumer technology products.
Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities,
intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the
product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel
features present. The CES Innovation Awards are based upon descriptive materials
submitted to the judges.
NeWave's Smart Shelf system provides information on shelf item movement in
seconds using its unique patented Wave® RFID antenna technology. In simple
terms, when an item leaves the shelf, NeWave's Smart Shelf sees it even when it
is not tagged. Based on criteria set by the retailer for low inventory limits,
the Smart Shelf software signals an alert in real time that can be sent on-site
to store managers, or remotely to merchandising and loss prevention personnel as
well as suppliers The Smart Shelf can also trigger an audio alarm message and a
video capture alert within the store. The system strives to make it easy to get
real time in or out of stock shelf information available anytime to any
authorized person or group.
The Smart Shelf is the first system/technology to provide on shelf merchandise
availability without the need for tagging the products on the shelf, greatly
lowering use costs. The award winning Smart Shelf will be showcased at the
Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) booth located in the LVCC South Hall #21000
during CES 2016 January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas.
NeWave® Sensor Solutions:
NeWave Sensor Solutions is a leading provider of optimized solutions for today's
most challenging item-level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) problems. The
company develops industry-standard RFID technology based on the patented Wave
Antenna that sets a new standard for accuracy, versatility and efficiency. The
Wave is the first and only antenna specifically designed to be used only for
item-level RFID solutions. NeWave's core technology was developed by the
world-class ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) of The Ohio State University, a
pioneer in RF research and development under the direction of NeWave's Chief
Technical Officer (CTO), and is produced in partnership with Wistron NeWeb
Corporation (WNC), the Taiwan-based global leader in antenna manufacturing.
NeWave's management team leverages a strong technical and international business
heritage in a variety of industries for accomplishing its mission of providing
optimized solutions to today's greatest RFID challenges. For more information,
please visit us at
www.newaverfid.com. *NeWave®, Wave® and Smart Shelf are trademarks of NeWave Sensor Solutions, LLC Plain City (Columbus), Ohio USA
The Perfect Answer to An Imperfect World
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national retail organizations since our inception. CCI recognizes that your
security needs are unique and require a personalized touch; security solutions
which are carefully planned and executed, not forced. Our depth of experience
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Turning Point Justice is a rapidly growing cloud technology company that
provides collaborative solutions to retail theft that cultivate positive change
through restorative justice. Lohra Miller, CEO, Turning Point Justice,
tells us about the Cloud Justice Platform, which provides consistent, quality
reporting based on retailers' individual policies and procedures, while
Barbara Staib, Director of Communications,
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, tells us how the proactive
approach of TPJ's Court Alternative Program is a win-win-win for retailers,
their communities, and the offenders who are given the opportunity to change
LPNN Quick Take #9
As the solution provider portion of the Daily's "Live in NYC" 2015 broadcast
concludes, Amber provides a rundown of what's to come in a jam-packed LPNN
schedule full of leading loss prevention leaders speaking on a variety of
high-impact topics. Stay tuned!
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Merchants Spending Millions to Combat Card-Not-Present Fraud
According to The Impact of Fraud and Chargeback Management on Operations,
merchants specializing in digital good spend an average of $10.1 million every
year on fraud-related costs, and that's in addition to typical fraud costs, such
as the loss of goods and chargeback fees. Nearly three in four merchants dealing
in both digital and physical goods say fraud and chargebacks have a major
financial impact, accounting for 13% to 20% of their operational budgets each
Much of the rise in fraud costs can be attributed to the increasing popularity
of online shopping and digital goods, such as e-books and digital gift cards.
These card-not-present (CNP) transactions require security that many existing
platforms, built for point-of-sale transactions, aren't equipped to handle. As a
result, card-not-present fraud and related costs are on the rise.
Many merchants are concerned that the United States' transition to EMV this year
will make the problem worse. Digital goods merchants especially worry that the
increased security at physical transaction points will encourage fraudsters to
move to less-secure CNP channels. More than half of digital goods merchants
(51%) expect fraud and chargeback costs to increase over the next 12 months.
The study suggests that outsourcing could help merchants combat the problem.
Personnel costs represent more than 35% of fraud/chargeback spending for all
merchants, but that's especially true for digital goods merchants. Merchants
selling digital goods employ nearly five times the fraud personnel as physical
goods merchants and nearly twice as many as hybrid merchants. Additionally, many
merchants reported that finding qualified personnel for fraud and chargeback
management is difficult.
Walmart launches Walmart Pay
- Dropping an Atomic Bomb on Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC
Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, has just fired the biggest salvo in
the mobile payment wars since last year's launch of Apple Pay. The Bentonville,
Ark. giant announced it is starting to rollout Walmart Pay, a smartphone-based
payment solution that will work with all credit cards, debit cards and Walmart
gift cards at its own U.S. stores. Walmart Pay will run on both Android and iOS
and should be available nationwide by the middle of next year.
But the big news, which Walmart neglected to mention in its
press release, is that in dropping this midnight bomb just two weeks before
Christmas, the retailer isn't targeting Apple Pay. Instead, it's essentially
blowing up MCX, the Walmart-led consortium that was formed in 2012 and has been
desperately trying to roll out an Apple Pay competitor called CurrentC.
Walmart has essentially taken the technology behind MCX and rolled out a
single-merchant version for its own stores. It works a little different than
both Apple Pay and Google's equivalent Android Pay. With Walmart Pay, you open
an app on your phone and scan a barcode on the register screen at checkout. That
sends a signal to the register you will pay via the app and allows the backend
system to send you an itemized receipt of your purchases to the smartphone. It
also means payment is handled seamlessly by whatever credit or debit card you've
linked to the app. The implementation is a bit clunkier in that you have to
trigger the app and complete a scan. But the receipt functionality isn't yet
available from Apple and is a nice addition.
Study: What drives online consumer technology
NJ suspects charged in ID fraud ring that stole $3M
A dozen people face first-degree money-laundering charges after they allegedly
stole about $3 million from banks in an elaborate scheme involving fake
identities, bad checks and hundreds of credit cards, state acting Attorney
General John J. Hoffman said Wednesday. Many of those charged are from Secaucus
or Jersey City, and all but one have been arrested, Hoffman said. The group
allegedly created "synthetic" identities by combining real Social Security
numbers with fake names and birth dates so they could open numerous checking and
credit card accounts online. Authorities allege that through bad checks, the
accused deposited money into the accounts, which they then used to pay off
credit cards, increasing the cards' credit limits. They allegedly also withdrew
the money from ATMs and via money orders before the bad checks were discovered.
False "merchants" created shell businesses solely to participate in the scheme,
Hoffman said. Those businesses swiped the fraudulent credit cards for
nonexistent purchases, then received reimbursement from credit card processing
companies. "While the credit card holders, businesses and purchases in this
scheme were fictitious, the losses suffered by the banks were very real and
totaled an alarming $3 million," Hoffman said. The scam was active from 2012 to
2015 and involved hundreds of credit cards and millions of dollars in fake
transactions, said state Division of Criminal Justice Director Elie Honig.
Upper East Side, NYC, NY: Husband & wife stole hospital patient info to pay for
$300,000 High-end shopping spree
A former Manhattan hospital worker and his wife are charged with stealing the
personal information of patients, and using it to fund orders for designer
merchandise at luxury retailers. The employee, 30-year old Kyle Steed and his
wife, 30-year old Krystle Steed, are named in a 193-count indictment. She
allegedly made more than $300,000 in fraudulent purchases, and attempted to make
more than $1 million in additional purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue. The two were
indicted on charges of first-degree attempted grand larceny, second-degree grand
larceny, and first-degree identity theft, among other charges. They allegedly
used stolen information to take control of victims' bank accounts, and place
fraudulent orders for hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. In
at least one instance, a patient died at Lenox Hill Hospital only two hours
before Krystle Steed took control of the patient's bank account and began making
fraudulent charges, authorities say.
4 New Yorkers busted trying to buy iPhones with fake ID's
in Kansas City at AT&T store
Four New Yorkers, from the Bronx, are in the Johnson County Jail, charged with
stealing people's identities in order to steal cellphones. The case started
Friday and came to the attention of Overland Park's Organized Retail Crime Unit.
Two of the suspects spoke no English and needed Spanish-speaking interpreters to
explain the process. The investigation is ongoing.
Atlanta, GA: 8 sentenced for $600,000 Lenox Square Mall smash and grab Armed
Robbery at Mayor's Jewelers
Eight members of a Detroit-based traveling robbery crew were sentenced to prison
for their roles in the June 2013 smash-and-grab robbery of the Mayors Jewelry
Store in Lenox Square Mall. In June 2013, the robbery crew planned to travel
from Detroit to Atlanta to commit a "smash-and-grab" style robbery using
sledgehammers at the Mayors Jewelry Store in Atlanta. Mayors has locations in
several states that offer a wide selection of Rolex watches. The robbers' plan
was to steal the watches and return to Detroit, where they could be sold to
dishonest jewelry dealers through unreported cash transactions. The "fences"
would then sell the stolen merchandise on the black market, including to buyers
Cargo Theft: Mississauga, CN: 495 TVs, Trailer stolen from Mississauga truck lot
on Sunday; Toronto Police found the empty trailer on Tuesday
Peel Regional Police are looking into the theft of 495 LG 55-inch TVs and a
truck trailer from a commercial truck depot on Columbus Rd. in Mississauga. A
suspect or suspects - police aren't sure how many are involved - managed to
drive off with the load last Sunday. Toronto Police eventually found the empty
trailer Tuesday. It seems whoever stole the shipment brought their own truck -
Peel Regional Police say it appears none of the lot's trucks were missing after
the thefts. The TVs are worth a total of $375,000.
Boca Raton, FL: Macy's supervisor at Boca mall arrested in $30,000 fraud case
A supervisor at the Macy's store in Boca Raton faces 34 counts of fraud after
being accused of defrauding the store of more than $30,000. Police arrested
Lloyd Watson II, 30, at the store Tuesday. Investigators said that between June
22 and Dec. 3, Watson made 19 refunds and 14 price adjustments for
"non-existent" purchases. The transactions added up to $30,450.33.
Loss-prevention staff at the store at the Town Center mall, said an internal
investigation revealed Watson had asked a co-worker to make a return, which went
to his credit card. That credit card belonged to an "import-export" company
partly owned by Watson.
Genoa Twp, MI: Kohl' shoplifter pleads Guilty to $1,000 Organized Retail Theft
Marcus Lowell Hunter, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday as charged to organized
retail crime, first-degree retail fraud, and fleeing and eluding. Police said a
deputy responding to a retail fraud complaint at Kohl's in October spotted
Hunter loading an estimated $1,000 or more in electronic merchandise into a Ford
Taurus. As the deputy tried to make contact with Hunter, he fled on Interstate
96 at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Hunter managed to elude immediate capture.
Batavia, IL: Police searching for 2 suspects in ORC theft
of nearly $1,000 in cosmetics
At about 9:25 p.m. Dec 1, one male and one female entered the Walgreens at 1918
W. Fabyan Parkway in Batavia, police said. Video surveillance shows the two
people concealing between $500 to $1,000 worth of cosmetics in a purse and
leaving the store without paying for the items, Batavia Detective Kevin Bretz
said. "They were in the store for about three minutes," Bretz said Wednesday.
Lee's Summit, MO: Task force successful in taking down shoplifters
Lee's Summit Police is happy with how their newest task force is combating
shoplifting in the area's most attractive shopping centers. Stemming from their
Crime Reduction Team, Sargent Chris Depue says the unit is a Swiss Army Knife
for the department. Currently operating at shopping districts through the New
Year, their main objective since thanksgiving has been detecting and arresting
shoplifters. So far they've made at least 40 arrests in areas such as Summit
Fair and Summit Woods Crossing.
Cadillac, MI: Missouri woman charged with organized retail crime
Stephanie Lee Long, 30, of St. Charles, MO was charged in 84th District Court in
Wexford County for her alleged connection with an organized retail crime
incident on April 4 in Haring Township.
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TN: JC Penney Loss Prevention Agents threatened
at gunpoint by fleeing Shoplifters
Police are searching for a man and woman accused of stealing clothes and
threatening loss prevention officers with a gun in Clarksville Tuesday. It
happened at the JCPenney on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. Clarksville
police reported a female stole a felony amount of clothing from the store. When
she was confronted by loss prevention officers as she attempted to exit the
store, a white sedan pulled up and a man exited the vehicle. The female suspect
reportedly yelled to the driver "get the gun...shoot them!" The man allegedly
retrieved a silver handgun from inside the sedan and pointed it at the loss
prevention officers. Both suspects fled the scene in the white sedan, described
as possibly a Honda with Florida tags.
Charlotte, NC: One arrested in Arboretum GAP Armed Robbery / Kidnapping
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have made one arrest in the Arboretum GAP store
robbery. Detectives have charged 21-year-old Ariel Terry with three counts of
robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of second-degree kidnapping,
conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor larceny in
connection with the late-November crime. The incident happened on a Saturday
night around 8 p.m. at the store on Providence Road. The group of robbers walked
in wearing masks and wielding guns, stealing from both the store and its
customers. There were eight people inside the store at the time of the incident,
most of which were customers.
MO: Shoplifters arrested at Walmart in Springfield are wanted for shooting in
A man and a woman who were arrested for shoplifting on Tuesday night at Walmart
are also suspects in a shooting in central California. Police officers are still
looking for a second man who was with them and is also a suspect in that
shooting in California. Police say all three people were shoplifting at the
Walmart store when the man who is now on the run fired a gun at police who were
called to arrest them. The two arrested people are Billy Littlefield and Peyton
Garnica. They're in the Greene County jail. Those three people are suspects in a
shooting on the day after Thanksgiving in Los Banos, Calif., about 40 miles
southeast of San Jose. According to a Los Banos Police Department news release
last month, the three face charges that include attempted homicide, conspiracy,
and felon in possession of a firearm. Springfield police arrested Billy
Littlefield and Garnica after responding to a shoplifting call that came in just
after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. At least two officers started chasing the Littlefields
and Garnica before they say Carl Littlefield fired a shot at them and then fled
out a back door of the store.
AZ: Shoplifting suspect tosses gun into Santa area at Arrowhead Mall
Video shows a man on the ground after he was arrested for shoplifting at the
Arrowhead mall's JC Penney. "While officers and loss prevention employees
responded, two plain clothed loss prevention officers confronted the male
suspect near the exit of the store. The male suspect displayed a firearm,
pointed it at a male loss prevention officer and punched a female loss
prevention officer in the face with his fist. He then ran out of the store,"
stated Officer Tracey J. Breeden of the Glendale Police Department. Authorities
say as the suspect fled from security on the second floor, he tossed the weapon
over the side railing. That gun landed right next to the line to see Santa
Claus, so a bunch of children were there as the gun hit the first floor -- and
you could hear them crying in the background. "An adult picked up the gun and
immediately made it safe. After throwing the gun over the 2nd level, the male
suspect attempted to flee with his child. He was immediately taken into custody
without incident," added Breeden.
Colorado Springs, CO: Woman robbed at gunpoint outside a Safeway store
Two people robbed a woman at gunpoint in front of a Safeway on Wednesday before
leaving in a getaway car, Colorado Springs police said. A man approached the
woman and pointed a gun at her while another man yanked a purse off her
shoulders from behind, police said. No shots were fired.
Victorville, CA: Man arrested following Armed Robbery attempt at Lowe's;
used simulated weapon
San Bernardino County Sheriff's said Wednesday a man was arrested after
allegedly simulating that he had a weapon to threaten and rob a Lowe's late
Tuesday. Craig Thomas Berry, 33, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, felony
grand theft and violation of parole Tuesday. Calls reporting an armed robbery at
the Lowe's Home Improvement store were first received shortly before 8 p.m.
Tuesday. A suspect, later identified as Berry, allegedly entered the store and
began robbing merchandise by simulating that he had a weapon, Sheriff's Sgt.
Dave Burgess said. "(Berry) threatened the cashier of the store and pushed a
basket filled with about $2,000 worth of merchandise out of the store," Burgess
said. Loss prevention officers at the store quickly responded to the incident,
and detectives from the Sheriff's department who were in the area quickly set up
a perimeter in the area near the store. Berry was found in a nearby dirt field
and was detained, where the simulated weapon was found to be a flashlight,
Colorado Springs, CO: Couple tried to set bank night deposit box on fire
to cover up Circle K thefts
Investigators suspect a couple tried to set a Wells Fargo drop box ablaze using
a jar of gasoline - all to cover up a heist at a Colorado Springs Circle K
store. Bank surveillance video of a man on a BMX bike led investigators to
suspect the manager of a Circle K store at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard
concocted the scheme with her live-in boyfriend, according to Colorado Springs
police. After a months-long investigation, Joy Tomlinson, 26, and Lee Laurie,
32, were arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of theft
and arson, both felonies.
London shoplifter escapes on a hoverboard
The man, wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, was caught on camera entering
the store before grabbing a case of sports drink. He is then seen checking to
ensure he isn't being followed before free-wheeling out of the store and taking
off down the street.
Bhiwandi, India: 62 employees arrested for theft from a Distribution Center; The
inspector said the items at the warehouse belonged to e-commerce companies like Flipkart, Sandeal, Amazon
Causey's Pharmacy - Natchitoches, TX - Burglary
CVS - Shaker Hts, OH - Burglary / ATM
CVS - Putnam Co, WV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Mays Landing, NJ - Theft / Assault on Police Officer
CVS - Brighton, NY - Robbery
CVS - Visalia, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Beckley, WV - Robbery
Dollar General - East Chicago, IN - Armed Robbery
Ernie's Pharmacy - Muskogee, OK - Armed Robbery / Kidnapping
Family Dollar - Calabash, NC - Armed Robbery
Fresh Start - Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery
Sally Beauty - New Braunfels, TX - Armed Robbery
Shif-T - Mesquite, TX - Armed Robbery
Stop & Shop - Yarmouth, , MA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Port Arthur, TX - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Batavia, IL - Theft
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