2015's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
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One Team at a Time
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"Perform as an
active and valued partner in driving positive shrink results through timely and
effective communication and training, while maintaining exceptional customer
service to all
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(RLPM), Carol Koelsch (RLPM),
Lea Tamarack (RLPM), Chad Hixon (AVP, LP), Dave Harben (SR RLPM)
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NYPD Commissioner Bratton confirms speaking at The Daily's 'Live in NYC
at the NRF Big Show' dinner party
Bratton's office indeed confirmed his attendance yesterday and expressed their
support for the Loss Prevention efforts for the retailers. Certainly their
involvement in the new NYC Metro ORC Association shows their commitment and just
yesterday their CO of the grand larceny unit met with one of our LP industry
leaders to reaffirm their support. We'll be working with Bratton's office on his
comments and hope to be able to provide LP attendees at the dinner the
opportunity to have their LP team picture taken with Commissioner Bratton at 7
RSVP for dinner here.
Sears Holdings Asset & Protection Associates
Receive LPC Certification Scholarships to Support Career Advancement
Sears Holdings, in partnership with the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) today
awarded 14 Sears Holdings Asset & Profit Protection Associates scholarships
designed to support their career advancement and personal development while
working at SHMC. Sears Holdings takes great pleasure in every opportunity to
invest in the development of their teams. SHMC awarded the scholarships for
certification-review courses and the final LPCertified (LPC) examination which
will earn them a widely-recognized certification within the loss prevention
industry. Scott Glenn, Vice President and CSO noted: "It is a tremendous honor
to be able to invest in the future leaders of our industry. The associates
selected for these scholarships are the future of our organization and I am
proud of each of them."
Congratulations to the following recipients of the LPCertified (LPC)
|● Dave Huhner - Manager,
● Kazi Ohara - Sr. Analyst, AP
● Corey Bowman - AP Manager
● Robert Leonard - AP Manager
● Andrew Trumbour - Zone Manager, AP
● John Fitton - Zone Manager, AP
● Randall Stirewalt - Area Manager, AP
● Sherri Reid - Zone Manager, AP
|● Kristen Kurek - Investigator
● Dee McClure - National Manager Learning & Development, AP
● Stephen Feldman - Area Manager, LP
● Brian Gross - Zone Manager, AP
● Justin Henkenberns - National Manager Learning & Development, AP
● Jason Montgomery - Zone Manager, AP
LPRC and University of Florida Collaborate -
Research Projects for 2016 Aligned
The Loss Prevention Research Council has been hard at work prepping for the 2016
year. The joint LPRC and University of Florida initiatives have led the team to
meet and discuss the research projects with several departments at the
University of Florida, including: UF Engineering, UF Cyber Security, and the
David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education & Research departments. As a
joint effort, the LPRC and UF will be working shoulder to shoulder to help push
and make the research project initiatives succeed way beyond expectations. We
are looking forward to working alongside the University of Florida here at the
LPRC in 2016!
This week, the last touches and finalized tweaks to the Research and Direction
for 2016 were completed. Thanks to all of our members' input and feedback on the
Research and Direction survey, the LPRC team was able to collectively pinpoint
which direction the research focus will take next year. 2016 is looking to be
the most innovative and ground-breaking year for research yet!
The Role of Phony Returns in Gift Card Fraud
On any given day, there are thousands of gift cards from top retailers for sale
online that can be had for a fraction of their face value. Some of these are
exactly what they appear to be: legitimate gift cards sold through third-party
sites that specialize in reselling used or unwanted cards. But many of the
more steeply discounted gift cards for sale online are in fact the product of
merchandise return fraud, meaning consumers who purchase them unwittingly
help thieves rob the stores that issued the cards. This type of scam mainly
impacts brick-and-mortar retailers that issue gift cards when consumers return
merchandise at a store without presenting a receipt.
A look at the available Petco gift cards for sale via one gift card tracking
site - giftcardgranny.com - shows Petco cards routinely sell for at least 25
percent off their value. Cards from Petsmart, a competitor that also offers
merchandise return cards, generally sell at 20 percent off their value. Clothier
H&M's cards average about 30 percent off.
According to a study conducted jointly by KingRogers International and The
Return Exchange, approximately nine percent of all returns in the United
States are fraudulent. The National Retail Foundation estimates that the
problem will cost U.S. retailers nearly $11 billion this year.
Investigators say the crimes very often are tied to identity theft rings and
drug addicts. Last month, authorities in Michigan convicted a 46-year-old father
of four for running a large-scale fencing operation that used teams of
prostitutes, heroin users, parolees and panhandlers to steal high-priced items
from local Home Depot stores and then return the goods to a different Home Depot
location in exchange for store debit cards.
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MSPA-NA Welcomes New Board of Directors 2016
The MSPA-NA (formerly known as the Mystery Shopping Providers Association of
North America), the trade association representing the Mystery Shopping &
Customer Experience industry, would like to announce its Board of Directors for
2016. Michael Mershimer, President and COO, HS Brands International, is
going into the first year of his term as the association's President. Mr.
Mershimer was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 and has also served as
Vice President & Chair of the Membership Committee.
First half of holiday season shows solid growth
- Retail sales up 0.5% in November
The first half of the holiday season is officially under wraps and it appears
holiday shoppers in November were out in full force, according to the National
Retail Federation's latest retail sales data. Sales in November excluding autos,
gas and restaurants increased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted over the previous
month and 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Department Store Sales Flat in November
Sales at specialty stores and general merchandisers rose in November, but
remained flat at department stores, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's
monthly report released Friday. Sales at apparel and accessories stores rose a
seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent to $21 billion, while sales at general
merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores,
rose 0.7 percent to $57.2 billion last month. Department store sales were
unchanged for the month at $13.7 billion.
Sycamore Partners completes purchase of Belk
Warren Buffett buys 8% stake in Sears REIT
Kitson L.A. boutique chain closing all 17 stores
Same Store Sales Results
Restoration Hardware Q3 comp's up 7% with net revenues up 10%
Hudson's Bay Company constant currency basis consolidate comp's up 2% with sales
- Department Store Group ("DSG") same store sales increase of 5.1%
- Saks Fifth Avenue same store sales decrease of 3.6%
- Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH ("OFF 5TH") same store sales increase of 2.8%
- HBC Europe (GALERIA Kaufhof, Galeria INNO and Sportarena) same store sales
increase of 6.6% for the one month of ownership
The D&D Daily to
launch ORC Resource Center website Monday, December 14th - Supported
& Sponsored by Nedap
This new resource will provide both
current ORC cases and legislative actions throughout the U.S. and
will be highlighting industry leaders, teams, and efforts that are
making a difference. Designed to provide research capabilities, this
resource will dive deep into the details, the surveys, the laws, and
the people who are helping to fight this growing epidemic. Open to
input and wanting to make it as interactive as possible, we invite
all LP executives and law enforcement to get involved and help build
this ORC Resource Center.
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Retailers: House Data Bill is Red Tape Masquerading as Security
- Criminal Background Checks for Tens of Millions of Retail Employees?
In a letter sent to members of the House Financial Services Committee today
the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with thirteen other
industry trade groups, expressed strong opposition to H.R. 2205, the Data
Security Act of 2015. "While retailers strongly support efforts to safeguard
financial data and protect consumers from hackers and cyber thieves, this
legislation is a step in the wrong direction," said RILA Executive Vice
President for Government Affairs Jennifer Safavian.
One provision of the bill would require anyone that touches sensitive account
information, defined as a credit or debit card, to first pass a criminal
background check. This would subject tens of millions of frontline employees,
such as retail employees working at cash registers, waiters and waitresses at
restaurants, and even taxi cab drivers, to pass criminal background checks.
Haphazardly slapping rules that were written 15 years ago for the financial
industry on retailers, restaurants and thousands of small businesses is not the
kind of data security legislation that will safeguard our economy. This is red
tape masquerading as security."
Retail data breaches threaten customer loyalty
A high percentage of Americans would change their shopping habits if their
favorite retailer was hit by a data breach according to a new study. Data
security specialist Vormetric commissioned the survey over 1000 US adults from
Wakefield Research which found that for 85 percent of respondents the
significant personal consequences that can result from a breach would cause them
to find a new place to shop. Factors that would cause them to take their
business elsewhere are, if money was taken from their checking account (67
percent), unauthorized charges appearing on their credit card (62 percent),
leakage of personal information (57 percent), and damage to their credit score
'Spy Lights' - Target testing beacons installed in LED light bulbs in 100 stores
From Target to Kroger, grocery stores want to figure out what makes customers
tick - and they're using methods that seem straight out of a James Bond movie to
find out. In November, Target expanded its test of beacons installed in LED
light bulbs that provide shoppers with in-store location information via their
cellphones in 100 stores. With the system, wireless signals travel between
customers' Android devices and the stores' LED lights, providing navigation
assistance on the app's store map, like a GPS for your local Target location.
This helps customers find products without having to ask Target employees for
assistance, as well as giving the company more data about customers' foot
traffic within the store.
The expansion to about 100 stores makes this the largest deployment of what
lighting publication Lux calls "spy lights" by any retailer (Target contests the
use of the term "spy lights" as overstating the functions of the technology).
Beacons of all kinds are transforming the retail business. A BI Intelligence
report predicts that beacon-triggered messages will directly influence up to
$4.1 billion in total US store sales this year. Next year, the figure is
predicted to grow to more than ten times this, reaching $44 billion.
FBI director renews push for back doors, urging vendors to change business
Companies scramble to fix lack of encryption on mobile apps
What cyber trends to expect in 2016
State of the Industry
& NRF Protect 2015 Update
Bob Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention, National Retail Federation, and Joe
LaRocca, VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners, sit down with
LPNN to discuss the state of the LP industry. From data breaches to increased
ORC activity, the e-commerce impact on stores, mobile payments, store closings
and protests all around the country, technology is completely transforming the
LP industry as we know it. Bob and Joe tell us where loss prevention is headed
and how an LP executive can position him or herself for success. Bob also
provides a preview of the exciting things to come at this year's re-branded
NRF Protect 2015 conference in June.
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Calgary, AB: Bitcoin ransom demanded by hackers of Calgary wine store; Hackers
demand $500 in bitcoin after encrypting database with malware |
Calgary liquor store paid a ransom this week to regain access to its computers
after hackers infected its database with a virus - and even got an unofficial
receipt thanking it for its involuntary "purchase." The Kensington Wine Market's
database was attacked with ransomware - a type of malware. "It doesn't take your
data, it doesn't steal it, but it locks it so that you can't use it," said owner
Andrew Ferguson. "Whoever has done this is going to hold it for ransom to try to
get a quick buck out of you to get it back."
The hackers demanded $500 in bitcoin - a form of digital currency. "Our I.T. guy
had to go out for us and purchase bitcoins in order to pay what these guys are
demanding," said Ferguson, who speculates they wanted the virtual money as it's
more difficult to trace. He says he paid the ransom because his employees could
no longer open email, lookup inventory or process sales - a big problem during
the busy holiday season.
Cargo Theft Reporting Program to Launch in Western Canada
On Tuesday, the Alberta Motor Truck Association (AMTA), the Insurance Bureau of
Canada (IBC), which represents insurance companies, and provincial police are
set to offer details on the expansion of the successful cargo theft reporting
program to Western Canada. This program will help raise awareness of and combat
the growing problem of cargo theft, which includes stealing trucks and trailers
The program appears to be similar to one kicked off earlier this year in the
Atlantic Provinces involving the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Assocation (APTA),
Canadian Black Friday Getting More Popular -
Consumers Purchasing Almost Doubles
The study noted that last year, 51% of adult Canadians actively browsed and
bought - similar to 2013. This year, however, 70% of the adults questions said
they participated in Black Friday sales. While browsers who didn't purchase
remained constant at 24%, the increase in participation came from the 44% who
stated that they have bought an item - up from 25% last year.
Quebec-based jewelry and accessories brand Bizou
to open 5 stores in '16 - now at 125 locations
Dollarama achieves major retail milestone with
Montreal recommends plastic bag ban by 2018
Grinch arrested by Calgary police for holiday theft warning
Retail Fast Facts: November 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.5 per cent over the comparable month
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 4.7 per cent
over the comparable month last year. Read
Hamilton, ON: Pharmacy robbery numbers on track to triple this year; 20
Hamilton pharmacy robberies in 2015
Yet another Hamilton pharmacy was robbed
over the weekend, as the number of narcotics thefts in the city this year soars.
It happened on Sunday around 9:30 p.m., police say, at a pharmacy at 1395 Upper
Ottawa Street. Witnesses told police that a man walked into the pharmacy with a
small knife and demanded narcotics. He stole an "undisclosed" amount of drugs,
police say, and then ran off. The pharmacy's employee wasn't hurt during the
robbery. Police have been called in to investigate 20 pharmacy robberies so far
this year, compared to seven in all of 2014. In all of the robberies, thieves
targeted prescription narcotics. In some cases, the same pharmacy was hit more
than once. In an interview last month, Staff Sgt. Emidio Evangelista told CBC
News that it's tough to say whether this spike is indicative of a wider trend.
"It could be two or three people that all of a sudden do four or five robberies,
and then that's the increase," he said. "I arrest them, and then it goes back to
Saskatoon, CN: Ontario man charged in Sask. Jewelry store
and Pharmacy Robberies
An Ontario man is facing more than a dozen charges and potentially more after a
lengthy crime spree across several Saskatchewan towns. The 37-year-old, who on
Thursday allegedly robbed a jewelry store in Moosomin and a pharmacy in Indian
Head before stealing a car in Outlook and gas in Rosetown, was only arrested
after Mounties laid out a spike belt just south of Biggar.
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.
Sudbury, ON: $13,000 Tandem axle Fuel Tanker stolen; one arrested
A 44-year-old man from Temiskaming Shores was arrested and charged on Dec. 8 in
relation to a trailer theft. Sudbury OPP were dispatched to a theft occurrence
at a business at Highway 144 in Cartier Township on Dec. 8. Investigation
revealed that a tandem axle fuel trailer containing fuel and assorted tools was
stolen from the parking lot. As a result of the investigation, police were able
to recover the stolen trailer with its contents and identify the individual
responsible for the theft, which was valued at approximately $13,000.
Penticton, BC: RCMP suspects Arson in Save On Foods fire
RCMP are investigating a potential arson after an early morning blaze at the
Save On Foods which closed the grocery store until noon Dec. 8. The fire
department and the forensic identification section of the RCMP are currently
investigating the incident and searching for video surveillance of the scene.
Around 5:45 a.m. Penticton Fire crews were called to Save On Foods and were met
with heavy smoke and flames coming from a tractor trailer parked in the back
loading bay. Witness Skylar Noe-Vack reported that crews found paper and
cardboard products ablaze under the trailer.
10 eCommerce Trends That Will Impact Canadian Retail in 2016
The 10 Trends that will shape Canadian eCommerce in 2016:
1. Click & Collect is Becoming Standard
A MUST for online retailers who operate brick-and-mortar stores: in-store
pick-up will be offered by an increasing number of retailers.
2. The Rise of In-Store Digital
In 2016, more and more stores will see the introduction of innovative digital
technologies on the sales floor.
3. Social Media Profitability
Social Media ROI is constantly improving and smart retailers will continue to
(or begin) investing in their social presence.
4. Brands Creating More Content
Brands will create more original content than ever before.
5. B2B Overtaking B2C
As the tools continue to evolve, B2B eCommerce is expected to see a phenomenal
growth in the next few years.
6. Globalization: More Canadian Retailers Expanding Worldwide
Several prominent Canadian retailers will leverage their digital infrastructure
to expand into foreign markets, most notably the U.S.
7. Product Information management
As customer behaviour shifts towards "pre-purchase research", retailers will
invest in product information management solutions (PIM).
8. The Simplification of Order Processing
More transactions means more processing. To achieve sustainable profitability,
retailers will invest in Order Management Systems (OMS) to cope with the
increased demand in processing and logistics.
9. Client Data For All
Merchants who invest in solutions that make it possible to profile clients and
to personalize the shopping experience will gain market share.
10. Fraud - And the Tools to Fight it - on the Rise
Fraud is a growing problem for Canadian retailers. As fraudulent methods evolve,
the tools to fight it are also becoming more accessible.
Fraud - the game of cat and mouse
Fraud can cost advertisers billions of their digital ad spend annually, and as
such the online advertising industry is on a mission to uncover fraudulent
activity. However, both buy and sell sides of the industry are benefitting from
the new technologies that make it easier for fraudsters to hide.
Bots obviously have every reason to remain undetected to attract as much
advertising spend as possible. The best way to achieve this is to appear as
human-like as possible. So, logically to be able to identify bots, we need to
ask the right questions to reveal their non-human qualities.
Rather than expose every single bot, and prevent it from being served
impressions; we can identify co-ordinated behaviour among the bots in their
browsing patterns. Usually, this reveals clusters of websites that are used by
the bots to generate traffic. By labelling these websites as fraudulent and
giving them a low ranking in our ratings advertisers will reduce or even stop
serving impressions on these websites. Additionally, through diverting
impressions away from these fraudulent websites, we essentially chip away at the
bot owners' business model. A logical step for them is to set up a new cluster
of websites for the bots to visit, but we will just as quickly label them as
fraudulent. And setting up new websites takes time, money and effort. And so the
game of cat and mouse is established.
In-store mobile payments grow by more than three
times in 2015: report
Ikea CEO: Online sales to drive 10% of revenue by
With online ordering surging, UPS on-time deliveries suffer
Waterbury, CT: Police raid Stolen Merchandise Warehouses; call on
Retailers to help ID Hundreds of Thousands in merchandise
Narcotics Task Force and Waterbury Detectives discovered a major stolen
merchandise distribution operation while serving search warrants in Waterbury.
Police say it ran through two warehouses and a personal home, and they are
looking for other locations. Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo of the Waterbury
Police Department says they brought in a 45-foot long semi tractor-trailer to
load up with the evidence. "There is over-the-counter medication, personal
hygiene products, clothing, construction equipment, electronics, there were
fireworks in there," said Spagnolo. Spagnolo says it's like a distribution
center, and the thieves were pushing the merchandise online. Also seized from
the warehouse were an electroshock weapon, Oxycodone, a loaded .380 caliber
handgun holding 11 rounds of ammunition, and 106 cases of consumer grade
fireworks. Police arrested 25-year-old Sorrell Porter, and arrest warrants are
being issued for two other people. To help with recovery, police asked Home
Depot, Stop and Shop, CVS, Walgreens and TJ Maxx, among other retailers, to help
identify the items. "Oh they are pretty happy. We had a few merchants in here
and we're talking recoveries of upwards of $100,000 for some of them. They are
ecstatic," said Spagnolo.
Norwalk, CT: Man charged with larceny in fraudulent returns
scheme at Home
A Norwalk man was charged with larceny at Home Depot following an alleged
fraudulent returns scheme. According to Norwalk Police, on August 26, 2015,
Thomas Palmer, 54 was observed purchasing a wet tile saw, then leaving the store
and passing the receipt to an accomplice outside the store. The unknown
accomplice then came back into Home Depot with a loaded lumber cart and selected
some items-including a wet tile saw- before pushing the cart to the returns desk
and returning the saw for cash after allegedly presenting the receipt he had
received from Palmer. Police said that Palmer was known at the store as someone
who had made fraudulent returns in the past. On Dec. 9, an NPD officer arrested
Palmer on a warrant. Palmer was in the parking lot of Lowe's.
Rock Hill, SC: 2 with N.Y. ties charged in Best Buy
credit card fraud, identity scheme
Suspects both on probation from similar scam in Pennsylvania tried to make
$5,400 purchase at Best Buy in Rock Hill. Rock Hill police found more than 100
credit cards in 2015 Maserati worth more than $100,000. One suspect is from
N.Y., the other from Charlotte; others from out of state previously charged.
Woodstock, IL: Menard's busts Pneumatic Nail Gun thief
A man has been charged
with stealing two pneumatic nail guns Wednesday afternoon from a Menards in
northwest suburban Woodstock. Garry D. Bielefeldt, 30, from Rockford, faces one
count of retail theft over $500, a Class 3 felony; unlawful possession of a
controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; and one misdemeanor count of resisting a
Scottsdale, AZ: Lottery ticket Grab & Run thief
charged with Organized Retail
A man accused of stealing more than $1,300 worth of lottery tickets from
Phoenix-area stores is in custody. Scottsdale police say 27-year-old Robert
James Fischer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of numerous counts of
organized retail theft and trafficking in stolen property. They say Fischer
targeted convenience stores in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler. He
allegedly stole Arizona Lottery tickets and then redeemed the winning tickets
for cash. Police say Fischer would enter a convenience store and ask the clerk
for lottery tickets, then grab the tickets and run out of the store without
Monroe, LA: Ouachita Parish SCAT team focuses on shoppers safety
In a matter of minutes of being at Pecanland mall the Ouachita Parish
Special Crimes Apprehension team or SCAT arrested 27-year-old Kevin Davenport.
SCAT team Lieutenant David Crain says after running Davenport's name they
realized there was a warrant for his arrest in Indiana for distributing cocaine.
"From during this time of year from Black Friday until January first we dress
down we wear casual clothes, just change our appearance from what we look like
while we are in uniform that way we can blend in with the shoppers," says Crain.
The sheriff's office wants shoppers to know their around, but going undercover
has it's advantages.
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Hemet, CA: Police shoot and kill man with gun in strip mall parking lot
Police Officers shot and killed a man in a strip mall parking lot after he
pulled out a handgun on Thursday morning, according to Hemet Police Lieutenant
Dean Evans. Two officers saw a vehicle in a strip mall parking lot with a man in
it who "looked a little strange," Evans said, acting "suspicious and agitated."
The officers contacted the man. "Initially he was cooperative, but he grew more
and more agitated as the contact [with police] went on," Evans said. A third
officer arrived on the scene after police called for backup, Evans said. The man
in the car pulled out a handgun and officers gave him several commands to drop
the weapon, Evans said, but after he didn't comply, he was shot and killed. He
was on parole and had an active felony warrant out for his arrest, Evans said.
The man's gun was recovered at the scene, his name wasn't being released.
Memphis, TN: Teen arrested in shooting at Oak Court Mall
A 17-year-old has been
arrested in an incident of gunfire at the Oak Court Mall parking garage, police
said Thursday. He is charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful possession
of a weapon. No one was hit by the shots fired shortly after noon Wednesday,
said Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee.
Flint, MI: Teen charged in Toys R Us shooting faces 7 criminal counts
accused of shooting another man in a Toys R Us parking lot over "a look" has
been arraigned on seven criminal counts related to the confrontation. Daquarius
Quantrel Fisher, 18, faces three counts of assault with intent to murder, a
count of carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of felony firearm. The
charges stem from an incident that occurred outside Toys R Us in Flint Township
on Monday evening, Dec. 7, where "a look" sparked an argument between two people
in the store.
La Ceiba, Honduras: Player for Honduras National Soccer Team
Shot Dead at Mall
A player for the Honduran national soccer team was shot to death Thursday in a
shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean
coast, police said. In a statement, police said Arnold Peralta was killed
outside the Uniplaza mall. He was in his hometown on vacation following the
conclusion of his professional club's season. Police said no suspects were in
custody and the motive for the attack was unknown.
Paris, France: Chopard store Robbed at Gunpoint, over $1M of jewelry stolen
An armed robber snatched an estimated one million euros ($1.10 million) worth of
jewelry from a Chopard store in Paris, in a brazen heist carried out just a few
doors away from France's presidential palace. Paris police headquarters
confirmed that, "an older individual entered the store a little before midday
and was handed the jewels after holding [store assistants] at gunpoint." Police
investigating the robbery have not confirmed whether the weapon was real or
Austin, TX: Man arrested for string of Central Texas Armed Robberies;
Hitting four Sally Beauty's and three GameStops in 5 days
Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a string of robberies
that targeted Sally Beauty Supply and Gamestop stores. Police say Rusty Jordan,
43, is charged with aggravated robbery. Investigators say they were able to
identify Jordan from surveillance video from a robbery in Marble Falls. The Lone
Star Fugitive Task Force tracked him to an Austin-area motel where he was
arrested. Police say Jordan confessed to the robberies, with the exception of to
a New Braunfels incident he is also accused of.
Austin, TX: 3 of 4 warrants issued for suspects in Armed Robbery
of a Radio Shack
Austin police have issued arrest warrants for three of four suspects
behind an armed robbery at a Radio Shack on North Lamar on Nov. 28. That day,
the Austin Police received a call from a woman who said that she was on the
phone with her husband who was at the Radio Shack, when she heard him state, "We
are being robbed." Shortly after, officers reported to the scene and found seven
alleged victims at the business.
CA: Fire destroys a Big 5 Sporting Goods store
A huge fire gutted a Big 5 Sporting Goods store Thursday in Torrance, sending
flames 15 feet into the air and forcing the shutdown of Hawthorne Boulevard. The
blaze, which began shortly after 8:30 p.m. at the building at 18308 Hawthorne
Blvd., went to a third alarm. Forty-eight firefighters battled the blaze at its
NYC, NY: ATM skimming device found at Midtown McDonalds
Investigators released a surveillance photograph of a man suspected of
installing a bank-card-skimming device on an ATM at a Midtown McDonald's. A
technician working on the machine at the Golden Arches on Third Avenue near East
50th Street on Aug. 20 discovered the device and alerted authorities.
Hanford, CA: Ulta Beauty shoplifter threatens
employee with a pair of scissors to make his escape; busted
Kansas City, KS: Police still searching for 2 suspects in Ulta Beauty cologne
theft, photos released
Kay Jewelers in the Main Street Commons, Cartersville, GA was the victim of an
Attempted Burglary Wednesday night; Rear door was damaged but the store was not
- Clemson, SC - Armed Robbery
Aldi -Piqua, OH -Robbery
- Pine Bluff, AR - Armed Robbery
- NYC, NY - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Killeen, TX - Armed Robbery/ shot fired
- Birmingham, AL - Armed Robbery
- Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery / Employee Theft
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Sometimes when you're moving so fast and dealing with the mistakes of the day,
the frustration levels peak and one can tend to forget that sometimes you've
just got to stop, listen and take a breath and maybe talk to a friend about it
all. If it's a good friend, they'll bring you back into focus and make sure you
don't react too aggressively and make the mistakes even worst. There aren't many
friends like that nor ones that you can absolutely trust. But if you've got a
couple, make sure you thank them as well for taking the time.
Just a Thought,
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