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Future of the Eyewear Tag safe with Sekura Global
Sekura Global, the retail loss prevention division of Clipper Retail, has now completed acquisition of the Dural Tag for Eyewear from Exaqtworld. Sekura Global took possession of the Intellectual Property rights, as well as control of the manufacture, for the Eyewear Tag across the world; completing the transfer from previous holders, Exaqtworld, on Friday the 7th of October 2016.

The Eyewear Tag, which is currently used by some of the world's leading retailers, is the most secure one-piece security tag for sunglasses and prescription frames. Its ease of use and practicality has led to it being recognized as the best in class - protecting merchandise without damaging it, thanks to the patented torque technology incorporated into the Eyewear Tag's securing mechanism.  Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

The Retail Equation Named One of Orange County's Best Places to Work
The Retail Equation, the industry leader in retail transaction optimization and the retail business unit of Appriss, today announced it has been named one of the top places to work in Orange County by the Orange County Register. This is the ninth year for the award, which has become the most respected and popular source for ranking workplace quality in Orange County.

The Retail Equation ranked 22nd on the list out of 125 Orange County companies. Results are based on anonymous input from employees on a variety of topics such as compensation, benefits, job satisfaction and social responsibility. theretailequation.com

Could Amazon Go Eliminate Shoplifters?
Customers 'Just Walk Out'

Amazon Go is a new idea in retailing, now being tested at a store in Seattle, that eliminates the need for customers to go through a checkout line. The so-called "just walk out" experience depends on "the world's most advanced shopping technology." Customers simply enter a retail store, choose the goods they want, and leave. The checkout process is automated: The selected goods are charged to the customer's account automatically.

Most of the information I have read about the system emphasizes its benefits in terms of customer convenience. However, another huge benefit would be to essentially "solve" the problem of shoplifting. Anyone - criminal or not - who enters the store, takes items and leaves will be charged for the goods.

Shoplifting has been a huge and intractable cost for retailers for decades. Solving it is no small feat, and the potential money savings could help to pay for wider use of Amazon Go technology. After all, the high costs of the system are cited as one obstacle to wider implementation.

Amazon describes the technologies involved as "computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion." Suffice it to say the 1,800-square-foot store relies on cameras and microphones, as well as infrared, pressure and load sensors on the store shelves. Surveillance cameras track customers through the store, as does computerized analysis of the sounds they make as they move about. In effect, the store has a continuous awareness of where everything and everyone are at any moment, and movements are analyzed to determine what items are being purchased. The system also relies heavily on Amazon's cloud computing service. sourcesecurity.com

STORES Magazine: ORC on the Rise
NRF's annual survey finds all respondents were victimized in the past year

For the first time in the 12-year history of the National Retail Federation's organized retail crime survey, every responding retail company - 59 in total - said it had been a victim of ORC in the past 12 months.

In addition, 83 percent of respondents, all top-level loss prevention executives, reported that ORC activity had increased in the past 12 months: 44 percent reported a "significant increase" while 39 percent reported a "slight increase."

The survey also uncovered a trend of ORC criminals and shoplifters becoming "more aggressive and brazen;" 97 percent reported an increase in the levels of aggression, and one in six felt the level of aggression was much higher than the previous year.

"Shoplifters are more confrontational with our LP officers," one respondent said. "Even if we do catch them, it's just a slap on the wrist. Short of pulling a gun on our LP team, they will always be cited and released by the police. Even if they attack our team, they are not charged with a battery or robbery anymore. It's all just considered part of theft crime." nrf.com

Read the D&D Daily's Special Report on the NRF's 2016 ORC Survey here.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam deposed in Pilot Flying J loyalty fraud lawsuit
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was deposed Tuesday in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and other family members.

The lawsuit was filed by companies that declined to participate in an $85 million settlement between Pilot and 5,500 trucking companies in connection with a scheme to cheat customers out of promised discounts and rebates. The company also paid a $92 million federal penalty in an agreement with prosecutors in which the company accepted responsibility for the criminal actions of its employees.

Jimmy Haslam has denied any wrongdoing or previous knowledge about the scheme and had sought to block the deposition in the case. Ten former Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in the scheme, and the company's former president and several others face trial next year in federal court. espn.com

Eden Prairie, MN: Video alleges security guard assaulted protesters at mall
The company providing security services at Eden Prairie Center mall is reviewing the activities related to a Nov. 29 demonstration after a video recorded of the event alleged that a security guard assaulted protesters. Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha members and others gathered near Kohl's on Nov. 29 to urge the store to implement a "responsible contractor policy" related to janitorial services. The demonstration included singing Christmas carols, according to the group's website.

In a grainy Nov. 30 video uploaded to the group's YouTube channel, an unidentified man in uniform makes physical contact with a crowd and people can be heard telling him to "stop pushing." The video also alleges that a security guard punched a demonstrator. swnewsmedia.com

Orlando, FL: Hundreds of Disney IT workers forced to train foreign replacements
A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 250 senior administrative office workers, managers and specialists, accuses Walt Disney Parks and Resorts of laying them off so they could be replaced by foreign employees. The suit was filed Monday by 30 named plaintiffs and was entered into the record Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that about 250 people received notice in October 2014 that on Jan. 31, they would no longer have a job. The employees being laid off were then responsible for training the people who would be replacing them, the lawsuit said. All of the new employees were "of Indian national origin," the suit alleges. According to the lawsuit, the individuals suing Disney claim they were laid off "based solely on their national origin and race." wftv.com

India: Senior official of retail chain found dead

NRF: November retail sales up 0.1% over Oct. - up 5% YoY - online sales up 15.3%

German retail giant Lidl starts hiring for US launch

Owner of Famous Footwear, Caleres, acquires footwear retailer Allen Edmonds

Gymboree To Pay $1.1M To Distribution Center Workers

Kohl's to stay open 107 hours straight before Super Saturday

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Kentucky Fried Breach
Who Hacked the Colonel?

KFC, a Yum Brands chain, is warning 1.2 million members of its loyalty program in the U.K. and Ireland that their login credentials may have been compromised by attackers attempting to guess usernames and passwords. It's sent an email to all program members urging them to change their passwords.

"We've now introduced additional security measures to further safeguard our members' accounts and to stop this kind of thing from happening again." 

"We take the online security of our fans very seriously, so we've advised all Colonel's Club members to change their passwords as a precaution, despite only a small number of accounts being directly affected," Brad Scheiner, Head of IT at KFC UK & Ireland, tells Information Security Media Group. "We don't store credit card details as part of our Colonel's Club rewards scheme, so no financial data was compromised."

KFC says it has more than 20,000 outlets in 125 countries and territories around the world. But Colonel's Club only works in the United Kingdom and Ireland, meaning the breach is restricted to just those geographies.  govinfosecurity.com
91% Of Cyberattacks Start With A Phishing Email
Phishing remains the number one attack vector, according to a new study that analyzes why users fall for these lures.

The majority of cyberattacks begin with a user clicking on a phishing email. Ever wondor why users continue to fall for phishing emails?

According to a new report from PhishMe that found that 91% of cyberattacks start with a phish, the top reasons people are duped by phishing emails are curiosity (13.7%), fear (13.4%), and urgency (13.2%), followed by reward/recognition, social, entertainment, and opportunity.

Fear and urgency are a normal part of every day work for many users," says Aaron Higbee, co-founder and CTO of PhishMe. "Most employees are conscientious about losing their jobs due to poor performance and are often driven by deadlines, which leads them to be more susceptible to phishing." darkreading.com

Grocer Schnucks Wants 2nd Dismissal Of Data Breach Suit
Grocery chain Schnucks asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to end a class action by banks and credit unions over losses linked to a 2013 data breach, saying Schnucks owed no duty to the institutions.

Community Bank of Trenton, University of Illinois Employees Credit Union and two other card issuers are suing over a security breach that compromised 2.4 million shoppers' data. After an earlier dismissal, an amended complaint focuses on negligence and contract claims and drops fraud-based claims and claims resting on fiduciary duty, according to the 97-store, St. Louis-centered chain. law360.com

What to expect in 2017 - besides ransomware
First, in 2016 there were some very high profile Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and we can expect to see even more in 2017 with criminals making more use of techniques like Mirai to leverage IoT and networked devices to amplify their attacks. These sorts of DDoS attacks powered by cheap, insecure IoT devices could become more common, but they are also likely to become less lethal suppliers harden their defences and device manufacturers adopt identity-based security to close vulnerabilities.

Second, I expect there will be a change in approach by the criminals using DDoS extortion attacks. Not only will they continue to go after larger demands for payment, but also they will utilize malware like Mirai to target network enabled devices like routers and remote cameras to amplify the attacks and make them more prolonged and adaptive. We are becoming more used to the Internet of Things, but what if criminals turn this against us to demand money via extortion attempts? We have already seen IoT linked attacks in 2016 and this can only increase in 2017.

Third, in all the 'excitement' of IoT and DDoS attacks we cannot afford to lose sight of the continuing threat caused by data breaches. Whether deliberate or accidental, data breaches cost businesses millions of dollars each year in loss of business; brand damage and reputation. A recent IBM study found that the average cost of a data breach has hit $4 million-up from $3.8 million in 2015. tradearabia.com

American Express Extends EMV Deadline

Half of World's Top Websites are Vulnerable to Attack

Future of the Eyewear Tag™ safe with Sekura Global

Sekura Global, the retail loss prevention division of Clipper Retail, has now completed acquisition of the Dural Tag for Eyewear from Exaqtworld.

Sekura Global took possession of the Intellectual Property rights, as well as control of the manufacture, for the Eyewear Tag across the world; completing the transfer from previous holders, Exaqtworld, on Friday the 7th of October 2016.

The Eyewear Tag™, which is currently used by some of the world's leading retailers, is the most secure one-piece security tag for sunglasses and prescription frames. Its ease of use and practicality has led to it being recognized as the best in class - protecting merchandise without damaging it, thanks to the patented torque technology incorporated into the Eyewear Tag's securing mechanism.

Antoine Leloup, Director and CEO of Exaqtworld, said: "The Duraltag for Eyewear was designed and developed by Exaqtworld, and has an established reputation with many famous retail brands due to its simplicity of use and patented torque mechanism.

"We believe Sekura's global presence and relationship with key retailers and business partners around the world will enable them to realize the full potential of this proven, world-class solution."

Sekura Global was established with the aim of providing innovative and cost effective retail security solutions to retailers across the world - working to the ethos: "Save loss. Save time." Specializing in RFID and EAS solutions, Sekura Global are also the company behind the ground-breaking self-retracting BoxGrip SR™.

Russell Napthine, Sales Director of Sekura Global, said: "The Eyewear Tag fits perfectly into our portfolio of innovation driven security solutions. Our global customers demand high performance solutions, and this tag ticks all the boxes."

You can find out more about the Eyewear Tag on the Sekura Global website:

About Sekura Global

● Retail Security & Loss Prevention Division of Clipper Retail Ltd.
● Clipper Retail was founded in 1977, supplying retail security products to businesses around the world, before going on to establish the Sekura Global brand
● Sekura Global delivers innovative security solutions in the fields of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
● Sekura Global works closely with some of the world's biggest retailers to develop market-leading security solutions, helping businesses minimise shrinkage and prevent loss wherever possible

Montreal Hudson's Bay store fined $765K for pollutants in St. Lawrence River
The Bay store in downtown Montreal was fined $765,000 for illegally releasing pollutants into the St. Lawrence River, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Friday.

But Nathalie Houle of the federal government's public prosecution office was unable to confirm a Montreal La Presse report the fine was imposed after roughly 146 kilograms of PCBs from old transformers on the building's roof leaked into a drain and into the river. Their release into the environment was made illegal by Canada in 1985.

She said the fine was levied Wednesday and that Environment Canada conducted the investigation. ctvnews.ca

Canada Revenue Agency targets 3 Ottawa convenience stores in raids
Cigarette Smuggling - Fencing Operations????
CRA investigators search Glebe Smoke Shop, Zesty Markets on Elgin and Rideau

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, the Canada Revenue Agency confirmed it conducted searches in the Ottawa area and said it "is committed to cracking down on tax evasion."

Editor's Note: It's important to note here that they look at cigarette tax stamps (smuggled cigarettes), merchandise with no supporting invoices (stolen merchandise - fencing), stock, and register receipts matching deposits that match filed tax documents, and a host of other documents.

Ontario shoppers feeling ripped off by mall gift cards
Toronto MPP to change rules to stop malls from charging 'dormancy fees'

Earlier this week, the Ontario legislature unanimously passed Bill 47, Potts' private member's bill to ban expiration dates on points consumers accrue through loyalty plans like Air Miles.

Now, Potts says, he wants to ensure the same thing doesn't happen to mall gift card owners.

As things now stand, the rules around mall gift cards are different than gift cards tied to a particular retailer, said John Lawford, executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa.

Under Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, shopping malls can apply a monthly "dormancy fee" of up to $2.50 to customers' cards, beginning 15 months after the card was purchased. Those deductions can continue until the card becomes worthless. cbc.ca

Lowe's to make Rona biggest banner in Canada
Converting 40 big box Rona stores to the Lowe's banner early next year however Rona is going to be our biggest banner by number of locations in the portfolio.

In all, 40 stores out of its network of 600 stores across Canada and 295 in Quebec will change names over four years and join the 53 Lowe's Canadian locations.

It also hopes to double the size of its network of Ace stores to reach about 200 stores in five years. Together the medium and small-sized retail stores account for 56 per cent of Canada's home improvement market. theglobeandmail.com

Report: London Drugs could be first to market with medical marijuana

Mall shopping declining in Winnipeg

Couche-Tard's CEO - 'We will double the size of this company again'

Costco set to open its first Canadian office, business supplies store

Toronto Police seize $2.5 million in counterfeit goods as holiday season starts
As the holiday season approaches, Toronto Police are warning the public to be vigilant with their gift-giving after they seized $2.5 million in counterfeit goods. In the investigation, Project Lucky Chan, the police executed four search warrants around the city.

The first warrant was executed at the main floor of a hotel, which happened to be hosting an international anti-counterfeiting conference, Det. Rob Whalen said in a news conference, Friday morning. The hotel seizure then led investigators to three stores: Lucky's Imports and Wholesale on The Queensway; Beach GLO in The Beaches, and Jazz Casuals clothing store in North York, where 16 truckloads of products were located.

Among the goods seized are make-up products that have caused skin irritations and rashes, combustible electronics, and children's toys that pose a health risk due to possible toxic chemicals. Investigators said that, in their own tests, a counterfeit Magic Bullet blender caught fire after being plugged in, and a pair of earphones melted after use. thestar.com

East York, ON: Customer defrauds corner store $6K
The owners of an East York corner store said they've have been defrauded of thousands of dollars by a customer who exploited a loophole in card payment terminals.

Zahra Dhanani, co-owner of Old's Cool General Store, said a man visited their business in early December to purchase lottery tickets with Visa gift cards. On each visit, he bought hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets; eventually totalling $6,000. Four days after the sales, Dhanani received an alert from Elavon Merchant Services, the payment processing company that provides the store's payment terminals. The sales were found to be fraudulent and the store owners are on the hook for thousands of dollars.

Elavon told the owners that they would not re-coup the fees because the waiver they signed absolved the company of any financial responsibility.

Dhanani and her partner, Mariko Nguyen-Dhanani, then learned the alleged fraudster likely exploited a little-known loophole built into many terminals - known as "forced sales." Establishments such as hotels often use the forced sales feature for damage deposits - essentially allowing a business to charge a customer without them being physically present. The fraudster is believed to have entered a universal PIN on the payment terminals that allowed him to bypass expired Visa gift cards.

Dhanani said small business owners operate on small margins and that a bill of several thousand dollars could mean she must close the store. Frequent customers in the area have planned fundraisers to help the owners pay for the cost of the outstanding bill.

Woman's plea on alleged diamond theft in Fredericton set for Jan. 4
Part of cross-country diamond-swapping duo

Natalia Feldman, 44, will enter a plea Jan. 4 on a charge of theft of an item over $5,000, allegedly stolen from Spicer Cole Fine Jewellers at the Regent Mall in Fredericton on Oct. 6.

Feldman appeared in Fredericton provincial court with lawyer T.J. Burke and waived her right to a bail hearing. She will be remanded in custody in Miramichi at the New Brunswick Women's Correctional Centre. Feldman and her partner, Grigori Zaharov, were found guilty earlier this fall of stealing a diamond ring in Saint John. The pair were captured on security cameras as they swapped a $10,000 diamond for a duplicate at W. Smith and Co. Fine Jewellers on Oct. 7.

Read the duo's full story here. cbc.ca

'It's taking away from the real cause': Charlottetown thrift store sees increased theft, vandalism in PEI
In response, the store has hired a security team to prevent theft happening from within the store. Charlottetown Police said its investigation into the cases of theft and vandalism are ongoing. cbc.ca

Prince George, BC: RCMP Seeking Suspects in $11,000 Jewellery Heist

Nobleton, ON: Armed robber dressed as Santa hits pharmacy

Kelowna, BC: RCMP looking for man tied to Real Canadian Superstore theft

Mindemoya, ON: Fentanyl stolen from Ontario pharmacy

Calgary, AB: Police investigate 2 violent robberies at Chinook Centre mall

Vancouver, BC: Car smashes into Versace store during downtown theft

Robberies and Burglaries

BC Liquor Store - Williams Lake, BC - Burglary
European Bakery - Thunder Bay, ON - Armed Robbery
• Mac's - Kelowna, BC - Robbery
Shoppers Drug Mart - Waterloo, ON - Robbery

Super Nova Convenience Store - Charlottetown, PEI - Armed Robbery
Unnamed business - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery
Unnamed business - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery
Unnamed convenience store - Fort St. John, BC - Robbery
Unnamed jewelry store - Calgary, AB - Robbery
Unnamed pharmacy - Nobleton, ON - Armed Robbery

Tensions are Bubbling.
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Jon Grander, VP, Asset and Revenue Management, Caleres

Ferguson, Missouri. Baltimore, Maryland. Taylor, Michigan. New York City -- all were sites of civil unrest and riots in the last two years, and restaurants, drug stores, grocery and convenience stores and related retailers were hit hard. Civil unrest or civil disobedience may be a new issue for retailers to contend with, but there are ways to make sure your organization is prepared. Jon Grander, VP, Asset and Revenue Management, Caleres, shares how his company managed business continuity and employee safety amid the volatile 2014 Ferguson protests.

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UK Web shoppers warned over Facebook Marketplace fraud
Action Fraud - the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime - has received reports from victims who have tried to purchase items and never received them. Facebook's Marketplace allows users to buy and sell items with people in their community for free by simply tapping on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app. However, unlike rival websites such as eBay there is no secure payment facility such as PayPal or feedback systems in place, which means it is up to buyers and sellers to agree on prices and payment methods.

In all the cases reported to Action Fraud, fraudsters have been offering items for sale and demanding that payment is made via bank transfer. When victims ask if payment can be made through PayPal, a variety of excuses are given as to why they cannot. Victims have reported transferring money directly into fraudster's bank account for gaming consoles, iPhone's, iPad's, trainers and even rare Pokemon trading cards. peterboroughtoday.co.uk

Amazon completes its first drone-powered delivery
13 minutes from purchase to drop-off

It's already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it complete the first Amazon Prime Air drone-powered delivery. The company recently launched a trial in Cambridge, England -- and on December 7th, Amazon completed its first drone-powered delivery. It took 13 minutes from order to delivery, with the drone departing a custom-built fulfillment center nearby. engadget.com

See Which Companies Are TAG 'Certified Against Fraud'
The Trustworthy Accountability Group announced Wednesday the first group of companies to meet its anti-fraud standards.

The move aims to thwart ad fraud by "tagging" everyone in the digital advertising ecosystem, from buyers and sellers of media to ad fraud vendors and intermediaries.

Creating a registry of all players in the digital advertising supply chain, however, comes at a cost, as companies must pay at least $20,000 annually to receive the watchdog's Certified Against Fraud seal.

The Certified Against Fraud seal is just one of two core, interlocking elements to negate ad fraud. Several intermediary companies who received TAG's seal are also part of a payment ID system, which creates a record of who gets paid for every impression. Bad actors, who commit fraud through tactics such as selling fake impressions on websites they've listed in ad exchanges, won't be able to get payment IDs if all goes as planned, TAG said. adage.com

Verizon: December weekends drive e-commerce activity

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Atlanta, GA: Infamous Jewel Thief Doris Payne, 86, Arrested Again
Legendary jewel thief Doris Payne's love of bling has landed her in the clink once again. The 86-year-old, whose globe-trotting exploits were chronicled in a 2013 documentary, was arrested this week in the Atlanta suburb Dunwoody for allegedly trying to swipe a $2,000 necklace from a mall jewelry store. The bust comes a year after she was arrested at another Atlanta mall and charged with stealing $690 Christian Dior earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue store. Charges in that case are still pending. Payne was being held at the DeKalb County Jail. Her attorney did not respond, but a spokeswoman for Payne was shocked to hear about the new charges. "I have no idea why she would go out and do this," Sonjia Williams said. "She knows better." In past interviews, Payne has played coy about her crimes and more than 20 arrests. She will call herself a thief in one breath and then deny stealing in the next. nbcnews.com

NYC Police arrest 35 people linked to Brooklyn street gang; 750 Card number seized
Police in New York City have arrested 35 people linked to the violent Brooklyn-based Hoodstarz street gang following a year-long investigation into the organization's activities. A 94-count indictment returned Tuesday details the gang's financing of violent crimes through fraudulent credit cards that members made and later used to buy a wide variety of items. Prosecutors say the suspects acquired more than 750 illegally obtained credit card numbers from the internet and then used embossing machines to create counterfeit cards. Gang members tested the cards by charging $1 at parking meters. They then purchased items ranging from drugs and guns to concert tickets to a pair of American Girl dolls. The defendants have been charged with drug dealing, assault and criminal possession of stolen property among many other offenses. washingtontimes.com

Berks County, PA: Man tried to rip off 2 Valley Walgreens stores
The incidents happened in early November but police did not announce the arrest of Todd Johnson, 38, until Tuesday due to "continued investigations related to this person," police said. Johnson at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 10 went into the Walgreens on Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township, and tried to return merchandise he had stolen earlier from the Walgreens in Bethlehem, police said. The manager at the Bethlehem store had alerted the Hanover Township store that Johnson attempted to return items without a receipt. When the return was denied in Bethlehem, Johnson stole two bottles of vitamins valued at $85.98. Johnson then attempted the same return in the Hanover store, with the addition of the vitamins. Johnson was arrested at the store. Other Walgreens merchandise and controlled substances were recovered. lehighvalleylive.com

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Catch This Karate Kid In Action As He Stops A Robbery In A Jewelry Store
12 Year Old chases robber out of store

A heroic 12-year-old boy stopped a man twice his size who attempted to rob a jewellery shop with a gun by disarming him with his martial arts skills, and chasing him out from the outlet. It is understood that the suspicious man, identified as Mustafa Z, walked into the jewelry store in Istanbul's Bagcilar district carrying a bag and wearing a surgical mask, baseball cap and sunglasses. The boy who was already in the store leapt into action when he realized the man's intentions and showcased his incredible karate moves when the robber slammed his bag on the counter and grabbed a gun from his waistband. The 12-year-old, identified as E.K., then swiftly moved to whack the man in the stomach with the back of his hand. malaysian.com

Shootings & Deaths

Fulton County, GA: 'Death squad' sentenced in murder of popular Target manager
Jurors found three men guilty for their involvement in the fatal shooting of a Target store manager. Jonathan Banks, James Sims, and James Calhoun were sentenced Tuesday. They were found guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Pamela Williams, 43, phoned police during an apparent break-in attempt at her home November 30, 2013. The victim was found inside her closet with a gunshot wound to her head when officers arrived. During the trial, prosecutors revealed the defendants, whom they referred to as a "Death Squad," were a part of a burglary ring responsible for more than 100 burglaries in South Fulton County and at least one other shooting.

The victim in that shooting testified at trial that she too hid in a closet when she was shot several times. At trial, she identified defendant, Calhoun, as the person who shot her ten months before Williams' death. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell sentenced Calhoun and Sims to life with the possibility of parole. Banks was sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. wistv.com

Sumter, SC: State Law Enforcement Division investigates officer-involved shooting death; began as a disturbance at Sumter Mall
South Carolina State Police are investigating an incident that began with police investigating a disturbance at a Sumter mall and ended with the suspect being shot to death. Sumter police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt says in a news release that officers responded about 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a call about a disturbance at the Sumter Mall. She says the suspect fled, and officers followed him until his vehicle crashed. She says the suspect was killed during "an exchange of gunfire." thetandd.com

Melbourne, FL: Shot fired during armed robbery in Melbourne Mall parking lot
Melbourne police are looking for a man in an attempted armed robbery of a couple and their young child. Police said the victims were sitting in their car in the Melbourne Mall parking lot at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when a man pulled up in a Dodge Charger, got out of the car and demanded money from the woman at gunpoint. The male victim got into a struggle with the armed man and the gun was discharged, but no one was hit. wftv.com

Robberies & Thefts

Lubbock, TX: Conspiracy Charge for Robbery of Prescription Drugs From CVS

Edmond, OK: Police release Burglary surveillance footage of 2 Hobbytown break-ins

Modesto, CA: Shoplifting suspect draws Toy Gun, Threatens Home Depot LP

Fresno, CA: Robbers targeted Asian-American store owners

Ocala, FL: Alert Janitor may have averted Armed Robbery

Pohatcong Township, NJ: 'Bored' teen charged in Bogus Man-With-Gun calls at Wal-Mart

Flint Township, MI: False Bomb threat closes Macy's store for several hours

Bay City, MI: Former Appliance store employee accused of stealing over $100,000

St Paul, MN: $10,000 reward offered in Gun shop Burglary in Rogers

Elkton, MD: Man facing 40 years in crime spree cases; admitted to committing 3 Armed Robberies and 39 Burglaries and thefts in Cecil County

Calgary, AB,CN: Connie's Diamonds Owner tied-up during Robbery

Zales Jewelers in the Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, CT reported a Distraction Theft on 12/11, items valued at $6,678

Peoples Jewellers in the Southgate Shopping Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Canada reported a Grab & Run on 12/12

Kay Jewelers in the Knoxville Center, Knoxville, TN reported a Grab & Run on 12/13, items valued at $22,398

Kay Jewelers in the Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, TN reported a Grab & Run on 12/13, item valued at $8,699

Kay Jewelers in the Carolina Place, Pineville, NC reported a Glass Lift Theft on 12/12, items valued at $20,737

Zale's in the Montebello Town Center, Montebello, CA reported a Grab & Run on 12/12, items valued at $17,400

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in the St. Louis Mills, Hazelwood, MO reported an Attempted Burglary on 12/13, no entry was made to the store, no loss


McAllen, TX: Pet Store Arson Suspect Sought
McAllen arson investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying a person they believe set the fire that damaged the Exotic Pet World store a little more than three months ago. Investigators believe the fire was set in the back of the pet shop that sits in a strip mall along Expressway 83 near Jackson Road. The blaze broke out early the morning of September 2nd and heavily damaged the interior of the pet store, which remains closed. All of the animals were able to be saved. krgv.com

Apache Junction, AZ: Russell Gregg charged with Arson after string of dumpster fires
Police say Gregg is responsible for several fires spreading from September 5 to October 30, in the dumpsters of businesses. Locations include a Little Caesars Pizza, Ace Hardware, and a Fry's Food Store In the area of Apache Trail and Idaho Road. Police say they're continuing to investigate incidents in the area, and additional charges may be filed. abc15.com

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Honolulu: Office Manager busted, charged with 311 counts of ID theft & $1.3M in Forgery
According to the Honolulu prosecutor's office, Tamila A. Alcoran, 49, was hired as the office manager of a landscaping company in 2008. Prosecutors say she used the owner's personal information to open fraudulent credit cards, and then charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise and services. She allegedly diverted funds from the company bank account to pay off those charges. Prosecutors also claim she sold off stock through the owner's online investment account, forged company checks, and applied for about a dozen fraudulent loans. In all, Alcoran allegedly stole $1.3 million from 2008-2014. khon2.com

Bloomington, MN: 31 Gift cards seized; Walmart LP staff noticed suspicious activity at self check out
A big gift card purchase from the Bloomington Walmart store drew the suspicion of store security personnel and resulted in the arrest of an out-of-state duo. A man and a woman were arrested during the afternoon of Nov. 30, accused of fraudulently possessing and using credit cards at a self-service register. The store's loss prevention staff noticed the suspicious activity; the duo was purchasing gift cards in denominations of $50 and $100 and using multiple credit cards to do so. The duo was arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud. An officer then asked to see the credit cards in the man's wallet. The 24 cards were in multiple names, and not signed. The woman was found to be in possession of several credit cards, as well. The duo had 31 gift cards between them, totaling $2,500. mnsun.com

Two charged after making over 60 purchases with stolen company credit card

Rome, NY: Teen Arrested on Felony Identity Theft Charges


Luxury Brands Amp Up Fight Against Fakes and Gray Market Goods in India
While India is a fast growing market for high-end luxury brands, it is also a paradise for creators and consumers of infringing goods. In a study conducted in 2014 by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India and KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, the growing prevalence of counterfeit and grey market goods in the Indian market are serious impediments to the growth of the industry. According to the study, "Most of these products belong to segments such as apparel, perfumes and accessories, which are usually lower ticket items and can easily be placed in grey market channels." thefashionlaw.com

UK: Burntwood: Haul of counterfeit goods seized; cosmetics, electrical, clothes, alcohol, cigarettes
Thousands of counterfeit items have been seized from an address in Burntwood after investigators spotted them being advertised on Facebook. lichfieldmercury.co.uk

Skimming Theft

Nampa, ID: Nampa Police want to make public aware of skimming device located near ATM

Bill's Party Store - Saginaw, MI - Armed Robbery
Brickell Jewelers - Miami, FL - Burglary
CVS - Greenville, SC- Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Grand Mart - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
• Jared - Hazelwood, MO - Burglary
Jim Whaley Tires - Troy, AL - Burglary
King Tut Liquor - San Bernardino, CA - Shooting/ 2 wounded
Kwick Food - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - Owner Killed
Murphy's Oil - White House, TN - Armed Robbery
Pawn Express - Troy, AL - Burglary
Shee's Gas - New Castle, PA - Robbery
Shell - Houston, TX - Robbery/ ATM
Step N Style - Troy, AL - Burglary
Walgreens - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Colonial Heights, VA- Armed Robbery
Wawa - Colonial Heights, VA - Robbery
Woroco Gas - Randolph, NJ - Burglary
Verizon - Affton, MO - Burglary
Young's - Columbus, OH - Robbery

Daily Totals:
12 robberies
7 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killed

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