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Pat McEvoy, Sr. Dir of AP Administration, Hudson's Bay Company
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With lone wolf terrorist attacks happening more frequently in the greater NYC area and active shooter incidents increasing nationwide, the need for critical incident management programs, technology and hardware has never been more important.

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Mark McDermott promoted to Group Investigations Manager - East for JCPenney

Prior, Mark was the ORC Market Investigator (New England) for the retailer for over a year before this promotion. He's held a variety of loss prevention and asset protection positions throughout his 20 plus years in the industry including Corporate Manager, Market Investigator Program for CVS Health, ETL Asset Protection for Target, Regional LP Manager for Sephora, Regional LP Manager for CVS/Caremark, Divisional LP Operations Manager for Home Depot and District LP Manager for TJ Maxx. Congratulations Mark!

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Tariffs and the Security Industry: 25% Hike Coming
Here's What You Need to Know & How to Prepare

It's nervous time in the security and custom electronics (CE) industries. Just as installing security contractors, CE integrators and manufacturers find themselves basking in the strong economy and growing consumer awareness, increased tariffs proposed by President Trump against China could have a major dampening effect on everyone's business.

Manufacturers who source products from China have already been hit by tariff increases ranging from 10% to 25%, but the looming tariff proposed for Jan. 1, 2019, is another knee-buckling 25% increase that would hit a much broader swath of Chinese-sourced products.

The Security Industry Association detailed member concerns back in September about the potential for impact to numerous security wares that are widely imported, including video surveillance cameras, alarm products, access control components, and fire/life-safety gear such as smoke detectors.

Vendors are actively exploring how to come up with potential solutions, ranging from negotiating with their contract factories to absorb some of the price increases, ramping up production through the end of 2018, moving factories outside China, and petitioning for exemptions with the United States government.

For dealers and integrators, the blow is not quite has hard as it is to manufacturers, but still could represent a significant portion of their profits. Some dealers report they are already seeing the surcharges from vendors but have yet to react to the inflation. securitysales.com

Extortion emails carrying bomb threats cause panic across the US
Police tell Americans to stay calm

US law enforcement authorities are urging Americans to remain calm after a massive spam campaign carrying bomb threats has scared people and caused building evacuations all day across the country.
The source of all problems is a spam campaign that got underway Thursday, and which was sent to millions of email inboxes, primarily in the US.
The emails had different subject lines and various text variations, but all carried the same threat. Extortionists threatened to blow up a person's workplace or building unless the person paid the equivalent of $20,000 in Bitcoin to a specified Bitcoin address. A screengrab of one of these emails is available here.
The emails are obviously fake. Since May, there's been a rash of email extortion campaigns, carrying different themes, but mostly using the classic "sextortion" scheme. But while security researchers are aware that these types of emails are just false threats, most Americans are not.
Throughout the day, there have been bomb threats reported to authorities all over the US, and local police were forced to evacuate buildings and send bomb squads to investigate.
Universities, schools, media organizations, courthouses, and private businesses all reported receiving the bomb threats. Public institutions were evacuated as a precaution, disrupting the activity of municipalities all over the US. zdnet.com

Paris Police preparing for 5th weekend of violent protests
Survey shows French protests knocked business

A survey suggests the "yellow vest" protests in France have dealt a significant blow to business activity in the country's services sector, which includes tourism and retail. Eliot Kerr, economist at IHS Markit, said the data points to "an outright contraction in France's private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years, following the protests which have swept through the country in recent weeks."

Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris' police chief says armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday. Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armored vehicles again in Paris. msn.com

'No one would ever tolerate that'
Under Armour CEO says about employees expensing strip club visits

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank says he wants to build a "diverse" and "inclusive" company, following a report earlier this year that exposed that the company had been letting its employees charge visits to strip clubs on their corporate cards.

"No one would ever tolerate that," Plank told CNBC's Sara Eisen on Thursday morning, on the heels of Under Armour's annual meeting with investors. "I want to make sure that I set the record straight on that."

The practice of letting workers expense strip club visits to win over athletes was stopped in February, though it had been happening for years, The Wall Street Journal reported last month. Meanwhile, two of Under Armour's top executives were reportedly ousted recently after reviews of their credit card charges. cnbc.com

Audit Alert: Whistleblower Lawsuit & Investigated by DCIS
U.S. Sues Roadway Express & Yellow Transportation - Systematic Overcharging

The United States has filed a complaint in the Western District of New York against YRC Freight Inc., (YRC); Roadway Express Inc. (Roadway); and Yellow Transportation Inc. (Yellow), alleging that these companies systematically overcharged the government for freight carrier services and made false statements to the government that hid their misconduct, the Justice Department announced today.

Specifically, the United States' lawsuit alleges that the defendants reweighed thousands of shipments and suppressed the results whenever they indicated that a shipment was actually lighter than its original estimated weight. Thus, instead of charging the Department of Defense for shipments based on the correct weight, the defendants knowingly billed the government (and their other customers) based on weights that they knew to be inflated. The defendants also allegedly made false statements to induce the Department of Defense to use them as freight carriers and further knowingly made or used false statements to improperly avoid their obligations to correct inflated invoices and return overpayments. justice.gov

Did a slave make your sneakers? The answer is: probably
Largest Sector Guilty - $3 Trillion Apparel & Footwear Industry
Adidas, Lululemon, and Gap had the most slavery-free supply chains

Prada, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton fared poorly on a new report about forced labor.

The truth is that slave labor is still alive and well. And a new report produced by the nonprofit KnowTheChain points out that your closet is likely full of clothes made through forced labor.

Today's slave labor doesn't look the way it did a hundred years ago. Instead, it involves poor people in developing countries trying to find work at clothing and shoe factories and finding themselves exploited.

Few of us have any idea about the misery, exploitation, and forced labor that go into the clothes we wear every day.

Across the world, an estimated 24.9 million people are victims of forced labor. The lion's share of them-16 million people-are exploited by companies for a profit, rather than by private individuals, such as in the case of sex trafficking. And according to KnowTheChain's report, one of the largest sectors that relies on forced labor is the $3 trillion apparel and footwear industry. An estimated 60 million to 75 million people are employed in this global sector. And while most of us realize that these workers are paid very little, the reality is that some are not paid at all.

All of this suggests that we, as consumers, have a role to play in helping to reduce modern slavery. We need to hold companies to task for their their lack of oversight. This might mean writing to them, or using social media to hold their feet to their fire. And it also means supporting brands that are known to have better practices.  fastcompany.com

Editor's Note: This is exactly the type of practice that newly promoted Keith White at the Gap will be monitoring and its great to se the Gap on the list as most slave-free supply chain.

The Easiest Inside Scam - Is Anyone Auditing Ads?
Logistics Dir of Recruiting Executive Gets 5 Yrs. - For $461k Fake Advertising Expenses

According to court documents, in 2014 and 2015, John Kelly, 62 of Columbus, OH., was employed at two different trucking logistics companies - CEVA Logistics and Container Port Group, Inc. During that time, Kelly defrauded the two companies by causing them to pay for bogus advertising expenditures from a pair of sham companies that Kelly set up for his own gain. Kelly billed the trucking companies more than half a million dollars for advertising services that were never actually provided. Instead, he took the payments and used them to pay personal expenses. He caused an actual loss of $461,000 from CEVA and CPG. justice.gov

Retail - The Least Trusted Industry
Study: Store checkout areas becoming 'less necessary'
Handheld Mobile Devices - Electronic Shelves - Automated Front Ends

52% of retail decision makers are converting point-of-sale space to self-checkout, and 62% are transforming it for online order pickup.

Zebra Technologies Corp. "11th Annual Global Shopper Study". North American Findings:

In the U.S. alone, a mere 11% of shoppers completely trust retailers to protect their personal data, the lowest level of trust in any surveyed vertical industry, including healthcare, financial institutions and technology companies.

● Nearly seven in 10 store associates (68 percent) reported that electronic shelf-labels would have a positive impact on the customer experience, and 54 percent of surveyed shoppers are likely to read them.

● Nearly 60% of retailers plan to increase their spend on handheld mobile computers by more than 6%, and more than one-in-five retailers (21%) plan to spend greater than 10% on rugged tablets over the next three years. Only 49% of store associates are comfortable with the idea of fully-automated front-end models. chainstoreage.com

McKinsey Global Survey
The New CFO Mandate: Prioritize, Transform, Repeat

Finance chiefs are uniquely positioned to resolved differing points of view and lead substantive change for their companies: McKinsey research.

In the two years since our previous survey on the topic, CFOs say the number of functions reporting to them has risen from about four to more than six.

What's more, the share of CFOs saying they oversee their companies' digital activities has doubled during that time. And many finance leaders say they are being asked to resolve issues in areas that are relatively new to them while continuing to mind traditional responsibilities, such as risk management, that remain business priorities.

Responses indicate that the opportunity for CFOs to establish the finance function as both a leading change agent and a source of competitive advantage has never been greater. Yet they also show a clear perception gap that must be bridged if CFOs are to break down silos and foster the collaboration necessary to succeed in a broader role.

The survey results point to three ways that CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead substantive change: actively heading up transformations, leading the charge toward digitization, and building the talent and capabilities required to sustain complex transformations within and outside the finance function. cfo.com

NYC is Reeling About the Amazon Deal - Angry Politicians
Increases in Traffic - Rising Rents - Workforce Shortages

Members of the City Council in New York spent three hours this week vilifying Amazon for its decision to bring half its second headquarters and 25,000 jobs to Long Island City.

Meanwhile in northern Virginia, not a single politician has spoken against the company's plan to put the other half of that headquarters and 25,000 jobs in Crystal City.

Critics decry the fact New York's subsidy to Amazon is much bigger than Virginia's. There are so many ways to figure the value of incentives but a reasonable one from the Washington Post calculated New York tax credits at $48,000 per new job, while Virginia agreed to workforce cash grants of $22,000 per job.

New York incentives could reach some $3 billion. Virginia and Arlington County offered direct subsidies of $573 million and another $223 million for transportation improvements. The state also is planning to spend an additional $1.1 billion on tech education, much of it very close to Crystal City. crainsnewyork.com

Editor's Note: Brilliant Tactic - Bundle It & Pit Every City Against Each Other - Then, Split it Up and Save Millions
Tell me Bezos didn't plan this chess move and played all the Cities in the U.S. Gotta give him credit. He pulled off probably one of the biggest and best real estate deals ever.


Holiday Sales Report Mid-Point
NRF Forecast 4.3 to 4.8%


U.S. Retail Sales Rose Moderately
in November

Sales were up 4.2% from a year earlier,
holiday-shopping on better footing than in 2017

Non-store retailers rose a robust 10.8%
Clothing store sales were up 4.1%
Electronics and appliance stores increased 4.0%
Department store sales were down 0.2%
Gas station sales retreated 2.3%
November retail sales increase 5%
Holiday spending to meet NRF forecast

November retail sales increased 5 percent.
Excluding automobiles, gasoline stations & restaurants.

Online & other non-store sales up 12.1%
Electronics & appliance stores up 5%
General merchandise stores up 4.2%
Clothing & clothing accessory stores up 4.1%
Health & personal care stores up 3.6%
Building materials & garden supply stores up 3.5%
Grocery & beverage stores up 3.3%
Furniture & home furnishings stores up 2.9%
Sporting goods stores down 7.8%


Does fear motivate workers or make things worse?
Research shows that, as tools for motivating workers, fear and intimidation come with a lot of risk and have been largely discredited for some time. And yet the use of fear as a motivator persists.

"Fear is a normal human emotion, and - when held in check - can sometimes be a functional or even necessary way to ensure that people do not become complacent," said Wharton management professor Andrew Carton. "But when fear becomes an entrenched marker of an organization's culture, it can have toxic effects over the long run. In addition to stifling creativity, it can inhibit collaboration and lead to burnout."

Burnout may be of little concern for some employers, especially in certain high-growth industries.

Beyond anxiety and depression, fear-based work environments have been found to inhibit learning, drive workers to become rigid and less creative, and impact team cohesiveness. retailwire.com

Does Fear Motivate Workers - or Make Things Worse? - Knowledge@Wharton

Aventura, FL: Family of teen shoplifter sues Bloomingdale's over LP Officer's tackle
A South Florida family has filed a lawsuit against Bloomingdale's and one of their security guards after the guard tackled a 13-year-old girl at the Aventura Mall branch on suspicion of shoplifting, but police records show that may not have been the case.

Surveillance video from the Feb. 10 incident shows the female security guard approaching the teen at the top of an escalator outside of the store and pushing her to the ground as she held a shopping back in her right hand.

According to police records and the lawsuit filed by the teen's family, Jamie Stubbs, a Bloomingdale's loss prevention officer, followed the girl out of the store and took her down atop the escalator. Her mother described the incident as a brutal beatdown. wsvn.com

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Stay tuned to the Daily next week as we share our most-read news articles from the past year, top LP/AP jobs posted, biggest crime cases reported, and more!

Amazon aims at office workers with compact cashier-less food store

McDonald's Global Safety Director position no longer listed

Starbucks expands delivery to 2,000 stores via UberEats

Quarterly Results
Costco Q3 comp's up 8.8%, U.S. comp's up 11%, Canadian comp's up 5.5% adjusted, net sales up 10.3%
Sears Holdings Q3 Sears comp's up 3.2%, Kmart comp's up 6.1%, total revenue down 23.5%
Fred's Q3 comp's down 5.3%, net sales down 5.5%

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The New Rules of Consumer Privacy
by FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp

What does it take for companies to survive in today's fast-changing landscape? The secret: balancing consumers' often competing desire for privacy, security and convenience.

That's no easy task. Technological innovations have now made it possible to keep consumers safer than ever before, while offering brands never-imagined insight into consumer behavior. And yet, data breaches and privacy scandals undermine consumer confidence on a daily basis.

It's time for a new model. In The New Rules of Consumer Privacy: Building Loyalty with Connected Consumers in the Age of Face Recognition and AI, FaceFirst CEO and author Peter Trepp has devised a set of rules that will help companies uphold consumers' privacy without sacrificing their security and convenience. By following these rules, brands can create a win-win scenario that will maximize revenue, reduce crime, provide consumers with the best experience possible and ensure that consumers' privacy is reasonably protected.

Included in The New Rules of Consumer Privacy:

  ● The Five Privacy Principles every company must follow
  ● The new rules of responsible data handling, according to leading academics and visionaries
  ● How technology adoption has forever changed our expectations of privacy
  ● How to deliver security, privacy and convenience at the same time
  ● Why transparency matters to brand loyalty
  ● The global legislative landscape
  ● The future of Artificial Intelligence

This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs, business leaders and anyone curious about face recognition, artificial intelligence or the future of privacy. Here's how to order your copy.

About Peter Trepp
Peter Trepp is CEO of FaceFirst, a global patented enterprise-grade facial recognition software platform designed to be scalable, fast and accurate while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy. As an executive leader, investor and entrepreneur, Peter has helped numerous technology companies achieve successful exits, including CSC's purchase of ServiceMesh, BlackLine's sale to Silver Lake Sumeru, and RedHat's acquisition of Inktank. He earned his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and BS degree in Economics from UC Irvine. Peter is a widely quoted industry expert whose thought leadership has appeared in the Wall Street Journey, New York Times, Bloomberg, Digital Journal, Education Week, Business Insider and elsewhere. 


Cybercrime Is World's Biggest Criminal Growth Industry
Surpassing $6 Trillion in the next 3 years

Modernizing Compliance with Cognitive Tech
Emerging technologies and regulatory and industry pressures are placing ever greater demands on the compliance function today. At the same time, there is a growing expectation that compliance should consider modernizing its capabilities to add greater value. By using analytics, automation, AI, and other cognitive technologies, compliance organizations can augment human insights and judgment to strengthen their efficiency and effectiveness.
One way to begin is by improving procedures that use structured, rules-based processes, where technology can automate routine tasks so compliance professionals can focus on more complex issues and exceptions management. "In that way," says Chasen, "compliance professionals can focus on the 'why' rather than the 'what' of compliance efforts and are freed up to spend time investigating data, understanding anomalies, and remediating issues, rather than merely collecting data." wsj.com

Security Spending to Rise on GDPR Concerns
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation has had quite an impact during its mere seven months of life. Companies worried about getting hit with big fines are reporting many more breaches to authorities than in past years. This "overnotifying" is a lot of work for companies and regulators alike, as one privacy and cybersecurity attorney tells reporter Catherine Stupp.

As to the coming year, GDPR requires that sensitive data be handled carefully and securely, which for many firms will mean spending on new cybersecurity tools for encryption and other safety measures. Big bucks haven't been spent yet, though, because companies are hanging back to see how tenacious European authorities will be in enforcing the rules. Several big investigations underway could conclude next year and demonstrate how anxious businesses should be. wsj.com

Global Threat of Cyber Attacks Is Spurring the Fraud Detection and Prevention Market Growth
Cyber-attacks have become much more prevalent in the recent years and major corporations have faced some sort of breach. These breaches can compromise consumer information as well as directly impacting the company itself. Cyber-attacks are continuously advancing and becoming more complicated to detect and prevent, which is leading businesses to adopt a cybersecurity defense solution.

According to data compiled by Marketsand Markets research, the global fraud detection and prevention (FDP) market is projected to grow from USD 19.5 Billion in 2018 to USD 63.5 Billion 2023. Additionally, the market is projected to register a CAGR of 26.6%. prnewswire.com

The 21 biggest data breaches of 2018 - Ranked by number of users affected

1. Aadhar - 1.1 billion
2. Marriott Starwood hotels - 500 million
3. Exactis - 340 million
4. MyFitnessPal - 150 million
5. Quora - 100 million
6. MyHeritage - 92 million
7. Cambridge Analytica - 87 million
8. Google+ - 52.5 million
9. Chegg - 40 million
10. Facebook - 29 million
11. Ticketfly - 27 million

12. Timehop - 21 million
13. Careem - 14 million
14. Cathay Pacific Airways - 9.4 million
15. SheIn.com - 6.42 million
16. Saks and Lord & Taylor - 5 million
17. myPersonality - 4 million
18. T-Mobile - about 2 million
19. SingHealth - 1.5 million
20. Orbitz - 880,000
21. British Airways - 380,000

Cybercriminals Recruiting Employees on Dark Web to Assist with Fraud Schemes
Darkreading.com has issued a survey entitled: Monetizing the Insider: The Growing Symbiosis of Insiders and the Dark Web which states that malicious insiders are responsible for 27 percent of all cybercrime. This statistic confirms that cybercriminals are increasingly recruiting insiders by using the dark web as a recruiting tool. So not only do businesses have to worry about employees who make honest mistakes and cause security incidents, or disgruntled employees who steal company information, but now they have to worry about malicious insiders who are being recruited by criminals on the dark web. jdsupra.com

Here's The TOP Books For Your Cyber Security Book Shelf
Constant learning is a requirement for cybersecurity professionals. Here are 15 books recommended by professionals to continue a professional's education. The books recommended go across the spectrum from novels that teach new methods to books the explore broad social issues to hands-on books for developers.

The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet McSweeney's Issue 54: The End of Trust
Red Team Field Manual Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Blue Team Field Manual Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography How To Measure Anything In Cybersecurity Risk
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage You'll see this message when it is too late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches
Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick by the Man Who Did It Preventing Ransomware: Understand, Prevent, and Remediate Ransomware Attacks
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C The Phoenix Project
Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking darkreading.com

15 skills you need to be a whitehat hacker and make up to $145K per year


Black Friday is the New Gold Rush for Counterfeiters
Last year alone, an estimated $482 million was lost on Black Friday from millennial shoppers who unwittingly bought counterfeit products online. This year, 73% of millennials planned to shop online for Black Friday, with a quarter of shoppers likely to make impulse purchases. Studies of consumer behavior on Black Friday consistently show deviations from standard buying patterns. As online shopping surges during the holidays, it's no wonder that counterfeiters of all kinds become more active.

Here are some of the reasons that drive changes in buying behavior, which are actively taken advantage of by counterfeiters:

Planned vs. Impulse Purchase and FOMO. During the Black Friday shopping period, consumers exhibit a combination of two behaviors - purchases are planned in advanced and postponed until Black Friday with the hope of catching a good deal. When Black Friday arrives, consumers are much more likely to make an impulse purchase while searching for a good deal, jumping on a suspicious deal out of fear that it will sell out or expire. This often leads to purchasing a counterfeit product.

Different Pricing and Offering Patterns. Most consumers can recognize a suspicious deal outside of the Black Friday shopping period. However, Black Friday does not follow regular pricing patterns. Consumers expect to see significant discounts, which in some cases can reach 40-60% off of a product. And while it is still unreasonable to expect a 60% discount for say high-end TV set, it is very easy for consumers to let their guard down and buy what they later discover to be a counterfeit product.

Chasing the deal. Many attractive deals are limited in the timeframe or inventory size. While searching for a store where the product is still available, disappointed consumers will often find products in suspicious places where they would never consider shopping on a regular day. Counterfeiters make it even easier, especially online, by creating various respectably looking online stores, deal navigators, aggregators, etc. epam.com

Denver online retailers caught in sweep over shady advertising
A growing number of online retailers in Denver are accused of using misleading advertising practices, according to Denver's chapter of the Better Business Bureau. The organization completed a months-long "sweep" this month. It reviewed 260 individual businesses and generated 28 formal BBB advertising review cases.

Among the "most frequent and egregious violations" of the BBB's Code of Advertising are the use of guarantees and warranties without disclosing the details of those benefits, false "Made in the USA" claims and "limited time only" offers, and unsubstantiated claims of empirical research to justify a product's effectiveness.

According to the organization, the BBB received more than 300 formal complaints against Denver-based online retailers -- a 50-percent increase over complaints received in 2016. It said online retailer complaints are now "outpacing those against roofing contractors, moving companies, and used car dealers." thedenverchannel.com

French protests have also taken a toll on online retailers: Fevad
Four weeks of anti-government protests that have hit French brick-and-mortar retailers are also taking their toll on online peers during the crucial Christmas shopping season, said the country's Fevad E-Commerce Federation.

Online retailers were expected to have benefited from disruption to major shopping areas due to the protests. However, a Fevad survey of its members over the first nine days of December showed online sales were flat on a year-on-year basis during the period. French retailers have lost at least 1 billion euros in revenue since the protests began around a month ago, the FCD retail federation has said. reuters.com



Tucson, AZ: Marana Police looking for serial Home Depot ORC thief
Marana police said they are looking for 46 year- old Alfredo Leon. They arrested him in November on six counts of organized retail theft. On Wednesday Marana police detective Mike Torres said he got a call from Home Depot that Leon was at it again. Torres told News 4 Tucson, the suspect steals $1,000 generators and resells them. Surveillance video showed him walking out with the merchandise in a shopping cart. Home Depot had been keeping an eye on him since April. Detective Torres said he was seen on surveillance cameras hitting multiple Home Depots almost every month after that. kvoa.com

Lodi, CA: $25,000 Worth of Handcrafted Baby Clothes Stolen
When Jennifer Schuyler found out her Lodi store had been burglarized she was obviously upset. "Just loss, all of that work. It had been more than a year's work," Schuyler said. But the owner of Just Baby Boutique and Studio was also confused because, as the business name says, her store sells baby clothes. Her store also has not even officially opened yet. The break-in happened on Sunday. Schuyler says the burglar stole $25,000 worth of merchandise. All of the clothes are handmade by Schuyler and her 93-year-old mother. fox40.com

Oneida County, NY: Woman stole 49 shirts worth nearly $3,000
from Macy's

Marissa S. Gainey, 28, is accused of stealing the 49 Nautica shirts from Macy's at Sangertown Square Mall on Oct. 26, police said. Loss prevention at Macy's told officers a woman later identified as Gainey picked up the 49 shirts and ran out of the store without paying for them, police said. She drove away from the scene in a car registered in the Syracuse area, police said. In all, the shirts were worth $2740.50, police said. On Dec. 4, police arrested Gainey, they said. She was charged with one count of grand larceny. syracuse.com

Franklin, TN: Police looking for Macy's shoplifter who got away after getaway car rams police car
Investigators said 19-year-old Anthony Gifford took part in the $4,500 shoplifting on December 7 and was one of four suspects who managed to make his way to a getaway car after the theft. When Franklin Police officers attempted to stop the car, the driver rammed the police car before fleeing the scene. Gifford was a passenger in that vehicle. Another suspect who initially got away, 20-year-old Tyasia Butler, was identified and arrested on Wednesday and was charged with felony theft and shoplifting. wsmv.com

Update: Amazon employee accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in items, shipping customers empty boxes
Authorities said Elvis Edgardo Soto, whose job was to pack items for shipping, took the stolen goods from the packaging line in a Lake Nona fulfillment center. Some of the stolen merchandise included several iPhone cases, an Apple Watch band, eyebrow pomade and a toy pony. A Loss Prevention Officer discovered the thefts after running a report for gift cards that had been redeemed within six hours of being issued by the facility. Two suspicious redemptions from Nov. 6 were linked to Soto - one for $2,000 and the other for $250, an arrest report said. Three more were later identified for a total of $900. Soto admitted to the thefts and explained that he would pocket the items he wanted and ship out empty boxes to customers, the report said. foxnews.com

Germantown, TN: 3 charged for shoplifting at Old Navy, injuring Germantown
Police Officer

Three people were arrested in Germantown on Wednesday for shoplifting, aggravated assault and evading arrest, according to Germantown police. Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Old Navy located at 7720 Poplar Avenue on Dec. 8. Officers said the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle causing an injury to a Germantown officer. commercialappeal.com

Update: Donalsonville, GA: Grocery Owner & customers plead guilty to food stamp fraud in South Georgia
Garland Alford, 75, of Donalsonville,the former co-owner of Lake Flea Market & FDR Grocery, a convenience/grocery store located south of Donalsonville, pled guilty to two counts of acquiring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits (food stamp benefits) by fraud on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Mr. Alford's plea subjects him to a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison and fines of $500,000. In addition, ten customers of the store, all of whom redeemed more than $5,000 in food stamp benefits, have each pled guilty to one count of unlawfully transferring food stamp benefits in violation of law. According to the plea agreements, law enforcement officials opened a criminal investigation after learning that Mr. Alford was giving cash for food stamp benefits and allowing SNAP recipients to purchase ineligible items with their benefits. Numerous undercover transactions confirmed the illegal transactions. The average food stamp transaction at Mr. Alford's store was $56.13, while the average transaction at similar stores in Georgia was just $7.42. Mr. Alford's store redeemed more than $437,000 in food stamp benefits during a five-year period. allongeorgia.com

Kelowna, BC, Canada: Six thieves hit three stores in Orchard Park Mall
within minutes

Police are on the lookout for up to six people who hit three stores in Orchard Park Mall yesterday in a coordinated grab-and-dash theft. They made off with thousands of dollars in electronics equipment, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey said in a release today, Dec. 13. Around 3:30 p.m. police were first called to Best Buy in the mall, then they were called to two other locations in the mall describing roughly the same thing: six non-white males, wearing dark clothing, hoodies, hats or masks grabbed electronics and fled from the store on foot. infotel.ca

Pasco, WA: Walmart Shoplifter flees empty handed after walking out with Clothing, a vacuum and Lego sets

Edmond, OK: Woman arrested in string of home, business burglaries totaling $14,000, busted for $735 shoplifting

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Shootings & Deaths

DeKalb County Police officer, suspect dead after shooting outside Piggly Wiggly
Officials confirm the DeKalb County Police officer shot Thursday evening has died. DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy confirmed the news in a press conference. It was around 5 p.m. Dec. 13 when officers were called to the area of Candler and Tilson roads in the Candler-McAfee neighborhood.

According to officials, the shooting happened in the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly grocery store not far from I-20. Conroy said the officer, who hasn't been identified yet, conducted a traffic stop on Candler Road. The suspect reportedly ran off, but the officer followed. Authorities said it was during that foot chase that the suspect reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the officer. They rushed the officer to the hospital, but he died from his injuries. Conroy said he had only been with the department for less than two years. 11alive.com

Update: Jensen Beach, FL: Teen Robber shot by Jewelry Store Owner
in grave condition

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says a teenage boy is in grave condition after being shot during a robbery in Jensen Beach. Snyder says a teen went into Treasure Coast Jewelry, put some jewelry on and ran out of the building. An employee outside the building tried to stop the teen, Snyder said. Another employee came out and tried to intervene, as well. That person fired a gun at the teen's vehicle, the bullet struck the person in the passenger seat. That person, the alleged thief, is now in grave condition at an area hospital. Snyder says if the injured teen dies, his alleged accomplice will be charged with murder. wpbf.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Edmonton, AB, Canada: 'Gutless, cowardly':
Robbers use explosives, injures two Armored Vehicle Guards

Two armored vehicle guards injured when an explosive device detonated at an Edmonton bank as part of an armed robbery marks a disturbing departure from typical tactics used by criminals, the union representing the guards has warned. The GardaWorld Security Services guards suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries early Thursday morning in the city's northeast as they opened the front door and entered the lobby of the Scotiabank. The suspect, who was wearing a disguise at the time of the robbery, entered the building and robbed the stunned and injured guards of an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. Both guards suffered head injuries, currently in stable condition.

Berkeley, CA: Apple Store Burglary thwarted by Metal Security Gate
Would-be burglars who attempted to break into an Apple store in West Berkeley early Thursday morning by driving a U-Haul truck through the storefront were thwarted by the shop's metal security gate, according to police. "There's a metal security screen that is just on the inside of the doors that was not penetrated so they were not able to get inside," said Officer Byron White of the Berkeley police department.

Forsyth, IL: PetSmart employee says she stole over $1,300 to pay student loans

Immokalee, FL: U.S. Post Office the victim of an Armed Robbery

Whittier, CA: Pawn Shop Burglar gets stuck in a hole in the wall, rescued by LA County Deputies

Fort Smith, AR: Police and Retailers on lookout for holiday shoplifters with 'Operation Inside Out'

Marietta, GA: Rite Aid Armed Robbery suspect in custody

Tiffin, OH: Police recover more than $4,000 worth of stolen merchandise during package theft investigation

Ripley, WV: Third Shoplifting arrest sends Walmart thief to jail for Felony; stole a drug test kit and a Asian Chicken wrap

Fire & Arson

Raging Fire Tears Through Queens Strip Mall,
7 Firefighters Hurt: FDNY

A row of shops along busy Queens Boulevard went up in flames early Thursday, the FDNY says, engulfing several businesses and sending nearby residents and their pets into the cold before one of the buildings collapsed in a heartstopping blast. The five-alarm blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. Thursday on Queens Boulevard according to officials and video from the scene. Firefighters said the flames appeared to have started somewhere on the first floor in a restaurant and quickly spread. Then an explosion collapsed one of the buildings; video captured a blast of smoke billowing into the street, as firefighters disappeared in the smoke. nbcnewyork.com

Greenwood County, SC: Deputies make arrest in Walmart arson
The Walmart on Bypass 72 in Greenwood County was closed temporarily on Wednesday as deputies searched for a suspect accused of setting a fire inside the store. Deputies say that Geddings entered the store around midnight and set a clothing rack on fire, then joined the evacuating crowd and monitored the scene from afar. foxcarolina.com


Sentencings & Charges

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Case
Federal Prison For Multi-State Crime Spree
Queen Anne's County Couple Sentenced 100 Months & 20 Months
Burglarizing Retail Businesses - Stealing ATM Machines in Mid-Atlantic States

According to their respective plea agreements, from September 2017 through October 23, 2017, Bush and French conspired to break into retail businesses in order to steal Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and the money contained inside. The couple admitted that they used stolen vehicles to travel to and from the scenes of the crimes.

In September and October 2017, the couple stole six ATMs that contained over $38,900, and attempted to steal two other ATMs. As part of the conspiracy, the couple traveled to, and stole from, businesses in: Stevensville, Maryland; Chester, Maryland; Kent County, Delaware; Sterling, Virginia; Broadlands, Virginia; Dover, Delaware; Stevensville, Maryland; and Cambridge, Maryland. 

Update: San Diego, CA: Jewelry Store Owner Sentenced to 90 Days
Defrauding Military Families

A San Diego jewelry store owner who preyed on active duty military families by engaging in illegal financing and debt collection practices was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail and was ordered to make restitution to the victims. Ramil "Randy" Abalkhad, owner of Romano's Jewelers, will also be required to cancel outstanding debts owed by the victims. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. "Today's sentencing should send a clear message to them and others looking to commit predatory crimes against our service members. timesofsandiego.com

Akron, OH: Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for the Armed Robbery of a Dollar General

New Orleans, LA: Romanian National Sentenced to 2 years for ATM Skimming Conspiracy

Las Vegas, NV: California Resident Sentenced To Five Years For ATM Skimming Fraud Scheme


Apple Store - Berkeley, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
C-Store - Jasper, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Port Charlotte, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Rancho Cordova, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Juniata, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
C-Store - North Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Odessa, TX - Burglary
Cellphone - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery/ employee injured
Church's Chicken - Houston, TX - Robbery
Clothing - Lodi, CA - Burglary
CVS - Benicia, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Claxton, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Sand Springs, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Berryhill, OK - Armed Robbery
Little Caesar's - Houston, TX - Robbery
Pawn Shop - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery
7-Eleven - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
24 robberies
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
93 robberies
22 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing



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