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"Embrace innovation and change and show every customer our integrity and passion" 

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Angela Ebert named Director of Asset Protection for Quality Home Products of Texas

Angela was previously the Regional Loss Prevention Manager for L Brands before taking this new role. She's held various other loss prevention and asset protection leadership positions including Area Loss Prevention Manager for 24 Hour Fitness, Loss Prevention/Safety Manager for Lowe's and Executive Team Leader Assets Protection for Target. Congratulations Angela!

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Is it Atlanta?
Amazon may have just dropped a clue about the home of its new headquarters

The retailer registered a lobbyist, Jacob Oster, on December 7 with Georgia's state ethics commission, ahead of the start of Georgia's legislative session in January, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The lobbyist's presence in Georgia is now "the buzz of economic development circles," spurring speculation that Amazon is taking a closer look at the state as the potential site of its next home, according to the AJC. Atlanta, according to one recent analysis, is a leading candidate. businessinsider.com

Robberies Up 163% Over Two Years in CA
Pharmacy robberies are skyrocketing in Northern California

Approximately 24 pharmaceutical robberies have taken place in Sacramento city limits over the last year, Heinlein said, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration statistics show the prevalence of such crimes has risen 163 percent statewide since 2015.

SPD doesn't track pharmaceutical robberies on a year-by-year basis, but Heinlein said patrol officers had noticed a local increase as well in 2017.

"This is not a new robbery technique, but we're seeing an increase here in the city, in the county - really, it's a Northern California trend," Heinlein said. sacbee.com

"We live in a world where brand reputation is more than what you sell"
Racism, Sexism and Politics Are Key Triggers for Brand Boycott, According to a Euclid Survey

Consumer Survey finds that brands' social and political actions can lead customers to boycott brands entirely.
Shoppers are generally no longer willing to attribute bad brand behavior to an isolated incident of poor judgment. As the prevalence, reach and influence of social media platforms continue to grow, every mistake and inappropriate action has the potential to go on public display, shaping brand perception.

Euclid's Evolution of Retail 2017, What Kills Customer Loyalty Survey report, which polled more than 1,500 U.S. consumers, found that 58 percent of respondents said they would boycott brands or retailers that appeared racist and 50 percent would boycott brands that appeared sexist. The report also found that Baby Boomers are the most sensitive to these issues; 55 percent of consumers ages 55 and above are more likely to find issues with brands showing signs of sexism compared to younger generations, including ages 18-34 (48 percent) and ages 35-54 (46 percent).

"It's what you stand for and how you act. Social media has provided speed and scale for brands' missteps to go viral but make no mistake: it's the customers that demand and expect more." globenewswire.com

Signet Jewelers losing customers over sexual harassment claims
Women this season are turning away from Signet Jewelers' three retail banners - Jared, Kay and Zales - in light of sexual harassment and discrimination issues at the company, according to a brand assessment study from YouGov BrandIndex. Women's perception of the brand and their "purchase consideration" levels are both down, according to YouGov BrandIndex's measurement of potential sales revenue.

Signet in March added a "respect in the workforce" committee to its board, replaced its CEO (Mark Light, who is at the center of the controversy) and hired an independent consultant to review its workplace culture after hundreds of former Sterling Jewelers employees alleged the company fostered a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. Signet in the past has dismissed the claims as "distorted and inaccurate" and declined to comment to Retail Dive about YouGov's report. retaildive.com

New Wildfires Prompt Another Cal/OSHA Warning on Employee Safety
During the Northern California fires, Cal/OSHA issued an advisory about protecting employees from the hazards of wildfires. Given the new fires in Southern California, there are more warnings from Cal/OSHA.

Cal/OSHA Cautions Employers

Cal/OSHA's advice is to apply the safety hierarchy of controls to protecting employees working outdoors. The first line of defense, it says, is to use engineering controls, such as a filtered ventilation system in indoor work areas. cal-osha.com

Genetec Announces New Version of Security Center
What's new in Security Center 5.7

The latest version of our unified platform lets you further automate your security and privacy protection through intelligence modules and tools. Visual reports that include dynamic charts and graphs will allow you to better understand your data so you can respond quickly. Augment your cyber resilience with new cybersecurity features and benefit from new enterprise functionalities for your access control system.

Stronger security through embedded intelligence. genetec.com

Intellicheck Enhances Sales Force with Citibank Fraud and Risk Expert
Intellicheck today announced the hiring of Andrew Cherry as Business Development Manager, Financial Services to advance the Company's plan for profitable growth in the financial services market. Cherry will focus on enhancing the adoption of Retail ID by financial institutions across the U.S. and in Canada. businesswire.com

Protecting Your Brand Reputation with Seafood Fraud Mitigation
Over the years, the seafood category has suffered some public scrutiny and unfavorable headlines about confusion over the species being sold, risking the erosion of consumer confidence. We recognize that the seafood trade is global and complex - with several hundred edible species being caught, farmed, bought, and sold by almost every country in the world - so FMI members take seriously their commitment to maintain reliable sourcing for seafood and provide accurate information to customers.

While seafood labeling is largely regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, food retailers must remain especially vigilant, as certain, disreputable suppliers perpetuate misbranding, which can take several forms. Two of the most prevalent forms of fraud include species substitution and less-than-net-weight packs. einews.com

Best Sales Increase Since 2005
Strong November raises retailers' hopes for holidays

Retail sales in November increased 0.9% over October on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 6% year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Online and other non-store sales increased 10.5% year-over-year. (The NRF numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.)

Craig Johnson, president of retail research and consulting firm Customer Growth Partners, noted that, for the first time in years, growing spending momentum is evident across all demographics, not just among upper income quintiles. His firm raised its holiday forecast from 4.3% growth to 5.6% growth, the best increase since 2005.

The boost includes in-store and online spending at brick-and-mortar retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Nordstrom Inc., which clocked the largest year-over-year November sales increase in seven years. Home-furnishing stores and electronics-and-appliance stores also logged strong spending numbers, despite competition from online-shopping websites, which also posted robust gains.

Up 5.8% from a year earlier, the largest yearly November increase since 2011. Despite their woes from online competition, general merchandisers such as department stores fared well, registering a 3.6% sales increase from a year earlier, the best November performance since 2010.

Holiday 2017 is poised to turn out better than many expected - and may well be a lot better," Johnson said.
On track to meet or exceed NRF's holiday sales forecast for an increase between 3.6% and 4% over last year. chainstoreage.com wsj.com

November Retail Sales Up 6 Percent Over Last Year, Holiday Spending on Track to Meet NRF Forecast

The Daily's Quarterly Results Tracking Shows
First Three Calendar Quarters Sales Improvement Trend

In keeping with the two articles above, showing strong November sales. The Daily's quarterly results tracking over the last three calendar quarters also showed a positive trend of improvement each quarter of 2017. Leading right up to last month's increase.

Understanding auto dealers and gas isn't included in the Daily's reporting, and that certainly the Daily's reporting doesn't capture the entire market nor is it of academic standards, but merely what's captured off of retailer's public reporting.

Retail Employment in November Rises 26% From a Year Ago -- Challenger
Retail employment in the U.S. grew 26% in November to 451,600, the highest November level since 2012, according to a Thursday report. Challenger, Gray and Christmas Inc. said in its report, which analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data, that the November gains indicate consumer demand at brick-and-mortar stores is high enough that retailers need to stock up their stores for the holidays. foxbusiness.com

Workplace Death
Raley's Supermarkets in Chico, courtesy clerk, found unresponsive on the ground of the store's parking lot while helping a customer load groceries into a vehicle. The clerk was pronounced dead by emergency responders. cal-osha.com


Walmart marks decade of service to Veterans' graves, the company's commitment to Wreaths Across America
Thursday morning marked the 10th year Walmart has packed thousands of hand-made wreaths into their semitrailers for delivery to veterans cemeteries. Greg Sevinsky, General Manager of Walmart's Raymond, NH distribution center, said this year Walmart will provide 16 trailers loaded with 85,000 wreaths to more than 1,220 veterans' cemeteries across the country. unionleader.com


PetSmart Opened 63 Stores this year - now over 1,600

H&M to close more stores after 4Q sales 'significantly below expectations'

Westgate Hotel testing firearm-detecting security system


Quarterly Results

Costco Q1 comp's up 10.5%, net sales up 13.3%
Pier 1 Q3 comp's down 0.7%, net sales down 1.4%
H&M Q4 sales down 4%


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Crime Accountability Partnership Program Has Saved Communities $100M and Changed Lives

Created by Turning Point Justice (TPJ) (http://turningpointjustice.com) and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) (http://www.shopliftingprevention.org), the Crime Accountability Partnership (C.A. Partnership) Program has not only saved communities more than $100 million in resources, but it has saved thousands of people from a self-destructive, criminal future. The C.A. Partnership Program has become the newest ally in the fight against shoplifting.

Offered free to retailers and their law enforcement partners, the Crime Accountability Partnership Program significantly reduces the drain on police resources in responding to petty shoplifting, helps reduce court case backlogs and frees up valuable public and private resources, enabling police and loss prevention personnel to focus on more significant issues.

In use by major retailers, such as Sears, Kmart, and Walmart, the C.A. Partnership Program was designed by criminal justice and loss prevention professionals and uses TPJ's Cloud-Justice technology and NASP's court-approved educational programs to facilitate a path to education for shoplift offenders.

Guided by restorative justice principles, the program requires that offenders accept responsibility for their actions, pay restitution to the retail victim and complete the appropriate NASP education course to build their competency and prevent repeat offenses.

In 2016 and 2017, the program allowed partner retailers to reduce calls to law enforcement between 40% and 60% while effectively educating and holding offenders accountable and creating a database that tracks repeat offenders across retailers and jurisdictions providing an invaluable intelligence and investigative tool for ORC and police investigators alike.

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Emerging trends companies should prepare for in 2018
Attacks expand from the digital to the physical: The U.S. may experience its first large-scale attack on critical infrastructure, disrupting governments, companies and private citizens.

GDPR takes effect: Failure to comply with new EU regulations will result in large penalties for U.S. companies.

Governments may continue to be prime for attack: Perpetrators of cyber attacks will continue to zero in on governments - this could lead to a shift in world power.

Artificial Intelligence shakes up authentication: Attackers will use AI to render traditional multi-factor authentication methods useless.

Securing our connected world calls for new protocols: Vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) devices will create mass confusion, leading to new security regulations. helpnetsecurity.com

Consumers Prefer Biometrics Over Passwords
A Visa survey says that consumers continue to have a strong interest in new biometric technologies that make their lives easier.

According to the study, 86 percent of consumers are interested in using biometrics to verify identity or to make payments, and more than 65 percent of consumers are already familiar with biometrics. Seventy percent of consumers believe that biometrics are easier and 46 percent think they are more secure than using passwords or PINs. Findings from the survey illustrate consumers' desire to see the implementation of biometric tools in payment authentication processes.

Consumers were most familiar with fingerprint recognition, with 30 percent having used it once or twice and another 35 percent using it regularly. By comparison, about 32 percent have used voice recognition in the past and only nine percent use it regularly. securitymagazine.com

5 Questions Executives Should Be Asking Their Security Teams
Although Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and security analysts are on the front lines fighting hackers, they should not be considered the last and only line of defense. CFOs, typically responsible for managing a corporation's financial risks, should be inquiring on the enterprise risk of cybersecurity. And while other executive roles don't have security measures in their purview, they can take action to help improve their organizations' overall security.

When it comes to protecting the organizational assets that matter most, what questions should all leadership ask of their security teams?

How often do you see non-sanctioned cloud services in use?

40% of organizations that experienced rogue cloud situations saw confidential data exposed.

"Rogue clouds" (private file sync-and-share options not supported or secured by an enterprise's IT infrastructure) are creeping into organizations.

To eliminate rogue clouds, security teams should talk with their CTOs about which organizationally sanctioned cloud service is recommended. From there, other members of leadership can weigh in on which solution will be most useful to their employees and business partners. Talk with security teams about implementing organizationally supported cloud solutions.

Are we protecting ourselves against insider threats?

With the growing use of contractors, freelancers, and temporary employees throughout an enterprise, defending against potential internal threats seems next to impossible.

Although there is no single solution for defending against insider threats, experts recommend a multi-pronged approach that involves action from several members of leadership. Talent acquisition should focus on strong background checks on all employees and contractors, and human relations can help catch red flags stemming from irregular employee behavior (such as missed work or bragging about potential damage they could do).⁵ CFOs and CTOs can discuss the possibility of implementing security behavioral monitoring tools to identify instances when any employees access files they have no relation to, files or information is saved to an external location, or employee logins happen at irregular times. idgesg.net

Orgs Concerned About Cloud Data Protection Costs
When it comes to cloud data protection, there's a significant disconnect between the perceived benefits vs. the reality of its cost and management.

According to a survey by Druva, 59% of respondents listed cost savings as the most anticipated benefit of moving to AWS, with simplicity and improved security as the second and third primary drivers. Yet, 49% of respondents who are considering a move cite cost as the No. 1 barrier.

Similarly, a full 54% of respondents are leveraging the cloud for data protection; however, 62% of respondents concerned about incurred compounding data protection costs as a result of having multiple sites. infosecurity-management.com

Study: 87% of Retailers Agree Omnichannel is Critical to their Business,
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Change Management

From Jobs to Teams to Realignments & Initiatives

Mike Lamb, VP of AP, Kroger

While managing change has always been a critical function for every executive, in today's retail environment, it has never been more critical. Change is guaranteed, and how you manage it will determine how far you go and how far you get.

Over the last five years, Mike Lamb, Vice President of Asset Protection for Kroger, has successfully navigated and managed the change process at three of the biggest AP positions in the industry. He's done it with skill, finesse, political savvy, and a touch of humility that everyone can learn from. In this LPNN interview, he shares some of his thoughts on managing change.

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Merchants' Fraud-Fighting Wish List In The Nick Of Time For The Holiday Season
Javelin Research (via Mobile Payments today) is predicting that CNP transactions will increase, eventually to four times the number of point-of-sale purchases.

Aite Group predicts that by 2020, total losses due to CNP fraud in the United States, online or otherwise, could reach $7 billion.

Below are the five key elements that should be on all chief security officers' fraud wish lists as they brace for the holiday retail season:

1. Advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML): Introduction of AI and ML technology into fraud practice is only as good as the data that it has to analyze. By automating the analysis of data with AI and ML, organizations can reduce manual reviews, cut operating costs and approve more online orders, which should improve their bottom lines.

2. Technology: Merchants of all sizes have embraced technology that leverages multiple and integrated technologies to collect and analyze hundreds of data points per transaction to detect and thwart fraud before merchandise is distributed. Some of these tools include device fingerprinting, IP proxy detection, geo-location and transaction and custom scoring.

3. Real-time data: The introduction of big data allows organizations to check borderline transactions against third-party data in real-time to separate the good transactions from the bad. Organizations that can identify where fraudsters are committing crimes are better positioned to suppress those orders and avoid fraudulent activity.

4. Human involvement: Technology is the primary platform for combating fraud; however, it is human involvement that allows organizations to stay ahead of fraudsters. Human involvement is critical to keeping track of the latest fraudulent technologies and practices and fine-tuning fraud systems to be most effective for individual businesses.

5. Chargeback Alerts: If you have been hacked, not all is lost. Technology allows merchants to receive alerts that allow them to intercept dubious transactions even after they've been approved so you can avoid chargeback fees.

Implementing these five elements will provide the foundation for a holistic fraud strategy for both seasoned and newbie merchants to the e-commerce and e-payment world. forbes.com

EBay acquires Terapeak to provide more analytics to marketplace sellers
It's acquiring Terapeak, a Toronto-based startup that has built a platform that crunches data about supply, demand and pricing to help guide companies on what to sell and how to price it.

This is eBay's 60th acquisition, and notably the last three (including this one of Terapeak) have all been geared at providing better data to eBay users - specifically its sellers and shoppers. techcrunch.com

Forter Notes Top Online Fraudster Targets for Holiday 2017
According to Forter, jewelry - particularly gold or silver - is the top pick during the holiday season. Also popular are women's Rolex watches. Frauds are targeting women's watches 21 percent more often than men's watches. Another popular category is perfume, as well as beauty products in general, due to their popularity as gift items. During the holiday season, shoe purchases online rise 2.5 times compared with other times during the year. Other popular items during the holiday season include cell-phone covers and related accessories, travel tickets, MacBooks, bottles of Cognac, fake IDs and iTunes gift cards. wwd.com

Ecommerce sales grew 16.1% in November

eBay Mulls Bitcoin As A Payment Method

Amazon Expands Free Same-Day, Next-Day for Prime Members

Texas Sues San Antonio Man for Selling Fake YETI Tumblers Online

Overstock.com's CEO May Sell Its Online Retail Business to Focus on Blockchain Projects




 







Fairview Heights, IL: Grab-and-run thefts at St. Clair Square netted $25,000 in goods
Police say a St. Louis man has been charged with five felony counts of retail theft in connection with grab-and-run thefts at St. Clair Square. Jermaine R. Wesley, 26, of St. Louis, was arrested by undercover Fairview Heights officers Tuesday. Police say the man was trying to grab Dillard's merchandise at the mall and had a getaway car outside. Police say Wesley is responsible for eight grab-and-run thefts in the past few months at St. Clair Square, with a combined retail value of about $25,000. bnd.com

Miami, FL: Three Women Accused of $2,500 Shoplifting at Aventura Mall
The 3 women were arrested Wednesday on charges including conspiracy to commit grand theft, dealing in stolen property and credit card forgery. The affidavits said the women, who are all from Belle Glade, were caught on surveillance cameras concealing merchandise in the Pink store in the mall. The women were seen going back to their car and then returning to the mall, where they went into the Urban Outfitters store. They bought three items but as they were leaving, the store's alarm went off. Officers stopped the women when they tried to leave the mall in their car. They were in the process of pulling merchandise out of their pants as officers were conducting the traffic stop. The officers recovered $1,500 worth of stolen merchandise from the Pink store and more than $1,000 in merchandise from Urban Outfitters. nbcmiami.com

4 arrested in $3,000 Theft from The Avenue of Murfreesboro; Victoria's Secret, Osh Kosh, The Children's Place and Ross
Four people were arrested at a Murfreesboro shopping center for stealing merchandise from several stores. When the ladies returned to the car, the officer made contact with them and noticed Holt place something in a seat pocket in the back seat. It was determined to be a large magnet that is used to defeat anti-theft devices. The officer saw Martin take merchandise from under her clothing and throw it under the car. Police found a pile of clothes and another magnet and upholstery tool used to remove anti-theft devices there. Police found almost $1,400 of merchandise taken from Victoria's Secret, Osh Kosh B'Gosh and The Children's Place and almost $1,800 of merchandise taken from Ross Dress for Less at 100 Oaks Mall in Nashville. wsmv.com

Davie, FL: Thieves caught stealing items from Best Buy using baby stroller; ends in Police pursuit, crash
The two women walked into the Best Buy with a baby stroller. Surveillance video showed the women loading up the baby stroller with hundreds of dollars worth of items. "Started stacking up electronics and tablets, and at some point removed the cover of the baby stroller and starting loading it with merchandise," said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone. A loss prevention officer standing at the front of the store approached the woman pushing the stroller, identified as Marcelous Thomas, as the two women were leaving. He moved the blanket, the suspect ran for an awaiting car. wsvn.com

Vero Beach, FL: Dillard's busts handbag thief with $800 of merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Chicago, IL: Victim shoots and kills Robber in an attack in the Target parking lot
A man was shot while attempting to rob another person in the parking lot of the Target near 33rd St. and Damen in the McKinley Park neighborhood around 8 p.m. Thursday. The would-be robbery victim had a concealed carry permit, and fired shots during the robbery attempt. The robber was struck multiple times and transferred to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. wgntv.com

New York City, NY: Man Gunned Down in a Harlem Bodega
Police say the 49-year-old man was shot Thursday night inside a store in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. Investigators say the gunman followed the victim into the store, shot him and fled. No arrests have been made. Police haven't released the victim's name. It is the second deadly shooting at a bodega in the city this week. On Tuesday, the 80-year-old owner of a Brooklyn store was shot and killed inside his business. usnews.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC: Police release photo of suspected killer in 7-Eleven Shooting


Robberies & Thefts

Detroit, MI: Selfies, blood, Facebook help feds bust 'Felony Lane Gang' in bank fraud scam
A group of thugs who go around the country breaking into people's homes and cars, looking for purses that women leave behind. They grab checks, credit cards, identification. Then they hit the bank drive-through, where women in wigs cash stolen checks while sitting in the farthest lanes - which have been dubbed "felony lanes" by the banking industry because of the scofflaws. For at least two years, they preyed on Michigan communities. But the FBI caught up to them with the help of surveillance video, Facebook, DNA evidence and selfies of two crew members flashing wads of cash.

One of them was Kyle Cameron, 30, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit on a slew of charges for his alleged role in a bank fraud scheme that robbed victims from all over metro Detroit. He and his crew hit Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Taylor, Detroit, Southfield, Warren, Farmington Hills and Northville, court records show. freep.com

San Diego, CA: Jewelry Store Owner blames Lack of Mall Security in $8,000 Rolex Grab & Run
The owner of Bert Levi Family Jewelers in the Horton Plaza say they are furious about what they say is a lack of security and safety, at the downtown San Diego mall, and they're showing their anger and frustration by shutting down their store and leaving Horton Plaza after the holidays. They say the "grab-and-run" theft at their location Wednesday pushed them over the edge. "We got robbed last night because there is no security," said Gloria Levi, co-owner of Bert Levi Family Jewelers. "It is dark. It is very scary here. You call security, and they show up ten minutes later." nbcsandiego.com

Victorville, CA: 2 Deputies injured in pursuit of Grab & Run thieves hitting the Mall of Victor Valley
Two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies were injured Thursday night in Victorville during a pursuit. The incident began earlier in the evening when multiple suspects attempted a 'grab and run' robbery at the Mall of Victor Valley. The two Deputies were injured when the suspect vehicle side swiped/rear ended their patrol vehicle on the freeway. Authorities confirmed all four suspects were taken into custody, merchandise was recovered. vvng.com

Houston, TX: Man caught shoplifting at Walmart wanted in 3 Murders; WANTED in TN and MS

Prince George County, MD: Police: 3 men wanted for string of robberies in D.C. also wanted in Prince George's Co.

Sarasota County, FL: Grab & Run suspect snatched 3 Diamond Rings from Kay Jewelers in The Mall at University Town Center

San Diego, CA: "Grinch Bandits" Spark Multi-Agency Investigation After 8 Confirmed Robberies

Kansas City, MO: Police looking to ID suspects in robbery where Nike Store employee sprayed with mace

Kingsport, TN: Bleeding Shoplifter charged with $1,600 Vandalism, cut hand trying to remove EAS tag

Houston, TX: Masked men steal lobby ATMs from 5 Houston hotels near Airport

Lake Elsinore, CA: Police Ask Motorists Who Picked up Bank Robbery Cash Strewn Across 15 Freeway to Return the Money

Zales in the Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, AL reported a Distraction Theft on 12/3, items valued at $8,258

Kay Jewelers in the Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farm, Trussville, AL reported a Grab & Run on 12/14, item valued at $3,699


Sentencings & Arrests

Milwaukee, WI: Serial ALDI store robbery suspect charged in Federal Court
A Milwaukee man accused in a statewide crime spree targeting grocery stores now faces federal charges. Hiram Graham robbed four ALDI stores in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties as well as an ALDI in Madison and one in Merrillville, Indiana between June and November. cbs58.com

Eugene, OR: Candy store Armed Robber sentenced to 15 years

Springfield, IL: Resident Sentenced for Bank Robberies in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, and Springfield

Lima, OH: Columbus woman pleads guilty in armed robbery of liquor store

Trenton, NJ: Man charged in 6 robberies of businesses

Albuquerque, NM: Man Pleads Guilty to Brandishing Short-Barreled Shotgun During Armed Robbery of Convenience Store

St. Louis, MO: Four Michigan Men Indicted on Federal Charges in Connection with Jared The Galleria of Jewelry Robbery


Credit Card Fraud

Cincinnati, OH: Police looking for 3 women who used stolen credit cards to purchase $12,000 worth of merchandise and gift cards

 

Skimming Cases Explode in Florida
613 devices found so far this year - more than double last year

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported 613 skimmers have been found at pumps so far this year. Last year, there were 219 skimmers found across the state, according to Action News Jax.

It's an issue Tampa Bay drivers have faced at gas stations around the area, with one of the most recent at a Citgo gas station in Plant City at 504 North Plant Avenue where police found two credit card skimmer devices on the gas pumps. Both were Bluetooth capable, but have since been removed after its discovery on Thursday.
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Technology fuels skimming; consumer advocate say don't pay at the pump
Nationally, the number of credit and debit cards compromised at ATMs and card readers rose 70 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to financial analytics company FICO.

Consumer advocates at the Agriculture Department recommend paying with cash inside gas stations, checking to make sure pumps have not been tampered with and using pumps near the store.

"The majority of the time I'm so gun-shy so I just go inside and do my transactions," he said. "My advice would be just keep your eyes open and look over your shoulder and don't take any chances, especially at some of the smaller gas stations."
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Madison, WI: Lawmaker announces bill to crack down on card skimming devices

(Update) Five Cuban natives indicted as part of multi-state skimming operation

Corinth, MS: Police investigate new gas pump skimming device


Watertown, NY: Deputies warn of credit card skimmer threat

Fayetteville, NC: Police looking for 3 suspected of installing ATM skimmer

LaPlace, LA: Police seek ATM skimming suspects captured on video

Lamar, SC: Police find credit card skimming device inside Exxon pump

Longview, TX: Two in Gas Pump Skimmer case get 10-month sentences

Round Rock, TX: Police warn of skimming devices discovered at gas pumps

Sarasota, FL: Men found with keys to gas station pumps

Marshall, TX: Police issue gas skimmer warning after 3 devices found

Lower Merion, PA: Credit card skimmer found at ATM

Tyler, TX: Houston Men Sentenced in East Texas Gas Pump Skimmer Cases
Smith County, TX: Three men suspected in East Texas card skimming ring indicted

West Valley, UT: Police seek public's help finding Walmart skimming thief

Henrietta, NY: Police investigating Kwik Fill credit card skimmer

Ogdensburg, NY: skimming device used to steal information from Sunoco customers

Oxford, MS: Skimming device located at Marathon station

Greensburg, IN: Bank ‘skimmer’ investigation underway in Greensburg

West Volusia, FL: Credit card skimmers found at gas stations

St. Louis, MO: Three men accused of placing skimmers at ATMs

Weisenberg Twp., PA: Card skimming devices discovered at Lehigh County gas station

Brighton Beach, NY: Card Skimmer Found at Bank ATM
 

Auto Parts Store - Waterford, MI - Burglary
BP - Oakland County, MI - Robbery
C-Store - Mansfield, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Norfolk, NE - Robbery
C- Store - Fort Bend County, TX - Robbery/ cashier assaulted
C-Store - Montague, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Antioch, TN - Armed Robbery / assault
C-Store - Lancaster, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Winston-Salem, NC - Robbery
CVS - Jefferson County, CO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Hyndman, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Aurora, IL - Armed Robbery
Jewel Osco - Huntley, IL - Armed Robbery ( Bank inside)
Jewelry Store - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Motorcycle Dealership - Houston, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Holladay, UT - Armed Robbery
Subway - Orlando, FL - Robbery
T-Mobile - Squirrel Hill, PA - Armed Robbery
Vitamin World - Chicago, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Aurora, IL - Armed Robbery
 

   

Daily Totals:
19 robberies
2 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings

 

Weekly Totals:
90 robberies
24 burglaries
5 shootings
4 killings


 


 



 



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