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Regional Asset Protection Managers,
Asset Protection team with the customer experience.
To create a safe working and shopping environment for our team members and
customers, and to positively impact profitability of the company through
shortage reduction and operational efficiency, while systematically identifying,
investigating and resolving internal and external theft."
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Cordell White, John Fritsch
Black Lives Matter protestors invade Center City Philly stores
- "No stores are safe until we get justice"
A group of demonstrators marched their way through Center City in Philadelphia,
entering stores and restaurants, to protest police brutality. The marchers
assembled around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at Dilworth Park then began walking along
Walnut Street toward Rittenhouse Square. About 50 members of the group Black
Lives Matter were joined by relatives of 26-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown, who was
fatally shot by police during a traffic stop that turned into a violent struggle
in Mayfair on Dec. 15, 2014. Soon, the protesters abandoned the streets and
made their way into the Devon Seafood Grill restaurant in Rittenhouse Square
yelling obscenities at startled patrons who were having dinner. Protesters also
made their way into the Gap and also the Apple store on Walnut. Action News
asked Black Lives Matter representative Asa Khalif why he felt the protest had
to go into stores and restaurants. "Because black lives matter, period. Our
lives are on the line and desperate measures call for desperate actions," Khalif
said. "No stores are safe until we get justice, when we say no justice, no
peace, that's exactly what we mean."
The fear factor - Impacting mall traffic like
In France we have consumers avoiding the big hypermarkets and shopping in
smaller, easier-to-navigate and quicker-to-exit stores. In the U.S. we've got
malls that according to reports are experiencing significant declines in
consumer traffic. Everyone predicted the online sales impact and expected
less traffic, but these unofficial and yet to be documented reports are
suggesting declines never seen before numbers and coming at the most
critical time for retailers.
Yesterday we had the second largest school district in the nation closing
schools because of a 'credible' threat. Last night the Presidential Republican
candidates declared war on ISIS and said that our current government is not
protecting us, that we're in imminent danger, and that law enforcement doesn't
have the tools to prevent future terrorist attacks.
The fear factor is playing out in front of all of us and the nation's malls and
strip centers are feeling the consequences. The growth and ease of online
shopping is now being hyper-driven by an Uber-society consumer fear factor never
seen before. The end result will be played out within a few months and while the
numbers for e-commerce will be the largest increase in history for many brick
and mortars, it'll be decimating. When we have LP executives reviewing active
shooter protocols with family members before they go out shopping, we have a
real and nationwide problem.
Retailers Banking on 'Super Saturday' to Spark Holiday Surge
Holiday shopping has yet to slip into high gear but traffic returned to
relatively normal patterns last weekend, lifting retailers out of their early
December doldrums and raising hopes for a big weekend ahead. Stores are on track
for 3 percent holiday sales gains on average, and Dec. 19, otherwise known as
"Super Saturday," could be the biggest volume day of the year, according to
store executives and industry experts contacted Monday. While no one has been
ecstatic over selling results thus far, the upside is that most consumers still
have to complete their gift shopping - and many haven't even begun.
Retailers said to be performing best this season include Victoria's Secret,
Lululemon, American Eagle Outfitters, Costco, TJX Cos., Ross Stores, Best Buy,
Express, Kay Jewelers and Zale Corp., as well as dollar stores. Wal-Mart and
Target are said to be experiencing OK, not great, results.
Department and luxury stores - including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus,
Macy's and Bloomingdale's - are said to be on the softer side, continuing trends
seen last quarter. Neiman's on Monday reported weak results for the third
quarter ended Oct. 31, fueling views that the luxury segment has struggled this
fall even before Christmas trading. The specialty store sector has been mixed as
far as performance for holiday.
30 online retailers, including Amazon, agree to stop selling
realistic toy guns in New York
While Congress continues to dither over strengthening gun control, state
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tuesday morning announced settlements with 30
online companies that sold more than 5,000 illegal toy guns to customers in New
York. State law prohibits the sale of toy guns that look too much like the real
thing. But Schneiderman's office found that 30 online retailers from across the
country used Amazon.com to skirt the law. The third-party sellers offered the
products through Amazon's retail marketplace platform. "When toy guns are
mistaken for real guns, there can be tragic consequences," Schneiderman said. "I
will continue to enforce this law so that we can avoid putting both children and
law enforcement officials at risk." State law requires that toy guns be either
brightly colored or have a colored stripe down the barrel, making it easier for
law enforcement to recognize them as fakes. Schneiderman several months ago
announced a $309,000 settlement with Walmart, Kmart, Amazon.com, Sears and
other major retailers, who were found to also be selling illegal toy guns.
RILA pledges retail support for FAA's new drone regulations
Drone sales are expected to set a new sale record this holiday season and create
all sorts of new privacy, security and safety challenges in the process. No
wonder regulations regarding the recreational use of drones are drawing support
from the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). RILA, in response to an
interim final rule issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on
Dec. 15, pledged its support of what appears to be a common sense requirement.
"With the holiday shopping season in full swing, consumers' demand for
innovative products like drones is high. Retailers fully support the FAA's
effort to enhance public safety and educate consumers on flight safety
practices" said Kathleen McGuigan, RILA's senior vice president of legal and
regulatory affairs. "The FAA's new on-line registration process is an efficient
and effective way to accomplish these goals while ensuring the security and
privacy of registrants' personal information."
According to the trade group, the rule requires owners of drones weighing
from about half a pound up to 55 pounds that were purchased after December 21,
to register their drone prior to its first outdoor flight. Current owners of
drones would have until February 19, 2016 to register. Registrants must be
at least 13 years old and registration will be good for three years, according
to the proposed regulations. Registrants will be given a unique identification
number to affix to drones prior to flight. The normal registration fee of $5
will be waived for the first 30 days, until January 20, 2016.
Securing Self-Service Checkouts
As retailers seek to ring the changes with self-service checkouts to keep a lid
on their operational costs, this is opening up new loss prevention challenges.
In such a scenario staff may struggle to pick out suspicious activity, and the
automatic systems built into the checkout can generate too many false alarms, so
when a real incident happens it may simply fall under the radar. According to
Daniel Wan, channel marketing manager at Honeywell, a large proportion of all
stock losses are a result of theft or fraud by customers: "These come from a
wide range of sources from simple shoplifting to fraud at point of sale, either
with or without the collusion of retail staff." Wan says that the key to
successful prevention of this is to identify and tackle theft as it happens,
with strong evidence to support any conviction: "This not only prevents the
event from happening but also discourages others to try when word gets around."
Security executive Tony Gallo wins award for 'Most Influential Person in the
"I am honored to have won the 2015 Southwest Cannaward for the "Most Influential
Person in the Cannabis Industry" and want to thank everyone who voted for me. As
we all know, security and safety is a significant concern for most consumer
based industries. This 5 lb sledgehammer award represents the "breaking down of
barriers in the cannabis industry" and I am glad to be part of the dedicated
group of professionals who have influenced the future of security and safety as
we continue to grow this industry. This award is a great way to end a great year
and I look forward to 2016." - Tony Gallo, Sapphire Protection LLC
Jewelers' Security Alliance to Honor Mutual Executive, Federal Agent
The Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) will honor two individuals for their
"outstanding" assistance to the safety and security of the industry at an awards
ceremony in New York in January. David J. Sexton, vice president for loss
prevention consulting at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, will receive the
11th Annual Industry Service Award at JSA's yearly luncheon at the Harmonie Club
on January 9. Sexton is one of the leading experts in the U.S. on loss
prevention for jewelers and serves on the boards of JSA, Jewellers Vigilance
Canada, and on the security systems council of Underwriters Laboratories (UL),
according to a JSA statement December 14. He has also been JSA's "point person"
at Jewellers Mutual. Senior special agent James K. Liscinsky of the U.S. Justice
Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be
presented with the 17th annual James B. White Awards for his "outstanding" work
on jewelry-related cases, including an investigation that resulted in the arrest
and conviction of eight gang members working out of Virginia who stole from
travelling jewelry salespeople causing losses of at least $4.6 million. This is
the first time JSA has honored an agent from the bureau, the alliance's
president John Kennedy said.
hosting roundtable discussion on Fictitious Pick-Ups on Jan. 14th
The International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) will be holding a
round table discussion on January 14th in Dallas, TX regarding the topic of
We are limiting this event to 15 industry experts who have either experienced
this within their business or have investigated these incidents. The information
learned at the meeting will be published in a white paper and also shared at
ISCPO's 2016 conference.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Glen Master at
Whole Foods denies its shrimp is prepared by slave labor
Whole Foods has denied that it sells shrimp that's has been peeled by slave
labor in Thailand. "After thorough investigation, we're confident Thai Union
shrimp at our stores did not come from [an] illicit processing facility," the
retailer tweeted Tuesday morning. Whole Foods has a built its business on
attracting customers who are willing to pay for high-quality food, such as
organic meat and dairy products. But the store was also one of the retailers
named in an extensive
investigation by the Associated Press, which found workers in Thailand who
were kept as slaves to clean shrimp that's sold at many major U.S. retailers.
Michael Jordan donates $8.9M Dominick's settlement to Chicago nonprofits
Walmart customers shocked as secret donors pay off $486K in layaway tabs
NRF: 90% of Holiday Shoppers Still Have Lists to Wrap Up
5 stores that offer customers the fastest returns
Same Store Sales Results
Toys R Us Q3 comp's up 0.6% with net sales flat
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Skimming Scheme Uncovered at Safeway
- Skimmers found on POS terminals at stores in California and Colorado
- Other retailers could be hit by same group, Safeway says
- Probable inside job
Sources at multiple financial institutions say they are tracking a pattern of
fraud indicating that thieves have somehow compromised the credit card terminals
at checkout lanes within multiple Safeway stores in California and Colorado.
Safeway confirmed it is investigating skimming incidents at several stores.
Banking sources say they've been trying to figure out why so many customers in
the Denver and Englewood areas of Colorado were seeing their debit cards drained
of cash at ATMs after shopping at Safeways there. The sources compared notes and
found that all of the affected customers had purchased goods from one of several
specific lanes in different compromised stores.
Safeway spokesperson Brian Dowling said the fraud was limited to a handful of
stores, and that the company has processes and procedures in place to
protect customers from fraudulent activity. "We have an excellent track record
in this area," Dowling said. "In fact, we inspect our store's pin pads regularly
and from time to time find a skimmer, but findings have been limited and small
in scale. We immediately contact law enforcement and take steps to minimize
Dowling said the problem of checkout skimmers is hardly limited to Safeway, and
he hinted that perhaps other retailers have been hit by this same group.
"This is not unique to our company, and we understand some other retailers may
have been more significantly impacted," Dowling said, declining to elaborate.
Safeway would not name the affected locations, but bank industry sources say the
fraud was traced back to Colorado locations in Arvada, Conifer, Denver,
Englewood and Lakewood. In California, banks there strongly suspect Safeway
locations in Castro Valley and Menlo Park may also have been hit. Those sources
say ATM fraud has been linked to customers using their debit cards at those
locations since early September 2015.
In order to steal card data and personal identification numbers (PINs) from
Safeway customers, the thieves would have had to open up the card processing
terminals at each checkout lane. Once inside, the thieves can install a
device that sits between the keypad and the electronics underneath to capture
and store PINs, as well as a separate apparatus that siphons account data when
customers swipe their cards at the register. Either that, or the skimmer
crooks would have to secretly swap out existing card terminals at checkout lanes
with pre-compromised terminals of the exact same design. In any case,
skimming incidents involving checkout lanes in retail locations generally
involve someone on the inside at the affected retailer.
2016 Predictions: Boardroom shuffles in the cards as cyber threats rise
The escalating threat from cybercrime is set to force companies into upping the
skills of their boardroom executives in 2016, a global security and risk
management consulting firm has predicted. "There is a lack of specialist
cyber skills in boardrooms worldwide, including Britain's, which is likely
to become increasingly clear as 2016 progresses," said Ed Stroz, executive
chairman of Stroz Friedberg. "Companies are under growing pressure from
investors, customers and regulators seeking reassurance that cyber risks are
being actively managed and that they have the capability to deal with the
aftermath of an incident." Stroz believes cyber trends - from hacktivist and
insider threats to implications of potential cyber legislation in 2016 - will
push corporate boards into reviewing their options to ensure they are better
informed and comfortable making risk management decisions.
41% of retail managers worried about intelligent machines
threatening their job in next 5 years
The vast majority (84 percent) of managers believe intelligent machines will
make them more effective and their work more interesting, according to a new
study by Accenture. However, more than one-third (35 percent) fear cognitive
computing and intelligent machines will threaten their job. A new Accenture
Strategy report, Managers and machines, unite!, features findings from a study
of more than 1,700 managers in 14 countries - including those from the C-suite,
middle and front lines - about their attitudes toward and expectations of
cognitive computing on their current job roles and skills, as well as their
positions in the workforce of the future.
Managers spend much of their working day on the tasks that the study's
authors believe intelligent machines will be most suited to do in the future.
When asked about the tasks they spend the most time on, in their current
position, 81 percent of respondents said planning and coordinating work,
followed by solving problems and handling exceptions (65 percent), monitoring
and reporting performance (52 percent), maintaining routines and standards (51
percent) and analyzing and sharing information (45 percent) were the most
Intelligent machines will increasingly free managers from these
time-consuming tasks to focus on work that is more uniquely human, or "judgment
work," such as complex thinking and higher-order reasoning. Yet more than
half (57 percent) are uncertain whether they have the skills to succeed in their
role over the next five years and many are concerned about the impact on their
jobs. Managers in electronics and high tech are most concerned that intelligent
machines could threaten their positions (50 percent), followed by 49 percent of
banking managers, 42 percent in the airline sector and 41 percent of those in
FBI Busts Comcast Hacking Suspects - Targeted Records of 60 Million People
The year in fraud: 2015 in 13 numbers
Associate Alerting Platform (AAP) by Tally Retail Asset Protection Highlighted
at Recent LPRC Conference
Associate Alerting Platform, the future of
in-store retail technology, examined
Gainesville, Florida - December 8, 2015 - Tally Retail Asset Protection, a
technology design and product development firm, today announced its TRAPLINE
suite of retail technologies and solutions beginning with TRAPLINE Shelf, an
electronic retail shelf and fixture solution that instantly alerts in-store
personnel to any operational or suspicious loss prevention activity as it occurs
at the shelf. The LPRC conducted a study to assess and record the reactions of
shoplifters to this new platform. The results were presented at the most recent
LPRC Impact Conference held at The University of Florida.
"Retailers have long struggled to leverage their most valuable existing
resource, in-store personnel and sales associates to address shrinkage and
operational issues. Study after study demonstrates that the most effective and
lowest cost loss prevention tool is an aware and engaged store associate. Over
the years we have seen just how difficult it can be to engage sales associates
and merchandisers in loss prevention activities. TRAPLINE can make this possible
with instant in-store announcing, text, e-mail and video clip up-loads sent to
designated personnel," said Sean Ryan, Tally's Customer Acquisition Director.
"The results of the initial offender interviews for Tally's TRAPLINE shelf were
positive, receiving the highest scores for 'Get It' and 'Fear It.' We look
forward to additional testing and research as the TRAPLINE shelf is deployed by
more retailers in the coming months," stated Dr. Read Hayes, Director, Loss
Prevention Research Council. "It has long been known that associate interaction
is one of the best deterrents to theft. The TRAP's unique ability to alert store
personnel in real time while potential theft activity is occurring at the shelf
is worth additional research and consideration."
"The future of in store retail technology will leverage the ever increasing
availability of low cost sensors and communications technology with information
available through a single point platform," said Trey Ryan, Lead Technologist at
Tally. "Using the most modern technologies to augment and integrate with
existing retail fixtures and systems will help unite the three pillars of
merchandising, operations and loss prevention on a common operational and loss
prevention information portal. Guiding retailers and their associates through
this process is our passion and drives us everyday."
"Offenders seemed particularly deterred by the interventions once they learned
that they involved an associate's engagement. They were perceived as
complicated, unpredictable and difficult to defeat interventions. Overall,
associate interventions are considered to be an effective crime prevention
Below are some offender comments regarding its effectiveness:
● This looks complicated, complex
● This is a really good idea
● I wouldn't go anywhere near this thing
● Anyone with any sense would be deterred by this
● This is smart because I had no idea it was here. You'd have caught me.
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2014 Group LP Selfie Awards
Amber, Joe, and Tony Mancino of NuTech National announce the three winners
of the 2014 Group LP Selfie Awards. The
Daily's "Get LP Social" program all started last summer when Chad McIntosh of
Bloomingale's sent in a picture of he and his LP team, jokingly calling it a
"group selfie." In just a few months, over 60 LP teams from across North America
joined in on the fun, showing their pride to the industry with "Group LP
Selfies" of their own. Find out which three LP teams won free pizza parties in
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Alibaba customers exposed in targeted phishing attack
Customers of the online retail company Alibaba have been specifically targeted
with a phishing scam.
The Comodo Antispam Labs said some Alibaba customers have been victimized by a
phishing scam where the e-mail uses a spoofed address - email@example.com
- and a message that attempts to get people to verify their account information.
The e-mail contains links to a dummy website that asks for usernames and
passwords, which are then appropriated.
Comodo said the phishing campaign has been in progress for about a week, but it
could not say how many people may have been impacted.
Cybercriminals used different fraud tools for users and businesses in 2015
According to Kaspersky Lab's review of corporate threats, they included greater
exploitation of legitimate software programs and malware being signed with valid
digital signatures to keep malicious files hidden for longer. There was also a
rise in the number of corporate users attacked by ransomware.
Kaspersky Lab's experts found that in 2015 58% of corporate PCs were hit with at
least one attempted malware infection, up three percentage points on 2014. One
in three business computers were exposed at least once to an internet-based
attack; with the exploitation of standard office applications seen three times
as often as in consumer attacks.
Point-of-sale terminals, used by retailers and other consumer-facing
organisations were another target for attack in 2015, with Kaspersky Lab
products blocking more than 11,500 attempts to hack into PoS devices. The
company knows of ten families of programs designed to steal data from PoS
terminals, and seven of them appeared for the first time in 2015.
Fraud attempts on the rise: Website, mobile, and call center fraud intensifies
Based on results from our 3rd Annual Fraud Report, information theft (from 19%
in 2014 to 39% in 2015) and account takeover (from 33% in 2014 to 39% in 2015)
activity is on the rise. Coupled with the increase in suspected fraud attempts
year over year, credit unions realize the clear need to employ necessary
identity verification and fraud prevention solutions to ensure a customer is
indeed a legitimate customer and not a fraudster with "perfect" identity
information in hand. Website applications continue to bear the brunt of
attempted fraud. As EMV continues to gain traction in the United States, it's
expected that fraud will shift to website applications since Chip-and-Pin
technology is more difficult to duplicate than the current magnetic-stripe
variety in use. Mobile fraud has become increasingly top of mind for credit
unions as the use of smartphones gain in popularity and usage. With the
convenience of smart devices being able to access personal accounts, security is
becoming more and more of a priority.
Real-Time Payments A Reality By 2017's End?
Organized Retail Crime Alliance showcases its alliance with local Retailers
Area residents learned that names, phone numbers, work histories and credentials
are only a click away during a background check workshop held Tuesday. Hosted by
the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Alaska State Troopers
Director Colonel James Cockrell and Lt. Dane Gilmore, the workshop held at the
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center addressed the various methods of
checking an individual or company's background for law enforcement, business and
personal use. Leon Morgan of the Alaska Information Analysis Center demonstrated
how to use the Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance, a site dedicated to
information sharing for businesses and law enforcement groups to prevent retail
crimes. The site is accessible only to registered businesses who have proved
that they are working with local police to monitor and stop thefts and other
retail crimes. "Retail loss prevention officers, or managers within, like, a
Target or a Fred Meyer or something, that have access to pretty good
surveillance systems, can post incidents onto the site in almost a real-time
environment," Morgan said. Once registered, businesses can post pictures and
other details when they are victims of theft for other retailers and police
groups to see. The goal is for those entities to be able to track repeat
offenders or be on the lookout for those who commit crimes and migrate to other
towns, Morgan explained.
Twp, NJ: 13 indicted in $100,000 South Jersey shoplifting ring targeting
Marshalls and TJ Maxx
A total of 13 people are accused of taking part in a shoplifting ring that
operated in southern New Jersey, netting more than $100,000 worth of clothing
items. Police say the ringleaders were Alicia Blackburne, 27, and Robert
Campbell, 29, both of Galloway Township. The New Jersey Attorney General's
office says the ring would target Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores in Atlantic,
Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Monmouth
counties. Investigators say Campbell would drive Blackburne to one of the
stores, where she would allegedly put items into a large shoulder bag and head
to a bathroom. While in there, she would allegedly remove all security devices
and leave the store. The stolen items would then be handed off to a third
person, the AG's office said, who would go back to the store and return the
items for a gift card. Then, the ringleaders would allegedly take those gift
cards to a pawn shop, where they would receive half the amount in cash.
KY: Kroger ORC Unit works with Kentucky State Police and Louisville Metro in
Police Officers raided a neighborhood corner store Tuesday, where they said
stolen items were being sold. Unmarked white cars pulled up to the corner of
Denmark Street and Cliff Avenue a little before 10 a.m. Tuesday. A Kroger
representative said stolen baby formula and energy drinks were being re-sold at
the store in the Oakdale neighborhood. Kroger said when items like the ones
found Tuesday are stolen, it costs them millions of dollars. A representative
for the grocery chain said it's tough to pinpoint exactly how much money is
lost. He said, in a statement, "Organized retail crime is a significant issue
for our industry, when it goes unchecked it costs everyone through higher
prices. At Kroger we have made it a priority to stop these individuals." They
said no one has been arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.
OH: Indictment against multi-county 'Band of Thieves'; ATM Smash and Grab and
The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office helped make the case against a group of
seven people indicted last week as part of a multi-county theft ring. The group,
dubbed the "Band of Thieves" by investigators, are charged with crimes in Clark,
Darke, Delaware, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Preble and Shelby counties. The
74-count indictment against the suspects was handed down by the Clark County
Grand Jury on Dec. 8 and includes a break-in at Bubba's Corner in Pickaway
County. Charges in the indictments include engaging in a pattern of corrupt
activity, burglary, breaking and entering, safe cracking, vandalism, theft and
receiving stolen property.
Napa, CA: Police Arrest 2 Suspected Of Stealing Pricey Wine From Stores
Napa police arrested two San Jose residents Monday on suspicion of stealing
$4,000 worth of expensive wine from stores in Napa and in several different
counties. Police responded around 7:10 p.m. Monday to a report of a wine theft
at the Nob Hill food store, Lt. Debbie Peecook said. A store employee detained
one of the suspects but two others fled in a vehicle, Peecook said. A Napa
County sheriff's deputy who stopped the vehicle and found 14 bottles of wine
allegedly stolen from the food store and 60 more bottles of wine valued at more
than $4,000 in the vehicle.
Watertown, NY: $3,000 Shoplifting spree at Salmon Run Mall ends with 1 to 3
years in prison
Najah M. Fields, 21, Syracuse, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny.
She had been charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of merchandise during
a shoplifting spree at multiple businesses at the Salmon Run Mall. She is
expected to be sentenced Jan. 8 to one to three years in prison.
Peoria, IL: Gander Mountain reports the theft of $1,500 in merchandise
Four women reportedly stole $1,500 worth of clothing from a store Friday
evening. About 8:20 p.m. Friday, four women in their 20s dressed in dark
clothing entered Gander Mountain, went up to a clothing display and started
putting various types of clothing into their large handbags, according to a
police report. They then left the store and entered a black, four door sedan
without paying for the merchandise. The clothing was damaged and torn in their
attempts to remove security devices.
Tampa, FL: Two suspects sought in drone theft from University Mall shop
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance images of two
men shoplifting a drone worth about $800 from a North Tampa hobby shop. About
7:06 p.m. Friday, the men went into My Tobbies, inside University Mall.
Des Moines, IA: Four women busted at Kohl's in Ames, IA
The four women were arrested Monday after two of the women entered the store and
walked out with various clothing items valued at just under $200. All four women
were charged with third-degree theft. Webster and Sumlin were also charged with
the misdemeanor of possession of a theft detection removal device.
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Dallas, NC: Man killed fleeing store after check fraud
Authorities in North Carolina say Police Officers shot and killed a man who was
trying to get away after two accomplices were caught trying to pass fraudulent
checks at a grocery store. Police said while the two suspects in the store were
apprehended, the third suspect, who was waiting in a car in the parking lot,
drove away. Buckner said the suspect's car struck a patrol car and officers then
opened fire. Officers pulled the suspect from the car. He was pronounced dead at
Detroit, MI: 1 dead, 2 injured in gunfire outside strip mall
A man in his 20s was killed and two others were injured after an argument in a
strip mall parking lot erupted in a shooting on Tuesday night, Detroit Police
announced. Few details were released, but the three victims were in the parking
lot near Chicago and Fitzpatrick around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when two suspects
approached and started arguing with them, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis, a police
spokesperson. Police did not say why the argument started, or whether the
assailants and victims knew each other. But bullets struck three victims: a man
in his 20s who was killed, a 21-year-old woman who was non-critically injured,
and a 25-year-old man, whose condition was not known.
TX: Customer killed trying to stop an Armed Robbery at Food To Go
A man was killed Tuesday during an attempted robbery at a Food To Go in
southeast Houston. Police said two men entered the store on Almeda Genoa Road at
about 9:30 p.m. One of men was armed and held a customer at gunpoint. The
customer, 37- year-old Joe Hillsman, began to tussle with the would-be robber
when the gun was fired, shooting the customer. Both robbers ran from the store
to a waiting car with a driver inside, according to police. The customer was
taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition where he later died.
Bent Co, CO: Man armed with machete robs NAPA Auto Parts store,
ties up victims
The Bent County Sheriff's Office says the suspect stopped in Las Animas around
noontime Tuesday, first stopping at a gas station to ask how to get to
California. Deputies say the suspect then robbed the NAPA Auto Parts store,
which sits next to the Sheriff's Office just north of town. The suspect, armed
with a machete, tied up victims before leaving in an SUV.
New York, NY: Workers threw away $5M in diamonds
from Midtown jewelry store
The mystery of how nearly $5 million in diamonds went missing from a Midtown
jewelry store has been solved. As it turns out, some workers at J. Birnbach Inc.
were helping their boss move to another floor and tossed three weathered wooden
boxes filled with diamonds in a heap of trash without bothering to look inside,
law enforcement sources said. But a building security guard patrolling the third
floor allegedly did take a peek and discovered the mother lode: a cluster of
expensive stones, including one worth $3.2 million. Wilfred Martinez, 47, sold
some of the booty to a jeweler in the same building where he found them, but not
the 17-carat diamond that was the $3.2 million crown jewel of the collection. He
has now turned over that piece to cops, along with two smaller diamonds and
$10,000 in cash. Authorities are trying to track down the rest of the stones,
law enforcement sources said.
Sacramento, CA: Police searching for 2 men in Jewelry store burglary
The Sacramento Police Department is searching for two men in connection with a
burglary Friday at a jewelry store. Officers said the men broke into Berelian
Fine Jewelers and stole highly valuable jewelry from the display cases. The men
ran from the store before police arrived.
Pasadena, TX: Best Buy employee accused of stealing gift card funds
An inside job at a Best Buy store landed a worker in jail for stealing thousands
of dollars in gift cards. Pasadena police said Sky-Lyn Lozano, 18, worked at the
Best Buy off Fairmont Parkway. The former employee created fraudulent refunds,
took those refunds and then placed them on gift cards for herself.
Hays, KS: Four arrested at Walmart breaking into a cash register;
all with prior criminal records
The report of a theft at the Hays Walmart SuperCenter eventually resulted in the
arrest of four people in Goodland, Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said. The
theft was reported at 5:24 p.m. Dec. 11. The four were arrested later that day.
Police learned four people had worked together to break into a cash register,
getting away with $600. The LP staff contacted other area stores and later that
afternoon 2 of the suspect walked into the Walmart in Goodland. The two were
soon arrested at the Goodland Walmart, and the other two were located at a motel
a short distance away. Scheibler said all four have had previous arrests,
ranging from one to 15 previous convictions for theft.
Buffalo, NY: Cuban National sentenced to federal prison for credit card fraud;
A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 31 months in federal prison term and
ordered to make $13,785.29 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Richard J.
Arcara on his July 30 guilty plea to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Eduardo
Hernandez Quinones, 46, a Cuban national and a former resident of Miami,
fraudulently obtained the credit or debit card numbers of cardholders, then
encoded that information onto counterfeit cards he used to purchase merchandise
at retail stores throughout Western New York. He also used counterfeit cards to
purchase gasoline at area gas stations and then resell the gas for cash.
Springfield, MA: Macy's $500 Jewelry Thief turns himself in
The man accused of stealing $500 worth of jewelry from the Eastfield Mall Macy's
has turned himself in to police. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told
22News 29-year-old Michael Ryder of South Hadley has been charged with armed
robbery in connection with the crime. Ryder allegedly stole the jewelry and then
pulled a knife on a store security officer when he was trying to get away. Sgt.
Delaney said Ryder turned himself in after seeing a surveillance photo of
himself posted the Springfield Police Facebook Page.
Denver, CO: Grand Jury indicts "Randy the Purse Guy" on Felonies
A man accused of illegally selling knock-off purses and other merchandise for
years has been indicted by a Denver Grand Jury for trademark counterfeiting and
tax crimes. The indictment was unsealed on Monday and is the result of work by
the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations
and the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office.
Randy Lynn Hastings has been charged with two counts of tax violation, two
counts of tax evasion and five counts of trademark counterfeiting. The
indictment alleges that between Jan. 1, 2013 and Nov. 4 of this year, Hastings,
59, promoted himself as "Randy The Purse Guy" and sold counterfeit merchandise
including purses, wallets, watches and sunglasses. He also failed to collect and
Oconee County, Woman, 89, accused of shoplifting NyQuil, other meds;
facing felony charges for 3 strike rule
An 89-year-old woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she
allegedly walked out of a Wal-Mart in Oconee County with more than $100 worth of
medications, including NyQuil and DayQuil and Advil. Bingham had been stopped
twice previously for alleged shoplifting, according to the sheriff's report, but
the store chose not to prosecute her because of her age, authorities said. The
charge against her is a felony because Bingham had more than three previous
Cincinnati, OH: Gas Pump credit card skimmers a
'growing trend' in Southwest Ohio
Bailey's Jewelers - Bossier City, LA - Attempted Burglary
Bolton Gas - Bolton, CT - Armed Robbery
Center Deli Mart - Bristol, CT -Robbery
CVS - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Dollar General - Thomasville, GA- Armed Robbery / video released
Dollar General - Falling Waters, WV - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Aiken, GA - Burglary
Food To Go - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery / Customer killed
Food Town - Bossier City, LA - Burglary
GameStop - Nassau, Co, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas Mart - Roseland, CA - Robbery
Kangaroo Express - Bessemer, AL - Armed Robbery/ Employee shot and killed
NAPA - Waterloo, IA - Burglary
Speedway - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery / 2x this week
T-Mobile - NYC / Stuyvesant Town, NY - Robbery
Triple JJJ - Bossier City, LA - Burglary / ATM
7-Eleven - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery