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Pete Hohlwein (Director LP, Group 50), Damon Wells (Market Auditor, LP),
Bernard Peterson (Regional LPM), Christopher Lewis (Region LPM), Fred Brewster
(Region LPM), Chris Pomerleau (Regional Vice President, LP), Juliette Gendricks
(Region LPM), Jon Rhoads (Region LPM), Lakeisha Hagan (Market Auditor, LP),
Denise Kelley-Weltzien (Region LPM)
Retailers Estimate Holiday Return Fraud Will Cost $2.2 Billion
- 3.5% of holiday returns will be fraudulent
- Total return fraud in 2015 = $9.1 Billion
Retail fraud comes in many shapes and sizes and is especially rampant during the
holiday season when online and in-store traffic grows significantly. One of the
biggest issues throughout the holiday season: return fraud. According to
latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5 percent of their holiday
returns this year will be fraudulent, up slightly from the estimated 3 percent
reported last year. Holiday return fraud is expected to cost retailers $2.2
billion, up from approximately $1.9 billion last year.
Retailers surveyed estimate that total annual returns will reach $260.5 billion,
or 8 percent of total retail sales, with $9.1 billion of retailers' annual
returns expected to be fraudulent, or 3.5 percent of the industry's total
"Return fraud remains a critical issue for retailers with the impact spanning
far and wide, in-store and online," said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention
Bob Moraca. "While technology has played a significant role in deterring many
in-person fraudulent transactions that would have otherwise gone unseen, there
is little that can be done to prevent a determined criminal who will find a
loophole one way or another. When it comes to retail fraud, retailers can build
taller walls, but criminals continue to find taller ladders."
When it comes to specific instances of return fraud, one problem stands out as
the biggest offender: nine in 10 retailers surveyed (91.9%) said they have
experienced the return of stolen merchandise, similar to last year's 92.7
percent. Wardrobing, or the return of used, non-defective merchandise, also
presents a unique challenge year after year for retailers: three-quarters
(72.6%) of those polled said they have experienced wardrobing in past year, on
par with last year's 72.7 percent.
The report does offer a glimmer of optimism though. According to the survey,
fewer retailers in 2015 have experienced specific instances of return fraud,
|● 75.8 percent have experienced the return of merchandise purchased on fraudulent
tender, down from 81.8 percent in 2014;
|● 71 percent have experienced return fraud made by known organized retail crime
groups, down from 78.2 percent last year;
|● 77.4 percent of retailers surveyed have experienced employee return fraud or
collusion with external forces, down from 81.8 percent in 2014.
Sephora Says Palmer Reifler Is Liable For Shoplifting Suit
Sephora slapped Palmer Reifler & Associates PA with a lawsuit Tuesday in
California federal court demanding reimbursement for a proposed class action
arising out of the firm's agreement to represent the cosmetics retailer in
pursuing damages for shoplifting. Sephora USA Inc. said it hired Palmer Reifler
to pursue damages and civil penalties for theft offenses such as shoplifting and
that their agreement requires the firm to indemnify Sephora for any suits
arising from its negligence or improper conduct.
But when Sephora was hit with a lawsuit last year in California state court that
the retailer said was based entirely on allegations of Palmer Reifler's
misconduct, the firm refused to pay up. "Sephora has incurred substantial
expense as the result of a claim directly arising from the alleged improper
conduct of PRA. Despite proper and timely demand, PRA has refused to honor its
indemnity obligation, and is therefore in breach of contract," Sephora alleged.
Home Improvement Co. Under Fire Over Employee Handbook
Home improvement chain Menards has been hit with a National Labor Relations
Board charge for allegedly having an overly broad handbook that interferes with
or restrains employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The
Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 153 said in an amended
charge filed Monday with the NLRB that Menards' Team Member Information Booklet
has provisions that are too broad and can restrain or coerce the exercise of
New technology may protect credit cards, but signal return to old ways for
thieves - Mail theft, home burglaries, car 'smash and grabs'
With holiday shopping well underway, multiple law enforcement agencies are
warning against an increase in theft. They're concerned that as it becomes more
difficult for criminals to steal merchandise or personal information via credit
cards, they'll turn to stealing actual items from stores, porches and cars. "We
do see an increase in mail theft and specifically package theft during the
holiday season," said Ashley Glover, a crime prevention specialist at the Kern
County Sheriff's Office.
"We're already seeing an increase in mail theft, (theft of) packages delivered
and 'smash and grabs' of cars," Kern County Deputy District Attorney David Wolf
said. "I really think 'smash and grabs' are going to be our biggest problem."
What Wolf describes as "smash and grabs" are thefts resulting from people
leaving valuable items, whether they were purchased while Christmas shopping or
regularly left in the car. Thieves smash the window, grab the items and flee
before they're seen or caught.
Wolf attributes the increase in such crimes to the use of new credit cards
that use microchip technology to battle identity theft. Despite the cards
helping combat fraud and identity theft when used at stores, Wolf said people
are still vulnerable when purchasing products online.
UK: Source Tagging... Where The 'Steaks' Are High This Christmas
According to the Centre for Retail Research, malicious losses - theft - could
account for almost $1.5 billion in the UK this Christmas, a figure that will
cost every UK household $60. Although the majority of external theft will be
targeted at easily concealable and wearable items, including fashion and beauty
products, high-value consumables such as alcohol, cheese, salmon and meat will
also dramatically eat into retailer's takings. Indeed, the stakes have never
been higher when it comes to combating meat theft in Europe's supermarkets - a
symptom, perhaps, of the fact that because the cost of steak is so high, it
remains the third most consumable stolen item across the globe.
One UK Loss Prevention Director for a major supermarket said, "If you speak to
some of our store managers, it is a major issue, as they are in certain
risk-demographic areas where there is a profitable black market in the sale of
high-value meat. We tend to lose steaks and legs of lamb, which retail at around
the 10 pound mark, and for the thieves, there is a quick turnaround in business
in the pubs, if you are in the know of where to go. "We apply the tags in store
on high-value products, such as steaks, because what is clear is that it is all
about high-value cuts of meat. This view was shared with another supermarket
head of loss prevention (LP), who said, "We do still have issues, although this
is less so since we commenced source-tagging our meat. This has reduced our
losses in conjunction with our other solutions.
case you missed it - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Updates National
Terrorism Advisory System
In case you missed our
D&D Daily Special Report this morning, the Department of Homeland
Security activated the National Terrorism Advisory System for the first time
Wednesday, warning the public of "self-radicalized actors who could strike with
little or no notice." The bulletin, which marks the addition of a new level of
public warning to the system, will be in effect for the next six months, or
until events dictate otherwise. The DHS is "especially concerned that
terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be
encouraged or inspired to target public events or places," the bulletin stated.
However, there is current specific information about a pending attack. Under the
amended advisory system, periodic bulletins will be issued to inform the
American public of more general threats identified by national security
Wal-Mart to Spend $64M on Raises, Other Workforce Investments in Arkansas
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville said its $2.7 billion plan to invest in its
domestic workforce includes about $64 million in Arkansas, including raises for
39,000 of its employees here. The company said Thursday that by February, the
full-time average hourly wage for workers in Arkansas will be $12.80. The
average for part-time workers will be $10.37.
Largest U.S. furniture retailer Ashley HomeStore celebrates milestone 600th
store - with 100 more on tap
Ashley HomeStore celebrated the grand opening of its 600th store - in Hanoi,
Vietnam. The fast-growing furniture store brand has added more than 50 new
HomeStores worldwide this year and is planning to open more than 100 additional
locations in 2016. Ashley currently has 600 locations in 28 countries.
CEO of discount department store chain going 'undercover' on popular TV show
A CEO who took over family business when he was 27 years old is the next
retailer to be spotlighted on the CBS television show, "Undercover Boss." Sam Dushey heads up Shoppers World, a family-owned and -operated full-line
discount department store chain headquartered in New York City. In his 10-year
stint as CEO, Dushey has grown the business from eight stores to 40 locations
across 11 states and up to $250 million in annual retail sales. Dushey is now
looking to expand the company to 500 stores.
Guardian Alarm doubles Florida footprint with buy
Guardian Alarm, a super-regional company based in Southfield, Mich., has
acquired SVI Systems, based in Stuart, Fla., nearly doubling its size in that
state. Guardian is acquiring the entire company, including 3,000 accounts and 22
employees, and it's renewing the lease on SVI's current building. The accounts
are about 60 percent commercial, 40 percent residential, he said.
CVS Health finalizes the $1.9B 1,672 Target pharmacies deal in 47 states
Huge shopper turnout expected this Super Saturday Weekend
Google Maps now displays store 'rush hours'
Feds working 'non-stop' on 'hoverboard' fires
Top 2015 monitoring trends: ASAP, DIY, PERS and cloud
Same Store Sales Results
Rite Aid Q3 retail pharmacy comp's up 0.9%, front-end up 0.3%, pharmacy up
1.2% - revenues up 21.8%
Pier 1 Imports Q3 comp's down 0.7% with sales down 1.4% on constant currency
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Ex - custodian pleads guilty to stealing
instruments from schools & students
The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Ipswich
Police with their investigation into the affairs of Paul Bedard. Bedard, the
former head of custodians for the Ipswich Public Schools Division, admitted in
court to stealing musical instruments, electronics and other pieces of
technology from the district and from students. The defendant sold the stolen
items on an online marketplace and used PayPal to receive the funds. Bedard was
sentenced to a year in jail, received supervised probation, and ordered to pay
back $44,848, of which all will go back to the victims. Bedard was further
ordered to stay away from all school functions and property.
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The Zellman Group Launches New Website
The Zellman Group, LLC, a national leader in Civil Recovery, LP Analytics and
eCommerce Fraud detection is proud to announce the release of their new website.
The Zellman Group supports retailers of all sizes, customizing loss prevention
solutions to fit client's needs through adhering to their mission, vision and
values. The new website highlights these and the brand refresh is closely
aligned with the company's strategic vision for growth and their focus on core
services for their clients. Each offering has a dedicated page which provides a
clear overview to aid in the decision making process.
The new clean, modern design offers easy navigation to the information most
important to both potential and current clients. The blog and whitepapers
provide a glimpse into industry trends and best practices to educate readers.
Throughout the website prospective clients have the opportunity to schedule a
demo to learn more about Zellman's core services and current clients can access
links to frequently used tools. Short videos illustrate their leading recovery
service and award winning eCommerce tool. The new version of the website also
puts the Zellman team front and center so you can learn more about the executive
You can checkout the new website HERE.
Congress Set to Enact Cyberthreat Information-Sharing Law
Congress is poised to vote on a measure this week that would incentivize
businesses to voluntarily share threat data with the federal government and with
one another. It establishes a process for the government to share threat
information with businesses. Although business groups generally favor the
legislation, many privacy and civil liberties advocates have voiced strong
opposition to it.
The House scheduled a vote on the legislation for Friday, with Senate action
expected shortly thereafter if the lower chamber passes the measure. President
Obama is expected to sign the legislation should it clear both houses.
Known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, the measure is a
conglomeration of three bills, two passed by the House and one by the Senate
earlier this year (see
Senate Passes Cybersecurity Info-Sharing Bill). The chairs of both
houses' intelligence committees and House Homeland Security Committee, as well
as congressional leaders, worked out the final details of the legislation behind
Business Alert: Rasomware attacks targeting businesses increase 9 times in two
weeks - suggesting one cybercrime gang
Over the past two weeks the number of TeslaCrypt infection attempts detected by
Symantec went up from around 200 a day to 1,800, suggesting that one
cybercriminal group is ramping up its use of this malicious program. The group's
preferred method of infection is through spam emails with malicious attachments.
The subject lines of these emails begin with "ID," followed by a random number
and a request related to alleged invoices, successful orders or wire transfers.
Judging by these topics, the attackers are targeting businesses -- a new
trend for ransomware attacks in general that's fueled by businesses being more
willing to pay to recover important files. csoonline.com
80% of Companies Had a Security Incident in 2015
- Ransomware TOPS concerns in 2016 - IT Security worried about hackers, rogue
employees and organized crime groups
Interestingly, malware attacks were reported by 51% of IT professionals in 2015,
followed by phishing and spyware incidents at 38 and 34% respectively. This
aligns closely to the percentage of organizations that are concerned about these
incidents in 2016. However, 53% said they're concerned about ransomware in
2016, but only 20% of organizations experienced a ransomware incident in
Thirty-nine and 37% of IT professionals also expressed concern about data
theft and password breaches respectively, but only 5% of organizations
experienced an incident of data theft in 2015 and only 12% experienced a
About half (49%) said they're concerned about independent hackers, 36% cited
rogue employees and a quarter (25%) said organized crime groups.
Top Four Retail Tech Predictions for 2016
2016 will be the year of collaboration for brands and retailers. Brands
and retailers will realize in 2016 that collaboration is the only way to
understand shifting consumer shopping behavior, create and optimize great
content for omnichannel, and respond with one excellent shopping experience.
E-commerce departments will be broken off as standalone organizations.
Brands will launch their e-commerce departments as standalone organizations to
concentrate expertise and maximize the success of new channel sales.
Brands will launch their own marketplaces. By 2030, 30% of all purchases
will be made through an online community.
Amazon drone armies will become self-aware. Amazon drones are poised to
become self-aware, e-commerce driving machines that will decide what you want
and just deliver it. Their parting line will always be: "We'll be back."
Target scrambles to revamp wish list app after security flaw exposed
Safeway: Credit card skimmers found at Bay Area stores
Ohio says identity theft complaints up over 2014
Passwords Will Be Eliminated Within 10 Years
Retail Asset Protection's New Solution for Detecting and Deterring Credit Card
Device Tampering Gaining Acceptance
Provides Visual Verification and Tracking of an Attempted Data Device Intrusion
Raton, FL. - December 16, 2015 - Tally Retail Asset Protection, today
announced it's Digital Device Protection (DDP), an innovative approach to
detecting, tracking and deterring credit card device tampering attempts, is
being deployed in two supermarkets chain wide, with more deployments planned in
Credit card fraud and consumer identity theft are rapidly growing problems,
particularly in the United States. According published reports, while the U.S.
accounts for roughly 23% of credit card volume, it is responsible for 47% of
credit card fraud.
"Credit card fraud and identify theft are two of the most pressing problems
retailers and consumers face every day in the U.S.," stated Sean Ryan, Tally's
Customer Acquisition Director. "With the introduction of DDP, we are giving
retailers and consumers alike confidence in knowing if their information may
have be compromised."
will give retailers the ability to visually verify and track if their credit
card device intrusion labels or remote payment terminal labels are secure and
safe. DDP is comprised of encoded tamper evident intrusion labels that can be
secured to the separation point of devices and displays a watermark if tampered
with, or leaves visual residue on the device if removed. The encoded intrusion
labels are difficult to counterfeit and information related to the label,
device, and location is securely stored for immediate verification by any
authorized smart device.
In addition to securing the in-store device, Tally also leverages its TRAP
Associate Alerting Platform AAP to register the intrusion label, which is
tracked by store number and device location. Through the use of a Smartphone or
Tablet and the DDP app, retailers can quickly and easily register the labels and
use the cloud based TRAP platform for auditing and alerting. Auditing the labels
condition from audit to audit gives the retailer a containment window of a
Retailers can choose to set up an audit schedule for each of the labels to
ensure that they are still intact and un-tampered. If the audit does not take
place at the scheduled time, an alert can be sent to the corporate security or
IT department informing them of the missed audit.
The key to this approach lies not only in the encoded customer-specific
serialized tamper evident label that can be affixed to any credit card device
but also in the proprietary database used to verify the authenticity and
location of the label", commented Trey Ryan, Lead Technologist at Tally. "Often
times even the best technology solutions fall short due to the human factor,
with DDP we are assisting retailers and their employees in maintaining
compliance with strict IT security and auditing procedures."
The DDP solution is available immediately.
For more information on Tally Retail Asset Protection, visit
http://tally.solutions or contact Sean Ryan at
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More Vulnerable Than Ever? - Study finds e-commerce
is driving retail fraud losses
Just when you thought retailers were finally getting a handle on fraud costs, it
turns out they're not - and they may be more vulnerable than ever. That was the
conclusion of the 2015 True Cost of Fraud study from LexisNexis, which found
that revenue lost to retail fraud this year was nearly double last year's
amount, due largely to increases in online and mobile fraud.
Moreover, fraud mitigation costs are being driven up because nearly half of
all fraudulent transactions are manually reviewed by retailers, despite
widespread use of automated systems that flag potentially fraudulent
transactions. There are a host of other factors at play as well. Card
skimming is moving to small merchants, who have fewer resources to invest in the
data protection measures being implemented by larger retailers and thus become
easier targets. And contrary to what m-commerce merchants experienced in 2015,
financial industry executives don't consider mobile to be problematic and expect
minimal fraud despite initially high fraud rates with Apple Pay.
Fraud is already moving online as merchants install chip readers in their
stores. Online generated 55 percent of fraud experienced by merchants that
accept online payments, up from 42 percent in 2014, even though online sales
increased only 5 percent in the past year. Overall, retailers lost an
average 1.32 percent of revenue to fraud, almost double the 0.68 percent seen in
2014, an indication that fraud prevention investments were not effectively
Overall, merchants prevented more fraudulent transactions this year, but online,
mail-order and telephone transactions were more challenging. Due to their
anonymity and the ability to conduct more transactions in a shorter period of
time, it is seven times more difficult to prevent fraudulent transactions
through these channels.
Large e-commerce retailers are able to get their fraud rate down to almost
the same level as the average bricks-and-mortar merchant, but spend more than 15
times as much on fraud mitigation to do so, the report said. While online
merchants face exposure to credit card fraud, physical stores have to deal with
issues such as fraudulent pickups, which account for roughly a quarter of lost
or stolen merchandise. Fraud on alternative payment services such as PayPal,
Google Checkout, eBillme and Bill Me Later accounted for 21 percent of
fraudulent transactions in 2015 but fluctuate from year-to-year.
Speed, Compliance and Encryption Can Combat Holiday Payments Fraud
Enhanced fraud prevention with launch of card Token Service: Visa
Zappos leads in holiday shipping speed
E-retail sales grow 35% in China year to date
Co, FL: 14 busted in $31K Victoria's Secret panty theft
Victoria's Secret stores in Central Florida are missing a lot of bras and
panties. A gang of 14 people accused of running an extensive shoplifting ring
were arrested after making off with more than $50,000 in merchandise from
several retailers, police said. Hardest hit was Victoria's Secret, which lost
more than $30,000 worth of products in 10 separate incidents. During that time,
1,432 pairs of panties and 374 bras were taken, an Osceola County Sheriff's
Office investigation report said. Also hit were Ralph Lauren Polo, Abercrombie &
Fitch, Value Pawn, T-Mobile and Home Depot, police said.
OH: As many as 100 Kirby Vacuums (total value near $30,000) stolen from UPS
Freight in Cleveland over past several years
A Cleveland man and three other Cleveland-area residents have been indicted on
charges related to a major vacuum theft ring. Shawn Burke, 28, stole as many as
100 Kirby vacuums over the past several years with help from his co-worker,
Wilson Perea, Jr. The crimes took place at UPS Freight in Cleveland where Burke
and Perea, Jr. worked. "It's an expensive machine; people don't realize that
Kirby sells from $2,600 to $3,000," said Fletcher Brown, owner of Parma Vacuum.
Brown said he often has people try to re-sell Kirby vacuums to him. Some of them
even have the serial number filed off, an indicator that it is stolen. Sources
say Burke sold the vacuums out of his garage or put them up for sale on Ebay.
Asad Ibrahim of Brookpark and Fawzi Ibrahim are indicted for helping to sell the
stolen merchandise online. A spokeswoman for UPS said Burke and Perea, Jr. are
no longer working at UPS. The company is cooperating with law enforcement on the
Norfolk, VA: Man charged with stealing nearly $22,000
worth of 5-hour Energy drinks
A man accused of stealing energy drinks has been charged with felony burglary,
conspiracy and grand larceny. Antonio Dewight Massey allegedly stole $22,000
worth of 5-hour Energy drinks from the MDV Nash Finch warehouse on December 5,
according to police. Massey's bail determination sheet says he was a former
employee of MDV Nash Finch. Detectives are investigating numerous thefts from
the same warehouse over a nine month period. Over $100,000 worth of products
have been taken from the warehouse, according to the bail determination sheet.
Massey is in Norfolk City Jail without bond. Police are still looking for a
second suspect in the crime.
OR: Tualatin Police arrest duo in $17,000 Fred Meyer crime spree
Two people were arrested Tuesday in what authorities describe as an organized
retail crime operation throughout the Portland metro area and the state. Raymond
E. Johnson, III and Miranda V. Johnson appeared in court Wednesday after being
charged with aggravated ID theft and 1st-degree theft. The investigation started
several months ago, police said. The duo is accused of making $17,000 in
fraudulent purchases from Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah
and Deschutes counties. They would then return the items that were purchased for
cash and got at least $7,000 back from the retailer.
TN: 4 Women Arrested For Theft At Cool Springs Galleria
Four women have been arrested on charges of felony theft at Cool Springs
Galleria. Officers posing as shoppers saw the four suspects stealing at
Victoria's Secret. The officials then followed the women around the mall and to
their vehicle. Authorities said they stopped the women and recovered around
$2,000 in stolen merchandise from a variety of stores at the Galleria. The
stolen items included 71 bottles of lotion, body spray, candles, and cologne, as
well as multiple items of clothing. All four women were from Chattanooga.
Co, MI: Three men connected to iPhone fraudulent purchases at Target in Detroit
Macomb County Sheriff's deputies are seeking information about three men who
used fraudulent identification to purchase iPhones from a Target store in Macomb
Township last week. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reports the three men entered the
Target store, located on Hall Road twice within minutes on Dec. 12 and inquired
about the purchase of iPhones. They spoke with a clerk, provided fraudulent
identification and purchased two iPhones with a value of $1,500. The phones were
added to an existing cellular phone contract. The account holder on that account
resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and he reported to authorities there that he is
a victim of identity theft. Target Loss Prevention personnel were able to review
videotape and extract photographs of the three suspects. Loss Prevention
officers reported the same individuals attempted to purchase phones from other
Target stores in Troy, Southfield and Warren.
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Second suspect charged with attempted murder in Trenton grocery store robbery
A second suspect wanted in connection with an attempted murder that followed a
grocery store robbery earlier this year was apprehended Tuesday morning. Hector
Roman, 43, is charged with attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses in
connection with an incident that happened on March 30. According to police, two
men carrying weapons entered a grocery store on Beatty Street and forced an
employee to give them an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The
suspects then fled in a gold-colored car, and one of the store employees
followed them in his personal vehicle. Police say the suspects stopped at the
intersection of Tremont and Hancock streets, and one of them stepped out of the
car and fired gunshots at the employee who followed them. No one was hit by
gunfire, police say, and the victim then stopped his pursuit of the suspects.
Camarillo, CA: Police Shooting; Man steals cell phone from 7-Eleven, calls 911
to say he wanted to kill himself
A man suspected of charging at a Ventura County sheriff's deputy with a knife
was killed Wednesday in a deputy-involved shooting in Camarillo. "Upon further
inquiry, the male subject told the dispatcher that he needed the police to his
location because he wanted to kill himself," Deputy Gonzalez with the Ventura
Co. Sheriff's said. Officials said the suspect stole a cellphone from a 7-Eleven
convenience store and he used that cellphone to call 911. When the deputy
arrived, he saw a 23-year-old man on the sidewalk who approached the deputy in
the patrol car. The suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the deputy. The
suspect then charged at the deputy with the knife and a deputy-involved shooting
occurred. "As the deputy moved back, the male subject got too close and the
deputy had to discharge the firearm several times at his body," Gonzalez said.
Theft: Miami, FL: Armed Hijackers rob an Amazon Delivery Truck
Robbers hijacked an Amazon delivery truck after it left a warehouse full of
packages to be delivered. The incident occurred on Wednesday - the white panel
truck that was leased by Amazon was found empty by Miami-Dade Police on the side
a road. "I got robbed by a man with a shotgun in his hands.", said the driver
Arturo Ramos. Strewn all along the shoulder of the roadway around the van were
bright colored plastic crates that had held about a hundred packages Ramos was
to deliver. An Amazon spokesperson told EcommerceBytes in an emailed statement,
"We take incidents of this nature very seriously and are grateful the delivery
service provider's driver is safe. We are cooperating with the police
investigation and will work with customers to resolve any issues."
Fort Oglethorpe, TN: Woman arrested for theft, pulling a knife in Walmart
A Chattanooga, woman is behind bars for allegedly pulling a knife and
threatening people after being confronted for shoplifting in Fort Oglethorpe.
Juanita Michelle Barker, 44,, was arrested Dec. 7 on two counts of aggravated
assault, possession of meth, shoplifting, two counts of terroristic threats and
acts, obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud, affixing
windows or windshield, failure to dim headlights, giving a false
name/information to police officers, and driving on a suspended or revoked
license. The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. at the Walmart when police
responded to shoplifter threatening the store staff.
Twp, PA: 3 men busted at Philadelphia Premium Outlets with over 100 bogus credit
cards/ prepaid cards and card-making
Limerick Township police have arrested three Reading men after they were found
with more than 40 counterfeit credit cards and a card-making machine, detectives
said Wednesday. Police responded to Philadelphia Premium Outlets off Route 422
about noon Sunday after three men used a stolen credit card at a store. They
were taken into custody nearby and when officers searched them and the vehicle,
they found a cache of bogus credit cards and more than 100 fraudulently obtained
prepaid debit cards, the card-making machine and blank magnetic strips.
Dothan, AL: Walgreens employee charged with theft of over $7,000
Dothan Police arrested a man on Tuesday and charged him with stealing over
$7,000 from the Walgreens store where he worked. Dothan Police Lt. Will Glover
said police arrested Christopher Keith Baker, 23, and charged him with felony
first-degree theft of property. Glover said police charged Baker with stealing
$7,083 while he worked at a local Walgreens store between Oct. 2 and Dec. 7.
Glover said the police investigation showed the thefts occurred after 13
fraudulent returns were discovered totaling the $7,083.
GA: Men's clothing store burglarized a second time in 3 months
The owners of an upscale northwest Atlanta menswear store likely had a sense of
déjà vu Thursday as they cleaned up the damage caused during a second
smash-and-grab burglary in just three months. Burglars smashed out a front
window of shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. Atlanta police spokesman Warren Pickard
said surveillance video showed three male suspects entering the store and
stealing six iPads, several boxes of tennis shoes and the cash register, which
contained $700 in cash. On Sept. 7, surveillance video showed seven thieves
looting the store of an estimated $15,000 in merchandise after backing a Ford
Taurus through the front doors. Following that incident, the store's owners
installed large concrete posts in the parking lot to keep vehicles from being
able to drive through the front of the store. In Thursday's break-in, the
thieves heaved pieces of concrete at the store's large double-paned front glass
window, but were only able to shatter the outer pane of glass.
KY: Dad arrested during Shop With A Trooper
Kentucky State Police say a father tried to steal items from the Morehead
Walmart while his child was shopping with state troopers in the store during
part of the annual Shop with a Trooper program. Police said before dad made it
out the door Walmart's loss prevention team caught him with a drill we're told
didn't cost more than 40-dollars. Police say trying to steal a drill landed the
man in the Rowan County Jail this holiday season. His identity we're choosing
not to reveal for the safety of his children.
UK: Edinburgh, Scotland: Louis Vuitton hit for
$120,000 in handbags in smash & grab
Madison, WI: Another big cigarette burglary in Madison; about 200 cartons stolen
in two weeks
Indiana State Excise Officers seize suspected counterfeit merchandise in
Columbus, OH: Ohio says identity theft complaints up over 20 % from 2014
Willington, CT: Traffic Stop leads to 32 Counterfeit Credit Cards
Stanton, CA: Investigators Determine Cause Of Stanton Reptile Store Fire
Riverbank, CA: Police arrest two in identity theft
scheme used to purchase cell phones
A Ma Maniere - Atlanta, GA - Burglary /2x in 3 months
Cavendish General - Cavendish, VT - Armed Robbery
Chito's Taco - Escondido, CA - Burglary/ ATM Theft
CVS - York, PA - Robbery
Crosstown Liquor - Freeport, NY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Setters Center, KY - Armed Robbery / suspect indicted
Exxon - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery / Clerk killed
Exxon - York, PA - Robbery
Exxon - N. Philly, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Anderson, SC - Armed Robbery
Mini Mart Citgo - Staatsburg, NY - Armed Robbery
River Mart - Burlington, IA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - New Orleans, LA - Robbery / Security guard injured
Subway - Jefferson Co, AL - Armed Robbery
Super K - The Woodlands, TX - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Road - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery
Texaco - Conyers, GA - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - York, PA - Robbery
T-Mobile - Harbor Gateway, CA - Armed Robbery
United Dairy Farm - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Walgreens -Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Walgreens - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery /linked to Bank Robbery