2015's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
One Team at a Time
Loss Prevention Team with their partners from Human Resources celebrating
Carter's 150th birthday this year!
- Partnerships are delivering results!
Left to Right: Andy Palomino (RLPM), Lynette Gage (RHRM),
Grace LaTour (RLPM), Susan Mimnaugh (Senior Director, HR), Eric Koopmeiners (RLPM),
David Shugan (Senior Director, Loss Prevention), Matt Rowland (RLPM), John
Mattera (RLPM), Heidi Haugh (RLPM), Michelle Gaby (RHRM), Heather Ventresca (RHRM),
Karen Kobza (RHRM).
The LP/Security Nexus to the San Bernardino Shooting
- Shooter's neighbor, who worked in Retail Loss Prevention, arrested on terror
charges - allegedly planned earlier attacks
Marquez, a neighbor and friend of one of the San Bernardino shooters, has been
arrested for allegedly providing material support to terrorists, officials said.
Authorities said that Marquez and shooter Syed Farook allegedly began plotting
terror attacks in Southern California in 2011 -- attacks which were,
fortunately, not carried out -- and discussed a firearms and explosives attack
on Riverside Community College. "While there currently is no evidence that Mr.
Marquez participated in the Dec. 2, 2015 attack or had advance knowledge of it,
his prior purchase of the firearms and ongoing failure to warn authorities
about Farook's intent to commit mass murder had fatal consequences," said
U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California.
Marquez, 24, was charged with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to commit
crimes of terrorism, as well as unlawfully purchasing two assault rifles used in
the San Bernardino massacre and defrauding immigration authorities by entering
into a sham marriage. A day after the shooting, Marquez called 911, according to
a transcript included in the affidavit. "What's wrong? Why do you feel like you
want to kill yourself? What's going on?" the operator asks. "I don't know. My
neighbor. He did the San Bernardino shooting," Marquez said. "They can trace all
the guns back to me."
According to the Associated Press, Marquez was a licensed security guard
for several years, but his license expired at the end of 2014. He was
hired to work at Walmart in May but has since been fired, a company
spokesman said. The New York Post
reported that employees at a Walmart in Corona, Calif. said Marquez had
been working there as an asset protection and customer specialist for about six
months. He was last seen there on Nov. 29, they said.
Disney and Other Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors for Holidays
- Are Malls Next?
As they prepare to host tens of millions of holiday visitors, three of America's
biggest theme park operators - Disney, Universal and SeaWorld - on Thursday
reacted to heightened security concerns by installing metal detectors outside
But the companies, which have experimented with metal detection in the past but
never adopted it on a large scale, plan to use the equipment in different ways.
Disney, whose six domestic theme parks attract about 50 million people annually,
will most likely make the detectors permanent. But they will initially screen
guests randomly rather than divert everyone through a new line. Universal
described its efforts as "a test."
This is a natural progression for us as we study the best security practices for
today's world," Tom Schroder, a Universal spokesman, said in an email. SeaWorld,
which operates 11 smaller parks under various brands in five states, said it
would also increase security inside its properties. "The safety of our guests
and team members, along with the welfare of our animals, have always been our
top priority," SeaWorld said in a statement.
Disney, which also halted the sale of toy guns at its parks (after worries that
a toy could be mistaken for a real firearm and prompt alarm), declined to
comment beyond an emailed statement: "We continually review our comprehensive
approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as
Get ready for 'Super Saturday'
According to the International Council of Shopping Centers latest consumer
survey, which finds that 44% of consumers still having holiday shopping left to
due, and 92% of them will be heading out to stores in force over the coming
weekend to shop, dine, see a movie and/or attend a holiday related event.
37 million consumers will buy something online and pick it up at a store,
according to ICSC. Of these shoppers, 76% will purchase additional items in the
store where they retrieved their purchase and nearly half (48%) will purchase an
item at an adjacent store.
'Star Wars' Theaters Tighten Security Due to Heavy Crowds, Suspicious Activity
With a rush of holiday moviegoers and following some suspicious activity outside
theaters in at least two U.S. cities - one last week in Southern California and
another in Arizona last night - exhibitors across the nation have "doubled"
workforce security in preparation for the 4,134-theater release of Star Wars:
The Force Awakens. It is understood that armed guards will be on duty in some
cases and that heightened security at the nation's theaters will be in place
throughout the holidays.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) sent a notice out to its
members about both suspicious incidents, Deadline was told, including the latest
incident in Tempe, AZ. When contacted by Deadline, a NATO spokesman said, "As a
general rule we don't comment on security issues." One film buyer who has the
film booked on the majority of their screens said they have five security guards
employed at each theater. "We've hired security at every location to be safe,"
the buyer said. "We will have five (guards) posted and reserve the right to
check (customers') bags. We will not let anyone walk in with a backpack or
anything larger than a purse, and whatever they are carrying will be checked."
FreightWatch warns of increased cargo and facility theft
during Christmas, New Year's weeks
FreightWatch International is encouraging shippers and carriers to reduce
shipping delays as much as possible during the winter holiday season to help
reduce cargo theft. FWI said the holiday shipping season is one of the most
dangerous for cargo theft and adds that this year, with Christmas Day and New
Year's Day both falling on a Friday, two separate three-day weekends create more
opportunity for freight to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations
for longer periods of time. FreightWatch said in addition to the usual spike
in full truckload theft and pilferage, a spike in facility theft is also a
possibility because of extra merchandise being shipped to restock store
shelves after the holiday sales. As a recommendation, FreightWatch encourages
logistics and security professionals to confirm holiday hours of operation with
shipping partners to mitigate any shipping delays.
The United Nations of Merchants - Manhattan - The retail melting pot of the
A first-of-its-kind survey of 906 existing retailers in three of Manhattan's
leading shopping districts (SoHo, Fifth Avenue, and Madison Avenue) found a
virtual "United Nations" of merchants originating from 26 countries. The Cushman
& Wakefield study found that nearly four out of ten retailers - 39% -- originate
from outside the United States.
American retailers made up 61% of the overall sample, Italians ranked overall
at 11%. France placed third overall, representing 7% of the total. The U.K.
ranked fourth and accounted for 5% of the surveyed retailers.
Stores with the best, worst return policies
There are several retailers who offer hassle-free returns with no deadline.
These include department stores Nordstrom and Kohl's; specialty retailers L.L.
Bean and Lands' End; and home goods store Bed Bath & Beyond.
On the flip side, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Lululemon offer just 14 days for
shoppers to return purchases, while Best Buy allows 15 days for most products.
Fast-fashion shop Forever 21 allows only 21 days for returns, though it gives a
little more leeway for online purchases. Sears and GameStop allow just 30 days
for returns and do not accept them without a receipt.
Hoverboard Safety Concerns Create Challenge for Retailers, Regulators -
Instances of hoverboards bursting into flames have sparked an investigation by
U.S. safety watchdogs
Rising safety concerns have turned the invention into a reminder of how quickly
Chinese factories can flood a new market and the risks for retailers that scoop
up little-known brands.
Instances of hoverboards, better described as self-balancing electric scooters,
bursting into flames have sparked an investigation by U.S. safety watchdogs.
Retailers, such as Amazon.com and Target temporarily stopped selling some
On Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service said it would no longer allow hoverboards
with lithium batteries to be shipped by plane. "Out of an abundance of caution,"
it said, the devices will be restricted to ground shipping. The Consumer
Product Safety Commission is accelerating an investigation into the devices
after tallying 12 specific incidents of them catching fire.
Staples, Office Depot Say They Won't Gouge FTC Tattlers
- FTC won't give up who's trying to block merger
Staples and Office Depot on Thursday slammed the Federal Trade Commission's
decision to keep secret the identities of big-name clients that warned of
price-hikes following plans for a $6.3 billion merger, telling a D.C. judge the
agency is overblowing fears of retaliation by the suppliers.
The FTC has so far refused to fully hand over names of companies that testified
against the merger, citing concerns Staples and Office Depot will react by
cutting off business partnerships or raising prices. But according to Staples'
attorney, Diane P. Sullivan of Weil Gotshal, the mysterious Fortune 500
companies backing the FTC's challenge likely aren't afraid of "their paperclip
Staples, FTC stalled on settlement talks
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking for office supply store Staples to
improve its offer to divest assets to further its bid to buy rival Office
Depot , the agency said in court on Thursday. Arguing for Staples, Diane
Sullivan said that the company had made a "significant and substantial" offer to
the FTC. The company said earlier this month that it had offered to divest $500
million in commercial.
Arguing for the FTC, Tara Reinhart said at a pre-trial hearing that the FTC had
rejected that as inadequate. "We have actually asked them to come back,"
Canada's Competition Bureau has also said that it would challenge the proposed
Pier 1 Latest To End On-Call Scheduling As NY Turns Up Heat
Pier 1 Imports has agreed to shelve on-call scheduling nationwide by April,
joining other major retailers who gave up the practice after pressure from
Albany, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Thursday.
Forever 21 To Pay $100,000 For Stockroom Safety Hazards at Westfarms
An employee had called OSHA to complain last November that piles of boxes
blocked the back door and narrowed the hallway from the store to the exit at the
Westfarms Mall in Farmington. Initially, the workplace safety division had asked
for a $165,000 fine, and the company contested it.
OSHA cited Forever 21 in May after an inspection of the Farmington store found
boxes piled as high as 10 feet and stacked in an unstable manner, blocking exit
routes and creating a hazard. The division said in May that the retailer had
been cited at five other stores nationwide during the last five years for
LPRC News - TJMaxx Storelab Project
The University of Florida Retailing Center is partnering with TJMaxx in order to
gather data on video analytics in the TJMaxx Storelab in Gainesville, Florida.
The main focus will help us to analyze shoppers' behaviors and customer
perceptions as it relates to video analytics. This initiative will be
spearheaded by the Loss Prevention Research Council video-solutions team, along
with the likings of Professor Hyunjoo Oh from the University of Florida. Stay
tuned as more news and details regarding this project emerge!
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Congress passes controversial cybersecurity bill attached to omnibus budget
This morning, Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015,
attached as the 14th rider to an omnibus budget bill. The bill is expected to be
signed into law by the president later today. Intended to ease sharing of
information between corporations and the government, the bill had drawn
controversy since its introduction last year. The Center for Democracy and
Technology said it risked creating "a backdoor wiretap," while Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-OR) called it "a surveillance bill by another name." Earlier this week, Sen.
Diane Feinstein (D-CA) called the bill "an important first step to address a
significant drain on our economy and threat to our national security."
The bill passed by Congress also strips away many of the previous anonymization
provisions included in previous versions of CISA, which has drawn significant
criticism from the security community. In effect, the new language clears the
way for an open channel between tech companies and the government, unaffected by
existing privacy laws.
Banks: Card Breach at Landry's Restaurants
Fraud analysts in the banking industry tell KrebsOnSecurity that the latest
hospitality firm to suffer a credit card breach is likely Landry's Inc., a
company that manages a nationwide stable of well-known restaurants -
including Bubba Gump, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick's, and Morton's.
Houston-based Landry's Inc. owns and operates more than 500 properties, such as
Landry's Seafood, Chart House and Rainforest Cafe. Last week, I began hearing
from banking industry sources who said fraud patterns on cards they'd issued to
customers strongly suggested a breach at the restaurateur. Industry sources told
this author that the problem appears to have started in May 2015 and may still
be impacting some Landry's locations.
Landry's posted a press release here, acknowledging the investigation.
Password Thieves Target Digital Gift Card Retailer Gyft - 3rd party at fault?
Digital gift card retailer Gyft has forced a password reset for some of its
users. The move comes in response to the theft of usernames and passwords from a
subset of Gyft customers. Mountain View, Calif. based Gyft lets customers buy
and use gift cards entirely from their mobile devices. Gyft declined to comment
on the record for this story. But company officials insist their platforms were
never breached - pointing instead to an unnamed third party. The company has not
disclosed publicly how many customers it has, but insiders said the percentage
of users affected was in the "high single digits."
Safeway Says No Payment Data Stolen From California Stores, Only Colorado
There's potential good news out of Safeway: while the company confirmed that
they found skimmers in credit card payment terminals in two states, a
spokesperson says that the baddies didn't harvest any customer data from the
stores in California. Instead, the grocer found them back in September while
inspecting terminals. While it's good news that customers didn't walk up to an
ATM only to find their bank accounts drained, it's still worrisome that someone
was able to install the skimmers in the first place.
Simple Pro POS Malware Could Cause Retail Havoc this Christmas
Security experts have warned US businesses which still haven't invested in chip
and PIN (EMV) readers to remain extra vigilant this holiday season, after
revealing more details on a new Point of Sale (POS) malware. Although Pro POS
was first discovered on underground forums late last month, Cisco's Talos team
has given it the once over in a detailed analysis
here. It's designed to lift card data and even check whether said details
could be used internationally.
"Since PoS malware like Pro PoS is available for purchase, it is even easier for
threat actors to utilize it to steal payment card data," Talos concluded.
"Businesses who utilize payment card readers that are not chip-enabled will need
to remain extra vigilant and adhere to industry best practices to ensure
coverage and protection against these advancing malware threats, especially
during the holiday season."
U.S. going after internal fraud on its own credit cards - setting up new
internal Analytics Team - no more casinos or strip clubs
Late Wednesday night the chamber approved by unanimous consent Democratic
legislation directing the General Services Administration (GSA) to create an
Office of Federal Charge Card Analytics and Review, which would be responsible
for supervising how federal agencies and program use their plastic to make
The legislation, which now goes to the House, bolsters a 2012 law instructing
federal agencies to firm up internal safeguards for identifying and stopping
That law was inspired in part by a report earlier this year from the Defense
Department finding that government credit card holders from across the agency
improperly spent more than $1 million at casinos and adult entertainment clubs
in a single year.
Why we need a national IoT strategy
New report calls for a concerted effort from the government to develop a
cohesive strategy to support the development and adoption of Internet of Things
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The Insider Threat &
Server Room Mitigation
Charles Delgado, VP Asset Protection,
As technology has evolved to the point where everyone is interconnected and has
the ability to access virtually any information, there's more exposure than ever
before to our data, our assets and our organizations. The Insider Threat is
often an overlooked and under-valued subject for retailers, however, Charles
Delgado, VP Asset Protection, Meijer, tells us why it isn't just a corporate
IT problem but something Loss Prevention members in the field should be
cognizant of as well. Learn why EMV technology is shifting the threat from
outside hackers to low-level employees coming in just to identify retailers'
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Calgary Co-op seeks Loss Prevention Director - based in Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Co-op is currently seeking a Loss Prevention Director who will be
dedicated to reducing inefficiencies in our business in an effort to protect our
assets, our team members and maximize our profitability. With 24 newly renovated
and redesigned food stores, 28 gas bars, 24 car washes, 2 home health centres
and 8 travel locations across the greater Calgary area, Calgary Co-op is a
member-owned retailer with over 440,000 members, 3,900 plus employees, assets of
$519 million and annual sales over $1.2 billion.
Fewer 'unwanted guests' in Regina stores, but clampdown worries critics
Last year, police service received more than 3,000 complaints
A Regina police initiative aimed at cracking down on people causing problems
in downtown stores appears to be getting results - although critics say it
targets the underclass.
City police say they're getting 18 per cent fewer calls about drunks,
shoplifters and other unruly or unwanted visitors after launching the
program earlier this year. The idea is that businesses can use the province's
trespassing law to keep anted people away.
The store has to fill out a form banning the person and give it to him and
her. If the person keeps coming back, the police can be called and give the
person a ticket.
Several people were at a meeting of the Regina Board of Police Commissioners to
complain about the clampdown on what the city calls "unwanted guests".
This year under the new procedure, they've given out only 38 tickets. However,
it's believed shop owners have been handing out many more forms banning the
problem visitors. Those forms appear to be effective as far as discouraging
repeat offenders goes, resulting in the 18 per cent reduction in calls,
the police said. A six-month progress report on the program was submitted to the
Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday at its monthly meeting.
Canada Launches New Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)
Nine major Canadian companies, including the big telcos and some of the Big Five
banks, along with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives on Friday announced
they are forming the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), a non-profit
organization that will allow firms to share information amongst themselves,
government and research institutes about cyber attacks.
The effect of cyber crime on Canadian GDP is lower than in the U.S. (0.17 per
cent versus 0.64 per cent), but the reason for this gap may be underreporting
and a lack of data, according to a Fraser Institute report.
Ontario's New Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Certification
Training Standards Take Effect March 1, 2016
In the first in a possible series of industry-specific certification training
opportunities for WSPS member firms, WSPS and Retail Council of Canada will
offer courses on existing Certification Parts One and Two training in January
and February 2016, as well as a later course on new training standards that
take effect March 1, 2016.
"If you have joint health and safety committee members who require certification
training, don't put it off," says Rodola Sibuma, a WSPS key account manager.
Sibuma's advice applies to every workplace required to have a JHSC, not just
those in the retail sector. Ministry of Labour inspectors typically check on
compliance on certification training requirements during workplace visits and
Patrick Rodgerson, Retail Council of Canada's Manager of Member Programs and a
Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), is a firm believer in
certification training. "It's important that your committee understand not
only its duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, but how it can
help mitigate risk in the workplace," he says.
Under WSPS's agreement with Retail Council of Canada, WSPS will offer
retail-specific Certification Training Parts One and Two courses starting
January 27. These courses cover current training requirements. WSPS will
also offer retail-specific certification training based on the incoming
standards to RCC member firms after March 1, 2016.
Weak Canadian economy, low loonie expected to
limit cross-border travel
List of Retailers Opening and
Expanding in Canada:
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Former mall security officer recounts experience of consumer racial profiling
'Isis' Clothing Store In Edmonton Plans Name Change After Threats
Halton Hills, ON: Police 'Project Holiday' busts a $4,000 ORC thief
at Toronto Premium Outlets
As a result of Halton Regional Police's Project Holiday enforcement, which
includes targeting organized retail crime, a Toronto man faces several theft
charges after being nabbed at Toronto Premium Outlets earlier this week.
Plainclothes officers patrolling the outdoor mall shops observed a male suspect
removing clothing from one of the stores without paying for it and placed the
man under arrest. A search of the suspect's vehicle revealed that approximately
$4,000 in stolen property.
BC: Hudson's Bay shoplifter busted; He would have got away if it wasn't for that
meddling police helicopter
An unlucky thief was caught red-handed hiding in a doorway in Kelowna when a
police helicopter that just happened to be passing by helped thwart his escape
from Orchard Park Shopping Centre. Sometime after 3 p.m., Dec. 14, the loss
prevention officers at Orchard Park Mall chased a man they believed was carrying
a backpack full of stolen items from the Bay. When they were unable to catch
him, they notified police who had some serious backup at their disposal. "It
just so happens the helicopter was coming back from Big White," Cpl. Joe Duncan
says. The man was located within 15 minutes of the helicopter arriving on scene.
Ottawa: Police seek man in 4 Pharmacy Robberies
Ottawa police have issued an arrest warrant for a man they say is behind four
October pharmacy robberies. In each case, a man entered the pharmacy and showed
a note demanding money and prescription drugs. Two of the robberies ended up
with the suspect fleeing with a combination of drugs and cash.
Brantford: Second man arrested in Shoppers Drug Mart robbery
Brantford Police say a second person is in custody in Kitchener in connection
with a recent pharmacy robbery. The Shoppers Drug Mart was robbed earlier this
month. Surveillance footage released by police helped identify the man suspected
of robbing the store, who was arrested days later in Cambridge. Inside the man's
home, police found most of the drugs stolen during the robbery. A second person
arrested at the home was later determined to have acted as a lookout during the
Waterloo Region: 32 Smash & Grabs: Kitchener man faces 78 charges
after break-in spree
Richard Wayne Haddock, 37, was arrested near his home on Dec. 10, the day after
he allegedly went on a smash-and-grab spree in which five businesses in
Kitchener and Waterloo were broken into within a two-hour period before dawn.
There also was a break-in in Cambridge that same night. Waterloo Regional Police
allege a man broke into 32 businesses in a six-week span from Oct. 28 to Dec. 9.
Rocks and bricks were used to smash windows, police said. The value of property
and money that was stolen is estimated at about $10,000 and damage to the
businesses is estimated at about $40,000.
ON: Police are investigating a $4 000 theft of groceries taken from Sobeys
Stratford Police are asking for the public's help after a theft from Sobeys. A
woman entered the store, filled a shopping cart with items including meat, baby
formula, chewing gum, and general merchandise. She then left the store without
paying. A van was waiting for her outside the store with one other person
inside. Police received the call shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday. The woman spent
considerable time in the store and appeared calm and well organized. The
estimated value of the goods taken is $4 000.
Paradise, NF: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary seek
suspect in Convenience store Armed Robbery
Windsor, ON: Police investigating Monday evening
How Online Retailers Can Fight Fraud Increases After The EMV Rollout
In every country that has adopted the EMV standard, there has been a follow-on
wave of fraudulent credit card activity in the online retail world. Why is this
happening, and what can retailers do to avoid it?
So far, we've seen that the U.S. online retailers doing the best job at
combating fraud have adopted best practices from merchants in countries where
EMV has already taken hold. Some of the most effective fraud prevention best
practices we've seen include:
● Automating fraud detection. All the top payment processors incorporate
fraud detection in their offerings. They use software to analyze unusual buying
patterns in user data (like multiple purchases on different cards from the same
address, or small gift card purchases followed by a big ticket item purchase)
and flag potential cases of fraud.
● Encoding data so fraudsters can't access it. Several software solutions
exist that encrypt customer information, replacing it with a string of letters
and numbers that can't be used by fraudsters if the retailer's system is
● Pushing liability for fraud back to the issuer. In the U.S., banks have
pushed liability for fraud to merchants, meaning that if you get burned by fraud
when a "chip and PIN" system wasn't used, you're on the hook for it. That's a
killer for online retail. Luckily, Verified By Visa, MasterCard SecureCode and
American Express SafeKey all use 3-D Secure technology to provide an additional
layer of authentication - and the use of 3-D Secure shifts fraud liability from
the retailer back to the issuer.
● Getting a handle on chargebacks. Companies like mine offer services
that inform retailers when customers dispute a charge, allowing the retailer to
evaluate the legitimacy of the chargeback. This is important because, in 58
percent of instances, merchants are never notified that a charge is being
contested, leaving them defenseless against the chargeback. And the cost of
chargebacks, in dollars, time and effort are huge. The actual cost of
chargebacks can be up to 270 percent of the disputed charge-meaning, on a $100
chargeback, you may wind up paying $270 in fees.
U.S. government calls on Alibaba to do more to fight counterfeiting
Alibaba Group had its wrist slapped Thursday by a U.S. government agency, but
avoided the embarrassment of having its e-commerce marketplaces put back on a
list of international marketplaces that promote the sale of phony goods.
The U.S. agency had put Taobao, Alibaba's biggest online shopping site on the
list in 2008, but removed it in 2012, citing Alibaba's efforts to fight
counterfeiters. A new mention would damage Alibaba's reputation in the United
States, where its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange and where it's
cultivating business relationships with retailers and entertainment companies as
part of the company's global expansion.
Fake Kroger coupon circulating Facebook
A Kroger coupon is circulating Facebook claiming to give customers
40 percent off all purchases in store. The problem is, it's fake. They said in a
statement, "There is currently an unauthorized "40 percent off all purchases in
store" offer circulating. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by
the Kroger Co. in any way. We recommend not engaging with the site(s) that offer
links to the coupon, or providing them with any personal information. Our team
is actively working with Facebook and domain service providers to address the
Sales of Counterfeit Goods Online Up 15% in 2015
Online sales of counterfeit goods increased by about 15 percent in 2015 with
retail, electronics, pharmaceuticals and luxury brands among the worst-hit
sectors, according to the annual "notorious markets" report released by U.S.
trade officials Thursday.
E-commerce accounts for 15% of UK retail sales in November
Amazon.com Q3 sales increased 23% to $25.4 billion
FedEx Profit Boosted by Online Holiday Shopping
Study: Holiday delivery performance worsens
Study: Online sales, browsing come from different sources
Amazon grabbing a bigger share of holiday
Antonio, TX: Woman busted for trafficking in stolen High-end good; $50,000 of
A woman accused of buying stolen items from shoplifters was arrested Thursday
morning. Noemi Lopez-Padilla was arrested at El Camaron Pelado on West Commerce,
a restaurant she co-owns. Investigators believe the 41-year-old has been buying
merchandise stolen from high-end retail stores, then re-selling it to make a
profit. They recovered close to $50,000 in stolen property and $10,000 in cash
at the time of her arrest. Police say Lopez-Padilla was buying anything that
could be re-sold, like clothing and cosmetics. She is charged with organized
Co, MS: Major Shoplifting Duo Arrested on I-10; $26,000 of merchandise recovered
On 14th December 2015, at approximately 11:00 AM Jackson County Deputy Matt Wade
who is assigned to Jackson County Metro Criminal Interdiction Team, conducted a
traffic stop on interstate 10, eastbound near the 57 mile marker on 2007
Mercedes SUV for a tag violation. The occupants were identified as Lauro Mesa
age 26 and Alfredo Cruz-Gomez age 27 both from Tampa Florida. Further
investigation by Deputy Wade and other interdiction Agents led to the discovery
of large quantities of merchandise with tags from Ross department store.
Instigators with Jackson County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division
responded to the scene. Further investigation revealed the occupants were wanted
in connection with shoplifting at Ross department stores in Texas, Louisiana,
Gulfport and D'lberville Mississippi as well as Panama City, Florida. A thorough
search of the vehicle revealed it contained various items stolen from Ross
Department stores valued at $26,442.66. These items include clothes, purses,
shoes, belts, electronics and fragrances.
Chicago Police: 10-month investigation leads to stolen merchandise bust
Chicago Police have arrested two southwest suburban men suspected of selling
stolen iPhones, counterfeit merchandise and untaxed cigarettes out of a retail
outlet in the city. Asad A. Abumuslem, 52, of Oak Lawn, and Saad Abdulhadi, of
Midlothian were each charged with one felony count of continuing financial crime
enterprise and one felony count of theft, according to Chicago Police. After
reports from residents that the store was buying and reselling stolen iPhones,
police initiated Operation "Clean Break," which was conducted over a 10-month
span by Intelligence Section Officers of the Organized Crime Division and the
Asset Forfeiture Unit, according to police.
TX: ORC or being Frugal ?? Extreme Couponing Drove Her to Ruin
A mom says she lost her savings and her pregnancy fighting back against Target,
which accused her of stealing $27,000 worth of merchandise she split with
accomplices on the inside. "It's a steal" when you get a good deal at the store,
but authorities say "extreme couponer" Elyse Rumenapp's obscene savings were
truly crooked. The warehouse worth of stuff she snatched up on the cheap
included razors, common household cleaners, boxes and boxes of flatscreen TVs,
iPads, computers, thousands of dollars worth of gift cards, and $3,600 in Visa
gift cards she used to buy a boob job. Rumenapp, 25, attracted novice shoppers
who gravitated toward the cost-cutting kung fu master to get schooled on saving
big. Now the nurse is broke after burning her entire savings to defend herself
against criminal charges of "organized retail theft" in 2012. After being
acquitted last year, Rumenapp sued Target this week for siccing the police on
her and destroying her life. Rumenapp said the two-year ordeal made her suffer
extreme "anguish," culminating in a miscarriage.
Braintree, MA: Police arrest 19 year old in $1,100
Lord & Taylor theft at South Shore Plaza, seeking 17 year old suspect
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Atlanta, GA: Two Armed Robbers hit Kroger, leading Police on a chase
Two suspects were in custody Thursday after allegedly robbing a Kroger store and
leading police officers on a chase. The robbery happened about 9 a.m. in the
portion of southeast Atlanta that is inside DeKalb County. "Responding officers
observed the suspects leaving in a vehicle and pursued them to Memorial [Drive]
and Clifton [Road]," DeKalb police Major S.R. Fore told The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. Fore said the suspects abandoned the vehicle and attempted
to run, but were taken into custody. Atlanta police initially reported that
shots were fired inside the store, but Fore said in an email that no shots were
fired. The incident was the second robbery at the store in recent weeks.
Reno, NV: Home Depot Shooter Found Guilty, facing up to 48 years in prison
A Reno man has been found guilty in Washoe District Court in connection with a
2015 shooting at the Northtowne Home Depot store. After a three-day trial,
20-year-old Jared Anthony Johnson was found guilty of one count of Robbery with
the Use of a Deadly Weapon and three counts of Assault with the Use of a Deadly
Weapon. The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says the charges stemmed
from an incident August 4, 2015, when Johnson, who was short on rent money,
stole tools from the store. As he left with about $300 in stolen merchandise in
his backpack, he was confronted by two store security officers who had watched
the theft. He tried to escape but was caught, leading to a struggle. During the
fight, he pulled a loaded .22 caliber revolver from his backpack and fired three
Port St. Lucie, FL: Armed Robbery at Winn-Dixie Thursday morning; possible
connection to Family Dollar robbery
Port St. Lucie police are investigating a Thursday morning robbery at a
Winn-Dixie in which a man made off with an undisclosed amount of money, a
spokesman said. A man about 7:10 a.m. went in the grocery store and approached
the customer service cashier and demanded money, said Sgt. Robert Vega, police
spokesman. The man displayed a handgun and got cash, Advil and a carton of
cigarettes, Vega said. Vega said the man was in the store for a short period of
time and that no one was hurt. Vega said police believe it's the same person who
on December 6 robbed a Family Dollar store in Port St. Lucie.
Co, WV: GPS Tracking in pill bottle leads investigators to CVS robbery suspects;
CVS manager paid $5k for inside info
The woman investigators say drove the getaway car in connection to a string of
CVS robberies is now in custody. Kristy Albright was booked into the jail just
before 7 p.m. Thursday. The warrant she is being held on is for a charge of
second degree robbery out of Kanawha County. According to a criminal complaint
Albright drove the car during the robbery at the Dunbar CVS and during "other
robberies" for her boyfriend Charles "Eddie" Jacobs. Jacobs is currently in jail
on a probation violation. He is expected to be arraigned Friday on charges
held-up four different CVS stores in on five different occasions over the last
few months. Jacobs also told investigators he paid a woman named Kellie Cook,
who managed one of the locations he robbed, $5,000 for information about the
amount of pills in the store and the dates the pills were delivered. Cook was
arraigned Thursday on a charge of second degree robbery. Investigators were able
to crack the string of robberies because of a GPS tracking system that was
placed inside a bill bottles and given to Jacobs during the most recent pharmacy
robbery Saturday December 12 at the Dunbar CVS.
CA: Police make arrest in $200,000 theft of artworks from trailer; all artwork
Police detectives have made an arrest in the Sept. 4 heist of original
glass-blown art pieces from a parked cargo trailer in Richmond, and say all the
art pieces valued at $200,000 have been recovered. Mario Silva of Richmond
(pictured below) was arrested after confessing to the theft of 17 pieces of
artwork - some equivalent to the size of a human torso - from the trailer in the
3800 block of Roosevelt Avenue, police said. Chicago artist Alexis Silk had
planned to show her year's worth of work at the annual art and wine show in
Sausalito. The cargo trailer was parked in front of her friend's home, police
said. The art was stolen the day before the show.
Dadeville, AL: Family Dollar employee busted for $3,000 theft;
with the store for less than a month
Rebecca Lynn Autry, 23, of Dadeville was arrested by Dadeville Police at 5:15
p.m. Wednesday evening, according to Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour. "She
was charged with first-degree theft of property," Barbour said. "The arrest came
after it was found that she during her short time of employment at the business
had taken over $3,000 in cash and cards from the business." Autry had been an
employee at Family Dollar in Dadeville for less than months.
Atlanta, GA: Smash And Grab Thieves Hit Mall At West End
Police are investigating a smash and grab overnight at the Mall at West End.
Reports from the scene indicate that thieves used a rock to smash in the doors
of the mall on the Abernathy Street side. Once inside, they shattered the plate
glass of the Jimmy Jazz store.
Battle Creek, MI: Police arrest 2 for Credit Card
Freud; 50 fake credit cards recovered
Greenville, MI: Employee steals over $93,000 doing fake refunds from a family
run Garden Center
Waldorf, MD: Man pleads guilty for Theft, Arson of Fred's Sporting Goods: damage
estimated at $500,000
UK: Safergems are warning retailers to be vigilant
after a duo stole a Rolex watch in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter on December 14
BP - Moravia, IA - Burglary
Casey's General - Springfield, MO - Armed Robbery
Chevron - Tuscaloosa Co, AL - Burglary
Citgo - Hyde Park, NY - Armed Robbery
CVS - Peru, IL - Robbery
Dollar General - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson Co, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Laurel, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Tippecanoe, IN - Armed Robbery
Douglas Hardware - Racine, WI - Robbery
GT Distributor (Guns) - Austin, TX - Burglary
McDonalds - Chicago (Midway) - Shooting / 2 injured
McIntyre Gun Shop - Clarke Co, AL - Burglary / 1 killed 1 injured
Mr Discount Pharmacy - Meridian, MS - Armed Robbery
Plaid Pantry - Portland, OR - Shooting / 1 killed
Speedway - Greenville, NC - Robbery
S-T Grocery - Lansingburgh, NY - Robbery
T- Mobile -NYC Manhattan, NY - Armed Robbery
Wawa - Chesterfield Co, VA - Shooting, no injuries
Winn Dixie - Port St Lucie, FL - Armed Robbery
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