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Brian Csorba, CFI promoted to Director, Loss Prevention for T-Mobile
Brian was previously their Senior Manager, LP Field Operations since 2014 before earning this promotion. He's held other loss prevention leadership roles for retailer and vendors alike, including Senior Manager, LP Corporate Operations for Office Depot, Inc., Manager, Corporate Loss Prevention for OfficeMax, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for LP Innovations, Corporate LP Investigations for Follett Higher Education Group, and LP Manager for Target. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Business Administration in Operations Management from American InterContinental University. Congratulations Brian!

David Broom, CFI promoted to Director, Loss Prevention for T-Mobile

David was previously the Senior Manager of Loss Prevention for the retailer since 2012 before earning this new position. David's held other loss prevention positions including Regional Loss Prevention Manager for T-Mobile, and General Nutrition Centers. David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. Congratulations David!

Scott Thomas named Director of Signature Brands for
Genetec North America

In this newly created position, Scott is now responsible for the Retail, Financial, Hospitality & Gaming Vertical Markets Team at Genetec. Scott was previously the Director of Retail & Banking before taking this new role. Prior to his 10 year career at Genetec, Scott was a National Account Manager and Vertical Specialist at Checkpoint Systems for 17 years. Congratulations Scott!


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'Spinning to Explain Away Increase in Crime Rates'
New Legislation Aims to Reverse California's Prop 47
Movement to Make Multiple Shoplifting Offenses a Felony - Again

The propaganda espoused by proponents of various criminal justice reform measures is that crime is not really rising very much so long as it isn't as bad as it was 30 years ago. They continue that trend with their attempt to manipulate the statewide crime rate increase by excluding more than 25% of the population.

Contrary to the line peddled by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), the violent crime rate in California per 100,000 has risen since the passage of AB 109. AB 109 was enacted in October, 2011, a year when the violent crime rate in California was 413.3 per 100,000. In 2016, the violent crime rate in California was 443.9 - an increase of more than 7% over the 2011 violent crime rate.

Likewise noteworthy is the increase in the property crime rate since the 2014 passage of Prop 47 which reduced multiple theft offenses to inconsequential misdemeanors. The property crime rate in California increased in both 2015 and 2016 from the property crime rate in 2014, years in which the rest of the United States marked two more years of a continuation of a 14-year decrease in property crime rates. Further, prior to Prop 47, California had seen three straight years of property crime rate decreases.

The ADDA has joined crime victims, law enforcement, business owners and public safety leaders working to pass the "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018." This initiative will address some of the serious flaws brought on by "criminal justice reform." Learn more about "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018" at http://www.KeepCaliforniaSafe.org   laadda.com

Thank you to Karl Langhorst, Executive VP, ALTO US for this article submission.

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Retail Finance Exec Gets 3 Years Prison for $2.6M Embezzlement Scheme
Created Fake Invoices for Cruise Retailer Starboard

A Hialeah, Florida woman was sentenced to 36 months in prison by a federal judge on Friday for allegedly stealing more than $2.6 million from a Doral-based cruise retailer, federal officials said.

Carmen Silvia Rodriguez, 55, worked at Starboard Cruise Services, Inc. (SCS), which operates tax- and duty-free retail stores aboard cruise ships, between 2010 and 2016. During her time at SCS, federal officials allege she embezzled money by creating false invoices and inflating the price of certain products at Starboard, according to the Department of Justice.

Rodriquez had previously pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, and following her prison sentence she will have three years of supervised release.

During the course of the alleged scheme, Rodriguez worked as a supervisor in SCS's Finance and Administration Department. In that role, federal officials alleged she accessed company records related to two former Starboard vendors and added her own bank account information to the two vendors' accounts.

At sentencing, Rodriguez was ordered to pay restitution to SCS in the amount of $2.67 million. bizjournals.com

$3M Retail Fraud, ID Theft Scheme
Conn. Man Defrauded Retailers Across the Country with Counterfeit Checks

Acting United States Attorney Corey R. Amundson announced today that a federal jury unanimously convicted WALTER GLENN, of Connecticut, following a week-long jury trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson.

The evidence at trial demonstrated that GLENN and others obtained and possessed the personal identifying information of more than four hundred (400) individual victims, and used the information to create fraudulent identification cards and counterfeit checks that would allow them to engage in fraudulent transactions at retailers. Using rental vehicles, GLENN and others traveled across the country and engaged in fraudulent transactions using their victims' identifiers.

Through their scheme, between January of 2014 and August of 2015, GLENN and others attempted to cash almost $2,000,000 in counterfeit checks and defrauded various retailers out of almost $1 million. justice.gov

Iraqi refugee who wanted to bomb Texas malls for ISIS
Sentenced to 16 years in prison

An Iraqi refugee who investigators say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State terror network.

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan was sentenced in Houston federal court. He pleaded guilty in October 2016 to attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

At the time of his plea, Al Hardan admitted to providing material support, specifically himself, to ISIS. foxnews.com

The Gun Hunters of Harvey
Tracking weapons stolen in Houston during the storm

A Glock 23 pistol. A .40-caliber Springfield XDM-40. A Ruger P95. Dozens of other handguns, shotguns and long rifles: all missing.

As Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston, most people were just trying to stay safe. Cops were busy saving lives. Across the city, however, crews of enterprising thieves used the disaster to break into gun stores and carry away 109 firearms - untraceable and easily sold.

Investigators from the Houston office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have so far recovered a half dozen of the weapons. Where are the rest?

That what's Ryan Taylor wants to know. He oversees the agents tasked with hunting down the stolen weapons. One thing is certain, he says: They're crime guns now, and they're not being used for good. houstonchronicle.com

Consumer Reports issues warning over Gift Card Scams
For many people, gift cards take the agony out of finding that perfect present. But if you're buying or receiving gift cards this year, there's a scam you should know about: The money that you or your benefactor put onto that gift card can be stolen before the intended recipient can spend it.

"Gift cards are a big target for criminals," says Avivah Litan, security analyst for Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm. The FBI estimates that gift card fraud losses are in the low single digits as a percentage of sales, but gift card sales run about $130 billion a year.

A Simple Scam
The process of stealing the money off gift cards can vary. With the simplest method, a hacker takes cards off the rack, writes down the gift cards' numbers, and scratches off the strip on the back of the cards to get the security codes. Once he has that information, he puts replacement strips - easily available online - over the codes and exits the store.

Later, after you buy one of those cards and load money onto it, the hacker gets an alert that tells him that the funds have been loaded onto the card.

Botnet Attack
More sophisticated hackers skip the physical gift cards on racks in stores and go directly to the websites where consumers access their gift card balances. There, the hackers attack using botnets, networks of thousands of hijacked individual personal computers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which carry out automated actions.

The botnets test millions of combinations of gift card account numbers (which may follow discoverable sequencing patterns) and stolen PIN passwords to try to log into online gift card accounts that have money loaded onto them. The botnets try to avoid detection by mimicking individual human browsing behavior and blending in with a website's genuine visitor traffic. consumerreports.org

How Retail Brands Are Curbing Coupon Fraud This Holiday Season
When you first see headlines about 22 employees being arrested at a workplace, thoughts of white-collar embezzlement at an investment firm come to mind. But the large-scale employee arrest I'm referring to took place at a Southern California Walmart last month.

The crime? Coupon fraud. These insiders apparently used fraudulent discounts at self-checkouts to receive large overages from the registers. And rather than taking the overage amounts in cash, they transferred the money onto gift cards to avoid suspicion.

Retailers are always on the lookout for new ways to mitigate the ever-present fraud problem. While no company can avoid fraud altogether, here are a few last-minute, effective tactics that are changing the game for merchants 2017 and 2018:

Merge Your Returns Database with Your Customer Database
If you can't reconcile a return claim with a given customer's history, then there's no way you can hope to identify potential fraudsters in time to stop suspicious transactions.

Use Individualized Promo Codes and Coupon Limitations
When offering a promo code, don't make it so generic that anyone can use it. Instead, consider assigning a unique code to each individual shopper rather than providing one code for the general masses to keep using.

Use Rule-Based Discounts Instead of Coupon Codes
A discount rule is simply a preprogrammed condition that applies to a shopper's online purchase. If all the preprogrammed conditions are met within a customer's order (for example, buy one get one free), the discount is applied to their cart. forbes.com

Cargo theft expected to increase during holiday season
With both Christmas Day and New Year's Day occurring on Mondays this year, the two three-day weekends leave more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time, according to Sensitech. americanshipper.com

Footwear is most counterfeited item in international trade
Fake products are a fixture of international trade, cropping up in everything from handbags and perfumes to machine parts and chemicals. But footwear is the most-copied item, and the industry has been pushing governments to take action. Imports of counterfeit and pirated goods are worth nearly half a trillion dollars a year, or around 2.5% of global imports, with U.S., Italian, and French brands the hardest hit, according to a report released last year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU's Intellectual Property Office. ajot.com

Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us Weighs Closing Between 100 and 200 Stores
Toys "R" Us Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in September, is considering closing at least 100 U.S. stores in the face of weak holiday sales, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

U.S. sales have declined about 15 percent this Christmas-shopping season from a year earlier, according to people recently briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. The number of closed stores could reach approximately 200, one of the people said, but no decision has been made. bloomberg.com

Women disproportionately impacted by retail job cuts, report says
Women have disproportionately felt the effects of the ongoing "retail apocalypse," as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers cut jobs and close stores amid sagging sales.

Retailers cut roughly 129,000 net jobs belonging to women from November 2016 to November 2017, the Institute for Women's Policy Research said, citing U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Despite that negative trend, men gained 106,000 retail industry jobs over the same period. foxbusiness.com

Toys R Us UK faces collapse with loss of all 3,200 jobs

Niketown Closure in NYC to Impact 357 Employees

Jack in the Box sells struggling Qdoba for $305 million

East Stroudsburg, PA: Domino's pizza shop donates all sales to slain driver's family

Former USPS VP sentenced after inspectors uncovered resume lies

Ross Stores Insider Trading Charges Have To Go, Judge Told


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The truth about RFID credit card fraud
To believe that RFID credit card crime is occurring, you have to ignore that RFID readers can read RFID information from many tens of yards away only in perfect conditions. The real-world conditions of multiple cards in someone's wallet or purse, blocked by other cards and material and surrounded by all sorts of other metal objects (e.g., keys or coins), all contribute to RFID cards being hard to read at distance. In fact, when used at a merchant with normal readers, RFID cards must be within a few centimeters to work. You often can't even keep it inside a wallet and have the signal reach the merchant reader.

Let's assume the criminal mastermind has the best RFID reader and the victim is alone and is basically holding their card out in front of them so the reader has a clear shot for RFID eavesdropping. Let's assume the criminal can actually get all the information available from a wireless read.

Most RFID credit cards will only readily transmit the credit card number and expiration date if read by a wireless RFID reader. The attacker will not get the person's name, security code, or the address attached to the credit card. This effectively prevents the information from being used on nearly any online vendor's website. csoonline.com

Visa Says Chip Cards Reduced Counterfeit Fraud By 66 Percent
According to a new Visa press release, counterfeit fraud at U.S. chip-enabled merchants was down 66 percent in June of 2017 compared to June of 2015. What's more, U.S. financial institutions have issued 462 million chip cards to consumers, and 2.5 million, or 55 percent, of U.S. storefronts now accept cards with the EMV chip. According to the company, as of September, there were $59.4 billion of chip transactions, up from $4.8 billion in September of 2015.

The start of 2017 marked the first full year since the U.S. started moving to EMV chip cards. At that time, Visa said that counterfeit fraud had dropped by 52 percent, and was down 14 percent across all merchants during that first year. pymnts.com

U.S. Blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' Cyberattack
The White House on Tuesday blamed the government of North Korea for a massive cyberattack in May that crippled hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, weeks after the U.K. had already cast blame on the country.

North Korea launched the virus, known as WannaCry, in a "careless and reckless attack" that damaged businesses and put lives at risk, Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, told reporters. Hospital computer systems in the United Kingdom were hit by the attack, and schools and business were also affected. wsj.com

Kaspersky Sues U.S. Over Order to Remove Its Anti-Virus Software
Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab filed suit against the U.S. government on Monday, demanding that the Department of Homeland Security rescind a ban on Kaspersky software in U.S. government computers.

Kaspersky's complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, alleges that DHS deprived the cybersecurity firm's due process rights under the Constitution by failing to give the company a meaningful chance to challenge the directive before it was issued. wsj.com

Anti-Bribery Policy Targets Messaging Apps
The U.S. Justice Department is taking a new tack with the anti-bribery enforcement policy it rolled out last month, pressing companies to bar employees from using messaging software that doesn't keep a permanent record of what is said, according to attorneys. For companies to receive full credit for fixing their compliance programs following a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, clearing the road for the DOJ to decline to prosecute them, they must prohibit staff from using "software that generates but does not appropriately retain business records or communications," states the policy.

"This language is unprecedented in prior DOJ guidance on FCPA enforcement and shows a significant evolution in the DOJ's expectations for data controls," the lawyers wrote in a blog post published Thursday. wsj.com

File Containing 1.4 Billion Unencrypted Passwords Found on Dark Web

'Starwars' Debuts on List of Worst Passwords of 2017


How to Search Twitter Faster

Twitter has about 500 million tweets every day. However, not all of them are available in the search feature within Twitter. Here are a couple advanced search tips to help you find what you're looking for:

For exact phrases use quotes ("") around your search term. This is especially useful when your search includes slang, abbreviations, names, or acronyms. For example, in the search box type "shoplifter hits." This will help eliminate false positives and only return results with the exact phrase "shoplifter hits."

For tweets from a specific person or organization, type in their handle preceded by the @ sign (for example, "@cnn"). This will only return results tweeted by "@cnn." This can be helpful in investigations when you know the suspect's twitter handle (user name).


High Performance Teams

"Good People, Good Everything"

Alisa Dart, VP of AP, Macy's

With all the changes the retail world is facing, there's one aspect of the industry, every organization and every team that's never changed and will never change. And that is the people - the human beings on your team who will determine your success or your failure. Alisa Dart, Vice President of Asset Protection for Macy's, oversees their entire field AP team, covering 600 stores nationwide, 5 operating regions and 39 districts. Hear her perspective and experience when it comes to developing high performance teams.

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3 ways online retailers can defend themselves against phishing
during the holiday season

Tip 1: Assume Your Cybersecurity Technology is Flawed - Traditional signature-based secure email gateways and filters are now easily bypassed by spear-phishing, spoofing and business email compromise (BEC) messages. It's essential that employees of e-commerce companies and online retailers that utilize such legacy technologies do not garner a false sense of security simply because its known that investments in cybersecurity have been made. As such, employees should expect tech glitches to occur, and in turn embrace a personal responsibility as a first line of defense to help identify, report and avoid phishing.

Tip 2: Simulate Phishing Attacks - Twice a week provide all employees-from the CEO to the intern-with tailored training and simulations using mock phishing attacks to increase awareness and responsiveness to social engineering techniques. Use gamified, interactive micro-learning (5 minutes or less) sessions to assess and strengthen each employees' phishing recognition and classification skills.

Tip 3: Elevate Executive Communications - Today's phishing attacks are so sophisticated and complex that even well-trained and cyber-vigilant employees can be easily tricked by spear-phishing and brand spoofing messages. In recognition of such risk, management and/or executive teams must continuously communicate with employees on the threats posed by cyber criminals.

Verizon: Online holiday shopping continues strong, driven by 'a perfect storm'
E-commerce activity spiked late last week and into the weekend as consumers were likely motivated by Free Shipping Friday and other promotional offers from retailers, according to the Holiday Retail Index by Verizon, which monitors daily traffic volume to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers throughout the holiday shopping season.

Average daily e-commerce traffic volume to U.S.-based retailers was up 16% on Friday (Dec. 15) and 17% on Saturday (Dec. 16) from these same days last year, the report found. chainstoreage.com

Small e-retailers could be hurt by the end of net neutrality
When the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to abolish net neutrality rules, the reaction from e-retailers and other web-based companies was swift, negative and sometimes threatening. Lawsuits and proposed legislation are expected to follow.

"The repeal of net neutrality could mean a removal of freedom on the internet and change the web forever," Hill says. "For many retailers, [Thursday's] vote by the FCC could cease equal access to the internet. The decision could result in slower page load times for retailers, which impacts bottom lines and metrics like conversions. With Thursday's FCC vote, healthy competition amongst retailers simply cannot happen."

Adobe: Holiday season ringing up $1 billion online daily

Mall Operator Predicts Online Shopping Ceiling Of 20 Percent Of Retail Sales

Amazon is bringing back 'digital day'

Costco's online sales grew by 40% during the first quarter of fiscal 2018

Sears extends ties with online giant, Amazon

The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail Announces New Board Member Gregg "Ox" Oxfeld - Senior National Account Manager, Stanley Security
The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) announced the selection of its newest Board Member, Gregg "Ox" Oxfeld. Ox also serves as the Senior National Account Manager with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions and has been with the company for more than 12 years. Ox will support Vendor Relations & Fundraising efforts in this new role. "I have been involved with CLEAR and its members since its conception in 2008. Their primary objectives are aligned with not only my own business practices, but my personal beliefs as well." said Ox.

Ox went on to say, "As a security professional, I have always worked toward partnerships, not only within my own team, but with clients and law enforcement. I am looking forward to expanding my role with the Coalition as well as growing the vendor community that supports this worthwhile organization." "My hope is to engage both the organizations involved and the vendor community to ensure we deliver more security related offerings that further support the mission of our members." Ox joins the Board of Directors after many years of supporting the organization's growth and success, both personally and professionally. 
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Update: Undocumented immigrant couple sentenced in $1 Million MoneyGram scam
An undocumented young Indian couple who traveled the eastern United States collecting more than $1 million from scam victims will get to stay in the country - at least as long as their federal prison terms. Manish Patel and his wife, Nikita Shukla, both 26, drove from Florida to Minnesota using more than 140 fake IDs with Patel's photo, picking up MoneyGram orders for conspirators from foreign call centers. The lucrative gig ended in May at a Greenfield Walmart, where agents arrested the couple who had appeared on their radar a couple of months earlier, after a victim in Minnesota called police about a payment made at the Walmart here. Patel and Shukla each pleaded guilty in September to one count of wire fraud. Last week, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Patel to 38 months in prison and ordered he pay $1.1 million restitution. jsonline.com

Pico Rivera, CA: Armed Robbers steal $60,000 in cell phones from Sprint store
Three people stole 100 cell phones - estimated to be worth a total of $60,000 - from a Pico Rivera Sprint Store Monday. The robbery took place at 11:08 a.m. at the Sprint Store at 8762 Washington Blvd. A woman entered the store and acted interested in purchasing a cell phone, and once the sales staff was preoccupied, two men entered and threatened the staff with a handgun. whittierdailynews.com

West Palm Beach, FL: Three Arrested in $41,000 Verizon Store Armed Robbery
Police have arrested 3 men in connection to the alleged armed robbery in West Palm Beach Monday afternoon. West Palm Beach police said three men stole $41,000 worth of iPhones Monday afternoon. All of the phones were recovered by police. palmbeachpost.com

Paducah, KY: Police seek suspects in 'bait and switch' Walmart thefts
Police say the suspects when through store checkout to buy prepaid debit cards and other items. Then, one person distracted the cashier while the second closed out the sale on the cash register. They then left without paying. Combined, police say, the three were able to steal more than $4,400 in merchandise and prepaid cards. Police say the trio are also suspected of running the same scam at Walmart stores in Murray and Central City, Kentucky. wpsdlocal6.com

Madison, WI: 18 year old man arrested for $5,000 iPhone theft at Best Buy

Glenview, IL: 5 charged after $3,000 in clothing stolen from Dick's in The Glen Town Center

Northbrook, IL: 3 iPhones stolen from Apple Store; valued at $2,550

Highland Park, IL: 5 Canadian Goose Coats Stolen By 6 Shoplifters

Lexington, KY: Police seek 2 for $1,000 Felony Theft at Dillards; merchandise recovered

Coral Gables, FL: Pair Spent Nearly $1,000 at CVS With Stolen Credit Card

Portage, IN: Woman arrested in $400 Liquor Theft; suspected in thefts at Walmart and Meijer in Hammond and Lansing

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Shootings & Deaths

San Jose, CA: Security Guard Shoots Robber inside downtown Walgreens
The shooting happened Monday at 8:23 p.m. at the store located at 5 S. First St. When police arrived, they found a man shot. The robbery suspect is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say the man, who was shot by the security guard, was trying to rob the Walgreens. The security guard is cooperating with the investigation. kron4.com

Chicago, IL: Person With Concealed Carry License Shoots Naked Man Causing Disturbance outside T- Mobile
A 55-year-old man "causing a disturbance outside a retail store" was shot Monday by a person with a license to carry a concealed weapon. The person who opened fire was a patron inside the store, police said. The 55-year-old was hit in the leg and was in critical condition. chicagotribune.com

Tyrone, GA: Man robs O'Reilly's Auto Parts, nearly shoots child while escaping
A man entered the unlocked rear entrance of O'Reilly Auto Parts and began to rob the store. The suspect shot at an employee entering the store, missed, and fled the area. A resident of Tyrone attempted to stop the suspect from leaving by ramming his car. After the crash, officials say the suspect shot at the resident's vehicle, narrowly missing a young child in the back seat. fox5atlanta.com

Greensboro, NC: 2 Cars Hit After Shots Fired in Walmart Parking Lot; no injuries reported

Robberies & Thefts

Westchester County, NY: Police Bust FedEx Employees In Package Stealing Scheme
An investigation into an elaborate scheme involving two FedEx employees stealing packages in Westchester County led to the arrest of four men who now face felony charges. The Bronxville Police received a report of a theft in progress shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 from a residence, with the suspects fleeing in a grey Audi. Officers were dispatched to the area, and the Audi was stopped. The three occupants of the vehicle were found in possession of 35 stolen items valued at nearly $2,500, as well as a FedEx uniform. dailyvoice.com

Omaha, NE: Security guard charged in $50,000 theft of holiday show at Crossroads Mall
They thought their items were safe since it was under 24 hour security. The video shows the guard going through the merchandise, riding a bike, drinking Cognac and helping the two others. ITEX Expo had 38 vendors and 90 tables of Christmas crafts, jewelry, purses and other high-end items part of the show. Many of the expensive items were stolen. ketv.com

Fort Myers, FL: Edison Mall brawl caught on video
The video was filmed near the Victoria's Secret store in Edison Mall in Fort Myers on Sunday, it has already been viewed 250,000 times. abcactionnews.com

Baton Rouge, LA: Circle K Clerk attacked with a hammer in Armed Robbery

Washington, DC: 3 men teamed up to rob cellphone stores in Prince George's Co.

Shelton, CT: Woman Pulled Knife During Walmart $800 Theft

Kay Jewelers in the Northpointe Shopping Center, Zanesville, OH reported a Grab & Run on 12/18, item valued at $4,299

Jared's in the Corbin Corner, West Hartford, CT reported a Grab & Run on 12/18, items valued at $45,550

Peoples Jewelers in the Driftwood Mall, Courtenay, BC reported a Distraction Theft on 12/17, items valued at $4,100

Sentencings & Arrests

Fresno, CA: Murder charges dropped for juveniles in deadly jewelry store robbery
Murder charges have been dropped against four boys accused in the robbery of a Fresno jewelry store that ended in the death of the son of the store owner, the defense attorney for one of the juveniles said Monday. Attorney Gerald Schwab Jr., who represents one of the boys, said the four admitted at a juvenile court hearing Monday to being involved in the robbery. In exchange, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office has dropped murder charges against them, he said. A juvenile court judge will decide their sentences for the robbery, and the cases won't be transferred to adult court, he said. But Angel Morelos, 18, who police said pulled the trigger, still faces murder charges in Fresno County Superior Court. fresnobee.com

Syracuse, NY: Jewelry Store Robber Convicted of Killing State Trooper in 1974
to Be Released

A New York court has ruled against a police union's appeal to keep in prison a man convicted of fatally shooting a state trooper in 1974. 74-year-old John Ruzas is scheduled to be released Monday, 43 years after the shooting near Lenox in central New York. Trooper Emerson Dillon was shot and killed in 1974 after he stopped a speeding car that contained two men suspected of robbing a jewelry store. Ruzas was sentenced to 25 years to life for the shooting. Ruzas was denied parole 11 times, with one of his daughters and the trooper union writing to oppose his release. A judge noted that Ruzas uses a wheelchair and has expressed remorse. usnews.com

Harrisburg, PA: Man arrested for 9-store knifepoint robbery spree; Dollar General, Family Dollar, Turkey Hill and others

Sacramento County, CA: Deputies Arrest 2 Suspects in String of C-Store Robberies

Laramie, WY: Employee accepts plea deal: State dismisses felony theft charge in $1,000 theft from Interfaith-Good Samaritan store

Fairbanks, AK: A North Pole man indicted in multiple Gun and Jewelry Theft

Credit Card Fraud

Colorado Springs, CO: Suspect stole 50 credit cards,
bought over 400 items at Home Depot

Police arrested 36-year-old Zachariah Andrews who allegedly stole around 50 customer credit card numbers while he worked at a Colorado Springs business over the summer. Police say he used the credit cards online, particularly at Home Depot, in the summer and fall of this year.

Financial Crimes detectives searched his home where they recovered over 400 items worth more than $12,000 purchased with the stolen credit cards. Authorities have returned all stolen items to Home Depot. fox21news.com


Burger King - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery/ shots fired
C-Store - Cumberland, IN - Robbery
C-Store - Hull, GA - Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Oak Grove, AR - Burglary
C-Store - Middletown, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Henrico County, VA - Robbery
Circle K - Willoughby, OH -Armed Robbery
Circle K - Baton Rouge, LA - Armed Robbery
Coin Store - Shamokin Dam, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Rockford, Il - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Gary, IN - Robbery
Gun Store - Mason City, IA - Burglary
Liquor Store - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery/ cashier assaulted
Pawn Shop - Milledgeville, GA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Ellsworth County, KS - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Maple Heights, OH - Armed Robbery/ shots fired
Rite Aid - Willowick, OH - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Pico Rivera, CA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - West Palm Beach, FL - Robbery
Walgreens - San Jose, CA - Robbery / guard shot suspect
Walmart - Shelton, CT - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery / clerk shot-wounded


Daily Totals:
20 robberies
5 burglaries
4 shootings
0 killings





None to report.

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