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Donald Tarney promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for Staples
Previously, Donald was the Sr. Manager Field Ops, Global Loss Prevention for over 17 years for the retailer before this promotion. He's held other loss prevention positions over his 20 years in the industry including District LP Manager for Service Merchandise, Regional LP Manager for Lechmere, Regional LP Manager and LP Manager/District LP Manager for Montgomery Ward and Store Management/Operations for Kmart. Congratulations Donald!

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ADT and West Corporation to Enable Enhanced Emergency Response for More Than Seven Million Customers

America's #1 Monitored Security Provider Leverages West to Accelerate Accurate Data and Response Information to First Responders

ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT), the leading provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, and West Corporation ("West"), a global leader in technology-enabled services, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to enhance customer experiences with 911 emergency communications.

Through this arrangement, ADT will use West's Emergency Response Link (ERL) to help ensure homes and businesses monitored by ADT benefit from the most accurate location data available so that the correct response teams are deployed even faster.

ERL is a fully-managed, automated platform that uses location intelligence to identify the appropriate jurisdiction for a specific location based upon an address or geographic coordinates. This information enables ADT's professional monitoring personnel to more quickly engage the correct local fire, police or medical response teams. Integrating accurate jurisdiction data into ADT systems is critical for timely and accurate alarm response because jurisdictional boundaries for fire, police and medical response are constantly changing.

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The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced this week two new members of the Loss Prevention Foundation Advisory Council (LPFAC). This council, created in August 2018, supports the LPF and has taken over the responsibilities of various LPF committees that have been dissolved.

The two new members are:

● Sarah Torrez, LPC, Loss Prevention Director - Aeropostale, Inc.
● Rocco Speziale, LPC, Director of Asset Protection, Home Services - Sears Holdings Corporation

The other members of the Loss Prevention Foundation Advisory Council are:

● Chair - Cathy Langley, LPC, Senior Director, Loss Prevention - Rite Aid
● Vice Chair - Tyson Robertson, LPC, Regional Loss Prevention Manager, LP & Security - Amazon
● Melissa Wacha, LPQ, Director Asset Protection - Walmart
● Denise Wynn, LPC, Assistant Vice President Director of National Investigations - TJX
● Cita Doyle, LPQ, Director of Sales & Marketing - Instakey
● Kris Vece, LPQ, Vice President of Client Relations - Protos
● Todd Isenhour, LPC, Director Human Resources Field Operations - North Division - Lowes
● Mat Schriner, LPC, Director of Operations - LPF

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US Sportswear Traced to Factory in China's Internment Camps
Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.

Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams.

This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released.

The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labor from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S. Badger CEO John Anton said that the company would source sportswear elsewhere while it investigates, and the U.S. government said Tuesday it was reviewing the reports of forced labor at the factory. nytimes.com

What CFOs Read
Human Capital Reporting Standards Finally Arrive

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was scheduled to issue its guidelines for human capital reporting on Tuesday, although insiders say the document might not be released until later in the week.

Depending on the extent to which companies voluntarily adopt the new standards, stakeholders - investors, analysts, customers, and current and prospective employees - would have a new category of data with which to assess organizational value and the prospects for financial and non-financial returns from investments in human capital.

But conversation around human capital reporting standards has shifted somewhat over the past years. Rather than being seen as primarily a means to measure corporate value, such reporting is also considered a response to the public's increasing desire for corporations to act as good citizens.

"This is a watershed moment," says Jeff Higgins, a former CFO and the lead U.S. representative on the ISO task force that created the standard. "Some countries are going to adopt this as a regulation for public companies. In the United States, I've talked to more than a few companies that want to be in compliance ahead of others in order to demonstrate ethical and social credibility." cfo.com

InventHelp Inventor Develops Retail System to Secure Alcoholic Beverages
An inventor from Placentia, Calif has developed patent pending ALCOHOL SECURITY to secure alcoholic beverage on store shelves and coolers/refrigerators against theft. The system prevents underage individuals from purchasing alcohol illegally. It ensures that alcohol is only sold to individuals with proper identification. The invention offers added peace of mind to store owners. It is designed to enhance store security. Additionally, the system reduces potential revenue loss due to shoplifting. It might have the potential to reduce liability insurance and tax break on business improvements, according to the inventor. prnewswire.com

Will 7-Eleven's cashier-less store take hold?
Test runs beginning in Japan

What would it mean for cashiers around the world if the largest global convenience store chain went fully-automated with cashier-less technology? With 7-Eleven in Japan now exploring such a move, we may find out.

The Japanese-owned chain has begun working with NEC to pilot a cashier-less store concept in Tokyo, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The pilot store, slated to open in December, will allow customers to self-scan items and walk out after identifying themselves through facial recognition. Ordering and stocking will still be managed by humans. Increased customer comfort with smartphone payments and a dire labor shortage in Japan led the chain to begin experimenting with the solution.

While numerous retailers and tech companies have been mulling and testing cashier-less concepts since the launch of Amazon Go, 7-Eleven's recent history of highly-publicized difficulties with U.S. franchisees could raise questions about the chain's long-term view for its stateside presence. retailwire.com

Amazon Go said to provide consistently good experiences across locations
9th U.S. location opening this week

Amazon has been making a Go of its cashier-less convenience stores for nearly a year, since opening its first location to the public in Seattle on Jan. 22. Tuesday the tech giant opened its ninth Amazon Go store, and second in San Francisco, and the official company line is that customers love the experience and the company loves its technology.

In an interview with Geekwire, Dilip Kumar, the VP of technology for the chain, said, "We noticed this in every city ... there's this tentative hesitation when customers are about to leave, because they think, 'Can you really leave? Are we really done?' It turns out that they can and then they just walk out. Then they go out and tell people the experience that they had and then more people come in." geekwire.com

No drones yet, so Amazon needs delivery guys. Lots of delivery guys.
Jeff Bezos captured the world's imagination when he appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" in 2013 and pledged to fill the skies with package delivery drones. Five years on, Amazon.com's chief executive officer is betting on decidedly more terrestrial technology: drivers. As in real people. Tens of thousands of them. High-tailing it through town in gas-slurping vans to leave packages on doorsteps just like the milk man, postal worker, UPS guy and pizza dude before them.

Instead of charting a future that makes drivers obsolete, Amazon is so dependent on them it's copying FedEx Corp. to build a network of independent couriers around the country in a frantic effort to keep pace with demand that peaks in December. To entice interest, Amazon uses its bargaining power to get partners good deals on vans and insurance and offers them a steady stream of packages. sun-sentinel.com

$400 Billion in Merchandise to be Returned This Year
How retailers are solving the post-holiday returns problem

Relaxed return policies and record online spending are leading to historical amounts of returned goods; and it's at a huge cost to retailers: this year around $400 billion in merchandise will come back. Holiday returns in particular pack a punch and make the first few months of the year hectic for those in the reverse logistics world (around 25% of all returns made take place at Christmastime).

One way retailers are softening the hit is by selling their returned items in private, online-auction liquidation marketplaces. retaildive.com

UPS will experience biggest return spike before Christmas this year
UPS says it expects a record 1.5 million packages to be returned Dec. 19, compared with 1.3 million on Jan. 3, 2019. In years past, returns have tended to spike as the new year began. The early spike in returns can be attributed to more shoppers buying online earlier in the holiday season and retailers that have made it easier to process returns. cnbc.com

Here's the one photo Walmart's CEO keeps on his phone to stoke 'healthy paranoia' in race against Amazon
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon keeps a photo on his phone that lists the top 10 retailers in the U.S. over the past few decades to remind him how so many companies come and go. Walmart wants to keep its No. 1 spot, which it's held since the 1990s when it overtook Sears. cnbc.com

Guess to pay $45M to resolve European antitrust investigation
The European Commission Dec. 17 fined Guess 39.8 million euros ($45.2 million) "for restricting retailers from online advertising and selling cross-border to consumers in other Member States, ('geo-blocking'), in breach of EU competition rules," according to a press release. The practice allowed the apparel brand "to maintain artificially high retail prices, in particular in Central and Eastern European countries," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, the agency's antitrust chief, said in a statement. retaildive.com

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Sears to take $443 million in charges arising from store closures

A view of Sears exec bonuses from POV of laid off workers

Best Buy to subsidize child care for employees

Popeyes launches 'Emotional Support Chicken' carrier at Philadelphia airport

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Huawei to spend $2 billion over five years in cybersecurity push
Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] on Tuesday said it would spend $2 billion over the next 5 years to focus on cybersecurity by adding more people and upgrading lab facilities, as it battles global concerns about risks associated with its network gear. The typically secretive Chinese technology giant made the comments at one of its most indepth press conferences at its Dongguan offices, after welcoming about two dozen international journalists into its new campus in the southern Chinese city. reuters.com

Lax Controls Leave Fortune 500 Overexposed On the Net
The largest companies in the world have an average of 500 servers and devices accessible from the Internet - and many leave thousands of systems open to attack.

Large companies are leaving easy-to-exploit systems exposed on the public Internet, raising the risk of a serious future compromise, according to data from two cybersecurity firms.

Rapid7 found that the average Fortune 500 firm had approximately 500 servers and devices connected to the Internet, with five-to 10 systems exposing Windows file-sharing or Telnet services. Fifteen out of the 21 industry sectors on which Rapid7 collected data had at lease one member allowing public access to a Windows file-sharing service.

This simple-to-spot oversights suggest that companies do not have adequate control over what systems are connected to the public network, says Tod (CQ) Beardsley, research director of Rapid7, which published a report last week on its findings.

"I would advise everyone, from the Fortune 500 on down, to be aware of what you are exposing to the Internet," Beardsley says. "Any chance you have of taking something off the Internet-every device you take of the Internet is one less device for attackers to compromise."

The report refutes the common wisdom that larger companies, with their greater resources and more skilled security teams, are better defended against cyberattacks than smaller firms. While it's easy to assume that larger firms generally have more resources to allocate to cybersecurity, they also have many more devices connected to the Net, a sprawling infrastructure. and a greater attack surface area. darkreading.com

Finding security where applications and operating systems meet
It hasn't happened in retail yet, but the growing number of applications running on servers kept at individual stores are exposing retailers to a new vulnerability that hackers could exploit.

That's the conclusion of security expert Ian Eyberg, founder and CEO of NanoVMs, a provider of server protection that uses "unikernels."

Unikernels run single programs on operating systems that run on individual virtual machines, which run single applications inside a computer as if each was a separate computer. Servers can run multiple virtual machines. Eyberg says the technology can be thought of as the merger of an application and an operating system.

Typically, software running on virtual machines is on a traditional operating system such as Linux or Windows. Because of that premise, software running on a store's server with multiple applications can be hacked, as point-of-sale software has been.

Eyberg says unikernels make it possible to isolate each software program into its own virtual machine, separating it from a server's legacy operating system.

"For retailers, once their store servers are hacked, that's it," he says. "Once inside an operating system, it's very easy for a hacker to go from host to host, server to server." stores.org

Phishing Attack Pretends to be a Office 365 Non-Delivery Email
A phishing campaign has been discovered that pretends to be a non-delivery notifications from Office 365 that leads you to a page attempting to steal your login credentails.

This new campaign was discovered by ISC Handler Xavier Mertens and states that "Microsoft found Several Undelivered Messages". It then prompts you to click on the "Send Again" link in order to try sending the emails again. An example of this phishing email can be seen below. bleepingcomputer.com

Fake Office 365 Non-Delivery Notification
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'Is it worth the risk?'
OPP encouraging store owners to ditch ATMs amid rash of thefts

Hamilton police have investigated 27 break and enters targeting ATMs in 2018

Provincial police have a simple message for store owners - if you don't need an ATM, don't have one. It's just not worth the risk. Investigators in several OPP jurisdictions, along with Hamilton police, are raising the alarm about an uptick in break-ins where cash machines are being targeted and stolen. Police in Hamilton alone say they have investigated 27 such incidents so far in 2018.

The thefts tend to follow a pattern. A crew of three or four people use a stolen vehicle as a battering ram to bash through a store window or wall. Then they throw a chain around the ATM and someone hits the gas, hauling the heavy machine through the building, bouncing off shelves and leaving a trail of destruction.

In response, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said police have been meeting with business owners for months about the possibility of getting rid of their automated teller.

"We're asking store owners, 'If you don't need the machines, why have them? Is it worth the risk?'" he explained, adding the thefts often end up costing businesses more than they were making off of the machines. cbc.ca

Miniso Canada Claims to have Reached Preliminary Bankruptcy Agreement
Parent Co. Pulls Out Because of Huawei Arrest

Miniso Canada claims on social media that it has reached a preliminary agreement with 'Miniso China' in a case that could have forced the "Japanese" discount retailer's Canadian division into bankruptcy. Sources quoted in this story maintain that Miniso Canada has been questionable in its business dealings in this country, both with commercial real estate brokers as well as with management.

Sources are saying that Miniso's Canadian division has a pattern of unethical behaviour, and some sources have speculated that the parent company is pulling out because of the recent arrest of the daughter of the founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

It's a shocking twist to the story of Miniso, which entered Canada last year with audacious plans to open 500 Canadian stores within three years. Miniso opened its first Canadian store in Vancouver in the spring of 2017, and it now operates 48 stores in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia where on Saturday, Miniso Canada opened its newest store at the Halifax Shopping Centre, with many more planned. retail-insider.com

Canada Goose delays Beijing store opening at last minute as Huawei protest mounts

Third Canadian detained in China amid Huawei uproar: Ottawa

Canada-China relations at 'low point' and could fall further

Retailers feel impact of generous return policies
Canadian stores lose up to $1.7 billion per year
"Returning things is an important element about retail businesses, as is how you handle returns can make or break you," said Michael LeBlanc, senior retail advisor with the Retail Council of Canada. In the U.S. and Canada, retailers are hiring tech firms that specialize in tracking the in-store shopping habits of their customers. One such company is The Retail Equation, based out of Irvine, Cal., which records and scores customers' return activity, a service used by more than 34,000 stores across North America. The company cites statistics that show stores lose $10.8 to $17.6 billion a year in the U.S. and $1.2 to $1.7 billion in Canada to fraudulent activity committed by customers.

LeBlanc said criminals have been aggressive in seeking out the weakest link in retailers' return policies they can profit from, citing the example "porch pirates" who follow or monitor truck deliveries for online products, steal them after being delivered and seek to return the item for cash reimbursement. saobserver.net

Fraud reports in Edmonton Up 89% in 5 years; ID Theft Up 284%
The overall number of incidents of fraud, identity theft and identity fraud being reported to Edmonton police went up a staggering 89 per cent in just five years. On Wednesday, the police force released numbers from 2013 through 2017. In that time frame, fraud reports jumped to 5,963 from 3,306 a year - an 80 per cent increase. Identity theft went up 284 per cent - to 169 from 44 reports a year - and identity fraud was up 145 per cent, to 833 complaints from 339.

In the first nine months of 2018, Edmonton police said it saw a further 9.5 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. Edmonton police say that for the most part, the types of scams remain the same. Fraudsters continue to pose as police officers and other government bodies like the CRA in an attempt to obtain money from citizens. globalnews.ca

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Japanese-Style Variety Retailer 'Oomomo' Launches Rapid Canadian Store Expansion

T&T Supermarket opens in Waterloo, Ont.
Sustainable Jewellery Brand Ecksand Opens New Montreal Boutique
Farm Boy debuts in Oakville
Estevan's lone cannabis retail store is now open
Korean supermarket H-Mart to open in south Edmonton

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Amazon Canada Hiring 1,200 People In Toronto, Edmonton

Cannabis shortages likely to continue into 2019

Nick's Sports Shop in Toronto to Start Selling Guns as Mayor Seeks Bans

DavidsTea Inc. reports $9.1M loss in third quarter, sales up 1.5 per cent

Canada Post office restores normal delivery times as mediated talks fail

Calgary, AB: Teens face 78 charges in string of swarming-style robberies;
13 incidents in two weeks
On Nov. 8, five males ages 13 to 15 entered a convenience store at 4400 Memorial Drive S.E. Police said the group started stealing items while one teen distracted the clerk by throwing merchandise at them. Police tracked the group back to a home in Forest Lawn, where they took the six teens into custody. While investigating, police found 13 similar incidents between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6 that they believe the same teens were involved in.

The techniques were the same: a group of teens would enter a business, then quickly steal a number of items like cellphones, electronics, jewelry and food. Police said they identified two additional teens they believe were involved, and charged all eight youth on Nov. 29. cbc.ca

Portage la Prairie, MB: LP officer struck by car after trying to stop thieves

Duncan, BC: Men caught trying to steal $2,300 in merchandise from Canadian Tire

Oakville, ON: Police seek female in $160 superstore theft


Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery
Clothing Store - Vernon, BC - Burglary/Break-In
Undisclosed Business - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery
Mac's - Cobourg, ON - Robbery
Undisclosed Business - Wood Buffalo, AB - Armed Robbery (Franklin Ave.)
Undisclosed Business - Wood Buffalo, AB - Armed Robbery



'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
An Eight-Episode Series Presented by Sensormatic

Assessing The Real-World Impact of LP Efforts
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Randy Dunn, Sales Director - Americas, Tyco Retail Solutions & LPRC Board Member, gives us a little history on Sensormatic's involvement and role with the LPRC in recent years - including sponsoring the LPRC's Innovation Lab, which has provided a space for industry collaboration, innovation and thought leadership.

Ned McCauley, Director Retail Strategic Accounts at Tyco Integrated Security, talks about the partnership from an RFID perspective and how the LPRC has helped advance his field of interest.

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Chargebacks911: Affiliate Fraud Casts Shadow on Record $7.9B Cyber Monday
Adobe revealed that U.S. consumers set new a new record on Cyber Monday 2018, which marked the nation's largest-ever online shopping day at $7.9 billion.(1) Affiliate marketing represented 16% of U.S. eCommerce orders as of BI Intelligence's last report on the channel;(2) at that rate, affiliates would have contributed nearly $1.3 billion of this year's record-breaking Cyber Monday sales. Chargebacks911, a leading dispute mitigation and loss prevention firm, notes that affiliate-driven profitability is sparking interest among merchants and publishers alike-but may also draw more criminals to commit affiliate fraud unless the industry takes action.

Forrester Research projected U.S. affiliate marketing spend would increase at a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2020, when it is expected to surpass $6.8 billion.(3) Forrester also found that 81% of advertisers and 84% of publishers include affiliate marketing as part of their overall marketing mix.(3) While affiliates' financial contribution to this year's record Cyber Monday sales is based on extrapolation, a recent survey confirmed that active affiliate partnerships increased between 2017 and 2018; they were up 20% on Thanksgiving, 34% on Black Friday and 15% on Cyber Monday.(4) prweb.com

Williams-Sonoma Sues Amazon
Says Website Has Unauthorized 'Williams-Sonoma' Store

Housewares company Williams-Sonoma Inc. has sued Amazon.com, Inc. claiming that the web retail giant is trading on the Williams-Sonoma name and confusing consumers by setting up an unauthorized "Williams-Sonoma"-branded store and sections on its website. What's more, Williams-Sonoma claims that Amazon has engaged in a "systemic campaign" to copy the patented designs of its West Elm-branded furniture to create cheaper knock-offs, even adopting similar names for products in the Amazon "Rivet" line of furniture. law.com

Number Of Packages Returned Expected To Peak Before Christmas,
Reflecting E-Commerce Shift

Consumers who got a jump on online shopping in the days before Black Friday are expected to begin returning more than 1 million packages each day in December, jumpstarting the holiday returns season earlier than ever. The spike is driven by self-gifting due to retailer promotions, express shipping for deliveries and returns, simplified returns processes and advanced re-stocking and management systems.

In past years, National Returns Day occurred in early January and represented the highest spike of packages for the entire year. Returns are still expected to hit 1.3 million packages on Jan. 3, but this will now represent the second wave and be outpaced by Dec. 19th returns of 1.5 million. These returns are included in the 800 million packages UPS anticipates delivering this holiday season. nasdaq.com

Counterfeiters infringe 'most distinctive' trademarks, says Louis Vuitton

To match Amazon, retailers are investing in Christmas Eve delivery

2019 Outlook: The Year Grocers Crack the Code to Ecommerce Profitability

European e‑commerce suffers in the run‑up to the holidays



Atlanta, GA: Gang of 15 Sentenced For Cashing $10M in Stolen U.S. Treasury Checks at Walmart & Kroger Stores
Fifteen defendants have been sentenced for their part in a ring that stole over $10 million in U.S. Treasury checks from the mail and then cashed them at Walmart and Kroger stores around the country using fake identifications. The sentences ranged from two to ten years in prison for members of the ring.

"This sentencing marks a success for our multi-agency Stolen Treasury Check Task Force, which targets the widespread problem of U.S. Treasury check thefts in Georgia," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak. "Criminals who steal Treasury checks victimize senior citizens, the disabled, veterans, and hard-working taxpayers who have earned these funds and depend on them. As this case shows, we will pursue these theft rings and hold them accountable regardless of how far away they go to cash the checks and avoid detection."

In an effort to avoid detection, the defendants traveled to different states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, and Tennessee, to cash the stolen checks. Over the span of four years, the ring was responsible for cashing over 6,000 stolen U.S. Treasury checks worth over $10 million.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General; Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General; and United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. The Daily first reported on this case in September 2014 justice.gov

San Jose, CA: Two Arrested in Retail Fencing Operation
Couple allegedly stole $430,000 worth of merchandise from major retailers

The culmination of a three-month sting, police announced Monday the arrest of two suspects accused of a major fencing operation involving stolen clothing taken during burglaries, robberies and thefts. The San Jose Police Department Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU) served a search warrant at a residence located in the 1400 block of S. King Rd. in San Jose on Friday and found the items obtained from Macy's, Nordstrom and Victoria's Secret. San Jose residents Zoila Martinez, 42, and Jose Figueroa, 44, operated a storefront Betsy's Fashion on S. King Road with the stolen merchandise valued at more than $430,000. Among the items were more than 700 Michael Kors jackets, hundreds of shoes, and other clothing confirmed stolen from local department stores. nbcbayarea.com

Cheatham County, TN: International Credit Card Skimming Operation busted, ties to Romania
What started as a routine traffic stop in Cheatham County resulted in a global theft ring getting busted wide open. "These subjects can be in possession of $500,000 to $600,000 any day," said Cheatham County Sheriff Lt. Shannon Heflin. Heflin said Forrest Beard, Ionut Palanga, and George Zica were going into local stores and placing skimmers on credit card machines. Then they'd steal peoples debit card numbers and pins remotely. Next they'd take the info and put it on stolen gift cards, which they could then use to steal as much as they want at banks and ATMs. Heflin said they admitted to sending thousands of dollars back to Romania. wsmv.com

Belmont, NH: $15,000 in merchandise stolen from cell phone store
Thousands of dollars worth of mobile communications devices were stolen from the US Cellular store at the Belknap Mall sometime overnight Monday. Detectives were able to determine that someone entered the store by force and stole approximately $15,000 worth of electronic devices. laconiadailysun.com

Imperial, MO: Nearly $4,800 in merchandise stolen
Damage done to Jefferson County Music

Nine guitars and an amplifier where stolen Dec. 11 from Jefferson County Music store, 5714 Old Hwy 21, in Otto, after a front glass door was shattered, store owner Darrell Stiles said. Stiles said six Michael Kelly guitars, two Cort guitars, a Ventura V-25 red and a VHT 50-watt bass amp were stolen between about 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. myleaderpaper.com

Skokie, IL: 5 Men Grab & Run handbags from Nordstrom, led to Crash and Armed Carjacking
A witness reported seeing five men running out of the store with purses in hand. The men got into a stolen silver Audi and fled before crashing into another vehicle on the west side of the mall, authorities said. The suspect then left the vehicle behind before running toward the parking lot of Niles North High School, Skokie police said. Minutes later, one suspect pulled out a gun and stole a Jeep from two people in the school's parking lot. nbcchicago.com

Chandler, AZ: Man arrested for stealing chainsaws from Lowe's
and Home Depot, ends up lighting his hospital bed on fire

A chainsaw crime spree didn't end so well for a 21-year-old in Chandler. According to officials, Justin Carrillo had been stealing chainsaws from Lowe's and Home Depot stores for weeks. But when police finally arrested him, he jumped into traffic, got hit by a car, ended up in the hospital, then lit his hospital bed on fire, officers said. Carrillo made his first court appearance Monday. According to officials, retail theft investigators from Lowe's reported a man had stolen chainsaws from several stores around Maricopa County. azfamily.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Jewel Thief Wanted; $50,000 felony warrant for multiple counts of larceny of merchandise in the metro area

Horry County, SC: Police looking for a woman who stole thousands from Old Navy
in the Tanger Outlets


CAL-ORCA 2019 Annual Training Conference "ORC - Past, Present and Future"
On February 20, 2019, the California Organized Retail Crimes Association (Cal-ORCA) will be hosting the 2019 Organized Retail Crimes (ORC) Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101. The conference will commence at 8:00 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 4:00 p.m.

The theme of this year's conference is "ORC-Past, Present and Future." Guest speakers from public and private sectors will share their expertise during the following tentative schedule of breakout sessions: Assembly Bill 1065-Organized Retail Theft law, Social Media Investigations, Omnichannel, Virtual Currency and the implementation of the Organized Retail Theft law through public/private sector collaboration. Our goal is to identify viable solutions to address the constant changing environment of property crimes through collaborative interactions and dialogue. The conference is expected to attract approximately 1000 attendees including security personnel and retail professionals from around the country as well as over 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Shootings & Deaths

Colorado Springs, CO: Citadel Mall shootings injures 2
Second mall shooting in less than 2 weeks

A drive-by shooting at The Citadel mall severely wounded two men Tuesday just outside of the Hooters restaurant. The gunfire shattered windows and forced the mall to close for the rest of the day. Shots were fired from a car after some yelling back and forth about 1:45 p.m., police said. Officers found one victim outside and another just inside the mall. The men were hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening. The shooting appeared to be deliberate, as people on both sides seemed to know one another, police said. No arrests had been made. This was the second shooting at The Citadel in less than two weeks. On Dec. 8, shots were fired in a parking lot near the food court entrance, no injuries were reported. gazette.com

Hopewell, VA: Woman suspected in Armed Robbery draws weapon on Police,
shot and killed

Authorities in Virginia say a woman suspected in an armed robbery was shot and killed after she pointed a gun at a police officer. In a news release, Hopewell police said officers responding to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store Tuesday saw a woman running who matched the description of the suspect. Lt. Paul Intravia said officers ordered the woman to stop, but she refused and pointed a gun at one of the officers, who fired one shot. The unidentified woman died at the scene. tribtown.com

Los Angeles, CA: Not Guilty Plea for Man Charged in Trader Joe's Standoff Death, 'I'm pleading insanity'
The man charged with holding customers hostage inside a Trader Joe's this summer insisted in court Monday that he was insane at the time of the incident. Gene Evin Atkins - who is accused of engaging in a gun battle with Los Angeles police that ended with the shooting death of a store manager - arrived in a downtown courtroom not only as a criminal defendant but as his own attorney. "I'm pleading insanity," said Atkins, 28, who faces 51 criminal counts, including murder, attempted murder of a peace officer and kidnapping.

Baltimore, MD: 5 People shot and wounded outside a downtown Deli

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Pasadena, CA: Target Loss Prevention Associate Stabbed by Accused Shoplifter
A Target employee who confronted someone about allegedly shoplifting at a Pasadena store was stabbed in the leg by the accused thief early Tuesday evening. The employee was stabbed around 5 p.m. while working in Loss Prevention on East Colorado Boulevard, said Pasadena Police Lt. Marie Sell. She said the stabbing wound is not believed to be life-threatening. The man stabbed the employee with a sharp object before he was detained by workers at the store. ktla.com

San Lorenzo, CA: Would-be burglar trapped for 2 days in Chinese Restaurant's Grease Vent
A man had to be rescued from a grease vent of a vacant Chinese restaurant in California on Wednesday morning. Authorities think he was stuck in there for two days after they believe he crawled into the vent while trying to burglarize the restaurant. Someone finally heard a faint cry for help and called 911. When rescue crews arrived, the 29-year-old was covered in grease and oil and couldn't move. Firefighters spent about an hour cutting away the venting to rescue him. 6abc.com

Holland, MI: Three Face Federal Charges After Graafschap Hardware Gun Theft

Salem, MA: Man charged after police find blank credit cards, skimming device

Greenville County, SC: Final 2 of 8 arrested in C-Store Armed Robbery/ Attempted Murder/ Arson, Kidnapping

Crossville, TN: Woman arrested at Walmart with 29 Counterfeit $50 bills

UK: Scotland: Brazen crooks steal over $379,000 worth of booze from Renfrewshire farm; The incident comes just a week after a similar $632,000 heist in the area


Fife, WA: Former Costco Employee Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling Nearly $290,000 by Making False Entries in Customer Accounts
A 20-year Costco employee was sentenced December 17, 2018, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to one year in prison for wire fraud in connection with her five-year scheme to steal nearly $290,000 from her employer. Robin G. Cline, 54, was employed as an Accounts Receivable Clerk at Costco from 1996 until she resigned in 2016. CLINE pleaded guilty in June 2018, admitting that between 2011 and 2016, she had manipulated entries in business customer accounts to steal from both Costco and its customers. justice.gov

Miami, FL: Miami-Area Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison
for Role in $8.4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Antonio Perez Jr., 48, was sentenced and ordered to pay $8,415,824 in restitution and to forfeit the same amount. Perez was ordered to forfeit four Miami-area properties worth approximately $700,000 and multiple bank accounts totaling over $250,000. Perez previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. justice.gov

San Carlos, CA: Two in Credit Card scheme take plea deals

Newark, NJ: Man Sentenced To 21 Years In Prison For Armed Robbery of 14 Hotels In New Jersey And New York

Spearfish, SD: C- Store Armed Robber sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison

Pittsburgh, PA: Man Sentenced to Almost 6 Years for Robbing Local Dollar General and Bank

Fort Wayne, IN: Romanian Woman Indicted For Financial Fraud & Possessing Skimming Devices


Beverage Store - Darlington, PA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Paterson, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Wareham, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hopewell, VA - Armed Robbery / suspect killed by Police
C-Store - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Portland, OR - Robbery
C- Store - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Cellphone Store - Belmont, NH - Burglary
Dollar General - Wareham, MA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Pittsfield, MA - Robbery
Gas Station - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Maumelle, AR - Armed Robbery
Gun Shop - Craven County, NC - Burglary
JC Penney - Danville, VA - Burglary
Jewelry - Boston, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - Idaho Springs, CO - Robbery
Music Store - Imperial, MO - Burglary
Restaurant - San Lorenzo, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Washington, DC - Burglary
Sprint - Danville, VA - Burglary
T-Mobile - Danville, VA - Burglary
Tobacco Shop - Bristol, CT - Burglary
Verizon - Danville, VA - Burglary


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
11 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killing




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