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RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017
Feb. 12-15

Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar and Expo
March 7-9

FMI 2017 ASAP Conference
March 20-22

ISC West
April 6-8

RILA AP Conference 2017
April 9-12

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June 26-28

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Sept. 25-28

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2015 Shrink Data Results - NRSS
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2016 GLPS - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
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RAC Asset Protection Field Support Team: Holiday Escape! 

"RAC Asset Protection: Protecting People, Product & Profit"

Team Members - Upper (left/right): Hazel Allen, Brian Peacock, David Cohen, Jim Carr, Gary Rivera, Eneida Rodriguez

Team Members - Lower (left/right): Warren Hall, Kurt Hendershot, Jeremy Han


Octavio Jara named Senior Manager of U.S. Security for McDonald's

Octavio was previously the Director of Security and Loss Prevention for the West Division for McDonald's since 2011. He started at McDonald's in 2006 as a Regional Security Manager. Octavio has also held other investigations/loss prevention positions such as Divisional Manager of Investigations and Training and Regional LP Manager for AutoZone. He was also a Police Officer for El Cajon and Chula Vista Police Department. Congratulations Octavio!

Dennis Gibbons named Shrink Control Senior Analyst for BJ's Wholesale Club

Dennis was previously the Investigations Analyst for TJX Companies for over three years. He has worked in loss prevention positions since 2004 when he started as a District Loss Prevention Manager for Lowe's. He has also held such positions as Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for Lowe's and Loss Prevention Investigator for TJX Companies. Congratulations Dennis!

12 dead, over 48 wounded in likely 'terror attack' on Berlin Christmas market
German police said on Tuesday they were treating as "a probable terrorist attack" the killing of 12 people when a speeding lorry cut a bloody swathe through a Berlin Christmas market. At least 48 more were wounded when the truck tore through the crowd Monday, smashing wooden stalls and crushing victims, in scenes reminiscent of July's deadly attack in the French Riviera city of Nice.

Images showed the mangled truck with its windscreen smashed and a trail of destruction in its wake, with Christmas trees toppled on their side and festive stalls obliterated into splinters. One of the survivors, Australian Trisha O'Neill, recalled the horror of "this huge black truck speeding through the markets crushing so many people", with "blood and bodies everywhere".

Police detained the man believed to have deliberately mowed the Scania truck loaded with steel beams for 80 metres (87.5 yards) into the popular tourist spot near the capital's iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The suspect was an asylum seeker believed to be from Pakistan or Afghanistan who arrived in Germany via the so-called Balkans route in February, according to unnamed security sources cited by DPA news agency. yahoo.com


NYPD Beefs Up Security At Holiday Markets After Berlin Attack
Deputy Commissioner of Counterterrorism John Miller said today on CBS This Morning: "We don't see any specific credible threat either going towards the holiday season or in New York. We have made a lot of adjustments based on these kind of attacks." Miller mentioned the NYPD's outreach to truck rental agencies, asking them to alert authorities about any customer exhibiting suspicious behavior while trying to rent trucks under 26,000 pounds without a commercial driver's licenses. gothamist.com

Walgreens, Rite Aid Sell 865 Stores To Fred's Pharmacy For $950M
Blockbuster Drug-Store Merger One Step Closer

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite-Aid Corp. moved a step closer to consummating a $9.4 billion merger that would leave the U.S. dominated by two retail pharmacy chains. Under pressure from antitrust regulators, the merger partners said Tuesday they agreed to sell 865 Rite-Aid locations, leaving the proposed combination with just under 12,000 stores.

The buyer? A regional chain called Fred's Inc., which had just $5.7 million in cash and has been losing money and closing stores. The transaction would more than double the Memphis-based company's size. Fred's had 650 stores as of Oct. 29 - about half had pharmacies - and had a market cap of about $400 million before the deal was announced. wsj.com

Apparel retailer The Limited may shut down
Limited Stores, which operates retail chains, outlet stores and e-commerce sites for brands The Limited and The Luxe Collection, filed a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Nov. 28 stating that there will be "a mass layoff at the Limited Stores LLC facility" and that it is possible its headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, may be closed. That would include up to 248 employees at the facility losing their jobs. Limited Stores, No. 216 in Internet Retailer's Top 1000 Guide, has not reported whether layoffs have begun, but the notice says that employees were expected to be separated from employment beginning Dec. 2. internetretailer.com

Six retailers agree to stop using on-call shift scheduling
Impacts 50,000 workers nationwide

Six retailers have agreed to stop using on-call shift scheduling following an inquiry by a coalition of nine attorneys general. New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman says an estimated 50,000 workers nationwide will benefit from the agreement. On-call shift scheduling requires employees to call work before a scheduled shift to find out if they have to work that day.

The six companies are Aeropostale Inc., Carter's Inc., David's Tea, Walt Disney Co., Pacific Sunwear and Zumiez Inc. Four of the firms - Carter's, Disney, David's Tea and Zumiez - said they also would give employees their work schedule at least one week in advance. latimes.com

A $260 billion 'ticking time bomb':
The costly business of retail returns

In total, Americans returned $260 billion in merchandise to retailers last year, or 8 percent of all purchases. That swells to 10 percent around the holiday season. Because less than half of returned goods are re-sold at full price, retailers may end up forfeiting 10 percent of their sales at the busiest time of year, according to Gartner Research.

Meanwhile, third parties have identified an opportunity to cash in on retailers' return problems, and are trying to disrupt the traditional model for dealing with them. The Washington, D.C.-based startup Optoro claims its technology platform optimizes the efficiency for returned merchandise by finding the best re-sale price the moment the product is returned and scanned.

"Many retailers are getting 15 cents to 30 cents on the dollar for these returns because they're having such trouble economically processing them and getting them to the next best markets," Moore explained. "We're able to get them to double and triple the recovery."

Sixteen of the top 20 U.S. retailers and manufacturers use Optoro's technology. Its client list includes Home Depot, Target, BJ's Wholesale and Jet.com (owned by Wal-Mart).

After being returned to a store, merchandise ends up at Optoro's warehouse in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Once the merchandise arrives at the warehouse, it gets tested and inspected first. When it's determined to be in working order, or refurbished and given a clean bill of health, it's simultaneously listed for re-sale on Amazon, eBay, and Optoro's retail site, called Blinq.com.  cnbc.com

Top 10 U.S. Counties for Cargo Theft Incidents Revealed
The top 10 U.S. counties where cargo theft incidents are reported was topped by Los Angeles County, with 329 thefts reported spanning July 1, 2013, through July 1, 2016. More than a third of those took place at a warehouse or distribution center (DC). The list was compiled with data from CargoNet, a Verisk Analytics business, and AFN Logistics.

The complete list of counties where cargo theft occurred most frequently is as follows:

1. Los Angeles County, CA
2. Dallas County, TX
3. San Bernardino County, CA
4. Cook County (Chicago), IL
5. Miami-Dade County, FL
6. Harris County (Houston), TX
7. Tarrant County (Arlington/Fort Worth), TX
8. Middlesex County (Edison), NJ
9. Will County (Bolingbrook), IL
10. Riverside County, CA

Theft by Location
The most common place that reported cargo theft incidents occurred among the top 10 counties was in or around warehouses and DC facilities. The breakdown of theft locations is as follows:

1. Warehouse/DC: 329 thefts
2. Other: 295
3. Parking lot: 170
4. Secured yard: 166
5. Unsecured yard: 120   marketwired.com

REPORT: Cargo theft in Europe, Middle East and Africa increases 105.4%
TAPA's call for action comes as its latest data for thefts from supply chains in the region in Q3 2016 shows a total of 489 newly-recorded losses, more than five a day and up 105.4% year-on-year. The total loss figure for the 46.8% of crimes reported with an actual value to TAPA's IIS in the three months ended 30 September was $20,800,000. This included 28 incidents involving a loss of more than $105,000 and a biggest single loss of $4 million of Jewellery/Precious Metals from a vehicle while en route in Arezzo, Italy, on 11 July. The average loss for crimes with a value in the quarter was $89,000 as TAPA recorded incidents in 25 countries in EMEA.  arabiansupplychain.com

UK: COLES invests $9 million in staffing extra check-outs over Christmas, but a shoplifting barrier has some customers seeing red
The imposing head-high security screens installed at some of Coles' belted check-outs block off the grocery collection area, meaning customers have to move around to the front to pick up their bags. Customer Beth Carrick posted a photo of the screen to Coles' Facebook page. "Just wondering if whoever designed the check-outs at your supermarkets have ever shopped there?" she wrote.

"Do you know how frustrating it is to have to lean around your security barrier to get your groceries? I have asked several staff members why they did this. Their comment is so that there isn't any shoplifting! "Wouldn't it be a good idea to actually consider the shopper who spends money in your store and make the experience better instead of considering your shoplifters? Also your staff members commented that it had to be a man who designed them! That is my opinion as well! Surely these can be placed at the back of the bagging area." news.com.au

Bed Bath & Beyond hit with class action suit over 'fluctuating OT' pay
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is being accused of shorting the wages of employees by not paying them for overtime. The class action lawsuit, filed in New Jersey's Middlesex County Superior Court, accuses the home goods retailer of violating the state's Wage and Hour Law by not paying some of its employees time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 hours. According to NJ.com, the retailer paid employees under a "fluctuating OT" scheme that essentially penalized them by reducing their hourly overtime rate the more hours they worked. chainstoreage.com

Ass Armor Gets Behind TM Settlement With Under Armour
Ass Armor LLC has agreed to stop butting heads with sportswear giant Under Armour over the use of trademarks featured on shorts with a cushy bottom, striking a settlement in Florida federal court in which the upstart conceded that its marks could cause confusion under a federal trademark law. Ass Armor agreed to stop using or registering any trademark, logo or name with either "armor" or "armour," together with any other variations, including its own "Ass Armor" mark. law360.com 

Save The Date:
Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar & Expo
March 7-9, 2017 in Kissimmee, FL

The Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar & Expo for Retail Jewelry Chains will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL from March 7-9, 2017. Year after year this event has focused on how to prevent and deal with the specific crimes that jewelry loss prevention professionals face each day, whether burglary, robbery, theft, employee dishonesty or credit card fraud. There will be presentations and panels on best practices, and presentations on new technology and equipment, in addition to discussions of questions submitted by participants.

The event provides the best opportunity for you to network and to meet face to face with other leading jewelry loss prevention professionals, and to tap into their expertise for advice on your particular jewelry security questions. There will also be approximately 40 leading vendors of security products and services participating who can help keep you up-to-date on new and effective crime reduction strategies.

For registration or sponsorship information, email John Kennedy, JSA President, at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

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Stop staying the night at our stores, Ikea warns teenagers

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Security among the hottest tech skills for 2017
As an IT leader at a small organization with a small tech team, Gregory Drauch sees the need for all IT staffers to have security proficiencies so that infrastructure and data security become routine parts of everyone's duties. "If it's not built in from the start, security is much more difficult to incorporate effectively," he says.

Karsten Scherer, the global analyst relations lead at TEKsystems, says even companies that are able to pay top dollar have trouble finding seasoned security professionals, particularly individuals with recognized credentials such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). "There are far fewer people in the market than there are jobs for them," he says. csoonline.com

Fake retail apps designed to steal personal information, money
Some of the imposters appear to be legitimate, but ABC News found fake apps ones for UGG, Dillard's, Zappos, New Balance, and Dollar Tree. In fact, Dollar Tree told WSOC that it doesn't have an app at all.

Some fakes are a tad easier to spot because the names are slightly off, The New York Times reported, such as the "Footlocke" app attempting to imitate Foot Locker and the "Overstock Inc" app meant to snarl users hoping to find the Overstock.com app. statesman.com

Game-changing Endpoint Security Detection Device for POS, ATMs, Gas Pumps
CardShield becomes industry's first device to both identify malware on POS systems and detect skimming devices in real time, saving companies millions of dollars and months in detection time.  itbusinesnet.com

MetraLabs' TORY RFID Inventory Robot Celebrates First Jubilee
RFID inventory robot TORY by German robotics company MetraLabs GmbH celebrates his first jubilee at German fashion retail company Adler Modemärkte AG's store in Erfurt. TORY is the first RFID inventory robot worldwide which is actually used in practice. It takes stock via RFID with a superior read accuracy of 99%. Furthermore, TORY can serve as a shopping assistant as well, guiding customers to the products they are looking for and advising them on making their purchases. rfidjournal.com

5 Things Security Pros Need To Know About Machine Learning
Experts share best practices for data integrity, pattern recognition and computing power to help enterprises get the most out of machine learning-based technology for cybersecurity.

The concept of machine learning has been around for decades. Machine Learning (ML) is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Industries and government agencies working with large amounts of data are using machine learning technology to glean insights from this data in real time.

And, cybersecurity experts, inundated by reams of data generated by multiple information technology systems, security tools, networks, and other devices are deploying machine learning technology to detect and thwart internal and external cyber-attacks and threats.

See what organizations need to know about applying machine learning-based technology for cybersecurity in their organizations.

LinkedIn's Lynda.com is hacked, 9.5 million accounts affected

Hack of LA County Emails Exposes Data of 750,000 People

Video: Keeping the C-suite from getting speared by phishing

The USS Foundation Brings Four-Day Holiday Merrython to Local Communities

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (December 17, 2015) - The USS Foundation, a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in need, partnered with the Loss Prevention industry, Retail community, and local business sponsors to conduct their Annual Holiday Merrython, a four-day program that will provide warm holiday meals and festivities to underprivileged families, December 13 to 16.

Adel Sayegh, USS Foundation founder, expressed his gratitude to the Foundation's support system; its sponsors and donors who contribute throughout the year and make all the charitable events and endeavors possible. He extended special thanks to industry leader Jim Lee and LP Magagzine.

"At USS, we are dedicated to giving back and serving those in the communities where we live and operate," said Sayegh. "Especially during the holidays, it is vital to give back to the community, and our volunteers and employees eagerly anticipate this event every year."

The 2016 USS Foundation Holiday Merrython activities include gift-giving and holiday meals for Fontana, Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Calif. residents.

December 13, 2016: The USS Foundation hosted a visit from Santa Claus to pass out presents to the students of a class at Date Elementary in Fontana.

December 14, 2016: The Foundation and its volunteers brought Santa and gifts to two more classes at Levis Bemis and Dollahan Elementary, both in Rialto.
Later that afternoon, they partnered with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department to donate more than 20 bicycles to some deserving kids.

December 15, 2016: The USS Foundation visited 14 families at the Casa Colina Children's Hospital. In addition to visiting with Santa Claus and passing out presents, they brought arts and crafts and cookies to decorate. That evening, the Foundation hosted its "We Care Dinner" at the First Lutheran's Church in Ontario, where warm holiday meals, prepared and served by volunteers, were provided to families in need.

December 16, 2016: The fourth day concluded the charitable spree, with visits to two classrooms at Tokay Elementary in Fontana, a final bike donation for 50 children in partnership with the Fontana Police Department, and the last event that evening, with Ark Homes Foster Family Agency in Rancho Cucamonga, focused on teenagers and young adults.

This is the third year the USS Foundation has brought its Holiday Merrython program and these activities to local communities and families in need. Learn more about the USS Foundation at www.ussfoundation.org.


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2016 Was The Year Of Traditional Payment Fraud
Bitcoin Remains Most Secure Payment Method

The year 2016 has not been a good one for the financial sector. Not only are major banks colluding to commit fraud using customer details to create fake accounts, but other types of fraud are on the rise as well. It appears these numbers will continue to go up over time, all of which is facilitated by the traditional financial sector. Things are looking promising Bitcoin; that much is certain.

Online payments remain the biggest culprit of fraudulent payments to date. It becomes increasingly easy to obtain one's bank or credit card information and abuse it online. Retailers need to develop clear policies and step up their fraud screening efforts to reduce malicious payments. That is much easier said than done, though, as Card Not Present fraud has been a pain in the neck for several years already.

It is evident new security precautions will need to be developed if fraud rates are to be reduced. For now, more advanced solutions are only affordable to large enterprises, creating can uneven playing field. That unfair situation can no longer be maintained, as fraud affects everyone in the same way. But smaller businesses have a harder time coping with all additional costs, compared to their bigger counterparts.

All of this goes to show how insecure traditional financial solutions are. Payment cards and bank accounts are big ticket items on the darknet, and this type of information is in high demand. It is also rather easy for criminals to obtain this information these days. More secure solutions are needed, and Bitcoin remains the prime candidate to fill that gap. livebitcoinnews.com

How e-commerce changes: 79% of Americans shop online
79% of U.S. adults have made a purchase online, according to a Pew Research Center study released today, "Online Shopping and E-Commerce." 51% of those surveyed say they've made a purchase using a cellphone and 15% say they've purchased through social media links. That's a marked shift from June 2000 when Pew first surveyed Americans about their online shopping habits and found that just 22% had made a purchase online. In its most recent research about e-commerce, in 2007, just 49% of U.S. adults said they had made a purchase online. internetretailer.com

Online spending picks up as the holiday season advances

Walmart Launches Blockchain Technology to track and trace Produce

60% of consumers want Amazon to open stores

Aurora, IL: Two more Amazon DCs on the way

San Antonio, TX: Police shut down store trafficking in stolen cell phones and computers
On Monday, the San Antonio Police Department announced that it busted a store that was selling stolen cell phones and laptops and other counterfeit items. Police say that Alamo Cell Phone E.R. at 2200 Bandera knowingly bought stolen phones, wiped the data on them, and re-sold them to turn a profit. On Monday, the store manager, Isaac Tellez, was arrested and charged with a felony theft charge after SAPD says he agreed to buy stolen phones. The 24-year-old didn't answer questions as he was walked in front of the press. "We recovered about $30,000 in electronic equipment to include laptops, cell phones," Sgt. Anders said. kens5.com

Knox County, TN: 3 Belk shoplifters arrested after car chase near Turkey Creek
Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies took three women into custody Monday afternoon after a high-speed car chase that started when authorities saw the trio allegedly shoplifting from the women and children's Belk department store in Turkey Creek. Officials said members of the store's loss and prevention crew observed the woman taking what turned out to be $2,000 in merchandise. The women fled from Knox County deputies who responded to the call. The women got into a silver Dodge Kaliber. A deputy who was on the driver's side of the car ordered the driver to stop. She turned the car into him and struck the officer. He fired a shot into the car but it didn't hit anyone. Since Nov. 21, the task force has arrested 167 people, 12 of whom were juveniles, and recovered $30,893 in merchandise. wbir.com

Baytown, TX: Thieves Target Diesel Fuel At Buc-ee's Locations
Diesel fuel thieves are using stolen credit cards at Buc-ee's locations to pilfer hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. The thieves are using 200 gallon drums hauled in the beds of their pick-up trucks to get away with the goods. According to reports the thieves are stealing credit cards from somewhere else, then armed with handfuls of those stolen accounts, they are swiping the cards at Buc-ee's pumps and stealing the fuel. The pick-up trucks have either paper plates or no plates at all. Their theft ring's hit list includes Buc-ee's stores in Angleton, Waller, Cypress, League City, Baytown, two in Pearland and one in Texas city. khou.com

Rome, GA: Belk hit with a $3,500 Grab & Run
Police are investigating what appears to be the coordinated theft of an estimated $3,500 in shirts and pants from Belk. The theft, which happened late Friday, was reported Monday by the store's loss prevention officer. Three women entered the front door, went directly to the Ralph Lauren Polo clothing section inside the entrance and spent about five minutes sorting the items into piles. Suddenly, one of the women held open the door and the other two grabbed the piles and ran out. northwestgeorgianews.com

West Whiteland, PA: Police arrest 3 after Old Navy theft, assault
Police nabbed three suspects in connection an assault of an Old Navy employee and the theft of $760 in merchandise. The suspects are all of Wilmington, DE. At about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 police were dispatched to the Old Navy store after receiving reports of an assault. The assault victim, and employee at the store, told police he saw three people taking items and confronted them as they were leaving and had not paid. The victim told police he was hit in the face several times after he tried stopping the group. dailylocal.com

Leominster, MA: Burlington Coat LP nabs stroller with $2,000 of merchandise
A woman was arrested Sunday after police say she shoplifted nearly $2,000 of items in a baby stroller from various stores at The Mall at Whitney Field. The woman, Brianna A. Bisceglia, 24, was also wanted by police on 11 counts of larceny after she allegedly stole more than $3,000 from her employer between Oct. 14 and Nov. 15. Bisceglia had used her son's stroller as a shopping cart and shoplifted $1,977.93 worth of items from six stores at the mall. sentinelandenterprise.com

North Attleboro, MA: Man charged with theft of baby formula from Target
A Rhode Island man is accused of stealing $1,160 worth of baby formula from Target off Route 1 in North Attleboro. Sheldon Espinoza, 38, was arraigned Monday in Attleboro District Court on larceny charges. He allegedly admitted to police to stealing baby formula on three different days last month. thesunchronicle.com

Hickory, NC: Woman Accused of felony habitual larceny at Best Buy
32-year-old Erika Nicole Self was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 Friday on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of resisting. She was arrested at the Best Buy store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. A Loss Prevention Officer watched as Self allegedly removed the anti-theft devices from three Fit Bit Blaze fitness watches and concealed the items on her person. Self initially refused to stop for the Officers, resulting in the resisting charge. whky.com

Meridian, ID: Police arrest two for shoplifting, meth Two Hailey women are in the Ada County Jail, after police say a shoplifting incident led investigators to a quantity of methamphetamine. According to Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea, the two women entered the Walmart store on Overland Road late Saturday with a child and a backpack. So store officials followed the women through the store, as the two allegedly placed about $200 worth of items -- cologne, hair products and underwear, into the backpack. kivitv.com

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Shootings & Death

Bettendorf, IA: Officer involved shooting at The Home Depot
A Monday night disturbance at the Bettendorf Home Depot store ended with a police officer shooting an armed suspect. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. at the Home Depot store at 920 Middle Road in Bettendorf. After receiving a call of a disturbance, police arrived and engaged an individual who was armed with a handgun. The subject received injuries from being shot. The subject was transported to a local hospital and then transported to University Hospitals in Iowa City. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time. qctimes.com

Philadelphia, PA: Woman Accidentally Shoots Security Guard at Save-a Lot
Police say a woman accidentally shot a security guard who was coming to her aid Monday morning in Germantown. Police say around 6:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, officers were met by a 24-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the right shin area. Police say a 51-year-old woman reported that a male was trying to block her from the entrance into the Save-A-Lot. Police say the woman called for store security and 911 for help. The victim told police that after several verbal confrontations, the male charged at her with a large stick and attempted to strike her. Police say the woman then drew her revolver and fired two shots at the male. Authorities believe the first shot ricocheted from the ground and struck the security guard in his shin. The male then fled the scene with the woman's purse and cell phone, police say. cbslocal.com

Albuquerque, NM: Body found behind Walmart was decapitated
Sources tell us the man had been decapitated and had his genitalia removed.
They went on to say it is believed the man may have been killed at a separate location and had his body dumped at the Walmart. A violent crimes team is investigating a suspicious death after a man's body was found behind the Walmart on Menaul and Wyoming, according to the Albuquerque Police Department. "I think it's insane how something just can happen in one second at somewhere you shop all the time somewhere families come and shop, it's scary," said Diamond Enriquez, a Walmart shopper. At this time the cause of death is not yet known. Bloomberg magazine recently profiled the Tulsa Police Department's struggle with its local Wal-Mart stores. Tulsa police investigated 2,000 crimes at four Tulsa-area Wal-Marts in 2015. By comparison, police were called to Tulsa's four Target stores only about 300 times. koat.com

Robberies & Thefts

Germantown, TN: Police search for Michael Kors burglary suspects
Germantown police are searching for two men who burglarized the Michael Kors store in Saddle Creek. Police rushed to the store early Sunday morning as the suspects drove off in an older model tan and maroon Chevrolet truck. It's unclear how much merchandise the men took from the store. wbrc.com

Prineville, OR: Man admits attacking officer with hammer; faces possible 15 years
A 26-year-old Prineville man who struck a police sergeant on the head at least a dozen times during a March 2015 jewelry store burglary pleaded guilty Monday to three of the 10 charges against him, prosecutors said. Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins said Trevor Trollope entered guilty pleas to first-degree assault, robbery and burglary charges. Trollope was due to go on trial this week on the longer list of charges, including attempted aggravated murder and attempted murder. ktvz.com

Orlando, FL: Police seek burglars who made off with rifles from Bass Pro Shop
Orlando police were on the lookout Tuesday for four men caught on camera stealing six rifles from a Bass Pro Shop on International Drive. The burglary took place early Sunday, the Orlando Police Department said. Along with the rifles, the thieves made off with several pairs of binoculars and other items from the store. wftv.com

Zales in the Tyson's Corner, McLean, VA reported a Grab & Run on 12/19, item valued at $2,150

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Credit Card Fraud

Murfreesboro, TN: Las Vegas Duo Arrested for Criminal Simulation
A pair of 27-year old Las Vegas, Nevada, residents have been arrested in Murfreesboro on charges of ID theft and criminal simulation. Yasel Nodarse and Oscar Diaz De La Cruz were arrested recently after the July 25th incident at the Wal-Mart on Memorial. Murfreesboro Police Detective Tyler Smith reports the store's loss prevention associates contacted them after observing Nodarse and Diaz De La Cruz allegedly working together to use multiple credit cards to conduct transactions. Smith's investigation revealed they were in possession of re-encoded magnetic striped cards. wgnsradio.com

Fort Myers, FL: Man sentenced to 45 months in federal credit card case
A Fort Myers man was sentenced Monday to three years and nine months in federal prison for credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said. Edrey Santo Rojas, 31, entered a guilty plea in August as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Rojas was accused of using other people's credit cards at the Nike Factory Store, Target, Kay Jewelers, McDonald's and the Home Depot. The FBI and the Lee County Sheriff's Office investigated the case. winknews.com

Kirkland, WA: Police Respond To Domestic Incident, Uncover Fraud Ring
Police responded to a Totem Lake hotel on Thursday on a call of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman staying there. But that incident led to the disruption of an apparent fraud ring that the couple were allegedly operating out of the hotel room. Police found documents associated with identity theft in the room, including equipment that allowed them to reproduce fraudulent credit cards. What's more, the couple were the subjects of a federal identity theft investigation. patch.com

Northumberland, Canada: A Port Hope couple reported being defrauded of $45,000 on their Costco credit card
The culprit(s) gained access to the account and changed the address and phone number causing the seniors to stop receiving statements or phone calls from the creditor. Police would like to remind the public to be aware of missing or stopped bills as it may indicate a situation such as this. If that happens to you, call the creditor and make inquiries into your account status. Report any unauthorized transactions to the creditor and police. Investigation ongoing. northumberlandnews.com


Winston-Salem, NC: Counterfeit bills have Winston-Salem police asking people to check the cash in their wallet
Police said they've recently received multiple calls involving people presenting counterfeit bills as a means of paying for merchandise at businesses. The fake bills are designed to look like real money, but have the words "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" clearly printed on the bill. Several businesses have already fallen victim to the crime. Police said businesses and citizens should pay attention to money they receive from someone else to reduce the likelihood of being scammed. wxii12.com


Ontario, CN: Walmart Trenton fire deemed suspicious, arson not ruled out
The Quinte West OPP continues to investigate Trenton's Walmart fire as suspicious, said Inspector Christina Reive, Detachment Commander. "We still have it open as a suspicious fire investigation in conjunction with the Ontario Fire Marshall and we're waiting for confirmation of cause from the Fire Marshall's Office," she said. Reive said the cause of the fire has not been labeled as arson yet, as more investigation is needed to determine the cause. The Nov. 15 fire at the Wal-Mart superstore in Trenton caused an estimated $4 million in damage. intelligencer.ca

Rome, GA: Former Popeyes manager jailed on Arson, theft charges
Kelvin Marquez Thomas, 30, is charged with arson in the second degree, theft by taking and criminal damage to property. Two moneybags containing more than $1,500 in cash were missing from a counter by the time firefighters got the blaze under. control. northwestgeorgianews.com

Peoria, IL: Fire burns down South Side convenience store
Emergency crews are forced to fight the dangerously cold temperatures and fire as flames tear through a south side Peoria convenience store early Monday morning. The fire which broke out around 2:30 a.m. destroyed the South Stop on Western Avenue. cinewsnow.com

Big Apple - Brunswick, ME - Armed Robbery
Bill's Pawn- Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery/ Shooting 3 killed
C-Store - Tacoma, WA - Shooting - 1 man shot and killed
Casey's General - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
Chevron - Amory, MS - Armed Robbery/ Kidnapping
Circle K - Mount Pleasant, SC - Armed Robbery
Country Mart - Pitt County, NC - Armed Robbery
Crown Variety - Lynn, MA - Armed Robbery
Direct Store - Eau Claire, WI - Robbery
EZ Pawn - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Flash Foods - Warner Robins, GA - Armed Robbery
Food Lion - Mooresville, NC - Armed Robbery
Michael Kors - Germantown, TN - Burglary
Party Time - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Phillips 66 - Goshen, IN - Armed Robbery
Quick Mart - Washington Township, NJ - Armed Robbery
Rancho Market - Salt Lake City, UT - Armed Robbery
Shaw's - Portland, ME - Robbery
Simply Mac - Valparaiso, IN - Armed Robbery
UPS Store - Mooresville, NC - Robbery
US Gas - Prince George County, MD - Armed Robbery
Verizon Wireless - Pacifica, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Walgreens - Overland Park, KS - Burglary
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Chesapeake, VA - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
23 robberies
2 burglaries
2 shootings
4 killed

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