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Indiana: Organized Retail Theft: State Bill 0254 Introduced today by
State Senator John Ruckelshaus (R)
SB2054, Organized retail theft. Makes theft a Level 6 felony if a
person: (1) knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over
property and the person uses the Internet to sell, deliver, or
distribute the property; or (2) knowingly or intentionally exerts
unauthorized control over retail property having a value of less than
$750 and certain other conditions apply. Makes theft a Level 5 felony
if: (1) the value of the retail property is at least $750 and less than
$2,500 and certain other conditions apply. (2) the retail property is a
firearm; (3) the retail property is exchanged for cash, a gift card, a
merchandise card, or other item of value; or (4) the person has a prior
unrelated conviction for theft or criminal conversion. Makes theft a
Level 4 felony if the value of the retail property is at least $2,500
and certain other conditions apply. Provides that, in determining the
value of the property, acts of theft committed in a single episode of
criminal conduct maybe charged in a single count. Provides that theft of
retail property that occurs in more than one county over a six month
period may be tried in any county where the theft occurred. Indiana
State Senator John Ruckelshaus (R) can be contacted at 800-382-9467 or
Retail's Future is Still Bright
A Happy Uncertain Risky Promising Disruptive Prosperous 2019
By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer
Standing out in the just completed year 2018 was the global progress of the
retail industry. China flexed its consumer muscle with Singles Day and Alibaba
grossing $30.8 billion ecommerce sales in just 24 hours. We stopped fixating on
Amazon taking over the retail world and we closed the year with the healthiest
USA holiday shopping season in six years.
In 2019, world retail sales growth will hold steady at 3%. India and China will
lead the expansion of retail in developing countries. Malaysia and Philippines
will gain prominence as sales in Asia and Australasia rise by 5% by 2019, twice
as fast as North America. Western Europe markets will stagnate. Retail sales in
Russia and its neighbors will grow 4% in 2019 after expanding 6% in 2018. Latin
America will recover slightly. Global e-commerce sales will grow 21%.
New markets will continue to open for the global retail industry. Tourism, which
remains a major opportunity for destination shopping for department stores, will
continue to grow.
In 2019, the "industry killing" USA Millennials will assert their generational
leadership. Swelling to 73 million, millennials are expected to overtake Boomers
as they decline to 72 million. Generation X (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) is projected
to pass the Boomers in population by 2028. These new generations will
technologically disrupt retail.
Retail Workforce Leads Nation in Drug Test
Workforce Drug Positivity Rises by Double-Digits in Almost One-Third of U.S.
Industry Sectors Examined
The data from the
Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index industry analysis show that the
Retail Trade (5.3%), Health Care and Social Assistance (4.7%), and Real
Estate Rental and Leasing (4.6%) sectors had the highest overall positivity
rates in 2017, while the Utilities (2.8%) and Finance and Insurance (2.6%)
sectors had the lowest rates.
Five sectors experienced year-over-year increases with a double-digit increase
in their positivity rates between 2015 and 2017: Transportation and
Warehousing (21.4%); Other Services (Except Public Administration) (15.4%);
Finance and Insurance (13%); Retail Trade (12.8%); and Wholesale Trade (11.8%).
Our analysis suggests that employers can't assume that workforce drug use isn't
an issue in their industry. In fact, drug test positivity in the majority of
industry sectors analyzed is growing," said Barry Sample, PhD, senior director,
science and technology, Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. "The highest
rates were in consumer-facing industries, including jobs in Retail and
Health Care and Social Assistance."
Marijuana tops the list as the most detected substance
The Retail Trade sector, with the highest 2017 positivity rate among the sixteen
sectors reported, observed increases in overall positivity in each year between
2015 and 2017 (positivity rate of 4.7% in 2015, 5.1% in 2016, 5.3% in 2017). In
addition to a nearly 43 percent growth in cocaine positivity between 2015 and
2017 -- overall twice the increase of the general U.S. workforce -- marijuana
positivity increased more than 18 percent in the sector.
Workforce Drug Positivity Rises by Double-Digits in Almost One-Third of U.S.
Industry Sectors Examined | 2018-12-31 | Security Magazine
● Cocaine positivity is higher in most sectors in 2017 as
compared to 2015. The following sectors experienced the greatest
year-over-year increases in cocaine positivity between 2015 and
- Retail Trade (42.9%) - #1 securitymagazine.com
HR Professionals Worry Most About Active
Shooters; Marijuana Policies in 2019
Another perplexing and challenging issue this year? Dealing with increasing
marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in approximately 30 states and
recreational marijuana use is now legal in more than 10 states including the
District of Columbia. Notwithstanding this, marijuana remains classified as a
Schedule I controlled substance and illegal under federal law.
Despite the fact that more and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical
and recreational purposes, it is still critical to maintain a drug-free
workplace. An employer can do this by:
Making sure it has the proper policies in place including, but not limited to,
drug testing policies, disciplinary policies and safe driving policies.
Providing training on the potential dangers of drugs to the workforce and why
they are such a cause for concern. Employers, supervisors and employees must
recognize the costs to the workforce including increased inattention, increased
absenteeism and tardiness, lost productivity, increased potential for accidents
and injuries leading to increased insurance costs and premiums, increased
workers’ compensation claims and reduced profits.
Conducting legally compliant drug testing.
Home Depot whistleblower sues for defamation and
James Girsch, 65, a former employee of the Home Depot in Escondido, whose
Georgia parent company in March 2018 was assessed a $27.8 million fine for
illegal hazardous waste dumping, is suing the company, claiming he was punished
for being a whistleblower on Home Depot’s longtime alleged illegal activities.
Activities he claims Home Depot continues, despite it being put on a five year
consent decree by the courts not to do it again.
Apple's latest Transparency Report
Government data requests rise, as does Apple's compliance
"Government request circumstances can vary from instances where law enforcement
agencies are working on behalf of customers who have requested assistance
regarding lost or stolen devices, to instances where law enforcement are working
on behalf of customers who suspect their credit card has been used fraudulently
to purchase Apple products or services, to instances where an account is
suspected to have been used unlawfully," Apple wrote. "Our legal team reviews
requests received to ensure that the requests have a valid legal basis. If they
do, we comply with the requests and provide data responsive to the request. If
we determine a request
does not have a valid legal basis, or if we consider it to be unclear,
inappropriate and/or over-broad, we challenge or reject."
U.S. government data requests in this category far outpaced any other country
with 2,397 requests. Apple attributed the high number of U.S. requests to
"extortion, fraud, and suspected unauthorized account access/phishing
Apple's compliance with these requests has also been on the rise with data
provided in 54% of cases in 2013 and 81% in 2017.
Video surveillance trends push global market into
BIS recently released a new market intelligence report, “Global Video
Surveillance Market – Analysis and Forecast, 2018-2023,” indicating the global
video surveillance market is estimated to grow over $77.21 billion by 2023. This
increase is driven by the rising demand for IP cameras, video content
analytics (VCA) and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaas) to help mitigate
rising security concerns as well as the need for the security industry to
provide highly efficient, time-saving surveillance systems at an affordable
BIS also noted the camera market seems to be acquiring major market share within
the video surveillance industry as seen by a proliferation of IP camera-based
surveillance systems in response to increased consumer demand for more physical
Americans Expect Corporations to 'Do the Right
Seventy-eight percent of Americans expect businesses to address “social justice
issues” such as creating local jobs and addressing racial equality and women’s
rights, according to a 2017 study released by Cone Communications.
Eighty-seven percent of people indicated they would buy a product from a company
because that company supported a cause they care about. Meanwhile, 76 percent
said they would refuse to buy goods or services from a company if they found out
it supported causes that run counter to their beliefs, according to Cone’s
Many businesses are taking note of the value consumers — and potential employees
— put in good corporate citizenship and are embracing social responsibility
programs earlier and more actively than businesses did a generation ago,
observers say. denverpost.com
Clicks-to-Bricks Gaining Momentum - But It's A
Online Retailers to Open 850 Stores Over Next Five Years
Retailers that initially made most, if not all, of their sales online plan to
open 850 stores over the next five years, with the average clicks-to-bricks
store measuring about 2,800 square feet, according to a report from real
estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle.
Some will undoubtedly end up in Chicago. The city ranked a distant fourth among
locations where so-called clicks-to-bricks brands open a first permanent
store, behind New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, JLL said.
But don’t count on the newer online brands to fill all that empty space in malls
and shopping centers. Most are picky when it comes to where they want to put
their stores, and many have their sights set on the same affluent neighborhoods
and high-end malls.
Clicks-to-bricks brands tend to cluster in the same malls or neighborhoods that
are already known as shopping destinations.
“The retail apocalypse people talk about is more about the huge big-box
Toys R Us & Sears Contributes to Almost Half of
2018 Total Job Loss
For the year, the retail industry has reported plans to cut 98,563 jobs, the
most of any industry and well ahead of the second-place telecom industry
which has announced 59,568 cuts.
The retail industry accounted for more than 18% of 2018’s job losses. Retailers
closed 3,886 stores in 2018, far fewer than the 9,801 closures in 2017. But
massive job losses for the shutdown of Toys “R” Us and Sears/Kmart combined
to add about 40,000 lost jobs in 2018.
The Clock is Ticking Quite Quickly for JCPenney
2019 Will Be The Year JCPenney Flips -- One Way Or Another
If 2018 was the year Sears finally succumbed to the inevitable, and the year
before marked the beginning of the end for Toys "R" Us, then this new year will
be all about JCPenney.
Not that the retailer is going out of business, though that could be its
ultimate fate. More likely, whatever happens to the beleaguered company over
these next 12 months there will still be a JCPenney in the marketplace.
But 2019 will clearly be the year when the attention of creditors, financial
institutions and, perhaps most importantly, the company’s vendors will be most
focused on what the retailer does to survive. And JCPenney will need to address
all of their concerns—one way or another.
SDM 2019 Security Industry Forecast: Channeling
Momentum Into Opportunities
Results of SDM’s 2019 Industry Forecast Study show that security integrators
grew their total annual revenue by an average of 15 percent last year; they
expect that momentum to bring them face-to-face with prosperous opportunities in
2019, as long as the economy stays strong.
Last year saw double-digit growth in both total annual revenue and recurring
monthly revenue (RMR) for integrators and dealers who participated in the study.
Their total revenue increased by an average of 15 percent, while RMR grew by an
average of 21 percent.
Card shimming could be the new card skimming
Officials are warning the public to look out for ‘shimming.’ It’s very similar
to skimming, but this technique targets the card’s chip. The crooks put a ‘shim’
which is a paper thin device into the credit card slot and that device copies
your credit card information.
Sr. Jobs Removed From Postings
Metro One VP - Security Operations job no longer posted on
Dollar General - Divisional LP Director based in Florida
job no longer listed
Nike - Director of LP for APLA job has been removed from
Lampert's Plan B For Sears - Only Buy 250 Stores
& Certain Assets
8 Retailers That Went Out Of Business Or Closed
Stores In 2018
OSHA Now Using Drones to Inspect Employer
Amazon to recruit vets to fill HQ2 jobs in Virginia
Walmart goes all out to hire truck drivers
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How 7 Business Leaders Rate Privacy, Security
Jesse Davis West,
Director of Content Marketing, FaceFirst Face Recognition Software
consumers today desire privacy, security and convenience at the same
time. But these factors can often seem in direct opposition to each
other. While it’s possible to provide customers with all three,
different businesses are going to prioritize these factors in different
In his new book,
The New Rules of Consumer Privacy, FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp asked some business leaders how to prioritize these three vital
factors. Here’s what they had to say along with some of Peter’s own
thoughts on the subject.
“One of the biggest challenges businesses find themselves in is
balancing consumer privacy, security, and convenience. More convenience
often leads to lower levels of security and thus privacy. A good
illustration of this would be two-factor authentication versus a weak
password. Obviously two-factor authentication is a more time-intensive
user experience but it provides much more security and privacy over the
opposite, a weak password.
Privacy, security, and convenience each need to be prioritized. However,
at the end of the day, one reigns supreme... Security. We can learn a
lesson from the massive data breaches that have occurred (and continue
to occur) each year. Whether it’s credit card information or social
security numbers, when security isn’t a top priority, privacy and
convenience mean nothing.” - Dan Scalco, Owner, Digitalux
“I think it goes back to value exchange. Consumers have a range of
things they are willing to give up or give away, but only so long as
they feel like they are getting something out of it. Case in point: if,
as consumers walked into a retail store, an employee with a tablet
stopped them and said, “Hey, give me your email address so we can send
you some ads”, the opt-in rate there would be very low. But if the
employee was at the register, and the value proposition was “Give me
your email address so I can email you the receipt”, then the opt-in rate
is usually higher. Consumers have been shown to be much more willing to
give up personal information in exchange for knowing where their orders
are, or to make it easier to make a return later, etc., and less willing
to give up personal information just so a retailer can sell to them
harder. So, my recommendation to business leaders is, think hard about
what you’re offering vs. what you’re asking for. If you’re asking for a
lot, you better be delivering a lot of perceived value on the part of
the consumer. That can come from saving time (convenience) or from
saving money.” - Nikki Baird, VP of Retail Innovation, Aptos
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Convergence of Physical Security & Cyber Security
Airports Struggle to Build Comprehensive Cyber Defenses
Airports are targets for hackers trying to interrupt flight plans to disrupt
trade and passenger travel, as well as those looking for sensitive business
information, according to security experts. But airports face especially
tough obstacles to coordinate infrastructure and technology management among
airlines and other vendors that do business in terminals.
Many airports don’t employ chief information security officers, leaving various
executives to oversee cybersecurity measures.
Tampa International Airport plans to start building a security operations center
next year to allow cybersecurity and physical security experts monitor
threats side-by-side, according to Michael Stephens, the airport’s general
counsel and executive vice president for information technology. The airport
will also train security staff to better detect cyber threats around the
clock, he said.
Housing physical security and cybersecurity in the same building will let
Tampa International’s security experts respond faster to suspicious activity
and speed up communication between cybersecurity analysts, airport
operations teams and authorities such as the Transportation and Security
Administration, he said.
In most cases these people are located in different spaces or sometimes
completely different buildings. Sometimes when something happens, you don’t
necessarily know until it’s gotten out of control,” Mr. Stephens said.
WSJ Pro Cybersecurity
AI in Security Carries as Many Questions as
While companies are definitely employing machine intelligence in security, the
perception of its value is not universally positive. According to the report,
60% of organizations employing AI think that AI makes investigations of
alerts faster. The same proportion report that AI improves the efficiency
of their security staff.
The more an organization employs machine intelligence, the more positive its
perception of the technique's effectiveness. In companies that have deployed
machine intelligence in 10% or less of their security applications, 49% see it
speeding their research of alerts. In those companies employing machine
intelligence in more than 10% of their security, that number rises to 69%.
Still, machine intelligence isn't perceived as perfect. Some 60% of responding
organizations say that it doesn't deal with zero-day or advanced threats, and
roughly half complain that it generates too many false positives. These issues
are due at least partially, say some experts, to the difficulty in properly
training machine learning engines.
She points out that machine learning professionals are rarely experienced in
cybersecurity, while cybersecurity experts tend to have no real data science
experience. The disconnect slows improvement and wide, effective deployment. "You
still need somebody who can understand the data going in and the data going
out. It hasn't yet been automated to a point where you can remove the
professional to actually get meaning from the data."
Peypoch looks at data in the report and sees future progress that is almost
inevitable. "AI is one tool for driving efficiencies. It can make your limited
staff more effective, but it's not going to replace human staff anytime soon.
Setting Up Strong Ethical Processes & Committee
Time to instill trust and confidence in artificial intelligence
While artificial intelligence-based initiatives are delivering positive results,
executives are still taking a cautious approach to the technology. One area of
concern is the ethics and potential business value of AI -- seven in 10 even
have special ethics training for IT professionals working with the technology.
Ethics, confidence and business value in AI were front and center in a recent
survey of 305 enterprises, conducted by Forbes Insights in partnership with
SAS, Accenture and Intel. When looking at only those who have reported having
deployed AI, 51 percent say the impact of deployment of AI-based technologies on
their operations has been "successful" or "highly successful
The survey report defines AI as "the science of training systems to emulate
human tasks through learning and automation." AI adopters indicated
relatively strong ethical processes in place today, with 63 percent affirming
that they "have an ethics committee that reviews the use of AI," and 70
percent indicating they "conduct ethics training for their technologists."
Wising Up to the Insider Threat Risk
Trusted Insiders Skipping the Rules - Undermining Corporate Security
Data Exposure Report, showed that malicious users are not the only insider
threat to enterprises. Business and technology leaders are also seriously
undermining corporate security with data usage practices and attitudes that they
often know are risky but persist with anyway.
For instance, 41 percent of the business leaders in Code42’s survey
admitted to downloading unapproved software on their devices despite
knowing their IT organisation would consider that a security risk. Their reasons
for doing so included convenience; use of the software in their personal lives;
and improved productivity.
Organizational leaders are putting sensitive data at risk in numerous ways. More
than 79 percent of business leaders keep a copy of their work on a laptop or
other personal device not directly under the control of the IT department,
though many are aware of the risks involved.
A high percentage of those indulging in this sort of behaviour are aware of the
value of the business data they are putting at risk. More than 7-in-10 (74
percent) business leaders in Code42’s survey agreed that data was their
organisation’s most precious asset. Troublingly enough though, 65 percent of
business leaders held the view that the data they create belongs to them
personally. Nearly half (49 percent) of business leaders —and a sobering 72
percent of chief executives —admitted to taking IP with them to their next
McKinsey & Company: Insider threat: The human
element of cyberrisk
Insider threat via a company’s own employees (and contractors and
vendors) is one of the largest unsolved issues in cybersecurity. It’s present in
50 percent of breaches reported in a recent study. Companies are certainly aware
of the problem, but they rarely dedicate the resources or executive attention
required to solve it. Most prevention programs fall short either by focusing
exclusively on monitoring behavior or by failing to consider cultural and
Some leading companies are now testing a microsegmentation approach that can
target potential problems more precisely. Others are adopting in-depth cultural
change and predictive analytics. These new approaches can yield more accurate
results than traditional monitoring and can also help companies navigate the
tricky business of safeguarding assets while also respecting employees’ rights. mckinsey.com
Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled
major US newspapers
Source inside Tribune Publishing says printing outage caused by Ryuk
The Ryuk ransomware strain is the primary suspect in a cyberattack that caused
printing and delivery disruptions for several major US newspapers over the
This type of ransomware was first described in a
Check Point report published over the summer. The ransomware is
primarily deployed in targeted attacks on high-value targets with the hopes
of netting cyber-criminals profits from companies that can't afford a major
downtime. Previous Ryuk ransomware victims include major Canadian restaurant
Google IL biometric privacy suit dismissed for
lack of injury
Five Charts: The State of Retail Tech
#1 Topic - 58% of US Retail Marketing Leaders Actively
Discussing Data Privacy & Security
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8% Of Holiday Packages Were Delayed, But
Communication Mitigates The Pain
The holiday rush doesn’t just clog queues at brick-and-mortar stores — it also
causes backups for package carriers. An estimated 8% of packages handled by
UPS and FedEx had delayed deliveries during the 2018 holiday season,
according to a study by
lateshipment.com. That may seem like an acceptably low percentage during a
busy shopping period —until you consider that UPS handled a total of 800 million
deliveries this year, with another 425 million delivered by FedEx. That
translates to approximately 98 million late gift deliveries.
While retailers can’t control the efficiency of third-party shippers or factors
such as severe winter weather, they can manage the relationship with their
customers. Retailers have a number of options for dealing with delays, from
providing pre-purchase advisories to addressing customer dissatisfaction after a
package arrives late. Key strategies include:
● Placing a warning on the site home page
● Adjust delivery windows
● Call the affected shopper
● Compensation after the fact
Not all retailers will face the same rate of delays: apparel in particular saw a
5% increase in delays during the 2017 holiday season compared to the rest of the
year. This industry, along with wine, subscription boxes and others, saw a 120%
jump in deliveries during the holiday season, which resulted in a significant
share of shipments arriving late:
● Electronics: 15% delay rate for UPS, 6.4% for FedEx;
● Wine: 16.3% delay rate for UPS, 9.73% for FedEx;
● Apparel: 12% delay rate for UPS, 20.36% for FedEx;
● Jewelry: 14% delay rate for UPS, 18.36% for FedEx; and
● Subscription Boxes: 11% delay rate for UPS, 9% for FedEx.
Law regulating online shopping activities
enforced in China
China on Tuesday officially enforced a new law to regulate its vast e-commerce
sector, with an aim to regulate the flourishing online shopping market that has
been littered with counterfeit and copycat products.
The legislation, which passed in August and officially came into effect on
January 1, 2019, aims to fight against unethical sales practices on the
internet by demanding all e-commerce operators to protect consumer
rights, interests, and personal information, as well as safeguard
intellectual property rights and cyberspace security.
Aside from major e-commerce websites and mobile apps like Alibaba's Taobao and
Tmall, JD.com, and Pinduoduo, merchants doing business on these e-commerce
platforms and those who operate online business through their own websites are
also subject to the regulation of the new law, a Chinese news report said.
India tightens online marketplace rules, marking
a possible blow against Amazon and Walmart
Chinese e-commerce giant, JD.com shakes up
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Fairfax County, VA: 4 Arrested in $10,000 Credit
Card/ Identity Fraud |
Members of the Christmas Anti-Theft Team were working a shoplifting case when
they were notified by a Loss Prevention Officer of a possible credit card fraud
situation. The Loss Prevention Officer indicated he saw a woman in this store
who was recently seen using fraudulent credit cards in a Maryland store.
Officers began watching her while other officers made contact with the victim
who lives in California. While watching the woman, other suspects were
developed. Two men and two women were arrested at their car. Over $10,000 in
fraudulently purchased merchandise was discovered inside.
Hutchins, TX: FedEx employees charged after
allegedly stealing nearly $50k worth of packages
Several FedEx employees are facing theft charges after police say they stole
nearly $50,000 worth of items from packages that were being shipped. Police say
the packages, taken from the FedEx hub in Hutchins, contained a total of 94
cellphones and an Apple Watch. According to an arrest warrant, Wade Hal, 58, and
Larry Poole, 47, paid a manager and security guard to look the other way as they
took items from packages and stuffed them into backpacks. Hal and Poole have
been charged with theft of property, a third-degree felony. The two plus the
manager and security guard have all been charged with engaging in organized
Minot, ND: Victoria’s Secret employee sentenced
to jail for stealing $35,000 of merchandise from store
Authorities say 19-year-old Pru Bray took the items out of the store in bags or
wore them under her clothing, then sold them at rummage sales or gave them as
gifts. The Minot Daily News reports that if Bray stays out of trouble for three
years, a felony theft charge against her will be dismissed. A decision on
restitution will be made later. Bray has already returned items valued at more
Bethlehem Township, PA: 3 Men arrested using
Counterfeit Money to purchase high value items from Best Buy, Target and The
Three Hispanic men using Counterfeit $100 bills to purchase high valued items at
Best Buy. The men were found in possession of high dollar headphones and power
tools with receipts from Target and Home Depot in New Jersey. The men were in
possession of $1,400 in real currency and $6,300 in counterfeit $100 bills. The
men are all from New York City. Information supplied by METRORCA
CO: Man wanted for walking out out of family-owned store with $7,000 worth of
Employees of a family-owned AIS Industrial & Construction Supply were left
stunned on New Year's Eve when a man who seemed to need help purchasing tools
walked out of the store with more than $7,000 worth of stolen items. The suspect
took a Milwaukee propress valued at $5,324.50 and a Ridgid kit propress valued
Two arrested in Saks handbag thefts on Greenwich
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a theft of handbags from Saks
in July of 2018. Greenwich police issued warrants for the arrests of the
suspects accused of taking part in the theft of $7,000 in merchandise from the
Greenwich Avenue store on July 31. Authorities were notified that two of the
suspects were being held in custody in Pennsylvania.
Janesville, WI: Over $2000 worth of razor blades
taken in Walgreens heists
Two Janesville Walgreens stores lost more than $2,000 worth of razor blades in a
coordinated criminal operation last July and a third Walgreens lost hundreds of
dollars worth of other merchandise, according to a criminal complaint filed in
Rock County Court on Wednesday. The complaint charges Christopher M. Griese, 36,
with two counts of felony retail theft and one count of misdemeanor retail
Homer, AK: Save-U-More employee Arrested for
Christmas Eve/ Day Burglary
Homer Police arrested a former Save-U-More employee for allegedly robbing the
store late last month. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, police say Earl
Watson stole items such as a 50-inch screen TV, some chainsaws and other
appliances. Save-U-More was closed on Christmas Day. Employees realized items
were stolen a few days later and reported the incident to police on Dec. 27.
Officer Larry Baxter arrested Watson that day. Baxter said he returned the
stolen items found in Watson’s cabin to the store.
Tallahassee, FL: CVS employee accused of stealing
A CVS pharmacy technician is facing drug theft charges after he was found
stealing Xanax while on the job. Daniel Hall, 23, was arrested on charges of
grand theft of a controlled substance on Wednesday. He worked as a CVS pharmacy
technician for about five years. Officers interviewed Hall who said he became
stressed out because of school and began self-medicating. He estimated that over
the past year and a half, he’d stolen 160 pills. Hall told officers he was a
Tallahassee Community College student and was preparing to start Florida State
University in the spring.
Laredo, TX: 3 accused of Organized Retail Theft
An investigation revealed that Aliya Diaz and the juveniles had concealed five
watches, several pairs of female underwear, two pairs of jeans, several
cosmetics and fragrances into two handbags that were also taken from the store.
Orlando, FL: Scammer repeatedly sneaked into Universal
Parks to commit gift card scheme
Casper, WY: Man with 2 children attempts to steal assorted
items and video game valued at $1,400
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Loomis, CA: Armed Good Samaritan Stops Raley’s
Who Threatened Loss Prevention Guard
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is calling a man with a gun a Good Samaritan
after he stopped two shoplifters at a Raley’s in Loomis. It happened in the
parking lot outside of the store around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. A loss prevention
security guard spotted Brandon Smith and Elizabeth Almand shoplifting inside the
store. Dressed in plain clothing, the guard confronted the couple outside. Lt.
Andrew Scott with Placer County Sheriff’s Office says Smith had a knife and
began to struggle with the guard. “And as they fell to the ground, the male
suspect told the female suspect to pick up the knife and to stab the store
employee,” Scott said. Raley’s spokesperson said the guard was a trained Officer
with Camden Security, the company used by Raley’s for Loss Prevention.
Miramar, FL: Money courier shot, robbed outside
Restaurant co-founded by DJ Khaled
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of The Licking on Miramar Parkway.
Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said the victim was walking back to his
car after collecting cash from the business when someone in another car got out,
approached him and demanded the money. Rues said the victim handed over the cash
but was shot multiple times anyway. He was airlifted to an area hospital.
Roseville, MN: Police recover Gun from
13-year-old DSW Shoplifting suspect in Stolen Car
Around 6:39 p.m., a witness reported to police that they saw six teens steal
shoes from DSW and run to a car in the parking lot. The witness then followed
the teens to Marshall's where the group committed another shoplifting. Police
arrived at the scene while the teens were inside. The group, which included
three boys and three girls, had been riding in a vehicle stolen out of St. Paul.
Inside the car, police found ammo, a pellet gun and mace.
Macon, GA: 3 indicted in Federal Court for Bass
Pro Shops Burglary
Three men have been indicted in federal court for the April 2018 Macon Bass Pro
Shops burglary, all charged with theft of a firearm from a federal firearms
licensee. Bibb County Sheriff's Office said, on April 3, deputies responded to
the Bass Pro Blvd. store around 7:30 a.m. and discovered an open window and a
glass plane along with a rifle on the ground. They also found blood on the widow
panel as well as hand prints on the window.
Anoka, MN: Suspects lead police on 3 different
pursuits after reports of shoplifting in Monticello; ends in crash
The incident began just after 1:50 p.m. when Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies
responded to Mills Fleet Farm in Monticello on a report of shoplifting.
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, three adult males and an
adult female were in the vehicle when the pursuits occurred.
Aspen, CO: Three Chilean suspects identified in
Aspen jewelry robbery
Police have identified three Chilean men as suspects in the theft of hundreds of
thousands of dollar's worth of jewelry from the lobby of The Little Nell hotel
St. Petersburg, FL: Man attacks McDonald's employee over new plastic
city ordinance went into effect on January 1 that requires customers to
ask for straws. "She told him we're not allowed to have (straws) in the
lobby but he can get one upon request. He said there was no such law. He
started exchanging words laced with profanity, which I won't repeat,"
Biandudi said. He leaned over the counter and quickly grabbed Yasmine
James, who was working the register, by the shirt collar. He pulled her
close to his face. Seconds later, James started whaling on the man,
punch after punch. It took employees almost 15 seconds to separate them.
Before leaving the restaurant, St. Petersburg Police said, the man
kicked another employee in the stomach as she stood near the exit.
Dothan, AL: Police nab man suspected in $4 robbery and
James Avery Jewelers in the Westlake Marketplace,
Houston, TX reported an Attempted Burglary on 12/27, no merchandise was lost.
Kay Jewelers in the Southdale Center, Edina, MN reported a Grab & Run on 1/1,
merchandise valued at $2,399 (recovered)
Zales Outlet in Southlake, TX reported an Armed Robbery on 1/1, no dollars
reported, no injuries
Operation Equinox: Kearny Police Detective John
Fabula leads 18-month investigation to take down cargo theft network
On November 30, 2018, the Kearny Police Department arrested seven individuals in
connection with a cargo theft network following a lengthy investigation into
thefts from multiple Kearny trucking yards. An eighth individual was arrested on
December 6, 2018.
The investigation was initiated by the Kearny Police Department and the New
Jersey State Police 18-months ago. Since that time, there have been
approximately 15 thefts of tractor trailer containers from Kearny trucking
The stolen merchandise included food items, cosmetics, chemicals, tires, linen,
clothing and liquor with an approximate total retail value of more than
$4,000,000. The stolen merchandise was housed in warehouses in Linden, North
Bergen and Clifton subsequent to the thefts.
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C-Store – Kountze, TX – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Fremont, NE – Burglary
Circle K – Phoenix, AZ – Armed Robbery
Clothing – Denton, TX – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Mount Pleasant, TX – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Tempe, AZ – Burglary
Jewelry – Southlake, TX – Armed Robbery
Liquor Store – Attleboro, MA – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Lansing, MI – Armed Robbery (Hungry Howies)
Restaurant – West Hartford, CT – Burglary
Restaurant – Miami, FL – Armed Robbery
Save-U- More – Homer, AK – Burglary
T-Mobile – Miami, FL – Burglary
Tobacco – Columbia, SC – Burglary
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