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Florida School Shooter Worked at Local Dollar Tree Store
Co-Workers Described Him as a Good Kid, 'Shocked' By His Actions
The man suspected of opening fire inside a Florida high school on Wednesday,
killing at least 17 people, is a former student who had been expelled for
disciplinary reasons, the authorities said.
Scott Israel of Broward County, Fla., said that the man, Nikolas Cruz, 19,
previously attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland but was
expelled after getting into trouble. He was enrolled at another Broward County
school, officials said.
After Mr. Cruz left Douglas High School, he took a job at a Dollar Tree store
about a mile and a half from the school. A person who answered the phone at the
store on Wednesday evening said that Mr. Cruz worked as a cashier and was well
liked by his colleagues.
“He was a great guy,” the person said.
Other Dollar Tree employees told ABC News they are "shocked" by his actions,
and described him as loyal and responsible, saying he "would arrive to work a
half hour early."
The Dollar Tree manager said Cruz was transferred from the store near the
school to a different Dollar Tree closer to his home, but he did not
remember the reason why. He described Cruz as a nice kid who was always in a
The Dollar Tree retail chain confirms that the Florida high school shooting
suspect worked at their store in Parkland.
In a Thursday statement, the Dollar Tree says they’ll share any information
about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz with local and federal officials that may help
with the investigation. The retailer also expressed sympathy for the
Parkland community and those affected by the Wednesday attack that killed 17
people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
FBI was warned about alleged shooter nearly 5 months ago, tipster says
The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a
YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's campus massacre in
Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger.
Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, noticed in
September an alarming comment on a video he'd posted. He told CNN he immediately
contacted the FBI.
"Im going to be a professional school shooter," read the comment, left by a user
with the name Nikolas Cruz, the same name of the suspected shooter who opened
fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, killing at least 17
Rock, AR: 19-year-old L’Oreal Maybelline factory employee killed in
Police say that an early morning double fatal shooting at a North Little Rock
factory has now been deemed a murder-suicide. Officers responded to a shots
fired call at the L’Oreal Maybelline Co. plant parking lot at 11500 Maybelline
Road shortly after 3 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a man and a woman both dead
from apparent gunshots. The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Chasity
Denise Cannady and 32-year-old Jim Gilot. Witnesses to the incident said that
Gilot shot Cannady before turning the gun on himself. Ms. Cannady was a current
employee of the company. Mr. Gilot at one time was an employee; however, his
current employment status has not been determined.
ADT Cybersecurity Joins with Arrow Electronics to Expand its Distribution
Agreement Helps Put ADT Cybersecurity's Award Winning MDR Services in the Hands
of Additional Commercial and Enterprise Organizations
ADT Inc. (NYSE:ADT), the leading provider of monitored security and interactive
home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, today
announced it has teamed with Arrow Electronics to further expand its
distribution arm for its ADT Cybersecurity solutions.
ADT Cybersecurity was formed in November 2017 with the acquisition of DATASHIELD
and is focused on delivering Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services to
commercial and enterprise businesses nationwide. Arrow Electronics is a global
provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users
of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.
Jury in Pilot Flying J fraud trial says panel hopelessly deadlocked on one
A jury in the ongoing Pilot Flying J fraud trial on Thursday told a judge they
"remain divided" on a single count involving one of the four defendants and
believe they have reached an impasse.
"The jury would like to let the court know they have reviewed the evidence
multiple times ... and yet we remain divided," the panel wrote in a note to U.S.
District Judge Curtis Collier.
The jury on Wednesday said via a note they had reached a unanimous verdict on
all but one charge involving one defendant. The jury has not revealed which
count or which defendant.
Collier, for now, is refusing to allow the jury to announce its partial verdict
and on Thursday gave what is known as a "dynamite" legal instruction designed to
prompt jurors to reexamine their individual votes and try one last time for an
Nordstrom stopped locking its fitting room doors
A move that encourages theft, but is great for business
Nordstrom has stopped locking its fitting room doors. The move has led to
increased rates of theft and miffed some Wall Street analysts, but the
retailer is standing by its decision,
the Wall Street Journal reports.
"Analysts don't like it," Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom,
told the Journal. "But I'm thinking about the next 50 years, not the next
Prior to the policy change, shoppers had to seek out a Nordstrom employee to
unlock a fitting room if they wanted to try on clothing. Also, since the fitting
room doors automatically locked when closed, if customers briefly left the room
for any reason - such as to grab another size of an item - they would be locked
out. This could be seen as a burden to both customers and Nordstrom employees.
The department store chain axed the locking policy in November, according to the
Journal. Now, customers can enter and leave fitting rooms as they please,
without the help of an employee.
A Real Tale of Holiday Returns
Statistics Dive Deep into 2017 Holiday Returns Activity
Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions,
today released its 2017 holiday returns statistics. With return authorization
solutions deployed in more than 34,000 stores across the country, Appriss Retail
annually reports on the state of post-holiday returns in the United States. The
company’s breadth of retail clients and deep analytical expertise uniquely
position it to draw an accurate portrayal of this shopping activity during the
seven days after Christmas.
● The highest rate of returns nationwide occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 26, where
returns were nearly twice the normal rate seen during the holiday season. And,
because of their relation to both Christmas and New Year’s Day – Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday of that same week were also big return days with returns
nearly 50 percent above the normal holiday season rate.
● The Midwest states again had the highest rate of returns, when comparing total
dollars purchased to total dollars returned and exchanged.
● Missouri had the highest rate of returns with 22.3 percent, while Illinois had
the second highest at 20.3 percent.
● The state with the least rate of returns was Minnesota with 5.8 percent.
Finally, now that holidays are concluded, retail executives can again focus on a
wider set of business metrics, including shrink and margin. Appriss Retail’s
multi-year analysis indicates that while the convenience of returns is a
positive for consumers, poorly managed return processes and outdated policies
can contribute significantly to shrink by permitting fraudulent and abusive
returns. This can be especially true for Buy-Online-Return-In-Store (BORIS)
returns. As companies look to improve their performance and profitability,
eliminating friction at the return counter can help attract and retain best
customers and increase their long-term value, while still reducing the risk of
margin eroding loss.
L.L. Bean Sued for Ditching Its Beloved Return Policy
L.L. Bean Inc. is facing a breach of warranty lawsuit after changing its
decades-old lifetime warranty, in what may be the first of many claims over the
now-dead policy. The complaint, filed this week in Chicago federal court, seeks
class-action status. The plaintiff, Victor Bondi, is described in the filing as
“a loyal customer” of L.L. Bean, having purchased the iconic Bean Boots, among
“The warranty, promising that there are ‘no conditions’ and there is ‘no end
date’ has been a core component of L.L. Bean’s marketing and has been emblazoned
prominently on many L.L. Bean catalog covers,” the complaint stated. “The
warranty was a basis of the bargain with the sale of L.L. Bean products. Because
of L.L. Bean’s unilateral refusal to honor its warranty, plaintiff and the other
class members were harmed, and have been deprived of the benefit of the
Bondi’s frustration isn’t unique. The bootmaker’s announcement drew mixed
reactions from customers, who either blamed those who abused the policy for
ruining it for everyone or blamed the company for reneging on its promises.
Mississippi: Gang bill faces criticism from Black
Caucus, other organizations
At least a half dozen experts emphasized Wednesday at a Legislative Black Caucus
at the Capitol their opposition to a gang bill working its way through the
Mississippi Legislature. Presenters from the American Civil Liberties Union of
Mississippi, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Families as Allies, the National
Association for Advancement of Colored People, and the office of the State
Public Defender took the mic one after the other to discuss what they see as
shortfalls in Senate Bill 2868. Among those shortfalls at the top of their list
of concerns were fear that gang members could be prosecuted even if they commit
no crime besides recruiting new members for their gangs and the potential for
racial profiling. Added to that was a potential cost to the state from enhanced
sentences of more than $1 billion. The Senate passed the bill 35-14 last week,
sending it to the House for further action.
Police say hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operate in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police
estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the
city and undercutting those who are playing by the rules.
Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1, a pace that is
unlikely to intensify as the department is focused on curbing violent crimes. At
least 35 people were arrested during the eight raids, including four people who
were taken into custody last week, said Capt. Stephen Carmona. Most of the
illegal shops were operating in plain sight - out of storefronts in busy
neighborhoods, he said.
Wells Fargo Slammed Over Error-Riddled Refunds
Wells Fargo again finds itself on the hotseat for mistakes it made trying to
repay customers hit by improper loan fees. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the
Massachusetts Democrat who has been highly critical of the bank and its
management over numerous issues with customers, fired off a letter to Wells CEO
Tim Sloan this week grilling him about botched refunds.
Warren accused Sloan of breaking his promise to customers since he took over as
CEO in late 2016 after a fake accounts scandal burst into the headlines. That
scandal involved the bank's employees opening accounts without customers'
knowledge in a bid to meet aggressive sales goals, an issue affecting millions.
'We can only take so much abuse'
Whole Foods suppliers slam 'hellacious' new policies they say are hurting
Whole Foods is charging brands more money for prime shelf space and introducing
new fees. It has also stopped paying shipping fees for some products and dropped
minimum-order requirements. Some small and local vendors say the fees are
damaging their business and they're considering cutting ties with Whole Foods as
"For a small vendor to go through this is a hellacious, horrible time and
financial burden," the CEO and founder of a snack-bar company said.
Sam’s Club launches free shipping and overhauls membership program
Sam’s Club is making changes as it looks to compete head-on with rivals Amazon
and Costco. The warehouse club chain is rolling out free shipping on “most of
the items” sold online, including nearly every Member’s Mark private-label item,
with no minimum purchase required, the retailer said in a
blog on its website. The news comes one month after the retailer abruptly
closed 63 stores, and said some of the shuttered locations would be turned into
Sears' sales fall, but company expects to post a profit
In an earnings pre-announcement Thursday, Sears Holdings said that same-store
sales fell 15.6 percent during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, but it also
expects new U.S. tax legislation to aid the company in posting a profit.
Same-store sales at Sears locations tumbled 18.1 percent, while those at
Kmart stores were down 12.2 percent in the latest period.
JC Penney to close 8 stores in 2018 - Here's where they are
Amazon pledges to create 2,000 new permanent jobs in France this year
Chinese firm buys big stake in GNC
Teens are swarming craft stores like Hobby Lobby for a viral photo challenge
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CONTROLTEK’s Popular FlatGuard Tag Receives an Upgrade
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (February 15, 2018) –
FlatGuard, the world’s first
EAS tag for small leather goods, has received an upgrade expanding its range of
uses. According to
Tom Meehan, CONTROLTEK’s Chief Strategy Officer, the new
version of the tag will have a stronger outer shell to accommodate placement on
jackets, in addition to its current uses in wallets and other small leather
goods. The tag now also comes with an RFID option.
“The FlatGuard has been really well received by the LP community,” said Meehan.
“One comment I often heard was, ‘why hadn’t anybody came up with a tag like this
before?’ The second most common comment was the suggestion to change the tag in
a way that would allow its use for a wider range of merchandise. The uniqueness
of the tag is in its super-slim design. We made it specifically for wallets, but
we see an adoption in other merchandise too, such as handbags, suits and now
According to Meehan,
CONTROLTEK is also adding RFID as an option to this tag,
which is another response to the feedback from the industry.
Since 1976 CONTROLTEK has been a global leader in tamper-evident security
packaging, helping banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely
and securely. The company’s expanding line of inventory protection and
visibility solutions also helps retailers protect their merchandise better and
run their operations more efficiently. As a second-generation family owned
business, with a history of stable growth and a reputation for strong customer
focus, CONTROLTEK continues to deliver on its mission every single day: to be
the provider of solutions that protect and the home of the people who deliver.
New 'Cyber Thursday' Webinar Series - Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center
(R-CISC) and Shape Security Announce Strategic Partnership
Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) and Shape Security will kick
off a strategic partnership on Thursday, February 15, with a webinar aimed at
helping retailers protect themselves from threats associated with seasonal
promotions, limited-time offers, and other special events.
12:30 pm-1:30 pm CST: New Attack Trends in Retail
Every day, retailers battle ongoing attacks on their web and mobile
applications. Special events, however, attract not only higher volumes of fraud
but also new attack techniques. On February 15th, Shape is partnering with the
Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) to facilitate a presentation
on new attack trends in retail. Join Mengmeng Chen, retail threat intelligence
lead at Shape Security, as she covers:
● Top 3 application attacks observed in the retail industry
● Attack trends during promotional events
● Attack techniques observed during Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Top 10
Learn more here.
From Russia With Love
Russian Hacker Gets 12 Years in Jail for Largest Data Theft in US History
Retailers Among Corporate Networks Hacked - $300M, 160M Credit Cards Stolen
A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two Russian nationals to
federal prison terms for their roles in a
$300 million worldwide cyberattack that targeted more than a dozen major
corporate networks, including those of NASDAQ and Dow Jones & Co., and
compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers.
In separate hearings in Camden addressing what officials have called the
largest credit-card hacking and data-breach scheme ever charged in the United
States, U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle imposed a 12-year sentence on
Vladimir Drinkman, 37, of Syktyvkar, Russia, and Moscow, and a term of 51 months
and 21 days on Dmitriy Smilianets, 34, of Moscow.
Drinkman, Smilianets and three co-defendants hacked into the networks of
corporate entities, obtained sensitive data and sold it to resellers around the
world, federal prosecutors said. In addition to the stock markets, the
victims included Heartland Payment Systems Inc., Wet Seal Inc., Global Payment
Systems, Euronet Worldwide Inc., Commidea Ltd., Dexia SA, Diners Singapore Ltd.,
7-Eleven Inc., Carrefour S.A., J.C. Penny Company Inc., Hannaford Brothers Co.,
JetBlue Airways Corp. and Ingenicard America Inc. The cybercrimes happened
in New Jersey and elsewhere, according to charging documents.
Fraudsters Employed Bots on Massive Scale in Q4 2017: Report
Fraudsters are increasingly using bot attacks to test stolen identities and
payment cards. In the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, antifraud technology
provider ThreatMetrix detected around 840 million bot attacks aimed at merchants
on its network. That matches the number of bot attacks the company detected
during the entire year of 2016. For certain merchants at certain times, the
company said, bot attacks can account for 90 percent of a Website’s traffic.
Payment Providers Partner To Offer Point-To-Point Encryption
Payment security provider Bluefin Payment Systems has partnered with payment
platforms Datacap Systems and Monetary LLC to offer a PCI-validated
Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution to merchants.
Benefits of a PCI-validated P2PE solution include reduced PCI compliance and
scope; time and money savings on annual audits; and assurance that the
technology has been approved by the PCI Security Standards Council.
Walmart’s weapon of choice in its war with Amazon - The Cloud
One of Walmart Inc’s best chances at taking on Amazon.com Inc in e-commerce lies
with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields.
These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five
years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer’s online sales have been
on a tear for the last three consecutive quarters, far outpacing wider industry
growth levels. Powering that rise are thousands of proprietary servers that
enable the company to crunch almost limitless swathes of customer data in-house.
Most retailers rent the computing capacity they need to store and manage such
information. But Walmart’s decision to build its own internal cloud network
shows its determination to grab a bigger slice of online shopping, in part by
imitating Amazon’s use of cloud-powered big data to drive digital sales.
The 5 types of cyber attack you're most likely to face
Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attacks Jumped 17% Last Year
Study: Coupon redemption drops due to overemphasis on digital
EAS, Video & RFID
has made its mark in the industry as being the solution provider for chronic
shortage problems for many retailers who look to them for answers. Ed Wolfe,
Vice President of Business Development for WG, gives us a few examples of the
chronic problems they’ve helped their customers solve, and tells us about the
development of the Ninja Tag, their remote monitoring capabilities, and the new
5-alarm tag program WG developed.
Tony D'Onofrio of Tyco
Retail Solutions Predicts
the Future of Retail
Tony D'Onofrio - Chief Customer Officer for
Retail Solutions, Top 20 Retail Influencer on LinkedIn, and Digital Futurist
- talks about where shopping is headed in 2020 and beyond. Learn about the
importance of social media platforms, tips on professional branding, and a few
travel tips to help you along the way.
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3 Ways You Might Be Scaring Potential
Customers Away From Your E-Store
There is a huge choice of e-stores for every type of product or service,
making it vital that you differentiate your site from the others. This can
be achieved in part through providing a flawless customer experience, an
increasingly important area to invest in as it’s become more important than
price and product when a consumer is making a purchasing decision.
Here are three ways that you might be scaring potential customers away, and
how to mitigate them:
It’s possible that customers will be instantly turned off by content such as
adverts and promotions that simply aren’t relevant to them. Using
information measured in real-time, such as location or time, can help your
e-store provide recommendations and offers that are appropriate to the
2. Using The Wrong eCommerce Platform
When looking for the best ecommerce platform it’s important to consider
several factors, such as: performance on mobile, SEO capabilities, load
time, cost, integration options, and security features.
3. Poor Website Functionality
Your e-store should be as diligently and well-organised as retail is in
physical stores; customers need to be able to browse in an orderly and
intuitive fashion through categories and sections that make sense to them.
Also ensure that your site’s tags and filters are done properly and make
sure that the product search feature works efficiently. It’s also vital to
make sure that your website loads quickly.
Iron Maiden Sues Sites Selling Counterfeit
British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is accusing several unidentified
websites of selling counterfeit products that infringe its trademarks,
according to a suit filed Monday in Illinois federal court.
Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. said the online counterfeiters are damaging the
band’s brand by selling inferior products that are passed off as legitimate
merchandise, and creating confusion among consumers who may think the
allegedly infringing products are the real deal.
The band holds several trademarks for its name in a variety of fonts that
can be applied to various products, including posters, clothing, beverages
and skin care products. Shoppers browsing the official Iron Maiden
merchandise store can also currently purchase Eddie’s Evil Brew, described
as a “lovely merlot.”
Iron Maiden wants the court to issue a temporary restraining order against
the sites that would prevent them from continuing to sell the allegedly
infringing products. The band wants to stop the defendants from using online
marketplaces such as iOffer and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. along with the
registered domain names it has filed under seal.
Juniper: Global E-commerce sales to rise 10%
SpartanNash Adds Digital Coupons to Ecommerce
Chinese online retailer JD.com raises $2.5
billion for logistics arm
Online pet retailer Chewy seeks 400 'kind'
people for customer service
"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
Glastonbury, CT: A Hartford teen charged with two types of larceny and the
blanket crime of "organized retail theft"|
Leonna Jones, 19, surrendered on a warrant Feb. 8 and was charged with two
counts of third-degree larceny a single count of fifth-degree larceny,
conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny and organized retail theft. According
to Salem police, on Aug. 12th, officers responded to a report of items missing
from a Macy’s located at a shopping mall. Police quickly caught up to
18-year-old Shatoya Lewis and 18-year-old Leona Jones as they attempted to exit
the parking lot. Officers pulled the vehicle over and noticed a number of new
clothing items with price tags still on the garments inside the vehicle.
Charlotte, NC: $24,000 of Hair extensions stolen
from Beauty store
The most expensive, the Brazilian extensions, are kept on a wall in the back
corner. And days before the break-in, surveillance video shows three women who
were very interested in the display. "We believe these women came into the store
a couple days prior to the break-in," said CMPD Detective Brandon Miller. "We
have on video our suspects who spent a majority of their time in the store,
right by the items that were stolen." Days later, at 4 a.m., surveillance video
shows two well-disguised figures throwing a brick through the front door to
break in. With an alarm sounding, they quickly go to the back of the store and
collect the good stuff - the Brazilian hair. They load up their arms and run out
to a waiting car where the third member of the crew was waiting. "Manager says
approximately 300 packs of one of their most expensive hair." And 300 packs
equate to an estimated $24,000 in losses.
Storm Lake, IA: Bomgaars Supply Store employee
pleads guilty to $7,000 theft
Abigail Clark, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulent practice and identity
theft, after prosecutors dropped other charges. Storm Lake police say Clark
forged customer names and completed fraudulent returns worth more than $7,000
within the Bomgaars store where she worked, and then kept the money.
Update: Muncie, IN: Police seek help identifying
suspects in video of brazen theft at Victoria's Secret
A group of thieves were caught on surveillance video walking into a Victoria
Secret store at the Muncie mall, swiping nearly everything off a table and
quickly putting it into bags. The theft happened last week. Police said the
group walked into the store earlier in the day and harassed an employee. The
employee called mall security and the group left. In the video, you can see a
group of eight suspects use bags to store stolen hoodies, pants and shirts.
Police said more than $6,000 of merchandise was stolen.
PA: Woman charged with helping in string of ORC thefts
Police charged Jennifer Slack, 34, of Mechanicsburg, with three felony counts
each of conspiracy of retail theft and conspiracy of receiving stolen property
in connection with a theft in the township in June 2017. She is the second
person to be charged, with Robert Bruno, 25, of Mechanicsburg, facing charges of
retail theft and receiving stolen property from the township. He was arrested in
July last year and is currently awaiting a pre-trial conference in Cumberland
County Court. Police said Bruno had went to Giant Food Store in Upper Allen on
June 10, 2017, and stole about $1,700 worth of Crest White Strips and dental
products. A continued investigation showed that Bruno had stolen $4,429.89 worth
of items from three jurisdictions.
La Crosse, WI: Target employee steals $3,200
worth of phones in Gift Card Scam
Jamie Truax, 33, of Ettrick, was charged Tuesday with felony and misdemeanor
retail theft and possession of THC. Truax purchased more than $3,200 worth of
phones from Target, where she was employed, in order to procure $1,685 worth of
promotional gift cards; she then processed fake returns, issuing herself refunds
while keeping the phones. Truax had a small amount of marijuana in her bra when
booked into jail Monday.
Owensboro, KY: OPD searching for person who stole items
The Owensboro Police Department is investigating a Theft by Deception case
involving the theft of merchandise valued at more than $3,000.
Los Angeles, CA: Groups of shoplifters target cosmetics,
handbags in Plaza de La Canada stores
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Dallas, TX: Ex-Boyfriend threatens Raising Cane’s
employee, ends with Officer Involved shooting, suspect killed
The police call details indicated that an employee's ex-boyfriend was at the
store and had threatened the employee with a weapon. When officer's arrived they
found the man in a vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Police said the man got
out of his vehicle, did not obey officer commands and displayed a gun as he
walked toward the officers. The officers, who police said feared for their
safety, shot at the man, striking him an unknown number of times.
Robberies & Thefts
House of Representatives candidate arrested in NYC grand theft case
The La Crosse Sherriff’s department says Juliet Germanotta was arrested Monday
after they were tipped off by the NYPD that she was wanted for grand theft. The
charges stem from a September 2017 incident in which Germanotta purchased a
$4,800 ring from a jewelry store. She’s then accused of returning to the store
and returning a less valuable ring for a refund. The 36-year-old, who announced
her candidacy as a Democrat, will be extradited back to New York to face the
Columbia, TN: Four break into Columbia firearms
At approximately 2:15 a.m., four unknown persons broke through the front door of
King’s Firearms. The group stole several handguns from the longtime Columbia gun
dealer. Security footage shared by the department shows one suspect breaking the
store’s glass front door before all four climbed through the shattered door into
the store. Once inside, the four broke two of the store’s glass displays and
filled bags with handguns. The four then quickly left the store, spending less
than a minute inside.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Thousand Oaks Police
Department is promoting its Business Watch email notification program
With instances of theft, burglary and fraud on the rise, the Thousand Oaks
Police Department is increasing its communication efforts with local businesses
by promoting its Business Watch email notification program. The program gives
businesses the opportunity to receive alerts about crime trends and patterns as
well as provide feedback to the department.
AZ: Police looking for help in identifying Verizon Armed Robbery suspects
The Flagstaff Police Department is looking for two men who allegedly stole a
large amount of cell phones from the Verizon Store on Milton Road on Tuesday
morning. According to police, two men in masks and dark hoodies entered the
Verizon store around 9 a.m.
Owasso, OK: Man arrested in Sam’s Club
shoplifting incident that placed Owasso schools on lockdown
A Broken Arrow man suspected in an alleged shoplifting incident has been
arrested after fleeing police and putting Owasso schools on a brief lockdown
Tuesday morning. David Eyiyonya Williams, 37, was jailed on counts of public
intoxication and possession of a stolen vehicle. Another male suspect believed
to be involved in the theft is still at large. T he incident occurred around
9:15 a.m., when officers responded to a reported shoplifting in progress at
Sam’s Club. It states employees reported that a man entered the store, removed a
55-inch television from a shelf, valued at $428, and ran out of the store
without paying for it.
Bonita Springs, FL: C-store robbery possibly
related to statewide cigarette
Crime Stoppers said Thursday that detectives believe the robbery is part of a
statewide spree of similar thefts, as the methods and descriptions of the men
involved match other robberies elsewhere in the state.
Milwaukee, WI: Man smashes credit card machine at Pizza
Hut after order takes too long
Gwinnett County, GA: Police hunt trio targeting older
woman at grocery stores
Boardman, OH: Police investigating Dollar General and
Family Dollar Armed Robberies since Monday
Harris County, TX: 13 Arrested in Wheel -Tire theft ring;
hundreds of thefts in Harris, Grimes, Waller, Washington, Fort Bend, Montgomery
and Brazos counties
Zales in the Towne East Square, Wichita, KS reported a
Grab & Run on 2/14, items valued at $4,808
Los Angeles, CA: Killer of Mother of 5 sentenced
to Life with no parole for South LA discount store murder
“This shooting was, in the court’s opinion, a very gratuitous and senseless
act,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said in sentencing Eric
William Atkinson for the Sept. 17, 2013, killing of Martha Sanchez at the Happy
Bargain 99-cent store. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office opted
before the trial not to seek the death penalty against Atkinson. Sanchez, a
married 39-year-old mother whose children ranged in age from 3 to 19 years old
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arrest and charged with credit card fraud and identity theft.
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Dollar General – Riverside, CA – Armed Robbery
Salvation Army Store – Portsmouth, NH – Armed Robbery
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Spa – Santa Ana, CA – Armed Robbery
T-Mobile – Chicago, IL – Armed Robbery
Verizon – Flagstaff, AZ – Armed Robbery
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