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Sears Holdings Asset & Profit Protection Associates Receive LPC Certification Scholarships to Support Career Advancement

Matthews, NC (March 11, 2016) - Sears Holdings, in partnership with the The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) today awarded 12 Sears Holdings Asset & Profit Protection Associates scholarships designed to support their career advancement and personal development while working at SHMC. Sears Holdings takes great pleasure in every opportunity to invest in the development of their teams.

SHMC awarded the scholarships for certification-review courses and the final LPCertified (LPC) examination which will earn them a widely-recognized certification within the loss prevention industry.

Scott Glenn, Vice President and Chief Security Officer noted: "We are extremely proud to be able to continue to support our upcoming leaders through the Loss Prevention Foundation. I know how comprehensive and rigorous the coursework for LPC certification is and I am very proud of our associates that have committed themselves to this process."

Congratulations to the following recipients of the LPCertified (LPC) Scholarships:

●  Mike Simpson - Area Manager, AP
●  Geran Maples - Area Manager, AP
●  Gayle Gollogly - Area Manager, AP
●  Bradley Nichols - Asset Protection Manager
●  Rocco Mesiti - Asset Protection Associate
●  Patrick Duncan - Territory Manager, AP
●  Rebecca Lee Murray - Asset Protection Manager
●  Ryan T. Destler - Market Manager, AP
●  Cory Arnsperger - Zone Manager, AP
●  Humberto Santana - Asset Protection Manager
●  Diane Laukaitis - Asset Protection Manager
●  Dave Rozhon - Manager, Safety

About the Loss Prevention Foundation:
The Loss Prevention Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006, by industry-leading professionals to serve the loss prevention and asset protection industry. Their mission is to advance the loss prevention profession by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources. LPF is responsible for administering the industry's two-tiered certification program, the LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC), on-line educational resources and the loss prevention professional membership program. In addition, LPF is focused on driving more talent to the industry from colleges, universities, military and law enforcement through its Academic Retail Partnership Program and its Hire-A-Vet Program. For further information, visit


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Michael Gray was promoted to Senior Vice President for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. 
Michael was previously the Vice President and General Manager of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and has been working for Sears since 2003. He had previously worked in loss prevention for Sears Holdings Corporation as the Divisional Vice President, Loss Prevention, and also held director level positions for Things Remembered as Director Loss Prevention & Sales Audit and PetSmart as Region Director of Loss Prevention. Michael earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Akron. Congratulations Michael!

Nate Frazier CPP CFI LPC was named Vice President and Loss Prevention for Mattress Firm. 

Nate was previously the Divisional Vice President of Loss Prevention & Safety for Helzberg Diamonds. In 2009 Nate worked for Abercrombie & Fitch as their Director of Asset Protection; International and Operations. He has also had other managerial level loss prevention roles for such retailers as GameStop as Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Saks Inc. as Loss Prevention Department Manager, and Target as Assets Protection Specialist. Nate earned his Bachelor's
of Science Degree in Assets Protection from Eastern Kentucky University. Congratulations Nate!

Tim Lapinski CFI LPC was promoted to Divisional Vice President - Loss Prevention for Helzberg Diamonds. 
Tim was previously the Director of Loss Prevention before receiving this promotion and has been with the retailer since 2014. Tim has worked in the loss prevention industry since 1993 when he started as a District Loss Prevention Manager for Kohl's. He quickly worked his way up the ladder, to hold such roles as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Hollywood Video, CVS and Abercrombie & Fitch, and then Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager and Director of Loss Prevention - Western US and Asia for Abercrombie & Fitch. Tim earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Administration for the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Congratulations Tim!


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Column: Senate larceny bill would hurt businesses, taxpayers
Maybe crime really does pay - in Massachusetts

At least it would under legislation recently passed by the Massachusetts Senate that increases the felony threshold contained in a number of our property crime statutes from $250 to $1,500. It allows fraudsters to run up $1,499 in charges on your credit card and thieves to steal or destroy up to $1,499 of your personal property with no risk of receiving meaningful repercussions. It also emboldens professional and sophisticated criminals who treat theft as a low-risk, high-reward activity due to our already weak criminal laws. It essentially decreases their cost of doing business while increasing the price you pay for consumer goods.

Annually, the Massachusetts retail industry loses an estimated $750 million in stolen merchandise, potentially worth $46.8 million in lost sales tax revenue. A cost shared by you in the form of higher prices -- approximately $400 per household. The majority of these losses are attributed to organized crime rings using proceeds to fund other criminal activities, including drug trafficking, arms dealing and even terrorism.

For these criminals, the only deterrent is the threat of meaningful prison time. Fines alone are inadequate, as the proceeds of their day's "work" more than covers any potential fine levied. Yet this proposal makes it harder for courts to impose such sentences and instead authorizes the theft of higher-valued merchandise -- a positive net gain for these thieves.

It also renders Massachusetts a regional and national outlier. Regionally, only Rhode Island has adopted a larceny threshold as high as $1,500 -- our other neighboring states fall below $1,000 and the national average is even lower. Due to the reduced risk, states with the highest felony thresholds become more attractive targets.

Recognizing these issues, Massachusetts adopted an organized retail crime statute in 2014. However, the criminal statutes amended in the Senate's proposal remain the primary theft prevention tools for law enforcement and prosecutors. By increasing the felony thresholds, the proposal decreases their effectiveness. It is a giant step backward and exposes the Senate as being weak on crime.

Jon B. Hurst of Beverly is president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

Safety Crisis Cuts Chipotle's Co-CEO's Comp in Half
CEO Pay - Safety's Impact - Minimum Wage Disparity

Ells' pay dropped to $13.8 million in 2015 from $28.9 million in 2014, and Moran's pay dropped to $13.6 million from $28.1 million - lack of stock rewards. The CEOs were awarded no stock options in 2015, while each received $23.7 million in options the year before. No Stock Rewards - Stock down 30%

Going forward, Chipotle said it's going to start partially tying executive bonuses to Chipotle's stock price. The changes to the executives' compensation plans may please some shareholders, who have put pressure on Chipotle in the past to reduce it's generous pay for Ells and Moran. The executives' pay packages in 2013, which totaled more than $67 million in 2013, were 10 times the median pay for CEOs at peer companies.

Chipotle pays workers an average of $8.57 an hour, according to Glassdoor, a wage higher than those of Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King.

Family of Coral Ridge Mall shooting victim suing mall, & Universal Protection Service guard company
Former Security Guard Harassed & Threatened Victim - Mall Museum Employee
The family of the Coral Ridge Mall shooting victim, Andrea Farrington, is now filing a lawsuit against the mall and the company it employs for security.

Police say Alexander Kozak, a former security guard at the mall, shot and killed Farrington while she was working at the Iowa Children's Museum, inside the mall.

The lawsuit is filed against Universal Protection Service, which provides security for the mall, and the mall's management company, General Growth Properties.

Farrington's family says the mall and the security company didn't do enough to protect Farrington after she reported Kozak harassing and physically threatening her.

Just last week, a motion filed by Kozak's defense for the county to unlock Farrington's phone was denied. His trial will take place in Story County on April 12th.

Confidence Lacking in Third-Party Due Diligence
A survey of 267 senior-level corporate compliance officers worldwide by Kroll and Ethisphere Institute found 55% slightly confident and 25% not confident in their ability to catch problems with third-party partners. Even when third-party due diligence was conducted and problems arose afterward, 48% said due diligence wasn't comprehensive enough and 42% said issues that were spotted weren't adequately addressed. Despite the issues, 48% said their organizations don't conduct audits of third parties; for those organizations that do, 31% conduct ongoing audits and 30% do so annually, 5% quarterly and 2% semiannually.

One reason for the lack of auditing is a lack of people and budget, said Lee Kirschbaum, president of Kroll Compliance. "It's a question of finding the people and fighting for budget," he said. Compliance needs to "make the case" for why it needs the money to conduct audits and to make sure senior leadership knows it's "not just about checking the box."

Credit card terminal goes from safe to compromised in less than three seconds
In a video released by Miami Beach Police, two men work as a team to install a credit card skimmer at a local gas station. In less than three seconds, the terminal goes from safe to fully compromised.

Distracted by one customer, the store clerk starts a conversation with a friendly gentleman who is asking for assistance, happy to wait his turn. Keeping a friendly tone, the man doing most of the talking is there to keep the attention off his companion - who is clearly aware that he's on camera.

Keeping his head low, and his face covered by a hat, the man waits until his friend has the clerk get something further down the counter and makes his move.

Did you see it? In less than three seconds, that payment card terminal has been compromised. He's attached a skimmer. Scams such as this are one of the reasons merchants are supposed to move to EMV terminals. If your bank or credit card company hasn't issued you one yet, you should call them and inquire as to why.

Florida state bills require increased security measures to fight gas pump, ATM skimmers
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said legislation passed by the Legislature targets skimmers, the devices planted on gas pump credit card readers to steal card information. The bill requires gas stations to improve their security measures to prevent theft through skimming.
The information stolen using skimmers is used to create fraudulent credit cards, authorities said. The legislation increases the penalties for the crimes. The bill did not address security improvements for ATMs, which would require separate legislation.

Gasoline vendors will be required to use security tape on credit card readers to prevent tampering, according to the revamped law. Vendors also need to design their card readers to become inoperable if they have been tampered with, the law states.

Fast Fashion Retailer A'Gaci to add 20 stores this year - 30% Growth
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San Antonio-based is leveraging technology from Euclid Analytics to view customer engagement trends, build smarter loyalty programs and make data-driven decisions to improve operations. Operating 65 stores in 10 states and Puerto Rico with plans to add 20 more U.S. locations in the next year. They're staying current with trends. Editor's Note: Sounds like a great opportunity with strong company growth.  Special Note - Our Educational Mission - Our commitment to you the reader, publishing news on any retailer looking to staff senior LP positions - should you be looking at them or referring a colleague.

J.C. Penney Takes Down Vice President Loss Prevention Posting On Corp. Job Board

Ahold, Delhaize shareholders approve grocery merger

CEO says Hudson's Bay plans to invest $1.4-billion in Germany's Kaufhof division they just bought

Ulta Beauty plans 100 stores this year

Fresh Market Accepts $1.36B Buyout Offer From Apollo Global Management

Hugo Boss to close 20 of its 145 stores

Albertsons buys 29 core Haggen stores - the rest will go out of business

Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q4 comp's up 12.5% sales up 21.1%, full year comp's up 11.8% sales up 21.1%
Genesco Q4 comp's up 4% sales up 4.4%
Weis Markets Q4 comp's up 2.8%, sales up 2.8%, full yr. comp's up 3.7%, sales up 3.6%
Hibbet Sports Q4 comp's down 0.6%, net sales up 2.7%, full year comp's down 0.4%, net sales up 3.2%
Citi Trends Q4 comp's down 5%, net sales down 2.8%, full year comp's down 0.1%, sales up 1.9%
The Buckle Q4 comp's down 7.2%, sales down 6.1, full year comp's down 4.4%, sales down down 2.9%

Last week's #1 article --

This Pawn Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a 'Fortress of Security'
While most Sioux Falls businesses do not need bulletproof glass or fingerprint scanners to maintain security, the technology is out there. And a fair amount of it is at Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, which opened late last year and doubles as a concert venue. Owner Chuck Brennan calls the business a "fortress of security," complete with a full staff of armed guards, almost 200 surveillance cameras and some of the most high-tech security features in the state. "I don't know that there's a more secure building that I've ever seen," Brennan said. "The whole place is built for security." Employees use a unique code, key-card access and a hand-print scan to enter their work area, and cameras record the entire process.

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The Hill - Congressional Blog - What your elected officials read
'Innovative Choice: The future of electronic payments'
Electronic Payments Coalition Slams Retailers

PIN is old news in the security world, with other advanced and effective solutions already on the market. While PIN has its uses, it is not relevant for many instances of fraud. On the other hand, where PIN is used, fraud is on the rise and has been for some time.

Retailers have also come out publicly in support of choice and innovation when it comes to payments security at checkout. According to an October 30, 2015 Reuters article, not all big box stores view PIN in the same light:

"Even though demands for PIN cards are being made by groups representing large retailers, some big merchants say they have no plans to offer PINs. "Our approach is chip and signature," said Macy's Inc spokesman Jim Sluzewski. JC Penney Co Inc. said it has no plans to introduce PINs and has yet to begin processing any chip transactions.

Just as one security solution cannot protect consumers, one sector of society cannot resolve all cyber threats. According to a Morning Consult poll, 90 percent of consumers agreed stores and retailers should be held to similar standards as banks and financial institutions to keep customer data secure.

We must also look to the future, not the past. Mandating the use of PIN does not prevent online or mobile fraud. PIN is just one security technology and a mandate would not address digital commerce security, which is critically needed in today's increasingly mobile-oriented world.

An all-out push for PIN delays development and implementation of other technologies that can be deployed in the changing threat landscape.

Instead of stonewalling progress by a misinformed campaign to mandate old technology, the big box retailers need to get on board to help protect the people that visit their checkout counters. A good start would be supporting the national data security standards such as those outlined in the Data Security Act of 2015-and moving forward with innovative payment security solutions.

Editor's Note; Talk about bending facts and information to fit your position. This executive director has obviously not worked in retail nor does she understand that it was Master Card and Visa that stonewalled PIN not the retailers. Saying the American public was not smart enough to remember their PIN's.

12 Cloud Security Threats
The 'Treacherous 12,' top security threats org.'s face in the cloud

As the RSA Conference last week, the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) listed the "Treacherous 12," the top 12 cloud computing threats organizations face in 2016.

1: Data breaches - Cloud environments face many of the same threats as traditional corporate networks with the providers as the target.
2: Compromised credentials and broken authentication - lax authentication, weak passwords, and poor key or certificate management.
3: Hacked interfaces and APIs - IT teams use interfaces and APIs to manage and interact with cloud services.
4: Exploited system vulnerabilities - System vulnerabilities, exploitable bugs, becoming bigger problem with advent of multitenancy in cloud computing.
5: Account hijacking - Phishing, fraud, and software exploits are still successful, and cloud services add a new dimension to the threat because attackers can eavesdrop on activities, manipulate transactions, and modify data. Attackers may also be able to use the cloud application to launch other attacks.
6: Malicious insiders - The insider threat has many faces: a current or former employee, a system administrator, a contractor, or a business partner.
7: The APT parasite - advanced persistent threats (APTs) "parasitical" forms of attack.
8: Permanent data loss - malicious hackers known to permanently delete cloud data to harm businesses, & cloud data centers are vulnerable to natural disasters as well.
9: Inadequate diligence - without fully understanding the environment and its associated risks may encounter a "myriad of commercial, financial, technical, legal, and compliance risks."
10: Cloud service abuses - Cloud services can be commandeered to support nefarious activities.
11: DoS attacks - they've gained prominence again thanks to cloud computing because they often affect availability
12: Shared technology, shared dangers - Cloud service providers share infrastructure, platforms, and applications, and if a vulnerability arises in any of these layers, it affects everyone.

FBI Says Threat From 'Ransomware' Is Expected to Grow
2015 - 2,453 cases paying our $24.1M

More Americans are being victimized by hackers extorting money through so-called ransomware, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday, and the law-enforcement agency expects the problem to get worse this year.

Soon-to-be-released data from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center will show that in 2015 there were 2,453 reported ransomware incidents, in which victims paid about $24.1 million total.

The problem​ of ransomware, Mr. Stangl said, "is growing...The only reason why these campaigns are successful is because people pay" and he warned that the only way to deter skilled criminals is to make copies of important data before they strike.


Spotlight on Industrial Security Solutions

ISS to expand corporate office and warehouse space to meet growing LP demand

Since our humble beginning based out of our Founder's garage, Industrial Security Solutions (ISS) has grown into a national competitor in the loss prevention industry. As a supplier of retail security tags, EAS systems, CCTV and other anti-shoplifting solutions, ISS experienced a banner year in 2015. There were many positive things to take away, but one of our favorite achievements was that we were able to increase our installation and service business by over 30%! We take pride that companies trust us with their loss prevention needs and 2015 proved the word is out that we take care of our clients.

The trend is certainly continuing in 2016, with the recent announcement that ISS will be doubling its office and warehouse space this year to meet the company's growing demand. With this additional space we will be able to carry more inventory and fill your orders faster than ever!

About ISS
Industrial Security Solutions is a supplier of AM and RF retail security tags, EAS systems, labels and detachers, and offers custom CCTV and EAS system installation services for retailers nationwide. We believe in "partnering" with our clients by providing creative and flexible anti-theft solutions to meet your specific loss prevention needs. Industrial Security Solutions carries a full range of retail security products with worldwide shipment capabilities. With our Tag Trade Out and Recycling Programs, we help customers keep their loss prevention technology up-to-date.

Our anti-shoplifting / CCTV product line offers maximum value to retailers, due to creative and flexible security solutions. It is our steadfast belief that systems should, and do, vary by client. You cannot always force a square peg into a round hole! Industrial Security Solutions will appeal to the retailer with large and/or multiple facilities, as well as to the independent business owner. Our ability to integrate complete anti-shoplifting solutions, no matter what the size or complexity, is unsurpassed. Our team pledges to supply fast and efficient service, in order to provide your company or business with immediate security peace of mind. Our flexibility and desire to truly serve our clients is what sets us apart.

Industrial Security Solutions is an American-owned and operated company. In addition, ISS does not have to answer to a corporate board, hedge fund or foreign owner. By having the founder and owner still involved with day-to-day decision making we are able to provide QUICK SOLUTIONS AND COST SAVINGS!

Call Industrial Security Solutions at (800) 846-4993.  Or visit our website to learn more!


Legislative Call to Action

Losing the Fight
Massachusetts Rising Felony Thresholds & California's Prop. 47

It seems as though the political momentum may be against what many of us have been fighting against and for for generations. With felony thresholds rising, the fed's releasing 40,000 non-violent criminals, and California's prop. 47 we have a battle in front of us.

Certainly as a society we did over react in the 90's with the get tough on crime initiatives and laws. But with cyber crime fueling identity theft and ORC we have a growing problem that quite frankly, is only going to get worse. With the retailers feeling the blunt and the loss prevention industry operating with one hand tied behind our backs.

Just last week we heard from one retailer that a known serial shoplifter victimizing retailers in Union Square in San Francisco was actually intentionally run off by police and not apprehended because the legal system just won't do anything to him. As the officer explained to this senior LP executive.

Ladies and gentlemen we have a problem. But we can all make a difference. Stay involved in the ORC associations, grow them, participate in them, and just do the best job you can do when you're out there fighting them. And stay tuned to the Daily as we launch 'The Fight For 20'.

We need the last twenty states to pass ORC legislation more than ever before and 'The Fight For 20' will give you the information, the tools, and the ability to make a difference. It's all up to each and every one of you. And speaking candidly, we as an industry have not done a good job of getting involved and trying to make a difference legislatively.

'The Fight For 20' can help and we need your stories, your updates, your state's news on legislation as we can hopefully mobilize the industry and help make our voice heard around the country. Retail America is the Heroin Epidemic's Silent Victim.

Alabama addressing ORC through RICO bill
Get Involved - Contact AL Retail Trade Association & Bill's Sponsors

'RICO bill could save AL consumers hundreds of dollars'

Alabama lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation that would help the state prosecute those involved in high-level organized crime. The lack of a RICO statute in Alabama is an attraction to criminals.

The retail industry is another major target. Criminals traveling the country hitting a specific box store for one item, take the inventory to the port to be shipped overseas, repackaged and sold back to U.S. companies. The profits go overseas. They fund terrorism and organized crime that we have to go back and fight again," Matson said.

In fact, that cost is passed on to Alabama consumers. On average, organized retail crime costs Alabama shoppers about $500 each year.

"It's terribly frustrating when you know there's people that profit off of hurting Alabama," Matson said. "A statute like this is desperately needed."

If the RICO statute passes, a conviction would be guilty of a Class A Felony.

Contact the Alabama Retail Trade Association here

Contact Alabama Senator Richard Shelby or Senator Jeff Sessions


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LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference

Wouldn't it be great if your store could communicate exactly what's happening within its four walls? With network video surveillance, now it can. As the global leader in network video, Axis Communications continues to revolutionize the way retail professionals work with not just loss prevention efforts, but also with store optimization, operational efficiencies, and enhancements to the overall customer experience. Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager for Axis, tells us about the many uses of network video, the flexibility in implementing it, and how the technology can help LP work cross-functionally with other business units.  

LPNN Quick Take #7

Pat O'Leary and Wouter Ubbels of Nedap Retail meet up with Joe and Amber in this LPNN Quick Take, where they discuss Nedap's innovative product line, their support of the D&D Daily's ORC Resource Center, and which sports teams Wouter - originally from the Netherlands - should support.


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When a Digital Wallet Is No Better Than a Ziploc -
Mobile Apps aren't properly securing user data
In 2016, 148 million people around the world will reach for their handsets to make payments at in-store point-of-sales terminals, according to a report from Juniper Research. Many millions more will use payment apps such as Dwolla or Venmo to send money to friends and businesses. The boom is creating opportunities for hackers and thieves, and security gaps in some of the apps are leaving buyers as well as sellers exposed.

Along with a handful of well-known companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung, the mobile payments field has attracted thousands of thinly capitalized startups. "We have a lot of people competing to deliver the same service," says Michael Belton, vice president for applied research at Optiv Security. He says that in the rush to get their product out, many developers are cutting corners. Mobile app security provider Bluebox found vulnerabilities in all the roughly 10 unnamed U.S. mobile payment apps it examined last year. "Most of the time, the apps themselves aren't using any kind of encryption to protect the data on the phone or to protect the data in transit," says Andrew Blaich, Bluebox's lead security analyst.

Thursday's 20-minute outage cost Amazon about $3.75 million

More than half of online shoppers read reviews before buying

Shopping Comes To Apple TV

Kirkland's is laser-focused on e-commerce growth - digital sales spiked 34% in Q4

Christopher & Banks' web sales increase 45%, but total sales slip

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
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Mentor, OH, police receives $25k Retail Crime Deterrence Grant to fight ORC
Lake County Narcotics Unit Links Drug Use to ORC

Funded by the Office of Criminal Justice Service with $6, 247 of that coming from a match by the city of Mentor. The narcotics unit helped Mentor craft the grant when the connection was made between thefts and drug use.

Some of the prevention measures have included five meetings held for targeted stores along with developing a storewide network/email to distribute arrest/suspect information. There were 66 bulletins distributed through email to the targeted stores, Collier said. In addition, crime prevention officers are able to conduct training for the targeted stores, which is improving communications between the stores and police department.

The department also is using the grant money to conduct undercover surveillance details in retail store parking lots to identify and arrest retail crime suspects, Collier said. "Mentor's objective with their grant is to prevent and deter the thefts while Lake County Narcotics piggybacks off that and is able to take advantage if a suspect in a theft charge is able to assist Narcotics in their investigations," Frisone said.

New York Skimming Crew Mules Busted by Cumberland Farms employees in Oxford
An apparent New York skimming racket experienced a setback this week when Cumberland Farms employees alerted local police after questioning two women who were purchasing gift cards with multiple credit cards.

Calisa L. Moyston, 25, was charged with 13 counts of receiving improper credit cards, while Jessica T. Peters, 24, was charged with 10 counts of receiving improper credit cards. Each was also charged with conspiracy and larceny over $250 by a single scheme.

Cumberland Farms employees became concerned that the two women were purchasing gift cards with multiple credit cards, according to the police report. Shortly after they left that store, the suspects were spotted in the parking lot of another Cumberland Farms in the center of town, the police report states. In addition to numerous credit cards, a search provided 22 gift cards totaling $925.

Police said in their report that this appears to have been a case where skimming devices have been reported at several gas stations and other places.

According to police, Ms. Moyston admitted the credit cards in her possession were fake. She said she gets the credit cards from a person named "Derrick" in New York. She would purchase gift cards with the fraudulent credit cards and receive 40 to 50 percent of the value for the gift cards, according to the police report.

Westport, CT: Homegoods apprehension leads to trunk full of clothing, gift cards and criminal tools
A New York woman charged a year ago with stealing from the local Homegoods store was arrested again last week in connection with additional thefts. Tamika Davis, 26, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was charged on a warrant Wednesday with possession of a shoplifting device and fifth-degree larceny. Davis initially was charged with stealing merchandise from Homegoods last March. Her vehicle was seized, and after securing a search warrant to determine if "more evidence of criminal activity was in the vehicle," police said they found bags of stolen clothing and fraudulent gifts cards. The bags, police said, were lined with aluminum and magnetic security tag removers, which are used to circumvent store security alarms.

Kelso, WA: Man arrested after month long theft spree from Target
Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting $1,029 worth of products from Target over the last month. Target loss prevention reported a string of thefts all committed by Micheal Norman Schmidt III, 25. Between Feb. 12 and March 1, Schmidt allegedly took a $109 Virgin Mobile HTC cell phone; three Motorola baby monitors valued at $129, $199, $259; a $129 GoPro Hero; and $199 Beats by Dre headphones. Schmidt was arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft - a felony because the items totaled more than $750 in the last 180 days.

Vallejo, CA: Burglary Suspects Caught On Camera Stealing High-End Sunglasses

Credit Card Fraudsters Gang of 4 NY Men busted hitting Wegmans in Mount Laurel, NJ, buying gift cards

Kelso, WA., police arrest ORC male for $1k - hitting Target multiple times

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Shootings and Deaths

Man gets 2 years for pointing gun at security guard
A California man who pointed a gun at a Safeway store security officer following an alleged shoplifting incident in November was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison. Lamar J. Bishop, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. A firearms enhancement allowed for the longer-than-normal sentence. Bishop and three other people drove to the Safeway store at 3707 Main St. on Nov. 6. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court, the incident began at about 9:05 p.m. when Markisha S. Issac, 25, and Aliesha S. Talley 23, both of Portland, entered the store and allegedly placed multiple bottles of alcohol in their purses. They then left the store without paying, the affidavit said. The women fled to a nearby running vehicle occupied by Bishop and James L. Lewis, 28, also of Portland, court records said. When the store’s loss-prevention tried to stop them, Bishop, a convicted felon, pointed a gun at one of the officers and said, “Get … back, or I will shoot you,” the affidavit said. The group then drove away, but witnesses provided a description of the vehicle for police.

Modesto, CA: Suspicious item prompts investigation at Vintage Faire Mall
Modesto police cordoned off several doors to the Vintage Faire Mall and evacuated one store after a man left flammable material near a propane tank inside the mall Friday morning, authorities said. The suspect was seen on surveillance cameras leaving a piece of cardboard wet with accelerant near a propane tank outside of the administrative offices, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves. A bottle of accelerant also was left at the site. She did not say what kind of accelerant was used. Nearby Abercrombie & Fitch was evacuated. Cal-Time owner Hamlet Genja said police also "quietly" cleared his business two doors down, as well as a hat store, Lids.

Burien, WA: Masked Armed Robber with hatchet shot & killed inside 7-Eleven
A customer drinking coffee at a 7-11 Sunday morning shot and killed a man who entered 7-Eleven and attacked him and a clerk with a hatchet. Deputies received the call around 5:45 a.m. The clerk and customer told police that the suspect entered the store wearing a mask and armed with a hatchet. The suspect did not make any statements but swung the hatchet at the customer and then went behind the counter and attacked the clerk. The customer drew a pistol and shot the suspect. Medics responded but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The customer was not injured. He has a valid concealed pistol license. The clerk received a minor injury to his stomach.

San Jose, CA: Three Police Officers shot and wounded a man fleeing 7-Eleven after he fired at their patrol cars with an assault rifle
Officers were responding to a call early Saturday from a man at a 7-Eleven store who said someone had shot at him. The officers saw the suspect's flee the scene, and as they pursued the vehicle he leaned out of the driver's window and fired several rounds with an AR-15, striking one of the patrol cars. The officers returned fire and struck the suspect, who was identified as 24-year-old Steven Pedroza. A passenger escaped injury. Pedroza will be booked for investigation of attempted murder of a police officer.

Brooklyn Center, MN: 2 teens charged for shooting man over pair of Air Jordans outside Foot Locker
On March 5, Police were called to the Kids Foot Locker at 9:40 a.m. on a report of people with weapons. When police arrived, they found a long line of people waiting for the store to open to purchase the new Michael Jordan shoes that were going on sale, but saw no sign of guns. Just before 10 a.m., police heard gunshots in front of the store. They found Daniel Hart, 17, helping to move Gary Townsend, 17 away from the shooting. Townsend had been shot in the leg. Police also found a victim lying on the ground in front of the store with a gunshot wound to the stomach. A witness told police Townsend was fighting with the victim over a pair of shoes when he pulled out a gun and shot him.

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Las Vegas, NV: Four arrested in T-Mobile and AT&T hit 'Point Break' style Armed Robbery; thieves wore masks of presidents
Four men were arrested last month in connection with a string of armed robberies at cellphone stores around the valley. Like a scene from the movie "Point Break," the suspects in the case wore masks of U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. Fred Oaxaca, 19, Marcus Hammon, 21, Martin Garcia, 18, and Luis Cuevas, 31, were arrested in connection with the crime spree. Feb. 12, two masked men entered the T-Mobile store right before closing. The men force two clerks into the backroom and zip-tied. The men begin to fill a laundry basket and boxes with money and merchandise. They got away with about $300 in cash and $66,000-worth of phones and electronics. Four days later, JFK and his crew struck again, this time at the AT&T store. Again, the men entered the store around closing time. They stole $7,000 in cash and electronics valued at $113,421 - and threatened to shoot a cleaning lady who stumbled upon the scene. The thieves hit another store on Feb. 18, but it wasn't until their fourth robbery a week later that they made the mistake that led to their capture. Oaxaca initially denied involvement in any of the robberies. But he later told police that he had been selling the electronics on Craigslist for $100 each. He declined to help police locate the $250,000 in electronics that had been taken in the robberies.

Olympia, WA: Imposter Steals Safeway Uniform To Raid Store's Safe
Police say a woman walked into the break room at an Olympia Safeway store, stole a uniform and posed as a company auditor to gain access to a safe. She is accused of stealing money, checks, vouchers and merchandise worth about $20,000 before officers caught her near the store. The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Lorraine Little. She was arrested Monday when the alleged scheme took place. A police report says she convincingly posed as an auditor from the corporate office to an assistant manger. Investigators say auditors often show up unannounced at stores.

ATF: 1,080 weapons reported stolen in Tennessee and Georgia last year
Licensed gun dealers in Tennessee and Georgia reported 1,080 weapons stolen or lost in 2015, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, amid what the agency says is a nationwide uptick in gun thefts. Dealers with federal firearms licenses in Georgia reported 683 guns stolen or lost, while Tennessee dealers reported 397 such firearms. Nationwide, dealers reported 14,800 firearms stolen or lost - including pistols, rifles, shotguns, revolvers, machine guns and even one tear gas launcher, among other weapons.

Brooklyn, NY: IHOP waiter accused of giving away $3,000 in soft drinks, claims he's 'modern-day Robin Hood'
A waiter at a Brooklyn IHOP sees himself as a folk hero, but his boss says he's a thief. "I am the modern-day Robin Hood," said William Powell, 27, after prosecutors accused him of giving away $3,000-plus in soft drinks to customers over eight months. They charged the self-styled Robin HOP with felony grand larceny and possession of stolen property. "I am not stealing," Powell told cops. "I am serving the ones in need. I take from the rich and give to the poor. What's the big deal? I've been doing this since I started here."

Dunwoody, GA: "I don't like my groceries touching in the shopping cart so I always keep grocery bags in my purse..."
When someone gets caught committing an alleged crime, the excuses can get pretty wild. Just ask members of the Dunwoody Police Department. The department posted a "creative" response when they caught an apparent shoplifter. Officials said they were called to a store where the alleged shoplifter was seen walking around the store with a shopping cart - and a purse full of empty grocery bags. Police said the woman was filling the empty bags with groceries as she walked around the store and placing them in her cart. As Police stopped the fleeing suspect outside the store, she said, "I don't like my groceries touching in the shopping cart so I always keep grocery bags in my purse and bag the groceries while I'm shopping." "Then I walked out of the store with the groceries to meet my daughter in the parking lot to get the money."

UK: Manchester, England: McDonald's branch Hires Bouncers to deal with unruly school children

UK: Shoplifter accused of head butting County Mall security guard says he acted in self defense

Skimming Reports

'Skimmers' on Annapolis ATMs Behind Credit Card Fraud: PD issues warning

Central Indiana continues finding skimmers at gas stations

Hancock County, In., skimmer found on I-70 gas station

Willingboro, N.J., police find ATM skimming device

Saskatoon police warn retailers about card skimming

Skimming device found at Oviedo, Fla., gas station

Riverhead, N.Y. warns residents of skimming devices - finds one on gas pump

Fishers, IN Police investigate credit card skimmed device

Credit Card Fraud

Palm Coast, FL., Highway Patrol traffic stop nets 86 fake CC's - two men arrested

Franklin, Ind., police looking for two men using fake credit cards at Walmart

Framingham: Pair charged with using 'found' credit cards

Columbia, MO: Four Chicago men in jail for using fake cards at Columbia Mall

Madisonville, KY: Texas Woman Faces 5 felony Identity Theft Charges in KY

Robberies and Burglaries

Allied Liquor - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery/ Owner killed
AV's III Market - Framingham, MA - Armed Robbery
Burger King - Palm Coast, FL - Robbery / Employee Arrested
Check & Go - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Southington, CT - Robbery
CVS - Waterbury, CT - Robbery
Dip Top - Orange, CT - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Double Quick - Belzoni, MS - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
First National Pawn - Grand Junction, CO - Armed Robbery
Flying Pond Variety - Mount Vernon, ME - Burglary
KFC - Newark, CA - Armed Robbery/ Suspect killed by Police
Llantera Guasate Tire - Phoenix, AZ - Shooting/ Employee shot
Palmer Drug - West Deer, PA - Armed Robbery
Parks Drug - Albion, MI - Armed Robbery
Raceway - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Owner shot and killed
Rite Aid - Westminster, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Huntington, WV - Robbery
Skipper's Mart - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Parkersburg, WV - Armed Robbery
Spinx- Spartansburg, VA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
The Corner Market - Selkirk, NY - Armed Robbery
Ulta Beauty - Plano, TX - Robbery
Walgreens - Conway, SC - Robbery
7-Eleven - Burien, WA - Armed Robbery / Customer shot and killed suspect

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