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Turning a Battleship: 'One Way' That Works

Mike Lamb, Vice President,
Asset Protection & Safety,
the Kroger Company

The phrase “turning a battleship” could describe the challenge Mike Lamb faced when he joined the Kroger Co. in 2017 as Vice President of Asset Protection & Safety. Restructuring a department is no easy task. But adding the component of centralizing over 20 separate brands adds another dimension that impacts the whole company and requires an element of political maneuvering, sensitivity, sales skill, and confidence. Mike shares how he managed the change and helped move the needle for Kroger.

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Joe & Amber Play Their Greatest Hits

Quick Take 15

with MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley

Joe and Amber reminisce on some of their favorite LPNN topics, advice, and shticks from their Quick Takes over the years – including the “Wayne Hoover” LinkedIn test, travel tips, favorite crime TV shows, and more.



Jim Figueredo named first Director of Asset Protection for Mister Car Wash based in Tucson, Arizona
Jim has worked for many retailers in his 39 years of loss prevention experience with big box and specialty stores. Jim was the former Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for Tuesday Morning Inc. as well as Incredible Universe, a division of Radio Shack/Tandy Corporation.

Mister Car Wash is the nation’s largest car wash platform offering both full-service and express wash services through its conveyor-based car washes. Mister Car Wash also operates lube centers and selectively sells gasoline, sundries and other automotive services. Congratulations Jim!

Robert Solarczyk named Director of Asset Protection, Worker's Comp and General Liability for Banfield Pet Hospital

Robert previously was the Director of Loss Prevention for CVS Health for over two years. He was also a Senior Regional LP Manager and Regional LP Manager for CVS Health, District LP Manager for The Home Depot, and was in the LP Department at Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's. Robert earned his Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and his MBA in Organizational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University. Congratulations Robert!

Chris Anderson, CFI named Director - Asset Protection for SmileDirectClub
Previously Chris was a Sr. Regional LP Manager for Gap for over two years. Prior, he held various positions for Gap Inc. including Regional LP Manager and District LP Manager at Gap Outlet, Area Investigator, Field ORC Manager, LP Supervisor for Banana Republic, and LP Agent. Chris earned his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University Northwest. Congratulations Chris!

Jennifer Welch named Corporate Investigations Manager - Southwest Region for Hudson's Bay Company
Jennifer previously was the District AP Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue for over three years. Prior, she was their AP Manager for over 7 years, a Sales Manager at Macy's, LP & Customer Service Manager for Neiman Marcus and LP & Operations Manager for Neiman Marcus Last Call. Congratulations Jennifer!

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LP Industry First - Prosecuting Retail Felonies Gets Major Support

IL Prosecutor "Under Prosecuting" Retail Felonies & Battery to Police
Force Police Chiefs to Demand Resignation

Lack of Prosecuting Retail Felony Theft Cases & Battery to Police Officers
Force Suburban Chicago Police Chiefs to DEMAND State Prosecutor Kim Foxx
to Resign

Foxx is under fire for her decision to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett over an alleged staged hate crime. Chicago's police union and dozens of Cook County suburban police chiefs banded together and announced a no-confidence vote in Foxx.

"She's putting criminals back on the street either during the process, not charging then at all and allowing them on the street to commit their crimes again," said Steven Stelter-West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association.

The police chiefs say the safety of citizens and officers are at risk because of Foxx's decision to allegedly under-prosecute.

They say especially when it comes to felony retail theft cases and battery to police officers.

Many times the hoops we have to go through to try to get a felony charge and most of the time they are not approved or the charges are dismissed in court without an officer's opinion," said Stelter.

Editor's Note:  This speaks to the frustration that law enforcement now faces with the nationwide opioid fueled ORC problem and the overall judicial systems attitude and or inability to truly deal with the issue.

Prison system overcrowding and this nationwide desire to remedy yesterday's injustices have the state legislators and court systems redefining and minimizing felony retail theft almost to the point that they expect the retailers to merely accept it as a cost of doing business and move on. We're hearing the exact same issues in a number of states, with California leading the nation.

However, this is the first time we've ever seen a united group of Police Chiefs come together to not just voice their concerns but also to support retail Loss Prevention efforts. And that says something! Just my thoughts. Gus Downing


WSJ: Hidden Costs in the ‘Fight for $15’
$15 Fed. Min. Wage Could Generate $2.4B Crime Costs Annually
Fewer jobs in New York and more crime among unskilled youth

Meanwhile, in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper posted last month, three economists examined whether minimum-wage increases had any effect on crime from 1998 to 2016. “We find robust evidence,” they write, “that minimum wage hikes increase property crime arrests among teenagers and young adults ages 16-to-24, a population for whom minimum wages are likely to bind.”

When politicians arbitrarily set the price of labor, young workers without skills can be locked out of the job market. That’s the finding in studies of Seattle’s wage mandate by a team at the University of Washington. The new wrinkle in the NBER paper is that some of these young people turn to petty crime.

“Our estimates suggest,” the economists write, “that this minimum wage hike would generate over 410,000 additional property crimes and $2.4 billion per year in additional crime costs.” That’s perhaps extrapolating past the horizon. Yet the basic point holds.

The actual study: Do Minimum Wage Increases Reduce Crime?

U.K. Watchdog to Review Conduct, Governance at KPMG Audit Unit
Move follows two existing investigations into KPMG and comes ahead of structural change to oversight of U.K. audit sector.

The U.K. watchdog for accounting and audit on Tuesday launched an independent review into the governance, controls and culture at KPMG LLP’s U.K. audit unit.

The Financial Reporting Council will examine KPMG’s risk management, its controls and the behavior of partners and other employees in the audit practice. This first-of-its-kind review will be conducted by A&O Consulting, the consulting arm of Allen & Overy LLP, on behalf of the FRC, a spokesman for the regulator said.

The FRC will also assess whether KPMG is capable of delivering high-quality audits in the U.K. A 2018 quality assessment the FRC conducted found that around 50% of audits done by KPMG were below standard, the FRC said.

Employers Slow to Pick Up Trend of Continuous Screening
In an effort to keep customers safe, Uber announced its continuous screening program in July 2018. More big-name companies are expected to announce screening implementations this year to ensure employees are licensed and authorized to work and have not committed any crimes since they were hired.

The trend hasn't caught on among most companies yet, though, as only 4 percent of 6,500 HR professionals said that their organizations perform continuous, rolling background checks on their employees, according to a survey conducted in July 2018 and released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today.

SHRM found that the great majority of organizations (92 percent) conduct background checks, mostly at the pre-employment stage (87 percent). Nearly all screens are searches for criminal records (98 percent). Fifteen percent of respondents said they rescreen workers annually, 13 percent perform checks when triggered by an event, and 10 percent screen when someone is promoted or changes jobs.

In comparison, continuous monitoring technology will alert an employer—through the employer's screening firm—within an hour of a worker being booked into jail, said Krisy Bucher, the director of marketing for Appriss Safety, a leading provider of the technology based in Louisville, Ky.

"Continuous monitoring is a critical evolution in the background screening industry," Morris said. "It will keep companies safer from fraud, theft and reputational damage."

Allied Universal Acquires Securadyne Systems
Allied Universal® has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Securadyne Systems, a security systems integration company based in Dallas, Texas. The acquisition will combine a leading U.S. security services company with a world-class technology solutions provider, which will serve as a platform for providing technology-enabled security solutions on a global scale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Once the acquisition is completed, Allied Universal Technology Services will employ more than 500 employees with 27 locations and will be positioned as the fourth largest security systems integrator in the United States.

Guard Force Trends: Multipliers and the Market
Advances in technology and market forces have significantly changed how a guard force works and is managed and have also changed the role of the individual guard. These changes, which in turn have helped transform the employment economy at large, have ushered in a new business model for many guard forces. ​

Transformed by ​Technology

Many security guards are now stepping into the light to serve in more customer-facing positions. 

This trend is due in part to the spillover effects of market growth. The frequency of mass shootings in public places, continuing concern over terror attacks, and increasing crime rates in some major cities have all spurred growth in the security guard force industry. Due to this growth, guards are more commonplace in corporate offices, residential facilities, and schools.

Metal Thefts Continue Downward Trend
New data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau reveals that metal theft claims are down more than 78 percent since 2014.

NICB analysts reviewed a total of 27,514 insurance claims for metal thefts occurring from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2017—98 percent of them for copper theft. The annual breakdown is as follows: 2014 (12,682), 2015 (7,995), 2016 (4,063) and 2017 (2,774). The decrease from 2014 to 2017 was 78.1 percent.

Much of the credit for these significant reductions is due to state legislatures and municipalities, working with their law enforcement agencies, to enact tough laws targeting copper and other metal thefts, NICB says. Many of these laws require scrap yards and recyclers to document the transaction and obtain proof of identity to discourage thieves from trying to cash in on their crimes, it adds, which has increased public awareness as well.

Retail leads in job cuts as employment holds steady
Retail industry employment in March from February declined by 11,700 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's monthly report last week. The industry lost 47,400 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation noted in a press release.

But job cuts in the first quarter amounted to 190,410, 10.3% higher than the quarter before and 35.6% higher than the same quarter last year, according to a report from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas emailed to Retail Dive. Retailers are leading all sectors in job cuts this year, with 4,860 alone announced in March, down 18.5% year over year, Challenger said.

"While Retail is by far responsible for the highest number of cuts recently, the sector is also constantly hiring. In fact, The Home Depot announced it would hire 80,000 workers for the spring and summer months," Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a statement.

The NRF called the March numbers "good news after the seesaw employment growth in the past few months."

Convertible Self-Scan Checkout
Providing Retailers with Flexibilty

Canadian manufacturer Pan-Oston has developed a unique self-checkout system that will revolutionize the retail industry.

In essence, the innovation is an industrial patent pending checkout design that allows the cashier to operate it as a standard POS (point of sale) system but when it’s not being staffed the store has the opportunity to go to a cash-free self-checkout.

“What that allows us to do is turn that turntable 180 degrees so that it’s now customer facing and the customer can check themselves out,” explained Bonner. “We’ve got features like a pull-out shelf so the customer can set their basket on this apparatus, scan their product out and put the product back into a basket or take it right out of the store.

“Set aside surfaces are provided on both sides of the counter for the retailer to place merchandise, so they can upsell at the checkout. The back side of the fixture has been set up with adjustable shelves and drawers. We're making it as functional as possible for the retailer.”

“We started looking into the idea if we could come up with something that could literally play as a transition both in a changeover from regular checkout counters to self-scan but also something that could be used as it became harder to find cashiers to operate lanes,” he said.

The convertible self-scan checkout allows the store flexibility to operate the system as a staffed or self-scan checkout at different times of the day, different times of the week and for different clients.

BOPIS Top Performers - Best Buy & Home Depot
Buy Online Pickup In-Store: State of the Industry
A Closer Look at the Customer Experience
bell & howell / Ominchannel Retail

In a collaborative research effort to gain a greater understanding of the BOPIS shopping experience, 300 secret shoppers were dispatched to observe activities at 10 top retailers across the U.S.

Download your copy of this insight-filled report to see shopper rankings of the retailers by experience, as well as analysis and rankings of:

● The online purchase process
● Notification time
● The store pickup experience
● What retailers are doing well
● Where retailers are falling short

Director, Asset Protection Re-posted for Dollar General, Goodlettsville, TN
The Dollar General Director of Corporate Asset Protection manages the strategy, roadmap, implementation, operations, and processes associated with product protection, physical security, and other shrink improvement activities. The position has large financial responsibility through a combination of capital and expense programs. Leads cross-functional initiatives that enhance physical security, reduce shrink, and mitigate other risks associated with new product offerings or other process changes within retail stores.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field required. Master’s in Business Administration or appropriate advanced degree preferred.

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is a Fortune 200 company with more than 15,000 retail locations in 44 states, 15 distribution centers and 130,000 employees that embody our mission of Serving Others each and every day.

Editor's Note:  It's rare to see a BA degree actually required as opposed to preferred for a Dir AP position. In many regards it reflects not just the importance of the degree but also the high regard the organization has for AP.

Fred's Hires Financial Advisor - Downsize Footprint & Turn Around

Investors buy 75+ Wisconsin Shopko stores & HQ

Five Below to Open 145 to 150 Stores in '19

Meijer's to Open 3 Ohio Supercenters May 14th



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RLPSA has partnered with the Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association (FIRMA) for our upcoming CONNECT event at the Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach, California.

Restaurants attend for FREE. Only solution providers that are sponsoring may attend. Register today by emailing your name, restaurant, title, and contact details to

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Introducing a New Bi-Weekly D&D Daily Column
 By Dave Thompson, CFI, VP of Operations, WZ

Dave Thompson, CFI is dedicated to lifelong learning, self-improvement, and seeking the truth. In this new biweekly article featured on The D&D Daily, Dave will offer reviews, tips, and updates relevant to the interview professional.

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Unjustifiable Means – A Justified Read

Truth be told, there are still a number of interrogation tactics across the globe that involve cruel or unusual punishment, methods of torture or more well-known as enhanced interrogation techniques. Recently, I read Unjustifiable Means, by former NCIS Special Agent Mark Fallon, which provides an inside perspective into the re-birth of ineffective and inhumane interrogation techniques, including torture, that were made well known in the recent decade through the infamous “prisons” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Fallon provides incredible insight into the legal labyrinth that permitted these techniques, as well as the strong opposition to their use. This is an excellent read for investigators to understand the importance of rapport-based interviewing, cultural differences and the impact of having academic influence on these techniques.

Read more here.





North Carolina man pleads guilty to $3 million dollar fencing operation on eBay

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man they say ran “a multi-million-dollar eBay store front out of Charlotte a storage unit” for three years. Edwin Barkley pleaded guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property last month in connection with the investigation by CMPD and the U.S. Secret Service. Police say Barkley would buy tools stolen from Lowes, Home Depot, and Target and would then resell them on eBay. Barkley’s eBay store, Tool King USA, sold $3 million in stolen merchandise between August 2015 and October 2018, according to police. Read more

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RFID Journal Live! 2019
RFID Journal Announce Winners of its 13th annual RFID Journal Awards Last Week

Best Retail RFID Implementation
Grupo Boticário—for its use of RFID to improve the flow, identification, tracking of and management of goods in its distribution centers and stores.

Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation
HP—for its use of RFID, combined with new printing technology called Link, to quickly identify counterfeits and product diversions.

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
Close Brothers Brewery Rentals—for its use of RFID and a new software platform to track and monitor 2.2 million casks and kegs rented to suppliers.

In addition, RFID Journal presented the Best New Product award to RF Controls for its overhead reader system which enables companies to track tagged goods between zones, as well as update tasks and workflow based on real-time location data. Furthermore, the editors gave this year's RFID Special Achievement Award to the IEEE Council on RFID for its work in producing the annual IEEE RFID event and promoting the work of RFID researchers from around the world.

"The projects and products submitted this year were among the most impressive the judges have ever seen," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "We are certainly seeing how RFID has matured into a technology that is delivering real value to companies in different industries and different areas of the world."

Skimming Credit Card Info From Online Shopping Sites
Becoming Far More Prevalent Worldwide
Cybercrime Groups Using JavaScript Sniffers

JavaScript sniffers - specialized malware that skims credit card information and other data from online shopping - are becoming far more prevalent, with several cybercriminal groups using the malware to target victims all over the world.

Researchers at Group-IB found JavaScript - or JS - sniffers on more than 2,440 e-commerce websites. These sites host a combined total of approximately 1.5 million unique visitors every day, giving cybercriminals a rich trove of data to steal, including credit card information, account numbers, names and mailing addresses, the security firm reports.

Researchers identified 38 JavaScript sniffers, eight of which had never been identified previously, according to their report, Crime Without Punishment: In-depth Analysis of JS Sniffers.

A Thriving Underground

For a number of years, JS-sniffer malware flew under the radar of security analysts and not much was done to study these types of attacks, Viktor Okorokov, a threat intelligence analyst at Group-IB, tells Information Security Media Group.

"JS sniffers can now be used by not only the cybercriminal group that developed them, but also by other groups that have bought or rented the JS sniffer as a service," Okorokov says. "In some cases, it is difficult to determine just how many cybercriminal groups are using a given JS sniffer, which is why Group-IB experts call them families, not groups."

Most of these JS-sniffer attacks are associated with an umbrella organization dubbed Magecart, which comprises 12 cybercriminal "families" that have been extremely active over the last year.

Most recently, Magecart has been suspected in attacks against shoe manufacturer Fila as well as the bedding sites and, according to an earlier analysis by Group-IB and RiskIQ.

While there hasn't been much analysis of JS sniffers, this malware is efficient at capturing personal data, such as credit card numbers, which can then be sold on the dark web for prices ranging from $1 to as much as $15, according to the Group-IB analysis.

One of the biggest concerns about JS sniffers is that not only are they difficult to detect, but even removing the code does not stop the attackers. It's an issue CISOs at e-commerce sites and banks need to tackle, Okorokov says.

DHS Technology Manager Steals Security's Internal Investigations Database
Federal worker pleads guilty to stealing data about investigations, people. A technology manager working for the government pleaded guilty to stealing a Department of Homeland Security database with information about 150,000 internal investigations and personal data about almost 250,000 employees, the Washington Post reports. The manager admitted to giving copies of the Enforcement Database System to a former acting inspector general who worked for DHS to sell a version of it to other government agencies. 

What kind of data? Personal information about employees of DHS and the U.S. Postal Service as well as information about alleged wrongdoing by employees, contractors and others.

Ignore the Insider Threat at Your Peril
Verizon's Insider Threat Report
- which analyzes cases involving bad actors from the 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report — 20% of cybersecurity incidents and 15% of the data breaches investigated within the Verizon 2018 DBIR originated from people within the organization.

However, many organizations often treat insider threats as a taboo subject. Companies are too often hesitant to recognize, report, or take action against employees who have become a threat to their organization. It's as though the insider threat is a black mark on their management processes and their name.

The Verizon Insider Threat Report aims to change this perception by offering organizations a data-driven view on how to identify pockets of risk within the employee base, real-life case scenarios, and countermeasure strategies to consider when developing a comprehensive insider threat program.

Ways to Fight Back
These 11 countermeasures can help reduce risks and enhance incident response efforts:

● Integrate security strategies and policies
● Conduct threat-hunting activities
● Perform vulnerability scanning and penetration scanning
● Implement personnel security measures
● Employ physical security measures
● Implement network security solutions
● Employ endpoint security solutions
● Apply data security measures
● Employ identity and access management measures
● Establish incident management capabilities
● Retain digital forensics services

MIT Cuts Ties With Huawei, ZTE
"MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions," Maria Zuber, its vice president for research, said in a letter on its website.

Phishing Campaign Targeting Verizon Mobile Users
When users open the phishing email on a mobile device, it looks like it's from Verizon customer support, according to Richards. The campaign has, in fact, been going on since late November; to date, the attackers have registered some 51 Verizon customer phishing domains. Verizon has been made aware of the issue, Richards wrote, and has been suspending the domains.



Product Protection Solutions, Inc. Announces the Establishment of PPS Technology Group

Swansboro, NC – Product Protection Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce the establishment of PPS Technology Group (PPSTG), your go-to provider for comprehensive loss prevention including EAS systems, deployment services, packaged software and customer-built or web-based mobile applications. This new division is especially equipped to handle RFID integration and deployment services along with enhanced technological initiatives. An elite team of seasoned project managers, installation technicians, and developers are at the core of PPSTG. These individuals are commited to client collaboration and engagement from inception to completion.

Through a partnership with Nedap Retail, the global leader in RFID, PPSTG is positioned to provide and install advanced technology loss prevention assets including RF and RFID systems. In addition, the provision of custom-built or pre-packaged software solutions allows PPSTG to build flexible loss prevention programs that deliver comprehensive solutions to solve complex retail challenges.

PPSTG brings transparency to all business operations by maintaining open communication with timely responsiveness to drive project success. As a full lifecycle LP service, the cross-functional team combines practical application of technical processes and complex approaches to implement cutting edge systems. The Turnkey approach and Keepsafe Advantage set PPSTG apart from the masses.

Written by: Sarah Plaut
Editorial Contact: Christy Cox






How Card-On-File Is Changing Online Consumer Shopping
When it comes to online shopping, one of the greatest frustrations for consumers — and friction points for merchants — is having to manually enter credit or debit card information for each purchase. It’s no wonder that 78.9 percent of consumers today have account information stored online with at least one or more companies or service providers.

In the latest Mobile Card Services Playbook, a collaboration with Ondot, PYMNTS surveyed more than 9,500 U.S. consumers to get a better understanding of this common, but scarcely examined, payment method. The research looked at where consumers use card-on-file (CoF), what they like about the service and what their concerns are when it comes to increasing their usage.

For many consumers, the use of CoF is an integral part of their shopping habits, the findings indicated. The majority have multiple cards on file online, and some are especially enthusiastic: Nearly 12 percent of respondents have eight or more CoF accounts.

Despite the popularity of CoF, however, consumers have their share of reservations when it comes to security, in a time when major data breaches are frequent. More than half of respondents are concerned that their card information could be stolen, and 39.5 percent believe the service carries a risk of fraud.

Red Points Raises $38M to Battle Online Counterfeits with ‘antivirus’ SaaS for brands
The company’s software as a service platform targets brands wanting to protect products and their reseller network from cheap online fakes and/or piracy, with both physical branded goods and copyrighted digital content covered by Red Points’ brand protection tech.

It automates the detection and sending of infringement notifications using marketplace scanning and machine learning powered image recognition that’s capable of spotting potential fakes at scale, combined with customizable rules that let brands prioritize and automate enforcement actions.

“The whole process is automated from detection to enforcement,” CEO Laura Urquizu tells us. “To the companies that we help we usually say that we are like an antivirus. Because we are there the counterfeiters move to other brands, other companies, other places. So in order to keep it clean it’s very important to counter with an act — or with a technology like ours — in order to have, let’s say, the Internet and the marketplaces and the social networks as clean as possible.”

Tax Authorities Worldwide Lean on E-Commerce Sites to Collect VAT



Two Oregon Students Con Apple Out of $900,000 in New Phones - Resell Overseas
Returning Counterfeits for New iPhones

The con was simple: Send a fake iPhone to Apple claiming that the device would not turn on and that it was under warranty, and not long after, a genuine replacement arrived in the mail.

It was a scheme that federal prosecutors said two college students in Oregon repeated on such a scale that it amounted to nearly $900,000 in losses for Apple as they sent in hundreds of counterfeit phones.

The two students, identified as Quan Jiang and Yangyang Zhou, would then ship the iPhones overseas where they would be sold for hundreds of dollars, and in return, they would get a cut of the profit, according to court documents recently filed in United States District Court in Oregon.

Cincinnati, OH: Men use car seat boxes to steal more than $30K in merchandise
Selling goods to flea market

Officers said the suspects are from Louisville and are getting away with bundles of goods masked as a car seat. Two men were seen on surveillance video at the Walmart store in Fairfax, and police said they're on the hunt for a good steal. Fairfax police are looking for Brandon Barnes and Timothy McCullough, both from Louisville. Detectives said the pair have hit the Fairfax and Florence Walmart locations and others in the area. They said the men grab an empty tote and fill it with fishing reels, Nicorette gum, flashlights and flea and tick products.

Officers said the men eventually return to take the car seat back for a refund, except all the other products have been removed from the box. Police said in one of the heists, the men got away with more than $3,000 worth of merchandise, but they said the total loss is more than $30,000 so far. Investigators said Barnes and McCullough have been selling the goods to a flea market in central Kentucky.

Lower Allen Township, PA: $21,000 of Victoria's Secret merchandise stolen from Capital City Mall
Police are on the lookout for the suspect who made it out of Victoria's Secret at Capital City Mall with $21,000 worth of merchandise on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lower Allen Township Police Department. The department is investigating the incident and hoping to provide a description of the alleged thief after examination of video footage from the store, police said.

San Mateo, County, CA: Retail Theft Ring Broken From Traffic Stop; $15,000 of merchandise recovered
A traffic stop last week resulted in two Oakland women being arrested on suspicion of running an organized retail theft ring, the an Mateo County Sheriff's Dept. reported. The driver, Lavett Champagne Williams, 26, was pulled over with passenger Erisha Marie Johnson, 25, for various traffic violations on last Wednesday at 9:45 p.m. While speaking with Williams, deputies discovered she had a suspended license. A records check also revealed Williams was on probation out of San Francisco and Santa Clara County for burglary, the sheriff's department added. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found several 30-gallon trash bags filled with toiletries, over-the-counter medications, health products, and cosmetics. Many of the products still had security alarms attached to them and appeared to be stolen property. The total value of the stolen property was about $15,000. At least two stores in San Mateo County have been confirmed as victims.

Gloucester Township, NJ: Police Seek Suspects In $1,800 The Express Factory Theft
Employees told police they saw the three people stuffing more than $1,800 worth of merchandise into bags before fleeing the store and setting off the alarms, police said. An employee took a picture of their dark Mercury Mountaineer with a tan colored rear hatch.

Painesville Township, OH: Sheriff’s Office seeking to identify Family Dollar theft suspects
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify four women who stole $300-$400 worth of merchandise from a dollar store on Thursday.

Trussville, AL: Police seeking two suspects in multiple Home Depot thefts

Two of Vietnamese shoplifting gang arrested in Japan; hit over 70 Drug Stores



Shootings & Deaths

Bloomingdale, IL: Police shoot, kill knife-wielding man who had stolen a car from Walmart parking lot
Shortly after 7 p.m., officers were called to Walmart at 314 Army Trail Road “for the report of a male subject with a knife,” according to Giammarese. The initial call was about “a man acting erratically,” he said, adding that the man stole car keys from a woman shopping at the store.

“He was confronted by store employees, he brandished a weapon — a knife — to store employees, made some statements and then fled through an emergency exit,” Police said. The man is said to have then turned and faced the police officers and started toward them, as he held the knife in a threatening manner.

Bradenton, FL: Homicide investigation underway after SUV with bullet holes crashes into Rooms-To- Go store
Deputies said 30-year-old Jerome Miller was driving down the road when someone fired inside his car, hitting him twice. His SUV then slammed into a pillar outside the store. The person who fired the shots is still on the run.

Hawthorne, CA: Suspect Detained After Police Officer Is Shot at Manhattan Beach Shopping Area
What started as a domestic dispute at a Marriott hotel in Hawthorne Sunday morning escalated into a police shootout at a nearby shopping center in Manhattan Beach, during which an officer and the suspect both sustained gunshot wounds, officials said. The officers subsequently found somebody who matched the male's description running across the street toward a shopping center in the southwest corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Aviation Boulevard, Ishii said. When they confronted the suspect, gunfire broke out. An officer, who's a 15-year veteran with the Police Department, was shot in the leg and was taken to a trauma center, Ishii said. He was shot in front of the REI Manhattan Beach store, Hawthorne Police said.

New Orleans, LA: Security Guard Shot in attempted Armed Robbery at Waffle House
A security guard was shot outside a Waffle House restaurant in New Orleans East early Sunday morning. According to a preliminary report from the New Orleans Police Department, the shooter walked up to the Waffle House on North I-10 Service Road and made eye contact with the security guard. They then pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, striking the guard in the right arm. The security guard returned fire and the unknown shooter ran away. Police did not release a description of the shooter.

Update: New York, NY: ‘A prank gone horribly wrong,’ says man charged in NYPD detective’s friendly-fire death
The suspect jailed for murder in the friendly-fire death of a Queens detective claims the tragedy began with an ill-conceived stab at comedy. Self-proclaimed “shock-value comic” Christopher Ransom, 27, told the New York Daily News in a jailhouse interview that his alleged Feb. 12 robbery attempt at a T-Mobile store was actually a phony holdup videotaped by a pal and meant to get laughs online.

“It was a prank gone horribly wrong,” Ransom said in the Rikers Island interview. “I never meant to hurt anyone or rob anyone … I feel bad for the detective’s family and I hope the sergeant recovers soon.”
Detective Brian Simonsen was mortally wounded when cops fired 42 shots after responding to the reported Richmond Hills robbery. The seven cops arrived to find Ransom inside, clutching a replica Colt handgun and running toward them.

Nashville, TN: Woman indicted on murder charges arrested after being found naked waving gun in Waffle House
A woman wanted on charges of felony murder and especially aggravated robbery was arrested Saturday morning after officers said she entered a Waffle House on Harding Pike naked with a gun and acted erratically. Afraid of what the suspect might do, guests and employees reportedly left the restaurant. When officers arrived, they observed Montessa Tate-Thornton, 19, inside the restaurant with a gun in her right hand waving it around. She reportedly was screaming, sweating excessively, and making incoherent statements.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Americans Ordering Drugs via Illegal Online Pharmacies
5 Argentineans Busted in Milwaukee Op
erating $7M Annual Online Pharmacy  Proceeds - Buying 28 Condos in FL
Five Argentine men who prosecutors say used Americans to set up websites, do online marketing and launder millions of dollars in illegal profits from the sale of drugs from Romania and India now face charges in Milwaukee.

According to court records,, and several other sites connected to the Argentines' operation sold oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, tapentadol, alprazolam, amphetamine, diazepam (Valium), methylphenidate, tramadol, carisoprodol (Soma) and zolpidem without prescriptions to buyers throughout the U.S. As part of a DEA investigation started in February 2015, agents made undercover orders of their own and would get the drugs, usually accompanied with a fake prescription in the agent's name signed by "Dr. Ladislav Smercek."

It appears the new way to wash the profits was to buy Florida real estate. The indictment seeks forfeiture of 28 residential properties, mostly condominiums, from Orlando to Miami. In one unspecified year, the records state, the Biff Affiliate Group made about $6.7 million in sales of controlled substances and pharmaceuticals to U.S. customers alone.

Many of the profits of the operation were laundered through an Atlanta company called Global Transaction Services — until the head of that business was indicted on money laundering charges in May 2016.

Houston, TX: Good Samaritan Awarded for helping Deputy
Baltimore saw a Deputy needing help arresting a robbery suspect so he quickly jumped in to assist

The suspect was combative with customers inside the store and later picked a fight with a man standing outside. Deputy Lancaster witnessed the commotion and attempted to separate the robbery suspect and the man from fighting, witnesses said. Cellphone video shows Lancaster trying to detain the suspect but he put up a fight and started punching the deputy in his face as they both fell to the ground. A group of men pulled the suspect away from the deputy and started punching and kicking him. That's when Brandon Baltimore jumped in, grabbed the suspect and pinned him to the ground. Baltimore continued to pin the suspect to the ground until the deputy got up and was able to put him in handcuffs.

Update: Las Cruces, NM: Mall stabbing suspect may have lost eyesight during arrest
A knife-wielding, shoplifting suspect in New Mexico accused of trying to steal a vehicle after stabbing store employees may have lost his eyesight because he was injured when police fired 15 bean-bag rounds and stunned him 23 times to subdue him, authorities said. Police Chief Patrick Gallagher said during a Friday news conference that a multiagency task force will investigate the March 23 incident involving 31-year-old Joshua James LeNoir. Police released a 17-second police video clip showing projectiles being fired at a man who stood up, turned away from officers, and walked away.

Windsor Locks, CT: Man arrested for robbing Family Dollar Store 5 times

Cargo Theft

Truck Carrying Phillips Majestic Crab Meat Stolen in Mexico
Phillips Foods is reporting that a transport truck carrying a full load of their Majestic Blue Crab Meat was stolen while in transit in Mexico. The vehicle was headed to the United States yesterday when the theft occurred.


Marin, CA: Drug Store Armed Robber sentenced to 7 years; inspired by show on Netflix

Idaho Falls, ID: McDonald’s Armed Robber sentenced to 10 years


AT&T – Yucaipa, CA - Burglary
C- Store – Youngstown, OH – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Enid, OK – Burglary
C-Store – Lexington, NC – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Pueblo, CO – Armed Robbery
C- Store – Colorado Springs, CO – Armed Robbery (1 of 3)
C-Store – Colorado Springs, CO – Armed Robbery
C- Store – Colorado Springs, CO – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Bangor, ME – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Ventura, CA – Robbery/ Assault
Clothing store – Portland, OR – Burglary
Dollar General - Lauderdale County, MS – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Augusta, GA – Robbery
Dollar General – Perry County, KY – Burglary
Dollar General – El Paso, TX – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Abilene, TX – Robbery/ Assault
Family Dollar – Phoenix, AZ – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – Augusta, GA – Robbery
Gas Station – Minot, ND – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Memphis, TN – Armed Robbery/Shooting
Jewelry store – Baltimore, MD – Armed Robbery
• Jewelry store – Burnsville, MN – Armed Robbery
• Jewelry store – Lumberton, NC – Armed Robbery
Liquor store – Yucaipa, CA – Burglary
Liquor store – Olivet, MI – Armed Robbery
Liquor store – Ocala, FL – Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Sand Springs, OK - Burglary
Pharmacy – Bend, OR – Burglary
Restaurant – Yucaipa, CA – Burglary
Restaurant – Tucson, AZ – Armed Robbery (Church’s)
Restaurant – Brooklyn, NY – Robbery
Restaurant – New Orleans, LA – Armed Robbery/Security guard shot
Rite Aid – Auburn, CA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Fresno, CA –Robbery
T-Mobile – Norfolk, VA – Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
27 robberies
8 burglaries
2 shootings
0 killed





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