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Leading in Uncertain Times

The Most Successful LP Executive In History
To Give Keynote Speech at NRF P

Marvin Ellison began his retail career in loss prevention, navigating the uncertainty that comes with the asset protection business.

Today, as chairman and CEO of JCPenney, Ellison is steering the company through the evolving retail climate, focusing his attention on helping customers find what they love for less time, money and effort. This includes investing in omnichannel initiatives that seamlessly connect the retailer’s brick and mortar stores with its online business to connect today’s shoppers with how, when and where they prefer to shop. NRF President and CEO Matt Shay will chat with Ellison about the actions, insights and objectives that leaders face and how they manage through change and adversity during uncertain times.

Tuesday, June 12th at NRF Protect, 9:00am-9:30am


CEC Response to Class Action Suit
Filed Against Leading Retailers

CEC is disappointed by this California law firm and its filing, but unfortunately, our company is the victim of a lawsuit that is opportunistic, with no regard for the potential damage they might cause to good people who benefit from the second chance that a program like CEC can offer. We see this as a clear intent to strong-arm our retail partners. It is a sad day when law firms twist legality to their own benefit.

This lawsuit, while accusing our company of extortion, is extortive by nature. This firm is actively soliciting former beneficiaries of our program to engage in a lawsuit for a settlement. The track record of this firm indicates this is their pattern of operation.

Our retail partners are trying to solve an ever growing problem without adding to the burdens of an already over worked justice system, they are trying to make communities safer and help good people improve their lives. This lawsuit is frivolous and distorts the facts about CEC and its retail partners' efforts to find a win-win situation for the difficult problem of retail theft.

Click here for more on the RICO lawsuit.

RLPSA Hosts Free One-Day Workshop for Restaurants Focusing on Loss Prevention, Safety, and Risk Issues in Denver, May 3, 2018
The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) will host a free, one-day workshop specifically for restaurants and the food industry Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver. The agenda features leading experts on investigating sexual harassment, tackling the opioid epidemic, the latest scams in employee theft, and more vital topics to restaurant and food operations.

This workshop is free to all restaurants across the country through the generous support of our sponsors: Amphion, InstaKey, Guardian, Envysion, CAP Index, Stanley Security, ATHOS Group and Off Duty Services.

Seating is limited so register today by emailing your name, title, and restaurant to Executive Director Amber Bradley at

ALTO US Technology and Law Enforcement Partnership Recognized in Two Industry Awards Programs
MIAMI, FL, April 16, 2018 - ALTO’s Alliance solution is a finalist in two separate industry awards programs to be announced in the next few weeks. The Alliance program combines innovative technology, law enforcement and prosecution partnership, and deterrence marketing to minimize retail theft and deter repeat offenders.

(R)Tech Innovation Awards
The first is the 2018 (R)Tech Asset Protection Innovation Awards sponsored by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). These awards showcase game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail loss and recognizes visionary companies that are developing these solutions.

North American Fraud Awards
The second awards program is the North American Fraud Awards 2018. The Alliance program is on the shortlist for Best Newcomer, which recognizes a new vendor or solution launched in the past two years. Alliance is also finalist in the Best Collaborative Solution category that awards crime prevention partnerships between retailers and local law enforcement to combat community crime.

Additionally, ALTO’s Chief Supply Chain Security Officer, Maurizio Scrofani, CCSP, LPC, is one of three finalists in the Rising Star Award category, which recognizes the success of an outstanding individual who has made a positive contribution to the bottom line performance and overall loss prevention landscape in their company. Scrofani leads the ALTO Assurance team that has developed an innovative supply-chain risk management technology platform that minimizes loss and maximizes operations throughout the retail supply chain.

7-Eleven Recognizes Public Servants Nationwide with Surprise-and-Delight
Pizza and Donut Deliveries

In an effort to give well-deserved recognition to our public servants, today representatives from 7-Eleven, Inc. will deliver 5,000 pizzas and 15,000 donuts to police, sheriff and fire departments, emergency rooms, DMVs and post offices nationwide.

Honoring the hard work these men and women put into serving local communities every day, approximately 2,000 representatives from 7-Eleven will personally deliver five pizzas or 24 donuts to 1,700 public service offices in 88 participating markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. Additionally, each delivery will include a personalized thank you note.

"Public servants are often the unsung heroes of our communities and we're delighted to take time today to extend our thanks for all they do," said Greg Franks, 7-Eleven senior vice president of operations. "We hope this token of gratitude demonstrates our true appreciation for the tireless hours our local first responders, postal workers and all other public service employees put in day-in and day-out."

7-Eleven gets involved and gives back through programs that directly benefit youth, military and community safety, two of which are Project A-Game and Operation Chill.

Starbucks Racial-Bias Training Day May 29th
175,000 Employees Nationwide

Starbucks CEO Calls for Unconscious Bias Training on Monday
The arrest of two black men for trespassing when they refused to leave a Starbucks in Philadelphia last week has sparked national outrage. The chain's CEO has promised to review company policies and procedures and implement unconscious bias training.

One of the men had asked to use the coffee shop's restroom but was told it was for paying customers only and the men had not purchased anything. They were waiting for a friend and remained at the store. Police arrived after employees called 911. The men were arrested and handcuffed as their friend arrived. They were released when Starbucks did not press charges.

Mayor Jim Kenney said he asked the city's Commission on Human Relations to examine Starbucks' policies and procedures, "including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees."

Starbucks to Shut Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Training After Arrests
Starbucks said on Tuesday it would close more than 8,000 of its stores in the United States on May 29 to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 employees.

The move comes amid an outcry prompted by the arrests of two African-American men at a Starbucks location in Philadelphia last week.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Kevin R. Johnson, the company’s chief executive, said in a statement announcing the training.

Starbucks' racial blunder shows it's too invested in the 'yoga-pants' set and must diversify culture, PR exec says
Scholars who study corporate embarrassments said Starbucks was using corporate textbook moves from the social-media playbook to limit damage to the chain’s brand and reputation in the wake of police handcuffing and removing two African American men from a Rittenhouse Square-area store last week.

“In the old days they’d jump out quickly and apologize,” even without the facts — but now the steps are different, says Americus Reed, professor of marketing at Penn’s Wharton School, who advises companies on “brand crises.”

To keep loyal users coming back, the first step is to “validate concern” by “recognizing it’s not a good situation, it’s a horrible thing that’s happened” — without necessarily apologizing, because “your information is usually incomplete," Reed said.

“Two, you show action.” By telling protesters on Sunday that the chain was taking responsibility, then on Monday that the manager who reported the men to the police had agreed with the company she should leave the store, Starbucks moved fast to show “there are things we are putting in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” And by responding fast and continuously, Starbucks was working to “control the narrative. Get out front with your public relations story before competitors or folks that don’t like you.”

In Starbucks incident, Philly cops and employees acted 'in accordance with the law,' says police watchdog group

3 Steps for Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work 

Starbucks manager who called police on two black men has left the company

Nike's Corporate Misconduct Continues

Third Top Exec is Out at Nike
Nike’s Head of Diversity Leaves During Review of Corporate Culture
Sneaker giant began internal probe of misconduct last month

An official at Nike Inc. in charge of overseeing diversity and inclusion efforts has left the sportswear giant, bringing fresh upheaval to a company already grappling with misconduct among its executives.

Last month, two top executives were pushed out, after Nike learned of inappropriate behavior at the company, including one of the favorites to succeed Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker.

In response, the company has said it’s reviewing how it deals with complaints and is designing new management training. It will also increase funding for internal diversity networks and expand anti-bias education.

“We became aware of some behavioral issues that are inconsistent with Nike’s values of inclusivity, respect and empowerment,” Parker said during an earnings call with analysts on March 22. “I’m committed to ensure that we have an environment where every Nike employee can have a positive experience and reach their full potential.”

People are often too embarrassed to react to emergencies at work
Here's how to stay safe should the worst happen

Employers need to adopt flexible emergency plans and policies that empower employees to trust their intuition, rather than static ones.

For example, instead of instructing everyone to evacuate the building and meet up at a neighboring McDonald's, Barton said to order employees to clear out in the event of an emergency and keep moving until they feel safe enough to stop.

That's because a static plan can endanger lives, in the event of unforeseen circumstances like a second perpetrator or an attacker who's aware of an office's contingency plans. A flexible plan should encourage individuals to take swift action and do whatever they need to do to make themselves safe.

This sort of instinct-driven action is key to dealing with any kind of workplace emergency, Barton said. But it's especially hard for people to trust their guts at work, since people are often lulled into a false sense of security there.

He said people at work need to boost their "situational awareness" in order to better deal with sudden danger.

In the office, people often experience a sense of disbelief and paralysis when dangers do arise. Barton said he's interviewed numerous survivors of violent incidents in the workplace. Many describe freezing up and not taking the opportunity to flee.

Retailers Call on Supreme Court to Overturn ‘Antiquated’ Online Sales Tax Ruling
Justices Hear Oral Arguments Today

With the U.S. Supreme Court holding oral arguments today on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores, the National Retail Federation said the time has come to update the court’s landmark 1992 ruling on the issue.

Vice President of Loss Prevention Reposted For Pacific Sunwear in Anaheim, CA
The Vice President is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the company's Loss Prevention program across more than 400 stores nationwide, and ecommerce. This person will work closely with cross functional leadership teams throughout the organization, such as Retail & Store Operations, Finance, Legal, Risk Management, Supply Chain, and Human Resources, to ensure company assets including cash, inventory, and people are safeguarded. Reporting to the CFO, this position has overall leadership responsibility for leading the charge in driving shrink reduction. This position will develop and implement strategies to reduce shrink, and prevent fraudulent activity in retail stores and ecommerce, increasing overall profitability.

Director of Loss Prevention for PGA TOUR Superstore - Based in Atlanta, GA
The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for the development, implementation and sustainability of all loss prevention and asset management programs directed through store operations. Follows up on the implementation of programs and procedures consistent with PGATSS broad policies and objectives and insures adequate execution. Appraises and evaluates the results of shrink related and asset management programs for the company regularly and systematically.

PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., headquartered in Roswell, Georgia, whose chairman and controlling owner (through AMB Group, LLC) is Arthur M. Blank, retired Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta. Additionally, PGA TOUR Superstore is the PGA TOUR's exclusive partner for off-course/off-airport golf retailing.

Wicklander-Zulawski names the 2017 CFI of the Year

IAI would like to send out a big congratulations to Sgt. Chris Fontana, CFI (Collin County Sheriff's Office) for being chosen as the 2017 CFI of the Year!

Sears closing 9 stores owned by REIT Seritage Growth Properties

Dick's to destroy assault-style rifles it pulled after Florida shooting

Meijer's rolling out "Shop & Scan" smartphone app in its 235 stores

The end of Bon-Ton

Amazon beats Best Buy as top electronics retailer


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Spotlight on Gatekeeper Systems

Pushout theft is considered by most successful LP executives as a leading cause of loss to their respective organizations. However, because it is not easily detected, it is impossible to know exactly how severe the epidemic truly is. It is extremely difficult to identify every time a pushout theft occurs but when it does, a massive amount of loss is immediately realized.

Unlike the amateur who may occasionally steal a $10 lipstick, it doesn’t take many pushout thefts at $562/incident to wreak havoc on financial shrink results.

Presenting top executives with non-confrontational solutions that protect shopping carts from being stolen, as well as prevent push-out thefts from occurring, is a solid way to show value in any organization that prides itself on employee safety and inventory shortage prevention.

By utilizing the industry’s best-practice capital request processes described in this e-Book, LP professionals will have a much better chance of implementing their winning shrink reduction strategies, especially those that solve shrink-related, profit-eroding issues in a non-confrontational way.

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TaskRabbit, IKEA’s Handyman-for-Hire Service, Discloses Cybersecurity Incident
TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for freelance labor that is part of Swedish furniture chain IKEA, disclosed it has been hit by cybercriminals. On Monday, the San Francisco company took down its website and app and urged customers to change their passwords, saying it was investigating a “cybersecurity incident.” The company said it was working with a cybersecurity firm but didn’t specify what happened, how many people may have been affected or how it learned of the security breach.

The company said it had notified clients and “taskers,” those who offer their services and have been vetted by the company, and said it would reschedule any uncompleted tasks and compensate workers for the tasks that couldn’t be completed Monday because of the disruption.

Facebook Deletes 120 Cybercrime Discussion Groups Totaling 300,000 Members
Hours after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook last week deleted almost 120 private discussion groups totaling more than 300,000 members who flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities on the social media network’s platform. The scam groups facilitated a broad spectrum of shady activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, phony tax refunds, 419 scams, denial-of-service attack-for-hire services and botnet creation tools. The average age of these groups on Facebook’s platform was two years.

Startup DeepCam launches AI and facial recognition retail LP system
AI company DeepCam has come out of stealth mode after three years, launching the Retail by DeepCam plug-and-play system for retail loss prevention and operational cost reduction at last week’s ISC West conference.

Retail by DeepCam is designed for multi-location stores, including those that already have a loss prevention system, according to the announcement. It includes proprietary technology for biometric matching among large populations, behaviour analytics, and cross-camera event association. DeepCam Advice identifies shoplifting and suspicious behaviour requiring further attention, and loss prevention personnel review incidents to tag shoplifters, with the system notifying employees so the individual can be stopped and banned from the store.

“When you have a small population, such as an office building, facial recognition is easy,” said Don Knasel, DeepCam Founder and CEO. “Where biometrics fail is with large populations - tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people - and that’s what sets our AI technology and recommendation engine apart. Our systems have been proven to work accurately with large populations in the millions.”

Knasel noted that some stores catch as few as 10 percent of shoplifters. DeepCam’s retail offering can improve that number, while also delivering wide-ranging retail intelligence, the company says, such as identifying shopping habits by demographic, or the number of customers at a given time.

A recent report from the National Law Review warned retailers to be prepared for consumer privacy laws to evolve as they consider implementing facial recognition in stores.

How Intelligent Video Surveillance Can Detect Shoplifting Occurrences
Many types of businesses, from hotels to hospitals, could benefit from a single solution: connected intelligent video surveillance. Digital Journal spoke with Andreas Pettersson is the CEO of Arcules to discovery more about business video applications.

What is connected intelligent video?

Connected intelligent video uses cloud technologies and artificial intelligence to generate advanced analytics, transforming enterprise video and IoT sensor data into actionable insights. Video is not always the first platform that businesses think of when it comes to IoT, but it is an extremely useful tool for decision-making. Video provides real-time data that can improve business security and maximize competitive edge.

Which types of business might benefit from this technology?

Connected Intelligent video capabilities can aid several industries. Video can improve both asset protection measures, as well as, optimize businesses for growth. The combination of video, IoT and advanced analytics enables the security industry to move from reactive to preventative actions. threats can be addressed with less human intervention, meaning that it can help a security guard identify a safety risk quicker than if he were monitoring screens alone.

Video can also act as a business optimization consultant. The technology can provide close observations that regular employees simply cannot, such as minute employee actions or customer interactions. These small detections are then aggregated and evaluated to find solutions for inefficiencies or obstacles that keep a business from maximizing productivity. For example, video surveillance can analyze foot patterns in retail stores and suggest where poorly selling products can be more prominently displayed.

What types of inferences can be drawn from video data?

Video cloud IoT as a service employs powerful analytics to find correlations between video and IoT sensors data. Real-time analytics of cross-sensor data help companies move from reactive to preventative and predictive measures. Examples include loss prevention in retail. Intelligent video is able to detect shoplifting and “sweethearting” discrepancies sooner than a human monitoring video footage would. All industries have similar use cases that range from asset protection to business optimization across locations and geographies.

UBA - User Behavior Analytics
User behavior analytics (UBA) is the tracking, collecting and assessing of user data and activities using monitoring systems.

UBA technologies analyze historical data logs -- including network and authentication logs collected and stored in log management and SIEM systems -- to identify patterns of traffic caused by user behaviors, both normal and malicious. UBA systems are primarily intended to provide cybersecurity teams with actionable insights. While UBA systems don't take action based on their findings, they can be configured to automatically adjust the difficulty of authenticating users who show anomalous behavior.

Today, user behavior analytics tools have more advanced profiling and exception monitoring capabilities than SIEM systems and are used for two main functions. First, UBA tools can be used to determine a baseline of normal activities specific to the organization and its individual users. Second, they can also be used to identify deviations from normal. UBA uses big data and machine learning algorithms to assess these deviations in near-real time.

While applying user behavior analytics to just one user may not be useful for finding malicious activity, running it on a large scale can give an organization the ability to detect malware or other potential cybersecurity threats, such as data exfiltration, insider threats and compromised endpoints.

How user behavior analytics works - User and entity behavior analytics - User behavior analytics tools

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Symantec Now Offers Threat Detection Tools Used by its Researchers

Tom's Tek Tip
by Tom Meehan, CFI
Sponsored by Controltek

Using Your Smartphone to Keep up
With the Breaking News

Security professionals must stay apprised of what’s going on locally and around the nation. You can use your smart phone to stay on top of breaking news. Most news apps, like CNN, FOX News, CBS News and local stations have a breaking news alert feature. Some are more advanced than others. Download a few local and national news apps and turn on the alert notification to test. This is a great wat to stay informed of incidents that may impact your organization.

The NRF LP Effort & Value
- Protect 2018 Update

Bob Moraca, VP LP , NRF
Dan Faketty, VP AP, Southeastern Grocers

Bob Moraca, Vice President of Loss Prevention, NRF, tells us about the evolution of the NRF Protect conference over the years and what’s new this year, the role and value of the NRF LP Council and its Committees, and the new research studies and preparedness guides the NRF publishes.

Dan Faketty, Vice President of Asset Protection, Southeastern Grocers
, talks about the importance of continuing education, networking, and why LP/AP executives should get involved and engaged with the NRF.

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How ALTO Bridges the Gap Between Retailers & Law Enforcement

Having spent time on both the retailer and law enforcement side of the fence, Karl Langhorst, Executive Vice President for ALTO US, understands the challenges each faces when it comes to theft and criminal prosecution.

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"King of Traffic Distribution" Busted
Huge Malware Distribution Network Crippled

'EITest' Shuffled as Many as 2 Million Users a Day to Malware
From 52,000 Compromised Servers & Websites

Security researchers are claiming at least a temporary victory over an enormously productive malware distribution scheme that shuffled as many as 2 million users a day from legitimate websites to malware.

The networked, dubbed EITest, leveraged compromised websites to direct users to ransomware, tech support schemes and exploit kits. EITest, noticed as far back as 2011, had been dubbed the "king of traffic distribution."

Malware researcher Kafeine, who works for Proofpoint, writes that users who encountered a website tampered with by EITest are now being redirected to a sinkhole set up by researchers. The sinkhole, which is a non-malicious domain, became active on March 15.

The sinkhole has revealed the scale of EITest. In just under three weeks, the sinkhole notched 44 million requests from 52,000 compromised servers and websites.

EITest relied on infecting legitimate websites with code that redirected users to a constantly changing list of domains leading to booby trapped servers. Of the 52,000 sites observed since the sinkhole was set up, most appeared to be running the content management system WordPress.

States Want to Force Online Retailers to Collect Billions in Sales Tax
States and traditional retailers are asking the court to overturn a 26-year-old ruling that exempts many internet merchants from collecting billions of dollars in sales taxes. The 1992 decision says retailers can be forced to collect the tax only if they have a physical presence in a state, such as a store or warehouse.

A ruling for the states would put new pressure on internet retailers and marketplaces that don’t always collect taxes -- including Inc., Wayfair Inc., Newegg Inc., EBay Inc., Etsy Inc. and thousands of smaller merchants.

Broader taxing power would let state and local governments collect an extra $8 billion to $23 billion a year, according to various estimates. Forty-five states have a statewide sales tax.

What's at stake in the e-commerce sales tax debate
In short, South Dakota proposes striking the Quill physical presence precedent in favor of an economic one that would instead require state sales tax collection and remittance if an online seller does more than $100,000 worth of business or processes more than 200 transactions in the state.

South Dakota argues that ultimately the lingering effects of the Quill decision have become outdated, and because Congress has not acted on the issue in 25 years, it's a crucial matter for the court. In a brief filed to SCOTUS, the state argues four main points:

● An economic standard would be easier to administer and more likely to promote economic activity.

● The South Dakota case serves Quill's goals better than the physical presence rule considering the companies involved in this case differ greatly from catalog retailers involved in the 1992 case.

● The practical difficulties of collecting taxes state-by-state have disappeared thanks to technology and solutions providers.

● Repealing the physical presence rule would not raise problems of retroactive taxation.

On the other side, Wayfair claims South Dakota's argument doesn't meet the "special justification" required to strip the precedent, and further that forcing companies to implement software to calculate taxes across some 12,000 nationwide taxing jurisdictions is extremely expensive, burdensome — and potentially life threatening to some businesses.

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The Right Fit: How AI is Changing eCommerce Apparel Returns

In an effort to combat apparel's share of the $206 billion returns industry, eRetailers are leveraging advancements in AI technology. Finding innovative AI solutions to further personalize the online shopping experience for consumers can lower eRetailers returns rate, and strengthen their bottom line.

Online sales grow an estimated 16.2% in March

Web traffic to and other Walmart acquisitions is declining

Governments notice that more online shoppers are buying internationally

"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

ORC News

RECAP: Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition
hosts successful symposium in Indianapolis

The Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition symposium went very well with a turnout of around 100 attendees. The event was hosted by Goodwill at their Excel Center in downtown Indianapolis. There were multiple guest speakers, breakout sessions, lunch provided by Kroger, and a silent charity auction for items contributed by local retailers. Proceeds were donated to Recycle Force to fund evidence-based, anti-theft and cognitive therapy programs for at-risk individuals leaving the jail system.

Eric Schlegel of Goodwill kicked off the event by talking about the Excel center which is a tuition-free high school for adults that gives students an opportunity to earn an Indiana Core-40 diploma. Matt Thompson, president of IROCC, provided the attendees with an update of our organization to include census data, successes throughout the year, and information on our sub-committees.

Click here to read the full recap with pictures

Thank you to Evan Edwards for submitting this recap to the D&D Daily!

Florida: 10 Involved with Multi-State Identity Theft Ring Indicted for Credit Card Fraud and Money Laundering
The ten Defendants indicted from NJ, NY, and FL used the personal identifying information of other individuals to open credit card accounts without the victims’ knowledge or consent. The conspirators used the fraudulently obtained credit cards to purchase electronics, home goods, expensive designer shoes, travel, spa services, and medical procedures for themselves and others. Some of the conspirators would also resell some of the fraudulently obtained goods, for a percentage of their face value.

Wichita Falls, TX: Former electrical supply store employee charged in $82,000 embezzling
A former employee of Nunn Electric Supply in Wichita Falls is charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from that company over a three year period beginning in November of 2014. Thirty-seven-year-old Joshua Caporal is charged with theft over $30,000 and under $150,000. The alleged thefts were discovered after a business audit was done when the company noticed open bids and quotes were not matching up with inventory. Business officials told police Caporale was a salesman and had been creating open bids and manipulating the system. They said they found 125 transactions he had created, and which Nunn Electric never received payment for.

Ocala, FL: 15 guns worth more than $9,000 stolen from pawn shop
The Ocala Police Department says that they are investigating a burglary that occurred at Classic Pawn and Gun on NW 10th Street on April 16th. They say that three subjects stole 15 guns valued at more than $9,000.

Galesburg, IL: 16 year old JC Penney Employee charged with $3,800 Felony Theft
A 16-year-old girl was charged with felony theft Sunday after she allegedly stole merchandise and money from J.C. Penney over several months. Galesburg Police were called Sunday to the store, a corporate loss prevention officer told police the teenage worker, 16, had been under investigation for a month for reportedly making fraudulent returns. Store records showed the worker allegedly took about $3,800 in returns and stolen merchandise.

St Louis, MO: Police believe recent debit card theft is the work of ring moving through the region
Another community was hit by what police are calling a multi-state fraud ring. Police believe the suspects in this ring are using skimming devices clone debit cards. St. Louis city police released pictures of the suspects using cloned cards at two Regions Banks on March 24th and March 26th. St. Louis County Police believe the same suspects are part of the same group that hit banks in south county in early April. Two banks in Warson Woods were also hit. Warson Woods Sgt. Gene Tisius said the cards were stolen from O’Falllon MO, St. Peters and Shrewsbury.

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Shootings, Threats & Deaths

Bellmead, TX: Alert H-E-B store employees contact Police after finding a note threatening violence on anniversary of Columbine shooting
Local authorities were on alert this week after finding a handwritten statement in the Bellmead H-E-B store threatening violence on Friday’s 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. H-E-B staff alerted police Sunday when they found a note written on the inside of a door of a family restroom, stating “Columbine 2.0 Coming to a school near you,” Bellmead police Lt. Kory Martin said. No specific schools or dates were mentioned, but police launched an investigation and notified local school districts. “Bellmead investigators have been looking into the threat while Chief (Lydia) Alvarado has been in constant communication with the area chiefs, the LaVega Independent School District, and the local H-E-B store,” Martin said. No motive or specific actions were mentioned in the threat. Martin said the statement was all that was noted in the writing.

Update: Columbia, SC: Man arrested in connection with Columbia Place Mall shooting
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals have arrested a man connected to a shooting that took place at Columbia Place Mall this past weekend. Authorities took 19-year-old Tony Gilmore into custody at around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening. Gilmore was apprehended by authorities after a short chase on foot. After being captured, officials found a stolen weapon Gilmore was carrying. The shooting, which took place on Saturday afternoon, left two people wounded. One victim remains in critical condition while the second victim has been released from the hospital. Gilmore has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a stolen weapon.

Grandview, WA: Suspect in Valley Mall shooting arrested
18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a man in Union Gap April 6 was arrested in Grandview Tuesday morning, Union Gap police said. Luis Coronado-Vazquez was found at a motel on Wine Country Road in Grandview, said Union Gap Police Chief Greg Cobb. Coronado-Vazquez ran to a nearby mobile home park, where he was arrested shortly before 7:30 a.m., Cobb said.

Robberies & Thefts

Houston, TX: HPD: Security guard shot 3 suspects trying to break into the same W. Houston gun store
For the second time in 24 hours, a gun store in west Houston has been the target of an attempted burglary, but this time the suspects were shot in the process. Police tell ABC13 that three men tried to break open the door at Full Armor Firearms on the Katy Freeway around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

A security guard inside the store at the time fired at the men. Police say the security guard fired several rounds at the suspects' vehicle. Authorities are still trying to figure out if the suspects shot at him. The attempted burglars drove away and crashed about a mile from the store on the Katy Freeway feeder road. An officer who was driving by saw the wrecked car. All three of the suspects are wounded. One is in critical condition. No firearms were stolen from the business.

Cheatham County, TN: Woman wanted for multiple Dollar General Armed Robberies in TN and KY caught after police chase
A woman who investigators said was wanted for multiple armed robberies in Tennessee and Kentucky was behind bars in Cheatham County Monday, according to police. Police add that Megan Pires was wanted for multiple Dollar General armed robberies in Robertson County. Sunday night Cheatham County deputies said they got a tip where they could find Pires. When they moved in to make the arrest, police say she fled. Detectives say the gun she used was a pellet gun. According to investigators, the mother of 3 is so hooked on meth that she was willing to do almost anything.

Charlotte, NC: Police believe Armed Robberies at southwest Charlotte McDonald and Wendy’s likely connected

Norfolk, VA: Police arrest 60-year-old in connection to Robberies; hit 4 Drug store in 2 days

Brooklyn, NY: NYPD nab career criminal robbing shop with Glue Gun

Jefferson, KY: Storage unit thieves rented storage space to hide stolen goods


Los Angeles, CA: $700K in feces-laced Cosmetics seized during bust in LA Fashion District
Authorities found $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics laced with bacteria and human waste during a bust at the Los Angeles Fashion District on Thursday. According to officials, the Major Task Force hit 21 locations in the Santee Alley shopping area. Photos tweeted by LAPD Captain Marc Reina show the makeup stands selling popular brands such as Kylie and Urban Decay.

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Boulder, CO: Who burned down McDevitt Taco Supply bus?
Owner promises Tacos for Life for info leading to arrest. Restaurant owner believes arsonist torched beloved bus outside Boulder restaurant.

Arlington, VA: Police Release Video of Sneaker Store Theft and Arson Suspect; Firefighter quickly extinguished the blaze


Barstow, CA: Man Sentenced and Released 8 Days After Attempted Burglary Of C-Store
In court on Monday, pursuant to a plea bargain, Jason Jaramillo pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor Attempted Burglary. He was sentenced to 16 days in jail and was released at around 4:50 p.m. on Monday for the 8 days of time served. Jaramillo will also be on Summary probation for a period of three years, was ordered to stay away from the store, and will be responsible to pay approximately $950 in court fees.

Hermitage, PA: Defendant pleads guilty to shooting co-worker at Walmart

Norfolk, VA: Police arrest 60-year-old in connection to string of robberies


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Advance America – Auburn Hills, MI – Armed Robbery
Bakery – St Louis Park, MN – Burglary
C-Store – Clinton, IA – Burglary
C-Store – Appleton, WI – Burglary
CVS – Norfolk, VA – Robbery
Dollar General – Mobile, AL – Armed Robbery
GameStop – Chicago, IL – Burglary
GameStop – St Marys, GA -Burglary
Gas Station – Sanatoga, PA – Armed Robbery
Gift Shop – Bloomfield, CT – Armed Robbery
McDonald’s – Perkasie, VA - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop – Ocala, FL - Burglary
Restaurant – Medford, OR – Burglary
Tea Shop – Brooklyn, NY – Armed Robbery
Walgreens – Norfolk, VA – Robbery
7-Eleven – Charleston, WV – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – York County, SC - Robbery

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7 burglaries
0 shootings
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