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Retailers provide assistance to Texas flood victims  H-E-B, Whole Foods Market and Brookshire Brothers pitched in after devastating floods in Texas earlier this week. In San Marcos and Wimberley, H-E-B said it would give out 3,000 Disaster Relief Clean-up Kits containing trash bags, paper towels, bleach, all purpose spray cleaner, gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent. H-E-B also handed out hot meals in San Marcos via its Mobile Kitchen, and provided the American Red Cross with hot meals for its delivery service. Whole Foods announced it would provide $1 million in zero-interest loans to businesses in the Shoal Creek flood area. In 1981, the retailer’s original store was damaged by flooding. supermarketnews.com

Houston Flooding Strands Workers at The Galleria Mall  Flash floods across Texas, left workers stranded inside a Houston mall Tuesday as waters rose up escalators and across parking decks. The images are striking, if not terrifying. Echoing scenes from the movie "Titanic," Galleria mall employees took to social media to share videos and pictures of the water seeping and (sometimes) rushing inside. Escape from the parking lot seemed impossible, with waters creeping nearly to the ceilings. "We were headed out to our cars and found we couldn't get out," store worker Karina Hernandez told NBC News. "The first-level garage was completely flooded. There was literally no way out." Water can also be spotted rushing by glass doors at the bottom of the escalators. wsbradio.com

Drone video shows massive flooding across Houston

Whole Foods to issue up to $1 million in loans to flooded businesses 

High Court Won't Hear Appeal Over Target's Lack Of Defibs - Judge says retailers have "moral obligation' to make them available  The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision that said Target Corp. and other retailers aren’t legally required to keep automatic external defibrillators available by the family of a woman who died of a heart attack in a California Target. Without comment, as customary, the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals panel’s decision that upheld a majority California Supreme Court ruling that retailers aren’t legally obligated to keep defibrillators on hand, although Ninth Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson had told Target and other retailers that they had a “moral obligation” to make them available. law360.com

Police search for motive in deadly Grand Forks Walmart shooting  Police continue to investigate why a U.S. airman shot two employees, one fatally, before turning the gun on himself at a Walmart Supercenter in Grand Forks, N.D., early Tuesday. Police say 21-year-old Marcell Willis walked into the store around 1 a.m. and began shooting at the first two employees he saw. One died and another was injured. He then walked deeper into the store, shot at another employee and missed. Police say he walked a bit more and then shot himself. Police say a handgun was found near Willis' body. Grand Forks police spokesperson Lt. Derik Zimmel said the department won't make any assumptions as they investigate. "We are going to flip over every rock we can find. We are going to dig. We are going to compile as much information as we can about this particular individual until we are satisfied that we know as well as we can possibly ever know, exactly what happened and hopefully why it happened," he said. Police said there does not seem to be a link between Willis and the store or the victims. Zimmel said there didn't appear to be any communication before or during the shooting. mprnews.org

U.S. Air Force Airman identified as Walmart shooter  Police have identified the gunman in Tuesday's deadly Walmart shooting in Grand Forks, ND as an active duty airman with the U.S. Air Force. Marcell Willis was assigned to the Grand Forks Air Force base. Police Chief Mark Nelson says he has no criminal record locally. kare11.com

Liberty Mutual & four affiliates challenge coverage for 100+ lawsuits against Lumber Liquidators  Lumber Liquidators Inc. urged a Virginia federal court Friday to dismiss Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.'s suit challenging coverage for putative class actions over the retailer's sale of Chinese-made laminate flooring containing potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde, asserting that the dispute should be heard in Wisconsin. Liberty Mutual and its affiliates filed the instant suit in Virginia federal court in late April, seeking a declaration that they have no duty to defend or indemnify Lumber Liquidators under 16 general liability and umbrella policies. law360.com

Amazon seeks 6,000 new fulfillment employees - Any LP Jobs?  Amazon has more than 50 fulfillment centers in the U.S. The company is hiring in the following communities: Breinigsville, Carlisle and Hazelton, Pennsylvania; Chester and Petersburg, Virginia; Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Haslet, Texas; Lexington and Hebron, Kentucky; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Jeffersonville and Plainfield, and Whitestown, Indiana; Middletown, Delaware; Robbinsville, New Jersey, West Columbia, South Carolina; and Windsor, Connecticut.  chainstoreage.com

Apple’s secret weapon: Incredible customer service  First off, Apple retail stores are everywhere. Across the globe, Apple has 454 retail stores, with 265 in the United States alone. As a result, Apple’s retail infrastructure provides a welcome layer of convenience for users who need to bring a product in to be examined. This is infinitely more helpful than the alternative other companies provide — tech support via the phone. To Apple’s credit, impeccable customer service was one of the key driving forces behind the creation of Apple’s retail stores. This isn’t something Apple haphazardly discovered. From the get go, the Genius Bars within Apple stores were positioned as an integral part of the overall user experience, enabling users to seek and receive support for both hardware and software problems. Underscoring Apple’s longstanding commitment towards customer service, the man responsible for Apple’s retail initiative, Ron Johnson, once referred to the Genius Bars as the “heart and soul of our stores.” bgr.com

No stopping Alibaba’s surge to the top; It is now the World’s Most Valuable Retail Brand, ahead of Amazon and Walmart  Alibaba has become the most valuable retail brand in the world, overtaking global behemoths Amazon and Walmart, according to the 2015 BrandZ ranking of the world’s 100 most valuable brands. The entrance of Alibaba at 13 propelled the value of the retail category upwards by 24 per cent, tying it with technology as the fastest-rising category in the BrandZ top 100. Alibaba became eligible to enter the ranking after its record $25 billion (Dh92 billion) initial public offering in New York last September. But David Roth, chief executive of The Store, WPP’s global retail practice, says it is emblematic of broader trends, including the growth of electronic commerce in China, now the largest ecommerce market in the world. gulfnews.com

Nearly Half of All Credit-Card Fraud Worldwide Occurs in the U.S.  Credit-card fraudsters are everywhere these days, but when it comes to targeting victims, they have a special fondness for Americans. Nearly half of all the credit card fraud around the world occurs in the US, even though America accounts for only about a quarter of the global card volume, according to a new report from Barclays. The increasing instances of credit-card fraud - and the subsequent hassles, like not being able to use our credit cards or having to replace them more often - are mostly due to the fact that the US still relies on old, faulty technology that the rest of the world moved on from years ago. Naturally, fraudsters have focused their attention on the US, where it’s just easier to hack into retailers’ checkout terminals and steal millions of their customers’ personal information. qz.com


Saks OFF 5th targets urban centers

DSW to open 35 to 40 new stores in '15 on base of 450 locations

Apple passes Google as the world's most valuable brand

Tornado Touches Down near Beavercreek, OH outdoor shopping mall


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

DSW Q1 up 5.1% wit sales up 9.4%
Brown Show - Famous Footwear Q1 up 3.1% with sales up 1.5%
Best Buy Q1 domestic comp's up 0.6% with total sales down 0.9%
Ahold U.S. Q1 comp's up 0.1% with net sales up 20%
Chico's Q1 comp's down 0.1% wit net sales up 1.7% (56 new stores)
Tiffany Q1 down 1% with net sales down 5% worldwide
Michael Kors Q4 retail comp's down 5.8% with retail net sales up 14.9%

 



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Ponemon Institute report - retailers have seen their average cost per stolen record jump from $105 last year to $165  Forty-seven percent of all breaches in this year's study were caused by malicious or criminal attacks. The average cost per record to resolve such an attack is $170. In contrast, system glitches cost $142 per record and human error or negligence is $137 per record. The US and Germany spend the most to resolve a malicious or criminal attack ($230 and $224 per record, respectively). Malicious attacks can take an average of 256 days to identify while data breaches caused by human error take an average of 158 days to identify.

Loss of business was a significant, and growing, part of the total cost of a data breach. Higher customer turnover, increased customer acquisition costs, and a hit to reputations and goodwill added up to $1.57 million per company, up from $1.33 million the previous years, said Ponemon Institute chairman and founder Larry Ponemon. Highest costs were in the health care industry, at an average of $363 per record. Information in a medical record has a much longer shelf life than that of, say, a credit card number. "With credit cards, the time frame from the breach to mitigation is very short. But the health care record can be used to establish access in perpetuity.  It can be used to establish credit or steal your identity ten or fifteen years from now," he said. "Once this information is out there, you can't get the genie back in the bottle." csoonline.com net-security.org

Biometrics access control: not perfect, but possibly inevitable  Biometrics is the present and the future of access control. Some integrators and manufacturers of facial, iris and fingerprint recognition systems talk as if the markets are growing so fast that cards and keys may seem as old-school as paper checks. Others, however, caution that end users still need time to digest what is happening and what’s ahead. It’s definitely highly specialized [right now.] It’s also the future. Soon there will be no need for keys, no cards. Your face is your key ... No one can replace your face.” “Facial recognition is nothing new. It’s been around for a long time. It just hasn’t been as practical as it is now,” in part because cameras now can conquer lighting obstacles, and prices dropped. Training for integrators and education for end users are progressing rapidly, resulting in more mainstream applications.

Big retailers with high security risk products such as smart phones can use facial recognition not only to keep the store safe, but for marketing purposes. “They can see who is entering the store, what they are buying, what age group they are,” “It’s [an example of] moving away from access control to demographics, marketing, to put the right products in the right place.”

Biometrics have been simplified for more widespread use by smaller companies. We are quite confident the price will come down. Right now it costs at least $10,000 to run a system.” In a few years, a company paying that price now will be paying a fraction of that cost.  securitysystemnews.com

Retailers Turn to Innovation Labs for Evolution - 'Innovate or Look Obsolete'  Outlets, coupons and e-commerce are here to stay, but the future of retailing is being invented right now in behind-the-scenes innovation labs. These “ilabs,” for short, have emerged at retailers and mall developers over the last four years. They’re where digital teams, merchandisers, engineers and marketers vet ideas and test gadgets, apps, visual formats and shopping tools, like “magic” mirrors in fitting rooms, 3-D mall directories and beacons that transmit signals to mobile phones and notify shoppers about deals as they cross the store threshold.

“Staples, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, Zappos, Westfield, Sephora, Amazon, Kohl’s, Sears, VF Corp., McDonald’s, Lowe’s and Visa are the big guys with labs,” said Mortimer Singer, president and chief executive officer of Marvin Traub Associates. “If you distill all of what’s going on, it boils down to customer centricity — making the shopping experience more fun, interesting and simple.”

Fears that brick-and-mortar stores are continuing to lose business to the Internet, declining mall traffic and a sense that malls need reinvention have fueled the formation of ilabs.

“There has been a high level of innovation throughout the industry,” Erik Nordstrom, copresident of Nordstrom Inc., told WWD. “I don’t think it’s going to slow down. It’s going to increase. We get inspired by things our competitors do all the time. Everyone is trying to catch up to the customer. They’re ahead of us.” “Either you innovate or you are going to be looking obsolete pretty quickly,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president of global e-commerce for Staples. wwd.com

Video: Experience Tesco F&F’s global RFID journey  This video introduces the retailer’s global RFID journey and highlights benefits like more accurate stock, easier store routines, efficient replenishment, better customer service, improved product sales and supply chain transparency. In April, Tesco announced that F&F is deploying a fixed reader solution across 550 stores. When the rollout is completed later this year, it will represent what is believed to be the largest use of fixed reader infrastructure to date in the retail sector. rfid24-7.com

CISOs turn to security awareness solutions to change poor employee behaviors - Just like LP awareness programs in stores  The importance of computer security awareness training is supported by numerous reports including which found that 95 percent of all security incidents involve human error. Gartner research Vice President Andrew Wells said the security awareness training market exceeds $1 billion in annual revenue (globally), and is growing approximately 13 percent year. Employees’ actions can detrimentally impact security and risk performance. CISOs and employee communication leaders are increasingly turning to educational security awareness solutions to help improve organizational compliance, expand security knowledge and change poor security behaviors. In the 2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey – co-sponsors included Carnegie Mellon University and the Secret Service – 28 percent of cybersecurity incidents were blamed on current or former employees, contractors and other trusted parties. Nearly a third of respondents said such incidents cost more or inflict more damage than outside attacks. csoonline.com

Employees know better, but 4 out of 5 still behave badly  Four out of five employees admitted to engaging in some risky behaviors while at work, even though they were aware of cyber-security dangers, according to a new global survey. The risky behaviors included viewing adult content on work devices, opening emails from unknown senders, downloading apps from outside the official app stores, installed new applications without IT approval, used social media for personal reasons, or used their personal mobile devices for work. Companies have to put mechanisms in place to remind employees of the risks, or to mitigate the risks if behaviors still happen. We have to get pretty good in the security industry and the technology industry at creating compensating controls for protecting people behind the scenes. csoonline.com

New 'connected letterbox' aims to shake up home delivery sector - A smart mailbox  International carrier networks DHL, GLS and DPD are involved in a new 'smart letterbox' pilot scheme that aims to increase the percentage of parcel deliveries completed first time. The rival carriers are working in collaboration with Irish technology company Parcelhome to test its new letterbox that can only be opened and accessed using a smartphone app. Both delivery services and recipients can open the facility using mobile technology. "You can use the system to allow package carriers and even local shops to deliver their products at home. He pledged that the system is "totally secure" and operates with the use of "dynamic codes comparable to the codes used in online banking", adding: "The built-in scale issues a receipt, and the system can receive multiple packages from different carriers. As soon as a package is placed in the Parcelhome.com unit, the addressee is notified." essentialretail.com

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Major media outlets - including ABC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox, and even the Daily Mail in the U.K. - have published articles about the new and exciting method Bloomingdale's recently initiated to fight the scourge of "wardrobing" - a form of return fraud that cost retailers billions of dollars each year. While Bloomingdale's is to be commended for an outside-the-box way to reduce shrinkage, what you may not know is that this revolutionary wardrobing prevention plan was a collaborative effort between Bloomingdale's and WG Security Products Inc., the California-based company that has developed a reputation over the last 15 years for innovative and original EAS technologies.

This innovative solution is the Seal Tag, available exclusively from WG. The Seal Tag is not an EAS tag, but a one-time use device typically applied at the point of sale, to a noticeable area of the garment. Customers are instructed that removal of the Seal Tag voids any return policy. This prevents customers from wearing the garment for a day and attempting a return, therefore ensuring honest returns. The Seal Tag is very easily removed by hand and, once removed, cannot be re-applied. It can be personalized, with your business logo imprinted on the front, adding a degree of elegance. 

The Seal Tag has not only helped Bloomingdale's stop wardrobers in their tracks, but a number of other national retailers as well. With these chains ordering the Seal Tag for their stores nationwide regularly, WG is also performing tests with a few other major retailers.

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Kenya's West Gate Mall Massacre - Could it happen here?

In September 2013, armed gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, resulting in 61 civilian deaths, six dead security officers and over 175 injured. Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel of the FBI deployed to Kenya with a Rapid Deployment Team and assisted the Kenyans in the forensic and intelligence investigation related to the terrorist attack. In this LPNN interview, Mr. Frankel talks about this high-profile investigation, the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of active-shooter programs for retailers. With the ultimate responsibility of protecting your employees and customers, learn what LP executives can do to prepare for and prevent such a catastrophic event.

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7 Tips to Protect Your Company from a Cyber-attack


By Amber Bradley, Calibration Marketing


Cyber security is a growing concern. In 2014 Apple, Sony, Neiman Marcus, and Target were high profile victims of cyber theft. But for every big company that has fallen prey to a cyber-attack, there are hundreds of small businesses which have also been targeted. The potential for a cyber-attack is real for all companies, big and small, from cutting edge, high-tech corporations to traditional institutions. Phone companies, credit card services, department stores, hospitals, social media sites, and even government offices are possible targets. The scale of cybercrime is growing and no company is safe. It seems the bad guys are forging ahead in this race. It is important for you to understand: Cyber security is your problem.

Many companies resort to hoping that a cyber-attack doesn't happen to them and fail to prepare for one. Ernst & Young, in its "Get Ahead of Cybercrime" report, says that companies "lack awareness, budget and skills to prevent a cyber-attack."

The challenge is how do you manage risk, reduce the threat of cyber-attack, and implement sufficient security while budgets for these activities remain static? How do you allocate resources and staff to address the growing concerns of cyber-attack while conducting everyday business? Where can you find trained cyber security specialists to help you begin to build your defenses against cyber-attacks? If you do experience a cyber-attack, how can you minimize the damage it could cause?

Here are some tips for protecting your company and preventing or reducing loss:
 

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Educate your employees through cybersecurity awareness and training. Educated employees reduce breach costs by 76 percent!
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Be aware of what data is vulnerable to a cyber-attack. This allows you to focus on the areas of your business that need the most protection.
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Work to install multi-factor authentication systems rather than using a single password. Making it difficult for cyber hackers to break through the security wall may deter them from their nefarious tasks.
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Be vigilant. Early detection is vital. Notifying your company's security team and law enforcement in the earliest stage of a cybercrime may significantly limit your losses.
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Act quickly. Fast action may hamper the efforts of your cyber-attackers to access or use your information.
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Make an effort to secure your data with workable solutions such as setting up segmented networks, deleting unneeded information, or using encryption.
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Keep informed about the latest equipment and security systems as they become available. This may require an investment of funds, but managing risk and protecting your company is worth the cost.

Cybercrime is a real threat. "Heartbleed" bugs, "Shellshocks," and "Sandworms" can penetrate your company's computers, databashtbreach in security can undermine your daily operations, destroy consumer trust, and leave you wondering what to do next. Though it is impossible to protect your company from every threat, there are things you can do and steps you can take to thwart cyber attackers. Is your company protected from cyber-attack?

Check out a cybersecurity stat video we created in collaboration with our partner, Fortalice Solutions. We partner with Founder and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton, to create dynamic and inspiring cybersecurity awareness solutions for all types of businesses. Payton is the former CIO of the White House in the Bush Administration.

 

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Alibaba takes first steps over fake brand listings  Alibaba has been quietly piloting a scheme to try to curb fakes at source. In the coastal city of Putian, in Fujian province, Alibaba is working with 17 shoe manufacturers to cultivate home-grown brands online, revitalise a flagging industry and offer would-be counterfeiters an alternative source of livelihood. Critics say the scheme is misguided and Alibaba should instead focus on scrubbing its online marketplaces of widespread listings of fakes. But the ‘Made in China’ plan speaks to what proponents say is one of the reasons why there’s been only limited progress in the battle against fake goods in China: a lack of attractive alternatives for those making and hawking goods that infringe on others’ intellectual property rights. “You can crack down forever and never see an end to it." Ni Liang, Alibaba’s senior director of internet security, says the scheme is a key anti-counterfeit initiative this year. gulfnews.com

Web sales top $1 billion for Home Depot in Q1 - 5% of total sales - up 30%  Home Depot, No. 10 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide is finding better ways to use stores, social media and mobile commerce to connect with its shoppers. “We not only offered more spring season product online, but also leveraged digital media channels to highlight local in-store assortments and create footsteps to our stores. In the store, our mobile app helped customers identify product locations with our enhanced product locator. internetretailer.com

FTD, Classmates Inc., reach $11M settlement over fraudulent advertising and billing  21 states leveled accusations against the companies that "focused on the companies' relationships with third-parties that used negative option marketing practices to sell membership programs to consumers doing business online with Classmates and FTD. Those third-party marketers offered programs, including discount buying clubs and travel rewards, immediately after a consumer bought something from Classmates or FTD. Without telling customers, FTD and Classmates would share the consumers' personal information so the marketer could bill the buyers for the offers if they didn't cancel, Kane said. pennlive.com

Forever 21 turns Instagram into shopping tool

Mobile Payments Without The Merchant Fuss

Ashley Furniture to open e-commerce headquarters in Tampa

Amazon offers quick deliveries from stores in New York

Foot Locker Q1 domestic online sales up 50% - 12.3% of total sales
Best Buy Q1 domestic online sales up 5.3%

 

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3 men arrested in $70,000 Sprint cellphone heist in Pittsburgh Mills Mall  Three men have been charged by Frazer police in the theft of $70,000 worth of cellphones from Pittsburgh Mills mall. Police Chief Terry Kuhns said they are responsible for two burglaries at a Sprint store in the mall, one in March and another Monday night. In addition, Kuhns said Penn Hills police are expected to file charges against the trio for a May 4 burglary at a Radio Shack store in Penn Hills. Kuhns said those arrested are Alan Walls, 23, and Decarlos Smith, 19, and Dominique Walls, 22. Eleven cellphones worth about $9,000 were taken in the first Sprint burglary March 18. On Monday, the burglars made off with about 90 cellphones worth about $61,500. “All were high-end cellphones like Galaxies,” Kuhns said.“ They had big duffle bags and just loaded them up. “The first one, they entered through the front security gate,” he said. “Alan Walls is a former Sprint employee and he had an access key.” Kuhns said the burglary on Monday involved Alan Walls prying open a rear entry door to the Sprint Store. Alan Walls had been a suspect in the first burglary because he was a former employee and had not turned in his access key, Kuhns said. triblive.com

Thieves roll away with $40,000 worth of tires in Manatee Co, FL; possible ties to statewide $175,000 investigation  The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a lucrative truck tire theft operation that could be connected to several other similar heists statewide. Sunday night around 11 p.m., two men stole two rental box trucks from All U Can Storage then used those trucks to load up and steal $40,000 worth of truck tires from GCR Tires, Manatee officials said. That same store was hit in December much in the same way. In January, Ocala Police investigated a similar heist where $48,000 worth of tires was stolen from a Goodyear store using a stolen box truck. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has an open case into $75,000 worth of tires taken from a store in September, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office opened a case in Tampa where $12,000 worth of tires was ripped off from a Tampa store in August 2013. myfoxtampabay.com

Victoria's Secret theft ring targeting Lexington, Louisville, and Southern Indiana  The Lexington police crime of the week highlights a team targeting Victoria's Secret stores in Lexington, Louisville and southern Indiana. During each theft, as shown here, between two and four females enter the stores carrying large bags in which they load thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in under a minute before fleeing. kentucky.com

Thieves break into Victoria's Secret store in San Antonio, TX  Thousands of dollars of merchandise was stolen from a Victoria's Secret store located on the Northwest Side. Police say two women broke into the Huebner Oaks store at about 12a.m. on Wednesday. A Victoria's Secret loss prevention employee said the break-in was monitored from another store, apparently through some type of surveillance system. The two women could be seen making several trips with the stolen items to their car. About $8,000 worth of merchandise was taken. The same store was hit by burglars last week. Another $8,000 worth of items were taken in that burglary as well. foxsanantonio.com

Peoria, AZ Thieves target high-end hair care products at valley salons  Three separate salons have been targeted by thieves over the past year. In all three robberies the crooks targeted very specific, and very expensive items. And early Tuesday morning, a fourth salon was broken into. The robbers again took high priced products, making off with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise. The owner believes her shop was the latest target in this salon crime spree. The crooks and the methods in this latest smash and grab incident have a lot in common with at least three other robberies in the past year. The two thieves with covered faces, two garbage bins, left with tens of thousands of Aveda Hair Products vanished within a matter of minutes. It's the same MO as three other robberies at salons in the valley that carry Aveda products. fox10phoenix.com

Clarkstown, NY Police Department arrests $3,700 Best Buy ID theft suspect  On May 24, 2015 at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Clarkstown Police Department responded to a report of possible fraud at the Best Buy Store, located at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack. Police say Akuudo Petrie, 25, of Brooklyn, NY attempted to purchase merchandise by opening a credit card account using a South Carolina driver’s license from another person. The amount of her purchase was $3,700. After a brief investigation it was determined that Petrie had a fraudulent driver’s license as well as a fraudulent credit card. rocklandtimes.com

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One person injured from a shooting at Auburn, Alabama  Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Auburn Mall on Tuesday evening, May 26. The Fire Division and EMTs responded to a call of one person injured. According to police, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the mall's parking lot around 6 p.m. Upon arriving, they found a 57-year-old man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was taken to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika with non-life threatening injuries, police said. No arrests have been made as authorities continue to look for the suspect. A motive hasn't been determined. theplainsman.com

Serial armed robber accused of killing Rio Rancho, NM Police Officer has history littered with violent crimes, killed man in '05  Andrew Romero, the suspect in the shooting death of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner, has an extensive criminal past, including a conviction on manslaughter charges and a string of armed robberies that occurred over the past several months. When he allegedly shot and killed Officer Benner Monday during a traffic stop, it was the third time Romero has been involved in the death of a person. In 2005, he shot a 24-year-old man to death during a fight at a party in Albuquerque's South Valley. Romero pleaded down to manslaughter charges after originally being charged with an open count of murder. While in prison, a cousin of his victim nearly beat and strangled Romero to death and left him in a broom closet. Romero was sentenced in 2006 to 3.5 years in prison and five years of probation to follow for the incident, though he violated parole less than a month after his October 2008 release. In January 2010, he and his girlfriend were caught using her children to try and shoplift from Walmart. While detained by a security guard, Romero tried to escape and the security guard had a heart attack and died. Romero faced child abuse charges in that case. Most recently, Romero allegedly went on an armed robbery spree at local gas stations, Walgreens and CVS pharmacies. He is accused of robbing a Walgreens on March 25, another Walgreens two days later, a different Walgreens on March 29, then a CVS on April 6. He robbed another Walgreens April 8 at gunpoint. Then, in the early morning hours of May 22, he hit a Phillips 66 at gunpoint, a Giant less than two hours later and a Family Dollar – all in the span of three hours. kob.com

Staples general manager accused of $10,000 store refund scheme  The general manager of the Staples office supply store in Prescott, AZ., was arrested May 19 after he admitted that he had fraudulently kept $10,000 cash for returns he made to the store, according to a police report. McDonald, a three-year employee of Staples, has been at the Sheldon store for nine months, according to reports, and he gave a written statement to the loss prevention manager, detailing his activities.  dcourier.com

Two men hit Target, Best Buy, Sears and Home Depot in shoplifting spree in Leominster, MA  Scott Brooks, 23, of 149 Prospect St., was the more cooperative of the two, according to police, while Nickolas Dahl, 22, of 1031 Silverlake St., earned himself an intimidating-a-witness charge when he yelled to Brooks from the cruiser: "Shut up! Don't talk to them! Ask for a lawyer!" sentinelandenterprise.com

San Bernardino man arrested for possessing 'thousands' of people's credit card information  A San Bernardino man accused of possessing "thousands" of people's credit card information on his computers posted bail a day after his arrest. San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies arrested Serob Frenkyan at his San Bernardino home on Thursday on suspicion of identity theft, credit card fraud and being a felon in possession of a gun, booking records show. He did not have any charges filed against him Tuesday, according to court records. Deputies confirmed Frenkyan was a suspect in an ongoing credit card fraud investigation and, pulled up to his home but he ran inside one he saw authorities. Authorities said Frenkyan refused to come outside of the home and a detective got a search warrant for the home. Deputies found three firearms, including a stolen handgun and an assault rifle, several computers and equipment to produce fraudulent credit cards and California driver licenses, authorities said. Thousands of credit card account numbers were allegedly found in the computers seized from Frenkyan. Authorities said Frenkyan has prior convictions for credit card fraud. vvdailypress.com

Phoenix FBI task force seeks serial armed robber  The Phoenix FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking an armed robber that targeted seven convenience stores and banks in a 12-hour period. Police say the same man conducted five armed robberies and made two attempts at businesses across the Valley on Sunday. azcentral.com

Ponte Vedra, FL robbery suspect scouted out AT&T store  He scouted the scene and then came back and robbed a Ponte Vedra store at gunpoint. St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man that made off with a bag of new cell phones from the AT&T Store on A1A North Sunday afternoon. Authorities stated he locked the clerk in the store room before fleeing on foot. wokv.com

Best Buy theft in Muncie, turns to Robbery as Store Detective is cut with a knife  Two suspects were quickly apprehended Tuesday after a bid to shoplift a video game system turned into a robbery at Muncie’s Best Buy store, city police said. Vincent James Michael, 20, was being held, preliminarily charged with robbery. Muncie police Sgt. Seth Stanley said a struggle ensued at Best Buy, when Michael tried to leave the store without paying for a PlayStation unit about 12:50 p.m. The Muncie man allegedly produced a knife and a store employee suffered what was described as a minor cut. thestarpress.com

Walmart shoplifter’s dog leads to discovery of additional stolen merchandise in Danvers, MA  A pair of alleged shoplifters caught trying to steal electronics from Wal-Mart in Danvers Sunday afternoon were slapped with more charges after police went to their car to get their dog and found hundreds of dollars worth of clothing from Giblee’s. Robert Parczewski Klos, 31, and Sandra Kikosicka, 22, both of Chicago, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony larceny and receiving stolen property during their arraignments Tuesday in Salem District Court. Police were called to the Wal-Mart off Route 114 on Brooksby Village Drive at around 3 p.m. for two shoplifters being held by store security. As the officer arrived, Kikosicka began to reach into the large dress she was wearing. The officer stopped her, then, after handcuffing her, allowed her to remove the items, electronics worth a total of $773. The pair then told police they had left their dog in the car. An animal control officer and police went to get the dog and also spotted a pile of clothing with tags from Giblee’s, just up the road on Route 114, inside the vehicle. salemnews.com

Second man arrested in Birks jewelry store heist in Saskatoon, CN  A second man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a downtown Saskatoon jewelry store has been arrested nearly 16 months after the brazen, daytime heist. Rida Niam, 25, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for charges of armed robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence, and conspiracy to commit arson following the Feb. 1, 2014 incident. Police said four men entered Birks jewelry store on Third Avenue South brandishing crowbars. The four were wearing construction-style jackets and black balaclavas. They smashed display cases and stole a large quantity of jewelry, including Rolex watches. Niam was arrested by Montreal police and transported Tuesday to Saskatoon. He is also charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit arson, and wearing a disguise during the robbery. ctvnews.ca

UK: Poundland Store Manager strangled and beaten by woman shoplifter attempting to steal $35 of chocolate

North Arlington, NJ Police post images of thief who stole over $100,000 in ATM skimming

Car crashes into Queens, NY supermarket; at least 5 hurt

Cash America in Memphis, TN the victim of a Smash and Grab: $4,000 in jewelry gone in seconds

Immanuel Jewelry in Lauderhill, FL hit with a Smash and Grab; estimated loss of over $200,000

Zales Outlet store in Princeton, NJ. hit by a 2 person Grab and Run: merchandise valued at $3,175
 

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AT&T - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery
Cash America – Memphis, TN – Armed Robbery
CEFCO – Longview, TX – Armed Robbery
CVS – Greenville, SC – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Maryville, TN - Burglary
Dollar General – Smithland, KY – Theft
Dollar General – Shreveport, LA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Willow Park, TX – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Oklahoma City, OK – Burglary
Family Dollar – Fort Smith, AR – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – Shreveport, LA – Armed Robbery
Houston Smoke – Houston, TX – Armed Robbery/ Shots fired
Kwik Stop – Tulsa, OK – Armed Robbery
Mattress One – Orlando, FL – Armed Robbery
Sprint – Pittsburgh, PA – Burglary
Turkey Hill – Frackville, PA – Armed Robbery
Your Vaping Store – San Antonio, TX – Burglary

 

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