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MORCA Makes a Difference in Missouri

Over 1,300 Members Representing 284 Law Enforcement Agencies and 86 Retailers Join Forces in Fighting ORC

Missouri Organized Retail Crime Association (MORCA) was released statewide in March 2012, as an information sharing effort. Training consisted of a summary of what MORCA is, who should participate, how organizations can participate, and how MORCA works. MORCA started with 160 members, law enforcement and loss prevention professionals; 47 law enforcement agencies and 24 retail companies that were participating. As of July 2015, we have 1,378 members, law enforcement and loss prevention professionals; 284 law enforcement agencies and 86 retail companies that are participating.

The Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, houses a website, miacx.org, which contains an information sharing portal for MORCA. Law enforcement and loss prevention members register on the portal for access, members must be approved by their supervisors before they are granted access to the MORCA Portal. Members can share information about incidents, identify suspects, and respond to others posts. The incidents are then published into a daily bulletin, and disseminated to all of the MORCA Members. The bulletin serves as a place where cases are connected, suspects are identified, and information sharing is enhanced. From the information sharing through MORCA, we have had many success stories. Last year, in 2014 we identified 234 suspects. So far this year 815 incidents have been submitted to the MORCA Portal.

In 2014, MORCA added the KCORCC, the Kansas ORC, to the MORCA Portal. This provides them a tool for sharing their information.

Also, in 2014, MORCA was registered with the State of Missouri as a Non-Profit organization. The Board of Directors of MORCA consists of a president, vice president - law enforcement, vice president - loss prevention, secretary, and treasurer. In addition, the state is divided into nine regions and each region is represented by district representatives. As a formal association, the Board of Directors is committed to continuing the cooperation between retail loss prevention professionals and law enforcement to reduce organized retail crime, identify retail offenders and enhance information sharing between retailers and law enforcement. The association is bringing ORC training to Missouri in 2015 and will be seeking other avenues to spread the message about ORC.

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Brad Baker was promoted to Senior Director, Field Implementation for Walmart Canada. Brad brings over 15 years of retail experience to his new position for the retailer. He started at Walmart in 1997 in the store operations department, and has worked his way up the ladder to hold such positions as Store Manager where he was part of the first six Store Managers in Canada to lead a Supercentre format store, District Manager, Director - Field Operations, and his most recent position, Senior Director - Loss Prevention, Aviation and Business Continuity. Congratulations Brad!

 

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LPRC/Office Depot/G4S Innovation Lab Meeting  Last week the Loss Prevention Research Council Board of Advisor Chair, John Voytilla VP of Office Depot Max, welcomed new member G4S to our Innovation Lab. The LPRC team reviewed current research and processes with Mr. John Kenning, CEO North America & Technology. The group then brainstormed ideas on implementing G4S into our working groups and action teams.

LPRC Innovation Lab News 
This week members Clinton Electronics and Cam Connections were installing solutions in our Innovation Lab. Clinton Electronics installed several ePVMs within the LPRC Innovation Lab which will showcase the many advances in ePVM technology. First, there is an exitway ePVM which works in conjunction with the SenTech EAS pedestal alarms to grab offender's attention with a changing image and camera clicks as they try to leave the store. The entryway ePVM showcases a sharp picture to prime the offender as they walk into store to be aware of asset protection measures within the store. Finally we have a new and improved PIP ePVM which showcases a security guard "live feed" to add credibility to the ePVMs, letting offenders know there are actual guards monitoring the area.

Five+ Active Shooter Exercises Weekly in U.S. - Large scale active shooter exercise' scheduled for Sunday at Gadsden Mall in Gadsden, AL  We're seeing at least 5+ active shooter exercises weekly around the U.S. this summer with most at schools, military complexes, municipal facilities and very few at retail complexes. If you see a significant police presence at Gadsden Mall Sunday evening, don't worry - it's what's being called a "large scale" active shooter exercise. An FBI study of 160 active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2013 found that almost 46 percent of them happened in commercial settings, almost four percent of those in shopping malls. Cody said police have been planning the exercise for the last six to eight months. The idea began when the mall property manager and a private security firm approached police about testing protocols for an active shooter scenario.  al.com

Completed merger creates third-largest U.S. specialty retailer  Ascena Retail Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Ann Inc., formerly called Ann Taylor. Shares of Ann Inc. will be delisted from the NYSE and trading  ceased at the close of business on Friday, August 21st.

With the addition of the Ann Taylor,Loft, and Lou & Grey brands, Ascena is now one of North America's largest and most diversified specialty apparel retailers, with $7.4 billion in trailing twelve month sales, a combined fleet of over 4,900 stores, and over 70,000 associates.  chainstoreage.com

Abercrombie Worker Class Can't Cut Line In Wage Settlement - Work clothing reimbursement & Secret rest break policy  A California judge on Thursday refused to allow a certified class of 62,000 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. employees suing for work clothing reimbursement to intervene in a settled wage-and-hour suit against the retailer, saying the move would unnecessarily enlarge the issues in the settled case.

In a ruling adopted Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman said a plan by the attempted intervenors, plaintiffs Alexander Brown and Arik Silva, to seek reimbursement for a requirement to buy the retailer's clothing and to investigate an alleged secret rest break policy known only to Abercrombie managers would "almost certainly" broaden the case beyond the issues raised in the suit filed by Abercrombie employee Jessica Aparicio. Aparicio's suit alleged Abercrombie failed to provide rest breaks and waiting time penalties, among other violations of California's wage and hour laws. That case has a scheduled hearing on Oct. 13 on a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement.  law360.com

Lowe's Hit With Worker Classification Class Action In NJ - Installers want benefits
Lowe's Home Centers LLC has been hit with a putative class action in New Jersey state court accusing the home improvement giant of illegally misclassifying installers as independent contractors and shirking employee benefit obligations in the process. law360.com

Uniglo to try out four-day workweek for 10,000 employees  Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, Theory, and J Brand, will offer a four-day workweek to about a fifth of its workforce starting in October, the company confirmed to Bloomberg. About 10,000 full-time employees at Uniqlo's Japan locations will have the option of a three-day weekend in exchange for 10-hour work days the rest of the week. The retailer is also considering introducing a shorter week at its corporate headquarters and at more stores, if this trial goes well. bloomberg.com

BlueTracs Tracking Devices Thwart Three Bank Robberies in a Single Day  Last week, BlueTracs, the nation's premiere leader in tracking technology, assisted law enforcement in the resolution of three separate bank robberies. Law enforcement's use of the tracking software interface in their vehicles and helicopters allowed them to follow the suspects in real time, prevent their escape, and ultimately capture the suspects. BlueTracs partners with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the nation, providing free access to software mapping and tracking tools that allow law enforcement to work with the devices installed by local businesses. BlueTracs has expanded the use of its devices into other business verticals using the product to combat many different forms of theft and robbery. "We now have trackers in use in banking, retail, pharmacy, shipping, distribution, and utility operations; delivering significant increases in capture rates and product recovery," said Mike May, CEO of BlueTracs. virtual-strategy.com

Slow check out speeds - long lines - or endless loops of electronic reprimands - Cashiers & self-checkout aren't pleasing customers  Three-quarters of respondents also said they sometimes avoid self-service - most often because of technical problems," Postrel told the Tampa Tribune. "Nobody wants to listen to an endless loop of electronic reprimands while watching other shoppers move smoothly through the human-staffed queue." The self-checkout kiosk is viewed as a faster way to buy when the shopper has one or two items. When it comes to the retail customer experience aspect consumers aren't seeing much love from human cashiers or the kiosk interaction as 61 percent agree clerks focus mostly on scanning and less on engaging with a customer to ensure they are satisfied. Retailer leaders can make critical gains in perceived value, customer satisfaction and loyalty by eliminating scanning inefficiencies and enabling faster checkout speeds. retailcustomerexperience.com

Don't Inherit a Claim: 5 Keys To Mitigate Workers' Compensation Fraud and Reduce Costs  Employers need to walk a fine line between providing injured workers with the support they need and preventing fraud by employees who do not have a legitimate workers' compensation claim. Employee fraud is listed as one of the most costly types of workers' compensation fraud in the marketplace. Here are five innovative best practices that companies can now consider implementing to support a fraud-free workplace environment: Pre-work screenings - Drug screenings and background checks - On-site ergonomic solutions - Employee education - Prompt injury reporting. ehstoday.com

Social Media Background Checks Uncover Clues for Legal, Law Enforcement and HR Industries  Ann Michaels & Associates introduces eChatter social media mining and analysis program to assist in smart decision making processes. The company has debuted eChatter, a social media background check solution designed initially for the law enforcement, human resources and legal professions. eChatter is a service offered by Ann Michaels to mine public posts on countless social media sites and publicly available online content. prnewswire.com

Wal-Mart losses may be funny accounting, not sticky fingers


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Foot Locker Q2 comp's up 9.6% with sales up 3.3%
Ross Stores Q2 comp's up 4% with sales up 9%
New York & Company Q2 comp's up 3.8% with sales up 4.3%
Ahold U.S. comp's up 1.8% with U.S. net sales up 2.1%
Cato Q2 comp's flat with sales up 2%
The Fresh Market Q2 comp's down 1% with net sales up 4.7%
Hibbet Sports Q2 comp's down 1.1% with sales up 2.8%
The Gap Q2 Gap comp's down 6%, Banana Republic down 4%, Old Navy up 3%, with net sales down 2%

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Financial controller jailed over theft of 283,000 euros
Three-year sentence for Deutsche Bank employee over serious 'breach of trust'

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Team assisted the Irish Police in a case where a financial controller stole over 283,740 euros from his employer, Deutsche Bank. The employee conducted the scheme through unauthorised use of his company credit card. The suspect Patrick Moran stole over 283,740 euros from Deutsche Bank where he worked as a financial controller after falsifying documents to increase the limit of his company credit card. He has been jailed for three years.

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We Can't Remember Our PIN's - That's the Reason for no Chip & PIN - Really!
With this weeks revelation from Master Cards president of enterprise security solutions that the U.S. consumers "find it difficult to remember pins" as the sole reason why our nation is going to chip and signature, as opposed to the more secure chip and pin like the rest of the world, we should all be insulted. The rest of the world transitioned straight to chip and pin and there's no evidence or articles about their transition disrupting sales or consumer complaints or difficulties. So in effect we're being told that we're less mindful then the rest of the world and consequently have to absorb a larger liability shift due to the less secure chip and signature. This unilateral decision on the part of Master Card and Visa, which obviously Visa must agree with MasterCard's opinion, might even be consideration for future lawsuits should the transition create losses that the retailers find to be unacceptable. The fact is because we're being told we can't remember a simple pin number the nation's retailers and our industry specifically, the LP executives, are going to have to manage more fraud cases and losses.  Just a thought. You can find MasterCards full article on wsj.com

Report: Neiman Marcus gives dressing room perspective with MemoryMirror in three stores - Video-Storeage-Privacy Concerns?  MemoryMirror offers a six-foot mirror equipped with an Intel RealSense camera that gives the customer a realistic view of their digital image, which it then dresses in a variety of digital styles and colors. Customers can move their angle in front of the mirror to obtain different viewpoints of how their image looks.  The mirror also records a video of the digital try-on session which the shopper can review at home. Editor's Note: The issue here is the storeage, privacy, and content of the actual video. And more importantly what if there's an LP incident? What if there is suspected shoplifting? Does the camera film the customer while they're changing and who reviews the video? Certainly as a third party and not knowing the answers to any of these questions we're sure Neiman's is well in front of this. Because obviously an attorney will be sooner or later. Just a thought.  chainstoreage.com

Global POS market set to boom - Mobile POS demand 'extremely high'  The global POS terminal market is set to boom in the next five years. On the basis of revenue, the global POS terminal market stood at $36.86 billion in 2013, and it is expected to demonstrate an impressive 11.6% compound annual growth rate during the period of 2014-2020, according to a new report. In terms of application, the retail sector dominated the POS terminals market in 2013, accounting for 34% of the market. Factors such as escalating adoption of advanced payment technologies, especially among small retailers, has given an incredible boost to the POS terminals market in retail. In 2013, North America was the largest market for POS terminals and held a share of around 32% in terms of revenue. The progress of technology, the market for wireless and mobile POS terminals has significantly expanded. chainstoreage.com

 

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Bob Moraca, VP of LP, NRF

Robert Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention, National Retail Federation, gives us a look behind the curtains of the newly rebranded NRF Protect Conference & Expo. Learn how more outreach to the emerging leaders of the industry, integration of cybersecurity education and new marketing initiatives helped increase retailer attendance by 30 percent this year. With data breaches, cybercrime and identity theft at every turn, LP executives need to be more digitally driven than ever before. Robert tells us how the NRF is addressing the issue and what LP professionals can do to be successful.

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Canadian Retailers Increasingly Facing Stronger Headwinds - Retail Sales Growth Slows - Amazon Takes A $1B Bite  U.S. and international retailers have sharply escalated the pace of new store openings in Canada over the past five years, with many seeing Canada as an engine to fuel top-line growth. The Canadian retail market has experienced slower growth in 2015, however, largely due to a softer Canadian economy. While both luxury and value retailers are seeing continued growth, a number of 'middle-market' retailers that are failing to differentiate themselves are struggling and in some cases, shuttering.

Retail Council of Canada numbers indicate that the annual rate of Canadian retail top-line growth for the year to July 2015 was only 1.7%, compared with 4.6% and 4.3% in the corresponding two prior years.

There are two 'silver linings', however - cross-border shopping trips to the U.S. are estimated to have decreased by 25%, resulting in the repatriation of those retail sales to merchants in Canada. Canadian will save $1,500 annually as a result of the reduction in retail gas prices, resulting in an additional $15-20 billion in the hands of Canadian consumers.

In addition to the above macro-economic headwinds being faced by retailers operating in Canada, the significant increase in competition both from new entrants into the Canadian market as well as from e-commerce pure-plays (it has been estimated by some that Amazon's Canadian business is now over $1 billion) is impacting the overall market share for incumbent retailers as a group. retail-insider.com

Amazon's corporate culture raises questions about Canadian similarities  The excesses of Amazon.com's hard-driving corporate culture made headlines this week, raising questions about whether similar problems are possible at Canadian companies. Parker said a company based in Canada with a similar mission would likely demand the same of its employees.

"Amazon knows who they are," he said. "They're trying to take over the world and they recruit people based on that." That type of extreme workplace environment is often seen in high-volume, low-margin industries like retail, where efficiency is paramount. The biggest problems arise, Parker added, when managers down the line from Bezos do their best to implement their own interpretations of his uncompromising vision for productivity. They're going to be representing that culture every day and some of them are just going to take it way too far," he said.

"The idea that employees should be radically flexible, always on call, always serving the customer, and sacrificing themselves to help the company is something we find all over the world," he said.

Yet Steven Murphy, dean of Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, said it's less likely for a Canadian company to drive its workers as hard as Amazon allegedly does. "A lot of U.S. corporations, and especially tech, ride that balance between dedication and a level of commitment that we may not see in Canadian organizations," he said.  ctvnews.ca

"Canada remains one of the most favourable markets in the world for supermarkets," Loblaw & Metro Continue to Grow  Canadian consumers are spending more on food, and competition among supermarkets has settled down after several years of intense competition, according to CIBC World Markets analyst Perry Caicco. "It now looks like the glory days will extend into 2016, and possibly beyond," said Caicco, who upgraded his outlook on Loblaw Cos. and Metro. financialpost.com

Jeweller Michael Hill plans to almost double its Canadian store count  With 60 stores and eight new ones this year, they plan on opening six in 2016 and six in 2017. Plan on 110.  retail-insider.com

Sears to close Seaway Mall, Welland location - affecting 55 employees

Toronto's high-end grocer Pusateri's will rebuild flagship after last weekend's fire Saturday night

Retail Fast Facts: July 2015 

Highlights:
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 1.2 per cent over the comparable month last year. 
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.8 per cent over the comparable month last year. Read more

 


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As the Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department, Dan Linskey was thrust into managing one of the largest law enforcement operations in history. In this compelling talk on leadership and emergency response planning, Chief Linskey will share how he transformed his intense emotional response into the coolest, most calm he's ever been, the importance of specificity of training, why it's important to maintain a team of "Evil Geniuses," why you should never have a "not my job" mentality, and why too much help can be a bad thing. This is a half hour lesson in leadership that every LP professional should hear, regardless of the size and scope of the incident you will be called to lead.

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Two arrested after TVs, electronic equipment stolen from Canadian Tire in Stephenville  RCMP on the west coast have busted a man and a woman who got away with thousands of dollars in merchandise from stores in the Stephenville area. But as VOCM's Brian Madore reports, the woman didn't exactly surrender peacefully. They got a call during the supper hour yesterday about a possible theft in progress at the Canadian Tire store on Prince Rupert Drive, and later arrested a 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman outside the apartment belonging to the woman, less than 1/2 a kilometre from the store. Police also recovered several flat screen TV's and other electronic devices which were later found to have been stolen from Canadian Tire earlier in the day. RCMP then got a search warrant for the woman's apartment and recovered additional items from Canadian Tire and other stores in the area. thetelegram.com

Sobeys shoplifting suspect arrested in Cow Bay after RCMP release photo  Nova Scotia RCMP have arrested a woman wanted for assaulting a staff member at Sobeys in Cole Harbour in June. When the Sobeys staff confronted the woman about shoplifting on June 19, police say she assaulted a staff member and fled the store with merchandise. On Tuesday, police released a photo of the woman taken from a surveillance camera. And during the evening, RCMP and Halifax Regional Police were investigating another case in Cow Bay when an Halifax Regional Police officer recognized the woman. The officer arrested her and she was handed over to RCMP. The 42-year-old woman faces charges of assault and theft under $5,000. cbc.ca

Bonnyville RCMP searching for liquor store thieves  Bonnyville RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in helping to identify four male suspects who broke into several stores in town early Monday morning. According to a police report the suspects used an axe to break through windows and security doors at the Bonnyville Liquor Store and Liquor Depot before stealing a large quantity of liquor. All four suspects were able to somewhat conceal their faces from security cameras. bonnyvillenouvelle.ca

Attempted Armed Robbery in Torbay thwarted by c-store staff

Kelowna RCMP Warn About Credit Card Skimmers at Fuel Pumps

 

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E-commerce Fraud Jumps 20% as Scammers Open New Accounts  Fraud attacks on e-commerce companies rose 20% in the second quarter of the year to reach 36 million, according to new data from security company ThreatMetrix. The fraud screening firm's latest ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report, monitoring one billion transactions globally each month for its customers, showed that its Digital Identity Network had blocked a total of 75 million high risk transactions during the period, across all sectors.

Online commerce was particularly badly hit, with 36 million fraud attempts stopped. ThreatMetrix estimated the losses to online traders could have reached as high as $3 billion if the transactions were allowed to go through. Account creation fraud was the highest risk, as nearly 7% of transactions monitored were blocked by the firm. This is despite account creation transactions accounting for just 1% of the total volume monitored. infosecurity-magazine.com

Retailers See Gains in Serving E-Commerce Supply Chains - Fulfillment centers growth and LP jobs creation  The big retailers said in earnings calls with analysts this week that they have seen greater efficiency this year in using dedicated fulfillment centers for online orders. Home Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart are building out fulfillment centers to package and ship parcels. " Target now has six dedicated fulfillment centers for online orders, Wal-Mart Stores Inc is opening two automated fulfillment centers in the next six months. Home Depot said it is close to bringing its third e-commerce fulfillment center online in Ohio, which executives said will expand its distribution footprint enough to enable two-day parcel delivery to 90% of its U.S. customers. Editor's Note: Not to mention all the other retailers opening fulfillment centers dedicated to e-commerce and the dozens of Amazon's already operating. This part of our business is growing rapidly and won't stop. However while the growth is a great development for new position creation it doesn't offset the numbers lost in a shrinking store market. wsj.com

Payments Landscape Shifting for Retailers, Leading to New Opportunities  In the ever shifting retail payments landscape, the transaction itself is just a point on a broad spectrum of services and data that range from bricks-and-mortar locations to mobile apps. A white paper released last month titled "The New Payment Landscape for Retailers: Think Mechanics and Marketing," states that "the retail industry finds itself smack dab in the middle of a revolution," powered by technology - as revolutions so often are. The increasing adoption of mobile payments is a powerful change agent for retailers. With such a heady pace of adoption in the works, retailers themselves need to play a bit of catch up, and many companies will have to fund "massive investment in a new payment infrastructure," the white paper stated, which will need to go beyond mobile payments themselves to embrace security and marketing platforms. pymnts.com

Will mobile payments kill cash?
"U.S. Mobile Payments: Do They Disrupt Cash?" examines the impact of mobile payments on cash today and in the future. The paper reviews all segments of the U.S. retail payments ecosystem, and all payment schemes that compete with cash, including debit, credit and gift cards, and open- and closed-loop prepaid cards. Tremont's research shows that mobile payments are catching on to some extent, but slowly, and with small numbers of consumers and retailers to date. And while the paper finds promise in mobile payments, it also determines that they present little threat to cash through the forecast period of 2015-2020. mobilepaymentstoday.com

 

"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

 

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Baltimore, MD., Ringleader in Check and Counterfeit Credit Card Fraud Schemes Sentenced to Over 5 Years in Federal Prison  U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Egwolo Wilfred Otete, age 31, of formerly of Jacksonville, Florida and Beltsville, Maryland today, to 61 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for check and credit card fraud schemes with over 250 victims and losses of more than $468,000. In addition to the check fraud scheme, from October 2010 through November 2012, Otete conspired with co-defendants Aderomilehin, Fakeye, Akintuyi, Okpala, Hannah Moekay Konteh and others to execute a second scheme by obtaining stolen credit card numbers from individuals who worked in local businesses and "skimmed" credit cards. The skimmed numbers were used to re-encode credit cards the defendants already had. They directed co-defendants as to what to purchase. Individuals traveled to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and other locations to conduct transactions. Otete and his co-conspirators attempted to obtain between $400,000 and $1 million as a result of the two fraud conspiracies, using the identities of more than 250 victims. justice.gov

Bedford Hills, NY: Pair Of Thieves Target High-End Consignment Shop  A thrift shop in an upscale Westchester neighborhood has become the target of thieves. Police said a couple walked into a consignment shop full of security cameras and walked out with more than $24,000 worth of purses. There was 13 security cameras and five employees and still, the man and woman were slick enough to spend about 40 minutes grabbing expensive bags completely undetected. And this may not be the first time the pair have done this. cbslocal.com

College Station, TX: Man and woman face a felony charge after stealing $5,000 worth of clothes from Sears  A man and woman face a felony charge after they allegedly stole more than $5,000 worth of clothes from the Sears at Post Oak Mall. Guillermo Andres Urbina and Iris Emerite Valle are charged with theft of property between the value of $1,500 and $20,000. Urbina is also charged with failure to identify for allegedly giving police a false name. According to Police, the pair allegedly stole 63 pairs of jeans and 56 shirts from the store. A manager who noticed a large amount of clothing missing on Aug. 12 viewed video surveillance, which police say showed Urbina taking stacks of clothing off shelves and Valle loading the items into a cart. On Aug. 19, a loss prevention officer noticed the two back in Sears, which led to their arrest. theeagle.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Trio sought in theft of tools from Home Depot  A theft of tools from a Home Depot is being investigated by Fort Lauderdale police. Investigators say several hammer drills worth about $2,000 were taken around 9:30 p.m. Monday from the store at 1000 NE Fourth Ave., said Fort Lauderdale Detective Keven Dupree. sun-sentinel.com

China: Family theft ring steals nearly 1,000 items across the county  Items stolen by a couple and members of their family are on display in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shannxi province. The couple, both in their 30s, abetted four children - the oldest 15 and youngest 11 - to commit more than 50 thefts in several cities, including Beijing and Nanjing. They have stolen nearly 1,000 items, including bicycles, shoes and bags. ecns.cn

Lincoln County, N.C. ORC male suspect arrested stealing electronics from Walmart stores - selling online - investigation ongoing

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Lincoln, NE: Serial Diamond Thief Caught; 3 stores and over $18,000 in merchandise  A man who allegedly stole $18,100 worth of diamonds and jewelry from three Lincoln stores was arrested on Wednesday. Police say Shawn McClease, 43 entered Darold's Jewelry to buy a loose diamond. When an employee swiped his credit card, it was declined. McClease told the clerk he was going to get a different card and left. That's when the clerk noticed the 1.5 karat diamond, estimated at $13,500, was gone. McClease is also believed to have been involved in a theft on August 12th at Michael Tish Jewelry where he pretended to be interested in buying a one karat diamond. Police say he told the clerk he needed to step outside and never came back. The diamond, worth $3,100 was missing. Police say McClease was also involved in a theft on July 2nd at Elder Jewelry where he allegedly took a 1 karat diamond ring valued at $1,500. wowt.com

Ventura County, Calif., Countywide skimming sweep of 1,512 fuel pumps finds 3 skimmers  Losses from a single illegal skimming device on a fuel pump usually average between $50,000 and $100,000. mpacorn.com

Wichita, KS: Kohl's employee threatened with a knife while attempting a stop  A shoplifter was arrested Thursday after he pulled a knife on a store employee. The incident happened at 7:15 p.m. at Kohl's, in West Wichita. Police said the employee tried to stop the shoplifter when the suspect pulled a knife and tried to cut the worker. The worker wasn't hurt. kake.com

Goshen, IN: MC Sports robbery suspect pleads guilty to eight charges  A man accused of being involved in a robbery at a sports store in December 2013 admitted to all eight criminal charges against him. Willie P. Jackson, 20, Mishawaka, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, five counts of criminal confinement and one count of conspiracy. Jackson and co-defendant Shaquan Moorer, 23, were arrested in October 2014 following an investigation from the Goshen Police Department. elkharttruth.com

Uniontown, PA: Dollar General Robbery suspect admits to 14 separate Armed Robberies  Pennsylvania State police said the man who robbed a Dollar General store at gunpoint in Somerset County is responsible for more than a dozen other robberies in several counties across the region. According to the criminal complaint, William Hall admitted to robbing the Dollar General on Glades Pike in Somerset Township Aug. 10. State police said Hall admitted to 13 other robberies that took place in Fayette County, Pittsburgh and Fairmont, W. Va. wjactv.com

White Hall, AR: Five arrested in theft of over 80 guns from a local sporting goods store  An investigation into a series of burglaries last winter at the Hunter's Refuge sporting goods store in White Hall led to the early morning arrests Thursday of five people who were indicted Aug. 5 on federal charges of possessing stolen guns. ATF's investigation revealed that 24 handguns were stolen from locked glass display cases when a group of burglars broke into the store Dec. 18. A second break-in Jan. 8 resulted in the theft of 62 more guns, including eight assault rifles, for a total of 86 weapons taken. A number of the stolen guns have since been recovered. arkansasonline.com

Eau Claire, WI: GNC employee busted for theft, $4,800 in merchandise recovered  An official at GNC at Oakwood Mall told police on July 22 that Khamphouy, a store employee, took a large amount of merchandise on July 4. Khamphouy was confronted about the theft. He admitted that since he began working at the store in March, he has taken a large amount of merchandise and still has a significant amount of the stolen merchandise at his residence. Khamphouy went home and brought back the merchandise, which was valued at $4,800. He told police he took the items from the store during every shift he worked, which was about 35 times from March to July. leadertelegram.com

Lone Tree, CO: 4 men apprehended after Smash and Grab robbery at Park Meadows Jewelry store  Four men are in custody after authorities said they into a jewelry store inside Park Meadows Mall, smashed glass displays and took jewelry, the Lone Tree Police Department said Thursday night. Police said the incident happened at Ben Bridge Jewelers about 7:10 p.m. Thursday. The men were caught and taken into custody after they left the mall on foot, police said. kdvr.com

Youngstown, OH: Boardman Police have a suspect in Jewelry store heists  Township police now have a suspect in what they believe are related jewelry-store heists. Police alerted area hospitals to be on the lookout for a man with a gunshot wound to the shoulder after an attempted burglary at Cirelli Jewelers on Market Street Tuesday night in which the business owner shot and injured a man attempting to steal nearly $100,000 worth of jewelry. Beaver Falls, Pa., police alerted township police Thursday afternoon a man fitting that description showed up at an area hospital for treatment. vindy.com

Miami, FL: Man Faces Federal Charges in C-Store Robbery  The FBI announced Thursday that 32-year-old Antron Latroy Langston of Miami was indicted by a federal grand jury under the Hobbs Act, which allows prosecutors to prosecute violent habitual criminals who commit armed robbery involved in interstate commerce. Langston is accused of robbing a One Stop Mini Mart in Miami on May 3. During the robbery, Langston and Dalton Armster confronted the store clerk and forcibly took money from the register while pointing a firearm at the store clerk. nbcmiami.com

Fountain, CO: Police searching for Safeway supermarket burglar  Fountain Police are trying to find the man who walked into a Safeway grocery store and stole money. Police said the man went to the Safeway on the 6200 block of Mesa Ridge Parkway and entered the employee office near the front of the store. Officers said he got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The burglary happened around 9:45 on Thursday, July 30th. koaa.com

Ottawa, IL Police revise pursuit policy
The chase began around 7 p.m. after receiving a report of a retail theft at Wal-Mart on Ottawa's North Side off Route 23. With sirens screaming and emergency lights on, a speeding parade of police vehicles from the city, county and state chased the car - driven by 20-year-old Jeffrey Hankerson - for a short time on Interstate 80 and followed him through the length of the city. Hankerson's car struck another vehicle, crashed and overturned on its roof at the intersection of Columbus and Madison streets. The suspect, who fled the crash, was apprehended following a short foot chase. mywebtimes.com

Levittown, NY: $3,000 worth of sunglasses were stolen from Macy's in the Oxford Valley Mall

Belmont, MI., Skimmer found in Citgo gas pump

Lake Havasu, AZ: Man arrested on suspicion of retail fraud at Walmart; return scam

Chicago, IL: Woman killed, 2 injured after shooting outside liquor store on West Side

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