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LeeRoy Hegwood, CFE, CFI, EnCE was promoted Sr. Manager, Loss Prevention and Forensics for Outerwall, Inc.  Outerwall is the Bellevue WA based parent company of Redbox, Coinstar and EcoATM, operating a combined total of over 60,000 automated retail kiosks in the US, Canada UK and Ireland. In his new role, LeeRoy is responsible for leading the Loss Prevention, Security and Safety programs in support of the Coinstar and Coinstar Exchange businesses. In addition, LeeRoy is also responsible for the computer forensics and eDiscovery programs for the Outerwall enterprise. LeeRoy has been with Outerwall for 4 years. He was previously a Regional LP Manager for Petco for 4 years and he was with Ross Stores where he held various LP leadership roles during his 12 year tenure. Congratulations LeeRoy!

 

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ISCPO 2015 Conference: Day Two
Informative, Educational, & Collaborative

Written by Byron Smith,  Corporate Asset Protection Manager -Corporate Security, Acquisitions & Supply Chain for 7-Eleven

The 2nd day of the ISCPO Conference kicked off with the attendees having the opportunity to shop at the Fossil company store for some great deals. Our first session began with two Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service OIG addressing Retail Data Loss and its use in Internal Mail Investigations. The sessions continued with AIG Property Casualty covering Loss Control from an Insurance Perspective & Current Industry Security Standards. The final session gave the attendees and vendors a chance to participate in an Open Forum Roundtable. This was an opportunity to recommend topics for the 2016 ISCPO Conference, ask for recommendations on issues they might be having in the work environment, seek resources and partnerships with other attendees. The conference wrapped up with Glenn Master, ISCPO Chairman, and the Board of Directors thanking the attendees and vendors for their continued support for the organization and how the ISCPO Team might continue to support the community. Make sure you visit the ISCPO website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. See you at the 2016 conference with the dates announced soon.
 

 

Session on Retail Loss Information in Mail Theft Investigations
 


 




 

 

Vendors showcased their products and services during the conference: LoJack SCI and Transport Security Inc. (top) and Off Duty Services (bottom)

Attendees enjoyed shopping at the Fossil company store



 

Three Asset Protection Executives Selected as Dream BIG 2015 Scholarships recipients - With 7-Eleven AP Team on the Opening Frame of NRF's Video Announcement

The AP Industry Has Come a Long Way - Congratulations to All of Them! 

Twenty lucky retail employees from across the United States were selected as Dream BIG 2015 scholarship recipients. They demonstrate the variety of career options available in the retail industry, working in areas such as loss prevention, store management, supply chain, and training and development for companies like Kroger, Walgreens, Mattress Firm and Goodwill. See the full class here


 


Why Marvin Ellison, a former LP executive, was hired as J.C. Penny's new CEO - Direct from the CEO who hired him  In an interview with Women's World Daily retiring CEO Mike Ullman talked about J.C. Penney and why he hired Marvin Ellison as his predecessor and gives some unique insights on why Marvin's been so successful and what CEO's look for in executives. Interesting read for anyone wanting to learn about what traits and characteristics CEO's look for and how some succeed.

WWD: You were instrumental in recruiting Marvin Ellison from Home Depot to be Penney's ceo. Why was he your choice?

M.U.: We kissed a lot of frogs but when Marvin sat down at the desk, within five minutes, I said, "You're the guy." He said, "What do you mean?" I said, "First of all, you care about the people, you explained to me in five minutes what you did to turn around the [Home Depot] business with the people. It was total common sense and it was exactly what we needed." One of the things he said was that two-thirds of the people were in the back of the house and one-third in front. So Marvin reversed it. Ninety percent of the people who come into Home Depot are mad as hell. Something is broke. Sales associates when they meet someone have to say, "What project are you working on today?" That's very different from, "Hi. How are you? Can I help you?" Customers always say no to that. If you ask what project you are working on today, it changes the attitude of the associate and changes the attitude of the customer. There was also this 40-page report the store manager got every Monday morning. Marvin changed it to three pages. He has done a lot of the same things for us. He's a common-sense guy, but he is uberbright. He cares about people and he is a really good judge of talent. wwd.com

The Challenges Of Identifying Potential Workplace Violence - No Such Thing As Zero Risk  Experts say official statistics underestimate violence in the workplace, especially when it comes to nonlethal incidents. "The aggressor gets terminated and the injured person gets treated under worker's comp and so it doesn't necessarily get counted as violence in the workplace."

In recent years, more employers are posting workplace violence policies, says Elizabeth Bille, associate general counsel for the Society for Human Resource Management. She says they should enforce them uniformly without giving first-time offenders a pass. At the same time, Bille says, if an employee has a mental health problem, employers are limited by federal law in their ability to discuss or share that information.

"I think one of the greatest challenges about identifying potential workplace violence is trying to balance fairness to the employee to not overreact and keeping their particular situations confidential, with the very real concerns of co-workers who may start fearing for their safety," she says. "That is really the crux of the challenge here."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides safety guidelines for industries in health care and retailing, where patients and customers are most likely to perpetrate workplace violence. But, says Jordan Barab, the deputy assistant secretary, there is no prevention handbook when it comes to mass shootings.

"In most of those cases you don't have kind of the same recognized risk factors; you don't have an ability in many cases for the employer to more or less predict that this is going to happen," Barab says.
"The sad fact is, is with all of the security measures you take in place, we could have fobs and bulletproof glass and fences and security guards. But someone intent on mayhem is going to commit mayhem, and all you can do is slow them down and help people get out of the way." There's no such thing as zero risk. oshatoday.com

One Foot Locker Exec. Awaiting Sentencing For Kickbacks - G3K Displays CEO & Team Go To Federal Prison For $18M fraud - major supplier of displays for retailers worldwide including Foot Locker, adidas, 7-Eleven  Luxottica  A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two "lieutenants" who assisted former G3 Displays CEO Steven Kaitz in facilitating an $18 million bank fraud to 24 months and 21 months in prison, one day after sentencing Kaitz to 40 months in jail.  Kaitz, the CEP, and the others pled guilty after being charged with securing loans for the company using falsified purchase orders, invoices and other documents that made G3 look more profitable than it was.

A fifth suspect, former Foot Locker Inc. In-store Marketing Director Kathleen Smith, pled guilty to taking kickbacks in the scheme. She is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

STEVEN KAITZ, the chief executive officer of G3K Displays, Inc., admitted that he and others fraudulently inflated G3K's sales and accounts receivable to secure millions of dollars in loans.

KAITZ was involved in the creation of fake email accounts purporting to belong to fictitious employees of Footlocker and Adidas, G3K's two largest customers. KAITZ and his co-defendants operated these fake email accounts themselves, pretending to be employees of those customers, and then used those fake email accounts to "verify" false information about G3K's financial condition, including its sales and accounts receivable. globenewswire.com law360.com justice.gov

National Stores buys 41 Anna's Linen's locations & Wins stalking horse bid for IPS - Creates 2 New LP Jobs!  All of the locations will be changed to the "Fallas" name with a target opening date of October 1. At least 6 locations will open as "Fallas Home", and carry only Home product. The locations are in California, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Florida. The LP team will add a new Regional Investigator and an additional LP Analyst to support these new locations. Thanks to Chris Nichols for providing this information.

Common goods are showing up on East Tennessee black market  Capt. George Edlund with the Knox County Sheriff's Office said pet medication, even meat, are hot commodities and some is being sold on the open market on sites like Craigslist and Facebook. It's also being sold at yard sales and Flea Markets in Fountain City, Halls and in Sevier County, according to Edlund. Edlund said the Sheriff's Office launched a year-round task force last month to crack down on professional thieves and organized retail crimes. Deputies also plan to visit area yard sales and flea markets soon, he added. local8now.com

Arrests made in $10M Port of Montreal 16 ton silver heist stolen on Sept. 2nd - Highly Organized & Had Inside Info  Police arrested five men Wednesday evening in Montreal in connection with last week's theft of a cargo container that was carrying an estimated $10 million in silver bars. Some - but not all - of the silver was found in raids across the island, including a home in Ville Saint-Laurent, a location in Île-Perrot, a business in Pointe-Claire, a garage, a warehouse and two cars. The container had been found on Saturday empty and it was a highly organized theft. globalnews.ca

H&M's upscale brand "Cos" poised for U.S. expansion - 3rd store in Boston Sept. 25th

FDA releases final food safety rules

Dollar General expects more urban locations - With potential opportunities for 13,000 new stores overall

Retired black world level tennis pro mistakenly arrested for being involved in ORC cellphone ring in NYC

Cuomo Set to Back $15 Minimum Wage Across New York State

Homeland Stores Adopt ReposiTrak Food Safety Compliance Management Solution

Dunbar Armored Acquires Titan Armored Car & Courier

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Dollarama Q2 comp's up 7.9% with sales up 14.1%
Canada's lululemon Q2 comp's up 6% with net revenue up 16%
Krispy Kreme Q2 domestic comp's up 5.5% with revenue up 5.7%
Ikea for 2015 comp's up 5.1% with sales up 8.9% worldwide
Hudson's Bay Co. Q2 department store group comp's up 4.2%, Saks Off Fifth outlet's up 12.7% with sales up 15.2%
Christopher & Banks Q2 comp's down 12.4% with sales down 13.4%

 

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eBay assists retailer to shut down a $2 million theft ring  A Wilkins man was charged Tuesday with using drug addicts to operate a $2 million theft ring from his record store in Oakland. Following a seven-year investigation, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office charged fifty-year-old Anthony J. Cicero, owner of The Slipped Disc on Atwood Street in Oakland, with theft, receiving stolen property and operating a corrupt organization. According to a grand jury presentment, Cicero paid drug addicts to steal retail store items, such as books and LEGO sets, that he resold on Amazon or Ebay. Cicero stored the stolen goods in a back room in his shop near Pitt's campus. According to investigators, Cicero's operation amassed more than $2 million since May 2013 and targeted Pittsburgh stores including Rite Aid, CVS, Giant Eagle Market District, Staples and Wal-Mart. Cicero directed "boosters" to target specific items including medical books, computer books, graphic novels, hardcover books and LEGO products, according to the attorney general's investigation. pittnews.com

London Regional Fraud Team Arrests Online Auction Gang  On the morning of September 10, the London Regional Fraud Team (LRFT) arrested 7 suspects in North London. GAP GTI provided extensive investigation support to the LRFT team during 2015. These suspects are part of a gang that has defrauded UK victims of millions of pounds per year. Fake ads were posted on Gumtree, Friday-Ads, eBay and other classified sites in the UK. Victims would receive fake eBay- & PayPal-branded invoices instructing them to send funds to a bank account. The arrested suspects were responsible for organizing mules and providing false identities to open bank accounts. This gang is believed to be responsible for a large portion of online auction fraud in the UK and GAP GTI has been tracking this group for the past 4 years. GAP GTI analysis shows this group posted over 2,500 ads on eBay.co.uk since 2013, with item value over $9.3 million USD. cityoflondon.police.uk

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Omnichannel retail is no longer a prediction; it's a foregone conclusion & the answer to it, is in the data  Shoppers are demanding cross-channel conveniences and retailers are gearing up and reorganizing to meet the challenge. But, to put matters simply, the challenge is all in the data - data such as purchase history, inventory status and product information that has been managed independently by different departments and systems.

The benefits of a unified, omnichannel e-commerce platform are exemplified in Walgreens' newly updated mobile app that now offers an extended array of personalized and store-specific promotions to customers who shop via mobile and in-store channels.  retailwire.com

Security experts mostly critical of proposed threat intelligence sharing bill  This fall, the Senate is expected to take another look at the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, but many security experts and privacy advocates are opposed. Many security experts agree that it's important for companies to share cybersecurity information, in real time, without risk of being publicly embarrassed, fined, or sued.

"I understand the concern about individuals and organizations concerned about privacy," said Jerry Irvine, CIO at Prescient Solutions. "But the bottom line is that we can't protect ourselves without the ability to show actual technical data to other organizations within our industry and agencies in the federal government." csoonline.com

Phishing simulator allows retailers to test cyber attack preparedness - "Let Lucy Do It"  Last year 250,000 unique phishing attacks caused $4.5 billion in losses, according to a report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group. New malicious codes being created daily are the real threat, says Oliver Muenchow, founder of phishing simulator LUCY. Those attacks, called advanced persistent threats, represent the greatest risk to retailers because they're constantly being perpetrated in new ways and exploiting holes in IT systems.  Since most anti-virus products filter out most of the known malware attacks, hackers began phishing attacks and started to create their own custom malware," he says.

LUCY allows users to create their own phishing, malware and attack campaigns to measure security and awareness. The system uses a simple web-based user interface that includes pre-defined phony mail and web templates that can be used to "lure" employees into clicking and entering information. By staging mock attacks, retailers can test staff and security measures. "You can test the users and how they would react if a phishing email comes," Muenchow says. "It can help educate [employees] with an email notifying them they've just been tested, then directing them to an educational video."

LUCY, which is free for retailers with up to 100 users, simulates cyber attacks on a company's network or in the cloud through four main modules. Various templates test staff on scenarios and awareness with dummy offers, links, emails, surveys and promotions. "Hackers are kind of lazy," he says. "They want the easiest way in. Identifying these [human vulnerabilities] can significantly reduce the risks of hacking." nrf.com

Global cyber insurance market to grow to over $20 billion by 2025 - Watch out for the loop holes  Cyber risk is a major and fast-increasing threat to businesses with cyber-crime alone costing the global economy approximately $445 billion a year, with the world's largest 10 economies accounting for half this total and the U.S. accounting for $108 billion, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

"Growth in the U.S. is already underway as data protection regulations help focus minds, while legislative developments and increasing levels of liability will see growth accelerate in the rest of the world."

Previously, attention has largely been focused on the threat of corporate data breaches and privacy concerns, but the new generation of cyber risk is more complex: future threats will come from intellectual property theft, cyber extortion and the impact of business interruption (BI) following a cyber-attack or from operational or technical failure; a risk which is often underestimated.  Editor's Note: With this being a rather new offering we're now seeing a number of firms trying to avoid coverage for a number of recent breaches mostly due to the retailer's lack of setting, maintaining, or having reached acceptable security standards. Which in and of itself is subject to interpretation based on the third party subject matter experts being used to analyze the retailers programs. As there is no proven legally defined gold standard. net-security.org

MIT Offers Online Cybersecurity Training for IT & Business Leaders

Google's Android Pay Launches in the U.S.

MasterCard Delivers Android Pay to Cardholders in the U.S.

 

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Protection 1 Names Tony Kerske its new Director of National Account Operations Center

U. S. Navy Veteran Brings 20 plus years of Management Experience to his New Position

Chicago, IL - Protection 1, a leading, premier, full-service business and home security company in the U.S., today announced that it has promoted Tony Kerske to the position of Director, National Account Center Operations (NAOC), reporting to Marty Hale, vice president of National Account Operations.

"Tony joined Protection 1 more than a year ago as a Senior Operations Manager and during his time with the company he has taken full ownership of all tasks, challenges and projects," commented Hale. "He never asks more of his team members than he expects from himself. During a particularly challenging customer conversion, he took the time every day to make sure his team was able to meet and exceed customer expectations. This is a well-deserved promotion."  Read more here.


Protection 1 Promotes Paula Toman to the Position of General Manager for its Topeka and Kansas City Branches

Toman has Served Protection 1 in a Variety of Roles since 2001

Chicago, IL - Protection 1, a leading, premier, full-service business and home security company in the U.S., today announced that it has named Paula Toman its new General Manager for Topeka and Kansas City, reporting directly to Regional Vice President Robert Kerr.

Toman began her career in the security industry 14 years ago when she joined Protection 1's Wichita Call Center's collections department. She later re-located to Kansas City where she accepted a position as the branch customer service representative. She also served as a sales coordinator before being promoted to branch administrator, a position she held until her most recent promotion to general manager.  Read more here.

 

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CONTROLTEK announces Rubin Press as Vice President of Global Sales

Cranford, NJ - CONTROLTEK, the national leader in asset protection and cash transfers, is proud to announce the promotion of Rubin Press to Vice President, Global Sales.

"Rubin has made himself indispensable to CONTROLTEK, in that he adds dimension and vision to what we will bring to our competitive space in 2016 and beyond," said Rod Diplock, Managing Director of CONTROLTEK

In assuming this role, Press will assume expanded responsibility in sales and overall direction of the company.

Press consistently applies his nearly three decades of industry experience to a role wherein he oversees a team of marketing and sales experts, and leads product direction for various RFID-enabled systems. Press has demonstrated his commitment to being the most involved and accessible manager possible, and his highly collaborative sales approach led him and his teams to regularly surpass revenue projections.

Press will now be tasked with building out CONTROLTEK's global sales strategy. His position will take him to China, Europe and other parts of the world as he works to refine new CONTROLTEK solutions to meet the needs of an expanding client base. Press' promotion will enable him to better fuel CONTROLTEK's overall growth in a way that plays to his skills as a highly involved manager.

For more information, visit: www.controltekusa.com or call 888.808.6970.

ABOUT CONTROLTEK
CONTROLTEK is on the forefront of asset protection and security solutions with three divisions laser focused on understanding and servicing client needs: CONTROLTEK ISS (Inventory Security Solutions), CONTROLTEK ISP (Intelligent Security Packaging) and CONTROLTEK IVS (Inventory Visibility Systems). From the most advanced tamper evident currency and coin bags in the world, to state-of-the-art retail LP tagging and RFID inventory products, CONTROLTEK's transformative solutions have a major impact on cost reduction and improved profitability for the many vertical markets it serves. For nearly 40 years CONTROLTEK has been enabling commerce through innovation with a relentless commitment to product development, technology, delivery and customer service.

 

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Workplace Violence:
How to Defuse and Protect

Gary Johnson, VP of Loss Prevention

Workplace violence is more than active shooter situations and flash mobs, but any act or threat that jeopardizes an employee's personal safety. According to research, some 2 million U.S. workers are victims of workplace violence each year, and retailers are no different. With the ongoing threat of violent criminals, hostile customers and disgruntled employees, learn from senior LP exec Gary Johnson why retailers should implement workplace violence programs, how they can identify and defuse unsafe situations and what role LP has in the process.

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LPNN Quick Take #14

Joe LaRocca is joined by Ed Wolfe from WG Security and Sgt. Jim Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff's Office in this LPNN Quick Take. As one of the leading pioneers of ORC training programs, Sgt. Ostojic tells us what drew him to the field, why partnerships are key to solving big cases and how retailers can get involved with FLAORCA.

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New Report: Web sites have three seconds to get 57% of customers - Or they click away  57% of site visitors will abandon a web page after just three seconds if they are unable to interact with the key content. Only 12% of the top e-commerce sites are currently meeting customer expectations for both content and page speed, and 14% of top retailers take more than 10 seconds just to become functional (or time to interact, TTI), an increase from 9% in February 2015. drugstorenews.com

UK Most Online Defrauded Nation on Earth - Report  The UK was the most attacked nation in the world in Q2 when it came to online fraud, with businesses there hit 50% more frequently than their US counterparts, according to the latest stats from ThreatMetrix. "They face attacks from a range of cyber-criminals ranging from those working independently to organized crime rings to nation state crime organizations. the UK is also home to some of the world's most prolific fraudsters, as the second highest originator of online fraud after the US.

Although many of these scams involve gangs operating trans-nationally, many require a local criminal - for example a money mule to receive the fraudulently obtained funds and transfer it overseas, explained ThreatMetrix EMEA solutions director, Stephen Moody.
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New Chip Cards May Actually Increase Credit Card Fraud, Hurt Merchants  Despite the attempts of banks and credit card manufacturers to decrease credit card fraud and strengthen customer protection, traditional magnetic stripe credit cards will still be a honey pot to fraudsters at least until the end of 2017. Instead of spending around US$250 - US$500 apiece for the card readers that may or may not solve today's credit card security problems, merchants and consumers can use bitcoin via PayPal, BitPay or directly - a much more secure option for all parties since the digital currency is designed not to associate your identity and personal information with transactions. cointelegraph.com

E-retailers' holiday hurdles include inventory, delivery, shipping and service  Retailers should be aware that online holiday shoppers will be quick to click away if they are disappointed with late deliveries and slow responses to their questions, according to a report by eBay Enterprise and CFI Group. The Holiday Outlook Report shows online shoppers want a variety of ordering and shipping options, and that they won't be patient if a product is not available. Of 500 online shoppers surveyed 79% say they are likely to switch brands if the items they want are out of stock, says CFI Group CEO Sheri Petras. Shoppers often will abandon an entire purchase if one item they've placed in their shopping cart comes up missing, the report says. How retailers handle shipping costs and late deliveries is especially important during the holidays, the survey shows. Most online shoppers-86%-consider whether it's worth paying a premium shipping price to get quick delivery, the survey says. internetretailer.com

Hudson's Bay Co Q2 digital sales up 30%

Apple TV to enable shopping

Apple and Costco take other online retailers to school
 

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
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Lexington, Ky., 4 Women arrested hitting stores in Fayette Mall with 22 counterfeit credit cards  The four women were arrested at Fayette Mall Tuesday afternoon, where police say they used 22 counterfeit credit cards to purchase over $3,000 worth of merchandise. According to arrest citations, three of the women live in Florida. The fourth, Porto-Zamora, is a resident of Nicholasville. According to arrest citations, Mayara Porto-Zamora, Meylan Montalvo-Gomez, Leyois Basanta-Lopez and Naivys Columnie-Pantoja were arrested on 25 different charges, including forged credit cards.

Lexington Police say they're part of a criminal syndicate and were caught with fake credit cards, stealing thousands of dollars in clothing. It all happened in Lexington, and according to police, all five are now in jail. wkyt.com

Merrimack, NH: Group stole thousands of dollars of merchandise from store  Merrimack police are asking for the public's help to identify six people they said stole thousands of dollars' worth of shoes and clothes and then falsely reported that a child was missing. Police said the group was stealing items from the Nike Store at the Merrimack Premium Outlets for about 90 minutes, making frequent trips in and out. Police said they brought their own bags, filled them up and left with more than $3,600 worth of sneakers and clothes. wmur.com

Lathrop, CA: Four teens arrested trying to push $2,000 of merchandise out the doors of Target; second day in a row  It was the same time - about 10:30 a.m. - when the store's loss prevention officers noticed what was happening again. On Thursday they had over an estimated $2,000 worth of goods in two shopping carts, deputies said. They returned Friday after fleeing the day before after one of the girls brandished a taser at loss prevention officers causing them to back off. They had left the carts in the parking lot but took the two bags with them before disappearing from sight. Apparently thinking they had learned from their mistakes, they returned the next day with two of them browsing through the store again with shopping bags and the other two commandeering shopping carts. A motel room key was found on one of the teens. The officers drove to the motel and checked out the room and found there were adjoining rooms with the mother and her boyfriend living in one and the girls living in the other. Deputies reportedly uncovered additional property that had apparently been taken from another Target Store. mantecabulletin.com

Knoxville, TN: A few months back deputies raided three Knox County consignment stores for buying and selling stolen formula  But that's not all thieves are targeting for some cash. Capt. George Edlund with the Knox County Sheriff's Office said pet medication, even meat, are hot commodities and some is being sold on the open market on sites like Craigslist and Facebook. It's also being sold at yard sales and Flea Markets in Fountain City, Halls and in Sevier County, according to Edlund. "And they have two or three crates of baby formula. Chances are they probably didn't come by that in an honest way," he said. With formula averaging between $30 to $40 a can, Edlund said parents usually don't buy in bulk. But the number of thefts and black market sales all comes down to the economy. local8now.com

Boston, Mass., Federal court sentences Massachusetts woman to two years prison for fraudulent CC ring hitting stores for thousands

Jackson, Miss., Two Central Florida men sentenced to two years federal prison for counterfeit CC scam and access devices

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Lynnwood, WA: Walmart Shoplifter ran across I-5, causing multiple crashes  Police arrested a man Wednesday morning after he allegedly stole from WalMart, got into a scuffle with security guards, ran across Interstate 5 and caused multiple crashes. Around 9:30 a.m., store security at the Walmart on 164th Street SW in Lynnwood approached the man for allegedly stealing some goods. The man got into a "physical confrontation" with security officers, deputies said, before fleeing on foot. The man allegedly jumped on an I-5 on ramp and ran across both northbound and southbound lanes of I-5, causing several non-serious collisions. As deputies were called to the scene, an off-duty police officer in the area took the suspect into custody once he crossed the freeway. q13fox.com

North York, ON, CN: Bank robbery suspect, 15, arrested with loaded BB gun at Fairview Mall  A 15-year-old boy accused of walking into the SilverCity cinema at Fairview Mall on Tuesday with a loaded BB Gun used that same weapon to rob a bank with another person on the weekend - while both were disguised in burkas - Toronto police allege. The teen, who can't be named, was arrested at the theatre in the Highway 404/Sheppard Avenue East area at around 3:40 p.m. Police approached the boy after he matched the description of a suspect being sought for a bank robbery in the Yonge Street and Highway 401 area on Saturday. citynews.ca

Buena Park, CA: Rite Aid employees forced into walk-in freezer during Armed Robbery  Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks entered a closed drugstore Wednesday night, one carrying a handgun, the other a Taser, and shoved multiple employees into a walk-in freezer before robbing the place of cash, alcohol and cigarettes, police said. The employees were able to get out of the freezer after 15-20 minutes, and then called police. No one was injured in the incident. ocregister.com

Baltimore, MD: Feds charge man with possession of CVS drugs taken during riot Authorities said Rashad Robertson, 25, of Baltimore, was charged with possession of Alprazolam, a prescription drug stolen during the looting on April 27 from the CVS Pharmacy at 2509 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. The complaint, which was filed on Aug. 31, and unsealed Wednesday. wbaltv.com

Chicago, IL: Smash-and-grab robbers crash pickup truck into Grand Crossing store  Authorities said the truck rammed through the front entrance of The Shop 147 in the 7200-block of South Stony Island around 2:55 a.m. Thursday. Shattered glass covered the ground. The pickup was still inside the store around 7 a.m. An unknown amount of merchandise was taken, police said. abc7chicago.com

Dilworth, MN: Police Officer nearly hit as shoplifting suspect flees Walmart  A man was arrested early Tuesday after fleeing authorities investigating a shoplifting report at the Dilworth Walmart. The man led police and Clay County deputies on a brief high speed chase into Moorhead, ditching his vehicle in the Moorhead Industrial Park. Clay County Sargent Mark Empting says a Dilworth officer was nearly run over when the man fled. The officer managed to jump out of the way and was not hurt. Empting says a Moorhead police K-9 found the suspect hiding in a field near Sam's Club where he was taken into custody. kfgo.com

Athens, OH: Two arrested for Robbery/ Assault on Loss Prevention Assoc. at Wal-Mart  Amber J. Shepard and Jeremy Mullins are each being held on a charge of robbery. According to a report from the Athens Police Department, officers received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday of a robbery. After a short search, Shepard and Mullins were detained by law enforcement. Mullins and Shepard allegedly took merchandise from Walmart and then attempted to flee the store. Both allegedly fought with the loss prevention officer causing physical harm. Mullins was also alleged to be in possession of a fixed blade knife after his arrest. athensmessenger.com

Raleigh NC: Two McDonald's employees charged with using credit card skimmer Two women who worked at a McDonald's restaurant near N.C. State University were charged Tuesday with skimming customers' credit-card information when the people used the restaurant's drive-thru window. Each woman was charged with five counts of identity theft. Each also was charged with single counts of using a scanning device to steal credit card information, criminal possession of financial transaction cards and financial card forgery. newsobserver.com

Cincinnati, OH: Nine people indicted in Puerto Rican ID theft Ring  A federal grand jury has indicted nine people related to trafficking of Puerto Rican identities in the Cincinnati area. The indictment alleges the defendants are linked "in a vast document trafficking organization" where they allegedly obtained birth certificates and Social Security cards in the names of real individuals from Puerto Rico. They shipped those fake documents to Ohio to be sold in the Cincinnati area. The document sets were reportedly sold for $900 to $1,200 each. Each defendant was charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, which comes with a maximum 20-year prison term. journal-news.com

Concord, MA: Woman sentenced to 25 months in Federal Prison for Credit card fraud  A Boston woman was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison for her part in a fraudulent credit card scheme that operated for about eight years and targeted retail box stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Laura A. Minot pleaded guilty to the charges in April, prosecutors said she admitted she conspired with others to purchase gift cards and high value merchandise at retail box stores in the Granite and Bay states using retail credit card accounts and lines of credit that she and/or co-conspirators opened in the names of other actual persons without their authorization or knowledge. unionleader.com

Plano, TX: Dozens of pistols, revolvers and assault rifles stolen in Smash and Grab of Mister Guns  Plano police say the burglary occurred at 3:42 a.m., and the suspect or suspects used a stolen truck. But the ATF's heading the investigation, since it involves a federal firearms licensee. Plano police report shows that around 30 pistols were stolen, along with 40 revolvers, one Smith and Wesson AR-15, a LAR-47 rifle, a TAVOR assault rifle and seven or eight AK-47s. dallasnews.com

Hot Springs, AR: Thief Captured on Surveillance Stealing Firearms from Sporting Goods Store  Surveillance cameras capture the theft of thousands of dollars worth of guns from a sporting goods store in Hot Springs during business hours. Police want to ID the thief and possibly get the guns back. It happened twice with an employee just a few feet away at Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports. According to store management an employee was showing another customer a gun. When the employee turned their back the guns were stolen. arkansasmatters.com

Farmers Branch, TX: Area police departments provide places to buy, sell items in Internet transactions  A growing number of local police departments are creating designated spaces in their parking lots for residents to buy and sell goods from Internet transactions. While it's not foolproof, the proximity to police provides a feeling of security for people worried about potentially dangerous encounters. dallasnews.com

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Dania Beach, FL: Cellphone video shows aftermath of deadly shooting outside Winn Dixie

Piqua, OH: Aldi / Dollar General Robbery suspect in custody

San Diego, CA: Suspect sought in Bank Robbery inside Vons store

Vineland, NJ: Man shoplifts $120 worth of Energy Drinks fro Acme store

UK: $10,000 Jewelry store Smash and Grab in Napier, New Zealand
 


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● Kangaroo - Myrtle Beach, SC - Armed Robbery
● Kum & Go - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
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