Credit card fraud is 30% of "all felony crimes" &
is driving shootings & homicides in NYC
Police Commissioner dedicates 250 people to combat credit card fraud
Credit card fraud is not only one of the most popular types of financial crime,
it is quickly becoming one of the most popular crimes period. This has led
William Bratton, commissioner of the New York Police Department, to make some
big changes as
reported by the New York Times:
"To combat these trends, Mr. Bratton said on Thursday that his department had
dedicated some 250 people in a financial crimes unit to investigating such
cases. It was a move, he said, that was "reflective of the growing cybercrime
problem, financial fraud, identity theft problem that we're experiencing in this
city and indeed the country is experiencing." "We spend a lot of time and
effort on it because it constitutes so much of the felony crime being committed,
not just in Manhattan," Mr. Bratton said, noting that he had met earlier in the
day with the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to discuss
cybercrime. He added that 30 percent of the felony crime reported in
Manhattan "involves financial fraud, theft, of this type."
"Mr. Bratton said that such frauds increasingly involve criminal street gangs,
which have been "migrating from selling drugs to the lucrative and less
dangerous world of larceny, particularly by fraud, credit cards." Those gangs
brought the tactics they had relied on in hustling narcotics to their dealings
with stolen credit card data.
"It is driving shootings, no question," said Robert K. Boyce, the chief of
detectives. The conflicts arise from disputes over control of the illicit
marketplace, police officials said. "We have homicides over credit cards," Chief
Boyce said. "So, it is a problem."
Just like Wall Street's appeal to math and science majors, credit fraud
represents an economically appealing "career change" for career criminals.
Hopefully the migration to EMV and the adoption of tokenization and end-to-end
encryption technologies can make it slightly less appealing over time.
60 seconds interview... Corin Dennison, Director, Profit Protection at adidas
Group What will be the biggest changes in the next three years?
Consumer habits, risk and technology. Whilst there will always be a
demand for a 'high street' presence to touch and feel product, e-commerce is
seeing the fastest growth and we have to move and be effective in this area.
Social media and the habits of the 'new millennials' will dictate the risk and
our response to it.
What are the 5 biggest issues in LP? Shrinking budgets and tighter margins
will always make life harder, whilst training and education is the only way
to develop. Trained resource is an issue now for many corporates and 'LP
poaching' is far more common which may be good for the individual but not always
good for the organization. And finally future proofing our environment to keep
pace with technology.
What trends do you see right now? At present the internal risk is what
keeps me awake at night, both within the retail and corporate environments.
None of us are immune as corporates to the internal threat and whilst we should
always be mindful of those that come in and out of our doors, in my opinion the
greater risk comes from those closest to us. PoS fraud, logistics theft and
procurement fraud are all significant issues and Loss Prevention covers all
these areas. retailfraud.com
Show Don't Tell: How Leaders
Need to Drive Compliance
Most employees take their cues as to how seriously they should take ethics and
compliance by looking at how seriously their managers and the top leaders of the
organization approach the subject. That makes it incumbent for companies to make
sure the message isn't just being told to everyone, but being acted upon by
those at the highest levels of the operation, said compliance executives at two
Al Rosa, chief compliance director and senior executive counsel at General
Electric said the way managers and executives act has the most influence on
employee behavior-in part because leaders hold great sway over employees because
they set their salaries, promote them and give them recognition for jobs well
done. "As a result of this we spend a significant portion of our time in
compliance on the concept of getting leaders proactively engaged," he said. "We
want leaders to participate directly, to do it and not delegate it. We've got to
get them personally involved to set an example for integrity." wsj.com
Branderro Launches Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Detection Platform
Retail technology start-up, Branderro, LLC, today announced the release of its
flagship solution, Branderro LP. Built exclusively for Loss Prevention and Law
Enforcement professionals, the innovative platform monitors online sales
activity in unauthorized channels, across thousands of online sources, and
millions of online interactions.
Our powerful and unique platform is changing the way Loss Prevention and Law
Enforcement professionals will discover, analyze, and detect Organized Retail
Crime(ORC). By monitoring millions of online interactions every day, and
unifying the data for unmatched visualizations, Branderro LP™ enables Loss
Prevention to see activity they otherwise would have missed," said John Snyder,
Senior Vice President, Business Development.
Branderro, LLC has roots in the analysis of the secondary gift card market - a
market that retailers attempt to monitor for fraudulent activity. Throughout the
development of Branderro LP™, Branderro consulted with leading LP experts, and
drew on its vast experience in online fraud reporting in order to bring their
unmatched solution to market.
Barnes & Noble Says SEC Probing Worker Confidentiality Pact
Barnes & Noble Inc. on Thursday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
is probing its previous use of employee confidentiality agreements in light of
Dodd-Frank Act provisions that bar companies from restricting workers from
blowing the whistle to the agency about suspected wrongdoing.
The disclosure, made in a quarterly report to investors, came in addition to a
previously announced SEC investigation into the company's July 29, 2013,
earnings restatement and a separate matter involving a former employee's
allegations that the bookseller had improperly allocated information technology
expenses between its retail and Nook e-reader businesses.
Abercrombie, Hollister Reach $10M Deal Over Unwanted Texts
Clothing retailers Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Hollister Co. have reached a $10
million settlement with a group of consumers who claim the companies violated
the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text
messages to their mobile phones, according to a proposal submitted in Florida
federal court Thursday. law360.com
Harvard Business Review: Retailers "customer-centric strategies" aren't making
"Many customer-centric strategies fail during execution because they were
designed for the boardroom not for the customer-facing employee." "It is time to
bridge the executive-employee gap with an integrated approach, linking strategy
and vision, organizational alignment, change management, employee training and
empowerment, with measurements."
A new study reveals nearly two thirds of companies are getting ready to put a
customer-centric strategy in place within the next two years to ensure that the
consumer is the focal point, and nearly half, 43 percent, want the strategy
established within a year or less.
VISA Says Only 1 in 5 Cards Ready For October 1 EMV Shift
As retailers spend billions to upgrade their point of sale terminals to accept
new "chip" cards before the October 1st liability shift deadline, the nation's
largest card network acknowledged that a staggering number of magnetic "swipe"
cards have not been replaced with new cards. The most recent numbers announced
by VISA indicate that less than one-fifth (18%) of their 720 million debit and
credit cards as of July contain a new embedded chip and will be ready for the
October 1st EMV shift.
NRF seeks reversal of joint employer ruling
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is not backing down from its opposition to
an expanded definition of "joint employer." The NRF is publicly asking Congress
to pass legislation introduced this week that would reverse a recent National
Labor Relations Board ruling that significantly broadens the definition of a
joint employer. According to the NRF, the move would unfairly make companies
that work with franchise locations or subcontractors responsible for actions
they do not control. Under guidelines followed for more than 30 years, the NLRB
held that a company had to have direct control of the actions of a franchisee or
subcontractor in order to be considered a joint employer. Under its August
ruling in a case involving the waste management company Browning Ferris
Industries, the board said a company could be considered a joint employer even
if it had only indirect or potential control.
Report: Chico's considers private equity sale
Quicksilver gets bankruptcy approval, closing 27 stores
Imports surge at West Coast ports, busy 3 months of shipping ahead
Gucci Sisters Shake Tax Evasion Charges
Same Store Sales Results
Lululemon Q2 comp's up 6% with net revenue up 16%
Canada's Le Chateau Q2 comp's down 3.9% with sales down 7.3%
Last week's most popular news article --
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
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
C.L.E.A.R. Training Conference
Coming Oct. 11-15
- Register today!
Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (C.L.E.A.R.), would like to
invite you to our upcoming 6th annual training conference. This
year's conference will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner
Harbor at Camden Yards, on October 11-15, 2015. We are offering
one free registration for each 5 paid attendees from the same
company or agency. C.L.E.A.R. is made up of law enforcement and
retail loss prevention professionals, who are dedicated to creating
partnerships to combat this international problem, and has no paid
staff. Be sure to get your room reservations by September 20th,
to insure you get the conference rate.
● Mobile Surveillance
● Law Enforcement & Loss Prevention Case Preparation for Successful
● Gift Card Fraud
● Credit Card Fraud
● Case Study - Wicklander-Zulawski
● Building an ORCA
● Civil Unrest Preparation and Retail Business Recovery
● Current Trends in ORC - Panel Discussion
● Jewelers Security Alliance
● Legislative Update
● National Perspective to the ORC Problem and Response - Gus Downing
● The Loss Prevention Foundation - Gene Smith
● Rental Car Security Group Partnerships
● Robbery Prevention and Response
For full agenda details and registration information, go to:
The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail was formed in November
2008 by a group of Law Enforcement and Retail Loss Prevention
professionals that saw the need for the formation of a partnership.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Curt Crum at
208-570-6232, or Mitzi Perry at 727-893-7592. You can also visit the
C.L.E.A.R. website at www.clearusa.org.
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CVS Confirms 3rd-Party Vendor Hack from July, Alerts Customers
- Photo sites for CVS, Rite Aid & Wal-Mart Canada still shut down
CVS said Friday investigators have confirmed that the company that manages their
photo website was indeed hacked this summer, possibly resulting in the theft of
some CVS customer information. The photo website of the nation's
second-largest drugstore chain has been shut down since July after the breach
was detected. The photo sites of Rite Aid, Costco and Wal-Mart Canada also
were affected in the breach. CVS Health Corp. said it started contacting
potentially-affected customers on Friday. A spokesman for the Woonsocket, Rhode
Island-based company wouldn't say how many customers were being notified, or
comment beyond the
note to consumers posted on CVS' photo website. The Rite Aid and Wal-Mart
Canada sites also remained down Friday afternoon, while the Costco site has
restarted limited operations.
Staples Inc., the parent company of Canada-based PNI Digital Media, which
manages all of the sites, says that based on its investigation so far, it
appears that the hackers breached PNI's computer systems and used malware to
capture user information on the company's servers. But it says that there's
no sign that hackers accessed user photos or pin numbers.
Intelligence Start-Up Goes Behind Enemy Lines to Get Ahead of Hackers - "The
need for such intelligence has never been greater"
For the last eight years, iSight has been quietly assembling what may be the
largest private team of experts in a nascent business called threat
intelligence. Of the company's 311 employees, 243 are so-called
cyberintelligence professionals, a statistic that executives there say would
rank iSight, if it were a government-run cyberintelligence agency, among the 10
largest in the world, though that statistic is impossible to verify given the
secretive nature of these operations.
ISight analysts spend their days digging around the underground web, piecing
together hackers' intentions, targets and techniques to provide their
clients with information like warnings of imminent attacks and the latest tools
and techniques being used to break into computer networks. The company's focus
is what John P. Watters, iSight's chief executive, calls "left of boom," which
is military jargon for the moment before an explosive device detonates.
ISight goes straight to the enemy. Its analysts - many of them fluent in
Russian, Mandarin, Portuguese or 21 other languages - infiltrate the
underground, where they watch criminals putting their schemes together and
selling their tools.
Report: Business-targeted cyber attacks on the rise - Targeting POS Systems in
Symantec has recently reported that three out of five cyber attacks target small
and medium-sized businesses, favoring point-of-sale systems at brick and
But 94% of these attacks, which seek merchant and customer information, are
preventable, according to Visa. Most cyber attacks involve low to moderate
hacking ability, targeting weak passwords or remote access portals that are left
open, the company said.
"If a merchant is using a company that is QIR- [qualified integrator
reseller] certified, they can be much more confident that their point-of-sale
network is properly secured," "More integrator vendors need to get the
certification, and more merchants should use them."
80% of global shoppers informed
by digital device
Eight out of 10 global shoppers' purchase decisions are now informed by a
digital device, with consumers saying they are smarter shoppers and getting more
value than before. While in-store sales still account for more than nine-tenths
of all retail spending, the result is a more focused in-store shopper buying
from a narrower list of unique stores than in years past, the report finds.
Consumers Want Specific Inventory, and a Seamless Experience Accessing It:
Today's shoppers know what they want. The top frustration - cited by 73% of
respondents - is items not being in stock, underscoring the importance of
inventory management for retailers.
ShopKeep offers free EMV readers to qualifying merchants in
advance of October 1 deadline
Axis expands successful PTZ dome offering with advanced features for entry-level
AXIS P5514/-E and AXIS P5515/-E Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Dome Network Cameras offer
HDTV image quality, improved light sensitivity and increased video analytics
Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, strengthens its
successful family of AXIS P55 PTZ Dome Network Cameras with the launch of four
new entry-level HDTV models. "Our PTZ portfolio continues to expand, addressing
a variety of end user needs, including mission-critical, mid-range, live
streaming and now entry-level applications," said Fredrik Nilsson, general
manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "AXIS P55 Series has been one of the most
popular camera families because it is cost-effective and dependable. The
addition of two new indoor and two outdoor models provides users with even more
options and increased performance."
AXIS P5514 is ideal for indoor video surveillance applications, such as small
industries, shopping malls and hotel receptions, with HDTV 720p resolution, 12x
optical zoom and IP51 protection against dust. The AXIS P5515 model offers the
same zoom performance and dust protection with HDTV 1080p resolution for even
greater image detail.
AXIS P5514-E is an IP66-protected outdoor camera that is resistant to water,
wind and snow. Its HDTV 720p resolution and 12x zoom makes it perfect for
monitoring small outdoor areas such as playgrounds, parking lots, car
dealerships and more. With HDTV 1080p version, AXIS P5515-E offers a higher
resolution as well as 12x zoom and IP66 protection, making it resilient in tough
Compared to previous generations of the cameras, the new AXIS P55 network camera
models provide increased analytics performance. Built-in intelligent
functionalities include audio detection and Advanced Gatekeeper, allowing the
cameras to detect an object in a specified area and zoom in on it. With support
for AXIS Camera Application Platform, other video analytics applications can be
easily downloaded to the cameras.
Read more here.
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Voytilla, VP Global Loss Prevention &
Safety, Office Depot, shares some ideas and strategies for developing LP leaders
and preparing them for the next stage in their careers in this LPNN interview.
John tells us why leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection, how
declaring your goals can help hold yourself accountable to others, and how
corporate roles and field roles, not just in LP, can better prepare you for
taking on increased responsibilities in your organization.
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E-commerce technology: Lots of growth and consolidation
Online retailers are ratcheting up investments in key e-commerce technology and
services as they look to improve website performance and keep shoppers coming
back for more. Retailer clients for the 310 e-commerce technology vendors ranked
in the Leading Vendors to the Top 1000 grew collectively by 4.8% across 30
categories to 14,328 in 2015 from 13,675 (some of which appear in multiple
categories) in 2014. But some categories grew much faster, such as e-commerce
platform, which was the fastest-growing vendor category with a customer base
that grew 20.1% to 508 retailers in 2015. Mobile commerce technology grew the
next-fastest at 19.2% to 236, followed by customer service software at 15.6% to
252 merchants and online advertising at 15.1% to 856 e-retailers. The fifth
fastest-growing vendor category, website testing/optimization, grew by 8.8% to
432 clients among Top 1000 retailers.
eBay unveils a more merchant-friendly
The changes, announced Thursday at an eBay Seller Summit in San Jose, Calif.,
mean retailers that sell on eBay no longer will be penalized in their ratings
for routine returns and exchanges and for late shipments beyond their control.
The new rules take effect Feb. 20. The new standards put control back in the
hands of sellers and eliminate worries about problems that are out of sellers'
Android Pay requires users to enable
a secure lock screen
Google's Android Pay has started requiring that users have a secure lock screen
setup in order to use the mobile payment service. While this is not a massive
inconvenience for the most part, it is something to be aware of. Those with a
fingerprint sensor enabled as secure lock option, this is not an issue. For
those without a fingerprint sensor in their phone, they have to choose between
the PIN, password, or pattern options. Google is also taking this requirement
seriously, saying that they will wipe the Android Pay account of all cards if
someone tries and sign-in but do not setup a secure lock screen.
Hudson's Bay grows online sales 30% in Q2
PacSun's web sales grow by 7% in Q2, but total
Consumers Push Mobile Shopping Needle Forward -
Mcommerce up 18% in Q2
Jet.com brings a new type of shopper online
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic
grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine,
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
4 members labeled by police as "Chinese Mafia" busted in West Virginia with
over 100 fake credit cards - Getting jobs in Chinese restaurants
Four men from New York and Massachusetts were arrested last week, after
police said they were caught red-handed with more than a hundred fake credit
cards and merchandise they bought using stolen card information. Investigators
call the four, the "Chinese Mafia".
We found over 100 cards, and each of these cards represents a different
potential victim," said Barboursville Police Det. Greg Lucas. Barboursville
Police said the four men, Tianli Yang, Xiongfu Yang, Ming Chen, Mei Bao Lu,
were all from New England and part of a big crime ring.
They said their plan was to work at Chinese restaurants in the area,
specifically Charleston, use a pocket device to skim your cards and steal
information to make fake cards for big purchases for things like gift cards.
Asheboro, N.C.: Three Brooklyn, N.Y., men part of "Cell in Worldwide
Credit Card Scam Operation" busted in North Carolina
Capt. Derrick Hill, with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, said the vice
unit went on Sept. 4 with a search warrant to an apartment at 4131 Bentley Drive
in Randleman where a marijuana grow operation had been reported. Inside the
apartment, the officers located credit-card embossing equipment and at least 200
fraudulent credit cards with worldwide identifications.
Hill said the number of charges, the number of names and the international
addresses lead detectives to believe that these men were just a small cell of
multiple, perhaps thousands, of cells in small towns where fraudulent credit
cards are being created.
Detectives located stacks of credit cards that were found to have stolen account
information embossed onto the cards along with the suspects' names. Hill said
the number of charges, the amount of money involved and the international
connections are expected to trigger a federal investigation. courier-tribune.com
CT: Home Goods apprehends 2 believed to be
tied to $20,000 in theft
A shoplifting incident at Home Goods led to a foot chase across I-95 Sunday,
Norwalk Police said. Home Goods security personnel told police that they had a
suspected female shoplifter in custody, but that her male companion had escaped
on foot. Interstate traffic was stopped and Norwalk Police officers crossed the
highway on foot, according to police reports; the male suspect was located
hiding under a truck in a plant nursery. According to police, Home Goods
security holds Carole Anderson and Kevin Talbert responsible for an estimated
$20,000 worth of stolen merchandise over an unspecified period of time.
Two Dallas women were arrested Sept. 1 for Organized Retail theft in Montgomery
A deputy was dispatched to the 3000 block of College Park in reference to two
shoplifters that had been detained. Once on scene, the deputy made contact with
loss prevention and was advised that the women had entered the store and
allegedly took several items. They then reportedly concealed them and left the
store without making any attempt to pay for said items.
Asset Protection agent at Best Buy lets buddy swipe 2 big-screen TVs
Best Buy customer Jose Harlet Frias rolled two large-screen TVs worth $1,500
each out of a Kissimmee store after his buddy helped him land a big discount.
Frias only paid for candy. Osceola County Sheriff's Office detectives recently
arrested Best Buy employee Gustavo Andres Ramos-Sanchez and Frias, saying they
worked together during the Sept. 2 theft. It happened at the store on W. Osceola
Parkway, where Ramos-Sanchez worked in "asset protection position," a statement
from the Sheriff's Office said. Sanchez, 20, is charged with two counts of
retail and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. Frias, 21, is charged
with two counts of retail theft, two counts of dealing in stolen property and
one count of violating a pawn-broker law.
Fort Smith, AR Police Search For Two After $1,500 Felony Walmart Theft
An employee at Walmart told police that a white man wearing a grey Spiro
bulldogs hoodie stole the items, which included three televisions and
Hadley, MA: Alleged repeat Dyson vacuum thief arrested
Mateusz Hadjuk, 23, of Granby, was arrested at 7:04 p.m. Friday and charged with
two counts of larceny over $250. On separate occasions, Hadjuk allegedly took
two Dyson vacuum cleaners from Wal-Mart totaling $698, police said.
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Identify Suspect Fatally Shot at Washington DC's Union Station
identified a man fatally shot by a security officer at Washington's Union
Station after an apparent domestic dispute Friday, and the man's family mourned
his death even as they raised questions Sunday about the security guard's
actions that led to his death. District of Columbia police said the dead suspect
was 57-year-old William Thomas Wilson Jr. of southeast Washington. Wilson was
shot by a security officer Friday, and investigators said he had stabbed and
wounded a woman. Wilson was chased and fatally shot after police said he pointed
his knife at a security guard and lunged forward. The violence Friday frightened
commuters already wary on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror
attacks. The incident sent some people running for safety, while others hid amid
the initial confusion about what was happening.
Desert, CA: Shoplifter who died at Westfield Palm Desert Mall identified
Authorities are attempting to determine how a man, who was reportedly involved
in shoplifting merchandise, suddenly died near the parking structure at the
Westfield Mall in Palm Desert, a sheriff's sergeant said Sunday. Authorities
have identified the person found dead at Westfield mall as 30-year-old Ernest
Uriquidez, Jr.. Retail loss prevention officers tried to detain the man, but he
fled the location. The loss prevention officers did not chase the man after he
ran from the area.
Ogden, UT: Shoplifter killed in traffic accident; crashed his truck
while fleeing with stolen beer
Cline said that about 10:35 p.m. Saturday, two males allegedly entered the
7-Eleven in Ogden and took beer without paying. The suspects jumped into a white
pickup truck and sped away, clipping another vehicle as they left. About five
minutes later, the same pickup crashed after failing to negotiate a sharp curve.
The truck hit a guardrail, ejecting its occupants. Paramedics pronounced
Hernandez dead at the scene; the second man was rushed to an undisclosed local
stabbing case heads toward Dismissal as Defendant is Deemed Incompetent
For six years, the double-murder case against a schizophrenic accused of
swinging a knife in each hand in a random attack on an elderly couple at the
Mount Dora Target has been trapped in a loop of psychiatric evaluations and
court hearings. But time has all but run out for those who wanted to see
Jonathan Levy prosecuted for the brutal assault on Philip Heintzen, 80, and his
wife, Sandra, 69, in the Target parking lot off U.S. Highway 441. Defense
attorneys have said Levy committed the April 2009 assault gripped by delusion,
but after years of care he remains unfit for trial. Now, with the clock to try
the case ticking down, Levy is on course for commitment to a long-term treatment
facility as the courts close the criminal case.
Wilkes-Barre PA: Man allegedly threatens to shoot Sheetz
employees and Security Guard
Over the weekend, as police say a man threatened to kill the store's employees
and assaulted a Sheetz security guard. the incident happened at 5:45 a.m.
Saturday as the suspect, identified as Darshon Isaac, 21, of Wilkes-Barre,
allegedly threatened to shoot Sheetz employees. Police officers saw the suspect
"yell at, threaten and push a security guard," police said. In addition, four
witnesses told officers that Isaac had come into the store earlier that same
morning, placed an order, became belligerent and threatened to punch, spit at
and shoot store employees. When the suspect returned a short time later, he
again threatened to shoot employees, saying "no one would miss them." witnesses
joins local Law Enforcement in 3 states seeking Female Jewelry Store Robber
The approaches are strikingly similar: Robber enters a jewelry store, whips out
a gun and forces employees into the back before taking off with merchandise. In
each of three recent robberies, the thief was described as a woman who allegedly
tied up store employees before loading up on valuables. The robberies occurred
in three states, at three different franchises, between early August and early
September. Authorities in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida are investigating
whether there are connections between the three.
MA: Police searching for suspects in Jewelry store distraction theft
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two men accused of
stealing jewelry from the Swansea Mall. According to police, two men entered the
City Jewelers in the mall around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday. Police said one man
distracted an employee while the other stole a large amount of jewelry. At last
check, inventory of the store had not yet been completed and it is unknown how
much was stolen.
heist follows widespread pattern; Court papers detail link to Detroit gang in 30
On a late January evening, a handful of men sauntered into the local Jared The
Galleria of Jewelry store, pulled out hammers and starting smashing glass. Two
of the three men snatched diamonds and jewelry from the cases, while the other
one lifted an entire case off the table. Dropping their hammers, they walked out
of the store as nonchalantly as they came in. Investigators believed they met up
after the heist in the nearby Target parking lot, taking off in separate
vehicles after dumping their stolen getaway car in the lot. This particular type
of robbery has been seen all over the country in recent years, and court
documents tie a particular group of individuals to these robberies from the East
Coast to Wisconsin. The crew has ties to the Red Wings gang in Detroit and is
believed to be responsible for at least 30 smash-and-grab robberies dating back
at least a year, according to court documents.
New Mexico Supreme Court ruling addresses warrantless arrests
The ruling came in an Albuquerque shoplifting case that started in 2010, when
Ernest Paananen allegedly slipped flashlights under his jacket at Sportsman's
Warehouse, then walked past cash registers without paying. The store's loss
prevention agent stopped him, did a pat-down and took items from his pockets.
Then he called the Albuquerque Police Department, and Paananen waited. APD
officers arrested Paananen on a shoplifting charge and searched the backpack he
had checked at the door, finding hypodermic needles and a small amount of a
tarry substance that field-tested positive for heroin. In 2012, 2nd Judicial
District Judge Jacqueline Flores suppressed both the physical evidence and
statements by Paananen, a decision upheld by the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
The court deemed the arrest warrantless and without the emergency circumstances
and thus the subsequent search unlawful under the state constitution.
Two more plead not guilty in Nigerian scam case in Gulfport, MS
The indictment alleges the investigation began after Customs and Border Patrol
agents began intercepting packages containing millions of dollars in fake checks
and U.S. Postal money orders. Homeland Security Investigations agents followed
the trail and reportedly unraveled scams conducted via the Internet and through
emails. Agents claim they seized $3.1 million in bogus money from Franzen's home
in 2012 and nearly $2 million in fake money from the home of White and Barnard
Police are searching for 4 women who robbed a children's clothing store
Officials say the 4 suspects walked into The Children's Place in the River Plaza
Shopping Center around 7:15pm last Saturday. They allegedly stole more than
$2,000 worth of merchandise.
Ft. Myers., Fla.: Traffic stop leads to two
arrests for fake credit card operation
Carlsbad, CA: Shoppers evacuated Saturday due to
suspicious device at Carlsbad mall
Waterloo,ON, CN: 14 year old faces several charges in Dollarama blaze, loss over
Huntington Beach, CA: Police find burglary suspect on Grocery store roof
Arcadia, CA: El Monte man jailed following JC Penney shoe robbery
Watertown, NY: A man steals nearly $500 of merchandise from the Sears store in
Salmon Run Mall
Los Gatos, CA: Two arrested for 2012 Blacy's
Jewelers Armed Robbery
Kay Jewelers in the Oak
Park Center, Oak Park Heights, MN was the victim of a Grab & Run on Saturday
afternoon, $7,558 of merchandise was stolen
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Country - Thompson, CT - Armed Robbery
- Tiverton, RI - Armed Robbery
Liquors - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery/ Shots fired
Dollar - Holyoke, MA - Robbery
Dollar - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Land AT&T - Lancaster, SC - Burglary
Plus - Overland Park, KS - Armed Robbery
Moose - Casper, WY - Armed Robbery
Food - Valdosta, GA - Armed Robbery
Place Fashion - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Grocer - Vernon, CT - Armed Robbery
N Easy - Rome, NY - Armed Robbery
Trip - Tulsa, OK - Shooting
Aid - Chicopee, MA - Armed Robbery
- Buffalo, NY - Armed Robbery/ Assault
- Miami, FL - Armed Robbery
- Holly Springs, GA - Armed Robbery
- Charles Town, WV - Armed Robbery
- Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
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