Wal-Mart to cut "hundreds" of headquarters employees as early as Friday
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning a round of layoffs as early as Friday that
would affect hundreds of employees at its headquarters in Arkansas. Fewer
than 500 workers are expected to lose their jobs at the world's largest
retailer, the Journal said. Some Wal-Mart department directors were told to
cancel travel this week or make sure they come to the office on Friday, the
report said, citing another person who spoke with the Wal-Mart employees. businessinsider.com
Wal-Mart to Trim HQ Positions - To include 'senior manager positions'
The latest move has the retailer reportedly planning hundreds of job cuts at
its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters starting as early as next week. The
nature of all the jobs could not be learned, but is said to include senior
manager positions. The retail giant has about 19,000 employees at its
New York Police Rolls Out New 'Use-of-Force' Rule - Will Document Virtually All
Instances of Force
For the first time in its modern history, the New York Police Department is
establishing explicit guidelines - backed by a sweeping new tracking system -
for using and documenting force. Every police officer will have to detail
virtually every instance when force is used not only in an arrest but also in
other encounters with the public, including the sort of brief, violent detention
and release that occurs routinely on the street and, in the case of the retired
tennis star James Blake, is captured on video.
For the first time, the NYPD's patrol guide will define all levels of force that
an officer might use in encounters; prohibit force used to punish or retaliate;
and set up guidelines for determining the "reasonableness" of using force,
according to NYPD documents. Additionally, a single use-of-force report will be
used to better analyze incidents, and a formal hierarchies has been set to
investigate complaints of excessive force.
The new rules for the New York Police Department are to be announced on Thursday
by Commissioner William J. Bratton after more than a year of consideration by
top police officials. They coincide with a rollout of 900 new Taser stun guns to
patrol officers, until now carried only by some supervisors and by officers from
the elite Emergency Service Unit. nytimes.com
Dollar General fined $169,000 for blocked emergency doors, electrical boxes - DG
initiates company wide safety training
Dollar General Corp. has been issued fines of $169,000 for safety hazards
allegedly found at two of the retailer's West Virginia stores, the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. The stores in Madison and
West Milford, West Virginia, received citations for blocked emergency exit doors
and blocked electrical breaker boxes, which made it "unsafe for employees to
control lights, coolers and air conditioners," OSHA said Monday in a statement.
OSHA said Dollar General stores nationwide have been inspected more than 70
times and received more than 40 citations since 2009, including previous
citations for blocked exits and electrical panels. "Dollar General's
negligence in protecting employees from these hazards despite the number of
times they have been brought to the company's attention is alarming."
Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General said in a statement that it "is
taking immediate actions to address and remedy cited violations at" the West
Virginia stores, as well as to provide safety training for all Dollar General
stores in 43 states.
Attorney Hired After Burlington Coat Factory store Shoplifting Suspect Dies in
Custody - Looking for CCTV Footage at Other Stores
The family of a teenage shoplifting suspect who died in Indianapolis police
custody after complaining of breathing problems has hired an attorney to
investigate the events leading up to his death. Marion County's coroner said an
autopsy showed 18-year-old Terrell Day died of a heart attack in the back of an
ambulance Saturday after twice complaining about having breathing problems.
Police said Day had pulled a handgun during a shoplifting incident at a
Burlington Coat Factory store and was arrested after officers found him near
a handgun in a grassy area not far from that store.
Nathaniel Lee, an attorney representing Day's family, said questions remain
unanswered in the teen's death. He began his investigation Tuesday by
visiting area stores in search of surveillance footage of Day's arrest. abcnews.go.com
CVS Hit With Two Class Wage Suits In Fla., Calif.
The Florida suit claims that CVS Pharmacy Inc. required employees to clock out
before they exceed 40 hours of work per week but required them to continue
working. The California action alleges CVS Pharmacy, CVS Caremark and other
company entities failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements in
violation of state law, noting that the amount in controversy is expected to
exceed $5 million, not counting interest and costs.
American Apparel Beats $120M Pair Of Ex-CEO's Attacks
American Apparel Inc. defeated two lawsuits Wednesday in California state court
by former CEO Dov Charney, a $100 million suit alleging it conspired with hedge
fund Standard General LP and others to oust him and a $20 million defamation
The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green resolves only two
complaints in a tangle of litigation between the clothing company and its
founder related to Charney's termination last year. In both cases, defendants
moved to strike the complaint based on California's anti-SLAPP statute, arguing
that Charney was suing over acts of free speech and couldn't demonstrate a
probability of prevailing. law360.com
Radio Shack wins approval to move forward with 1,700 stores in bankruptcy court
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday agreed to confirm the RadioShack Corp.
estate's Chapter 11 plan after also giving the thumbs-up to a settlement between
the debtor and unsecured creditors and lenders Standard General LP and Wells
Fargo Bank NA that put to rest a fight threatening to derail the liquidation
The decision also signals an end to the main phase of RadioShack's case, a
proceeding that Judge Shannon called "very challenging." "You preserved as
much of the business as you could and as many jobs as you could," Judge
Shannon said from the bench to the attorney's.
OSHA Inspecting 40 Percent of Reported Injuries - New Reporting Requirements
OSHA's new reporting requirements began on January 1, 2015. Under these
requirements, employers in federal OSHA jurisdiction are required to report
to OSHA any work-related fatality or any work-related injury resulting in an
employee being formally admitted to the hospital or any work-related amputation
or loss of an eye. Since the implementation of these new requirements, OSHA
estimates that it is receiving 200 to 250 reported incidents each week.
According to OSHA, roughly 40 percent of those reported injury cases are
resulting in an on-site inspection by the agency. In about 50 percent of the
cases OSHA is instituting the "rapid response investigation" and sending
the employer a letter requesting additional information about the incident and
the employer's corrective actions. In roughly 10 percent of the cases, no agency
action is taken either because the event was not reportable under the new
requirements or OSHA does not have jurisdiction. oshatoday.com
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Kmart suffers privacy breach
Retailer, Kmart Australia has asked the Australian Federal Police to
investigate a security breach of its customer online product order
system on Tuesday. Customers took to Facebook
to express their displeasure over the breach, where hackers gained access to
customers' names, emails, delivery and billing addresses, telephone numbers and
product purchase details. The retail group was adamant that no credit card or
other payment details had been compromised or accessed.
Bank Bets Americans Can Remember Another PIN
First Niagara issues chip card that requires a personal identification number;
others have opted for a signature, citing convenience and they believe it is
better for customers.
Chips, Dips and Tips: 5 Potential Problems With New Credit Cards
- #1 is longer lines
The biggest change is behavioral. Instead of swiping a chip credit card,
customers must now insert the end of the card with the chip into a card reader
and then, after waiting several seconds, complete the purchase with a signature
or a four-digit PIN. This procedure has been dubbed the "dip."
Some experts say that could be the biggest source of first-day headaches, as
shoppers and cashiers get used to the new process. But there may be a few other
hiccups along the way. Here are five areas where the new technology could cause
problems on "chip deadline day" and in the early days of its adoption:
Prepare for longer lines - Some people are experiencing a 20 second wait times
with these chips."
Retailers who have met the deadline will likely add cashiers to compensate
for possible delays, and some may even create cash-only lines. But because
many merchants and banks didn't upgrade by the deadline, there will be a mix of
swiping and dipping. It may take additional time for customers to figure out
whether they have to swipe the old way or insert the new way, depending on the
machine and depending on their card, which could cause further delays.
Shift To Chipped Cards A Boon For Banks More Than Retailers
While banks and other credit card issuers expect the amount of money they spend
reimbursing credit card fraud victims to decrease because of the change,
retailers have objected to the costs associated with replacing all of the credit
card terminals in the U.S. and to a shift in fraud liability that could see them
on the hook for the first time if a customer's account security is breached.
"For the banks, at the end of the day, this is only good. This only means
less fraud for them," she said.
Beginning Thursday, that liability standard will largely stay unchanged - except
in instances where a consumer attempts to use a chip-enabled card but the
retailer is not capable of processing the payment in that way. In those
instances, the retailer will be on the hook.
Retailers have not been as welcoming of the change. Part of that reluctance
has to do with the liability shift, but the biggest factor in their opposition
The National Retail Federation projects that it will cost between $30 billion
and $35 billion to replace all existing credit card terminals with chip-card
readers around the country, a figure that includes not just retailers, but
doctors' offices, taxis and any other business that accepts credit cards. law360.com
EMV: Who's ready? Where's the PIN
Retailers are further along in the conversion process than credit card
companies. However, in many cases, credit card companies have been unable to
grant the necessary software and payment terminal certifications to stores fast
enough to meet their own deadlines. Since retailers can't use the
chip-reading terminals until they are certified by the card companies, many have
them in their stores but haven't turned them on. Until then, customers will have
to continue swiping their cards.
In talking with members, NRF has found that many retailers are taking further
action beyond implementing chip cards to protect consumers' financial data.
In addition to installing chip-reading terminals, many are voluntarily
implementing data encryption and other means to safeguard the payment
authorization process. Experts say data encryption/tokenization will do more to
protect shoppers' financial data than U.S.-style EMV cards, so retailers are
working to cover every base.
The transition to chip-and-signature cards is still only a half measure.
NRF and the retail industry have called for chip-and-PIN
Visa: It's the chip, not the PIN
As chip-based EMV cards become the payment norm for retailers, Visa continues to
assert that PINs and even signatures are unnecessary security measures in
a rapidly evolving payments landscape.
In a conference call, Visa executives explained why the company is taking the
view that not only is PIN verification not a major concern, but neither is
obtaining the customer's signature.
"More than 60% of U.S. payment card transactions do not use any signature or
PIN, and we expect that trend to continue," said Stephanie Ericksen, VP of
risk products for Visa.
This figure includes transactions of up to $25 in most retail categories and
up to $50 in some everyday categories, such as grocery.
Ericksen cited supporting figures from other countries that use a chip and PIN
authentication standard, rather than the chip-and-signature standard that will
be mainly used in the U.S. For example, in Australia and Canada, contactless
card payments of up to $100 do not require a PIN. The U.K. also recently
increased the no-PIN limit on contactless card payments to 30 pounds, or about
Mark Nelsen, senior VP of risk products and business intelligence at Visa, said
biometrics are also reducing the need for PIN or signature verification
of chip card transactions.
Master Card: U.S. Move to Chip Cards on Track - Only 30% Have
The Payments Security Task Force (PST), comprised of 8 financial institutions
reported that 30 percent of their U.S. consumer credit and debit cards
contain EMV chips as of June 30. These issuers represent approximately 50
percent of U.S. payment card volume. According to the forecast, the number of
chip cards in the U.S. from these issuers will to grow to 60 percent by the
end of this year, expanding to 98 percent by the end of 2017.
NRF: Life will continue with EMV
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One of the most exciting things about being a Loss Prevention Executive, besides
constantly working alongside various people and personalities, is assessing and
implementing your physical security platform. This takes a lot of time, a lot of
homework, utilizing your business relationships (both internally and
externally), and usually involves a healthy chunk of capital. Determining the
physical security structure is not a one-size-fits-all fix. It really should be
tailored to the needs of your company, and realistic for your department to
oversee. Now we're not going to go into detail about locks, keys, cores, etc.
For the most part, an interchangeable core is an interchangeable core. Get a
quality platform that's scalable, cost-effective, and don't get too wrapped up
in the minutia there.
Let's talk CCTV strategy for a little while. This is, by far, typically the most
expensive portion of a standard physical security platform. It's also very easy
to get wrapped up in the "bells and whistles" and bright, shiny objects within
this arena. The first thing that should be assessed is, what are you solving
for, with your CCTV platform? Is it deterring external theft, internal theft,
injuries/lawsuits, critical incidents, protecting diamonds, cash or daycare
centers? In many cases, the answer could be "YES!" to most of these. Start by
prioritizing what you want/need your CCTV platform to do for you, and go from
there. Involve a few different vendors who do this daily for various customers,
and let them pitch a solution that they feel would meet your needs. Why not ask
for help and get suggestions or ideas that you may not have thought of?
Once you have your strategy in-mind, don't be shy to ask vendors to set-up a
"Try-Buy". A Try-Buy is essentially an agreement that you make with a vendor to
try a specific piece of technology, or platform for a specific amount of time
(30 days, 60 days, 90 days) before you potentially buy it. This allows you to
test specific items, learn about the technology, and truly see if it's a good
solution for your environment. It's also extremely inexpensive, initially, and
you only pay for the "solution" should you decide to keep it. If not, the vendor
removes it after the negotiated time frame, with minimal investment to you -
maybe a few dollars for installation labor, at most.
So you've figured out your strategy, completed a few Try-Buys from various
vendors, and you know what direction you're going to take with the technology.
My recommendation, once you've taken the right executive partners to share your
strategy, is to involve someone from your Procurement/Purchasing department, in
order to help you with the pricing. Procurement usually purchases items from
forks to forklifts - cameras shouldn't be too taxing on them! Guide the
Procurement Rep. on what you're after and what vendors to contact. Let them take
a large stab at the pricing, and remember that numerous vendors bidding,
combined with a bulk purchase (volume!) equals best pricing for you! Making the
smaller, individual purchases are costly in all ways; your time, Procurement's
time for POs, vendor paperwork being processed, shipping costs, etc. It's just
too many touches for a few thousand dollars. Get the quantity pricing every
time, if you have the capital at your exposure. Hopefully this gives you a good
start to making the best decisions possible!
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Fraud-Related Operational Expenses Top $10 Million for Digital Merchants
In addition to typical fraud costs, such as the loss of goods and chargeback
fees, merchants that sell digital goods each spend an average of $10.1 million
every year on fraud-related costs, and spending will likely increase in the
coming months, according to a new study. The Impact of Fraud and Chargeback
Management on Operations study-conducted by Javelin-discovered that nearly 3 in 4 merchants dealing in both digital and
physical goods say fraud and chargebacks have a major financial impact,
accounting for 13 to 20 percent of their operational budgets each year. Sellers
of physical goods report spending 14 percent of their budget on fraud-related
costs, and hybrid merchants who sell both digital and physical goods spend 13
percent. As the United States transitions to EMV technology, which uses
chip-embedded cards, fraud related to card counterfeiting will be practically
eliminated. Despite this, online and mobile fraud costs will grow considerably
as fraudsters continue to overwhelm merchants in less-secure CNP channels.
Is online fraud about to spike?
Retailers can expect a doubling of online card fraud because criminals will turn
to e-commerce to get around a tougher in-store card-payment system set to take
effect Thursday, says consulting firm Aite Group. "People who make their living
by copying credit cards will no longer be able to do so or will find it
significantly harder to do," Reitblat says. "We already see chatter on the
deepest, darkest parts of the Internet where the criminals are starting their
own education and training on transitioning to online fraud." E-commerce fraud
spiked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and Canada after those countries
started using microchip cards that required personal identification numbers s)
for authentication, according to Aite Group, a consulting firm focusing on the
financial services industry. Online fraud is the U.S. is estimated at $3.4
billion a year.
Digital channels will influence 64% of holiday
Study shows wide adoption of mobile banking app
among US consumers
Wal-Mart wants a bigger cart in the online grocery
Slow delivery equals slow death in ecommerce
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic
grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
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CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Catawba Co, NC: Organized Retail Crime Ring sold $12 million in stolen drugs,
A 66-year-old Catawba County man was sentenced to eight years in prison this
week for what prosecutors said was his role as the leader of an organized retail
crime ring. The ring sold and distributed at least $12 million in stolen
over-the-counter drugs and health-and-beauty products, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill
Westmoreland Rose said. In April 2014, a federal jury convicted Terrell resident
Steve Hale of interstate transportation of stolen goods conspiracy, interstate
transportation of stolen goods, making false statements on income tax forms,
failure to collect employee income and FICA taxes, and obstruction of justice.
As part of his sentencing, Hale also was ordered to pay a $3,100 special
assessment, forfeit a sports boat and $332,195 in seized funds, and pay
restitution to his victims. Hale was the last of eight defendants convicted and
sentenced in "Operation Cash Back," a multi-agency investigation that began in
September 2010. His co-defendants were previously sentenced to prison terms
ranging from 1 1/2 to seven years. Investigators seized $29,000 in cash, 20
motor vehicles and two real estate properties and obtained forfeiture money
judgments of $7 million.
Nampa, Idaho: Police arrest 2 in multi-state credit card fraud scheme &
recovered $27k in merchandise
Police said they were dispatched on Monday to the 16000 block of Marketplace
Boulevard after. They said two people bought more than $6,000 in merchandise
from a store in the area. Loss-prevention staff monitored the transaction and
identified the purchasers as the two suspects in fraudulent credit card use at
the Nampa store's affiliate in Pocatello.
Police said that by the time officers arrived, the suspects had moved on to a
sporting goods store. Police said the two were defrauding that store of more
than $2,800 in merchandise.
Police said the suspects' car was identified in a parking lot, and they arrested
32-year-old Alberto Miguel Torres-Castillo of Virginia and 32-year-old
Zuatney Gonzalez of Florida. Officers said they seized 15 stolen or
counterfeited credit cards from Torres-Castillo and 24 stolen or counterfeited
credit cards from Gonzalez. Police said they also recovered more than $19,000
of merchandise purchased with the fraudulent credit cards in Pocatello,
Meridian, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Bellevue Wash. The investigation is on
Costa Mesa, CA: Bloomingdale's Smash & Grab at South Coast Plaza; $100,000 in
Gucci goods stolen
Three hours before dawn Wednesday, a trio of cars and a U-Haul truck rolled
through the darkness into a South Coast Plaza parking lot, stopping just east of
a glass door leading to Bloomingdale's department store. Wearing hooded
sweatshirts to hide their identities, eight to 10 people then piled out of the
vehicles, smashed through the glass and - bypassing products from Tory Burch and
Burberry and even diamond necklaces - stocked up on Gucci purses, expensive
watches and jewelry. After about five minutes, police said, the crew got back in
their vehicles carrying bags filled with about $100,000 worth of accessories
before fleeing into the night. South Coast Plaza security officers followed the
U-Haul for a short time as it drove out of the parking lot, said Costa Mesa
Police Lt. Greg Scott. Police believe the bandits made their escape northbound
on the 405 freeway.
Millburn, NJ : Salvatore Ferragamo store hit for $7,150 in merchandise
On Sept. 22, police were called to the mall's Salvatore Ferragamo store on a
theft report. Store personnel reported a female and male, both described as in
their 20s, entered the store and the female asked to try on a pair of boots. The
salesman went to the stockroom and upon returning saw both the man and woman had
left. According to police, a review of the store's surveillance videotape showed
the couple concealing four handbags and two belts, valued at $7,150, in a
Bloomingdale's shopping bag and running out of the store.
Cottage Grove, WI: Traffic Stop leads to Felony Theft charge; nearly $3,400 in
Home Depot & Woodman's merchandise recovered
A traffic stop in the Village of Cottage Grove Wednesday afternoon resulted in
the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise according to a
release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say a deputy
initiated a traffic stop for improper plates just after 2:00 p.m. They say the
driver, 25-year-old Andrew Galica of Milwaukee had a suspended license.
Authorities say Galica consented to a search of his vehicle. The deputy said the
search of Galica's vehicle revealed a number of power tools still in the
original boxes and an excessive amount of unopened bottles of alcohol. Galica
admitted to stealing $2392 worth of power tools from Home Depot and $900 worth
of liquor from Woodman's.
Millburn, NJ Saks Fifth Ave. at Short Hills apprehends man with $845 of cologne
Police were called to the Saks Fifth Avenue store at the mall Sept. 27 on a
report of a shoplifter in custody. Saks personnel reported Derick Rollins, 56,
of East Orange, was observed concealing several men's fragrances valued at $845
and leaving the store without paying. Police arrested Rollins and charged him
with shoplifting. He was turned over to the Livingston Police Department on an
active shoplifting warrant.
mom caught shoplifting $250 of Legos, child found home alone
A Phoenix mother was arrested Monday after admitting to stealing $253 worth of
Legos from Target. Court documents show Leigh Turner was with her 8-year-old
daughter when she shoplifted the Lego products from the store. Store security
was able to get her license plate number, and officers responded to the home.
When they arrived they found Turner's 8-year-old daughter home by herself. After
police read Turner her rights, she admitted to stealing the Legos. She also
admitted to pawning them at a children's thrift store for money. Turner was
arrested on shoplifting and endangerment charges.
UK: Gang of professional thieves jailed thanks to sharp eyed B&Q cashier
The three men travelled from London to the South West to carry out a series of
raids on the DIY stores in which they removed toilet units from their boxes and
filled them up with more valuable items. They then wheeled them through the
checkout, paying just $80 for the toilet while stealing $3,000 worth of smoke
alarms and Yale locks. The gang all came from Kent and South London and two of
them have previously carried out identical thefts at other stores around
Britain, Exeter Crown Court were told. They were part of a wider scam which is
thought to have cost B&Q tens of thousands of dollars and they were caught after
staff were alerted to be vigilant. They struck three times in the West Country,
stealing more than $3,000 worth of goods at Launceston and fleeing empty handed
at Newton Abbot when a member of staff became suspicious. They were caught when
a quick witted cashier at the Exmouth branch of B&Q noticed the hand holds on
the side of a large box had not been pushed in and that tape appeared to have
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Super 1 Foods Shoplifter Death Caused by Meth Toxicity
A Sandpoint man who struggled with a loss-prevention officer outside a Coeur
d'Alene grocery store in June died because of complications from methamphetamine
toxicity, a coroner's report said. Kootenai County Coroner Warren Keene on
Tuesday released a report classifying Andrew M. Dearmin's death an accident.
Dearmin, who was allegedly shoplifting on June 17, fled from the Super 1 Foods
store at Kathleen Avenue and U.S. 95. A store employee pursued him. Dearmin was
caught and held by the employee. He wasn't breathing when police arrived on
Kent, WA: Police investigating a fatal shooting in Target parking lot
Shoppers in Kent will be able to get their cars that were blocked by a murder
scene in a Target store parking lot. The fatal shooting happened in a strip mall
parking lot at 104th Avenue Southeast at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Officials
released surveillance images of a suspect vehicle involved in the shooting.
According to police, there was some sort of confrontation and a man in the
Corolla opened fire on the SUV. The 23-year-old Kent man inside the SUV was
killed and the vehicle rolled into several others. A dog inside the SUV was
unharmed. According to witnesses, there appeared to be two suspects inside the
fleeing Corolla. There is no description of the suspects. A shopper who was
inside the store when the gunfire erupted explained what he happened. While
police investigated, two dozen cars belonging to shoppers remained trapped
inside an active crime scene. As of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, many were still
waiting to get their cars.
Acres, SC: Man charged with murder in shooting death of police officer at South
The Forest Acres Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its
officers, who was shot and killed Wednesday morning inside Richland Mall.
Officer Greg Alia, 32, was shot to death after responding to a report of a
suspicious person just before 8 a.m. at the mall at Forest Drive and Beltline
Boulevard. Jarvis Hall, a 34-year-old Eastover man, was taken into custody
shortly afterward. He was charged late Wednesday with murder. The State Law
Enforcement Division is investigating, at the request of Forest Acres. It has
been more than four decades since a Forest Acres police officer last was shot
and killed on duty.
Miami, FL: Security Guard Shoots Shoplifter
stealing Beer Outside Price Choice Market
An attempted robber was hospitalized after a security guard shot him outside a
Miami grocery store early Thursday, officials said. The incident happened at the
Price Choice Foodmarket on Northeast 2nd Avenue. According to Miami Police
officials, the suspect was trying to steal beer when he was spotted by the
guard. The guard chased him down the street to the area of N. Miami Avenue and
17th Street, where the guard opened fire. The unidentified suspect was shot in
the arm and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Crystal Lake, IL: Nelson's Jewelry Burglar arrested
Edward Mendoza, 49, was charged with one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony,
according to a statement from Crystal Lake police. On Sept. 26, officers
responded to an alarm at Nelson's Jewelry, located at 1 Crystal Lake Plaza, and
discovered that several pieces of jewelry were taken from display cases, police
Boise, ID: Two Defendants from Georgia Sentenced in Credit Card Fraud Scheme
Rakeen Anderson, 32, of Atlanta, Georgia and Jean Estinville, 27, of
Lawrenceville, Georgia, were sentenced today in United States District Court for
their roles in a credit card scheme that targeted local retailers in October
2014, U.S. Rakeen Anderson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiracy
to commit wire fraud. The Judge also ordered Anderson to pay $22,679.54 in
restitution, along with the other co-defendants, and to forfeit $49,953.41 in
cash proceeds from the offense. He pleaded guilty on May 27, 2015.
Whitehall, PA: Serial shoplifter caught at Lehigh Valley Mall
A man suspected of stealing watches and sneakers for more than a month from
stores at the Lehigh Valley Mall was caught Tuesday, but not before putting up a
fight, according to court records. Police said Jose O. Rivera, 37, of Allentown
stole watches from Macy's on Aug. 11, 14 and 17, and sneakers from J.C. Penney
on Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. During the Aug. 17 theft, Rivera allegedly pulled a
small folding knife on an employee.
Ontelaunee Township, PA: Sheetz employee busted for stealing $7,700
On Friday night, Police were called to Sheetz by assistant store manager Brett
Thomas, who discovered the theft. Thomas said Mary Richards came to work earlier
that evening in uniform even though it was her day off. Richards went to the
back room, where the safe is located and then left the store, saying she had
left her ID badge in the car. She did not return. Thomas later noticed the safe
door was open and two money bags were missing. He determined the amount missing
was $7,717.Thomas showed Police security video that revealed Richards opening
the safe and placing the money bags in her purse.
Edmonton, KY: Subway employee indicted for theft of over $5,000
An Edmonton woman has been indicted by the Metcalfe Circuit Court on 10 counts
of theft by unlawful taking or disposition. According to the indictment,
Christina Hoffman-Smith, 21, of Edmonton, stole a total of $5,018.50 from Subway
of Edmonton between April 9 ,2015 and April 29, 2015. Five of the counts were
theft by unlawful taking or disposition,$500 or more but under $10,000, and are
a Class D felony.
Royersford, PA: Target employee sentenced to 90 days in prison for stealing over
$2,200 in cash from register
A Royersford man was sentenced to county prison after he pleaded guilty to
taking money from the register at his place of work. Michael Shalkowski, 20, of
Royersford, pleaded to felony theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to
three months and 12 days already served to 23 months in prison. He was also
assigned two years of consecutive probation and ordered to pay $2,200 in
restitution to Target.
Rhinelander, WI: Pawz N Clawz Store Manager
accused of stealing $6,850 of merchandise
A 39-year-old Rhinelander woman has been accused of stealing $6,850.42 worth of
merchandise from a pet store while she was managing the business. April A. Peter
made her initial court appearance Sept. 28. She is charged with the class H
felony of theft of movable property. The store owner wanted to report a theft by
an employee. He told the officer that evidence of the alleged thefts came to
light during an unemployment appeal hearing. She said she would write down
information about her unpaid purchases on pieces of paper and put them in a
three-ring binder in the store's office. The owner said Peter did not have
permission to do this.
Cedar Rapids, IA: New York man guilty of selling fake goods, facing 10 years &
A New York man has pleaded guilty in federal court to selling fake goods in
Cedar Rapids. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says
57-year-old Yahya Jawad of Binghamton, New York pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one
count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Court records say Jawad was selling
counterfeit merchandise at a "Clearance Sale" in Cedar Rapids on January 9.
Police officers say they bought three items at the sale that were counterfeit.
They were a pair of headphones that were being sold as "Beats Audio" headphones
and two purses, one being sold as a "Michael Kors" purse and the other a "Louis
Vuitton" handbag. The officers say they seized other counterfeit items,
including more headphones, more purses and clothing items after determining the
first three items were fake.
Deerfield Beach, FL: $4,000 Rolex Grab & Run
Exeter Twp, PA: Man scuffles with Target Loss Prevention officer; long criminal
Marlborough, MA: Man charged with taking upskirt pictures at Target
Hamilton, ON, CN: Church lady's shoplifter rage earns a stern judicial sermon
South Africa: Bloemfontein Celtic Football (soccer) Chairman Max
Tshabalala urges fans not to buy counterfeit club merchandise
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Asian Supermarket - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery / 3x in 1 months
Class Jewelers - Deerfield Beach, FL - Robbery
CVS - Newport News, VA - Robbery
Dadu Market - Morristown, TN - Burglary
Kangaroo - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery
Kathy's - Chesterton, IN - Burglary
Monett Pawn & Gun - Cassvile, MO - Burglary
Nelson's Jewelry - Crystal Lake, IL - Burglary / arrested
Rite Aid - Bellevue, WA - Armed Robbery
Sherman's Apothecary - Salinas, CA - Armed Robbery
Stripes - Lawton, OK - Robbery
T-Mobile - Paramus, NJ - Armed Robbery/ 3rd arrest
Turkey Hill - Ephrata, PA - Robbery
Valero - Morristown, TN - Burglary
Verizon - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Waffle House - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery
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