National Cargo Theft Summit:
Collaboration is Key
Some 230 representatives of law enforcement, the insurance industry and
transportation companies attended the annual Cargo Theft Summit held in Memphis
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) sponsors the event to provide the
latest information on trends in cargo theft and to encourage joint efforts to
combat the problem.
NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle told the group that tremendous strides have
been made in the past year to get states to correctly identify and track cargo
theft as a separate crime which gives law enforcement the ability to work with
partners across state lines. Limited sharing of information and lack of accurate
records on cargo theft have been obstacles to fighting organized theft rings
that work across the country.
Law enforcement representatives provided numerous examples of successful cases
where rings have been identified and broken up. However some cargo theft task
forces have been disbanded or seen funding reduced due to budget issues at the
federal, state and local levels.
Recent reports show that food and beverages are some of the most frequently
targeted cargo loads because the can be easily sold on the black market or
online. Electronics also remain popular for cargo thieves in the U.S.
Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values
Gen. Colin Powell to keynote Retail's BIG Show
Drawing on his years of service at the highest levels of international affairs,
former US Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell
will describe the delicate process of forging alliances and promoting the ideals
of democracy and peace around the world in a keynote presentation at Retail's
BIG Show. The conference will be held Jan. 17-20 in New York City.
Why the Police Want Prison Reform
In a news conference on Wednesday, officials who have spent their careers
fighting crime stood up to say that too often, the aggressive approach has only
made matters worse.
The group is focusing on three broad areas of reform, all of which have been
successful in cities and states around the country. First, more alternatives
to arrest and prosecution, which would reduce the number of people entering
prison in the first place. This is particularly important for substance abusers
and the mentally ill, who make up disproportionate numbers of those behind bars.
Second, the reduction or elimination of overly severe sentencing laws,
which have been shown to have little or no impact on future crime. Third, the
rebuilding of relations with local communities, especially those of color,
where the trust between residents and the police has completely broken down.
It remains to be seen, for example, how the group will square its push for fewer
arrests with aggressive policing philosophies like the deeply problematic
"broken windows" approach, which was pioneered by New York's police
commissioner, William Bratton, a member of the new group.
More than anyone else, the police understand what violent crime looks like. They
risk their lives every day. If they can stand up and say that America needs to
change fundamentally the way it handles crime and punishment, everyone should be
New leadership brings new approach to CSAA education - This year's meeting drew
the highest attendance since 2007
At its first annual meeting with new leaders Jay Hauhn and Pam Petrow, the CSAA
agenda included educational topics that directly affect central station business
operations and products, such as the Affordable Care Act. CSAA executive
director Hauhn told Security Systems News that he and Petrow "saw this meeting
as a bellwether event for the association, where we were going to present a
vision for where we hoped to take the association."
Hauhn said he and Petrow wanted the educational program to address issues that
"have a real, meaningful impact on our members' businesses." CSAA will focus
more on government relations, he said. It plans to stress the importance of
standards within the industry and work closely with SIA and ESA on government
initiatives. At the meeting, an educational session about the future of the
central station looked at changing cellular communications-like the 2G sunset,
the ASAP to PSAP program and the Internet of Things. securitysystemsnews.com
Auto Repair Co. Must Pay Worker Harassed With 'Taliban' Slurs
An Illinois federal judge on Monday signed off on a consent decree settling
allegations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a National
Tire and Battery employee was subjected to disparaging remarks about his
religion and national origin.
NTW LLC agreed to pay $22,500 to Shadi Taweil following claims that it
violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the
mechanic to harassment because of his Islamic religion and because his national
origin is Arab and Palestinian, according to the decree approved by U.S.
District Judge John Z. Lee.
Taweil claimed that from January 2009 through February 2010, managers and
co-workers referred to him as "Al Qaeda," "bin Laden," "Taliban" and "terrorist"
and suggested he was making bombs, according to the EEOC's June complaint.
Taweil claimed that he complained to supervisors, some of whom had been present
during the alleged incidents, but that NTW did not correct the situation,
according to the complaint.
"When employers learn of harassment, the law requires that they take prompt
and effective action to stop it," John C. Hendrickson, an EEOC regional
attorney, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that did not happen here."
Proposed legislation would limit ADA-related 'drive-by' lawsuits
The International Council of Shopping Centers is among the groups endorsing
proposed legislation that seeks to limit what it called an "unintended
consequence" of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The legislation addresses
the practice by certain attorneys of filing "drive-by" lawsuits with the
primary objective being a monetary judgement, not a "fix" to a barrier to
access, according to the ICSC.
Wal-Mart Settles With Women In Fla. Gender Bias Suit
Wal-Mart has settled a regional gender discrimination suit filed against it by
women in a Florida federal court, resolving claims lodged after the U.S. Supreme
Court's landmark Dukes decision disbanded a nationwide class. Love's suit, filed
in October 2012, is one of a handful of pared down, regional sex bias cases
against Wal-Mart in federal court stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court's
landmark Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling, which in 2011 raised the bar for bringing
classwide claims and forced plaintiffs to narrow their class definitions.
What U.S. Grocers have to look forward to - Here comes Lidl & Aldi
Aldi and Lidl Pick Up Pace as U.K Supermarket Price Wars Deepen
Discounters Aldi and Lidl stepped up their march across the U.K.
supermarket industry in the last 12 weeks as the impact of price cuts by the
country's large grocers faded. Sales rose 18 percent and Aldi's by a similar
amount through Oct. 11, researcher Kantar Worldpanel said in a statement
Tuesday, stronger than in the previous month.
Acceleration of the discounters' growth deals a blow to grocers such as Tesco
Plc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Asda, whose market share has been eroded by the
German upstarts. Those two chains, Britain's biggest, saw the steepest rate of
sales decline in the 12-week period, led by a 3 percent drop at Asda, according
to Kantar. "The supermarket price war shows no signs of abating." "For the
second successive month, Lidl has reached a new share high."
CVS removing self-pay registers from some locations
Fresh & Easy Sends Layoff Notices to its 3,000 employees & plans to liquidate
A Few LP Jobs Lost As Well!
Dunkin' Donuts announced new locations - to reach goal - opening 410 - 440 new
restaurants in '15
Williams Sonoma to open 13 franchise stores in Mexico
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Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
McDonald's Q3 Global comp's up 4%, consolidated revenues down 5% (increase of 7%
in constant currencies)
Dunkin Brands Q3 Donuts U.S. comp's up 1.1%, Baskin Robbins U.S. comp's up 7.5%,
revenues up 8.9%
Supervalue Q2 Retail Food Segment comp's down 3.3%, Save-A-Lot comp's down 1.6%,
net sales up 0.5%
Cabela's Q3 consolidate comp's down 4.2% with total revenue up 4.6%
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Attackers hijack CCTV cameras in retail store to launch DDoS attacks
We've reached a point that security researchers have long warned is coming:
insecure embedded devices connected to the Internet are routinely being hacked
and used in attacks.
The latest example is a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack detected
recently by security firm Imperva. It was a traditional HTTP flood aimed at
overloading a resource on a cloud service, but the malicious requests came
from surveillance cameras protecting businesses around the world instead
of a typical computer botnet.
The attack peaked at 20,000 requests per second and originated from around
900 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras running embedded versions of
Linux and the BusyBox toolkit researchers from Imperva's Incapsula team said in
a blog post Wednesday.
When analyzing one of the hijacked cameras that happened to be located in a
store close to the team's office, the researchers found that it was infected
with a variant of a known malware program designed for ARM versions of Linux
that's known as Bashlite, Lightaidra or GayFgt.
Why Every Company Needs A Cyberbreach Plan
The top question that corporate data breach victims get from regulators?
According to an in-house counsel panel, it's whether they had an incident
response plan in place and whether they ever practiced it ahead of time.
Speakers at the 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting on
Wednesday urged an audience of in-house counsel to put a date on the calendar,
call in the experts and make it happen ASAP.
The plan should be a beginning-to-end guide detailing every step of how a
company will respond to a breach - who the response team is, who they'll
contact, how to document actions taken, what the back-end technological response
will be, when to notify the board, when to notify customers, how to approach
privilege, how to deal with regulators and how to plan for litigation - and
that's just the tip of the iceberg. Try It Out - Introduce the Team - Know
the Regulatory Regime - Think Globally - Prepare Your Defense - Line Up Third
Parties. Editor's Note: Every senior LP executive should be on the corporate
10 Mistakes Experian executive has seen as organizations deal with the aftermath
of a breach
After what some have claimed to be 109 breaches at Experian this executive would
know the mistakes
In a recent presentation for The International Association of Privacy
Professionals (IAPP) Privacy Academy, Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach
Resolution outlined some the common mistakes his firm has seen as organizations
deal with the aftermath of a breach. Advice on what NOT to do in the event that
your organization is hit.
No external agencies secured - it's best to have external help available
if needed. Incident Response teams, such as those offered by Verizon Business,
Experian, Trustwave, or IBM (just to name a few), should at least be evaluated
and considered when forming a business continuity / incident response plan.
No engagement with outside counsel - unless internal resources are knowledgeable
with all current laws and legislations, then external legal counsel with
expertise in data breaches is a wise investment.
No single decision maker - There needs to be one person who will drive
the response plan, and act as the single source of contact to all external
parties. They'll also be in charge of controlling the internal reporting
structure; in order to ensure that everyone from executives and individual
response team members are kept updated.
Lack of clear communication - Miscommunication can be the key driver to
mishandling a data breach. "Once the incident response team is identified,
identify clear delegation of authority, and then provide attorneys and [external
parties] with one main contact."
No communications plan - "Companies should have a well-documented and
tested communications plan in the event of a breach, which includes draft
statements and other materials to activate quickly. Failure to ingrate
communications into overall planning typically means delayed responses to media
and likely more critical coverage.
Waiting for perfect information before acting - Companies need to begin
the process of managing a breach once an intrusion is confirmed and start the
process of managing the incident early. Waiting for perfect information could
ultimately lead to condensed timeframes that make it difficult to meet all of
the many notification and other requirements.
Micromanaging the Breach - Breach resolution requires team support, and
often companies fail when micromanaging occurs. Trust your outside counsel and
breach resolution vendors, and hold them accountable to execute the incident
No remediation plans post incident - There should be plans in place that
address how to engage with customers and other audiences once the breach is
resolved, as well as the establishment of additional measures to prevent future
incidents. "If an organization makes additional investments in processes, people
and technology to more effective secure the data, finding ways to share those
efforts with stakeholders can help rebuild reputation and trust. Yet, many fail
to take advantage of this longer-term need once the initial shock of the
incident is over.
Not providing a remedy to consumers - Even in incidents that involve less
sensitive information, companies should consider other actions or guidance that
can be provided to consumers to protect themselves.
Failing to practice - Above all, a plan needs to be practiced with the
full team. An incident response plan is a living, breathing document that needs
to be continually updated and revised. By conducting a tabletop exercise on a
regular basis, teams can work out any hiccups before it's too late.
Broad-Based Coalition Supports Cotton Amendment Strengthening
Senate Cybersecurity Bill
A broad-based coalition of 10 associations led by the National Retail Federation
sent a letter today to Senate leadership in support of an amendment by Senator
Tom Cotton to S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, that
would give liability protection to businesses that share cyber threats with the
Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Secret Service rather than just
the Department of Homeland Security.
Outdated technology holding back retailers - The Need For Speed -
If You Can't Connect the Dots They'll Go Online
Most retailers are falling short in bridging the online and in-store experience
Among the main obstacles: outdated existing technology. The report finds that
retailers are struggling to unify their online and in-store experiences, with
existing technology/infrastructure preventing them from moving forward with new
omnichannel solutions. Indeed, 77% of the surveyed retailers believe their
legacy point-of-sale (POS) is preventing them from providing a consistent
customer experience across channels. What's more, retailers said they face
significant challenges getting new technologies rolled out to stores and in
helping employees respond to informed, smartphone-enabled shoppers.
Too many retailers still treat the in-store experience as completely separate
from the online experience which frustrates customers and prevents retailers
from capitalizing on opportunities for cross-sell, upsell and improved customer
loyalty, according to the study.
Report: Evolve brick-and-mortar to keep up with times
Retailers should continually re-invent the in-store experience to keep up
with changing consumer needs. That is one of the key imperatives for growth
identified in a new retail index and executive survey, "Reigniting Growth: Three
Imperatives for Retail's Future," by SAP SE.
The report finds that retailers are under pressure to adjust business strategies
to keep pace with rapidly evolving consumer demands. And most are not
evolving fast enough. It identifies three key imperatives to retail growth:
● Focus on an integrated digital strategy ● Improve the in-store experience ●
Create a comprehensive view of each customer.
"To sustain growth and satisfy shoppers, retailers must improve the in-store
experience, expand online and mobile interactions and develop the operational
strategies needed to integrate these elements into a seamless experience for
customers. Editor's Note: How many times do we hear this? Virtually every
day we hear the same guidance and imperatives. But in actuality the answers and
solutions are much more difficult and in some cases don't exist yet. Not until
we have a totally digitalized and virtualized store will we have the answer and
no one has seen it yet. Yes we have the tech labs in Northern California
creating these new single unit examples. And lets hope they come up with the
answer. The problem is how many retailers can survive to see it come to fruition
and how expensive will it be and how fast can we build them? Dozens of retailers
will die in the process. But those who do deliver will redefine retail and bring
in a new era that will be exciting to see.
Why ATM Fraud Will Continue to Grow - U.S. Migration to EMV Will Spur New
Attacks Against Self-Service Channels
ATM fraud losses are increasing globally, and we can expect to see this trend
continue as the U.S. ramps up its migration to EMV at the point of sale. A new
report from the European ATM Security Team shows that global ATM fraud losses
increased 18 percent to 156 million euros (U.S. $177.5 million) in the first half of
this year, compared to the same period a year ago. EAST attributes much of that
increase to an 18 percent rise in global card-skimming losses, which account for
131 million euros (U.S. $149 million) of that total. One reason why attacks are up at
ATMs, as well as gas pumps, is that the EMV liability shift date for these
devices is later, so magnetic-stripe transactions at those devices remain the
norm, at least for now.
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How To Guard Your Online Marketplace Against Fraudsters
Just like bees to honey, once there's sufficient liquidity to make the target
worth their while, the criminals will descend. Unfortunately, most people
running marketplaces wait way too long to do anything meaningful about it.
The risk of prioritizing fraud too late isn't just in the money lost in sales.
The far bigger risk - a potentially existential one - is to your user
experience. If your customers on either side of your marketplace can't trust in
the sanctity and safety of the exchange, they will vanish, and so will your
company. Smart fraudsters essentially do a cost/benefit analysis. Your goal is
to reduce their earnings per hour, ideally to the point where they turn their
sights on other marketplaces instead of yours. So how do you do it? How do you
make the fraudsters look elsewhere?
|● Know your users -
There are lots of ways to validate identity. You can attach
financial relationships to users - buyers typically need to use
credit cards, sellers often receive their proceeds through bank
accounts. You can validate that a particular user controls a
specific bank account through (that annoying) double deposit
process. You can even consider deploying multi-factor
|● Analyze past user behavior to try to predict
future legitimate vs. fraudulent behavior -
Understand marketplace usage patterns. First, study how legitimate
users typically navigate the site. With this understanding, you can
then shine the spotlight on anomalous use cases that indicate
potentially fraudulent behavior.
|● Focus your efforts on the users and
transactions that are mostly likely to be fraudulent -
Direct your efforts to where it matters. Score transactions based on
likelihood of fraud, and prioritize your resources on those with the
highest probability of fraud.
|● Make it hard for known fraudsters to return
- Look for familiar patterns between a
banned user's prior behavior and the behavior of new users - such as
using a similar address or bank account information (there's a lot
of friction in setting up multiple addresses and bank accounts).
Look for familiar signatures or IP addresses of devices seeking to
access your site.
|● Control the payment flow -
If you control how money flows through your marketplace you can
significantly increase the marketplace's ability to mitigate fraud.
|● Cooperate with law enforcement and build
strong relationships with them - Building
strong relationships with law enforcement will help protect your
good users from your bad, and will serve the business well to help
you get the benefit of the doubt when things invariably go wrong.
U.S. e-Commerce apparel sales to grow 27% over next two years and hit $50.4B
Although total e-commerce revenue in the U.S. apparel and accessories segment is
expected to reach $39.6 billion by the end of the year, statistical data
aggregating firm statista.com expects sales to soar 27 percent to $50.4 billion
by 2018. Editor's Note: This comes directly from the brick and mortars. Dollars
that won't come back and stores that won't have traffic.
The latest data shows where Amazon might be headed next -
and it should terrify UPS and FedEx
Of the 173 facilities, 104 are in the North America region, with the rest spread
across Europe and Asia. ChannelAdvisor executive chairman Scot Wingo thinks it's
also a sign that Amazon is getting serious about challenging incumbents like UPS
and FedEx in the logistics and transportation space. As Amazon builds out the
logistical network, we are hearing more and more stories of Amazon employees
delivering packages to businesses and houses. It seems that Amazon is doing the
math and is cutting out third party carriers like UPS and FedEx in Prime Heavy
Report: 60% of U.S. Shoppers Created an Online Account, Half Cite Convenience
Facebook's ad click-through rates jump 35% in Q3
Sears integrates online and in-store shopping
journey for appliance buyers
"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
Twelve-State International ORC theft ring tied to Mexico
-East St. Louis, MO: 15 People indicted
Fifteen people have been indicted here on charges of using stolen credit card
numbers to buy home improvement items from several St. Louis-area retailers,
then reselling the merchandise and wiring profits to a man in Mexico. Federal
prosecutors say Jason J. Parmeley, 42, formerly of O'Fallon, Mo., stole credit
card account information online and bought high-price appliances, tools and
construction equipment from stores in several states. Authorities say that after
placing the orders online, Parmeley arranged for people to pick up the items at
stores, resell them below retail price and have the revenue wired to Mexico,
where Parmeley was living. The theft ring targeted stores in at least 12 states
including Missouri and Illinois. Mexican authorities deported Parmeley, who is
in custody on an unrelated bank fraud charge in Alabama.
IL: 3 Florida men charged over cloned credit cards; possible ties to a $5M
Three Florida men believed to have possessed cloned credit cards have been
criminally charged with using them at a Champaign business. Federal authorities
and Las Vegas police have been investigating a large-scale fraudulent credit
card scheme stretching across several states that has resulted in the theft of
$5 million. The general background, Champaign, IL Police Det. Pat Kelly
explained, involves Cuban nationals hailing from Nevada and Florida who encode
blank magnetic credit or gift cards with information purchased over the Internet
from primarily Russian and Ukrainian hackers. The information includes stolen
personal and credit card data collected from large-scale breaches such as those
that affected Target and Discover in the last few years. The report said all
three were born in Mexico but claimed to be Cuban nationals in the U.S. for work
Three shoplifters arrested at Wrentham outlets could be
tied to organized crime ring
Police say they arrested three shoplifters who may be linked to an organized
crime ring and recovered thousands of dollars in merchandise at the Wrentham
Village Premium Outlets mall. Police Tuesday night responded to a call about a
shoplifting at Saks Off 5th Fashion Outlet and ended up arresting three women
from Hartford. Their names were not released. Thousands in merchandise from
various stores was recovered, according to police. The suspects "are persons
of interest in a larger retail organized crime ring," police said on their Facebook page. The investigation is ongoing. thesunchronicle.com
Bend, OR: Fred Meyers LP Team apprehends ORC thief; "recovered items: from
Blenders to a Cordless Lawn Mower"
A 33-year-old Bend woman accused of shoplifting numerous big-ticket items from
the Bend Fred Meyer and selling them on Craigslist has been arrested and faces
more than two-dozen theft and related charges, police said Wednesday. Store loss
prevention agents bought back some items during their investigation and a raid
on her home turned up more, totaling more than $5,600. Lensey Greenman was
contacted and arrested Tuesday in regards to the ongoing theft investigation and
a search warrant later was served on her home, said Lt. Clint Burleigh. The
store's loss prevention agents met with Greenman several times in response to
the Craigslist ads and were able to document the property being sold as items
stolen from the store. They bought the items and provided information to police,
starting their investigation and arranging Tuesday's meeting, where she had
agreed to sell a large number of shoplifted items, Burleigh said.
Eau Claire, WI: GNC employee admits to stealing every time he worked; $4,800 in
merchandise recovered, court order restitution of an additional $4,792
A former Eau Claire man has been ordered to pay $4,792 in restitution for taking
items from his employer during every shift he worked from March to July. An
official at GNC at Oakwood Mall told police on July 22 that Khamphouy, a store
employee, took a large amount of merchandise on July 4. Khamphouy was confronted
about the theft. He admitted that since he began working at the store in March
he has taken a large amount of merchandise and still has a significant amount of
the stolen merchandise at his residence. Khamphouy went home and brought back
the merchandise, which was valued at $4,800. He told police he took the items
from the store during every shift he worked, which was about 35 times from March
Waterloo, IA: Walmart reports the theft of 5 Dirt Bikes valued at over $3,700
stolen from store front
Walmart officials called the Walterboro Police Department Tuesday afternoon
after employees found that someone had stolen five dirt bikes. Store officials
said the five dirt bikes, valued at $749 each, were parked near the front
entrance, chained together to guard against theft. Sometime between 8 a.m. on
Monday and 4:28 p.m. on Tuesday, someone apparently cut the chain and made off
with the dirt bikes. The store's security video did not provide a view of the
Washington City, UT: Shoe Carnival busts Shoplifter
who has hit at least 5 times before
"Anita Pasi admitted to stealing shoes 3 times, but stated she paid for some
items," the arresting officer wrote in the statement. "I asked if she had stolen
shoes in her bag that she had with her and she stated she did. I opened the bag
and found several pairs of stolen shoes." Police had store employees ring up the
shoes and found they totaled more than $500. Police then obtained permission to
search Pasi's car where they found several other pairs of stolen shoes.
Additional stolen merchandise was recovered from JC Penney, and Walmart.
Edmund, OK: 600 Gift Cards Found as a Theft Ring gets busted at a Traffic Stop
A car stopped because of the odor of marijuana...a search of the car lead to
over 600 gift cards being found concealed in the spot for an air bag. Police
also discovered 21 cloned Capital One credit cards.
CA: LAPD Busts Sophisticated Ring of
The Los Angeles Police Department says it has busted a sophisticated
package-theft ring that preyed on homeowners in the San Fernando Valley.
Authorities said the thieves used a delivery service's smartphone app to follow
trucks delivering packages. The thieves would wait for the packages to be
delivered and then scoop them up moments later. The package pilferers were so
brazen, the LAPD came up with a name for them: "porch pirates." A home
surveillance video captured the UPS delivering the two boxes. But seconds later,
a U-Haul truck pulls into his driveway, backs in and then the driver goes up to
his porch and takes the boxes. Police were able to track down 2 suspects,
recovering thousands in stolen merchandise, mail and credit cards.
Macomb, IL: Two women accused of $2,300 Wal-Mart
theft face seizure of vehicle
Mansfield, MA: Simply Mac store burglars hit for over $100,000 in Apple products
Orland Park, IL: Two arrested in $815 Buckle store
theft in the Orland Square Mall
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Diego, CA: Man wanted for CVS Armed Robbery in Hampton, VA shot and killed by
Police in San Diego
Lamontez Jones robbed the CVS, in Hampton, VA back in May. During the robbery,
Jones hit a CVS employee with a shotgun after demanding the combination to the
store safe, and got away with cash from the register. On Tuesday afternoon,
Jones was shot and killed during a confrontation with San Diego Police. Police
there said it started when Jones disrupted traffic in the downtown Gaslamp area.
Officers said Jones ran into the middle of the street, pulled what appeared to
be a large-caliber handgun from his backpack and pointed it at the officers.
Witnesses said officers opened fire, Jones fell, sat up, and raised what looked
like a handgun. Police said Jones refused to put down the weapon after ordering
him several times. That's when witnesses said officers fired again. Jones died
at the hospital. Investigators later determined Jones' gun was a fake with
markings of a real weapon.
TN: Kroger Service Desk takes a telephone call; Give the money to the man
standing nearby or she would be shot
Police are investigating after a Kroger store was robbed Wednesday evening after
receiving a phone call. Police said the man entered the store located on Mt.
View Road around 6:25 p.m. Once inside, the man, who appeared to be on a cell
phone, stood near the customer service desk for several minutes. The customer
service desk then received a phone call, ordering the store clerk to give the
man standing nearby money or she would be shot. The store employee complied with
the request and the robber fled the store.
Southern California Skimming Gang Busted Hitting Gas Stations in Long Beach
Four Los Angeles men were arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy
for allegedly participating in a scheme that installed credit card "skimmers"
inside pumps at gas stations in Long Beach and elsewhere across Southern
California. Prosecutors said the skimmers were manufactured with parts
purchased at electronics stores. Members of the conspiracy were able to later
retrieve the account information without going back inside the gas pumps by
using Bluetooth-equipped devices.
Dozens of the devices were found at gas stations in San Gabriel, Burbank, North
Hollywood, Van Nuys, Eagle Rock, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Torrance, Long
Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Tustin, Fountain Valley, the Coachella Valley and Las
Vegas, authorities said. During installation, the defendants used large vans
to conceal their activities as they forced open panels on the gas pumps and
placed the devices so they were not visible to customers who used their credit
cards at the pumps, according to the complaint.
El Monte, CA: DMV employee and 5 others face Federal Identity Theft Charges
A California DMV clerk and five others defendants face federal identity theft
charges stemming from an alleged scheme to sell legitimate Puerto Rican birth
certificates and Social Security numbers to create phony new documents for
buyers, many of them previously deported felons, authorities said Wednesday. The
conspiracy was allegedly spearheaded by the US Dept of Justice, catered to
individuals willing to pay as much as $5,000 for new identities.
Tampa FL: Burglars break through wall, steal 42 guns
Three people busted through a wall and stole dozens of guns from a store on Dale
Mabry Highway early Thursday, deputies said. The suspects made off with about 42
firearms from Shooting Sports, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's
Office. The break-in happened about 1:35 a.m. The trio of burglars shattered
display cases in the store at 7811 N Dale Mabry Hwy.
Suffolk, Co, NY: Man who robbed Walmart also robbed AT&T store
A Selden man who police said robbed a Walmart in Centereach on Wednesday has
also been charged with a burglary that took place earlier this month, Suffolk
County police said. According to police, 30-year-old Sean Patti entered the
Walmart located at 161 Centereach Mall and brought a drink to a register to
purchase around 3:50 p.m. Patti passed a note to the cashier stating that he had
a gun and to give him cash, police said. Patti fled the store and was located a
short time later by officers inside the Middle Country Library about three miles
away from the Walmart.
TX: Local couple Chases Suspects after a Family Dollar Armed Robbery
After a local couple was robbed at gunpoint at a Family Dollar store, they
chased down the suspects who fled the scene. Herrera was scared but determined
to get her things back after thieves robbed her and several customers inside the
store. The couple chased the suspects for 5 miles, the robbers became boxed in
traffic that's when the female victim went to the suspects truck and pounded on
the window to get back her phone and purse. The suspects pointed a gun at her
and managed to get away.
Sevierville, TN: Armed female jewelry store thief hits 5th store in South- Ties
Up Employees and all alone - Real BAD...
Police say a woman came into the store at the Tanger Outlets around 9:42 a.m.
and pulled out a large caliber black and silver semi-automatic pistol. They say
she ordered to employees into a back office, tied their hands behind their backs
with zip ties, and then went back into the store and placed jewelry into a brown
shopping bag. The suspect then left the store. Officials are also investigating
similar robberies of jewelry stores in Florida, South Carolina and two in
Georgia. In October, authorities say the woman went into Reeds Jewelers in
Panama City Beach, Florida with a gun, getting away with more than $400,000
worth of jewels. The first robbery was a Jared in Woodstock, GA. The next
robbery was at a Zales in Dawsonville, GA. There she stole jewelry worth
$13,000. A week later a woman robbed a Reeds in Panama City Beach. She hit that
one for $40,000. The next store hit was a Jared Vault in Tanger Outlet Two in
Bluffton, South Carolina.
Mission Viejo, CA: 4 Armed Robbery suspects hit Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers
A jewelry store inside a Mission Viejo mall was robbed by four armed suspects
Wednesday afternoon who are still at large, according to Orange County Sheriff's
deputies. The heist was reported at 12:45 p.m. at The Shops at Mission Viejo,
and the armed robbers took off with an unknown amount of jewelry At least one of
the suspects had a gun but no shots were fired and there were no injuries during
London Jewelry Thieves try Smash & Grab; Physical Security wins!
the dramatic scenes when a gang of hapless raiders attempted to smash their way
into a jewelry store in east London earlier this month. The incident at the
Lakshmis jewelers in East Ham on October 9th, was among 19 smash and grab raids
on luxury stores and gems shops in London so far this year.
Athens-Clarke Co, GA: Cargo Theft - Strange odor alerts Officers to stolen
tractor trailer full of scallops
The officers were on lunch break in a vacant parking lot in the 3200 block of
Atlanta Highway when they noticed the smell. Police said they checked the
trailer's tag and found it was registered to a company in DeKalb County and the
trailer was reported stolen. Pallets of scallops were subsequently found inside
Little Rock, AR: State Supreme Court in Arkansas
upholds conviction in fatal 2013 Sbarro restaurant Mall Shooting
Sunnyvale, CA: Firefighters battle two-alarm fire
at strip mall
Aspen, CO: Associate steals 3 Python skin Purses
from her Caribou Jewels; the 3 purses valued at over $9,000
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AT&T - La Porte, IN - Burglary
Battery Service - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
BP - Columbia, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sebring, FL - Armed Robbery/ clerk killed suspect
Chevron - Leesburg, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Cookson, OK - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Farmacia Benavides - Mexicali, CA - Burglary
Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers - Mission Viejo, CA - Armed Robbery
Friendly Express - Brunswick, FL - Armed Robbery
Kroger - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Kwik Trip - Mayville, WI - Robbery
Music City Pawn - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Shoe Carnival - Washington City, UT - Theft
Shooting Sports - Tampa, FL - Burglary
Star Express - York Co., VA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - El Cerrito, CA - Robbery
Triple J Shell - Hope, AR - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Albuquerque, NM - Shooting/ Officer in Critical condition
Walgreens - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
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