History of Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA)
Chad McManus, RLPM, T-Mobile and Vice-Chair of Georgia Retail Association Loss
Prevention Council (GRALPC); Dave Magersupp, National Manager of LP, Verizon Wireless and GRALPC Council
Member; Rory Stallard, ORC Manager, The Home Depot and GRAORCA Chair
The Georgia Retail
Association Loss Prevention Council (GRALPC) was formed in 2010 after the
successful passage of the Georgia Smash and Grab act. This legislation was
developed, lobbied, and enacted into law as a direct result of the GRA formed
coalition of Retail Loss Prevention, Corporate and Regional leaders. The
GRALPC's mission was to provide guidance to its membership and law enforcement
partners in the areas of education, professional networking, legislative
initiatives and community outreach. As part of the GRALPC's roadmap for success,
establishing and maintaining an Organized Retail Crime Alliance was something
the members felt was a necessary and an important step in bringing together law
enforcement and retailers to help with the ever increasing challenge of
Organized Retail Crime.
In 2012, the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA)
became a reality. Since its inception, GRAORCA membership has continued to grow
and currently includes over 600 law enforcement and retail loss prevention
professionals from major retailers, specialty chains, and law enforcement
jurisdictions in the state of Georgia and the surrounding Region. The platform
for the alliance is
graorca.org, a secure website which allows approved GRAORCA members to share
intelligence relating to the businesses and communities we serve. Information
includes, but is not limited to, organized theft crimes, robberies,
counterfeiting, check and credit fraud, prescription fraud, identify theft and
other activities perpetrated by organized crime groups. The GRAORCA website not
only enables members to communicate about ORC, but also saves the information in
a written and mapped format, searchable by crime and suspect type. This gives
all members the ability to search the website, connect cases and establish
patterns and trends. In addition members may upload photographs and crime
bulletins to share with the GRAORCA community. GRAORCA also holds a monthly
forum to network and share intelligence, and provide enhanced training in
regards to ORC.
As a result of the intelligence sharing and monthly forums, there have been
multiple success stories. The majority of our successes have started with simple
information sharing between retailers and resulted in multi- jurisdiction
arrests and elimination of ORC groups.
Here are two recent success stories since GRAORCA was formed in 2012:
A multi-retailer case was identified and developed
with Atlanta PD and the Fulton County DA, which resulted in a local
drug dealer arrest who was also acting as a fence buying OTC and
laundry detergent from boosters and reselling to local bodegas.
Arrests were made, cash drugs and guns seized and the realized
retail impact was over $300,000.
● Another multi- retailer case involved a traveling
ORC group that affected multiple states. An ORC crew was breaking
into locked showcases and taking electronics and designer goods to
resell at flea markets across the Southeast and online. Three major
ORC players were arrested and charged under the RICO statute in
metro Atlanta, the retail impact was over $400,000.
The GRALPC and GRAORCA
also look to make additional impacts in the state of Georgia. Recently GRAORCA
held its 5th Annual Retail Crime Conference at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta.
The annual conference brings together 400-500 Law Enforcement and Retail
Security professionals for a full day of networking and training, in an effort
to combat Organized Retail Crime groups that negatively impact the security and
safety of the communities that we do business in. As part of the conference and
mission statement of the GRALPC and GRAORCA, over $30,000 has been donated to
nonprofit organizations such as the Police Athletic League of Atlanta and Care
for Cops. The GRALPC and GRAORCA have also recently partnered with the Criminal
Justice Department of Kennesaw State University to provide scholarships to
students interested in a career in Retail Loss Prevention. GRAORCA also holds
various ORC trainings for law enforcement jurisdictions and leads GRAORCA "Road
Shows", most recently in Savannah where retailers and law enforcement partners
held a meeting to discuss ORC impacts and partnerships outside Metro Atlanta.
As GRAORCA continues to grow, we are focused on continuing to develop
partnerships between Law Enforcement and Retailers in fighting ORC in the State
of Georgia and beyond. GRAORCA also has plans for additional roadshows in 2016,
as well as holding a law enforcement only conference in early 2016. Plans are
also being set for the 6th annual Retail Crime Conference to be held in August
Publicly Reported Cases Report
Publicly Reported ORC Cases Expected to Hit
All-Time High in 2015
Trends indicate that 2015 will exceed 1,500 ORC Cases Reported. At the close of
September, the D&D Daily had already reported on 1,092 cases in 2015. For the
past 3 years, trends show an increase in ORC activity leading into the holiday
season. We can only guess 2015 will follow suit. In comparison, the D&D Daily
had reported on 1,200 cases in 2014; 893 in 2013; and 525 in 2012.
Obviously the two takeaways are that ORC cases have seen a huge increase this
year and that cases remain rather flat year-long other than during the summer
and in November when we see slight dips. Do summer vacations play a role
in case resolution during the summer and is Thanksgiving playing a role with the
family impact? Just a thought.
Drug offenders, once considered highly dangerous, to see early releases under
new federal sentencing guidelines
Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are
among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking
punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press
review of court records. The first wave, some 6,000, is due around Nov. 1, with
most released from halfway houses or home confinement. Others will be released
to immigration authorities for deportation. Federal officials say roughly 40,000
prisoners will be eligible for reductions in coming years.
Fed's releasing 6,000 inmates on early release
- for drug offenses
- 43% will return to prison - Is an Uptick in ORC Coming?
Expecting to release as many as 40,000 over the course of this new early release
program from federal prisons. Each inmate's case is reviewed by a judge and
approved. The one comment made by the media during the news coverage Friday
was that the many of the drug offenders had theft offenses as well.
Additionally they stated that while 47% of those inmates who served their entire
sentence did return to prison they pointed out that only 43% of those
released earlier returned to prison. A fact they used in support of the
program. Which potentially means that 2,580 inmates released in this first
wave may in fact commit a crime.
The question is now, how does this impact ORC? And one has to wonder how many
were indeed involved in ORC as a means of supporting their habits and do
we see an uptick?
inmates early from prison could free dangerous criminals, says NYPD Commissioner
Bill Bratton - Speaking at the Daily's Live in NYC at the NRF Big Show event on
Jan. 18, 2016
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned Sunday that efforts to reduce mass
incarceration could put dangerous criminals on the street. "We have to be
very concerned about who we're letting out," he said on John Catsimatidis'
"The Cats Roundtable" on AM970.
There's a major effort underway to let a lot of people out of jail, ostensibly
less violent offenders," he said. "But one of the issues of concern is when
people go to jail, oftentimes they go to jail with negotiated charges, if you
will, so that somebody that is in jail that seems that they're a nonviolent drug
offender may in fact have crimes of violence in their record."
Judges need to, and district attorneys, and we the police, the public need to
take into account that some people, I'm sorry, they're criminals," he said.
"This guy had been given more chances to deal with his drug addiction problem.
He failed at every time, consciously failed it. Some people are bad people, and
we need to separate the bad people from the good people."
He said there should be changes to the way sealed arrest records are handled,
since they may prevent officials from realizing when a suspect has a history of
Bratton has raised concerns about the federal prisoner release before, saying
that the rushed effort will leave ex-cons without the services they need to
avoid returning to crime, and without adequate supervision. Editor's Note:
Let's ask him directly what he feels the impact might be on ORC in retail at the
upcoming "Live in NYC at the NRF Big Show" event the Daily has each year, as
he's the keynote speaker. nydailynews.com
Profitect CEO to Speak at Retail Industry Leaders Association Conference
Profitect Inc., the leading prescriptive analytics provider for the retail
industry, today announced its CEO Guy Yehiav will be speaking to attendees from
15 of the leading retail brands at the upcoming Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) Horizons conference. The event, held Nov. 3-4, 2015 at
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, features executives from retailers
across verticals in the U.S., who come together for industry-specific problem
solving and the sharing of best practices.
As one of a select few technology vendors speaking at the conference, Yehiav
will be presenting on the critical need for retailers to turn big data into
action. From loss prevention to sales, retailers can benefit from prescriptive
analytics across the organization.
DSW Worker A 'Whistleblower' For Calling Cops About Shoplifters,
She's Protected - Judge Rules
An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to a former DSW employee who
claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting potential shoplifters to police
instead of the store's loss-prevention department, saying whistleblower
protections extend to workers who report suspected wrongdoing by third parties.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca M. Pallmeyer on Thursday flatly disagreed with DSW
Shoe Warehouse Inc.'s main argument that the Illinois Whistleblower Act was only
intended to protect employees who report supposedly illegal acts of an employer,
not those of a third party, saying there was nothing in the legislative history
of the act supporting those limitations.
The judge went on to reject DSW's argument that the worker, Melissa Coffey, was
unreasonable to suspect that a group of three or four women were previous
shoplifters who may have been planning to steal from the Chicago-area store
again, saying nothing in the record showed Coffey was incorrect in her
In the suit, Coffey claimed DSW fired her in 2009 in direct retaliation for
calling local police to conduct a walk-through when she suspected repeat
shoplifters were in the store only days after a theft was committed at the same
location. Coffey had been the assistant store manager for several months and
claimed she was not familiar with the retailer's "zero-tolerance" policy
regarding employees' going outside of DSW loss-prevention to apprehend
Although the retailer had claimed its "no apprehension policy" regarding
shoplifting is long-standing, DSW did not include the policy in its employee
handbook or in required paperwork given by store managers to new employees
to review, which supports Coffey's claim that she was unaware of the rule,
according to Thursday's order.
Chipotle Shuts 43 Restaurants in Northwest After E. Coli Outbreak
Health authorities are investigating 19 cases of illness related to the bacteria
in Washington and three cases in Oregon, involving an unknown type of food.
Eight people have been admitted to the hospital, officials said. No one has
"There have been links made to six restaurants in the Seattle and Portland
areas," said Chris Arnold, the communications director for Chipotle, in an
emailed statement on Monday. "We have closed 43 restaurants in those markets
out of an abundance of caution."
The Wet Seal Estate Wins Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation
- They will continue as a business
Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Friday to confirm the Chapter 11 plan for
clothing retailer The Wet Seal Inc.'s estate, marking the final chapters of one
of the few modern retail cases to include a going-concern transaction rather
than liquidation in going-out-of-business sales.
HEB Grocery Chain to Give Stock to 55,000 Employees
The Butt family, which founded the San Antonio-based grocer 110 years ago, is
handing an estimated 15 percent of the company's shares to employees over 21
years old who have worked at least a year at the retailer, and clocked at least
1,000 hours in a calendar year. Under the plan, workers are able to cash out
when they leave or retire from the company, and will also receive dividends
based on the retailer's earnings.
But HEB's outright gifting of shares to a wide swath of employees is unusual.
Starting in January 2016, eligible workers - the retailer calls its workers
"partners" - are set to receive a grant of nonvoting shares valued at 3 percent
of their salary, as well as $100 in stock for each year of continuous service.
American Apparel Asks Bankruptcy Court To OK $2.3M 'Essential' Staff Retention
Bonuses for 82 - ranging from 10 to 40% of base salaries
American Apparel Seeks Court Approval to Shutter 13 Stores, Rid Itself of Oak
Macy's will open on Thanksgiving Day
Sprouts Slated To Unveil A Dozen New Stores Early Next Year
Quarterly Same Store
Publix Q3 comp's up 4.2% with sales up 6.3%
Canada's The Second Cup Q3 comp's down 2.9%
Last week's most popular news article --
Hy-Vee post Assistant Vice President, Loss Prevention
position in West Des Moines, IA
Accountable and Reports to: Senior VP Government Affairs & Business Innovations.
Positions that Report to you: Asst. Director Loss Prevention; Loss Prevention
Supervisor; Administrative Assistant; EBR Loss Prevention Analyst; Supply Chain
Security Manager; Corporate Security Supervisor; Corporate Security Officers;
Distribution Center Security.
With sales of $8.7 billion annually, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25
supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States,
employing 75,000 employees. Its more than 235 stores are located in eight
Midwestern states: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota,
Minnesota and Wisconsin. Distribution centers are in Chariton, Iowa, and
Cherokee, Iowa, with a third perishable operation in Ankeny, Iowa. Hy-Vee's
corporate office is located in West Des Moines, Iowa. ziprecruiter.com
National Retail Federation 2015 Return Fraud Survey
invite you to participate in the
2015 NRF Return Fraud Survey. And as a thank you, those who participate by
November 10th will be entered into a random drawing to receive one full
registration pass to NRF Protect 2016. Your feedback is pertinent in developing
best practices in all areas of retail asset protection and helping our leaders
in Washington understand the gravity of some of our industry's issues.
So as to not duplicate answers from companies, we ask that only the most
senior loss prevention officer or equivalent within your company complete the
survey in order to limit responses to one per company. NRF will also make
sure to send survey respondents a copy of the full report once it is released in
December. Please contact Bob Moraca for a PDF copy of the survey or a direct
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CISA won't do much to turn threat intelligence into action
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) the feds are trying to make it
more attractive to share threat intelligence, but it won't do much to help
businesses deal with the high cost of sorting through what can be an
overwhelming flow of possible security incidents and find which ones need to be
checked out. And deciding what data to share, what threat intelligence feeds to
subscribe to and what tools are needed to turn potentially valuable information
into action takes sizeable resources, experts say.
"They really have to put some bodies on it," says Scott Crawford, information
security research director for 451 Research, and that can be expensive, putting
in-house analysis beyond the reach of many organizations. But some of the
sorting and aggregation can be automated with threat intelligence platforms, he
says, from vendors such as BrightPoint Security, ThreatConnect and
NFC: The Next Big Fraud Vector?
Near Field Communications technology basically throws some longstanding
security measures out the window. No wonder it's such a juicy target for
Fraud detection techniques overall differ between "Card Present" and "Card Not
Present" scenarios, which hugely simplifies matters when it comes to preventing
fraud. But with NFC, this ever important differentiation gets obliterated.
With NFC or digital wallet apps, users use their "Card Not Present" information
to register for a service like Google Wallet or Apple Pay in order to make "Card
Present" transactions. Essentially, these apps bridge the two scenarios and
allow fraudsters to take credentials from "Card Not Present" transactions and
use them in the real world, where buying high-value items is much easier. Note
that purchasing credentials in the underground economy for making real-world
purchases like this gets very pricey, making NFC even more lucrative to hackers.
With this, it's no surprise that Apply Pay was exploited by fraudsters shortly
after its inception.
The Morning Risk Report: One-Size-Fits-All on Cyber Risk
Whether it's teenagers, a disgruntled employee, activists or a country,
companies face cyberattacks from many different directions. Companies have to
protect themselves from all of them, but their tactics can be "mostly the
same" no matter the adversary, one expert says.
Joseph DeMarco, a cybersecurity attorney with the firm DeVore DeMarco LLP, said
it all comes down to risk profile. A company can start its protective regimen by
identifying the data it collects, and determining whether it's customer or
business-facing. "The truth of the matter is, much, though not all, of what you
would do to protect against a nation-state, as opposed to kids in a garage, is
mostly the same," he said. In addition, companies can use leverage, such as
monitoring or the threat of termination, over a disgruntled employee if they
suspect the person is the culprit, he said. No matter who intrudes, a company
will still have to go through the same process after a cyber incident, said
Mr. DeMarco. wsj.com
Expect More Cyber Class-Action Lawsuits
As the U.S. federal courts grapple with whether to limit class-action lawsuits
against companies, one area insurance experts don't think will be affected is
cybercrime. While the U.S. Supreme Court this summer agreed to hear a case
involving Tyson Foods Inc. that could limit class-action lawsuits-and tossed out
a gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2011, recent
cases have shown support for class actions brought by people victimized by
SVP of LP, Gap Inc.
Leadership & Development Series
In a ground-breaking interview spanning a multitude of topics,
Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention for Gap Inc., sits down with LPNN for a
one-on-one discussion about his philosophies on leadership, professional
development and the state of retail Loss Prevention. Keith recounts his
managerial transition from single store – to regional – to corporate – to an
eventual directorship. He talks about the critical first six months of a
directorship – and his strategy involving team members, policies and procedural
changes. As one of the first LP executives to set up an ORC program, Keith tells
us what makes a successful one and how to react to the emerging technological
trends. This highly informative interview offers a wealth of knowledge for the
LP professional at any stage of his or her career.
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Mobile attacks more vicious than ever, report shows -
Cyber Blackmail most common type of malware
As mobile devices become more deeply woven into the fabric of our personal and
work lives, cyber criminals are taking increasingly vicious and disturbingly
personal shots at us, according to the 2015 State of Mobile Malware Report from
Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a enterprise security company. Cyber blackmail
(mobile ransomware attacks) leads the way as a top malware type in 2015,
along with the stealthy insertion of spyware on devices that allows attackers to
profile behavior and online habits. The new Blue Coat report describes the
latest trends and vulnerabilities in mobile malware, provides advice for
strengthening corporate defenses and educating mobile device users, and offers
predictions about the future of mobile threats. "The implications of this
nefarious activity certainly carry over to corporate IT as organizations rapidly
adopt cloud-based, mobile versions of enterprise applications, opening up
another avenue for attackers. A holistic and strategic approach to managing
risk must extend the perimeter to mobile and cloud environments - based on a
realistic, accurate look at the problem - and deploy advanced protections that
can prioritize and remediate sophisticated, emerging and unknown threats."
Survey: The Northeast city with the most online chargebacks is...
Risk management firm Chargebacks 911 has identified the U.S. cities in the
Northeast where the highest percentage of e-commerce transactions result in a
chargeback. Visa and Mastercard have set 1% as acceptable chargeback threshold,
and these ZIP codes far exceed that figure.
● 17% chargeback rate: Port Washington, New York (11050)
● 15% chargeback rate: Astoria, New York (11105)
● 13% chargeback rate: Plainview, New York (11803)
● 12% chargeback rate: Danvers, Massachusetts (01923); Carteret, New Jersey
(07008); Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey (08742); East Elmhurst, New York
(11370); Massapequa Park, New York (11762); Albany, New York (12203); and
Philadelphia (19115) chainstoreage.com
Lawsuit highlights importance of ADA compliance
Earlier this month, Reebok was hit with a proposed class action alleging that
the company's website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act
because it is not accessible to the blind. The plaintiffs argue that Reebok.com
contains "thousands of access barriers" that make it difficult - if not
impossible - for blind customers to use the site.
Because of this, the plaintiff is asking the court to require Reebok to fix its
site and pay damages. Although these types of cases have been on the rise in
recent years, they still come as a surprise to people who are used to thinking
of the ADA only in terms of things like wheel chair ramps and handicapped
Title III of the ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against the disabled "in
the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges,
advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation." To ensure
the disabled have full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services of places
of public accommodation, the ADA also requires companies to make certain "reasonable modifications," including providing auxiliary aids, to ensure
effective communication. Some states have laws that impose similar requirements.
This language of the statute has posed two broad questions for companies. First,
is a website a "place of public accommodation" subject to the requirements of
the ADA? And, if so, what reasonable modifications are required to help websites
comply with the law?
"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
2nd Suspect in Saks Fifth Ave. Greenwich store $50,000 Fur Heist Is Caught
It was nearly a year ago that a man swiped more than $50,000 in furs from the
Saks Fifth Avenue store on Greenwich Avenue. A second suspect wanted for the
brazen daytime theft of more than $50,000 worth of furs from the Saks Fifth
Avenue store on Greenwich Avenue in November 2014 has been arrested. It was on
Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26, 2014, when a man grabbed seven fur jackets, a
chinchilla vest and at least three rabbit fur vests valued at more than $50,000
and ran from the 205 Greenwich Ave. store and jumped into a waiting black Dodge
Charger, police said at the time.
Wrentham, MA: $31K in goods allegedly shoplifted
from Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
The arrest of two women for shoplifting at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
led to the recovery of over $31,000 in merchandise, money, gift cards,
electronic devices used for retail theft, and charges against two other suspects
believed to be tied to a major shoplifting ring, police said. Laneisha Munford,
22, and Dejeuner Knight, 28, both from Brooklyn, were arrested after they
allegedly used fraudulent payment methods to purchase items at the Burberry
store. Police also arrested 2 people in the parking lot and seized the
get-a-away car. Both are facing charges of felony credit card fraud and
receiving stolen property. Local detectives and a U.S. Secret Service agent
executed a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered more than $31,000 worth
of merchandise, prepaid money cards and gift cards, police said. Charges have
been filed in several other jurisdictions, police said. One bank contacted
Wrentham Police indicating 37 accounts were allegedly compromised by the ring,
police added. Two weeks ago, local police arrested three shoplifters from
Hartford who they said may be linked to an organized crime ring and recovered
thousands of dollars in merchandise at the outlet mall.
Lemon Grove, CA: Quick-thinking Home Depot employee was key in Statewide Credit
Card Fraud bust
Authorities arrested two people for credit card fraud in Lemon Grove last week.
Lasaro Quijano, 30, and Bunthi Im, 29, were arrested after officers found
numerous fraudulent credit and ID cards, meth and other drugs and a stolen
handgun. A search of the couple's vehicle revealed credit card making materials
and items purchased with the fraudulent cards. Lemon Grove Home Depot employees
called the Sheriff's Department after one of the suspects made a purchase with a
fake card. The employees then saw him enter a hotel room across the street. The
couple is suspected of conducting numerous similar credit card frauds at Home
Depot stores throughout the state.
Absecon, NJ: 4 Arrested at Home Depot, charged with Theft, Robbery and Assault
of Loss Prevention Officer
Absecon Police were notified at 1:20 p.m. Saturday that four people were
suspected of shoplifting and that they assaulted employees while escaping the
store. The four fled, but drove into instant karma when they got caught by a red
light at the Route 30 drawbridge which was about to rise. One rider fled on foot
from the stopped Tahoe seconds before the driver drove the SUV around the
traffic-control gates. Atlantic City police officers spotted and pulled over the
Tahoe a few minutes later.
Peoria, IL: Baby Dropped During Shoplifting Incident at Walmart
Police say a shoplifter dropped a baby as she was walking out of a store on the
north side of Peoria. Authorities say the woman was among three suspected
shoplifters spotted at the Walmart on Allen Road just after noon on Thursday.
"Upon leaving the store with the stolen merchandise, the baby was dropped. The
three females continued on, fleeing towards the parking lot," says Peoria Police
Public Information Officer Amy Dotson. Officer Dotson says it appears the baby
is fine. One woman is in custody, although it's not clear if she's the one who
dropped the baby.
Chicopee, MA: Man arrested after he uses cable cutters
to steal drill from Home Depot
Police arrested a 57-year-old city man Saturday morning after he allegedly
attempted to steal a $300 power drill from a display case at the Home Depot on
Memorial Drive. A loss prevention officer spotted the suspect enter the store
shortly before 11 a.m. and kept an eye on him because he has been known for
prior "issues" there, Michael Wilk, public information officer for the
department, said. The suspect approached the display case, took a pair of cable
cutters out of his pocket and used them to remove a DeWalt cordless drill, Wilk
Solon, OH: Solon Police and Giant Eagle Loss Prevention identify Akron-based
organized retail crime ring
The Solon Police Department Bureau, in partnership with Giant Eagle Loss
Prevention, have identified the following members of an Organized Retail Crime
ring, based in the Akron, Ohio area. Arrest warrants for David Shadeck,43, and
Jessica Scalera-Pacheco, 30, have been issued.
Leon Co, FL: Leon County Sheriff's Office arrest serial Shoplifter, wanted on 9
thefts over $770 in merchandise
In January, the Leon County Sheriff's Office began investigating a series of
retail thefts from local businesses. Detectives were able to link the crimes,
due to the suspect description, and the common items stolen which were bottles
of high end liquor. This trend continued with one or two incidents per month
from different stores throughout the county. While investigating these
incidents, detectives obtained surveillance video from numerous stores. The
videos show the thefts were being committed by the same suspect. On October 29,
2015, Mr. David Patterson, 41, was taken into custody for multiple counts of
retail theft and dealing in stolen property. Over the course of the past ten
months, Mr. Patterson stole over $770.00 worth of liquor and cigarettes.
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Hoover AL: Home Depot Employee Charged with Killing Co-Worker
A former co-worker is in jail and charged with murder in the ambush killing of a
Home Depot employee who was gunned down nearly two months ago outside the U.S.
280 store in Hoover. Kareem Dacar Gaymon, 23, was arrested by Hoover police on
Friday, authorities announced today. He is charged in the Sept. 5 shooting death
of Xavier Montrez Beasley. Beasley was shot multiple times as he left work early
that Saturday morning. Hoover police said today that it appears jealousy led
Gaymon, who left work two hours earlier that night, to hide in the parking lot
and then open fire on Beasley in what authorities described as a vicious attack.
"Throughout the course of this investigation, detectives interviewed more than
50 Home Depot employees. Xavier was such a friendly and likable guy and he got
along well with everyone,'' said Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector.
"There was only one employee, Kareem Gaymon, who ever had anything negative to
say about Xavier. We never felt like those comments were legitimate." The
shooting happened about 12:31 a.m. Sept. 5. Hoover police received a 911 call
reporting shots fired at the Home Depot on U.S. Highway 280. Officers arrived on
the scene and found Beasley lying in the parking lot. He had been shot multiple
times, Rector said, and was pronounced dead on the scene by Hoover Fire
Sanford, FL: Man accidentally shot in leg inside Cracker Barrel
A man was shot during breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in Sandford. The Cracker
Barrel off I-4 near State Road 46 was closed down for hours as deputies
investigated the cause for the shooting. According to the Seminole County
Sheriff's Office, there was no malicious intent behind the shooting; it was
completely accidental. A spokesperson with the sheriff's office said a customer
was on his way to the register to pay for his meal when his legally carried
firearm fell from his holster onto the floor, discharged one round and struck a
man in the lower leg. The injury was non-life threatening and the man was
transported to a local hospital. The sheriff's office has decided not to press
any criminal charges. The Cracker Barrel is now up and running again.
San Diego, CA: Two shot dead, another wounded
in the parking lot of World Foods Supermarket
Two men were shot dead, and a woman wounded, in a car at a convenience store
parking lot on El Cajon Boulevard in East San Diego Saturday night. Police were
called shortly after 12:15 a.m. and found three people shot while sitting in a
Nissan sedan near a market at 5229 El Cajon Blvd., in the Talmadge neighborhood.
Two men and one woman were found in the car suffering from gunshot wounds to
their upper body, according to San Diego Police Department Lt. Paul Rorrison.
Officers removed the two men from the vehicle and performed life-saving measure,
but they died in the parking lot.
Orlando, FL: Man injured in shooting in Best Buy parking lot
Authorities said the victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with
multiple gunshot wounds after being shot in the lot across the street from the
Florida Mall. His injuries do not appear life-threatening, deputies said. There
have not been any reports of arrests, and it is unclear what sparked the
Elmwood Place, OH: Police arrest Store Owner who fired shots in the air,
thinking he was going to be robbed by teens
Police arrested a store owner they said fired multiple shots into the air to
scare off a group of teens he thought was robbing him Sunday night. The man
admitted to taking out a machete and then a gun, and firing between eight and 10
shots. Police Chief William Peskin said they were charging the man with
discharging a firearm in city limits. "Bullets do come down," Peskin said.
don't just go up and stay up. They come down and there's always a potential of
hitting somebody." Police were going through surveillance tape to see what the
group of juveniles was actually doing, Peskin said.
skimming suspects face federal charges
The eight suspects who authorities say are responsible for incidents of
"skimming" at West Michigan gas stations this summer are now being charged in
federal court. Yunier Cudell-Albelo, Juan Estrada-Galvez, Raul Gonzalez Falcon,
Yaimari Gonzalez-Santos, Elisabe Hernandez-Perez, Juan Antonio Ledesma, Manuel
Perez-Cabrera and Micheles Velasquez-Gregori face federal charges in connection
to skimming incidents at gas stations across the state.
Federal authorities say their cases trace back to a few months ago when skimming
devices were found at gas stations in West Michigan. The first set of
arrested at a hotel in Grandville. Later,
three more suspects were arrested in Wyoming after they were caught with
skimming devices, authorities say.
Boynton Beach, FL: Macy's employee busted
for cash/merchandise theft over $10,000
According to a probable-cause affidavit made public Friday, Katiana Suprius
would "eat consumable goods, shoplift merchandise for herself and others, remove
cash from her till, and would create fraudulent gift cards" at the store, at
Congress Avenue and Old Boynton Road. Loss-prevention officers at the store told
police they had documented 24 instances of shoplifting worth $3,902.11 and "several occasions" of taking cash worth $7,079.25 from her drawer since Suprius
starting work at the store in November 2014.
Natick, MA: National Tire & Battery Associate charged
with $2,400 Felony Refund scheme
A now-former National Tire & Battery employee has been charged with three counts
of larceny after he reportedly falsified several merchandise returns valued at
more than $2,400 from a store in Natick, Mass. The man asked his superiors not
to report the theft to police, but was not able to pay back the stolen amount.
On two occasions on July 7, and a third on July 12, the 23-year-old, who worked
the cash register at the store, falsely entered returns from a customer into the
computer, refunding the money directly to his own credit card, according to
reports. Two days after the final theft, he quit his job.
Kennewick, WA: Businesses fight theft in the Tri-Cities
Local stores are being targeted by thieves, and one area is being hit especially
hard. Clearwater avenue is always bustling with activity, which makes it easier
for shoplifters to take advantage of local stores. "When people come in and take
stuff and leave it kind of feels like they're disrespecting you in a way," said
Brandon Stark, an employee at the 7-Eleven on Clearwater. Brandon Sparks has
worked at the 7-Eleven on Clearwater for nine months. During one of his shifts,
he noticed unusual activity. "There was a lot of people in the store and
basically I just saw the kid going around a bunch of different corners, getting
close to his friend and then they would laugh look at me and just shoot around
the corner again," said Sparks. Sparks told his manager as soon one of the kids
bolted out of the store. He and his manager later saw on camera footage, that
the kids stole candy from the store. Now that he has seen theft firsthand, he is
being proactive in stopping it.
Chicago, IL: Arson: Three men attempt to rob, set fire
to Humboldt Park business
Three men attempted to rob and torched a Humboldt Park business on the West Side
Saturday night. The men entered a business at about 8:30 p.m. and demanded
money. There was a struggle between the men and the business clerk, police said.
The three men ran out of the store without taking anything, but they were seen
"throwing an object" that is believed to have caused the fire, police said.
Philadelphia, PA: Attempted C-store Armed Robbery ends with 2 Suspects shot and
killed by Owner, no charges
Chicago bodega Customer shoots, kills Armed Robbery suspect; robber's gun was
Greenville, OH: Man arrested in connection to Pharmacy robbery and Criminal
Caldwell, ID: Police say 14-year-old charged with grand theft of Pastry
New Cumberland, PA: Man attempted to walk out with $539 worth of merchandise
Toronto, CN: Police issue warning after Brampton, Ont. firearms theft
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