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An epidemic of thievery is sweeping across America, and authorities are not quite sure what to make of it  Desperate people do desperate things, and it appears that Americans are rapidly becoming a lot more desperate. So why is all of this happening? Well, as I have written about previously, crime is on the rise in the United States, and poverty is absolutely exploding. In fact, full-time workers are actually outnumbered by people on welfare in America today. Over the past five years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people that cannot take care of themselves without help from the government. Millions upon millions of Americans that have been forced into poverty are becoming increasingly angry, frustrated and desperate. And what we are watching right now is only just the beginning - all of this is going to get a whole lot worse. (Source mensnewsdaily.com)

Wal-Mart planning smaller US stores
It’s accelerating the expansion of small stores in the U.S. at a faster pace than that of its supercenters. It aims to tether these small stores to supercenters, which will act as mini warehouse hubs for their smaller cousins. For this fiscal year and next combined, it plans to add about 300 smaller format stores, particularly its Neighborhood Markets. Those formats, which offer fresh produce, meat, household supplies and beauty products, average 38,000 square feet. In contrast, it plans to add 240 supercenters in that time period. (Source journalgazatte.net)


Men's Wearhouse denies Jos. A Bank request to access its books  Men's Wearhouse said Monday that it won't give rival Jos. A Bank access to nonpublic information that it could use to assess whether to potentially raise its $2.3 billion buyout offer. Shares of both companies fell in afternoon trading. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., based in Hampstead, Md., said in a statement it was "disappointed" that its request for information was turned down and reaffirmed that it would drop its offer if "good faith discussions" are not held by Nov. 14. It had said on Thursday it would consider boosting its bid if allowed access to nonpublic information. (Source khou.com)

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2B to settle marketing allegations  Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday. The allegations include paying kickbacks to physicians and pharmacies to recommend and prescribe Risperdal and Invega, both antipsychotic drugs, and Natrecor, which is used to treat heart failure. (Source khou.com)

Inditex, the parent company of 7 brands including Zara, has no plans on slowing down  Amancio Ortega opened the first Zara store in 1975 and pioneered the idea of quickly imitating catwalk trends to create a global giant with more than 6,100 stores in 86 countries, making the publicity-shy Spaniard the world's third-richest man. Inditex, which owns seven brands other than Zara, including more upmarket label Massimo Dutti, has also expanded faster to emerging markets, with Asian markets recently overtaking Spain as its biggest source of sales for the first time. That helps explain why Inditex shares are so highly prized: they trade at 26 times expected 2014 earnings, compared to 23 times for H&M and 13 times for Gap. (Source yahoo.com)

Cargo thefts have resonating effects on international markets  Stolen cargo is a major issue in the transportation industry that can have resonating impacts across multiple industries. According to Fleet Owner, many retail companies experience significant brand damage as a result of shipments that are lost in transit. In fact, stolen goods are often resold in the consumer market. However, the lack of proper storage and transportation can make many of these products - especially pharmaceuticals and food items, in particular - unsafe. (Source tmsystems.com)

An Interview with a Shoplifter - a criminal's perspective on the holiday shopping season  Shoplifting happens at all times of the year but during the holiday shopping season shoplifting can go through the roof. Some steal Christmas gifts, others steal for themselves and family. Then you have those professional "boosters" - the shoplifter who make a living stealing from retailers. This year it is estimated that shoplifting theft may hit a new high and cost US retailers as much as $2 billion in losses. As the holiday shopping season approaches, retailers may want to take more preventative action in an attempt to minimize all forms of losses including shoplifting. In 2011, LP expert and blogger Freddy Tarasoff conducted an interview with a professional shoplifter who was part of an organized retail crime ring located somewhere in the Eastern United States. Professional thieves make up the smallest segment of the shoplifting community but are usually the costliest to merchants. See what one professional shoplifter had to say here. (Source shopliftprevention.blogspot.ca)

Countering click spam: Researchers test new algorithm to detect, combat fraudulent clicks online  Click-spam has become a little-known way of life on the Internet. Little known, compared to other types of spam, because much of the fraud is targeted at the advertising networks, rather than at consumers directly. Given that U.S. online advertising tops $36 billion a year, even a small fraction of fraudulent clicks on Web advertisements adds up. "Hundreds of millions of dollars are siphoned off in ad revenues based on illicit click-spam schemes," says researcher Vacha Dave of the University of California, San Diego, who helped design a new algorithm designed to catch click-spam in search ad networks. (Source phys.org)

New Study shows Mobile Payments on the rise
More than half of American smartphone users, which is a majority of Americans, make some kind of mobile payment on their phones, according to a new survey by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Ease of use was the greatest benefit of mobile payments, cited by more than 90 percent of survey respondents. The largest group of mobile payment users is between the ages of 30 and 44, followed by those 18 to 29. Women are also more likely to make mobile payments than men, the study found. (Source associationsnow.com)

Chinese businesswoman's death sentence upheld in $200 million fraud case

Retailers inch closer to cross-platform shopping as deep linking takes off

Discount retailer Building 19 files bankruptcy, plans to close in a month

Animated mannequins steal show at Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in New York  Talking mannequins almost steal the show at the exhibition, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” which opened recently at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City. The animation effects are accomplished by a high-tech, high-definition audiovisual system that includes projecting facial images on to the mannequins. (Source chainstoreage.com)




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Shots fired inside a Paramus, New Jersey Mall, Shooting Suspect Found Dead  A 20-year-old man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said Tuesday. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said the body of Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus. He said Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a note was found. There were no other injuries. Paramus Police said Shoop's body was discovered around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday deep within a lower level of the mall that is not a public area. Shoop did not work at the mall, he said, and police are still seeking a motive for the shooting. Chaos erupted shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time on Monday when authorities said a man dressed in black and wearing what is believed to be a motorcycle helmet fired shots. There were no injuries. Witnesses said the sound of gunfire sent customers and employees rushing hysterically for the exits and hiding places at the mall. (Source foxnews.com)


Chicago Man sentenced to 19 years for armed robbery of Elmhurst cigarette store  A Chicago man was sentenced to 19 years in prison today for stealing more than 700 cartons of cigarettes from an Elmhurst cigarette store. Charles Watkins, 42, of Chicago, pleaded guilty today to one count of armed robbery, a class X felony. Watkins, armed with a gun, and Claiborne Robertson, 44, also of Chicago, allegedly entered a cigarette store on York Road in Elmhurst May 11, 2012 and told the clerk they were government inspectors. The two men allegedly told the clerk they needed to inspect the cigarettes, then led the clerk to a back storage room where they handcuffed him before fleeing with the merchandise. (Source mysuburbanlife.com)

Advance Auto Clerk sexually assaulted during Fayetteville, NC robbery  A female clerk was sexually assaulted Saturday night during a robbery at a Fayetteville auto parts store. Two men went into the Advance Auto Parts store at about 8 p.m. Saturday and asked for information about an auto part. While one of the clerks began checking for the part, one of the men pulled out a gun and demanded money. The two robbers then moved two clerks to the rear of the store, and one raped a female clerk while the other held a male clerk at gunpoint, police said. The robbers fled with an undetermined amount of cash. (Source wral.com)

Mount Laurel, NJ Police investigating Home Depot robbery; Loss Prevention agent threatened with a knife  The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday after store security saw a man leave with a shopping cart full of unpaid faucets and door handles and then followed him to a U-Haul rental van in the parking lot, where he was met by two male accomplices, police said Monday. When confronted at the van, one of the accomplices pulled a knife and threatened the guards. The men loaded the stolen merchandise and drove away, the value of the stolen goods was undetermined. (Source burlingtoncountytimes.com)

Bessemer, Alabama Police Officer shoots suspect in Dollar General attempted robbery  Bessemer policeman interrupted an attempted robbery and ended up shooting the alleged robber on Sunday night. The shooting happened at the Dollar General Store about 8 p.m. Sunday. Bessemer Deputy Chief Mike Roper said the officer was on a routine security check when he found a man trying to force the cashier to give him money. Ordered the suspect to drop his weapon and see his hands. After that, shots were fired," Roper said. Roper said the suspect refused to obey the officer's commands. The suspect was hit twice and taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries. The suspect was later identified as Marcus DeWayne Evans, 29. He has been charged with first degree robbery. (Source myfoxal.com)

Two robbers killed during grocery store holdup in Reading, Pennsylvania  Two robbers were killed by a civilian as they held up a grocery store in Reading on Monday afternoon, police there said. Reading police said they are still trying to piece together details about the 2 p.m. shooting at Krick's Korner at N. Ninth and Exeter streets. A Reading police sergeant said there was a robbery at the store and the two suspects were shot by a civilian. Both robbers died at the scene. Police did not say if the shooter was a customer or an employee of the store. (Source mcall.com)

DeLand, Florida Police investigating second burglary in 12 days at Boost Mobile  DeLand police are looking for suspects in the second burglary of a Boost Mobile store on South Woodland Boulevard in 12 days. The most recent burglary was at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Police responded to a burglary alarm at the store, 2245 S. Woodland Blvd.. Surveillance video also released Monday shows two males smashing a glass door. Police say the suspects are also seen taking cell phones and accessories. (Source news-journalonline.com)

Wisconsin Rapids woman gets 10 days for stealing from employer at a convenience store; stole over $30,000  Sanya Bernal was working for Saratoga Mini Mart for 3 months in 2012. During that time, she had an unusually high number of voids, about 60 a day. The store’s manager told authorities Bernal would complete the customer’s transaction then afterward, she would void the sale and use the money to purchase lottery tickets or put the money in her pocket. Sanya M. Bernal ordered to pay $33,236.10 in court costs and restitution. (Source wisconsinrapidstribune.com)

Phoenix police unit tracks counterfeit goods
Sgt. Dave Lake heads the Phoenix Police Department’s Business and Economic Stability (BEST) project, a unit of eight detectives focused on protecting the city’s businesses from crimes including intellectual property theft, trafficking in counterfeit and stolen goods and fraud schemes. The BEST unit began as a three-month pilot program in spring 2013. During that time, the team of four detectives confiscated $1 million in counterfeit goods, investigated more than $1 million in stolen items and made 40 arrests. The Phoenix Police Department commissioned a study to determine the economic impact of those illicit activities. A forensic accounting firm concluded the losses amounted to $224,000 in sales tax revenue, $216,000 in wages and nine jobs.
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Two Orem, Utah men arrested for thousands in credit fraud  According to the Orem Department of Public Safety, officers responded to Best in Music in Orem around noon on Oct. 31, where a Hispanic male had bought $10,000 worth of guitars. While the officer was following up on that case, dispatch received another call that a similar case was in progress at Summerhays Music in Orem. Officers responded to Summerhays, where they arrested a second suspect, 24-year-old Robert Richardson. Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Department of Public Safety says that an alert clerk helped to catch Richardson. (Source heraldextra.com)

Thieves Steal Hundreds Of Painkillers From a Bethany, Oklahoma Pharmacy  Smash-and-grab thieves took off with hundreds of painkillers. It's the second time, recently, Don's Pharmacy has been burglarized. The most recent incident happened sometime between 1 p.m. on Saturday and the start of business on Monday. Pharmacy staff found the glass front window and front door shattered into pieces. (Source news9.com)

Chesterfield County, Virginia Police release surveillance video of a suspect in a Family Dollar, Baskin Robbins and a grocery store robbery  Authorities on Monday released surveillance video of a man suspected of robbing two businesses and trying to rob another, all in less than three hours on Saturday evening. Richmond police are asking the public to help them identify the man suspected of robbing a Family Dollar store in Chesterfield County, trying to rob a Baskin-Robins ice cream shop and then robbing a Martin’s grocery store. The ice cream shop and the Martin’s are located in South Richmond. (Source timesdispatch.com)

Bank Robbery inside a Kroger store in Cordova, TN goes unnoticed by other shoppers; suspect is wanted in 4 Sun Trust robberies inside Kroger stores  Memphis police officers are investigating the robbery that at least one Kroger customer did not even know had happened until he walked out of the store. The suspect description sounds a lot like another man wanted for bank branch robberies in at least two other Memphis area Kroger stores in recent weeks. Like Monday's suspect, the suspect in the previous robberies was seen leaving in a black Lexus. (Source wmctv.com)

Chicago Nike store employee accused of theft wears Nike T-shirt to hearing  Jaelon Wilson, 19, of Alsip, Ill., was working at the Nike Store at 8510 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Sunday afternoon when Nike employees called Chicago police officers to arrest him for allegedly stealing goods from the store using his privileges to make store gift cards. County prosecutor said Wilson would create gift cards at his post at the South Side outpost, without paying for them, and then spend the money on those gifts cards at another local Nike outlet. Wilson, who was charged with retail theft, was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon, wearing a teal Nike shirt, and released on a $10,000 I-bond with electronic home monitoring. (Source redeyechicago.com)

Covington, Louisiana woman has a really bad day; arrested for shoplifting, fired from her job, robs a Walgreens and then caught throwing a brick through her former employer’s restaurant's window

Houston Police release a photo of suspect in a Kroger robbery in March

Female shoplifter in Fresno, CA facing robbery charges after biting a store clerk, but doesn't get away

 

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Black Friday is a little more than one month away and with it signals the retail market’s shift into the high season of frenzied consumer shopping. Retailers continue to seek new ways to leverage technology to protect stores from the ever-present threat of internal and external theft, fraud and organized crime that zaps bottom-line margins. Video surveillance technology is a valuable addition to any retailer’s technology toolbox, allowing users to not only look to video to reduce losses but tap into new data streams that deliver new levels of business intelligence. Video business intelligence combines intelligent functions such as people counting, queue management, store performance and customer behavior analysis to deliver new levels of operations, security and buyer behavior than previously possible.

Join Verint and Alex Johnson, Senior Director of Retail Solutions, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions, to hear the new ways retailers are leveraging video surveillance, video management software and embedded analytics to deliver real-time situation awareness and Actionable Intelligence to protect assets and enhance the customer shopping experience.

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Seattle Restaurant owner among those charged in liquor ORC ring  Eduardo Morales-Cardenas is the head of the crime ring. He owns the Puerto Vallarta restaurant on California Avenue in West Seattle. Investigators say he directed three men and one woman to hit the liquor isle in grocery stores all over King County. The crew would then bring the stolen booze to Morales-Cardenas who would buy it for pennies on the dollar. Investigators believe he then sold the liquor in this restaurant. This type of investigation provides prosecutors with evidence that these are more than simple shoplifting cases. The charge of Organized Retail Theft is a felony that carries harsher penalties upon conviction. (Source king5.com)

Kentucky man admits he was part of an ORC group responsible for over $32,000 in theft  Joseph Mattingly, 28, gave police a recorded statement saying he worked with other people to consistently steal merchandise from stores, return the items for a store gift card and then sell the gift cards for cash value. According to police, the group is responsible for selling more than 260 fraudulently obtained gift cards for more than $32,000. Mattingly said the group included his father, uncle, brother sister and a few others. Officers interviewed the people he indicated were involved, who also admitted their role in the scheme and implicated Mattingly, as well. The suspect told police he participated in the crimes because he is addicted to heroin and has financial difficulties. (Source wave3.com)

Four suspects in Helena, Montana charged in alleged theft ring  Four people have been charged in an alleged felony theft ring for knowingly possessing stolen property. According to the filed complaint, the four were in possession of the property, including a laptop computer that had been tracked down local motel. A search warrant found several drivers licenses and credit cards belonging to others. (Source kxlh.com)

Five New Yorkers sentenced in Federal Court on Credit Card fraud in Indianapolis  Five New Yorkers arrested in April by Clarksville police on suspicions of credit card fraud, were sentenced Monday by a federal court. The group is believed to be responsible for what the U.S. Secret Service has called the largest credit card fraud operation they’ve seen in the Louisville area. United States Attorney announced Monday that the five individuals were sentenced after being convicted of possessing hundreds of counterfeit credit cards as part of a credit card fraud scheme allegedly based in New York. (Source newsandtribune.com)

Trio of shoplifters hit Coach Outlet in Gonzales, Louisiana  Gonzales Police need the public's help in finding three suspected shoplifters. Police say three black females walked into the Coach Outlet store in Tanger Mall and were seen "concealing" four Coach brand watchers in a purse carried by one woman. The three females walked directly out of the store without paying for the merchandise. The combined value of the watches is $1,140. (Source wafb.com)

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