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November's Moving Ups

7 New Senior LP's - 11 Appointments - 16 Promotions

Amazon promoted Angela Rueber to Crisis Manager - Global Security Operations
Arecont Vision named John Sprague Regional Sales Manager for Northeastern US and Eastern Canada
Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas, TX promoted Steve Boyd to Vice President, Loss Prevention
Ascena Retail Group promoted Scott Pethuyne to Director, Analytics & Fraud Management – Asset Protection
belk named Tim Derringer, CISM Director - Information Security
Best Buy promoted Kellen McWhite, CFI to Associate Director, Global Threat Detection & Response
Bloomingdale's named Peter Chie, CFI Vice President Asset Protection
Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) elected Brendan "Ben" Dugan President
Comcast named Amanda Grabowski Senior Security Investigator
Domino's named Ganjar Imansantosa, CISM Director - Information Security
Food Lion named Joshua Rogers, CFI Director of Asset Protection
Gap Inc. promoted Keith White to Executive VP
Genetec promoted Aaron Varenhorst to Business Development Manager, Signature Brands
Goodwill of Orange County promoted Chan Park to Corporate Investigations & Internal Audit Manager
Lowe’s promoted Evan Edwards to Senior Corporate Investigator – Investigative Intelligence
Nordstrom promoted Patricia Carbonara to Manager, Violence in the Workplace Assessment, National LP
Nordstrom named Chalston Layacan Senior Corporate Investigator
OpenEye named Jim Mack Technical Training Manager
Rue 21 named Brian Bazer Sr. Director Loss Prevention
Tailored Brands, Inc. named Leo Doran Vice President of Loss Prevention
TBC Corporation named Hector Sanchez Senior Director of Enterprise Security
The Beautiful Group promoted Hutch Hillebert to Director of Facilities & AP Western US/Canada
Tony's Finer Foods/Fresh Market named Kazuya Ohara Director, Asset Protection
Vector Security Networks named Brian B. Potts National Channel Sales Manager
Walmart promoted Maria Herrera-Garcia to Investigative Manager - Global Investigations
Walmart eCommerce promoted Cory Vaughan to Compliance, Asset Protection & Safety Ops Manager
Whole Foods Market named Rob Wynn Director Asset Protection - Eastern United States

Evan Edwards promoted to Senior Corporate Investigator – Investigative Intelligence for Lowe’s
Prior to his promotion to Senior Corporate Investigator - Investigative Intelligence, Evan spent nearly six years in various positions with Lowe's. His first position with the company was Loss Prevention & Safety Specialist, which he held from 2013 to 2015. He then spent over three years with Lowe's as a Loss Prevention & Safety Manager. Before being promoted, Evan held the position of Online Fraud Investigator. Congratulations, Evan!


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Top Industry News

Detex-Partner DSI Wins Security Today's ‘New Product of the Year’ Award for Anti-Tailgating Entrance Device
Security Today magazine, the leading industry media brand providing technology, education and solutions for security professionals, and, the preeminent editorial website for the security industry, recently announced the winners of the Security Today 2018 New Product of the Year Award.

The New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.

Designed Security, Inc., was named the Pedestrian Security Entrances winner with the ES5600 Entry Sentry with Voice. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

STANLEY Security Achieves SOC 2 Certification for Sixth Consecutive Year
STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, has successfully achieved Service Organization Control (SOC 2®) certification for its platform for the sixth year in a row. The auditing procedure is governed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and speaks to the controls STANLEY Security has in place to manage critical data with proper disciplines and greater transparency, giving customers the confidence in the ability of STANLEY to manage their sensitive information.

SOC 2 is an auditing procedure for non-financial data that ensures proper management, protection and access of the security provider’s data while verifying the quality and integrity of related processes. STANLEY was measured against over a hundred different control points in the 2018 SOC 2 report.

Here Comes the 1st Lawsuit After Sr. Mgt. Sexual Harassment Firings
Lululemon Board Ignored Toxic Work Culture, Investor Says

In a Delaware Chancery Court derivative complaint made public Wednesday, an investor in exercise apparel maker Lululemon Athletica Inc. said the company's board ignored the behavior of its former CEO, creating a toxic work environment to the detriment of the company's financial position and reputation.

In the complaint filed a week ago, shareholder David Shabbouei alleges former CEO Laurent Potdevin fostered a "boys' club culture" at the company's upper management levels that promoted bullying, sexual harassment and gender discrimination while alleging the board of directors did nothing to prevent the ongoing pattern of toxic behavior.

The suit claims that after Potdevin resigned as CEO and chairman of the board in February for falling short of the company's standards of conduct, media reports revealed deeper cultural problems, with many women denied promotions to leadership positions while other women involved in romantic relationships with Potdevin and other high-level executives at Lululemon were given such opportunities.

After Months of ‘Empty Gestures’ From LAPD, Family of Trader Joe’s Manager Killed in Police Shootout Sues to Get Answers
The family of a Silver Lake Trader Joe's store manager killed by police gunfire during a shootout between officers and a fleeing suspect filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday seeking not only damages for the woman's death, but also answers about the circumstances of the deadly shooting.

Melyda Corado, 27, was working her shift at the grocery store on Hyperion Avenue on July 21 when a police pursuit of a man accused of shooting his grandmother in South L.A. and taking a young woman hostage ended up in front of the business.

Too many questions remain about the incident, despite promises from the Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Michel Moore of a transparent investigation, said Ron Rosengarten, one of the attorneys representing the Corado family.

In Case U.S. Readers Missed It in Vector's Canadian Connections
Toronto Shoplifting Up 51% Since 2014
Toronto's Non-Violent 1st Time Shoplifters Under $1k NOT Prosecuted

This year, Toronto had 16,667 shoplifting incidents reported to Toronto police as of Oct. 30. Up 51% from 2014.

First-time shoplifters will no longer be prosecuted in two of Toronto’s busiest police divisions as part of a six month pilot project that, if successful, will go citywide.

The program — called Shop Theft — allows privately employed theft prevention officers to release an accused non-violent shoplifter after the details of the incident are called in to a division, as opposed to waiting — sometimes for hours — for police to answer the low-priority calls. As long as they meet certain criteria — they must be 18 years of age or older, the items they are accused of stealing are worth less than $1,000 and they have identification.

Accused shoplifters who are released through Shop Theft won’t be charged, although police reserve the right to later.

The new procedures could lead to an increase in the number of accused shoplifters, says a U.S. academic, and to the increased use of a controversial practice by retailers called civil demand recovery letters, which threaten legal action if the accused doesn’t pay hundreds of dollars in punitive damages, even when the items are retrieved.

Peel Regional police have run a shop theft release program with large chain retailers since 1997. The program has been a success, says Sgt. Mike Lockington, who is in charge of crime prevention for Peel Regional police.

It’s great for the stores because they gain efficiencies,” he says. “They’re able to have faster turnover, so their loss prevention officers are able to get back on the floor, protecting the property in their retail store.” “The less of a drain on resources for police the better and the same for the retailers.”

C-Stores Combat Human Trafficking
“One-hundred girls are already sold a night in Atlanta"

More retailers are becoming a safe harbor for victims of this vastly unreported crime.

Convenience stores are realizing the power they have in joining forces to fight human trafficking.

“The business community, like government and churches, has only recently started to take on the effort. It’s wonderful from a comprehensive standpoint because we need all eyes and ears possible,” said Bill Cronin, commissioner at the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking in Florida.

Cronin noted traffickers and victims often frequent c-stores. Red flags might include someone repeatedly buying large orders of first-aid kits, tampons or food orders, or a big group of women who come in to eat daily, but don’t talk.

Selling single cigarettes, drug paraphernalia or single cold beers can inspire traffickers to set up shop near your store and use it for food and supplies, Cronin said. “The trafficking industry is very transient. They will go where it’s easiest to make money and has the least amount of obstacles.”

Clipper Petroleum, based in Flowery Branch, Ga., has partnered with the national anti-human-trafficking non-profit, In Our Backyard, which has developed the program Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT). The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores and the National Association of Convenience Stores, among others, have also partnered with the organization.

Minority Drivers Sue Amazon Over Background Check Policy
Amazon Inc. was hit with a proposed class action from black and Latino delivery drivers in Massachusetts state court Thursday alleging the company’s policy of terminating drivers who don’t meet background history requirements regardless of their performance is racially discriminatory.

The drivers said the policy results in the systematic firing of qualified black and Latino drivers and removes talented employees from the workforce. The drivers brought their suit on behalf of all black and Latino people who were hired to make deliveries in Massachusetts and terminated within the three years preceding the complaint because of the company’s background check policies and practices.

Are retailers better off going cashless?
The foodservice and retail industries appear headed to a cashless future and, while proponents suggest that doing so will help businesses cut cash handling costs and reduce losses due to theft, it may also leave groups of consumers without a way to purchase goods and services.

The move to cashless transactions got its start in restaurants a few years ago, USA Today reports, and has since shifted to retail locations, as well. Cashless stores and restaurants will make up between 40 and 50 percent of all establishments within the next 15 years, according to an IHL Group forecast.

Retailers and other businesses, including Amazon, The Bar Method, Bonobos, Casper Mattress, Drybar, Indochino, Everlane and Reformation, currently operate physical locations that do not provide customers the option of paying by cash.

While consumers and retailers may like the ease of using non-cash forms of payment, particularly as more make use of mobile wallet technology, the concern is that merchants will discriminate against unbanked customers.

Legislation was proposed in New York City this week that would ban the practice of refusing cash as payment. Ritchie Torres, the city councilman from the 15th district in the Bronx who introduced the legislation, claims that cashless stores discriminate against poor people, many of whom are minorities.

“On the surface, cashlessness seems benign, but when you reflect on it, the insidious racism that underlies a cashless business model becomes clear,” Mr. Torres told Grub Street. “In some ways, making a card a requirement for consumption is analogous to making identification a requirement for voting. The effect is the same: It disempowers communities of color.”

The Guardian reports that studies have found 12 percent of New York City residents do not have bank accounts.

The state of Massachusetts has a ban on cashless stores, although a separate Guardian report claims it is rarely enforced. Legislators in New Jersey have also considered a similar ban.

How the G20 Summit Might Affect Security Technology
The G20 summit is coming to Argentina on Friday, and this could mean big news for the security industry, as President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to meet regarding the ongoing trade war between the two countries.

The U.S. and China have been going tit for tat imposing tariffs on one another, with Donald Trump telling the Wall Street Journal as recently as Monday that he may impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion of Chinese imports if no deal is reached. Tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods are already set to increase from 10 to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

The Security Industry Association has identified 29 categories within the list of products seeing an increase in tariffs that could negatively affect the global security industry.

Some products facing this 25 percent tariff increase that the SIA has pointed out as affecting the security industry are electronic burglar and fire alarms, control panels, automatic data processing machines, audio technology, copper, lead-acid storage batteries, video surveillance cameras and door hardware. It is essentially impossible to run a security business without these components, and incredibly complicated for smaller companies to switch suppliers to avoid the tariff impact.

Sears Workers, Galvanized by Toys ‘R’ Us, Ask for Bankruptcy Assurances
Employees of Sears Holdings Corp., inspired by the hardship fund for workers affected by the collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc., are asking Chairman Eddie Lampert and the firms involved in the chain’s bankruptcy to preserve jobs and stores as well as guarantee severance pay and pensions.

“While we understand that Sears and Kmart must make changes to survive, we do not believe it is fair that financial firms stand to profit from Sears’s bankruptcy while employees like us are asked to sacrifice,” the workers said in a letter addressed to Lampert. It was signed by 62 current and former employees.

Sears says it has no plans to liquidate after filing for Chapter 11 court protection in October, but it has been closing stores and cutting jobs as part of that process. It’s still working to keep several hundred outlets alive as part of Lampert’s plan to buy the company out of bankruptcy. Sears has lost billions of dollars since Lampert combined the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company with Kmart in 2005.

Earthquake hits near Anchorage, Alaska, triggering tsunami warning
Stores damaged
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Alaska Friday, the United States Geological Survey said. The quake, which hit about eight miles north of Anchorage, prompted authorities to declare a tsunami warning.Videos posted to social media showed students taking shelter under their desks and grocery store items knocked to the floor from shelves.

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Spotlight on Detex

Detex-Partner DSI Wins Security Today's
‘New Product of the Year’ Award
for Anti-Tailgating Entrance Device

The New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.

DALLAS - Security Today magazine, the leading industry media brand providing technology, education and solutions for security professionals, and, the preeminent editorial website for the security industry, recently announced the winners of the Security Today 2018 New Product of the Year Award.

More than 100 entries were received in the 10th successful year of the independently juried contest. Winners were honored in 47 product award categories.

Designed Security, Inc., was named the Pedestrian Security Entrances winner with the ES5600 Entry Sentry with Voice.

In environments with tighter security requirements, tailgating can pose unnecessary security risks. The DSI Entry Sentry is designed to deter such activity. Using unique algorithms, this solution can allow people with briefcases or pull bags to pass without causing alarms, making it one of the most accurate and cost-effective anti-tailgate devices in the industry. The Entry Sentry series is available as both a standard unit (ES5200) and a unit with voice (ES5600).

For more information on the ES5600 Entry Sentry with Voice please visit DSI's Tailgate Detection pages.

Ransomware Up 432% Black Friday Weekend
As Black Friday Shoppers Stay Online, Ransomware Climbs

SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers recorded 28 times more ransomware attacks on Black Friday compared to 2017. In November, the infamous Cerber ransomware variant was the most prevalent, representing 76 percent of all ransomware attacks.

Each major shopping day saw triple-digit jumps over the same dates in 2017. Interestingly, ransomware attacks on Small Business Saturday — likely bleed over from Black Friday — were up 919 percent over 2017.

From a volume standpoint, Cyber Monday only trailed Black Friday in total attacks, further signifying shifting cybercriminal strategies that focus on more than specific shopping days for better success. These trends continued upward for the Tuesday following Cyber Monday as well.

Malware Volume Dips for Holiday Shopping, Still Trending High in 2018
Malware data trends represent one of the best indicators of cybercriminal tactics and big-picture strategies. After a relatively down 2016, malware volume surged in 2017 to record levels, increasing 18.4 percent, as published earlier this year in the 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report. Through October 2018, malware attacks were already up 44 percent year to date.

However, U.S. malware attacks were actually down, across the board, during the Thanksgiving holiday. This moderate decline in the use of malware includes a 47 percent drop on Cyber Monday and a 40 percent decrease on Black Friday, the two biggest shopping dates of the season.

This regression likely signifies that criminals are narrowing the focus to the most profitable types of attacks, such as ransomware, which spiked during the 2018 holiday shopping season.

Marriott discloses massive 4-year data breach affecting up to 500 million guests
2nd biggest breach in history behind Yahoo

Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, revealed Friday that its Starwood reservations database had been hacked and that up to 500 million guests could be affected.

The data breach involved information mined from the
reservations database for Starwood properties, which include Sheraton, Westin and St. Regis hotels, among others. An unauthorized party had accessed the database since 2014, company officials said. The breach included names, email addresses, passport numbers and payment information, according to the hotel giant.

With the information of 500 million people having been compromised,
Marriott’s breach is one of the biggest in history, second only to Yahoo’s breaches in 2013 and 2014, which affected 3 billion user accounts.

The Bethesda, Md.-based company said that it reported the breach to law enforcement and is also notifying regulatory authorities. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether the data had been encrypted when accessed by the hackers.

The hotel chain has set up a website and call center to answer questions at, and it is emailing affected guests beginning Friday.

Read Marriott's Press Release Statement:
Marriott Announces Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

Blockchain technology spreading throughout retail sector
Blockchain in retail’s market value will be 29 times higher in 2023 than 2018, rising from $80 million to more than $2.3 billion, according to analysis by FinTech entrepreneur, speaker and author Monica Eaton-Cardone based on a MarketsandMarkets report.

“Bitcoin has suffered high-profile hacks and wildly fluctuating prices in recent years, so wariness of cryptocurrency has led some to be leery of blockchain by association. But the technology is starting to spread throughout the retail industry now that early adopters are proving its real-world potential,” says Eaton-Cardone, who serves as CIO of Global Risk Technologies and COO of Chargebacks911.

Here are some key areas:

Supply chain management - Walmart and IBM have partnered on a blockchain-based food traceability initiative that can identify the origin of produce almost instantaneously; instead of taking nearly a week, that data can now be retrieved in just 2.2 seconds. This is critical in cases of food-born illness outbreaks and safety recalls. It also enables retailers to demonstrate compliance with regulations aimed at eliminating slavery and human trafficking from supply chains and allows merchants to unequivocally assure customers that products are ethically and/or sustainably sourced.

Inventory management - Blockchain is making it easier for merchants to track the location of goods - from manufacturer to warehouse to backroom to check-out - and replenish inventory in enough time to avoid backorder and out-of-stock scenarios, which reportedly cost retailers worldwide nearly $1 trillion each year.

Authenticity verification - Counterfeiting and theft are ongoing problems for manufacturers and retailers, whether it’s knockoffs of high-end goods such as handbags, fragrances and watches or criminals trying to sell stolen art or automobiles to legitimate dealers. Blockchain trails can help manufacturers detect product diversion and trademark infringement, and they also enable resellers to verify ownership.

Metrics that Matter: How to Measure the Effectiveness of Corp. Security Programs
What is the point of spending time, resources and money on your security program if you can’t tell whether it’s working or not? It’s just as important to establish the right metrics for a security program as it is to have such a program in the first place. We often say “not everything that gets measured matters, but what matters absolutely should get measured,” and that is just as true for security as any other critical business function. So how should organizations go about measuring the effectiveness of their security program?

We recommend a three-stage approach (akin to “crawl / walk / run”) based on your organization’s security program maturity.

Three Stages of Measurement

Stage One: Foundational – Measuring Capabilities and Maturity
For enterprises that are just starting to get a handle on their security program, it’s likely that they simply don’t know what they don’t know. At this stage, the most appropriate place to start is a framework-based assessment that validates controls and assesses and reports on the existence of foundational capabilities and maturity of their program.

This assessment should be tailored to the company’s unique security program, focused on specific business needs and executed with the explicit goal of increasing security’s impact on business success.

Stage Two: Intermediate – Measuring ROI
Companies that have already begun investing in an enhanced security program through a focused transformation will often want to understand if the program strategy is still correct and if they are obtaining the expected ROI.

At this stage, we want to define key performance metrics to measure the maturity of capabilities and their ability to deliver ROI. Metrics should be related to what is meant to be improved. If the metrics are stagnant, the company should determine what’s not working.

Stage Three: Advanced – Measuring Readiness to Respond
Enterprises with more mature security programs have gone beyond measuring capabilities and ROI to asking the ultimate question: do they have the right mix of people, process and technology in place, measured by their readiness to respond? The best way to discover the answer is to conduct adversary/scenario-based testing. This type of testing is beneficial at all stages, but more mature organizations will see the most value from this type of investment because the results will highlight hard-to-find weaknesses in the security program.

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74% of Top 200 - 'Best In Class' Online Retailers in Email Trustworthiness
Retailers Achieve Record Email Trustworthiness Leading into Holiday Shopping Season

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Lands’ End, Musician’s Friend, Office Depot, OpticsPlanet, Sierra Trading Post, Staples, Talbots and Walgreens

Two hundred of the largest online retailers are taking consumer email protection and convenience seriously, according to analysis by the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance

“Although email unsubscribe and security practices may not win any retail customers, it can certainly lose them, and retailers appear to be paying attention,” said the Technical Director of the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance, Jeff Wilbur. “Our research shows that retailers are working hard to eliminate email compromise and impersonation, while generally making it easier than ever for consumers to unsubscribe from marketing emails. We’ve noted there’s still plenty of room for improvement and one or two worrying trends, but overall this shows a serious commitment to improving the online shopping experience.”

Seventy-four percent of the retailers received a “Best of Class” designation, meaning they scored 80 percent or higher in OTA’s analysis of their marketing email trustworthiness. Ten of those sites had perfect scores, which means they adopted all twelve of OTA’s email best practices, did not send an unsubscribe confirmation email, and did not violate CAN-SPAM and Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). Those retailers are Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Lands’ End, Musician’s Friend, Office Depot, OpticsPlanet, Sierra Trading Post, Staples, Talbots and Walgreens. Last year, 67 percent were Best in Class, and nine retailers received perfect scores.

Eighty-nine percent of the audited retailers stopped sending marketing emails to consumers immediately after they placed an unsubscribe request, up from 88 percent in 2017. Conversely, companies not honoring unsubscribe requests by consumers dropped from six percent last year to two percent this year. OTA’s research showed three percent of the retailers were in violation of U.S. and Canadian anti-spam laws either by not listing their physical address in an email or failing to honor unsubscribe requests.

Walmart's Revenue "Plummet's" 39% on Cyber Monday
Kohl's, Nordstrom, Walmart and Macy's were the big online sales winners on Cyber Monday among 10 major retailers, all posting revenue jumps compared to Cyber Monday in 2017. Walmart's and Sears, however, both saw online revenue decline compared with last year.

Kohl's posted the biggest year-over-year increase, with its Cyber Monday revenue up 42% over last year. Nordstrom was second with a 33% gain from Cyber Monday 2017, while Walmart was up 32% and Macy's saw its online take increase 30%, according to Edison Trends' analysis of 3 million email receipts from Cyber Monday sales.

Meanwhile, saw its revenue plummet 39% compared with a year ago on Cyber Monday, and Sears posted a 5% drop in its own online revenue, compared to the year before. Amazon's sales increased by 17%, and all told it captured 72% of Cyber Monday's online revenue, according to Edison Trends. 

In a statement regarding Jet's falling revenue on Cyber Monday, a Jet spokesperson said that Walmart has been repositioning Jet since last year "to better complement by serving customers in major cities where Walmart has less of a presence."

Amazon is being investigated by the German antitrust authority
German antitrust officials are investigating whether Amazon is preventing fair competition in the country's online marketplace. The Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) said in a press release Thursday it had "initiated an abuse proceeding" over the online giant's treatment of third-party sellers on the website The statement added a list of practices that might be considered abusive practice by Amazon, including withholding payments, blocking seller accounts without explanation, and use of sellers' information.

Walmart's Revenue "Plummet's" 39% on Cyber Monday

Holiday shoppers of tech gifts are migrating online

The Unsustainability of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for E-Commerce

Amazon's treatment of sellers comes under scrutiny in Germany

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
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Knox County Sheriff's Office task force recovers $30K in stolen goods
Shoplifters in Knox County - 75 of them so far this season - have been caught by the Organized Retail Crime Holiday Task Force. Retailers typically see an uptick in shoplifting incidents during the holidays. The task force, run by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, works with stores to catch shoplifters and recover stolen merchandise during the holiday shopping season. Approximately 20 officers are part of the task force, many of them detectives, according to Sgt. M. Lawson said. The task force has recovered about $30,000 in stolen goods and made approximately 75 arrests since Wednesday, Nov. 21, the first day this year the task force was active, said Lawson. Last year, the holiday task force arrested 433 people and recovered $96,000 in stolen goods.

Holly Springs, GA: 100+ guns taken in heist
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms confirm that more than a hundred guns were taken from a Holly Springs firearms store and gun range, in a heist that may be connected to other thefts of its kind. Holly Springs Police said Wednesday night after the store had closed, thieves forced entry through the front door and proceeded to steal "product" from the store. The Holly Springs store has been burglarized multiple times in recent years.

Norman, OK: T-Mobile workers use GPS to outsmart crooks: $30,000 of merchandise recovered
Two Texas men accused of robbing a T-Mobile store were quickly arrested, thanks to some quick-thinking employees. Two masked men walked in to the store and it was obvious to employees that they wouldn't be paying customers. Sarah Jensen of the Norman Police said, "Brandished a small baseball bat and began threatening the employees at the store, demanding items." The suspects forced two young employees into a backroom in the store. Police say, the employees were ordered to fill a trash bag full of the store's priciest merchandise. Jensen said, "They placed approximately 30 Apple and Samsung cell phones into this trashbag." The haul was worth almost $30,000 altogether. Before leaving, the suspects also took one of the employees id’s, threatening to 'come back and get him if he reported the incident to police.' Jensen said, "The thing that the suspects did not know is that the employees put in one cell phone that had a GPS tracker on it." Officers tracked the phone to the two suspects, who still had the cell phones and the bat in the car with them.

St. Augustine, FL: Shoplifting suspects sought in St. Augustine Outlet Mall thefts; Investigators say shoplifters tend to operate in groups and steal for a living
Authorities have released surveillance images in the hopes of identifying several people wanted in connection with a pair of recent shoplifting cases at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall. In the first case, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office posted a series of images on its Facebook page, saying deputies are looking for two men and two women suspected of stealing baby clothes from an unnamed store on Tuesday. The group got spooked and dropped most of the merchandise and a phone on their way out, deputies said. Investigators believe the suspects, described as Hispanic, may not be from the area because the phone had a Tennessee area code.

Lexington, KY: Police Seek Suspects In Shoplifting Ring at Fayette Mall
Lexington police are working to identify a group of five people who coordinated the theft of hundreds of dollars in merchandise from a local store. The alleged organized shoplifters were caught on camera stealing from Vengeance in Fayette Mall.

Moline, IA: 3 Suspects wanted in $1,400 Felony Theft from Walmart

Cork City, Ireland: Woman arrested after six shops 'targeted in $3400 morning theft spree'

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Shootings, Stabbings & Deaths
Trenton, NJ: Woman chased, gunned down in broad daylight outside C- Store; shot 20 times
Shaela Johnson, 19, was killed on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. Johnson was shot multiple times in her head and body, and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in a pickup truck. She was pronounced dead a short time later. Following the shooting, police found "numerous" shell casings at the intersection of Stuyvesant and Hoffman avenues, as well as in front of the D&A Deli. Surveillance video from the store shows two men shooting at Johnson, according to police.

Washington, DC: Red baseball cap helps DC police capture suspect in murder of gas station clerk
Three weeks after a gas station clerk was shot and killed in Northeast D.C., police say they have cracked the case because of a red baseball cap and a trail of coins. On the morning of Nov. 3, a man wearing a hooded jacket and ripped blue jeans made his way into a convenience store at the Valero gas station on Brentwood Road. While the clerk was in the restroom, the man made his way behind the counter and attempted to steal money from the register. The suspect was wearing a red hat. According to D.C. police, it held the evidence they needed to make an arrest in the murder case.

Tulsa, OK: Police investigate suspected homicide outside convenience store

Lincoln, NE: Man Found With Stab Wound In McDonald's Bathroom Believed To Be Victim Of Armed Robbery

San Antonio, TX: Man hospitalized after being shot outside West Side food mart

Gwinnett County, GA: Police need help identifying Burglary suspect who injured himself stealing empty box from T-Mobile


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

UK: Rob our Shop and we'll pay you $50 an hour - incredible job ad goes live; get paid and keep what you can steal
A clothing shop is on the lookout for a thief - offering £50 an hour to someone who steals from them. They also get to keep three of the things they manage to steal. The shop owner, who asked to remain anonymous, says she wants to find out where she needs tighter security, as well as how staff can work better to prevent theft. The winning thief will need to visit the shop on a number of days and times over several weeks, then produce a report of how they got away with it. The job request was posted here on

UK: London: 'Like sharks circling around their prey': Dramatic moment detective busts girl gang of Bulgarian pickpockets targeting shoppers on Oxford Street
Half a million shoppers visit Oxford Street each day. Last year 2,000 were victims of pickpockets in the area. Sgt Stamp of Met Police added: 'Everyone knows when they come to London, they are going to go shopping on Oxford Street and all the pickpockets know that is where the'r prey is going to be.

Daniel’s Jewelers in the Mira Mesa Mall, Mira Mesa, CA reported a Grab & Run on 11/28, items valued at $11,500

Kay Jewelers in the University Mall, Tuscaloosa, AL reported a Grab & Run on 11/29, items valued at $6,098

Kay Jewelers in the West Atlantic Shopping Center, Jacksonville, FL reported an Attempted Burglary on 11/27, no merchandise stolen

Zales in the Penn Square Mall, Oklahoma City, OK reported a Grab & Run on 11/29, item valued at $1,999

Sentencings & Charges

Norteno gang member sentenced to prison for serial robbery
Anthony Lek was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday in connection with Norteno gang violence and racketeering after committing a series of armed robberies. Lek and three other Norteno gang members robbed a Zales jewelry store on June 2, 2010, threatening employees with a gun, tying them up with zip ties after they handed over merchandise, and stealing over $800,000 worth of jewelry.

Sacramento, CA: One of 5 suspects enters a No Contest plea in
T-Mobile Robbery Case
The suspects were facing 7 years to life after being charged with Kidnapping, in reference to a store employee being moved to another part of the store, that charge has been reduced.

Fall River, MA: Neck tattoo leads to man’s 7- Eleven & Rite Aid Armed Robbery conviction

East Hartford, CT: Man accused of machete robbery at 7- Eleven found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

San Francisco, CA: Dublin Man Sentenced To 14+ Years For Series Of Armed Pharmacy Robberies


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AT&T – Cypress, TX – Burglary
Auto Parts – Madison, WI – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Hunterdon County, NJ – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Syracuse, NY – Armed Robbery
Dollar General - East Huntingdon Township, PA – Robbery
Gas Station – Huntington, WV- Armed Robbery
Gun Store – Holly Springs, GA – Burglary
Gun Store – Canton, GA – Burglary
• Jewelry – Jacksonville, FL – Burglary
Jewelry – Idaho Springs, CO – Robbery
Liquor Store – East Hartford, CT - Robbery
Popeyes – Colorado Springs, CO – Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Gwinnett County, GA – Burglary
7-Eleven – Bend, WA – Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
10 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killing


Weekly Totals:
95 robberies
22 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing

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