17 Former XBR
Customers to Deploy Retail 20/20
Through The Zellman Group
The strategic partnership between Agilence and The
Zellman Group will convert multiple retailers to the 20/20 data
Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data
analytics solutions for operations and loss prevention, today
announced a new strategic partnership with
The Zellman Group, LLC. Through this partnership, The Zellman
Group will convert 17 retailers from Oracle's XBR system to
Agilence's Retail 20/20. Based in Greenvale, NY, The Zellman Group
provides consulting and support services for retail operations and
management across multiple vertical segments including: specialty
retail, quick service restaurants, fast casual dining, and
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NRF Retail LP represented in US DHS
on Soft Targets - Today
The NRF's Bob Moraca, MBA, CPP, CFE, & Vice President Loss Prevention
participated today in a roundtable discussion by the Congressional Homeland
Security Committee as a result of the events in Paris in mid-November. The
top issue they were universally interested in is how information flowed from the
Department of Homeland Security (and other Federal entities) to the private
sector following the Paris attacks. Was the information timely? Was it
actionable (or accompanied by suspicious activity reporting guidance, etc.)?
What actions does the private sector take after those kind of events?
The roundtable provided the opportunity to voice the LP industry's uneasiness as
part of the DHS "Commercial Facilities" under Infrastructure Protection Program.
As it seemed that most were frustrated and concerned with the lack of timely
"Situational Awareness" and guidance by the majority of federal agencies after
the Paris events and the verbal threats to Washington DC and New York by our
Below is the list of panelists who attended the roundtable representing "Soft
Targets." The discussions took place on Capitol Hill this morning at 10:30 am.
● Alan Orlob, Vice President, Global Safety and Security, Marriott
● Rob Kasden, Vice President of Security for the Mets;
● John Skinner, Director of Security, Major League Baseball; and
● Bob Moraca, Vice President, Loss Prevention, National Retail Federation
partnered with Lockheed Martin, FBI for employee surveillance
Between 2012 and 2013, Walmart reportedly hired Lockheed Martin and later began
working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to monitor its employees
suspected of being involved in labor protests.
Walmart contracted Lockheed Martin in the fall of 2012 to canvass and analyze
social media sites so that they can keep tabs on employees when it caught wind
of news that an advocacy group might stage a protest on Black Friday, according
to Bloomberg Businessweek.
More than 1,000 pages of e-mails, reports, playbooks, charts, and graphs, as
well as testimony from its head of labor relations at the time detail the retail
giant's efforts to conduct surveillance on its employees and members of the
Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), according to the
report. The documents were obtained prior to a National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) hearing into OUR Walmart's allegations of retaliation against employees
who joined protests, the report said.
While Lockheed Martin is one of the biggest defense contractors in the world it
also operates a tool called LM Wisdom, which the company advertises as having
the power to analyze content that could “incite organized movements, riots and
sway political outcomes.” While there is no evidence that the tool was used,
Bloomberg reported a single reference to it in the documents obtained in the
form of a question asking a Walmart corporate employee if she had heard of it.
Walmart reportedly also used assistance from the contractor in April 2013 to
monitor the movements of a “Ride for Respect” bus caravan organized by the
protesters to arrive in Bentonville, Ark., the location of Walmart's corporate
office, during a week long annual shareholder meeting.
Upon learning that members of the Occupy movement might join the protest,
Walmart contacted the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces although the documents
don't contain any details about the collaboration, according to the report.
Black Friday protests cost Chicago stores 25-50 percent of sales - Had
Activists who blocked the entrances to stores on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue
on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white cop
may have split opinions with their tactics.
But their goal of forcing retailers to suffer economic pain on what’s
historically the busiest shopping day of the year was a success, according to
unhappy store staff and managers who said Monday that Black Friday sales on
the Magnificent Mile were 25 percent to 50 percent below projections.
Images of protesters marching down North Michigan urging a holiday shopping
boycott dramatically reduced foot traffic while protesters who physically
blocked shoppers from entering stores also hurt sales in a big way, according to
the retailers, some of whom were critical of the low-key police response.
"We were down a lot,” said Sarah Midoun, a sales associate at Aldo shoe store.
“We were budgeted to make $37,000 but we only did $19,000 - customers told us
they were concerned. “If anything the police were kind of encouraging
(protesters who blocked the entrance to the store) by allowing it,” she said.
However, she added that if police had been too heavy-handed, “people might have
Aldo’s near 50 percent shortfall of its target mirrored results at other
stores. At Men’s Wearhouse, Black Friday sales were down from $19,000 last
year to less than $10,000 this year, according to store manager Jimmy Llorente,
who said some shoppers asked to hide from protesters inside his store’s foyer.
And at the Stuart Weitzman shoe store, sales were some $20,000 short of the
$50,000 managers had projected, according to associate Marisol Tapia.
Managers and staff at a dozen other North Michigan Avenue stores declined to
speak on the record with the Tribune, citing company policies that forbid
them to speak with the media, and referring questions to corporate officials who
declined to comment. But workers at each of those stores confided that their
Black Friday losses were in line with those described elsewhere.
The effect of the protest on the city’s premier shopping street was dramatic.
Retailer's Alert - Write Your Mass. State Representatives -
Increasing felony theft threshold for shoplifting would be step in wrong
direction in Massachusetts
In response to the Nov. 28 editorial “State should raise felony theft
threshold,” it is important to keep in mind that shoplifting is not a victimless
crime. US retailers lose more than $30 billion annually to shoplifters and
sophisticated theft rings involved in organized retail crime.
The estimated $750 million in stolen merchandise in Massachusetts translates
into $46.8 million in lost sales tax revenue, and results in increased
prices for honest consumers.
Increasing the felony threshold for shoplifting, without increasing the
current statutory fines, would be a step in the wrong direction. A
first-offense fine of $250 for the theft of $1,000 worth of merchandise is an
inadequate deterrent against future theft. The notion that the punishment must
fit the crime must go both ways.
No one wants to see the life of a first-time offender ruined by a felony
conviction for shoplifting, yet as the editorial points out, our courts avoid
such harsh outcomes by acting responsibly and fairly in their application of the
law. If professional criminals or repeat offenders are unwilling to take
advantage of the opportunity presented by such leniency, then they should
certainly be held accountable for their ongoing criminal activity.
Ryan C. Kearney, general counsel
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
The Bottom Line Benefits of Risk Management
Companies that employ strong risk management practices have better operating
performance and less stock price volatility, according to a report from Aon
AON -0.22% Global Risk Consulting and the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania. While this would seem to make sense from an intuitive standpoint,
Kieran Stack, a report co-author and managing director at Aon Global Risk
Consulting, said the research provides validation for the concept. “This
puts some science behind it,” he said, adding it is hard to draw a direct line
to what the return on investment is if a company invests $1 million in its risk
The report cites some best practices being used at companies that are ahead of
the curve on this issue, said Mr. Stack. These include having awareness of where
the most critical risks are in the organization, securing agreement on what
actions to take and following through with proper alignment, or execution, of
the strategy, he said. To do that, smart companies are emphasizing strong
communication to identify areas of concern, collaboration between various
business units and winning consensus for a plan of action.
In-store sales decline need to be viewed in context
In-store sales declines over Black Friday weekend had many analysts buzzing
about the future of brick and mortar. But an expert in store traffic cautioned
that the declines should be taken with a grain of salt. “It’s important to
view the decrease in context.”
Martin noted that where are several contributing factors, including fewer
available store hours on Thanksgiving Day and a later Hanukah that is
anticipated to push sales into December.
"Most importantly, the success of the holiday season doesn’t hinge on the
performance of a single day,” he added. Thanksgiving Day 2015 grossed an
estimated $1.76 billion in sales, which is a 12.5% decrease versus 2014; Black
Friday 2015 garnered an estimated $10.21 billion in sales, which is an estimated
11.9% decrease versus 2014.
Seven out of the top ten sales days still remain, and December is
anticipated to be strong,” added Kevin Kearns, ShopperTrak’s chief revenue
officer. “With that in mind, we still maintain our 2.4% increase in sales for
brick-and-mortar retail this holiday season.”
Black Friday still a big thing in Britain
Black Friday may not be what it used to be in the United States, but the
tradition has caught on big time across the pond, according to a report by the
New York Times. The BBC reported that shoppers in different parts of the
country experienced gridlock, biting, pinching, punching, kicking and
merchandise flying through the air as shoppers leapt over barriers to get their
hands on heavily discounted items, the report said.
'Predictable Scheduling' — The Next Big Legislative Trend?
While no predictable scheduling laws have yet to take effect outside of San
Francisco, the near simultaneous interest in the topic by three forces — state
and federal legislatures, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the New York
Attorney General — could signal an up-and-coming debate over employees’ rights
to predictable schedules. The sheer number of proposed laws in this area also
indicates that it will be an issue facing employers in the future. If you have
any concerns about whether your current scheduling practices are at risk of
legal challenge, reach out to experienced employment law counsel. law360.com
Sephora posts their Director of Loss Prevention position in San Francisco
The Director, Loss Prevention (LP) is responsible for the execution, direction,
advising and oversight of the District Loss Prevention Managers (DLPM) and all
of the Loss Prevention plans, programs and activities within geographically
diverse markets and enterprise-wide in order to reduce shrink, minimize company
liability / exposure as well as protect assets, resources and staff. The primary
metric for the Director, LP is the reduction of shrink at a company level.
Sephora stores – Sephora operates approximately 1,900 stores in 29 countries
worldwide, with an expanding base of over 360 stores across North America.
Sephora opened its first U.S. store in New York in 1998, its first Canadian
store in Toronto in 2004. Sephora's North American headquarters is located in
San Francisco, with corporate offices in New York and Montreal. successfactors.com
True Religion Jeans posts their Director of Loss Prevention
position in Manhattan Beach, CA
Reporting to the SVP of North America/ Direct to Consumer with 2 Regional LPM's
reporting to it.
Natural Grocers posts their Loss Prevention Manager position in Lakewood, CO. -
This is their senior LP position
The Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for protecting the assets of the
stores and the company through the design and implementation of inventory and
asset recovery programs including internal and external theft reduction
programs. With 90 stores this family grown business is all about healthy food.
Revere, MA: Police receives $38,000 Grant to take swipe at Shoplifting
The Revere Police Department has received a $38,495 grant to combat an increase
in shoplifting in the city. The Revere Police Department was one of 27 cities
and towns in Massachusetts to receive the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice
Assistance (JAG) Program Implementation grant, which is a federal grant
administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and Office of
Grants and Research. The purpose of the grant is to develop and implement a "No
Tolerance for Shoplifting" program. Through Revere's crime analysis program, the
police department has reported a significant increase in shoplifting offenses.
RETRACTION - In yesterday's article 'Calm During
Crisis: Inside King Soopers' we incorrectly reported that Cathy Stark was previously a District LP Manager at
King Soopers, a division of Kroger. She was not a DLPM but instead an
Almost $4.5B U.S. worth of items stolen annually through
supermarket ‘grazing' by customers in the UK
Cabela’s Inc. to Explore Strategic Alternatives
Toys R Us closing iconic Times Square flagship store
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ascena Retail Group Q1 comp's down 3% with net sales up 40% (ANN INC
Ascena Retail Group Division's comp's Justice down 15%, Lane Bryant up 4%,
maurices up 7%, dress barn down 5%, Catherines down 1%
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17 Former XBR Customers to Deploy Retail 20/20 Through The Zellman Group
The strategic partnership between Agilence and
The Zellman Group will convert multiple retailers to the 20/20 data analytics
LAUREL, NJ, December 02, 2015 - Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of
cloud-based data analytics solutions for operations and loss prevention, today
announced a new strategic partnership with The Zellman Group, LLC. Through this
partnership, The Zellman Group will convert 17 retailers from Oracle's XBR
system to Agilence's Retail 20/20. Based in Greenvale, NY, The Zellman Group
provides consulting and support services for retail operations and management
across multiple vertical segments including: specialty retail, quick service
restaurants, fast casual dining, and hospitality.
"Agilence's desire to be the most innovative provider in the reporting space has
enabled them to build the most powerful and user friendly tool on the market,"
said Stuart Levine, President and CEO, The Zellman Group, LLC. "By deploying
20/20 our clients will find new ways to improve profitability while also
identifying opportunities to reduce loss."
"The Zellman Group's expertise in helping retailers reduce loss and maximize
profitability has made them leaders in the market. Our technology will help The Zellman Group extend that leadership by giving them a solution that provides
best-in-class exception reporting and operational intelligence," said Russ
Hawkins, President and CEO, Agilence, Inc. "We are very happy to partner with
The Zellman Group, and I look forward to a long relationship."
is the industry leader in data analytics and reporting solutions for retail and
food & beverage organizations. Agilence develops 20/20 Data Analytics, a family
of highly flexible and powerful cloud-based reporting solutions. 20/20 provides
organizations with a complete view of their business, empowering them to make
informed decisions faster, to increase efficiency and improve profit margins
across the enterprise. Agilence, Inc. is headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ. To
learn more about Agilence, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-366-1200.
The Zellman Group
The Zellman Group is the leader in Civil Recovery, Loss Prevention, Retail, Food
& Beverage Operational Auditing, Employment Screening and Mystery Shopping
operations. Zellman's nationwide team helps Clients with every aspect of
operations, allowing them to take advantage of our expertise while they focus on
their core business. Zellman customizes solutions to each client's
specifications, identifying areas of opportunity to maximize profitability. The Zellman Group is headquartered in Greenvale, NY. To learn more about Zellman,
email@example.com or call 516-625-0006.
Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) is known for its innovative products,
superior customer service and dedication to giving back through its charitable
activities. An industry leader in electronic article surveillance, USS has
embraced new technologies like GPS, card access and RFID with the same passion
and integrity they've given their legacy EAS tags over the years. In this LPNN
interview, Craig Cunningham, VP Business Development, and Ken Rayca,
National Accounts Manager, discuss the evolution of security technology and the
innovations USS provides retailers to prevent today's sophisticated thieves.
LPNN Quick Take #3
In this LPNN Quick Take, Joe and Amber are joined by MultiSight's
Jackie Andersen, Director, Retail Strategic Accounts. Hear from Jackie about
MultiSight's retail-focused video line, its parent company Schneider Electric
and what excites her about the current landscape of omni-channeling retail.
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Cyber Monday Sets Record, Continues to Evolve - "Digital shopping has just
become ‘the thing’”
Adobe Digital Index put online sales on Monday at $3.07 billion, a 16 percent
increase year-over-year, with nearly $800 million coming from mobile devices.
This year’s growth rate was just below last year’s 17 percent increase, to $2.68
billion, and on par with the 16 percent rise seen between 2012 to 2013. But
the reality is that the lowest prices actually occur on Thanksgiving Day, not on
Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Lila Snyder, president of global e-commerce at Pitney Bowes, said this was the
second year that Black Friday became part of the consumer vernacular in
China. Snyder said there was a 40 percent increase in orders to American
brands from China between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29, with Black Friday the peak of
activity. China was the top international destination for Black Friday
orders. From 2014, there was a 78 percent increase in orders placed with U.S.
retailers by online shoppers in China, a 114 percent increase in orders placed
in Taiwan and a 34 percent increase in orders placed by consumers in South
Walmart points to mobile as this year's ‘dominant shopping trend’
“Mobile firmly established itself as the dominant shopping trend, for both
traffic and sales,” he said. “Mobile is making up more than 70% of traffic to
Walmart.com, and now, nearly half of our orders since Thanksgiving have been
placed on a mobile device – that’s double compared to last year. Our customers
went from previously mostly searching and browsing on mobile, to making
purchases at a much higher rate.”
Malware attacks spike a day before Cyber Monday
The number of malware infections—which come from links that, once they're
clicked on, install spyware on personal computers—spiked 51% in New York City
and 76% nationally, according to Enigma Software. "In general, any time
there's an increase in online activity, particularly online commerce, we see a
correlating increase in infections," said an Enigma spokesman. crainsnewyork.com
Online Piracy, Ad Fraud Cost U.S. Media Firms $8.2B a Year: Report
A new report alleges that infringed content, malware and fake traffic is costing
the U.S. advertising and media industry about $8.2 billion each year.
Online fraud: Criminals target high-end items on Cyber Monday
Cyber criminals are likely going to be setting their sights on such higher-end
items as Rolex watches and MacBook Air computers on the Monday after
Thanksgiving, commonly known as Cyber Monday, as well as digital gift cards.
That’s according to a just-released report, which analyzed 2.8 million online
transactions that it processed across several verticals over a six-month span.
Forter looked at fraudulent purchase attempts its software was able to prevent
and at fraud that slipped through in the following categories: luxury items,
electronics, digital goods (gift cards, World of Warcraft gold), business
services (hosting services, remote hosting), legitimacy boosting (SEO,
phone-verified accounts), and food and fun.
The company’s data shows that in addition to high-end electronic devices, Louis
Vuitton handbags and diamond engagement rings are popular fraud targets. They
also found that digital gift cards in particular are popular with criminals
because they’re an easy target.
A quarter of online users would continue to use a website that suffered a data
breach, survey says
"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
2 sentenced in $200M international credit card fraud scheme in New Jersey
Khawaja Ikram was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison and fined $10,000,
while Mohammad Khan was sentenced to 366 days behind bars for helping fuel a
$200 million international credit-card fraud scheme, said New Jersey federal
The defendants were part of a conspiracy, which fabricated more than 7,000 bogus
identities to obtain more than 25,000 illicit credit cards, and run up more than
$200 million in bills, said Paul J. Fishman, U.S. attorney for New Jersey.
The massive enterprise ran from 2003 through February 2013, authorities said,
and spanned at least eight countries and 28 states, including New Jersey.
Ikram, 43, and Khan, 51, were among nearly two-dozen defendants, including the
ringleaders, charged in February 2013, prosecutors said.
The scam consisted of a three-step process, said authorities. The defendants
created false identities by manufacturing phony ID documents such as drivers'
licenses, pay stubs, tax returns and Social Security numbers, said court papers.
Next, they'd doctor credit reports to pump up the credit cards' spending and
Afterward, they'd spend or borrow as much as they could, based on the bogus
credit history, without repaying the debts, court documents said. They caused
more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial
institutions, said prosecutors.
The conspirators used more than 1,800 "drop addresses," including houses,
apartments and post office boxes to receive bills and other mail relating to the
phony cards, court papers said.
Editor's Note: This case, originally reported in 2014, will not be included in
this year's Publicly Reported ORC Numbers.
Baltimore, MD: Conspirator in Counterfeit Credit Card Ring Sentenced to Over 6
Years in Prison
Over 250 Individual and Institutional Victims Had Their Identities Stolen and
Sustained Actual Losses of Over $126,000. U.S. District Judge William D.
Quarles, Jr. sentenced Stanley Downey, age 49, formerly of New York, today to 74
months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for bank fraud
conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, arising from a scheme to use of stolen
credit and debit card information to manufacture counterfeit credit cards used
to buy merchandise and services. Judge Quarles also entered an order requiring
Downey to pay restitution of $126,318.99.
Canadian Fencing Operation: Oshawa, Ontario shop owner, son, accused of selling
more than $50,000 of stolen snow tires
An Oshawa tire shop owner and her son have been charged with stealing and
re-selling more than $50,000 worth of winter tires. The thefts are alleged to
have occurred at car dealerships in Port Perry, Cobourg and Stouffville during
the summer months, Durham police said. In one incident, the theft of $15,000
worth of tires and rims from Taylor Ford in Port Perry, surveillance cameras
caught images of suspects, police said.
Two Texas women plead guilty in Iowa; busted at airport fleeing the state
Charmaine D. Montgomery, 23, and Brooke A. Darby, 28, bought $5,562 worth of
gift cards during 90 transactions carried out over four days in June at six Home
Depot and Fred Meyer stores in the Treasure Valley. When the two Fort Worth
women were arrested at the end of their spree, Boise police seized 424
counterfeit and fraudulently purchased gift cards and prepaid credit cards — the
most ever recovered in a retail fraud case in Boise. The two women flew to Boise
from Fort Worth on June 21. They rented a car at the Boise Airport and went to
work using stolen credit card numbers embossed onto blank cards. Police
investigated and detained Montgomery and Darby at the Boise Airport before they
had a chance to leave the state.
Murfreesboro, TN: $5K worth of merchandise stolen from Victoria's Secret
Authorities are once again on the hunt for several suspects who allegedly stole
more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from The Avenue’s Victoria’s Secret store.
The manager of the store told officers that four or five females in scrubs
entered the business and stole $5,250 on Nov. 25. Video of the incident shows
the suspects walking into the store, grabbing the merchandise and quickly
running out of the store. The theft only lasted seconds The Victoria’s Secret
location has been hit multiple times over the past few months.
Fairfax, VA: High School student charged with Stealing Thousands of Dollars of
Goods With Fake Credit Cards; product re-sold in NYC
Fairfax County police have arrested a young couple from New York who allegedly
used fraudulent credit cards to buy thousands of dollars of goods from Northern
Virginia retailers, most of it high-end perfume. Messihana Alicia Porter, 18, is
still in high school. Fairfax County Police she used the alias Tanya Harding on
fake or cloned gift gifts and credit cards she received from 21-year-old Donovan
Nedd. Court documents say Porter and Nedd used the fake cards in Virginia, and
Macy's stores at Tysons Corner Center and Fair Oaks Mall were frequent targets.
The two are charged with credit card theft and attempting to sell stolen
property. Investigators say Nedd recruited Porter when she was still a juvenile.
She told investigators Nedd would give her the fake or cloned cards. Her alias
-- Tanya Harding -- was stamped on all of them. She said Nedd instructed her to
buy high-priced items. Chanel perfume was a favorite. Nedd would then allegedly
take the perfume back to New York to resell it. Porter was supposed to get a
percentage of the profits.
Fort Myers, FL: Man steals nearly $2K worth of items from Saks Fifth Avenue at
Authorities are looking for a man who distracted employees at the Saks Fifth
Avenue store at the Bell Tower Shops before running off with nearly $2,000 in
shirts. On Nov. 20, authorities say the man picked out a $295 Burberry shirt and
a $595 hoodie. When he brought the items to the register, he asked a store
employee if he could see some shoes. While she turned around to assist the man,
he grabbed another shirt and ran out of the door with all three items, which
totaled $1,185 in value. A loss prevention officer at the store said he
recognized the suspect from previous thefts.
St Peters, MO: Three Suspects Sought In Toys R Us Theft
Surveillance cameras were rolling when three allegedly woman stole merchandise
from a Toys 'R Us store in St. Peters Saturday. Police say the suspects were
captured on video surveillance pushing three shopping carts full of items out of
the Toys R Us on Suemandy Drive at just before 3 p.m. Saturday. As they were
putting the toys in the vehicle, a male customer was able to take back a cart
full of stolen items and take it to the store, and as he grabbed the cart, the
women grabbed items from it, police said. The female thieves loaded the
remaining stolen items their vehicle and fled the area prior to police arrival.
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Anchorage, AL: Black Friday shoplifter pulls gun at Lowe's
An attempted shoplifter pulled a gun when confronted by employees just before
noon today at a Midtown Lowe’s, Anchorage police say. The man escaped. Police
are reviewing security footage as the investigation continues, said Sgt. Cameron
Hokenson. It’s unclear if the man was able to take any merchandise out of the
store at 333 East Tudor Road. Police are not releasing a description of the
suspect at this time. No one was reported injured. Within minutes, busy Black
Friday shopping had resumed.
Houston, TX: Update: Video released of Violent Shoplifting incident at Ross
Dress for Less; LP guard assaulted
A woman accused of punching and hitting store employees to get away with
shoplifting has been arrested. Jane Ellen Marzell, 69, was arrested by Houston
police Tuesday evening on a fugitive warrant. She's been charged with aggravated
robbery, stemming from a shoplifting incident at the Ross Dress for Less the day
before Thanksgiving. The video shows Marzell using a large pair of pliers to get
a Ross employee to give up her hold on the front door. According to Harris
County court records, Marzell loaded up a shopping cart with 5 handbags and went
to the back of the store to use the pliers to remove the security tags. When a
store employee confronted her, Marzell punched her and then bolted for the door.
One employee suffered a broken thumb.
Fleeing car-theft suspect holes up in San Jose Toys “R” Us store
Holiday shoppers at a South San Jose Toys “R” Us received a less than welcome
surprise after a car-theft suspect used the toy store to hide from police during
an officer-involved shooting Tuesday, police said. Officers arrested the
assailant, who has not been identified, inside the store after authorities
opened fire on the car the person was driving en route to the location. The
incident started around 12:50 p.m. after a man reported his car was stolen at
Thornwood Drive and Winfield Boulevard, said Officer Albert Morales, a police
Sebastian, FL: Winn-Dixie robbed; Suspects later toss loot from getaway truck
Police in Sebastian said two men from Orlando robbed a Winn-Dixie Tuesday night
but later started tossing the stolen money from their getaway truck. At about
9:55 p.m., officers with the Sebastian Police Department responded to the
robbery at a store on Sebastian Blvd. Police said a man armed with handgun and
concealing his face entered the store and forced the employees, and at least one
customer, into an office at gunpoint. The robber then demanded the employees
fill his backpack with money. With an undisclosed amount of cash, police said he
fled the store and was picked up in the parking lot by an accomplice in a
gold-colored truck. While pursuing the vehicle, police said the occupants began
throwing stacks of money out of the car window. After a short pursuit, the
suspects, identified as Brian Keith Smith, 40 and David Cornelius Holder, 24,
both of Orlando, Fla., were apprehended without further incident.
Santa Fe, CA: 3 sought in $1 million Jewelry store theft
The Santa Fe Police Department is looking for three thieves said to have stolen
more than $1 million worth of merchandise from a Plaza jewelry store during a
popular holiday celebration. An estimated $1 million in jewelry was reported
stolen from Diva Diamonds & Jewels on the Santa Fe Plaza last Friday night.
According to Lt. Michele Williams, three suspects – two men and a woman – went
into Diva Diamonds & Jewels on the Plaza between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday,
during the city’s crowded annual Plaza holiday lighting event, and took 11
valuable items while employees were busy with customers. Investigators believe
the heist may have been planned for about two weeks, because the suspects have
been seen in the business before.
Tulare, CA: Nearly $500,000 of Pistachios stolen from processing plant
Nearly a-half million dollars in pistachios were stolen from a local plant but
the Tulare based company is learning this theft could be the work of
sophisticated thieves who are part of a bigger scheme. In the Central Valley,
theft has always been an issue but for Horizon Nut Company it's never been like
this. "They had all the right documents we had no idea really that anything was
out of the ordinary at all," said Scott Woodard of the Horizon Nut Company. In
November, a driver picked up 40,000 pounds of pistachios -- an entire truckload.
They had falsified documents and passed the pick-up inspection. And they aren't
the only ones who've been tricked by sophisticated thieves. "They've actually
hacked a DOT database.” An emergency summit to address the thefts will take
place Dec. 3 at the Wyndham Visalia Hotel near the Visalia airport. The event
takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is provided.
UK: 11,000 bottles of fake Paco Rabanne and Issay Miyake perfume seized at
Shoppers are being warned not to buy counterfeit merchandise after thousands of
fake goods were seized at Southampton port. In the financial year of 2014-15 the
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phone cases also detained. Once items are detained, Border Force work with the
owners of big brands to find out if they are genuine and if the are fake the
goods are destroyed and the rights holders can decide whether to privately
prosecute the importers.
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Syracuse, NY: Man charged with shoving Destiny USA Loss
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Oklahoma City, OK: Hobby Lobby employee attacked by Shoplifter
Lexington, SC: Two arrested on 15 counts for credit card fraud
Bay City, MI: Sister forces 7-foot-4 Michigan man to turn himself in after
robbing 7-Eleven store at knifepoint
Centralia, IL: CVS shoplifter with priors sentenced to 18 months
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Sherman Market – Norwood, OH – Shooting/ 1 injured
Taja Indian Restaurant – Denver, CO – Burglary
Valero – Dover, DE – Robbery
Verizon – Thomasville, NC – Armed Robbery
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