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USS Foundation In Action 
Watch their 2016 Thanksgiving Care-A-Van event video recap

The USS Foundation, a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to helping families experiencing financial difficulties, partnered with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department to bring its Thanksgiving Care-A-Van to more than 200 families in underserved populations in Southern California on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Each family was gifted with an entire holiday meal, complete with a whole turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie and a roasting pan to prepare the food in.

Watch the new event recap video here.

Robberies remain high in November: Up 38% over same time last year
Last four months of 2016 up by 46% over 2015
In every month of 2016, the number of reported robberies and burglaries has surpassed or - in a few cases - is virtually the same as the corresponding month of the previous year. The difference is especially stark over the past several months, starting with a 60 percent spike in the number of August robberies and continuing in October as robberies jumped by nearly 50 percent.

Overall, the last four months of this year are up 46 percent over the same period in 2015.

Last month, that trend continued as there were 38 percent more robberies in November 2016 than in November 2015.

The graphs below shows how each month of this year stacks up against the same month in 2015 and how the past four months in particular compare. It's clear in which direction the numbers are moving.

         Robberies by Month: 2015 vs. 2016



Aug-Nov: 2015 vs. 2016
4-month trend up 46%

 

Though robberies dipped slightly this month compared to last, it's evident that robbery incidents continue to remain high and consistently surpass those reported in 2015. The question going forward is likely not whether the number of robberies will remain higher in the closing months of 2016, but rather how much higher than last year they will be.

Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry
Sweatshop conditions are still found in garment factories in California 20 years after investigators uncovered one of the most egregious examples in El Monte, Calif.

Despite decades of enforcement, the plague of sweatshops still exists in America. As the Made in USA trend continues to gain momentum — and President-elect Donald Trump has centered his incoming administration’s focus on boosting U.S. manufacturing — government investigations continue to uncover illegal working practices in apparel factories, particularly in California.

The irony is that the Made in America movement might be fueling the use of sweatshops, according to government officials.

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil said after years of research, investigators have found that the root of the problem lies squarely with the pricing structure dictated by retailers and officials are addressing it by holding meetings with retailers to show them their findings.

“If you are simply seeking the lowest cost production, you [as a retailer or brand] would have left the U.S. a decade ago,” Weil said. “The industry that still resides in the U.S. is here because it provides just in time production capacity to retailers and those retailers need domestic sources for doing quick turnarounds.

The problem is those same retailers are paying prices for that close-sourced domestic production that simply does not provide a basis for those contractors to both comply with our basic labor standards and make a return sufficient to comply with the laws,” Weil said.

He noted that the studies showed that contractors are only receiving about 73 percent in prices for orders of what they would need to comply with basic minimum wage and overtime requirements.
Increased demand for just-in-time production and quick turnarounds that has cast a fresh spotlight on U.S. factories.

While officials are not finding the same level of egregious violations that were found in El Monte or to a lesser degree in New York — where Kathie Lee Gifford infamously handed out checks to workers after they were found to have been underpaid in a shop making goods for her line — they are finding widespread minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping violations, depriving thousands of workers of fundamental pay, essentially making them modern-day sweatshops, according to Weil.

Of the 77 cases investigated between November 2015 and April 2016 in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, the government disclosed on Nov. 16 that officials had found violations in 85 percent of them, calculating more than $1.3 million owed to workers in back wages.

From recent meetings held with Ross Stores, Forever 21 and T.J. Maxx — the three retailers that had garments found most frequently in factories with wage violations — Rosalez said the companies recognize there is a problem, which they don’t condone at all. While the three monitor their overseas factories, only T.J. Maxx has a system that checks on its domestic vendors, he said.

“Our goal is to have them take ownership of the problem and start a formal monitoring program [in the U.S.],” Rosalez said. “The consumer pressure internationally has forced them to have a program overseas. It’s consumer-driven. I don’t think consumers are aware that we even have these kinds of shops located in the U.S.”

Among the retailers cited in the investigations that the Department of Labor disclosed on Nov. 16, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Ross, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom publish guidelines on their web sites that their partners are expected to follow.

A spokeswoman for Ross said the Dublin, Calif.-based retailer works with DOL to ensure its vendors understand and comply with all applicable laws on the local, state, federal and international level.

Los Angeles-based Forever 21 said it has met with DOL officials and is cooperating.

Avedis Seferian, president and chief executive officer at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, or WRAP, said: “The fact that we still have violations even in the U.S. is not going to be something that I can claim is surprising. The sad truth is that we have bad actors all over the world.”

He said companies often take a risk-based approach on monitoring and allocating resources for it. wwd.com
 
Sotheby’s Hires Fraud Expert to Start New Research Department
James Martin, who has worked on fraud for the F.B.I. and investigated forgeries, will join Sotheby’s after the acquisition of his firm, Orion Analytical.  onlinenewsplanet.com
 
Hottest Retailer in the country is:
Ulta Beauty Q3 comp's up 16.7%, online sales up 59.1%, net sales up 24.2%

Ulta’s performance was impressive, both in brick-and-mortar and online where its sales jumped nearly 60%. (For commentary, click here.) Ulta’s net income surged 23.2% to $87.6 million in the third quarter, up from $71.1 million in year ago period, amid strong sales.

Same-store sales rose 16.7% — on top of a 12.8% increase in the year-ago quarter — primarily driven by 11.1% growth in transactions and 5.6% growth in average ticket. chainstoreage.com
 
On the market for a new VP of AP - Any candidate should know this:
In a first, non-family member to take reins at Meijer

Family-owned and operated Meijer is getting a new CEO — and for the first time in the retailer’s 82-year history, it’s not a family member.

Effective January 1, 2017, Rick Keyes, president of Meijer, will add the title of CEO. He will replace Hank Meijer, who is stepping down as chief executive and will serve as executive chairman of the board.

Meijer, which operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, has been privately owned and family operated since it was founded in 1934.  chainstoreage.com

Report: The Limited may shutter headquarters, close stores permanently
May Cease Operations Totally If No Buyer Found

Limited Stores LLC has notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that it may lay off as many as all 248 employees, including its entire headquarters staff, and close down that Columbus, OH-area office as it struggles with plummeting sales, Columbus Business First reports.

The company’s letter to the state suggested that, while details weren’t final, “this mass layoff is expected to be permanent,” according to Columbus Business First. The company says it’s entertaining bids, but it may cease operations if a buyer can’t be found.  retaildive.com

Ascena blames sales struggles on election anxiety
While we believe the extraordinary election cycle and warmer weather contributed to lackluster consumer activity, ultimately we were disappointed with our sales performance," Ascena CEO David Jaffe said on the company's earnings call, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript. retaildive.com

RLPSA Board of Directors Hold Annual Meeting, Outline 2017 Initiatives
RLPSA Board of Directors met this month to outline and launch 2017 initiatives. RLPSA continues to establish itself as the loss prevention, safety & security resource which helps members minimize losses and reduce liabilities within the restaurant and food industry.

From left to right: David Johnston, David George, Van Carney, Michael Loox, Amber Bradley, Linda Zaziski, Ken Gladney, Scott Elkins, Rocco Prate, and Stephen Longo

Specialty retailer lays off 25% of Loss Prevention team last week - Name Confidential

American Apparel Strikes Auction Plan Deal With Creditors

Tuesday Morning To Pay $750K To Settle Rest Break Suit of 3,000 employees


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q3 comp's up 16.7%, online sales up 59.1%, net sales up 24.2%
Big Lots Q1 comp's flat, sales down 1%

Last week's #1 article --

Black Friday sparks violence around the world
Black Friday 2016 has been marked by a number of violent incidents around the world, including a shooting in a mall parking lot in New Jersey.

Black Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving and is historically regarded as the beginning of Christmas shopping season.

In recent years it has become known as a time for standing in lines for hours, snagging some deep discounts and, maybe, getting into an all-out brawl with strangers.

 

In Columbus, Mississippi, early bird shoppers at a Walmart scuffled electronic items

 
A number of people were involved in a mass brawl in Modesto, California. 


 

Balancing
Fun And Professionalism
At The Holiday Office Party
 

Here are 10 tips to insure that you make a great impression while you mix and mingle at the office party.

1. Prepare your party intro. The way you greet your fellow party-goers can have a huge impact on their perception of you. The best party introductions combine business information with a personal twist.
2. Look approachable Some nonverbal behaviors can bring out the best in people. Smiling is one of them, as it directly influences how other people respond.
3. Take a stand. To project a poised and professional look, it is important to stand tall.
4. Pick your spot. Stationing yourself near the end of the bar so that, as people exit with a drink in hand, you can start a conversation with something as simple as “Hi, is the red wine good?” Her second favorite place to stand is at the end of the buffet line, so that right after people fill their plate you can invite them to join you in finding a place to sit.
5. Limit your alcohol. There are many reasons why you should watch your drinking at an office party. (And, I’m sure, there are many career-limiting examples of colleagues who didn’t!)
6. Dress for success. Clothes make a visual statement about how you see yourself,
7. Reach out and touch someone Usually considered to be the most primitive and essential form of communication, we are programmed to feel closer to someone who has touched us. In fact, touch is so potent and effective that a study on handshakes (by the Income Center for Trade Shows) showed that people are two times more likely to remember you if you shake hands with them.
8. Get up close - but not too personal. At an office party, there's nothing wrong with leaning slightly toward the person you’re talking to; in fact, this body language cue indicates that you’re engaged and interested. But be respectful of other people’s space. If you're at a business function in the U.S., (even if that function is a party) never get closer than 18 inches.
9. Buddy up. Work the room in pairs. The role of each “tag teammate” is to keep an eye on the other person, to make introductions, and to make sure that both of you are comfortably engaged in conversations.
10. Show your gratitude. Another tip from these master networkers is to seek out the person who is hosting the party. (This is probably an executive or senior leader.) Thank him or her for sponsoring the event. You don’t have to go overboard with praise, but acknowledge that you appreciate the chance to connect with some new people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

If lucky enough to be invited, you definitely should attend your office holiday party. Don’t pass up the opportunity to have fun while expanding your network, building your personal brand -- and making a great impression!  forbes.com

 

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PayPal News

Programmer sentenced for sale of prohibited online “hacking” tools

The PayPal Global Investigations team assisted authorities with their investigation into the activities of an English resident who sold Cybercrime malicious “hacking” tools online. The National Crime Agency (NA) based in the United Kingdom, conducted an extensive investigation into this large scale seller of “hacking” packages.

Read more here

For further information on PayPal GAP Team, email inquiries to lawenforcement@paypal.com.


 

 

Obama Administration Advises Trump to Train 100K Hackers
A special Commission has delivered a report outlining cybersecurity as one of the greatest challenges that the US faces—as reflected in President Obama’s 2017 budget, which calls for a more than 35% increase in federal cybersecurity resources.

The incoming Trump administration is first being advised to train 100,000 hackers by 2020 as part of a "national cybersecurity workforce program" that would deliver experts to businesses and government agencies across the country—addressing the much-publicized workforce skills shortage.

The Commission also recommends establishing international norms for hacking—a kind of Geneva Convention for ethics in cyberwar; and to establish a precedent for product liability when internet-connected devices have little or no security.  infosecurity-magazine.com
 
Researchers Warn of Visa Payment Fraud Gaps
Researchers have warned that deficiencies in Visa’s e-commerce payment network could allow attackers to brute force credit card details in as little as six seconds.

A paper from Newcastle University’s Mohammed Aamir Ali, Budi Arief, Martin Emms and Aad van Moorsel describes how they were able to launch a “distributed guessing attack” against Alexa top-400 online merchants’ payment sites to work out expiry dates and CV2 values. The title of their paper asked the question: "Does The Online Card Payment Landscape Unwittingly Facilitate Fraud?"

As different sites perform different security checks to validate card details, hackers can launch mass attempts across a range of sites to work out the key verification details.

MasterCard is not affected as it enforces centralized checks across transactions from different sites and so detects the guessing attack after fewer than 10 attempts, but Visa’s payment ecosystem does not, and so is wide-open to attack, the report claimed.  infosecurity-magazine.com


Where Cybercriminals Go To Buy Your Stolen Data
With nothing more than a standard Web browser, cybercriminals can find personal, private information all over the public Internet. It isn't just legitimate services - from genealogy sites to public records and social media - that can be mined and exploited for nefarious purposes. Openly malicious criminal activities are also happening on the public Internet. 

True, much of the cybercrime underground consists of private and established communities that don't appear in a normal search engine and are not accessible by regular users without special authorization.

Black-market organizations are becoming more like traditional online businesses we visit and buy from every day. “For example," he says, "many sites now have their own Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube pages to advise their member base on new attacks and tools that are available.”

Data sold on criminal marketplaces “age quickly, meaning that once the information is stolen, it has to be used for fraudulent purposes quickly.

“Companies should have these marketplaces monitored, looking for trends in data breaches and attacks as well as to see if any of their data has been compromised,” says Carefree Solutions’s CEO Paul San Soucie. “One point that I’m not sure is evident is that there is more public and Dark Web research than any one IT person can handle. Researching and absorbing this information requires significant training and experience. Even large US banks that have dedicated security staff are not able to do some of the research and analysis that specialized reconnaissance teams can perform.”

San Soucie nevertheless suggests treading carefully when doing this research. "While you can get to most of these sites using standard https, I still consider them dark and strongly recommend accessing them via a VPN as both criminal and government sources track access in some cases.”  darkreading.com
 
Security pros most worried about clouds, mobile
Companies were least prepared to assess the security risks of cloud and mobile technologies, according to a survey of cybersecurity professionals released this morning.

Around 60 percent of companies were able to assess security risks in cloud environments, down 7 points compared to last year. Mobile devices scored at 57 percent, down by 8 percentage points compared to last year.

Overall, the confidence levels of security professionals that their cyber defenses were meeting expectations dropped from 76 percent last year to 70 percent in this year's survey.

The largest single drop was in the confidence in the security of web applications, down 18 points from 80 percent last year to 62 percent today.

Respondents also reported lower confidence in their ability to convey risks to executives and board members, down 3 percentage points from 83 percent last year to 80 percent today.

"We're just starting to understand how complex the security is with cloud." csoonline.com

Visa to acquire payment authenticator CardinalCommerce
Visa already provides Cardinal’s One Connection authentication solutions to merchants and acquirers through its CyberSource merchant and acquirer enablement platform; this move will enable Visa to expand Cardinal’s products and services globally and to boost fraud protection as digital payments expand to additional channels, according to a press release. retaildive.com


 

 
Spotlight on StopLift
 

Scan avoidance technology saving retailers billions at checkout

Retail chains worldwide are installing StopLift Checkout Vision Systems' Scan-It-All video recognition technology to detect scan avoidance incidents at both the manned and self-checkout. From retailers on four continents, including Tesco in the UK, StopLift has already detected and confirmed more than 1.7 million incidents at thousands of checkouts.

These incidents include "sweethearting", when cashiers pretend to scan merchandise but deliberately bypass the scanner, thus not charging the customer for the merchandise. The customer is often a friend, family member or fellow employee working in tandem with the cashier.

StopLift's patented Scan-It-All video analytics technology visually determines what occurs during each transaction to immediately distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent behavior at the checkout. As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, StopLift, which constantly monitors 100% of the security video, flags the transaction as suspicious. It quickly reports the incident, identifying the cashier or customer and the date and time of the theft. This includes incidents which may be due to mistakes by the cashier or customer at self-checkout as well as items left in the shopping cart.

Dishonest associates are identified on the basis of video evidence the first time they conduct a fraudulent transaction, rather than months or even years down the road, significantly reducing inventory shrinkage, deterring future theft, and boosting profitability. Customers are identified at the self-checkout.

The technology eliminates costly, time-consuming human review of video, drastically reduces and deters fraud at the checkout, and significantly improves profitability, Kundu said. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach, StopLift develops targeted applications to address the specific needs of retailers from different sectors including general merchandise, grocery, and specialty retail.

Read full article here.

 

 

 

Transforming Enforcement with Leading Edge Technology

With the concept of restorative justice growing in popularity as a way to save time and money for retailers, law enforcement and the judicial system, Lohra Miller, CEO of Turning Point Justice, tells us what's new with the Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) Program in this LPNN interview. Learn about the reporting and analytics features they've added to their web-based platform, the partnerships that set CAP apart, and the team of LP veterans supporting their program.
 


LPNN Quick Take #4

Joe and Amber provide some advice for getting on the NRF Protect Conference agenda, tips on the submission process, and how to put together an impactful, valuable session that isn't a sales pitch.

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This is Amazon's grocery store of the future: No cashiers, no registers, and no lines
The store, called Amazon Go, doesn't work like a typical Walmart — instead, shoppers use an app, also called Amazon Go, to scan the products they plan to buy, then they can walk out of the building without waiting in a a checkout line.

The idea is that Amazon's machine learning technology can automatically identify when a product is added to your cart, so you don't have to do it yourself. When you leave the store, Amazon automatically charges your Amazon account. businessinsider.com




Cybercrime 'can negatively impact a brand's reputation'
According to the MarkMonitor Online Barometer report, 45 per cent of consumers have been a victim of cybercrime, with brand impersonation to dupe them into providing personal and financial details cited as one of the most common examples.

This type of illicit activity can affect the perception of a brand, 78 per cent of consumers surveyed said, while 74 per cent said firms should have fraud protection policies in place.

According to MarkMonitor, damage to a brand's reputation was the most cited example of the impact of cybercrime on a business (71 per cent), followed by decreased brand trust (65 per cent), taking additional care in future engagement with the brand (64 per cent), and ceasing to engage with the brand altogether (53 per cent).

The report also found that consumers had certain expectations for their online interactions with companies – notably 74 per cent felt brands should have a fraud protection strategy and 63 per cent said brands should be educating consumers about online fraud. securingindustry.com

When Shopping Online, Can You Trust the Reviews?
The magic of 4.2 stars

Retailers want more authentic reviews from real shoppers on their sites, and fewer fake reviews from people with an agenda, who may create an account solely to leave derogatory comments or hype.

In contrast, retailers say “verified buyers,” as they are known in the industry, provide more useful information for future shoppers. They also tend to be more complimentary.

Negative reviews serve an important role, says PowerReviews’s Mr. Moog, bringing authenticity to a site’s library of reviews. Some online sellers solicit positive reviews by sending customers a follow-up email inviting them to share their thoughts only if they love their purchase—a practice Mr. Moog discourages.

Five-star ratings aren’t the most influential, the Northwestern study found. What’s known as “purchase likelihood” peaks when the average rating is between 4.2 and 4.5 stars.

To encourage more shoppers to write reviews, shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com, owned by Amazon, launched a customer loyalty program in September that rewards participation.

Etsy uses follow-up messages, including mobile push alerts, to encourage shoppers to write reviews of purchases. Between 20% and 25% of purchases result in a review, according to a spokeswoman.

Retailers are doing more to make reviews useful to the shoppers who read them. Best Buy’s website now pulls out the most common words into sortable, clickable lists of “pros” and “cons.”

Target has added descriptors so reviewers can award stars in categories such as “ease of assembly” for furniture, or “design” for home decor items. The big box retailer has also simplified voting so other users can deem a review “helpful” or “not helpful,” as a way for shoppers who don’t write reviews to still engage with them, a spokesman says. wsj.com

Amazon looking in SoHo for second bookstore

 

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine, CFI, CFCI
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent

 


 

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Barnyard Flea Market, Augusta, GA: Vendors shocked by $3 million counterfeit bust
Several spaces at the Barnyard and South Augusta Flea Markets are empty after Deputies arrested four people who they say were selling counterfeit merchandise Saturday.

Four people are charged with selling $3 million worth of counterfeit merchandise at the Barnyard and South Augusta Flea Markets. Deputies arrested Abu Karuma, Faye Adamas, Ana Ycaza and Leha Truong. Investigators say they found replica items of popular brands at the suspects’ booths. Investigators say they found $3 million worth of counterfeit goods including Nike shoes, UGG boots, North face jackets, and Michael Kors purses and wallets, and Chanel perfume. Now, merchandise that used to fill several tables is in police custody.  wjbf.com

Detroit, MI: 3 Arrested in Shoplifting Ring hitting Rite Aid and CVS
Three Detroit men are due in Ferndale District Court on charges they went on a short shoplifting spree in Ferndale and Huntington Woods before being arrested outside a store in Oak Park.

Ferndale police said the serial shoplifting suspects first showed up at the Rite Aid on Thursday, an half an hour later, employees at the CVS in Ferndale reported two men, who matched the description of those in the thefts at Rite Aid, stole electric razors and electric toothbrushes from the store. Later that afternoon, police said employees at the Rite Aid in Huntington, say the suspects, but fled immediately. Oak Park police spotted the vehicle in a parking lot outside a Rite Aid store near 10 Mile and searched the Jeep before arresting the suspects. Items stolen from the stores were found inside the Jeep and recovered. dailytribune.com

Cheyenne, WY: A Cheyenne couple is facing felony charges after a shoplifting incident led to the discovery of several burglary tools and methamphetamine in their car
Twenty-four-year-old Jennifer Mathews and 36-year-old Dustin Pixley were arrested on November 28 after Cheyenne police found them in possession of stolen merchandise from Murdoch’s. “They recovered the stolen merchandise and that’s when they found the meth residue (and) a black duffel bag with a mask, gloves, bolt cutters and pliers,” said Officer Dan Long. Mathews was charged with possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor shoplifting and possession of a theft shielding device. kgab.com

Camden, NJ: Trio wanted for robbery attempt that left Home Depot employee unconscious
On Friday, around 11 a.m., a man and two women made a stop at Home Depot on the White Horse Pike. They said the group gathered power tools in a shopping cart and took the cart through the store's garden center, which connects to the parking lot. Police reported that the trio then began cutting a hole in the fence in an attempt to steal the tools. A female employee confronted the man and a struggle began. The struggle left the Home Depot employee unconscious on the ground. She was later taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation. Police said the group then fled on foot, empty-handed. nj.com

Woodridge, IL: Kohl’s Shoplifter charged with $700 theft
Debra Rudnik, 56, of Downers Grove was arrested and charged with retail theft Dec. 1 when she was caught stealing $736.57 worth of merchandise from the Kohl’s on W. 75th Street. patch.com

UK: $250,000 worth of Bose sound equipment stolen from a Delivery truck at rest stop on the M1
Between 3.15pm on Saturday November 26 and 10pm on Sunday, the trailer of a lorry was broken into while the driver took a designated 24 hour break, where approximately 20 pallets of equipment was taken from the vehicle. bedfordshire-news.co.uk

 



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Shootings, Attempted Homicide & Deaths

American Fork, UT: Police officer-involved shooting; 1 dead at Walmart, 1 dead at Cinemark Theater
A woman was shot and killed during an apparent romantic altercation in American Fork Sunday night, and the suspect was killed about ten minutes later in an incident where at least two officers fired shots. Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office said dispatch received a call around 7:26 p.m. from a woman who said a man was trying to run her off the road and shoot at her as she drove near a Costco in Lehi. Responding officers later found someone believed to be that woman deceased inside of a vehicle in a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot. The green VW Beetle had multiple bullet holes in a front window. Police learned a gray SUV was allegedly involved, and an American Fork officer and a Utah County Sheriff's deputy spotted that vehicle parked in a nearby area a short time later. After a short police pursuit that ended in the parking lot of Cinemark theater, there was an officer-involved shooting. "The suspect stopped his vehicle, an American Fork officer and a deputy with the Sheriff's Office both fired rounds at the suspect," Cannon said. "We don't know if those rounds hit the suspect or not. It's possible also that he may have suffered a self-inflicted wound." fox13now.com

Nashville, TN: Krispy Kreme delivery driver killed by Armed Robber of a Mapco store
Police said they’re searching for a suspect they claimed senselessly shot and killed a Krispy Kreme delivery driver. The incident began around 1:56 a.m. Sunday at the Mapco on Donelson Pike. Authorities said the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint. Reports confirmed he took cash from the register. However, when the gunman fled from the store, he then allegedly shot the delivery driver, identified as 61-year-old Al Baker, who was sitting inside his delivery truck outside of the store. Officials said Baker had just arrived at the store. The suspect allegedly fired shots at him for no apparent reason. newschannel5.com

Prescott, AZ: Walmart Associate arrested outside of store with a Rifle, knife and torch; Threatened to kill Co-Worker
A Prescott woman is facing attempted homicide and arson charges after she returned to work following a dispute armed with a knife, a rifle and a torch. Around 6:28 a.m. on Saturday, Prescott police responded to Wal-Mart on Highway 69, after the manager of the store called 9-1-1 to report a disorderly woman in the parking lot with a rifle. Officers found 24-year-old Ebonice Johnson, near the back of the store and took her into custody without incident. Near Johnson was a .22 rifle, which she told officers she had intended to use. Police said, Johnson was an employee of the store. She had been involved in a verbal altercation with several co-workers during their shift earlier that morning. Johnson addressed the issue with her manager and was unhappy with how the situation had been handled. She became angry and broke a cash register before leaving the store. Johnson admitted she went to her home to retrieve a .22 caliber rifle, and ammo, along with a knife and a torch. Johnson used her computer to write a note indicating her intentions to kill her co-workers and die by forcing responding officers to shoot her. She texted family members to relay her intentions and drove back to the store. dcourier.com


Robberies & Thefts

$1.6M of Gold "Bench Sweeps" Stolen in NYC Diamond District
The One That Waddled Away: Retracing a Weighty Gold Theft

Flakes, fragments and particles are shed as jewelers and others work with gold, and these fallen scraps are meticulously collected. Its least pure form, a blend of dusts of various metals, is known in the industry as bench sweeps. Larger scraps, like flakes, are more pure and more valuable. They are weighed with precision and stored in buckets.

These buckets are transported in the backs of armored cars. The diamond district, the block of West 47th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, is a hub for the scrap market and the buying and selling of sweeps and flakes.

A block north, on Sept. 29, a man cased the Loomis International armored car and, seeing his opportunity when a guard moved from the rear to the front of the cab, snatched an 5-gallon bucket weighing 86 pounds from the back and ran-walked-waddled away. He remains at large.

Last week the police released a surveillance video of the theft. Its length and breadth are practically cinematic, showing the thief walking with his heavy prize through several busy New York City blocks like a character in a sitcom.

In the two months since the theft, the police and the armored-car company have gone to great lengths to find the thief and the contents of the bucket: misshapen bars of melted, scrap gold worth $1.6 million.  nytimes.com


Palo Alto, CA: Burglars ram SUV into Apple store in Smash-and-Grab raid; 4 Arrested
A group of 8 to 10 burglars reportedly rammed a rented Kia Soul into the Palo Alto Apple store over the weekend, stealing numerous Macs and iPhones. The incident happened before dawn on Sunday. Police found the Soul on the sidewalk with major damage, and a shattered hole in the store's glass facade. After setting up a perimeter officers located a Hyundai Sonata in an alley half a block away, with Macs and iPhones littered both inside and outside of the vehicle. Only four people have been arrested so far, at least three of them from Oakland, and two of them under the age of 18. None of the suspects have been linked to other Apple store thefts in the region. The Palo Alto store and some other outdoor outlets have bollards to deter against vehicles, but in the latest attack, the thieves simply drove onto the sidewalk of a nearby business first before veering in. The outlet has been robbed several times in the last six months —in those cases, though, the thieves just rushed in during store hours, took devices, then left. appleinsider.com

China: Live broadcasting couple arrested for hiding in IKEA
A couple and a third individual decided to hide inside a closed Shanghai IKEA store on Saturday night in order to live broadcast their adventure. After being discovered by in-store security, they were arrested and could be detained by police for several days. gbtimes.com

Richmond County, GA: Walmart Associate arrested for theft of $2,200 in cash

Hillsville, VA: Police arrest Roadrider Market employee, making false Armed Robbery claim to embezzle cash

UK: Bournemouth: Shoplifting “rife” in town centre 'because police are too busy tackling night-time crime'

South Africa: Newcastle: Four armed suspects involved in Mall robbery on the run

Diamond Find in Forest Lake, MN reported a Burglary on 10/16, items valued at $54,000

Zales Outlet in the Las Vegas Outlet Center, Las Vegas, NV, reported a Distraction Theft on 11/15, merchandise valued at $4,600

Peoples Jewellers in the Cambridge Centre, Cambridge, Ontario reported a Grab & Run on 12/1, item valued at $4,000


Counterfeit Goods

Burberry files TM suit against counterfeiters


Credit Card Fraud

Bensalem, PA: Man assaulted Police officers during credit card fraud incident at T-Mobile in the Neshaminy mall
A 34-year-old man fought with police and ran from the Neshaminy Mall when officers tried to detain him during a credit card fraud investigation. Officers were called to the T-Mobile store Friday for a reported fraud in progress and found Scardy Dominque with a card with a name that did not match his identification. When officers tried to handcuff Dominique, he allegedly fought and assaulted them and was able to escape and run from the mall. A Bensalem K-9 officer then tracked Dominque and found him hiding in brush behind Neshaminy Square. nj.com


Arson

Prague, Czech Republic: Fire in Amazon Distribution Centre causes $120K in damages
A fire that broke out on Thursday in a distribution centre of the Amazon online commerce company near Prague caused damage of $120,000 and the ongoing investigation has not ruled out arson. Amazon spokesman Karel Taschner said the distribution centre is fully operating, apart from the site of the fire, at which the investigation and cleaning continue. About 2,200 people had to be evacuated from the warehouse yesterday evening, however, a part of them returned to their work soon. praguemonitor.com

 


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Apple – Palo Alto, CA – Burglary
Boost Mobile – Phoenix, AZ – Robbery
Burger King – Wichita, KS – Armed Robbery
Carl’s Jr – Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Cenex – Eau Claire, WI – Robbery
Cici Pizza – Tulsa, OK – Armed Robbery
Circle K – South Tucson, AZ – Armed Robbery
Clark Custom Guns – Bossier, LA - Burglary
Diamond Find – Forest Lake, MN - Burglary
Dollar General – Tallahassee, FL – Robbery/ Carjacking
Dollar General – York, PA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Fort Wayne, IN – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Memphis, TN – Robbery
Family Dollar – Tulsa, OK – Burglary
Family Dollar – East Palestine, OH - Robbery
Fas Mart – Danville, VA – Armed Robbery
GameStop - Sparks, NV – Armed Robbery
Gourmet Liquor – Los Angeles, CA – Shooting/ Customer shot and killed
Hucks Food – Brownstown, IN – Armed Robbery
IB Mart – Mobile, AL – Shooting – One person killed
Jacks – Augusta, GA – Armed Robbery
K2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Armed Robbery/ Shooting – clerk shot by suspect
Locos – Dallas, TX – Armed Robbery
Mapco – Nashville, TN – Armed Robbery / Shooting – Krispy Kreme Delivery Driver killed by suspect
Mapco – Nashville, TN – Burglary
Nickel’s Food – Lexington, KY – Armed Robbery
O’Reilly Auto- Owasso, OK - Burglary
Quik Trip – Tulsa, OK – Armed Robbery
Rite Aid – Memphis, TN – Robbery
Roadrider Market – Hillsville, VA – Armed Robbery
Silver Beach Genera – Hartford, IN – Robbery
Star Mart – Killeen, TX – Burglary
Subway – Greenville, NC – Armed Robbery/ Owner stabbed
Sunoco – Spotsylvania, VA – Armed Robbery/ Shooting – Clerk shot and killed
Tic Toc – Slippery Rock, PA – Armed Robbery
Walgreens – Houston, TX – Robbery
76 Station – Bellerose, NY – Armed Robbery

Weekend Totals:
28 robberies
7 burglaries
5 shootings
4 killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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