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Michael was previously the
Director of Loss Prevention for the Mid-Western Division for the retailer, and
has been on the Sherwin Williams loss prevention team since 2009. He started as
a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Eastern US and Canada, and quickly worked
his way up the ladder to hold such titles as Divsional Loss Prevention Manager
and Corporate Loss Prevention Manager. Michael was also in the loss prevention
department at Dick's Sporting Goods as a District Loss Prevention Manager and at
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December Robberies Up
66% as of 12-16 over LY
It's like the "Wild Wild West' Out There
Can't even begin to tell you how many times we've heard this expression used
not just in our industry but throughout law enforcement and by a lot of
those in the media that cover crime.
The Daily's own robbery reports
show an increase of 48% over the last five months, with robberies up
66% this month alone compared to last December. An increase we
tabulated today - after initially writing this article yesterday, of
In virtually every conversation we have with senior
LP leaders across the nation, regardless of location, we hear one big
dramatic difference over all the years we've been in the industry. And that
'They're coming in with guns drawn'
'Everybody's got a gun'
Now that may not sound dramatic - but it is
and it's the absolute truth - we've heard this exact comment from most of
the senior LP leaders in the industry.
Coming in guns drawn takes the
fear factor to a whole new level and sends the message we're ready to shoot
and we want to scare the hell out of you. A huge and dramatic development in
the over all scheme of things and in the eyes of the consumer as well.
This has only recently started happening in the last year and as we
stated virtually every senior executive mentions it and it's a startling
development. As it represents what the young men and women who are carrying
out these crimes are willing to do and the message they want to send the
second they enter the store.
Violence in the stores is increasing
and store safeness is becoming a huge priority. One that just five years ago
we didn't hear that often. Certainly it's always been a priority, but to
have it take on such a significant role is a change in the overall scheme of
things. And to see it as a priority at trade shows and meetings is a
reflection of the times and it appears to be increasing still. Just a
Let's keep them all safe out there, because if numbers
prevail at least 5 to 10 people will be killed over the next 7 days
in retail store crimes across North America.
December 2015 vs.
December 2016: 66% jump in number of reported robberies; 48% spike over last
Comparing last December to this December
reveals a stunning jump in the number of reported robberies and burglaries.
Through the first half of December 2015, there were a total of 216
robberies reported in the Daily, while that same period for this year saw
359 robberies - a massive 66 percent jump, as depicted in Graph 1
Breaking it down even further, we found that the
average number of reported robberies per day in December of last year was
just 18. In the first half of December this year, we've seen an average of
nearly 30 robberies a day. This indicates that
it's not just a fluke one or two days driving these increases; it's a
consistent day-to-day spike in reported robberies.
Looking at the
data from a longer-term perspective - from August to Dec. 16 of the past two
years - it's also clear that the numbers are rising substantially.
During those five months of 2015, there were a total of 1,789
robberies/burglaries. Through the same time period this year, there were
2,649 reported robbery incidents - a 48 percent jump, as shown in
Graph 2 below.
While this is certainly a small snapshot in time, it's consistent with
previous studies published in the Daily that show a rising number of
reported robbery and burglary incidents.
From Russia With Love
In Today's Daily Alone - Russia sends us a message
From elections to
retailers - banks - healthcare - consumers & virtually everything tech -
Russia is impacting all of us
11 million malicious emails, 160,000 infected computers, 26% of the worlds
ransomware, $9M in theft, Eastern seaboard skimming of ATM's, 4 Romanians, a
network of 15 ATM MULES, and a separate gang of credit card/wire transfer
money mules all run by the Russians and attacking virtually every American
citizen in the U.S.
That's in today's Daily alone.
Wal-Mart facing more local pressure to deal
legislators say Walmart is dumping its security costs on the public
Legislators from Minnesota's Twin Cities region are on record stating that
Wal-Mart Stores is hurting the community's bottom line by overrelying on
local law enforcement to deal with rising crime,
according to local weekly City Pages.
"Legislators from St. Paul
and Brooklyn Park say the discount giant has been gobbling up an unfair
portion of their cities’ public resources. Rather than hiring their own
security to deal with petty crimes, they say, Walmart is forcing taxpayers
to subsidize security for its stores."
In the past year, the St. Paul
Walmart made 2,129 calls for service; Bloomington had 1,250; Brooklyn Center
1,099; and Brooklyn Park 480. The total cost to these cities is
estimated to be a little more than $3 million.
A lot of
times when Walmart comes into the cities, they ask for tax breaks, they ask
for other incentives so that they can build there, and their thing is,
‘Well, we can provide jobs,’” says Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park).
“Well, they’re not providing that many jobs, they’re not providing
well-paying jobs, and then they’re dumping their security problems back on
the city resources.”
The company can afford to reduce its number of
police calls, Lesch says. He and Nelson have a bill in the works
that will address the possibility of increasing private security in the
stores, or modifying Walmart’s rules on when to call 911. He hopes
to have a hearing on this in the upcoming legislative session, where police
chiefs will be invited to share their views on whether Walmart pulls
resources away from other parts of their cities.
On Wednesday, the
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union debuted a TV
commercial condemning Walmart and its CEO Doug McMillon, who made $20
million this year, for spending too little on security.
the Oklahoma AFL-CIO says it's giving its dubious 2016 “Shoplifting
Magnet of the Year” award to Wal-Mart's supercenter in Oklahoma
City, noting that law enforcement has been called to that store more than
1,700 times this year,
The Oklahoman reports.
Similar reports are coming out of other
including Tampa, FL, apparently inspired by an August
investigation by Bloomberg Businessweek into the escalating crime
problem at Wal-Mart Stores nationwide. In addition to shoplifting, there
were more than 200 violent crimes (including attempted kidnappings,
stabbings, shootings and murders) at U.S. Wal-Mart stores during the first
eight months of 2016 — about one per day.
Wal-Mart says it’s taking
the crime issue seriously, shifting more employees and security monitors to
sales floors, store doors and self-checkout areas to combat shoplifting and
fraudulent returns. But the story of its struggles to combat violent crime
is gaining traction as more local newspapers, lawmakers and law enforcement
agencies pick it up.
This summer, Wal-Mart
quietly launched Restorative Justice, an experimental program to fight
crime in stores and reduce reliance on local law enforcement. Restorative
Justice offers some accused shoplifters the option to pay an undisclosed sum
to complete an online remedial program, thereby avoiding jail time. Wal-Mart
said it aims to reduce the number of police coming to its stores and
"hopefully [give] people a second chance.” In addition, after ending its
longstanding store greeter tradition in 2012,
Wal-Mart brought them back to most of its U.S. stores this year in an
effort to make those locations more customer-friendly and theft-proof:
Thieves are responsible for about $300 million in Wal-Mart product losses
But Wal-Mart could find itself under increased
pressure to further boost its security and store personnel and to
boost their wages, something that could add to its
escalating labor costs.
Tiffany & Co. Partners With NYPD on
Branded Barricades Leading to Flagship
In the shadows
of Trump Tower, Tiffany cleverly looks to salvage holiday-season sales at
Fifth Avenue flagship. WWD has learned that the jeweler has partnered
with the New York City Police Department on mounting branded barricades that
lead to its Fifth Avenue flagship — located on the same block as the
cordoned-off Trump Tower.
Retailers in the tower’s vicinity — which
include, among others, Gucci, Armani,
Tiffany and Ralph Lauren — have reported a steep drop in foot traffic,
with commotion and police restrictions limiting entry into the stores.
Gucci, located inside the tower, is understood to pay about $25
million a year in rent.
Tiffany representative reiterated an
earlier statement: “Tiffany is in frequent communication with the New York
Police Department and U.S. Secret Service regarding safety and security
along the perimeter of our Fifth Avenue flagship. Tiffany executives have
said the flagship accounts for less than 10 percent of the brand’s global
Fitch Ratings: U.S.
retail sales to grow 3% to 4% in 2017
Retailers on a
positive trajectory will include Dollar Tree, Burlington Stores, Levi
Strauss, Coach and J.C. Penney, according to Fitch. Sears, Claire's Stores,
Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, Vince and Bon-Ton will be challenged to
maintain share, liquidity and positive same-store sales.
report, "2017 Outlook: U.S. Retail and Restaurants," is available at
5 tech trends that
transformed retail in 2016
Keeping up with the 'Joneses' - The Amazon
Retailers investing in new technologies
during 2016 did so in many cases to keep up with the competition,
often represented most specifically by Amazon and now pushing them
to innovations in the emerging area of conversational commerce.
The five most significant areas of retail technology innovation in
1. Artificial Intelligence It’s very
likely a lot of retail folks feel AI was the biggest and most broadly
impactful innovation to shape the retail sector in 2016. And it’s not just a
single innovation, but a vast field on innovation, affecting everything from
chatbots to other forms of virtual shopping assistants to mobile and visual
search to mall directory services. The most familiar AI-powered solution is
2. Chatbots While chatbots are
indeed one form of AI-based solution, they also represent their own vast
area of innovation in how retailers are helping their customers interact
3. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
Virtual reality has to do with the creation of immersive virtual
environments, while augmented reality is intended to indicate the mixing of
virtual and real elements in a hybrid environment. 2016 was the start of a
VR/AR boom with Pokemon Go leading that charge.
2016 certainly was a game-changing year of innovation and new releases.
This year featured the fizzling of retail’s ambitions to
have a unified payments app, as the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium’s
CurrentC gave way to new apps from individual retailers, banks and
tradition payment card networks. Among the new launches were
Citi Pay and others.
Likewise, payments apps from mobile sector
players also made strides in 2016. Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay
also made moves to expand the availability and utility of their payment
solutions. Finally, 2016 is ending with
forecasts of a mobile payments boom unfolding in the coming years.
5. Personalization AI is the technology platform they
are using to enable it. But personalization in its own right was the concept
often subject to innovation as retailers rolled out new customer service
features in 2016.
My Starbucks Barista, eBay's more personalization within its mobile app,
IBM’s acquisition of Fluid’s personal shopper unit, and Bed Bath &
Beyond to buy PersonalizationMall,
a company which creates literally personalized products.
No Retirement for a Jewel Thief With a
For Doris Payne, an international
jewel thief whose criminal career spans seven decades, old habits are hard
to kick, if police records are any indication.
Ms. Payne, 86, was
arrested on Tuesday by the police in Dunwoody, an affluent suburb north
of Atlanta, after she slipped a Lagos diamond necklace worth nearly $2,000
in her pocket and was stopped by a security guard. She'll be in court today
A website for a 2013 documentary film,
“The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” estimates that she has stolen $2
million in jewels during her 70 or so years of crime. She has been tied to
thefts in many states, including California, Colorado, New York and Ohio,
and in cities including Paris, Milan, Tokyo and Monaco.
Payne’s crimes, some jewelers feel a degree of sympathy for her. Alfredo
Molina, the chairman and owner of the Black, Starr and Frost, a luxury
jeweler, appeared in the documentary, for which he met Ms. Payne several
times. He found her to be charming, he said in a phone interview on
Speaking to The Los Angeles Times in October 2013, John
Kennedy, the president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, which informs and
alerts jewelers of major criminals, said that the organization had sent
“innumerable bulletins” to business and law enforcement officials about Ms.
Editor's Note: We've been
following her for years and have posted her at least a dozen times over the
last 6 years. nytimes.com
Sherwood Park, AB,
'The entire roof was engulfed in flames': Cause
of Sherwood Park fire not yet determined - burned to the ground
continued dousing hotspots on Sunday at a Sherwood Park equipment rental
shop that burned down the day before. The building was fully engulfed by the
time crews arrived. On Sunday, piles of charred rubble coated in thick ice
was all that remained of the building.
Devin Capcara with Strathcona
County Emergency Services said the firefighters first tried an interior
attack but were pushed back. The fire soon broke through the roof, which
meant Capcara and his crews turned to the defensive. "We ended up having to
evacuate all the surrounding buildings," he said.
Wildermuth was trying to go to the 7-Eleven adjacent to the All
Season Equipment building. She wasn't able to get far. "The
entire roof was engulfed in flames," she said. "That building is
going to be completely gone. It was unbelievable how fast it went up."
Wildermuth said workers in the 7-Eleven left the building and officials were
moving propane tanks away from the fire. The cause of the fire has not been
UK: Toys R Us
investigates claim its staff are reselling sold-out Hatchimals toys
Staff at Toys R Us have been accused of
hoarding this year’s must-have toy and reselling it at a profit. Hatchimals,
which retail for $79 and are out of stock at major retailers, are being sold
on eBay and Gumtree for up to $500 as desperate parents hunt for last-minute
gifts. The furry creatures, which emerge from an egg and grow before your
eyes, are the top-selling toy this Christmas around the world. Savvy — and
some would claim exploitative — sellers have been making thousands in the
grey market trade. Scores of Australian sellers have listed the items on
eBay and Gumtree, to the disgust of parents left with no choice but to pay
the inflated price. Toys R Us is investigating claims its staff are among
the resellers, after a customer claimed to have knowledge of the practice.
Darknet Bust: Global Law Enforcement
Raids Massive Euro Counterfeiting Organization
“NapoliGroup,” sold counterfeit Euro notes &
conducted investment scams
Secret Santa surprises 3 Walmart stores
in PA., pays off $166K in layaways
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MasterCard, Visa team up on
MasterCard and Visa forged an agreement
speed the adoption of secure payment tokens by allowing the card
networks to request tokenized payment credentials across one another's
digital wallet platforms.
This is a nice example of both big payment
card networks acting in the best interests of their cardholders and
merchants. Tokenization — essentially encryption — offers another
layer of protection in transaction security. retaildive.com
Russia With Love - US Tops Ranks
26% of Worldwide Ransomware Attacks Hitting
U.S. Targets, Study Finds
compared to less
than 9 percent targeting German users and about 4 percent targeting people
in France, the No. 2 and No. 3 most popular targets.
users are getting hit the most in the world. There are also
signs that link several families of ransomware to Russia.
Malwarebytes also found that users in city of Las Vegas and nearby
Henderson, NV, encountered the most ransomware, but that the Rust
Belt had the greatest number of cities in the Top-10, including
Memphis, TN, and Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus, OH.
2016 is undoubtedly the year when ransomware took off, becoming the
most significant Internet threat. Hitting Kaspersky users once every 10
seconds up from every 20 seconds in Dec. '15.
Compromise Fraud Schemes Continue To Gain Traction
One Ring Alone Drove $3.1B in Fraud
Online fraud is becoming the most popular development of the 21st century so
far. A Nigerian individual is facing US charges for this involvement in
multiple scams. By impersonating vendors and company executives, the managed
to scam hundreds of victims. All victims made large wire transfers to
fraudulent accounts, resulting in a total loss of close to US$3.1bn.
together with other law enforcement agencies, identified Adindu’s
involvement in this global online fraud ring. Between October 2013 and
November 2016, over 22,000 complaints were made. All of these cases relate
to business email compromise scams, requesting a total of US$3.1bn in
Top 15 security predictions for 2017
So here are some of the best guesses about what we will see in 2017 from
several dozen vendors and analysts.
Internet of malicious
things have already been conscripted as zombie troops for cyber
attackers, due to their limited computing power and the firmware running on
them, which in many cases can’t be patched or updated. This will get much
worse in 2017, given that too many organizations still aren’t inspecting
their most commonly used apps for malware, enabling everything from DDoS
attacks to Trojans to serving as entry points into enterprise networks for
other attacks like ransomware and APTs.
Crimeware at your
service Rookie hacktivists and hobby hackers, driven by pop-culture
references and increased media attention, will increasingly get into the
DDoS: Weapon of mass obstruction
DDoS attack firepower in 2016 increased to frightening levels – rising from
400Gbps bandwidth to 1Tbps or more becoming the norm – thanks to millions of
IoT devices lacking even basic security. That firepower will be used
sometime in 2017 to take down critical infrastructure and even the internet
infrastructure of whole countries in support of a physical military attack.
Increasing cloudiness With more regulations,
compliance, and better security features in the cloud, more of these
companies will no longer be able to ignore its benefits, will start testing
the cloud on workloads and move some services beyond just the corporate data
Spy vs. Spy Cyber espionage, already
rampant with Chinese theft of US intellectual property and the OPM hack,
plus Russia’s suspected role in seeking to interfere with the US
presidential election, will continue to expand across the globe.
Drones will be used for espionage and attacks as well, with efforts
beginning to hack into drone signals and allow “dronejacking” in a
few more years.
Taking terror online Think
takedowns of traffic lights, portions of the power grid, water systems, etc.
– they might not cause catastrophic damage, but they will disrupt daily
life. But in some cases, the damage could be significant, through the use of
Open season on open source Exploits
will increase in 2017 against sites, applications, and IoT devices.
Betting on insurance Insurers won’t be handing out claims
money easily. They will begin developing programs that drive better security
hygiene, offering incentives for better detection and incident response
capabilities. And, as attacks become more common and damages more
widespread, some insurers will cut back their cyber liability offerings.
Catch the phish Workers are human, and therefore, will
always be fallible. Organizations will reframe the way they approach
Ransomware will continue to increase, evolve, get stealthier and use
automation to attack the cloud. “Ransomworms” will also rise –
malware that not only encrypts files but leaves code in place to guarantee
some repeat business.
The long privacy goodbye
Government surveillance will increase and become more intrusive, through use
of the kind of tracking and targeting tools used in advertising to monitor
alleged activists and dissidents.
2017 will be a pivotal year
in the 25-plus-year debate about information, privacy, and security.
Gentlemen, start your attack surfaces
100 million lines of code in every car with third party components a target
rich environment for hackers will likely lead to a large-scale
automobile hack, which could include cars held for ransom,
self-driving cars being hacked to obtain their location for hijacking,
unauthorized surveillance and intelligence gathering, or other threats. This
will also lead to a legal battle over liability between the software vendor
and auto manufacturer.
Faking it Fakers are already
a problem - users who download your app, log in regularly and even make
purchases might not be real. This will get worse in 2017 as advertisers and
ad platforms adopt more sophisticated tracking technology and fraudsters
become more experienced at mimicking the behavior of real users.
Skills gap? Use automation security skills
gap approaching Grand Canyon dimensions, organizations will look to
automation so skilled workers won’t have to waste time on manual, mundane
responsibilities and regularly performed duties. csoonline.com
Spotlight on Best Security
BSI Awarded Axis Communications' 2016 Retail Partner of the Year for the Second
Year in a Row
BSI has achieved consecutive Retail Partner of
the Year award presented at the annual ACCC event
Beach, Florida - December 8, 2016 -
Security Industries (BSI), a premiere provider of certified, pre-owned and
private label electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems and custom video
solutions, today announced that it was named 2016 Retail Partner of the Year by
Communications at its 11th annual Axis Connect & Converge Conference (ACCC)
held in Tucson, Arizona. This is the second consecutive year that BSI was
recognized for this prestigious award. Axis, the global leader in network video,
presented these annual awards to top channel, software and technology partners.
"Winning this award in back-to-back years stands as a testament to our
commitment to our customers and partners to providing state-of-the-art video
solutions," stated Matt Sack, BSI's CEO. "Working with great companies like Axis
allows us to deliver custom IP-based video solutions designed specifically for
each individual retailer. This has allowed us to continue to grow this important
part of our business."
event hosted more than 400 attendees from various application development
partners, technology partners and integrators serving a variety of vertical
markets including retail, government, transportation, and education among
others. The conference was designed to inform its various partners on new
products and solutions, provide feedback for future and existing products and
offers in-depth training and hands-on experience with Axis products. An
important part of the program was also to pay tribute to and recognize those
companies who have shown a proven track record of success in design, selling and
implementing new solutions based on Axis products.
"On behalf of Axis Communications, I'd like to congratulate BSI on receiving
this award for the second time. It truly shows their commitment and dedication
to creating a smarter, safer world," said Larry Newman, senior director of
sales, Axis Communications, Inc. "It is an honor to bring together the top
companies in our industry at ACCC and recognize those strong relationships and
shared sense of leadership in providing innovative security and business
Read more here.
Survey Says! 2015 Shrink Data Results (NRSS)
Richard Hollinger, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
In 2014, retailers lost an estimated $44 billion
to shoplifting, employee and vendor theft, and administrative error. How did
they do in 2015? In this session, hear the latest findings from the 2016
Retail Security Survey using 2015 data.
Dr. Richard Hollinger,
criminology professor at the University of Florida and lead author of the NRSS
report for the past 24 years, outlines the results, reviews best practices, and
shares some key emerging trends in retail loss prevention.
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Union for air pilots warns about
last-minute Amazon holiday deliveries
Big shopping portals take on counterfeits
Amazon, Alibaba, others hope stricter controls bring better reliability
Amazon.com of the U.S., China's
Holding and other online sales portals are stepping up efforts to eliminate
counterfeit products on their platforms.
Amazon has enlisted the help of
makers who sell their products via its sites to identify counterfeits. It has
started to sue malicious merchants. And in October, the company banned reviews
from some writers who are enticed with free products.
The company plans
to set up a new division dedicated to combating counterfeits. Already, it has
worked with corporations like Nike to introduce a stricter process of inspecting
its marketplace merchants and learning whether they are dealing in counterfeits.
So far, it has filed two lawsuits against rogue sellers.
anti-counterfeit campaigns come with a glut of fake goods already on the market.
In 2014, $1.7 trillion worth of counterfeits were sold -- as much as 10%
of all merchandise sold online around the world, according to estimates from the
International Chamber of Commerce.
Amazon banned paid for
reviews and is also taking advantage of its artificial intelligence technology
to improve the reliability of its reviews, a company official said.
Meanwhile, the American Apparel & Footwear Association has blasted Alibaba for
failing to control the counterfeit trade on its platforms.
For its part,
Alibaba has introduced countermeasures, including the use of artificial
intelligence to filter for suspicious merchandise, check on the reliability of
each merchant and speed up the time it takes to suspend counterfeit sales after
they are detected.
Japan's big portals are also stepping up the fight
September introduced a system to score merchants, taking into account violations
of counterfeit regulations and false representation of merchandise. The scores
are reflected in monetary penalties imposed on merchants and can result in their
being kicked off Rakuten.
3 Romanian Nationals
Extradited to Face US Charges in $4M Cyber Fraud Scheme
They infected between 60,000 and 160,000 computers, sent out 11 million
malicious emails and stole at least $4 million. “These defendants stole millions
of dollars from people in the United States through a sophisticated fraud
conspiracy they operated in Eastern Europe,” said U.S. Attorney Rendon.
When victims with infected computers visited websites such as Facebook, PayPal
or eBay, the co-conspirators would redirect the computers to a nearly identical
website they had created to steal account credentials. Defendants also placed
more than 1,000 fraudulent listings for automobiles, motorcycles and other
high-priced goods on eBay and similar auction websites.
defendants then used stolen credit card information to fund their criminal
infrastructure while concealing their identities.
Photos of the
items were allegedly infected with malware, which, when clicked, redirected
victims to fictitious webpages designed by the co-conspirators to resemble
legitimate eBay pages. The fictitious webpages prompted users to pay for their
goods through a nonexistent “eBay Escrow Agent,” and payments would then be
funneled back to the co-conspirators.
This scheme allegedly resulted in
at least $4 million – though the actual total may be tens of millions more – in
losses to victims, which the defendants laundered through wire transfers under
the names of fictitious companies and then collected and delivered to the
co-conspirators by “money mules.” americansecuritytoday.com
"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
Hingham, MA: Five charged in $14,000 theft
of phones from Apple store
A Boston man and four
teenagers have been charged in the second coordinated theft of iPhones from the
Apple store in the Derby Street Shoppes in eight months. In the latest incident,
a group of young people descended on the store at 7:45 p.m. Thursday,
simultaneously pulled the security cables from 20 iPhones and ran out toward
woods near Route 3. An Apple employee who chased them was injured when he fell.
Officers found a portion of the fence cut along Route 3 behind the Derby Street
Shoppes. A driver on Route 3 reported several people in dark clothing on the
highway median near the Hingham Industrial Park. At least 20 iPhones were stolen
with a total value of about $14,000. All five are charged with larceny over
$250, conspiracy, disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.
Kalamazoo, MI: Kohl’s nabs 4 in Retail
On Thursday December 15, 2016 at approximately
1714 hours, Kalamazoo County's Oshtemo Twp Deputies were dispatched to Kohls,
5159 W Main St in reference to a Retail Fraud in progress. There were 4
Seven Individuals Plead Guilty to
Involvement in Large-Scale International Online Fraud Conspiracy
Seven individuals pleaded guilty to participating in a large-scale international
online fraud conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell
of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis of
the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Raymond R.
Parmer Jr. of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans.
seven suspects from South Africa or Nigeria have each pleaded guilty this week
to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In addition, each
pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft, access
device fraud and theft of government funds. According to the plea agreements,
the defendants and their co-conspirators carried out numerous internet-based
fraud schemes dating back at least to 2001. These schemes involved using
unsuspecting victims to cash counterfeit checks and money orders, using stolen
credit card numbers to purchase electronics and other merchandise and using
stolen personal identification information to take over victims’ bank accounts.
As a whole, the conspiracy involved tens of millions of dollars in intended
Livingston County, MI: Shemonique S.
Dailey, 24, of Toledo, Ohio, was sentenced to six months in the county jail for
Organized Retail Crime; She was given credit for serving 51 days
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DeKalb County, GA:
Police investigate shooting in Walmart parking lot
DeKalb Police say they're still looking for the person who opened fire
Sunday afternoon near a very crowded Walmart store filled with holiday
shoppers. Chaos erupted inside the DeKalb County Walmart on Fairington Road
in the moments after the shooting in the parking lot. DeKalb County police
first responded to an active shooter call at the Walmart about 3:30 p.m.
While police tried to figure out what happened, shoppers either ran or hid.
Police say the victim tried to get help after the shooting and that led to
misinformation. Police surrounded the store and learned the shooting took
place in the parking lot. Police say the gunman shot the victim in the back
and then took off.
Baltimore, MD: Shoplifting suspect
charged after shooting at Mondawmin Mall Baltimore
police charged 42-year-old Santee Taylor into custody after he fired shots
at store employees outside Mondawmin Mall, police said. Taylor was detained
by employees around 5 p.m. Saturday inside the Rainbow clothing store. He
ran out of the store and several employees chased him. Once outside, the
suspect pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot toward the store
employees before running away, police said. A uniformed Baltimore police
officer who was working overtime at another store in the mall and witnessed
the shooting chased the suspect where the officer took the suspect into
Greece, NY: Arrest Made After Shots
Fired Outside Greece-Ridge Mall Friday Morning
suspect is facing charges in connection with the shooting outside the mall
at Greece-Ridge Friday morning. Greece police arrested 20-year-old Chad Cole
on criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment charges. The
shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. in the parking lot outside the mall.
Police say someone fired a shot at another person in a car in the parking
lot. It is believed no one was hit. Police say it was not a random shooting.
Eatontown, NJ: Boy Remains Hospitalized
After Stabbing At Monmouth Mall Authorities say a boy
stabbed during a fight at a New Jersey mall has been hospitalized with a
collapsed lung. It’s not clear what sparked the scuffle that broke out
Saturday night at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown. Cellphone video showed a
group of people scuffling near the Macy’s store.
Meridian, MS: Winn-Dixie evacuated
after bomb threat call
Reno, NV: Police K9
track down Macy’s Burglar
On December 19th
around 12:30 a.m Reno Police responded to the Women's Macy's in the
Meadowood Mall. Around 4 a.m the officers located a suspect hiding in a
storage room, with the assistance of several outside agencies and a Canine
Unit, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Aaron Daniel
Cleary, a 22-year-old Sparks resident, was arrested for Burglary, Possession
of Burglary Tools, Destruction of Property and Obstructing and Resisting a
NC: Police arrest suspect in 5 armed robberies
Raleigh Police Department said Monday it has arrested a suspect in five of
seven recent armed robberies in the city. Alvin Marion Pickett, 26, faces
five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon. Picket faces additional charges in an
attempted robbery Sunday night at a Pizza Hut on Hillsborough Street.
Witnesses said he showed a gun, but fled before completing the robbery. A
Raleigh police officer spotted the car Picket was driving and he was
arrested without incident. Prior to Picket's arrest, detectives had been
circulating surveillance pictures of a masked suspect wanted in armed
robberies in the city.
Oakland County, MI: Family Dollar
employee arrested after reporting False Armed Robbery
A Family Dollar employee and her friend are jailed after, officials say,
she worked with the friend to steal cash from the Pontiac location and
falsely report the theft as an armed robbery. Oakland County Sheriff’s
deputies at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, were sent to the Family Dollar
to investigate a reported armed robbery. The clerk, a 19-year-old woman from
Pontiac, called dispatchers and told them she was walking to her car with
the store’s bank deposit bag when an unknown man wearing a black ski mask
came up to her and demanded she hand the cash over. The woman said she gave
the deposit bag to the suspect, and the man ran from the area.
Lookout sentenced to prison in 2011
fatal Family Dollar robbery
The lookout in a 2011
robbery that resulted in the slaying of a Family Dollar assistant manager
has been sentenced to 15 years, eight of them in prison. Quartez Dorez
Carter, 30, of Macon, pleaded guilty to armed robbery Monday in Bibb County
Superior Court. In November 2011, Bibb County jurors found 25-year-old
Antonio Browner guilty of murder, armed robbery and other charges in the
death of 38-year-old Gary Bennett Cole Jr. at Family Dollar on April 12,
2011. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Browner additionally was sentenced to a separate life term in connection
with a Forsyth Road robbery.
Lake City, UT: Man punches, headbutts Macy’s Loss Prevention officers after
stealing cologne at downtown SLC mall
spirit has apparently bypassed one Utah man after he allegedly punched and
headbutted loss prevention officers after stealing cologne from Macy’s
downtown. Police booked Edmund White, 32, into jail for robbery. When loss
prevention officers attempted to stop White outside, he started punching and
headbutting them. The suspect was restrained and held for police.
NH: Man Tries to Shoplift From Target During Police Toy Drive
Dartmouth police say the department had been holding its annual Christmas
toy drive outside the store on Saturday when Target employees alerted
officers to a man they say had shoplifted from the store. Detective Kyle
Costa says 42-year-old Patrick Machado, of Acushnet, had several items
valued at about $120.
TN: Walmart Armed Robbery
Alcoa Police Department is
investigating an armed robbery, which occurred at Walmart in Alcoa Sunday
morning. According to the preliminary investigation, an unknown man armed
with a handgun committed an armed robbery and fled in a light blue Mercury
Austin, TX: Man shoplifts from Whole
Foods, screams rape when caught
UK: Acklam, Middlesbrough: Raiders
target G4S Security Van in daring daylight robbery
Kay Jewelers in the Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie, MD reported a
Grab & Run on 12/17, items valued at $29,998
Kay Jewelers in the Garden State Market Place, Cherry Hill, NJ
reported a Grab & Run on 12/18, items valued at $10,299
Kay Jewelers in the Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne, PA reported a
Grab & Run on 12/17, item valued at $3,999
Kay Jewelers in the Serramonte Shopping Center, Daly City, CA,
reported a Distraction Theft on 12/8, item valued at $2,849
Piercing Pagoda in the Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY reported a
Grab & Run on 12/17, item valued at $1899
Piercing Pagoda in the Bayshore Mall, Eureka, CA reported a Burglary
on 12/16, valued yet to be determined
Jared in the Westfield Plaza Bonita, National City, CA reported an
Attempted Burglary on 12/18, no items were stolen
ZALE in the St. Claire Square Mall, Fairview Heights, IL reported a
Grab & Run on 11/16, item valued at $9,339
Goodman in the River Hills Mall, Mankato, MN reported a Diamond
Switch on 12/9, item valued at $3,199
Romanian Gets 57-Months
Jail For $5M ‘ATM Skimming’ Scheme
and 15 others copied bank account details of thousands of ATM users and
stole $5 million. Mate, along with 15 others, was involved in a high level
“ATM skimming” scheme involving several financial organizations and
played across many US states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and
Pelham, NH: Walgreens
busts $450 Credit Card Fraud
Pelham, N.H. arrested a New York man who allegedly tried to make a purchase
with fraudulent credit cards and may be part of a larger credit-card fraud
operation, according to a press release. Pelham police have received several
reports in the past week of fraudulent credit card activity, including two
reported incidents at the Walgreens on Bridge Street. On Dec. 9 at 4:51
p.m., police received a call that the male suspect from those two previous
incidents was attempting to purchase $450 in gift cards "possibly using
cloned or stolen credit cards," the press release stated.
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AL Mini Mart – Valley Stream, NY – Armed
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Brookwood Mart – Harrisburg, PA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Henderson, NV – Robbery
Clarkston Jewelry Outlet - Clarkston, MI –
Armed Robbery/ owner wounded
CVS – Little Rock, AR – Robbery
CVS – Lexington, KY – Robbery
Dollar General – Macon, GA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Fayetteville, NC - Burglary
Dollar Tree – North Charleston, SC - Armed
Finish Line Bicycle – Bakersfield, CA –
IT Liquor – Rockford, IL – Armed Robbery
Jalisco – Elsmere, DE – Armed Robbery
Kwik Fill – Erie, PA – Robbery
McDonalds – Deltona, FL – Armed Robbery
Marathon – Hopkinsville, KY - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS – Harlem, NY – Armed Robbery
Mobile – Providence, RI – Robbery
Moosejaw – Chicago, IL – Burglary
Pizza Hut – Raleigh, NC – Armed Robbery
Pocket Puppies – Chicago, IL – Burglary
Quick Mart – Washington, NJ – Armed Robbery
Radio Shack – Milwaukee, WI – Armed Robbery
Rite Aid – Hampton, VA – Armed Robbery
Speedway – Beavercreek, OH – Armed Robbery
Sportsmans Rod and Guns – Elizabethtown, KY –
Stripes – Lawton, TX – Armed Robbery
Subway – Richmond County, GA – Armed Robbery
Tri Way Motel – Galloway, NJ – Armed Robbery
Van’s Pizza – Elizabeth City, NC – Armed
Walgreens – Chicago, IL – Robbery
Walmart – Alcoe, TN - Armed Robbery
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