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Phil Marshall promoted to Director of Loss Prevention & Security for Amazon
(UK, Middle East, & Turkey)

Phil has been with Amazon for nearly five years. Prior to his promotion to Director of Loss Prevention & Security, he served for four and a half years as Senior Manager Loss Prevention & Security. Before that, he held the position of Head of Security for CEVA Logistics for more than 12 years. Earlier in his career, he served as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Phones4u for two years and Loss Prevention Manager for Tesco for five years. Congratulations, Phil!

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2019 GLPS - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
Building Industry Pride - One Team Selfie at a Time


The Container Store's MIGHTY Loss Prevention Team

Pictured (from left to right): Rob Garfat - Corporate LP Manager; Kathleen Connors - LP Manager; Joan Manson - VP of Employee Resources, AP & Legal; Jeremy Leonhardt - LP Manager; and Aaron Wilder - Corporate LP Manager

Thanks to Joan Manson for submitting this GLPS.


LPRC IMPACT: Chomping at Results One Lab at a Time

by Amber Bradley, Owner & Brand Strategist, Calibration Group, LLC

IMPACT day two tackled critical topics such as active shooter from a presentation by
Cathy Langley, Vice President of Asset Protection at Rite Aid and Tom Arigi, Director of Corporate Asset Protection at Kroger, and Jenn Jarrett, Research Scientist at LPRC. The session began educating the audience on the difference between commonly confused definitions of mass shooters, mass murderers and active shooters. It also reported statistics and trends surrounding these rare, but emotionally salient events. Langley and Arigi brought real-world retail the conversation by providing actual photos and descriptions of actions each retailer is taking to keep their employees safe.

Another crowd favorite is always the offender interviews, which certainly took a lively turn when one of LPRC MC's got into a heated exchange with one of the panelists over an audience member question. Of course, the host diffused the situation with an impromptu real-life display of empathy and de-escalation techniques!

Read the full Day 2 recap here | Read the Day 1 recap here


FaceFirst helps US lawmakers draft facial recognition privacy regulations
FaceFirst revealed it is working closely with U.S. lawmakers on facial biometrics privacy regulations, and to help the bipartisan Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act of 2019 (S. 847) move forward. Company executives including FaceFirst President and CEO Peter Trepp recently meet with bill co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt's office to address the importance of consumer privacy in an ecosystem where users can still take advantage of the opportunities the technology has to offer.

The company's current focus is to
assist legislators in examining and shaping facial recognition legislation in the US by recommending solutions to boost privacy without an obstruction of innovation.

The right regulations can alleviate public concerns and fast-track mass adoption," explained FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp. "That's why we're partnering with lawmakers to ensure that regulations are a win-win for consumers and vendors alike." Read more in the Vendor Spotlight column below

Sustainability is a Hot Topic & Issue Globally
H&M Wants More Customers Recycling Their Clothes

Fast-fashion discards are being shredded, and the fibers can be used in new garments. bloomberg.com

"Hong Kong is a disaster, like for everybody"
Hong Kong Protests Bring Record Retail Sales Down 23%

Retail sales decline by most on record as tourism industry hit. Sales in watch sector fell by almost half as Chinese stay away.

The protests and the police response -- both of which are becoming more violent -- have slammed the tourism industry, with visits from mainland China down 42% in August. That collapse has affected Hong Kong's status as a shopping hub, with data released Wednesday showing a year-on-year decline in the value of retail sales of 23%. A government spokesman said the result was the worst ever. Most brands will suffer a sales drop in Hong Kong of between 30% and 60% during the third quarter. bloomberg.com


Grand Rapids, MI: Gun Store Thieves advise Retailers to increase all levels of security
Based on his experience smashing glass doors to get into Cabela's and Barracks 616 in September 2017, Herbie Brewer has advice for gun shops. "Lock it down better, metal bars through the windows," said Brewer, whose crew of teenage thieves got away with 29 guns between the two heists. Target 8 reached the now 18-year-old by phone in prison, where he's serving six to 10 years. woodtv.com

1st Time Major Brand Using Blockchain to Prove Authenticity
New Balance Footwear adopts Cardano Blockchain to Tackle Counterfeits

Popular American footwear brand New Balance is seeking to utilize the power of Cardano's blockchain technology to curtail its rapidly growing counterfeit problem.

It is unknown what product lines will get advantage from the technology, or whether Cardano's ADA token will have any involvement in the new scheme. This is the first time a major brand is adopting blockchain technology to help prove the authenticity of goods, helping to crack down on counterfeit items.

New Balance, like many other footwear brands, has been a victim of copycats and counterfeits. The brand image is used to produce cheap merchandise. Back in 2017, a company was found selling shoes under the name of "New Boom." The company had stolen designs from New Balance for which it was awarded. A Chinese court granted New Balance $1.5 billion in damages.

It will likely involve tagging each authentic product with a unique cryptographic identifier that can be easily checked by the consumer. The manufacture date, location, and other important information can easily be found by storing the cryptographic identifier on a distributed blockchain ledger. fxstreet.com

French Retailers Using Cashierless Self-Checkout to Extend Hours & Go Around Unions
French Unions hate extended hours, but rules intended to protect workers threaten to hasten the disappearance of jobs for checkout clerks.

For decades, French unions have fought extended opening times for stores, defending laws that forbid everything from corner groceries to warehouse-size hypermarkets from making staffers stock shelves or sit behind cash registers in the wee hours and on Sunday afternoons. Such rules, the unions say, ensure that workers get needed time off and protect them from exploitation. Two French retail chains have come up with a way around those regulations: opening sans employees.

Grocery group Casino Guichard Perrachon is leaving 200 outlets open after employees go home, with self-checkout machines in their stead. Rival Carrefour SA in May began testing a similar idea in Paris's posh 7th arrondissement with a market that's open 24/7. The stores lock their liquor cabinets and close meat counters and cheese-cutting stations, but shoppers can select what they want from other departments then proceed to the automated checkout.
Security guards, typically outside contractors, keep an eye out for shoplifters. bloomberg.com

Editor's Note: Hey same thing happened in the U.S. with the expedited roll-out of automated ordering kiosk at fast food retailers in the face of the 'Fight for $15.' While it was somewhat successful in getting states and a number of retailers to increase minimum wages it also speeded up the kiosk roll out in the QSR fast food industry.

UPS Flight Forward Attains FAA's First Full Approval For Drone Airline
- Makes first revenue-generating flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)
- UPS's full "Part 135 Standard*" certification is a first for any company
- UPS to expand company's drone delivery network serving healthcare & other customer applications

The FAA's Part 135 Standard certification has
no limits on the size or scope of operations. It is the highest level of certification, one that no other company has attained. UPS Flight Forward's certificate permits the company to fly an unlimited number of drones with an unlimited number of remote operators in command. This enables UPS to scale its operations to meet customer demand. Part 135 Standard also permits the drone and cargo to exceed 55 pounds and fly at night, previous restrictions governing earlier UPS flights. ups.com

Read 'em and weep
These 28 retailers could go bankrupt in the next year
So far this year there have been more than 7,000 store closures - more than any full-year total to date - and 16 major bankruptcies.

This year, compiling the list the same way, CreditRiskMonitor data yielded 28 retailers with significant bankruptcy risk.

Retailers with high chance of bankruptcy

Name & Sector

Ascena - apparel
Christopher & Banks - apparel
Destination Maternity - apparel
J. Crew - apparel
Neiman Marcus - dept stores
J.C. Penney - dept stores
Chewy Inc. - pet
Rite Aid - drugstores
Pier 1 - home
Steinhoff (Mattress Firm) - home
Bluestem Brands - apparel & home
Camping World - outdoor
Trans World - specialty
Retailers with an elevated risk of bankruptcy

Name & Sector

RTW Retailwinds (New York & Co) - apparel
Tailored Brands - apparel
Express Inc. - apparel
Francesca's - apparel
J. Jill - apparel
Hudson's Bay - dept stores
Stein Mart - dept stores
Container Store - home goods
Kirkland's - home goods
Sears Hometown & Outlet - home improv.
Overstock - home goods
Signet Jewelers - specialty
GNC - specialty
At Home - home goods
Build-A-Bear - toys
Retailers on Fitch's "Loans of Concern"

Name & Sector
Serta - home
J.C. Penney - dept stores
J. Crew - apparel
Ascena Retail Group - apparel
Toms Shoes - apparel
Indra Holdings - apparel
Pier 1 - home
Iconix Brand Group - apparel
NYDJ Apparel - apparel
Neiman Marcus* - dept stores
Petco* - pet
Academy Sports + Outdoors* - sports
Joann Stores* - sporting goods
Bluestem Brands* - apparel, home
Blue Nile* - specialty

Retailers rated as distressed by Moody's

99 Cents Only
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Guitar Center
J.C. Penney
Bluestem Brands
J. Crew
Indra Holdings (Totes Isotoner)
Neiman Marcus
Pier 1
Toms Shoes



sporting goods
department stores
apparel and home
department stores

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Sr. Director Loss Prevention & Business Continuity posted for UNFI
in Eden Prairie, MN
The most important value at UNFI is "Do the Right Thing - Put Safety and Integrity at the Forefront of Everything We Do." This role is part of the Risk & Safety leadership team and is a guardian to ensure that the organization delivers on this critical value - day in and day out. The role is fast-paced and complex and has enterprise-wide oversight for all facets of security resulting in safe workplaces for our associates, customers, and visitors as well as active asset management. Development, maintenance, and deployment of effective business continuity and life-safety emergency plans are an integral part of maintaining a safe workplace.

Moving Food Forward - UNFI completes transformative acquisition of SUPERVALU, creating North America's Premier Food Wholesaler. Recognized as one of the most effectively managed U.S. companies, UNFI was named in the Management Top 250 list by the Wall Street Journal in December. Comprised of conventional supermarkets, gourmet food stores, independently owned product retailers. With 60 distribution centers with 1,000 trucks delivering 2 million cases every day. linkedin.com

Manager of Logistics Investigations, Loss Prevention, Global Security Operations posted for Amazon in Phoeniz, AZ
The Manager of Logistics Investigations, will lead the Logistics Investigations Team's efforts to efficiently and effectively provide investigation and resolution services pertaining to the protection of people, product and data for Amazon. This individual will be responsible for hiring and developing Investigation Managers responsible for implementation and management of logistic loss prevention programs and investigations while driving profitability through shrink improvement. Additionally, this individual will be responsible for developing the investigative strategy for all investigative matters within Amazon Logistics, Amazon Transportation Services and Global Specialty Fulfillment. Business formats/services include Vendor Flex, Delivery, Sort Centers, Prime Now, Mid-mile, Last-mile, Line-haul, Campus, Fresh and Pantry while leveraging partnerships with key stakeholders across the network to pursue and resolve Organized Retail Crime activity. amazon.com

The Children's Place eliminates Director LP role

Kroger to lay off hundreds of middle management across the country

Bed Bath & Beyond to Close 60 Stores up 20 From April's Announcement of 40

EU To retaliate as New U.S. Tariffs Go Through

NRF forecasts holiday sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.2 percent

Unpaid Sears Vendors Push for Chapter 7 Liquidation


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FaceFirst to Influence Future Facial Recognition
Privacy Legislation

FaceFirst is partnering with congressional lawmakers to influence
future facial recognition privacy regulations

Pictured Above: Peter Trepp, CEO & President (red tie)
Dara Riordan, EVP of Sales & Chief Revenue Officer
Roger Angarita, VP of Product Management (striped tie)

FaceFirst, the leading U.S. computer vision company, announced today that they are working closely with D.C. lawmakers to influence future facial recognition regulations.

A team of FaceFirst executives, led by FaceFirst President and CEO Peter Trepp, recently traveled to Capitol Hill to help the bipartisan Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act of 2019 (S. 847) move forward. The FaceFirst team briefed bill co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt's office on the need to protect consumer privacy while still allowing the public to benefit from this transformative technology.

"While we're seeing rapid market adoption of facial recognition technology, there remain valid concerns that this technology needs to be regulated and used responsibly," stated Trepp. "Regulations are necessary guardrails for protecting privacy, but it's essential that they don't unduly compromise public safety or stifle innovation."

"Congressional lawmakers see and understand that retailers need facial recognition technology to combat organized retail crime, shoplifter recidivism, and to keep their employees and customers safe," stated FaceFirst Chief Revenue Officer Dara Riordan. Due to high levels of recidivism, ORC costs the U.S. retail industry $46.8 billion every year according to the National Retail Federation.

In addition to retail, facial recognition technology is currently being used by event venues, hospitals, transportation centers and other public spaces to prevent terrorism and acts of violence. FaceFirst also briefed the Senator's office on various commercial use cases for facial recognition including enabling seamless, secure transactions and better customer experiences.

Read more here.





Massive Uptick in eCrime Campaigns, Retail Top Targeted Industry
There has been a massive uptick in eCrime cyber activity, a CrowdStrike report reveals.

As Gartner states in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platform, "The skills requirement of EDR solutions compounded by the skills gap in most organizations is an impediment to the adoption of EDR in the mainstream market.

"As a result, product vendors are increasingly offering a fusion of products and services ranging from light incident response and monitoring through full managed detection and response and consultative incident response services."

Most notable report findings

A massive uptick in targeted intrusions from eCrime adversaries. OverWatch has seen a large increase in intrusion activity from eCrime actors in the first half of 2019, accounting for the majority of detected intrusions. This is in stark difference from last year, but does not indicate a reduction in state-sponsored activity overall.

Retail replaces hospitality #1 in the top ten targets within the first half of 2019. A quiet player in the past, a clear focus has moved this industry to one of the most lucrative targets. eCrime campaigns, and in particular, ransomware, overall are on the rise and the retail vertical has received a significant share of new attention from eCrime actors.

Other industries such as technology, telecommunications, financial and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) remain some of the most highly targeted verticals in both 2018 and 2019. helpnetsecurity.com

Enterprise-Wide Risk Management: Bridging Physical and Cyber Protection
According to data from the University of Maryland, hackers attack computers and networks at a "near constant rate" of one attack every 39 seconds. PwC found that companies with over 5,000 employees experienced a meaningful crisis every year. Unfortunately, this is the new normal: today's increasingly digital organizations face a broad range of complex risks, and nobody is immune from an attack.

By 2021, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that global cybercrime will cost $6 trillion annually. However, the damage goes far beyond the immediate financial impact.

Attacks cause damage to enterprise infrastructure, both in the online and physical worlds, and to third parties such as suppliers and customers. They also attract the attention of government regulators. With these facts in mind, prevention and the preemptive risk management must be top of mind for professionals in every industry sector.

Physical and Cyber Security: Two Sides of the Same Coin

As threats from the cyber and physical realms become increasingly prevalent and complex, enterprise security teams must arm themselves with an integrated approach to security operations-one that incorporates cybersecurity, physical security and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. securitymagazine.com

Huawei Continues to Get Ripped
U.S. Identifies Chinese Telecommunications Firms & Huawei As Significant Threat
Removing Huawei Gear from Carrier Networks

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help U.S. telecommunications providers "rip and replace" any Chinese-built networking equipment. The move comes as many experts warn that using Huawei or ZTE 5G equipment poses an unacceptable national security risk.

On Friday, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing on "Legislating to Secure America's Wireless Future," which included a discussion of proposed legislation called the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act.

The bill would allocate $1 billion to help telecommunications carriers - especially smaller and rural operators - to replace suspect Chinese-built gear with more secure alternatives via a Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program. It follows a Senate bill, approved in July, that called for allocating $700 million for the same purpose. govinfosecureity.com

Companies with Internal SOC Suffer Half the Average Financial Damage
from Data Breaches
-Outsourcing Your SOC Didn't Reduce Cost of Breach

The cost of enterprise data breaches has increased to $1.41 million, up from $1.23 million the previous year, Kaspersky Lab researchers report. Cybersecurity budgets have more than doubled as a result, averaging $18.9 million this year compared with $8.9 million in 2018.

Data breaches are becoming "significantly" more expensive for enterprises; however, those with an internal security operations center (SOC) suffer less financial damage. This year, businesses with an internal SOC estimated their post-breach costs amounted to $675,000, less than half the average breach impact in 2018. What's more, 34% of companies across all sizes that employ a data protection officer (DPO) report cyber incidents didn't lead to monetary loss.

Businesses that outsourced their SOC did not reduce the cost of a breach. Researchers found outsourcing security to a managed service provider could increase the financial damage: 23% of companies that use an MSP reported a financial impact of $100,000 to $249,000. Only 19% of organizations with their own internal IT team reported the same level of expense post-breach. darkreading.com

     Kaspersky Report

     AI, Privacy Laws to Drive Data-Breach Costs Higher

NEW & REVISED: FBI's Public Service Announcement
High-Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten U.S. Businesses And Organizations

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) is an update and companion to Ransomware PSA I-091516-PSA posted on www.ic3.gov. This PSA contains updated information about the ransomware threat.

The FBI does not advocate paying a ransom, in part because it does not guarantee an organization will regain access to its data. In some cases, victims who paid a ransom were never provided with decryption keys. In addition, due to flaws in the encryption algorithms of certain malware variants, victims may not be able to recover some or all of their data even with a valid decryption key.

Paying ransoms emboldens criminals to target other organizations and provides an alluring and lucrative enterprise to other criminals. However, the FBI understands that when businesses are faced with an inability to function, executives will evaluate all options to protect their shareholders, employees, and customers.

Regardless of whether you or your organization have decided to pay the ransom, the FBI urges you to report ransomware incidents to law enforcement. Doing so provides investigators with the critical information they need to track ransomware attackers, hold them accountable under U.S. law, and prevent future attacks.

Cyber Defense Best Practices ic3.gov

NEW Attack Back Door: "Vendor Email Compromise' (VEC)
 V is for Vendor: The Emergence of Vendor Email Compromise
And You Have No Way To Defend Against It
They've Already Infiltrated 500 Companies

A new West African cybercriminal group is targeting vendors with a technique called "vendor email compromise," which it has used to successfully compromise more than 700 employee email accounts at more than 500 companies in at least 14 countries.

Silent Starling, a West African cybergang is comprised of three main threat actors, has found success in compromising email accounts, gathering data from them, and then targeting appropriate contacts at the right time. The group consistently targets suppliers and vendors in their initial attacks, using phishing emails to encourage employees to divulge passwords, which can then be used to access the email account. Once this information is available, Silent Starling sets up a forwarding rule so the group receives copies of all emails into the account.

From there, Silent Starling diverges from a typical BEC group by showing extreme patience-oftentimes waiting months to gather information about employee behavior, standard invoice design, and other financial information that will be useful in an attack. When the time is right, the group will strike. At this point, they use either the original compromised account (or one very similar) to target the vendor's customer, asking for payment on an invoice. And because the email looks exactly like one they are expecting, only with updated banking details, the customer is likely to fall for the scam.

As you can see from the graphic above, the entity that is most impacted by a VEC attack is not the original victim of the initial attack where the account was compromised. Rather, is a completely separate organization-the compromised vendor's customer. In a rather cruel twist, these customers have no control over the security of the system where the attack began and thus have no real way to defend against it. Nearly all of the victims were located in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. agari.com

Cisco Webex & Zoom Bug Lets Attackers Spy on Conference Calls

Huge Android Trojan Malware Discovered - Gang Made Basic Security Mistakes



'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
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Long-Term LPRC Members Discuss its Role & Impact on the LP/AP Industry

Joe Coll, VP of Asset Protection Operations & Administration, Macy's
Paul Jaeckle, VP of Asset Protection, Meijer Stores & LPRC Vice Chair
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Given the level of disruption going on in the retail industry, the increasing role of technology, the importance of brand reputation, and the impact of social media, the opioid epidemic, active shooters, and cybercrime on retail, it's never been as important as it is today to find and develop academic solutions that solve or at least help minimize enterprise risk.

In our 5th episode, we speak with Joe Coll, Paul Jaeckle, and Kevin Larson - three tenured members of the Loss Prevention Research Council - who discuss the role and impact the group is having on the industry, as the leading academic resource in the U.S. totally dedicated to the retail LP/AP community.

Learn how the LPRC conference extends well beyond three days, providing a year-long work effort of industry collaboration, working groups, research papers, Store Labs, offender interviews, and more.

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AAFA Ask U.S. Gov. to Put 5 Amazon Sites on Notorious Markets List
A team of 1,000 major brands are fighting back against Amazon counterfeits

Trade group that represents Adidas, Gap, and Target accused Amazon of creating a black market of counterfeit goods.

A fashion industry trade group called the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which represents 1,000 brands, including Gap, Adidas, and Target, has recommended that five Amazon sites be added to the U.S. government's annual list of Notorious Markets. This list lays out all the online and physical markets outside the United States where large-scale copyright infringement takes place. This could lead to trade sanctions for countries with weak copyright protection enforcement. The five sites included Amazon's U.K., Canadian, German, French, and Indian websites.

In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative (the agency in the government responsible for developing and recommending U.S. trade policy), the AAFA said, "Anyone can become a seller with too much ease, and it is often misleading and difficult to interpret who the seller is. Members emphasize that from a consumer standpoint, it is hard to decipher from whom the purchase is being made. Amazon needs to go further, by demonstrating the commitment to the resources and leadership necessary to make its brand protection programs scalable, transparent, and most importantly, effective."

It's unclear whether the U.S. government will put these websites on the Notorious Markets list. If it does, it may use trade sanctions or other legal means to induce Amazon to take stricter measures to curb counterfeiting. Last year, the AAFA recommended that the U.K., Canada, and German sites be added, but the government ultimately decided not to include them in the final list. fastcompany.com

Are retailers doomed for more outages this holiday season?
Major players like J. Crew, Lowe's and Walmart experienced tech glitches or crashes last Black Friday. Eight experts weigh in on how companies can prevent a repeat this year.

"A single IT outage can have huge negative business impacts including lost revenue and compliance failure, as well as decreased customer satisfaction and a tarnished brand reputation." Monitoring the infrastructure is key to identify any warning signs that an outage may occur, he added.

1. Capacity issues may hinder some retailers come Black Friday

2. Lack of quality control is the culprit
3. Unified commerce needs to be implemented

4. Monitoring performance will lead to long term success

5. Patience may prevent potential disasters for retailers

6. Retail outages are more visible to the public

7. Crashes are unavoidable

8. Planning for crashes may mitigate the negative impacts

Bottom line, devise "mini-disaster" plans for contingent operations continuity in case of outages. There are guides online you can find with a simple search.

The World's Biggest Online Shopping Day is Coming Next Month - And it isn't Black Friday or Cyber Monday
We are just over one month away from the largest e-commerce day in the world, China's November 11, also known as Singles Day. This shopping festival regularly beats the sales volume of Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the U.S. as well as any other global e-commerce event. Alibaba did not invent Singles Day, but it has successfully popularized the event. forbes.com

These are the 8 biggest scams people are most likely to fall for online

Global ecommerce sales grow 18% in 2018




Martinsburg, WV: ORC Investigation: 'ring leader' accused of transferring stolen goods
A Hedgesville woman was recently charged with receiving/transferring stolen goods after police alleged her to be a "shoplifting ring leader," according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Dreama Sue King, 44, of Rotterham Drive, was arraigned in magistrate court on the felony charges of receiving/transferring stolen goods. She has since been released on bond. According to a criminal complaint filed by Berkeley County Deputy R.L. Steerman, King - also known as Dreama Webber - allegedly purchased stolen makeup valued at $1,500 for $300 on Dec. 20. 2018, from a confidential informant. The controlled buy took place after it was alleged that King had been purchasing stolen goods for two to three months, court records said. journal-news.net 

Marlton, NJ: Trio wanted for stealing $4,200 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret in New Jersey
Police say three suspects took about 400 pairs of undergarments from the store in Marlton on Sept. 25. Officials say the value of the stolen merchandise is about $4,200. Investigators believe the same suspects could be behind similar incidents at a Victoria's Secret store in Yonkers and Queens. abc7ny.com

Bexar County, TX: Woman Charged with stealing over $3,000 worth of merchandise from Visionworks
A suspect was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly stealing from a Visionworks in September. Suspects Andrea Badillo, Randy Salazar and Michelle Reynolds were caught stealing the merchandise on video surveillance cameras inside the Visionworks Alamo Ranch store September 16. texasbreakingnews.com

How can a bag hold $2k of stolen Ulta makeup?
Ask this woman, North Carolina cops say
Attention models and actresses in North Carolina: this casting call is not for you. But police in Greenville were searching Wednesday for the star of their next film, "Glamour Shots: Mugshot Edition," after a woman was reportedly
caught on camera leaving Ulta with $2,000 worth of makeup. The woman is suspected of stealing from the store on two separate occasions, police said in a Facebook post Wednesday hoping to identify her. "We realize she is in high demand, but if anyone out there knows how to contact her, we'd be forever grateful. She'd be PERFECT for a segment of the film called 'Felony Larceny,'" the post states. charlotteobserver.com

Fraud Gang Leader Gets 3 yrs Fed Prison - Selling $291,000 Universal Orlando Theme Parks Tickets & Packages Online
Between June 16, 2018, and February 27, 2019, Hazell used 91 different stolen credit card numbers to purchase theme park tickets and hotel packages from Universal valued at approximately $291,170. Hazell routinely called the Universal call center to make the fraudulent purchases, each time using a different stolen credit card number and identifying himself as the credit card holder. After making the fraudulent purchases, Hazell and his associates used the theme parks' self-serve kiosks to pick up the tickets. The tickets were then sold to unsuspecting vacationers using an online website. justice.gov

Burlington, VT: Canadians Charged In Counterfeiting Conspiracy in NY & VT
Two Montreal area men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges for passing counterfeit $100 bills during major purchases at stores in Vermont and New York and then returning the merchandise to obtain real money.  timesargus.com

Mount Pleasant, WI: Man steals 6 trailers, tries to sell them on Facebook
Combined, the six trailers have a reported value of $16,800. An investigator found that Hopkins had posted pictures of the trailers for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Hopkins reportedly told police that the nights of the thefts were "a blur" to him. madison.com

Twin Falls, ID: Bank discusses process of tracking, identifying counterfeit checks
The Twin Falls Police Department is currently looking for a person of interest who may have stolen an Idaho identification card and used it to try to cash fraudulent check. Former Walmart Loss Prevention Associate shares experiences with frauds and schemes. kmvt.com


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Shootings & Deaths

Doniphan, NE: Armored Truck Driver dies in crashes
The Hall County Sheriff's Department has identified the woman who died after a Rochester armored truck flipped over the side of the road just north of the intersection of Highway 281. According to deputies, an Armored truck driven by Amber Opp, 34, was traveling north bound on Highway 281. While driving, Opp lost control and drove into the east ditch, where the vehicle rolled coming to a rest on its top.The Hall County Sheriff's Office said initial investigation showed the truck may have hydroplaned on the rainy roadway. Opp was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Opp was not wearing a seat-belt. Two passengers in the vehicle both sustained minor injures.  ksnblocal4.com

Montgomery, AL: Shot fired: Officer injured in altercation with shoplifter at Sam's Club
A Montgomery police officer is recovering from minor injuries sustained in a scuffle in the parking lot of a business Wednesday afternoon that involved at least one shot being fired. Meanwhile, investigators have arrested one of two suspects said to be involved. The incident happened at the Sam's Club on Eastern Boulevard as the officer was attempting to confront a suspect believed to be stealing merchandise from the store. Montgomery Police Department spokeswoman Capt. Regina Duckett said as the officer struggled with the suspect, a second suspect fired a gun. Both suspects then fled the scene in an SUV.  wsfa.com

Pittsburgh, PA: 2 men plead guilty in connection with shooting death of Domino's pizza delivery driver

Collinsville, IL: Suspect in robbery, near-fatal shooting of a Gas Station Clerk, left his cell at the scene


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts


Philadelphia, PA: Suspect Snatches 2 Rolex Watches From Zales At Philadelphia Mills
Police hope you can help them find a man caught on camera robbing a jewelry store inside the Philadelphia Mills mall. It happened last Friday around 2:40 p.m.
Police say the suspect walked into Zales and asked an employee to see a Rolex watch. When the employee opened the jewelry case, the suspect grabbed the watch from her hand and grabbed another from the case. philadelphia.cbslocal.com


Gwinnett County, GA: Burglar takes a 'coffee break' during theft
Multiple Sugar Hill businesses were targeted, ransacked and robbed. However the criminal caught in the act, did more than just stealing. Surveillance video was taken from inside the National Rollout Company, one of the businesses hit, showing the thief as he stole TVs, laptops and computer monitors. The business owner, John Hallahan told CBS46, he also took food, cups, plates and olive oil. Then, he did the unthinkable...he was caught taking a coffee break, during the break in. cbs46.com

St. Paul, MN: Mayor calls for investigation into 13 year old girl's 'deeply disturbing' arrest in UPS store
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said Wednesday he'd called upon the city police department to find out why multiple officers subdued and arrested a 13-year-old girl inside a UPS store one week ago. The clip filmed by UPS store employee Helen Dillman shows a chaotic scene, with cops pinning the girl to the ground and trying to put in her handcuffs while bystanders and her friends chime in. "You're under arrest!" one officer yells. "Roll over!" "No I'm not!" the girl yells back. "I was with my cousin at the BP [gas station]." "And you're not allowed to be at the BP," a cop says back. The girl continues to struggle against attempts to handcuff her, screaming as the first cop commands "Do not fight me!" citypages.com

Clarks Summit, PA: PA Liquor Store employee arrested on Felony charges; purchased shipment of Peach Whiskey, resold the $26.99 bottles for $80 each

Greenwood, SC: Man sets Walmart fire to steal beer, receives 25 years in prison; store suffered $1.2M in damages



C-Store - Upper Darby, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Woolwich Township, PA - Burglary
CVS - Battle Creek, MI - Robbery
Dollar General - Tuscaloosa, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Akron, OH - Robbery
Grocery - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Carlsbad, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Humble, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Kennesaw, GA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Cairo, GA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Shreveport, LA - Burglary
Restaurant - Woolwich Township, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Walgreens - San Anselmo - Burglary
7-Eleven - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
13 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed




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Mark Anderson named Loss Prevention & Safety for Eddie Bauer
Joe Bingeman, LPC promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager
for Amazon
Ivana Kaiserová promoted to Logistics Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Amazon

Mark Miller promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager III for Amazon

Josue Velasquez promoted Area Loss Prevention Manager
for Nordstrom

Robert Harkort, CFI named Cluster Manager, Security & Loss Prevention
for Amazon (Germany)

Rodd Wilson, CFI named District Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM)

Raymond Lastner
promoted to Organized Retail Crime Manager for Best Buy

Kimberly Schmit
named Field Loss Prevention Manager for Staples

Harriet Richardson
promoted to Category Loss Expert for Sainsbury's (UK)

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