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Joe Marsico was promoted to Global Director Security & Investigations for Nike. Joe has spent the last twelve years at Nike, previously holding the title of Assistant Director - Global Security & Investigations. Joe received his BS in Criminology from Georgia State University. Congrats Joe!

Employee Charged in Plot to Bomb Home Depots A Long Island man planted a pipe bomb inside a Home Depot store as part of a $2 million extortion plot, threatening to detonate similar devices in three stores on a major shopping day if he was not paid off, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The man, identified as Daniel Patrick Sheehan, 50, laid out his demands — and the consequences of not meeting them — in two ransom letters and anonymous phone calls to representatives of Home Depot last month, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. All the while, prosecutors said, he continued working at a Home Depot store in his hometown, Deer Park. To prove the seriousness of his threat, Mr. Sheehan crafted a six-inch shrapnel-packed bomb and planted it in the lighting aisle of the Home Depot store in Huntington, N.Y., forcing the management to evacuate the store on Oct. 15, prosecutors said. Mr. Sheehan appeared before a federal district court in Central Islip on Thursday and was remanded without bail. (Source nytimes.com)

Retailers doing their part in Sandy - Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Superstorm could cost NY state $33 B & included executives from Lowe's home improvement stores and Sears at Thursday's press conference to highlight their contributions in cash and material. Mr. Cuomo is also counting on a commitment from the Obama administration for 100% reimbursement for some public costs of rebuilding. Mr. Cuomo is reaching out to New York companies, too. (Source crainsnewyork.com)

Gas rationing began in NY today Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday called for gas rationing in New York City to begin today, saying only 25% of stations in the city were operational and that full production would not be restored for several more weeks. The plan allows motorists to fill up every other day. Commercial, emergency and paratransit vehicles, medical doctor plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are exempt. Editorial comment - This could impact retail sales. (Source Associated Press)

Demand for private contracted security services in U.S. expected to increase 5.4% annually to $64.5 billion in 2016. According to a new study conducted by Cleveland-based market research firm The Freedonia Group, demand for private contracted security services - including systems integration, alarm monitoring, security consulting, and guard services among others will increase 5.4% annually. (Source privateofficerbreakingnews.com)

Fujitsu, SAP partner to enhance retail POS Fujitsu has teamed up with its longstanding partner SAP AG to build a new packaged integration component, which will integrate Fujitsu's next-generation retail Point of Service application with the SAP(R) for retail portfolio solutions. The resulting extended capabilities will deliver significant multichannel benefits in terms of customer service, front-office business process improvements and point-of-sale improvements to retailers. (Source retailingtoday.com)

MasterCard rolls out credit card with display and keypad The next-generation 2-in-1 card features an embedded LCD display and touch-sensitive buttons for generating one-time passwords. Meet MasterCard's new "Display Card," which basically combines the usual credit/debit or ATM card with an authentication token. The authentication portion features a touch-sensitive keypad and LCD display -- hence the name "Display Card" -- for reflecting a one-time password (OTP). (Source cnet.com)

U.S. commission fingers China as biggest cyberthreat A U.S. commission has confirmed what many experts already believed: China has become "the most threatening actor in cyberspace," due to a persistent bombardment of U.S. military systems and defense contractors. (Source csoonline.com)

Symantec: Cyber crooks make millions off ransomware Symantec released new research this morning highlighting what it calls a rapid expansion of ransomware scams throughout Western Europe, the United States and Canada. The research conservatively estimates that cybercriminals are extorting over $5 million a year from victims. Editorial Comment: One Saturday afternoon, just two weeks ago, working on the Daily a the office my computer got hit by the FBI rasonware bug. Absolutely freaking out and panicking wondering what the heck I had done and for a moment thinking it was the real thing - and no I wasn't doing what you think - I spent hours and hours trying to figure out what to do. Researching it on my lap top - because yes the rasomware takes over your computer entirely - I found how to remove it and spent two hours fixing it on Sunday. Wow and people are paying the ransom? (Source csoonline.com)

Fire engulfs stores at Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial, Colorado. A fire engulfed a building at The Streets at SouthGlenn, filling the Centennial-based shopping center with smoke. Doug Ireland, spokesperson for Littleton Fire Rescue, said 15 units and 36 personnel from Littleton, South Metro and Englewood fire departments responded. The building was being demolished to make way for a new two-story H&M clothing store. According to Ireland, the blaze was started around 11:30 a.m. by sparks from a utility saw as workers cut steel. The sparks ignited a stack of Styrofoam insulation panels. The fire reportedly was under control by 1:14 p.m. One man was treated for smoke inhalation on the scene and released. No other injuries were reported. (Source denverpost.com)

Armed robber sentenced to 50 years in Wendy's employee shooting death A Taylors man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday after a Greenville County jury found him guilty of murder in the death of a Wendy’s employee as he left work on Jan. 27, 2007 as the suspect and another young man attempted to rob him in the parking lot. (Source greenvilleonline.com)

Federal Indictment of four suspects in the Radio Shack armed robbery in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Employees were duct taped, Police arrest the four suspects with guns, body armor, a Taser. An off-duty employee went back to the store to visit his friends when he observed four suspects inside the store wearing masks and loading merchandise into bags. When Broken Arrow Police arrived, they encountered a masked suspect exit the back of the store and leave at a high rate of speed. Officers then observed another masked suspect run through the store and take off west towards WalMart. That suspect suddenly stopped and dropped the gun he was holding and surrendered to officers. When that suspect was searched he was wearing body armor and also had a Taser on his person. A K9 officer responded and began a track and soon located another suspect in the backyard of a neighboring residence. (Source tulsaworld.com)

Arkansas man sentenced to 3 years and $93,000 in restitution for trafficking contraband cigarettes. An Arkansas man is the latest person to be sentenced to prison in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes. James B. Trosper, 79, of Rogers, Arkansas was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $93,000 in restitution. Trosper pleaded guilty in 2011 for his role in what federal prosecutors say was a multi-state scheme to defraud federal officials and the states out of more than $1 million in tobacco taxes and related fees. Federal court records say Trosper owned Delta-Ozark Enterprises, a cigarette distribution facility in Grove, Oklahoma. (Source couriernews.com)

Shoplifter pulls gun on TJ Maxx security agent in Chicago, IL A woman trying to steal ten purses from a TJ Maxx store at 11 N. State St. on Sunday, Nov. 4th, pulled a gun on a security guard chasing her out of the store. The guard was able to recover four of the purses, police said, before the woman ran up the Wabash Avenue section of the Loop and escaped. Police said the woman appeared to be accompanied by a 35-year-man and 16-year-old girl. She was described as 5-foot-6 and 190 pounds and between the ages of 35 and 40. (Source privateoficerbreakingnews.com)

Honolulu, HI Man arrested in four armed robberies of retailers The suspect was being held in connection with holdups that occurred at Walgreens Aug. 19; RIX Island Wear Sept. 3; Lono Jewelry Store Oct. 24; and Lucky Brand Jeans Nov. 4. (Source staradvertiser.com)

Officer involved shooting this morning at an Atlanta, GA area Family Dollar. Atlanta Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a Family Dollar store in the city's Adamsville neighborhood. According to police, the officers were responding to the report of a possible burglary at the Family Dollar. Workers, who were inside the closed store, said a delivery man called 911 from outside. The caller reported seeing two men wearing hooded jackets in behind the building. However police later said there was only one prowler, not a burglar. Police said the man aimed his gun at a responding officer, and the officer shot the suspect twice. Employees noted that the store's alarm never went off. (Source examiner.com)


Sam’s Club associate in Nashville, TN may be responsible for $50,000 in theft. Roger Ryan has only been employed with the Sam’s Club in Hendersonville for a little over 8 months. Yet in the last ten days investigators believe he stole over $10,000 worth of merchandise. However, investigators believe the theft most likely goes back much further and estimate the theft total may go as high as $50,000. (Source wkrn.com)




Violent armed shoplifter tased at Walmart in Redding, California. Police were called to the scene by Walmart Loss Prevention following an attempt to stop of a shoplifter who had stolen a cell phone from the store, then pulled a knife on the store detective. Police caught up to David Macleod in the nearby Sears parking lot, threatening a customer with a crowbar and the knife. Police took one shot with the taser and were able to get Macleod under control and make the arrest. (Source redding.com)

Dick’s Sporting Goods hit in Jackson, TN for $11,000 in golf equipment. It took just short of two minutes for burglars to get in and out of a Dick’s Sporting Goods with $11,000 of golf equipment and apparel. Thieves targeted the highest priced items in the golf department, Taylor Made clubs and Titleist golf balls and quickly exited before police arrived. Reported incidents of similar burglaries have been committed in Tennessee and police are unsure if the events are related. (Source wbbjtv.com)


Crowded Jared’s Jewelers robbed by three armed masked men in Pembroke Pines, FL. Local Police are working in conjunction with the FBI, the investigation is being lead by The South Florida Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force. The suspects hit the store quickly, in the store for just over one minute, then fled in a black Mercedes. No one was injured in the event and no dollar amount of loss has been given. (Source cbslocal.com)



Houston Mall customer beaten in a public restroom for his cell phone, left unconscious. A customer at the First Colony Mall in Houston, Texas was beaten by a suspect over his cell phone. A mall employee found the victim unconscious in the mall’s public restroom and called police. Video shows the suspect’s quick get-a-way out a mall service exit. (Source chron.com)





Indiana Smash and grab suspect 'hiring' homeless people. Smash and grab reports from vehicles lead to a case of homeless people used in a credit card scheme in Indiana. Five counties in Indiana have been the target of both breaking into vehicles and the using the stolen credit cards. Now, the suspected ringleader, Tasha Lynn Wisniewski has been questioned by police. Wisniewski was caught on video surveillance exiting both Walmart and Target. (Source wthr.com)




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Target Practice: Canadian food retailers brace for invasion of Target and Wal-Mart supercenters A Canadian economy that after a quick recovery from the 2008 recession, has once again stagnated and resulted in a consumer that is especially focused on price and value. What a time for Target to be coming and Wal-Mart's expansion of their supercenters. The problem is the Canadian consumer went into hunker-down mode when employment growth slowed, and unless we get the consumer going the economy is going to be a drag and Wal-Mart and Target’s growth is going to be more punitive than it would be normally. The pressure is on and we've already begun to see lay-offs and price cuts. (Source supermarketnews.com)

Amazon delivers its fulfillment service to Canadian e-retailers Earlier this week Amazon.com Inc brought Fulfillment by Amazon to its Canadian e-commerce storefront, Amazon.ca. The service enables sellers in the retailer’s marketplace to send their inventory to Amazon so that the world’s largest online retailer can pick, pack and ship packages on the seller’s behalf. The program also makes a sellers’ products eligible for free shipping for Amazon Prime members and other shoppers who spend at least $25 on eligible products on the site. (Source internetretailer.com)

Mac's Convenience Stores' Central Loss Prevention Team honored as a world leader in crime prevention at last month's International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners Conference (ISCPP) Conference in Las Vegas Mac's, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., was nominated for initiatives such as Operation Freeze/Operation Heat; the Lock It or Lose It auto theft prevention program; SAFEGuard Ontario; and more by the Ontario Provincial Police. More specifically, Mac's received two awards at the ISCPP. Volunteer of the Year was given to Sean Sportun, the convenience store chain's ICPS Manager, Security & Loss Prevention. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made by crime prevention volunteers whose "exceptional dedication and commitment to crime prevention" has enhanced its prevention at local, state-province and national levels. The second award went to the entire company of Mac's Convenience Stores for Business of the Year. The award honors outstanding crime prevention programs of a profit-making business that have "made a significant contribution to the prevention of crime for their organizations or for their community." (Source csnews.com)

Saskatchewan regulation protects convenience store workers. New regulations include a check-in system and personal emergency transmitters for all employees working alone in late-night retail establishments. The new regulations also include requirements for safe cash handling procedures and video cameras for businesses that are open late. While the changes fall short of the Opposition NDP’s call for the province to make employers schedule at least two employees per shift at night, the party’s labour critic says they’re still welcome. (Source canadiangrocer.com)

U.S. and Canada Announce New Pilot to Strengthen Cargo Security The pilot focuses on harmonizing the screening process for maritime cargo between the two countries. The pilot, which began earlier this month, focuses on maritime cargo arriving at Prince Rupert, BC with subsequent movement via rail before entering the United States at International Falls, Minn. It utilizes a harmonized approach developed by the U.S. and Canada which allows for the screening of inbound cargo arriving from offshore. (Source cbp.gov)

Thieves used torches to steal $700K from ATMs in Ontario Ontario police force has put up a $25,000 reward in hopes of stopping a group of fast-acting thieves who use welding torches and pry bars to steal stand-alone ATM machines from business locations, often completing their thefts in less than a minute. During a string of bold thefts, the masked thieves manage to extract the cash from small, stand-alone bank machines often in use at retail locations such as restaurants and gas stations. Police say the thieves have made off with $700,000 so far in a string of more than 50 robberies at bingo halls, flea markets, arenas and grocery stores. (Source yahoo.com)

SUV plows into Calgary mall in early morning robbery. Calgary police responded to a robbery at Market Mall in the city's northwest early Monday morning, after a vehicle rammed into the one of the entrances of the shopping centre just before 4 a.m. Police say a stolen white SUV rammed into one of the entrances of the shopping centre. A jewelry store, Jewels by Maxime’s, was broken into and had a significant amount of merchandise taken. The planned robbery took less than 10 minutes, say police. Market Mall management is looking at installing physical barriers at the entrances. At this time, police believe two people were involved in the robbery and both had their faces covered. (Source calgarysun.com)
 

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Gang of shoplifters rip off Macy's at Plaza Bonita in National City, CA., may be connected to other smash-n-grabs It happened at Plaza Bonita at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. According to investigators, three Latino or Asian men in their early 20s entered the store and ran off with about $5,000 worth of merchandise from the women's department. The video they have is rather unclear and they're asking if anyone else has knowledge or experience with these robbers please contact their department. (Source cbs8.com)



"Kia Crew" ORC gang busted in Delafield, California hitting Marshall's Three women reportedly tried to steal almost $500 worth of merchandise from Marshall's in Delafield and were caught by police during their escape. One of the women, a 24-year-old Milwaukee woman, has been charged with retail theft in connection with the case. Charges are also being considered against her in Milwaukee County. Police reports said that the three of them worked together to shoplift and ultimately make fraudulent returns for gift cards, which they would then sell to an acquaintance or check cashing places. It is unclear exactly how much merchandise has been stolen by the ring in the past or how many stores were targeted. The matter is still under investigation. (Source livinglakecountry.com)
 

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