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Steve Sell named Director, JCP Commercial Channel Strategy
for JCPenney

Prior to taking this new role with JCPenney, Steve worked on the solution provider side of the industry, with roles including Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing for CONTROLTEK USA, Vice President, Global Marketing for Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) and Director, North America Marketing for Tyco. Earlier in his career, he also held VP or Director positions with Checkpoint Systems, Accenture and Deloitte. Congratulations, Steve!

Joseph Trance, LPC, CFI promoted to Director - Facilities & Asset Protection Services for Stage Stores

Joseph has been with Stage Stores for nearly five years. Prior to being promoted to Director - Facilities & Asset Protection Services, he spent nearly 3 years with Stage Stores as a Regional Asset Protection Manager. Before that, he served as a Market Asset Protection Manager for the company for nearly two years. Earlier in his career, he spent seven and a half years with Macy's, first as a Loss Prevention Manager then as a District Manager of Investigations. Congratulations, Joseph!

Jason Krumsky named Director of Atlantic Risk & Safety for UNFI

Jason has been in the LP industry for more than 20 years. Prior to being named Director of Atlantic Risk & Safety for UNFI, he spent over a year with Chewy, first as a Safety & Loss Prevention Manager and then as Senior Manager of Safety & Loss Prevention. Before that, he served as Safety & Asset Protection for Lowe's for 8 years and Safety & Loss Prevention Manager for Boscov's Department Stores for nearly 13 years. Congratulations, Jason!

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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 Art Van Furniture
Loss Prevention Team

"We Do More For You!"

Pictured (left to right): Laura Donohoe, David Segal, LaVon Kincaid, Liz Zaorski, Michael Case, Alycia Spohn, Susan Nightingale, Ann Alicandro, Theresa Thor, Larissa Williams and Amy Grenon. (Not pictured, Hayder Almaizru and Courtney McFaddin)

Thanks to Michael Case, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention at Art Van Furniture, for submitting this GLPS.

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Guardian Protection Launches New & Improved Website

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Guardian Protection has worked with thousands of franchises across the United States, from well-known chain stores to retail outlet groups. Their business security solutions include Project Management, 24/7 Monitoring, Video Surveillance, Access Control, Fire Detection, VIP Customer Care, and more.

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Opioid Crisis Pushing ORC - Making National News Across the U.S.
ORC Getting More Press Than Ever Before

Home Depot says it's been hit with a wave of store thefts.
It blames opioids

- CEO publicly acknowledges opioid crisis' impact on shrink, financial results
- New LP measures include machine learning to anticipate ORC rings' next moves

Home Depot Inc. executives said organized criminals are stealing millions of dollars' worth of goods from the chain and other retailers and storing the merchandise in warehouses. The theft, which retailers call shrink, has gotten so bad that it will narrow Home Depot's operating profit margins next year, executives said during a meeting with analysts and investors.

"This is happening everywhere in retail," Chief Executive Craig Menear said. "We think this ties to the opioid crisis, but we're not positive about that."

Home Depot's admission is one of the first times a major U.S. retailer has specifically called out the opioid epidemic as a factor in its financial results. Retailers lose about $51 billion in sales from shrink annually, according to a report from the National Retail Federation, which found that more than two-thirds of retailers had seen an increase in what it calls "organized retail crime activity" over the last year.

"Organized retail crime continues to present a serious challenge to the retail industry," Bob Moraca, the association's vice president of loss prevention, said in a statement Wednesday.

Most retailers have security systems in place in their stores, but easier ways to hawk the stolen goods online have apparently made criminals bolder. In one instance, thieves in Rochester, N.Y., were caught with $16.5 million worth of goods, of which $1.4 million was from Home Depot, executives said on the call.

New LP Measures

In response, the Atlanta-based company is using technology, including machine learning, to anticipate where the crime rings are headed next.

It's also installing technology so that power tools won't work unless they go through the retailer's point-of-sale system, while working with local law enforcement and taking some high-value inventory off the sales floors.

"We have to be vigilant about it," Ann-Marie Campbell, Home Depot's executive vice president of U.S. stores, said. "We have initiated several pilots to reduce shrink across the board."

Financial Impact

The "significant" impact of thefts was a reason why Home Depot's operating profit margin should narrow to about 14% next year, the company said. That compares with 14.5% in the third quarter.

The company's forecast, which includes sales guidance for the next fiscal year that's lower than a projection provided in late 2017, sent the retailer's shares down as much as 2.5% Wednesday. latimes.com

Home Depot faces Twitter backlash after blaming opioid crisis for recent rise in store thefts

ERM - A Top Concern in C Suite
How enterprise risk management programs operate in organizations today

More than half of CEOs think their enterprise risk management program (ERM) program is not as effective as it should be, a LogicGate survey reveals.

With companies experiencing an increase in risks and data breaches, it's no surprise the report uncovered that 88% of CEOs think ERM is very or extremely important. However, while most companies have an ERM program in place, there's little agreement as to what a successful program really looks like in practice, beyond the baseline features.

Fortunately, CEOs are beginning to understand the need for their involvement in their company's ERM program with 66% wanting more involvement.

"For CEOs to become more involved with ERM, they must integrate ERM in their business decision-making process and create a culture of risk. The responsibility of ERM does not fall only on the IT or compliance departments, it involves every employee and every department."

The CEOs surveyed echo this sentiment, asserting a clear desire for increased visibility into risks and a quantifiable methodology for tracking and evaluating them.

Several CEOs lamented the "labor-intensive" process in their organizations and voiced a need for a "better understanding of what it's costing us to mitigate risk." They also recognize a need for "regimented" and "streamlined" methods of factoring risk into their overall business strategies.

1 in 3 CEOs see Strategic Risk as the "Biggest Potential Risk Concern." Among Strategic Risks, risk arising from key business partners is most frequently ranked first.

1 in 3 CEOs are most concerned about Operational Risk. In this category, cybersecurity is the top concern due to the increase in cyber threats. helpnetsecurity.com

Retailers hiring workers they might not have considered a few years ago
Everyone deserves a second chance, the adage goes. But how does that sentiment affect formerly incarcerated individuals who have done their time and want to re-enter the workforce? According to the National Employment Law Project, a New York City-based employment rights advocacy group, the chance of finding work drops by as much as half when the applicant has a criminal conviction.

When it comes to taking a chance on someone with serious strikes against them, a growing number of employers are embracing the "unemployable." In fact, dozens of retail-related employers are trying to make a difference. A quick online search returns a lengthy list of second-chance retail employers with re-entry programs .


The National Retail Federation has supported advocacy and workforce development efforts intended to ensure that previously incarcerated individuals have the skills needed for successful re-entry into the workforce. Early this year, NRF signed the Society for Human Resource Management's "Getting Talent Back to Work" pledge, which encourages employers to consider applicants with criminal backgrounds. NRF was also a supporter of the First Step Act of 2018, a law passed by Congress that expands pre-release training offerings for federal inmates.

According to SHRM, 650,000 former criminals are released from prisons and jails each year nationwide, and one out of three U.S. adults have a criminal record. But 82 percent of hiring managers surveyed by SHRM said workers with a criminal history are at least as effective in their jobs as those without. stores.org

RFID May Become Main Stream in Grocery
The United States Explores Food Traceability Options

The FDA's "A New Era of Smarter Food Safety" initiative could result in RFID and other technologies being adopted to improve supply chain visibility and safety.

Back in April, the acting commission of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the deputy commission announced plans to develop a "Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety." The FDA has just closed the period for the public to comment on its proposal, and it will unveil its plans during the coming year.

The FDA wants to move away from the manual, paper-based system now used to track food from the farm to the customer's plate and replace it with new technologies that can automate the process. One of those is RFID, but other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including RF sensors, will also play a role. rfidjournal.com

Home Delivery & The Micro-Fulfillment Center Push
The Fastest Growth Vehicle in Retail & It Just Started
The Next Big Push - Coupled With Amazon's Micro-Fulfillment Center Push

OSHA Won't be Far Behind & Theft Challenges

Safeway Owner, Rival Grocers Bet on Smaller Warehouses
Albertsons, Walmart & other chains try to get closer to customers to fill online orders faster

Food retailers are making big bets on small warehouses to bulk up their growing delivery businesses, as supermarkets try different approaches to get groceries to customers more efficiently.

Supermarkets are adding the additional storage and new warehouses in part to keep stock and couriers for delivery out of existing store space, where some customers have complained of crowding as delivery has taken off.

"It's an entire paradigm shift for companies," said Steve Hornyak, chief commercial officer at Fabric, a four-year-old builder of small fulfillment centers for grocers and other retailers.

Walmart and Meijer Inc. are testing small fulfillment centers. Ahold Delhaize's Stop & Shop LLC said it would open several more of these warehouses this year, while its Peapod delivery division continues to build bigger distribution centers.

Big fulfillment centers that are best suited to next-day delivery are already behind the times as consumers come to expect their order to show up in as little as a few hours, said Mike Montani, an analyst at Evercore. wsj.com

Poised For Rapid Growth
E-Commerce Made Warehouses Hot. Now Investors Warm to Cold Storage

Money starts to pile into facilities where grocers and delivery companies store their food.

With the booming growth of online grocery sales and rising consumer demand for fresh produce, property investors are trying to cash in on the places where grocers and delivery companies store all their food. wsj.com

What to Expect from OSHA in 2020
An agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA spent 2019 increasing its number of employer inspections and pursuing new rulemakings and programs. In fiscal year 2019, It conducted 33,401 inspections-more inspections than the previous three years-addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica exposure and other hazards.

Rulemakings: Cranes, Forklifts, Confined Spaces, Drug Testing

OSHA plans to inaugurate a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act review panel in January that will begin an effort to create a standard designed to address workplace violence in the healthcare and social services industries. This comes after the House of Representatives passed a bill to require OSHA to develop a standard regarding the same issue.

In November, OSHA said it plans to propose rules regarding post-incident drug testing and safety incentive programs.

While the rulemaking process moves at a slow pace, employers should remain informed on OSHA's anticipated regulatory actions and should consider participating in the rulemaking process to ensure their interests are made known and protected," mhlnews.com

OSHA Says: Heads Should Roll
Amazon Responds to Criticism for High Injury Rates

Amazon has responded to continued scrutiny regarding the online retailer's workplace safety practices following a report from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The report stated the company's injury rate is double the national average for the warehousing industry at 9.6 serious injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2018. The industry average is 4.

"According to Amazon's own records, the risk of work injuries at fulfillment centers is alarmingly, unacceptably high," said David Michaels, former head of OSHA, told The Center for Investigative Reporting. "Amazon needs to take a hard look at the facilities where so many workers are being hurt and either redesign the work processes, replace the top managers or both because serious injury rates this high should not be acceptable to any employer." mhl.news.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Dir. Compliance Investigations job posted for Walgreens in Deerfield, IL
The Director Compliance Investigations provides strategic direction and global oversight of processes relating to investigations including the intake, triage and conduct of investigations. Coordinates with Compliance Officers and Legal Department for all business units to ensure appropriate management and prompt resolution to internal investigations. Responsible for implementation of case management system and global compliance hotline. Provides substantive guidance relating to investigation matters. Collaborates with cross-functional partners including Asset Protection, Employee Relations, Privacy, Legal and Audit relating to investigation handling and reporting. walgreens.com

Dir. Corporate Security job posted for ADT in Boca Raton, FL
The primary role of the Corporate Security Director is to develop, implement, direct and coordinate security programs, policies and procedures to protect the company from internal and external threats.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL and at more than 200 locations across North America, ADT employees help empower customers to live more secure and confident lives.

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:

Dir.- Facilities & AP Services - Gordmans - Houston, TX
Sr Manager, Security Operations - The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA


In memoriam: The brands we lost in the 2010s

E. Coli Outbreaks in Lettuce Point to Gaps in Food Safety

TSA Wants to Shoot Down Drones Near Airports

Lord & Taylor is returning to New York with a pop-up store

'Let It Snow' sweater, depicting Santa with lines of cocaine, is one of year's products gone wrong

Quarterly Results

Lululemon Athletica Q3 comp's up 16%, net revenue up 23%
American Eagle Outfitters Q3 comp's up 5%, total net revenue up 6%
Francesca's Q3 comp's up 1%, net sales flat
The Children's Place Q3 comp's up 0.8%, net sales up 0.4%
Designer Brands Inc. (owner of DSW) Q3 comp's up 0.3%, revenue up 12.4%
Ascena Retail Group Q1 comp's flat, net sales down 3.1%
   Dressbarn comp's up 10%, sales down 7.1%
   Lane Bryant comp's up 2%, sales up 0.3%
   Ann Taylor comp's down 1%, sales down 2%
   LOFT comp's down 2%, sales down 1.8%
   Catherines comp's down 5%, sales down 9.6%
   Justice comp's down 6%, sales down 4.2%

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings Q3 comp's down 1.4%, total net sales up 15.3%
Tailored Brands Q3 comp's down 2.2%, sales down 3%
   Men's Warehouse comp's down 2.8%, sales down 3.7%
   Jos A. Bank comp's up 0.5%, sales down 0.5%
   K&G comp's down 1.5%, sales down 1%
   Moores comp's down 5.5%, sales down 6.9%

GameStop Q3 comp's down 23.2%, total global sales down 25.7%

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There's No Opting Out of the California Consumer Privacy Act
How to prepare for the CCPA

There's no question that 2020 will be another busy year for enterprises, and to kick it off, on January 1 thousands of businesses will be impacted by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the most comprehensive U.S. data privacy law to date. While some organizations overhauled and up leveled their data governance to comply with GDPR, some businesses pushed off global compliance by sandboxing their European data to fit the GDPR compliance standards. While such band-aid fixes may have seemed like a good idea at the time, the introduction of CCPA leaves far fewer options outside of full compliance.

Now, as the countdown to January continues, and presidential candidates shine a national spotlight on the topic, it's up to executive teams to ensure their companies are in compliance and prepared for what's coming on the data privacy horizon.

How CCPA differs from GDPR
CCPA is commonly referred to as California's version of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and while there are some similarities -- such as individual rights to request, access, and delete personal information -- CCPA and GDPR vary in many important details.

How to prepare
CCPA is only the beginning of data privacy regulations in the U.S. To prepare, here are few ways to ensure your organization is properly handling consumer data.

1. Audit how your company manages data
2. Cross-functional collaboration is key
3. Ensure technology is up to snuff

63% Malware Spike During Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2019 were lucrative targets for cybercriminals. SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers recorded a double-digit malware spike (63 percent) in the U.S. between the eight-day holiday shopping window from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2. securitymagazine.com

More Malware Getting Through Jumps 50%
Only Half of Malware Caught by Signature AV

For years, signature-based antivirus has caught about two-thirds of threats at the network edge - in the last quarter, that success rate has plummeted to only 50%, according to WatchGuard Technologies' latest quarterly report, published on December 11.

The network security firm found that the percentage of malware that successfully bypassed signature-based antivirus scanners at companies' network gateways has increased significantly, either by scrambling code - known as "packing" - using basic encryption techniques or by the automatic creation of code variants. In the past quarter, the share of malware using these obfuscation techniques has jumped to 50% of malicious programs detected at the edge of the network, bypassing common antivirus engines, the company found.

The rise in evasive malware is the most significant trend in WatchGuard's "Internet Threat Report: Q3 2019," but the company also saw a general rise in network attacks - those attempts that attempt to actually compromise a network - of about 8% from the previous quarter. darkreading.com

5 Tips for Keeping Your Security Team on Target
In nearly every security environment, competing priorities are a constant battleground. Here's how to keep the focus on what's important.

1) Build a framework. I've noticed over the course of my career that the people who seem to be busy and overwhelmed all of the time are the same ones who are extremely disorganized. Although getting and staying organized requires an investment in time, in the long run, the investment will pay huge dividends. This is particularly the case with respect to evaluating what activities your security organization should engage in.

Step 2: Develop good processes and procedures. Having mature processes and procedures is a great way to avoid many of these potential time traps and ensures that the security program stays focused on what's important.

Step 3: Maintain a strategic direction. To ensure that your security program is on course, it generally helps to have a well-defined vision and strategic direction. This statement may sound obvious, but far too many security teams ignore these essential guiding forces.

Step 4: Stick to goals and priorities. Vision and strategy are great strategic-level tools, but they don't help us stay on track at the operational and tactical levels, where each functional area needs well-defined goals and priorities to chart and maintain a course of action. It's important to take the time to set goals and priorities for each functional area in line with the security organization's broader vision and strategy.

Step 5: Objectively evaluate impact. In nearly every security environment, competing priorities are a constant. With limited human resources, budget, and technical capabilities, each potential undertaking needs to be evaluated against its potential impact to the organization. darkreading.com

How Hackers Are Breaking Into Ring Cameras
After a hacker broke into a Ring camera in Tennessee and spoke to a child, Motherboard found hackers have made dedicated software for gaining access. vice.com

Facebook Refuses to Give Law Enforcement Access to Its Messaging App, WhatsApp



Cannabis: The Past, Present, and Predictions for the Future
PRESENT: Part Two of a Three-Part Series

By Tony Gallo, Managing Partner & Katharine Baxter, Lead Technical Writer for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Despite cannabis' negative image and association with heavier drugs, 1996 saw California's Compassionate Use Act which allowed medicinal marijuana for patients with severe illnesses. The public's perception of the plant began to change, but it would be almost two decades before real progress was made.

Today, 33 states allow for medicinal cannabis and 11 states have legalized recreational marijuana. Although California paved the way for medical use, Colorado and Washington were the first to legalize recreationally in 2012. Since it was signed into law, Colorado has earned over $1 billion in cannabis revenue, enticing more and more states to legalize. While it's still illegal under federal law, it's becoming likely that this will change - and change may be coming soon.

Polls show that a majority of Americans support cannabis, with 59% supporting full legalization and 32% favoring medicinal use only. Even President Trump has signaled his support, endorsing his "Right to Try Act" which would allow patients with terminal illnesses to seek cures that have not yet received FDA approval- like medicinal cannabis. Although only available to patients with a reasonable likelihood of death, this bill will allow legal medical marijuana nationwide.

Read Part 1 here

Three Threats That Can Harm a Cannabis Business:
Cyberattacks, Fraud, and Non-Compliance
Failure to properly respond to events in a timely manner can adversely impact investor value and quickly erode customer loyalty. These three threats can put management's business strategy on hold: cyberattacks, fraud risks, and non-compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

While organizations implement policies, procedures and technology solutions to harden their network and systems, employees tend to be one of their weakest links. Providing periodic security awareness training and conducting simulated phishing campaigns are two inexpensive, yet effective, ways to arm employees with the knowledge necessary to combat these threats and the understanding of how their actions can create business vulnerabilities.

Fraud Risks
Given federal guidelines regarding the cannabis industry, most financial activities occur outside of the banking system. As a result, the cannabis industry has a high reliance on cash transactions, which significantly elevates the level of fraud risk because a "bad actor" ‒ such as a rogue employee ‒ can access the funds of the business. Incidents of fraud can have both a financial and reputational impact to a business because the amounts lost may not be recovered and investigations are costly, disrupt operations, reduce customer trust, and distract management.

Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Maintaining compliance is important in the cannabis industry and management must deal with a plethora of requirements, such as strict accounting rules, seed-to-sale tracking, and federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, accountability, data integrity, and dependence on service providers are other factors that increase the complexity of adhering to applicable legal and regulatory guidelines. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry - Protecting Innovations and Products, Part I: Trade Secrets

FDA warns 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol (CBD) as agency details safety concerns

Dollar General to sell CBD products in select states



The NRF LP Effort & Value

Protect 2019 Update

Bob Moraca, Vice President,
Loss Prevention, NRF
Dan Faketty, Vice President, Asset Protection, Southeastern Grocers; Chairperson NRF LP Council


NRF VP of LP Bob Moraca and NRF LP Council Chairperson Dan Faketty tell us about the NRF's various efforts in working with retail LP professionals, law enforcement and government agencies to protect retailers, people, assets, reputations and brands. Learn why the NRF PROTECT conference is placing a bigger emphasis on cyber security, what the latest NRF research studies and preparedness guides tell us, and what role the NRF LP Council and its committees play in adding value to the industry throughout the year.

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Quick Take 11 with Lt. Tarik Sheppard & TJ Flynn, MetrORCA

Lt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD;
Executive Director of MetrORCA
TJ Flynn, Former President of MetrORCA


With trends showing crime getting younger and crews leaning more toward retail and financial crimes, ORC associations are more important than ever in developing intel, building cases, and improving partnerships between law enforcement and retail loss prevention to ultimately reduce crime. Lt. Tarik Sheppard and TJ Flynn tell us what makes MetrORCA successful and what motivates them to keep moving forward.




Hackers Infect Hundreds Of Counterfeit Sneaker Sites To Steal Credit Cards
There was no shortage of deals to be found online last week. Some were offered up by stores and brands you know and trust - others by criminals looking to make a quick buck.

Counterfeit shopping sites are constantly popping up on the Internet, promising bargains that appear too good to be true. The unlucky ones who complete a transaction soon learn the error of their ways. The products they receive rarely match up with what was ordered... if anything ever arrives at all.

As if that wasn't enough, Malwarebytes researchers have discovered a campaign that seeks to salt the wounds of unwitting counterfeit store shoppers. Scores of these sites have been infected with malware that skims credit card information during the checkout process.

The Malwarebytes report focuses on shady sneaker shops. Apart from being counterfeits, the sites Malwarebytes tracked all had one thing in common: they were running outdated versions of a popular e-commerce platform called Magento and the PHP programming language it utilizes.

Malwarebytes believes that automated hacking tools sought out vulnerable installations and then injected the card-skimming code. While the report doesn't provide an exact number, the company's researchers found this code on hundreds of counterfeit sneaker sites. forbes.com

Global New Account Fraud Increased 28% in 2019
In the third edition of Jumio's Holiday New Account Fraud Report.

More than 60% of merchants extended Cyber Monday beyond 24 hours

'Green Monday' rakes in $3B in online sales




Richmond, CA: Video of Sears shoplifters running off with armloads of clothes goes viral
A video of several shoplifters running out of a Sears store carrying armloads of garments has gone viral on Twitter. The 18-second clip posted Tuesday night shows what appears to be four or five people running out of a Sears store at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond, Calif., bearing piles of what look to be mostly shirts still on their hangers. One of the thieves drops his stolen goods when a man confronts him at the exit, and the two get into a shoving and punching match before the shoplifter gets away with the others. marketwatch.com

Update: Hampton Roads, VA: Man accused of buying cellphones stolen during local robberies, shipping them to Hong Kong
A man is accused of paying cash for cellphones and other devices that were stolen during robberies throughout Hampton Roads and sending them to Hong Kong, according to federal documents. Back on November 23, 2018, Virginia Beach Police told News 3 employees at a Sprint store were zip tied while three men robbed the place. The suspects stole more than $44,000 worth of Apple products before fleeing on foot behind the business. Back when it happened, police said the culprits appeared to be the same suspects from an armed robbery in Norfolk. Then, in January 2019, News 3 reported that six men were arrested for several area robberies at local cellphone stores. Currently, Derek Granger, John Rutledge, Timothy Hill, Kevin Farmer, Ja'Kual Ward and Rodriquez Nixon are being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Police accuse the men of robbing five T-Mobile and Sprint store of over $150,000 in merchandise. Ken Nguyen is now also facing charges for conspiracy to transmit stolen goods in foreign commerce. Prosecutors allege that after the suspects robbed the stores, they would contact Nguyen, who would allegedly pay them for the stolen devices in cash. He is accused of shipping the stolen devices to Hong Kong. Court records indicate that he is scheduled to appear in court on December 18 and is expected to enter a plea of guilty. wtkr.com

Elizabethtown, KY: 5 Chicago women arrested in Kentucky are part of a $25,000 shoplifting ring
Five women were arrested Tuesday in Elizabethtown as part of a more than $25,000 shoplifting spree that police said stretched from Illinois to Georgia. The women all face mul¬tiple felonies from the local arrest. According to an arrest citation, two women reportedly went into Kroger on Dolphin Drive and took $1,514.67 worth of items. When a loss prevention officer attempted to stop the women, they fled into a van with an Illinois temporary tag. Elizabethtown police located the van nearby at Ring Road and North Mulberry Street and a stop was initiated. Police found, according to a citation, eight large bags filled with stolen merchandise, including Rogaine, teeth whitener, makeup, beauty supplies and other high value merchandise. Some store stickers remained on many of the items which indicated the products were from Target, Walgreens and CVS pharmacy. The total value in the eight bags is $25,576.56, according to the citation. thenewsenterprise.com

Pasadena, CA: 3 burglars hit Target, with cleaning crew inside, and haul away electronics
Three burglars wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and boots broke into a Pasadena Target early Tuesday morning and stole iPads, Apple earbuds and iwatches. A cleaning crew was also in the store, but apparently did not see the thieves, police said. Police don't know yet the value of the stolen electronics and are waiting for Target to do inventory, Pasadena Lt. Pete Hettema said. Target security, which was monitoring the building off-site, alerted police at 2:19 a.m. Surveillance video shows three people, who appeared to be males, entered the store via a window in an employee break room, Hettema said. The burglars headed to the electronics section, broke display cases and stole the electronics before leaving. pasadenastarnews.com

Chino, CA: Brothers arrested on suspicion of committing thefts at Ulta Beauty; third suspect still being sought
Two brothers from Los Angeles, ages 20 and 16, were arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of stealing $6,000 worth of high-end perfume bottles from the Ulta Store in Chino before running away. A third person is also suspected to have taken part in the theft but has not been caught. They are also suspected of committing a $4,000 theft at the same store in January, Sgt. Dustin Tomicic said Wednesday. championnewspapers.com

Palo Alto, CA: Woman hides in Coach store past closing time, steals nearly $4K worth of goods

Mt. Pleasant, MI: Mother with 2 daughters attempts to shoplift $3K worth of items from Meijer's

New York, NY: Two arrested in $2,500 purse theft at Century 21

Coralville , IA: Two women arrested at Von Maur facing theft/ bad check charges in $2,000 loss

Hillsborough County, FL: Amazon delivery driver arrested for stealing $900 of gift cards and packages

Millburn, NJ: Mackage in Short Hills Mall reported the theft of $850 in merchandise

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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

North Austin, TX: Person arrested after trying to build 'hoax bomb' at Walmart
A person has been arrested after allegedly trying to create a "hoax" bomb in North Austin Wednesday night. According to Police, an employee at the Walmart near Interstate Highway 35 and US 83 saw someone with PVC pipes and other materials inside a bathroom. That employee then called the police around 9:30 p.m. "Loss prevention saw an individual with a PVC pipe adding something into it, which he believed possibly was a pipe bomb," police explained. Police later reportedly found the person on a Capital Metro bus in the Walmart parking lot. Police said they found the PVC pipes under seats. No one was hurt and officers said the Austin Police Department Bomb Squad didn't find any legitimate bombs. The person, who police are not identifying at this time, is facing "hoax bomb" charges. kvue.com

San Antonio, TX: Eight overnight Convenience store Robberies perplexes law enforcement
Police are looking for your help in apprehending two armed men who are believed to have robbed at least seven convenience stores overnight. The robberies began around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Shell station on O'Connor Road, and ended at 8:30 a.m. today at the Valero on Starcrest. "They seem to be on a spree right now," says San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. "We're trying to catch these individuals before someone gets hurt. If you're holding up businesses with a Tech 9 or a Tech 10, someone is liable to get hurt. news4sanantonio.com

Columbus, OH: Woman robs Metro PCS stores, maces clerks three times

Atlanta, GA: Jewel thief, Doris Payne, 86, arrested for missing court for $2,000 diamond necklace

Gilmer County , GA: Over $150,000 of Merchandise identified by Jewelry store in Diamond theft

San Antonio, TX: Attempted Walgreens theft ends with suspect in need of medical care; tackled by Police

Indiana County, PA: Man accused of shoplifting from Sheetz, hitting employee with car

Chicago, IL: Man Caught On Video Stealing Charity Box From Wicker Park Grocery Store - Right In Front Of Cashier

Nashville, TN: Kroger store employee accused of stealing $5K from register

Cartersville, GA: Kroger supervisor tells police she gave stolen items ($1,300) to friend facing "hard times."

Sentencings & Charges

New Haven, CT: Indictment Charges 2 Men with Offenses Stemming from 2015 Shooting at New Haven Restaurant

Bridgeport Woman Sentenced to 30 Days Prison & 7 Months Home Confinement for $28K Credit Card Fraud Scheme

Romanian Man Gets 27 Months in Capital Region ATM Card Skimming Conspiracy

Urbana, IL: Former Rural King Employee to serve 10 years in prison for Gun theft

Davison County, SD: Man to spend three years in prison, pay $12,000 for thefts across South Dakota




AT&T - Middleton, WI - Burglary
Auto Parts - Roswell, GA - Robbery
C-Store - Greenwood, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ellendale, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Blairsville, PA - Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Elgin, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hancock, NY - Burglary
CVS - Chesterfield County, VA - Robbery
CVS - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - New York, NY - Robbery
Clothing (Mackage) - Millburn, NJ - Robbery
Coach - Palo Alto, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery (2 of 2)
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - South Bend, IN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hendersonville, TN - Robbery
Grocery - Whatcom County, WA - Burglary
Grocery - Albany, GA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Laredo, TX - Robbery
Hardware - Lake Hartwell, SC - Burglary
Hobby Lobby - Menomonee Falls, WI - Robbery
Jewelry - Golden Gate, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - San Luis Obispo , CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Fairfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Greenwood, SC - Robbery
Nike - Loveland, CO - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - New York ,NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Eureka, CA - Robbery (Starbucks)
Restaurant - Hancock, NY - Burglary (Subway)
Sears - Richmond, CA - Robbery
Sprint - Toledo, OH - Burglary
T-Mobile - Harrison Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Target - Pasadena, CA - Burglary
Walgreen - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Yoga - Oakland, CA - Burglary
7-Eleven - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cherry Hill, NJ -Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
• 29 robberies
• 13 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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None to report.

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