Will COVID-19 further accelerate the decriminalization of shoplifting in the US?
Bobby Haskins, Director of Market Development - North America & Retail Asset
Auror, the Retail Crime Intelligence Platform.
Since 2000, 40 states raised their felony thresholds and 9 states have
done that twice. This is leading to an increase in ORC activity for all
retailers. In fact, the National Retail Federation (NRF) National Retail
Security Survey found that total shrink topped $50bn in the USA for the
first time in 2018. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) estimates
Organized Retail Crime is responsible for $30bn in loss per year
As we all know, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the
loss prevention (LP) industry was already in a dramatic shift due to the
decriminalization of retail theft. This raises the question, what does a post
COVID-19 LP industry look like and are we seeing a further acceleration of
retail crime decriminalization? There is no question that COVID-19 is slowing
our global economy, here are three ways the economic slowdown is impacting the
fraud triangle and criminal justice policy changes.
Read the full article
here which covers the following topics:
How a change in environmental factors is leading to increasing crime rates
How these changes are creating the perfect storm for retail theft
Impacts on LP departments being asked to do more with less
Will this become the new normal for our criminal justice system and the
Our thoughts are with those personally and professionally impacted by
COVID-19. We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude with those on the
frontline everyday working hard to protect their customers and associates during
these times. It’s been incredible to watch our industry rally around each other
over the past few months.
here for the full article.
Messages to the Loss
Prevention Family from Industry Leaders
Vice President Asset Protection & Facilities,
Things to think about. These are my personal thoughts.
We will see ORC hit stores at a higher level than pre-Corona. Financial pain
will cause this to increase. The release of prisoners in mass will also continue
to fuel this issue as potential jobs are limited.
I recommend going back to basics:
a-Control your box. Greeters if possible- or flex coverage from another
area in your store to greet.
b-Review hard hit stores pre pandemic and plan coverage.
c-You will need boots on the ground to deter.
d-Review online sites for your product now and after opening gauge the
increase and work with the appropriate authorities to address.
e-Public view and facial recognition will not help a lot as people will
be wearing masks... including your ORC offenders.
Connect with groups like LPRC and network with your peers on this
topic/approach- Build your coalition today. Have your teams go through the ORC
certificate course that LPF offers. I recommend deterring as opposed to
apprehension. I also recommend you begin thinking about return policies in the
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Retailers: Learn How to Navigate Uncertain Times With Security Technology
Join Genetec for a
conversation with leaders from Retail and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) on
Tuesday, April 21st at 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm EDT/ 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm PDT.
During this session, we will discuss current challenges
facing the retail industry, and the importance of security technology in
navigating these uncertain times.
Here’s a video clip of the session.
If The Shoe Fits: Using Retail Data Analytics to Boost Sales & Increase Loyalty
Wednesday, April 22 @ 2-3 PM ET
This webinar will highlight the paradigm shift lead by the Shoe Carnival Loss
Prevention organization towards profit optimization driven by data-driven
This webinar will cover:
● Measuring eComm vs. Brick & Mortar purchases
● Tracking BORIS transactions & just how BORIS or BOPIS is effecting Shoe
● Integrating handheld POS data
● Tracking & improving loyalty programs
● And more…
TMA Seeks Feedback on Revised UL Virtual Workplace
In response to a request from TMA, UL published a statement March 16th on
Monitoring Station Certifications, as our members worked to minimize the impact
of COVID-19. An initial set of guidelines for virtual workplaces was included
for stations considering at-home operators as part of their contingency
Since then, it’s become clear that health risk mitigation measures will likely
be required for longer than any of us had anticipated.
UL now seeks feedback
from industry stakeholders that rely on UL Certifications as part of their own
risk management programs to review the updated Guideline revisions, which are
intended to better define virtual workplace security measures.
Security professionals are asked to review the revised draft of
Virtual Workplace Guidelines that incorporate some initial suggestions.
You can share your feedback here:
PCI: 7 Common Questions about CPEs During COVID-19
Continuing professional education is an important component of PCI SSC
Qualification. Staying up to date, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the
latest knowledge, techniques, and insights helps support the Program
Participant’s ability to effectively conduct the tasks and responsibilities
associated with a PCI SSC Qualification. We sit down with Elizabeth Terry,
Senior Manager, Community Engagement, to answer some common questions regarding
maintaining Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) during COVID-19.
Coronavirus Update: April
Cases - 41K Dead - 71K Recovered
Over 2.4M Cases - 168K Dead - 642K Recovered
Security Officer Death Toll: 60 |
NYPD Death Toll: 29
Running List of Law Enforcement Deaths Nationwide
Walmart Being Tested Like Never Before
150,000 On Leave - 18 Deaths -
Mayors & Governors on Edge
Shoppers to Close - 100% Wearing Masks
- Need 50,000 More
Walmart’s Coronavirus Challenge Is Just Staying Open
10% (150,000) workforce on leave - Disable theft-detection @
is being tested like never before by a
coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the nation, put 10%
of its workforce on leave and led to at least 18 deaths at the company.
Managing the health of workers and shoppers, reassuring local officials, and
keeping stores and warehouses staffed have become a massive effort inside
Walmart at a time when customers are relying more than ever on the nation’s
“We are one of the few places in the country where a sizable amount of people
are gathering,” said Dan Bartlett, a former Bush White House official who is now
a senior Walmart executive. The company has been in communication with “just
about every mayor and governor you can think of.”
Walmart executives have debated various issues, such as whether to give masks
and gloves to workers, when to close and clean stores, how to control
shoppers who get too close to workers and each other, and even whether to
disable the theft-detection systems connected to self-checkout machines,
according to people familiar with the discussions.
In Case You Missed it Friday
Walmart will require all associates to wear masks or other face coverings at
Walmart and Sam’s Club will require their approximately 1.5 million
U.S.-based associates to wear masks or other face coverings beginning on
Monday, according to a memo sent by the CEOs of Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club, a
Walmart division. The retailers will also encourage customers to wear face
coverings, according to the memo, which is dated Friday.
Walmart to add 50,000 more employees on top of the 150,000 they just hired
We recently committed to hiring more than 150,000 new associates by the end of
May. Since then, we’ve had over 1 million applicants, hiring an average
of 5,000 people per day. I’m pleased to share we reached our goal in less than a
month – more than six weeks ahead of schedule. But we can do more. Today, we’re
announcing a new commitment to hire an additional 50,000 associates.
These hires will primarily be temporary associates and will support
our current associates and customers in locations with specific needs. We
are humbled and proud to be able to give an opportunity to so many workers
during this critical time.
To hire these 150,000 new associates, we’ve worked with more than 70
companies that have furloughed workers. We’re seeing these associates come
to us from restaurant and hospitality industries and other retailers. Of the
associates hired, approximately 85 percent are being hired into temporary or
part-time roles. While many of these associates want temporary employment that
serves as a bridge during this time, we also expect others to convert to
We’ll continue to hire new associates through our expedited hiring process –
from application to offer as quickly as 24 hours.
US protestors decry shelter in place orders
of people including lawmakers gathered in the US state of Pennsylvania
Monday to protest measures that are urging most of the nation to stay home due
to the coronavirus pandemic
The "Patriots Rally" demonstration in state capital Harrisburg follows
similar protests -- cheered on by President Donald Trump -- elsewhere in the
United States, including in Michigan, California and Ohio.
Protestors say government regulations intended to halt the spread of COVID-19 --
a highly contagious virus that's killed more than 40,000 people stateside,
having ravaged several countries in the European Union -- limits individual
freedoms and harms the economy.
Lowe’s in Upstate NY briefly shut down by county exec for violating
social distancing rules
Flats, N.Y. — The Lowe’s in Big Flats, New York, was ordered to shut down
briefly by Chemung County Executive Chris Moss for violating the state’s social
distancing rules during the
Spectrum News, Moss authorized the closure of the Lowe's in Big Flats on
Sunday, April 19, following “continual violations” of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
executive order on social distancing. The store had reportedly received multiple
verbal and written warnings. The closure was extremely brief, and the store was
open Monday morning.
The Chemung County Health Department required the store to submit a plan to
better comply with the rules in the future. A representative from Head of State
Government Affairs for the Northern Region for Lowe’s Companies submitted a plan
that was approved on Sunday evening, according to
WBNG-TV. The new measures in place at the Lowe’s include:
The new measures in place at the Lowe’s include:
• Posting an
associate at the front entrance of the store
• Utilizing technology to track the amount of customers in the
• Limit the store traffic to 4 customers per 1,000 square feet of
• Hire security or off-duty law enforcement to assist with crowd
control as soon as feasible
• Continue to
monitor and evaluate all procedures listed
Crenshaw, Cotton Bill Would Allow Americans to Sue China for Virus Damages
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)
legislation that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court to
recover damages for death, injury, and economic harm caused by the coronavirus.
The bill makes clear that covering up the virus and causing it to spread faster
or further than it otherwise would have can be considered a tortious act.
The bill gives the United States a tool to get China to pay for the damage it
has caused: If the United States and China come to an agreement to settle the
claims, then the private suits could be dismissed. In other words, China can
take responsibility and agree to pay for the damage it has caused, or it can
face potentially millions of claims in federal court.
How Will Stores And Their Customers Act When The Pandemic Is Over
By Walter Loeb, one of the top retail consultants in the world
We all have been wondering when we can go back to shop. How will we shop? Where
will we be able to shop? How did the coronavirus CORVID-19 pandemic change our
habits, and what did it teach all of us?
There is no certainty. However, I believe that there have been some major
changes in purchasing behavior, lasting changes which I will explore here. After
all, we have experienced prolonged confinement with stores shuttered throughout
the United States. A national perspective. At least in the near-term, I see:
Read Loeb's thoughts here
The New Norm & The New Retail Field
Health & Safety Jobs - Resurgence
new norm may include masks and cleanliness mandates a little similar to
what Chipotle rolled out after their
nationwide food poisoning scandals. Where employees were literally told
to stay home when they're feeling ill or are sick and offered a bounty for
informing on sick employees in the workplace.
They rolled out one of the
biggest safety efforts ever in retail. Second only to what Home Depot did in
the early 90's after all the in-store accidental deaths, around 11 in one
year alone. Which HD responded by building the biggest safety team in history
with District, Regional, and Divisional Safety Executives. Lasting only a couple
of years, by which time they created new procedures, new techniques, new safety
hardware like the metal netting at the top of their isles and the saw guards
(which they were sued over for patent rights and lost), and doubled up any
process that involved moving or cutting anything.
As it relates to Chipotle, they created stringent guidelines due to being
in the food service industry and buying local produce directly from the
suppliers. Thereby eliminating the strict reviews and monitoring in packaging
plants of food safety inspectors. Given that intensity we might see some of the
same due to this being a virus and cleanliness being the #1 way to prevent it
Bottom line is that the entire retail industry needs to address health and
safety at the store level like they never have before. With the
possible creation of field safety personnel. A position that has all but
disappeared in mainstream retail. But we predict will see a rapid resurgence, or
at least the responsibilities picked up by current staff. Matter of fact we
hopefully will see health and safety take on its own identity in retail with
every team member involved, trained, developed, and engaged in the overall
health and safety of the store or corporate location they're working in.
For much to long we've laughed off the flu and never complained about
working with sick colleagues and co-workers. It's time to be concerned and it's
time to hold our colleagues and co-workers responsible for coming to work sick.
And corporate America has to be the first ones standing up and saying it
and reassuring everyone that they won't be docked or lose pay for not coming to
work when they're sick. This may be the time we see it. Just some thoughts
Was a Pandemic that would shutter ALL your
stores in your Business Continuity Plan?
My guess would be that we wouldn't have a single hand raised in the room if
asking this at a conference.
This Bring on a Real Retail Apocalypse?
So we're all going through a historical event that will reshape every industry
and every executive. As there will not be a return to normal for anyone and the
world will be coming back to work in the next few weeks all wondering and
fearing if the next wave comes in the Fall and how bad will it be.
How we deal with it now in developing more robust and inclusive business
continuity plans will determine how well we get through the next one.
Because until we find a vaccine, fear and wondering will rule the day and
that's exactly what will be on everyone's mind. Does it hit again and what do we
Overall if you believe the administration's modeling the country did a great job
of managing it this time and minimizing deaths. But the fact remains that if you
questioned the retail apocalypse before, and most rational people did, this
pandemic may have brought on a real retail apocalypse. As a number of retail
businesses, including the food service group of restaurants, will not make it
this year and the percentages may be quite high. Numbering in the thousands.
As far as the main stream retail world a huge number won't make it either.
Possibly including the know suspects listed on everyone's list. From Pier 1 to
J.C. Penney. At the end of the day will the financial community have the
patience and money to continue supporting the dying breed. Especially now that
Amazon has truly obtained such a hold on the market and become the dominate
player bar only a few up top.
Continuing to retreat for safety and convenience the consumer may not
come back to a number of these retailers. Especially with the threat of a second
wave. That in and of itself may be the deciding factor. Once the limitations are
lifted and consumers are allowed to shop once again. Do they come back?
That's the question? Just some thoughts -Gus Downing
What to Do When Scared Workers Don’t Report to Work Due to COVID-19
essential workers are refusing to come to work out of fear of contracting the
coronavirus. Their employers must weigh the employees' legal rights and
understandable health concerns with the organizations' business needs. It can be
a tough balancing act.
"A good first step for an employer to respond to an essential worker who's
expressing fears of returning to work is to actively listen to the employee
and have a conversation," said Brian McGinnis, an attorney with Fox
Rothschild in Philadelphia. "What are their specific concerns? Are they
McGinnis said that employers should consider whether it already has addressed
those concerns or if additional steps are needed. Often, having a conversation
with the employee "will avoid an unneeded escalation," he said.
An employer usually can discipline workers for violating its attendance policy.
But there are exceptions to that rule, noted Robin Samuel, an attorney with
Baker McKenzie in Los Angeles. Putting hesitant employees on leave may be a
better choice than firing them.
Marijuana's Big Party Day April 20th -
4/20 dud: Coronavirus Steals the Cannabis Industry’s Black Friday buzz
Texas Retailers can gear up for curbside pickup next week
De Blasio cancels NYC parades, other city-permitted events through June &
Increases social distancing fines to $1,000
Last week's #1 article --
What the C's Read
Coronavirus Has Pushed A Rapidly Growing List of Retailers to the Edge
With consumers' heightened awareness of the danger of being in confined places
with strangers, it is highly unlikely they will flock to stores and malls even
once they reopen. Anxiety and a healthy paranoia are likely to linger - possibly
for a long time.
Neil Saunders of GlobalData Retail estimates more than 190,000 stores
have been closed, accounting for nearly 50 percent of U.S. retail square footage.
That effectively closes down the nation's roughly 1,200 malls and most
stores in strip shopping centers and on America's Main Streets.
With little or no revenues coming in for these non-essential retailers -
traditional department stores, fashion, and luxury retailers being the most
profoundly affected - many of the most prominent mall-based retailers, which
have been struggling for years from falling sales and weighted down by too much
debt, are teetering on the brink.
Retail Bankruptcy Watch List Is Growing
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Developing Rapport in
Conducting remote investigations and interviews
has been a timely and relevant topic in the last few weeks. One of the
foundational needs for any successful investigative interview is the development
of rapport with the subject, whether a witness, victim or a suspect. During a
“traditional” face-to-face interview, interviewers utilizing non-confrontational
methods are accustomed to incorporating rapport-building strategies throughout
the conversation. However, in this climate, most investigations are being
conducted over the phone or through a video-conference. Although many of the
same structural elements exist in these remote interviews, we observe that a lot
of interviewers shortcut the rapport-building phase. Truth be told, rapport and
comfort over the phone may prove to be an even more important foundational step
in getting to the truth.
'Look for the Helpers' to Securely Enable the Remote Workforce
Folks in the security industry like to talk about which risks are keeping CISOs
awake at night. But these days, CISOs don't even get to sleep. COVID-19 has
thrust us into a new reality, and even the most-prepared business continuity
plans probably did not account for a worldwide pandemic that would
simultaneously shutter all of its offices.
Cybersecurity professionals are risk averse, and the threat of coronavirus began
to bubble up through their social networks well before it reached mainstream
media. But even with the benefit of extra days or weeks of preparation, CISOs
are still playing catch-up to securely enable home offices. More heavily
regulated industries, such as those subject to HIPAA or PCI, are even more
unsettled. In addition, we
are already witnessing cyberattacks that exploit our fears of the unknown.
Let's take solace in the guidance of Mr. Fred Rogers, who said: "When I was a
boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me 'Look
for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
CISOs and CIOs, you are our helpers. As you take action to reassure your
company, your colleagues, and your board of directors by securely enabling a
productive home office, your confidence is our confidence.
Hundreds of academics back privacy-friendly coronavirus contact tracing apps
And so it begins - Tracing the population
A letter, signed by nearly 300 academics and published Monday, praised
recent announcements from Apple and Google to build an opt-in and
decentralized way of allowing individuals to know if they have come into contact
with someone confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
The academics said that
contact tracing apps that use automated Bluetooth tracing are far more
privacy preserving than apps that collect location data in a central store.
Google Blocks 18 Million COVID-19 Related Scam Emails Each Day
says that Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing emails per day. Now,
Google is seeing 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to
COVID-19. This is in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam
What type of data is trending on the dark web?
Fraud guides accounted for nearly half (49%) of the data being sold on the
dark web, followed by personal data at 15.6%.
Researchers surveyed three major dark web marketplaces: “The Canadian
HeadQuarters”, “Empire Market” and “White House Market,” sorting all data
listings into six categories: personal data, payment cards, financial accounts
and credentials, non-financial accounts and credentials, fraud guides and fraud
tools and templates.
Dark web marketplaces mimic big box retailers
Cybercriminals have transformed the operational structure of these dark web
marketplaces over time to mimic the rapid growth of big box retailers, such as
Amazon and eBay, complete with search capabilities, e-commerce and seller
These three markets in particular are more likely to stock a higher percentage
of damaging data to corporations due to the unique combination of inexpensive
personal and financial data as well as straightforward “how-to” type data,
allowing cybercriminals to carry out attacks with ease.
According to the findings, fraud guides – listings claiming to sell guides and
processes – were the most frequently sold category of data (49%), followed by
personal data (15.6%), non-financial accounts and credentials (12.2%), financial
accounts and credentials (8.2%), fraud tools and templates (8%) and payment
The risks to businesses are exacerbated by the fact that cybercriminals can get
value for their money. The average cost of a single fraud guide is just $3.88,
whereas a collection of guides sold under a single listing costs $12.99.
The negative impact of fraud guides is often overlooked by organizations,
leading to greater digital risks to a business, such as phishing, business email
compromise, account takeover, credential harvesting and fraud.
Global Orgs See 148% Spike in Ransomware Attacks During COVID-19
In light of the COVID-19 surge, we looked into attack data from the VMware
Carbon Black Cloud to determine the shift to remote work, how cyber
attackers have stepped up their campaigns, when these campaigns are being
launched, and what industry has been most frequently targeted.
According to VMware Carbon Black analytics, there has been a clear shift to
remote working tied to self-isolation orders. Between February 4, 2020 and
April 7, 2020, we’ve seen an estimated 70% increase in remote work.
NOTE: This data does not include people who were already working from
home and/or commuting between their homes and offices. The percentages are
estimates based on aggregated metadata collected by the VMware Carbon Black
Increased Ransomware & Spikes Correlated to Notable Coronavirus News
In March 2020, ransomware attacks increased 148% over baseline levels from
Notable spikes in attacks can also be correlated to key days in the COVID-19
news cycle, suggesting attackers are being nefariously opportunistic and
leverage breaking news to take advantage of vulnerable populations.
Among the notable spikes seen in our data:
January 30, 2020 – 48% spike in attacks over baseline levels as the U.S.
announces its first COVID-19 case
January 31, 2020 – a 20% spike in attacks over baseline levels as Donald
Trump announces a U.S. entry ban on foreign nationals
February 23, 2020 – 54% spike in attacks over baseline levels on the day
it was announced that more than 2,400 people have died globally from COVID-19
February 29, 2020 – 66% spike in attacks over baseline levels on the day
multiple U.S. states declared public health emergencies
March 1, 2020 – 66% spike in attacks over baseline levels on the day the
first COVID-19 death was announced in the United States
March 2, 2020 – 49% spike in attacks over baseline levels as Italy
COVID-19 cases surpass 2,000
March 8, 2020 – a 28% spike in attacks over baseline levels on the day
Italy declares a public lockdown
March 11, 2020 – 22% spike in attacks over baseline levels as WHO
declares COVID-19 a pandemic
KPMG Staffing - 9 Directors, Cyber Security - Advanced Cyber Analytics
Houston, Denver, Charlotte, Chicago, Santa Clara, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San
Francisco, & Dallas
Organized Retail Crime Roundtable: A National Update
Scott Sanford, Debra
Lussier, Denny Dansak, Tony Sheppard, Nelson Harrah
Filmed in June 2014 at the Daily's 'Live in Ft. Lauderdale at NRF
PROTECT 2014' show
In this national update on ORC, hear from five of the leading experts on this
growing threat to the LP industry and the latest efforts to combat it.
Scott Sanford, Director of Loss Prevention
Debra Lussier, Sr. Manager, Central
Investigations for The Home Depot;
Denny Dansak, former Sr. Corporate
Manager, ORC for Kroger;
Tony Sheppard, Director of Loss Prevention
- ORC for Ulta Beauty; and
Nelson Harrah, Director of ORC for Gap
Inc., discuss the link between online fraud and brick-and-mortar crimes, the
impact of state ORC laws, and the mounting national effort of ORC associations
that are helping to bridge the gap.
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Amazon deploys thermal cameras at warehouses to scan for fevers faster
Inc has started to use thermal cameras at its warehouses to speed up
screening for feverish workers who could be infected with the coronavirus.
The cameras in effect measure how much heat people emit relative to their
surroundings. They require less time and contact than forehead thermometers,
earlier adopted by Amazon, the workers said.
Cases of the virus have been reported among staff at more than 50 of Amazon’s
U.S. warehouses. That has prompted some workers to worry for their safety and
walk off the job. Unions and elected officials have called on Amazon to close
Other companies that have explored using the thermal camera technology include
Tyson Foods Inc and Intel Corp. The camera systems, which garnered widespread
use at airports in Asia after the SARS epidemic in 2003, can cost between
$5,000 and $20,000.
Thermal cameras will also replace thermometers at worker entrances to
many of Amazon’s Whole Foods stores, according to a recent staff note seen by
Reuters and previously reported by Business Insider.
The company performs a second, forehead thermometer check on anyone flagged by
the cameras to determine an exact temperature, one of the workers said. An
international standard requires the extra check, though one camera system maker
said the infrared scan is more accurate than a thermometer.
Amazon cannot afford to slip up on employee safety
Following the news that Amazon has shut its French warehouses after a
virus safety dispute
has been one of the few winners from the COVID-19 crisis. Latest figures show
that Amazon customers are spending almost $11,000 a second on the ecommerce
Despite Amazon’s positive financial performance, it has come under fire for its
health and safety practices during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following a ruling
from a French court that Amazon was not doing enough to protect its workers,
Amazon has ordered the temporary closure of all six of its French distribution
“While this alone is unlikely to have a significant financial impact on Amazon,
any further closures or health and safety related fines will have a negative
effect on Amazon’s financial performance.
Addressing these recent health and safety issues and preventing any further
incidences should be high on Amazon’s list of priorities.”
Amazon fires another employee who criticized working conditions
Amazon Retools With Unusual Goal: Get Shoppers to Buy Less Amid Coronavirus
'Top 10 ORC Cases of
2015-2020' - Countdown
January 16, 2015)
Palisades Park, NJ man sentenced to time served for role in $325 Million
A federal judge showed leniency toward a Bergen
County, NJ man on Thursday, sentencing him to time served after determining that
while he made "a series of bad choices," he was not a main player in a $325
million counterfeit goods ring. Dao Feng Shi, of Palisades Park, admitted in a
plea deal last year to conspiring or attempting to traffic in counterfeit goods.
He said ordered Ugg labels and attempted to stick them on about 300
non-brand-name boots to get rid of surplus merchandise from his shoe and
accessory business. That act was unrelated to the large counterfeit operation,
said his attorney, Lawrence Welle. Shi was among 29 people charged in 2012 for
their alleged involvement in what prosecutors said was one of the largest
counterfeit goods smuggling operations prosecuted in the United States. The
suspects attempted to import Chinese knock-offs, such as fake Nike shoes and
Gucci handbags, through Port Newark-Elizabeth over several years, authorities
said. Law enforcement officials arrested suspects in New Jersey, New York,
Florida, Texas and the Philippines.
Click here to
follow along as we count down the Top 10 ORC Cases from 2015-2020.
Rochester, NY: Feds want to seize $2.9M in luxury cars, jewelry from owner
accused in pawn shop scheme
The federal government is looking to seize four luxury vehicles and more than
$150,000 from the owner of a Dewey Avenue pawn shop charged with re-selling
stolen goods. Devin Tribunella, owner of Royal Crown Pawn and Jewelry, is facing
federal charges. Prosecutors allege Tribunella and other defendants recruited
those suffering from opioid addiction to steal items from retailers. They
allegedly bought the stolen items at a fraction of their retail value and then
re-sold them online. Prosecutors say Tribunella knew the items were stolen,
and allegedly made false representations in eBay and Amazon user agreements, as
well as on the LeadsOnline database. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years
Tribunella and a Royal Crown employee are accused purchasing and selling more
than $3.2 million in stolen goods. Prosecutors say Tribunella used more than
$2,995,000 in proceeds to buy items such sports cars and jewelry.
The government says it’s looking to seize the following from Tribunella:
• A 2008 Lamborghini
• A 2014 Rolls Royce
• A 2014 Mercedes Benz
• A 2015 Porsche 911
• A Rolex watch
• A Patek Phillipe diamond-encrusted watch
• A gold Cartier bracelet
• A 14-karat, 21-ct diamond tennis chain and
• A 14-karat diamond cross
• A 14-karat, 41.5-ct. Diamond necklace
• More than $148,000 from two PayPal accounts
• More than $7,100 from a Canandaigua National
Bank and Trust account
Daytona Beach, FL: Woman was part of trio accused of stealing 26 pairs / $7,200
of Versace sunglasses from LensCrafters at Volusia Mall
A woman with a taste for upscale shades was arrested in the theft of 26 Versace
sunglasses worth more than $7,000 from the LensCrafters store at the Volusia
Mall in Daytona Beach. Letoria Renee Matthews, 32, was charged with coordinating
with others in a theft of more than $3,000, a felony. The heist took place on
Feb. 9 when Matthews, along with a man named Anthony Robinson, 37, and an
unidentified woman entered the LensCrafters store in the West International
Speedway Boulevard mall.
Mountain Home, ID: Woman charged with 2 Felonies in Shoplift/ Gift Card scam+
violation for Covid
A Mountain Home woman, 34-year-old Heather Ann Lewis, has been arrested and
charged with two felonies in connection with an incident in which she allegedly
exchanged a gift card for an item she shoplifted from another area of a local
store. Lewis is charged with both commercial burglary and theft of property
under state of emergency. Police Chief Manuel says the second felony charge can
be added if the alleged offense occurs in an area under a state of emergency
designated by the president, governor or the executive officer of the city or
county. The report indicates Lewis has been trespassed from the business five
times since 2009, “stealing a total of $1,534.50 during that period, not
including the latest incident.”
Livingston, TX: $2K Shoplifter attacked Off-Duty Police Officer who tried to
prevent theft; tied to prior $1K theft
Yorktown, CT: Man, Woman Accused Of Stealing $1.8K In Items From Lowe’s
Chapel Hill, NC: Gas Station Employee Accused of Stealing Nearly 500 Lottery
Centerville, OH: Man and Woman wanted for stealing several thousands of dollars
of merchandise from Cabela’s over a two-day period
Coming This Week
Special Report: Top 10 ORC Cases of 2015-2020
Later this week, The D&D Daily will release a Special Report featuring our Top
10 ORC Cases from 2015 to 2019, sponsored by
Thank you to all of those who submit cases to the D&D Daily. A special thank you
to Law Enforcement officials who partner with Loss Prevention professionals to
keep the stores safe out there.
Shootings & Deaths
Police shoot and kill bat-wielding man in San Leandro Walmart
San Leandro police officer shot and killed a man who was reported to be swinging
a baseball bat Saturday afternoon at a Walmart store. Part of the encounter was
caught on video by at least one shopper. The 58-second video shows a black male
brandishing a bat as two San Leandro officers approach him, with guns drawn, not
far from the entrance to the store. “Get back!” “Get back!” they yell several
times, as a person in the background can be heard shouting “Put it down! Put it
At least one officer fires his Taser weapon at the man, who staggers back and
then continues advancing. When the man is about five feet from the lead officer,
the video shows, the officer fires his gun, striking the man in the chest. The
man staggers back, drops the bat, and bleeding on the floor, collapses as
horrified shoppers look on. One yells “Don’t shoot him no more.” Another yells
“Call an ambulance!” A San Leandro police spokesman said late Saturday that
police did not have the dead man’s name or city of residence.
Lincoln, NE: Sentencing postponed in C-Store employee Death Penalty case
A Nebraska man convicted of killing a Lincoln store clerk has had a hearing to
determine whether he'll be sentenced to death or life in prison postponed for
nearly six months. The new hearing date for 53-year-old Aubrey Trail is now
scheduled to begin Dec. 15. It had been set to begin June 23. Trail was
convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper
disposal of human remains in the November 2017 death and dismemberment of
Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe. The murder trial of Trail’s girlfriend, Bailey
Boswell, 26, is scheduled to begin Sept. 23 in Lexington. Boswell is charged
with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of
human remains. Loofe, 24, arranged a date with Boswell through an online dating
app and disappeared.
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
New York: Dozens of NYC inmates back in jail after coronavirus release
Dozens of inmates freed from city jails over fears they were vulnerable to the
coronavirus have wasted no time plaguing the city with new crimes, The Post has
learned. At least 50 of the 1,500 inmates cut loose amid fears of the spread of
COVID-19 behind bars in recent weeks have already landed back in jail — and in
some cases were set free yet again, according to police sources and records. The
re-offenders — just over 3 percent of those released — include a Rikers Island
inmate initially jailed for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s door on fire and
choking her mother, who was released early only to return to the Bronx apartment
and allegedly threaten to kill the whole family.
Portage County, OH: Grand Jury indictment for $250,000 Saks Off Fifth Burglary
Nicholas Moore, 38, aggravated theft, a third-degree felony; safecracking, a
fourth-degree felony; breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and
vandalism, a fifth-degree felony. He is accused of breaking into Saks OFF Fifth
at the Aurora Outlets on Jan. 27 and stealing about $250,000 worth of jewelry.
Enfield, London, England: Morrisons security guards drag toilet roll 'thief'
through shop by his legs
Security guards were filmed dragging the "old" man through a Morrisons store,
thought to be in Enfield, London, after he allegedly left the building without
paying for toilet rolls and Red Bull.
Ventura, CA Ross Store reports Jewelry Burglary
Police arrested a 42-year-old man in Ventura on Saturday after he was suspected
of burglarizing a department store, according to the Ventura Police Department.
The burglary was reported at 5:54 a.m. at Ross Dress for Less. Officers arrived
on scene and found someone had damaged the lock on the front door and smashed
open a jewelry display. A search of the building revealed the suspect had
already fled the scene.
Danville, CA: Four Teens arrested for Armed Robbery of CVS; tied to Pharmacy
robbery in Dublin, CA
Four teenagers were arrested after police allege they held up a CVS pharmacy in
Danville hours after committing a similar robbery in Dublin on Friday. The
arrestees, whose identities were not revealed, were booked into juvenile hall on
suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and looting. Looting is a
specific charge that applies when someone enters a building to commit any theft
during a declared state of emergency, such as the current COVID-19 crisis. The
employee reported that two people entered the pharmacy, acted like they had a
gun and demanded access to the narcotics safe, according to Shields. When
workers said they didn't have access to the safe, the robbers fled.
Cartel Gangs Roving the Cities of Brazil
Driving around in their cars, angry at residents for not taking the lockdowns
serious enough, in various cities in South America, gang members are enforcing
imposed curfews and telling residents to stay inside and take the virus
seriously. As even gangs members are losing family and loved ones.
2 more men sentenced to prison for role in mob shoplifting at North Face in
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Auto Parts –
Bakersfield, CA – Burglary
Boost – Appleton, WI –
C-Store – Bloomfield,
NJ – Burglary
C-Store – Butler
County, PA – Burglary
C-Store – Cleveland,
OH – Robbery
C-Store – Cordele, GA
CVS – Danville, CA -
Dollar General –
Brookside, AL – Armed Robbery
Dollar General –
Manteca, CA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – El
Paso, TX – Burglary
Gas Station – Dodge
County, MN - Burglary
Jewelry – Chicago, IL
Pharmacy – Dublin, CA
– Armed Robbery
Washington, DC – Burglary
Restaurant – Columbus,
OH – Robbery
Restaurant – Collier
County, FL – Burglary
Ross – Ventura, CA -
7-Eleven – Fort Myers,
FL – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Bloomfield,
NJ – Burglary
• 8 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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