Breaking News in the Industry: July 18, 2016

Statement In Response to Louisiana Officer Fatalities By National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund President and CEO, Craig W. Floyd

Today, I join all members of the law enforcement family and caring citizens across our nation in expressing profound grief and outrage over the murders of three Louisiana law enforcement professionals and the wounding of three others by what appears to be an armed assassin. We will remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Officers Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson.

Unbelievably, this is the third time in two weeks that multiple law enforcement officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty. This is both shocking and unprecedented in recent history. Already this year 12 law enforcement professionals have been killed in multiple death shooting incidents, 10 in just the last two weeks. The total number of officers shot and killed this year is 31, which is 58 percent higher than the 18 officers killed by gunfire at the same time last year. Fourteen of the officers killed this year in shootings were ambushed; killed simply because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do.

It appears that many of these ambush shooting deaths were the result of weak-minded individuals being influenced by anti-cop rhetoric that has been so prevalent in recent months. Words do matter and, simply stated, enough is enough. Too many have been silent for too long in condemning the violence and hatred directed against our protectors. This is especially true when considering the facts. Statistics show that more than 98 percent of the time that officers interact with the public, force is never used nor threatened, and more than 99 percent of our officers conduct themselves properly and professionally without complaints of misconduct.

On average, a law enforcement professional dies in the line of duty somewhere in America every 61 hours—that is 144 officer fatalities each year over the past decade. There are 57,000 attacks and assaults on officers by criminals annually. And, more than 100,000 law enforcement professionals are injured in the line of duty each year. Yet, despite these daunting facts, some 900,000 officers go out every day and risk their lives for the protection and safety of the citizens they serve. We owe all of these men and women, and their families, a huge debt of gratitude.

It is time for the media, our elected officials and all law-abiding citizens to strongly condemn this violence directed against our protectors and help to restore respect for our laws and the brave individuals sworn to enforce them. [Source: National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund]

 

How stolen freezies and strawberries are turning into a $5B black market

In a heat wave like this, it’s not hard to imagine why someone might have stolen two tractor-trailers full of Kisko freezies two weeks ago. But the $60,000 heist is actually part of an increasingly sophisticated organized crime network that’s infiltrating the shipping industry. Cargo theft has created a black market worth between $5 to $6 billion a year countrywide, according to estimates from police and the Ontario Trucking Association.

In York region (Ontario,Canada) alone, about 50 cargo thefts are reported each year — with police recovering $4 to $5 million in goods, said Det.-Sgt. Paul LaSalle who is part of the force’s cargo theft unit. The majority of what’s stolen is food, with LaSalle having seen everything from meat to strawberries go missing. “It doesn’t have serial numbers,” he explained. “Those flats of berries can hit corner stores or markets, consumers are going to buy them and they’ll get rid of them very quickly.”

While historically cargo theft involved hotwiring a loaded truck, LaSalle said it’s now evolved from petty theft into “a complicated shell game.” Fraudsters pose as shipping operatives, creating a false company name to bid on the jobs offered online by food producers. The false company will then pick up the goods, but never deliver them — and by the time the manufacturer realizes they’ve been robbed, it’s often too late.

While police were able to track down the missing freezies this time, they could only put one of the truckloads back into their inventory — losing about $30,000 in revenue, Kisko Products president Mark Josephs said. “The thieves hacked into the computer system of the trucking company and stole all their information about all the loads…This organized crime is so sophisticated their supply chain would really be the envy of any of us in the industry.” [Source: CBC News]

 

The latest data breach is the scariest yet

The latest high-profile data breach victim is one of the biggest tech companies that provides metrics for giants like Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, PBS, The New York Times, and Samsung and it could potentially have catastrophic consequences. Datadog, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider with large cloud system integrations such as Amazon Web Services, sent precautionary emails to their users last week requesting for password resets and revocation of credentials. This was due to a breach detected on a few of their production servers, including one with a database of user credentials. At least one user also reported that there were repeated attempts to use Amazon Web Services credentials integrated with Datadog.

Thankfully, Datadog is prepared for such intrusions. To secure their user credentials, they encrypt all their passwords, which will give the hackers quite a lengthy and difficult time to crack. As a proactive measure, their password reset invalidated current stored passwords anyway so attempts to use the stolen credentials will be unsuccessful. This incident demonstrates how even large company systems can be compromised in a blink of an eye. Without proper security precautions and protection, hackers may have successfully compromised thousands of user accounts. With new threats emerging every day, protection and security against hacks, malware, and viruses is critical. [Source: Komando]

 

LP Worldwide: Fired Loblaws director jailed for defrauding company of nearly $4 million

Ontario’s top court has dismissed an appeal launched by a former director at Loblaw Companies Ltd. who was sentenced to five years in prison after he defrauded the grocery store chain of nearly $4 million. The decision was released more than two years after Paul Thornton was found guilty of fraud and jailed five years.

Court heard Thornton worked as a packaging director at Loblaws from 2001 to 2009 and he oversaw the company’s “Preferred Printers and Rebate Program.” This program was based on services provided by 26 companies who either provided cardboard boxes or labels for other companies called “co-packers,” which supplied certain brand name products to Loblaws for sale to the public. The 26 companies had agreed to be involved in a Rebate/Rebill Program with Loblaws and issued rebate cheques to Loblaws based on a percentage of their volume of sales to the co-packers.

Court heard Thornton defrauded his employer between 2004 and 2009 by causing three of these companies to write cheques totalling $3,948,301.01 to his own company rather than to his employer. Thornton said he deposited the money into his own account based on a confidential agreement he had with a vice-president of the company. [Source: Brampton Guardian]

 

Shoplifting suspect faces murder charge after chase that killed officer

Dante Moore did not arrive to his first scheduled court appearance because of an unspecified medical issue, but prosecutors plowed ahead anyway and provided details of the chase that led to the motorcycle crash that killed a Bellaire Police Department officer.

“Witnesses say the defendant traveled at a high rate of speed,” said the prosecutor. “They also noticed him traveling in the center lanes and running stop signs.” Moore has apparently confessed to being the driver on that fateful day, according to court documents. Prosecutors have charged Moore with murder. “That officer was in hot pursuit, fleeing from that felony… Because of that, when he dies during the chase, it becomes a murder. It’s transferred intent if you will.”

Moore surrendered to Bellaire police on Tuesday. Police say on Tuesday afternoon, an asset protection specialist at Target flagged down Officer Zarate. The officer had stopped a vehicle matching the one belonging to alleged shoplifters and was waiting for backup. Police say Moore and his twin brother suddenly took off and led him on a chase. Officer Zarate crashed the motorcycle into the back of a lawn care equipment trailer and later died from his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters. [Source: Fox News]

 

Transgender woman accused of videotaping 18-year-old in Target fitting room

A transgender woman was charged with voyeurism in Idaho after secretly videotaping a young woman trying on swimwear in the fitting room of a Target retail store, authorities said. Shauna Patricia Smith, 43, who was booked under her legal name of Sean Patrick Smith, appeared in court on a charge of video voyeurism and faces up to five years in prison if convicted, county deputy prosecuting attorney John Dewey said.

The 18-year-old woman who was allegedly videotaped by Smith told investigators she was trying on a swimsuit when she noticed someone in the adjacent stall aiming an iPhone at her by holding it over the partition. The teenager’s mother confronted the suspect, whom she described as a man wearing a dress and a blonde wig, and the suspect ran away, the affidavit stated. The arrest was made after reviewing surveillance images from the store.

“The defendant (Smith) eventually admitted to me that she had made videos in the past of women undressing,” Graham wrote in the affidavit…The defendant told me that she makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography,’” sheriff’s detective Zeb Graham wrote in a probable cause affidavit in the case.

Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, said he had never heard of another case of a transgender individual arrested for voyeurism in a bathroom or fitting room.“If someone is engaging in harassing or illegal activity as the story suggests, then they definitely can and should be held accountable, regardless of who they are,” Hayashi said.

Minneapolis-based Target in April became the first major U.S. retailer to weigh in on the transgender bathroom issue when it allowed shoppers and employees to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. Target said in a statement it immediately partnered with law enforcement on the incident. The case may add fuel to assertions by social conservatives that policies allowing transgender people to use public restrooms and dressing rooms in accordance with their gender identity could lead to abuse. [Source: Las Vegas Review Journal]

 

6 Arrested as ‘Extensive’ Amount of Stolen Mail, Credit Cards, Checks Found in Police Raid

Police say they’ve arrested a half dozen people after conducting a probation search while following up on a mail theft and fraud case. The Temecula (California) Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team was looking into several reports of mail theft and fraud within the city. That investigation led them to a local house where six people were arrested. “During the search, officers found an extensive amount of stolen mail, credit cards, fictitious checks, items used in fraud, and other stolen property,” police said in a press release.

Ashely Lawrence, Jacob Bertino, Emaley Monges, Dustin Thomas, Tamara Charlton, and Kevin Vanderburgh were arrested and charged with various crimes to include credit card fraud, possession of fictitious checks, possession of stolen property, identity theft and suspicion of maintaining a place to sell or provide drugs. Police say they are processing all the stolen property that was recovered at the residence as part of the ongoing investigation, and will contact victims as the investigation unfolds. [Source: Temecula Patch]

 

Congratulations to the Following Industry Leaders on their Latest Promotions

Paul ChrismanPaul Chrisman, CFI, CPP, PCI has been named Senior Manager I, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance for Walmart. Paul most recently served as a Regional Loss Prevention and Safety Manager for PetSmart prior to his new role at Walmart. He has also held positions with Office Depot as a District Loss Prevention & Safety Manager, Factory 2-U Stores as Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Target as an Asset Protection Team Leader, and Kmart as Loss Prevention Manager over the course of his loss prevention career. Paul holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies from Fresno City College.

George Burns has been promoted to National Director of Loss Prevention with Philadelphia-based Pep Boys. George began his career with Pep Boys in 2005 as an Area Loss Prevention Manager progressing to Sr. Loss Prevention Manager, and Director of Asset Protection for the Northeast & Mid Atlantic Regions prior to his most recent promotion. George started his career in loss prevention with Montgomery Ward in 1991, and has also served with Factory Card & Party Outlet and Gap, Inc. prior to moving to Pep Boys.

Michael LooxMichael Loox, CFI has been named Director of Loss Prevention at BLD Brands, LLC. Michael was most recently the Director of Loss Prevention & Safety for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf prior to this new position. Michael has also held leadership positions as Director of Loss Prevention for Z Gallerie and Director of Loss Prevention for Prada. He also served as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Gucci and as Assistant Loss Prevention Manager for Barney’s New York over the course of his loss prevention career. Michael holds an Associate of Arts in Philosophy and General Studies from Orange Coast College, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from City University of New York – John Jay College as well as a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from City University of New York – John Jay College.

Chris SparksChris Sparks, CFE has been promoted to Director of Global Investigative Governance at Walmart. Chris was most recently Senior Global Investigator, Triage for the retailer, after joining the team at Walmart as Senior Global Investigator, Global Investigations in 2013. He also formerly served with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Government Administration, Lowell Planning Commissioner, and the United States Marshall’s Service over the course of his career. Chris holds an Associate of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice from Northwest Arkansas Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Rocco SpezialeRocco Speziale has been promoted to Director of AP Learning and Development at Sears Holdings Management Corporation. Rocco was previously the National Manager of Asset Protection Learning and Development for the retailer. He began his career with Kmart Corporation in 2006 and served as a Loss Prevention Manager before being promoted to District Manager of Loss Prevention on the Sears side of the business in 2010. He was then promoted to National Manager of AP Learning and Development in 2014 before his most recent promotion. Rocco holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Congratulations!

 

For more, look for the “People On the Move” in Wednesday’s newsletter.

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