Breaking News in the Industry: May 24, 2016

LP Worldwide: 7kg Gold Stolen from Sharjah Shop Recovered, 3 Arrested

Police on Monday recovered more than seven kilograms of gold stolen from a jewelry outlet in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and arrested three men suspected to be involved in the crime, officials said. One suspect is absconding. Police said the three Pakistani suspects were in the UAE on a visit visa and were arrested in Dubai.

On Friday morning, the store employees received a call from Sharjah Police alerting them about the theft. The suspects had left the store even though the police arrived within three minutes. One suspect was standing outside and kept watch while the other suspects broke the display glass and collected several pieces of jewelry, including necklaces and rings, weighing a total of 7 kilograms, in addition to diamonds.

The value of the stolen goods is Dh1.5 million ($408,369 US). The police identified one suspect and arrested him in cooperation with Dubai Police in just 24 hours. He led the police to his partners and revealed that they had kept the gold in a shipping container, hidden inside clothes. The container was scheduled to be shipped to Pakistan but the police reached the cargo company and recovered the stolen gold from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai… [Gulf News]


Employee Gave Girlfriend Nearly $70K in Unauthorized Store Credits

A Fort Lauderdale man and former Macy’s employee is accused of letting his girlfriend return items she never actually bought for store credit, causing the department store to lose nearly $70,000. According to police, Dieudonne was allowing his girlfriend to make fake returns on items she never purchased for store credit. He also gave his girlfriend clothing that she did not pay for, and would remove the security device before she left the store. Managers at the store noticed the theft on Friday and discovered Joe Dieudonne had been stealing from the store since July 2015, police said. Dieudonne estimated to detectives that his girlfriend received about $54,000 worth of merchandise and that he authorized about $15,000 in false returns to her credit card. In total, he took $69,863.29 from the store, according to the arrest report… [Sun Sentinel]


Don’t Wear Skinny Jeans While Shoplifting!

A would-be shoplifter has been arrested after trying to stuff a whole cart’s worth of hygiene products down his pants. Gary Johnson was tackled to the ground outside a Kroger store in Memphis, Tennessee after trying to make off with more than $300 worth of goods. It is perhaps unsurprising that Johnson was spotted by loss prevention after attempting to fit multiple packs of soap, several bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and detergent into his skinny jeans. Reports state that Johnson had two trash bags lining either leg of his pants and was dropping items inside as he made his way around the store.

A must-see video of the arrest shows Johnson on the ground outside the store as a security guard pins him to the concrete. Surrounding him is a large group of people all laughing at his over-stuffed pants, which are already spilling their contents on to the sidewalk. After the cops arrive and get Johnson up to his knees items continue spilling from his pants, much to the crowd’s amusement. More boxes and bottles are left behind him as he walks, and staff from the store are forced to bring over a cart to contain them all. Shaving cream, packs of razors, bars of soap, scented spray, and bottles of shampoo and conditioner were among the packets falling off of him… [Daily Mail]


7 Hurt in Crash Involving Target Shoplifting Suspects

Seven people were hurt when a pair of shoplifting suspects tried to make a fast getaway from Target. Both Jeremy W. Dodge and Victikia Coker were taken to the hospital with what police called minor injuries after they tried to get around cars stopped at a red light at an intersection. Police officers had been dispatched to the Target for a shoplifting call and as officers were about to arrive, they spotted the suspects’ gray car leaving the parking lot. Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver kept going. The pursuit ended with the crash at the red light. Four other cars were damaged in the process. Five people in those cars were hurt. Three of the injured were taken to the hospital… [CBS News]


What’s in Store? Retail Execs Detail How They’re Changing with the Times

For years retailers put sweaters on nice tables, priced them at $19.99 and shoppers showed up. That was before gobbled market share bit by bit from traditional retailers, said Lee Peterson, executive vice president at WD Partners, an Ohio-based consumer research firm. Peterson offered his sweater table example, which he said worked for mall-based retailers like The Limited for years, to kick off a discussion he moderated last week at Shoptalk in Las Vegas. The conference brought traditional retailers together with venture capital-backed technology companies. Traditional practices aren’t enough in the digital age, and executives from Whole Foods Market, Neiman Marcus and Sunglass Hut shared insights on how they’re changing — and how they’re staying the same… [Dallas Morning News]


Warehouse Employee Charged with Prolific Theft of iPads, Video Games, and Other Products

Authorities have charged a man with felony theft and money laundering after he was accused of having expensive electronic items shipped from his employer’s warehouse to his home. Tyler D. White worked at OHL Contract Logistics. The firm provides warehousing and logistics services for other companies, including Target. An OHL loss prevention officer told police that when someone places an online order from Target for a toy or electronic item, the order is filled at the facility and shipped to the customer. White would allegedly place an order for a large toy from Target, then fill the order himself, except he would place several expensive electronic devices in the box, instead of the toy. The order would then be shipped to White’s home.

A supervisor allegedly caught White filling an order and checked the package. The package in that one particular incidence contained 15 iPads, two Super Mario Land games, three Rainbow Six games, six Canon PowerShot cameras and 24 Apple watches. That one alleged theft, alone, was worth more than $22,000. White allegedly admitted to stealing several times in the past. “White stated he stole more than 100, but less than 200, Apple iPads, one Play Station, one sound bar, two cameras and 50 to 100 video games,” the document stated. A check of shipping records showed that White had sent approximately 22 packages to his house. He told police he sold some of the stolen items on Craigslist and at a pawn shop… [The Telegraph]


Tips for Spotting a Phishing Email

Phishing emails flow into inboxes year-round, especially during the holidays. Here are some clues to help your users spot “fishy” emails. Every day countless phishing emails are sent to unsuspecting victims all over the world. While some of these messages are so outlandish that they are obvious frauds, others can be a bit more convincing. So how do you tell the difference between a phishing message and a legitimate message? Unfortunately, there is no one single technique that works in every situation, but there are a number of things that you can look for:

  • The message contains a mismatched URL. Often the URL in a phishing message will appear to be perfectly valid. However, if you hover your mouse over the top of the URL, you should see the actual hyperlinked address. If the hyperlinked address is different from the address that is displayed, the message is probably fraudulent or malicious.
  • URLs contain a misleading domain name. The phishing artist simply creates a child domain bearing the name Microsoft, Apple, or whatever. The resulting domain name looks something like this:
  • The message contains poor spelling and grammar. If a message is filled with poor grammar or spelling mistakes, it probably didn’t come from a major corporation’s legal department.
  • The message asks for personal information. No matter how official an email message might look, it’s always a bad sign if the message asks for personal information.
  • The offer seems too good to be true. If you receive a message from someone unknown to you who is making big promises, the message is probably a scam.

[Tech Republic]


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