Breaking News in the Industry: July 13, 2017

Woman caught shoplifting with child, attempted to run over LP associate

Kaufman, Texas, police are searching for a woman, on the run, charged with aggravated robbery and child endangerment. Megan Boulter, is believed to be hiding out and moving between Kaufman, Van Zandt County and Dallas County. According to Kaufman Police, Boulter was caught shoplifting at a Walmart with her 5-year-old daughter. A loss prevention associate attempted to stop Boulter and she took off running for her vehicle, with her daughter in tow. She started to speed out of the parking lot, and the LP associate followed her, trying to get a license plate number. Kaufman Police say Boulter then threw her vehicle into reverse and tried to run over the associate. Crandall Police later spotted Boulter’s vehicle on Highway 175 and attempted to pull her over. Boulter took off at speeds of over 90 miles per hour, passing cars on the shoulder of the Highway. Crandall Police called off the pursuit because of the child inside the vehicle. Boulter is still on the run and is reported to have a male friend aiding her. If you can help  bring this fugitive to justice, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-TIPS-KCC (1-877-847-7522) or call Kaufman Police Department Criminal Investigators at 972-932-3094.  [For more: KLTV7 News]

Man arrested on more than 40 counts of credit card fraud

Georgia’s Columbus Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit arrested a man on 43 counts of financial transaction card fraud. Keith Jones, 41, was also arrested for seven counts of misdemeanor theft by deception, seven counts of felony theft by deception, four counts of criminal attempt theft by deception, 62 counts of identity fraud and one count of possession of drug-related objects. These charges stem from an ongoing investigation that began on April 3, 2017. Police were alerted to stolen credit cards being used to purchase firearms at Shooters of Columbus. ATF was contacted and has been working in conjunction with the financial crimes unit in an attempt to capture the individual responsible.

After issuing multiple search warrants, police were able to determine there a total of 19 suspects all across Georgia and Alabama. The financial crimes unit was able to identify 62 individual victims and 22 businesses from all over the United States. Jones ordered items such as furniture, appliances, lawnmowers, mattresses, Yeti Coolers, American Girl Dolls, fast food items, race car parts, assorted firearms, construction equipment, clothing and other accessories. He would thenn sell these items online on Facebook, yard sale pages or to other contacts. ATF and the Financial Crimes Unit have additional charges pending at this time.  [For more: WTVM9 News]

Lingerie theft ring busted for $300K

Five Maryland residents operating an organized theft ring have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of lingerie from a store in the Lebanon Valley Mall, according to police. The incident took place at Victoria’s Secret on May 19. The five entered the store and filled garbage bags before fleeing with 88 garments valued at $3,692, according to North Lebanon Township police. Charged with robbery, retail theft and conspiracy was James Griffin, 24, of Randallstown. Charged with retail theft and conspiracy were Twanika Greer, 24; James McCarter, 18; Justin Inman, 23; and Lyric McLaughlin, 21, all of Baltimore. They face preliminary hearings on July 27.

The five were caught later that same day after robbing a Victoria’s Secret at the Berkshire Mall in Berks County, according to WFMZ TV.  In that incident they also brazenly filled bags with $3,000 worth of lingerie and threatened a clerk with pepper spray before making their escape, police said. They were captured after a police chase that ended when the suspects’ car crashed.  The five are also suspects in several other Victoria Secret thefts on the East Coast totaling as much as $300,000, according to police.  [For more: Lebanon Daily News]

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Up to 1.6 million at risk in workplace food vendor data breach

Avanti Markets, which provides food kiosks often found in company break-rooms, fell victim to a data breach that may have impacted up to 1.6 million people. The Tukwila, Washington-based company said the incident affected employees’ payment card information, email addresses and possibly their saved biometric authentication data. Biometric authentication is a security procedure that uses an individual’s physical characteristics to verify identity, such as one’s thumbprint.

“On July 4, 2017, we discovered a sophisticated malware attack which affected kiosks at some Avanti Markets,” the company revealed in a blog post on Monday. “Based on our investigation…and although we have not yet confirmed the root cause of the intrusion, it appears the attackers utilized the malware to gain unauthorized access to customer personal information from some kiosks.” The malware collected users’ payment card data, including their first and last names, account numbers, card expiration dates and email addresses. Avanti hasn’t revealed which biometric information may have been accessed by hackers, but some of the company’s kiosks have fingerprint readers. The time frame of the breach and the impacted locations remain unknown. “Because not all of our kiosks are configured or used the same way, personal information on some kiosks may have been adversely affected, while other kiosks may not have been affected,” Avanti said. Following the incident, the micro market provider hired a “nationally-recognized forensic investigation firm” to assist with the breach, alerted the FBI and shut down payment processing at some locations. Avanti has kiosks in 46 states and serves up to 1.6 million people, according to its site.  [For more: MyNBC5 News]

Brothers wear their T-Mobile employee shirts while burglarizing cell phone store

Police are searching for two Birmingham, Alabama, brothers charged in a suspected burglary at a Center Point cell phone store where one of them was the assistant manager.    Vincent Warren Long, 28, and Joseph Daniel Long, 21, both are charged with first-degree theft, said Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian. They remain at large. Deputies responded about 1 a.m. on June 4, 2017 to a burglary alarm at the T-Mobile store on Center Point Parkway. Deputies contacted the store manager who met them at the scene and found 113 cell phones, as well as a large amount cash, missing from the store, Christian said.

A sheriff’s detective assigned to the case checked surrounding businesses for video surveillance cameras. A nearby ATM was found to have a camera that had a clear view of the front of the T-Mobile store, and a review of that video showed two men both wearing T-Mobile shirts loading items into their vehicles after the store had closed. The detective interviewed the employees of the store. Only three employees had keys to the store and the safe combination. The investigation showed that the Long brothers had committed the theft and staged it to appear as a burglary to deflect suspicion of them. Vincent Warren Long was the assistant store manager, and his brother, Joseph Daniel Long, also was employed by T-Mobile. “You give someone a job, a promotion and your trust and this is how they repay you,” Christian said. “That’s pretty sad.” Anyone with information on their location is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.  [For more: AL News]

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