Breaking News in the Industry: March 30, 2018

Police searching for shoplifting suspect after he jumps off bluff

Police are attempting to rescue a shoplifting suspect after he was seen jumping off a bluff in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Officials say officers confronted the suspect for shoplifting at the Home Depot on Old Hickory Boulevard. The suspect, who is known to police and has an active warrant, was able to flee in his vehicle but struck another car and nearly hit an officer in the process. A few minutes later, police spotted the suspect’s vehicle turning on Shute Lane but never got a visual of him. Police eventually found the car parked in a driveway on Cherry Branch Lane, but the suspect was nowhere to be found. Witnesses near that location say they saw the suspect jump off a bluff into Old Hickory Lake. Police have been searching for him since then and believe he may be in the water. EMS workers are currently searching for him by boat and officers are looking for him on foot, but officials say their helicopter had to be grounded because of the weather. Neither the suspect’s identity nor his physical description has been released at this time.  [Source: WSMV4 News]

UPS employee accused of stealing cellphones

A Mohegan Lake, New York, man was arrested for allegedly stealing a couple of cellphones. Yorktown Police said Lylle Ryals, 22, of Mohegan Lake, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. Police said around 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 an officer was sent to investigate a theft that occurred at the United Parcel Service, 1785 Front St. in Yorktown Heights. The investigation found that an employee stole a T-Mobile cellphone and an Apple iPhone valued at $1,325, police said. Ryals was contacted by police and voluntarily turned himself in at police headquarters March 27. He was arrested, processed and released on $100 bail.  [Source: Yorktown Patch]

Shoplifting suspect arrested after high speed chase

An East Dubuque, Illinois, man is accused of leading authorities from multiple departments on a high-speed chase through Dubuque. According to scanner traffic, 30-year-old Justin Roling was suspected of taking items from the Kohl’s store on the Northwest Arterial. From there, he led officers from both the Dubuque Police Department on Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office on a chase along Pennsylvania Avenue to Grandview Avenue and eventually to Dodge Street. Roling then rolled his vehicle as he approached Dodge’s intersection with Locust Street in downtown Dubuque. Speeds apparently reached close to 70 miles per hour during the chase. After being taken into custody, Roling was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and released. He’s now facing five charges, including 4th Degree Theft, Eluding, Operating While Intoxicated, and Driving with a Revoked License. [Source: ABC9 News]

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Teen charged with robbing store, attacking LP

A teenager from New Jersey was arrested on Sunday afternoon after police say she and accomplice tried to rob a store in the Roosevelt Field Mall. According to police, Gianna Sanchez, 19, of Adams Ter Clifton, New Jersey, entered the Sephora store in the mall, located in East Garden City, with an unidentified man. Police say the two were taking merchandise from the shelves and hiding it in a handbag Sanchez was carrying. According to police, a loss prevention associate in the store saw the two leave the store without paying, and then identified himself to them in an attempt to retrieve the merchandise. When he did, police say that Sanchez punched him in the face twice and then began to scratch him in the face and neck. Sanchez and her accomplice then ran to the parking lot and toward a four-door black Nissan. The man got in the driver’s seat, but the loss prevention officer managed to block Sanchez from getting in, and the man drove away. The loss prevention officer was able to make out a New York license plate on the car with the partial registration of HSK. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Sanchez, and say they determined that the two were responsible for robbing the same Sephora on March 10. Sanchez was charged with second-degree robbery, two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of an anti-security item.  [Source: Garden City Patch]

Man arrested and charged with robbing store and pointing gun at LP

The Delaware County Grand Jury in Ohio returned a six-count indictment against an 18-year-old man was, who officers, arrested for robbing a store inside of Polaris Fashion Place last week. The incident happened on March 24 around noon inside of Macy’s. “Loss prevention associates reported a male fled the store with merchandise suspected to be stolen,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “They were able to provide the license plate number of the suspect vehicle and let police know the man pointed a gun at them in his attempt to flee.” Officers ran the plates on the car and they came back to a vehicle that had been reported stolen a couple days prior. According to the press release, Columbus police responded to an altercation outside of Wendy’s on West Broad Street, just two hours after the robbery. The vehicle involved in the altercation was the same vehicle involved in the shoplifting incident inside Polaris Fashion Place. “Mr. Woods was taken into custody,” O’Brien said. “Macy’s loss prevention associates later identified him from a photo lineup.” Woods has been charged with aggravated robbery with a gun specification, one count of tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, and carrying a concealed weapon.  [Source: ABC6 OnYourSide]

Dunkin’ Donuts debuts sneaker design

Now you really can run on Dunkin’. Just, hopefully, it’s worth the trip. Dunkin’ Donuts, the coffee and baked-goods chain, provided the inspiration for a new limited-edition sneaker by Saucony, which designs high-performance running shoes. “As we celebrate Saucony’s 120th anniversary, we’re proud to honor our hometown marathon and Boston’s rich running heritage in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, a brand known for ‘keeping America running,’” Saucony CMO Amanda Reiss said. The shoebox resembled one of Dunkin Donuts’ iconic doughnut box. Inside, “the shoe features a Strawberry Frosted Donut surrounded by sprinkles on each heel, the Dunkin’ Donuts logo on the shoe’s tongue, splashy images of Hot and Iced Coffee on the sockliner and the brand’s signature tagline – America Runs on Dunkin’® – placed on the center heel along the reflective stripe,” the company notes.   [Source:]

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