Breaking News in the Industry: October 27, 2017

Shoplifting suspect assaults LP after being confronted at mall

Police have identified a shoplifting suspect who assaulted a security guard at Quail Springs Mall. Oklahoma City Police Department reports show that at approximately 1 p.m. September 23 a loss prevention associate observed a woman enter Von Maur. The woman picked up three Michael Kors wallets and then attempted to walk out of the building without paying. The woman was confronted by a loss prevention associate who stated who he was and told her to stop. The woman kept attempting to leave the store and was grabbed by loss prevention. When an associate grabbed her arm, she punched him twice in the face. The LP associate was able to grab the stolen items, the woman’s purse and her cell phone before she ran to a black Cadillac Escalade and fled the scene. Police released photos of the woman to Facebook early Thursday. Just after 2 p.m. the woman was identified. It is unknown if she has been arrested at this time.   [Source: Fox25 News]

Star receiver; six other Gators enter agreement in Florida credit-card fraud scandal

The Gators’ credit card fraud scandal took a step closer to resolution Thursday when the State Attorney’s Office announced that seven suspended players agreed to programs that could lead to the dismissal of their felony complaints. But don’t expect to see any of them back for Florida’s rivalry game against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday. Star receiver Antonio Callaway and starting running back Jordan Scarlett are among the seven players who agreed to pre-trial intervention programs. If they complete 12 months of voluntary probation, their fraud cases will be dropped.
Defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, receiver Rick Wells, linebacker Ventrell Miller, linebacker James Houston and lineman Richerd Desir-Jones also agreed to the program. Felony charges remain pending for the other two suspended players, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort. The agreements must be formalized by a judge, with some court dates already scheduled for next month. According to sworn police complaints, the case began when Telfort started using stolen credit cards to fund his bookstore account in late June. He also used that information to purchase food through a Gainesville delivery company, 352 Delivery. Eight other players began using stolen information — sometimes from the same victims — afterward, according to the complaints. The UF bookstore began noticing an unusual amount of disputed charges in August. When the bookstore noticed that the charges involved athletes, it first contacted the University Athletic Association and the compliance department, according to the complaints.  [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Amazon unlocks in-home delivery with “Amazon Key”

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a new way for Prime members to receive packages directly in their homes while they’re away… Amazon Key. Customers hoping to use the service must download the Amazon Key app and purchase a smart lock, as well as Amazon’s latest device, an internet-connected security camera called “Amazon Cloud Cam,” which can send customers videos of their packages being delivered. The Amazon Key In-Home Kit starts at $249.99, according to a company press release. The security camera also works seamlessly with Alexa-enabled devices, according to a separate press release. The service will become available at no extra cost to Prime members in 37 cities across the US on Nov. 8, with more locations rolling out over time.   [Source: RetailDIVE]

Pair caught shoplifting $3,000 purse

Two Miami residents were arrested in Palm Beach Florida, after police say they shoplifted a purse valued at $3,200 from Classic Collections. According to arrest reports, Cherrell Sharp, 39, and Garrett Smith, 49, were charged with second-degree felony retail theft after police caught them with a Nancy Gonzalez crocodile purse with a Classic Collections price tag still inside. When the pair entered the store, Sharp entered a dressing room with a large shoulder bag and a store employee saw Smith hand her the purse through a curtain, according to the report. The employee alerted police, who searched the bag and found the purse. Police said Sharp also was charged with shoplifting another purse, valued at $3,100, from the store the previous day. The purse was a black 1980’s Chanel quilted lambskin flap bag. Surveillance video shows a man who accompanied Sharp in the store placing the bag into a backpack while Sharp held up a dress to block the camera’s view. Police said when they arrested Sharp and Smith on Saturday, the Chanel bag was in Smith’s car. Sharp admitted to taking both handbags and to owning an anti-shoplifting countermeasure, which she said she used to remove one of the bag’s alarm sensors. She was charged with two counts of second-degree felony retail and one charge of possession of an anti-shoplifting countermeasure. Smith was charged with one count of second-degree felony retail theft. Sharp and Smith were released on bond from the Palm Beach County Jail Sunday. Sharp posted bail of $19,500 and Smith $5,000.. [Source: Palm Beach Daily News]

Apple halves iPhone X shipments amidst supplier struggle

Yes, the rumors are true… only 20 million units of Apple’s eagerly awaited iPhone X will be released this year, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Tuesday. That equals roughly half of what Apple intended. The delay stems from an issue with bonding in the OLED panels allowing facial recognition, which recurred during production. Apple executives are alleged to be speaking with alternative manufacturers to potentially increase production. Their primary source for OLEDs is Samsung.  [Source: SupplyChainDIVE]

Police post “pumpkin lineup” after recovering stolen squash

Missouri police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins… and one gourd, are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a “pumpkin lineup” online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed SUV that Captain Scott Will says was “top-to-bottom orange.” The next day, officers snapped a picture of the abducted decor and posted it to Facebook . Will says police have been “inundated” with people coming to track down their Halloween pumpkins. About a dozen remained unclaimed Tuesday. None are carved. Two 18-year-olds are charged with misdemeanor stealing, while a 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile court.. [Source: Yakima Herald]

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