Woodbridge NJ May 16 2013 Police have arrested mall security guard Brian Ruzich, 21, of Fords in connection with Tuesday’s early morning bomb threat at Woodbridge Center Mall.
At around 6:35 a.m. Woodbridge Mall Security contacted Woodbridge Police that they received a threat that “tiny town” will blow up on May 14, 2013. “Tiny town” is the children’s play area located on the lower level of Woodbridge Center Mall in the JcPenney/Boscov’s wing.
After an immediate investigation following the incident, Woodbridge PD traced the threat back to Ruzich, a mall security guard.
Ruzich was charged with false public alarms, terroristic threats and criminal mischief. His bail is set at $25,000 with no 10 percent, according to Woodbridge PD.
Once Woodbridge PD received the threat on Tuesday morning, the mall was evacuated of the personnel inside at the time and police secured the perimeter.
According to Police Captain Roy Hoppock, due to a quick response from Woodbridge PD, Edison PD and Union, Monmouth and Middlesex County Sheriffs, six dogs were brought to the mall and an in-depth search was conducted and came up negative.
Hicksville NY May 15 2013 Two Brooklyn men were arrested on Friday for an alleged robbery that occurred in Broadway Mall in Hicksville, police said.
According to authorities, Theodis Cole and Omar Sharpe, both 36, were seen by store security concealing an unknown amount of clothing in a bag at Macy’s in Broadway Mall.
As the two men exited the store, two security officers attempted to detain them in the parking lot. Sharpe then fled with the proceeds on foot through the parking lot, while Cole physically prevented the security officers from stopping Sharpe, police said.
As the security officers where escorting Cole back to Macy’s he began to kick and punch one of them causing a minor laceration to his hand. Police then arrived and placed Cole under arrest.
Sharpe was located by officers at the Hicksville Rail Road Station and arrested, police said.
Sharpe and Cole were charged with second-degree robbery
ST. CLAIRSVILLE OH May 12 2013 – A major accident on Interstate 70 on Thursday near the Ohio Valley Mall, left one man with minor injuries and subsequently lead to a fight between a bystander and a mall security guard.
According to initial reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a commercial tractor trailer hauling a bulldozer was traveling east near Exit 218 at the Ohio Valley Mall when the vehicle rolled over the guardrail, losing the bulldozer in the process. The vehicle then rolled over the steep embankment.
The driver, Jerry L. Fox, 42, Dilliner, Pa., was transported to Wheeling Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Officials from the Patrol, Cumberland Trail Fire Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and a towing service arrived on-scene. Following the accident, traffic was reduced to a single lane on I-70′s eastbound side until 2 a.m. today when the site was cleared.
The accident is under investigation.
At the time of the crash, onlookers at the nearby Ohio Valley Mall gathered in the parking lot where a fight broke out between a mall security guard and woman onlooker.
According to Joe Bell with the Cafaro Co. which operates the mall, a woman was taking pictures of the accident on the mall property, which is against mall policy. She was asked by the security guard to desist when the two scuffled.
Police are continuing their investigation.
Alexandria LA May 7 2013 An Alexandria teen who refused multiple times to leave the Alexandria Mall ended up being arrested Saturday, according to police.
Alexandria police were contacted by mall security around 8 p.m. about a teen, 17-year-old Raymond Thomas III, who had been told several times to leave the property but had not, according to the release.
When police arrived, Thomas was told to leave and again refused, so he was arrested. As he was being taken into custody, Thomas began trying to get away and kicked at officers, according to the release.
After Thomas was restrained, officers found several small bags of marijuana on him, according to the release. Thomas was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, charged with second-offense possession of marijuana, criminal trespassing and resisting an officer with force or violence.
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It’s modern technology at its finest, a suspect in a stolen vehicle goes from hanging out at Arden Fair Mall to getting handcuffed all because he simply drove through the mall’s parking lot.
Wichita KS April 30 2013 Mall security responded to an explosion at the Towne West mall and took three juveniles into custody after they caused quite a scare Sunday afternoon.
Police were called to the scene after reports of an explosion inside the mall.
Three kids had set off a small firework-type device in a crowded area just east of the food court.
Authorities say nobody was hurt by the device and there was no damage to property inside the mall.
The device was later determined to be a confetti cannon.
Police did not say of he parents would be charged or if the teens were released to the parents.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. April 27 2013 – Charleston Town Center security guards are ready to roll.
The mall is about to get a second T3 Patroller electric standup vehicle to help guards patrol the parking garages that flank the shopping mecca.
The mall has owned one of the battery-powered vehicles – sort of a three-wheeled version of a Segway – since October 2011, but its use has been limited.
Officials hope to use the second vehicle, which is due to arrive in a couple of weeks, to boost the security presence at the mall.
“We hope to have one on each side in both garages,” said Dennis Lewis, director of mall security.
The T3 Patroller gives guards a quick, easy-to-maneuver way to patrol the six levels of the parking garages.
The unit features lights and a siren, and its one-horsepower motor can move at up to 20 mph.
Lewis said that’s a bit much for confined spaces.
“We don’t operate it that fast, but it could go that fast,” he said.
Guards will patrol at a comfortable 8 mph once the second vehicle arrives.
Lewis said the T3 vehicle, which costs about $10,000, gives officers enough of a height boost to see over most cars and trucks.
The vehicle is an eye-catcher as officers glide through the garages.
“It creates a very visible presence,” he said. “When you see it, it just grabs your attention.
“We can see people better, people can see us better, so it enhances the security presence of the mall,” he said.
While the main job of a mall security
officer is to look out for suspicious behavior, marketing director Lisa McCracken said officers spend much of their time helping customers who can’t quite remember where they parked.
She said that often happens when people park at the mall prior to an event at the Civic Center next door. Folks can be in such a rush that they forget where they came in.
“When they pull into the parking garage and don’t take note of where they park, they don’t realize they’re in one of two parking garages,” McCracken said.
Because of the mall’s symmetrical layout, some are confused about which side they came in.
Lewis said guards are flagged down by people who think someone has made off with their car.
“They think someone stole their car when they’re actually looking in the wrong garage,”
Lewis said his officers patrol the garages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even when the mall is closed for holidays, security staff members are on duty.
The mall has been using the T3 Patroller in the Lee Street garage since it was purchased in 2011. With just one unit, only one guard is trained and certified to use it.
With a second unit, Lewis said he would train each member of his garage security staff.
McCracken said guards also place cards on the windows of parked vehicles. The cards let the driver
know the area is under guard but also features coupons to mall stores.
McCracken said it’s both a marketing technique and a move to give customers peace of mind.
“It’s an opportunity to reassure our guests and employees that we have daily security coverage in our garages,” she said.
Lewis said his officers are looking forward to receiving the second unit and using them full time.
“The officers love it,” he said. “It’s comfortable to the rider, and customers love it because it really grabs your attention.
“And it sure beats walking.”
Dayton OH April 26 2013 The drug bust Tuesday at an auto dealership detail shop near the Dayton Mall is the latest in a series of police investigations close to one of the region’s busiest retail shopping areas where 10,000 people visit a day.
Still officials say the recent drug arrests around the mall are part of a larger problem, rather than unique to the popular commercial center.
“The Dayton Mall area has been a focal point of late,” said Sgt. Mike Brem, head of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the RANGE task force said Wednesday. “But drug trafficking is a problem throughout the whole county.”
In the past month, federal authorities and regional drug task forces have arrested seven people on heroin, cocaine and other drug charges around the mall.
A 20-year-old Dayton man died at a drive through just south of the mall in a shoot-out with the FBI during a drug investigation. In another case, authorities said four people arrested at a nearby hotel were making 50 to 100 drug deals a day in parking lots around the mall.
“Right now it seems to be a variety of operations. The investigation will reveal if any of those will be linked together,” Brem said.
Everyday more than 26,000 drivers pass the mall’s main intersection, Springboro Pike and Ohio 725, just east of Interstate 75, according to traffic counts. More than 2,000 work in the mall itself, according to mall officials.
“It is a strong retail area that has been very successful and will continue to be very successful,” said Chris Kershner, vice president public policy and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “You have drug problems unfortunately in any major metropolitan area.”
Rather than a focal point, officials said the drug busts in the mall area were symptoms of a regional, if not national opiate epidemic.
“The problem is everywhere,” said Dave Duebber, manager of the mall. “If they think it’s not, they’ve got their head in the sand.”
Tuesday’s arrests near the 117-acre mall, which has 150 surveillance cameras, concerns some area residents.
Amanda Littrell of West Carrollton said she fears there’s more illicit drug activity going on.
“It makes me very nervous and very concerned especially for my children. I don’t want them growing up in that type of atmosphere,” Littrell said. “I’m relieved that some people have been caught, but I know there’s a lot more out there.”
As a result of Tuesday’s arrests by the task force at Matt Castrucci’s Auto Mall of Dayton, Larry Brown, 52, of Dayton and Reginald A. Colvard, 40, of Cincinnati, remain in the Montgomery County Jail Wednesday, charged with conspiring to distribute in excess of 28 grams of crack cocaine.
source- Dayton Daily News
Troy MI April 24 2013 An Oakland Mall security officer is expected to be arraigned today or Wednesday on charges he was breaking into stores he was paid to protect.
Troy Police Sgt. Andy Breidenich said the suspect was arrested on Monday after the latest break-in was reported at the mall at 14 Mile and I-75. Another breaking-and-entering theft was reported last week, along with others during the past month.
“We’re investigating a bunch of B-and-Es at Oakland Mall,” Breidenich said today. “That’s all we’ve got at this point until we get the guy arraigned.”
Breidenich said the break-ins were occurring overnight, with someone entering stores through doors inadvertently left unlocked. Police were not releasing which stores were hit or the value of items taken.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned in 52-4 District Court in Troy today or Wednesday. The suspect is employed by the security company contracted with Oakland Mall, Breidenich said.
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DANBURY CT April 22 2013 — A city man and a Brookfield woman were charged with larceny Friday after Danbury Fair mall security personnel stopped them with items allegedly stolen from several stores.
Andres Cortes, 18, of Westville Avenue, Danbury and Adana Neuyen, 19, of Aspen Way, Brookfield, were arrested Friday at about 5:11 p.m., police said.
Mall security officers stopped the pair separately outside of mall entrances after an employee from Sunglass Hut reported that a man and woman matching their descriptions had taken sunglass from a display, police said.
According to police, the pair were found to have assorted items between them from several stores, including more than 25 pairs of sunglasses and watches. Fossil, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lens Crafters and Sunglass Hut produced documentation bringing the value of the items to $6,823, police said.
Cortes and Neuyen were each charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Cortes was released on $25,000 bond with a court date of April 29. Neuyen remained in custody Saturday on a $25,000 bond.
SAN ANTONIO TX April 18 2013
North Star Mall security guard Arthur Manzanedo, 38, is accused of stealing from one of the stores he was hired to protect.
Manzanedo was still in uniform when he was allegedly caught on camera last Friday morning, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
San Antonio police detectives were conducting undercover surveillance at the mall when they saw four people enter the Aeropostale store around 2:40 a.m., the affidavit stated.
They said the suspected thieves were caught on camera, loading items from the store into a trash bin.
One of the men in the video, seen taking items from the shelves and holding the door open for the others, is wearing a security guard uniform, the affidavit stated.
Police showed the video to the mall’s chief of security who identified the man in uniform as Manzanedo, the affidavit stated.
Manzanedo was arrested Tuesday on a burglary charge. The affidavit did not mention whether police have identified or arrested any of the other people in the video.
Sacramento CA April 18 2013 A man was arrested for attempted robbery thanks to fast work by mall security officers, Sacramento officers and a police dog.
A man reported to Arden Fair Mall security about 8 p.m. Tuesday that an armed robber tried to hold him up in the parking lot. Police were notified and mall security provided a good description of the suspected robber’s vehicle.
Police arriving to the call made a stop of the vehicle away from the mall parking lot.
Police said Jordan E. Urban, 22, (pictured) then fled from the car.
Urban was brought into custody with the assistance of a police dog. A discarded, loaded handgun was booked into evidence.
Urban was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery, carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony and giving false identification to police. Source-sacbee.com
Christiansburg, VA April 13 2013 - Police have released the name of the suspected shooter. Police say 18-year-old Neil Allen MacInnis of Christiansburg was a student at New River Valley Community College.
In a press conference police said MacInnis drove to the mall, parked his car, took out his weapon, walked into the college and fired at two women. We’re told one woman was a part-time employee at the college. Police are still looking into the other woman’s relationship with the school.
MacInnis was subdued at the scene by an off duty security guard and two Christiansburg police officers. He was in custody within five minutes of the shooting.
MacInnis has been charged with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police are still working to determine a motive, but they do believe he acted alone. Police also revealed that MacInnis completed the Christiansburg Citizens Police Academy last year.
As for the college and mall, there is no anticipated reopening time as of yet. But, New River Valley Community College has canceled classes tomorrow at both its main and satellite campuses.
Update 5:40 p.m.:
Christiansburg, VA – Police are still on the scene of a shooting at New River Ridge Mall in Christiansburg that injured two women Friday.
Police have confirmed the shooter was an adult man who is being questioned by detectives.
The college security guard says the shooter willingly surrendered to a mall security guard. He also says the suspect was carrying a shotgun.
Dr. Mark Rowh, a vice president at the New River Ridge Community College, says students were in a conference video call with other students at the main school in Dublin when the shooting happened.
Rowh says there are 1,300 students enrolled in that satellite location at the mall.
Police are still clearing the mall as they continue to investigate.
There will be a press conference will more information at 8 p.m. Stay with us for the latest.
Christiansburg, VA – Two women are being treated after Christiansburg police say they were shot Friday afternoon at the New River Valley Community College location in the mall in Christiansburg.
Police say they got the call around 1:55 p.m. When officers arrived, they found two women with gunshot wounds.
They say one woman was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The other woman was taken to Lewis-Gale Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Officials took the suspect into custody.
While this was going on, the mall was evacuated. Montgomery County Schools were briefly on lockdown as a precaution, but that lockdown has been lifted.
Police believe there is no continuing threat to the community.
Lone Tree CO April 11 2013 Lone Tree police said they teamed up with mall security officials March 30 to thwart an attempted robbery at Park Meadows shopping center. A woman was arrested, and two male suspects, one of whom apparently had been carrying a stolen handgun, still are being sought.
While shoplifting is common at malls nationwide, robberies — especially those involving a weapon — are unusual. “We don’t have a problem with robberies at the mall,” Lone Tree Police Chief Jeff Streeter said.
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Investigators are urging any of the hundreds of shoppers who were at Yorkdale Saturday night to come forward if they saw anything. They’re asked to call detectives at 32 Division at 416-808-3200.
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According to the reports:
Nathan Lee Claus, 40, of 127 Mayflower Circle, Cartersville, was charged with felony counts of child molestation, enticing and a child for indecent purposes and solicitation of sodomy from a child under the age of 18.
The reports stated that Claus had been communicating electronically with a 14-year-old Floyd County girl since March 4 and had sent messages of a sexually explicit nature.
In the communications, Claus solicited and described having the minor commit the act of sodomy. Claus was taken into custody at Mount Berry Square mall Saturday evening after he traveled there to meet with the child.
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“I’m perfectly fine with Wranglers for like $20 or $30,” Smith said. “I don’t understand why anybody needs to pay $300 for jeans.” Theft from Lenox was one of Buckhead’s biggest crimes in 2012, according to statistics released by the Atlanta Police Department. Lenox, owned by Simon Property Group, is one of the South’s largest shopping malls, containing more than 250 stores. It attracts shoppers from all over. The crowded mall with a constant stream of traffic and exhilaratingly expensive merchandise also lures greedy fingers. Shoplifters don’t think twice about grabbing merchandise and making a run for it. The thieves have a harder time getting their loot out of Lenox, Smith says.
While Buckhead’s police boundary, Zone 2, is Atlanta’s top reporter of property crime, the Lenox beat had more thefts classified as “other larceny” than any other beat in the zone. Other larceny usually means thefts that don’t involve unlawfully entering property.
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NORFOLK, Va. March 20 2013–Police say they have charged Leedente Brown of the 3600 block of King Street in Portsmouth with malicious wounding after a man was stabbed in MacArthur Center on Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY OK March 20 2013 – Police released new developments Monday on the mall meltdown News Channel 4 reported last week. Witness video detailed a Penn Square Mall security guard stripping a woman from the waist down after a group she was with was accused of shoplifting. In the police report, witnesses said what they saw when the security guard pulled off the woman’s pants off in the parking lot They said security guards hit one woman, cussed at them and that’s not all.
The video at Chinook Centre shows a group of five guards taking down Daniel Doussept, who was later taken into custody by Calgary police and released.
No charges have been laid, but police say they plan to look into what lead to the take down and the arrest itself.
He stood up and got off the escalator, but was asked to leave the mall.
He said after tossing out his coffee in a garbage can outside he raised his hand to wave goodbye when two security guards came towards him.
“There was one guy who was putting his elbow or knee in the back of my head,” he said.
He said he is still considering his next step, but felt the security guards took the situation past just restraining him and used excessive force.
We are troubled by the behaviours depicted in the video footage and as a result we are looking into the details of the situation and will take disciplinary action as required,” the statement says.
The video has garnered more than 4,000 views on YouTube and had close to 200 comments as of Monday afternoon.
I was initially struck by the fact there were three guards pinning down a single guy, which seemed a bit excessive,” he said in an email. “As the scene unfolded, more guards jumped in and the level of violence increased. I had to keep shooting because what I was seeing was just wrong, and I felt there should be a record of it.”
PORTLAND OR March 18 2013 – A woman was attacked Thursday outside the Nordstrom department store at the Washington Square Mall. A man jumped into her car. He said his name was Parker and that they were going to go for a ride.
INDIANAPOLIS IN March 13 2013 - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department leaders met with representatives of Simon Malls on Tuesday to discuss how to combat the violence stemming from the large groups of unsupervised teens at Castleton Square Mall.
Madison WI Feb 27 2013 A 68-year-old male security guard at an East Towne Mall store was slightly injured Sunday when he was pushed to the ground by a shoplifter trying to get away, police reported.
The incident happened at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday at Boston Store, the Madison Police Department stated in a news release.
According to police:
A woman with two kids was coming out of the store when she saw the security guard getting knocked down by a much younger man, who started running through the parking lot.
“The mother thought she just witnessed a mugging and called 911,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “One of her children picked up a two-way radio and security badge, so the mother realized it wasn’t a mugging but a different crime.”
Before the woman could ask the security guard what happened, he was in pursuit of the shoplifter in the parking lot.
An officer arriving on the scene joined in the foot chase, but the suspect got away.
The suspect is a black male in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a black coat with a brown fur-lined hood, baggy dark jeans and a knit hat.
Redondo Beach CA Feb 26 2013 The family of a 13-year-old boy stabbed in the heart at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach is suing the mall owner and the mall’s security company calling the mall a “cesspool for crime,” the family’s lawyer said on Monday.
The family alleges the mall failed to provide adequate security and surveillance cameras that could have helped identify the assailant from the Dec. 29 attack as the schoolmates sat on a bench near a mall movie theater.
The children were severely injured in the attack. The boy was stabbed six times in the chest, heart, lung and arm and spent two weeks in the intensive care unit at a hospital. The girl was stabbed three times.
The kids are both out of the hospital and back to school. Michael Alder, the attorney for the boy’s parents, said the girl’s parents are not involved in this lawsuit and may seek their own legal action at some other time.
Mickey Marrassino, the marketing director for the South Bay Galleria said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit and would not comment.
The family of the boy attacked alleges that the mall failed to warn the public about “the known danger of criminal activity at the Galleria” and failing to provide adequate safety measures despite advertised claims of having “industry-leading” security, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
Police said a stranger apparently chose the two at random and disappeared. Police released a composite sketch of the man they believe was responsible for the attack and announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to him. The FBI also announced it was joining in the hunt for the assailant.
Officials said crime at the Galleria has been an ongoing concern, with reports of as many as 128 crimes there in the 90 days leading up to the attack.
The family of one of the victims created a website to try to call attention to the issue and ask other victims of crimes at the mall to come forward.
Source: NBC Southern California