Credit Card Readers An Easy Target For Thieves Credit card readers are easy to use for businesses and customers, and now they've also become a target for thieves. Brooklyn Park Police say a ring of thieves is going around the Twin Cities stealing the machines off counters.
Cops: Phone Thieves Target Teens, Get Up To $200 Per PhoneEvery day in Minneapolis a teenager is the victim of a crime, which police say has gotten out of control. City police have taken hundreds of robbery reports from kids this year who have had their cell phones stolen. It's happening on city buses, outside of schools, and on streets and sidewalks all over the city.
Neiman Marcus Is Latest Victim Of Security BreachLuxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves stole some of its customers' payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack. The hacking, coming weeks after Target Corp. revealed its own breach, underscores the increasing challenges that merchants have in thwarting security breaches. Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., said in an email Saturday that the retailer had been notified in mid-December by its credit card processor about potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at stores.
Mpls. Police: Think Twice Before Warming Up Unattended CarsWhen it's cold outside, you can find cars and minivans warming up without the driver inside of them. And police say thieves are out looking them. Minneapolis Police tell WCCO they've seen a spike in car thefts in southeast Minneapolis’ Third Precinct. Officers say 17 cars were stolen between Dec. 10 and Dec. 18 in that part of the city.
Fake Target Discount Emails Link To Fraudulent SitesTarget is apologizing to customers for its widespread data breach by offering a discount to everyone this weekend. But on Saturday, some of the emails customers received may have been part of a phishing scam. According to the Wall Street Journal, fake emails were sent out Saturday that looked close to the real ones. But instead of linking people to credit bureau websites, the sites were fraudulent.
'U' Resorts To Unusual Methods To Thwart Evergreen Thieves The University of Minnesota says "Grinches" steal evergreens from its campuses each winter to use as Christmas trees at home. Now, they're using an unusual method to thwart would-be thieves.
Local Rapper Dessa’s Van Burglarized On Tour In NYA local music star is suffering a big loss while on the road. According to Doomtree.net, the tour van of rapper and singer Dessa was burglarized Friday night, with thieves stealing crucial equipment for their shows. The singer/songwriter says her band lost computers, camera gear, merchandise and cash. It happened during a tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y. As police search for the stolen gear, Dessa started a fundraising page to replace those items. Fans have already contributed more than $20,000 as of Saturday evening.
Homeowner Tied Up During Aggressive Break-In RobberyA homeowner in Washington County said her life was threatened during a brutal home invasion on Monday night. Kaling Wong was alone inside her West Lakeland Township home when two men wearing utility vests rang her doorbell.
Snatching Your Neighbor's Recycling In Mpls? That's IllegalAfter you put out your recycling bin, thieves may be stealing your aluminum cans. The city of Minneapolis said it's losing $135,000 a year because of thefts from recycling bins.
Thieves Steal Copper From Outdoor Ice RinkSomeone stole 64 copper pipes from the refrigeration system at the Phalen rink in St. Paul. Now crews have to figure out how to replace it and get it ready for the start of the season.
Thefts Increasing In Twin Cities' Community GardensGrowing your own fruits and veggies takes a lot of time and hard work. But some gardeners in the Twin Cities are going out to pick their veggies only to find someone else beat them to it.