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Domino's - Building a Worldwide LP Program
Van Carney

Quick Take #14

NRF Leadership
Joe LaRocca & Rich Mellor

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Digital Loss Prevention

Harnessing the Power
of Social Media

Bob Oberosler, Group VP of AP,
Rite Aid

As retailers cope with limited budgets in this digital age, how is LP evolving and how do we continue to improve performance with what appears to be decreasing resources?

Bob Oberosler, Group Vice President of Asset Protection for Rite Aid
, shares where he thinks the industry is going and how LP/AP teams can harness the power of social media, crowd sourcing, and artificial intelligence to fight retail crime and reduce shrink.

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48% of Retailers Report an Increase in Inventory Shrinkage

Discover how updated video surveillance technology can make all the difference for your customers between losing their shirt and selling it.

Over the past few decades, video surveillance has played an important role in protecting people and assets within retail environments. Even from its humble beginnings, in the age of simple analog CCTV systems with quads, multiplexers, and VCR tape recorders, video data quickly proved itself as a valuable loss prevention tool in combating shrinkage and providing indisputable investigative evidence.

And today, within such a digital world with so many advancements in IP camera technology, network infrastructure bandwidth, video compression, increased server and processing power, the Internet, Cloud services - it would be expected that the use of video in retail would have made equivalent strides forward. But that does not seem to be the case.

According to the National Retail Federation's 2016 National Retail Security Survey, the impact of shrinkage on the retail industry continues to be sizeable. Over 48% of retailers surveyed reported increases in overall inventory shrink, and for the second year in a row, shoplifting has surpassed employee theft as the greatest cause of inventory shrinkage. Yet many retailers have not yet upgraded their antiquated video surveillance systems.

Recent industry surveys show some surprising results:

  ● Analog remains the dominant camera technology
  ● DVRs remain the most common video management system
  ● Video is most often used for investigative purposes
  ● There is a mixed level of interest in video analytics

Security Sales & Integration's new report "Video Surveillance in Retail" provides insight into how newer video surveillance technologies can help solve these challenges. Download the report here.

Excessive alerts, outdated metrics, lead to over-taxed security operations centers
A new study, conducted by 360Velocity and Dr. Chenxi Wang, found that excessive alerts, outdated metrics, and limited integration lead to over-taxed security operations centers (SOCs).

SOCs are overwhelmed

The study was conducted over the span of three months, interviewing security practitioners from enterprise companies in a cross-section of industries: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), retail, financial services, healthcare, consumer services, and high tech.

As the threat landscape changes and enterprises move to adopt additional layers of defensive technologies, SOCs are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of alerts and the number of investigations that require their attention. Furthermore, the study, found that in addition to a capacity issue, SOCs are facing a skills gap/training issue, as many organizations struggled to recruit, train, and retain qualified SOC analysts.

"The study findings are only further proof that with a rising threat landscape, continued constraints on both the availability and bandwidth of well-trained SOC analysts, SOCs are increasingly burdened," said Tim Roddy, VP of cybersecurity product strategy at Fidelis Cybersecurity. "Organizations need to look at automating common tasks, integrating network visibility with endpoint detection and response, and shifting the focus from identifying signatures and indicators to attacker Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures." helpnetsecurity.com

Vector Security Making Communities Safer
Prince George's County, MD Goes Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol

Prince George's County, MD is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers.

With ASAP delivering alarm notification information directly from central stations to public safety answering points (PSAPs) and public safety dispatch centers via computer rather than by phone, the municipality expects alarm response times to drop significantly. These benefits will extend across Prince George's County police, fire and emergency medical services. vectorsecurity.com

Executive Exodus is Under Way at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Is Losing Executives Under New Owner Amazon

Some top managers have bristled at reporting to younger executives, others say Amazon hasn't explained specifics of integration.

More than a dozen executives and senior managers have left since Amazon acquired Whole Foods last year, according to former employees and recruiters steering them to new jobs. People who have left include leaders of the bakery, produce, sustainability and local-foods divisions.

Some veterans have left even though higher-ups asked them to stay. Others say they were pushed out after the deal was announced but before it closed, as Whole Foods sought to tighten command.

The exodus has raised concerns among employees and suppliers that the distinctive approach that made Whole Foods a natural and organic powerhouse won't endure under Amazon's ownership.

"Culturally it's been a rough start," said a procurement veteran who left Whole Foods earlier this year after nearly a decade.

Some Whole Foods veterans have been frustrated by what they see as Amazon's insular culture and penchant for secrecy, according to current and former employees. "There really hasn't been very much communication," one former executive said. wsj.com

Amazon Is Looking for Larger Whole Foods Stores to Support Delivery Plans
Grocery stores serving as delivery hubs for Amazon orders
Parking spaces devoted to delivery workers

Less than a year after closing its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon.com Inc. is looking for fresh ways to expand its brick-and-mortar retail network while bolstering the online shopping business.

The world's largest online retailer is searching for bigger Whole Foods locations in cities that can serve as both grocery stores and urban distribution centers for delivering goods to online shoppers more quickly, said a person briefed on the plans. Amazon is seeking more retail space that can accommodate grocery aisles and storage for the most popular items purchased from Amazon's website, like consumer electronics, bestselling books and yoga pants.

Whole Foods is also working with Regency Centers Corp., one of its largest landlords, on a project to convert parking areas at existing stores into stalls for Amazon delivery contractors to load up their orders, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the initiative is private. A spokeswoman for Whole Foods declined to comment, and Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment. bloomberg.com

Kering, Owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent, Faces Swiss Tax Inquiry
Swiss prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a criminal investigation into a tax case involving the French luxury group Kering, widening the legal scrutiny of its tax practices in Europe. The announcement comes four months after Italian authorities began looking into Kering's flagship brand, Gucci.

The Swiss attorney general's office said that it had "received and acted upon" a request for assistance by the public prosecutor's office in Milan. The Italian inquiry, which began in November and is being led by a national police force specializing in financial crimes, included a raid on Gucci offices in Florence and Milan.

At issue in the Italian case was whether profits Kering made on Gucci sales in Italy had in fact been declared in Switzerland, where tax laws are more favorable. The Italian newspaper La Stampa reported last year that the authorities were looking into whether Gucci should have paid as much as 1.3 billion euros, or $1.54 billion, in past domestic taxes.

The Swiss investigation comes less than a week after Kering, which also owns luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent, had been forced to deny fresh accusations that it had more broadly failed to comply with tax laws. nytimes.com

NRF: China tariffs will 'punish ordinary Americans'
The Trump administration's plans to impose broad tariffs on consumer products from China drew a swift response from the National Retail Federation.

"Holding China accountable for refusing to follow global trading rules is important and necessary, but instead, the tariffs proposed by the administration will punish ordinary Americans for China's violations," said NRF president Matthew Shay.

Shay said that engaging in a trade war with China will erase gains from the benefits of tax reform and result in higher prices for a wide range of consumer products and basic household goods. chainstoreage.com

YouTube bans firearm sales and how-to videos, prompting backlash
YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the U.S. gun-control debate.

YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories, including bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire faster. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms. The video site, owned by Alphabet's Google, has faced intense criticism for hosting videos about guns, bombs and other deadly weapons.

For many gun-rights supporters, YouTube has been a haven. A current search on the site for "how to build a gun" yields 25 million results, though that includes items such as toys. At least one producer of gun videos saw its page suspended on Tuesday. Another channel opted to move its videos to an adult-content site, saying that will offer more freedom than YouTube. chicagotribune.com

Easter spending expected to be second highest in NRF survey history
Easter spending is expected to total $18.2 billion this year, almost on par from a record $18.4 billion in 2017 but still the second-highest level on record, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total of 81 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday and spend an average of $150 per person, down from last year's previous record of $152.

Consumers will spend $5.7 billion on food, $3.2 billion on clothing, $2.9 billion on gifts, $2.6 billion on candy, $1.3 billion on flowers, $1.1 billion on decorations and $780 million on greeting cards. nrf.com

Lidl reconsidering some U.S. store openings
Lidl may delay or put off opening four stores in Virginia completely. The German hard discount grocery chain initially planned to have 100 stores on the East Coast open by the middle of this year but has pulled back on those plans as it struggles to connect with American consumers. retailwire.com

Starbucks says it's achieved pay equity in the U.S.
Starbucks announced on Wednesday that it has achieved 100 percent pay equity for women and men, and employees of all races in the U.S. The company said it is now looking to achieve pay equity for employees globally. cnbc.com

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Food Lion - Director of Shrink job removed from website

Five Below to Open 125 Stores in 2018, Now at 625 in 32 States

Michaels to close all 94 Aaron Brothers stores in brand repositioning

UK's New Look to axe 1,000 jobs and 60 stores

Put Ann Taylor's Parent on Retail Death Watch, Too

Toys 'R' Us Liquidation Sales Delayed Until Friday

Toy company exec leads GoFundMe effort to keep TRU alive, pledges $200M

Quarterly Results
Five Below Q4 comp's up 5.9%, net sales up 26%, full yr. comp's up 6.5%, net sales up 27.8%
Guess Q4 America's comp's down 4%, sales down 6.1%, worldwide sales up 17.5%



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Vector Security Networks to Award LPF Scholarships
for 10th Straight Year

More than $213,000 awarded to date to support loss prevention certification

For the 10th year in a row, Vector Security Networks, a division of Vector Security, Inc. and a top 5 integrator of physical security solutions and managed services for North American retailers and multi-site businesses, is accepting applications for its Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31, 2018.

10 LPC, 10 LPQ and 5 Canadian scholarships will be awarded.

Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security Networks website here.

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Are You Wasting Your Security and Loss Prevention Budget?

Allocating resources is a challenge for every company dealing with security in multiple brick-and-mortar locations. It's not as simple as dividing the total corporate security budget evenly by the number of locations. Instead, the object is to allocate resources according to the actual level of risk at each of those locations.

The security budget has to cover a variety of resources. The most obvious areas are staffing and technology, and the ongoing training involved with both. The budget should also cover creating or acquiring asset protection materials and disseminating them appropriately.

Many companies start with a baseline level of security that is the same across the board, then add or change elements as things occur at particular sites. This is an acceptable approach, but it may only be effective for a period of time. As companies grow in size, the challenge of appropriate security budget allocation grows in complexity.

How do you go about developing effective asset protection strategies? How do you avoid wasting money by spending it where it isn't needed?

Two Major Mistakes to Avoid When Allocating Loss-Prevention Budgets

Start by recognizing the two biggest mistakes companies make in allocating security resources, so you can avoid them.

The first mistake is making decisions based on subjective emotions instead of objective data. Hunches and gut reactions, even when they're based on years of experience, may not lead to the ideal deployment of resources. It's not enough to think one location is safer than another; you need the data about loss and risk to back up that hunch.

The other mistake is closely related: making security budget allocations reactively, instead of proactively. When an incident occurs, the tendency may be to move resources to that site to prevent a recurrence. But was the incident a one-off or part of a larger pattern? You need detailed data about the area to be sure you're not deploying more resources than necessary.

Read more here


The C-Suite Tug-of-War Over Who Has The Most Say Over Cybersecurity
Creating Problems Down the Road
But Not An Unfamiliar Battle in ALL Security Groups

Cybersecurity is a tough issue to get right in any organization - and it can be tougher when the CEO isn't on the same page with the technical staff.

That's the key point of a recent report by the online security firm Centrify and WSJ Custom Studios, a noneditorial arm of the Wall Street Journal. The report, titled CEO Disconnect is Weakening Cybersecurity, breaks down the issues on the communication front between technical execs and the person at the top of the C-suite.

Case in point: Per the report [PDF], nearly two-thirds of CEOs (62 percent) see malware as the biggest cybersecurity threat facing the organization. However, technical officers (TOs) are more likely to see identity breaches as an issue (42 percent), compared with 35 percent citing malware as a problem.

And the disconnect also comes down to accountability - 81 percent of CEOs say they're the ones responsible for security strategies, while 78 percent of technical officers say they are.

This mismatch of expectations, highlighted by the survey of around 800 executives, could cause serious problems down the road, especially as TOs tend to have a stronger grasp of an organization's security needs. This is highlighted by the fact that 79 percent of CTOs said they experienced a technical breach, but just 55 percent of CEOs said the same - a result that exposes a pretty significant knowledge gap. One other area that the report cites on the knowledge gap front is in regard to multifactor authentication-which 62 percent of CEOs said was the hardest part of identity management to control, compared to just 41 percent of technical officers.

"The disconnect between CEOs and TOs is resulting in misaligned priorities and strategies, as well as misinvestments in cybersecurity solutions, which are weakening security," the report states.

In a news release, Centrify CEO Tom Kemp made the case that CEOs might want to let go of the reins a bit and suggested that a bit of old thinking was at play within the C-suite.

"While the vast majority of CEOs view themselves as the primary owners of their cybersecurity strategies, this report makes a strong argument that companies need to listen more closely to their technical officers," Kemp stated. "It's clear that the status quo isn't working." associationsnow.com

They're Hacking In The Back Doors - Your Vendors
Supply Chain Cyberattacks Surged 200% in 2017

Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report also shows that zero-day exploits fizzled and cryptocurrency mining exploded.

That 200% increase in such supply chain attacks only accounts for breaches in 2017 that were reported publicly, so the actual rate of these attacks could be even higher, according to new cyber threat data from Symantec's annual "Internet Security Threat Report," published today.

Executive Summary - 2017 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec

These are attacks where hackers hijack the software update process and replace it with malicious code; the most high-profile of these incidents last year was NotPetya, where Russian hackers compromised a Ukrainian accounting vendor's software as a way to spread malware to its targets.

"All of a sudden this is a huge issue," says Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response. "This is something organizations really need to be concerned about. It's not just some on-offs."

Supply chain attacks were one of the main trends cited by Crowdstrike in its annual threat report as well. In additon to NotPetya, there were attacks on Avast's CCleaner and the HandBrake media player software for Apple Mac machines, notes Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at Crowdstrike. Attackers can target victims via plugins and other software updates, he says.

It's tough to defend against supply chain attacks because patching software with the latest releases is a best security practice. "You can't stop" patching, but organizations should start looking at their supply chain vendors and be sure they are protecting them," Symantec's Haley says.

The spike in supply chain attacks coincided last year with a drop in zero-day attacks detected by Symantec.

The US unsurprisingly is the most attacked, with nearly 30% of all targeted attack incidents. darkreading.com

FBI Shuts Down #1 Music File-Sharing Website in U.S.
Sharebeast.com Owner sentenced for $6.3B in copyright infringement

Artur Sargsyan has been sentenced for file-sharing 1 billion copies of music through internet downloads for financial gain.

Sargsyan's file-sharing websites, which contained numerous pop-up advertisements, generated significant profit for him when visitors accessed the websites to illegally download copyrighted works.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America ("RIAA"), Sharebeast.com was the largest online file-sharing website specializing in the reproduction and distribution of infringing copies of copyrighted music operating out of the United States. From 2012 to 2015, the RIAA sent Sargsyan over 100 e-mails notifying him that Sharebeast.com was illegally hosting and sharing copyright-infringing works. Sargsyan continued, however, to make the copyright-infringing files available for download, disregarding the many warnings that he received. The RIAA conservatively estimated the total monetary loss to its member companies at $6.3 billion.

Artur Sargsyan, 30, of Glendale, California, was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $458,200. He was also ordered to forfeit $184,768.87. justice.gov

2017: 40 Retail Data Breaches - 5M Records Compromised - $144M in Damages
The data we hand over to retailers are often less sensitive than that of healthcare and tech, making it less valuable than the industries above. Still, credit card numbers and personal addresses are all hackers require for fraudulent activity - marking retail as a significant target.

Close to 5 million records were compromised as the result of 40 separate breaches, totaling to $144 million in damages. Smaller retailers, whose security processes may be less thorough, are thought to be most at risk. thebossmagazine.com

Amazon Key Boosts Security With Fingerprint ID
In an effort to boost security, Amazon has added fingerprint ID to its new Key app for Android users, as reported by TechCruch. Launched in November, Amazon Key is a service for Amazon Prime subscribers that facilitates unattended in-home deliveries. pymnts.com

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Kount's New Adaptive Boost Safety Rating Helps Online Merchants Stop Fraud
And Gain Efficiencies

Kount, a leading innovator of solutions for fraud and risk management, announced the general availability of its Boost Safety Rating, derived from supervised machine learning focused on reducing fraud, chargebacks, and the need for manual review of transactions.

Available to Kount's customers at the end of last year in beta, the new Boost Safety Rating, a feature of Kount's Boost Technology, is now used by hundreds of customers and has already proven significant for customers' fight against fraud. In three short months, customers' use of the Boost Safety Rating feature has dramatically reduced false positives and customer service calls, as well as lowered manual reviews by as much as 20 percent.

Boost Technology's supervised machine learning passes data through hundreds of models to generate a single numerical rating that indicates the safety of a transaction. The Boost Safety Rating augments Kount's existing unsupervised machine learning to not only predict the risk of fraud, but also adapt to new conditions and learn from previous events including decisions and chargebacks. paymentweek.com

Chanel files TM claim against vintage store
Chanel has brought a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement against a vintage store in New York, accusing the retailer of "piggybacking" on the reputation of luxury brands.

The French brand accused What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) of trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition.

Chanel claimed that the shop has been selling counterfeit Chanel products in store and online, as well as falsely advertising itself as a partner of the brand, "grossly misleading" customers into falsely believing that a relationship or affiliation between Chanel and WGACA exists.

By making use of the Chanel brand in marketing activities, including the use of Chanel's trademarks online through social media hashtags such as "our #WGACAChanel", the vintage store has fostered "misleading statements" about its relationship with Chanel to consumers worldwide.

The claim further alleged that WGACA is selling other items, such as counterfeit Chanel-branded boxes and handbags, with a false letter of authenticity. worldipreview.com

Retailers are losing out on online sales through a lack of trust and reliability,
but mobile can help

A recent study of 1000 UK consumers, conducted by full service e-commerce agency, PushON, found that customers would feel more reassured to part with large sums of cash on the web if they trusted the retailer and knew exactly what they were getting for their money.

68% would be more inclined to spend larger amounts online if retailers could reassure them that they would get the same quality of service online as they do in store, for instance, by offering more detailedproduct information and accurate images or realistic videos of the product. Services such as AR on mobile that can 'place' the item in their home could also have a huge beneficial impact.

"While e-commerce is growing, so too is m-commerce, with 53% of online purchases made through smartphones during the last quarter of 2017. Where before mobile devices were often seen as just research tools, they are now increasingly being used to complete purchases," explains Sam Rutley, managing director of PushON. internetretailing.net

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Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition hosting 5th ORC Symposium April 13
The Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition (IROCC) will be hosting it's 5th ORC Symposium on April 13th in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will be hosted by Goodwill, and Kroger will be sponsoring the lunch. A number of topics will be touched on throughout the day, from financial crime trends to active shooter. Click here to see the full agenda.

Other IROCC Updates (submitted by IROCC President Matt Thompson):
IROCC just had their ORC legislation shot down again due to lack of support and understanding.
The group is in the process of forming a committee to address the pushback on passing the ORC bill and it will involve government affairs people from Lowes/Home Depot and others. This group will also be rewriting some of the language as well.
● IROCC is looking into becoming an official non-profit organization. More to come on this.
● The organization has grown to over 700 members and also now has sub-committees for investigations and store level meetings to go along with the board.

For more information on this important organization, click here

Update: Eau Claire, WI: Three charged in $40K theft from Walmart in Eau Claire
Tied to $360,000 thefts hitting in 6 States

Police said a ring of thieves that has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Walmart stores across the Midwest also hit the Eau Claire Walmart twice. Criminal charges were filed Wednesday in Eau Claire against Tashanda Boclair, Lasonya Miles and Ezekiel Brown, all from Minnesota. Police said Walmart surveillance video shows them going into the Eau Claire store around 2:00 a.m. last October. Police said they forced open a display case, and grabbed 56 cell phones, worth more than $40,000 and placed them in a plastic container with a cover. Police said the three then positioned themselves, allowing Brown to push the container out of the store without being stopped. Detectives said one week earlier, they used the same method to steal $6,700 worth of tablets from the same store. Police later learned that Walmart Global Investigators identified the same suspects for stealing more than $360,000 worth of items from Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. On Wednesday, an Eau Claire judge issued arrest warrants for Boclair, Miles, and Brown. wqow.com

Update: San Francisco, CA: Multiple Arrests in $48,000 Grab & Run Handbag Robbery
The San Francisco Police Department have made multiple arrests in connection to a commercial robbery investigation. The SFPD reported that on February 6, nine suspects entered a high-end fashion retailer on the 100 block of Geary Street, and within seconds took 20 handbags and wallets from the display region and attempted to flee the store. Mission Station Housing Units and Gang Task Force arrested two of the wanted suspects. Arrest warrants were obtained, that led to the arrests of four additional suspects. thesfnews.com

Nashville, TN: Four men accused of stealing 133 guns from 5 stores in KY and TN
The men now face federal firearms charges, according to a Thursday morning announcement from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran. Three of the suspects - Keith Swanson, 22; James D. Hudgens, 26; Karshma F. Dardy, Jr., 20; are charged with conspiracy to steal, possess and sell stolen firearms. Another man, Keshawn Martin, 19, was charged in a separate indictment with possession of a stolen firearm.

"We will continue to aggressively to pursue others who are involved in these crimes as well as other gun store thefts not addressed here today," Cochran said in the statement. Swanson began recruiting individuals, including children, to participate in gun store burglaries in January 2018. Federal agents investigating the burglaries found "for sale" listings and purchased several of the stolen guns from Hudgens and Swanson. tennessean.com

Escondido, CA: Jewelry Store Distraction Theft; woman had up to 10 Accomplices
The most recent thefts happened Monday, but Escondido police believe the "organized, sophisticated and ... structured" group has pulled off similar heists throughout the region, making off with thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry. On Monday, Escondido officers responded to two burglary reports at jewelry stores in the city, Lt. Ed Varso said. Police did not disclose the names or locations of the stores, or what was taken, but in both cases, as many as 10 co-conspirators allegedly entered the store and worked to distract employees. "Once the employees are distracted, a female suspect sneaks into the rear of the business, searching for loose gold and jewelry," the lieutenant said. "These groups are organized, sophisticated and operate in a structured behavior to further their criminal behavior." cbs8.com

Port Isabel, TX: Police investigating 2 Walmart thefts totaling over $7,000
On March 19, Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a theft. Officers made contact with store officials who informed them an employee noticed the showcase in the electronic department was pried open. Surveillance video shows a female and male subject were seen taking the items and left the store without paying for them. The total value of the items were $2,589.34. These same individuals also made their way to the WalMart in Los Fresnos and committed the same crime. They made their way to the electronic department and took several electronic items totaling the value to $4,560.00. kveo.com

Forks Township, PA: Police seek pair in $1,200 theft from CVS Pharmacy
Police released surveillance images of the pair, who they believe stole electric tooth brushes, hair growth products, tooth whitening products and over-the-counter mediations worth $1,225.27. mcall.com

Renton, WA: Jewelry Store Employee a suspect in pawning loose diamonds
A 31-year-old woman is being investigated for allegedly stealing cash and diamonds from a Renton jewelry store -- and then pawning them at multiple shops. The woman was an employee of N.W. Gold and Diamond from August 2017 to January 2018. The woman's responsibilities included helping customers, handling the till and maintaining the store's eBay auctions. The owner became suspicious after he noticed several of the balance sheet categories had been crossed out and changed. He then told police he noticed cash missing and checked surveillance video, which made him suspect the employee. Police later located her pawn history and found she sold multiple loose diamonds. The woman has not yet been charged. kiro7.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Arlington, TX: Man shot and killed following argument inside 7-Eleven

Federal Heights, CO: Argument outside Walgreend ends in gunfire; 1 victim shot in the stomach

Robberies & Thefts

Orange County, FL: Burglars say shop owner tortured them, made them strip naked after break-in
A burglary call ended with the arrests of not only the suspects who allegedly broke in, but the owner of the bicycle shop and two others, as well. The culprits have accused the shop owner of torturing them for hours before calling 911. The pair said owner Robert Antley made them strip down to their underwear, beat them and held them at gunpoint for more than two hours. According to the arrest affidavit, Jose Gonzalez, 27, and Michael Eller, 28, admitted to deputies that they broke into the Gas Bikes Shop early Sunday morning.

Once inside, they were confronted by Antley, who was allegedly waiting for them with a gun. Antley told deputies that he had been sleeping inside the store due to several prior burglaries. Instead of calling 911 to report the break-in, Eller and Gonzalez told deputies Antley made the two men strip down to their underwear and face a wall. The report said the burglars told deputies Antley jabbed the gun into both men's sides and threatened to kill them. kiro7.com

Liberty Township, OH: Three Arrested for Robbery and Inducing Panic at Walmart
A man tells police that he met 21-year-old Brandon Ogden of Youngstown in the front of the store Tuesday night to sell an iPhone 7. Ogden had been inspecting the phone and threw it to a 17-year-old boy who had been with him. As the teen ran out of the store with the phone, the victim grabbed Ogden who yelled, "Let me go before I shoot you! Witnesses say Ogden repeatedly put his hands in his pants as if to suggest he had a weapon. At that point, Walmart employees began evacuating customers from the front grocery area of the store. As a store security officer began escorting Ogden from the store, Ogden made a phone call saying, "Bring the A.K. The cops are on the way, so you all know what you have to do." Ogden got into a car which police stopped on nearby Goldie Road. Police charged Ogden with robbery and inducing panic. The 17-year-old boy was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center with charges pending. wfmj.com

Elkhart County, IN: Alert Walmart employee observes man putting on a bulletproof vest in the parking lot; 2 armed men arrested
Two people were detained and another is at large after an employee at the Walmart on U.S. 20 in Elkhart County said a person was seen putting on a bulletproof vest in the parking lot. Police say they found a handgun in the vehicle. One of the men taken into custody was identified as 37-year-old Joseph Gerber. Gerber is facing charges of unlawful possession of a police radio, carrying a handgun without a permit, obliterating identifying marks on a handgun and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. A second suspect is a white male, age 28, who had a warrant for his arrest from the US Marshal's service for a weapons related charge and dealing in methamphetamines. Local charges could include conspiracy to impersonate a public servant and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Seeing something and then saying something: employees at the Walmart were vigilant and acted immediately. abc57.com

Wilmington, DE: 2 shoplifters unintentionally turn themselves in
Delaware State Troopers say they arrested two shoplifting suspects the easy way: The pair inadvertently turned themselves in at a police station. Delaware State Police said Wednesday that Christopher R. McDowell and April J. Wright had been wanted on shoplifting warrants for an incident at a department store in February. On Tuesday, police said McDowell was arrested when troopers recognized him after he walked into a police station and asked for a ride home while apparently intoxicated. After McDowell was arraigned and released, Wright showed up the station to pick him up and was arrested herself, police said. wthr.com

Huntsville, AL: Mattress store Burglar knew Petty Cash/ Night Deposit was hidden under display mattresses; stole hit twice

Waterloo, IA: Man arrested in string of robberies, sex assaults in northwestern Iowa

Twin Falls County, ID: C-Store Employee arrested for $2,000 cash theft


Rapid City, SD: Man gets 7 1/2 years for Armed Robbery turned murder; C-Store clerk stabbed to death

Upper Merion, PA: Man jailed for role in $12K Walmart Armed Robbery sentenced to 2 to 5 years

Indianapolis, IN: Jury finds man Guilty of CVS and Walgreens Armed Robberies, firearms charges

Nashville, TN: Four Facing Federal Firearms Charges Following Recent Gun Store Burglaries


AutoZone - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
BP - Madison, WI - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hemingway, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Warwick, RI - Burglary
C-Store - Midvale, UT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Atlantic City, NJ - Robbery
C-Store - Macomb, IL - Burglary
Domino's - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Troup County, AL - Armed Robbery / clerk shot & wounded
Little Caesars - York, PA - Armed Robbery
Marco's Pizza - Beaver Dam, WI - Armed Robbery
Mattress Store - Huntsville, AL - Burglary
Rite Aid - Lynnwood, WA - Robbery
Thrift Store - Ephrata, PA - Burglary
Walgreens - Lynnwood, WA - Robbery
Walgreens - Pensacola, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
5 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings



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