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Ocucon Takes Top Prize at 2019 RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards

Retailers Recognize Emerging Asset Protection Technologies At Annual Conference

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America's most recognized and innovative retailers, today announced winners of the fourth annual RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards. Ocucon was awarded first place and Signatrix and Detective Analytics took home second and third place, respectively. In addition, Detective Analytics was selected as the winner of the Retailers' Choice Award.

The winners, chosen from eight finalists, were voted on by a group of top retail asset protection executives at RILA's annual Retail AP Conference this week in Denver, Colorado.

"These Awards are such a special opportunity for RILA and the entire retail asset protection community to witness firsthand the future of our industry," said Lisa LaBruno, RILA's executive vice president of retail operations & innovation. "In front of hundreds of retail asset protection practitioners, these companies dramatically showcased why their technology is considered 'game-changing,' and we're honored to be able to recognize them."

Winners of the 2019 RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards are:

Ocucon (First Place)
Signatrix (Second Place)
Detective Analytics (Third Place)
Detective Analytics (Retailers' Choice)

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Rich Cowan Named Vice President of Sales for the Western Region of the USA
for Dynamark Monitoring Inc.

Dynamark Monitoring Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Rich Cowan to Vice President of Sales for the Western Region of the USA. In his former role, he was the director of sales for that same region. During the last four years as director, Cowan has not only doubled the Dynamark new client base in his region, he has also dramatically increased the volume of accounts of his current dealers. "Rich's ability to strengthen relationships with his current dealers is a rare gift. He has a unique skill to gain trust and respect from his dealers, because he works so hard to help them succeed", said Hank Groff, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Dynamark. Congratulations, Rich! Read more here


Kelly Harrington promoted to Sr. Manager - AP Investigations
for The Home Depot

Previously, Kelly was a Corporate Manager of Investigations since September before taking this new role. He's been with the home improvement retailer since 2009, starting as Store Associate/Specialist and working his way into the AP and LP departments as Mobile AP Specialist, Multi-Unit AP Manager and LP Process Manager - Investigative Analytics. Kelly earned his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. Congratulations, Kelly!

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Are Conferences Still Relevant? The Expo Side
Part Two of Three - By Amber Bradley

Part One of this series revealed that loss prevention professionals must be intentional about what conferences they choose to attend. Most of these decisions must be based on relevance of content to everyday challenges: Which content addresses your specific challenges the best? If you're a retail executive, the Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) Asset Protection conference should be on your calendar. The content has been stacked on day one, and day two was no exception.

Tuesday's keynote brought us, "Navigating Disruption in Retail," presented by Frank Hamlin, the Chief Marketing Officer of GameStop. Hamlin provided perspective on how transformational change in business is no longer an option and how retailers must change to survive. Hamlin offered examples of how GameStop is also innovating its own business model to adapt to today's experience-oriented shopper.

There were other sessions throughout the day that bolstered the conference's content even further. However, this Part 2 is called, "The EXPO side" for a reason. Let's look at the relevancy of conferences from the exhibitors' and attendees' perspective. Who hasn't heard at least once, "Why should I attend conferences? The solutions providers will just come see me." RILA underscores the inherent flaw with that perspective. By bringing together the industry's best and brightest solutions providers, RILA provides an atmosphere of learning, value and comparison in a quick three-day perusal. How much value does that time savings provide?

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Active Shooter Threat Top of Mind for Corporate America, Survey Finds
21 of top 27 company threat categories carried out by insiders

Active shooters are now the leading physical security threat concerning corporate America, according to a new survey released by Securitas Security Services USA. Notably, the threat from active shooters was first identified as a viable concern among security directors in Securitas' 2016 survey. Previously, it was not considered a top threat by survey respondents from any industry.

Entitled Top Security Threats (TST), the survey also revealed that of the 27 threat categories security executives consider to be a concern, 21 may be caused or carried out by company insiders.

Securitas' biennial TST report reflects the feedback from C-level directors and security managers from Fortune 1,000 companies and organizations responsible for the safety and security of people, property and assets.

The top three physical security threats as identified in the survey are:

   1. Active shooter or active assault/assailant threats
   2. Workplace violence prevention/responses
   3. Business continuity planning/organizational resilience

"While cybersecurity remains a top concern, there are threats to the safety of people and the security of buildings, equipment and other property that may cause considerable, long-lasting harm to an organization, affecting everything from productivity to business continuity," says Securitas USA COO William Barthelemy. "The reality is these threats can come from insiders, people typically not thought to be a primary threat." securitysales.com

Physical and Cyber Convergence-At Last?
We have been hearing about the "convergence" of physical and cyber security for years, but even today there are still debates about whether it has happened yet (spoiler alert: it hasn't). Part of the challenge might be that the word convergence itself can apply to more than one kind of activity - for example, some believe it applies to the linkages or integration of IT and security systems, while others believe it applies to IT and security organizational structures and teams.

Based on our experiences with some of the world's leading companies and a wide range of security system users in a variety of industries, we can say categorically that convergence is accelerating, but with severe challenges brought about by the nature of cyber threats. Physical security technology silos are rapidly being connected and integrated with corporate IT, not only for the transport of video data, but also to improve the management of video and access control systems themselves. Convergence on cyber issues is also happening, but more slowly than for physical security systems because there are significant differences in cyber-security and cyber-hygiene for physical security systems versus traditional computer and consumer device security.

Organizational solutions, such as how to integrate physical and cyber security procedures, or the optimal security team design, will continue to evolve over time as the threats and the nature of the workforce changes. securitymagazine.com

Editor's Note: Obviously this article is talking about industry as a whole and not the specialized nature of retail and the unique challenges retailers face. However the process and evolution is indeed the same and will ultimately mold itself accordingly with both groups learning the exceptions of the other that are actually focused on the same objective. Reducing risk and preventing/apprehending the bad actor.

It may be the territorial natures' of our two independent functions that delays and impacts it's evolution.
Just a thought.

Finding the Dirt on the CEO's of America
The Ruthless, Secretive, and Sometimes Seedy
World of Hedge Fund Private Investigators

"We're not trying to find the chairman [with] hookers....(Editor's Note: Yes they are) This is not a revenge business. I'm trying to figure out what's going on."

It was January 26, 2017. The two sleuths, employed by Berkeley Research Group, were knocking on the doors of neighbors of Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic's then-CEO, in suburban Westchester County, New York. Claiming to be working for investors considering doing a deal with Kleinfeld, the men asked if the CEO was known to have loud parties. Later that evening, they were seen at Rye Grill & Bar, a local restaurant.

In the political world, in 2015 a Singer-financed publication was the first to hire investigative firm Fusion GPS in what ultimately resulted in the infamous Steele dossier on President Donald Trump.

"The use of private investigators is par for the course in proxy contests," "They're just like political campaigns with their opposition research."

The shadowy world of private investigative services, populated by ex-cops, former lawyers and prosecutors, former investigative journalists, and onetime spies from the CIA, Mossad, and MI5. It isn't just activist investors and their corporate prey who are hiring them, either. Long-short firms - notably short sellers - and private equity firms are also big clients, as are their investors.

Seasoned professionals acknowledge off the record what they won't acknowledge on: The field is awash in unscrupulous characters who stretch the outer bounds of legality and morality, individuals willing to secretly record targets, pay off sources, hack, and steal, all covered by what one due diligence researcher calls an attitude of "don't ask, don't tell, and finding murderers, thieves, second family's, children out of wedlock and just about everything you can imagine on CEO's, board nominees, and other C level executives, before major investors make their investments or nominate board members.

Lawyers who have hired private investigators say some investigators go as high as $750 per hour.

Firms like these keep a low profile, with little to no social media presence. While the work product of a number of firms occasionally makes its way into the media as part of a short seller campaign or proxy battle - typically without any fingerprints linking the information to the hedge fund or the investigator - many are reluctant to talk about their process.

Editor's Note: And it happens in retail all the time with the amount of investors, private equity groups, mergers and acquisitions that happen all year long and we never hear the results. institutionalinvestor.com

Securitas Security Services USA sued in Las Vegas over 2 deaths involving guard
One lawsuit stems from the previously unreported death of Jonathan Blackstone on Feb. 10, 2018. The 36-year-old died after a group of security guards tackled him in front of Showcase Mall on the Strip, after acting erratically in two stores, grabbing two employees by the arms in a Ross store and making "peculiar comments, "then sat on him and restricted his airway, the complaint alleges. Blackstone, who had schizophrenia, was "acting erratically" when the guards took action, according to attorneys representing the man's sister. His schizophrenia was listed as a contributing factor, the coroner's office said, along with cocaine and methamphetamine intoxication and obesity.

Because of "insufficient evidence," the Clark County DA's office declined to prosecute.

The other lawsuit against Securitas stems from the January 2017 death of Kimberlee Ann Kincaid-Hill. The 57-year-old was working at a Henderson jewelry store when a security guard opened fire on an attempted robber, who got away empty handed, but missed, instead striking Kincaid-Hill in the chest.

Henderson police described the shooting as an accident and did not seek charges.

Todd Moody, an attorney who represents the Kincaid-Hill estate said, "There is absolutely no allegation at all that this was intentional. It was a sad accident. But what we're focused on is did Securitas properly train him, had he carried a gun, was he familiar with the gun he used when he shot her."

Lyons is still a licensed security guard, and state records still list him as a Securitas employee. But he is no longer qualified to carry a firearm, his firearm certification lapsed and he did not requalify. reviewjournal.com

CBD Is Wildly Popular
Disputes Over Its Legality Are a Growing Source of Tension

Most states, though, have yet to change their laws to match the new federal rules, leaving local police and prosecutors in a quandary over what is legal and what is not. The result has been a gold rush of CBD marketers, a raft of online ruminations about what is permissible, and, increasingly, confusion.

For instance, when farmers in Oregon and Kentucky, which produce large amounts of hemp, send their product through Oklahoma and Idaho, truck drivers are sometimes arrested by state and local police for drug trafficking.

The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a public hearing this month on the safety, sale and use of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including CBD. nytimes.com


Senior AP/LP Job Market

Executive Director, Loss Prevention & Security for XPO Logistics in High Point, NC
Transport Topics ranked XPO Logistics #1 out of the top 50 logistics companies in North America, and Forbes named us one of America's best employers. Are you ready to take your career to the next level with a fast-growing global company? Then join XPO as the Executive Director, Loss Prevention & Security. You will assist in creating, implementing, maintaining and improving the security systems within our facilities around the world. We want to tap into your experience and expertise to protect and safeguard company assets, clients, employees and guests. Become a part of our dynamic team and we'll help you develop your career to a level that will exceed your expectations.  xpo.com


Fifth Avenue Losing Luster as Vacancies Climb, Rents Fall

Thousands of Uber Drivers Striking Today For Better Conditions

Quarterly Results

Rent-A-Center Q1 core U.S. comp's up 5.8%, core sales down 1.7%
Natural Grocers Q2 comp's up 2.9%, net sales up 6.7%
Sprouts Farmers Market Q1 comp's up 1.4%, sales up 10%
Fiesta Restaurant Group Q1 comp's down 2.6% and 0.5%, sales down 2.1%
Del Taco Q1 comp's down 0.1%, sales up 1.5%
Office Depot Q1 Retail comp's down 4%, BSD revenue up 1%, CompuCom sales down 4%, sales down 2%
Papa John's Q1 comp's down 6.9%, sales down 11.5%

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Verizon's 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report
Financially Motivated Attacks Increasing While Criminals Switch to Easiest Targets

The Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) was published just after midnight today. This is the 12th edition since its launch in 2008, and the most extensive to date, with 73 contributors and an analysis of 41,686 security incidents including 2,013 confirmed breaches. A breach is defined as an incident that results in the confirmed disclosure or exposure of data.

According to Verizon's Insider Threat Report, 20% of cybersecurity incidents and 15% of the data breaches investigated within the Verizon 2018 DBIR originated from people within the organization. A survey, targeting manufacturing industry, found that 72% of respondents were vulnerable to insider threats.

Purely from its detail and breadth of coverage, DBIR has become the breach bible for the security industry. Verizon does not speculate on the meaning of the data it provides, leaving that to independent security analysts. Like all surveys, it can only analyze and catalog the data it receives -- it knows nothing about that which it knows nothing. As a result, DBIR provides evidence of security trends across the greater part of industry, but little in terms of specific causes for specific trends.

An example of this can be seen in the relative trends for cyber espionage and financially motivated attacks (of which ransomware is probably the most visible and newsworthy example). The trend highlighted by the 2019 DBIR (PDF) is that financially motivated cyber-attacks are increasing across the board. securityweek.com

FTC Chairman Says Agency Isn't Ready to Enforce a Federal Privacy Law
It'll Take Two Years to Get Staffed Up

Joseph Simons, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, said last week that his agency has only 40 staff members involved in privacy enforcement. It might take the agency as long as two years to hire more staff, create a new division and acquire the technology necessary to enforce a federal privacy law, he said.

"If [Congress] passed the legislation tomorrow, we wouldn't be prepared," Mr. Simons said Thursday at an International Association of Privacy Professionals summit in Washington. Legislators have told him they are getting close to passing such a bill, he said. Several senators said in a February congressional hearing that the FTC, as the lead consumer-protection agency, should be in charge of enforcing federal privacy legislation.
Still under debate is whether any federal law would pre-empt state laws, such as California's Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect January 2020.

The U.K.'s privacy regulator has 637 full-time staff members, while France's privacy authority has 199 and the Dutch data-protection authority has 178, WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reported in April. All three countries are significantly smaller than the U.S.

Intel proposed a draft federal privacy bill in November that called for hiring, at minimum, 500 more attorneys and support staff at the FTC.  cmail19.com

Orgs Are Quicker to Disclose Breaches Reported to Them Via External Sources
A security vendor's analysis of breach data from first-quarter 2019 suggests an organization that discovers a security breach on its own is actually likely to take longer to disclose it than an organization alerted to a breach via an external source.

Risk Based Security found that when organizations first learned of a breach from an external source such as law enforcement, they publicly reported the incident within 43 days, on average. In contrast, when organizations discovered a breach via an internal team, they took a much longer 74 days on average to report it. Half of all externally discovered incidents were reported in just eight days compared with a median of 46 days for internal discovery. darkreading.com

The Dark Web is Smaller Than You Think
The big, scary Dark Web may not be as big or scary as many believe.

Over the years, the Dark Web has garnered a reputation as a nebulous platform for cybercrime. Highly publicized arrests and news stories have fueled the idea there is a massive network of cybercriminals plotting scams in this corner of the Web. But the actual amount of live, reachable onion sites makes up less than 0.005% of about 200 million surface Web domains.

It's worth noting the Dark Web is defined as any Internet content that requires specific software, configurations, or authorization to access. Oftentimes it's conflated with the Deep Web, which refers to all parts of the Web not indexed by search engines. The Dark Web includes the Tor network, which consists of onion domains and direct links between them. darkreading.com

Hackers Swipe More Than $40 Million of Bitcoin From Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance
Hackers used phishing, viruses and other techniques, the company said. Binance said they had obtained information about multiple users, including two-factor authentication codes.

"The hackers had the patience to wait, and execute well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time," Binance said. "The transaction is structured in a way that [it] passed our existing security checks. It was unfortunate that we were not able to block this withdrawal before it was executed."

Hacks were a primary reason for bitcoin's steep fall last year following its manic rally in 2017. While bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, is up more than 50% so far this year, it remains down by about 70% from its record high in December 2017. wsj.com

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Half of companies have 1,000+ sensitive files accessible to every employee
Nearly a year after GDPR was enacted, the average company has more than half a million sensitive files stored -- 17% of which are accessible to every employee, according to a new report.

The report examined more than 700 data risk assessments performed by Varonis engineers to determine the prevalence and severity of exposed sensitive files. More than half of companies found more than 1,000 sensitive files accessible to every employee. Some 22% of all folders were open to everyone in the company, and 51% of companies found more than 100,000 folders open to every employee.

Businesses store millions of files in folders and sites in both the cloud and on-premise, the report noted. However, because many of these folders and sites aren't properly secured, the sensitive files inside are left open to view by many employees. That means it would only take one employee being compromised to lead to a data breach, the report noted. techrepublic.com

Cryptocurrency Laundering as a Service:
Criminal Gang Organization of 16 Arrested in Spain

Europol has supported Spain in dismantling a criminal organization providing large-scale crypto money laundering services to other criminal organizations. The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) arrested eight people and charged eight more for involvement in the crypto money laundering ring.

The operation was a follow-up of operation Guatuzo also supported by Europol in which 23 people were arrested in summer 2018 in Spain and Colombia.In the European Union Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2017, Europol stated that an increasing number of individual criminal entrepreneurs offer Crime as a Service (CaaS).  europol.europa.eu

California Anti-Eavesdropping Act would outlaw eavesdropping by smart devices

Third Nigerian National Admits Role in $1.8M Business E-Mail Compromise Scheme Targeting CFOs and Controllers


Calling Canadian Retailers!
Register for the 3rd Axis Canada Retail Leadership Forum

The Retail Landscape is changing and with these changes providing safety and security for your customers, staff and business is of utmost importance. Join us for the 3rd Axis Canada Retail Leadership Forum in Toronto, May 22-23. Full details here: http://bit.ly/2CFNRul

If you would like to attend this event please register here!

Alberta judge rules mandatory four-year minimum sentence for robbery with firearm unconstitutional, calls prison term 'grossly disproportionate'
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Debra Yungwirth said the mandatory imprisonment term under the Criminal Code could violate section 12 of the Charter in certain cases, which protects a person's right to not be subjected to "any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment."

"There are reasonably foreseeable offenders for whom the four-year mandatory minimum sentence ... would be grossly disproportionate," Yungwirth said in her written decision released Friday. "As there have been no submissions by the Crown on whether that provision is saved by section 1 of the Charter, I conclude that the mandatory minimum sentence ... is unconstitutional. It is not saved under section 1 of the Charter, and is therefore of no force or effect."

Yungwirth made the constitutionality ruling during a sentencing decision for a man who pleaded guilty to robbery with a firearm. Curtis Zwozdesky filed an application prior to the sentencing to argue the mandatory sentence violates his rights under the Charter.

There is a two-part test set by the Supreme Court of Canada to analyze the constitutionality of a mandatory minimum sentence, Yungwirth said in her decision delivered in court April 8. It is the second step, looking into applying the mandatory minimum to other offenders in "reasonably foreseeable circumstances," where Yungwirth found a breach of rights.

After considering all the circumstances in the case, Yungwirth determined a reasonable sentence of three to four years for the robbery with a firearm. edmontonjournal.com

Some cities in British Columbia are a 'hotbed' for fraud & white-collar crime;
Higher percentage of small businesses could make it a better target for criminals

In 2017, there were more than 1,200 incidents of fraud in the Okanagan. The region often associated with wineries and beautiful scenery is also a hotbed for white-collar crime. According to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada, in 2017, the rate of fraud in some Okanagan cities was nearly double the national average. The average fraud rate for most regions of Canada is about 300 incidents per 100,000 people, but in Penticton the rate is 461, in Kelowna 592, and in Vernon 706 incidents per 100,000 people.

Glen Jackson, a chartered professional accountant with a certification in financial forensics, thinks the high rate of fraud is a reflection of the economy in the Okanagan, where there is a higher percentage of small businesses, which he said may be more susceptible to fraud. cbc.ca

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Sarah Jessica Parker to Open 1st Storefront in Canada for Popular SJP Shoe Line
Miniso opens in Yellowknife
FreshCo opens in Mission, more locations planned
Sleep Country Canada Expands on Vancouver's North Shore
Chanel Opens 1st Standalone Fragrance and Beauty Boutique in Canada
Tokyo Smoke set to open its doors on Monday
Copper Branch Opens Yonge Sheppard Centre Store In Toronto
Adonis Supermarket opens its second store in Mississauga

Walmart Canada Announces Major $200M Investment in Stores, and 2 Store Closures

Retail's Best Recognized: 2019 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists Announced

Trudeau resists pressure to decriminalize drugs in face of opioid crisis

Canada's big banks launch Verified.Me network to help prevent ID theft

$100-million class action lawsuit filed in Calgary over Marriott Hotels data breach

Canada's Holt Renfrew invests in stores, e-commerce

Canada's Gildan delays American Apparel store plans

Hudson's Bay could sell Lord & Taylor

Timberlea, NS: $60k in pot confiscated after shop was marketing to children
Illegal cannabis store has raked in $1M since beginning of 2019

Two men have been charged and tens of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis product seized after Halifax area RCMP executed a search warrant at an illegal cannabis store in Timberlea. According to a release from Halifax District RCMP, $60,000 worth of product was confiscated, including "lego" shaped blocks of THC, potent enough, the Mounties say, to be a fatal dose for children. RCMP claim the store was marketing toward children with such product. The RCMP also claim this store raked in nearly $1 million since the beginning of 2019, while spending only $50,000 in expenses. Two men have been charged under the Cannabis Control Act. The RCMP says there could be more charges to come. halifaxtoday.ca

Barrie, ON: Police searching for 2 suspects after $775 grocery store theft

Burlington, ON: Police Searching for Suspects Following $180 Cheese Wheel Theft

(Update) Edmonton, AB: Jury trial begins for man accused in Mac's store shootings

Oxford, ON: Ontarians control alleged thieves until police arrive to make arrests

Barrie, ON: Police searching for male suspect following multiple thefts from Sunglass Hut


Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oshawa, ON - Armed Robbery
Jewelry Store - Hamilton, ON - Robbery
Trixx - Thunder Bay, ON - Armed Robbery

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Staying Left of Boom!

Chris Nelson, Vice President, Loss Prevention, Gap Inc./Old Navy
Rich Giaquinto, Senior Director, Gap Inc.


"Left of Boom" is a military term referring to the timeline before an explosion. When the explosion happens (the boom), then the timeline shifts to "right of boom". Left of boom is where you want to be.

Chris Nelson and Rich Giaquinto explain how the concept applies to the retail environment - whether it's active shooters, natural disasters, or other events that disrupt the business. Learn how Gap Inc. maintains business continuity and organizational resilience by applying a "Left of Boom" approach.

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Quick Take 12 with Mike Lamb, VP of AP, Kroger

Mike Lamb, Vice President, Asset Protection & Safety, the Kroger Company

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Mike Lamb talks about the opportunities and challenges he faced back in 2017 when he took over Kroger's massive AP operation, consisting of over 20 different brands. As an executive who's managed loss prevention at the highest level in a number of different store formats throughout his career, Mike talks about the complexity of managing shrink and waste in a grocery store environment.




Amazon can already ship to 72% of US population within a day, this map shows
Amazon is already capable of offering same-day and next-day delivery to 72% of the total U.S. population, including almost all of the households (95% or more) in 16 of the wealthiest and most populated states and Washington, D.C., according to a report published in March by RBC Capital Markets.

The vast delivery network is the result of significant investments over the past four years, a period during which Amazon built out fulfillment centers across the country, nearly tripling its U.S. logistics infrastructure, RBC said. Amazon has added roughly double the amount of distribution space Home Depot currently owns. cnbc.com

Over 100 Million Malware Delivering Fraudulent Online Ads
Ukrainian "Malvertiser" Extradited from Netherlands - For NJ Hacking Charges

Defendant Conspired to Expose Millions of Victim Internet Users to Malicious Advertisements Designed to Hack And Infect Victims' Computers with Malware.

October 2013 through May 2018, Ivanov conspired to defraud millions of internet users around the world by launching malicious online advertising campaigns that appeared legitimate, but attempted to direct the internet browsers of victim computers towards malicious computer programs ("malware"), unwanted advertisements, and other computers that could install malware. As a result of the scheme, Ivanov and others caused unsuspecting internet users to view or access malicious advertisements on more than one hundred million occasions.

Ivanov successfully infected more than one hundred devices in the District of New Jersey alone.  justice.gov

Amazon fired these 7 pregnant workers - Then Came the Lawsuits

Warehouse Hiring Surges on Rising E-Commerce Demand

The Checkout Features That Top-Performing eTailers Are Dropping


Polk County, FL: Retail theft suspects stole over $2 million in products across Florida, and shipped it to Cuba
Six people have been arrested and accused of orchestrating a retail theft scheme across 14 Florida counties, stealing over $2 million worth of goods. The suspects were arrested following an undercover investigation among state and local agencies in Florida. Detectives said the individuals targeted the following stores: Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, JCPenney, Publix, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie. Officials said the six suspects hit up to 10 businesses per day, between four and five nights a week. There were 150 reported thefts in the state, and at least 25 of those occurred in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office reported between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of goods were stolen.

The stolen items were then sold, and even shipped as far as Cuba for a profit, detectives said, which resulted in felony charges. Detectives worked with loss prevention personnel at each store, as well as the Tampa Bay Regional Intelligence Center (TBRIC), Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Statewide Prosecutor for the Office of the Attorney General Ashley Moody. They obtained six arrests warrants and nine search warrants.  fox13news.com polksheriff.org youtube.com



The Woodlands, TX: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Searching
for Baby Formula Theft Suspects from HEB

On May 2, 2019, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the HEB located at 3540 Rayford Road in Spring, TX. Deputies learned three males driving a dark colored Buick passenger car entered the HEB and stole about $2400.00 in baby formula. woodlandsonline.com

Gwinnett County, GA: Police looking for Northern Tool shoplifting suspects
Gwinnett County police are asking for help locating two shoplifting suspects. Investigators said the two walked into Northern Tool and Equipment on April 29. Investigators said the man distracted an employee while the female loaded up a shopping cart full of tools and left the store without paying. Those tools are valued at about $4,300. fox5atlanta.com

Jennings, LA: Robbers threaten Grocery Store Staff and flee with thousands in Cigarettes

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Shootings & Deaths

Cleveland, OH: Man shot and killed outside McDonald's; Security Guard questioned
Police said the shooting happened in the 15000 block of St. Clair Avenue, near East 152nd Street, Tuesday night. Officials said a security guard was involved in an altercation with two men. It is unknown if they were inside of the store or outside. Police said shots were then fired. A 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man is in custody. The security guard is being questioned by police but has not been arrested. news5cleveland.com

Chesterfield County, VA: Man shot in car, found dead outside C-store
Police are investigating a homicide in Chesterfield. Officers found 23-year-old Tavario Gates dead in the 1100 block of Courthouse Road, near the Minit Mart, just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. wtvr.com

Salt Lake City, UT: Person in critical condition after Ace Hardware shoplifting incident dies
A man who was in critical condition after being tackled outside an Ace Hardware store on Thursday has died from his injuries. He was identified as 30-year-old Mischa Ryan Cox. Cox was tackled by employees and bystanders outside the store after reportedly attempted to shoplift undisclosed items. The investigation is being handled by Unified police after the incident was determined to be an officer-involved critical incident. kutv.com

Indianapolis, IN: Update: Officer Recovering After Being Shot
On Lowe's Shoplifting Call

Authorities say an Indianapolis police officer who was shot after responding to a call about a shoplifter over the weekend is recovering. The police department said in a statement that Officer Eric Rosenbaum's condition continues to improve. He's listed in good condition and is reportedly in good spirits. Police have said the shooting happened Sunday evening when Rosenbaum spotted a suspect and a struggle ensued. wbiw.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Norfolk, VA: Detectives charge man shot by MetroPCS employee
during Armed Robbery

Detectives have charged the man who was shot by an employee during an attempted robbery at a Norfolk MetroPCS store Monday afternoon. According to an investigation, Freeman entered the store armed with a handgun and with his face covered. A MetroPCS employee shot Freeman during the attempted robbery. Police found Freeman a short distance away from the store when they arrived. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. wtkr.com


Arson & Fire

Kenton, OH: Police charge man with 'Act of Terrorism' after fire set inside Walmart
The FBI has an Ohio man in custody for an "act of terrorism" - allegedly starting a fire inside a Walmart. Investigators say 26-year-old Caleb Poole allegedly put items in a shopping cart, then lit it on fire. Crews also searched the store after receiving reports of a "makeshift bomb." "We suspected foul play and the arson team was called in along with the Hardin County Crime Task Force," said Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser. "We found an aerosol inside there," said fire chief Tim Clark. "At this point, we're thinking that was the sound of the explosion, that aerosol can let go." Medic checked one person for smoke inhalation but no one was seriously hurt. wthr.com

Travelers Rest, SC: Suspect starts fire in Walmart to cover shoplifting
According to police, the call came in around 4:41 a.m. Officers say a suspect was shoplifting televisions when police say he started a fire to distract the employees. Police are still trying to determine at this time what the suspect used to start the fire, but tell us the fire was contained with minimal damage to the store and no one was hurt. foxcarolina.com

Tulsa, OK: Woman arrested for $1,300 larceny, setting fire in Walmart bathroom


C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Clayton County, GA - Burglary
C-Store- Oregon, WI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Robbery
Grocery - Jennings, LA - Robbery
Liquor - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Saline, KS - Robbery/ Assault
Restaurant - King County, WA - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant - Gilbert, AZ - Armed Robbery (Pizza Hut)/Employee shot
Restaurant - Berkeley, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Berkeley, CA - Robbery (2 of 3 )
Restaurant - Berkeley, CA - Robbery (3 of 3)
Rite Aid - King County, WA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Rockledge, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Anna Arundel County, MD - Robbery



Daily Totals:
16 robberies
1 burglary
1 shooting
0 killed




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