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Doug Barnes named Director of Loss Prevention for Beauty Brands

Doug was previously the Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Westlake Ace Hardware, and had been working for the retailer for over four years. He's held other loss prevention and security roles including Director of Security for Valor Security Services and District Loss Prevention Supervisor for Walgreens. Congratulations Doug!


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Jury rules security company must pay $1 billion to Georgia woman
raped by guard they hired

A Clayton County jury ruled a security company will have to pay a survivor of rape $1 billion after a guard they hired sexually assaulted her when she was just 14 years old. Hope Cheston, now 20 years old, was raped by an apartment complex security guard in October 2012 when she was just 14.

Her attorney, Chris Stewart called the verdict "one of the biggest victories for women in the United States." Cheston's lawyers believe the $1 billion settlement is the largest jury verdict ever awarded in a United States sexual assault case, according to The New York Times.

While Cheston will likely not receive the full settlement, the statement the jury made is what matters Stewart said on Twitter.

Court documents say Cheston was visiting a friend when she was sexually assaulted by Brandon Lamar Zachary, a security guard hired by Crime Prevention Agency, Inc. for the Pointe South Apartments. After the incident, Zachary was arrested, charged with rape, statutory rape and child molestation and, ultimately, sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

According to the 2015 complaint, the security company had a "duty to properly supervise and/or monitor its security officer" when the incident occurred. Further, the complaint lists, the company had knowledge of Zachary's behavior against guests and tenants of the complex, but instead "ignored the circumstances that any reasonable person would interpret as leading to the injury."

The complaint charges that the security company, the owner and the manager of the complex were negligent in providing and maintaining a safe premise in more than a dozen different aspects. usatoday.com nytimes.com

Shoplifting Continues to Rise - 8 of Past 10 Years
According to Jack L. Hayes International's 30th Annual Retail Theft Survey

Over 432,000 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2017 by just 21 large retailers who recovered over $188 million from these thieves, according to the 30th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, the leading loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm.

"Theft continues to plague the retail industry, with shoplifting leading the way! In 2017, Shoplifting apprehensions increased 2.3%, with the dollars recovered from these shoplifters increasing almost 13%. This is the 8th rise in both shoplifter apprehensions and dollar recoveries in the past 10 years. Recoveries from shoplifters where no apprehension was made increased for the 21st consecutive year, up an amazing 18% in 2017, ", said Mark R. Doyle, President of Jack L. Hayes International. Mr. Doyle added, "While dishonest employee apprehensions and recovery dollars were down (almost 4% and 7% respectively), retail theft overall continues to be a serious problem for retailers negatively impacting their bottom-line, which results in higher prices to consumers."

Highlights from this highly anticipated annual theft survey include:

Participants: 21 large retail companies with 16,409 stores and over $428 billion in retail sales (2017).

Apprehensions: 432,046 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2017, up 1.7% from 2016.

Recovery Dollars: Over $188 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2017, up 8.1% from 2016.

Shoplifter Apprehensions: 391,760 shoplifters were apprehended in 2017, up 2.3% from 2016.

Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $149 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2017, an increase of 12.9% from 2016. An additional $185 million was recovered from non-apprehended shoplifters.

Employee Apprehensions: 40,286 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2017, down 4.0% from 2016.

Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $38 million was recovered from employee apprehensions in 2017, down 7.0% from 2016.

Shrink: 61.9% of survey participants reported an increase in shrink in 2017, with 28.6% reporting a decrease in shrink, and another 9.5% reported shrink stayed about the same.

Full survey results are available at: http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/

Update: Starbucks Closes 8,000 U.S. Stores to Conduct
Nationwide Employee Racial Bias Training

At 8,000 Starbucks stores that closed Tuesday afternoon, emotions flowed amid the conversation about racial prejudice as employees gathered for anti-bias training.

"We didn't shy away from the word 'race' or 'racism.' We went right to it," said Les Fable, a Starbucks district manager in New York who said he has been on the receiving end of racial bias as an African American. "I lived some of those things. (We're) sharing it with the rest of the company."

The sessions involving up to 180,000 Starbucks employees between the stores and headquarters follow the April arrests of two African-American men at a central-city Philadelphia cafe as they waited for a friend.

The sessions lasted late into the afternoon - four hours of training that could be followed by more conversation. It was, at times, gut-wrenching.

Some employees wept at a session attended by Executive Chairman Howard Schultz in New York. One woman, for instance, emotionally recalled growing up in South Africa under apartheid. usatoday.com

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Lawmakers worry Amazon's facial recognition tech could reinforce racial profiling
In a pair of separate letters to Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos late last week, two House Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus are seeking answers about Rekognition, the service the company is selling for an extremely low price to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando that allows police to scan footage of crowds for possible suspects in real time. 

Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) want Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, to turn over a full list of agencies that use Rekognition and provide assurances that the company is taking steps to root out the potential for bias in the software. They pointed to recent studies showing that facial recognition software consistently misidentified black people and women more often than white people and men. washingtonpost.com

Update: Retail's Biggest Internal Fraud Case
Sales Team Rips Off Truckers of $56.5M in Loyalties
Former Pilot Flying J president Mark Hazelwood blames attorney for conviction

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood is accusing his high-profile attorney of botching his trial and now wants to bring on board his defense team a New York law staffed with former federal prosecutors and a bank robber turned lawyer and professor.

Hazelwood is also asking Collier to let him travel to New York to visit with his new legal team. At the behest of prosecutors Hamilton and Lewen, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton ordered Hazelwood placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring following his February conviction.

Deeming Hazelwood a felon with lots of money to fund a life on the lam and ample cause to take off - he's facing two decades behind bars - Guyton even ordered Hazelwood's plane and boat disabled. Prosecutors have opposed his bid to travel to NYC. Saying he is a flight-risk.

If the judge allows him to change firms at this late date it will delay the sentencing of all 20 convicted fraudsters due to Hazelton's being ranked first for sentencing by prosecutors at the request of the judge. knoxnews.com

HireRight and GIS to Merge - Creating preeminent single global background screening and talent acquisition platform
HireRight and General Information Services ("GIS") announced today a definitive agreement under which HireRight and GIS will merge. HireRight and GIS are both leading providers of background screening and talent acquisition services including background checks, drug testing, driving records, employment and education verification, electronic onboarding, and a variety of industry-specific compliance and screening solutions. Leveraging HireRight's advanced client and applicant background screening tools and GIS' reputation for dedicated customer service, the combination will create the preeminent background screening company, providing innovative solutions for customers while expanding geographic and sector diversification. businesswire.com

Lowe's Makes Managers Sign Arbitration Agreements If They Want Their Bonuses
Lowe's has a message for its store managers: Sign this or else. Salaried managers and assistant managers at the big-box home improvement retailer are being required to enter binding arbitration agreements under the threat of losing their valuable bonuses, according to a copy of the contract obtained by HuffPost.

By signing the contract, managers agree they won't take Lowe's to court with any claims or join in class-action lawsuits against the company. Instead, any grievance they have must be taken individually and in private to an arbitrator ― an arrangement that could significantly cut back workers' legal claims of unpaid work. huffingtonpost.com

Retailers warn tariffs will have widespread consequences on U.S. economy
The nation's retail associations wasted no time in responding to the White House announcement on Tuesday that it intends to move forward on implementing $50 billion tariffs on goods imported from China. The White House said the final list of goods subject to a new 25% tariff would be released June 15. chainstoreage.com

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Russia-linked Canadian hacker gets 5 years in Yahoo security breach
A hacker who worked for a Russian spy agency was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for using data stolen in a massive Yahoo data breach to gain access to private emails.

Karim Baratov, 23, also agreed to pay restitution to his victims and a fine of up to $2.25 million, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Baratov pleaded guilty in November to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse.

Working with agents from the Russian intelligence agency called FSB, Baratov hacked into email accounts hosted by Google and Yandex. The same agents were also allegedly responsible for the 2014 hack of Yahoo that compromised 500 million user accounts.

Prosecutors called Baratov, a Canadian national, an "international hacker-for-hire" who hacked without discussion or hesitation for Dmitry Dokuchaev, an officer for the FSB.

Baratov was accused of sending phishing emails to specific email accounts, tricking users into handing over their usernames and passwords, and then sending the login information to Russian agents. cnet.com

Fraud Drops 76% for Merchants Using EMV, Says Visa
Chip cards are paying off in terms of reduced fraud. That's the conclusion of a new Visa report on transactions since the shift to EMV (named after original developers Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) cards in 2015.

According to Visa, merchants that have completed the shift to EMV cards have seen their fraud level drop by 76% from December 2015 through December 2017. Of particular note, Visa says that EMV cards have been very effective in reducing counterfeit fraud, which it calls the most common type of credit card fraud committed in the US.

By March of 2018, 97% of total credit card transactions took place using EMV cards. Since the formal shift to EMV cards, the number of cards with chips has risen from 159 million in September 2015 to 483.6 million in March 2018.

Visa says that more than 2.9 million merchant locations are now accepting EMV cards. darkreading.com

Is GDPR an opportunity or a threat to retailers?
A new study from IBM reveals that 59 percent of organizations surveyed are embracing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an opportunity to improve privacy, security and data management.

Another key finding of the study is that organizations are using GDPR as an opportunity to streamline their approach to data and reduce the overall amount of data they are managing. According to the new study:

● Eighty percent say they are cutting down on the amount of personal data they keep;
● Seventy-eight percent are reducing the number of people who have access to personal data;
● Seventy percent are disposing of data that is no longer needed. retailwire.com

Walmart's future may include in-store drone assistants and smart shopping carts
Walmart has been churning out a lot of ideas behind the scenes. The big box retailer recently published a slew of patent filings that could reshape the shopping experience as we know it. While there's no guarantee any of these ideas will actually be brought to life, they offer a glimpse into Walmart's vision for the future of retail.

Here are six of Walmart's recently published patent filings:

1. Smart shopping carts
2. Wearable tracking devices
3. In-store inventory trackers
4. In-store drone assistance
5. A blockchain ledger
6. Blockchain-powered delivery truck fleets  cnbc.com

Hackers Impersonating Popular Carding Website
"Joker's Stash" offers millions of credit cards stolen in retail data breaches

For as long as scam artists have been around so too have opportunistic thieves who specialize in ripping off other scam artists. This is the story about a group of Pakistani Web site designers who apparently have made an impressive living impersonating some of the most popular and well known "carding" markets, or online stores that sell stolen credit cards.

One wildly popular carding site that has been featured in-depth at KrebsOnSecurity - Joker's Stash - brags that the millions of credit and debit card accounts for sale via their service were stolen from merchants firsthand.

That is, the people running Joker's Stash say they are hacking merchants and directly selling card data stolen from those merchants. Joker's Stash has been tied to several recent retail breaches, including those at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Bebe Stores, Hilton Hotels, Jason's Deli, Whole Foods, Chipotle and Sonic. Indeed, with most of these breaches, the first signs that any of the companies were hacked was when their customers' credit cards started showing up for sale on Joker's Stash. krebsonsecurity.com

Lord & Taylor Wants Data Breach Suit Moved From Del. To NY
Lord & Taylor LLC has told a Delaware federal judge that a proposed class action over the retailer's alleged failure to safeguard customer data, leading to the theft of credit card information from millions of customers, belongs in New York because it has very little connection to the First State. law360.com

Coca-Cola hit with insider breach, 8,000 affected

Over 5K Gas Station Tank Gauges Sit Exposed on the Public Net

T-Mobile Employee Made Unauthorized 'SIM Swap' to Steal Instagram Account


Theft Hits Bottom Line of Canadian Retailers
Many Companies Struggling To Control LP Through Theft
Retail security expert Stephen O'Keefe says many independent retailers don't really have a grasp on how to control loss prevention through theft and that's hitting their bottom line.

O'Keefe, President of Bottom Line Matters, a web-based loss prevention and risk management solutions company, based out of Toronto, for small to mid-sized retailers, has had many years of experience with some of the giant retailers in Canada and globally.

"There's a lot of independent retailers which is what I am going to be focusing on now who don't really have a grasp on how to control it because they don't understand the magnitude of the problem," said O'Keefe. "That's something that every once in a while is a bit of a shocker. It's the magnitude. It's a $5-billion problem in Canada.

"The larger retailers - about 95 companies - have identified it and they've been able to put in loss prevention departments and so they spend the money because they know there's going to be a return on investment from having a permanent loss prevention department. But that's because of the size. So they're able to afford it."

For mid-size retailers, it's a challenge. They don't want to incur more of an expense than they're going to get back because that in itself becomes a loss. Read full story here. retail-insider.com

Racial profiling: The complications of shopping while black in Canada
"It's an everyday issue ... part of daily life"

"It's an everyday issue that happens to people as they go about their business," says Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner-Campbell, a Toronto-based consumer racial profiling expert with Sojourner Mediation and Consulting Services.

Sojourner-Campbell describes what it's like to go shopping as a black person in Canada - you walk into a store and suddenly you have a shadow, she says.

Last month, a Toronto restaurant was ordered to pay $10,000 after asking black customers to prepay for a meal in 2014, while Shoppers Drug Mart was ordered to pay $8,000 in 2015 after a worker targeted a black woman and accused her of stealing.

In Saskatchewan, a Giant Tiger employee in Regina was suspended last year amid racial profiling allegations after an Indigenous man posted a video showing him repeatedly being followed, while another video showed a Canadian Tire staff member accusing an Indigenous man of shoplifting and physically removing him from a store.

"It can happen in small communities or large urban areas," says Sojourner-Campbell. "Black and Indigenous people are racially profiled and poorly treated everywhere in Canada."

Starbucks Canada will close its stores for a portion of the day on June 11 for training "designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome." nationalpost.com

Growing number of Bitcoin kiosks raise police alarm in Canada
Most money lost to fraud
The mushrooming number of Bitcoin kiosks in corner stores has caused Toronto Police to issue a warning that many - if not most - Bitcoin transfers at such locations is money lost to fraud. Victims of phone-based and internet-based fraud/extortion schemes are being advised to pay associated "fines" and/or "fees" via Bitcoin. Increasingly, victims are being told to attend various Bitcoin Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) where they will deposit cash in order to obtain and transfer Bitcoin to other electronic "wallets," the owners of which may reside outside of Canada. Once Bitcoin is sent it becomes virtually untraceable. bayview-news.com

Interac Corp. and Retail Council of Canada Announce Top Applicant of the 2018 Retail as a Career Scholarship Program
Interac Corp. and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are delighted to reveal that Connor Combdon is the recipient of the special Retail as a Career Scholarship of $5,000 funded by Interac Corp. Connor will be entering third year of the Bachelor of Commerce program at University of Ontario Institute of Technology this fall and is currently working at TJX Canada Winners as a part time sales associate. With this scholarship, he will be able to pursue his studies and realize his career dream of working in the retail industry. The Retail as a Career Scholarship program is an initiative that honours students working in retail who are entering or enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. businessinsider.com

Store Openings in Canada
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Salvation Army Thrift Store Opens First Location in Eastern Montreal
Allbirds opens 1st Standalone Brick-and-Mortar Store in Canada
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Amazon to open massive distribution centre in Ottawa; 1,000 new jobs

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Mississauga Bombing Update
IED contained nails to maximize injuries;
One suspect now thought to be a woman
An explosive device detonated at a popular Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday contained nails, suggesting it was likely intended to maximize injuries, police say. Peel Regional Police confirmed to CBC News that nails were packed in the device and the device is believed to be homemade. Ryan also elaborated on the two suspects who escaped on foot before getting into an unidentified vehicle, saying police now believe one may have been female. Both were initially believed to be male. cbc.ca

Toronto, ON: Tech company CEO killed in brazen shooting outside store
Matthew Staikos, a former BlackBerry employee and CEO of the Toronto-based tech company Vleepo, was shot to death while he was walking near Yorkville Avenue and Bay Street at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday. At least one bullet hit Staikos and another flew through the front glass door of a nearby store. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a post-mortem examination of the body is scheduled for Wednesday. ctvnews.ca

(Update) Vancouver, BC: VPD recovers $100,000 in alcohol stolen from Liquor Distribution Branch warehouse

Windsor, ON: Man arrested after C-store robbery spree; Hit six locations over the past year

Toronto, ON: Shooting near Yorkdale Shopping Centre seriously injured man

Balmoral, NB: Brand name merchandise stolen from jewelry store

Dryden, ON: Winnipegger busted in Ontario with $67K in illegal smokes

Orangeville, ON: Credit card fraudsters targeting local businesses

Robberies and Burglaries

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Jewelry Store - Balmoral, NB - Robbery/Theft
JJ's Convenience - Moncton, NB - Armed Robbery

Mac's - Thunder Bay, ON - Robbery



True Stories of Face Recognition and Retail Crime
Case 1: The Fake Budweiser Delivery Man

The first episode of FaceFirst's true retail crime series reveals the shocking true story of a man who dressed like a Budweiser delivery man to steal beer instead of delivering it. See how face recognition alerted loss prevention instantly and led to this creative criminal's apprehension.

Retail shrink is a $45 billion problem each year, and facial recognition is already helping major retailers reduce external shrink by up to 34% and in-store violence by 91%. These are the real-life stories of how face recognition has helped loss prevention pros capture some of the world's most notorious retail criminals.

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The Importance of Integrating RFID Into Ecommerce Business Strategies
The retail industry began testing RFID technology in supply chains and strategies more than a decade ago. Since then, the ecommerce and online retail sectors have experienced massive growth, and have begun to implement similar RFID strategies in their operations and supply chains as well. There are many benefits and reasons for the uptake in RFID appearing in more ecommerce strategies.

Impact on the Supply Chain
For an ecommerce business, RFID tags can help to create a smoother and more efficient supply chain. One of the main reasons these can break down is when there is a delay at a certain station, which has a knock-on effect and slows down the whole process, leading to greater costs and unhappy customers. RFID technology can inform each station in the chain about an item's location and condition, so that schedules can be adjusted accordingly.

Delivery Processes
Transparency is a highly valued asset by many consumers these days. When ecommerce customers reach the checkout counter, a big turn-off can be a lack of delivery options, with more and more expecting everything from next-day to time-specific and tracked delivery. That's why, as part of any ecommerce strategy, it's important to expand delivery options so that tracked delivery is an option for consumers. Plus, this will help you to stay ahead of, or at least compete with, competitors.

Compared to bar-code scanning, which is a manual process, using RFID tags will automate a lot of the delivery tracking for all sorts of products. Without the need for line-of-sight scanning, this saves time for the courier so that data about an item's current location can be automatically sent to the receiver and be tracked online by the customer and ecommerce company.

Omnichannel Fulfilment
For mitigating risk and enabling rewards, reacting to new developments and challenges that the ecommerce world brings up RFID technology is useful for omnichannel fulfilment. Supply chains are now extended with ecommerce companies, to get products direct to a customer, rather than just to the store like with traditional retailers.

RFID Costs to a Business
It's important to be aware that the implementation of RFID technology into any ecommerce strategy will bring with it a range of costs. These can affect the budget significantly, so SME ecommerce firms especially will need to ensure that they have enough capital to cover them. rfidjournal.com

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Jacksonville, FL: Sheriff's Office Arrests 8 Suspects tied to Organized Retail Theft Ring as part of 'Operation Loot and Scoot'; $500,000
After a two-year investigation, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is announcing the arrest of 8 suspects as part of 'Operation Loot and Scoot.' Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says they've identified 8 suspects who were allegedly involved in an organized retail theft ring operating in the Jacksonville-area, but also stretched out to Tallahassee down to Orlando and even dipped into parts of Georgia. Williams says the group acted as professional shoplifters, with suspect Antoun Arbaji identified as the ringleader. Investigators say Arbaji would recruit shoplifters to steal specific items from stores and would pay them. He would then allegedly sell the stolen items online. It's believed he sold at least $500,000 in stolen merchandise online. Arbaji is facing 79 counts, 63 of which are felonies. Williams says the group targeted items primarily following under health, beauty, and office supplies, with top items including razors, nicotine gum, and ink cartridges for printers. news4jax.com

Missoula, MT: LensCrafters Employee sentenced for stealing more than $44,000
in glasses

A woman who stole more than $44,000 in sunglasses and frames from LensCrafters and resold them on eBay received a deferred sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to theft by embezzlement. The six-year deferral of sentence means that Megan Beth Hansen could potentially have the conviction removed from her criminal record if she abides by certain court conditions during that period. According to court records, Hansen worked for LensCrafters for five years, a period in which the business found inventory had gone missing. Hansen also had an eBay account during that time, which she used to sell more than $44,000 in sunglasses and eyeglass frames. As part of the deferred sentence, Hansen is required to pay $9,687 (cost of goods) in restitution to LensCrafters. missoulian.com

Elizabeth Township, PA: Police have arrested a man for retail theft after surrounding a home for several hours Tuesday night
Christopher Huellen, 34, was wanted on felony charges of retail theft, corrupt organization and receiving stolen property stemming from incidents at retail stores in Clarion, Erie and Jefferson counties, according to police. wpxi.com

Midland, MI: Police seeking suspect 6 Felony warrants for Retail Fraud and Organized Retail Theft
Midland Police Department said 29-year-old Bryan Michael Willett is wanted on a six-count felony warrant for retail fraud and organized retail crime. Willett is described as 5'8" tall and approximately 165 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. wnem.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Atlanta, GA: Security Guard at Family Dollar arrested after shooting man who punched him
The incident happened late Tuesday night at the Family Dollar on Lakewood Ave. After he was shot, the wounded man fled to a home around the corner. Atlanta police were called to the house at 9:45 p.m. There, they found 19-year-old Casey Williams in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back. The security guard at the Family Dollar, David Shockley, 47, told officers he shot at Williams after he punched him and then reached for something in his pocket. "The initial investigation revealed information that contradicted parts of this story and Mr. Shockley was taken into custody," Police said. Williams was charged with battery and Shockley was charged with aggravated assault. fox5atlanta.com

Cambridge, MA: Sunoco Clerk shot after confronting 2 people who stole from store
According to Cambridge Police, a clerk at the Shell gas station on Cambridge Street was shot early Wednesday morning. Police say at 3:58 a.m., the clerk confronted two individuals outside who stole a bottle of water. One of the suspects reportedly got a bag from a vehicle and pulled out a gun. The clerk was grazed in the foot and has been released from the hospital. fox25boston.com

Houston, TX: Family feud leads to shooting of two men, girlfriend at C-Store

Robberies & Thefts

Los Angeles, CA: Police investigate several high-end smash and grab robberies in Beverly Hills
A parade of four cars through Beverly Hills turned onto Rodeo Drive in the early Tuesday morning darkness, pulling to a stop nose-to-tail along the curb, occupants leaping out--one with what appeared to be a sledge hammer--to commit a smash and grab burglary of an upscale shop, recorded on security camera video. foxla.com

Meriden, CT: Police seeking to ID 4 suspect in Pharmacy Armed Robbery

Baytown, TX: Sears hit by Jewelry Robbers in Smash & Grab

Elkhart County, IN: Speedway Employee busted for stealing Lottery tickets, valued at $5,656

McCordsville, IN: Meijer Shoplifters flee Police at 130mph; stole a hamper full of clothes, two shoe boxes and two bottles of cognac

Jonesboro, AR: Shoplifters make off with $100 of Toilet Paper from an outside display at Dollar General

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in the West Oaks II, Novi, MI reported a Grab & Run on 5/27, item valued at $10,999

Zales in the Southern Park Mall, Boardman, OH reported an Attempted Burglary on 5/26 , no loss reported

Zales Outlet in the Riverstone Center, Missouri City, TX reported a Grab & Run on 5/27, item valued at $2,430

Zales in the Serramonte Center, Daly City, CA reported a Diamond Switch on 5/28, item valued at $8,795

Fire & Arson

Lexington, KY: 8 injured in large Explosion at the UPS Freight Service Center on Blue Sky Parkway
Eight people received medical attention after a UPS freight service center on Blue Sky Parkway was significantly damaged Wednesday morning in a truck explosion, according to a Lexington fire official. A truck and trailer with an acetylene tank exploded inside the facility about 7:40 a.m., Wells said. The cause of the explosion was not yet known, but the blast wasn't suspicious. Acetylene is a gas used in welding. kentucky.com

Cargo Theft

Brazil: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro reported 22,000 Cargo Robberies in 2017, experts say 2018 will be higher
All manner of businesses are targets, but authorities say bandits favor consumer goods that are easy to fence. That is posing a particular challenge to Brazil's fast-growing e-commerce trade. Security costs are squeezing profit margins and forcing retailers and logistics firms to adjust their strategies to succeed in Latin America's largest economy. reuters.com

Sentencings, Charges & Arrests

Wilmington, DE: Man and 15 year old plead guilty to killing C-store clerk over $20

Travis, TX: Son of murdered Jewelry store owner arrested for allegedly conspiring to have parents killed

Bridgeport, CT: Jury has no verdict in murder of Sapiao's Grocery store owner; deliberations continues today

Houston, TX: Man arrested after he's found with 24 fake credit and gift cards at gas station

Erie, PA: Man Sentenced to 2 Years Probation for Exchanging Food Stamps for Cash

Montgomery County, TX: Zales robbery suspect sentenced; Dextrek Walker receives two 20-year sentences; $16,000 in merchandise

Oklahoma City, OK: 4 Arrested following Armed Robbery at JewelSmiths store

South Bend, IN: Man arrested for Dollar General Robbery; threatened to kill Store Clerk over t-shirts and a can of spray paint


AT&T - Chico, CA - Robbery
Beer Distributor - North Union Township, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hoquiam, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Beatrice, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dorchester, MA - Burglary
Dollar General - Uniontown, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Cambridge, MA - Armed Robbery/Clerk shot
JewelSmiths - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Neiman Marcus - Woodland Hills, CA - Burglary
QuikTrip - Broken Arrow, OK - Armed Robbery
Saint Laurent - Beverly Hills, CA - Burglary
Sears - Baytown, TX - Robbery
Verizon - Blue Point, NY - Armed Robbery
Zadig & Voltaire - Beverly Hills, CA - Burglary
7- Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Saginaw Township, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings





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