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The Zellman Group Awards LPC Scholarship
to Samantha Murphy, AP Manager, Walgreens

We wanted to thank everyone again who participated in our LPC Scholarship Essay Contest. We are thrilled with the number of submissions we received from the variety of LP Professionals. It was a challenge to narrow down all of the great submissions but we are excited to have made our selection.

This week we wanted to highlight winner, Samantha Murphy. Samantha has been in the retail world for the last thirteen years. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles, with her most current role as AP Manager at Walgreens. As AP Manager, Samantha is responsible for overseeing sixty retail pharmacy locations. Besides her role in AP, Samantha is also the mom of two wonderful children. Congratulations Samantha, we wish you all the best in your studies!

175 CEOs Join Forces For Diversity and Inclusion
A new CEO-led alliance launches today, the largest-ever commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Some 175 companies have signed on, including Fortune 500 stalwarts Cisco, Dow Chemical, HP, The Home Depot, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Staples, Target, and Walmart. (Walmart is number one on the Fortune 500 this year.)

The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion will focus on three main areas: Creating a safe workplace environment for dialog, mitigating unconscious bias, and sharing best - and worst - practices. fortune.com

Guard Against Harassment of Muslims, Particularly After Terrorist Attacks
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prioritized the fight against Islamophobia in its strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017-21 and HR professionals should follow the agency's lead, experts say, particularly after terrorist attacks.

A May report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C., showed a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. HR could foster greater tolerance by combatting harassment and providing reasonable accommodations. Ramadan, which is observed May 26-June 24 this year, may result in its own accommodation requests. During this holy month, people of Muslim faith abstain from eating during daylight hours.

If there were one or two more big incidents of terrorism there could be "a big backlash." He said that HR professionals "should consciously be more public and more unequivocal in condemning harassment" against Muslims.

"Employers should be proactive about creating and fostering tolerant and respectful workplaces," "Some people feel permission in our current political climate to behave inappropriately in the workplace. Employers must be diligent." shrm.org

Workplace Shootings Are "Becoming Common" - "Becoming an Epidemic"
Orlando shooting is latest in growing trend of workplace violence, expert says

There were 417 homicides at workplaces across the country in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Three hundred fifty-four of those were shootings, a 15 percent increase from the previous year. It was the first time the number of shootings had increased since 2012.

"There are always, always, always signs," Bonczyk said. "It has gotten worse, and it's becoming an epidemic. There used to be a time when an employee shooting someone in the workplace would be a shock. Now it's becoming common."

"When a business terminates an employee, they need to do a threat assessment," Villanueva said. "If they have a past history of bullying or violence, that's a warning."

Bonczyk said her research shows there have been 150 employee-on-employee killings since 2010.

Bonczyk said there have been eight workplace killings so far in 2017 - five of which happened in Florida, including a stabbing outside an Orange County Wal-Mart that left a supervisor dead. A former employee, Caswayne Williams, 23, is charged in the killing of Davon Brown.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says about 2 million people are victims of workplace violence each year. But there are ways to prevent such incidents.

A recent survey by Firestorm Solutions, a Georgia-based consultant, said more than 90 percent of employees are concerned about workplace violence, while only about 50 percent have had any formal training related to it. orlandosentinel.com
 
Orlando: Some businesses bounce back, others struggle,
A year after Pulse nightclub shooting

In Orlando, Florida, many people will think of June 12th as the one year anniversary of a gunman walking into a gay nightclub and opening fire, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.

After the attack, nearby businesses shut their doors for more than a week while police processed the scene. Now, some businesses are still struggling to bounce back while others are adjusting to the "new normal" in a neighborhood forever altered by the attack.

On a recent morning at the Dunkin' Donuts on Orange Avenue, it's very busy. Store manager Betzey Arce said business is finally picking up again after the shooting at Pulse nightclub. There's a sense of community among businesses she said she hasn't seen before - many still display Orlando United banners in storefronts.

The doughnut chain sits right next to Pulse. The nightclub has not reopened, but it has become a makeshift memorial. Visitors from all over the world come by to pay their respects. Arce watches through a store window. For her, it all serves as a daily reminder of the lives lost. marketplace.org

Joe Biden's niece pleads guilty to $110,000 theft from NYC drugstore
A niece of former Vice President Joe Biden has pleaded guilty in a $110,000 credit-account theft at a New York City drugstore. Caroline Biden admitted Friday to grand larceny and petty larceny, with an agreement to get two years' probation if she repays the money, does 10 days of community service and avoids re-arrest for a year.

A complaint says the 29-year-old used a borrowed credit card to open a customer account at the Manhattan shop without the cardholder's OK then racked up the tab over a year.

In 2013, she was charged with striking a male New York City police officer. She was arrested on charges of obstructing governmental administration, harassment and resisting arrest, CBS New York reported. She got treatment for anger problems, and the resisting-arrest case was dismissed. cbsnews.com

2017 National Cargo Theft Summit - Atlanta, Oct. 4th - 5th, 2017
The National Cargo Theft Task Force is joining resources with the Midwest Cargo Theft Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Major Theft Unit and the Memphis Cargo Theft Task Force which includes Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, in an effort to provide the utmost information regarding cargo theft.

This summit will feature leading cargo crime authorities from across the country. Law enforcement and private sector speakers will explain the national strategy, patterns and practices of cargo thieves, recent investigative case studies, and how to combat cargo theft. If you deal with cargo in any aspect of your position, this event will be of benefit to you!

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With flood of tourists ahead, will Staten Island be a terror target?
If the developers of the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets are correct that thousands of tourists will pour off the Staten Island Ferry and into St. George every day, the area could become a terrorist target, experts say.

Both attractions are planning spring 2018 openings, and while there's disagreement on how many people will take the ferry or bus and how many others will drive, there's no debate that the North Shore will see more crowds than it does now.

"Anywhere you have a focal point of thousands ... of people, you're going to have a higher risk" of attacks, said former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik. New York City is one of the biggest targets for terrorist attacks, Kerik noted, and Staten Island will be no exception if terrorists see an opportunity. silive.com

"Socially conscientious consumerism has been on the rise for years" 
Study: 25% of Americans Say Politics Drove Them to Boycott Brands
Think there's more hoopla about brand boycotts than actual boycotting? Maybe not. A new Ipsos survey found that 25% of Americans said they had stopped using a brand's goods or services in the previous three months because of protests, boycotts or the brand's perceived political leanings. A quarter of the U.S. population amounts to around 80 million people according to US Census data. adage.com
 
Retailers Look To Block Cherokee Opioid Suit
Major pharmacies and drug distributors including Walgreens and McKesson asked an Oklahoma federal court Thursday to pump the brakes on the Cherokee Nation's efforts in its tribal court to make them pay for the opioid crisis plaguing its citizens, contending that the tribe lacks jurisdiction.

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corp., CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sued Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation Todd Hembree and Cherokee Nation District Court Judge Crystal Jackson, seeking to enjoin them from prosecuting and adjudicating the tribal court case against the companies.

The tribe filed its underlying lawsuit in April, contending that the companies have "habitually turned a blind eye to known or knowable problems in their own supply chains," creating "conditions in which vast amounts of opioids have flowed freely from manufacturers to abusers and drug dealers - with distributors regularly fulfilling suspicious orders from pharmacies and pharmacies regularly ignoring 'red flags' in prescription presentation."

Their behavior has allowed "massive amounts" of opioid pills to be diverted to the black market in a manner that has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse in the Cherokee Nation, the tribe has said, adding that opioid-related overdoses more than doubled between 2003 and 2014 in the 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma comprising the nation. law360.com
 
Victoria's Secret Reaches $12M Deal In Clerks' Wage Suit
Victoria's Secret Stores LLC has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a proposed class action alleging the company cheated workers scheduled for "call-in" shifts out of reporting time pay, wrapping up the suit Thursday before the Ninth Circuit could rule on a pending appeal in the case. law360.com

Aldi fires $3.4 billion shot in U.S. supermarket wars
Opening 900 new stores in next 5 years

German grocery chain Aldi Inc said on Sunday it would invest $3.4 billion to expand its U.S. store base to 2,500 by 2022, raising the stakes for rivals caught in a price war. Aldi operates 1,600 U.S. stores and earlier this year said it would add another 400 by the end of 2018 and spend $1.6 billion to remodel 1,300 of them.

The investment, which raises Aldi's capital expenditure to at least $5 billion so far this year, comes at a time of intense competition and disruption in the industry. reuters.com
 

Senior Manager Security Projects - Global Security for Walmart in Bentonville, AR
Develops and manages supplier relationships by implementing supplier performance metrics; assessing supplier performance; providing performance information; recommending suggestions for non-compliance with contract terms; approving supplier invoices and audits; monitoring contracts and invoices against standards; and providing company training for contractors to ensure compliance with company procedures. walmart.com

Director, Data Analytics, Experience Protection - Sam's Club in Bentonville, AR
As a Director on the Sam's Experience Protection team, you will help set direction and build capabilities to solve for fraud and risk detection. You will apply your skills in machine learning, big data profiling, statistical exception identification, and data visualization. You will help lead capability teams that will call on your experience in managing & mentoring technical talents-this requires a unique talent who can both lead and execute. You have a chance to help shape business direction for one of the largest retailers in the world, working for a $58 billion organization that works with 40 petabytes of data. walmart.com

Belk, Director, Corporate LP, job posting taken off website

Gymboree Files Bankruptcy to close 375 to 450 stores out of 1,281 stores

The RealReal - Director, Facilities and LP, job posting taken off website

Neiman Marcus and Saks end merger talks

Report: The Body Shop to be sold in $1 billion deal

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Sears store closures for 2017 now pushing 250
Sears is closing an additional 66 stores on top of the 180 closures already announced this year. Among the new round of planned closures are 49 Kmart and 17 Sears stores.

Business Insider on Tuesday published a list of 72 new store closures, including 49 Kmart stores, 16 Sears stores and seven auto centers.

With store closures for the year now at just under 250, Sears has nearly halved its store footprint since 2012, from 2,019 then to fewer than 1,200 this year once all planned closures are made. The company this year also sold its popular Craftsman tools line to Black and Decker for $900 million and has begun outsourcing its Kenmore home appliance brand. retaildive.com

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Retail crime has spiked 20%, while retail deaths have increased 12%. Is face recognition the secret to countering these rising threats? This Tuesday, Gus Downing from The D&D Daily and Tom Melzl, Preident, FaceFirst, together with LPRC Director Read Hayes and attorney Tom McCally will present the ultimate retail safety webinar, discussing store safety, retail violence, personal privacy, and breaking news on state and federal legislation. Register for Free

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eBay GAP partners with Homeland Security,
which results in arrest of two Mexican nationals

Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, Texas, announced federal charges against two Mexican nationals for allegedly operating a counterfeit airbag business out of their residence in Albuquerque, N.M. Dina Gonzalez-Marquez, 23, and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez, 21, both of whom are illegally present in the United States, were arrested yesterday and made their initial appearances today in federal court on a three-count indictment charging them with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The indictment charges the siblings with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods and two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to the indictment, Dina Gonzalez-Marquez and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez conspired to traffic in counterfeit goods from Jan. 2015 to March 2017, by operating a business that sold counterfeit airbag modules and airbag covers out of their Albuquerque residence. They allegedly facilitated the conspiracy by listing and selling counterfeit airbag modules and airbag covers online, shipping the counterfeit goods to purchasers, and conducting in person sales of the counterfeit goods. Read the full press release from the Department of Justice here.

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Protecting the Currency of Authorized Access

Best Practices for PIN & Passcode Management


In virtually all digital environments, passwords, codes and personal identification numbers (PINs) have merged as the veritable currency by which individuals gain access into a company's most critical systems. They also serve as the organization's first line of defense and are critical to the overall success of a security plan.

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Organized Retail Crime - Local & National Update
Millie Kresevich, Luxottica; Chris DeSantis, Macy's; TJ Flynn, JCPenney; Lt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD


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Select Restaurants POS Data Breach
Select Restaurants today said that a recent data security incident at its third-party vendor may have compromised the security of payment information of some guests who used a debit or credit card at certain Select Restaurants locations between October 26, 2016 and February 3, 2017. Select Restaurants has been working with third-party forensic investigators to determine what happened, what information was affected, protect the security of guest debit and credit cards, confirm the removal of the malware, and implement procedures to prevent any further unauthorized access to guest debit or credit card information. Select Restaurants is working with the United States Secret Service to investigate this incident.  prnewswire.com

Move Over, Mirai: Persirai Now the Top IP Camera Botnet
The success of the massive Mirai botnet-enabled DDoS attacks of last year has spawned a lot of me-too malware designed to break into and exploit vulnerable Internet of Things devices. One such malware family that appears to have achieved more success than rivals is Persirai, a botnet malware targeting Internet Protocol (IP) cameras. Researchers from Trend Micro recently discovered Persirai targeting over 1,000 IP camera models based on multiple original equipment (OEM) products.

Like other IoT malware, Persirai takes advantage of open Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) ports on IP cameras to infect them. Once on an IP camera, the malware is designed to connect to a command-and-control server and download software for launching DDoS attacks against specific targets. darkreading.com

Diebold & Samsung Showcasing Cardless ATM Transactions
With Mobile-based Biometric Authentication with Mobile Facial Recognition

The companies will jointly demonstrate the mobile-based biometric authentication approach at this year's Digital Banking conference in Austin, Texas, June 12-14. The mobile-based transaction uses Samsung SDS Nexsign™ -a FIDO compliant biometric authentication platform-which includes facial recognition technology paired with the ATM to complete a secure and convenient cardless cash withdrawal in seconds. prnewswire.com

Robots, humans to staff Amazon's new fulfillment center
Amazon's newest distribution center will use robotics to streamline operations. The online giant plans to open its second Colorado fulfillment center in Thornton. This will be the first Amazon Robotics facility in the Centennial State.

The 855,000-sq.-ft.-plus center will employ more than 1,500 associates, who will oversee the picking, packing, and shipping smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. The processes will be augmented by robotics technology created within Amazon Robotics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com. Among the solutions designed by the division include autonomous mobile robots, sophisticated control software, language perception, power management, computer vision, depth sensing, machine learning, object recognition, and semantic understanding of commands. chainstoreage.com

Protect the Vulnerable Parts of the Business By Partnering with IT
If we want to solve the problem of customer information being compromised, we need to shore up the most vulnerable parts first, and those are not zero-day exploits and advanced malware chains (though those do exist) but the day-to-day IT operations work that builds, configures, and changes systems.

Business risk, like business operations, has shifted away from the physical and into the digital. Companies exploit technology to the fullest so they can take advantage of the increased throughput, scale, and feedback to better compete in the market. But this same technology carries its own risks that can undermine the business as a whole if not addressed. More importantly, the consequences of this risk tend to fall on the customers, whose identities and information are being sold or otherwise misused.

Cyber-risk is business risk; breaches and outages are business problems. Customers establish trust with the business as a whole, the brand, not the IT department, and certainly not with third-party data handlers. When a breach occurs, no matter how it happened technically, the relationship between the company and the customer is damaged. Incidents that are large enough usually call for a sacrificial figure from among the C-suite, occasionally even the CEO, to satisfy the appearance that the company is taking the problem seriously. Then cybersecurity projects are launched, with plenty of public relations help, to ensure the right optics to control the reputational damage done to the company by the breach. But what is being done to really stop the problem?

The silver bullet of cybersecurity is a myth. There's no new fortification, no new defense, that's going to prevent the majority of problems that lead to breaches and outages, because attacks aren't the main problem. Only a new perspective on business technology, and a new relationship between business leaders and IT departments, can begin to close the cyber-risk gap. darkreading.com

Hackers target digital signage in Liverpool, England
Recently, hackers hijacked an outdoor display in Liverpool England to display the message, "We suggest you improve your security. Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood hackers. #JFT96." Distec, an industrial computing specialist, is recommending that businesses reexamine their hardware and software security after the event, according to a press release. retailcustomerexperience.com

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EMV Adoption Continues, More CNP Fraud Looms
At the recent CNP Expo, account takeover fraud emerged as the most oft-mentioned challenge for card-not-present merchants. New data from EMVco-the organization established by the major card networks to provide EMV standards and oversee implementation-could provide a clue why. On Monday, EMVco disclosed the number of chip cards in circulation around the world had increased from 4.8 billion at the end of 2015 to 6.1 billion a year later. Also, more than half (52.4 percent) of all in-store card transactions conducted during 2016 used EMV chip technology compared to less than 36 percent in 2015. Discover's Soumya Chakrabarty, a keynote speaker at the CNP Expo and current executive committee chair for EMVCo, said adoption in the U.S. and Asia is driving growth in overall global adoption. Chip card adoption in the U.S., the world's largest payment card market, rose from 26.4 percent in 2015 to 52.2 percent in 2016.

Experts have been warning for years that as the U.S. migrates to the EMV-compliant cards and POS systems mandated by the card networks, that, while counterfeit fraud will fall, card-not-present fraud will rise as fraudsters move from the more heavily defended card-present channel. Combined with an increase in the amount of stolen personal information available to fraudsters through data breaches, account takeovers are rising. As breaches continue to accelerate and EMV adoption continues to rise, ATO and CNP fraud of all types figure to continue their inexorable climb. cardnotpresent.com

How Counterfeiting Shapes Brand Creation in China
One of the biggest shaping forces in Chinese commerce broadly is one we don't have in the West: rampant counterfeiting. It exists in almost every product category -- even automotive. As a result, brands operating in the country have to overcome a paradox: Chinese consumers seek out name-brand quality, but fear the cheap look-a-likes.

So brands must be built differently in China. Rather than blanketing consumers with upfront emotional messaging, they first aim for transparency in their supply chains, ensuring that the brand-name product you buy is legitimate. They then provide after-sales content and support to grow their value.

To understand Chinese innovation in commerce, we need to recognize its different goals and methods. Let's dig in to see how it works.

1. Ensuring traceability. After scandals involving tainted baby formula and mislabeled meat, brands in China developed ways to ensure that the product a customer receives is legitimate and contains what it says it does.

2. The physical/digital connection. The NFC or QR systems also provide a way for brands to connect with consumers individually. Whenever a person verifies a purchase, brands can provide additional information or cross-market other products.

3. Branded services. While China is becoming more affluent, it remains a price-first culture. Branded products are always discretionary purchases, especially in the CPG sector, where a consumer may not understand why one detergent is better than another.

4. Following relationship. Social commerce is more about family bargain hunting than peer review. As a consequence, Chinese brands target these relationships. adage.com

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Queens, NY: Couple Accused Of Stealing $6,000 From Lois Vuitton stores with baby In Tow
A couple from Queens is accused of robbing two Lois Vuitton stores, once with a baby in tow. Police said Nestor Zambrano, 38, and Melissa Sanchez, 28, stole approximately $6,000 worth of merchandise from a store in Manhasset on January 15, and then stole roughly $2,500 in merchandise from another location in East Garden City on March 25. In the second incident, Sanchez's had her 6-month-old child with her, police said. The couple was arrested Friday and charged with grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. Sanchez was also charged with possession of a forged instrument. cbslocal.com



Houston, TX: Police seeking id of 2 female thieves; stole over $5,000 of clothes from a Boutique
On April 26, at 11:30am Investigators said two Middle Eastern women went inside the store at 6600 Southwest Freeway and stole about $5,000 worth of clothes. abc13.com





Wayne, NJ: Woman stole over $600 from Victoria's Secret; 3 outstanding Warrants
A Newark woman was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $600 in items from Victoria's Secret in the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. Loss prevention officials said Jasmine Cobb was wandering the store and stole 16 items totaling $661.00. The 30-year-old was also found with a stun-gun, authorities said. When Cobb was arrested and taken in, she was also found to have warrants in Elizabeth, Tinton Falls and East Hanover. northjersey.com


Olympia, WA: Two arrested in $2,000 Target theft: Police chase ends in crash

New Orleans, LA: Police seek man wanted in $1,200 theft of Gucci frames


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Shootings & Deaths

Mishawaka, IN: South Bend man dies in shooting outside bar at UP Mall
A South Bend man is dead after a fight outside a bar at University Park Mall erupted into a fatal shooting early Sunday morning. Mishawaka police responded at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday to several calls of a fight that broke out in the parking lot outside Bar Louie involving numerous individuals. Officers cleared the lot and found Benito Estevan Bueno, 27, of South Bend, lying on the ground with "at least one apparent gunshot wound. Medical emergency units pronounced Bueno dead at the scene. The parking lot in front of Bar Louie was roped off by police as a crime scene. Mall security and Mishawaka police worked to clear the property of people Sunday morning as investigators took pictures and gathered evidence. southbendtribune.com

Las Vegas, NV: Security Guard shot and killed man inside Adult World; Guard severely beaten in fight with suspect
Police responded about 7 p.m. to reports of a shooting at Adult World on Meade Ave. Before the shooting, Starsky Tautava, 31, arrived at the adult store in an Uber. The man walked inside and the guard recognized him. Employees told police the man had previously destroyed property inside the business and knew he was not welcome. The guard asked Tautava to leave multiple times, but he declined. The guard and Tautava fought for several minutes. Tautava continually hit the guard, who in his 50s, in the head, leaving him "badly beaten," police said. The guard drew a gun and shot Tautava in the chest. reviewjournal.com

Jacksonville, FL: Police investigate shooting in Walmart parking lot, 1 person wounded

Las Vegas, NV: Shooting in the parking lot injures 1 man outside 7-Eleven


Recent Sentencings

Van Nuys, CA: Gang member sentenced to 50 years to life for killing
Target maintenance worker

A 27-year-old convicted gang member was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Thursday for stabbing and shooting to death a maintenance worker in 2014 who was pressure washing at a Target parking. Erick Renteria, listed as a Los Angeles transient who may have lived near the Van Nuys crime scene, was found guilty Nov. 7, 2016, of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Deputy District Attorney Adan Montalban of the Hardcore Gang Division said Renteria was found to have used a handgun and a knife in the murder. Francisco Miguel, 48, was stabbed and shot to death as he helped two other workers clean a Target department store's parking lot at around 5 a.m. on July 22, 2014 in Van Nuys. dailynews.com

Punta Gorda, FL: Man found guilty of fatal shooting, arson at convenience store; Will be sentenced next month

Fairfield, CT: Pa. Man Gets 19 Years For Kidnapping, Robbery At Fairfield Jewelry Store

Atmore, AL: Alabama executes man for killing of 3 Popeyes employees in 1994


Robberies & Thefts

"Grandpa Bandit" hits North Greenbush dollar store in national armed robbery spree
NORTH GREENBUSH - A serial armed robber, called the "Dollar Store Grandpa Bandit" by some investigators, is targeting discount variety stores nationwide. His latest spree spanned from upstate New York to Idaho.


In May, the unidentified suspect robbed at least seven dollar stores - including one in North Greenbush - at gunpoint, police said. Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying the man.

Each time, the man entered the store at closing time, displayed a handgun and told employees to give him cash from the registers and the store's safe before locking them in back rooms and taking their cell phones to prevent a 911 call. The phones were then trashed in a neighboring town.

The suspect struck, in succession, Dollar Tree stores in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County, and North Greenbush; in Madison Township, MI; Manitowoc, WI; a Dollar General in Lincoln, NE; American Fork, UT; Coeur d'Alene, ID; and Cheyenne, WY.

"It is possible that he has firsthand knowledge of the operations of Dollar Tree stores which account for seven of the eight he is known to have robbed," North Greenbush Police Chief Robert Durivage said in Friday statement. "the suspect may have worked for or may have had an unresolved dispute with the company."

The suspect has also threatened store employees with a stun gun and pepper spray, police said.

He is described as a white man between 50 and 65 years of age, weighing 200 pounds. He is between 5-foot-10 and six feet tall. He has white or light colored, neatly-trimmed, short hair and has a mustache. Police believe he is driving a newer model silver or gray  Dodge Charger with a rear spoiler and no front license plate. Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or whereabouts is asked to call the North Greenbush police at 518-283-5323.  timesunion.com



Marengo, IL: Two face aggravated robbery charges after three-hour manhunt
After a three-hour manhunt Sunday, two people were arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the Marengo Community Pharmacy. Before they could be taken to jail, both were taken to the hospital because police worried they might overdose on the drugs taken during the robbery. nwherald.com



White House, TN: Police Seek Alleged Walmart Loss Prevention Officer Impersonator
On Friday, Police responded to "a possible assault that occurred at Walmart." It was reported that a male subject was attempting to impersonate a loss prevention officer. Was it an attempted abduction? Was it a prank? Chief Brady said that until they have an opportunity to question him they can only speculate. smokeybarn.com

Little Rock, AR: Dollar General robbed, employee's throat cut with box cutter
The suspect attempted to leave the Dollar General with items that had not been paid for. A female employee tried to stop the suspect. The suspect cut the woman's neck with a box cutter. The woman's injury is superficial. The suspect is in custody. thv11.com



Houston, TX: Eyewitness captures fight inside Burger King
A bizarre incident inside a Montrose Burger King between customers and an employee was caught on video. According to an eyewitness, a man was yelling and using vulgar language towards employees inside the restaurant. During a prior visit to the same Burger King, the man was pepper-sprayed by an employee. abc13.com


Melbourne, Australia: Crime Wave: Jewelers count psychological cost of 'traumatic' armed robberies
Jewelers in Melbourne are struggling to cope with the emotional impact from a wave of armed robberies which has swept the state. Robberies of jewelry stores have plagued Melbourne and over the past year police have charged more than 30 people. In addition to the financial cost of having to install extra security measures in stores, traumatized workers also face having to return to work where the incidents happened. heraldsun.com

Jared in the Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD reported a Grab & Run on 6/9, items valued at $21,800


Bomb Threats

Brunswick, ME: Bomb threat at L.L. Bean manufacturing facility under investigation

Houma, LA: Wal-Mart reopens after bomb threat


Counterfeit

Levi Strauss sues counterfeiter after customs operation
The case was filed at the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday, June 7. Levi accused the defendants, described as Xin Mei Corp, its CEO, and other unknown entities, of "importing, distributing, and using in interstate commerce merchandise bearing counterfeits and infringements" of its registered trademarks. US customs seized more than 900 counterfeit Levi wallets in September 2016, and provided Levi with a notice of seizure, identifying Xin Mei as the importer, according to the claim. worldipreview.com

Columbia, SC: Man admits to selling $4 Million in counterfeit NFL items


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AM- PM - Modesto, CA - Armed Robbery
Antiques on the Main - Martinez, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Gilford, FL - Armed Robbery
Chevron - Maui, HI - Armed Robbery
Cold Stone Creamery - Myrtle Beach, SC - Burglary/ Employee theft
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Dollar General - Bentonville, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Rogers, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Dollar General - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Armed Robbery
D&S Mini Mart - New Bedford, MA - Armed Robbery
East Market - York, PA - Armed Robbery
Fast Stop - Kansas City, MO - Armed Robbery
Frick's Market - Union, MO - Armed Robbery
Ian's Market - Alcoa, TN - Burglary
Marengo Community Pharmacy - Marengo, IL - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Myrtle Beach, SC - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Richland Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Minit Mart - Hattiesburg, MS - Armed Robbery
MLK Lottery Store - Garden City, GA - Armed Robbery
O'Reilly's Auto - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
O'Reilly's Auto - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Quality Mart - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Quicksilver - Manatee County, FL - Armed Robbery
Rose Food Mart - East Naples, FL - Armed Robbery
Shell - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Stater Brothers - Victorville, CA - Robbery
Trek Bicycles - Ventura, CA - Burglary
Valero - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Wawa - Newark, DE - Robbery
Western C- Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
Wireless Solutions - Midwest City, OK - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Niagara Falls, NY - Armed Robbery

 

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