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Event will support more than 50 LPQ & LPC scholarships and raises money for industry charities

There are many things to love about golf; the quiet time, exercise, and fellowship. Golf is something that allows anyone to participate regardless of our experience - and still have a blast. The game reveals character and forces us to see our own humility when we need a mulligan. The game also gives a great opportunity to bring folks together for more important reasons - like a good cause.

Last week in Dallas, Texas, the Loss Prevention Foundation hosted its first ever Swing for Certification golf tournament at the Bear Creek golf course on the eve of NRF PROTECT 2018. More than 120 volunteers and golfers of every skill level, from across the loss prevention community, gathered to have some fun and raise some money for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Bob MacLea Scholarships for LPQ & LPC Certifications as well as the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund and the USS Foundation.

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Inside the Former Walmart That Is Now a Shelter
for Almost 1,500 Migrant Children

In the loading docks, children sat in a darkened auditorium watching the animated movie "Moana."

Where there were once racks of clothes and aisles of appliances, there were now spotless dorm-style bedrooms with neatly made beds and Pokemon posters on the walls. The back parking lots were now makeshift soccer fields and volleyball courts. The McDonald's was now the cafeteria. All this made it difficult to visualize what the sprawling facility used to be - a former Walmart Supercenter.

The converted retail store at the southern tip of Texas has become the largest licensed migrant children's shelter in the country - a warehouse for nearly 1,500 boys aged 10 to 17 who were caught illegally crossing the border.

The teeming, 250,000-square-foot facility is a model of border life in Trump-era America, part of a growing industry of detention centers and shelters as federal authorities scramble to comply with the president's order to end "catch and release" of migrants illegally entering the country. Now that children are often being separated from their parents, this facility has had to obtain a waiver from the state to expand its capacity. nytimes.com

Theft Lockers
Some Walmart locations make customers lock bags, purses before shopping

Some Walmart stores in Kansas have a new policy requiring customers to lock up your larger bags in lockers before you're allowed to shop.

Walmart's corporate office confirms it's a new policy at the Pawnee and Broadway Walmart, and it left customer Cherie Powell-Shields shocked when an employee approached her.

"I walked in, and an employee came up to me and said ma'am for you to shop here, you have to put your purse in a locker, and I told her no, I wasn't going to shop here then," said Powell-Shields. She left, and she says she won't be back.

"It's a trust issue, and two I didn't stop to see if anybody else was being asked to put their bags in lockers, and is it profiling? I don't know," said Powell-Shields.

Her bag was a large purse, and she says she's concerned if she left it in the locker someone would see her locker code and steal it.

"Your purse is away from you," said Powell-Shields. "Who knows like I said, you don't even know if an employee will get there into that locker and steal stuff out of your purse."

Walmart's coporate office confirmed the Pawnee location put the lockers in Monday as a way to prevent theft. Corporate said store managers decide whether they want lockers at their locations.

All the other Walmart locations in Wichita said they didn't have lockers, but a manager at the North Rock Road location said they're on order and that store will start a policy soon. kwch.com

Amazon Go Part 2: Retail Strikes Back

Walmart preps to take on Amazon Go
Walmart has a new Sam's Club concept store in the works, and it could give Amazon's cashierless convenience stores a run for their money.

Keeping a focus on an "easier shopping experience," the discount giant is developing a technology-driven store focused on fresh foods and digital technology. Running under the Sam's Club banner, the Dallas-based store will be a 32,000-sq.-ft. location - smaller than a traditional Sam's Club warehouses - and it will be exclusive to Sam's Club members.

For example, the location will feature a digital experience, including the company's Scan & Go mobile self-checkout system, and digital signage will be found throughout the club. It will also feature fast membership sign-up process, along with self-serve returns, and same-day pickup and delivery options. chainstoreage.com

Microsoft exploring checkout-less technologies
Microsoft is working on autonomous-checkout technologies that could help retailers compete with Amazon's cashierless stores.

Sources told Reuters that Microsoft is testing attaching cameras to shopping carts in order to track purchases as customers walk stores. Amazon Go's system requires hundreds of cameras installed in the ceiling and Microsoft's cart-camera set-up could prove to be more cost-effective.

Microsoft is also reportedly exploring options around smartphone checkout.

A computer vision specialist from Amazon Go has been hired for the project. The technology has been shown to retailers and discussions have taken place with Walmart about a potential collaboration, according to the Reuters.

The Seattle Times wrote, "Amazon could sell that technology to other retailers. But a competing technology from Microsoft could be an attractive option because retailers might see Microsoft as less of a competitive threat than Amazon."

Microsoft ranks second behind Amazon in cloud services that help support e-commerce sites and the clerk-less checkout is being supported by Microsoft's cloud. In the past, the tech giant has also showcased how its Kinect motion sensor can track the location of shoppers in stores as well as what they're looking at and picking up.

Retail and supply chain consultant Brittain Ladd told USA Today, "Microsoft especially has an opportunity to leverage their technology prowess to not copy Amazon Go but instead go after the big prize - duplicate the Amazon Go experience in much larger retail formats such as supermarkets."

Kroger, Meijer and Sam's Club are among the chains using scan & go technologies to avoid cashier-checkouts while JD.Com in China is using facial-recognition technology as a checkout-free solution. Walmart recently discontinued its second test of the technology as consumers chose to stick with the traditional shopping and checkout process rather than making the switch. retailwire.com

Facial Recognition Backlash

Amazon shareholders call for halt of facial recognition sales to police
Nearly 20 groups of Amazon shareholders are pressuring the tech company to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement.

In a letter delivered to CEO Jeff Bezos late Friday, the shareholders, many of whom are advocates of socially responsible investing, say they're concerned about the privacy threat of government surveillance from the tool.

Amazon's technology, called Rekognition and introduced in 2016, detects objects and faces in images and videos. Customers, which include law enforcement in Orlando, Florida and Washington County, Oregon, can upload face databases to automatically identify individuals.

In one case, the Washington County sheriff's office identified persons of interest, including a shoplifter caught on a hardware store's cameras. The store camera's image was automatically compared with thousands of photos of individuals processed while entering jail. This speeds up a process that used to rely on manual labor and the memory of police officers to identify people. fox5sandiego.com

Police Use of Facial Recognition With License Databases Spur Privacy Concerns
1 in 2 American adults are now in facial recognition networks

This digital-age crime-solving technique is at the center of a debate between privacy advocates and law-enforcement officials: Should police be able to use facial recognition software to search troves of driver's license photos, many of which are images of people who have never been convicted of a crime?

An increasing number of police departments across the country are running images through driver's license databases in their investigations.

Thirty-one states now allow police to access driver's license photos in facial-recognition searches in addition to mug shots, according to the Center on Privacy and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. Roughly one in every two American adults - 117 million people - are in the facial-recognition networks used by law enforcement, according to a 2016 report by the center. wsj.com

UK: Police could face legal action over 'inaccurate and authoritarian' facial recognition cameras that have marked thousands of innocent people as potential criminals

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The 7th episode of the Loss Prevention Research Council's podcast, CrimeScience, is now available! This episode features co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes (LPRC) and Tom Meehan (CONTROLTEK), along with special guest Dr. Michael Scicchitano (University of Florida) as they discuss past offender interviews, the interviewing process, and much more! Hear hilarious tales & unexpected encounters while you learn about the research involved in conducting these interviews.

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Le Center, MN: Coffee Crime Suspected in Albert Lea, Shorted Bags May Be Grounds for Fraud Charges
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is investigating an Albert Lea coffee business suspected of defrauding its retail customers for years. Authorities believe that 4 Seasons Coffee Company has been selling what are supposed to be 5 pound bags of coffee, but only weigh 4 1/2 pounds. Search warrants were executed this month at the offices of 4 Seasons in Albert Lea and also at European Roasterie in Le Center, which packaged the bags for Four Seasons. southernminnesotatoday.com

Seattle, WA: Convicted ORC Felon Sworn in as Lawyer in Washington State
Seattle University Law School graduate Tarra Simmons was sworn in as a lawyer Saturday, seven months after the state Supreme Court ruled that she could take the bar exam despite her past. Simmons was convicted of assault in 2001 and of Organized Retail Theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and drug possession in 2011, following a battle with addiction. In all she has served more than three years in prison, went through two bankruptcies and the foreclosure of her home. "I hope that this sends a message to people that you are never defined by your worst mistakes," she said at her swearing-in. usnews.com

Retailers and Manufacturers Look to Cut Supply Chain Costs
Retailers and manufacturers are taking stock of their transportation costs and exploring alternatives as a capacity crunch in freight is driving up prices and causing shipping delays.

A variety of companies, including food producer Hormel Foods Corp. and retailer Dollar General Corp., have reconfigured their supply chains, including building out their own truck fleets, reducing the frequency of pickups and deliveries, and shopping around for better rates. wsj.com

Global drugstore juggernaut A.S. Watson to open 1,300 stores in 2018

The Finish Line, Inc. and JD Sports Fashion Plc Announce Completion of Merger

Rent-A-Center to sell itself, go private

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UK: Debit card payments overtake cash for first time after Britons use plastic for 13.2billion transactions in a year

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Home Depot employee attacked by Monkey
The pet monkey escaped from its owner's truck and went ape on a store employee in Okeechobee, Florida. Authorities said the domesticated spider monkey, was waiting in a car when its owner, Tina Ballard, went into the store to shop. Employee Marilyn Howard, 50, was on break when she heard co-workers yelling there was a monkey on the loose. The employee grabbed onto the leash and the monkey climbed on her back, but when the front sliding glass door of the store opened, the monkey got scared and bit Howard. kron4.com

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eBay seller found guilty on charges of selling counterfeit helmets

fter a four-day trial, Matthew S. Stepp of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, was found guilty Friday of eight counts of mail fraud and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods for selling counterfeit high-end bike helmets on eBay.

U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman of the Western District of Kentucky announced the conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September.

"What might appear on its face to be an esoteric white collar prosecution is, in fact, an all-out effort to keep kids and families safe," said Coleman "This office will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners to protect Americans from counterfeit personal safety equipment and companies from theft of their intellectual property." Read more

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FaceFirst Launches Sentinel-IQ, an Advanced Facial Recognition Platform to Combat Shoplifting and Retail Violence

LOS ANGELES - FaceFirst, the leading provider of face recognition solutions for retail, today announced the release of Sentinel-IQ, a next-generation face recognition surveillance platform designed with retail customers in mind. Sentinel-IQ utilizes a new proprietary algorithm that offers exponential increases in speed and accuracy to identify shoplifters and violent criminals. The new cloud-based platform features 20x more scalability than previous packages, eliminating the need for in-store servers and making deployment far faster and more cost effective.

Inventory shrink in the U.S. is a $48.9 billion problem, according to the National Retail Federation. FaceFirst technology, which alerts retailers the moment known dishonest customers enter the premises, has prevented hundreds of millions of dollars in inventory loss to date. Sentinel-IQ adds a variety of powerful performance improvements, including the ability to offer real-time alerting against databases that are 25 times larger than before, making it easier than ever for retailers to create a shared threat intelligence network across thousands of stores worldwide.

"About one in five shoplifters hit three or more retail stores within a single month," said FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp, citing FaceFirst analytics, "and it's not uncommon for shoplifters to strike two retail locations within minutes of each other. Sentinel-IQ is powerful enough to deliver real time results to brands that are truly global."

Sentinel-IQ is also more efficient than its predecessor, creating 50 percent less network traffic and reducing infrastructure cost by 80 percent. FaceFirst now offers a variety of deployment options tailored to stores of different sizes, including a 100 percent SaaS-based deployment, capable of enabling virtually any HD camera with a qualified CPU.

"The speed and accuracy that Sentinel-IQ brings is a game changer," said Trepp. "And while the system was designed with the world's largest retail chains in mind, the all-in-one camera support will offer a flexible SaaS solution for retailers with less square footage."

About FaceFirst
FaceFirst is the global market leader in highly effective face recognition systems for retail stores, including superstores, grocery, pharmacies and other retail environments. The patented platform is designed to be scalable, fast and accurate while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy. FaceFirst provides surveillance, access control, mobile face recognition, biometric data and an underlying software platform that leverages artificial intelligence to fight theft, organized retail crime and in-store violence. FaceFirst is proudly designed, engineered and supported in the USA.


Compromised Point-of-Sale Data Remains a Staple Among Fraudsters
Fraud is a persistent problem for brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retailers alike. Retailers' intelligence teams often focus their attention on loss prevention to combat direct forms of fraud, such as the use of fake receipts, but this is not the only way fraud can threaten retailers. Indeed, intelligence teams must also be cognizant of cybercriminals targeting their point-of-sale (PoS) systems to obtain credit card data, typically with the intention of selling it on illicit card shops on the Deep & Dark Web (DDW).

Underground card shops endure because they are the epitome of a centralized criminal economy targeting retailers. As with other DDW marketplaces, many prominent card shops bear striking structural similarities to legitimate organizations, complete with established infrastructure, a team accountable for the product, and a vested interest in fostering a strong reputation with clients.

Despite significant gains made by law enforcement and private-sector research communities, card shops figure to remain a primary means of obtaining stolen payment card data in the form of dumps or cards, often obtained from compromised retailers. r-cisc.org

Four Faces of Fraud: Identity, 'Fake' Identity, Ransomware & Digital
Business executives and their teams of systems/security operations pros running any critical network of devices and people - from banks and government to tech companies, insurers, and retailers - are realizing just how pervasive fraud is. The biggest development is that fraudulent activity is coming from a multitude of sources, both human and machine. While ransomware and phishing attacks show up in the headlines, fraud is often an inside job, conducted by unhappy employees looking to make some quick money and get revenge on their company.

But the main goal of most thieves is financial gain; they can achieve it by obtaining personally identifiable information, manipulating identities, and making transactions. Or they can work from inside of a company, obtaining common business practices and policies so that they know how to avoid them; this could mean working closely with a compromised employee who also stands to gain. Here are four major types of fraud:

1) Identity theft: Criminals steal an existing identity to commit fraud and rob an institution; they often get one chance at this crime before their activities show up on a person's credit card statement, and thus damages are limited. Much identity theft today is carried out via email and text-message phishing schemes, either targeting large groups (such as all employees at a company) or a single person, based on his or her worth.

2) Synthetic fraud:
Some criminals have used various forms of synthetic fraud, meaning the creation of a fake identity. This can, for example, be used to steal new cars from dealers or receive tax refunds and other undeserved payments. Instead of using a real name, criminals choose a new "synthetic" identity and then pick up the car they ordered and drive away.

3) Ransomware: Ransomware has exploded in the past few years. Hospitals have been entangled with ransomware that encrypts their information and demands a Bitcoin ransom since 2016.

4) Digital fraud: Cyberattacks have a different feel - but despite the high-tech gloss, the result is the same. The motivations for such attacks can be blackmail, embarrassment, or both. Think about the 2015 Sony Entertainment hack, competitive spying (such as how Uber spied on Lyft), and even political objectives. darkreading.com

Email, Social Media Still Security Nightmares
Phishing & banking trojans continue to be major threats for companies

Users are going to click on sketchy links, download iffy files, and go to dangerous web sites. And there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Those are just some of the conclusions in a threat report released on June 14.

The "Q1 2018 Quarterly Threat Report" published by ProofPoint shows that the old favorites are returning, as banking trojans replaced ransomware as the most common type of email-borne malware seen on user desktops. The shift appears, according to the report, to be due to a combination of a disruption to the Necurs botnet and the rise of other, more profitable, malware payloads.

In addition, social media support fraud, dubbed "angler phishing" saw a massive increase in the first quarter of 2018, appearing 200% more frequently than in the previous quarter. Looking for good news? Find it in exploit kits, which are rapidly and consistently declining in popularity as malware authors find other attacks to be easier and more profitable. darkreading.com

Cloud Security Market Poised to Expand at a Robust Pace Over 2025

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Zara betting on AI, big data to outflank competitors



International LP

The challenges of doing business in Mexico

Jim Carr, Sr Dir-Global AP, Rent-A-Center

Over the last six years, Jim Carr, Senior Director, Global Asset Protection, Rent-A-Center Inc., has managed the roll-out of 190 locations in Mexico for Rent-A-Center, leading their international and U.S. LP efforts. With this background, he has had the entire retail life cycle of experience in Mexico, from market entry to managing successful locations to closing stores down. Jim shares some of his invaluable international experience and the challenges of doing business in Mexico.

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The Big E-Commerce Shoplift
How fraudulent users are taking advantage of return policies

Last week, a couple in Indiana, US, was sentenced to nearly six years in jail for stealing more than $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon. Back in India, Flipkart, India's largest ecommerce firm, was cheated of Rs 1.56 crore by a group of proxy customers between January 1, 2016, and November 3, 2017. The similarity in both the cases is the modus operandi, wherein the accused took advantage of easy return policies of ecommerce firms.

These accused would falsely claim that the electronics and other merchandise they ordered were damaged or not working and get it replaced - a menace ecommerce firms call fake orders. Recently, Flipkart even filed a complaint with the cyber crime police against these fraud customers, and the matter is currently under investigation. Questions mailed to both Flipkart and Amazon were not answered till the time of publishing this story.

So how did these fake shoppers go about? Once the orders were delivered, they put stones and soil in the package and complained they were cheated by the company and demanded a refund or else threatened to approach a court and defame the ecommerce firm on social media.

In an attempt to lure more customers to buy online, e-tailers have consistently adopted easy return policies. But these policies have come to be a double-edged sword, with some buyers taking undue advantage of them.

The more the returns, the more the scope of these kinds of frauds. While there are fraudsters who pose as buyers and dupe sellers, fake orders are also initiated by courier companies and rival marketplaces to bleed their competitors. yourstory.com

Real or Fake? The School for Catching Counterfeit Goods
Distinguishing quality bags from copies requires an eagle eye and years of experience - or a government-backed certificate.

Authorities believe that protégés like Peng will prove to be useful tools in the battle against fakes. Hailing from the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, Peng works full-time in the finance industry, but for the past few years, she's been selling secondhand bags in her spare time on Taobao, China's biggest e-commerce platform, and on social networking app WeChat. But when her Taobao shop started to take off two years ago, she buckled down and began expanding her business by sourcing her bags from strangers.

"When I deal with small-time vendors, half the time I receive defective bags," Peng tells Sixth Tone. Her concern about being duped led her to attend the five-day course organized by the government-backed Luxury Appraisal Center, which is affiliated with China's online shopping regulator, the China Electronic Commerce Association.

The pilot class only accepted a small number of students, but there's a huge demand for certified luxury appraisers, says Wang Jianjun, vice chief of a government body which identifies talent gaps in the market and accredits protégés at the end of the course. He estimates that there's a need for over 10,000 certified luxury appraisers - mainly in more developed cities, where the average citizen can afford to buy more luxury goods.

In addition to the course, the government is working to form an appraisal association that would set uniform standards for appraisers, says the Luxury Appraisal Center's secretary-general, Peng Lei - no relation to Peng Jingjing. He hopes that the class can help the government with its appraisal encyclopedia - due to be released in December - which will include details to look for when appraising luxury goods. Like Wang, Peng Lei expects enrollment in the course to grow, and explains that the overall spike in China's luxury market will boost secondhand trading and e-commerce platforms in general, where consumers may then turn to appraisers to ensure that they don't squander money on counterfeit items. sixthtone.com


Yuma, AZ: Walmart Shopper Abuses Return Policy To The Tune Of $1.3 Million, Now Faces Six Felony Charges
A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with six counts of felony theft after processing over 1,000 fraudulent returns at Walmart stores across the country. Thomas Frudaker was apprehended by authorities on Wednesday and taken into custody. Frudaker reportedly defrauded the big box retailer of over $1 million in monetary losses. According to FOX 13 News, employees at a Walmart in Yuma, Arizona, became suspicious when Frudaker attempted to return a computer that appeared to have parts missing. The Yuma Police Department launched an investigation and discovered that he had made similar fake returns over the country in the last 18 months. inquisitr.com

Golden, CO: Bike shop targeted by smash-and-grab thieves; nearly $50K in high-end bikes stolen
A bike shop in Golden was the target of at least two smash-and-grab thieves who took nearly $50,000 in high-end bikes early Saturday morning. The Golden Bike Shop, posted on its Facebook page Saturday surveillance video showing two men break into the shop around 3 a.m. The video shows the men used large rocks or concrete blocks to break the shop's front glass doors. Once they made entry, they are seen walking out of the store with several bikes in hand. thedenverchannel.com

Blount County, TN: Trio arrested in $3,000 Belk shoplifting, public intoxication incidents
A Madisonville man whose two female companions were arrested Tuesday in the alleged theft of nearly $3,000 in merchandise from a Maryville store ended up in jail himself after reportedly trying to break into the vehicle they arrived in. thedailytimes.com

Peoria, IL: $500 in cologne stolen from Northwoods Mall store
J.C. Penney reported $500 worth of cologne stolen in Northwoods Mall on Friday morning, Peoria police said. At about 11 a.m., employees noticed someone shoplifting. A loss prevention manager reviewed security footage, which showed a man place approximately seven bottles of cologne in an oversized black shoulder bag and leave the store. pjstar.com

Greece, NY: Thief steals $220 worth of condoms from Walgreens

Bayonne, NJ: Man sends Walgreens employee to hospital while stealing $500 worth of oral hygiene products

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Shootings & Deaths

Tumwater, WA: Walmart shooting - Carjacking suspect dead after armed citizens take action
Two people were shot and the suspect killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington state, police said Sunday. Police responded to a shooting just after 5 p.m. PDT. Officers originally responded to a report of a car driving in the wrong direction, but as the officers were in route they were dispatched to reports of a carjacking nearby with shots fired. Officers arrived and found a 16-year-old female victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries. Around 5:30 p.m. County Dispatch began receiving calls of shots fired "in or around the Tumwater Walmart and parking lot."

The suspect from the earlier carjacking entered the Walmart store and fired shots at a display case, police said. No customers or employees inside the store were injured. Police say the suspect then exited the store and attempted to carjack another car in the parking lot, shooting an adult male occupant of the car in the process. The adult male victim was treated for gunshot wounds. His condition is not known at this time. Police say the suspect then attempted another carjacking in the Walmart parking lot, and was approached by two armed civilians. One of the armed civilians shot the suspect, and the suspect died at the scene. mypalmbeachpost.com

Chicago, IL: Man dies after beating from liquor store Security Guard on South Side
Herbert Lemon, 33, died Thursday from injuries he got at the "Wine and Spirits" liquor store. About 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, a security guard recognized Lemon as a someone who shoplifted from the store a day before. Security noticed that Lemon's acquaintance was carrying a gun, so he called police and tried to detain them.

A fight broke out between Lemon and the guard. It ended with Lemon handcuffed and suffering from a deep laceration to his eyelid. When officers showed up, the security guard couldn't provide evidence that Lemon had stolen from the store, so he was let go. Lemon left and declined medical attention for his injury. Lemon's acquaintance, who had the weapon, presented a concealed-carry license and was let go too, police said. In the course of questioning, security told police that they had attacked the Lemon first.

About a day later, Lemon was admitted to the University of Chicago Medical Center for injuries he received to his head. Doctors said Lemon suffered from a brain hemorrhage. He was pronounced dead at 1:38 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Sunday found Lemon died from closed head injuries from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide. suntimes.com

Albuquerque, NM: Armed Robbery at Verizon, chase ends with Police shooting suspect at Smith's Grocery
It was a very public scene that unfolded in the parking lot of a busy grocery store in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. That's when an officer-involved shooting left one armed robbery suspect dead and another in federal custody. APD says it started as an armed robbery at a Verizon store in northeast Albuquerque which devolved into a pursuit, including a car crash, and ended at the Smith's in southeast Albuquerque at Coal and Yale. kob.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Frisco, TX: 2 Arrested For Fight At Frisco Mall That Injured Teen
Two teenagers have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault after a fight broke out at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco Friday evening. A 17-year-old boy was badly injured in the incident. Police arrested 18-year-old Sincere Wheat and 18-year-old Jonathan Ekeocha-Ivy. Both are from The Colony. They were transported to Frisco Jail and then to the Collin County detention facility where they are currently being held on aggravated assault charges. cbslocal.com

Kerikeri, New Zealand: Brazen Kerikeri shoplifters undone by CCTV, Social Media
One woman has been arrested and police are looking for another after a brazen - but not particularly well executed - heist at Hunting and Fishing in Kerikeri. Two women entered the store on Saturday, grabbed armfuls of clothing and fled. Staff tried to follow as the women jumped into their vehicle but they got away. The value of clothing taken was believed to be around $3000. Unfortunately for the two women involved, the store has high-quality CCTV cameras which clearly captured their faces and vehicle. To make matters worse for the light-fingered duo, a Facebook post by shop staff went viral on Sunday, so the photos were shared nationwide 1168 times in less than 24 hours. nzherald.co

France: Members of a criminal group controlled by thieves in law are jailed for the period from 18 months to 10 years in France
The gang consisted of thirty men and four women aged from 25 to 61 years. Most of them are natives of Georgia, but there are also Azerbaijanis, Armenians, and Russians. All of them are charged with theft, organized concealment of stolen goods, participation in criminal association and money laundering with aggravating circumstances. As deputy prosecutor Jean Richert stated, their daily income varied from $500 to $800. And the annual one reached $41 million. crimerussia.com

UK: Birmingham: Two arrested for Operating Shoplifting eBay Ring in Birmingham city centre
Partners Nicola Wilcox and David Carroll took a huge bounty of stock from a six-strong group of thieves who preyed on retailers in the city centre. They sold the items through their eBay account - under the username Seller 21-21 - and are estimated to have made more than $52,000 in the space of two years. Wilcox and Carroll, were both jailed for three and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court this week. Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods and drugs supply. The court heard how the couple had tasked their thieves' forum with targeting best-selling items on their auction account, including high-end lingerie and perfumes. birminghammail.co.uk

Kay Jewelers in the Katy Mills, Katy, TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/14, item valued at $9,399

Kay Jewelers in the Market Square, Houston, TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/14, item valued at $13,899

Kay Jewelers in the Temple Mall, Temple TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/15. Item valued at $22,298

Zales Outlet in the Chapel Hills, Ft Worth, TX reported a Burglary on 6/14, items valued at $20,900

Robbins Brothers in San Diego, CA reported an Armed Robbery on 6/16 (stole customer's box, pistol-whipped victim)

Winchester, VA: Lowe's Armed Robber indicted; pulled gun on Loss Prevention

Jerusalem, Israel: Police Bust 26 Members of Major Arab Shoplifting Gang at Malcha Mall

Skimming Theft

Cleveland, OH: Florida man arrested in multi-state skimming operation
$120K in theft at one store alone
A former Orlando-area mobile phone store owner is accused of running multi-state credit card scam that the FBI began investigating after an employee of a Mentor gas station found a skimming device at one of their pumps. Mentor police took the device and found it stored about 1,000 people's credit card information and names. All of the fake charges were made at Sam's Clubs stores.

FBI agents found that the person who used that particular Sam's Club Membership card, later identified as Leon, had made more than $120,000 in purchases at the Mentor store alone.

Agents then went to the Aloft hotel where the men stayed and found the room filled with recently bought items from Walmarts, Sam's Clubs and TJ Maxx. In a previous case, Leon admitted to stealing some $327,000 in the credit-card skimming scheme in 2011. He then bought different items at Target, Best Buy and other stores and re-sold the merchandise at the cellphone store that owned at the time of his arrest in 2011. cleveland.com


Bike Shop - Golden, CO - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Dayton, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Methuen, MA - Robbery
C-Store - Jersey City, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lake Charles, LA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Port St Lucie, FL - Armed Robbery
Dog Shop - Charlestown, MA - Robbery
Dollar General - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Chesterfield County, VA - Armed Robbery
Equipment Supply Rental - Provo Canyon, UT - Burglary
Gas Station - San Bernardino, CA - Armed Robbery/ Cashier shot & killed
Grocery - Guilford County, NC - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Metairie, LA - Armed Robbery
Smashburger - Saratoga Springs, NY - Burglary
Stripes - Pharr, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Lubbock, TX - Robbery


Daily Totals:
17 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killing





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Eric Mizner
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