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IFSEC International (London)
June 18-20

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Aug. 12-15

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Aug. 22

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Daniel Coccoli named Inventory Accounting Director
for Dollar Tree Stores

Previously, Daniel was a Senior Manager of Finance for T. Parker Host, for two months and a Senior Manager of Aduit for KPMG for over nine years. He earned his Bachelors Degrees in History and Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Congratulations Daniel!

Billy F. promoted to Director of Internal Audit for
Genuine Parts Company

Previously, Billy was the Manager of Internal Audit for over a year, and the Senior Internal Auditor for over two years for the retailer. He was also an Internal Auditor for Cumulus Media, Staff Accountant - Investigative Accounting Group for Meaden & Moore, and Business Analyst - Accounting Products for CCH Small Firm Services. Congratulations Billy!

Eric Sira promoted to Senior Manager Asset Protection,
Supply Chain for Rite Aid

Previously, Eric was an AP Manager for the retailer. He's held various other loss prevention and asset protection roles including Area AP and Ops Manager for Walmart, Multi-Site LP Manager and Assistant LP Supervisor for Macy's, Executive Team Lead in Assets Protection for Target, LP Specialist for Lowe's and Assistant Director of Operations, Security & Assets for Northeast Mobile Shredding LLC. Eric earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Corrections from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations Eric!
Eirene Busa named Senior Analyst, Global Intelligence & Threat Analysis Team for The Walt Disney Company
Previously, Eirene held other security and cybersecurity roles including Senior Operations Manager for RTI International, Security Management Unit Associate for Chemonics International, Cybersecurity Research Assistant/Acting Communications Director for National Defense University. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from The College of William and Mary and her MA in Eurasion, Russian & East European Studies from Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service. Congratulations Eirene!

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exacqVision v19.06 offers automatic video transfer saving time for administrators, and introduces C-CURE 9000 integration
Johnson Controls introduces exacqVision VMS v19.06, with updates that include automatic transfer of video after a server failover, a new access control integration, support for ONVIF network loss recording, improved motion zone configuration and enhanced network security for mobile app users.

The latest version of exacqVision offers Enterprise Manager customers a more robust failover solution. In a failover scenario, transferring recordings from a spare NVR to the primary is critical, ensuring video can be searched and managed from a single storage location. Read more tycosecurityproducts.com

NRF Protect 2019:
Tackling the complex challenge of workplace security

Loss prevention professionals across the country have the responsibility of keeping employees and customers safe, but with an escalation in organized retail crime incidents, increase in drug use and rising incidences of workplace violence, they're facing a complex and ever-changing challenge. At NRF PROTECT in Anaheim, Calif., last week, retailers and security experts shared learnings for how to keep employees and shoppers safe in the face of threats.

Employee training
Employees are on the front lines, said Kathleen Smith, vice president of asset protection with Albertsons, and as such must have clear guidelines for what to do in case of emergency. Albertsons stores have crisis manuals and flip charts clearly explaining what to do and who to call. Managers have an app they can access on their phones if they can't get to the physical materials in the store, and the company conducts ongoing training and testing.

That "ongoing" component is critical. Scott McBride, vice president of global loss prevention, safety and security for American Eagle Outfitters, said his team looks at incidents that have occurred as "living documents" they can learn from. AEO "empowers store teams to make the right decision," McBride said. The steps in a crisis plan are always the same; the time it takes to move through them might differ, but teams know they're following the plan. Read more nrf.com

Counterfeit Jeans and the Rise of the $24 Billion Returns Fraud Economy
The number of counterfeit jeans crossing the counters of department stores in the U.S. in the mid-2000's was unprecedented.

It was against this background that the market became inundated without counterfeits. Those fake jeans inevitably made their way into department stores, and readily changed hands between cashier and buyer. Instead of buying counterfeit jeans, consumers were the ones responsible for them. As part of a rising scheme known as returns fraud, consumers were buying authentic jeans and returning fakes.

Fast forward to 2018, and the problem of returns fraud has not only remained a reality for brands and retailers, it has been exacerbated. "The ease with which stolen goods can be sold online, the rise in gift card fraud schemes, the shortage of staff in [the brick-and-mortar] stores, and the demand for certain brand name items or specific products" has led to a new level of fraud, according to Appriss Retail, artificial intelligence-fueled retail performance improvement solutions provider.

Last year in the U.S., retailers and brands saw more than $369 billion worth of products returned. Between $18 and $24 billion of those returns can be directly linked to fraudulent, per Appriss Retail.

The ever-increasing amount of fraud-based returns is also aided by the use of "fake receipts, and price tags, as well as cloned credit cards and gift cards," and due to the fact that the sophistication of counterfeit goods has become unparalleled. "We are now at the point where the fakes are almost identical to the real thing ... where they are almost 99 percent identical."

In other words, even if brands are prepared to deal with the rampancy of returns fraud, the quality of many counterfeits is often stacked against them and their in-store associates. thefashionlaw.com

What's the Impact of Blocking Serial Returners?
Data Science Could Help Identify 'Problem Returners'
Citing data from HRC Advisory, the online return rate is slowly creeping up to profess a "significant and detrimental impact on retailer profit," Karabus said.

Karabus said "online retailers need to establish firm policies for returns" to mitigate the negative impact on profitability caused by excessive returns, but in this policy incentives such as free returns for a specified time or only on goods of salable quality is advisable. Karabus also advocates for a firm cutoff of so-called "serial returners."

Isolating individual customer data helps to identify these customers. "When particular customers are returning more than a certain percent of their original purchases, they need to be communicated with to determine what the problem is and, at some stage, they need to be cut off," he added.

"Changing return policies has the potential to harm all consumers, both great consumers and problem returners," said Tom Rittman, vice president of marketing at Appriss Retail to WWD. Rittman reiterated that Appriss Retail has relied on data science for more than 15 years, offering the insights to both brick-and-mortar and omnichannel retailers. "Using data science, instead, to review each shopper's purchase and return history and make decision from the data is the way to resolve profit issues," Rittman said. wwd.com

Did shortage of security & police lead to shooting at Toronto Raptors parade?
'I Am Amazed That There Weren't More Injuries'
There were significant security flaws in how the event was executed. I am amazed that there weren't more injuries. Had the Raptors played like this event was run they would have been eliminated in the first round. The square was already jammed to capacity, and there were too many people forced against fences.

The first sign that things may not go according to plan was when the media accreditation table had to be moved because of the crowds were so large and overwhelming. I have attended many significant events. The first thing I noticed was the total lack of police from other police forces. We do not have enough police in the entire city for a parade with one million never mind two million people.

There were not enough security or police in the square and there were too many people. There was no way to control the crowd. There was no way to police the crowd or help people in distress. There was also a lack of security and planning around the buses and the parade route which caused them to run massively behind schedule - causing more distress to the tens of thousands of people in the square. torontosun.com

Overcrowding becomes issue as millions of fans turn up for Raptors championship parade

Fallout from Target Register Outage

A $50 Million Glitch? Target Takes a Hit From Register Outage
Up to One-Third of Weekly Sales Fall on Saturday
The impact of Target Corp.'s weekend register glitch won't show up until the retailer discloses quarterly revenue in August, but it could have cost the company about $50 million in lost sales, according to one analyst.

Target's registers went down for about two hours on Saturday across the chain, stemming from what the company called an "internal technology issue" that left some shoppers frustrated and venting on social media.

Like other retailers, Target generates anywhere from one-fifth to one-third of its weekly sales on Saturday, so two hours on that busy day is worth about $50 million, according to Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer at Kantar Consulting. Kantar's estimate assumes that most stores are open 12 hours a day, and that some shoppers returned later on to complete their purchases.

Target declined to comment on the estimate's accuracy. bloomberg.com

Beyond Registers: What's Next For Retail Store Payments?
Target Outage Shows Need for Other Payment Technologies

Is the store register on its way out in favor of other retail and payments innovation? That's probably a bridge too far when thinking about the recent register outage suffered by Target, but it's a question that's likely on the minds of some this week.

In a recent interview with PYMNTS, Martina Jeronski, vice president at AEVI International, based in Germany, said the movement beyond hardware means embracing software and services. It's a trend that will last several years for providers and the merchants they serve, with a focus on an "open ecosystem" that connects disparate parts of the commerce experience.

Such technology reflects a trend in the wider world of retail and payments in which various types of wireless communication are used to broaden and deepen the customer experience, and to give merchants - inside stores as well as via online and mobile channels - more capability to serve customers on their own terms.

Target is apparently back up and running as normal, but its recent register outage could provide at least a small opening for other payment technologies over time. pymnts.com

Target says an internal bug caused nationwide register outage

Target employees share their wildest stories from the retailer's weekend register crash

Amazon slams Ocasio-Cortez for claim that it pays workers 'starvation wages'
Amazon responded Monday to a comment by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that it pays warehouse workers "starvation wages," saying in a tweet that it pays workers at least $15 per hour plus full benefits.

In response to a question on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Ocasio-Cortez said whether Bezos is a billionaire is less of a concern to her than how the company's policies impact Amazon warehouse workers.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was concerned that Bezos' "being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access health care, and also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers are taking food stamps."

Amazon tweeted a response to Ocasio-Cortez's comments, saying: "Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage." cnbc.com

Walmart is Quietly Closing 17 Stores in the U.S. & Canada
Data suggests Walmart's Biggest Reason for the Closures Is Itself

Recent data suggests the retail giant's main reason for downsizing isn't another competitor - but Walmart itself. The firm found that, rather than being the latest victim of retail's ugly store closure trend, Walmart was largely cannibalizing its own traffic.

For example, Placer data found that a supercenter in Dallas - among the first closures announced - had solid foot traffic in the first quarter, but was competing directly with two other Walmart stores.

"Walmart's strength has led to a rapid expansion of stores throughout the country, that in some cases, ended up putting stores into direct competition," Pacer's analysts wrote. yahoo.com

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Walmart to lay off hundreds of corporate employees in Charlotte
Walmart will lay off nearly 570 corporate employees at its facility near Charlotte's airport as the retailer transitions its finance and accounting services to a third-party vendor. The layoffs will begin in September and will continue in waves through early 2020.

Walmart said it will maintain a "solid presence" at its Charlotte corporate offices near the airport, although the company would not say how many. The company has 216 stores in North Carolina under the Walmart and Sam's Club banner, and it employs more than 56,000 statewide. charlotteobserver.com

Tariff turmoil 'cuts legs off' manufacturers & hit companies that rely on online sales

University of Missouri-St. Louis Launches Cybersecurity Degrees

Birkenstock cuts ties with large retail partner in Asia due to copycat designs

Municipalities in Pennsylvania Receive $1.25 Million for Crime Prevention

New York's MTA Plans Retail Revamp of Highly Trafficked Subway Stations

Shaquille O'Neal Opens First Remodeled Papa John's location in Georgia

UK: Coles to use technology to cut its costs by $1B; Reveals 'Smart Selling' transformation


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Workplace Security & Facilities posted for Harley Davidson Motor Company
Based in Milwaukee, WI

The Director of Workplace Environment will be responsible for oversight of facilities and security-related activities across Harley-Davidson. The Director of Workplace Environment provides general direction and guidance relating to the protection, safeguarding, and security of company assets and employees. They also provide leadership and guidance for the development and execution of the facilities plan, the Company Owned (COV) inventory, Vehicle Maintenance, and Corporate Receiving departments. harley-davidson.com

Director - Environmental Health & Safety (Facilities) posted for
Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ

The EHS Director will be integral in leading the safety programs, driving a safety-focused culture, and maintaining EHS policies and procedures. This role requires expertise in pertinent regulations, including OSHA, EPA, Workers Compensation, and NY and NJ state and local compliance regulations. irecruit-us.com

Associate Director, Security & Loss Prevention posted for GOAT
Based in Los Angeles, CA

The Associate Director, Security & Loss Prevention will own all aspects of our security systems, access management systems, physical security needs, and loss prevention initiatives; from hands on implementation through analysis and strategy for our warehouses, retail stores, and offices globally. As the head of this function, this position plays a critical role in ensuring the smooth and accurate delivery of security for our employees, customers and high value goods. lever.co

Corporate Security Manager posted for VF Corporation - Based in Denver, CO

Senior Manager, Loss Prevention & Security posted for XPO Logistics - Based in Atlanta, GA

Manager, Corporate AP posted for Home Depot - Based in Atlanta, GA

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website

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Balancing BOPIS & Loss Prevention

Buy Online Pickup in Store (BOPIS) is becoming a must-have service for retailers of all sizes. Consumers now expect the convenience of online ordering, especially through mobile devices, and quick pick-up no matter how big the retailer is. Unfortunately, the percentage of fraudulent BOPIS purchases is above average with retailers reporting a loss of 3-5% (with some as high as 10% or more).

Enabling the convenience of BOPIS without forsaking massive loss is the delicate balance that Loss Prevention professionals now face which is why we've created this easy guide to balancing BOPIS and LP.

This whitepaper covers:

  • Benefits & Challenges to BOPIS that every retailer should know

  • The key indicators present during cases of BOPIS-related fraud

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How Did You Get There?

Getting back from a conference is always an exhausting Monday, especially after such a great event such as NRF Protect. One of my favorite parts of these events, outside of the educational sessions, is hearing stories from investigators on some of their recent cases. Most often, the stories begin with "so I was talking to this guy last week... and he was a (insert expletive here)". Listening to the interview strategy used, and the resulting outcome is generally a positive experience for me as I take pride in the success of those that value their trade and skillsets. However, I'm equally concerned when I listen to these cases as often there is some crucial information missing in the recap. Truth be told, these stories are omitting some information because either the interviewer doesn't remember or they don't understand the importance of some of these details. For those of you out there that hear these stories, or receive a recap of a case, I challenge you to ask some further questions to uncover the complete story.

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How Fraudulent Domains 'Hide in Plain Sight'
Cybercriminals use new types of top-level domains, topical keywords, and targeted emails to trick victims into clicking malicious links.

Domain fraud is an old cybersecurity risk manifesting in new ways as cybercriminals take advantage of new top-level domains, privacy regulations, and social engineering tactics.

More than three-quarters of businesses found "lookalike" domains posing as their brand, researchers at Proofpoint Digital Risk Protection discovered as part of the 2019 Domain Fraud Report. Nearly all (96%) found exact matches of their brand-owned domain with a different top-level domain (TLD); for example, ".net" tacked on the end of the URL instead of ".com."

"This is a huge brand problem, both from a direct revenue standpoint and indirect loss standpoint," says Kevin Epstein, vice president of threat operations at Proofpoint. In a best-case scenario, a consumer may happen upon a blank website with a domain similar to yours. Worst-case scenario, they end up on a fake website, engage in a transaction, and their money and credit card information is sent to a cybercriminal. They're angry at the attacker - and the brand.

Most domains are registered by people and businesses for legitimate reasons. Some are registered by fraudsters planning to launch phishing attacks, sell knock-off goods on spoofed sites, or use "typo-squatting" domains to make money off unintentional traffic for other sites. darkreading.com

Using Artificial Intelligence, Visa Is Combatting Fraud at Nearly the Speed of Light
By using artificial intelligence (AI), Visa Inc. helped issuers prevent an estimated $25 billion in annual fraud, the company announced on June 17. The company accomplished this using Visa Advanced Authorization (VAA), a comprehensive risk management tool that monitors transaction authorization on the Visa global network, VisaNet, in real time.

VAA evaluates every single transaction on VisaNet and helps issuers swiftly identify emerging fraud trends and patterns, allowing the issuers to respond promptly to instances of fraud, while approving legitimate transactions.

Speed is Key
Visa Advanced Authorization is strikingly quick, with each transaction being assessed in about one millisecond. In that millisecond, the AI searches for indicators of fraud - looking for activities and patterns common in fraudulent transactions. Put another way, Visa's technology allows financial institutions to approve legitimate purchases, and prevent fraudulent ones, at nearly the speed of light.

How It Works
Visa Advanced Authorization starts the moment a transaction is initiated by a merchant. As the hundreds of pieces of data from the transaction are sent over VisaNet, an artificial intelligence model analyzes the data for more than 500 unique risk attributes. These attributes can be thought of as clues that fraud may have occurred. paymentsjournal.com

Exposed database reveals personal information of 1.6 million job seekers
An unsecured database of personal information, including phone numbers, salary expectations and openness to new job opportunities, of about 1.6 million job seekers from around the world has been discovered online. The database, found by independent researcher Anurag Sen in May, includes information on professionals from the US, Australia, Japan and several other countries.

Names in the database include potential job seekers with high-profile roles in the Australian government, at Tommy Hilfiger Japan and in the FBI's Domestic Security Alliance Council, a public-private partnership that shares information about cybersecurity threats with the government.

Sen released the research as a contractor for Safety Detective, an Israeli company that reviews antivirus software. A researcher at Safety Detective who helped vet the information said the exposure could put workers in an awkward position at their jobs. What's more, phone numbers and email addresses can help scammers who want to impersonate company officials.

The data appears to have been found on LinkedIn profiles, as well as with direct outreach to job seekers. Safety Detective checked some of the information and determined it was real. Read the report on Safety Detective. cnet.com

7M Venmo Transactions Scraped To Warn Users
A computer science student scraped seven million Venmo transactions to warn users that their public activity can still be stolen. Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions over the course of six months to prove to users that they need to set their Venmo payments to private. Venmo payments between users are set to public by default.

Despite these reports, Venmo has not done much to boost security for its users. While it changed its privacy guide and updated its app to remove a warning when users went to change their privacy settings from public to private, the company has focused more on making the data more difficult to scrape, including imposing limits on its API. But Salmon was still about to scrape 40 transactions per minute, which was about 57,600 scraped transactions each day. pymnts.com

Why red teaming can prove highly beneficial in improving security



To Click or Not to Click

Security awareness is the key to protecting your information. Do not click on unknown links in email or the web. If you see attachments or links in an email that are unexpected or strange, don't click on it. This is the simplest way to avoid accidentally downloading malware.


Synthetic Fraud is the New Way of Buying Stolen Goods
As e-commerce merchants continue to combat fraud, cybercriminals are growing savvier, using the Dark Web to offer tutorials on synthetic fraud.

"Synthetic identity (ID) fraud is one of the newest, fastest-growing and most sophisticated types of criminal financial activity," according to Featurespace, a UK-based artificial intelligence firm. Essentially, synthetic fraud is the art of piecing together bits of personal information from multiple sources to create an entirely new, yet non-existent identity.

Without credit cards, though, a fraudster is incapable of "carding," which is using stolen credit cards to make online purchases. Increasingly, cybercriminals are offering carding tutorials on Dark Web marketplaces, where fraudsters can purchase live high balance credit cards and learn, "Amazon Carding Trick of 2018 Latest Full Working Method." cardnotpresent.com

Advertisers warn Apple's privacy tech could fuel rise in online fraud
Online advertisers have warned that a new Apple feature designed to protect iPhone users' privacy could lead to a rise in advertising fraud. The tech giant recently announced a feature that lets people sign in to apps and websites without having to remember a password by clicking a "Sign in with Apple" button. The system is an alternative to similar ones from Facebook and Google, but allows users to mask their names and email addresses. telegraph.co.uk

Damaged customer relationships -
the real cost of poor packaging and product breakages

Poor packaging resulting in product damages and breakages is costing retailers industry-wide. According to research, eCommerce return shipments in the U.S. totalled $32 billion in the 2018 holiday season alone. An estimated 20-30 per cent of those returns were due to damages, more than double that of traditional retail returns. itproportal.com

Former Snap exec Imran Khan takes aim at Amazon as retail site Verishop goes live

Roundup: Direct-to-consumer sales up 33% at Lululemon

Kroger, Ocado break ground on e-commerce fulfillment center


Forsyth County, GA: Suspect wanted in multiple Lowe's thefts,
merchandise totaling nearly $4,000

An incident report recently filed by the Sheriff's Office states that on June 4, 2019, authorities took reports of multiple shopliftings that had allegedly taken place at the Suwanee Lowe's throughout May. On five different instances a male suspect entered the store with an empty shopping cart, selected items off the store's shelves and took them to the returns counter. Once store employee's denied the man's request to return the items, he allegedly exited the store with the stolen goods. Video from the store reportedly showed this method repeated by the suspect in all of the incidents. Items stolen from store include several wine refrigerators, table saws, tool sets, ratchet clamp sets and other miscellaneous tools, with a value totaling $3,738, the report states. forsythnews.com

Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition (OROCC) Conference
June 20, 2019 in Grove City, Ohio

OROCC will be hosting its conference in Grove City, Ohio on June 20, 2019 at the Eagle Pavilion - 3670 Discover Dr. All Law Enforcement and retail members are welcome to attend. Finalized information will be sent out soon with an agenda and times.
Learn more about OROCC here.

Grove City, OH: Couple bust stealing nearly $1,400 in Weight-loss and Hair-Growth pills

Arnold, MO: Two women arrested for $950 theft from Kohl's

East Ridge, TN: Two Walgreens Shoplifters wanted for theft of $320 in merchandise

Lexington, KY: Police have identified a pair wanted for shoplifting at a Kohl's store

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Shootings & Deaths

Racine, WI: Off-duty Police Officer shot and killed trying to stop an Armed Robbery at bar
An off-duty Racine police officer who intervened during an armed robbery at Teezers Bar and Grill was shot and killed Monday night. Officer John Hetland, a 24-year department veteran, "took immediate action to stop this felony in progress in order to protect life and property," Racine Police Chief Arthel L. Howell said in a news release. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting at the tavern. Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for the gunman, who was masked when he entered the bar. jsonline.com

Detroit, MI: 27-year-old killed in shooting outside liquor store,
with more than 30 casings found

Detroit police are investigating after a 27-year-old man was shot and killed late Monday night outside a liquor store on the city's east side. More than 30 shell casings were found outside the M&M liquor store at Harper and Gunston. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. fox2detroit.com

Monroe, LA: Man accused of shoplifting at Pecanland Mall dies in police custody, investigation ongoing
According to the Monroe Police Department, officers were called to Dillard's in reference to a shoplifter on Monday around noon. Police say officers had taken the suspect into custody then he began to have some sort of medical issue which lead to his death. The name of the deceased has not been released. The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update this article as more information becomes available. myarklamiss.com

Chicago, IL: Update - Walgreens Could Face Legal Trouble
After Mother Of Five Killed For Shoplifting, Expert Says

One week after a Chicago woman was shot inside a Walgreens, the company could be facing legal trouble. CBS 2's Jim Williams spoke with experts who say the manager on duty that night made the wrong call.

"I'm trying. I'm trying. It hurts so bad," said April Reed, who is trying to understand why her sister Sircie Varnado was shot to death at a Walgreens in Belmont Cragin Wednesday night. "He should have called the police," said Varnado's niece, Lydia Foster.

Instead the Walgreens night manager, who suspected Varnado was shoplifting, called a friend, a former security guard. Witnesses said the man confronted Varnado, falsely identifying himself as a Chicago police officer. An argument turned physical, and the man shot Varnado in the face.

CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller said the Walgreens manager made the wrong call. "Frankly, a no-brainer," he said. "You see a shoplifter, and you don't have security personnel employed by Walgreens on premises, you call 911, and you let the pros take over and do the right thing." cbslocal.com

Peoria, IL: C- Store owner shot at over stolen Cheez-Its
The owner of C- store told police a teenage boy shot at him after the owner chased the teen down for stealing a bag of Cheez-Its from a shelf. An unidentified boy, who was around 16 or 17, was seen reaching in the front door of the Little Starr Market and taking the bag of crackers around 10:30 p.m. Friday. The owner saw the theft happen and got in his car along with another man to confront the boy about the incident. The pair caught up to the teen and pulled the car into a church parking lot, where the store owner began to talk to the teen. The boy began to shout derogatory words at the store owner and then pulled a small black handgun from his waistband and began to shoot. The store owner believed 6 to 7 shots were fired, but was unsure because he drove away as soon as he saw the gun. dispatch.com

Dover, DE: Judge rejects mental illness claim in killing of Wilmington store clerk

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Malden, MA: Man fakes heart attack inside CVS as accomplice steals cash
Malden police are searching for two robbery suspects, one of whom allegedly faked a heart attack as a distraction. Police posted surveillance video of the robbery of two men at the counter of a CVS store on Broadway. Police said one of the suspects pretended to have a heart attack. The other man jumped over the counter and stole cash from the register. The men fled the store. Investigators say they have a key piece of evidence because one of the men left behind a knit hat. The men have been identified, however charges have not been filed. wcvb.com

Lancaster, County, PA: Police searching for suspect who purchased $25,000 in merchandise in identity theft scheme
Police are searching for the woman they say obtained a duplicate driver's license and opened a credit card to purchase about $25,000 in merchandise from various businesses. On May 6, police received a report of an identity theft that occurred in the 900 block of Fountain Avenue in Manheim Township. The above pictured suspect was able to obtain a duplicate PA Driver's License in the name of the victim, and proceeded to open a credit card and purchased about $25,000 in merchandise from various businesses across Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware from April 24 to May 7. The suspect also rented a U-Haul truck in New Jersey using the victim's name, but then failed to return the vehicle. fox43.com

Supreme Court opens door to new sentence for Verizon and Radio Shack
Armed Robber who got 124 years

A Detroit man sentenced to 124 years behind bars for a string of armed robberies could have his punishment scrapped after a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, which cited new judicial reform laws. The ruling could result in a new sentence of up to 35 years for Frank Richardson Jr., according to his attorney, Michael Dezsi. Richardson was re-sentenced in 2017 but the sentence was appealed. "We put someone away for 120 years and it costs taxpayers $30,000 a year. That's absurd," said Dezsi on Monday.

Federal authorities say Richardson was part of a crew that robbed Verizon and Radio Shack stores in Detroit and Eastpointe at gunpoint from Feb. 22, 2010, through May 8, 2010. The group allegedly put the stores under surveillance to decide which stores to be robbed and then organized a "crew" to rob the businesses. Last December, President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act into law. Legal experts say it is the first set of major reforms to the nation's criminal justice system in more than a decade. The law provides prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitation initiatives, sentencing reduction and incarceration guidelines. detroitnews.com

Baltimore, MD: FBI Searching For 'The Mod Squad' Bank Robbers, 12 Baltimore-area bank robberies, and no arrests

Greensburg, PA: Man accused of pulling a gun on Dollar General clerk says he was 'just joking'; cops aren't laughing

Tucson, AZ: Police capture one of two Restaurant Armed Robbery suspects after getaway vehicle crashes into home

Hernando County, FL: Deputies searching for Family Dollar and Dollar General serial robber

Framingham, MA: Woman charged with stealing from grocery store 11 times

Arson & Fire

Louisville, KY: Firefighter Injured In Strip Mall Fire in Saint Matthews area
Fire crews arrived around 5pm, they found heavy smoke and fire shooting through the roof of the strip mall. The fire chief said the initial call came in as an electrical fire from the back of one of the stores and then spread. One firefighter was injured when he fell through the roof, but he was said to be "for the most part okay." During the fire, dozens of people created a human chain, saving as many bikes from the back of a bike shop as possible. lex18.com


Houston, TX: Man found guilty of capital murder in 1981
Nathaniel Dennis was arrested in 2012 and charged with capital murder for shooting Earnest Russell Douglas to death during a robbery of the station at 3033 Reeves St., more than three decades earlier. Douglas was shot on Sept. 26, 1981, and died from his injuries several days later on Oct. 7. Police said the case strengthened after DNA collected from Dennis matched DNA preserved from the crime scene. dothaneagle.com

Plattsmouth, NE: Woman sentenced in $26,000 Shopko thefts
Angela K. Hernandez, 42, will be required to pay more than $1,600 in restitution after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of theft-unlawful taking $1,500-$5,000. Hernandez and co-defendants Wanda E. Bolton and Michaela C. Crum took part in a string of thefts from Plattsmouth Shopko from Dec. 1, 2015, to Oct. 20, 2016. The estimated value of the stolen merchandise was $26,000. fremonttribune.com

Minneapolis, MN: Two Men Found Guilty in Federal Court of Robbing A Convenience Store



AT&T - Elyria, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Radnor Township, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Altus, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Diego, CA - Robbery
CVS - Malden, MA - Robbery
CVS - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Greensburg, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Youngstown, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - San Rafael, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Youngstown, OH - Robbery
Restaurant - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Tallahassee, FL - Burglary
Restaurant - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery (Jimmy John's)
Restaurant - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary ( McDonald's)
Restaurant - Bozeman, MT - Burglary
Restaurant - Plover, WI - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Everett, WA - Burglary
Sprint - Shawnee, KS - Burglary
Verizon - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Niles, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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