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Brian Aquilina named Sr. Director, Organizational Safety, Security and Investigations for Ross Stores
Brian was previously the Senior Director of Ross Investigative and Safety Center for four months before taking this new role. He has been with the retailer since 2001 when he started as a District Loss Prevention Manager. He's worked his way up the ladder to hold such leadership positions as LP Zone Manager, Senior Area LP Manager, Senior Manager, Ross Investigative and Safety Center, and Director of Ross Investigative and Safety Center. He was also a LP District Manager for Sears Holdings Management Corporation from 2007 to 2008. Congratulations Brian!

This is War - Make No Mistake & Every Retail CEO is Fighting It
"Amazon & Whole Foods Starts the Supermarket War"
Walmart, Target, Kroger & Costco Stocks "Getting Killed" Friday After News

Grocery stores have spent the last several years fighting against online and overseas entrants. But now, with its $13.4 billion purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon has effectively started a supermarket war.

Armed with giant warehouses, shopper data, the latest technology and nearly endless funds - and now with Whole Foods' hundreds of physical stores (460+) - Amazon is poised to reshape an $800 billion grocery market that is already undergoing many changes.

And much of the battle is expected to take place online, Amazon's home turf.  "This shows that online is going to be very dominant in the grocery business - and very quickly," said Errol Schweizer, a former Whole Foods executive.

The grocery business is facing a slew of upstart companies trying to figure out how to make a business of getting food on the kitchen table. Instacart delivers food from grocery stores to doorsteps, while FreshDirect delivers from its own warehouse. Blue Apron delivers boxes of food packaged to make meals.

In addition, Lidl and Aldi, two European discount grocers, have recently announced enormous expansions in the United States. Aldi plans to invest $3.4 billion to grow from 1,600 stores to 2,500 stores by 2022, while Lidl, which recently opened a handful of locations, plans to operate 100 by the middle of next year.

They are taking on a handful of major companies that have dominated the grocery market. Walmart supercenters, Kroger, Safeway and Publix accounted for about 36 percent of the market in 2013. nytimes.com cnbc.com

Editor's Note: The benefits for consumers is the price wars. The benefit for the retail industry as a whole is that there hasn't been a true Omni channel retail model for all of these CEO's to copy, as most have been caught up in the speed to cut and close, and to react and create what new trend the other guy is doing. From buy-online pick-up-in store (BOPIS) to free delivery to same day delivery. The vast majority are trying to figure this new world out as fast as they can, with a number of them having been replaced by exec's coming out of the tech world, because retail boards want tech at the core.

But now we have the leader of the pack, at least the online pack, jumping in with both feet into the retail world and now he has to hope he finds that same success in brick and mortar. Given his fearless drive, creativity, massive team, tolerance for risk, disregard for profit, and unlimited access to cash, he may end up creating the perfect omni store right in front of everyone.

And then we have the model. Not that it'll create a level playing field, but at least we may have the play book and then the good old American entrepreneurial spirit will kick in. Or should it be called sheer desperation and survival skills. One Chairman told me they were one in the same.

Other than the constant news about shrinking retail America this is the most exciting thing that's happened in retail in decades. It'll be interesting to follow it. Just a thought

Amazon is reportedly planning to cut jobs at Whole Foods
Amazon is planning to cut jobs at Whole Foods when it takes over the company, according to a Bloomberg report published Sunday that cited a source with knowledge of the matter. The Seattle-headquartered e-commerce giant is considering replacing Whole Foods cashiers with technology, according to the report. The exact number of roles on the line is not specified, but it could run into the thousands given that Whole Foods employs about 90,000 people, including many on the shop floor. businessinsider.com

The Omni Store Cometh & It Can't Be Stopped
"Amazon train coming down the tracks"
"Amazon can be the one-stop shop for everything"

460 Whole Foods stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. could be turned into distribution hubs - not just for delivering groceries, but also as pickup centers for online orders.

Amazon already has grocery dry goods-delivery services in five markets they just needed more distribution hubs and perishables to complete the grocery offerings.

Amazon could try to cut operational costs at Whole Foods by using the same types of robots that already move inventory around at its e-commerce fulfillment centers.

They could also incorporate pieces of their cashierless c-store Amazon Go which is no set to take off with them staffing a top real estate executive. Just listed last week by the way.

Amazon could also get a better picture of customers by marrying data from Amazon and Whole Foods' loyalty programs and get more people to try grocery delivery.

On the flip side, Amazon could use Whole Foods stores as pickup locations for deliveries.

That could help Amazon both cut shipping costs and draw more customers into Whole Foods locations. The stores could also showcase gadgets such as Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets. One day, these stores might even serve as launch centers for Amazon's delivery drones. abcnews.com

The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy
With Amazon buying the high-end grocery chain Whole Foods, something retail analysts have known for years is now apparent to everyone: The online retailer is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.

"Employees inside winning companies enjoy rising incomes and interesting cognitive challenges," the Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, one of the co-authors of that paper, wrote recently in Harvard Business Review. "Workers outside this charmed circle experience something quite different."

And David Autor of M.I.T. and four colleagues found in a recent paper that the rise of these "superstar firms" - the big winners in the kind of face-off that Walmart and Amazon are now engaged in - is a likely explanation for the decrease in the share of the overall economic pie that is going to workers.

How much of that is because of shifting technology - as opposed to changing corporate behavior, or loose antitrust policy - is an open debate.

What isn't is this: The decision by Amazon and Walmart to compete for my grocery business - as well as for space in my closet - is a tiny battle in a war to dominate a changing global economy.

And for companies that can't compete on price and technology, it could cost them the shirt off their backs. nytimes.com
Failures Are "Like a Root Canal With No Anesthesia" Says Jeff Bezos
Whole Foods Deal Shows Amazon's Prodigious Tolerance for Risk

Unlike almost any other chief executive, Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has built his company by embracing risk, ignoring obvious moves and imagining what customers want next - even before they know it.

Key to that strategy is his approach to failure. While other companies dread making colossal mistakes, Mr. Bezos seems just not to care. Losing millions of dollars for some reason doesn't sting. Only success counts. That breeds a fiercely experimental culture that is disrupting entertainment, technology and, especially, retail.

"I've made billions of dollars of failures," Mr. Bezos said at a 2014 conference, adding that it would be like "a root canal with no anesthesia" if he listed them.

Experiments are by their very nature prone to failure. But a few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn't work."

"When you have such a long-term perspective that you think in decades instead of quarters, it allows you to do things and take risks that other companies believe would not be in their best interests." nytimes.com

Facial Recognition Drives Amazon Cashierless World
"Amazon's Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers"

Imagine this scene from the future: You walk into a store and are greeted by name, by a computer with facial recognition that directs you to the items you need. You peruse a small area - no chance of getting lost or wasting time searching for things - because the store stocks only sample items. You wave your phone in front of anything you want to buy, then walk out. In the back, robots retrieve your items from a warehouse and deliver them to your home via driverless car or drone.

Amazon's $13.4 billion purchase of Whole Foods, announced Friday, could speed that vision along. It's already trying with a store in Seattle, Amazon Go, that has no salespeople or checkout lines. But it has become increasingly clear that parts of every job will be automated - and that the service sector is next.
Two-thirds of the time on tasks done by grocery store workers can be automated, it said. Another report, by Forrester, estimated that a quarter of the tasks salespeople do would be automated this year, and 58 percent by 2020. nytimes.com

Facebook Using AI to Block Terrorist, Adds 3,000 to Block Violent Videos
Facial Recognition - Machine Learning - Digital Fingerprints Database
How Long - Before Store Safeness in Retail Takes Priority?

The company announced that plus a number of other steps it says it's taking as it faces growing pressure from government leaders to identify and prevent the spread of content from terrorist groups on its massive social network.

Facebook officials said in a blog post Thursday that the company uses AI to find and remove "terrorist content" immediately, before users see it. This is a departure from Facebook's earlier practice of relying on users to flag suspect content for removal. In addition, it says that in rare cases when it uncovers evidence of imminent harm, it promptly informs authorities. Last month, they announced they'd add 3,000 to monitor huge volumes of live video to filter violence.

Using image-matching (facial recognition) and machine learning algorithms to look for language patterns to block pictures, video's, and propaganda.

In December they partnered with Twitter, Microsoft and Google-owned YouTube to create database of digital fingerprints of terrorist groups. cbsnews.com

Editor's Note: Just imagine a national database of convicted ORC suspects, convicted felony shoplifters, the ability to tie into the FBI facial recognition database, the ability to block how-to videos on shoplifting, and to block criminal flash mobs.

The tech industry has just made a huge pivot actually, the biggest in tech history - and as the robbery rates, active shooters, and drug fueled ORC incidents continue to escalate we may see this evolution if properly managed and led - helping our world. Maybe we need to concentrate our efforts here as opposed to a federal ORC law. If the industry comes together as a whole and gets the CEO's support and backing it certainly would give us the tools. Just a thought.
Preventing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Domestic violence has become an epidemic in our society which too often spills into the workplace. Seventy-four percent of employee victims of domestic violence have been harassed at work. In many cases the violent partner may not know where his former partner may now live, but he knows where she works. While it can be any gender mix, most of these situations involve male against female threats and violence. And the perpetrator poses a threat not only to his intended victim but to everyone else in the workplace.

Most fundamentally, the employer should foster a culture that is supportive, respectful, non-judgmental and open. We will wish to set a tone of trust and convince the threatened employee that she is not alone and it is not her fault. Our initial response to her concerns may set the overall tone moving forward. The situation should be managed with empathy, respect and preserving dignity.

It should be noted that the threatening person could be another employee or contractor employee already within the workplace. I've often seen threats and even violence arising from the "love triangle gone bad" among employees within the workplace.

Planning Considerations may include:

• While the conventional lines of internal communications (i.e. first talk to your supervisor/manager or Human Resources) should be encouraged and reinforced.
• As part of the organization's overall workplace violence mitigation and threat management process, there should be an interdisciplinary early intervention team.
• The process should be formalized and well documented to also address early identifying the person.
• Have organization-wide domestic violence policy and plan, which may be part of the overall workplace violence policy and plan.
• Proactively commission an objective assessment of your domestic violence response and prevention program, possibly as part of a broader review of your workplace violence and/or security program.
• Meet with threatened employee to offer guidance and support such as moving her desk/work location or parking spot.
• Consider appropriate physical and procedural security measures. securitymagazine.com

Facial Recognition Everywhere in the News Today
From in-store to purchase, to online to ID terrorist and violence, and to using it on your next new iPhone for your own protection, facial recognition is becoming a proactive security force. Never before have we seen it this prevalent in the news in virtually every channel of life, and last week we didn't report the home security features now available using it.

So the question of if the technology will ever gain industry wide acceptance seems to be dissipating, especially with a few retailers now using it, as we reported in our recent webinar. Now the question appears to be how long will it take?

As the violent trends, robberies, and active shooters continues to increase the time may be shorter and shorter as consumers become more familiar with it and may even one day expect it as a security feature retailers provide to ensure their safety. Just a thought

NJ ShopRite Cleared Of Negligence Over Worker's Photos
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Friday that a ShopRite store couldn't be held responsible for a store employee convicted of taking photos of a 6-year-old customer and pulling up her shirt, saying there was no evidence the store knew of any prior similar behavior.

The child, under the pseudonym Judy Doe, and her mother hit a dead end in their suit against ShopRite after the judge rejected arguments that the store knew of employee J.B.'s practice of taking pictures of "young females" because he had been warned about taking pictures of customers before.

"The evidence relied upon by plaintiff is probative of J.B.'s guilt of the offense for which he was convicted," the Appellate Division panel ruled. "It does not, however, offer any competent proof that ShopRite had knowledge of any behavior by him prior to [the incident involving Judy Doe] that would have rendered them reckless or negligent in keeping him employed as a member of their night crew." law360.com

Cleveland, OH: Employee blames Family Dollar for injuries sustained during robbery
An employee is suing Family Dollar Stores, alleging liability and negligence led to her being beaten by a masked assailant. Ashlee Anderson filed a complaint May 2 in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas against Family Dollar Stores of Ohio, Inc., Mutual Properties Ltd., K & Z Mutual Realty, LLC, and John Does 1-10 and John Does Entities 1-10, alleging they failed to protect their employees. The defendant removed the case to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on June 2. According to the complaint, on May 7, 2016, Anderson suffered physical injuries to her head, neck and shoulders from being struck on the top of the head with a gun by a masked assailant while working at the Family Dollar in East Cleveland, Ohio, late at night. The suit says Anderson had complained to store management about her fears or working by herself after dark. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide adequate security in their store. Anderson seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages of more than $25,000, all legal fees, and all other relief the court deems just. legalnewsline.com

$1.5M Embezzlement Drives Wichita's Largest Pawn Broker - A-OK Bankrupt
Harris said an employee embezzled about $1.5 Million from the company, ending in March, which turned a tight financial situation into a bankruptcy.

In the bankruptcy filing last week, A-OK said that the move comes a week after Simmons Bank filed to foreclose on Harris and six of his businesses for not repaying a $4 million loan. On Friday, Harris said the operation will remain open and pawned items will remain available to be reclaimed. A-OK has four locations, plus a corporate office. salina.com

Wal-Mart in the Crosshairs of Amazon's Takeover of Whole Foods

Is Dollar General Amazon's Next Target?

N.C. Station Sees First U.S. Fuel Dispenser EMV Chip Transaction

Ascena shifting 125 jobs to Columbus after closing Catherines HQ in Philadelphia

Teen apparel retailer Papaya Clothing files for bankruptcy


Last week's #1 article --

Retail bloodbath: Bankruptcy filings pile up
More than 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far this year, according to data from BankruptcyData.com. Most of those filings were for small companies -- the proverbial Mom & Pop store with a single location. But there are also plenty of household names on the list.

Most of these stores are suffering from the same thing: A shift away from traditional storefronts to online shopping. Not all of these chains will eventually go out of business. Most of them fled for Chapter 11, which allows a company to keep operating while it restructures its debt. But the sector is already on course for a record number of store closings this year.

Here's a list of some of the more prominent retail bankruptcies to date. cnn.com

WEBINAR: Criminal Minds - Inside Organized Retail Crime
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 2 pm EDT

Organized Retail Crime (ORC) is a multi-level criminal operation targeting retail stores and warehouses. Many of the goods that retailers have on their shelves today are being targeted as they can easily be resold on the black market. This webinar is designed for businesses to gain insights on what you can do to combat organized retail crime.

You'll learn:
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eBay seller pleads guilty to selling counterfeit NFL products

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Joshua D. Korb., age 38, of Greenville, pled guilty in federal court in Greenville, to trafficking in counterfeit goods, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2320. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., of Greenville, accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Korb ran an online EBay store called Steel-Town Memorabilia. The investigation was initiated from a request by the National Football League (NFL) because of numerous complaints received by EBay and PayPal that Korb sold counterfeit NFL merchandise and sports memorabilia.Read more here.

For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to PROACT@eBay.com.


Protection 1, a division of ADT, to Feature Advanced Network Security and Location Analytics at 2017 NRF Protect Conference

Through Connect Mobile Experiences (CMX), Retailers can Benefit from In-Depth User Presence Data and Enhanced Network Security

Boca Raton, FL - June 19, 2017 - Protection 1, a division of ADT, will feature advanced managed and monitored network security and location analytics capabilities such as foot traffic, heat mapping, dwell time and new vs. repeat customer visit using Cisco® Meraki™ Access Points (AP) at NRF Protect.

To streamline deployment and help enhance network security, Protection 1 offers fully managed services from its Network Operations Center (NOC). Its engineers are Cisco and Meraki certified and can help design, implement, commission, manage and monitor a retailer's networks. Protection 1 Network Managed Services can help insure your networks will operate as expected, are continually monitored, software is updated and bandwidth is managed. They have been shown to help reduce costs associated with travel expenses related to on-site visits, improve business processes and help mitigate network security risks.

Cisco Meraki Access Points provide powerful and intuitive multi-site management of networks via the cloud and eliminate the cost and complexity of traditional on-site wireless controllers. They also provide an end-to-end solution that unifies WAN, LAN, wireless LAN and mobile device management through one common user interface. Meraki APs offer a secure WIFI with guest access, are PCI Compliant with associated reporting and offer multi-site cloud management with centralized control across all store networks from a web-based dashboard.

Whether used to deploy single or multi-site networks or as stand-alone appliances, Meraki APs also provide integrated Bluetooth Beacons, streamlined guest access and rich location analytics for unmatched opportunity for customer engagement.

Read full press release here.

Visit Protection 1's booth #1013 at NRF Protect June 27-28, 2017 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC to learn more about how Protection 1 can help provide a secure network environment and advanced analytics as well.

The Buckle, Inc. Notification of Data Security Incident
We became aware that The Buckle, Inc. was a victim of a security incident in which a criminal entity accessed some guest credit card information following purchases at some of our retail stores. We immediately launched a thorough investigation and engaged leading third-party forensic experts to review our systems and secure the affected part of our network.

Through that investigation we learned that our store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code, which was quickly removed. Based on the forensic investigation, we believe that no social security numbers, email addresses or physical addresses were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that the buckle.com website or buckle.com guests were impacted. businesswire.com

"Game changing facial recognition technology"
Facial Recognition & Iris Scanner - 3D Sensors - Coming in "iPhone 8?"

Though the company stopped short of saying who the components are for, Apple supplier Largan has affirmed that it will ship 3D sensors capable of scanning a user's face and unique iris, capabilities rumored to be a part of the anticipated "iPhone 8."

Largan's 3D sensing module for smartphones will ship in the second half of the year, CEO Adam Lin said in a press conference this week, according to Nikkei.

The report went further in citing Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu, who believes that Apple will be the only smartphone maker to ship an iris scanner this year. Rumors have claimed Apple plans to include game changing facial recognition technology in this year's flagship iPhone, known colloquially as the "iPhone 8." appleinsider.com

Amazon granted anti-showrooming patent
"Physical Store Online Shopping Control"

the patent prevents brick-and-mortar retailers from leveraging technology in their own stores that would stop shoppers from comparing prices of in-store merchandise to competitor's products online. The patent describes a solution that can identify what content a shopper is accessing via the retailer's Wi-Fi network. If the content is deemed as product or pricing information from a competitor's website, Amazon can take any number of actions - including blocking the request.

Editor's Note:  If they can block that data it would make sense then to use that same technology to monitor any in-store traffic for safety, theft and fraud,such as flash mobs communicating, thieves texting each other, virtually anything criminal. Once the court allows customer monitoring to restrict their free choice for showrooming the natural next step is to allow that same monitoring for safety and theft.

Now that Amazon has the patent, every retailer on the planet will be trying to duplicating it. Or does Amazon actually offer it for sale? If not they just dealt another blow to retailers and this time by controlling the consumer. chainstoreage.com
Cloud Concerns: Data Security & Lack of Key Management
Forrester: Rapid Cloud Adoption Drives Demand for Security Tools

The global cloud services market is poised to skyrocket from $114 billion in 2016 to $236 billion by 2020. Its rapid growth is driving the market for cloud security tools, which will increase from $1 billion in 2016 to $3.5 billion in 2021.

The market for products like cloud access security brokers (CASBs), centralized cloud security management (CCSM), hypervisor security, and infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service will grow over the next five years.

Businesses are moving more analytics and core businesses applications to the public cloud, driven by the flexibility it provides. While public cloud providers run data centers more efficiently and securely than tech managers would, cloud security is still a major concern.

Traditional security tools aren't enough to monitor data moving to and from the cloud, and between cloud platforms. Forrester found the cloud security market will grow 28% each year from 2016 to 2021 as the cloud grows in complexity and more security is needed.

Andras Cser, vice president and principal analyst for security and risk management at Forrester, says there are two key elements increasing cloud complexity. The cloud is a changing and moving target to secure, for one, and on-premise technologies aren't as effective in the cloud.

"Shadow IT causes a lot of concern," says Cser. Businesses are worried about the complications of monitoring data in the cloud. "If you don't understand what applications you're using, and the data in those applications, you can't understand the risks."

Data security is one of the top drivers of cloud security spend, especially the complications of monitoring data across cloud applications. Other factors include conversion from on-premise to hybrid cloud, data loss prevention, identity and access management, and compliance.

Businesses are also recognizing a lack of good key management among cloud providers, he says. As a result, they're willing to spend more money, resources, and time on management. Many are realizing the need to automate security as they move workloads to the cloud.

Forrester found the growth of software-as-a-service (SaaS) as slowed, but infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) are both seeing aggressive growth. More than 50% of security leaders are worried about the risk of SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and virtualization in the data center. darkreading.com
Security Experts Call for Collaboration with Feds on IoT Standards
Cybersecurity experts presented their concerns about IoT to a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce last week, urging collaboration between the federal government and the private sector in developing IoT security recommendations. They named the optional cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a good starting point for conversation. ioti.com

Meeting LP Demand
Through Technology

Carlos Bacelis, Dir. of Analytics, Walmart

As the retail shopping experience becomes more fluid with an ever-increasing range of options and channels, LP professionals must grapple with new demands while balancing exposure to shrink. Although the mechanics of lost profit and theft may not have appreciably changed, the transactional technology options available to customers certainly have. In this session, Carlos Bacelis, Director of Analytics for Walmart, discusses how they're using new technologies designed to limit the retail giant's exposure while preserving the shopping experience.

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Group Takes Aim at Ad Fraud with Digital Advertising Blockchain Tech
The digital advertising industry drove $175 billion in spending in 2016, and marketers want to know the money they spend will bring in a valuable audience. The bad news is that bots regularly drive spam traffic to a huge portion of sites all over the web.

But a new collaboration among the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) and two technology companies-advertising tech startup MetaX and software developer ConsenSys-will help the industry identify and combat ad fraud by using blockchain software, the technology that underpins bitcoin, which enables secure transactions online and can increase transparency and trust.

The product of the partnership, adChain, is an open protocol on the public Ethereum blockchain that aims to connect the digital advertising industry's disjointed supply chain, according to a DMA white paper.

The technology targets bot traffic and ad fraud to deliver transparency, security, and verified impression tracking, a press release notes.

"Advertising fraud ... is estimated to drive $16.4 billion in losses this year alone. With nearly 20 percent of advertising spend wasted on fraudulent ads, this is an epidemic creating massive losses for the industry," DMA CEO Tom Benton said in a blog post announcing the technology.

In the effort to eliminate misspent advertising budgets, adChain will provide an encrypted, secure method for executing digital advertising transactions, with the goal of establishing trust and accountability between advertisers and buyers, DMA says.

AdChain will provide domain application vetting as well as a running registry of approved domains, giving the publisher a "cryptographically secure signature" that can act as an identifier in the supply chain, according to the white paper. Additionally, DMA says, it will provide a secure transaction method that can prevent spoofing so that ad buyers can feel confident in the supplier. associationsnow.com

Online seller says he was shot at McDonald's while meeting with would-be buyer
A man who was trying to sell an item online met up with someone at a McDonald's restaurant to complete the transaction, but the would-be buyer shot the seller in the parking lot and then took off, deputies said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office learned of the shooting around 7 p.m., then went to the chain restaurant at 3713 McCoy Road to investigate, according to a news release. When deputies arrived, they couldn't find the shooter or a victim.

A short time later, officials with the fire department received a call about a man at Semoran Boulevard and Hoffner Avenue who had been shot.

The victim told investigators about his experience trying to sell the item on the internet, and said that's how he met the shooter. The two agreed to meet at McDonald's, but then the would-be buyer stole the item for sale, took out a gun and shot the victim, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The victim is listed as stable at a hospital. There's no word on who is responsible for the shooting. clickorlando.com

UPS to Add Delivery Surcharges for Black Friday, Christmas Orders
United Parcel Service Inc. for the first time will tack a surcharge onto most online orders shipping around the Black Friday shopping weekend and during the week before Christmas. It is the latest attempt by the large delivery company to recoup the massive increase in hiring and reserving extra trucks and plans during the busiest times.

The charge only applies to residential deliveries, so retailers and shoppers may be able to avoid the charges by getting orders shipping to stores, an option retailers have been pushing for the past few years with varying success. wsj.com

Columbia, SC: Three men wanted for purchasing over $7,000 of liquor and wine with cloaned Credit cards
The men on April 11 entered Sam's Wine and Spirits on Killian Road, loaded up their carts and paid for their merchandise using credit cards that were cloned from someone else's card and account information. Financial-card fraud is up, and these crimes are being carried out more frequently using card skimmers and cloned cards, authorities in Columbia and Richland County say. The Columbia Police Department received 369 reports of card fraud in 2016 compared to 290 in 2012, according to agency numbers. The Richland County Sheriff's Department had 655 reports of card fraud in 2016 compared to 585 in 2012. Cases in Lexington County were not immediately known. thestate.com

Update: Columbus, OH: Police in Ohio are looking for tips after an attempted grocery store robbery escalated a violent altercation
It happened shortly before 3pm on April 23 at the Kroger on Sycamore Street in the Brewery District. A pair of women entered the store and loaded their shopping cart with $239 worth of Red Bull energy drinks and various bottles of wine. The pair then headed for the door, bypassing the checkout. A loss prevention officer confronted the women as they were attempting to get into a vehicle in the parking lot, and that's when things turned violent. The women started fighting with the loss prevention officer and a store manager. The manager managed to wrestle the shopping cart and drinks away from the suspects, but the loss prevention officer was caught in a struggle with the other suspect. kron4.com

Update: Rockwall County, TX: Two indicted in theft of $200,000
of Justin Brand Boots

The Rockwall County Grand Jury has indicted two Dallas men on charges of theft of cargo over $200,000 for their alleged involvement in the theft of 3,520 pairs of Justin brand boots from a shipping container and chassis in Dallas. Byron Orlando Flores and Frank Ajadiz Perez were indicted on June 7. They were arrested last Aug. 23 after they delivered 1,000 pairs of Justin brand boots to a buyer at a storage facility in Rockwall. The man who was posing as the buyer was an undercover law enforcement officer. According to affidavits for arrest warrants, Flores made arrangements to sell 1,000 pairs of boots to the undercover officer for $20 per pair. roysecityheraldbanner.com

Police Say Woman Training Teenagers As Shoplifters At Manchester Mall
A Hartford woman was grooming two teenage girls as shoplifters at the Buckland mall, police said. Raven Simone Hardy, 26, was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of risk of injury/impairing the morals of children, along with conspiracy and other charges. The two juveniles, both from Hartford, also were arrested. Police were called to Macy's department store at about 11:30 a.m. after store workers chased and caught two 14-year-old shoplifting suspects and detained Hardy as a possible third suspect, Officer John Decker wrote in the police report. Security staff had been watching Hardy as soon as she entered the store Sunday because she was a suspect in a theft at Macy's on June 12, Decker wrote. Video surveillance showed that at Hardy's direction, the two girls grabbed armfuls of clothing and piled them behind a rack of clothes, police said. Hardy then appeared to hand cash to each girl before the pair picked up the clothing bundles and rushed through an exit. Eighteen articles of clothing valued at $673.50 were recovered. courant.com

Uttar Pradesh, India: UP Police finds trail of online fraud selling luxury; techies and student groups illegally using stolen credit card data to shop gadgets from online portals
An investigation carried the Special Task Force of UP Police reveal a widespread network of youth have started business of selling gadgets, electonics and cosmetics by using stolen data of international credit cards. "Most of these cards belong to various international banks from Washington, New Jersey and Ohio in the US. We have also found card details from Australia and European countries, "UP STF's Superintendent Triveni Singh said. indiatoday.in 

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Shootings & Deaths

Long Island, NY: 1 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash; Fleeing From Robbery
at Americana Mall

A car fleeing a robbery scene on Sunday was driving the wrong way on a road off the Long Island Expressway when it slammed into another vehicle, killing one person, authorities say. Police say the people in a black car had just robbed a store at the Americana Mall in Manhasset when officers began pursuing them. The driver in the suspect vehicle went the wrong way on South Service Road of the LIE and crashed into a family's car around 3:45 p.m., officials said. Medics took four people to the hospital, including a passenger in the black car who later died, police said. It was not immediately clear if police were chasing the suspects at the time of the crash. nbcnewyork.com

Wichita, KS: One person shot & killed at an area strip mall; gang-related
Police were investigating a fatal shooting Saturday night in a strip mall parking lot at 13th and Vesta, between Oliver and Hillside. One person was killed in the shooting, which police are calling gang-related. The victim was shot in a crowded parking lot at about 7:30 p.m. kansas.com

Myrtle Beach, SC: Person shot in Coastal Grand Mall parking lot; 3rd shooting in the city within 8 Hours
One person was shot Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. Lieutenant Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said officers responded around 4:30 p.m. for a call about a discharge of a weapon. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury. Officers are analyzing evidence in an effort to identify a suspect, motive and determine whether the shooting is related to shots fired at Crown Reef Resort. wmbfnews.com

Myrtle Beach, SC: Tourist captures horrifying Gunfight that left 7 injured
Myrtle Beach Police say the incident occurred Sunday around 12:30am near Ocean Boulevard. Authorities say that a fight broke out among a crowd of people after which the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing. Some people were hit, and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. dailymail.co.uk

Bogota, Columbia: 3 Killed in Blast at Centro Andino Shopping Center; Rebel group denies role in Bombing
The biggest still active rebel group in Colombia is denying it had any role in a bombing that killed three people and injured nine others at an upscale mall in the capital. Members of the National Liberation Army have carried out several recent attacks in Bogota, but the group said it was not involved in the explosion at the Centro Andino in the heart of the city's tourism zone. nbc29.com

Robberies & Thefts

Saugus, MA: Armed Mall intruder caught after search
A 16-year-old boy accused of breaking into a sporting goods store and swiping a gun at a mall outside Boston was in custody Monday after a search that stretched on for hours, police announced. Officers had warned that an "armed and dangerous intruder" was inside the Dick's Sporting Goods at the Square One Mall in Saugus, about 10 miles northeast of Boston. Saugus Police Chief Dominic DiMella said police saw the suspect with a "long gun," but the firearm has not been recovered yet. The mall will remain closed until further notice. fox25boston.com

Santa Clarita, CA: Daylight Smash and Grab Robbery at Apple Store in Valencia
Police said preliminary reports indicate a "smash-and-grab" type operation, noting no one was hurt in the stealing of the merchandise. Shortly before 2 p.m., four men wearing ripped jeans and gray hoodies, which they used to cover their faces, entered the store, damaged the displays and then grabbed merchandise before quickly leaving. hometownstation.com

Anchorage, AK: Security Guards shoot suspect in Ace Hardware store robbery
A man suspected of firing several bullets into a cash register while robbing Andy's Ace Hardware store on Saturday evening was then shot by the store's security guards while trying to escape, according to witnesses and Anchorage police. The security guards shot the fleeing man, who has not been officially identified, in the abdomen and the shoulder; not believed to be life threatening injuries. adn.com

Avocado thieves steal $300K worth of fruit from California ripening facility from California ripening facility
Given that the price of avocados has skyrocketed in recent months, it no wonder a few criminals in California started dealing in black-market avocados. Three workers at the Mission Produce ripening facility in Oxnard, CA have been arrested and charged with grand theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados, says the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. The men had reportedly been conducting unauthorized cash sales from the facility itself, perhaps for several months. foxnews.com

Boca Raton, FL: Sears Employee busted for over $1,000 in refund fraud theft

Zales in the Birch Run Outlets, Birch Run, MI reported a Grab & Run on 6/17, item valued at $3,700

Piercing Pagoda in the Dessert Sky Mall, Phoenix, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 6/16, item valued at $999

Piercing Pagoda in the Arizona Mills Mall, Tempe, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 6/12, item valued at $949

Piercing Pagoda in the Metro Centre Mall, Phoenix, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 6/14, item valued at $1,999

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Wasilla, AK reported a Grab & Run on 6/15, item valued at $2,895

Fire & Arson

North Little Rock, AR: Fire destroys Stella's Liquor; 3rd fire in 10 months


Ace Hardware - Anchorage, AK - Armed Robbery
Apple Store - Santa Clarita, CA - Burglary
B & T Shooting Supplies - Middleburg Heights, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Columbus, GA - Burglary
Circle K - North Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Austin, TX - Robbery
Dick's Sporting Goods - Saugus, MA - Burglary
Dominos Pizza - Evesham Township, NJ - Burglary
Green City Super Market - Newport News, VA - Robbery/Shooting
Kwik Stop - Bradenton, FL - Armed Robbery
L.I.C. Bagel Store - Queens, NY - Robbery
Lucky 7 Deli - Evesham Township, NJ - Burglary
Mobile - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Ragazzi Restaurant -Evesham Township, NJ - Burglary
Sunoco - Hillsborough County, FL - Robbery
Turkey Hill - Lemoyne, PA - Robbery
White Castle - Hammond, IN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Griffith, IN - Armed Robbery
7 FoodMart - Golden Gate, FL - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
12 robberies
7 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed


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