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USS Foundation Completes Successful 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
WASHINGTON DC (June 26, 2017) - The USS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disenfranchised children and their families through community outreach, recently completed their successful Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament, on Sunday, June 25.

The event, presented by sponsor Stanley Security, this year, was as an opportunity to engage the retail loss prevention leadership community and acted as a fundraiser to help facilitate the foundation's various charitable programs throughout the year, including the Adopt-A-Bike, Thanksgiving Care-A-Van, and Holiday Merrython events.

This year's tournament took place at the prestigious National Golf Club at Tantallon, located in
the heart of historic Fort Washington, MD, and was attended by some of the most influential
leaders in the retail loss prevention sector.  Read full press release

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Walmart Not Interested In Making Counter Bid to Acquire Whole Foods
Walmart is not considering making an offer for Whole Foods Market, according to Reuters.

Some analysts speculated that Walmart could potentially make a counter bid for the grocery chain. But Whole Foods, which accepted a $13.7 billion offer from Amazon, has not received news of any rival bids as of last Friday.

Whole Foods shares have been trading above Amazon's $42 bid since the deal was announced, and stock market investors have speculated about the possibility of a higher offer. Shares of Whole Foods and Walmart both remained unchanged in aftermarket trading Friday.

JAB Holdings was also flagged as a potential bidder for the Whole Foods acquisition by retail analysts, as it has been shifting its focus to restaurants and food and beverage businesses. JAB recently announced it would purchase Panera Bread in a deal valued at about $7.5 billion.

However, even if another company were to come in with a rival bid, many speculate that Amazon's deep pockets would allow it to counter any offer for the Whole Foods acquisition with a higher amount. pymnts.com

Here are Big Retailers That Stand to Gain As Amazon 'Takes Over the World'
Not every area of the retail sector is expected to lose in an Amazon Inc. -controlled world.

"Although it may take time for investors to be willing to reenter the space, we believe this may actually have made the 'winners' within our retail/brands coverage (which have already been coping through the Amazon threat) more investable," Nomura analyst Simeon Siegel wrote in a research note on Monday, June 26.

As Amazon appears to be encroaching on every aspect of retail, with its recent $13.7 billion purchase of organic grocer Whole Foods Market Inc., its adoption of a try-before-you-buy system through Prime Wardrobe and its expansion of its bricks-and-mortar book stores, Nomura said several retailers including Ulta Beauty Inc., TJX Co. Inc., Ross Stores Inc. and Nike Inc. could actually stand to gain from this impending Amazon reign.

First, Nomura said that Prime Wardrobe will likely drive higher return rates, "keeping excess inventory alive," therefore keeping off-price retailers like T.J. Maxx and Ross Stores alive.

Plus, Nomura previously highlighted Ulta, TJX and Ross Stores as "e-comm defensible companies."

Nike's anticipated boost is based on the assumption that the athletic apparel and shoemaker will begin selling its products on Amazon.com, as Goldman Sachs hinted at last week. thestreet.com

Women are twice as likely than men to lose their jobs to robots
As automation threatens the existence of millions of jobs across the US, not every American is equally at risk of being replaced by a robot.

Twice as many women than men are likely to lose their jobs as automation replaces human labor, according to a recent report by the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA).

That's because women are more likely to be employed in roles that can be replaced by robots. For example, 97% of cashiers are expected to lose their jobs in the coming years to automation. As of 2016, 73% of cashiers are women.

Women are not the only group that ISEA found will be disproportionately impacted by the rise of automation.

Hispanic and African-American workers are 25% and 13% more likely, respectively, to lose their jobs to automation than white workers. Asian workers are 11% less likely, compared to white workers.

The biggest factor, according to the ISEA, is education level. People without a high school degree face an almost six times higher risk than those with a doctorate of losing their livelihoods, as they are more likely to be working jobs that are less complex and easier to automate.

Researchers emphasized in the report that new technology will likely also result in new types of employment, replacing lost jobs. However, with the new forms of employment, there is no guarantee that these new jobs will provide well-paying livelihoods for the most vulnerable demographics. businessinsider.com

Family of slain Chicago area Uber driver sues Walmart
Relatives of a suburban Chicago Uber driver who was fatally attacked while on the job has sued Walmart, where authorities say the driver's teenage attacker stole weapons just before the killing.

The family of Grant Nelson filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in Cook County against the retailer and two other companies overseeing its security.

Authorities have charged 16-year-old Eliza Wasni in Nelson's death, saying she stole a machete and knife from Walmart early on May 30 and then got into Nelson's car and brutally attacked him.

The lawsuit claims two Walmart employees or contractors stood near the door as Wasni exited. The lawsuit alleges they were negligent because they failed to stop the teen and ask her any questions.

In a statement, Walmart says its associates "acted properly." washingtonpost.com

Bed Bath & Beyond mulls closures of 80-100 stores
Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Steven Temares told analysts Friday that as leases come up, the company is renegotiating terms with landlords and contemplating closures of some 80 to 100 stores in the next few years, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha.

However, Temares also defended the company's brick-and-mortar strategy, saying that, although the retailer has been criticized for not shuttering more stores, all stores are profitable and provide marketing, online order fulfillment and other opportunities to reach customers online and off. retaildive.com

Report: Eddie Bauer looking for a buyer
Eddie Bauer has hired investment banks Guggenheim Partners LLC and Financo LLC to explore strategic alternatives, unnamed sources told Reuters Friday. A request for comment to Eddie Bauer from Retail Dive weren't immediately returned. Owner Golden Gate Capital declined to comment to Retail Dive.

The struggling outdoor apparel retailer is also seeking relief from a $225 million term loan due in 2020 and $200 million revolving credit line that comes due in 2019, according to the report. retaildive.com

Claire's Struggles to Stay Afloat Amid Retail Bankruptcies, Closings
But after nearly six decades in American malls, Claire's is facing an uphill battle to stay afloat. The retailer - which says it has pierced 94 million ears, more than any other company - has reported 11 consecutive quarters of declining sales and racked up more than $2 billion in debt, prompting speculation among analysts that it could be among the next to face big trouble.

"Claire's - which is about impulse-driven purchases - has become a victim of changing mall traffic trends," said David Silverman, a retail analyst at Fitch Ratings, which recently deemed Claire's "at risk" of filing for bankruptcy. Claire's did not respond to a request for comment.

Adding to its woes is $2.17 billion in debt, much of it dating to 2007, when private-equity firm Apollo Global Management bought the company in a leveraged buyout valued at $3.1 billion. Claire's has struggled to pay back those debts, and in 2016, shuttered more than 150 stores in an effort to cut costs. washingtonpost.com

Neiman Marcus Ships $40K of Handbags by Mistake, Receiver Returns Items
If Neiman Marcus shipped you $40,000 worth of handbags by mistake, what would you do? Thanks to Matthew Hwang, Neiman Marcus isn't out $40,000. Hwang, or @matthwang as he's known on his Instagram account, posted Thursday that he received a package from Neiman Marcus a week ago. Included were Chanel handbags and a receipt for $39,168.13.

The order was shipped by mistake to Hwang who returned the bags to the Beverly Hills store. He's receiving kudos on social media for doing the right thing. His post was first reported by blogger Brit + Co. "We are very grateful for Mr. Hwang's honesty and his time spent returning these items. We know that it was mistakenly left with him during a return process through a shipping vendor," said a spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus. The package contained a partial return from a customer and went to Hwang's address instead of the Beverly Hills store. And the error was not related -- as was first speculated -- to a new inventory system internally called NMG One, the company said. Neiman Marcus has had problems with the new system designed to merge online and in-store inventories across the retailers brands that include Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp, Horchow and Last Call. dallasnews.com

Supervalue Inc. on the hunt for next CFO
The company announced that Bruce Besanko plans to resign as executive VP, COO and CFO effective July 5, 2017 to pursue an outside opportunity. chainstoreage.com

Lowe's completes $512M acquisition of Maintenance Supply Headquarters

Central Grocers Announces Liquidation Of Food Inventory

J. Crew Nears Finish Line for $566M Capital Infusion

The collapse of brick-and-mortar retail could spiral into a real estate crisis

Tesco Hands Store Staff a Pay Raise as U.K. Minimum Wage Bites

Aldi hiring up to 150 at Baltimore area stores

Retail in airports will grow to $49 billion by 2021, research finds

Pharmacy head gets 9 years for deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

 

 


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Paul Jones, LPC talks about the
Crime Accountability Partnership Program

Learn how the CAP program reduces the expenditure of retailer and criminal justice resources, increases restitution payments to the retailer, and educates the offender to reduce recidivism.

The Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) - a collaboration between Turning Point Justice and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention - saves time and money for retailers and law enforcement alike through a cloud-based collaborative solution that cultivates positive change through restorative justice.

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New 'Petya' Cyberattack Spreads From Russia to Britain
Computer systems from Russia to Britain were victims of an international cyberattack on Tuesday in a hack that bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its ministries, local banks and metro systems had been affected. A number of companies - including Rosneft, the Russian energy giant; Saint-Gobain, the French construction materials company; and WPP, the British advertising agency - also said they had been targeted.

It remains unclear who is behind this most recent cyberattack. Like the previous WannaCry attacks in May, Tuesday's hack takes over computers and demands digital ransom to regain control.

Computer experts were calling the computer virus "Petya," and said that it was similar to the WannaCry attack that spread like wildfire across much of Asia and Europe.

Analysts have been warning that hackers are increasingly likely to use such ransomware attacks to gain access to people's computers, both in a bid to cause major global disruption and for financial gain.

The recent attacks appear to evade popular antivirus software. In a test of 61 antivirus solutions, only four successfully identified the ransomware. nytimes.com

Get Hacked and Your Cybersecurity Company May Pay
The hackers are winning, so the market for cybersecurity insurance is booming. Today businesses accept that they are likely to be breached no matter how much they spend on defenses, and they've begun looking for someone to share the cost. Pricing the risk is difficult, however (see "Insurers Scramble to Put a Price on a Cyber Catastrophe"). And that has created a new opportunity for security companies confident enough to warranty their products.

Companies will spend $7.5 billion on cybersecurity insurance in 2020 (up from an estimated $2.5 billion in 2015), according to a recent projection by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The ballooning market reflects how common cybercrime has become-and the fact that cybersecurity companies are not financially accountable when something goes wrong.

It is too early to say whether cybersecurity warranties will amount to anything more than marketing ploys, says Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum, a nonprofit organization that develops recommendations for the best way to manage information security risks. But some vendors have gathered valuable information by monitoring the performance of their products over the years, and that potentially puts them in a strong position to "plug a little bit of a gap" in the insurance market, he says.

In evaluating these risks, cybersecurity firms have an advantage over traditional insurance companies, because they have crucial data that can only come from analyzing real events like the data breaches they themselves have experienced. Traditional insurers, by contrast, are just beginning to assess the full risks of doing business in cyberspace.

Many of the data breaches we have seen could have been avoided if businesses had patched their systems adequately. For example, the WannaCry ransomware attack that began in May takes advantage of old, unpatched Microsoft operating systems. Companies that sign up for these programs will get a payout only if they follow proper security practices. technologyreview.com

Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage
The global cybercrime epidemic - predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 - is creating an unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers.

These 10 facts, figures, statistics, and observations sum up the employment crisis - and offer a few ideas and programs that may help solve the problem:

• The 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report ventured what became a widely popular cybersecurity jobs forecast over the past three years, originally stating "It's estimated that by 2014, the industry will still be short more than a million security professionals across the globe."

• Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021. Every IT position is also a cybersecurity position now. Every IT worker, every technology worker, needs to be involved with protecting and defending apps, data, devices, infrastructure, and people. If that is true, then the cybersecurity workforce shortage is even greater than what the numbers suggest.

• The cybersecurity unemployment rate was zero percent in 2016, and it's expected to remain there from 2017 to 2021. "The field of cyber security is the least populated of any field of technology," according to John McAfee. "There are two job openings for every qualified candidate."

• In 2017 the U.S. employs nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions, with approximately 350,000 current cybersecurity openings, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

• The current number of U.S. cybersecurity job openings is up from 209,000 in 2015. At that time, job postings were already up 74 percent over the previous five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

• The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) recently estimated that India alone will need 1 million cybersecurity professionals by 2020 to meet the demands of its rapidly growing economy.

• The Palo Alto Research Center and Symantec have both projected the demand for cybersecurity talent would rise to 6 million jobs (total jobs, filled and unfilled) globally by 2019.

• Right now, about 65 percent of large U.S. companies have a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) position, up from 50 percent in 2016, according to ISACA, an independent, nonprofit, global association. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that 100 percent of large companies globally will have a CISO position by 2021.

• The cybersecurity industry has a gender problem. Women hold only 11 percent of cybersecurity positions globally. Yet, they hold 25 percent of tech jobs, and they make up 50 percent of the population.

• Two out of three high schoolers say the idea of a career in cybersecurity had never been mentioned to them by a teacher, guidance or career counselor, according to Raytheon. csoonline.com







NRF PROTECT to Honor Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention Experts

Three members of the law enforcement and retail loss prevention community will be honored this week during the National Retail Federation's NRF PROTECT conference in Washington. The founder of The Loss Prevention Foundation will receive the industry's top award on Tuesday while a New York Police Department lieutenant who launched the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance and an FBI agent responsible for breaking a multi-state crime ring will be recognized on Wednesday.

"Each one of these honorees has supported the loss prevention community by protecting retailers and their customers and sharing their skills and experience to help develop highly proficient loss prevention professionals," NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. "Their significant contributions continue to create great impact in the community and deserve to be recognized by these prestigious awards."

Ring of Excellence Award
This award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose "honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry."

This year's recipient is Gene Smith, founder of the Loss Prevention Foundation and former president of Downing & Downing, a human resources firm specializing in LP staff development, in recognition of his more than 40 years of experience and his work to develop the industry's Loss Prevention Qualified and Loss Prevention Certified designations. Smith has provided career counseling to countless LP professionals, university curriculum committees and industry trade association committees.

During Smith's time at Downing & Downing, he conducted assessment interviews and career counseling with thousands of industry associates and performed industry organizational and consulting reviews designed to maximize resources and deliver value. Smith is recognized as an industry leader and expert on talent assessment and acquisition.

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award
This award acknowledges law enforcement officers or agencies that have gone "above and beyond the call of duty" to support the retail industry in combating fraud, protecting assets and reducing losses.

This year's award will be presented to NYPD Lt. Tarik Sheppard for his efforts to create the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance in 2014 while head of the Grand Larceny Analytical unit. The unit works to identify pattern crimes and pattern crime offenders, and Sheppard recognized the extent of organized crime in retail thefts while working there.

Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award
This award recognizes investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and the industry.

This year's recipient is FBI Special Agent Kevin Kohler, who uncovered a multi-state crime ring that placed fraudulent bar codes on high-value products, intentionally lowering prices and inflicting losses exceeding $200,000. Kohler played an integral role in the investigation by securing crucial evidence, and in a matter of two months was able to arrest the head of the group. Going beyond the retail fraud that initiated the case, the investigation also led to charges of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors, resulting in the rescue of several children from a predator. The ringleader was sentenced to 70 years in prison without parole. nrf.com















 

From LP executive
to service provider

Leaders in recovery services and EBR tool analytics, The Zellman Group not only offers retailers state-of-the-art technology and solutions, but years of experience and expertise with a management team comprised of veterans in loss prevention, operations and eCommerce. Lauren Bridgeo, VP of Operations, tells us about the service-based approach Zellman Group takes to civil recovery and restitution, while Bill Ramos, Director of ORC Recovery, explains how their new program can help retailers recover losses related to ORC.
 


LPNN Quick Take #8

Amber goes orange in this LPNN Quick Take, chatting with Wouter Ubbels, Director Channel Sales Americas, and Patrick O'Leary, VP and General Manager, of Nedap Retail. Learn how Nedap delivers customers quality local service on a global level.

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How Jeff Bezos Is Going To Revolutionize Ecommerce In America
Amazon's foundation isn't just solid; it's a case study in growing a business online. Their rise to success has taken place over 20 years, but people still wonder how it happened. To understand how Amazon reached its current position, it's important to recognize that Amazon isn't just focused on being an online retailer; it is continually looking toward future solutions. Now a dominating presence in the worlds of both e-commerce and hosting, Bezos is setting his sights on changing not just e-commerce, but how commerce works forever. Here's how:

The Logistics Industry Is Changing At Light Speed

One of the biggest things going on in the world of e-commerce is that the logistics industry is changing rapidly. And Amazon has been at the forefront of this trend.

While we've all heard about self-driving cars, many don't realize that the technology is being implemented for truck drivers as well. Even though there's skepticism over how reliable and accurate these systems are going to be, there is no doubt that advanced software and technology stand a chance of changing e-commerce forever by solving the "last-mile problem."

In addition to self-driving cars, Amazon has been heavily investing in drone delivery service. Drone delivery is another potential answer to the last-mile problem mentioned above.

The Multi-Sided Market Is On The Rise

Another innovation that Amazon is spearheading is the rise of the multi-sided marketplace. Amazon has proven to be a profitable platform for resellers over the past decade, and they've started to expand that model at street level by introducing their Amazon Flex program.

With Amazon Flex, they're allowing people to become delivery drivers for products purchased from Amazon. While they've taken an approach similar to Uber, touting the service as a great way to earn extra income, the results have received mixed reviews.

Amazon Is Still Growing

Perhaps the cornerstone of Amazon's business is the fact they keep investing in themselves to grow their mammoth of a business. This past year saw tremendous growth despite more spending, as they added to their mainstays of e-commerce and Amazon Web Services.

With the added services of Prime, Flex and logistics that they've been expanding upon, you can expect them to continue innovating and creating new and inventive ways that disrupt certain markets.

Bear in mind that what makes Amazon special isn't necessarily that they're a massive company; it's that they have consistently looked toward the future in ways no one else has. forbes.com

A new FAA bill could bring drone deliveries closer to reality
Senate legislators directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and US Department of Transportation to enact new rules to accelerate the development of drone delivery within US borders as part of a new FAA reauthorization bill, Bloomberg reports.

• The bill directs the Department of Transportation to create a new certification for companies performing drone deliveries. Companies that receive the certificate would be able to operate drones for deliveries, though they would still be subject to other laws and regulations.

• The bill authorizes the FAA to grant more exemptions for drone operations beyond pilots' lines of sight. In the US, drones cannot be flown out of the line of sight of the operator. This significantly curtails the potential benefits of drone delivery. If companies were able to bypass this rule, long-distance, unmanned drone deliveries would come much closer to reality in the country.

• However, the bill directly conflicts with House legislation endorsed by President Donald Trump that advocated privatizing US air traffic control, which is currently operated by the FAA. In contrast, the Senate's proposed legislation would strengthen FAA oversight of drones and air traffic control. businessinsider.com

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Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference
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ept. 21 in Durham, NC

Mark your calendars! Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina.

North and South Carolina Retailers and Law Enforcement will come together to learn about the most pressing issues in retail crime and loss prevention today, expand their network within the field, and partner with the most outstanding security service partners to help your business succeed.

For more information about this event, click here.

Portland, OR: Fred Meyer manager may be responsible for $300K theft
A manager with Fred Meyer is accused of stealing more than $18,000 from the grocery store she was entrusted to prevent theft from, according to court documents. According to court documents, Fred Meyer told detectives with the Portland Police Bureau's White Collar Crimes Unit that the Gateway Fred Meyer had experienced a cash theft of more than $300,000.

When officials watched the video for May 24, 2017 they saw Tallman pushing a grocery cart at 1:30 a.m. next to the self-checkout machines. The grocery cart was full of cleaning supplies. Tallman was "looking around the store, apparently, to see if anyone can see her, then opening the secure cash storage area inside the machine with a key, then reaching inside the machine with her hand," according to court documents. The video shows her removing something from the machine but the contents were obscured by her clipboard. koin.com

Charleston, SC: Two men steal $10,000 in handbags from Gucci store; Third theft at store this year
For the third time this year, the Gucci store in downtown Charleston was again targeted by thieves who made off with pricey handbags. Charleston police say the two men shown on surveillance video stealing purses valued at $9,300 on Saturday are also suspected of shoplifting thousands in merchandise from the nearby Louis Vuitton store that afternoon.

The thefts come after two earlier incidents at the Gucci store at 132 Market St. In February, a cane-wielding shoplifter with a Russian accent stole a $24,000 crocodile skin handbag, police said. Then earlier this month, two people swiped 10 purses valued between $10,000 and $20,000. postandcourier.com

Louisville, KY: 'Shoplifting is my job,' suspect allegedly said after theft of $4,000 in merchandise
Two people are facing felony charges after they were caught shoplifting more than $4,000 worth of merchandise from Macy's at Oxmoor Center, according to arrest reports. The arresting officer said one of the suspects, Leosha Morris, stated, "shoplifting is my job."

Morris, 20, was the alleged lookout for Ray Hamilton, 25, who tried to leave the store on Saturday with $2,207.95 worth of merchandise he didn't buy, police said, and a second shoplifter who made a run for it. She allegedly was caught with another $1,929.41 worth of stolen Macy's merchandise. wave3.com

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Brawls, Shootings & Deaths

North Charleston, SC: Man shot, killed by police officer after convenience store robbery
A South Carolina police officer has shot and killed an armed robbery suspect. North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said the shooting happened after an armed robbery at a convenience store.

Pryor says the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the State Law Enforcement Division later said he was dead. SLED says the officer was not hurt. State police have taken over the investigation. SLED spokesman Thom Berry said investigators were told there was a shootout between the suspect and officer. abcnews4.com startribune.com


Nashville, TN: Two injured in robbery, shooting in Target parking lot
Two people were injured after being shot during a robbery outside a Nashville-area Target. The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the store on White Bridge Pike. Officials with Metro Nashville Police said two were injured during a robbery turned shooting. One was struck in the arm, while the other was hit in the leg. The extent of the victims' injuries was unclear. There were other customers in the parking lot and inside the store when the shooting happened. newschannel5.com


Tuscaloosa County, AL: Chevron station employee shot in head by robber
A Tuscaloosa store clerk was shot in the head during a weekend robbery, and authorities are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect in the case. Once on the scene, they found the 51-year-old male clerk with a gunshot wound to the head. Hart said the wound was not life-threatening. al.com



Jacksonville, FL: Clerk shot during liquor store robbery, suspect on the loose
A manhunt is underway for a man who robbed and shot a liquor store clerk in Englewood, Monday night. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the robbery took place around 11:30 p.m. at the On The Rocks Liquor Store. Police said the clerk was shot once in the arm and taken to Memorial Hospital. Police are searching through surveillance video to try to get a better look at the man. They said the man is considered armed and dangerous. news4jax.com

Greeley, CO: Random stabbing at Greeley Mall draws police response, potential attempted murder charge
A 31-year-old Greeley man is in good condition after being stabbed in the back Sunday afternoon at the Greeley Mall. The victim, who police did not identify, was in the common area of the mall near the Journeys store when police say he was attacked by Felipe Robert Vigil. Smith said Vigil and his alleged victim had no connection, adding the stabbing appeared to be random. greeleytribune.com

San Francisco, CA: Brawl Shuts Down San Francisco Westfield Mall
A brawl forced the temporary lockdown of San Francisco's downtown Westfield Mall Sunday evening and ended with several people being detained, authorities said.

A San Francisco police spokesman said calls came in around 6:43 p.m. reporting a large fight at the mall.

Videos posted on social media showed a chaotic scene with arriving officers struggling to subdue several individuals. As a precaution the mall was locked down for a short time and then finally closed for the night early while police attempted to control the violence. cbslocal.com


Robberies & Thefts

New Orleans, LA: Man pleads guilty to 3-state armed robbery spree
Hit 9 establishments, including four McDonald's restaurants in past year

A man pleaded guilty last week to a three-state armed robbery spree that targeted four McDonald's restaurants and a bank in the New Orleans area. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each robbery charge alone. According to prosecutors, Simms robbed a total of nine establishments last year between Jan. 12 and Feb. 8. At times threatening to kill the cashiers he encountered, Simms' spree pocketed him about $7,240, with nearly $6,000 of that sum coming from the bank robberies, prosecutors said. theadvocate.com

Exeter, PA: Shoplifter assaulted 3 Walmart employees in Exeter, police say
A Pottstown woman with two prior retail theft convictions assaulted three Walmart workers who tried to stop her and her accomplice from leaving a shoplifting incident at the Exeter Township store over the weekend, investigators said Monday.

Loss prevention employees saw the suspects stuffing clothing into Walmart bags, then go through the self-checkout line paying only for a box of plastic food containers. A clerk tried to check the receipt, but the women became aggressive and loud. Loss prevention officers responded, and Bradley pulled the hair of one of the officers, shoved another and slapped the face of a third. readingeagle.com

Robbery suspect assaulted Loss Prevention officer while trying to escape store
Police said a man is in custody after he robbed a store and assaulted a Loss Prevention Officer. According to police the suspect, Michael Hansen, 26, of Ventura had been seen twice on Sunday removing items from the store without paying for them.

When Hansen entered the store for the second time, a Loss Prevention Officer began visual surveillance of the suspect. According to police, when Hansen tried to leave the store officers tried to stop him, and that's when Hansen hit one of them with a gallon container knocking him to the ground. keyt.com

Cambridge, MA: Thieves use USB cord to tie up employee during store robbery
An employee was tied up with a USB cord during an armed robbery at the AT&T store in the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall. According to police, two black men reportedly broke into the store and managed to tie up an employee with a USB cord while holding a gun to their back. According to police, two black men reportedly broke into the store and managed to tie up an employee with a USB cord while holding a gun to their back. wcvb.com

Kalamazoo, MI: $1,600 in cigarettes stolen from Kalamazoo store, 2 arrested

West Whiteland, Township, PA: Babies R Us employee charged in $500 theft

Stony Point, NC: Man charged in armed robbery spree

Commerce Township, MI: Police Hunt For Man Who Stole Money From Bank Inside Kroger Store

Moore, OK: Couple saught after stealing diamond ring from jewelry store


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Pueblo, CO: Man wanted in connection to 20-plus theft cases out of Custer County
he suspect in more than 20 theft cases out of Custer County has crossed county lines, the sheriff's office said over the weekend. The man was last seen at the Walgreens where authorities say he made a purchase using stolen credit cards. The Custer County Sheriff's Office says he is wanted in connection to vehicle break-ins in the Bishop's Castle and Lake San Isabel area. kktv.com


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Circle K - Trenton, MI - Robbery
Circle K - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Binghamton, NY - Robbery
Dollar General - Port St. Lucie, FL - Robbery
Dollar General - Gulfport, MS - Armed Robbery
Fuel Warehouse - New Bern, NC - Robbery
E-Z Mart - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Kwik Shop - Davenport, IA - Robbery
McDonald's - Austintown Township, OH - Robbery
On The Rocks Liquor Store - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery/Shooting

Pancho's Suzuki - Hanover, PA - Burglary
QuikTrip - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
RaceTrac - Nokomis, FL - Armed Robbery
Rita's Italian Ice - Lancaster, PA - Robbery
Scotchman convenience store - North Charleston, SC - Robbery
Speedway - Kalamazoo, MI - Robbery
T-Fuel - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Valero - Danville, VA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
Walgreens - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery

WinCo Grocery - Ventura, CA - Robbery
Wampum Corner Liquors - Wrentham, MA - Burglary/Smash & Grab
Z-Mart - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
22 robberies
2 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed













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