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Danielle Bronicki promoted to Director, Store Operations
for Barnes & Noble

Danielle was previously the Manager Store Operations for the retailer for over four years. She's also held a variety of operations and asset protection positions for Toys R Us and Babies R Us including Senior Manager AP Data, Manager Asset Protection Data, Special Projects Mgr - Loss Prevention, Operations Manager - Store Systems and Operations, and Operations Manager - Store Planning. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Information Systems and Marketing from Rider University. Congratulations Danielle!

NRF: Focus On New Ways Of Shopping Keeps Biggest Retailers Big
The nation's largest retailers have held onto their top spots by focusing on value and embracing new ways consumers are shopping, according to the annual Top 100 Retailers list released this week by the National Retail Federation's STORES Magazine and Kantar Retail.

"Retailers will always be measured by sales numbers, and ranking the leaders is important," said STORES Media Editor Susan Reda. "But so are the stories behind the numbers-it's those stories that bring the Top 100 to life. The nation's largest retailers are posting strong vitals. They're embracing creative disruption, reinventing physical stores as places for brand experiences and exploring new ways to connect with the consumer."

All of the Top 10 stores in the Top 100 list published in the July issue of STORES are the same as last year, and the order of the top four remains the same: perpetual No. 1 Walmart followed by Kroger, Costco and The Home Depot.

"At 55 years old, Walmart may be the oldest new kid on the block, but it still has the energy and mindset of a startup as it continues to successfully battle the competition," said Reda.

Coming in at No. 5 is CVS Caremark, moving up from No. 7 last year, followed by No. 6 Walgreens Boots Alliance (down from No. 5), No. 7 Amazon (up from No. 8), No. 8 Target (down from No. 6), No. 9 Lowe's (up from No. 10) and No. 10 Albertsons (down from No. 9). theshelbyreport.com

6 Fast Facts About Retail That Dispel The Myth That The Sector Is Struggling
While the retail industry experiences growing pains during this seismic shift in favor of e-commerce, not all retail real estate is struggling. These six facts signal continued strength in the sector during its evolution.

1. National Retail Rents Reached A Nine-Year High In Q1
Nationwide retail rents grew to rates not experienced since 2008 in the first quarter, marking the 13th consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year rent growth, CBRE reported in its Q1 Marketview Snapshot. Net asking rents averaged $16.97/SF nationally in Q1, a 6% increase from the year-ago quarter. Retail growth increased across all segments, including the lifestyle and mall segment that has been facing major headwinds.

2. Major Retail Brands Are Still Expanding
With 300-plus retailers having filed bankruptcy already this year and store closure levels expected to jump 25% this year to at least 5,000 closed units, according to Cushman & Wakefield, it is easy to get an eerie picture of the industry.

But not all segments of retail are faring the same, and there are still many retailers growing their footprints. Dollar General has plans to expand by 1,000 locations this year alone, including 150 to 160 small-format stores. TJ Maxx announced plans to open almost 200 new stores in 2017, and German discount grocer Lidl has raised its U.S. expansion plans with a $5B investment to open an additional 900 locations in the next five years. Other companies with 2017 expansion plans include: Ulta (100 stores), Ross (90), Dick's Sporting Goods (60), Burlington (25), Costco (15), Nordstrom (16) and Target (14), according to CBRE research.

3. U.S. Retailers Are Leading The Pack In International Expansion
Though the global retail industry's international expansion slowed 3.1% in 2016 compared to the previous year, U.S.-based retailers led the way in international expansion last year. In surveying 166 cities in 51 countries, CBRE found U.S. retailers remain the most active when it comes to international expansion, thanks in part to the strength of the dollar compared to other currency.

4. Brick-And-Mortar Is Taking Over E-Commerce, Not Vice Versa
CBRE's head of Retail Research in the Americas Melina Cordero said the perception that e-commerce is killing brick-and-mortar through online sales is misguided. She said most e-commerce sales are going back into brick-and-mortar brands' pockets.

"What's actually happening is that a big majority, over 50%, of online sales are actually going to brick-and-mortar brands. When you shop online at a brick-and-mortar store that's technically an online purchase going to a brick-and-mortar brand," she told Bisnow earlier this month.

5. Warren Buffett Just Bet Big On The Sector
In a deal that signifies not all retail is in trouble, real estate mogul Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway grabbed a 9.8% stake in Store Capital Corp., a net lease retail REIT. The firm invested $377M in the REIT, which primarily leases to mom-and-pop retailers, and avoids the sectors that have seen their market eaten up by e-commerce, such as fashion, media and electronics.

6. Fundamentals Reflect Continued Strength In The Sector
Though net absorption remained flat in the first quarter with 14.5M SF of retail space absorbed, the availability rate made a rebound. Retail market availability dropped 10 basis points to 7% in Q1, with neighborhood, community and strip centers leading the push in declining availability since the recession.

The number of new retail properties completed in Q1 reached a nine-year high in 2017. Completions jumped 12.4% compared to Q1 2016, with Houston leading the way with 1M SF of retail completed in Q1; next came Los Angeles and Miami with 610K SF and 617K SF completed in Q1, respectively. forbes.com

AI/BOT: Is AI The Key To Retail's Survival?
With the opening of the Amazon Go grocery store and bookstore in Seattle, Amazon is breathing innovation into the stodgy brick-and-mortar experience.

It is also changing the retail game by eliminating the need for checkout stations through its artificial intelligence (AI) infused checkout system in its Amazon Go grocery store.

While this may have seemed like a difficult task in the past, technology options like AI, machine learning and natural language processing have brought increased clarity. Retailers are slowly starting to transform their entire in-store experience to help gather more customer details, create a complete picture and upgrade customer service experience.

Forty-five percent of retailers are planning to use AI in the next few years, according to the latest research from Boston Retail Partners. This AI integration will be done through the use of chatbots or digital assistants and primarily used for customer enhancement services. pymnts.com

Bankrupt Payless Expands Store Closure Plans, Again
Closure Tally to Approach 700 Stores

Payless Holdings LLC received permission Tuesday in Missouri bankruptcy court to embark on a third round of store closures, paving the way for the closure tally to approach 700.

The company, which filed for Chapter 11 in early April with more than $1 billion in liabilities and assets of between $500 million and $1 billion, has previously told the court that leases are a massive line item in its ongoing costs and that negotiations with landlords have met with only mixed success. At the time of its early April bankruptcy filing, Payless had about 4,400 locations worldwide.

On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States approved a motion filed on June 13 for 81 of what the shoe chain is calling "third list store closings." Judge Surratt-States said the new closings "are in the best interests of the debtors' estates. The entry of this order is in the best interest of the debtors and their estates, creditors, and interest holders."

The nearly seven dozen targeted locations dot the country and include multiple outposts in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts; Payless singled them out based on profitability, unlikelihood of rent concessions, cash flow and the potential for sales to smoothly shift to nearby stores, according to filings.

The first round of closures involved 389 stores, and the second round contemplated some 400 stores but ended up applying to only 216, according to court documents. law360.com

Tesco continues savings drive as it cuts 1,200 head-office jobs
Tesco is to cut 1,200 jobs at its head office, only a week after announcing that 1,100 jobs would be axed at a call centre, as its chief executive, Dave Lewis, presses on with a cost-cutting drive. theguardian.com

Costco Overcharged NY Taxes On Discounted Items, Suit Says
A Costco Wholesale Corp. shopper hit the retailer with a putative class action in New York federal court on Monday, claiming it owes tens of millions of dollars for violating Empire State tax laws when it charged consumers sales tax for discounted items based on their full price.

New York resident Mark A. Guterman says the retailer is deceptively passing on its share of New York state tax liabilities to consumers by charging full-price sales tax for items discounted through coupons without providing a required notice on the coupons.

Monday's suit raises the prospect that Costco could owe tens of millions for failing to abide by New York's tax laws with respect to a putative class of shoppers that could exceed a million members. The complaint seeks the greater of actual damages or statutory damages of $50 per violation. law360.com

PAGA Waiver Stalls Vons' $2.1M Late-Wages Suit Settlement
A California judge Tuesday refused to approve Vons Cos. Inc.'s $2.1 million settlement to resolve the putative class claims of 43,700 former employees alleging the grocery giant was slow to pay post-termination wages, saying the deal waives Private Attorneys General Act claims not raised in the complaint.

Los Angeles County Judge Kenneth R. Freeman's decision Tuesday postponed a preliminary approval hearing for the class settlement, which stems from a former Vons worker's 2014 suit claiming the company failed to timely pay him and others wages due after the termination of their employment. law360.com

Skechers debuts new store format in California
The company has opened a 24,000-sq.-ft. outlet store at Ontario Mills, Ontario, California, that houses one of the widest assortments of Skechers products under one roof, with dedicated departments for the brand's various lifestyle and performance collections for men and women. The new Skechers Superstore also features a fun kids' area, complete with a candy shop and a theater space screening Skechers cartoons. chainstoreage.com

Fast-fashion giant steps up POS game with new partnership
Eager to improve customer service and security at the front end, Forever 21 is converting its point-of-sale (POS) fleet to a single solution.

Through a partnership with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, the fast-fashion retailer is adding the vendor's hardware, equipment and services across all its corporate stores around the globe. The agreement makes Toshiba the chain's single point of contact for all POS systems, peripherals and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) front and back office retail store technology. chainstoreage.com

ATF Upgrades Alert System for Gun-Store Thefts
The federal agency charged with keeping guns out of criminals' hands has beefed up its system for alerting firearms dealers about local burglaries. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now emailing gun merchants who included an address in their license application if another gun store is robbed in their area, the agency said.

The ATF launched the warning system, called "fflAlert," in January in response to a wave of gun store break-ins. More than 7,488 firearms were stolen from licensed dealers in 2016, a 59 percent increase over 2015. The number of burglaries increased 30 percent.

The fflAlert system kicks into gear when a dealer reports a theft. The call alerts nearby gun shops, describes how thieves gained access, and urges dealers to "ensure the security of both your inventory and property." The program uses phone numbers provided by stores to the ATF during the licensing process. The ATF says the calls are made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week. thetrace.org

Trump wades back into Internet sales tax fight with Amazon tweet

Carl's Jr. slapped with $1.45 million fine for failing to pay minimum wage in L.A.

Chicago-Area Retailers Sue Over Penny-An-Ounce Soda Tax

Forever 21 Sues Over Gucci Trademark Threats

Darden Wants FACTA Suit Stayed Pending Spokeo Ruling

Some Shoppers Fret When Companies Take Over Favorite Brands

U.S. Retail Mall Vacancies Edge Up in Second Quarter: Reis

Kroger CEO says Whole Foods is a 'good fit' for Amazon; Kroger's stock pops

Chanel Unveils Bigger, Better Boutique at Saks Flagship

Lidl to build DC, regional office in Georgia

Facebook wants to become the new mobile storefront - Unveils new ad tools for brands and retailers

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Come see Chipotle's Brand Expert William Espey speak at RLPSA's Annual Conference,

The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is excited to add Chipotle's Branding Creative Lead, William Espey, as a keynote speaker to its food and restaurant-specific agenda for the 38th Annual RLPSA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, July 30 - August 2, 2017. Espey will share crisis management essentials as he reflects on vital lessons on brand loyalty from the recent Chipotle crisis.

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Nedap Introduces New iSense Lumen 3-in-1 RFID antenna at 2017 NRF Protect 

In-store hardware for article surveillance and article tracking

Boston (June 21, 2017) - Today, Nedap announces the global launch of its new iSense Lumen line in the United States. It is the latest extension of Nedap's successful iSense hardware platform for article surveillance and article tracking in retail stores. Beginning July 1, 2017, Nedap will introduce three iSense Lumen antennas starting with the Lumen iL45, which offers new user feedback functionalities. It can be used at multiple locations in a store, thus optimizing the retailer's product availability.

Three of Nedap's premier distributors, CONTROLTEK (booth 129), NuTech National (booth 423) and Scarsdale Security Systems (booth 941), will display the new iSense Lumen antennas at the 2017 NRF Protect Conference in Washington DC June 26 - 28.

Intuitive User Feedback with Light & Sound
The iSense Lumen antenna line is designed to enhance the user experience through advanced light and sound options. The multi-colored lights and state-of-the-art speakers notify store staff about the cause and urgency of specific events with light and sound signals.

Hilbert Dijkstra, Product Manager at Nedap Retail, explains: "iSense Lumen is another big step forward in the development of article surveillance solutions. It is the result of great feedback we got after the introduction of iSense in 2014. With iSense, we completely redefined the way electronic article surveillance works, because of its intelligence. The system recognizes individual items, detects the direction of the item and gives instant feedback to the store staff."

Intelligent 3-in-1 RFID Antenna
The Lumen iL45 antenna can be placed at three key locations in a store to track article movements. At the entrance, it is able to detect which items are leaving the store and it will activate an alarm with items that have not been paid for, thus minimizing losses. The antenna can also be placed between the stock room and the sales floor to track article movements, as well as in the stockroom to track new deliveries.

"Nedap is focused on enabling retailers to always have the right products available without adding complexity to their process," said Patrick O'Leary, Vice President and General Manager at Nedap Retail Americas. "That's why we're proud to launch our new iSense hardware platform. It's IP-based and uses open protocols, which makes information-exchange and integrations with other solutions very simple and straightforward. We are excited to debut this new line here in the U.S. at NRF PROTECT!" 

NRF PROTECT's Women in LP Luncheon
Delivers Inspiration and Hope

Attendees at NRF PROTECT's annual Women in LP Luncheon found themselves inspired by their featured speaker, Cathy Lanier, Washington DC's former Chief of Police and current senior vice president of security for the NFL. Her incredible against-all-odds life story captivated the audience as she discussed the importance of persistence when faced with even the most difficult of challenges.

From quitting junior high school to delivering a message of never quitting, Cathy's message seemed to hit home for the attendees. "Hearing Cathy Lanier's story reminded me of the types of challenges women have had to face, and continue to face today," said Cathy Langley, Senior Director of Asset Protection at Rite Aid. "Her message of perseverance and hope really resonated with me."

The Women in LP Luncheon has become a tradition at NRF PROTECT's annual conference, which brings together professionals from retail loss prevention and law enforcement.

Kaspersky Lab Report Shows U.S. Is No. 1 Target For Mobile Ransomware
Wealthy countries with developed financial and payment infrastructures are most likely to have their data encrypted and held for ransom by cybercriminals, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab.

In 2016-17, cyber attackers have set their sights on mobile users in the U.S., first and foremost, with Canada, Germany and the U.K. following closely in terms of risk. That's up 19 percent from 2015-16, when Germany was the No. 1 target for mobile malware and the U.S. was No. 4.

Kaspersky says this is due not only to the higher level of income but also to the broader use of mobile and e-payment systems, which can be easily compromised.

Following a slight reprieve, 2017's Q1 saw 218,625 mobile Trojan-Ransomware installation packages - 3.5 times more than the previous quarter. Total worldwide mobile ransomware encounters increased by 11.4 percent year over year, from 2,315,931 to 2,581,026.

Today's targeted cyberattacks tend to focus more on financial organizations than on individuals because the payout is bigger. Kaspersky's report endeavors to measure the scale of the problem and analyze its causes. pymnts.com

We're facing a global epidemic of cyberattacks, cybersecurity expert warns
Hackers hit companies and government officials across Europe on Tuesday, causing widespread disruption.

"We are facing a global epidemic of cyberattacks because fundamentally the internet ... is not secure. The highest end actors can get into your systems if they want to," Carlin, chairman of the Aspen Institute's cybersecurity and technology program, told "Power Lunch."

There is little information about who may be responsible for the attack, but Carlin said it is possible it could be a ransomware attack or a ransomworm, which is a combination of ransomware and a worm that replicates itself across the world.

"If you are a business - and every business these days is a tech business - you are vulnerable," said Carlin, who also chairs Morrison & Foerster's global risk and crisis management and is a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's national security division. cnbc.com

HackerOne Report Shows Bug Bounty Industry, Bounty Rewards
Are On the Rise Globally

HackerOne, the leading bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure platform provider, published "The 2017 Hacker-Powered Security Report" that examines over 800 hacker-powered programs from organizations including Airbnb, GitHub, General Motors, Intel, Lufthansa, Nintendo, U.S. Department of Defense, Uber, and more. Findings are based on nearly 50,000 resolved security vulnerabilities and more than $17 million in bounties awarded -- the world's largest platform dataset.

With data breaches averaging $4 million in losses globally and the downtime caused by attacks like WannaCry costing upwards of $8 billion, the most security conscious organizations are working with hackers to find unknown vulnerabilities. Hacker-powered security provides a way to identify high-value vulnerabilities faster, leveraging the creativity of the world's largest ethical hacker community.

"Hacker-powered security programs are undeniably effective at finding vulnerabilities organizations never knew existed," said Alex Rice, CTO and founder, HackerOne.

Bug bounties aren't just for technology companies. While over half of bug bounty programs launched in 2016 were by technology companies, 41 percent were from other industries. Verticals showing significant year-over-year growth include government agencies, like the U.S. Department of Defense, media and entertainment, financial services and banking, and ecommerce and retail.

Customers' security response efficiency is improving: The average time to first response for security issues is 6 days in 2017, compared to 7 days in 2016. Ecommerce and retail organizations fix security issues in four weeks, the fastest on average.

Bounty payments are increasing. The average bounty paid to hackers for a critical vulnerability is $1,923 in 2017, compared to $1,624 in 2015 - an increase of 16 percent. The top performing bug bounty programs award hackers an average of $50,000 USD a month, with some paying around $900,000 a year. businesswire.com

Existing security can't handle DNS attacks
Knowledge of DNS-based attacks is low, with only 51 per cent of businesses aware of DNS-based malware (despite as much as 91 per cent of malware using DNS, according to a 2016 Cisco report). 41 per cent were aware of DNS DDoS attacks and 26 per cent of DNS Zero-Day vulnerabilities.

DNS-based malware is the most common form of attack, but EfficientIP believes that DNS DDoS is the most harmful. CEO David Williamson said, "Recent massive DDoS attacks such as Dyn have highlighted the risks Internet of Things (IoT) devices can pose as a new vector used by attackers to stop organisations from doing business online. This type of new threat can also come from inside the network, so IT teams must quickly protect their internal DNS infrastructure."

All sectors are vulnerable to these attacks, even if the type varies: retail was more vulnerable to malware, for example, while manufacturing was the target of DDoS. The average cost of a single DNS attack this year, in firms of more than 3,000 employees, is $2.2 million; small (1,000 - 2,999 employees) firms pay around $277,000. computing.co.uk

Mobile Shopping Apps: Profitable Target for Hackers

Phishing and Social Engineering Cause Over Half of Cyber Incidents


Active Shooter Response:
Are You Ready?

Debbie Maples, VP Global LP & Corp. Security, Gap Inc.

Active shooter events in a retail or restaurant location present unique challenges: customers are present and need to be protected, colleagues and employees may behave differently under stress, or the physical layout of the space could impact your ability to hide or escape. No single answer exists for what to do, but a survival mindset can increase the odds of surviving. Debbie Maples, VP of Global Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Gap Inc., shares the current thinking and best practices to ensure your organization and store teams are prepared.

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Will Amazon robots reshape Whole Foods' warehouses?
When Amazon.com Inc.'s $13.7 billion bid to buy Whole Foods was announced, John Mackey, the grocer's CEO, addressed employees, gushing about Amazon's technological innovation.

A major question about the acquisition is what Amazon's technology will mean for those Whole Foods' workers. Will it make their jobs obsolete?

In negotiations, Amazon spent a lot of time analyzing Whole Foods' distribution technology, pointing to a possible way in which the company sees the most immediate opportunities to reduce costs, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the issue was private.

Experts say the most immediate changes would likely be in warehouses that customers never see. That suggests the jobs that could be affected the earliest would be in the warehouses, where products from suppliers await transport to store shelves, said Gary Hawkins, CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail and Technology, a Los Angeles nonprofit that helps retailers and brands innovate. As Amazon looks to automate distribution, cashiers will be safe-for now. digitalcommerce360.com

Is Alibaba Winning the Battle Against Counterfeit Luxury Goods?
On his recent trip to Detroit, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma called counterfeits the "cancer" of Alibaba, in yet another prominent announcement in his campaign to remove fake goods from online shopping platforms Tmall and Taobao. A new report by digital intelligence agency L2 shows how much the e-commerce giant's efforts to fight the fakes plaguing international luxury brands may be helping.

Ma told the audience in a live interview at Gateway '17 in Detroit, "I assure all the SME's here, we are the company online here today, the leader in counterfeit and IP protection. We know there are three things that will make our site die, three things that will be the cancer of our business-counterfeit, IP, and cheating." His assurance comes several months after forming a counterfeit-fighting alliance with several major brand partners, including Louis Vuitton, and gaining the support of Chinese authorities. Alibaba pledged to use shared data and analytics to determine which listings on its site were fake.

L2's study of product page results of luxury brand terms on Taobao shows how much Alibaba may have accomplished in its battle since as far back as February 2016. According to the report, the average number of search results for Taobao product listings for 10 fashion brands, Armani, Ports 1961, Gucci, Versace, Prada, Givenchy, Coach, Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Valentino, show a "marked decrease" of 64 percent from February 2016 to April 2017. jingdaily.com

Study: Prime Day 2017 on pace to be biggest yet
The online giant's third annual Prime Day event may not surpass Black Friday sales, but it is poised to be the largest Prime Day to date, according to a survey Market Track LLC, a provider of subscription-based advertising, brand and pricing intelligence solutions. Fifty-eight percent of consumers plan to shop Prime Day sales, up from 34% last year. The growth comes, in part, because of Amazon's increased participation in its Prime program and momentum from the publicity surrounding previous Prime Day discounts.

One reason that Prime Day may not exceed Black Friday sales volume could be that prices for key shopping categories were consistently lower for holiday shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday than on Prime Day. Across the categories and listings reviewed in the study, 74% were priced lower on Black Friday than Prime Day, and 72% were priced lower on Cyber Monday. The only category that was priced lower, on average, on Prime Day was television sets. chainstoreage.com

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Miami-Dade, FL: Electronics store robbed of $30K after multiple break-ins
A Southwest Miami-Dade business was robbed of about $30,000 worth of merchandise after two break-ins in just one night. Thieves robbed Electronic Storm, on June 24, at around 1 a.m.

The burglars used a large screwdriver to pry open the store's back door from the bottom before disabling the alarm system. The alarm never went off, the security company never received an alert, and the thieves carried out their crime in four hours. Camba said a motion sensor should have triggered the alarm as soon as the men were inside.

The surveillance system still worked, as it recorded hours of hauling speakers, musical instruments and iPhones from the store and into white vans. After the burglars left, a second group of thieves spotted the open back door and took whatever was left. wsvn.com

Daytona Beach, FL: Shoplifting crew busted after stealing $10,000 in merchandise
Three women police said were on a shoplifting spree hit Daytona Beach stores stealing more than $10,000 in merchandise before being caught by police inside the Volusia Mall and arrested. The women entered the stores with empty shopping bags and purses and walked out with them full of merchandise. At one store, an employee confronted Williams, who had a rolled up shirt hidden under her clothes. Williams told the store worker that "it's a colostomy bag," police reports state. Police said, "We do consider them a retail theft ring for our city." news-journalonline.com

Delray Beach, FL: Man arrested for stealing thousands in baby formula from Publix stores
Stephen Riselvato had been wanted by the Port St. Lucie Police Department for stealing thousands of dollars worth of baby formula from Publix stores. A Delray Beach police officer followed Riselvato when he got in his vehicle, the report states. Riselvato crashed with another vehicle, and large cans of baby formula fell out of the car as the officer said he attempted to arrest him.

The Publix store manager said he saw Riselvato load baby formula cans, three air filters, and paper towels worth more than $700 into a shopping cart. Riselvato did not pay for the items. A passenger in Riselvato's car at the time of several of the suspected baby formula thefts told police that they are both intravenous drug addicts. wptv.com

Four Colorado gun shop burglaries could be connected, ATF says
Police do not yet know the number of guns stolen from a Castle Rock gun store that was burglarized around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, but investigators say the burglary could be linked to a string of other, similar thefts in Colorado. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating four burglaries where at least 45 guns have been stolen from licensed dealers since April 18. The ATF says that all four of these burglaries included a "smash and grab" approach where the suspects use a vehicle to break into a gun store. 9news.com

Coweta, OK: Couple suspected in $1,200 Walmart electronics theft

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Shootings & Deaths

York, PA: 'Innocent' woman killed in crossfire outside of grocery store
Police say an "innocent" woman has been gunned down In the crossfire between two groups outside a Pennsylvania grocery store. York police say 49-year-old Elizabeth Vega-Tirado was killed about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday outside Bev's Grocery, a corner market in this south-central Pennsylvania city. Police believe two groups of people were shooting at each other when the victim was hit. ap.org

Tulsa, OK: Man Dies After Being Shot Five Times At Convenience Store
Tulsa Police are investigating after one person received life-threatening injures following a shooting at a Tulsa convenience store. The man died hours after being shot. Police responded to the Turley Food Mart in response to shots fired just after 10:00 Monday night. Police say a 27-year-old man was shot at least five times - police said at least three were in the back. There is a fire station across the street and police said firefighters heard the shots and ran across the street to help the victim. newson6.com tulsaworld.com

Chattanooga, TN: 1 dead, 2 injured in gas station shooting
Chattanooga police say one person has died in a shooting Monday afternoon at a gas station on Glenwood Drive. According to police, there were three victims. One person later died at the hospital and two people suffered non-life threatening injuries. wdef.com

Baltimore, MD: Two arrested, none injured after officer fires shot at robbery suspects
A long Baltimore Police officer confronted two armed men in the middle of robbing a Northeast Baltimore liquor store on Tuesday morning, firing one shot - which struck a refrigerator - before managing to arrest the pair with the help of backup, according to police. baltimoresun.com

Houston, TX: One injured after drive-by shooting at gas station
ne person is injured after a drive-by shooting late Tuesday in south Houston. The gunfire happened just before 11 p.m., when a black Ford Crown Victoria sped past a gas station and convenience store.The driver of the Ford fired multiple times, hitting a person who was standing outside once in the leg. chron.com

Tukwila, WA: Man shot outside strip mall, hospitalized with life-threatening injuries

Robberies & Thefts

Chesterfield, VA: Robbers attack convenience store clerk, take victim's vehicle
hesterfield Police are looking for two men who robbed a convenience store on Jeff Davis Highway on Tuesday. The robbery happened around noon at the Jefferson Express. The suspects entered the store, and one approached the counter while the other went behind it. They demanded money, and the second suspect assaulted the clerk. After they got the cash, the second suspect again struck the clerk, then took the keys to the clerk's vehicle. The suspect is still on the loose. nbc12.com

Buffalo, NY: Man charged with Dollar General attempted robbery & terror threat
Edward Allen Walker, 44, Buffalo, was charged in Dallas County Circuit Court with attempting to rob the Dollar General Store and terrorize the store with a bomb threat on Sunday, June 25. According to the report, the note also contained instructions to place $1,000 in cash outside the back door. The note indicated that the store was being monitored and provided a time limit of 15 minutes to complete the act or the bomb would be detonated. Employees and customers at Cash Saver, Breakfast Nook and Dollar General were evacuated so the bomb threat could be checked out. buffaloreflex.com

Odessa, TX: Woman poses as convenience store employee in $3,500 theft scheme

A bizarre story out of Odessa when police told us they caught a woman posing as a 7-Eleven employee and then returned stolen merchandise at another. According to police, Alyssa Lene, 19, was able to walk out of the 7-Eleven on East University with about $3500 in money orders while she pretended to be an employee. We're told the next day, when she walked into a different 7-Eleven and tried to return the money orders for cash, she was caught. newswest9.com

Niles, IL: 4 people posing as employees stole gift cards containing $2,000 in cash
Four people stole multiple gift cards containing $2,068 in cash when they entered a store on the 5600 block of Touhy Avenue on June 1 and claimed to be service representatives from other store in need of the cards, police said. chicagotribune.com

Lansford, PA: Man tries to steal batteries, leaves son at store

Credit Card Fraud

Madison Township, OH: Two McDonald's employees use phone camera to steal credit card numbers of up to 20 customers
Two fast food employees are suspected of making a fast buck at the drive-thru by stealing and taking pictures of customer credit card numbers. Gary Robinson contacted police earlier this month after giving his card to two girls at the McDonald's drive-thru off Hamilton Road. He told police his card was charged at Sprint, Amazon and elsewhere and the name given as the purchaser was the name of an employee at the McDonald's near his home. Police pulled the surveillance video inside the store and witnessed the two 17-year-old employees at the register taking pictures of up to 20 credit cards and imputing the data into an app. abc6onyourside.com

Fort Bend County, TX: Two suspects sought after making multiple fraudulant withdrawals from convenience store ATM


 • AT&T - Cambridge, MA - Armed Robbery
  Brother's Food Mart - Terrytown, LA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Spartanburg, SC - Robbery
DCF Guns - Castle Rock, CO - Burglary
Eagle Armory - O'Fallon, MO - Burglary
Electronic Storm - Miami-Dade, FL - Burglary
Food Mart - Dekalb County, GA - Armed Robbery
Gun Store - Dillwyn, VA - Burglary/Guns
Harford Road Liquor Store - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery/Shooting
Jefferson Express - Chesterfield, VA - Robbery
Kum & Go - Sioux City, IA - Armed Robbery
Kwik Shop - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Lukoil - North Massapequa, NY - Armed Robbery
Noodles & Company - Minnetonka, MN - Armed Robbery
PDQ - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Harrison Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Greensboro, NC - Robbery
Speedway Mart - Roanoke, VA - Armed Robbery
  T-Mobile - Merrillville, IN - Armed Robbery

 • The Corner Store - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
  United Dairy Farmers - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Wiley City Market - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
20 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed

Scott Sanford
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