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Chris Ota named Vice President of Loss Prevention for Pacific Sunwear

John Hawthorne promoted to Director Loss Prevention & Safety for Publix Super Markets, Inc.
John was previously the Senior Loss Prevention Manger - Dist for Publix, and has been with Publix Supermarkets since 1984. He earned his Bachelors  Degree in Organizational Business Management from Warner University. Congratulations John!

Christopher Broadhead named Director, Business Process Optimization for Sears
Christopher was previously the Sr. Consultant, LP Tech and Systems for Office Depot before taking this new role. Prior he was the Senior Manager of Field Investigations for Sears Holdings Corporation and an LP Investigator for TJ Maxx. Congratulations Christopher!

Jose Montenegro named Corporate Asset Protection Manager for DFASS Group
Jose was the District Director of Asset Protection prior to taking this new role. He started in loss prevention with Sports Authority as a Loss Prevention Safety Manager, and held various positions afterwards including LP Manager and District AP Operations Manager for The Home Depot, and AP Manager and District Manager of Investigations for Macy's. Congratulations Jose!

Michael Monaghan named Corporate Loss Prevention Manager for Steve Madden
Previously Michael was a Regional Asset Protection Manager for Toys R Us for two years before taking this new role. During his over seventeen years in the retail industry, Michael's held different positions including District AP Manager for Sports Authority, Assistant Store Manager for Walmart and Flow Team Leader for Target. He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Penn State University. Congratulations Michael!

Andrea Rubalcaba promoted to Senior LP & Safety Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond
Andrea was previously the LP Supervisor Ecommerce for Bed Bath & Beyond before earning this promotion. She's held other positions in asset protection including Zone AP Manager, AP Area Manager and AP Manager for Sears Holdings Corporation. Congratulations Andrea!

Nicole Schmitt promoted to Senior Manager Asset Protection for Wireless Vision
Nicole was the National Loss Prevention Manager for Wireless Vision for over two years before this promotion. Prior to working for Wireless Vision, Nicole worked in various loss prevention positions for Nordstrom including Area LP Manager, LP Manager, Rack Store LP Manager in Training, Full-Line Store LP Manager in Training and LP Agent. She was also an LP Officer for Kmart in 2006. Congratulations Nicole!

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California Property Crime Surge Is Unintended Consequence of Proposition 47
Voter-Approved Initiative Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award

California voters had high hopes for Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that passed in November 2014 to lower criminal penalties for various property and drug offenses and thereby ease the state's prison overcrowding problem. Although the initiative succeeded in meeting some objectives, it also triggered major unintended consequences that have harmed tens of thousands of law-abiding property owners, and it continues to inflict economic and psychological damage.

For these reasons, Prop 47, officially titled the "Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative," has won the Independent Institute's fifth California Golden Fleece Award, disapproving recognition given to a California state or local agency or government initiative that swindles taxpayers or breaks the public trust.

Shopliftings Spike after Prop 47

Because Prop 47 increased the threshold for felony sentencing and decreased the penalties associated with petty theft, retail shoplifting has also seen a marked increase. As with vehicle break-ins, the increase in retail shoplifting reflects an increase in the expected net benefit to the criminal. The data reveal that criminals responded predictably to the changing incentives.

Shoplifting data from the past decade show that the rate of reported thefts during the five years preceding passage of Prop 47 was lower than the rate immediately after passage (see figure 2). From 2009 to 2014, California businesses reported an average rate of about 248 shopliftings per 100,000 residents, or about 98,000 shopliftings a year, given the state's current population.

In 2015, the first year of Prop 47's relaxed rules, the rate of shopliftings spiked by nearly 11 percent over the previous five-year average. That year, about 279 shopliftings were reported per 100,000 residents, roughly 11,000 additional shopliftings throughout the state in the year immediately following the initiative's enactment. These figures are consistent with FBI crime data, which showed a 12 percent jump in larceny theft.

Shoplifting data for 2016 more closely resemble previous years' averages, but this similarity likely reflects a decline in reporting behavior rather than decreases in shoplifting incidents. According to Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation: "More, not fewer, of these crimes are being committed, but people aren't reporting them. ... They don't believe anything will happen, so [they] don't see the point. And they're right." Business personnel have responded to shoplifting incidents by underreporting because they have concluded that investigations are a low priority for law enforcement. Some businesses have taken matters into their own hands by increasing private-security measures. independent.org

IBM is hoping to eliminate bias from facial recognition systems
The company plans to release over a million facial images that anyone can use as a data set to help train their AI facial recognition system. The data set of over a million images will be highly diverse with different skin colors and tones. It's also over five times larger than the current largest public data set available, which contains 200,000 images. The company is also releasing an additional data set of 36,000 facial images equally distributed across all ethnicities, ages, and genders. As IBM notes in a blog post:

AI holds significant power to improve the way we live and work, but only if AI systems are developed and trained responsibly, and produce outcomes we trust. Making sure that the system is trained on balanced data, and rid of biases is critical to achieving such trust. fastcompany.com

Washington Post: A plan to keep drug users from shooting up in public restrooms - and why it may be a bad idea
Isolated, easily accessible and free from surveillance cameras and security guards, public restrooms have long been a place for illicit activities. And with a relentless opioid epidemic ravaging the nation, they have become a laboratory of sorts for drug users searching for a private space to get high.

It presents a problem for business owners concerned not only about the safety of their customers but also of their employees - the ones cleaning up blood splatter, picking up used needles or calling 911 when a user has overdosed in the washroom. It has forced retailers to search for solutions such as placing cameras outside the facilities, securing the doors with lock pads or removing drop ceilings, where users often hide drug paraphernalia.

Some U.S. retailers have even tried installing blue lights in restrooms. The logic: The light makes it harder for drug users to see their veins.

However, a 2013 study on the subject showed that current and former drug users said that not only would the lights fail to stop them but also would create additional issues. Most of the 18 people interviewed said they had tried to inject drugs in blue-lit bathrooms, and half of them said they would try it again "and risk the consequences, which include vein damage and infections," lead author Alexis Crabtree said in an email. Crabtree noted some users said they might search for another spot "but they'd often be ending up in worse places, including public spaces."

In fact, Dan Bigg, director of the harm-reduction organization Chicago Recovery Alliance, said that removing adequate lighting only serves to make for messier injections. He said the solution would be good lighting, outward-swinging stall doors (so people can reach those who have overdosed) and places to dispose hazardous waste.

But security consultants say that most business owners don't want to encourage illicit drug use on their properties - they want to deter it. And that, they say, puts businesses in a difficult position, trying to strike a balance between making restrooms available and inviting for their customers without opening them up to people who might make them unclean or unsafe for others.

Blue lights in public restrooms, according to the consultants, is just one tool that businesses are beginning to try as a security measure in the United States, and "the jury's still out" on whether it will be successful.

Jon D. Groussman, president of CAP Index Inc., a security consulting firm based in Exton, Pa., said that "in certain markets where you know you're having a problem, it's worth trying." But he added that closely monitoring public restrooms and sending employees to check on them periodically is typically "the best deterrent." washingonpost.com

Google Reins In Workplace Debate
Google is trying to quell the debates roiling its workforce by setting new internal rules designed to limit offensive language and personal attacks against fellow employees.

In a set of guidelines sent to employees, Google said it would discipline anyone who discriminates against or attacks colleagues or engages in discussions that are "disruptive to a productive work environment," according to a copy of the guidelines reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The rules aim to curb so-called trolling-in which people are deliberately provocative or offensive online in order to elicit strong reactions-as well as "blanket statements about groups or categories of people."

For Google, which has long prized its culture of open debate, the rules present fresh challenges about how to police employee speech while continuing to encourage free expression and unconventional thinking. wsj.com

7-Eleven Skirts Longtime Franchisee's Contract Suit, For Now
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday partly tossed a breach of contract suit brought by a 7-Eleven franchisee of 44 years who claims the convenience store chain wants to reap new franchise fees by pressuring him to cede his business to competitors.

U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter granted franchise owner Azmi Takiedine leave to amend his complaint alleging breach of contract - in part by the convenience store chain purportedly forcing him to buy products and services from more expensive vendors - but threw out his constructive termination claim because that claim requires actual termination and Takiedine has not in fact closed his stores. law360.com

The store is moving closer and closer to technology.
You can't be effective on the business side if you don't understand technology

Retailers need to become digital businesses. Sometimes that statement gets interpreted to mean "Oh, you mean we have to become like Amazon". No, not true. But you can't be a successful retailer today of any size without technology, and the knowledge of how technology works and can potentially be used to enable the business can no longer live exclusively within the IT department of the retailer. Business users need to understand not just how what they have works, but how technology works in general. That can be a let down for someone who wanted to get into retail in order to buy beautiful things or just help customers, but that's where we're at as an industry. forbes.com

Tesco Go: UK supermarket chain trying out Amazon-style checkout-free shopping, despite 'security implications'
Tesco has said it is testing a way of paying for your shopping in-store without going through a checkout, using a smartphone app to scan items and pay online. The app is being tested in a Tesco Express near its headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, which is also one of the retail chain's cashless stores.

"Using your mobile device you select some products, put them into your basket on your device and then just walk out of the store," Steven Blair, Tesco's convenience transformation director announced to press yesterday.

Amazon began trials for a similar scheme in a purpose-built store in Seattle earlier this year. Known as Amazon Go, the Seattle store uses cameras and sensors to track customer activity, and check what they take off shelves and put back. Customers are then billed via their Amazon account once they leave the store.

Tesco's chief executive Dave Lewis told Reuters that although the Welwyn trial had scalable potential, security implications had to be considered as there was a danger of increased product theft.

"If the margin in the business is 2 or 3 per cent, you don't have to lose much to make it unprofitable," he said. cityam.com

America's severe trucker shortage could undermine the prosperous economy
As the nation faces a historically low level of unemployment, trucking companies are doing what economists have said firms need to do to attract and retain workers: They're hiking pay significantly, offering bonuses and even recruiting people they previously wouldn't have considered.

But it's not working. The industry reports a growing labor shortage - 63,000 open positions this year, a number expected to more than double in coming years - that could have wide-ranging impacts on the U.S. economy.

On a recent call with investors, a Walmart executive called rising transportation costs the company's primary "head wind."

Technology leaders such as Elon Musk hold out driverless trucks as a solution, but industry insiders say that is many years away. For now the industry simply can't find a way to move goods as fast and cheaply as they have in the past. This logjam will be especially perilous, economists say, if competition for truckers pushes up prices so quickly that the country faces uncontrolled inflation, which can easily lead to a recession. washingtonpost.com

Making Digital Moves - Kroger's All In
Kroger establishing digital headquarters

The supermarket giant announced that it has established a separate headquarters for its digital team in downtown Cincinnati. It will house approximately 600 Kroger digital associates at first. The retailer said it expects to grow its digital team to more than 1,000 over the next three years.

Kroger recently announced an exclusive partnership with British online grocer market Ocado and acquired online meal-kit company Home Chef, with both moves intended to evolve and grow its digital business. Last week, the chain reported its first quarter digital sales grew by 66%. chainstoreage.com

Kroger and Nuro Partner to Pilot Autonomous Delivery

Poll Shows Americans Fear Natural Disasters More than Terrorism, Global Pandemic or Cyber-Attack Combined
For the third year in a row the potential of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, flood or wildfire, is the type of threat that causes most concern among Americans.

Individual's concern about natural disasters (33 percent) continues to exceed worry about terrorist attacks (15 percent), cyber-attacks (eight percent), environmental disasters (five percent), or disease outbreaks (13 percent).

"These findings underscore the need to prioritize individual and community preparedness across the country in the face of threats from natural disasters, including the current hurricane season. Because we know that it's not if, but when, a disaster will strike." securitymagazine.com

Harrisburg, PA: Gov. Tom Wolf signs Bills giving some Non-Violent Offenders a 'Clean Slate' in life
The law automatically will seal misdemeanor, non-violent criminal records after 10 years if there is no other criminal arrest within that time. Arrests without convictions will be immediately sealed if there is no ongoing prosecution. Under prior law, a person may ask the court for that seal. That will end.

The legislation gives the judicial system 18 months to build the program to automatically seal records of an eligible individual. Until then, people must still petition the court. The law does not, however, apply to individuals charged with violent, firearms or sexual offenses or cruelty to animals and corruption of minors. mcall.com

These Are the 13 Things People Steal From Grocery Stores All the Time
The average shoplifter makes off with more than $798 worth of merchandise, according to the National Retail Federation. Supermarkets lose 1.35% of inventory to theft. Grocery stores have razor-thin margins, so losing 1.35% of inventory to shoplifting affects the bottom line, but four types of other retailers have it worse:
Pharmacies and drugstores: 2.25%, Specialty apparel: 1.98%, Electronics/appliances: 1.90%, and Department stores: 1.80%.

The list begins:

10. Spices
9. Cosmetics
8. Seafood
7. Razor blades
6. Cheese
5. Fully-cooked meat
4. Alcohol
3. Baby formula
2. Fresh meat (TIE)
1. Candy (TIE)

Cigarettes, Energy Drinks and Over the Counter Medicine also make the list. cheatsheet.com

Sephora Reposts VP, Internal Controls Position Based in San Francisco
Being a brand new global position for them with responsibilities for Loss Prevention based in San Francisco, arguably the most expensive city on the mainland U.S., right next to if not exceeding New York City's cost of living, makes this a tough job to fill and explains the time it's taking to fill it.

This a premier retailer and there aren't many last frontiers out there, where you can reinvent and build a new LP program.

Now certainly they have a great team already in place which makes it even more difficult, quite frankly, to find that one leader who can come in and really add value and help the team develop and add even more value to the enterprise.

Here's the job description: The Vice President, Internal Control will lead Sephora's cross-channel strategies to protect the company assets and business from all external and internal sources of losses. This role requires business, financial and leadership acumen. As the head of Loss Prevention and Fraud management, this leader will drive fights against theft and fraud in-store and on-line. As the head of internal control, this person will manage procedures and policies and champion their enforcement. Finally, this leader will manage the Crisis Management Plans to restore operations in case of an incident or disaster. sephora.com

Quarterly Results
Nike Q4 revenue up 13%, Nike Brand up 9%, Converse down 14%, no retail numbers reported
Nike Full yr. revenue up 6%, Nike Brand up 5%, NIKE Direct revenue up 12%, digital up 25%, Nike stores comp's up 4%, Converse down 11%

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The Nation's Most Stringent Privacy Act
Retailers say customer service will suffer under 'deeply flawed' California privacy law

"This law is objectionable on many levels," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. "This is a deeply flawed measure aimed more at lining the pockets of attorneys than protecting consumers. It will expose businesses to unwarranted lawsuits while potentially taking away many of the innovations and special services consumers have come to expect."

NRF was among 29 state and national business groups that sent a letter to members of the California Assembly and Senate yesterday calling the legislation "a serious threat to the California economy."

"The business community has been and remains interested in and dedicated to crafting reasonable privacy legislation," the letter said. "We strongly urge the legislature to consider the numerous problems presented by this bill and to fix them as we move forward."

The California Consumer Privacy Act was passed as an alternative to a ballot initiative that had been certified for November's elections. The ballot initiative would have become law immediately after Election Day, but the legislation does not take effect until January 1, 2020, giving opponents time to seek changes in the legislature.

The legislation places sweeping restrictions on how retailers and other businesses can collect and use information about their customers. Among other provisions, it would allow private citizens to sue retailers in addition to allowing enforcement by state authorities, a move the letter called a "giveaway to trial lawyers" that "exposes California businesses to massive additional liability without providing any corresponding benefit to consumers."

The law prohibits retailers from treating customers who opt out of data sharing any differently from those who do not, a provision that could put an end to retail loyalty programs that offer discounts to members. Consumers could also demand that their information be erased, and retailers are concerned by other provisions involving data breach requirements, definitions of personal information, transparency and consumer access to data. nrf.com

Breached Database Had Every U.S. Citizen in it
Newly Revealed Exactis Data Leak Bigger Than Equifax's

Exactis is a marketing data company that provides companies with the sort of information needed to target ads to people browsing the Web.

Troia told Wired, "It seems like this is a database with pretty much every US citizen in it," adding, "I don't know where the data is coming from, but it's one of the most comprehensive collections I've ever seen."

While the data did not include credit card or social security numbers, it did include everything from political preferences to browsing and purchase data for a wide variety of items. Taken together, the pieces of information would allow an advertiser or database user to form a very detailed picture of the targeted individual.

In terms of size, the Exactis leak dwarfs the Equifax breach, which exposed nearly 146 million records. Exactis has now taken the database off the public Internet, but has made no public statement on the affair. At the time of this article's publication, the company's website was down, with a request returning a 508 error. darkreading.com

Redefining Security with Blockchain
Blockchain offers a proactive approach to secure a new generation of digital platforms and services for both enterprises and individuals.

As the computing environment becomes more open and diverse, and as threats become more sophisticated, enterprises need a way to validate identities and transactions without having to resort to cumbersome, obstructive blacklists. IT validation and regulatory compliance pose similar challenges. Complex, resource-intensive governance mechanisms burden IT, slow business innovation, and divert attention from the company's core mission. How can we simplify validation in every step in the execution of a transaction, process, or contract? How can we make it impossible to steal or compromise an identity, whether of a user or a "thing"? How can we put users - not companies - in control of their own identities?

Blockchain offers an exciting new way forward. It is a ledger architecture that can protect identities, data, and transactions against compromise by recording across links in a highly distributed digital ledger. If any link in the chain is altered, added, or removed, the entire chain is suspect. darkreading.com

Cybercrime study: Growing economic ecosystem spells trouble
Organized cybercriminals are gaining momentum and profiting from an economic ecosystem of systematic activities and hyper-connected infrastructure. A cybercrime study released in April describes this economy as platform criminality, a term coined by author Michael McGuire, a senior lecturer at University of Surrey, a public research university located in Guildford, U.K. It is similar to platform capitalism, the business model used by companies such Facebook, Google and Amazon to connect individuals with data and tools that benefit them. Crimeware as a service is an example of platform criminality, according to the cybercrime report "Into the Web of Profit," sponsored by Bromium.

Walmart CISO Jerry Geisler said this emerging threat landscape and the frequency and sophistication of attacks is a key challenge for modern CISOs.

"If you go back to when you first started seeing cybersecurity issues in the 1980s, the attacks were not consumerized," he said. "They required someone with a fairly high degree of knowledge to execute the attack, and the attack may not have been that sophisticated."

According to McGuire, data is what fuels this "web of profit," and valued information has expanded beyond personally identifiable information on credit and debit cards to include login information for banks and other accounts, schemes involving travel loyalty points, and government hacking tools. The revenues from cybercrime -- which include illicit and illegal markets (50%), trade secrets and IP theft (35%), stolen data trading (11%), crimeware as a service (less than 1%) and ransomware (less than 1%) -- have already reached an estimated $1.5 trillion annually, according to the cybercrime study.

The shift toward organized cybercrime started years ago with high-profile attacks documented in the 2013 to 2014 time period. As the problem gets worse, information sharing among companies remains limited. Collaboration among law enforcement and companies worldwide could help. New technologies that recognize the increased value of data -- as currency -- may also be needed to weaken the forces driving the cybercrime economy. techtarget.com



Developing Technology's Impact on Emergency Preparedness

Tony Caccioppoli, VP Corp AP, HBC
Pat McEvoy, Sr Dir of AP Admin, HBC


With more violent incidents, civil protests, robberies, and disruptive weather than ever before, emergency preparedness has never been more critical for retailers. Tony Caccioppoli, Vice President, Corporate Asset Protection, and Pat McEvoy, Sr. Director of Asset Protection Administration, for Hudson's Bay Company, discuss how technology is playing a vital role in helping retailers with crisis management programs, driving more proactive and real-time responses to help keep stores, associates, and customers safe.

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Quick Take #13

During his first trip to the U.S., Robin van Stenis, Global Marketing Manager for Nedap Retail, based in the Netherlands, shares his first impressions of the country with LPNN's international ambassador Amber Bradley. Learn about Nedap's global footprint and the "future-proofing" solutions they're bringing to the U.S.




Will Walmart, Amazon Buy Up Small E-Tailers?
Attorney Unpacks Long-Term Impact Of Tax Decision

It Won't Matter Much To The Biggest Online Retailers, From Amazon To Walmart

"From a compliance and collection standpoint, many of the largest online [retailers] will experience little to no additional compliance burden, nor price effect as a result of the new decision. Amazon already collects sales taxes on sales from its own inventory, and many of the other top contenders, such as Walmart, have been collecting sales taxes because they had a physical presence in most states," Mittelstadt said.

Third-Party Sellers On Amazon, Walmart, Will Take A Hit

"However, some large retailers also give the ability to other [retailers] to use their online and distribution platforms to effect sales. The biggest example is Amazon Marketplace, and another example would be Walmart.com, where other vendors' sales tax collection is regarded as the individual vendor's responsibility. The change in the law as a result of the decision will affect many of those vendors, and may make the platform companies more likely to ensure compliance, for example, by putting platform-based solutions in place. This may increase consumer costs and reduce sales."

Small E-Commerce Sites Vulnerable To Acquisition By The Big Guys

As the minimum sales threshold for small e-commerce players likely lowers over time, might large e-tailers such as Walmart gobble up the smaller ones? (We've seen that already with Walmart's acquisition binge of e-tailers like Modcloth and Bonobos.)

"Essentially yes, that is a risk," said Mittelstadt. "While this is just an experience-based guess, I believe it is likely that many states, in setting existing minimum thresholds, were influenced by the pre-Wayfair law and were trying to come up with sales thresholds that would allow them to say, 'Look, this out-of-state retailer's sales in our state are large enough that surely, the amount of marketing and soliciting and selling in the state is enough to be the equivalent of physical presence in the state,'" he said. Read more: forbes.com

3 things your marketing department can teach your CNP fraud prevention team
You may be surprised to learn that your marketing department can teach your fraud prevention team a lot about card not present fraud. Not only are the two departments working in tandem to reach the same goals, but the marketing department has a lot of innovative qualities that a fraud management team would be smart to follow. Here are ways they can closely support one another for mutual success.

1. Marketers put the customer first

2. Marketers are experienced analytics innovators

3. Marketers are laser-focused on ROI

Read more: csoonline.com

Amazon shakes up industry with deal to acquire online pharmacy PillPack
"In our view, this is only the first play in what will be an increasingly aggressive strategy by Amazon to develop a much more significant presence in the pharmacy market," said Saunders. "This is incredibly bad news for traditional players, like Walgreens and CVS, who stand to lose the most from Amazon's determination to grow its share. chainstoreage.com

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Fencing Operation: Houston Pawn shop manager accused of helping sell stolen Home Depot merchandise
Jose Hernandez is charged with organized crime and is accused of facilitating the pawn and sale of stolen items, according to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.

Juan Carlos Lopez, 32, was arrested last week on suspicion of third-degree felony theft, accused of stealing $30,000 worth of merchandise. Some of the stolen items were found at Cash America Pawn Shop near the intersection of Jensen Drive and Tidwell Road, investigators said. Lopez confessed to the thefts, and investigators said they have video evidence, authorities said.

"We have another individual that we are focusing on right now a person of interest and it may lead to other people so we don't know how big the criminal activity is or how far it stretched or how many people are involved," he said.

Home Depot reached out to authorities when they noticed the numbers weren't adding up, investigators said. Some stolen items range price from $400 to more than $1,000, according to investigators. click2houston.com

Clovis, CA: $100,000 cache of stolen Fireworks found inside a home
Officers say two truckloads worth of safe and sane fireworks were stolen from a distribution warehouse in Fresno earlier this week. The trucks were later recovered, but the $100,000 worth fireworks inside were missing. On Wednesday, officers recovered 80% of the stolen fireworks, all from one home. All those fireworks under one roof made the house, more like a powderkeg. Officers had to use a police dog to help bring the suspect, Michael Hendricks, into custody. abc30.com

Phoenix, AZ: Arrest made after 12 pallets of Amazon packages are stolen, valued at over $40,000
Phoenix police report that on June 19, they arrested 37-year-old Christopher Smith for theft of hundreds of Amazon packages from their sorting center. Police say over an 18-day period in May, an accomplice of Smith would steal pallets of Amazon packages from other driver's trucks and load them onto his truck, then transport them to a storage unit, that was controlled by Smith. A witness reportedly told police of a large quantity of Amazon packages being stored at the unit and provided police with photos of a pallet jack and a shipping label. Police say the pallet jack had markings on it showing it belonged to Amazon. Amazon investigators confirmed from the shipping label that not only was the package stolen but the entire pallet of packages. Police raided the storage locker and reportedly found nearly 500 packages on 12 pallets, worth about $42,000. Investigators say about 100 packages were ripped open and the products were missing. abc15.com

Troy, MI: Sak's Fifth Avenue Shoplifting/ Robbery leads to drug bust; over $1,500 of merchandise recovered
Troy Police say a man and woman entered the store and attempted to steal $690 worth of items before being stopped by Loss Prevention. While Stacy Lattimore complied with Loss Prevention, Gerald Grooms did not and walked away. Grooms was later apprehended by responding officers. Police found a set of cars keys on the suspect that belonged to a tan 2008 Buick in the parking lot. Officers searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag in the center console with 17 smaller bags containing what was believed to be heroin. Police also found $880 worth of stolen merchandise from the store Lattimore tried to hide. Lattimore also had wire cutters used to remove anti-theft sensors from merchandise. wxyz.com

Spokane, WA: $10,000 of merchandise stolen from Northwest Outdoors; electronics, bikes, climbing gear

North Myrtle Beach, SC: Man walked out with $500 worth of crab legs, but he was caught on camera

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Shootings, Threats & Deaths

Sugar Land, TX: Man caught on video threatening Home Depot employee with gun
Authorities are asking for your help in finding a man who pointed a gun at an employee during a theft at the Home Depot in Sugar Land. Police were called to the store on June 25 around 11:45 a.m. Employees told police that a man had left the store with power tools and pointed a gun at the cashier. While pointing the gun at the cashier, the suspect told her to remain quiet, investigators said. Police believe the suspect is also responsible for a similar crime at another Home Depot in Houston hours earlier. abc13.com

Madison, WI: Jefferson County Deputy shoots, injures driver of vehicle that then hits officer in I-94 high-speed chase
According to the Sheriff's Office, the pursuit of the suspect in a retail theft in Delafield began shortly after 2 p.m on Interstate 94, with the suspect's vehicle exceeding speeds of 100 mph. The pursuit continued onto Highway 26, where an officer was intentionally struck by the fleeing vehicle, which became disabled after leaving the highway. The driver, a 46-year-old man, and a 40-year-old male passenger were arrested on felony warrants. The driver of the vehicle was being treated at a hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. madison.com

Austin, TX: Man killed in shooting at NW Austin gas station identified;
suspect still at large
A 18-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds after a shooting at a gas station in Northwest Austin on Wednesday, police said. One man said he thought fireworks were going off and a woman who works nearby told KVUE she counted ten gun shots. kvue.com

Robberies & Thefts

Wichita Falls, TX: 12-Year-Old Boy Arrested After Robbing 7-Eleven at Gunpoint
A 12-year-old Wichita Falls boy was taken into custody Wednesday morning after police say he robbed a 7-Eleven at gunpoint. Police were called to a report of shots fired in a park around 6:30 a.m., about four hours after the robbery. The boy was booked into a juvenile detention center and then taken to the North Texas State Hospital for a mental evaluation. He faces charges of unlawful carrying and discharging a firearm in certain municipalities, with other charges pending, police said. dallasnews.com

Manteca, CA: Elderly Jewelry Store Owner Arming Herself After Robbery Attempt
An 84 year old Jewelry Store owner is taking extreme measures to protect her store and says police haven't done enough. The owner is now training for her Concealed Carry permit. cbslocal.com

Cary, NC: Server accused of taking $10,000 in tips at restaurant
Erika Dento, 26 year old bartender is behind bars after police said she stole $10,000 in tips at a Cary restaurant. Police said between January 1 and the beginning of June, Denton altered several food receipts at Tasu Asian Bistro. She changed the food amount with the tip amount, resulting in a bigger tip she could pocket. However, the total bill would stay the same, so the money was not coming out of the pockets of the customers. abc30.com

Augusta, ME: Maine State Police Crime Lab solves Bank and Pharmacy Robberies this week with DNA

Augusta, ME: Kohl's shoplifting convict signed summons in teen sister's name; was on probation for drug possession

Broken Arrow, OK: Police report a 53% increase in Shoplifting

Thief steals multiple cars during test drives, leaves them at other dealerships

Daniels Jewelers in the South Bay Pavilion, Carson, CA reported a Robbery/ Assault on 6/24, items valued at over $150,000


Markham, ON, Canada: Thousands of counterfeit items seized after raid at Pacific Mall; 7 stores raided by York Regional Police
York Regional Police executed search warrants at seven retail businesses within the massive Chinese mall seizing everything from clothing and handbags to cellphone accessories. globalnews.ca

Portal, ND: Coolers With Stereos Bound For Minneapolis Seized At Border
The 887 coolers which featured built-in stereo systems were counterfeit, according to federal authorities. patch.com


Sentencings, Charges & Arrests

Mount Clemens, MI: Lakeside Mall shooting threat suspect gets one year in jail, two years probation
Tyler Tindell, 20, who threatened a Mass Shooting at Lakeside mall was sentenced to one year in jail and given youth status that will allow his conviction to be erased from the public record. Tyler Tindell apologized Thursday before he was ordered to serve two years probation, with the first year in the county jail. macombdaily.com

Fishers, IN: Update: Indiana man charged after his Gun is Fired by 6 Year Old Boy inside IKEA store; charged with one count of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon

San Leandro, CA: The suspect in a Liquor Store shooting charged with Premeditated Attempted Murder; re-entered the store a 2nd time and fired 1 shot missing the clerk

Hammond, IN: Chicago man charged with stealing $600K in Brink's truck heist from Chase Bank

Columbia County, WI: Man gets 4 years for a BP Station Armed Robbery with a Knife; Attorneys agree on degree of threat against the employee

Rantoul, IL: Man gets 5 years for stealing Cognac from Liquor store; on Probation and Parole

Tampa, FL: Serial Armed Robber And Accomplice Plead Guilty; Four fast food restaurants and a c-store targeted

Portland, ME: Florida Man Sentenced to 32 Months for Credit Card Fraud & Aggravated ID Theft

St. Louis, MO: Man Taken to the Cleaners in Connection with an Armed Robbery

St. Louis, MO: Convicted Felon Charged in Connection with Two Armed Robberies

Hammond, IL: Former Brinks Driver Charged in 4-28-18 $600,000 Brinks Truck


C-Store - Springdale, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Converse, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Bruno, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sullivan County, TN - Burglary
Cashland - Sidney, OH - Burglary
Circle K - Redlands, CA - Armed Robbery
Consignment Shop - Spokane, WA - Burglary
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Family Dollar - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
Family Dollar - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Hardware Store - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Jewelry store - Natchez, MS - Burglary
Jewelry Store - West Milford, NJ - Burglary
• Jewelry Store - Carson, CA - Robbery/ Assault
KFC - Columbus, OH - Burglary
Lotaburger - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
Pet Store - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Restaurant - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Burglary
Safeway (pharmacy) - Colorado Spring, CO - Robbery
Tobacco Shop - Sulphur Springs, TX - Burglary
Tobacco Shop - Mount Vernon, TX - Burglary
Verizon - Kennewick, WA - Burglary
Walgreens - Middletown, OH - Robbery
7-Eleven - Hammond, IN - Robbery/ Assault


Daily Totals:
14 robberies
11 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
63 robberies
45 burglaries
3 shootings
0 killings






Christopher Bellamy
named District Loss Prevention Manager for Ollie's Bargain Outlet

Michaela Irvine
named Asset Protection District Manager for Rite Aid
Michael Herren promoted to Loss Prevention Systems & Technology Manager for Office Depot
Edmundo Velazquez, CFI named Regional Manager Enterprise Risk for Aritzia

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