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ADT Remakes Commercial Division With Expertise
From P1 'Owner's Club'

A group of owners and executives from systems integration companies acquired by Protection 1 are playing a central role in helping ADT become a leading national accounts provider after its split with Tyco.

Left to right: Jay Linton, Ken Schafenberg, Chris BenVau, Dan Bresingham, Jim Finley, Paul Yezzi, Bert McDonald, Rick Osborne, Les Paul Vernon and Joe Nuccio, who was appointed president of ADT's dealer partnerships in May.

After taking the helm of Protection 1 in 2010, Tim Whall proclaimed an intent to exponentially grow the sputtering national accounts division inside the largely residential-focused company. The goal: take the roughly $6 million business unit to $100 million in three years.

Significant strides were made toward making that objective a reality, and today a hyper focus on national accounts has never been more acute. Whall and his executive team are working to reconstruct a commercial division at ADT, following last year's blockbuster deal by Apollo Global Management to acquire ADT (stripped of its commercial business in the Tyco split) and merge it with P1.

Fueling P1's success in the hotly contested national accounts arena is a handful of strategic acquisitions consummated in recent years. These regional integration specialists provided P1 with complex skillsets, highly sought-after clientele and a customer-centric business culture that dovetails with its own.

Most important, and unique to the industry, was to retain key executives and allow them the autonomy to operate free from corporate bureaucracy that may otherwise smother their business acumen and the ability to execute initiatives that made them successful in the first place.

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2017 GLPS - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
Building Industry Pride - One Team Selfie at a Time

Babies R Us - LP Alumni

"Lightning in a Bottle"

This is most of the LP Team from  Babies R Us from the early 2000's who were able to get together again at this year's NRF Protect in DC.

From left-to-right:
Chris McDonald, Stuart Rosenthal, Gary Moncur, Bob Serenson, Matt Haughton, Dave Nelson, Brandon Aldridge, Tina Ayo, Garth Gasse, Chance Bowlin

Father & Son CFI
It's the Family Business!!

Erik and Ethan Stephens, father and son, both now have their CFI Certifications. Ethan just took and passed his CFI test this week. Erik is responsible for the Bed Bath & Beyond Investigations Team, and is co-founder for IOTLOK, a solution provider for theft reduction. Erik was also a DLPM for Best Buy and The Sports Authority, during his 20+ years in the loss prevention industry.

Ethan is currently a Territory LP Manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and has been with the retailer for a little over a year now. He was previously an Asset Protection Manager for Walmart. Ethan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Olivet Nazarene University.

"Becoming a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) has been a goal of mine for sometime. It is the pinnacle credential of my professional skillset. I remember when I first became trained in the Wicklander-Zulawski method and had my first interview; once I gained that first confession, interviewing instantly became my favorite part of the job. I was determined to learn more and be the best, becoming a CFI was the way to do that."

Ethan Stephens, CFI, LPC
Territory LP Manager
Goodwill of Northern IL

"I am VERY PROUD that Ethan made the choice to earn his CFI designation and that he continues to grow into an outstanding member of the Loss Prevention community. He has embraced the profession with passion and I am excited everyday to see our amazing industry through his eyes."
Erik Stephens, CFI
Regional LP Director
Bed Bath & Beyond

STANLEY Partners with Mountain States Health Alliance
to Benefit Regional Wellness Program

STANLEY Security has partnered with Mountain States Health Alliance to benefit a major pediatric and general wellness initiative throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

STANLEY, a leading global integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, and Mountain States, a 13-hospital health system serving 29 counties in Central Appalachia, will work together to create programs that tackle some of the area's most pressing issues, including drug abuse, obesity and education.

To kick off the partnership, STANLEY was the premier sponsor of the 2017 Niswonger Children's Hospital Classic, an annual fundraiser consisting of several community events and a golf tournament held Sunday, June 26. Dozens of celebrities and athletes - including PGA TOUR players - attended this year's Classic golf tournament. stanleycss.com

Knox County Sheriff's Office combating retail crime 'like a drug case'
as new Tenn. ORC law takes effect

On July 1, a new law will crack down on organized retail crime in Tennessee. The law modernizes the definition of theft to include evading or disabling alarm systems or store surveillance cameras. It also sets a $300 minimum fine for a conviction and allows authorities to charge repeat offenders with a felony after five offenses within a two year period.

"The modern day criminal has become very creative in the way that they look to commit fraud or look to steal when they go into retailers," said state Rep. Jeremy Zachary (R-Knoxville), who sponsored the bill.

But Knox County Sheriff's Office's Chief of Administration Lee Tramel said not only have tactics changed, so have motives. "The vast majority of people that are shoplifting are opiate addicts," he said. "They'll steal, go do a [merchandise] return, get a gift card, sell it for cash and then get some heroin or a pill."

The sheriff's office has linked 418 drug addicts to more than 5,100 transactions of stolen goods between 2014 and 2017. Tramel said that data suggests many addicted shoplifters are repeat offenders.

"They're not stealing once per day. These folks need their drug many, many times per day," he said.

Tramel said the department is working to turn addicts into informants, with the goal of learning more about shoplifters and their evolving tactics. He said lately, informants have indicated many shoplifters are moving into other areas outside of Knox County to avoid prosecution.

"We're working this like a drug case," he said. "How you climb a ladder with drugs, it's the same way we're working this Retail Crime Unit."

The Knox County Sheriff's Office Organized Retail Theft Unit began in 2012 to help prevent shoplifting during the holidays, and since has grown to a full-time unit. So far in 2017, the unit has made 265 shoplifting arrests. Within the last several months, it recovered more than $400,000 in stolen goods from three businesses.

Zachary said Knoxville is the number one city in the nation per capita for gift card theft and abuse. "[Tennessee] is one of only 17 states in the nation that did not have any organized retail crime legislation on the books," Zachary said. wbir.com

Amazon may help Whole Foods meet its $300M expense savings, inventory and shrinkage goals
Although high prices have consistently contributed to Whole Foods' reputation as the grocer most likely to empty your wallet, it's likely that Amazon will want to lower operating costs, which is in line with Whole Foods' mission, according to the company's recent statements and financials.

Whole Foods previously stated it was "on track to realize $300 million expense reduction goal ahead of schedule," according to its May 2017 Shareholder Presentation, "growing online presence with annualized digital sales approaching $400 million in CY 2017."

The company also listed "digital sales" and "category management" as key growth drivers, and stated that by 2020, the company hopes to garner $300 million in cost savings by optimizing its supply chain, reducing labor, shrink and inventory levels. supplychaindive.com

Food stamp cuts could cost retailers $70.7 billion
AlixPartners estimates that retail collectively stands to lose $70.7 billion during the next 10 years if the proposed cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly referred to as food stamps) turn into reality, CNBC reported. The budget proposed by the Trump administration calls for $191 billion in cuts to the program between 2018 to 2028.

In 2016, supermarkets and superstores received 81% of the SNAP benefits, according to the report, with Walmart redeeming the most. AlixPartners estimates the chain would take a $12.7 billion hit to U.S. sales over the next decade if the cuts pass as is. Target would also be hard hit, with an estimated $4.8 billion to $5.3 billion sales loss. Aldi is close behind, at $4.4 billion to $4.9 billion. chainstoreage.com

Cargo theft During Holidays is on the rise
According to a cargo theft reporting firm CargoNet, there is a rise in the reported thefts incidents during the July 4th holiday. truckerplanet.net

China Slams Europol Report Highlighting its Position as Top Source of Fake Goods
China has condemned a recent report from the European Union's law enforcement agency that accused the nation of being the main source of counterfeit goods in the European Union ("EU"), calling the report and its findings "irresponsible" and reiterating its efforts to crackdown on intellectual property right violations in its markets. According to the report, which is issued in a collaboration between the European Union Intellectual Property Office and Europol, China remained by far the main country of provenance for counterfeit products in the EU, with Hong Kong acting as a transit point for goods originally manufactured in China.

"The report's accusations are irresponsible," Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Sun Jiwen told reporters in Beijing this week. "The authenticity and objectivity of the statistics presented by the report should be further studied." According to Reuters, "The report cited statistics from a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study which estimated that 72 percent of counterfeit goods in circulation in three of the world's largest markets for such products, namely the European Union, Japan and the United States, were exported from China in 2016. Counterfeit goods were estimated to have amounted to approximately 12.5 percent of China's total exports and over 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product in 2016, it said." thefashionlaw.com

Canada's Convenience Store Chain Buys 1,300 Store Chain CST Brands
Alimentation Couche-Tard, Canadian company announced that it has completed its $4.4 billion acquisition of CST Brands. The deal will add approximately 1,300 stores to the Couche-Tard portfolio, including 666 locations in Texas. Bringing their total store count in North America to close to 9,500 and close to 14,000 worldwide."

Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in the United States in terms of number of company-operated stores. As of January 29, 2017, adjusted to include the acquisition of CST Brands, Couche-Tard's total network was comprised of some 9,500 convenience stores throughout North America, including 7,567 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 16 business units, including 12 in the United States covering 42 states and four in Canada covering all 10 provinces. chainstoreage.com

Five takeaways about the new Walgreens-Rite Aid deal

Total Retail Releases Report Addressing Amazon's Impact on the Retail Industry

Costco, Target accused of being complicit in trucker exploitation

Maumee, OH: Ohio Civil Rights Commission finds evidence of racial discrimination at UPS facility

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
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Walgreens Q3 comp's down 0.4%, sales down 1.8%
Rite Aid Q1 comp's down 3.9%, sales down 4.9% 


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FBI Agents Interview U.S. Employees at Residences
Kaspersky Lab Faces More U.S. Scrutiny Over Potential Russian Govt. Influence
Lawmaker proposes ban on DoD use of Moscow-based security vendor's products

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab this week found itself the subject of escalating concerns about the company's possible connections with the Russian government.

The immediate worries this time were prompted by news that FBI agents had questioned several of the security vendor's US-based employees at or near their residences Tuesday night.

The employees were apparently informed they were not the subjects of any formal criminal investigation and that they were being interviewed as part of an effort to get general information about the company's operations and communications with Moscow.

It is unclear at this time if the questioning had anything to do with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broader investigation into potential Russian interference in the U.S. elections last year.

News of the FBI's apparent investigation of Kaspersky's activities prompted U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] to propose a total ban on the Pentagon's use of Kaspersky's products. Shaheen said the prohibition was required because of reports that Kaspersky Lab "might be vulnerable to Russian government interference."

John Pescatore, director of emerging security threats at the SANS Institute and a former NSA analyst says that so far at least there indeed doesn't appear to be any credible evidence that Kaspersky Lab's products have been compromised or contain hidden doors. darkreading.com

'Petya' Cyberattack Launched for Pain, Not Profit, Experts Say
Hackers devised software to damage businesses, not extort money

This week's global virus outbreak that grounded airplanes in Ukraine, slowed FedEx courier deliveries in Europe and disrupted Maersk container ships around the world was devised simply to damage businesses, not earn profits for the hackers behind it, security experts now believe.

The latest attack was similar, yet more sophisticated than last month's WannaCry virus, which also appeared as though designed to extort money, security experts said.

The likelihood that a damaging attack on the Ukranian computer system was disguised as ransomware is a disturbing revelation for the world's corporate executives whose companies are at risk of being collateral damage from such targeted attacks. wsj.com

Half of Ransomware Victims Suffer Repeat Attacks
Half of ransomware victims have been hit with attacks multiple times. Most (82%) of organizations believe ransomware attacks are on the rise. These findings come from security firm Druva, which surveyed 832 IT pros across the globe to learn about their current responses to, and predictions for, ransomware attacks. Its Annual Ransomware Report shows this threat is evolving faster than businesses can keep up. It's worth noting this data was consistent across businesses of all sizes and all are struggling with the same issues.

It's getting harder to prepare for attacks as threat actors adopt more advanced tactics. This week's global ransomware outbreak, the second of its scale in the last two months, has proven more professional and harder to stop than the WannaCry attack in May. darkreading.com

Director of Information Security For Sephora
Sephora is looking for a Director of Information Security who believes that security is essential while also believing that supporting business goals is critical. The successful candidate will have a very good  understanding of how to deliver products and services securely within a collaborative environment. They must partner with Sephora's business units, technology groups and the Sephora user community to protect the corporate brand, data and assets. They need to have experience with architectures and specific tools relevant to Sephora's security landscape and  technology stack, including retail, dotcom and core systems. successful candidate will be a visionary leader who has the ability to bring the Information Security program at Sephora to the next level.

Now with more than 360 stores in the Americas-including US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil-and 500 inside JCPenney, we've become a leading international beauty destination, with over 2,000 locations in 31 countries, plus an award-winning website and an intuitive mobile app that offer endless ways to explore beauty. sephora.com



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Se-Kure Controls develops and manufactures innovative asset protection systems that maximize return on investment for its retail and industrial customers. Whether you're seeking a custom item or a standard product, they strive to keep your costs in line by controlling the manufacturing process from concept to completion. John Mangiameli, Vice President Business Development, and Greg Saputo, Director of Sales - Southeast, tell us how Se-Kure Controls ensures customer satisfaction with their reduced lead times, competitive pricing and high quality products.

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Multi-Billion Problem of Online fraud 'overlooked' by UK authorities and industry, warns watchdog
The National Audit Office (NAO) said it was hard to see how the current response to the cyber crime - now the most commonly experienced offence in England and Wales - could be seen as "proportionate, efficient or effective".

It also said some police forces were not treating the issue as a priority while some banks were doing better than others in their response.

There was also concern about the level of sentence received by convicted fraudsters and whether current legislation was enough.

Almost two million cyber-related fraud incidents were estimated to have taken place in a single year alone with the cost likely to run into billions of pounds.

The report came as separate figures from Citizens Advice showed a 17% rise in consumers being caught out buying "phantom" goods online - spending an average £1,000 on products such as cars or flights that turned out not to exist.

Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said: "For too long, as a low value but high volume crime, online fraud has been overlooked by Government, law enforcement and industry.

"It is now the most commonly experienced crime in England and Wales and demands an urgent response.

"At this stage it is hard to judge that the response to online fraud is proportionate, efficient or effective."

He said the Home Office, while not solely responsible for reducing and preventing online fraud, was the only body that could "oversee the system and lead change".

Figures released in the report showed there were an estimated 1.9 million cyber-related fraud incidents in the year to the end of last September - 16% of all estimated crime incidents.

The total cost of all forms of fraud in 2016 was £10bn to individuals and £144bn to the private sector as a whole. sky.com

Digital Ad Fraud is a $20 billion Issue. Here's How to Stop It
Q&A with Oxford BioChronometrics' William Scheckel

For Oxford BioChronometrics, fending off bot farms and hackers is a fight that is about more than just marketing dollars. Bots are used to falsely raise review numbers on Apple's app store and bots are employed to filch valuable concert tickets. The company is raising awareness for a battle that impacts our daily lives more than we know, especially as digital commerce continues to become more prevalent.

Equities.com spoke with William Scheckel, Chief Marketing Officer of Oxford BioChronometrics, to learn more about this mounting plague across the digital advertising industry and how the company has developed the technology to help put a stop to the dysfunction that's costing consumers and advertisers tens billions of dollars.

EQ: Upfront analytics has stated that as much as 88% of online traffic today is bot traffic. Can you talk about why this has become such a huge issue with digital advertising and why no one is talking about it? Just how significant is this issue?

William: We estimate that it is a $20 billion issue, every year around the world. As digital consumption grows and print consumption shrinks, and traditional TV models are being turned on their heads, more and more advertising is turning digital. It's online. It's on websites. It's on social networks. So, ad metrics are becoming increasingly important for the companies that are trying to get their word out, trying to be recognized, be heard, and really remind customers that they still exist.

EQ: Who are the bad actors and, in addition to the obvious financial motivations, why are they doing this?

William: They can be malicious publishers or they can be competitors who click on your ads to drive up your ad revenue, eating into your budget. There are some people, as the saying goes, who just want to watch the world burn. Some people will just click on things to be annoying. The bottom line is that there are those who have figured out how to manipulate the digital advertising system to make money illegally.

Read the full interview here equities.com

Nike confirms it's opening up an Amazon shop

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Memphis, TN: UPS Shipping Ring stole $79,000 in cellphone merchandise
The suspects busted in connection to a UPS shipping ring here in Memphis are scheduled to be in court on Friday. Five suspects were taken into on Wednesday. The Memphis Police Department's Cargo Theft Task Force said Ashford, Curry and Davis relabeled 17 boxes, rerouting them to either a home on Lowrance or Brompton roads. Each of the boxes were filled with cellphones and accessories worth $79,000. wreg.com

Pekin, IL: Probe widens into Wheel Rim thefts as Missouri man charged: $28,000 of items recovered
One man was charged Thursday with stealing valuable vehicle rims in Pekin as police probe similar cases from Peoria to southern Illinois and Missouri. Brian Mims' alleged accomplice, meanwhile, remained sought two days after he likely jumped into a lake after leaving his shoes on shore. Mims, 56, of Potosi, Mo., was ordered held on $40,000 bond on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and theft of $28,000 worth of rims from the Ray Dennison Chevrolet dealership lot. The rims were found in a white box van, reported stolen last week from a dealership in St. Charles, Mo. Electrical wires in a light pole on the Dennison lot also were cut in the same fashion as in recent thefts at dealerships in North Pekin and Peoria. pjstar.com

Update: Riverhead, NY: Man in Fedora steals $2,000 in Home Depot goods
A man wearing a fedora hat is being sought in the theft of merchandise from a Home Depot store in Riverhead on the afternoon of June 4, police said Friday. The man, also wearing a long-sleeved shirt and tie, can be seen on surveillance video wheeling a shopping cart containing a large item. Suffolk and Riverhead police said in a joint news release that the merchandise was worth $2,000. newsday.com

Williston, VT: Woman Tried to Flush $900 of Stolen Jewelry Down the Toilet
A woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly attempting to flush stolen jewelry down the toilet at a Vermont store. Police say they found Amy Turcotte trying to dispose of the stolen goods in the bathroom of a local business. Investigation revealed that Turcotte has stolen over $900 in merchandise from three nearby businesses in Williston. She also had over twenty designer purses, and police are currently looking for their owners. Turcotte was arrested and charged with retail theft, obstruction of justice, criminal DLS, and violation of conditions of release. necn.com

Oakland, CA: Feds say a Woman ran ID theft ring from Bay Area halfway house
Bay Area woman is in hot water after federal authorities allegedly caught her engaging in a massive fraud operation while on supervised release at a halfway house. Denise Marie Rohrbach, 32, was charged Tuesday with possessing a counterfeit postal key, a federal offense. If convicted she faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorneys say Rohrbach was caught with stolen mail, a key capable of opening U.S. Postal Service mail boxes, and "other items indicative of large scale identity theft and fraud" at a Bay Area halfway house in May 2016. It is unclear why prosecutors waited more than a year to file charges, but court documents allege Rohrbach violated her supervised release again in September by committing forgery and receiving stolen property. eastbaytimes.com

Gainesville, FL: Play Station thief facing Organized Retail Theft charges
A 22-year-old man accused of shoplifting and threatening an officer at Walmart in Gainesville was released from jail Wednesday after posting $15,000 bail. Preston Gonzales was booked into the Cooke County Jail on June 23 on charges of organized retail theft less than $100, a class C misdemeanor, and obstruction or retaliation, a third-degree felony. If convicted of the felony charge, he could face two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. gainesvilleregister.com

Mount Pleasant, WI: Three women arrested with over $1,000 in stolen merchandise; got stuck in traffic

Franklin, NJ: Woman gets probation for $1,000 Walmart theft, heroin charge

Lakeland, FL: Shoplifters That Stuffed Empty Bags with $2,711.00 of Polo and Nike Merchandise Are In Custody

UK: Police tackling higher rates of Organized Crime in North Wales than most major UK cities 

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Stabbings & Deaths

Bronx, NY: Man, 22, fatally stabbed in Bodega shortly after celebrating his birthday
A Bronx man was stabbed to death in a deli - less than an hour after celebrating his birthday. Joshua Simpson turned 22 on Wednesday, and 35 minutes later he was bleeding on Morris Ave, and 168th St., cops said. Three men had followed Simpson into a deli and fatally knifed him. "They ambushed him," a deli worker said. The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said one of the suspects plunged a butcher knife into Simpson's back. A second suspect stuck him in the shoulder with a smaller knife, the witness recalled. nydailynews.com

Sand Springs, OK: Woman found dead in 'out of order' Walmart bathroom
A body was found in the bathroom of an Oklahoma Walmart on Monday. Police in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs say the body of Katherine Caraway, 29, was found Monday afternoon. Officials say Caraway entered the restroom Friday evening. A Walmart employee checked the door to the stall later that evening and said it was locked, An 'out of order' sign was placed on the door. The door was unlocked Monday, and Caraway's body was found. The body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. click2houston.com

Deltona, FL: Man shot, killed inside C-Store after taking Deputy's stun gun
A man who authorities say took a Florida deputy's stun gun was shot and killed by another law enforcement officer. A Daytona Beach News-Journal report says Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said body camera video showed the man resisting arrest Thursday afternoon at a gas station convenience store. The sheriff's office said deputies had found the man with drug paraphernalia in the Deltona store's bathroom. Chitwood said that during the attempted arrest, the man grabbed one deputy's stun gun. Another deputy then fatally shot him. therepublic.com

Robberies & Thefts

Cordele, GA: 5 Hour Police Standoff in Dollar General Armed Robbery; suspect got away
After a nearly 5-hour standoff Thursday night with Cordele Police, the suspect in an armed robbery is still at large. Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General on 7th Street Thursday night. Once officers were on scene, they said the robber took off running into a residential area where police say he then went into a home near the 300 block of West 14th Avenue. This led to an hours-long standoff between the suspect and police. Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez said the suspect managed to escape during the standoff. walb.com

Baltimore, MD: Police release body camera footage of 3 police involved shootings at Liquor store Armed Robbery
Baltimore police are releasing footage from three separate police involved shootings in June. The videos show the extreme situations officers find themselves in and the split seconds they have to react. "We are fortunate that we are not planning police funerals this week," says Chief T.J. Smith. The first footage is from 8:40 Tuesday morning, June 27th, inside a Harford Road liquor store. foxbaltimore.com

Ashville, NC: Man attempts to steal a woman's purse in Walmart parking lot; she tried to run him over with a van, both charged
The man ran away with her purse and dropped some other items when she confronted him. She said she initially chased after him on foot but decided to pursue him in her vehicle because she's pregnant. "Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It's not right, it's not fair." The man suffered minor injuries, he is charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor damage to property. The woman has been charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. abc3340.com

Mobile, AL: 20+ Arrested In Mobile County Warrant Sweep
Mobile County sheriff's deputies and the US Marshall's Task Force attempted to serve over 60 warrants handed down by the grand jury. wkrg.com

Kay Jewelers in the Gaston Mall, Gastonia, NC reported a Grab & Run on 6/28, item valued at $10,990

Zales Outletin the Burleson Outlet, Burleson TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/29, items valued at $5,399

Peoples Jewellers in the Pickering Town Centre, Pickering ON reported a Theft of a Countertop Display on 6/28, items valued at $2,240

Veneta, OR: Man sentenced to almost 17 years in prison for Armed Robbery of a Medical Marijuana Farm

Longboat Key, FL: Lowe's subcontractor stole thousands in jewelry from homes

Odessa, TX: Woman poses as 7-Eleven employee in theft scheme

Charlotte, NC: Police Arrested 2 men responsible for 4 of the 12 Armed Robberies in a 48 hour period

Lakeland, FL: Police Officer Crashes Cruiser into tree while responding to Belk shoplifting incident

Anchorage, AK: Store Clerk to Be Charged With Firing Gun at Theft Suspect; stole a carton of cigarettes

Melbourne, Australia: Five masked men Smash & Grab from a local jeweler

Retail Arson

Memphis, TN: Gas station roof collapses during blaze; Fire ruled arson
A Marathon gas station that went up in flames Thursday morning has been ruled as arson, according to Memphis Fired Department. The fire began in and was contained to the building itself-not the pumps. Firefighters made sure to keep the fire from reaching the nearby propane tanks and gas pumps. Officials turned off those pumps as a precaution. About an hour after the blaze started, the firefighters had it under control, but not before it left the building badly burned. The roof of the building collapsed due to the flames. "The cause and origin of the fire was determined to be intentionally set in the interior of the structure," Lt. Wayne Cooke wrote in a statement. The fire caused an estimated $183,400 in damage to the building and $65,000 to its contents. wmcactionnews5.com commercialappeal.com

Cargo Theft

Tractor-trailer hauling electronics stolen, recovered in South Carolina
On Saturday, June 24, a driver transporting a load of electronics reported his truck and trailer had been stolen during his 30-minute break at a truck stop in Reevesville, S.C. According to SensiGuard, the driver reported being in the truck stop for approximately five minutes and returned to see his truck stolen. In a coordinated response between the Lexington County Police, South Carolina State Police and the SensiGuard Emergency Response Team, the truck and shipment were recovered fully intact in West Columbia, S.C., less than two hours after the theft. ccjdigital.com

Bomb Threat

Torrance, CA: Walmart bomb threat prompts evacuation


Hattiesburg, MS: Georgia man jailed, thousands in counterfeit money seized 


Skimming Theft Update

Greenfield, IN: I-70 traffic stop nets credit card skimmers; 3 from Romania arrested
A multi-state credit card fraud operation may have come to an end. Hancock County deputies arrested three people on fraud charges after a traffic stop along I-70.

Deputies and troopers with Indiana State Police found more than 300 pieces of evidence in two cars driven by the suspects. The evidence includes skimming devices, credit cards, laptops, and materials to make additional skimming devices.

Deputies say the two cars were observed driving together, and quickly left I-70 when they saw law enforcement. The same two cars were noticed again on I-70 a short time later, and were pulled over on violations for following too close.

Authorities say 26-year-old Conte Nistor was the driver of one car. A 15-year-old was driving the second car, where officials say 19-year-old Mihai Marian was a passenger. All three are from Romania. Officials say they got consent to search both cars and found evidence in both cars connecting the three to credit card skimming operations in Indiana, Ohio, Colorado, California, and Tennessee. wishtv.com 

Is a Romanian gang behind a $33,000 ATM theft, skimmers
found at other banks?

A woman accused of using a card skimmer to steal nearly $33,000 from people who used a Columbia ATM has been charged, and law enforcement continues to urge residents to do a quick check at ATMs after skimmers were found on machines at three area banks recently.

Investigators say Bonculesco placed a skimmer over the card reader of an ATM at First Citizens Bank on Rosewood Drive last June, and that she stole more than $32,000 from people who swiped their cards at the machine. Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday that Bonculesco is part of a gang from Romania that makes a living in the United States by begging and stealing. thestate.com

Cleveland, OH: Five charged in multi-state skimming scheme
Five Florida residents were indicted Wednesday and charged with placing skimmers on gas station pump credit card machines in Northeast Ohio and Wisconsin and using the stolen data to make thousands of dollars in purchases. The group covertly installed skimmer devices by either distracting a gas station clerk or parking a vehicle in clerk's line of sight to block their actions, according to an indictment. cleveland.com

Tampa, FL: Discovery of 15 devices shows skimming is on the rise in Tampa Bay

Bucks County, PA: Card Skimmers Are Popping Up In Bucks County:
Here's How To Spot Them

Summit County, UT: 3 arrested after found with skimming devices, counterfeit money

Sebastopol, CA: Card skimmer found at North Bay gas station pump

Boynton Beach, FL: Credit card skimmer found at Mobile gas pump

Woburn, MA: Pair jailed in $4,000 ATM skimming scheme

Harrisburg, PA: Skimmers, credit card fraud found at multiple businesses

West Mahanoy Township, PA: Skimming Device Found at Exxon Station

Howell, MI: Credit Card Skimming Device Found On Diesel Pump

Omaha, NE: Skimming theft device found at bank

Vienna, VA: Skimming Devices Found At Gas Station

Spring Lake, NC: Suspicious charge leads to skimmer discovery

Man Admits Role In Michaels Credit Card Skimming Scheme

Martin County, FL: Man caught with gas pump skimmer, fake credit cards

Norman, OK: Police warn of growing skimmer scheme popping up in metro

Henderson, NV: Card skimming on rise, police warn

St. Petersburg, FL: Skimmer found at Shell station

Carnegie, PA: Skimmer hidden in plain sight at GetGo gas station

Riverside, OH: Skimmer found at Marathon gas station

Sterling, VA: Skimming Device Found At Exxon station

Cocoa, FL: Skimming device found at Chevron station

Yonkers, NY: ATM Skimming Device Located At Citizens Bank



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BP Station - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Belleview, FL - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Sacramento, CA - Armed Robbery
Culver's - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Hopkins County, KY - Robbery
Dollar General - Cordele, GA - Armed Robbery
Fireworks - Scranton, PA - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Jiffy Mart - Terre Haute, IN - Armed Robbery / Mgr shot 3 times
Mega Savers - Omaha, NE - Robbery
NAPA - Charleston, SC - Robbery
Red Roof Inn - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Smoke Shop - Horn Lake, MS - Armed Robbery
Super 8 - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Denver Borough, PA - Robbery
T-Mobile - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
USA Fireworks - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Spring, TX - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
18 robberies
1 burglaries
1 shootings
0 killed

Weekly Totals:
91 robberies
12 burglaries
6 shootings
0 killed


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