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June's Moving Ups

New Senior LP's - 20 Appointments - 13 Promotions

84 Lumber named Jay Saludis Director Information Security
promoted John Goolsby to Sr. Director, Global Security and Asset Protection
APG Cash Drawer
named Craig Kaliebe Business Development Manager
Bed Bath & Beyond
promoted Andrea Rubalcaba to Senior LP & Safety Manager
Boot Barn
named Perry Resnick named Director, Loss Prevention
CIS Security Solutions, Inc.
promoted Donna Carey to Vice President - Marketing & Inside Sales
CKE Restaurants named Christopher Perry Corporate Asset Protection Manager
CVS Health promoted Josh Connors to Sr. Director, Asset Analytics & Insights
DFASS Group named Jose Montenegro Corporate Asset Protection Manager
Facebook named Benjamin Coleman Global Security Executive Services Manager
Genuine Parts Company promoted Donovan McGee to IT Director
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. named Paul Stone Vice President of Security
Hallmark Cards named Matt Dokman Information Security Director
Hannaford Supermarkets promoted John Carr to Director of Asset Protection
MedMen named Chris Rodriguez Director of Loss Prevention
Mobilelink USA named Steven Mesrey Director of Asset Protection
Old Navy named Jacob Myers Director of Loss Prevention, West Territory
Old Navy named Joseph Ortega LP Director - International
Pacific Sunwear named Chris Ota Vice President Loss Prevention
Penske Truck Leasing named Vincent Carranza Facilities Project Manager - Physical Security
Publix Super Markets, Inc. promoted John Hawthorne to Director Loss Prevention & Safety
Richline Group named Eric W. Smith Director of Security
Ross Stores promoted Omar Lara to Manager of Corporate Security & Fire/Life Safety
Sears named Christopher Broadhead Director, Business Process Optimization
Stein Mart promoted Andrew Burchett to Director, Field and Supply Chain Asset Protection
Stein Mart promoted Shawn Abbott to Director Asset Protection Technology
Steve Madden named Michael Monaghan Corporate Loss Prevention Manager
The Home Depot promoted Chris Carrillo to Senior Corporate Investigator - Northern Division
The Home Depot promoted Denver Culpepper to Sr. Business Analyst, Asset Protection
The Home Depot named Scott Glenn, J.D., LPC Vice President of Asset Protection
The PGA Tour Superstore named Tom Eberhardt Director of Loss Prevention and Safety
The Vitamin Shoppe named David Snyder VP, IT Security & Compliance
Wireless Vision promoted Nicole Schmitt to Senior Manager Asset Protection

Bob Casar promoted to Territory Director of Loss Prevention for HS Brands International
Bob was previously the Regional Director of Loss Prevention HS Brands International and has been with the team since 2017. He's held other loss prevention and asset protection positions during his over 21 years in the industry, including AP Manager at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Regional LP Manager for Luxottica, Corporate LP Manager for Carter's, Executive Team Leader - Asset Protection for Target and Regional LP Manager for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Bob earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University. Congratulations Bob!

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Lowe's Employees Receive LPC Certification Scholarships
to Support Career Advancement

Mooresville, N.C. (June 2018) - Lowe's, in partnership with The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF), recently awarded 85 scholarships to employees to support their career and personal development while working at Lowe's. Lowe's invests in advancement opportunities at all levels to support employees and customers. Lowe's funded the LPCertified (LPC) and LPQualified (LPQ) courses and final exams, which enables employees to earn a widely recognized certification within the loss prevention industry. Since 2012, Lowe's has funded certification course scholarships for more than 200 employees.

"It is a tremendous honor to be able to invest in the future leaders of our industry," said Scott Draher, vice president of LP safety and operations. "These courses help our employees develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers while helping to meet the evolving needs of our customers and communities."

"Lowe's has been a top supporter of the Loss Prevention Foundation since its inception," said Terry Sullivan, president of the LPF. "Investing in their Loss Prevention team's education through certification continues to be a priority for Lowe's. We are excited to see that Lowes is offering LPC & LPQ courses for their LP team this year... A huge win for the Lowe's organization!"

Corrective Education Lawsuit
Shoplifters accuse Walmart, Bloomingdale's of extortion

Call it revenge of the shoplifters: Some of the country's biggest retailers, from Walmart to Bloomingdale's to Abercrombie & Fitch, are being accused of extorting shoppers caught swiping merchandise.

The bizarre twist is spelled out in a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose that begins when a mother shopping for a birthday barbecue with her kids was stopped while leaving the self-checkout at Walmart. The retailer's loss-prevention officers took her aside and accused her of not paying for hot dog buns and a water bottle.

They gave her a choice: Cop to shoplifting and agree to pay $500 for an online class aimed at setting her on the straight and narrow - or else they'd call the police.

The Utah company that provides the class, Corrective Education Company, called it a win for everyone. The accused shoplifter avoided an arrest, jail and criminal record while learning crime doesn't pay. The retailer got justice. The cops stay focused on more pressing needs.

But the lawsuit against Corrective Education officials and their retail clients called it an extortion racket that would make Al Capone blush.

"Despite their glittering credentials," the complaint says, the program's producers "are all participants in a long-running, highly profitable extortion scheme that has extracted millions of dollars from thousands of poor, desperate people across the country."

Not quite, said Scott Gant, a lawyer with the Boies Schiller Flexner firm representing the accused CEC officials. He said the complaint alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is based on "a novel but incorrect legal theory."

"This simply isn't extortion," Gant said. "The program is voluntary. People don't have to participate when they sign up. They're given an opportunity to change their minds. And they get benefits for participating - they get the actual service of the education program."

The lawsuit claims the company had initially paid some retailers up to $40 per person enrolled in the class. That wasn't the case with Walmart, whose spokesman Ragan Dickens said the retailer did nothing wrong and has since dropped the program.

"We began evaluating this program last year and ultimately suspended it last December," Dickens said. "We deny the allegations made against us and plan to defend ourselves."

Other retailers named in the complaint, filed April 9, declined or did not respond to requests for comment. The court has not set a hearing date. mercurynews.com

Kroger, Hy-Vee Sue Chicken Cos. Over Alleged Price-Fixing
Sharing Proprietary Data & Communicating in Secret

Grocery giants The Kroger Co., Hy-Vee Inc. and Albertsons Cos. Inc. are the latest to accuse Tyson and other chicken producers of an alleged conspiracy to fix broiler chicken prices, with the grocers filing suit over the claims in Illinois federal court on Friday.

The grocery chains sued Tyson Foods Inc., Koch Foods Inc., Perdue Foods LLC and 15 other companies, claiming they used their power over the $30 billion chicken industry to operate a nearly decade-long anti-competitive scheme. As a result, Kroger, Hy-Vee and Albertsons overpaid for the wholesale chickens they bought directly from the producers, the suit claims.

The suit claims that from at least 2008 to 2016, Tyson, Perdue and the other companies shared proprietary data and communicated in secret to stabilize the normally volatile broiler industry. law360.com

LL Bean Escapes Class Action Over New Customer Warranty
L.L. Bean Inc. escaped allegations that it wrongly ditched its popular "century-old" warranty for one lasting only a year when an Illinois federal judge said late Thursday that the man who launched a putative class action over the claims had no standing to do so.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman agreed with the outdoor apparel and equipment retailer's argument that Victor Bondi failed to allege he suffered a concrete injury the day the company announced it planned to replace its popular lifetime product warranty with a limited one-year guarantee requiring proof of purchase. law360.com

FBI says it foiled a planned Fourth of July attack in Cleveland
FBI officials arrested a man who discussed setting off a bomb during Fourth of July celebrations in Cleveland, the bureau's top agent in the Ohio city said on Monday.

Demetrius Pitts, who had expressed allegiance to the al Qaeda militant group, was arrested on Sunday after a meeting with an undercover FBI agent where he said he planned to plant a bomb at a parade celebrating the U.S. Independence Day holiday and would target other locations in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Like many other American cities, downtown Cleveland puts on a fireworks display to celebrate July 4. Cities typically ramp up security around such events. reuters.com

UK: Co-op store staff across county to get panic buttons
following string of armed robberies

The Co-op has revealed plans to step up security across its Derbyshire stores - including the installing of panic buttons and motion detectors. Central England Co-op has said it will be installing the detectors across dozens of its food stores, along with a centrally-monitored CCTV system, which will allow staff to call for help at the touch of a button.

The retailer, which has convenience stores across Derby and Derbyshire, said the technology is in addition to existing security measures - and hopes it will send out a message to criminal that targeting its outlets is "not worth the risk". It comes after several robberies and attempted robberies of Derbyshire Co-op stores in recent years. derbytelegraph.co.uk

Confessions of a Shoplifter
She has been to jail on countless occasions. But after 10 years, she is still not shaken by the long arm of the law. "Queen" (34) from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape makes a living from shoplifting. She's prepared to take the risk for the quick cash she makes from reselling the stolen goods.

She has lost count of how many times she has been in prison, but she won't stop what she calls her daily job because her family depends on her.

"I have never had a real job before. My family has no choice but to accept what I do because it helps them. Anyway, I already have a criminal record, so what is the point of looking for a job?" news24.com

Sonitrol Launches New, "All-In-One" TotalGuard Solution
Sonitrol, the leader in verified electronic security, launches TotalGuard, an all-in-one solution that provides video verification, impact activated audio, glass break detection, wireless support, Sonitrol Mobile App (video surveillance, alarm events, arm/disarm system), and so much more.

TotalGuard is a perfect solution for the small business market looking for a low cost monitored security option; allowing Sonitrol to compete and have advantage over the popular DIY security systems. This solution can also pair with Sonitrol's Cloud Access Control for businesses looking for complete security solutions. With commercial property crime on the rise, TotalGuard can safeguard assets with its complete volumetric and video protection, while giving peace of mind knowing the solution is monitored by Sonitrol's 24/7 Central Station. sonitrol.com

STORES Magazine releases annual Top 100 List
Amidst Constant Change, Largest Retailers Stay Ahead

Launching new strategies, augmenting the in-store experience and reengineering both logistics and digital commerce capabilities helped the largest U.S. retailers maintain their edge during the past year, according to the annual Top 100 Retailers list released by the National Retail Federation's STORES Magazine and Kantar Consulting.

The 10 largest retailers on the list remain the same as last year, although the order has changed. Walmart remains the largest, followed by Kroger. But Amazon has jumped to No. 3 from No. 7, with Costco slipping from third place to fourth and The Home Depot dropping from fourth to fifth. Walgreens Boots Alliance remains at No. 6, with CVS dropping to seventh place from fifth. Unchanged are No. 8 Target, No. 9 Lowe's and No. 10 Albertsons. nrf.com

National Director, Investigations (Loss Prevention) for Nordstrom - in Seattle, WA
Demonstrated expertise as a consultant, innovator and thought leader that brings out-of-the-box solutions that build skills, competencies and effectiveness and delivers business outcomes. Manage employee and manager performance through clear communication, establishment of clear expectations/results target and supporting employee and manager self-development. Actively participate in supporting the development of future leaders - including coaching on driving results, self-development and growth into larger leadership roles. Consistent achievement of productivity and budget goals, relying on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment when making decisions. Deep knowledge of case management tools and exception based/data mining tools. nordstrom.taleo.net

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer offering compelling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Nordstrom has 373 stores operating in 40 US states, Puerto Rico and Canada, a number which includes 122 full-line stores and 239 Nordstrom Rack stores, seven Trunk Club clubhouses, two Jeffrey boutiques and two clearance stores. nordstrom.com

Director, Safety Operations for Sears Holdings Corp. - in Hoffman Estates, IL
Provides strategic leadership and is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and administration of comprehensive safety policies, processes, safety analysis and training programs in occupational safety, for all business formats in the company. Responsible for working with all affected business groups and departments to prevent injuries, mitigate exposures and maintain regulatory compliance.

Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members - wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with more than 2,350 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. jobs.sears.com

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At Toys 'R' Us, 'There Is Nothing Left': The Day It Closed for Good

Toys 'R' Us employees seek severance from private equity

HQ2 is making cities consider projects they've been ignoring for years
- and it shows the power of Amazon

Canada hits $13 billion of US goods with new tariffs

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Anniston, AL: Lowe's HR Manager takes his own life after standoff with Police
Anniston police say Human Resources Manager Steven Spoon entered the store with a handgun and threatened to kill himself. Police evacuated as many employees and customers as they could. Spoon was in his office, where investigators negotiated with him for several hours. When they took a break, Spoon shot and killed himself, according to police. Through investigations, police learned it was Spoon's last day on the job. A meeting was scheduled to discuss his termination, no word on if that meeting ever happened.

He leaves behind a wife and children. No other injuries were reported. Lowe's Corporate Communications released the following statement: Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Spoon's family, as well as the employees at our North Anniston store. Lowe's has extensive safety measures in place that were followed to quickly evacuate the store. We are focused on providing support for employees impacted by this tragedy, including providing grief counselors onsite. The store will remain closed today and plans to reopen Tuesday. Out of respect for the family, we are referring additional questions to law enforcement. wsfa.com


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How Starbucks Combats Account Takeover
Account Takeovers (ATOs) and credential stuffing represent a huge threat to the retail industry. In fact, they pose major problems for any vertical in which customers tend to reuse passwords for multiple accounts. Password reuse makes compromised credentials even more valuable to cyber criminals.

Starbucks recognized this threat more than four years ago, before it was well understood by the industry at large. As Starbucks Director of InfoSec Mike Hughes said in a recent Shape Security webcast, "We started to put eyes on the issue in 2013, looking at it holistically as a problem for the industry and, as a member of the industry, something we would be facing and dealing with." securityboulevard.com

Adidas Breach Hits U.S. Retail Site
Adidas is warning customers of its US retail website that their personal details may have been compromised after a suspected data breach.

Reports suggest millions of customers could be affected by the data security incident, which the footwear giant said it first became aware of on June 26.

A brief statement on the incident claimed the firm is alerting "certain consumers" who purchased from the adidas.com/US site.

"Adidas immediately began taking steps to determine the scope of the issue and to alert relevant consumers," it said of the incident. "Adidas is working with leading data security firms and law enforcement authorities to investigate the issue. According to the preliminary investigation, the limited data includes contact information, usernames and encrypted passwords. Adidas has no reason to believe that any credit card or fitness information of those consumers was impacted." infosecurity-magazine.com

UK luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason says 23,000 Affected by Data Hack
Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has become the latest big brand to be involved in a significant data breach after the company admitted the details of around 23,000 competition and survey participants had been compromised.

According to a spokesperson at Fortnum & Mason "At 17.26pm on Friday 29 June, Typeform, a company that provides services that we have used in the past to collect survey responses and voting preferences, notified us that they had suffered a data breach and unfortunately some of our data had been compromised." infosecurity-magazine.com

A massive cache of law enforcement personnel data has leaked
Many police departments 'unable to respond in an active shooter situation'

A data breach at a federally funded active shooter training center has exposed the personal data of thousands of US law enforcement officials, ZDNet has learned.

The cache of data contained identifiable information on local and state police officers, and federal agents, who sought out or underwent active shooter response training in the past few years. The backend database powers the website of Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training -- known as ALERRT -- at Texas State University. zdnet.com

New California Privacy Law Could Accelerate Retail Blockchain Adoption
California just passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, a law that will bring something very close to GDPR requirements to the biggest economy in the United States (and 5th in the world), and the home to many of the tech companies that hold consumer data and/or provide CRM software that helps retailers and other businesses hold and manage consumer data.

So how does that have anything to do with the price of Bitcoin? Well, it doesn't, though many people still seem to equate Bitcoin the currency with blockchain the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin possible. But even for blockchain, a first glance at the requirements of the law and the way blockchain work suggests that the two should have nothing to do with each other. Blockchain never forgets, and one of the key aspects of both the California law and GDPR is that companies must honor consumer requests to be forgotten. forbes.com

Why Sharing Intelligence Makes Everyone Safer
Security teams must expand strategies to go beyond simply identifying details tied to a specific threat to include context and information about attack methodologies.

Cybersecurity is sometimes viewed as being inherently reactive. But given the security issues we face today, security professionals must push beyond merely blocking an attack before a network breach. Cybersecurity teams must also have the ability to disrupt an attack from achieving its goal. This might sound similar to blocking an attack, but there's more to it.

This foresight can be acquired through knowledge of the kill chain, which refers to models that map the stages of attacks from initial system probing and network penetration to the final exfiltration of valuable data. Some people in our industry describe this process as "cyber threat intelligence."

The Strategy Behind Cyber Threat Intelligence
Such a strategy goes beyond signatures or details tied to a specific threat. It could also include context and information about attack methodologies, tools utilized to obscure an infiltration, methods that hide an attack within network traffic, and tactics that evade detection.

It is also important to understand the different kinds of data under threat, the malware in circulation, and, more importantly, how an attack communicates with its controller. These elements of foresight enable the disruption of an attack at any of the points mentioned above.

But threat intelligence is also about being qualitative, at least to the degree that it can be leveraged to respond to an attack, whether that means a forensic analysis for full recovery or the attribution and prosecution of the people responsible for the attack. darkreading.com

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The Armed Robbery Epidemic: How to Stay Safe

Dr. Read Hayes, Director of LPRC
Robert Oberosler, Group VP of LP, Rite Aid
Kevin Larson, Sr. Manager of AP, Kroger

With armed robberies spiking nationwide, retailers like Kroger and Rite Aid are working alongside the University of Florida's Loss Prevention Research Council to make robbery attempts tougher, riskier and less rewarding for criminals. In this session, Read Hayes, PhD, Director of the LPRC; Bob Oberosler, Group Vice President of Loss Prevention for Rite Aid; and Kevin Larson, Senior Manager of Asset Protection for Kroger, discuss how new research on offender decision making, anti-robbery tactics, and other incident reporting is being used to help counteract violence in retail.

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5 Predictions About the Fraud-Prevention Market Landscape for the Next 5 Years
Domestic orders will carry more risk
Over the next five years, the most significant CNP fraud growth in the US will come from domestic orders-US-based fraudsters buying with domestic credit cards, listing US shipping addresses, and exploiting domestic victims. That's because fraudsters are learning that utilizing data from other countries raises red flags for fraud, but they stand a better chance of slipping through among the higher volume of good domestic orders.

Payments and fraud-prevention will see consolidation
I believe the early 2020s will be marked by consolidation as investors seek payoffs for their initial stakes, founders seek rewards for their hard work, and major payments and information players seek the kind of data-driven solutions these startups are developing.

Machine learning will move beyond the buzzwords
Moving beyond the AI and algorithm buzzwords, providers will have to prove themselves with back-tests, proofs of concept, and pilots. Fraud solution marketing will require more than slide decks and presentations, as clients come to expect evidence of experience in the market using variables based on relevant data.

Experience will matter (and cost) more than ever
As the need for experienced fraud managers increases to keep pace with the upswing in CNP fraud, expect recruiting, hiring, and retaining these experts to get more competitive, more expensive, and more tilted in favor of larger companies with big budgets.

The US market will feel more effects of the EMV liability shift
Over the next 5 years, the US market will continue to face rising fraud attempts and prevention costs. The biggest challenges will be stopping fraudulent orders and account creations without alienating good customers who want their orders processed quickly and without hassles. multichannelmerchant.com

China mulls fighting e-commerce's fakes problem
BEIJING: A draft e-commerce law in China has the potential to increase pressure on smaller online retail companies to crack down on the sale of fake and counterfeit products on their platforms.

The law, the latest draft of which made its way through China's parliament last week, would make e-commerce platforms as responsible for the sale of counterfeit goods as the individual merchants, who are currently liable when caught, according to the South China Morning Post.

For the largest platform operators, the legislation is unlikely to disrupt the operations of the country's largest e-commerce firms, who have been developing capabilities to identify and remove fakes from the platform.

In part, the legislation fits with a broader trend toward reducing the copycat perception of Chinese manufacturing, and can be read in line with the current Made in China 2025 plan to put innovation and high-technology at the core of the Chinese economy.

Meanwhile, the smaller platforms are the most likely to be hurt by the law, Paul Haswell, a partner at the law firm Pinsent Masons who advises tech firms. The legislation, he told the SCMP, "is almost certainly going to be passed." warc.com

Supply Chain Solutions Market to Witness Rising Demand Due to Expansion of E-Commerce Sector



Ocala, FL: Update: Home Depot, CVS and Publix credited with assist in $500,000 ORC Ring bust
There is shoplifting, and then there is what Gilbert Libron and Lacher Lindsay are accused of doing. Authorities say the boyfriend-girlfriend duo spend months stealing roughly $500,000 worth of goods from retail stores throughout central Florida. Ocala police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are still investigating, and additional charges are possible.

Ocala police Detectives Sean Young and Mike Bowman followed Libron, 48, of Ocala, and Lindsey, 25, of Gainesville, to Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Lake counties for about a month, watching them stealing items and later selling them to people at two Orange County homes, according to a police report. Police became involved when officials from Home Depot, CVS and Publix approached them in early December 2017 to report that, several months prior, two people had stolen thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from their businesses.

Young said when he was assigned to the case, he received an approximately 2-foot-tall binder with documents about the thefts. Young determined that, statewide, the affected businesses had lost an estimated $100,000 worth of merchandise. Young approached FDLE with his findings. That agency obtained a search warrant for the two homes.

Not long after that, Libron and Lindsey were arrested. In March, Libron was sentenced to two years in prison. Lindsay served two months at the Marion County Jail and was transferred to Pasco County to resolve a charge of violation of probation. All four people arrested face statewide prosecution as the investigation continues. gainesville.com

Grand Junction, CO: Man accused in card scam may be linked to ORC ring operating in West; targeting Sam's Club for estimated $400,000
Managers of the Grand Junction Sam's Club believe a 29-year-old man accused of bilking their store out of more than $2,000 as part of a gift card grift could be linked to hundreds of thousands of thefts across the region. Yoe C. Hernandez-Martinez was arrested June 23 outside the store at 1040 Independent Ave. after police were called for a fraud report. The store's assistant manager told police he had seen Hernandez-Martinez and two other men in and out of the store making fraudulent transactions for a month.

Hernandez-Martinez was identified after a 59-year-old woman reported seeing three fraudulent transactions on her credit card for a total of $2,115.72. The manager pulled surveillance video of the times of the transactions on June 13 and saw a man matching Hernandez-Martinez's description make more than 14 transactions in a short amount of time for a total of more than $13,000. Three of the transactions used the woman's credit card information. The manager told police that he believes Hernandez-Martinez and the two men are linked to a number of other thefts at Sam's Clubs across Colorado and the western U.S., the report said. "(The manager) explained they will steal gift cards from their stores and take pictures of the barcode on the back of the gift cards," the report said. "They will return to the same store the gift cards were stolen from and use the self-checkout and scan the barcode from their phone and make the purchase with stolen credit card information." The manager said the Sam's Club region has lost nearly $400,000 in the last month to the scheme. gjsentinel.com

Arlington, VA: Over $80,000 Theft Reported At Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that was stolen from various businesses at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has been returned, police say. The Arlington County Police Department's Property Crimes Units returned a portion of more than $80,000 worth of merchandise stolen from the mall stemming from an investigation that began in 2015 and has resulted in a suspect pleading guilty to multiple counts of grand larceny and grand larceny with intent to sell, according to a tweet by ACPD Friday. "Organized retail crime has a major financial impact on businesses and consumers," police added in a follow-up tweet. "ACPD is committed to investigating these crimes and holding those responsible accountable for their actions." patch.com

Tallahassee, FL: Suspects tried to steal $500 Walgreen's gift card
The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating an attempted theft which occurred late last month at the Walgreens on Mahan Drive. Authorities say the suspects attempted to steal a $500 gift card from the store on June 27. The suspects are wanted in other gift card thefts at the Walgreens on North Monroe Street and from a store in Quincy. wctv.tv

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Shoplifters caught at Kohl's; $1,500 of merchandise recovered
Haley Golomb, 23, and Symphony Sanders, 24, are alleged to have shoplifted a combined $1,526 worth of goods on Tuesday. Golomb and Sanders were charged with felony counts of retail theft and arraigned before District Judge Matthew Christopher. timesleader.com

Dallas, TX: Thieves armed with pickaxe rob jewelry from Costco
Three men armed with a handgun and a pickaxe robbed jewelry from a Costco store in north Dallas on Sunday afternoon. The robbery happened at the Costco on Churchhill Way. No one was injured, police said. The suspects smashed jewelry counters in the store, then fled the store in a vehicle. It was unknown how much jewelry was stolen. A fourth suspect was involved in the robbery but did not go inside the store. cbslocal.com

Lodi, CA: Police Looking For Three Suspects In Home Depot Theft
Lodi police are looking for information on three suspects who stole from Home Depot. The three suspects were caught on security camera walking out of the store with merchandise. cbslocal.com

Orland Park, IL: Two men arrest in Fencing Ring Operation; charged with Wire Fraud, Possession of Stolen Property and Continuing Financial Crime Enterprise

Foley, AL: Foley Police are seeking help identifying suspects in Nike merchandise theft

Watertown, NY: Man charged with stealing more than $500 from thrift shop

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Shootings & Deaths

Charlotte, NC: Wendy's employee fires shotgun at customer's car in parking lot
North Carolina police took a fast food worker into custody after they said he fired shots at a customer in the parking lot at a Wendy's early Friday in Charlotte. The incident occurred at 2 a.m., police said. Investigators said two customers had gone through the drive-thru and were waiting for their food in the parking lot, police said. A female employee brought it out to them, but the women started fighting. Police said a male employee then came out and shot at the customers with a shotgun. Nobody was hurt, but officers took the worker into custody. whio.com

Texas City, TX: Shootout caught on camera at shopping center
An apparent shootout between multiple people at a shopping center in Texas City was caught on camera. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in the shopping center near FM 1765 and Amburn Road. In the surveillance video, two men appear to fire shots at each other before fleeing the scene. The windshield of a silver car, which was parked in front of a store, appeared to get hit by a bullet. abc13.com

Flagler County, FL: Shooting and Pistol-Whipping Over "Disrespect" in Target Parking Lot

Dayton, OH: 22 year old man shot and killed at a gas pump outside United Dairy Mart

Bronx, NY: Grocery store Armed Robber killed fleeing Police; jumped between 2 trains

Robberies & Thefts

Montgomery, AL: Convenience store Burglarized 7 times in one night
Montgomery investigators released photos of multiple suspects wanted in connection to a burglary of a convenience store in the 3800 block of South Court Street Tuesday night. After the initial breaking and entering, several other groups of suspects broke in and took merchandise. wsfa.com

New Orleans, LA: Police arrest man believed to be responsible for multiple Armed Robberies, Burglaries, thefts
New Orleans police along with the FBI and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man believed to be responsible for multiple armed robberies, thefts and burglaries in the New Orleans metro area. Police say that 55-year-old Andre Addison was taken into custody Wednesday as he was in the process of robbing a Metro PCS cell phone store. Officers with the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force arrested Addison who, at the time of his arrest, was armed with a BB gun during the robbery, according to police. The other businesses that police believe Addison robbed were Family Dollar, Wendy's, Subway, Jimmy John's, Dollar General, Boost Mobile. fox8live.com

Leesburg, FL: Correctional Officers wait for inmate to pass diamond earrings he swallowed; 1/3 caret diamond earing stolen from Kay Jewelers
Leesburg Police say Ryan Penman and his girlfriend tried on a pair of $700 earrings at a jewelry store Thursday. According to an arrest report, Penman tried to pay for the earrings with a credit card in a different name. When it was declined, he handed back the earrings, but the clerk said they had been replaced with fakes. correctionsone.com

New Zealand: Fog cannons thwart Armed offenders three times in three weeks
Police are hailing their new fog cannon scheme a success after the technology was used three times over the past three weeks to thwart armed offenders trying to rob dairies. Two of the armed incidents were in Waikato and the other in Counties Manukau. One began with up to eight people loitering outside a store, putting the employee on alert. Three of the people went inside the shop, one wielding a hammer. One of them was able to get behind the counter but the fog cannon was activated, creating a barrier for the employee to retreat to safety. There were no injuries and minimal property loss. stuff.co.nz

Paris: Notorious Gangster and Jewel Thief Flees French Jail in Spectacular Helicopter Escape
A notorious criminal who in the past had been branded as France's "Public Enemy No. 1" on Sunday made a cinematic escape from a prison near the country's capital that involved fleeing in a helicopter, French authorities said. Redoine Faïd, who had already broken out of a different prison in 2013, was freed by an armed commando of three heavily-armed accomplices that landed on the jail's courtyard while he was in the visitation hall, according to a brief statement by the justice ministry. "The escape only lasted a few minutes," the statement explained. "There were no hostages or injuries." The ministry added that the prosecutor's office had launched an investigation and a search operation had been put in place by the police.

Faïd, 46, was serving a 25-year jail sentence at Réau prison - located 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the southeast of Paris - for a botched robbery in 2010 that caused the death of a police officer. In the 1990s, he was co-leader of a gang engaged in jewel theft, armed robbery and extortion in the Paris area; although he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for these activities, he was released on parole after 10 years. radionz.co.nz

Troy, OH: Man accused of using $33,000 stolen check for a car

Piercing Pagoda in the Cottonwood Mall, Albuquerque, NM reported a Grab & Run on 6/28, item valued at $749

Sentencings, Charges & Arrests

Martinez, CA: Man Sentenced to 30 years For Deadly Antioch Jewelry Store Robbery
Trai Jones, 22, was sentenced last week to 30 years after pleading guilty to robbery and assault charges of Hardy Nix Jewelers in Antioch. Before the sentence, defendant Trai Jones listened to a letter from the owner of the jewelry store, Mark Perez, who shot and killed Jones' accomplice, David Carter, 20, after the two walked into the jewelry store and Jones fired shots. A letter from Carter's adoptive mother, in which she asked for sympathy for Jones, was also read into the record. cbslocal.com

Medford, OR: Man gets prison in $263k jewelry/ pawn shop burglary

High Ridge, MO: Dollar General Armed Robber sentenced to 13 years


C-Store - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery/Suspect dies fleeing police
C-Store - Billerica, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Aurora, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Port Angeles, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Mona, UT - Burglary
C-Store - Burlington, NC - Burglary
Costco - Dallas, TX - Robbery
Dairy Queen - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
Liquor Store - Lexington County, SC - Robbery
McDonalds - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Lawrenceburg, TN - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Barboursville, WV - Robbery
T-Mobile - Sacramento, CA - Burglary
Verizon - Airmont, NY - Armed Robbery


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11 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
1 killing







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