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Brian Fox named Sr. Manager of Asset Protection for Cabela's/Bass Pro Shops
Brian will be the functional leader of asset protection for the combined company. He previously held the role of Senior Manager of Investigations and AP Operations for Cabela's, and has worked there since 2014, holding titles such as Corporate AP Operations Senior Manager and Corporate AP Manager - Operations. Brian has held other industry positions with Charming Shoppes as Regional LP Manager, Circuit City as Area AP Manager, and Bachrach Clothing as Regional LP Manager. Congratulations Brian!

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Shoplifters taking toll on California economy after Prop. 47
Rudy Ruiz owns World 1-1, a video game store at the Santa Maria Town Center mall. Shoplifters hit his store so often, he said, that he stopped calling police two years ago. Thieves know they're "only going to get a citation, which is equivalent to a slap on the wrist," he said.

The problem stems from Proposition 47, which was approved by voters in 2014 and reduced crimes like petty theft and shoplifting from felonies to misdemeanors, if less than $950 in merchandise is stolen.

Prop. 47 aimed to curb recidivism and reduce the state's inmate population by making nonviolent, nonserious property and drug crimes misdemeanors unless a person has prior convictions for serious offenses. That means crimes like shoplifting, grand theft and receiving stolen property earn the offender a citation instead of jail time, as long as the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950 per incident.

Tracy Ruiz, Rudy's wife, helps run World 1-1 and said she believes voters who passed Prop. 47 didn't understand the maximum theft threshold was $950 per incident, rather than per day.

"That value of $950 is not accumulated - it's each separate incident, each time a shoplifter comes in," said Tracy. "That means they'll do it over and over again, and make off with a lot more than $949 per day if they're given the chance."

She added: "This legislation had a lot of social goals which is good, but unfortunately it hits retailers, big or small like us, really hard and people didn't think about that. People also don't realize that the more theft losses we incur, we'll probably have to raise our prices which we don't want to do for our community." syvnews.com

Opposing View: 'Proposition 47 is working, despite glitches'
Proposition 47, the voter-approved ballot initiative aimed at easing prison overcrowding by releasing non-violent offenders, has generally succeeded in its goal. But the controversial measure also has run into some glitches.

Researchers find that Proposition 47, approved in 2014, contributed to a decrease in rearrest rates while spurring a slight uptick in property crimes. Proposition 47 also has significantly reduced crowded state prison and county jail populations throughout the state.

But the exhaustive study also found that Proposition 47 had a slight impact on property crimes - specifically, thefts from motor vehicles and shoplifting. Proposition 47 may have contributed to the roughly 9 percent increase in larceny-theft, the study found.

There are concerns among law enforcement officials over the under-reporting of burglary and theft.

"Larceny is up 9 percent," said California Police Chiefs Association president David Swing. "That's what's being reported. I know that if you were to reach out to the grocery and retail community you would see a stark difference in what's being reported and what's actually occurring post-Prop. 47. This means that we in law enforcement are not receiving all the calls about thefts that are occurring." capitolweekly.net

Oklahoma retailers seeing theft increase since State Question 780
Raised felony threshold from $500 to $1,000

State Question 780 went into effect last July. It states that someone has to steal $1,000 dollars worth of merchandise from a store before he or she is charged with a felony. That amount used to be only $500.

Convenience stores, like QuikTrip, say they and other retailers have seen thefts on the rise since the law went into effect 365 days ago. The only way they now can put people in jail for the thefts is to keep track of surveillance video and loss each time someone steals until they have enough merchandise stolen to build a felony case against someone. Police say this means that thieves are stealing from businesses longer before they can do anything meaningful about the problem. krmg.com

Marshalls Hit With Gender Bias Suit Over Bag Check Policy
'Discriminates Against Women', who are more likely to carry purses

A proposed class of Marshalls employees in California hit the retailer with a wage and discrimination suit in state court Monday, alleging workers aren't compensated for the time they spend going through security checks and bringing a novel theory that the practice discriminates against women, who are more likely to carry purses.

Named plaintiff Alicia Rodriguez, a stockroom coordinator at a Marshalls in Ontario, California, has worked for the retail chain for more than 17 years, according to the complaint. She seeks to represent a class of all nonexempt current and former employees who have worked at a Marshalls in California after Aug. 11, 2016, as well as a subclass of women who the suit alleges were disproportionately affected by the policy.

Marshalls requires all its workers to go through a security check whenever they leave the workplace with a bag or container, according to the complaint. These bag checks occur after an employee has clocked out at the end of the day and during their state-required meal and rest breaks, Rodriguez alleges. And because only a manager can clear workers' bags, and the bag checks are required during a shift turnover, workers often have to wait in line for the checks, which is done "for the benefit" of Marshalls, Rodriguez says.

"The security checks are done after class members clock out and are off-the-clock, uncompensated time," the complaint says. "Defendant's female employees are far more likely to carry a purse, bag or container than their [male] counterparts. Defendant's practice ... disproportionately impacts defendant's female employees, and deprives them of pay and other employee rights, including rest breaks." law360.com

Bag Rage:
Shoppers Threaten Staff After Australia Bans Plastic Bags in Supermarkets

Grocery store staff in Australia are dealing with regular abuse from shoppers after supermarket chains were told to ax single-use plastic bags at checkouts.

According to the Independent, some customers have gone as far as physically attacking employees. One shopper in Western Australia put his hands around a Woolworths staff member's neck.

Western Australia and Queensland state governments both set July 1 as the deadline for removing single-use plastic bags from stores. Shoppers can buy reusable bags for 15 Australian cents (about 11 U.S. cents). Some states, such as South Australia, have had single-use plastic bags banned for almost 10 years (since the beginning of 2009). newsweek.com

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Hope, AR: Undercover operation reveals more than chicken being sold at KFC
One of the five managers of a Hope, Arkansas, KFC was offering more choices than crispy and original to customers of his store at the Bypass and Hazel Street.

Over the past several months, undercover agents purchased methamphetamine at the restaurant from manager Edward Barzar, as part of an investigation that resulted in four simultaneous raids that went off like a well-choreographed ballet late Wednesday afternoon.

The raid was orchestrated by officers from the 8th North Task Force, the Arkansas State Police, the Hope Police Department, the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, the Prescott Police Department and FBI Agents. arklatexhomepage.com

Turkey Hill Joins Sheetz in Testing Blue Lights to Combat Drug Use in Stores
Turkey Hill Minit Markets is the next Pennsylvania convenience store chain adorning blue-colored bulbs in its restrooms. The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. It's an idea that's been around for years but is getting a fresh look as a result of the nation's opioid epidemic, reported Penn Live.

In Luzerne County, where Turkey Hill has installed blue lights at a store in Wilkes-Barre, Coroner William Lisman said people have died from overdoses in the public bathrooms of fast-food restaurants, big-box stores and other retailers.

"It can very easily go unnoticed until somebody else wants to use that restroom," he said. "Other patrons realize they can't get in, the manager opens up and we find people deceased."

At some Turkey Hill locations in hard-hit neighborhoods, store workers would often find used needles or even people slumped over from an overdose, according to Matt Dorgan, the chain's asset protection manager. csnews.com

Starbucks's 'full-scale racial equity overhaul' will take more than an afternoon, outside review says
One month after Starbucks closed 8,000 stores for racial-bias training for 175,000 employees, two of the curriculum's advisers laid out a new set of recommendations for how one of the world's most dominant companies can further address diversity, equity and inclusion.

In a report published Monday, Heather McGhee, distinguished senior fellow of the public policy organization Demos, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-council of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, outlined how Starbucks and other companies could achieve a "full-scale racial equity overhaul." While McGhee and Ifill served as pro bono advisers on Starbucks's May 29 training, they conducted the report independently and in consultation with dozens of organizations and experts, from racial and religious groups to legal and policy centers.

"It's really important that we wrote this report with an audience of Starbucks, but also with an audience of other corporations that might want to take steps to address racism in their company," McGhee said. "Because not everybody is going to have 40 conversations, and we wanted to make sure that this broader audience understood what some of the key principles are in designing a training like that." washingtonpost.com

Comcast Sued For Failure To Address Cell Phone Fraud
Comcast's new Xfinity Wireless service isn't all that old, but the company is already being accused of failing to adequately address fraud related to the service. A new class action filed against the company (pdf) accuses the cable giant of not doing enough to prevent scammers from opening wireless customer service accounts in users names--then using customer financial info to ship phones to alternative addresses. The lawsuit also alleges that Comcast has turned a blind eye to this problem as part of an attempt to artificially inflate the company's Xfinity Mobile subscriber numbers. dslreports.com

Hump Day Holiday: More Travel, Less Spending
Despite its weird Wednesday arrival, forecasters are expecting Americans to set some records this Fourth of July, with the AAA predicting lots of travel. Spending, however, is expected to be a little more subdued.

AAA says it anticipates 46.9 million people will travel at least 50 miles, up 5% from last year, and the most since it started tracking the holiday 18 years ago. That's likely to translate to some Tuesday traffic nightmares, with INRIX, a global transportation analytics company that works with AAA, estimating that travel time in some places may be twice as long as usual.

The AAA's forecast conflicts with the National Retail Federation, however, which predicts a decrease in travel, with 31 million people hitting the road, down from 33 million last year. And, it says, 25% say gas prices play a part in their decision.

AAA is predicting the biggest increase in air travel, with 7.9% more people flying for the holiday, marking the ninth straight year of gains. Orlando, Anaheim, Calif., and Seattle are the leading domestic destinations. Rome, London and Dublin are the top international spots.

Overall, consumer spending may slow a little this year, says the NRF. It says the Hump Day holiday is likely to result in $6.9 billion in sales, down from $7.1 billion last year, which was a record.

Its study, based on a survey of 7,200 adults and conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics, says that 87% intend to celebrate, with 62% planning a cookout or picnic, spending an average of $75.35 per person. (Predictions only cover food costs.) mediapost.com

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Department store chain Magic Mart closing all stores in four states

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Publishing Note: Our 'Canadian Connections' column will not be published this week due to the July 4th Holiday

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BOPIS fraud is up 250% in 1 year
Can retailers protect their profits without losing customers?

As "buy online pickup in store," or BOPIS, grows in popularity for consumers, it is also becoming an enticing platform for fraudsters. Retailers are facing a new set of challenges with click-and-collect services that many are not prepared to handle.

"Just a year or two ago we would have told merchants that BOPIS sales were extremely safe," Grunzweig told FierceRetail. "They had a fraud rate a fraction of regular e-commerce orders. That's no longer the case. We're seeing effective rates of fraud in BOPIS for some of our merchants that are 250% higher than they were in the last year."

Grunzweig points out that this pattern is not new to e-commerce. Typically, as a product, category or method of fulfillment becomes popular with consumers, merchants move to fill it. And simultaneously, fraudsters move to take advantage of it.

BOPIS fraud is similar to any other e-commerce fraud as in the fraudsters use a stolen credit card, place an order online, pick up the goods at a store, then keep the items or resell them for profit.

"In all cases, the issue is that the merchant receives a fraudster's order, fulfills that order and - when the order is charged back as fraudulent - loses the revenue and the goods," she said. fierceretail.com

Target, Walmart Automate More Store Tasks
Target Corp. plans to add automatic cash-counting machines to its nearly 2,000 stores starting this summer, following other retailers who are automating more store jobs as labor costs rise.

The gray machines known as cash recyclers count bills and coins quickly, but they also allow stores to digitally bank their cash and predict how much money is needed for each cashier's shift. Target will start adding the machines to 500 stores this August, then roll them out to all U.S. stores, a Target spokeswoman said.

The cash recycler system is owned by Retail Cash Solutions, a unit of G4S PLC, a large London-based security company, and is similar to those rolled out to around 4,700 Walmart Inc. stores in the U.S. last year. At Walmart, the country's largest retailer, the system removed around 7,000 accounting jobs from stores.

Amid the lowest unemployment in years, rising wages and a shift toward shopping online, retailers are automating more store work. Target wants workers to develop deeper product expertise to improve customer service or perform new tasks like managing online orders picked up in stores.

Walmart plans to use autonomous robots in more stores by next year to scan shelf inventory to be able to detect products that are out of stock and direct workers and shoppers to precise product locations, Mark Ibbotson, head of central operations for Walmart U.S., said in an interview. wsj.com

Consumers ready for Amazon Go - for the most part
The Amazon Go concept, which enables shoppers to launch an app on their mobile device as they enter, take products off store shelves and pay through their smartphone, appeals to 84% of consumers who see this as a more enjoyable shopping experience than a traditional grocery store, according to "Are We Ready for Amazon Go?," a study from Shorr Packaging Corp.

A majority of shoppers (75%) would either be extremely likely or very likely to shop at an Amazon Go store if one opened close to where they live. Meanwhile, more than 25% would also be willing to pay more for grocery products if it meant they didn't have to wait in a checkout line.

Despite these benefits, not all consumers are on-board with the new concept - especially Baby Boomers. More than 30% of these shoppers would be somewhat likely or not likely to shop at an Amazon Go store if they lived close by. Meanwhile, 20% of consumers feel like something would be missing from the experience, compared to a traditional grocery store. Almost a quarter of shoppers (24%) said they would miss social interaction, and 12.5% struggle with not being able to pay with cash. chainstoreage.com

ATM Thieves Hit the Jackpot
International-style bank robbing comes to the U.S.

The cops watched as the car drove back and forth in front of the bank. It was early evening on Feb. 25 in Sandy, Utah, and FBI agents had been following the two people inside since they landed in Salt Lake City two days before. Law enforcement officials believed they were part of an organized crime ring responsible for more than 100 recent attacks on ATMs nationwide. When one of the men exited the car and began to approach the bank, the agents went to work, arresting the would-be bank robber just as the machine began spewing out cash.

The ATM-busting technique, known as jackpotting, has been around for almost a decade, and was already widespread in Europe, Latin America, and Asia by the time criminals began using it in the U.S. just a little more than a year ago. It's not that American criminals were stupider or less savvy than their global counterparts -rather, America's ATMs were. Until very recently, American debit cards relied on magnetic strips to store payment information. Scammers could simply buy a fake card reader for a few dollars on the dark web, attach it over the real card reader, and skim the card and PIN numbers of anyone who swiped. The rest of the world relies on the chip-and-PIN system of credit card verification - officially called EMV after the three companies that developed it: Europay, Mastercard, and Visa - which makes the cards more difficult to duplicate.

ATM jackpotting is both riskier and more complicated than card-skimming. For starters, scammers have to hack into the computer that governs the cash dispenser, which usually involves physically breaking into the machine itself; once they're in, they install malware that tells the ATM to release all of its cash, just like a jackpot at a slot machine. These obstacles mean the process takes quite a bit longer than installing a card skimmer, which means more time in front of the ATM's security cameras and jackpotters triggering an alarm in the bank's control center at every step. But as chip-and-PIN becomes the standard in the U.S., would-be ATM thieves are running out of other options. bloomberg.com

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Personalized Facebook Ads - How to Turn Them Off 

Annoyed at Facebook serving you the same ads about something you searched for before? In Facebook find Ad Preferences, then scroll down to Ad Settings and switch to Not Allowed for ads based on data from partners and ads based on your activity on Facebook company products.

Facebook then loses your data, and you lose more customized ads. Personally, I like customized ads, but I know some people find them annoying.



ORC from Investigation to Recovery

The Zellman Group has been the acknowledged leader in civil recovery, restitution and LP analytics for 20 years. They recently expanded their offerings to the retail community to include a full-service ORC Recovery solution. James Welborn, Attorney at Law; William Ramos, Director, ORC Recovery; and Ben Dugan, Director of Field ORC Investigations, tell us how Zellman can assist retailers with background and asset searches, compiling documentation for presentation to law enforcement, assisting with law enforcement relationships and assistance with recovering losses through the courts.



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The Link Between Digital Ad Fraud and Cybercrime
"The Report on Digital Ad Fraud and Cybercrime" published by Marketing Science Consulting Group, Inc. and Dr. Augustine Fou, an independent ad fraud and cybersecurity researcher, draws a straight line between digital ad fraud, cyber crime, and other major crimes.

Most of the general public has heard of the numerous major data breaches over the years where millions of consumers' personal details are stolen. Many have also experienced malware, pop-ups, malicious redirects, and ransomware on their computers or mobile devices. But few understand how hackers "cash out" of these criminal activities.

It is documented that lists of stolen identities, passwords, credit card numbers, etc. are sold on the dark web. But it is far more lucrative to combine the aforementioned criminal activities to steal dollars from massive digital advertising budgets - over $100 billion in the U.S. in 2018, $300 billion worldwide. This pool of dollars gets larger and is replenished year after year after year.

How do criminals do this? Though digital ad fraud. businessinsider.com

Amazon Launches Inventory Performance Index To Maintain Merchant Inventory
Amazon is rolling out a new system to manage the inventory of third-party merchants. Dubbed Inventory Performance Index, the solution aims to compel sellers to more efficiently use their allotted spaces in Amazon's warehouses.

As reported by CNBC, Amazon is launching the new system in an effort to reduce the clutter in its warehouses. According to the eCommerce giant, this is the "first step in setting a bar" on inventory performance. The new index will measure how the merchant manages inventory, gets rid of products that aren't selling well and adjusts its listings to reflect any changes. pymnts.com

Amazon killed eight companies' market value - in one day
Amazon on June 28 made an acquisition and launched a new program - two moves that cost eight companies billions of dollars in market value.

Amazon said Thursday that it would recruit entrepreneurs to run local delivery networks, and it intended to acquire online pharmacy startup PillPack. Both deals sent stocks tumbling, according to CNBC.

Companies that felt the fallout included FedEx and UPS, which lost a combined $3 billion on the delivery announcement. Meanwhile, the PillPack deal erased about $14.5 billion across Walgreens Boots Alliance, CVS Health, Rite-Aid, along with drug distributors Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBerg, and McKesson. chainstsoreage.com

Amazon's Prime Day will run longer than ever this year, starting July 16
Amazon said Tuesday that this year's Prime Day will kick off on July 16 at 3 p.m. ET, with deals running for 36 hours through the following day.

That makes this year's event the longest one in the company's history thus far. Prime Day is Amazon's annual sales holiday, started in 2015, which typically features deep discounts on its own devices and brands, like the Fire TV and AmazonBasics. The event also lures more paid Prime members to the platform each year, as many deals are exclusive to loyal customers.

The company said Tuesday that Prime Day 2018 will feature "more than one million deals exclusively for Prime members around the world, plus select deals at all U.S. Whole Foods Market stores." This is the first Prime Day that Amazon officially owns a grocery chain. cnbc.com

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Mishawaka, IN: Police find stolen Walmart Trailer full of merchandise at a home
Mishawaka Police located a Walmart trailer full of merchandise at a home on Grape Road Monday morning just before noon. The trailer was stolen from Lansing, Illinois. The trailer was full of new merchandise, police said. Six people from out of state were taken to the police station for questioning. One person, 42-year-old Josephvon Johnson of Jackson Mississippi, was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft. wndu.com

Cypress, TX: $80,000 worth of Fireworks, trailer, credit card machine and computers stolen in overnight Burglary
Investigators are looking into a pick-up truck tied to 3 crimes, including a $2,000 theft of a generator from The Home Depot. Police believe the truck was also used to steal a Fireworks Trailer with Inventory of over $80,000 and may have been used a 2nd Fireworks theft in the area. click2houston.com

Paducah, KY: Three women arrested for stealing $3,500 worth of merchandise from Kohl's
Three young women, including one juvenile are facing charges for stealing more than $3,500 worth of merchandise from Kohl's in Paducah. Whitney L. Morgan, 22, and Teesheona L. Williams, 19, were both arrested on a charge of felony theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting); and a 17-year-old girl was also taken into custody on a charge of felony theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting). Kohl's' loss prevention officer called police after the three were seen on surveillance concealing items from throughout the store in bags and shopping carts. wsiltv.com

Orlando, FL: Military Vet pepper-sprayed, hit by vehicle while attempting to stop theft, $1K of Victoria's Secret items recovered
A military veteran said he was at the right place at the right time Saturday afternoon when two suspected thieves tried to get away with merchandise from a Victoria's Secret store. Brent Adams said he had just pulled into the parking lot at the Waterford Lakes Town Center at about 2 p.m. when he saw two women running with clothing in their hands."The two girls came flying out of the Victoria's Secret," Adams said. "They were cursing at me and she got into her car. She noticed me approaching. She opened her car door and she had a canister of (pepper spray) and she started firing (it) at me."Adams said that he was able to turn his head, so the pepper spray didn't get into his eyes.

Orange County deputies said moments before that, an employee inside the Victoria's Secret said the two, Rosciara Pugh, 25, and Ta'quieta Pugh, 27, were filling shopping bags with clothing without any intent to pay for the merchandise. Detectives said an employee attempted to knock one of the bags out of their hands, when she, too, was pepper-sprayed by one of the suspects. Both women were arrested on charges of armed robbery, grand theft and aggravated battery with a motor vehicle and have since bonded out of jail. clickorlando.com

Hiawatha, IA: Men involved in chase used cloned credit cards to buy between $1,000 to $10,000 of cigarettes
Three Illinois men involved in a police chase through two counties Friday are accused of using cloned credit cards to purchase between $1,000 and $10,000 worth of cigarettes at a Kwik Shop in Hiawatha. The 3 men from Chicago are charged with, ongoing criminal conduct and two count of credit card fraud $1,000 to $10,000 and attempting to elude. The Iowa State Patrol used its airplane to keep the vehicle in sight. thegazette.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Shorewood, WI: Man arrested after pointing a gun at Metro Market Loss Prevention agent, no injuries

Robberies & Thefts

Baltimore County, MD: Man wanted in at least 10 Robberies, Thefts, Assaults in Baltimore County and PA
Floyd typically strikes convenience stores during the overnight hours, including Royal Farms and 7-Eleven, loitering around the store for a short time before approaching the counter and demanding cigarettes or simply walking behind the counter and taking them. He has also stolen merchandise during the afternoons from Walmart, Rite Aid, Game Stop, and a liquor store. nottinghammd.com

Tulsa, OK: Series of takeover Robberies and Burglaries could be connected
Monday's Daylight Donuts robbery could be the fifth stop by the same suspects. Tulsa police said five robberies and burglaries in recent weeks could be connected. EZ Pawn and Dollar General have also been victimized with Armed Robberies, possibly by the same group. fox23.com

Chico, CA: Chico Police Street Crimes Unit up to 131 arrests
The Chico police Street Crimes Unit made another 32 arrests last week, bringing the five-week total to 131. The unit was formed to address street level crimes like auto burglaries, drug dealing, bike theft, and habitual retail theft. It's operating in summer because there are fewer calls around the Chico State University campus when classes are out. The team also recovered a stolen vehicle and seized several firearms. chicoer.com

Triangle, VA: Walmart burglar breaks-in to Inhale cans of air freshener, left the store and promptly passed out

Man buying knife uses it to rob Dollar General store then leaves ID behind

Kay Jewelers in the Palms Regional Center, Yuma, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 6/29, item valued at $2,299

Piercing Pagoda in The Outlet Collection Seattle, Auburn, WA reported a Grab & Run on 6/29, item valued at $299

Zales in the Inland Center Mall, San Bernardino, CA reported a Grab & Run on 6/27, item valued at $669


Philadelphia, PA: U.S. Customs seized 699 counterfeit luxury brand watches from Hong Kong; if authentic, the shipment would hold an MSRP of $10 million

Cargo Theft

Jacksonville, FL: 3 men accused of stealing bourbon, more in CSX train heists
Three men are facing up to a decade in prison after being accused of stealing from CSX rail cars over a span of nearly two decades. Among the items they're accused of stealing from the Jacksonville-based rail company: cases of bourbon. The U.S. attorney's office in Buffalo, NY said investigators caught Paul Krieger, Ray Chrostowski and Nicholas Birdwell red-handed hopping on a train, cutting the rail car locks and removing a package. The three men are suspected of doing this at least 15 times since May. The FBI's most recent stats on cargo theft are from 2016. There were 692 incidents of cargo theft reported across the country that year; 26 of those were in Florida. actionnewsjax.com

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Sentencings, Charges & Arrests

Los Angeles, CA: $19,000 Ulta Beauty Perfume Burglars Sentenced
to One Year in Jail

A man and woman from Reseda pleaded no contest Monday to burglary in the smash-and-grab theft of more than $19,000 of perfume and beauty products and were immediately sentenced to one year in jail and three years probation. Giovanni Lopez-Valencia, 27, and Mariel Miranda-Guerra, 33, were caught within an hour of smashing a storefront window at Ulta Beauty in Burbank on May 6 because some of the perfume bottles were equipped with GPS tracking devices, according to police. A search of their vehicle turned up burglary tools and the stolen items. nbclosangeles.com

Crown Point, IN: Man, 23, pleads guilty in string of Armed Robberies at Gary, Merrillville businesses
Gary man charged in a string of stick-ups two years ago at businesses in Gary and Merrillville pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. Stephen T. Spivey entered a plea agreement Monday in Lake Criminal Court. He agreed to plead guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, all level 3 felonies. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Spivey, 23, will face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison at an Aug. 6 sentencing hearing. nwitimes.com


Beauty Store - Opelika, AL - Robbery
C-Store- Jeannette, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery, AL - Burglary
Cash America Pawn - Tallahassee, FL - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Lafayette, LA - Armed Robbery
Consignment Store - Campbellsville, KY - Robbery
CVS - Metairie, LA - Armed Robbery
Dog Groomer - Moreno Valley, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Dollar General - Kingman, AZ- Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Donut Shop - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
EZ Pawn - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Fireworks Stand - Houston, TX - Burglary
Grocery Store - Shorewood, WI - Armed Robbery
Ice Cream Shop - Wausau, WI - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Tupelo, MS - Burglary
Riddle's Jewelry - Fargo, ND - Armed Robbery
Stripes - Odessa, TX - Burglary
Sunglass Hut - Spanish Fort, AL - Robbery
Walgreens - Las Vegas, NV - Burglary
Walmart - Triangle, VA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery / clerk shot & wounded


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
7 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings







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Area Loss Prevention Specialist
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist o join our team in the Boston / Springfield area. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new/current retail store locations...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
Jacksonville, FL
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in Jacksonville, FL. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new retail store locations...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
San Francisco Bay Area
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in San Francisco Bay Area. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new/current retail store locations...

Loss Prevention Analyst
New York, NY

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Business Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives...

Loss Prevention Analyst
Richmond, VA

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Business Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist
Santa Monica, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

District LP Manager Stores - Various Locations
As a District LP Manager, you'll lead several of our multi-million dollar stores to drive sales and deliver operational excellence. You'll control expenses and payroll budgets, handle personnel issues, merchandising, loss prevention and overall supervision of Store Managers in your District...

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Getting advice from trusted friends, family members, co-workers and former bosses is always a great thing to do and, quite frankly, it can help you to see more clearly. But remember, at the end of the day it's your decision to make and it's your decision that you have to live with. Your friends, co-workers, and former bosses won't be living with the consequences, but your family will be. So you've got to be more sensitive to their advice. Advice is easy to give, hard to follow and almost impossible to live up to. And everyone has a lot of advice to give; it's the easiest thing to give. Just remember, at 5 a.m. after all the advice has been given, the mirror may be where the answer lies.

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