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Steve Welk, CFI promoted to Senior Director of Loss Prevention for Barnes & Noble College

Steve was previously the Director of Loss Prevention for the retailer before earning this promotion in May. He's held other senior leadership loss prevention positions during his over 29 years in the loss prevention industry including Director of Loss Prevention for Laura Ashley and Director of Asset Control for Linens 'n Things. Steve earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Congratulations Steve!

Kroll Names Steve Scarince Associate Managing Director in Cyber Risk Practice,
Los Angeles

Law Enforcement Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime
Association - LAORCA

Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of Steve Scarince as an Associate Managing Director in its Cyber Risk practice, based in Los Angeles. Scarince joins Kroll after serving for more than 20 years in several prominent roles with the United States Secret Service. In addition to his experience serving a near-five year assignment in the Presidential Protective Division, Scarince has significant expertise in crisis management, intelligence, and personal and physical security. Additionally, he is an authority in fraud investigations and cyber-related attacks on financial and payment systems, and has often served as an expert witness in court proceedings.

Scarince earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations/Russian at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) and the Law Enforcement Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime Association. thecourierexpress.com

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"Total Cost Of Risk - 'TCOR' - Declines 4th Yr in a Row
But Cyber-Risk Costs Up 33%
"Market conditions are favorable for insurance buyers" cfo.com

Businesses' total cost of risk declined again in 2017, but cyber insurance costs moved in the opposite direction, rising 33%.

A measurement of businesses' total cost of risk (TCOR), primarily used by the insurance industry, declined for the fourth year in a row in 2017, according to The Risk Management Society (RIMS).

Despite record-setting natural catastrophes, the average total cost of risk (TCOR) trended lower for the fourth year in a row — a 3% decrease, according to the newly released 2018 RIMS Benchmark Survey

TCOR (defined as the total cost of insurance premiums, retained losses [deductibles/uninsured losses], and internal/external risk control costs) decreased from $10.07 per $1,000 of revenue in 2016 to $9.75 per $1,000 of revenue in 2017.

The marginal decline was driven by decreases in property, liability, workers' compensation, management liability, and professional liability costs, as well as a fall in overall risk management administration costs, RIMS said.

But cyber insurance continues to rise. With the average cost of cyber insurance per $1,000 of revenue rose 33% in 2017, to $0.28, up from $0.21 a year earlier. Average insurance premiums per employee increased by 9%. cfo.com

WIS Files Chapter 11 Monday - Aims to Liquidate - Blames FLSA Suit, $123M Debt
North American inventory management firm WIS Holding Co. Inc. sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware late Monday, aiming for a liquidation and wind-down while blaming employee class claims that short-circuited an earlier, more-than $223 million private foreclosure settlement.

Efforts to work through the default sale, Bernlohr said, broke down after the opening of a Fair Labor Standards Act complaint alleging unpaid overtime in the Southern District of California. The federal suit, partly diverted to arbitration, has grown to 14,000 employee claims, with two Private Attorney General Act labor suits also pending in California. law360.com

Retail's Growing Urgency To Rethink Performance Metrics
The reinvention of retail demands new metrics

In light of the differing underlying economics and category dynamics faced by any given retailer, there is no one-size-fits-all metric to perfectly define success. But it should be clear that same-store sales is an increasingly irrelevant metric. As it gets harder and harder to truly credit a particular channel for a sale or its role in acquiring, growing and retaining a particular customer, the delineation of channels becomes more of a blur. Retailers (and the analysts who love them) need to evolve their measurement focus.

Since customers typically do most of their shopping (whether online or in store) in a relatively narrow geographic region, there is a strong case to be made for seeing a trade area as the more relevant economic entity compared with a store or e-commerce in isolation. forbes.com

Published July 2nd
Starbucks Barista In Philly Mocks Stuttering Customer

Philadelphia is a tough place to be a Starbucks customer.

Earlier this year, two black men were arrested for trespassing at one of the coffee chain's sites in Philadelphia, leading the chain to close 8,000 Starbucks for four hours on May 29 for racial bias training.

Apparently, the training didn't deal with people who have disabilities because one Philadelphia barista is now accused of teasing a customer with a stutter.

The customer, "Sam," 28, a UP grad student recently ordered an iced coffee, giving his name to the barista she made fun of him by saying, "OK, S-S-Sam." When he got back to his office, he noticed the name on his cup read "SSSam."

Sam received a generic email from the company saying it was sorry that he "felt disrespectful" for the way they wrote his name and offered him $5. yahoo.com

Published July 2nd
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.

"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."

McGhee and Ifill wrote that in the weeks leading up to the training, Starbucks would have to — and did — make clear to employees that the May 29 training marked the start of a long-term, companywide commitment to diversity and inclusion.

[Starbucks arrests: Who gets to decide whether you're a patron or a trespasser?]

Editor's Note: Serious about a 'full-scale racial equity overhaul' read the rest of this article on page 2 washingtonpost.com

Orlando Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon Facial Recognition Program
Pressured by Civil Liberty Groups

Amid a growing outcry about privacy concerns by civil liberties groups, officials in Orlando, Fla., said Monday that the city's Police Department was, for now, ending a pilot program to use Amazon Rekognition facial technology.

About two years ago, Amazon introduced an online service that could help identify faces and other objects in images. The retail giant was soon pitching that technology to law enforcement agencies, saying the program could aid criminal investigations by recognizing suspects in photos and videos. The Orlando Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon were among the first to try the program.

In recent weeks, various civil rights organizations had pushed Amazon and law enforcement agencies to not use the image recognition system. They expressed concerns that it could be used to track protesters or others whom authorities see as suspicious, rather than being limited to individuals who are committing crimes.

Still, Orlando left the door open to continuing the pilot program at a later date.

In Washington County, Ore., the technology is fully operational and has been used for about a year and a half, said Jeff Talbot, a deputy officer and the public information officer for the Sheriff's Office. nytimes.com

Two B&N Top Execs Gone After Law Firm's Advice
Barnes & Noble Boots CEO - "Violating Company's policies" - No Severance Pay - Off Board

Barnes & Noble Inc. fired its second CEO in as many years, removing Demos Parneros from the helm of the bookseller for unspecified company policy violations and declining to pay him severance on the advice of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, the company said Tuesday.

No other comments made public in any of the news outlets about what those company policies where.

Parneros' termination comes just a few weeks after another major retail executive lost his seat on a law firm's advice. nytimes.com law360.com businesswire.com

PwC Charged $625.3M For Colonial Bank Fraud Scheme
Following a non-jury trial in March, a federal judge has said that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) must pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) $625.3 million after failing to detect fraud between a client and a mortgage lender. Colonial Bank, which was PwC's client, and Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, which was the mortgage lender, ended up failing to do so in 2009, Reuters reported.  pymnts.com

Target, Walmart Rolling Out Cash-Counting Machines
Walmart Eliminated 7,000 Store Accounting Jobs

Target adding machines to 500 stores this August with plans to roll them out to all U.S. stores. 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 stores in the U.S. last year. At Walmart, the country's largest retailer, the system removed around 7,000 accounting jobs from stores. wsj.com

Britain's high streets aren't dying, they're being murdered by the likes of Amazon
For months now there has been a flood of stories about the death of the high street, with about 50,000 retail job losses since the start of this year. But our high street isn't dying. It has been murdered. And its killers are getting away scot free. Changes to the business rates have aided and abetted online retailers like Amazon in their murderous spree - while leaving bricks and mortar shops defenceless.

The Mirror's High Street Fightback campaign this week is a small step towards making our politicians care about the issue. They can't be allowed to ignore it any longer. mirror.co.uk

29 large uncontained fires raging across the U.S. - 2,080 structures lost YTD
More than 10,000 structures burned last year, a record. nytimes.com

River Edge, NJ: Shopping mall collapse - Shoppers and workers escape after falling facade traps them in stores
Shoppers and workers were trapped after a facade at a shopping mall collapsed in New Jersey. Initial reports said the frontage fell on to people walking by and cars in the car park at 10am local time - 3pm BST. But emergency crews were stood down, when it became clear that people were trapped inside shops unable to get out, not under the debris. No injuries were reported and a number of cars remain stuck under the fallen concrete. River Edge Fire Chief George O'Connell confirmed everyone has now been rescued. northjersey.com

Director of Asset Protection - TGS Management, Denver, CO
Five Other Asset Protection Positions Posted
Looks Like a Start Up AP Department in Marijuana Industry

A Marijuana management company divided into four separate operating divisions. The Green Solution: A family owned and operated marijuana stores, Infuzionz: an award-winning marijuana infused products manufacturer, S-Type Armored: S-Type Armored has provided professional, reliable security, transport, and compliance services to a variety of clients in Colorado since 2012, and Formed in 2012, Speidell Real Estate Group is a commercial property management and development firm, specializing in the Marijuana Industry in Colorado. Editor's Note:  Speidell Real Estate Group is obviously the holding company. It also includes safety. Posted July 3rd.

This job is posted in their S-Type Armored division which appears to be the logistics and AP provider for their stores and possibly other marijuana store clients they may be providing outsourcing services to. tgs-management.com tgs-management.hrmdirect.com

Director of Loss Prevention- 10 Spot/MadRag Stores - North Bergen, NJ
- Posted July 3rd

Manager will report directly to VP of Stores. We've been in business for over 30 years and own and operate more than 60 stores in 10 states. Opening more than 5 new stores a year. Special Note: Not listed on company web site yet, only posted on Indeed. madragstores.com

Here's a Cool One:
Director of Safety and Security with Chicago Bulls in Chicago, IL

Secret Service Sweeping Gas Stations in 21 States For Skimmers This Week

Walmart's 'Impeach 45' apparel causes social media outcry, calls for boycott of retailer
Walmart Pulls Merchandise

Macy's plans 60 new Bluemercury stores - Bringing it to 220

Malls are the emptiest they've been in 6 years
e-Commerce article shows why! It's not going to get any better in the C's & Below.

Quarterly Results
Canada's Birks Group (Jewelers) fiscal 2018 comp's down 4%, net sales down 1.7%


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eBay's PROACT Program Continues to Support Retailers'
ORC Investigations

Did you know that eBay has a team that is not only dedicated to assisting law enforcement with criminal investigations, but also retail partners as well? This is known as eBay's PROACT program (Partnering with Retailers Offensively Against Crime and Theft), and it started in 2008 to assist retailers who are investigating Organized Retail Crime cases.

To date, eBay has enrolled hundreds of retail partners globally into the PROACT program, and we have investigators in the US and UK that are able to assist retailers on their investigations. We are able to provide information on individual accounts as well as volumes associated to those accounts. We also maintain a rolodex of thousands of law enforcement contacts around the globe, so we can assist our partners in getting in touch with the correct law enforcement agency for their investigation.

To obtain additional information on the PROACT program, please contact proact@ebay.com. We look forward to working with you!


7 Crime Prevention Strategies Every Retailer Should Follow

Developing a store security strategy for a retail operation with multiple locations involves far more than taking the plan for one store and applying it to all the rest. Each location presents specific risks and opportunities, and managing retail loss prevention should reflect that.

To avoid wasting your security budget, you need to deploy your resources where they are actually needed, and not where your gut tells you they're needed. To do that, retail security best practices call for developing a scalable, sustainable, and holistic plan for all locations.

7 Essential Crime Prevention Strategies

Take these best practices into account as you develop your store security strategy:

1. Use an objective risk matrix for each of your locations to be sure you're allocating security resources where they are most needed. Security should not be one-size-fits-all; instead, resources should be tailored to risk.

2. Survey your locations routinely. Make sure that the designated security equipment, consistent with your risk level guidelines, is in good working order. Also, ascertain that all security-related policies and procedures are being adhered to at the location. Pay special attention to the stores in areas with elevated risk and/or heightened loss experience.

3. Track criminal events as they occur and document your company's response. Where remedial measures are necessary, design them to help prevent future crimes from occurring. Gathering this sort of information is invaluable in tracking patterns and developing appropriate countermeasures and evaluating their effectiveness.

4. Develop relationships with local law enforcement for each of your locations. These partnerships will help you better understand neighborhood issues that may affect you, positively or negatively. One effective strategy is to reach out to the local crime prevention officer on a quarterly basis to find out what's going on and to share your own challenges and successes. Relationships like these will benefit both sides.

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The Global Resilience Federation
New Industry-Wide Effort Roll-Out - With R-CISC & Industry-Wide Partners

New Summit From R-CISC & Industry Partners
Third Party Vendor Risks
Retail Sector Third Party Vendor Breaches:

Over the last couple of months, the retail sector has observed a number of third-party vendor compromises affecting large big-box retailers. Earlier this week, software provider Inbenta's live chat widget was compromised and used to deliver malicious software to Ticketmaster users. The malicious software logged and exfiltrated customer details. The data breach included names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, payment details, and Ticketmaster login details. A couple of months prior, a similar breach affected software provider [24]7.ai's live chat widget and was used to breach Sears, Delta, and BestBuy.


These small-company-to-large-enterprise breaches are the result of smaller shops not having the necessary security controls in place to ensure that their data and their partners' data is secured at all times. The focus on the business is always on the service being rendered and making sure the service is of the highest quality, performance and, uptime. The administration of daily business affairs follows as the next priority— with trust put into the contractors and internal IT teams that all configurations are set with the utmost care to ensure consistent performance. Information security is the last priority. These business service concepts are especially true when it comes to the recent new wave of tech startups which are basing their entire models on lightweight, rapid development and deployment of automated business services.


A continuous communication loop between security teams of partner organizations is essential for the positioning of an effective defensive security posture. When business is being conducted on a large scale, there is a mutual interest in maintaining the integrity of all transactions and related customer data. Ongoing assessment of external resources, internal devices, continuous monitoring of the hacker underground, and a culture of security awareness creates an ecosystem where threats can be identified, remediated, and then collaboratively prevented. All parties should share the responsibility of protecting their resources and establish a collaborative workflow for the execution of action based on incoming threat intelligence. r-cisc.org

Summit on Third-Party Risk - Global Resilience Federation
The purpose of the GRF Summit on Third Party Risk is to increase awareness of security best practices, offer an opportunity for collaboration among third-parties vendors and organizations' risk management teams, and provide a platform for security leaders to share expertise and learn from each other to improve holistic security.

The Summit will provide training, education and networking on the critical cyber and physical security issues facing ISAC/ISAO members, their vendors, and the areas where the two groups intersect.

Space is limited and registration for this event will be capped and by approval only. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email from us no later than August 3, 2018 once your registration has been accepted. r-cisc.org

Calif. Privacy Bill AB 375 Causing Nationwide & Industry-wide Blowback
A milestone Bill for the internet! And for the Nation. It would be California to do this.

Calif. Privacy Law To Spark GDPR-Like Compliance Efforts
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, companies that hold a wide range of personal data belonging to California consumers will have to comply with the stringent and unique consumer access and notice requirements contained in the California Consumer Privacy Act, which was signed into law on June 28, less than a week after being reintroduced in the state Legislature, in order to prevent a similar but potentially more stringent privacy initiative from appearing on the November election ballot.

With the passage of the California law, "there is an advent of a new era of consumer privacy protection that will have the force of law in the U.S.," said BakerHostetler partner Alan Friel. "Call it GDPR-light, or what have you, but the game has changed markedly."

While California lawmakers can and likely will make changes to the law within the next 18 months to clear up ambiguities and other disputed provisions that weren't thoroughly addressed during the rushed legislative process, "if industry thinks this maintains the status quo, they are sorely mistaken," Friel said.

Given the similarities between the California law and the GDPR — and the lack of precedence for these types of requirements in the U.S. — companies that have spent significant time over the past several years gearing up for the stringent data protection requirements of the EU law by revamping privacy policies and taking stock of the personal data they hold may find it helpful to borrow from these efforts in the scramble to get up to speed with the California law, attorneys say. law360.com

The Cybersecurity 202: Big tech is going after California's new privacy law
Tech industry lobbyists representing giants like Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook are pushing for changes to the recently passed California Consumer Privacy Act

Industry groups lobbying for changes haven't said specifically what they want to see modified, but they're making clear they intend to play a major role in negotiations over the coming months. They include the Internet Association -- which represents Google, Amazon and other tech giants, as well as TechNet and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Legislators introduced, debated and passed the law in the span of less than a week to head off a ballot initiative that contained even tougher privacy protections. washingtonpost.com

Internet Association Against Calif. AB 375 New Privacy Legislation
"Data regulation policy is complex and impacts every sector of the economy, including the internet industry. That makes the lack of public discussion and process surrounding this far-reaching bill even more concerning. The circumstances of this bill are specific to California. It is critical going forward that policymakers work to correct the inevitable, negative policy and compliance ramifications this last-minute deal will create for California's consumers and businesses alike." internetassociation.org

Phone Home
Amazon has an idea to stop its delivery drones from being hijacked

Part of Amazon's work on its proposed drone delivery service includes pumping out patents that explore an array of ideas for the technology.

Amazon says in the patent: "As the use of UAVs continues to increase, so does the likelihood of hostility towards UAVs. Such hostility may come in the form of attacks brought for any number of purposes (e.g., steal the UAVs and their payloads, crash the UAVs, and otherwise cause disruption to the operation of the UAVs)."

It continues: "Using these attacks, nefarious individuals and/or systems may be able to obtain control of the UAVs by hacking the communication signals being sent to the UAVs from a controller and/or being sent by the UAV to the controller." Amazon says such attacks "could cause the UAVs to operate unsafely and could also result in considerable financial loss for their operators."

The patent explores the idea of sending a "heartbeat" signal from the controller to the drone every few seconds. If the heartbeat detects interference from a third party, the drone will automatically switch from mission mode to safety mode, prompting it to make efforts to either reestablish communication with the controller, regain control over the drone in the event of a hostile takeover, or possibly land the machine at a safe location where it can be rebooted or collected. digitaltrends.com

Can't Steal It If You Can't Download It
Security Experts Commend IBM's Ban on Flash Drives

Remote worker connectivity could be a snag, however

Data security experts applauded IBM's recent decision to prohibit its employees from using removable data storage devices in the workplace but caution that the policy may not be right for everyone. IBM wants its workforce to use the cloud to store and transfer data—more specifically, its own internal file sync and share service—instead of portable devices.

Banning flash drives can also help IBM reduce the risk of employees' stealing or selling intellectual property, as well as make its environment more secure against cybertheft. shrm.org

Blockchain set to disrupt retail businesses around the world
The process of applying blockchain to retail has begun and exciting developments are taking place. Among other industries, technology is now poised to turn retail upside—providing increased security and transparency to consumers.

Optimize logistics cost: Blockchain can facilitate shipment tracking. It will be like downloading a virtual resume to track a product at every stage and creating a record of the handler's actions, besides monitoring real-time location, temperature, pressure, or other parameters, for safe-keeping. Retailers can control costs by restricting losses and damages as well as by identifying the source of an issue and isolating the products affected for quick containment. This can reduce product recalls and result in an efficient reverse supply chain.

Build customer trust and earn premium: A UK-based company is using blockchain to build consumer trust, by tracking all supply chain data of a product and enabling customers search it in real time.

Prevent counterfeiting: Digital businesses, including e-commerce, social commerce and consumer-to-consumer platforms, have all been plagued with counterfeits. Using blockchain, retailers can provide customers with indisputable proof of the provenance and authenticity of their products at every step in the supply chain.

The transition to blockchain in retail has the potential to hit the shores like a tsunami. An important challenge for blockchain to overcome will be participation. Adoption by the entire value chain will determine the success and impact this innovation eventually has. livemint.com

South Carolina Insurance Cybersecurity Law Deadlines Loom

New Report Reveals Disparity Between Executives and IT Employees in Their Level of Cybersecurity Concern



Innovations in Pushout Theft Prevention

It's been an incredible year for Gatekeeper Systems. It was big news within the industry when they announced their acquisition of Carttronics, who was a major competitor in the shopping cart containment and pushout theft prevention arena. Robert Harling, former CEO of Carttronics, and now Senior Vice President of Business Development for Gatekeeper, explains how patented locking-wheel technology in solutions like Purchek help prevent shoplifting without the need for employee intervention or violent confrontation.



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How technology is saving PetSmart millions by eliminating sales fraud
The e-commerce investigations team at PetSmart is using fraud prevention technology that includes advanced machine learning and AI.

PetSmart is catching criminals through high-tech methods, and last year alone saved $12 million by pinpointing fraudulent orders before they were shipped. This year, the retailer is on track to match that figure and then some.

PetSmart, and many other retailers, are using technology from Kount to take fraud prevention to the next level and not just stop losses at the stores, but also help authorities prosecute criminals.

By tracking online fraudsters in 2017, PetSmart was able to cancel nearly $4 million in fraudulent orders. After labor loss, shipping costs, merchandise costs, chargebacks, fees and fines are added, that could translate to $3 to $3.50 for every dollar in fraudulent charges, for an annual total of about $12 million. For 2018, the figure is already at $1.5 million for the fiscal year. zdnet.com

50,000 websites found to be selling counterfeit goods, Action Fraud reveals
More than 50,000 websites have been suspended for selling counterfeit goods, the UK's anti scams body has revealed.

City of London Police said tens of thousands of online retailers have been taken down for flogging fake goods such as designer bags, accessories and jewellery.

Since 2013, 22,084 clothing websites, 15,975 footwear websites and 3,591 brands selling bags, accessories and jewellery have been caught out, as part of Operation Ashiko - the Government's crackdown on illegitimate goods.

It follows a widespread campaign, dubbed there's more at stake when it's a fake, to protect customers from cut price online items that are often of poor quality and potentially dangerous.

The City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit, which is leading the operation, said many of these websites also contain harmful viruses and malware and your personal information is also at risk of being compromised. mirror.co.uk

Amazon Will Drive 80% of Ecommerce Growth this Year

Amazon reveals location of second cashierless convenience store in Seattle




ORC Fraud Ring Leader Gets 30 Months
Hitting Stores in Wenatchee Valley, CA Crime Spree

A California felon who helped lead a crew in a Wenatchee Valley identity-theft spree was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison and drug rehabilitation.

Edward James Salvador, 34, pleaded guilty in Chelan County Superior Court to charges of forgery, identity theft, stolen property trafficking and possession of an imitation narcotic with intent to sell. He has been jailed since September, when local police arrested him and four associates while investigating a string of mail thefts and retail fraud.

Salvador's group, all from Bakersfield, California
, were arrested while staying in motels in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. They were accused of stealing personal information from the mail, then using those stolen identities to open fraudulent credit lines at local stores, make false ID cards, and commit retail fraud by by returning stolen goods to local stores for cash. In their motels police found phony credit and debit cards, false IDs, and material used to forge personal papers.

Salvador was initially charged with leading organized crime and 37 other felony counts. In his plea to the lesser charges, he admitted to drug dependency and was sentenced to the state's Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, in which convicts perform part of their prison term in drug rehab. ifiberone.com

Savannah, GA: Police officer helps catch theft suspects wanted in 4 states; $2,300 of merchandise recovered from Belk
Savannah Police Cpl. Sharif Lockett is working off duty, he likes to return to his old stomping grounds: The Oglethorpe Mall. On June 28, Lockett was working off duty at the mall when he heard a call go out over mall security's radio. Two men had just attempted a snatch-and-grab robbery in Belk. Belk's loss prevention officers managed to stop them at the door, where the men dropped the $2,262.50 worth of Ralph Lauren clothes before slipping past them and running outside.

One of the men ran out onto the parking deck and jumped into a car and sped off. Cpl. Lockett returned to the mall and watched the security footage of the robbery. He recognized both of the suspects: Patrick Davis and Ishmell Wright. The suspects were wanted for similar crimes by multiple departments in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Lockett said the men were suspected of organized retail crime. savannahnow.com

Bradenton, FL: Felony tool theft from Lowe's ends 10 charges and 2 damaged Patrol cars
A man is accused of stealing from Lowe's and then jacking a nearby car before he allegedly slammed into deputies' patrol vehicles on Tuesday night. Jim Courtney, 30, swiped a felony amount of tools from the Lowe's at about 7:50 p.m. He then stole a car and disappeared until 11:10 p.m., until Deputies spotted Courtney, who allegedly drove down a dead end street. Courtney rammed 2 patrol cars and drove through a yards, trees and fences. Courtney was facing 10 charges as of Wednesday night, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. bradenton.com

New Zealand: 29,000 Retail Thefts just tip of the iceberg: Retail NZ
Greg Harford, Retail NZ's general manager public affairs, talks to Radio Tarana's Sanjesh Narain. Close to 29,000 retail thefts were reported to police in the past year, but Retail New Zealand says that statistic is just the tip of the iceberg. "Many low-level thefts are not reported to police," said Greg Harford, Retail NZ's general manager public affairs. "There were 28,817 theft reports to police in the last year, but we think that's the tip of the iceberg," Harford told Radio Tarana. stuff.co.nz

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Shootings & Deaths

Brownsville, TX: CVS Armed Robbery ends in Police Shootout: Officer and suspect both wounded
The entrances to CVS Pharmacy y Más in north Brownsville were blocked with yellow police tape and road barriers yesterday as Texas Rangers investigated an officer-involved shooting that left a Brownsville police officer and another man injured. The officer responded to an aggravated robbery about 1:20 a.m. yesterday and exchanged gunfire with the man. The unidentified officer was shot in the leg. The suspect was shot in the stomach. Both are in stable condition. valleymorningstar.com

Mobile, AL: Shots fired inside the Shoppes at Bel Air; no injuries, but damage to wall and kiosk
Police say two men got into an argument Tuesday evening and one fired multiple shots. Fortunately no one was injured, but the gunfire caused chaos inside the mall. Krista Taylor works in Victoria's Secret. She says when they released shots were being fired, employees tried to bring as many people inside as they could and secure the door. wkrg.com

Herndon, VA: 7-Eleven Employee killed during Armed Robbery; suspect in custody

Houston, TX: C-Store Clerk shot and killed during Armed Robbery

Robberies & Thefts

Skokie, IL: Burglars crash car through Best Buy front doors before colliding with police car
A Skokie police officer was injured in a crash early Wednesday with a vehicle fleeing a crash-and-grab burglary at a Best Buy store in the north suburb. Authorities were called at 3:11 a.m. with reports that a car had been driven through the front window of the store. When officers tried to stop the fleeing vehicles, the Buick ran a red light and crashed into a Skokie police car. No one was in custody Wednesday morning. abc7chicago.com

Jersey City, NJ: Shoplifter slashes Hudson Mall employee to flee with $100 of merchandise

Lake Charles, LA: Arrest in Armed Robbery of a C-Store on Gulf Hwy. leads to arrest in New Orleans attempted Murder case

Kenosha, WI: Three Chicago Women wanted in string of C-Store Burglaries

Gainesville, FL: Little Caesars employee steals over $1,000 from register

Swatara Township, PA: Suspect Arrested for Armed Robbery of Domino's

Kay Jewelers in the Firewheel Mall, Garland TX reported a Grab & Run on 7/2, items valued at $5,398

Kay Jewelers in the Chalmette Walmart Pad, Chalmette, LA reported a Grab & Run on 7/3, item valued at $13,899

Kay Jewelers in The Oaks Mall, Gainesville, FL reported a Grab & Run on 7/3, item valued at $2,299.

Piercing Pagoda in the Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa, OK reported a Burglary on 7/3, inventory is being conducted

Piercing Pagoda in the Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, WA reported a Grab & Run on 7/3, item valued at $3,299

Piercing Pagoda in the Westfield Broward Mall, Plantation, FL reported a Brag & Run on 7/3, item valued at $1,999

Piercing Pagoda in the Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa, CA reported a Grab & Run on 7/2, multiple gold bonded chains

Zales in the Central Mall, Ft Smith, AR reported a Grab & Run on 7/3, item valued at $2,049


Fendi tracks counterfeit fashionwear from Malta

Sentencings & Charges

Overland Park, KS: Woman sentenced to 8 Years after pepper-spraying Police at Oak Park Mall
Latrina Karice Newsome gets 96 months in prison for incident at Oak Park Mall. A woman who deployed pepper spray against Overland Park police officers after they confronted her about suspected theft of merchandise will spend 96 months in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Latrina Katrice Newsome was convicted on counts of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and battery of a law enforcement officer for the September 2017 incident. Newsome had been seen stealing items from Victoria's Secret. When police confronted her about the thefts, she became combative, and used pepper spray on the officers. As they attempted to subdue Newsome and a man she was with, the officers sustained injuries including a broken foot, a broken finger and a knee contusion. shawneemissionpost.com

Lemon Grove, CA: Bail set at $2M for suspect in fatal stabbing outside Home Depot

Tyler, TX: Longview woman takes 4-year prison plea for failed robbery of Walmart

Butler County, OH: Man who robbed bank to buy engagement ring at Zales sentenced to 4 years in prison


Best Buy - Skokie, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Oxnard, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lake Charles, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dayton, OH - Robbery
C-Store - Knott County, KY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Somerville, MA - Armed Robbery
Cash Store - Palestine, TX - Armed Robbery
CVS - Brownsville, TX - Armed Robbery/Shooting - suspect wounded by Police
Citgo - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Dry Cleaning - St George, UT - Robbery/ Assault
Family Dollar - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery/clerk shot, killed
Gun Store - Columbus, IN - Burglary
Jewelry Store - Goldsboro, NC - Burglary
Kroger - Fishers, IN - Robbery
Liquor Store - Belvedere, DE - Robbery
Liquor Store - Minneapolis, MN - Robbery
Pawn Shop - Laurel, DE - Burglary
• Piercing Pagoda - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Turkey Hill - Nanticoke, PA - Robbery
Verizon - Indian Trail, NC - Armed Robbery
Waffle House - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Herndon, VA - Armed Robbery/Clerk Killed
7-Eleven - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery/Shooting
7-Eleven - Parma, OH - Robbery


Daily Totals:
23 robberies
5 burglaries
3 shootings
2 killings







Nathan Hamblin
promoted to Senior Regional Loss Prevention and Safety Manager - Supply Chain for PetSmart

Jeff Robinson
named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Pacific Sunwear

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