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The Impact of Retail Crime on Families, Friends & Relatives

As Retail America's First Responders - LP & AP Can't Take It Lightly

By Gus Downing, Publisher & Editor, D&D Daily

As our team, here at the Daily, spends countless hours each week researching, collecting, scouring the web, confirming stories, and even running down stories and talking with law enforcement across the country, and yes even talking with a number of ORC gang members who've reached out wanting to turn their lives around or get revenge, feeling guilty, and a few trying to get publicity, we at the Daily are relentless in our pursuit of recording and listing the major crimes that happen in our stores across North America. So that you, the Loss Prevention and Asset Protection executives of North America and even some in the UK, have the information that you need to better protect our stores, our associates and our customers. As store safeness takes priority over store shrink each and every day. Especially given the increased violence we're seeing play out.

However, the one consequence of all this, something we never mention or even hear about quite frankly, is the human cost and human toll of all of this crime on both sides of the equation.

The hundreds and even thousands of lives and families impacted by the actions of all of these people committing these crimes.

We see their mug shots, we see the gang org. charts, we watch them on video and occasionally we see their violent crashes. But we don't see the people who have to live with this the rest of their lives. We don't see the seven women tied up in some backroom of a jewelry store, or a cashier murdered behind a cash register. We don't see any of that and maybe sometimes we need to as an industry. So that it fuels you the next time you're leading a training class that you're absolutely bored giving so many times in so many stores in front of young and old, most of which don't want to be there and think it'll never happen to them.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's your responsibility to reach them and to make them think about what they do when it does happen. Because it does happen and the odds are increasing and as the LP and AP executive, you are retail's first responders and as such your #1 responsibility has to be building a store culture obsessed with store safeness and customer service.

Now, please excuse me if I'm being overly passionate. But if you were sitting in my chair each week and driving home on a Friday afternoon wondering which 4 to 7 mostly young retail workers were going to be killed over the weekend in retail robberies, you too would eventually be writing this.

We understand that the rather detailed list of crimes appearing each day in the Daily may seem redundant and to some may not be interesting to read. But it's here for a reason and if it's lost on you and your team then you may never truly make an impact. Because it's our firm belief that if you track this activity and call it out and increase awareness, you will make an impact and maybe even solve a robbery crew case, recover some stolen merchandise, or stop an ORC gang. All of which, by the way, we've heard from LP Directors has happened as a result of our Retail Crime and ORC columns.

The bottom line here is that last year 424 people were killed in publicly reported retail crime incidents and 125 were killed in Q1 this year, coupled with 5,651 robberies last year and 1,431 robberies in Q1 alone. Both categories, by the way, showing steady increases. But the point is over 9,000 families were traumatically impacted by retail crime, and that isn't even considering their friends and relatives.

This is a serious business we're all in and every single LP & AP executive plays a role and has a responsibility to not just our retailers but also to those 9,000 families. Try to remember that from time to time and we'll keep up the arduous task of reporting it all. So that you have the info you need to ... as I like to say... "Let's Keep Them All Safe Out There" - a phrase, by the way, that wasn't scripted. It just came out that way. Believe it or not. - Gus Downing

Walmart Takes a Stand on Guns, Gay Rights to Get People to Like It More
CEO Doug McMillion Leading Walmart's "Fast Follower" Approach

Consumers and employees expect companies to voice opinions on hot-button topics, and the world's largest retailer is weighing in.

Political divide in the country is creating a new landscape for business, in which fierce debates often lead consumers and employees to demand that corporations and chief executives take positions on big issues. That is increasingly pulling Walmart, the world's largest retailer and largest private employer, into weighing in on issues such as immigration, the Confederate flag and gay rights-generally after other companies or politicians have done the same.

In the past, "the CEO rule was basically keep your head down, stay out of complicated issues, because there were opinions on both sides of any issue," "It's no longer a question of if, but where, when and how to engage on these issues and what type of topics to engage on," he added. "These are new challenges and things CEOs and boards never had to deal with before, so they are struggling."

Under its 51-year-old chief executive, Doug McMillon, Walmart has often taken a more liberal stance on issues in recent years-a gamble for a company based in Red State Arkansas. But executives see its approach as part of its mission to let potential shoppers and employees know the company aims to be socially engaged.

It's a big change for a company that built itself as a ruthlessly efficient business focused on affordable shopping and that generally avoided taking a stand on political issues.

In some cases, the company is embracing public positions as part of efforts to enhance its reputation. Surveys show that Walmart's reputation fell behind that of its rivals more than a decade ago, as it battled perceptions that it sold cheap goods and treated workers poorly. With sales on the rise at Amazon.com Inc., Walmart needs to find ways to increase its $500 billion in revenue. That's led it to go after new groups of shoppers-including wealthier consumers in big cities-to try to attract tech-savvy talent and to buy up e-commerce startups, broadening its employee base.

Mr. McMillon, an Arkansas native and son of a dentist and a homemaker, who worked his way from loading trucks to become CEO in 2014, is leading the company's "fast follower" approach on political issues. Mr. McMillon owns a black Tesla and wears Allbirds shoes that are popular in the tech startup scene. He regularly talks about his Christian beliefs, weaving "God is good" into speeches.

"There is not a part of me that says, 'That's political. I'd love to get involved in that,' " he said. But "society expects things of leading companies and sometimes we should take a stance on something." wsj.com

65 Security Officers Die in First 6 Months
For the first half of 2018, security officers and sworn private law enforcement officers were injured, assaulted or attacked in access of 33,000 times.

65 of these officers lost their lives while protecting life and property. Of these officers who were killed, 33 died from gunfire, 8 died from bladed instrument assaults, nine were killed in vehicle crashes including bicycle, golf cart, automobile and a snow mobile. Two others died from drownings, 6 from medical emergencies, 4 died from vehicle assaults and 3 died from traumatic injuries.

Another nine security officers including 5 that have been directly linked to their employment in security, died shortly after their shift. Of the 65 security officers who died in the line of duty, we have been able to verify that only 7 were armed with a firearm. None of the deceased were wearing body armor that we have been able to confirm.

During the first six months of 2018, security officers have been involved in over 3000 armed confrontations and at least 743 lethal force incidents involving gun-battles and exchange of gunfire resulting in 107 fatal shootings by private security officers.

Statistics and data collected via news reports, public records, law enforcement press releases and our own research has shown that incidents of violence involving security officers has increased 117 percent in the past five years with more security officers engaging in the use of force and being victims of physical and deadly force.

Consistent with the past five years data, security officer use of force, engagement of lethal force and types of customers where security were on duty when injuries or deaths occurred included: apartments and residential communities including hotels and motels, nightclubs, construction sites, mobile patrols, loss prevention and temporary assignments. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

How Intelligence Analysis Can Drive Corporate ROI
Go to any security conference and you'll be quick to discover that getting "buy-in" and maintaining a "seat at the table" are still the predominant concerns among security leaders. After all, unlike other business units that bring in revenue directly, corporate security must show that it is not merely a cost center but a cost- (and sometimes a life-) saver. While security departments have gotten creative about showing their worth, intelligence teams have had a harder time quantifying value. It is time that both analysts and the enterprises they are part of realize that intelligence can contribute to return on investment (ROI) at the corporate strategy level, sometimes in ways that corporate security has thus far been unable to.

In recent years, corporate security has adopted the language of business by developing ideas about security's ROI. In general, ROI is measured as the ratio of net profit to the cost of the investment. Simply stated, the metric shows whether an investment is worthwhile to undertake. Corporate security departments have adopted ROI calculations to demonstrate that investments in security are similarly worthwhile. In the security context, however, the technique is mostly used to illustrate the loss prevented rather than the profit gained. The "loss," in this case, could be loss of product or something like hypothetical damage to a facility from vandalism, number of injuries to personnel, or the severity of cyberattacks. securitymagazine.com

Cut Shrinkage And Throw Out The Planogram With Mixed Reality Merchandising
It's rare that one technology set could solve retailer woes related to both merchandise theft and in-store planogram stipulations, yet virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) offer promise in both arenas. Retailers are cutting shrinkage of high ticket-value items by displaying virtual versions that utilize mixed reality implementations, while other retailers are eliminating tedious planogram issues by employing AR to easily configure visual store layouts and signage - all in real time.

Walmart recently thwarted in-store theft by partnering with deviceless AR technology provider Spacee to install interactive product displays in five Texas stores. These displays showcase connected devices, like the Nest smart thermostat, allowing passersby to learn more about the products by engaging with the 3D touch screen displays. These endcaps have enabled Walmart to cut the risk of theft of real merchandise and lower costs associated with employee training, while still offering interesting product experiences and sharing features that can boost sales of pricier merchandise. In a video posted on Facebook, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon called the Spacee-enabled display "the future of shopping." retailtouchpoints.com

When retail comes to the rescue
At the NRF PROTECT conference in Dallas last month The Home Depot, Kroger, Academy Sports + Outdoor and Gallery Furniture - shared more about the work they did in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

The session facilitated by Deborah Ferguson, anchor of Dallas's NBC 5 Today, showcased a panel of the executives that led the crisis responses that helped their communities recover: Mike Krell, vice president of operations for the Houston division of The Kroger Company; Joe Matthews, vice president of loss prevention with Academy Sports + Outdoors; Jim "Mack" McIngvale, philanthropist and owner of Gallery Furniture; and B.J. Powers, Gulf Region vice president for The Home Depot.

Each panelist spoke to the importance of crisis planning and emphasizing people first. Powers said ensuring the safety of the 17,000 associates in the Houston area was The Home Depot's number one priority, many of whom ended up displaced and taking shelter in the company's stores. Not only did Academy Sports + Outdoor open its doors to shelter hurricane evacuees; its corporate campus became a home base for first responders, housing more than 1,000 law enforcement and Army personnel that rescued victims in the days following the storm.

"Roll call was really important for us, making sure people were safe, and then it was about getting product in to help serve customers," Krell said. By partnering with other divisions around the region, 800 truckloads from Kroger supplied food and water to the area and the company was able to provide much-needed provisions to the Houston Food Bank to reach thousands of people displaced by the storm. Kroger also collected customer donations for the American Red Cross from check-out registers across all of its stores. The Home Depot committed $1 million for storm relief efforts, and many other corporations made significant contributions to help storm victims.

"I think all four companies up here have the same mantra. Take care of people. Do the right thing. And that's what you found throughout Houston," Matthews said.

As the discussion ended, the panelists voiced the pride they took in being a part of relief efforts and how their companies stepped up to help their communities. "The long-term good of Harvey is that it brought us closer together as a community," McIngvale said. nrf.com

Hobby Lobby, Burlington Expected to Move Into Empty Toys 'R' Us Stores
Many of the larger empty big-box storefronts will be filled by hobby stores soon, said Conor Flynn, chief executive of Kimco Realty Corp.

"Hobby Lobby especially is very aggressive," in that space, Mr. Flynn said last month at the Jefferies Global Consumer Conference in Nantucket, Mass. Burlington Stores also is among the retailers looking to expand, he said, adding that "traditional grocers, the larger fitness players-those really are the stores that continue to want to expand in that category."

Hobby Lobby reached the 800-store mark in January. The privately held arts-and-crafts retailer has said it plans to open 60 new locations and hire about 2,500 additional employees this year. In June, Hobby Lobby opened seven stores. Hobby Lobby couldn't be reached for comment.

The smaller Toys "R" Us stores, roughly 20,000 to 25,000 square feet each, are "the perfect fit," he said, for retailers such as TJX, whose chains include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and Homesense. TJX, based in Framingham, Mass., increased its store count by 71 in its fiscal first quarter to 4,141 locations. wsj.com

Decline in Union Membership Expected After High Court Ruling
Supreme Court held that mandatory public-sector union fees are unconstitutional

"Unions are a business," said Todd Lyon, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Seattle and Portland, Ore. "Dues monies are their accounts receivables. So, with less accounts receivables, unions will need to reduce staff. And with less staff, we expect unions to reduce their advocacy by taking less grievances to arbitration and directing less lawsuits."

Since unions may have fewer dues-paying members, there may be a shift in the amount of funds that are allocated toward different union activities, noted David Broderick, an attorney with Littler in Newark, N.J. shrm.org

U.S. economy added 213,000 jobs in June
The retail sector slumped, losing 22,000 jobs

As the jobless rate falls, employers' complaints about their inability to find qualified, reliable workers mount. "There's more jobs than there are people available for jobs - at every level."

To retain workers as well as attract new ones, employers say they are increasing pay, sweetening benefits packages and trying to create an appealing work culture.

The one weak spot was retail sales. "There's been a precipitous decline in postings on Glassdoor in the past two months," he said. (Most job losses from the demise of Toys "R" Us will probably show up in July.)

Still, announced job cuts in the sector have slowed substantially in the second quarter compared with the first, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement service. And some retailers, including Kohl's, have already started their holiday season hiring. nytimes.com

Polk County, MO: 1 employee injured after explosion rocks fireworks retailer HQ
A.M. Pyrotechnic's headquarters is almost leveled after multiple explosions Tuesday night. The ATF and the state Fire Marshal's office are working together to determine the cause. Late Wednesday afternoon, they completed the scene investigation.

"It is unique because it is actually a pyrotechnics headquarters," Joel Sheppard, Resident Agent, ATF Springfield, said. "They actually manufacture all their pyrotechnics here. We are coordinating efforts with the Missouri State Fire Marshal at this time to come up with origin and cause."

At least one victim, a woman who worked at the retailer, was airlifted to the hospital after suffering burns on 90 percent of her body, according to officials.

Neighbors in the area say they are still in shock. One man, who lives about one and a half miles away, says he felt the explosions in his living room. fox5krbk.com ky3.com

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Zebra Technologies to Acquire Xplore Technologies

The International Association for Food Protection's 2018 Annual Meeting begins next week in Salt Lake City - Attendance is expected to top 3,600

45+ Texas Gas Stations Accused Of Harvey Price Gouging Settle

NRF warns of 'full effects of a trade war'

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A Seismic Shift: What California's New Privacy Law Means for Cybersecurity
The enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 on June 28 is the latest in a series of new laws and regulations around the world that represent a fundamental shift from the reactionary approach to security governance we've followed since the 1980s.

Like the GDPR before it, the CCPA is getting a lot of attention because of the rights California residents will have to access data held by companies, to have that data removed, and to prohibit the sale of personal data. The new law, which does not go into effect until 2020, also creates the potential for some eye-popping payments directly to consumers impacted by a breach.

These new regulatory standards are exposing the difficulties DevOps and AppSec teams face in their tasks to keep consumer data safe. The need to comply is driving teams to evaluate new techniques and technologies that automate routine tasks so teams can focus on higher value activities.  CIOs and CISOs are also looking to apply proven technologies used elsewhere in Information Technology for new ways to improve security.

The reality is, the traditional approaches to cybersecurity are no longer adequate to the task. The policymakers behind the CCPA, GDPR and NY DFS have recognized that and are creating regulatory schemes that force organizations to take action before a security event. Now it's time for the cybersecurity community to seize the opportunity to dramatically improve how we protect the vital information entrusted to us. securitymagazine.com

Machine Learning, Cloud, Compliance and Business Awareness Drive Cybersecurity
Senior businesses awareness of cybersecurity, legal and compliance issues and cloud-delivered products are some of the trends driving the industry, according to Gartner.

According to its Top Six Security and Risk Management Trends, Gartner said that "business leaders are becoming increasingly conscious of the impact cybersecurity can have on business outcomes" and encouraged security leaders to harness this increased support and take advantage of its six emerging trends "to improve their organization's resilience while elevating their own standing." The trends are as follows:

Trend No. 1: Senior business executives are finally becoming aware that cybersecurity has a significant impact on the ability to achieve business goals and protect corporate reputation

Trend No. 2: Legal and regulatory mandates on data protection practices are impacting digital business plans and demanding increased emphasis on data liabilities

Trend No. 3: Security products are rapidly exploiting cloud delivery to provide more-agile solutions

Trend No. 4: Machine learning is providing value in simple tasks and elevating suspicious events for human analysis

Trend No. 5: Security buying decisions are increasingly based on geopolitical factors along with traditional buying considerations

Trend No. 6: Dangerous concentrations of digital power are driving decentralization efforts at several levels in the ecosystem

In regard to cloud computing, which Gartner said is affected by trends 3 and 6, "new detections technologies, activities and authentication models require vast amounts of data that can quickly overwhelm current on-premises security solutions" and this is driving a rapid shift toward cloud-delivered security products which "are more capable of using the data in near real time to provide more-agile and adaptive solutions."

Also with regards to emerging trends, Gartner predicted that "by 2025, machine learning will be a normal part of security solutions and will offset ever-increasing skills and staffing shortages" as well as offering solutions to multiple security issues, such as adaptive authentication, insider threats, malware and advanced attackers.

"Unless a vendor can explain in clear terms how its machine learning implementation enables its product to outperform competitors or previous approaches, it's very difficult to unpack marketing from good machine learning." infosecurity-magazine.com

Cryptocurrency Theft Drives 3x Increase in Money Laundering
Cybercriminals are snatching cryptocurrency like never before, driving a rise in money laundering as they hide their digital funds and evade authorities.

The first half of 2018 saw a threefold increase in cryptocurrency theft compared with the full year of 2017, researchers state in CipherTrace's new "Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report" for Q2 2018. Attackers launder digital currencies using a variety of tools and technologies, including mixers, chain hopping, privacy coins, and gambling sites, to name a few.

Much of the rise in theft can be attributed to "old-school" cybercriminals who used to target financial institutions with phishing attacks, ransomware, and malware to steal money and credit card information, explains Dave Jevans, CEO of cryptocurrency startup CipherTrace. Now they're finding new targets to build their illicit fortunes: cryptocurrency exchanges.

"We're now seeing, in the last probably eight to 12 months, a real influx of new criminals that are highly technically sophisticated," he explains. There's a major difference between seasoned threat actors and those who have been dabbling in cybercrime for less than 12 months: operational security. darkreading.com

New insider attack steals passwords by reading thermal energy from keyboards
After entering a password, your regular computer keyboard might appear to look the same as always, but a new approach harvesting thermal energy can illuminate the recently pressed keys, revealing that keyboard-based password entry is even less secure than previously thought.

Three computer academics have exploited thermal residue from human fingertips to introduce a new insider attack - the Thermanator.

"It's a new attack that allows someone with a mid-range thermal camera to capture keys pressed on a normal keyboard, up to one minute after the victim enters them," describes Tsudik. "If you type your password and walk or step away, someone can learn a lot about it after-the-fact."

Their paper, "Thermanator: Thermal Residue-Based Post Factum Attacks On Keyboard Password Entry," outlines the rigorous two-stage user study they conducted, collecting thermal residues from 30 users entering 10 unique passwords (both weak and strong) on four popular commodity keyboards. helpnetsecurity.com

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Announcing June's LPC and LPQ Professionals

The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC):

Matthew Barnett, LPC - Belk Department Stores
Sheldon Carlson, LPC
- Rent-A-Center
Ernesto Contreras, LPC
- LossPrevention
Peter Danner, LPC
- Signet Jewelers
Josiah Leite, LPC
- Sears Holdings Corp.
William Macaulay, LPC
- PETCO Animal Supplies
Ryan Mogel, LPC
- Ralph Lauren
Michael Rock, LPC
- Walmart Stores
Randall Sneed, LPC
- PETCO Animal Supplies

Keith Snyder, LPC - Walmart Asset Protection
Mark Tow, LPC
- PETCO Animal Supplies
Shayla Werner, LPC
-  Walmart Stores
Michelle Baldwin, LPQ
- Yum Brands!
Pauline Garcia, LPQ
- Vector Security Services
Rigoberto Hernandez, LPQ
- O'Reilly Auto Parts
Katelyn Murphy, LPQ
- Walmart Stores
Gregory Watts, LPQ
- Caffe Nero
Allison Wyatt, LPQ
- Walmart Stores

Bob MacLea LPC/LPQ Scholarships - APPLY TODAY!

The Loss Prevention Foundation hosted the first annual Swing for Certification Golf Tournament on June 10th in Dallas, TX on the eve of NRF Protect 2018. Thanks to the many sponsors and attendees, the Loss Prevention Foundation has the opportunity to offer 50 LPC/LPQ Scholarships to qualified candidates.

These scholarships are in remembrance and honor of Bob MacLea for his accomplishments and contributions to the Loss Prevention and Asset Protection industry.

If you are interested in applying for the Bob MacLea scholarships, please complete the application form at www.LossPreventionFoundation.org.

The LPF will be awarding 50 individuals with LPC or LPQ Scholarships.




How to Be Everywhere: Tackling Multi-Store Security

Rob Holm, Director, Global Safety & Security, McDonald's
Jon Groussman, President & COO, CAP Index

Mitigating risk across a large portfolio of stores seems like an insurmountable challenge. There's the measuring, the documenting, the responding to each individual location's crime challenges and security threats. Rob Holm, Director, Global Safety & Security - Global Business Services for McDonald's, tells us about the Restaurant Risk Assessment Management Program (R2AMP) he developed with Jon Groussman, J.D., President, COO and CAP Index, as an industry resource to help retailers manage their security, safety and risk management processes.

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Quick Take #17

Stuart Levine, CEO for The Zellman Group, joins Joe LaRocca to talk about an important cause that's near and dear to his heart: the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which honors the over 20,000 men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice, falling in the line of duty.




Can AI Root Out The Menace Of Counterfeit Products On Online Marketplaces?
For marketplaces, the presence of counterfeits undermines the consumer's confidence in their platform, and possibly the whole online retail system, which could potentially shift shopping behavior away from online outlets in the near future. For consumers, a poor shopping experience is the least of their concerns. At worst, some types of counterfeit products can actually harm the consumer, such as with substandard cosmetics that contain harmful chemicals, electrical and electronic equipment with questionable safety standards and more. The original brand manufacturers risk having consumers blame them for a product that turns out to be fake, which is a huge blow to their brand equity.

The prevalence of counterfeits today can be attributed to the online marketplace model itself, due to the ease with which third-party merchants can replicate original product listing pages. However, this also presents brands with the best opportunity to detect possible counterfeits. Modern artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies can spot inconsistencies over a combination of catalog content parameters and images on product listing pages, which are key indicators of dubious product listings.

Broadly, there are three ways in which counterfeiting is done:

● Fake products
● Unauthorized white labeling
● Image theft

Detecting such varied forms of counterfeits requires a robust AI-powered image and text analysis engine which can sense minute variations between a variety of images and spot suspicious product descriptions. This unique approach enables addressing the issue of counterfeits at massive scale by covering any number of online marketplaces at once -- a huge leap forward compared to the current hit and miss method followed by brands. forbes.com

Delivery demand leaves Amazon starved for more resources
Amazon.com Inc.'s call for entrepreneurs to help expand its package-delivery network is a cry for help.

The online retailer's Prime service, offering free two-day shipping on many goods for $119 a year, is spurring annual growth of 25% on product sales. As other retailers also fuel the surge of e-commerce, United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service are straining under the load.

Enter Amazon's new effort to expand its capacity to drop off packages at customers' homes. The company envisions hundreds of small contractors employing thousands of drivers across the U.S. What remains to be seen is whether such would-be delivery impresarios can fill the seats of vans emblazoned with Amazon's logo-especially in a tight labor market. digitalcommerce360.com

Zig-Zag® Zero Tolerance Campaign Yields $3.1 Million Default Judgment against Counterfeiters
Recently, National Tobacco Company and its sister company North Atlantic Operating Company (NAOC) won a $3.1 million judgment against 14 groups of online counterfeiters selling Zig-Zag® papers through eBay and other online sellers, following up an earlier injunction entered against the sales of the counterfeit products. National Tobacco and North Atlantic Operating Company, Inc. are subsidiaries of Turning Point Brands, Inc. (TPB), a leader in the Other Tobacco Products space.

Zig-Zag® Zero Tolerance Campaign against counterfeiters resulted in a $3.1 million default judgement against 14 online sellers. Increased monitoring and coordination with law enforcement allows National Tobacco to track and punish counterfeiters. businesswire.com

Amazon has rolled out its 'try before you buy' shopping service to all Prime members
Prime Wardrobe sends customers as many as eight items to try for seven days before their credit card is charged. customers are able to select the items they want to try for themselves, with as many as eight items allowed per box. Customers can then trial the items for seven days before their credit card is charged for the things they want to keep. businessinsider.com

eBay Takes On Prime Day With Its Own Shopping Event

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North Brunswick, NJ: Police arrest 3, recover nearly $1M of Cosmetics swiped
in late-night caper

A late night robbery Wednesday at a North Brunswick warehouse led to three arrests and the recovery of the merchandise, North Brunswick police said Thursday afternoon. Armed with a handgun, the three men assaulted an unarmed security guard and stole nearly $1 million worth of cosmetics from a commercial building on the 1600 block of Jersey Avenue, police Capt. Brian Hoiberg said. The security guard escaped and called police.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers saw the suspects attempting to flee the building. One of them jumped into a box-style truck and headed northbound on Jersey Avenue. Officers pursued the vehicle until the suspect crashed it in New Brunswick, and police captured him when he tried to run away. While police pursued the truck, officers found two other suspects hiding near the building and took them into custody. The three men were charged with robbery, burglary, theft, possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and eluding. nj.com

Miami, FL: North Miami Couple Arrested in $280K Home Depot Fraud Scheme
A South Florida couple spent years ripping off Home Depot in a fraud scheme that bilked the hardware retailer out of more than $280,000. Alfredo Pita-Hernandez, 34, and Stefany Hernandez, 22, were arrested Monday on organized fraud and grand theft charges in the fraudulent refund scheme that dates back to 2014. Stefany Hernandez was even able to get a job as a cashier at a Home Depot in Miramar to "further facilitate their scheme," the report said. The investigation into the North Miami couple began in February and revealed that the couple was stealing merchandise and returning most of it in exchange for Home Depot gift cards, the report said. The pair would hand a cashier items one by one to keep the cashier occupied while they either concealed or underscanned a lesser value item, the report said. They would pay for their purchases with gift cards but later return most of the items for more gift cards, the report said. nbcmiami.com

Update: Precious metal thief busted for counterfeit cards, total over $76,000
A former Chula Vista man has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for stealing gold and silver from a Chula Vista coin shop and other businesses with counterfeit credit cards. Danny Stephen Wray, 29, was ordered to pay $76,489 back to businesses by U.S. District Court Judge John Houston in San Diego in June.

Wray was the leader of a credit card fraud ring and he installed a credit card skimmer at a La Jolla service station which read the customer names, account numbers, and personal identification numbers from credit and debit cards. Wray and another man used a counterfeit access device at the Coin & Stamps store in Chula Vista to purchase $5,813.86 worth of gold and silver, according to court records. Wray used cards belonging to someone else, who reported to his bank that his credit card had been hacked. thestarnews.com

Macon, GA: Man arrested after paying for $15K worth of gas with stolen card
30-year-old Marquis Antonio Simmons allegedly stole a company gas card from the Five Star Automotive Group in Macon and made a Facebook post offering to use the card to pay for his friends' gas if they paid him half the cost. nbc12.com

Humble, TX: Texas man allegedly steals 612 pairs of underwear from Victoria's Secret; valued at $10,000
A man was arrested this week after he allegedly stole 612 pairs of panties from Victoria's Secret in Deerbrook Mall, Humble Police Department said. Efrain Gutierrez, 38, is charged with aggregate theft. Gutierrez stole more than $10,000 in merchandise from several stores in the mall. Authorities say Victoria's Secret loss prevention officer observed Gutierrez stealing 61 pairs of underwear from a display table. The officer said he knew the alleged thief's face from previous incidents involving stolen merchandise at Deerbrook Mall. ksdk.com

Moorestown, NJ: Four suspects hit Victoria's Secret for $2,100 of merchandise
On July 3, Victoria's Secret in the Moorestown Mall reported a past tense shoplifting. Four suspects stole merchandise worth a total of $2,187.80 and fled the store. patch.com

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Shootings, Bomb Threats & Deaths

Fort Worth, TX: Suspect shot and killed in an attempted Pawn Shop Robbery
A suspected robber was killed and another man was hurt after an attempted robbery at a Fort Worth business. Fort Worth Police said it happened around 5:30 p.m. at a pawn shop on Jacksboro Highway. Police believe the man who was hurt was already inside the pawn shop when the shooting happened, although they're still trying to figure out exactly what happened leading up to the shooting. "It appears several subjects came into this business, attempted to rob this business, at which point, one of the suspects was found to be deceased," said Sgt. Chris Britt. "Another male from the business was transported (to the hospital)." Police also believe there were other robbery suspects that got away. cbslocal.com

Tucson, AZ: Shoplifting leads to shooting outside Tucson Spectrum Shopping Center
Two people are in custody and a third is wanted following a shoplifting and shooting at a shopping center on Tucson's southwest side Tuesday afternoon. The Tucson Police Department said the incident began around 2 p.m. at the Tucson Spectrum Shopping Center. The TPD said two men entered the Foot Locker and tried to steal merchandise. Foot Locker employees then confronted the men and one employee suffered minor injuries when a fight broke out. Once outside, one of the suspects fired a gun but no one was hit. tucsonnewsnow.com

Vancouver, BC, CN: Bomb squad blows up pressure cooker in downtown Vancouver; found on bench outside 7-Eleven
A police bomb squad was called into Vancouver's downtown core overnight to investigate a pressure cooker that was left on Granville Street. The appliance was discovered at around 9 p.m. on a bench outside the 7-Eleven on Drake Street, triggering a heavy police response that disrupted evening traffic for several hours. By about midnight, authorities had determined there was no risk to the public. Police say an abandoned pressure cooker that was blown up by a bomb squad on Granville Street overnight did not turn out to be an explosive device. ctvnews.ca

Brooklyn, NY: Crown Heights Bodega customer shot and killed, suspect caught on camera

Robberies & Thefts

Palm Coast, FL: Burglars break through wall of Dollar General; $4,700 in cash and fireworks stolen
Deputies said they were called in by an employee, who arrived to the store Thursday morning to find a large hole in the wall of the east side of the store and the safe broken into. The employee said $4,700 was taken from the safe as well as $60 worth of fireworks, according to deputies. clickorlando.com

UK: Central England Co-op announces new security measures at food stores
Central England Co-operative is improving security across its food stores with a new central monitoring system, after stores across its trading area suffered a series of robberies and ram-raids. External motion detectors are being installed across dozens of sites, along with a centrally monitored CCTV system which allows colleagues to call for assistance at the touch of a button. The improvements are being rolled out in food stores across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Yorkshire. The society is working with Co-op Secure Response, which is part of the East of England Co-operative, on the initiative. Co-op Secure Response runs an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) that is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a team of accredited security professionals. It uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor almost 7,000 CCTV cameras across the country. thegrocer.co.uk

Torrance, CA: 18-year-old accused of robbing multiple 7-Eleven stores in Torrance

Orange County, FL: 2 Man arrested for Jewelry Store Smash & Grab at Goldsmith

Richmond, VA: Police release photos of 3 suspects using stolen credit card at clothing store

Asheville, NC: From killings to rapes to thefts, Asheville's crime rate increases

Troy, MI: Several theft attempts made at Somerset Collection in Troy; Sephora, Macy's and Nieman Marcus

Zales in the San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, TX reported a Burglary on 7/2, items valued at $41,000

Hong Kong, China: Man arrested in $3 million Smash & Grab jewel theft at VIP Watch & Jewellery in Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui; 34 Swiss watches and 39 American-made bracelets were stolen in the 90-second raid on Sunday

Arson & Fire

Costa Mesa, CA: Fire Rips Through Costa Mesa Strip Mall

Norwalk, CT: 2 Firefighters injured in Norwalk Business Strip fire


ICE seizes 181,000 counterfeit items worth nearly $43 million in Laredo, Texas

Sentencings & Charges

Maryland Woman, 20, Sentenced to 95 Years in Gang Robberies; Investigators said Ramirez confessed to setting up two murders in El Salvador
Josselin Ramirez is linked to a rash of Check Cashing store robberies in Montgomery County. She cased out check cashing stores and other businesses and a group of heavily armed men would rob them. She was not present during the robberies. nbcwashington.com

Lowell, NC: Gang member 'Bang-Bang' pleads guilty in store Armed Robbery; sentenced to 7 years

Bristol, VA: Man charged in Rite Aid robbery linked to 11 others


Advance Auto - Moultrie, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lykens, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery/ Assault
C-Store - Somerville, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Walla Walla, WA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Palm Coast, GA - Burglary
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Fireworks - Cloverleaf, TX - Armed Robbery
Game X-Change - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Toms River, NJ - Armed Robbery
Hemp Store - Murfreesboro, TN - Burglary
Rite Aid - Brookville, OH - Robbery
Rural King - Greenwood, IN - Robbery
Turkey Hill - Sunbury, PA - Armed Robbery
Valero - Channelview, TX - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Mt Pleasant, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Troy, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
67 robberies
20 burglaries
4 shootings
3 killings







None to report.

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