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Background Screening Utilized by 95% of U.S. Employers
Ninety-five percent of employers surveyed by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) say their organization is conducting employment background screening in 2018.

The NAPBS survey, How Human Resource Professionals View the Use and Effectiveness of Background Screening Methods, found that 86% of respondents say they are screening all full-time employees (a slight increase from 83% in 2017), and 68% are including part-time employees in the screening process.

The top reason for conducting background checks remained public safety, with 86% of employers saying they conduct background checks to protect employees, customers and others. Other top reasons for background screening included:

● Improving quality of hires - 52%
● Law/regulation requirements - 39%
● Preventing or reducing theft, embezzlement, and other criminal activity - 36%

Strategies or programs most frequently used in job applicants' background screening include:

● County/Statewide Criminal Searches - 89%
● Database/National Criminal Searches - 84%
● Social Security Number Trace - 83%
● Sex Offender Registry Search - 69%
● Fingerprint-Based Criminal Searches - 53%
● Drug and Alcohol Testing - 45%
● Motor Vehicle Driving Records Searches - 40%
● Education Verification - 31%
● Professional License Verification -21%
● Credit/Financial Checks - 16%
● International Checks - 12%
● Social Media Search - 8%  securitymagazine.com

Checkpoint's New Vortex R6-A Label Enhances Merchandise Visibility While Maintaining Privacy Protection for Retail Shoppers
Checkpoint Systems and Impinj Team to Create First ARC-Qualified RFID Inlay for the Impinj Monza R6-A RAIN RFID Chip

The ARC Program tests and benchmarks RFID tag performance and shares that data with the retail supply chain. This ensures that retail suppliers can deliver RFID-tagged products to retailers that meet or exceed the levels of performance necessary to provide benefit to both the retailer and the retail supplier. The new Vortex R6-A inlay is significant in that it is based upon the Monza R6-A tag chip, which helps retailers implement "Privacy by Design" principles to protect consumer privacy. businesswire.com

11 states launch investigation targeting fast-food hiring practices
"No-Poaching" Agreements Coming Under Scrutiny
Eleven state attorneys general are launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists say drags down wages for millions of Americans.

The group will send letters to eight fast-food companies - including Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Panera and Wendy's - requesting information about "no-poaching" agreements that bar or restrict managers from hiring workers at another store in the same chain.

"No-poach agreements unfairly limit the freedom of fast-food and other low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living," said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D), whose office is leading the probe.

About 80 percent of fast-food workers are constricted by no-poaching clauses, according to Healey's office. The other fast-food chains targeted by the states' investigation are Arby's, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Little Caesars and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

The practice is not limited to fast-food chains. Jiffy Lube, H & R Block and Anytime Fitness are among the companies that have had no-poaching clauses in their franchisee contracts, according to Krueger and Ashenfelter.

The states said they will ask for information and documents from the firms about their use of the practice. Along with Massachusetts, the group includes attorneys general in California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. washingtonpost.com

Corporate Raiders Bleeding Retailers to Death
Two Thirds Of Retail Bankruptcies Are Private Equity Controlled Retailers
18 Members of U.S. Congress Want Answers About Death of Toys R Us
The Three Private Equity Groups Who Helped Run Up the TRU $5B Debt

In a letter signed by 18 Democratic House members and Senator Bernie Sanders, the lawmakers asked executives of Bain Capital, KKR and Vornado Realty - the group that bought Toys R Us in 2005 in a transaction that left billions of dollars in debt on the retailer's books - to justify transforming the retailer's capital structure from 30% debt to 78% debt.

Additionally, the lawmakers asked about what they say were $470 million in "unspecified fees and interest payments" paid by Toys R Us to its owners. They also wanted to know whether the firms planned to pay severance to Toys R Us employees laid off in the liquidation and whether anyone associated with the firms were involved in the decision to layoff employees. The lawmakers have asked the firms to respond by July 15.

Scrutiny of private equity ownership is increasing as the ranks of private-equity owned retailers filing for bankruptcy increases.

In a January paper published with the American Bankruptcy Institute, Chuck Carroll and John Yozzo of FTI Consulting found that two thirds of retail bankruptcy filings in 2016 and 2017 were by private equity-controlled companies.

Two of the largest retail bankruptcies in 2018, Nine West and Claire's Stores, were also private equity owned companies, whose buyouts have been scrutinized by some stakeholders.

The combination of high debt, and high interest payments that go along with it, with a low-margin business such as retail may be especially dangerous. retaildive.com

The Security Industry Tackling the Needs of the Marijuana Industry
Striving for Higher Standards in the Marijuana Industry

The cannabis industry is full of contradictions. Although more than half of the United States has legalized-and therefore legitimized-some form of cannabis commerce and usage, it remains illegal under federal law. The drug's stringent controlled substance label prevents it from being researched, and banks take a risk if they accept money from cannabis companies.

The industry's strict state-by-state regulations mix policy, political influence, and borrowed best practices to create detailed rules that vary vastly by location and can be difficult to interpret and implement, and a lack of overarching guidance can leave organizations vulnerable.

And where the security industry falls into all of this-with its reliance on metrics, experience, and best practices-is still being explored. The challenge of protecting a product that just years ago was considered criminal cannot be ignored. And, as each U.S. state implements different regulations that are enforced by different entities, it's difficult to compare notes with other security practitioners trying to navigate the nascent industry.​

"There really aren't too many resources available for security plans in general, let alone within the medical cannabis industry," Sutton explains. "As much as security principles remain constant, the application of these security principles must remain variable to be effective." asisonline.org

Inside Walmart's journey to cashierless retail
"Check out with Me" at 350 Stores
Walmart is testing the waters of cashier automation, first by letting customers scan and pay for items within an app, and now, giving in-store reps the ability to help customers pay on mobile devices.

It's also studying customer comfort levels with automated payments. At this point, it's not ready to get rid of cashiers - they'll just be part of a bigger menu of customer checkout choices, according to Walmart rep Ragan Dickens.

Dickens would not comment on whether fully automated stores are in its plans. But for the past two months, it's been testing an Apple-store type concept called "Check out with Me" at 350 stores. It gives the agent the ability to check out a customer on a mobile device. Once the transaction is completed, a copy of the digital receipt is sent to the customer via email or text. Dickens said early results are encouraging, and the retailer plans to roll out this service to more stores.

Its tests to reduce dependence on traditional checkout counters center around two models: scan and go, which requires the customer to download an app or use a store-provided mobile device to self-scan items, and an Apple store-type model which puts the cashier capability in the hands of roving employees, who, with mobile devices in hand, complete checkouts for customers.

Scan and go, however, is still available at Sam's Club locations, where customers are accustomed to having their receipts checked by an agent prior to departure, according to Dickens. digiday.com

Effective Strategies for Working with Problem Employees
Problem employees. Difficult staffers. Workers who need behavior modification and attitude adjustments. However they're described, problem employees are the dread of every manager, and they require special skill and attention. As the experts attest, there's no silver bullet solution, no ready-to-use spiel or psychological exercise that can suddenly make a difficult employee easy to work with.

When it comes to advice for working with problem employees, experts offer numerous approaches covering various parts of the process. The first piece of guidance is simple-don't let staffers become problem employees in the first place. While that may sound like short and snappy advice, following it entails sustained effort on the manager's part. And the effort starts during the hiring process, said Michael Timmes, a senior human resource specialist at Kingwood, Texas-based Insperity, a national human resources service provider. 

But hiring is only the beginning to ensure that a staffer stays well-adjusted and engaged, Timmes said. During the onboarding process, a manager should initiate conversations with the new employee about expectations, responsibilities and other topics that will make the employee's role clear. Encourage the employee to ask questions to help them understand their duties. shrm.org

Thieves hack Marathon gas station, steal $1,800 of gas
Hackers used a 'remote device' to steal 600 gallons of gas, valued at $1,800, from a prepaid Marathon gas pump in Detroit.

It's also not the only thing about this "hack" of the fuel management system that doesn't smell quite right. The "pump hijackers" pulled this off on June 23. Since then, the Detroit Police have been looking for "high-tech thieves who somehow hacked into a gas pump." The cops said the device used by the men took control of the pump away from the clerk who supposedly didn't realize he no longer had control of the system. csoonline.com

In Case You Missed it Last Week

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
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. How it impacts the nation - find out more... read it here.

Author's Note: A humble suggestion if I may - For field LP and AP readership. As it was years and years before I saw the forest and thoroughly understood the impact an LP executive can make in a store orientation meeting that's based on fact and delivered with honest passion. That's when they truly make an impression. Just a thought.

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The Zellman Group - Reflection and the Next 20 Years

Filmed "Live in NYC" at the NRF Big Show 2018

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, The Zellman Group continues to expand their offerings of LP and consulting services for retailers - from civil recovery, restitution and LP analytics, to the recent launch of their ORC Recovery solution.

In this LPNN interview, Stuart Levine, CEO; William Ramos, Director of ORC Recovery; and Jason Davies, Director of ORC Investigations, reflect on the company's history, what's changed, what's new, and what's in store for Zellman Group's future.


Macy's Online Customers Warned Of Data Breach
After Macy's cyber tools detected suspicious logins on June 11, the retailer is warning customers about a data breach. The retailer said that a threat targeted the profiles of customers for nearly two months, Detroit Free Press reported.

In a letter to its eCommerce customers, Macy's said that a third party was behind the suspicious activity, and that party had received information from a non-Macy's source. Over a period spanning from the end of April to the middle of June, the party made use of user names and passwords to log in to customers' accounts, and then gained access to names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays and payment card information. However, Macy's said the accounts don't include Social Security numbers or CVV numbers.

While Macy's blocked the profiles that it believes to have been compromised, the retailer is asking customers to "remain vigilant." In addition, Macy's has arranged for free identity protection to customers impacted by the incident through AllClear ID. pymnts.com

The ABCs Of Retail Cybersecurity: Protecting Assets, Brand And Customers
The enormous volumes of valuable data created by online shopping, loyalty schemes and digital marketing represents a treasure trove for the world's hackers and criminals. This wealth of sensitive information promises easily monetized riches and the opportunity to hold retailers ransom through malware or denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.

Online retailers are especially tempting targets for the world's cybercriminals. They are also uniquely impacted by a successful attack. Any outage or loss of data has an immediate damaging effect on the brand and reputation they've worked so hard build.

Moreover, margins in this type of business are often slim and retailers have relatively modest resources to throw at security compared to financial services institutions. This known vulnerability makes them even more attractive to cybercriminals. retailtouchpoints.com

"2018 Cost of Insider Threats"
$1.8M At Smaller Organizations to
$20M Cost Per Incident at Large Global Organizations

A new insider threat report found credential theft costs more than twice as much to resolve than incidents involving insider negligence by employees and contractors. Negligent insiders are the "root cause" of most reported events and represent the highest total annual cost to companies, according to researchers. However, imposters who steal credentials cost organizations an average of $648,846 per incident, compared to $283,281 for a security event involving carelessness.

The Ponemon Institute study "2018 Cost of Insider Threats: Global Organizations" looked at the direct and indirect costs of companies that experienced one or more material event caused by an insider during a 12-month period ending in January.

The 159 benchmarked companies experienced a total of 3,269 insider threat incidents during the 12-month timeframe, with a total average cost of $8.76 million, according to those surveyed. The insider threat report looked at costs related to loss of data and intellectual property, downtime and productivity loss, damages to equipment and assets, threat detection and remediation, legal and regulatory impact, and diminishment of brand and reputation. The costs were analyzed using an activities-based framework that included monitoring and surveillance, escalation, incident response, containment, investigation, remediation and post-event analysis. Not surprisingly, the total annual cost increased with the size of the company in terms of headcount, from $1.8 million at smaller organizations with 500 or fewer employees to $20 million at global organizations with 75,000 employees or more. techtarget.com

U.S. states pass data protection laws on the heels of the GDPR
Several U.S. states have recently introduced and passed legislation to expand data breach notification rules and to mirror some of the protections provided by Europe's newly enacted General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). See our previous blog posts on GDPR here and here. Like their European counterparts, these state laws are intended to provide consumers with greater transparency and control over their personal data. The California and Vermont laws, in particular, go beyond breach notification and require companies to make significant changes in their data processing operations. See our earlier post on the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") here.

On the security front, as of March 2018, all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have enacted breach notification laws that require businesses to notify consumers if their personal information is compromised. These new and amended state data breach laws expand the definition of personal information and specifically mandate that certain information security requirements are implemented. Below are the key takeaways from U.S. data protection laws that were passed in the last year.

Alabama (SB 318) - Alabama passes its first data breach notification law. Alabama's data breach notification law went into effect on June 1, 2018. The law applies to the unauthorized acquisition of sensitive personally identifying information in electronic form.

Arizona (HB 2145) - Arizona updates its breach notification law to expand the definition of personal information and tighten notification timelines, among other things.

Colorado (HB 1128) - Colorado strengthens consumer protections by requiring formal information security policies as well as increased oversight of third parties.

Iowa (HF 2354) - Iowa passes legislation regulating online services and mobile apps for students.

Louisiana (Act. No. 382) - Louisiana amends its data breach law.

Oregon (SB 1551) - Oregon amends its breach notification rules.

South Carolina (H4655) - South Carolina imposes heightened breach notification and security requirements on the insurance industry.

South Dakota (SB No. 62) - South Dakota enacts its first data breach notification law.

Vermont (H. 764) - Vermont passes legislation to regulate data brokers.

Virginia (HB 183) - Virginia amends its breach notification law to include income tax information.

Organizations that took action to comply with the GDPR will need to conduct a gap assessment to determine how their existing procedures will need to be revised in order to comply with these new state laws. Because we expect amendments to the new California law as well as other GDPR-like legislation to be passed in the next two years, it is increasingly important to have legal and compliance teams work closely with the business, marketing and IT teams to monitor changes in the regulatory landscape and continually reassess the effectiveness of the company's risk mitigation controls. dataprotectionreport.com

Reactive or Proactive? Making the Case for New Kill Chains
Classic kill chain models that aim to find and stop external attacks don't account for threats from insiders. Here what a modern kill chain should include.

The kill chain model is not new to most security professionals. Created in 2011 by Lockheed Martin, the model highlights the seven stages bad actors typically go through to steal sensitive information. In case you need a refresher, the steps include reconnaissance, weaponization, delivery, exploitation, installation, command and control, and actions on objective. The goal for security analysts and investigators is to disrupt the chain early, before sensitive data slips out the door. Although the model works for certain kinds of attacks, in many others, it doesn't.

Reactive versus Proactive

Kill chain models are reactive by nature. The goal is to stop a potential attack in progress before damage is done. The traditional kill chain aligns with that goal, but there are other models for threats, like malicious insiders, that also fit reactive cyber-risk models. A second type of cyber-risk model that can be extremely effective against threats, is a proactive model. That model flips the recipe on its head and seeks to reduce the attack surface before an attack occurs. darkreading.com



How DSW Redefined Shrink and EBR to
Drive Loss Prevention Success

Jordan Rivchun, Director, LP, DSW
Guy Yehiav, CEO, Profitect
Thomas Marcellino, VP Sales & Marketing, Zebra Technologies

In today's fast-paced retail environment, AP teams are tasked with juggling multiple priorities and doing more with less. Jordan Rivchun, Director of Loss Prevention for DSW, shares how his team leverages internal data using prescriptive analytics and machine learning to guide decision-making to predict and manage shrink, as well as take Exception Based Reporting to the next level. Guy Yehiav, CEO of Profitect, and Thomas Marcellino, VP of Sales & Marketing for Zebra Technologies, tell us how their solutions help empower retailers to take action with limited resources.

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Quick Take #18

What do law enforcement agencies across the country think about increased state felony thresholds, EMV, self-driving cars and drones? Lt. James Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff's Office shares some insight with Joe LaRocca. Also, learn about the annual FLAORCA conference and how you can get involved.




Right Out of the Gate Amazon Hammers CVS & Walgreens
No Sooner than Amazon Announcing Buying PillPack
"Amazon lowballs CVS and Walgreens on OTC med prices"

A comparison of private label over-the-counter (OTC) remedies sold by CVS and Walgreens with those from Amazon.com finds that the brick and mortar pharmacy giants are charging substantially more than the e-tailer on like items.

A new report by Jefferies Group found that CVS's prices were 20 percent higher than Amazon's and that Walgreens sold its private labels at a 22 percent premium to the e-tail giant, which recently announced that it was acquiring the online pharmacy PillPack. The acquisition promises to put Amazon in direct competition with CVS and Walgreens for share of the prescription medicine market. PillPack, which delivers pre-sorted doses of prescribed medicines in envelopes, is licensed to fill prescriptions in all 50 states.

It's part of the Amazon playbook to target a category and undercut the competition on prices to gain share. By offering lower prices on OTC medications, Amazon appears to be conditioning consumers, particularly Prime members, to look its way for health needs. The e-tailer, which launched its Basic Care line last August with 35 items, has since expanded the selection to 65, according to a Bloomberg report of the Jefferies Group's research. Perrigo, the largest manufacturer of private label OTC meds, is behind the Amazon line.

Eight-four percent of Walgreens' private label items were more expensive than the same drugs sold by Amazon, and the same was true for 72 percent of CVS's own-brands, according to multiple reports. retailwire.com

Brand counterfeiting is starting to reach epidemic levels
The rate of digital transformation within the business world is unstoppable. Of course, transformation of this kind can deliver numerous benefits, but it is also leading to an increase in illicit counterfeit activity.

In our research we have found that almost half (47 per cent) of brands are losing revenue due to counterfeiting. We're not just talking about tiny amounts of money, either: one in three brands said the loss in sales equates to more than 10 percent.

Additionally, four-in-ten organizations (41%) have experienced an increase in the occurrence of counterfeiting and brand infringement. This has, more often than not, originated from a variety of components related to digital transformation on a global scale, including but not being limited to: advances in social media for six-in-ten (61%) companies; chat/messaging (52%); artificial intelligence (51%); the dark web (48%), and augmented reality (47%). ipwatchdog.com

Live Webinar: The State of eCommerce Fraud Prevention
July 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST

Attend this webinar and you'll learn findings related to:

● Chargeback rates and the most common sources
● Impact of manual reviews and false positives
● Mobile channel challenges and share of revenue
● Overall fraud prevention performance and strategies utilized

Reserve your spot to participate in a live discussion with fraud prevention experts about survey results and benchmarks for different industries. mobilepaymentstoday.com



Huntington Station, NY: Gang of thieves snatches $19,000 of iPhones from Apple Store
Five men were recorded on CCTV during the raid at the store in Huntington Station, NY. Police are offering $5,000 for any information that will allow them to apprehend the criminals. The raid began as the five men walked into the store and began casually browsing for a couple of minutes. Soon after this, they began tearing 21 iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets from their counters, prior to fleeing the scene. The incident took place at 8.20pm on Friday. cultofmac.com

Fresno, CA: Four men robbed the Apple store at Fashion Fair Mall
Police are searching for four men who stormed the store around 11:30 a.m. Saturday and took items off the display tables. Police initially got a report that the incident was an armed robbery, but later determined that the alleged heist was quick and no weapons were used. Fresno Police Lt. Beckwith said investigators are describing the alleged robbery as "a large grand theft" due to the product value and that there was significant monetary loss. An exact amount was not given. abc30.com

Upper Macungie Township, PA: Man claims he's from corporate office, scams store of $3.5K in gift cards
A scam artist convinced a Weis Market employee he was from the corporate office and bilked the store out of $3,500 worth of prepaid cards, police said. The theft was reported just after midnight July 2 in Upper Macungie Township. Police said the scammer called the night store manager, insisting he was from the corporate office and needed him to load seven prepaid store debit cards with $500 each. The night manager was also asked to provide the pin numbers on each card, police said. lehighvalleylive.com

Holly Springs, NC: Thieves flee with $1,000 worth of Baseball Bats down their Pants
Two shoplifters were caught on camera shoving baseball bats down their pants in a local sporting goods store, officials say. The owners of Play it Again Sports in Holly Springs are asking the community to help them identify the criminals. The store's security cameras captured the pair stealing three baseball bats worth $350 each last Saturday. cbs17.com

Northbrook, IL: 6 Dyson vacuums stolen from Lowe's

Wilmington, NC: Garden Center hit by thief 8 times in past 2 months; Owner offering reward

Chesterfield County, VA: Police seeking Walmart Shoplifter in Midlothian: stole over $1,800 in merchandise

Philadelphia, PA: $300 Baby Formula theft from Walgreens. Wayne Brown, 24, was charged with retail theft after taking $305 worth of baby formula from Shop Rite, at 2:25 p.m. June 29

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Shootings, Incidents & Deaths

Kansas City, MO: UMKC student from India victim of fatal restaurant shooting
A 25-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student was fatally shot Friday night inside a restaurant where he worked, police say. Kansas City police said the victim was Sharath Koppu, who was shot at around 7 p.m. Friday at J's Fish and Chicken Market. His parents in India are aware of the killing. It's unclear what happened before shots were fired. kansascity.com

St Louis, MO: Pizza delivery driver dies from injuries on 4th of July shooting
A driver who was shot while delivering pizza on the Fourth of the July in a St. Louis neighborhood has now died. According to St. Louis police, Dave Matthews was delivering a pizza just before midnight on the 4th or July near Gustine and Potomac in Tower Grove South where he was shot multiple times and was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. Imo's Pizza confirms Matthews was a delivery driver for them at the time. The general manager of the store says he spent the night at a hospital with Matthews and that his employees are trained about the dangers of the job and to be aware of their surroundings. fox2now.com

Fort Worth, TX: Police identify Clerk, Suspect killed in Robbery at Fort Worth Pawnshop
Authorities have identified two men fatally shot during an apparent robbery at a Fort Worth pawnshop Thursday. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Gold and Silver Exchange, police said. Brian Webb, 31, died at the scene, and police identified him as a possible suspect. Police said three other people fled the store in a minivan after the shooting. Store clerk Gary Duke, 58, was shot multiple times and rushed to a hospital. He died Friday morning at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. pressreader.com

Ontario, CA: Active Shooter reported causes panic, Ontario Mills Mall evacuate
A fight in a mall food court where someone used a Taser caused a scare Saturday night. Authorities said the fight happened in the food court of Ontario Mills Mall in Ontario, California. One of the people involved used a Taser during the scuffle. The sound of the Taser scared bystanders, who then thought a shooting happened and panicked. Witness video of the fight shows a group of men getting into a confrontation in front of stores and then continuing the fight at the food court. During both scuffles, the sound of a Taser echoes in the mall and people begin to scream. In the chaos to flee the scene, one person was injured after being trampled by the crowd, authorities said. abc13.com

Memphis, TN: Police searching for girls who set off fireworks
inside Wolfchase Galleria

Memphis Police Department is investigating after three juvenile girls set off fireworks at Wolfchase Galleria on Saturday afternoon. Police said the fireworks were set off in front of the IFix and Repair store. Several people mistook the sound of fireworks for gunshots and ran out of the mall, screaming about a shooting. No one was injured. wmcactionnews5.com

Milwaukee, WI: Pistol-packing waitress pulls gun from her apron
when man attacks co-worker

Dramatic surveillance video shows the moment a waitress pulled a gun from her apron and held it on a man who was attacking her co-worker. The situation began when a regular customer became upset about how long his food was taking. He began shouting at the waitress and she asked him to leave. The man did not leave but instead came around behind the counter. He punched his waitress in the face, which is when the co-worker jumped into action. The waitress who was attacked escaped through a doorway behind her co-worker as the co-worker pulled out a gun, stopping the man in his tracks. abc13.com

Robberies & Thefts

Kingman, AZ: Dollar General Armed Robbers now facing charges of Attempted Murder of 2 Police Officers
Two men accused of the armed robbery of a convenience store July 1 are now charged with the attempted murder of two police officers. Anthony Scott Axton, 32, and Francis William Allison, 58, are being charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, criminal damage, misconduct with a weapon and misconduct involving body armor. Around 10 p.m. July 1, Axton and Allison, both wearing body armor, allegedly robbed the Dollar General store in Kingman. As police officers arrived, Axton, armed with an AR-15 rifle with a bump stock attached to it, allegedly exchanged gunfire with police officers. mohavedailynews.com

Bethlehem, NY: Woman shoplifted, then struck Police Officer with car
Police say a Bethlehem officer was struck by a woman who had just shoplifted, while working on a separate case. At about 2 p.m., the officer was in the parking lot of the Glenmont Walmart, taking a report for a property damage crash. While doing so, the officer observed a loss prevention officer from the store, trying to stop a woman who had just shoplifted there, police said. The officer ran toward the fleeing suspect, who got into her car. The officer signaled for her to stop, and approached the front of the vehicle, police said. Then the suspect put the vehicle into drive and drove forward, striking the officer. Despite having been hit, the officer approached the driver's side of the vehicle and convinced the suspect to stop. She was taken into custody, and the officer was treated for a knee injury. cbs6albany.com

Anchorage, AK: Mail Theft Ring busted in Alaska; a year long spree
Six Anchorage residents were sentenced for their involvement in a mail theft ring that went on for nearly a year in and around Anchorage, said U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder. Two ringleaders were sentenced this week, the last of six arrested and convicted in the fraud fest. mustreadalaska.com



Laredo, TX: HIS seized $43 million in fake items in Laredo
Federal authorities said Friday they seized 181,000 counterfeit items - worth almost $43 million - in Laredo last month. Homeland Security Investigations said it was its largest counterfeit seizure in the city. In mid-June, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and saw boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. HSI discovered that all shipping labels on each box depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and seized the boxes. lmtonline.com

Sentencings & Charges

Elk Grove, CA: 3 sentenced (5 to 11 years) in San Joaquin County's 'largest ID theft sentence'
Three people were sentenced last week after being convicted of stealing mail from Elk Grove residents' mailboxes in attempt to use their credit cards and check books, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office. The release said that the trio went to multiple stores and tried to use stolen credit cards and checks to buy merchandise. Officials also said that Matsuno asked someone to make a fake license for Mendoza with a victim's name, so that their stolen cards would work. sacbee.com

York, PA: Man missed payments on a laptop from Rent-A-Center;
Police filed Felony charges

Pennsylvania has had a law on the books called Theft of Leased Property since 1977. But critics say it allows rent-to-own businesses to use the criminal justice system as their collections agency. Rent-to-own companies and industry experts say these businesses lease out millions of items per year and rarely pursue criminal charges against customers. But critics, which include everyone from prosecutors to defense attorneys to judges, argue that these laws effectively turn the criminal justice system into a taxpayer-funded collection agency for corporations in what should be a civil matter. ydr.com


Apple - Fresno, CA - Robbery
AT&T - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Boat Dealer - Little Rock, AR - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Joseph, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Baltimore, MD - Robbery/ suspect shot & wounded
C-Store - Paducah, KY - Robbery
C-Store - Dayton, OH - Burglary
C- Store - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sandy Springs, GA - Armed Robbery
Cold Stone Creamery - Temecula, CA - Burglary
CVS - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Dollar General - Cowarts, AL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store - Mcintosh, FL - Robbery
Grocery Store - Port Angeles, WA - Burglary
Gun Store - Jackson, AL - Burglary
Metro PCS - Monroe, NC - Robbery
Papa Murphy's Pizza - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery / Assault
Restaurant - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Sally Beauty - Edmond, OK - Burglary
Steak n Shake - Melbourne, FL - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Shop - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Mount Carmel Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Urban Cafe - Temecula, CA - Burglary
7- Eleven - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - West Haven, CT - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
22 robberies
9 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings








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