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Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center Announces New Executive Director
The R-CISC will expand its sharing capabilities in the coming months

The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) announced today it has hired Suzie Squier to serve as its executive director. As executive director of the center, Squier reports directly to the R-CISC Board of Directors and is responsible for management of the organization, and continuing to develop and expand the capabilities of the center's Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).

Squier has been connected to the R-CISC from day one and has a wealth of management experience. In her previous role at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Squier was integral in the origination and formation of the R-CISC. As RILA's executive vice president of member services, she also oversaw the membership and marketing functions, and had oversight of the CIO Leaders Council, Cybersecurity Leaders Council and the Internal Audit Committee.

Squier officially began as executive director of the R-CISC earlier this month. She replaced Brian Engle who had previously served in the role. Squier oversees all operations of the R-CISC, including the Retail ISAC, membership engagement and education. She will play an integral role in continuing to move the R-CISC forward. Two key aspects of that are the new sharing architecture to be announced later this summer and the R-CISC's Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, in Chicago later this year.

The R-CISC is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers. consumer product manufacturers, grocers, hotels, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide. r-cisc.org

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'Cyber Security & LP's Role in the Effort'

Leaders from NRF and RILA provide an in-depth look at the NRF's Threat Alert System and RILA's Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. Tom Litchford, VP, Retail Technologies for the NRF, and Suzie Squier, Sr. VP, Member Services for RILA, discuss the latest in cybersecurity, what the two leading retail associations are doing about it, and what role LP executives can play in the fight against this unprecedented threat. d-ddaily.com


Do 'Ban-the-Box' Laws Help Expand Employers' Candidate Pools?
Two experts debate the issue


YES - When employers look past the stigma of a criminal record, they find highly-qualified and motivated workers.

The best argument for why companies should support "ban-the-box" laws comes from the leaders who have given job applicants with arrest or conviction records a fair chance at employment.

"In my experience, people with criminal records are often model employees," says one restaurant executive who employs hundreds of workers in Ohio and Florida. "They are frequently the most dedicated and conscientious. A lot of doors are shut to them, so when someone gives them an opportunity, they make the most of it."

Today, ban-the-box policies are in effect in half the states - both red and blue - and in more than 150 cities and counties around the country. These measures remove the conviction check box from public-sector job applications and defer background checks. A number of jurisdictions have expanded their laws to cover the private sector as well.

Ban-the-box legislation is common sense. It doesn't tell you who to hire. It simply helps ensure that you don't screen out people with records en masse. Plus, studies show it works. Research in Durham, N.C., Atlanta and San Francisco - all of which have ban-the-box policies in place - shows increased hiring of people with criminal records.

Unfortunately, too many employers remain wary of hiring individuals with criminal backgrounds. The stigma associated with having a criminal history negatively impacts employers' hiring decisions and lingers for decades. The callback rate drops by at least half when a person has a record - which has far-reaching implications for these individuals, and for society, when you consider the following:

Seventy million people - nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults - have an arrest or conviction record. That shocking number includes a disproportionate number of people of color, reflecting the legacy of a racially biased criminal justice system.

NO - It is simply too soon to tell.

Several studies have found that these laws do aid those with criminal records in securing better employment outcomes. However, such research may simply tell us that those who were already applying are now advancing further in the hiring process. The pertinent question is whether ban-the-box laws have resulted in more people with criminal histories entering the labor pool. That inquiry is difficult to answer.

Proponents claim that ban-the-box laws will broaden employers' hiring pools by encouraging job seekers with criminal records to apply for positions that they otherwise would have avoided. But that is not assured.

Until we can firmly establish what effect these policies have on candidate pools, a prudent approach would be to use other mechanisms in combination with ban-the-box laws. This is wise for two reasons.

First, several studies have found that ban-the-box laws increase employment discrimination for those without criminal records. Why? Because in the absence of information about a person's criminal record, employers are more likely to guess which job seekers have criminal backgrounds. And such assumptions disproportionately affect minority applicants. Other research indicates that companies in ban-the-box jurisdictions "game the system" by raising the bar on other requirements such as experience or skill level - attributes that people with criminal records are more likely to fall short on.

Second, there are alternatives to ban-the-box laws, such as certificates of employability that are designed to demonstrate an individual's rehabilitation, remove automatic licensing bars and immunize businesses from negligent hiring claims (a potentially attractive advantage for employers). shrm.org

New Criminal History Screening Restrictions Now in Effect in California
New regulations limiting the ability of most California employers to consider criminal history when making employment decisions went into effect July 1. The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) - the agency charged with enforcing California's civil rights laws - adopted regulations prohibiting employers from using criminal history in employment decisions if doing so would have an adverse impact on legally protected classes designated by the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), unless the action was job-related and consistent with business necessity. The regulations outline various ways in which employers can face liability when using a candidate's criminal history in hiring and other employment decisions. shrm.org

Apple retail workers to argue security check time covered by Calif. wage law
Former workers at Apple Inc retail stores will ask a federal appeals court on Tuesday to revive their class action claiming that California law requires the technology giant to pay them for their time spent in security checks. The workers, represented by Kimberly Kralowec of the Kralowec Law Group, will try to convince the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at oral argument that the time spent in security checks is compensable under California law because they were under Apple's control during that time and the checks benefited the company. reuters.com

Culture Plays Key Role in Pharmacy Security
With the FBI estimating that U.S. robberies have caused $390 million in losses in 2015, one of the most important steps independent pharmacists can take for their businesses and customers is security. Thinking a pharmacy is immune from theft or robbery is one of the biggest misconceptions Cardinal Health's Director of Security Jason Blumenauer, said - and he also notes that ensuring a secure pharmacy doesn't have to break the bank.

Besides prioritizing getting a security system, Blumenauer said that creating deterrents can work to a pharmacy's advantage - from efforts as simple as placing measuring tape in the pharmacy entrance's door seal to signage indicating that the pharmacy has a security camera. But he emphasized that any deterrents should be backed up by real measures.

"People think putting a fake dome up is going to deter crime, but it's actually the opposite," he said, noting that potential robbers can tell whether a dome has wires connected to it, and that fake cameras create a liability problem. "If something were to happen in the store, and the police come and ask for the video, you've created a sense of false security for your customers and your staff, and sometimes that can backfire on you quickly and create major issues."

A secure pharmacy, according to Blumenauer, goes beyond simply installing cameras or even having a state-of-the-art alarm system. In addition to pharmacy owners knowing their businesses' footprint and the areas that a thief might exploit, it also requires getting staff involved. He said that such measures as ensuring that there is adequate staffing, making sure staff members are visible and monitoring areas of high risk should be part of a larger effort to train pharmacy team members to be on the look out for potential incidents.

More than that, security is something Blumenauer said should be an integral part of the pharmacy's culture - which he acknowledged can be a challenge, as many business models don't include security. But taking the time to plan a policy and share it with employees can be beneficial in the long-term, he said.

"Security itself is something you can't purchase. You can buy the most expensive system out there, and if you don't have a culture at the pharmacy that understands how to use that security and manage it, it's worthless," he said. "Building a program that's utilized by everyone who works at the pharmacy is probably the most important thing you look for in a truly secured pharmacy." drugstorenews.com

Providence, RI: Ex-store owner gets prison for $1M food stamp fraud scheme
The former owner of a Providence convenience store who masterminded a more than $1 million food stamp fraud scheme has been sentenced to about 2 1/2 years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Sami Almuhtaseb was also sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to repay the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program more than $1.1 million. Prosecutors say from 2009 until 2015, the store redeemed $2.7 million in SNAP benefits, but more than $1 million of that was fraudulent. heraldonline.com

Best Buy takes a hit after Amazon reveals its own 'Geek Squad'
Shares of Best Buy were down 3.7 percent in pre-market trading on Monday in the wake of a report that Amazon is forming its own "Geek Squad" to support its sales of electronics. Jeff Bezos' e-commerce company "has quietly been hiring an army of in-house gadget experts to offer free Alexa consultations as well as product installations," the report said. The move by Amazon could blunt what for 15 years has been Best Buy's biggest advantage over its online rival. nypost.com

Report: Amazon beat out six other suitors for Whole Foods Market
As it turns out, there was lots of interest in Whole Foods Market. The retailer was fielding other potential deals, including approaches by four private equity firms and two unnamed companies identified only as "Company X" and "Company Y," when Amazon made its move, CNBC reported.

According to the report, Amazon initially offered to acquire Whole Foods for $41 per share, less than the grocer was looking for. Amazon came back with a "best and final offer" of $42 per share, which Whole Foods accepted. chainstoreage.com


Director of Safety & Assets Protection job posted for online retailer Fashion Nova
The Director of Safety and Assets Protection is responsible for leading a team in minimizing the financial losses at Fashion Nova related to a lack of internal controls, theft, vandalism, accidents, and injuries. The incumbent must develop ways to detect safety issues and security violations and possess the ability to develop and implement programs to prevent repeat occurrences. The incumbent is responsible for creating a culture of safety and security throughout the organization.

Fashion Nova is an online fashion store for women, with a 180,000 square foot warehouse in Los Angeles, California, and 5 locations in the greater Los Angeles area. fashionnova.com

'4 Reasons Retail is Alive and Well' - By Matthew Shay, CEO, NRF

Abercrombie & Fitch won't sell itself after all

Fred's remains optimistic after plan to buy nearly 1,000 Rite Aid stores falls through

UK: AS Watson to grow retail chains, create 1,000 UK jobs

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Three charged in $400K counterfeit artwork scheme on eBay

Three men were charged in New York on Monday with making counterfeit Damien Hirst prints which they sold online for more than $400,000.

The fake "limited-edition" Hirst prints were sold online to dozens of art buyers around the world, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance. The group included a man who had been released from prison only 15 days earlier for a similar scheme.

"The art market's demand for limited editions can lead to fake pieces with little value," Vance said in a statement. "In this case, the alleged fraud went beyond plain imitation, and the defendants are charged with deceiving a multitude of buyers into purchasing counterfeit art that was falsely passed off as genuine." Read more here

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5 Steps to Forming a Security Plan for Your Retail Business

Retail businesses are a common target for criminal activity - both shoplifting and internal theft are very real threats to store owners. However, with the right protection security plan for your specific needs, you can help minimize any losses by reducing shoplifting, protecting your location from break-ins and vandalism, and preventing violence towards yourself, employees, and customers. Below are five steps to consider when forming your retail security plan.

1. Assess risks
The first step in forming a comprehensive security plan for your retail business is to initiate an assessment. Each retail business is different and risk is based on a variety of factors, such as location, business type, and access. Assess what your risks are and determine what security measures your business will benefit from most.

2. Secure your location
High quality locks and a monitored alarm system should be first on the list in forming an efficient security plan. Because theft often occurs at POS systems, a panic button should also be installed under the cashier station to give police an instant alarm signal during in-progress robberies and other crimes.

3. Add video surveillance
Ideal for both internal and external investigation purposes to track and prosecute perpetrators, surveillance cameras also act as a visual deterrent for shoplifting, internal theft, and armed robbers.

4. Install proper lighting
Ensure the exterior of your store is well-lit - particularly entrances, the façade, and parking lots. This will not only improve the clarity of your CCTV system, but deter criminals. Reflective mirrors are also useful to aid in viewing obscured areas.

5. Hire retail security guards
Having one or more retail security guards present to patrol the area will aid in deterring crime for both internal theft and shoplifters, as well as prevent violence and vandalism. If you're a retailer dealing with high-value, easily stolen items, hiring a retail security guard service can be invaluable and end up saving you money in the long run.

Lastly, ensure that only you and a few trusted individuals have access to your security plans. By implementing these suggestions, you can rest easy knowing your retail business is well protected.

Security Resources provides more than 500 security officers every day to over 200 stores for a Fortune 100 retailer. With our partnership approach, we guarantee that our client's corporate-wide program is used across their entire security officer force. Contact us today to learn more about our retail security guard services.

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Dialing For Cash
Telecom Hacker Sentenced in $19.6M Laundering Scheme
Infiltrated company phone systems to setup fake premium phone service

A federal court sentenced a Pakistani telecom hacker to four years in prison, after he and his cohorts illegally infiltrated PBX systems run by companies and organizations to set up a fake premium phone service and laundered money, according to an FBI report.

Muhammad Sohail Qasmani was sent to prison for running the bogus premium phone service between November 2008 to December 2012 and generating more than $19.6 million. The money was laundered using 650 transferees in 10 different countries, according to the FBI.

As part of the scheme, the international group hacked into PBX telephone networks operated by companies and organizations. Once inside a company's PBX system, the group reprogrammed unused extensions to operate as a pay-per-minute premium service line.

But instead, the group had dialers call the pay-per-minute numbers to rack up large phone bills, which the unsuspecting companies paid. Qasmani and his cohorts then collected those proceeds and laundered the money. darkreading.com

Insider Wreaks Havoc on Security Company - After He Resigns
Now He Has 7 Years in Prison

A former Davie, Floria resident got seven years in federal prison for bedeviling Navarro Security Group with computer attacks after he resigned from the company.

Attacks such as rerouting visitors to the company website to another security firms site. Or, deleting all the files on a company server. Or, hacking into a former co-worker's email account to send out company criticisms and accusations of corporate malfeasance.

For these and other crimes, Jonathan Eubanks was convicted in April of damaging a protected computer without authorization, use of unauthorized access devices and three counts of identity theft. That last set of charges describes Eubanks getting three credit cards from a security company software maker and using them to order rifle scopes, electronics and survivalist gear.

Eubanks did most of this in 2013 with back-door-access software he added to a co-workers computer on the sneak. miamiherald.com

Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Markets Hacked
Customer Biometric Data Also Jeopardized

Avanti Markets, a company whose self-service payment kiosks sit beside shelves of snacks and drinks in thousands of corporate breakrooms across America, has suffered of breach of its internal networks in which hackers were able to push malicious software out to those payment devices, the company has acknowledged. The breach may have jeopardized customer credit card accounts as well as biometric data, Avanti warned.

According to Tukwila, Wash.-based Avanti's marketing literature, some 1.6 million customers use the company's break room self-checkout devices - which allow customers to pay for drinks, snacks and other food items with a credit card, fingerprint scan or cash.

Breaches at point-of-sale vendors have become almost regular occurrences over the past few years, but this breach is especially notable as it may also have jeopardized customer biometric data. That's because the newer Avanti kiosk systems allow users to pay using a scan of their fingerprint. krebsonsecurity.com

Homeland Security concerned about commercial drones
being used for 'nefarious purposes'

As the battlefield use of commercial drones by ISIS extremists becomes more prevalent and sophisticated, there is growing concern that these unmanned aircraft systems could be used in terror attacks inside the U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates small, hobbyist unmanned aircraft system purchases may grow from 1.9 million in 2016 to as many as 4.3 million by 2020. That is a large number of potential weapons that can be controlled remotely and accurately.

According to a DHS spokesperson, "DHS does consider commercial drones configured or modified to employ explosives or weapons a concern. This is due to low-cost, ease of access, and the quick-pace of this evolving technology to adapt beneficial Unmanned System equipment for nefarious purposes." foxnews.com

IRS Launches 'Don't Take the Bait' Educational Phishing Series
As part of its Security Summit effort, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be launching a new educational series called "Don't Take the Bait" on July 11, 2017. As part of the "Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself" campaign, this series will provide information about phishing scams targeting tax professionals and their clients. US-CERT encourages tax payers and tax professionals to review the IRS alert and US-CERT's advice on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks. us-cert.gov

A WWE database exposes personal data of more than 3 million customers














Creating a Powerful Personal Brand

Kevin Ach, Sr. Director, Retail LP & Safety, Office Depot, Inc.

 

Very few of us look at our careers through the lens of building a powerful personal brand. Yet, it is an extremely powerful way to approach career development and distinguish yourself both inside and out of your organization. While an executive may look at their career as an individual path, Kevin Ach, Sr. Director, Retail LP and Safety, Office Depot, Inc., shares the importance of expanding your vision, understanding the impact, and treating it like a business development project as opposed to an individual development plan.

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Consumers Want Transaction Security Not Just Speed, Survey Reveals
2% of consumers believe speed is more important than security when completing an online transaction

MYPINPAD, an enabler of multi-factor authentication for touchscreen devices, such as smartphones and tablets, has launched the initial findings from its exclusive survey: Consumer Trust and Mobile Payments Growth.

The unique research explores how and why online commerce has been damaged by fraud, the effects this has had on consumer's subsequent decisions about transacting online, and the level of trust consumers have in online commerce. The results indicate that favouring speed and convenience over visible security measures, could be a costly mistake for businesses.

David Poole, Business Development Director at MYPINPAD, said: "The latest UK government figures show 90% of large businesses and 74% of SMEs have suffered a security breach[1]. There needs to be a consistent and convenient way for consumers to authenticate themselves for online transactions."
 
Consumers have huge concerns about fraud:
• Over two-thirds of respondents, 67%, are concerned about their online banking and shopping security, with one in four respondents being 'very concerned'
• Just under one in three of our survey respondents said they have been a victim of online fraud

Trust is being harmed and this is impacting on consumers' behaviour:
• 61% stated information about data breaches and online fraud has impacted their trust of online shopping and banking
• As a result, 11% shop less and almost one in 10 said they do not use mobile devices to carry out transactions businesswire.com

Study: Online Shoppers Don't Realize How Vulnerable They Are to Cyber Attacks
Online shopping is all about freedom. Unlike brick and mortar stores, ecommerce websites allow you to peruse dozens of stores, hundreds of sizes, thousands of brands, and millions of styles in the click of a button. However, this freedom apparently comes at a pretty serious cost, as one study has revealed that no one realizes how risky it is to shop online.

The study conducted by NordVPN was part of the National Privacy Test, a digital security campaign that promotes cybersecurity and privacy among Internet users around the world. It tested the knowledge of nearly 5,000 respondents in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia on their knowledge concerning online privacy and security through a Facebook poll. And, much to their chagrin, the average score was 48 percent.

"This points to a lack of understanding of just how vulnerable users can be on public networks, where the level of security is unknown and anyone with basic hacking skills can access sensitive data of everyone connected," said Marty P. Kamden, the CMO of NordVPN in a press release. tech.co

Online sales of counterfeit products soaring
According to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), many more product categories beyond luxury goods are counterfeited such as cigarettes, food items, spirits, pharmaceuticals, auto parts, airplane parts, medical device, toys and more.

The IACC claims only 4 percent of the items counterfeited are luxury goods. They say to not become part of the problem, don't buy counterfeit goods. Counterfeiting has increased over 10,000 percent in the past two decades due, in part, to consumer demand. tctimes.com

Three-in-Four Shoppers will Browse Competing Online Retailers before Making a Prime Day Purchase

Amazon confirms fulfillment center with 1,500 jobs near Orlando airport

Amazon claims nearly 40% of eCommerce spend






Watsontown, PA: $57,000 worth of equipment stolen from Valley AG and Turf
Nearly $57,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from Valley Ag and Turf LLC. in Watsontown over the weekend, said Milton State Police Trooper Scott Carl. Carl said three John Deere Zero Degree mowers and two John Deere UTV's were taken from the business between 6 p.m. on Friday, an hour after Valley Ag and Turf closed, and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. dailyitem.com

Costa Mesa, CA: $14,000 of Handbags stolen from Bloomingdales
At 3:14 a.m., a store alarm went off alerting Costa Mesa Police, but officer response was canceled by the security company, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Dan Miles. At 3:39 a.m. alarms sounded again from different areas of the store. This time, officers were sent out to check the store's perimeter, Miles said, but they found no evidence of entry attempts. At 4:21 a.m., a person responsible for the store's security called police saying they had found pry marks on an access door, Miles said. Police responded and found someone had pried open that door, which gave them entry into a hallway, according to Miles. From there, they had access to a second door that led to a third door. The suspects were unsuccessful at prying open the third door, and smashed through nearby drywall, gaining access to a maintenance closet, Miles said. That gave the suspects access into Bloomingdale's. ocregister.com

Springfield, OR: Man arrested for Shoplifting 4 Assault Rifles,
total value of $8,500

A man accused of walking out of a sporting goods store in western Oregon with four assault weapons worth $8,500 has been taken into custody. Police in Springfield in a statement late Friday say 30-year-old Dennis Walter Rotherham was arrested Monday and faces charges of second degree burglary, four counts of felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of first degree theft. Police say the thefts occurred June 17, 23 and 24, with Rotherham concealing the weapons under dark clothing. Police recovered one of the rifles and are trying to find the other three. usnews.com

Norridge, IL: Three Chicago women charged in $1,122 Victoria Secret's theft
Police recovered bags of unpaid merchandise with sensors attached from the trunk of an automobile. A manager said the three appeared to be shopping, selecting items from displays and putting them into totes they placed on top of a display. Police said they recovered bags of unpaid Victoria's Secret items from the trunk, with retail value of $1,122.65. chicagotribune.com

Wasilla, AK: Police investigating $800 NAPA theft
Officers continue investigation into the reported theft of tools from NAPA Auto Parts. According to reports, a male stole approximately $800 in tools and left the store in a vehicle. frontiersman.com

Fresno, CA: Police search for suspects in Total Wine and More theft
Fresno Police need your help identifying a pair of suspected alcohol thieves. Investigators said the two women walked into the new Total Wine and More in River Park and walked out with four expensive bottles of whiskey and scotch. abc30.com

Update: Baytown, TX: Police still seeking to identify Home Depot theft suspects
Thieves targeted The Home Depot in the 4900 block of Garth Road several times over the last several weeks according to Baytown police. These individuals have primarily been stealing high-end cordless tool sets. In the most recent case, several hundred dollars worth of merchandise was stolen. "I do have a detective working on the cases and we are currently trying to identify the suspects and determine whether they are working together or independently," said Lt. Steve Dorris, Baytown police spokesman. baytownsun.com

Nashua, NH: Toys "R" Us employee busted; ran a Gift Card Scam worth over $2,700

Ephrata, PA: Two female Shoplifters used bolt cutters to create an escape route through Walmart Garden Center 

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Shootings

Porterville, CA: Police shoots woman armed with knife inside 99 Cents Only
Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened inside a 99 Cents Only store in Porterville Saturday night. A witness says the woman who was shot did not seem like she was going to hurt anyone. He admits though she was acting very strange with a knife in her hand, even after police arrived.

Cell phone video captures an officer yelling for the suspect to drop the knife. "It just happened too fast," witness Jaime Butler said. "It was very sad to see." Butler says before the woman was shot, she was going around damaging the store. "She was going throughout the store stabbing sodas and throwing stuff off the shelves just being a little crazy," he said. Porterville Police says the woman was told several times to put down her weapon. It's when she took off with the knife in her hand, that the officer fired his gun, fearing for the life of a customer nearby. abc30.com

Brooklyn, NY: Police evacuate Kings Plaza Shopping Center, nab two teen shooting suspects nearby
A Brooklyn mall was evacuated after two teens fired a shot at a teenage foe inside the shopping center Saturday afternoon, police said. Quentin Raymond, 16, opened fired outside a Michael Kors store on the first floor of the Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Flatbush Ave. and Avenue U around 5:45 p.m.. Police said Raymond left the Mill Basin mall and grabbed a gun after he recognized a teen he had a beef with. He returned to the mall a short time later and tried settling the score. The eruption of gunfire inside the mall caused chaos for evening shoppers. nydailynews.com




Mobile, AL: Man shot multiple times outside Family Dollar
A shooting outside the Family Dollar store on Pleasant Valley Road and Government Boulevard has sent a man to the hospital. Mobile Police were dispatched around 7 p.m Saturday evening. It is still unclear what lead to the shooting. fox10tv.com



Robberies & Thefts


Hobby Store owner smashes getaway car of fleeing thief
The owner of Flight Deck Hobbies in Clovis is asking the public to see whether they recognize a theft suspect captured on surveillance video. You see him approach the counter looking as if he is going to purchase a pair of drone VR goggles valued at $250 before running into a getaway car waiting outside. The employee quickly grabs a bat and smashes the back window of the car as the suspects drive off. This is just the latest in a string of burglaries at the shop. abc30.com

Chesapeake, VA: Gun thief targeted same store 4 times before he was arrested
Sean Robert Elliott, 28, of Chesapeake pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to one count of possessing stolen firearms. But court documents say he came to possess those guns by breaking into - or at least trying to break into - the same Chesapeake sporting goods store four times last fall and winter. According to the documents, Elliott targeted Gail's Bait and Tackle between midnight and 3 a.m. on Nov. 24, Nov. 25, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. Chesapeake police arrested him after his last try because the store's owner had made improvements to the door. pilotonline.com


Festus, MO: Another razor blade found hidden on Walmart shopping cart
For the second time in a few days, a Walmart in Festus, Missouri, has to answer questions about a shopping cart found to have a razor blade hidden under its handlebar. Authorities believe that the person who left the blades might be a shoplifter who used them to cut off tags or open packages. On July 2, Michelle Patterson reportedly was cut by a razor blade as she sanitized a cart handlebar with a wipe. She was not seriously hurt. whio.com


Jared in the Westminster City Center, Westminster, CO reported a Distraction Theft on 7/7, items valued at $4,149

Kay Jewelers in the Northpark Mall, Joplin, MO reported a Grab & Run theft on 7/8, item valued at $4,199

Zales in the Volusia Mall, Daytona Beach, FL reported a Diamond Switch on 7/7, item valued at $1,425

Kay Jewelers in the Shoppes at Cross Keys, Florissant, MO reported a Distraction Theft on 7/7, items valued at $1,300

Kay Jewelers in the Desert Sky Mall, Phoenix, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 7/8, item valued at $3,599

Jared in the Cordova Mall, Pensacola, FL reported a Grab & Run on 7/7, item valued at $3,199

Dublin, Ireland: Operation Thor Retail Day of Action ends with 18 arrests, 5 cars seized

Hamilton, New Zealand: McDonald's staff hid in freezer during Armed Robbery


Arson & Fire

Elkin, NC: Teen intentionally starts Walmart fire, causes $3 million in damages
A 15-year-old boy stands accused of lighting a fire in the artificial flower section of a Walmart in Elkin, North Carolina. The fire started just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the Elkin Fire Department answered the call, joined by a number of volunteer departments. Employees inside the store were able to quell the blaze using fire extinguishers. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation reportedly believes that the fire was intentionally set. Investigators reviewed the surveillance footage from the store's security footage and issued a petition for the teenage suspect. whio.com



Amite, LA: Man set fire to 3 Walmart stores while he Shoplifted
Investigators in Tangipahoa Parish say a man set fire to three Walmart stores on the Northshore to cause a distraction while he stole items. According to the Ponchatoula Police, 45-year-old Larry Paul Schouest Jr, of Hammond, was booked on charges of aggravated arson, felony criminal damage and felony theft by shoplifting. "This very serious incident could have turned out much worse," Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson said. "This man put innocent lives in danger to commit a theft. wwltv.com


Cargo Theft

Waxahachie, TX: Man indicted for the semi truck load of StarKist Tuna;
valued at over $100,000

The grand jury indicted the Wichita Falls resident on the charge of cargo theft after he reported stole a semi truck loaded down in Midlothian with over $100,000 of StarKist canned tuna on board. It is a third-degree felony. It is up to 10 years in state prison. waxahachietx.com

 

AutoZone - Dayton, OH - Robbery
Bloomingdales - Costa Mesa, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Jones County, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Denton, TX - Robbery
Flight Deck Hobbies - Clovis, CA - Burglary
Flyers - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Fount - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Game X-Change - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Greenwood Liquors - Dolton, IL - Armed Robbery/ Store Manager shot and wounded
Hop-N-Shop - Clinton, IA - Burglary
Kmart - Johnson City, TN - Burglary
Ricota's Pizza - Buffalo, NY - Burglary
Rite Aid - Hartford, CT - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Manchester, NH - Robbery/ Assault
Sears - Okaloosa County, FL - Burglary
Sky High Smokes - Medford, OR - Burglary
State Park Outpost - Bay County, MI - Armed Robbery
Subway - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
Sunoco - Williamsport, MD - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Jacksonville, FL - Burglary
Town and Country Food - Bryan, TX - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Lancaster, PA - Armed Robbery
Valley AG and Turf - Watsontown, PA - Burglary
Valley General Store - Petersburg Borough, PA - Robbery
Verizon Wireless - Monrovia, CA - Armed Robbery
Vitamin Shoppe - Ithaca, NY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Trotwood, OH - Armed Robbery
Westport Ice Cream - Kansas City, MO - Burglary
7-Eleven - Hampden Township, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - St Louis County, MO - Armed Robbery
 

 

Daily Totals:
22 robberies
10 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed




 







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