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Scott Perry promoted to National Asset Protection & Risk Manager for Asbury Automotive Group
Previously, Scott was their Market Risk Manager for two and a half years before this new role. Previously, he'd held other loss prevention roles for Family Dollar as Regional LP Manager, Hooters of America as Corporate Manager of LP and Risk, Compass Group North America as Regional LP Manager and Pep Boys as Area LP Manager. Congratulations Scott!

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Johnson Controls announces VideoEdge integration with EntraPass go Mobile App
Johnson Controls is introducing the integration of the Tyco Kantech EntraPass go Mobile App with the Tyco American Dynamics VideoEdge software, enabling remote management of access control, video and intrusion tasks for seamless, on-the-go security system operation from a mobile device. The American Dynamics VideoEdge integration with the EntraPass go Mobile App provides a single easy use interface for managing, responding and controlling aspects of your Video Management System infrastructure through the use of the EntraPass go Mobile App. tycosecurityproducts.com

DTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilities
Enables Restaurant & Retail Operators to Track, Maximize Customer Engagement

DTiQ today announced Enhanced Video Analytics for customers in the restaurant and retail industries. With Enhanced Video Analytics, DTiQ clients will be able to monitor the customer experience across various real-time dimensions, including: customer count, traffic heatmapping, speed of service, combined video/audio analytics, POS station interaction analysis (counter, kiosk, drive-thru), customer abandonment, custom analytics and more.  dtiq.com

Ocado Robot Starts Massive $137M Fire in Online Grocers Distribution Center
In February, a robot at an Ocado fulfillment warehouse sparked a massive fire. The warehouse was destroyed, and the British grocer has just revealed the price tag of the damage: $137M.

The information was released in Ocado's half-year report and was noticed by Sam Shead in Forbes. Ocado, a household name in the UK, is an online grocer that's made an art of home grocery delivery. Like Amazon, the company relies on massive warehouses and has invested heavily in automation to speed up order fulfillment.

The Ocado fire may be another symptom of companies leaning hard into emerging technologies to expand market share. The official cause of the fire was a faulty battery charging unit, according to the company in a shareholder meeting.

Presciently, Melonee Wise, a robotics pioneer and CEO of Fetch Robotics, drew attention to the looming safety concerns in the automation industry when we spoke at the end of last year. "I honestly hope 2019 is the year that robot safety becomes a top priority, says Wise. "The potential mistakes of one robotics company could set our industry back for years."

Last year Ocado partnered with Kroger to be exclusive fulfiller for the U.S. supermarket giant. It's part of a broader Ocado push to bring its online grocery fulfillment to international markets -- a push driven by technology. zdnet.com

'Massive Breach of Privacy & Trust'
Facial-recognition use by federal agencies draws lawmakers' anger
State and federal lawmakers are calling for new rules and investigations surrounding the use of facial-recognition scans of driver's license databases by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies, fueling a debate over the technology some on Capitol Hill have said represents a "massive breach of privacy and trust."

Public records obtained by Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology and first reported Sunday by The Washington Post revealed how ICE, the FBI and other agencies had worked for years with state officials to search through millions of license photos without drivers' knowledge or consent.

The House Homeland Security Committee was expected to discuss possible guardrails on Wednesday during the third congressional hearing in as many months over the largely unregulated technology, which has faced bipartisan resistance due to concerns over false arrests, public surveillance and government misuse. washingtonpost.com

Amazon sued by trucking company over use of 'Prime,' reports say
Accused of causing "irreparable injury to its business"
The Springfield-based trucking company, Prime Inc., is suing Amazon for using "Prime" on shipping vehicles to promote its premium service. The trucking company claims confusion caused by Amazon Prime has caused Prime Inc. to suffer "irreparable injury to its business, reputation and goodwill."

The trucking company claims that since at least 1980 it has continuously used its "Prime Inc." logo throughout the country on its advertisements, its website and each of its 12,000 trailers. Over that time, the company claims it has established "substantial and valuable goodwill" from consumers in the "prime" name and logo and it should have common law rights to the marks.

The lawsuit says that in 2016 or 2017, Amazon started putting its "prime" logo on tractor trailers that it used to transport goods to customers, which the Springfield-based trucking company claims is a violation of its exclusive rights to the Prime Inc. marks. Prime Inc. claims the Amazon Prime logo is "confusingly similar" to its marks, and putting the Amazon Prime logo on tractor trailers could mislead consumers. usatoday.com

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to testify to Congress on antitrust
The hearing, scheduled for July 16 in front of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee that deals with antitrust, will bring simmering Democratic and Republican frustrations with Silicon Valley into public view, potentially setting the stage for further scrutiny - or regulation - of an industry that has long insisted that its size doesn't harm rivals or consumers.

The hearing - confirmed by aides to Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), the panel's chairman - comes weeks after federal competition regulators divvied up responsibilities for the four tech giants in a move that could presage formal federal probes into Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and their business practices.  washingtonpost.com

NRF to name Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass as The Visionary 2020
The National Retail Federation today announced that it will name Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass as "The Visionary," an award given each year to an outstanding leader in the retail industry. The award will be presented during the sixth annual NRF Foundation Honors on January 12, 2020, in New York City.

In today's competitive and evolving retail landscape, companies need leaders who are willing to take risks to make more meaningful, personal connections with their customers," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Michelle has cultivated an environment at Kohl's where risk-taking is encouraged, which has never been more important than in today's dynamic retail environment. Her extensive retail experience and instinctive understanding of what customers want has already solidified her reputation as a transformative leader, and we can't wait to see what she does next."

The Visionary award is presented each year to a retail executive with a proven track record of spearheading change in the industry. nrf.com

Trump's tariff uncertainty impacting retail
Retailers still stocking up ahead of possible tariffs, but more slowly

Imports at the nation's major retail container ports will remain at high levels this summer but are expected to grow only modestly compared with last year's rush to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff increases, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

"Retailers still want to protect their customers against potential price increases that would come with any additional tariffs, but with the latest proposed tariffs on hold for now and warehouses bulging, there's only so much they can do," NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. nrf.com

Macy's New Story
The Great Outdoors
This is going to be interesting long term!
Macy's is celebrating the great outdoors - with a little help from Dick's Sporting Goods and Miracle-Gro - in its latest experiential store concept.

The department store retailer has added Outdoor Story shops to 36 locations nationwide. The shops are the second iteration of Story at Macy's, and come about 14 months after Macy's acquired Story, the experiential Manhattan retailer that reinvents itself with a new theme every couple of months.

Macy's collaborated with Dick's and Miracle-Gro on Outdoor, which is focused on entertaining, bringing the outside indoors and recreational activities. The theme is explored through a mix of curated merchandise from more than 70 brands and community-focused programming. Over the span of two months (Outdoor runs until September), Macy's will offer more than 250 events, ranging from indoor gardening workshops and terrarium-making classes to outside activities such as kayaking on the Hudson River. chainstoreage.com

Trump takes to Twitter to support Home Depot:
'Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!'
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night in support of Home Depot after social media calls to boycott the home improvement retailer. Shoppers have been taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to call for the boycott following news that co-founder Bernie Marcus plans to back Trump's re-election bid.  usatoday.com

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Reposted: Williams-Sonoma Vice President Loss Prevention, San Francisco, CA
First posted on the Daily on April 4th
Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. Our family of brands includes Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry.

The Vice President of Loss Prevention reports to the Company's General Counsel and is responsible for leading the organization's global asset protection and security efforts. You will collaborate effectively across the Company, partnering closely with leadership across all brands, both internal and external clients, and law enforcement when necessary. The position demands a substantial amount of independence; however, the successful candidate will operate as part of a close-knit team of supportive, open, and friendly professionals. recruiting.adp.com

Director Risk Management Posted for James Avery Artisan Jewelry
Based in Kerrville, TX

The Director of Risk Management will provide direction, oversight, leadership, strategic guidance and alignment of environmental, business continuity, industrial hygiene, safety, loss prevention, and security functions across the organization. recruiting2.ultipro.com

James Avery Artisan Jewelry is a vertically integrated, family owned company still located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We are a multi-channel retailer with 83 James Avery stores in five states. Our jewelry is also available in more than 215 Dillard's stores in Texas and in 28 additional states; and nationwide through JamesAvery.com. jamesavery.com

Back-to-school spending won't give retailers a boost
Deloitte projects spending will be relatively flat

Higher minimum wage forces restaurants to raise prices

Microsoft opens first retail store in Europe - just down the street from Apple

Florida Dunkin Donuts manager arrested for hiring fake employee, pocketing checks

California Lawmakers Ban Workplace Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

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Purple Heart Veteran & S-TRON Warehouse Logistics Manager Receives Gift of a Lifetime: A Mortgage-Free Home on Long Island

Pictured center, left to right, are Kevin Palacios, Warehouse Logistics Manager at S-TRON,
and Pete Matchull, President of S-TRON.

Kevin Palacios, the Warehouse Logistics Manager for S-TRON, received a gift he never could have expected on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The Fairway Foundation gave this twice-injured, Purple Heart vet the well-deserved gift of a mortgage-free home.

Steve Probst with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. said that the Fairway Foundation spent the last five years raising the $200,000 necessary to make this dream come true. The home was fully furnished and completely renovated.

Volunteers of the Foundation realize how incredibly difficult it is for our veterans to re-integrate into society after careers in the military and for many, the desire to own a home is simply a dream. Our military service members don't make huge salaries and need a place to live when they return home. Many of these veterans need special accommodations for injuries they received resulting from their military duty.

Palacios, a single father, admitted that finding housing has been difficult since getting out of the military in 2012. Wendy Lepkoff, a board member of the National Association of Remodeling Industry, explained that giving a free house to someone such as Palacios is just one way Americans can thank veterans for their sacrifice to our country. Kevin, we thank you for your service and that of millions of other military veterans.

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'Rapidly Maturing Cybercrime Economy'
Cyber-Attacks Cost Global Firms $45B in 2018
BEC a $1.3B Money Maker for Cyber-Criminals; Ransomware Losses Spike 60%

Cyber-criminals are getting better at monetizing their attacks, with $45bn lost last year alone in two million incidents, according to Internet Society's Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

The group's new Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report comprises information from the FBI, Risk Based Security, the Identity Theft Resource Center and other sources.

It paints the picture of a rapidly maturing cybercrime economy in which both tried-and-tested and emerging techniques are being used in highly effective ways to generate illicit profits for the black hats.

One example of this is ransomware: although overall infections declined 20% from 2017 figures, losses spiked by 60% as attackers focused on higher value business targets.

As reported by the FBI, Business Email Compromise (BEC) has also become a major money-maker for cyber-criminals, netting them $1.3bn in 2018 - double the figure of a previous year.

The report also warned of a 78% increase in digital supply chain attacks of the sort seen with groups using Magecart code to infect e-commerce sites. It claimed that two-thirds of organizations have suffered an attack costing on average $1.1 million, and estimated that half of all cyber-attacks last year involved the supply chain. infosecurity-magazine.com

GDPR Regulators Scrutinize Security Gaps in Setting Fines
U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said her office considered cybersecurity gaps, among other factors, in proposing that Marriott International Inc. and British Airways' parent company pay the biggest fines to date under Europe's data-privacy laws.

In an interview with WSJ Pro Cybersecurity, Ms. Denham said the companies' size, the number of people affected and the length of time that hackers had access to data before they were detected factored into the U.K. regulator's calculation of the potential fines, revealed this week.

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA faces a $230 million penalty for General Data Protection Regulation violations, while Marriott would be on the hook for $124 million related to poor security measures. Both companies disclosed the data breaches in question last year. Read full interview. WSJ Pro

Will California Privacy Law Be a Model for Other States?
When it goes into effect in 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act will give citizens of that state greater control over their personal data. Ginger Armbruster, the chief privacy officer for the city Seattle, believes this trend toward greater personal privacy will spread across the U.S.

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Fraud and Breach Summit in Seattle, Armbruster describes:

  • Why being compliant with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation does not mean your organization is ready for CCPA compliance;

  • How new demands for privacy are sweeping through the U.S.;

  • How businesses and government organizations are working together on privacy issues. govinfosecurity.com

US keeps Huawei on blacklist, but will allow licensed sales

Sheetz to Test Bitcoin ATMs

Retail's omnichannel future is Edge and IoT in-store, powered by Dell Technologies

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday addresses two actively exploited zero-days


Cashless future in Canada? Not so fast
Backlash could be similar to frustration over self-checkout

Chances are, you don't have cash on you right now. According to Payments Canada, there are steep declines in the frequency of cash use: 42% of Canadian consumers use cash less than four times a month, compared to 20% in 2018. While digital payments will no doubt continue to grow, not everyone is ready to make the leap into a cashless future.

While it's tough to say if a similar backlash would happen in Canada, there aren't a lot of retailers here rushing to adopt cashless, says Michael LeBlanc, senior retail advisor at Retail Council of Canada. "These aren't the days when you can turn customers away. I'm not sure why you would eliminate the potential of having customers in such a competitive marketplace." canadiangrocer.com

Beware of Craigslist gift card scam: More than $600 stolen by clever criminal
Victim Wants Home Depot to 'Tighten Up' Self-Checkout & Gift Card Transactions

A woman from Metro Vancouver has a word of advice for anyone trying to sell a gift card on Craigslist: beware of anyone asking for photos of key information from the card, which could help them to use the card without your knowledge. It began months ago when Sharon's grown daughter had initially tried to sell a $632 gift card for Home Depot on Craigslist. A person, posing as a buyer, was able to ask for just enough information like a partial photo of the card and its barcode - and then steal the entire amount.

Sharon has questions for Home Depot, like how the thief was able to use a photo of part of the barcode without a PIN, to clear the gift card of its value. The thief was able to use just enough information at a Surrey store self-checkout, and Sharon believes that's also a part of the problem. "I think they need to tighten up how they allow people go through self-checks and particularly a gift card." ctvnews.ca

It's Dominating in Canada Too!
Amazon Dominates Minds of Canadians Purchasing Online: Expert

The research, Rethink eCommerce by Reprise Digital, a digital marketing agency, found that in the last year 63 per cent of those surveyed used Amazon to discover a new product, 88 per cent were aware of Amazon's Prime program, and 42 per cent of Canadian households hold a Prime membership. retail-insider.com

Security is biggest IT priority for Canadian businesses, but limited budgets posing a challenge

Edmonton vape shop owners push back against police anti-vaping measures

Sask. justice minister urging feds to enforce on-reserve pot stores; says government should focus on drugs & dangs, not retail cannabis

Apple report reveals Canada had high number of legal requests in iTunes, credit card fraud

HBC should make store closures part of game plan, shareholder says

Giant Tiger Continues Rapid Canadian Store Expansion as it Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Sherwood Park, AB: RCMP investigating $500K theft from jewelry store
Strathcona County RCMP are investigating after thieves who broke in to a Sherwood Park jewelry store got away with more than $500,000 worth of new and consignment items. Sometime between late evening on May 20 and the early morning of May 21, "unknown suspects" broke into Gem Gallerie on Broadmoor Blvd., RCMP said in a news release Monday. Many of the items stolen were on consignment by people trying to sell their jewelry, Const. Chantelle Kelly said Monday. RCMP are asking the public to take notice of jewelry being sold online, or through other means, and contact Strathcona County RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they recognize any of the jewelry in the photos that police have released. cbc.ca

Chilliwack, BC: Mattress theft caught on video, shared to social
It shows two men with hoods inside the store and with smashed glass at their feet. They grab one of the display mattresses and make their way out of the open window. citynews1130.com

Ottawa: Man shot & killed outside restaurant

73 charged following massive probe into alleged GTA criminal network

Vancouver, BC: Chairs worth nearly $40K targeted by thieves at high-end store

Calgary, AB: Burglars make off with more than $20,000 in merchandise from charity store

Thunder Bay, ON: Thunder Bay Police Make Fast Work in Theft and Assault Incident at Walmart

Halton, ON: Suspects Sought After $135 in Merchandise Stolen from Bulk Barn

Barrie, ON: Police searching for suspect following reported laptop, iPad theft

Tagging troubles: Old Strathcona business owners frustrated by graffiti vandals


Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - North Bay, ON - Armed Robbery
Cannabis Store - Cold Lake, AB - Armed Robbery
Charity Store - Calgary, AB - Burglary
Gas Station - Saanich, BC - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store - Kitchener, ON - Armed Robbery
Jewelry Store - Sherwood Park, AB - Burglary

Jewelry Store - Napanee, ON - Burglary
Pet Store - Calgary, AB - Burglary/Puppies Stolen

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'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
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Assessing The Real-World Impact of LP Efforts
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A Solution Provider's & Manufacturer's View

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Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager, Axis Communications
Krista Monnin, Retail Innovation & Business Planning Team Leader,
Procter & Gamble & LPRC Board Member

In our 3rd episode, we speak with one industry-leading solution provider and one industry-leading manufacturer, who have both been heavily involved with the LPRC and overall industry development.

Krista Monnin, Retail Innovation & Business Planning Team Leader at Procter & Gamble & LPRC Board Member, talks about the parallels between her role with P&G and some of the LPRC's own objectives from a standpoint of covering anything on the shelf from theft to out-of-stocks.

Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager at Axis Communications, shares how the LPRC provides a safe environment where retailers and solution providers can come together and brainstorm, collaborate, and test and vet new solutions.

Learn why the LPRC's evidence-based approach takes solution providers from a "sales environment" to a "proving ground" based on facts and data.

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There's a surprise in these Amazon packages: A ticket to jail for would-be thieves
Anaheim Police use GPS bait boxes to nab porch pirates

The agency's use of GPS bait packages - it's the first in Orange County to go public with such a program - launched in May and is "in the infancy stage," Anaheim Sgt. Jon Yepes said, but the department has already made four arrests - and more are likely to follow.

Anaheim police only recently began counting package thefts separately from other burglaries, but Yepes said department data shows about 200 packages are reported stolen each year to police.

Amazon provided its recognizable "smile" boxes and branded packing tape, said Sgt. Darrin Lee, who along with Yepes heads the department's burglary and auto theft division.

Police fill the boxes with items worth at least $950 - the minimum that warrants a felony charge - and a GPS device that's about the size of a checkbook or smartphone. Then they find a porch with security cameras in a high-traffic area where people will see the package, and they wait.

Sometimes the sting pays off almost immediately. The week of the July 4 holiday, a bait box was snagged within five minutes. Software alerts police when the package has been moved and shows a real-time "breadcrumb trail," pinging the GPS unit every few seconds and marking its path of travel on an online map. ocregister.com

How in-app bot fraud ruins the online shopping experience
Bots affect all apps, everywhere-and ecommerce apps are no exception. There's a whole host of ways bots can sabotage them, including the following:

Swooping up high-demand products
Today's exclusive product drops or ticket releases can sell out in a matter of seconds, and it's often due to bots designed to scalp products in high demand. These can be programmed to swoop up products before legitimate users ever have a chance to click the Buy button. This forces legitimate customers to purchase these items at highly marked-up resale prices, creates a poor shopping experience with the brand, and disincentivizes loyal customers.

Staging log-in attacks
Bots leverage lists of stolen credentials to hack into user accounts, and once in, they can use these real accounts-along with saved credit card information-to buy products either from the account itself or through credit card skimming.

Skewing analytics metrics
Bots can dramatically skew your data-introducing huge spikes in traffic from particular regions, where these bots are programmed, and creating legitimate-looking interest in certain products. If undetected, the data can go on to skew retailers' feedback loops and retargeting strategies. digitalcommerce360.com

How big retailers have tried-and failed-to replicate Amazon's Prime Day boom: Data

5 things ecommerce retailers should learn from Amazon




Layton, UT: Recent Ross Stores thefts possibly tied to Multimillion Dollar
Criminal Enterprise

The recent arrests of three people in Layton for allegedly shoplifting at a Ross store may be tied to a much bigger racket, according to court documents. In March, Helix Rodrigeuz-Cepero, 30, Yunier Nodarse-Hernandez, 37, and Idalmys Rodriguez-Hernandez, 49, all of Florida, were arrested and later charged in Davis County's 2nd District Court with theft by receiving stolen property, a first-degree felony.

But the investigation into the trio continued after their arrests, according to a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit filed in June in 2nd District Court. When Cepero was arrested, Layton police found more than $7,000 worth of stolen merchandise in his car from the Ross store he allegedly just robbed, the warrant states, including 27 pairs of shoes. Investigators also found multiple receipts from Federal Express in the car "showing large amounts of packages being shipped to Florida," according to the warrant.

The jail report states that "hundreds of pounds of parcels (were) shipped from Colorado and Utah over the past several weeks. There were also receipts and documents showing that this group traveled from Florida stopping at cities along the way." Charging documents updated that figure to show more than 1,100 pounds of merchandise worth more than $30,000 were shipped to Florida by the group.

Police believe Cepero and his crew were stealing from stores across the nation, including Ross stores in Salt Lake County and Farmington, the warrant states, by removing security tags from merchandise and walking out with it. deseretnews.com

Houston, TX: Stolen Truck used to Crash Through Front of Apple Store; 2nd time in a year
Thieves used a stolen truck as a battering ram to crash through the glass entrance of an Apple store in Texas. It was around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday when the thieves crashed into the Apple store in Houston's Highland Village Shopping Center. A Harris County deputy working security was inside the store the pickup plowed over the concrete barriers outside and smashed through one of two glass entrances. According to police, the deputy confronted five people who jumped out of the truck, but the group still managed to steal several items before driving away. The truck was later found abandoned not far from the store. The deputy wasn't injured. cbslocal.com

Denver, CO: Team of 9 indicted for allegedly stealing from 77 victims,
52 companies in the Denver area

A group of nine Broomfield residents faces a total of 126 felony counts for stealing money, cars and identities from at least 77 people and 52 companies. The group stole mail and used the information enclosed to open credit cards in other peoples' names, according to an indictment released Tuesday by the Denver District Attorney's Office. They also stole at least a dozen vehicles - a total value of $294,000 - and spent tens of thousands of dollars on clothing, gift cards, prescription drugs and electronics, according to the prosecutor's office. They then used the money to buy heroin and methamphetamine, according to the indictment. denverpost.com

Marietta, GA: 9 accused in alleged $30K credit card refund scheme at Cobb farmers market
Nine people, including two women who were employed as cashiers, have been charged with stealing roughly $30,000 from the Austell International Farmers Market over a six-month period. According to arrest warrants obtained July 3 by the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Israa Mohamedeh Ayyad "conspired" with eight other people to apply $23,244.36 in refunds to 16 different credit cards from November 2018 to April of this year. Ayyad, of Marietta, allegedly used her cashier login information at the farmers market to make 146 fraudulent refunds, the arrest warrant states. ajc.com

Sugar Land, TX: Police seeking suspects in $20,000 Sam's Club thefts
Authorities are asking for help identifying two suspects they say used fraudulent credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars' worth of products in Fort Bend County. Sugar Land police say mail stolen from at least four residential mailboxes in Sugar Land from February through April was used to order the cards, which have been used to purchase more than $20,000 worth of products from Sam's Club stores in the region. fortbendstar.com

Chicago, IL: Bed, Bath and Beyond employee tied to $12,000 Vacuum cleaner theft
A Bed, Bath and Beyond loss prevention agent called police at 5:32 p.m. on July 5. Officers arrived at 215 Harlem Ave., and the employee told police he believed a theft was in progress. The man said he had witnessed another employee, Kenneth Reynolds, 32, of Chicago, walk out of the store with three vacuums.

On June 20, the employee said security cameras had captured Reynolds walk out of the store with two vacuums without paying. Bed, Bath and Beyond was missing $12,000 worth of vacuums. Eventually he was transported to the Forest Park Police Department, where he told officers he attempted to steal the vacuums by concealing them in the parking lot. forestparkreview.com

Ocala, FL: $500 of Red Bull stolen; four very hyper Dollar General thieves sought

Millburn, NJ: Neiman Marcus at Short Hills reports the theft of 4 handbags valued at $6,700

Paducah, KY: Two men wanted in theft of over $2,000 in gift cards, other items from Walmart

Vacaville, CA: 3 People Suspected Of Trying To Steal $1,000 Worth Of Alcohol From Target

Commack, NY: Suffolk Police seek to identify a perfume thief at Ulta Beauty; merchandise valued at over $900

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Shootings & Deaths

Charlotte, NC: Steak 'n Shake employee killed, 2 hurt in Armed Robbery
Darnell Harris, a long-time restaurant employee was killed and two other people were seriously hurt after gunfire erupted at a crowded south Charlotte Steak 'n Shake Tuesday. Officials said they responded around 11:30 a.m. to an armed robbery at the restaurant on South Boulevard, near Westinghouse Boulevard. Police said an employee at the Steak 'n Shake was shot and killed by a robbery suspect. Police confronted the suspect inside the restaurant and the situation spilled outside. At least one Pineville officer felt threatened and shot the suspect, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. wsoctv.com

Philadelphia, PA: Argument leads to man shot and killed outside C-Store
in Spring Garden

Police are searching for the suspects who gunned down a man at 6th and Callowhill streets in the city's Spring Garden section Monday night. Investigators said the perpetrators followed the man to that spot after an argument outside of a mini market. Police said the incident began around 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of 10th and Brown Streets. Police said at the intersection of 6th and Callowhill streets two gunmen fired off at least 17 shots into their car, hitting the man. 6abc.com

Couva, Trinidad and Tobago: Jewelry Store Security Guard kills Armed Robber, wounds second in shoot-out

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Philadelphia, PA: Flash Mob: Surveillance Video Shows Group Of About 60 Teens Vandalizing, Looting Walgreens
Philadelphia Police have released surveillance video showing a large group of young people running into a Walgreens store and causing thousands of dollars in damage last week. Investigators say the South Philadelphia incident happened at around 10 p.m. on Thursday and involved a large group of men and women who "look like teens." The group "stormed the Walgreens store" and "ran around knocking items off of the shelves," according to police. The video captured three men running through an aisle, knocking makeup off
store shelves. Another camera angle captured a larger group knocking other items off shelves.

"About 60 juveniles walked into the establishment and began removing things from the shelves, destroying property inside the store," Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew told the television station. Kinebrew added that the value of the stolen merchandise and the damage to the store totaled between $6,000 and $7,000. The injured clerk has been treated and released with cuts and bruises to his head, the station reported. foxnews.com


Philadelphia, PA: Man tried to rob a C-store at gunpoint but left when realized there wasn't enough cash to pay for daughter's operation
Surveillance video showed a man wielding a gun as he demanded cash from the woman behind the counter, Philadelphia's KYW-TV reported. The clerk said the man had at least a couple hundred dollars in his hand when he suddenly became "friendly" and said there was not enough money there to pay for the operation. foxnews.com

Mesa, AZ: Suspects in Gas Station Armed Robbery end up in canal
Police say a woman trying to make her getaway after an armed robbery drove her vehicle into a canal late Tuesday afternoon. According to the Mesa Police Department, the woman, who was detained at the scene, might have been involved in armed robbery at a Chevron in Mesa, near University and Stapley drives, more than 8 miles south of the canal. azfamily.com

Seattle: Man in wheelchair robs 7-Eleven, stands up and assaults 2 employees
Prosecutors said Jonathan Wendale Williams positioned himself at the front of the store to help an accomplice steal items, but was soon confronted by an employee. "The defendant was in a wheelchair but evidently that did not stop him from standing up from his wheelchair and violently assaulting two 7-Eleven employees." Police said Williams stood up from his chair, grabbed the employee by the neck and pushed him into a wall. A co-worker then attempted to intervene, but prosecutors said Williams continued punching the victim in the face before pushing the co-worker to the ground. kiro7.com

Albuquerque, NM: Uber driver unknowingly takes part in Gas Station Armed Robbery

Independence, MO: Off-Duty Police Officer struck by shoplifter's car fleeing Walmart

Harrison Township, OH: 12 Armed People involved in fight outside C-Store, female stabbed

San Antonio, TX: Men threaten, scuffle with 7-Eleven employee after use of counterfeit bill

Secaucus, NJ: Family employee charged with stealing at least $50K in cash from Marra Drugs

Evesham Township, NJ: Men swipe $2,400 from Apple store cash register by distracting employee

Kennewick, WA: Shoplift Trail Leads to 5 arrests on warrants, 1 in Hiding Falls Through Ceiling

UK: London: Gang of four moped robbers launch raid on Saint Laurent fashion store in London's Mayfair but flee empty handed


Credit Card Fraud

Providence, RI: Four Men Charged in Stolen Identity, Credit Card Fraud Scheme
According to the U.S. Attorney, the defendants participated in a conspiracy that ordered construction supplies and tools online, via telephone, or in person at or from home improvement stores. Stolen credit card information and stolen personal identifying information were used to pay for the items at pick-up. It is alleged that in each instance, an individual would provide payment information by telephone to store cashiers. The cashiers were unaware that the personal identifying information and credit card information provided for payment were stolen. According to the U.S. Attorney, it is alleged that the defendants carried out this scheme on multiple occasions in at least six stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, visiting some stores on multiple occasions. Purchases ranged from approximately $1,000 to more than $4,000. golocalprov.com

Casper, WY: Two men sentenced in Federal Court for Credit Card Fraud; ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution

Bridgeport, CT: Woman pleads guilty in Federal Court to Credit Card Fraud scheme; $25,000 and 37 victims



AT&T - Millburn, NJ - Robbery
Antique Store - Franklin County, PA - Burglary
Apple Store - Houston, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Virginia Beach, VA - Robbery
Dollar General - Limestone County, AL - Robbery
Family Dollar - Warren, MI - Armed Robbery
Fireworks Store - Goodyear, AZ - Robbery
Gas Station - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery
Gun Shop - Montgomery, AL - Burglary
Lowe's - Sonora, CA - Burglary
Metro PCS - Port St Lucie, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Pasco County, FL - Burglary
Rite Aid - Bridgeville, PA - Robbery
Valero - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery (Flash Mob)
Walgreens - San Diego, CA - Burglary
Walmart - Independence, MO - Robbery/ Assault on Police


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
6 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




None to report

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