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Eddie Foley, CFI promoted to Vice President of Loss Prevention for Tractor Supply Company

Eddie was previously the Director of Investigations and Loss Prevention Operations for Tractor Supply Company for over four years before this promotion. He started at Tractor Supply Company in 2003 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager, and two years later was promoted to Loss Prevention Operations Manager. He was also a LP Operations Manager for Saks Incorporated prior to joining the Tractor Supply team. Congratulations Eddie!

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It's 7-Eleven Day!

AP Leader Mark Stinde Joins Fox & Friends to celebrate 7-Eleven Day & Discuss 'Operation Chill'

7-Eleven VP of AP Mark Stinde stopped by Fox & Friends on Wednesday to discuss 'Operation Chill' and celebrate 7-Eleven's 91st birthday with free Slurpees.


Operation Chill, started over 20 years ago in Philadelphia, brings law enforcement together with the communities they serve by rewarding children for good behavior. When a kid commits a good deed, police officers give them a "ticket" for a free Slurpee. Stinde says they've given out millions over the span of the past two-plus decades.

"So far, since '95, we've given out 21 million coupons," he told Fox News. "1.4 million coupons this year with over 1,100 police agencies engaged."

"In any way we can engage the law enforcement community in our stores, and really working with them as a partner - this is a great program for us to do that," Stinde added.

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Free Slurpees all day, great deals all week!

To mark 7-Eleven's 91st birthday, the convenience chain will be giving out free Slurpees on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. They are also featuring a week-long "7 Deals in 7 Days," which includes all 7Rewards members receiving additional exclusive coupons as well as selects deals for a week.

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The Loss Prevention Research Council's IMPACT 2018 Agenda Is Now Available
The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) has released the agenda for their annual conference, taking place at the University of Florida, October 1 - 3. IMPACT was developed to help retailers and their solutions partners better employ research tools to assess the real-world effect their LP efforts have on sales, crime, and loss levels.

This year's theme is "Science. Practice. Results." The goal of IMPACT 2018 is to deliver practical research, rooted in rigorous scientific research methods, to aid organizations in selling more and losing less.

Event highlights include the Innovation Lab 5.0 unveiling and reception, 10 Learning Labs, live internal offender engagement, and much more.

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Appriss Retail Surpasses Milestone of 3 Billion Real-Time Transactions Processed
Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced it has processed more than 3 billion real-time requests for analytics-driven decisions. The achievement underscores the company's continued growth as the top provider of artificial intelligence solutions for major retailers. The company has return authorization solutions deployed in more than 34,000 stores in North America. 

The data gathered through the 3 billion transactions provides Appriss Retail with an unmatched understanding of shopping trends and patterns to help retailers improve customer service at the return counter, identify consumer behavior, optimize return rates, reduce fraud and shrink, and increase sales.

"The amount of transaction history our data scientists analyze every minute of every day is substantial. It allows us to build better analytical models to protect our clients and their customers, which is highly valuable for the retail industry," said Krishnan Sastry, president of Appriss Retail. "With billions of retail purchase and return transactions processed by Appriss Retail, our company has unsurpassed knowledge of shopping tendencies and associated patterns of fraud and risk." globenewswire.com

Arecont Vision LLC Asset Sale to Costar Technologies, Inc. Approved
Forms New Company - Arecont Vision Costar

Company Becomes Latest Component of Video Surveillance and Machine Vision Manufacturer
Arecont Vision®, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced today that the acquisition by Costar Technologies, Inc. (OTC markets Group: CSTI) of its assets has been approved by the bankruptcy court ("Court"). It is anticipated that the sale will close on July 13, 2018.

As previously announced, Arecont Vision initiated proceedings under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware in May, 2018 and has achieved its goal of moving through this process quickly.

After the closing of the sale, upon emergence the assets formerly operated by Arecont Vision will begin operating as Arecont Vision Costar, LLC and be part of Costar, a US corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a full range of proven products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets.

"Costar's family of companies, composed of CohuHD Costar, Costar Video Systems, Innotech, and IVS Imaging, is a great strategic fit for Arecont Vision providing synergies that can be leveraged to grow our business in new market verticals and product areas. Costar provides resources that will enable Arecont Vision to continue to innovate and lead the market," said Raul Calderon, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Arecont Vision. arecontvision.com

Lawmakers target Chinese security companies over spy fears
Hikvision Claims "Knee-Jerk Response to Anti-Chinese Red Scare"

Congress is weighing a ban on federal agencies using video surveillance equipment from two large Chinese companies, the latest sign of concerns about foreign espionage among lawmakers.

It's part of a broader trend. Across the government, the U.S. is moving away from foreign state-owned tech companies to prevent cyber spying.

But one of the companies named in the proposed ban is pushing back. Hikvision argues that the legislation - written into the House version of the annual defense authorization bill - is a knee-jerk response to an anti-Chinese "Red Scare."

"To my knowledge, and to my understanding, I've got a gut feeling that if we are not a Chinese company, this wouldn't be an issue at all," said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision's independent U.S. subsidiary, in an interview with The Hill.

"It's very difficult to prove ourselves not guilty of providing back doors to Chinese government or any source."

Its cameras have been purchased through middlemen for use on a U.S. military base, the American Embassy in Afghanistan and in a police department in Memphis, Tenn. Chris Nickelson, a Missouri-based contractor, touted Hikvision's products as top-quality cameras with "world-class" support.

Nickelson argues that a ban on Hikvision products would actually harm small American businesses like his.

But Hikvision's parent company's close ties to the Chinese government - a state-run enterprise owns a controlling 42 percent share - and its participation in an extensive state surveillance program in China have raised questions about whether its U.S. arm can be trusted. thehill.com Read full article on second page

Papa John's controversial founder reportedly used the N-word on a conference call about the chain's response to the NFL's national anthem protests
Papa John's founder and ex-CEO John Schnatter allegedly used the N-word during a conference call, causing a marketing agency to start severing ties with the pizza chain, Forbes reports. businessinsider.com

Ex-QVC exec gets 30 months in prison for $1M fraud scheme
Two Vendors Sending Fake & Altered Invoices

A former executive at the West Chester-based online shopping giant QVC Tuesday was sentenced to 30 months in jail for his role in an elaborate scheme to rip off the shopping network to the tune of more than $1 million. James D. Falkowski, 42, of Buffalo, New York, whose job it was to improve the network's brand in the entertainment and fashion industries, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Falkowski - a director from 2008 until his termination in 2013 used his position at QVC to embezzle and fraudulently obtain from the network more than $1 million worth of money, goods, and services, all without QVC's knowledge or approval. These luxuries included hundreds of thousands of dollars of first-class travel, hotel and resort stays, spa treatments, dining at upscale restaurants, luxury clothing and accessories, and personal medical treatments, such as Botox treatment.

To hide his actions from QVC, Falkowski created fake invoices purporting to be from The Four Seasons Hotels, luxury car service companies, and other vendors in order to deceive QVC into paying for Falkowski's fraud. Falkowski also enlisted the assistance of two QVC vendors to help him defraud QVC. Those two vendors - Los Angeles-based public relations agency The Steinberg Group, doing business as "dOMAIN," and a New York City-based production management company - agreed to submit fraudulently altered invoices and bills to QVC in order to hide Falkowski's embezzlement, according to the federal charges. delcotimes.com

Apple Security Stops Corporate Espionage & Busts Chinese Developer
Ex-Apple developer charged with stealing self-driving car trade secrets

U.S. authorities on Monday charged a former Apple Inc employee with theft of trade secrets, alleging that the person downloaded a secret blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop and later trying to flee the country, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

The complaint said that the former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, disclosed intentions to work for a Chinese self-driving car startup and booked a last-minute flight to China after downloading the plan for a circuit board for the self-driving car. Authorities arrested Zhang on July 7 at the San Jose airport after he passed through a security checkpoint.

"Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously," Apple said in a statement. "We're working with authorities on this matter and will do everything possible to make sure this individual and any other individuals involved are held accountable for their actions."

The criminal complaint says Zhang was hired to develop software and hardware for Apple's autonomous vehicle project, where he designed and tested circuit boards to analyze sensor data.

When Zhang returned from paternity leave after visiting family in China, near the end of April he told his supervisor he planned to resign, move back to China and work for Xiaopeng Motors, an intelligent electric vehicle company headquartered there with offices in Silicon Valley, the complaint says.

Zhang's supervisor called in Apple security officials, who discovered that Zhang had run extensive searches of secret databases and had come on to Apple's campus on April 28, when he was supposed to be on paternity leave, the complaint alleges.

While on campus, the complaint alleges, Zhang took circuit boards and a computer server from a self-driving car hardware lab, and his Apple co-workers showed him a "proprietary chip."

Zhang also allegedly downloaded data to a personally owned computer, including a 25-page secret blueprint for circuit board for a self-driving car, which investigators described as "the single file" that "serves as the basis for the instant criminal charge." msn.com

Employers that lack a sexual harassment policy risk losing candidates
Nearly half (48%) of job seekers said hearing about a sexual harassment incident at a potential employer would discourage them from applying for a job and 63% said it's important to know about a company's sexual harassment policy before submitting an application, according to a new Jobvite study. The study, "Harassment and Bullying at Work," found that the majority of job seekers polled in the survey said they would at least consider leaving a company where the workplace felt threatening. 

Most jobseekers and workers find harassment and bullying intolerable, but nearly more workers are bullied than sexually harassed in the workplace, the report said. The survey found that 14% of employees were bullied at work, compared with 9% who were sexually harassed.

On bullying, survey results show that of the 14% of employees who were bullied at work, the abusers were often managers (57%). Bullying is less likely to be reported than sexual harassment, with 58% of job seekers who were bullied in the last two years not reporting the abuse, compared with 33% who didn't report harassment.

Employees leave work environments that are hostile and job seekers routinely rule out working for companies with poor reputations (especially if such issues are talked about online) - giving HR even more impetus to follow up with reported situations of abuse and make public their efforts to combat it. retaildive.com

New York City murders jump 8%, but shootings drop, in first half of year: police
While overall crime was down by 1.8% for the year, there have been 147 murders across the city in the first six months of 2018 - 11 more than the same time last year, which was considered the safest on record for the Big Apple. "The Bronx is driving the murder year to date with 51 homicides," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. "We've made arrests in 33 of those cases."

"Roughly 30% of the killings are gang-related," Monahan added.

The number of reported rapes have increased by 33% this year.

"We've been encouraging people to come out and report so when it goes up, that's actually a good thing because more people are coming forward," Monahan said. "Especially in the domestic violence cases. Those are the ones that never come forward." nydailynews.com

The World's Biggest Security & Surveillance Market
Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In some cities, cameras scan train stations for China's most wanted. Billboard-size displays show the faces of jaywalkers and list the names of people who don't pay their debts. Facial recognition scanners guard the entrances to housing complexes. Already, China has an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras - four times as many as the United States.

Such efforts supplement other systems that track internet use and communications, hotel stays, train and plane trips and even car travel in some places.

"This is potentially a totally new way for the government to manage the economy and society," said Martin Chorzempa, a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  "The goal is algorithmic governance," he added.

Mr. Xi has launched a major upgrade of the Chinese surveillance state. China has become the world's biggest market for security and surveillance technology, with analysts estimating the country will have almost 300 million cameras installed by 2020. Chinese buyers will snap up more than three-quarters of all servers designed to scan video footage for faces, predicts IHS Markit, a research firm. China's police will spend an additional $30 billion in the coming years on techno-enabled snooping, according to one expert quoted in state media.

Government contracts are fueling research and development into technologies that track faces, clothing and even a person's gait. Experimental gadgets, like facial-recognition glasses, have begun to appear. In China, snooping is becoming big business. As the country spends heavily on surveillance, a new generation of start-ups have risen to meet the demand. nytimes.com

Fairview TN: Lawsuit: Police Officer Falsely Arrested Man For Shoplifting Over Personal Grudge; suing City and Walmart
A man said a police officer with a grudge arrested him for shoplifting even though he didn't steal a thing. According to a complaint, a Hickman County man was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting at the Walmart in Fairview. Staley Forsythe said he was targeted by his adopted son's biological father who happens to be a Fairview Police Officer. Forsythe's attorney claims Dutton falsely identified Forsythe as the man that stole $117.98 worth of stuff from Walmart. Charges against Forsythe were dropped when surveillance video from a local restaurant revealed he couldn't have been at Walmart at the time of the crime. Forsythe is suing Officer Dutton, the City of Fairview, Walmart, and a Walmart loss prevention employee. newschannel5.com

Why You Should Blow Up Your Best Practices
Many common corporate activities and thought processes actually promote mediocrity and inhibit needed business-model transformations, a new book contends.

What if it turned out that best practices were not "best" after all? What if adhering to best practices actually signaled a company's mediocrity?

Those aren't frivolous or absurd musings. They're central tenets of a quite serious new book, "Detonate" (Wiley, May 2018). It aims to help organizations "spot traditional business activities that need to be questioned" during an era when business is increasingly defined by disruption.

"The entire concept of best practices, by definition, means that you're doing the same thing as your competitors," write the authors, Geoff Tuff, a leader in Deloitte's innovation and applied design practices, and Steven Goldbach, the firm's U.S. chief strategy officer. cfo.com

Walmart to open more convenience stores in D-FW - For a Total of 7
The stores are in Supercenter parking lots that didn't already have gasoline pumps. No free-standing locations are planned for now, Hatfield said. Each store has eight fuel pumps and will be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. dallasnews.com

Lord & Taylor laying off another 83 workers at its major home fashion division

Target Takes Down Website posting for Asset Protection Director

Apple Stores Across the Country Targeted in Brazen 'Flash Mob' Robberies

Rite Aid Sends Letter to Shareholders "Urging" Voting FOR Merger with Albertsons

Fabletics will open 75 new stores in big growth push

Target expands Drive Up to 200 more stores - now in 800

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Three reasons biometric technology will be a strategic priority for people management
75% of Millennials & 87% of Adults Now Comfortable with Biometric Tech
In addition to improving security, biometrics can also save company time by eliminating complicated passwords.

Today, fingerprint, facial and iris scanners are used not just to unlock our phones but also to register to buy tickets, make payments, as well as creating new opportunities for retail. 

With 75% of millennials now comfortable using biometrics and 87% of all adults saying they'll be comfortable with these technologies in the future, it will be no different in the workplace. With biometric technologies set to streamline many work processes, increase security and ultimately create a happier workplace.  

We believe these are the key reasons biometric technology will become a strategy priority in the workplace. But how will this happen? And are there examples of it happening already?

1. Saving time and money in hiring

For companies that need to hire a lot of employees fast (seasonal, rapid turnover etc.), biometric checks during the screening process can flag up problems with new hires and even stop an employer breaking the law by hiring an illegal worker. Collecting and verifying Right-to-Work Documents can be the bane of many HR departments lives, but a biometric pre-screening service will make this process simple and fast.

Such systems also allow remote onboarding, thus avoiding expensive trips, especially for those relocating, just to deliver documents. All this frees up time and money for the employer and the employees. 

Using NFC to read and then validate the chip on a passport remotely, against something such as a selfie, is a great example of technology helping to save time and money. Although currently only possible on Android phones, this capability really ramps up the ability identify customers and employees accurately. itportal.com Continue reading on page 2

Mega breaches' take a big toll on the bottom line
The average cost of a data breach globally is $3.86 million, a 6.4% increase from 2017. However, hidden costs associated with mega breaches are causing additional financial damage, according to "The 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study," from IBM Security.

According to data, mega breaches - which range from 1 million to 50 million lost records - cost companies between $40 million and $350 million, respectively. One-third of the cost of mega breaches were derived from lost business. This equates to nearly $118 million for breaches of companies with 50 million lost records. chainstoreage.com

Businesses Struggle to Build 'Security-First' Culture
More than half of businesses base their cybersecurity investments solely on today's known risks and security needs. That's a good move for defending against modern cyberattacks but won't help much with attacks on the horizon, experts say.

Businesses who want to fully defend against these future threats need to let security influence the entire organization and stop letting the CISO and their team operate in silos.

"Companies today are waging war with outdated, backward-looking battle plans," researchers report in a new Accenture study entitled "Securing the Future Enterprise Today - 2018." The study polled 1,400 C-suite executives, including CISOs, to learn about current and future cyber risks and what companies are doing to prepare for cyberattacks they know will happen.

Consider the insider threat. Accidental and malicious insiders pose a growing risk to enterprise security, yet only 40% of experts polled say building or expanding an insider threat program is a high priority. It's imperative for CISOs and the C-suite to get on the same page when it comes to infosec, says Kelly Bissell, Accenture managing director and security global lead. darkreading.com

Ticketmaster Breach Part of Massive Payment Card Hacking Campaign
Threat actor Magecart has infiltrated over 800 e-commerce sites with card skimming software installed on third-party software components, RiskIQ says.

Cybersecurity vendor RiskIQ's investigation of a recently disclosed breach at Ticketmaster UK showed that the online ticket seller is just one of hundreds of victims of a huge campaign to steal payment card data by a threat group called Magecart. In Ticketmaster's case, Magecart installed the card-skimming malware in a customer support software component from third-party supplier Inbenta. darkreading.com



Innovators in EAS, Video & RFID


WG Security has made its mark in the industry as being the solution provider for chronic shortage problems for many retailers who look to them for answers. Ed Wolfe, Vice President of Business Development for WG, gives us a few examples of the chronic problems they've helped their customers solve, and tells us about the development of the Ninja Tag, their remote monitoring capabilities, and the new 5-alarm tag program WG developed.


Tony D'Onofrio of Tyco Retail Solutions Predicts the Future of Retail

Tony D'Onofrio - Chief Customer Officer for Tyco Retail Solutions, Top 20 Retail Influencer on LinkedIn, and Digital Futurist - talks about where shopping is headed in 2020 and beyond. Learn about the importance of social media platforms, tips on professional branding, and a few travel tips to help you along the way.




European Amazon Workers Strike and Urge Prime Day Boycott
Will the US Follow Suit?

Amazon's European workforce is fed up, so it's taking action during the site's biggest week of the year.

Spanish employees at the e-commerce giant launched a general strike on Tuesday that is expected to last through Prime Day next week. Workers in Italy, France, Germany, Poland and England are also taking part.

The strike is calling for "health and decent jobs," along with benefits for all Amazon employees. They claim their "struggles against the abuses" of Amazon have gone ignored for too long. Each nation has a particular grievance against Jeff Bezos' behemoth.

"In the rest of the world, Amazon is making history but hardly distributes its millions in profits," the disgruntled workers write. "Only if we struggle together will we gain recognition for our demands. Only with a joint action at a European level will workers organize in those places where there is no union representation yet."

There's no indication that Amazon's American workers are taking part in this effort, but they have plenty of complaints of their own. observer.com

Alibaba Dominates e-Commerce Sales in China With 58% Market Share
Followed by JD.com which secured a 16.3% share of all retail e-commerce sales.

Together the two e-commerce giants account for three-quarters of the market, however, the report reveals they are facing fresh competition from the likes of electronic retailer Suning, which accounts for 2% of e-commerce sales and online discount fashion site Vipshop, which holds 1.8% of the market. thedrum.com

Fast-growing Detroit startup StockX sniffs out fake sneakers
The pair of allegedly rare Air Jordan sneakers arrived last month to the bunker-like Authentication Center of StockX, a Dan Gilbert-backed company that is one of Detroit's fastest-growing startups.

If these shoes were authentic, they might fetch $500 on StockX's online marketplace, which functions like a stock market for the re-selling of hard-to-find sneakers, sportswear, watches and handbags.

One of the center's "authenticators" took a whiff of the Jordans and immediately knew something was off. Smell is one of the 25 to 30 indicators they can use to distinguish a legit shoe from a cheap knockoff.

This army of dozens of merchandise authenticators form the backbone of StockX and its effort to become the world's leading resale marketplace for scarce consumer goods.

Weeding out replica sneakers from authentic originals is key to StockX's business model.
The company guarantees that the merchandise it ships is "100 percent authentic." So if too many knockoffs were to get through and customers then complained on social media, StockX's brand would suffer.

When StockX started two years ago, about 15 percent of the sneakers it received from sellers turned out to be replicas or fakes. Nowadays, the company says that figure is down to about 2 percent.

StockX bans sellers from its platform that willfully or repeatedly attempt to sell fakes. Would-be buyers whose orders are stopped by the discovery of a fake get refunds if no similar item is available.

StockX sneakers authenticators go through a 90-day training period. They study a company "fake book" showing telltale signs of knockoffs. They also examine actual fake sneakers that StockX encountered in the past, such as the infamous "Yeezy Supremes." (Such a shoe was never officially released.) freep.com

Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers

Study: Prime Day to give back-to-school spending a big boost

Whole Foods Market to usher in Prime Day with early sales-and money back

Etsy Starts Rolling Out New Subscription Plan Called Plus




Chilean Nationals Suspects in Organized Retail Theft Crew - Thousands stolen from Victoria Secret
On July 5, 2018, Thousand Oak Police Department Patrol responded to the Victoria's Secret, located in the Oaks Mall at 248 West Hillcrest Drive, for a theft call. The patrol deputy conducted an initial investigation and determined that approximately $3,150.00 in store merchandise had been stolen.

Thousand Oaks Police Department Detectives conducted an investigation and learned that four suspects, working in male/female couples entered the store. One couple acted as a distraction to the Victoria's Secret sales associates while the other couple concealed merchandise in a shopping bag and exited the store.

On July 6, 2018 at approximately 1400 hours, detectives located the four suspects at a motel in the City of Mission Hills, California. All four suspects were arrested and identified as Rodrigo Gajardo, Felipe Viveros, Ursula Guerut, and Anastassia Saavedra. All four suspects are Chilean Nationals that do not have family or residence in the United States.

A search warrant was obtained and served on the two motel rooms occupied by the four suspects. As a result, numerous articles of stolen clothing, hundreds of removed security sensors, and shopping bags lined with aluminum foil were seized.

All four suspects were transported back to Ventura County and booked into Jail. citizensjournal.us

Tulare County, CA: Nearly $23,000 worth of cigarettes stolen from Dollar General and several C- stores
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is searching for the suspects who burglarized several convenience stores in Tulare County. The crimes span from April to July. The sheriff's office believes they could all be related, as the suspects were dressed in similar clothes each time. yourcentralvalley.com

Johnson City, TN: 2 Women charged in $7,000 Ulta Beauty theft
Two women from Jonesville, VA have been arrested by the Johnson City Police Department and charged with one count of theft of property over $1,000. The charges stem from a report filed with JCPD alleging that the women, identified as Marie Slayton, 54 and Rebecca Sexton, 59, entered Ulta Beauty at the Johnson City Mall earlier this month and stole merchandise, valued at more than $7,000, according to JCPD. wjhl.com

Update: Millcreek, PA: Cleveland trio face trial in Verizon Armed Robbery; merchandise valued at over $12,000
Millcreek Police charge that the three conspired to rob the Verizon Wireless store on Peach St. of merchandise, and that McCutchen entered the store and confronted the manager with a gun before Kendricks entered the store and the two took nearly $12,000 worth of merchandise. The Pennsylvania State Police spotted the car traveling on Interstate 90 and attempted to stop it, and a pursuit ensued before the getaway car crashed into a cannon in the middle of downtown Girard, according to testimony Tuesday morning. goerie.com

Shreveport, LA: Trio seen on camera stealing from Home Depot
The Home Depot Store in the 100 block of East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop reported a theft of nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise from their store May 30. The trio of alleged suspects was captured on video and investigators are releasing the footage in hopes of getting them identified. shreveporttimes.com

Lilburn, GA: Children used to steal 87 used car batteries from Walmart
The heist happened around 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday at the Walmart in Lilburn. Authorities said 87 batteries were stolen. Capt. Scott Bennett said a warrant has been issued for Dino Vlado. Police say Dino Vlado broke into the storage area, one of the women and the girls helped load the van. Authorities said the group has been seen in other areas of the county allegedly panhandling. Bennett said Vlado is also wanted in Gwinnett County in connection with a hit-and-run investigation. 11alive.com

Great Falls, MT: Walmart Tire Department Manager accused of embezzlement
The former manager of the tire department at Wal-Mart in Great Falls has been charged with embezzling more than $2,000 from the store. Christopher Hill, 32, was charged Tuesday with felony theft in Cascade County Justice Court. On Monday, Great Falls police responded to Wal-Mart, where an employee reported having completed his own investigation into an alleged embezzlement. The employee's documents reportedly showed Hill had altered work orders, which indicated he had charged customers no money for service and merchandise, totaling a $2,388 loss for the store. Hill reportedly admitted to helping a friend, but said the tires were given away as part of a warranty, according to police. greatfallstribune.com

Mesa, AZ: Man steal $1,400 worth of Fish Hooks from Sportsman's Warehouse
Police say that on five occasions, 50-year-old Salvatore Anastasi went into the store and shoplifted fishing hooks. He would later employ people to return the hooks for gift cards. Mesa police report that from June 19 until July 2, the Sportsman's Warehouse had over $1,400 in fishing hooks stolen. abc15.com

Melbourne, FL: Grab & Run with $15,000 ring from Dillard's at Melbourne Square Mall

Daytona Beach, FL: Woman arrested after she attempted to steal $600 worth of items from local supermarket

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Shootings, Threats & Deaths

Marlboro County, SC: Fight leads to shooting at a Stop n Shop parking lot
Two men got into an fight Tuesday afternoon and one of them was shot, according to McColl Police Chief Billy Stubbs. The fight happened the Stop n Shop in the McColl area of Marlboro County. One man was hospitalized. wpde.com

Roswell, GA: Upset customer points gun at Sprint store after being denied upgrade

Robberies & Thefts

Atlanta, GA: Burglary Crew sought in string of Gwinnett, DeKalb break-ins
A three-man burglary crew has been targeting businesses across Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, Gwinnett County police said. The group initially stole $76,000 in cash and property from three Norcross businesses in a 45-minute crime spree on June 12. Since then, Gwinnett County police believe they have committed burglaries in seven jurisdictions including Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, Brookhaven, Chamblee and DeKalb County. ajc.com

Madison, WI: $10,000 worth of jewelry, merchandise found 4 feet underwater; Burnie's Rock Shop burglary
City Engineers helped Police find $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and merchandise in a creek. Officials recovered merchandise that had been stolen from Burnie's Rock Shop Tuesday morning in Starkweather Creek. The jewels and stolen goods was found in a small bag under 4 feet of water and mud. The suspect, Richard E.Lynch, told Detective Tracie Jokala he had left the bag in a sewer outlet near a bridge over the creek. When officials checked the site, the water was high so Jokala said she "called in another favor from City Engineering." channel3000.com

Sterling Height, MI: A stolen Pharmacy safe fell out of a truck during a Police chase
The police were called to a burglary at the Sunshine Pharmacy and were able to track the truck using a GPS system in the safe. Until it fell out of the truck. Dash cam video shows a black GMC pickup truck weaving from one lane to another. Police called off the chase but found the truck later in Detroit. wtol.com

Spring, TX: ATF arrest 2 in Gun Shop Burglary Spree; dozens of weapons stolen, only 9 recovered

Several counties seeking man suspected of leading tire theft ring

Baltimore, MD: Police restructures Burglary Detectives to Patrol; 35 burglary detectives moved to address shortages in patrol divisions

Augusta, GA: Dollar General employee busted for $1,200 theft


Philadelphia, PA: $1M in Counterfeit Replica Super Bowl Rings Seized
On June 29, Philadelphia's division of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confiscated 108 such bogus commemoratives, with the would-be products representing many winners of the Big Game. promomarketing.com


Fire & Arson

Morganfield, KY: Two indicted in alleged Walmart arson
Two people have been indicted for an alleged arson that occurred at Morganfield's Walmart in late May. According to an indictment list issued from a Union County grand jury on Tuesday, Zachary Dennis and Taylor James Shelton have each been indicted on charges of arson, first-degree burglary and first-degree wanton endangerment. thegleaner.com

Sentencings & Charges

Charlotte, NC: Man sentenced to 15 years for Hobbs Act Armed Robbery of a Pawn Shop


Boost Mobile - Warren, OH - Robbery
C-Store - Jackson, MS - Burglary
C-Store - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Cameron, NC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - West Hartford, CT - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Family Dollar - Merrillville, IN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Ozark, AL - Armed Robbery
Habitat for Humanity - Eau Claire, WI - Burglary
McDonald's - Edison, NJ - Armed Robbery
Non Profit Center - Pawleys Island, SC - Burglary
O'Reilly Auto - Apple Valley, CA - Robbery
Rite Aid - Visalia, CA - Robbery
Tobacco Store - Northfield, MN - Burglary
7-Eleven - Troy, MI - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings










Ever Aguirre
named Asset Protection Investigator for Victoria's Secret (Pentagon City - Arlington, VA)

Jennifer Underwood
named Loss Prevention Manager for Amazon

Dale Loope
promoted to Regional Security Investigator for Qurate Retail Group

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Going beyond your job description and taking responsibility for things outside your scope broadens your "runway" and quite frankly we hear that term all the time when it comes to defining an executive's future. It's not the job that's defining you, it's your own perceptions of what you can do that determines how far you go. Opening your mind and embracing what you don't know will allow you to change your own perceptions and thus lengthen your runway. And in today's environment where we've all been stretched, you've got to be focused on the value you're adding to the company you're working for. If you can focus there and be able to specifically list the value you're adding, odds are, regardless of what happens to the company your working for, you'll do great!

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