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Secret Service Outlines Warning Signs for Mass Attacks in US
91 Killed in 27 Mass Attacks Across 18 States in 2018
In a new report that identifies trends and warning signs of mass attacks, the Secret Service identified 27 attacks across 18 states where 91 people were killed and 107 injured in mass attacks in 2018. The report noted that nearly all the attackers made some type of threatening or concerning communication prior to the attack, nearly a third had histories related to domestic violence, and all but two of the attacks were committed by men. One additional trend was noted among attackers--two-thirds of the attackers had a history of mental health issues, including depression or suicidal behavior. edmdigest.com

Workplace violence affects 2 million Americans per year
About 2 million American workers annually are victims of workplace violence. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines workplace violence as "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite."

Media accounts of tragic and sensational violent acts by disgruntled fellow workers certainly capture attention. But such cases make up a relatively small percentage of workplace violence events. More often, the problem stems from outside the workplace. Robberies by outsiders far outnumber violent acts by fellow workers.

Employee safety is the main reason to take such precautions, but workplace violence poses an economic price tag as well. The private Workplace Violence Research Institute estimates the annual cost of violence in the workplace to be $36 billion. advantagenews.com

Sydney security firm an alleged 'front' for $80M organized crime syndicate
Linked to crime groups in Australia and abroad

A couple who operated a south-west Sydney security firm have been arrested over their alleged role in running the business as a "front" for an $80 million money laundering syndicate linked to organised crime groups in Australia and abroad. Gagandeep Pahwa, 30, was taken by surprise when he was met by detectives as he arrived at the Guildford office of Assure Protection Services on Thursday.

It is understood the operation is alleged to involve the physical collection of cash by the security business, which offers security services for retail, industrial and commercial industries. The collected cash was then moved through a series of financial transactions in order to disguise its origins and to "give it legitimacy," police said. The cash was then allegedly withdrawn and returned to organised crime syndicates or remitted offshore.

Investigators seized around $400,000 in cash at Guildford, a number of money counting machines, a small amount of drugs, computers, three vehicles and designer clothing. Mr Pahwa's domestic partner and the director of the company behind the security business, Gopali Prtha Dahl, 30, was also arrested, along with another 29-year-old employee.

The trio were targeted by investigators from the NSW Criminal Groups Squad, as part of a long-running and complex investigation into an alleged money laundering syndicate that is believed to have handled $80 million in the space of three to four years. smh.com.au

What the CFO's Are Reading
"DOJ Puts C-Suite Execs in Crosshairs"

DOJ: "While pursuit of criminal and civil remedies against corporations is important, we should always focus on the individuals responsible for misconduct."

The Shift in Focus to Individuals

Stating a nationwide policy, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made clear the new approach: "While pursuit of criminal and civil remedies against corporations is important, we should always focus on the individuals responsible for misconduct. Cases against corporate entities allow us to recover fraudulent proceeds, reimburse victims, and deter future wrongdoing. But the deterrent impact on the individual people responsible for wrongdoing is sometimes attenuated in corporate prosecutions."

He continued: "The most effective deterrent to corporate criminal misconduct is identifying the people who commit crimes and sending them to prison. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a corporate resolution should not protect individuals from criminal liability."

To that end, executives need to be certain that their companies:

  • Have aggressive anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in place;

  • Regularly review and confirm that their procedures adequately facilitate the detection of misconduct by subordinates;

  • Act quickly and diligently on any "red flags" brought to their attention; and

  • Document compliance with relevant laws, regulations and corporate procedures through traceable forms of communications. (For example, if a government investigation is commenced, it is imperative that senior executives can trace corporate communications and identify any breakdowns in control protocols).

Finally, executives must be aware that their corporate communications, whether with their general counsel or company counsel, are not necessarily privileged. Although it is true that communications with general counsel and company counsel are likely covered by attorney-client privilege, the company, not the corporate individual, is entitled to the privilege. Therefore, the company may choose to waive its privilege and share all relevant communications with authorities without permission from the individual who made the communications. cfo.com

Editor's Note: The opioid epidemic and subsequent federal investigations are changing the legal landscape for corporate America well beyond the pharmaceutical industry itself. And compliance groups need to be aware of the DOJ's new stance. The article is worth the read.

Armored Truck Spills $175K Onto Atlanta Highway
Police Want it Back After Drivers Stopped to Grab It

An armored truck's door sprang open Tuesday night on Interstate 285 on the north side of Atlanta, spilling cash across the highway. While the truck was making it rain, drivers pulled over to join in a literal cash grab. The armored truck company estimated the unintended gift at $175,000, the Dunwoody Police Department said.

Those driving past got out their phones and shot video of cars and trucks pulling over, with people jumping out to try to scoop up bills blowing in the wind. Police responded around 8 p.m. to 911 calls that more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the busy interstate to pick up money that had fallen off an armored vehicle. cnn.com

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First hurricane watch of 2019 issued as potential Hurricane Barry is expected to strike Louisiana
The first hurricane watch of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season was issued at 5 p.m. Wednesday as the blob of storms and clouds in the northern Gulf of Mexico continues to organize gradually, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, which would be named Barry if and when, as is expected, it intensifies to tropical storm status, is on a path to make landfall as a likely Category 1 hurricane. According to the hurricane center's latest forecast and cone graphic, issued Wednesday at 5 p.m., Barry is predicted to make landfall somewhere between the mouth of the Mississippi River and eastern Texas.sun-sentinel.com

Check out this Daily Special Report on how retailers respond to major hurricanes.

What the CFO's Are Reading
Calculate the Real Cost of Catastrophe

One of the most insidious threats to corporate value is sudden disruption from events like fire, hurricane, flood, earthquake, or cyberattack - disruption that is ostensibly insured. The problem is, there's always a portion of that kind of loss that's uninsured. We tend to be vaguely aware of this risk, but rarely do we put numbers to it.

Hidden Loss
In two examples, whether it's a flood or a cyberattack, damaged companies often rely too heavily on the coverage provided by their insurance. Although the insurance covered some of the damage, it did not make the organizations whole. It would have been more cost-effective for those companies to invest upfront in loss prevention and business continuity efforts.

Formerly Nebulous Risks
Although these losses in value should not surprise CFOs, the conversation around uninsured loss has largely been under the radar and definitely in the abstract. I believe that illustrating this phenomenon and quantifying the risk of uninsured loss can help CFOs make better strategic decisions - before learning the hard way. To quantify the risk of lost enterprise value in a disruption, we developed the total financial loss model. In quantifying risk, this model effectively calculates the true value of resilience.

Modeling the Total Loss -- Seeing the Impact -- Read more  cfo.com

WOW - Goldman Sachs Gets Bullish on Big Box Retailers
Best Retail Stock News in Years

In a world of retail "winners and losers" Goldman Sachs is betting on big-box retailers it feels will shoot up over the next year.

Goldman Sachs recommends Target, Costco, Home Depot and Walmart among others because of their strong market share growth, defensiveness against an unknown trade war with China and years of investments finally paying off.

Target is Goldman's "best idea," because of sustained strong comp growth "accompanied by ongoing store closures and bankruptcies of other brick and mortar retailers," said McShane.

BJ's, Lowes, National Vision, O'Reilly Automotive, Tractor Supply, and William-Sonoma are also on Goldman Sachs' "buy" list.

"We are at an inflection point for several companies where we are starting to see a resumption of operating income dollar growth; demonstrating not only the strong top line execution but also a point of leveraging years of investment to become true omni-channel retailers," Goldman Sachs's Kate McShane said in a note to clients on Thursday. cnbc.com

Bed Bath & Beyond to Review Assets & Reorganize
"Bed Bath & Beyond has now posted negative comps for 12 of the past 13 quarters. Operating loss totaled $406.8 million, from a profit of $81.2 million a year ago. Net income fell to a whopping $371 million from a profit of $43.6 million one year prior.

Interim-CEO Mary Winston, who took the helm in May following Steven Temares' departure, outlined a four-part strategic plan Wednesday, which includes reviewing its assets. In addition to its namesake brand, the company operates Cost Plus World Market, BuyBuy Baby, Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon Face Values, andThat!, PersonalizationMall and One Kings Lane.

The move could bode particularly well with the company's shareholders, who in April urged Bed Bath and Beyond to sell its underperforming assets, namely Cost Plus World Market, PersonalizationMall and Christmas Tree Shops, with the possibility of a BuyBuy Baby sale, too.

Bed Bath & Beyond is "in the process of evaluating the various retail banners [it operates] to better understand their strategic and financial contributions to the portfolio," she said. "Following this review, we will determine the appropriate next steps."

In addition to reviewing its assets, Winston also noted that the company is looking to stabilize its sales and drive topline growth, reset its cost structure and refine its organizational structure. retaildive.com

Angry Customers & More Lawsuits?
How Smart Tech and Biometric Data Collection Will Impact Retail

As companies develop smart fabrics and other wearable technologies, consumers are simultaneously awakening to the adverse outcomes of too much data collection. Specifically, biometric data, which gathers information based on a person's physical traits and identity.

Though retailers and brands might be tempted to collect as much data as possible in the name of marketing to their customers, cybersecurity, legal and healthcare experts warn that companies must be judicious about the biometric data they collect. They also must remain aware of emerging privacy regulations and become more transparent about their data collection. Failure to do so, multiple sources told Retail Dive, will not only damage brands' reputation, but also open them up to legal liabilities.

The smart fabrics products and wearable devices developed for consumer use aren't required to comply with HIPPA regulations, but companies developing these technologies will need to pay attention to the current patchwork of U.S. state and international data breach regulations, Suzanne Widup, senior consultant for Verizon's RISK Team, told Retail Dive in an interview.

Aside from a PR backlash, failing to adhere to U.S. and international regulations could leave companies vulnerable to consumer lawsuits. retaildive.com

From the Warehouse to an IT Position
Amazon to Spend $700M on Retraining 100K Employees - A Third of Workforce
Amazon will spend $700 million over the next six years to help retrain a third of its US workforce to adapt to an economy increasingly disrupted by automation and new technology. The training, which will be voluntary, expands upon Amazon's existing programs and initiatives. The idea is to help Amazon employees progress into more advanced jobs or even new positions outside of the company. It will be available to 100,000 workers by 2025, according to the report.

Under the plan, workers could use the training to transfer between positions they might not have been qualified for. For example, warehouse workers in fulfillment centers could be trained for technical roles in IT and nontechnical workers could be retrained as software engineers.

Amazon's initiative comes as robots and artificial intelligence are advancing and more capable of replacing human jobs. cnn.com

Ice Cream Lickers Are Prompting Grocery Stores to Fight Back by Locking Freezer Doors, Requiring an Employee for Assistance
While many retail foods come in packaging that can display evidence of possible product tampering, ice cream may not be one of them. In some brands, cartons tops can easily come off and be put back on, a bit of a design flaw that has led to a recent spate of "ice cream lickers" who flick their tongues across the flavored frozen treats and then place them back in the freezer aisle. Now, some grocery stores are fighting back.

According to Thrillist, a number of stores around the country have taken preventive measures to avoid falling victim to ice cream vandalism. Some have been locking their freezer doors and putting up signs directing customers to find an employee for assistance.

Ice cream lickers are taking a considerable risk. Tampering with a consumer product is a crime that can carry a prison term of up to 20 years and a $10,000 fine. mentalfloss.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Security, Risk Intelligence - Walmart, Bentonville, AR

The Director Risk Intelligence, Global Security will effectively collect and analyze global security threat information from multiple sources that will be used to inform leaders in global security of potential risks to the business. The Director will also be responsible for identifying solutions, controls and mitigation strategies which will aid business decisions regarding avoidance or minimization of security risk. myworkdayjobs.com

What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. walmart.com

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7/11 Day is Today: 7-Eleven to Give Away 9 Million Slurpees to Mark 92nd Birthday

Former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli Goes to Pot

American Eagle to start selling cannabis-based products this year

Lululemon Brings 20,000 Square Foot Experiential Store To Chicago

Amazon reportedly focused on drones for home safety service

Huawei reportedly cuts shipments of its phones

Quarterly Results
Alimentation Couch-Tard (Circle K) Q1 merchandise comp's 3.4% in U.S., 4.2% in Canada, and 4.7% in Europe, revenue down 3.7%
Bed Bath & Beyond Q1 comp's down 6.6%, net sales down 6.6%


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7 Hot Cybersecurity Trends to Be Highlighted at Black Hat
Things That Go
Following up on this year's very dramatic unraveling of Boeing 737 Max software quality flaws, it's only appropriate that Black Hat revisits aerospace software security.

Firmware and Embedded Hacking
Research on hackable trains and cars is just the tip of the iceberg of what Black Hat speakers will explore when it comes to firmware and embedded software security.

DevSecOps and Modern Application Development
It has taken a few years, but we're starting to see more Black Hat programming acknowledging how the seismic shifts in modern application development are impacting security research and defense techniques.

Container Hacking
Containers offer a new class of threat surface for security teams to protect, and the industry is due to see a lot of new vulnerabilities and security issues arise as researchers and attackers gain more familiarity with the technology.

Breaking Authentication and Privilege Escalation
If access management is at the heart of security defense, then conversely it only stands to reason that it's also at the core of so many offensive attack techniques.

Political Subversion

Building off of the controversy and momentum stirred up by last year's Black Hat and DefCon coverage of election security, this year is digging even deeper into the relationship between technology and social issues.


As artificial intelligence capabilities advance and the socio-political stakes of technology continue to rise, manipulation risks by deepfakes will continue to mount. darkreading.com

Persistent Threats Can Last Inside SMB Networks for Years
The average dwell time for riskware can be as much as 869 days.

Dwell time - the amount of time a threat spends inside of a network before an organization discovers and removes it - has become a significant problem for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), according to a report released today by Infocyte.

The report, based on more than 339,000 accounts and behavioral logs for malicious activity, focuses on companies that have between 99 and 5,000 employees and annual revenue of up to $1 billion.

Dwell time for attacks with ransomware averaged 43 days, the report points out. On the other hand, average dwell time for all other persistent threats (non-ransomware) averaged 798 days, while dwell time for riskware - defined as unwanted applications, Web trackers, and adware - averaged a whopping 869 days. darkreading.com

Agent Smith Android Malware Downloaded 25m+ Times
Researchers are warning of a new Android malware campaign that has already compromised a staggering 25 million devices via a popular third-party app store. Dubbed "Agent Smith" by Check Point, the threat spreads by disguising itself as a legitimate Google application made available on the 9Apps marketplace run by Alibaba's UCWeb. If downloaded, it replaces legitimate apps on the phone with malicious versions which display fraudulent pop-up ads to generate illicit profits for the malware authors. infosecurity-magazine.com

Three common cybersecurity scenarios and tips for preventing them
Despite the amount of vigilance businesses have in regards to cyberattacks, particularly following the high profile security breaches, scenarios like these are continually occurring, negatively impacting businesses and their daily operations. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid becoming the next infamous security headline.

Scenario #1: Network Ransomware Attacks

To prevent ransomware attacks, organizations need to make network security a top priority. Deploying anti-virus and anti-malware software is the first step in eliminating cybersecurity breaches. To further protect the network, organizations can restrict access control at certain levels.

Scenario #2: Cloud Security Breaches -- Scenario #3: Lack of IT Cloud Security Training
Read more scmagazine.com

Managing Third-Party Risks: CISOs' Success Strategies
A Deep Dive Into How CISOs Tackle Tough Challenges

As more organizations rely on third parties for various services, managing the security risks involved is becoming a bigger challenge.

Among the toughest third-party risk management challenges are:

● Keeping track of the long list of outsourcers an organization uses and making sure they're assessed for security;
● Taking steps to minimize the amount of sensitive data that's shared with vendors - and making sure that data is adequately protected;
● Holding vendors to a uniform standard for security.

Following are three case studies that illustrate how organizations around the world are tackling key vendor risk management challenges. Read case studies here. govinfosecurity.com

Big Banks Vulnerable to Web, Mobile Attacks

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U.S. mayors resolve to no longer pay ransomware attackers

Experts Raise Privacy Concerns Over NHS Alexa Tie-Up



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Fake Reviews Are Intensifying
How Retailers Can Guard Against Them

Products and services that are actually inferior are given false four- or five-star ratings to trick the trusting consumer. This digital sleight of hand can also be used to trash competitors with deceptively negative reviews, robbing a quality brand of hard-earned business.

To exploit this, an unscrupulous vendor could produce an inferior item (perhaps a knock-off version of a popular product), create a third-party seller account, then post dozens of fake reviews. This will move the item up in search algorithms virtually overnight. "We've seen situations where a product will start out with zero reviews one day," Gross says, "and the next day it'll have 3,000."

Manipulation of this kind proved highly lucrative - and affected everyone, including the honest merchant. With virtually every business having an online presence, from large retailers to the corner bakery or locksmith, maintaining a strong star ranking is essential to capturing business. "If any business has less than four stars, consumers have been trained not to even look at it," Gross says.

'Last Line of Defense'
Fakespot was born to root out these deceptions. In 2016 company founder Saoud Khalifah became frustrated with the rampant quantity of misleading or even fraudulent reviews online and decided to take action.

Fakespot functions as a consumer service, operating through Fakespot.com, a Chrome extension and a mobile app. Each analyzes reviews that appear on the sites for Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart, plus hospitality sites TripAdvisor and Yelp. stores.org

Amazon's Prime Day sales will jump 46%, could hit $6B in sales
Amazon.com Inc.'s fifth-annual Amazon Prime Day will be a 48-hour event spanning Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16. Internet Retailer projects Amazon will sell more than $6 billion worth of goods on Prime Day(s), making this Amazon's biggest sales event ever.

Amazon doesn't disclose sales figures on Prime Day, but Internet Retailer estimates gross merchandise sales hit $4.19 billion globally during the 36-hour sale July 16-17 in 2018. And this year, sales will jump 46.5% to $6.14 billion. Comparatively, gross sales grew 74% in 2018 from $2.41 billion during Prime Day 2017 (a 30-hour sales event July 11-12, 2017). Amazon in 2017 grew its overall Prime Day sales by 60% over the 24-hour Prime Day 2016 sales event. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon brings anti-counterfeiting tech to Europe, India
Amazon's Transparency will now be available in France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, India and Canada. In the U.S. alone, more than 4,000 brands are already enrolled in the program. Transparency creates a unique serial code that can be placed on every product a brand manufactures. When these items are ordered at an Amazon store, the codes are scanned to confirm only authentic products are sold. Transparency is part of Amazon's Project Zero, which aims to completely eliminate counterfeits through solutions powered by technology and machine learning. luxurydaily.com

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Queens, NY: NYPD bust $24 million gift card scam in Queens
A Queens grand jury indicted 13 people accused of running a sprawling gift-card scam that raked in approximately $24 million over a two-year period. The 192-count indictment, announced Wednesday by the Queens DA's Office, charges that brothers Christopher and Bryan Nathoo oversaw a sophisticated crime ring that stole credit card information, used it to buy gift cards and then exchanged the cards for cash. "The defendants are charged with a multi-million-dollar gift-card fraud scheme that victimized banks and retail stores and hurt the credit ratings of countless law-abiding citizens," said New York State Financial Services Superintendent Linda Lacewell.

The investigation began with an NYPD Grand Larceny Division probe of a fence based out of a 150th St. address in Jamaica in 2015. The fence, allegedly controlled by the Nathoo brothers, employed a variety of confederates, including "fence manager, swipers, shoppers, fence employees, money launderer and more," according to the DA's Office. nydailynews.com

Coralville, IA: Baymont Inn & Suites manager accused of $148,000 theft
in two states

A Coralville hotel owner-manager is accused of outfitting the Baymont Inns & Suites he operated with more than $148,000 in electronics and cleaning supplies bought with money stolen through identity theft. Police Chief Shane Kron said the department was limited to charging him with the crimes he committed in its jurisdiction, noting that Dharmesh Patel is also under investigation for fraud in Wisconsin. Coralville Police charged him with first-degree theft and possession of stolen property. press-citizen.com

Chardon, OH: Sheriff's Detectives follow-up on new tools at Pawn Shop, led to Home Depot ORC
Geauga County Sheriff's Office Detectives apprehended a couple of thieves from Painesville in the parking lot of the Chardon Home Depot about 1230 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand. "Our detectives got a BOLO for a guy and a girl who pawned a lot of new tools at a Willoughby pawnshop," The detectives decided to patrol the Home Depot parking lot and noticed a woman driving around, appearing to be waiting for someone, he added. After a while, they noticed a man come out carrying a big, metal trash can and a couple of two-by-fours. Hildenbrand said that is a typical way thieves get tools out of a store undetected, because the metal interferes with the security tags on the items.

When the detectives approached the man, later identified as Giacumo Desoto, 30, of Painesville, he said, "You're not looking in that trash can," Hildenbrand said. Inside the can detectives found a number of tools, some with the security tags still attached. Hildenbrand said the tools were valued at about $1,500. Assisted by Chardon Police Department personnel, the detectives arrested Desoto and his driver, Christa Rains, 31. Desoto was charged in Chardon Municipal Court with fifth-degree felony theft and Rains with complicity to commit aggravated theft, also a fifth-degree felony. geaugamapleleaf.com

Fort Myers, FL: Man believed to be 'blue bonnet' baby formula
thief caught

The believed "blue bonnet" baby formula thief is now behind bars, charged with similar thefts at a number of area grocery stores. John A. Owens, 21, of Fort Myers, was arrested Tuesday after a number of witnesses at several Publix stores in Lee County identified him as the man who stuffed significant numbers of infant formula cans in a shoulder bag and left without paying. Owens remains in Lee County Jail on $20,000 bond and will be arraigned Aug. 12. In May, Cape Coral police issued an alert looking to identify a man seen April 27 wearing a blue bonnet, purple and red flowery dress, black jacket and white tennis shoes and riding a motorized cart while roaming a Cape Coral Publix. The formula was worth in excess of $450. news-press.com

Key Largo, FL: Man arrested for theft of nearly $600 of goods from Kmart
A Hialeah man was arrested Tuesday night after police say he left a Florida Keys Kmart without paying for almost $600 in merchandise, including two generators and a car battery. De La Fuente has a pending Grand Theft charge for shoplifting $450 of merchandise at Publix on June 6. wtsp.com

Update: Greenville, TN: Crime Stoppers Most Wanted: Police searching for power tool pilferers shoplifting from multiple Lowe's locations

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Shootings & Deaths

Citrus Heights, CA: Suspect Killed after Shooting Outside Sunrise Mall
As a man began firing a handgun and running along Greenback Lane near Sunrise Mall, employees and customers inside businesses in the area watched it all unfold. "I heard the officer tell him about four to five times, 'Drop the gun. Get down, drop the gun. Don't shoot, don't do nothing stupid.'" "And next thing you know I just heard two shots and they just unloaded," a witness said. Officers say 26-year-old Grayson Schuessler first shot out a north window of a Macy's store filled with shoppers at the Sunrise Mall. As soon as they responded to the call about those shots being fired, police say the gunman took aim at them. Some of that exchange pierced a window at Brake Masters and Batteries and Bulbs. The Citrus Heights Police Department later said the 26-year-old was firing a .357 Magnum revolver. He also had 20 additional rounds of ammunition for the handgun. The gunman was killed by police at the scene. fox40.com

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Workplace Violence
Jeffersonville, IN: Co-worker shot and killed fellow employee after argument
at Big O Tires

In what investigators are calling "an isolated act of workplace violence," 19-year-old Bobby Powell shot a fellow male employee of the tire store around 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said in a news release. A verbal argument earlier in the day preceded the shooting, police said. courier-journal.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Gas station clerk shoots at 2 suspects,
kills 1 after Armed Robbery

The robbery happened at a Valero gas station on West Sunrise Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and Fort Lauderdale Police officers are searching for the crooks. Late Wednesday night, BSO confirmed that one of the robbers was shot and killed. Investigators said his body was dropped off at a Hollywood fire station. Surveillance video from outside the gas station showed two men approaching the store. Video from inside the gas station showed one of the men going behind the counter and pointing a gun at the gas station's clerk. The man could then be seen in the video pistol whipping the clerk on the left side of his face. The video showed a second robber's hand reaching over the counter and into the station's register. The culprits are then seen in the video forcing the clerk to the ground before taking off. After the gas station was robbed, the station's clerk said he gave chase and shot at the two robbers. wsvn.com

Modesto, CA: Book Store Employee shot and killed during Armed Robbery
A 38-year-old woman was found with gunshot wounds in an adult bookstore Tuesday, Modesto police said. Police got to Liberty Adult Book Store on Kansas Avenue around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and found Cinnamon Eades lying behind the counter. She was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries. The Modesto Police Department's violent crimes unit took over the investigation, leading to the arrest of Favian Ramirez of Modesto. abc10.com

Macon, GA: 20 year old shot and killed outside gas station


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Fort Gratiot Township, MI: 4 arrested in Birchwood Mall, Kay Jewelers

St. Clair County sheriff's deputies have arrested four Detroit men in connection with a smash and grab robbery Tuesday at a jewelry store, officials said. Deputies were called to Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot Township at about 7:30 p.m. after the Kay Jewelers store had been robbed. Deputies, along with Port Huron police officers and Michigan State Police troopers observed the get-a-way car on Interstate 94. After a short chase all 4 suspects were arrested. detroitnews.com

Dublin, GA: Robber shoots Captain D's restaurant worker
Police are looking for the man who shot and robbed a restaurant worker Wednesday night. Chief Tim Chatman says it happened just before midnight at the Captain D's on Veterans Boulevard. He says the robber showed up just as the worker was closing up for the night, robbed him and shot him. Chatman says the worker is hospitalized and is expected to survive. 13wmaz.com

Bradenton, FL: Police arrest man accused of armed robbery of a Wawa and Dollar General
At about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said Billy Joe Kinser Jr. robbed the Wawa on 1st St. East and left in a white SUV. Police say he then robbed the Dollar General on 9th Ave. East. wtsp.com

Tiffin, OH: Man accused of $7,500 theft from Domino's
Nathan A. Mowery, 33, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. The alleged theft involved more than $7,500 from Domino's Pizza and occurred Oct. 1-Dec. 19. Mowery was served with the charge by a Seneca County Sheriff's Office deputy Wednesday afternoon. advertiser-tribune.com

Indianapolis, IN: $10,000 Reward offered in Cash America Pawn Robbery; Guns, cash, jewelry and electronics stolen



Newark, NJ: Man pleads guilty in $2M fake check scam used 10 states
at Home Improvement Stores

John Muyeka, 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misprision of a felony before U.S. District Court Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a release. Muyeka faces three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Oct. 15.

Between December 2013 and February 2017 Muyeka and other conspirators obtained merchandise and store credit from home improvement stores by making purchasing using fraudulent checks. Muyeka and others entered home improvement and other retail stores and gathered high-price items such as air conditioners and hardwood flooring. They typically "purchased" the items using fraudulent checks with phony names but valid account and routing numbers, or by pretending to be authorized signers on a store credit account they had previously opened using a fake check. A total of more than $2 million in merchandise was stolen by the conspirators from retailers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina, the release states. mycentraljersey.com

Kansas City, MO: 4 Plead Guilty to armed Robberies of multiple Family Dollar,
Dollar General and Pizza Hut locations

Under the terms of their plea agreements, Jackson and Davis are each subject to a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to 30 years in federal prison without parole. Sentencing hearings for Jackson and Davis will be on Nov. 7, 2019. Sentencing hearings for Green and McDonald will be on Nov. 25, 2019. justice.gov

Trenton, NJ: Alleged Mercer County serial robber gets 5 years, 3 Armed Robbery and 1 Burglary charge dismissed



C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bradenton, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - West Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Walterboro, SC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Homewood, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Bradenton, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lumpkin County, GA - Robbery
Electronics store - Cocoa, FL - Burglary
Gas Station - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery
Grocery store - Chesterfield, VA - Burglary
Grocery store - Albany, GA - Burglary
Jewelry store - St Clair County, MI - Robbery
Liquor store - Batavia, IL - Armed Robbery
Marijuana store - Mendocino County, CA - Armed Robbery
Massage Parlor - Newhall, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Santa Ana, CA - Armed Robbery (Pizza Hut)
Restaurant - Honolulu, HI - Burglary
Restaurant - West Chicago, IL - Burglary (Dunkin Donuts)
Restaurant - Lake City, FL - Armed Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Dublin, GA - Armed Robbery/Employee shot
Restaurant - Middletown, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Avon Lake, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bartlett, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
19 robberies
6 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed




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