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Amazon Prime Day Breaks Record
Sales Grew By More Than 60%
Biggest Sales Event in Amazon History - Surpassing Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Amazon's third annual Prime Day ended with a bang. On Wednesday morning, Amazon announced its Prime Day sales this year surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday altogether, with total revenue growing by more than 60 percent from 2016. A "record number" of Prime members shopped across 13 countries, Amazon said.

Prime members' most popular purchase on Prime Day was the Echo Dot, Amazon said, and "tens of millions of Prime members" rung up purchases over the 30-hour period, up more than 50 percent from a year ago.

Amazon said Prime Day this year was the biggest sales event ever for Amazon-branded devices in the U.S. and around the world, with the event bringing in record sales for the Echo, Fire tablets and the Kindle.

Last year, Prime Day was Amazon's biggest sales day ever at the time, setting the bar high this go-round. In 2016, Prime Day sales rose more than 60 percent from the prior year, and in the U.S., orders were up more than 50 percent, Amazon said.

With an Amazon-Whole Foods deal in the works, more online shoppers are seen browsing Amazon.com for supermarket staples and everyday essentials, which notably haven't been best-sellers for the internet giant in past Prime Days. Yet, considering how this year Amazon is using Prime Day to introduce customers to the company's newest grocery offerings, and with tens of millions of Prime members, traditional grocery retailers should be "very worried" this time around, Maya Mikhailov, co-founder of GPShopper, told CNBC.

Internet Retailer projected that U.S. shoppers would spend $1.56 billion on Amazon during the 30-hour sale, representing a 20 percent jump from the trade publication's estimate of $1.30 billion spent on Prime Day last year. Shoppers around the globe, meanwhile, are believed to have spent a whopping $2.18 billion, Internet Retailer said. cnbc.com

Read Amazon's full press release here

Keep Your Friends Close, And Your Enemies Closer?
Getting in bed with the enemy - boy how cozy

65% of Retailers Sell on Amazon to Increase Sales
Yet Worry Amazon Will Use Their Data to Compete
A new report published by SLI Systems, a global leader and provider of e-commerce solutions and services, finds many retailers worldwide view Amazon as both friend and foe, relying on Amazon for visibility and profitability - but with some concern, due to the potential of competition from their marketplaces.

"While consumers are shopping Amazon Prime Day with glee, for merchants, the perks of leveraging the online giant come with some concern. Nearly 70% of the retailers we surveyed that sell on Amazon reported being somewhat or very worried that Amazon will use their sales data to compete with them, indicating they view Amazon as more of a 'frenemy.'"

Editor's Note: Wouldn't you look at their data? It's either you join them or you get killed by them. Really the industry has no choice unless you're Walmart and one of the big guys. You can't walk away from the sales and you've got to hope you come up with the line of goods that just takes off. prnewswire.com

Tech Firm Wants To Dodge Columbia Sportswear Hacking Suit
CTO Executive Hacks Former Employer Columbia Sportswear
Current Employer Fires Him & Claims He Didn't Do it For Us

Denali fired the executive after hearing of his alleged hacking his former employer Columbia Sportswear.
Denali said in its motion for summary judgment that sporting goods maker Columbia's claims - including conversion and alleged violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the federal Wiretap Act - should be denied because no electronic data was lost or damaged, no evidence supports the CFAA claim and no evidence exists to suggest that Denali urged the alleged misconduct by the employee, Michael Leeper, who Denali fired as soon as it learned he had gained unauthorized access to Columbia's computer systems.

"There is no evidence Leeper's alleged misconduct was in any sense an act he was hired to perform at Denali," the motion for summary judgment said. "Leeper's alleged misconduct - hacking Columbia's network accounts - was certainly not tied to any of his job duties, or an act he was expected to perform when he was hired as Denali's chief technology officer. To the contrary, when Leeper joined Denali, Leeper agreed to abide by Denali's policies which expressly forbid illegal conduct."

Both Leeper and Washington state-based Denali violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Wiretap Act and committed conversion, according to the complaint. Leeper also breached his duty of loyalty to Columbia, the sporting goods maker alleged. law360.com

9th Circ. May Steer Apple Security Bag Check Row To Calif. Justices
Security Bag Check Suit May Finally Be Heard in State Supreme Court

A Ninth Circuit judge said Tuesday that the California Supreme Court should weigh in on whether Apple must pay a certified class of store employees for time spent checking their personal bags, remarking that the issue comes up a lot and "it would be prudent to ask the state court to interpret state law."

U.S. Circuit Judge Susan P. Graber told attorneys for both parties that it appears there are a lot of cases "percolating" in lower courts over whether businesses should have to pay workers for time spent waiting as their personal bags are checked. Judge Graber said the issue concerns her, because it obviously comes up a lot. It should be taken up by the state high court, she said.

"We're guessing a lot about what the California Supreme Court might do, when we can just ask them," Judge Graber said. law360.com

ORC Epidemic Hitting Small Towns, USA
And the Chiefs Don't Even Know It
'We're basically Walmart's police department'

Police Chief says half of thefts in Zachary, LA, occur at store. Adding that his officers handle three to five shoplifting calls at the store nearly every day.

The problem has gotten much worse in the past couple of years, McDavid said, and the thieves are beginning to target Home Depot, too. He said most of the perpetrators are not from Zachary, but from Baton Rouge or surrounding parishes.

"Men and women are not burglarizing houses anymore. They're hitting retail," McDavid said, noting that it's often difficult to make arrests in shoplifting cases.

The police department maintained an office and a security detail inside Walmart until about 10 years ago, and McDavid said it was a good crime deterrent. Still, the arrangement was put to a stop by the store's management. McDavid, who was not chief at the time, said he's not sure why.
He asked the council to help him contact store management to impress upon them that solutions must be found quickly

Editor's Note: Without knowing it, this small town police chief is seeing the ORC epidemic hitting his town. His comments alone point to the trend. theadvocate.com

Australia: Call for airport-style surveillance 'in every 7-Eleven, Myer, Coles, Woolies'
Surveillance in public places can be considered an invasion of privacy, but it could also be used to find lost children, track down persons of interest or provide data to retailers.

Speaking at the annual Safe Cities Conference in Brisbane on Wednesday, Advanced Surveillance Group director Professor Brian Lovell said surveillance was very Big Brother, and unashamedly so.

Facial recognition technology has been used in retail to monitor who was looking at advertising billboards in New York's Times Square and in Chicago, as well as monitoring the ages and genders of those entering retail stores. He said he had a keen interest in how it could be used to make cities safer.

"We've got these face recognition appliances, but how do we connect up hundreds of thousands of these things ... you want to have them in every 7-Eleven store, every Myer, Coles, Woolworths," Professor Lovell said. "If you're looking for a certain person you want to know where they are. It doesn't have to be master criminals, it could be lost children in shopping centres." smh.com

Federal authorities end probe into Walmart police shooting
White Officer Shot - Killed Black Man Waving Rifle - Later Found to be Air Rifle

CINCINNATI  -- Federal authorities announced on Tuesday they have ended their investigation of the fatal police shooting of a black man in a Walmart store, concluding there wasn't enough evidence to charge the white officer who killed him.

The officer shot John Crawford III on Aug. 5, 2014, after police responded to an emergency call about someone waving a rifle in a store in Beavercreek, a Dayton suburb. Police said Crawford, who was 22, didn't obey commands to drop what they learned later was an air rifle he was carrying from a store shelf.
A special grand jury declined to indict anyone, and the Department of Justice then said it would probe possible civil rights violations.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman and the Department of Justice said Tuesday they found insufficient evidence to pursue charges against Beavercreek police Officer Sean Williams, who fired the fatal shot. They said investigators analyzed store surveillance video using resources at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, interviewed witnesses and used an independent crime scene reconstruction expert in their review.

"The government would be required both to disprove his (Williams') stated reason for the shooting -- that he was in fear of death or serious bodily injury -- and to affirmatively establish that Officer Williams instead acted with the specific intent to violate Mr. Crawford's rights," they said in a statement, adding that the evidence "simply cannot satisfy those burdens." cleveland.com

"This is a bloodbath" - Closures to Reach Record Level - 8,600 This Year

Gymboree's bankruptcy means closing 350 of it's 1,281 stores

Back to School Spending to Reach $27B
Deloitte's "2017 Back-to-School Survey"
Specialty Stores Could Get Killed - No End In Sight

Department stores fall from No. 2 to No. 6 shopping destination, mass merchants jump to the head of the class.

Parents expect to spend an average $501 per student.

Mass merchants and off-price retailers may get all A's at the expense of traditional department stores and specialty clothing retailers this back-to-school season. The majority of survey respondents (81 percent) plan to shop at mass merchants − a 24 percentage point jump from last year. Off-price stores also gained fans, climbing to 28 percent from 10 percent in 2016. While the same number (28 percent) say they'll shop traditional department stores, that's down significantly from 54 percent last year. Just 8 percent of parents plan to visit specialty clothing stores, falling from 25 percent in 2016. prnewswire.com

Editor's Note: If this holds true and continues into the fourth quarter, next year's closures could surpass this years,with entire malls possibly shutting down.

Now the reasons are various, with the larger mass merchants being able to offer better value, the full omni channel experience - like BOPIS, online order pick up lockers, and more convenience with a wider assortment, while the off-pricers offer name brands, great value, and quick access.

The problem with the specialty stores is that they're stuck in the 90's, with no budget or true capability to really go full omni, very narrow lines, a consumer who doesn't want to spend time walking a mall, and young mothers who are scared to death of an active shooter or domestic terrorist.

Meanwhile the department stores have a ball and chain around their ankles because they're cemented to the malls where traffic is declining more and more with every active shooter breaking news story and surrounded by stores that the Millennial's and Generation Y appear to have no interest in.

This survey, which Deloitte has been doing for years, has been extremely accurate in the past and fits today's trends and once again if it holds true the entire specialty store industry may be in for even rougher waters next year. Hey just a thought. Gus Downing

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Come see Chipotle's Brand Expert William Espey speak at RLPSA's Annual Conference,

The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is excited to add Chipotle's Branding Creative Lead, William Espey, as a keynote speaker to its food and restaurant-specific agenda for the 38th Annual RLPSA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, July 30 - August 2, 2017. Espey will share crisis management essentials as he reflects on vital lessons on brand loyalty from the recent Chipotle crisis.

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In Honor of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia
For Women in Blue, a Grim Measure of Their Growing Role and Risks
The History - The Struggle - The Growth of Women in the NYPD

When female NYPD officer, Miosotis Familia, was shot and killed last week, her gender was far less a focus than were the nondiscriminatory perils of her profession. There are now 6,394 female officers on a force of just over 36,000 in New York City. And across the nation, women have pushed their way into policing's most demanding jobs. To them, Officer Familia's death was seen as a grim signifier of their growing front-line roles.

"All of us suffer that same risk, man and woman," said Sheree Briscoe, a district commander for the Baltimore Police Department. "That's what's happening in the culture of policing."

Officer Familia was the third female New York City officer killed in action.

Even as the risks have leveled, some female officers describe still having to prove to male colleagues that they are bold enough for the job. The boy's club mentality that defined police departments for so long still surfaces, they say, in more modest locker room accommodations for women and gender-laden expectations.

In New York City, the ranks of women in the most senior uniformed roles remain thin. Female officers made up almost 18 percent of the Police Department in April, compared with almost 16 percent in 2000, when they numbered 6,243 on a larger force. Women made up almost a quarter of the latest graduating class, among the highest percentages in history.

Of the city's 77 police precincts, eight are led by female commanding officers, according to the Police Department's website. Female commanders also direct two of the nine police service areas, which patrol public housing, and two of the 12 transit districts.

Joanne Jaffe, who as chief of community affairs is one of the department's two highest-ranked female officers, said a women's leadership committee has worked to ease officers' transitions to sergeants. She said that she faced "tremendous challenges and obstacles" when she first joined the police, and that progress "has been gradual, or incremental."

Now women "are almost fully integrated in all units of the department, and seeing a woman is not this shocking thing," she said. "Seeing two women patrol together is not a big deal, it's routine."

Officer Familia's killing, officials said, was about a police officer being targeted for no reason but her uniform. "What comes to mind is the 'equality of risk,' and that hatred for the police is not gender specific," Assistant Chief Kim Royster said.

Women began in policing as matrons handling female prisoners in the late 1800s, said Thomas Reppetto, a police historian. Now they play central roles on detective squads and elite groups like the Emergency Service Unit. But the road there has not been without bumps. nytimes.com

America's IT Security Workforce Tops 104,800 for First Time
Up 30% in 1 Yr. - More Than Doubles in 5½ Years

The workforce of information security analysts in the United States has topped 100,000 for the first time, more than doubling since the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics began publishing full-year statistics for the occupation category in 2012.

The IT security analyst workforce reached an annualized 104,800 for the second quarter of 2017, up from an annualized 45,000 from the first quarter of 2012, the first time BLS published data for what was then the new occupation category labeled information security analysts, according to an Information Security Media Group analysis of Labor Department data. That's an increase of 133 percent over that past 5½ years.

A year ago, the annualized information security analysts workforce stood at 80,500. In the past four quarters, the workforce soared by 24,300, a 30 percent increase.

Among the 840 detailed occupation categories BLS tracks, information security analyst is the only one that specifies IT security in its description. BLS defines information security analysts as those who plan, implement, upgrade or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. They may ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure and respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Many other occupations inside and outside the computer field, however, include IT security as part of their responsibilities. Those include computer network architect, software developers and network administrators. Here's our latest calculation of the workforce size of all BLS computer occupations.

Why do we report this information if the statistics are unreliable? The BLS stats are the only data available that describe the size of the IT security workforce in the United States. Our thinking: We'll provide you with the available data, with all the caveats that go with them, and let you decide their merits. govinfosecurity.com

Data Breach at Sabre Hits Four Seasons and Trump Hotels
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Trump Hotels are the latest hotel companies to go through a data security breach, although this time the breach took place via their third-party hotel reservations provider, Sabre.

The period during which the breach took place was from August 10, 2016 to March 9, 2017. During this time, guest information related to a subset of hotel reservations (unencrypted payment card information, reservation information) booked through Sabre's SynXis central reservations system was accessible by an unauthorized party.

SynXis handles hotel reservations made by consumers not just through hotels, but also through online travel agencies. A spokesperson for Sabre told Skift "less than 15 percent of the average daily bookings on the SynXis reservation system during that time period were viewed."

Reservations made on FourSeasons.com, with the Four Seasons global reservations office, or made directly with any of Four Seasons' 105 hotels or resorts were not compromised by this incident, the company said.

Likewise, the breach related to Trump Hotels did not take place on Trump Hotels' own reservations systems. skift.com

Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine the World
AI - The biggest business opportunity of the current generation

Some herald it is as a business and technology revolution, while others, notably Elon Musk,, view it as an existential threat to humanity.

While machine learning analyzes data in order to make decisions, deep learning is more complex and where much of the activity is happening today. That's largely because of two recent advancements that helped it take off: The amount of available raw computer processing increased, and clever new algorithms on the research side emerged.

AI is a broader term that usually represents an activity normally associated to human beings, said McCaffrey, like vision, hearing, speech production, and cognition. Cognition, or the ability to understand and apply what is being learned, is at the crux of AI. These capabilities are still in progress, said McCaffrey, but advancing rapidly.

The growth of AI is also dovetailing with the emergence of Internet of Things applications, creating a hotbed of possibilities McCaffrey finds especially intriguing.

Editor's Note: One can expect risk factors to expand exponentially along with it. informationweek.com


High security for Canadian debut of Marilyn Monroe dress
The most expensive, and arguably iconic, dress in the world made its Canadian public debut Monday at the community hall in Luseland, Sask. The sequined gown was on display in the community hall in Luseland, about 200 kilometres west of Saskatoon on July 10. The dress was purchased for $4.8 million by Jim Pattison and is being put on public display in his hometown of about 500 residents.

Transporting the dress to the small Saskatchewan town was frantic and scary, according to Meyer, vice-president of exhibits and archives at Ripley's Entertainment, who said the artifact has been surrounded by security guards since its arrival in Luseland.

Meyer said the case alone - which is bullet-proof and has GPS tracking - costs more than some other Ripley's exhibits. Monroe's dress will be taken to Saskatoon later this week, then will tour British Columbia before visiting various Ripley's centres. canadiansecuritymagazine.com globalnews.ca

The Executive Psychopath: How to Identify and Catch Criminal Leaders
Don't miss this session and more at the RCC Loss Prevention Conference

Have you ever observed a respected executive and yet seriously questioned their behaviour and decisions? There may be a reason why. Psychologists estimate there are a large percentage of psychopaths actually sitting in those senior chairs.

In this session, hear from Cythia Mathieu, an expert in corporate psychopathy, who will speak on how top executives can flip into criminal activity and how to navigate delegate investigations on these individuals who could be or already are at risk.

Don't miss out on this day of new connections and industry insights! Register today!

Securitas Electronic Security unveils new Canada headquarters
Securitas Electronic Security Inc. unveiled on June 27 its new Canada headquarters during a ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP facility tour for more than 70 guests, including customers, business partners and associates.

Part of Securitas, Securitas Electronic Security Inc. is one of the top alarm monitoring and systems integration commercial security companies in North America. securitysystemsnews.com

Ontario Employers push back at minimum wage hike
The Keep Ontario Working coalition sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday morning asking the government to pull back on the changes, which will hike the minimum wage from the current $11.40 to $14 in January 2018, and $15 in January 2019. Saying it would harm businesses. The letter came as the Ontario government began public hearings on the law change on Monday. hrmonline.ca

Sears Canada's 2 biggest investors join forces

'Totally unacceptable': Employees & retirees emerge as victims amid Sears restructuring plan

Ikea to double Canadian Footprint by 2025 - 12 stores now - opening new DC on West Coast

Waskesiu Lake, SK, Bear shot dead after encounter at store in Prince Albert National Park

Update: 14 terrorism charges laid against woman accused of threatening Canadian Tire employees with knife
A woman accused of threatening employees at a Canadian Tire store in Toronto with a knife last month is now charged with terrorism-related offences, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say.

Rehab Dughmosh, 32, had previously been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, assault, uttering threats, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of possession of a weapon.

Dughmosh now faces 14 terror-related charges under Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code, federal Crown prosecutor Howard Piafsky told CBC News. The section bans "terrorist activity," whether it takes place "in or outside Canada." cbc.ca

Winnipeg, MB: Security increased after rash of Vape shop robberies
Tens of thousands in stolen merchandise & damage

At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, long after Fat Panda Vape Shop closed its St. Anne's Road location for the night, a black SUV rammed through the front window and plowed into the lounge area - clearing the way for the theft of electronic cigarette-related merchandise and causing an estimated $10,000 in property damage.

An hour after the break-in, the reinforced door of Fat Panda's Portage Avenue location was smashed with a sledgehammer and DeClercq said roughly $10,000 in damage was done to that property. He estimated Fat Panda lost tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise at both locations in the span of an hour.

In the past week, Cold Turkey Vape Shop has been the victim of four break-ins (three at its Edmonton Street location and one at its St. Vital store). Lofchick estimated $5,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen from his stores in the past two months, and said he's seen some of the stolen products circulating around the city for resale.

Jeremy Loewen, Vape Haven's co-owner, said his store's Pembina Highway location was broken into Tuesday and Wednesday. Loewen estimated about $4,000 in damage was done and some $7,000 worth of merchandise was taken, the bulk of it removed on the second night. winnipegfreepress.com

Vaughan, ON: Man charged in Vaughan café explosion

Lethbridge, AB: 7-Eleven clerk bear-sprayed by suspect during robbery

Brossard, QC: Three businesses badly damaged after Molotov cocktail thrown through grocery store window

Lower Sackville, NS: Man sought in double theft of flat-screen TVs from store 

Dartmouth, NS: ID theft victim says thieves have it easy, federal rules must change

Robberies & Burglaries

Cold Turkey Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary #1
Cold Turkey Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary #2
Cold Turkey Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary #3
Cold Turkey Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary (St. Vital store)
Fat Panda Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary #1
Fat Panda Vape Shop - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary #2
Harden's Jewellers - Kanata, ON - Robbery

Skogies Petro Canada - Kelowna, BC - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed Business - Prince Albert, SK - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed Jewelry Store - Nepean, ON - Robbery
Vape Haven - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary

The New Face of Fraud: Preventing Loss in a Mobile and Digital Age

David Johnston, Sr. Director, LP & Corp. Security, Dunkin' Brands, and Michael Loox, Director of LP, BLD Brands

The development and adoption of mobile wallets, loyalty/payment apps, and other digital engagement for consumers present new challenges for retail LP professionals. Fraud, data privacy and even the ability to investigate "faceless" criminals in a digital-based environment are all major issues. In this LPNN interview, David Johnston, Sr. Director, LP & Corporate Security, Dunkin' Brands, and Michael Loox, Director of LP, BLD Brands, guide us through the various methods of digital retail crimes and present strategies to help reduce loss while maintaining customer loyalty.

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Prime Day - "The biggest global shopping event in Amazon history"
48% Of U.S. Households - 53M Prime Member Households
U.S. customers ordering 6,000+ deals per minute

Amazon said the Echo, a voice-activated speaker and digital assistant, was the best-selling item in the U.S. By noon, Amazon had sold more than twice the number of Echo devices, in various versions, that it sold in the U.S. during last year's entire Prime Day. (Around the globe, it was more than three times the number.)

Other hot sellers included Fire tablets and a genetics test dubbed 23andMe.

It was available in three new markets - with Mexico, China and India joining 10 other countries.
Competing retailers have jumped onto the Prime Day bandwagon. This year, Fry's Electronics held a "Fry's Day" offering free same-day delivery on 1,000 items. Best Buy had a "Big Deals Day." Wal-Mart, Amazon's biggest rival, didn't follow along, however, choosing instead to showcase two-day shipping and discounts for store pickups, according to The Associated Press.

The retail holiday also proved to be a fulcrum for all sorts of social-media commentary on Amazon's businesses. seattletimes.com
"Amazon's Maximum Efficiency Also Comes With Maximum Security"
With maximum efficiency also comes maximum security, as Fernando learned. "No phones were allowed beyond the gate; if there was an emergency family call, they used a hotline to reach you," he says. "Thievery was dealt with very severely, too. Workers could be arrested and charged for theft." wired.com

Amazon has an add-to-cart glitch on Prime Day

Fastest deliveries on Amazon Prime Day were 12 minutes; record sales reached

Forget 'Prime Day' - the 'Amazon of China' invented a holiday and made $17 billion in 24 hours

Google, Amazon and 80,000 websites are protesting today against the FCC's plans to reverse net neutrality

Sales on online marketplaces cross $1 trillion in 2016

Update: Houston, TX: $200K in watches stolen from Macy's, video released
The Houston Police Department is searching for a man accused of stealing $200,000 in watches from a department store in the Galleria. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video. On June 10, officers responded to reports of a burglary at Macy's around 12:18 a.m. Investigators said a man dressed in all black walked into the building's attached parking garage with a small hatchet type tool in hand. The alleged burglar used the stairs to reach the second level of the building, where he broke the front door glass. Police said he later used the same tool to break the glass counters, where several high-end watches were being stored. cw39.com

Becker County, MN: Multiple Walmart store thefts leads to Felony Theft charge
Samuel James Staples III, 32, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft. He and a woman were allegedly involved in the theft of $613 worth of items from the Detroit Lakes Walmart store, including two TV sets, a Blu-ray DVD player, and a Stanley tool set. The two also allegedly stole $438 worth of items from the DL Walmart on Dec. 11, 2016. The total from both incidents is $1,135. Walmart security personnel were allegedly able to identify the two suspects after similar thefts at Walmart stores in Park Rapids, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Wadena, where the suspects went out a fire door with expensive merchandise. The two were arrested May 30 after a theft at the Park Rapids Walmart. A warrant has been issued for Staples. dl-online.com

Bryan, TX: Three arrested in two area Walmart thefts; over $3,200
in merchandise recovered

When police arrived, employees said four people were seen filling carts with electronics and other expensive items and positioning the carts near an exit in the automotive section. Police located Angelica Yuri Pettus, 21, who matched the description of one of the four, in the parking lot. Officers could see multiple television boxes in the cargo area of the woman's vehicle. Upon further investigation, police said they found some of the items had been stolen a few hours earlier from the Walmart in College Station. The report states $3,280 in products were found in Pettus' car. theeagle.com

Clackamus, OR: Wanted man caught with $2,200 in stolen goods from Clackamas store
Clackamas County deputies stopped 43-year-old Travis Chisholm's vehicle on Friday
The sheriff's office said he had an open warrant. During the traffic stop, Chisholm admitted to stealing several items from a Fred Meyer store. Deputies said they recovered $2,200 in merchandise, including clothing, allergy medication, food, and other goods. They documented the stolen goods and returned it to the store. katu.com

Birmingham, AL: Brothers wear their T-Mobile employee shirts while burglarizing their store
Police are searching for two Birmingham brothers charged in a suspected burglary at T-Mobile where one of them was the assistant manager. Vincent Warren Long, 28, and Joseph Daniel Long, 21, both are charged with first-degree theft, they remain at large. Deputies contacted the store manager who met them at the scene and found 113 cell phones, as well as a large amount cash, missing from the store. A nearby ATM was found to have a camera that had a clear view of the front of the T-Mobile store, and a review of that video showed two men both wearing T-Mobile shirts loading items into their vehicles after the store had closed. al.com

Columbus, GA: Man arrested on more than 40 counts of credit card fraud;
buys items to sell online

Keith Jones, 41, was also arrested for seven counts of misdemeanor theft by deception, seven counts of felony theft by deception, four counts of criminal attempt theft by deception, 62 counts of identity fraud and one count of possession of drug-related objects. Police were alerted to stolen credit cards being used to purchase firearms at Shooters of Columbus. After issuing multiple search warrants, police were able to determine there a total of 19 suspects all across Georgia and Alabama. Jones ordered items such as furniture, appliances, lawnmowers, mattresses, Yeti Coolers, American Girl Dolls, fast food items, race car parts, assorted firearms, construction equipment, clothing and other accessories. He then would sell these items online on Facebook, yard sale pages or to other contacts. wtvm.com

Santa Monica, CA: Bloomingdales recovers $795 worth of merchandise

Update: Guy Who Stole 100K in 'Star Wars' Toys Will Go To Jail  

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Shootings & Death

Henrico County, VA: Barricade situation at Walgreens ends in apparent suicide
The standoff with an armed-robbery suspect ended in an apparent suicide Tuesday evening after the man barricaded himself for more than three hours inside the Walgreens. The man entered the store and jumped over the counter at the pharmacy, and at least one shot was fired. At approximately 5:20 p.m., Henrico Police responded to the Walgreens pharmacy for an armed robbery. A SWAT team and K9 units also responded to the store. A single shot rang out inside the store and that's when the suspect, described as a white male, barricaded himself inside back of the store, police said. All employees and customers safely exited the store. "During negotiations, additional shots were fired by the suspect. He was later found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene," Henrico Police spokesperson said. Police said no officers fired their guns during the incident. wtvr.com

Johnson Creek, WI: Gunman leads Police on chase that ends in with suspect shot and killed outside Arby's
The shooting took place in front of the Arby's restaurant at the mall after the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department says the man waived a handgun in the air. The shooting followed a high-speed chase that started after an armed car-jacking at the Interstate 94. The stop sticks deflated the tires of the vehicle, but the suspect continued the pursuit, waiving the gun at officers out the window on several occasions," Sheriff Severson said. Eventually the suspect exited the interstate and drove to the Arby's parking lot, stopped the vehicle in the middle of the parking lot and exited the car with the handgun and ran toward the restaurant. "The suspect was ordered to stop. He failed to do so on multiple attempts at which time he was shot by a deputy of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office and a police officer from the City of Delafield Police Department." The sheriff said life-saving measures were administered but the man died at the scene. wtol.com

Lee County, FL: Man kills wife then self at CVS
The Lee County Sheriff's Office confirmed the homicide investigation at an east Lee County CVS off Palm Beach Boulevard occurred after a man found his wife at the store with another man. The man attempted to shoot the woman's boyfriend, but missed, the sheriff's office said. news-press.com

Robberies & Thefts

Dearborn, MI: Violent Jewelry Thieves Take Plea Deals
Three Detroit men have accepted plea deals in connection with a Warren Avenue jewelry store robbery last December. Uriel Drake, Martez Lyons and Denzell Bunkley accepted the deals from the Wayne County Prosecutor's office earlier this month. Police reports said at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 21, the three men entered the jewelry store near Schaefer Road in Dearborn. They posed as customers, with one disguised as a female wearing a full robe and hijab. Reports said an employee was pistol-whipped while several display cases were smashed and numerous items were stolen. patch.com

Burlington, IA: True Value Hardware employee steals store Safe
A former employee of Kempker's True Value was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after being convicted of stealing about $5,000 from the store's safe to support his drug habit. Jacob Lee Smith, 26, was sentenced to prison as a "habitual criminal" and will have to serve a mandatory three years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. thehawkeye.com

Meridian Township, MI: Okemos Jewelry store Armed Robbery suspects arraigned
Nicolas Beauman, 22, and Cosette Shreve, 20, were arraigned today for the robbery of Medawar Jewelers in Okemos Monday morning. Police say the two entered Medawar Jewelers at 10:40 a.m. Monday, held employees at gunpoint and took jewelry. None of the employees were injured. The pair escaped on a moped that they soon abandoned, choosing to run into a heavily wooded area. Five law enforcement agencies were involved in the 4 hour search. wlns.com

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Minneapolis, MN: Armed robbers strike 6 cellphone stores

Kaufman, TX: Police searching for woman caught shoplifting with child, attempted to run over Walmart Loss Prevention officer

Kay Jewelers in the Pearland Town Center, Pearland, TX reported a Grab & Run on 7/11, item valued at $4,199

Kay Jewelers in the The Meadows Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 7/10, item valued at $2699

Zales in the Mission Valley VA Mall, San Diego, CA reported a Grab & Run on 7/11, item valued at $3,129

Zales in the Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO reported a Grab & Run / CZ Switch on 7/11

Arson & Fire

Tangipahoa Parish, LA: Damage from chemical fires at Walmart stores tops $1 million
That tally does not include the loss of sales after the fires, allegedly set by Larry Schouest, forced the stores to close, authorities said. Schouest reportedly admitted to mixing brake fluid and pool chemicals to create a diversion to steal laptops. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said the stores in Ponchatoula, Hammond and Amite had to throw away clothing and food that were affected by chlorine gas after the fires. wwltv.com

Credit Card Fraud

Naperville, IL: Man had 47 counterfeit credit cards during traffic stop
Termaine Brown was allegedly driving on a license revoked for DUI. A subsequent search of the car yielded "47 altered credit cards, where the number of the magnetic strip did not match the number on the front" of the cards. chicagotribune.com


Advance America - Carrollton, TX - Armed Robbery
Cash Store - Grand Prairie, TX - Armed Robbery
County Line Pharmacy - East Farmingdale, NY - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
CVS - Gainesville, FL - Burglary
CVS - Worcester, MA - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Vallejo, CA - Robbery
Harley Davidson - Savannah, GA - Armed Robbery
J.T. Liquor - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Jackpot Food Mart - Port Angeles, WA - Armed Robbery
McCullough's Prescription - Whitewater, WI - Armed Robbery
Medawar Jewelers - Okemos, MI - Armed Robbery
Mikeska's Bar-B-Q & Caterin - El Campo, TX - Burglary
Modern Cleaners - El Campo, TX - Burglary
Super Stop and Shop - Lon Branch, NJ - Robbery
The Short Stop - Burlington, NC - Robbery
Top Pawn - Colorado Springs, CO- Burglary
Valero - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Valero - Lacy Lakeview, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Turlock, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Huntington Beach, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
6 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed

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