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Lou Rico named Director of Security and Safety
for Mission Dispensaries

Previously, Lou was the Regional Security and Safety Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond for over 14 years. He's held various other loss prevention and roles throughout his 30 years in the industry including District LP and Safety Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond, Metro Market LP Manager for CompUSA, LP-Security Manager for Lechmere Danvers, MA, LP-Security Manager for Caldor, LP Supervisor for TJX Companies and LP Investigator for Sears. Congratulations Lou!

Francis Florio named Safety and Loss Prevention Coordinator
for Domino's

Based at their world headquarters, Francis will oversee safety & loss prevention related programs and initiatives to include Safety Hotline training and ISOS Program for international travelers. Congratulations Francis!

Carina Lewis named Senior Director Global Sales
for Best Security Industries Inc., a Prosegur Company

Previously Carina was the VP of Global Sales for SEKURA Global for over two years. Prior, she worked for Alpha High Theft Solutions, a division of Checkpoint Systems as Senior National Account Manager - Apparel and Senior National Accounts Manager. Congratulations Carina!

Jay Stuck named North East Regional Sales Manager
for Secure Utility

Security industry veteran Jay Stuck has joined, Secure Utility Corporation of America, as North East Regional Sales Manager. "Secure Utility sells secure private networks that remove building services such as HVAC and fire system monitoring, as well as video, access control, and other physical security technology from the public Internet," Stuck said. "Secure Utility's private network offers plug-n-play "bank-grade" security for building owners, as well as recurring revenue opportunities for commercial integrators." Congratulations Jay! Read more. secureutility.com

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'Significant Drop' in Retail Crimes Drive Declining Prison Population in Illinois
Retail-Related Prisoners Cut in Half Since 2016
A complex blend of decisions is behind the overall drop - ranging from the highest reaches of power in the General Assembly down to individual police on the beat. But one significant drop is connected to retail theft. In 2016, nearly a thousand people were in prison for the crime. By the end of last year, that number was cut in half. In between, Cook County got a new prosecutor by the name of Kim Foxx.

"The number one charge in 2016 that we were prosecuting was not guns, was not shootings. It was retail theft," Foxx said in an interview she gave last year with Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

It's pretty easy for an Illinoisan to get retail theft up to a felony prosecution - all they have to do is steal more than $300 worth of stuff. That's a significantly lower threshold than a lot of states. But even though the law had not changed, Foxx directed her lawyers to act as though it had. From then on, retail theft would only be charged as a felony if more than a $1,000 worth of stuff was stolen.

"Some of the people that we were seeing repeatedly were not people in sophisticated retail theft rings," Foxx said. "We saw people who were stealing because they were either homeless, had addiction issues, had mental health issues, poverty-related issues, and (were) not threats." nprillinois.com


Cell Phones Stores Lock Doors During the Day
New Measures Foil Armed Robbery at T-Mobile

An apparent robbery at an Avon, Indiana phone store was foiled Thursday afternoon as efforts to protect such stores are paying off. In surveillance video,
two men are seen trying to enter a T-Mobile store on U.S. 36. They're halted when they find the door locked. Workers are seen safe inside, rushing to call police. Thieves have been targeting phone stores in recent months and police have asked stores to start taking extra security steps, including keeping doors locked during the day. wthr.com


Stores Run out of Shopping Carts as New Orleans Hunkers Down for Potential Hurricane Barry
Coastal Louisiana felt the first blow from Tropical Storm Barry's winds early on Friday as the slow-moving tempest was forecast to become the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019 threatening to bring rain and flooding to New Orleans. The storm was forecast to bring torrential rains of up to 25 inches (64 cm) in isolated places, which could cause life-threatening flooding along the Mississippi River, which has been running at flood stage for months, officials warned.

New Orleans residents who plan to ride out the storm flocked to supermarkets for bottled water, ice, snacks and beer, thronging grocery stores in such numbers that some ran out of shopping carts. Throughout the city, motorists left cars parked on the raised median strips of roadways hoping the extra elevation would protect them from flood damage. Armani McGriff, a 29-year-old retail worker, said she picked up nonperishable food and candles after the flooding earlier this week. kfgo.com

NACS has prepared resources for convenience and fuel retailers if disaster strikes
"NACS has prepared several resources for retailers in the affected areas facing recovery, as well as resources for all retailers to help address any supply/demand issues in the NACS Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Recovery Center," Lenard said.

There are more than 153,000 convenience stores in the United States, of which about 122,000 stores sell an estimated 80% of the fuel in the country. Convenience stores also operate one-third of all ATMs. In areas affected by disasters, convenience stores with generators may serve as the only source of electricity to recharge phones, as well as keep fueling dispensers operational for first responders to access. convenience.org

SensiGuard Issues Hurricane Recommendations as Barry Approaches New Orleans
The SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) recommends shippers continue to monitor developments throughout the weekend and confirm if destination facilities in the area will be impacted and have alternate plans for secure staging locations outside of the storm's path. The SCIC continues to strongly recommend that shippers and manufacturers utilize covert GPS tracking as part of a layered security program to mitigate the risk of theft. In the event cargo is stolen, the ability to provide real-time, accurate location coordinates to law enforcement is an essential component of a successful recovery. sensitech.com

Retailers Move Beyond Surveillance to Watch Shoppers
Video Analytics Provides Clues About Customer Behavior, Not Just Shoplifters

Most video footage captured by retailers is never analyzed, Chris Johnson, regional marketing manager for Bosch Security and Safety Systems, tells Security Sales & Integration. "They record it on the off chance that, if something happens, they can go back to the video and find it," he says. "They're spending a lot of money to only use video, say, 10 percent of the time."

Sephora Gains Insight from Video Surveillance
Cosmetics chain Sephora installed a system in its Malaysian stores to link the number of customers to its point-of-sale figures, according to a case study by retail intelligence firm AllGoVision. Using AXIS cameras, the stores were able to count customers and track how they moved within the space.

Video can also help clear up bottlenecks in checkout lines and in popular areas of the store; it can also measure dwell times in those popular areas to make sure they're always well stocked, according to the CDW report.

Respond in Real Time to Keep Customers Happy
Stores can use this data to deploy solutions as simple as sending an employee to help customers steer through a crowded section or give a shopper that last nudge needed to make a purchase decision, she writes: "Planning for predictable busy times and responding in real time keeps customers engaged and moving through their path to purchase." biztechmagazine.com

New Standard For Surveillance Products In The UK
Embraced by Axis, Hanwha & more
The new 'Secure by Default' standard aims to ensure security products are cyber- and network-secure by default and out of the box. The concept is that network video products will ship to installers in the most hardened, cyber-security-optimal form possible, with default settings that provide minimal vulnerabilities on first use.

Axis, Bosch, Hanwha, HikVision and Milestone Systems participated in developing the standard, which was officially unveiled at the IFSEC 2019 show.

Adoption Within The Industry
Hanwha Techwin has embraced Secure by Default as part of its comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. Hanwha Techwin's approach has been to make security a fundamental feature of cameras and recording devices.

Axis is aligned with the Secure by Default principles recommended by the U.K. National Cybersecurity Strategy Code of Practice. Furthermore, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes data protection and security by design and default a legal requirement.

Gary Harmer, UK and Ireland Sales Director for Hikvision, said the new Secure by Default scheme is a further positive step forward for the industry, one which Hikvision fully supports. securityinformed.com

Kairos launches biometric facial recognition solution for retail stores
Kairos has launched a plug and play data visualization and analytics solutions with biometric facial recognition for retail stores to gather demographic and tracking information on customers. The company says retailers can use Kairos Camera to examine data at each stage of the customer journey, from browsing through checkout, to help them optimize and plan product offerings. Facial recognition can potentially bridge the gap between the data online and offline stores have about what customers are buying, according to the announcement. biometricupdate.com

Retailers abound on Forbes list of America's Best Employers for Women
Women have made undeniable strides toward workplace equality in recent years. But while they account for 56% of college students and 48% of entry-level positions, they still make up just 23% of the C-suite. It would seem that for every step forward, much of corporate America has lagged behind. Thankfully, some organizations are doing better to keep pace.

Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify the companies liked most by female workers with our annual ranking of America's best employers for women. The list was compiled by surveying 60,000 Americans, including 40,000 women, working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees, and it features some companies whose appearance on the list, in light of recent events, might come as a surprise.

Here are the RILA members featured on this year's list.

Abercrombie & Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
Best Buy
Chico's FAS
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Pier 1 Imports
Publix Super Markets
TJX Companies
Ulta Beauty
VF Corp.
Wegmans Food Markets

See full list here forbes.com

Walmart Employees Worried That Company Is Spying on Their Social Media
AP Associate Says He Was Fired for Online Postings
Some Walmart employees are fearful that the company is spying on their social-media activity after a worker was fired this week for anonymous Reddit postings.

The fired employee was a regular contributor to a highly active Walmart-focused forum on Reddit with more than 54,000 subscribers.

He was fired on Monday for sharing confidential information, including internal company documents about a new Walmart initiative called "great workplace" that is being tested in some stores.

The terminated employee worked as an asset protection associate (APA), a role which provides security and monitors for shoplifting.

"We support our associates' right to share their opinions and give feedback, but we take the sharing of confidential information in any form very seriously," Walmart said in a statement to Newsweek. "The associate was terminated earlier this week for sharing sensitive business information in violation of company policy."  newsweek.com  businesswire.com

Protesters Disrupt Amazon Event Over Its Ties With ICE
Protesters disrupted an Amazon.com Inc. event Thursday, voicing opposition to the company's ties to entities that enforce the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Groups of demonstrators rallied outside the Amazon Web Services Summit. Inside, dozens of protesters in the audience interrupted a keynote speech by Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels five times before they were guided out. Mr. Vogels declined to comment on the protests.

Other companies that have been the target of protests due to their links to immigration enforcement include Microsoft Corp. and Wayfair Inc. Last year, some Amazon employees called on corporate leaders to end partnerships with companies that work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. wsj.com

CBO Lays out the Pros and Cons of $15/Hour Minimum Wage
Boost Pay for 27M Americans - But Could Cost 1.3M Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office, that nonpartisan arbiter of the impacts of federal legislation, reports that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the wages of 27 million Americans and lift 1.3 million out of poverty as of 2025.

The CBO also says that the change might cost jobs for 1.3 million workers, though that's the squishiest part of the agency's analysis. Overall, the CBO says, "For most low-wage workers, earnings and family income would increase, which would lift some families out of poverty." latimes.com

Car2Go theft in Chicago is a lesson
for car-sharing business
75 Cars Stolen After Company Changed Background Check Policy
Management of Daimler North America subsidiary Car2Go decided to stop conducting manual background checks on all of its users in April to attract new users. Instead, it attracted a ring of thieves in Chicago. Dozens of vehicles were stolen from the company's Chicago location on April 15, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, and the thieves claimed the vehicles as their own when workers went to a West Chicago neighborhood to retrieve them. Kelton said about 75 cars in total were compromised and eventually recovered, though some only after being stripped of doors, seats and other parts, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. autonews.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Senior Director of Internal Audit and Inventory Control for Tuesday Morning, Dallas, TX
Develop a risk-based audit plan to conduct internal audits of key company processes, including: inventory, distribution, information technology, accounting, advertising, and store operations to ensure compliance with corporate policies and procedures, laws and government regulations and advise on process efficacy and efficiency. Administer and oversee all SOX control testing and control certifications, coordinating efforts with appropriate Company representatives and external auditors. ultipro.com

Tuesday Morning is a national retail chain established in 1974 specializing in both domestic and international closeouts of medium to high-end name brand gifts, luxury home textiles, home furnishings, housewares and seasonal decor. As of 2013, Tuesday Morning boasts nearly 800 stores.

Director - Internal Audit for Michaels, Irving, TX
The Director-Internal Audit will lead Michaels audit team in developing and executing a strategic audit plan and enterprise-wide risk assessment with a consultative, partnership approach that adds value to the organization by utilizing stakeholder input. You and your team will have the responsibility of reviewing, auditing and monitoring actions to mitigate the Company's exposures to operational and regulatory risks associated with its business activities. hrsmart.com

With more than 1,200 stores in 49 US states and Canada, we are the largest provider in North America for arts, crafts, custom framing, floral, wall decor and seasonal merchandise.

Charming Charlie Bankruptcy Will Close All 261 Stores

Fred's closing 129 more stores

Kroger to build fourth Ocado warehouse near Atlanta

Colorado grows annual cannabis sales to $1 billion as other states struggle to gain a market foothold

Three Trends Transforming Stores Into Smart Shopping Hubs

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CONTROLTEK Awards The D&D Daily's Gus Downing with
the 'VOICE in Retail' Award

Thanks to the entire CONTROLTEK team and especially Rod Diplock, CEO, and Steve Sell, VP Global Sales & Marketing for the 'VOICE in Retail' award at NRF Protect and for the long-term partnership. Your values, culture and team truly exemplify the high standards CONTROLTEK has been known for throughout the industry, and you've been great partners.

The pic on the left is Doug Wicklander at NRF LP Convention in Vancouver in the late 90's golfing on a mountain where a bear ran across our hole, day before our old Make a Wish charity golf outings.

The other picture on the right is Bill Titus on my right - retired LP senior and one of the best shrink drivers in the business - and John Voytilla an LP senior and now SVP at Party City on my left golfing at an NRF LP Convention 2007 at our D&D Make a Wish Charity Golf Outing.

And the middle pic is William Bratton, retired NYPD Commissioner and Father of the Retail ORC effort nationwide on the police side - at our Live in NYC dinner party Jan. 2016. As he funded the first retail ORC police task force in Los Angeles in 2006.

So it's three NRF LP Conventions in that picture spanning 20 years and the Father of the police Retail ORC effort. Cool stuff, actually and I didn't mean to do that.

-Gus Downing

Gus Downing





Expanding Use Cases For RFID:
Enabling BOPIS, Cutting Inventory & Speeding Checkout
Global Report Presented by Retail TouchPoints & Zebra

Now, retailers are looking at ways to get even more out of their RFID investment, both by taking advantage of the increased inventory visibility that RFID affords and by using the tags to streamline and enable other operations.

Emerging use cases include:

  • Using more accurate inventory data to reduce safety stock levels and gain a clearer view of inventory enterprise-wide;

  • Incorporating RFID-tagged items with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions such as smart shelves; and

  • Leveraging RFID at the POS to reduce checkout times, and incorporating RFID with other technologies to enable cashierless stores.

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Inside the NIST team working to make cybersecurity more user-friendly
Cybersecurity is usually not a user's primary duty, yet they suffer an increasing burden to respond to security warnings, maintain many complex passwords, and make security decisions for which they are not equipped.

This is the main reason why security needs to be usable and why the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a team of researchers working on projects aimed at understanding and improving the usability of cybersecurity software, hardware, systems, and processes.

Pointing out the problems
With an academic background in mathematics and computer science and many years of work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and US federal agencies under her belt, Theofanos moved to NIST around 2003 to develop standards for usability. She is a convenor of an ISO Working Group developing user-centered design standards and has worked to apply user-centered design and usability principals to many domains including cloud computing, public safety communications and biometrics.

Julie Haney, the other co-lead for the Usable Cybersecurity program, ended up at NIST after getting degrees in CS, spending over 20 years working at the US Department of Defense as a cybersecurity professional and technical leader primarily in the cyber defense mission, and getting increasingly interested in the intersection of people and security and the factors impacting people's willingness and ability to adopt security best practices and technologies.

Making users care and be careful is not easy
Too many users are still choosing convenience over security. Security measures mean unwelcome friction when you just want to quickly set up an account to buy or do something online, and users still have a nebulous idea of the consequences of bad security.

Advice for security advocates -- Organizational cybersecurity problems -- Read more  helpnetsecurity.com

20 Questions to Ask During a Real (or Manufactured) Security Crisis
There are important lessons to be learned from a crisis, even the ones that are more fiction than fact. In this spirit, I offer 20 questions to ask during a real or manufactured security crisis.

1. What is the threat that the issue at hand poses? Regardless of the noise surrounding a given situation, you need to understand the actual threat you're dealing with.

2. What is the organization's exposure to the threat?

3. What risk does this threat pose to the organization? Once you understand the organization's exposure, you can assess the risk posed to the organization. This is where you really begin to understand how seriously to consider the threat and how aggressively to respond.

4. Is the hype surrounding this threat justified? Separating fact from fiction is important.

5. Does the hype surrounding the threat translate to a real risk for the organization? If the risk is real, then it's time to respond appropriately.

6. When did we first become aware of the issue? Were you just made aware of this, or have you been aware of it for quite some time? The difference is important.

7. Why wasn't this raised earlier?

8. Could we have avoided this issue?

9. Why didn't we avoid this issue? Once you understand how you could have avoided an issue, you need to ask why you didn't.

10. Has any damage to the organization occurred? This is, of course, the quintessential question. If no damage occurred, you need to remediate the risk, learn from your mistakes, and be thankful.

Read the final 10 questions here.  darkreading.com

Summer: A Time for Vacations & Cyberattacks?
In a survey published on July 11, security firm Lastline found that 58% of security professionals believe there is some seasonality in the attacks on their company, and the majority of that portion - about 52% - peg summer as the prime time for breaches. Both phishing and malware attacks are more likely to be encountered during the summer months, according to the survey of 1,000 security professionals, with 47% and 44% of respondents seeing more of each of those attacks, respectively.

The results are interesting and should raise questions for companies, says John DiLullo, CEO of Lastline. "I don't claim to know what is going on in the cybercriminal's mind, but there is some logic to saying that I may get a higher return on my effort during the summer months, especially when my efforts are aimed at individuals," he says.

The feeling among security professionals that summer is high time for sun and cyberattacks persists. A 2017 blog post by former security firm Secdo, bought by Palo Alto Networks in 2018, also argued that summer, with lower staff counts and workers connecting to unsecure Wi-Fi, continues to endanger corporate networks.

"Summer is an opportunity for hackers to take advantage of less staff on call and increased remote access combined with possible ignorance when it comes to the use of public Wi-Fi and mobile network security," the company stated in an archived blog post. darkreading.com

Fed's Powell Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and legislators in both parties expressed broad concern about Facebook Inc. 's plan to create a cryptocurrency-based payment network, underscoring the intense legislative and regulatory scrutiny the project could face. Mr. Powell, speaking to the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, expressed doubt about the feasibility of launching the digital coin, dubbed Libra, on the timeline Facebook has targeted.

"I think we agree that Libra raises a lot of serious concerns, and those would include around privacy, money laundering, consumer protection, financial stability," he said. "Those are going to need to be thoroughly and publicly assessed and evaluated before this proceeds." wsj.com

Tesla wants Apple's help in solving IP theft


New Whitepaper from Nedap Retail:

Challenges of Mobile Self-Checkout and Mobile Payment

Retailers have a big problem! Gone are the days when customers shopped at brick-and-mortar stores because they needed to. Now, they only shop in them when they want to. Said differently, the rise of online retailing has changed the industry landscape forcing retailers to focus on the customer experience rather than just the products they sell.



'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
An Eight-Episode Series Presented by Sensormatic

Assessing The Real-World Impact of LP Efforts
The LPRC Delivers Evidence-Based Solutions and Actionable Results

The Retailer's View

The Value - Expectations - Impact
Long-Term LPRC Members Discuss its Role & Impact on the LP/AP Industry

Joe Coll, VP of Asset Protection Operations & Administration, Macy's
Paul Jaeckle, VP of Asset Protection, Meijer Stores & LPRC Vice Chair
Kevin Larson, Senior Manager, AP, Kroger & LPRC Vice Chair

Given the level of disruption going on in the retail industry, the increasing role of technology, the importance of brand reputation, and the impact of social media, the opioid epidemic, active shooters, and cybercrime on retail, it's never been as important as it is today to find and develop academic solutions that solve or at least help minimize enterprise risk.

In our 5th episode, we speak with Joe Coll, Paul Jaeckle, and Kevin Larson - three tenured members of the Loss Prevention Research Council - who discuss the role and impact the group is having on the industry, as the leading academic resource in the U.S. totally dedicated to the retail LP/AP community.

Learn how the LPRC conference extends well beyond three days, providing a year-long work effort of industry collaboration, working groups, research papers, Store Labs, offender interviews, and more.

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Amazon is coming under fire for 'deceptive' ratings and reviews on its website,
and lawmakers are now demanding answers

Committee chair Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois - who is the chair of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce - sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday asking for a better understanding of how the tech giant identifies, removes, and prevents deceptive reviews and ratings of the products on its marketplace. The lawmakers also want to know if Amazon benefits financially from selling products that are promoted fraudulently.

"Online reviews significantly affect consumers' shopping decisions, and it is important that Amazon proactively protect consumers from such misleading and harmful behavior," Pallone and Schakowsky wrote.

The representatives questioned how Amazon determines which products receive the "Amazon's Choice" badge on the website. They posed four inquiries:

1. Does Amazon independently verify the quality of these products?
2. Does Amazon ensure that they do not have deceptive reviews?
3. Are the products promoted differently than items without the badge?
4. Does Amazon benefit financially by selling "Choice" items? businessinsider.com

Three Predictions for Prime Day 2019
With Prime Day now in its fifth year, many Prime members have been conditioned to anticipate and prepare for the event. According to a Profitero survey, 76% of Amazon Prime members in the US expect to shop Prime Day, a big jump from the 63% who shopped last year. In addition, 56% of Prime members who purchased on Prime Day last year expect to spend more this year. And participation in Prime Day among UK Prime members is expected to climb from 52% in 2018 to 67% this year.

As we look back at Prime Day 2018 and examine how Amazon's business and the competitive landscape have evolved, here are our three predictions for Prime Day 2019.

● Amazon brick-and-mortar promotions will get more aggressive.
● Amazon will emphasize brand exclusives at the expense of private labels.
● Amazon will use its 'prime' real estate for something other than products. emarketer.com

Mobile is Changing Authentication for E-Commerce
Advancements in mobile technologies have made it easier for consumers to make purchases using their mobile phones. The rise in mobile commerce has driven the need for advanced authentication technologies, according to a new study, "Lost in Transaction: The End of Risk?" published by PaySafe.

According to the report, "48 percent of consumers have already authenticated a payment using some form of biometric authentication, rising to 54 percent in the U.K. There is strong evidence to support the theory that this adoption is being driven by the growth of mobile commerce, and particularly by consumers under the age of 40." cardnotpresent.com

Tech Viewpoint: Three non-Amazon metrics to watch during Prime Day

82% of US households have an Amazon Prime membership

EBay announces summer outlet store

Etsy Unveils Free Shipping Plan For Orders Over $35

Tropical Storm Barry may impact major US ecommerce shipping corridor



Huntsville, AL: 4 arrested, $100,000 in stolen items seized in multi-state theft ring
Four people were arrested on more than 20 felony charges after investigators seized about $100,000 worth of stolen merchandise in a north Alabama theft ring bust, authorities said. Officers searched four homes and two storage units in Madison, Huntsville, and both Madison and Limestone counties on Wednesday, said Huntsville police Lt. Michael Johnson. Authorities said they seized power tools, lawn equipment and other stolen items, worth about $100,000. Johnson said police believe the theft ring extended through Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. al.com

Utah County, UT: Two men reportedly stole Home Depot merchandise
to ship out of state

Marco Jerez, 32, and Alejandro Sierra, 31, were arrested under investigation for three third-degree felony counts of theft by deception. The two men alternated who would pick up merchandise through a text order at several Home Depot stores in Utah and Salt Lake County. On Wednesday, detectives learned the men tried to pick up an order valued at $2,000 at an American Fork store. The order was cancelled for possible fraud and the men left without the merchandise, police reported.

Sometime later, detectives were contacted again by Home Depot loss prevention employees who reported the two men were at a Lindon store trying to pick up items through a text order. Investigators arrested the men and found more than $8,000 worth of Home Depot merchandise had been picked up from Lindon and Provo stores earlier the same day. The men then planned to ship the items to New York and Florida, according to the police report. heraldextra.com

Update: Richland County, SC: One of 4 Arrested in $142,000 Best Buy Burglary
The Richland County Sheriff's Department says a Texas man in connection with the burglary of the Best Buy on Two Notch Road has been arrested. Deondre Malique Johnson, 33, was arrested on charges of burglary and grand larceny. Johnson is being detained in Mississippi, where he awaits to be extradited back to South Carolina. On June 29, surveillance video of the incident captures four suspects using a crowbar to open the business' front automatic doors. They pulled the second metal gate off the track to enter the store.

Once inside, they headed for the area with mobile phones, where they pulled cages with phones and dragged them to their vehicle. More than 150 phones were stolen totaling an estimated $142,000. The suspects fled in a blue Chevy vehicle. At least three suspects remain at large. abccolumbia.com

Update: Alberta Lea, MN: Man pleads Not Guilty in Walmart electronics theft;
26 Apple watches and 11 laptops

Ezekiel Octavius Brown, 20 of Maplewood, entered a not guilty plea Thursday to felony theft. Authorities say he used a crowbar to open display cases and steal 11 laptops and 26 Apple Watches on January 15, 2018. A charge was filed against Brown in January 2019 and he was arrested in March. His trial is scheduled to start on November 19. kimt.com

Albemarle, NC: Police investigating $7,000 Jewelry theft from Walmart

Tracy, CA: Suspects sought in $5,825 theft from Ulta Beauty

Wilmette, IL: 'Known' Shoplifter busted at Jewel stealing over $1,000 of merchandise

Sherman, TX: Off-Duty Police Officer hold Home Depot thief at gunpoint; $700 of stolen merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Millford Mill, MD: Off-Duty Police Officer attempts to stop an argument outside Restaurant; armed man shot and killed
Baltimore County Police confirmed there was an officer-involved shooting at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Millford Mill Friday morning, but that the officer was not with their department. They also confirmed an armed suspect was killed in the shooting. Police say, that two people were arguing outside the restaurant as an off-duty officer was leaving the restaurant after eating. The officer attempted to break up the fight when he saw one of the men had a gun. He then took out his own weapon. Officials said the officer ordered the 36-year-old suspect to put down the gun but the suspect refused, leading the officer to fear his life was in danger and fired. cbslocal.com

Modesto, CA: Man accused of killing, robbing Bookstore employee
could face Death Penalty

On Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., Cinnamon Eades, 38, rang up a purchase made by Favian Marcos Ramirez, 20, at the Liberty Adult Bookstore. Moments later, Ramirez allegedly shot her before grabbing an unknown amount of cash from the register and running out the door. On Tuesday night, police arrested Ramirez on charges of murder and robbery. Ramirez drove to the store in a car he had taken on a test drive from a local used car dealership, police alleged in the statement. The murder charge includes a special circumstance allegation - that the shooting occurred during a robbery - that makes the case against Ramirez eligible for the death penalty. modbee.com

Sylacauga, AL: Suspect charged in 2018 killing of Sylacauga store clerk
Carlos Laundrell Brooks was taken into custody Tuesday night by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force. Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson. He is charged with murder in the Aug. 30, 2018 shooting death of Allen Oil Texaco clerk Melissa Joy McDonald. al.com

Salt Lake City, UT: Man charged with murder after stabbing
at Salt Lake City Maverik store

A suspect has been charged with murder after stabbings that claimed the life of a Maverik store clerk July 3 and injured a second man. Tukka Gonne, 21, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail after the attacks. gephardtdaily.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Houston, TX: Police Officer jumps on the hood of a fleeing shoplifter's car
leaving Harbor Freight

A brazen and ultimately successful getaway by two suspected shoplifters was captured on video, with a police officer on the hood of the car. A security camera captured off-duty Bridge City Assistant Police Chief Brad Frye hanging on to the suspects' car hood. Houston police said Chief Frye was in full uniform at Harbor Freight Tools when he witnessed someone shoplifting. In the surveillance video, you can see Frye walking out of the store behind two people. Moments after that, HPD said the chief tried to detain the suspects, but they did not comply and drove forward. Investigators say Frye told them he jumped on the hood of the car to avoid getting hit. In the surveillance video, you can see the suspects' car slowly weave through the parking lot with Frye on the hood. The car eventually sped up and Frye fell off. Houston police says Frye did discharge his service weapon, but it's unclear if anyone was hit. abc13.com

Summit County, OH: Smash and Grab thieves hit Cell Phone stores in 5 counties
An alarming number of smash and grabs at cell phone stores throughout five counties has prompted a large reward. Summit County Crimestoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the indictment of suspects who may be responsible for more than a dozen break-ins at businesses in ten cities over the past two months. Similar crimes at Verizon, Cricket Wireless, AT & T, and Metro PCS stores have been reported in Norton, Wadsworth, Akron, Canton, Green, Brimfield Township, Stow, Salem, Austintown and Jackson Township. news5cleveland.com

Middleton, CT: Recently Terminated employee robbed McDonald's
Militza Garcia, 41, was fired from the establishment in the past month, other employees told police. She went into the restaurant last Tuesday and went behind the counter to order her own food. Garcia then allegedly pulled out a key to the cash registers, grabbed a total of $200 from both and threatened employees who were trying to stop her that "if anyone calls the cops, I have a gun," police said. A manager called 911 but when police arrived, Garcia had already taken off. She was later arrested at her home. greenwichtime.com

Henderson, KY: Detectives Charge 3 in Connection to Vape Store Burglary

Tulsa, OK: Vape Shops Increasing Security against Burglary

Milford, CT: Target Associate charged with $3,600 theft of merchandise



Grand Rapids, MI: Chicago Counterfeiter gets 5 to 20 years in prison for bogus bills passed at Tanger Outlets
An Illinois man who passed fake $100 bills at Grand Rapids area businesses, and then got into a crash while fleeing police, was sentenced to prison Thursday for what the judge called "a very calculating attempt to defraud and rip off people of Kent County.'' Trent Young was the head of an Illinois trio arrested in October for passing counterfeit bills at 13 shops at Tanger Outlets in Byron Township. "It was a very focused attack on a single retail location,'' Kent County Sheriff's Sgt. Joel Roon said. "The number of stores that this group was able to hit in a very short amount of time was staggering.'' Young, a convicted felon who's been arrested in multiple states, fought with police and had to be subdued with a taser after he was found hiding in a backyard shed. wzzm13.com

Macomb County, MI: Serial robber sentenced to 56 years behind bars; (5) CVS, (2) Rite Aid (1) Family Dollar



C-Store - Montrose, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Blount County, TN - Armed Robbery
CVS - Homewood, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Marion County, SC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Chesterfield County, VA - Armed Robbery
Gun Shop - Kent County, MI - Burglary
Home Depot - Sherman, TX - Robbery
Restaurant- Middleton, CT - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Bibb County, GA - Robbery
Restaurant - New York, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Tulare, CA - Armed Robbery (Habit Burger)
7-Eleven - Suffolk County, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Niles, IL - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Avon, IN - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Parma, OH - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Albemarle, NC - Burglary


Daily Totals:
17 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
98 robberies
32 burglaries
6 shootings
1 killed



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