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Norwalk, CT: Loss prevention officer charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls
A security officer from White Plains sexually assaulted two young girls while at his job. Investigators say Edwin Espichan detained two girls recently while working as a loss prevention officer at a Kohl's store. Espichan held the girls in the security office for more than an hour, claiming they had been shoplifting. He then allegedly asked for sexual favors, telling the girls he wouldn't call police or their parents if they complied. One of the victims was sexually assaulted by Espichan while being held in the security office and he contacted one of the girls on social media after the incident. Espichan is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. He is facing multiple charges and is expected to be arraigned today.

A spokesperson from Kohl's said in a statement: "We [Kohl's] are cooperating with the authorities leading the investigation and are referring all media inquiries to police. We take these allegations very seriously and the associate in question will not be returning to Kohl's. As always, the safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority." news12.com

Las Vegas police release report on lessons from 2017 mass shooting that killed 58
The recommendations include planning with other agencies and allowing responding officers to remove reflective vests that could make them a target.

Among 93 recommendations in a newly released department "after-action review" are requirements to plan ahead with neighboring police, fire, hospital and coroner officials; to let responding officers remove reflective vests so they're less of a target to a shooter; and to ensure more paramedics and trauma kits are available at large-scale events.

"We hope we never have to use these procedures that we are putting in place," said Lombardo, who characterized the report as "our textbook on our response" to the October 2017 massacre that killed 58 people at an open-air music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He said it's now required reading for every Las Vegas police officer above the rank of sergeant. nbcnews.com lvmpd.com


North Face "flash mob" part of a growing trend in organized retail crime
"Roughly half (48.5 percent) of survey respondents said ORC gangs are exhibiting more aggression than they did the previous year," according to the National Retail Federation.  

Those aggressive tactics were on display in Kenosha County recently when what police characterized as "a flash mob" of 10 men rushed into the North Face store at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets July 1, grabbing armfuls of coats and jackets - an estimated $30,000 in merchandise - before running from the store and fleeing in waiting cars. The theft took less than 30 seconds.

'This is a business'
But while the boldness of that theft was attention grabbing - the video spread on social media and has been viewed thousands of times - the tactic isn't unusual, Smetana said.

Nine in 10 retailers said they had encountered organized retail crime in the last 12 months, according to the National Retail Federation survey.

'Booster bags'
Smetana said some of those thefts are groups working with "booster bags," shopping bags lined with material that thwarts security sensors. Those groups often go store to store hitting targeted merchandise.

A group similar to the North Face thieves walked into Ulta, 10033 77th St., and - making no attempt to conceal what they were doing - filled bags with dozens of bottles of perfume and cologne. That group was later found to be part of a multi-state operation that became known as the "grab-and-go five," hitting Ulta stores in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

Organized Operation
Smetana said the North Face theft was clearly part of an organized retail theft operation. "You could see it was well-planned out. They have done their homework. This is their job, this is their career," he said. "These are professionals." kenoshanews.com

Retail security expert says guards in Australia are powerless to stop gangs targeting electronics stores
Groups of gangs are terrorizing electronics stores across the state, leaving workers and store security guards helpless to stop them. Teens are raiding stores like JB Hi-Fi on a regular occurrence, with Victoria Police now working directly with retailers in order to curb the growing issue.

Crowd safety manager Alan Wilson, who has trained security guards for over 15 years, told Tom guards don't hold any authority to step in. "Here's the catch, the security guard on the door has no more power than you or me," he said on 3AW Drive. "He's a civilian in a uniform and if the guard was to detain one of those youths, the offence has to carry a term of imprisonment."

"If it is for theft, which in most states only incurs a fine instead a term of imprisonment, then technically you can't stop them."  3aw.com.au

NACS Launches Disaster Preparedness Resources
The NACS Convenience Store Emergency Planning and Job Aids, available for download at convenience.org/disasterplan, is a result of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Program Challenge, which was a project awarded to NACS in 2018 to identify and enhance how convenience stores can boost their resiliency as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster, whether man-made or natural.

NACS worked with more than 20 convenience retailers across the country-from one-store operators to retailers with more than 1,000 stores-to develop the NACS Convenience Store Emergency Planning and Job Aids, and incorporated information supplemented by government regulatory requirements and professional association recommendations.

NACS is hosting a webinar, "Convenience Store Emergency Planning," on Wednesday, July 31 at 1 to 2 p.m. ET, featuring former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot. convenience.org

Many Stores & Restaurants Forced to Close During Manhattan Blackout
One Grocery Store Says It Could Take $50K Loss

A blackout hit Manhattan on Saturday night, leaving large swaths of the city in darkness. The power outage struck at 6:47 p.m., affecting most of Manhattan's west side from 32nd Street all the way to 72nd Street. About 73,000 Con Edison customers lost power in all after some kind of mechanical failure at the West 49th Street substation.

The partial blackout, which coincidentally struck on the 42nd anniversary of the infamous 1977 outage which left millions without power, shut down subway lines and elevators, stranding thousands. It also shut down most of theater district, stopped J-Lo's Madison Square Garden concert mid-song, and led many stores and restaurants to close.

One Twitter user shared a story of how a Uniqlo's power went off, forcing customers to leave. Another said that Gourmet Garage, a grocery chain, could lose $50,000 due to the blackout. nymag.com

ICE Home Raids Fizzle Over the Weekend
It's Monday - Raiding Places of Employment

A small number of coordinated federal raids targeting undocumented migrant parents and their children took place over the weekend, the beginning of the Trump administration's plan to swiftly enforce deportation orders against some 2,000 recently arrived migrants who are not eligible to remain in the country.

The plans for the operation were changed at the last minute because of news reports that had tipped off immigrant communities about what to expect, according to several current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. Instead of a large simultaneous sweep, the authorities created a secondary plan for a smaller and more diffuse scale of apprehensions to roll out over roughly a week. Individual ICE field offices were given the discretion to decide when to begin, one official said.

A number of undocumented immigrants took measures over the weekend to avoid interacting with the authorities - staying home and not answering the door - but some will not have that option when the workweek begins on Monday, suggesting that agents may be more successful at making arrests. nytimes.com

Federal Agencies Scramble to Comply With Chinese Security Camera Ban
Some Businesses Still Using Banned Hikvision & Dahua Cameras

When President Trump ratified the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last summer it included an amendment for fiscal 2019 that would mandate federal agencies do not purchase security cameras made in China. The provision also gave U.S. federal agencies one year to remove Chinese-made cameras as part of the legislation's intent to mitigate the threat of spying by China's government.

However, it is painfully obvious that complying with the surveillance technology prohibition can never be fully be achieved - not by the Aug. 13 deadline.

The NDAA amendment singled out Dahua and Hikvision, among other telecommunications gear from Chinese firms. The article cites Forescout Technologies - a Washington-based firm hired by some federal agencies to determine what systems are running on their networks - which claims 1,700 Hikvision and Dahua cameras are still operating in locations where they've been banned.

Forescout Vice President of Government Affairs Katherine Gronberg tells Bloomberg the number is probably much higher since only a small percentage of government offices actually know what cameras have been deployed. securitysales.com

Commerce Department seeks comment on online counterfeits to determines causes and solutions
The Department of Commerce (DOC) is looking for input from intellectual property rights holders and online third-party marketplaces on how to best stem the sale of counterfeit goods online, according to a notice on the Federal Register posted last week.

he request is the result of a Presidential Memorandum released in April, "Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods," which called on the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of Commerce to complete a report on the state of counterfeit goods. These comments will help to inform this report, which must be delivered to President Trump by October 30, 2019.

The DOC wants to better understand what leads to the sale of counterfeit goods, if there are any technological or policy solutions, and if information-sharing or government data could help stop these sales. retaildive.com

The Loss Prevention Foundation Announces New University Partnership
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Northwood University. Through this unique partnership, Northwood University's degree-seeking students will have the opportunity to earn course credit and receive their Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) certification upon completion of the course and final exam. yourlpf.org

NRF Annual Back to School Study
Record spending expected for school and college supplies

Families with children in elementary school through high school plan to spend an average $696.70. That's up from $684.79 last year and tops the previous record of $687.72 set in 2017. With fewer families surveyed saying they have children in grades K-12, spending is expected to total $26.2 billion, down from last year's $27.5 billion despite the increase in per-household spending.

With fewer survey respondents saying they are attending college, spending is expected to total $54.5 billion, down from last year's record $55.3 billion.

Total spending for K-12 schools and college combined is projected to reach $80.7 billion, down from last year's $82.8 billion largely because of the decreased number of households with children in elementary through high school.

Editor's Note:
Which is exactly why the stores cant find enough workers - they simply aren't there! It's going to get a little worst. nrf.com

Barney's Mulls Bankruptcy or Sale

Trucking Apocalypse Continues - 6 Major Carriers Fail in '19

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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



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FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement Over Privacy Lapses
The Federal Trade Commission has endorsed a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc. over a long-running probe into the tech giant's privacy missteps. The matter has been moved to the Justice Department's civil division and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize, one of the people said. Justice Department reviews are part of FTC procedure but typically don't change the outcome of a decision by the commission. A settlement is expected to tighten government restrictions on how Facebook treats user privacy. The additional terms of the settlement couldn't immediately be learned. wsj.com

California's Privacy Law Seems Inevitable
'Embarrassing': Congress stumbles in push for consumer privacy bill
With just weeks to go before the August break, the window for action is slipping away - a victim of unresolved partisan divides, legislative turf squabbles and lagging engagement from the White House. The limited legislative days left this year are expected to be dominated by budget and debt ceiling battles, and the intensifying election campaign will further suck up political oxygen going into 2020.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who has called it "embarrassing" and "disgraceful" that Congress hasn't moved forward on consumer privacy, again lamented the delay at a hearing last week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other California Democrats warn they will bat down any effort to weaken their state's sweeping privacy law, which goes into effect in 2020.

Democrats won't cave on the issue, predicted Alastair Mactaggart, the driving force behind California's privacy law, who has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

"Twenty percent of the House Democratic caucus is from California. The speaker's from California. One of the leading Democratic contenders for president is from California," Mactaggart said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event this week. "It's hard for me to see with that kind of weight in Congress how those representatives roll over and say 'Hey, no problem, eviscerate our law.'" politico.com

The Security of Cloud Applications
Most Hacks & Breaches Don't Happen in the Cloud
One major benefit of the cloud that was understood in its early years is that enterprises can leverage it to get their applications up and running faster, with more manageability, more scalability, less maintenance, and fewer IT resources.

Yet despite this recognition - which helped propel the cloud industry beyond the $100 billion mark in just 10 years - there are still lingering misconceptions about deploying applications in the cloud. The most prevalent misconception being that the cloud is a less secure place to deploy applications than deploying them in a private, on-premises data center.

While this myth is not grounded in empirical evidence, people connect logically with the idea that things that are under their direct control are more secure than things that someone else controls - in this case, cloud providers.

Many enterprises still invest heavily in their own data centers because they believe that running their sensitive business logic and placing their sensitive data in the public cloud means that others - whether rogue employees of the public cloud or other malicious actors - will have an easier time stealing their crown jewels. I get it.

The reality, however, is that the vast majority of the evidence proves the opposite is true. Most of the major system hacks and data leaks in the past few years have not been on data or business logic in public cloud deployments. With the occasional exception of misconfigured public storage buckets, almost all data leaks happen on infrastructure and software managed internally by enterprises, not by cloud providers. But even when presented with this information, the myth of applications being less secure in the cloud continues to hamper business and its subsequent growth.

By not deploying their applications in the cloud, enterprises are missing out on immeasurable advantages.  darkreading.com

There's a Security Incident in the Cloud: Who's Responsible?
Who bears responsibility for a security incident in the cloud? It's a valid question, and one many enterprises remain unsure of amid a mass migration that has transformed business over the past few years. It has become increasingly difficult to delineate where the infrastructure ends and the applications begin - hence enterprise users' confusion. Here, we try to clear up some of their questions.

Who Monitors for Potential Compromises - and Where?
While the cloud provider should assume responsibility for the security of the cloud's physical assets and underlying software that powers the cloud platform, the customer is responsible for the data they own and transact within the cloud, according to James Condon, director of research at Lacework.

Who Is Most Likely to Detect an Incident First?
Experts agree that cloud providers are more likely to detect compromises in the infrastructure or platform, but enterprises will most likely detect incidents in their apps and data.

Can We Work Together on Incident Response?
Establishing clear lines of communication whereby information can easily be passed between providers and enterprises will make working together much easier when an incident occurs. darkreading.com

Why AI Is The Future Of Cybersecurity
Over 60% of Enterprises Need AI to Detect Data Breaches
Capgemini Research Institute surveyed 850 senior executives from seven industries, including consumer products, retail, banking, insurance, automotive, utilities, and Key insights include the following:

Key insights include the following:

  • 61% of enterprises say they cannot detect breach attempts today without the use of AI technologies.

  • 48% say their budgets for AI in cybersecurity will increase by an average of 29% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

  • 69% of enterprises believe AI will be necessary to respond to cyberattacks.

  • 73% of enterprises are testing use cases for AI for cybersecurity across their organizations today with network security leading all categories.

  • 51% of executives are making extensive AI for cyber threat detection, outpacing prediction, and response by a wide margin.

  • 64% say that AI lowers the cost to detect and respond to breaches and reduces the overall time taken to detect threats and breaches up to 12%.

AI and machine learning are redefining every aspect of cybersecurity today. From improving organizations' ability to anticipate and thwart breaches, protecting the proliferating number of threat surfaces with Zero Trust Security frameworks to making passwords obsolete, AI and machine learning are essential to securing the perimeters of any business. forbes.com

More Advanced Ransomware Program Coming

Bitpoint Cryptocurrency exchange says $23M stolen from customers

Is It Time For Cryptocurrency To Become More Regulated?



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Hackers target online shoppers ahead of Amazon Prime Day
Computer security company McAfee stated that they've discovered a new version of a phishing kit, which is being observed since 2018. The new phishing kit, dubbed 16Shop, has been used by malicious actors to target Apple account holders in the United States and Japan, according to McAfee. It's said that the new version is using to target Amazon customers for the biggest shopping day of Amazon, which is starting from July 15, 2019.

In this type of attack, the victims receive an email with a pdf file attachment that looks like an original email alert you would get from Apple, Amazon, or any other tech company. If the users click on the link in the attached pdf file, they are redirected to a fake site where they trick the user to enter sensitive information like bank account number, debit, and credit card details. cisomag.com

Amazon Prime Day bargain-hunt pressure to triple counterfeit goods purchases
Amazon Prime Day is set to triple purchases of counterfeit goods as consumers are more likely to accidentally buy fake products on Amazon during the 48-year hour rush for a bargain, says a new report by Red Points.

Some 33.3% of the surveyed US shoppers admit to having purchased a counterfeit product during Prime Day. That's up from 10% of respondents who have bought a fake product during a non-promotional event on Amazon.

Fear of missing out (FOMO) a discount pushes shoppers to buy counterfeit goods
The fear of missing out on a discount has 32% of consumers purchasing clothes without doing any research. Some 68.9% of US shoppers aged between 18-44 years old feel pressured to buy an item quicker when there is a sale.

Fake products shoppers most likely to bag
The top three categories of goods purchased during a flash sale with limited stock that consumers later found to be counterfeit are electronics (30.7%), fashion accessories (21.1%) and clothes (18.6%).

The majority (73.8%) of shoppers feel "most comfortable" buying discounted products on Amazon without conducting prior research, highlighting a demand for an effortless shopping experience. That's down to 47% in comparison to a brand's website. tamebay.com

Beware these scams on Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day will kick off on Monday with 48 hours of deals for tens of millions of consumers who are Amazon Prime members, but the surge in internet traffic is also likely to attract scammers looking to steal your data and payment card details.

"Consumers should proceed with caution," Monique Becenti, product and channel specialist at SiteLock, said in a statement. "A marked discount shopping holiday means there is vast opportunity for cybercriminals to try to steal information."

Here are four scams shoppers should be on the lookout for on this year's Prime Day on July 15 and 16:

● Spoofed sites
● Malicious coupon code redirects
● Gift card scams
● Email phishing marketing campaigns

Amazon Prime Day Brings Sales, and Risks, for Retailers
Monday is the start of Amazon's annual Prime Day sale, when subscribers to the company's Prime service get major discounts on everything from flat-screen TVs to Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Now in its fifth year, the sale has grown so large that the term Amazon Prime Day no longer quite captures it. This year's Prime sale stretches across two days, and Amazon is not the only company involved. A record 250 retailers are offering their own sales to compete with Prime Day.

But the emergence of a second major shopping season - four months before Thanksgiving - may come at a cost for the hundreds of retailers scrambling to keep up with Amazon.

John Nash, the chief marketing and strategy officer at RedPoint Global, a data management firm that works with retail companies said stores should focus on creating long-term relationships with customers, rather than chasing temporary sales spikes.

One risk that retailers should consider as they plan mid-July sales is cannibalization, said Guy Yehiav, the chief executive of Profitect, an analytics provider for the retail industry. Shoppers who buy heavily discounted items in July may be less inclined to return to the same stores later in the summer. nytimes.com

Amazon prepared for glitches on Prime Day, exec says
Amazon Opens a New Window. Prime Vice President Cem Sibay said the company has been working diligently ahead of Prime Day to make sure this year's two-day sale event goes off without a hitch. "We've been working on preparing for this year's Prime Day since essentially last year's Prime Day [was] over," Sibay told FOX Business' Stuart Varney Opens a New Window. on Friday. "So essentially we're ready. We've been working very hard." foxbusiness.com

Amazon workers in Germany to strike over pay, union says
Workers at seven Amazon sites across Germany will go on strike over pay for at least two days this week starting on Sunday night going into Monday, labor union Verdi said. The strikes, under the motto 'No more discount on our incomes ", will coincide with Amazon's Prime Day when the U.S. online retail giant offers its 'Prime' customers discount deals. Germany is its second-biggest market after the United States. cnbc.com

Which retailers are countering Amazon's Prime Day?

The Future of Prime Day: The experts weigh in

Amazon Prime Sign-Ups Have Slowed Since 2016 Peak

That Amazon freebie may actually be from a scammer

Casio sues Snapdeal, e-sellers over fake products

House Lawmakers Plan July 18 Hearing on Legislation to Combat Online Counterfeit Sales


Laredo, TX: Two men accused of stealing $97,000 from The Home Depot
Laredo Police arrested Alberto Lopez-Puente, 34 and charged him with theft of property. The incident came to light on June 7th when officers received a theft call from a local home improvement store at the 5700 block of San Bernardo. When officers arrived, an employee stated that one of the employees along with an accomplice were making fraudulent transactions and taking items from the business. The loss prevention specialist says both men claimed they were making transactions for building materials over the course of 11 months and managed to steal roughly $97,000 of materials by using fake returns for items purchased. The case was turned over to the Crimes Against Property Unit who was able to identify Lopez-Puente as the accomplice. Lopez-Puente was taken to the county jail on a $100,000 bond. The employee of the business has not been arrested at this time pending further investigation. foxnewssouthtexas.com

Elsmere, KY: Women arrested for Credit Card Fraud accused of defrauding Cracker Barrel out of $37,000
Two women who were arrested for credit card fraud in Northern Kentucky have now been accused of defrauding Cracker Barrel out of tens of thousands of dollars. Danielle Davis, 41, and Shirley Cameron, 53, were originally arrested by police in Elsmere, Kentucky in November 2018. According to a federal indictment, the women would allegedly use stolen credit card numbers to purchase items from a Cracker Barrel and then return those items to a different Cracker Barrel. The women would have the money refunded to their own debit cards, which had the same last four digits as the stolen cards. The indictment said the women repeated the scheme 43 times at restaurants in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri and Arizona. The scheme is alleged to have cost Cracker Barrel more than $37,000. lex18.com

Alameda, CA: Police Seek Shoplifters who detonated Firecracker as diversion inside Safeway
Police are searching for two people suspected of exploding a firecracker inside a busy Safeway store on Thursday in order to steal a shopping cart loaded with groceries. The explosion and theft happened about noon Thursday at the Safeway store in Alameda South Shore Center, police said. A male suspect threw the firecracker in the store's refrigerated beer section, creating a diversion that allowed a female suspect to leave the store with a shopping cart full of groceries, according to police. The store was shut down and the explosion scared several people, police said. cbslocal.com

Norwich, England: Grandma with 50-year criminal career told by judge
'you're getting too old for this'

Christine Carriage, 71, has a criminal career that spans over five decades, starting in 1965. She appeared before Judge Stephen Holt at Norwich Crown Court on July 11 after admitting acquiring or possessing criminal property. The judge handed her a 24-week prison term, suspended for 18 months. Carriage, of was then back in court a day later on July 12, having previously admitted five thefts from shops between June 11 and October 11 last year. Chairman of the bench of magistrates, Eamon Lambert, also echoed the comments made by Judge Holt who told her she was 'getting too old' for her life of crime. In 2015, Carriage went before the court after police found a total of 1,337 items of clothing, shoes and handbags at her bungalow. She was given a six-month suspended sentence. metro.co.uk

Framingham, MA: Advanced Auto Part Employee charged with $7,000 cash theft with refund scam

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Shootings & Deaths

Sebring, FL: Man Kills Himself at Lakeshore Mall after confronted by Police
about Murder

Pasco County Sheriff's officials say they were searching for 32-year-old Brian Wilson in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified woman at an apartment complex Friday. Authorities found him at Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. The Tampa Bay Times reports it's not clear exactly when authorities caught up with him, but Pasco Sheriff's officials say he fled after they confronted him and shot himself. nbcmiami.com

Colorado Springs, CO: 1 hurt in shooting outside Citadel Mall
One person was injured after a shooting in broad daylight in a mall parking lot. Police surrounded a silver SUV on the north side of the Citadel Mall after shots rang out shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. Police say one person was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition. At last report, detectives said they were still working to learn exactly what happened, but do believe it was an isolated incident. No arrests have been reported. kktv.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Teens shot at customers following shoplifting incident at southside C-store
Three unidentified males believed to be between 15 and 17 shot at people filling up at a Stripes convenience store Friday morning in Corpus Christi's southside. Police said it happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Stripes on Everhart and Grand Junction. Luckily no one was hurt. According to police, the three teens fired several shots from across the street. The intended target was believed to be a local tree trimmer who explained how it all happened. "We go to walk into Stripes and the young kid says, 'Mind your own business,' as he was stealing sodas," Brian Taylor said. kiiitv.com

St Petersburg, FL: Man shot outside C-Store in Life Threatening condition, investigation continues

Beachwood, OH: Beachwood Police release video of shoplifting incident that led to shooting and chase


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Napa, CA: Pursuit ends in 4 arrests after Marshalls theft getaway driver
hits employee

The Napa Police Department received word at 2:40 p.m. that a theft was taking place at the Marshalls on Soscol Avenue. A loss prevention officer saw two men fill bags with shoes, police said. The officer followed the men. Police say Bryant Monroe, 43, headed outside with the merchandise and Eric Brown, 35, walked off in a different direction in the store. Brown was later found in the store and arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, grand theft and robbery charges. The loss prevention officer yelled at Monroe, who got in the passenger seat of a truck, police say. Vallejo resident Scott Madison, 35, was driving the vehicle and struck the officer with the car and drove away, police say. The officer did not need medical attention. napavalleyregister.com

Little Falls, Employee charged with stealing $25,000 in cash from business
Patricia Ann Martin, 38, Little Falls, is facing a felony theft charge in Morrison County District Court. The store reviewed activity by Martin during other shifts and allegedly found that from Feb. 24 through May 5, Martin worked 45 shifts and stole an average of $164.49 during each of 43 shifts. The store conducted an analysis of store shortages while Martin was working from January 2018 to February 2019 and allegedly estimated a total of $25,004.03 was stolen by Martin from the store. hometownsource.com

Fort Gratiot, MI: Bond set at $150,000 for Detroit teens accused in $100,000 jewelry store heist
Four Detroit teens have been arraigned on multiple charges in connection to Tuesday's robbery of Kay Jewelers in Fort Gratiot and the ensuing police chase that followed. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Deegan requested high bonds for all four teens, noting they came to the county from outside the area in a stolen vehicle with plans to rob the store in the mall and fleeing in a manner that put the public in danger. She said during the Friday arraignment they were able to get more than $100,000 in jewelry during the "smash and grab." "They came here for the purpose of this crime and thought they could get away with it," Deegan said. She said the crime mirrored others outside the county and officials believe the group could be connected to a crime ring. All four were given bonds of $150,000 cash/surety. thetimesherald.com

Australia: Retail security expert says guards are powerless to stop gangs targeting electronics stores
Groups of gangs are terrorizing electronics stores across the state, leaving workers and store security guards helpless to stop them. Teens are raiding stores like JB Hi-Fi on a regular occurrence, with Victoria Police now working directly with retailers in order to curb the growing issue. Crowd safety manager Alan Wilson, who has trained security guards for over 15 overs, told Tom guards don't hold any authority to step in. "Here's the catch, the security guard on the door has no more power than you or me," he said on 3AW Drive. "He's a civilian in a uniform and if the guard was to detain one of those youths, the offence has to carry a term of imprisonment. "If it is for theft, which in most states only incurs a fine instead a term of imprisonment, then technically you can't stop them." 3aw.com.au

Colorado Springs, CO: Man pleads guilty to Robbery of The Medicine Shoppe; stealing nearly 7,000 pills

4 West Michigan gun shops burglarized in 5 days

Hartford, CT: Man with 40 arrests charged with robbery 44 minutes after court official orders West Hartford Police to release him

Nashville, TN: Burglars did $6,000 in damage at car wash to steal $300 in coins

Carmel, NY: 70 year old man Stole Lawn Mower, Air Conditioner From Home Depot


Cargo Theft

Uruapan, Mexico: $12M Facility Part Of US-Mexico Efforts To Stop Growing Avocado Cargo Theft



Indianapolis, IN: Man sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison for Cellphone store Armed Robbery

Mohave County, AZ: Dollar General Serial Robber pleads guilty; sentenced to 15 years

Peoria, IL: Dollar General Armed Robber sentenced to 21 years

Livonia, MI: Speedway robber/ ex-employee sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison

West Lubbock, TX: Teen facing 10 years for theft of 2 firearms from Academy Sports



Beekeeping Supply Store - Sacramento, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Albany, GA - Burglary
CVS - West Hartford, CT - Robbery
Car wash - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Castle Megastore - Kennewick, WA - Burglary
Cricket Wireless- Fresno, CA- Robbery
Furniture store - Greece, NY - Burglary/ Fire
Gas Station - Farmington, NM - Burglary
Gun Shop - Holland, MI - Burglary
Gun Shop - Sparta, MI - Burglary
Laundry store - Fargo, ND - Burglary
Jewelry store - Taunton, MA - Armed Robbery
Photo Studio - Casper, WY - Burglary
Restaurant - Kennewick, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Shreveport, LA - Burglary
Spa - Kennewick, WA - Burglary
Sprint - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Sprint - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Team Shop - Madison, WI - Burglary
Verizon - Decatur, IL - Burglary
Walgreens - Prescott Valley, AZ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
5 robberies
16 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




None to report

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