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Aaron Hancart, CFI named Director of Operations - Inventory Management for Lenscrafters
Previously Aaron was the Director of Asset Protection for The Cellular Connection, a Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer, where he spent a year building the AP department from the ground up. Over the past decade he has held various Asset Protection and Operational positions with Target, Dick's Sporting Goods and JC Penney. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Dayton before a stint in Federal Law Enforcement. Congratulations Aaron!

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Is Face Recognition the Only Good Answer to Retail's $18-24B Fraud Problem?
According to Appriss Retail, U.S. retailers saw more than $369 worth of returned products, and $18-24 billion of those returns were fraudulent. There are lots of ways that return fraud is being perpetrated ranging from fake receipts to cloned gift cards. But one of the most common schemes involves buying an item and returning a fake item in its place. Unfortunately, the counterfeit items are becoming so convincing that it's often nearly impossible to distinguish them from the genuine articles.

Antonio Linares, the operator of Fake Education, a site dedicated to preventing fraud told The Fashion Law, "We are now at the point where the fakes are almost identical to the real thing ... where they are almost 99 percent identical."

Given that the quality of the counterfeits is rapidly improving, it's becoming increasingly unrealistic to expect store clerks tasked with handling returns to be able to spot the difference. Therefore, strategies aimed at preventing return fraud need to move away from spotting phony receipts or merchandise and instead focus on spotting the people who commit the crimes. And facial recognition technology may provide the best means of doing so. Read the full blog post here: facefirst.com

U.S & the UK Not Pursuing Shoplifting Cases
The Stories Continue

Business Owners Upset Over Increase of Shoplifters Due to Prop. 47
Some Thieves Hit Stores 5 Times Per Day

Small business owners in San Diego County are sounding an alarm over thousands of dollars in losses to shoplifters. The problem is that those shoplifters don't appear to be facing any consequences.

A 7-Eleven franchise owner told NBC 7 every single day shoplifters come in and take what they want if they keep it under a certain amount. The owner hopes the city will step in to do something because right now they claim police have their hands tied.

"It's happening every day, hour by hour," said 7-Eleven Franchise Owner, Jassi Dhillon. At every one of his six locations, he said snacks fly off the shelves, but are often not paid for. "It's unbearable. It's out of control. You will have the same guy coming in five times a day, picking things out," said Dhillon.

He said it feels it's no longer a priority for police because it's now considered petty theft. Under Prop 47, which passed in 2014, anything stolen below a $950 value keeps the crime as a misdemeanor. He showed NBC 7 several surveillance videos from his cameras recording people shoplifting.

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is aware it's become a major problem for small business owners, now that a group of 7-Eleven store owners are speaking up. Dhillon said he loses between $15,000 and $20,000 a quarter at every location. He hopes law enforcement does more in the future to help curb the growing problem. nbclosangeles.com

Shoplifting harms store owners, state
Massachusetts Retailers Say DA's Hands-Off Shoplifting Policy Hurts Business

How do you attract - and keep - retailers when the county's district attorney has declared shoplifting off-limits for prosecution?

It's a point that's top of mind with the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, which recently lambasted Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins' hands-off policy on prosecuting shoplifters and said her move made it "open season on our retail stores."

The notion that because shoplifting is a non-violent crime, it's low-level and therefore unimportant clearly has little empathy for the store owner with razor-thin profit margins, trying to make a living while his or her inventory walks out the door.

How bad can it be? Massachusetts businesses lose an estimated $1 billion annually in stolen merchandise, Retailers Association General Counsel Ryan Kearney told Kashinsky. And those five-finger discounts leave the state roughly $62.5 million short in sales tax revenue. bostonhherald.com

Oxford, UK: Shoplifting investigations see dramatic decline since change in law
Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network director Keith Slater said part of the reason for the drop in call-outs was because of the law change in 2014. This re-defined 'low-value shoplifting' as a summary offence, meaning police forces no longer investigate thefts from shops of a value of under £200. Anyone who is caught in the act of stealing goods worth less than £200 can still be arrested and face prosecution but these cases are frequently rushed through courts with defendants able to enter their plea by post. oxfordtimes.co.uk


Rep Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Wants to Overhaul Credit-Reporting Industry
House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Employment Credit Checks

The House Committee on Financial Services on July 11 passed legislation that would prohibit employers from using credit reports for employment decisions, except when required by law or for a national security clearance.

The bill would also prohibit hiring managers from asking questions about applicants' financial past during job interviews or including questions about credit history on job applications.

Opponents of the practice say that it blocks upward mobility, disproportionately affects minority job seekers and can be an invasion of privacy.

On the other hand, those in favor of credit checks on job candidates argue that the information is an indicator of a person's judgment and potential risk to the organization, especially for certain positions involving finances and accounting.

The legislation is a component of a multi-bill overhaul of the credit-reporting industry brought forward by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chair of the committee.

Waters says "an individual's credit history has been shown not to predict their job performance," she said. "Nevertheless, credit information is increasingly used by employers. People who have been unemployed for an extended period of time, and whose credit standing has been damaged because they were unable to pay their bills, cannot secure a new job to end their financial distress because prospective employers conduct credit checks as part of an application process."

Employer groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) oppose the bill because it overreaches.

Currently ten states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), the District of Columbia, and the cities of Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws restricting the use of credit reports used by employers for employment purposes, with several more jurisdictions poised to join the trend, she said.  shrm.org

Employers Can Limit Union Activities in Public Spaces on Their Property
Labor board says employers must consistently apply nonsolicitation policies

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently overturned board precedent, which previously held that nonemployee union representatives could access an employer's public spaces if they weren't disruptive.

Employers can now ban nonemployee union representatives from organizing in public spaces on their property-so long as their policies are applied consistently to all nonemployees. "The decision broadens employers' right to restrict union access to company property," explained David James, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. shrm.org

Retail sales soar in June
Good News For Retailers Approaching Back-to-School & Q4

June retail trade sales rose 0.4% from May, and 3.3% year over year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's monthly tally, released Tuesday. But May's numbers were revised downward, to a 0.3% rise from April and a 2.7% from May last year. Nonstore retailers (mostly e-commerce) were up 1.7% month over month and 13.4% year over year, the department said.

Along with gas stations, department stores (where sales fell 1.1% from May and 5.2% from last year) and electronics stores (where sales fell 0.3% since May and 5% since last year), were the only segments to see month-over-month declines. Sporting goods, hobby and bookstore sales were flat from May, falling 3.3% year over year. Clothing and accessories sales rose 0.5% month over month and fell 0.9% year over year; health and personal care store sales rose 0.5% month over month and 5.5% year over year, and furniture and home goods sales rose 0.5% month over month and 0.8% year over year.

The National Retail Federation also released its own take, using the government's numbers. Retail sales rose 0.6% in June, seasonally adjusted from May, and 2.3% unadjusted year-over-year. Those numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. "We believe retail sales growth for 2019 will be over 4.0%." retaildive.com 

Amazon Faces Cart Glitches, Strikes On Prime Day
Workers for Amazon in Germany and Minnesota are striking to protest wage practices and working conditions as Prime Day gets underway. In Minnesota, workers started to walk out in the afternoon and were to reportedly strike over six hours for a period that overlaps with morning as well as evening shifts. According to CNBC, workers were chanting "we work, we sweat, Amazon workers need a rest!" and "Amazon, hear our voice!"

An Amazon spokesperson told PYMNTS on Tuesday (July 16), "Roughly 15 associates participated in the event outside of the Shakopee [Minnesota] fulfillment center. It was obvious to the 1,500-full-time workforce that an outside organization used Prime Day to raise its own visibility, conjured misinformation and a few associate voices to work in their favor, and relied on political rhetoric to fuel media attention. The fact is that Amazon provides a safe, quality work environment in which associates are the heart and soul of the customer experience, and today's event shows that our associates know that to be true. We encourage anyone to come take a tour anytime."

And some shoppers took to social media to complain that they couldn't add any items to their shopping carts on Monday (July 15). According to reports, one media outlet tried to add products to a cart and experienced similar challenges just after 11 a.m. Eastern time. However, the items were reportedly added at a later time and "any issues" appeared to be resolved as of 1:30 p.m. pymnts.com

Sennco Selects Connected IO for Loss Prevention Solutions
ConnectedIO (CIO), a leading provider of robust cloud connected wireless edge solutions today announces that they have been selected by Sennco, a leader in retail asset protection to provide routers and cloud management capabilities to their portfolio of retail customers.

Sennco leverages CIO Cloud-IO management portal and CIO Edge-IO edge tools to provide connectivity and analytics at the edge.

Sennco will leverage the agile hardware, software and services provided by ConnectedIO to deliver next generation shopping and security experiences to their customers. prweb.com

Posted 7-10-19: DTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilities
Enables Restaurant and Retail Operators to Track, Maximize In-store Customer Engagement
With Enhanced Video Analytics, DTiQ clients will be able to monitor the customer experience across various real-time dimensions, including: customer count, traffic heatmapping, speed of service, combined video/audio analytics, POS station interaction analysis (counter, kiosk, drive-thru), customer abandonment, custom analytics and more.

Enhanced Video Analytics provides real-time alerts and historic/forecast trend reports to inform employees, store management and corporate leadership when their key performance indicators are being met-and when they're not-so the right decisions can be made to increase operational efficiency. Initial deployments are being used to inform:

● Staffing and scheduling
● Merchandising (store layout and displays)
● Employee coaching and incentives
● Inventory and operational programs
● Speed of service optimization (in-store, mobile pick-up, drive-thru)

It is available to select DTiQ customers today, and will be an option available to all customers as of July 15 of this year. For more information, visit https://www.dtiq.com/products/intelligent-video/ dtiq.com

4th Home Depot Noose Found - Across U.S.
Woman Finds Noose in Wilmington, Del. Home Depot Store
Lisa Flowers was shopping at Home Depot on Miller Road in North Wilmington on Friday when she discovered a noose tied into the end of a spool of rope. "NO IT'S NOT OK," she wrote on Facebook. Her photos of the noose have since been shared by hundreds of users. She said a Home Depot employee told the family the store was not responsible for the noose. "We're appalled and disturbed by this incident," said Senior Manager Corporate Communications Margret Smith at Home Depot. "We're investigating it diligently and have notified law enforcement." Nooses have been found in other Home Depots in Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon and Passaic, New Jersey. delawareonline.com

Rochester, NY: Toddler dies after falling into Tim Hortons grease trap
Police say a three-year-old boy was killed Monday, after falling into an unsecured grease trap behind a Tim Hortons restaurant in Rochester, New York. Rochester Police said that they received a call at 10:56 a.m. about a child missing from the restaurant. At 11:03, they received a second call that the child had been found in a grease trap behind the location. Witnesses removed the boy from the trap and had started CPR by the time first responders arrived. The child was transported to the hospital, but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Evidence led police to believe that the boy fell through a plastic lid into a tank that contained used grease in a liquified form, Police said. It was located just 6 feet from the restaurant's back door. democratandchronicle.com

Queens, NY: Restaurant employee killed by dumbwaiter in freak accident
Granville Wiltshire, 67, of Queens, New York, was pronounced dead early Monday morning outside The Door restaurant where he worked. Witnesses said a dumbwaiter freight elevator, which is used to carry item between floors, fell on Wiltshire and pinned him to a wall around 6.30am. nypost.com dailymail.co.uk

The Loss Prevention Foundation Announces ThinkLP as Newest Partner
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest Associate level scholarship partner, ThinkLP. The Associate level partnership secures certification course scholarships for distribution to retailers, universities and internal associates. It also enables ThinkLP to provide complimentary LPF memberships to loss prevention practitioners. yourlpf.org

Buffalo Wild Wings worker fired after woman says she received mustard swastika on burger bun

IKEA to offer mobile self-scanning and self-checkout with snabble

IKEA closing its only US Factory - 300 jobs cut

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Credibility Isn't Built in a Day

The importance of credibility can not be underestimated for the loss prevention professional as it will impact their ability to have success in everything from career growth to investigations. As it relates to interviewing, credibility is not only established within the conversation regarding the investigation but long before that meeting takes place. A unique challenge for LP or HR investigators is that they may work alongside the subject of their investigation for months or years prior to an investigative interview. While the investigator may take into account the reputation of the subject and their background, truth be told - the subject is most likely doing the same thing. A majority of my career was spent in the field, working alongside operational business partners and often having to turn around and conduct interviews of the same. I've learned that you, and your teams reputation starts well before you sit in that interview room with the subject. Here are some quick takeaways that come to mind...

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US Payments Forum Provides Comprehensive Primer on EMV Payment Tokenization
Many organizations interested in protecting payment data are now implementing tokenization as a tool to reduce opportunities for fraud. To help, the U.S. Payments Forum has released a resource examining the use of EMV payment tokenization to protect payment card data.

The white paper, "EMV Payment Tokenization Primer and Lessons Learned," can be downloaded here.

"Tokenization provides an important layer of payment security by replacing valuable data with a token that has no exploitable meaning - but it also has implementation considerations across the ecosystem," said Randy Vanderhoof, director of the U.S. Payments Forum. "The information in this resource will help organizations make informed decisions on EMV payment tokenization and determine whether it fits into their payment security strategy."

This resource was created by the Forum's Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee. The committee's goal is to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with implementation of mobile and contactless payments in the U.S. market, identify possible solutions to challenges and facilitate the sharing of best practices with all industry stakeholders.

Additional resources created by the Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee include "Mobile and Contactless Payments Requirements and Interactions" and "Mobile and Digital Wallets: U.S. Landscape and Strategic Considerations for Merchants and Financial Institutions." globenewswire.com

Cost of Cybercrime Up 37% in 2 Years
Driven By Ransomware & Insider Threats

The cost of cybercrime is increasing, due largely to a rise in ransomware attacks and insider threats that go undetected for weeks on average, according to a new study.

The average annual cost of cybercrime per company in 2018 was $13 million, up from $11.7 million in 2017 and $9.5 million in 2016, according to a survey of 355 businesses in 11 countries by the Ponemon Institute. The study sponsored by Accenture Security.

Insider threat attacks were the most expensive for firms to resolve, with an average cost of about $243,000 per incident, up from $169,000 in 2017. They also took an average of 55 days to fix-longer than any other type of attack.

More organizations are also experiencing ransomware attacks, which in 2018 took 33.8 days on average to resolve, up from 26 days in 2017, Mr. Thompson said. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

Payment Fraud: Criminals Enroll Stolen Cards on Apple Pay
Fraud Fighters Also See Spikes in ATM Malware, Card Enrollment as a Service

Fraudsters continue to get new tricks up their sleeves. Criminals are increasingly using Apple Pay, setting up mobile call centers to socially engineer victims as well as tricking consumers via look-alike but fake e-commerce sites that never fulfill orders, warns the European Association for Secure Transactions, based on reports from European countries as well as Ukraine and Russia.

On June 5, representatives from 16 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area, as well as four other countries, attended an EAST meeting held at Europol headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands. Here's a sample of the most recent fraud trends they're seeing:

Apple Pay mobile wallet fraud: Two countries reported cases of such fraud. "One reported that mobile wallets are fast becoming the new money mules - fraudsters are enrolling cards that are not yet associated to a specific wallet."

Mobile call centers: One country told EAST that to trick users into divulging personal details or account information, fraudsters are calling consumers from call centers that appear to have genuine bank customer service telephone numbers and pretending to be legitimate bank staff.

Fake websites: Sites in China and other Asian countries, in particular, are increasingly advertising goods for sale, but never fulfilling orders.

Card skimming: Skimming attacks were reported by 18 of the 22 countries, with five recovering M3 card reader internal skimming devices, the most recent versions of which are built from transparent plastic to make them tougher to detect.

Physical attacks: 10 countries reported ram raids and ATM burglary attempts; nine countries reported explosive gas attacks, with four countries noting that the frequency of such attacks has been increasing; and seven countries saw solid explosive attacks, with two countries saying they'd been increasing.

ATM malware and logical attacks: Six countries report seeing the use of "black box" devices to try and force ATMs into dispensing cash without authorization, in what's known as a jackpotting attack.

Card Enrollment as a Service: The Russian cybercrime underground also continues to provide a variety of services to help criminals earn illicit profits using stolen credit card data. One up-and-coming offering, according threat intelligence firm Advanced Intelligence in New York, involves "enrolling" stolen cards in legitimate accounts, via online banking tools, as part of an account-takeover scheme. databreachtoday.com

Promise Lies in BOPIS for Retailers With RFID
Opportunities for retailers are looking rosier than news reports might be indicating, according to Greg Buzek, the president of retail research company IHL Services. When he spoke at last month's RFID Journal LIVE! Retail conference, co-located with RetailX in Chicago, Buzek had a message for retailers. Those that are moving ahead of the pack, he said, are the ones that have invested in technology, including RFID. They're the ones that have understood the importance of "buy online, pick up in store" (BOPIS) models, and that know how to provide a good experience for customers that use this buying method.

RFID can't solve all inventory problems alone, Buzek explained, but those retailers that have employed RFID are gaining significant benefits. "What it comes down to is embracing technology to remain competitive, or fall far behind," he said. The technologies being adopted, he added, also include artificial intelligence, computer vision and mobile marketing solutions.

Since data based on BOPIS orders are being omitted from brick-and-mortar store sales numbers, and this is the fastest growing area of e-commerce.

The future looks bright for retailers able to adopt BOPIS-based sales, according to IHL's research. If a sale is placed online, it still often requires a physical store where the product can then be collected-and that, he said, offers retailers an opportunity, but only if they have good inventory accuracy. Instead, the statistics in one report Buzek referenced assume all ecommerce growth is for delivery directly to a customer, not BOPIS or "click and collect."  rfidjournal.com

Phishing Campaign Tied to Amazon Prime Day
Fraudsters Use Phishing Kit Called 16Shop, McAfee Reports

In the run-up to Amazon Prime Day, some of the company's customers were being targeted by a phishing kit called 16Shop, according to researchers at McAfee.

These phishing attacks, which use a kit called 16Shop, had targeted Apple users in late 2018. This time, Amazon users were targeted in the days leading up to Amazon Prime Day, a sales event taking place Monday and Tuesday, according to McAfee. Some Amazon customers across the U.S. and Japan were being targeted by the phishing kit, which starts out by sending a link request to customers asking them to update their Amazon account information, McAfee says.

Phishing for Dollars An email with an attached PDF file was received by some Amazon users. It attempted to redirect them to a phishing site that tricks users into updating their personal information, including payment and contact details, according to McAfee.

In the U.S. alone, the company is believed to have as many as 101 million Amazon Prime customers, according to an analysis by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. govinfosecurity.com




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Retailer's Alert:
Commerce Department seeks comment on online counterfeits
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.

The 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.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union's intellectual property office (EUIPO) released a report in March saying counterfeit goods now account for 3.3% of global trade.

The DOC has not yet received any comment on its request. Comments are due July 29 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. retaildive.com

Retailers See Big Rewards From Amazon Prime Day
10% Increase in eCommerce Spending over 2018

Initial tallies of data from the 48-hour Amazon Prime Day show that other retailers have seen significant benefits, reporting online sales that were 64 percent higher than a typical Monday.

This year, retailers saw a 10 percent greater increase in eCommerce spending than Prime Day in 2018, the news outlet reported, citing Adobe Analytics, which measured transactions from 80 of the country's top 100 internet retailers. Retailers with less than $5 million in annual revenue are also seeing their share of the Prime Day revenue pie, with a 30 percent increase in online sales.

Adobe's data is based on an analysis of one trillion visits to over 4,500 retail sites and 55 million SKUs. It predicts that top retailers with more than $1 billion in online sales will see a revenue lift of 79 percent.

The research also predicts that Prime Day will be the third time that eCommerce spending goes over $2 billion on a day that's not a holiday; the other two days were Labor Day in 2018 and Memorial Day in 2019. pymnts.com

Amazon Prime Day sales off to a healthy start for marketplace merchants
Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Day sales event kicked off at midnight Pacific Time July 15, and hours into the sale, many retailers were reporting sales well above an average day.

Prime Day is Amazon's annual sales event in July. Internet Retailer projects Amazon-No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2019 Top 1000-will sell more than $6 billion worth of goods on Prime Day, which runs July 15-16. This would be a 46% increase over Prime Day 2018, which was a 36-hour sales event. digitalcommerce360.com

Retail rivals crash Amazon's Prime Day party
Large Retailers saw 64% online sales increase

The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it's benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group.

On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large retailers, those that generated annual revenue of at least a billion dollars, enjoyed a 64% increase in online sales compared with an average Monday, according to Adobe Analytics, which measures 80 of the top 100 retailers on the web in the U.S. That compares to last year's 54%. In addition, niche retailers, those with annual revenue of less than $5 million, had a 30% increase in online sales. sfgate.com

US porch pirates spot opening in Prime Day bonanza
Although the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas see far more parcel deliveries - and therefore, more brazen from-the-stoop thefts - Prime Day's limited 48-hour window creates a concentrated opening for "porch pirates" to make their move, said Brody Buhler, managing director of Accenture's post and parcel industry group.

It's hard to pin down exactly how many cardboard boxes are pilfered from plain sight around the invented summer buying spree, since customers can report thefts to one of three sources - the local police department, the retailer or the mail carrier - and those reports aren't tallied centrally. But according to research from video-doorbell company Ring, 19% of US households had a package stolen at some point in 2017 with an average value of US$140 (RM575) per package. Nextdoor, a social-networking app for neighbourhoods, says user comments about package theft spiked 85% between July 18 and 20 last year, the main delivery period for Prime Day packages.

The growth of porch piracy has led a number of states, including California, South Carolina, Michigan and New Jersey, to propose bills for stricter penalties for package thieves. In Texas, the problem became so prevalent that state representatives formed a mail theft task force in 2017 and have since passed legislation that makes certain degrees of package theft a felony. thestar.com

An ex-Amazon manager reveals 7 signs your Prime Day purchase may be a fraud
Rachel Johnson Greer, a former Amazon product safety program manager, said the amount of scams on Amazon have been sinking in recent years, but there are still some misadvertised products out there.

Here are seven signs that your Amazon purchase is actually a scam - and one way you can easily sidestep those issues:

● The product is 'FDA-approved'... but it's not food or a drug.
● Or the product is 'CPSIA-approved.'
● The same product isn't on Walmart.com.
● The reviews are fake.
● Johnson's top red flag: The product description doesn't have spaces after commas.
● If those '100% bamboo' sheets seem like a great deal, they're probably actually rayon.
● Be super-careful around cosmetics that are coming from abroad
● Above all, to be extra cautious, look for 'Shipped and sold from Amazon.com' businessinsider.com

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Phoenix, AZ: Man accused of stealing $100K worth of cell phones
from multiple Walmarts

Police say a Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly stealing almost $100K worth of iPhones from Walmarts and other retail stores around the Valley. Lewis Martinez, 28, faces multiple felony charges of fraud, theft and resisting arrest. Investigators believe that between May 6 and June 23, 2019, Martinez stole dozens and dozens of iPhones, Apple watches and other cell phones from stores around town. Surveillance video in several cases showed a suspect in ski mask using a crowbar to break into locked electronics cases in the stores. Police say acquaintances of Martinez told them that Martinez "has a guy that he sells the iPhones to," and that person allegedly resells them. Police began tracking Martinez on July 9. But when they located him, he reportedly drove off, running several red lights. He then pulled into a parking structure and ran away on foot. azfamily.com

Newport, TN: Multiple Walmarts hit in $20,000 Apple Theft
A Patrol Officer said two white men entered the store Thursday evening at 9:54 p.m. and then left with a $500 Apple watch. They left $500 in damage to the display case. The store's Loss Prevention Officer says he was contacted by six other Walmart stores who reported the same males stole Apple watches and iPhones, with a total value of $20,000, from the six other stores that same night. The names and ages of the suspects have been determined, however arrests have not been made. citizentribune.com

Bristol Township, NJ: Man Charged with the theft of $2,500 of appliances
Bristol Township Police began investigating a reported theft from a delivery business on Runway Road last November. A loss prevention officer explained to police that Willie Floyd Marshall III, 27, loaded 20 pallets of appliances onto his delivery truck. Police said surveillance video shows Marshall loading 20 pallets instead of the 15 he was assigned to deliver. The loss to the delivery company was estimated at $2,500. levittownnow.com

Cumberland County, PA: Couple arrested for theft of baby formula
from multiple stores

Krista Margarite, 35, is facing retail theft and theft by unlawful taking, among other related charges for her role in the incident. Martin Lynn, 42, is facing criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft charges. On June 23 around 5:30 p.m., police received a report of a retail theft at a Giant Food Store. Prior to police arrival, the suspects fled with numerous cans of baby formula. After an investigation police identified Margarite and Lynn as the suspects in the case. It was found that they had committed similar retail thefts of baby formula at other grocery stores across the county. After their arrests, police learned that the baby formula the duo had been stealing was traded for cash and used to support their drug addictions. fox43.com

Melbourne, Australia: Retailer forced to hide baby formula back stock after being targeted in repeated brazen break-and-enters
Masked intruders were caught on CCTV ransacking the warehouse on Wallace Avenue, Point Cook loading up on supplements five times in two months. 9news.com.au

Cypress, TX: Mother accused of using children to steal $1,600 worth of merchandise from Houston Premium Outlets

Jefferson City, MO: Two charged for theft of over $1,000; Police chase and crash

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Macon, GA: Suspect turns himself over to Authorities for Gas Station Murder
A suspect turned himself over to authorities for the murder of 20-year-old Randon Shamar Hogan in the parking lot of a Shell Gas Station. On July 15th around 3:05 p.m., Bibb County Sheriff's deputies say that 19-year-old Bradford Devonte Anderson turned himself over to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Authorities say that Anderson is in custody at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex. Anderson faces a charge of Murder. 41nbc.com

Independence, MO: Gates Bar-B-Q employee shot during overnight robbery
Independence Police are asking for the public's help in finding three robbers who broke into a Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant at 2:45am and shot an employee multiple times. The employee was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Police. Video shows three males, all of whom were wearing masks. One fired several shots as they were leaving. kmbz.radio.com

Fort Wayne, IN: Armed man shot by Police after running from Strip Center
Fort Wayne police are investigating the shooting of a gunman who ran from officers during a foot chase near Gateway Plaza. Police responded to a report of an armed male acting suspiciously at the strip mall, 1500 Goshen Ave., at 9:50 p.m. Monday. When police approached the man he ran. During a foot chase an officer had to fire at the suspect based on his actions. The man was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries. journalgazette.net


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Heber City, UT: Sportsman's Warehouse Manager struggles with man who stole gun and loaded it while inside store
A 28-year-old man who stole a gun and loaded it with ammunition was arrested after some intense moments inside a Sportsman's Warehouse in Heber City on Friday, police said. According to Heber City police, officers responded to a report of a man with a gun at Sportsman's Warehouse. When they arrived, officers took the man, identified as Jose Sosa, into custody as customers had already detained him. In speaking with the firearm manager police learned Sosa had asked her about .357 ammunition and she directed him to the area where it was located.

Sosa returned to the manager and said he wanted to look at a Smith and Weston .357 revolver handgun. After she told him the price, Sosa placed the handgun in his pocket, told the manager "thanks" and began to walk away. Fearing he would leave the store with the handgun, she ran around her counter, down the aisle next to where he was walking. When she reached the end of the aisle, she noticed Sosa was attempting to load the gun, so she grabbed the firearm from him but he would not let go. The manager did not know if Sosa had actually loaded the handgun or not but during the struggle for the gun, Sosa pointed the gun at the manager.

Documents further state two customers who saw the struggle assisted the manager in subduing Sosa. They were finally able to take the gun from him. When officers placed Sosa in handcuffs, they found a box of .357 live ammunition on him. Several had fallen out while Sosa tried to load the handgun, documents state. Police said Sosa is a convicted of a felon on probation and restricted from owning a firearm. They do not know what his intentions were when he was attempting to load the handgun. abc4.com

Clinton, MD: 3 suspects rob Maryland CVS then lead police on chase
Three robbery suspects led Prince George's County police officers on a chase that stretched almost 30 miles and crossed county lines early Tuesday morning. The incident started when police were called to the CVS in Clinton around 1:30 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery. The chase came to an end when the car hit a guardrail at the Georgia Avenue exit. All three suspects were taken into custody. No injuries were reported. wusa9.com

Gainesville, FL: Burglar steals $3,000 of merchandise from C- Store, flees Police
in 100 MPH chase

Carl Dunlap, 34, is accused of stealing approximately $3,000 in merchandise from a convenience store in Suwannee County. After an alert was sent out to local agencies, Columbia County deputies attempted to pull Dunlap over. He got onto I-75 from Highway 90 and led deputies on a chase down to Alachua County, with speeds topping 100 mph. CCSO deputies performed a "pitt" maneuver on Dunlap. Dunlap is being charged with grand theft and held at the Alachua County Jail. wcjb.com

Covington, GA: Police arrest suspect in 8 area Burglaries
An arrest by a rookie Covington Police officer and good investigative work by a detective led to a Covington man being charged in connection with a rash of business break-ins over the last two weeks. Eight businesses along U.S. Highway 278 or nearby streets were burglarized between June 23 and July 8. Items taken ranges between cash to clothing items to cigars and alcohol. rockdalenewtoncitizen.com

Melbourne, Australia: Man's Energetic Recreation How He Foiled Store Armed Robbery goes viral
The Melbourne man was called in to recount how he managed to stop a woman armed with a gun, which turned out to be fake, from stealing cash from a 7/11. He showed how he told everyone to get down before he rushed up to the woman, threw her against the front counter and managed to wrestle the gun off her and toss it away. ladbible.com

Honolulu, HI: Two men facing Federal charges in three 7-Eleven Armed Robberies; ATF assists in investigation

Eugene, OR: Bad Timing: Man ran from Walmart with merchandise, in full view of Eugene Police Detective


DeWitt, NY: Suspected Getaway Driver in Chili's Double Murder Pleads Guilty
The suspected getaway driver connected to the double murder during a robbery inside a Chili's Restaurant in DeWitt has pleaded guilty. Ronald Green admitted Monday to a much lesser charge of robbery in the first degree. If he testifies against William Wood Jr., the original charge of second degree murder will be dropped. Wood is accused of shooting and killing two former co-workers Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht at the restaurant on Erie Blvd. in DeWitt back in September. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole back in April. Wood also meant to shoot more people at Chili's but his gun jammed. spectrumlocalnews.com

Durham, NC: North Carolina Cousins Plead Guilty to Killing Store Clerk
Charles Willis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday in the death of 58-year-old Mohamed Shoufar in a botched beer robbery. Willis took a plea agreement for between 12 and more than 15 years in prison, for having given authorities information about his cousin, Robert Jackson, who was convicted of murdering Shoufar then killing a robbery accomplice to keep him quiet. usnews.com

Shelby County, TN: Man convicted in killing of pawn shop owner
The Shelby County District Attorney's office said Monday that 35-year-old Charles Griffen was sentenced by a Criminal Court judge after Griffen was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Virak Hean. Hean's killing in December 2013 was caught on store cameras. Griffen walked into Hean's pawn shop in Memphis with a red bag over his shoulder and shot the owner twice in the chest. abcnews.go.com

Erie, PA: Former Dairy Queen Manager Avoids Jail, gets 7 years probation for Stealing Nearly $100,000

San Mateo, CA: San Leandro man faces five years prison for 7-Eleven robbery



Boost Mobile - Warner Robins, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Orlando, FL - Burglary
C- Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
CVS - Clinton, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Beaumont, TX - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Armed Robbery
Hobby Lobby - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Pharmacy - Powhatan County, VA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Las Vegas, NV - Burglary
Restaurant - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant- Red Bluff, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Independence, MO - Armed Robbery/ employee  shot, wounded
Rite Aid - Portland, ME - Robbery
Rite Aid - Harrington, DE - Robbery
Subway - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Walmart - Eugene, OR - Robbery
7-Eleven - Woodbridge, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Upland, CA - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
16 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed




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