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Thousands of Security Cameras Vulnerable
"Axis Reacts Quicker Than Competitors" To Patch Bug
"Experts in Lather Over 'gSOAP' Security Flaw"

Axis Communications - a maker of high-end security cameras whose devices can be found in many high-security areas - recently patched a dangerous coding flaw in virtually all of its products that an attacker could use to remotely seize control over or crash the devices.

The problem wasn't specific to Axis, which seems to have reacted far more quickly than competitors to quash the bug. Rather, the vulnerability resides in open-source, third-party computer code that has been used in countless products and technologies (including a great many security cameras), meaning it may be some time before most vulnerable vendors ship out a fix - and even longer before users install it.

At issue is a flaw in a bundle of reusable code (often called a "code library") known as gSOAP, a widely-used toolkit that software or device makers can use so that their creations can talk to the Internet (or "parse XML" for my geek readers). By some estimates, there are hundreds - if not thousands - of security camera types and other so-called "Internet of Things"(IoT) devices that rely upon the vulnerable gSOAP code.

By exploiting the bug, an attacker could force the a vulnerable device to run malicious code, block the owner from viewing any video footage, or crash the system. Basically, lots of stuff you don't want your pricey security camera system to be doing.

Genivia, the company that maintains gSOAP, released an update on June 21, 2017 that fixes the flaw. In short order, Axis released a patch to plug the gSOAP hole in nearly 250 of its products. krebsonsecurity.com

Sinton woman wins $43.6M in parking lot Walmart lawsuit
A Sinton woman seriously injured in a Walmart parking lot is about to receive a big pay day. 82-year-old Adelaide Price was hit by a truck driven by Joe Ray Cass in the parking lot in January 2014 and suffered multiple fractures to her skull and face, which required reconstructive surgery. She also suffered fractures to her ankle, pelvis, clavicle and elbow.
Last Friday, a Nueces County Jury found Walmart to be negligent in the accident that left Price seriously injured. Walmart has been ordered to pay Price 43.6 million dollars.
The jury ruled that Walmart was negligent because the parking lot doesn't have enough markings, flags and signs to ensure their customers can walk in and out of the store safely. kztv10.com

Integrator Connection: Securitas Accomplishes One-Stop Shopping
When Securitas acquired Diebold's North American electronic security business back in October 2015, experts predicted the move - along with the AlliedBarton-Universal Services merger - signaled the dawn of the "one-stop shop" era in the security industry, blurring the lines between traditional electronic security integration and protective services.

Fast-forward 18-plus months, and Securitas has brought that vision to reality. The company unveiled its brand transformation as Securitas Electronic Security Inc. (SES) to the security community at ASIS in 2016; and is fresh off the opening of a brand new headquarters location. Now, the company is continuing its quest of internal and customer education to the many new products and services as a result of the combination, and the business model appears well-positioned for the future. securityinfowatch.com
NFI Wins CargoNet Best in Cargo Security Award
Leading supply chain solutions provider, NFI, has been awarded CargoNet's Best in Cargo Security Award in the Large Motor Carrier category for its cargo theft prevention efforts. The award was presented to NFI on June 30th at CargoNet's Supply Chain Cargo & Security Summit in Jersey City, N.J.

With a dedicated fleet of more than 2,200 tractors and 8,300 trailers across North America, customers trust NFI to move and store freight in a timely and secure manner. As the company continues to grow, NFI leverages partnerships, such as CargoNet, coupled with technology and an experienced security team to ensure that supply chains operate without delay.

Criteria for the award include the company's willingness and ability to commit resources to security, standard operating procedures and best practices, and the extent of utilization of the CargoNet program. CargoNet, a Verisk Analytics business, helps prevent cargo theft and improve recovery rates through secure and controlled information sharing among theft victims, their business partners, and law enforcement. prweb.com
"There Is No Amount of Merchandise That's Worth Risking the Safety of Anyone in the Store"
Home Depot Responds to Veteran Firing

Seventy-year-old veteran Jim Tinney was fired after he tried to prevent shoplifters from escaping with merchandise from a Home Depot outside of Houston. He acted on military instinct when he threw the paint roller stick he was carrying at their feet and attempted to run after one of the three men.

It turns out his actions are against company policy. Despite trying to stop men running out with thousands of dollars in tools. Two weeks after a company review, he was told he lost his job.

Home Depot's Director of Corporate Communications Stephen Holmes said via phone that the company policy is meant to protect the lives and wellbeing of both customers and store personnel. "There is no amount of merchandise that's worth risking the safety of anyone in the store," said Holmes.

Home Depot has had numerous incidences of either customers or employees trying to impede shoplifters with extremely harmful or even fatal results. "Shoplifters have become extremely dangerous," said Holmes. He went on to talk about even very recent situations where employees were harmed when shoplifters retaliated by burning down store locations, punching employees until they sustained brain damage, and killing employees.

He said that the retail crime situation is much more sophisticated than it seems. He works with retail organizations that help to set industry policies. Home Depot's policies aren't unique. theepochtimes.com

Chipotle Food Safety Crisis Again
Chipotle shuts down restaurant after customers get severely ill
Will Customers React? Stock was Just Turning the Corner After the Last Outbreak

Chipotle has shut down a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, after multiple reports of customers getting sick after eating there.

13 customers reported symptoms between July 14-15 - such as vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, dehydration, and nausea to the website iwaspoisoned.com, which first alerted Business Insider to the issues at the Sterling restaurant. One person reported two hospitalizations as a result of the illnesses.

Chipotle told Business Insider that it is aware of the illnesses and has notified local health officials. The illnesses are isolated to the Sterling restaurant and that the company plans to reopen that location on Tuesday after sanitizing it.

Norovirus is different from E. coli, the bacteria that led to a widespread outbreak at Chipotle restaurants in 14 states two years ago. The virus is highly contagious and causes symptoms like stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. It's the most common cause of food-borne illnesses in the US with more than 21 million cases annually.

Cases of norovirus stemming from restaurants can often involve a worker who failed to wash his or her hands after going to the bathroom. businessinsider.com
Trump Administration Tightening Down on Immigration
USCIS Issues New Form I-9
New form becomes mandatory Sept. 18

The newest version of the Form I-9 was published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) July 17. Current storage and retention rules have not changed.

"The new version brings very subtle changes to the form's instructions and a list of acceptable documents, which were created with the theoretical goal of making the form easier to navigate," "Besides changing the wording on the form in almost imperceptible ways, the new version renumbers all List C documents except the Social Security card and streamlines the certification process for certain foreign nationals."

The revisions to the form relate to USCIS's List of Acceptable Documents and specifically update List C to reflect the most current version of the certification or report of birth issued by the U.S. State Department.

Employers completing the Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select the newly added Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240, which is issued to certain employees born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for employment eligibility verification.

The new form will also modify the form's instructions by removing "the end of" from the phrase "the first day of employment" in reference to completing Section 1. "While the agency did not specify the reason for this change, it was likely made to ensure consistency with the regulations which indicate that Section 1 must be completed 'at the time of hire,' without any reference to the time of day," Fay said. "Following this updated guidance, employers may want to revisit their own I-9 policies and procedures to ensure that Section 1 is completed no later than when the employee starts work for pay."

"Every change to the Form I-9, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can have an impact on an employer's ability to stay in compliance with the law."

Editor's Note: A few years ago Abercrombie & Fitch was fined over a million dollars for not completing their I9's in the Detroit market. shrm.com
The Death of Monthly Sales Reports
H&M Stops Reporting Monthly Sales

It's not unusual for publicly traded retailers to stop releasing monthly sales reports. Walmart ended the practice in 2009 and J.C. Penney did so in 2014. Home Depot, Kohl's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Target and TJX Cos, haven't reported monthly figures for years.

H&M's rationale for ending the practice is that monthly updates do not provide an accurate picture of where the business is headed. Instead, like others before it, H&M's leadership maintains that quarterly and/or seasonal reports offer investors more accurate insights into its performance. The Swedish apparel retailer, which had not been reporting same-store numbers for some time, also promised greater transparency into its strategic initiatives and business results going forward.

While H&M's decision is unlikely to make or break its relationship with investors, not everyone is thrilled with the decision. An unnamed fund manager told Reuters, "Monthly data was not a problem when the company performed well. Why should it be now?"

One analyst said "It lets a company spend time talking about where it wants to go, rather than focusing on why this month wasn't comparable to the same month a year ago."

Editor's Note: Walmart stopped reporting monthly sales during the heat of the Great Recession with most surmising they simply didn't want anyone, investor or consumer, to know how the recession was impacting them, which started the trend in virtually the entire retail industry.

When we started the Daily in 2009, the monthly comp/sales list was lengthy and everyone watched out for the numbers to see how everyone else was doing, especially one's competitors. For decades retail executives lived by those numbers and used them to measure their own success or failure, and to a certain extent it was the academic thing to do and an industry standard.

But the great recession made an impact and brought out a survival mentality that was all about crushing your competition and not letting them know anything about your business unless required to by law, which is what the quarterly reports satisfy.

You can see this same mentality at a number of retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. From Apple not reporting retail sales at all after their current CEO took over a few years ago to Levi Strauss not reporting retail comps, Nike, and even Amazon not reporting Prime Day sales. The list is rather long of how retailers are now only reporting what they are legally bound to. A number of them don't even report the percentages of increases or decreases in quarterly or annual sales figures, forcing analysts to break out the calculators, as it's all about making it as hard as possible for your competition to find out anything about you. To a certain degree we can also but a little blame on the internet making so easy to find anything you want. Because it's all about information - information is power and power is money. Just a thought. retailwire.com

A Flu Pandemic Is Coming, But When, and How Bad Will It Be?
One of the reasons authorities are currently worried about the possibility of a flu pandemic is the increasing amount of interaction between human flus and bird flus.

Businesses should identify the essential functions of their business and assess how they might be affected if large numbers of employees were sick or had to take care of family members.

Businesses need to be able to communicate not only with employees and customers, but also with suppliers. "If there is a flu epidemic in your state and your employees are getting sick, what would you do on Day 1?" Teel said. "Do you know who to contact, and what the best method is to communicate your situation to customers, employees and vendors?"

Policy adjustments. Businesses may want to increase sick leave or make telecommuting possible for more employees to keep people who are sick from coming to work. They may also want to change the frequency or type of meetings to minimize face-to-face contact among employees.

Infection control. Help employees keep the virus from spreading by increasing the number of hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations, for example. It may be helpful to have more frequent office cleaning to disinfect commonly used areas. But remember, Teel said, that "there are perception issues that you're going to face" with some of the more visible measures, such as having employees wear masks. govtech.com

Crime-Fighting Security Robot Drowned in Mere Inches of Water
Twitter tributes have flooded in for a state of the art security robot that plunged wheel-over-nosecone into a shallow fountain near Washington D.C. - and couldn't get back up.

The roving robot - a four-foot tall oblong affair developed by a silicon valley startup called Knightscope - was on its usual crime-fighting rounds when it clattered down a set of steps and into the water feature outside Georgetown's Washington Harbour office and retail complex. Images of its helpless, partially submerged form prompted a torrent of Twitter jibes. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. Security robot sleeps with the fishes. yahoo.com

C.L.E.A.R Conference to Focus on National Issues Relevant to Law Enforcement and Retail
The National Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail has announced the agenda for their 8th Annual Training Conference scheduled for October 16-19 in San Antonio, Texas. The agenda and overall focus of the conference is to address the top national issues and priorities put forth by the senior leadership in both arenas. Specifically, the sessions will center around thee topics; Violent Crime, ORC Investigations and Business Continuity. The conference has called upon the leading experts from both the public and private sectors to offer the most current and relative information to benefit both the atendees and the organizations they represent. Including two bonus sessions on "Participatory Leadership and Partnership" from two sitting Chiefs of Police.

For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, click here. linkedin.com

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Sears Will Still Die an Ugly Death, Despite Just Getting $200 Million From Its Best Friend

643 Burberry Limited Retail Workers Settle Unpaid OT Suit for $2.4M
Pizza Hut to add 14,000 Delivery Drivers
Advocacy Groups Pressuring San Diego's Mayor
Increase Investigators & Outreach For Non-Compliance With Wage Laws

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

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

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2 Millionth Incident of Scan-Avoidance
ID'd by StopLift at Piggly Wiggly checkout
- Enabled owner to crack down on theft

When StopLift detected its 2 millionth incident of scan avoidance at a Piggly Wiggly, the supermarket's owner knew that cashiers were either stealing or failing to scan items, costing his supermarkets major losses.

Chris Ajlouny, owner of 11 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the Birmingham, AL area, did not tell any employees at his stores when he installed StopLift, so that he could see the extent of scan avoidance. In the first week, he saw three cashiers steal $400-$500 at a time, sliding groceries around the scanner and later getting "kickbacks" from the customer. One cashier admitted to getting kickbacks outside the store and was fired.

"I'm amazed that we were the 2 millionth incident," Ajlouny said. "The system has accomplished a lot. As long as we keep stopping these people, it's excellent. I wouldn't open a store without having StopLift installed."

Now he shows new employees videos of scan avoidance from his "smart cameras" to deter them from both stealing and negligence at the checkout. Theft has also been deterred in the supermarkets' receiving areas.

"My cashiers know they are being watched," Ajlouny said. "They see their performance on video. StopLift keeps an honest person honest and makes a dishonest person honest."

"StopLift keeps an honest person honest and makes a dishonest person honest." - Chris Ajlouny, owner of 11 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets

Yet, the new Piggly Wiggly employee whom StopLift's Scan-It-All video analytics technology caught stealing in its 2 millionth scan avoidance incident thought he could outsmart the smart cameras. Ajlouny immediately fired him.

StopLift Checkout Vision Systems has detected and confirmed more than 2 million incidents of scan avoidance at both manned and self-checkouts at supermarkets and retailers in the U.S. and around the world. Incidents include "sweethearting", when cashiers pretend to scan merchandise but deliberately bypass the scanner, thus not charging the customer for the merchandise. The customer is often a friend, family member or fellow employee working in tandem with the cashier.

Read more here.

Cashier-Less Stores Booming in China
"Staff-less stores will bring the "next spring" to the retail industry"
Alibaba Opens Cashier-Free Retail Store Tao Cafe in China

The online group has joined other retail chains and tech startups flocking into the market with their own solutions, making staff-less retail one of the hottest tech trends.
Tao Cafe opened for a trial run on July 8. In the footsteps of the Amazon Go store that made a big debut last year with its use of tracking cameras, it utilizes a facial and voice recognition system.
Purchases are tracked by a facial recognition camera, and the system automatically generates bills as soon as customers walk out of the specially designed gate that can identify them with biological sensing technology.
Kicking it off before Alibaba, Guangdong-based tech startup BingoBox started to spread its version of staff-less stores.
Unlike Tao Cafe, Bingobox is more of a hybrid between convenience stores and vending machines, where customers can walk in and pay by scanning QR codes on their phone. This bypasses eye contact and small talk that normally take place with cashiers in traditional stores.
"By the end of August, we are expecting to open 200 more Bingobox stores," said Chen Zilin, CEO of Bingobox.
"We only cost a quarter of a traditional convenience store, and running costs are one-eighth."
"Staff-less stores are a combination of digital payments, radio frequency identification technology, biological recognition, big data and AI," Wang said.
"They will lower the risk of shop lifting, optimize the goods and reduce costs, from running and maintenance costs to human labor."
"In 2017, staff-less stores will boom," Chen added.
Beverage giant Wahaha Group Co Ltd recently signed a nearly 10 billion yuan deal with Shenlan Technology (Shanghai) Co to build 100,000 self-service Take Go smart stores in three years. chinadaily.com

The "Curse of the Ex-Employees"
50% of Ex-Employees Still Have Access to Corporate Applications
Automated Deprovisioning or Manual?

Former employees increase the security risk for organizations failing to de-provision their corporate application accounts.

Nearly half of businesses say former employees are still able to access corporate accounts, a new study found. Ex-employees pose a big security risk: Twenty percent of businesses have experienced data breaches by former staff, according to OneLogin's new "Curse of the Ex-Employees" report. Of those, nearly half claim that more than 10% of all data breaches are the direct result of former workers.

Half say ex-employees' accounts remain active for longer than a day after they leave the company; 20% take a month or more to deprovision employees after they leave.

The more engrained someone is in an organization, the harder it is to deprovision. Two-thirds of respondents report on-site employees are toughest. darkreading.com
FBI Issues Warning on IoT Toy Security
IoT toys are more than fun and games and can potentially lead to a violation of children's privacy and safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Monday.

Internet-connected toys carry the potential of violating children's privacy and safety, given the amount of information the toys can collect and store, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned on Monday.

The sensors, microphones, data storage capabilities, cameras, and other multi-media features of IoT toys could potentially gather information on a child regarding their name, school, activity plans and physical location. And if those toys are hacked, the information and data collected could potentially be used by attackers to do a child harm, the FBI warned. Read more here  darkreading.com

Director, Security Risk Management For MasterCard in O'Fallon, MO
The Risk Management team is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Corporate Security risk management program at Mastercard. The program is intended to ensure the company's information assets and systems are managed in accordance with corporate security policies and standards, providing adequate protection of the environment. The risk manager is the "process owner" for all security related risk assessments as well as the identification and tracking of discrete risks and policy exceptions.

We are the global technology company behind the world's fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of Priceless. We ensure every employee has the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and to change lives. We believe as our company grows, so should you. We believe in connecting everyone to endless, priceless possibilities. myworkdayjobs.com

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Running an Online Marketplace Brings Risk
Walmart apologizes for racial slur in marketplace listing

On Monday, Walmart faced a barrage of criticism as shoppers noticed that a wig cap sold by a third party seller on its marketplace used a racial slur to describe the item's brown color, according to several news reports, including USA Today, and a social media storm.

Walmart said: "We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with the description on our online marketplace. It is a clear violation of our policy and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened."

And it was counterfeit: The maker of the wig caps, U.K.-based Jagazi Naturals, posted a banner saying that neither the listing nor even the item had anything to do with them. "The real JAGAZI is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their products."

Marketplace popularity is on the rise - among consumers and retailers - but clearly poses some risks.

Customers don't disconnect a merchant's brand from their experience with third-party sellers on your marketplace - problems with marketplace orders bubble up to the marketplace owner.

The maker of the wig caps, U.K.-based Jagazi Naturals,  saying that neither the listing nor even the item had anything to do with them. "We woke up this morning to the news that someone has used our name JAGAZI to list an item," the banner reads. "Please beware that we are reporting this to as many people as we can and trying to get all the listings pulled down. The real JAGAZI is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well. Most shocking!" retaildive.com

Paytm Mall Delists 85K Sellers
Overhauls Sellers Onboarding Process in Efforts to Block Fraudulent Merchants

Paytm Mall has revamped its seller onboarding process. To this end, the ecommerce platform has delisted over 85K online sellers.

As per the new changes in seller onboarding process, the company will only look to partner with reputed shopkeepers and brands.

The company has made it mandatory for online sellers to furnish brand authorisation letters. It will bring their catalogues online, enabling a smoother discovery and buying experience for their products. The company will also provide the shops with Paytm Mall QR Code solution.

Amit Sinha, Chief Operating Officer - Paytm Mall said, "Our goal is to set the benchmark for a platform that empowers reputed local shopkeepers and brands to sell quality merchandise. We will work closely with existing sellers and continue onboarding further. This will help us offer a superior consumer experience."

This move is aimed to block fraudulent merchants from signing up on the ecommerce platform. The 85K online sellers have been delisted, as they failed to meet the quality standards. inc42.com

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REGISTER NOW: CAL-ORCA's Annual Training Conference
ORC - Evolved: "Illuminating the Dark Side"

Sept. 28 & 29 in San Diego, CA

Mark your calendars! The California Organized Retail Crimes Association is hosting its annual training conference in San Diego on Sept. 28 and 29. The event is open to private security, law enforcement and loss prevention industry professionals only.

Break-Out Topics include:
Cyber Investigations
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Loss Prevention Tools

For more information about this event, download the flyer.


Update: Woodland Hills, CA: LAPD release photo of $10,000 Sunglass Hut Armed Robbery Suspect
A man armed with a handgun and knife robbed the Sunglass Hut at the Village at Westfield Topanga and fled with large trash bags filled with more than $10,000 in designer sunglasses and cash and escaping with more than $10,000 in merchandise and cash from the outdoor shopping center, police said today. The incident was reported the morning of July 6. LAPD Detective Fernando Avila said the man's being captured on video without a mask on could be a combination of ignorance and arrogance. dailynews.com

Brentwood, TN: Police seek suspect in Costco Ink Cartridge Thefts
The Brentwood Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect in connection with a multi-day theft of large quantities of printer cartridges from the Costco on Seaboard Lane. The thefts were reported to the police on July 15, Assistant Police Chief Thomas Walsh said. Store employees provided police with photos from a surveillance video. The video showed a man who they said entered the store multiple times from July 13 to 15. This is the person who police are referring to as a person of interest in the crime. franklinhomepage.com

Teaneck, NJ: Arrest Made In 4,000-Pill Armed Oxy Robbery
A man with his face covered entered J&J Pharmacy, brandished a knife or a pair of scissors, demanded all of the "Oxy" pills just after noon on June 16. Pharmacy personnel handed over possibly more than 4,000 Oxycodone pills in a plastic bag and the man left the store in a white SUV. The SUV is registered to Steven Aquino. Police found $7,000 cash hidden and a pair of gloves believed to be worn in the robbery while executing a search warrant on the vehicle and Aquino's home. Police could not find the pills and believe Aquino sold them for money. patch.com

Tulsa, OK: Career Criminal Couple arrested in Home Depot and TJ Maxx Thefts
Tulsa police say a career criminal is back behind bars after he confessed to several south Tulsa thefts. They say they found Matthew Donaho with thousands of dollars in tools and purses with him last week. Donaho, along with Katina Scott, the woman police believe acted as his getaway driver, face charges in connection to several high-dollar retail thefts along 71st Street, including incidents at T.J. Maxx and Home Depot. "He did say that he took a tool set from Home Depot and that he took six purses from what I believe was T.J. Maxx," police said. fox23.com

Newport Beach, CA: 3 women suspected of stealing Louis Vuitton luggage from Fashion Island store
Three San Francisco women were arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing high-end Louis Vuitton luggage from the Neiman Marcus department store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Employees of the Louis Vuitton boutique inside the store called police shortly after noon Saturday to report that three women grabbed two pieces of designer luggage and fled in a black SUV. Later, all three suspects were arrested in Costa Mesa. latimes.com

Blytheville, AR: Thousands in Electronics stolen from Walmart
Three suspects are wanted for stealing high dollar merchandise from the Blytheville Walmart. They were caught on surveillance video. Police said the three men stole several items from the electronics department Sunday around 3 a.m. One broke the glass out of a case and swiped headphones, iPods, and mp3 players. At the same time, another took a hammer to a display case and stole video games and video game consoles. If you have any information, you are urged to contact police. fox13memphis.com

Update: Toledo, OH: 7 Indicted in Lowes's Theft and Gift Card Scheme
Seven Toledo residents were indicted recently by a Wood County grand jury on charges alleging they took merchandise from area Lowe's Home Improvement Store locations, and later returned it for gift cards. Indicted on one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity were Antavion McCoy, 19; Derrick Winfree Jr., 24; Tanjray Allen, 20; Errik Gatlin, 20; Ebony Jackson, 22; Isaac James, 27, and Demetrie McCabe, 20. sent-trib.com

Update: Milwaukie, OR: Head of ID Theft Ring gets 10 years in prison; hit Target, Cabelas, Best Buy and many others
The ringleader of an identity theft scam that he ran out of a converted garage at his mother's Milwaukie home was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison for stealing the credit information of more than 140 people throughout the Portland metro area, a prosecutor said. Brock Kelland, 29, used strangers' stolen information to create fake Oregon IDs and credit cards. He gave the counterfeit cards to other people, who would then buy electronics, jewelry and other items from Best Buy, Cabelas, Target and other large retailers in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties to resell online. oregonlive.com

Springfield, PA: Two arrested in $700 theft from Target
Two 18-year- old females were charged with Retail Theft July 13, after security at Target at the Springfield Mall observed them steal over $700 worth of cosmetics and jewelry. delconewsnetwork.com

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Punta Gorda, FL: Man Gets Life for Fatal Shooting, Arson at 7-Eleven
A State Attorney's Office news release says 29-year-old James Russo was sentenced Monday. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder and first-degree arson. Authorities say Russo went to a Punta Gorda 7-Eleven in November 2015 and shot the store clerk, 18-year-old Kyle Farishian. Russo then poured gasoline on Farishian and set him on fire. timesunion.com

Los Angeles, CA: Life Without Parole for Murderous Robbery Duo
Over four years after a robbery-murder, the pair involved in the crime finally received their sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. On February 1, 2013, Sheron Khemlani and his old brother, residents of Hong Kong, were in LA conducting business concerning diamonds. The brothers had several meetings in the Jewelry District in downtown LA, and departed for Las Vegas. On their way, they stopped for lunch in West Covina. Coming out of the restaurant, they were attacked by a group of men, during which time the younger Khemlani was shot in the head and killed. crimevoice.com

Fight, Robberies & Thefts

El Cajon, CA: Shoplifting suspect Punches Police Officer in face at KFC
James Garza, an employee at a nearby Dollar Tree store, said he and the assistant manager of the store Kevin Rivera, followed a man in the store who they suspected was shoplifting. They followed the suspect out of the store to the KFC and watched an El Cajon police officer approach the man. The officer made contact with the suspect, who was sitting down, Garza said. As the two were talking, the suspect became increasingly agitated until he punched the officer in the face, Garza said. Rivera and Garza then followed the suspect out of the KFC and pointed responding officers in his direction. Rivera says the suspect ran away and responding officers used a Taser to subdue him near the scene. He was then taken into custody. fox5sandiego.com

Converse, TX: Former Taco Bell employee shows up to pick up last paycheck...ends in Viral Video
In a viral video that's been shared, liked and tweeted thousands of times, a woman is seen throwing large amounts of tea at a worker inside a Taco Bell fast food restaurant. The video, shot inside a Taco Bell restaurant in Converse, shows a woman yelling at a worker inside the restaurant. The incident quickly escalates and the two eventually start throwing tea at each other from canisters in the dining room and behind the counter. The woman also eventually tosses the canister over the counter, but it doesn't hit anyone. Converse police identified the woman as Margarita Godinez. She was charged with criminal trespass, pled no contest and was later sentenced to a day in jail. When police arrive, the man identifies himself as a Manager and tells Officers the woman was fired and is there to pick up her last check. foxsanantonio.com

Atlanta, GA: Suspects sought in multiple Advance Auto Parts burglaries
Atlanta Police are searching for two suspects captured on surveillance video burglarizing an Advance Auto Parts store on three separate occasions. Police say the burglaries occurred on June 26, July 3 and July 13 at the store located at 1395 Moreland Avenue. Police say it appears the same two suspects carried out the first two incidents together, and then one of them worked alone in the third incident. fox5atlanta.com

Chamblee, GA: Infamous 86-year-old Jewel Thief arrested again
A legendary international jewel thief was arrested Monday for trying to steal $86.22 worth of items from a Walmart store in Chamblee. Police said 86-year-old Doris Payne was taken into custody after a loss prevention officer spotted Payne stuffing items from the pharmacy department into her purse. An incident report stated Payne also selected items from the electronics and grocery departments, and removed items from her shopping cart and put them into a Walmart shopping bag. Payne is charged with multiple counts of theft by shoplifting. She was booked into the City of Chamblee Jail. During that process, police say Payne was wearing an electronic ankle monitor placed on her by the DeKalb County Probation Office. fox5atlanta.com

Credit Card Fraud

Man used ex-NFL player Chad Johnson's identity in $18,000 Louis Vuitton shopping spree
A Florida man who bought over $18,000 worth of items at Louis Vuitton tried to use the identity of a former NFL star, drawing the clerk's suspicion, and he now faces two felonies. Mervin Cabe, 25, of Plantation, Fla., and two people he was with Friday were "grabbing random items off the shelf" and not trying anything on, an Aspen police report says. To pay for $18,548 worth of items, he tried to use a credit card that was twice declined, furthering the store employee's suspicions. Cabe allegedly pulled out his cell phone, accessed an Apple Pay account and swiped it over the reader. The transaction went through as valid. But the clerk had asked, prior to the purchase, for the man's "profile ID," a required step for Louis Vuitton customers. When asked, Cabe came up with the name of Chad Johnson, a former star receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, "seemingly at random." summitdaily.com

Fire & Arson

Roselle, IL: Fire causes $500K in damage to six businesses, including Ace Hardware and Pop's Pizza & Sports
When emergency crews arrived four minutes later, they found fire and heavy smoke coming from the facade above the main entrance to Pop's Pizza & Sports Bar. During the blaze, flames spread to part of the ceilings of the Pop's and Ace businesses. Pop's and Ace each sustained significant smoke and water damage. Four other neighboring businesses -- a shoe repair shop, dental office, a dry cleaner and a hair salon -- suffered smoke damage. dailyherald.com

South Sacramento, CA: Walmart fire intentionally set by customer

Seattle, WA: Georgetown Harbor Freight Fire Was Arson

Waterboro, ME: Fire burns through three businesses

Mays Landing, NJ: BJ's evacuated after electrical fire

Bomb Threat

Columbus, GA: Columbus police investigate Walmart bomb threat



Bread & Buggy - Opelika, FL - Armed Robbery
Bush's Chicken - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
Cash America - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Cumberland Farms - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Covington, GA - Armed Robbery
H&S Sporting Goods - Princeton, WV - Armed Robbery
Kum & Go - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Milwaukee, WI - Burglary
Mickey's C-Store - Killeen, TX - Armed Robbery
Murphy's Express - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Ready Mart - Asheboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Shell - Columbus, MS - Armed Robbery
Sinclair - Nevada, IA - Burglary
Southern Gun and Pawn - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Stop-In - Roanoke, VA - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Store - Millcreek, UT - Robbery
Wine Regions - Clermont, FL - Burglary (3rd x since April)


Daily Totals:
14 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed

Richard Aviles
named Asset Protection Manager for Louis Vuitton.

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