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Andrea Cunningham named Vice President, Security - West Coast for Comcast NBCUniversal
Andrea was previously the Director of West Coast Security Operations for The Walt Disney Company for over twelve years before taking this new role. She's held other security and loss prevention roles including Operations Manager - Security & Emergency Services for The Disneyland Resort, Security Manager for The Disney Store and Loss Prevention District Manager for Mervyns. Congratulations Andrea!

Brian Harvell named Chief Technology Officer for Agilence
Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of vertical-focused analytics solutions to the retail, grocery, pharmacy, and restaurant industries, today announced the addition of Brian Harvell as Chief Technology Officer. This key hire brings a wealth of experience and strategic expertise as Agilence continues their acceleration into the next stage of growth. Harvell brings nearly 30 years of diverse leadership experience in systems architecture, software development, operations infrastructure, and security management. Congratulations Brian! Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below

Todd Boak promoted to Director - Midwest Retail for 3SI Security
Todd was previously the Midwest Sales Manager for 3SI Security for over three years before this promotion. Prior, he worked for different solution providers such as Telaid as Director Enterprise Accounts, Tyco Integrated Security as Global Account Manager, Sensormatic/ADT Security as National Account Manager - Sears Holdings Corp. and Pelco as Western Regional Sales Manager. Todd earned his Bachelors of Arts in Economics/Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Congratulations Todd!

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"No Touch" Shoplifting Policies on the Rise
News Team Visits Dr. Read Hayes and the LPRC Lab

The recent firing and subsequent re-hiring of a manager at Academy Sports gained national attention as he chased a suspected gun thief and tackled him outside. That incident fueling a fiery conversation about the nexus between following the rules and doing the right thing.

Academy Sports manager Dean Crouch tackled a man accused of fleeing the store with a stolen gun in his hand. Academy sports initially benched Crouch for violating a "no touch" shoplifting policy.

"What a powerful dilemma," said Dr. Read Hayes as he discussed the case with us this week. "This just happened. I know the policy. I know why we have this policy, but I just can't let this happen."

Dr. Read Hayes and his colleagues at the Loss Prevention Research Council in Gainesville, Florida tuned into the story. Hayes launched the research institute after years as a store detective.

"I still have scars," Hayes said, "From shoplifters resisting, grabbing you or cutting you."

Hayes says retailers are increasingly counting on technology - not people - to stop retail theft.

A recent survey by Loss Prevention magazine shows 78 percent of retailers have a no chase policy, 45 percent have a no touch policy, and 18 percent don't allow apprehension at all.

"There's a huge mandate for that retail chain to say 'I want to protect my people more than I want to protect my merchandise," Hayes said. "So you're seeing a decrease overall of those wanting to - or allowing - touching or detaining shoplifters." wctv.com


Papa John's employees allege the pizza chain's controversial founder created a toxic culture and made inappropriate advances toward employees
Papa John's is trying to distance itself from its controversial founder and former CEO, John Schnatter, after it was reported he had used the N-word during a conference call and resigned from his position as chairman.

Now, in a wide-ranging investigation published by Forbes on Thursday, Schnatter is being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with employees.

"His behavior ranges from spying on his workers to sexually inappropriate conduct, which has resulted in at least two confidential settlements," Forbes writer Noah Kirsch wrote in the article, which is based on interviews with 37 current and former Papa John's employees.

One female employee said that Schnatter had asked about her bra size and whether she'd slept with her previous boss, and that he never let her pass in a hall without giving her a hug. Schnatter later denied this to Forbes.

The employees allege that Schnatter and two leading executives - Tim O'Hern, president of international operations - and Steve Ritchie, the company's current CEO, allowed a toxic work environment to thrive at the fast-food chain. businessinsider.com forbes.com

MGM Resorts denies liability for Las Vegas shooting,
asks courts for protection from lawsuits

The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel says it bears no liability in last year's Las Vegas concert massacre and is asking the courts to grant federal protections that shield companies who provide anti-terrorism products and services to civilians.

MGM Resorts International, which is facing a barrage of lawsuits over the shooting, responded Friday by naming more than 1,000 of the shooting victims as defendants in two lawsuits of its own. The entertainment giant is not seeking monetary damages but, citing a federal law, asks the courts to protect it from legal actions filed by the victims. cnn.com

Nike Gets Default Win In TM Suit Over Counterfeit Shoes
A New Jersey federal judge handed a win Wednesday to Nike Inc. in a lawsuit against several shipping companies who helped transport thousands of counterfeit shoes from China to the United States.

U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi granted Nike's motions for summary judgment on its claims against two affiliate companies called City Ocean International Inc. and City Ocean Logistics Ltd., finding that whether they knew the shipments were counterfeit is not relevant to whether they can be held liable under the Lanham Act.

"For purposes of liability, Nike need not show that defendants intended to transport counterfeit goods, or that they had knowledge of the counterfeit goods in the seized shipments," the judgment says.

The court also ordered Eastern Ports Customs Brokers Inc. to pay $240,000 in damages to Nike in a default judgment, after the New York-based shipping company failed to obtain new counsel, as ordered by the court, after their attorneys withdrew from the case five years ago. law360.com

Internal documents show how Amazon scrambled to fix Prime Day glitches
One hour of downtime may have cost Amazon up to $100M in lost sales

Amazon failed to secure enough servers to handle the traffic surge on Prime Day, causing it to launch a scaled-down backup front page and temporarily kill off all international traffic, according to internal Amazon documents obtained by CNBC.

And that took place within 15 minutes of the start of Prime Day - one of Amazon's biggest sales days every year.

The e-commerce giant also had to add servers manually to meet the traffic demand, indicating its auto-scaling feature may have failed to work properly leading up to the crash, according to external experts who reviewed the documents. "Currently out of capacity for scaling," one of the updates said about the status of Amazon's servers, roughly an hour after Prime Day's launch. "Looking at scavenging hardware."

A breakdown in an internal system called Sable, which Amazon uses to provide computation and storage services to its retail and digital businesses, caused a series of glitches across other services that depend on it, including Prime, authentication and video playback, the documents show.

Other teams, including Alexa, Prime Now and Twitch, also reported problems, while some warehouses said they weren't even able to scan products or pack orders for a period of time. cnbc.com

The downtime is estimated to have cost Amazon $72 million to $99 million in lost sales, depending on whom you ask, according to the news website Axios. Digital Commerce 360 estimates the downtime cost Amazon $72 million, while Love the Sales' Liam Solomon estimates it cost Amazon up to $99 million. businessinsider.com

Survey Finds Technical Problems on Amazon Prime Day Hurt E-Commerce Giant
A new JDA Software, Inc. survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers found that 27 percent of respondents who experienced technical issues on Amazon Prime Day either gave up without making purchases or purchased less than they had planned. A total of 52 percent of respondents experienced technical difficulties overall during the two-day flash sale earlier this week. businesswire.com

Amazon Prime Day = Porch Pirate Week
Prime Day deliveries provide big opportunity for package theft

More than 100 million Amazon packages were delivered around the country on Thursday after Prime Day earlier this week. And that means a prime opportunity for porch pirates to poach packages.

Amazon said Prime Day was the company's biggest shopping event in its history so millions of packages will be delivered.

Police nationwide are warning people that porch pirates will be waiting and watching too. The Denver Police Department released surveillance video of several porch pirates being caught on camera.

"If you see anyone suspicious driving by slowly looking at the porches or even just walking by and looking, walking up to the porches, checking doors -- give us a call or 911 or if you don't feel it's a big emergency, please give us a call at the non-emergency line," Denver police spokesman Jay Casillas said. kdvr.com

Beware of Amazon Prime Day phishing scams that are spreading now
Amazon Prime Day phishing email scams are spreading like wildfire. There are some different versions of the scam, though they all have the same goal in mind.

It starts with an email, one of which thanks the recipient for a Prime Day purchase and goes on to say they are invited to write up a quick review on the product. Another says the recipient will receive a $50 bonus or maybe a gift card if you click on the link.

The link will send you to a lookalike site, one that will appear to be from Amazon but instead will give any information you provide to the scammer. komando.com

Amazon reportedly had a 300-person conference call to deal with the Prime Day glitches

Target uses Prime Day to its advantage, logging its 'biggest online shopping day' so far this year

NRF, White House make a 'pledge' to bolster retail career opportunities
The National Retail Federation is joining forces with the Trump administration to increase the skills of current and future retail workers.

On Thursday, the NRF signed the White House's "Pledge to America's Workers." The move positions both the NRF Foundation's Rise Up job training program, and student program that exposes college students to career opportunities in the retail industry to help create enhanced career opportunities for 250,000 individuals over the next five years.

The new White House initiative is aimed at increasing the skills of current and future workers by expanding apprenticeships, educational opportunities and job training programs. NRF was among more than 20 companies and associations that signed the pledge. As part of the White House initiative, President Donald Trump also signed an executive order establishing the National Council for the American Worker, along with an external advisory board. chainstoreage.com

Missing bunny returned after Publix employees comb through landfill to find stuffed animal
Madison, 3, forgot her stuffed bunny in a Publix shopping cart last week. Thanks to security cameras, store manager Mike Gayhart tracked Madison and her bunny's movements from the store, the parking lot, the cart and eventually a trash can and a dumpster.

It then went to a trash compactor before being dumped into a garbage truck and driven to a landfill, WPMI reported.

But Gayhart and three other employees went to the landfill and started digging, WPMI reported. Against all odds, they found him. The bunny still has a smell, but Madison doesn't care. She hasn't let go of him and says he smells fine. ajc.com

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Discount UK retailer Poundworld announces 78 more store closures

Ebay slashing 274 jobs amid rising costs

McDonald's salads linked to parasitic illness outbreak that has sickened more than 160 people in 10 states

Starbucks to open its first U.S. 'signing' store

Macy's New CEO Says "I'm Open to Acquisitions"

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Agilence Adds Key Hire to Executive Leadership Team

Brian Harvell Named Chief Technology Officer

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ - July 19, 2018 - Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of vertical-focused analytics solutions to the retail, grocery, pharmacy, and restaurant industries, today announced the addition of Brian Harvell as Chief Technology Officer. This key hire brings a wealth of experience and strategic expertise as Agilence continues their acceleration into the next stage of growth.

Harvell brings nearly 30 years of diverse leadership experience in systems architecture, software development, operations infrastructure, and security management. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading all aspects of Agilence's technology development and utilization including management of software development and the overall operational responsibility of technology infrastructure. Prior to joining Agilence, Brian held leadership positions with a number of technology companies including Comcast, SevOne, Katabat, and Prevalent.

"Agilence is making a major impact in retail and restaurant analytics, but as technology continues to evolve it is vital that we stay ahead of the curve," said Harvell. "I am excited to be joining the Agilence team and to be leading its technology strategy."

"I am very pleased that we were able to add such an accomplished leader to our team," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence. "Brian's expertise and skills will help us retain our technology leadership and achieve even more success as we move forward."


Study: Retailers are among cyber criminals' top targets
75% of retailers have now experienced a data breach
More sensitive data being stored in the cloud - with few encrypting it

Despite an encouraging decrease in data breaches last year, cyberattacks are not only on the rise in retail, they are gaining momentum.

Seventy-five percent of retailers have experienced a data breach in the past compared to 52% last year, exceeding the global average, according to the "2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition," from critical information systems provider Thales.

Retail data breaches in the United States more than doubled to 50% from 19% in the 2017 survey. This massive increase drove U.S. retail to be the second highest vertical polled to experience a data breach in the last year, ahead of healthcare and financial services, and only slightly behind the U.S. federal government, according to the study.

Despite these intrusions, U.S. retail is increasingly inclined to store sensitive data in the cloud as widespread digital transformation is underway. Yet, only 26% of companies reported implementing encryption - which trails the global average.

Meanwhile, 95% of U.S. retail organizations plan to use sensitive data in an advanced technology environment (such as cloud, big data, IoT and containers) this year. More than half believe that sensitive data use is happening now in these environments without proper security in place. chainstoreage.com

Online shopping sites see hacking increase despite security efforts
It's estimated eight out of 10 Americans have shopped online, entering sensitive personal data. Credit card numbers, passwords and addresses, for example. And that's a gold mine for cyber-criminals that hack into online sites.

San Jose's Thales eSecurity's latest research says half -- 50 percent -- of all medium and large online retailers it surveyed acknowledge they've been hacked. That's two a half times higher than a year ago. Changes in payment systems are making security more challenging.

"Now we have mobile devices, we have digital payments, we have mobile payments, we have person-to-person payments," said Thales chief strategy officer Peter Galvin. "Because of the way those changes have occurred, there really isn't a perimeter. There's no four walls to protect."

This year alone, hackers broke into the retail sites of Adidas, the Dollar Shave Club, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Under Amour, according to the nonprofit group Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

The servers of those and all other retailers store sensitive data. That is leading to increased spending to encrypt that data. Or to add two-factor authentication, where a retailer will send a text message with a code to verify it's you. A single breach can cost retailers hundreds of millions of dollars and can impact customer confidence. abc7news.com

'Credential Stuffing' Attack
Here's What Hackers Do With All Your Stolen Passwords

Over the years, hackers have broken in to some pretty massive databases. Sometimes they make off with millions of records at a time. So what does a hacker do with millions of users' passwords? Shape Security's latest report highlights a kind of cyberattack known as credential stuffing.

In a credential stuffing attack, a hacker loads up a database with as many usernames passwords as he or she can get their hands on. Those login credentials are fed into an automated hacking tool that hammers away at a website. You can think of a hacker's password database as a key ring. The more keys there are, the more likely it is that the attacker will find one that unlocks your account.

These attacks are much more common than you might think. According to Shape Security, around 90% of all login attempts on retail websites aren't shoppers logging in with their own accounts. They're the result of a credential stuffing attack. forbes.com

Human Resources Firm ComplyRight Breached
Cloud-based human resources company ComplyRight said this week that a security breach of its Web site may have jeopardized sensitive consumer information - including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and Social Security numbers - from tax forms submitted by the company's thousands of clients on behalf of employees.

Neither ComplyRight nor its parent company Taylor Corp. responded to multiple requests for comment this past week. But on Wednesday evening, ComplyRight posted additional facts about the incident on its site, saying a recently completed investigation suggests that fewer than 10 percent of individuals with tax forms prepared on the ComplyRight platform were impacted.

According to ComplyRight's Web site, some 76,000 organizations - many of them small businesses - use its services to prepare tax forms such as 1099s and W2s on behalf of their employees and/or contractors. While the company didn't explicitly say which of its cloud services was impacted by the breach, the Web site which handles its tax preparation business is efile4biz.com. krebsonsecurity.com

Walmart employees using app to get pay advanced
More than 200,000 Walmart employees in the U.S. have used the Even app to gain access to their checks ahead of schedule. The retailer has partnered with Even and another startup PayActiv to help employees better manage their finances. Seventy-five percent of full-time workers in the U.S. live paycheck to paycheck, according to CareerBuilder. bloomberg.com

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True Stories of Face Recognition and Retail Crime
Case 3: The Philly Fanatic

The third episode of FaceFirst's true retail crime series tells the true story of a notorious organized retail criminal with a clever scheme. He fills an inexpensive cabinet with high-priced items and then uses double-sided tape to ensure that the cabinet stays closed during checkout. Retail shrink is a $46 billion problem each year, but face recognition can reduce retail shrink by up to 34%.

By using face recognition, loss prevention pros were able to see that this criminal had been stealing from the store every 1-2 days. How did face recognition save the day? Watch this episode of FaceFirst's True Stories of Face Recognition and Retail Crime to see how this felon was brought to justice.

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Bob Moraca, Vice President of Loss Prevention, NRF, tells us about the evolution of the NRF Protect conference over the years and what's new this year, the role and value of the NRF LP Council and its Committees, and the new research studies and preparedness guides the NRF publishes.

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How Online Retailers can Combat Fraud at Checkout and Beyond
It's imperative for online merchants to have a clear understanding of the trends within the world of online fraud. They need to understand how criminals work, where criminals work, and which types of fraud attacks are most successful. Only then can e-commerce professionals put the right defenses in place and engage with the right partners to stop fraudsters in their tracks.

According to Forter's 2018 Fraud Attack Index, fraudsters are increasing their frequency of attacks. In the past year alone, fraud attacks have surged 13%, with some industries seeing rates over 12X higher than average. But what might be most surprising is that fraud is no longer happening just at checkout. Retailers know that transactional fraud is a point of vulnerability, and they have put defenses in place to counteract these attacks. As such, fraudsters are learning to exploit retailers throughout the customer journey. Fraud professionals need to be aware of the other pain points beyond the point of transaction and how best to prevent them from being exploited.

Account Takeover
With a new breach occurring every day, customers feel vulnerable and expect merchants to protect their accounts, but many merchants do not yet have the security measures in place to guard against fraud throughout the buyer journey (from the moment a shopper logs onto a loyalty account to the point of transaction and beyond). Online retailers should fine-tune their fraud prevention to ensure they can differentiate real account owners from fraudsters who use stolen information to pose as legitimate shoppers.

Identity Manipulation
After gaining access to an individual's account, fraudsters find identity manipulation an appealing fraud method, as it is particularly difficult to detect. Identity manipulation occurs when a fraudster alters account details, such as phone number and shipping address, without ever being flagged as suspicious.

Coupon & Promo Abuse
Customers are savvy. By creating a new account, they can take advantage of promos that would be otherwise unavailable to them as a return customer. But when individuals continuously abuse promotions, businesses suffer a direct financial loss. In some cases, the perpetrator may not even be aware that they're committing fraud.

Return Abuse
Customer expectations have shifted. Flexible return policies are no longer the exception, they are the rule. But return abuse is a growing problem for online merchants. Repeat abusers will frequently return goods for a full refund after already using the merchandise. Sophisticated abusers set up multiple accounts and leverage alternative payment methods to hide their identities. As this abuse continues to grow, merchants often struggle with the operational costs of fulfilling fraudulent orders, processing returns, restocking merchandise and reassessing the worth of the returned items. paymentsjournal.com

SmartMetric Announces New Biometric Credit Card Designed To Make Online Transactions Safer is Now Being Manufactured by SmartMetric
After many months of secret product development, SmartMetric has now under manufacture its new Biometric Credit Card designed to fight the burgeoning threat of online fraud. Without revealing the specifics of the new biometric credit card that is expected to be unveiled in the next few weeks, SmartMetric says it has developed a new way to protect online transactions building on the company's advanced, "inside-the-card" miniature fingerprint scanner. nasdaq.com

Kount to review fraud survey results in exclusive webinar
Join Kount and Mobile Payments Today on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar that will review the findings of the most recent survey.

Attend this webinar and you'll learn findings related to:

● Chargeback rates and the most common sources
● Impact of manual reviews and false positives
● Mobile channel challenges and share of revenue
● Overall fraud prevention performance and strategies utilized mobilepaymentstoday.com

IBM seeks $167 million from Groupon in e‑commerce patent suit

Adobe Predicts Labor Day Online Sales Will Reach $2 Billion In 2018

FreshDirect Debuts State-of-the-Art South Bronx Campus

EBay grows its customer accounts but struggles to compete with Amazon

'E-commerce industry to surpass $1 billion mark by year-end'



Anderson County, SC: 3 arrested in connection with Organized Retail Thefts, 'Operation Turning Tables'
Investigators worked since June to identify shoplifters who stole large amounts of merchandise from retail stores in Anderson. The shoplifters would sell stolen merchandise for a fraction of its retail value to others, referred to as fences. These people would then resell the stolen merchandise at flea markets for a profit, according to a press release form the Sheriff's Office. Troy Fowler, 75, of Piedmont; William "Billy" O'Leary, 44, of Anderson; and Peggy O'Leary, 41, of Anderson were identified by deputies as suspected fences, arrested and charged with organized retail theft. Search warrants were executed at the suspects' properties where an estimated $121,997 of stolen merchandise was recovered. The arrests were made as a part of "Operation Turning Tables" that included investigators from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Home Depot, CVS, T.J. Maxx, Belk and Publix. independentmail.com

Palo Alto, CA: Police arrest 4 in Stanford Shopping Center heists at Urban Outfitter and Victoria's Secret
Palo Alto police announced yesterday they have arrested four suspects in connection with two separate thefts in the last 10 days at Stanford Shopping Center. On July 10 at 2:45 p.m., got a call about a theft that had just occurred at Urban Outfitters. An employee saw two women loading numerous articles of clothing into bags and running away from the store. Through follow up investigation, detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tonisha Harris, 26, of Fremont. Detectives arrested Harris in Hayward on Monday (July 16) and booked her into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony commercial burglary and a violation of probation. The other suspect has not yet been identified and is outstanding. On Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m., an officer on patrol at the shopping center saw two women taking numerous items of clothing from Victoria's Secret. Both women were taken into custody outside the store without incident, while a third suspect was located and arrested in a nearby parked vehicle. padailypost.com

Trumbull, CT: Forever 21 Associate busted; scheme to steal around $7,000 worth of merchandise
Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman who was involved in a conspiracy to commit around $7,000 in internal theft from Forever 21. Corporate Loss Prevention reported in November 2017 that merchandise was stolen and that several employees were involved. Employees took sensors off of merchandise and a manager pretended to ring up items for sale. The items were put in a bag and left near the back door. Shameen Thomas, 33, of Bridgeport was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny and conspiracy. She was arrested July 16. More arrests are expected. patch.com

Peachtree City, GA: 5 Shoplifters grab $6K in merchandise from Victoria's Secret
A group of five people on July 17 targeted Victoria's Secret at The Avenue in Peachtree City, and walked away with approximately $6,000 in merchandise. Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the five individuals entered the store carrying reusable shopping bags, later leaving the store with a reported $6,000 in store merchandise. Bergh said one of the suspects left the store and came back a second time. thecitizen.com

Bolingbrook, IL: 4 Men Arrested for Baby Formula theft; stealing over $300 of product from Meijer

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Robberies & Thefts

Beaumont, TX: Police hunting 12 suspects who smashed Walgreen's with van, stole ATM
Police received a burglary-in-progress call at about 3:50 a.m. and a witness told them multiple suspects in a van backed through the front of the store at East Lucas Drive. The witness told police that the suspects fled in another van and a dark colored sedan. When police reviewed surveillance video at the store they noted at least 12 masked suspects wearing dark clothing were involved in the burglary. 12newsnow.com

Boynton Beach, FL: PBSO says Delray, Boynton men trafficked in painkillers;
Armed Robbery and 3 Burglaries at Walgreens

Two men are now facing charges of trafficking in painkillers and stimulants following their arrests with a bag filled with pills and liquids in a Boynton Beach apartment complex parking lot. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office first arrested Douglas Johnson, 26, and Kennard Banks, 28, on May 8 for trafficking more than 7 grams of oxycodone. An informant led investigators to the two men. The informant spoke of one robbery and three attempted burglaries at Walgreens pharmacies in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties between March and May. Johnson told the informant that "a new locking mechanism" kept him from getting access to pharmacy pill vaults, the report said. He has not been charged in any of these burglaries. mypalmbeachpost.com

North Fort Myers, FL: Burglar caught on tape entering a C-Store from a hole cut in the roof
A surveillance camera captured a shot of a man who allegedly burglarized a North Fort Myers convenience story Wednesday, making off with lottery tickets. No idea if he won anything, but was later arrested. news-press.com

Update: Wheaton, IL: Victoria's Secret store in Wheaton burglarized and robbed in the same week
Police are still looking for 3 women who pulled a Taser on a Victoria's Secret staff member as they fled with arms full of merchandise. As seen in the Robbery video, a large front window of the store was covered by plywood resulting from a Burglary reported on Sunday, $5,000 of merchandise was stolen. abc7chicago.com

Memphis, TN: FBI looking for man accused of robbing adult store
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a man accused of robbing an adult store in Memphis. Essie Perry is wanted for the robbery of Romantix on Summer Avenue in April. newslocker.com

UK: East London, England: Armed Robbery Gang hits two Malls in one day;
targeting cellphone stores

Two of East London's biggest malls - Vincent Park and Hemingways - were hit by a gang of armed men yesterday. There was speculation that the same gang said to be seven strong, hit both malls. Customers and staff were locked in a store in one of the heists, while at the other a person was seen through the shop window being treated by paramedics. In the morning the Telkom Mobile store at Vincent Park mall was the first target of the armed robbers yesterday morning when the gang forced their way into the store and made off with an undisclosed number of the latest mobile devices. In the afternoon, the Incredible Connection Store in Hemingways mall was also robbed by a gang believed to number around seven. dispatchlive.co.za

Washington DC: Man Arrested for Armed Robbery at La Plata CVS, Two Suspects Still at Large

Wichita, KS: Police investigate string of Armed Robberies; Circle K and Quick Trip

Joliet, IL: Shoplifter came to Walmart armed with brass knuckles

Kay Jewelers in the Tanger Outlet, Ft Worth TX reported a Grab & Run on 7/18, items valued at $21,800

Skimming Thefts

Skimmers found at Florida gas stations triple;
South Florida is 'ground zero'
Across the state of Florida, skimming devices uncovered by state inspectors nearly tripled in just one year. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, inspectors found 169 skimmers in 2015, 219 skimmers in 2016 and tripled to 655 skimmers in 2017. Inspectors have recovered 539 skimmers in just the first six months of 2018, putting Florida on track for over 1,000 skimmers this year alone. More than half of those skimmers were found in Broward and Palm Beach counties. wptv.com

Update: Green Bay, WI: Cuban citizen sentenced to prison for Green Bay area skimming scheme
Alain Ceballos-Rodriguez, 37, committed credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to federal prosecutors. The devices used Bluetooth technology to transfer customer credit card information to a laptop. The scammers would then create "clone" cards. Ceballos-Rodriguez took cloned cards and used them to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards. Ceballos-Rodriguez and co-conspirators used the self-checkouts at the retailer to buy hundreds of gift cards in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The gift cards were taken to Florida where they were used or sold online. Ceballos-Rodriguez was sentenced in federal court on July 17. Chief Judge William C. Griesbach called him a "lower-level participant" who was part of a well-organized fraud ring. The ring, based in Florida, is comprised mostly of Cuban Nationals, prosecutors say. wbay.com

Sentencings & Charges

Surfside Beach, SC: Delaware man sentenced to 12 years for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping of C-Store Clerk
Nazjier Ferrell, (19 years old), of Castle, Delaware, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and kidnapping in court on Thursday. A judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison on each charge, but his sentence will run concurrently. Police were called to the Scotchman in the Surfside Beach area for a robbery on May 7, 2017. The clerk was forced into a vehicle with the suspects and held at gunpoint before she was able to escape in Columbus County, North Carolina. wbtw.com

Newark, NJ: C-Store Robber who shot clerk 15 times sentenced to 26 years; store clerk survived

Peru, IL: Bond at $750,000 for men accused in Walgreen's Armed Robbery


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C-Store - Garrett, KY - Burglary
C- Store - Owensboro, KY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lee County, FL - Burglary
C- Store - Surry County, VA - Burglary
C-Store - Cranston, RI - Robbery
C-Store - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Fayetteville, GA - Robbery
Dollar General - Vigo County, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Sikeston, MO - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Port Wentworth, GA - Burglary
Gas Station - Warren, MI - Robbery
Gas Station - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Minot, ND - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Bensalem, PA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Miami, FL - Burglary
Subway - Lexington Park, MD - Burglary
Super 8 Motel - Owensboro, KY - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Store - Spring Hill, FL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Grand Junction, CO - Burglary
Walgreens - Edina, MN - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Euclid, OH - Robbery
Walgreens - Beaumont, TX - Burglary (ATM)
7-Eleven - Waterford, MI - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
12 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
76 robberies
34 burglaries
5 shootings
5 killings







None to report

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