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Chris Hackler promoted to Vice President of Asset Protection - Global for Signet Jewelers

Throughout her four plus years at the retailer, Chris has held a variety of security and asset protection positions including Sr. Director Physical Security and Physical Inventory and most recently, Sr. Director of Asset Protection. Prior to working at Signet Jewelers, she was at Zale Corp. and held various senior leadership roles including Sr. Director Store Asset Protection and Sr. Director Loss Prevention. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Management from University of Phoenix. Congratulations Chris!
Mark Trimmer, CFI named Director, Loss Prevention and Safety for Goodwill Columbus
Previously, Mark was the Area AP Manager for Big Lots before taking this new role. Throughout his 22 years in the loss prevention industry, Mark has held a variety of roles including Regional LP Manager for Sterling Jewelers, Regional LP Manager for KB Toys, and Regional LP Manager for Sun TV & Appliances. Congratulations Mark!

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New Sensormatic Survey Says: In-store shopping to rule the back to school season
Today, Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls announced the results of its 2019 U.S. Back-to-School Shopping Trends survey. The findings revealed that an overwhelming majority of respondents will do their back-to-school shopping in brick-and-mortar stores this year, with 62% planning on visiting 2-3 stores to shop for a wide range of product categories such as school supplies (86%), clothing (82%), electronics (47%), sporting equipment (41%) and many more.

As the back-to-school season is quickly approaching, retailers rely on Sensormatic Solutions' data, statistics and insights on this timely shopping trend to better prepare for providing a seamless, stress-free shopping experience for students and families.  Read more here: sensormatic.com

siffron Introduces New Antimicrobial ModoShelf System
siffron®, a leader in retail merchandising, announced the launch of ModoShelf, an antimicrobial and customizable shelving system. Produce is the number one factor when customers are choosing where to shop for groceries, but bacteria-laden shelves can pose dangers to consumers.

An industry first, the ModoShelf is the only NSF-certified merchandise shelving on the market today. The ModoShelf has removable antimicrobial ABS tiles that can be cleaned in a dishwasher. In a recent independent study, researchers tested ModoShelf's antimicrobial surface, which effectively eliminated more than 99 percent of E.coli. perishablenews.com


Nike and the Retail Industry Adoption Outlook for RFID

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

Almost exactly a year ago, in my last RFID article titled "Keeping Physical Retail In-Stock", I concluded that the two most relevant components of positive customer experiences in physical stores are fast checkouts and products being in-stock. Multiple recent retailer quarterly earnings calls, several articles, and two requests from China on direct consulting with potential investors in RFID inspired this updated technology review.

In the latest Nike earnings call, CEO Mike Parker directly stated that RFID "is improving product visibility and is an important step toward integrating our diverse ecosystem of physical and digital experiences, distribution centers and contract factories." Calvin McDonald, CEO of Lululemon in his earnings call cited the company's strength and unique position in being able "to activate great product across our omni-guest experiences, leveraging our stores, community and events." Both Nike and Lululemon reported strong financial results for their respective quarters.

Apparel has been the sweet spot for the adoption of RFID for some time. The latest Apparel Magazine Technology Outlook points to mixed priority focus on the technology. In this survey only 1% rated RFID as a most valuable technology for 2019

RFID adoption trends are higher in the apparel segment of the retail industry as reflected in the same publication. Within the apparel segment, the applications of RFID are interesting and growing.

"When it comes to plans for deployment in RFID in 2019, each area of application made some strides in 2019 vs. 2018. For example, plans to deploy RFID at point of sale are up from 2% to 4% this year; plans to deploy for logistics and transportation are up to 7% from 2% last year; in the warehouse, up to 9% from 4% last year; and in loss prevention, up to 9% from 4% last year." 

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Buffalo, NY: 5 years ago today:
RLPM Bernard Grucza sentenced to 25 years for killing Toys R Us manager
Bernard Grucza, a former Regional Loss Prevention Manager was attempting to steal cash from the Toys R Us safe when he was surprised by a store manager, Larry Wells at 4:30am. Grucza stabbed Wells to death and fled the store, only to return later and was seen consoling Toys R Us associates at the scene of the crime. A baseball hat found at the scene was tested for DNA which led Police to the arrest of Grucza in October of 2013, four mouths after the killing. Grucza was also later charged with the theft of $223,000 of cash and merchandise from Toys R Us.

On July, 24 2014, Grucza pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree. He was originally charged with second-degree murder. Justice Penny Wolfgang gave him the maximum sentence. According to New York State Corrections information, Grucza is currently serving 25 years in the Great Meadow Maximum Security Prison with a possible 'earliest release date' of 4/9/2035. Larry Wells left behind his wife and 4 year old daughter.  wgrz.com inquisitr.com

   Read the D&D Daily's Special Report from 2013 on the murder case here.

Las Vegas, NV: Albertson's Loss Prevention employee accused of Sexual Assault
Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating 2 claims of sexual assault by Dominic Miller, who works as a Loss Prevention Agent for a 3rd party Security Contractor assigned to the Albertson's. Albertson's Corporate Office released a statement indicating they are cooperating with the Police investigation. Police believe Miller may have more victims and wants the public to come forward. ktnv.com

San Leandro, CA: Kohl's Store Accused
of Racial Profiling

A Kohl's store in San Leandro has been accused of racial profiling after a woman said two empolyees wrongly accused her of stealing. Yolonda Montoya was shopping at the Bayfair Mall Kohl's where she said she tried on several clothing items and purchased a shirt before two loss prevention workers stopped her. She walked back into the store voluntairly where she said she was led to an office and accused of stealing in front of a police officer. Montoya, who said she realized it would be her word against the two employees', recorded the incident and posted it to social media where she said it has since gone viral with 50,000 likes. nbcbayarea.com

Banksville, NY: Upscale Restaurateur Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges
The owner of La Crémaillère Restaurant in Banksville, which filed for bankruptcy in April, was arrested in Connecticut on Tuesday and is facing a slew of federal fraud charges. Barbara "Bobbie" Meyzen, who's owned the upscale restaurant since 1993, is accused of: lying on credit applications, forging the name of a relative by marriage on a second mortgage, charging more than $80,000 on a customer's credit card that was on file, misleading the Office of the United States Trustee, which oversees bankruptcy cases, by saying the property was insured when it wasn't, and opening bank accounts to divert tens of thousands of dollars of La Crémaillère's credit card receipts and future credit card revenue to pay for several different things, including food distributors, wine wholesalers, and an in-home nursing service, among other purchases. lohud.com

CVS adds time-delay safes in Pa. stores to help prevent opioid robberies
CVS Pharmacy has now installed time-delay safes in all its locations across Pennsylvania to help prevent robberies of medications, including such opioids as oxycodone and hydrocodone, the company announced Tuesday alongside Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Bright-red signs on the pharmacy counter alert anyone passing by that time-delay pharmacy safes are in use, monitored by 24-hour surveillance, and used with emergency alarm systems. These safes come with a built-in delay in opening the safe that cannot be overridden.

Time-delay safes were first implemented in 2015 in CVS Pharmacy stores in Indianapolis after the company saw an increase in pharmacy robberies. Within a year of installing the time delays, the company saw a 70 percent decline in those crimes. inquirer.com

Amazon has 'destroyed the retail industry' so US should look into its practices, Treasury Sec. Mnuchin says
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Justice Department is right to be looking into Amazon's practices as part of its antitrust review of big technology companies.

"I think if you look at Amazon, although there are certain benefits to it, they've destroyed the retail industry across the United States so there's no question they've limited competition," Mnuchin said to CNBC's Squawk Box on Wednesday.

"I think it's very good that the attorney general is going to look into this. I think it's an important issue and I look forward to him reporting back to the president and hearing his recommendations," said Mnuchin.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept. of Justice said it is opening a broad antitrust review of big technology companies, sending shares of Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook lower in off-hours trading. The DOJ said it is looking into how major online platforms have "achieved market power" and how their practices may have "reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers." cnbc.com

Schneider wins CargoNet award for Security Excellence
U.S. Xpress named FedEx Ground's Carrier of the Year

Truckload and logistics provider Schneider Inc. announced that it received the "Best in Cargo Security" award in the large carrier category from cargo security consultant CargoNet. CargoNet analyzed three factors when evaluating the pool of nominees: The willingness and ability to commit resources to security; standard operating procedures and best practices; and the extent the carriers use and support the CargoNet program. According to CargoNet, Schneider's ratio of theft-related losses to loads is infinitesimal. freightwaves.com

Bed Bath & Beyond cuts corporate staff by 7%, including COO
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. on Tuesday said that it's trimming corporate staff at its Union, New Jersey, headquarters and elsewhere, including vice presidents, directors, managers and professional staff, by about 7% after a review of its corporate-office cost structure, according to a company press release. Each employee was offered severance pay and other job transition support.

A prominent casualty of the effort is President and Chief Operating Officer​ Eugene Castagna, who left the day of the announcement, with the role eliminated. He had been with the retailer since 1994, and COO since 2014, according to a previous release. retaildive.com

Ace Hardware is reorganizing its 100,000-strong retail workforce

UPS to get space in CVS, Michaels, Advance Auto Parts stores for package shipping, pickup

Forever 21 apologizes for sending diet bars with plus-sized online orders

American Eagle exec says there shouldn't be an age restriction on CBD, as the retailer prepares to add hemp products

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FTC slaps Facebook with record $5 billion fine, orders privacy oversight
The Federal Trade Commission has formally announced its approval of a $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company's privacy policies.

The fine is the largest ever imposed by the FTC against a tech company. The previous high was a 2012 $22.5 million fine against Google for its privacy practices. The $5 billion fine against Facebook represents approximately 9% of the company's 2018 revenue.

The 20-year settlement, which was approved in a 3-2 vote by the agency's commissioners, also includes provisions that aim to create a level of independence from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision-making.

Separately, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday it is charging Facebook with making misleading disclosures about the risk of misuse of user data. Facebook agreed to pay $100 million to settle the charges, according to the SEC. cnbc.com

US attorney general says encryption creates security risk
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that increased encryption of data on phones and computers and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk. Barr's comments at a cybersecurity conference mark a continuing effort by the Justice Department to push tech companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted devices and applications during investigations.

"There have been enough dogmatic pronouncements that lawful access simply cannot be done," Barr said. "It can be, and it must be."

The attorney general said law enforcement is increasingly unable to access information on devices, and between devices, even with a warrant supporting probable cause of criminal activity. Barr said terrorists and cartels switch mid-communication to encrypted applications to plan deadly operations. He described a transnational drug cartel's use of WhatsApp group chat to specifically coordinate murders of Mexico-based police officials.

Gail Kent, Facebook's global public policy lead on security, recently said that allowing the government's ability to gain access to encrypted communications would jeopardize cybersecurity for millions of law-abiding people who rely on it. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. apnews.com

Warning As Iranian State Hackers Target LinkedIn Users
With Dangerous New Malware

U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye has warned of a malicious phishing campaign that it has attributed to the Iranian-linked APT34 - whose activity has been reported elsewhere as OilRig and Greenbug. The campaign has been targeting LinkedIn users with plausible but bogus invitations to join a professional network and emailed attachments laced with malware that seeks to infect systems with a hidden backdoor and steal data and credentials. forbes.com

Your business hit by a data breach?
Expect an average bill of $3.92 million
With the true damage felt for years to come

On Tuesday, IBM Security released its annual study, the Cost of a Data Breach Report, to estimate both the immediate and ongoing expense of a data breach. According to the company, the cost of a data breach has risen by 12 percent over the course of five years, and organizations can expect to pay an average of $3.92 million.

IBM says that this expense - which can be caused by the hire of third-party cyber forensics firms, legal costs, rapid investment in shoring up security, and potentially both compensation payments and government-issued penalties - may not always be immediate, glaring red strikes on a balance sheet.

Instead, the true damage and cost of a data breach can be felt for years. The report says that, on average, 67 percent of expenses are realized during the first 12 months post-breach; 22 percent accrued during the second year, and 11 percent can take over two years to become apparent.

Geography can make a difference -- as companies based in the US can also expect a higher bill to rectify the damage a data breach causes. On average, costs can reach up to $8.19 million.

Companies face a penalty of up to $150 per record stolen. When over one million records have been stolen, for example, this can cost up to $42 million -- and 50 million records may result in a bill of up to $388 million.

According to the report, it takes an organization 206 days to discover a data breach and a further 73 days to completely contain it.

IBM says that malicious data breaches are still more common than those caused by system errors or human folly, accounting for 49 percent of recorded security incidents. In addition, malicious attacks average over $1 million more than accidental data breaches. zdnet.com

What 'Stranger Things' Teaches Us About Attacks On Big Tech

Global cyber security market valued approximately USD 136 billion in 2017, and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 10% over the forecast period 2018-2025


Canada's Crime Rate Spiked in 2018, But Country Still Safer Than A Decade Ago Increase Driven by Higher Rates of Fraud, Shoplifting & Theft
The rate and severity of crime both ticked up in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, according to Statistics Canada. The national statistics agency said Monday the overall crime rate was up two per cent over last year, with over two million incidents reported by police in 2018. The severity of crime also rose by two per cent.

But Statistics Canada noted both the rate and severity of crime were still substantially lower than they were a decade ago, both down 17 per cent compared with 2008.

The crime rate in Canada peaked in 1991 and has been in dramatic decline since then, falling by more than 50 per cent until 2014. Since 2014, however, the rate is up just over eight per cent. Most of the movement in the crime rate is the result of changes in non-violent crime.

The increase in the severity of crime from 2017 to 2018 was largely because of higher rates of fraud, shoplifting, other thefts and sexual assault, according to the Statistics Canada report. canadiansecuritymag.com

'A serious problem': Edmonton saw 31% jump in shoplifting offences in 2018
Reported shoplifting offences increased by one-third in Edmonton in 2018, leading to a slight increase of the city's crime severity index, despite a drop in the number of homicides. The shoplifting rate increased by 31 per cent in Edmonton in 2018. The provincial rate increased by 22 per cent during the same period. cbc.ca

Calgary had a lot more shoplifting but a lot fewer homicides last year

Bystander training gains traction in Canada as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence in the workplace
Bystander intervention training has been used for years at universities and colleges to prevent sexual assault, but trainers say it is gaining traction in Canadian workplaces.

The aim is to prevent sexual harassment, violence, or any other inappropriate behaviour, by training people how to recognize potentially dangerous situations - and intervene. Strategies include telling the offender that their behaviour is inappropriate, starting an unrelated conversation with the person being harassed, creating a distraction or asking the victim afterwards if they need help.

Ms. Gartley isn't sure if bystander intervention training for her co-workers could have prevented her alleged assault, but it could have made things easier to handle. Most of her former co-workers were good people, as are those she has worked with over the years, she adds, and many people would have helped if they knew how. theglobeandmail.com

Kamloops, BC: Blind man plans to file human rights complaint after he was arrested for refusing to remove guide dog from gas station
A late night stop for a coffee in Kamloops, B.C., last month quickly got out of hand when a gas station attendant refused service to a blind man because he had his guide dog in the store.

"I explained to the clerk that it was a guide dog and by law we were allowed to be in the store," Fulton told Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce. "He insisted that his manager had given him very strict instructions that no dogs at all were allowed."

The Human Rights Code in B.C., says a person cannot be denied access to a service on the basis of a number of things, including physical disability. Fulton, being a law student, was aware of this and plans to file a complaint with B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal. cbc.ca

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
LL Bean poised to open 1st store in Canada
Unique Home Goods Retailer 'WYRTH' Opens 1st Store
'Wildly successful' opening of The Best Shop in New Horizon Mall
P.E.I. clothing brand opens its first retail location
Toronto-based Restaurant Brands plans to open 1,500 Popeyes in China within a decade
Tokyo Smoke Oshawa, the city's first cannabis store now open

Canadian Businesses Must Deploy Disruptive Technologies to Mitigate Risks of Online Fraud

'Retail under attack': Winnipeg retailers try to find new ways get customers back in stores

Illegal Toronto cannabis dispensary still selling despite arrests, cement blocks

Statistics Canada reports retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in May to $51.5B

Burnaby, BC: 5 people attacked with needle at Metrotown Mall, police say
Police are investigating after a man allegedly attacked several people with a hypodermic needle at Burnaby's bustling Metrotown Mall. Authorities said they received a report of a man assaulting people in the busy shopping centre at around 9 p.m. Friday, when the mall usually closes. RCMP officers quickly managed to locate and arrest a 32-year-old suspect. Fortunately, though five victims were allegedly attacked with the needle, police said no one was injured. ctvnews.ca

Burlington, ON: Couple 'developed a bar code system' to carry out 'scary' credit card fraud scheme
The two have been involved in at least six incidents over the past few months. Last month, Halton police responded to a fraud related occurrence in which a man and woman are believed to have developed a bar code system that they insert over top of the actual bar code of prepaid Visas and MasterCards before placing them back on the store shelves. The unsuspecting consumer purchases the cards and loads funds that they believe are going onto their card, "however the funds are being loaded onto another card for the suspects to make purchases," according to Const. Kate Bechard. thespec.com

Oxford, ON: Transport truck with more than $450K worth of goods stolen

Kingston, ON: Police searching for shoplifter who threw a lock at security officer

Lindsay, ON: Police investigating theft of construction materials from supply store

Markham, ON: 5 suspects charged in connection with 2018 jewelry store robbery


Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK  - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hamilton, ON - Armed Robbery
Jewelry Store - Barrie, ON - Armed Robbery

Jewelry Store - Duncan, BC - Armed Robbery

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The Loss Prevention Research Council's
Impact Conference Oct. 2-4 2017, A Six Episode Series

Filmed on location at the University of Florida


The IMPACT Conference helps retailers & solutions partners better employ research tools
to assess the real-world impact their LP efforts have on sales, crime, and loss levels.


Innovation and Action

Garret King, Regional IS Sales Manager, Cam Connections, a Division of ADT/Protection 1

In order to better drive innovation, collaboration and evaluation, the LPRC establishes ongoing working groups and action teams. Working groups innovate and field-evaluate current and emerging procedures and technologies that apply across retailer type, while action teams integrate similar retailers to systematically attack common problems.

Another form of research they do is with their iLab. The LPRC Innovation Lab offers a unique place for their members to come and see the latest technology and how it works together to help prevent and detect theft.

In this 14-minute video, Garret King from Cam Connections explains how the LPRC's Innovation Chain works - bringing ideas to life from the iLab to stores and distribution centers to larger field tests that produce validated, actionable results.

Thank you to Cam Connections, a Division of ADT, for having the vision and commitment
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IACC president warns of 'distressingly high' ecommerce counterfeit numbers
The overall volume of illicit sales from ecommerce sites "remains distressingly high", according to International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) president Bob Barchiesi.

Testifying before the US House Judiciary Committee on the threats counterfeits pose, Barchiesi said the IACC has seen "some progress" in its efforts to address the trafficking of counterfeit goods on ecommerce sites.

However, he warned there much more than "can and should be done to ensure that the online ecosystem is one that can be trusted by both consumers and legitimate businesses".

Of the issues IACC members addressed related to fake goods being distributed via ecommerce platforms, Barchiesi said the chief among these concerns were related to "the on-boarding and vetting of sellers, the need for more comprehensive data sharing among relevant stakeholders, and the need to ensure that the penalties imposed upon bad actors are both meaningful and permanent". ippromagazine.com

Try Before You Buy: Great Opportunity or Ecommerce Returns Tsunami Risk?
Try before you buy (TBYB) is a growing strategy that plays on this tendency and can increase ecommerce sales. But like many other approaches it's a two-edged sword.

On one hand, the average basket size of an ecommerce order increases 22% and consumers will buy 3-5 more items per month if TBYB is available, according to research from Brightpearl. On the other hand, the rate for ecommerce returns can be 3-4x higher than for store purchases. Combine that with increased shipping costs, and most retailers freak out about their shrinking margins.

So how do you take advantage of the TBYB opportunity while escaping the potential pitfalls?

At Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019, an expert panel discussed their winning strategies. Here are seven tips they offered on improving your returns process and instituting TBYB.

Tip #1: Get ahead of the problem by identifying the reasons for returns
Tip #2: If you have a high return rate, slow down and take a closer look at margins
Tip #3: Avoid margin erosion with a calculated free shipping (and returns) threshold
Tip #4: Use alternative ecommerce returns methods to lower costs and improve the customer experience
Tip #5: Lower your return costs instead of passing a fee onto the customer
Tip #6: Invest in a WMS and centralize your data
Tip #7: Automate everyday operations so you can manage by exception multichannelmerchant.com

Etsy acquires online marketplace Reverb

Uber Debuts Subscription Service Bundle

Digital Restaurant Payment Platform Announces Starbucks Integration


Phoenix, AZ: Man charged with stealing $90,000 in phones
from Walmart

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, DPS, Task Force targeting professional criminals arrested a man in Phoenix earlier this month on nearly 40 felony counts. Troopers first started looking into 28-year-old Lewis Martinez when an Arizona ID card was found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop in early May. He was subsequently connected to vehicle burglaries and store thefts, primarily of electronics. DPS says Martinez stole an estimated $90,000 worth of Apple and Samsung phones from Walmart stores and made plans to sell them overseas. Martinez was located July 9 and apprehended a short time later, DPS said in a news release. abc15.com

Philadelphia, PA: 4 Smash & Grab thieves cause $50,000 in damages, fleeing with 4 Dirt Bikes
Four bikes were stolen from Philadelphia Cycle Center, but one was left behind. The owner believes a suspect saw a passerby and got spooked. Outside cameras captured a van pulling into the parking, but the inside cameras caught the thieves in the act. The group grabbed the bikes, tossed them through the window and fled. Between the shattered glass, the stolen bikes and damaged bikes beneath the broken window, the owner faces more than $50,000 worth of damage and lost revenue. cbslocal.com

Moberly, MO: Three men charged with stealing $42,000 worth of iPhones
from Walmart, arrested after high speed pursuit

Law enforcement said charges were filed in two counties against three Tennessee men following a store burglary and eventual pursuit. A probable cause document stated Davis and Strickland had broken the locked glass of a cabinet in the electronics section of the Moberly Walmart Sunday about 2:25 a.m. They then filled a laundry basket taken from another section of the store and filled it with boxes the size of cell phone cases from below the counter. They left the store through the fire exit, where Benton was waiting in a Dodge Charger. A Walmart assistant manager reported an inventory of 47 iPhones missing, worth approximately $42,000, the court document stated. krcgtv.com

Oconee County, SC: Deputies investigate $30,000 theft of sunglasses
from The Fishing Hole store

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is asking for help tracking down a suspect they say is responsible for a huge burglary at a Seneca business Tuesday. According to deputies, they responded to The Fishing Hole in reference to a break-in. Upon arrival, deputies found that over $30,000 worth of the store's merchandise had been taken. Third burglary in the last 2 weeks. foxcarolina.com

Seattle, WA: Thieves hit Fremont bike shop for $20,000 worth of merchandise
Thieves stole $20,000 of worth of electric scooters and bikes from PIM Bicycles & Coffee in Fremont early Monday. The store's owner, Justin Hopkins, said he watched surveillance video of the theft after he and his workers realized the items were gone Monday morning. No alarms sounded and thieves spent 1 ½ hours loading stolen goods into multiple vehicles. kiro7.com

Knox County, TN: KCSO arrests 5 suspected of stealing $13,000+
in a string of Home Depot thefts

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested five people following a chase near Western Heights in Knoxville Tuesday. According to the KCSO, investigators were searching the area for a known vehicle believed to be spotted in multiple Home Depot thefts in the area. KCSO said the suspects had stolen more than $13,000 in merchandise from stores, saying it believes some of the suspects were part of an organized retail theft ring that has been stealing from multiple businesses inside Knox County and Knoxville. facebook.com

Owasso, OK: Police confiscate nearly $2,000 in merchandise from shoplifting suspects
Two Tulsa women were arrested in Owasso on Monday after allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 in merchandise from local retailers. The incident occurred around 8:50 p.m. at Academy on Garnett Road, where officers were dispatched to a shoplifting. Police located the fleeing vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle, officers found a blue shopping basket from Academy as well as merchandise from the store, valued at $841.61. Police also found numerous items from an Old Navy in Tulsa with the tags still attached, valued at $1,138.14. tulsaworld.com

Daytona Beach, FL: 'Fraud lab' found by Police in area beachside hotel rooms; 10 month Police Investigation
Nicole Siroky, 31, was booked Tuesday on charges of organized scheme to defraud more than $20,000, fraudulent use of personal identifying information of 30 or more people, unlawful possession of personal identifying information of five or more people, trafficking counterfeit credit cards, unlawful use of a re-encoder and unlawful possession of credit-card-making equipment. Detectives said Siroky targeted 28 businesses in Volusia County and 68 individuals throughout the United States and Canada. O'Reilly and Hooper used some of the victims' personal information to defraud local hotels and other businesses, authorities said. news-journalonline.com

Estero, FL: Piercing Pagoda in the Miromar Outlets reports $19,000 theft of merchandise

Bradenton, FL: Man charged with Burglary of $13,000 in cell phones from Boost Mobile

Millburn, NJ: Louis Vuitton store reports theft of $1,620 handbag

Millburn, NJ: Sephora reports 2 female flee with $1,437 in merchandise

Dothan, AL: Woman arrested for $1000 theft from Victoria's Secret in Wiregrass Commons Mall

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Shootings & Deaths

Pittsburgh, PA: Suspect killed, State Drug Agent wounded outside Big Lots in Ross Township
An undercover officer with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office was wounded early Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at a Ross shopping plaza that left the suspect in a drug investigation dead, police said. The narcotics agent was conducting a drug sting in the parking lot in front of the Big Lots on McKnight Road when he was shot twice by the target of the investigation. The officer is recovering in the hospital from the non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Authorities identified the suspect who died as Omari Ali Thompson, 31, of Pittsburgh. triblive.com

Riverdale, GA: Police Officer shoots suspected shoplifter at Home Depot
GBI Investigators responded to an officer-involved shooting at a Home Depot in Riverdale. According to authorities, two Riverdale police officers responded around 11:20 a.m. to a possible theft at the store off Lamar Hutcheson Parkway. When officers arrived, they got into some sort of "physical altercation" with the suspect, 42-year-old Terry Bradshaw, before he was able to break away. Investigators said Bradshaw ran to a pickup truck located in the parking lot and tried to drive away. That's when the second officer fired at him, hitting the 42-year-old, according to the GBI. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and is in serious condition. A woman was inside the car and was not hurt. She was taken in for questioning. Officials say both officers were wearing body cameras, so the GBI is going through that footage, now, to take a look at what happened. 11alive.com

Garden City, GA: Fight over fries at McDonald's ends in gunfire, arrest
A Georgia woman is in custody after the owner of a McDonald's in Garden City said she fired a gun inside the restaurant. The restaurant owner says the woman left with her order and then came back, saying the fries were cold. As the manager went to get new fries, the woman went into the kitchen and fired a shot into the floor. The owner says he gave the woman a refund and she left. Police arrived at the scene at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and learned the woman had left. They stopped Lillian Tarver's car and took her into custody without incident. wtoc.com

Detroit, MI: Innocent man shot, clerk 'detained' after alleged potato chip theft
A 22-year-old man is recovering from his injuries after police say he was shot by a gas station clerk on Detroit's west side in what "appears" to have been a misfire. The clerk, police say, had pulled a gun to stop a suspected potato chip thief. The shooting was at about 10:35 p.m. at a Shell gas station on the 17700 block of West Warren. Police say the victim was leaving the gas station just as another man had allegedly stolen "several bags" of potato chips. The 27-year-old male clerk followed the suspected thief and fired a shot through the store's front glass door, striking the victim in the chest. The victim, though, was not the alleged thief. Police detained the store clerk. Police also arrested the alleged chip thief, whose age was not immediately available. detroitnews.com

Billings, MT: Man pleads Guilty to murder of 18 year old Video Store employee
in 1998 to cover up Robbery

Zachary David O'Neill pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 18-year-old Miranda Fenner, who was stabbed to death at a Laurel video store in 1998. Fenner managed to drag herself to the store's main entrance, where passers-by found her. The case has been featured on the Discovery Channel, "The Montel Williams Show" and Community Seven Television in Billings. Tuesday's court hearing was scheduled as a status hearing in an attempted homicide case against O'Neill, who was also accused of attacking, raping and cutting the throat of a newspaper carrier before leaving her for dead on Billings' West End on the morning of Sept. 5, 1998. He admitted Tuesday to that attempted homicide and rape charge, and was then arraigned in the Fenner case and pleaded guilty. ktvq.com

Council Bluffs, IA: Grocery store employee missing for 10 years found behind store's cooler
Earlier this year, workers removing shelves and coolers from a closed supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa discovered a body. The remains were recently identified as those of 25-year-old Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a former employee at 'No Frills Sumpermarket' who had been reported missing nearly a decade ago. Council Bluffs police believe Murillo-Moncada climbed a cooler and somehow fell behind it, leaving him trapped. Police say the gap was about 18 inches between the cooler and the wall. Employees say Larry wasn't scheduled to work that day, so no one knew he was there. Hours before he vanished, his parents told police he was just upset and ran out of their home. Investigators believe his death was an accident. They say this is one of the oddest cases they've worked on. State authorities were able to identify Murillo-Moncada using DNA from his parents. Iowa medical examiners have ordered an autopsy. abc13.com

Chicago, IL: Four wounded in shooting outside Shell Gas Station in Lawndale


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Bloomington, IN: Man and woman use scam to buy firearms at multiple Rural King locations

Tyler, TX: Former employee arrested for robbing Dollar Tree

Wilson Borough, PA: Little Caesars Burglar caught on video and ID'ed as ex-employee

Jackson, TN: Wife of the Mayor of Jackson charged with Shoplifting; Mayor says it was all a mistake at Self-Checkout



International Falls, MN: More than $1 million of counterfeit electronics seized
at Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers targeted three rail containers heading to Ranier, Minnesota. After inspection, CBP officers found several products in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulation. The products included LED televisions, gas-pricing displays, Samsung and Apple chargers, as well as earphones. Authorities seized 1,455 counterfeit televisions on June 26, which have an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of $436,500, if the goods had been genuine. Then, on July 11, authorities seized gas-pricing displays with an estimated MSRP of $594,750, before seizing another $55,172 worth of counterfeit Samsung and Apple chargers, as well as earphones. cbs3duluth.com



Wichita Falls, TX: Man connected to burglary, robbery and attempted robbery of 2 cash advance stores, will serve 43-years



Bike Shop - Fremont, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - West Point, MS - Burglary
C- Store - Fort Worth, TX - Robbery/ Assault
Dollar General - Middle River, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Tyler, TX - Robbery/ Assault
Family Dollar - Warren, OH - Robbery/ Assault
Fishing Gear - Oconee County, SC - Burglary
Gas Station - Montgomery County, MD - Burglary
Grocery store - Montgomery County, MD - Burglary
Grocery store - Collinsville, AL - Burglary
Jewelry store - Garden City, KS - Burglary
Jewelry store - Estero, FL - Burglary
Liquor store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Liquor store - Nottingham, MD - Burglary
Motorcycle store - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Corning, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Chandler, AZ - Armed Robbery (Little Caesars)
Restaurant - Wilson Borough, PA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery



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12 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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