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Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll
The economic impact of drug use on the work force is being felt across the country.

Indeed, the opioid epidemic and, to some extent, wider marijuana use are hitting businesses and the economy in ways that are beginning to be acknowledged by policy makers and other experts.

A federal study estimated that prescription opioid abuse cost the economy $78.5 billion in 2013, but that does not capture the broader effect on businesses from factors like lost productivity, according to Curtis S. Florence, who led the research for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The effect is seen not just in the applicants eliminated based on drug screening, but in those deterred from even applying. In congressional testimony this month, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, linked increased opioid abuse to declining participation in the labor force among prime-age workers.

The Fed's regular Beige Book surveys of economic activity across the country in April, May and July all noted the inability of employers to find workers able to pass drug screenings.

"It's not just a matter of labor participation; there is also a lot of collateral economic damage," said Alan B. Krueger, a Princeton economist who wrote a widely discussed paper on the subject last year.  nytimes.com

Former Pilot Flying J Executives Plead Guilty Ahead of Fuel Rebate Fraud Trial
Four other defendants head to court in October. With roughly three months before their trial was set to begin, four former Pilot Flying J executives have agreed to plead guilty in connection with fraud in the company's rebate fuel program.

John Freemen is former vice president of sales; Spiewak, regional sales manager in Ohio; Borden, director of wholesale and inside sales; and Bibee, account representative.

According to the news out, documents show Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The trial for the four other former executives is slated to begin Oct. 31 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The defendants are former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood; Scott Wombold, vice president of national accounts; Heather Jones, account executive; and Karen Mann, regional account representative.

The plea deals come more than four years after federal officials - including the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service - raided Pilot Flying J's Knoxville headquarters in April 2013. The raid was a culmination of a probe into allegations of fraud in Pilot Flying J's fuel rebate program, as CSNews Online previously reported.

Pilot Flying J operates more than 650 travel centers in the United States and Canada.

Lilot Flying J released the following statement:

We are saddened by news of the pleas of four people who worked for Pilot Flying J acknowledging that they participated in defrauding some of our diesel fuel customers. After learning of such improper activities more than four years ago, we made whole every customer negatively affected; entered into a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the government, which included a $92-million penalty; continued to cooperate with the investigation; and made policy, procedure and staff changes to make certain nothing like this happens again. csnews.com

Wisconsin company wants to microchip employees
A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its 50 employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.

Three Square Market, also known as 32M, says it expects about 50 employees to take advantage of the technology. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger.

32M provides technology for the self-serve break room market. CEO Todd Westby says in a statement that he expects the chip technology to eventually be used in air travel, public transit and retail. ap.org usatoday.com

California's high court narrows third-strike sentencing reductions
The state Supreme Court made it harder Monday for some third-strikers to get their life sentences reduced if they were armed when they committed their last offense, even if the crime itself was neither serious nor violent.

For the second time this month, the justices agreed with prosecutors in a dispute over the scope of Proposition 36, a 2012 initiative that narrowed California's 1994 "three strikes" law.

The 1994 law imposed a sentence of 25 years to life for anyone who had two previous convictions for serious or violent felonies and was then convicted of a third felony of any type, including some minor drug and theft offenses.

Prop. 36 limited third strikes to serious or violent felonies and allowed prisoners who were serving life terms for other third-strike felonies to have their sentences reduced, unless a judge found that they posed an "unreasonable risk of danger."

Under Prop. 36, however, a third strike is still considered a serious felony if the defendant was armed with a gun or another deadly weapon. The court said Monday that a judge can consider evidence from charges that were dismissed, as part of a plea agreement, to find that the defendant was armed during the third-strike crime, even if the crime itself was not serious or violent.  sfchronicle.com

Walmart's Restorative Justice Practice Gets News Coverage in Riverton, WY
Last week we told you about Riverton police now having an officer stationed at Wal-Mart every day from four until the store closes at 12.

We reached for reactions from the community about the police presence and all were very positive and supportive.

Wal-Marts director of media relations gave us a statement which said":

"No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime. We recognize the importance of this issue at the highest levels of the company, and we are investing in people and technology to support our stores. We're encouraged by a 35% reduction in calls to law enforcement agencies nationwide, on average, since we began implementing Restorative Justice and other crime deterrence programs. We'll continue our outreach to law enforcement across the country as part of our ongoing commitment to meet our customers' and associates' expectations of a safe and enjoyable shopping experience."  kcwy13.com

A conspiracy theory about Chipotle is gaining steam
Great Question for Chipotle's Keynote Speaker Next Week at RLPSA

The outbreak,in Virginia, has also renewed speculation around a conspiracy theory that Chipotle is the target of corporate sabotage. The theory first emerged after the 2015 E. coli outbreak tied to Chipotle restaurants in 14 states.

It claims that parties with short interest in Chipotle - meaning they stand to gain financially when the chain's stock plummets - deliberately orchestrated the illness outbreaks by planting harmful bacteria in Chipotle restaurants.

"Chipotle short-sellers were rewarded with $55 million in less than one day, thanks to this most recent incident," Allen wrote in a LinkedIn post on Monday, which was recently shared by Bloomberg. "Though it might seem far-fetched, there are some facts that suggest the near-endless food safety scandals plaguing Chipotle belie something more sinister than simple misfortune."

One article published on Natural News in late 2015 actually accused the biotech industry of unleashing bioterrorism attacks because Chipotle was the only fast food company who publically denounced GMO's.

He also noted that Chipotle has had four times the number of outbreaks expected for a chain its size, and that each incident has sickened far more people than is common with foodborne illnesses. Even before the latest norovirus scare, it was somewhat unprecedented for so many illness outbreaks to be linked to a single chain.

Even some scientists were stumped by anomalies surrounding Chipotle's illness outbreaks. For example, Chipotle conducted hundreds of tests on its food and preparation surfaces and never identified a source of the E. coli outbreak. businessinsider.com

Chipotle's food-borne illness problems are far from over
Stock Drops 14% Since Last Weeks Norovirus Outbreak
Illness Reports Nine Times Higher Then Average

Wall Street is losing hope in Chipotle's recovery. The company's shares have spiraled nearly 14% in the last week, after news emerged of a norovirus outbreak connected to one of its restaurants in Sterling, Virginia.
Analysts say the outbreak has renewed customers' fears about eating at the burrito chain since the E. coli and norovirus outbreaks in late 2015 that affected restaurants in 14 states.

We infer major setbacks to Chipotle's ongoing recover efforts at '15 health-related concerns on virus outbreaks at several locations that precipitated a steep and protracted downturn in customer traffic," CFRA analyst Tuna Amobi wrote in a research note Monday.

"We continue to view the Chipotle stock as one of the higher-risk restaurant names we cover... in part due to the health-related challenges that clearly have not fully dissipated," Kalinowski wrote in a research note.

Customers' fears aren't totally unfounded, according to Patrick Quade, founder of the website iwaspoisoned.com, which allows people to self-report suspected foodborne illnesses.

The rate of illness reports connected to Chipotle restaurants last month - before the recent norovirus outbreak - was nine times higher than the average rate associated with 10 of the chain's US competitors, which have a collective 85,000 restaurants, according to Quade. 

Editor's Note: If you lose Wall Street and the illness rate continues, this retailer may not make it. All due to safety.

Next week, the Chiplotle VP speaks at RLPSA and that will be one session to hear as he explains the big outbreak two years ago and obviously will be mentioning this most recent one.

They've spent millions on safety and built a very impressive safety model. However you're dealing with raw food from local suppliers handled by young people and those variables would be difficult for any organization.  businessinsider.com

Using Drones: What HR Should Know
1. The legal requirements and regulations. "HR and legal departments have to be aware of and consistently monitoring the relevant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other state or local rules and regulations governing commercial drone usage and deployment. "Some of the key issues for HR are going to be around privacy, access to private airspace-in the case of deliveries, for example-and safety."

2. The recruiting and training challenges. Because commercial drone operation is a pretty new discipline, it is likely that qualified operators are in short supply. "And very few organizations would have any in-house capability or capacity to train their existing employees," Boese said. "This could be an area where HR and training departments have to look to third-party providers ... to take some or all of these roles. "With companies eager to hire drone pilots to start building their internal drone programs, careful attention needs to be placed on the vetting process," what documents need to be looked at [and] what documents can be requested from the FAA regarding the potential hires' enforcement history.

3. The need for niche skills. "Longer-term, HR leaders would need to think about commercial drone operations like they consider other technical or niche skills," "Drones can allow certain portions of your more senior workforce to be repurposed into other highly valuable jobs," added Rupprecht.

4. Certification issues. "Human resources will want to maintain records of related certifications and may want to offer training for personnel who operate drones," shrm.org

There's a trillion-dollar global black market for fake "designer" chairs
Last year, US customs officers seized over $4 million worth of fake chairs. It was the first year that the agency had ever seized containers-full of such unauthorized reproductions, thanks in part to a novel new training that's turning port inspectors into design connoisseurs. Over the past 18 months, a five-year-old consortium of furniture manufacturers and design firms called BeOriginal Americas has been training US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers to distinguish real Eames, Starck, and Mies van der Rohe designs from fakes, among others. qz.com

What will become of the retail worker after the 'apocalypse'?
Employment losses in the retail sector are approaching 2009 levels with 60,000 jobs cut and counting. As retailers realign resources around e-commerce, so too are the roles of associates changing. The year's retail job losses have already surpassed all other years but one since 2009, and 2017 is barely half over. Most of the losses have come from the department store and apparel sectors, as well as other niche retailers.

And then there's e-commerce, commonly accused of being the leading cause of the retrenchment in retail. But some research suggests that e-commerce is creating jobs far faster than brick-and-mortar retail is shedding them.

The various rounds of layoffs and corporate struggles have freed up some talent that better-off retailers might look to attract. "There are good people on the market today, whether they're at struggling retailers today and are actively looking to leave, or in some cases they were part of a Chapter 11 and now they're available," Madden said. "For retailers doing well, it's a buyer's market."

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist for the left-of-center Progressive Policy Institute says that retail is actually creating jobs right now, if you count e-commerce. counting new jobs in warehousing and other sectors likely to be devoted to e-commerce fulfillment and logistics. He's found that e-commerce, by his count, has created 397,000 jobs over the past decade - more than five times the jobs lost in retail over the same period. retaildive.com

Michael Kors Buying high-end shoe company Jimmy Choo for $1.2B
The shoemaker has more than 150 stores globally, as well as a presence in many of the world's top department stores.  Michael Kors said it expected to open new Jimmy Choo retail stores and expand its fashion offerings.

Expansion at the top tier of the market suggests that Michael Kors sees its best chance of clawing back growth as lying with the world's wealthiest consumers. "We believe that Jimmy Choo is poised for meaningful growth in the future," John D. Idol, the Michael Kors chairman and chief executive, said in a news release. "  nytimes.com

Robot patrols to resume in The Washington Harbour retail facility in Washington, D.C
Following a recent incident where one of its drones took a tumble down some stairs and into a water feature. The drowned robot has since gathered a following online popularized by the hashtag #wearesteve and even its own makeshift memorial. According to Knightscope, the robot is not permanently out of commission and will live to roll another day.

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. I don't remember seeing a "no swimming" sign. Thank you to all the human life guards that pulled me out," said STEVE upon reboot. canadiansecuritymag.com

Suisun City, CA: Security video shows man abandon 16-day-old baby in strip mall parking lot: Father Arrested
A California father was arrested Monday afternoon after he was seen on surveillance video abandoning his newborn in a Suisun City strip mall, police said. The baby was then flown to a hospital in Oakland later in the night after officials noticed abnormalities in the infant's eye.

Daniel Stephen Mitchell, 18, was taken into custody in Fairfield a short time later after running from a car crash, Suisun City police said. He is accused of leaving his baby in the shopping center around 3:15 p.m.

The baby, who is 16 days old, was left in the parking lot of the strip mall. The infant was rescued by the owners of nearby businesses. kcra.com

Payless Reorganization Plan Wins Court Approval

Hibbett Sports warns of "very challenging" sales trend - comp's down 10% - Q2 ends 7-29

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Combining EAS with RFID is the answer

WG RFID Readers feature special 3-D detection technology. This allows the reader to detect an RFID coil embedded in an EAS hard tag with greater accuracy than any other RFID antennas in the industry today. The reader emits a cone-shaped field of radio frequency, guaranteeing a large area of coverage. There is no limit to the number of readers per system, but a single reader can cover a standard glass double-door entrance.

The RFID coil is assigned an identifier unique to each particular tag. Identifiers are associated with merchandise, e.g. blue polo shirt or size 10 tennis shoe, and a centralized computer stores the data. RFID readers can read multiple RFID-enabled hard tags at once and record data such as inventory numbers, quantity of types of products sold, and shrinkage numbers.

Because these RFID coils are embedded into hard tags, they function as an EAS tag as well as information storage, compatible with all 58khz EAS systems.

WG can help developing a perfect RFID/EAS-integration system for you. No two store environments are alike and many factors such as ceiling height, entrance points, and employee areas can factor into how many readers are needed for complete logistical and security results.

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Most consumers believe their payment data is at risk
Eighty five percent of adults in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia believe there are more cyber-criminals just waiting to grab their payment card data. More than two-thirds are concerned about the security of their payment card data, and 38% feel their private credit or debit card data has been put at risk by a data breach, irrelevant of whether they subsequently were a victim of fraud.

"Our survey unveils high levels of concern about the security of payment card data and strong feelings among consumers that banks, retailers and other organizations involved in the payment card industry need to do more to protect their personal data," Shipley added. chainstoreage.com

Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts New "Destruction of Service" Attacks
The Cisco® 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential "destruction of service" (DeOS) attacks.

These could eliminate organizations' backups and safety nets, required to restore systems and data after an attack, the report said. Also, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), key industries are bringing more operations online, increasing attack surfaces and the potential scale and impact of these threats.

Recent cyber incidents such as WannaCry and Nyetya show the rapid spread and wide impact of attacks that look like traditional ransomware, but are much more destructive. These events foreshadow what Cisco is calling destruction of service attacks, which can be far more damaging, leaving businesses with no way to recover.  securitymagazine.com

US Retailers Feel Like Targets, Even as Breach Rates Drop
Half of US retailers in a recent survey by 451 Research have experienced a data breach at some point - and the majority (88%) consider themselves vulnerable to data threats.

Another fifth of respondents in the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition (19%) said they feel "very" or "extremely" vulnerable - likely due to the seemingly ongoing and much-publicized incidents in this space. But the "sitting duck" mentality is also driven by increasing digital transformation and complexity. According to the report, 95% of US retail organizations will use sensitive data in an advanced technology environment (such as cloud, big data, IoT and containers) this year. However, 53% of respondents believe that sensitive data use is happening in these environments without proper security in place.

The report also found that US retailers may be failing to learn from past mistakes; more than half (11%) of the 19% that were breached this year had also experienced a breach previously. This is exacerbated by budget misallocation, the report concluded.

About three-quarters (77%) of US retail organizations are increasing IT security spending, but are not concentrating spending where it will make the most difference. A majority (88%) of respondents selected network security as 'very' or 'extremely' effective at protecting data from breaches-even as network security fails to keep out attackers and is unable to protect data that is increasingly stored in the cloud. Spending patterns also indicate a focus on what has worked in the past with the planned spending increases on network (67%) and endpoint (63%) protection. Data-at-rest approaches, which have proven to be effective at protecting the data itself, came in second from last (49%) in terms of retailer security spending priorities. infosecurity-magazine.com

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Active Shooter Response:
Are You Ready?

Debbie Maples, VP Global LP & Corp. Security, Gap Inc.

Originally Published 8-18-16

Active shooter events in a retail or restaurant location present unique challenges: customers are present and need to be protected, colleagues and employees may behave differently under stress, or the physical layout of the space could impact your ability to hide or escape. No single answer exists for what to do, but a survival mindset can increase the odds of surviving. Debbie Maples, VP of Global Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Gap Inc., shares the current thinking and best practices to ensure your organization and store teams are prepared.

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Think Tank: Is AI the Future of E-commerce Fraud Prevention?
There's a lot of debate about what Artificial Intelligence really means, and how we should feel about it. Will it transform our world for the better? Will the machines take over? Will it simply make processes we already perform faster and smoother?

One way and another, we're talking about "smart machines" - machines that are trained on existing, historical data, and use that to make accurate deductions or predictions about examples with which they're presented. The applications are wide-ranging, from medicine to retail to self-driving cars and beyond.

For e-commerce, AI means the ability to deliver capabilities that simply were not possible before. There are two main directions in which this expresses itself:

1) Uncovering trends and audiences: A well-trained e-commerce AI can identify trends of buyer behavior, or interests in new products or experiences and adapt quickly.

2) Personalization: The experience can be tailored to each customer in ways that were not an option when companies had to configure/design the experience for everyone at once (or maybe have a few versions based on geographies). Customers can be offered the information and products they want, when they want them, in the ways that are best suited to them.

The 3 Unmatched Advantages of AI-based Fraud Protection Systems

Scale: An AI system can "look" at 6,000 data points in every transaction, and match them with billions of other transactions to look for patterns, discrepancies, and simple coincidences of events in just a fraction of a second. This means that all fraud decisions can happen 100 percent in real-time, regardless of how much traffic the site is receiving, or whether the fraud team is down with the flu.

Accuracy: In the last year a well-built and trained fraud protection AI has proven repeatedly that it outperforms even the best human reviewers in accuracy. For retailers the reduction in false declines (good customers mistakenly rejected as fraud) means more sales, and happier consumers, and the reduction in fraud chargebacks means lower costs, and lower risk.

Adaptivity: In fraud prevention, one of the great challenges is the speed of learning necessary in order to deal with new fraudulent moda operandi. If a fraudster finds a new technique that works, it will spread like wildfire and hundreds of fraudsters will attack thousands of retailers at once. An AI-based solution is the only realistic way for retailers to fight fraud together in this highly dynamic environment, combining their efforts and sharing data in a centralized way to prevent fraudsters from abusing one retailer after another.  wwd.com

Amazon Blamed for Sales of Counterfeit Phone Chargers
Amazon is facing a federal lawsuit from an Ohio phone-charger manufacturer that claims the retail giant fulfilled its customers' orders with counterfeit products. Fuse Chicken claims that Amazon's system allows counterfeiters to put their products into the stream of commerce. In May, Fuse Chicken purchased one of its own products on the Amazon Warehouse Deals section of the retailer's site and the product it received was a knock-off, according to the lawsuit. Fuse Chicken says it filed the lawsuit because Amazon failed to respond to its 10-page cease-and-desist letter, which contained "several verifiable examples of counterfeit and knock-off sales."  courthousenews.com

'Click Fraud' Trial To Test Reach Of Feds' Cybercrime Powers
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are gearing up to try an Italian citizen who allegedly created a global network of infected computers to fuel a "click fraud" scheme against advertising companies, a first-of-its-kind trial experts say will mark a pivotal test of the government's ability to tie individuals to complex cybercrimes that are growing in both size and sophistication. law360.com

Amazon Makes A $70-$80 million Offer for digital payments platform FreeCharge 

Dania Beach, FL: 16 guns are stolen from a Bass Pro Shop
Four men in hoodies run straight for the gun section of a Bass Pro Shop. They jump over the glass counter, and take their time searching for guns. They left with at least 16 firearms. All of it was caught on camera in the early hours on Friday morning. Detectives found 16 of the stolen firearms over the weekend at a home in Hallandale Beach, but say one or two guns from the theft are still missing. Also missing are the four suspects. Deputies said no arrests have been made and that they are still looking for the men. bradenton.com

Campbells Creek, WV: Man sought after theft of $2,500 worth of cigarettes
Kanawha County deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who they said stole about $2,500 worth of cigarettes from a store. The theft occurred in the afternoon of July 20 at the Dollar General Store. wvah.com

Syracuse, NY: Career Shoplifter Arrested at Macy's
A Syracuse man wanted on several warrants was arrested this weekend at Destiny USA after he was caught stealing from Macy's. Christopher Reynolds was charged Saturday with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies. He also was arrested on three other warrants from 2015 and 2016, court papers show. A loss prevention officer at Macy's told Syracuse police he saw Reynolds put several items in a bag, then try to hide them under him as he sat in a wheelchair. The officer also saw Reynolds keep other items on his lap as he left the store without paying Saturday afternoon. The merchandise totaled $1,684.91. syracuse.com

Jacksonville, FL: 2 Winn-Dixie clerks charged with theft, fraud
Two Winn Dixie cashiers were arrested and charged with employee theft and fraud after police said they were seen on store surveillance video under-ringing purchases for each other. It happened multiple times since May. The customer service manager saw Nathaniel Todd, 44, not ring up all the items that Brittany Hunter, 44, brought to his check-out lane. An internal investigation found three instances in which Todd let Hunter leave the store with items she didn't pay for, and five times in which Hunter under-rang purchases that Todd made. The loss to the store was over $1,200. news4jax.com

Decatur, IL: man charged in string of Walmart burglaries
A 23-year-old man faces burglary charges after police say he stole several electronics from two Walmart locations over a four-day period, police said. According to a signed police affidavit, security camera footage at Walmart showed the man enter the store on July 16, 17 and 18 and leave without paying for the products he took off the shelves. Among the electronics taken were two printer cartridges, a Bluetooth speaker, a 24-inch television and a 32-inch television, the affidavit said. herald-review.com

Southington, CT: Target Employee shipped herself over $5,600 in stolen items from the store
Bonnie Davis, 31, was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny. She was released on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 31. On April 13, a Target Asset Protection worker reported an employee theft. On April 8 and other dates, Davis reportedly took merchandise from the store shelves and placed them in a shopping cart. Davis took the cart to the delivery area, packaged the items and had them shipped to her home, Police said. Most of the merchandise was electronics. The total value was about $5,653. myrecordjournal.com

Lake Zurich, IL: Multiple ORC Theft reports at Jewel Osco stores, totaling over $3800
A loss-prevention employee at Jewel-Osco, 345 S. Rand Road, reported July 16 that two men removed over-the-counter medication from the store without paying for it. The total loss is $2,014.17. A loss-prevention employee at Jewel-Osco, 485 Ela Road, reported July 16 that two men removed over-the-counter medication from the store without paying for it. The total loss is $1,478.64. A loss-prevention employee at Jewel-Osco, 485 Ela Road, reported July 16 that three people entered the store and removed over-the-counter medication from the store without paying for it, police said. The total loss is $332.50. chicagotribune.com 

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Deaths, Robberies & Thefts

Las Vegas, NV: Three to five suspects sought in Armed Robbery at Walmart
A dramatic heist at a southeast valley Walmart took many customers by surprise. The store, located near Tropicana Avenue, was packed with customers around 11 a.m. Monday when police say a group of 3-5 robbers rushed in, wearing masks, hoodies, and gloves. "There were multiple assailants that came in that were armed. They had weapons in their hands and they told everyone to go down to the floor," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. Police say the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and possibly some other items they managed to grab while inside the store. Luckily no shots were fired and no one was injured, but the suspects got away. news3lv.com

Scarborough, ME: Man Pulled Walmart Fire Alarm to Free wife held in shoplifting
A man is accused of making threats and pulling a fire alarm at the Scarborough Walmart after police say his wife shoplifted from the store. Police say the store's loss prevention workers caught 41-year-old Marsha Francis shoplifting, and while in custody, her husband, Sean Francis, threatened them to release her and pulled a fire alarm, forcing an evacuation. Sean Francis, 42, was arrested on charges of terrorizing and making a false public report. His wife, 41-year-old Marsha Francis, was charged with theft. wgme.com

Decatur, IL: CVS Pharmacy Employee arrested for Theft of Adderall
On July 15, a couple told officers that someone picked up their 11-year-old daughter's Adderall prescription from the pharmacy on E. Cantrell without their permission. When officers spoke to the employee who handled the prescription, she told them that a woman came into the store, provided the correct address on the prescription. Police again questioned the employee who admitted to hiding the medication in a storage closet and leaving the store with it after her shift, police said. She was arrested Saturday and faces preliminary charges of theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. herald-review.com

Spokane, WA: Police Officers sprayed with Bear Mace while pursuing Fred Meyer shoplifter
A man sprayed himself and three police officers with bear spray during a chase in Spokane's East Central neighborhood. Robert Wigginton, 37, is accused of stealing several bottles of liquor from Fred Meyer. Outside the store he got into a scuffle with store security. The officers chased and eventually detained him. They reported their eyes and lungs burning as a result of the spray. One officer had swelling and redness on his face. spokesman.com

Puebla, Mexico: Mexican Security Forces Kill Suspected Fuel Thieves
Five suspected members of a fuel-theft gang were killed Monday in a confrontation with security forces in the central Mexican state of Puebla, authorities said. The shootout occurred during an operation by police and marines in the municipality of Esperanza, which sits on Puebla's border with neighboring Veracruz state, the Puebla state Attorney General's Office said. laht.com

Watertown, CT: Man Charged with Stealing $23K in David Jewelers smash and grab
On Monday, Steven Carloto, who was already incarcerated in the Connecticut Department of Correction, was charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass in connection with the incident. necn.com

Update: Vancouver, WA: Girl accused of stealing candy, resisting WinCo Loss Prevention staff Will Not face Felony Charge

Dallas, TX: Update: Cowboys cut Lucky Whitehead after Warrant comes out for his Arrest for missing court date. Whitehead was arrested for Shoplifting in June

Laurel County, KY: C-Store Clerk involved in staged robbery

Piercing Pagoda in the Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa, CA reported a Grab & Run on 7/22, value yet to be determined

Zales in the Kings Plaza Mall, Brooklyn, NY reported a Grab & Run on 7/20, watch valued at $450

Bomb Threats

Jackson, TN: Bomb Squad called to UPS Distribution Center due to Suspicious Package found

Springfield, IL: Police investigate Walmart bomb threat, store evacuated

Retail Fire/Arson

Lauderhill, FL: Thrift store gutted after shopping center fire



Bass Pro Shop - Dania Beach, FL - Robbery
Burger King - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery/ employee shot/ serious condition
C-Store - Iva, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Cumberland Farms - Hudson Falls, NY - Armed Robbery
CVS - Hialeah, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot/ Critical Condition
Dollar General - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
King Sooper - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Lynchburg Arms - Campbell County, VA - Burglary
Metro PCS - Texarkana, AR - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Johnstown, PA - Armed Robbery
Trek Bicycle Shop - Tucson, AZ - Burglary
United Dairy Farmers - Clintonville, OH - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Roslyn Heights, NY - Robbery
Walmart - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Wyoming Camera Outfitters - Casper, WY - Burglary
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Abilene, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
3 burglaries
2 shootings
0 killed


Justin Dietel, LPC
has been named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Dollar Tree

Tony Howland promoted to Market Asset Protection Manager for Walmart

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