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Kristine Vece promoted to Vice President of Client Relations for Protos Security
Mrs. Vece joined Protos Security in 2015 and has been responsible for all aspects of Sales and Client Relations, she has been instrumental in Protos' growth over the past three years. Mrs. Vece has been in loss prevention for nearly 20 years and is known for her industry leadership and dedication to excellence. Kris has been named one of IAI Remarkable Women and received the Loss Prevention Magazine Magpie Award. She also holds her Loss Prevention Qualified designation from the Loss Prevention Foundation.

Sally McGuffin promoted to Vice President of Vendor Relations for Protos Security
Ms. McGuffin joined Protos in 2012 as a National Account Manager and quickly rose to several supervisory and management positions. Sally has 25 years in the Security Guard Industry, she started out as a field supervisor at Borg Warner and was promoted to Operations Manager, then became the Director of Training and Recruitment for the Gulf States for Borg Warner. Ms. McGuffin also worked at USSA as a District Manager where, she stabilized their current business, expanded their growth and reduced the overall operating costs by 10%. Other accomplishments include being recognized by the state of Florida for recruiting and assisting in the Family Transition Program and was an instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice. Sally knows the security guard industry well and is always there to assist our clients and vendors.

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Facial Recognition in the News Across the Country

Were the ACLU's test results predetermined to prove a point?
Once again, here's Amazon's response:

Read Amazon's full response to the ACLU report about its facial recognition software misidentifying members of Congress as previously arrested
Amazon is under fire after the American Civil Liberties Union performed an experiment using Amazon's facial recognition software. The ACLU found that it incorrectly identified 28 members of Congress as different people who had previously been arrested.

When we reached out to Amazon for its response to a Thursday report from the ACLU about its Rekognition software, a spokesperson provided a statement saying that its software is designed to be used in conjunction with humans, and that the ACLU used the wrong settings for its study.

Amazon's full statement has been reproduced below:

"We have seen customers use the image and video analysis capabilities of Amazon Rekognition in ways that materially benefit both society (e.g. preventing human trafficking, inhibiting child exploitation, reuniting missing children with their families, and building educational apps for children), and organizations (enhancing security through multi-factor authentication, finding images more easily, or preventing package theft). We remain excited about how image and video analysis can be a driver for good in the world, including in the public sector and law enforcement."

"With regard to this recent test of Amazon Rekognition by the ACLU, we think that the results could probably be improved by following best practices around setting the confidence thresholds (this is the percentage likelihood that Rekognition found a match) used in the test. While 80% confidence is an acceptable threshold for photos of hot dogs, chairs, animals, or other social media use cases, it wouldn't be appropriate for identifying individuals with a reasonable level of certainty. When using facial recognition for law enforcement activities, we guide customers to set a threshold of at least 95% or higher."

"Finally, it is worth noting that in real world scenarios, Amazon Rekognition is almost exclusively used to help narrow the field and allow humans to expeditiously review and consider options using their judgement (and not to make fully autonomous decisions), where it can help find lost children, restrict human trafficking, or prevent crimes." businessinsider.com

Calgary malls use facial rec to track shoppers' age, gender without consent
At least two Calgary malls are using facial recognition technology to track shoppers' ages and genders
without first notifying them or obtaining their explicit consent.

A visitor to Chinook Centre in south Calgary spotted a browser window that had seemingly
accidentally been left open on one of the mall's directories, exposing facial-recognition software that was running in the background of the digital map. They took a photo and posted it to the social networking site Reddit on Tuesday.

The mall's parent company, Cadillac Fairview, said the software, which they began using in June, counts people who use the directory and predicts their approximate age and gender, but
does not record or store any photos or video from the directory cameras. Cadillac Fairview said the software is also used at Market Mall in northwest Calgary, and other malls nationwide.

Chinook Fairview said currently the only data they collect is the number of shoppers and their approximate age and gender, but most facial recognition software can be easily adapted to collect additional data points, according to privacy advocates. msn.com

Facial recognition gives police a powerful new tracking tool
It's also raising alarms

Despite "real-time" facial recognition's dazzling potential for crime-prevention, it is also raising alarms of the risks of mistakes and abuse. Those concerns are not only coming from privacy and civil rights advocates, but increasingly from tech firms themselves.

In recent months, one tech executive has vowed never to sell his facial recognition products to police departments, and another has called on Congress to intervene. One company has formed an ethics board for guidance, and another says it might do the same. Employees and shareholders from some of the world's biggest tech firms have pressed their leaders to get out of business with law enforcement.

"Time is winding down but it's not too late for someone to take a stand and keep this from happening," said Brian Brackeen, the CEO of the facial recognition firm Kairos, who wants tech firms to join him in keeping the technology out of law enforcement's hands.

Brackeen, who is black, said he has long been troubled by facial recognition algorithms' struggle to distinguish faces of people with dark skin, and the implications of its use by the government and police. If they do get it, he recently wrote, "there's simply no way that face recognition software will be not used to harm citizens."

As the technology advances, "real-time" facial recognition - which involves the constant scanning of live video feeds to match moving faces with a database of still images - is starting to spread. Police in China are reportedly using it to pick suspects out of crowds, and retailers there are using it to identify customers and their buying preferences. U.S. security agencies are testing the technology in some airports and border crossings. And now systems are being designed for use by local police. nbcnews.com

California Wildfires Kill 8, Destroy 650 Homes; 35,000 Ordered to Evacuate

● Residents in Redding, California, had little time to flee as the Carr Fire moved into town, killing six.
● More than 600 buildings have been destroyed, and another 5,000 are threatened.
● The Carr Fire (which is currently the largest fire burning in California) is only 1 of 70 fires burning in the Western United States.
● Two firefighters were killed in the Ferguson Fire, which is burning near Yosemite National Park.

Firefighters struck a hopeful tone for the first time in days as a massive fire near Redding, California, slowed after days of explosive growth. The so-called Carr Fire, burning on the west side of Redding, some 150 miles north of Sacramento, has claimed the lives of six people and destroyed 657 homes. More than 35,000 residents have evacuated as 149 square miles burned - an area larger than the city of Portland, Oregon.

The Carr Fire was 17 percent contained as of Sunday night, according to Cal Fire. The inferno, which still threatens some 5,000 structures, claimed the lives of two firefighters and four civilians - three of which were a 70-year-old great-grandmother and two of her great-grandchildren, ages 4 and 5. Seven people remain missing, according to CNN.com. cnn.com

Redding, CA: Police Arrest Would-Be Thieves, Looters Prowling Evacuation Zone
A Chico Police officer patrolling the area on behalf of the Shasta County Sheriff's Department arrested two people on suspicion of looting homes that had been evacuated due to an explosive wildfire. Jade Ball and Jack Fannin, of Redding, were found with what police said was evidence tying them to several burglaries.

The Carr Fire prompted mandatory evacuations for tens of thousands of people in Redding, a city hundreds of miles north of San Francisco. Authorities say a homeowner who stayed behind flagged down an officer after he noticed evidence that people had been in his house. Officers found a nearby home with evidence of a broken-in door and discovered electronic items stacked by the front door. Fannin and Ball were both placed under arrest on suspicion of looting in an evacuated area, entering a disaster area and conspiracy to comment a felony. cbslocal.com

ICE delivers more than 5,200 I-9 audit notices to businesses across the US in 2-phase nationwide operation
A notice of inspection (NOI) informs business owners that ICE is going to audit their hiring records to determine whether they are complying with existing law.

From July 16 to 20, the second phase of the operation, HSI served 2,738 NOIs and made 32 arrests. During the first phase of the operation, Jan. 29 to March 30, HSI served 2,540 NOIs and made 61 arrests.

HSI's worksite enforcement strategy focuses on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly break the law, and the use of I-9 audits and civil fines to encourage compliance with the law. HSI's worksite enforcement investigators help combat worker exploitation, illegal wages, child labor and other illegal practices.

After receiving the NOIs, employers are required to produce their company's I-9s within three business days, after which ICE will conduct an inspection for compliance. If employers are not in compliance with the law, an I-9 inspection of their business will likely result in civil fines and could lay the groundwork for criminal prosecution if they are knowingly violating the law. All workers encountered during these investigations who are unauthorized to remain in the United States are subject to administrative arrest and removal from the country.

Failure to follow the law can result in criminal and civil penalties. In FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case.

From Oct. 1, 2017, through July 20, 2018, HSI opened 6,093 worksite investigations and made 675 criminal and 984 administrative worksite-related arrests, respectively. ice.gov

Federal Jury Convicts Registered Sex Offender In Plot To Bomb Target Stores
Ocala, Florida - A federal jury has found Mark Charles Barnett (50, Ocala) guilty of attempted arson, possession of an unregistered National Firearms Act (NFA) destructive device, and making an unregistered NFA destructive device. Barnett faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the attempted arson count and up to 10 years in federal prison on each of the destructive device convictions. His sentencing hearing has been set for October 17, 2018.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Barnett offered a Confidential Source (CS) $10,000 to place improvised explosive bombs inside Target stores along the east coast of the United States. Barnett purchased the bomb components and assembled at least 10 of the destructive devices, which he disguised inside the packaging of common grocery items. He then delivered the devices to the CS with instructions to put them on the shelves of Target stores from New York to Florida. The CS, however, promptly surrendered the destructive devices to authorities and Barnett was arrested on February 14, 2017.

Barnett theorized that the company's stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices. Barnett told the source, "If someone has to die so that I can make some money, so be it."

Barnett, a registered sex offender, had been conditionally released from state prison in 2013, following multiple felony convictions for sexual assault, kidnapping, and grand theft. He was also previously convicted of kidnapping in Mississippi. justice.gov

Facebook could spend $10 million this year to protect Mark Zuckerberg
That's over $27,000 per day

Protecting Mark Zuckerberg isn't cheap. Facebook recently approved $10 million in annual security costs for its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his family. The social networking giant announced the increase in the pre-tax allowance security in an SEC filing on Thursday.

Zuckerberg can spend the money on bodyguards, security measures for Zuckerberg's houses, and private aircraft, according to the filing.

Facebook said that the cost was justified and for the company's benefit because "of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook."

In 2017, Zuckerberg visited every single state as a personal mission, one factor that led to a nearly 50% bump in security costs in that year to $7,326,640. Facebook spent $4,891,441 in 2016 and $4,256,004 in 2015 to protect its CEO.

Now the cost to protect Zuckerberg is rising even higher. In April, CNBC reported that Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, said that Zuckerberg's previous security costs were the largest amount it's seen "by a large margin" among big firms over the past five years.

Zuckerberg's base salary will be $1 in 2018, but the vast majority of his wealth is tied to his existing stake in Facebook. He's currently worth $67.1 billion, according to Forbes, even after Facebook shares dropped 19% earlier this week. finance.yahoo.com

Rising cigarette prices spark increase in 'buttlegging'
NYC has "the worst smuggling problem in America"

Buttleggers love New York. That's because it is fertile ground for their illegal activities, since it is now more expensive than ever to buy smokes in the Big Apple.

New York has "the worst smuggling problem in America," said Scott Drenkard, with the Tax Foundation.

The least one can now legally pay for a pack in New York City is $13, which was recently raised from $10.50.

"For someone who smokes cigarettes regularly, cigarettes [for a month] can cost as much as two months' worth of groceries, family cell phone bills for a year, or a vacation," according to Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner.

Cigarette taxes and a new minimum price rule have raised the price of a pack by about 200 percent over the past decade.

Buttleggers avoid paying pricey cigarette taxes by mass buying cheap smokes in a low-tax state such as Virginia, then selling them here illegally. (Virginia, for example, has a 30-cent tax versus New York City and state's combined $5.85).

"Price disparities create incentives for illegal activity," said Kim Kessler, assistant commissioner for the bureau of chronic disease prevention and tobacco control, NYC Health Department. nypost.com

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"Rainbow Crews" Theft On the Rise in The Bay
Uptick in San Francisco retail theft

Retail theft is on the uptick in San Francisco, and while luxury goods were once the focus, now it seems as if those stealing are going for lower end merchandise.

Police confirm retail theft is on the uptick specifically in parts of North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, and Union Square.

While luxury goods were once the prime target, groups of people are now expanding to drug stores.

Viewer video sent to KRON4 shows a robbery at the Walgreens on Columbus and Bay streets last week. But it's not just Walgreens.

The CVS Pharmacy at Stockton and Sutter was hit back in June. People are seen taking what they want with apparently no care in the world.

And there is a video of another robbery at the same store this weekend. Once again, people are seen rifling through merchandise and sticking it in their bag before heading out the door.

A spokesman for CVS says it takes the matter of organized retail crime seriously and it partners with law enforcement and other retailers with a  goal of preventing this activity and bringing to justice those responsible for it.

So far, there have been no arrests in the drug store robberies, nor any indication that those involved are connected, but police say there appears to be a lot of teenagers involved in the recent uptick in these types of crimes. kron4.com

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Protos Security Enhances Executive Team

Kris Vece promoted to Vice President of Client Relations

Sally McGuffin promoted to Vice President of Vendor Relations

DALEVILLE, VA - Protos Security, a nationwide provider of Security Guard Management Services announced the promotion of Kristine Vece to Vice President of Client Relations and Sally McGuffin to Vice President of Vendor Relations.

Mrs. Vece joined Protos in 2015 and has been responsible for all aspects of Sales and Client Relations, she has been instrumental in Protos' growth over the past three years. Mrs. Vece has been in loss prevention for nearly 20 years and is known for her industry leadership and dedication to excellence. Kris has been named one of IAI Remarkable Women and received the Loss Prevention Magazine Magpie Award. She also holds her Loss Prevention Qualified designation from the Loss Prevention Foundation.

Ms. McGuffin joined Protos in 2012 as a National Account Manager and quickly rose to several supervisory and management positions. Sally has 25 years in the Security Guard Industry, she started out as a field supervisor at Borg Warner and was promoted to Operations Manager, then became the Director of Training and Recruitment for the Gulf States for Borg Warner. Ms. McGuffin also worked at USSA as a District Manager where, she stabilized their current business, expanded their growth and reduced the overall operating costs by 10%. Other accomplishments include being recognized by the state of Florida for recruiting and assisting in the Family Transition Program and was an instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice. Sally knows the security guard industry well and is always there to assist our clients and vendors.

"We have two women, two individuals, two get it done, gritty people that we are proud of and know they will continue to carry the torch and lead us on!" said Patrick Henderson Owner and Co-Founder of Protos.


US retailers lead world in data breaches
U.S. retailers lead the world in security breaches, according to the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition. U.S. retail data breaches more than doubled since the last Thales report, rising to 50% from 19% in the 2017 survey. The global average of retail executives reporting data breaches is 27%.

Additionally, the number of U.S. retailers reporting a data breach at any time in the past is up to 75% with half of those occurring in the last year. Of global retailers, 60% report at least one breach in the past. As a result, U.S. retail is now the second most breached segment analyzed by Thales, trailing the U.S. federal government only slightly and ranking ahead of healthcare and financial services.

While 84% of the U.S. retailers polled are increasing information technology security spending, which is up from last year's 77% and exceeds global retail's 67%, the Thales report said that the spending is "in all the wrong places." The spending is highest on security measures regarded as least effective. retaildive.com

Every Week Is Shark Week in Cyberspace
Your data, identities, and credentials are cyber chum.
Here's how to protect yourself from the feeding frenzy.

Your odds of being attacked by a shark are zero if you never venture into the ocean - which is far lower than the odds of being cyber hacked even if you never go online. After all, you could still become a victim of identity theft without ever wading unto Internet waters.

The point is this: Fear the cyber shark far more than the great white, tiger, or bull shark, whose majesty was celebrated last week during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, as it has every year since 1987.

So, what can Shark Week teach us about cybersecurity? Here are four areas to focus on in honor of Shark Week.

1. Assume the Role of a Lifeguard - An organization's ocean is the Internet. Some of it equates to shallow waters such as internal networks, but much of is deep and uncharted via the cloud. No matter the depth of the water, you still need to assess the risks of venturing into potentially perilous territory. A CISO is a company's lifeguard, which means being aware of, adapting to, taking precautions against, and assuming control of the threats that attackers present. With threats always evolving, it's imperative to keep improving your organizational lifeguarding skills.

2. Guard Against Phishing Attacks and Save the Whales - Prevention measures for all phishing, spearphishing, and whaling attacks are widely known and essentially the same. Yet despite anti-phishing methods such as reporting suspicious emails and routinely changing passwords, attacks are still increasing. Modern authentication techniques can be great tools for preventing the repercussions of stolen credentials. Performing security audits and providing user education and training are also solid prevention methods.

3. Safeguard Your Waters with Modern Authentication Methods - Many threats are false positives; the dorsal fin of a friendly, curious dolphin can look like the dorsal fin of a shark that's circling the waters. Similarly, an access attempt might not look suspicious until it's too late. With 80% of breaches being caused by valid yet stolen or misused credentials, it is imperative to validate every access attempt - ensuring that the good guys get in (without hindering user experience and productivity) while keeping the bad guys out. Today's available solutions add intelligence and analytics to authentication methods. These risk-based solutions, available from many vendors, focus on the user's profile and tendencies. They can include techniques such as geographic analysis, device recognition, and IP address-based threat services.

4. Continually Assess Your Environments - Threats are everywhere, in the water and online. They're usually hidden. They sometimes don't appear until it's too late. But that shouldn't keep humans from swimming in the ocean or conducting activity online, especially in the age of digital transformation. Safety counts, and precautions matter. darkreading.com

'Identity Has Become the Perimeter': Oracle Security SVP
Eric Olden, Oracle's new leader in security and identity, shares how the enterprise tech giant plans to operate in a cloud-first world. Moving from startups to one of the world's largest software companies, he says, has given him a new perspective on how large businesses handle cybersecurity in the cloud.

Whereas businesses used to be able to build their own data centers to protect their information and applications, and put up firewalls for security, the cloud is forcing them to change their approach, he says. Combined with the fact that most people are going mobile, it's time for defenses to evolve.

"We've pushed the notion of a post-perimeter world where the identity has become the perimeter," Olden says. "It's something I've seen coming for 20-plus years, and now we see it all the time."

Hackers Set Their Sights on Cloud
Once an organization begins its cloud transition, the volume and velocity of data can quickly overwhelm traditional manual approaches, Olden says. Moving to the cloud isn't a pilot project, and it's not something people can constantly watch for security alerts. Businesses are overwhelmed "with a sheer amount of noise," and the ability to detect threats in the chaos can't be done by humans alone, he adds.

Amid that struggle, hackers see the opportunity to exploit vulnerabilities with increasingly sophisticated tool sets and new attack techniques, Olden continues.

"We're past the days of writing a virus," he says, noting how hackers once just wanted to see whether they could pull off a cyberattack. "Now we're talking about very organized operations trying to get identity data. [They] want the keys. Identity data is incredibly sensitive." darkreading.com

LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses
Identity theft protection firm LifeLock - a company that's built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online - may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company.

The upshot of this weakness is that cyber criminals could harvest the data and use it in targeted phishing campaigns that spoof LifeLock's brand. Of course, phishers could spam the entire world looking for LifeLock customers without the aid of this flaw, but nevertheless the design of the company's site suggests that whoever put it together lacked a basic understanding of Web site authentication and security.

Security firm Symantec, which acquired LifeLock in November 2016 for $2.3 billion, took LifeLock.com offline shortly after being contacted by KrebsOnSecurity. According to LifeLock's marketing literature as of January 2017, the company has more than 4.5 million customer accounts. krebsonsecurity.com




Building a Worldwide LP Program for 14,000 locations
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Van Carney, National Director of Safety & Loss Prevention, Domino's


With 14,000 locations worldwide, 5,700 domestically, and over 400 corporate locations in the U.S., Van Carney, National Director of Safety and Loss Prevention, has built a successful LP program at Domino's over the last 21 years that has led his industry and kept hundreds of people safe when making home deliveries. From robbery prevention and internal theft to delivery safety and defensive driving training, learn how Domino's LP is leading the way. Also, learn what RLPSA can offer food and restaurant retailers.

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Opinion: Omnichannel shopping proliferates the fraud threat
Online shopping fraud has been on the rise for several years, and in 2017 alone it rose by 30%. Shipping fraud, in which scammers arrange for stolen goods to arrive at their address for quick reshipping, was up by 37%, per Experian's 2017 E-Commerce Fraud Report. Billing fraud, in which unwitting consumers' stolen data is used to buy merchandise for resale, was up 34%.

This rising tide of fraud is expensive. At first glance, the 0.9% of revenue that the average North American merchant loses to chargebacks and fraud may seem minor, but typical retail margins range from four to 8%. That means the nearly 1% average fraud loss is really a 10 to 20% loss of profit.

Channels matter a great deal to merchants and fraud analysts, because each channel comes with its own security challenges, and because customers are engaging in more channels as part of their shopping journeys. It's important to remember, though, that customers don't care about the concept of channels. They care about how convenient their shopping experiences are, and retailers must respond accordingly.

An effective program must now include always-updating fraud scores and cutoff thresholds; a split manual-review queue, with orders routed to specific analysts based on store profile and analyst capabilities; two-way reporting for accurate internal files; scalability for sales peaks; customization by channel, store, and industry; proactive people management and quality checks on fraud analysts; 24/7 IT support; and consistent chargeback challenge code logging. paymentssource.com

Square to create contracts enabling businesses dispute buyer chargebacks
The feature will be promoted to business owners starting with August 2018. Square says that business owners who are taken advantage of by customers charging back on goods and services could save money with a contract that details the terms of a transaction. Moreover, the chances of winning a credit card dispute are nearly twice as high when contracts are used, according to Square.

However, the agreements aren't supposed to help in the case of credit card fraud, when the affected customer generally holds no responsibility. thepaypers.com

Reducing online out-of-stocks critical for retailers, says GMA study

Tariffs may cost US online retailers more business from Mexico than China



Two Members of $850,000 Fraud & ID Theft Ring Sentenced in Alexandria, Va.
Under the direction of gang leader Michael Oginni, of Rockville, Maryland, Andraliesha Jefferson, 28, of Reno, Nevada, and Robert McCrickard, 56, of Baltimore, Maryland, used stolen identities to rack up $850,000 in fraudulent charges of luxury goods and gift cards.

Jefferson was sentenced to three years of probation, a sentence which credited her for time she served in a Virginia detention center. McCrickard was sentenced to 31 months of in prison. Another conspirator, Lacola Nickens, was sentenced last week to a one year in prison. Ringleader Michael Oginni will be sentenced in September. justice.gov

Cincinnati Airport Police & US Secret Service Bust Tampa Ring Before They Even Get Started
Five Florida Residents Sentenced For Committing CC Fraud In Northern Kentucky

Jose Valdes, Jairo Castro, Yanetsi Sanchez, Arnado Salazar and Dianey Quintero, all residents of Tampa, Fla., were sentenced yesterday, to a range of 37 months to 46 months in federal prison for committing credit card fraud.

According to their guilty pleas, the Defendants were responsible for mailing a package containing 227 blank credit cards from Tampa, to a Florence, Ky. motel, using a local shipping company. Due to suspicious markings on the package, law enforcement began an investigation that ultimately led to a search of the package. Law enforcement tracked the package to the motel, and found the Defendants waiting, in three vehicles located nearby. A search of those vehicles resulted in the discovery of laptops and a thumb drive containing approximately 2,000 stolen account numbers. Also located were skimmer devices (used at gas stations to record account numbers from unsuspecting customers using the pumps), equipment designed to download the stolen account numbers onto blank cards, and seven money orders that had been purchased with stolen account numbers. The Defendants were arrested before they could unlawfully use the credit cards in the package. justice.gov

San Diego, CA: Burglar gets away with $8,000 bicycle
A popular North Park bicycle shop is hoping the community can help identify a thief who broke in and took a high-priced bike Friday morning. Bars on the window weren't enough to keep him out of Adams Avenue Bicycles. The thief showed up with tools of his own and took the bars off, then smashed the window. Surveillance cameras caught the entire act, including the moment the thief rode off on a brand-new Moots bicycle. nbcsandiego.com

Gloucester Township, NJ: Two men Grab & Run with $5,500 worth of handbags from Michael Kors Outlet
Police are seeking two men who scooped up designer purses, then fled from a store at Gloucester Premium Outlets. The men fled from the Michael Kors store with handbags valued at about $5,500, Gloucester Township police said Sunday. A surveillance video showed the men grabbing numerous bags from a display area near an entrance, then bolting from the store. courierpostonline.com

Lady Lake , FL: Woman arrested for theft of Amazon Firesticks at Best Buy; other merchandise recovered
Tara Vonshay Masoline, 47, entered the store at Village Crossroads on July 21 and selected three Amazon firesticks and a Fitbit. She walked with the items to the appliance aisle, where she put them in her purse. As she attempted to leave the store, a Best Buy employee asked to see her receipt. Masoline walked around the employee and fled. A Lady Lake Police officer stopped Masoline's vehicle. The officer noticed that there was perfume, cosmetics, batteries and phone chargers all in new packaging in Masoline's vehicle. The three Amazon firesticks and the Fitbit from Best Buy were found in the vehicle. The report indicated this was Masoline's second arrest for retail theft. villages-news.com

Corunna, MI: Judge sends 'career criminal' to prison
Judge Matthew Stewart called Lorenzo Childs a "career criminal" as he sentenced Childs in 35th Circuit Court Friday to 50 to 90 months in prison for Organized Shoplifting charges. argus-press.com

Hilltown Township, PA: Giant Foods associate steals $6,400 of merchandise in 5 weeks

Brentwood, TN: Pressure Washers and Chainsaws are a target for thieves in Brentwood

UK: Middlesbrough, England: Two men sentenced to 32 months after pleading guilty to $1,400 theft of Razor blades and Cosmetics from Wilco

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Shootings & Deaths

New Orleans, LA: 3 killed, 7 hurt in shooting outside strip mall; suspects at large
New Orleans police Chief Michael Harrison said, "This has to be personal. Firing indiscriminately into a crowd, shooting 10 people, killing three -- that's personal," Harrison said. "It doesn't get more personal and we take it personal. So whoever did this, you should know that the law enforcement community takes it personal, so we're coming for you." The shooters, both wearing hoodies, opened fire outside a Claiborne Avenue shopping center about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, police believe the shooters, armed with a long gun and a handgun, "fired indiscriminately." Police responding to the shooting found three victims - two men and one woman - who were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other victims - five men and two women - were taken to two separate hospitals. cnn.com

Los Angeles, CA: 2 Dead, 4 Wounded In Shooting Outside South LA Liquor Store
Authorities said two men were killed and four more wounded in a shooting outside a South LA liquor store Saturday evening. The incident happened outside Monarch Liquors around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening at 88th and Vermont Avenue in what officials are calling a drive-by shooting. The four wounded are expected to survive. cbslocal.com

Houston, TX: Armored truck driver shoots would-be robber to death at cash store
A man is dead after an attempted robbery in southeast Houston Saturday morning. A would-be robber was fatally shot after he tried to run away with a money bag he wrestled from an armored truck guard. The incident happened at PLS Check Cashiers around noon. Police said witnesses saw the suspect enter the store, blending in with other customers. When the guard walked in with a cash bag, the suspect made his move.

"There was a confrontation, if you want to call it, a fight over the money bag," said HPD Sgt. Robert Ruiz. "A wrestling match, but the suspect did manage to get the bag away from the security guard is the information we're collecting at this point." The guard pulled his gun and shot the suspect, recovering the bag. Paramedics took the wounded robber to a hospital, where he was said to have been dead on arrival. abc13.com

Tuscaloosa, AL: C-Store Clerk killed attempting to stop a beer theft
Two men are in custody facing murder charges for the death of Sheila Britton. Britton attempted to stop the two men as they fled the store with several cases of beer, Britton was dragged by the get-a-way car. Britton was taken to the hospital where she later died from injuries. wvtm13.com

Greenwood, SC: Multiple shots fired inside Greenwood Mall Saturday evening; no injuries reported
One day after a shooting caused mayhem at the Greenwood Mall, the fixture for shoppers was open and running with little sign of Saturday's chaos. While customers returned to the stores, officers continued to investigate the shooting, which happened shortly after 7 p.m. At least four males chased a person through the mall's common area before they fired multiple shots, Jonathan Link, public information officer for Greenwood police.

Along with accounts of pandemonium, a video circulated showing a little girl who was getting her ears pierced at the mall. Arguing can be heard in the background before four shots are fired inside the mall, sending everyone running. The video, which has been viewed more than 130,000 times, ends after the people in that store run into a side room. indexjournal.com

Robberies & Thefts

McAllen, TX: La Plaza Mall placed on lockdown following attempted Jewelry Store Robbery; 7 men Arrested
No shots were fired during an attempted robbery at a Texas mall on Saturday that was initially reported by authorities as an "active shooter" situation. Reports of shots fired were actually the sound of glass cases being smashed, police said. Seven man have been taken into custody following an attempted robbery at a jewelry store at La Plaza Mall in McAllen Saturday afternoon, according to the McAllen Police Department. Several law enforcement agencies initially reported a possible active shooter at La Plaza Mall. valleycentral.com

Tulsa, OK: Update: Suspect arrested in Family Dollar violent Robbery; Store Manager required surgery
Officers have been looking for 20-year-old Dwayne Keys for several weeks after they say he tried to steal from the Family Dollar store on July 11th and beat up the female manager. Back on the 11th, Keys walked into the store and started putting items in a shopping cart. When the manager confronted him, police say Keys attacked her. She had to have surgery to remove several bone chips. newson6.com

UK: Colchester, England: Jewelry 'thieves' thwarted by passer-by who stole keys from 'getaway bike'
A pair of jewelry thieves had their escape plan foiled by an onlooker who nicked the keys from their getaway bike parked outside the store. The shocked robbers, armed with a wheel wrench and a hammer tried to snatch back the keys but gave up and tried to run off. One of the men was tackled down by an off duty police officer while the second man escaped with watches and jewelry. Police are now hunting the second man following the robbery in Colchester Town Centre on Saturday. Onlooker, Jodie Brown, 22 who caught the failed escape on camera outside Chimes jewelry store in Colchester, Essex, said she felt like she was in a crime documentary. mirror.co.uk

Hutto, TX: Police Arrest one suspect in two Gun Shop Burglaries last year

Kay Jewelers in the Chalmette Walmart Pad, Chalmette, LA reported a Grab & Run on 7/3, item valued at $13,899; Suspect Arrested

Kay Jewelers in the Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA reported a Grab & Run on 7/26, item valued at $16,699

Kay Jewelers in Elizabeth City, NC reported an Armed Robbery on 7/28

Zales in the Northgate Mall, Chattanooga, TN reported a Grab & Run on 4/20, item valued at $5,599; Suspect Arrested

Zales in Sunset Valley, TX reported a Burglary on 7/29


Cargo Theft

(UK) Foil Thieves With a Smarter Way to Transport High-Value Electronics
BSI Group, a UK-based standards body, recently released its Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report that found electronics ranked third among the top five commodities stolen globally in 2017, behind food and beverages and consumer goods. Electronics thefts are growing worldwide: Transported Asset Protection Association's (TAPA's) 2016 IIS Annual Report found that electronics accounts for nearly one in six cargo thefts in the U.S. The report also found that the average electronics theft amounts to more than $370,000, making electronics the highest average loss commodity in 2016. ebnonline.com

Arson & Fire

UK: Tonypandy, Wales: Flames race through Asda store
An Asda supermarket aisle went up in flames after a fire started in the toiletries aisle. The store in Tonypandy, Wales, was open when the fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday. The fire started at around 12.30am and appears to have taken place in the toiletries aisle with footage showing flames ripping through shelving units. An Asda spokesman confirmed nobody had been injured. mirror.co.uk


Sentencings & Charges

Dayton, OH: Final Defendants Sentenced in Pharmacy Robberies Case
The final two of eight defendants were sentenced in U.S. District Court today for their roles in pharmacy robberies in Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Hamilton, Westerville, Trotwood, Dayton, Oakwood, Kettering, Beavercreek, Moraine, Vandalia, Union Township and Cincinnati. In July, a 10-count superseding indictment added six defendants who also allegedly conspired to rob pharmacies between March and June 2017. It was part of the alleged conspiracy that defendants would approach the pharmacy counter at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Best Pharmacy locations as if to turn in a prescription to be filled. In actuality, the slip of paper included a note that this was an armed robbery and the pharmacist would be harmed if they did not comply. justice.gov

Ellis County, TX: Jewelry Distraction Thief sentenced to 20 years; Jury took 30 minutes

Mason City, IA: $700 Walmart Shoplifter gets 2 years probation


AT&T - Easton, MD - Robbery
AutoZone - Rainbow City, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Danville, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Harlingen, TX- Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fitchburg, WI - Armed Robbery
Cellular Store- Lincolnton, NC - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Yuma, AZ - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Goodlettsville, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery / Clerk stabbed
Family Dollar - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Stockton, CA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Hardees - Fort Smith, AR - Armed Robbery
Home Depot - Stockton, CA - Armed Robbery
Jared - Bolingbrook, IL - Burglary
Jewelry Store - McAllen, TX - Robbery
Kay Jewelers - Elizabeth City, NC - Armed Robbery
Menards - Grand Folks, ND - Armed Robbery
PLS Check Cashiers - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ suspect shot and killed by Guard
Pawn Shop - Hilo, HI - Burglary
Restaurant - Dinosaur, CO - Burglary
Target - Anchorage, AK - Robbery
Zales - Sunset Valley, TX - Burglary


Daily Totals:
22 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killing







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