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New ORC expanded law passed Friday!
N.C. merchants tout new laws aimed at combating organized theft

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA), along with its 2,500 retail members across the state, applauds the passage of a new law to combat organized retail theft. This new law, recently signed by Gov. Roy Cooper, will be another major step to combat organized retail crime.

The new law, supported by NCRMA, focuses on the growing problem of gift card fraud through illegitimate returns and requires businesses that purchase gift cards to keep records on those purchases. The new law also takes aim at the professional shoplifting rings that prey on North Carolina businesses and using technology and other means to stay one step ahead of retailers and law enforcement.

Specifically, the provisions included in this bill will create a new Class H felony offense for anyone caught exchanging stolen goods for cash, a gift card or store credit. The bill also creates two new class G felony offenses which include conspiracy with a partner to steal more than $20,000 worth of total product from a retailer over a 90-day period with plans to sell the stolen property as well as leading a retail-theft enterprise through which they conspire transfer or sell the stolen property. The bill further clarifies that offenses that fall within the definition of ORC may be aggregated across county lines for prosecution purposes.

This legislation builds on the ORC laws NCRMA successfully advocated in the 2007 session of the NC General Assembly which defined ORC as a ring stealing more than $1,500 worth of goods within a 90-day period and classified the theft of infant formula in excess of $100, the removal or deactivation of theft deterrent devices from merchandise, and switching and scanning fake UPC codes all as felonies.

Also, in 2016, NCRMA created the Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA), an alliance between law enforcement, retailers, and other important partners, focused on at combating the rise of retail theft crime in North and South Carolina. See NC House Bill 384 here.  svlfreenews.com

Restorative Justice Meets Resistance in Minnesota
At Walmart, $400 and 6 hours will make that shoplifting charge go away

"When a first-time shoplifter is caught, ... they say, 'If you pay $400 and take this six-hour online program, we won't call the police,' " Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington said Wednesday as he summarized a meeting Tuesday with local store managers and law enforcement officials.

The store managers told Harrington and other law enforcement representatives that this is a program that Walmart uses across the country, and it pertains to suspects who pilfered less than $750 worth of merchandise - which is the threshold between misdemeanor and felony charges. They implemented the program Tuesday after meeting with Harrington, the prosecutor said the managers told him.

Ragan Dickens, director of corporate communication at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Arkansas, said "We're encouraged by a 35 percent reduction in calls to law enforcement agencies nationwide, on average, since we began implementing restorative justice and other crime deterrence programs," Dickens said.

Noting that coercion is a good description for the program, Harrington said, "(Walmart is) basically using the power of law enforcement - threats of arrest and this office - to compel them to take a class for a for-profit program.

"That fundamentally is against what American jurisprudence stand for."

The program, according to Dickens, offers first-time, low-risk offenders a second chance in order to make things right by participating in an educational course in lieu of prosecution. The recidivism rate for restorative justice is just 2 to 3 percent, Dickens said.

Unwittingly, Walmart actually is giving first-time shoplifters a get-out-of-jail-free card. Here's why.

If a shoplifter agrees to the deal but doesn't follow through with the $400 payment or the online classes, Walmart will call the police to report the theft, which by this time is a minimum of a few days old, Harrington said.

These reports of people who didn't follow through with Walmart's program will not be prosecuted, Harrington said. "It's so open to abuse. That's the problem," he said of the after-the-fact theft reports. "How do we prove it?"

Officers are trained to collect evidence, which won't happen days or weeks after the original theft.

Police run background checks on suspected thieves and might be able to link other shoplifting cases from other stores to the suspect. In this instance, a person tied to other shoplifting sprees in the area over the previous 30 days might be charged with a felony if Walmart called police the moment when shoplifters are pinched, Harrington said.

Harrington doesn't parse his words on how much he disapproves of the local stores implementation of this new policy.

"If we don't have a law that condemns this, I'll be asking for one," Harrington said.
He planned to talk about Walmart's program with Indiana Attorney General's office to determine if the program is illegal.

Corey Elliot, press secretary for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, said the office was gathering more details about the Walmart program and looking into the matter.

In Minnesota, a bill in the legislature there proposes to prohibit precharge programs, such as the one described to Harrington by Walmart managers. The Minnesota bill would bar programs that operate without involvement of the criminal justice system.

Ragan Dickens, director of corporate communication at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, said "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," "We appreciate the prosecutor's office and are hopeful that we can continue this conversation and reach a reasonable resolution."  whas11.com

Interview & Interrogation: Being Held Accountable
The Architects of CIA's Infamous "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"
2 Psychologists in C.I.A. Interrogations Can Face Trial, Judge Rules

A federal court judge refused on Friday to drop a lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the C.I.A.'s "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" program after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, clearing the way for the case to proceed to a trial in September.

The suit is one of the few attempts to hold people accountable for harm caused by the Central Intelligence Agency's program in the years after the 2001 attacks.

The three plaintiffs had argued that they were detained and tortured in secret C.I.A. prisons using techniques designed by the two former military psychologists, who served as C.I.A. contractors. Most of the techniques used against the detainees have since been banned by the United States government.

The judge admonished the lawyers to try to resolve the case before a trial, noting that the psychologists are being indemnified by the United States government.

This is the first time the two psychologists have faced with a lawsuit.

The New York Times exclusively obtained the video depositions for the case, of the two psychologists who created the interrogation program. Watch throughout as the two defend themselves both rhetorically and emotionally. The methods were used on 40 men in total.

Editor's Note: The full story of the CIA's efforts and how controversial the techniques were at the time and how it impacted even the various Director's of the CIA can be seen in Showtime's documentary 'The Spymasters - CIA in the Crosshairs.'

Watch the 10 minute video below: C.I.A. Torture: Interrogating the Interrogators nytimes.com

VideoEdge 1U Network Video Recorder offers versatile camera management for small to medium businesses
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Network Video Recorder ensures fast, low-cost installation
Johnson Controls introduces the VideoEdge 1U Network Video Recorder from American Dynamics, the ideal camera management solution when simple, low-cost installations and scalable video storage capacity is a priority. The VideoEdge 1U NVR's 16 embedded software configurable Power over Ethernet ports make it ideal for small to medium-sized businesses seeking a quick-to-install, cost-effective video recording option. See full press release below.  tycosecurityproducts.com

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Organizations With Maturing Training Programs See Benefits with Compliance
Return on investment is greater for organizations with training programs deemed mature or advanced, helping them achieve risk mitigation and culture change, says a new report. 

In the 2017 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report from Navex Global, 48percent of respondents said their training programs were maturing - meaning they have a basic plan for the year that covers risk and role-based topic assignments. Effectiveness measures for these programs are limited to completion rates and qualitative feedback.

Another 10 percent of respondents said their programs were advanced - meaning they have a sophisticated multiyear training plan that covers a variety of topics assigned to specific audiences based on need and risk profile that includes live and eLearning, short-form and long-form courses and a variety of engaging formats.

Echoing previous year's results, training at the highest levels continues to be a potential problem spot. Thirty-six percent of respondents said their organizations don't provide ethics and compliance training to their boards - and another 21 percent said they didn't know whether they did. Additionally, just 25 percent of organizations train their boards on cybersecurity. securitymagazine.com

Staples may spin off its retail chain to Office Depot
Sycamore Partners who bought Staples a month ago and separated all their businesses has also lately held talks to spin off its 1,500 retail stores to longtime rival Office Depot.

Staples revealed in a public filing last week that on June 5, a bidder it called "Party A" offered between $625 million and $700 million for Staples' North American retail locations.

"Party A" was Office Depot, which was angling to rebrand the Staples locations under its own name, according to a source close to the situation. Staples shunned the bid, agreeing instead on June 28 to go private under Sycamore in a buyout valued at 10 times the price of Office Depot's retail deal.

It's not clear whether Office Depot and Staples have rekindled talks, but with Sycamore a willing seller, Office Depot is the most logical buyer, insiders said.  nypost.com

Taking His Loss & Running For the Door
Sears Holdings CEO, Eddie Lampert's Hedge Fund
Says It May Sell Some Or All Its Sears Canada Shares

"ESL is also evaluating and considering a potential sale of some or all of its common shares of the Issuer (Sears Canada) in order to generate a tax loss for ESL and their investors," said the statement. ESL owns 46 million shares of the company, equal to a stake of 45.3%. Editor's Note: Does that spell the end of Sears Canada?  foxbusiness.com

Best Buy Cuts 400 Remote Jobs - Outsourcing Geek Squad
Best Buy is restructuring some of its Geek Squad workforce, eliminating about 400 remote positions nationwide with the aim of outsourcing that work and transferring the employees to other jobs. startribune.com

Apple again found to be the world's top retailer in sales per square foot
Coming in at $5,546 per square foot...Other notable numbers include the top jeweler, Tiffany & Co, with sales of $2,951 per square foot and top gasoline retailer Murphy USA at $3,721 per square foot. Leading apparel retailer is Lululemon Athletica at $1,560 per square foot.  9to5mac.com

North Coventry Twp. PA: Elderly woman Smashes into Boscov's at Coventry Mall
There were some scary moments at a Chester County shopping center Sunday afternoon. Crews at the scene said a car driven by an elderly woman jumped the curb and crashed into the store. The driver was evaluated at the scene and released. No one was standing at the front entrance at the moment of impact and no injuries were reported. wfmz.com

Chipotle: Two Sickened Customers Sue for $74k in VA

New Calif. Law - Smartphone Kill Switch - Drives Dramatic Drop in Cell Phone Theft

Amazon's Treasure Trucks Coming To Your Home Town

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Investigator Spotlight: Jeff McGuire, Criminal Investigator

Jeff McGuire is a criminal investigator on eBay's Global Asset Protection team, investigating criminal activity across domestic and international operations. Jeff joined Global Asset Protection in April of 2013, where he supported both eBay and PayPal investigations until the eBay/PayPal split in July 2015, where he joined the PayPal investigations team for a year before returning to his roots on the eBay team. Prior to Global Asset Protection, Jeff had been on various fraud teams, including Account Take-Over, New Seller Risk, and Fraud Investigations. On the Global Asset Protection team, Jeff is primarily responsible for conducting investigations into reshipping and buyer fraud, as well as other criminal activities on the eBay platform. Outside of work, Jeff has an associate's degree in Criminal Justice, and is currently working on obtaining his Bachelor's degree. When not in work or school, Jeff loves spending time with his two daughters, hiking, and photography.

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VideoEdge 1U Network Video Recorder offers versatile camera management for small to medium businesses

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Network Video Recorder ensures fast, low-cost installation

WESTFORD, MA, - (July 27, 2017) - Johnson Controls introduces the VideoEdge 1U Network Video Recorder from American Dynamics, the ideal camera management solution when simple, low-cost installations and scalable video storage capacity is a priority. The VideoEdge 1U NVR's 16 embedded software configurable Power over Ethernet ports make it ideal for small to medium-sized businesses seeking a quick-to-install, cost-effective video recording option.

The versatile VideoEdge 1U NVR supports as many as 32 IP cameras and stores up to 24 TB of recorded video in a small 1U form factor, enabling small to medium sized businesses to meet their network growth requirements. With embedded PoE switches, users can expect faster installation times as well as reduced hardware requirements and downtime.

Embedded intelligence allows users to receive multiple video streams for live and recorded video, alarm, and meta-data collection, all tailored to different viewing conditions. The end result is superior video with significantly reduced network bandwidth, CPU resources and memory usage. Multicast video streams further reduce the bandwidth required for streaming high-quality video.

Additionally, users can set up analytics on Illustra cameras and other cameras directly from VideoEdge 1U. The system's powerful analytics capabilities information can be gathered for countless business and security needs. When used in retail settings, additional point of sale text integration can be used to identify fraud or track cashier competence as well.

"The value gained by leveraging data from VideoEdge 1U NVR's powerful analytics not only enhances security applications by tracking behaviors but also by capturing consumer metrics and using it to shape business-critical plans and functions," said Mike Tabola, Senior Product Manager, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. "These benefits come in a unit designed with the smaller user's need for easy installation and unique requirements in mind."

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US-CERT - Issues Update Alert on Petya Ransomware
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

On June 27, 2017, NCCIC [13] was notified of Petya malware events occurring in multiple countries and affecting multiple sectors. This variant of the Petya malware-referred to as NotPetya-encrypts files with extensions from a hard-coded list. Additionally, if the malware gains administrator rights, it encrypts the master boot record (MBR), making the infected Windows computers unusable. NotPetya differs from previous Petya malware primarily in its propagation methods.  us-cert.gov

Can Your Risk Assessment Stand Up Under Scrutiny?
Weak risk assessments have gotten a pass up until now, but that may be changing.

A problem with standardizing risk assessment is that the measurement of relevant risk is going to vary significantly from organization to organization, with different priorities, trade-offs, and tolerances affecting the analysis. However, the question remains: can your risk assessment withstand outside scrutiny? If you get unlucky and hacked, how is your organization's risk assessment going to fare when regulators and lawyers scrutinize it page by page?

Your strategy should be to develop a risk assessment that appears reasonable and appropriate to hazards, threats, and potential impacts on your systems. darkreading.com

Throw Out the Playbooks to Win at Incident Response
Unlike athletes in organized sports, hackers play by their own set of rules, and threat tactics are ever-evolving. This means playbooks, by definition, leave gaps in security because they rely on established criteria. Additionally, playbooks place a heavy workload on security teams, creating even more vulnerabilities for enterprises.

First, playbooks consist of a pre-assembled set of tasks triggered by the detection of a recognized threat. Many organizations use some form of workflow orchestration to create and/or automate a task list, but the actual tasks are still manually performed by a security analyst. This means that teams get bogged down in reactive, tactical responses, instead of placing more effort into strategic, proactive activity to help prevent attacks.

Second, playbooks are very static, as they involve translating response processes into integrations. If you change the process or the involved systems, then you need to update the code that implements the integrations. Playbooks and orchestration are just continuing the tradition of viewing incident response as a process problem.

Third, since playbooks create a standard response to threats, hackers can easily determine how a specific organization will respond to a known threat. It's the equivalent of a defensive line already knowing where the quarterback is going to throw the ball.

Lastly, the use of playbooks caters to the skills gap that is plaguing security teams, rather than encouraging skill advancement. Reliance on playbooks has created an environment in which analysts only learn what it takes to complete the series of tasks, and that requires a broad, lower level understanding of a known threat. This has hindered the skills growth and put the business at risk.

Enterprises relying on playbooks for incident response are doing themselves a disservice. While they may survive an attack today, they are not taking a forward-looking approach to keeping pace with the threats of tomorrow. darkreading.com

What Happened To Anonymous & LulzSec - The Jester Knows
There are multiple stories about how the capture of the infamous Anonymous leader Sabu went down. Here's one, and another about what he is doing today.

The capture of Sabu was perhaps the most spectacular fall from grace this century - at least in the security world. He went from being the most beloved figure in the hacktivist group, Anonymous, to being its most hated.

From 2011 to 2012, Sabu was the unofficial leader of the online activist group. He organized effective distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) campaigns and enforced meaningful discipline within Anonymous where there hadn't been any before - and hasn't been since.

During Sabu's reign, Anonymous became adept at handling the media, making effective use of Twitter to claim victory (even if they were hollow victories at best).

To maximize the glory, Sabu collected a smaller cadre of hacktivists from Anonymous and named it LulzSec, which became famous very quickly for a series of high-profile hacks. One of which, the Sony Pictures breach.

By that time, Sabu had achieved an almost messianic following among Anonymous, and his twitter account, @anonymouSabu, had hundreds of thousands of followers. He was number one on the FBI's most wanted cybercriminal list. Where many people passively supported the egalitarian goals of Anonymous, they were turned off by the actions of LulzSec, which were seen as creating much collateral damage to innocent citizenry.

If that weren't enough heat, Sabu had also attracted the attention of his polar opposite: the famous pro-U.S., ex-Special Ops service member and hacker known as The Jester. The Jester, too, was known for distributed denial-of-service attacks and had been spending months attacking Jihadist websites in order to drive their users into more centralized, resilient networks where they could be monitored by the various agencies that track terrorist activity.

As an ex-military operative, The Jester loathed Sabu. The two stood at opposite sides on nearly any given topic.

During the first half of 2011, Sabu and The Jester tried repeatedly to uncover each other's identity. The conflict between Sabu and the Jester reached a fever pitch at DEF CON 19, the nineteenth annual security convention in Las Vegas. Both hackers claimed to be in attendance along with the 20,000 other hackers, researchers, and undercover FBI agents. The Jester taunted Sabu to come out and meet him face-to-face. Sabu replied that of course he would not.

Sabu did not come out to meet The Jester, and a few months later we found out why. Sabu had already been nabbed and turned by the FBI. There are multiple stories about how the capture of Sabu went down.
According to one story, Sabu forgot to activate his Tor link a single time, and logged into a server using his real IP address. The authorities traced his real IP address, and Sabu was quickly and quietly detained.

Sabu's real name, as it turns out, was Hector Xavier Monsegur, from the Puerto Rican island of Viecques. Facing a sentence of 25 to 100 years in prison, he struck a deal in which he agreed to turn over his friends from LulzSec to the authorities. Many are now serving long jail sentences and owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to the organizations they once brazenly penetrated. Many in Anonymous felt betrayed by Monsegur's cooperation with the authorities and publicly called him out. He has had little comment about it since.

Monsegur himself was freed on May 27, 2014 after time served. He now lives in New York City, where he, on occasion, gives interviews. He no longer Tweets as Sabu, but instead as Hector X. Monsegur.

The Jester went back to attacking Jihadist websites and gathering intel on ISIS.  darkreading.com

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Major Updates to Guidance 4.0


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ALTO US is a new venture in the United States for South America's powerhouse Asset Protection solution provider ALTO. Starting back in 2003 in one of Chile's biggest retail stores, where they reduced shrinkage by 23% in the first year, they're now supporting nearly 7,000 stores in more than 100 cities in Latin America, Europe and now the U.S.

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Crooks back in business DAYS after police officials close down illegal websites
DARK web markets selling drugs, guns and bomb-making material have been replaced just days after they were taken down.

Two of the biggest illegal sites were removed last week in what the US Justice Department called "one of the most important criminal investigations of the year". However several new markets went online within days and are now competing to fill the vacuum. They are even secretly recruiting IT and marketing experts to build the online black markets and cash in.

"Yes the FBI and the National Crime Agency have pulled off a big scalp by bringing down Alphabay and Hansa but the reality is there are still so many dark web marketplaces out there that haven't been touched.

The former cyber criminal, who now heads up website WeFightFraud.org, told the Daily Star Sunday: "As long as there is demand there will always be supply." "There's now a vacuum that's been created by this takedown and it will be filled."  dailystar.co.uk

Report: The Costs of Click Fraud Are High - $6.5B in 2017, But Improving
A freshly updated study by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the advertising-fraud firm White Ops suggests that globally, marketers could lose as much as $6.5 billion from click fraud in 2017 without an increased focus on click security.

While that number is huge, it represents progress, according to the report. That number is down 10 percent from the $7.2 billion tally reported in 2016, during a period when digital advertising grew by more than 10 percent.

ANA President and CEO Bob Liodice, who said last year that "the level of criminal, nonhuman traffic literally robbing marketers' brand-building investments is a travesty," noted that the progress made by his association's members represents validation of fraud-fighting tactics used by the industry.

"This is a powerful indicator that the war on digital ad fraud is winnable for those who establish proper controls and protocols," Liodice said in a news release. "And that is exceptionally good news for the advertising, marketing, and media communities worldwide." associationsnow.com

The time is now for AI in ecommerce
AI's potential within ecommerce is massive. Retailers today need to implement new technologies in order to future-proof their business, and AI should be at the top of that list.

Ecommerce needs AI to interpret consumer behavior and map it to structured data of predictive attributes, such as size, fit, color, brand preferences, price range, etc., to create a real and actionable customer relationship management (CRM) system. This holistic approach to understanding consumer preferences opens a whole slew of new and interesting applications for retailers from predictive merchandising to dynamic re-ranking of product listing pages to in-store personal digital concierges, etc.

We'll see this adoption increase among other retailers moving forward. Artificial intelligence-powered predictions can provide a better shopping experience for your consumers, provide new insights about overall demand and trends, and ultimately result in new revenue opportunities for the retailer.  retailcustomerexperience.com

Amazon is trying to make sure you never have a package stolen again
Amazon already has delivery lockers in various public locations through its Amazon Lockers program, but with its new Amazon Hub service, landlords can have them installed in the lobbies of apartment buildings. Tenants can get parcels of many sizes shipped to lockers and can access them with a personalized passcode.

Hub could also be a lifesaver for apartment dwellers, for whom receiving a package carries a security risk. In 2015, 23 million people said they'd had a package stolen before they could pick it up.  And even for those who have never been a victim of theft, the thought is still stressful: 53% of U.S. homeowners are worried about their packages being stolen. moneyish.com 

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Thieves Use "Romanian Method" to Steal $600,000 in Apple iPhones
Dutch police rounded up a notorious band of thieves this weekend and, during the raid, discovered nearly $600,000 worth of stolen iPhones. Authorities suspect that the Romanian burglars used a perilous method of thieving that involves grabbing the expensive goods out of the back of a cargo truck as it races down the highway.

The iPhones disappeared on July 24, and Dutch police are fairly certain that the theft occurred as the truck sped down the road. Here's how the "Romanian Method" works:

1. Two brazen thieves then climb out through the sunroof
2. One thief lays splayed over the hood and breaks the lock
3. The other thief holds tightly to the lock-breakers ankles.
4. Once the cargo door is opened, they have unfettered access to the goods therein. inverse.com

Dutch Police catch Romanian Gang suspected in Cargo Truck; hitting trailers while moving
After over two years of investigation, the Dutch police arrested a group of Romanians suspected of stealing the cargo of at least 17 trucks while the trucks were on the move. The robberies started in early 2015. A number of arrests were made over the weekend. The gang drove a car up behind the moving truck. Thieves then got onto the hood of the moving car, forced the truck's cargo area open and threw the items in there into their own car. Other following cars kept traffic at a distance. The thieves mostly targeted trucks carrying expensive electronics.  nltimes.nl.com

San Diego, County, CA: Man Charged With 68 Felonies for Theft in Multiple Counties
A man charged with 68 felony counts of identity theft and fraud in multiple counties is in jail and due in court on Tuesday. The suspect, 18-year-old Kevin Lucas, was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Center in San Diego County in June, according to a police statement from the City of Manhattan Beach Police. Lucas is suspected of targeting the vehicles of people, primarily surfers, who leave cell phones and wallets in their cars, then using stolen credit cards in Target stores throughout the counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura, according to police. nbclosangeles.com

Peoria, IL: Two women make off with $1,000 in merchandise from Victoria's Secret Pink
At least $1,000 in merchandise was reported stolen from a Northwoods Mall store, police stated. Between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. Monday, two women apparently entered Victoria's Secret Pink at the mall and grabbed shopping bags used for in-store selections, according to a police report. The bags are to be used to transport selected merchandise to the cash register. After the women departed, they were spotted in the Northwoods parking lot with full bags. pjstar.com

Epping, NH: Police seek suspect in $700 Dyson Vacuum theft from Walmart

Epping police said they are looking for a man who allegedly walked out of Walmart carrying two Dyson vacuum cleaners. Loss prevention personnel allegedly asked the man to show a receipt but police said he ignored them and continued walking to his car in the parking lot. wmur.com

Woodbury, MN: JC Penney bust Shoplifter with over $500 in merchandise, a Prybar, Wire Cutters and Magnet
JC Penney reported at 2:45 p.m. June 21 that they watched a woman hide merchandise in her purse and that she removed a magnetic security tag from a box of cologne in a fitting room. Police stopped a 47-year-old woman driving out of the parking lot and found $548 worth of stolen merchandise, a small prybar, a larger magnet and wire cutters. woodburybulletin.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX: Innocent Bystander killed in shooting outside Big City Food store

Police said the victim, a man in his 40s, was sitting on a concrete pillar in the parking lot of a car wash in the 11200 block of Homestead around 10 p.m. when a person shot at a moving car in a nearby parking lot of a Big City Food. More than 23 shell casings were found at the scene. click2houston.com

Robberies & Thefts

Oshtemo Township, MI: Shoplifting suspect arrested after allegedly beating deputy with flashlight
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office is investigating after a shoplifting incident turned violent late Saturday. The department says one of its deputies was called to a shoplifting incident in the 5100 block of W. Main Street around 11 p.m. Saturday. We're told the store's security tried to stop the man from stealing items from the store but he walked out to the store's parking lot where a deputy confronted him. Deputies say the suspect then allegedly started striking the officer multiple times in the head with a metal flash light causing injury. A security guard from the store was also allegedly struck in the head by the suspect who was eventually taken into custody. The deputy and the store's security guard were both hospitalized but have since been released. The suspect, only identified as a 25-year-old man, was taken to jail on multiple assault charges. fox17online.com

Napa, CA: Man pulls knife stolen from Walmart on Loss Prevention
A 62-year-old transient man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing $300 of merchandise from Walmart. When loss prevention officers contacted Mark Vroman outside the store, Vroman reached into the shopping cart and pulled out a large black hunting-style knife that he had just stolen and swung it in the direction of the officers. Fearing for their safety, the loss prevention officers retreated and headed back toward the store. napavalleyregister.com

Novato, CA: Smash & Grab Jewelry Robbery inside Costco

Police are investigating a smash and grab robbery Sunday at a Costco in Novato. Officers were dispatched at around 10:11 a.m. to the Costco at Vintage Oaks on a report of a robbery, police said. Three suspects entered the store wearing surgical masks and went directly to the jewelry display cases, according to police. The suspects used a hammer to smash the glass cases, and stole numerous pieces of jewelry. No weapons were seen, and no one was injured during this incident. kron4.com

Danvers, MA: McDonald's Armed Robbery suspects Arrested following Car Crash
A man accused of robbing a McDonald's Sunday was taken into custody by police after two pursuits. State police said they were involved in a search for Ryan Joseph Hussein, 25, of Peabody, who is believed to have been involved in an armed robbery in Danvers. Authorities said they engaged in a short pursuit before Hussein crashed his vehicle on Route 1 and fled on foot. Troopers set up a perimeter around the area of the crash and were able to locate Hussein near the wood line behind the Motel 6. wcvb.com

Laurel, MD: Police Officer buys diapers for young mother caught shoplifting
A Maryland officer bought a young mother two packs of diapers after she was caught attempting to shoplift the items. According to the Laurel Maryland Police Department, Officer Johns was recently called to a grocery store after security officers caught the woman trying to steal two packs of diapers worth about $15. Officers say the young mother tried to steal the diapers after not having enough money leftover when she bought food. Officer Johns, who grew up with a single mother, said he e instantly realized the woman was struggling to provide for her infant son. He said he just hoped to give the child a better life. wric.com

'Mighty Ducks' goalie sentenced to 150 days in jail for theft from Fry's Electronics

Shaun Weiss, who's perhaps best known for his role as Goldberg the goalie in the "Mighty Ducks" films, has been sentenced to 150 days in Los Angeles County jail for stealing $151 worth of goods from a Fry's Electronics store. abc15.com

Louisiana in the top 15 states for most firearms stolen
Data from the FBI finds from 2012 to 2016, 718 guns were stolen from firearms dealers in the state. wwl.com

Krugersdorp, South Africa: Civilians cower in fear while multiple shots fired during Cradlestone Mall Robbery

Bucks County, PA: Suspect Identified In 3 Local 7-Eleven Armed Robberies

Gordon's Jewelers in the Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX reported a Grab & Run on 7/30, item valued at $3,999

Gordon's Jewelers in the Lakeland Square Mall, Lakeland, FL reported a Grab & Run on 7/29, item valued at $8,399

Kay Jewelers in the Kukui Grove, Lihue Kauai, HI reported a Grab & Run on 7/28, item valued at $7,948

Mappins Jewellers in the Fairview Mall, Willowdale, ON, CN reported a Grab & Run on 7/29, item valued at $350

Peoples Jewellers in the Devonshire Mall, Windsor, ON. CN reported a Grab & Run on 7/28, item valued at $6,999

Kays Jewelers in the Market Square, Eldridge Parkway, Houston TX reported an Attempted Armed Robbery on 7/28, suspect was deterred by Security Guard and fled


Tangipahoa Parish, LA: Sheriff's Office and U.S. Secret Service seize 62 locally skimmed credit cards

Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish arrested three Cubans nationals from Miami and seized 62 recoded, locally skimmed credit cards, over $4,000 in US currency and thousands of dollars in jewelry Friday. The investigation is ongoing, and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office anticipates more arrests. Detectives Alec Zebrick and Travis Pitman have been conducting a month-long investigation into the activities of the three arrested men, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. Agents from U.S. Secret Service, Ponchatoula Police Department and the Louisiana Financial Crimes Unit conducted the investigation with the sheriff's office. hammondstar.com 

Cargo Theft

Brazil deploys troops to fight crime in Rio
Cargo theft has increased, and murders of police officers have hit an all-time high this year with 91 police officers murdered in the state so far. expressnewsline.com


Couple selling phony detergent on social media in LA hit with $1 million in fines
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his office secured more than $1 million in civil penalties and a 10-year injunction against a married couple selling counterfeit detergent and soap and their supplier.

The court ruled that Nancy Flores and her husband Marvin Santiago Caceres committed 4,910 violations of the Unfair Competition Law by selling counterfeit Procter & Gamble laundry detergent and dish soap labeled falsely as Tide, Gain, Downy and Dawn in Los Angeles and six other Southern California cities.

A search warrant at supplier Fernando Andrade's home led to the discovery of 2,557 phony Tide, Gain and Downy labels, as well as a CD/DVD pirating operation and over 2,250 CDs and DVDs at Andrade's home, Feuer alleged.

Beginning in March 2016, private investigators identified Flores and Caceres from social media advertisements as selling large quantities of detergent and dish soap. On several occasions, undercover investigators purchased multiple five-gallon containers of detergent in cash.  lacityattorney.org

Retail Fire/Arson

Collinsville, VA: Walmart arson case sent to grand jury

Warwick, RH: Substation fire leads to evacuation of mall, cinema

(Update) Baton Rouge, LA: Fire Department says someone set fire that destroyed Family Dollar store

Bomb Threats

Brevard County, FL: Bomb threat evacuates Searstown Mall in Titusville



Ace Cash Express - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Boston, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Marion County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield County, VA - Robbery
Costco - Novato, CA - Robbery
Culver's C-Store - St Joseph, MO - Armed Robbery
Dave's Pharmacy - Marysville, OH - Burglary
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Family Dollar - Portsmouth, VA - Robbery
Gustave Julian Jewelers - Parma, OH - Armed Robbery
Loaf'N'Jug - Great Falls, MT - Robbery
McDonald's - Danvers, MA - Armed Robbery
Pit-n-Go -Lonaconing, MD - Armed Robbery
Second Amendment Sports - Palm Springs, CA - Burglary
Tigermart - Hermitage, TN - Armed Robbery
Tobacco Outlet - Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Greenville, NC - Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
2 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed


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