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Christie Hale Named Vice President of Internal Audit & Loss Prevention at Cracker Barrel
Christie was previously the Vice President of Internal Audit for SONIC Drive-In since last October. Prior she's held a variety of senior level leadership positions in both internal audit and loss prevention including VP Internal Audit for Ruby Tuesday and VP of Loss Prevention, VP Internal Audit and Director of Internal Audit for Bloomin' Brands. She's also held other non-retail positions including Manager Business Process Risk Consulting for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Audit Manager for Livingston & Haynes, PC and Accountant for Innovasive Devices, Inc. and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from Alfred University. Congratulations Christie!

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Inside the University of Florida's anti-shoplifting 'store'

We see crazy robbery attempts caught on security camera all the time. But at a "store" in Gainesville, Florida, the crimes are on purpose, and the cameras are only a small part of the picture.

That's where University of Florida researchers are getting inside the mind of a shoplifter, with the help of new technology like "synthetic DNA."

The goo is being tested at the school's "store lab" as a way for police to catch thieves red-handed -- or should we say, "blue handed"?

When a would-be thief triggers the alarm, a special substance sprays down on them and shows up blue on their skin under a black light. Invisible to the naked eye, the marks from the spray remain on skin for up to six weeks.

"It's not made anywhere else in the world, so we can say with absolute certainty if you find this on someone's skin they were in this location when this thing went off," explained Mike Giblin, the lab's senior research scientist.

It's just one of the cutting-edge tactics they try out to help fight theft.

Dr. Read Hayes, the director of the Loss Prevention Council, says they've interviewed hundreds of shoplifters over the years. He says robberies are getting more violent due to all of the new expensive products out there.

"Smart phones, pharmaceuticals," he said, ticking down the list. "Consumer goods like premium razorblades. Tide, logo apparel, premium handbags."

That's why the lab focuses on stopping a crime before it happens, working with stores in the area for real-world testing on their methods or products. fox13news.com

Johnson Controls Set to Advance False Alarm Reduction With SaaS Offering
In an industry first, Johnson Controls (JCI) has begun marketing a false alarm reduction service that applies machine learning algorithms to intrusion alarm panel data and provides end customers with insights to prioritize actions that are said to vastly reduce preventable nuisance alarms.

To train its algorithms and confirm their accuracy, the company utilized a mass amount of closed-loop data - five years' worth - from the 757,000 panels it has in the field.

A customer beta-testing phase, which lasted a year-and-a-half, then bore results the company claims can give end users data-driven recommendations to reduce 50% to 70% of their false alarms.

Among JCI's beta customers was a men's clothing chain with 219 retail sites across the United States. In all, the corporation rang up about 6,600 false alarm calls in 2017.

According to Trainor, the JCI solution could have eliminated 5,800 of those signals from ever triggering to the receiver. With an estimated $3.2 billion spent annually on false alarms fines and associated costs by organizations and municipalities, dramatic cost savings is a key attraction to the JCI solution. securitysales.com

Chester County, PA Goes Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) for Faster, More Accurate Emergency Response
Chester County, PA is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers.

Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for residents and first responders:

Less phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch.

Quicker processing times. Data doesn't have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error, and faster responses.

Greater accuracy of information transmitted. Electronic transmission of data reduces chances for errors. vectorsecurity.com

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CIS Security's Gen5 Alarming Recoiling Tether is Now Available in Black and White

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Chipotle in Hot Water

Update: Ohio county health department reports 518 inquiries
tied to potential Chipotle outbreak

The number of potential customers that were affected by a food borne illness outbreak at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Ohio may be much higher than initially believed. The Delaware General Health District said Wednesday that it had received a total of 518 inquiries - 95 emails and 423 calls - related to a possible outbreak stemming from a Chipotle in Powell, Ohio.

So far, staff at the local health department has been able to interview more than 200 people who self-reported nausea, diarrhea and fever, among other symptoms, after eating at the restaurant. In addition fecal and food samples have been delivered to the Ohio Department of Health for laboratory testing. cnbc.com

Chipotle hit with new lawsuit over possible food contamination in Ohio
An Ohio man sued Chipotle on Tuesday as state health officials investigate a "possible foodborne illness outbreak" stemming from one of the burrito chain's locations in Powell, Ohio, according to the lawsuit obtained by CNBC. Plaintiff Filip Syzller is asking for $25,000 after he purchased three chicken tacos on July 29 from Chipotle and then started experiencing nausea, headaches and hot flashes, according to the lawsuit filed in Delaware County in Ohio. He was undergoing medical treatment, the lawsuit says. cnbc.com

A Hollywood, FL Chipotle Was a Sexual Harassment Free-for-All, Lawsuit Claims
South Broward teenager Diana Aguilar claims her first job turned into a testosterone-laden nightmare thanks to a local Chipotle manager who allegedly made unwanted sexual advances, called her a "slave," and nipped at her neck with his teeth while she was working as a kitchen employee. browardpalmbeach.com

Iowa Lottery kept selling games after security warning
Former security director rigged $16.5M lotto drawing for himself

The Iowa Lottery kept marketing four games to the public despite a 2015 warning from its security chief that they were vulnerable to fraud by insiders, according to a newly released memo that the state had fought to keep secret.

Steve Bogle, the lottery's then-vice president of security, made a "strong recommendation" in the Aug. 7, 2015, memo that the lottery should immediately suspend sales of the Hot Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4 and All or Nothing games. He said that the lottery could not ensure that they were being operated fairly following an audit that documented a lack of security protocols and oversight at the contractor that picked the winning numbers.

Bogle's recommendation followed an independent audit of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which built the random number generators that picked combinations for the four games. The association's former security director, Eddie Tipton, had been convicted on lottery fraud charges that summer for allegedly rigging a $16.5 million Hot Lotto drawing for which he purchased the winning ticket and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim. pilotonline.com

Price-Fixing Scheme Didn't Target Retailers, Samsung Says
Samsung has slammed a bid by trustees for bankrupt electronics retailers Circuit City and RadioShack to revive an antitrust suit alleging that they were the targets of a price-fixing conspiracy for optical disc drives, telling the Ninth Circuit that even if such a scheme existed, its only potential victims were computer manufacturers Dell and HP.

The electronics giant on Monday said a district court rightly dismissed claims that it and Toshiba Corp. overcharged retailers by roughly $80 million for optical disk drives, because the alleged scheme didn't target RadioShack and Circuit City. law360.com

'Ghosting' Behavior Baffles HR Pros, Hiring Managers
It's a "Buyer's Market" for Jobs Right Now - And Applicants are Getting Picky

Ever had a great job candidate who didn't respond to your calls, texts and e-mails about a job offer? Had a new hire who never showed up to work? Or had an employee walk off without a word, never to be heard from again?

You were "ghosted."

Such behavior has left many HR professionals and hiring managers baffled. In today's market, job seekers and workers are in the driver's seat. There are now more openings - 6.6 million as of June 1 - than there are unemployed people - 6.1 million, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But no-shows and mysterious disappearances are happening nationally across a wide range of industries.

"For years, candidates anxiously awaited responses from employers after meticulously preparing their resumes and cover letters, attending interviews and then - cricket sounds - nothing," says Susan Hosage, SHRM-SCP, senior consultant and executive coach for OneSource HR Solutions in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Recruiters dodged phone calls and deleted messages from candidates who wanted to know their hiring status.

"Now, the tables have turned."

At Trevi Communications Inc. in Danvers, Mass., hiring managers no longer get too excited when the company receives an e-mail from a well-qualified candidate, says Eugene Hunt, principal.

"Now we see every applicant as another move in a game of chance, since the odds are about 1 in 4 that they will go through the process without becoming distracted or disengaged - and disconnect - at some point," he says.

Hunt dismisses the notion that ghosting is about "Millennial entitlement." Instead, he says, it's "more a case of a buyer's market ... with myriad opportunities and no consequences if you just walk away from an employer or job offer without ever communicating or engaging." shrm.org

ADP: 219,000 Jobs Created in July - And Possible Shift In Retail Job Hiring?
ADP and Moody's Analytics reported Wednesday that private payrolls in the United States surged by 219,000 positions in July, topping the 185,000 spots seen by economists. The surge was broad-based, save for verticals that might be expected to be impacted by some structural changes, including online information services and retail.

The much publicized Amazon effect has continued, hitting retail ranks at the register and in the aisles. The effect may be one that shows some structural shifts afoot. Chief Economist Mark Zandi of Moody's said smaller firms have posted positions online that are proving relatively harder to fill, as those firms create/fill openings related to product returns and staffing call centers. The movement, then, might be broad-based enough to have an eventual positive impact on the industry, he said. pymnts.com

Viral video spurs Fla. McDonald's to hire homeless man
The homeless man seen in a viral video getting help shaving from a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida, has landed a job. The man, identified by his first name Phil, will officially start working Tuesday at McDonald's, a company spokesperson said.

Raphael Vazquez, who owns and oversees the McDonald's on Thomasville Road, told CBS News on Monday that he was impressed with Phil's determination from the start and found out about him like everyone else, via the widely watched video on social media more than a week ago. cbsnews.com

Brookstone files for bankruptcy, plans to shutter more than 100 stores in malls

Focus Brands to Buy 800-Unit Jamba Juice for $200M

Seritage Growth Properties gets $2 billion financing from Berkshire Hathaway

'Vomit Fraud': Uber Drivers' Fake Puke Claims Cost Riders Up to $150

IHOP's burger sales quadrupled after its controversial IHOb name change

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eBay seller embezzled $40k in medical equipment from employer

A 28-year-old Raleigh man was indicted Wednesday on charges related to stealing over $40,000 worth of medical equipment and selling it on eBay, a Department of Justice release said.

Officials said Bill Baez Jr., from October 2017 through January 2018, engaged in a scheme to defraud his employer by stealing the equipment and selling it on eBay for his own profit. Read more

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Affording the Unaffordable - How to do it!

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It became clear that electronic locks are indeed smarter than mechanical locks in terms of data they provide on lock activity, audit trail references and programmability, but the downside for considering the conversion to such lock and key types was also very clear. There are no budgets for these very expensive products and more importantly, no large user of locks and keys would consider having to replace what they currently have with the "smart" versions. The incompatibility of lock housing openings, new key coding and the labor cost and time required to affect the transition results in a "no go."

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Hackers Behind Attacks on US Retailers Arrested

3 Members of Notorious International Cybercrime Group "Fin7" in Custody for Role in Attacking Over 100 U.S. Companies in 47 States, Stealing 15M Credit Cards

Used Front Company 'Combi Security' to Recruit Hackers to Criminal Enterprise

The cyberthieves who stole millions of credit and debit card numbers from major U.S. retailers and restaurant chains in recent years have been caught.

U.S. law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday the arrests and indictment of three leaders of FIN7, a notorious Eastern European cybercriminal group long suspected of carrying out several waves of attacks on more than 120 U.S. companies between 2015 and 2017.

The targeted companies were predominantly in the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, according to prosecutors. Authorities identified only seven of the victim businesses, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili's, Arby's, Red Robin and Jason's Deli, all of which have publicly attributed recent data breaches to FIN7.

Officials identified the three arrested FIN7 leaders as Ukrainian nationals Dmytro Fedorov, 44, Fedir Hladyr, 33, and Andrii Kolpakov, 30. The three hackers were each charged in federal court in Seattle on Wednesday with 26 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, computer hacking, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Law enforcement officials describedFIN7 as "a prolific hacking group" composed of dozens of hackers that developed various malware and operated servers in several countries, including the United States.

To operate under the guise of a legitimate business, FIN7 created a computer security pen testing company called Combi Security, purportedly with offices in Russia and Israel.

According to the indictment, FIN7 frequently targeted companies whose customers use credit and debit cards when they make a purchase at so-called point-of-sale systems. voanews.com justice.gov

'Darknet' market spokesman gets nearly 4 years in prison
A man who promoted an international criminal online marketplace and assisted people using it for illicit transactions was sentenced Tuesday in Atlanta to serve nearly four years in federal prison. Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Illinois, worked for about two years as a public relations specialist for AlphaBay, which authorities have said was the world's leading "darknet" marketplace when an international law enforcement effort shut it down in July 2017. wsbtv.com

Trust = Spending
Loss of Consumer Trust in Retail Can Be Costly

Nearly seven in 10 internet users in the US and Western Europe have boycotted (or would boycott) a company that repeatedly did not protect their personal data.

Interestingly, the CA Technologies/Frost & Sullivan study showed the retail industry had the biggest gap between loss of consumer trust after a data breach and the monetary effect. Fifty-nine percent of consumers said a breach had negative impact, but 41% of retailers said the breach had financial impact. emarketer.com

48% of Customers Avoid Services Post-Data Breach
Nearly 80% of consumers report it's "very important" or "crucial" their personally identifiable information (PII) is protected online, and 86% say a high level of data protection is a priority in choosing online services, according to "The Global State of Online Digital Trust," from CA Technologies and Frost & Sullivan.

About half (48%) of organizations report involvement in a publicly disclosed data breach. Of those, nearly all say they have experienced a long-term negative impact related to client trust and/or revenue. Half of the respondents whose businesses had been breached report strong long-term negative effects on both consumer trust (50%) and business results (47%). darkreading.com

UK Phone & Electronics Retailer Dixons Data Breach Swells to 10M Records Stolen
Dixons Carphone has admitted that a data breach it announced in June exposed nearly 10 times more non-financial personal records than initially reported, putting the new tally of stolen records at around 10 million.

The company, which is being investigated by The Financial Conduct Authority, the Information Commissioner's Office and other watchdogs for the breach, announced the updated numbers in a Tuesday statement to the public and investors. The company said it now believes hackers were able to make off with 10 million records containing non-financial data such as names, addresses or email addresses during 2017. It had originally said 1.2 million of such records were exposed.

Dixons did not provide an update on a separate breach it also announced in June, in which the company says hackers tried to compromise 5.9 million bank cards by breaching its payments system. law360.com

Under GDPR, Data Breach Reports in UK Have Quadrupled
The scale of data breaches in Europe is rapidly evolving past the "problem unknown" stage, thanks to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, for which enforcement began on May 25.

GDPR imposes a number of new requirements on organizations that handle personal information. But one of the biggest changes is that organizations must track all breaches, as well as report certain types of breaches to authorities "within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, where feasible," according to the Information Commissioner's Office, which is the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog and GDPR enforcer.

So it should be no surprise that the number of breach reports being filed to the ICO by organizations - based inside the U.K. and out - has already increased dramatically.

In both March and April, the total number of breaches reported to the ICO was about 400, according to data released by the ICO last week. But the number of breach reports climbed to about 700 in May and hit about 1,750 in June, the ICO says. bankinfosecurity.com

US government's "do not buy" list shuts out Russia, China
China has shut us down too

MDL Transfer Bid For Hudson's Bay Data Breach Suits Denied

Reddit Warns Users of Data Breach



Organized Retail Crime

MetrORCA Update - ORC Trends - Strategies - Innovations

Lt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD
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Hear from three key members of New York's Metro ORC Association: Lt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD; Jim Cosseboom, Manager of Investigations & Corporate Asset Protection, Retail Business Services LLC, an Ahold-Delhaize company; and TJ Flynn, Sr. Manager of Asset Protection Investigations, JC Penney.

Learn how MetrORCA's annual conference will be different from others, what role big data will play in solving cases, and why it's important for LP teams to celebrate the small wins.

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From The Journalist/Consultant the CEOs Read
"The Zombie Virus Has a Name: Amazon"
Five Tools to Survive the Retail Apocalypse

Zombie apocalypses are not so good.

But many would argue that retail is right in the middle of one - Patient Zero has been infected and a nasty zombie virus is about to spread at an exponential rate. This zombie virus has a name: Amazon. Amazon is about to leave years of legacy retail hubris undead and wandering aimlessly down an old dusty road in mind-numbing purgatory.

So, we need to be ready. We need to prep our safety shelters quickly with the tools necessary for survival. Here's hope: There are five essential tools every company needs to survive.

1. Data
Data is the heart of the new flywheel of retail. Data need to be every CEO's #1 priority. Now here's the rub - how many current retail CEOs ever talk about data as their #1 priority? (cough) Zero. Or, at least, not many.

Technology has changed the game. Small "p" products are so readily available now that the subjectivity of "picking" no longer wins the day. Data wins the day. Data tell us what trends are emerging, what is out of stock in our homes and even the colors we wear that will generate the most likes on Facebook. Data analytics have a greater probability of success than all the subjective sages we grew up with and held in such high regard.

Getting behind a data initiative isn't easy though. There are two key efforts that all retail CEOs need to support: 1. Product Data; 2. Cloud Enabled Point-of-Sale Systems.

2. Shedding
The "why" in why you come to a physical store has changed. The "why's" of convenience, inspiration and immediate gratification are no longer operative. The only "why's" today are tactile, delightful experiences and the memories of being somewhere special.

So, just like a snake, retailers need to shed the skin of legacy brick and mortar and design experiences, starting from the ground up. Completely FRESH.

They need to try completely new retail ideas, under new brand umbrellas; in fact, umbrellas that have never existed before. Then they need to integrate these new ideas into their existing footprints as fast as they can. These new ideas become their fresh snakeskin.

3. The Customer as Point of Distribution
We are now in a world where retailers' private label brands can and should be offered anywhere, just like CPG products. The days of private label living solely within its retailer's four walls are over. And by the way, do CPGs still need retailers? Maybe. But maybe not. Direct to consumer with the customer as a single point of distribution is the future.

By thinking omnichannel and rethinking how digital touchscreen interfaces can stand in for physical displays (a more efficient and effective display solution), retail floors can be repurposed to celebrate the more meaningful tactile and social interactions. And these emerging digital interfaces could be put anywhere - in hotel lobbies, apartment buildings, on our TVs, and, dare I say it, even on Alexa - creating entirely new points of product distribution in the process.

4. Supply Chain
Supply-chain capabilities come down to one simple question: For any given point of distribution, do products need to be ready-to-ship and/or ready-to-show?

Companies need to move quickly and start adjusting their supply chains to ship or to show based on their customers' purchasing preferences (some categories may even require both). They need to ask questions like, "Should I start to ship products as single units or via cartons? Should I send my furniture to stores via flatpack so I can ready it for customer pick-up and for ship-from-store?"

5. New Partnerships
The final tool in the toolkit is new partnerships. I deliberately do not mean acquisitions.

Acquisitions are the "pray to god" equivalent of getting through the zombie apocalypse. For example, Joe or Jane CEO is sitting on cash, doesn't want to admit that he or she is over his or her head, and so he or she does the proverbial, "let's swing my big you-know-what around and buy something,"

Because Joe or Jane CEO is powerful.

Admittedly, acquisitions can work (Amazon, Facebook, et al.), but if acquisitions are done willy-nilly, they risk destroying value in both companies, exacerbating the problems within the apocalypse.

People do not have a physical place to go for Craigslist exchanges. They do not have a safe physical rendezvous to meet a Tinder date. They do not have an easy way to return their e-commerce purchases in a physical space. These exploitable pain points are all opportunities because pain points actually lead to value creation. therobinreport.com



Canton, MI: Police announced the arrests of 5 people in $125,000 Retail Theft Ring
Canton Police Deputy Director Chad Baugh said the items were stolen from stores throughout southeast Michigan. "We're just very fortunate to have a great partnership with not only the retailers that assisted in providing some of the information, but also Michigan State Police and Dearborn police to help bring some resolution to the victims, which are the retailers and ultimately, all of us," Baugh said. The arrests were made within the previous 24 hours, Baugh said Wednesday afternoon. Officers executed search warrants at a house on Detroit's west side and at a warehouse and storage unit in Dearborn. Baugh declined to specify what sorts of items were stolen, citing the ongoing investigation. Canton police began the investigation about four months ago. freep.com

Fairfax County, VA: Police break up suspected Credit Card Fraud ring;
293 cards seized

Court records show it all started when Fairfax County Police pulled over the suspects for a registration violation. Officers reported finding fake cards in the car, receipts for iPhones and jewelry, as well as fake IDs with the names "Jorge Soler" and "Luis Lopez". Investigators discovered the suspects had been staying in Fairfax for weeks living at a Candlewood Suites near Interstate 66, where the police uncovered credit card skimmers and machines to alter credit cards. The search warrant shows the police found 293 cards that where "altered or in the process of being altered." One suspect had several charges dropped, but the documents do not explain why. wjla.com

Miami, FL: 11 Arrested, 11 Vehicles Confiscated in Massive Miami-Dade Gas Theft Ring
At least 11 people were arrested and 11 trucks were confiscated by police in Miami-Dade Wednesday as part of a crackdown on a massive fuel theft ring, officials said. The arrests are part of what authorities are calling "Operation Fill Er Up." Officials said the suspects used stolen credit cards to fill up vans and trucks with gas that was then sold on the black market for half the original price. The crackdown is related to February's arrest of 11 suspects who police say were also stealing fuel. Officials said the vans and trucks used to carry the gas are "rolling bombs." Police have found 66 stolen credit cards so far. nbcmiami.com

Mobile, AL: Couple trying to steal $1K worth of school supplies pepper spray store employee
Police say a couple was caught on camera trying to steal nearly $1,000 in school supplies from an Office Depot. When a clerk tried to stop them, they turned on the clerk, shooting the clerk with pepper spray. It happened Sunday at the Office Depot at 3500 Highway 90 West. Police say the thieves were driving a brown 90s Crown Victoria with dents all over and a bungee cord holding the trunk shut. wkrg.com

Racine, WI: Dollar General associate and man steal over $1K in merchandise
The manager reviewed surveillance footage showing that on both days Naieysha Perry motioned merchandise over the counter as if she was scanning it, but was not. She then bagged the items and charged an unknown male customer (later identified as Luther L. Burkman) $5 for each transaction. The manager provided a detailed list of items Perry bagged, which totaled $1,014.20. journaltimes.com

Tallahassee, FL: Uniformed Security Guard charged with $3,000 grand theft from Walmart
The Leon County Sheriff's Office arrested Jamaal Tuesday. He is a licensed unarmed security guard who was unemployed at the time he was seen on video pushing a shopping cart around the Walmart on Mahan Drive. He can be seen loading a cooler with more than $3,000 in electronics, then leaving through the garden center on July 17. He is seen pulling the cooler over the fence with the help of an accomplice. tallahassee.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Oxon Hill, MD: Victim, Suspect dead after shooting at liquor store
A police officer shot and killed a suspect in a fatal shooting at a liquor store, authorities in the Maryland suburbs of Washington said Wednesday. Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski told a news conference that the armed suspect killed someone about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the store in Oxon Hill. Stawinski said the victim was neither the owner nor an employee of the liquor store, adding that he didn't have any details on what sparked the confrontation between the suspect and the shooting victim. washingtonpost.com

Greenwood, SC: Police make another arrest, identify 2 more suspects in Greenwood Mall shooting
Police are seeking two more suspects in connection with the shooting at the Greenwood Mall after a second suspect turned himself in Wednesday. Narkevious Reid, 21, turned himself Wednesday and was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. A judge denied his bond. This came after Monday's arrest of Antonio Lafayette Williams Jr., 23, where police charged him with attempted murder and simple possession of marijuana in connection with the shooting. Police also identified two more people they are looking for in connection with the mall shooting: Shyheim Alston, and Shyheim Freeman. The mall shooting happened shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. At least four males chased a person through the mall's common area before they fired multiple shots, no one was injured. indexjournal.com

Mobile, AL: Three people in critical condition following a Gas Station Armed Robbery
Mobile police have released a clip of surveillance video that includes audio of the suspect accused of shooting three people during a robbery in Midtown Mobile Tuesday evening. The man, seen wearing a mask, can be heard saying, "Let's get it! Let's get it!" as he points a gun at the cashier. Mobile police hope someone may recognize the suspect's voice. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste called this a "cowardly" act. Chief Battiste called it one of the coldest crimes he's seen in recent years. He said, "I hadn't seen anyone go into a business and just intentionally take people's lives just without any conversation." wkrg.com

Odessa, TX: Man arrested in fatal 7-Eleven shooting
A man was arrested Monday in Odessa in connection to a fatal shooting at 7-Eleven last month. Christopher Warren George, 35, was arrested and charged with murder, a first-degree felony. Treginale White, 41, was shot and killed at 2:14 a.m. July 13 at a 7-Eleven. oaoa.com

Capetown South Africa: Gang Leader wounded in shooting at Soneike Mall in Kuilsrivier
Western Cape Police confirmed a shooting incident at a mall in Kuilsrivier, outside Cape Town, in which one person was killed and alleged Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen, who survived several attempts on his life this year, was wounded. citizen.co.za

St. Louis, MO Shots fired outside C-store; 2 employees arrested

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lower Yoder Township., PA: Former McDonald's Employee Arrested for Armed Robbery; after being terminated for theft
The general manager told police Christopher Braswell was fired from that McDonald's on Saturday after being suspect in two other theft-related incidents at the restaurant. Later that night, while employees were preparing to close, police say Braswell first assaulted a young man mopping the floor, then pushed him over the counter. Police say Braswell then put his handgun against the employee's head, also pointing it at three other employees, forcing all four to go to the back office where the safe was. Police say he ordered the manager to remove deposits and cash from the safe and ordered the man he assaulted to remove cash from the money drawers. wjactv.com

Tucson, AZ: Former employee pays back $1,000 she stole from restaurant
in the 90s

A restaurant owner in Arizona received a surprising delivery last week: A handwritten letter from a former waitress, along with $1,000 cash. The anonymous former employee says she was a waitress at El Charro restaurant, owned by Carlotta Flores and her family, "very briefly" back in the 1990s while she was a student at the University of Arizona. She explains that while she was working, one of the other waiters encouraged her to "forget" to ring in a few drinks during her shifts and pocket the cash.

"For some stupid reason, I did it," the woman wrote. "I grew up in the church, I knew better. I hadn't stolen a dime before then, nor have I since." The woman goes on to say she was a terrible waitress and was fired before the money she took amounted to more than a few hundred dollars. "It's been 20 years, but I still carry great remorse," she said in the letter. "I am very sorry." The former waitress explains that the money she sent along with the letter is her repayment, plus 20 years of interest. wkrn.com

Strangnas, Sweden: Thieves steal Swedish Royal Jewels, escape by speedboat
Thieves in Sweden walked into a small town's medieval cathedral in broad daylight and stole priceless crown jewels dating back to the early 1600s before escaping by speedboat. Two men vanished after the noon heist Tuesday into a vast patchwork of lakes around Strangnas, 37 miles west of the capital of Stockholm. The thieves snatched two gold crowns and an orb made for King Karl IX and Queen Kristina in the daring robbery. One of the crowns is encrusted with precious stones. The stolen items were on display at an exhibition in the cathedral, and visitors were inside at the time. "The alarm went off when the burglars smashed the security glass and stole the artifacts," Catharina Frojd, a spokeswoman for the 14th-century Strangnas cathedral. citynews.ca

Springfield, MO: Playboy Bunny tattoo helps police ID suspects in Zales Robbery in the Battlefield Mall

Weslaco, TX: 2 Suspects in La Plaza Jewelry Store Robbery Attempt Convicted in California Smash & Grab in 2015

Kokomo, IN: Two teens arrested for theft of 7 guns in Rural King store Burglary

Lawrence County, AL: Dollar General Manager steals deposit, blames hoax Robber

NYC, NY: Man Goes On West Village Burglary Spree; hit 15 buildings in Lower Manhattan and stole $2,500 worth of packages

UK: Wrexham, Wales: Teen arrested in $28,000 jewelry store Smash & Grab

UK: Coventry, England: Asda store Robber who dropped keys to getaway car tackled by shoppers

Bomb Threats

Salmon Creek, WA: Bomb threat temporarily shuts down shopping area


BevMo - Menlo Park, CA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Hickory, NC - Burglary
C-Store - Pleasantville, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Vivian, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Janesville, WI - Burglary
EZ Pawn - Helena-West Helena, AR - Burglary
Gas Station - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery/Shooting - 3 wounded
Furniture store - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Gun Store - West Monroe, LA - Burglary
Home store - Middletown, KY - Burglary
Jewelry Store - Mankato, MN - Burglary
McDonald's - Johnstown, PA - Robbery
O'Reilly's Auto - Bowling Green, KY - Burglary
Rite Aid - Danbury, CT - Armed Robbery
Rural King - Kokomo, IN - Burglary
Sprint - Howland, OH - Burglary
T-Mobile - Groose Pointe Woods, MI - Robbery
Walgreens - Houston, TX - Burglary (ATM)
Wig Shop - Silver Springs, MD - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Isle of Wight County, VA - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
7 robberies
12 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings







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