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RLPSA Day 3 Wrap Up

What happened on the final day in Las Vegas? Check it out from RLPSA's 38th Annual Conference!

Catch up on the recap videos from Day 1 and Day 2.

Save the date for next year's conference coming to Dallas on August 5 - 8, 2018.

Academy Sports Distribution Center employee shoots himself in parking lot following an argument with his girlfriend/co-worker
A man fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the Academy Sports distribution center in Twiggs County after fighting his former girlfriend. According to Twiggs Sheriff Darren Mitchum, it started with a domestic dispute, around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. Mitchum says 21-year-old Cedric Wimberly Jr. went to the warehouse to confront his former girlfriend. "He was not working today," Mitchum said. "He came out here to see her about whatever their issue was and they had a domestic problem inside." They fought, the security staff at Academy then broke up the fight. Mitchum says he then ran outside and shot himself in his car. 13wmaz.com

CVS Accused of Racially Profiling in NYC Stores
LP Investigator alleges company policy targeted black and Hispanic customers

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl rubbed his temples in apparent frustration Wednesday when hearing arguments over whether to certify a proposed class action alleging race discrimination at CVS' New York City stores, pressing the pharmacy giant on its claims a worker of Spanish descent can't sue because she disclaimed her ethnicity.

The judge for the Southern District of New York hammered CVS on its claims that anti-theft worker Mominna Ansoralli can't show it subjected her to a hostile work environment through an alleged policy of racially profiling minority customers. He asked its attorneys for a citation - which he would not receive - showing Ansoralli lost the discrimination protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 when she said she did not self-identify as Hispanic.

Former CVS worker Zaire Lamarr-Arruz, who at the time went by Sheree Steele, and three New York colleagues filed suit in June 2015 alleging CVS' market investigators, who monitor stores for theft, were directed by supervisors to target black and Hispanic shoppers. The other three workers voluntarily dismissed their claims against CVS in August 2015, and Ansoralli was added in a December 2015 amended complaint. This complaint, the suit's latest, alleges CVS violated state and federal civil rights law by discriminating against minorities and retaliating against workers who spoke up. law360.com

Restaurants, Retailers Seek $52M Card Fraud Settlement
Mercury Payment Systems accused of overcharging retailers in bogus fee scheme

A proposed class of restaurants and retailers led by the Champs Sports Bar & Grill Co. chain on Monday asked a Georgia federal judge to grant final approval to a $52 million cash settlement deal, including attorneys' fees, to end claims that a payment card processing company charged bogus fees.

Champs Sports Bar & Grill Co. on Monday filed its unopposed motion for the court's final approval of the settlement agreement and release with Mercury Payment Systems LLC, now known as Vantiv Integrated Payments LLC, made on May 12 to resolve the lawsuit that accused Mercury of carrying out a widespread and systematic fraud on its client base of small and medium-size merchants.

The lawsuit filed on Jan. 5, 2016, alleged that Mercury, without notice to merchants, had been surreptitiously and gradually inflating fees imposed by the Visa and MasterCard card associations - over which Mercury has no lawful control and which merchants expect to pay at cost - thus reaping tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains.

The alleged scheme that went on for years involved two kinds of card association fees - access fees and interchange fees - and Mercury's hidden inflation of the fees deprived each restaurant and retail business in the class of thousands of dollars, according to the complaint. law360.com

ADT settles with three security companies for $5.5m in deceptive sales lawsuits
ADT on July 28 announced settlements with Alder, its owner, Adam Schanz, and two MONI dealers - Alliance Security and Capital Connect - as part of lawsuits against those three companies and Schanz alleging the use of deceptive sales practices to mislead ADT customers.

The agreements call for ADT to receive $3 million from Alder, $1.5 million from Alliance Security and $1 million from Capital Connect, for a total of $5.5 million and court orders prohibiting each company from further deceptive sales practices.

The settlements stem from two lawsuits in which ADT claimed sales representatives from Alder, Alliance Security and Capital Connect misled ADT customers into believing their companies were affiliated with ADT, or their alarm systems required upgrading. The lawsuits were filed after hundreds of ADT customers complained about the deceptive sales practices of these three companies, according to ADT. securitysystemsnews.com

No Bonuses for Most Retail Executives as Sales Slump
Nearly Three Quarters of Companies Paying Little to No Sr. Exec. Bonuses

While most retailers have yet to report second-quarter sales, many analysts expect revenues to remain restrained. The dour retail trends are hitting the companies' CEOs right where it hurts, in their bank accounts. In a pay-for-performance industry, fewer and fewer retailers are rewarding their executives with bonuses.

According to new research from retail recruiting and organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry, 73 percent of North American of retailers with annual sales between $1 billion and $50 billion paid little to no bonuses to senior executives this year for last year's performance.

Thirty-five percent of the group paid no bonus at all, and that metric has progressively gotten larger over the past 5 years. In 2013, only 10 percent of senior retail executives were left out of the bonus pool, Korn Ferry said.

"What the trend reflects is that the business is getting tougher. Retailers are setting plans they aren't able to achieve" says Craig Rowley, senior partner at Korn Ferry in an interview with CNBC. "They set their plans, and if they don't perform, they don't get paid."

Korn Ferry data shows historically about half of retailers achieve their profit plans and subsequently pay executives normal bonuses. But this year, only 15 percent have met or beat their profit plans.

Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, GNC Holdings, Rite Aid, and Stage Stores are among the retailers that didn't pay their CEOs bonuses in 2017. While Home Depot, Dick's Sporting Goods, and PVH Corp are among those retailers whose executives did get performance-based bonuses. cnbc.com businesswire.com

Amazon's Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands
Like other tech giants, Amazon is recruiting thousands of people with engineering and business degrees for high-paying jobs. But the vast majority of Amazon's hiring is for what the company calls its "fulfillment network" - the armies of people who pick and pack orders in warehouses and unload and drive delivery trucks, and who take home considerably smaller incomes.

The event on Wednesday, held at a dozen locations throughout the country, was intended to help fill 50,000 of those lower-paying positions, 40,000 of them full-time jobs. nytimes.com

Developers Advocating for Open-Container Ordinances
May Pose Issues for Retail Store Tenants

Retail developers continue to experiment with new concept designs for creating a shopping environment that will bring consumers back to brick and mortar. Along this pursuit to deliver a more attractive retail experience, developers of open-air shopping centers have started lobbying for relaxed open-container ordinances that would enable patrons to explore their retail districts with an alcoholic drink in tow.

The municipal endorsements received by these projects, and the current level of developer interest, suggest that more retail centers may explore similar deregulation efforts. While this strategy has the opportunity to support re-tenanting vacant spaces, and encourage a spike in consumer traffic, retailers should pay attention to issues embedded in such an undertaking and the available protections.

Increases in tenant insurance obligations, and potential altercations prone to alcohol consumption, along with greater CAM charges (e.g., common area security, maintenance), are among the foreseeable economic consequences an open-container ordinance may create. Similarly, a change in ordinance may influence the customer and tenant mix that a long-term occupant is accustomed to, and these tenants should consider what impact this will bring on future business at that location. lexology.com

The shopping mall crisis is now spreading to the outlets

Analyst: Walmart will win grocery competition with Amazon and Lidl

12 states participating in back-to-school 'Tax-Free Weekend' starting Friday


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Weis Markets Q2 comp's up 2.7%, sales up 20%
Yum! Brands Q2 comp's up 2%, KFC up 3%, Pizza Hut down 1%, Taco Bell up 4%
Sally Beauty Holdings Q3 comp's up 0.3%, net sales flat
The Cheesecake Factory Q2 comp's down 0.5%, total revenue up 2%
The Container Store Q1 comp's down 1.2%, net sales up 3.2%
Cabela's Q2 comp's down 9.3%, total revenue down 4.2%

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Why Denny's Keeps Going Back to the
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By Laura Metrick, North America Sr. Manager of Asset Protection, Denny's Corporation

When I first attended the Axis Retail Leadership Forum, I was in search of an education that would take my career to the next level. I've been in Loss Prevention for many years and I've used surveillance equipment extensively but felt I needed to learn more... something that would set me apart from the rest within my company. I learned more than I'd ever imagined I could at the first forum, but my hunger to learn even more brought me back so I could make a difference at my organization, and for Axis too.

Year 2, I became a Leadership Advisory Board member and now I feel like a voice for the "newbies". When I first attended, I was sometimes afraid to raise my hand to ask questions, but there were people there who I could ask in private. Now in my leadership role, I can help get those questions answered without anyone ever having to ask.

Axis is committed to developing industry leaders through education. Through them, I have strengthened my existing skills and acquired many new skills that I was missing, not only in the world of cameras, video equipment, and access control but in networking with my peers and learning from their experience.

I get so excited to participate in this Leadership Forum every year. This will be my 3rd year attending this event in New York City on August 14-16, 2017. If I had only one conference to attend annually, it would be this one. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"We don't know what we don't know!"

So, Why attend? To sum it all up, there are endless opportunities to Learn, Network and GROW.

- Retail security, loss prevention, and IT professionals are coming together to learn and discuss topics that matter: such as advances in IP technologies, trends in retail security and the future of retail surveillance technology. They will share best practices with new contacts, discuss industry issues, and find inspiration on how to conquer their challenges.

- This forum is exclusive and free for all retail professionals, not just Axis' customers, who would like to take part in a confidential environment to discuss their IT experiences, challenges, demands and other topical areas of interest. This is NOT a sales event... you can't buy anything here, even if you want to!

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Amazon patents delivery drone fulfillment centers on trains, trucks and ships
Amazon.com Inc. has patented mobile drone delivery hubs that could travel along railroads, seaways and roads. The prefabricated drone maintenance pods look like rectangle shipping containers and can be loaded onto trains, ships or truck trailers to deploy inventory to regions predicted to have high demand.

Having a network of mobile fulfillment centers built into existing transportation infrastructure could cut the costs of building fixed warehouses from scratch in and around a city.

There's plenty of room and existing infrastructure in place for the pods. Amazon estimated that more than 20 million shipping containers are in use around the world. View photos from the patent filing here: bizjournals.com

China's hottest job is a cyber bodyguard to protect companies from hackers
Jobs related to the internet and e-commerce pushed aside banking and finance as China's most sought-after white collar jobs in the first quarter of 2017, as future prospects and promises of stock options offset low salaries in the short term.

Among internet related jobs, one specialty stands heads and shoulders over mere programmers and engineers: the cyber security specialist, whose coding skills are needed to protect 21st century businesses against hackers, cyber extortionists and terrorists. Call them the cyber bodyguards.

While business are hiring more to combat cyber threat, a stringent internal management is also much needed. An earlier industry report showed that internal theft is the top cause of customer-data leakage in China's massive e-commerce market, the world's largest.

About 49 percent of the incidents were caused by employees of the company experiencing the leakage, followed by unsafe account, malicious Trojan horse programme and systematic loopholes, according to the report from Alibaba Group, which owns the South China Morning Post. scmp.com

President Trump to sign memorandum on Chinese IP theft
US President Donald Trump will reportedly sign a memorandum potentially directing US officials to target Chinese trade practices and clamp down on IP theft. Several sources, including the New York Times, have claimed that anonymous insiders said that once the memorandum has been signed, an investigation could be launched into Chinese violations of US IP.

In a report earlier this year, the Chinese government stated that it wants China to lead the way in technologies such as driverless cars and artificial intelligence by 2025. The New York Times reported that this led to concerns from the Trump administration that thefts of IP are taking place, adding that the memorandum may lead to a full investigation which could allow the president to impose tariffs or other trade restrictions to protect US industries. worldipreview.com

Proposed Illinois Data Privacy Laws May Be Problematic
Illinois is moving forward with legislation that will bolster its reputation for having the nation's strictest data privacy laws. But the pending bills might stifle e-commerce while providing little relief to consumers.

Last month the General Assembly passed the Geolocation Privacy Protection Bill (GPPA), which would ban companies from collecting users' location data without express consent. If signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the bill would be the first geolocation privacy protection law in the country.

Another measure, the Right to Know Act, is pending in a House committee after the Senate approved it in May. A companion bill also is waiting in a House committee. The act would require online companies to disclose to consumers what data about them has been gathered and shared with third parties.

Bill sponsors and privacy advocates say the measures will protect personal information collected online. But business groups and e-commerce companies fear the additional regulations and potential lawsuits will suffocate Illinois' burgeoning technology industry.

Illinois' data privacy laws are among the most far-reaching in the nation. In 2008, it passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the first law of its kind. The act bans tech companies from using biometric identifiers - such as face scans and fingerprints - without express consent and several other disclosures. It has prompted a slew of class actions against internet and other companies. law360.com

Driverless Trucks May Not Be Coming to Your Highway Anytime Soon
The hype promising driverless trucks on our highways may be a wee bit premature, according to a recent study conducted by ABI Research. Nearly half (44%) of respondents say they're not even aware of the use of autonomous vehicles for transport.

Robots, on the other hand, are increasing in popularity and usage. Thirty percent of all U.S. companies plan to introduce robotics into their operations within the next year, according to the ABI Research study. The survey included 455 U.S. companies across a number of verticals, including manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics. Another 22% of respondents say they are actively assessing the technology. mhlnews.com

Virginia Senator Mark Warner concerned stock market could get hacked

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Canadian Retailers Getting Hit Hard From Both Directions

U.S. proposal could hurt Canadian retailers
Among the changes to free trade is an amendment the White House wants is an increase in the value of goods that American stores can send to Canadian customers without paying taxes or duties. Instead of $20 Cdn, the limit would rise to $800 US.

It would be good news for Canadian consumers, but bad news for anyone who owns or works in a Canadian store that would suddenly face powerful competition.

Larry Rosen, CEO of Harry Rosen, told CTV News: "It would be a catastrophe for retail in this country." timescolonist.com

Retail Council of Canada - Changes to de minimis levels could be devastating
Make your Voice Heard: Send a letter to your MP now

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Retail Council of Canada is fighting for a level playing field for retailers in Canada. Read on to learn more. #levelplayingfield  retailcouncil.org

Ontario Premier Wynne promises relief for businesses ahead of planned minimum wage hikes
32% increase in less than 18 months - tough to absorb

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday she is working on ideas to support Ontario businesses through major labour reforms, suggesting she is looking more at offsetting unrelated costs than pulling back the labour changes themselves.

Many businesses and business groups have voiced opposition to the changes, in particular a plan to boost the minimum wage to $14 on Jan. 1 and to $15 in 2019. They have said a 32 per cent increase in less than 18 months will be tough to absorb.

Loblaw Companies said this week that minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta would hurt its bottom line, estimating the wage hikes would mean its labour costs will grow by about $190 million next year.

Many Ontario employers, especially small businesses, are now considering closing their business because they do not have the capacity to successfully manage such reforms," they wrote to Wynne earlier this month. bnn.ca

Why a $15 Minimum Wage Will Hurt Canada's Economy
Politicians have no doubt made steps towards these increases as a way to get votes and improve popularity, as the minimum wage advancements are clearly far in excess of what would be required to compensate for increasing costs.

The retail environment, specifically, is already very competitive with tight margins. A significant increase in labour costs could lead to store closures and layoffs, resulting in a negative impact on minimum wage earners. fool.ca


HBC Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Puts Vendors On Notice - LP Vendors Included

Today, HBC published its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, outlining the Company's global sustainability and social responsibility efforts in four focus areas: Investing in communities where HBC operates; Contributing to a sustainable environment; Sourcing ethically; and Engaging associates. With operations around the world, HBC is committed to growth that is sustainable, ethical and good for both people and the planet.

• HBC's North American associates enhanced their skills and knowledge with 107,137 hours of training, completing 416,548 courses.

• HBC's mandatory Social Compliance Program requires vendors to disclose their factories and participate in factory audits to ensure they conduct business in an ethical and socially responsible manner. In 2016, HBC approved 2,219 factories for private label and national branded manufacturing across North American and European operations. newswire.ca

Say bye to bills: Retail shifting as digital wallets 'cannibalize' cash
Shunning cash helps customers as it speeds up service and frees up staff to focus on less mundane tasks.

It's a choice some in the industry say is likely to become more commonplace as tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets increasingly replace bills and coins, saving merchants and customers precious time by not having to fumble with cash at the queue.

Consumers, in part, may be driving the trend toward digital-only payments.

In the second quarter of 2017, 39.5 per cent of payment transactions used tap-and-pay methods, according to data from the debit and credit payment processor. That's up from 30.86 per cent the year before. Moneris predicts that figure will jump to 50 per cent by the end of the year.

The escalation comes as digital wallets gain a foothold in Canadians' smartphones. Google's Android Pay launched in the country at the end of May, while Apple Pay has been available now for more than a year.

The growth in tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets "is absolutely cannibalizing cash transactions," Brown says. ctvnews.ca

RCMP: Canada 150 bank note "very secure"
Canada 150 is being marked with a special $10 bank note that came into circulation officially on June 1 and, of course, security was in mind when it came to the design, according to the Bank of Canada.

"The Canada 150 note has a number of security features - some new and others similar to the features on the current series of polymer notes," the central bank stated.

"One new feature on the front of the note is a brightly coloured arch that represents an arch located inside the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. When you tilt the note, the checkered pattern in the arch moves up and down and shifts from green to blue."

Also on the front of the note, at the bottom of the window, are three-dimensional maple leaves. They appear to be raised, but when touched the surface is actually flat.The Bank will issue a total of 40 million commemorative notes in 2017. canadiansecuritymag.com

Sears Canada Execs Targeted By Ad Campaign's Toilet Humour
If activist group Leadnow has its way, Sears Canada execs at the company's Toronto headquarters will soon be looking at ads of their company's logo being flushed down the toilet.

As part of the campaign, the activist group has bought digital ad space in restaurants and bars near Sears Canada's headquarters in downtown Toronto. The ads, which launch on Tuesday, plead with Sears Canada execs not to to flush the company's reputation "down the toilet."

"Now, when Sears executives are out for lunch or an after-work drink, they'll be reminded that mistreating employees puts their brand at risk," Leadnow campaigner Jolan Bailey said in a statement. huffingtonpost.ca

Who is behind the anti-gentrification violence in Saint-Henri?
Businesses becoming the target of attacks


Babaton Launches National Store Expansion

Metro acquires majority stake in ready-to-cook meal service MissFresh

Starbucks to shutter Teavana shops in Canada

2nd Winnipeg Tim Horton's Vote to Unionize

Cooper Branch to open 20 QSR's

Pirate Joe's Ordered To Stop Reselling Trader Joe's Products

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New App for Shopify Merchants Offers Free ID Theft, Fraud Prevention Resources
Austin-based data and analytics company XOR Data Exchange has released a new application of its popular Compromised Identity Exchange platform to help Shopify store owners protect customers from identity theft and fraud. The free application called Lumen by XOR allows Shopify merchants to automatically begin identifying attempts at account takeover simply by installing the app on their storefronts.

Lumen provides risk insights for each customer in order to help deter fraudulent purchases using stolen login credentials. When an order is received, Lumen provides information to the merchant indicating the risk that the customer's login credentials may have been compromised by one or more data breaches so the merchant can take measures to confirm the identity of the customer before processing an order. businesswire.com

Security worries drive online abandonment, says Visa
Over three-quarters of consumers have abandoned their online shopping baskets due to concerns about sharing information with unknown e-tailers. A further 72% do not complete online transactions due to slow payment processes and other security concerns.

According to the statistics from Visa, 90% of millennials have bought something using their smartphone - compared to the national average of 67% - while this demographic now spends as much money online as on the high street. But this younger group of consumers is 10% more likely to abandon a purchase, with 84% having done so. essentialretail.com

Amazon Jobs Day: A look inside Amazon's massive and growing fulfillment network
Amazon.com Inc. is on a hiring spree. The retail giant on Wednesday opened 10 of its U.S. fulfillment centers today for job seekers to take a tour and meet with company representatives.

Tens of thousands of full-time positions are open for employees to pick, pack and ship customer orders, Amazon says. More than 10,000 part-time positions also are available at the company's sortation centers, most of which are located in urban areas and designed to meet demand for faster shipping speeds and Sunday deliveries.

In addition to hourly fulfillment center roles, Amazon has supporting and managerial roles available within its fulfillment facilities, including human resources managers, information technology specialists and operations positions.

Amazon has dramatically increased its fulfillment network in recent years, with 140 fulfillment centers now open in the U.S. alone. See below for a map of where these centers are located.

This expansion has allowed Amazon to deliver orders to consumers at a rapidly decreasing time frame. It ships items to consumers in 2.8 days on average as of June 2017, down from 5.9 days in January 2015, according to Slice Intelligence, which tracks delivery times by monitoring consumer email boxes for shipment notifications. digitalcommerce360.com

Eight clicks-to-bricks retailers to keep an eye on

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Miami, FL: Cosmetics Theft Ring Nabs $70,000 From CVS & Walgreens
An investigation by Miami-Dade Police's Organized Retail Crime Unit led to the arrests of four women, believed to part of a ring who would steal cosmetics from stores and sell them at far below retail cost. On numerous occasions between April and July, sisters Crystal Pereda, 27, and Jazmin Pereda, 21, along with Jennifer Tejeda, 33, were observed walking into CVS and Walgreens stores in Miami and stuffing cosmetics into their purses, police said. Typically, each theft would range between $300 and $1,100 worth of stuff taken. They were seen driving in a black Chrysler 300. During the course of the investigation, detectives also obtained a search warrant at the home of Ihosvania Guerraferreiro, 50, located at 2800 S.W. 79th Court, whom they said acted as a "fencing operation" for the stolen products. On August 1st, officers executed the search warrant and found 6,982 cosmetic items, valued at $69,368.63, inside the home. cbslocal.com

Man stole $1,700 of Crest White Stripes from Giant Eagle; charged with $2,700 thefts at other area stores
Upper Allen Township police have charged a 24-year-old Mechanicsburg man in connection to several thefts at Giant stores in the area. Robert Anthony Bruno faces felony charges stemming from the reported thefts at the grocery stores. Police said Bruno stole around $1,700 in Crest White Strips and other dental products on June 10 from the Giant on Cumberland Parkway in the township. An investigation revealed other stores in Enola and Dillsburg had been victimized by a man who appeared to be Bruno, police said. The crimes were consolidated into one case with a total value of $4,428.80 in stolen merchandise. Bruno is charged with three felony counts of retail theft and three counts of receiving stolen property. pennlive.com

Fairview Heights, IL: Macy's apprehended 4 suspects with over $3,600 in merchandise
Police responded to Macy's in St. Clair Square mall on Saturday around 4 pm where the store's loss prevention officers attempted to stop three suspects. Once the suspects saw that one of the suspects had been detained by loss prevention officers, the two suspects returned along with a fourth suspect, a woman, and began to fight with the officers. One of the loss prevention officers was punched and scratched by the woman as the other suspects freed the suspect who had been captured, said police. Fairview Heights Police stopped the fleeing vehicle and 4 suspects including a juvenile were taken into custody. Loss Prevention advised Police they recognized the suspects from committing a similar theft. kmov.com

Austin, TX: Police issue 2 Warrants, arrest 1 in Pawn Shop Distraction Team; over $4,000 in merchandise stolen from 5 area stores
Police have identified 3 suspects for their role in five pawn shop robberies and attempted robberies in which they stole almost $4,000 worth of items. Two suspects entered a pawn shop with a TV and a guitar. Sanchez went to the counter with the items to distract the employee and pretend to sell the items while Baker unplugged and walked out with an additional TV and five guitars. After the first pawn shop, the three moved in a circle around Austin hitting at least 4 other pawn shops. statesman.com

Mokena, IL: Warrants issued for 3 suspects in Meijer Alcohol Thefts; Pepper Sprayed a Loss Prevention Associate
Mokena police are seeking to arrest three men from towns outside of Will County who allegedly stole alcohol from Meijer and sprayed an employee in the face with pepper spray. The three men have been charged with stealing premium alcoholic beverages over the course of three days from the Meijer in Mokena. Each theft, merchandise was valued at over $300. theherald-news.com


Oaks, PA: Police search for baby formula thief wearing Cowboys hat
Police in suburban Philadelphia are searching for a man who they say stole about $200 worth of Similac at a Target in Bensalem on July 30. Authorities say the suspect got into a scuffle with a loss prevention worker before making off with $111 worth of Similac the following day at a Target in Upper Providence Township. michigansthumb.com

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Shootings, Fights & Deaths

Update: Phoenix, AZ: Family of the Walgreens Armed Robber killed during a hold-up is questioning whether his death was justified
Briana Holguin says she was close with her uncle 30-year-old Stephen Holguin. He's the man Phoenix police say was shot and killed by an armed customer as he was trying to hold up a Walgreens for Oxycontin Tuesday night. Twenty-four hours after his death, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The family consulted with their attorney to see what their options are as far as potentially holding the man who shot Holguin accountable. They were given advice on what to ask detectives about. azfamily.com

Tuesday's fatal armed robbery sparks gun debate

Madison, WI: Police say 7-Eleven Homicide Was a Targeted Shooting
Madison's police chief says a fatal shooting at a 7-Eleven convenience store is a "cold, brutal assassination."
Chief Mike Koval says the shooting early Wednesday was a targeted shooting that killed a 33-year-old man and injured a 29-year-old man. Police say two suspects wearing masks walked up to the victims, pointed their guns at point blank range and began shooting. At least 10 shell casings were recovered at the scene. Koval says the suspects came to the store to shoot the victims, not to rob the 7-Eleven. It's the city's third homicide in the past week. usnews.com



Charlotte, NC: Gun battle erupts in Food Lion store parking lot
A gun battle erupted in a Food Lion parking lot in east Charlotte at 11:30 am on Wednesday morning. People in two cars shot at each other before driving away. Bullets hit at least one other car in the parking lot. Police checked with area hospitals and found no one hurt from the shooting. charlotteobserver.com



Nashville, TN: Man shot during argument inside restaurant
Police said a man in his 30s was shot inside the Batter'd and Fried restaurant in East Nashville's Five Points area Tuesday night. Metro Police said the shooting happened after the man shoved one person to the ground during the argument, causing a friend of the person being shoved to pull out a gun and shoot. The man sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be okay. fox17.com


Centerville, GA: Fight leads to injury at Centerville Galleria Mall food court
The Centerville Police Department says Tuesday night, a woman was cut with a weapon after a group of people started fighting in the food court. Centerville Police Captain Billy Boney says they still are not sure what caused the fight. Boney says they are not releasing any names because they still have warrants pending. 13wmaz.com



Chandler, AZ: Drunken man was refused Beer sale by Valero employee; man fires 6 shots into the store
Chandler Police have identified a suspect in a shooting at a Valero gas station on Monday night. Robert Lee Antone Jr., 29, is the lone suspect from the shooting. Antone was at a Valero gas station Monday evening trying to purchase beer. A clerk refused to sell it to Antone because she thought he was intoxicated. Antone then got angry and said he would shoot the clerk, police allege. He drew a pistol from his car and fired six times, the clerk was hit with 2 rounds to the leg. A stray round also hit an additional victim inside her car. azcentral.com

Tarrant, AL: Pawn Store Owner attacked by 3 angry customers, shoots one

Robberies & Thefts

Los Alamitos, CA: Armed 'Fast Food Bandit' arrested; possible ties to 26 Armed Robberies
A series of 26 fast food armed robberies in Orange County and the Inland Empire may have come to a close according to investigators from multiple jurisdictions on Wednesday. One man has been arrested in relation to multiple robberies, all at gunpoint, in the last weeks July. Investigators from multiple Orange County law enforcement agencies met Wednesday to discuss evidence from 26 robberies, most of which occurred at fast-food restaurants in their jurisdiction, and how to proceed against a suspect who's behind bars in Riverside, where he's accused of committing two restaurant heists. Jose Felipe Fernandez, 28, was charged Monday with robbing a Carl's Jr. restaurant on July 27 and a Pizza Hut on July 20, both in Riverside, and evading police in a car chase that ended in a fiery crash which triggered a brush fire. patch.com



Fayetteville, NC: Police searching for woman who robbed Sprint store with assault-style rifle
Police are searching for a woman who stole cell phones from a store in Fayetteville on Wednesday evening while carrying an assault-style rifle. Authorities said a woman walked into the Sprint around 7:25 p.m. brandishing the gun. The woman demanded cell phones from the clerk, who gave them to her. The suspect fled, no employees were reported injured. wral.com


Austin, TX: Police issue 2 Warrants, arrest 1 in Pawn Shop Robbery spree; over $4,000 in merchandise stolen from 5 area stores

Gainesville, FL: Former Walmart employee steals from store 'out of spite'

Ole Miss suspends two Football Players following Shoplifting Arrests

Kay Jewelers in the Galleria at Tyler, Riverside, CA reported a Grab & Run on 8/2, items valued at $24,498

Piercing Pagoda in the Destiny USA, Syracuse, NY reports a Grab & Run on 8/2, items valued at $635

Silver and Gold Connection in the Serramonte Center, Daly City, CA reported a Grab & Run on 8/2, items valued at $1,349

Zales in the Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA reported a Grab & Run on 7/31, item valued at $1,629

Cargo Theft

Rio de Janeiro, South America: 10,000 soldiers deployed to Rio in gang violence crackdown
Brazil has stepped up security in Rio de Janeiro amid a spike in violence by organized crime. Thousands of troops have been sent to patrol Brazil's second largest city as authorities admit the situation is out control. The troops deployed to Rio are lending a hand in the fight against criminal gangs involved in drug trafficking, cargo theft, robbery and murder. cgtn.com

Credit Card Fraud

Australia: Credit card fraud online soars to $417 million
The alarming figure highlighted by the Australian Payments Network reveals online credit card fraud has doubled in the space of just six years. The 2016 Australian Payments Fraud Data Report also found fraudsters are following consumers online with card-not-present fraud accounting for 78 per cent of dodgy transactions with a correlating increase in card-not-present fraud. In 2016, Australians transacted a record $714.5 billion on their cards with fraud accounting for $534 million of this total. AusPayNet CEO Leila Fourie said while Australia had strong anti-fraud tools in place the worrying trend showed online fraud is still on the rise. news.com.au

 

Aldi - Oconomowoc, WI - Armed Robbery
Cougar Cannabis - Roseburg, OR - Burglary
CVS - Warwick, RI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Trussville, AL - Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Robbery
Family Dollar - Steelton, PA - Robbery
Gulf - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Walker, MI - Robbery
McDonald's - Gooding, ID - Armed Robbery/ Stabbing
Shell - Pleasanton, CA - Armed Robbery
Snappy's - Corpus Christ, TX - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Fayetteville, NC - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Tarzana, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Pleasanton, CA - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
13 robberies
1 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed






 




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