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2019 GLPS - Group LP Selfies

Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
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Amazon's 2019 Regional Loss Prevention Manager Meeting

Regional/Senior Loss Prevention Manager Team
(Amazon Fulfillment Centers)
enjoying a night out at TopGolf!

Pictured: Lisa Albers, Alicia Sinz, Agnes Pienio-Ganthier, William Biggins, Brian Reichart, Cory Smith, Dayna Howard, Doug Rajala, Eric Stone, Felix Brownell, Geoff Gilbert-Differ, Courtland Greer, Aaron Leger, Lindsay Smith, Lisa Mccarrick, Marcella Coppola, Alan Miller, Mellisa Slavik, Laine Powers, Richard Hayes, Ryan Schild, Roger Shaffer, Tim Juback, Tony Cavaliere, Marty Towner, Blake Ebert, John White, David Zwernemann, Travis Mote, Mike McCormack, Hector Coronado, Jackie Pizana, Maureen King, Carolyn Kading

Thank you to Dayna Howard, Director, NACF, Loss Prevention and Security, Amazon for this picture submission!




Mass Shooting Aftermath - Copycat Attempt - FBI & Walmart Respond

Deadliest Shooting Ever at a Retail Store
El Paso, TX: Death toll rises to 21 after gunman attacks Walmart shoppers
Authorities treating the mass killing as domestic terrorism

A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 21 dead and 25 total injured, police said. Police confirm that no shots were fired inside Cielo Vista Mall itself, and the crime scene has been confined to the adjacent Walmart.

U.S. authorities investigating the shooting said Sunday they are treating it as a case of domestic terrorism. The State of Texas will be seeking Capital Murder charges against the suspect. Emerson Bowie, the FBI Special Agent in Charge says the FBI is investigating all evidence to determine if the shooting will be considered a possible hate crime. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirms the shooter left a manifesto behind, but is working to validate it. reuters.com kfoxtv.com ktsm.com usatoday.com


'We are in shock': Walmart issues statement following El Paso shooting
We are in shock over the tragic events at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where Walmart store #2201 and Sam's Club #6502 are located. We're praying for the victims, the community and our associates, as well as the first responders who are on the scene. We're working closely with law enforcement and will update as appropriate."  walmart.com

'Copycat' attack thwarted at Fla. Walmart
Suspect 'intrigued' by mass shootings; Mother is a Walmart employee
A Florida man was arrested Sunday for threatening to "shoot up" his local Walmart where his mother works - later telling cops he was "intrigued" by the El Paso and Dayton massacres. Wayne Lee Padgett, 31, is accused of targeting a Walmart in Gibsonton, just 10 miles south Tampa. He allegedly called the store and told an employee he was on his way - and armed. Chronister said cops acted quickly to the "active shooter" threat and were able to bust Padgett, who lived near the Walmart - where his mom was employed. It's unclear if he was actually carrying a weapon.  nypost.com

WSJ: Walmart Workers' New Security Threat Is Active Shooters, Not Shoplifters
Two Walmart Shootings in One Week Shows Growing Threat

After Saturday's shooting in El Paso, some Walmart workers expressed concerns in online forums about their safety and how prepared their own store was for such an attack. Saturday's rampage was the second shooting at a Walmart in a week.

"I have to be cognizant of it. What's my game plan if something does go down?" Alexis Rodriguez, a 21-year-old Walmart cashier at a store in Morristown, Tenn., said Sunday morning in an interview.

In high-crime areas, Walmart sometimes hires security contractors or off-duty police officers to patrol stores. It has its own shoplifting-prevention staff in all locations. But many are reluctant to add invasive security checks near building entrances because that could make it more difficult for shoppers to quickly enter and exit a store, one reason he said many retailers have focused on training in the event a shooting does happen.

In 2015, Walmart, the world's biggest retailer by revenue, introduced computer-based active-shooter training for store employees and, in 2017, started requiring workers to take the sessions once a quarter. However, much of Walmart's visible security efforts, including the staff who greet shoppers at store entrances, are focused on preventing shoplifting. wsj.com

Dayton, OH: Gunman who killed 9 people outside of bar was stopped within 30 seconds of opening fire
The gunman in the deadly rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest, earplugs and was carrying a rifle capable of holding at least 100 rounds when he opened fire outside a bar, killed nine - including his sister - and injured more than two dozen, one in critical condition, police said Sunday.

Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters in a news conference on Sunday afternoon that the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, showed up to the city's Oregon District around Fifth Street with his sister and a friend on Saturday night. The three separated at some point between when they arrived and when Betts opened fire, saying it is unknown what happened during that time. foxnews.com

FBI Releases Statement about Shootings in El Paso & Dayton
The attack in El Paso, Texas, underscores the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes. The FBI is supporting its state and local partners in Texas through investigative, intelligence, and technical assistance. The El Paso investigation is also being supported by the FBI's Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, which was established in spring 2019.

The FBI is also providing assistance to the Dayton (Ohio) Police Department's investigation into the shooting in Dayton, through the Bureau's Cincinnati Field Office, with support from FBI Headquarters personnel. fbi.gov

'Enough is enough': Cloudfare terminates 8chan, an online meeting place for 'extremist hate' that has been connected to three mass shootings in 2019
The online message board 8chan, which has been linked to three mass shootings in 2019, will be terminated, Cloudfare announced late Sunday night, just hours after the site's founder called for its end. Cloudfare will cut off services for 8chan at midnight PDT, CEO Matthew Prince said in a statement, though he noted that another network provider could bring 8chan back online. That's what happened in 2017, when Cloudfare booted The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi message board. "The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths," Prince said. "Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit."  yahoo.com

El Paso Walmart Store Connected Cultures, Until a Killer 'Came Here for Us'

Walmart Doesn't Intend to Limit Gun, Ammo Sales After Shooting

Editor's Note: The D&D Daily team sends our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We also express our support and gratitude for the swift response of law enforcement and other first responders who undoubtedly saved countless lives in both incidents.


Enlisting A Cloud Partner? Here Are Three Things To Consider

Forbes Article By Bjoern Petersen, President of Sensormatic Solutions

When do you first remember hearing about "the cloud?" Google's Search Engine Strategies Conference in 2006 has widely been credited as the conversation starter around the cloud and its capabilities, leading to organizations spending more than a decade determining how to best use the cloud to improve their business. Fast forward to the present, and public cloud adoption is at 91%, while private cloud adoption is at 72%, according to RightScale's 2019 State of the Cloud Report.

Today's high cloud adoption rate is no surprise. Cloud competencies have become essential for businesses to remain competitive, and more enterprises have realized the ROI of leveraging cloud architecture, such as enhanced efficiencies and scalability and reduced IT costs. Industries that collect raw data, like retail data that ranges from customer information to store operations, have seen how cloud-based applications can make data more actionable.  Read More Here

ShopperTrak Hosts Retail Forum in Chicago, Demoing the Latest in Retail Analytics
Last week, ShopperTrak, a part of Sensormatic Solutions, hosted the first in a series of Retail Forums in Chicago. Dan Mahoney, ShopperTrak Vice President of Sales, kicked off the forum (pictured below) by welcoming customers from across retail and introducing their group of prestigious speakers. It was a great day of learning from experts on what is currently happening in the retail marketplace. Along with retailers coming together to discuss innovation in customer experience, ShopperTrak experts also demoed some of their latest solutions in traffic insights.

The ShopperTrak team had a terrific time, and would like to thank their customers and speakers for spending a day discussing retail's biggest challenges and opportunities. Stay tuned for information on the next ShopperTrak Retail Forum, or click here to schedule a demo near you.


Whistleblower - Senior Team Cooked the Books to Get Bonuses
Former Brixmor Property Group CFO and CEO Charged with Accounting Fraud
Partner to Approx. 5,000 Retailers - TJX, Kroger, Publix, Walmart, Ross & others

Owner and operator of 422 high-quality open-air shopping centers covering 73 million square feet of prime retail space.

Brixmor Property Group has agreed pay a $7 million penalty to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges against the company and four former senior executives connected to a scheme to operating metrics used by analysts and investors to evaluate financial performance, the SEC said.

In a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, authorities alleged that from the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of 2015, Brixmor CEO Michael Carroll, CFO Michael Pappagallo, chief accounting officer Steven Splain, and senior vice president of accounting Michael Mortimer manipulated same property net operating income to meet publicly-issued growth targets.

In February 2016, Brixmor disclosed income statements had been manipulated and said Carroll, Pappagallo, Splain, and Mortimer were resigning based on an audit committee investigation of a whistleblower complaint.

The company settled without admitting or denying the allegations.

Received bonuses: Carroll got $800,000, Pappagallo received $750,000, and Splain received $210,000 in 2014 after exactly meeting per-share guidance using manipulated statements. cfo.com

Editor's Note: Seems like whistleblowers are popping up everywhere and they're the ones that are driving the vast majority of senior level investigations and cases. The graduated rewards scale based on dollar value of the case, may be the ticket for getting people to step forward.

Calif. Man Gets 2.5 Years Federal Prison For $8M Ross Stores Insider Trading
A Dublin man who made millions in insider trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison. A judge in Oakland sentenced Saleem Khan on Friday. He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud. In the plea agreement, Khan said that from 2009 to 2012, he used inside trading information he got from a friend in the Ross Stores finance department to make money on options contracts involving the California-based discount clothing retailer. Khan acknowledged making more than $3.5 million but the government said his gains could have amounted to as much as $8.2 million. In 2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. mercurynews.com

McDonald's Franchisee Settles Immigrant Bias Case for $91,000
A Texas-based McDonald's franchisee will pay more than $91,000 to settle Justice Department allegations that it discriminated against immigrant workers when verifying their employment eligibility. R.E.E. Inc., which operates 30 McDonald's restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley, routinely required non-U.S. citizens to provide specific documentation issued by the Department of Homeland Security to prove their work authorization because of their citizenship or immigration status, even though some had already presented other valid proof of their authorization to work. The Department also concluded that R.E.E. improperly rejected valid documents some non-U.S. citizens tried to present to prove their work authorization, such as their state IDs and unrestricted Social Security cards. justice.gov

Verizon implements 60-day locking policy on new phones
Combating $190M Handset Fraud in 2018 - 210,000 Devices Lost

Verizon has started implementing its new policy of locking new phones for 60 days after purchase in an effort to combat handset-related fraud.

The Federal Communication Commission gave Verizon the greenlight in June for a 60-day phone lock period, agreeing that the safety check period wouldn't significantly impact legitimate customers. A July postpaid competition report from Wave7 Research noted Verizon updated its device locking policy page on July 19, and implemented the policy at national retail on July 23.

The 60-day device lock aims to reduce the incentive for handset-related theft and fraud, and means Verizon customers can't use a new device on a different carrier's network for about two months after purchase or activation. After 60 days Verizon will automatically unlock the phone, regardless of whether the device is fully paid off.

Verizon previously told the FCC that selling unlocked phones facilitated, and maybe even encouraged, increasing incidents of device and identity theft, which negatively impacted both the carrier and its customers. The thinking is that phones that can only work on single carrier's network (locked) for a period are not as valuable on the black market and so not as appealing to fraudsters.  

Jeffrey Moore, principal at Wave7 Research, indicated there are real device-related fraud issues at national retail stores, such as people using fake IDs at stores like Walmart and Target to buy expensive devices like iPhones on equipment installment plans (EIP) and then resell them abroad.

According to Verizon, handset fraud cost the company about $190 million in 2018, during which it lost nearly 210,000 devices. In January of this year alone, Verizon said handset fraud cost the company $34 million, a 93% jump from January 2018. Identity theft also impacted 7,000 Verizon customers per month on average in 2018, up 46% from 2017.  

Verizon is the only major carrier subject to these rules and before the waiver, was the only large carrier selling unlocked phones at the time of purchase. fiercewireless.com

   The ever changing challenge of payments fraud detection

CVS launches delivery to rival Amazon
CVS has a plan to win over millennials and it looks a lot like Amazon Prime: free home delivery of products from shampoo to cold medicine, all for an annual membership fee of $48.

CVS announced on Monday its CarePass program will expand nationwide. The company tested the membership in Boston, Philadelphia and Tampa. Consumers pay $5 a month or $48 annually for free delivery on drugstore products and prescription drugs, discounts on CVS-branded items, a monthly $10 coupon and access to a pharmacy hotline. cnbc.com

LPRC CrimeScience Podcast Newest Episode Now Available!
Improving Critical Outcomes: Evidence-Based Policing
Featuring Sgt. Renee Mitchell, Ph.D (ASEBP)

We welcome Sgt. Renee Mitchell, Ph.D. (ASEBP) to talk Evidence-Based Policing, including key steps in the process, how its currently being used, the future goals of the ASEBP, and more with co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes (LPRC) and Tom Meehan (CONTROLTEK).

Would you like to be featured as a guest on the podcast? Please contact us at kevin@lpresearch.org to learn more!

UK's largest grocer Tesco announces 4,500 job cuts across its Metro stores

Ascena faces Nasdaq delisting

RILA on CNBC: Consumers will bear brunt of tariffs

Last week's #1 article --

Southaven, MS: Shooting at a Mississippi Walmart leaves 2 employees dead and an officer wounded; Shooter was terminated employee after 25 years
Four people have been shot, including a police officer at Walmart in Southaven. Two store employees were shot and killed early Tuesday morning, one outside the store, the other inside.

According to Baptist DeSoto, the police officer who was shot, was hit in his bulletproof vest and was not injured. The suspect was shot by an officer and is hospitalized in unknown condition.

A Walmart employee said that the shooter is a former employee who worked at the store for 25 years before recently being fired. The shooting happened around 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. at the Walmart store. kark.com


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See the FaceFirst Face Recognition Integration
with Genetec Security Center

At ISC West 2019, FaceFirst revealed our powerful integration with Genetec Security Center. The FaceFirst integration with the Security Center face recognition framework offers a single unified platform where Genetec customers can leverage face recognition and other tools to prevent crime. With this platform, Genetec customers will gain additional situational awareness, expedited investigations and actionable analytics.

Here's an overview of the integration, including some of the most powerful integration features.

When cameras are connected to Security Center, FaceFirst can can instantly compare an image of an individual against a database of 75 million people in one tenth of a second. The result is that Genetec customers can see match alarms in real time, directly within Security Center. When alarms are triggered, they include contextually relevant details like location and time data.

FaceFirst expertly syncs with the hit list in Security Center, ensuring that positive match alarms are generated from the latest enrollment intelligence. As an example, let's say an individual is enrolled from video after they get away with shoplifting from a retail store. If they return to nearby location of the same chain an hour later, their prior enrollment details would be instantly available in a Security Center. This makes it easy to prevent crime and cut down on recidivism.

FaceFirst sends all face detection and recognition events into the robust Genetec reporting framework to provide detailed analytics, enabling Genetec customers to identify suspects and locations that pose the biggest threats. This helps ensure that locations are properly staffed with security personnel to maximize crime prevention.

The Genetec Face Recognition Framework also makes it easy to search for prior identification events directly in Security Center, as every face seen and positive identification are directly stored, reportable and searchable. This dramatically speeds up investigations, allowing Genetec customers to solve crimes quicker.






The New Mafiosos - Organized Crime Gangs
'Heads Up: Cybercriminals Are Businesspeople'

Understanding the business model behind cybercrime can be a helpful thought experiment to help CFOs allocate appropriate resources to cyber defenses.

Most cybercriminals operate in highly organized groups based abroad. They approach their work like any business would except that their revenue streams are stolen data and extortion.

We may live in a time when companies in the First World rarely have to pay "protection money" to mafiosos, but hacking is the new organized crime, and the criminals are similarly ruthless about getting paid.

The Cornerstones of Any Cybercrime Enterprise

Having a proven, predictable business model has enabled cybercriminals to scale and attract partners. They share a portion of the data they obtain through hacking (or the profit from selling stolen data) with individuals or entities interested in getting a piece of the action while minimizing their exposure to prosecution.

A successful cyberattack is usually monetized either through stealing data and selling it on the black market, or holding data hostage and exacting ransoms. The second scenario is a great revenue stream for hackers because it doesn't require a buyer. Ransoms are typically paid in bitcoin, which most companies don't have on hand. To facilitate the process, many of these gangs now offer customer service to provide assistance in paying the ransom.

Most hackers are very clearheaded and rational. They are as organized as you and your competitors. Such predictability means the threat they pose can be coldly and rationally managed.

The Value of Your Company's Data - Assessing Risk, Preventing Loss. cfo.com

'I Have Concerns About All Aspects of This.'
Congress Wants Answers on Amazon and Capital One's Data Breach

Leaders of House and Senate committees want Capital One and Amazon to explain to Congress how a hacker accessed personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asked for a staff-level briefing by Aug 15 on the breach that was reported last Monday.

The chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee also said the committee will look into the matter. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, plans legislation that would establish new data safeguards for consumers.

"I have concerns about all aspects of this," Crapo told reporters this week. "We want to understand how this happened, how other breaches happened ... and we want to know how vulnerabilities (appear) in systems and figure out what we must do to deal with them at a policy level." fortune.com

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
'No More Ransom' Program - 108 million reasons to celebrate its 3rd anniversary

No More Ransom, initiative that has helped more than 200 000 victims of ransomware recover their files free of charge since it was first launched in July 2016. With visitors from 188 countries, the project has become a one-stop shop for the victims of ransomware, registering already over 3 million individual visits in its short life span. Thanks to the cooperation between more than 150 partners(1), the criminal business model behind ransomware has been severely hit since the initiative was launched, resulting in some $108 million profit prevented from going to the wrong pockets.

With 14 new tools added in 2019, the portal can now decrypt 109 different types of ransomware infections - a number that keeps growing on a monthly basis.

No More Ransom is the first public-private partnership of its kind offering the victims of ransomware an alternative solution to losing their precious files or having to pay the demanded money to the criminals. 42 law enforcement agencies, 5 EU Agencies and 101 public and private entities have joined the concept since 2016.

You can consult all the key figures in our dedicated infographic, and read a real behind-the-scene story of the initiative. europa.eu

8 Free Tools to Be Showcased at Black Hat and DEF CON
Expect a full slate of enterprise-class open source tools to take the spotlight when security researchers share their bounties with the community at large.

PivotSuite - Taking one small foothold on a network asset and moving laterally to compromise other machines and escalate privileges along the way - is a mainstay of modern attack techniques.

Trash Taxi - Patrick Cable and the team at Threat Stack will be releasing Trash Taxi at Black Hat Arsenal, "to help us understand why people use 'sudo -i' and also clean up hosts that have had arbitrary commands run on them."

RedHunt OS - RedHunt OS, an open source platform from RedHunt Labs that emulates adversaries and advanced logging and monitoring setups to help blue teams practice threat hunting in realistic situations.

OWASP Amass - OWASP Amass is a maturing open source tool for network mapping of attack surfaces and performing external asset discovery.

Kube-Hunter - Maintained by the team at Aqua Security, Kube-Hunter is an open source tool for scanning and actively hunting security weaknesses in Kubernetes clusters. It has about a year of development under its belt and will be demoed at Black Hat Arsenal.

EAPHammer - EAPHammer performs targeted rogue access point attacks against enterprise wireless infrastructure, making it a solid tool for wireless assessments and red team engagements. The tool continues to evolve, and its creator will present a slate of new features at DEF CON Demo Labs.

Barq - Insecure Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and poorly secured secrets and parameters in Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a huge problem in enterprise architecture today. Barq is designed to help teams probe into these weaknesses.

An AppSec Educational Framework - Duo Security, now part of Cisco, and Hunter2, are releasing an open training platform that gives software engineers an interactive training lab for exploiting and patching modern Web applications in the framework of their choice - giving them the chance to learn principles in a way that makes sense for them. darkreading.com

Looking for answers at Black Hat 2019: 5 important cybersecurity issues

Social commerce marketplace Poshmark hit by data breach

Walmart Seeks to Patent a Way for Using Digital Cryptocurrency




The Zellman Group

The State of Civil Recovery

Stuart Levine, CEO,
The Zellman Group


The civil recovery business saw more change in 2018 than in the preceding 30 years combined, says Stuart Levine, CEO of The Zellman Group, an LP services and consulting company that offers retailers a suite of solutions including Civil Recovery, ORC Recovery, Analytics and more. In this LPNN interview, Stuart talks about the state of civil recovery, where he sees it going over the next few years, and how Zellman Group's dedication to customer service, client culture and ethics, together with state-of-the-art technology, keeps them at the forefront of recovery solutions.

Joe & Amber Discuss Organized Retail Crime

Quick Take 2

Joe LaRocca
, VP & Senior Advisor, Loss Prevention, RetaiLPartners

Amber Bradley
, Owner & Brand Strategist, Calibration Group, LLC


According to the latest NRF ORC Study, 92% of retailers report being a victim of Organized Retail Crime, with 71% saying the problem is getting worse. Joe and Amber discuss the outlook for a federal ORC law, the progress state laws and ORCA's have made, and what a regional or district LP manager can do to help the problem on a local level.




Online sneaker marketplace failed to come clean about 6.8M record data breach
StockX - a popular online marketplace for sneakerheads and streetwear aficionados to trade apparel - is the latest company to fall victim to a massive data breach affecting millions of its users.

As if that wasn't bad enough, TechCrunch reported over the weekend that the incident happened almost three months ago, in May.

Although StockX has not disclosed the exact number of affected users, the marketplace said "an unknown third-party was able to gain access to certain customer data, including customer name, email address, shipping address, username, hashed passwords, and purchase history."

TechCrunch's report, however, puts the number at 6.8 million after an unnamed data breach seller contacted the publication with the information.

"The seller declined to say how they obtained the data. In a dark web listing, the seller put the data for sale for $300. One person at the time of writing already bought the data."

StockX, for its part, has maintained that it found no evidence of customers' financial or payment information being affected as a result of the breach. But some users on Twitter are pointing out that fraudulent purchases have been made through their accounts. thenextweb.com

Stolen goods on Amazon? Shoppers won't care, experts say
News of an alleged Amazon theft ring involving contract delivery drivers is unlikely to make a dent in the online shopping giant's massive business. But it may make people more wary of letting deliveries into their house when they aren't there - a nascent project from both Amazon and Walmart.


The theft ring, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit, involved Amazon contract drivers stealing items that were being shipped to customers or returns. Then they resold them to pawn shops, which shipped the items to Amazon warehouses and resold them on Amazon's sites using the sellers "Bestforyouall" or "Freeshipforyou." No charges have been filed yet.


Regular customers probably won't stop buying from Amazon. People still use Amazon even after having their packages stolen by "porch pirates," even though that is a big problem .

"It's almost an inevitability that people will use the site to dispose of ill-gotten gains," said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. "Amazon is the largest marketplace; it's going to have the biggest problem."

But the thefts could alter shoppers' behavior in other ways. Negative press could tank retailer services that might seem intrusive, such as ones that deliver packages directly into your house, said Jon Reily, a former Amazon executive now at the digital consultancy firm Publicis Sapient. registercitizen.com

PayPal Launches Invoice API For Online Sellers
PayPal is introducing an electronic invoicing application programming interface (API) for online sellers in an effort to promote PayPal's presence on eCommerce and other digital platforms. The API allows sellers to invoice regardless of the online platform through which they are selling, and works on eCommerce solution providers, online marketplace, crowdsourcing platforms and other portals. pymnts.com

Study breaks down hot categories for online, in-store shopping

Roundup: Wayfair avoids Way Day talk as losses grow

Verizon Connect: Delivering unmatched ecommerce customer experience through supply chain innovation



East Meadow, NY: 3 charged in $4M Counterfeit Vaping Operation Busted On Long Island
Police say a father and two sons have been busted for allegedly operating a multi-million dollar counterfeit vaping business on Long Island. Ali Asghar, 58, and his two sons, also named Ali, were arrested for bringing counterfeit vaping products into the U.S. from China and then selling the items in their local card shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties and online. Authorities say in the past two years the operation netted $4 million. The suspects are charged with trademark counterfeiting. abc7ny.com

Altamonte Springs, FL: Publix pharmacist estimates she stole over 2,800 meds
A pharmacist at an Altamonte Springs Publix gave up her license Friday after, the Florida Department of Health says, she got caught stealing drugs from the pharmacy. And the emergency suspension order (ESO) said that while Publix caught Kara Blankenship in June, she admitted she's been stealing pills from Publix pharmacies for eight years. "Ms. Blankenship estimated that, over the prior eight years, while working at various Publix Pharmacy locations, she had stolen approximately 2,850 tablets..." the ESO stated. The ESO says a June 7 controlled substance internal audit at Blankenship's Publix turned up a shortage of Tylenol with codeine No. 3, Tylenol with codeine No. 4, alprazolam (brand name: Xanax) and diazepam (brand name: Valium). The first two are used to treat pain, the latter two used for anxiety. miamiherald.com

Big Rapids, MI: Menards reports $1,000+ Merchandise Theft
Authorities in Mecosta County are trying to track down a thief who made out with more than $1,000 in merchandise from the Menards in Big Rapids Sunday evening. Authorities are hoping that by release a photo of the man, the community can help identifying him. wzzm13.com

Owasso, OK: Felon with 3 year old caught shoplifting over $1000 of merchandise from Target and Kohl's
Darren Lyn Summar, 42, allegedly stole around $1,000 in merchandise from Kohl's and Target with a 3-year-old toddler at his side. Police say Summar has a history of criminal convictions, including child neglect, domestic assault and battery, burglary, fraud and other drug charges. Officers found clothing, multiple electronics and other merchandise from Kohl's, along with other items from Target, all with the tags still attached. They also found a homemade smoking device commonly used for inhaling or snorting illegal substances, burglary tools and powerful magnets used to deactivate magnetic loss-prevention devices. tulsaworld.com

Roseville, CA: Shoplifting Suspect Wanted For Reported Assault Of Roseville Galleria Footlocker Employer
In total, officials have reported that five black male adults forcefully stole shoes from the store. No arrests have been made, but police say they are working with other agencies to see if these suspects are connected to similar crimes in the region. cbslocal.com

Update: St George, UT: Las Vegas woman sentenced in Target theft,
2 co-defendants' cases still pending in court

Jade Culwick, 27, of Las Vegas, appeared in 5th District court for sentencing on one charge of third-degree felony retail theft, as well as three misdemeanors. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss one second-degree felony count of theft by receiving stolen property and two misdemeanor charges. The prison term of up to five years for the third-degree felony theft charge was suspended, as well as each of the three 365 day jail sentences for the misdemeanor charges. Instead, the defendant was fined $1,672 and ordered to pay $1,562 in restitution. She was also placed on 36 months probation and sentenced to 63 days in jail. stgeorgeutah.com

Hendry County, FL: Nearly $450 in merchandise stolen from bait and tackle shop
A small store in Labelle is reeling after having nearly $450 worth of merchandise stolen from their store. The three thieves were caught on 10 different security cameras. nbc-2.com

Baton Rouge, LA: Man charged with $4,500 of booze from Walmart; was banned from Walmart in 2017

Saginaw Township, MI: Burglars steal several dozen weapons form local Gun Store

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Shootings & Deaths

Hot Springs, AR: Sisters Shot And Killed After Confronting Beauty Supply Store Employee With Their Mother
Montieria Myers, 22 and Mernaiya Myers, 19, entered the Simple Unique Beauty Supply Store with their mother to confront the worker about a personal matter last Wednesday. Surveillance footage shows the argument turned into a physical altercation. Moments after, both sisters were shot in the head while their mother fled the scene. Hot Springs Police said in a report that the fight was about an ongoing personal dispute. thehollywoodunlocked.com

Houston, TX: C-Store Clerk shot and killed in Armed Robbery
A clerk was killed Sunday during an apparent robbery at a store in north Houston, police said. The clerk, who has not been identified, was reportedly found shot in the store at a Texaco gas station around 5:30 p.m. in the 14900 block of Old Humble Road. Police don't yet know whether anything was stolen during the incident. theworldnews.net

Gibsonton, FL: Walmart worker's son arrested for threatening to shoot up Hillsborough County store
A Walmart in Hillsborough County was evacuated on Sunday after an employee received a threatening phone call, according the sheriff's office. A spokeswoman for the office says no credible threat was found and the evacuation was done out of an "abundance of caution" in light of recent events.

When the employee answered the phone, an unidentified male voice said he would be at the store in five minutes and was going to "shoot up your store," according to the sheriff's office. The store was immediately evacuated and authorities were on the scene within just a few minutes. Deputies arrested a 31-year-old man for making the threat and Baker Acted him. The Sheriff's Office said he was facing a charge of false report of using a firearm in a violent manner and that he has not been arrested before. abcactionnews.com

Hoover, AL: One injured by gunfire in parking deck fight at Riverchase Galleria
Around 4pm today two groups of people were fighting in the north parking deck at the Galleria. During the fight at least one shot was discharged, injuring a 15 year old male. abc3340.com

San Antonio, TX: Update: 2 charged with capital murder in shooting death of 77-year-old man outside 7-Eleven


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Hudson Valley, NY: Four Suspect Members of Felony Lane Gang injured following a high-speed chase
A Chevy Tahoe traveling southbound on the New York State Thruway Thursday morning in Newburgh was flagged by New York State Police as the car of a suspect wanted for questioning in a felony investigation. Troopers believed the car was associated with the "Felony Lane Gang," a group who reportedly are responsible for numerous larcenies and fraudulent ATM withdrawals associated with identity theft throughout the east coast. The driver and a passenger, both from Florida, were transported with non-life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, also from Florida were both taken to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries. hudsonvalleypost.com

Mahwah, NJ: Home Depot Theft-Turned-Robbery
Ex-Con, Drug Offender Captured

An ex-con with a 30-year history of convictions assaulted a Home Depot employee in Mahwah before he and two alleged accomplices were caught in Ridgewood. Raymond McCutchen, 58, of Paterson, was accompanied by an Oakland woman with an extensive history of her own, mostly for drug offenses. The identity of a third suspect who was arrested with them couldn't immediately be determined. The trio fled the Home Depot on Route 17 in Mahwah and were nabbed 10 miles down the road in Ridgewood. dailyvoice.com

Portsmouth, VA: Two armed men attempted to rob a Food Lion
Portsmouth police are investigating an attempted commercial robbery at a Food Lion early Sunday morning. Officers were called around 12:42 a.m. to the grocery store in the 5700 block of Churchland Boulevard. Two armed men entered the store but didn't take anything. Police said they left the store toward an unknown direction. 13newsnow.com

Seattle, WA: Police seeking 2 Armed Robbery suspects who hit 3 C-stores in 1 night

Edgewater, CO: Police reportedly think Dog The Bounty Hunter Store Robbery was an inside job

UK: Leicestershire, England: Smoke-cloaking device thwarts c-store firearm robbery



Woonsocket, RI: Man sentenced to 60 years for Pawn Shop Armed Robbery; Store owner survived bullet wound to the head



AT&T - Starke, FL - Armed Robbery
Auto Parts - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lauderdale Lakes, FL - Robbery
C-Store - Finksburg, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Allentown, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Williamsport, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kettering, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Brazoria, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Holland, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Honolulu, HI - Robbery
C-Store - North Point, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Manatee County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Kensington, PA - Robbery
Dollar General - Henderson County, SC - Robbery
Dollar General - New Carlisle, OH - Robbery
Dollar General - South Point, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store- San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Grocery Store - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery/shots fired
Grocery Store - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
Gun Store- Saginaw Township, MI - Burglary
Jewelry -Santa Barbara, CA - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry Store - Troutdale, OR - Robbery
• Jewelry Store - Baytown, TX - Robbery
Kroger - Terra Haute, IN - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - San Bruno, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Mission Viejo, CA - Burglary
Liquor Store - Washington, DC - Burglary
Pet Shop - West Newton Springs, PA - Burglary
Shoe Store - Roseville, CA - Robbery/ Assault
Tackle Shop- Hendry County, FL - Robbery
Thrift Store - Spokane, WA - Burglary
Walmart - Safford, AZ - Robbery
7-Eleven - Washoe County, NV - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Honolulu, HI - Robbery



Daily Totals:
5 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed





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