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Lauren Freede promoted to Asset Protection Manager of Investigations & Anti-Money Laundering for 7-Eleven
Prior to this assignment, Lauren was an Investigations Supervisor on the Central Investigations Team. Lauren joined the Asset Protection team at 7-Eleven in July of 2013. Prior to joining the team, Lauren spent 6 years with Target as an Executive Team Leader of Assets Protection. Lauren has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from The University of Central Oklahoma. Congratulations Lauren!

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Intellicheck's 'Law ID' Goes Viral, With Coast-to-Coast News Coverage
New Law Enforcement App Helps Crack Down on Fake IDs

Law enforcement officers in New York state are employing new, state-of-the-art technology aimed at catching underage people who try to purchase alcohol.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a pilot program with an app that can instantly determine if someone is using a fake ID.

The Democrat says New York is the first state to launch such a program. The app, developed by Long Island-based Intellicheck Inc., is only available to law enforcement.

The company's Law ID app lets police use smartphones to scan a license or ID and match it against driving records from all 50 states. Officials say the app will let police know within seconds whether an ID is authentic. usnews.com miamiherald.com nydailynews.com

Watch: Bryan Lewis, CEO of Intellicheck, Shows How 'Law ID' Works
Intellicheck's "Law ID" app allows law enforcement to authenticate drivers licenses and check federal and state criminal databases and DMV records.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is the first DMV in the nation to use the "Law ID" app to spot fake IDs and prevent underage drinking. The app was put to the test at a July 30 concert at Jones Beach. DMV investigators confiscated 30 IDs, finding that 29 were fake.

The "Law ID" app is only available to sworn law enforcement officers. Intellicheck also has a commercial version, Age ID, that can be used by establishments that sell alcohol.  longisland.news12.com

N.Y. Governor Cuomo's Office Issues Press Release on Law ID - Read it Here

A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, killing all five people aboard
The Cessna 414 declared an emergency and went down at a mall parking lot near John Wayne Airport at 12:28 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The twin-engine aircraft crashed near the South Coast Plaza shopping mall, said Tony Bommarito, a spokesman for Orange County Fire Authority. Video of the scene showed the crushed plane sitting in the parking lot of a Staples office supply store. While the plane hit a vehicle, the driver was actually shopping inside Staples at the time. ktla.com

Portland far-right rally, counter-protest lead to injuries, four arrests
Crowds and political ideologies clashed Saturday when hundreds of protesters faced off in downtown Portland. A giant crowd of people from several opposing political groups, including right-wing Patriot Prayer and antifa, faced off once again in a protest that started at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Protesters saw a significant police presence that included bomb-sniffing dogs and weapons screening checkpoints.

The two groups came face-to-face on either side of Southwest Naito Parkway, where hundreds of police officers from Portland and Oregon State Police tried to keep them separated. When protesters refused police orders to get out of the street, officers used less-lethal crowd control devices including rubber bullets, pepper spray and flash bangs to disperse people.

Police said protesters were throwing rocks and bottles and several people were treated for injuries during tense moments. Police confiscated weapons throughout the day, including a firework mortar, sticks, baseball bats, pepper spray and shields. koin.com  cbsnews.com


UK: Marks & Spencer Bomb Scare
Man 'detained under mental health act' after shoppers evacuated

A man who sparked a security alert at a Scunthorpe retail park has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Roads were shut off and shops evacuated at North Lincolnshire Retail Park Saturday afternoon after the man triggered an "unsubstantiated" alert.

Police were called to the Marks & Spencer store on the Doncaster Road park at 12.42pm after staff were alerted to a potential "bomb scare". Staff and customers were ordered to leave the department store as a precaution and police took to Twitter to warn the public to avoid the park due to an "ongoing incident".

A convoy of emergency vehicles, including police cars and an ambulance, swamped the retail park's car park while the public looked on from behind a police cordon. Vehicles were stationed near the entrance doors to Marks & Spencer, as well as in the car park near to KFC and Frankie and Benny's. grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

Greenville, SC: These 3 stores make up 80% of all downtown shoplifting
The vast majority of all shoplifting incidents in downtown Greenville come from three main retailers: CVS on South Main Street, Publix on East McBee Street and Mast General Store on North Main Street. Combined, the three retailers have made up 79.3 percent of the shoplifting cases in Greenville's downtown since 2016.

Police are working to make arrests in a growing number of cases on the heels of a year where shoplifting downtown was twice as high as the prior year. There were 87 shoplifting cases in downtown Greenville in 2017 compared to 48 in 2016. The first half of 2017 was highest with 55 between January and July, according to data obtained from the Greenville Police Department. Through July this year, there have been 34 shoplifting cases, the data shows. greenvilleonline.com

Listen: Online Techniques for an Offline World with Tony D'Onofrio of TD Insights
The founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics was fond of saying: "Nothing happens until somebody sells something". The true power of retail has always been found in the "how" part of the process, not in the "what" part. The way in which a customer experiences the transaction can be even more impactful than the thing they actually purchase. Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the way that experience is curated.

On today's podcast, Sean Heath had a chat with Tony D'Onofrio from TD Insights. They discussed the ways that technology is advancing the retail industry, how Amazon has cracked the retail code for both the online and physical space, and how powerful product knowledge is on both sides of the transaction. marketscale.com

Tony D'Onofrio's New Blog Post on Retailing in the Middle East
The Surprising Benchmark for the Future of Retail

Welcome to Dubai or as CBRE calls it, the key stepping stone for international brands entering the Middle East. Over the next three years, more than 1.5 million square meters of new retail space could be delivered to the Dubai market, adding roughly 50% to existing inventory.

Being on the Board of Advisors for the upcoming Dubai Smart Stores Expo and having personally experienced the vibrancy of Middle East on multiple occasions, it is time to revisit this region and explore its global retail possibilities. tonydonofrio.com

The Message Being Sent to HR America:
'Give Second Chance a Chance'

Each year in the United States, 700,000 men and women are released from prison and re-enter society, where many want to find jobs. Yet despite U.S. employers' growing need for workers, formerly incarcerated applicants face a huge obstacle in achieving gainful employment: criminal background checks.

At the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, made it clear that second-chance employment - hiring employees with a conviction history - is a SHRM priority and initiative.

In collaboration with the Charles Koch Foundation, SHRM recently surveyed managers and HR professionals on their attitudes toward hiring candidates with criminal pasts. Survey results show increasing awareness and understanding that a criminal background should not disqualify someone from employment.

However, as Taylor notes, "Willingness to hire in theory doesn't necessarily mean willingness to hire in practice."

So what are the obstacles that prevent otherwise open-minded HR professionals and managers from hiring someone with a criminal past - and what would convince them to give these applicants a second chance? shrm.org

Streamlining can save millions for retailers, claims study
Retailers can boost sales by 3.7 percent by enacting strong compliance initiatives and streamlining complex store communications, according to a study commissioned by Foko Retail in a partnership with Retail Info Systems, according to a press release.

"Complex store communications are killing the retail bottom line," said Marc Gingras, founder and CEO of Foko Retail, in the release. "The issue many retailers face is poor management of complicated systems, which breeds inefficiency. The study results also show that the gap between HQ's plans and how the stores actually deliver them is widening. By contrast, excellent store execution rewards retailers by helping them achieve financial goals, reduce costs and win against competitors."

The study stated better communication with managers and store associates is essential for solving store level compliance problems, and that mobile devices are underutilized as just 57 percent of retailers make them available to store managers. retailcustomerexperience.com

Amazon HQ2 candidates are going to great lengths to keep their plans secret
In January, Amazon whittled down 238 proposals to a list of 20 sites that are currently in the running for HQ2. A select few, including Boston and Maryland's Montgomery County, have been public about their proposals or the kind of tax incentives they will be offering.

But the majority haven't, and many city officials are now protesting about being left in the dark.

"The only time the public may become aware if the city has promised Amazon incentives is if we win and then we need to get those incentives passed," he said.

According to The Times, there are two main reasons for this: First, HQ2 bids are being handled by local private Chambers of Commerce or economic development groups that aren't required to make their pitches public. Second, keeping the details secret is a way to keep their incentives hidden from rivals and avoid the risk of having their ideas poached.

As a result, some of these cities - including Newark, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia - are facing lawsuits or pressure from local public-advocacy groups to release information about their bids, on the grounds that any large tax breaks will impact the public.

It's not just the cities themselves that are remaining mum on the process. Amazon itself has also remained highly secretive since scoping out the 20 cities earlier this year. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Amazon officials who visited potential HQ2 sites didn't share their last names or titles when they arrived. businessinsider.com

The top back-to-school shopping destinations are...
More than half (50.3%) of parents plan to do their back-to-school shopping at Walmart, according to an annual report by JLL. The second most popular destination is Target (47.4%), followed by Amazon (15.8%), Staples (9.9%) and Office Depot (7.1%). The top 10 destinations are listed here: chainstoreage.com

How Philly Became a Front in the War on Knockoff Swag; From fake Yeti mugs to bogus Rolex watches, officials here are seizing a ton of counterfeit merchandise

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are making a movie about the ex-cop who reportedly rigged McDonald's Monopoly game to win $24 million

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California Prop 47 Aftermath:
One person arrested 83 times since its passing

Prop 47, which classified "non-serious, nonviolent crimes" as misdemeanors instead of felonies, has some people believing it could be responsible for an increase in petty crimes.

One of those people is Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer who says Prop 47 definitely plays a leading role in what he sees everyday. "There's an individual we have arrested 83 times since Prop 47 has passed, all on petty thefts, 83 times," Dyer told yourcentralvalley.

The Chief has mostly seen a spike in thefts and says it's happening everyday. "That's their job, that's their career, there embolden to do it because there's no consequences."

In the last few weeks 15 Lululemon stores statewide have been robbed with tens-of-thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen. Apple stores across the state are also getting hit with thousands of dollars in iPhones and iPads swiped off the counters.

Dyer says sometimes there hands are tied when it comes to keeping the thieves off the streets, but that voters can take control at the ballot box. iheart.com

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Vector Security Employee Killed By Ex-Boyfriend in Parking Lot Incident
at Suburban Philadelphia Office Park

33-year-old Angela Maya Stith, employee of Vector Security, was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a parking lot altercation at the 24/7 security-monitoring company's office park in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Friday morning. The incident occurred around 2:15 am while Stith was on break during an overnight shift.

The suspect was later arrested by a Pennsylvania State Trooper after he was spotted going west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Allegheny Tunnel, about 210 miles west of the scene.

Editor's Note: Out of respect for the victim, her family, and colleagues at Vector Security, we've decided to omit details of this incident.

Vector Security: Official Statement Regarding Angela Stith

We are saddened by the recent events surrounding the death of Angela Stith early this morning. Angela was a relatively new employee starting in January of this year, and she was liked by her coworkers and peers. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult period.

Our local teams have been working with law enforcement to provide all of the necessary information, including giving access to video footage and employees to help in the investigation.

Our focus now is on our employees allowing them time to grieve and process what occurred. In particular, we are assisting the ones that rushed to help Angela along with the number of employees who watched these tragic events unfold over live video feed. We are providing on-site counseling to all employees and ask that the media respect their privacy as they grieve for a coworker and friend.

For any further details related to this case, we ask that you review District Attorney Kevin Steele's August 3rd press conference related to this matter.


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Scalpers Deploys Nedap Retail's RFID Solution Across 150 Stores
Global fashion retailer Scalpers is launching a company-wide RFID system that is tracking its inventory as the merchandise flows through the distribution center to its stores and then moves between back rooms and store fronts.

The company is rolling out a solution from Nedap by first bringing nine "champion" stores live, then using those stores for training and rollout of the entire chain across Europe and globally.

While the solution is aimed at bringing inventory accuracy levels to near 100 percent at all stores in the short term, the company says, it has long-term plans to use the system for point-of-sale (POS) and security functions, as well as offering customer-facing features. The passive UHF RFID system, provided by Nedap Retail, consists of the technology company's !D Cloud software and handheld readers, in addition to customized tunnel readers. rfidjournal.com

Ransomware Attacks: A Quantum Leap from Quantity to Quality
"More Sophisticated, Targeted and Effective"

Unlike other types of malware which rely on stealth characteristics to infiltrate systems or quietly siphon off data untraced, ransomware boldly declares its intent. After the WannaCry outbreak, which leveraged the leaked NSA EternalBlue exploit, ransomware had become a mainstream topic of conversation, and a major concern.

Fast forward a year and by all accounts ransomware incidents are on the decline - by as much as 32% according to some reports. So should security practitioners check ransomware off their list of things keeping them up at night? Dig a little deeper and we see that, for enterprises, the ransomware threat is not going away anytime soon. While attack volume may have declined, ransomware attacks have evolved to be more sophisticated, targeted and effective against unsuspecting users and unprepared organizations.

Unfortunately, when it comes to ransomware, most security solutions have proven fairly ineffective. Many victims of ransomware are running fully-updated antivirus engines alongside anti-exploit and/or HIPS engines at the time they get hit. Signature-based solutions simply can't keep up with the pace of new malware variants, especially when polymorphic code can generate a new signature as quickly as every 15 or 20 seconds. securitymagazine.com

Congress passes bill forcing tech companies to disclose foreign software probes
The U.S. Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation that would force technology companies to disclose if they allowed countries like China and Russia to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. military.

The legislation, part of the Pentagon's spending bill, was drafted after a Reuters investigation last year found software makers allowed a Russian defense agency to hunt for vulnerabilities in software used by some agencies of the U.S. government, including the Pentagon and intelligence services.

Security experts said allowing Russian authorities to probe the internal workings of software, known as source code, could help Moscow discover vulnerabilities they could exploit to more easily attack U.S. government systems. reuters.com

Cyber Security Summit Coming to Global Security Exchange
ASIS International, the world's largest association of security management professionals, today announced that Cyber Security Summit will co-locate with Global Security Exchange (GSX), expanding the depth of cyber education in the blockbuster GSX conference program. In the first year of its rebrand following a 63-year history as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX-the security industry's flagship event-is expected to attract more than 20,000 operational and cyber security professionals and 550 exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 23-27.

The Cyber Security Summit, taking place Sept. 26-27, brings together top government, industry, and academia thought leaders to exchange ideas and engage in a dialogue to improve the state of cybersecurity. The event provides an annual review of what has happened over the past year, an update on current cyber trends, and most importantly a preview of what organizations need to prepare for in the future. asisonline.com

Unified Security Data: A Simple Idea to Combat Persistent, Complex Cyberattacks
Do you know what happens to your data when it's not in use? If the answer is no, you need to fix that.

When cyberattacks take place in enterprises, the resulting data lives in various siloes: security information and event management (SIEM) systems, emails, ticketing systems, intel feeds, security devices, and more. Data flows in and out of these systems, and security teams react to the data as best they can in order to address threats as they arise. But what happens to the data once it's not in use? Where does this data live long term, and how can it be applied to future threats? Unifying data across an entire security architecture provides the intelligence and context necessary to activate data on demand and use it to identify and resolve persistent threats. darkreading.com



The Loss Prevention Research Council's
Impact Conference Oct. 2-4 2017, A Six Episode Series

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The IMPACT Conference helps retailers & solutions partners better employ research tools
to assess the real-world impact their LP efforts have on sales, crime, and loss levels.


Introducing the Loss Prevention Research Council

Who They Are & What They Do

In this six-minute episode, Gus Downing, Publisher & Editor of the D&D Daily, explains what the LP/AP industry's only "Think Tank" - the Loss Prevention Research Council, is all about. Learn about its mission, its objectives, its structure, and how it delivers "evidence-based" solutions for the decision makers and leaders of the industry.

Over the next five episodes, which we urge every LP/AP executive to watch, you'll learn and see how critical this "Think Tank" is to helping the industry develop evidence-based solutions that solve the shrink and crime issues retailers face.

A few of these episodes are lengthy, as they dive deep into the LPRC model and allow you to see exactly how these scientists, retail LP/AP leaders, and solution partners are working together to help develop the solutions that help you deliver best-in-class results.

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The 'sinister side of eCommerce'
How The eCommerce Fakers Launder Money

Fake merchants - a problem that now underpins a $352 billion annual money-laundering loophole in the U.S. alone - act like real merchants, with no intention of ever becoming one. In this situation, faking it until they make it is simply an illegal means to what has become a lucrative endgame for them.

The eCommerce fakers, Trulioo GM Zac Cohen told Karen Webster in a recent conversation, are an increasingly common occurrence. They look and feel like a real merchant, they are able to legitimately take payments, but they aren't really in the business of selling the goods as advertised goods.

Instead, Cohn noted, they either fake it by breaking into a legitimate merchant's data stream - and use their merchant account to sell illicit goods and services - or go all the way and create fake digital storefronts.

"Fake merchants are the sinister side of eCommerce, because we either are dealing with [a] fraudster taking advantage of a less-mature or less-hardened merchant account to forge data and divert funds through different accounts," Cohen said, "or we just have the folks that are just illegally setting up a front business that have no intention of ever being legitimate, and the whole thing is just fraudulent front-to-back."

Fighting the fakers is hard, Cohen noted, because fraudsters are agile and very much in the know. They tend to know, for example, that most transaction fraud securities and controls are meant to find fraud after the fact. They also know the security software is looking for illicit transactions.

"Fraudsters are quite good at creating transaction frauds that are very hard to spot - double invoicing, or carousel transactions, for instance," Cohen explained. "Fraudsters are onto the fact [that] the industry is looking for weird transactions - so they are making small changes in places like invoices where it is hard to pick up, or taking advantage of the fact that no one is really looking hard at them when they are setting up their firm."

It's not that monitoring after the fact isn't useful or important, Cohen said - as it is both of those things. It just isn't sufficient to the problem. Finding fake merchants after they've set up shop isn't nearly as good as exposing them before they can set up shop.

That's where Cohen said Trulioo want to take the fight, using the company's Global Business Verification project to find the fake merchants before they set up shop, during the onboarding process. pymnts.com

Online Retailers Top Target of Credential Stuffing Attacks Enabling ATO: Report
Up to 90 percent of the login traffic on e-commerce sites are automated attempts to verify stolen username/password combinations, also known as "credential stuffing," according to a new report. The 2018 Credential Spill Report from Silicon Valley cyber-defense company Shape Security is an examination of the source of compromised (i.e., "spilled") login credentials, along with how and where bad actors are validating those credentials.

Account takeover and new account creation fraud-two of the fastest-growing fraud types affecting online merchants-rely on fraudsters obtaining valid passwords. In addition to being a primary target of ATO, online retailers are one of the major targets of the credential stuffing attacks that validate stolen logins. According to the report, e-commerce retailers collectively endure more than 130 million credential stuffing attacks per day resulting in nearly 660,000 account takeovers. cardnotpresent.com

China's third-largest ecommerce site faces lawsuits in US over alleged counterfeits
Pinduoduo, the third-largest ecommerce website in China after Alibaba and JD.com, is facing class-action lawsuits in the US following recent media reports that it has been selling fakes and knock-offs over the platform resulted in share tumbles.

Six law firms, including Rosen Law Firm, Pomerantz LLP, Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, Faruqi & Faruqi LLP, The Schall Law Firm, and Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman LLC, are looking to file class-action lawsuits on behalf of individual investors who bought Pinduoduo shares, according to a Sina news report on Saturday. zdnet.com

UK Banks to Issue Passcodes via Smartphones to Combat Payment Fraud for Online Shoppers

Amazon reports a loss for its first month Down Under



Monroe, WA: Monroe Police ProAct Team working with area Retailers; focus on criminal who traffic in drugs and stolen goods
Monroe's ProAct Team of two police officers and a sergeant is tasked with catching prolific criminals who traffic in drugs and stolen goods. The officers can respond to 911 calls, too, but their main job, as the name suggests, is to proactively patrol for crime. That means shifts cruising through parking lots of Lowe's, Walmart and Fred Meyer; checking license plates for drivers with warrants; and coasting by drug houses to keep tabs on dealers. Kornish, a former high school resource officer, first tested to join the team in December 2012, around the time the city, the county and the nation saw an alarming upswing in illicit opioid abuse and deaths. Heroin addicts struggle to find or keep a job. They find two ways to make cash: selling drugs or stealing. So if you're looking for drug offenders, you look for who is ripping off retail stores. It's like fishing, Kornish says. You have to cast out where the fish are. heraldnet.com

Polk County, FL: PCSD and Retailers arrest 32 in Countywide ORC Sweep
The Polk County Sheriff's Office's Organized Retail Crime Unit arrested 32 people Monday, officials said. The arrests were part of a countywide undercover investigation focused on catching thieves who hit multiple Polk County stores. "Our Organized Retail Crime task force works with area retailers and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend those who are stealing. We are sending out this warning to everyone: If you steal from stores in Polk County, you will go to jail." Sheriff Grady Judd said. The arrests were made at the following businesses in the areas of Auburndale, Mulberry, Lakeland, Lake Wales and Winter Haven: Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Belk, Goodwill, Home Depot, Kohl's, Lowe's, Marshall's, JCPenney, Target, TJ Maxx, Walgreens and Walmart.

Detectives worked with loss prevention personnel at each store, focusing on identifying people who were trying to conceal items and leave the stores without paying, and other methods of theft or fraud, the Sheriff's Office said. Of the 32 suspects arrested, six were juveniles, who were charged with petit theft and grand theft. The total value of items stolen by these suspects is $7,627.00.  wftv.com

Hilltown Township, PA, PA: Police arrest Giant Foods employee for $6,400 theft
of merchandise

Wendy Patricia Shultz, 43, was charged with retail theft after she took more than $6,400 in store merchandise from Giant food store on Route 113 while employed at the store, Hilltown Township Police Department said. The thefts happened on nine different occasions between May 8 and June 9, police said. montgomerynews.com

Las Vegas, NV: Sports store victim of serial thefts over six months: over $6,000 in merchandise stolen
A string of thefts is forcing a Las Vegas sports gear store to relocate. First and Goal in the southwest Las Vegas Valley has been hit more than half a dozen times since the start of the year. Thieves have taken thousands of dollars in merchandise from the store near Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road. "They each grabbed a handful of jerseys and darted out of the store," store owner Jamie Schefflin said while showing surveillance video. "It happens at least once a month," he said. Schefflin was behind the counter on Tuesday night. Once he spotted the thieves, he chased them out of the store with a baseball bat. "It's pretty brazen," Schefflin said. "There's no fear of them being caught or any retribution." In this latest incident, the thieves got away with more than $1,300 in Dallas Cowboys jerseys. fox5vegas.com

Garden Grove, CA: Thieves cutting security wires and ripping out display phones
at T-Mobile

Police are looking for a pair of thieves caught on security camera stealing a handful of phones from a T-Mobile store in Garden Grove, damaging it on the process. A man and a woman walked into the store around 2:30 p.m. Friday, appearing to look at some phones attached to the demo counters. The man near the entrance of the store suddenly rips an iPhone from the wall as the woman attempts to do the same to a Samsung phone at the other end of the store. After failing, the woman takes out wire cutters and has some trouble before finally freeing the phone. This is the second time in as many months this store has been robbed. They ended up escaping with four phones worth a total of roughly $4,000. cbslocal.com

Detroit, MI: ORC 4th time Habitual Offender sentenced to 40 months to 15 years
Sentencing has been handed down to a Detroit woman who fled from police after she was caught shoplifting at a local store. 23-year-old Lamika Samon James will serve 40 months to 15 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. James was sentenced Thursday in Livingston County Circuit Court by Chief Judge Miriam Cavanaugh. James had previously pleaded guilty as charged to 3rd degree fleeing a police officer and organized retail crime as a fourth-time habitual offender. whmi.com

Barboursville, WV: Two Women charged with shoplifting over $1,700 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret and Dick's Sporting Goods

Kenosha, WI: Cigar thief now facing 19 charges for theft; stole $1,600 of merchandise in 7 months

Collier County, FL: Woman busted for over $300 grocery theft; exited through Garden Center

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Shootings & Deaths

Birmingham, AL: Police investigating Fatal stabbing of Temp-Employee inside furniture store
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office on Monday identified the victim as LaDaniel O'Neal Willis. He was 22 and lived in Akron, Al. Birmingham police were dispatched at noon to Birmingham Wholesale on a report of a stabbing, Fire and Rescue transported Willis to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. Authorities said the stabbing happened in the break room at the furniture business. Willis was a temp worker who was assigned to the Birmingham Wholesale. al.com

Fort Worth, TX: Fight outside C-Store leads to deadly shooting
A man was shot and killed during a fight outside a Fort Worth store Saturday, and police say the gunman is still on the loose. It happened before 10:30 p.m. Police said two men got into a fight over a woman. One man pulled a weapon and shot the other man. The shooter fled. The man who was shot died at the hospital. fox4news.com

Charlotte, NC: Intruder shot, killed during break-in at the American Beauty and Garden Center
An alleged intruder was shot and killed by a business owner Monday morning in southeast Charlotte. The reported break-in occurred around 4:33 a.m. at the American Beauty and Garden Center on East Independence Boulevard. Officers were called to the scene after being alerted to the break-in by an alarm company. Around the same time, a person called 911 saying he was also responding to the alarm and that he saw a man inside the store through his security camera. Police said this same man called back a few minutes later and explained that he had just shot someone at his business.

As officers and Medic arrived on scene, they found a man behind the store who had been shot, as well as the owner of the business who admitted to shooting him. The intruder was pronounced dead on scene. According to police, it appears the man got into the business by smashing the front glass door. When the owner arrived on scene, the man ran out of the front door and was shot by the owner at that time. The intruder then ran behind the store where he collapsed. fox46charlotte.com

Pittsburgh, PA: A man and woman shot & wounded outside Giant Eagle store; suspect remains at large
Pittsburgh Police have issued a warrant for a man suspected of shooting two people outside a Giant Eagle in Greenfield on Friday afternoon. Police said Saturday that 21-year-old Zai Quan Henderson, of Hazelwood, is wanted in connection with the shooting. Henderson should be considered armed and dangerous. It happened around 5:15 p.m. Friday in the 4200 block of Murray Avenue. A man and a woman were shot. The man reportedly returned fire after he was struck. Pittsburgh's Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich described the shooting as a "gun battle" outside the grocery store. One victim was said to have suffered serious injuries while the other victim had only minor injuries. cbslocal.com

Gainesville, FL: Police investigate report of a man with a gun at Oaks Mall
Late Saturday, Gainesville Police investigated a report of a man with a gun at the Oaks Mall. Just before 11:00pm they announced that, after searching store by store, they had found no armed suspect. The Oaks Mall had extended hours on Saturday, part of a tax break sales day. wcjb.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Suspects in double Murder, Jewelry store robbery appear
in court

Two men accused of taking part in a jewelry store robbery and a double murder made an appearance in court Friday. 19-year-old Trebor Wheeler pleaded not guilty to taking part in a robbery at Aman's Jewelers in La Palmera Mall last March. He and several other men were also accused of killing Arturo Lopez and his wife Miriam in their Corpus Christi home a few days later. Wheeler is in the Nueces County Jail facing capital murder charges for that crime. He has already pleaded not guilty in that case. Later Friday afternoon Robert Angel Lopez Jr. pleaded not guilty to the same crimes, according to his attorney. No trial dates have been set for either suspect. kiiitv.com

Hattiesburg, MS: 8 year old injured after firing gun inside a car while parents shopped at Family Dollar

Portland OR: Two men shot outside 7-Eleven store in SE Portland; both suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds

Indianapolis, IN: 2 shot, 1 critical, in west side liquor store shootout

Albany, GA: 2 men shot inside a vehicle outside a C-Store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Cordova, TN: Kroger Loss Prevention employee shoots at car of man stealing meat
A loss-prevention employee at Kroger shot at a man who was trying to steal meat, according to Memphis Police Department. The shooting happened around 11:20 a.m. at the Kroger on North Germantown Parkway near the intersection of Trinity Road. Police said a man was trying to steal meat and ran out of the store. A loss prevention employee shot at the suspect's gray Chevy Malibu, MPD said. No injuries were reported. fox13memphis.com

Baltimore, MD: 7 Teens, 2 Adults Arrested After Incident At White Marsh Mall
Police say nine people were arrested following a large disturbance at the White Marsh Mall. Baltimore County Police said around 9 p.m. Saturday night, mall security was trying to enforce a curfew and usher kids loitering off of the parking lot. Authorities said that's when a heated exchange occurred between the group and mall security, and one adult attempted to punch an off-duty officer in the face who was assisting mall security. Pepper spray had to be used to disperse the crowd. Seven juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct, along with two adults. One of the adults is charged with second-degree assault on an officer and resisting arrest. cbslocal.com

Hong Kong, China: Man wearing silk stockings over head threatens 7-Eleven employee with cutter, flees with $7,000 in predawn robbery
According to official statistics, police handled 82 reports of robbery across the city in the first six months of this year, down 8.9 per cent compared with 90 in the same period last year. scmp.com

Union City, NC: Boy, 9, robbed at Lemonade stand at gunpoint; thieves got away with $20

Fire & Arson

Stroudsburg, PA: Owner of 14K Outlet's Fine Jewelry charged with Arson
of her store

Months after a fire broke out inside a jewelry store in Stroudsburg, it remains boarded up. Now, investigators say the owner of the 14k Outlet's Fine Jewelry Designs is the one who set it. They accuse owner Mona Siwiec of started the fire that burned her store and have just charged her with arson. wnep.com

Minneapolis, MN: Update - Police still seeking woman who started the fire
at Marshalls on July 15th

The blaze broke out at the Marshalls store at 600 Nicollet Mall between 11:30 a.m. and Noon on July 15. Surveillance footage from the store shows a woman enter the premises and, during the two minutes she was in there, set a clothing rack on fire. The fire caused damage worth more than $550,000. Police have released images of the woman and some of the damage caused as the blaze spread. bringmethenews.com

Sentencings & Charges

Los Angeles, CA: Smash & Grab Robbery Leader sentenced to 55 years; stole over $6 Million in Watches
The leader of a robbery ring that stole $6 million worth of watches from Southern California jewelry stores has been sentenced to 55 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say Keith Walton, 47, of Los Angeles was sentenced Friday for what a judge called a series of smash-and-grab robberies that "terrified people and traumatized them." Prosecutors say the ring was responsible for at least 14 robberies or attempted robberies in shopping malls over two years. The robbers fled with Rolexes and other high-end watches. correctionsone.com

Jury recommends Life in Prison for 2017 CVS murder
A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison for Bernard Duse Jr., the former CVS employee they found guilty Friday on charges of first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of his former boss, Rex Mack Olsen. The jury also recommended a three-year sentence on a weapons charge related to the murder. The life sentence exceeds the state's minimum 20-year sentence on the murder charge. The jury of seven men and five women delivered the recommendation after hearing testimony from both Olsen's and Duse's families. Olsen, of Culpepper, was 64 when he was killed on July 26, 2017. Duse is 77. A formal sentencing hearing for Duse has been scheduled for Oct. 17. fauquier.com

Duluth, MN: Man accused of a 2014 Supermarket Murder found not guilty
by mental illness

The man accused in the 2014 stabbing death of a Proctor, Minn., woman at a Duluth grocery store has been found not guilty because of mental illness. Jesse Dahlstrom will remain committed indefinitely to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter following Sixth Judicial District Judge David Johnson's decision filed Thursday, Aug. 2. Dahlstrom was charged with second degree murder in the death of 75-year-old Sally Marie Pionk. She was killed by Dahlstrom in a random knife attack while shopping at the West Duluth Super One store on a December night. bemidjipioneer.com


Antique Store - Winter Haven, FL - Burglary
AutoZone - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Iberia, LA - Burglary
C-Store - East Haven, CT - Burglary
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tustin, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Wamego, KS - Robbery
C- Store - Oaklyn, NJ - Burglary
Car Wash - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Chuck E. Cheese - Miamisburg, OH - Burglary
CVS - Norwalk, CT - Robbery
Family Dollar - Waterbury, CT - Robbery
Family Dollar Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery (Mound Road)
Family Dollar - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery ( 7 Mile Rd)
Gas Station - Wausau, WI - Robbery
Gas Station - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Appleton, WI - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Dyersburg, TN - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Louisville, KY - Burglary
Hardware Store - Needles, CA - Burglary
Liquor Store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Lowe's - Ventura, CA - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Chesapeake, VA - Armed Robbery
McDonald's Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Motel - Castaic, CA - Armed Robbery
O'Reilly Auto - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant -Miamisburg, OH - Burglary
Rite Aid - Gettysburg, PA - Robbery
Rite Aid - Vandalia, OH - Robbery
Smoke Shop - Vancouver, WA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Wendy's - Saint Claire Shores, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Gloucester, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - New Lenox, IL - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
25 robberies
9 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings





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