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From LP to CEO
Mark Goloja named CEO for Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries

Goloja assumed the role May 28, 2019, establishing himself as the leader of the 250-employee local nonprofit. Goloja most recently held Director of Loss Prevention and Safety roles within Goodwill of Southern California, American Greetings, and the Schurman Group. In his role with Goodwill of Southern California he was part of a team which led the organization into some of its most profitable years expanding the possibilities for missions and programs. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Baldwin Wallace University. Congratulations Mark! Read full press release here
Randy Snyder promoted to Vice President of Loss Prevention
for Big 5 Sporting Goods

Previously, Randy was the Director of Loss Prevention for the retailer. During his 20 plus years working for Big 5 Sporting Goods, Randy has held various Retail Management positions and was also a Corporate Firearms Compliance Manager. Congratulations Randy!

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Mass shootings in the United States: When, where they have occurred in 2019
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 253 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of August 4.

In 2018, a total of 340 mass shooting incidents occurred across the U.S., which is a slight decrease from 346 incidents in 2017.

The number of 2019 incidents is higher than that of the same time period in 2018, in which 88 incidents occurred through May 7, 2018.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location. The F.B.I. defines a "mass killing" as the killing of three or more people in a public place, but the federal agency also defines a "mass murderer" as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.

The Gun Violence Archive lists itself as a not-for-profit organization that documents gun violence and gun crime nationally. abc15.com

Click image to view interactive map of 2019 shootings

Off-duty police back at El Paso Walmart stores
No armed security at store before Saturday attack

There used to be at least one off-duty officer providing security and as many as three when stores expected big crowds, according to police officers and Walmart employees who spoke to El Paso Inc. last week without giving their names.

"Even with one, it could have turned out different," an El Paso police officer said at the crowded memorial site Thursday evening for the 22 people killed.

"They hired us back this week. If they want us, we'll be here," the policeman said in the company of other officers who were providing security at the impromptu gathering area behind the Walmart that has become a shrine to the victims.

Since the shooting, off-duty police officers have reappeared at Walmart entrances, but Hargrove wouldn't say whether it's a permanent change. elpasoinc.com

   Bulletproof backpacks? Deadly shootings have parents adding to back-to-school list

Is Walmart doing enough to protect workers in its supply chain?
The retailer has been auditing, investigating and reporting on its supply chain to clean up labor abuses, but experts say many of the current best practices fall short.

By the retail giant's own count, it involves some 100,000 suppliers. If truly understanding the size of that network of manufacturers, distributors, subcontractors and so on is difficult, monitoring the goings on of each firm in detail is truly daunting. Yet a decade and a half ago, Walmart was doing less than many of its peers to monitor its suppliers for labor abuses. 

In 2006, the sovereign wealth fund of a country known for its own happy workers concluded that Walmart was contributing to human rights violations around the world, both in the retailer's own operations and in its massive supply chain.

When Norway's Government Pension Fund Global excluded Walmart's stock from its investment portfolio more than a decade ago, the fund's ethics council cited reports of employee abuse, safety violations, worker intimidation, unpaid overtime and numerous issues at the retailer's suppliers. The council said Walmart's internal procedures were unequipped to uncover abuses.

This summer, after 13 years, the Norway fund reversed its stance on Walmart.

Still, the progress at Walmart cited by the Norway fund is a testament to changes the retailer has made in its practices. It's a badge of honor, or at least the removal of a badge of shame. It is symbolism that matters as investors and consumers around the world pay more attention to the human and environmental cost of putting products on shelves.

For its part, Walmart - which has around 150 employees in its responsible sourcing unit - says it focuses its efforts on countries where the risks of abuse are greatest. retaildive.com

Politicians Focusing on Regulating Law Enforcement Usage
How facial recognition became the most feared technology in the US

Two lawmakers are drafting a new bipartisan bill that could seriously limit the use of the technology across the US.

Across the US, local politicians and national lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have started introducing rules that bar law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology to surveil everyday citizens.

In just the past few months, three cities - San Francisco, Oakland, and Somerville, Massachusetts - have passed laws to ban government use of the controversial technology, which analyzes pictures or live video of human faces in order to identify them. Cambridge, Massachusetts, is also moving toward a government ban. Congress recently held two oversight hearings on the topic and there are at least four pieces of current federal legislation to limit the technology in some way.

Facial recognition is a rare case where regulators are working together - on a bipartisan level, no less - to try to get ahead of technology instead of catching up to it.

So far, this impending wave of legislation hasn't prevented private companies from using the technology. Even in cities like San Francisco with facial recognition bans, companies like Apple are still free to sell cellphones that have facial recognition built into their products. That's a different and less controversial application of the technology, mainly because consumers have the choice not to use it. And if companies don't properly notify users when it employs this tech, like a federal court recently found Facebook guilty of, they could face legal and financial penalties. vox.com

Stopping America's next hate-crime killers on social media is no easy task
Not Enough Manpower & It's Like Predicting Where Lightning is Going to Strike

The pattern is clear: Hate-filled manifestos posted on websites populated by white supremacists, followed by gun attacks against blacks, Jews, Muslims, or Latin American immigrants.

In some cases, the killers use their internet posts to praise previous attacks by other white nationalists. And after new assaults, the manifestos get passed around, feeding the cycle of propaganda and violence. Following the racially-motivated attack that killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump said he wants police to do more to stop extremists who are active online before they can turn to murder.

Trump said after the mass shootings last weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that he would ask the Justice Department to work with local, state and federal agencies as well as social media companies "to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike."

He's met with internet and technology companies on Friday to discuss violent extremism online.

Even before those attacks, The FBI in early July requested bids for a contractor to help it detect national security threats by trawling through social media sites.

There is not enough technology to properly monitor the internet," he said. "This is the number one thing we always say in law enforcement: 'You can't stop crazy. You can't even predict crazy.'" reuters.com

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC
Jewish community groups protesting Amazon Web Service's (AWS) cloud computing contracts with and other technical support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement say that dozens of their members were arrested at an Amazon Books store in Manhattan on Sunday.

Sophie Ellman-Golan, volunteer organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and one of the leaders of Never Again Action, told Gizmodo the #JewsAgainstICE protest drew around 1,000 participants and resulted in roughly 40 arrests of demonstrators, including rabbis and other prominent members of New York's Jewish community.

The activists rallied on Sunday outside the Amazon retail location on East 34th St. to draw attention to AWS cloud contracts with ICE and Palantir Technologies, which provides the agency with data for use in immigration raids and other enforcement actions. gizmodo.com

Lawmakers jump-start talks on privacy bill
With New Labor Day Deadline

Lawmakers are working through the August recess to cobble together legislation on data privacy after missing a deadline they set to unveil a bill before the summer break.

California's strict new privacy law is slated to take effect in January, raising the stakes for lawmakers who were hoping to pass a federal law before the stringent state-level rules go into place.

 But just before the recess, a series of leaks revealed that Cantwell's office was passing around a privacy framework that would allow consumers to sue companies for mishandling their data. That "private right of action" is a non-starter for industry and Republicans. 

Other prominent sticking points in the negotiations have included the Republican push to include preemption, which would allow the federal law to override state laws. Preemption has been a top priority for the tech industry, which has warned against a "patchwork" of state laws, but Democrats insist they won't approve any law that is weaker than the California one. thehill.com

The Nationwide Decriminalization Impact
Crime and Non-Punishment in NYC

A case study in the cost of abandoning 'broken-windows' policing.

Public order is eroding as the city's progressive leaders have slammed the brakes on "broken-windows" policing.

Mr. Giuliani's police commissioner, Bill Bratton, understood that the erosion of public order creates the conditions for more serious crimes. New Yorkers are beginning to experience the decline resulting from the city council's decriminalization in 2017 of quality-of-life offenses like public urination and subway hopping.

Arrests dropped 90% in the first 16 weeks after the decriminalization law was enacted. Last month the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice touted that jail admissions had dropped 50% over the past five years and 20% since last year. The rate of incarceration is the lowest since 1978 as more criminals are being allowed to walk.

The most visible results have been dirtier streets and rising public drug use, but things could quickly get worse. In the spring the state Legislature essentially eliminated cash bail, which NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill warned will force police to "release habitual criminals to return to their chronic offenses, whether violent crimes, burglaries, drug trafficking, or grand larcenies."

Had the law been in effect last year, about 16,000 offenders with prior arrests involving force, weapons or sex offenses would have been released without even being held for arraignment. "Our current low crime levels aren't a permanent achievement," Mr. O'Neill noted. "They are a continuing challenge." wsj.com

Editor's Note: Even the news outlets who tend to be more supportive of such actions are starting to report on the problems the trend is creating in the big cities. It certainly supports the increase in retail LP jobs we're seeing this year.

Crime Stats Over the Next Few Years Won't Reflect Reality
With rising felony thresholds, DA's across North America going on record about not prosecuting and actually bragging about reduced incarceration numbers, the next few years we'll start to see crime reports that are inaccurate and not reflecting true crime trends.

The FBI Crime Index, which is currently being revamped, and is the nation's supposedly leading crime report, already has significant weaknesses and without state and local support and funding will be even less of a barometer.

What will be really interesting is if we start seeing politicians and cities claiming reduced crime rates as a success story, which usually is the case during election cycles.

The issue is that retailers will have to depend more on direct industry information, knowledge, and networking. - Gus Downing

Any products on your shelves?
Owner Of NYC Consumer Products Testing Company AMA Arrested
Tens of Millions of Dollars Fraud Scheme - Fabricating Test Results

Former Executives and Supervising Laboratory Technician Have Pleaded Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Scheme

GABRIEL LETIZIA, Jr., the owner and executive director of AMA Laboratories, Inc. AMA is a consumer products testing company in Rockland County, New York. LETIZIA is AMA's owner and executive director. AMA tested the safety and efficacy of cosmetics, sunscreens and other products on specified numbers of volunteer panelists for consumer products companies. 

From 1987 through April 2017, LETIZIA and others at AMA defrauded AMA's customers of tens of millions of dollars by testing products on materially lower numbers of panelists than the numbers specified and paid for by AMA's customers. LETIZIA, and AMA employees acting under his direction, sent the customers fraudulent reports, which falsely represented to the customers that AMA had tested the products on the number of panelists specified by the customers. LETIZIA and AMA employees acting under his direction also made materially false and misleading statements about the results of the tests to AMA's Customers. justice.gov

SEC Aims to Ease Disclosure Rules & Risk Factors
The commission proposes a more principles-based, less-prescriptive approach to business description and risk factor disclosures. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday proposed revisions to disclosure rules that would ease the compliance burden for publicly held companies.

The amendments would relax the prescriptive nature of Regulation S-K items 101 (description of the business) and 105 (risk factors). cfo.com

NOAA increases chance for above-normal hurricane season
The end of El Nino could boost Atlantic hurricane activity.

NOAA forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October, are now underway.

The number of predicted storms is also greater with NOAA now expecting 10-17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 5-9 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 2-4 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). This updated outlook is for the entire six-month hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.  noaa.gov


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Investigations posted for Walmart in Bentonville, AR
Provides overall direction by analyzing business objectives and customer needs; developing, communicating, building support for, and implementing business strategies, plans, and practices; analyzing costs and forecasts and incorporating them into business plans; determining and supporting resource requirements; evaluating operational processes; measuring outcomes to ensure desired results; identifying and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; promoting a customer environment; and demonstrating adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning.

The ideal candidate will have experience with corporate investigations to include, but not limited to commercial bribery, financial crimes, HR investigations, global reputational risk and corporate fraud. myworkdayjobs.com

Loss Prevention Director posted for Uniqlo in NY, NY
Responsible for the management and oversight of all Loss Prevention functions in Uniqlo USA- including inventory accuracy, safety, business continuity, shortage control, investigations, field team leadership, and corporate security. Must be able to demonstrate strong business acumen and a forward-thinking, strategic mindset. Ability to be hands on with driving solutions and delivering results in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately US $11.62B, Fast Retailing is one of the world's largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan's leading specialty retailer. Today the company has a total of more than 1,200 stores in 14 markets worldwide. fastretailing.com

9 strategies and techniques to reduce shoplifting

Department stores could have a 'sobering' Christmas, Credit Suisse warns

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Cannabis Oil Complicates Drug Testing

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The Wearer of Many Hats

The job description of a Loss Prevention professional has grown in size, scope and complexity over the last several years. A quick glance at any of the major industry trade-shows will give you a good overview of the multiple obstacles that loss prevention faces currently. Although the traditional role of LP may have changed, the core elements of the investigative interview translate well to these required skillsets. If you are struggling in your new role, or added responsibility, truth be told - you may have more experience than you think:

  • Internal Theft and Fraud: The methods of taking advantage of the company may have changed in addition to the "old-school" way of stealing, but the need for a non-confrontational interview remains the same for these situations.

  • Employee Relations Issues: Sexual harassment, workplace violence, and discrimination continue to escalate in numbers due to a variety of reasons and the LP professional needs to adapt their interviewing skillsets for complainants, witnesses and the implicated person.

  • Organized Retail Crime: Increased felony thresholds and highly organized crime rings require more than just apprehending an opportunistic shoplifter. As discussed in earlier Truth be Told tips, the interview of a shoplifter can yield actionable information for these cases.

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Nike to marry predictive analytics and RFID to optimize inventory performance
Nike Inc. has acquired Celect, a predictive analytics firm founded by MIT professors, to accelerate its ability to match inventories to consumer needs.

Celect's cloud-based analytics platform allows retailers to optimize inventory across an omnichannel environment through hyper-local demand predictions. Celect's team will be integrated into Nike's operations. Its co-founders will continue as tenured professors at MIT, consulting Nike on an ongoing basis.

On its fourth-quarter conference call, Nike revealed that it will begin to use RFID across footwear and non-licensed apparel this fall at stores to "dramatically improve" inventory visibility, accuracy and ultimately drive quicker in-store fulfillment.

Mark Parker, Nike's CEO, told analysts, "RFID gives us the most complete view of our inventory that we've ever had. It's quickly becoming the most precise tool in our arsenal, to meet an individual consumer's specific need at the exact right moment." retailwire.com

New Risk Guidance Being Developed for Cybersecurity, Compliance
Key standard-setter on internal controls expects to issue a set of guidelines later this year

A key standard-setter on internal controls is preparing to publish a set of guidelines for companies on how to manage cybersecurity and other enterprise risks.

The new guidance from the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission is expected to address how companies can apply the principles of enterprise risk management, or ERM, to protect against cyberattacks; how to better craft risk-appetite statements; and how to better manage risk and compliance across an enterprise.

COSO develops frameworks that many companies use to manage financial and nonfinancial risks. Its chairman, Paul Sobel, said in an interview that the guidance will be rolled out later this year and early next. He also shared some details on what to expect.

It is intended to help companies provide more detailed instructions on how to apply the 20 principles of COSO's risk-management framework-which include board-level oversight of risk management-to information security.

On Risk Appetite: Companies' adoption of risk-appetite statements is another subject that COSO plans to address in the guidelines, Mr. Sobel said.

On Compliance: COSO also plans to publish guidance for companies on how to manage compliance programs. Mr. Sobel said the guidance is being drafted in partnership with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, a Minneapolis-based professional association.

On the Practical Application of ERM: COSO also expects to publish guidance for board directors on managing strategic risks-the kind that arise when companies expand, launch new products or change pricing models. The new guidance will provide board members and executives with examples of questions to ask and steps to take to prevent the loss of shareholder value, Mr. Sobel said.  wsj.com

The UK to delay its new Strong Customer Authentication requirements to 2021
In the European Union (EU), PSD2's regulatory requirements for Stronger Customer Authentication (SCA) for electronic online payments are set to take effect on September 14, but now the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is readying to delay its enforcement, per The Financial Times.

For context, SCA requires that consumers confirm their identity using at least two of the following three criteria: something only they know, like a password; something they possess, like a phone; and something they are, like their fingerprint.

Here's what it means: If the UK's FCA does approve the delayed timeline for SCA, it could lead to SCA's postponement throughout the EU.

The bigger picture: The potential delay of SCA's enforcement changes the implementation landscape for both merchants and solutions providers.

Merchants would be able to avoid the immediate consequences of SCA compliance, but they should move quickly to avoid missing the next deadline and concerning customers.

There have been concerns companies would not be compliant by the September deadline and that increased friction would hurt sales, leading to Europe seeing an estimated 57 billion euros ($63.9 billion) worth of purchase volume abandoned in SCA's first 12 months, according to a study from Stripe. businessinsider.com

HackerOne Inc. Managing Bug-Bounty Programs
HackerOne has registered more than 300,000 hackers and that companies have paid out $42 million in bounties through its platform since November 2013. WSJ Pro

Editor's Note: With 300,000 registered you've got to wonder how many flip sides from time to time.

Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data
If you used Amazon's Elastic Block Storage snapshots, you might want to check your settings. New research just presented at the Def Con security conference reveals how companies, startups and governments are inadvertently leaking their own files from the cloud. These elastic block storage (EBS) snapshots are the "keys to the kingdom."

You may have heard of exposed S3 buckets - those Amazon-hosted storage servers packed with customer data but often misconfigured and inadvertently set to "public" for anyone to access. But you may not have heard about exposed EBS snapshots, which poses as much, if not a greater, risk. techcrunch.com




Hanwha Techwin America

Video Surveillance Built on Trust

Jordan Rivchun, Leader, Retail Solutions & Strategy and
Miguel Lazatin, Director of Product & Channel Marketing


As a leading security manufacturer, Hanwha Techwin America offers video surveillance products including network cameras, storage devices and video management systems founded on world-class optical design, manufacturing and image processing technologies. Miguel Lazatin and Jordan Rivchun explain how Hanwha can help retailers secure people, property and data while delivering a superior ownership experience through continuous innovation, unparalleled service and the highest standards of integrity.

Quick Take 7 with FaceFirst

Peter Trepp, CEO, FaceFirst

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Facial recognition has made huge strides in recent years, permeating through various aspects of society from unlocking the phone in your pocket to moving through TSA airport lines quicker. Peter Trepp, CEO of FaceFirst, tells us about the types of applications the technology has for retailers too - including the ability to not only identify the bad guys in your stores, but loyal customers as well.




How eBay scammers turned Nespresso lovers into money mules
Nina Kollars just wanted a cheaper cup of coffee. Stumbling across an online credit card fraud ring was simply an added bonus.

As she explained to a crowd at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, the associate professor at the Naval War College didn't set out to become an unwitting money mule accidentally helping to defraud senior citizens, but hey, not everything goes the way you think it will.

Kollars, a fan of Nespresso coffee pods, had found what seemed to be an amazing deal on eBay: 200 of the pods listed at half price. So she placed her order, and, soon after paying via PayPal, her order arrived - along with a brand-new $280 Nespresso espresso maker that she hadn't ordered or paid for.

Looking at other eBay listings for Nespresso pods, she realized there were tons of new seller accounts with zero reviews all offering Nespresso pods for super cheap. Something was off.

The scam goes like this: fraudsters acquire someone's stolen personally identifiable information and opens a credit card account. They then create an eBay account and list a luxury good for super cheap. Once the good is ordered by an unsuspecting customer, the criminals in question place the order - with the fraudulently obtained card - from the legit site and has it shipped on its way.

The fraudsters have just successfully turned a stolen credit card into cash, all with the help of an unknowing eBay shopper.

Importantly, however, this was not a victimless crime. Kollars investigated and found that the people actually being charged for this goods were at or past retirement age. In other words, it was possible that elderly individuals were intentionally being targeted.

She contacted the FBI and eBay and reported her findings. While she didn't hear back, this specific type of Nespresso fraud disappeared from the site roughly 30 days after she reported it. You can still find great deals on luxury goods on eBay, however, suggesting this type of scheme is ongoing.  mashable.com

Canadian Businesses Must Deploy Disruptive Technologies
to Mitigate Risks of Online Fraud

The increased sophistication of online fraudsters continues to pose significant risks to Canadian businesses and the customers they serve. Deploying advanced fraud prevention solutions that mitigate cyber frauds - without compromising the customer experience - is gaining ground fast. It calls for businesses to evolve integral aspects of their cyber security programs - from account origination and detection, through to response.

To-date, businesses have been challenged with implementing the right fraud prevention and detection technology without compromising the customer experience. Fraud prevention and detection solutions often lack flexibility to adjust in real time and can complicate end user verification processes - resulting in a poor customer experience. Research studies commissioned by TransUnion and conducted by research and advisory firm Forrester in 2018i found that current fraud prevention measures decrease customer engagement and deter potential customers from future transactions. At the same time, the study revealed the extent of the issue, with 96% of Canadian financial firms experiencing some sort of fraud in the past two years. In addition, 70% of fraud detection technology decision makers from financial services agreed that fraudsters are always one step ahead, and 92% acknowledged having difficulty detecting and mitigating fraud. beloitbulletin.com

Amazon requests FAA approval of delivery-drone plans for 30 minutes or less using UAS

Walmart Looks to Sell ModCloth as it Battles Ecommerce Red Ink

Bloomingdale's becomes first department store to launch subscription clothing rental market


Update: Chandler, AZ: Man who stole items worth nearly $86,000
from Home Depot pleads guilty

Last week Antoine Elkik, 57, pleaded guilty to three counts of retail theft of Home Depot. According to court documents obtained by ABC15, in exchange for the guilty plea Elkik has agreed to pay $85,741.72 in restitution to Home Depot. If he pays $15,000 by the time he is formally sentenced on September 3, he will serve 12 months in jail. If he fails to pay the $15,000, he will be sentenced to 27 months in jail. abc15.com

Salem, NH: Organized retail crime ring stole $55,000 of products from Lowe's
Police have arrested three men they say are part of an organized theft ring that bilked a local hardware store of over $55,000 worth of products, and police have arrest warrants out for two more. Deputy Chief Joel Dolan said police arrested a former employee of Lowe's, Alex Serrano, 36, on May 1 and charged him with theft by deception, a Class A felony. On Wednesday, police charged two more men: Kelvin Trinidad, 36, of Lawrence, Mass. and Lucas Almonte, 41, of Methuen, Mass.

Dolan said Serrano would mark down products such as tools, copper wires and ladders to free or severely discounted prices and coordinate this with buyers over a three-month period. In one transaction, Dolan said Serrano discounted a product priced at $3,000 down to $200. unionleader.com

Beverly Hills, CA: Smash-And-Grab Robbers Make Off With $40,000 Worth Of Handbags From Saks Fifth Avenue; also hit nearby Neiman Marcus store
Authorities are searching for three smash-and-grab robbers who hit Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. The thieves took off with handbags worth about $40,000. Shoppers who were inside Saks at the time panicked. Investigators say thieves also hit the Neiman Marcus store at the same time. Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect, but three other suspects are still on the run. cbslocal.com

Chesterton, IN: Shoplifters steal big haul of razors at the CVS
CVS is reporting the theft of razors on Tuesday by a pair of shoplifters, Chesterton Police said. According to police, video surveillance footage shows that at 9:06 p.m. two male subjects entered the store and walked to the shaving aisle, where one of them pulled out a large garbage bag. Two minutes later they left the store, one of them walking calmly, the other "running through the exit carrying a large black trash bag that was bulging as if it was full." CVS subsequently determined that the pair had stolen approximately 40 packs of razors: $881.24 worth of eight-count Gillette razors and $289.92 worth of 12-count Gillette razors, for a total of $1,171.76 of stolen merchandise. chestertontribune.com

UK: Sydney, Australia: Strike Force Arpen arrests man for theft
of 5 Thermal Imaging Cameras

Charges have been laid against a man as part of ongoing investigations into stealing offences at retail stores by Strike Force Arpen. In June 2019, investigators from North West, South West and Central Metropolitan Region Commands and the State Crime Command's Criminal Groups Squad established Strike Force Arpen to investigate numerous thefts from retail stores across the Sydney Metropolitan area. On Monday 12 August 2019, officers arrested a 23-year-old man at Parramatta Police Station. He was interviewed and later charged with the theft of 5 thermal imaging cameras. miragenews.com

Clearwater, FL: Smash and grab thieves steal 27 guns from Gun shop

Sweetwater, TX: Guns stolen during smash & grab at Sweetwater Hardware store

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Shootings & Deaths

Lawrence, IN: Teen dead after being shot inside a Penn Station Restaurant
Police have arrested 18-year-old Jaylen Ryle on a preliminary charge of murder. The shooting occurred inside a Penn Station restaurant on Pendleton Pike just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Police are unsure at this time of what led to the confrontation escalating between the two individuals, but said it ended with one of them pulling out a handgun and shooting the other. Officials said the shooter did not leave the scene but merely walked to his vehicle and made himself known as officers arrived on scene. Police added that the shooter did have a state issued permit for his handgun. cbs4indy.com

Houston, TX: 1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting at gas station
Police responded to a gas station in southwest Houston where someone in a vehicle was reportedly shot and killed, Houston police confirm. The shooting was reported at about 6 a.m. Monday on W. Fuqua at Ruppstock. There are reports a small Ford SUV pulled into the gas station, and a wounded woman got out asking for help. The victim, a man, died inside the SUV. khou.com

Tacoma, WA: Barber Shop Owner killed inside Shop, 2 suspects in custody
On Thursday afternoon, Lakewood Police found the 57-year-old DuPont woman dead in her shop. The Pierce County Medical Examiner said she died of multiple blunt force injuries and ruled the death a homicide. Two suspects, a 31-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman have been arrested. thenewstribune.com

UK: Tesco worker terminated for leaving till to chase Shoplifter killed himself
Shaun Winstanley, 49, from Staining near Blackpool had worked for the supermarket giant for 17 years and won several awards including Years of Outstanding Service. But the father-of-three was left devastated after he was sacked from his role as a customer assistant at Tesco Express following an investigation meeting on January 14 this year. Mr Winstanley was told the decision was made because of the "unreasonable behaviour" of chasing a shoplifter and putting himself and a customer in danger on January 2. Despite appealing the decision, Tesco kept their decision on February 6 and he was sacked. Following his appeal and subsequent dismissal, Mr Winstanley told a friend that he was having suicidal thoughts. mirror.co.uk


Robberies, Thefts & Incidents

Carroll County, MD: Sheriff says Walmart security policy 'breeds' criminal activity after Eldersburg location robbed at gunpoint
In a week when Walmart's security has been scrutinized nationwide, Carroll County's sheriff directed strongly worded criticisms of the company's security policies after a man allegedly robbed the Eldersburg location at gunpoint Friday morning. "Walmart's corporate policy on security breeds this type of activity," Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said in an interview Friday. DeWees alleged that would-be criminals know they will encounter little to no security when they enter a Walmart store. He described Walmart's approach to security as "reactive" rather than "proactive." "They all but wait for these things to happen before they put measures into place," he said. baltimoresun.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police respond to Smash & Grab Jewelry Robbery at Desert Sky Mall; Panic of Shots Fired
Police say the suspects broke glass in a storefront display at a business inside the Desert Sky Mall and then fled the scene Sunday afternoon. They say no shots were fired and no injuries reported. Police didn't immediately identify what business was robbed, but it was believed to be a jewelry store. azfamily.com

Seattle, WA: Federal Grand Jury indicts suspect in Freds Guns burglary
A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of stealing 26 handguns from FREDS Guns in Sequim, 13 rifles from a gun store in Bow and a boat motor and battery in Ferndale. In an indictment filed Thursday, Joey A. Maillet, a U.S. and Canadian citizen, was charged with two counts of theft of a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee, specifically for two guns - one from each store - that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce. peninsuladailynews.com

Goodyear, AZ: Man arrested for armed robbery spree in Phoenix area
Goodyear police and several other local law agencies have arrested a man following an armed robbery spree that spanned across the Valley for three months. Goodyear Police said on Saturday that they arrested 42-year-old Dorian Cabrera, for reportedly being involved in eight armed robberies that occurred between April 14-July 21. Police say Cabrera reportedly robbed these locations: (4) O'Reilly Auto Parts, (2) Auto Zones, Justice Clothing and a Family Dollar. azfamily.com

Houston, TX: Police hope surveillance video will help ID man who caused panic at Memorial City Mall
Investigators with the Houston Police Department hope surveillance video of the chaos at Memorial City Mall over the weekend will help pinpoint the man who started it all. Police said Sunday they plan to release more video of the incident to the public in an attempt to get more leads in the case. Witness videos making the rounds on social media give us a glimpse into the chaos, which led to two people getting hurt. The cell phone videos show hundreds of people yelling and screaming as they seek shelter from what many believed was an active shooter at the west Houston mall.

According to HPD, it was about 3:15 p.m. Sunday when a man in his late-teens or early-20s put on a red mask and threatened to kill himself while standing on a food court table. The suspect threw down a bag and then ran from the mall to nearby apartments. Some witness videos indicate there were popping sounds during the chaos. Initially it was believed the popping sounds were the result of firecrackers, but police later said no fireworks were involved and the sound was caused by the man jumping on the table. khou.com

Orange County, FL: Sheriff wants Pawn Shops, Gun stores to lock up Guns at night
Some business owners are hesitant. After a string of overnight burglaries at gun stores and pawn shops that resulted in the theft of 55 firearms last month, Orange County's top cop is calling for legislation that would require those businesses to lock up the weapons in safes at night. Sheriff John Mina, who is on the legislative committee for the Florida Sheriff's Association, plans to work with local politicians to research the feasibility and effectiveness additional laws could have to curb the thefts. orlandosentinel.com

Philadelphia, PA: Armed Man & Woman Climb through McDonald's Drive-Thru window, demanding money
A man with a gun and a woman with a knife climbed through the drive-thru window after midnight then demanded money. The suspects fled with $1,200, no injuries were reported. cbslocal.com

Niles, IL: Shoplifter pointed gun at Walmart employees

Menlo Park, CA: Knife wielding Safeway shoplifter arrested by police

Dothan, AL: Piggly Wiggly store employee struck by car of fleeing Shoplifter; suspect in custody

Denton, TX: Walmart cashier suspected of stealing more than $7,000 over two weeks

Coral Springs, FL: Wallets, purses stolen during 13 distraction thefts


Skimming Thefts

Albany, NY: Romanian Man Pleads Guilty in $127K Capital Region ATM Card Skimming Conspiracy
Cirstea admitted that from August 30, 2015 through October 24, 2015, he and co-conspirator Ilie Sitariu used skimming devices and pinhole cameras to secretly capture the account numbers and PINs of customers who used ATMs at First Niagara Bank, Trustco Bank, and Berkshire Bank in the capitol region of New York, and in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The conspirators then used the information to steal approximately $127,000 from the customers' accounts by making withdrawals at ATMs in New York City. justice.gov

50 Locations of Skimmers used at Gas Stations in Arizona in 2019

Anthem, AZ: Credit card skimmers target Circle K, victims out thousands of dollars



Auto Parts - Greenville, SC - Burglary
C-Store - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Flower Shop - Minneapolis, MN - Burglary
Gas Station - Ojai, CA - Armed Robbery
Greenhouse - Parry Hall, MD - Burglary
Gun store - Clearwater, FL - Burglary
Gun store - Sweetwater, TX - Burglary
• Jewelry store - Las Cruces, NM - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Orlando, FL - Robbery
• Jewelry store - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Neiman Marcus - Beverly Hills, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Staunton, VA - Burglary (Wendy's)
Restaurant - Queens, NY - Burglary
Saks Fifth Avenue - Beverly Hills, CA - Robbery
Theater - Houston, TX - Burglary (ATM)
Verizon - Plainfield, CT - Burglary
Verizon - Dayville, CT - Burglary
Verizon - Putnam, CT - Burglary
Walmart - Carrol County, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Taylors, SC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Roy, UT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Perry Hall, MD - Robbery
7-Eleven - Visalia, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
12 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed





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