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The Reach of Shootings in America
Nearly 200 people have been killed in mass shootings in the past two years. The victims leave behind networks of family and friends, who themselves become trauma survivors, as are many in the community where such events occur.

The Wall Street Journal looked at shootings in public places that killed four or more people, a common definition of a mass shooting, starting with the Las Vegas shooting in 2017. The map shows where the victims were from and where at least one relative lives. wsj.com

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FBI Agents Association Helps Build Momentum for Domestic Terrorism Law
The organization, responding to recent mass shootings, called on Congress to pass a law making domestic terrorism a federal crime. A bill was introduced in the Senate this week.

After two deadly mass shootings this month, momentum is growing to give federal law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism. The FBI Agents Association is a leading voice in the effort.

Last week, in the wake of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, FBIAA called on Congress to enact a law defining domestic terrorism as a federal crime.  associationsnow.com

Walmart CEO addresses recent store shootings, gun sales in earnings report
Still reeling from the two recent, separate shootings that occurred at its stores, Walmart released its second quarter 2020 earnings. A shooting at a Southaven Walmart July 30 left two of the retailer's managers dead, with the alleged killer a disgruntled ex-employee. On Aug. 3, a shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 people dead.

Walmart Inc. president and CEO Doug McMillon noted in the earnings report the steps the company has taken in the past to curb gun violence, such as raising its minimum age to buy firearms or ammunition to 21 (in 2018) and ceasing sales of military-style rifles, such as the AR-15 (in 2015). He said the company believes the reauthorization of the federal Assault Weapons ban should be debated.

"We are focused on the safety of our associates and customers in all our stores and clubs," McMillon said. "We estimate that we represent about 2 percent of the market for firearms today, which we believe places us outside at least the top three sellers in the industry. We estimate we have about a 20 percent share of ammunition." bizjournals.com

Soldier Awarded Army Commendation Medal for Act of Heroism
During El Paso, TX Walmart Shooting

A soldier with the 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade was awarded the Army Commendation Medal during an award ceremony held at Fort Bliss on Wednesday for his act of heroism during the El Paso shooting.

Pfc. Glendon Oakley, an automated logistical supply specialist from Killeen, Texas, was at the Cielo Vista Mall, roughly 800 feet from the Walmart where the shooting took place on Aug. 3, according to a 1st Armored Division photo release.

In an interview with MSNBC, Oakley told the media that he was shopping at a Foot Locker when a child ran into the store and reported the mass shooting. That was followed by sounds of gunfire. Oakley, who has a gun permit, drew his weapon and ran out of the store.

"I saw a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents ... I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them with me," he told the news outlet. Oakley took several panicked children at the mall and escorted them to police officers in the area. armytimes.com

El Paso, TX: Police seek identity of Hero in Walmart attack
El Paso police are searching for a man who helped save lives in the Walmart mass shooting. The El Paso Police Department is calling the man a hero, who helped save several lives including an infant.

Police posted a surveillance photo of the man to Facebook, asking for help to identify him. The police department told the Associated Press they are not releasing details of what the man did because that information is needed to verify his identity. valleynewslive.com

Gunshot Detectors Shorten Response Times And Make Cities Safer
Gunshot detectors use digital microphones installed on (or in) buildings or along streets that listen for evidence of gunshots, provide near instantaneous notification, triangulate the location of shooters and direction of a shot, detect the type of gun and ultimately aid in catching fleeing suspects and solving crimes.

Gunshot detection is just one technology playing a role in the larger trend by city agencies to improve core city services. Cities are turning to what are referred to as 'smart city' solutions - new, innovative technologies that improve and maintain a high quality of life and 'liveability' for citizens. Several cities in the United States have implemented gunshot detection systems.

Identifying and deterring gun violence

Gunshot detection systems can shorten the response time in an active shooter situation ShotSpotter, a provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, announced that seven new cities have deployed ShotSpotter technology in their communities.

The new cities include Cincinnati, OH; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville, KY; Newburgh, NY; Pittsfield, MA; Syracuse, NY and St. Louis County, MO - joining the more than 90 jurisdictions that rely on ShotSpotter to ensure a fast, accurate response to gunfire incidents. Three existing ShotSpotter cities, New York City, Chicago and Birmingham have also recently expanded their coverage areas. securityinformed.com

NYPD Seeks Man With Shopping Cart After 3 Rice Cookers in Manhattan Spark Rush-Hour Scare
Authorities are looking to question a tall, thin white man seen pushing a shopping cart near the Fulton Street subway station, where two rice cookers were found Friday morning. A third rice cooker was found next to a trash can in Chelsea, though an investigation is ongoing as to whether all are connected. Authorities did say all three devices were the same make and model. Police say they want to speak to the dark-haired man, thought to be in his 20s or 30s, who was seen dropping the rice cookers in the Fulton Street station. nbcnewyork.com



Learning Lab 2: Getting the Most Out of Your LPRC Membership

IMPACT 2019 attendees are invited to join LPRC Board Members Kevin Larson (Kroger) and Tom Rittman (Appriss Retail) as we discuss current LPRC initiatives, what you can expect from your membership, and how you can get involved as a part of the LPRC community. This session, made possible by Sekura Global, is a must for first-time attendees - register for IMPACT 2019 today!

IMPACT is a two-day event designed to help participants better understand how they can use research approaches to help reduce crime and loss, and increase sales. This year's theme is Trust; our presentations, panel discussions and interactive Learning Labs will explore the underlying theme of customer trust.

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More employers are considering hiring people with criminal records
A shortage of workers - and shifting attitudes - are creating more opportunities for people with criminal records.

A new survey from recruitment and staffing services firm Adecco USA found that companies in many industries are looking at new pools of talent they may have never considered, including people with criminal records.

In the survey, released in July, 49% of companies said they were "loosening" requirements because they were unable to find enough qualified candidates. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they were no longer drug testing candidates, and 35% said they would hire a temporary worker with a criminal conviction in their past if their skill set applied to the job.

"This isn't something employers would have considered when unemployment rates were 6%, 7% or higher. So, it's really a dramatic shift that we've seen within the past 24 months," says Amy Glaser, SVP at Adecco Staffing. And it's not just among temporary workers, she says. "We're also seeing it in full-time employment. Employers are, again, reducing the level of screenings." fastcompany.com

Fargo, ND Police & Prosecutors Change Policy on Theft & Shoplifting Cases
Not Filing For Prosecution on Shoplifting Continues to Spread

Officers will now decide whether to make an incident report on these cases with the hopes of easing the workload for prosecutors and officers, according to the Fargo City Attorney and Fargo Police Department. Fargo police officers will now use their discretion in filing reports for thefts under $500, unless they present a public danger, according to police. valleynewslive.com

Report: Levi's, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused
Women sewing blue jeans for Levi's, Wrangler, Lee and The Children's Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs in African factories, labor rights groups say. In response to the revelations, the brands have agreed to bring in outside oversight and enforcement for more than 10,000 workers at five Lesotho factories, according to a report from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium released on Thursday.

The labor rights group investigated Taiwan-based Nien Hsing Textile factories in Lesotho - a poor, mountainous kingdom encircled by South Africa - after hearing from a number of sources that women who sew, sand, wash and add rivets to blue jeans and other clothes were facing gender-based violence.

Managers and supervisors forced many female workers into sexual relationships in exchange for job security or promotions, the report says. In dozens of interviews, the women described a pattern of abuse and harassment, including inappropriate touching, sexual demands and crude comments. apnews.com

Recap: TJX Hosts Northeast CFI Chapter Meeting in Marlborough, MA

Candy Retailer Lolli & Pops Files for Bankruptcy

Amazon expands curated brick-and-mortar format to Seattle

Quarterly Results
Tapestry Q4 comp's Coach up 2%, Kate Spade down 6%, global up 2%, sales up 2%
Dillards Q2 comp's down 2%, sales down 2.7%


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market - COOL Jobs

Director, Global Protective Services for EA (Electronic Arts)
- Video Game Company Based in Redwood City, CA

Manage EA's Protective Services in the areas of Events Security, Key Employee Security, and Travel Safety & Security helping to ensure the safety and security of our employees, visitors, players, and brand world-wide. This entails all aspects of safety and physical security operations including definition of priorities, allocation of resources and alignment of service delivery with business objectives in each area of responsibility.

Director, Investigations & Incident Management for EA - Redwood City, CA
Manage EA's investigations, intelligence, and incident management framework related to criminal offenses, threats, misconduct, fraud, or any other act that has or could have an impact to our employees, visitors, players and or brand world-wide. The position is also responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a business continuity framework, working cross-functionally with key stakeholder groups.

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. It is the second-largest video game company in the Americas and Europe by revenue and market capitalization, with GAAP net revenue of $5.15 billion in 2018.

Senior Manager, Security Operations for The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) - Based in Burbank, CA
Develop and direct an enhanced tactical security vision utilizing physical and technological security measures. Create operational value by identifying external trends and patterns to assist department in change management and operational course correction shifts. Incorporate the philosophy of consistent improvement and advancing results by recruiting and selecting high quality personnel. Oversee implementation of policy, plans and training designed to enhance tactical capabilities of field operations security team. disneycareers.com

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Dir. Security, Risk Intelligence - Walmart
Dir. Fraud Operations - Macy's


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Retailers Can Prevent Card-Not-Present Fraud

The dramatic rise in card-not-present fraud is taking its toll on retailers and consumers. According to Juniper Research, retailers are expected to lose about $130 billion in revenue between now and 2023 in fraudulent card-not-present (CNP) transactions. Fraudsters do not discriminate. Retailers of every size are at risk.

What should be a wake-up call is seen in the recent report from Juniper Research. Findings in Online Payment Fraud: Emerging Threats, Segment Analysis & Market Forecasts 2018-2023 noted that not enough retailers are investing in fraud prevention. While everyone is well aware of the staggering amount of stolen personal data readily available at little expense, the research indicated that retailers have held back on investing in CNP fraud prevention tools because many believe it will be too costly, they won't get the immediate return on investment, or the kind of return that makes it worthwhile. Others believe that fraud is a cost that comes as a part of doing business.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is that the effective way to curb CNP fraud rests at the heart of every transaction. The determining factor is ascertaining whether the customer is who they say they are when the transaction is taking place wherever it takes place. Identification authentication is simple and a necessity in protecting a retailers' bottom line and the integrity of the legitimate consumer.

Intellicheck's Retail ID SaaS technology solutions are budget-friendly, powerful fraud deterrents that prevent fraudulent CNP in-store, online and mobile purchases, while providing a frictionless, engaging customer experience.

These flexible, adaptable solutions include Retail ID Online, which easily integrates with a retailer's online purchasing website and seamlessly checks the would-be consumer's driver license for authenticity. It is a rapid, simple solution that guides a customer to capture images of their driver license. The cutting-edge app encrypts the driver license image to strict standards and matches the image against authentic driver license formats. Retail ID Mobile works the same way, using a smartphone to capture the driver license image. With real-time authentication, the purchase can proceed or, if the driver license is flagged as counterfeit, the purchase process is terminated. If you use tablets or other mobile devices in your retail establishment to expedite customer purchases, no problem. Simple integration will have your devices converted to fraud fighters in no time.

Retail ID Online and Retail ID Mobile are so simple and easy to use that there is very little training required and they don't require significant IT resources and costly, ongoing support.

Your customers will shop with confidence and you'll stop unnecessary costly losses because Retail ID products have proven 99.9% effective in identification authentication. No matter your size, Retail ID technology solutions will work for you. For more information visit www.intellicheck.com or call 516-992-1900.





Formjacking Now Accounts For Most Web Breaches
Formjacking accounted for 71% of all web-related data breaches in 2018 as hackers looked to steal customers' financial information in large quantities, according to F5 Labs.

The security vendor's Application Report 2019 is compiled from analysis of 760 breaches and revealed that attacks like those featuring Magecart digital skimmers are on the rise.

The transport industry was the biggest victim of formjacking attacks, accounting for 60% of all credit card-related theft during the reporting period, followed by retail (49%), business services (14%) and manufacturing (11%).

David Warburton, senior threat evangelist at F5 Networks, argued that formjacking attacks have "exploded in popularity" over the past two years.

"Web applications are increasingly outsourcing critical components of their code, such as shopping carts and card payment systems, to third parties. Web developers are making use of imported code libraries or, in some cases, linking their app directly to third party scripts hosted on the web," he explained.

"As a result, businesses find themselves in a vulnerable position as their code is compiled from dozens of different sources - almost all of which are beyond the boundary of normal enterprise security controls. Since many web sites make use of the same third-party resources, attackers know that they just need to compromise a single component to skim data from a huge pool of potential victims." infosecurity-magazine.com

"Perfect security is impossible"
20 Data Breaches a Day in 2019 First Half

Risk Based Security's just-released data breach report for the first six months of this year reveals a total of 3,813 breaches were reported from January 1 through June 30-or on average, more than 20 of them each day.

Combined, the breaches exposed over 4.1 billion records containing Social Security numbers, bank account and payment card information, full names, birthdates, addresses, and other sensitive information. The total number of breaches in the first half of 2019 was 54% higher than during the same period last year, while the number of exposed records was 52% more than 2018. darkreading.com

   2019 set to be another record year for data breaches

Hy-Vee Releases Statement Regarding Payment Card Data Incident
On Aug. 14, West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Inc. released a statement regarding an investigation the company is conducting into a data incident involving its payment processing systems. The company operates 260 stores in eight Midwest states.

Hy-Vee takes the security of payment card data very seriously. We want to make customers aware of an investigation we are conducting into a security incident involving our payment processing systems that is focused on transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants, as well as to provide information on the measures we have taken in response and steps customers may consider taking as well.

Click here for additional information. theshelbyreport.com

Extending security to fourth parties your business needs, but doesn't control
While there is much discussion about the data security and privacy risks created by third parties, another source of risk can be significant but overlooked: that from fourth parties - those vendors that your vendors use - who may be integral players in your mission fulfillment but who are beyond your direct contractual oversight.

Because third parties often touch customer systems and exchange data with customer staff, they introduce additional layers of cyber risk. Companies do have some safeguards in contractually imposing responsible behaviors and penalties for non-compliance, and monitoring document exchange as much as possible. Fourth parties, however, may provide a critical service but in turn extend your risk surface in ways you hadn't understood, or, lacking a direct relationship, can't really attempt to control. helpnetsecurity.com

Macy's teams up with Google to help run its warehouses
One way Macy's is trying to improve its business stems from the work it's doing on the back end, at its more than a dozen fulfillment centers.

CEO Jeff Gennette briefly mentioned during a post-earnings call with analysts on Wednesday that Macy's had started working with Google to power its new Macy's Backstage distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, which officially opens on Thursday. He said the Google Cloud platform will allow Macy's "efficiency, speed [and] scale." The Google Cloud platform is going to be rolled out to all other Macy's distribution centers next year, he said.

Macy's has six so-called mega centers in the U.S., fulfilling customers' online orders directly to their homes, and then 16 fulfillment centers servicing its stores.

Google is already helping to power the supply chains of other retailers including Kohl's, Home Depot and Target. At the core, Google assists with managing merchandise and keeping items in stock, while ensuring deliveries arrive on time. It uses data analytics and other algorithms it's created to do this. cnbc.com

Director, Enterprise Security posted for U.S. Cellular in Chicago, IL

45% of Retail CMO's Globally Investing in Data & Analytics - Are You Riding on the Coat Tails

The algorithms that detect hate speech online are biased against black people


Mitie names Nedap as a strategic partner for access control

Mitie Fire & Security Systems has announced Nedap Security Management as a partner of choice for access control in the UK. This new strategic partnership builds on a close relationship developed between the two organisations while working for clients in a range of sectors, from large automotive manufacturing to high street retail outlets.

Strong collaboration
Chris Watts, Director of Mitie Fire & Security Systems says: "Mitie's relationship with Nedap has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years with some important new contracts wins. Nedap has a collaborative partnering approach and works proactively with our sales and operational teams to ensure we have the knowledge and expertise to support our customers and prospects."

Tackling complexity together
Mitie is one of the UK's foremost integrators of technology-based security solutions and end-to-end managed services. It provides highly complex security solutions for national and multinational organisations and appreciates the depth of industry insight and technical support offered by Nedap. Not to mention the flexibility, scalability and wide-ranging functionality of Nedap's AEOS access control system.

Read more here


Update & News Release Coming Monday!




The NRF LP Effort & Value

Protect 2019 Update

Bob Moraca, Vice President,
Loss Prevention, NRF
Dan Faketty, Vice President, Asset Protection, Southeastern Grocers; Chairperson NRF LP Council


NRF VP of LP Bob Moraca and NRF LP Council Chairperson Dan Faketty tell us about the NRF's various efforts in working with retail LP professionals, law enforcement and government agencies to protect retailers, people, assets, reputations and brands. Learn why the NRF PROTECT conference is placing a bigger emphasis on cyber security, what the latest NRF research studies and preparedness guides tell us, and what role the NRF LP Council and its committees play in adding value to the industry throughout the year.

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Quick Take 11 with Lt. Tarik Sheppard & TJ Flynn, MetrORCA

Lt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD;
Executive Director of MetrORCA
TJ Flynn, President &
Co-Founder of MetrORCA


With trends showing crime getting younger and crews leaning more toward retail and financial crimes, ORC associations are more important than ever in developing intel, building cases, and improving partnerships between law enforcement and retail loss prevention to ultimately reduce crime. Lt. Tarik Sheppard and TJ Flynn tell us what makes MetrORCA successful and what motivates them to keep moving forward.




A Rising Tide of Digital Payments Will Bring New Fraud Threats, Says Forrester
As payment companies expand ways for consumers to make digital payments, 62% of North American merchants, bankers, and fintech providers expect more such payments within the next two years, says Forrester Research Inc. in its "Understanding the Evolving Payments Landscape" report.

Commissioned by Visa Inc., the report also found that 46% expect ways to make payments via the Web or on a mobile device will increase. This won't be just for large merchants either. Forty-seven percent say more small businesses will rely on a mix of credit and debit cards and digital payments.

Yet, with additional merchants accepting digital payments, acquirers and banks will face new fraud threats, the report suggests. Sixty-one percent said that new payment technology make them more susceptible to fraud. "One downside of this advancement in payment technologies is that as payments get more innovative, so do fraudsters," the report said. "Businesses are acutely aware of the new fraud risks that come with the adoption of new payment technologies" digitaltransactions.net

Senators Calling Out Amazon on Product Recommendations
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos questioning how Amazon chooses which products to put on its "Amazon's Choice" recommendation list.

The senators expressed concerns about whether the badge is motivating consumers to purchase inferior products.

"Amazon bears the responsibility of providing its customers with accurate information to ensure they can be informed purchasing decisions," Blumenthal and Menendez said in the letter. "Unfortunately, Amazon has failed to fulfill this responsibility with its use of 'Amazon's Choice' badge. We are concerned the badge is assigned in an arbitrary manner, or worse based on fraudulent product reviews."

Both senators provided a list of questions about Amazon's methodology in choosing an "Amazon Choice" badge. Some of the questions centered on whether Amazon uses an algorithm to make a decision, whether employees choose the products personally and review them and what steps are being taken to remove phony product reviews. multichannelmerchant.com

How to Keep Your Online Store's Rewards Program Secure
Fraudsters who attack e-commerce merchants aren't always focusing their nefarious efforts where you might think. Instead of trying to steal products or services, sometimes they're seeking access to retailers' online rewards programs, either to use the points in hijacked customer accounts or to steal personal data. The lengths criminals have gone to for loyalty program information may surprise you.

When you review the facts about rewards programs, it's a little surprising it's taken so long for fraudsters to target them on a large scale. Eighty-seven percent of US consumers are members of at least one loyalty program, with the average consumer belonging to six, according to a 2019 report by Blackhawk Network Research. Nearly half of US business surveyed by Blackhawk offer loyalty programs because they encourage repeat business, increase revenue and raise the lifetime value of customers who are members.

Here's more about why loyalty programs are such a tempting target, what the risks are for merchants and consumers, and how to protect your rewards program. Read more: business.com

Nonstore sales rise 2.8% month over month in July

Walmart's web sales grow 37% in the second quarter

Roundup: Macy's reports double-digit ecommerce growth

Wireless Carriers Losing Device Sales to Amazon
Website and In-Store Purchase Experiences Waver, J.D. Power Finds

Top nine omnichannel retail chains gross $17 billion more than bottom 21


Omaha, NE: 'Shoplifting booster' sentenced to prison
Nenzingha Davis stole $50,000 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret stores
in Omaha and Lincoln

A Douglas County judge sentenced Nenzingha Davis, 23, to at least two years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Omaha police arrested Davis and Montashia Montgomery in December 2017 on suspicion of felony shoplifting and terroristic threats. "She would be with other boosters. They stole over $50,000 in merchandise," Det. Sherry Gooley said. Police believe Davis and Montgomery were "ringleaders" of a booster group. On one occasion, police say Davis and Montgomery threatened an employee while attempting to steal clothing.

In court Wednesday, Davis told the judge, " I have regret for what I did and I did not realize the impact." Her lawyer said Davis shows remorse, has taken anger management classes and has a five-year-old child. She also said Davis is a rapper, lyricist with a budding music career and expects success in the music industry. They asked for probation saying Davis can't pay restitution. ketv.com

New York, NY: 5 Arrested For $500,000 Worth Of Credit Card Fraud At TJ Maxx
Five people are under arrest for fraud this morning, accused in a shopping scheme that lasted more than a year. Investigators say the group bought more than $500,000 worth of designer goods from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods stores in Westchester, Queens, and on Long Island while using fraudulent credit cards obtained with fake IDs. In many cases, the items would be re-sold or returned for cash. TJ Maxx security brought the case to the police. "TJ Maxx found improprieties in the applications of these credit cards," said Lt. Jeff Hunt of the Westchester County police. "They realized that the credit cards were being maxed out that day. That very first day, which set up a red flag." Investigators are trying to locate at least four additional suspects and say the investigation is ongoing. news12.com

Colonial Heights, VA: UPS Store employees arrested for stealing cell phones from packages then selling them in Virginia
Police arrested four people accused of being part of a theft ring that operated out of two UPS (United Parcel Service) Stores. Colonial Heights Police launched an investigation after an officer discovered large number of cell phones being sold at electronic kiosks in Colonial Heights and Petersburg. Detectives believed watches, clothing and other valuables may have also been stolen. wtvr.com

Pike Road, AL: Man accused of stealing 9 weed trimmers, 85 Nike T-shirts since July
A Pike Road man is being held on a combined $92,000 bond accused of stealing nine weed trimmers from Home Depot and 85 Nike T-shirts from J.C. Penney since early July. Antwaun Mondale Murry, 42, was charged Wednesday with 12 counts of third-degree theft in connection to the nearly $5,500 worth of merchandise stolen from the home improvement store, clothing store and also Walmart. montgomeryadvertiser.com

Brigham City, UT: LP Agent struck by car of fleeing shoplifters
from Al's Sporting Goods

Driver accused of shoplifting, hitting Al's employee with car, and leading chase at speeds over 100 mph. Police say a woman who was later arrested at gunpoint in Brigham City on Wednesday night. Asst Police Chief Simmons said the incident started as a retail theft. While police were en route, a woman reportedly ran from the store with an armload of merchandise and loss prevention officers hot on her heels. "She then ran around the front of the car, and so did the Al's employee," Simmons said. "Well, the driver of the car then took off, striking one of the Al's employees, carrying him on the hood for a short distance - 30 or 40 or 50 feet - until he fell off." According to Simmons, the store employee struck his head on the pavement, but his injuries were minor.  hjnews.com

Roseville, CA: Two charged with Organized Retail Theft; stealing $1,500 Of Alcohol And Groceries


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Shootings & Deaths

Memphis, TN: C-Store Clerk Convicted of 2nd Degree Murder
Teen walked out with a $2 beer, clerk shot him to death

Dorian Harris, 17, was already on his way out the door when the store clerk, Anwar Ghazali, grabbed his gun, pointing it over the counter with two hands. Harris had spent about seven seconds inside the store. The Top Stop Shop in Memphis was busy that night, about 10 p.m. on March 29, 2018, and when the unarmed teenager waltzed through the door, he didn't waste any time being sneaky. Dressed in purple pants and a hoodie, he grabbed a $2 beer from the shelf in plain view of Ghazali, turned and left, as the clerk raced around the counter. Ghazali burst toward the door past bewildered customers milling near the counter.

Ghazali spun around looking for Harris in the parking lot before spotting him bolting down the block. He took off on a sprint. He caught up and fired his gun, one, two, at least three times. Then, he went back to the store. As he walked back inside he said, "I think I shot him," according to an arrest warrant, and returned to the cash register to ring up the next guest. He never called 911. Two days later, Harris was found dead on the same block, collapsed in a man's backyard.

On Thursday, Ghazali was convicted of second-degree murder, marking the end of a tragic case that has sparked protests and boycotts and inflamed racial tensions in Memphis as hundreds mourned the African American teenager. Ghazali is set to be sentenced next month, facing between 15 and 60 years in prison. washingtonpost.com

Pensacola, FL: Deputy shoots, wounds Active Shooter at Florida grocery store
Authorities say a Florida deputy shot and wounded a man who was firing a handgun in a grocery store. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that the shooting occurred Thursday afternoon at a Grocery Advantage in Pensacola. Deputies responded to the store following reports of an active shooter. Officials say the man was inside the store and firing his gun when deputies arrived. At least one of the deputies opened fire on the man. The man was taken to a local hospital. His condition wasn't immediately available. No injuries were reported to anyone else in the store. usatoday.com

Houston, TX: Guard, suspect exchange gunfire during Armored Truck heist

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Port Richey, FL: Shots fired call at Gulf View Square Mall was actually
a Zales Smash-and-Grab Robbery

A suspect is in custody after a Mall employee was able to give police a detailed description of the get-a-way vehicle. Deputies were called to Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey just before 1 p.m. Thursday, an apparent smash-and-grab robbery that prompted a shots fired call. A representative for the sheriff's office says preliminary information stated shots had been fired. When deputies got to the scene, they determined what happened was actually a smash-and-grab robbery. No shooting happened at the mall, the sheriff's office says. wfla.com

Union, NJ: Walmart Evacuated After Reports Of Man With Mask And Gun
There was a panicked evacuation at a Walmart Thursday after a false alarm about a person with a gun inside. Union police received two calls of someone with a gun in the store on Springfield Road just before 11 a.m. The weapon was allegedly a gun. Employees were tasked with getting customers out. The Union County prosecutor says a 911 call was received about a shooter in the store, but no gun was found. "What they saw appears to be a toy gun that was being stolen from Walmart," said acting Union County prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo.

The prosecutor said the caller had also seen a warning on social media, but wouldn't confirm if it's the same viral Facebook message one shopper showed CBS2's Lisa Rozner. It reads in part "Whatever you do this weekend, do not go to Walmart." and claims different locations could be under a shooting threat. Multiple agencies responded to the call, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force from the federal level. The store reopened Thursday afternoon. Police won't say whether anyone is in custody. The investigation is ongoing. Walmart employees said they watched a training video about to do in active shooter situation just a few weeks ago. cbslocal.com

Goodyear, AZ: O'Reilly Auto Parts employees zip-tied during Valley-wide armed robbery spree; suspect a former employee
Additional information has been released regarding a man police believe is responsible for eight Valley-wide armed robberies between April and July 2019. On August 9, Goodyear police arrested 42-year-old Dorian Cabrera. Cabrera's crime spree reportedly began on April 14 when he robbed the O'Reilly's Auto Parts located on North Litchfield Road. Police say he "pointed a handgun at multiple employees, forced them to the back of the store and used zip ties to detain the employees while he stole property from the victims and money from the store." Police say Cabrera previously worked at that store. Cabrera allegedly used similar tactics in the other robberies including the Justice Just for Girls store. abc15.com

Elk Grove, IL: Employee of a Laser Company stole over $200,000 of equipment and sold online


Brooklyn Man Gets 57 Months Prison For Account Takeover
& $1.1M Loss to Online Retailers

Between 2008 and 2018, ELCOCK, co-defendant Shoshana Marie McGill, and other co-conspirators participated in a scheme to defraud banks and e-commerce retailers by using stolen personal identifying information ("PII"), bank account information, and credit and debit card data from tens of thousands of individuals and businesses for personal financial gain. ELCOCK and his co-conspirators acquired PII and financial account data in part by buying the information from criminal websites. Reselling merchandise. justice.gov

Baltimore, MD: Man sentenced to 75 years in prison for the 2017 murder inside Poplar Grove carryout store

Jeffersonville, IN: Antonio McRae sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing beloved C-store owner Praful Patel

Independence, MO: Teen sentenced to 20 years for fatal shooting at Independence Center mall


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Boost Mobile - Rockford, IL - Robbery
C-Store - Ottawa County, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Harvey, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Williamsport, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lyon County, KY - Robbery
Furniture store - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Jewelry store - Akron, OH - Robbery
Jewelry store - Port Richey, FL - Robbery
Jewelry store - Calexico, CA - Burglary
Pharmacy - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Altoona, IA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery (Pizza Hut)
Restaurant - Cedar Rapids, IA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Holt, MI - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
2 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
33 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed




None to report.

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