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Vector Security® Provides Smart Home Solutions
to San Sofia Multifamily Housing Community in Cleveland

Apartment homes feature keyless living, smart lights and thermostats controlled using a single mobile app.

Residents of the San Sofia multifamily housing community in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio will experience the comfort and convenience of smart home living thanks to home automation technology provided by Vector Security®, Inc. As a leading provider of intelligent mobile security and home automation solutions to homes and businesses, Vector Security was selected by Integrity Realty Group to install smart locks, lights and thermostats in the community's luxury apartment units, as well as access control for common areas. vectorsecurity.com

In Case You Missed It: Vector Security® Networks Hires David Fisher as Division President

Looting, Protests & Violence

1,000 Federal Agents in 9 Cities & 1,500 Arrests - We're Just Getting Started
U.S. AG Barr Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Updates to Operation Legend
We launched Operation Legend six weeks ago here in Kansas City. Three weeks ago we rolled it out in several additional cities, so now Operation Legend in underway in nine cities.

Dispatched to nine cities more than 1,000 additional agents. Here in Kansas City, for example, we have deployed more than 185 additional agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF, and U.S. Marshals.

During the last two years of the Obama Administration, however, violent crime started increasing again. But this Administration has reversed that trend. Once again, working with our state and local partners, we pushed crime rates down in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Unfortunately, we have recently seen violent crime spike in many major cities, especially homicides and non-fatal shootings.

So far, the federal-state task forces involved in Operation Legend have made almost 1500 arrests and charged with more than 200 federal crimes. In many cities the operation is just getting started.

There is no more important mission for the Department of Justice than keeping our communities safe and enforcing the rule of law. Through Operation Legend, we will continue working with our state and local partners to do just that. justice.gov

Chicago looters were college students, convicted felons, unemployed parents
A group of looters busted for ransacking high-end stores in Chicago on Aug. 10 were mostly college students, unemployed parents and convicted felons, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

More than a hundred people were arrested in connection to the looting and destruction, which injured more than a dozen officers and targeted high-end stores such Gucci, Dior and Apple.

Some learned about the looting through social media. A man who was caught on video handing out display cases of jewelry at the Lester Lambert store told cops that he found out about the looting on Facebook, according to the report.

A number of those who appeared before the judge were facing felony charges for the first time or had minor criminal backgrounds, the newspaper reported.

Among those charged was a convicted felon and registered gun holder, who allegedly fled in a getaway car outside the Louis Vuitton store, leaving behind his loaded handgun with an extended magazine.

There was also a 20-year-old college student who told cops her pals pressured her into going but she ditched when officers caught her walking outside Gucci with $10,000 in goods.

There were also a number of parents, many of whom were out of work during the pandemic, their lawyers told the newspaper. nypost.com

Threat Of More Looting Leads To Concerns Of Downtown Chicago Exodus
With the last effects of Chicago's looting sprees, it's a tense time near the Loop and the Magnificent Mile, not only for the businesses that were hit but also for everyone who lives and works in the city. Now more problems could leave people to leave these neighborhoods. The city's second ward alderman said he knows many people are on the edge and poised to leave, but it wouldn't mean just empty units or storefronts. A mass exodus could gut Chicago's tax base, causing a citywide ripple effect. cbslocal.com

Cook County State's Attorney Under Fire
Review Cites 'Operational Failures' in Kim Foxx's Prosecution of TV Actor

A special prosecutor in Chicago said Monday that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and her office abused their discretion in the case against actor Jussie Smollett but the abuse fell short of standards for criminal charges. In a summary of the conclusions of his investigation, special prosecutor Dan Webb sharply criticized the handling of the Smollett case by Foxx and her assistant prosecutors, saying their work was marked by disarray and misleading statements.

In March last year, Foxx's office surprised and angered many in Chicago by dropping charges that accused the "Empire" actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself. Smollett is still adamant that the attack was real and wasn't a publicity hoax. wbez.org

Read More about Kim Foxx's Anti-Prosecution Track Record - From March 18th D&D Daily:
Chicago's Felony Shoplifting Charges Drop 74% in 3 Years Under the One of the Country's First "Progressive Prosecutors"

Portland Police Declare Third Riot in a Week
Sheriff's Office Building Damaged, Fire Set Inside on 83rd Night of Protests

The riot was declared Tuesday night outside the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office building, where police ordered people to leave the area. People were smashing windows on the first floor, and threw "burning material" inside.

The Multnomah County Building was set on fire and vandalized, said county commission chair Deborah Kafoury, the Oregonian / OregonLive reported. There was damage to a lobby where protective equipment against the spread of the coronavirus is distributed, she said. The building is used for marriages, among other services. Kafoury asked that residents support efforts to address the pandemic and provide programs. usatoday.com

Portland business owners feel negative impacts of continued nightly protests
Downtown business owners said they continue to lose massive amounts of money due to the ongoing demonstrations in Portland, and some accuse city and state leaders of not doing enough to stop it. It follows the economic devastation of COVID-19 shutdowns, and the combination of the two have caused millions of dollars in either damage or lost revenue, according to a survey administered by the Portland Business Alliance. Over $20 million of that came from one respondent, though the businesses are not named in that survey.

"Safety-wise, we're just concerned. Our employees are a little bit nervous being here, especially later in the evenings. We try to have extra people just to make sure that everybody is safe and feels comfortable," Stacey Gibson, a Subway franchisee owner, said. katu.com

Portland Mayor denounces 'all violence' after brutal attack on pickup driver
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he denounces "all violence" in response to Sunday's brutal beatdown of a man who crashed a pickup near Black Lives Matter protesters in an ugly scene caught on video. Police responded to the scene after being told protesters chased a white Ford 4x4, which had crashed, and dragged the driver out of the vehicle. When they arrived they found the driver, an adult male, bloody and unconscious on the ground. foxnews.com

Manhunt Underway: Portland Police identify suspect in driver assault video

Portland: A Weed Robbery Spree Strikes Cannabis Shops, Even as Police Are Stretched Thin

Louisville, KY: As Breonna Taylor protests stretch into 12th week, calls for officers' arrests intensify

Boston Gun Violence: Shootings Jump 29% in 2020

COVID Update

US: Over 5.6M Cases - 175K Dead - 3M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 22.4M Cases - 787K Dead - 15.1M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 183   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 82
*Red indicates change in total deaths

1,000 People a Day Are Dying From COVID-19
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas

Dr. Fauci Says These States are in Danger From COVID-19
Dr. Fauci has made it clear that eradicating the virus isn't a likely reality. However, he explained to the panel when the percent positivity rate goes "way, way down," that will signify a win. How far down is enough to start celebrating? "I mean, you look at New York City right now. It's less than 1%. That's what you want the whole country to be," he stated. Unfortunately, many states are far away from that target number. "There are parts of the country where it's 15, 18, 20%"-in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas-"that's really high," he pointed out. "You gotta get that percent positivity so the percent of your tests that you do that are actually positive, it's gotta be a very low number." yahoo.com

Pandemic Elevates Security Chiefs to Corporate Leadership Roles

A side effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been the rising prominence of cybersecurity specialists.

Corporate cybersecurity leaders are gaining prominence within companies as they grapple with rising security threats during the coronavirus pandemic.

To make it through the turbulence, companies around the world and in every sector are relying on security experts who were sometimes sidelined by management in the past, but are now rising in the executive ranks. The role for corporate security chiefs now goes well beyond tech bugs and hacker tracking to encompass broader business risks.

Many corporate security chiefs have historically reported to technology managers. But that relationship was already starting to change, and the pandemic is accelerating the shift.

"Executives and boards are bringing them into the fold a lot more often," he said. "The executives and the board recognize that they're a trusted advisor on what's going on right now."

CISOs are in the spotlight as companies deal with the effects of the virus, but they are more likely to retain their newly elevated status if they have experience in related areas such as risk management, said Ms. Bonime-Blanc of GEC Risk Advisory.

Troels Oerting, chairman of the advisory board at the World Economic Forum's Center for Cybersecurity, predicts the CISO role will be permanently changed.

"You'll see the birth of a whole new type of [senior security executive] after this. They've proven that this is somebody who needs to be at the table when you discuss marketing, sales, finances. You can't just bury them four levels down in the organization," he said. wsj.com

City's of Concern: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, Central Valley in Calif - per Fauci and Birx.

Remote Workforce: The 'most significant development in HR'
Paid leave laws are "probably the most significant development in HR in the last 12 months"

From a Security Standpoint - Information Security & Harassment Has to be Top Priority

AdvertisementSarchet said, but the temporary nature of the laws means most employers won't directly change their handbooks to reflect the provisions. "A lot of businesses are going to put in some temporary policies and try to muddle through this compliance challenge," he added.

Mandatory remote work adds 'different dynamic," Remote work has transitioned from a choice to something mandatory, meaning that the onus has shifted to the employer to set standards, he added.

While existing policies may have provided a framework in the early months of 2020, employers will still need to pay attention to items like working off the clock, working overtime without authorization and getting home office expenses reimbursed, Sarchet said. Information confidentiality is also important to stress to employees whose jobs have never been remote before now, Sholinsky said.

Two other areas weigh heavy on remote work policies: harassment and accommodations. Sholinsky emphasized the former in the context of video conferencing tools like Zoom, and she suggested modifying harassment training to reflect the reality of working from home: "Are people dressed? Are they saying appropriate things in the background?" hrdive.com

UK Retailers & Union Call For Gov. Help
UK: Calls For Action Mount - As Retailers Cut Over 41,000 Jobs

There are fears more job cuts will come as the furlough ends in October

Labour Party has called for targeted support while Usdaw union urged the government to intervene to save the high street

The coronavirus crisis has sparked a swathe of shop closures, having rapidly sped up the shift to online shopping and as consumer uncertainty has taken its toll.

It has led to calls for a targeted support scheme for the sector amid concerns the UK Government's plans will not be enough to save jobs or specifically help or retrain those in retail who have lost their roles. retailgazette.co.uk

California Governor Gavin Newsom Declares Statewide Emergency
Mobilizes National Guard Amid Fires, Record Heat, "Imminent" Rolling Power Outages That Could Hit Millions

Negligence & Failure to Prevent Violent Assault
San Antonio, TX: Dollar General employee who was stabbed, shot, sues retailer for $1 Million
Over the course of 12 months,
Timothy Ray Ramos had the misfortune of working at a Dollar General store that was robbed three times.

The gunman shot Ramos in his left leg, upper torso and right arm. Bleeding profusely, Ramos stumbled to the door, locked it and dialed 911.Emergency medical services took Ramos to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he underwent 11 hours of surgery. He remained in intensive care for two weeks.

Now, Ramos is suing Dollar General and the three robbers for more than $1 million in damages.
Dollar General's negligence and failure to take precautions to prevent a violent assault led to his injuries, Ramos alleges in the complaint. The action was filed Thursday in state District Court in San Antonio. expressnews.com

Security Industry Ass. Supports FR Benefits
SIA Releases Policy Principles for Facial Recognition
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released its new
policy principles guiding the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. SIA states that it believes all technology products, including facial recognition, must only be used for purposes that are lawful, ethical and nondiscriminatory.

"SIA recognizes that some community leaders have expressed deeply held views calling for the end of facial recognition technology use by law enforcement and the private sector," said SIA CEO Don Erickson. "
We respectfully but firmly disagree. Facial recognition technology offers tremendous benefits to society when used effectively and responsibly and with appropriate safeguards. We invite all stakeholders to review these well thought out principles and engage with us in meaningful discussions leading to common sense approaches to how this technology is used."  sdmmag.com

Quarterly Results
Target Q2 comp's up 10.9%, digital sales up 195%, sales up 24.3% -
Strongest ever reported
Lowe's Q2 U.S. comp's up 35.1%, digital sales up 135%, sales up 34.2%
TJX Companies Q2 open-only (days open compared to same day open LY) comp's down 3%, sales down 31.8%
Capri Q1 total revenue down 66.5%
   Michael Kors down 68.7%
   Jimmy Choo down 67.7%
   Versace down 51.1%


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SHIFT: an Axis retail event.

Usually, our annual forum takes place in person but this year we are SHIFTing to a digital experience. Axis Communication's goal is to provide a platform for retailers to learn, network, and have fun. We cannot do this without the help of the retail advisory board. Made up of a variety of retailers from the US and Canada, the advisory board helps develop the annual retail forum. They have selected the following list of topics for you to enjoy and learn from at SHIFT:

We'll cover sessions such as:

• What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how can it help retail?
• CPTED - How small details make a big difference
• Technology Beyond Security
• Technology Roadmap: What's new, what's next?
• A SHIFT happened: A panel discussion with industry leaders
• BONUS: A guest speaker appearance from Hall of Fame speaker and former national headline comedian, Steve Rizzo

Conference attendees will be eligible to earn up to 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards their Loss Prevention Foundation LPC Recertification. Attendees who hold the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation will earn 2 continuing education hours for this conference.

Click here for more info.






State AG's Staffing Up Data Police Teams

Calif. AG Staffs Up to Police CCPA
Mass. AG Creates Unit to Police Data Privacy & Security Abuses

Growing number of states are building specialized law-enforcement teams

Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday that Assistant Attorney General Sara Cable, who spearhead the first state-level lawsuit against Equifax, would lead the new department. The move puts the commonwealth among a small group of states that have dedicated teams to probe information privacy and security issues in recent years as consumer data has become a form of currency in the digital economy.

The new data privacy and security division will begin with two full-time attorneys and draw extra support from the consumer protection division as needed, state officials said. Ms. Cable added that she hopes to add more lawyers but hiring plans are up in the air during the coronavirus pandemic.

A handful of other attorneys general have similarly beefed up their data privacy and security head count in recent years. California, the largest state by population and capital of the U.S. technology industry, has led the pack for much of the past decade.

California State officials said the attorney general's office this year has hired 23 new employees to help enforce the California Consumer Privacy Act, considered by many experts to be the strongest such standard in the U.S.

A new privacy proposal on the California ballot this November would go a step further, creating a stand-alone agency to enforce state privacy laws.

Florida building a dedicated privacy and security enforcement team that now has three dedicated attorneys.

The Privacy and Data Security Department in the Connecticut Attorney General's Office, launched in 2015 has doubled to four full-time and two part-time attorneys. wsj.com

Three New & Very Successful Hacking Scams

Must Read & Distribute
Bounty Hunters Targeting Work-at-Home Employees

Voice Phishers Targeting Corporate VPNs
The COVID-19 epidemic has brought a wave of email phishing attacks that
try to trick work-at-home employees into giving away credentials needed to remotely access their employers' networks. But one increasingly brazen group of crooks is taking your standard phishing attack to the next level, marketing a voice phishing service that uses a combination of one-on-one phone calls and custom phishing sites to steal VPN credentials from employees.

According to interviews with several sources, this hybrid phishing gang has a remarkably high success rate, and
operates primarily through paid requests or "bounties," where customers seeking access to specific companies or accounts can hire them to target employees working remotely at home.

And over the past six months, the criminals responsible
have created dozens if not hundreds of phishing pages targeting some of the world's biggest corporations. For now at least, they appear to be focusing primarily on companies in the financial, telecommunications and social media industries.


A typical engagement begins with a series of phone calls to employees working remotely at a targeted organization. The phishers will explain that they're calling from the employer's IT department to help troubleshoot issues with the company's virtual private networking (VPN) technology.

The goal is to convince the target either to divulge their credentials over the phone or to input them manually at a website set up by the attackers that mimics the organization's corporate email or VPN portal. krebsonsecurity.com

Editor's Note: We don't normally post Krebs info due to his wide distribution. However, given this subject and the apparent success of the gang we feel it's necessary along with the recommendation that this specific email be required reading as soon as possible for every remote worker in your organization. Just our thoughts -Gus Downing

Pay Up Or Get Hit With a DDoS
New Campaign Combines Extortion, DDoS
Latest attacks bank on the reputation of two prominent APT groups to increase the threat credibility.

AdvertisementIn the continuing evolution of cyberthreats, a new wave of attacks on businesses is combining distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and extortion. According to researchers at Akamai, the latest attacks attempt to leverage the reputations of two famous advanced persistent threat (APT) groups -- Fancy Bear and Armada Collective -- to encourage victims to pay rather than risk real DDoS attacks.

The attack claiming to be from Armada Collective begins with a demand for five Bitcoins ($60,600), with an increase to 10 Bitcoins ($120,120) if the deadline is missed and then five Bitcoins added each day until the extortion is paid. The group using Fancy Bear demands 20 Bitcoins ($240,240) to begin, increasing to 30 Bitcoins for a missed deadline and 10 Bitcoins each day that follows.

Hackers sent this message - "Any attempt to publicize the threat or contact authorities will be met with "permanent" DDoS attacks." darkreading.com

Read more here

New RaaS Hackers Surface Hacking for Bitcoins
Ransomware Payday: Average Payments Jump to $178,000

Coveware: Average Ransom Paid Jumps 60%; Sodinokibi, Maze, Phobos Dominate

Comparing the first and second quarters of this year, the average ransom paid by a victim - when they paid - increased by 60%, rising from $111,605 to $178,254. So says ransomware incident response firm Coveware, in a new report that charts trends among its clients.

Coveware says the increase in the average ransom payoffs has been driven by several trends: "
Big-game hunting," increased data exfiltration and smaller players seeking bigger returns.

The ransomware operator landscape also continues to diversify. "In Q1, nearly 60% of ransomware attacks were carried out by the three most common variants - Sodinokibi, Maze and Phobos," Coveware says. "However, in Q2 only 30% of attacks were attributed to the top three families. The rest were distributed among smaller and/or newer variants, such as Mamba, Snatch and DeathHiddenTear."

From April to July, a number of
new ransomware-as-a-service offerings also debuted, including LockBit, Lock2bits, MedusaLocker and Payment45. "These new entrants entice cybercrime beginners with low upfront costs and little required technical expertise," Coveware says.

In addition, free,
roll-your-own ransomware kits have further lowered the barrier to entry - even for individuals who don't have deep technical skills, Coveware says. While such kits used to be common, they became much more scarce after many criminals moved away from crypto-locking ransomware beginning at the end of 2017, to focus instead on hacking for bitcoins as well as cryptocurrency mining. govinfosecurity.com







Axis Communications recognized as a Best Workplace in Canada

A commitment to positive culture and employee development makes Axis a Best Workplace in Canada once again.

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, today announced that it is being recognized as one of this year's Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work. Axis ranked #42 on the list of top companies. The companies on the list have built a strong culture that engages employees and drives better business. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. Employee experience and strong, collaborative leadership have proven to deliver innovation and market-leading revenue.

This award is the latest in a series of similar honours for Axis Canada. Recently, Axis Communications Canada was named on the 2020 list of Best Workplaces for Mental Wellness, the 2020 list of Best Workplaces for Inclusion and the 2019 list of Best Workplaces in technology in Canada. axis.com


The Rise & Fall of Peter Nygard

Read the Full Story - Nygard Was in Fact Canada's Jeffrey Epstein

Fall From Grace is Quick
'SEX TRAFFICKING: Is Peter Nygard the Canadian Jeffrey Epstein?'
Design & Retail Mogul Peter Nygard Sued by Son For Having Him Raped on Nygard's Island Retreat

2/14/20: Peter Nygard, meet Jeffrey Epstein.

Canadian fashion kingpin has fallen into sordid company amid explosive allegations he sexually assaulted a slew of underage women - including three 14-year-olds.

Ten unidentified women have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Nygard, 77,
of rape and sex trafficking. The allegations are eerily similar to the twisted web woven by hedge fund pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

"Nygard lured and enticed young, impressionable, and often
impoverished children and women with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modelling opportunities in order to assault, rape, and sodomize them. When the victims were not swayed by promises, many were drugged to force compliance with Nygard's sexual desires," the plaintiffs said in a press release.

Nygard allegedly has
a database of more than 7,500 underage girls and women.

Wanted to make a man of his 14 yr old son who was still a virgin.

Read the full story of Canada's Jeffrey Epstein


COVID Impact

Front-Line Workers Fear Aggressive Shoppers

Spitting, pushing, customers without masks: the fear of working in a pandemic
Workers in the
retail and food-service industries are now a front line of defence against COVID-19. But as some customers flout the rules around face coverings, workers are questioning whether the job is worth their health and safety.

While 99 per cent of customers behave appropriately, the one per cent that lash out at staff can cause issues for everyone, said Diane Brisebois, president and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). "Not only do employees have to deal with that behaviour, but ... the customers who are there supporting those businesses often are also getting involved."

At retail stores associated with the RCC, there have been incidents of
employees being pushed or spat at by customers. "Those incidents have been reported," Brisebois said. "They have occurred in Ontario, as they have right across the country." parrysound.com

Unfair Pandemic Practices?
A Walmart front line worker speaks out on pandemic pay - and Walmart responds
A West Kelowna Walmart employee is speaking out about what he feels are
unfair practices at the retailer. The employee, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, says he started working at the West Kelowna Walmart in March when the pandemic was just starting.

"All the stores were super busy, I know Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore started paying their employees $2 extra, for three months which I believe was an incentive so that people would continue working because I know lots of other people were living off of CERB (The Canada Emergency Response Benefit)."

Stores like Walmart and the Real Canadian Superstore
discontinued the pandemic pay in mid-June.

The employee says he and other employees at his store feel they should still be receiving the extra $2 an hour because
the pandemic is still a threat. Walmart just instituted a mask policy for all of its customers and employees on Wednesday.

Walmart's Response
Felicia Fefer Manager, Walmart Corporate Affairs, says, "we are so proud of everything our associates are continuing to do every day to support our customers and each other. They are truly showing the Walmart spirit by rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times."  castanet.net

Masks now required at Winners, HomeSense, Marshalls stores across Canada



Canada's Competition Bureau investigates Amazon.ca

Watchdog wants to hear from any Canadian businesses that have
sold products via Amazon.ca

Canada's Competition Bureau has launched an investigation into online selling powerhouse Amazon.ca to examine whether the website's U.S. owners are "impacting competition to the detriment of consumers and companies that do business in Canada."

The competition watchdog said in a release Friday that while its probe is ongoing and stressed that "there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time," the bureau is looking into
whether or not the site may be engaging in anti-competitive practices. cbc.ca

Edmonton business owner voices concerns about ongoing vandalism

Amazon set to open massive delivery station in Cambridge, Ont.

Supply chains anticipate delays as indefinite strike begins at Port of Montreal


13 Arrested, $250K in Goods Recovered in ORC Operation

National theft ring uncovered after shoplifting arrests
Three people arrested in Ontario are suspects in a nationwide theft operation, with
ties to organized crime, that was uncovered after shoplifting incidents in Saanich and Sidney, and on the West Shore.

"What started off as relatively simple theft ended up uncovering a massive property-trafficking ring operation," she said. "So this is organized crime that's actually been taking place nationally, across Canada.

"York Regional Police was to uncover boxes and boxes of stolen items that were being
shipped from all over Canada, including the West Shore, to a residence and several locations in Markham, Ont."

$250,000 worth of goods, destined for sale on the black market, was found.
So far,
13 people have been arrested, all of them from Markham or the town of Milton, about 60 kilometres away. The two women and the man seen in local surveillance images were all arrested in Markham. timescolonist.com

Edmonton, AB: Man sentenced to 6 years in flower store owner's robbery death

Edmonton, AB: Man, woman shot at in McDonald's parking lot sought by police

Winnipeg, MB: Officer justified in shooting teen who robbed 7-Eleven with machete

Esterhazy, SK: Gas station owner says he disarmed, restrained one robber before store
was rammed by another


Robberies & Burglaries

 C-Store - Sarnia, ON - Armed Robbery
 C-Store - Winnipeg, MB - Robbery (3x)
 Cell Store - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery
 Food Store - Winnipeg, MB - Robbery
 Gas Station - Esterhazy, SK - Armed Robbery
 Unnamed Business - Simcoe, ON - Burglary
 Walmart - Halifax, NS - Robbery

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Warning for Brick-and-Mortar
Walmart and Target huge e-commerce gains are a blaring siren
to brick-and-mortar retail

It's no shock that amid the ongoing pandemic, retailers are seeing e-commerce sales surge. But even so, the numbers are eye-popping.

Walmart reported blowout Q2 earnings on Tuesday, led by a 97% surge in online sales. That comes after Walmart's online sales rose 74% in Q1. In the first quarter Target saw its online sales spike 141%, and said that in April alone, online sales were up an astonishing 282%

That e-commerce surge stands in brutally sharp contrast to the headlines in brick-and-mortar: bankruptcy filings galore, including Lord & Taylor, Men's Wearhouse parent Tailored Brands, Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant parent Ascena Retail, Lucky Brand Jeans, and The Paper Store, all in the past two months. yahoo.com

E-commerce sales jumped 44.5% in Q2 over Q2 '19
Consumers spent $211.5 billion online during the second quarter of 2020, with e-commerce sales up 31.8% from the previous quarter, according to figures released by the Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce. E-commerce sales in the quarter accounted for 16.1% of total retail sales.

Compared to the year-ago period,
second quarter 2020 e-commerce sales increased increased 44.5% while total retail sales decreased 3.6%. chainstoreage.com

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson's Three-Year Fight Against 'Fake Sites And Fraudsters' Online

Stop & Shop owner doubles down on e-commerce amid pandemic







Wichita Falls, TX: Manager wheels and deals shop's tires, keeps nearly $400,000 cash for himself
The allegations arose after another employee realized 50 tires classified as inventory were nowhere to be found, according to court filings. Skyler Paul Hilbers, 37, of Wichita Falls has pleaded not guilty to theft of property worth $300,000 or more, according to court records. The accounts executive audited sales tickets from 2018 through July 17, 2019, when the theft was discovered. He eyeballed voided tickets, cash sales that weren't deposited, invalid credited invoices, consignment fraud and inventory shortages to track down losses. Hilbers has pleaded not guilty, court fillings show.
A Wichita County grand jury indicted him July 15 on the first-degree charge, court records show. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. timesrecordnews.com

Madison, WI: Woman arrested for $4k worth of stolen JC Penney merchandise; felony retail theft and bail jumping
Madison Police arrested a 27-year-old woman pushing a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise near the East Towne Mall Aug. 12. It was determined the merchandise, mostly women's clothing, was taken from a JC Penney. A store manager said the stolen items amounted to nearly $4,000. Kishuna L. McBlackwell was arrested for felony retail theft and bail jumping.

Clarksburg WV: Man who allegedly pushed 3 females in shoplifting caper pleads guilty in different felony shoplifting
A 39-year-old Clarksburg man who allegedly pushed three females during a purported shoplifting at Walmart on Tuesday entered a felony plea in a separate shoplifting case.
Jeremy Allen Pennington could face 1 to 10 years when he's sentenced Oct. 1 by Harrison Chief Judge Thomas A. Bedell for felony third-offense shoplifting. Pennington admitted stealing a phone worth about $600 on Oct. 23, 2019, from a Boost Mobile store in Clarksburg. As part of the plea deal, the state dismissed two other third-offense shoplifting charges - one involving the Walmart allegation, the other involving an alleged shoplifting at Kohl's - but Pennington agreed to pay the restitution/civil penalty in all three cases, which totals about $2,210. wvnews.com

Dublin, Ireland: Two men arrested in relation to theft spree across 5 counties
Gardaí have arrested two men in relation to a number of thefts from retail premises by an organized crime gang. The thefts occurred in Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Meath and Kilkenny in July and August of this year. As part of an investigation into a number of thefts, Gardaí carried out a search of a property on August 17. A number of items believed to be stolen were recovered from this property. Two males were arrested at the scene. offalyexpress.ie

Laredo, TX: Walmart Shoplifter arrested for stealing thousand in merchandise back in June; LP teamed with Laredo Police, Crimes Against Property Unit

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Shootings & Deaths

North Houston, TX: Robber shoots pregnant woman working the night shift at Jack in the Box
The shooting was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Little York, said Lt. R. Willkens with the Houston Police Department. A man entered the restaurant and placed an order with an employee. When the worker, who police said is about six months pregnant, went to get the food the man allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it the employees, demanding cash. The woman panicked when she saw the weapon and tried to run, so the would-be robber opened fire, shooting the pregnant woman in her buttocks. The suspect then fled the restaurant empty handed. Police said the woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. khou.com

Indianapolis, IN: Good Samaritan shot in convenience store on southwest side, in serious condition
One person is in serious condition after being shot at a convenience store early Wednesday morning. Just after 2:30 a.m., officers were called to a report of a person shot. IMPD says three people entered the store and began opening, eating and drinking items before paying for them. The manager tried to get the three suspects to pay for those items and at some point,
another person entered and attempted to help the store employee. One of the three suspects then pulled out a gun and shot the man who intervened on behalf of the manager. The suspects initially fled the scene but IMPD says all three are now in custody. wishtv.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lapeer County, MI: Suspect arrested, 23 stolen guns recovered after break-in at outdoor sports store
A suspect has been arrested and 23 stolen firearms were recovered after a break-in at Bowman's Outdoors store in Brown City earlier this month. .Security footage revealed three males were responsible for the break-in. Several pieces of evidence were recovered at the scene including footwear impressions, tire tread impressions, DNA evidence, and other types of evidence. Deputies were able to use the evidence to identify the vehicle used in the crime. It was later located in Saginaw. wnem.com

Lake Geneva, WI: Prison ordered in Walmart Shoplifting and Arson case
A shoplifter in Lake Geneva is
headed to prison for 2 years after admitting that he set fire to the vehicle of a Walmart employee who turned him in to police. Prosecutors alleged that Saavedra stole a shopping cart full of merchandise March 21 from the Lake Geneva Walmart. After a store employee called police and helped to identify Saavedra as the suspect, the employee's car was found on fire two days later in the store parking lot. lakegenevanews.net

Westfield, NJ: Walgreens Shoplifting Case Leads To Police Chase, Injured Officer

Kansas City, MO: ATF and 4 local Police Departments team-up on multiple Gun Shop thefts




Daily Totals:
• 9 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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