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March Networks Intelligent Video Solution to Secure Canadian Retail Cannabis Dispensaries
March Networks®, a world leader in the delivery of video surveillance and video-based business intelligence solutions to the cannabis industry, is pleased to announce that one of Canada's largest cannabis producers has selected its complete cannabis video solution to provide security, loss prevention and operational insights for its retail dispensaries.

The publicly-traded producer, with multiple brands and a global presence, chose the March Networks solution based on its proven reliability, ability to support thousands of locations, and its Searchlight business intelligence software. March Networks Searchlight provides organizations with valuable information on customer service, risk mitigation, corporate compliance and other operations through the integration of surveillance video, point-of-sale (POS) transaction data and customer data analytics.

"Early on, we recognized the security and operational requirements of the tightly-regulated cannabis market and evolved our offering to uniquely address those needs," said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. "Today, we are proud to be the solution of choice for cannabis operators, including this leading Canadian-based producer in advance of the legalization of the country's recreational marijuana market in October." marchnetworks.com

Genetec Clearance Now Enables Easy Upload Of Video
Collected By Smart Phones And Security Systems

Genetec announced the new 'File Request' feature for its Genetec Clearance digital evidence management system.

The feature is designed to make it easy for the general public and private businesses to contribute to crime-solving efforts by sharing relevant video and photos from their cell phones and surveillance systems with law enforcement agencies.

The new feature is simple to use: investigators create a file request link or QR code that can be shared with the public in a variety of ways such as via social media, on the web or on the news.

Contributors can then upload videos, photos, and other evidence directly into Clearance for police officers, investigators and security managers to review and use as part of their investigation. security.world

Brands combat return fraud and counterfeit products with nanotechnology
With all the opportunities facing retail these days, it is easy to understand why some executives may not fully realize how much money their operations may be losing due to return fraud, one of the least dramatic and less obvious ways that fraud is committed in retail.

The "real costs of retail return fraud and warranty abuse are vastly under-reported," says Paul Rosengard, president of Anatwine, the company behind a software platform that facilitates vendor-direct shipments and real-time inventory optimization.

"Retailers selling high-end goods want to protect their brands and their reputations for trustworthiness, and ensure a positive customer experience, so they frequently accept returns without questions," says Rosengard, a former president of Perry Ellis.

The Appriss 2017 Consumer Returns to the Retail Industry survey, which integrated the findings of NRF's 2017 Organized Retail Crime survey into a report analyzing retail returns, return fraud and warranty abuse, found that fraud reaches an average 7 percent when retail return abuse is measured along with refund fraud; losses due to fraud jump to an estimated $23 billion.

The cost of counterfeit returns, even at the highest range, "transcends the dollar losses because counterfeiting threatens the brand's most important asset - its reputation for quality with consumers," Rosengard says. stores.org

How to Cut the Fat Without Cutting Staff
To get organizational buy-in for a cost-reduction effort, target non-staff cuts - and make sure workers know that's what you're doing.

When CFOs are charged with leading cost-cutting initiatives, by necessity they find themselves navigating between the certainty of change and the human tendency defer short-term pain at the risk of much more drastic consequences in the future.

There is nothing that can be done to completely avoid that fate, as it is common to all change agents with a mandate to reduce costs. However, one way to at least minimize internal resistance to the program is to explicitly target non-staff costs.

When taking that route, make sure colleagues, middle management, and staff understand that the goal of the cost-cutting initiative is cutting the fat generally versus cutting jobs specifically. Tell that that the greater the success at the former, the greater the certainty that the latter will be pared. Then the stage will be set for a successful cost-cutting initiative.

Plan of Attack

Finance can, of course, be a complex endeavor. But when it comes to cutting costs without eliminating jobs that company growth may require, failure to adhere to some straightforward principles is what trips up many companies

A solid plan for a cost-cutting initiative should include the following elements: cfo.com

Addressing Sexual Harassment Demands More Than a Training Seminar
Having a sexual harassment policy at your organization is crucial, but that's not enough to address systemic issues of abuse and inequality in the workplace. That's the message Tina Tchen delivered Monday at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in her Game Changer session, "Time's Up: Eradicating Abuse of Power, Leadership Imbalances, and Inequality."

Tchen, who served in the White House as assistant to President Barack Obama and as First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff, is now a partner at the law firm Buckley Sandler LLP, where she launched a practice addressing workplace culture issues just weeks before public revelations about Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement. As a result, Tchen now leads the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal assistance to those registering workplace complaints.

Since the fund's launch in January, it has received more than 3,250 requests for assistance from a wide range of workplaces and experiences. Two-thirds of the requests come from low-income workers across 60 industries. "This is happening everywhere," she said.  Read the full article on page two. associationsnow.com

$3.5M Injury Verdict Against Sam's Club Axed By Md. Court
A Maryland appeals court has overturned a $3.49 million award to a man injured inside a Sam's Club when a car crashed through the wall, saying Friday that a main defense witness at trial was cross-examined with questions predicated on facts that were never proven.

The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland overturned the judgment of $3.49 million entered after trial for plaintiff Dimas Chavez and against Sam's Club corporate owner Walmart Inc., and ordered a new trial.

Chavez was in the cafe of a Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sam's Club on July 23, 2013, when a car crashed through the wall. The cafe had been added to the building as a renovation that extended the building's wall 20 feet closer to the parking lot, where a one-way driving aisle was directed straight toward the wall and the steel doors in it, and there were no safety barriers between the driving aisle and the wall, according to the opinion. law360.com

Where is video monitoring now?
Video monitoring, including proactive video monitoring, guard tours, video verification and even MIY among consumers, is on the rise, according to six wholesale monitoring professionals.

"The subscriber is demanding more video monitoring options." To date, most of it has been video verification associated with either intrusion alarms and guard tours."

With the technology available now with really intelligent video analytic software enabled to make decisions about scenes and situations at the subscribers' premises, we see that this type of 'before the event' monitoring makes sense to the subscriber, preventing crimes from happening rather than trying to verify that an incident has happened."

Several factors, ranging from user perception to advancements in the technology, have helped the increased use of video monitoring. "Also, video analytics have come a long way in the last couple of years. In the past you were limited by what you could do by the technology. ...Now that video analytics have become less expensive and more powerful, savvy dealers can use them to address problems that would have been otherwise difficult, expensive or impossible."

The video companies are doing a much better job in educating the installers [on] how to put the cameras in to ensure under almost all conditions you're going to get a decent picture coming back to the central," he said.  "As the technology gets better and with analytics we will see an increase in video monitoring services." securitysystemsnews.com

8 Fast-Food Chains Will End 'No-Poach' Policies
Eight more restaurant chains have agreed to end a policy that blocks workers from switching jobs within the individual brands, becoming the latest companies to curtail a once-prevalent hiring practice that critics say depressed wages for some of America's lowest-paid employees.

As part of agreements with the Washington State attorney general's office on Monday, Applebee's, Church's Chicken, Five Guys, IHOP, Jamba Juice, Little Caesars, Panera Bread and Sonic all agreed to remove a so-called no-poach clause from their contracts with franchisees and the restaurants will no longer enforce existing no-poach agreements.

No-poach restrictions are buried in thick contracts between corporate headquarters and franchisees, who collectively operate most of the major fast-food restaurants in the United States.

Separately, attorneys general in 10 states have also begun their own investigation into no-poach agreements within the restaurant industry. nytimes.com

New Report: "Rise of Gen Z: New Challenge for Retailers"
Knowing Your Audience & Future Employees is Critical
Gen Z Is Set to Outnumber Millennials Within a Year

Almost one-third of world's 7.7 billion people born since '01 - Newest generation is less 'self-centered' than millennials

People born in 2001 will turn 18 next year, meaning many will enter university, be eligible to vote and, depending on their citizenship, smoke or drink alcohol without breaking the law. Gen Zers have never known a non-digital world and have grown up amid events such as the "war on terror" and Global Recession.

"The key factor that differentiated these two groups, other than their age, was an element of self-awareness versus self-centeredness," according to "Rise of Gen Z: New Challenge for Retailers," a report by Marcie Merriman, an executive director at Ernst & Young LLP. Millennials were "more focused on what was in it for them. They also looked to others, such as the companies they did business with, for solutions, whereas the younger people naturally sought to create their own solutions."

For this Bloomberg comparison, millennials were defined as people born in 1980 through 2000, with Gen Z classified as anyone born starting in 2001 -- at least until the next meaningful cohort emerges. The U.S. Census Bureau also bookends the generations at the end of 2000.

The demographic handover is good news for delivery services, gadget makers and the so-called gig economy. Meanwhile, it presents new challenges to educators, event planners, luxury brands and even golfers -- a game where the average age of U.S. participants now exceeds 50.

"Gen Z are bombarded with messages and are a generation that can quickly detect whether or not something is relevant to them." bloomberg.com

Fewer Americans Uproot Themselves for a New Job
Better job prospects near home, growing reluctance to disrupt children's routines prompt more people to stay put.

The share of job seekers relocating for new employment has fallen dramatically since the late 1980s, when more than a third moved to take new opportunities elsewhere, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

About 3.5 million people relocated for a new job last year, according to U.S. census data, a 10% drop from 3.8 million in 2015. The numbers have fluctuated between 2.8 million and 4.5 million since the government started tracking annual job-related relocations in 1999. wsj.com

Supervalu shareholders approve new structure to assist selling off retail units

Amazon Go has a new competitor in San Francisco - Zippin's

Nabisco changes Animal Crackers box design in response to PETA protest

Weis Markets Chooses ReposiTrak To Improve Inventory Management

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Is it Real or Fake?

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Protect As One

The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC)

The R-CISC is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, gaming properties, consumer product manufacturers, grocers, hotels, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide.

The R-CISC team is dedicated to building and sustaining valuable programs, partnerships, products and opportunities that enable members to grow their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities.

Through the Retail ISAC, housed within the R-CISC, members of all sizes have the ability to share cyber intelligence on incidents, threats, vulnerabilities, and associated threat remediation because, as a community, we understand that we are stronger together.


R-CISC's 2018 Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) Benchmark Survey
Reveals Retail Industry CISOs Will Continue to Invest in Services

Increasing Challenges for In-House Talent a Concern

Organizations of different sizes show differing appetites for subscribing to and leveraging managed security service provider (MSSP) services. This is one of the key findings of the MSSP Benchmark Survey, conducted by the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC). More than 40 organizations participated in the survey and reported that due to increasing cost concerns and challenges faced with in-house talent, organizations are looking to outsource security functions to an MSSP instead of building the capability in house for monitoring events from IT infrastructure logs, firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)/Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). Participating companies spanned retail channels, including retail, restaurants, hotels, gaming properties, consumer financial services and consumer packaged goods.

"While retail and hospitality businesses may have similar transaction volumes as some of their banking counterparts, they typically have smaller information security teams and spend. We observe that CISOs from our retail clients are finding ways to do more with less, helping their organizations secure tomorrow's growth in a world of shifting consumer expectations," said Upen Sachdev, principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Many participating organizations indicate that they are likely to increase spend or retain 2018 budgetary spend for MSSPs in the coming year.

Lauren Dana Rosenblatt, deputy chief information security officer (CISO) for the Estée Lauder Companies, said, "For CISOs and their teams, benchmarking metrics and information sharing with retail industry peers provides visibility and useful context to build confidence from a strategic perspective and situational awareness at a tactical level. Whether our focus is on strategic planning or assessing our cyber threat programs, sharing information is a critical step that can help influence how we evolve our abilities to better protect our consumers, employees and brands."

Highlights from the R-CISC MSSP Survey report include:

Next generation CISOs are leading innovation.
- Respondents are driving in-house focus on orchestration, dark web monitoring, and hunting while leaning on MSSPs to block and tackle.
Download Report  r-cisc.org

R-CISC The Retail ISAC
Coupon Glittering: Best Practices for Mitigating Coupon Fraud

Coupon Glittering, or Coupon Glitching, describes when a criminal exploits business process flaws, hacks, or coupon barcoding to commit fraud. Threat actors then "cash out" on coupon overages by loading the dollar amounts onto gift cards, re-selling products purchased at heavy discounts, or reselling the coupons themselves. In fact, this type of abuse is so rampant that a quick search of social media sites reveals many groups dedicated to sharing coupon glittering hacks.

Common exploits associated with coupon fraud include:
● Business process flaws or hacks
● Exploiting the coupon (including with photoshop, barcode manipulation, counterfeit coupons)

Strategies for Mitigating Coupon Fraud

● Cap the maximum dollar value that cashiers can override for un-scannable and highvalue coupons
● Thoroughly test eCommerce websites and business processes to identify flaws and unintended consequences that could be exploited
● Monitor social media to stay informed on glitching trends and to listen for chatter related to your brands
● Isolate the coupon to specific products, pricing, promotions, and time durations
● Implement technology solutions that allow you to define specific usage rules for digital coupons
● Incorporate countdown clocks or other animated graphics into digital coupon design to help cashiers more easily distinguish legitimate coupons from fraudulent coupons
● Educate your front-line employees to recognize abnormal behavior
● Monitor cashier overrides and leverage surveillance cameras for possible employee theft of coupons

The R-CISC would like to thank its members and trusted sharing partners, including Kristopher Russo of ITS Partners, for contributing to the development of this resource.  Download Report  r-cisc.org

From Russia With Malware
Kaspersky Appeal Hurtles Toward Courtroom Arguments

The government's legal battle with a Russian software company is speeding toward its climax after the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab filed its final legal papers in the appeals case Monday.

There are no other filings scheduled in the case before oral arguments Sept. 14, which could bring a close to the nearly year-long conflict that has pitted the government's cybersecurity and national security concerns against Kaspersky's arguments about fairness in government contracting. The case was sparked by two separate 2017 actions-one by the Homeland Security Department and the other by Congress-that collectively banned Kaspersky anti-virus software from all federal government and contractor systems. nextgov.com

Top Security Mistakes Putting Your Company at Risk
Cybersecurity is more painful to manage as technology architectures become more complex. Simplify your approach by avoiding these major security mistakes.

The problem has become so complex that no organization can afford all the tools, all the people, and all of the other resources it would need to protect itself against everything.

"You need to take a risk-based approach to security," said Garrett Bekker, principal analyst, Information Security at 451 Research. "You have to figure out what is an acceptable level of risk, which is easier said than done."

Different organizations and security experts prioritize risks differently, but the goal is to narrow the problem down into something that's manageable and effective while expanding awareness and responsibility.
Start by understanding the ways companies impede their security efforts so you can eliminate these unproductive practices in your own organization.

1. They deny they're a target
"If you believe you're not at risk, then you're not taking [cybersecurity] seriously enough," said Alan Brill, a senior managing director in the Cyber Risk practice at corporate investigations and risk consulting firm at Kroll.

2. They're unaware of their assets
Organizations suffer from many blind spots that enable exploitation. Because they're unaware of all of their IT and data assets, there's no way to assess all the vulnerabilities.

3. Cybersecurity is viewed as a technology problem
Cyberattacks are software attacks. On the other hand, why break into an organization when one can walk through the front door with someone else's credentials?

"It's not just a technology problem, it's an operational problem, it's a cultural problem," said 451 Research's Bekker. "One of the biggest threats to enterprises is their users being tricked into giving up their passwords over the phone or through phishing email. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how big your firewall is. There's a social/cultural/behavioral element to it. Employees are arguably the weakest link internally."
Part 2 tomorrow  informationweek.com

Small Business Security: 3 Ways to Prevent Data Breaches


How to Use Google to Find Your Flight Info

Tired of keeping track of all the different airline apps and remembering their usernames and passwords? Instead, try Google. In the Google search bar type in airline and flight number (for example, UA 1555) and it will give you all the relevant flight info for that flight. Google also has all the FAA info. Skip the airline app the next time you need to quickly find you flight information and give this a try.




New Report Shows Identity Verification a Priority for eCommerce
A new report from Whitepages Pro, a global leader in digital identity verification, shows that an overwhelming majority of North American companies in ecommerce and financial services surveyed consider identity verification to be a top business priority but many still don't believe they do it well or have all the data and tools they need to be successful.

"Simultaneously fighting fraud while creating a positive, frictionless experience for customers is a high-wire act for most online businesses," said Ajay Andrews, Director, Product Management, Whitepages Pro. "Identity verification is critical to achieving both priorities, which is why there is so much interest in doing it well. Even though organizations know that identity verification is crucial, they sometimes struggle to overcome obstacles that prevent them from realizing its full benefits. And, as this survey shows, those benefits - in terms of reduced fraud, efficiency, increased transaction volume and improved customer satisfaction - directly impact the bottom line."

Among the report's key findings:

● Driven by the belief that fraud attempts are increasing in frequency and sophistication, identity verification is a priority for most organizations (93 percent)

● Organizations want access to more data points (just 13 percent say they have all the data they need) and see data linkages (the relationships between data elements) as a way to improve their identity verification processes

● Organizations want more and improved identity verification automation

● Organizations may not be balancing the barriers to adoption of better identity verification against the true cost of waiting

● Achieving the highest stage of identity verification maturity produces the greatest benefits globenewswire.com

Online Impulse Buys Get Lost in Translation
Digital grocery shoppers make far fewer unplanned purchases

According to an August 2018 Field Agent survey, 65% of US online grocery buyers said they made fewer impulse purchases online compared with in-store, while 18% said they made more.

Similarly, in a December 2017 Avionos survey of US internet users, 70% cited in-store as the channel through which they would most likely make an impulse purchase. Desktop (12%) and smartphone (10%) trailed by a large margin.

The reasons given for not making impulse purchases online were revealing. In the Field Agent survey, more than one-third of respondents said that they follow a shopping list more closely when online shopping (36%), and that impulse buys satisfy an immediate gratification (35%), an itch that isn't scratched digitally. emarketer.com

Walmart completes $16 billion acquisition of Flipkart




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Thousand Oaks, CA: Five arrested in $18,000 Apple Store theft at The Oaks Mall
Five people were arrested Sunday in Ventura County after attempting to steal several Apple products from the store inside The Oaks Mall. Around 3:17 p.m. three of the suspects entered the store, all wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, police said. Once inside the group proceeded to steal Apple iPhones and laptops totaling $18,000.00. All three suspects ran out of the store, crashing into and knocking down a female customer. Police said other Apple customers were able to tackle two of the suspects - identified as Donte Sims and Timothy Terry, both of Antioch, California - and keep them down in time for law enforcement arrived. Sims and Terry were arrested on criminal conspiracy and burglary charges.

The third suspect got away but was seen getting into a waiting vehicle. Around 3:36 p.m. Sunday, a Ventura County Sheriff patrol deputy caught a vehicle with three people driving over the speed in Simi Valley.
Mona Benoit was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Her passengers, Tynisha Noel of Fresno and Edward Benton were arrested after a search of the vehicle revealed that the Apple merchandise stolen from the Thousand Oaks stores was in the vehicle - along with merchandise reported stolen after a burglary in Los Angeles. Thousand Oaks Police Department Detectives identified the group as an organized retail theft crew and are investigating. abc30.com

Update: Detroit, MI: 2 charged in Organized Retail Crime probe in Canton Township, Dearborn, $125,000 in merchandise recovered
The first charges stemming from a raid earlier this month in Detroit and Dearborn have been announced. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy announced charges in connection with an organized retail crime scheme that police say stretched from Canton Township to Dearborn and Detroit. Nafez Mohammad, 59, is being charged with: ( 1) Count Continuing Criminal Enterprise, a 20-year felony (10) Counts of Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property $1,000 - $20,000, a 5-year felony (17) Counts of Organized Retail Crime, a 5-year felony ( 2) Counts of Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property $200 - $1,000, a 1-year misdemeanor

Victoria Henderson, 33, is being charged with: ( 1) Count of Continuing Criminal Enterprise, a 20-year felony (15) Counts of Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property $1,000 - $20,000, a 5-year felony
(17) Counts of Organized Retail Crime, a 5-year felony ( 2) Counts of Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property $200 - $1,000, a 1-year misdemeanor

According to police, between March 16, 2018 and July 27, 2018, it is alleged that Henderson, and additional suspects, would steal from various retail stores in Canton such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and Target. The defendant(s) would turn the stolen merchandise over to Mohammad.

It is alleged that Mohammad would take the items to a storage unit in Dearborn and remove the plastic security devices and stickers so they could be sold to purchasers on the internet. "Over the past year, the Canton Police Department has been diligent with our investigations into organized retail criminal enterprises," said Deputy Director Chad Baugh. "Our intention is to disrupt the trade of stolen merchandise in our region, therefore diminishing the number of venues for would-be thieves to sell their stolen goods. In the long run, legitimate retailers will see a reduction in thefts, therefore averting consumers from paying inflated retail prices to make up for the losses," Baugh adds. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said, "We are committed to prosecuting those who engage in organized retail crime." clickondetroit.com

Germantown, MD: Police looking for women who assaulted store clerk during attempted Baby Formula Robbery
Montgomery County Police are hoping the public can help identify two women involved in a violent robbery attempt at a Germantown grocery store. It happened at about 9 p.m. on August 11 at the Shoppers grocery store. "They approached one of the female clerks working behind the counter and one suspect demanded baby formula which the Shoppers keeps locked up in a secure cabinet," said Officer Rick Goodale with the Montgomery County Police Department. "The clerk told the suspect they can't just hand over the formula. The suspect became irate and at that point went around the counter and began to assault the clerk and demand the baby formula again." Surveillance systems inside the store caught the whole thing on camera. The women are seen pushing a stroller through the store and then abandoning it during their assault on the clerk. wjla.com

Madison Heights, MI: Police seek 3 suspects in attempted Jewelry Smash & Grab Robbery at Costco
Madison Heights Police said the robbery happened Saturday afternoon at the Costco. Police said three suspects entered the store and then separated from each other. That suspect walked to the jewelry counter and struck the glass case with a hammer multiple times attempting to gain entry. The suspect's hammer broke during the attempted larceny and he was unsuccessful in gaining entry into the jewelry case. All three suspects then left the store with no merchandise. clickondetroit.com

Pike County, PA: Woman sentenced to 2 to 5 years for $2,600 in retail thefts
Meghan Clark, 33, was sentenced to 2 years to 5 years in a state correctional facility to run concurrent to the sentence she is currently serving for Retail Theft and Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Clark took $21.49 in merchandise from a retail store in Westfall Township on April 12, 2018, without paying for it. Between May 13, 2018 and May 30, 2018, Clark took merchandise totaling $2,685.30 from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it. On May 30, 2018, Clark was recognized as a wanted person in Matamoras Borough. When questioned by the officer, Clark provided false information and attempted to flee on foot. pocononews.net

West Allis, WI: 3 Suspects wanted in $1,000 theft from Burlington

Yardley, PA: Over $500 of Crab Legs stolen from Giant Food

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Shootings & Deaths

Missouri City, TX: Update: Suspect posted Facebook video before deadly Food Distribution Center shooting
A woman died at the hospital Monday after she killed one person and injured another during a shooting at a Missouri City warehouse, police said. The shooting was reported just after 2 a.m. at the Ben E. Keith Foods distribution center. Missouri City police said that a woman, identified as Kristine Peralez, who worked at the warehouse, opened fire inside and shot two of her fellow employees. One of those people, who police identified as Francisco Reyes, the overnight manager at the warehouse, died at the scene. The other, who police identified as Fedencio Janas, was taken to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said that when officers arrived at the scene, the shooter was in the parking lot. There was an exchange of gunfire, but it is unclear if she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or by gunfire from officers, police said.

Peralez posted a video to Facebook Live right before the shooting where she appeared to apologize. "This is your fault. I'm sorry. For everything. I didn't want it to end like this," Peralez said in the video. She also said she had been pushed too hard for too long. Peralez's father-in-law, Tido Peralez, confirmed the person in the video was Peralez. She also said in the video, "Tell my grandmother I love her. And I'm not crazy." click2houston.com

Tift County, GA: C-Store Armed Robbery, Murder suspect turns herself in; one still at large
On Monday, Alexis McCrary, 21, turned herself into the Tift County Jail, Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. Warrants were sought on McCrary for armed robbery and party to the crime of felony murder. A second suspect, Caleb Day, 21, remains at large. GBI agents have charged Caleb Day with felony murder and armed robbery. GBI also issued an arrest warrant for Nathaniel Day, 21, who was already behind bars in the Ben Hill County Jail for another armed robbery. Arrest warrants were issued Aug. 16 for the three suspects in connection with the armed robbery and murder of Ahktar Perveez, 50, Tift County convenience store owner. The GBI said that on Monday, July 30, around 3:25 in the afternoon, Perveez was shot and killed during a robbery. wtxl.com

Nashville, TN: Trial Begins In 2016 Krispy Kreme Driver's Murder
The trial for two men accused of murdering a Krispy Kreme delivery driver has gotten underway in Nashville. Jury selection got underway Monday morning for Daquan Fields and Savion Wilson in the killing of Al Baker. Back in 2016, Baker was making a delivery to a Mapco on Donelson Pike when Metro Nashville Police said he was shot by Fields. According to investigators, Fields and his getaway driver - Wilson - went to the convenience store to rob it. In the process, Fields allegedly shot Baker for no apparent reason. They were both arrested months later. Baker's wife, Faye, said he worked for Krispy Kreme for nearly 32 years and loved his job. newschannel5.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Akron, OH: Copley, Cuyahoga Falls Smash & Grab Jewelry heists appear connected
What the bold, daylight bandits took were expensive diamonds. After a weekend robbery it was easy to see things had changed at the Jared Jewelry Cuyahoga Falls location. A security guard watched the parking lot from the front door, and a glass repair worker was inside taking measurements. The broken jewelry display cases needed replacement glass. "They had hammers with them," Cuyahoga Falls Detective Lt. Gary Merton said. "They broke out a display case and left with several diamonds from the case."

The investigation starts by finding the answer to a key question. Is this an isolated incident or is it connected to other equally bold robberies? Specifically, detectives are looking at the July 16th robbery at the Jared store in Copley - four men breaking in, well rehearsed, grabbing and going. "They have had a similar incident," Merton said. "We're in the early stages so we haven't really connected it to theirs (Copley) yet but there is a good chance that it could be related." Luckily in both incidents no one was hurt. In Copley the bandits were in and out in 16 seconds, the Cuyahoga Falls heist was quick as well. cleveland19.com

Odessa, TX: Man accused of Robbing a Thrift Shop smiles in Mugshot after arrest
Shawn Paul Melonakos, 36, was arrested on August 18 at around 7:23 p.m. for Robbery "2nd Degree Felony", Possession of Methamphetamine "State Jail Felony", False Identification - Fugitive from Justice "Class A Misdemeanor", and for a parole violation warrant. Officers responded to Door of Hope Thrift Store on East 8th Street in response to a robbery. Investigators found that a male subject had taken merchandise from the store without an attempt to pay. The complainant at the store confronted the suspect, later identified as Melonakos, he reportedly picked up a large rock and threatened the complainant with it. newswest9.com

Columbia, SC: CPD looking for suspects possibly involved in multiple Armed Robberies

Walnut Hills, FL: JC Penney Associate & president of local PTA busted for $9,000 refund theft - $20,000 theft from school

San Antonio, TX: Woman steals from Adam & Eve store, drops ID during Robbery/Assault

Kays Outlet in the Sawgrass Mills Mall, Sunrise, FL reported a Grab & Run on 8/20, items valued at $65,200

Kay Jewelers in the Mall of Abilene, Abilene TX reported a Grab & Rub on 8/20, item valued at $599

Piercing Pagoda in the South Hill Mall, Puyallup, WA reported a Grab & Run on 8/20, item valued at $749

West Midlands, England: Man arrested after Asda employee threatened with Machete in Store Robbery

Melbourne, Australia: Masked thieves ram two stolen vehicles into Kingsclere shopping centre in bungled ATM robbery

Skimming Thefts

Hermitage, TN: Police Catch Credit Card Skimming Suspect

Sentencings & Charges

San Juan, PR: Juan E. Seary-Colón Sentenced To Life In Prison For Robbery, Murder, And Related Firearms Offenses


AutoZone - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Harrisburg, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Davis, CA - Armed Robbery
Costco - Madison Heights, MI - Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Topeka, KS - Robbery
Dollar General - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery
Electronics Store - New Bedford, MA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Flooring Store - East Greenbush, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lewiston, ME - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Columbia, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Mateo, CA - Robbery
Grocery - Pasco County, FL - Armed Robbery
Ice Cream - Waco, TX - Burglary
Liquor Store - Hamden, CT - Robbery
Liquor Store - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery/Store clerk shot
Metro PCS - Weatherford, TX - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Hattiesburg, MS - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Blair, NE - Burglary
T-Mobile - Downey, CA - Armed Robbery
Thrift Shop - Odessa, TX - Robbery
Tobacco Store - Waco, TX - Burglary
Video Casino - Kanawha County, WV - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Danbury, CT - Robbery
7-Eleven - San Mateo, CA - Robbery


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23 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings




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