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Agilence Receives Strategic Growth Financing From Accel-KKR Credit Partners
​​​Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of data analytics & reporting solutions to the retail and restaurant industries, today announced a debt investment from Accel-KKR Credit Partners, a fund managed by leading, technology-focused investment firm Accel-KKR. The funding will be used to catalyze growth as the business takes advantage of its recent market momentum.

Agilence was founded on the premise of delivering "agile intelligence" to retail operators but over time has evolved into the market leader in providing focused business intelligence (BI) for multi-unit enterprises. Agilence's platform offers value to a multitude of users ranging from store manager to CFO and VP of Operations to CEO. agilence.com


Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different
Minor Crimes Trend Part of National Election

Democratic candidates are pushing ideas that were considered radical just a few years ago. But the American public has changed its views, too.

Experts say the changing debate reflects a seismic shift in how the American public views criminal justice issues. Opinion polls have shown that there is wide support for various types of criminal justice reforms among both Democrats and Republicans. And the landscape is shifting quickly.

On Monday, for example, California's governor signed landmark legislation that limits the use of deadly force by police officers to circumstances in which it is "necessary" to defend themselves or others against the threat of imminent death or serious injury.

Also on Monday, a New York police officer was fired five years after his chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner, who at the time was being questioned for illegally selling cigarettes.

Mr. Garner's death, along with the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Missouri, galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement and focused public attention on how the police treated people - mostly black and Latino - suspected of low-level crimes.

Since then, dozens of police departments and prosecutors' offices have announced that they will no longer make arrests for minor crimes such as possession of small amounts of marijuana. Police officials have also apologized for their aggressive strategies of the past. nytimes.com

Retailers fight returns with data and policy changes
Some retailers are tracking customers associated with a high level of returns and adopting a policy of not accepting returns over a certain amount. In effect, they're creating a "blacklist" of people who return items to physical stores or send online orders back too often.

The list is created by using artificial intelligence algorithms running in the cloud which use the same database throughout an entire company to store various types of data for different computerized functions. Among the companies that provide such services are Appriss Retail and Brightpearl.

Amazon took the blacklisting approach last year when management changed its return policy to control and thwart serial return repeaters. Germany-based Zalando is experimenting with return fees in some markets and using single-use tags to discourage wardrobing, and U.K.-based online retailer ASOS announced a change to its returns policy earlier this year to crack down on serial returners.

Brightpearl also reported that 42 percent of U.S. retailers have seen an uplift in serial returners over the last 12 months and that 61 percent are planning to ban them.

Tom Rittman, vice president of marketing for Appriss, attribute much of the increase in serial returns to the growth in ecommerce.

"The more people purchase online, the more they now take those purchases to stores to return, so stores are seeing higher returns than ever," Rittman says. "That creates a need for retailers to study their returns to separate good customers from bad."

One big contributor to serial returns is the growth in "try before you buy" policies, O'Carroll says. "Our research indicates that TBYB will result in four times more returns when implemented." stores.org


NOAA's Above-Normal Hurricane Warning is Making Waves in the News

Preparing for a Natural Disaster
Publix Grocery Stores Cross-Functional Emergency Response Team
14 natural disasters in 2018 that cost the country $91 billion

As climate change increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters, which weather experts predict will continue, organizations need to prepare now for the possibility of being impacted regardless of where they're located or the type of disaster they might face.

There were 14 natural disasters in 2018 that cost the country $91 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; 80 percent of those losses stemmed from hurricanes Florence and Michael, along with wildfires in the West.

Advance planning and communication are keys to disaster preparedness, say HR and public service professionals who have been impacted in recent years.

At grocery store chain Publix, which operates in seven Southern states, a cross-functional emergency response team prepares for hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms, says Maria Brous, the company's director of media and community relations. If a hurricane is threatening, for example, team members track the storm's path, collaborate with suppliers to adequately stock shelves and work with employees so they're prepared for the storm.

Before hurricane season begins each June 1, the Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer e-mails its employees to remind them to stock up on essential supplies, such as cash, medications and pet food, and to create their own emergency plans, Brous says.

With more than 200,000 employees, Publix may require employees to work longer hours to prepare stores for an approaching storm, but it also gives them time off to secure their homes. Employees often help one another on tasks such as putting up hurricane shutters. "They almost instinctively set up teams in storms," Brous says. shrm.org

Editors Note: With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announcing above-normal hurricane activity potential the media has been filled with various groups posting warnings and articles about the increased likelihood as we enter the most active time of hurricane season in the South. Certainly calling for retailers to be ready and possibly run an exercise. Just a thought.

The updated 2019 Atlantic hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms.


Game Stop Lays Off 14% or 120 Positions at HQ & Other Offices
GameStop is calling necessary to "reduce costs and better align the organization with our efforts to optimize the business to meet our future objectives and success factors."

"As part of the previously announced GameStop Reboot initiative to transform our business for the future and improve our financial performance, we can confirm a workforce reduction was implemented impacting more than 120 corporate staff positions, representing approximately 14% of our total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices. forbes.com

Atlanta - Chicago - Washington DC - San Francisco
In Top 50 Most-Surveilled Cities in the World

● Eight out of the top 10 most-surveilled cities are in China
● London and Atlanta were the only cities outside of China to make the top 10
● By 2022, China is projected to have one public CCTV camera for every two people
● We found little correlation between the number of public CCTV cameras and crime or safety

CCTV, crime, and safety
A primary argument in favor of CCTV surveillance is improved law enforcement and crime prevention. We compared the number of public CCTV cameras with the crime and safety indices reported by Numbeo, which are based on surveys of that site's visitors.

For both indices, the correlation was weak (r = 0.168, r = -0.168, n = 120). A higher number of cameras just barely correlates with a higher safety index and lower crime index.

Broadly speaking, more cameras doesn't necessarily result in people feeling safer. comparitech.com

Editor's Note: This study was conducted by a 'privacy advocate.'

The Time for 3D Location in Enterprise Security Has Arrived
Research firm IDC forecasts global spending on security-related hardware, software, and services to reach $103.1 billion this year, with the US leading the world in spending.

Despite the nearly two decades of intense focus and heightened spending on enterprise security, opportunities still exist to enhance the ways in which we protect personnel and monitor business assets including critical infrastructure, office buildings, and inventory. Leveraging high-accuracy location technology, which can pinpoint workers and assets in real-time, including indoors and to the floor-level in high-rise offices, offers a new dimension in enterprise security, helping to drive efficiencies and lower costs.

Improving enterprise security with 3D location

An enterprise can benefit from high-accuracy 3D location in several ways, ranging from day-to-day worker safety, to office security, to tracking important corporate assets, as the following use cases illustrate:

Employee safety is a key driver for the adoption of new security technologies in the enterprise. Employee health and safety (EHS) spending, as tracked by research firm Verdantix, is expected to increase 4 percent in 2019, with 44 percent of decision makers planning to deploy digital sensors and 43 percent location-tracking wearables, all with the goal of improving employee security. securitymagazine.com

Are mobile payments on the verge of a breakthrough?
A series of developments in recent months has resulted in a ray of light in the not too distant future that could finally result in a consumer surge that will lead to a boom in a digital transformation. 

In a report on mobile wallet adoption released earlier this month, Juniper Research estimated that consumer spending through digital wallets would rise 40% this year in North America and Europe to $790 billion in 2019. 

Juniper analysts said the increase is due to a continued migration from consumers using cash, the transition by major banks to contactless cards as well as a surge from millennials and younger consumers who are increasingly using the iPhone, where the firm estimates that one third of the devices are being used to make contactless purchases.

Maynard said that Juniper is predicting that mobile wallet use for in-store purchases in the U.S. will exceed 100 million for the first time.

He cautioned, however, that a remaining obstacle in the U.S. is the relatively low penetration of contactless point-of-sale terminals, despite efforts by major U.S. banks to expand the use of contactless. 

Juniper estimated that only about half of POS terminals here support contactless, which Maynard called a major hindrance to the use of contactless. The terminal challenge is not a threat to QR-code use, however, and that form of payment is mainly used by the Chinese mobile systems that are increasingly being deployed in the U.S. and Canada to deal with millions of tourists and business travelers that visit every year. retailcustomerexperience.com

Use of Facial Recognition Stirs Controversy
The Technology Sparks Privacy Concerns in the UK and Beyond

A developer's use of facial recognition technology to scan the faces of pedestrians in one London neighborhood that's home to a large train station has drawn protests from residents and the city's mayor and sparked an investigation by the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office.

Meanwhile, the use of this technology by law enforcement and private firms is raising privacy concerns worldwide and is even becoming an issue in the U.S. presidential race.

The debate over facial recognition technology has also been addressed by several U.S. presidential candidates.

On Monday, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders became the first presidential candidate to call for a ban on the use of facial recognition by law enforcement. This is one part of a larger criminal justice reform package that the Vermont senator's campaign calls "Justice and Safety for All."

Another Democratic candidate, Julian Castro, the former mayor of the Texas city of San Antonio, previously announced as part of his "People First Policing" policy that he would call for establishing guidelines for next-generation surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition.  govinfosecurity.com

Walmart sues Tesla over 7 solar-panel rooftop fires
'Gross negligence' on Tesla's part led to spate of rooftop fires, Walmart says

Breach of contract and alleges "gross negligence" on Tesla's part for the fires, which it says all started on the rooftops of several stores in California, Maryland and Ohio that had Tesla solar panels.

"To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust, and the occurrence of multiple fires involving Tesla's solar systems is but one unmistakable sign of negligence by Tesla," according to the complaint filed on Tuesday.

According to the complaint, the stores affected were among the more than 240 Walmart stores that had leased or licensed roof space to Tesla for the installation of solar panels.

In total, seven stores have experienced fires that Walmart alleges were due to faulty solar panels, according to the complaint, which lists thousands of dollars in expenses with repairs, damage to merchandise and other costs. marketwatch.com


Inspector orders South Florida Family Dollar to eradicate rodent issue

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Private Sector Update - CISA Insights
Department of Homeland Security Issues Ransomware Outbreak Alert

Ransomware has rapidly emerged as the most visible cybersecurity risk playing out across our nation's networks, locking up private sector organizations and government agencies alike. And that's only what we're seeing - many more infections are going unreported, ransoms are being paid, and the vicious ransomware cycle continues on. We strongly urge you to consider ransomware infections as destructive attacks, not an event where you can simply pay off the bad guys and regain control of your network (do you really trust a cybercriminal?).

Helping organizations protect themselves from ransomware attacks is a chief priority for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). We have assisted many ransomware response and recovery efforts, building an understanding of how ransomware attacks unfold, and what potential steps you can take to better defend systems. But we also recognize that there's no such thing as perfect cybersecurity and ransomware infections can still happen, so we've also developed recommendations to help organizations limit damage, and recover smartly and effectively. us-cert.gov

Overcoming Cybersecurity Communications Barriers
There remains a problematic disconnect between the languages spoken by cybersecurity professionals and a company's senior executives and board.

For many senior executives today, the jargon of cybersecurity may feel like hieroglyphics - a mysterious language that requires translation. There is a significant need in the market to transform cyber assessments, information technology metrics, and information security into the common language of risk management.

Furthermore, there is a lack of consensus on how to categorize cyber risk within a risk taxonomy. The insurance sector often views it as a financial risk, banks may consider it an operational risk, while other industries may see it as a strategic or stand-alone risk.

Assessing the effectiveness of a company's security protocols often falls short of assessing the more mature risks, such as credit and market. And no wonder: this very technical, high-velocity, and fast-evolving risk doesn't easily translate to any traditional metrics that company management and board members typically are used to.

This lack of a common vernacular creates a communication barrier between cybersecurity experts and management/the board. In order to bridge the gap, a new approach is required that makes it possible for all of these stakeholders to speak the same language.

Risk Models Must Adapt to Change - Translating Cyber into the Language of Risk cfo.com

Hackers Are Outrunning Security
Budget - Staff - Surface
CISOs Struggle with Diminishing Tools to Protect Assets from Growing Threats

More than 80% of CISOs think that the risk of cyberattacks is increasing - and nearly a quarter believe that the attackers' capabilities are outpacing their own, according to new research from Forbes in association with Fortinet. The reasons for the perceived disparity include shortages in budget and skilled professionals along with a threat attack surface that is quickly becoming larger and more sophisticated.

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation are among the tools CISOs are deploying to deal with increasing threat pressure while they work to increase their budgets and improve the training among security and IT staff to more adroitly deal with malicious activity.

Among the resources to be protected, customers' personally identifiable information (PII) is listed as most critical, with 36% of those responding saying that it's their primary concern. PII joins company intellectual property as assets CISOs say are at the top of the list of things to be protected - and the top of the list of assets criminals are most likely to target. darkreading.com

Here Come the Retail Robots
The robot revolution is here.

As consumers continue to demand efficient and better-connected experiences, retailers are responding with a number of AI-driven innovation projects. Check out our latest video to find out what's in-store for the world of retail. rethink.industries

2019 Cloud Security Report: Latest trends and challenges
Check out the 2019 Cloud Security Report sponsored by (ISC)². Based on a comprehensive survey of cybersecurity professionals in the 400,000+ cybersecurity community on LinkedIn.

The report reveals:

● The latest cloud security trends and challenges
How organizations are responding to security threats in the cloud
What tools and best practices cybersecurity leaders are considering in their move to the cloud. helpnetsecurity.com


Shoppers Beware: Baby Formula Tampered With at Edmonton Walmart Stores
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Issues Warning
Edmonton police are investigating two incidents of baby food allegedly being tampered with at two Walmart stores in south Edmonton. This comes after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning Wednesday for people who buy infant formula, after it became aware of reports "of tampering by product substitution in an infant formula product" at a southeast Edmonton Walmart store.

The CFIA said infant formula products had been found where the tamper-proof seals had been broken and the product inside the containers had been substituted.

"This type of issue is not typically associated with the manufacturing process but can occur occasionally when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund," the CFIA said. Walmart Canada said food safety is and will always be a top priority for the company. "We take these matters very seriously," Adam Grachnik, director of corporate affairs with Walmart Canada, said in a statement. globalnews.ca

The beginner's guide to opening a pot shop
The how-to you need to read before getting into cannabis retail

This is a roadmap to pursuing your dream of owning a legal retail cannabis store...and a signposting of the pitfalls to watch out for, lest your dream vanish in a puff of smoke.

Seek professional help - Get the green upfront - Expect to pay a premium - Obtain a license - Stock your shelves - Differentiate yourself from the competition. macleans.ca

2019 Has Been Full Of Canadian Store Closures
Here's a Complete List

It has been a tough year for Canadian retailers. We said goodbye to Payless ShoeSource, Town Shoes, Home Outfitters and our last two Zellers locations, along with a few other stores. huffingtonpost.ca

Canadian Security to Host CS Honours 2019 on Oct. 3 in Toronto
Celebrating Canada's Security Leaders

Among those honored will be Robert Marentette (Director of Operations for the Art Gallery of Hamilton) who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Sean Sportun (Manager, Security & Loss Prevention for Circle K, Central Canada Division) who will receive the Community Leader Award; and Scott Young (Vice-president, Prairie Region for GardaWorld) who will receive the Emerging Leader Award. Stay tuned for the announcement of Canadian Security's 2019 Security Director of the Year Award winner.  eventbrite.ca

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Canadian Furniture Retailer Leon's Unveils Innovative Tech-Heavy Concept Store
Showcase to open a new location in the Avalon Mall in St. John's
New Canadian Tire store in Niagara Falls
Cocktail Emporium gearing up to open new downtown Toronto location
Ted Baker Opening Massive Yorkdale Storefront
World's Largest Sticker Store With 3 Storey Graphic Feature Opens in Toronto
Longo's grocery store opens at Yonge Sheppard Centre in North York
Popular Filipino fast food chain Jollibee opens in Edmonton to huge fanfare
Cannabis Canada: Get ready for more pot shops to open in Ontario

Walmart Canada rolls out nationwide grocery delivery through Instacart

Canada's Catalyst buys 10% of Hudson's Bay Co.

What can be done to fill Montreal's empty storefronts? City hall plans to find out

Surrey, BC: Man arrested after fatal stabbing near Semiahmoo Shopping Centre
Police in Surrey say they have taken one man into custody in connection with the fatal stabbing near Semiahmoo Shopping Centre early Friday. At around 3 a.m. PT, officers responded to a call from a witness who reported seeing someone lying in a parking lot in the 1700 block of 152 Street. The victim had suffered "grievous injuries" and by the time officers arrived he had died. IHIT investigators said the homicide was likely targeted, so police don't believe there is a risk to the general public. According to Jang, investigators believe others were involved in the crime, either directly or as bystanders. He said police would like to speak to them. cbc.ca

Toronto, ON: 4 people injured in strip mall & McDonald's parking lot shootings
Four people were injured in a string of shootings in the Greater Toronto Area late Monday and into Tuesday. Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to a strip mall for reports of multiple shots having been fired. Two male victims made their own way to hospital, according to Toronto police. A short time later, at 10:50 p.m., police were called for numerous shots fired in a McDonald's parking lot. A 61-year-old male suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is "fighting for his life" in hospital. In the third incident, Peel police were called to a home in Brampton shortly after 1 a.m. for reports of multiple shots being fired. A male victim was shot in the arm and abdomen and taken to hospital. cbc.ca

Nanaimo, BC: Man crawls through store ceiling, robs loss-prevention office

Burlington, ON: Man Sought After Merchandise Stolen From Fortinos

No explosives found after bomb threat at Sherwood Park shopping centre

Boucherville, QC: Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of IKEA


Robberies & Burglaries

● Bar - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hamilton, ON - Robbery

Electronics Store - Edmonton, AB - Burglary
Undisclosed Store - Nanaimo, BC - Robbery

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The Disappearing Front End, Seamless Shopping
& The POS Disruption

Dan Faketty, Vice President, Asset Protection, Southeastern Grocers
Mike Lamb, Vice President, Asset Protection & Safety, the Kroger Company


The demand for seamless shopping, the technology that delivers it, and the physical changes it creates in stores is forcing retailers to completely rethink and reinvent Loss Prevention controls, policies and practices - and possibly even redefine what acceptable levels of shrink are. Dan Faketty and Mike Lamb discuss the LP implications of new POS technologies and customer experiences - from scan-and go and mobile pay to self-checkout kiosks, tablet-based solutions, BOPIS and more.

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'Amazon is not their friend'
Amazon sellers are organizing against the retail giant
As the FTC and DOJ continues their anti-trust probe

According to a recent analyst note from Morgan Stanley, Amazon's third-party business is worth $307 billion of the company's $1.1 trillion enterprise value, comprising 58% of all merchandise sales. Meanwhile, the first-party platform is worth $93 billion.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos raved about third-party sellers, which he described as mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, in his 2018 letter to the shareholders. From 1999 to 2018, these sellers had a compound annual growth rate of 52%. On eBay, those same small sellers had a CAGR of 20%.

But third-party sellers who spoke to Business Insider aren't exactly feeling the same love towards Bezos as he professed to them.

Some sellers say that Amazon has an unfair advantage in accessing sales data on its third-party platform. Another leading complaint from Amazon sellers is that they might have their accounts suspended without much notice or explanation. In order to gain ahold of their businesses, Amazon sellers have been organizing to communicate their needs to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Both bodies have launched anti-trust probes into Amazon this summer.

Recode reported that the FTC is interested in Amazon's logistics costs and bundling of myriad services, like Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime two-day delivery, under one fee. Such moves may be considered predatory and anti-competitive. And the sellers are pushing a third perspective - how Amazon unfairly competes with its own third-party sellers. To that extent, Needham is gathering a group of sellers to approach the FTC and DOJ through a public comment. businessinsider.com

Amazon, Facebook and Google unite with Trump to protest French tax
The relationship between President Donald Trump and the largest U.S. technology companies has often been frosty but a common opponent-France's plan to tax U.S. tech giants-will bring the two sides together, at least temporarily.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are all scheduled to testify in Washington in support of the Trump administration's efforts to potentially punish France for enacting a 3% tax on global tech companies with at least 750 million euros ($832 million) in global revenue and digital sales of 25 million euros ($27.7 million) in France.

The U.S. is looking to use France as an example to deter other countries from targeting American technology firms for tax dollars. The U.K., New Zealand, Spain and Italy are among countries considering their own digital taxes, a move that U.S. officials say could lead to companies being taxed multiple times on the same profits. digitalcommerce360.com

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Joplin, MO: Best Buy hit for $40,000, Equipment Rental hit for $65,000
in early morning Burglaries

Joplin Police are investigating three burglaries at separate businesses on Range Line Road, all reported within hours of each other yesterday. The first was just before 3:30 in the morning at Best Buy. Officers say someone broke into the store and stole an estimated $40,000 worth of iPhones and Fitbits. Authorities believe the suspects were driving a white SUV. At 7 a.m., the owner of Anderson Car and Tractor called police saying many items were missing from his store. That includes an orange 2008 F-250, a 20-foot trailer, and three Kubota zero-turn mowers. All of that is worth around $65,000. At 9:30 in the morning, a burglary was also reported at Millennium Family Fitness. An outbuilding had been broken into and two vacuums were missing. fourstateshomepage.com

Boaz, AL: Man busted with $10,000 of Walmart Gift Cards
Scam running in Michigan and Maine

Police say Peifhi Lui was repeatedly going to Walmart to buy a large amount of gift cards. When employees told Lui he couldn't buy any more, things reportedly got heated between him and loss prevention. Police Chief Josh Gaskin was in the store at the time, so he got involved. Gaskin said Lui lied by saying he bought the gift cards with his own money. When loss prevention watched security footage, they realized he was using Walmart digital gift cards to buy more gift cards.

Police say he was getting those digital gift cards by scamming people, then using them to get gift cards at the store. Police say because he lied, Lui was initially arrested on one misdemeanor count of obstructing governmental operations. After the arrest, officers impounding his car say they found more than $10,000 in gift cards purchased that day. The Secret Service and global Walmart investigators also got involved in an effort to locate victims. They found victims in Michigan and Maine. One was scammed online and thought they wee communicating with their boss. The other was scammed over the phone, according to police. waff.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Sunglass Hut thieves tied to last week Credit Card Fraud at Dollar General
Police believe that two suspects used children to help them steal designer sunglasses, but it's another fashion choice they say could tie them to another crime. "The suspects match the description down to the shower cap," said Sgt. Megan Morgan, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

It's a story involving two burglaries and one leopard shower cap. In surveillance photos from the Sunglass Hut at Penn Square Mall, you can see a man and a woman in the store with two children. "The employee said that it appears they used the two young juveniles as a pawn in this scheme," Morgan said. The employee told authorities that one adult told the kids to pick out sunglasses they wanted. Meanwhile, another allegedly took a pair without paying for them. I

t's a scheme, police say, that ended with $1,000 in merchandise, including designer sunglasses from brands like Versace and Miu Miu, missing. After police posted these surveillance photos, they received a message from an eagle-eyed social media user. "A citizen pointed out to us it appears these same suspects are responsible for a larceny that we put out last week. This was a larceny of a gift card at a local store," said Morgan. kfor.com

Mesa, AZ: Arizona Diamond Center reports a $36,000 Grab & Run theft

Trumbull, CT: Woman Tried To Steal $1,700 Worth Of Items from Macy's


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Shootings & Deaths

Boca Raton, FL: Delivery Subcontractor for Best Buy charged with murder
after allegedly killing customer

A Hialeah delivery man appeared in court after he allegedly murdered a customer in Boca Raton. Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 21, is accused of murdering a customer while delivering a washer and dryer, Monday morning. Lachazo and his partner, who were subcontracted through Best Buy, arrived at the home off Glades Road around 9:15 a.m. to make their delivery. The Driver went outside and return the phone calls while his partner showed the woman how to use the new washer and dryer. Lachazo stayed behind with the victim, who was later identified as 75-year-old Evelyn Udell.

According to police, the driver heard screams coming from the home and rushed back in. "And [he] saw the woman on the ground against the washer and dryer unconscious and bleeding," said Economou. The driver then went outside and called 911. "Fire rescue had arrived on the scene," said Economou. "When they arrived on scene and went inside, they found the woman not only with a head injury and unconscious, but on fire." According to police, Lachazo told them he doused Udell with acetone and set the blaze. It remains unclear what sparked the blaze. Lachazo then jumped in the van and left his partner behind, but police said they caught up with him minutes later. wsvn.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Eau Claire, WI: Employee accused of threatening Menards Distribution Center remains in jail
A Wisconsin man is accused of threatening to open fire at a Menards distribution center. 31-year-old Kevin Pinkham of Eau Claire was charged Tuesday with terrorist threats, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to the complaint, Pinkham worked at the Menards center in the Town of Union and told another employee he would "shoot the place up." Pinkham told a deputy he had also texted his girlfriend saying he was "going to kill everyone." Pinkham said it was a joke and that he didn't mean it. Authorities found rifles and ammunition during a search of Pinkham's home. fox11online.com

Folsom, CA: Shoplifting suspect's gun jammed while trying to shoot at Police Officers
A simple shoplifting call at a business in Folsom turned into an arrest for attempted murder of a police officer. Officers were called out to the business near Riley Street and Lembi Drive to assist with a suspected shoplifter who was fighting with loss prevention employees at the store. According to police, as soon as officers arrived, the suspect, 29-year-old Jason Knapp, began to fight with them, too.

Police said a violent physical struggle began between Knapp and the officers when they said Knapp suddenly pulled a handgun, aimed at the officers and pulled the trigger. Luckily, investigators said they believe the gun became jammed during the struggle and did not fire. The officers soon disarmed Knapp, but said he continued to fight until a taser was deployed. Knapp was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries before being booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Investigators said that when they searched his car, they found a half-pound of cocaine and two more guns. abc10.com

Update: Kent County, MI: Police suspect gangs in thefts at gun shop, cellphone stores
Police think that gang activity is behind burglaries at a gun shop and multiple cellphone stores. Those involved are mostly teens, police said. "Most of the individuals who have been identified thus far boast large sums of money and possess handguns," Kent County sheriff's Sgt. Joel Roon said. A failed burglary early Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Barracks 616 is not likely related to a July 10 burglary at the Cascade Township gun shop, which resulted in the theft of 23 handguns. mlive.com

Update: Akron, OH: Woman charged in connection with theft, Pit Bull attack
at Acme grocery store

Akron police say they have identified the woman who motioned for a pair of pit bulls to attack an employee of an Acme Fresh Market while she and two others made their getaway after stealing groceries and other items. Linda Snow, 64, of Norton has been charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated robbery and a first-degree misdemeanor of dangerous dog. Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, two women and a man left the store on East Avenue in the city's Kenmore neighborhood with a cart of merchandise that they didn't pay for. The trio walked toward a red Chrysler mini-van in the parking lot and a 55-year-old Acme employee approached them, police said. The employee said the suspects let out two pit bulls who bit him multiple times in the groin area, according to police. cleveland.com

North Port, FL: C-Store Heist pattern eyed after North Port, Venice robberies

Portland, OR: String of business break-ins goes on, but Portland Police say some still aren't locking up

Wauwatosa, WI: "At Home' Employee charged with theft of over $8,000; 44 fraudulent transactions

Long Beach, CA: Marshall's Loss Prevention stabbed while attempting to apprehend 2 shoplifters

Columbus, OH: Female teen shoplifter fights and flees Target Asset Protection agents

Trumbull, CT: Pregnant shoplifter arrested after attacking Macy's Loss Prevention

Stamford, CT: Man pulls razor knife on 3 Macy's Asset Protection Agents

Montgomery, AL: Woman charged with robbery after shoving, choking Target employee

Warren, OH: Woman punches Giant Eagle Loss Prevention in the face; stealing a box of Hot Pockets


McAllen, TX: More Sentences Handed Down In La Plaza Mall Jewel Heist
Punishment has been handed down against two more suspects arrested in a smash-and-grab robbery at a La Plaza Mall jewelry store a little more than a year ago. A judge Monday slapped 29-year-old Jorge Angel Rodriguez Mejia with a 15-year prison term, while sentencing 23-year-old Javier Leobardo Olvera-Ramirez to 12 years behind bars. Both had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery charges stemming from the jewelry heist at Deutsch and Deutsch. A total of seven men had run into the store the mid-morning of Saturday July 28th. Shoppers thought they heard gunshots as the robbers smashed the glass jewelry cases, sparking reports of an active shooter and inciting panic inside the crowded mall. A total of four suspects have now been sent to prison. kurv.com



AT&T - Bristol, TN - Burglary
C-Store - Venice, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sherman, TX - Burglary
Family Dollar - Nacogdoches, County, TX - Burglary
Gas Station - Gallatin, TN - Burglary
Gun store - Kent County, MI - Burglary
Liquor store - Bourbon, IN - Burglary
Macy's - Stamford, CT - Robbery
Macy's - Trumbull, CT - Robbery
Marshall's - Long Beach - Robbery
Pharmacy - Brooklyn, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Portland, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery (Taco Bell)
Target - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Target - Montgomery, AL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed





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