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Pablo Ricaurte named Corporate Asset Protection Manager for Wild Fork Foods
Previously, Pablo was the Merchandising Manager and Asset Protection Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue. He's also held other loss prevention roles including Loss Prevention Assistant Manager for Neiman Marcus, LP Investigator for Publix, and LP Investigator for Macy's. Congratulations Pablo!

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CONTROLTEK is North American Distributor for Nordic ID's RFID Retail and Logistics Solutions
Nordic ID and CONTROLTEK have joined forces in North America. CONTROLTEK is the lead distributor of Nordic ID products in the U.S. and Canadian markets and collaborates with Nordic ID Inc. and the Nordic ID Headquarters located in Finland.

"At CONTROLTEK, our goal is to provide solutions to our clients which help them keep up with a variety of challenges faced in the changing age of retail," said Steve Sell, vice president of global sales and marketing at CONTROLTEK. "We see RFID as a versatile technology with many applications for retailers, including LP. Thanks to our partnership with Nordic ID we help our clients take meaningful steps to the future."

For more information about Nordic ID and their products, visit their website. controltekusa.com

New FaceFirst biometric platform version boosts performance and eases deployment
FaceFirst has launched a new version of its biometric enterprise computer vision platform with improved face detection performance in challenging conditions, broader camera compatibility, simplified scalability and system and camera health monitoring.

The algorithm in new FaceFirst version 6.6 can now recognize four to seven and a half times more faces in conditions with extreme lighting, unusual camera angles, or large crowds, and performance is more reliable across different camera types, according to the announcement. The platform also now works with a range of existing camera infrastructures, including IP, USB, webcam, dome, bullet, and single or multi-sensory panoramic cameras. biometricupdate.com See today's Vendor Spotlight column below

Johnson Controls has big plans for Tyco Cloud
Johnson Controls recently unveiled Tyco Cloud, a new cloud-based security suite developed to help customers move costly and complex security infrastructure for access control and video surveillance to the cloud.

With Tyco Cloud, Johnson Controls said organizations can reduce costs, improve enterprise security management and scale security operations on demand, allowing users to protect lives, assets and facilities through management of access control, video surveillance and other security operations using secure cloud services and connected devices such as cloud cameras and controllers. Cloud solutions from Tyco run on an open and modern microservices architecture to ensure fast, scalable and secure services.

"Our customers worldwide are embracing and accelerating digital transformation to make their businesses more intelligent, agile and cost effective," Martin Renkis, general manager of Cloud Solutions, Global Security Products at Johnson Controls, said in the announcement. "Tyco Cloud empowers this digital transformation with on-demand security management that enables organizations to securely and cost-effectively customize their video surveillance and access control solutions based on site-specific and enterprise-wide requirements." securitysystemsnews.com

Big Increase in Retailers Hiring Off-Duty Police in San Francisco
The program is not new, but the increase in demand is
For some, the extra layer of armed security is a comfort and crime deterrent.

Businesses are paying off-duty officers at least $100 an hour through San Francisco Police Department's 10-B program.

"It enhances the on-duty presence at any given time there can be 15-100 extra police officers that are most qualified, most equipped and able to communicate on our radios," SFPD Officer Robert Rueca said.

Program 10-B has been around since the 1970s and allows people to hire out officers. But demand has spiked in recent years.

From 2016 to 2017, officers worked 114,000 off-duty overtime hours and just over 200,000 hours last year, according to the SFPD.

Karin Flood, executive director for Union Square Business Improvement District, said they hire one 10-B police officer 10 hours a day, seven days a week and are looking to expand that later this year to a second officer.

The Union Square Business Improvement District is not alone. Flood said several nearby retailers are also hiring their own uniformed officers to prevent theft and crime. nbcbay.com

Retail is rife with harassment, and employers aren't intervening, survey says
Harassment in the Retail Sector

Nearly half of retail workers in the U.K. have experienced "sexual, racist, homophobic or otherwise very offensive language" in the workplace, according to a survey of about 1,000 retail workers from law firm Foot Anstey.

We also analysed the gender split of harassment cases and asked those affected to rate how their complaints were handled by their employer.

The survey found that 11% of retail workers experienced inappropriate touching at work. More than a third of them "blamed their employer for not doing enough." A quarter of respondents said they experienced physically aggressive or violent behavior, while 26% were subjected to unwanted touching or hugging.

What stood out in the Foot Anstey survey wasn't just the number of harassment victims in the retail sector. The findings also revealed the relatively high percentage of complaints against employers for not having the appropriate mechanisms in place to help prevent harassment. Forty-one percent of respondents were unsatisfied with the results following their complaints, 24% said they felt their employer didn't care about protecting them from abuse and 22% said their employer lacked confidential means of filing complaints.

U.S.-based research has produced similar findings. In a National Institutes of Health poll of more than 15,000 workers released in June, 20% experienced sexual harassment. retaildive.com

Long Beach, CA: Hotel cook planned mass shooting
Gunning down his own coworkers and guests at Marriott

A hotel cook apparently upset over human resources issues has been arrested for allegedly planning a mass shooting of his coworkers and guests at a Marriott property in Long Beach, California, city police said Wednesday. A tip from a colleague led police to arrest Rodolfo Montoya, 37, at his Huntington Beach home, Chief Robert Luna said at a news conference. Police seized firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and tactical gear, including high-capacity magazines and an assault rifle. "Suspect Montoya had clear plans, intent, and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass-casualty incident." fox59.com

Fargo officials 'reclarify' shoplifting policy after businesses air worries
Fargo officials on Tuesday, Aug. 20, issued a news release to "reclarify" a recent change in policy when it comes to how police and city prosecutors approach shoplifting cases.

The Fargo city prosecutor's office recently let area retailers know it will no longer prosecute shoplifting cases when a case is based solely on video evidence, also known as "delayed evidence."

In addition, Fargo police have informed local businesses that officers will not take theft reports on delayed/video evidence calls from retailers unless the dollar amount involved is more than $500 and the case is handled in Cass County District Court, or the case is one that poses a public safety risk.

Reasons for the change, according to the city prosecutor's office, include the difficulty in prosecuting cases that rely solely on retail store video, without firsthand, or eyewitness evidence.

"We're going to do the things we usually do, this (policy change) is to address some of the big-box issues," Mahoney said, referring to large-size retail stores.

Also, the new policy is not applicable to shoplifters who are caught in the act. inform.com

Walmart Boycott?
Sales of Bullet-Resistant Backpacks Stir Safety Concerns

"Stores reportedly sold out of the backpacks, which can run from $100 to $500."

Teachers Union Calls on Walmart to Remove Guns
or Face a Boycott

The nation's largest teachers union criticized Walmart for selling bullet-resistent back packs. In an August 7 letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) wrote: "As our nation continues to grapple with the twin tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, educators, their students and families are preparing to go back to school. I can't begin to describe the anxiety they feel - frankly, anxiety you understand all too well, as Walmart is including bulletproof backpacks in its back-to-school merchandise."

In her letter, Weingarten calls on the company to do its part "to help build a future with fewer guns and safer communities." If Walmart does not act, she said, the union would consider a nationwide boycott of the world's largest retail chain.  edmdigest.com

Farmer Behind the U.S.'s Largest $120M Organic Food Fraud Scheme Dies
by Suicide

A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. yahoo.com

Leader of $120M organic fraud scheme gets 10 years in prison;
3 Nebraska farmers get shorter terms

Williams said that, between 2010 and 2017, consumers nationwide were fooled into paying extra to buy products ranging from eggs to steak that they believed were better for the environment and their own health. Instead, they unwittingly purchased food that relied on farming practices, including the use of chemical pesticides to grow crops, that they opposed.

Earlier in the day, Williams gave shorter prison terms to three Overton, Nebraska, farmers whom Constant recruited to join the scheme.

The farmers reaped more than $120 million in proceeds from sales of the tainted grain. The scheme may have involved up to 7 percent of organic corn grown in the U.S. in 2016 and 8 percent of the organic soybeans, prosecutors said.

Michael Potter, 41, was ordered to serve 24 months behind bars; James Brennan, 41, was sentenced to 20 months; and his father, 71-year-old Tom Brennan, was given a three-month sentence.  abcnews.go.com

The Malls Continue Their Death Spiral
1st Two Quarters Off-Mall Earnings Up 3% - Mall-Based Earnings Down 29%
For the first two fiscal quarters of this year, earnings at off-mall retailers rose 3% compared with a drop of 29% for mall-based retailers, according to Retail Metrics, a retail research firm, which analyzed results at 105 retailers.

Saunders and other analysts say they started to see a clear divide between retail's winners and losers four or five years ago. But as the economy starts developing some cracks, vulnerable retailers will become even more exposed. dallasnews.com

Editor's Note: Beyond what all the analysts are saying the fear factor driven by active shooters and mass shootings, we feel, is playing a major role in the decreased traffic in malls. As we continue to hear anecdotally from millennial mothers how they are avoiding the malls over security concerns. And the double edged sword is that no one is willing to address the issue.

Even in groups of peers we all hear how long its been since anyone in the group has even been to a mall. Which is always followed by laughter. And I challenge you to ask the question in any group yourself.

Fear plays a major role in all of our lives and it's my personal opinion that it's the #2 reason behind the Mall spiral, second only to the fact that no one has the time or is willing to give the time to walk the malls for shopping. Speed and fear, two powerful hurdles. Just my thought.

Struggling Retailers May Not Survive the Next Recession
Analysts expect the gulf between winners and losers to widen, as illustrated by the latest earnings season
Now, amid fears that the United States is headed toward recession, analysts say another reckoning might be in store as a slowing global economy, volatile stock market and new tariffs are likely to take their toll on American consumers in coming months.

There is little middle ground left in the retail industry: Companies are either doing brisk business or struggling to hang on, analysts say - a trend that is likely to become even more pronounced if the economy sours.

"If there's another recession - and I think there will be soon - everyone gets knocked down," said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School and the former chief executive of Sears Canada. "The strong get back on their feet. The weak don't recover."

The coming months will be crucial for retailers as they brace for the Trump administration's new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports - including toys, televisions and clothing - that will go into effect in mid-September. President Trump said last week that he would push back some of those tariffs to Dec. 15 "so that they won't be relevant for the Christmas shopping season," but retailers say the constant uncertainty is already changing how they prepare for the busy holiday period. washingtonpost.com

Don't Sugarcoat Performance Reviews
Managers Biggest Mistake - Minimizing Confrontation
But if you've avoided being truthful, here's how to deliver bad news for the first time during an employee.

By far one of the biggest mistakes that managers make is inflating grades on annual performance reviews. Wanting to minimize confrontation, many managers give "meets expectations" scores to underachievers or workers with records of poor behavior. This documentation can come back to haunt managers should the organization later look to terminate the worker's employment.

Why? Because as a supervisor and leader, the manager has created a written record that says the employee's overall performance was acceptable.

"With no other progressive disciplinary documentation and an inflated performance record, businesses will likely have an uphill battle establishing a legitimate business reason to justify the termination decision," said Keerthi Sugumaran, employment law associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Boston.

Therefore, if you expect to terminate someone in the upcoming year, you should ensure the performance review accurately depicts why the employee's performance or conduct does not meet expectations. shrm.org


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Loss Prevention posted for PetCo in San Diego, CA
The primary purpose of this position is to direct all Loss Prevention activities for the Stores, Distribution Centers, e-commerce and National Support Center (NSC). Develop strategic planning initiatives to ensure that the Company's losses are consistent with the Company's financial objectives. Identify and lead the implementation of technology and systems that will reduce exposures at the Stores, Distribution Centers and the NSC.  petco.taleo.net

We employ more than 26,000 partners and operate more than 1,500 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 65 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; complete pet care services and veterinary advice through PetCoach; and petco.com.

Corporate Security Director, Americas Region posted for VF in Denver, CO
This position is responsible for the execution and support of the company's Global Security programs across all facilities and businesses within the Americas region. This person will work closely with cross functional leadership teams throughout the Region, such as Strategy, Finance, Legal, Risk Management, GBT, Supply Chain, Travel, Communications, Aviation and Human Resources, to ensure the protection of company assets including people, properties, products, profits and preparedness.

VF Corp. is the $11B parent company of The North Face, JanSport and Smartwool, Vans, Timberland and Dickies among others. All of the companies are scattered throughout the country.  myworkdayjobs.com

Sr. Loss Prevention Program Manager, Amazon Books and Amazon GO Posted Seattle, WA
The Loss Prevention Team is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support its Amazon Books, Four Star, and Amazon Go retail programs. This position manages the entire retail program, inclusive of building security and loss prevention design and site visits, investigations, crisis management. amazon.jobs

ZONE ASSET PROTECTION DIRECTOR posted for Family Dollar / Dollar Tree in Atlanta, GA

Quarterly Results

Target Q2 comp's up 3.4%, Digital comp's up 34%, sales up 3.6%%
Dick's Sporting Goods Q2 comp's up 3.2%, net sales up 3.8%
BJ's Wholesale Q2 comp's up 1.6%, net sales up 1.2%

L Brands Q2 consolidated comp's down 1%, sales down 2.7%
   Victoria's Secret comp's down 6%
   Bath & Body Works comp's up 8%

Nordstrom Q2 Full-Price net sales down 6.5%, Of-Price net sales down 1.9%, total revenue down 5.1%


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FaceFirst Announces a New Version of Its
Enterprise Computer Vision Platform

FaceFirst has released version 6.6, which provides customers with unprecedented performance, system monitoring and scalability to meet the demands of the world's largest companies.

FaceFirst, the leading U.S. computer vision company, today announced a new version of its platform to help create safer communities, frictionless customer experiences and more secure transactions from video analytics. The new platform version 6.6 is the company's most scalable platform architecture to date, offering improved accuracy, multi-location deployment automation, automated video analytics, health and camera monitoring, and increased ability to work with any camera including existing infrastructure.

Accuracy: Version 6.6 offers historic breakthroughs in face detection performance in challenging conditions. The algorithm can now recognize 4-7.5 times more faces in extreme lighting conditions, at unusual angles and in large crowds. This improved accuracy also creates more reliable performance across every camera type. "FaceFirst has always been a leader in public safety solutions," said FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp. "With these performance gains and simplified deployment, the improved platform opens up a variety of new applications and use cases for automated video analysis across industries."

Camera Compatibility: Thanks to the improved accuracy in challenging conditions offered by version 6.6, we have increased our ability to work with all camera types and across existing camera infrastructure, including IP, USB, webcam, dome, bullet and panoramic (single and multi-sensory) cameras.

Automated Edge and Core Deployment: The latest platform also provides simplicity of scalability. Building on the company's Two Minute Deployment installer launched earlier this year, the new functionality makes it easy to remotely set up a central server and then add dozens of locations within minutes, enabling customers and partners to achieve scale quickly. This is particularly useful in retail, banking and restaurants, where customers need to deploy across an entire chain.

Health Monitoring: The new release also offers system and camera health monitoring with the ability to instantly discover cameras, certify them, and warn when there is a camera issue. This health monitoring capability is crucial in challenging environments where cameras can easily drift from their ideal configuration. "FaceFirst is being used in highly trafficked areas like retail outlets, stadiums and transportation hubs," said FaceFirst VP of Product Roger Angarita. "It's pretty common to have cameras shift position or focus over time, but now our customers and partners will know when cameras are not collecting the ideal visual data."





LinkedIn Details Features of Fight Against Fakes
Fake accounts - those created by bots or malicious actors - are problems for every social network. In a recent blog post, professional community LinkedIn discussed what it has done, and is doing, to fight the fakes.

According to the post, LinkedIn took action on more than 21 million fake accounts in the first half of 2019; 95% of those were stopped during account creation by something in the process automation.

The remaining accounts were stopped by a combination of user reports and automated processes. In a related blog post, LinkedIn broadly described the machine intelligence it uses to detect, score, and act on fake accounts, whether they're created in bulk by a bot or individually by a malicious actor. The company says that it has teams of engineers and investigators working to protect the 610 million members who use the service for connecting to professional networks and finding new jobs.

For more, read here. darkreading.com

Why CISOs Believe Capabilities of Attackers are Outpacing their Ability to Defend
The Forbes Insight report found that 84 percent of CISOs believe the risks of cyber attacks will increase and almost a quarter believe the capabilities of attackers are outpacing their ability to defend their organization. This issue is compounded with limited resources, it said, including lack of sufficient budget and skilled professionals as well as a threat attack surface that is quickly expanding and becoming more sophisticated. Because of this, it said, security leaders understand it is critical to have the right strategies in place as they face an arms race between the capabilities of attackers and their own defense postures. securitymagazine.com

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

Cyber attackers exploiting poor cloud security
Despite 42% of organizations saying they are concerned about cloud security, many are failing to carry out security testing or follow best practices, a study shows.

The potentially devastating effects of poor cloud security was illustrated recently with a data breach affecting 100 million Capital One customers that was blamed on a "configuration vulnerability".

However, a survey from security firm Outpost24 conducted at Infosecurity Europe in June 2019 reveals that many companies are unable to detect abnormalities in their cloud environment, while 37% of the 300 security professionals polled admitted they had already experienced a cyber attack on their cloud systems.

The survey also shows that 27% of organisations do not know how quickly they could tell if their cloud data had been compromised, while 11% said a compromise on their on-premise data would be much quicker to detect, indicating some organisations are still relying solely on cloud service providers to protect their cloud data.  

Although 42% of security professionals believe their on-premise data is more secure than their cloud hosted data, 19% of organisations carry out security testing on their cloud environment only once a year and 11% never run any security testing at all.  computerweekly.com

Lacoste Creates High-Tech RFID Showroom
"The idea is to try to make RFID a global project for the company and already receive garments with tags on them," says the Global CEO.

Lacoste's Brazilian subsidiary, a popular clothing brand featuring a crocodile stamp, is testing the use of radio frequency identification in its customer showroom at the company's headquarters in São Paulo. Powered by iTag' smart tag technology, the solution brings the benefits of electronic tags to both showroom visitors and company executives. rfidjournal.com

Biometric privacy law proposal to be revived in Florida as states press ahead
A bill to impose privacy rules on corporate biometric systems, including a private right of action against companies that violate those rules, will be reintroduced in the Florida state legislature after stalling in the past session, the Florida Record reports.

A legislative assistant in the office of State Senator Gary Farmer (D-Fort Lauderdale), who sponsored the bill during the previous legislative session, said Farmer plans to reintroduce the proposal in the next one.

A similar bill may also be reintroduced in Arizona during the coming session, after it was pulled by its sponsor, House Speaker Russell Bowers (R-Mesa), for improvement, Capitol Media Services reports. The bill had already passed the House Technology Committee.

Farmer's proposal included several provisions similar to a law recently passed in Illinois. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act establishes rules for how business handle biometric data, including retinal scans, fingerprints and voice recognition data, and also lays out penalties for businesses that fail to comply with the new rules. Several states, including New York, Michigan and Alaska, are considering similar legislation. biometricupdate.com

Clickjacking Still Popular Among Online Scammers
Clickjacking is alive and well, hijacking browsers that visit hundreds of popular websites, according to research released this week. A paper published by researchers found that many of the world's most popular sites are still fooling visitors into following deceptive links to unexpected destinations.
Clickjacking is a well-established technique in which third-party scripts or browser extensions can hijack users' clicks, redirecting them to alternate locations. Online crooks can use them to download malware to a victim's computer or to commit advertising fraud, redirecting clicks to online ads and earning commission. infosecurity-magazine.com

Newly Created Job: Sr. Manager, Global Security Operations Center (GSOC)
posted for Palto Alto Networks in Santa Clara, CA

In this newly created opportunity, we are looking for an extraordinary Sr. Manager, Global Security Operations Center, with a passion for protecting corporate assets, to include people, property and information. You will build a program to operate a Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) focused on protecting Palo Alto Networks and its people, property, and assets around the world. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Global Safety & Security, you will work closely with IT, Risk Management, Facilities, InfoSec, HR and Legal. We are seeking a colleague who enjoys working independently but collaboratively in a collegial team environment within a fast-paced and dynamic company. jobvite.com




Turning a Battleship: 'One Way' That Works

Mike Lamb, Vice President,
Asset Protection & Safety,
the Kroger Company


The phrase "turning a battleship" could describe the challenge Mike Lamb faced when he joined the Kroger Co. in 2017 as Vice President of Asset Protection & Safety. Restructuring a department is no easy task. But adding the component of centralizing over 20 separate brands adds another dimension that impacts the whole company and requires an element of political maneuvering, sensitivity, sales skill, and confidence. Mike shares how he managed the change and helped move the needle for Kroger.

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Joe & Amber Play Their Greatest Hits

Quick Take 15

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Joe and Amber reminisce on some of their favorite LPNN topics, advice, and shticks from their Quick Takes over the years - including the "Wayne Hoover" LinkedIn test, travel tips, favorite crime TV shows, and more.




A no-deal Brexit could unleash a flood of fake goods in the UK, retail expert says
Michelle Whelan, chief executive of retail marketing agency Geometry U.K., told CNBC that if Britain exits the EU without a deal, the price of some legitimate products may rise by more than 10% due to scarcity. Unauthorized resellers that may have previously bought overstocked or out of season items in bulk may be able to undercut prices, especially online.

"Here in the U.K., we're used to open markets where we purchase goods from known and approved channels. With a 'no deal' there is a huge opportunity for a grey market explosion," she told CNBC by email.

"A no-deal Brexit and explosion of grey market websites via unauthorized dealer networks could continue to give us access to products we want at cheaper prices. With a deep enough search, all of us can find grey market websites catering for products such as shoes, watches, clothes, cameras, furniture, TVs, and more," she added.

Businesses prefer to sell their goods through authorized sellers or under licensing deals because it gives them more control over how items are presented and priced, but if products are sold on the grey market, via unauthorized (though legal) channels, they may be sold at a discount.

Product scarcity also risks an increase in counterfeit goods traded on the black market if a Brexit deal is not signed, Whelan said, but this could be countered by official sales channels using new technology.

"With the risk of an insurgence of 'fake' products through grey or black markets, retailers in the UK could adopt a similar strategy to Alibaba's Tmall, which uses blockchain to guarantee product quality, " she said. cnbc.com

Static security isn't keeping up with e-commerce data

The recent 7-Eleven hack in Japan reflects another trend that has facilitated the growth in e-commerce attacks: The amount of data companies are now encouraging customers to provide creates risk.

The growth of store-specific credit cards, loyalty points and gift cards mean there are multiple avenues a threat actor can use to break into a network, and greater financial incentives for those willing to do so.

However, these kinds of incidents are not purely a result of e-commerce trends; they also stem from changes in how cybercrime operates. As ever, the influence of the dark web looms large. There are millions (or perhaps billions) of stolen credentials available for purchase. When combined with two decades of poor password hygiene and an ever-growing cybercriminal ecosystem, the economics for a threat actor are simple.

The monetary upside vastly outweighs the cost of credential acquisition, meaning a relatively small investment on the part of the cybercriminals can yield a significant profit.

Given this reality, retailers and other e-commerce sites must shore up their web and mobile applications with more advanced security measures. Failure to do so will simply ensure that these tactics remain profitable, and therefore popular attack vectors that threat actors can utilize. Read more: paymentssource.com

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Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Retail Crime Coalition and Metropolitan PD team up
in city-wide sting leads to 25 shoplifting arrests

A two-day city-wide sting operation just wrapped up Wednesday evening. Officers were targeting big box retailers known for shoplifters. Police have been after shoplifters for two days and have made a significant number of arrests. Police say up to 25 people have been arrested over the last two days. Our crews witnessed as one woman was arrested and taken into the back of a sheriff's van.

For the first time, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department teamed up with the Indiana Retail Crime Coalition to catch suspected thieves in the act. Our cameras were rolling as officers made multiple arrests at seven different retailers: Lowe's, Target, Walmart, Macy's, JC Penney's, Kohl's and Meijer. "We're focusing our efforts on stopping some of the retail crime and theft that's been occurring in the city here. And we're focusing on several different stores," said IMPD North District Commander Michael Wolley. Wolley says it's very organized and a high-dollar crime.

"From just day-to-day shoplifting, to just e-fencing and people just selling direct. That's been a big game changer. It's not just a big group any longer. It could be one person, it could be an entire network," said Indiana Retail Crime Coalition President Matt Thompson.
Thompson says theft like this ultimately impacts everyone.

"It's hitting the customers in the pocketbook. Someone has to pick up the cost for the theft. Secondly, it's a safety opportunity for all of us. Both our customers and our employees don't feel safe when they see incidents go down in the parking lot," said Thompson. fox59.com

Thanks to Matt Thompson, President of IROCC, for submitting this story.

FBI Investigation: Man charged as Leader of Crew that Robbed 15 Pharmacies in Cerritos, Westminster, Anaheim and other Southern California cities
A federal grand jury today returned an eight-count superseding indictment that charges a Lynwood man with being the organizer and leader of a crew that committed at least 15 armed robberies of independent and "mom-and-pop" pharmacies across Southern California. Over an 18-month period that ended just a few weeks ago, Lewis allegedly led an armed crew that robbed pharmacies in Bellflower, Cerritos, South Los Angeles, Westminster, Pico Rivera, Fullerton, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Anaheim, Glendale, Riverside, Paramount, and Claremont. Lewis allegedly picked out the robbery locations and provided details to the crew's participants as to how the robberies should be conducted, including what medications to target. Lewis also traveled to the robbery locations in advance to scout the targeted stores and later oversaw the robberies as they were committed, the indictment alleges. oc-breeze.com

Gaithersburg, MD: Police Looking for 6 Women Who Stole $24,000 of Cell Phones for Verizon
Surveillance video of the July 18th incident was released Wednesday. It shows five of the women were trying to divert the attention of store employees, while the sixth suspect entered an open storeroom and stole 29 cell phones in less than a minute. Detectives say the woman who took the cell phones appeared to be pregnant. She was confronted by an employee. The other suspects started to overwhelm the employee before fleeing the store. Police say the women may have modified their clothes to hide stolen items. They believe the suspect who took the phones pretended to be pregnant. wfmd.com

Fairfax County, VA: Home Depot shoplifter arrested with $3,000 in merchandise; ties to theft at 2nd location
Police Officers responded Aug. 11 at 3:45 p.m. to a larceny at the Home Depot in Merrifield, and upon arriving found store security personnel fighting with the suspect. When police were arresting the suspect, he pulled away and ran from officers, but was caught after a short foot pursuit. The suspect had committed grand larceny at another Home Depot just before coming to the Merrifield location, and allegedly had more than $3,000 worth of stolen items with him. Authorities have charged Derik Henderson, 36, of Maryland, with grand larceny, assault and resisting arrest. insidenova.com

3 employees accused of stealing from another Alexandria Mall store
Three women were arrested Tuesday at the Alexandria Mall, accused of stealing clothes from one store while they were working at another store. The incident was reported around 2 p.m. by an asset protection manager at JC Penney. The manager "saw three women stealing clothes, then running out of the store," according to police. The manager contacted police and followed the three women to Conn's Home Plus. He found out they worked at the store. When officers arrived, he pointed the women out. The three were taken into custody. According to Police, the items taken were valued at $753. thetowntalk.com

DeSoto County, FL: Two arrested in multi-county $3,000+ Vacuum Cleaner thefts from Walmart
The two suspects were identified as James Luther Hinton, 31, and Tyler Edward Rouse, 23. Records indicate the pair are primary suspects in "numerous retail theft cases from Walmart," mainly targeting iRobots and other vacuums. Both had charges pending from other counties including Manatee, Pasco and Hillsborough. A search warrant was issued; Hinton and Rouse were both arrested under the warrant on August 14. yoursun.com

Fort Collins, CO: Man allegedly poses as Fort Collins bicycle store manager to steal, sell bicycles
A bike shop is putting out a word of warning after someone has been using their name to commit fraud in a string of bike thefts. John Lambert, manager of Recycled Cycles, made a stunning discovery. "One of my friends text me and asked if I was still selling a bike online and I responded with, what?" Lambert said.

After he investigated, Lambert discovered a man was allegedly taking photos of bikes parked and locked on the Colorado State University campus. He would then reportedly post them on the "Let Go" app using Lambert's name and his store name to add a layer of legitimacy. "From what we could tell he would get someone interested, cut the lock and steal the bike and then sell it," Lambert said. The manager said the incidents have hurt their reputation and scammed several people around town. kdvr.com

Menomonee Falls, WI: Police are searching for 3 suspects in $400 theft from Pick n' Save
Police say the female African-American suspects took over $400 worth of merchandise, which included batteries, deodorant, lotion, and other items described as frequently resold. The suspects hid the items in handbags, a stolen backpack, and a stolen clothes hamper as they tried to leave the store just before 11 p.m. A store employee did try to stop the suspects from leaving, but one of them pushed them to clear the way out. wtmj.com

Melbourne, Australia: Deportation awaits addict who acted as lookout
for Baby Formula thieves

A drug addict rewarded with cash, heroin and ice for his involvement in a syndicate that stole baby formula from warehouses across Melbourne has been jailed, and is almost certain to be deported from Australia afterwards. Herdeep Singh, 32, was a lookout in burglaries at storage facilities in Preston, Bundoora and Mount Waverley between June 29 and August 30 last year, where a gang stole baby formula and vitamins worth a combined $177,000. He pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, three of theft and two of possessing a drug of dependence. Another man, Gurwinder Gill, appeared in court on Thursday after he last year admitted his involvement in eight burglaries that netted the syndicate baby formula and vitamins worth $540,000. Gill, 37, will be sentenced at a later date. theage.com.au

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Shootings & Deaths

Adams County, PA: Man shoots former Distribution Center supervisor
before killing himself

Two men are dead after a murder suicide early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Plainville Farms Distribution Center. Eastern Adams Regional Police say 75-year-old Phillip Hughes of North Carolina was fired Tuesday. Wednesday morning Hughes appeared to have staked out the parking lot of the distribution center waiting for transportation supervisor 58-year-old John Frey of York to arrive. "The subject pulled in to the parking lot, got out of his car, and fired what we think is two shots [at Frey,]" said Eastern Adams Regional Police Chief Francis Staab. "One shot striking the victim killing him, and the third shot her took his own life." fox43.com

Phoenix, AZ: Fatal stabbing at Circle K resulted from an argument over a cigarette
An argument about a cigarette left a woman dead at a Phoenix Circle K last weekend, according to court documents. Michael Quezada, 44, is suspected of approaching a pair of women and asking for a cigarette Saturday in the store parking lot near 20th Avenue and Van Buren Street, according to probable cause documents filed in court by Phoenix Police Department. When they refused to give him a cigarette, an argument erupted between Quezada and the women and he pulled out a knife. One of the women warned the other about the knife and then stepped between Quezada and the other woman, the documents state. Quezada repeatedly stabbed the woman who stepped in between, whom police have not yet identified, and then left the area. Police found the woman on the ground in the parking lot. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. azcentral.com

Phoenix, AZ: 2 Juveniles Arrested in killing of 2018 Roosevelt Row Coffee-Shop workers
Two juveniles have been arrested in the killing of two Phoenix Roosevelt Row coffee-shop workers who were gunned down in the early-morning hours of Oct. 5 after they left work, Phoenix police said Wednesday. Police said they are asking the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to charge the teens as adults.

They were identified as Antonio Palafox-Zermeno, 16, and Castulo Cervantes, 15. Police are searching for additional accomplices. Police said they each were a year younger at the time of the armed robbery in which David Bessent, 41, and Zachary Walter, 24, were shot and killed just after 3:30 a.m. Police said the two men were walking near Third Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, after leaving their jobs at Jobot Coffee & Bar, where they both worked as cooks. Walter died soon after he was shot. Bessent was hospitalized in extremely critical condition and died a few days later. azcentral.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

King County, WA: $1 Million worth of Cocaine found hidden in Bananas at Washington Safeway Stores
Police in Washington State are investigating after huge cocaine shipments were found at three Safeway stores, a haul reportedly worth more than $1 million. Drugs were stuffed inside boxes of bananas at stores in the cities of Woodinville, Bellingham and Federal Way, KING5 reported, citing law enforcement sources. The cocaine appeared to have been sent to each location in similar quantities, marked with the letters "CK." Police said 23 kilos of cocaine had been recovered in Bellingham and 22 kilos was recorded in the Woodinville store. The amount discovered in Federal Way was not immediately clear. Authorities said the Woodinville stash alone was valued at more than $550,000. king5.com

Milwaukee, WI: Former Brink's Driver among 4 charged in attempted Armed Robbery of Armored truck
After months of police work, prosecutors said four men were involved in the attempted armed robbery of an armored truck near 27th and Loomis in Milwaukee in April. The four men were arrested -- two of them out of state -- and charged in Milwaukee County with conspiracy to commit armed robbery with threat of force. It wasn't clear Wednesday, Aug. 21 whether others had been arrested or charged in the case, but court documents show investigators believe there were others involved. fox6now.com

Dallas, TX :7-Eleven 'Cowboy' Clerk Ropes Alleged Armed Robber
A 7-Eleven employee fought off an armed robbery suspect by tying him up Tuesday night in central Oak Cliff. Police responded to a report of an armed robbery shortly after 11 p.m. Officers said the suspect tried to rob the store and attempted to stab the employee with a screwdriver. A fight between the suspect and the convenience store clerk ensued, but the clerk happened to be a cowboy. He grabbed a rope and tied up the suspect until police arrived. The employee said he is a cowboy from West Texas. Police said the suspect was tied up so tightly that they had to use a knife to cut the suspect loose. The clerk had minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene. kiiitv.com

Minocqua, WI: Gas Station Manager steals $25,000 in cash from ATM

Cumberland, MD: Love's Truck Stop Employee busted for $7,248 in refund fraud; 57 transactions

Credit Card Fraud

Tampa, FL: Police say arrests shut down Violent Street Gang
Nine men associated with a violent street gang, the 200 Skudda Gang, were rounded up Tuesday (Aug. 20) morning after a two-year investigation into criminal activities that included homicide, credit card fraud, racketeering, drug sales, and identity theft, according to the Tampa Police Department. The investigation involved the Tampa Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in partnership with the Florida Office of the Attorney General. The 200 Skudda Gang - operating within the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County, as well as Conyers County, GA - committed fraud throughout the U.S. involving hundreds of victims. tbreporter.com

Milford, CT: Man used victim's credit card, racks up $74,000 in purchases


Fredericksburg, VA: Man who stabbed man outside Walmart ordered to serve 18 years in prison

Cincinnati, OH: Man involved in $1 million jewel heist sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison

East Hartford, CT: Man rejects 10-year prison term in plea deal of 7-Eleven robbery



Barnes & Noble - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Skamokawa, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
CVS - Greenwich, CT - Robbery
Dollar General - Kingstree, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Yantis County, TX - Robbery
Gas Station - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Grocery store - Craven County, NC - Burglary
Grocery store - Menomonee Falls, WI - Robbery
Gun store- Taylor, MI - Burglary
Jewelry store - Knoxville, TN - Burglary
• Jewelry store - El Paso, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Huntersville, NC - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Wyoming, MI - Burglary
T-Mobile - Akron - Armed Robbery
Uber Eats - Port Richey, FL - Robbery
Vapor - Lexington, KY - Burglary
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Buffalo, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery/ clerk wounded
7-Eleven - Anne Arundel County, MD - Armed Robbery



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