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Patrick O'Leary named Business Development - Inventory Intelligence for Sensormatic

Prior to taking this position with Sensormatic, Patrick served as Vice President and General Manager for Nedap for four years. Before that, he spent over two years with Verint-Systems as Vice President, Retail Sales - North America. Patrick also held various positions with Checkpoint Systems over the span of 15 years, including Vice President of Sales - North America, Director of Sales - East United States, and Director of Sales - South Central Region. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Technology from Kent State University. Congratulations, Patrick!

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Patrick Byrne, Overstock C.E.O., Resigns After Disclosing Romance With Russian Agent

For two decades as the chief executive of the online retailer Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne has never been far from controversy. He posted elaborate theories on his personal website, railed against an unnamed Wall Street figure he named the Sith Lord and then, last week, delivered the most eyebrow-lifting tale of all.

Mr. Byrne - operating on the advice, he said, of the Berkshire Hathaway chief executive Warren Buffett - disclosed that he had been in a romantic relationship with Maria Butina, a woman accused of being a Russian spy who tried to infiltrate circles of political power before the 2016 presidential election.

His statement, with its references to the "Deep State," "Men in Black" and "political espionage," sent his company's shares sharply down and baffled investors. On Thursday, he resigned as Overstock's chief executive and chairman, saying his continued presence was complicating the company's business relationships. Those relationships, he said in an interview, included the kind necessary to fulfill his plan to sell the online retailer.

"My presence could - and likely would - be disruptive to strategic conversations that are occurring, one of which is with my most preferred suitor in the entire industry," he told The New York Times. He declined to name that potential buyer.

He also said his presence could lead to problems for the company as it tried to renew indemnification insurance for its directors and officers. "The fact that I am so controversial has never been appealing to them, but I know it is salt in the wound now," he said. nytimes.com

   Overstock CEO: FBI asked me to pursue a romantic relationship with Maria Butina

El Paso, TX: Walmart will reopen store; interior will be entirely new, memorial will be featured to honor those who were slain in the mass shooting
Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the shooting, many of whom were Latino, and recognizing the "binational relationship between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez" just across the border in Mexico, Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said. The project is expected to take three to four months. Nearly all of the 400 employees at the El Paso store have been reassigned to other nearby locations, Hargrove said, and the Arkansas-based company believes reopening the store is "an important step in healing from this tragedy."  nbcnews.com

San Francisco Board Rebrands 'Convicted Felon' as 'Justice-Involved Person,' sanitizes other crime lingo
Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as "offender" and "addict" while changing "convicted felon" to "justice-involved person." The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth. The local officials say the new language will help change people's views about those who commit crimes.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a "formerly incarcerated person," or a "justice-involved" person or just a "returning resident." A juvenile "delinquent" will now be called a "young person with justice system involvement," or a "young person impacted by the juvenile justice system." And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become "a person with a history of substance use." "We don't want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from," said Supervisor Matt Haney.  foxnews.com

Toronto, CN: Circle K making it tough for violent thieves,
'Clear zone' criminals risk rapid arrest

Thieves would think twice about targeting Circle K convenience stores if they knew how quickly the chain's security team can respond to robberies. Sean Sportun, Circle K's manager of security and loss prevention in central Canada, said the chain's security team can put a perpetrator's image onto the cell phones of officers on patrol within seconds of a robbery report. The security team can also quickly provide closed-circuit footage to relevant law-enforcement agencies. "The quicker we're made aware of it, the quicker we can get video and images into the hands of law enforcement," Sportun said in Hagersville Wednesday.

It works like this: High-resolution cameras in the chain's 740 Ontario stores will capture a robbery in progress. If no one is hurt, the clerk calls the incident into Circle K's central security office in Toronto. Security officers call up the relevant footage on a monitor, isolate images, and then blast them over the airwaves to police in the field. The rapid response team is on duty 24-hours-a-day, just like the stores themselves. simcoereformer.ca

Axis Secures Little League Baseball World Series for 10th Consecutive Year
The 73rd Annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) marks the 10th consecutive year the even has been secured by Axis Communications. The 10-day baseball tournament, which kicked off Aug. 15, collaborated with Axis to help provide safety and security measures for the players, coaches and fans.

Over the years, the security system was designed to enable a comprehensive, integrated, and flexible security solution used by multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies, according to the company. Throughout the partnership, Little League has leveraged a variety of Axis products, including thermal, panoramic, p/t/z, fixed box and fixed dome network cameras. They have also used Axis' radar technology as well as perimeter detection analytics.

This year's security system was created in partnership with Honeywell, Milestone Systems, BriefCam, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, and Rasilient Systems. securitysales.com

Active Shooter Webinar with LPRC Research Scientist Jenn Jarrett

Please join us August 27 at 1:30pm EST for a webinar on active shooters in the business setting, hosted by LPRC Research Scientist Jenn Jarrett.

We will go over the commonly confused definitions of mass shooters, mass murderers, & active shooters. Jenn will discuss the relevant statistics & trends surrounding these events and the offender warning signals to help organizations identify potential active shooters. We will also discuss response policies to active shooters and the research on their efficacy at reducing victim count.

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Trump says he's ordering American companies to immediately start looking for an alternative to China
President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering "our great American companies" to "immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA."

Trump also said he was ordering all U.S. postal carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS and United States Post Office, "to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)."

The White House did not immediately respond when asked if the announcement, delivered in a four-part Twitter thread Friday morning, constituted an official order from the president. cnbc.com

   China Threatens New Tariffs on $75 Billion in U.S. Goods if Trump Escalates Trade War

Barnes & Noble tops list of 10 most reputable U.S. retailers
The "unique emotional bond" Barnes & Noble has with the public helped it earn the only excellent rating, and the No. 1 ranking in the Reputation Institute's US Retail RepTrak 2019, which studied the reputation of the best-known U.S. retailers. The annual study considered 81 nominated retailers across seven RepTrak criteria: products/services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership, and performance.

● Amazon ranked second in last year's US Retail RepTrak, but did not make this year's top 10 reputable retailers list. While the public's level of trust and admiration for Amazon.com is in decline, the company still earned a strong rating due primarily to its strong financial performance and its prospects for growth.

● While the areas of products and services still matter, their importance is declining and being overtaken by the importance of a workplace that treats employees fairly and is concerned about employee health and well-being.

● The retail industry's performance in the areas of governance and citizenship - corporate responsibility - is improving but has room for enhancement given an overall average score.

The top 10 most reputable U.S. retailers in the US Retail RepTrak 2019 study are:

1. Barnes & Noble
2. Costco Wholesale Corp.
3. Bass Pro Shops
4. Menards
5. Carter's

6. Ace Hardware
7. Lowe's
8. AutoZone
9. Kroger
10. Albertsons    

Opinion: Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency
Brands that do away with printed currency are unintentionally self-selecting their users.

Brands increasingly seek to provide "frictionless" experiences - a sense of ease and efficiency that enables users to engage with them on their terms. However, in a small but growing number of cases, frictionless means eliminating cash as an accepted payment method. This is a seemingly minor but significant shift in the retail landscape. As a society, it signals a shift away from inclusive commerce toward what might better be described as the age of the preferred customer. wired.com

Survey: Cash still king for certain purchases
Until transactions reach a certain amount, consumers are most likely to pay with cash. According to a new survey of 2,544 U.S. adults from CreditCards.com, 49% of respondents prefer to use cash for purchases of less than $10. Another 35% most often pay with debit cards and 16% use credit cards. Credit card payments for small purchases proved more popular among respondents with rewards credit cards (26%), while 43% said they preferred cash and 31% use debit cards. chainstoreage.com

The running list of 2019 retail bankruptcy victims

Target has opened 100 mini stores and remodeled 500 bigger ones. And it's paying off

Dick's Sporting Goods tests stores without hunting products

Phone Companies Ink Deal With All 50 States And D.C. To Combat Robocalls

Quarterly Results
Cato Q2 comp's up 4%, sales up 2%
Ross Stores Q2 comp's up 3%, sales up 6%
The Buckle Q2 comp's up 1.8%, net sales up 1.4%
Foot Locker Q2 comp's up 0.8%, total sales down 0.4%
Hibbet Sports Q2 comp's up 0.3%, net sales up 19.6%
Gap Inc. Q2 comp's down 4%, net sales down 2%
   Banana Republic comp's down 3%
   Old Navy comp's down 5%
   Gap comp's down 7%


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Microsoft Tops Phishers' Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes
Cybercriminals often exploit victims' familiarity with popular brands to manipulate them into falling for phishing campaigns. Microsoft is the most common brand to spoof, researchers report, with PayPal in second place and Facebook rapidly catching up in a close third.

The "Phisher's Favorites" report, released today by Vade Secure, ranks the 25 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks based on unique phishing URLs detected within each quarter. Microsoft has held the top spot every time, a trend it continued in the second quarter of 2019, when 20,217 unique Microsoft phishing URLs were detected - more than 222 per day.

It's easy to manipulate employees with fake Microsoft emails because the Office 365 platform "is the lifeblood of businesses," he continues. Most can't do their jobs without access to email, chat, and other productivity and file management tools, which is why they're compelled to take action when an email appears notifying them their Office 365 account has been suspended. Other phishing attacks may contain links to OneDrive or SharePoint documents, Vade analysts found. darkreading.com

Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Tied to Sale of 5M+ Stolen Cards
On Tuesday of this week, one of the more popular underground stores peddling credit and debit card data stolen from hacked merchants announced a blockbuster new sale: More than 5.3 million new accounts belonging to cardholders from 35 U.S. states. Multiple sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the card data came from compromised gas pumps, coffee shops and restaurants operated by Hy-Vee, an Iowa-based company that operates a chain of more than 245 supermarkets throughout the Midwestern United States.

Hy-Vee, based in Des Moines, announced on Aug. 14 it was investigating a data breach involving payment processing systems that handle transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants. The restaurants affected include Hy-Vee Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and Wahlburgers locations that the company owns and operates. Hy-Vee said it was too early to tell when the breach initially began or for how long intruders were inside their payment systems.

According to two sources who asked not to be identified for this story - including one at a major U.S. financial institution - the card data stolen from Hy-Vee is now being sold under the code name "Solar Energy," at the infamous Joker's Stash carding bazaar. krebsonsecurity.com

Terrorists Turn to Bitcoin for Funding, and They're Learning Fast
Terrorists have been slow to join other criminal elements that have been drawn to Bitcoin and have used it for everything from drug purchases to money laundering.

But in recent months, government authorities and organizations that track terrorist financing have begun to raise alarms about an uptick in the number of Islamist terrorist organizations experimenting with Bitcoin and other digital coins.

The yields from individual campaigns appear to be modest - in the tens of thousands of dollars. But the authorities note that terrorist attacks often require little funding. And the groups' use of cryptocurrencies appears to be getting more sophisticated. nytimes.com

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.
New York City detectives questioning a boy facing a felony charge last year offered him a McDonald's soda. When the boy left, they took the straw and tested it for his DNA. Although it did not match evidence found at a crime scene, his DNA was entered into the city's genetic database. To have it removed, the child's family had to petition a court and file an appeal, a process that took more than a year. The boy was 12.

The city's DNA database has grown by nearly 29 percent over the last two years, and now has 82,473 genetic profiles, becoming a potentially potent tool for law enforcement but one that operates with little if any oversight. The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned. The practice has exposed the Police Department to scrutiny over how the genetic material is collected and whether privacy rights are being violated, civil liberties lawyers said.  nytimes.com

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Driving AP/LP Results with Science:
2019 LPRC Focus Update

Dr. Read Hayes
Research Scientist, UF; Director, LPRC

Mike Giblin
Senior Research Scientist, LPRC

Jordan Burchell
Project Coordinator, LPRC


LP/AP teams support their company's success by enabling and protecting the total enterprise. The Loss Prevention Research Council was founded by leading retail LP leaders in 2000 to enhance their impact on this mission by working together with researchers to reduce theft, fraud, and violence.

Today, with record membership of 160 corporations, 80 ongoing projects, the annual IMPACT conference, a new app and other upcoming initiatives, learn about the new ways the LPRC is bringing together retailers, scientists, solution partners and law enforcement.

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Merchants Concerned by Potential Security Gap in EMVCo's Secure Remote Commerce
Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) is a standardized e-commerce checkout method proposed by EMVCo in 2017. The stated goal of SRC is to "establish the foundation to deliver a consistent consumer checkout experience while increasing simplicity and security." Practically speaking, the SRC product will be a unified pay button for e-commerce checkout that will house consumers' payment cards securely in one location, whether they are American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa cards.

One of the main advantages EMVCo touts is that it will make guest checkout easier for consumers and more secure for merchants. The design philosophy guiding EMVCo is less consumer friction at checkout, which should lead to a better consumer experience and less cart abandonment. This is accomplished, in theory, because consumers only have to register and log into their SRC account once. From then on, as long as the consumer is transacting from the same computer, using the same internet connection and a few dozen other data points are consistent, they will not be prompted to login again.

Our analysis, however, has uncovered a potential gap in security we feel merchants should be aware of, and that EMVCo should address. Read more: cardnotpresent.com

Inventory Scarcity Messages in Online Retailing Can Backfire
Online companies often will alert shoppers that supplies of an item are about to run out. "Only eight left in stock." "Only seven rooms left on our site." "Five or fewer left at this price." The goal is to whip up a buying frenzy, and the message is clear: Buy now or risk losing out.

Do these messages work? In a working paper, Arizona State University's Sungho Park and Elliot Rabinovich, UCLA Anderson's Christopher S. Tang and Arizona State's Rui Yin sought to answer the question by analyzing sales data from an online retailer before and after a product was listed in short supply.

They found that in a regular retail setting (outside of special sales events), the notices hurt sales by reducing the number of daily purchases, especially of items typically bought in larger quantities. The messages did shorten the time between sales, but only for items that were purchased relatively infrequently.

The findings suggest that online retailers should be careful how they use scarcity messages, limiting them to items that move relatively slowly and that typically are purchased in small quantities. "An indiscriminate implementation of scarcity disclosure strategies across products will lead to suboptimal results," the authors write. anderson.ucla.edu

Q&A: Will Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) Kill "One-Click" Shopping?




Hammond, LA: 27 MacBooks stolen from D'Iberville Best Buy part of $2 million theft ring; 4 Arrested
On Wednesday, Hammond Police said that Houston men Pierre Jordan, 33, Boris Johnson, 33, Payton Stevens, 28, and Jovan Washington, 27, have stolen more than $2 million worth of merchandise from Best Buy stores between Florida and Texas. The computers stolen from the D'Iberville location are worth more than $30,000. The Mobile Police Department asked Hammond police officers to be on the lookout Tuesday for five men who stole from a Mobile Best Buy and were headed west in a red Ford truck and a silver Toyota Camry. When officers executed a search warrant of the vehicles, they found 27 Apple MacBooks valued at $33,849 that were stolen from the Best Buy in D'Iberville, MS. sunherald.com

Tempe, AZ: Man steals from Victoria's Secret 15 times, caught on 16th attempt
A man who allegedly stole from Victoria's Secret at Arizona Mills Mall 15 times was apprehended on his 16th robbery attempt, according to Tempe police. Tempe Police report that on August 16, they arrested 28-year-old Alexander Jose Martinez as he exited the Arizona Mills Mall. Martinez was allegedly seen on store surveillance video stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret, police say. Police say Martinez was seen placing items into a green duffle bag, then leaving the store without paying.

Court records show that Martinez was identified as the suspect in 15 other thefts from the same Victoria's Secret store with the robberies allegedly beginning on May 23. Police say Martinez stole a total of nearly $27,000 worth of products from Victoria's Secret. He has been charged with 16 counts of retail theft.  abc15.com

Statesville, NC: 60 Handguns, 3 Long Guns Stolen from Bullseye Pawn
Sometime early Thursday morning around 60 handguns and 3 long guns were stolen from Bullseye Pawn located on W Front Street at Oakland Avenue in Statesville, NC. According to the Statesville Police Department, sometime between 1:30 am and 4:00 am, unknown persons forced entry into the Statesville store and stole around 60 guns. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary. wfmynews2.com

Pacifica, CA: Authorities bust Bay Area-wide retail theft ring, $70,000 in property recovered
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said detectives with its Crime Suppression Unit conducted surveillance on Rudy Obdulio Rivera and Mercy Folgers Sandoval for two months after receiving a tip about the ring. Detectives confirmed that stolen merchandise was being stored at Rivera's home, according to the Sheriff's Office. On Monday, detectives served a search warrant at the home and found $40,000 in suspected stolen retail merchandise and $30,000 in suspected stolen property, including 25 laptop computers, purses and cameras. Four other suspects were identified during the search. mercurynews.com

Acton, MA: Three suspect sough in Baby Formula theft from Roche Bros.
Acton Police detectives are looking to identify three people in connection with the theft of baby formula from Roche Bros Supermarket, according to Lt. Doug Sturniolo of the Acton Police Department. Between July and August, Sturniolo said there had been five thefts of baby formula from Roche Bros Supermarket. Suspects grab a cart and fill a reusable shopping bag with baby formula -- about 18 cans at a time -- and leave the shop through it's designated entrance. The latest theft happened Monday, Aug. 19.  wickedlocal.com

Nashville, TN: Metro Police investigating overnight Jewelry Burglary from Sam's Club
Metro Police are looking for suspects who broke into a Sam's Club overnight on Antioch Pike and stole jewelry. According to investigators, officers responded on a burglar alarm call and found the front doors of the store pried open. Remote security services for the store told police they had video of two men entering the store and going to the jewelry counter where they took jewelry of a currently unknown value. One of the suspects left a white hard hat at the counter. Both suspects ran out of the store around 1:15 a.m. and the alarm call came in at 1:17 a.m. Officers arrived within minutes. K9 units cleared the building.  wsmv.com

Update: Kennebec County, ME: Sheriff release new details in $100,000 Jewelry Store Burglary; power cut to building, 2nd burglary in 11 days

Update: Kentwood, MI: Police release new information in $20,000 Woodland Mall Burglary; clothing, jewelry and cell phones+$15,000 in damages

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Shootings & Deaths

Memphis, TN: Truck driver indicted for shooting death of American Freight furniture store manager
A truck driver accused of shooting a Memphis furniture store's dock manager was indicted Wednesday for first-degree murder. Timothy Saunders, 53, is in jail without bond. Prosecutors say Saunders got into an argument with 41-year-old Thomas Hartman, the dock manager at American Freight Liquidators, over why the truck wasn't unloaded. When the argument escalated, witnesses said Saunders left, returned with a gun and shot Hartman in the head. Hartman died at the scene. Saunders drove off in his tractor trailer after the shooting but was stopped and arrested not far from the store. wmcactionnews5.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Ocala, FL: Three suspected in Gun thefts at Rural King
Ocala Police have obtained arrest warrants for three men they believe are responsible for a burglary and the theft of multiple firearms at Rural King last month. Detectives have identified the trio as Carlos Eduardo Hampton, Qwintin E. Augustus and Jonathan Arthur Floyd all of Cocoa. The men, who are in jail in Pasco County on suspicion of committing similar crimes there, face Marion County charges of armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm and criminal mischief. Ocala police are trying to identify a fourth individual who they were told was involved. Authorities were told that pistols of various makes and models were stolen. So far, police said, only one of the guns has been recovered.  ocala.com

DeKalb County, GA: Burglary ring targets Lithonia businesses
DeKalb County police are searching for a burglary crew who have been terrorizing businesses in Lithonia. In two days the crew hit four businesses, according to police. Six seconds is all these criminals need to make their way inside. "They are using a pry bar to gain entry," Detective Patrick Rumsey of the DeKalb County Police said. Once inside it's a mad dash for whatever they can get their hands on. "At least two of the locations they have either taken or emptied the cash drawer from the register," Rumsey explained. Police say these quick-moving bad guys burglarized four Lithonia businesses in a two-day span -- three of those on the same morning.  cbs46.com

San Diego, CA: Altercation Between Restaurant Owner, Transient Highlights Frustrations Over Homeless Crisis
An altercation between a restaurant employee and a transient man on a Pacific Beach sidewalk is shining a light on interactions between homeless and the public, and how police respond when called. A video of the altercation first surfaced on Twitter Wednesday. The transient man is attacked by a man who employees nearby say is the owner of the B-Mo's sandwich shop on Garnet Avenue. he transient man is first hit in the head with a sidewalk table and then has his belongings thrown out into the street.  nbcsandiego.com

Darlington County, SC: Darlington Co. Sheriff makes recommendations to Dollar General corporate after incidents at stores
Officials with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office have asked corporate officials with Dollar General to take measures in light of two robberies and a theft at three different area stores over the last week. "The Sheriff is tremendously concerned about the safety and well-being of the employees and customers of the Dollar Generals in Darlington County," said DCSO Lt. Robert Kilgo via email. Kilgo said recommendations were made to Dollar General's corporate office that "were both of high and low financial investment." "The law enforcement profession cannot be the only entity at the table attempting to prevent these crimes; it has to be a total collaboration of the private sector, other government entities and law enforcement," Kilgo said. This request comes after a string of incidents at Darlington County Dollar General locations that began last Sunday. In the most recent instance, an armed robbery occurred at the Dollar General at 904 Lamar Hwy., around 10 p.m. Monday. A person entered the store carrying a weapon and demanded money, authorities said. No one was injured in the robbery.  wmbfnews.com

Leesburg, FL: Man hits McDonald's drive-thru worker for taking too long

Credit Card Fraud

Maricopa County, AZ: Circle K Takes Action Against Skimming
Jen and Anthony Gates' credit card was declined on July 27. When Jen checked their account, she found a $278 charge at Fry's. "We've never been there," the Anthem resident said. She believes the card information had been skimmed at the Circle K gas station on Daisy Mountain Drive. There have been 34 reported victims of credit card fraud that are believed to be connected to those two skimmers, Sgt. Calbert Gillett told In&Out on Aug. 15. "Most victims stated their cards were used over the first weekend in August, approximately 11 days after the skimmer had been located," MCSO said in a statement.  nophonews.com


Muskogee, OK: Former Death Row Inmate wins freedom or new trial in 1984 C-Store murder case
For decades, two Ada men insisted from prison that they did not kidnap and murder a C- store clerk in 1984 despite their confessions to police. They claimed their admissions came from a dream. Those innocence claims attracted renewed national attention when the true-crime documentary series, "The Innocent Man," debuted on Netflix last December. "Based on the numerous constitutional violations that occurred in this case, it is clear Mr. Fontenot did not receive a fair trial to which he was entitled both under the laws of the state of Oklahoma and the U.S. Constitution," U.S. District Judge James H. Payne wrote. The judge ruled Fontenot, now 55, must be permanently released from custody or granted a new trial in 120 days. An appeal is expected that could delay any release or retrial. oklahoman.com

North Hollywood, CA: 2 Women Get Life For Killing Liquor Mart Clerk

Lubbock, TX: Man sentenced to 20 years for Doughnut Shop Armed Robbery

Elkton, MD: Man gets 8 years in $65K theft of baseball cards, comics



AT&T - Honolulu, HI - Burglary
Bakery - Catskill, NY - Burglary
Bike Shop - Santa Cruz, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Sterling Heights, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Killeen, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Seguin, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Holland, MI - Robbery
C-Store- West Monroe, LA - Burglary
Carter's - Dover, DE - Burglary
Family Dollar - South Fulton, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Holland, MI - Robbery
Gas Station - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
Gun Shop - Statesville, NC - Burglary
Jewelry - Shelburne County, VT - Burglary
Liquor - New Stafford, VA - Burglary
Liquor - Santa Rosa, CA - Burglary
McDonald's - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Meijer - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Restaurant - South Fulton, GA - Armed Robbery (Dunkin)
Restaurant - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Restaurant- Española, NM - Armed Robbery (KFC)
Sam's Club - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Thrift - Troup County, GA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Greene County, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - East Moline, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
2 robberies
14 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
58 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed





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Rochester or Syracuse, NY

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