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Wal-Mart in 2008 Looked Into Authenticity of Cotton Sheets Supplied by Welspun India
Unclear how investigation turned out; No comment from Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart Stores and other retailers are investigating whether their Egyptian cotton sheets are authentic, but this isn't the first time the retail giant has had questions about that product.

In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee warned headquarters staff that the same supplier currently in question, Welspun India Ltd. EQWELSPUNIND -1.61 % , might have been selling the world's largest retailer fake Egyptian cotton bed sheets, according to former employees and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

At its Arkansas headquarters and in India over several months at that time, internal investigators and at least one hired externally by Wal-Mart interviewed the company's employees and queried Welspun for proof that the product was authentic and should carry the premium label, according to the documents and former employees.

Wal-Mart on Thursday declined to comment when asked about a 2008 investigation. It is unclear how the investigation turned out.
 
Wal-Mart's 2008 investigation shows how for years questions about authenticity have dogged the global cotton industry. Traders, producers and consultants in the cotton industry have suspected many products labeled as being derived from Egyptian cotton were fakes.  wsj.com

Ernst & Young to lead Welspun supply review
Welspun India has hired global consulting firm Ernst & Young to oversee a review into its raw material sourcing processes and the supply chain after one of its large American customers, Target, decided to terminate ties with the Mumbai-based linen maker for providing fake Egyptian cotton bedding products. indiatimes.com

Diamond Swapping Incident Impacts Sales?
"Unexpected drop for Signet Jewelers"

"Signet Jewelers Ltd. reported its first drop in same-store sales in six years in its second quarter as the company continues to deal with rumors that it swapped expensive diamonds for cheaper stones."

Editors Note: Interesting how the press brings this up after Signet posted one of it's first quarterly sales decreases in years. Did the incident, reported on June 14, have an impact on consumers? Regardless it does show how the press can impact a company. chainstoreage.com

Diamond Swapping Incident Impacting Stock Price?
Signet Jewelers Faces Investor Suit Over Diamond Swap Scheme

Signet Jewelers Ltd. shareholders lodged a proposed class action in New York federal court Thursday accusing the parent company of Kay Jewelers of failing to disclose that some customers who brought in rings for repair were victims of "diamond swapping" by rogue employees.

Shareholder Susan Dube claims that Signet, which owns Kay as well as jewelry retailers Zales and Jared, issued false or misleading statements in violation of the Securities Exchange Act by failing to tell investors they were having difficulty safeguarding customers' jewelry while it was being held for repairs and that Kay employees were swapping customers' stones for less expensive ones.

Because of the alleged failure to disclose, Signet shares fell more than 10 percent after a news report published in May recounted multiple Kay customers' stories of falling victim to diamond swapping, the investor said.

A Signet spokesman told Law360 on Thursday that the claims are without merit. law360.com

Loss Prevention Systems Market & Trade Shows in Russia
$189 million were spent in Russia on security systems in Retail segment in 2016. For instance X5 Retail Group, Russia's largest food retailer in terms of sales, is planning to spend more than 340 million rubles ($5,251,946 U.S.) on security systems next year. Usual spending for 1 supermarket is about 2 million rubles ($30,893 U.S.) to security systems implementation, and more than 100 million rubles ($1,544,690 U.S.) for each hypermarket.

Vyacheslav Mikhaylovsky, Head of Security at METRO Cash&Carry in Russia: "We mostly purchase foreign equipment for our facilities. The domestic products account for only 15-20% of all security systems related expenditures. For instance, we recently switched to the Russian producer in the sphere of anti-theft systems. These systems turned out to be cheaper and to react much faster to our needs relating to maintenance. When it comes to video cameras procurement though, we continue to focus on foreign brands. Today's market still offers no domestic high-quality video cameras to meet all of our integration requirements. In future, the technologies able to replace human resources in terms of protection shall be in demand: face detection, automated decision-making, modern ACS. These security systems segments still have no real alternative other than foreign vendors". 

Most of the traditional security shows do not focus on loss prevention techniques and solutions that are applicable to Retail vertical. Trade shows and loss prevention conferences specific to the retail vertical have not been organized in Russia yet. That is why Retail Cluster at TB Forum powered by Intersec attracts thousands of Retail Loss Prevention and Shrink Control professionals from Russia and overseas every year.

If you are willing to know where to meet people in charge of implementing and purchasing security systems for Retail and demonstrate the advantages of your equipment and solutions, submit your proposal to participate at TB Forum powered by Intersec 2017.  

Read the full text about Retail Loss Prevention and Shrink Control in Russia in our blog (www.groteck.com/blog/retail-loss-prevention-and-shrink-control).

A 'restaurant recession' sounds scary. Are we really on the brink of one?
Talk of a "restaurant recession" has been percolating on the Internet after an investment bank analyst used the provocative phrase in a research note to describe where the dining industry - and the overall economy - might be headed. So what's going on here? Here, we break down a few popular theories.

Theory 1: This is an early, foreboding sign that consumers are starting pull back on their spending

Theory 2: Grocery shopping is looking like a good deal right now

Theory 3: These earnings reports aren't capturing the full picture washingtonpost.com

Amazon to build three more book stores - Chicago, Portland, San Diego

JC Penney's $50M Deal In False Discount Row Gets Final OK
A California federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to J.C. Penney Corp.'s $50 million deal ending a class action accusing the retailer of tricking customers into believing they were getting larger discounts on apparel than they actually were, overruling two objections as "nothing serious." law360.com

Forever 21 Trans Worker's Bias Suit Headed To Arbitration
Forever 21 Inc. won its bid to compel arbitration of a federal discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a transgender former worker after a New York federal judge found that a contract with an arbitration provision was "valid and enforceable."  law360.com

Ivanka Trump Denies Aquazzura Knockoff Allegations
Her company also filed a counterclaim and is seeking attorneys' fees and costs. Ivanka Trump has denied the allegations of Italian footwear firm Aquazzura Italia Srl that her company has knocked off one of its popular shoe styles.

The lawsuit was filed in June in a Manhattan federal court alleging trade dress infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices over an Aquazurra footwear style. Specifically the lawsuit charged that Trump's Hettie Shoe is "virtually identical" to Aquazzura's Wild Thing. wwd.com


9 Injured After Balloons Cause Orlando Mall Shooting Scare
Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine.

Orange County Sheriff's Officials spokeswoman Deputy Rose Silva tells news outlets there was no gunman at the Florida Mall. The loud sounds were actually from six large balloons being popped as part of an industry-standard inspection for the grand opening of former 'NSync singer Joey Fatone's new restaurant.

Deputies say an announcement was made on the PA system informing shoppers and employees that the test was about to be conducted, but the loud noises still caused people to run.

Orange County Fire and Rescue officials say nine people were treated at the scene, including four who were hospitalized for minor injuries. abcnews.go.com


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Ulta Beauty Q2 comp's up 14.4%, sales up 21.9%
Ahold USA Q2 comp's up 1.4%, net sales up 2.4%
Big Lots Q2 comp's up 0.3%, net sales down 0.5%
Game Stop Q2 comp's down 10.6%, global sales down 7.4%

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RFID Adoption Gathers 'Momentum' Amid Drive to Improve Inventory (Part 2)
Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal, discusses RFID trends in the retail market.
Although RFID technology has been readily available in the retail industry for over 15 years, its adoption is ramping up now as companies revise inventory management strategies to bolster profits as well as meet the demands of omnichannel retailing.

Loss prevention is also playing a role in driving demand. But the accuracy offered by the technology coupled with more advanced software solutions to track inventory is fueling adoption - especially among larger retail chains. Here, Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal, discusses these and other trends.

WWD: What's the best way to implement RFID into a retail business? Does it require a strategy? Why?

M.R.: Virtually any apparel, jewelry or sporting goods retailer can benefit from using RFID to boost in-store inventory accuracy and improve store execution. But the best way is to develop a strategy based on your goals. Do you want to be an omnichannel retailer and use stores for same-day delivery? Do you want to improve customer service and the customer experience? Do you want to be the low-cost provider that takes cost out of your supply chain? Each of these approaches would involve a different way of deploying an RFID system.

WWD: How has the growth of omnichannel retailing impacted the adoption of RFID technology? Does it go beyond inventory management? How?

M.R.: It is not really possible to have an effective omnichannel strategy without using RFID, because RFID is the only technology available today that gives retailers the inventory accuracy needed to be an omnichannel retailer. Some retailers attempt to sell online and allow customers to pick up in stores, but they often don't expose inventory in stores to people on their website because they have little confidence that the item will be there when they come in to pick it up. So they wind up missing out on sales online as well as impulse sales when the shopper gets to the store to pick up their item.

WWD: On the RFID solution side, which companies are considered leaders and why?

M.R.: Tyco Retail Solutions, Checkpoint, SML are among the leaders on the software side. Avery Dennison, Smartrac and Invengo are among the leading providers of tags. (Avery and SML also have service bureaus for apparel tagging.) Zebra, Alien and Impinj are among the leaders in providing readers to the retail sector.

WWD: And who are some of the retail end-users who are leveraging RFID in the right way?

M.R.: Macy's is doing an outstanding job. They've been working with suppliers to increase the number of tagged items in the store and it's a critical effort as they evolve into a true omnichannel retailer. Lululemon is doing a good job of using RFID to enhance the customer experience in the store. In the United Kingdom, Marks & Spencer has tagged all non-food items in its stores and has been a leader in using RFID worldwide. wwd.com

U.S. Court Finds Russian Lawmaker's Son Guilty of $170M, 2+M Credit Card Numbers Hacking
A jury in Seattle yesterday handed down 38 guilty verdicts to the son of an influential Russian politician over the theft of millions of credit-card numbers. Roman Seleznev was convicted of charges including wire fraud, obtaining information from a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, and possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices.

U.S. government prosecutors paint a very different picture of Seleznev, describing him as "one of the most prolific credit card traffickers in history," and a wildly successful hacker who, over more than a decade of theft, cost credit-card companies as much as $170 million. Seleznev seems to have especially liked targeting restaurants whose computers he could infect with malware - malicious software - in order to steal their customers' credit-card information. nymag.com

Pokemon Go puts enterprises at risk
Nearly half of all organizations have employees who granted access to Pokémon Go using their corporate credentials. This presents a great deal of risks to corporate networks as connected third-party apps are able to view, delete, externalize, and store corporate data.

Pokémon Go has attracted a wide array of users, most specifically those ages 25-34, which points to young professionals. While it only takes one employee to put corporate data at risk, an average of 5.8 percent of an organization's employees have installed Pokémon Go.

Despite the vulnerabilities of Pokémon Go accessing corporate environments, only a small percentage of affected organizations have banned use of the application. CloudLock's Q2 cybersecurity report found that 27 percent of third-party applications connected to corporate environments are risky. Even though the game has been publicized as risky, a vast majority of affected organizations have yet to revoke its access to their network.

Organizations need to develop a high-level strategy as well as a specific Application Use Policy to decide how to whitelist or ban applications, and share this vision with their end users. As the pace of disruption has increased exponentially, apps have a huge reach within corporate environments, and they are spreading more and more quickly. csoonline.com
 



 
 


Sgt. William Seifert of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Passes Away


A Key Supporter of ORC Efforts and Retailer/Law Enforcement Partnerships in
Las Vegas and Southern Nevada

On Thursday, August 25th 2016, Sergeant William "Will" Seifert P#3508 of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Sgt. Seifert, a near 20 year veteran of the department had developed a lump on the right side of his cheek in January 2015. The lump was later diagnosed as Stage IV Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an extremely aggressive form of skin cancer. Will underwent several rounds of chemo, radiation, and even rounds of a trial medication before succumbing to this battle.

Sgt. Seifert was an instrumental driver in the creation of the LVMPD RAPP (Retail Apprehension Prevention Partnership) Team and SNORCA (Southern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Association). Prior to Sgt. Seifert's passing a donation site for the family had been set up at the link below. Sgt. Seifert will be missed and forever remembered.

https://officerdown.us/projects/will-seiferts-cancer-medical-bills-and-expenses/



 
 





StopLift's "Accelerator" detects self-checkout theft in real time

Retail chains can now receive realtime reporting on self-checkout theft and other scan avoidance, prevent false alerts, and improve customer service at the self-checkout with StopLift Checkout Vision Systems' new Self-Checkout Accelerator.

With the Self-Checkout Accelerator, StopLift's new capabilities prevent false alerts and interventions, immediately flag unscanned merchandise at the checkout, and alert the attendant before the customer leaves the checkout. See real scan avoidance incidents at StopLift.

Working with retailers on four continents, including Tesco in the UK, StopLift has already detected and confirmed more than 1.7 million scan avoidance incidents at thousands of manned and self-checkouts in retail chains, and enabled retailers to improve cashier and self-checkout attendant training. StopLift's patented video analytics technology visually determines what occurs during each transaction to immediately distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent behavior at the checkout.

"The Self-Checkout Accelerator enhances weight-based security to handle a broader spectrum of cases," said Malay Kundu, Founder and CEO of StopLift. "Until now, security at the self-checkout has been performed solely by weight scales. Unfortunately, weight scales take time to settle, and legitimate purchases do not always match their expected weight in the database. As a result, conventional security measures often produce mistaken alerts which frustrate customers, leading some retailers to disable security and expose themselves to theft."

StopLift's video analytics enables self-checkouts to detect theft and unintentional scan avoidance that circumvent the weight sensor. For example, the system can detect merchandise left in the shopping cart or bagged outside of the bagging area without scanning. With real-time alerts, the attendant is notified right away so that he can take immediate action before the customer leaves the checkout.

"Our technology has found that shoplifting is as much as five times more likely to happen in the self-checkout lane," Kundu said.

The Self-Checkout Accelerator can also identify an item not meant for purchase placed in the bagging area, such as a purse or reusable shopping bag, so that no alert will be sent and no beep will occur.

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Retail Risk - New York announces outstanding line-up of speakers, training workshops and masterclasses for September conference

With only 10 days left and limited spaces retailers need to register now to attend Retail Risk - New York...

Retail Risk - New York on 1st September, organised by Retail Knowledge, has been created to give US retailers easy access to international expertise in the business of loss prevention.

The agenda draws on international expertise from around the world - reflecting the increasingly global nature of the ORC problem - as well as featuring some very serious US big hitters from Retail Risk and LP.

What could these risk and loss prevention experts save your business in the next 12 months?

Identifying intent & and eliminating excuses
David Thompson - Director of Investigations, Research & Innovation, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates


One of the most important goals of an interview, other than obtaining the truth, is determining intent. Whether the employee has failed an audit, violated a procedure or committed an act of dishonesty it is important that an interviewer strategizes their game plan.


Digital identity - what you need to know

Dr. Clare Sullivan - Professor of Law, the law Center, Georgetown University


Digital identity is a set of personal details that enables an individual to be recognised and to transact. A global authority on this emerging field of law, Professor Sullivan explores the significance of digital identity and its emerging status, for retailers.


The Year End Performance Review (a view from both sides of the desk)
Christopher McDonald - Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention & Gary Moncur - Director of Loss Prevention, Compass Group NAD


In this outstanding, practical career and personal development presentation Chris and Gary - two of loss prevention's leading experts on career development - will share their invaluable insights into both delivering and receiving an employee evaluation.

The River Island RFID journey
Jon Wright - Head of Safety & Loss, River Island


Enabling 'any product, anytime, anywhere', Loss Prevention at River Island has championed RFID within the business to increase sales, improve stock accuracy and ultimately support the business Omni Channel goals. Jon shares the journey from trial to roll out, detailing the benefits and lessons learned.


Mobile POS - a guide for LP

Rand Fernandes - Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle (panelist)


A specialist on POS best practice, Rand will look the different types of fraud exposure unique to Mobile POS and how retailers can tackle them.



How to use Agile Loss Prevention to build commitment and add value to your organization
Skip Myers - Director of Loss Prevention/Risk Strategy, Micro Center/Micro Electronics, Inc.


How do you build a dynamic, balanced, and proactive approach to reducing shrink that will keep pace with the changing world of Risk? Skip introduces Agile, a new management approach for LP.

Workshops


Chargeback Management: identifying and resolving today's challenges

Monica Eaton-Cardone - COO, Chargebacks911


Effective risk mitigation and chargeback remediation strategies remain elusive for many merchants. Fraud detection and prevention efforts are not able to adapt as quickly as technology developments and modern fraud tactics.


Interrogation strategies in everyday life
David Thompson - Director of Investigations, Research & Innovation, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates


In this interactive session, attendees will work on taking their interviewing skills and applying them to everyday workplace situations.

Masterclasses

Chargebacks911 Masterclass
Led by Monica Eaton-Cardone - COO, Chargebacks911


Are you ready for effective chargeback management and risk mitigation? Want to learn strategies and techniques no one else knows about? Here's your chance to gain the competitive edge, improve your bottom line, and ensure sustainable growth-all with a guaranteed ROI!

Founder Paul Bessant said "In America, as elsewhere, retailers are working together to make sure that they stay ahead of the criminals, protecting their businesses and their customers. And this is essential as thousands of organised crime gangs around the world daily make attempts to defraud retailers and their customers out of millions of dollars.

No retailer can simply go it alone in fighting international crime. Our conference is designed to provide a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, to inspire LP executives and to help them beat the bad guys."

The Retail Risk - New York conference takes place at the New York Marriott Downtown on 1st September 2016. The entire day is free to retailers, academics and law enforcement personnel including all presentations, workshops, refreshments and an excellent, hot lunch. Register now
http://www.retailrisk.com/new-york-booking/

View all speakers and their session information here





Tensions are Bubbling.
Are You Ready?

Jon Grander, VP, Asset and Revenue Management, Caleres

Ferguson, Missouri. Baltimore, Maryland. Taylor, Michigan. New York City -- all were sites of civil unrest and riots in the last two years, and restaurants, drug stores, grocery and convenience stores and related retailers were hit hard. Civil unrest or civil disobedience may be a new issue for retailers to contend with, but there are ways to make sure your organization is prepared. Jon Grander, VP, Asset and Revenue Management, Caleres, shares how his company managed business continuity and employee safety amid the volatile 2014 Ferguson protests.

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LPNN Quick Take #12

Joe and Amber catch up with Nicholas Khalil, President of Iverify and originator of the famous industry saying "Take care of the customer first, and the rest will take care of itself." Learn how Iverify recently doubled their capability and resources to enhance employee safety and reduce retail shrink.

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Mobile is changing the fortunes of e-commerce leaders
This shift to mobile-based e-commerce from desktop is lifting the prospects of some leading web merchants and depressing them for others. This competitive challenge to the e-commerce elite can be seen by comparing the world's 25 largest e-commerce competitors, as ranked by Internet Retailer's recently released Global 1000 Database, to the world's 25 largest mobile commerce competitors, which are ranked in IR's 2017 Mobile 500, published earlier this month.

These rankings show that some of the world's largest e-commerce players are losing ground in the faster-growing mobile commerce field. In fact, 10 of the top 25 global e-commerce companies do not appear among the 25 largest mobile commerce operators, having been replaced on that list by rivals that do not rank among the 25 largest online retailers in the Global 1000.

A total of 15 e-retailers appear on both top 25 lists. Of those, seven competitors rank higher in mobile commerce than overall e-commerce, including Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd., Suning Appliance Co. Ltd., Vipshop Holdings Ltd., Google Play, Home Retail Group (Argos), QVC Group and Zalando SE. Five of the top 25 leaders in the Global 1000 have lower rankings in the top 25 mobile competitors, including Xiaomi, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Otto Group, Macy's Inc. and Staples Inc. Meanwhile, three companies rank one, two and three on both lists (Amazon.com Inc., JD.com Inc. and Apple Inc., respectively). internetretailer.com

House Judiciary Chairman Releases Draft Internet Tax Bill
Retailers hailed a long-awaited move by the chairman of a key House committee who released a draft Internet sales tax bill on Thursday.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R.,Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the draft legislation, which would allow states to take certain steps to require online sellers to collect sales tax.
 
"We hope this move will bring the attention needed to get Congress to move forward in treating purchases made online the same as those made in local stores when it comes to sales tax collection," said David French, senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has indicated he would like to see a resolution on the issue in the House before the end of the year. There is potential that both the House and Senate could vote on sales tax legislation in a post-election lame duck session, French said. wwd.com


Online sales grow while retail store sales slide for Guess
E-commerce now accounts for 9.1% of overall sales. internetretailer.com


Amazon Continues Texas Expansion with Eighth Fulfillment Center

Ulta Beauty Q2 online sales up 54.9%










Reno, NV: Three arrested in string of Office Depot thefts
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program arrested three people it says were involved in stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Reno and Sparks office supply stores using lookouts and getaway drivers. The three suspects were arrested Thursday after they ran out of the Office Depot in Reno with over $1,000 in supplies. There was a vehicle waiting for their escape, but detectives stopped them prior to leaving the parking lot. Police say they have been linked to similar thefts at two other Office Depot locations. kolotv.com



Richland County, SC: Serial electronics shoplifter hits for $4,300; Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart and Best Buy all victims
Deputies are trying to find a suspect who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from several stores around the Midlands, including a new Costco store that opened earlier this month and a Sam's Club that opened in July. thestate.com





Hoover, AL: Police seeking two women in $1,500 razor blade theft at multiple CVS stores

This is the second time, in two years, Hoover Police officers have investigated this crime. "They went in there buy the razor blades, popped sensors off of the cartridges and were in and out of there in less than three minutes," added Officer Hale. "They knew what they wanted. They went after it, concealed it and got out with it. abc3340.com




Pittsburgh, PA: Four plead guilty in retail theft ring; 60 incidents in a dozen area stores
Four suspects have pleaded guilty to their role in a retail theft ring that involved more than 60 incidents targeting nearly a dozen stores in the Pittsburgh area. Authorities said the four were involved in more than 60 thefts from a number of Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores in the Pittsburgh area -- in Collier, Homestead, Monroeville, Pittsburgh, Richland, Robinson, Ross, Scott, West Mifflin, Cranberry, and Peters. Loss prevention specialists along with Allegheny County and Cranberry police identified the suspects through store surveillance and return records. post-gazette.com

 

Hermantown, MN: Three face felony charges in Mills Fleet Farm shoplifting
Three men face felony charges after an alleged shoplifting spree at the new Mills Fleet Farm store in Hermantown. Police said the suspects were apprehended on Tuesday afternoon - just six days after the store opened its doors - after they allegedly removed security devices and stole a number of items, including clothing, sunglasses, binoculars, tools and knives. duluthnewstribune.com

Galesburg, IL: Felony repeat shoplifter sentenced to 15 months in prison; caught at Walmart and Bergner's

Honolulu, HI: Police seeking 3 suspect in $2,000 Electronics theft

Thousands Oaks, CA: Man wanted in $1,000 theft from AT&T

Bellefonte, PA: $224 Failed Refund Scam ends with Felony arrest at Target  


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Shootings & Deaths

Orlando, FL: Shooting scare at Florida Mall sparked by a test by Inspectors: 9 people reported injured
Shoppers at Florida Mall got quite a scare Thursday when an inspection on Joey Fatone's new eatery, Fat Ones, sparked a shooting scare. Deputies said mall management scheduled a fire suppression system test at the new hot dog kiosk. The test is an industry-standard test and was done through a contracted vendor. An announcement was made on the PA system informing shoppers and employees the test would be conducted. The test consisted of six large balloons popping consecutively, followed by a fire alarm. This caused people to go into panic mode and run." Multiple Twitter users reported seeing crowds rushing out of the mall, believing an active shooter was inside. wesh.com

Conway, SC: 17-year-old Arrested for Attempted Murder after Walmart shooting. Horry County Police arrested a man Thursday in connection to a shooting that happened at Walmart Aug. 17. Booking reports show that Matthew Davis Zinner, 17, was taken in to custody Thursday morning and charged with attempted murder. Police arrived to the Walmart in regard to shots fired on Aug. 17, at 11:50 p.m Ten minutes later, police were advised that a person suffering from a gunshot wound had arrived at the hospital. Arrest warrants say that Zinner reportedly met the victim at the Walmart parking lot to sell him marijuana. When the victim paid Zinner in two counterfeit $100 bills, the suspect got out of his car and fired two shots at the victim. wbtw.com 

Robberies & Thefts

Springfield, OR: Woman accused of driving SUV into Safeway suffers from bipolar disorder
Noella Fay tried to buy $2,200 worth of gift cards at Safeway with a check Tuesday afternoon, Springfield Police said. The check bounced. Fay returned shortly after midnight, angry and demanding that store employees give her the cards, police said. They refused. "Shortly thereafter, she drove into the store down an aisle to the back of the store, and then backed up and drove between the check stands and the aisles and drove out the other doors," Sgt. Rich Charboneau said. No one was injured. abc6onyourside.com


Randolph County, MO: Leads Online system essential to Law Enforcement tracking stolen property; Donated by local Walmart
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department said investigators made progress in a nearly year-long stolen firearm case Thursday The department was notified Thursday by a database system called Leads Online that the gun was pawned at a pawnshop in Columbia. In March, the department received a $2,000 donation from Moberly's Walmart Distribution Center to help purchase the program. abc17news.com

Bethesda, MD: Former Security Guard caught burglarizing kiosks at Montgomery Mall
On four separate nights, all in early May, Jeremiah Lindsay, 19 and a male accomplice, entered the Montgomery Mall with a hammer and bolt cutters. Together, police say the men stole cash registrar drawers, safes, and merchandise from kiosks and vendors including, Auntie Anne's, Boba Station, Cold Stone Creamery, Style@Montgomery, Lobster ME, Yum Crepes, Smartfix, Cava Mezze, and Phone Repair Lab. wjla.com

Kay Jewelers in the Prince of Orange Mall, Orangeburg, SC, reported a Grab & Run on 8/24, merchandise valued at $6,399

Gwinnett County, GA: Walmart Cashier Accused Of Knowingly Accepting $1,000 of Counterfeit Money

Baltimore, MD: FBI seeks suspects in series of Armed Robberies; hit 5 Convenience stores this week; tied to bank robberies

Canton, OH: Grocery store Armed Robber who fatally shot Police Dog gets 45 years behind bars

Butt County, GA: Three Armed Robbers order food, demand cash at Waffle House

Lynchburg, VA: Nine suspects arrested in series of robberies

Baltimore, MD: Man Gets 70 Months For Looting, Arson And Assault During Riots

Legislation

Jefferson City, MO: Felony stealing charge could be invalid after Supreme Court ruling
A Missouri Supreme Court ruling Tuesday has caused the review of thousands of stealing cases from the last fourteen years. The court voted unanimously to reverse the felony conviction of Amanda Bazell in Cass County for stealing guns. A jury convicted her in 2013 for burglary, two counts of theft of a firearm, and both misdemeanor and felony stealing charges. Bazell is serving a 12 year sentence.

The court's decision sends the case back to Cass County, in western Missouri, after reversing the two charges for stealing guns based on the state's definition of stealing. Ellen Flottman, district public defender for the central appellate office, had simple legal advice in regards to the court decision's broader effect. abc17news.com

AT&T - Thousand Oaks, CA - Theft
BP - Marshall, MO - Burglary
Buckeye Market - Columbus, OH- Armed Robbery
Burger King - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Cash America Pawn - College Station, TX - Armed Robbery
Corner Pit - New Hope, AL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Holland, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Liberty, OH - Armed Robbery
Kwik Stop - Gastonia, NC - Armed Robbery
Legacy Drug - Garvin County, OK - Armed Robbery
Mobile - Voluntown, CT - Armed Robbery
Petro America - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Quick Stop - Minneapolis, MN - Shooting/ 2 injured
Rite Aid - Rolling Hills Estates, CA - Armed Robbery
S & M Liquor - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Salem Community Drug - Salem, SD - Burglary
Subway - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Subway - Marshall, MO - Burglary
Tim Hortons - Monroe County, NY - Robbery
Verizon Wireless - Murfreesboro, TN - Burglary
Walgreens - Nashville, TN - Shooting / 2 injured
XL Auto Parts - Pleasant Grove, TX - Burglary




 






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