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Carl Rysdon promoted to Vice President of RFID Solutions for Checkpoint Systems
Carl was previously the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the solution provider and has been a part of the Checkpoint Systems team since 2008, when he started as Senior Director of Strategic Accounts. He was also a Vice President of Sales at ChoicePoint, Chief Commercial Officer/Group VP at Global Strategies Group, VP of Government Solutions and Critical Infrastructure Protection for Honeywell and National Account Manager for Tyco Retail Solutions. Carl earned his BSBA in Business Marketing from East Carolina University and his Mini MBA in Accounting and Finance from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Congratulations Carl!

Stanley Kirsch named Worldwide Manager of Sales for TAL Global
TAL Global Corporation named Stanley Kirsch its Worldwide Manager of Sales. Kirsch, who brings over 40 years of experience working in the private sector, will report to Johnathan Tal, TAL Global's CEO.

"Stanley brings a unique background to our team", said Johnathan Tal. "As a Security and Loss Prevention practitioner, he had first hand experience of the complexities of our world, and he went on to deploy this experience in high integrity sales. We welcome him to our family". Read the full press release here. Congratulations, Stanley!

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FaceFirst TRUST Model
TRUST - the Five Essential Rules of Consumer Privacy in the Age of Face Recognition

We live in a world in which the concepts of privacy, security and convenience are often in opposition to each other. When conflicts occur, both consumers and companies can suffer greatly.

Customers want convenience, but only if reasonable precautions are taken to protect privacy and security. For instance, facial recognition (which is becoming increasingly popular in public settings to increase security or even on your smartphone to unlock without typing) can make boarding a plane faster and with less hassle at the gate. However, travelers will want to know where and how their face images are being stored, and what they can be connected to later, before they opt in.

In the digital age, the concept of privacy is dynamic and increasingly difficult to define. So how can companies deliver amazing experiences on demand without violating privacy?

A new set of rules is needed for any company doing business in the 21st century. I propose a new set of guidelines called TRUST:

● Training
● Responsible Data Handling
● Un-Enrollment
● Self-Regulation
● Transparency

The TRUST model is general and flexible enough to be adapted by virtually any business, but it's especially fit for companies handling biometrics and personally identifiable information.

Read the full article written by Face First CEO Peter Trapp

Using Analytics to Derail Fraud Before It Happens
Advanced cognitive solutions could potentially enable organizations to assess fraud and corruption risk on a broader scale, with far greater precision and efficiency, as discussed in a recent Deloitte webcast, The Future of Investigations: Derailing Fraud Before It Happens.

The new approaches to risk management of fraud and corruption are being driven by rapid changes in analytics. "This advanced technology - in the hands of experienced investigators and paired with the abilities of data scientists and other analytics professionals - enables the organization to take the fight against fraud to a new level," says Don Fancher, a principal at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Deloitte Forensic's global leader.*

The Importance of Listening

Identifying vulnerabilities to fraud and corruption through root cause analysis - and taking corrective action by building a monitoring and sensing capability into the organizational infrastructure - can serve to protect the organization by preventing wrongful conduct before it takes hold. "Analytics now present the ability to discern faint signals that may represent outlier conduct across large and diverse data sets," adds Rial.

Building an Analytics Program for Detection of Fraud and Corruption

When starting to build an analytics program for fraud detection, it's critical that the organization know what it is trying to solve for, settle on key questions to address, and determine the scope: If the analytics program seeks to solve every issue the organization faces, it could start running in circles with no output.

"Building an analytics program requires strategic planning, a road map and a combination of people, technology and well-thought-out goals," says Satish Lalchand, a principal at Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP and Deloitte Forensic's analytics leader.** "There is no single tool that is a silver bullet with respect to the issue. Rather, is it is a solution built around a strategy," he adds.

Four basic principles govern the building of a new analytics program. Continued on page 2 wsj.com

3-D Printed Gun Plans Must Stay Off Internet for Now, Judge Rules
Cody Wilson, the self-described crypto-anarchist who has tried for years to post blueprints for 3-D printed guns online, will have to keep waiting, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

The judge ruled in favor of attorneys general from 19 states and Washington, D.C., who contend that 3-D printed guns are difficult to detect and trace, and constitute a threat to national safety. The ruling extends a temporary restraining order issued July 31, and means Mr. Wilson cannot publish the blueprints unless the attorneys general's lawsuit is resolved.

In granting a preliminary injunction, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of Federal District Court in Seattle wrote that Mr. Wilson's First Amendment rights "are dwarfed by the irreparable harms the states are likely to suffer if the existing restrictions are withdrawn and that, over all, the public interest strongly supports maintaining the status quo through the pendency of this litigation."

Editor's Note: If this ever passes armed robbery rates will skyrocket. This needs to be watched by our trade associations. nytimes.com

States Take Action Against Nondisclosure Agreements
Sixteen states have introduced legislation to limit the use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual misconduct cases. California legislators introduced two bills last week, and the legislation is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The proposed laws are the latest action in the wake of the #MeToo movement prohibiting NDAs. The agreements have long been used to protect employers' sensitive business information, but now lawmakers are questioning whether it is right to use them to silence victims of sexual harassment. Some also argue that company-required NDAs enable the abuse to continue. shrm.org

Restaurant & Food Service Industry:
9 ways to protect your brand & your 14M employees from injuries

Working in a restaurant is a physically demanding job. Employees are constantly on the move, facing a multitude of hazards that can result in injuries ranging from minor cuts and strains to significant burns and worse. In addition to the harm incurred by your valuable team members, injuries in the back-of-house are also costly. In fact, the average annual workers' compensation claim per restaurant is $45,600, with New York having the largest average cost-incurred at $239,257. Indirect costs such as staff replacement and training, operations and admin fees can total from $70,000 to $117,000 per claim. Furthermore, such injuries and downtime hurt employee retention and morale.

Restaurants and other foodservice operators employ more than 14 million people - that's 14 million opportunities for injuries. While many safety hazards exist in foodservice, cooking oil overwhelmingly stands apart as a costly and frequent hazard with more than 60 percent of back-of-house worker's compensation claims linked to cooking oil. Continued on page 2  oshatoday.com

15% of Americans Skimmed at the gas pump
Skimming Concerns Drive Customer Behavior at the Pump

Forty-three percent of Americans said they've changed the way they pay for gas because of skimming concerns.

"One huge driver of this phenomenon is the fact that gas station pumps don't need to be converted to accept EMV cards until October 2020," said Matt Schulz, chief industry analyst for CompareCards. "That makes those pumps low-hanging fruit for fraudsters."

Paying inside versus at the pump is the most common way (20%) people have changed their habits because of the risk of skimming.

Of the victims who changed the way they pay, 45% said they use credit cards more, and 39% said they choose to pay for gas inside the gas station more. Another 16% said they use cash more.

More people opt to pay inside versus at the pump. cstoredecisions.com

Philadelphia, PA: Judge dismisses Defamation and False Imprisonment suit filed against Dollar General
The lawsuit brought by a man who felt he was accused of theft and defamed by the management of a Dollar General store in Philadelphia has had his case thrown out through a Judgment of Non Pros. On Aug. 22, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold L. New ruled the case brought by Ravanna Spencer would be dismissed, due to his failure to appear at a case management conference on July 24 and a rule to show cause hearing earlier that same day. Spencer, of Philadelphia, filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on March 15 against Dollar General, Inc. and Jane Doe, both also of Philadelphia. pennrecord.com

Good Times Shouldn't Mask Amazon's Threat to Retailers
Retailers are doing a lot better. That doesn't mean their problems have been magically whisked away. If anything, it looks as if Amazon it taking a bigger piece of America's retail pie. Nonstore retailers' share of retail sales rose to 18.8% from 18% a year earlier and e-commerce sales share rose to 14.3% from 13%.

The best one can say is that some retailers are developing hybrid e-commerce and offline strategies that are promising. But the best thing retailers have going for them right now is a good economy. At some point, perhaps as early as next year when tax-cut effects begin to fade, consumer spending is going to slow again. wsj.com

Science Backs It!
Why CEOs at Google, Facebook and LinkedIn love walking meetings

If you hate the typical meeting, you're not alone. The dreaded sit-down meeting is so hated, so boring, surveys prove some people really would prefer to watch paint dry.

That's why execs from some of the most innovative companies in the world - including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn - hold meetings on the go to stay productive, focused and creative.

Apple founder Steve Jobs was often seen strolling with his chief designer as they brainstormed new concepts. And in the biography "Steve Jobs," author Walter Isaacson recalls Jobs insisting that their meetings take place on foot.

Moving meetings aren't just an oddball quirk among tech's elite, but a science-backed way to generate new ideas. According to a Stanford University study, walking boosts creative thinking by an average of 60 percent.

If your job keeps you chained to a desk most of the day, walking is an easy way to get your creative juices flowing. Walking improves cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the parts of the brain that deal with learning and memory. In fact, just 12 minutes of walking can increase attentiveness and boost your mood, according a 2016 study. msn.com

Consumer confidence pops in August to highest level since October 2000

DSW To Close 38 Town Shoes Banner - Their smallest Canadian banner

Amazon Go Opens Second Seattle Store

Walmart Opens First Moosejaw Premium Outdoor Store

Quarterly Results

DSW Q2 comp's up 9.7%, revenue up 16.4%
Tiffany Q2 comp's up 8%, sales up 12%
Best Buy Q2 comp's up 6.2%, revenue up 5%
BJ's Q2 comp's up 2%, net sales up 4.3

NSC Estimates 420 Motor Vehicle Deaths Over Labor Day Weekend -
 Please Drive Carefully

● Practice defensive driving. Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation.
● Get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.


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IAI Midwest Chapter Meeting - September 12

All IAI members in good standing and those wishing to find out more about the IAI and/or Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation are welcome to attend. The September Meeting will feature informative training topics from Detective Bryan Barlow, Chicago Police Department and Thomas McGreal, CFI, Speaker and Consultant with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates. We'll also discuss Legalities of Audio Recording Interviews as well our upcoming Executive Board Elections.

Earn 4 hours of CEU's while networking and enhancing your skills! Lunch will be provided courtesy of The Cellular Connection. There is no charge to attend this event. Don't miss the Midwest Chapter's last live meeting of 2018!

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Many loss prevention products on the market today keep high-theft merchandise under lock and key, which can decrease sales by as much as 38 percent. With the LM Tag, an Intelligent Loss Prevention solution, items are not locked up or stored behind a counter, which allows customers to interact with the product and eliminates the need for additional staff assistance.

The LM Tag uses the combination of a light sensor and motion detector to notify when the product is both in motion and concealed. It alarms at the point of theft, making it the only device on the market that has the ability to alert you before product walks out the door.

Now, the LM Tag product line has been expanded to include additional products that feature different advantages for loss prevention:

LM Tag Slim: The NEW LM Tag Slim is about half the height of the traditional LM Tag, providing a more low-profile loss prevention solution.
LM Tag Clip: The LM Tag Clip is a form fitting alarm holder adaptable for LM Tags and is a key accessory to making it appropriate for a wide variety of products and packaging types to be secured. The clip allows the LM Tag to be placed on a variety of products such as shoes, boots, purses, apparel, and more.
LM Tag with SONR: LM Tag is now available with SONR capabilities, providing an extra level of protection against theft with remote notification. LM Tag interface with the SONR Echo Box (installed remotely) to relay product alarm notification to the Echo Box - increasing awareness and response times!
LM Tag 3-alarm: In addition to the concealment sensors, the 3-alarm LM Tag also features an EAS gate sensor that will activate the LM Tag alarm when crossing EAS security gates, to further prevent shrink.
LM Tag Wrap: The LM Tag works with Monofilament Security Wire, making it appropriate to wrap around a wide variety of products and packaging shapes and lengths. Wire provides a clear and unobtrusive security without interference to visual merchandising and packaging.

To see how it works and learn about additional features, check out the video: https://intelligentlossprevention.com/products/lm-tag/

For more information on the LM Tag and how it works, contact Southern Imperial at 800.422.2547 or visit www.southernimperial.com.


Tyco Security Products
New Online Course: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Practitioners

Johnson Controls has introduced Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Practitioners, an online cybersecurity course exclusively for Johnson Controls integrators.

Stemming from the acknowledgement that cybersecurity proficiency is increasingly becoming an integrator selection factor with many customers, this online course is designed to enhance an integrator's knowledge of cybersecurity, so they may better support Johnson Controls security products throughout their lifecycle. tycosecurityproducts.com

6.4 Billion Fake Emails Sent Each Day - 1st Half '18
U.S. the leading source of phony messages worldwide

According to email security firm Valimail, the US is the No. 1 source of fake email, sending some 120 million phony messages in the second quarter of 2018. Valimail, an email authentication vendor, gathered data from emails that spoof the domain of the email sender. The data is based on both Valimail's own analysis of billions of email authentication requests to its DMARC service, as well as analysis of more than 3 million DMARC and SPF records.

That total includes only exact-domain sender spoofing, in which senders put a fake email address in the From: field of their messages. This is one of the most difficult to detect and damaging types of fake emails. For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported that business email compromise (BEC) costs have reached $12 billion over the past several years.

However, the fake email crisis is also amenable to a technical solution, starting with the email authentication standards DMARC, SPF, and DKIM. valimail.com

Business Email Compromise Attacks Soar 80%
1 in 50 Emails Contain Malicious Content

The Mimecast report also found an 80% increase impersonation attacks in comparison to last quarters' report with 41,605 caught. Additionally, 19,086,877 pieces of spam, 13,176 emails containing dangerous file types, and 15,656 malware attachments were all missed by these incumbent providers and delivered to users' inboxes.

"Targeted malware, heavily socially-engineered impersonation attacks, and phishing threats are still reaching employee inboxes. This leaves organizations at risk of a data breach and financial loss."

There was a 136% increase in BEC losses between December 2016 and May 2018, with over $12.5bn lost globally between October 2013 and May 2018, according to the FBI.

Trend Micro's annual round-up report, The Paradox of Cyberthreats, revealed that of the 66.4 billion threats blocked by the security vendor in 2017, over 85% were in emails containing malicious content.

It also recorded a doubling of BEC attack volumes in the second half of 2017 versus the first half of the year.

The findings highlight email as the enduring threat vector of choice for cyber-attackers. securitymagazine.com infosecurity-magazine.com

Retailers approaching 100% inventory accuracy: Study
IoT & AI-Enabled Inventory Tools Adoption

With computer vision use cases maturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools becoming more powerful, and RFID technology demonstrating major ROI, retailers are approaching 100 per cent inventory accuracy, therefore enabling a transformation of the industry, says a study. Inventory accuracy helps transform operational efficiency within physical stores.

For many retailers using traditional inventory counting methods in the apparel and fashion sectors, inventory accuracy can drop to around 65 per cent, resulting in a poor experience for shoppers and lost sales, according to a report by market advisory firm ABI Research. Using RFID technology, these retailers can reach near-perfect inventory intelligence at more regular intervals, leading to improved customer satisfaction, reduced shrinkage, and improved sales velocity. In most cases, fashion retailers employing RFID can increase annual revenues by at least 3 per cent.

RFID deployments in the fashion retail sector have demonstrated clear ROI for retailers deploying the technology at scale. ABI Research calculates that an apparel store with annual sales of just under $6 million can realistically achieve a 44 per cent ROI within the first year, with returns increasing to over 200 per cent in the third year.

"The resurgence of RFID as a powerful inventory management tool in fashion retail has been driven by rapidly falling costs and demand for greater end-to-end insight in retail operations," added Finill. "However, RFID will fail to transform the entire retail market due to its limited viability outside of soft goods and fashion verticals."

The emergence of easily integrated, cloud-based managed service models has played a major role in the transformation of inventory management. Diverse SaaS inventory solutions offered by disruptors such as Infor, Nedap, Scandit, and BossaNova are helping retailers digitise and automate the entire in-store inventory lifecycle without the need for major capital expenditure.

"In order to remain competitive with e-commerce retailers and other brick and mortar rivals, physical stores will soon be adopting IoT and AI-enabled inventory tools as the standard, rather than the exception," Finill concluded. (KD) fibre2fashion.com

The Power of RFID
In 2015, the RFID market was valued at $26 billion, and innovations within the Internet of Things (IoT) was on the rise. Today, the cost of tags is approximately 10 cents per tag, making it cost-effective for the industry at large.

Luxury brands are embedding technology into their products to identify that a unique item is authentic while mainstream retailers are focused on inventory management, which alone makes the return on investment easy to achieve.

RFID solutions are delivered with the IoT and across the supply chain, streamlining operations, gaining efficiencies, enabling true omni-channel inventory as well as tracking an item from design to delivery and beyond into the hands of the customer for the life of the product. RFID is also integrated with the interactive technology that powers magic mirrors, digital fitting rooms, kiosks and digitizing the selling floor for customer engagement.

Retailers are experiencing success with RFID. Some recently mentioned in the news include Lululemon, a leading vertical athletics retailer, which has improved inventory and now delivers guest experiences where sales associates locate inventory without leaving the customer's side, resulting in an increase in sales. It also receives products in minutes and can take a full-store inventory in less than an hour.

Leading department-store chain Macy's claims RFID had a big impact on sales and profitability, reducing out-of-stocks by 50 percent and increasing revenues.

It's clear that the business benefits of RFID are plentiful. It can streamline highly manual and labor-intensive processes in the warehouse and in-store for picking, packing and receiving by retailers, achieving 99.95 percent inventory accuracy. Retailers enjoy decreased stock-outs, increased sales, real-time accurate visibility and a better customer experience. apparelnews.net

A False Sense of Security
Biometrics - Regulations - Insiders

Emerging threats over the next two years stem from biometrics, regulations, and insiders.

Over the coming years, the foundations of today's digital world will shake - violently. Innovative and determined attackers, along with big changes to the way organizations conduct their operations, will combine to threaten even the strongest establishments.

At the Information Security Forum, we recently released "Threat Horizon 2020," the latest in an annual series of reports that provide businesses a forward-looking view of the increasing threats in today's always-on, interconnected world. In this report, we highlight the top threats to information security emerging over the next two years, as determined by our research.

Biometric authentication technologies will flood into every part of an organization, driven by consumer demands for convenience and the promise of added security for corporate information. However, organizations will quickly realize that they are not as protected as they thought as this sense of security turns out to be unfounded. Attackers will learn to find increasingly sophisticated ways to overcome biometric safeguards.

By 2020, the number and complexity of new international and regional regulations to which organizations must adhere, combined with those already in place, will stretch compliance resources and mechanisms to breaking point. These new compliance demands will also result in an ever swelling "attack surface" that must be protected fully while attackers continually scan, probe, and seek to penetrate it.

Trusted Professionals Divulge Organizational Weak Points The relentless hunt for profits and never-ending changes in the workforce will create a constant atmosphere of uncertainty and insecurity that reduces loyalty to an organization. This lack of loyalty will be exploited: the temptations and significant rewards from leaking corporate secrets will be amplified by the growing market worth of those secrets, which include organizational weak points such as security vulnerabilities. Even trusted professionals will face temptation.  darkreading.com

EyeLock Brings Its Iris Recognition Systems to ViaTouch Media Retail Systems
EyeLock recently incorporated its iris-scanning systems with the VICKI auto-retail solution from ViaTouch Media. Effectively, it's set to offer a way to authenticate an account, one ostensibly to be used with a vending machine. Since the EyeLock system can be integrated directly with First Data's online payment networks, it becomes theoretically possible to pay for a can of Coke or the like just by scanning your iris. paymentweek.com

The Difference Between Sandboxing, Honeypots & Security Deception

Paying Ransoms: More Cons Than Pros

Kohl's cuts 60 technology jobs in restructuring move


Disable Location Service on you Cellphone
to Prevent Apps From Tracking You

Several recent news stories revealed how Google tracks your physical location via its app and services. Many smart phone apps do this and are turn on by default. If you want this service turned off, go into you location services setting and disable it. Additionally, be sure to check if the app has any special permission via a quick Google search.




Six digital trends to stay on top of
1. Mobile Eats the World
Mobile, at $75 billion, will capture 33.9% of total US media ad spending this year, surpassing TV for the first time. By 2022, mobile's share will climb to 47.9%.

TV will capture 31.6% of total U.S. media ad spending in 2018. TV ad spending will drop 0.5% to $69.87 billion. By 2022, TV's share will slip to 24.8%. Nearly 70% of digital advertising will go to mobile formats.

2. Alexa, Are Voice Assistants the Next Big Thing?
Stronger-than-expected adoption of smart speakers this year means the number of U.S. adult smart speaker users, 61.1 million, will surpass that of wearable users, 50.1 million, for the first time.

Additionally, smart speakers are changing how consumers find and buy products - 17.2 million consumers, which is 28.2% of smart speaker users, will purchase a product through voice this year, nearly two times the 8.6 million in 2017.

3. Digital Video's Ad Share Is Accelerating
The growth rate of U.S. digital video ad spending is faster than previously anticipated, reaching $29.61 billion in 2022. Traditional (linear) TV ad spending will follow a downward trend after 2020, dipping to $68.13 billion in 2022.

4. Augmented Reality Breaks Out
The global AR market will be worth more than $165 billion in 2024. And 58.8 million people in the U.S. will use AR by 2019. That's 17.7% of the population.

5. The Promise of Personalization
Marketers are striving for greater, more sophisticated personalization through consumer experiences and messaging. Why? Deeper connection. Greater relevance. Stronger loyalty. But only a third of senior decision makers believe their companies are successful at personalizing customer experiences.

6. Trust in Digital, Brand Safety at a Crossroad
Consumers are quick to say they don't trust the institutions that marketers depend on to get their messages out - media and entertainment companies and social media platforms - and they really don't believe that marketing and advertising is trustworthy. chainstoreage.com

Study: Consumers' adoption of retailer mobile apps surges

Mobile sales to hit $117B in 2018



San Diego Organized Retail Crime Alliance members receive Partnership Recognition from ULTA Beauty
Congratulations to the following SDORCA members for receiving Partnership Recognition from ULTA Beauty: Richard Escandon & Danielle Lee (ULTA), Anna Winn (Deputy District Attorney), Sarah Calvert (Detective, SDPD), Melissa Zavala (Detective, SDPD), Mike Martinez (Detective, EPD) and Agustin Rosa (Detective, SMSD - not pictured).

Please contact Danielle Lee here if you would like to recognize someone with an SDORCA Partnership Award in the next meeting, which is set for Sept. 18th from 10am to 12pm.

Read more in SDORCA's July newsletter

Des Moines, IA: Man steals 35 iPhones, valued at over $28,000, crashes stolen car after chase
A man police say stole 35 iPhones from a store before leading a vehicle chase - about two hours after being involved in a separate robbery - has been charged with first-degree robbery. Keith Edward Lomax, was released from jail late Sunday and ordered to appear in court next week. A Sprint store employee told a Des Moines police officer that a man entered the Sprint store on E. Euclid Ave. at about 5 p.m. Saturday, approached her and held what appeared to be a black handgun to the back of her head. Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police, said the weapon was later found to be a BB gun.

Lomax then pointed the gun at everyone in the store and told them to put their hands up and to move to the back door of the store. Lomax told the employee to hold open a back door of the store, where a safe was located. After she did so, Lomax told the store manager to gather the items in the safe for him, police allege. Inspection of video surveillance and police reports concluded that 35 iPhones - worth $28,949.65 - and about $400 in cash were missing after Lomax fled. No one was injured. desmoinesregister.com

Mankato, MN: Former Graif Clothing manager charged with $38,000 theft
Keith Willard Julius, 35, was charged with felony counts of theft by swindle and receiving stolen property Monday in Blue Earth County District Court. The owners of Graif Clothing reported in February they suspected Julius was stealing from their business. A Mankato Police investigator found evidence Julius was under-reporting cash sales and pocketing money. The detective allegedly found evidence Julius had taken at least $5,000. The detective also reportedly found evidence Julius was taking clothing. A search warrant was executed in March and seized nearly 400 items authorities suspect were taken from the store. The clothing, shoes and accessories had a retail value of nearly $38,000, according to the complaint. Many of the items reportedly still had their price tags. mankatofreepress.com

Golden, CO: Jefferson County grand jury indicts 8; buying merchandise with stolen credit cards and pawning it for cash
Expensive mountain bikes, electric guitars and amplifiers, archery bows, used cars, motorcycles, jewelry and clothing were all stolen through an identity theft ring operating spring of this year, a Jefferson County grand jury alleged on Aug. 21. Under the direction of alleged ringleader Michael John Mancuso, III, 28, the group allegedly used fraudulently acquired credit cards to order expensive items, which they then pawned for cash, the indictment from the First Judicial District Attorney's office said. The grand jury returned a 68-count indictment which accuses eight people of participating in the theft ring between December, 2017 and April, 2018.

Mancuso is also charged with conspiracy and racketeering under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA). Investigators were unable to determine how Mancuso and his associates obtained the credit card information, although the indictment said most of the 14 victims were Colorado residents and holders of Chase VISA cards.

The indictment described a series of instances in which Mancuso would allegedly call a business, such as a bike shop, and identify himself as a relative of a person who wanted to buy a bike. He would allegedly provide stolen credit card information, then either pick up the merchandise himself, or send a colleague. The merchandise would then be pawned for a percentage of its value. The ring allegedly stole more than $20,000 worth of merchandise with fake credit cards, the indictment said. patch.com

Update: Sugar Land, TX: Police release Images of 3 thieves stealing over $9K in Designer Frames
According to police officials, employees from a high-end eye glasses store noticed three suspects in the store acting suspiciously around 5 p.m. on Aug. 3. Soon after, more than 60 pairs of Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Bvlgari brand eye glasses valued at roughly $9,000 were discovered missing.

Police detectives were quickly sent to the Lenscrafter store located at 16535 Southwest Freeway to investigate. Security camera videos provided by store officials show a man and two women who are believed to be responsible for the theft. chron.com

Forsyth, IL: Shoplifter stopped at 'taser-point' outside Menards store; merchandise valued at $870
An accused shoplifter's dash from the Forsyth Menards store came to an abrupt halt Sunday afternoon when he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy who ordered him to the ground at "taser-point," according to a sworn affidavit. Macon County sheriff's deputy Byron Ebbert said the 31-year-old man was fleeing a loss prevention officer who caught him trying to steal a $670 paint sprayer and a 5-gallon bucket of stain priced at $200.

Ebbert said the loss prevention officer, who had alerted authorities, confronted the man in the parking lot about 4:40 p.m. and the man took off running. Ebbert said the loss prevention officer told him the man's shoplifting technique had been to walk into the store carrying two one-gallon pails of paint. He then asked for two green "proof of entrance" stickers for the paint, which he said he planned to return. "He later removed the green proof of entrance stickers from the one gallon paint pails he had brought with him and placed one of the stickers on the paint sprayer and the other on the 5-gallon bucket of stain," Ebbert said. herald-review.com

Seminole, FL: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office searching for $300 Meat thief from Winn Dixie

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Shootings & Deaths

Harris County, TX: Deputy working security shoots, kills armed man
outside flea market

A deputy shot and killed a man authorities say was reaching for a gun as he approached him overnight in north Harris County. It happened around midnight outside the Tia Pancha flea market, which also houses a nightclub, on Airline near Gulf Bank. Investigators say several deputies were working a second job as security guards at the club when they spotted two men in a truck in the parking lot. Two deputies in uniform approached the men, getting close enough to shine flashlights into the truck. Deputies say they could see a gun on the passenger side. Authorities then told the suspects to get their hands up, but the deputies say the passenger reached for that gun and one of the deputies fired. Officials say the driver, who was arrested, also had a gun. He was not hurt. abc13.com

Gainesville, FL: Man shot through glass at Ross store, prior to Armed Robbery
A man shot the glass front door of a Dawsonville Highway store Sunday, Aug. 26, before coming in and taking cash, police said. Gainesville Police are looking for a suspect in the 11:27 p.m. Sunday robbery at Ross Dress for Less. Employees were still in the store when the man shot through the door. No one was injured. gainesvilletimes.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lewisburg, PA: Gas Station Employee steals $11,000 in gas, cash and lottery
Police have filed charges of felony theft and receiving stolen property against a Lewisburg woman who allegedly stole more than $11,000 in cash from her employer during January and February of this year. Tamera O'Donnell, 41, reportedly falsified lottery winnings and took between $200-850 from the gas station, Fuel On, located along Route 15, during that period. Police reports indicated O'Donnell lied on the job application, using a fake name, because of her criminal history.

When confronted by the store's loss prevention investigator after surveillance footage caught a series of thefts, O'Donnell allegedly confessed to the investigator to stealing about $3,000. Further investigation showed additional thefts, police said. According to court documents, O'Donnell confessed to the thefts saying she stole the money to support a drug addiction. northcentralpa.com

Riverside County, CA: Man arrested with 800 pounds of stolen lemons
Authorities say a man has been arrested in Southern California after deputies found about 800 pounds of stolen lemons inside his car. Sheriff's officials say 69-year-old Dionicio Fierros was arrested Friday on suspicion of theft of agricultural products. Deputies were investigating recent farm thefts when they stopped Fierros' car in Thermal on Friday morning. Inside his car, deputies say they found several large bags of freshly picked lemons they believe were stolen from a nearby farm. wesh.com

Houston, TX: Security guard sent flying after he's struck by truck outside nightclub

Rapid City, SD: Three Suspects charged in connection with Rooster burglary; 22 of 24 guns recovered

Cloverdale, IN: Two teens arrested on Federal Charges; sold guns stolen in recent burglary

Sentencings & Charges

Omaha, NE: Man sentenced to 45 to 70 years for Nebraska Furniture Mart shooting
The man who shot a Nebraska Furniture Mart employee in January of 2017 has been sentenced to 45 to 70 years in prison. Ryan Blaha was sentenced for shooting, seriously injuring and then robbing Jared Clawson as Clawson headed into work at the furniture store. After taking his wallet, Blaha left the father of two boys in the parking lot to die. Blaha received 30 to 40 years for first-degree assault and 15 to 30 years for a weapons charge. The sentences will be served consecutively with credit for 592 days served. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years. wowt.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Third man takes plea deal in deadly 2016 Shooters Depot robbery


C-Store - Spartanburg, SC - Robbery
C-Store - Abbeville, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Harlingen, TX - Armed Robbery
Cellphone Store - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary (Lafayette Rd)
Cellphone Store - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary (Moeller Rd)
Cellphone store - Murfreesboro, TN - Armed Robbery
Coffee Shop - Waco, TX - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Gary, IN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Conway, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Porter, TX - Armed Robbery
Grocery store - Sterling, VA - Burglary
Gun Store - Overland Park, KS - Burglary
Ice Cream - Hummelstown, PA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Columbia, SC - Burglary
Jewelry - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Fredericksburg, VA - Burglary
Ross Store - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
Vape Shop - Carson City, NV - Burglary
Video Store - Salem, OR - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
13 robberies
8 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




None to report.

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