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In Case You Missed It

August's Moving Ups

18 New Senior LP's - 10 Appointments - 8 Promotions

3SI named Daniel Reynolds Vice President of Retail Sales
Amazon promoted Rob Gibson, CFI to Global Relations Manager - Investigations
Belk named Joe McAvoy Director of Corporate Loss Prevention
Genetec named Yves Bilodeau named Vice President of Information Systems
Genetec named Nadia Boujenoui named Vice President of Customer Experience
Hot Topic named Mike Barton Director of Loss Prevention
Levi Strauss & Co. promoted Ryan Clarque to Senior Manager, Global Cyber Security
Michael Kors promoted Andy Luna to Senior Manager, Distribution Loss Prevention & Safety
Office Depot promoted Shannon Hunter to Sr. Director Loss Prevention & Safety
Office Depot promoted Chris Carmody, LPC to Director - Supply Chain Loss Prevention
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers named Steve Hodgkins Sr. Safety & Security Manager
Restoration Hardware promoted Douglas Fessenden, CFI to Senior Director of Loss Prevention
Ross Stores, Inc. named Jamie Campbell Director, Ross Investigations & Safety Center
Saks Fifth Avenue promoted Patrick Morris to Asset Protection Director
Sennco Solutions named Brian Peacock Director, Business Software Innovation
Spark Analytics named Ernie Deyle CCSO (Chief Strategy & Client Services Officer)
Spark Analytics named Johnny Custer LPC, CFI named SVP, Client Services
VF Corporation promoted David Wood to Senior Manager Human Resources and Loss Prevention

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Retail Community Steps Up in Houston

Houston-based Academy Sports Converts Corporate Office
Into Home Base for Harvey First Responders

A sporting-goods retailer found itself at the center of the rescue effort in flooded Houston, first opening its stores to rescuers in need of boats, life preservers and other supplies, and then converting its headquarters into temporary residences for hundreds of police and other emergency responders.

As of Wednesday morning, retail chain Academy Sports + Outdoors was hosting more than 400 rescue-team members at its corporate campus west of Houston, with people coming to work in 12-hour shifts from as close as Waco, Texas, and as far away as Connecticut.

Academy employees who were flooded out of their homes have also started to take shelter at work. One of the first to do so: Chief Executive J.K. Symancyk, along with his wife, two children and dog Sammy. They live in a mandatory evacuation zone near the swollen Brazos River and don't yet know if their house is flooded.

Academy has a history of contact with law enforcement because it sells firearms in its chain of 235 sporting-goods stores. Dealing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies is a daily part of its business. So when the first call came in Sunday from the Houston Police Department requesting flat-bottomed jon boats and paddles, Academy brass weren't all that surprised.

But the calls kept coming. From the Webster Police in Houston's suburbs to the mayor of Missouri City, another suburb, to the Waco Police, which was sending people down to help. They wanted kayaks, canoes, ponchos and pontoon boats. In many cases, Academy opened the doors of closed stores so first responders could grab what they needed. wsj.com

Jim 'Mattress Mack' McIngvale, one of Houston's Harvey heroes,
doesn't want to be called a hero

On Sunday, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture, opened the doors of his Houston-area furniture emporia to people flooded out of their homes by Tropical Storm Harvey. Since then, he and his employees, plus volunteers, have rescued, housed, and fed about 400 people, and also provided a place to unwind for a National Guard unit. His 24-foot furniture trucks "picked up about 200 people," McIngvale told ABC News on Wednesday. "They were stranded on bridges, they were stranded in convenience stores, they were walking through the water with snakes and alligators, and we brought 'em out here."

When the flood evacuees arrived, McIngvale said, he told them to make themselves at home, on the twin theories that "furniture's made to be sat on, slept on, laid on, whatever," and "to hell with profits, let's take care of people." theweek.com

As Sun Comes Out in Houston, the Search for Basics Begins
Many stores remained shuttered as retailers struggle to get back in business

The sun came out over this drenched city early Wednesday, which brought out throngs of people clamoring for groceries, gasoline and other supplies, and jamming streets with traffic even as continued flooding shut down roads and kept rescue teams busy.

Many people spent the day in a fruitless search in parts of the city, as stores remained closed due to flooding or power outages, but some bigger stores, like Wal-Mart, were starting to get back to business.

Retailers are struggling to meet the need. Harvey is slated to cause $1 billion in lost sales for retailers, according to an estimate by the Planalytics weather analytics firm.

A spokeswoman for HEB, a large grocer in Texas, said the company was using helicopters to airlift employees to help get deliveries into affected stores. "We are diligently working on deliveries and are in a strong position to restock quickly," she said.

A Kroger Co. spokeswoman said the companies has dispatched trucks from distribution centers across the country and "stores are actively being restocked." At 115 stores, Houston is Kroger's third largest market.

"They are reopening with limited quantities of goods and they are rebuilding from there," she said.

Open stores are operating on limited hours and averaging around 25% of their usual staffing levels, prompting the retailer to let shoppers inside in batches of 10 to 20 to avoid any safety or crowding issues, the spokeswoman said. Employees are being bused from the Dallas area to help with staffing.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reopening many stores in the Houston area, some on a limited basis, and trucks are coming from across the country to quickly restock shelves, says Todd Manley a regional vice president for Wal-Mart in Texas who lives in the area.

Around 22 Wal-Marts, Sam's Clubs and warehouses in the storm-affected area are closed Wednesday, down from 134 on Tuesday, said the company. wsj.com

Walmart, Walmart Foundation Announce Up to $20M Toward Hurricane Relief, Recovery

Ross Stores supports Relief Efforts with $400K donation to the American Red Cross

Albertsons Companies Raises Money Nationwide and Pledges $200K in Matching Funds

Walgreens donates $200K and kicks off customer donation program

Retail pharmacy community continues immense show of support in wake of Harvey

ALDI supports Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts with $150K donation

Wawa & The Wawa Foundation launches in-store crisis campaign

Warren Buffett says hurricane damage will linger

Pizza Hut Manager Turns Into Local Hero by Delivering Pizza Via Kayak in Houston

Former Columbia Sportswear IT Director Pleads Guilty in Hacking Case
Stole 'High Level' Info as 3rd-Party Vendor After Leaving Company

Columbia Sportswear is ending a lawsuit against a hacker who accessed "high-level" company information and employee e-mails, but will continue to litigate against the technology vendor he worked for.

A former IT manager for Columbia Sportswear pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaching the company's email system after he quit to access private and proprietary information.

Michael Leeper, 41, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Portland. The Tigard resident faces as much as 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced for accessing the Columbia's network without authorization, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced in a news release.

Leeper spent 14 years with Columbia starting in 2000. He'd risen to a senior role -- director of technical infrastructure -- by the time he notified the company in spring 2014 of his plans to join Denali Advanced Integration of Redmond, Washington. oregonlive.com wwd.com

Wells Fargo uncovers up to 1.4 Million more fake bank accounts
Total of 3.5M fraudulent accounts now going back to 2009

The findings show that Wells Fargo's problems are worse than the bank previously admitted to when the scandal began almost a year ago. Wells Fargo now says it has found a total of up to 3.5 million potentially fake bank and credit card accounts, up from its earlier tally of approximately 2.1 million. The additional fake accounts were discovered by a previously-announced analysis that went back to January 2009 and that reviewed the original May 2011 to mid-2015 period. cnn.com

Debunking the Retail Apocalypse
Report: Net Increase of Over 4,000 Store Openings in 2017

As the "retail apocalypse" canard continues to grab the odd headline in the media, the data and the facts are consistently telling us quite a different story: a story of an industry in transition, but still growing. The most recent retail sales figures released by the Census Bureau were up a robust 4.2 percent year-on-year in July. Every month this year has seen a steady increase in sales over the same period last year.

Nonetheless, we keep hearing about record-level store closings and how this portends doom for the retail industry. But we've consistently argued that this data is drawn from a biased sample. IHL Group just published a report that offers a thorough and complete debunking of the main false premise supporting the retail apocalypse myth. Their data shows a net increase in store openings of over 4,000 in 2017. In fact, for each company closing a store, 2.7 companies are opening stores.

Across the broad spectrum of retail sectors, IHL Group's data shows that none are closing more stores than they are opening. Even in the supposedly beleaguered department store sector, just as many businesses are opening stores as are closing them. According to IHL's data, 751 brands are increasing their store counts versus 278 that are reducing store counts. On a percentage basis, 42 percent are opening stores, 43 percent are holding steady and only 15 percent are showing a net decrease in stores. Some apocalypse we're suffering through. nrf.com

Cargo theft likely to increase over Labor Day weekend
With Labor Day weekend looming, cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard is reminding truck drivers and fleets that cargo thieves tend to be more active over holiday weekends.

The firm says during Labor Day weekends of 2012 through 2016, it recorded 39 percent more thefts than on normal, non-holiday weekends. The 2016 Labor Day weekend had a total of 14 cargo theft incidents worth more than $2.5 million, SensiGuard reports.

To combat theft over the extended weekend, the firm recommends that truckers and trucking companies confirm with receivers their hours of operation to cut down on unsecured parking times. Additionally, covert GPS tracking and active monitoring of high-value loads are recommended by the firm to mitigate theft and help in recovery efforts. ccjdigital.com

Central Monitoring Operators: training, empathy and thinking really fast
A central monitoring station can be a cool place to work - if your idea of cool is not knowing what's going to happen from one minute to the next, or talking people through crises, real and perceived, or getting information fast and accurate while determining whether lives are at stake.

In this article, experts at four security firms weigh in on the stressors and satisfaction that operators experience - and the kinds of support these employees receive to keep fresh. securitysystemsnews.com

Gordy's Market tells 1,000 employees it might close all Wisconsin stores

Burger King offers free Whoppers to people just fired from their jobs

Estee Lauder Sued for Discriminating Against New Fathers

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Five Below Q2 comp's up 9.3%, net sales up 28.7%
Famous Footwear Q2 comp's up 2.8%, total sales up 3.8%
Dollar General Q2 comp's up 2.6%, net sales up 8.1%
Show Carnival Q2 comp's up 0.4%, net sales up 1.4%


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Trial begins for Nashville men involved with selling stolen
items on eBay

According to an indictment from U.S. District Court, the men were charged with conspiracy and violations of an international arms trade act for theft of U.S. Army property between 2013 and 2016. The documents singled out John Roberts and Cory Wilson, both civilians, as the operators of an online store on EBay that sold thousands of stolen pieces of equipment worth an estimated amount of upwards of a million dollars. Six others listed on the indictment are all soldiers at Fort Campbell who are accused of supplying the stolen property. Items stolen included machine gun parts, a grenade launcher site, body armor, helmets, night vision goggles and medical equipment. Read more here.

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2 Millionth Incident of Scan-Avoidance
ID'd by StopLift at Piggly Wiggly checkout
- Enabled owner to crack down on theft

When StopLift detected its 2 millionth incident of scan avoidance at a Piggly Wiggly, the supermarket's owner knew that cashiers were either stealing or failing to scan items, costing his supermarkets major losses.

Chris Ajlouny, owner of 11 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the Birmingham, AL area, did not tell any employees at his stores when he installed StopLift, so that he could see the extent of scan avoidance. In the first week, he saw three cashiers steal $400-$500 at a time, sliding groceries around the scanner and later getting "kickbacks" from the customer. One cashier admitted to getting kickbacks outside the store and was fired.

"I'm amazed that we were the 2 millionth incident," Ajlouny said. "The system has accomplished a lot. As long as we keep stopping these people, it's excellent. I wouldn't open a store without having StopLift installed."

Now he shows new employees videos of scan avoidance from his "smart cameras" to deter them from both stealing and negligence at the checkout. Theft has also been deterred in the supermarkets' receiving areas.

"My cashiers know they are being watched," Ajlouny said. "They see their performance on video. StopLift keeps an honest person honest and makes a dishonest person honest."

"StopLift keeps an honest person honest and makes a dishonest person honest." - Chris Ajlouny, owner of 11 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets

Yet, the new Piggly Wiggly employee whom StopLift's Scan-It-All video analytics technology caught stealing in its 2 millionth scan avoidance incident thought he could outsmart the smart cameras. Ajlouny immediately fired him.

StopLift Checkout Vision Systems has detected and confirmed more than 2 million incidents of scan avoidance at both manned and self-checkouts at supermarkets and retailers in the U.S. and around the world. Incidents include "sweethearting", when cashiers pretend to scan merchandise but deliberately bypass the scanner, thus not charging the customer for the merchandise. The customer is often a friend, family member or fellow employee working in tandem with the cashier.

Read more here.


Watch out for Hurricane Harvey phishing scams
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning Monday that thieves are taking advantage of the disaster by using email and social networks to send out bogus links that promise to let you help victims. Instead, the links lead to phony websites where cybercriminals try to steal your credit card and personal info. Other cyberthieves have been setting up fake charities where the organizers end up pocketing all the money. cnet.com

Dark web finds bitcoin increasingly more of a problem than a help,
tries other digital currencies

Criminals are dropping bitcoin in favor of other digital currencies that are harder for law enforcement to use in tracking activities in an anonymous corner of the internet known as the dark web, analysts said.

Although hard numbers on criminal activity in digital currencies are difficult to pin down, Shone Anstey, co-founder and president of Blockchain Intelligence Group, estimates that illegal transactions in bitcoin have fallen from about half of total volume to about 20 percent last year.

"Now it's significantly less than that," he told CNBC earlier this month, noting that overall transaction volume has grown globally.

A U.S. Homeland Security official confirmed to CNBC in a phone interview on Thursday that criminals are "looking more closely at other currencies like monero and ethereum."

"What the criminals are starting to see, and some of the trends we're picking up as well, is that bitcoin also works equally just as much against you as it does for you," said the official, who didn't want to be named. cnbc.com

How retail is tackling the cybersecurity skills shortage
The number of retailers reporting data breaches has doubled in the last year, but the sector and government are laying down plans to address a cybersecurity skills shortage.

With the rise in eCommerce, loyalty schemes and digital marketing, and the move to offer electronic receipts, RPC says all types of retailer are now targeted by hackers - and the sector is feeling the pressure to invest more heavily in cybersecurity. Jeremy Drew, partner at RPC, says: "Retailers are a goldmine of personal data but their high profile nature and sometimes aging complex systems make them a popular target for hackers.

There is a major skills shortage, not just in the UK but globally, with Cisco's Midyear Cybersecurity Report highlighting that 24% of retail security professionals believe a lack of trained personnel is a major obstacle to adopting advanced processes and technology. Due to lack of staff, the survey says, there is a steady stream of security alerts that retailers cannot fully address.

Three major cybersecurity initiatives in the UK, however, show action is being taken to clamp down on this growing problem.

BRC student challenge

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) recently announced the winner of its 2017 Cyber Security Challenge, which invited new ideas on how government, law enforcement and industry should work together to tackle the main cybersecurity threats facing retail in the UK. Open to any student based at a UK higher education establishment, entries were judged by a panel of cybersecurity scholars.

At the very least, the BRC initiative will have brought some new thinking and awareness into retail, but the best case scenario is that it will have provided some real actionable insight that can help an industry which continues to come under attack.

What is government doing?

In the year ahead the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is looking to encourage more UK women into cybersecurity, via a national CyberFirst Girls competition.

The 2017 competition, which entailed a series of online challenges and puzzles, attracted 2,171 teams of school girls aged between 13 and 15. Some 8,000 people participated in total, and the competition finale saw 37 girls from the top ten teams meet at a central London location, where Lancaster Girls Grammar were named winners.

This summer also saw the UK government announce a 20 million pound scheme to train close to 6,000 teenagers of both sexes in cybersecurity, once again using gamification to appeal to the young demographic.

Via a nationwide network of extracurricular clubs, activities and a new online game, the aim is to encourage schoolchildren to develop the key skills they would need to work in the growing cybersecurity sector and defend UK businesses against online threats.

Job site Indeed, which compiled the global research, says severe cybersecurity skills shortages persist in every country - only in the US and Canada does the supply of job seekers exceed 50% of employer demand. essentialretail.com

UK electronics retail giant CeX hacked; Data of 2 million customers stolen
CeX Ltd., the United Kingdom based electronic retail giant, has suffered a data breach in which personal details of about 2 million customers have been stolen. The company is known for dealing in second-hand goods with 350 stores in the UK and more than 100 around the world.

According to CeX's blog post, the stolen data contains first name, surname, addresses, email address and phone number of those customers who registered on the site with this information. The data may also include expired credit and debit cards in encrypted format up to 2009. hackread.com

Cyber crime reaching epidemic proportions
Fraud becomes most common crime in UK

More than five million cyber offences are committed every year, accounting for over half of all UK crime, with nearly one in 10 Britons falling victim. Identity fraud has soared to record levels, with an astonishing 500 new victims every single day, according to anti-fraud organization Cifas. Identity fraud is estimated to cost the UK $6.9 Billion per year, with 172,919 reporting the crime in 2016. express.co.uk


Can blockchains replace retail giants like Amazon and eBay?
eBay revolutionized online retail through bidding, and it even acquired payment processor PayPal to facilitate payments. Amazon started out with books and eventually led to the decline of the traditional bookstore, but it later on branched out to just about any product imaginable - all done through a marketplace where sellers can ride on the platform.

Again, there are limitations, which are mostly based on the fact that the platforms were centralized. Merchants pay hefty fees for accepting payments online. And even with fraud protection, there are still opportunities for either seller or buyer to cheat the other parties - whether through counterfeit goods, unwarranted chargebacks, or even outright scamming.

Transacting through the distributed ledger has a multitude of advantages over the legacy centralized systems.

For one, it is more secure, as the transactions are confirmed by each and every node in the blockchain. Secondly, it is cheaper and faster. All this leads toward one big benefit: the user wins. And in the retail industry, by user, we mean both sides of the transaction - buyers and sellers.

Over at Hackernoon, Louie Bacaj said that "eCommerce on the blockchain would be an interesting animal," citing the benefits of transparency and decentralization. He says that while lower fees and the loss of middlemen would be the more obvious benefits, there are other, not-so-obvious advantages as well. These include added visibility and the potential for micro-transactions such as users earning by viewing and clicking ads and through cash-backs and referrals. thenextweb.com

Stress test your website before it's Black Friday listed
Retailers in the US and UK will be planning now for the Black Friday weekend, which promises to be more testing than ever for their e-commerce websites and mobile apps.

Digital limitations are turning off more and more potential customers, according to the results of a consumer survey from Apica, the performance monitoring and testing experts.

The survey found that three quarters of respondents expect websites and apps to perform faster than they did three years ago, and 80% would consider telling friends about a poor website/app experience.

And Apica promises to tell even more people about those negative experiences in its Black Friday Web Performance Index, due to be published at the end of November.

Last year, it says, the Index revealed that whilst the top ten e-commerce websites are healthy, the rest are lagging expectations. retailrisk.com

LIVE SEMINAR: Fraud360 New York
Tuesday, September 19th
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Criminal fraudsters continue to make news headlines breaching millions of consumer credit cards and private data files. Meanwhile, mobile payment systems evolve with new technology to adapt to consumer spending habits. Join us at the Fraud360 World Tour in New York on September 19th, as we address the most pressing issues in payments and fraud today.

This is a half-day, live seminar presented by industry experts covering fraud trends, global transaction insights, eCommerce data, and changes in the payment landscape. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no extra cost. Register here

Amazon May Bring 1,000 Jobs To Monroe, OH

Amazon is actually the weakest of the big U.S. retailers, Moody's says

New stores fuel online growth

Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference
ept. 21 in Durham, NC

Mark your calendars! Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina.

North and South Carolina Retailers and Law Enforcement will come together to learn about the most pressing issues in retail crime and loss prevention today, expand their network within the field, and partner with the most outstanding security service partners to help your business succeed.

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Clarence, NY: 3 Walmart employees charged with stealing nearly $5,000 of electronics
Three Walmart employees were charged with stealing from the Clarence store. The Erie County Sheriff's office says this past Friday, a store loss prevention employee detained two overnight employees for stealing merchandise. Authorities say 19 iPhones and three iWatches were stolen. Deputies charged Buffalo residents Jade Beal, 20, and Gebrial Shamburger, 21, with grand larceny. A third suspect left the scene, but was found at his Buffalo home on Tuesday. wivb.com

Troy, MI: Thieves make off with $4,245 in merchandise from Versace store
A 25-year-old Flint woman who allegedly assisted the two men by distracting a salesperson was stopped by an assistant store manager as she left the store and escorted back in, where she was subsequently taken into police custody and later released pending further investigation.. According to police, she claimed she didn't know the men and said she was forced to help them with the crime. A bag she was carrying had $510 worth of stolen merchandise from the Fossil Store, but she reportedly told police it belonged to one of the men who made her carry it. theoaklandpress.com

Allentown, PA: Serial shoplifter nabbed at Wegmans; faces 8 counts of retail theft, over $4,500
Authorities arrested a Lehigh County woman five times over roughly a month-long span for allegedly shoplifting more than $4,500 from the same grocery store chain. Lisa R. Watson faces eight counts of retail theft and four counts of receiving stolen property in connection to a mini crime spree in Northampton and Lehigh Counties. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned Watson over the weekend on two sets of shoplifting charges stemming from alleged thefts at Wegmans in Allentown. She was arraigned Wednesday on three sets of charges stemming from thefts from the Wegmans in Hanover Township, Northampton County. wfmz.com

San Mateo, CA: Stun gun used to rob $3,000 worth of merchandise from
Victoria's Secret store

A different kind of panty raid unfolded Tuesday at the Victoria's Secret at Hillsdale Shopping Center - one that involved a stun gun and ended in four arrests. At about 3:10 p.m., police received calls from people reporting that the premium lingerie store had just been robbed. One of the four suspects was armed with a stun gun and pointed it at a clerk. The suspects made off with $3,000 worth of merchandise, but officers quickly located their getaway vehicle thanks to descriptions provided by witnesses. eastbaytimes.com

Ulster, NY: Repeat Walmart Shoplifter caught on 2nd attempt; over $2,000
Teresa L. Mapes, 42, of Kingston, was arrested Wednesday after Wal-Mart loss prevention staff told police she took $1,401.03 worth of merchandise from the store. She is also suspected in the theft of $665.69 worth of items from the store on Aug. 22, police said. recordonline.com

Pottstown, PA: Police seeking suspect for thefts at multiple area Walmart stores; thousands in merchandise stolen
Pottstown police are asking for public help in identifying and locating the man pictured, who they claimed Tuesday (Aug. 29, 2017) "is responsible for a retail theft in Pottstown and multiple other retail thefts in the surrounding area." He is alleged to have entered the Walmart store on Shoemaker Road, as well as other Walmarts in the region, during late night hours and broken into cases to steal electronics items. pottstownpost.com

Hamilton, ON, CN: Beauty product thieves sought following thefts from Oakville and Burlington malls
On Aug. 23 at around 1:30 p.m., two men entered Sephora within the Oakville Place mall. Police say that, while one distracted the employees, the other stole a Foreo Luna Mini 2, a facial cleansing brush valued at around $159. The same day at around 2 p.m., the same two entered the Sephora at the Mapleview Mall in Burlington, this time stealing three Foreo Luna Mini 2s valued at $477. thespec.com

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Robberies & Thefts

Smithtown, NY: Duo Robbed 2 Pharmacies, Attempted To Rob Third, Within 30 Minutes
A Ronkonkoma man and a homeless woman were arrested for robbing two pharmacies and attempting to rob a third in Suffolk County. The officers apprehended and arrested John Giunta and Kristi Larsen as they tried to flee CVS. An investigation found that the duo were also responsible for the attempted robbery of Duane Reade in Stony Brook and the robbery of Walgreens in Smithtown. patch.com

Los Angeles, CA: A man picks the wrong place to pull an Armed Robbery: MMA Studio
Police said the suspect walked into the Defiant MMA & Fitness studio shortly after 9pm, pulling a gun on employees and customers. But inside, ex-professional MMA star-turned-instructor Powell was waiting. Local news crews captured the moment the dazed suspect emerged from the gym in handcuffs, bleeding heavily from his face before he was taken into custody by police. dailystar.co.uk

Littleton, CO: Suspects on the run after smash-and-grab at Littleton pawn shop
Several suspects are on the loose following a smash-and-grab burglary early Wednesday. Police said a group of people broke into Pawn Bank around 2 a.m. and started grabbing guns and jewelry. A police officer in the area spotted the suspects, who dropped the guns and took off, police said. Officers found the discarded guns in the pawn shop's parking lot. The suspects made off with the jewelry. thedenverchannel.com

San Pedro, CA: Pickup Driver smash into C-store, no one was injured
Police are searching for a driver after a white truck crashed into a store in San Pedro on Wednesday. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. at the Beach City Market on Pacific Avenue. The driver is seen on surveillance video crashing into the store and almost hitting a woman and two young children who were checking out at the front counter. The driver is then shown reversing the truck out of the store and running over the curb once more before fleeing the scene. ktla.com

Trenton, NJ: Alleged getaway driver was ringleader in AT&T robbery
An Essex County woman charged with the robbery of an AT&T store in West Windsor earlier this month was a ringleader in the crime, authorities said Wednesday in court. Tyreane D. Tucker-Bowen, 41, is accused of being the getaway driver for her codefendants, Gregory T. Smith and Benjamin Green. Police have said the trio robbed the AT&T store on Route 1on Aug. 8. Officers responding to a robbery in progress arrived to find two men with duffel bags in the store, and ordered them to the ground and arrested them. The officers also found two employees had been taken at gunpoint into the back storage room at closing time and were tied up with zip ties. nj.com

Palo Alto, CA: Robbers Follow 7-Eleven Employee, Steal Bank Deposit

Midwest City, OK: Man calls cab to and from Armed Robbery at Advance America Cash

Vineland, NJ: Reward being offered for info on Diamonds by Design store robbery

Drayton Park, England: Arsenal's Emirates Stadium store hit with a Smash & Grab of a 'large quantity" of merchandise

Paris, France: Over $300,000 worth of wine stolen through "Catacombs" network of tunnels under Paris

Credit Card Fraud

Temple Hill, MD: FBI raids in Prince George's Co. related to credit card fraud ring
Two early-morning raids on homes in Prince George's County are related to a credit card fraud case in which the FBI has arrested 12 suspects. According to court documents, "Members of this criminal enterprise are responsible for the possession and distribution of thousands of credit card numbers and at least dozens of identified victim card holder names." The documents describe an operation that was predominantly out of Northern Virginia, fraudulent credit cards that were then used to buy gift cards and cigarettes that were resold for cash. wtop.com

Update: Bloomington, MN: Washington man convicted in MN credit card scheme involving 117 cards
Daniel Negase Asefaw, 31, was convicted of one count of identity theft for aiding and abetting possession of other people's credit account information with intent to engage in unlawful activity. He is the first of six co-defendants to be convicted in this case. On March 23, 2016, police were called to a Fed Ex facility about a suspicious package mailed from Seattle to a hotel in Bloomington. According to the criminal complaint, investigators found multiple blank credit cards in the package, hidden inside a pair of tennis shoes. Asefaw was taken into custody and will be sentenced on Oct. 4. He is expected to receive 98 months in prison. Trials for the other five co-defendants begin Sept. 25. fox9.com

Skimming Thefts

Fort Myers, FL: Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested 2 men in Skimmer bust
Two men are accused of manufacturing and installing credit card skimmer devices into multiple gas station pumps. A search warrant led to the seizure of two trucks, $7,860 in cash, 33 cloned credit cards, blank credit cards, gas pump lock keys, credit card readers, credit card encoder devices, multiple computers and tools used to manufacture the cloned cards. winknews.com

Madison, NE: Pair Sentenced After Skimming Credit Cards
A search of their residence turned up 33 cards, seven marijuana plants, lights, paraphernalia and a box full of driver's licenses and social security cards from various people. According to the affidavit, the pair also had fraud charges in Florida. Yiama Lugo was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison and Jorge Navarro was sentenced 3 to 6 years at the Department of Corrections. us92.com

Elkridge, MD: Another skimming device found at Howard County gas pump
Howard County police are sending out another warning about card skimming devices, after another such device was found at an Elkridge Exxon. Howard County found 30 such devices previously this year. foxbaltimore.com

Mesa, AZ: Credit-card skimmer attempt shuts down gas pumps; man sought

Englewood, OH: Police release 2 pics of Sunoco skimming suspect

Waterloo, IA: Police investigate skimmer at ATM

Ocala, FL: Skimmer found on Community Bank &Trust ATM

Pittsfield, NY: PD issue warning about credit card fraud


C- Store - Rock Hill, SC - Burglary
C- Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery (shot fired by owner)
Circle K - Bloomington, IL - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Odessa, FL - Burglary (ATM)
Cumberland Farms - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Defiant MMA & Fitness -Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Mega Saver - Council Bluffs, IA - Armed Robbery
Modern Tire - West Hartford, CT - Burglary
Pawn Bank - Littleton, CO - Burglary
Q-Mart - Cedar Park, TX - Robbery
Rancho Liquor - Westminster, CA - Armed Robbery
Rossville Beer Distributor - Rossville, PA -Burglary
T-Mobile - Tega Cay, SC - Burglary
Victoria's Secret - San Mateo, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Johnston, RI - Robbery (clerk assaulted)
7-Eleven - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
6 burglaries
1 shootings
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
63 robberies
23 burglaries
2 shootings
0 killed


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