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Ray Cloud promoted to Group Senior Vice President, Loss Prevention, Organizational Safety & Security for Ross Stores
Ray has held various senior positions for Ross Stores over the past 11 years. He served as the VP of Loss Prevention for five years before serving as Group Vice President, Loss Prevention for over two years. More recently, he was Senior Vice President, Loss Prevention, for four years before taking this promotion. Prior to his time with Ross Stores, he served in other LP/AP roles for Marshall Field & Company and Target. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. Congratulations, Ray!

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LPNN On Location with FaceFirst

Peter Trepp, CEO & President, FaceFirst
Dara Riordan, Chief Revenue Officer & EVP of Sales, FaceFirst
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

Watch FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp and CRO Dara Riordan discuss how loss prevention leaders are using face recognition to prevent organized retail crime, how the technology will transform retail beyond LP over the next 5 years, and bust common facial recognition myths.

Learn more at www.facefirst.com


2019 GLPS - Group LP Selfies

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CVS Region 1 and 3 AP Team
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Retail Responds to Mass Shootings - NRA Fights Back

NRA Statement on Walmart's Decision to Change Firearms Policy
Calls the Retailer's Move 'Shameful'

The National Rifle Association released the following statement today regarding Walmart's decision to change its firearms and ammunition policies:

"The strongest defense of freedom has always been our free-market economy. It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America's fundamental freedoms. The truth is Walmart's actions today will not make us any safer. Rather than place the blame on the criminal, Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty." nraila.org

Kroger joins Walmart in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in stores
Kroger on Tuesday followed Walmart in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in any of its stores, in states where "open carry" is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. The announced changes come amid a wave of deadly shootings in the U.S., including two at Walmart stores this summer. Both companies are also calling on the government to strengthen background checks.

"Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers," Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs, said in an emailed statement. "We are also joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence."

"A year ago, Kroger made the conscious decision to completely exit the firearm and ammunition business when we stopped selling them in our Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest," she also said. cnbc.com

Editor's Note: Let's see how the NRA responds to today's Kroger response tomorrow. This could be a potential problem brewing and let's hope we don't see some gun advocate activists respond at the store level or in the parking lots. Everyone needs to be overly aware this weekend.


From March 2018
Kroger announces it will stop selling guns altogether following Parkland shooting
Other Retailers Respond with Similar Measures

After recently imposing restrictions on the sale of firearms, ammunition and assault rifle-themed publications, Kroger has decided to stop selling guns altogether. The nation's biggest supermarket chain on Monday said it it would phase out all sales of firearms and ammunition at its 132 Fred Meyer stores, which are located in four Western states: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Other retailers also reacted to the Feb. 14 slayings of 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Walmart banned the sale of guns and ammo to anyone under 21, and Dick's Sporting Goods prohibited the sale of assault-style rifles and raised the minimum age to purchase for other firearms to 21.

A slew of companies also ended discount programs with the National Rifle Association amid a corporate backlash against the gun-rights lobbying organization that followed the latest school massacre. cbsnews.com

Canadian Security announces 2019 Community Leader Award winner
Circle K LP Security Exec Sean Sportun

Canadian Security magazine is pleased to announce the winner of our Community Leader Award for 2019: Sean Sportun. Sportun has 26 years of professional experience in the security industry and has spent the last 13 years as manager of security and loss prevention for Circle K Stores Central Canada Division.

During his career, Sportun has consistently volunteered his time and expertise to worthwhile causes and industry associations. In 2002, he joined the Toronto Crime Stoppers volunteer Board of Directors and is currently the program's chair. He is first vice-president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and second vice-president of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. In 2017, he was a member of the elite security organizing committee for the Invictus Games which were held in Toronto.

Sportun has been recognized numerous times for his volunteer efforts and professionalism. In 2013, he was named Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security magazine's editorial advisory board.

Click here to see other 2019 winners that will be recognized at Canadian Security Honours on Oct. 3 at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto, ON. canadiansecuritymag.com

Hurricane Dorian to cost retailers $1.5 billion & threaten back to school sales
Consumer spending is expected to decline as much as $1.5 billion, according to data analytics firm Planalytics.

Foot traffic at apparel stores is expected to fall 25%, while visits to outlet centers will decline 32%. Restaurant traffic is expected to decrease 14%.

Home centers, grocery chains and convenience stores are going to see surges as consumers stock up on emergency necessities.

Spending will go to grocery store chains and home improvement centers like Lowe's and Home Depot as consumers stock up on necessities. Mass merchants like Target and Walmart will also see a boost.

Evan Gold, executive vice president at Planalytics, said companies with a large presence in the southeast are particularly vulnerable, such as BJ's Wholesale,. Dillard's, Disney and supermarket chain Publix.

Dillard's has 42 stores in Florida, 12 in Georgia, and 21 in the Carolinas. Publix has 831 stores in Florida, 190 in Georgia, and 110 in North and South Carolina, according to its website. As of noon Wednesday, it said it was closing 115 stores. Forty-six of Walmart's stores were closed due to the storm as of the same time. Disney announced abbreviated schedules for parks in the Walt Disney World Resort on Monday and Tuesday before the storm.

"Retailers are increasingly using data and weather data to understand what the forecast means as it relates to consumer behavior, and they can better execute against that," However, Walsh also said that despite the sales declines, that spending is usually made up during the recovery phase.

When you take a very wide angle view of the overall impact, generally the stimulus smooths out the overall impact," he said. cnbc.com

Two Years Into the Biggest Discrimination Scandal in Retail - Nike Still Dominates
''Behind closed doors': The friction between the Nike brand & its corporate culture'

The company has faced public scrutiny related to how it treats women. A class action lawsuit alleging that Nike does not give women equal pay or advancement opportunities was filed last August, and earlier this year, a former Nike-sponsored athlete, Alysia Montaño, wrote an opinion in the New York Times that asserted Nike was deficient in its support for pregnant athletes.

While both of these events took place within the past two years, the company has not suffered any financial penalty in the women's space. CEO Mark Parker said at the end of fiscal 2019 that the business had grown in double digits.

"It's hard to overstate how important this year has been to the evolution of the women's offense at Nike," Parker said in a conference call with analysts at the time.

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the number of female Nike employees signed on to a class action suit continued to grow.

Nike's Dream Challenge

Editor's Note: Posing some good questions this article doesn't flinch at stating the facts, at presenting the conflicting public vs. reality brand identity and detailing the extent of the scandal over the last two years. Pointing out Nike's response without undermining the hard facts and real story. Remarkably it shows that the scandal actually had no impact on the business itself and it closes by saying "the biggest threat to Nike's dominance might be how fast Lululemon grows its business, not how Nike deals with its brand image."

Great read for the every retailer. As we all need to be aware of.

Sears slashing 250 jobs at Hoffman Estates HQ
No Current Plans to Shut HQ

"Affected employees will be placed on a paid administrative leave effective immediately for the time prior to the employment termination date," Sears said in the Aug. 29 letter. The corporate office is not expected to be relocated or shuttered despite the layoffs. "The employment separations are expected to be permanent; however, there are no current plans to close the entire facility," the letter said. A Sears spokesman declined to comment on the number of employees at the Hoffman Estates headquarters. chicaogbusiness.com


Knox County, TN: Prosecutors want to treat Shoplifters like Burglars
Will the Supreme Court let them? Abbie Leann Welch walked into a Walmart during business hours and out again with a purse stuffed full of stolen clothes. Her lawyer says she's a shoplifter. Knox County prosecutors say she's a burglar. The difference? Six years for Welch after a jury found her guilty in 2017 of misdemeanor theft and burglary, a felony. Her lawyer, Patrick Phillips, wants the Tennessee Supreme Court to decide whether prosecutors can treat such cases, traditionally handled as petty theft and trespassing, like felonies on the same level as a prowler who breaks into a store after closing time. "There's a fundamental fairness that's violated," Phillips told the court's five justices Wednesday. "There was never a burglary in the first place. I was at the courthouse talking to the other lawyers (when Welch was indicted), and none of us could figure out how they were going to make it burglary or why they were going to make it a burglary."  knoxnews.com

Cannabis Industry Puiblication - Cannabis Business Executive
Here's how that industry is presenting drug testing
So - how does this support for cannabis impact employers' drug screening policies?

Employers who choose to drug test must first determine whether employees must be given notice of the intent to drug test. 12 states require a written policy and/or advance written notice of drug testing. State laws also typically mandate who may conduct drug tests (usually only qualified testing labs), procedures after a positive test (such as whether the applicant/employee must be notified and/or given an opportunity to re-test), how the test results may be used by the employer (for example, for discipline or termination), and who pays for the test (typically the employer).

Article includes:
- An Overview of Current Workplace Drug Policies Across the United States
- What's Required of a Workplace Drug Screening Policy
- General Considerations
- Best Practices 

Read more here: cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Hilton Global Marketing Executive Pleads Guilty to $855,587.25 Embezzlement from Two Employers
Baltimore, MD., Rebecca Jelfo, age 47, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a federal wire fraud charge in connection with a scheme to defraud two employers of a total of at least $855,000 by submitting fraudulent and inflated invoices.

From approximately 2008 until December 2015, Jelfo was Head of Marketing and Communications for the Americas for Qatar Airway. Between January 4, 2016 and January 31, 2018, Jelfo was a Senior Director of Luxury Brand Marketing for Hilton. As part of Jelfo’s duties at both companies, she contracted with marketing vendors and was responsible for approving certain marketing invoices. Jelfo participated in an over-invoicing scheme designed to defraud her employers. Specifically, Jelfo submitted or caused to be submitted, false and inflated invoices purported to be for various marketing services or products provided to her employer.  justice.gov

Houston Woman Admits to Defrauding Dr. Pepper Snapple by Embezzling $125,000 in Rebates
Anna Maria Sites pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG). Specifically, in 2014 and 2015, FulFill administered a DPSG program known as 2014 Fast Start, which paid a $75 rebate for switching to a DPSG drink in soda dispensers. DPSG paid $125,000 for FulFill to manage this campaign. Sites was responsible for rebates not being issued. Only after receiving multiple complaints would she arrange for the monies to be dispersed.

Sites sent rebate fund reports for the 2014 Fast Start rebate program to DPSG, which falsely represented that rebates were being paid when, in truth, they were not. Sites faces up to five years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. justice.gov

Will America Talk Itself Into a Recession? Trump's Advisers Are Worried
President Trump's economic advisers do not see a recession on the horizon, but they worry that gloomy news reports and a drumbeat of recession warnings could turn fear of one into reality.

In an interview on Thursday, the acting chairman of Mr. Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, Tomas Philipson, said that reporters who had fixated on possible signs of a recession in bond markets this month appeared "to want people to lose jobs" and "become not economically self-sufficient."

Americans have kept shopping, continuing to power economic growth. Consumer spending increased at an annualized rate of 4.7 percent in the spring, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, its fastest quarterly increase in nearly five years.

But one measure of consumer sentiment slipped by the most since 2012, data Friday showed, seemingly on tariff concerns: One in three respondents spontaneously mentioned the trade war.

"The way the media reports the weather won't impact whether the sun shines tomorrow," Mr. Philipson said. "But the way the media reports on our economy weighs on consumer sentiment, which feeds into consumer purchases and investments."

But some forecasters agree that fear itself could become a problem. Consumers drive about 70 percent of economic activity in America, and if they become spooked and pull back on purchases, growth could slow more sharply. Stock market losses could unsettle Americans and cause them to clamp their wallets shut.

"If headlines about trade wars and currency wars dominate the media and the airwaves," then "you could get in this spiral where people lose confidence and stop spending,"  nytimes.com

Editor's Note: Talk about building in an excuse before it happens. They certainly did just that. But they do have a point. Just watch the hurricane news coverage for all of the hair-on-fire click bait. And while it may not be America talking itself into it as much one side of the news taking advantage of the situation.

13 of the scariest crimes to ever hit the world of retail
We'd all like to think we're safe when we're shopping or dining out. Nobody wants to consider the possibility of danger while they're perusing shelves or sitting down for a meal. But horrible things happen everywhere, and retail stores and restaurants are no exception. The recent mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart, which claimed 22 lives, drove that terrible truth home earlier in August.

Business Insider gathered a number of the most frightening crimes to hit retail establishments. Some concern customers, while others were perpetuated against employees. Not all of them have been solved, but all of the incidents described are violent and disturbing.

Here's a look at a number of horrifying cases that occurred in retail settings:

  • Four young Burger Chef employees vanished while closing up the restaurant for the night in 1978, and their murders remain unsolved

  • In 2013, Al-Shabaab militants killed 67 people in an upscale Nairobi mall

  • Five Wendy's employees died after being shot execution-style during a robbery in Queens

  • A Lululemon employee was convicted of murdering her coworker in 2011

  • A man murdered 21 people in a California McDonald's after reportedly telling his wife he was going "hunting for humans"

  • Five women were murdered in a Chicago area Lane Bryant clothing store in 2008

  • A serial killer preyed on the employees of fast-food chains like Captain D's, McDonald's, and Baskin-Robbins

  • Five customers and employees were tortured and murdered during the robbery of a home audio store in Utah

  • An unidentified serial killer stalked Interstate 70 in the early 1990s, killing at least six retail clerks

  • An ex-Domino's manager led a murderous rampage against his former employer in 1985

  • In 1991, firefighters responding to a blaze at an Austin yogurt shop were horrified to discover the bodies of four young girls

  • An unemployed man with a history of misogynistic threats shot and killed 23 people after driving his truck through the window of a Luby's Cafeteria

  • The owners and employees of a Brown's Chicken restaurant were gunned down in the eatery's walk-in fridge in 1993   businessinsider.com

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An Inside Look at How CISOs Prioritize Budgets & Evaluate Vendors
In-depth interviews with four market-leading CISOs reveal how they prioritize budgets, measure ROI on security investments, and evaluate new vendors.

I sat down with Joshua Danielson (CISO at Copart), Ryan Fritts (vice president of product information and security, CISO, at ADT), Rob Geurtsen (deputy information security officer at Nike), and Sherry Ryan (vice president, CISO, at Juniper Networks) to talk about security budgets and evaluating vendor claims for solving mission-critical enterprise security problems. I heard many shared insights around their thought processes for protecting their organizations.

Building the Budget
Before a vendor meets with potential customers, they already possess security budgets with predetermined priorities. Copart's Danielson notes that the NIST framework and others help organizations establish a shared understanding of risk and set common baselines. Using these baselines, CISOs manage risk registers, set priorities, and determine risk thresholds in their environments.

Armed with a basic understanding of the budgeting process, vendors must remember that, for CISOs, technology is a means rather than an end. According to Nike's Geurtsen, "The technology is part of the decision, but not the decision. More important is a unified view of risk at that moment and how to mitigate it." When customers evaluate solutions, they generally focus on gaps in their security programs and how vendor value propositions can fill those gaps. CISOs do not say "we need AI." Rather, they say "we need to address a problem; if AI is the best way to do that, so be it." This is a subtle but important distinction.

Think about ROI
Having identified customers' view of risk, how can a vendor prove its value? Because security does not generate revenue, CISOs measure financial returns by asking the following:

Does a solution address prioritized areas of risk?
Does it provide returns by mitigating those risks?
Will it replace incumbent products or augment an existing cybersecurity portfolio?
Does this solution enable the business and streamline the corporate security program?

CISOs have increasingly prioritized these last two points as widely publicized human capital shortages in the cybersecurity industry force them to rally around solutions that mitigate operational management gaps.

Read the rest of these interviews: darkreading.com

What's the Real Role of AI and ML in Cybersecurity?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are being heralded as a way to solve a wide range of problems in different industries and applications, such as reducing street traffic, improving online shopping, making life easier with voice-activated digital assistants, and more.

The industry needs to separate what is real from what is simply hype when it comes to AI/ML in cybersecurity. In particular, a key issue that enterprises need to be aware of is that AI/ML cannot do causation - meaning that AI/ML is not able to tell you why something happened. Understanding why is a key component of cybersecurity, especially as it relates to security incident investigations and analysis. securitymagazine.com

Risk mitigation is key to blockchain becoming mainstream
A solution in search of a problem, blockchain is often associated with cryptocurrency, which is, arguably, the single worst application of the "immutable" ledger that defines the technology. Supply chains are a much better use, due to the high levels of integrity and availability provided by a blockchain.

Nodes perform validation of each block that is created to verify its integrity and ensure it has not been tampered with. If a majority of nodes validate the block, consensus is reached, confirming the recorded transactions to be true. The block is added to blockchain and the ledger is updated.  computerweekly.com

Today's Modern Indoor Shooting Range
Master Card's Cyber Range
Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

Companies and universities around the country are building cybersecurity training centers that simulate real-world networks and breaches to train staff and test theories about how to guard against and respond to attacks.

At these so-called cyber ranges, companies can assess how their cybersecurity staff react to real-world scenarios, such as malware infections and data breaches, said Ron Green, chief security officer at Mastercard Inc. who leads about 650 cybersecurity experts and other staff.

"It's a great opportunity to create an environment where we can go full-out," said Mr. Green. "We can put malware [and other tools] that steal information from our network on it, and allow my team to go in and fix the situation-not in theory, but actually do it."

Mastercard built a cyber range at its St. Louis tech hub in 2016, and created a mobile range the following year that allows the company to perform tests and exercises around the country.

Security staff at Mastercard travel with a mobile unit that houses servers and other network systems to test cybersecurity skills in drills with business partners. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

A look into the frequency and success of phishing attacks on SMEs
43% of UK SMEs have experienced a phishing attempt through impersonation of staff in the last 12 months. Of those impersonation phishing attempts, it was discovered that two-thirds (66%) had suffered a successful attack, according to CybSafe.

Businesses admitted to taking minimal action to correct this: less than half of those featured in the research (47%) claimed to already have a cybersecurity training and awareness program in place.

Interestingly, respondents saw email phishing as a much greater threat than phone phishing. Pitted against nine other potential threats, email phishing was perceived to be the second most pressing threat (37%). By contrast, phone phishing was believed to be the least (8.8%) urgent threat to business. helpnetsecurity.com

Security hole opens a billion Android users to advanced SMS phishing attacks

Security hole opens a billion Android users to advanced SMS phishing attacks

Ikea trials cashless store in the Netherlands

Senior Cybersecurity Jobs

Interesting Job
Maritime Cybersecurity Director Posted for Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami

We are currently seeking a Maritime Cybersecurity Director! The Director of Maritime Cybersecurity is responsible for the development and operations of a global cybersecurity program that works to combat digital threats against maritime operational technology (OT) systems and ensures regulatory compliance onboard all Carnival Corporation vessels. This position will be responsible for enhancing the security controls as it relates to shipboard OT environments. Additionally, this position will serve as a primary liaison between other Carnival Corporation Maritime groups to integrate cybersecurity and Maritime OT protection globally.



Here's what online merchants need to know about selling CBD products
Federal law now permits the sale of products containing cannibidiol, or CBD, as long as they contain little of the psychoactive ingredient THC. There is a lot of interest in CBD, but also confusion, and laws governing sales vary by state. Online merchants have the opportunity to distinguish themselves providing much-needed education on the basics of CBD and its benefits.

It's Legal, But Still Complicated
The major impetus for the recent explosion in CBD product availability was the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized CBD purchase at a federal level, as long as the products contain less than 0.3 percent THC. However, CBD's legal status still varies widely from state to state.

Apply Scrutiny
Whether you're considering adding existing products to your online catalog or bringing a line of CBD products under your own banner, let's be clear: You need to do your due diligence on the product and ingredients side of things.

Consider the THC
There's a lot of confusion when it comes to CBD vs. THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces a psychoactive "high" that many associate with recreational marijuana, while CBD does not.

Education Required
Finally, given how quickly the CBD market has grown and how many questions the average consumer still has about these products, online merchants have the opportunity to distinguish themselves in this space by providing much needed education on the basics of CBD and its benefits. Where possible, add detail to product descriptions and links to educational materials that elaborate on some of the distinctions discussed above. digitalcommerce360.com

Facebook: 419 Million Scraped User Phone Numbers Exposed
The Techies will end up getting Retail in Trouble with Privacy

Facebook has confirmed that unprotected, internet-connected databases containing more than 419 million users' phone numbers contained data that had been scraped from the social network.
Facebook has confirmed that the data is legitimate. "This data set is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people's ability to find others using their phone numbers," "The data set has been taken down and we see no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised. The underlying issue was addressed as part of a Newsroom post on April 4, 2018, by Facebook's chief technology officer."

All Phone Numbers May Have Been Scraped - Risk: SIM-Swapping Attacks
The phone numbers could also be abused by attackers to send spam messages or phishing lures via text as well as for identifying potential targets for SIM swapping or hijacking attacks. govinfosecurity.com

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Atlanta, GA: Five former Verizon employees indicted for opening bogus accounts with stolen identity information
From about November 2018 through May 2019, five Verizon employees allegedly opened numerous fraudulent customer accounts at three Verizon stores in Georgia. The scheme involved a group of "runners," who also brought stolen PII into the stores. The PII belonged to real people and included names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. Using the stolen information, the corrupt employees created Verizon accounts in the victims' names, without the victims' knowledge. The employees ran credit checks on the victims before opening the accounts, using the victims' Social Security numbers.

The defendants then used the accounts to purchase tens of thousands of dollars' worth of wireless phones and accessories. After the fraudulent purchases, the accounts went into default, causing the victims to receive bills for the merchandise charged on the fraudulent accounts. Verizon immediately terminated the employees upon discovering the fraud. justice.gov

Houston Men Indicted by Fed's for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods
Two Houston men have been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today. Lynric Doniel Strambler, 40, and Curtic DeMaine White, 43, were indicted by a federal grand jury today and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy.

On July 31, 2019, Strambler and White are alleged to have burglarized the Best Buy Co., Inc in Mobile, Alabama and D'Iberville, Mississippi. Strambler and White were arrested in Vidor, Texas while transporting approximately 20 stolen iPhones from Mississippi to Texas. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison. justice.com

Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $800,000 in Jewelry
An Arlington man pleaded guilty today to robbing two Falls Church pawn shops of nearly $800,000 in jewelry and watches.

According to court documents, in July 2014, Budder Khan, 29, entered Route 50 Gold and Jewelry Exchange, forced the store's employees to the ground using what appeared to be a real firearm, smashed the business's glass display cases and took jewelry and watches worth over $650,000. Later, in April 2015, Khan entered Top Pawn, again used what appeared to be a real firearm to frighten the store's employees, smashed the business's glass display cases and stole jewelry and watches worth over $143,000.

Khan pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when sentenced on December 6. justice.gov

Peoria, IL: Camera Store Burglars flee with $50,000 of merchandise in 2 minutes
Peoria Camera has been in the River City since 1937. Security cameras show three or four people broke in just after 4:10 in the morning on August 29. They bashed displays open and flung products into storage tubs before darting off. The thieves wore masks and gloves to minimize evidence. His store was also burgled last July, and he says it's an established trend among his peers. He says other store owners across the country have been targeted and there's little defense against it. According to Dobbins, Peoria police are comparing notes with authorities in Cleveland, OH because of some similarities to a burglary there.  week.com

Lincoln, NE: Victoria Secret employee busted for $25,000 theft, selling merchandise at Garage sales
A 22-year-old Lincoln woman is accused of stealing nearly $25,000 in merchandise from the Victoria's Secret where she worked, selling some of it at garage sales and a secondhand store in town and giving other items to customers for free. Jessica R. Parsons, went to court Tuesday on a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $5,000, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison. It is alleged to have happened between January and June at the store at SouthPointe Pavilions. Lincoln police ticketed Parsons in August.  journalstar.com

Miami, FL: Police investigating the burglary of $23,000 worth of bicycles
The burglary was captured on surveillance video shortly before 4:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Bike Tech Bicycle Shop at 1622 N.E. Second Ave. According to Miami police, the man took his time looking around the store before taking five bicycles worth an estimated $23,000 total. Other bicycle riding equipment was also stolen, authorities said.  local10.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Police bust 5-member ID theft crew find "hundreds of altered credit cards"

Rome, GA: Woman arrested for Felony Theft, stole $1,400 of merchandise from Hobby Lobby

Houston, TX: Police seeking to ID suspect in $800 Home Depot theft


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Shootings & Deaths

Orange County, FL: 1 dead, 1 in custody after AT&T Armed Robbery leads to Orange County pursuit
One man is dead and another is in custody after with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said they robbed a Lake County AT&T store at gunpoint before fleeing into Orange County. Officials said the chase ended when the two men crashed their car in front of a Pine Hills apartment complex near North Hiawassee Road. Deputies said both men took off running after crashing their vehicle. When deputies caught up with one of the men, officials said he fatally shot himself. The other suspect was later taken into custody.  wftv.com

Antioch, TN: Shots fired in Food Lion parking lot related to Immigration Officer
Metro police officers responded to a grocery store in Antioch after a federal immigration officer fired shots while trying to apprehend someone. The call came in around 7 a.m. Thursday in the Food Lion parking lot on Richards Road. Metro Nashville police confirmed an ICE officer fired shots at a box truck while trying to apprehend someone. The truck was later found at another location but no one was inside. According to police, Metro officers were not involved in the incident but stayed on site to secure the scene. Agents with the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are handling the investigation. At this time, it's not believed anyone was hurt.  newschannel5.com

Muskogee, OK: C-Store Shoplifting suspect shot while Police attempt to arrest
The Muskogee Police says 3 officers were involved in a shooting with a suspected shoplifter Wednesday night. Around 9 p.m., officers were called to a convenience store for a suspect shoplifting a lighter and lighter fluid. Investigators learned the suspect was possible at a home a couple blocks down the road. When officers knocked on the front door of the house, the suspect inside threw a lighted substance at the glass front door. Police immediately surrounded the home and made contact with a woman inside. Police said the suspect threw another lighted incendiary device in the woman's face as they were trying to talk to her. That's when one officer fired several rounds at the suspect. At least two bullets hit the suspect. He was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to be OK. ktul.com

Chicago, IL: 7-Eleven settles in death of hotel worker knocked down and then run over outside Near North store
A last-minute settlement has been reached by the family of a Chicago hotel worker who died after being knocked unconscious outside a 7-Eleven store on the Near North Side and then run over by a cab in 2016. The agreement was reached Tuesday, a day before jurors were to be picked for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Marques Gaines.  chicagotribune.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Springdale, OH: Shoplifter with knife threatened two Target employees, set off panic and standoff
A Cincinnati man "displaying" a knife inside the Springdale Target store set off a panic and a standoff with police Wednesday afternoon, but no injuries resulted, according to Springfield police. Landen Whitehead, 26, was arrested and charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing. Responding officers twice shot Tasers at Whitehead after he refused commands to drop the knife, but the Tasers did not take effect. Officers continued to talk to Whitehead to no avail. When the Hamilton County SWAT team arrived, Whitehead dropped the knife and was taken into custody about 2 p.m.  wcpo.com

Yonkers, NY: NYPD Sergeant busted for shoplifting in Macy's
An off-duty NYPD sergeant was suspended from her job after she allegedly was caught stealing nearly $360 worth of clothes from a Macy's, police sources said. Sgt. Eva Pena, 37, was arrested at the chain's store in Yonkers around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after she was seen walking into a dressing room with merchandise and walking out without the items. Pena - a cop in Bronx public housing who made $107,809 in 2018, according to the nonprofit Empire Center - then allegedly tried to walk out of the store without paying. She was stopped before she could leave and held for police.  nypost.com

Beckenham, Australia: Biker Gang suspected of kidnapping and massive gun heist at Perth firearms store
Police suspect an arsenal of 130 guns and ammunition could be in the hands of bikie gangs after an elaborate heist on a Beckenham firearms shop on Wednesday night. Thieves targeted Barry & Sons Firearms around 5.45pm, stalking the 81-year-old gun shop owner as he locked up his shop. The men, inside a white van, allegedly followed the elderly man as he began to drive home and purposely rear-ended his vehicle at an intersection. The men kidnapped the owner at gunpoint and took him in the van. The men then made two trips back to the gun shop, allegedly forcing the owner to open his weapon vault.   brisbanetimes.com

London, England: Louis Vuitton raider snared by trail of blood at smash-and-grab scene is jailed

Japan: Convenience Store Worker Reportedly Kept Robbing Shops On His First Day On The Job

Battle Creek, MI: Medical marijuana business gets new high-tech security

Cargo Theft

Steep rise in recorded supply chain thefts in Europe, Middle East and Africa region; thefts amount to more than $338,000 per day in the region
Recorded cargo thefts across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region have crossed 55 million in the first six months of 2019, according to reports put out by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), a global security expert network for supply chains. This amounts to $338,000 per day in theft, which according to TAPA, is the highest to be recorded yet - with the data following the trend of increasing cargo theft reports over the last four years.

TAPA derives its data from about 600 major manufacturers across several industries, including tobacco, food and beverage, fashion, pharmaceutical, automotive, electronics and furniture, while also collecting data from freight forwarders, law agencies and insurance firms.  freightwaves.com



Antique - Roanoke County, VA - Burglary
Bike Shop - Miami, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Norfolk, VA - Burglary
C-Store - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Flint, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St. Joseph County, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Flushing Township, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Egg Harbor, NJ - Armed Robbery
CBD - Houston, TX - Burglary
Cellphone - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Cas Station - Apalachee, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Sedgwick County, KS - Robbery/ Assault
Goody's - Talladega, AL - Robbery
Hardware - Wichita, KS - Burglary
Jewelry - Waterbury, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Tempe, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Morrisville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Kansas City, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Johnsburg, IL - Burglary
Liquor - Santa Clarita, CA - Newhall, CA
Restaurant - New York, NY - Burglary (Subway)
Restaurant - Santa Cruz, CA - Burglary
Verizon - Newberry Township, PA - Robbery



Daily Totals:
18 robberies
9 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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