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Nedap's Newly Released Intelligent EAS and RFID Solution

Nedap continues to make huge strides within our industry by developing technological solutions that mesh nicely with where the retail industry is heading. From their iD Top ceiling-mounted RFID readers to their new iSense intelligent 3-in-1 RFID antennas, Nedap offers retailers sleek, high-quality solutions that tackle both current and emerging shrink challenges. Pat O'Leary, Vice President and General Manager, and Wouter Ubbels, Director of Business Development, for Nedap Retail Americas, tell us about their latest innovations.

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Hurricane Irma Update

Hurricane Irma threatens 'to devastate the United States,' FEMA chief says
"Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States," Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. "We're going to have a couple rough days." Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 11 a.m. Eastern Time, the storm was moving 14 mph and located 405 miles southeast of Miami. abcnews.go.com

How Big Brands Like Target and Walmart Deal With Back-to-Back Hurricanes
It's a daunting time not just for residents in these hurricane zones, but for the major retailers who must rebuild in one region while preparing for a potential catastrophe in another.

Staying Afloat and Doing Right by Employees and the Community

All but two Targets that endured Hurricane Harvey have reopened, and there's no word on when they'll reopen or what it will cost to repair them; the water damage is so severe that entire buildings need to be rebuilt and none of the store's merchandise is salvageable.

For the two stores that are closed, we paid team members for a week for their scheduled hours," Reck said. "Then, we worked to move them to a different store until their store reopens."

Target also gave the 10,000 employees in affected areas a $100 store gift card and, as part of its $3.5 million Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, set up a fund with Global Impact that will match employee donations up to $1 million.

To name but a few other big players paying it forward: Amazon and Whole Foods are matching donations made via Amazon to the Red Cross up to $1 million; Duracell is giving out free batteries; Chobani has loaded up at least 300,000 products to donate; Walmart has pledged up to $10 million in cash and product to match customer donations two to one, and donated truckloads of water to affected areas - and now the mega-retailer is rolling up its sleeves in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

Starbucks has donated $250,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief, and by donating both in-store and in-app, Starbucks customers have raised more than $600,000, said Reggie Borges, a spokesman for Starbucks.
Nearly 25 stores remain closed in TX., and Starbucks is still paying those workers. "Work schedules go up three weeks in advance," Borges said. "If you were on the schedule, you're getting paid even if the store isn't open or if you can't make it."

The question now is how long this and other charitable behavior will last if these storms continue. These companies may be big, but everybody's got a limit.

Resources are stretched thin and retailers don't have the excess capacity to be serving two category 5-level disasters within days of each other," said Jason Goldberg, senior vice president of commerce and content practice at Razorfish.

On one hand, stores are better equipped than ever to handle hurricanes because, as Goldberg points out, they've been through a lot of them and have learned what is needed. But Cohen asserts that today's storms tend to be far more devastating than those of the past, so that even retailers with warehouses filled with goods can find themselves coming up short. nbcnews.com

Pharmacy, retailers front and center as Florida preps for Hurricane Irma
Having killed 13 people, destroyed nearly every building on the island of Barbuda and left nearly 1 million Puerto Rico residents without power as it made its way through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida, and the retail pharmacy, grocery and mass merchandiser community is working to make sure Floridians are prepared.

In addition to drug stores, grocery retailers have been on the front lines of preparedness, with Publix racing to keep shelves stocked - particularly with water - as far north as Charlotte, N.C., ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Southeastern Grocers' Winn-Dixie, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, and Target were all trying to keep their stores open and shelves stocked.

Walmart also is stepping up to help prepare for Hurricane Irma, with the Miami Herald reporting that the company had activated its Emergency Operations Center, which Walmart director of national media relations Ragan Dickens said was part of an effort to "get those shelves stocked as soon as possible." The effort included the deployment of 800 truckloads of supplies Tuesday en route to Florida with emergency supplies for stores with the most need. chainstoreage.com

Florida Prepares for Hurricane Irma
Employers give workers supplies, workplaces converted to shelters

As Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida, HR professionals are helping employees too busy at work to get ready for Hurricane Irma at home. Employers' preparations include delivering hurricane supplies to workers, ensuring communication channels are open, readying payroll systems and complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Many employers with safe work locations not in coastal areas have already converted their workplaces to shelters for their employees who must evacuate, she added. (See also 6 Ways Florida Benefit Advisers Can Prep for Hurricane Irma).

Staying in touch is essential, from distributing government tips on preparing for hurricanes to checking in with employees daily so companies can assist any who are displaced. shrm.org

Home Depot's War Room Working Overtime to make sure hurricane-hit areas set for supplies
The war room at Home Depot has spilled into multiple room as the home improvement giant now deals with stores in the Harvey recovery zone and stores in the line of fire of approaching Hurricane Irma.

Even as hundreds of thousands evacuate south Florida, Home Depot's southern region president told Cavitt crews are still moving in. This happens as Home Depot works to re-open and re-supply stores in Texas, and assess damage to stores in the Caribbean where Irma has already hit. wsbtv.com

First Data sending mobile POS devices to help retailers hit by Hurricane Harvey
The commerce-enabling technology company is sending thousands of Clover Go mobile credit and debit card readers to business owners impacted by the natural disaster. The goal is to help the local economy rebound as quickly as possible, and the effort includes free device installation and discounted pricing.  retailcustomerexperience.com

Miami, FL: Police shoot Armed man at Miami Airport amid Irma evacuation
Police shot a man who wielded a knife and tried to get into a Miami airport terminal from a runway, prompting the closure of a busy concourse as travelers tried to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said late Thursday that the unidentified suspect entered a restricted area on the tarmac. "One of the sergeants that responded observed a gentleman on the tarmac. The gentleman fled into a room allegedly armed with a knife." The man tried to leave the room and get back into the terminal through the ceiling, Perez said. That's when officers confronted the man and shot him. Perez said the suspect was taken to a hospital in stable condition to be treated for his injuries. It's not clear how he was able to breach security and get onto the runway. foxnews.com

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce at Least $1 Million toward Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery

Hurricane Irma Skirts Puerto Rico, Leaves 1 Million Without Power

Evacuations, Closures Announced in South Florida Due to Hurricane Irma

Traffic Nightmare as 500K People Told to Leave South Florida

Gas, Food Chains Hit With Ill. Biometric Privacy Suits
Facial Recognition & Fingerprints

A pair of Illinois residents have launched the latest putative class actions under the state's unique biometric privacy law, alleging in separate suits that restaurant chain Wow Bao unlawfully uses customers' facial biometrics to verify purchases at its self-order kiosks and that gas station operator Speedway illegally gathers employees' fingerprints.

Wow Bao and Speedway, along with their parents companies, disregard consumers' and employees' rights under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully collecting, storing and using their biometric data in a way that doesn't follow the statute's notice and consent requirements.

Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants have violated BIPA by failing to inform their customers or employees in writing about the specific purpose and length of time for which their facial biometrics or fingerprints were being collected, stored and used; to provide a publicly available retention schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying the biometrics they collect; and to obtain written permission from those whose biometric data is being collected.

The plaintiffs, who are both represented by Stephan Zouras LLP, asserted that due to the heightened risks presented by the uniqueness of this data, especially when it comes to data breaches, the Illinois legislature moved in 2008 to enact BIPA, which is one of only three state laws that cover biometric privacy and is the only one to have a private right of action. law360.com

Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Financed By Selling Fake Nike Sneakers
Authorities - Sale of counterfeit sneakers can lead to terrorist financing

Some of the hottest items for sale today are limited edition or rare sneakers -- footwear that inspire a cult-like following and can fetch prices running into the thousands of dollars -- but federal customs officials say there is a darker side to the trend, as counterfeiters with potential ties to transnational crime and even terrorism have stepped in to feed the demand.

Thanks in part to this demand, sneakers are one of the most counterfeited commodities coming into the U.S. according to Edward Fox, the Customs and Border Patrol's acting port director of the Port of New York and New Jersey in Newark.

"Those dollars are not going to some legitimate business those dollars are going to support drug trafficking organizations, organized crime and in some cases terrorist organizations," said Fox.

Officials say terrorists who attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015 financed their weapons partly by selling fake Nike sneakers. U.S. authorities have amped up their efforts in response, seizing more counterfeit goods than ever before.

"One thing good about criminals is they take great notes on where the money goes to," Ishitani said. "So we'll look at [documents], we'll see evidence of Moneygram."

Nike Shoes Among Most Counterfeited Goods in the World  abcnews.go.com

Nike is at the Center of a Recently-Busted $250 Million Counterfeit Scheme
A new lawsuit initiated by the United States Department of Homeland Security - which centers on New York resident Su Ming Ling's "sophisticated scheme" to import roughly $250 million in fake brand-name apparel and footwear - provides a glimpse into how it works.

Mr. Ling, 50, was arrested in California last week when he attempted to flee the country by way of a flight from San Francisco to Taiwan. His arrest comes on the heels of the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of counterfeit clothes and shoes - including fake Nike sneakers, Ugg boots, and True Religion jeans and other apparel - by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a several-year-long investigation by Homeland Security.

"Using a combination of internet savvy and old-fashioned counterfeit distribution techniques, Ling perpetrated a lucrative counterfeiting scheme involving fake name-brand items."

A 3-Year-Long Investigation

Specifically, Ling arranged for the fake goods to be "smuggled into the U.S. from China through New Jersey Ports for delivery to wholesalers of counterfeit goods in, among other places, Brooklyn and Queens, New York." Homeland Security asserts that "in furtherance of this conspiracy, Ling registered Internet domain names resembling the Internet domain names of real import businesses and used email addresses associated with the misleading domain names to fraudulently portray himself as a representative of [various] real import businesses."

Upon seizing two of Ling's iPhones, government officials found that in addition to controlling numerous fraudulent domain names and email addresses, for the purpose of communicating with others in furtherance of the conspiracy to smuggle counterfeit goods into the U.S., Ling had saved "two photographs of a computer screen displaying the website used by the real MaxLite, Inc., demonstrating that the [he] had researched the address and location of the real import business to pose as a representative of the business in furtherance of his scheme to fraudulently import of counterfeit goods."

Additionally, Ling "provided customs brokers with false documentation for shipping containers filled with counterfeit goods carried on merchant vessels arriving at New Jersey Ports." Ling had "misrepresented the true contents and value of the cargo in the shipping containers."

Ling and his associates smuggled "approximately 200 forty-foot-long shipping containers into the United States between approximately May 2013 and January 2017 using stolen business identities and falsified shipping documents."

As of the time of filing, Homeland Security estimates that "the intended economic loss to the holders of trademarks as a result of [Ling's] conduct is approximately $250 million." Ling is currently facing 20 years in prison in connection with the scheme.

Nike's Efforts to Fight Fakes - Read on page 2  fashionlaw.com

Ex-Amazon employee pleads guilty on insider trading charges
Trader Publically Posts Stock Prediction a Little too Close to Real

An ex-Amazon employee pleaded guilty to giving his former frat brother insider information about the company's earnings - just days before the stock exploded - in exchange for a $10,000 payoff.

Brett Kennedy, who was a financial analyst leaked Amazon's first-quarter 2015 earnings to Maziar Rezakhani, his former college fraternity pal, and Sam Sadeghi, a trading partner of Rezakhani. Kennedy supplied nonpublic earnings information to Rezakhani, who bought $1.7 million of Amazon shares at about $389.99 each on the morning of April 23. After Amazon released its numbers, the stock popped 14%-and netted Rezakhani and Sedaghi more than $114,000.

Just days before the company was set to announce earnings, Rezakhani posted on stock-trading message boards and social media sites his "prediction" of the company's earnings - which were better than Wall Street analysts predicted, according to a parallel civil complaint from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reps for Sadeghi and Rezakhani, who's in federal prison on a separate fraud charge, couldn't immediately be reached. nypost.com

Williams-Sonoma going on hiring spree adding 4,000

Gymboree gets court OK to exit bankruptcy, to close 330 stores

Canadian cities jump at chance to play host to massive Amazon HQ

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Quarterly Results
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    Corporate Apparel Segment down 27.3%


The Samurai approach to online fraud

Rafeeq Lorick had no experience in e-commerce fraud prevention when he found himself catapulted into that role at his company, Asset Marketing Services.

So as a practitioner of martial arts he fell back on his Samurai training.

"The Samurai had a strict procedure of mental preparation and weapons testing," he says. "In our world of fraud prevention that basically means you should be taking a look at the rationale behind your fraud rules set."

You can hear how Rafeeq, within a few months, turned around his company's losses to online fraud, at the eRisk - New York conference on 14th September. Tickets are complimentary for retailers and end users.

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Paul Jones, LPC talks about the
Crime Accountability Partnership Program

Learn how the CAP program reduces the expenditure of retailer and criminal justice resources, increases restitution payments to the retailer, and educates the offender to reduce recidivism.

The Crime Accountability Partnership (CAP) - a collaboration between Turning Point Justice and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention - saves time and money for retailers and law enforcement alike through a cloud-based collaborative solution that cultivates positive change through restorative justice.

In this LPNN interview,
Paul Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Turning Point Justice, tells us what's new with the company's Cloud Justice platform, how their partnership with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention sets them apart, and what drew him and other LP industry veterans to the CAP Program.  


Equifax blames giant breach on vendor - Apache
Equifax on Friday blamed a flaw in the software running its online databases.

Hackers were able to access the info - including Social Security numbers - because there was a flaw in the open-source software created by the Apache Foundation, the company told Jeffrey Meuler, an analyst at William Baird & Co.

"My understanding is the breach was perpetuated via the Apache STRUTS flaw," Meuler told The Post.

STRUTS is a widely-available software system that's used by about 65 percent of Fortune 100 Companies, including Lockheed Martin, Citigroup, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic, Reader's Digest, Office Depot, and Showtime - plus the IRS, according to lgtm, a software development group.

STRUTS has been under attack by hackers since at least March, according to Ars Technica, which has reported on the software's vulnerability.

Apache has put out several patches - or software fixes - to its STRUTS system since March. It's unclear if the company had patched its systems since then. nypost.com

Equifax's Response & Requirements - A Disappointing Industry First
Half the U.S. Population - One of the Largest Ever
Hackers Get the "Crown Jewels of Information"
Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Equifax said Thursday that 143 million people could be affected by a recent data breach in which cybercriminals stole information including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses.

Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 customers involved in credit report disputes.

Equifax will not be contacting everyone who was affected, but will send direct mail notices to those whose credit card numbers or dispute records were accessed.

The company suggests you sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. It is providing free service for one year through TrustedID Premier -- whether or not you've been affected by the breach.

To enroll, go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the Check Potential Impact tab. You must submit your last name and last six digits of your Social Security number there. At that point you'll be given a date when you can return to the site and sign up for the service.

Some are being told: "Based on the information provided, we believe that your personal information may have been impacted by this incident."

But even in that case, Equifax is not offering the credit monitoring service until next week at the earliest. Monday is the first day you can sign up.

If you do choose to sign up for the credit monitoring service, you must agree to submit any complaints against Equifax to arbitration. You can't sue on your own behalf, and you can't join a class-action case or benefit from any class-action settlement that Equifax agrees to.

Cybercriminals may have accessed what Ulzheimer calls the "crown jewels of information" at Equifax.

"This is clearly a disappointing event and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do," Equifax CEO Rick Smith said in a video released Thursday. In a separate statement, Equifax said it is working with law enforcement on an investigation. 

People in the UK and Canada have also been affected by the breach, the company said. It has stopped the breach and is still investigating who was behind the break-in.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called Equifax's revelation "profoundly troubling" and suggested it was time for Congress to weigh in on stronger data protection standards for consumers.

Warner said the hack "raises serious questions about whether Congress should not only create a uniform data breach notification standard, but also whether Congress needs to rethink data protection policies, so that enterprises such as Equifax have fewer incentives to collect large, centralized sets of highly sensitive data like SSNs and credit card information on millions of Americans."

Editor's Note: This is the first time we've seen consumers required to sign away their civil action rights in return for credit monitoring services, which will probably be tested in court. cnn.com

Equifax senior execs sold $1.8M in stock before hack was disclosed
Three Equifax executives sold shares of the credit-reporting company worth nearly $2 million shortly after a massive data breach was discovered. The sales occurred before the company announced the breach to the public on Thursday.

Equifax said in a statement to CNNMoney that it found out about the security incident on July 29 and immediately took action.

But according to filings with the SEC, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth nearly $950,000 on August 1.

Joseph Loughran, Equifax's president for U.S. information solutions, sold shares worth about $685,000 on August 1 as well.

And Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold stock for just more than $250,000 on August 2.

Equifax told CNNMoney that the sales were just a "small percentage" of what these executives own and that they all "had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred" when they made the sales.

Wall Street appears to be losing faith in the company, too. Shares of Equifax (EFX) plunged about 13% in early trading Friday.

Editor's Note: The SEC may be asking questions on this one. cnn.com

Is this the Breach that Tips the Scales in Congress?
With three top executives selling $1.8M in stock days after the breach discovery, to not directly contacting every consumer, then requiring consumers to wait a week before signing up for monitoring and then to require consumers to sign away their civil action rights - this may be the tipping point for Congress in today's political climate.

In covering these data breaches for years we've never seen or heard of any stock sales by senior management nor have we seen this type of response or legal requirement. And quite frankly the American consumer is tired of these data breaches and the U.S. Congress has been debating regulations for years now. Given their most recent passage of regulations for federal agencies it wouldn't be surprising to see legislation on the private sector. Just a thought.

Consumers Blast Equifax's Hack Response
Reported Hours After Above Article

Among the complaints: Equifax's offer of free credit-report monitoring requires a waiver against taking legal action. wsj.com

CISOs' Salaries Expected to Edge Above $240,000 in 2018
Rockstar CISOs are expected to land salary offers of $241,000 in 2018, putting them in the 95th percentile for CISO salary ranges, according to Robert Half Technology's 2018 Salary Guide released this week.

Meanwhile, CISOs in the 75th percentile salary range will likely see $204,000 in 2018, while the midpoint range will be $170,000 and the 25th percentile, $143,250, according to the report, which surveyed 740 human resource officials.

The midpoint range for CISOs and information systems security managers have improved over the past couple of years. For example, the Dark Reading 2016 Security Salary Survey found the median annual salary of IT security management was $127,000.

Security professionals are likely to increase their marketability to prospective employers by completing these certification programs, Reed says.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Check Point Firewall administration, Cisco network administration, and LINUX/UNIX administration are some of the most frequently required or preferred certifications for security professionals, he says. darkreading.com

Global Increase - Up 11% & More Complex
Microsoft: Ransomware Decline Reversed in March 2017

Researchers discovered 71 new ransomware families in the first half of 2017, when attacks picked up after several months of decline.

Ransomware encounters consistently declined from August 2016 through March 2017, when the trend reversed and attacks became more frequent and complex, Microsoft researchers found.

Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report, which summarizes the threat landscape for the first quarter of 2017, highlighted a global increase in ransomware. In a new, second report released this week the the company, researchers take a deeper dive into the evolution of ransomware and explore how attacks became more complex in the first half of this year.

New ransomware families are being released at a faster rate and contributed to the March turnaround. In the first half of 2017, researchers discovered 71 new ransomware families, an increase from the 64 new families uncovered during the same timeframe in 2016.

"From a timeline perspective, around March and April, major ransomware families, like Locky, which were dormant early in the year came back with some major campaigns, contributing to the turnaround," says Microsoft security expert Tanmay Ganacharya.

Several new families stand out for their complexity, using techniques that had never been used in previous families, or had been improved on. Spora, for example, overtook established ransomware operation Cerber as the most common ransomware family during the first half of 2017. Researchers attribute the growth to its ability to spread via network drives and removable drives. darkreading.com

'Gaping security holes' in millions of AT&T modems, researchers claim
A security research firm claims to have found "gaping security flaws" in most AT&T U-verse cable modems - you know, the type used by most every AT&T customer to get online. The flaws could potentially allow a remote attacker to access the modem that serves as the gateway to the internet for an entire household. With that kind of access, the kind of havoc that could be wreaked is really just limited to the hacker's imagination.

"It is uncertain whether these gaping security holes were introduced by Arris (the OEM) or if these problems were added after delivery to the ISP (AT&T U-verse). From examining the firmware, it seems apparent that AT&T engineers have the authority and ability to add and customize code running on these devices, which they then provide to the consumer (as they should)," a Nomotion engineer wrote in a blog outlining the flaw. bgr.com

Mexican Tourism Company Leaked Tens of Thousands of Credit Cards and Passports Online
Security researchers last month discovered a trove of scanned images depicting the credit cards and passports of more than 88,600 international travelers. It's unknown for how long the documents, which were secured on Wednesday, had been sitting online, just waiting to be stolen. Researchers at the Kromtech Security Center say a cache of more than 300GB worth of sensitive records discovered in mid-August is linked to MoneyBack, a company that offers refunds on sales and other value-added taxes on goods purchased by travelers to Mexico. On a server located in the United States, the company had stored more than 455,000 documents, including scanned images of credit cards, travel receipts, airline tickets, passports, and other government-issued ID cards. Passports identified by Kromtech belong to citizens of the US, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, and Italy, among many other countries. gizmodo.com


Fake Sellers Dupe One Million Amazon Customers
The fake seller scheme on Amazon has grown to hit one million customers.

An e-commerce consulting firm, Kaziukenas and his employees follow what's happening in the marketplace, which is how they stumbled across the Amazon issue.

57 fake sellers a day according to the firm's data.  Marketplace Pulse started a website to track these sellers. In the last 12 months it found more than 21,00 of them.

"A lot of these attacks are riding on the simple thing of listing all the products at very, very low prices," Kaziukenas explained.

So far it's estimated one million Amazon customers have been affected, and it's not just happening in the U.S. "All Amazon marketplaces internationally, from Japan to Germany to the U.K., " Kaziukenas pointed out.  

And Marketplace Pulse is expecting this trend to jump during the holiday season with a lot of new sellers popping up.  The firm saw a spike last year in disappointed customers, left with no gifts right before Christmas.

An Amazon spokesperson told us customers are always protected, and it will refund their money in this situation.  The company also said it doesn't tolerate fraud.  According to the spokesperson "as fraudsters get smarter so do we. Amazon is constantly innovating on behalf of customers and sellers to ensure they buy and sell with confidence on amazon.com." tmj4.com

Surging water prices amid hurricanes put Amazon in hot water with consumers
Expensive water is on sale at Amazon.com, prompting accusations that the e-commerce giant is gouging prices to capitalize on back-to-back catastrophic hurricanes afflicting Florida and Texas.

Amazon says it is not gouging and it is working to prevent the practice on its site.

"We do not engage in surge pricing," the company said in an emailed statement. "We are actively monitoring our website and removing offers on bottled water that substantially exceed the recent average sales price. Prices have not widely fluctuated in the last month."

Amazon's algorithms are designed to spot unusually high prices-that is, high in comparison to other sellers on Amazon-and suspend those accounts. The expensive water is showing up because sellers with cheaper water have sold out and more expensive items previously buried in search results suddenly rise to the top.

Amazon has suspended 12 merchants for high prices, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday night. One complaint was from a customer who ordered a case of water from Amazon and was charged $100 for delivery. digitalcommerce.com

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CLEAR's 8th Annual Training Conference in San Antonio Still On After Hurricane Harvey

We have had several inquiries about the damage from Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio, Texas. We are happy to report that all is well and the CLEAR Conference will go on as planned on Oct. 16-19, 2017!

Be sure to get registered soon to insure your lodging at the conference hotel.

The goal of the event is to provide outstanding and affordable ORC training and ample time for networking. CLEAR has developed an agenda that will provide the latest trends in ORC. These are some of the proposed topics for this year's conference:

● Prosecuting ORC Cases
● Leadership in Pro-active Partnerships
● Gift Card Fraud
● E-Bay Investigations
● Active Shooter
● ORC Trends Panel
● Violent Crime Presentation

And much more!
For more information, and to register, click here

San Diego, CA: Suspects Plead Not Guilty in $20 Million Retail Theft Ring
The members of a busted international theft ring that operated here in San Diego pleaded not guilty to several charges in federal court Thursday.

They face charges related to a massive retail theft ring that robbed more than $20 million worth of high-end merchandise from shopping malls across the country and sold the contraband in Tijuana.

Agents arrested 12 suspects Wednesday while searching several homes in Lemon Grove, Chula Vista and San Diego. Currently, eight suspects connected to the ring remain outstanding. Nine of the defendants in custody were arraigned in court.

At the arraignment, six of the defendants were detained and three were granted bond.

Federal authorities announced a multi-year investigation that led to the discovery of a well-organized and violent group of thieves, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

In addition to stealing high-end goods, the criminal ring intimidated witnesses, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. That included throwing a rock at a window to try to intimidate a witness, and knocking over a baby in a stroller. They also grabbed a security guard by the neck in National City's Plaza Bonita.

More than 250 officials from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies worked to arrest suspects from the theft ring.  nbcsandiego.com

San Antonio, TX: Fencing Operation: Mother, daughter, boyfriend caught with $15K in stolen goods in West Side home
A trio accused of trying to sell $15,000 in stolen goods, from perfume to clothing, was arrested Thursday afternoon on the West Side. San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Don Gatten said the trio, each were working together to operate a "fence," out of their home. Detectives with SAPD's Fencing Interdiction Team found out about the trio during the normal course of their investigations. Police are anticipating more arrests in the future as the investigation continues. mysanantonio.com

Update: Portage, PA: Pawnshop co-owner sentenced for theft scheme
A former pawnshop co-owner who knowingly bought and sold stolen goods has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 18 months in prison, acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced in a press release Thursday.

Tonia Vaughn owned and operated Gary's Steals and Deals in Portage with her husband, Gary Vaughn. The Vaughns' scheme relied on "customers" who would bring stolen items like jackets, teeth-whitening strips, razor blades and sets of Lego blocks - often still in their original packaging - to Gary's Steals & Deals and pawn them for fast cash. Tonia Vaughn and the pawnshop's employees, knowing the merchandise was stolen, would pay their "customers" percentages of the stolen items' original price values. Store workers would then sell the goods at a profit on websites such as eBay and Amazon to buyers across the globe. tribdem.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Springfield, MO: 1 person injured in shooting at Battlefield Mall
Police spokesperson said that the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Thursday following an altercation between two males near the entrance of the Dillard's department store. A weapon was fired during the confrontation but no one was shot. A female minor suffered non-life-threatening injuries indirectly from the gunfire. Police say one of the males was taken into custody and the other has not yet been located. ozarksfirst.com

Robberies & Thefts

Update: Houston, TX: Suspects steal firearms from stores during Hurricane Harvey
Suspects stole firearms from stores across the Houston area during Harvey, including at an Academy Sports and Outdoors and a Cash America Pawn, according to Houston's division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Two men apparently stole on Sun. Aug 27 more than 80 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and pistols from the safe room at a Cash America Pawn. Meanwhile on the same day, a man stole 12 firearms and a track suit from Academy Sports and Outdoors, authorities said. "To break into a business and steal firearms and other property during a natural disaster is unconscionable and ATF has our people on the ground working to hold those persons responsible for this crime accountable," said ATF Houston Field Division Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski. chron.com

Lexington, KY: Customers Robbed At Gunpoint In Fayette Mall
Lexington Police are investigating after several men walked into a store in the Fayette Mall and robbed two individuals inside the business with weapons drawn. Just before 1 p.m., five or six males in hoodies walked into Vengeance, a store in the mall, and pulled out firearms, according to police. They robbed two customers who were inside shopping. All the suspects fled from the entrance next to Dick's Sporting Goods. lex18.com

'Stupid' McDonald's robber pulled out knife - and his penis
Scared staff at a McDonald's restaurant were forced to lock the doors after a man outside brandished a knife in one hand and his penis in the other. plymouthherald.co.uk

Crime spree hits shops in Simi Valley - 11 Burglarized in one night

Police seek FBI help in Miami Twp., OH., armed AT&T store robbery, ties to robbery crew

Norco, CA: Jewelry theft at Diamond Mind Jewelers could close the shop for good

Hutchinson, KS: This week's Subway robbery believed fifth by same man

Grand Junction, CO: Tire Shop Employee does deals on the side; busted for stealing over $30,000

Piercing Pagoda in the Willow Brook Mall, Wayne, NJ reported a Grab & Run on 9/7, item valued at $1,999

Helzberg Diamonds in the Woodburn Outlets, Woodburn, OR reported a Grab & Run on 9/6, item valued at $3,499

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in the Victoria Garden's, Rancho Cucamonga, CA reported a Grab & Run on 9/7, item valued at $5,799


Apple Xchange - Tempe, AZ - Armed Robbery
Capital Coffee - Bellevue, TN - Burglary
Corner Market - West Bridgewater, MA - Robbery
Diamond Mind Jewelers - Norco, CA - Burglary
Fair Street Superette - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Goodfellas Ice Cream Parlor - Hazle Township, PA - Robbery
Goodwill - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Patricia's Lingerie - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Princess Jewelry Store - Manteca, CA - Armed Robbery
QuikTrip - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Roma Pizza - Bellevue, TN - Burglary
Subway - Hutchinson, KS - Robbery
Vengeance - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Jackson, MS - Burglary
4U C- Store - Clearwater, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Ferndale, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Dublin, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Denton, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
6 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
65 robberies
27 burglaries
3 shooting
1 killed


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