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Mike Rackley promoted to Sr. Director Global Store Operations for Nike
Mike was previously the Senior Director Retail Operations Risk & Control for the retailer since 2017, and has worked for Nike since 2013 He started as a Global Loss Prevention Director and in 2015 was promoted to Sr. Director Global Loss Prevention and Compliance. He's held other asset protection and security related positions such as Chief Security Officer for Apollo Group, and Director of Global Security, Sr. Group Manager of Crisis Management & Corporate Security, and Group Assets Protection Team Leader for Target. He's also been a member of the National Advisory Council for FEMA and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Twin Cities Area Chapter. Mike earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix and an Executive MBA from St. Thomas School of Business. Congratulations Mike!

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future
But Are Consumers Becoming 'Too Cozy' with Facial Recognition?
As facial recognition has come to play a bigger role in consumer tech (dozens of phones now come with face unlock features, like Google's Pixel 2, Samsung's Galaxy Note 9, and Motorola's Moto G6) it's also growing in other contexts. Companies are pitching facial recognition software as the future of everything from retail to policing.

"Facial recognition is a tool, and it can be used in a variety of different ways," says Clare Garvie, a privacy lawyer with the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. "We can be comfortable with some uses of the tool-like, to help us unlock our phones. That doesn't mean we should be comfortable with all uses, like surveillance by law enforcement."

Garvie studies the risks associated with face recognition technology, particularly in policing. When the iPhone X came out last year, she worried that the rise of commercial facial tracking tools could make us too cozy with the technology. If Face ID became inseparable from using an iPhone-a device that's practically another appendage for many people-would it make people more willing to accept facial recognition tech in other more nefarious contexts?

"If we move too fast with facial recognition, we may find that people's fundamental rights are being broken," Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a recent blog post calling for greater regulation of the tech. "This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike."

The more we use our faces to manage our phones and make our lives more convenient, the more we should pay attention to what's ahead. wired.com

Dulles International Airport Unveils New Facial Recognition Technology

Violent security incidents up 50% at Britain's jewelery and watch stores
Gangs on stolen mopeds targeting Rolexes
Jewellery and watch shops are being hit by violent gangs, fraudsters and opportunist smash-and-grab criminals 50% more often this year than last.

London is suffering from the highest rise, particularly from violent gangs travelling on stolen mopeds. Police statistics show that of 22,000 mopeds stolen in the UK last year, 15,000 were from London.

High profile raids involving gangs on mopeds at Watches of Switzerland, Boodles, Watchfinder and Mappin & Webb over the past year are among 24,294 reported crimes in the 12 months to April reported to London's Metropolitan Police.

The shocking rise in watch and jewellery incidents has been recorded by nationwide security specialist UK Protection, which says that Rolexes, in particular, have become a tradeable currency within a criminal underworld that is taking greater risks as the chances of arrest fall. watchpro.com

Burglaries at gun stores increasing in Missouri and US
Only eight states have security standards for gun dealers

The theft of more than 20 firearms at a Fenton gun store last week was the latest in an increase in such robberies at gun stores in Missouri and Illinois, according to federal officials. Figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show there were at least eight gun store burglaries last year in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, including an April 2017 heist at the Hazelwood Cabela's.

At the same time, only eight states have regulations for security standards for gun dealers, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Missouri and Illinois are not among them.

The ATF said the number of reported gun store burglaries in the United States increased to 577 in 2017 from 338 in 2013 - the fourth straight yearly increase. whig.com

South Carolina price-gouging law kicks in ahead of Hurricane Florence
Governor declares state of emergency as 'major storm' approaches

South Carolina's law against price gouging is in effect with the possibility of tropical weather in the coming week, the state attorney general's office announced Saturday. The news from S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson came shortly after Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency as forecasts showed an increasing likelihood that then-Tropical Storm Florence will make an East Coast landfall.

"We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging and other commodities as defined by the statute," Wilson said in a statement. "By our law, that's a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice."

The storm as of 11 a.m. Saturday was still projected for a possible East Coast landfall, with both Carolinas now in the five-day forecast in what's known as the "cone of uncertainty." The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. thestate.com

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4, evacuation orders begin in N.C.
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Nike's online sales surged 31% after company unveiled Kaepernick campaign
Talk of Nike Inc. sales taking a hit from the company's decision to put ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick at the center of its latest "Just Do It" campaign is looking overblown, based on data from a Silicon Valley digital commerce research company.

After an initial dip immediately after the news broke, Nike's online sales actually grew 31% from the Sunday of Labor Day weekend through Tuesday, as compared with a 17% gain recorded for the same period of 2017, according to San Francisco-based Edison Trends.

The news generated plenty of online buzz, with social engagement around Nike and Kaepernick rising sharply this week, according to 4C Insights, a marketing technology company. Mentions of and comments about Nike on social-media platforms rose 1,678% on Sunday and Monday, according to 4C data. Mentions of Kaepernick spiked 362,280%, the data showed. marketwatch.com

Social media calls to boycott Nike may be overblown
Less Twitter outcry than recent Starbucks incidents

A look at Twitter mentions of boycotting Nike shortly after the ad came out "doesn't support a strong negative call against Nike," argued TickerTags analysts Mark Bachman and Daria Woods in a recent report. the data they're seeing on Nike doesn't strike them as cause for concern, especially when benchmarked against two recent boycotts of Starbucks.

Folks threatened to boycott Starbucks in 2017 after the company pledged to hire refugees and again in 2018 after two African-American men were arrested for using the bathroom at a Starbucks location. The first boycott generated more buzz, but neither ended up having a real impact on the company's financials. marketwatch.com

Louisiana mayor bans Nike purchases for recreational programs
Mayor Ben Zahn, of Kenner, signed a memo last week that states that "[u]nder no circumstances" can any Nike apparel or equipment be "purchased for use or delivery" at any recreation facilities in the city. foxnews.com

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Mass. jewelry store under fire for billboard playing on NFL kneeling controversy: "If you're going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand!"

U.S. Hotels to Arm Staff with Panic Buttons and Safety Training
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the major hotel brands in membership announced the 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with employee safety devices (ESDs) and commit to enhanced policies, trainings and resources that together are aimed at enhancing hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.

Participating brands or properties will determine the best security devices based on the property's layout and features, with a range of options including devices with loud noise-emitting features or emergency GPS tracking at the push of a handheld button. AHLA has convened a sourcing task force to assist companies in identifying the appropriate technology for their respective properties. securitymagazine.com

California Moves to Limit Ammunition Sales at Stores
Background checks, thumb prints and logging sales

Beginning next year, ammunition dealers across the state will be required to maintain logs of all sales - one of many steps California has taken to limit access to bullets.

Next July, California will begin requiring stores to conduct point-of-purchase background checks on ammunition buyers. Typically, background checks will not be required for people purchasing bullets at gun ranges for use on-site.

Today it is more difficult to buy bullets in Sacramento than most other cities in America. The buyer must show government-issued identification, which the seller electronically sends to the police department, along with information about the quantity and type of ammunition purchased, said Theresa Langhus, a crime scene investigator with the Sacramento Police Department. The buyer also must provide a thumbprint at the store. nytimes.com

New fight over political paraphernalia in the workplace
Restaurant workers sent home over 'Abolish ICE' buttons

A budding dispute over political paraphernalia in the workplace has become a sticking point between regional fast-food chain Burgerville and members of an employee-led union.

The controversy began when a group of co-workers at the Burgerville location in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood started wearing #AbolishICE and "No human being is illegal" buttons on the job. Ten employees were sent home for the day last month after refusing to take those buttons off. However, a day later, Burgerville placed the rule on hold and gave the employees back pay. The group returned to work, with the buttons in tow.

A few days later, the company changed their minds again, announcing they would re-instate the button ban starting Thursday, Sept. 13. The company admitted the no-button policy was "long-standing" and "verbal," but they're now working on a "written policy." krem.com oregonlive.com

Retailers Warn of 'Industrywide Price Hikes' As New Trump Plan Would Tax Every Chinese Import
Get ready for more tariffs as President Donald Trump just revealed his next hand. He told reporters aboard Air Force One that he has earmarked another $267 billion worth of Chinese imports that he can hit with levies on short notice, if provoked by China.

If Trump plays this hand, it will push the total amount of tariffs up to $517 billion, meaning every single Chinese product coming into the U.S. will be subject to levies, hurting the fashion sector, which is heavily reliant on China.

Emanuel Chirico, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger said he, like many others, believes a full-blown trade war where all Chinese imports are taxed would result in industrywide price hikes. wwd.com

NRF Says Tariff 'Wild Card' Threatens Retail Imports
With retail sales continuing to grow, imports at the nation's major retail container ports are expected to remain strong this month after setting three new records this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

"More tariffs could come any day, and retailers have been bringing in record amounts of merchandise ahead of that in order to mitigate the impact on their customers," NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. "Retail sales are growing stronger than expected this year thanks to tax cuts and job creation, but tariffs are the wild card that threaten to throw away a significant portion of those benefits." nrf.com

Brookstone's Merrimack employees receive layoff warning; 90 employees at risk

Fred's to lay off 80 employees, sell 185 pharmacies

Chanel shutters US HQ, consolidates London offices

Walgreens To Buy Patient Files From 185 Fred's Pharmacies

'All Hell Broke Loose' After Walmart's Latest Push Into Amazon Territory

Wall Street cuts profit forecasts for dozens of US retailers despite higher consumer spending

Los Angeles, CA: 515 people charged with running Illegal Marijuana businesses as part of Black Market crackdown

Cannabis Retail Sales are Expected to Increase as the Legal Market Grows

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Data Breach Notification Laws: Is it Time for a Uniform Standard?
While it's been more than 15 years since California set a precedent, these laws have proliferated around the world, and in the United States. They have been becoming more prescriptive about the type of data that must trigger a notification and the time frames in which notification must be done.

Today, just about every state has created its version of the data breach notification law, which some contend has created a hodgepodge of state laws that all organizations that hold data must comply with. This is why there have been calls for a uniform federal data breach law by such groups as the National Retail Federation and the Financial Services Roundtable. Security firm Digital Guardian created a detailed data-breach disclosure law infographic that is available here.

Would a standard federal data breach disclosure law be beneficial? The idea garners mixed reaction among security experts.

"The issue can best be summed up by the late Justice Brandeis, who observed that the states are the laboratory for democracy," he said. "They have the flexibility to try different schemas, and to evolve standards based on their citizens, whereas federal standards have little ability to be tailored to smaller groups and have minimal flexibility in execution. While data breaches are fast becoming commonplace, they are still very new, and further experimentation may be beneficial at the state level, even though national standards would ease compliance."

With the difficulty for the federal government to move much cybersecurity legislation forward, that may remain the status quo for some time. securityboulevard.com

Retailers facing trust crisis?
Nearly 60% of consumers think their personal info is vulnerable to data breaches

The research suggests that businesses are facing a customer trust crisis, with 59 per cent of survey respondents saying they believe their personal information is vulnerable to a security breach.

Fifty-four per cent said they don't believe that companies have their best interests in mind.

The implications of consumer trust, or lack thereof, go beyond perception, with 92 per cent of survey respondents saying they are likely to purchase more items from companies they trust and 93 per cent saying they are more likely to recommend it to others.

Solving the trust issue is not straightforward, since 53 per cent of survey respondents said they expect the offers they receive from businesses to be personalised and 54 per cent said that marketing messages aren't as relevant as they should be. insideretail.com

Is Your Business Ready?
New Tool Helps Small Retail Merchants Determine Their Cybersecurity Readiness
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council or PCI SSC said small merchants are highly targeted and when they are attacked, they are more vulnerable because they don't have the technical know-how or resources to protect themselves. The Council said the tool they created has been developed to be simple so merchants can easily evaluate their security posture.

With small businesses now the target of almost half of all cyber-attacks and 60% of small companies going out of business within six months of an attack, the threat is very real and it can have catastrophic consequences.

These are the resources as posted on the PCI SSC blog along with the links so you can start protecting your small business payment system. You can get to the blog here. smallbiztrends.com

Apple Forced to Removed App That Secretly Stole Data, Sent it to China
Apple just removed its number one paid utility in the Mac App Store, Adware Doctor, after it was found to be secretly recording users' app data and browser history and sending it back to a server located in China, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Apple was notified a month ago by a security researcher, but it only removed the app today. theverge.com

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Network surveillance technologies continue to revolutionize the way retail professionals work with not just loss prevention, but also with store optimization, operational efficiencies, and enhancements to the overall customer experience.

John Bartolac of Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, tells us how retailers can utilize the network infrastructure to bring together their video surveillance, physical access control, audio systems, and now, analytics to develop creative solutions that go beyond security, helping to grow the business and improve customer experience.

John Bartolac - Axis Communications - Quick Take 2

John Bartolac shares what's new with Axis Communications, how they're reacting to the rapidly changing market, and what excites them about facial recognition and artificial intelligence. And then Gus Downing pops in for a hilarious lighting round of "hot seat" questions with Amber and Joe. Jason Bourne or James Bond? Russia or North Korea?



Why Fraudsters Attack e-Gift Cards
E-gift cards are one of the most targeted entry points that fraudsters probe for weaknesses and they take full advantage. With the holidays quickly approaching, it is important that online businesses plan ahead now to prevent fraud. Cyber-criminals that defraud merchants today use advanced technology, openly share best practices, and often leverage secondary online marketplaces that are readily accessible to turn stolen goods into quick cash.

Secondary marketplaces are a hotbed of activity for fraudsters. Fraudsters to use stolen credit card details to purchase e-gift cards and then resell them at discounted rates to innocent shoppers on secondary marketplaces. This has a compound effect as credit card holders are defrauded, shoppers are defrauded, merchants are defrauded, and the e-gift card recipient is defrauded.

With innovations continually introduced into digital channels, fraudsters are lurking to test a merchant's fraud prevention solution, policies, and processes. Online businesses need to be aware that cyber-criminals are not typically individuals, but rather crime rings whose combined actions are focused on defrauding individual brands and sectors as part of a well-orchestrated larger criminal intent. cardnotpresent.com

Blockchain is not a silver bullet for fraud prevention
Hailed as a tamper-proof public ledger, blockchain is a welcome weapon in the fight against fraud, but it is not the panacea some believe it to be

When new technological solutions emerge they are often hailed as a panacea for all things, including fraud. Is blockchain a silver bullet for preventing fraud? No. But it's a welcome addition to the arsenal of fraud prevention and a significant step towards squeezing out the fraudsters.

Because blockchain is a decentralised shared ledger and resistant to tampering, it certainly offers some robustness to transactions. Verified users can store, view and share digital information in a security-rich environment. This helps to foster trust, accountability and transparency in transactions, all important aspects of commercial relationships, and can be applied to financial transactions, identity management and the supply chain.

It is used in maintaining asset registers for shares, property, smart contracts, and other titles to ownership and documentation, all making such fraud more difficult. However, it should not be forgotten that technology is equally an enabler of fraud.

Don Tapscott, chief executive of the Tapscott Group and co-author of Blockchain Revolution, says: "That's why it's called blockchain, and that block is linked to the previous block and the previous block, ergo, chain. This blockchain is running across countless computers. I would have to commit fraud in the light of the most powerful computing resource in the world, not just for that ten-minute block, but for the entire history of commerce, on a distributed platform - this is not practically feasible."

However, we should be careful not to hype it up too much. Blockchain can increase the efficiency of transaction processing and reduce fraud, but it doesn't entirely prevent it and risk officers would be unwise to ignore its limitations.

Mr Wall highlights high-performance environments such as financial trading, where the speed of transactions can mean the difference between massive profits and even bigger losses. Blockchain is inherently slow in the validation process. He says: "It can only see an order and process it; what it can't understand is the trading context and see if fraud is involved." raconteur.net

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma steps down at Alibaba, announces successor

Amazon Prime subscribers will more than double to 275 million in the next decade, Citi says

Can Facebook Shopping Endeavor Disrupt E-Commerce Market?

Google Cracks Down on Tech-Support Scams



San Antonio, TX: Man hired to stop employee theft steals over $35K in lotto tickets, merchandise
David Delagarza, 59, is charged with third-degree felony theft after police said the store's video surveillance caught him scanning lotto ticket barcodes and keeping the winning scratch off tickets while throwing away the losers. Police said Delagarza didn't pay for any of the tickets and that he was also captured taking food, drinks and merchandise without paying. Ironically, Delagarza was hired out of concerns of other employees' thefts. The owner told KSAT over the phone that Delagarza had been one of her salesmen, and she thought she could trust him. ksat.com

Bolivar, OH: Giant Eagle worker charged with eating $9,200 worth of Deli Meat
Authorities in eastern Ohio say a grocery store employee has been charged with felony theft for helping herself to deli ham for years. Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hale tells The Columbus Dispatch that an eight-year employee of regional grocery chain Giant Eagle was charged Friday with stealing food estimated by the store to be worth $9,200. dispatch.com

Fayetteville, NC: Seven charged with stealing $9K worth of merchandise from Cross Creek Mall
Seven people have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise from the Cross Creek Mall, according to Fayetteville police. Fayetteville police said the suspects entered various stores at the Cross Creek Mall, at 5000 Morganton Road, filled shopping bags with merchandise and left the stores without paying. Police said the group is responsible for stealing more than $9,000 worth of items from Lids on Aug. 17, Justice on Aug. 27 and Victoria's Secret on Aug. 30. wral.com

Memphis, TN: FedEx Hub employee was paid $100 to steal $6,220 worth of phones from shipment
A FedEx Hub worker is behind bars after being caught stealing from a shipment. A loss prevention worker caught 25-year-old Cassandra Haynes and another employee stuffing a bag with items from a trailer late Friday night. The worker detained Haynes and found multiple cellphones in the bag worth $6,220. Haynes told police she was paid $100 to take the phones. wmcactionnews5.com

Cape Coral, FL: Two suspects sought in $600 Burlington store theft
Police are hoping the public can help identify two women they say stole items from a Burlington Coat Factory earlier this week. It happened at the store on Pine Island Road on Monday evening. Investigators say the women pictured here loaded up a shopping cart with clothing, removed security tags, and left without paying for them. $600 of merchandise was taken. fox4now.com

Melbourne, AU: Diapers, baby formula and vitamins worth $13,000 seized as police crack down on theft
Two people have been charged with allegedly stealing $13,000 worth of goods. Police seized nappies, baby formula and vitamins in Deer Bank, Melbourne. The finding comes less than a week after baby powder was stolen at warehouse. Police seized the goods and a large amount of cash from Deer Bank, 17 kilometres west of Melbourne's CBD. A search warrant of the Robinsons Road property was executed by Brimbank Safer Communities Taskforce officers on Thursday at 11am. dailymail.co.uk

Mt Pleasant, MI: Three thieves had almost $1,000 in loot from Meijer

Niceville, FL: Over $600 of merchandise recovered from Walmart shoplifter; DVDs, pants, underwear, tennis balls and a pet collar

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Shootings & Deaths

Spanaway, WA: Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies fatally shoot Robbery suspect at Walmart
A suspect is dead following an officer-involved shooting at the Walmart in Spanaway. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says just before 2 a.m. Monday, an armed man wearing camo robbed cashiers at the Walmart on Mountain Highway. The man then walked around the store. The Sheriff's department says a deputy arrived just as the suspect was leaving the store. The man refused to show his hands and then charged at the deputy and two deputies opened fire on the suspect. The suspect then ran into nearby woods. The Sheriff's department says the suspect was found dead near the Shell gas station nearby with a gun in his hand and cash in his pockets. The Sheriff's department says the suspect is an unidentified white man believed to be in his 30's. q13fox.com

Minneapolis, MN: 2 dead in shooting outside a north Minneapolis C-store
Two men were killed and another injured when gunfire erupted at a convenience store in north Minneapolis on Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, police had one man in custody in connection with the shooting. startribune.com

Alexandria, LA: Woman shot and killed estranged husband at Walmart in front of their 3 kids during planned custody exchange
A woman met her estranged husband at a Louisiana Walmart and then shot him dead in the presence of their three children, police said Saturday. The victim died of a gunshot wound to the chest, Alexandria Police said. His name was withheld by police. Kayla Coutee, 31, of Alexandria, was charged with murder. foxnews.com

Murphy, NC: Man charged with deadly shooting at Convenience store
Officials says it happened Friday night just before 9 pm. The Cherokee County 911 Center received several 911 calls in reference to shots being fired at The County Store. Officials says they witnesses told them a male subject, later identified as Johnny Mark Lowery, had been shot in the parking lot of the store. wdef.com

Toronto, CN: Man killed while trying to stop Toronto flea market robbery
A flea market manager who was killed while trying to stop an alleged robbery is being remembered as a generous man who cared about his family and those who worked with him. Police say Rocco Scavetta, 65, was shot and killed at the Toronto Weston Flea Market on Saturday around 3:30 p.m. Witnesses say Scavetta, the longtime manager of the market, was killed while trying to stop an alleged robbery, though police have yet to confirm this claim. ctvnews.ca

Memphis, TN: One Man In Critical Condition After Shooting At Neighborhood Walmart
One man suffered life-threatening injuries after a shooting at a Neighborhood Walmart in Hickory Hill. The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the store near Hickory Hill Road and Mount Moriah. fox13memphis.com

Atlanta, GA: Man in custody after threatening Mass Shooting at Greenbiar Mall
A man who threatened a mass shooting at a southwest Atlanta mall is in custody after the threat sparked a massive police response, Atlanta police say. Officers and squad vehicles filled the parking lot at Greenbriar Mall Friday morning when they learned that a man who was making threats on a crisis hotline was in the area. Channel 2 was there as SWAT teams, bomb squad vehicles, helicopters and ambulances swarmed the parking lot.

Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said at a news conference Friday afternoon that multiple agencies responded to the scene after police were able to see the man walking around outside the mall on surveillance footage. They watched him put a backpack down and investigated it as a 'suspicious device' but later determined it was not dangerous. Chafee said it was important to treat the threat seriously. Chafee said they caught the man in the woods near the mall without incident after bringing a negotiator. No one was hurt. wsbtv.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

New Orleans, LA: Police release video of Armed Robbery
at Lush Cosmetics

New Orleans Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery on Royal Street Friday afternoon. The suspect walked into the Lush Cosmetics store around 5:30 p.m. posing as a customer. She approached the counter, brandished a gun and demanded all of the money in the register. The cashier replied and the suspect fled the store on foot. fox8live.com

Providence, RI: Man pleads Guilty to stealing $14,000 in cash from Target and drugs from CVS
The second of two men charged with stealing more than $14,000 from an ATM inside a Target department store in Smithfield and a controlled substance from a CVS Pharmacy inside the store pleaded guilty in Providence federal court Friday. The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island said Liridon Gashi, 33, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit larceny from a financial institution, bank larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary involving controlled substances. A co-defendant in this case, Epirot Kransniqi, 27, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty on May 11, 2018. turnto10.com

Paris, France: Saudi Princess says $930,000 of jewels stolen from Ritz
hotel room in Paris

The person who local media says is a Saudi princess said the theft happened on Friday afternoon. The jewels were not in a secured location like a safe, and there were no signs of forced entry into the room, the source said. France's anti-organized crime brigade has opened an investigation. The incident would be the second major theft at the Ritz this year, after an armed gang stole over $4 million-worth of jewels from the five-star hotel's shops by smashing display cases with hatchets. dailysabah.com

Somerville, MA: Kay Jewelers Armed Robbery suspect Arrested; $30,000 of watches stolen

Jared in the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Dublin, OH reported an External Diamond Switch on 9/6, items valued at $23,750

Jared in the Valley View Shopping Center, Dallas TX reported an Attempted Armed Robbery on 9/5, no loss or injuries reported

Kay Jewelers in the Tanger Outlets at Westgate, Glendale, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 9/3, items valued at $6,827

Kay Jewelers in the Rosewood Commons, Columbia, SC reported Grab & Run on 9/6, item valued at $3,499

Zales in the Meadows Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 9/4, item valued at $3,500

Zales in the Seminole Town Center Mall, Sanford, FL reported a Grab & Run on 9/6, items valued at $17,860


Sentencings, Indictments & Charges

Missoula, MT: Robbery Suspect Charged with Attacking store employees with Bear Spray

Norfolk, VA: Armed Robber Sentenced to Prison for Multiple C-Store Robberies


C- Store - Plantsville, CT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Albany, GA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Beaumont, TX - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Fayetteville, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Dade City, FL - Robbery
CVS - Northville Township, MI - Armed Robbery
CVS - Valparaiso, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Inman, SC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Dade City, FL - Robbery/ Assault
Gas Station - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Park Ridge, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lawrenceville, PA - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry Store - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Kmart -Barberton, OH - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Canyon Country, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - New York, NY - Robbery/ Assault
Liquor Store - West Lafayette, IN - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - El Monte, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Bibb County, GA - Armed Robbery
Lush Cosmetics - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - New Castle, IN - Burglary
Metro PCS - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - St. Paul, MN - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Lower Township, NJ - Robbery
Rite Aid - Buffalo, NY- Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Enon, OH - Robbery
Walgreens - Augusta, ME - Robbery
Walmart - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
33 robberies
1 burglary
0 shootings
0 killings




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To monitor store locations to detect, investigate and resolve internal and external situations and circumstances that could lead to or result in losses to the company. All actions and conduct within the scope of the position must be performed according to performance standards set by Burke's policies, procedures and Code of Ethics...

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Regional Loss Prevention Manager
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Asset Protection District Manager
Chicago, IL

The Asset Protection District Manager will lead the District in shrink reduction and profit maximization efforts. The position will proactively seek to bring economic value to the company, promoting profitable sales and world class customer service while ensuring a safe place to work and shop...

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