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LPNN On Location with Gatekeeper Systems

Craig Greenberg, Sales Management - Product Development, Gatekeeper Systems
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

Gatekeeper Systems knows that a shopping cart is not just a shopping cart. It's the longest point of interaction with your customers, and sometimes it's complicit in crime.

With Gatekeeper's cart-based pushout prevention system, retailers can thwart ORC and shoplifters at the moment a theft occurs. 

Craig Greenberg explains how their smart-device solution retains merchandise, eliminates employee confrontation, reduces the risk of profiling, allows you to cut guard and greeter hours potentially, while still providing a safe shopping environment for your customers.

Learn more about #DramaFreeLP at www.gatekeepersystems.com


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LP Partners at the 2019 IAFCI Annual Training Conference in Raleigh, NC

Left to right: Steve Webster, Wex Bank Investigations; Kyle Weeks, Postal inspector; Peter Brown, Secret Service; Jason Davies, Macy's; John Matas, Macy's; Daniel Alessandrino, NYPD Detective; John Moore, Macy's

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Open-Carry Ban Grows
Aldi, Meijer ask customers to stop openly carrying guns in their stores

Meijer and Aldi have become the latest supermarket chains to ask their customers to stop openly carrying firearms in their stores.

"The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, so we respectfully request that our customers do not open carry firearms at Meijer," the chain, which operates throughout the Midwest, tweeted on Monday afternoon. thehill.com


'San Francisco Pulls Back on Facial Recognition Ban' - Waters Down Ban
Legislation to ban the use of facial recognition with police body cameras has been watered down as it makes its way through the state assembly, in response to the objections of numerous law enforcement groups, CalMatters reports.

Assemblyman Phil Ting recently revised the bill to a three-year ban, after previously amending it from a permanent ban to one lasting seven years. "We talked to a number of senators and they had a concern with the length of time, so we decided to shorten the length of time," says Ting.

Ting also suggested that his concerns are largely based on the apparent inaccuracy of the technology in law enforcement deployments.

"Huge events such as the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics, World Cup Soccer Tournament, Rose Bowl, Disneyland and scores of popular tourist attractions should have access to the best available security-including the use of body cameras and facial recognition technology," the Riverside Sheriffs' Association argued in a submission. "By banning this technology, California will be announcing to the nation and world that it doesn't want our law enforcement officers to have the necessary tools they need to properly protect the public and attendees of these events."

Ting represents a riding in the San Francisco area. San Francisco was the first major city in the U.S. to ban the use of public facial recognition by public agencies earlier this year. biometricsupdate.com

FMI Partners with SABER on Business Status Reporting System for Crisis Management
Arlington, VA - Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announces it has joined forces with SABER, the Single Automated Business Exchange for Reporting, to offer food retailers a streamlined system for identifying a store's business status following a natural disaster or other crisis event.

"When a food retailer goes into response mode after a natural disaster, one of the first steps is to assess which stores are open and which stores are closed," Doug Baker, FMI vice president of industry relations, said. "This essential information helps federal and local government agencies direct assistance so that grocery stores can re-open their doors and serve the community in need."

Baker recommended a partnership with SABER because their system saves FMI members time; improves timeliness and accuracy of information; and reduces gaps, overlaps, and inconsistencies in the critical information that governments use to prioritize response decisions. Several retailers including Wakefern Corporation, Associated Grocers, Target, Costco, Walmart, Sears, Lowes, Macy's and Walgreens are already a part of the SABER network.

"The mission of SABER is to help businesses in an emergency stay open longer and to get businesses back in business faster," said James W. Morentz, Ph.D., executive director of SABER. "We offer this complimentary service to retailers so there can be a more coordinated and efficient response after a natural disaster." SABER Status Map fmi.org

Former KPMG Executive Gets 1 Yr & 1 Day For Scheme To Steal Confidential PCAOB Information
DAVID MIDDENDORF, the former head of KPMG's National Office, also known as the Department of Professional Practice (the "DPP"), was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for participating in a scheme to defraud the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the "PCAOB") by obtaining, disseminating, and using confidential lists of which KPMG audits the PCAOB would be reviewing so that KPMG could improve its performance in PCAOB inspections. Middendorf was convicted of wire fraud charges in March 2019 following a month-long trial before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken, who imposed today's sentence.

KPMG is one of the largest accounting firms in the world. In recent years, KPMG fared poorly in PCAOB inspections and in 2014 received approximately twice as many comments as its competitor firms. By at least in or about 2015, KPMG was engaged in efforts to improve its performance in PCAOB inspections, including but not limited to recruiting and hiring former PCAOB personnel. At the time, MIDDENDORF was head of KPMG's DPP, which was broadly responsible for the quality of KPMG's audits and KPMG's performance in PCAOB inspections. justice.gov

Biggest Coordinated Global Law Enforcement BEC Operation Ever
281 Arrested Worldwide in Business Email Compromise Schemes

Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of State, was conducted over a four-month period, resulting in 281 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana. Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK). The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million.

BEC, also known as "cyber-enabled financial fraud," is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.

"In this latest four-month operation, we have arrested 74 people in the United States and 207 others have been arrested overseas for alleged financial fraud. The coordinated efforts with our domestic and international law enforcement partners around the world has made these most recent actions more successful. justice.gov

Editor's Note: You can't keep shutting down dozens of cities and companies aroun the world without expecting law enforcement to come through the door. And in four months that's exactly what they've done. The issue is - its like the vast majority of these crimes - it's like playing wack-a-mole. But at least now they'll start hearing and seeing the consequences.

The Cannabis Industry is Reacting
Black Market Vape Products - The 21st Century version of "bathtub gin"
Your Vape Policy Better Be Pretty Strong - As "Vape Lung" Takes Nation By Storm

Not that anyone seems to have a full understanding of the situation. We are all seeking answers. At present, signs point to a dangerous additive used in black market vaping products as responsible for causing what's come to be known as "vape lung". As of this writing, reported cases have spread to over thirty US states and nearly five hundred patients, including at least five fatalities. Yet no one common cause has been identified.

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the state health department to subpoena three companies known to produce and market vitamin E acetate as a diluting agent.

A report published Friday in The New England of Journal of Medicine identified 53 patients in the Midwest recently treated for the vaping illness. (Including the death of an adult Illinois resident, the first in the country.) No one understands how adding compounds such as CBD or THC to the mix might interact with other ingredients nor did anyone (to our knowledge) anticipate homebrew mixtures of e-liquids and cannabis.

A box of Dank Vapes' "Banana OG" sold in Wisconsin may have been shipped from California but the actual contents could have been literally brewed in a basement in what has become the 21st Century version of "bathtub gin". cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

     Trump seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes


Statement from the Cannabis Trade Federation on Reports of an Outbreak of Pulmonary-related Illnesses Associated with the Use of Vaporization Products
WASHINGTON - The Cannabis Trade Federation released the following statement Wednesday regarding reports of an outbreak of pulmonary-related illnesses associated with the use of vaporization products. squarespace.com


Cashierless C-Stores Spreading Globally
ING teams with Aifi, Dutch grocer on cashierless concept c-store

The concept store, located in front of Albert Heijn's headquarters in Zaandam, uses computer vision and weight sensor technologies to let customers enter the 14-square-meter store with a debit or credit card and walk out with their purchases, which are automatically scanned without the need to use a POS checkout.

The customer payment method is registered at a kiosk-like device when the customer enters the store and when the customer selects the items ready to purchase and stands in front of the exit, the purchases are automatically recorded up to about $28 (25 euros) and the customer gets a notification of the purchase and can then just walk out of the store. There is no need for advanced registration or a mobile app download to use the store. retailcustomerexperience.com

Editor's Note: Convenience stores seems to be the prevalent store of choice for cashierless operations and makes since. Let's see when it transitions to mid-size stores. retailcustomerexperience.com

Deputy AG, Jeffrey A. Rosen Delivers Remarks on the 18th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks
The events of September 11, 2001, transformed our entire nation - and touched each of our lives. 18 years after the most deadly terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil, we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were taken - joining together to mourn their loss, to remember their lives, and to embrace their legacy.

Today we are better equipped to face the challenges of ever evolving global threats. However, there is always more work to be done as our adversaries sustain their goals to silence our proud nation.

On this day of remembrance, may we bring to mind the brave men and women who were lost 18 years ago and honor their sacrifice by continuing our great mission in service to the American people. I thank each of you for what you have done to make our nation stronger, safer against unrelenting enemies, and more just.

God bless those who were lost on September 11, 2011. God bless our American families. And God bless you all. justice.gov

What to do if your coworker or even your boss is a psychopath
To put it simply, psychopathy is a spectrum of behaviors that can lead people to do things that are good for themselves and bad for others.

In almost any workplace, there are people you want to watch out for. There are always going to be folks who care more about lifting themselves up than about helping others (or the organization as a whole) to succeed. There are going to be those who want to appear productive but also find clever ways to get you to do a significant chunk of their work for them. And finally, there are people who will brag about their accomplishments and may even try to take credit for things that were actually accomplished by others.

But, the people you want to really be careful of are the psychopaths.

Though a lot has been written about psychopaths, and the differences between psychopaths and sociopaths, a simple way to think about it is this: A psychopath is someone who has no empathy for others. They focus on the ends they will achieve rather than the means, so they do not feel guilt at actions that affect others negatively. They also are quite willing to manipulate the people around them to get what they want.

To put it simply, psychopathy is a spectrum of behaviors that can lead people to do things that are good for themselves and bad for others. Here are a few things you can do if you think you're dealing with a psychopath at work.

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BMGF's Global Security Operations team is primarily responsible for high risk journey management, Seattle Campus security, Global Security Operations Center, regional/subsidiary security integrations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training, emergency medical support, emergency communications, and special missions as assigned by the Chief Security Officer. Additionally, the Operations team is responsible for identifying opportunities to enhance and improve the broader Global Security organization's strategies, processes, business analytics, and procedures through cross team support, creative inquiry, and critical thinking. myworkdayjobs.com

Game Stop to Close 180 - 200 Stores Globally - With More Coming
Biggest Q2 Loss in this current round of results.  chainstoreage.com

J.C. Penney Opening 100 In-Store Men's Outdoor Apparel Shops

Uber lays off 435

Quarterly Results
Game Stop Q2 comp's down 11.6%, total sales down 14.3% (Biggest Loss so far in quarter results this round)


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Everyone can agree that technology has made life easier and, in many cases, safer. People all over the world tend to race toward the newest technology, such as the latest iPhone, or the most recent Virtual Assistant, such as the Amazon Echo. In some cases, newly offered features on some of these devices are so minimal they hardly warrant a new product release. Yet, people still line up to be the first to purchase them. This technomania is rarely concerning because it doesn't affect the masses. Any decision to purchase these technologies is a personal one.

But what if retailers are too quick to adopt a technological solution that they feel will positively impact their business? Worse yet - what if Loss Prevention (LP) executives unwittingly purchase a technological solution that either doesn't work as intended or puts their respective organizations in a liability situation?

Anyone who thinks this is a far-fetched scenario should rethink their position. Here are three technological solutions retailers have implemented that can have disastrous results:

1. Entrance/Exit Gates

2. Self-Checkout

3. Facial Recognition Software

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'Three LP Solutions with Unintended Consequences'





Cybercrime Black Markets: RDP Access Remains Cheap and Easy
Also Hot: Payment Card Numbers, Identity Packets, DDoS Attacks, Shell Companies

The incidence of cybercrime continues to increase, in part, due to the easy availability inexpensive hacking tools and services on the black market.

Indeed, a thriving cybercrime-as-a-service ecosystem continues to aid criminals every step of the way, from gaining access to infected PCs, using malware to steal data, crypto-locking systems with ransomware, employing money mules to cash out attacks - including physical goods and gift cards - and tapping bitcoin tumbling or mixing and other money laundering services to hide illicit revenue streams and help cash out (see: Why Cybercrime Remains Impossible to Eradicate).

Procuring goods, services and stolen data continues to be disarmingly inexpensive, thus facilitating the business of cybercrime.

A recent review of 12 English- and Russian-language cybercrime markets, for example, found U.S. credit card data with CVV numbers being sold for an average of $5 to $12 each, increasing to up to $25 for records that also included the cardholder's date of birth and their bank's identity number. U.S. cards sold for less than U.K. cards, which retailed for $17 on average. govinfosecurity.com

Very Few US Businesses Are CCPA-Ready
The Politicians Better Delay Deadline & Hopefully Make Some Last Minute Changes

There are about four months before the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance deadline kicks in, and according to July 2019 research from consent solutions provider PossibleNow, only 8% of US businesses said they are prepared. The majority reported still being in the preparation process; however, only a third expected to be able to meet the January 1, 2020, deadline.

Among the 11% of businesses that said they were not yet compliant and don't plan to be, slightly more than a third said it's too expensive to attain compliance, and another third planned to take the "wait and see" approach. Some businesses (17%) felt their organizations were not big enough to face fines.

Similar questions were posed to US privacy professionals in a March survey from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and OneTrust. Half of respondents said they expected their organizations to be fully CCPA-compliant before January 1, 2020 (compared with 42% in the PossibleNow survey). A quarter said they would be ready by July 1, 2020 (when the law becomes enforceable), and 15% said they either don't have a timeline or don't currently know. emarketer.com

Third-Party Risks in the Digital World: Do You Know Who Else Is Coming to the Party?
Today's business leaders need to fully understand what is being added to their digital properties and by whom. Diving deeper into this analysis will help companies mitigate the risk while getting the most out of the third-party partners who should be there.

From social media to payment processing systems, third-party systems are supporting more and more business operations. In their work in this area, The Media Trust found that 20 years ago, 90 percent of the code on company websites was owned and operated in-house. Today that number has flipped: an average of 90% of website code comes from third- (or fourth-, or fifth-) parties.

This increased integration brings a host of benefits. Yet, the benefits of third-party integration may come with some drawbacks. One key concern is having awareness of the extent of "nth-party" integrations on shopping pages. In some cases, third-party integrations may bring in other parties of their own. And, whereas companies may have vetted the original third-party, they may not even be aware of additional nth-parties on those pages.

If a breach occurs - even if the fault lies with a third party - the customer will remember the brand associated with the transaction, not the cause. People remember British Airways and Equifax, not the third-party that brought the malicious code into the site. Read the entire article.

Written by Carlos Kizzee, Vice President of Intelligence at Retail & Hospitality ISAC. In this role, Carlos is responsible for developing intelligence strategies for the threat sharing community. cpomagazine.com

Hackers Could Outsmart Smart Cities That Lack Updated Security Tools
As cities become smarter, officials and security experts say that current defenses are unlikely to keep hackers at bay.

Experts are also concerned that recent cyberattacks on cities, such as the ransomware infections in Baltimore, Atlanta and elsewhere, could pale in comparison against the impact of future hacks as residents and authorities come to rely on new technologies. cybersecurity.cmail19.com

US Government Ban on Kaspersky Formalized
Final Rule Includes Ban on Government Contractors Using Russian Firm's Products  govinfosecurity.com


STORE 2019 Retail Council of Canada Annual Awards
London Drugs & Walmart Canada LP & Safety Recognized

Every year, these awards bring together the top talent in the Canadian Retail industry to recognize the years most innovative retailers in a variety of categories. Winners were announced earlier this year at STORE 2019 - Canada's largest retail conference. Canadian Retailer covered all of the awards in their recent issue.

London Drugs Limited - Award Winner for Loss Prevention
The company's new Initiative, the London Drugs Enterprise Loss Prevention for Omni-Channel Retail, is an industry-first confluence of services and technology. Anchored by its Loss Prevention Response Centre, the company is able to respond to loss accordingly as it occurs, in addition allowing them the ability to act pre-emptively to trends and activities that it notices at store locations as well as across its chain of supply. This trail-blazing initiative has improved profitability for London Drugs, safety, and customers' overall shopping experience both online and in-store.

Walmart Canada - Award Winner for Health, Wellness & Safety
In 2018, Walmart initiated an end-to-end review of its Health and Safety program. This included a deep-dive into their accident data to understand patterns and trends and to assess the safety culture in their stores. The results have been outstanding. Walmart Canada reduced its accident trend by 36% in the first six months of the program. Stores are now fully engaged. And the Health and Safety Team continues to see amazing ideas to drive a safety culture and continual improvements.

Click here to see all the award winners

Drone test flight successfully delivers prescription drugs in Canada for 1st time
A century after the first piece of regular mail was delivered by airplane, Canada Post and London Drugs are partnering to test drones as a new method of prescription drug delivery. The pharmaceutical retailer in co-operation with Canada Post and robotics company InDro Robotics launched a tiny test flight on Aug. 19.

A drone carrying an emergency EpiPen and Narcan spray flew the six kilometres from Duncan to Salt Spring Island in 11 minutes, according to B.C.-based London Drugs. It says this is the first beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight that has delivered drugs in Canada and required a special licence, as the person piloting the drone could not actually see it.

It was part of a pilot program the company hopes results in a new way to serve remote clients who may not live near pharmacies. The service is not yet available to customers. cbc.ca

Retail Secure to discuss response strategies for violent crimes
 and active situations

Active shooter and violent situations happen without warning. How can retailers effectively approach these risks with a responsive mindset and advance preparedness?

At Retail Secure, join leading retailers for insights and case studies to ensure resilience within your organization following a critical situation. This session will provide you with tactics on the safest and smartest ways to prepare and respond, along with techniques to prevent the development of violent situations.

Retail Secure 2019 is September 24th at the International Centre in Mississauga. It's Canada's only loss prevention conference specifically designed for retailers by retailers. RetailSecure.ca


Many Canadians value data security more than money
According to the survey, 82% of Canadians say their personal identity is one of their most valuable assets, with 52% saying it is more important to protect their identity online than their money. strategyonline.ca

Canadian Security announces Security Director of the Year 2019
Robert Kilfoyle, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management at Humber College has been named Security Director of the Year 2019 by Canadian Security magazine. canadiansecuritymag.com

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Four major food chains set for Canadian expansion
Canadian Jewellery Brand 'Hillberg & Berk' Announces Store Expansion into British Columbia & Manitoba
Nike to Open Massive Flagship at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre
The Brick takes over former Sears in Canada's largest mall, signals confidence in brick-and-mortar stores

Canada's Top Shopping Centres to be Ranked in RCC Study

Tech issue affecting debit vendor leaves some Canadians unable to make purchases

Conservative party Leader promises to create 'Canada Cyber Safe' certification for digital products if elected

Langley, BC: Homicide team investigates McDonald's shooting
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in after a shooting Tuesday night at a McDonald's in Aldergrove, according to Langley RCMP. Video and photographs from the scene show a shattered window at the fast food restaurant. "We had shots fired at a location here in Langley," said a spokesperson with the RCMP. "The IHIT team has been deployed and that's about all I can say at this point." Langley RCMP declined to provide more details, including the extent of injuries or how many people were involved. cbc.ca

Ontario's cargo theft 'epidemic' is costing you money and seems to be getting worse
The truth is cargo theft costs money. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), there's estimated to be approximately $5 billion worth of cargo theft in Canada every year. Only a fraction of the stolen goods, which range from lobsters, to steaks, to shoes, are ever recovered.

The IBC said only $52.7 million worth of cargo thefts were recovered last year, compared to $23.6 million worth of goods recovered in the first eight months of 2019. The IBC says the vast majority of what thieves take go unreported, either because of high deductibles or a company's fear of harming their reputation. Either way, insurance companies say Ontario is a hot bed for stolen cargo - and unless police choose to do more about it, that's not going to change anytime soon.

Jim Langeveld, who runs Country Cargo, said his business was hit hard over the summer when thieves stole a trailer loaded with nearly $500,000 in footwear. It means he'll have to raise his rates, a cost that ultimately gets passed on to consumers, he said. cbc.ca

Winnipeg, MB: 38-year-old man arrested after string of robberies; drugs seized
"Officers arrested the male and seized $1,475 in cash, 16 grams of a white powder (believed to be cocaine) with an estimated street value of $1350, 2 baggies of a substance (believed to be crystal methamphetamine) with an estimated street value of $5350, and an UZI-style BB-gun which qualified as a firearm," says WPS. chvnradio.com

Thunder Bay, ON: Man arrested over summer $8,000 electronics heist, police say

Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Port Colborne, ON - Robbery

Unnamed Store - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery
Unnamed Store - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery

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Return policies critical to e-commerce success
This Big Crackdown Trend - Getting Tough on Returns is Going to Have Consequences

According to "The State of Online Returns in 2019: A Global Study," a new survey of more than 3,500 shoppers from customer engagement platform Narvar, only 60% of respondents said they were satisfied with their most recent return. The survey was conducted in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Australia.

Thirteen percent of shoppers said they wouldn't shop with a retailer again after a negative returns experience, and this number was four times higher for first-time shoppers (31%) as for returning customers (8%). One-third of respondents were open to making an online exchange versus requesting a refund when presented with options ranging from easy swaps for different colors or sizes to free shipping.

In terms of what return functionality online consumers are looking for, the top reason for satisfaction with a recent return was that the process was fast and easy (58%). Being informed about the status of the return was the second-highest contributor to a positive experience (34%).

Respondents also showed positive reaction to buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS) programs. Thirty-six percent of respondents think it's easier to return an item to a store because they receive immediate credit and don't have to worry about their returns getting lost in the mail, but only 10% actually returned their last online purchase in-store.

However, more than half (51%) of respondents said that offering designated drop-off locations for online returns, such as pharmacies or convenience stores, provided a broader range of pick-up times, increasing the convenience to the shopper. chainstoreage.com

Editor's Comment: BOPIS and now BORIS - sounds like a couple.

Amazon facing antitrust probe over its marketplace, report says
It's About Time They Investigate if the Playing Field is Even Level

Amazon is reportedly facing a potential investigation of its marketplace by antitrust officials examining whether it's using its influence to hurt competition. Investigators with the Federal Trade Commission have started interviewing small businesses about how much revenue they make on Amazon versus other online marketplaces like Walmart or eBay.

Citing three merchants, the report says multiple attorneys and an economist have been conducting interviews that last 90 minutes. Antitrust experts quoted by Bloomberg claim the length of the interviews and the people involve suggest a serious probe of Amazon's business.

Amazon isn't alone. Facebook and Google are facing multi-state antitrust investigations over business practices. usatoday.com

FTC investigates Amazon Marketplace
According to Bloomberg, FTC investigators, including attorneys and an economist, have been interviewing small businesses that sell products on the Amazon Marketplace third-party e-commerce platform. The interviews, which typically last 90 minutes, are said to cover topics including what percentage of their revenue the businesses obtain from Marketplace sales. chainstoreage.com

Amazon looks nationwide to fill 30K permanent jobs; 5% of the company's total workforce

How AI Is Protecting Against Payments Fraud

Peer-to-peer payments may be the next ecommerce trend in the US




Houston, TX: Thieves break into Best Buy, steal cellphone box with tracking software; 4 arrested, merchandise recovered
The burglary happened around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Best Buy on Richmond Avenue at the Southwest Freeway. Police said thieves got in by prying open the sliding glass entrance doors and forcing their way through the metal, roll-down security gate. They targeted a large, cage-style box that contained cellphones, loaded it into their vehicle and drove away. However, what the thieves did not know is that the box contained tracking software -- which was activated when it was stolen -- and it led police to an apartment complex about 15 minutes away, police said.  click2houston.com

Omaha, NE: Game Store Owner Accused of Telling Employees to Steal $50,000 of Merchandise from Rival Store
The owner of an Omaha and Lincoln gaming store is accused of stealing from a competing business. David Mitchell, 26 is booked on a felony burglary charge on Monday for allegedly conspiring to steal from the Gameroom near 72nd & Dodge St. In a handful of incidents in June and July, about $50,000 worth of consoles and expensive games were stolen from the shelves. Former Gamers employee Anthony Rodriguez told police that Mitchell had him steal from the Gameroom to sell in their Lincoln Store. Current Gamers employee Phillip Williams also arrested in the thefts and was reportedly caught on camera using a key to get in because he used to work at the Gameroom. 3newsnow.com

Chicago, IL: 6 Men Burglarize Near South Side Rental Store
Police released video Tuesday of a bold burglary at a rental store on the Near South Side. Surveillance video showed six men entering the Herc Rentals store at 2424 S. Wabash Ave. around 10:15 p.m. back on Thursday, Aug. 22. Police said the suspects cut the chain on the front gate and forced the garage door open. In the video, the suspects' faces are covered as they run inside and haul out large boxes of tools and equipment.  chicago.cbslocal.com

Rockford, IL: Thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry stolen from Sam's Club
Rockford police are looking for the thief who broke into Sam's Club Tuesday morning. Shortly after 1:30 a.m. officers responded to the store on Walton Street for a burglary alarm. Police say they saw a set of doors had been forced open. Inside, the thief allegedly damaged a display case and stole several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry. The male suspect was not inside when police got there. mystateline.com

Concord Township, PA: State Police investigating $95,000 Camera Equipment theft from Cardinal Camera

Boise, ID: Pair accused of stealing bottles of wine worth over $10K

Jacksonville, FL: Police searching for group of 5 burglars behind 21 crimes since May; stealing items like expensive weaves, alcohol and sporting goods and re-selling them on the streets

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Shootings & Deaths

Lakewood, WA: Teen found dead in convenience store parking lot
An 18-year-old man was found dead in a convenience store parking lot in Lakewood Monday night, police said. Officers were called to a 7-Eleven at 100 St. SW and Lakewood Dr. SW just after 8 p.m. A man was found dead from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle in the parking lot, Lt. Chris Lawler with the Lakewood Police Department said. The driver of the car was also at the scene, but two other men had run off and remain on the loose, Lawler said. komonews.com

Detroit, MI: Fight over woman leads to deadly hit-and-run in restaurant parking lot
Police say a man was killed overnight after a dispute in the parking lot of a restaurant on Detroit's west side. We're told the dispute was over a woman. Police say two men inside the 8 Mile Grill on Eight Mile near Livernois got into a fight around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. They took the fight outside to the parking lot, where one of the men is alleged to have eventually gotten into his truck and run over the other man, killing him. fox2detroit.com


Greenville, FL: Man arrested after firing shotgun at crowd at H&R Grocery
A 45-year-old man was arrested Friday on aggravated assault and gun charges after he fired a shotgun at a crowd of people in the parking lot of an H&R Grocery in Greenville, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies arrived to the store around 2:20 p.m. Friday. Deputies said no one was hurt in the shooting. Multiple witnesses told deputies that a gold car stopped in front of the lot and the driver pointed a shotgun out the window in the direction of the crowd and was yelling at someone, but did not fire the gun at this time. Witnesses told deputies the shooter was Frankie McClamma. Then, McClamma drove away, but returned a short time later and shot the gun multiple times in the direction of the crowd as he drove by. wctv.tv


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts


Update: New York, NY: The NYPD has identified 2 suspects in $4M Jewelry store Robbery
The NYPD has identified two suspects in a bold August robbery inside a New York jewelry store popular with rappers and other celebrities. Police say Jaysean Sutton, 39, and Pedro Davila, 27, are wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery, and the NYPD is asking for the public's help in locating them. Investigators say three men walked into Avianne & Co. Jewelers on August 25 pretending to be customers before tying up four employees with zip ties and duct tape and ransacking the store.  cnn.com



Omaha, NE: Oak View Mall store employees assaulted after trying to stop shoplifters
Hours after she said she was attacked, Kiersten Wendell opened the front door to the Zumiez store inside the Oak View Mall. "The next day, I opened, and I open all the time, but I did have a lot of anxiety after my first customer did come in," she said. Wendell still has a small mark showing under her right eye. The bruise once covered much, if not most, of her right cheek. Cellphone video taken on Sept. 1 shows the moments a mall security officer tried to tackle a teenager, who was seen walking away from the Zumiez store. Omaha police said that teen attacked Wendell, an assistant manager at Zumiez, and two of her employees. ketv.com


San Francisco, CA: South of Market store owner says he's under siege from violent people and considering closing shop

Batavia, NY: Two men arrested for stealing $75 worth of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups from Tops

Santa Ana, CA: Man Who Stole Lemur from Santa Ana Zoo Pleads Guilty to Burglary

Credit Card Fraud

Miami, FL: 3 Cruise Ship Passengers Used Stolen Credit Cards In $110,000 Shopping Spree
Three cruise passengers have been arrested in Miami on Monday for credit card fraud. The three men indulged in a shopping spree for more than $110,000 using stolen credit cards onboard Carnival Cruise Line's Victory ship. In the arrest report by Customs and Border Patrol agents, it is said that they discovered Myrick Rucker Jr., 26, had a warrant upon arrival in Miami. According to cruise news, Carnival crew discovered that purchases made by Sheldon Johnson and Marquise Ingram were also done with stolen credit card numbers.  ibtimes.com


La Mesa, CA: Pair Get Life in Prison for 2017 Murder Outside Burlington Coat Factory
A man and woman were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2017 shooting death of a man in a botched holdup in the parking lot of a Burlington Coat Factory store in La Mesa, in which they made off with cash and three pairs of shoes taken from the victim. Derrick Eli Henderson, 32, and Kathryn Luwana Williams, 26, were convicted in July of murder and robbery charges for the death of 30-year-old Travis Lewis, who was gunned down on July 20, 2017. The defendants met up with Lewis under the guise of purchasing marijuana from him. The prosecutor said that upon arrival, Henderson pressed a gun to Lewis' neck and fired in broad daylight, then dumped the gun in a planter near the store.  timesofsandiego.com


Atwater, CA: Super Target Arsonist sentenced to 2 years 8 months; fire damaged $1M in merchandise
The man who last year torched the Atwater Super Target's toilet paper aisle reached a deal with prosecutors that could release him from prison before the end of the year. A fire broke out and smoke filled the Atwater Super Target shortly after 9 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2018. The store was evacuated as its sprinkler system went off, damaging millions of dollars worth of merchandise. mercedsunstar.com




Best Buy - Houston, TX - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Houston, TX - Robbery/ Assault
C-Store - Yakima, WA - Robbery
C-Store - Madisonville, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Carlos, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Sioux City, IA - Armed Robbery
Camera - Concord Township, PA - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Pueblo County, CO - Robbery
Fleas Market - Springfield, MO - Burglary
Grocery - Kansas City, MO - Burglary
Jewelry - Calumet City, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Antioch, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Plantation, FL - Robbery
Liquor - Thurmont, MD - Burglary
Liquor - Southfield, MI - Burglary
Restaurant - Concord, NH - Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant - Atlanta, (Buckhead) GA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Parma, OH - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
12 robberies
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




Jonathon Burris, LPC named Regional Asset Protection & Safety Manager for Whole Foods Market
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Noisa German promoted to Specialty and Service Manager for The Home Depot

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