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2017 Safety Leadership Conference
Sept. 11-13

NE Loss Prevention Expo
Sept. 14

ASIS International
63rd Annual Seminar

Sept. 25-28

California ORC Association Annual Training Conference
Sept. 28-29

2017 National Cargo Theft Summit, Atlanta
Oct. 4-5

Cyber Defense Summit
Oct. 10-12

National Association of Bunco Investigators Annual Training Conference
Oct. 11-12

Colorado Organized Retail Crime Alliance Conference
Oct. 17

Jeweler's Security Alliance 40th Annual Security Seminar & Expo
Mar. 13-15, 2018

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Coming Sept. 14/15...

Developing Technology's Impact on Emergency Preparedness

Tony Caccioppoli, VP Corp AP, HBC
Pat McEvoy, Sr Dir of AP Admin, HBC

With more violent incidents, civil protests, robberies, and disruptive weather than ever before, emergency preparedness has never been more critical for retailers. Tony Caccioppoli, Vice President, Corporate Asset Protection, and Pat McEvoy, Sr. Director of Asset Protection Administration, for Hudson's Bay Company, discuss how technology is playing a vital role in helping retailers with crisis management programs, driving more proactive and real-time responses to help keep stores, associates, and customers safe.

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During his first trip to the U.S., Robin van Stenis, Global Marketing Manager for Nedap Retail, based in the Netherlands, shares his first impressions of the country with LPNN's international ambassador Amber Bradley. Learn about Nedap's global footprint and the "future-proofing" solutions they're bringing to the U.S.

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Oscar Arango promoted to Vice President of Assets Protection
for Target

Oscar was previously the Senior Director of Assets Protection for the retailer, and has been a part of the assets protection team for Target since 2005. He first started as a District AP Team Leader, and quickly worked his way up the ladder, holding such positions as Group AP Team Leader and Director of AP for Target Canada. Oscar also worked for Timberland and Urban Outfitters as a Regional LP Manager. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. Congratulations Oscar!

Ricky Singleton promoted to Manager of Zone Security - Southern Region for FedEx Express

Ricky was previously the Senior Security Specialist for FedEx and has been with them since 2014. Rick also served as Detective for over twenty years for the Township of Montclair after his four years as President of 911 Bears, LLC. Congratulations Ricky!

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Employee Theft Costing US Businesses $50 Billion a Year
There is a hidden risk facing small businesses across the country that often goes unnoticed until it suddenly rips through a firm's finances: employee theft. It's a crime that is costing U.S. businesses $50 billion annually, according to Statistic Brain.

A new study by Hiscox, a global specialist insurer, found that U.S. businesses affected by employee theft lost an average of $1.13 million in 2016. Small and midsize businesses were hit disproportionately, representing 68 percent of the cases. Their median loss last year was $289,864.

Often, the employees who embezzle are trusted members of a company's team. "It can be incredibly devastating to find out they have been ripping you off," said Doug Karpp, crime and fidelity product head at Hiscox.

Hiscox's researchers studied publicly available data on nearly 400 U.S. federal court cases in which employee fraud was alleged that either became publicly known or were active in the federal system during 2016. The cases involved public and private corporations, limited liability companies, municipal and government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Native American tribal businesses.

Funds theft was the most common embezzlement scheme, showing up in more than one third of all cases. It was followed by check fraud (22.1 percent). Seventy percent of all check fraud occurred at companies with fewer than 100 employees. cnbc.com

Retail Leading Sector for Accidental Shootings
Someone is Accidentally Shot at an American Business More Than Once Per Week

So far this year, 71 people have been unintentionally shot at businesses across the United States, according to an analysis of Gun Violence Archive data. The locations include hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, theaters, and fast-food restaurants where Americans conduct their daily affairs. The total works out to about one person every four days. Seven of the shootings proved deadly.

Some of the victims were business owners or employees who accidentally discharged their weapons at work, hitting themselves or co-workers. Others were patrons utilizing state laws that allow gun owners to carry concealed guns outside their homes after undergoing training and securing a permit.

Through the first nine months of 2017, an additional 28 people have been shot - one fatally - at businesses where the presence of guns would be expected, most often gun ranges.

In 2016, at least 92 people people were accidentally shot at businesses, eight of them fatally. An additional 56 people were shot at gun ranges, shops, and shows in that period, 10 of them fatally.

Several U.S. retail and hospitality giants, including Starbucks, Levi's, and Chipotle have enacted corporate policies restricting guns in their facilities. thetrace.org

How Business Was Battered by Irma
Hurricane Irma began to wane Monday, moving north as a tropical storm after tearing through the Caribbean and South Florida, leaving homes and businesses in disarray.

Tyson Foods closed four chicken and beef processing plants in Florida and Georgia on Monday in anticipation of the winds and rain, said Derek Burleson, a spokesman for the company. Target shut down 127 stores and four distribution facilities across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina and planned to reopen them on a case-by-case basis.

Industries including air travel, freight and amusement parks were engaged in herculean efforts to brace for the storm. But many companies could not avoid Irma's destruction as it battered nearly every part of the region's tightly intertwined economy. nytimes.com

Hurricane Irma leaves supermarkets waiting to reopen, shelves bare;
other grocers damaged

In search of essentials, Florida's residents - nearly 6 million of them without electricity - are waiting to learn when, or if, their local supermarkets will be able to reopen.

The grocers with the biggest presence in Florida include Publix - which is privately held and headquartered in the state - Wal-Mart, Costco, Winn-Dixie and BJ's Wholesale.

Amazon-owned Whole Foods, which also has a presence in Florida, tweeted out a list of closed locations across the state.

"The problem becomes you have grocery retailers with a mix of stores ... some are heavily damaged, and other stores didn't suffer any damage but are completely clean of product from their shelves," Brittain Ladd, a strategy consultant who worked on global expansion for AmazonFresh, told CNBC in an interview. cnbc.com

Florida gives Home Depot trucks a police escort after Irma
Florida is providing police escorts for Home Depot trucks that are carrying water, generators and other supplies, as the Sunshine State begins the recovery process after Hurricane Irma.

The nation's largest home-improvement retailer was set to receive a police escort Tuesday for more than 80 trucks packed with supplies and headed to Florida from Atlanta, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told the FOX Business Network. The shipments come as Home Depot reopens more stores in hard-hit areas around South Florida. Atlanta-based Home Depot said Tuesday most stores impacted by Irma are back in business. foxbusiness.com

Westfield, MA: Businesses partner together to donate $100K in shovels to Hurricane Harvey cleanup efforts
When a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey strikes, the immediate response is to secure food and shelter. Then it's time to assess the damage left behind and begin cleanup efforts. Seeing all of the news reports about the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston compelled Nabil Hannoush to help.

Hannoush, president of Ergieshovel, a shovel, rake and broom company in Westfield, Mass., is partnering with Federal Express, Walmart and Palmer Dedicated Logistics in Westfield to ship $100,000 worth of shovels and rakes to Houston this week.

"Food and shelter are the first priority, of course, but after that will come the cleanup, and I just thought about all of those residents and the many volunteers who will spend days clearing debris," he said.

The company will donate more than 3,000 shovels, all of which will be picked up from Palmer Dedicated Logistics by FedEx trucks, shipped to a Walmart distribution center in Texas and distributed to the American Red Cross. masslive.com

200 Gap, Banana Republic stores closing over next 3 years
Gap, the parent company of all of those brands, said it plans to close about 200 "underperforming" Gap and Banana Republic locations. There are about 2,000 Gap and Banana Republic stores worldwide, according to public filings, so the closures would likely impact about 10 percent of them.

Gap declined to specify how many of each brands' stores will close or where the soon-to-be shuttered stores are located.

Gap and Banana Republic have seen declining sales in recent years and they've struggled to compete with so-called fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 and H&M. kdvr.com

Portland, OR: Police to Stop Identifying Gang Members ... Seek to Avoid Labels
Portland police next month will end their more than 20-year-old practice of designating people as gang members or gang associates in response to strong community concerns about the labels that have disproportionately affected minorities. The Police Bureau recognizes that the gang designations have led to "unintended consequences'' and served as lifelong barriers for those who have shunned the gang lifestyle and tried to get jobs, said Acting Tactical Operations Capt. Andy Shearer. A review by Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Carli Brosseau last year found that of the 359 "criminal gang affiliates'' flagged in Portland's database as of last summer, 81 percent were part of a racial or ethnic minority. oregonlive.com

A global black market awaits the iPhone 8 launch
When the iPhone 6 came out in 2014, Yanfei Wang was the first one among his friends to get his hands on the phone, even before it was officially sold in China. The college student bought two phones from resellers when he traveled to Hong Kong by paying almost double the official retail price of 5288 HKD ($676).

On Sept. 12, Apple is expected to announce its 10th anniversary iPhone, attracting the eyes of iPhone resellers around the world who see business opportunities in people like Wang. While the new iPhone will be available to people in the US soon after the launch event, others around the world may be forced to wait months to get their hands on the device. This difference in release dates and supply have created a global black market.

The latest iteration of the iPhone is expected to see some major updates, so the temptation for people overseas to get one early could be greater than ever. yahoo.com

Webinar: How Nestle Manages Operational and Security Crisis Events
Different types of crises, from operation issues like a food recall to security threats such as an earthquake or active shooter can affect a business. For many organizations, employees are typically mobile or geographically dispersed, which can cause a variety of issues when it comes to incident response. Are the right steps being taken and in the right order according to our response plans? Who is responsible and accountable for what?

Join us on September 14th for our expert's insights webinar, How Nestle Manages Operational and Security Crisis Events to hear how Nestle was able refine their crisis management strategy to ensure effectiveness. On this webinar, Eric Davis-Fernald, Head of NUSA Security will cover the following topics:

  ● Crisis events Nestle faces
  ● Problems with old processes
  ● Solutions
  ● Use cases
  ● Best practices   Register Here

American Eagle Customers Awarded $14.5M in 'Spam Text' Class Action
District Judge Valerie E. Caproni on Monday approved a $14.5 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act settlement between American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and a class of consumers alleging the retailer unlawfully texted them, but sharply cut proposed incentive rewards for four named plaintiffs.

The New York federal judge's findings put the retailer on track to exit a June 2015 lawsuit that claimed American Eagle violated the TCPA by bombarding thousands of consumers with "spam texts." She had given preliminary approval to the settlement with some 618,000 class members in January 2017 subject to objections. law360.com

Director Of Loss Prevention job for Living Spaces Furniture posted on LinkedIn - based in La Mirada, CA
The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for developing, implementing and executing asset protection programs for Living Spaces. The Director of Loss Prevention will direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs as it relates to Risk Management. This position will establish Loss Prevention processes, policies and procedures for assessing distribution centers, stores, and manufacturing procedures to ensure the protection of Inventory, Safety, Worker's Compensation, Internal and External Investigations and other Company assets. An experienced Loss Prevention Director with Retail Industry experience is preferred. The Director of Loss Prevention will report to the HR Executive Vice President and will be based at the Rialto Distribution Center.

Living Spaces Furniture is a privately-held furniture store operating in California and Arizona. linkedin.com

Irma Impact On U.S. Retail Could Reach $2.75 Billlon

Walmart pledges up to $30M in hurricane relief, Target raises commitment

Vitamin World files for bankruptcy, plans to close 50 stores

rue 21's reorganization plan gets court OK

Whole Foods' foot traffic surges over 25% following Amazon price cuts


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11th Annual New England LP Expo
September 14, 2017

Please join us four our 11th annual New England Loss Prevention Expo on September 14, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. This annual conference first began with the primary focus of bringing decision makers together to discuss Organized Retail Crime (ORC), a problem effecting the industry unilaterally.

The New England Loss Prevention Expo is a time to bring Loss Prevention, Security, Risk Managers and Solutions Partners together with law enforcement, prosecutors and policy makers to learn more about how to keep our stores, employees and customers safe and secure. This expo will aim to collaboratively and comprehensively discuss subjects such as Organized Retail Crime, external and internal theft, private/public sector partnerships, asset protection technology, financial crimes and emergency preparedness. The New England Loss Prevention Expo strives to propagate an environment where learning, preparedness and networking arm us all with the tools to combat those crimes.

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ISS Now Offering RFID Solutions!

The Industrial Security Solutions Team is excited to announce that we are now offering our clients a complete RFID product line!

We currently offer two types of discreet, high-performance RFID systems that would be a perfect addition to your Loss Prevention Program!

The first is the RFID Overhead System, which combines an antenna with an embedded reader, controller, and an alarm into one, easily installed solution. The system primarily functions as a discrete EAS system that alarms when it detects tags within its range.

However, for an additional charge, the system software can be upgraded to work as an RFID system. The RFID system works by detecting the tagged items that pass below the antenna, verifying that the items have been paid for, and triggers an acoustic and/or visual alarm if any item has not been paid.

The products that trigger an alarm can be shown on a smartphone managed by store staff in order to thwart theft attempts and register the event (false alarm, thwarted theft, or theft).

The second system is the RFID Floor Mat system, which integrates four high-performance RFID antennas inside a floor mat.

The RFID Floor Mat system can be customized to meet the specific needs of each location. The mats can be made with or without fabric, level of thickness, the side the connection cables exit the mat, and if the cables exit the mat from the edge or the bottom of the mat.

If the Floor Mat system is ordered with a fabric surface, it can be dry cleaned using products designed for cleaning upholstery.

Please contact the ISS Sales Team for any questions you may have regarding our new RFID product line at 800-466-4502!


One-Click Lawsuit?
Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax's security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you're one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax in small claims court, potentially letting you avoid hiring a lawyer for advice.

Even if you want to be part of the class action lawsuit against Equifax, you can still sue Equifax for negligence in small claims court using the DoNotPay bot and demand maximum damages. Maximum damages range between $2,500 in states like Rhode Island and Kentucky to $25,000 in Tennessee. theverge.com

Apple iPhone X Facial Biometrics May Stop Hackers From Stealing Your Information
Apple's release of the iPhone X will reportedly feature a new "Face ID" to replace its current fingerprint reader. This functionality demonstrates how some companies are addressing cybersecurity issues by adopting biometrics. Samsung's  latest phone offers three options, including an iris and fingerprint scanner and facial biometrics. The new quest for market share may be reliant, in part, on these security capabilities. thestreet.com

Fake email from CEO to CFO most common type of Business Email Compromise
Managing directors 2nd most spoofed

Business email compromise (BEC) attacks and SCADA vulnerabilities are two top concerns among security experts thinking back on the first half of 2017. Threat actors have begun to rely on time-tested strategies to launch simple attacks and trick businesses out of billions, according to a report released by Trend Micro.

BEC attacks caused $5.3 billion in global losses from 2013 to 2017, cites Trend Micro in its 2017 midyear roundup, "The Cost of Compromise." The report reviews data and trends from security events to give a recent picture of the threat landscape.

Experts noticed a resurgence of old BEC techniques as attackers turn to social engineering to trick their victims. The most frequently spoofed executive in these attacks is the CEO, followed by the managing director. Fraudulent emails typically go to heads of finance.

"The typical fake email comes from the CEO and the typical forged recipient is the CFO," says William Malik, VP of infrastructure strategies at Trend Micro. These emails are tricky because they bypass automated tools installed to trap BEC attacks, he adds. They don't watch for rogue processes on systems or rely on knowledge of unpatched vulnerabilities.

"It's good old social engineering," Malik adds. The "statistically most likely" scenario involves a fake email from the CEO to the CFO requesting a favor, which usually involves the transfer of funds. Common words and phrases associated with BEC emails include "acquisition," "contract," "instructions," "invoice," "request," and "swift response needed."

BEC attachments have traditionally been executable files but these are usually flagged and recipients are discouraged from clicking them, diminishing the likelihood of a successful attack. Cybercriminals are working around this by using HTML pages for phishing attachments. darkreading.com

Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning AI In The Retail Supply Chain
In retail, supply chain efficiency is essential. Inventory management, picking, packing and shipping are all time and resource-intensive processes which can have dramatic impact on a business's bottom line.

The problem is these are complex processes, particularly when it comes to large scale operations covering multiple outlets and territories. The fact they are often dependent on outside forces - suppliers, service providers and even weather - make getting it right even more difficult.

This is why retailers - both big and, increasingly, smaller operations too - are keen adopters of Big Data-driven analytics technology. Creating efficiencies in complex systems which involve multiple, often compartmentalized processes is an area where this technology excels. In short, it's about the ability of machines to make lots of little savings and efficiencies, which together add up to very large ones. forbes.com

Study: 81% of security pros say skills required for cybersecurity have changed
According to a new study, 81 percent of security professionals say the skills needed for cybersecurity have changed. The study also found that 93 percent are concerned about the cybersecurity skills gap, and 72 percent think it is more difficult to hire skilled security staff to defend against today's cyberattacks compared to two years ago. Additionally, 81 percent believe that the skills required to be a great security professional have changed in the past few years. canadiansecuritymag.com

Simon installs 'concierge' chatbots in 208 malls
Shopping mall operator Simon Property Group has worked with marketing platform company Snaps to launch chatbots on Facebook Messenger for all 208 malls it runs around the U.S., according to an eMarketer Retail Q&A with executives of both companies. retaildive.com

Facebook fined $1.4M by Spanish data watchdog; failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers

North Korean Hackers Target Bitcoin



The Basic Way to Search the Dark Web

The Dark Web is the hidden section of the Internet that requires specific software, like TOR, to access it. It allows users and website owners to be anonymous and difficult to trace. The Dark Web is generally not indexed, which makes it difficult to search.

You can search some of the Dark Web via Google. For example, if you want to search the word 'shoplift' you can type the following in the Google search box: "shoplift inurl:.onion.to". Your search results would show in Google same as in a basic search, but keep in mind you will need TOR to view the results in detail.

If you use a more complex search method like "shoplift + YOUR COMPANY name" you would get more refined results. This method won't find everything but can be useful in fraud and ORC investigations.


If You Sell on Amazon, a Fake Law Firm Could Make You Stop
Amazon sent an email sent to Brushes4Less's owner to explain that the product was being suspended due to an intellectual property violation complaint filed by an attorney from the law firm Wesley & McCain in Pittsburgh. In order to get the product reinstated, the email said, Brushes4Less would have to contact the law firm and work things out.

But when he tried to do that, Brushes4Less's owner discovered that Wesley & McCain didn't really exist. Its website showed a photo of lawyers that appeared to have been stolen from a different law firm in Missouri. (The "Wesley & McCain" web address now leads to a 404 message.) Its phone number didn't work, and its physical address appeared to belong to a different law firm altogether. The email address listed in the complaint--which Amazon passed along to Brushes4Less, urging the store's owner to resolve the matter directly--turned out to be fake as well.

There's a very real problem of counterfeit items for sale on Amazon, so much so that the retail giant faces lawsuits over the sale of allegedly fake and ineffective solar eclipse glasses. Unfortunately, Amazon seems to be responding to the flood of fake items with a simple strategy: The moment it receives an intellectual property complaint about any item, it immediately delists the item and then suggests that the seller contact the lawyer in question directly to seek a resolution. While this approach may help Amazon remove knockoffs from the site faster, it leaves the door open for abuse by Amazon sellers or others who want to make trouble for their most successful competitors. CNBC says it found numerous cases where Amazon Marketplace sellers had products suspended after Amazon received a bogus complaint.

According to a former Amazon employee who now consults Amazon Marketplace sellers, Amazon staff is overwhelmed with intellectual property complaints and is slow to take action when told that a complaint is fake. As for Amazon, it would not comment to CNBC on this case specifically, but provided a general statement:

Fraud is prohibited on Amazon.com. If we discover that bad actors have abused our systems, we work quickly to take action on behalf of our customers, which includes sellers. inc.com

What's Worse than Coal in your Stocking? High Holiday Fraud & Chargeback Rates
A new report from eMarketer shows that sales for the 2017 holiday season are expected to increase 15.8 percent from last year. We know from our recent survey that retailers are already behind when it comes to fully protecting their mobile offerings. Factor in the additional negative effects of post-holiday season chargebacks, and the stage is set for merchants to be as disappointed as a child with a lump of coal. Holiday Cash

Chargebacks are a huge issue for merchants after a busy holiday retail season. And many merchants won't know if they were victims of higher fraud during the holiday season until the end of Q1. By the time chargebacks get fully reported for the 2017 holiday season, merchants are 60-90 days or more down the road. Not only will you have missed the chance to stop fraud, but an audit to identify the cause of that fraud will be expensive and difficult. In fact, it may be impossible to learn enough from those aged transactions to prevent a future attack by the same methods.

Retailers can prevent being susceptible to fraud and losses due to chargebacks by adopting solutions that evolve faster than fraudsters. Here are essential tips for curbing chargebacks and remaining fraud-free throughout the busy holiday retail season:

● Identify the type of mobile device being used.
● Speed is king.
● Maximize the use of AI.
● Reduce Manual Reviews.
● Use Order Linking and Personas.
● Recognize if the phone number being used is a forwarded number.
● Optimize rules. kount.com

Report: Mobile e-commerce sales to hit $250 billion by 2020

Amazon's online grocery sales jump after listing Whole Foods brands

Houston, TX: Belk Shoplifter facing multiple Felony charge; theft of over $1,000
A felony theft suspect is out on bond after attempting to shoplift more than $1,000 in merchandise from the Cool Springs Galleria. Houston Kyle Shaw, 30, of Hermitage, was arrested after he attempted to steal from Belk at 6 pm, Sunday. Officers found Shaw in possession of stolen merchandise from two other stores in the mall, as well. In addition to Felony Theft, Shaw was charged with Criminal Impersonation after initially lying to arresting officers about his identity. williamsonsource.com

Sioux Center, IA: SD Pair Accused of Stealing $1,700 Merchandise from Walmart
Michael Wika and Kela Hansen entered the Sioux Center Walmart, and Wika gathered items and then met Hansen in the store. The police allege that Wika told Hansen to drive their pickup to the rear of the store, which they say she did. They then believe that Wika exited the store from a rear emergency exit and placed a large tub full of merchandise in the back of the pickup. Sioux Center Police say the value of the merchandise was nearly $1,700. They believe the pair were going to sell the electronics, according to the complaint. In addition, court records indicate that after Hansen was transported to jail, meth was found on her person. kiwaradio.com

Dalton, GA: Man steals a Stove, attempts a Refrigerator from Sears
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect. The incident happened on Aug. 28 at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Sears store at Walnut Square Mall. The suspect entered the store with a red hand truck and loaded a Kenmore refrigerator and attempted to wheel it out of the store without paying for it. Unfortunately for the thief, the refrigerator wasn't able to fit through the outer doors to the store. The suspect gave up and fled. While the suspect was unsuccessful in stealing the refrigerator, store employees reported that he did steal a stove from the store two days earlier which wasn't reported to police. wrcbtv.com

Concord, CA: Shoplifting rings targeting Concord retailers
Groups of thieves targeting retailers drove a spike in shoplifting cases during the first six months of the year, crime statistics show. From January to June, there were 45 such incidents in Concord compared with just eight during the same period in 2016. The shoplifting rings have struck Pink, Victoria's Secret, Macy's and JC Penney multiple times. "They're organized, they come in as groups, they know what they're looking for - it could either be perfume, cologne, high-end jackets," police Chief Guy Swanger said during a recent presentation on crime data. eastbaytimes.com

UK: London: House of Fraser windows smashed as thieves steal thousands of dollars of Mulberry handbags
A massive hole remained in the glass but the store opened for business as usual this morning. The store is expected to review its security according to staff at the scene today. Police said they would be studying CCTV footage gathered from the area where the raid on House of Fraser. It is believed the thieves escaped by scooter but this has not been confirmed. A police spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a burglary on a shop at 3.30am. standard.co.uk

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Kidnapping, Shootings & Deaths

Cheney, WA: Employee of Marijuana shop remains missing after Kidnapping Sunday
An employee of a Cheney marijuana shop remained missing Monday morning, a day after he was abducted at work. Carmeron Smith, 46, was working at the Lucid Marijuana store, about 12:45 p.m., when he was kidnapped at gunpoint after the store refused to sell product to two customers.

Michael Schoefield, one of Lucid's owners, said a man and a woman tried entering the store, but were told multiple times they couldn't get admission without proper identification. Employees said the man was cordial while inside, and wasn't combative or rude. The woman didn't talk much. The two eventually left, walked outside and returned to a white Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Employees said the man then exited the truck, and walked around to the side of the shopping plaza, where Smith was sitting in his SUV while on his lunch break.

Cheney Police Captain Richard Beghtol said video surveillance showed the male suspect walk up to Smith's car and pull out a gun, firing two shots into the driver's side window. The male suspect then hopped in and drove away in Smith's car, with Smith still inside. The female and another woman also fled in the pickup, which was recently reported stolen. Smith's phone was pinged just outside of Medical Lake, where it was likely thrown out of a vehicle. spokesman.com

Update: Las Vegas, NV: 7-Eleven 'Owner' under investigation in Deadly shooting
Las Vegas Metro Police said they are investigating a deadly shooting at a 7-Eleven on Sunday night. Police responded to the incident at the business just before midnight on East Vegas Valley Drive. According to Police, a customer went to the business to make a purchase when he got into an argument with the clerk. He said the customer then left the store, and the clerk called the "owner." The "owner" showed up at the 7-Eleven, then the customer returned with "backup," according to Police. The two groups continued to argue and at one point, the "owner" shot the customer at least twice in the chest. The customer was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Two men who were with the customer have been arrested on robbery charges. fox5vegas.com

Dallas, TX : 1 Dead After Shooting Outside Oak Lawn AT&T Store
One person was fatally shot in the parking lot of an AT&T store Monday morning, police say. According to police, officers responded to a shooting near the AT&T shortly after 10 a.m. The person who called police said someone ran up to him and threatened to kill him. The caller, who is a concealed handgun owner, shot and killed the person. nbcdfw.com

Atlanta, GA: Man shot, killed shortly after closing Atlanta store
Police are searching for a shooter who killed a man and critically injured another shortly after the victims closed their southwest Atlanta store. The men were in a car outside Southern Grocery in the 1000 block of Westview Drive when two people in another vehicle approached them Sunday night. ajc.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Police respond to shooting outside an AT&T store
The shooting and robbery were reported in the parking lot outside an AT&T store in the 2600 block of Southwest 29th Street, where two people had set up a meeting, officials said. A male suspect opened fire, hitting one person. The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening-injuries. koco.com

Canton, MS: Former Employee stands trial 5 years after Party City manager killed during Armed Robbery
A man charged with capital murder will stand trial five years after a robbery and shooting that killed a manager at a Party City store in Ridgeland. Joshua Archie, now 26, is also facing a conspiracy charge in connection with the October 2012 incident that killed Bobby Adams. Undra Ward pleaded guilty in 2014 to one count of second-degree murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the case. Authorities said Archie was a former employee at Party City and Ward was a current employee at the time of the robbery and shooting, which was caught on surveillance video. As part of a plea deal, Ward, who is serving a 45-year sentence, agreed to testify against Archie. wapt.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Woman, 72, hit by stray gunfire during fight outside metro 7-Eleven store

Robberies & Thefts

Utica, NY: Former Police officer admits to Speedway theft
A former Utica Police officer has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after being found guilty of misdemeanor theft in relation to money being stolen from a Speedway gas station Thursday. Max Dawson, 27, was charged Monday with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He entered a guilty plea to that charge Monday afternoon at an arraignment.

According to court records, Dawson entered the Speedway shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday and purchased a can of pop, giving the clerk cash. When the cashier opened the register, Dawson grabbed all of the $20 bills from the register and fled. He was arrested without incident Saturday. A misdemeanor charge of theft was filed because Dawson did not make any bodily contact with the cashier, which would have elevated the crime to felony robbery. He also did not show a weapon or make any verbal threats, which also could have elevated the crime to a felony. Utica Police Chief Cameron Dailey said Dawson was hired as a paid part-time officer in April 2015. He resigned his position in April 2017 as an investigation into his conduct was in the early stages. newarkadvocate.com

Burien, WA: 6 Arrested, including 4 teens, for Armed Robbery of 7-Eleven
Police say that multiple suspects entered the store with bandanas covering their faces. One of the suspects had a gun, pointed it at the clerk and ordered him on the ground. The suspects then took cigarettes, cash from the register, beer, and also took the clerk's wallet and phone. A deputy spotted a possible suspect vehicle leaving the area and the vehicle was stopped. During the investigation a gun was found in the vehicle as well as the wallet belonging to the store clerk and items stolen from the store. b-townblog.com

Waxahachie, TX: Police find Robbery suspect sitting behind the store
Officers found Joseph Griffith, 37, behind the store he had allegedly robbed after they were dispatched at 3:46 p.m. on Sept. 2. After obtaining money from the register, the man left the store on foot. No weapon was displayed. waxahachietx.com

Greencastle, PA: Accused Bank Robber charged in Family Dollar Armed Robbery

Allentown, PA: Man waives hearing on charges he was getaway driver in 10 Lehigh Valley C-Store Robberies

Piercing Pagoda in the Lloyd Center, Portland, OR reported a Grab & Run on 9/11, item valued at $1,399

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Beaverton, OR reported a Grab & Run on 9/8, item valued at $3,305


Topeka, KS: Man sentenced to Federal Prison for robbing Arby's, Long John Silver's
In his plea, he admitted that he brandished a firearm as he robbed Arby's in June. Gillom ordered restaurant employees to hurry with the cash and fired a round into the ceiling, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. Gillom also said he brandished a firearm while robbing the Long John Silver's on June 27, 2016. Co-defendant Darien E. Fulton was sentenced to six years in federal prison. cjonline.com

Credit Card Fraud

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC: Gunshot fired through apartment floor leads to a Credit Card fraud ring
Police arrived at an apartment complex and spoke with a tenant who said shots were fired into their apartment. When officers made contact with the above tenant, he claimed to be alone. Police said they found two other men shortly after in the apartment. They said they also found a stolen shotgun and hundreds of blank credit and pre-paid cards. Police notified the Fraud Unit of CMPD, which obtained a warrant to search the apartment. wsoctv.com


Newport, RI: Second Arrest In High-End Counterfeiting Case
Newport police said. Patricia A. Vecchione, 66, was charged Thursday with 21 counts of forgery / counterfeiting and altering trademarks in connection with merchandise sold at Heaven On Earth, Christie's Landing. The crimes allegedly occurred on July 17, Aug. 15, Aug. 22, police said. She was booked Monday morning. Besides Louis Vuitton, the other alleged victims are Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Celene. Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent. Among the merchandise confiscated, police seized a purple Michael Kors wristlet, and a blue Louis Vuitton wristlet/purse, priced at $950 each; and a Kate Spade wristlet/purse, priced at $1,050. patch.com

UK: Counterfeit perfume 'contained dangerous levels of methanol'


Beer and Wine - Austintown, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Car Store - Bridgeville, DE - Burglary
CVS - Alameda, CA - Armed Robbery
Darren Lauryn Jewelers - Antioch, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Hyde Park, NY - Burglary
Dollar General - Redding, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jefferson County, MO - Armed Robbery
H-E-B - Temple, TX - Armed Robbery (bank inside)
Ingles - Thomasville, NC - Armed Robbery
Italian People's Bakery - Hamilton, NJ - Robbery
Johnny Quick Mart - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Marathon - Davisville, FL - Burglary
McDonalds - Union County, NC - Armed Robbery
Quick Stop - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Quik Stop - Watsonville, CA - Armed Robbery
Shell - Palm Beach County, FL - Burglary
Swiss Farms - Swarthmore, PA - Burglary
Valero - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Waffle House - Corbin, KY - Burglary
Winn Dixie - Selma, AL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Saginaw, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Burien, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery / clerk shot & wounded
7-Eleven - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
19 robberies
6 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed



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