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Fifty of the AWIS North Americas team members together for a dinner

During an annual Loss Prevention meeting for Amazon, the Amazon Women in Security North America team hosted a cocktail hour and invited a local entrepreneur to speak and share insights on her success in business. AWIS has 180 members worldwide, and provides opportunity for security professionals at Amazon to advance through education, projects and mentorship.

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Hurricane Florence's Retail Impact Continues

Stores Activate Command Centers, Announce More Closures

More stores, malls on the Atlantic coast announce hurricane closures
Retailers bracing for $700M financial hit

One mall that has already closed is the Independence Mall in Wilmington, N.C., a city with a population of 119,045. The mall has 1 million square feet of retail space, anchored by Belk, Dillard's and J.C. Penney.

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., population 32,240, the closures include Coastal Grand Mall, the state's second-largest shopping center. It has around 172 stores including Old Navy, H&M and Dick's Sporting Goods. Myrtle Beach Mall, which has 80-plus stores including Penney's, Victoria's Secret and Foot Locker, is also "closed until further notice" due to Hurricane Florence.

Walmart Inc. said some of its namesake stores and Sam's Club doors will close or adjust hours of operation, while a spokesman for Penney's added that its has closed seven stores so far - three in North Carolina and four in South Carolina - and will be monitoring events closely.

Hudson's Bay Co. has closed its Saks Off 5th in Charleston, S.C., and will be closing its Saks Fifth Avenue store in Raleigh, NC tonight. It was a similar story for department store chain Macy's Inc.

Weather-analytics company Planalytics has estimated a potential economic impact of $700 million from lost sales, defined as consumer and retail purchases that will not occur and will not be made up.

The impact, however, pales compared to last year's storms. Some $2.75 billion in consumer and retail sales (including restaurants) were lost to Irma, in addition to costs incurred by the damage caused directly by the storm, according to Planalytics. Hurricane Harvey cost businesses $1 billion, Planalytics said in an email to Retail Dive last year. wwd.com

Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center
FEMA tracks Waffle House closures as indicator of storm severity

As Hurricane Florence, a Category 2 storm, drives toward the East Coast, Waffle House is monitoring the impending dangerous weather by activating its storm center. The popular Georgia-based diner chain renowned for its 365-day 24-hour service has an emergency routine that's so well-regarded, the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially uses the restaurants' status as an indicator for the severity of a natural disaster.

After several Waffle House locations closed or were serving only a limited menu in 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit Florida, FEMA officials noted the severity of the storm damage based on the fact that the chain never closes.

When a storm strikes, local officials will put out a call to the nearest Waffle House and find out what's on the menu. The "Waffle House Index" has three, color-coded levels: green means the restaurant is open and serving a full menu; yellow indicates the menu has been scaled back and there may be water but no power; and red indicates the restaurant is completely shut down-and the area is likely in need of serious assistance.

The restaurant tweeted a photo Wednesday of employees at the corporate office in Norcross siting around a table monitoring the storm's path as they determine if any locations will need to close.

The company has a fleet of response units, complete with Waffle House-branded trucks and vans, that transport generators, communication technology and other items that can help local stores reboot quickly during most emergency situations. foxnews.com

The Home Depot Activates Hurricane Command Center in Response to
Hurricane Florence
As hurricane season ramps up and the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence and Hawaii for Hurricane Olivia, The Home Depot has activated its Disaster Response Command Center at the Store Support Center in Atlanta.

There, the company works around the clock to ensure it is supporting coastal communities, with combined efforts by the merchandising, supply chain and operations teams. Click here to learn more about Home Depot's Command Center. homedepot.com

Target Teams are Preparing for Hurricane Florence;
Command Center Monitoring 130 Stores in Storm's Path
As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, teams from across Target are working to help team members, guests and communities prepare for the storm, with more than 130 stores in its path and nearly 20,000 team members in the area.

Target's Corporate Command Center was activated earlier this week and is supporting stores and distribution centers by monitoring weather conditions, shipping much-needed products to the area, and putting plans in place to protect teams, facilities and operations. target.com

Walmart Deploying Mobile Pharmacy to areas impacted by Hurricane Florence
Walmart's Mobile Pharmacy is getting preparing to be deployed to the areas most impacted by Hurricane Florence. Click here to see the list of Walmart store closures near the Atlantic coast. walmart.com

Lowe's activates 24/7 emergency command center in North Carolina
Lowe's activated its 24/7 emergency command center in Wilkesboro to track the storm, and shipped more than 325 truckloads of product to the North and South Carolina coast in anticipation of the storm. charlotteobserver.com

Hurricane Florence Won't Be as Disruptive for Retailers as 2017 Storms
Fewer Stores in Florence's Path Than Harvey and Irma

Dillard's Inc. has good reason to be anxious about Hurricane Florence: About 9 percent of its stores are in the storm's path.

Even so, the potential impact pales in comparison to last year, when a third of the department-store chain's locations were disrupted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to data from Bloomberg Intelligence. Those storms, which hammered Texas, Florida and other southern states, kicked off one of the most-intense and costly hurricane seasons in U.S. history.

That's why -- unless another major storm hits the U.S. -- the financial impact on retailers in the third-quarter is expected to be much less than last year.  bloomberg.com

Furious customers accuse Amazon of raising price of water ahead of hurricane
Third-party sellers charge more as demand surges
Amazon is being criticized for appearing to inflate prices as residents of North and South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence to make landfall.

Many local grocery and warehouse stores have sold out of basics like cases of water, so some locals have turned online to buy goods to prepare for the storm. What they've found is water cases that cost over $20 for a few dozen bottles - far more than their usual cost.

As Amazon's own stock and third-party sellers' lower-priced stock has sold out, the price of the water has appeared to creep up. When Business Insider checked the prices for a 40-pack of Deer Park water on Wednesday morning, it was listed for as much as $29.99 by a third-party seller.

An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider that it has taken action against some of the sellers listing unusually expensive water. Unless a product is being sold by Amazon, the company does not set the prices itself. Still, many customers don't make the distinction between Amazon and its third-party sellers. businessinsider.com

Anheuser-Busch sending 300,000 cans of water to Hurricane Florence victims

RLPSA Announces LPRC Partnership, RLPSA CONNECT at Domino's
and Upcoming Webinar Calendar

NASHVILLE, September 13, 2018 - The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is proud to announce its new partnership with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), designed to bring even more value to RLPSA's members. The RLPSA is also announcing its latest schedule of upcoming events including membership discussions and webinars, as well as the next RLPSA CONNECT event.

RLPSA is holding its next RLPSA CONNECT event November 15 at Domino's World Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This free, one-day powerhouse workshop includes sessions on partnering with local and federal law enforcement, how to discover the truth from your employees, training on active shooters, and more.

Click here to see the complete list of events and full press release here. prweb.com

Webinar - Sept. 18 at 1:00pm
STANLEY IntelAssure: Service Assurance & New Features Preview

In today's evolving digital environment, protecting your company from vulnerability is easier said than done. It takes collaboration from both IT and Physical Security teams to detect failing security devices that protect your network core and company's employees.

Join our upcoming webinar on Tuesday September 18 at 1pm EST to learn more about our latest innovation - STANLEY IntelAssure powered by Viakoo - that will be featured at our trade show booth later this month at GSX 2018 in Las Vegas. Click here to register. info.stanleycss.com

The Loss Prevention Foundation Announces Newest Diploma Level Partners,
Alto Assurance and ClickIt
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest diploma level partners, Alto Assurance and ClickIt. The Diploma level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships for Alto and ClickIt to distribute to industry professionals.

Headquartered in Miami, FL, Alto Assurance is a comprehensive collaboration program that combines technology, marketing and intelligent prosecution, bridging the gap between retail and law enforcement to create safer environments. They support almost 7,000 stores in more than 100 cities in Latin America, Europe and the United States. ClickIt Intelligent Video Solutions, headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, is a development and manufacturing company specializing in digital video management systems.

"We are excited to announce our new partnership with Alto and ClickIt," said Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of The Loss Prevention Foundation. "By partnering with the LPF, they are demonstrating their commitment to the loss prevention and asset protection industry. yourlpf.org

The 2018 New England LP Expo Kicks Off in Worcester, Mass.

Bob Moraca, VP of LP for the National Retail Federation kicked off the 2018 New England LP Expo in Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday. The 2019 NRF Protect Conference will take place from June 11-13 in Anaheim, Calif. Stay tuned for a full recap of the New England LP Expo!

Party City is Hiring 86 LP Specialists
Party City is hiring 86 Loss Prevention Specialist for temporary positions during our peak season of Halloween. The position is an entry level LP position with full time and part time openings from October 1st - Oct 31st. Typical hours would be nights and weekends. A great opportunity for college students and CJ majors to get some Loss Prevention experience. Metro Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA, San Francisco, DC. and other cities across the USA. Text to 51893 the word Party or go to partycity.jobs.net. linkedin.com

Returns To Reach a Trillion Dollars in 10 Yrs.
Lax Return Policies On Steroids - Try-Before-You-Buy
Retailers must prepare for the increasing consumer demand of try-before-you-buy programs

One-fourth of retailers could adopt some form of try-before-you-buy by 2019. And for good reason: Two-thirds of retailers with 250-499 employees say this behavior has grown in the last year - especially among shoppers between the ages of 25-34.

Still, it is not an easily mastered approach. Shipping costs threaten to cut into an already tight margin. Other perils await in areas like fraud and inventory. "While benefits of try-before-you-buy have been widely covered, we believe that the effect hasn't. Retailers are already reaching a crisis point with returns being squeezed. This will only squeeze margins even further."

"Consumers are demanding this," "It's really competitive out there, and companies are doing everything they can to capture the mindshare of the consumer. One of those is offering really lax customer return policies. Try-before-you-buy is that approach on steroids."

Despite the numbers, "retailers are thinking about how they deal with their incoming sales demand," Press says. "None of them are thinking about how they deal with the returns process. They have systems in place to handle omnichannel selling but are not thinking about omnichannel returns. Try-before-you-buy is going to triple return costs. That is a serious concern for retailers, and the vast majority are drastically unprepared."

B-Stock's belief, is that within a decade, returns will approach a trillion dollars. stores.org

Purdue University Creates Real-Time Social Analytics Tool for PD's
& 1st Responders
Tracking Potential Emergencies at Large Events

Designed for possible use during major events such as speeches or during natural disasters. It could even be used for tracking traffic patterns. David Ebert, the director of Purdue's Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE), said the technology mixes social media analytics, particularly keyword tracking, with broader emergency planning-pinpointing narrow needs within a much broader scope.

"Police departments and first responders can use the social media posts to reach people in need of assistance, including medical emergencies, disaster emergencies, or criminal activity," Ebert said in a news release. associationsnow.com

Unmanned Convenience Stores Coming to U.S.
Supermarket chain iFresh to distribute biometric automated retail technology in the Americas

"iFresh is planning to open unmanned convenience stores in the United States in the future. We hope to develop a franchise system and use this technology to transform gas station convenience stores across the United States so that they benefit from reduced labor costs. Further, iFresh has started to incorporate retail smart technology services and smart technology across the value chain."

The retail technologies use palm prints, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps to replace traditional labor with automated checkout machines and provide a seamless customer experience, according to the announcement. biometricupdate.com

The Death Of Retail In NYC
Vacant Retail Space in NYC Nearly Triples Since 2016

The New York Times recently set out, panoramic camera in hand, to capture the retail wasteland in New York City, and more warning signs about the US economy.

"When you walk the streets, you see vacancies on every block in all five boroughs, rich or poor areas - even on Madison Avenue, where you used to have to fight to get space," said Faith Hope Consolo, head of retail leasing for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who said the increase in storefront vacancies in New York City had created "the most challenging retail landscape in my 25 years in real estate."

Consolo said a recent survey conducted by the firm found that approximately 20 percent of all retail space in Manhattan is currently vacant, compared with 7 percent in 2016. As the commercial real estate crisis continues to engulf New York City, this is contradictory to the era of soaring prosperity maintained by the administration. safehaven.com

Macy's Hiring 80,000 Total For Holidays - E-Comm Up 23% to 23,500
1,000 people will be hired across the country to support the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events. chainstoreage.com

Target to add 20% more holiday hires & Double E-Comm. hires

Stores keep closing. Bay Area retailers still can't find workers

7-Eleven rolls out Apple Pay, Google Pay to all US stores

Hudson's Bay to Merge Two Department Store Chains -
Galeria Kaufhof & Kastadt - Now Europe's 3rd Largest

RetailNext Forecasts Strong 4 to 4.5 Percent Holiday Growth for Retail Sector

Arizona Limits Liability for Hiring Ex-Offenders

Quarterly Results
Kroger Q2 comp's up 1.6%, sales up 1%
HBC Q2 comp's down 0.4%, sales down 2%
    Saks Fifth Ave comp's up 6.7%
    DSG (Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Home Outfitters) comp's down 3.8%
    Saks Off Fifth comp's down 7.6%


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West Virginia suspect found guilty of
selling stolen Apple devices on eBay

United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a federal jury sitting in Charleston returned unanimous guilty verdicts following the trial of former Logan County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Doty, 68, of Logan.

The scheme began in 2011 when the Logan County Board of Education regularly purchased Apple iPods and iPads for Logan County Schools staff. The jury found that between 2011 and 2015, Doty stole at least 20 of these devices, and either sold them on eBay for profit, or gave them to family members as gifts. Doty directed the purchase of the devices or purchased them herself, and then sold them online or gave them away to her family. Read more

For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to PROACT@eBay.com.


All-Tag Releases Two New Premier Solutions

Q-Tag: A New Higher ROI Hard Tag

Q-Tag will deliver a higher ROI than any other EAS hard Tag on the market.

"The Q-Tag is an EAS and RFID solution that combines high security, versatility, efficiency, safety, and marketing/promotion," commented ALL-TAG's Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert.

"It is very challenging to create a revolutionary EAS hard tag these days, but I can honestly say we have done it with the Q-Tag. It is by far the most secure and attractive hard tag on the market, and it's the only one that can come equipped with AM, RF, and RFID technologies all in the same tag," Gilbert continued. "Due to the custom printing of brand logos, promotional messages, QR codes, etc., even marketing/merchandising departments will love the Q-Tag."

Read more here

Q-Wrap: A New EAS Clear Cover Label

The Q-Wrap is the premier solution for protecting high-shrink, high-value retail products that cannot be protected with traditional EAS tags or labels. The Q-Wrap provides a new, simple, quick, and effective way to protect articles from shoplifting such as small cosmetics, perfumes, and other high-value packaged or standalone items.

"Loss Prevention Executives had simply given up on protecting certain hard to protect merchandise such as cosmetics and other health and beauty products, but now they can circle back to those with the Q-Wrap," explained ALL-TAG's Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert.

"It is the only product on the market that will secure those high-value, high-shrink products without destroying them when customers remove the wrap from the products at home."

Read more here


NRF Cybersecurity Forum
September 24, 2018 | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern

The event will consist of two sessions: a general forum open to all NRF retail member executives immediately followed by an NRF IT Security Council (ITSC) meeting.

Retailers will be able to learn about cyber risks they face during NRF's Cybersecurity Forum, which is scheduled to be held Sept. 24 in Washington. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Christopher Krebs and former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff will speak at the NRF members-only event. NRF's IT Security Council will also discuss third-party risk management and cyber-attack modeling. See Agenda nrf.com

CISO is the C-suite role every retailer needs
Companies in every sector today are "always on" with links throughout the supply chain. Always on connectivity means that businesses are also always vulnerable to cyberattacks. This is why all type of businesses, especial those in the retail ecosystem, need to establish the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - and why the role must be part of the C-Suite.

This role must integrate with all aspects of the business, from product development, to marketing and the sales floor - whether that's in a physical store or on a web site. A retailer's website is the sales floor of the digital environment and potential vulnerabilities are everywhere.

In the retail sector, an online presence is a major, and sometimes the only, conduit for service delivery, so the role of the CISO in building trust in the retailer's community is of great value to the business.

Each company's risk tolerance is different, as is each company's crown jewels, depending upon its type of businesses and organizational goals. This is why it is critical to have a CISO at the leadership table: to understand the business and risks to business operations, and to be a part of the conversation of any business strategy from the beginning. retailleader.com

4 Trends Giving CISOs Sleepless Nights
IoT attacks, budget shortfalls, and the skills gap are among the problems keeping security pros up at night.

1. Attacks involving IoT are increasing, resulting in a call for increased IT security budgets.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next great frontier in the business world, and it's making its way into people's homes as well, in the form of smart thermostats, refrigerators, and even complete home control systems. IoT is a high-growth industry that is looking to cross the $1 trillion mark sooner than later.

2. The security skill-set gap continues to widen due to talent scarcity, leading more companies to adopt AI and machine learning technology to detect and manage attacks.
Like everyone else in IT, security organizations have to search for efficiencies. Throughout 2018, we're continuing to expect much of those efforts to come from either outsourced services or machines.

3. Security orgs are prioritizing risk-reducing solutions and consumption-based services in an attempt to relieve sagging budgets.
It's not just talent that the security industry is struggling to find enough of, it's also dollars. In response, CISOs are having to get inventive. One of the top emerging trends we're seeing in 2018 is the continued maturation of security-as-a-service models.

4. More enterprises are relying on CISOs to devise strategies and set provisions for security requirements that abide by GDPR standards.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recently kicked into gear, and noncompliance carries the potential for significant penalties. Globally, organizations have been actively assessing the impact of GDPR on their business and data privacy and management operations. darkreading.com

New Study: The Business Case for Biometric Authentication - Goode Intelligence
How Methods of Identifying & Authenticating Customers can be Improved
The Business Case for Biometric Authentication, sets out the qualitative and quantitative basis for the return on investment from the use of biometric authentication in new customer registration and ongoing customer authentication across a number of business channels, commercial units and usage scenarios.

The study concluded the following benefits can be derived from biometric authentication:

Better customer engagement contributing to Net Promoter Score (NPS) with 45 percent of survey respondents expressing 'very high' agreement with the statement.
Lower customer acquisition costs
Operational cost efficiencies with 56% of survey respondents seeing reduced call centre call volume benefits as a result of deploying biometrics, leading to a calculated cost saving for a five million customer bank of US$6.25MM annually
Security and compliance benefits, including PSD2, with 78% of survey respondents seeing increased compliance as a result of deploying biometrics, particularly addressing Open Banking/PSD2 Strong Customer Authentication
Consistent customer experience across channels that can lead to a cost benefit of multiple millions of dollars annually by replacing numerous authentication systems with a single authentication platform that supports all channels. Press Release Login to Download White Paper Login to Download goodeintelligence.com

Before It Was Hacked, Equifax Had a Different Fear: Chinese Spying
After Going to the FBI, the Investigation Stalled

Two years before Equifax Inc. stunned the world with the announcement it had been hacked, the credit-reporting company believed it was the victim of another theft, only this time at the hands of Chinese spies, according to people familiar with the matter.

In the previously undisclosed incident, security officials feared that former employees had removed thousands of pages of proprietary information before leaving and heading to jobs in China. Materials included code for planned new products, human-resources files and manuals.

At one point, Equifax grew so worried it began building a way to monitor the computer activity of all of its ethnic-Chinese employees, according to people familiar with the investigation. The resource-heavy project, which raised legal concerns internally, was short-lived.

Some investigators believed Equifax's intense focus on the matter contributed to a delay in the company's understanding the extent of the 2017 hack of consumers' information, an event that hammered Equifax's stock, cost some executives their jobs, including Mr. Smith, and damaged the company's reputation.

Ultimately, the previously undisclosed investigation undertaken by the FBI stalled. The FBI wanted to pursue a criminal case, believing the theft of trade secrets costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year, with China the leading offender, said people familiar with the investigation. Equifax began to worry about legal exposure and how onerous the inquiry could become, according to these people, and eventually reduced its cooperation with law enforcement. wsj.com

Woolworths warns 11M customers could be at risk from rewards scheme scam




Tyco Retail Solutions is known for the Sensormatic brand of loss prevention products, the ShopperTrak brand for people counting, also known as traffic insights, and the TrueVUE brand for inventory intelligence. Using sensors, Tyco Retail Solutions captures 40 billion retail transactions and interactions a year.

Joan Sparks tells us about some new solutions coming out of Tyco's development lab, including their Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS), the InFuzion anti-theft tags, a self-checkout station and a Synergy EAS pedestal with interactive video displays.

MCs Joe LaRocca & Amber Bradley - Quick Take 3

"It's not if you get breached, but when you get breached."

Joe and Amber discuss the new challenges facing retailers when it comes to cyber security, brand reputation, and the growing scope of what LP/AP departments are challenged to protect.



Jail time for review fraudsters:
TripAdvisor heralds landmark legal ruling in the fight against paid review fraud

TripAdvisor, the global leader in online review fraud prevention, today commended the result of a pivotal legal ruling in Italy which saw a persistent online review fraudster sentenced to jail.

In one of the first legal cases of its kind, the Criminal Court of Lecce ruled that writing fake reviews using a false identity is criminal conduct under Italian criminal law. The owner of PromoSalento, which sold fake review packages to hospitality businesses in Italy, was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay approximately 8,000 Euros in costs and damages.

Paid review fraud - when companies or individuals 'sell' fake reviews to business owners - is a violation of the law in many jurisdictions, but this is one of the first cases of enforcement resulting in a criminal conviction. pilotonline.com

Juul Gets Restraining Order on Fake Chinese E-Cigarettes
The company filed trademark claims against 30 entities in China for selling counterfeit Juul-brand devices and nicotine pods on EBay Inc., according to a statement Tuesday. Juul was granted a temporary restraining order late last month by a judge in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, who froze the PayPal accounts of those businesses.

Juul, which has more than two-thirds of the U.S. e-cigarette market, said there's reason to believe the fake products could be harmful since the sourcing and ingredients are unknown.

"The scale of counterfeit Juul products is alarming," Chief Executive Officer Kevin Burns said in the statement. "These counterfeiters also drive a black market where there is no age verification."

Juul has made recent efforts to limit the sale of its products to minors, a response to backlash from public health groups and government agencies over the appeal of its devices to young adults and teens.

Juul has also teamed with online platforms to take down unlawful sales of its product, which are only legally available through authorized dealers. The company has worked to remove more than 16,000 listings from online marketplaces since January. bloomberg.com

Online holiday sales to increase 15% & Amazon to Take 40% of ALL Sales
NetElix's 2018 Holiday Forecast projects that Amazon's holiday sales will translate into $38.8 billion dollars, up $29.4 billion from last year. All other retailers combined are projected to make an additional $3.6 billion in holiday ecommerce sales this year. chainstoreage.com

Amazon Growing Their Fashion Lines - Files Trademark App.'s for 8 Apparel Lines

Alibaba reportedly enters e-commerce deal in Russia

Prime members ready to buy Rx from Amazon

FedEx Ground expands US ground delivery to six days per week




Lower Saucon Township, PA: Traffic stop turns up metal-lined purses, $10K in stolen clothing recovered
Authorities allege two Queens, NY woman lined their purses with metal and duct tape so they could shoplift thousands of dollars of merchandise. Angie Sanches-Saenz and Julie J. Acevedo, face theft and conspiracy charges. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the pair Wednesday morning, setting bail for Sanches-Saenz at $25,000 and at $35,000 for Acevedo. About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police pulled over a white van on eastbound Interstate 78 for traffic violations. When the trooper asked for the vehicle's registration, Sanches-Saenz told authorities that she borrowed the van. State Police asked for permission to search the vehicle, which Sanches-Saenz denied.

Police brought in a K9 unit and the dog "gave alert behavior," prompting the trooper to conduct a probable cause search. A search of several large laundry bags behind the driver's seat allegedly turned up clothing from American Eagle, Express, Gymboree and Hollister along with bras and underwear from Victoria's Secret. Police said all the plastic security tags were all still attached to the clothing. Police allege they also found empty purses that were particularly heavy. The purses were lined with thin metal and duct tape that authorities allege succeed in blocking the sensors in security tags. The searched turned up about $10,683 in stolen merchandise. wfmz.com

Queensbury, NY: Repeat Walmart shoplifter headed to prison for 1 to 3 years
A Glens Falls woman who has been arrested repeatedly for shoplifting at local Walmart stores is headed to state prison for her latest arrest. Valerie A. Hess, 46, pleaded guilty to felony attempted burglary for a July 2 arrest. She was charged with burglary because she was banned from the store, so she entered the building without permission to commit a crime. She was on probation at that point for a guilty plea less than a month earlier for an attempted burglary conviction in connection with a June 2016 shoplifting bust at the same store. Warren County Judge John Hall agreed to impose a 1.5- to 3-year prison term for the new guilty plea and for violating probation in the earlier case, with the terms to be run concurrently. poststar.com

Mandeville, LA: 4 Mississippi women arrested after shoplifting $5K in clothing
Video surveillance from the Old Navy store in Mandeville showed the suspects concealing items inside of large purses before leaving without paying. Mandeville police responded to a report of shoplifting Tuesday night at the Old Navy store and obtained a description of the suspects and their vehicle. While canvassing the area, officers found the vehicle and the women and took them into custody. In the vehicle, investigators found stolen items from the Old Navy in Mandeville, as well as Victoria's Secret, JCPenney and Maurice's stores, police said. Investigators are trying to determine which stores the items came from. nola.com

Orland Park, IL: ID Thief Pawns Jewelry Purchased With Stolen Credit Card; Woman purchased $4,600 of jewelry at JC Penney using a stolen ID and pawned it for fraction of value
According to the charges, LaTasha Reid went to JC Penney around 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20, where she purchased a bracelet, earrings and a ring totaling $4,639. The prosecutor said she took the jewelry and pawned it at a local pawn shop, where she received $525. Reid went back to the store a few days later where she allegedly used the same credit card to buy $1,398 worth of clothing. The prosecutor said the information on the credit card and Reid's ID did not match, so the sale was declined. The cardholder soon received credit cards with Reid's name on them, who had allegedly added herself on the account as an authorized user. The prosecutor said that JC Penney and pawn shop employees identified Reid in a photo array. patch.com

Wheelersburg, OH: Couple accused of Burglarizing Car Washes in 4 States arrested in Ohio

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Shootings, Assault & Deaths

San Antonio, TX: 7-Eleven Theft turn to Officer Involved Shooting;
suspect shot and killed

The 41-year-old man who was shot multiple times by a San Antonio police officer early Thursday morning reached for a handgun and drove his vehicle at the officer before being shot. Officers were responding to a report of a theft around 1:30 a.m. Thursday at a 7-Eleven on the corner of Culebra Road and North Zarzamora Street. There, two SAPD officers found the man, Augustine Gutierrez, standing near the driver's side of his 2012 Hyundai, which matched the description of the thief's vehicle. According to the report, Gutierrez ignored the officers' commands to move away from the vehicle and instead got inside and started revving the engine.

Flavin said that's when Gutierrez yelled at the officers, "Go ahead and kill me!" The police report said an officer fired his Taser gun twice after Gutierrez refused to get out of his vehicle. When officers tried to pull Gutierrez out of the vehicle, one officer said she saw Gutierrez reaching for the the backside of a handgun that he had in his waistband. ksat.com

Bakersfield, CA: Six killed in shooting rampage; began outside a Trucking Company
An unidentified gunman shot and killed five people in a series of shootings on Wednesday in southern California before taking his own life, Reuters reports, citing local police. The shootings began shortly before 5:30 p.m. local time in Bakersfield. According to the Kern County Sheriff, the man first killed his wife and a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield. He then chased another man from the trucking company before he shot and killed him in front of a nearby sports store. The gunman later killed two men at a residence. He then commandeered a vehicle from a woman and her child before he killed himself when he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy. abc7.com

Ada, OK: Dollar General Employee helps save a female victim of rape, kidnapping and assault
An Ada man was held without bail in the Pontotoc County Justice Center Wednesday on allegations he raped and assaulted a woman he held captive for days. James Jay Jordanoff IV, was arrested Monday evening after police said a woman he was with tried to signal a Dollar General clerk for help.

Police were summoned to the Dollar General Store in Ada around 7:45 p.m. Monday by a clerk who reported Jordanoff had just left the store with a woman. The clerk told police the woman whispered "help me," before leaving the store. "The clerk reported the woman was visibly shaken and distraught." Records indicate the woman returned to the store while police were actively searching the area for her and Jordanoff.

The woman told police she had been "kept by the man against her will for ... about a week," during which, the woman said, "he physically beat her and sexually assaulted her multiple times in the previous days," threatening her with a large knife and a gun. Police located Jordanoff at a garage apartment in Ada, where the woman said she was held. Records indicate when officers arrived, Jordanoff was inside the apartment yelling the woman's name. After a brief foot pursuit, Jordanoff was taken into custody. theadanews.com

Minneapolis, MN: Update: Teen Charged in Fatal Convenience Store Shooting
A 19-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting one of two victims at a Minneapolis convenience store. Demerio Davis is accused of killing 23-year-old Samuel Abron-Yeager during a confrontation at Emerson Food Market early Sunday. wjon.com

Rossville, GA: Motorcycle Dealership and Computer Store hit by bullets

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Roseville, CA: Third Apple Store Robbery This Week In Roseville Leads To Crash; 3 Arrested
Three suspects are under arrest for a grab-and-go robbery at the Apple store in the Roseville Galleria, following a high-speed police chase and crash. The robbery Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. was the third in just the past four days at that particular Apple store. Police took all three suspects who were wanted in the robbery into custody. Wednesday's robbery targeted $15,000 in Apple Store merchandise. The same store was robbed of $5,000 of merchandise Monday, and $15,000 on Sunday. Combined, that's $37,000 in stolen Apple items in four days. cbslocal.com

Beaver Creek, OH: Ohio Highway Patrol arrest 3 for Jewelry Store Robbery

Glendale, AZ: Trio caught in 9 West Valley Circle K Robberies

Mobile, AL: The Mobile Police Department's Cyber Intelligence Unit posted a video to Facebook showing C-Store Armed Robbery

DeBary, FL: DNA on baseball cap solves 8-month-old Circle K Armed Robbery; Terrified employee held at knifepoint

New Orleans, LA: Man jailed following robbery spree that targeted Walmart, Winn-Dixie

Oklahoma City, OK: OKC Police Asking For Help Identifying Serial Armed Robber


Sentencings, Indictments & Charges

Denver, CO: No charges for Police Officer in fatal shooting of a C-Store Armed Robbery suspect

Corpus Christi, TX: Man pleads guilty to 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon; sentenced to 12 years

Baltimore, MD: Queen Anne's County Couple Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Crime Spree; 8 ATM's and 4 vehicles

Selma, AL: Spider-Man sentenced to 20 years for Save-A-Lot and ABC Store Armed Robberies

10 Members of Northern Manhattan Robbery Crew & Street Gang "200" Indicted
Wreaked Havoc For Years on Businesses, Injured Robbery Victims & Killed Innocent Man

Serial Robber Gets 32 Yrs Fed Prison For Over 20 Armed Robberies of Retailers in Broward & Miami-Dade Counties

Fort Lauderdale Resident Sentenced to 92 Years in Prison for Violent Armed Retail Robberies & Carjacking

Washington, D.C. Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Robbing a Prince George's County Retailer at Gunpoint

Miami-Dade County Resident Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Multiple Robberies of Retailers

Erie Convenience Store Owner Sentenced to Probation, Ordered to Pay $46k Restitution for Food Stamp Fraud Scheme


AT&T - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
Apple - Roseville, CA - Robbery
Boost Mobile - Columbus, GA - Burglary
CBD store - Oklahoma City, OK - Burglary
C-Store - Carmel, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Klamath Falls, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Moss Point, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Marion, IN - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Circle K - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Dellwood, MN - Robbery
Gas Station - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery (2nd in 9 days)
Gas Station - Powder Springs, GA - Burglary
Jewelry - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Beaver Creek, OH - Robbery
Valero - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Grosse Point, MI -Robbery
7-Eleven - Nanakuli, HI - Armed Robbery (2nd this wk)
7-Eleven - Denver, CO - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
18 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




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