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Megan Simkus promoted to Senior Risk Manager VCS Strategy for Amazon
Megan has been with Amazon for nearly a year. Before her promotion to Senior Risk Manager VCS Strategy, she served as Senior Risk Manager, Compliance & Validation Global Security Operations. Before that, she served as a Senior Risk Analyst for Kohl's for nearly three years. Megan previously held various positions with Axcess Financial and Finlay Fine Jewelry. Amazon is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington, that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. The company reported over $200B in annual revenue in 2018. Congratulations, Megan!

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Is Print Media Dying?
National Retail Federation To Dissolve STORES Magazine After 100 Years
Is Print Media Losing That Much Readership?

According to an email sent to the D&D Daily today from Naylor Association Solutions, the STORES Media Advertising arm, the NRF has decided, after 100 years, to dissolve STORES Media as an entire brand.

The Oct/Nov and December issues of STORES magazine are the last ways to reach the entire membership of NRF. The December issue will be a "farewell" issue. Everything, print and digital, will all be gone after 12/31/2019.

According to our sources, ad revenue had been declining for some time. While members continued to share how valuable the content was, there just wasn't the support for a print publication. Certainly NRF.com will continue to have retail stories, trends, and insights.

Editor's Note: It's sad to see such a publication of historic value ending. However, we feel confident that NRF.com will continue to offer some of the same value STORES delivered.

This development is certainly reflective of the macro environment of print publications. With some experts saying that the print media outlets have been the most impacted by the internet, of all sectors.

And as the digital age continues to impact the print media industry, it's also having the same impact on the brick and mortar stores. With almost the exact same end results. With consumers and readers acting similarly and literally glued to their monitors and phones, reading and buying there first. A trend that everyone agrees will continue. The issue is how far will it go?

El Paso Victims' Lawsuit Against Walmart Tests Security Responsibility
of Retail Landlords
In the suit, shooting victims Jessica and Guillermo Garcia - who remains in critical condition after 13 surgeries - challenge a long-standing belief that retailers and shopping center owners aren't responsible for violent acts on their premises. Their suit alleges Walmart had no active security on-site during the mass killing, and contends that this lack was negligent.

The Garcias' case against Walmart could serve as a bellwether for security in retail and test the high burden of proof plaintiffs usually face when trying to make a landlord, property manager or business owner liable for violence on their property.

The Current Retail Security Landscape

While Walmart did not answer Bisnow's inquiry as to whether it had security on site at the El Paso shooting location, news media reports and the Garcia lawsuit say no discernible security was on the premises when the gunman entered the front door and launched his attack.

El Paso Police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told Bisnow Walmart previously had off-duty officers at El Paso Walmarts, but it
stopped that practice sometime prior to the August shooting spree. Since the incident, the retailer is now using the services of off-duty El Paso police again, Carrillo said.

Bisnow visited roughly 25 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston this month, including several Walmarts, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lowe's, Best Buys, Targets, Home Depots, Costcos and Walmart-affiliated Sam's Clubs, and observed security guards at only three locations.

The Legal Accountability Of Landlords And Retailers

Should There Be More Security?

Trump administration floats background-check proposal to Senate GOP
Senate Republicans are responding cautiously to a new proposal to expand background checks for gun sales that the Trump administration is circulating on Capitol Hill.

The memo, titled, "Idea for New Unlicensed-Commercial-Sale Background Checks," proposes expanding background checks to all advertised commercial sales, including sales at guns shows, along the lines of the Manchin-Toomey proposal. thehill.com

Industry experts share business fears with Biometrics Institute
"What keeps you awake at night?" the Biometrics Institute asked a number of industry stakeholders at a recent event, and a video featuring a series of responses has been produced to foster conversation within the industry.

The public image of biometrics, misinformation about the technology's accuracy and uses, and public perception of privacy risks are among the worries expressed by representatives from various biometrics companies.

Representatives from Leidos, Sita, iProov, and OVD Kinegram share their thoughts in the video, which was shared on Twitter with the hashtag "#Justbecausewecanshouldwe."

The need for proportional and appropriate use, data protection, increased engagement from national testing bodies, and communication which is transparent, honest, and clear are articulated as things the industry needs to work on. Engagement with governments, which have historically held identity data, is identified as a way to gain public trust, while collaboration could help promote rapid uptake of the technology.

The Biometrics Institute published a guide to presentation attack detection (PAD) and liveness in August. biometricupdate.com

Global restrictions on facial recognition speed up development of new biometric surveillance technologies
The high number of concerns and controversies around government use of facial recognition technology in surveillance and lack of proper regulation has led to new research on how other biometric features such as
gait, microbiome, heartbeat, indoor movement and odor can be used for mass surveillance. According to Wired, researchers have already developed lasers that detect heartbeat and microbiome, while more invasive technology will soon follow. biometricupdate.com

International Union of Marine Insurance Wants Action on Cargo Theft
The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has published a revision of its position paper on cargo theft prevention. Cargo crime has reached alarming proportions, says the IUMI, calling for action to minimize the risks. In particular,
the IUMI says efforts by law enforcement agencies to increase transnational cooperation to combat cargo theft must be enhanced. Criminals are becoming increasingly innovative, going beyond direct theft from trucks and instead involving more sophisticated methods such as posing as legitimate transportation companies or jamming vehicle tracking systems. In many cases, cargo crimes are not committed out of opportunity or as single incidents.

The perpetrators are well-organized and highly professional and their operations cover every detail from the gathering of information by insiders to sales planning in case of "theft to order". The criminal structures behind the thefts are increasingly transnational and online communication is becoming fundamentally important for the planning and execution of these operations.
Online freight exchange platforms facilitate the ability for criminals to take on the identity of legitimate freight carriers, using their employees' names, companies and logos to organize thefts of cargo offered for transport on those electronic freight platforms. IUMI's position paper calls for the continuation of exchange of best practice across borders on local initiatives; establishing a dedicated cargo theft taskforce; training with a focus on cargo theft awareness and prevention; and enhanced due diligence by shippers, logistics/transportation companies when selecting agents and staff. The paper is available here. maritime-executive.com


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See CIS Security's Latest Solutions at LPRC IMPACT 2019

CIS Security Solutions will be attending and exhibiting at LPRC Impact 2019 in Gainesville, FL Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. Come see us at Table 26 and check out our new products. Meet the Mini Tick-R-Tape Tag, just in time for the holidays.

Once again CIS Security Solutions and the Loss Prevention Research Council partnered with a well known retailer to test our products. With the research and interviews conducted by the LPRC, we have some quotes we can share with you about our Tick-R-Tape Tag. (Read them here)

We also wanted a smaller version of the Tick-R-Tape Tag, for those smaller fragrance packages, so we made it!

The Mini, as we call it, is a smaller version of the Tick-R-Tape Tag, with 3-alarm capability. The clear base will not detract from the packaging, and it can be used by itself, with conductive tape or with its own Corner Label. Come see it for yourself in Gainesville, FL Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.



Detecting and Responding to POS Skimmers and Shimmers
The Growing Threat of POS Skimmers and Shimmers

Point-of-Sale skimmers and shimmers are a pervasive and growing threat to retailers.

Global loses from all forms of credit card fraud are estimated by The Nilson Report to exceed $32 billion in 2019. One fast-growing type of fraud impacting retailers is the use of POS skimmers and shimmers. Secretly installed by criminal actors on top of credit card terminals to intercept card swipes and dips, these devices can circumvent all technical controls of a retail store, enabling the undetected and widespread theft of customers' credit card data.

Criminal activity involving these devices creates for the retailer a complex range of risks, responsibilities, and uncertainties. For example:

If it happens in your store, how do you respond?
What are your risks? And what are your reporting requirements?
How would you investigate?
How can you determine what damage was done and how much data was stolen?
Is it possible to proactively detect these devices before a data breach occurs?

Upon discovery of a skimmer or shimmer, the victim organization will be forced to consider these questions and more, including the implications and obligations for store managers and staff, asset protection teams, IT security, C-Suite executives and Boards of Directors.

Despite the increasing prevalence and complexity of these threats, there remains a lack of sophisticated services and technological solutions available to companies at risk.

Current methods for detection and mitigation involve implementing best practices and physical countermeasures that do not holistically address the threat. These methods may require extensive employee training and generally are non-scalable, manual efforts that are outmatched by criminal adversaries. Proactive detection often is limited to periodic penetration testing and regulatory or compliance initiatives.

Fortunately, more advanced technology services are now available to defeat this type of criminal activity. Deep forensic investigation of the skimmer or shimmer can pinpoint its capabilities and operating time, as well as identify data loss and assist with breach response, reporting and risk mitigation. rhisac.org

Trend Micro Finds IoT Is a Hot Topic in Cybercriminal Underground
Cybercriminals from around the world are actively discussing how to compromise connected devices, and how to leverage these devices for moneymaking schemes.

Trend Micro Research analyzed forums in the Russian, Portuguese, English, Arabic, and Spanish language-based underground markets to determine how cybercriminals are abusing and monetizing connected devices. The results reveal that the most advanced criminal markets are Russian- and Portuguese-speaking forums, in which financially driven attacks are most prominent. In these forums, cybercriminal activity is focused on selling access to compromised devices - mainly routers, webcams and printers - so they can be leveraged for attacks.

"We've lifted the lid on the IoT threat landscape to find that cybercriminals are well on their way to creating a thriving marketplace for certain IoT-based attacks and services," said Steve Quane, executive vice president of network defense and hybrid cloud security for Trend Micro. "Criminals follow the money - always. The IoT market will continue to grow, especially with landscape changes like 5G. While IoT attacks are still in their infancy, we also found criminals discussing how to leverage industrial equipment for the same gain. Enterprises must be ready to protect their Industry 4.0 environments."

The full report, The Internet of Things in the Criminal Underground, can be found here. businesswire.com

Pay Us With Gift Cards
Phishing attacks up, especially against SaaS and webmail services

Phishing attacks continued to rise into the summer of 2019 with cybercrime gangs' focus on branded webmail and SaaS providers remaining very keen, according to the APWG report.

The report also documents how criminals are increasingly perpetrating business email compromise (BEC) attacks by using gift card cash-out schemes.

The number of phishing attacks observed in the second quarter of 2019 eclipsed the number seen in the three quarters before. The total number of phishing sites detected in April through June 2019 was 182,465. This topped the 180,768 seen in 1Q2019, and was up notably from the 138,328 seen in the fourth quarter of 2018.

SaaS and branded Webmail providers were counted as the most targeted sector with 36 percent of all phishing attacks recorded targeting its constituents' brands, according to APWG member MarkMonitor.

The report also demonstrates why employees should beware of requests for gift cards and payroll account change requests at the workplace.

Gift cards were requested in 65 percent of BEC attacks during the second quarter of 2019. About 20 percent of attacks requested payroll diversions, and 15 percent requested direct bank transfers.

"Nearly two-thirds of all BEC attacks observed by the Agari Cyber Intelligence Division requested that the target purchase gift cards and send them to the attacker," said Crane Hassold, Agari's Senior Director of Threat Research. helpnetsecurity.com

Cyberattacks on IoT & SMBs Spiking 12 Times Over LY
The number of cybersecurity attacks events measured from January through June was twelve times higher when compared with the same period in 2018, an increase largely driven by IoT-related traffic, according to the Attack Landscape H1 2019 by F-Secure. In the first half of 2019, F-Secure's global network of honeypots measured more than triple the attack traffic of the previous period, to a total of over 2.9 billion events.

"Our honeypots are decoy servers that we've set up in countries around the world to gauge trends and patterns in what's going on in the global cyber attack landscape. We've configured them to look like actual servers, inviting the type of traffic that hits actual servers. Honeypots are highly effective tools for collecting information on the methods and target selection processes used by modern attackers. They can also be a good source of malware samples and shell scripts," says the report.

"The largest share of attack traffic, 760 million events, was measured on the Telnet protocol, which is used by IoT devices (compared with 611 million events in the last report). Following that was 611 million events measured on UPnP, which is also employed by IoT "things." It's also no surprise then, that malware found in the honeypots was dominated by various versions of Mirai, which infects IoT devices that use default credentials and co-opts those devices into botnets that conduct DDoS attacks," says a F-Secure blog.

Countries to which the most attacks were directed were the US, Austria, Ukraine, UK, Netherlands and Italy. securitymagazine.com

Just a Tip: 10 Best Password Manager of 2019 From Consumer Advocate


Axis Canada named on the 2019 List of Best Workplaces in Technology

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, today announced that Axis Canada has been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work®. Axis ranked in the top companies in technology based on direct feedback from employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience from Great Place to Work. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and leadership actions proven to deliver innovation and market-leading revenue.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition as a Great Place to Work in technology," said Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, Inc. "This recognition and our overall success are a direct result of our company culture and core values, embraced by all employees. We strive to maintain a culture of innovation and collaboration as we continue to grow." axis.com

Shelley Holmes to Receive 2019 Retail Council of Canada
Retail Secure Lifetime Achievement Award

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is thrilled to announce Shelley Holmes, Today's Shopping Choice Director, Private Label Credit Cards and Resource Protection, will be honoured with the 2019 RCC Retail Secure Lifetime Achievement Award.

As one of Canada's most respected leaders in direct-to-consumer retail security, Ms. Holmes has demonstrated exceptional depth of expertise in both eCommerce protection as well and credit card security. She has been instrumental in building both tremendous customer trust and business success in her 15 years with Today's Shopping Choice.

"Protecting our interests against loss, fraud and other risks is critical to TSC's bottom line. Shelley manages these critical programs while identifying growth and loyalty opportunities for our Private Label Credit Card customers - certainly not an easy balancing act!" said Anne Martin-Vachon, President, Today's Shopping Choice.

The award will be presented during Retail Secure 2019, Retail Council of Canada's Loss Prevention Conference on September 24, 2019 in Toronto. newswire.ca


Winnipeg convenience store owners plead for police help to stop robberies
The owners of a small family-run Winnipeg convenience store are pleading with the Winnipeg Police for help after a recent string of armed robberies that they claim were carried out by the same person and has left them fearing for their safety.

In one incident which occurred Aug. 27, the suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the store's owner during a robbery. Police said that incident prompted a large response including the Tactical Support Team, K9 Unit and AIR1 helicopter but they were unable to locate the suspect.

"We've been asking (the police) a lot (for help) but we're afraid that something worse is going to happen," said the owner's son, who asked that their names not be used nor the store's location given out of fear for further reprisals from the suspect who they believe lives in the area of their store.

The owners said they have owned the store since January 2015 and while they have had incidents in the past - including a pair of seemingly unrelated break-ins last September which prompted them to sleep in the store overnight to stop the robberies - they have had nothing like these recent incidents. winnipegsun.com

Hate Crime on Steroids? Trans Store Owner Leaving Town After Attacks
Val David Café Owner Closes Shop Amid 'Transphobic' Attacks, Vandalism

A trans woman says she was forced to close her café in Val David last month after it was repeatedly vandalized and amid a barrage of online reviews deriding her gender identity and political views. The trouble started almost immediately after she opened her vegan café last spring; people smashed bottles outside the building and left dead animals at its doorstep, Sophia Banks says.

"Because the vandalism kept happening and the online stuff was just so non-stop, I didn't feel safe anymore, I didn't feel like my staff was safe anymore. I was losing money, I was going into work and having a panic attack every week. So we decided to close the business." The cost of closing up shop has saddled Banks and her partner with $10,000 in debt, she said. But the couple set up a crowdfunding page Tuesday and have raised more than $3,000 so far. Banks says they'll be moving to Nova Scotia where they may open a farmer's market. montrealgazette.com

Retailer panel to discuss today's threat landscape and cybersecurity

Technology has made it so that retailers are more susceptible to growing cybersecurity threats from payments, in-store technology, smart buildings and other sources.

At Retail Secure, a panel discussion - featuring Stephen Weston from Canadian Tire Corporation, Vivek Khindria from Loblaw Companies Limited, Rory Macleod from BlackBerry and Bob Gordon from The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange - will examine today's coast-to-coast cybersecurity threats and strategies for combatting them.

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


Sept. 26: Webinar with Stephen O'Keefe & Shannon Walker
Retail Focus 20/20: Providing Visibility Into Your Greatest Risks

Join Shannon Walker, President of WhistleBlower Security, and Stephen O'Keefe, President of Bottom Line Matters, on Sept 26 as they navigate the complexities of the retail business to get to the bottom line on how to see what is happening in your business before it's too late!

Click here to register

Cashless society: 85 per cent of Canadians don't pay with cash regularly

Best Buy, Staples accused of 'urging' customers to pirate TV shows with devices sold in stores

'The Brick' Launches Expansion with Innovative Flagship Store Prototype

Canadian Chain 'Quesada Burritos & Tacos' Launches Aggressive Expansion

Ontario formalwear retailer Tuxedo Royale closes stores amid 'financial restructuring'

Calgary, AB: 'Targeted attack': One injured in shooting at CrossIron Mills
A shooting at CrossIron Mills mall led to chaos Monday night, with customers sent scrambling for safety and police still hunting for a suspect as of Monday night. Dozens and dozens of mall visitors ran for their cars shortly after 7 p.m. when gunshots were heard. Airdrie RCMP quickly received a call reporting shots fired at the mall in Balzac, just north of Calgary, leading to a large response from RCMP and Calgary police on the ground and in the air. "Reports indicated that one male suspect shot another male," said Cpl. Gina Slaney. "That male is currently in the hospital with serious injuries. The male suspect fled the scene." calgaryherald.com

Whitby, ON: Identity theft and fraud scheme thwarted by Home Depot employees

Vernon, BC: 'Something has to change': Business frustrated by multiple thefts

Toronto, ON: Suspect at large after shooting in Rexdale Mall parking lot

London, ON: Man stabbed, four people arrested in west London weapons incident

Halifax, NS: Robber of many outfits sought by Halifax police

Fort Saskatchewan man facing fraud charges after $120,000 car purchase

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Woman faces charges after RCMP raid marijuana storefront in Middleton


Robberies & Burglaries

Grocery Store - Halifax, NC - Robbery
Liquor Store - Chilliwack, BC - Armed Robbery
Smoke Shop - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery

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LPNN On Location with Protos + InstaKey

Kris Vece, Vice President of Client Relations, Protos Security
Cita Doyle, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, InstaKey Security Systems
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

Amber catches up with two of the industry's "leading ladies" to see what's new with Protos Security and InstaKey Security Systems.

Kris Vece, LPQ tells us about Protos' new real-time app offering live incident recording, uploading of pictures, video and anything else that happens when a guard is on-site, QA reporting, and so much more - all from the convenience of your phone.

Cita Doyle, LPQ tells us about InstaKey's Wi-Fi enabled RemoteLock - a cost-efficient access control solution that offers remote smart lock management using cloud-based software, easy integration with your existing door readers and hardware, data trail capabilities, and more.



Ecommerce Returns Are the New Customer Experience Battlefield
Within the past two years, retailers around the globe have begun to focus more on the entirety of the customer journey while building a successful supply chain, including the dreaded ecommerce returns process.

Fortunately, none of the above is too scary to deal with, and there are vertically integrated solutions available to support your next steps in winning the customer experience game. Here are some things you need to think about.

Front-End Portals
Private equity funds are pouring millions into front-end portals that are for the most part quite effective. The importance of a frictionless portal that engages your customer is absolutely critical to a successful supply chain.

Operational Partners
Operational control is imperative and it isn't hard, if you work with someone that understands how to properly manage it.

Integrated Operational Platform
Whether you're an Australian company selling to the EU, a UK business selling to Israel, or a U.S. merchant managing returns domestically, you need a platform that manages all aspects of your reverse logistics through one version of the truth.

Sustainability - Data, Data, Data - Returns Are Here to Stay multichannelmerchant.com

Google, Microsoft Workers Join Amazon's in Walkout on Climate
The Sept. 20 walkouts, announced by employee groups on Twitter, are an offshoot of a global youth-led movement to strike from school in a call for tougher climate policies.

The walkout follows a pattern of tech worker protests over issues from Google's handling of sexual misconduct claims to Microsoft's sale of artificial intelligence software to law enforcement. bna.com

Amazon brings new cash payment option to U.S.
The e-tail giant is partnering with Western Union to introduce
PayCode, a service that allows consumers to make purchases using cash, in the U.S. To use PayCode, customers select the PayCode payment option on eligible purchases at checkout. To use Amazon Cash, consumers bring cash to a participating location, which includes select CVS, GameStop, and 7-Eleven stores. They then verify their Amazon account by having a unique identifying barcode provided by Amazon scanned by an associate or at a kiosk, or by providing the mobile phone number linked to their account to an associate or entering it into a kiosk. The cash value is added to their account balance in the form of an Amazon gift card, and is available to spend digitally on Amazon. chainstoreage.com

Lower discounts, economic slump take toll: Click-wait for ecommerce as consumers put off buys

Amazon hiring spree started Tuesday, 30,000 jobs available




$67K theft ring targeted stores at popular Northside shopping center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Five people are accused in a five-month-long retail theft ring at a popular Jacksonville shopping center, according to police records.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it counted a total of 44 thefts between March and August, with a total loss of more than $67,000, at stores at the River City Marketplace on the Northside near the Jacksonville International Airport.

"We don't give crooks enough credit for doing their due diligence and figuring out how they can steal from you and how they can rob you. This is how these rings become successful until they're caught," said News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson.

A 22-page police report obtained by News4Jax is heavily redacted as far as which stores were hit, but one of the 11 stores was named Best Buy.

According to the report, nearly $3,000 worth of Fitbit watches were stolen March 30 from a store. Days later, the report shows, a loss prevention officer stopped suspects attempting to steal $650 worth of Fitbit watches, but the store let the suspects go. news4jax.com

St. Helena, CA: Jewelry Store Burglary Tied To Chilean Crime Ring
Police in St. Helena said Tuesday they have tied the burglary of a local jewelry store to a Chilean group involved in similar crimes around the United States and Canada. During the hours of darkness July 7-8, Padis Jewelry Store in St. Helena, was the target of "an elaborate and well-calculated burglary that resulted in a large amount of jewelry being stolen," according to St. Helena police Lt. Chris Hartley. At about 3 a.m. July 8, a St. Helena police officer spoke with a woman he spotted behind Padis Jewelry Store. The officer had his body camera activated and recorded the conversation, which provided St. Helena police with an unnamed suspect who was later identified as Massiel Mondaca, Hartley said. Mondaca was ultimately arrested in New York state on suspicion of burglary and theft charges after St. Helena PD worked alongside the FBI and neighboring agencies to identify her using the body-camera footage as well as photos and contacts. Under interrogation by the FBI, Mondaca confessed to her involvement in the Padis burglary and named her three accomplices. The three men are in custody on an immigration hold in San Bernardino, where they are awaiting deportation to Chile. napavalleyregister.com

Miami, FL: $80,000 Wig Heist Caught on Camera in Miami Gardens
The owner of a Miami Gardens store says thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of wigs during a smash-and-grab burglary that was caught on camera early Tuesday. The incident happened at Prime Wholesale Beauty Supply - Prime Trading International. Surveillance footage showed the thieves used a U-Haul truck to smash through the door of the business. Once inside, they stole between $70,000 to $80,000 worth of high-end wigs, the owner said.  nbcmiami.com

Little Rock, AR: Texas men jailed in Best Buy burglary case
Two Texas men were arrested Tuesday morning after using a saw to cut a hole in the door of a Best Buy and filling up a shopping cart with laptops. North Little Rock Police were called to a burglary where Cedrick Earl Garland, 27; Isaiah Anthony Johnson, 26, both of Houston, had used a saw to cut a hole in the loading dock door of Best Buy. Just inside the hole in the store's door, officers found a shopping cart loaded up with Apple laptops and the saw investigators believe the men used to cut through the door, the report said.  arkansasonline.com

Greenfield, WI: Update: Video Released: 4 jailed, accused of stealing $3,700 in Kohl's merchandise, leading officers on pursuit
Dash cameras captured the quick start and end to a police pursuit in Greenfield Monday, Sept. 16 -- leading to potential felony charges against four people. Greenfield police said three adults and a child stole more than $3,700 in merchandise from the Kohl's store near 84th and Layton Avenue. Officers responded around 7 p.m., and learned the individuals fled through an emergency exit. Officers immediately gave chase and conducted a PIT maneuver, ending the pursuit and the risk to the public from the reckless driving.  fox6now.com

Milton, GA: Repeat Offender caught shoplifting a BB gun from Walmart

UK: Wilko bans serial shoplifter with 97 offences from every store in UK

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Shootings & Deaths

Bradenton, FL: Man found dead inside strip mall store
Manatee County deputies are investigating a possible murder after a man was found dead inside a store. Early Wednesday morning, detectives said the body of one adult male was found inside the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop, located at 3212 1st Street West in Bradenton.  fox13news.com

Oceanside, Long Island, NY: Teens took video instead of helping fatally stabbed youth at strip mall
A 16-year-old high school student fatally stabbed in a fight with other youths over a girl in an Oceanside strip mall lay dying on the sidewalk as dozens of teens recorded the stabbing on their smartphones instead of helping, Nassau police said Tuesday. The slain boy, identified as Khaseen Morris, was stabbed once in the chest on Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the mall, where students from nearby Oceanside High School congregated before and after school. Morris, who would have turned 17 next month, died just before midnight Monday at South Nassau Communities Hospital, police said. Some 50 to 70 youths were at the strip mall at the time of the stabbing, and many of them, according to police, whipped out their smartphones and recorded Morris being stabbed and bleeding profusely as he lay on the sidewalk. The students later circulated the footage on social media including Snapchat.  newsday.com

San Jose, CA: Owner died in San Jose adult toy shop fire he is suspected of setting
The evicted owner of a troubled adult novelty shop has been confirmed as the person who died in a fire at his downtown store over the weekend, which authorities believe he ignited himself after a public bout of rage. Pirtpal Singh, 33, was identified Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office as the victim of the three-alarm blaze Sunday at the Craze 4 Toys Adult Superstore. Officers were called to the site around 5:20 p.m. Sunday for a burglary report involving a man matching Singh's description who was wielding a sledgehammer and yelling threats. By the time police arrived, he had apparently broken into his store through a side entry, as the front doors were locked due to his eviction about a week earlier. Officers saw movement inside and determined that the man had gone into a basement. Within 15 minutes of the initial police call, an officer said that the man had "turned on some sort of gas device and threw it through the opening into the side of the building." Because of the potential sledgehammer threat, firefighters primarily battled the fire from the outside. After bringing the fire under control that evening, firefighters entered the building and found Singh's body in the basement.  mercurynews.com

Erie, PA: Pizza Hut Employee Shot in Shoulder Recalls Murder of Co-Worker; Luis Rodriguez, 48, faces first-degree murder in the November 2018 shooting
Prosecutors called a murder inside an Erie restaurant "two minutes of pure terror" during opening statements Tuesday as the trial started for Luis Rodriguez. Investigators said he was dating the victim - Alicia Stalheim, 25 - who worked at the restaurant. Another employee who worked there - Ashleigh Fuhrman - was also shot. She took the stand Tuesday as a key witness She said Stahlheim returned from a delivery and told her her boyfriend, Rodriguez, was there with a gun, and Fuhrman should call 911. Fuhrman said she started calling when Rodriguez pointed a gun at her stomach. She told him not to shoot because she was pregnant. Rodriguez did not shoot her, but Fuhrman said he then went into the kitchen where she believed Stalheim was and fired the gun. Fuhrman testified she went outside, and Rodriguez shot her in the shoulder. She peaked inside the kitchen, saw Stalheim unresponsive on the floor, left and heard two more gunshots. erienewsnow.com

Des Peres, MO: Off-duty Officer fires shot at Shoplifting suspects at West County Mall
Police in Des Peres are looking for two suspected shoplifters who assaulted a store a manager at the West County Center on Tuesday. Authorities responded to West County Center just after 12:40 p.m. Tuesday after receiving calls of a shot fired. They learned one shot had been fired in the garage at the mall. Police from the Des Peres Department of Public Safety were initially investigating if the shooting was accidental in nature. However, police soon learned an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction fired the shot. The off-duty officer told police he witnessed the shoplifting and assault of the store manager and attempted to apprehend the two suspects. The off-duty officer identified himself as law enforcement and instructed the pair to stop. The suspects ran to the parking garage and the off-duty officer again identified himself. The suspects got into a small black car and attempted to speed off. The off-duty officer pulled out his gun and fired a single round at the vehicle. The suspect vehicle struck a car and eventually got away. At present, the department that the off-duty officer works for is leading its own investigation to make sure their officer followed policy. fox2now.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Santa Ana, CA: Man Taken Into Custody After walking into 7-Elevan with rifle; Fled and Barricaded himself in an Auto Body Shop
Officers took a man into custody on the roof of a store in Santa Ana after an hours long standoff Tuesday. Police responded to reports of a man with a long gun at a 7-Eleven store and chased him briefly before he ran into an auto shop in the area of 1st Street near Harbor Boulevard, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Employees were evacuated from the business and from surrounding shops, according to Bertagna. Police said the man was seen going in and out of the shop several times as officers surrounded the location and tried to communicate with him. He was ultimately taken into custody more than four hours later by a team of officers who were waiting for him when he tried to escape through the roof. ktla.com

Lexington, KY: Former Taco Bell Employee tied to over 36 Burglaries in 3 states

Anchorage, AK: 2 arrested after threatening Fred Meyer Loss Prevention with a gun

Sellersburg, IN: 2 women and 13 year old teen staged robbery at Dairy Queen

Athens, Greece: Five Thieves use classic Ford Mustang to smash store front to steal 3 Play Stations

Philadelphia Man Gets 84 Months for 6 Armed Robberies in North & Northeast Philadelphia



Adult Store - San Jose, CA - Burglary/ Arson
Beauty- Miami, FL - Burglary
Best Buy - Little Rock, AR - Burglary
C-Store - Lyons, NY - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Lebanon, MO - Armed Robbery
Coins - Silver Springs, MD - Burglary
Gas Station - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Gas Station - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Grocery - Anchorage, AK - Armed Robbery
Guns - Jackson, MI - Burglary
Jewelry - Sioux Falls, SD - Robbery
Jewelry - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Robbery
Jewelry - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Sellersburg, IN - Armed Robbery (Dairy Queen /Staged)
Restaurant - Bloomfield, NJ - Burglary
Restaurant - Lexington, KY - Burglary (Taco Bell)
Restaurant - Kailua-Kona, HI - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery (Zaxby's)
T-Mobile - Bloomfield, NJ - Robbery
Walmart - Hewitt, TX - Armed Robbery
Walmart - West Lafayette, IN - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Phelps, NY - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
13 robberies
10 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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