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Tina Sellers named Vice President of Asset Protection for Rite Aid

Before being named Vice President of Asset Protection for Rite Aid, Tina served for seven years as Director of Loss Prevention at Retail Business Services LLC, an Ahold Delhaize company. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President of Loss Prevention at Family Dollar for a year and a half. She has also served in LP positions at GameStop, Wherehouse Music, Wet Seal, OfficeMax, and Staples. Congratulations, Tina!

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Retail's Loss Prevention & Cyber Risk Online Event

NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS is a free, four-day online event featuring dynamic speakers, a virtual expo highlighting 75 retail security collaborators and networking opportunities catered to the retail security community. With 16 sessions spanning topics from talent and culture to theft and fraud to cyber and digital crime, attendees will have access to the latest information for the loss prevention, asset protection and cyber risk communities. In addition, industry partner Card Not Present (CNP) will spotlight programming on professional refunding and account takeovers.

Attend this virtual event to learn crucial strategies on cyber security and loss prevention in sessions that are paramount to success. Experience the virtual expo to find answers to pain points and discover partners with the expertise and tools to help.

Featured speakers:
Van Carney, National Director of Safety, Security and Loss Prevention, Domino's Pizza LLC
Hugo Cortez, Field Security Manager, Global Safety, Security & Intelligence, McDonald's Corporation
Cy Fenton, Chief Security Officer, Chief Privacy Officer and SVP, Global Infrastructure, Ralph Lauren
Eddie Foley, Vice President, Loss Prevention, Tractor Supply Company
David Johnston, Senior Director, Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Dunkin' Brands Inc.
Debbie Maples, VP, Global Loss Prevention, Corporate Security and Facilities, William-Sonoma Inc.
Michael Mason, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Verizon Communications
Scott McBride, Chief Global Asset Protection Officer & CSO, American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Adam Mishler, Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Best Buy
Greg Murphy, Senior Manager, Loss Prevention, United Pacific Inc.
Roberta Del Monte, Senior Program Manager, Nordstrom.com
Eric Rainsberg, Director, Fraud Strategy & Analytics, Macy's
Anthony Vitello, CISO, URBN
See a full list of speakers here.

GSX+ 2020, The World's Premier Virtual Security Experience, Breaks New Ground
ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, opens their annual conference today on an entirely new virtual platform to provide maximum value for association members during the unprecedented global pandemic.

The new virtual experience, branded GSX+, builds on the annual Global Security Exchange (GSX) event and promises to be the largest virtual gathering of global security professionals. GSX+ is delivering a fully virtual experience that includes CPE-eligible education sessions, a robust Marketplace (virtual exhibit hall), and lively peer-to-peer networking. The event runs today through Friday, featuring an extensive program with 140+ education sessions and daily keynote presentations. asisonline.org

D&D Daily Crime Analysis:
Violence Remains Consistently High in Big U.S. Cities Throughout Summer,
Though Still Down from Historic July Fourth Weekend

148 shootings, 38 killed in 20 Major U.S. Cities from Sep. 18-20

*Sept. 4-7 Labor Day weekend data included 4 days

This past weekend, the D&D Daily continued to analyze violent crime in 20 major cities across the country, including those under the umbrella of 'Operation Legend.'

According to publicly reported data and media reports, these cities saw a combined total of 148 shootings and 38 killings from Friday through Sunday, with an average of 49.3 shootings per day and 12.7 killings per day.

The daily average was remarkably stable compared to last weekend, which saw an average of 49.3 shootings per day and 11.7 killings per day. It was also similar to the long Labor Day weekend earlier this month, which averaged 46.3 shootings per day and 11.3 killings per day.

July Fourth weekend remains a high point for violence this summer, with 233 shootings and 70 killings in 30 cities (big and small throughout the U.S.) over just two days during that holiday weekend, averaging 116.5 shootings per day and 35 killings per day.

Click here to view the complete breakdown of this past weekend's violence in 20 American cities and continue to follow along as the Daily monitors violence across the United States.

See our previously published four-week report
covering this year's violent month of July.


Department Of Justice Identifies New York City, Portland And Seattle As Jurisdictions Permitting Violence And Destruction Of Property

Identification is Response to Presidential Memorandum Reviewing Federal Funding to State and Local Governments that are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities

The U.S. Department of Justice today identified the following three jurisdictions that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities: New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. The Department of Justice is continuing to work to identify jurisdictions that meet the criteria set out in the President's Memorandum and will periodically update the list of selected jurisdictions as required therein.

"When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens."

Below are some examples the DOJ cited for including the three cities on their list. To read more and to see the DOJ's criteria for evaluating each city, read the full press release here: justice.gov

New York City
Shootings in NYC have been on the rise since looting and protests began on or about May 28, 2020. For July 2020, shootings increased from 88 to 244, an increase of 177% over July 2019. In August 2020, shootings increased from 91 to 242, a 166% increase over August 2019. While the city faced increased unrest, gun violence, and property damage, the New York City Council cut $1 billion from NYPD's FY21 budget.

Portland, Oregon
This month, Portland marked 100 consecutive nights of protests marred by vandalism, chaos, and even killing. Those bent on violence regularly started fires, threw projectiles at law enforcement officers, and destroyed property. Numerous law enforcement officers, among others, suffered injury.

Seattle, Washington
For nearly a month, starting in June, the City of Seattle permitted anarchists and activists to seize six square blocks of the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood, naming their new enclave the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" (CHAZ) and then the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" (CHOP).

Protests & Looting

Minneapolis, MN: Half of the 51 businesses damaged in the riots have reopened their doors on city's North Side
So far, more than half of the 51 businesses that were looted or ransacked during the George Floyd riots in May have reopened their doors, and construction is moving forward on another eight storefronts. A new clothing store has even moved into one of the spaces damaged during the unrest.

But merchants said the recovery of West Broadway is going to take a lot more time. Some longtime tenants, including O'Reilly Auto Parts, are not coming back. Many business owners are concerned about security, saying fears about rising crime make it harder to draw customers to their stores and restaurants.

"I have seen less police presence along the Broadway Avenue corridor, which is disconcerting to me," said Tim Baylor, who owns the McDonald's restaurant at 916 W. Broadway. "There is a lot more loitering, and with that comes crime and drug-related issues that need to be addressed."

Tony Cohen, property manager at Broadway Center, said all 17 of his retailing tenants are returning to the strip center, including Walgreens, Rainbow Shops and Dollar General. Cohen said the center is spending about $2 million on repairs to address damage caused by multiple fires. He said all of the stores should reopen by the end of the year except Walgreens, which will probably take an extra month or two.

Cohen said the biggest challenge now is finding police willing to work off-duty patrols at the center. Though he is offering as much as $65 per hour, Cohen said he can't find any officers willing to take the shifts, a sharp contrast to before the riots. "I just don't think they're willing to put themselves in any extra danger right now," Cohen said. startribune.com

  Target partners with local contractor to rebuild damaged Minneapolis store in record time

New York Attorney General announces body camera reforms
in response to Daniel Prude's death

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced reforms for releasing police-worn body camera footage in response to the handling of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in March after he was seen being pinned to the ground by Rochester Police officers.

Prude's death and the delay in the release of the video has resulted in the attorney general's office implementing a new policy in which body camera footage will now be released earlier in the investigation process, as soon as jurisdiction has been established and the family has had a chance to see the video, James said.

Previously, releasing any body camera footage was up to the discretion of the law enforcement agency, James said, describing speculation as to whether the video connected to Prude's death was suppressed due to the old policy as unfortunate. abcnews.com

Portland protests resume after wildfire hiatus with Ginsburg vigil, more vandalism
Portland protesters - who took a brief hiatus last week due to wildfire smoke after more than 100 consecutive days of demonstrations - resumed with a candlelight vigil Saturday to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg before some then vandalized shops and smashed store windows.

Around 200 people gathered at about 9 p.m. Saturday in the South Park Blocks near Southwest Jefferson Street and Southwest Park Avenue. They marched through the streets for several hours, "stopping at various locations to demonstrate and in some cases damage property and apply graffiti," the Portland Police Bureau said in a press release. Some demonstrators broke windows on businesses, including a bank and restaurant, as seen in photos released by police. foxnews.com

  Portland: 11 arrested Friday night as protests resume

Portland Protests Will Continue for Years Unless Changes Are Made,
NAACP President Warns

"We're here and we're not going anywhere," said Rev. ED Mondaine, the NAACP president in Portland, calling for both legislative change and changes in the community. "Fire's not going to smoke us out. Flames are not going to smoke us out. COVID is not going to snuff us out. The time for equality and justice is upon us."

"The cries in the street need to become the cries in the boardrooms," Rev. Mondaine explained. "It's going to have to come into our classrooms, into the place of education. It's going to have to call out in the halls of justice, the halls of the state capitols, in our city halls. So, we're going to have to move the needles legislatively."

Rev. Mondaine says without those changes, the protests won't end. "I mean protests can take up to two years. I hope it doesn't take us that long, but if that's what it takes then that's what it'll be. It's not going to stop." katu.com

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest
The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon, after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday.

The revelation that federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal or civil charges against the officials - exploring whether their rhetoric and actions may have helped spur the violence in Portland - underscores the larger Trump administration's effort to spotlight and crack down on protest-related violence. The majority of the mass police reform demonstrations nationwide have been peaceful. apnews.com

Chicago: 16 wanted for looting Loop Walgreens on Aug. 10, police say

Chicago: Community helps family-owned store reopen after looters destroy Bronzeville business

Long Beach, CA: Police make 6 more looting arrests tied to May protests; 34 looting arrests total

New York police arrest 86 anti-ICE protesters in Times Square Saturday

Denver, CO: Hundreds protest arrest charges against Denver anti-racist organizers

Omaha, NE: Business owner charged in fatal shooting of Black man during protest in kills himself days after his indictment


COVID Update

US: Over 7M Cases - 204K Dead - 4.2M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 31.4M Cases - 967K Dead - 22.9M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 189   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 112
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Ask HR: Can Employers Require Employees to Get Flu Shots?
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr: In short, the answer to your question depends on your workplace. As an employer, you may be able to require employees to get vaccinated for the flu if getting sick would greatly impact your company. While workplaces outside of the medical, child care, or elder care fields might have trouble justifying mandatory vaccines such as a flu shot, that doesn't mean an organization can't strongly recommend employees get vaccinated - especially in the middle of a pandemic.

It's important to balance your workplace health and safety concerns with employee rights. This includes taking into consideration employees with disabilities and religious beliefs that might prevent them from getting vaccinated. (See this SHRM Online article on making vaccines mandatory in a pandemic for more information.)

If someone claims a health condition that makes vaccination a health risk, you can ask the employee to sign a consent form allowing you to learn about his or her condition and get proper documentation from the employee's doctor. Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act allows employers to require medical documentation of disability. shrm.org

Throw Out the Old Holiday Playbook This Year
How Retailers Should Prep for a Weird Black Friday

New shopping patterns that are a reaction to Covid-19 have rendered retailers' old holiday playbooks useless. Big names such as Walmart Inc. and Best Buy Co. have already acknowledged as much by announcing that they will close their brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving, the day that has served as the kickoff for Black Friday deals for the last decade or so. Macy's Inc., which aims to whip up seasonal cheer with its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, has announced the festivities will be reworked for a mostly television audience.

The essence of the big chains' challenge is this:
Given pandemic-related health concerns, they need to figure out how keep their stores from getting crowded - on Black Friday, especially, but also on weekends and other busy days - without sacrificing too many potential sales.

Here are five tips to ensure a safe, socially distanced and successful holiday shopping season in Covid time:

1. More online-only deals
2. Let shoppers pick their own Black Friday
3. Rethink in-store traffic flow
4. Lengthen the return window
5. Incentivize slow shipping

Even once-thriving malls take a hit from COVID-19
Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, TX, was a magnet that drew throngs of shoppers from the surrounding area before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Today, the mall has a large number of stores and restaurants that are closed and concerns that others, perhaps many more, will follow. dallasnews.com

U.S. could slip into double-dip recession if Congress doesn't pass new stimulus, economists say

Office clothing brands face a bleak future where nobody goes to offices

London: Police clash with protesters at anti-lockdown demonstration; 32 arrested


Hurricanes & Wildfires

Meteorologists increase forecast for record-breaking 2020 hurricane season
AccuWeather meteorologists upped the number of tropical storms anticipated in the record-setting 2020 Atlantic hurricane season this week, as the last name on the list designated for the season, Wilfred, has been exhausted as of midday Friday. Forecasters, led by veteran hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski, now expect a total of 28 storms, which would tie the record for most storms ever in a season previously set in the notorious 2005 season. accuweather.com

Tropical Storm Beta Brings Threats of Flooding Rainfall and Storm Surge to Texas, Louisiana

Hurricane Teddy bringing 'life-threatening' rip currents to East Coast

Bobcat Fire grows to 103K acres, making it one of LA County's largest blazes ever
The Bobcat Fire burning in Los Angeles County has scorched more than 100,000 acres as of Sunday night, making it one of the largest fires in the county's history. It is
one of at least 27 wildfires currently burning in the state, where 26 people have died and 6,100 structures have been destroyed since fire activity picked up in August, the California Department of Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a news release on Sunday. Nearly 19,000 firefighters are battling the blazes. cnn.com

West Coast fires will cost US economy dearly

Oregon couple helplessly watch as looters break into evacuated home

New Zealand: Outing 'shoplifters, thieves' could backfire for businesses
Businesses are being warned not to publicly name and shame people they believe have been stealing from their premises. There has been a growing trend for businesses to put security camera photos of people they suspect of theft in full view of other customers, and on shop windows for people walking by to see. Police say while it is not illegal for businesses to display security camera photos and post them and video on social media they advised against doing it.

Senior Sergeant Roy Appley said police understand why businesses are naming and shaming but there is always the chance they had made a mistake. For example, when posts are made on social media accusing people of crimes and identifying them, about 50 percent of the time they were innocent. Appley also said public outing of children and young people could have a major effect on them.

Privacy lawyer Kathryn Dalziel is also concerned, saying it could be a high risk for the business itself: "Are they absolutely sure they were shoplifting? It is a big risk because if they've got it wrong, not only have they breached privacy, they've also breached defamation and arguably they are harassing them as well," she said. nzherald.co.nz

Ho, Ho, Hum: Struggling Retailers Brace for a Muted Holiday Season
Santas are not the only ones thinking about how different the holidays will be at malls and department stores this year. Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping calendar, is still more than two months away, but retailers pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic have already been making decisions about inventory, staffing and how best to connect with customers skittish about visiting crowded stores during a pandemic. The result will be a 2020 season that is transformed in fundamental ways - and unlikely to make up for the severe drops in revenue caused by the shutdowns.

"I do think it's going to be a holiday season unlike any holiday season we've seen before given social distancing and masks and everything else," Chip Bergh, chief executive of Levi Strauss & Company, said. There's "the combination of pandemic, which won't be gone by this Christmas, and the economic fallout from it, which, who knows how bad it's going to be by then?" nytimes.com

NRF: Halloween spending to dip as many opt out of celebrations
More than three-quarters of Americans say the virus is impacting their celebration plans, with overall participation down to 58%, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Consumer spending is expected to reach $8.05 billion, down from $8.78 billion in 2019, due to the drop in participation. chainstoreage.com

Study: 20% of retailers 'dependent' on the holidays to survive

Christmas Creep: Fearing shipping crunch, retailers set earliest-ever holiday sale plans

These 63 Bed Bath & Beyond stores are set to close by the end of 2020

Out of bankruptcy, Neiman Marcus plans a comeback

DSW sets up shop inside Hy-Vee

7-Eleven Stores Hire 50,000+ Amid Pandemic, Expects to Add 20,000 More This Year


Last week's #1 article --

After sheriff's deputies shot in LA, protesters chant 'We hope they die'
No one other than the shooter is responsible for the gunfire ambush Saturday of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in their patrol car. But the same can't be said for the protesters who blocked the entrance to the hospital where the two are being treated, and chanted "we hope they die." The latter is a cultural poison nurtured by the left-wing anti-police movement sweeping the country.

The two deputies were "ambushed by a gunman in a cowardly fashion" in the Compton neighborhood, said Sheriff Alex Villaneuva at a press conference. The deputies hadn't been identified by name as we write this, but press reports say one is a 31-year-old mother and the other a 24-year-old man. Both have been with the department a little more than a year. foxnews.com

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TikTok Ban Averted: Trump Gives Oracle-Walmart Deal His 'Blessing'
President Trump has given tentative approval to a deal that will keep TikTok alive in the U.S., resolving a months-long confrontation between a hit app popularized by lip-syncing teens and White House officials who viewed the service as a national security risk.

TikTok downloads were set to be banned in the U.S. starting at midnight Sunday, but that has now been averted. "I have given the deal my blessing," Trump said. "I approve the deal in concept."

As part of the deal rescuing TikTok, U.S. tech company Oracle is joining hands with Walmart to form a new entity called TikTok Global, which will be headquartered in the United States.

That arrangement appears to satisfy the White House's concerns over the security of American user data, even though Chinese tech company ByteDance is expected to hold its majority-ownership position. npr.org

TikTok owner ByteDance contradicts Trump claims about Oracle/Walmart deal
ByteDance, the parent company of the TikTok video app, said that President Donald Trump's assertion that its U.S. division would be majority-owned by U.S. investors Oracle and Walmart is incorrect. A statement released by ByteDance's Jinri Toutaio social media platform in China said the company would retain direct control over the business with an 80 percent stake. Mr. Trump gave his preliminary approval over the weekend for Oracle and Walmart to buy a stake in TikTok's U.S. and Canadian business. He claimed the deal would give the companies control of the business and bring $5 billion in tax revenue to the U.S., another statement that ByteDance said is dependent on its growth in the country and not a guarantee. retailwire.com

How TikTok Could Help Walmart's Digital Business
Walmart hits a grand slam with its TikTok deal with Oracle

"For Walmart this is a golden jewel that falls in their lap to monetize this massive installed base. It's mirroring what we have seen in China around e-commerce and QVC-like cross pollination of the platform," explained Wedbush analyst Dan Ives via email to Yahoo Finance.
Walmart's monetization of TikTok's 100 million and growing user base, as Ives references, could come in numerous forms.

First, the company will now have more digital gold - aka data -to help it better target its inventory investments in the United States. Better inventory planning for a retailer often leads to better returns - plain and simple. And for a retailer Walmart's size every ounce of productivity extracted from inventory could have an outsized positive effect on earnings, cash flow and returns to investors.

In layman's terms, Walmart will be able to identify key trends - and plan accordingly - before rivals, thanks to TikTok.

Second, another monetization aspect is to create a real-time marketplace (something Walmart hinted at in its press release on the deal). Imagine you make a TikTok video with your cat. When you are done, you get an offer for 10% off XYZ cat food from Walmart.com. That's realistic under this deal. Or, you are watching a TikTok video and like the desk in the person's background - you tap on the desk and up pops several options that are for sale at Walmart.com. finance.yahoo.com

Subscription Service FabFitFun Had Two Consecutive Data Breaches This Summer
The popular subscription box, with a reported more than 1 million subscribers getting its quarterly packages of apparel, beauty and home products, had two breaches of customer data between May and August of this year, WWD has learned. The breaches include personal customer information like e-mails, names and addresses, as well as credit card and payment information. Even logins and emails of some using PayPal and ApplePay were compromised.

While the first breach, which occurred in May and was said to affect fewer than 1,000 customers, was disclosed to some shoppers and they were offered a $25 site credit, a more recent one discovered in early August seems to have taken longer for the company to disclose. Neither breach has been reported to the State of California, as is required for business breaches that affect more than 500 consumers, according to public data from the State Attorney General. wwd.com

Study says 32 million Americans (14%) have been victims of new account fraud in only 4 months

My stolen credit card details were used 4,500 miles away. I tried to find out how it happened

Online retailers' duty of care to elderly customers




Interviewing the Interviewer

It's unfortunate, but it happens. This question has been coming up routinely in the recent WZ seminars; "What do I do if I have to interview someone who knows 'the method'?". This issue can apply to multiple situations, the subject could also be an interviewer or maybe they were a witness in past cases and have familiarity with the process. Every interview, regardless of the subject, should be a part of a thorough investigation. When handling an investigation that includes a subject as we mentioned earlier, additional strategy and forethought may need to take place. 

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Price Hikes Up to 1,000%
Amazon accused of price-gouging for essentials during COVID-19
A watchdog group accused Amazon of jacking up prices for essential goods it sold directly to consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, even though the company has
blamed spikes on third-party merchants.

The e-commerce giant hiked prices for 10 basic products - from
cornstarch and flour to hand sanitizer and face masks - as much as 1,010 percent from February to mid-August, according to a report from Public Citizen.

All of the products reviewed were listed as "sold by Amazon" and not sold by third-party vendors.

The findings, Public Citizen said, contradict Amazon's claims that outside vendors were responsible for prices surging on its marketplace at the height of the pandemic when consumers were stockpiling staples while COVID-19 spread around the world.

"It is troubling that so much effort was put into blaming third-party sellers, but
so little effort was made to stop the price increases - including on the products sold by Amazon directly," Public Citizen said in its report dated Wednesday.

The group identified price hikes ranging
from 48 percent to more than 1,000 percent for products listed as "sold by Amazon." The biggest markup was for a 6.5-ounce package of cornstarch, which Amazon was caught selling for $8.99 while other retailers charge just 89 cents, the report says. nypost.com

'The Old World Doesn't Exist Anymore'
COVID-19 is forcing small stores to try online retail, but 'we're not Amazon'
Small neighborhood retailers used to compete with Amazon by catering to local shoppers who enjoy browsing in person. That's still true - but in the six months since the pandemic began,
a growing number are venturing onto Amazon's turf.

Most say online sales are
a long way from making up for sluggish in-store sales, and some struggled to shift businesses built for in-person shoppers online. Others say it's a service they can no longer afford to avoid, especially if a surge in cases forces stores to shut down again.

The old world doesn't exist anymore. ... We're training people now how easy it is to shop online. There are people who are not comfortable with that, but there are a lot of people with busy lives finding out it's a good alternative," Fishman said. "I think it's only going to grow." yoursun.com

In a pandemic, even discount grocer Save A Lot offers grocery delivery, curbside pickup




Seattle, WA: Six indicted in connection with multi-million dollar scheme to bribe Amazon employees and contractors
Consultants to Amazon Marketplace merchants paid over $100,000 in bribes to secure an unfair competitive advantage worth more than $100 million. Six people have been indicted by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Washington with conspiring to pay over $100,000 in commercial bribes to Amazon employees and contractors, in exchange for an unfair competitive advantage on the Amazon Marketplace, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.

According to the Indictment, since at least 2017, the defendants have
used bribery and fraud to benefit merchant accounts on the Amazon Marketplace, resulting in more than $100 million of competitive benefits to those accounts, harm to competitors, and harm to consumers. More specifically, the Indictment alleges that the defendants served as consultants to so-called third-party ("3P") sellers on the Amazon Marketplace. Those 3P sellers consisted of individuals and entities who sold a wide range of goods, including household goods, consumer electronics, and dietary supplements on Amazon's multi-billion-dollar electronic commerce platform. In addition to providing consulting services to these 3P sellers, some of the defendants, including NILSEN, LECCESE, and NUHANOVIC, made their own sales on the Amazon Marketplace through 3P accounts they operated. justice.gov

Maryville, TN: Ulta Beauty one of many allegedly hit by 'crime ring' shoplifters
An Ulta store in Maryville was one of numerous company outlets statewide hit by a "crime ring" of shoplifters Sept. 16, with more than $2,000 allegedly stolen at the local store. An incident report states a Maryville Police officer responded to Ulta, 734 Watkins Road, Maryville, at approximately 3:24 p.m. Sept. 18 in regard to shoplifting. Ulta's corporate office had notified the Maryville store's general manager of a "crime ring" that had shoplifted from multiple company stores across Tennessee on Sept. 16, she told the officer. Security camera footage showed that the Maryville store had been shoplifted from that day, the report states. Footage showed that Hispanic women entered the store and one man stayed outside as a lookout, according to the report, as the women concealed store products from shelves in their purses. The women then left the store without paying for the merchandise. The total value of the items stolen was $2,403.50.

Columbus, OH: Police searching for man who ran away with $7,000 tennis bracelet in Grove City
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information about a man who grabbed an expensive tennis bracelet from a Grove City jewelry store and ran. On Aug. 31, 2020, an unidentified man entered the Kay Jewelers at 4151 Buckeye Parkway in Grove City, Ohio, and asked to see a tennis bracelet.

Update: Warren, OH: Home Depot thief charged with Robbery and Assault
A Warren man already under indictment in Mahoning County
who attempted suicide while at the Trumbull County jail was indicted Thursday by a Trumbull County grand jury in a domestic violence case. Nicholas J. Lee, 38, was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. He has been free on bond in the Trumbull County case since his arraignment June 30, according to jail records. He also is free on bond in the Mahoning County case. Lee was indicted in Mahoning County on a charge of robbery, accused of punching an employee at Home Depot in Austintown while trying to steal more than $400 worth of merchandise on June 22. Home Depot loss prevention told police Lee tried to walk out of the store with more than $400 of wiring. When an employee asked Lee for a receipt, Lee punched him in the forehead and left. The incident was caught on camera and police posted photo stills on the Austintown police Facebook page. Later that night, a concerned citizen contacted the department and identified Lee, a police report states. tribtoday.com

West Whiteland Township, PA: Police are working to identify two suspects in a shoplifting case; Merchandise worth $761 was stolen from Sephora

Dartmouth, MA: Shoplifter flees Walmart with over $600 Vacuum Cleaner and underwear

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Shootings & Deaths

Griffin, GA: Dispute at Walmart ends with shooting that left man dead, 4 arrested
A man who was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest has died, leaving Griffin Police with a homicide investigation and a search for answers. Police said they were called to the area of Griffin Crossings Apartments around 2:30 p.m. They arrived at the entrance of the complex and found the victim. Wellstar EMS soon responded at took him to the hospital for treatment. The victim, later identified as 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm of Griffin, ultimately died from his injuries.
Following an investigation, it was determined that Hamm and two other people had been involved in a dispute at Walmart. Police determined that Hamm was shot by 21-year-old John Hunter. Four people were taken into custody at an apartment off W. McIntosh Road. Hunter and Jacorey Leblanc are both charged with murder. Ashante Harris and Shedreka Leblanc are charged with felony hindering apprehension. 11alive.com

Louisville, KY: David McAtee's nephew shot and killed across the street from family owned restaurant
Petals and memories are being left on the blood-stained sidewalk of where Marvin McAtee died early Saturday morning. McAtee's family celebrated his life Sunday evening during a balloon release. LMPD officers found McAtee shot and killed on 26th and Broadway in West Louisville Saturday around 1:15 a.m. right across from YaYa's BBQ Shack. David McAtee owned YaYa's BBQ shack before he was shot and killed there on June 1 during the early nights of the Breonna Taylor protests. Marvin took over the restaurant after David died and he was determined to keep his uncle's legacy alive.

Scottsdale, AZ: Two arrested in homicide Armed Robbery at a local store
A man and woman were arrested Saturday after an early morning armed robbery at a Scottsdale store, according to the Phoenix Police Department. The two suspects entered the store near the intersection of Camelback and Scottsdale roads around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a handgun at a victim while stealing items, according to authorities.

Broward County, FL: Gas Station Clerk shoots man dead during attempted Armed Robbery
A man is dead after he attempted an early morning robbery at a gas station, according to police. Around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Stephon Brown went to the Valero on W. Sunrise Blvd. in unincorporated Central Broward County, pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the gas station. That's when, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, the gas station clerk pulled out a gun of his own and shot Brown multiple times.

Louisville, KY: Witnesses describe shooting reported Saturday at Jefferson Mall
People who came to the mall Saturday morning, ended up having to go into lockdown for several hours while Louisville Metro police pieced together what happened, looking for a suspect in a reported shooting. MetroSafe confirmed that calls came in around 11:01 a.m. Saturday to the shooting reported at the Jefferson Mall in the Okolona neighborhood. In a cell phone video sent in by viewer Debby Miller; a trail with drops of blood visible on the white tile inside the mall. "I saw crowds running, baby cups on the floor, glass everywhere," Lauren Diehl said. wave3.com

Lehigh County, PA: Whitehall Police continue to investigate shooting inside Lehigh Valley Mall
The Lehigh Valley Mall was packed when shots rang out Saturday evening. No one was hit, but many were trapped inside for hours while police locked down the building and searched for suspects or victims. Jessica Victoria, her mom and young daughter were stuck inside the Disney store for more than two hours, terrified that someone might come in at any minute and start firing. "I didn't want to tell her at first what it was, but I told her and she froze and started to cry, but the employees were great they let the kids play with plushies for comfort," Victoria said.

Garden Ridge, TX: Sister of C-store clerk killed in July robbery demands answers and justice

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Burlington, VT: Hannaford Grocery store employee fired after stopping robbery, recovering purse
Did a good deed go too far? An employee at the Hannaford supermarket in Essex says he tried to stop a purse thief at the store but was then fired for his actions. A viral post from Amir Shedyak is grabbing attention. The 20-year-old Essex resident says he worked at the Hannaford there for four years and was even named employee of the month earlier this year. But in August as he started his shift, he was waved down. "And he was like - an old lady's purse just got stolen," Shedyak recalled. The part-tie volunteer firefighter says his immediate reaction was to jump in and help. "I look to my right and I see a gentleman running across the parking lot and he had the purse in his hand." Shedyak says he grabbed the suspect from behind and held him down, getting the purse back. While calling the police, he says the suspect got away, but he was able to return the purse. Hannaford would not respond to questions about the incident, saying in a statement, "We do not comment on personnel matters." wcax.com

Orlando, FL: Hilton Resort Loss Prevention Director saves the life of a guest; performed chest compressions for 11 minutes
A Florida man met the Orlando hotel worker who saved his life nearly two weeks ago after he went into cardiac arrest. William Barakat and his wife, Fatima, were staying at the Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacation Club resort in Orlando Labor Day weekend. The couple was celebrating 40 years of being together. On Labor Day evening, William Barakat went into cardiac arrest inside his hotel room. His wife called 911 as hotel employees rushed in to help them. Loss Prevention Director Ivan Melians performed chest compressions for 11 minutes. Doctors said, William Barakat should have been paralyzed from the loss of oxygen, but she said he's alive and walking because of Melians and other hotel employees' quick actions.

St Louis, MO: Operation Legend Multi Store Armed Robbery suspect indicted on 4 counts

Spokane, WA: Off-duty Sheriff's Deputy stops Armed Robbery Sunday at T-Mobile on South Hill

Walker County, AL: Police say non-profit for homeless veterans hit multiple times by volunteers




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• 25 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 2 killed


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