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How to Be Everywhere:
Tackling Multi-Store Security

Rob Holm, Director, Global Safety & Security, McDonald's
Jon Groussman, President & COO,
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Mitigating risk across a large portfolio of stores seems like an insurmountable challenge. There's the measuring, the documenting, the responding to each individual location's crime challenges and security threats. Rob Holm, Director, Global Safety & Security - Global Business Services for McDonald's, tells us about the Restaurant Risk Assessment Management Program (R2AMP) he developed with Jon Groussman, J.D., President, COO and CAP Index, as an industry resource to help retailers manage their security, safety and risk management processes.

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LP Assisting Puerto Rico's Relief Efforts

We want to hear your answers:

What Hurricane Relief Efforts are LP Departments Implementing for Affected Employees in Puerto Rico?

In the wake of all the recent natural disasters I'm interested in finding out what other retailers & LP departments are doing to assist their impacted employees. The latest reports from Puerto Rico are devastating and I would like to advocate more action within my own organization although we only have 8-10 employees there. Many were told earlier this week that power wouldn't be restored until as late as November, now that estimate is 4-6 months before power is restored across the island.

Are there any collaborative efforts being undertaken by LP departments for general or employee specific relief efforts that you have heard about?
- Submitted by Phil Mooney, Loss Prevention Manager

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25% of Workplace Homicides Occur in Retail
OSHA Identifies Retail as a High-Risk Industry for Workplace Violence

Employers, particularly in the retail and health care sectors, should continue to take steps to prevent workplace violence as guidance documents issued under the Obama administration have not been rescinded by the Trump administration.

About 18% of violent crimes are committed in the workplace and about 10% of the 4,836 workplace fatalities that occurred in the workplace in 2015 were homicides, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"That's a real alarming number and this explains why fed (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and state enforcement agencies have become more involved on workplace violence issues," Andrew Sommer, a San Francisco-based partner with Conn Maciel Carey P.L.L.C., said.

OSHA has focused on enforcement in two industry sectors due to the high risk of workplace violence: retail and health care. About 25% of workplace homicides occur in retail, mostly at convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores, as these workers often work "alone in isolated work locations exchanging money," he said. businessinsurance.com

Preventing Workplace Violence: Make Your Company a 'Hard Target'
Having a plan that makes the business a difficult target can deter potential aggressors.

Preparing for any type of workplace violence is key. Larger companies with robust security departments have the advantages of resources and trained personnel who manage the security effort. But for smaller companies with little or no security measures in place, the responsibility often falls on the general counsel or the head of human resources.

As the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group points out in its text Workplace Violence: Issues in Response, there is no one-size-fits-all plan that employers can download and implement. Every employer will need a plan that is tailored to its particular circumstances and that considers company culture, physical layout, resources, management styles and other factors.

The ultimate goal is to deter disgruntled insiders or nefarious outsiders from violence by making your company a hard target. A secondary goal is to make sure your company and workforce are prepared for violence so you can minimize casualties and respond quickly. If you can save a life-or many-the return on investment will be well worth it. shrm.org

Hawaii's Felony Threshold Increase Causing More Shoplifting, More Violent Thieves
There have been several reported cases of criminals stealing large amounts of Spam from grocery stores across Hawaii. KHON2 spoke with a retail expert who says it's because of a law passed last year that raised the threshold level for felony theft from $300 to $750.

Tina Yamaki, president of Retail Merchants of Hawaii, says the higher threshold means thieves can steal more before facing stiffer penalties.

"They know that so they steal right under that $750 line," she said.

Thieves aren't just targeting canned goods. All types of merchandise are being stolen, and because of the law, thieves are stealing more of them. Among the items being targeted by more thieves are designer clothes, electronics, and power tools.

Yamaki says thieves are not just stealing more items, they're also getting more dangerous.

"They're just getting a lot more brazen. A lot of times when loss prevention is trying to apprehend them, they're being attacked. Either they're getting punched or they're seeing knives being used. I've heard of some guns a couple of times," said Yamaki. khon2.com

Merrillville, IN: Teen curfew creates new atmosphere at Southlake Mall
Two weekends ago, the super-regional Southlake Mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street in Hobart imposed a curfew for anyone under age 18 after 4 p.m. until it closes at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, following the lead of other malls around the country looking to curb unruly behavior. Now security guards stand sentinel by common area entrances and perform sweeps, putting wristbands on teens who work there or are supervised by a parent, and telling others to leave.

Police said the rollout of the new policy has gone smoothly at the mall. Some retailers say sales have dipped, but hope it will rebound if the policy makes the mall more appealing for adult shoppers, who tend to linger less and spend more.

Since the curfew was first enforced, business has dropped off by about 20 percent at Green Field's Trading Company, a stalwart that's been in the mall for 25 years and caters to younger customers, assistant manager Jason Neyhart said.

Mall management said the policy was not being imposed in response to any problems, but Neyhart said there have been some troubling incidents recently including a physical altercation between shoplifters and security guards in a department store and a shooting in the parking lot. nwitimes.com

Machine learning model "cuts employee fraud by 30%"
In the latest US National Retail Security Survey, 30% of average inventory shrink is put down to employee theft and fraud.

A further 21.3% of shrink is attributed to administrative and paperwork error, 5.4% to vendor fraud and 6.8% to unknown loss, all of which could also involve some employee fraud.

Given that even the retailers admit to 1.44% inventory shrink on average, employee deviance must be trimming US retailers' profits severely.

Despite the significance of this source of loss to retailers it has taken much longer to put the latest analytical techniques to work on it, than on the problem of credit card fraud.

That's not surprising, says David Speights, Chief Data Scientist, Appriss Retail, since credit card fraud is a much bigger problem that can cost a single bank billions of dollars.

Nevertheless, as the Survey shows and as David says he knows from his own experience there are retailers losing millions to employee deviance, and his company is a leader in curbing those losses.

At the Retail Risk conference in Frankfurt on 20th September, David gave a masterclass in the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve the detection of employee fraud. retailrisk.com

Most crimes in Minnesota go unreported, state survey reveals
Bank or CC Fraud Most Common Type of 'Property Crime'

Fewer than a third of crime victims in Minnesota report the incidents to law enforcement, according to a state survey released Thursday.

Bank or credit card fraud is the most common form of property crime in the state, with one in five adults being victimized, but it gets reported to authorities only 10 percent of the time, according to the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs' seventh Crime Victimization Survey covering 2016.

For all crimes in Minnesota, 37 percent of those surveyed were victimized in the past year, with property offenses being more common than crimes against people.

Bank or credit card fraud crimes are more likely to be reported only to the card providers and not to law enforcement, said Suzanne Elwell, crime victim justice unit director for the state Department of Public Safety. startribune.com

UK: Costcutter becomes first grocer to trial fingerprint payments
Costcutter has become the first supermarket in the world to allow customers to make payments via the touch of a finger. A branch of the grocery retailer at Brunel University in London is trialling a biometric payment system where customers pay by using their fingerprint's unique vein pattern to identify themselves and make the transaction for their goods.

The Sthaler's Fingopay system authenticates customers by looking at the 3D pattern of veins beneath their fingertip, rather than their fingerprint. Sthaler said vein technology was a highly secure version of identification as it could not be copied or stolen. retailgazette.co.uk

Retail Sales Plummet 58.7% Week-Over-Week in Houston at Peak of Harvey
Retail Sales Plummet 55.7% Week-Over-Week in Florida at Apex of Irma

Unsurprisingly, brick-and-mortar stores saw a significant drop in sales. The same was true for eCommerce. In Houston during the week of Hurricane Harvey, eCommerce spending dropped an incredible 41.4%. By comparison, total U.S. eCommerce business was down only 4.3% during the same week.

The same was true for Hurricane Irma. In Miami, eCommerce activity started dropping the week before Irma, declining significantly by 39.3% during the week of the hurricane (U.S. eCommerce spending was up 3.9%). After the hurricane, Miami eCommerce sales increased 0.6%, dragging behind national eCommerce spending which was up 12.9%. businesswire.com

Holiday shoppers are more enthusiastic about the prospect of shopping on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday
Another sign of the shifting purchase path and the increasing importance of digital shopping options.

In fact, Cyber Monday is close to being eclipsed by Black Friday as the single largest online sales day. Last year, online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend rose 12% to a record $3.45 billion, according to Adobe. By comparison, Black Friday online sales surged nearly 22% to $3.34 billion-more than the previous year's record Cyber Monday sales. emarketer.com

Search Firm Post Director of Loss Prevention Position in Los Angeles -
"Theater Operations"

Only posting that it's in the Entertainment, Hospitality, and Restaurants industry. However in the description it mentions "theater operations." Quoted base salary range of $72k to $171k with a mean of $111K and a total compensation range of $77K to $213K with the mean being $128k. linkedin.com

Sr. Director Asset Protection Retail Operations for Whole Foods in Austin, TX - Position - Removed From Co. Website

J.C. Penney to hire 40,000 for holidays, the same as last year

Toys R Us to Hire 9,650 Seasonal Workers Down From the 40,000 years past

Walmart tests delivering groceries straight to fridge

8 Can't-Miss Educational Sessions at ASIS 2017

Halloween spending to reach record $9.1 billion


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Finish Line Q2 comp's down 4.5%, net sales down 3.3%
 

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This is the only event where you will hear end users-retailers and brand owners-presenting objective case studies. Whether you are seeking to understand how RFID can benefit your company, or want to meet solution providers that offer the hardware, software and services you need, we're confident you will find what you are looking for at RFID in Retail and Apparel 2017.

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When it comes to data analytics, what do LP professionals actually care about?

Recently, Agilence teamed up with an independent research firm to gather data from decision makers in the retail & restaurant industries. The goal was to get a pulse check on the current perception of data analytics and find out what was keeping these industry leaders up at night.

You'll be surprised by much of the information in this free report. Let's start with one of the most basic truths that this report exposes: 80% of LP professionals have spent the last 5 years putting more and more of their focus on data analytics. In the past five years, how much time have you really spent putting your data to work for you?

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Get Serious about IoT Security
The Internet of Things is riddled with security challenges. Cybercriminals know this too, and have often been quicker to take advantage of vulnerabilities than we have been to fix them.

The Dawn of Manufacturer Accountability: 2016's Mirai malware was an IoT cybersecurity wake-up call. We all knew that the IoT was insecure, and this botnet provided a glaring real-world example. As a result, individuals, organizations, and regulatory bodies were motivated to accelerate the process of making IoT vendors accountable for their products.

In January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission took the bold step of filing a lawsuit against an IoT manufacturer. The suit alleges that a global manufacturer of computer networking equipment and other connected devices "made deceptive claims about the security of its products and engaged in unfair practices that put consumers' privacy at risk."

Meanwhile, the US Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has assembled a working group to develop guidance for IoT device manufacturers to better inform consumers about security updates. This group came up with "key elements" that manufacturers should consider conveying to consumers to help them make better-informed purchasing and use decisions.

More recently, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate as an effort to establish industry-standard protocols and require IoT manufacturers to disclose and update vulnerabilities.

These four best practices will help safeguard your organization in the Internet of Things.


Many CSOs ask me, "If you could give me one piece of advice on IoT security, what would it be?" The answer is, "Know your digital assets." You have to attain visibility before implementing protection, because you can't protect what you can't see. Every organization needs a constantly updated inventory of the assets on its network, including services. Risk analysis and security development is then based on the answer to the question, "If that data or service were to go offline, how much would it cost in revenue and damage to the brand?"

First of all, because of advanced threats like Hajime and WannaCry, patch management is essential. WannaCry targeted a vulnerability for which a patch had been available for more than two months. Even worse, Petya followed a few weeks later targeting the exact same vulnerability and still managed to affect millions of devices. Organizations that were spared the effects of these attacks all had a strong cyber-hygiene policy that includes applying patches as soon as they're available.

There are billions of vulnerable devices out there with no patches in sight. This is where intrusion-prevention systems (IPS) are essential. IPS is a must-have part of your security hygiene strategy because it can provide virtual patching to block hacks and attacks that target IoT and other vulnerable devices.

Second, use redundancy segmentation for your data backups. Scan your backups to make sure they're clean, and make sure that they're segmented off-network. Segmentation will also help protect against ransom-of-service attacks, which we expect to see in the coming year.

Third, focus on visibility. Perimeter defenses alone aren't enough. Once the perimeter has been breached, many organizations have little visibility into what an attacker or malware is doing. It's critical that you start by understanding who your attackers are, become familiar with their techniques, tactics, and procedures, and understand their objectives and motivations. Then drive visibility and control deep into the core of your network and out to its furthermost edges, including remote devices and the cloud. Only then can you intelligently defend your network.

Finally, it's time to tighten up the time to defense. Proactive solutions need to be tied together. You need to take a hard look at your data centers and customer sites for ways to integrate all the different pieces from different providers. Try to reduce that complexity by further integrating devices, consolidating existing security solutions, and automating interoperability between your defense systems. This approach is critical if you want to speed up your time to defense. darkreading.com

SMBs Paid $301 Million to Ransomware Attackers
But small- to midsized businesses are taking a tougher stand against ransomware attacks, according to a survey released today of the 2016-2017 period.

Nearly 90% of MSPs say their SMB clients were hit with a ransomware attack in the past two years; 15% report their clients faced six or more attacks during the last year; and 26% note their SMB customers experienced multiple attacks in a single day.

However, one in three SMBs reported their ransomware attack to authorities in the 2016-2017 period, an improvement from one in four during the 2015-2016 timeframe. darkreading.com

Debunking 8 Big Data and Analytics Myths - Part Two
As with other emerging tech concepts, big data and analytics are haunted by myths. Here are eight such myths that you will want to dispel as you advance your analytics strategy.

IT staff can't easily move into data analytics roles While it is true that the learning curve for data analysis is steep, it stands to reason that anyone with a background in enterprise IT (and perhaps an introvert) has a leg up on others seeking to get into the data analytics game.

Analytics results will only confirm what you already know The old saying "you don't know what you don't know" rings true in the world of data analysis. It's been proven many times over that data-driven organizations gain key business insight that has the potential to provide true competitive advantages.

All analytics platforms are the same These statements couldn't be further from the truth and show a lack of research in the field of big data and analytics. The best way to prove this is to pilot several platforms using the same data and looking for the same answers. You'll likely be surprised how different the results will be.

Data lake is just a fancy name for data warehouse There are distinct differences between EDW and data lakes -- largely revolving around structured vs. unstructured data storage methods.

Conclusion It's important to be able to separate fact from fiction in this fast-paced world of enterprise IT. Believing in myths can paralyze an IT department into holding off too long on technologies that truly can propel a business forward. That's why it's so critical that as a community, we identify and knock down myths in all technologies, including big data. informationweek.com






 

Study: Fraud losses, management eat up more than one-fifth of retailer revenue
Fraud losses and management eat 8% of the average e-commerce retailer's revenue, up from 7.6% in 2016, according to "2017 Financial Impact of Fraud Study: Exploring the Financial Impact of Fraud in a Digital World." The report is from Vesta Corp. and Javelin Strategy & Research.

Merchants who sell only digital goods, like eBooks, eTickets and other instant download items have been the hardest hit. Fraud operations account for 9.7% of revenue, and their fraud spend increased by 42% year over year.

Compared to 2016, chargeback losses - which occur when merchants end up footing the bill for legitimate consumer or fraudster purchases - increased by 60% among digital goods merchants. This jumps to 75% among those merchants selling strictly physical goods.

Meanwhile, false positives - which occur when merchants mistakenly decline legitimate transactions - grew by 25% among digital goods merchants, and 27% among physical goods merchants.

"Merchants' fraud costs continue to rise year over year," said Javelin Research director Al Pascual. "While some merchants have experimented with new fraud fighting tools and tactics, on the whole, they haven't been able to keep pace with dynamic fraudulent threats."

Looking ahead to the next 12 months, e-commerce retailers plan to utilize at least 14 different payment security techniques and solutions to combat fraudulent purchase attempts. chainstoreage.com

Alibaba's Secret Team
Fighting China's counterfeits in the online era

A secret team in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has the task of pretending to be online consumers who test-buy purchases from the billion-plus products on its platforms.

They spot check about 100,000 products and invest around 100 million yuan (about 15.15 million U.S. dollars) a year on average. Around one in four online shops are checked annually.

"Spot checks are not random. They are guided by big data from our platforms," said team leader Qin Seng. Using product ratings, consumer disputes and other information, the team builds a model to identify suspected counterfeits and shops that sell counterfeits.

The whole process is videoed to retain evidence. The sample purchases are sent to rights holders or authoritative quality inspection agencies. If identified as fake, the products are removed from the platform. The vendors can face the closure of their online shops. If identified as genuine products, they are stored as Alibaba' s assets.

The spot checks are symptomatic of China's battle against counterfeits in the Internet era. xinhuanet.com

Amazon to embark on Big Apple hiring spree
New Manhattan Office to create 2,000 jobs


Google and Its Partners Will Issue Refunds to Advertisers Over Fake Traffic

Is Amazon the next big advertising platform?

Walmart hires an e-commerce executive from Saks to lead its online fashion business

Facebook gives multichannel retailers more ways to drive offline sales







Slidell, LA: Home Depot thief crashed into a lake, swam across and dodged interstate traffic to get away
A Slidell theft suspect remains at large after leading police on a chase, crashing a pickup into a lake and swimming to the other side to elude officers Tuesday night (Sept. 19), authorities said. The man, who is not believed to be armed and dangerous. The man, believed to be part of a large theft ring, was stealing from a Home Depot at 871 Interstate 10 Service Road and assaulted a loss prevention employee while fleeing the store, police said. He led police officers on a chase and drove his truck into a pond behind the Lake Village neighborhood, the department said. nola.com


Los Angeles County, CA: Armed Thieves steal iPhones from 2 stores
in Pico Rivera, Temple City

The Pico Rivera robbery unfolded at about 11:30 a.m. at a Sprint store, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Noe Garcia said. Two robbers entered the store, he said, with one of them pulling a handgun. They stole an undetermined amount of iPhones from the business and fled. The same robbers are believed to be responsible for a similar crime a little more than an hour earlier in Temple City at an AT&T store, sheriff's Sgt. James Long said. whittierdailynews.com


Cypress, TX: Man charged with stealing $500 of Detergent
from H-E-B

Eugene Hagan is charged with stealing $500 worth of detergent from H-E-B during Hurricane Harvey has targeted the grocery store before, according to court documents. is charged with felony theft after he and another man were allegedly caught on camera stealing 20 boxes of detergent products. Hagan is being held with no bond and his felony charge is enhanced because of his criminal history and the timing of the alleged theft during a declared state of disaster. chron.com

Santa Barbara, CA: Gypsy Distraction Gang has hit in 2 States, visited many stores
The suspects pictured in Jewelers' Security Alliance Crime Alert dated 09/14/17, who carried out a distraction theft in Aspen, CO on 09/12/17, are reported to have committed an earlier distraction theft at a jewelry store in Santa Barbara, CA. The male suspect pictured on the right below entered a retail jewelry store with one of the female jewelry suspects. While the other female accomplices distracted the sales associates, the male reached over the jewelry counter and stole two expensive items. The photo on the right of the male suspect pictures him during a visit to a jewelry store in Santa Rosa, CA with the female accomplices on 08/25/17, when no theft occurred. The suspects have also been reported to have visited jewelry stores in Los Altos, CA and in Oregon.
 


Sentencings

Former Big Lots cashier sentenced in theft; Auto accident liability results in extortion-like scheme to steal $36,000 in merchandise
Robin Lagergren has no good explanation for why she repeatedly gave away merchandise from her employer - a Big Lots store in Springfield - to a woman whose car she had crashed into last year. "She understands that it's wrong. She can't fully understand why she did it," said Gary Deal, Lagergren's court-appointed lawyer. Lagergren, 50, of Dexter, was sentenced to 40 days in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of aggravated first-degree theft.

The now-former Big Lots cashier was part of a scheme, Deal contended. It began as a "sort of extortion" effort hatched by the woman whose car was damaged in a fender-bender involving Lagergren and led the cashier to steal more than $36,000 worth of items from the store at 58th and Main streets in Springfield. Lagergren could end up serving her 40-day jail sentence in an alternate program such as road crew. Lane County Circuit Judge Maurice Merten told Lagergren that she will be sentenced to two years in prison if she violates probation. registerguard.com

Salem, MA: Trio pleads guilty in multistate ATM theft case
Three Lawrence men charged last summer in a multistate ATM robbery enterprise and other theft have all pleaded guilty to a variety of charges. David Barker, 39, Efrain Montero, 41, and Jonathan Santos, 35 all pleaded guilty to indictments charging them with the burglary and attempted burglary of 13 ATMs and commercial businesses. The trio faces charges relating to 13 break-ins from October 2015 through August 2016 which involved stolen property valued at more than $500,000. On Wednesday, Montero pleaded guilty to a 41 count indictment, he is now scheduled to be sentenced to five to 7 years in state prison. Barker and Santos had been sentenced to 2 to 6 years. Previously in court, Essex ADA Philip Mallard said the men were part of a "organized retail crime" operation with a "breaking-and-entering crew" that scouted locations and disabled surveillance cameras as they approached the Apple store and ATMs. eagletribune.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Canton, MS: Judge declares mistrial in Party City murder case; Family wants accused shooter released while awaiting retrial
The family of a man accused of shooting and killing the manager of a Party City in Ridgeland wants him released from jail while he awaits a new trial. Joshua Archie is charged with capital murder in the October 2012 shooting death of Bobby Adams. A Madison County jury heard seven days of testimony and deliberated for a day before telling a judge Wednesday that they were deadlocked and could not reach a verdict in Archie's trial. Archie's family and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest have differing opinions about which way the jurors were leaning. wapt.com


Highland, CA: 2 shot, wounded in Pawn shop robbery
Two people have been shot and wounded in a pawn shop robbery in Highland on Thursday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Deputies responded to Tony's Jewelry and Loan Pawnshop in the 26000 block of Highland Avenue, where two gunshot victims were found and transported to a nearby hospital. The suspects in the shooting have not been located, officials said. abc7.com


Monroe, NC 'Officers feared for their safety' before shooting outside a Metro PCS store
Four Union County deputies and one Monroe police officer are on paid administrative leave following a deadly officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night in Monroe. A Deputy spotted a car just before midnight traveling with no tail lights. Stubbs drove into the Dairy Queen parking lot. Authorities said Stubbs then got out of the car holding a sawed-off shotgun. That's when a deputy fired several rounds from inside his patrol car through his front windshield. Officials said Stubbs then ran to the Metro PCS and entered the store, the employees fled, but Stubbs remained barricaded inside. After about 20 minutes, Stubbs walked out the front door holding the sawed-off shotgun. Police said he refused to obey commands to drop the gun and officers shot him. "When he come to the door, shotgun was cocked, and brought to a level that officers feared for their safety and they fired," Cathey said. wsoctv.com

Update - Omaha, NE: Store Owner Shooting of Robber Ruled Justified
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says the shooting death earlier this week of a store robbery suspect in Omaha was justified and no charges are expected against the store owner who fired the fatal shot. Kleine says a preliminary investigation shows the owner of Bizarre Tobacco shot at two people trying to rob the store Monday night...hitting at least one of them, 18-year-old Jose Mario Valezquez, who died. Kleine also says the investigation into the robbery and shooting continues. chadrad.com


Robberies & Thefts

Ocala, FL: Burglars hit Dick's, Best Buy Mobile and Target in 30 minutes
The first was Target, police received a call from employees (Thursday 4:36am) who said two people tried breaking into the store. When officers arrived, they noticed a large crack and several smaller cracks on the front doors. Unable to enter, they left at 4:28 p.m. While officers were investigating that attempted burglary, the Best Buy Mobile was hit. Police were notified at 4:37 a.m. The front glass door was shattered and items - including headphones, tablets, cellphones and other electronics - were missing.

As officers were investigating, they were then notified about a break-in at Dick's Sporting Goods. A security guard told officers she did rounds at 4:15 a.m. When she returned around 4:45 a.m., she noticed the side entry glass doors were damaged. Store officials reported Nike and Under Armour clothing items were stolen. ocala.com



Greenwich, CT: Greenwich police grapple with, arrest suspects in Saks attempted robbery
A police officer grappled with one of three suspects who tried to rob Saks The Vault on Greenwich Avenue Thursday afternoon before helping arrest the trio, police officials said. The alleged thieves were attempting to steal merchandise, including handbags, around 3:30 p.m, according to police. greenwichtime.com


Hollywood, CA: Woman storms Kardashians' Dash store with gun,
returns with machete

An armed woman barged into the Kardashians' Dash boutique in West Hollywood on Thursday and pointed her weapon at an employee. The woman came into the store around 11:30 a.m. with a handgun, possibly a revolver, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. She pointed the weapon at a store employee and mumbled something. Authorities said the woman possibly mumbled something about Cuba. The woman proceeded to knock items off a counter, then left the store. Later, she returned to the scene and waved a machete at photographers who had gathered at the store. She then wedged the machete in the crack of a doorway and left. No injuries were reported, and the woman has yet to be apprehended. abc7.com

Clarksville, TN: 2 charged in 'fictitious' Marcos Pizza Armed Robbery
Marco's Pizza manager, Kyle Dickson, reported a robbery at the restaurant at 11:48 p.m. on July 8. Video surveillance shows a man with a wooden bat enter the store and threaten him. But the investigation found that it was a "fictitious robbery" and the person who reportedly robbed the store, Dillon Tatro, was Dickson's accomplice. Dickson and Tatro were charged with two counts of felony theft and one count of false report. They were indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury this month. Tatro is accused of stealing a vehicle from his place of employment, which was not named, to use as a getaway vehicle. theleafchronicle.com

Bronx DA hits 20 gang members with 41-count indictment related
to assaults, robberies

Nearly two dozen Bronx gangbangers have been slapped with a laundry list of violent crimes - including the killing of a teenager over $2. Twenty members of the "Slattery Avenue Boys" are charged with the assaults of rivals and the robberies of random others, according to the Bronx District Attorney. They face a minimum of 15 to 25 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars. nydailynews.com

Cortez, CO: Medicine Man (marijuana dispensary) employee busted for $7,100 cash theft; pocketing 15% per transaction using Military Discount key

Baltimore, MD: Walgreen's Pharmacy Burglary Suspect had a key to the building

Greensburg, PA: Auntie Anne's Pretzel employee charged with $9,300 deposit theft

Bloomfield Township, MI: Target employee accused of pocketing $300 in Xbox Live cards


Sarasota, FL: Couple left baby at home to steal from a Family Dollar store

Sydney, Australia: Man steals $300,000 diamond from Cerrone Flagship store


Credit Card Fraud

Dalton, GA: Police Investigate a $4,000 Credit Card Fraud and Tire Theft


Sentencings

Salem, MA: Trio pleads guilty in multistate ATM theft case

 

AT&T - Temple City, CA - Armed Robbery
Best Buy Mobile - Ocala, FL - Burglary
Brown Jug Liqueur - Anchorage, AK - Burglary
Cheers Liquor - Costa Mesa, CA - Burglary
Circle K - Kalamazoo, MI - Robbery
Conoco - Grapevine, TX - Robbery
Dick's Sporting Goods - Ocala, FL - Burglary
GameStop - Miami, FL - Robbery
Jewelry Store - Altamonte, FL - Armed Robbery
Jordan's Grocery - Coeur D'Alene, ID - Armed Robbery
Home Depot - Slidell, LA - Armed Robbery
Kyle's Bikes - Ankeny, IA - Burglary
McDonald's - Princeton, NJ - Robbery
McDonald's - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Petals Flowers & Gifts - Fitchburg, MA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - New Philadelphia, OH - Armed Robbery
Saks 'The Vault' - Greenwich, CT - Robbery
Sprint - Pico Rivera, CA - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Hillsborough, FL - Burglary
Sunshine Food Store - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Target - Ocala, FL - Burglary
Tony's Jewelry and Loan Pawnshop - Highland, CA - Armed Robbery/shooting
Walgreens - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
Xclusive Apparel - Detroit, MI - Burglary (4th time)
Zain's Party - Oakfield Township, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Valley Stream, NY - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
18 robberies
8 burglaries
1 shootings
0 killed

 

Weekly Totals:
81 robberies
2
3 burglaries
5 shootings
3 killed



 



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