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Corey May, CBCI promoted to Director, Global Readiness & Business Continuity for Nike

Corey has been with Nike for more than 11 years, starting with the company in 2009 as a Retail Manager. Before his promotion to Director, Global Readiness & Business Continuity, he spent more than two years as Director, World Headquarters Business Continuity and over a year as Senior Manager, Global LP Operations. Earlier in his Nike career, he served as North America, LP Operations Manager (1+ year), District LP Manager (2+ years), and LP Business Analyst (nearly 2 years). Congratulations, Corey!

Christopher Perry, CFI Legacy promoted to Director of Asset Protection & Safety for CKE Restaurants

Christopher has been with CKE Restaurants for over two years, starting with the company in 2018 as Corporate Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Director of Asset Protection & Safety, he served as Senior Corporate Asset Protection Manager for nearly a year and a half. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Charlotte Russe, Anna's Linens, Vans and Hot Topic. Congratulations, Christopher!

Brendan Saritschniy promoted to Head of Global Programs & Services (Corporate Security) for Amazon

Brendan has been with Amazon for nearly five years, starting with the company in 2015 as Sr. Manager - Regional Security - Europe, Middle East & Africa. Before his latest promotion, he spent over a year as Head of Corporate Security - Eastern Hemisphere. Prior to that, he spent nearly three years as Head of Corporate Security - Asia Pacific. Previously, he spent 8 years with British American Tobacco and served with the Australian Army for 11 years. Congratulations, Brendan!

Nicholas Cranfill promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for Variety Wholesalers

Nicholas has been with Variety Wholesalers for nearly two years, starting with the company in 2019 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager, a position he held for over a year and a half. Before joining Variety Wholesalers, he spent nearly 15 years with Sears Holdings Corporation as Zone Asset and Profit Protection Manager. Congratulations, Nicholas!

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Here are some of the many highlights from
this week's virtual NRF PROTECT event

Creating safe spaces for staff, customers and community

How Tractor Supply, Southeastern Grocers and AEO
prioritize health and safety during the pandemic

From dealing with consumers "panic buying" to keeping the doors open and protecting staff and customers, retailers have been challenged to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

During NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS this week, a panel moderated by H Squared Research LLC Chief Research Officer Hitha Herzog explored how retailers worked to ensure safety for their workers and the communities they serve.

Tractor Supply Company is among businesses that stayed open throughout the pandemic. TSC's response included supplying personal protective equipment, implementing social distancing and awarding appreciation bonuses. The company also made sure team members were covered for any kind of COIVD-19-related illness, Foley said. To meet the needs of customers who were wary of coming into the stores, TSC added curbside pickup and delivery options. Read More Here

Delivery safety during a pandemic and civil unrest

LP experts from Williams-Sonoma and Domino's discuss
how 2020 has impacted the delivery model

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues without an end in sight, retailers are altering their delivery methods to keep both their consumers and employees safe. More and more people have adopted home delivery as their primary means of receiving merchandise or food, and new risks regarding profitability, safety and brand reputation are beginning to pop up.

Debbie Maples, vice president of global loss prevention, corporate security and facilities with Williams-Sonoma, and Van Carney, national director of safety, security and loss prevention with Domino's Pizza, discussed newfound delivery challenges Tuesday during NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS.

2020 has brought about a slew of challenges that affect delivery, including civil unrest that blocked roads and thus reduced truck access, fraud resulting from the change in how people shop, and an uptick in violence and theft due to high unemployment and mounting financial pressures. These issues and more led Maples to emphasize the need for retailers to be "fast, proactive and reactive." Read More Here

COVID-19's increasing impact on workplace violence

LP practitioners from McDonald's and United Pacific discuss
how employees can handle volatile workplace situations

In Greg Murphy's 25-year career as a loss prevention and human resources practitioner, no year has presented as many challenges as 2020. From physical altercations over mask-wearing and frustration-based vandalism and property crime to an uptick in issues with the transient population, Murphy has quickly adjusted policies and practices to keep his employees at United Pacific's gas and convenience stores safe.

During NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS this week, Murphy speaks with Hugo Cortez, field security manager at McDonald's, about the new challenges of de-escalation 2020 has presented. Read More Here

NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS covers 4 key themes for the retail security community

Day 1: Pandemic: Managing amid ongoing challenges
Day 2: Managing Store Operations
Day 3: Cybersecurity
Day 4: Workforce Management and leadership

Don't miss Day 4 as NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS ends with a bang tomorrow!

Miss a session? Register here and watch all videos on-demand!

Mark Your Calendars: NRF PROTECT 2021 will take place June 14-16, 2021 in Grapevine, Texas. Registration will open shortly after the digital event.



Protests Erupt Across U.S. After Breonna Taylor Ruling

Organized Rioters in Louisville
Video emerges of 'riot supplies' being unloaded from U-Haul truck in Louisville hours before two cops are shot during violent protests
Footage showing a U-Haul truck full of 'riot supplies' being unloaded ahead of protests in Louisville has
raised questions about the organizers behind the demonstrations, which turned violent after nightfall, with two cops there shot and wounded.

The rented box truck was spotted at 2pm on Wednesday, as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was still speaking at a press conference about the grand jury findings in the Breonna Taylor case.

Video from the scene shows the truck being unloaded with large signs reading 'abolish the police', 'abolition now' and featuring the three-arrow logo associated with
the far-left Antifa movement.

A large number of makeshift riot shields were also distributed to the protesters who swarmed around the U-Haul, many featuring slogans supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

pre-staged supplies, obviously ready before the grand jury decision was announced, raised questions about who was behind the organization and funding of the mysterious delivery.

They're organized, and there's funding behind this as well. We know that there was that one U-Haul, I wonder if there were others out there as well,' remarked Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli on-air. foxnews.com dailymail.co.uk

Nationwide Protests After Breonna Taylor Decision

Two officers shot in Louisville | Riot declared in Portland
Car drives through protests in Denver | Chemical agents unleashed in Atlanta

Protests have erupted across the US after a grand jury decided not to directly charge police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by Louisville police as officers carried out a no-knock warrant in March.

Two police officers in
Louisville were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Louisville police have one suspect in custody.

Thousands of people in nearly every major US city saw protesters chanting "Say her name! Breonna Taylor" and "No justice, no peace". Posters and shrines dedicated to Taylor were seen all around as protesters marched.

A car drove through protests in
Denver, there were no injuries. Chemical agents were used on protesters by the authorities in Atlanta and other cities. A riot was declared in Portland, Oregon, where police shared a video which appeared to show them being attacked with a Molotov cocktail. theguardian.com

Breonna Taylor protesters threaten to 'knock out' diners at Florida restaurant
Protesters inflamed by the decision not to charge cops for Breonna Taylor's death took their anger out on a couple dining in Florida - gatecrashing their table and threatening to knock the man the "f-k out."

A man clutching a skateboard was filmed by a Tampa Bay Times reporter as he
strolled up and sat with the couple at their outdoor table as dozens chanted at the edge of the St. Petersburg restaurant.

The threatened man was filmed smiling in bemusement, as more
protesters appeared to gather around the table - including one continually blowing a horn. The video quickly went viral, getting more than 1.8 million views on Twitter in less than 12 hours. nypost.com

Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations
The Department of Justice announced today that more than 300 individuals in 29 states and Washington, D.C., have been charged for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations since the end of May.

Approximately 80 individuals have been charged with offenses relating to arson and explosives. Approximately 15 individuals have been charged with damaging federal property.

Corporate and local businesses were also targeted, including a
Target Corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Boost Mobile Store in Milwaukee, Champ Sports Store in Tampa, and local restaurants including a pizza parlor in Los Angeles and a sushi bar in Santa Monica. Through these acts, these individuals have shown minimal regard to their communities and for the safety of others and themselves.

In Louisville,
two individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary involving controlled substances at a local Walgreens. justice.gov

Demonstrators March Down Michigan Avenue in Protest of Breonna Taylor Decision

No Arrests Reported as Thousands Take To Streets Of NYC To Protest Breonna Taylor Decision

Minnesota protesters walk down I-94 during emergency Breonna Taylor protest

Protesters march in Sacramento over Grand Jury decision in Breonna Taylor case

Following the Money in the Racial Justice & 'Defund' Movements

Racial Justice 'Movement'
NY Times 6/14/20: Racial Justice Groups Flooded With Millions in Donations
in Wake of Floyd Death
Progressive and racial justice groups have seen a cascade of donations since George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests. Bail funds alone have received $90 million.

The killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide wave of protests are generating a record-setting flood of donations to racial justice groups, bail funds and black-led advocacy organizations across America, remaking the financial landscape of black political activism in a matter of weeks.

Money has come in so fast and so unexpectedly that some groups even began to turn away and redirect donors elsewhere. Others said they still could not yet account for how much had arrived. A deluge of online donations has washed over organizations big and small - from legacy civil rights groups to self-declared abolitionists seeking to defund the police.

Big corporations are making major pledges: $100 million each from Warner Music Group, Comcast and the Sony Music Group for various social justice causes, among many companies.

"Is it a moment or is it a movement? I'm feeling like it's a movement," said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League. "It's organic and spontaneous and global." nytimes.com

Support for Black Lives Matter has decreased since June but remains strong among Black Americans
As racial justice protests have intensified following the shooting of Jacob Blake, public support for the Black Lives Matter movement has declined, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A majority of U.S. adults (55%) now express at least some support for the movement, down from 67% in June amid nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd. The share who say they strongly support the movement stands at 29%, down from 38% three months ago. pweresearch.org


COVID Update

US: Over 7.1M Cases - 207K Dead - 4.4M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 32.2M Cases - 984K Dead - 23.8M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 189   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 114
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Dr. Fauci's Warning
Rising coronavirus cases spark fears of harsh winter
The U.S. is bracing for an increase in lives lost this fall and winter as the pandemic collides with flu season.

Temperatures are beginning to dip across the country and case counts are subsequently starting to rise again, putting the country on the wrong path as colder weather approaches.

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, had hoped daily new cases would be around 10,000 by the fall, but the seven-day average is 42,000 and heading upward.

"It's incredibly high levels of transmission, which puts us in a very difficult situation going into the winter," "That's because if we haven't been able to reduce transmission to much lower levels than we have right now, it provides the seeds for further transmission as winter sets in."

Fauci has warned that if the U.S. does not bring case numbers down this month, it will become much harder to control COVID-19 when winter forces people back indoors, aiding the virus's spread. thehill.com

Young adults are now the largest group of Americans getting COVID-19, CDC says
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the median age of people with COVID-19 in the U.S. has declined over the spring and summer, with Americans in their 20s now accounting for more cases than people in any other age group. latimes.com

  Minnesota COVID-19 hospital numbers rise back above 300

COVID-19 Update: 'Live Like You're Contagious'

Pandemic Expert Regina Phelps on What We've Learned From 6 Months of Quarantine

With colder weather, the flu season and the holidays ahead, the northern hemisphere is at risk of another major COVID-19 outbreak. Pandemic expert Regina Phelps says it's time to change behavior, and that starts here:
"Live like you're contagious."

Phelps, the founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, has a five-step recommendation for pandemic response for the remainder of the year. It begins with acceptance - "This is my life" - and changing behavior, i.e., social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding indoor gatherings.

Phelps, RN, BSN, MPA, CEM, is an
internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and continuity planning.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Phelps discusses:

 Lessons learned from the first six months of the pandemic;
 Five steps to follow now in advance of the flu season;
 How to help colleagues and staff cope with ongoing stress. govinfosecurity.com

COVID-19 Cases on Google Maps
Google introduces COVID-19 layer to Maps, revealing hotspot infection areas
You can now view state and city trends in coronavirus caseloads.

The update will begin to appear on Android and iOS over this week, worldwide. According to Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager of Google Maps, users will be able to access the data layer through a new top right-hand corner tab called "COVID-19 info."

You will then see a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the area you are looking at in Maps. Labels indicate whether or not caseloads are increasing or decreasing. zdnet.com

COVID-19 - #1 Driver of Employee Abuse
UK: Covid-19 a bigger flashpoint for abuse of shopworkers than shoplifting and age ID, survey finds
Enforcing social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings are now the biggest triggers for abuse of shopworkers, new research reveals.

An online survey of 2,232 shopworkers, carried out by retail trade union Usdaw, found the main triggers for abuse during the Coronavirus pandemic were: enforcing social distancing (68%), queueing to get in store (50%), lack of stock (46%), face coverings (42%), limiting sales (41%), shoplifting (25%), and age-restricted sales (17%).

In past years similar surveys have consistently found that theft from shops and age identification have been the major flashpoints. talkingretail.com

New Starting Today Mandatory Masks
UK Government: All Retail Staff Must Wear Masks Indoors Except Where Physical Barriers Separate
If retailers have taken steps to create a physical barrier between workers and members of the public then staff behind the barrier will not be required to wear a face covering.

Other exemptions include: where colleagues are not in a customer-facing environment - for example the back room, if they have a hidden disability or another health condition, or if they are with someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate with them. talkingretail.com

Front-Line Employees Losing Money
Cranky customers, masked smiles redefine workplace culture:
'Feels like we're strangers'

In another outgrowth of the pandemic, service sector workers say they are losing out on tips and other pay predicated on engaging customers

The pandemic that has ravaged the service industry and cost millions of jobs is
changing the nature of customer-facing work at stores, spas, restaurants, barbershops and other service-sector jobs. Workers across the country say even the most basic interactions with customers and colleagues have been complicated by social distancing and mask requirements, as well as the underlying fear of contracting the deadly virus.

The added complications, they say,
often results in lower pay because they're losing out on tips, commissions and bonuses predicated on keeping customers happy and engaged.

"Front-line jobs that were already precarious and insecure to start with are increasingly more challenging and irregular," said Stephanie Luce, a labor professor at City University of New York, whose research focuses on low-wage employment. "Workers can't engage with customers in the same ways they could before the pandemic, which ends up penalizing their pay." washingtonpost.com

Retailers have started paying rent again but are still fighting with their landlords

Six Reasons Death Rates Are Improving Eight Months into the Pandemic

Wisconsin Governor Issues New Emergency Order, Extends Mask Mandate


More Than 1,000 Californians May Have Died from Wildfire Smoke
The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say.

Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for
at least 1,200 and possibly up to 3,000 deaths in California that otherwise would not have occurred, according to an estimate by researchers at Stanford University. Those fatalities were among people age 65 and over, most of whom were living with pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory ailments.

By comparison, through Wednesday,
26 people have died directly in wildfires this year statewide. govtech.com

  Northern California and Bay Area face high winds, critical fire danger this weekend

NRF Recognized with "Pledge to America's Workers" Presidential Award
This week the White House honored the National Retail Federation with the Pledge to America's Workers Presidential
Award, recognizing the NRF Foundation's RISE Up initiative. Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross highlighted NRF and eight additional businesses and trade organizations for their workforce development programs.

A White House initiative, the "Pledge to America's Workers" aims to increase the skills of the U.S. workforce by expanding apprenticeships, educational opportunities and job training programs. NRF was among the original signers of the pledge in 2018 and committed to create enhanced career opportunities for 250,000 individuals over the next five years.

"The National Retail Federation has demonstrated a meaningful and substantive commitment toward re-skilling and investing in the futures of their workers, more urgent now than ever before due to the changes brought on by the pandemic," said Ivanka Trump. "Prioritizing American workers and ensuring they are well prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow will guarantee the continued exceptionalism of our country's workforce for decades to come." nrf.com

American Crime Prevention Institute to deliver online
crime prevention training and certification

The American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) and SecureBI have partnered to bring online crime prevention training and certification courses to law enforcement agencies and security professionals across the country. ACPI has pioneered the development and delivery of in-person crime prevention training and certification programs for law enforcement since 1998. ACPI certifications are well-respected throughout the public safety arena, demonstrating a commitment to crime prevention and expertise in proactive security strategies. securitymagazine.com

Neiman Marcus New Round of 'Widespread Layoffs' Started This Week

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Fraud has long been a pain in the retail concern. That concern doubles when it comes to fraud committed by retailers' own employees. With insider knowledge of their employers' security protocols (and by extension, how to sidestep them), employee fraud is notoriously difficult to catch with conventional security methods like CCTV, anti-theft alarms, etc.

Enter prescriptive analytics. This robust, award-winning software solution uses data to identify even the most subtle instances of fraud and alert loss prevention to their occurrence. It also sends the stakeholder prescriptive actions in plain text, dictating a response for launching an investigation into the suspected fraud. In this insightful webinar, Scott Pethuyne will explain how and why prescriptive analytics is an invaluable asset in the modern loss prevention professional's arsenal, using real case studies from the world's best-known retailers.

At the end of the session, Zebra Prescriptive Analytics will also give away 5 free LPC Course Scholarships to random webinar attendees! Winners will be notified the day following the Webinar via email.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Zebra Prescriptive Analytics and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.







Insider Threat: E-Commerce Hack Hits Nearly 200 Retailers
Shopify's Employee Data Theft Underscores Risk of Rogue Insiders

The e-commerce platform has alerted more than 100 merchants of a data breach, highlighting the danger of malicious insiders.

Shopify has confirmed a security incident in which two support team employees were involved in a scheme to steal customer transaction records from specific merchants. The activity affected fewer than 200 merchants, the e-commerce platform reports.

Merchants whose stores were illegitimately accessed may have had customer data exposed, according to a company blog post. This information includes basic contact data, such as name, email and physical addresses, and order details such as products and services purchased. The customers' payment card data and other financial records were not targeted in the theft.

While Shopify did not report when the theft took place, an email sent to the customers of cosmetics seller 100% Pure indicates transaction records were accessed on Sept. 15, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Upon learning of the employees' involvement in the scheme, Shopify terminated their access to its network and referred the incident to law enforcement. It says there is no indication the stolen data has been used; however, it's working with the FBI and international agencies in an ongoing investigation and will update affected merchants as needed, Shopify says in an update.

The company notes the incident did not stem from a technical vulnerability in its platform, and the majority of sellers are not affected. darkreading.com

When Was Your Last Table Top Exercise?
Firms Conduct 'War Games' to Prepare for External Threats
Some companies are taking role-playing to a new level when it comes to mitigating risks that could potentially disrupt a business.
For years, companies have dabbled in scenario planning, also known as war gaming or tabletop exercises, to help understand and reduce risk. Recently, amid tariff talks, threats of trade wars, geopolitical uncertainty, and, of course, the global pandemic, such gaming has become more popular.

The drills can be designed to help companies work through multiple types of external threats. Cyber-threats are common, but other examples can be weather-related disasters (including climate change), tariffs, changes in interest rates, active shooters and other forms of risk. Of course, pandemic-related threats are also becoming an increasingly popular tabletop exercise.

"There has been a rising sense that the world is becoming more complicated and resiliency is something executives need to think about," says Ed Barriball, a partner at McKinsey & Co. "I think for a lot of folks, Covid brought that fully into focus."

"You don't want to do discovery learning at the point of crisis," "Executives don't really realize how much they are not communicating,"

Common communication problems, such as not understanding roles and responsibilities, tend to be exposed when realistic scenarios are designed. Executives tend to make uninformed assumptions or judgments.

Ideally, consultants say, the exercises lead to productive changes in a company's policies, procedures and division of responsibilities. wsj.com

Jazz It Up - Make it Interesting & Challenging
Security awareness training key to changing security culture
As users receive more security awareness training, their ability to effectively deal with security threats increases, reveals a new study by MediaPRO, co-sponsored with Osterman Research. The report also found that boring security awareness training doesn't make employees want to be secure.

"Our research found that users who found training to be 'very interesting' were more than 13 times more likely to make fundamental changes in the way they think about security compared to those who found the training to be 'boring'," said Michael Osterman, researcher and president of Osterman Research, who conducted the study.

The research supports the claim that employees get far more benefit out of interesting and engaging training, joining facts such as "the sky is blue," and "water is wet."

The study, Security Awareness Training as a Key Element in Changing the Security Culture (requires registration), surveyed both everyday employees and IT managers and decision makers to gauge opinions on the current state of security training and awareness. The work was co-sponsored by training and awareness firm MediaPRO, who wouldn't know how to produce boring training if you gave them directions. securitymagazine.com

Microsoft Warns That Critical Windows Server 'Perfect 10' Exploit Attack
Is Underway
Microsoft Security Intelligence has tweeted that it is "actively tracking" Zerologon attack activity by threat actors exploiting CVE-2020-1472. This follows multiple examples of proof of concept exploit code being released into the public domain, which prompted the CISA directive. " inhomelandsecurity.com

NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy Program
Performance Measurement Guide for Information Security:

Pre-Draft Call for Comments
NIST is planning to update NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-55 Revision 1,
Performance Measurement Guide for Information Security. For more details on an opportunity to provide input, see the Call for Comments which is open through November 19, 2020. govdelivery.com




COVID-19 Testing Drones
Walmart Expands Drone Program With Covid-19 Test-Kit Delivery
Walmart Inc. will test
using drones to drop Covid-19 diagnostic kits at customers' homes, the retailer's latest move in the pandemic-fueled arena of contactless deliveries.

The company is piloting drone delivery of at-home coronavirus self-collection kits in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga, New York, it said in a blog post Tuesday. It's
partnering with Quest Diagnostics Inc. and DroneUp, a Virginia-based drone services provider that works across various industries.

There's no customer cost for the service, which delivers nasal swab kits to patients living within one mile of the local Walmart supercenter in those two markets. The kits include pre-paid shipping labels to send the samples back to Quest.

The goal of the experiment is to "
shape contactless testing capabilities on a larger scale," said Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of customer product. bloomberg.com

Amazon Prime Day will begin October 13th, multiple sources say
An internal Amazon email seen by The Verge confirms that its Prime Day shopping event will take place October 13th and 14th, and that the company will make an official announcement September 27th.

In a separate internal email, Amazon warehouse workers were told no new vacation requests would be accepted between October 13th and October 20th, which suggests that the company needs all hands on deck for Prime Day.

Analysts estimated Prime Day 2019 brought in
somewhere around $6 billion. Amazon warehouse workers staged a Prime Day strike last year to protest working conditions at the company. theverge.com

Groceries Are One of the Fastest-Growing E-commerce Segments

Ralph Lauren to Cut Jobs Amid Accelerated E-Commerce Push







Nationwide 'Synthetic Identity' Fraud Scheme $100M
Hauppauge, NY: Suffolk County police have charged 13 people and three corporations in a $ 1 Million Identity Theft Ring
According to District Attorney Tim Sini, the victims were mostly children and it's unlikely that their parents had any idea until the 13 individuals were arrested and charged in Suffolk County. Some adults and teenagers were also targeted. Sini says the group worked to steal the social security numbers of children and would then open multiple credit cards in their names.

In total, the group generated $1 Million in loans and credit.

Sini said while local losses topped $1 million dollars, authorities believe the same schemers amassed a credit limit of hundreds of millions of dollars across the country.

The DA notes that the ring was a nationwide scheme, with the ringleader living in California. Nationwide, the losses totaled $100 million. "It's a 108-count indictment and certainly it is the first of its kind here in Suffolk County," Sini said.

The DA called the indictment "historic" and said the prosecution was the first of its kind in Suffolk to target a new kind of criminal scheme."With the stolen social security numbers, the defendants that are charged in this indictment would use their name and date of birth and typically the address would be a random address selected here in Suffolk County," explained Sini. Sini says the false identities are known as "synthetic identities" as they use a combination of real social security numbers with fake names and addresses.

In the case under prosecution locally, the fraud scheme infiltrated 19 financial institutions, including local entities Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union, Suffolk Federal Credit Union and the formerly named Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union, according to prosecutors. wcbs880.radio.com

Vacaville, CA: Police arrest 2, 1 with 8 warrants, after theft and chase
"He has eight warrants" was the information given to patrol officers Monday as they responded to a business on the 3000 block of Harbison Drive, police reported Wednesday. A store employee recognized a man from several prior thefts walking out of the store with a box full of cargo that was not paid for. The employee was able to provide a description of the man along with the vehicle and license plate as it left the area.

Police report that an officer located the suspected vehicle a short time later while speeding through a retail area and passing other vehicles. Jamie C. Thomas, 37, and Tamara N. Weaver, 38, were found inside the vehicle after it was stopped.

Suspected stolen property filled much of the vehicle's interior, according to police. Police report that as the suspected stolen property was sorted through, evidence of identity theft was found as well as a loaded firearm that was wedged between the front passenger seat and door. Thomas was detained for his eight misdemeanor warrants and arrested anew on suspicion of two theft-related offenses and a pair of suspected drug-related offenses. Solano County court records indicate that he has 17 aliases and is due in court in March. He was not listed Wednesday as being in custody. dailyrepublic.com

Rochester, NY: Over $1,700 in merchandise stolen from Von Maur at Eastview
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a Rochester resident following a large theft at Von Maur at Eastview Mall. Deputies arrested Lynn Feeney, 40, of Rochester for grand larceny after an investigation on Wednesday around 8 p.m. at the mall. She's accused of concealing $1,758 worth of merchandise before exiting the store.

Galesburg, IL: Man busted for multiple theft from Walmart totaling over $1,300; using self-checkout
September 17th, Galesburg Police were notified by Walmart Loss Prevention employees that a male subject had been stealing high-priced items from the retail store for a week now.
The Loss Prevention employees followed 50-year-old Robert Bollinger that day after he left Walmart to a residence on East North Street where GPD made contact. According to police reports, GPD reviewed several surveillance videos and photos of Bollinger in the store and at the self check-out machines. Each time Bollinger stole from the store, he would scan a trial-sized stick of Degree deodorant valued at 97 cents - but then walk out with the high-priced item. On September 11th he stole a Mainstays Mantel Fireplace; September 12th - a 32 inch TV; September 13th - a mini-fridge; September 14th - an upright air compressor; September 15th - a 43-inch TV; and September 17th - a child's Ride-on ATV. The total value of all the items stolen came to $1,379. Bollinger has a prior conviction of larceny. wgil.com

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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Port Arthur, TX: Tractor Supply clerk faces down gun after following suspected shoplifter
A gun was pointed at a Port Arthur store clerk Wednesday evening following a strong-arm robbery, leaving the police searching for two men believed involved in the assault. Port Arthur Police Department officers responded to Tractor Supply in reference to the robbery that just occurred at approximately 6:38 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Jonathan Green said investigation indicates a male entered the store, proceeded to take merchandise and exited without paying. A store employee followed the man outside, at which time another man brandished a firearm and pointed it at the store employee, Green said. panews.com

Rapid City, SD: Burglars steal 40 firearms from Rapid City gun store
Police are investigating a burglary at First Stop Gun and Coin on Wednesday, where suspects stole 40 guns. Around 3:25 a.m. Sept. 23, police arrived at 701 Main Street after receiving a call. Upon arrival, police found the store's glass door shattered. There was no one in the store. Surveillance video shows three suspects. Back in 2016, three handguns stolen in a Rapid City robbery turned up in the Denver area after being used in a murder and a police-involved shooting. blackhillsfox.com

New York, NY: Manhattan pack of thieves steal thousands on eight-day spree
A pack of thieves has spent the last eight days roaming Manhattan and breaking into restaurants, bars and dry cleaners - stealing thousands of dollars in cash and clothing, the NYPD said Wednesday. Cops released surveillance photos of seven males believed to be in their teens to twenties who have allegedly been committing the burglaries by breaking through the businesses' front doors. The crimes occurred between Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 22. "While inside, the individuals removed assorted amounts of currency from the cash registers totaling approximately $10,000," cops said. "In addition, they removed assorted clothing valued at approximately $5,000 and caused $5,000 in property damage."

Volusia County, FL: Walmart pharmacy technician accused of stealing pain medication
Agents said they found footage from five different occasions in January and February that showed Doud tampering with will call prescription bags and seemingly dumping pills out of those bottles and putting them in her pocket.
Doud denied the accusations, saying that on one occasion she was looking for a ring she lost that was believed to be in one of the prescription bags. clickorlando.com

Juneau, WI: Man charged with Menards robbery; threatened to shoot employee

Cincinnati Butcher Shop Owner - Wife- Brother Gets Fed Prison for $3.4M in Cash for Food Stamps Fraud Over 8 Yrs

Cambria County, PA: Bystanders helped Officers arrest man who stole shotgun from Richland Walmart

Tempe, AZ: Used car dealer arrested for 14 counts of felony fraud

Wellington, FL: SECOND TIME: Employee steals $2,000 deposit and register cash, 2nd time, promised owner restitution for a 2nd chance



Jacksonville, FL., ATM Skimming Gang of 9 Arrested On Federal Charges
The conspirators installed skimming devices and/or conducted these "cash out" operations in Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, and New York. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of seven years and six months. justice.gov

Romanian National Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Role in ATM Skimming Conspiracy




Daily Totals:
• 12 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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