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America's Biggest Retail Sales Team Fraud in History

Former Pilot Flying J president sentenced to 12​​​​​​​ years in prison, fined $750K
Mastermind behind retailer's massive rebate fraud scheme

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered former Pilot Flying J President to serve more than 12 years in federal prison as the mastermind of a five-year fraud plot to grow the firm's market share.

Senior U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier also ordered Mark Hazelwood to pay a $750,000 fine in addition to spending 150 months behind bars.

"The motive was hubris - his competitiveness ... his desire to capture more market share for Pilot," Collier said. "The defendant improperly took it upon himself to use the Pilot name and reputation ... This degree of commandeering ... the court is not aware of any reported case where such a situation has happened.

"Mr. Hazelwood abused the trust of Pilot and the trust placed in him," Collier continued. "The participants (in the fraud scheme) laughed and joked about it. They used extreme and offensive language. They used Pilot's email ... cellphones ... financial management system. They talked openly of this criminal activity ... He violated the law on a constant and repeated basis for half a decade."

Collier is allowing Hazelwood to remain free through November while the U.S. Bureau of Prisons determines in what facility he will be housed. He will remain under conditions of house arrest imposed after his conviction in February.

Hazelwood was convicted after a four-month trial of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and witness tampering.

He was the highest-ranking member of Pilot Flying J who was convicted in the plot. Two subordinates were convicted of varying crimes alongside him, and 14 others pleaded guilty. Two were granted immunity. Pilot Flying J's board also admitted criminal responsibility. knoxnews.com

Read our timeline of events and coverage of the Pilot Flying J scandal here.

EEOC Sues Dollar General For Sexual Harassment
Dollar General violated federal law when it subjected a store manager to a sexually hostile work environment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced Tuesday.

According to the suit, within a week of Dollar General hiring an assistant store manager for its Rock Hall, Md. location, the store manager began sexually harassing her. The store manager frequently made crude comments about the woman's appearance and made sexually charged innuendoes, according to the suit.

The store manager is also alleged to have repeatedly subjected the assistant manager to unwelcome touching, including once grabbing her head and forcing it to his crotch while making a sexual innuendo, rubbing her shoulders, and grabbing her blouse, ripping it.

The EEOC said that after the assistant manager complained to Dollar General management, they transferred her to its Chestertown store, which added travel and working complications to her daily commute. Dollar General refused to return her to the Rock Hall location.

The assistant manager was, according to the EEOC, compelled to resign in 2016, based on Dollar General's inadequate response to her sexual harassment complaint. cbslocal.com

Samsung board chairman, dozens of others indicted for hampering union activities
Lee Sang-hoon, Samsung Electronics Co.'s chairman of the board, and other executives were indicted Thursday for hampering labor union activities at its after-sales services affiliate. The prosecutors charged 16 former and incumbent officials from Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electronics Services without physical detention, as they announced the result of their five-month investigation into South Korea's richest conglomerate over violation of labor laws. yonhapnews.co.kr

Father/Son Duo Charged With Falsely Labeling Squid as Octopus
Defrauded grocery stores in New Jersey and Massachusetts over 3 years

A federal grand jury indicted two Long Island corporations and their owners for their scheme to falsely label seafood that was later sold across the country. The indictment accuses Roy Tuccillo Sr., 58, and his son, Roy Tuccillo Jr., 31, both of Jericho, and two of their Westbury food processing and distribution companies, Anchor Frozen Foods Inc., and Advanced Frozen Foods Inc., of importing giant squid from Peru and marketing and selling it to grocery stores as octopus.

The indictment alleges that for over three years the defendants fraudulently imported, processed, marketed, sold, and distributed over 113,000 pounds of octopus that was actually squid. justice.gov

In Legal Limbo, Cannabis Retail is 'Fueling the Grey & Black Economies'
What are the cannabis retail applications? Today, a medical cannabis dispensary is half pharmacy and half jewelry store. Based on the state and location, the definition of "medical" varies. I've seen both white lab-jacketed employees fulfilling prescriptions and hipster budtenders telling you which strain and delivery system will alleviate what symptoms or conditions. For everyone whose pain and discomfort has been greatly alleviated, the crossover to recreational dependence is unavoidable. Like so much of modern retail, we need clear and transparent point-of-sale materials that educate. For example, look at the marketing history of selecting the right mobile phone, how to use this skin crème correctly and what gluten-free really means.

The cannabis stores I've visited tend to be standalone, class-three retail locations. Mainstream landlords are not yet comfortable with cannabis tenants. The look and feel of the store-even in locations across the street from each other-can be very different. One driving factor is security. Another is convenience. Although legal in many states, cannabis is essentially still a cash-based business. Because U.S. financial institutions are required to comply with stringent anti-money laundering statutes, banks at present are refusing to work with cannabis retailers. This creates problems, in particular, for retailers needing to clear credit card purchases through normal banking channels.

This is one business that fuels the grey and black economies. The typical transaction is over 40 dollars. Behind the glass casements and wall displays is serious security. Unlike the jewelry business whose relationship to both law enforcement and the insurance industry is well defined, the cannabis industry at every stage-production, processing and sale sits in a yet-to-be-defined nexus. therobinreport.com

Amazon debuts new '4-Star' brick-and-mortar concept in NYC
New store sells items from its website rated 4 stars and above

Amazon is opening a new store this week that sells items from its website rated 4 stars or above, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday, making a bigger push into bricks-and-mortar retail following its acquisition of Whole Foods and the gradual rollout of its cashier-less convenience stores.

The store is set to open this Thursday in New York's SoHo neighborhood, on 72 Spring Street. The company said Amazon Prime members will pay "the Amazon.com price" when they shop there. An Amazon spokeswoman said the store is permanent, not a pop-up location, as some of its shops - including one that sold Calvin Klein merchandise in SoHo last year - have been before.

The new store in SoHo is unlike any shop the e-commerce giant has rolled out before. Amazon currently has a handful of bookstores across the U.S. and is starting to open more of its cashier-less convenience stores known as Amazon Go.

Amazon said customers will find items like a mini skillet, card games and many of the company's own electronic devices including the Echo Spot and Fire TV Stick, in the new store, called Amazon 4-star. It said it will also include some "Trending Around NYC" items there, which Amazon is able to track on its website.

Amazon said digital price tags in the new store will show how much Prime members are saving, the average star rating and how many ratings a product has received, similar to what shoppers can see on the website today.

Just last week, it was reported Amazon is considering opening as many as 3,000 cashier-less convenience stores across the U.S. by 2020. cnbc.com

Scan-Bag-Go & NFC Cards Coming - Regardless of the LP Consequences
Visa is Driving NFC to ALL Visa Cards ASAP

Visa President said Friday in a Bloomberg interview that they're rolling out NFC to their forty-two million cards as quickly as possible and that the entire payment industry is working together to drive this to market.

Walmart tried mobile Scan-Bag-Go in 150 stores this year and stopped the pilot after just four months saying "few customers used it". According to CBC News, it was challenging for shoppers to bag, weigh and scan items like produce, causing most to head to traditional checkout counters.

Kroger is also investing in the technology to ease the grocery shopping experience with the expansion of its "Scan, Bag, Go" service that the company said it's bringing to 400 stores this year.

It's going to take time to re-train the public on the usage and flow of the process. With even now some customers are still reluctant to even use self-checkouts. Which everyone knows increases shrink and theft.

With a few retailers even saying that they're seeing as high as 30% shrink numbers with scan-n-go. While this has not been officially reported of documented for public review. Even if it's off by 50% we're still talking 15% shrink numbers. A problem that has to be addressed. Because at the end of the day it'll be a common practice in retail regardless and that time may be sooner rather than later. Just a thought
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Stores and credit-card companies are in an all-out war over fees
Large merchants including Amazon.com Inc., Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. are pushing for the right to reject some rewards credit cards, which typically carry higher fees for merchants. They are likely to opt out of a roughly $6.2 billion settlement Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and several large banks recently reached with merchants and continue to make their case in court, according to people familiar with the matter.

The retailers are trying to end the card networks' "honor all cards" rule, which requires merchants that accept Visa- or Mastercard-branded credit cards to take all of them. If merchants could pick and choose among Visa or Mastercard credit cards, those with the highest merchant fees - and most generous rewards likely would be on the chopping block.

Ultimately, though, the retailers are looking for bargaining power that could help them lower fees across the board. wsj.com

Not your father's POS: What 2019 will bring to payments and mobility
At its core, today's POS devices still function very much like the cash registers of days gone by. They facilitate and record transactions, provide the customer with a receipt and give the retailer a record of items sold. The move to fully digitize transactions happened slowly, starting with changes to hardware in the 1970s and evolving through the introduction of commercial POS software in the 1990s. Transitioning to software-based POS systems allowed retailers to finally integrate other operational systems with payment and sales data, giving retailers access to new store performance data.

Much of the recent progress in POS systems has been tied to integration - connecting transactional POS data to inventory visibility, outbound marketing and unified commerce systems. For omnichannel retailers, analyzing in-store and e-commerce transaction data together helps shed light on channel and chain-wide performance.

But lately, POS systems, and how customers interact with payment systems and mobile devices in the store, have been changing. From "payments anywhere" to mobile receipt printing, retailers are embracing new formats that enable a better customer experience. Here's what we can expect in 2019 and beyond:

  ● Improved touchscreen systems
  ● Mobile or fixed payment kiosks
  ● Portable device-based terminals
  ● All-in-one POS systems
  ● Hardware-as-a-Service  retaildive.com

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Home Depot Rolls Out Same-Day Delivery to 35 Markets in US

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Study: Robotics Presents Opportunity to Security Industry
Automation is one of the biggest trends associations are facing, and the security industry is no exception. According to a new report from the Security Industry Association (SIA), the demand for robotics is growing fast, with an expected market growth of more than 20 percent over the next five years and more than 40 percent of survey respondents saying they had plans to use robots for security.

The research attributes the rise in security automation to the overall evolution of technology, as well as its potential to enhance the skills of security officers. Where humans have limitations in seeing in the dark, picking up signals, and sensing and responding to environment changes, robotic technologies can step in for increased security coverage, says SIA.

John Santagate, research director of service robots at the International Data Corporation, said in the press release that, like other industries, the increase in automation doesn't signify a move to replace human security officers.

"The most important point to consider is that security robots are not meant to replace humans in the security operation," he said. "Rather, they are meant to take on certain tasks and greatly enhance the capabilities of human security operators."

The report also showed that robotics can strengthen the security systems in "soft targets," such as malls and stadiums, by accommodating multiple sensor types and sensing requirements. associationsnow.com

Uber Fined $148 Million for Breach Cover-Up
Attempting to cover up a data breach was a failed mission for Uber, who yesterday announced that it has agreed to a $148m settlement. The fine for its 2016 data breach and cover-up sends a strong message not only to Uber but to organizations across all sectors that data breaches - whether disclosed or not - come at a hefty price.

In November 2017 Uber shocked the cybersecurity community when it confessed that it had indeed attempted to hide the fact that data of 57 million users was stolen. In response to the settlement news, Tim Erlin, VP at Tripwire, said, "There's no doubt that the cover-up behavior was impactful in how this settlement played out. It's a good reminder to all organizations of how a good breach response plan can help avoid poor decision making in the midst of an incident. infosecurity-magazine.com

Australian Apple hacker avoids jail, gets eight months probation
A Melbourne teenager who pleaded guilty in Australia's Children's Court to repeatedly hacking into Apple's corporate systems because he admired the company was reportedly sentenced to eight months of probation and will avoid jail time.

The 19-year-old man, who was a 16-year-old private schoolboy when he first began intruding into Apple's systems, received a lenient sentence, and is now slated to study criminology and cybersecurity in college. scmagazine.com

Fingerprint Door-Lock Maker Hit With Ill. Biometrics Suit
The manufacturer of a door lock that opens with the touch of a finger is the latest company to face a lawsuit under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, with a proposed class of customers claiming U-Tec didn't meet the law's disclosure requirements.

U-Tec Group Inc.'s smart locks and the associated smartphone app can store data for up to 95 fingerprints, but the company has never informed its customers that it will be collecting and storing their biometric information or how long the information will be kept, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday.

U-Tec's door-lock products allow people to open the lock with a stored fingerprint or remotely open the door through an app, according to the company website.

The Biometric Information Privacy Act provides a private right of action and allows for damages of $5,000 for each willful or reckless violation and $1,000 for each negligent violation. law360.com

Tech Giants Want Uniform Privacy Law, But No GDPR
Technology giants said at a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday that they would embrace new federal privacy legislation in the wake of headline-grabbing data misuse scandals, but urged Congress to use a lighter touch than regulators have in Europe where a strict privacy regime went into effect in May.

Representatives from Google LLC, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Twitter Inc., AT&T Inc. and Charter Communications Inc. all said they would support some sort of privacy law that would give consumers more control over the way in which their data is used. law360.com

Online textbook rental company Chegg suffers breach affecting 40M customers

Vectra wins 'Overall Threat Detection Solution of the Year'
at CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

CyberInt Joins R-CISC Community to Bolster U.S. Retail Cyber Security

Symantec says nearly 250,000 attempts to steal card data blocked



Cyber Security - How Far Does Digital Retail Go?

With digital technology becoming engrained in every aspect of retail and loss prevention - from scan-and-go and mobile pay to facial recognition and real-time information sharing with other retailers and law enforcement - what can we expect to see from the federal government, state governments and trade associations for help and support?

Christian Beckner, Sr. Director, Retail Technology, NRF, and Bob Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention, NRF, discuss how these new technologies are impacting customer experience, store safeness, and LP and IT Security's ability to prevent fraud.

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Fraud Shifts Online
There's a downside to e-commerce's rapid growth: Online retailers are facing a future with a growing number of data breaches, attacking millions of consumers that will cost them millions of dollars.

These data breaches of large, well-known brands highlight fraud's shift online and the need for merchants to understand the weak points on their websites and apps, and how to secure them. That's a marked shift from just a few years ago when major criminal attacks that hit retailers such as Home Depot Inc., TJ Maxx and Target Corp. originated offline. But criminals, like many consumers, are shifting to the internet.

However, there are a number of ways online retailers can protect themselves against fraudulent transactions, including updating their fraud prevention technology, ensuring consumers who sign up for an account are legitimate shoppers, differentiating their fraud prevention strategies for desktop and mobile devices, and ensuring their vendor partners have the necessary security measures in place.

The fraud problem is twofold and cyclical. When a retailer suffers a data breach, shopper data is compromised. Then, with the increase in compromised records, criminals can make online purchases with legitimate credit card information and "identities," which makes it harder for retailers to distinguish good customers from criminals. So a data breach, in addition to hurting the breached retailer's reputation, potentially harms all retailers. Read more: digitalcommerce360.com

'They should embrace the fact that they're not Amazon':
Inside eBay's pitch to brands

Battling competition from Amazon, Shopify, and retailer e-commerce, eBay is making a core part of its pitch larger, non-DTC brands. Part of this is a new way of marketing itself, as an e-commerce "concierge" that can help large brands like KitchenAid or Acer build their online stores on its platform.

eBay's pitch to brands is being able to let them own the relationship with their customers - a "friendly face" instead of a foe that may develop copycat products.

Instead of presenting itself as a massive marketplace that brands plug into, eBay is selling itself as a tool for brands to build their own marketplaces through personalized daily interactions. eBay also emphasizes its ability to amplify brands' outreach to customers through online campaigns and events.

Through its emphasis on service and efforts to develop direct relationships with customers, eBay seeks to address some of the pain points some Amazon sellers have expressed about the platform, including the desire for more control over data, unresponsiveness, and frustrations over the growth of counterfeit sellers. digiday.com

Amazon sues over malicious ads, alleging a 'sophisticated and widespread' scheme to deceive consumers
A lawsuit filed by the company in federal court in Seattle details a campaign that uses deceptive ads, websites and popup messages to generate fraudulent advertising revenue and obtain the personal information of online consumers, wrongly taking advantage of the company's brand recognition.

The suit continues, "The web page is designed to deceive users into believing Defendants' website is affiliated with Amazon-all of which entices users to click on Defendants' websites, participate in purported surveys and other offerings, and provide their personal information. Defendants have further taken steps to intentionally obfuscate their identities by creating a sophisticated web of sites to commit this fraud." geekwire.com

eBay Begins Managing Payments in the U.S.

Online grocery shoppers want more deals and personalized offers

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Update: Oakland, CA: Alameda County Sheriff Confirm 7 Arrests In Connection With Apple Store Robberies; Statewide Sting
Seven people have been arrested in Oakland in connection with robberies around the state, including recent thefts at Apple stores, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said. Sgt. Ray Kelly said the seven people have been booked at the county jail in connection with the robberies. The Oakland Police Department said in an email message that on Tuesday it "assisted another law enforcement agency by arresting multiple individuals wanted on criminal warrants."

Oakland police said, "These arrests are in connection to large-scale crimes that were committed throughout the state of California." The department said it is working with multiple law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions and their respective district attorneys' offices for review and charging. sfgate.com

Update: New York man waives case in Organized Retail Theft Ring
A Rochester, New York, man accused of being involved in an organized retail theft ring that hit Walmart stores in the Erie region waived his case to court on Tuesday as the Pennsylvania State Police continued their search for a second suspect. Todd L. Jackson, 21, was released on $100,000 unsecured bond after waiving to court felony counts of conspiracy, organized retail theft, receiving stolen property and retail theft at his preliminary hearing before Summit Township District Judge Brian McGowan on Tuesday morning.

Jackson had been in the Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond since his Sept. 11 arraignment. Jackson was charged, along with Darin L. Thompson, in a state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation probe into a rash of thefts from Walmart stores in Erie, Crawford and Bradford counties between March and June. Investigators charge that at least eight to 10 suspects are believed to have been involved in the theft of thousands of dollars' worth of inkjet printer cartridges and other electronic items. Thompson remained at large Tuesday. No one else has been charged in the investigation. goerie.com

Lewisburg, WV: Man facing Grand Larceny charge for theft of $2,500 of merchandise from Walmart
Police officers were called to Walmart in Lewisburg at approximately 1 a.m. Monday morning to investigate reports of a Jeep Liberty ramming a vehicle in the parking lot. Police later learned that Jeffrey Adkins, 35, was accused of leaving the store through an emergency exit with reportedly stolen merchandise. After hearing the store's alarm go off, a customer in the parking lot attempted to block Adkins in while relaying information to a 911 center. register-herald.com

Lancaster County, PA: Police seek men accused of stealing over $600 in Tide Pods and Soap from Giant
Police are seeking two men who allegedly stole over $600 worth of soap products. According to police, on September 15, two men filled two shopping carts with soap products at the Giant onLititz Pike. The men left the store with the merchandise without paying. The stolen items, which included 12 packs of Tide Pods and 35 bars of soap, were valued at over $600. fox43.com

Quincy, MA: TJ Maxx Loss Prevention assaulted during $500 apprehension
Police say a Quincy man slammed an employee's head against a wall on Tuesday after he was caught shoplifting at T.J.Maxx. Antony M. Dimeco, 35, was arrested and charged with shoplifting, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. Police say Dimeco was about to steal more than $500 worth of clothing on Tuesday when a T.J. Maxx loss prevention employee tried to stop him. The two began to struggle and police said Dimeco pushed the employee's head against a wall, sending him to the ground.

Police said that an officer spotted Dimeco still carrying the clothes he stole from the store. Dimeco ran through a construction a site away from the officer, but was eventually arrested despite his attempts to pull away while being handcuffed. wickedlocal.com

Chula Vista, CA: JC Penney Masked Robbers Pull Off Jewelry Smash and Grab
Chula Vista police swarmed a J.C. Penney Wednesday night after employees reported two men armed with guns and hammers robbed the jewelry department. An employee told NBC 7 off camera that two ski mask-clad men dressed in all black rushed into the store at around 8:30 p.m. They used their hammers to smash the glass protecting the precious jewelry, creating commotion inside the store among employees and customers. Another employee confirmed that they got away with some valuable items, but didn't say exactly what they were or their value. nbcsandiego.com

Racine, WI: Chilean women arrested for alleged retail thefts in 3 states
Two women face charges for a string of retail thefts spanning three Midwestern states. Maria J. Espinoza-Carvajal, 29, and Allison Valentina Fernandez-Villegas, are both citizens of Chile but reside in California. Police said that they had flown to Minnesota, where they began stealing from retail stores and then moved on to Wisconsin and Illinois. Combined, Espinoza-Carvajal and Fernandez-Villegas allegedly stole more than $500 worth of items from the Victoria's Secret inside Regency Mall on Aug. 18.

The two women were arrested on Aug. 19 by the Vernon Hills Police Department in Illinois and were found to have taken several items from Racine's Victoria's Secret without paying for them. The Chicago Tribune reported that Espinoza-Carvajal and Fernandez-Villegas were arrested because they allegedly provided fake names and fake IDs to police after getting into a traffic accident. In Wisconsin, both women face charges of felony retail theft between $500 and $5,000. journaltimes.com

Rabun County, GA: Walmart Shoplifter gets stuck behind Home Depot after fleeing police; stolen merchandise valued at $800
As the saying goes, "don't throw me in the brier patch," one fleeing thief decided to do just that, in an attempt to elude law enforcement following her shoplifting spree at a local retailer. Deputies from the Rabun County Sheriff's Office were dispatched in reference to a female shoplifter who was running from Walmart. Once the responding law enforcement officer arrived at the scene, he found the suspect hiding behind the Home Depot in a briar thicket. Unable to move, the woman received assistance from the deputy to remove her from the thorny mess. sky963.com

Jackson, AL: AT&T store burglars get away; $70,000 in phones and accessories were recovered

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Shootings & Deaths

Minneapolis, MN: Longtime violent felon, 55, kills man during fight at Cub Foods
A fight between two men inside a Cub Foods in Minneapolis ended with one of them dead in the parking lot and the other in jail, authorities said Wednesday. The clash at the Cub on 26th Avenue S. drew officers to the scene about 11 p.m. Tuesday, where they found one of the men down outside the store, police said. The man was taken to the Medical Center, where he died. Officers quickly located the other man, a longtime felon with a rape conviction and dozens of other convictions on his record, at a home nearby and arrested him. startribune.com

Update: Durham, NC: Police identify man fatally shot outside Circle K
Police have identified the man fatally shot outside a Durham convenience store Tuesday as Colby Aaron Lucas, 29, of Durham. Investigators have interviewed a person of interest in the case but have made no arrests. Officers were alerted at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday about a shooting in the parking lot of the Circle K, at 109 N.C. 54, near the Homestead Market shopping center. They found a man who had been shot. Emergency workers pronounced the victim dead at the scene. newsobserver.com

Indianapolis, IN: Man arrested for the May 2018 murder of Shell gas station clerk

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Fort Worth, TX: Walmart Loss Prevention Associate stops pair who tried to snatch Child from cart
A loss prevention officer at a Texas Walmart stopped a possible kidnapping Monday evening, police said.
The employee confronted a man and woman who were trying to take a 4-year-old girl from a shopping cart. Afterward, the pair left the store and drove away in a red SUV. No arrests have been made, as the Fort Worth Police Department continues to investigate. The child is reported to be OK. star-telegram.com

Emeryville, CA: Apple store Grab & Run thieves hit for the 4th time in a month
The Emeryville PD sent a Nixle alert yesterday for another 'grab & run' robbery at the Bay Street Emeryville Apple Store. This was at least the fourth incident of this type in a one month span. Today at about 12:23PM, a group of 6-8 subjects committed a grab and run theft at the Apple Store in Emeryville. The suspects fled with an unknown amount of Apple products. The investigation is ongoing. On August 25th, a resident reported being witness to one of these incidents on Nextdoor.com. Since then, there have been similar incidents reported on September 4th & 12th. Phone carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T have also reportedly been targets of these type of thefts. evilleeye.com

Hollywood, CA: 2 Men Shoot C-Store Clerk with BB Gun while trying to Steal Beer
A clerk at a Hollywood convenience store was punched, kicked and shot several times with an air gun after confronting three individuals who were attempting to steal beer Wednesday evening, police said. The violent ordeal unfolded after two women came into the store at the Arco gas station just after 5 p.m. The footage shows one of the women leave with a case of beer without paying, and the clerk goes out to confront her.

After the pair exchanged words, the women returned with others. The employee tries to keep them from entering the store, but the group overpowers him. The video shows one of the women ripping off the worker's shirt as she attempts to pull him to the ground, while a man stands outside the door and appears to be mocking him. Another man then emerges from behind with a weapon in his hand, takes aim at the clerk and shoots. Police believe it wasn't a firearm but a BB gun. ktla.com

South Bend, IN: Police Officer on paid leave amid shoplifting investigation
A South Bend Police officer is on paid leave after being accused of stealing by loss prevention staff at a local retail store. The officer, who is not being named by the department, was stopped yesterday, according to a news release. southbendtribune.com

Indiana Supreme Court Cell Phone Ruling Reopens Indiana Robbery Case
Marcus Zanders is serving a 61-year sentence for a string of liquor-store robberies in Dearborn County in 2015. Police cracked the case by getting cellphone records from Sprint which showed Zanders' phone in the vicinity of two package stores right around the time they were robbed. The Supreme Court ruled that since police were collecting evidence from a third party, not from Zanders himself, that no warrant was needed. wibc.com

New South Wales: Sydney, Australia couple allegedly used cryptocurrency to launder Credit Card fraud proceeds; More than $300,000 was allegedly shifted to Cryptocurrencies

Jared in the Newport News Mall, Newport, VA reported a Grab &Run on 9/26, items valued at $4,099

Arson & Fire

Marrero, LA: Accused Walmart Halloween aisle arsonist arrested
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says it has arrested a suspect in a recent arson investigation. The crime happened on Wednesday, September 19, at the Walmart store in Marrero. Deputies say a man entered the store at about 8:40 that morning and wandered the aisles aimlessly for about 30 minutes. Then they say he started a fire in the seasonal section of the store which was full of Halloween merchandize. wgno.com


Bomb Threat

Franklin, WI: Man who prompted bomb scare, store evacuations arrested; Walmart & Sam's Club locations targeted

Sentencings & Charges

Cameron County, TX: Former Constable charged with $860 theft; Worked as a security guard for Walmart
A former Cameron County Precinct 4 constable arrested a week ago is accused of stealing $860 worth of merchandise while working as a security guard for Walmart. The Brownsville Police Department arrested Jerry Xagoraris and charged him with official oppression and theft. The Walmart Loss Prevention Manger told police that Xagoraris worked for Walmart as an off-duty security guard at the location for about four years. brownsvilleherald.com

San Antonio, TX: Man charged in multiple store robberies over past several months; EZ Pawn and Dollar General


AT&T - Jackson, AL - Burglary
Apple Store - Emeryville, CA - Robbery
Auto Dealership - Mobile, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Roanoke Rapids, NC - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot & wounded
C-Store - Austin, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Gastonia, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Madison Heights, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Forsyth, MO - Robbery
Circle K - Newton, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery / 2nd this month
Dollar General - Janesville, WI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Williamsburg, KY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Atascadero, CA - Robbery
Gas Station - Melrose, CA - Armed Robbery/Man shot
Gas Station - Hollywood, CA - Armed Robbery
JC Penney - Chula Vista, CA - Robbery
Metro PCS - Brooklyn Park, MD - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Redlands, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Virginia Beach, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Canton, MA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hickory Hills, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
22 robberies
2 burglaries
2 shootings
0 killings






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