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R-CISC Announces Winners of First-Annual
Peer Choice Awards

Target, MGM Resorts, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Flashpoint recognized by peers for leadership in the cyber security community

Washington, DC - At its annual summit event, the Retail Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), which houses the Retail ISAC, announced the winners of the first-annual 2017 Cyber Security Peer Choice Awards. The awards recognize R-CISC member contributions and leadership in the cyber security community.

Members of the R-CISC vote for their peers in the various categories including, Cybersecurity Practitioner of the Year, Breakthrough Female in Cybersecurity, CISO of the Year, Associate Company of the Year, Outstanding Cybersecurity Team.

The 2017 Peer Choice Award Winners:

Cybersecurity Practitioner of the Year - Kyle Davis, Cyber Threat Intelligence - Lead Analyst, Target
The recipient of this award will be a retail cyber intelligence practitioner who has demonstrated significant time, energy and involvement to add value to the R-CISC organization by sharing threat intelligence, contributing content to webinars, events, or working groups. This individual is a dedicated champion for cyber intelligence sharing.

Breakthrough Female in Cybersecurity - Michel Huffaker, Program Manager, IT Threat Intelligence, MGM Resorts International
This award recognizes an outstanding female practitioner at any level in the retail cyber intelligence field. She is a leader devoted to advancing cyber defense and increasing collective knowledge share and distribution within her organization and in the community.

CISO of the Year - Jim Cameli, VP & Global CISO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
The CISO of the year award honors exceptional leadership of a chief information security officer or equivalent from the R-CISC member community. This individual empowers their team to innovate, adapt and evolve their processes to fit the needs of the evolving threat landscape. They champion, nurture, support and encourage their team which results in high performance and outcomes.

Associate Company of the Year - Flashpoint, the leader in Business Risk Intelligence
This peer nominated award is for exceptional support as an Associate Member to the R-CISC organization and retailer member companies. They have displayed valuable support to R-CISC members by way of their offerings of thought leadership on agendas, webinars, blogs, newsletters, etc.

Outstanding Cybersecurity Team - Target
This peer nominated award is for exceptional achievement as cybersecurity team. The organization showed a united effort to advance the defense of their business assets through sharing information for the betterment of the retail enterprise.
 


Inside Target's Cyber Fusion Center

In late 2014, Target launched its Cyber Fusion Center (CFC). The goal of the CFC space is to bring Target's key information security teams together to work faster and with more agility than ever before. A large, open space with lots of natural light, it was designed with collaboration in mind. Teams sit in an open format, arranged based on the logical flow of information. "With no walls between any of the groups, members can connect to share information quickly and make fast and accurate decisions," says Dave Baumgartner, Vice President, Cyber Security. "The entire team can come together in a moment's notice." Read more here.


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Craig Gage named Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Chewy

Craig was previously the Director of Loss Prevention, Safety and Risk Management for Brown's Super Stores (ShopRite) for over two years before taking this new role. Craig also held a variety of loss prevention and safety managerial positions including District Loss Prevention Manager for Sears Holdings Corp., Senior Manager of Loss Prevention for Amazon, Senior Manager of Safety, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for The Home Depot and District Assets Protection Team Leader for Target. Craig earned his Bachelors of Science in Security Management for Saint John's University. Congratulations Craig!

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Rules Aren't Enough to Foster Ethical Behavior
Companies that rely on rules to ensure employees do what they are supposed to can find themselves on the wrong end of a reputational problem.

Smart companies understand that foisting a series of rules upon workers won't necessarily result in employees acting more ethically or engaging in less misconduct, said Susan Divers, a senior adviser at LRN. Better for them to structure their ethics and compliance programs to get employees to consider the ethical implications of the decisions they make before they make them, and to take actions that lead to a stronger workplace culture and improved company performance, she said.

LRN earlier this year came out with a report that identified workplace behaviors that can better bring out positive changes to culture and performance. While a company needs rules and regulations, Ms. Divers said they don't really work as a motivator or as a guide for how to behave. "Most companies' policies are a nightmare, they're almost impossible to understand if you are not a lawyer," she said. "Most don't say, 'We would like you to always behave ethically, in the right manner, even if it is not mandated by law.'"

Companies that want to change their programs to become more values-focused can start by talking more about their values and their mission, said Ms. Divers, adding that "employees get that and want to do right thing most of the time.

They want to feel part of something bigger, something greater." Another way to bring about change that she said is beginning to gain traction at some companies is taking a wholesale look at all policies and asking if the point of the rule is to better communicate with employees, customers and others or whether it is just for "playing legal defense," she said. wsj.com


ASIS: Vegas Massacre Follows Common Lone Wolf Pattern
Free Active Shooter Resources

ASIS International condemns the horrific massacre of Las Vegas concertgoers on Sunday night. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims, families, and friends of those killed and wounded in this tragedy. We also salute all the first responders who so bravely rushed forward to help prevent even more loss of life.

This senseless violence follows an all-too common pattern of lone wolf attacks targeting citizens where they live, work, and play. Our members, 35,000 strong, stand united against this evil.

Today, we have made available soft target and active shooter resources, including standards, white papers, education recordings, and book chapters. We will continue to bring our resources to bear to help deter, prevent, and minimize future attacks. In the days ahead, we will work with our Las Vegas chapter to help the area and its citizens recover and gather best practices to help make our communities more resilient. asisonline.org

Here Come the Drones
Las Vegas Shooting to Change Security Priorities, Experts Say

Sunday's mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip might not have been preventable from a security standpoint, but lessons learned from it figure to alter how authorities prepare for major events and respond to potential tragedies, experts said.

"Each incident changes how we plan and how we react," DeCapua said. "It's a constant process of analysis, looking at the plans, training and exercising."

investigators also figure to hunt for better ways to reduce risks, such as looking at whether drone technology could have been used to detect when the hotel windows were blown out by gunfire. That might have helped authorities pinpoint the shooter's location faster, he said. govtech.com

UK's Largest Retailer Fraud Trial of 3 Top Execs Update
Whistleblower - Lidl & Aldi Competition Led to $331M Fraud

Amit Soni, a senior member of Tesco's finance team who allegedly acted as a whistleblower in the case, gave evidence on the fourth day of the trial at Southwark Crown Court in London on Wednesday, and said in court Tesco UK was under financial pressure when he joined in 2013, both because of external factors, such as competition from discounters Lidl and Aldi, and because of internal pressures to meet targets.

He said defendant Chris Bush, former Tesco UK managing director, arranged meetings with Tesco's commercial directors in August 2014 - the month before the company restated its profits - at which the directors voiced concerns about the practice of "pulling forward" income from future accounting periods and booking it ahead of time.

One of the commercial directors, George Wright, told Bush that he was uncomfortable with conversations with suppliers relating to "pull-forward" and said he felt uncomfortable with using the practice to plug gaps in accounts. Wright is said to have told Bush: "I don't want to go to jail for this."

Soni said that his team had prepared a document for the meetings, which suggested Tesco's budget could fall 240M pounds ($331M U.S.) short of the overall target for the first half of Tesco's financial year. Soni said the gap began "looking insurmountable."

He said Chris Bush's told commercial directors who were worried about the figure "to go back and make plans to hit the numbers rather than come out with gaps."

Former Tesco UK managing director Christopher Bush, former UK finance director Carl Rogberg, and former food commercial director John Scouler are all charged with fraud by false accounting and of fraud by abuse of position. businessinsider.com

2 Pa. Pharmacy Execs Face Prison - Sending $2.6M Expired Drugs to Nursing Homes
Pharmacy Owner To Pay $2.67M

A western Pennsylvania pharmacy chain of five stores and an institutional distribution business, will pay the federal government $2.67 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it submitted claims to Medicaid and Medicare while providing patients at nursing homes with unused recycled drugs, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that two employees had been criminally charged.

Med-Fast Pharmacy Inc., owner Douglas Kaleugher agreed to pay a fine of $2,666,300 to settle civil FCA allegations to resolve claims from two separate whistleblower lawsuits. Former Med-Fast Vice President of Store Operations Gino Cordisco pled guilty and faces 5 years in prison. Correnna Pfieffer, who managed Med-Fast's institutional pharmacy, pled guilty and is looking at 10 to 16 months to be sentenced this month. law360.com

Largest food stamp fraud case in history
Dozen charged for $20 million scheme

South Florida reached another fraud milestone for what the Justice Department called "the largest combined financial fraud loss for a food stamp trafficking takedown in history." That dubious new record, federal prosecutors claim, is $20 million and resulted in a dozen charged with doing the government dirty via food stamp fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

"In this instance, eight small convenience stores in South Florida committed a staggering amount of fraud in a relatively short amount of time," said Karen Citizen-Wilcox, special agent in charge, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of the Inspector General, in a release. "These retailers created an illegal benefits exchange system that defrauded the American taxpayer and denied healthy foods to needy children and their families. The store owners who allegedly orchestrated this trafficking scheme pocketed millions in 'fees' which they charged for converting food assistance benefits into cash." miamiherald.com

Kroger to Merge With Ahold Delhaize?
"Fantastic Firepower," & Save $1.8B in synergies

Speculation was mentioned in an analyst report out of Europe and reported on in the U.S. Tuesday by the Cincinnati Business Courier drove Kroger stock up Tuesday. supermarketnews.com

One Down One to Go?
Sears Canada Liquidation May Be Imminent
Liquidation Proposal Due Oct. 7th

Sears Canada Inc. is moving toward getting court approval for liquidating its business by Oct. 13 as a revised bid this week for the retailer continues to face hurdles. The latest offer by a management group led by executive chairman Brandon Stranzl to buy Sears and keep it running fails to provide creditors with a better recovery than selling the retailer's assets separately to others. Latest Stranzl bid, which was submitted late Tuesday, "is not a very good offer," adding that Sears and its advisers are still assessing the offer. The latest Stranzl bid would keep about 60 stores operating.

Sears must come up with a liquidation proposal on Oct. 7 that can be approved by the court by Oct. 13, according to terms of its latest DIP lending agreement. theglobeandmail.com

Kohl's - Amazon - Macy's
"Debunking the Millennial Brand Preference Myth" - Here's A Shocker

Goldman Sachs report examining U.S. millennial brand and retailer affinity shows Kohl's, despite its recent stumbles, is actually the favorite retailer of millennial women and the number-three favorite among young men, after Amazon and Macy's.

It's also no secret that millennials, consumers roughly between the ages of 18 and 35, are the most important demographic group impacting apparel and other style-driven markets today. Although they control only about a quarter of all dollars spent in fashion categories, their spending is expected to increase almost 40 percent in real terms over the next 15 years as they approach their peak spending years.

Their unique approach to consumption, with focus on technology, value, convenience, experience over stuff, authenticity, and transparency are by now the stuff of legend. But the widely held notion that younger consumers want no part of traditional retail brands or channels is an overly simplistic one according to the study findings. Millennial consumers, it turns out, have a penchant for many of the same stores and brands as their older GenX and Baby Boomer cohorts, a fact that could have major strategic implications for both next-gen and traditional retailers. therobinreport.com

Johnson Controls Sells Scott Safety to 3M for About $2B

Walmart and Cabela's Appear to Stop Selling Bump-Stock Devices for Guns

After Las Vegas mass shooting, 'bump stock' is hot at gun stores

Costco, TJ Maxx, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus closed on Thanksgiving

NRF Estimates Retailers To Hire 690,000 Seasonal Workers

Eurozone's Retail Sales Declined 2nd Month in Row -0.5%
 


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Agilence Hosts 4th Annual User Forum with Industry-Leading Retail and Restaurant Brands

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Oct. 5, 2017 -- Agilence, Inc., the leader in cloud-based data analytics for store operations and loss prevention, today announced the successful conclusion of their Fourth Annual 20/20 User Forum held in Nashville, TN. At the 20/20 User Forum, attendees came together to network, share ideas, and influence the direction of the 20/20 Data Analytics platform. Presentations were conducted by Rite Aid, Haggar Clothing, Pier 1 Imports, and members of the Agilence staff.

"Our goal with every User Forum is to provide attendees with insights and value they can't get from any other event," said Catherine Penizotto, Vice President of Customer Success at Agilence. "This year we have taken that idea a step further with more user presentations, an executive think tank, new user sessions, and the ability for attendees to earn up to 7 CEUs towards their Loss Prevention Foundation LPC recertification."

Below is a partial list of feedback from some of the leading brands that attended the 20/20 User Forum:

● "The best one yet, and one of the best user conferences I have attended. Just the right balance of serious and fun."
● "It was our first time [attending], we enjoyed everything, especially meeting the staff. The Agilence staff was personable, fun, and always interested in doing what they can to help the customer."
● "A big thank you for the one-on-one personal attention I received, again, I feel like I am the only user!"
● "A great conference that was engaging, educational and fun."
● "I picked up many new ideas for improving my skills with 20/20."

During the event, Agilence also hosted their annual Visionary Award presentation. This award recognizes the company with the most unique use of data analytics that has positively affected their organization. This year the award was presented to Heinen's Grocery Stores.

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U.S. Cyber Security in a "Pre-9/11 Moment"
National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NICA) Declares
What Security Teams Need to Know about the NIAC Report

A report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Commission (NIAC) suggests that the United States is in a "pre-9/11 moment." The authors were addressing the potential of a catastrophic cyber attack against the US that could result in the cyber equivalent of the 9/11 attack.

Which of the recommendations will affect security teams, and what should they do to prepare? These developments, arising from three specific recommendations should be tracked closely:

1. Recommendation: Identify the best-in-class scanning tools and assessment practices, and then apply them to the most critical networks.

2. Recommendation: Establish limited-time, outcome-based market incentives to encourage organizations to upgrade cyber infrastructure, invest in state-of-the-art technologies, and meet industry standards or best practices.

3. Recommendation: Establish separate, secure communications networks specifically designated for the most critical cyber networks.


The urgency depicted in the NIAC report and the increasing frequency and impact of large breaches like Equifax is accelerating the government's concern with the state of the nation's cybersecurity. We recommend keeping an eye on the steps that will be taken based on the report's recommendations, as we may be heading toward a cyber Sarbanes-Oxley Act. darkreading.com

Rethinking the Entire Credit Bureau Model
One More Reason to Care about the Equifax Data Breach
GDPR's Explicit Consent Provision is Coming

The Equifax data breach should open our eyes to the issue of explicit consent, a concept our peers in Europe are dealing with now.

However, as serious as the scale of the breach may be today, the Equifax case could have several even longer-term effects.

Maybe other organizations will benefit from what they learn about the patching issue. But the Equifax case also raises questions about how data is acquired and used. In fact, it's time to rethink the core credit bureau model.

You entrust retailers, banks, and many other businesses with your data. You have a direct business relationship with them.

Credit bureaus also collect large volumes of second-and third-party data. But unlike your relationship with retailers, you may have never personally engaged with Equifax and the other credit bureaus.

Explicit consent is something you are going to hear plenty about in the coming months as companies all over the world strive to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before May. A key element of that regulation is that if your company -- even if it is based in the US -- collects data about EU residents, you have to get explicit consent from thorse residents to store or use their data.

The explicit consent provision and other requirements found in GDPR need to be applied to the credit bureaus, even if it completely alters their business models. The consumer has too much at stake to have so much of their life history being stored by a third party, often without their knowledge.

Equifax breach holds lessons for all of us. Maybe it will show analytics leaders and the C-suite executives who always demand to know more, more, and more about all of us just how serious the risks are in using and misusing data culled from other sources and intended for other purposes, particularly without our explicit consent.

Editor's Note: We knew this was coming and it won't stop. The question becomes how much of an impact will it have when corporate America relies so heavily on that data for billions of dollars in investments and decisions? But the Equifax breach combined with Europe's roll-out of the new GDPR will end up being a game changer. informationweek.com

Yahoo, Equifax Serve as Cautionary Tales in Discerning Data Breach Scope
Asset Management - Data Set Inventories

Yahoo and Equifax's separate disclosures this week that previously reported data breaches at their organizations were even bigger than first thought illuminated the massive challenge enterprises face in gauging the true scope of malicious intrusions these days.

"Most of it centers on the lack of sound asset management and inventory processes," he says. Many organizations don't actually know what they have to begin with, and therefore struggle to figure out what was breached when an incident occurs. "And, to be fair, a lot of hackers don't make it easy to figure out either," Wenzler says. "Systems can be compromised quietly, with no trace of anything serious being done, which can make it difficult for a researcher to know for certain that a system was compromised."

Companies with a less than perfect understanding of their assets are likely to keep discovering more datasets that have been compromised than they originally assumed when investigating a breach incident, he says.  darkreading.com

Leaving the Back Door Open
Equifax's Retired CEO Admits They Missed Updating Apache Patch

Smith noted that when Equifax's security organization first heard from US-CERT about an Apache Struts vulnerability that needed to be patched, the information was promptly relayed to all applicable personnel. However, the vulnerability remained unpatched and was not caught in subsequent scans, giving the intruders a way into Equifax's network.

According to Smith's testimony, an employee had failed to patch software. That employee hasn't been identified and Equifax has stayed quiet until now about the person's employment status. thehill.com  darkreading.com

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Begins During Year of Major Breaches
October marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is likely to draw increased attention this year in the wake of the Equifax breach and other recent high-profile hacking incidents.

Started in 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaboration between government - the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - and private industry - the National Cyber Security Alliance, as well as other partners. Simply put, the month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding digital information.

Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, said that while increased attention to this matter has been building for some time, the nature of information compromised during the Equifax breach has made it resonate personally. govtech.com

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Bump stocks were used by the Las Vegas shooter to fire hundreds of rounds a minute - and now they're disappearing from online stores
As America reels from the horror of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, retailers are taking proactive steps.

Hunting outfitter Cabela's previously offered the Slide Fire bump stock for sale on its website, but that listing has been taken down.

A similar search at Cabela's subsidiary Bass Pro Shops yielded the same result. Cabela's did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Slide Fire, the company that makes the industry-leading version, according to the AP, sells the device for about $200, depending on what gun it is designed to be affixed to.

Google's shopping platform, however, will not allow searches for "bump stock" to yield results, similar to how it will not allow search results to populate for "gun" or other banned words.

A version of the bump stock was previously available for sale by a third-party seller on Walmart's website for an unknown period of time, but the retailer has pulled the listing.

Increased scrutiny around bump stocks isn't dampening demand, however. Slide Fire posted on its website Wednesday: "Due to extreme high demands, we are currently out of stock." businessinsider.com

5 Workers Died in Amazon Warehouses Since 2013
OSHA has cited Amazon & Temp. Agencies for safety violations
2 Deaths in Sept. Spawn Worker Advocates Concerns

As Amazon seeks incentives from cities and states for its second headquarters, H2Q, worker advocates argue that there is a need for accountability when public money is at stake.

Two recent deaths within a week at Amazon warehouses in Pennsylvania and Indiana show the need for strict accountability in exchange for public subsidies, say workplace safety and economic development experts. OSHA is investigating both incidents.

Devan Michael Shoemaker, age 28, was killed on Sept. 19 when he was run over by a truck at an Amazon warehouse in Carlisle, Pa. Phillip Terry, 59, was killed on Sept. 24, when his head was crushed by a forklift at an Amazon warehouse in Plainfield, Ind.

"Getting consumer goods dropped right on your doorstep is nice, but who is paying the price?" asked Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). "There is a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths at Amazon. Two workers have been crushed to death by forklifts, one dragged into a conveyor belt, another crushed by a pallet loader and one run over by a truck. The company monitors every move of both permanent and temporary employees to meet intense demands for high-speed delivery. But is it paying enough attention to workplace safety?" ehstoday.com

Falls Under the Definitions of "Precision LP" & "Total Retail Loss"
Many Marketers Say Media Buyers Are Responsible for Brand Safety

New data finds that a majority of advertisers are holding media buyers accountable for brand safety. But they believe communicating their brand identity to agencies and ad buying networks can help.

But marketers have also taken brand safety into their own hands to ensure reputable placement of their digital ads. Brand message, identity and associations are being communicated so that agencies and ad buying networks have a better sense of what's appropriate.

According to an August 2017 study by the CMO Council and Dow Jones, two-thirds of brand marketers worldwide place onus on media buying firms to ensure proper ad placement.

Unsurprisingly, consumers don't respond well to poorly or damagingly placed ads. CMO Council found that two-thirds of consumers would no longer use a brand after a negative ad experience, while more than one-third said their perception of a brand changes if its ads appear on questionable sites. Editor's Note: And that means a loss of sales and customers. emarketer.com

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Goodyear, AZ: CVS Pharmacy Tech charged with theft of over $100,000 in Diabetic Test Strips; sold stolen goods online
Police in Goodyear say a pharmacy technician has been arrested for theft, fraud and trafficking stolen property. They say 29-year-old Robert Kemple of Avondale was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into jail on Wednesday. Goodyear police were called to a CVS Pharmacy about fraudulent transactions by an employee. The company conducted its own investigation and determined that over the last seven months, Kemple allegedly had been fraudulently ordering diabetic test strips. Police say the supplier shipped the products to the pharmacy where Kemple took possession, concealed and removed the items from the store. They say Kemple admitted to selling the items through two online companies at reduced prices. The loss to CVS Pharmacy is estimated to be more than $100,000. miamiherald.com

San Antonio, TX: Target Asset Protection Leader Arrested in $115000 theft scheme targeting Gift Cards
When customers began complaining in November that the preloaded Target gift cards they bought or received showed balances of zero, an inquiry led to an unusual place: an assets protection leader for Target in San Antonio. Jaymes Allen Clark, 34, an honorably discharged Marine who worked at the Target store for more than two years, has been charged with trafficking in unauthorized access devices and conspiracy. He was ordered held without bail after a lengthy hearing Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney, who also found federal agents had enough probable cause to arrest him late last month. Court records filed by the U.S. Secret Service allege Clark spent a lot of his work time logging into an internal Target gift card database and provided information from it to at least two accomplices, who used the info and a cellphone app to get more Target or iTunes gift cards that they could redeem at cash value. Target estimated its losses at more than $115,000, the court records said. expressnews.com

Scarborough, ON, CN: Brazen $50,000 Burglary using power saws captured on video
Alpine Lawn & Garden has released security camera footage of a brazen break-in this week, in a bid to let the public know that $50,000 of goods have been stolen from the store. The videos, posted to YouTube, show two thieves using a power saw to cut through parking lot chain locks, front door locks and security cables connecting power saws to store shelves. The videos show the perpetrators moving around the store. The men stole two generators, two snow blowers, about six leaf blowers and trimmers and some power saws, loading and fleeing in a stolen U-Haul truck. cbc.ca


Jefferson County, AL: Search warrant nets over $17,000
in stolen retail merchandise

The United States Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at the residence of Larry Savage, Jr. on Oct. 2. Authorities say multiple firearms, illegal narcotics, over $17,000 in retail merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash were seized. The thefts occurred from retail locations in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa and Cullman counties. Authorities say the stolen merchandise was subsequently sold in several locations throughout Alabama. wbrc.com

Salina, KS: O'Reilly Auto Employee busted in $3,000 refund scam
Salina Police said that Andrew Guebara, 19, an employee at O'Reilly Auto Parts, was allegedly forging cash returns for items that were never sold. He would then pocket the money. The scheme was uncovered by auditing software. Authorities say that between Aug. 1 and Sept. 27, Guebara pocketed just under $3,000. He faces 43 counts of making false information, one count of felony theft and 43 counts of misdemeanor theft. hayspost.com

Sioux Falls, SD: Police are looking for two women who they say stole
more than $4,000 worth of merchandise

Police say the women were leaving a business with stolen jeans. While driving away, they allegedly hit a man with their car sending him flying onto the hood. An off-duty officer later saw the women with the jeans and stolen merchandise from five other stores, all from the Empire Mall. The 53-year-old man hit by the car was taken to the hospital with broken ribs. kdlt.com

Troy, MI: 'Panty' raid: Woman arrested for over $800 theft from Victoria's Secret
A woman's recent attempt to make off with $834 in Victoria's Secret merchandise without paying was apparently thwarted by a security officer, leading to her arrest. According to Troy police, a Somerset Collection security officer became suspicious when he noticed the woman walking out of a store carrying a merchandise-filled shopping bag from a store not located at that mall. The woman reportedly spotted the security guard, went back in the store and discarded the bag, then ran. The security guard gave chase and the woman was stopped outside by Police. theoaklandpress.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Police seek to Identify 2 in Hobby Lobby shoplifting

Llano County, TX: Nasaria Inez Limon, 25, of Kingsland was arrested Sept. 28 for motion to adjudicate-organized retail theft


Sentencings

Update: 2nd man sentenced to 1 year in prison for involvement in $20,000 Interstate Theft Ring
A second man should spend time in prison for using fraudulent credit cards to make purchases at a Corvallis grocery store, a judge decided Wednesday. On Wednesday, Judge Donohue sentenced 22-year-old Ramadan Abdi Ahmed, to 14 months in prison. Police say Ahmed was involved in an interstate theft ring that used stolen credit cards to purchase Apple Store gift cards. Last week, Donohue sentenced Yosief Bainosay Tesfamariam for his involvement in the same crime. Ahmed and Tesfamariam went to Safeway in November 2015 and purchased more than $20,000 worth of gift cards with fraudulent credit cards. gazettetimes.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Spokane, WA: Driver of stolen SUV shot,
killed by Police in Walmart parking lot

Following a carjacking reported on Monday, in which a person was shot twice, police located the stolen car in the parking lot of the Walmart. They called in more resources and set up surveillance on the car and noticed several people in and out of the car while waiting for backup. At one point the vehicle started to move and the officers moved in on the car, blocking it. Chief Meidl reports that the passenger in the vehicle got out of car, but the driver didn't get out. Two officers fired on the man, killing him. khq.com

Eatontown, NJ: Cop cleared in shooting of armed robbery suspect
 


Robberies & Thefts

Santa Fe, NM: Home Depot Shoplifting suspect escapes police for two hours
Santa Fe police say a 28-year old shoplifting suspect escaped from custody at police headquarters on Wednesday evening and later injured a homeowner during a burglary in a nearby neighborhood before officers managed to recapture him. A news release said Ryan Rubel Martinez is a suspect in a felony shoplifting incident last week at Home Depot, and that store employees on Wednesday spotted him trying to steal merchandise again. After officers detained Martinez, they placed him in an interview room at the police station because a holding cell was already in use, the statement said. When an officer left the room to attend to paperwork, Martinez stacked chairs to reach a ceiling tile and climbed out, police said.

Officers searched the building and set up a perimeter outside during what turned out to be a two-hour manhunt across parts of Santa Fe's southwest side, an effort that began during the evening traffic rush and ended when rain-drenched officers finally ran down the still-handcuffed fugitive on foot. santafenewmexican.com

Flower Mound, TX: Police Officer stabbed in the face by an Academy Sports shoplifter
Flower Mound Police Officer Chris Coots continues to recover after an incident last Friday in which he was stabbed by a theft suspect. According to police reports, officers responded around 10 p.m. Friday to a shoplifting call at Academy Sports and Outdoors. Capt. Wess Griffin of the FMPD said Coots was trying to arrest the suspect, 18-year-old Nikoli Duras Williford, when Williford turned and ran. Griffin said when Coots caught up with Williford, he stabbed the officer in the face. Griffin said Coots was taken to the hospital but is now home recovering. Records show that 16 items valued at $577 were stolen from Academy Friday night and recovered, including air pistols and clothes. starlocalmedia.com



Morrow, GA: Shoplifter pulls gun on Loss Prevention officers
at Walmart

According to the Morrow Police Department, the man was caught trying to steal two hover boards from the location around 11 a.m. on September 24. When the loss prevention officers confronted him, he pulled out a black, semi-automatic handgun and told them "get away or else". The officers backed off and the man escaped. cbs46.com


Melbourne, Australia: Three Columbian men arrested in connection to 33 Smash
& Grab Jewelry store Robberies

Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the receiving and selling of stolen jewelry after a series of violent armed robberies across Melbourne. Victoria Police said they executed warrants at a jewelry store, as well as residential properties in the CBD, Southbank and Caulfield North. Three Colombian men, aged 31, 36 and 34, were arrested. Acting Commander Peter De Santo said the investigation was launched after a series of armed robberies over the past 12 months. Thirty-three jewelry stores have been attacked in quick smash-and-grab robberies since October, with thieves using bats and hammers to shatter cabinets and threaten staff. abc.net.au

Watsonville, CA: SWAT ends 17 hour stand-off at a Burglary of a Gun Shop; suspect escaped

Two men indicted in Federal charges in Family Dollar Armed Robbery in Benton Harbor, MI

Colorado Springs, CO: Smash-and-grab gun theft from 'Dragon Man' was inside job; daughter of Owner's ex-wife

Hempfield Township, PA: Police searching for man who stole club head from Dick's Sporting Goods; possible repeat offender

Rugeley, England: Amazon Employee stole $9,000 of goods to pay to bring family from Romania to the UK

Kay Jewelers in the Fayette Pavilion, Fayetteville, GA reported a Diamond Switch on 10/4, item valued at $4,299

 


Sentencings

Minot, ND: Taco John's Employee sentence in Burglary
A 22-year-old former Dakota Square Mall Taco John's employee received 30 days in jail and a deferred imposition of sentence for two years of supervised probation Wednesday for burglarizing the business on May 18 and stealing $890.86. minotdailynews.com

Lancaster, PA: Teen accomplice to store clerk's murder has sentence reduced
 


Arson & Fire


Update - San Antonio, TX: Workers surprised Gym Co- Owner arrested for starting deadly Ingram Square fire; 1 firefighter killed, 2 injured in massive blaze
Emond Johnson has admitted to setting a fire in May that left one firefighter dead and two others injured, a fact that has left people who work in the Ingram Square strip mall dumbfounded. The pain left after the massive blaze took firefighter Scott Deem's life is even more excruciating now that it's been labeled arson. ksat.com

 


Credit Card Fraud

Collier County, FL: Florida Highway Patrol discover a stack of fake Credit cards and ID's during traffic stop
 


Skimming Theft

Columbia, SC: Duo May Have Stolen Credit Card Numbers From Gas Stations All Along I-95
Authorities say two people arrested in South Carolina with $35,000 and eight devices placed on gas pumps to steal credit card numbers may have stolen information all along Interstate 95 on the East Coast.

Yemassee police spokesman Matthew Garnes says his agency turned Yordan Alberto and Katty Andrea Carpio-Rios over to the U.S. Secret Service after discovering police in Georgia and South Carolina had similar cases. They could have hit dozens of gas stations on I-95 a day. nbcnews.com


 

Blaze Pizza - Little Rock, AR - Burglary
Burlington Coat - Yuma, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Klamath Falls, OR - Robbery
C-Store - Cartersville, GA - Burglary
C- Store - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Albany, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tipton, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Salt Lake, UT - Armed Robbery
CVS -Union, NJ - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery
HyVee - Fitchburg, WI - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Kingsman, AZ - Armed Robbery
Markley's Gun Shop - Watsonville, CA - Burglary
Shell - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Shell - Jacksonville, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Salt Lake, UT - Armed Robbery
 

 

Daily Totals:
13 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


 



 





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