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Harry Freed promoted to Director of Operations-Asset Protection for JCPenney
Harry has been with JCPenney since January 2017, when he joined the company as Sr. Manager of Corporate Operations Asset Protection. Prior to that, he held positions as District Manager for PetSmart, VP of Merchandising and Marketing for CompUSA and TigerDirect Retail Stores, and Sr. Director and Regional Sales Mgr Central US for CompUSA. He attended Sam Houston State University. Congratulations, Harry!

Jake Harris, CFI promoted to Senior Leader of Investigations for Rite Aid
Jake joined Rite Aid in February 2019 as Asset Protection District Leader for the San Bernardino/Los Angeles area. His new investigations position covers Central/Southern California. Jake's previous roles include District Loss Prevention Manager for Big Lots, and Sr. Investigator-ORC for Target. He holds a Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration degree from San Bernardino Valley College. Congratulations, Jake!

Happy Trails: David Sexton, Longtime VP of LP & Consulting for Jewelers Mutual Group, Retires
Sexton began his association with Jewelers Mutual in 1980 as an Underwriting Assistant and enhanced his career through roles in commercial lines customer service, CL underwriting, and specialty account management, becoming vice president of Loss Prevention and Consulting in 2004. In this critical loss prevention leadership role, Sexton was responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of Jewelers Mutual's loss prevention policy. Read more here.

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'Making a Murderer': From the Screen to the Hot Seat

Dave Thompson, CFI

VP of Operations,
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates


The Netflix true-crime documentary series "Making a Murderer" highlighted the case of Brendan Dassey and the interrogation that led to a highly controversial "confession" and guilty verdict resulting in Dassey's incarceration.

Worldwide leaders in non-confrontational interviewing techniques, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ), took a stand by highlighting the issues and errors made in these interrogations leading to coerced confessions - and have continued to use this case as an example in their training programs.

Dave Thompson, CFI, discusses the impact "Making a Murderer" has had on the interrogation community and how it's helped push the evolution of this essential skill for practitioners ranging from law enforcement to loss prevention.

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ADT Acquires I-View Now to Help Revolutionize Professional Monitoring
ADT, a smart-home security provider serving residential and business customers, has taken another step to reduce false alarms and improve emergency response by acquiring I-View Now, a leading video alarm verification service.

"ADT is a purpose-driven company," Jim DeVries, president and CEO, ADT, said in the announcement. "We believe everyone deserves to feel safe, which means we are always looking for opportunities to invest in new technologies that keep us at the forefront of security innovation."

With the use of I-View Now technology, public safety answering points (PSAPs), like 911 dispatchers, will be able to better confirm whether an alarm is a true emergency. Video, location, sound, sensor, user and activity data can now be combined with predictive analytics to provide a comprehensive dashboard of information about what is taking place during an alarm. This critical information allows customers, ADT and first responders to make better decisions quickly, helping protect lives and property.

For more information about ADT and I-View Now, please visit www.adt.com and www.i-viewnow.com.

Chicago's Retailers - Feeling the Theft Impact
State Attorney Rejecting 69% Of Felony Retail Theft Cases

CWB Chicago Reporter Takes Cook Co. State Atty to Task for Retail Theft Spiking
Shoplifting soars as prosecutors back off in Chicago

A CWBChicago examination of Chicago Police Department data found that retail theft cases are up sharply in recent years across the city and in its busiest shopping corridors.

The increase comes as
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx makes a public effort to back away from retail theft prosecutions. Attorneys in Foxx's office are instructed to not pursue felony charges against shoplifting suspects unless the value of the pilfered merchandise exceeds $1,000. That's three times the $300 felony threshold set by state law.

Since Foxx was elected in November 2016,
retail theft reports are up 20% across the city. Along the posh Rush Street shopping district, reported incidents have more than doubled. And on State Street, famed in movie and song for its shopping opportunities, retail theft cases are up 32%.

But the North Avenue retail strip between
Halsted Street and the Chicago River may be the hardest hit
Retailers there filed 100 shoplifting reports with police through the end of September. That's
more than all of last year.

In a meeting with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this summer, suburban mayors spoke about the frustration their police officers and retailers have had with Foxx's policies. 
From the Chicago Tribune:

"People are
not being prosecuted for stealing," Justice Mayor Kris Wasowicz told Preckwinkle during the event at the Oak Forest Village Hall hosted by 6th District Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller.

police officers are frustrated, my merchants are up in arms," Wasowicz said.

Thieves have shoplifted up to $1,000 worth of goods at a time from independent retail stores and prosecutors did doing nothing about it, he said.

"A thousand dollars in merchandise - for a small business that could be the profit margin for a month," Wasowicz said.

Foxx's office issued a statement after the meeting:

"The state's attorney's office continues to prosecute both misdemeanor retail theft cases when charged by law enforcement and felony retail theft cases to the full extent of the law," the office said.

Yet, Foxx's own policy of not pursuing felonies for thefts of less than $1,000 is a
direct conflict with her claim to be pursuing cases "to the fullest extent of the law."

Read the full report here: cwbchicago.com

Update: Rejection of felony shoplifting cases skyrockets under Foxx
According to data on the state's attorney site, prosecutors under Foxx are rejecting felony shoplifting cases more often than they pursue them. The ratio? About 2-to-1. By comparison, in the year before Foxx was sworn in, prosecutors approved felony retail theft charges by a ratio of roughly 3-to-1.

Police officers who believe an arrestee qualifies for a felony charge must present their case to an ASA for "felony review." Generally speaking, the ASA will either approve the felony or reject it in favor of a misdemeanor charge.

In 2016, ASAs rejected 26% of Chicago Police Department requests for felony retail theft approval, according to the state's attorney's data. The next year, Foxx's first in office, ASAs rejected 65% of such requests. The rejection rate so far this year is 69%.

The data also shows that Chicago police, understanding Foxx's policies, are asking for felony retail theft approval far less often than before Foxx took office. CPD requests for felony approval fell 34% during Foxx's first year. cwbchicago.com

Academy Sports broke law selling rifle to Sutherland Springs church killer, feds allege
A Texas sporting goods store broke the law when it sold an AR-15-style rifle and large-capacity magazine to a man who later committed a mass murder at a San Antonio-area church, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing.

Devin Patrick Kelley, who fatally shot himself as authorities chased him following the bloody massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in 2017, was ineligible to make the purchase because he used a Colorado driver's license as identification, prosecutor Paul David Stern wrote.

"Sale of that rifle would have been illegal in Colorado," Stern wrote, referring to a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 that authorities say Kelley bought from Academy Sports + Outdoors.

In 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state had denied Kelley a gun permit and he should not have been legally allowed to own a firearm, the BBC reported.

Now federal authorities are looking to add the Texas retailer as a possible third party in a lawsuit that relatives of those killed or wounded in the massacre have filed against the federal government. The plaintiffs argue that the
U.S. Air Force neglected to add Kelley's criminal data to a national database that might have blocked his weapons purchase, despite six opportunities to add the information. foxnews.com

Employee Steals Trade Secrets
Corporate Espionage - Or Just Trying to Get a Better Job
'Anheuser-Busch accuses MillerCoors of stealing its beer recipes'

In a court filing from Thursday, Anheuser-Busch now claims that a
MillerCoors employee obtained its secret recipes immediately before and after the Super Bowl ad aired.

In the latest escalation of the legal battle between Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, the Bud Light brewer is accusing its rival of stealing secret recipes for its beers, including Michelob Ultra and Bud Light.

In September, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Anheuser-Busch, preventing the beer giant from using Bud Light packaging that says "no corn syrup." Anheuser-Busch is appealing the decision.

In a redacted counterclaim filed Thursday, the Bud Light brewer alleges that a former employee who now works at a MillerCoors brewery in Colorado was obtaining information from current Anheuser-Busch employees who were violating confidentiality agreements in the days before and after the Super Bowl. Some of his questions involved the use of corn syrup in the brewing process, Anheuser-Busch claims in the filing.

Senior executives from MillerCoors were asking for the information, and
CEO Gavin Hattersley was included on email chains about the findings, the filing alleges.

"We will enforce our right to uncover how high up this may reach in the MillerCoors organization," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement.
"We take our trade secrets seriously and will protect them to the fullest extent of the law." cnbc.com

Study reveals the changing face of online fraud
Cybercriminals are adapting to retailer success in detecting payment fraud

According to the seventh edition of the Fraud Attack Index from e-commerce fraud prevention platform Forter, online fraud is evolving rapidly beyond the point of the transaction to accounts such as loyalty programs and abuse of return policies. Loyalty fraud has increased by 89% year-over-year, while the total dollar amount in online fraud has increased by 12% year over year.

The Fraud Attack Index also shows that fraudsters are having significantly
more success in account takeover (ATO) attacks, with 1.5 million consumers whose accounts had already been compromised had additional accounts opened in their name. Fraudsters transfer funds to these accounts from their victims' legitimate accounts. This represents a factor of two increase from the previous high.

The study also reveals that both
buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS) fraud and buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) fraud increased by 23%. Coupon abuse saw an increase of 10%.

In the face of shifting online fraud patterns, Forter advises retailers to implement a continuous and automated fraud prevention and detection approach that assesses events throughout the entirety of the customer journey. In addition to focusing on chargebacks and credit card fraud at the point of transaction, retailers need to address fraud in a holistic and accurate manner across the entire customer journey. chainstoreage.com

Europol's Operation SECTIO:
International hit against Belarusian organized crime gang
involved in international cargo thefts

The German Police Department Heidekreis, in cooperation with the French Gendarmerie and Czech authorities, the German State Criminal Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt, EMPACT OPC, and Europol dismantled a Belarusian organised crime group involved in international cargo thefts. 

The group was targeting trucks on motorway rest areas and parking lots to steal the cargo. The group is suspected of having been involved in almost 60 offenses in the German state of Lower Saxony alone. The total damage committed sums-up to over (Euro)500,000 - $547,000 U.S.. The main geographical focus of the group was along the German motorway number 7, near the capital city of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, Hannover. Since December 2018, the Police Department Heidekreis (Federal State of Lower Saxony) had been investigating the organised crime group of at least six Belarusian offenders.

On 10 October 2019, four members of the organised crime group, including its ringleader, were caught red-handed in Germany. In the course of this arrest, a truck with stolen TVs was seized. Further investigations are ongoing. europa.eu

Have Giant Food and Stop & Shop nailed 'frictionless' checkouts?
Retail Business Services, the technology services arm of Ahold Delhaize USA, has announced that its proprietary
ScanIt Mobile frictionless checkout technology is being rolled out to nearly 30 of the grocer's stores by the end of the year. The tech is being deployed at all of the new Giant Heirloom Markets and select Stop & Shop stores.

Customers using the ScanIt mobile app walk shop the store scanning products they wish to purchase as they go. When finished, customers go through a designated checkout lane where they see a "payment approved" message before exiting the store. Payments are processed through customers' mobile wallets. The service accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo. retailwire.com

Consumers demand retailers partner to provide Click & Collect services
The appetite for click-and-collect services has grown, with new research suggesting consumers want more retailers to team up in order to offer it in more convenient locations. According to Barclaycard, a third of retailers who offer click-and-collect have seen store sales increase as
68 per cent of shoppers are now choosing to pick up online orders in-store.

Convenience appears to be a leading factor of the trend, with 42 per cent of consumers saying that they rely on click-and-collect services because they are out during the day, and 15 per cent choose the option because they can't send their deliveries to work. retailgazette.co.uk

"CBD isn't just a fad - It's the start of a Revolution"
"I don't think we anticipated so much of a boom in the space so quickly," in the beauty business.

Because it isn't regulated by the FDA, the CBD category swings wildly between carefully crafted, seriously researched skincare consumers can feel good about (i.e., Superflower, Lord Jones) and private label garbage containing very little - if any - actual cannabidiol. Per an article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), a 2016 study on 84 CBD products from 31 companies found that only 31 percent contained the percentage of the active ingredient claimed on the label.

For sure, the beauty industry is welcoming the new category with open arms. Alongside face masks, unisex fragrance, sexual wellness products and hair accessories, CBD products will become eligible for a CEW Beauty Award for the first time beginning in 2020. therobinreport.com

Keeping Your CA Cannabis License: Get a Compliance System
Cannabis businesses must demonstrate they have the capability to be legally compliant as a condition to issuance of their state and local licenses. That compliant moment is only a glimpse of the business's life, but it cannot be a fleeting thing, as periodic inspections can make or break your business. 

Depending on the license type, the cannabis business can be inspected at any time by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) or the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Cal. Code Regs. tit. 16, § 5800. Inspections by one or more of those licensing agencies can occur unexpectedly and often, which means the business must strive to maintain compliance at all times to avoid any operational stoppages, expenses associated with resolving notices to comply and other citations, and ultimately failure. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Four Northeastern Governors Team Up on Vaping and Marijuana Standards
The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania met to discuss vaping and the legalization of recreational marijuana in hopes of reaching a consensus on regional standards. wsj.com

"Alexa, help me find a job at McDonald's"
McDonald's Claims First 'Voice Apply' Process

That's how interested job seekers can start an application with the global fast-food company, McDonald's recently announced. Claiming it to be the world's first voice-initiated job application process, the company has launched McDonald's Apply Thru, which works on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. shrm.org

The Zellman Group Increases Partnership Level with the LPF
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that The Zellman Group has advanced its partnership to become the newest Doctorate level scholarship partner. Zellman has been a long-time bachelor level partner and supporter of the LPF and with their commitment to becoming a Doctorate level partner they are continuing to set an example to the industry regarding the importance of continued education. The Doctorate level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships for distribution to retailers, universities and internal associates. It also enables Zellman to provide complimentary LPF memberships to loss prevention practitioners. yourlpf.org

Mgr Asset Protection Sr posted for Save-a-Lot Food Stores in St. Ann, MO.
Lead team of Regional Asset Protection Managers in the prevention and detection of retail losses. Oversee process to communicate findings to Compliance, Operations and Executive staff as appropriate and offer suggestions for process improvement to mitigate losses. kronostm.com

SnapPay Launches Facial Recognition Payment Technology in North America

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They've Got Hackers Scattering
Police Boost Collaboration to Root Out Europe's Dark-Web Markets

Specialized team at Europol is working to coordinate with more countries

Police authorities across Europe are stepping up coordination to investigate dark-web marketplaces after taking down four major online forums in the past two years.

A dark-web team created last year at Europol, the European Union's law-enforcement agency, is working to involve more countries in investigations, said Steven Wilson, head of Europol's European Cybercrime Center. The group collaborated with police in four European countries and the U.S. to take down two major dark web marketplaces this year, the Wall Street Market and Valhalla, which sold illegal drugs and firearms, among other things.

In 2017, a global operation led by Dutch and U.S. authorities resulted in the dismantling of two other marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, some of the world's largest online forums for illegal goods. The collaboration involved pushed Europol to set up its dark-web team, Mr. Wilson said. "That really proved the case to say that if we can coordinate this, we can maximize the effects," he said.

"We see now large proportions of the dark net being destabilized," Mr. Wilson added.

Europol's dark-web team includes cybercrime experts who work with specialists in drugs, weapons and other areas from the agency's cybercrime center. Officials declined to say how many experts are part of the team.

European efforts to root out such marketplaces are important because much of the infrastructure underpinning dark-web activity is based there, cybercrime researchers say. "Europe is actually contributing a lot to the dark net infrastructure."

High-profile dark-web marketplaces have run on hosting services in the Netherlands, cybercrime experts said, due to a confluence of factors. Some Dutch providers offer so-called bulletproof hosting services that promise to refuse police access to data centers even if they have subpoenas.

After the dismantling of the Wall Street Market and Valhalla this year, Europol said criminals have moved to smaller dark-web forums that can be more difficult for police to investigate, WSJ Pro Cybersecurity reported last week. "This environment is volatile," Mr. Ruiz said. wsj.com

Open Cybersecurity Alliance: In Pursuit of Interoperability
With 18 Vendors on Board, Experts Assess New Group's Chances for Success

Eighteen technology companies have formed the Open Cybersecurity Alliance to foster the development of open source tools to improve interoperability and data sharing between cybersecurity applications.

But some observers say getting all the players to agree on a common platform will be challenging.

The initial open source content and code will come from IBM and McAfee, which has been spearheading the project.

The new alliance was formed under the auspices of OASIS, a consortium driving the development, convergence and adoption of open standards. It was launched as an OASIS Open Project on Oct. 8.

In addition to IBM and McAfee, initial members of the alliance include: Advanced Cyber Security Corp., Corsa, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Cybereason, DFLabs, EclecticIQ, Electric Power Research Institute, Fortinet, Indegy, New Context, ReversingLabs, SafeBreach, Syncurity, ThreatQuotient and Tufin. The group says it will continue to welcome new members. govinfosecurity.com

When Using Cloud, Paranoia Can Pay Off
Workers worried about their employers, government agencies, or the service provider themselves, should think hard about the information they store in cloud services, Martin Shelton, a principal researcher with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, stated in an Oct. 9 column. 

"If you can see it, the administrator can likely see it," he wrote. "If the administrator can see it, Google can likely see it. And if Google can see it, it's likely subject to requests from government agencies." 

With 81% of companies using cloud productivity applications, both businesses and workers should understand the risks of using a cloud service, experts say.

"The short version is that, theoretically, Google can see anything that you can see in G Suite," says Jeremy Gillula, technology projects director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Whether or not they actually do, is a totally different story."

Users of any cloud productivity software generally have three threats to worry about: hackers, providers, and governments.

Because both Microsoft and Google encrypt data at rest in their cloud, the information is protected against direct online attack. Steal the data, and it is still unreadable. However, online attackers have increasingly focused on stealing credentials and accessing the cloud by impersonating the authorized user. To foil such attacks, companies and individuals need to add multi-factor authentication, experts say. darkreading.com

Cybercrime Tool Prices Continue to Rise on Darknet Sites
Payment Card and Passport Data Are Most Sought-After Commodities, Report Finds

Over the last two years, prices for various cybercriminal and hacking tools have continued to rise on so-called darknet sites as attacks, such as ransomware, have grown more sophisticated, according to research published this week by security firm Flashpoint.

In one example, the researchers noticed that the price of a distributed denial of service botnet ranged from $1 to $100 across various forums. This is an increase from two years ago, when the high-end prices for these botnets stood at about $27, depending on the bandwidth and duration of the attack, the report shows.

At the same time, payment card and passport data remain a sought-after commodity for criminals on these various underground forums, the research shows. govinfosecurity.com

Phishing Campaign Targets Stripe Credentials, Financial Data
Attackers make use of an old trick and evade detection by blocking users from viewing an embedded link when hovering over the URL.

Researchers have spotted a new phishing campaign targeting credentials and financial data of people using the Stripe payments platform. Emails are disguised as alerts from Stripe support.

Stripe enables e-commerce, facilitates payments, and helps run businesses with its software-as-a-service platform. Online companies use Stripe to receive payments, manage workflows, and update payment card data, among other things. Its millions of global customers include major brands, among them Amazon, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft, Shopify, Spotify, Nasdaq, and National Geographic.

Now attackers are trying to gain access to credentials for Stripe's platform and the billions of dollars it handles each year. This access could enable the adversaries to steal payment card data and defraud customers, report researchers with the Cofense Phishing Defense Center today. darkreading.com


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Amazon's Staten Island workers get hurt at 3 times national rate: report
Workers at Amazon's new Staten Island warehouse are getting hurt at three times the rate of other warehouse workers nationwide, according to a report titled Time Off Task: Pressure, Pain, and Productivity at Amazon.

Employees at the year-old, four-story facility, where merchandise is sorted into yellow bins on conveyor belts, feel pressure to work "harder and faster," resulting in a higher-than-average injury rate, according to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, a workers' rights group.

About 18% of the 2,500 workers there reported sustaining an injury on the job compared with just 5.2% of overall warehouse workers who are injured on the job, NYCOSH reports, citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Amazon decried the report as "self-serving" because it was produced by a union-led organization. The same labor groups were largely responsible for derailing Amazon's plan to open a second headquarters in the Big Apple this year. nypost.com

Edible Barcodes Turn Sights On Counterfeit Goods
A company called TruTag Technologies makes barcodes that are edible and microscopic. Specifically, they are made from nano-porous silica - which can be used to ensure the authentication of a host of products ranging from medicines to food to vaping pods to cannabis.

"TruTags are used with hyperspectral imaging technology, which is able to process much more wavelengths than other imaging methods, so it can collect more precise and detailed data from an image. When scanned, the barcodes provide information about where a product was manufactured, lot numbers, authorized distributors and safe use." pymnts.com

Top 5 Threats to Ecommerce Businesses to Address Before the Holiday Season
Webinar on Tuesday, Oct 29 at 2:00 pm ET

Cyberattacks on e-commerce businesses continue to outsmart existing defenses. Bad actors are cashing in by leveraging automated bots and compromised third-party code. In this webinar presented by PerimeterX, you'll learn about the top five threats e-commerce companies face this holiday season. Tune in to learn about:

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King County, CA: Food Plant Employees arrested after $50,000 worth of cheese stolen
Two California men were arrested for their roles in a long-running cheese theft ring that spanned multiple counties and went on for at least two years, investigators said. Officials with Leprino Foods started an investigation Aug. 22 after noticing $50,000 worth of cheese missing. Leprino Foods is the world's largest producer of mozzarella, with annual sales of more than $3 billion, according to Forbes. Company officials estimated that their cheese had been targeted by thieves since 2017, but they didn't know who could be behind it. Police detectives determined the stolen product was being sold throughout Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Riverside counties via social media, door-to-door salesmen, on the street and various flea markets. After identifying multiple people involved in the sales operation, authorities served search warrants in Tulare and Kings counties. ktla.com

Update: Northbrook, IL: Group of 10 teens hit Louis Vuitton for $4000 in handbags
Police said a group of about a dozen young people stole a pair of expensive handbags and robbed a shopper at Northbrook Court Wednesday. Up to 10 people entered the mall together around 8 p.m. before about half of them headed to the Louis Vuitton store, according to Northbrook police. Several young men waited by the door while a young woman grabbed two purses from the shelf, which together were valued at about $4,000, Deputy Chief Dan Strickland said. The group then took off running. As they fled, one member of the group snatched the purse of a woman who was entering the doors to the mall. No members of the group brandished any weapons and the woman was uninjured from the robbery, according to police. patch.com

O'Fallon, IL: Police looking for women who stole from Academy Sports, pepper-sprayed employee
Employees said three women walked into the store, grabbed armfuls of clothing and headed for the exit without paying. An employee said they needed to leave the clothes, but one of the women pulled out pepper spray and used it on the employee. All three women, which police said were likely in their late teens or early 20s, jumped into a car and got away. ksdk.com

Florence, AL: Suspect wore Walmart uniform to walk out of store with stolen items, three times
Police are looking for a woman they said dressed as a Walmart employee in order to walk out the door with merchandise. Shoals Area Crime Stoppers and WHNT shared the story of the woman, who police said has used the disguise three times at the Walmart on Hough Road in Florence. Surveillance photos show a woman wearing a blue Walmart vest and name tag as she leaves the store with a full cart. Police said the woman took everything from electronics to household cleaning supplies. whnt.com

Homer Glen, IL: Will County Sheriff's office investigating $6K burglary at Verizon

Lowville, NY: New York State Police investigating a couple who stole over $1,000 of electronics from Walmart in multiple thefts

Carlsbad, CA: Female arrested in $1,200 fragrance theft from Victoria's Secret in the Shoppes at Carlsbad, male suspect on the run

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Shootings & Deaths

McKeesport, PA: Police investigating shooting death inside Family Dollar
A man shot and killed Thursday morning inside the Family Dollar on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport has been identified. Dwayne Fuller, 24, of Homestead was pronounced dead shortly after noon, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Allegheny County Police Sgt. Venerando Costa said police are trying to identify two men involved in the killing. It was a "targeted shooting," Costa said. Police are reviewing the store's surveillance video to identify the suspects. The victim encountered two men at 11:05 a.m. inside the store, and some sort of a struggle took place, police said. The victim was shot multiple times in the torso. He died at an area hospital. The two men fled the store on foot, police said. None of the employees were hurt. triblive.com

Los Angeles, CA: Murder and Robbery Suspect Killed in Van Nuys Police Shooting Identified
Coroner's officials on Thursday released the identity of a 21-year-old murder suspect who was killed in a police shooting Wednesday. Lazzeri James Frazier Jr. of Sherman Oaks died at the scene of the shooting, which took place about 10:20 a.m. as undercover investigators were carrying out a surveillance of Frazier, according to LAPD and LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials. A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said, but details regarding what led officers to open fire had not been released. Police had been following Frazier after identifying him as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in Sherman Oaks, as well as the robbery of a Van Nuys liquor store, which both took place Monday, according to LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery. Frazier was believed to be responsible for gunning down Antonio Centeno Rodriguez, 52, of Panorama City as the victim was on his lunch break from work. The killing reportedly stemmed from a robbery, but police have not released details regarding the killing. ktla.com

Norfolk, VA: Man dies in stabbing at Norfolk convenience store, suspect in custody
The Norfolk Police responded to a stabbing that left a man dead at the Shop N' Go convenience store on Church Street Thursday. According to police, the call came in at 1:40 p.m. for the stabbing. When police arrived, they found a man suffering from a stab wound. The man later died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A witness nearby said she saw a fight in the parking lot next door and a victim was stabbed in what looked to be the neck area. She said he then ran to the Shop N' Go while yelling. Police said a man was arrested for the homicide. His identity has not yet been released. wtkr.com

Alpharetta, GA: Shoplifter threatened to shoot up Macy's at North Point Mall
A man suspected of swiping several Tommy Hilfiger sweaters from a north Fulton department store was released by security guards after allegedly telling them he had a gun and threatening to shoot up the place. The shoplifting suspect made the threats Tuesday night at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Channel 2 Action News reported. The incident started when the store's loss prevention officer said he spotted the man stuff about six sweatshirts into a backpack and then try to leave, Alpharetta police spokesman Sgt. Howard Miller said. "During the interaction with loss prevention, the guy said that he had a gun and if they didn't let him leave, that he would pull it out and start shooting everybody," Miller said. The security guard told police the man never actually brandished a weapon, but that they allowed him to leave just in case. Police said the man, who is wanted on robbery by intimidation charges, left his jacket behind. Investigators hope to identify the suspect through DNA evidence. ajc.com

St Louis, MO: Man accused in Catholic Supply store killing cited as possible suspect in 1985 murder in Tennessee

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Friendswood, TX: Sound of Jewelry Smash & Grab at Baybrook Mall triggers scared shoppers running
Shoppers at Baybrook Mall ran for their lives Thursday night after a scare involving three jewelry store robbers. Police were called to Baybrook Mall after reports of loud noises inside the mall. Investigators said no shots were fired. Instead, three suspects attempted to smash their way into some jewelry cases, startling shoppers inside. abc13.com

Cleveland, OH: Citizen helps police by jumping into chase after Family Dollar Armed Robbery
It happened after a man robbed a Family Dollar store on Cleveland's west side. Video shows police scrambling there, and a clerk said, "He said give us everything. Then he pointed a gun at me." She added, "I was already freaked out telling him, 'Please don't shoot me. I got kids.'" Meantime, a witness called 911 saying, "They tried to rob the Family Dollar store. Yeah, he had a gun." And that witness didn't stop there. He kept watch on the getaway car. That citizen followed the getaway car for 7 minutes. Then police roll up behind the suspect's car. fox8.com

Tulsa, OK: SUV driver loses control, crashes into Goodwill distribution center building

San Diego, CA: 3 Medical Offices Broken Into Overnight

Spokane, WA: Police arrest 5-time Felon for stealing a car from a dealership days after being released for stealing car from same dealership

Green Brook, NJ: Couple sues Taco Bell for deceptive advertising after being overcharged $2.18; case moved to Federal Court


Brooklyn, NY: 25 years for Brooklyn man who fatally shot elderly deli clerk in racist tirade sparked by price of a beer

Saginaw Township, MI: Detroit teen apologizes for mall jewelry store robbery, gets 3 years in prison

McAllen, TX: La Plaza Mall armed jewelry heist suspect going to prison for 22 years



C-Store - Bossier County, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Lubbock, TX - Burglary
Clothing - Evanston, IL - Burglary
CVS - Brunswick, OH - Robbery
CVS - Collier County, FL - Robbery
Dollar General - Anderson, IN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Madison, WI - Burglary
Guns - Shreveport, LA - Robbery
● Jewelry - Wichita, KS - Robbery
● Jewelry - Woodbridge, VA - Robbery
● Jewelry - Taylor, MI - Robbery
Speedway - Elkhart, IN - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Homer Glen, IL - Burglary
7-Eleven - San Bernardino, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hesperia, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery



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


Weeky Totals:
• 55 robberies
• 33 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Dale Sucherman named Zone Asset Protection Director for Family Dollar

Ben Thomas promoted to Sr. Area Loss Prevention Manager, Houston Division for H-E-B

Julia Ringham named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Europe (UK)

Timothy Rout, LPC named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana

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