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Brendan Fitzgerald promoted to Vice President of Asset Protection for BJ's Wholesale Club
Brendan was previously the Director of Asset Protection Operations for two years before earning this promotion. Before that he was the Manager of Special Investigations for over four years, and an Asset Protection Operations Manager. Brendan has held other positions for retailers including CVS Caremark Corporation as Northeast ORC Manager, Target as Senior Investigator and Executive Team Leader Assets Protection, and Senior Investigator for Shaw's Supermarkets. Brendan earned his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University. Congratulations Brendan!

Amy Simpson, District VP of Vector Security, Appointed to Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Alarm Management Committee
Vector Security's Amy Simpson, District Vice President for the company's North District, is one of several representatives appointed to the newly-formed Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) Alarm Management Committee.

The goal of the committee is to reduce false alarm dispatches by researching alarm management issues and making recommendations to PCPA's Executive Board and general membership for adoption of effective strategies for local agencies.

Simpson, who has 33 years of experience in the security industry, is District Vice President for Vector Security's North District, which includes six offices throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Read more

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IAI Holds Successful First Midwest Chapter Meeting

By Dana Sadowsky, Member Services, International Association of Interviewers

The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) Midwest Chapter held its first meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the REI Lincoln Park Store in Chicago, IL. CFIs and IAI members and guests gathered for the launch of IAI's newest chapter. The meeting kicked off with an introduction of the IAI Midwest Chapter board members and a review of the chapter documents provided by the chapter Chair, Tim Lapinski, CFI, LPC. Wayne Hoover, CFI was the guest speaker at the meeting.

Wayne went through a demonstration of THE LINK Powered by WZ. This highly anticipated training tool is exclusive to the WZ Non-Confrontational Method and offers a risk-free way for investigators to fill the gap between the knowledge of interviewing and the actual skill of conducting the interview. The group enjoyed a delicious hot lunch graciously provided by The Cellular Connection, and then took advantage of the scheduled networking opportunity. After reconvening, Wayne went through the recent changes to the Participatory Method and Introductory Statement. He also provided an update regarding the "Making a Murderer" case.

The meeting ended with a group photo of everyone in attendance, which was about 40 attendees. The Midwest Chapter is currently planning to hold two meetings per year. They are considering scheduling their next Chapter meeting in March of 2018. Board meetings are held monthly via phone and are open to all members. Board meeting information, including past meeting minutes, can be found on the Midwest Chapter page at www.certifiedinterviewer.com. The IAI Midwest Chapter looks forward to seeing you at their next event, especially if you are in the Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin area.

The First IAI Midwest Chapter Meeting celebrates success
with a group picture of all the attendees

Tim Lapinski, CFI kicked off the first ever IAI Midwest Chapter Meeting.

Wayne Hoover, CFI presented an overview of THE LINK Powered by WZ.

Honduran Citizen Charged With Attempting to Use an Explosive Device
in Popular Miami Mall

Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, a citizen of Honduras residing in Miami, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a planned attack at a shopping mall in Miami.

As described in the complaint, Solano planned to place and detonate an explosive device in a crowded area of a popular Miami mall. Solano discussed his plot with a confidential human source and two FBI undercover employees. According to the complaint, Solano provided three videos to the source, in which Solano makes pro-ISIS statements and expresses anti-U.S. sentiments.

Just prior to his arrest, Solano took possession of what he believed was an explosive device, took steps to arm it and walked toward a mall entrance in order to carry out his attack. Unbeknownst to Solano, the device was inert and did not pose a risk to the public.

If convicted, the defendant faces a statutory maximum of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. justice.com

A Look at the Looters of Hurricane Harvey
Almost 200 people in the Houston area face extra-harsh charges for crimes committed during or right after Hurricane Harvey, according to records from the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Another 338 Houstonians were arrested or cited for violating Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's mandatory curfew order.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg proposed life imprisonment for house burglary. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo vowed to Harvey lawbreakers: "We're going to push hard to make sure you don't see the sunlight anytime soon."

Opportunistic criminals filled the void left by law enforcement. The city warned of house burglars posing as Homeland Security agents. A liquor store and a shoe store were looted, the DA's office said, and a man used an SUV to "try and bust into an ATM machine." But the ensuing panic was also fertile ground for misinformation. Online, trolls used the hashtag #HarveyLootCrew to share inflammatory but misleading images of a region on the brink of anarchy.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office gave the Press a list of 196 people who will receive enhanced charges because of Harvey. Less than half of cases - 73 - are for burglary. Just 15 are for burglarizing a house.

Thirty-one of the cases with enhanced charges - almost 20 percent of the total - are for thefts involving less than $750 worth of property. houstonpress.com

Alarm Monitoring Company Employees Charged With $1.6M Fraud
Two Houston area women and one man have been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The indictment alleges that Martinez, Garcia and Torres worked at the Houston branch of a Florida-based security company that installed, tested and monitored fire and security systems. The Florida company had acquired the Houston branch from another company, and all three defendants had worked at the predecessor company, according to the indictment.

The three defendants are alleged to have electronically submitted falsified vendor requests for payment to divert money to themselves from their former employer's bank account. All are charged with one count of conspiracy and eight counts of wire fraud.

The company used third party vendors to install its alarm systems. The indictment alleges Martinez and Garcia worked in the accounting department and were responsible for paying the vendors and noting in the company's accounting system. From November 2011 until May 2016, Martinez, Garcia and Torres allegedly participated in a scheme to divert approximately $1,661,163 to themselves and their family members. The indictment alleges they used a computer in Texas to submit fraudulent vendor requests for payment to their employer's out-of-state bank. They then allegedly used an electronic bank token to release funds to ACH transfer money from their employer's bank account to their own bank accounts and bank accounts of their relatives. justice.gov

'Fish Fraud' Is Rampant. Here's How to Fix It
A 2016 study by the ocean conservation advocacy group Oceana revealed that as much as a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. Put another way, your "local" red snapper could be farmed Asian catfish or some other bottom-feeding species that was caught using illegal methods or even slave labor.

"The amount of false information in seafood appears to greatly exceed that in other foods," says author and marine ecologist Carl Safina. "The mislabeling is almost comically blatant.

Barrett's new initiative, Dock to Dish 2.0, uses recent advances in vessel traceability to offer live, public tracking of fishing boats and delivery vehicles, along with information about who caught the fish and how and-perhaps most important-when it was caught. Both the boat and the delivery van are outfitted with solar-powered geospatial tracking devices designed by Pelagic Data Systems, allowing chefs to track the progress of their fish in real time and providing an electronically verified record of the path it took to reach them. wsj.com

Preventing Workplace Violence: Start with Careful Hiring Practices
When creating a workplace security plan, it's key to assess a business's internal vulnerabilities by reviewing how potential new hires are scrutinized.

Businesses that haven't been conducting background investigations before an applicant is hired may want to start. If background checks reveal criminal convictions, HR professionals should ask candidates about those convictions and make sure any explanations are consistent with what a background check reveals. A conviction for a violent act, such as assault-particularly if it was recent-may compel an employer to rescind an offer to an otherwise well-suited candidate. shrm.org

Feds give Texas State $5.4 million for active-shooting training
The money will go to the university's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center, which has provided active-shooter training to police officers across the nation, including San Marcos police and the university's own police since the center's creation in 2002. statesman.com

Top 5 New Employment Laws Coming Soon to California
Laws affect policies on staffing, immigration, leaves of absence and harassment training.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed several significant employment bills that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and many businesses in the state will need to update their policies and practices accordingly. Here are the top five new state laws that HR professionals should start preparing for now.

A.B. 168: Salary history inquiries

A.B. 450: Immigration enforcement

A.B. 1008: Ban the box

S.B. 63: New parent leave

S.B. 396: Gender identity and sexual orientation harassment training

"These bills signal further expansion of the role of government in restricting the day-to-day operations of employers, particularly around issues of hiring, firing and leave," said Benjamin Ebbink, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Sacramento. Several of the bills deal specifically with the job application and hiring process and restrict what information employers can consider and what questions they can ask during that process. These will force employers to revise their hiring documents and processes and to train any staff members that are involved in these processes, Ebbink said. shrm.org

Big box retailers are hitting Amazon with restrictions on Whole Foods
Large retailers including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy have legal rights in many lease agreements that allow them to limit what Amazon can do with nearby Whole Foods stores, and where it can open new ones.

Amazon lockers have been banned in areas nears Target stores where new Whole Foods locations are set to open.

In some locations the leases of Whole Foods' big box neighbors bar it from selling a range of goods that Amazon has in its massive online inventory, from electronics to toys and linens. cnbc.com

Online holiday shopping poised to beat in-store sales 1st time ever
Terrible news for retailers like Sears & Macy's

People say they plan to spend more money online than in stores this holiday shopping season.

Shoppers plan to spend 51% of their holiday shopping budget online, compared to 42% in stores, according to Deloitte's survey of more than 4,000 Americans. This is the first year that online sales are expected to exceed in-store sales. With similar trends are expected to play out over Black Friday weekend.

The internet is the No. 1 place that customers expect to shop, with 55% of respondents saying that it is the most likely place they will shop this year in Deloitte's survey. Meanwhile, only 28% of people said that department stores would be their top place to shop - a 4% drop from last year. businessinsider.com

Seaport shipments are up ahead of the holidays
Imports coming into American ports by ship rose 4.9 percent in September, according to Panjiva. Increased activity at U.S. seaports is an indication of rising inventory levels at retailers in advance of the Christmas selling season. The National Retail Federation has forecast sales will increase between 3.6 percent and four percent over the holidays. retailwire.com

TJ Maxx Shoppers Bolster Thread Count Inflation Claims
The parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Sierra Trading Post and two textile companies were hit with expanded allegations in Massachusetts federal court Friday by shoppers who claim that they inflated the thread count of bedding and linen products to boost profits by making the goods more attractive. law360.com

WeWork is buying Lord & Taylor's Fifth Avenue flagship
New York-based tech unicorn that markets shared office space. nypost.com

Johnson Controls expands Illustra Flex camera line with 3MP Compact Mini-Dome
Johnson Controls introduces the Illustra Flex 3MP Compact Mini-Dome, a hard-working, outdoor quality day/night camera that can produce HD-quality images in low light conditions, and is small enough to fit seamlessly into discrete settings, whether it's a retail store, bank, or healthcare facility. tycosecurityproducts.com

UK's Most innovative security products of 2017 [Video]

Sears no longer selling Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air brands 

Chinese tech companies opening unmanned convenience stores

Neiman Marcus, Talbots & Land's End added to Fitch watch lists

Quarterly Results
VF Corp Q3 direct to consumer up 18%, sales up 5%
McDonald's Q3 Global comp's up 6%, sales up 7%
Sherwin William's Q3 North America comp's up 5.2%, net sales up 37.4%

RLPSA Connect: Discussion Panel Just Announced

Attend RLPSA CONNECT on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Atlanta. RLPSA CONNECT is a one-day power workshop for LP, Security & Safety teams focused on criminal activity against Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), casual dining restaurants and other food service providers.

New Practitioner Discussion Panel Announced:

"Tackling Their Brands' Hottest Issues"
● Adam Fulton, Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Cracker Barrel,
Van Carney, National Director, Safety and Loss Prevention, Domino's
Cheryl Dick, Senior Director, Enterprise Protection Services, Chick-fil-A

The workshop is designed to not only connect restaurant security practitioners and local law enforcement professionals, but is also designed to develop awareness on trending issues and foster open discussion and solutions among the attendees. This workshop will have an emphasis on the greater Atlanta area. Certified Forensic Interviewers (CFI) will receive CEU's toward re-certification.

Check out more of the value-packed agenda here: http://www.rlpsaannualconference.com/rlpsa-connect/

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Tyco Retail Solutions (now Johnson Controls) Unveils
New Virtual Retail Experience Center

A 360 degree panoramic site features immersive content and offers a VR experience!

Tyco Retail Solutions, part of Johnson Controls, has just launched a new interactive site that allows customers, prospects, press and media to learn and engage with multimedia content about the complete retail portfolio. The new site showcases the latest retail solutions from its premier Sensormatic®, ShopperTrak and TrueVUE® brands, as well as a full suite of premium safety and security solutions.

This new site uses cutting edge virtual reality tour technology and is compatible with all operating systems for seamless viewing on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome as well as iPad, iPhone and all mobile devices.

The 360 degree panoramic site includes 11 retail solution videos, 16 still images and an interactive floor plan. You can request more information or schedule a visit to one of their global Retail Experience Centers here: http://tycoretailsolutions.com/Pages/REC.aspx.

Whether your objective is to minimize shrink, increase conversion rates, optimize inventory levels, drive employee productivity, or enhance overall store performance, the Retail Group can show you how to leverage the latest technology to deliver retail performance excellence.

Take a virtual tour of the Retail Experience Center here:


Equifax Breach Drives Legislation
30 Day Breach Notification?

Lawmakers are drafting new legislation related to consumer data breaches in light of the Equifax hack in September. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced the Consumer Privacy Protection Act on October 19, which requires companies to notify consumers if sensitive information has been compromised in a breach. "The bill widens the scope of sensitive information, including not just Social Security and credit card numbers, but also digital photographs and geographical and biometric data," Federal Computer Week reports. The bill would apply to companies with access to sensitive information for at least 10,000 customers, and they would have 30 days to disclose any data breach that contained personal information. Though 48 states currently have data breach notification laws, experts and officials agree the measures may not be enough to protect affected consumers. ​asisonline.com

Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology are Game Changers
for Cybersecurity Job Growth

New research shows that millennials/post-millennials are more likely to embrace a cybersecurity career with rich interfaces and VA/AR technologies.

The Immersive Technologies and the Future of Cybersecurity from ProtectWise revealed that nearly three quarters of respondents (74%) say the presence of VR tools increase their likelihood of pursuing cybersecurity careers.

The research explored millennials' and post-millennials' attitudes toward cybersecurity when VR and immersive technologies are present. Among the findings:

•77% said they would get more enjoyment from VR-based tools compared to desktop-based tools
•74% said VR would increase ease of use
•72% said it would increase their efficiency
•Even among respondents who did not feel they have the technical aptitude for security jobs, 64% reported that access to VR and immersive technologies increase their likelihood of considering a job in cybersecurity. securitymagazine.com

Security Training & Awareness: 3 Big Myths
The once-overwhelming consensus that security awareness programs are invaluable is increasingly up for debate.

Even more telling, according to security experts quoted in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, security awareness initiatives often fall short of their intended purpose because the training is a "big turnoff for employees." Unfortunately, such sentiment is frequently ignored by security awareness training vendors with three claims that can easily be dispelled as myths.

Myth #1: Employees must participate in numerous hours of security awareness training for it to be effective. While many reporters and analysts explore how to create security awareness training programs that employees "won't hate," few experts would argue for allocating more time than absolutely necessary. That's because training adults on cybersecurity is a lot like training children in math or science - more time spent does not typically equate to better results.

Missouri in 2015 implemented a cybersecurity training program that required employees to participate in short, 10-minute learning sessions each month, leading to "end users [who] have become one of the best 'intrusion detection systems.'

Myth #2: Content leads to behavior change. Changing behavior is one of the most difficult human undertakings, despite conventional wisdom to the contrary. In fact, psychologists have estimated that the average person requires 66 to almost 300 days to form a new habit.

Instead of forcing employees to consume a plethora of content, organizations should remain focused on communicating their main security messages and repeating those messages over and over and over again. This concept of "less is more" is sometimes referred to in the corporate world as micro-learning, an educational philosophy that "allows companies to make their training relevant to the needs of their workers, easily accessible, and interesting enough to grab their attention and keep it.

Myth #3: Extensive training modules are necessary to reduce risk. Modules, which can help employees learn how to classify and analyze data, do very little to prepare workers to identify and act on cyberattacks. Instead, the oversaturation of modules frequently confuses and frustrates employees who can't see how such education benefits them. Organizations serious about reducing risk must mute themselves from the background noise and prioritize direct employee feedback and experiential learning techniques in order to train a truly cyber-aware workforce. darkreading.com

U.S. Attorney and Law Enforcement Partners Announce Formation of Connecticut Cyber Task Force

Target unveils mobile pay in time for the holidays

Kaspersky Lab Offers Up its Source Code for Inspection


You Have a Magnifying Glass You Didn't Know About

No, it's not a metaphor - I am talking about a real magnifying glass. For people with less than perfect eyesight, this simple tool is a lifesaver.

The magnifying glass I am talking about is built into your phone. It's a little known feature of both iPhones and Android phones, and it's called the Digital Magnifying Glass. You can find it and turn it on in the accessibility settings.

If you often use your phone as a flashlight to read a menu in a dark restaurant this tool may help. Take it from someone who uses it all the time.



America's Funniest LP 'Quick Takes'

With MCs Joe LaRocca & Amber Bradley

Amber Tries to Make
Scott Sanford Cry

Originally Published 4-28-16

Amber calls him "ORC Zen Master", but you may know him as Scott Sanford, Director of Loss Prevention for Forman Hills. In this LPNN Quick Take, he tells us the one crime-fighting resource that would be hard to live without and why he thinks a national ORC association is needed.

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Why Kicking Out Counterfeit Crooks on Instagram Is So Important
Counterfeit Crooks Using Social Media to Fuel Crime

As online sellers invest in social growth tactics, the frauds are hot on their heels, armed with ad campaigns and bots, retargeting their users and flooding sites with illegal goods. This social media safe harbor creates a playground for fraudsters using aggressive tactics, even hijacking a brand's own social media posts or ads to target audiences with counterfeit copies.

BrandBastion examined a sample of 36,000 comments from the Instagram posts of 12 top luxury brands -- Salvatore Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, Marni, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Balmain, Versace and Dior -- with a combined reach of more than 62 million followers.

One in 18 comments included a serious threat for brands. Major dangers included 729 (2.03 percent) comments leading to direct counterfeiting from some 94 counterfeit sellers; 1,013 comments (2.81 percent) contained spam and scams; and 208 (0.58 percent) had brand attacks from avid activists, at times launching brand boycotts.

Instagram is cracking down on fake accounts, purging millions of spam and bot accounts and using proactive tools such as spam detectors and blocking systems. But by cloning and replicating content, fresh accounts pop up every day. This proliferation of content keeps moderators busy in a cat-and-mouse chase. Meanwhile, the responsibility of tackling new social media fraudsters largely rests on law enforcement agencies, brands and innovative technologies. entrepreneur.com

Amazon Warehouse Deal Bonus: 65 Pounds of Marijuana
The original story seems to come from Orlando television station WFTV. An unidentified woman and her fiancé ordered 27-gallon containers from Amazon Warehouse Deals, which the company advertises as "great deals on quality used products."

When the totes came in, they were suspiciously heavy at 93.5 pounds. Those bins clearly had something stashed inside. Upon opening the packages and lids, the odor was clear.

The couple called the police (the first officer on the scene was apparently stunned) and so now had to explain how they might have that much illegal material in their home. Would you believe that Amazon had "accidentally" shipped out enough dried plant material to keep a dorm full of stoners ridiculously happy for a week?

This originally happened a month ago and the couple had gone back and forth with Amazon (which has not yet responded to my questions and a request for a statement). Reportedly the make-good from the company was a $150 gift card.

This is beyond a small screw-up. Whether the package shipped from one of their warehouses or from a third party, it shows that Amazon cannot guarantee that it's in control of what's going on. What other items might be hidden in their facilities? What other ... surprises might await another customer? Or what have consumers already had to endure that didn't land on some news desk? inc.com

Korean banks sue Newegg, allege online retailer aided massive fraud

Albertsons reports strong e-commerce growth in Q2 report - 19% YOY

Pay with Google launched to speed up online payments

Ace Hardware Buys into ECommerce with Start-up, The Grommet

Daimler hits Amazon with new lawsuit over 'counterfeit' auto parts

New York Men Sentenced for Identity Theft
Hitting AT&T Stores in Idaho

Jason Morel, 22, and Kenith J. Quesada, 23, both of Bronx, Morel to 24 months and Quesada to 12 months in federal prison. Both men pleaded guilty on August 2, 2017. Co-conspirator Rafael Moran was sentenced on August 8, 2017, for aggravated identity theft.

Morel, Quesada, and Moran traveled from New York to Idaho in April 2016 to perpetrate a fraud scheme at AT&T company stores and authorized dealers. The men impersonated real AT&T customers, presented fake driver's licenses and credit cards, and purchased iPhones and iPads using those customers' accounts. Law enforcement found dozens of fake driver's licenses and credit cards in the vehicle that Morel, Quesada, and Moran used to travel through Idaho, as well as a stash of fraudulently-purchased electronics. justice.com

St Joseph, MI: Local contractor faces sentencing in large-scale scam targeting Lowe's; $150,000 in restitution
The conviction of a local building contractor who was part of a large theft ring targeting Lowe's stores, including the one in Benton Township, wraps up a more than three-year-long investigation into the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Lowe's stores throughout the Midwest.

According to court records Franks and Eric Ballard, 45, of Benton Harbor were involved in a multi-step scheme in which people would steal merchandise from Lowe's stores in several states in the Midwest, then hire people to return the merchandise to the Lowe's store in Benton Township, for which they would receive Lowe's merchandise cards.

The cards were then sold to local contractors, including Ballard and Franks, for 50 or 60 cents on the dollar. The contractors would then use the cards to obtain merchandise for use in their businesses. In interviews with police, co-defendants who later reached plea deals with prosecutors said that over a period of years they stole and returned in excess of $100,000 worth of Lowe's merchandise. heraldpalladium.com

Update: 'Blow Torch Crew' steals hundreds of guns from stores across Carolinas
A major criminal ring is responsible for stealing hundreds of guns across the Carolinas and Georgia, according to federal officials. Federal agents call the ring the Blow Torch Crew because they use fire tools to break into many gun shops.

Devonnaire Coffey, 27, was the ringleader of the Blow Torch Crew, which targeted gun shops in the Carolinas and Georgia. Federal officials said that's how his crew stole more than a dozen guns from a Gander Mountain store last year. In other cases, agents said the crew tried to smash their way inside, including during a robbery at a family-owned business in Rock Hill in March 2016.

They stole more than 300 firearms during their string of robberies. Agents caught Coffey during a traffic stop in Georgia with a stolen gun in his car that blew the Blow Torch Crew case wide open. wsoctv.com

Skokie, IL: Over 30,000 Illegal Cigarettes Seized
In what Cook County officials called the largest cigarette bust this year, undercover tax inspectors discovered that a Skokie tobacco shop had three hidden compartments containing tens of thousands of illegal smokes. On top of more than $47,000 in fines, criminal charges were recommended for two people "due to the exceptionally large quantity" of illegal cigarettes, the release said. patch.com

St Clairsville, OH: $1,000 Victoria's Secret ORC thief sentenced to 6 months in jail

Hoboken, NJ: Burglary suspect arrested in $800 Tequila Theft

Kirkland, WA: Man arrested for stealing $607 worth of razors from Safeway

London, U.K.: $60,000 of Sex Toys stolen in Burglary

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Shootings, Hostage Situation & Deaths

Clearlake Oaks, CA: California shooting kills 2 and injures 2, including CHP Officer
A gunman killed two men, wounded a woman and injured a California Highway Patrol officer after he opened fire at homes, a car, two gas stations and a winery in this small lakeside Northern California town before being arrested, authorities said. Alan Ashmore, 61, also may have started a small fire as he fled law enforcement Monday in the lakeside community, Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said. The motive for the attacks remained a mystery. kcra.com

Houston, TX: Police fatally shoot suspect in CVS, McDonald's Armed Robberies
Police shot and killed a robbery suspect in southwest Houston early Tuesday. Houston police say the man robbed a CVS store and then took a Metro bus to a nearby McDonald's restaurant that he robbed as well. Police from Houston and Bellaire responded to the scene and used a stun gun on the man, but he allegedly refused to surrender and drop his weapons. The Houston officer then fired an unknown number of shots. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he died. No other injuries were reported. khou.com

Savannah, GA: Teen shot, killed at southside McDonald's
is 30th homicide of the year

Savannah-Chatham police's Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a fatal double shooting that occurred at a southside McDonald's late Saturday night. Officers responded to the McDonalds on Abercorn Street around 11 p.m. and found George Akins Jr., 15, suffering from life-threatening injuries. A second 15-year-old male was also injured in the shooting and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Cpl. Hillary Nielsen said. savannahnow.com

Raleigh, NC: Man charged with shooting at a car outside Crabtree Valley Mall
A 24-year-old man was arrested on charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and going armed to the terror of the people after police had rushed to the parking lot of Crabtree Valley Mall on Monday night. Mall police arrested Damien Dayquann Lyons at the scene. Raleigh police also had responded to the parking lot of the mall near Best Buy and Old Navy after a report that a shot had been fired. newsobserver.com

Nuneaton, U.K: Hostage situation at shopping mall Bowling Alley ends; suspect sustained the only injury
Officials say the hostage incident at a bowling alley near Birmingham has ended with the arrest of a gunman. Police said two people who had been held hostage at a bowling alley in a shopping centre in Nuneaton were released. The gunman may have been injured when police moved in to end the standoff. Unconfirmed reports said that the gunman was either an ex-husband or former boyfriend of an employee. thestar.com

Charleston, WV: Shoplifting suspects accused of firing shot while running from Kroger

Robberies & Thefts

Sunbury, PA: Man hijacks Pennsylvania ambulance crew
& tries to rob a CVS Pharmacy

The Ambulance crew had just dropped off a patient at the Medical Center's emergency department when a man jumped inside and started to drive away. The two-person crew was still inside. "They realized what was going on and jumped out of the ambulance for their own safety," said Bob Hare, Americus Hose Company. Adam Zaharick, 29, is accused of stealing the ambulance. Zaharick was a patient at Geisinger Medical Center. When he was released, he decided he wanted to, "score some oxy." Zaharick drove to nearby CVS in Danville and crashed the ambulance into a pole. Zaharick then ran into the store, jumped over the pharmacy counter and tried to steal pills. An off-duty federal corrections officer was in the store at the time. He tackled Zaharick and held him on the ground until cops got there. wnep.com

Burlington, NC: Kay Jewelers Outlet the victim of a Smash & Grab Armed Robbery
Two suspects entered the store wearing hoodies. One suspect was armed and both used hammers to smash the display cases to steal an undisclosed amount of jewelry. No injuries were reported. myfox8.com

Elizabethtown, KY: Rogers Jewelers hit for $20,000 in Grab & Run theft caught on camera
Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall. The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch. According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount. whio.com

East Glenville, NY: Smash & Grab at Firearms Store;
thieves flee with 40 weapons

At least three people broke into a Glenville gun store early Monday, smashed open display cases and made off with about 40 guns, police said. Police were called to Target Sports at 122 Saratoga Road just after 9 a.m. They believe the thieves entered the store overnight. dailygazette.com

Chicago, IL: Community Group says Jewel Osco parking is Unsafe;
calling for Off-Duty Police Patrols

A Community group is charging that the parking lot at a South Side Jewel-Osco has become an unsafe magnet for crime, but the alderman says the store has agree to improve security. The Grand Crossing Community Network sent a letter late last month to the company demanding immediate improvements be made at the store on 75th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The letter claims the store has refused to provide better-trained security, like off-duty police officers, inside and outside the store, security that is more professional than current staff. It wants more security cameras installed on all sides of the building, including 75th Street. The group also charges that "troubled employees" - possibly including security that look the other way - have assisted in "deleterious street trade and activity." And the group wants the store to stop selling "cheap alcohol" that fuels problems. dnainfo.com

Roseville, MI: Roof Top break-in at Gun Store, undetermined number of weapons stolen

Williamson County, TX: Two suspects in Gun Store burglary arrested; 4 of 15 guns never recovered

Little Rock, AR: Female Burglar found inside Kroger, half naked

Moline, IL: Man wanted for felony theft at car wash; suspected in a similar thefts in Iowa and Ohio

Bakersfield, CA: BNSF Railway offering a reward for Auto Thieves hit Train Car Carriers

South Africa: 57 business robberies a day - a warning light for SA's retail sector

Arrests & Sentencings

Corunna, MI: 2 Convicted in Shooting Deaths Outside Mid-Michigan Walmart Store
Two men have been convicted of murder in the January shooting deaths of two men outside a mid-Michigan Walmart store. Otis Smith Jr. and Anthony Holloway, both of Grand Rapids, were convicted Monday in Shiawassee County Circuit Court in the deaths of 31-year-old Joseph Michael Carson and 39-year-old Anthony Lee Hammond, both of Flint. Their bodies were found in a car at the store's parking lot in Caledonia Township. Sentencing is scheduled for December. Authorities say the slayings stemmed from a deal to sell marijuana that was arranged online via Craigslist. usnews.com

Tampa, FL: Family Dollar Store Robber Pleads Guilty

Omaha, NE: Man pleads no contest in slaying of convenience store worker run over by pickup

New Orleans, LA: Man Sentenced for 9 Robberies (4 McDonald's) in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; 221 months in prison


Vacaville, CA: Two Arrested at Kohl's; purchased items with Counterfeit $100 bill, then attempted return at a different Kohl's

Stamford, CT: Man picked up with 43 counterfeit bills



Skimming Theft Update

Carrollton, TX: Police disrupt $500,000 North Texas skimming theft ring
The Carrollton Police Department said it disrupted a scheme that victimized both consumers and businesses and resulted in the theft of over $500,000.

Yoanadi Emiliano Quezada Valdez and his partners engaged in a scheme across North and East Texas, using internal skimmers to steal credit card information from consumers, mostly at gas pumps. They would then use the stolen information to create fraudulent credit cards, which they used to steal diesel fuel for resale. Officials said the suspects frequently filled high-capacity tanks concealed under the bed cover of pick-up trucks.

Officials said the thieves used fraudulently acquired master keys or other devices to open and install the skimmers and then used remote technology like Bluetooth to access the stolen data. The thieves never had to return to the machine to retrieve the skimming device. Some of the other cities the suspects hit include Dallas, Irving, Tyler and many others in the Metroplex. starlocalmedia.com

Brooksville, FL: Couple scammed $26K in elaborate skimming, credit-card making scheme
A Spring Hill man and woman were arrested and credit card making equipment seized when search warrants were served in Hernando County on Monday. The investigation started Aug. 8 after his office was contacted by Bed, Bath & Beyond for loss prevention. The couple were seen at their Florida stores using stolen credit cards to buy items and then they would return the items to other stores to get gift cards. Nienhuis believes they used the skimmers to get the credit card numbers in order to print the cards. Bed, Bath & Beyond was scammed out of $26,000. There may be other retailers involved. wfla.com

Howell, NJ: ATM Skimmer Tied To Over 100 Fraudulent Transactions

Arizona: 50 credit card skimmers found at gas pumps so far in 2017

Libertyville, IL: Skimming Device Found on ATM

Rincon, GA: Police charge 3 FL men suspected of using card skimmer

Edmond, OK: Three men arrested in attempted card skimming

Steamboat Springs, CO: Credit card skimmers found at gas station

Green Bay, WI: Card skimmer found in ATM

Manhattan, KS: Card skimmers found at gas station

Queens, NY: Three men charged with ATM skimming

Satellite Beach, FL: Police Find Skimmer At Mobil Gas Station

Cabell County, WV: Four suspects in skimming scheme taken into custody
Metairie, LA: Credit card skimmers, cameras found on gas station fuel pumps

Savannah, GA: Officials warning as skimmers become more advanced

Conway, SC: Police warn of card skimming technology

Shelby, NC: City gas stations, ATMs hit by credit card skimmers for the first time

Tyler, TX: More card skimmers found in city

Franklin County, OH: Woman claims her card was skimmed after gas station purchase

Valparaiso, IN: Card skimmer found on northwest Indiana gas pump

Champaign, IL: Police search for card skimming suspects

Moses Lake, WA: Credit card skimmers found at Chevron station

Advance Auto - Chesapeake City, MD - Burglary
C-Store - Kokomo, IN - Burglary
C- Store - Lowell, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Reno, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Aberdeen, SD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ozone Park, NY - Armed Robbery/ Owner shot & wounded
C- Store - Largo, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
CVS - Sunbury, PA - Robbery
Dollar General - Long Beach, MS - Armed Robbery
Fred Meyer - Issaquah, WA - Armed Robbery
Gun Store - East Glenville, NY - Burglary
Gun Store - Roseville, MI - Burglary
Hibbett Sports - Pensacola, FL - Armed Robbery
Kay Jewelers - Burlington, NC - Robbery
Liquor Store - Hoboken, NJ - Burglary
Liquor Store - Bristol, CT - Robbery
Pharmacy - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Little Rock, AR - Burglary
Vapor Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Burglary


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
7 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings






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