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Barnes & Noble, Inc. named Catherine Riccards Director of Investigations
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Facebook named Victor Chung Manager of Global Investigations
Gap Inc. named Steve Korhummel Sr. Loss Prevention Manager
Gap Inc. promoted Jay Ganal, CFI, CORCI, to Sr. Loss Prevention Manager
HS Brands named Bob Casar, CFE Director of Loss Prevention
HS Brands named Tony Macrina Manager of Loss Prevention Reporting and Analytics
Nike Greater China named Michael Zang DTC Loss Prevention Director
PetSmart promoted Melanie Millaway to Area Director - Loss Prevention & Safety
Raley’s Stores named Matt Hilbrink Director of Asset Protection
Ross Stores named Brian Aquilina Sr. Director, Organizational Safety, Security and Investigations
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino named Carlos Martinez Director of Security
Stop & Shop - New Englad Divsion named Dale Duquette Interim Director of Asset Protection
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Jury Mostly Clears Sears In Employee Discrimination Suit
LP Agent Fired Following Stabbing Recovery

A California federal jury on Thursday gave Sears Roebuck & Co. an almost total win in a suit alleging employment discrimination over the firing of a loss-prevention specialist who was stabbed in the line of duty.

The jury found that Sears did not commit most of the abuses alleged when it fired Pasadena loss-prevention associate Daniel Veloz a fortnight after he returned to work following a month of recovery from being stabbed by a thief. There was a single exception: The jury found that Sears “committed outrageous conduct and intended to cause [Veloz] emotional distress or acted with reckless disregard of the probability that the plaintiff would suffer emotional distress.”

Veloz had started at the Pasadena store in May 2014. On April 20, 2015, he and another loss-prevention specialist, Erick Villanueva, were on duty together when a robber walked off with an expensive set of tools. Villanueva was the first to deal with the situation, but when he dropped out of contact, Veloz was worried and went outside to look for him. As he was looking, Veloz said in an April amended complaint, he ran into the thief, who stabbed him, severing a bicep and an artery.

Veloz went to the hospital and was unable to work for nearly a month. During the period after the accident, Veloz had his own doctor, but Sears also had its own doctor, who took it upon himself to cut Veloz's cast off early. This upset Veloz's surgeon, he said.

After he returned to work, he was fired, and Villanueva was not, even though the firing behavior was worse on the part of Villanueva, who had gone against company policy in pursuing a suspect beyond the boundaries of the store and in yelling at the suspect, according to Veloz.

Veloz says the clear reason for his firing was that he needed medical care, disability and leave. He said that he had risked his life for his employer and that Sears discarded him when he cost too much to keep.

Sears conducted an internal investigation but never spoke to Veloz as part of that, he said.

Rats, Collapsing Ceilings & No Working Toilets
Sears and Kmart workers describe decay in failing stores

Some Sears and Kmart stores are deteriorating as their parent company, Sears Holdings, struggles to turn the business around following years of plunging sales.

In interviews with Business Insider, half a dozen employees described signs of decay in the stores they work in. These include a rat problem, collapsing ceilings, empty shelves, and a lack of working toilets for weeks on end.

Some of these problems started several years ago, and have been getting progressively worse, according to the employees, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from Sears.

Sears acknowledged some of the issues that employees highlighted, such as leakage problems and broken toilets, saying in an email that several of these have been addressed with repairs, but denied an employee's claim that the store they work in has a rat infestation.

Workers from the store level to Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois - as well as critics outside the company - claim that the stores' decline is the result of years of underinvestment in maintenance and other capital expenditures at the direction of Sears CEO Eddie Lampert.

20 Retailers Bucking The Trend - Opening New Stores
It seems like almost every day, another analyst is writing an obituary for the retail industry, pointing to another wave of store closures. But there are at least 20 retailers bucking the trend and adding stores instead of scaling back their brick-and-mortar operations. The empty spaces left behind by RadioShack, Payless, Sears and more are being retrofitted and gobbled up by discount retailers and other stores.

This list shows the retailers adding storefronts as others close doors to focus more on web sales.

1. Dollar General - 1,290 stores
2. Dollar Tree - 650 stores
3. Aldi - 400 stores
4. TJX - 111 stores
5. Ulta - 100 stores
6. Lidl - 100 stores
7. Five Below - 100 stores
8. Ross - 90 stores
9. Sephora - 70 stores
10. H&M - 60 stores
11. Hobby Lobby - 60 stores
12. Walmart - 59 stores
13. Dick's Sporting Goods - 52 stores
14. Target - 30 stores
15. Costco - 24 stores
16. Bonobos - 20 stores
17. Macy's Backstage - 19 stores
18. Nordstrom - 17 stores
19. Forever 21 - 10 stores
20. ThredUP - 5 stores

7 Retailers Closing at Least 250 Stores This Year
According to an estimate from Credit Suisse, U.S. retailers are on track for more than 8,000 store closings this year, even more than in 2008, at the peak of the financial crisis. Some have called it a retail apocalypse, as the forces of e-commerce and bloated debt burdens are forcing a number of retailers to declare bankruptcy or downsize. Urban Outfitters' CEO declared that after years of overexpansion, "the retail bubble has burst."

Here are the seven brand-name retailers that are closing the most stores this year.

1. RadioShack - 1,430 stores
2. Payless ShoeSource - 800 stores
3. Rue21 - 400 stores
4. Gymboree - 375 to 450 stores
5. Ascena Retail Group - 268 to 667 stores
6. Sears - 265 stores
7. The Limited - 250 stores

Analyst Predicts Store Closures to Outpace 2008 by 53%
9,400+ store closures by year's end?
Fung Global Retail & Technology’s latest read on U.S. retailing has 2017 on track to see about 9,452 store closings, which compares to 6,164 units shuttered in 2008 amid the so-called Great Recession. This represents a 53 percent increase in closures and comes despite a large number of store openings from retailers such as Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Aldi.

Managing director Deborah Weinswig said in her report that year-over-year store closings are up more than 160 percent. The projection for total closings this year represents a year-over-year increase of more than 360 percent.

Analyst: Amazon poised to enter drugstore market
Walgreens Boots Alliance's CEO Stefano Pessina downplayed Amazon’s ambitions in the drugstore segment last week. However, Leerink Partners analyst David Larsen said in a note to investors that the segment is primed for an entry by Amazon, considering Rite Aid’s availability and Amazon’s strengths, including its logistical prowess and sticky Prime membership base. Amazon has “the scale, logistical expertise, distribution footprint, and devoted consumer following,” he wrote, according to Barron’s. “What it lacks are relationships with pharmaceutical companies and distributors.”

Rite Aid Managers Snag $5.5M Settlement In OT Suit
Rite Aid Corp. agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a long-running class and collective action accusing the company of shorting store managers on overtime pay for work they did when filling in for nonexempt employees, according to a proposed deal in New York federal court Friday.

The company will pay the sum to clear allegations it violated federal and state laws by forcing its salaried managers and assistant managers to handle the duties of cashiers, stock handlers and other nonexempt workers to reduce the amount of overtime it would have to pay those employees, according to the bid for preliminary approval of the agreement.

DOJ Abandons Defense of Increased Salary Level in 2016 Overtime Rule
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has abandoned its defense of the increased salary level in the 2016 overtime rule. The DOJ said in a brief on June 30 to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal that the Department of Labor (DOL) intends to revisit the $47,476 per-year ($913 per-week) salary limit set by the rule through new rulemaking.

U.S. Wage Growth Remains Sluggish, Up 1.7% Year Over Year In June
Amazon Driving Above Average Pay Growth in Online Retail Jobs

According to job site Glassdoor, the annual median base pay in the United States grew 1.7 percent year over year (YOY) in June 2017 to $51,324. The Glassdoor Local Pay Reports show pay growth remained sluggish, decelerating to 1.7 percent from 2.2 percent revised pay growth recorded last month, marking a five-month slowdown and sharply lower than the 3.1 percent growth pace in January 2017. For the first time in three years, inflation (1.9 percent) outpaced wage growth (1.7 percent YOY) in the U.S. The last time the cost of living was rising faster than wages in the U.S. was July 2014, Glassdoor data shows.

Reflecting the country's shift toward shopping online for everything from books to groceries, warehouse associates (up 4.9 percent to $41,442) and delivery drivers (up 4.3 percent to $38,660) are in demand, and these jobs experienced above average YOY pay growth in June.

"The growth of the Amazon supply chain, including the recent acquisition of Whole Foods, is no doubt contributing to the increase in demand for warehouse jobs and delivery drivers, leading to the growth in pay for these roles," said Chamberlain.

U.S. denim retailer True Religion files for bankruptcy protection
U.S. denim retailer True Religion Apparel Inc said on Wednesday it filed for bankruptcy protection and signed a restructuring agreement with a majority of its lenders. True Religion, a company whose denims have gradually fallen out of style, filed for creditor protection under Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court in the District of Delaware, and listed assets and liabilities in the range of $100 million to $500 million. The restructuring agreement with lenders, including TowerBrook Capital Partners, will slash the company's debt by over $350 million, it said in a statement.

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New York Apple Store gunfire triggers panic, video shows
New video released Tuesday showed the panic that ensued after a gunman opened fire at an Apple Store in a New York mall last November. The gunman, identified as Tasheem Maeweather, opened fire at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, northwest of Albany, on Nov. 12, 2016, the Times Union reported.

Surveillance video showed employees in red shirts and shoppers dashing under the seat and running toward the back of the store. Some people even got trampled.

Maeweather was found guilty in May of reckless endangerment. He was sentenced last Friday to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. He was also already serving nine years in prison for an unrelated drug charge. Maeweather will not begin serving his sentence for the Apple store shooting until he finishes that stint.


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The FBI and You: Investigating Cybercrime
FBI Special Agent on Importance of Collaboration to Deter Attacks

As nation-state directed cybercrime increases, the FBI is bringing counter-intelligence expertise to bear in its investigations. Todd Carroll of the FBI's Chicago field office talks about attack trends and the new skills and collaboration needed to stop attackers.

In this video interview, learn about:
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The Problem with Data
The sheer amount of data that organizations collect makes it both extremely valuable and dangerous. Business leaders must do everything possible to keep it safe.

Russia Threatens Retaliation If US Bans Kaspersky Lab
The war of words between Washington and Moscow over software built by Russian cybersecurity software vendor Kaspersky Lab continues to escalate. A senior Russian government official has warned that Moscow may retaliate if the Senate moves to ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software by government agencies, by ceasing its widespread use of American technology software and hardware.

Meanwhile, following reports that Congress might ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software by the Department of Defense, founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky repeated his offer to allow U.S. officials to review the company's source code.

U.S. Security Associates to showcase robots
Company now an authorized reseller of Sharp’s A-UGVs; demo tour announced

U.S. Security Associates (USA), a full-service safety and security solutions provider based in Atlanta, has announced that it is the first private security company to be an authorized reseller of the Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicles, and will be hosting exclusive demonstration events across the U.S. this summer.

“In addition to acting as an additional deterrent for criminal activity, the real value new technologies like the Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV offers is mining site-specific data in areas inhospitable or too cumbersome for traditional officer patrols and providing insights, compliance and recommendations that maximize the 'Total Value to Protect,'" Richard L. Wyckoff, president and CEO of USA, said in the announcement.

He continued, "Robotics that enable data-driven technologies should be a key consideration when putting together a comprehensive security and safety program. Robotics and drones will increasingly play a major role in complementing a traditional officer force and USA intends to expand our capabilities to ensure leading edge technology is available to our customers."

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Hunger for opioids makes Nova Scotia pharmacies a target for robbers
Over the last few months, Nova Scotia has seen a jump in the number of pharmacy robberies, according to the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. It's a problem that's been going on across the country for the last few years, said Alistair Bursey, chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Bursey said many of the sources of opioids and other narcotics on the street are drying up because there's been a crackdown on prescribing narcotics.

"What we're seeing is that there's two avenues [to get narcotics]. One is violent robberies against pharmacists, which is a very, very big concern of ours. The other issue is the illicit opioids just gripping Alberta, B.C. … These are illicit substances that a lot of the drug dealers are buying online from China," said Bursey.

In Nova Scotia, RCMP have dealt with 17 pharmacy robberies in the last six years in the rural areas they police. There have been between two and four robberies each year. Nova Scotia RCMP say the drug stolen most often from pharmacies is the opioid hydromorphone.

One pharmacy owner has beefed up security at his pharmacy since the robberies. Panic buttons have been installed in the building and the dispensary area now has an automatic locking door to prevent unauthorized entry. His pharmacy staff were also trained on how to handle robberies.

Laid-off workers 'very, very upset' as Sears Canada restructuring cuts off severance pay
For some who are now jobless after decades with Sears Canada, there's financial uncertainty and confusion in the wake of a major court-supervised restructuring process announced by Sears Canada last month.

Rose Dalessandro, a sales manager who worked for Sears for 20 years, says she's had to cancel dentist appointments for her two children after finding out her severance pay is being cut off. Zobeida Maharaj, a senior operations manager at the same store, worked for Sears for 28 years and says she's "disgusted" with how the company has treated the employees who have been let go. Like other managers at the Woodbine store, her severance payments have also been cut.

Previously laid off employees like Maharaj and Dalessandro found out they were losing their severance pay on June 22. That's when the company revealed it had been given protection from creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Has the mall hit a wall in Toronto?
Neighborhood malls facing uncertain future

In Canada, where enthusiasm for the mall never reached quite the same levels, the situation is not quite as dire. Still, it’s clear the urban/suburban landscape here is undergoing big change.

There are several reasons. In addition to the rise of online shopping — think Amazon — post-recession buying habits are in flux. We’re now choosing to spend our money on experience more than stuff. That means more eating out and travel over traditional consumer goods, especially clothing.

The demise of many large retail chains — most recently, Sears — has devastated malls. The old formula of a large enclosed space anchored at either end by big department stores no longer applies.

Many of the historic marquis tenants — Eaton’s and Simpsons, Target and Zellers — have either long since disappeared or shrunk to single-digit stores. Lesser chains have also vanished.

Given the natural affinities between mall culture and franchise economics, it’s no surprise the fates of the two are so closely entwined. They rise and fall together.

Brandon, MB: Uptick in fraud likely due to skimming, expert says
A cybersecurity expert believes a series of bank frauds reported to Brandon police this week appears to be a classic case of card skimming or its more sophisticated cousin, card shimming. Brandon police received six reports on Monday of bank accounts being accessed by suspected fraudsters. Each of the accounts had between $200 and $2,000 withdrawn by an unknown source in Florida.

Brandon police haven't said how the hackers obtained the banking information of the six victims, but said they were contacted by "various banking institutions." Keenan said gas stations that offer to take payment at the pump are particularly at risk because the skmming or shimming devices can be installed quickly when an attendant may not be looking.

Canada Seeing Unprecedented Growth in Luxury Jewellery and Watch Retailers
Wealthy Canadians must love their bling — the country is seeing an unprecedented number of luxury jewelry and watch brands opening freestanding stores, and more are on the way. This month alone, Richemont has opened five luxury boutiques at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Vancouver is about to see a number of store openings in its burgeoning ‘Luxury Zone’.

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Walmart Canada will add a marketplace, plus buy online, pick up in store

Sobeys parent company post lower fourth-quarter adjusted earnings

Canadian Tire and other retailers fight for digital authenticity with verified reviews

U.S. online thrift store chain ThredUp launches in Canada

Prince George, BC: Police searching for suspect involved in Pine Centre Mall shooting
A shot was fired early Tuesday morning as a suspect fled on foot after using a large pickup truck to smash through the south entrance of Pine Centre Mall, Prince George RCMP said. An on-duty security guard who went to check the scene was unharmed. RCMP did not say whether the shot was fired at the security guard or into the air as a warning. Other than stores with their own outside entrances, the mall was closed for the day. RCMP were called to the scene just before 4 a.m.

Toronto, ON: 19-year-old man seriously injured in shooting outside store
A 19-year-old man is seriously injured after a shooting outside a store in York's Fairbank neighbourhood on Sunday evening. Gunshots were fired shortly before 7 p.m. at Caledonia Road and Castlefield Avenue, north of Eglinton Avenue West. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his torso, Toronto paramedics say. He was rushed to a local trauma centre where he remains in non-life-threatening condition. Investigators don't believe the shooting was targeted. They are searching for two suspects who reportedly fled the scene in a red vehicle.

Calgary, AB: Targeted shooting at strip mall leaves man hospitalized; Suspects remain at large
A man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following a shooting Thursday night in the Beltline, one of two targeted shooting incidents Calgary police are investigating. Officers arrived at a strip mall near the 1200 block of 17th Avenue S.W. to find the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was taken to hospital in stable, non life-threatening condition. The incident was one of two overnight shootings, both of which were targeted acts, police believe. The suspects are still on the loose.

Stoney Creek, ON: 3 masked men stole $20K in Lululemon clothes from yoga studio
Police are looking for three suspects after a Moksha Yoga Studio in Stoney Creek was robbed on Canada Day, and almost $20,000 in Lululemon gear was stolen. Detectives say that just before 11:30 p.m. on July 1, three masked men broke into the studio using a hammer to smash in the glass door of the front entrance. Once the men are inside, they can be seen frantically grabbing Lululemon clothes. Police say they stole about $20,000 worth of clothing, and it's believed they used a stolen vehicle to get away.

Six charged after police seize over $8,000 in alcohol destined for resale in Saskatchewan
Six people have been charged with canvassing, possession or bootlegging after police seized alcohol destined for northern Saskatchewan communities. The seizures were made at the end of June when RCMP officers from several detachments targeted alcohol and traffic-related offenses over a two-day period.

Officials said the primary objective was to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for resale in northern Saskatchewan. Southend RCMP said the estimated street value of the liquor is $8,345. Police said more enforcement measures will be taking place throughout the year.

Edmonton, AB: $4,000 Credit card scam prompts police to issue warning to merchants

Surrey, BC: Man suffers multiple gunshot wounds after gunfire erupts in restaurant

Update: Canadian teen who robbed store for airfare to Syria sentenced
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Little Burgundy, QC: Angry vegetarian vandals throw bricks wrapped with notes through window

Robberies & Burglaries

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Radial Exposes Top Three Threats to Omnichannel Retail Success this Holiday Season
It's never "too early" for retailers to prepare for the holidays, according to Radial, the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, who fulfilled over 65 million orders last holiday season on behalf of the world's most beloved brands. Radial advises retailers to be prepared to kick off the 2017 peak season on Amazon Prime Day, July 11, when consumers will begin flocking to eCommerce sites to scoop up deals and get a head start on the season. For many retailers, peak season accounts for more than 30 percent of total yearly sales, which means one small slip-up during this period can drastically impact annual revenues.

Radial explored the top threats to peak success that retailers should be prepared for.

The Ghost Economy
Too many retailers throw away money in the form of overstock, out-of-stock, and return costs during peak season. Referred to as the ghost economy, these costs consumed over four percent of the average U.S. retailer's revenue in 2014, totaling $1.75 trillion dollars. The perception that these are unavoidable costs of doing business is where retailers are wrong. Retailers with omnichannel solutions such as order management systems can recapture 50 to 75 percent of these losses with intelligent inventory allocation, demand forecasting, and fulfillment planning, while sidestepping retail's biggest threat: lost customers.

Fraud Preparedness
Fraudsters are better at their game than ever before and have their target firmly placed on eCommerce this holiday season. With more consumers shopping online, there is more opportunity for fraudulent transactions. According to Experian, eCommerce fraud increased 33 percent in 2016 from 2015. That growth rate is expected to continue in 2017, as the total number of breaches has increased 56 percent compared to the same time in 2016. During the 2016 peak season, November 20 – January 2, Radial's fraud lab protected its clients from a record number of attacks worth $13.9M.

Securing a Strong Seasonal Workforce
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The Morning Risk Report: The Risks in Regulating Virtual Currencies
The move to add virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers under the scope of the regulation gained impetus after crypto currencies were linked to the funding of the terrorist attacks in France in November 2015. Regulators want to address the anonymity aspect of virtual currencies by requiring exchanges and wallet providers to implement customer due diligence processes, such as Know Your Client, and to file suspicious activity reports, if needed. For many users, crypto currencies are the only way to pay for goods, and with their increased use and gain in value, they are becoming mainstream, said Matt Taylor, managing director of the risk and compliance practice at consulting firm Protiviti. On the positive side, these gatekeepers of virtual currency transactions aren’t burdened with legacy systems and information, which can make it difficult to spot trends. Equally, the way virtual currencies might be misused could also look different from what a traditional bank sees, she said.

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Manhattan, NY: Man Missing Fingers Swipes Thousands In Merchandise From High-End Retailers
He’s missing fingers on both hands, but police say that hasn’t stopped a man from grabbing tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise from high-end retailers in Manhattan. Cops say his spree began in January when the man swiped a $4,530 shearling coat from the Jill Sanders store at 818 Madison Avenue. On March 3, the suspect entered the Fendi store at 598 Madison Avenue and made off with a fur coat priced at $37,000. Most recently, on June 26, the man allegedly took a small decorative statue worth $24,000 from the Daum Jewelry store at 499 Park Ave. The suspect who is missing fingers on both hands has been described as a Hispanic male between 50 and 60-years-old, he is 5’5″ with partially bald, gray hair.

New York, NY: Bloomingdale’s Thieves Try Using Stolen Cards to Buy $42K Chanel Purses
Four Queens residents were caught trying to purchase more than $42,000 in designer handbags from Bloomingdale's with stolen credit cards on the same day, according to the NYPD. In the first incident, two women, Zihong Yuan, 22 and Ting Ting Zhao, 21, and a male teen walked into the department store on Thursday just after 3 p.m. and grabbed nine Chanel handbags worth a total of $36,315. All three of them tried using stolen credit cards to buy the bags but were busted at checkout. During a search, Zhao was also found with a controlled substance in glassine envelopes inside her purse. All three were charged with grand larceny, identity theft and criminal possession of stolen property. About an hour later, another Queens woman whom police said was unrelated to the trio tried using a fake credit card to buy two Chanel bags valued at $6,400, police said.

Carlisle, PA: Man charged in retail theft spree
Police arrested a man they say stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from Walmart and Giant stores throughout central Pennsylvania. Robert A. Bruno, 24, is charged with multiple felony counts of retail theft. Police said the thefts occurred during the past month and consisted mostly of oral hygiene products. In most instances, the amounts stolen were over $1,000. Court records indicate Bruno is charged with three theft incidents in Carlisle. He’s additionally charged with a misdemeanor count of retail theft in Susquehanna Township, in Dauphin County.

Oklahoma City, OK: Police looking for couple in three ‘bait and switch’ ring thefts in Texas and OKC

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Shootings & Store Evacuations

North Charleston, SC: Shots Fired at Northwoods Mall: Police Say No Injuries
North Charleston Police have released details about the suspects in the shooting at Northwoods Mall at 7pm on July 3rd. NCPD spokesperson Spencer Pryor says the people involved were two men, between 5-foot-8 and 6-feet tall. According to Pryor, officers have learned the shooting happened outside Lim’s, a men’s clothing store in the mall. Pryor says glass near the store’s entrance was shattered by gunfire. Pryor says a window at another nearby store was also damaged. Police think a bullet may have ricocheted and hit the glass.

Shawnee, KS: Walmart emptied after gun brandished in parking lot: Police say no shots fired
A Shawnee Walmart was emptied late Monday night after a gun was pointed at a customer in the parking lot. There appeared to be no shots fired, police said. Police said they received a report about 10 p.m. that two suspects, a white woman and a black man, fled the area in a car after pointing a handgun at a customer. The store on W. 65th St. was evacuated and searched as a precaution after the report, but Shawnee police said in a release they found no evidence of any shots fired.

Cape Town, South Africa: Two wounded in Khayelitsha Mall robbery shooting

Robberies & Thefts

Perry Township, PA: PA State Police find third suspect in ‘meth-fueled’ crime spree
Pennsylvania State Police arrested the third suspect accused of beating and robbing two men during a multi-day Lawrence County crime spree. Just after 6:30 Monday evening, police said Donald McClain III was taken into custody. He is a former employee at Cable Hardwoods Inc. in Perry Township, the lumber store where two men said they were robbed and beaten on Saturday. Police said the suspects were high on methamphetamine at the time of the crimes.

Memphis, TN: Two Police Officers injured while chasing CVS robbery suspects
Two officers were injured overnight while chasing robbery suspects. Police said four suspects were leaving the CVS around 12:15 a.m. when they arrived on scene. Police chased the suspects. Three of the four were caught. One officer injured his knee in the chase. The other injured his shoulder. One of the officers was transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Fort Lauderdale store clerk shoots at attempted shoe shoplifter
Deputies are searching for a man who tried to rob a convenience store, Tuesday morning, and was met with a surprise. The thief nearly got away with some quick kicks, but the clerk was ready for anything, and the crook left empty-handed. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the robber walked into Community Food Store, just after 7:30 a.m. with the intent to rob the clerk. Surveillance video showed the man on a bicycle, as he rode up to the store. He then walked through the store and headed straight for the back where the shoes are sold. He could then be seen stuffing sneakers down his pants. That’s when the clerk came in, gun in-hand.

Hodgkins, IL: Sam's Club Employees Give Themselves Gift of Fraudulent Gift Cards, $8,000 worth
Two Sam’s Club employees were arrested after they loaded thousands of dollars on store gift cards, prosecutors said. Both were charged with theft. Teale Lindsey, 19, and David Harvey, 20, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice. Both were employed at the Sam’s Club in Hodgkins. Between June 23 and July 1, prosecutors said Lindsey and Harvey fraudulently loaded over $8,000 on Sam’s Club gift cards.

Miami Dade, FL: Liquor store shoplifters caught on camera in SW Miami-Dade
Two women were caught on camera stashing several bottles of alcohol into their purses while distracting liquor store attendants. The duo could be seen in the liquor store looking around for some time and even chatting up the clerk, before they got away with the liquor at Rollo Liquor, Sunday evening.

Warren, OH: Man arrested after report he threatened Burger King employees
A suspect was charged with assaulting an officer after police said he had been harassing employees at Burger King on the Fourth of July. Alonzo Ball, 56, was stopped while walking Tuesday afternoon near the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s offices on W. Market Street. Earlier that day, officers received a report that Ball had been pounding on the windows of the Burger King restaurant in Warren, threatening employees. Police said employees locked the doors as a result.

Chantilly, VA: Jury convicts 2 men of burglarizing Virginia firearms dealers

Tulsa, OK: Summertime spike in juveniles committing Robberies leaves officers overwhelmed

Huber Heights, OH: Target evacuated for possible gas leak

Chicago, IL: 17-year-old charged in theft of FBI agent's car from gas station

Cargo Theft

Great Falls, MT: $21,000 worth of Fireworks stolen from City’s display

Arson & Fire

Haslet, TX: Arson Investigated At Haslet Walmart
Haslet Fire investigators have released surveillance video showing suspects believed to have set a fire at the Walmart on Avondale Road. The fire started on a shelf full of packaged curtains around 4:00 a.m. Monday. Investigators said a store manager noticed the fire and fought it with an extinguisher as the store was being evacuated. Sprinklers went off but not before smoke filled part of the store.

Troy, NY: Two Alarm Fire destroys AZ Grocery; investigators believe it was Arson


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Boost Mobile – Savannah, GA – Robbery
C-Store - Queens, NY – Armed Robbery
Cash America – Nashville, TN – Armed Robbery
Chevron – Killeen, TX – Armed Robbery
Chevron – Fullerton, CA – Armed Robbery
Circle K – Wichita, KS – Armed Robbery
Community Food Store – Fort Lauderdale, FL –Robbery
CVS – Memphis, TN – Robbery
Dairy Queen – Akron, OH – Robbery
Dollar General – Bibb County, GA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Macon, GA – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Chichasha, OK – Armed Robbery
FeFi's Grocery – Altoona, PA – Armed Robbery
Fireworks Store – Oneonta, AL – Burglary
GoGo eBikes – Moiliili, HI – Armed Robbery
Gun Store – Montgomery, AL – Burglary
Jimmy John’s – Lexington, KY – Burglary
Rite Aid – Brookville, OH – Robbery
Salon 115 – Maywood, NJ – Burglary
Shell - Bibb County, GA – Armed Robbery
Speedy Mart – Selma, OR – Armed Robbery
Valero – Wichita, KS – Armed Robbery
Valero – Antioch, CA – Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot and killed
Valero – Tonawanda, NY – Burglary
Verizon Wireless –Columbus, MS – Burglary
7-Eleven – Paso Robles, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven – Elkhart, IN – Robbery

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6 burglaries
 1 shootings
• 1 killed




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