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Lisa LaBruno promoted to Senior EVP of Retail Operations & Innovation for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Lisa LaBruno has been with RILA for more than a decade, starting in March 2010 as Vice President Loss Prevention & Legal Affairs. In her role as Senior Executive Vice President of Retail Operations & Innovation, LaBruno leads RILA's efforts in the association's key retail disciplines including supply chain, e-commerce, asset protection, and innovation. She directs all research initiatives, educational programming for the annual LINK and Retail Asset Protection conferences, executive networking to promote operational excellence within the industry and RILA's Retail Innovation Center activities.

She has over 20 years of relevant experience in both the public and private sector, including as a prosecutor and in-house attorney at The Home Depot, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Loss Prevention Foundation and Advisory Council of the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention.

With her new promotion, Lisa will now report directly to RILA President Brian Dodge, affirming the criticality of retail operations for RILA's member organizations. Congratulations, Lisa!

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Security Leadership: Women on the Frontline

What does success look like in the enterprise security industry?

Sandy Chandler, Director of Loss Prevention for Ulta Beauty,
recognized among 13 female security executives leading the way

First, we believe it's important that all public servants should be commended and recognized for their contributions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. So many enterprise security professionals are on the frontlines, in harm's way without much recognition, and some are risking their lives to provide help, services and expertise. Thank you to all security leaders and first responders!

Security Magazine spoke with 13 female executives who are bound by the same passion: to serve, protect and facilitate public or private safety and security - and all succeeding in security leadership roles:

Dollie Kelly, Vice President, Security & Retail Operations, C&F Bank
Kim Loy, Chief Product Officer, ACRE Industries
Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, Director and Professor, Center for Cybersecurity, University of West Florida
Haylea Parkes, Vice President, Global Security & Crisis Management, CBRE
Mary Hough, Vice President, Security Management, Corporate Security Overwatch
Jenai Marinkovic, Chief Security Information Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Tiro Security
Jo Stewart-Rattray, Director, Information Security & IT Assurance, BRM Advisory and Chief Security Officer, Silver Chain Group
Gail Coury, Vice President, General Manager, Silverline Managed Services, F5 Networks
Fiona Walters, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Americas, G4S
Lyndsey Taylor, Business Security Director & Crisis Management Leader, GE Appliances, a Haier Co.
Reema Anand, Vice President, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk & Compliance, Visa, Inc.
Sheri Piper, Cyber Range Master, Security Solutions, Tech Data
Sandy Chandler, Director, Loss Prevention, Ulta Beauty, Inc.

Read about all of their stories here: securitymagazine.com


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Coronavirus Tracker: July 1

US: Over 2.7M Cases - 130K Dead - 1.1M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 10.6M Cases - 515K Dead - 5.8M Recovered

Fallen Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 51 | NYPD Deaths: 45
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 150

US reports over 48,000 new single-day coronavirus cases,
setting a new record for the fourth time in a week

CDC map: 30+ states are open despite having 'zero' days of decreasing cases
As the United States struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, focus has turned to California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, which have seen dramatic spikes in recent days. But a map from an internal document produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by Yahoo News shows that as many as 32 states are not seeing decreases in COVID-19 cases.

The map is a starkly visual reminder that many of the states have ignored CDC guidance, which recommended not reopening until they had achieved 14 days of declining cases. yahoo.com

Steps for businesses to respond to COVID now & prepare for what comes next
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, not to mention our individual lives, will be felt for many months and possibly years to come. Supply chains have weakened links. Business and leisure travel have all but ceased. Offices are closed and more employees than ever before are working from home; many of those employees are trying to balance productivity with caring for loved ones and perhaps supplementing their child's virtual school. And of course, many businesses have had to reduce their operations, or pivot to other means of staying viable and many, many people are out of work all together. But, even as the outlook and timelines to getting back to normal change every day, there are things we can be doing now to make the current conditions as workable as possible and recovery and rebuilding a smoother and accelerated process.

There is hope in these uncertain times: with the right planning and execution, businesses can bounce back from what's quickly becoming a global recession and return to good health. It takes the right strategy, a flexible approach and a desire to achieve organizational resilience.

The five areas below are worth considering as one navigates through the current crisis and accelerates the resilience journey, which will minimize negative impact now during this pandemic and for future unforeseeable disruptions.

1. Using PPE and stopping the virus' spread
2. Maintaining supply chain strength
3. Guard against cyber threats
4. Continuity planning
5. The final step - continual learning


Reopening the Office is a Messy Business
Texas Tried Reopening Offices Early.
It Was Hard Even Before the Coronavirus Surge.

Companies brought back office workers, only to send them home again. Others still can't figure out how to get people up a 50-story skyscraper.

Texas got back to work faster than most states. It now serves as a
warning to the nation: reopening offices and other businesses may be messier and more prone to disruption than many imagined.

Some companies brought back office workers in May or early June only to face coronavirus outbreaks within days or weeks. Others still can't figure out how to send people up a 50-story skyscraper. Chevron says limiting riders on some elevators would create dangerous crowding in lobbies, so the company is telling its masked workers to refrain from speaking on the ride up.

Even as the state's government rapidly reopened offices, bars, restaurants, salons and gyms, many companies chose not to rush their workers back into skyscrapers and sprawling suburban office campuses. They are reluctant to do so when many workers remain anxious about catching the virus and are productive enough at home. wsj.com

Going Up? Not So Fast
Strict New Rules to Govern Elevator Culture

Employers, office building managers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are all drafting new guidance to keep elevator rides from becoming a breeding ground for coronavirus infections. The New York Times reports some companies are hiring "elevator consultants" to figure how to get thousands of highrise workers to their desks safely. One member of the group developing the CDC's guidance says the recommendations will include masks, urging people to "not talk unless you have to" and limiting the number of riders, though it won't specify a number. nytimes.com

Workers getting laid off for a 2nd time, as virus surge puts reopenings on hold
Millions of American workers are suffering from economic whiplash, thinking they were finally returning to work only to be sent home again because of the coronavirus's latest surge.
Stores, restaurants, gyms and other businesses that reopened weeks ago are shuttering once more, and this time Congress appears less inclined to provide additional aid. Other companies that had banked on customers returning and restrictions lifting - such as hotel chains, construction firms and movie theaters - are seeing hours cut and reopening dates pushed back indefinitely as consumer demand stalls.

And many governors, including some who had drawn scrutiny for initially playing down the virus's risks, are issuing new safety restrictions, in some cases just weeks after the first round of guidelines had begun to lift.

Thousands of workers are caught in these rapidly shifting seas, many of them hourly and low-wage service employees, and are now facing unemployment for a second time. They say the past few months have been jarring:
navigating unemployment in March, preparing to go back to work in April or May, and now confronting the prospect of another long stretch without a paycheck. washingtonpost.com

N.Y., N.J. And Connecticut Add Several States To List That Must Quarantine

California Gov. Newsom to tighten coronavirus restrictions ahead of 4th of July

Dr. Fauci warns Congress that new US coronavirus cases could rise to 100,000 a day

Fauci says drinking at bars should stop 'right now' to stem spread of COVID-19

This chart shows the link between restaurant spending and new cases of coronavirus

VIDEO: Wild brawl erupts in Arkansas restaurant over social distancing dispute

Morgantown, WV: Planet Fitness customer tests positive for COVID-19; health officials advise 205 others who visited the gym to quarantine for 14 days

United Airlines is tripling flights despite a spike in coronavirus infections

Senate extends Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses through Aug. 8


Police Reform & Protests

"Corporate America cannot sit this one out"
Top CEOs Urge Congress To Pass Police Reform As George Floyd Bill Stalls

The influential Business Roundtable issued a Wednesday statement urging Congress to pass police reform before lawmakers' August recess and amid social unrest sparked by the anti-racism movement and calls to defund law enforcement, while a reform bill named for George Floyd stalled last week.

"Corporate America cannot sit this one out," said the Roundtable's statement, which offered up a five-pronged policy approach to reform that included the banning of chokeholds and "better" data tracking of police misconduct.

The Roundtable also calls for the establishment of community policing, more robust training and minimum national policing standards, but does not mention the reallocation of police budgets to other social or community programs, which is what most people mean when they say "defund the police." forbes.com

NYPD Budget Cuts Not Enough for Some Protesters
New York City demonstrators seen 'occupying' outside City Hall

Hundreds of protesters in New York City continued their occupation of City Hall overnight following Tuesday night's City Council vote that included $837 million in budget cuts and funding reallocations involving the New York Police Department.

Demonstrators were seen earlier on Tuesday in tents prior to the City Council vote. The area has been described as New York City's version of an "autonomous zone." Protesters have demanded the city "defund the police" -- a movement demonstrators have been calling for across the country, since the death of George Floyd in police custody in late May.

Many demonstrators say the budget changes weren't enough, and some plan on staying camped outside City Hall indefinitely. foxnews.com

Cops attempt to clear NYC Occupy City Hall protesters after City Council vote

Seattle police clear CHOP zone, make arrests after mayor's executive order

Iowa's historic police reform law takes effect

A month into protests, Milwaukee residents have no plans to stop marching

Hong Kong protests: more than 300 arrested as controversial security law comes in


Global Brands Respond to Racial Inequality
Human Resources Boss At Adidas Quits
As Diversity Continues To Dominate The Retail Agenda

The head of human resources at Adidas, Karen Parkin, has resigned over comments she reportedly made at an Adidas meeting last year. And this is just another example of global brands having to take action over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May.

In a letter sent to employees, Ms. Parkin acknowledged that she had lost the trust of Adidas employees.
Ms Parkin reportedly used the term "noise" at a meeting for employees at the headquarters of Adidas brand Reebok, when referring to the issue of racism.

For weeks, a group of Adidas
employees have held protests outside of the company's North American headquarters in Portland, Ore. They say the company's top executives have fostered a culture that permitted racism and discrimination, and failed to invest in Black employees or respect Black culture while exploiting those two groups to sell shoes and apparel.

Ironically, Parkin's departure leaves the board of Adidas being comprised exclusively of white males, although the company has said that it is addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Meanwhile,
the company has pledged that a minimum of 30% of hires in the U.S. would be filled by people of black and Latino ethnicity and that the ambition was to have 12% of them in leadership positions by 2025. forbes.com nytimes.com

Managing Change: Target CEO Talks About Protests, the Pandemic
and Permanent Shifts in Retail

Brian Cornell says the nation's eighth largest retailer - and the entire industry - must drive change and say 'enough' to racial injustice.

Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corp., had a tough job before this year, steering a 1,900-store chain through a changing retail landscape. Starting in March, it became much more challenging.

Target, along with the rest of the retail industry, is now "dealing with the pandemic, civil unrest in the country, the economic downturn, and we're working remotely, so the bar is really high," Cornell said during a National Retail Federation virtual conversation.

Long-range planning at Target used to mean thinking three-to-five years in advance. Now, Cornell said, that horizon has shrunk to four weeks, with adjustments needed daily.

NRF President and CEO Matt Shay said the Federation invited Cornell not only to discuss the pandemic, "but also, closer to home, the terrible events surrounding the killing of George Floyd right in their hometown, and how Target is helping communities respond and heal and move forward."

Target is headquartered in Minneapolis, the city where the killing of George Floyd by a police officer sparked protests across the country. A Target store near the scene of the killing was looted, and 175 Target stores were closed around the country due to protests. uschamber.com

Rethinking Leases: The Pandemic Is Changing How Retailers Want To Pay Rent
Struggling retailers paid just under 60% of the rent owed to landlords during April and May, when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered stores and restaurants in shopping centers and High Streets across the U.S.

With restrictions now lifting in many states, retailers are asking for lease modifications, including percentage leases that consist of a
base rent along with a percentage of monthly sales. There's also been a spike in interest in pop-up shops from brands that previously hadn't considered the short-term format.

Retailers that saw revenues plunge precipitously during the pandemic are reopening their stores at 25% to 50% of normal capacity, as mandated by the states. Facing uncertain consumer demand amid reduced levels of operation, they're pushing for percentage leases. forbes.com

Virus germ fears driving people away from cash
People have suddenly stopped using money - of the bill-and-coin variety - for fear it may spread the virus. Some worried shopkeepers have stopped accepting it, too.

Why it matters: The coronavirus may have changed our buying and payment habits forever. Online shopping is through the roof, and consumers are rushing to get "contactless" credit and debit cards, which are tapped at a merchant terminal rather than inserted or swiped.

Driving the news: The coronavirus has made us scared to touch anything, and there's a perception that money is dirty and payment terminals carry germs. ATM use is down 32%, according to Visa, and 63% of consumers say they're using less cash.

Yes, but: Health experts say they consider it unlikely that cash is spreading COVID-19 (though hand-washing is always recommended). axios.com

Grocers ponder the future of their self-service stations
More than three months after shutting down, salad bars and hot bars are burning a hole in retailers' bottom lines. Getting them up and running safely and profitably is a major challenge. grocerydive.com

Luckin Coffee says independent probe into sales fraud is 'substantially' complete

Macy's posts nearly $4 billion in losses, doesn't expect another shutdown

NPC International, Pizza Hut's largest franchisee, files for bankruptcy

Uber Makes $2.6B Offer to Buy Postmates Food Delivery Service

Walmart to end sales of 'All Lives Matter' merch on its site


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The Great Privacy Vs. Encryption Debate Continues
'Lawful access' bill would allow feds to legally bust into encrypted devices

"This is the full-frontal nuclear assault on encryption we've been fearing would come," said one cybersecurity expert.

Three Republican senators introduced a bill last week to codify "lawful access," a legal framework that would allow law enforcement to access encrypted digital devices with signed court orders. The bill's authors are Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

Currently, federal and local governments working with third-party forensics companies are constantly battling tech companies in a game of cat and mouse, in which the government sometimes can access the data it seeks and sometimes cannot.

"Tech companies' increasing reliance on encryption has turned their platforms into a new, lawless playground of criminal activity," Cotton said in a statement. "Criminals from child predators to terrorists are taking full advantage. This bill will ensure law enforcement can access encrypted material with a warrant based on probable cause and help put an end to the Wild West of crime on the Internet."

The bill appears to be a formal codification of what top judicial officials have sought for well over two decades: enhancing the government's ability to bust through strong encryption, which can make data on a cellphone or a computer almost unreadable to anyone who does not have the password to decrypt it.

"This is the full-frontal nuclear assault on encryption we've been fearing would come, but which no lawmaker previously had dared to put forth," emailed Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. nbcnews.com

Both Sides of the Debate:
- Why Ensuring Lawful Access Is Necessary
- Farewell to privacy: Lindsay Graham unveils a bill that would make encryption useless


FCC Designates Huawei & ZTE as National Security Threats
Backdoors in 5G network equipment from these vendors could enable espionage and malicious activity, agency says.

COVID-19 'Breach Bubble' Waiting to Pop?
Demand for 'Card Present' Data Has Dropped by Over 50% During the Pandemic

The economics of supply & demand hold true for cybercrime business too

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for banks to trace the source of payment card data stolen from smaller, hacked online merchants. On the plus side, months of quarantine have massively decreased demand for account information that thieves buy and use to create physical counterfeit credit cards. But fraud experts say recent developments suggest both trends are about to change - and likely for the worse.

The economic laws of supply and demand hold just as true in the business world as they do in the cybercrime space. Global lockdowns from COVID-19 have resulted in far fewer fraudsters willing or able to visit retail stores to use their counterfeit cards, and the decreased demand has severely depressed prices in the underground for purloined card data, according to Gemini Advisory, a New York-based cyber intelligence firm that closely tracks the inventories of dark web stores trafficking in stolen payment card data.

Stas Alforov, Gemini's director of research and development, said that since the beginning of 2020 the company has seen a steep drop in demand for compromised "card present" data - digits stolen from hacked brick-and-mortar merchants with the help of malicious software surreptitiously installed on point-of-sale (POS) devices.

Alforov said the median price for card-present data has dropped precipitously over the past few months. "Gemini Advisory has seen over 50 percent decrease in demand for compromised card present data since the mandated COVID-19 quarantines in the United States as well as the majority of the world," he told KrebsOnSecurity. Meanwhile, the supply of card-present data has remained relatively steady.

Naturally, crooks who ply their trade in credit card thievery also have been working from home more throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That means demand for stolen "card-not-present" data - customer payment information extracted from hacked online merchants and typically used to defraud other e-commerce vendors - remains high. And so have prices for card-not-present data: Gemini found prices for this commodity actually increased slightly over the past few months. krebsonsecurity.com

CISA Issues Advisory on Home Routers

Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy




Liquor Store Crime

91% Drop in Liquor Thefts

Liquor retailer cheered by dramatic drop in thefts at stores testing
ID scanner technology
The use of technology that requires patrons to scan their ID before entering a liquor store has led to reduced thefts in the locations where it was installed, according to Alberta's largest alcohol retailer.

"Crime has been drastically reduced, both thefts and robberies," said James Burns, CEO of the liquor retailer Alcanna. "It was significant."

Alcanna, which owns Liquor Depot, Ace Liquor and Wine and Beyond stores, installed the ID scanners in three locations in January in response to a spike in liquor store thefts across Alberta over the previous 18 months.

Statistics from Edmonton police confirmed Burns' statement, noting a 91 per cent decrease in liquor theft at the three locations using ID scanners. Alcanna planned on including more stores in a pilot project but has held off while Alberta's information and privacy commissioner conducts an investigation to ensure the scanner technology complies with privacy laws, said Burns. cbc.ca

Nunavut gov't says Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store hasn't increased alcohol-related crime

COVID-19 in Canada

10% of Canadian Retailers May Shutter Stores Due to Pandemic,
Says Real Estate Firm
A report from a Canadian real estate investment company provides a potential glimpse into the harrowing future facing both retailers and their landlords. After-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are leaving 10 percent of retail tenants in the country with plans to permanently close their business, according to Colliers Canada. sourcingjournal.com

Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures,
mandatory quarantine order
Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travelers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the Canadian government said on Tuesday.

The mandatory quarantine order is now in effect until at least Aug. 31, while the travel ban for most other foreign travelers is extended to at least July 31, according to federal documents. The measures, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, were set to expire on June 30.

Travel by U.S. citizens are covered under a separate agreement, which was extended earlier this month to keep the U.S.-Canada border closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21. U.S. citizens who are not deemed essential are still subject to the quarantine. reuters.com

Fireworks are cancelled, but here's what will be open & closed on Canada Day

Canadians Ranked Restaurants & Bars Above all other Retail Sectors in Terms of 'Most Missed'

Alberta Safeway workers vote in favour of strike after company ends COVID-19 'hero pay'

Canada over worst of coronavirus outbreak, U.S. spike a cause for concern

Canada's COVID aid pays off with consumer-spending rebound

Canada's Legal Cannabis Challenges

Cannabis retailers say online purchase and delivery being exploited by black market, call for changes
A national cannabis retailers group has persuaded the B.C. government to make legal stores safer, and now it wants to level the playing field with black market marijuana sellers who can deliver to their customers.

The Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) first called in January for a change to B.C. regulation requiring opaque or covered windows for retailers, similar to federal tobacco legislation designed to keep any glimpse of products or brands from those under 19. The move demonstrates the law-enforcement focus of federal and provincial marijuana regimes, with unintended consequences that may increase risk of crime.

Public health restrictions on movement in the COVID-19 pandemic have magnified another unintended consequence. With police enforcement focused on unlicensed retail stores, and a strict provincial monopoly for legal online ordering and delivery, an industry association says the traditional phone-and-drop-off method of street drug sales is appealing to more people. columbiavalleypioneer.com

Restructuring issues and challenges in Canada's cannabis industry


(Update) Red Deer, AB: Search continues for suspects after man shot outside Parkland Mall
Red Deer RCMP say they have located and seized a vehicle connected to a shooting outside Parkland Mall on Monday morning. RCMP believe the vehicle, a white 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was stolen in Blackfalds on June 25. The suspects remained at large Monday evening. The shooting, which occurred at 11:32 a.m., appears to be targeted, say police. A male was injured by gunfire and taken to hospital. reddeeradvocate.com

Man hides in Guelph store until closing, steals $3,300 worth of merchandise

Robberies & Burglaries

Undisclosed Store - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery

Undisclosed Store - Port Blandford, NL - Armed Robbery

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'Flood of Coronavirus-Related E-Commerce Packages'
COVID-19 Delivery Surge Strains FedEx Service, Opening Doors for UPS

A months-long flood of coronavirus-related e-commerce packages is straining service FedEx Corp, giving rival United Parcel Service Inc an opportunity to steal market share, customers and consultants told Reuters.

While every U.S. package carrier is fighting to manage unexpected demand for home deliveries of bicycles, patio furniture, medicine and food, FedEx entered the pandemic in turnaround mode and is grappling with an inflexible business structure that is contributing to service disruptions in California and Michigan.

The delay is not limited to FedEx's Ground division that focuses on e-commerce packages. Service at FedEx Express - which caters mostly to business deliveries - also is affected, said Patterson, who has been a FedEx customer for a decade.

A corporate spokeswoman, who did not elaborate on the reasons for the delays, said FedEx Ground is experiencing holiday "peak-like levels" of residential demand. nytimes.com

Amazon Offers $500M Worth of Pandemic Bonuses for Employees
Pandemic bonuses are rolling at Amazon, which said Monday it has committed more than $500 million toward those employee rewards. The bonuses will go to workers who have been with Amazon through the month of June.

Also on Monday, Lowe's announced a new round of bonuses for its hourly retail workers, and said its pandemic pay, bonus and community efforts have totaled some $450 million. In spring, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the retailer would spend $4 billion on COVID-related expenses getting products to customers and keeping employees safe. progressivegrocer.com

New Square Report Reveals Top 50 Cities Seeing Most eCommerce Adoption During COVID-19







Stamford, CT: 'Little Rascals' shoplifting gang strikes Stamford twice
AdvertisementCity police said they had to break off a chase with two men last week who they said are members of a shoplifting gang that has been sneaking into stores around the metropolitan area for months and swiping expensive health and beauty products off shelves. The outfit is known as the Little Rascals, police said. Police last Thursday recovered nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise in a bag that one of the suspects dropped outside of the Ridgeway Stop & Shop before running away and leading police on a short chase, they said. Although the gang is responsible for dozens of shoplifting thefts costing area stores about $50,000 worth of inventory, Thursday's incident was the first time any police department came close to catching them, Capt. Diedrich Hohn said. "No police have actually confronted them," Hohn said. "We were the first. They come in fast and leave fast. With this incident I'm glad no one got hurt and hopefully this will act as a deterrent and they won't come back to Stamford." stamfordadvocate.com

Dayton, OH: 5 men indicted in identity theft conspiracy
Five Dayton men are charged in an identity theft conspiracy that officials say involved re-encoding gift and credit cards in order to steal gasoline at roughly 50 Dayton-area gas stations and convenience stores. The indictment alleges that co-conspirators executed a fraud scheme to acquire bulk quantities of stolen personal credit card account numbers, names, addresses, and other personal identifying information from the Dark Web. The stolen information was then allegedly re-encoded by the co-conspirators on hundreds of blank and reused gift cards and credit cards for later use in the theft of gasoline from dozens of gas stations and convenience stores over a two-and-a-half-year time period. wdtn.com

Littleton, CO: Handguns and rifles stolen during Gun store smash and grab

Union County, OH: Multi-county theft ring allegedly netted $29,000 in cigarettes

Darien, IL: $8,800 worth of cigarettes stolen from Tobacco store

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Shootings & Deaths

Lancaster, CA: Armed Robber shoots and kills C-Store employee
Authorities are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a gas station attendant during a robbery in Lancaster Monday night. The shooting took place at 8:23 p.m. at a 76 gas station. Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrived to find 30-year-old Sean Searcy dead at the scene. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Jefferson County, AL: Police make 2nd arrest in connection to sporting goods shooting, theft
Trussville police made a second arrest involving men accused of shooting out the doors to a sporting goods store and then stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise. Court records showing 23-year-old Willie Anthony Furniss posted $15,300 bond Tuesday after his arrest for the misdemeanor riot charge and a felony burglary charge for the June 1st crime at Academy Sports on Gadsden Highway in Trussville. abc3340.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Salt Lake City, UT: Truck Driver Attacked While Making Delivery at Family Dollar
A truck driver who was making a delivery in Salt Lake City suburb was attacked and stabbed. The truck driver had to be life flighted to a hospital. The incident occurred over the weekend in Vernal, Utah. While the driver was unloading a delivery to a Family Dollar store, Virgil Leon Carmickle reportedly began stabbing the truck driver. According to the truck driver, while he was unloading the trailer, Carmickle approached and was angry that the driver's truck was blocking the roadway and he told the truck driver that was was going to get a knife. The truck driver said that Carmickle appeared intoxicated. Carmickle returned to the Family Dollar store moments later, carrying two knives. He reportedly told the truck driver he was going to kill him. cdllife.com

Jacksonville, FL: Body camera video shows woman tased by JSO at Publix
A Jacksonville mother, Tawanda Crowell, is suing Publix Supermarkets, Inc. after she was accused of stealing food and arrested by a JSO officer. Action News Jax first reported this case last week. The incident occurred at a Publix on Jacksonville's westside on February 4th. After an Action News Jax request, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released the police worn body camera footage from this incident.

Crowell denies any claims that she stole food and asks to go back inside the store to speak with an employee to get the situation resolves. More body camera videos show the officer later found Crowell's receipt in her vehicle. However, in the video he said Crowell was under arrest because she did not comply with his orders. actionnewsjax.com

Ventura County, CA: Detectives Say Stolen Computer Led Them To Serial Burglars
Investigators say Edward and Sarah Cruz of San Diego burglarized a Thousand Oaks clothing store, and an eyeglass store in January. Ventura County Sheriff's detectives say they struck again in April, stealing items from a Thousand Oaks spa. But, they say the third burglary helped them find the couple. A computer was among the items stolen. They were able to track down the computer, which led them to the couple. They were arrested while they were staying at a San Diego County resort. Detectives got a warrant for their home, and say they found a number of items stolen during the Thousand Oaks burglaries. kclu.org

East Baton Rouge, LA: Papa John's employee arrested after allegedly attempting to rob co-worker at gunpoint
A Papa John's Pizza employee was arrested after he tried to rob a coworker at gunpoint in the restaurant parking lot, leaving the man with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The incident took place at the Papa John's around 1:30 a.m. Monday. An employee told detectives he was closing the restaurant with a coworker and went to his car to get his personal firearm for protection. The coworker, later identified as Carlos Moore, 20, approached the employee from behind, pressed something to his back and said, "Give me the gun," documents say. The employee believed the assailant was holding him at gunpoint and began to struggle with him. At some point in the fight, one of the guns was discharged, striking the victim in his upper chest. Moore was booked on Monday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. theadvocate.com

Clackamas, OR Fireworks cause scare at Clackamas Town Center
Several teenagers lit fireworks inside the Clackamas Town Center Tuesday, leading some to believe gunshots had been fired inside the mall, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. katu.com

Dayton, OH: 2 men charged for robbing 5 Miami Valley convenience stores





Beauty - San Bernardino, CA - Burglary
Big 5 Sport - Chico, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Chico, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lakewood, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Berkeley County, WV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hattiesburg, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Denison, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lawrenceville, GA - Robbery
C-Store - New Iberia, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Centralia, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Austin, TX - Robbery
Cricket - Huntsville, AL - Armed Robbery
Electronics - Champaign, IL - Burglary
Gas Station - Lancaster, CA - Armed Robbery/Clerk shot & killed
Grocery - Conway, SC - Armed Robbery
Guns - Littleton, CO - Burglary
Liquor - St Paul, MN - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Westlake, OH - Burglary
Restaurant - Luzerne County, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Forest Park, IL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Prattville, AL - Burglary
Tobacco - Darien, IL - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


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Ernesto Contreras, LPC named Zone Asset Protection Manager for 7-Eleven

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