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Steve Bonini named Corporate Security Manager for

Steve is new to the corporate security industry, spending the last two decades serving in law enforcement. Before taking his latest position as Corporate Security Manager for Williams-Sonoma, he spent 23 years with the El Cerrito Police Department as a Police Officer (6 years), Corporal (2 years), Traffic Sergeant (nearly 5 years), and Lieutenant. Congratulations, Steve!

Yovan Galico named Head of Security Mexico for Nestlé

Before joining Nestlé as Head of Security Mexico, Yovan spent a year with Amazon as Regional Loss Prevention Manager Mexico & Brazil. Earlier in his career, he served as Country Security Manager Mexico at American Axle & Manufacturing for two years and Sales & Operations Director at Rolland Safe & Lock for over a year. He also previously held positions with Diageo, FedEx, and EZCorp. Congratulations, Yovan!

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Covid-19, Social Unrest and Shoplifting:
A Unique Opportunity for Retailers to Choose Education & Opportunity
over Police, Punishment & Stigma

By Caroline Kochman, Executive Director, NASP

Mask wearing is a surprisingly polarizing idea for Americans; conflicts, which often occur in the retail setting, have escalated to physical confrontation and even murder. Masks are key to stopping the spread of coronavirus but a lack consistent guidance, much less laws requiring or governing their use, creates dangerous conflicts in retail stores.

Conversely, shoplifting - which creates daily conflict in stores - is a crime in all 50 states. Theoretically, the response to shoplifting is not about guidance, politics or policy; it is about the law. Yet, the same inconsistency abounds; inconsistency in the widely varying policies and responses that exist from retailer to retailer, police department to police department and prosecutor to prosecutor - irrespective of state law. These inconsistencies lead to increased incidents of theft and dangerous encounters in and around retail stores.

Achieving the needed consistency in the criminal justice response and policy on shoplifters will, like the mask issue, be an arduous, politically charged public process. However, retailers have sole discretion in modifying their internal policies on apprehension and prosecution for first-time offenders as changing conditions require, just as many have recently done with mask-wearing policies.

Further highlighting the importance of consistence in both policy and execution of policy was the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer responding to an alleged retail theft. This tragedy not only touched a nerve in our nation, it prompted virtually every retail CEO to renew their commitment to diversity, inclusion and opportunity in their stores and the wider community. It shined an even brighter light on an overburdened system that is far more gravely broken than we knew or acknowledged.

The unfortunate reality is that social inequities still exist in both our policing and criminal justice systems and fixing them will be a long time in the making - just as correcting inconsistency of public policy will be. However, as so many retail CEO's recently suggested, retailers have a unique opportunity, even a social responsibility, to bring about change. In terms of low-level shoplifters and the engagement of police, the retail AP/LP industry has the power to employ a modern and innovative response based in education and opportunity over police and punishment - something that is now more relevant and reasonable than ever.

Read the full article here.

COVID Update

US: Over 4.8M Cases - 159K Dead - 2.4M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 18.5M Cases - 700K Dead - 11.7M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 183   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 76
*Red indicates change in total deaths

LP's Opportunity to Shine as 'Revenue Preservers'
Managing Risk, Business Continuity and Resiliency During a Pandemic

Physical security leaders are being propelled into new roles during the pandemic

Physical security leaders - increasingly mandated to keep facilities safe and operational during the pandemic - are being propelled into a unique position to become revenue preservers for their business. They are seen as first-order strategic, earning their "seat at the table" as revenue preservers alongside cybersecurity leaders - particularly as the gap between physical and cyber narrows.

Revenue Preservation and Remote Employees

To address employee concern about the return to work, many organizations have proactively begun adopting new technology solutions to keep their staff safe. In fact, 45 percent of employees noted their company has already adopted new technology for employee health and safety. Among the technologies that employees believe would make them feel more comfortable returning to a physical workplace, respondents cited touchless sign-in technology (54 percent), which entails not having to touch a sign-in device, kiosk or security access control system upon entering the facility.

"The new standard of population and facilities risk management requires us to think about everyone entering a facility as one universal risk management challenge," says Brian Phillips, director of global security strategy at Traction Guest,  which provides enterprise visitor management. "From how any individual enters a building to how they interact with others on premises, physical security professionals will be tasked with ensuring a safe and secure visit for all."

"I think that now is the time to shine for security executives," Phillips says. "They can show their value proposition by incorporating technologies that not only secure the business but also mitigate new risks caused by COVID-19."

The Risk Manager

"I view myself more as a risk manager than as a security professional. I always have," says Bill Schieder, former FBI agent and current head of global physical security at shipping logistics startup Flexport. "My goal, in every role, is always to understand how to make my security organization a viable business partner to the point where business units reach out to me, versus the other way. And that's when you know that you've gotten people's attention."

Phillips adds, "There shouldn't be any instances where you're just deploying a security system, just because your peers have done it or because it's in a security manual. You should always be evaluating specific risks and the countermeasures that are needed ... Corporate security can be like an insurance plan in a company, where you need to spend a little on security to save a lot, or risk disaster or criminal events. However, it does not have to be that way. Solutions can be tweaked to create different purposes rather than spending more money. That is how the risk manager and security profession works: you have to be able to decipher which tools are the best for your company to avert risk at all levels. That's where you will find success." securitymagazine.com

CEOs to Congress: A lot more small businesses will fail without new aid
The top executives of more than 100 companies - including Starbucks, Microsoft and Mastercard - and trade groups are calling on Congress to backstop small businesses facing economic calamity.

In a letter dated Monday and addressed to congressional leaders of both parties, the executives painted a dire picture: mass business closures as coronavirus cases surge and the recession deepens.

The effort spearheaded by former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz calls for federally guaranteed loans to last into 2021; flexibility in how that money is put to use; and at least partial loan forgiveness for the hardest-hit companies. It also said "funds must flow to all small business in need, particularly those run by people of color," who have historically had less access to capital.

More than 4 million businesses have received emergency loans from the Small Business Administration after Congress approved $700 billion to support them in May. The letter said the nation's 30 million small businesses need a more robust and sustained intervention from the federal government. washingtonpost.com

Study: Majority of Women Don't Feel Safe Testing Beauty Products
or Trying on Apparel and Footwear

As more major retailers require customers to wear a mask in-store, a survey by First Insight found that the vast majority of women (80%) feel unsafe trying out beauty products, 68% feel unsafe trying on apparel in dressing rooms and 61% feel unsafe trying on shoes. This represents an uptick compared to First Insight's last study in April when 78% and 65% of women felt unsafe trying on beauty products and apparel, respectively. The study also found that, of the generations, Baby Boomers still feel the least safe returning to the shopping environment overall, while 73% of Baby Boomers surveyed said they would not feel safe trying on clothes in dressing rooms compared to 71% from the last study in April.

The study also found that in considering where to shop, a growing number of consumers feel unsafe in shopping malls, warehouse clubs and big box retailers. According to the survey, 32% of respondents feel unsafe or very unsafe when visiting shopping malls compared to 29% in the last survey. Warehouse clubs saw a similar uptick (20% vs. 18%), with small increases in big box retail (18% vs. 17%).

By comparison, consumers are feeling more safe visiting essential businesses like grocery stores than they did in April (11% vs. 13% saying they feel unsafe or very unsafe) with drug stores holding steady at only 15% feeling unsafe. Worth noting, more consumers are feeling safer visiting local small businesses with those who feel unsafe shopping there dropping to 17% from 21% at the end of April. sdcexec.com

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California Gov. Newsom Warns COVID Could Impact Labor Day, Halloween And The Holidays

New bill would ensure PPE and create taskforce for workplace safety for Federal workers

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History Repeats Itself: The Mask Slackers of 1918

FBI Sees Rise in Online Shopping Scams

The FBI says that an increasing number of victims are being directed to fraudulent websites via social media platforms and popular online search engines.

According to complaints received by the FBI, an increasing number of victims have not received items they purchased from websites offering low prices on items such as gym equipment, small appliances, tools and furniture. Victims reported they were led to these websites via ads on social media platforms or while searching for specific items on online search engines' "shopping" pages. Victims purchased items from these websites because prices were consistently lower than those offered by other online retail stores.

Complainants indicated the following:
● Disposable face masks shipped from China were received regardless of what was ordered.
● Payment was made using an online money transfer service.
● The retail websites provided valid but unassociated U.S. addresses and telephone numbers under a "Contact Us" link, misleading victims to believe the retailer was located within the U.S.
● Many of the websites used content copied from legitimate sites; in addition, the same unassociated addresses and telephone numbers were listed for multiple retailers.

Some victims who complained to the vendor about their shipments were offered partial reimbursement and told to keep the face masks as compensation. Others were told to return the items to China in order to be reimbursed, which would result in the victim paying high postage fees, or agree to a partial reimbursement of the product ordered without returning the items received. All attempts made by the victims to be fully reimbursed, or receive the actual items ordered, were unsuccessful. ic3.gov


Defund the police, COVID-19 lead to biggest police budget cuts in decade
Facing the dual forces of the coronavirus pandemic and the national movement to "defund the police," law enforcement agencies across the country are bracing for budget reductions not seen in more than a decade.

Nearly half of 258 agencies surveyed this month are reporting that funding has already been slashed or is expected to be reduced, according to a report slated for release this week by the Police Executive Research Forum, a non-partisan research organization.

Much of the funding is being pulled from equipment, hiring and training accounts, even as a number of cities also are tracking abrupt spikes in violent crime, the report concluded.

Few agencies, regardless of size, are being spared. Deep reductions have been ordered or proposed in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Baltimore County, Maryland, Tempe, Arizona, and Eureka, California. usatoday.com

After protests near her home, Seattle police chief asks City Council for intervention; activists dispute claims of 'illegal behavior'
A debate unfolded online Sunday night over whether protests against police brutality should include visits to public officials' homes - and whether such a discussion distracts from the fight for Black lives - after Seattle police Chief Carmen Best implored the City Council to "forcefully call for the end of these tactics."

Best wrote a letter to the council Sunday after protesters showed up outside her Snohomish County home Saturday night, the latest in a series of visits the demonstrations have paid to those who hold public power in Seattle, including City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan. seattletimes.com

Lawsuit alleges Black Lives Matter protesters are being priced out of civil rights; cost of protective clothing too high
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle alleges that protesters in the Black Lives Matter movement are being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive costs of defending themselves against police violence. The five plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the purchase of helmets, gas masks, protective clothing, goggles, gloves, boots, umbrellas and other gear they say are needed to fend off police pepper spray, less-lethal projectiles and other crowd-dispersal tools has impinged on their civil right to peacefully protest. seattletimes.com

I'm the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn't the Answer.

Distrust of the Minneapolis Police, and Also the Effort to Defund Them


Amazon's Market Power to Be Investigated
New York AG, California AG and FTC Teaming Up in Amazon Probe

Attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon.com Inc.'s online marketplace, according to people familiar with the matter, ratcheting up scrutiny of the world's largest e-commerce company.

The three agencies will work together to interview witnesses in coming weeks on joint conference calls, the people said. Bloomberg reported on the FTC investigation last year, and California's probe was revealed in a court filing last week. The New York investigation and collaboration among agencies at the state and federal level hasn't previously been reported.

State and federal regulators cooperating can often precede a big antitrust enforcement action, similar to that taken against Microsoft Corp, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute.

Almost 40 cents of every dollar spent online in the U.S. goes to Amazon, which has more of the online retail market than its nine closest competitors including Walmart Inc. and EBay Inc. combined, according to EMarketer Inc. Amazon, which denies abusing its market position, has said it represents a small fraction of total U.S. retail sales. bloomberg.com

43 retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020
Le Tote, owner of Lord & Taylor, and Tailored Brands, parent company of Men's Wearhouse, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. They're the latest retailers pushed to the brink by the pandemic. The additions bring the total retail bankruptcy filings so far this year to 43, according to tracking by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

With five months left in the year, there have already been more retail bankruptcies this year than in the past eight years, according to S&P Global. There were 48 filings by retailers in 2010, according to S&P Global, following tremendous tumult and financial strain across the industry during the Great Recession.

In 2008, 441 retailers filed for bankruptcy, according to S&P Global. cnbc.com

Once the Innovators, Department Stores Fight to Stay Alive

Decades of complacency led to stores that are stale and slow to adapt

Department stores were once on the leading edge of retailing - big, exciting places to shop, where consumers could find everything from the latest toaster to an evening dress and matching shoes. Now, they are fighting for their lives. In May, J.C. Penney Co., Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. and Stage Stores Inc. filed for bankruptcy, adding to the list of chains that have shrunk or disappeared in recent years.

Saving the department store - or at least salvaging it - isn't impossible, but doing so will require a radical rethink of how stores operate and relate to shoppers, say veteran retail executives.

It would be easy to blame the rise of fast fashion, off-price chains like T.J. Maxx, the internet and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic for the demise of department stores. But rivals in Europe and Japan are healthier, even with those factors in play.

"The U.S. players haven't been able to replicate the same type of excitement and pizazz," said Craig Johnson, president of consulting firm Customer Growth Partners. "U.S. department stores are too stale and slow."

Former industry executives date the problems to the 1980s, when a series of mergers and overexpansion led to bloat.

"The focus became more about how to take care of the corporate office, not the customer," said Allen Questrom, the former CEO of Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York Inc., J.C. Penney and Federated Department Stores Inc., which later became Macy's Inc. wsj.com

Global Alarm Monitoring Revenues Forecast to Exceed $63 Billion in 2024
According to the new study by the Freedonia Group, 'Global Security Services,' global alarm monitoring service revenues are forecast to rise 3.8 percent per year to $63.1 billion in 2024. Alarm monitoring tends to hold above average market share and growth potential in high-income nations, as investment in technological solutions is common and high labor costs favor remote monitoring over on-site guarding.

Revenue growth could be fueled by increased penetration of high-value services, particularly in the commercial market. The service offering the greatest potential boost to demand is video monitoring, which significantly speeds up alarm verification, resulting in quicker (and thus more effective) law enforcement response. sdmmag.com

TMA Releases Revised ANSI-Accredited False Dispatch Standard
In its on-going effort to reduce the occurrence and impact of false dispatches, The Monitoring Association (TMA) has released the latest revision of its ANSI-accredited standard, TMA CS-V-01-2020 (Version August 01, 2020). The standard is said to take alarm verification and confirmation to its next level by defining multiple-attempt confirmation, biometric, audio and video confirmation. The standard is available for free to download from TMA's website: tma.us

Allied Universal Hiring More Than 1,000 in Arizona
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, is seeking to hire more than 1,000 security professionals in Arizona. The open house hiring events are being held every Tuesday and Wednesday in August and September from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the company's branch offices in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. Allied Universal also employs a virtual interview process where applicants can complete the company's online application from the comfort of their home through video interviewing technology. sdmmag.com

UK: Cash machine operator Cardtronics UK admits to 'backlog of problems'
Cash machine provider Cardtronics UK, operator of Cashzone ATMs, has admitted to "a backlog" of problems that had led to reported delays of up to six weeks in fixing faulty machines.

Lord & Taylor to permanently close 19 stores

Airport retailer Hudson Group slashes corporate and field staff by nearly 40%

Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank Parent to Pivot to Casual Attire in Chapter 11

Wawa is building a drive-thru only convenience store

UK: Amazon set to open 10 Go stores in London, with 20 more sites in the works

Chinese state media slams U.S. as a 'rogue country' for its planned 'smash and grab' of TikTok


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ALL-TAG, a Critical Supplier to Food and Pharmacy Product Manufacturers, is Open for Business, Shipping Orders, and Fully Staffed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ALL-TAG, an American manufacturer of RF Labels, and a leading supplier of AM Labels, RF & AM Security Tags, and other loss prevention products, is designated a critical supplier to food and pharmaceutical product manufacturers.

The company is committed to remaining fully staffed during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALL-TAG is open and shipping orders of any product to any location around the world.

"We understand that many of our source tagging customers are supplying their goods to various essential grocery and pharmacy retailers, and those goods still need to be tagged" commented ALL-TAG's Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert. "We will continue to deliver our RF and AM Labels to these customers in a timely fashion so that they can maintain their shipping schedules of food and pharmacy products".

"Our leadership team prides itself on the fact that we have not had to conduct any layoffs or furlough any employees."

The company has implemented plans across the globe, assuring employee safety, and customer support.

All-Tag is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation (designated COVID-19 by the World Health Organization).

The company is managing operations to limit the impact on customers and employees.

● Monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and credible news websites.
● Maintaining communications with employees and customers
● Working to minimize the spread of an infectious disease if needed, through work from home/social distancing, travel restrictions, increasing more stringent office cleaning

In addition, company employees are following the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended actions for minimizing the potential for infection.

For up-to-date information on this topic, please visit https://all-tag.com/covid-19/.






'Payment sent' - Travel giant CWT pays $4.5 million ransom to cyber criminals
U.S. travel management firm CWT paid $4.5 million this week to hackers who stole reams of sensitive corporate files and said they had knocked 30,000 computers offline, according to a record of the ransom negotiations seen by Reuters.

The attackers used a strain of ransomware called Ragnar Locker, which encrypts computer files and renders them unusable until the victim pays for access to be restored.

The ensuing negotiations between the hackers and a CWT representative remained publicly accessible in an online chat group, providing a rare insight into the fraught relationship between cyber criminals and their corporate victims. (see screenshot to the left)

CWT, which posted revenues of $1.5 billion last year and says it represents more than a third of companies on the S&P 500 U.S. stock index, confirmed the attack but declined to comment on the details of what it said was an ongoing investigation.


The hackers initially demanded a payment of $10 million to restore CWT's files and delete all the stolen data, according to the messages reviewed by Reuters. "It's probably much cheaper than lawsuits expenses (sic), reputation loss caused by leakage," the attackers wrote on July 27.

The CWT representative in the negotiations, who said they were acting on behalf of the firm's chief financial officer, said the company had been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to pay $4.5 million in the digital currency bitcoin.

"Okay let's get this moving forward. What are the next steps?" the representative said after agreeing to the ransom. reuters.com

DHS Urges 'Highest Priority' Attention on Old Chinese Malware Threat
The US government Monday urged enterprise organizations to pay the "highest priority" attention to malicious activity involving "Taidoor," a Chinese remote access Trojan that has been used in various cyber-espionage campaigns since at least 2008.

In a Malware Analysis Report (MAR) dated August 3, the US Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that security researchers from multiple federal agencies had observed Chinese government actors using a variant of the malware in recent attacks. darkreading.com

Protecting data in the work-from-home age
Scores of employees who have never been trained to securely work from home, have been thrust into a new work situation. And although the economy has shown signs of improving, an uncertain business climate could tempt workers who are unsure what their future holds into stealing sensitive data such as trade secrets or source code.

In many scenarios, engineers with access to highly sensitive data and IT systems are working from home with less oversight than they've ever had. Many employees have less access to corporate network data shares and sanctioned collaboration tools - services usually present at offices designed to safeguard that valuable data.

AdvertisementIt's always important to follow cybersecurity best practices - especially when working from home - but there are specific strategies employers can take to mitigate data loss risk during the COVID-19 period.

Here are five steps security leaders should do to better protect their company's data:
1. Remind employees of the company's policies for handling sensitive data.
2. Ensure sensitive information gets labeled properly.
3. Limit access to sensitive data.
4. Host a remote security awareness training session.
5. Deploy VDI or desktop-as-a-service.


Cyber skills in traditional security management careers
The operational knowledge needed by someone charged with cybersecurity is as broad and complex as the various accountabilities of non-technology security risk roles.

The concept of convergence of both roles whereby a single point of accountability leads the strategy and governance for all security risk initiatives can be an effective approach. While the idea has been out there for quite a while, it is still not widely utilized. There are, however, numerous examples of interdependencies that indicate a need to understand the points of vulnerabilities to best provide a cohesive, coordinated effort to limit and/or mitigate security related risks.

Candidates should gain an understanding of all elements that make up the role of a cybersecurity program leader. If they are considering a career development strategy, they can then decide the path they feel is the best personal fit. There are numerous programs and certifications available that range from an executive overview of cybersecurity to those in which you achieve deep technical competencies.

Read more about the different categories of cybersecurity here: securitymagazine.com

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Do You Use Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication, a secondary authentication method for logging into email, social media, banking or corporate accounts, is an easy way to protect your accounts. When you log in from an unrecognized computer or mobile device, the service provider sends a text message to your cell phone. This ensures no one can access your account with only your password. While this is not foolproof, it is an easy way to add a layer of security to your accounts.




Why the E-Commerce Boom May Already Be Over

Digital sales boomed from March through May, but in June, sales dropped $7B

In the months since the pandemic slammed the brakes on all of our normal shopping routines, e-commerce has roughly doubled from just over 15% of U.S. retail sales to about 33%, according to McKinsey.

In its June 2020 Digital Economy Index, Adobe offers further granularity to this news. The software company says that the e-commerce sales surge - an uptick thus far totaling about $77 billion - amounts to half of what is usually spent online in the entire end-of-year holiday season, the biggest selling time of the year.

Consider the context: Since Covid-19, apart from grocery stores and Home Depot, much of the physical retail world has either been entirely closed in lockdown or shunned by pandemic-panicked consumers. Yet even with all that advantage - the rough equivalent of tying a basketball player's legs together and one arm behind their back - e-commerce has managed to capture only a third of total retail sales. There is every reason right now to buy entirely online, yet Americans have largely stuck with tried-and-true brick and mortar.

What gives? While Covid-19 has fast-forwarded trends like surveillance technology, video conferencing, and automation, online shopping seems to already be slowing down. Digital sales boomed from March through May, but in June, sales dropped $7 billion from May. July figures will be out soon, but the trend line at the start of the month was already downward. This includes groceries and apparel, which fell 18% and 15% in June, respectively.

One reason for the dip may be that online goods are no longer as cheap as they once were: "Consumers are now purchasing an online basket of goods for $1.01 that was worth $1.00 in June 2019," Adobe said. Although online prices were down through the first few months of the pandemic, last month they began to creep back up. medium.com

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Gulf County, FL: Florida man prints fake check to dupe dealership out of $140,000 Porsche; caught purchasing $61,000 of Rolex watches
Deputies said Casey William Kelley, 42, printed the checks from his home computer. Kelley drove away in the $140,000 sports car in Destin, FL on July 27, deputies said. His attempted theft of the watches took place a day later at a Miramar Beach jeweler. In that case, the business waited for the $61,521 check to clear before giving Kelley the Rolexes, learned the check was fraudulent and reported him, authorities said. Kelley was booked into the Walton County Jail on July 30 on felony charges of motor vehicle grand theft and fraud, records show. orlandosentinel.com

Memphis, TN: 32 firearms stolen from Gun shop, $10,000 reward offered
On August 3, 2020, Shoot Point Blank, 1740 Century Center Cove, Memphis, was burglarized where approximately 32 firearms were reported stolen to the Memphis Police Department. ATF Industry Operations Investigators responded to the FFL and conducted an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen. ATF is offering the reward for the amount of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. localmemphis.com

New York, NY: Man Seen On Video Snatching over $2,000 worth of Handbags From Coach Store On Fifth Avenue
A brazen grab-and-go robbery was caught on camera inside a Coach store on Fifth Avenue. Surveillance video shows a man walk into the store around 6 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Ave. and West 54th St. He grabs several handbags and some clothing off the racks. Police said a 31-year-old female employee tried to stop the suspect, but he brandished a boxcutter and got away. The stolen merchandise was valued around $2,000, according to authorities. newyork.cbslocal.com

The Villages, FL: Shoplifting suspect at Wal-Mart says 'a lot of people get away with it', caught with $1,000 of DVD's
A shoplifting suspect at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages said he attempted to steal nearly $1,000 worth of DVDs because "a lot of people get away with it." Adam Eric Kamerow, 38, entered the store on Sunday and removed.35 worth of DVDs from the shelves in the electronics department. He went to the luggage department and then the men's clothing section where he began pulling Wal-Mart bags from his pocket. He put the DVDs in the bags and left the store. Kamerow was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft. villages-news.com

Secaucus, NJ: 80-year-old man is charged with shoplifting - again
Eugenio Brito-Comendador was arrested at 11 a.m. Sunday at Sam's Club in Secaucus after he took some items off the shelf and tried to conceal them. When police responded to the store they also found that Brito-Comendador had a $750 outstanding warrant out of Union City. He was arrested twice last year and once in 2018 with attempting to shoplift from the Home Depot in Secaucus. Brito-Comendador has at least seven convictions, dating back to 1993. In 2007 Brito-Comendador was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary. nj.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Lansing, MI: Two men shot, one fatally, at south Lansing strip mall Monday night
The shooting happened Monday evening about 6:35 p.m. in the parking lot of a strip mall on Pleasant Grove Road. One of the victims, a 31-year-old man, was pronounced dead, and the other, a 32-year-old man, was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. A K-9 search of the area was unsuccessful. lansingstatejournal.com

Red Bluff, CA: Update: Suspect on the loose is Armed and Dangerous after fatal shooting at Foodmaxx
A victim in the Monday night shooting died from his injuries while at the hospital, according to Red Bluff Police. Officials responded at 10:15 p.m. to the Foodmaxx on Belle Mill Road for a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, they found a 52-year-old man with a single gunshot wound to his chest. During the investigation, RBPD learned that the victim had been confronted by a man and the two began arguing. During the argument, the suspect fired a single shot into the chest of the victim. The victim made his way into the store for help and that's where he collapsed. krcrtv.com

Garden Ridge, TX: Update: Police release video in Fatal C-Stores Armed Robbery
Police are searching for a man who they say shot and killed a convenience store clerk in Garden Ridge early Wednesday (7/29) morning. According to the Garden Ridge Police Department, a man armed with a handgun entered the EZ Mart on FM 3009 at about 3 a.m. Investigators said the man shot Pollyanna ("Pam") Smotherman and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets. kens5.com

Little Rock, AR: Lawsuit over '11 Police shooting at Park Plaza Mall settled
On Monday, just over three weeks before a federal jury was to begin scrutinizing a Little Rock police officer's shooting of two men at Park Plaza mall more than eight years ago, a lawsuit over the shooting has been resolved. The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2011, when officer Christopher Johannes, working off-duty as security for the mall, fired 12 shots into a car that was backing out of a parking space, striking the driver and front-seat passenger.

Before the shooting, which occurred on the lower level of the mall's parking deck, a woman complained to mall security that some men had tried to coax her 17-year-old daughter into their car. Johannes and a mall guard arrived to see the car in question backing out. Johannes said he fired because the car was backing out quickly despite him telling the driver to stop. He said he feared for his and the security guard's safety, according to reports. . "The parties have reached an agreement regarding all matters before the court," the men's attorney, Willard Proctor Jr., wrote in asking that Wilson dismiss the case permanently. The filing noted that attorneys for the city, Alexander Betton, and the mall, Mark Breeding, agree with the request. No settlement agreement was filed, and no details were revealed. Breeding said Monday that all the paperwork hasn't yet been completed. He declined to say how much, if any, the mall paid to settle the suit. arkansasonline.com

Indianapolis, IN: Man found fatally shot outside north-side liquor store

Bennettsville, SC: Police arrest man in connection with shooting at gas station

Birmingham, AL: Shot fired inside KFC during afternoon holdup

Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia now has 2nd highest murder rate of 10 Largest US Cities; Chicago is #1, NYC is #3

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Shreveport, LA: Man arrested at The Home Depot after cutting
Shreveport officer's throat
A Shreveport police detective was cut in the throat during the arrest of a man Monday morning. The detective, who was not identified, was attacked with a box cutter. She was slashed and her clothing cut in several places. The officer injuries were non-life threatening. Police charged Eric Brooks, 47, with attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated assault on a peace officer and four felony theft warrants. Detectives found Brooks at Home Depot on East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. As officers attempted to handcuff Brooks, he pushed the detective and ran. She ran and caught him, but that's when Brooks pulled out the box cutter, police said. Police said Brooks has been arrested multiple times in the past for offenses such as robbery, resisting arrest, multiple theft arrests and other charges. ktbs.com

Man Charged After Slapping Burger King Employee Across Face During Rant
The incident took place at one of the fast food restaurants in Pennsylvania, where the customer, identified as 21-year-old Austin Addison, confronted a male member of staff. Footage of the scene has been shared widely online, and shows Addison, dressed in a black t-shirt and shorts, leaning over the counter and throwing menus in the air as he shouted. Only part of the altercation was caught on camera, and as a result it's unclear exactly what sparked the rant. One social media user alleged that Addison had ordered some chicken nuggets from the restaurant, but got angry when he received less than expected. unilad.co.uk

Minneapolis, MN: Man Federally charged with Arson of Pawn shop

San Francisco, CA: Police report a 40.8% increase in Burglaries from January through July of this year compared to last

Kendallville, IN: Getaway driver from Little Caesars robbery sentenced to three years prison

Christchurch, New Zealand: Teen duo stole $78,000 (USD) worth of jewelry in smash and grab thefts

West Sussex, England: Female Shoplifter banned from every Waitrose and M&S in UK after 5 years of stealing; guilty on 8 charges


Cargo Theft

Miami, FL: Trucking Company Offers $5000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Suspects Caught on Video Stealing an Auto Transport Tractor-Trailer



AT&T - Port Orange, FL - Robbery
C-Store - Davenport, IA - Robbery
Dollar Tree - Salisbury, NC - Burglary
Gas Station - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Guns - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Guns - Johnstown, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Edinburgh, IN - Robbery
Jewelry - Greenwood, IN - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Cedar Hill, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Bradenton, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Westborough, MA - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Birmingham, AL - Armed Robbery (KFC)
Restaurant - Bridgeport, CT - Burglary


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

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