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The pandemic has accelerated the transformation of food retail. The role of AP has become increasingly complex combined with labor shortages, regulatory mandates, and the overall safety and security of our food.

Join us on August 26th as we take a close look at recent issues impacting asset protection professionals and risk managers. We'll also discuss how some grocers are adopting artificial intelligence and digital food safety technologies.

Key takeaways:
Artificial intelligence outsmarts baby formula shelf-sweepers
Digital food safety and refrigeration compliance
Future outlook for digital adoption and connected technologies in food retail

Presenting are technology leaders Brian Daly, specializing in digital food safety and Milton Navarro who manages deployments of artificial intelligence solutions in food retail environments at Sensormatic Solutions.


Violence, Crime & Protests

Retail Theft & Crime Stats at the Center of California's Recall Race
Crime Statistics and Politics are a Deadly Mix

Homicides are up across California, but most other crimes are down.

"Statistics - I'm glad we track them, I'm glad we have them," San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said. "I can tell people all day long that crime is down. But if you don't think so and you don't feel safe, then that has to matter to us."

A new survey obtained by The Chronicle found that 65% of Californians believe that crime is getting worse, while 29% say it is the same or diminishing, according to a poll of 1,000 likely voters done by David Binder Research.

Blaming Proposition 47: Former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican running in the recall race, is among the Republicans and others who blame Proposition 47 - and its Democratic supporters - for enabling crime. In 2014, California voters approved the statewide initiative that reclassified certain theft and drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors, including shoplifting of items under $950.

A 2018 study from UC Irvine, however, found "little evidence to suggest that Proposition 47 causes crime to increase in California."

But such studies don't tell the true story of what's happening, said Vernon Pierson, president of the California District Attorneys Association. Retail theft and robbery are "vastly underreported," he said. Retailers have told him that they feel such crimes will be ignored as long as less than $950 worth of merchandise was taken.

"Retailers have instructed their employees not to detain, not to get into a physical altercations" with alleged thieves. "Which means there's no report," said Pierson, who is the district attorney of El Dorado County.

Viral videos intensify feelings: Faulconer made a campaign stop last week in front of a shuttered Walgreens in San Francisco that he said "was closed down because of skyrocketing crime."

"This is an example of how Gavin Newsom has failed this great city and how he's failing our great state," Faulconer said. "When people don't feel safe, companies won't make investments, families won't feel safe out there walking on the sidewalk."

I asked Butts whether he had any tips for voters trying to sift through politicians invoking crime statistics. He said he has seen both Democrats and Republicans try to use crime stats to scare voters. It's hard to stop them because "politics was way out ahead of information and the facts." sfchronicle.com

Op-Ed: Flashy Press Conferences Won't Solve California's ORC Problem
Rising Crime in California: Media Events Aren't Enough
When California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a collection of mayors and law enforcement officials held a news conference in Long Beach last month to discuss, according to the governor's office, "state efforts to address crime and reduce retail theft," tongues wagged, optics sparkled, and a bill that passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously was signed.

But a flashy production is no guarantee that success will follow. Often in politics, a good show is just a good show - nothing more.

While California is always overflowing with big stories, none is bigger than the current surge in criminal activity. Most visible, of course, are the retail thefts, which is what Assembly Bill 331, the legislation Newsom signed at the July news conference, addresses. "We want to go after those rings" of organized retail thieves, he said.

But what will it achieve if George Gascon and Chesa Boudin, the district attorneys in the cities that rank first (Los Angeles) and fifth (San Francisco) nationally in retail thefts, refuse to prosecute? Both have shown they are interested in something other than criminal justice - which is why both are targets of recall campaigns - and are not just willing but actually committed to looking the other way at crimes they believe so trivial that we just have to live with them.

Many blame Newsom for rising crime and "revile" his criminal justice policies, the Sacramento Bee reported in its coverage of a victim and activist rally held the day before his news conference. Fair or not, that's the reality, and slick media events will change neither the perception nor the outrageous behavior on our streets. Newson hinted at this when he began his remarks Wednesday acknowledging the public expects results from its government officials. He got that part right. insidesources.com

Parking Lots Can Be Hot Spots for Criminals
3 Ways Video Surveillance Can Boost Parking Lot Security
Emerging video surveillance technology can help communities and businesses remain vigilant in the face of emerging threats. Here are three ways these new kinds of technology improve parking lot security-and even help businesses protect their bottom line.

Preventing theft and improving worker safety

Traditional video surveillance setups can record footage of the break-ins for future review. But contemporary solutions give employers the power to stop break-ins as they happen. With 24/7 remote surveillance camera systems, employers can set up cameras on their sites but assign monitoring to remote teams off-campus. When those teams spot suspicious and unlawful activity, they can use the system's connected speakers to broadcast warnings to trespassers and then send an alert to on-site security personnel and local law enforcement.

For one big-box retailer, remote surveillance systems helped drive a 40% reduction in parking lot incidents, with some locations reporting a 70% reduction. This technology is not only helpful for companies that are responsible for protecting their employees' property. It's valuable for protecting the employees themselves.

Adapting to meet changing needs

Another key advantage of newer remote surveillance solutions is their ability to help businesses stay on their toes. As criminals find new ways to be creative, businesses need the flexibility to change their security strategies-from moving cameras to different locations to altering the times of day remote monitors are most active.

Mobile surveillance units create the opportunity to monitor and influence traffic activity in real-time, preventing parking lot congestion and reducing safety incidents.

Uncovering critical intelligence

Finally, video surveillance systems can play a powerful role in uncovering valuable information about specific incidents and security trends in general. In the aftermath of break-in or theft, video surveillance units can provide identifying details about trespassers and reveal the full scope of a crime. On an ongoing basis, video surveillance can help businesses and residential areas develop a deeper understanding of their properties' threat landscape. securitymagazine.com

Security Company Offered to Team Up With Police During 2020 Unrest
Private security company pitched services to Kenosha Sheriff following unrest
Days after unrest in Kenosha last year caught the world's attention, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth received an email with an offer. It came from Bill Tallen, executive vice president of training for the private security company Distributed Security Inc. (DSI).

"As a retired federal LEO," Tallen wrote on Aug. 31, 2020, "I sympathize 100% with your response to the request for deputization of armed citizens during the current civil unrest. However, I would like to suggest an approach that is more realistic and defensible, with advantages both for your Department and the private sector in your county."

In his email to Beth, Tallen said DSI "offers training and consultation for individuals and management personnel of enterprises that wish to both enhance and take responsibility for their own security. We provide in-depth training and assistance in organization and infrastructure development for in-house (vs. contracted) armed security, for any enterprise or institution, with the fundamental requirement that such efforts be undertaken with the full knowledge and concurrence of local law enforcement, and entirely within the boundaries of applicable statutes."

Tallen stated, "This is not intended as a pathway to deputization, but only as a security solution for enterprises seeking to protect life and property in an environment where political, budgetary, and/or manpower constraints may limit the capabilities and extend the average response time of law enforcement, and leave private entities exposed to evolving threats." Jack Aubrey, a spokesperson for DSI, told Wisconsin Examiner that Beth never responded to Tallen's email. Nor has DSI been in contact with any other branches of Kenosha city or county government, the company spokesman stated.

On its website, DSI describes itself as a "private security company. We train, advise, and operate proprietary teams to actively defend enterprise life and property." Using military lingo, the company presentation state they create bases and "operate private security forces capable of defending immediate community assets" from "mob action" functioning as an "armed security cadre." privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Mass Looting Cleanup at Shoprite Stores
Shoprite Group is Restoring Operations in Record Time After Unrest in Africa
The Shoprite Group has reopened 89 stores in the past three weeks as the business works day and night to restore operations disrupted by unrest. Determined to rapidly rebuild and restock stores damaged during the recent unrest, employees have been working tirelessly, enabling the Group to quickly reopen stores and keep serving its customers.

The efforts and determination of the Group to prevent looting and damage, and to clean up and restore operations following the unrest, have been exceptional. Loss prevention, supply chain, fleet management and in-store teams stepped up immediately and have been critical in the reopening process. The support of customers and their offers to help with clean-ups has been overwhelming.

"All of these efforts to re-open and rebuild our business and serve our communities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng reflect the strength and resilience of our teams and our operations," a spokesperson for the Group said. "We were able to spring into action and quickly restore our operations with as limited disruption as possible and ensured job security for thousands of employees."

The Group has also been innovative in order to be able to continue to provide customers with essential goods, using alternatives such as container stores. sagoodnews.co.za

Minneapolis, MN: Illinois Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson of Minneapolis Sprint Cell Phone Store During Summer 2020 Civil Unrest
An Illinois man was sentenced today to 105 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for setting fire to a cell phone store in Minneapolis in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.  justice.gov

Newsom urged to take action against Oakland crime spike

Atlanta crime surge fuels Buckhead's push for cityhood

COVID Update

352.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 36.8M Cases - 634.6K Dead - 29.9M Recovered
Worldwide: 204.9M Cases - 4.3M Dead - 184M Recovered

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Tracking COVID Transmission County-by-County

'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'
See the Data on Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations and Deaths by State
Serious coronavirus infections among vaccinated people have been relatively rare since the start of the vaccination campaign, a New York Times analysis of data from 40 states and Washington, D.C., shows. Fully vaccinated people have made up as few as 0.1 percent of and as many as 5 percent of those hospitalized with the virus in those states, and as few as 0.2 percent and as many as 6 percent of those who have died.

Until recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that fully vaccinated people accounted for less than 3 percent of coronavirus hospitalizations nationwide and less than 1 percent of virus deaths. But last week, the agency noted that those figures did not reflect new data involving the Delta variant and said it was actively working to update them. Only about 50 percent of people in the United States are fully vaccinated.

In interviews, epidemiologists said that the United States is likely to see more breakthroughs, especially in areas where cases are surging. Essentially - the more that the virus circulates, the more exposures you can expect, and the more breakthroughs you can expect. nytimes.com

Deaths Per 100,000 - Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Retail Federation Makes Plea to Shoppers as Delta Surges
'Respect COVID-19 restrictions, get vaccinated if possible'
As COVID-19 cases rise in Kentucky and across the nation, the Kentucky Retail Federation is asking patrons to respect any safety guidelines that may be in place at retailers, restaurants and other businesses.

The organization released the following statement Tuesday, asking for patience and understanding as business owners try to make the best decisions to keep their staff and customers safe:

"As Kentucky experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases, the commonwealth's retail sector remains open for business and committed to serving you safely and efficiently. To that end, some retailers and businesses have reinstated masking requirements and other policies to protect the health and safety of their guests and employees. We encourage Kentuckians to respect any protocols that individual businesses have in place and to exercise patience with the hardworking employees who remain committed to ensuring you have the products and services you need.

"The best thing you can do right now to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19 and the Delta variant is getting the vaccine if you are eligible, and we applaud the continued efforts of businesses across the state to get more of our fellow Kentuckians vaccinated. As vaccination rates keep heading in the right direction, Kentucky's retail sector will continue play an important role in helping our economy and workforce bounce back from this pandemic."

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has not issued a statewide mask mandate, so requiring masks is at the discretion of individual business owners. wdrb.com

Big Loss for Amazon on COVID Safety Investigations
Amazon Loses Bid to Stop New York From Probing COVID-19 Standards
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Amazon.com Inc's lawsuit to block New York's attorney general from investigating the online retailer's ability to protect warehouse workers from COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn rejected Amazon's claim that Attorney General Letitia James acted in bad faith by trying to police its pandemic response, and stop its alleged retaliation against workers who were unhappy the company wasn't doing more.

"The state has a legitimate interest in ensuring that employers are complying with state labor laws, are enforcing important health safety measures, and are sanctioned for illegal conduct that occurs within the state," Cogan wrote.

Amazon has argued that federal health and labor laws preempted James' oversight. Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement: "We're disappointed with today's procedural ruling, which the court made clear does not mean the Attorney General's underlying claims have merit."

Amazon cared deeply about the health and safety of its employees, and was proud of its response to the pandemic, she added. Morgan Rubin, a spokeswoman for James, said in an email: "We applaud this decision and look forward to continuing our litigation against Amazon in state court and protecting our workers." usnews.com

Shoppers Again Anxious to Visit Stores
Delta variant, supply-chain chaos threaten to derail strong back-to-school
shopping season

This threatens to slow momentum for what many were predicting to be an incredibly strong back-to-school shopping season.

U.S. shoppers are growing more anxious about visiting stores and trying on clothing in dressing rooms, according to a recent survey. Some of those polled by First Insight also say they are beginning to cut back on spending due to the resurgence in Covid cases. Both trends threaten to slow momentum for what many were predicting to be an incredibly strong back-to-school shopping season.

Deloitte has estimated that back-to-school spending for kids in grades K-12 would reach $32.5 billion this year, up 16% from 2020 and 17% from 2019. That averages out to about $612 per student. The consulting firm's estimates were based on a poll of 1,200 parents completed from May 27 to June 5.

Although parents may have extra cash after rounds of government stimulus checks and child-tax credit payments, the recent surge in Covid cases fueled by the delta variant could upset these predictions. Couple that with tight inventories, caused by shipping disruptions and conservative planning on the part of retailers and things may not be as rosy as they looked when students began their summer breaks. cnbc.com

Delta Throws a Wrench in the Restaurant Industry's Comeback
Some People Shy Away From Restaurants as Delta Variant Spreads

Mixed picture emerges in markets hit by Covid-19 outbreaks, renewed coronavirus-related advisories

Some consumers are rethinking their return to dining out, according to executives and industry data, a shift that threatens the U.S. restaurant sector's rebound.

Restaurants that survived waves of closures last year had headed into the summer with rising optimism as most of the country ended dine-in occupancy restrictions. Bigger delivery and online ordering business boosted sit-down chains in recent months, including Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. and Outback Steakhouse BLMN 2.96% owner Bloomin' Brands Inc.

However, individual operators and recent industry data now point to a more mixed picture, particularly in U.S. markets hit hard by Covid-19 outbreaks and renewed coronavirus-related advisories. Recent consumer surveys show the Delta variant prompted Americans who say they are the most restricted in their activities to start pulling back their activities again late last month.

National restaurant same-store sales in the week ending July 25 were the worst weekly performance in the last five weeks, though they remained higher compared with the same period in 2019, according to restaurant-analytics firm Black Box Intelligence.

"All the fears that were in the background are just coming out," said Chelsea Gross, an industry analyst at research firm Gartner Inc. who consults for restaurant chains. "It's not great to have to adjust your business this many times." wsj.com

Chick-fil-A Grapples with COVID Outbreak
COVID-19 outbreak at Chick-fil-A distribution center impacting restaurants
A COVID-19 outbreak at a Chick-fil-A distribution center is impacting deliveries to some local restaurants. A source told WRAL News the outbreak could delay shipments for at least 24 hours.

The location in Fuquay-Varina has closed for the day, according to a message to customers in the Chick-fil-A app. The message said the closure is due to an issue with a distributor but did not mention COVID-19.

The Holly Springs location was expecting a delivery Wednesday morning but learned it won't arrive until the evening, and a Garner location may also be forced to close early due to lack of supplies. WRAL News is working to find out whether this is a widespread issue.

The reported outbreak comes as COVID-19 cases spike across the state, largely due to the highly contagious Delta variant and an increase in maskless public gatherings. wral.com

Signs of COVID Slowing in Los Angeles
L.A. COVID-19 surge slowing, but cases likely to keep rising as school begins
The latest COVID-19 surge is showing some signs of slowing in Los Angeles County, but cases are likely to continue rising in the weeks ahead as the hyper-transmissible Delta variant continues to loom as a major threat, Los Angeles County's top health official said Tuesday.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said she expects recorded infections will increase in part as a byproduct of ramped-up testing when schools, colleges and universities welcome students back for the new term.

"Many of these sites have regular screening testing, many of them have a testing requirement upon entry, and that means that we'll have tens of thousands more people getting tested every day," Ferrer told the county Board of Supervisors.

"It does mean for the months of August and September we're likely to see our case numbers climb," Ferrer said. latimes.com

Delta's Rise is Causing a Misinformation Pandemic
Virus Misinformation Spikes as Delta Cases Surge
Coronavirus misinformation has spiked online in recent weeks, misinformation experts say, as people who peddle in falsehoods have seized on the surge of cases from the Delta variant to spread new and recycled unsubstantiated narratives.

Mentions of some phrases prone to vaccine misinformation in July jumped as much as five times the June rate, according to Zignal Labs, which tracks mentions on social media, on cable television and in print and online outlets. Some of the most prevalent falsehoods are that vaccines don't work (up 437 percent), that they contain microchips (up 156 percent), that people should rely on their "natural immunity" instead of getting vaccinated (up 111 percent) and that the vaccines cause miscarriages (up 75 percent). nytimes.com

Some Americans already itching to get a booster shot

One in every 10 Americans moved during the pandemic. Here's where they went.

Retail Quitting Trend Continues
Family Dollar store in Nebraska forced to close after all of its workers quit

A Family Dollar in Lincoln, Nebraska, briefly closed after every worker quit

The last two employees holding down the fort quit Sunday, they told Insider. They say another employee quit the day before they did, and the general manager quit several days prior. Breanna Faeller was one of the store's last two employees. When she walked out on Sunday, she put an orange sign on the door that said, "We all quit! Sorry for the inconvenience!"

Faeller had worked as the store's assistant manager for almost a year. In that time, she increasingly found herself needing to take on responsibilities meant for other workers because the store was short-staffed. The staffing crunch meant she was working long hours, sometimes from open to close.

Faeller said the store also saw high turnover. The store had already reduced its hours because of limited staff, trimming two hours off of its schedule for each day. A sign on the store's front door says Family Dollar is hiring and offers "rewarding" careers. Faeller hopes Family Dollar will improve working conditions soon to live up to this promise.

A tight labor market has emboldened many workers in low-wage jobs to seek better-paying work elsewhere. Earlier this year, employees working in Eliot, Maine, at another dollar store, Dollar General, quit over what they describe as understaffing, low wages, and poor communication from management. In July, all of the workers at a Burger King, also in Lincoln, Nebraska, resigned. They say they faced long hours, low pay, and sweltering kitchen temperatures. businessinsider.com

NRF Urges 'Swift Final Passage' of Biden's Infrastructure Bill
Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win
The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan approval on Tuesday to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to rebuild the nation's deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, delivering a key component of President Biden's agenda.

It would be the largest infusion of federal investment into infrastructure projects in more than a decade, touching nearly every facet of the American economy and fortifying the nation's response to the warming of the planet. Funding for the modernization of the nation's power grid would reach record levels, as would projects to better manage climate risks. Hundreds of billions of dollars would go to repairing and replacing aging public works projects.

In a press release last month, the NRF said:

"NRF is encouraged by tonight's quick and decisive action in the Senate to invoke cloture on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, clearing the path for a full Senate vote. Once passed, this historic piece of legislation will serve to revitalize and invigorate the U.S. infrastructure system that so many businesses depend on.

"Retailers across the country rely on the American supply chain, and the millions of jobs it supports, to move billions of dollars' worth of goods and products to consumers across the nation each day. An improved system will help alleviate many of the ongoing supply chain challenges that retailers continue to face today.

"We strongly support this deal and its investment in core infrastructure, including roads, bridges and ports that are critical to our nation's supply chain and global competitiveness. We look forward to swift passage in the Senate and encourage the House to follow suit."
nytimes.com nrf.com

More Retail Support for Infrastructure Bill
C-Store & gas retailers support passage of Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act
NACS, NATSO and SIGMA commended the Senate for passing the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (ILJA), H.R. 3684. The associations urge the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass the legislation.

The bipartisan measure marks a critical step toward ensuring a long-term plan for the nation's highway and infrastructure programs while laying the groundwork for the retail fuels industry to invest in the future of transportation energy including electric vehicle (EV) charging and other emerging technologies, they said.

The Senate has signaled to fuel retailers that they are an essential asset to the Biden Administration's effort to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuel. The measure allows for the benefits of innovation and technology development, which ultimately will allow consumers access to options all competing for their business on price, speed and quality of service, the associations said.

NATSO, SIGMA and NACS represent a nationwide network of 150,000 refueling locations and sell 90% of motor fuels sold at retail. Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS, has more than 1,500 retailer and 1,500 supplier members. cspdailynews.com

Party City to open four times more Halloween pop-ups as in 2020

Dollar Tree hosting hiring event at distribution centers; offering sign-on bonus

Dehumidifiers sold in retail stores recalled after causing $17M in property damage

Albertsons names Sharon McCollam as president, chief financial officer

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Vice President Asset Protection job posted by Four Corners Group (Remote)
The Vice President Loss Prevention will lead both the strategy and execution of loss prevention and security for the company,
one of the leading business services providers in North America. The Vice President will be accountable for both the company assets and its people, and will ensure the protection of the company brand in the marketplace. More specifically, the Vice President Asset Protection is accountable for building and elevating the asset protection strategy for the North American Cash Services business, evolving from tactical and reactive to proactive. indeed.com

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New Ransomware Detection Tool

Microsoft announces new ransomware detection features for Azure

The Fusion detection for ransomware correlates alerts that are potentially associated with ransomware activities.

Microsoft has
unveiled a new ransomware detection feature for its Azure customers that will send alerts to security teams when the system observes actions "potentially associated with ransomware activities."

Microsoft's Sylvie Liu said Azure worked with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center to create Fusion detection for ransomware in a blog post. Microsoft's Fusion technology
uses machine learning to find potential attacks in progress and alert security teams.

The system will send alerts when it sees ransomware activities at "defense evasion and execution stages during a specific timeframe."

Liu explained that the system would send messages like
"Multiple alerts possibly related to Ransomware activity detected" in the Azure Sentinel workspace.

The alerts will explain what happened and on which devices or hosts the actions were seen. The Fusion system will correlate data from Azure Defender (Azure Security Center), Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Sentinel scheduled analytics rules.

A report from cybersecurity firm BlackFog released on Monday found that
ransomware attacks on government organizations and schools are continuing to increase in 2021, both of which deploy thousands of Microsoft machines.

Liu cited a report from PurpleSec that estimated ransomware attacks in 2020 caused $20 billion worth of damage and increased downtime by 200%. zdnet.com

Taking Phishing to the Next Level
What is spoofing? Understanding the type of cyber attack and how you can protect yourself against it

Spoofing can be done to disguise email addresses, phone numbers, or more advanced systems like an ARP or DNS.

While phishing scams have plagued us for nearly as long as we've had phones and email,
spoofing takes bad actors trying to get our private information to a new level.

Spoofing is a cyber attack that works like an online Trojan horse;
it uses a familiar name or contact information to gain important private information from you, or to spread malware. More sophisticated than claiming to be from somebody or some company you know, spoofing allows the bad actor to disguise their identity as one you trust.

Email spoofing, however, is more elevated. It would allow the same person to send you an email that looks like it's from contact@marriott.com. Some spoofers are even sophisticated enough to know who you likely worked with at that hotel chain so it will look like it's somebody you do business with and who may need your credit card information. Or they may send you an attachment claiming to be an invoice.
When you open it, a virus is launched into your system, or worse.

Spoofing may be a sophisticated tool of spammers but there are several telltale signs for each form. One obvious sign is
regular misspellings and poor grammar, which indicate that the email did not come from a reputable company. Also, if you regularly change your passwords and utilize trusted browsers and security software, you help strengthen your defenses. businessinsider.com

Pandemic of Fraud is Hurting Businesses
How Occupational Fraud Is Killing Small Businesses
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) already struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions may also be at
greater risk of occupational fraud over the next 12 months, which will put further stress on business resilience, according to SAP Concur.

A recent global study of more than 1,500 anti-fraud professionals found that 71 per cent believed the level of
fraud at their organisations would increase in the next 12 months. Fifty-one per cent said their organisation had uncovered more fraud than usual since the start of the pandemic. A Report to the Nations global study on occupational fraud and abuse found the median loss of fraud for businesses in Asia Pacific was US$195,000.

One of
the most secure and cost-effective ways to ensure compliance and reduce the risk of fraud is through an integrated and automated cloud-based travel, expense, and invoice management system. Travel and expense automation significantly reduces the risk of fraud because the system rejects non-compliant expenses and automatically detects the duplication of supplier invoices and employee expenses. which-50.com

Back-to-Basics: Use Strong Encryption
As small and medium businesses begin to re-open following the pandemic,
it's important to do so securely in order to protect customer's payment card data. Too often, data breaches happen as a result of vulnerabilities that are entirely preventable. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has developed a set of payment protection resources for small businesses. In this 8-part back-to-basics series, we highlight payment security basics for protecting against payment data theft. Today's blog focuses on using encryption to make payment data unreadable.

The best way to keep payment data safe is to make it useless even if it's stolen and remove it altogether when it's not needed.
Encryption is one way to protect payment card data by making it useless if stolen by criminals. Encryption is based on cryptography using a math formula to make plaintext data unreadable to people without special knowledge. It makes stolen data look like a jumbled, useless mess.  blog.pcisecuritystandards.org

7 tips for better CISO-CFO relationships


Register Now for the 2021 RH-ISAC Summit - September 28-29

Hey LP/AP senior: If your retailer is a member you might want to consider attending yourself or sending one of your team members who works with cybersecurity on investigations or e-commerce fraud.

Especially now with the increased ransomware attacks and data beaches and the corresponding increased attention from law enforcement. Cross pollinating and building those relationships could pay off long term. 
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Crime & Violence

Theft, Robbery & Shoplifting Decline in Canada
Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2020

The Statistics Canada report provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as recorded by police services across the country.

COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on Canada's economy, health care system and society in general. Policies enacted to contain the spread of the virus have resulted in unprecedented disruptions in the social and economic lives of Canadians, changing how we interact, socialize, learn, work and consume.

The volume of police-reported crime in the early months of the pandemic was far lower compared to the previous year. In the first three months of 2020, the number of police-reported criminal incidents was 4% higher than the same three-month period in 2019. In April 2020, the first full month of the pandemic and generally the month with the most country-wide restrictions in place, there were 18% fewer criminal incidents compared to April 2019. Overall, crime levels were lower than the previous year throughout the pandemic period from March to December.

There were over 2 million police-reported Criminal Code incidents (excluding traffic) in 2020, about 195,000 fewer incidents than in 2019. At 5,301 incidents per 100,000 population, the police-reported crime rate-which measures the volume of crime-decreased 10% in 2020.
The police-reported property crime rate decreased 13%, the largest percentage change, up or down, dating back to 1998.

Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by
the Crime Severity Index (CSI), decreased 8% from 79.8 in 2019 to 73.4 in 2020, and was -11% lower than a decade earlier in 2010. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada, and it has a base index value of 100 for 2006.

The decline in the overall CSI in the first year of the pandemic was the result of decreases in police-reported rates of numerous offences. Most notably, there were
decreases in the rates of police-reported breaking and entering (-16%), theft of $5,000 or under (-20%), robbery (-18%), shoplifting of $5,000 or under (-36%), administration of justice violations (-17%) and sexual assault (level 1) (-9%).

the national homicide rate increased 7% from 1.83 homicides per 100,000 population in 2019, to 1.95 homicides per 100,000 population in 2020. www150.statcan.gc.ca

'Unscrupulous Criminals'
The dangers behind Canada's counterfeit beauty industry

Fake & dangerous cosmetics are on the rise in Canada

Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more common as
counterfeiters continue to get better at fooling the average consumer. In regard to cosmetics, the fake makeup industry is booming with the help of YouTube personalities.

Canadian YouTubers such as Sarah Tanya have gained virtual fame by publishing videos comparing authentic products to their phony counterparts. In a video posted on her channel with over 550,000 views, Tanya shows her viewers her severely infected eye and blames a counterfeit Kylie Cosmetics 'Kyshadow' palette.

Hundreds of videos across the internet containing similar subject matter are receiving millions of views. Social media influencers can be seen sharing their gory encounters with fake makeup, with some such as Chrissy Sandhu
describing how her lips and mouth went numb after applying counterfeit Lime Crime lipsticks.

Eleni Tsorovas, a former brand protection co-ordinator at Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP law firm in Toronto, said
fake beauty products in particular are crucial to look out for because of the inherent risk they pose.

In her four years of experience in investigating counterfeit products at the Kestenberg law firm, Tsorovas said
perfume is one of the toughest products to detect as fraudulent. She described some of the ingredients in the concoctions as hazardous.

Counterfeit e-commerce markets more popular than ever

Many consumers are aware of the selling of counterfeit goods in shady side streets of cities such as Toronto and Montréal, but
some vendors have found a new home: the internet. There, they are nearly untraceable and can easily avoid running into trouble with the law.

Lorne M. Lipkus, partner of the Kestenberg law firm, said the
online presence of fraudulent merchants continues to increase each year and the general increase in the online sales industry is to blame. ottawa.ctvnews.ca

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COVID Update

COVID cases are rising as Canada reopens - no surprise there
The bigger question is, what's next?

'This is entirely up to us ... I don't think it's inevitable that we have a bad fourth wave'

Epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite isn't surprised that
COVID-19 infections are rising in Ontario. The situation in the province, and several others, is panning out exactly as expected.

We're reopening," Tuite said. Humans are engaging with one another again - indoor dining, gyms - and the expectation was always that confirmed infections would increase, which is part of the reason the response in Ontario has been so measured, she said.

The bigger question for Tuite: How does this unfold in the coming weeks? "Because as much as we have a relatively highly vaccinated population,
we don't have enough vaccination to completely stop transmission, and we're starting to interact more."

Famed epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, who helped the globe eradicate smallpox, tweeted on Sunday that the
Delta variant is one of the most infectious viruses in history. While 61 per cent of Canadians 12 and older are fully vaccinated (as are 73 per cent of adults in Ontario 18 and older), "we've got to get to 85, 90 per cent of the population immunized before we can have the conversation about herd immunity," said University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan. "We're nowhere near that."

"Epidemics are all about susceptible populations, and
who's susceptible? The unvaccinated," he said. Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have all experienced a recent rise in case numbers. nationalpost.com

Canada Opens Door to Vaccinated Americans
What to know about returning to the U.S.
Canada is
officially allowing vaccinated Americans to cross into the country through the land border as of Monday after more than a year of restrictions.

This is
a milestone amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the land border to be closed for non-essential travel beginning in March 2020. The U.S. border remains closed to Canadian travelers for now, but the federal government will either begin to lift or further extend restrictions on Aug. 21. burlingtonfreepress.com

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Canada's Pot Shop Explosion
Hundreds of new pot stores vie for survival even as prices drop

Some call for cap in saturated market as number of Ottawa cannabis retail shops grow

Ottawa is
expected to see a tenfold increase of cannabis retailers by next year - a cause for concern among some who are trying to make a go of the business in a still fragile legal market.

I think we should cap it," said Karen Nguyen, the chief operating officer of Collective Growers, which has a store open in Pembroke, Ont., and Ottawa, with pending approvals to open three more in the nation's capital.

Those stores are among several dozen listed on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) website that are still awaiting some regulatory hoops, but expected to open by year end. There were a dozen retail cannabis stores in Ottawa this January, and
that number is expected to grow to about 126 next January.

The growth in
retail pot stores in Ottawa reflects a provincewide trend. Last year, Ontario scrapped its previous lottery system which limited the number of stores that could open. There were 52 cannabis retailers in March 2020; that number grew to 572 stores open by March 2021, according to the most recent Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) annual report.

In the report released late June, David Lobo, the interim president and chief executive of OCS, suggested
1,000 cannabis stores are expected to be operating in Ontario by September. cbc.ca

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Penticton, BC: Owner of ice cream shop attacked by robbers
Penticton police are asking for witnesses to come forward from Wednesday morning's attack and robbery of a business owner at an ice cream shop downtown.
The 70-year-old business owner was prepping the store early in the morning when two unidentified men entered into the store. Both men approached the victim, demanding she open the cash register. In the process of the robbery, one of the men assaulted her with a weapon.

The two men took the entire cash register, along with other food items. The first male was described as wearing a black mask, grey hoodie sweater, grey sweat pants, and white high-top runners. The second male was described as wearing a black mask and black sweatshirt.
The victim was treated at the scene by BC Ambulance for serious, non-life-threatening injuries. castanet.net

Whitney Pier, NS: Police investigating store robbery

Timmins, ON: Arrest made in armed robbery investigation

Kamloops, BC: Man arrested last month for robbery at large again after failing to show up for his court date

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Damages for Dangerous Amazon Items
Amazon will pay up to $1,000 in damages for dangerous items sold on its site
Amazon is changing its complaint process for returns and will pay customers up to $1,000 for products sold by third-party sellers that caused damage or personal injury.

The company announced Tuesday that it will deal with customer satisfaction itself and go after companies afterward if third parties are unresponsive or unwilling to compensate valid claims. Amazon said the changes begin September 1 for all products sold on its website.

Here's how it works: Customers can contact Amazon's customer service and they will notify the seller of the problem. If the seller doesn't respond, Amazon said it will "address the immediate customer concern, bear the cost ourselves, and separately pursue the seller." If the seller rejects the claim, Amazon said it might step in to help address the problem pay up to $1,000 at no cost to the seller.

"This streamlined process will save time, money, and effort for both customers and sellers," Amazon said about its new "A-to-z Guarantee." That represents a shift from the current process of having buyers contact sellers directly about problems.

In recent years, numerous products sold on Amazon have caught consumers' ire. For example, hoverboards, carbon monoxide detectors and faulty dog collars sold on Amazon have caused problems. That has sparked a lawsuit, called "Oberdorf v. Amazon," that questions if the company can be held liable for damages caused by goods sold by third parties.

Amazon (AMZN) said it's not a seller, rather just a marketplace for other sellers. Now, to keep some customers satisfied and protect sellers from paying invalid claims, Amazon is assuming some of that liability. cnn.com

Leaving piles of things in the online shopping cart

Most people leave their online shopping carts full of items they don't buy
Fifty-seven percent say they're guilty of "cart abandonment," where they leave items sitting in online shopping carts. Respondents are most likely to abandon clothing (56%), household supplies (49%), and groceries (44%) before reaching the online register.

Of those who have items saved in their virtual shopping carts,
the average respondent has 11 items waiting for them. These shoppers typically abandon their purchases four times a month. A lack of available delivery windows comes in as the top reason Americans abandon their online carts (45%). The same number worry that their items will be delivered when they're not home.

35 percent of respondents have held off committing to a purchase because of concerns about porch pirates. This may be justified, as over the course of the past year, 41 percent of respondents have had a package stolen or gone missing after it was marked as delivered.

During that time period, 45 percent also received a "missed delivery" notice for a package, while 42 percent had a package damaged by the weather when left outside. studyfinds.org

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Las Vegas, NV: Clark County District Attorney denies Las Vegas police prosecution of an officer
The police investigation requested charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and organized retail theft to be brought against him, but those charges have been denied by Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney. Steve Grammas, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association president, said there are many reasons why this could happen. "The officers may have a probable cause to make the arrest, but when the courts look at it in a grander legal eye it can change that perspective and the fact of proving beyond a reasonable doubt, did that person commit that crime," said Grammas. Five other people were also arrested in May. They include Kristine Quijano, 30; Ranjit Quijano, 29; Edward Silvestre, 50; Alejandro Delacruz, 40; and Enrico Ronquillo, 41. According to the arrest report for the police officer, Kristine Oquijano is his sister. His relation to Ranjit Quigano was not listed. The arrest report also says that Ranjit and Kristine Quijano confessed to the crimes but Ronquillo denied involvement even though he was seen on surveillance video and another suspect identified him as the ringleader. In addition to Home Depot, the thieves hit other stores including Seafood City, Lowes, Costco, Target, and Walmart stores. ktnv.com

Gig Harbor, WA: Shoplifters swarm shoe store, snatch 11 pairs of trendy sneakers
Police say a gang of four shoplifters worked together to steal 11 pairs of Nike and Converse shoes from Famous Footware, 5151 Borgen Blvd NW. According to employees, three men and a woman swept into the store on Aug. 3., quickly picked out the expensive shoes and "just walked out of the store." One of the men complained loudly about being watched, employees told police, then stuffed a pair of shoes in his pants and walked out. Police obtained the license number of a black GMC Yukon in which the suspects left, and learned it had been used in a similar shoplift at a Famous Footware store in Lakewood. The car was traced to a 37-year-old Tacoma woman. Officers believe the same car and the same suspects were believed involved in a similar incident at a Ross Dress for Less store in Gig Harbor, but employees of the store refused to cooperate, telling police they would get in trouble for reporting the theft.

Burglars swipe wigs and cash from Florida beauty stores before failed get-away
Burglars stole wigs and cash from two J Lo Beauty Supply stores in Tampa Monday night before a failed getaway ended with a crash that left an officer with a broken ankle, Tampa police said. According to The Tampa Bay Times, Keave Worthen, 20, and Travis Bolden, 37, entered the first store around 2 a.m. through the roof. Then the two were driven in cars by both Leah Christenson, 33, and Chrystal Leckey, 40, to another store about 20 minutes later. Using an ax, the group broke the front window and went inside. The burglars took wigs and cash from both locations. Patrol units witnessed the burglars leaving the second store and initiated a pursuit. At one point, the car driven by Christenson crashed into a police car, breaking an officer's ankle. The burglars attempted to run away but were apprehended.
Officers were able to recover several thousand dollars worth of cash and wigs. Christenson, Leckey and Bolden have been charged with burglary and grand theft. Worthen was also charged with burglary and grand theft and an additional charge of resisting an officer without violence. nydailynews.com

Austin, MN: Man charged with $3,300 attempted tool theft
A St. Paul man arrested on Saturday during an alleged theft at Runnings made his first appearance on Monday in Mower County District Court. Troy Bryce Mitchell, 53, has been charged with felony theft. According to the court complaint, an officer was dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 to a report of an active theft at Runnings in Austin. The reporting party indicated that the suspect was running around the back of the store. Police made contact with Mitchell, who matched the suspect's description. Mitchell claimed he had come to purchase a toilet and there had been power tools in the toilet box.
He initially denied knowing the tools were in the box, then later admitted he had placed the power tools in the box with the intent to pay for just the toilet and not the stolen items. Items found in the box included power tools, a generator, and other merchandise worth $3,350.11. austindailyherald.com

Redwood City, CA: Police nab shoplifters as they flee Sports Basement with $2,300 of merchandise
Police officer caught two suspected shoplifters as they were running from the Sports Basement store "with their hands full of merchandise" last weekend, police said. The officer had been conducting routine patrol of the Sports Basement parking lot at the time, police said. "It was immediately apparent to the officer that the items had most likely been stolen as the clothes were still on hangers and had not been bagged," police said. Officers would discover the suspects had stolen over $2,300 worth of clothing and Yeti coolers. They "ultimately made incriminating statements regarding the theft and were subsequently booked into jail for grand theft," police said.

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Shootings & Deaths

El Mirage, AZ: Police shoot, kill 21-year-old man following Walgreen's Burglary
A man is dead after being shot multiple times by police in El Mirage. He has been identified as 21-year-old Johan Alexis Salazar, a resident of Surprise. According to El Mirage police, officers responded to the Walgreens near El Mirage and Cactus roads around 2 a.m. for reports of someone breaking in. Officers arrived and found the glass door had been smashed and someone had forced their way in. While officers investigated, a second call came in for a suspicious person a block north on Larkspur Road. Police say an El Mirage sergeant and an officer found the suspect, later identified as Salazar, and tried speaking to him. Officers tried to arrest him, but say that he resisted and ran them. As the suspect ran, officers saw he was holding a gun. A third officer arrived as Salazar ran in between two houses. Police say officers gave several commands for him to comply, but then Salazar pointed his gun at officers. Two officers then shot him multiple times. azfamily.com

Detroit, MI: 2 shot at Grand River Gas Station: 19-year-old killed, teen girl wounded
Take a good look at the men police say gunned down a 19-year-old man and injured a teenage girl on Detroit's west side Tuesday afternoon. It happened at the Marathon gas station on Grand River near Shiawassee around 4:15 p.m. "It was like five or 10 seconds after I came from the store, I just heard about five or six gunshots - pow, pow, pow pow, pow," said Armani Clark. "I just looked out the window and I saw a bunch of people running. I ended up seeing somebody get picked up, a girl get picked up. They went to the truck over there and then all I heard was, 'He's dead. He got shot in the head, he's gone.'"
Police say the 19-year-old man killed was pumping gas when two to three cars approached him.

Guns crossing state lines: Indiana man allegedly supplied gun used to kill Chicago officer, state lawmakers react
Two brothers from Chicago have been charged in a weekend shooting during a traffic stop that left one officer dead and another injured, while an Indiana man is accused of supplying the gun allegedly used in the shooting. Jamel Danzy, 29, of Hammond, is federally charged for his alleged role in purchasing and then illegally supplying the semi-automatic handgun that a complaint states was used in the shooting that left 29-year-old Chicago police officer Ella French dead and another officer injured.

"You might as well have pulled the trigger too and took this officer's life because you purchased this gun, you gave it to these individuals, whether you knew it or not," said Andrew Holmes, a community activist in Chicago. According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, Danzy bought the gun at a federal firearms dealer in Hammond on March 18, 2021 and falsely certified that he was the buyer on the required forms. Documents state that instead, Danzy was actually a 'straw purchaser' who bought the gun at the request of someone he knew in Chicago who is a convicted felon, and therefore, not legally allowed to purchase a gun. fox59.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Madison, WI: Man arrested after pointing gun at store Security Guard
A man was arrested after pointing a gun at a store security guard on the Far West Side on Monday night, Madison police reported. Shortly before 6:45 p.m., officers were sent to the 7300 block of West Towne Way on a report of a weapons offense, officer Ryan Kimberley said in a statement. A private security officer told police he contacted a man behind a store to request the man leave the property and the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at him while threatening him, Kimberley said. The security guard said the man then fled into a nearby wooded area, where officers found Kendall Shaw, 24, hiding under a pine tree and took him into custody, Kimberley said. A realistic facsimile firearm was found in Shaw's backpack, he was taken to a hospital for medical clearance, then and to the Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of disorderly conduct while armed, Kimberley said. madison.com

Lynnwood, WA: Thieves caught on camera using truck to ram through Lynnwood pawn shop, steal handguns
New video shows the aftermath of a wild scene that played out overnight in Lynnwood. Employees describe it as a smash-and-grab break-in after they said thieves used a truck to ram through their pawn shop. What was stolen has the owner and employees on high alert. Employees said all the items inside their corner pawn shop, the only thing missing is a small amount of handguns. Owner, Creighton Kolbeck of Creighton Loans and Music told KOMO News it's not the financial loss, it's the 'emotional hit' of knowing possibly up to a dozen handguns are now in the hands of thieves. Late this afternoon he was rechecking inventory, but said it could be as little as six guns and up to 12 -likely worth about $500 each he said.

Campbell County, TN: Thief who tunneled through Walgreen's dry wall to steal opioids arrested
A man who hid in a Middle Tennessee Walgreens until closing and tunneled through the dry wall to steal opioids was arrested in Jacksboro on Tuesday. The suspect, Austin Cornett, 27, was taken into custody without incident at 130 Pat Place, thanks to a tip from the Franklin Police Department, according to Campbell County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to the Campbell County Jail and is awaiting transport to Franklin. The robbery Cornett was wanted for took place on May 18 in Middle Tennessee. Police said it happened at the Walgreens on Murfreesboro Road. According to a release from police, the man hid inside the store until after closing time. He waited until all employees left and tunneled into the pharmacy through the drywall and stole a large amount of opioid pain killers.

Fort Worth, TX: Robbery Suspect Threatens To Stab 7-Eleven Clerk Who Carded Him
On July 15 an unidentified suspect entered the 7-Eleven located at 3500 Sycamore School Road to purchase cigarettes. When an employee requested to see the suspect's ID, the suspect became angry, walked behind a counter and threatened to stab the employee. The suspect then stole several packages of cigarettes, placed them in a plastic bag, and left the store.

Spring, TX: McDonald's employee accused of setting up Armed Robber
A McDonald's employee was arrested after being accused of setting up an armed robbery Tuesday in Spring, according to deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office. Deputies responded to the McDonald's restaurant in the 22000 block of Cypresswood Drive about an aggravated robbery. When deputies arrived, the manager told them that his employee, Nicholas Brinkman, was robbed at gunpoint in the drive-thru window for all the money inside the register, investigators said. During the investigation, surveillance video revealed that Brinkman set up the robbery with the robber in an attempt to split the money later, according to deputies. Brinkman admitted to the crime, deputies said. He was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery. No bond has been set at this time of writing. The second suspect involved has not been positively identified, authorities said.

Shreveport, LA: Update: One of the Walmart 'pepper spray bandits' arrested after allegedly stealing TVs, assaulting employees
One of the "Walmart pepper spray bandits" has been arrested, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office reports.
Officials with the sheriff's office say Deonshanique Thompson, 21, was part of a band of thieves who stole vehicles to commit robberies. These robberies also involved pepper spraying victims. Thompson was arrested Monday, Aug. 9 and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center in connection with a robbery that happened the afternoon of June 28 at the Walmart on Northport Drive. Officials say two women pushed a cart with five flat screen TVs out of the Garden Center exit of the store and loaded them into a white Cadillac Escalade. A man got out of the front passenger side of the SUV and helped the women load the TVs into the vehicle. Officials say two employees tried to intervene and pepper sprayed by one of the women.

Knox County, TN: Knox County Grand Jury indicts man for $10,000 cash theft from Auto Parts Store
Christopher J. Dodge, 46, of South Thomaston, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in Rockland April 1, 2020 of more than $10,000 in cash from Quirk Auto Parts/Car Quest.


Credit Card Fraud

Newark, NJ: Two Vauxhall Men Indicted in Scheme to Steal Mail, Commit Credit Card Fraud and Defraud United States
Two men were charged today for their roles in a conspiracy to possess stolen mail, including credit cards and pandemic relief credit cards, commit bank fraud, and defraud the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. From July 2019 to Oct. 6, 2020, Jarid Books and Justin Brooks obtained credit cards stolen from the U.S. mail by U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, and then fraudulently activated those credit cards. They used those credit cards to make and attempt to make purchases without the cardholders' authorization, including buying gift cards and electronics. The investigation to date has revealed that the victims have incurred approximately $100,000 in intended and actual losses from fraudulent purchases made using their stolen credit cards. justice.gov




C-Store - Toledo, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Toledo, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Clothing - Redwood City, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Kershaw County, SC - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Winneshiek County, IA - Burglary
Jewelry - Cherry Hill, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Austell, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Liquor - Boston, MA - Burglary
Liquor - Manchester, CT - Burglary
Pawn - Lynnwood, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Manchester, CT - Armed Robbery (Wendy's)
Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery (McDonald's)
Shoes - Gig Harbor, WA - Robbery
Vape - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
7-Eleven - Laurel, MD - Robbery
7-Eleven - Glen Burnie, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Elmira, NY - Armed Robbery


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

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