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Jackie Chapman, LPC promoted to Asset Protection Senior
Director II for Walmart

Jackie has had a long and successful career with Walmart that has spanned more than two decades. Back in 1997, he started with the company as an hourly associate, a position he held for nearly six years before moving up the ladder for the next 23 years. Throughout that time, he held various AP positions, including Market Asset Protection Manager, Divisional Asset Protection Director, and Divisional Asset Protection Senior Director - before his latest promotion to Asset Protection Senior Director II. Congratulations, Jackie!

Jared Carleton promoted to Manager of Global Security
for JCPenney

Jared has been with JCPenney for three and a half years, starting with the company in 2017 as Area Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Manager of Global Security, he served as District Asset Protection manager for nearly a year. Earlier in his career, he spent two years as a Multi Store Loss Prevention Manager for Mervyn's and two years as a District Loss Prevention Manager for Old Navy. Congratulations, Jared!

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231 Security Officers Have Died So Far in 2020
Many security officers are still losing their lives from the COVID-19 pandemic and others have died on duty from murder, auto accidents, storms, drowning and medical emergencies.

As of August 5, Private Officer has identified 183 security officers who have died after being infected with the Coronavirus since February 2020. All of them had worked during some part of the Pandemic and became ill shortly afterward. Six of those who became infected and lost their lives after returning to work.

The security personnel who have given their lives worked in these areas including: Colleges and Universities
Theater; Hospitality; Retail Including Shopping Mall and Big Box Stores; Hospital or Other Medical Facility; Private Police; Juvenile Justice and Private Corrections; Transit Authority; TSA; and Restaurant/Nightclub.

47 of those deceased were female and 136 were male. Private Officer found that the median age was 53 based on the statistical information of more than 50% of those listed.

There have been 48 other non-COVID-19 related deaths of on-duty security officers bringing the total number of deaths to 231. privateofficer.com


'It Was a Planned Attack'
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Looting Was Organized


A day after looters smashed-in retailer's windows, carried away loads of high-end merchandise and overwhelmed police officers in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the violence was an organized raid and not a demonstration of angry protest.

"When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up... that wasn't any spontaneous reaction," Lightfoot told TIME on Tuesday.

The chaos that unfolded Sunday night, and into the predawn hours Monday, was initially blamed on a police shooting in the city's southside Englewood neighborhood. News of the incident - along with misinformation that a minor had been shot - pinballed on social media, resulting in "caravans" of cars headed north downtown, Lightfoot says. time.com

BLM organizer who called looting 'reparations' dismisses peaceful protesting
The Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer who justified looting as "reparation" has doubled down - insisting this week that even calling someone a criminal is "based on racism." Ariel Atkins told WBEZ that her group "100 percent" supports the violent looters who trashed chunks of the Windy City Monday, again repeating her claim that it is "reparations." nypost.com

Chicago locals fight off protesters and shut down BLM rally to prevent looting
A largely black group of Chicago residents infuriated by looters blighting the city pushed back against a Black Lives Matter protest. As access was again blocked to downtown overnight to stop more marauding - with bridges raised and expressway ramps closed - protesters turned to the South Side, where a man allegedly started a shootout with cops in an arrest that sparked chaos. The Englewood locals resisted, kicking out the protesters from BLM and groups campaigning to defund the police, according to Fox 32. nypost.com

Chicago police launch new video portal to help ID looting suspects

Chicago alderman calls on state's attorney Kim Foxx to resign: Looters and rioters were 'let go'

Seattle police cuts face potential federal pushback
More fights likely lie ahead as the Seattle City Council looks to pick apart the police budget, but stripping down the department could run into additional stumbling blocks. One of them could be the consent decree. For the past eight years Seattle police have had to answer to federal authorities on many major policy moves. The city is accountable to federal monitors under the consent decree. This latest round of police budget cuts could meet that same scrutiny. komonews.com

Bend, OR: Protesters Blocked ICE Buses; Federal Agents Responded in Force

Portland: Day 77: Police use tear gas during overnight 'riot' as protests return downtown

Portland protesters, rioters target police with lasers and fireworks outside federal courthouse

Protestors launched fireworks, paint and rocks
at Portland police Wednesday night.


COVID Update

US: Over 5.3M Cases - 169K Dead - 2.8M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 20.9M Cases - 750K Dead - 13.8M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 183   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 80
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Consumers Are Shifting Faster to Contactless Payments
During COVID-19 Pandemic Says Appriss Retail Study

Mobile wallets are among the contactless payment forms rapidly growing in popularity states an analysis released by Appriss Retail, a division of Appriss, Inc. The report, "The Rise in Contactless Payments During COVID-19," documents changes in payment tenders related to COVID-19. The pandemic has significantly increased the adoption trajectory for mobile wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, PayPal Venmo and more.

To help fight disease transmission, retailers are encouraging consumers to use low-touch or no-touch forms of payment whenever possible. Along with helping to protect consumer and employee health, this move prevents cashiers from having to sanitize the keypad after a debit or credit card transaction.

"We studied the change in contactless payments because
rapid shifts in tenders may impact shopper marketing programs and the loss prevention analytics for a retailer," said Steve Prebble, president of Appriss Retail. "Although the decline of cash has been a decades-long trend, COVID-19 has sped up the transition to these newer mobile wallet and tap-to-pay payment types. Consumers appear to be making a conscious choice to use payment forms that are convenient and allow them to avoid touching a keypad or handling money."

"The Rise in Contactless Payments During COVID-19" is the third report released by Appriss Retail that marks the impact of COVID-19 on retail operations and consumer behavior. The other two reports, also available on the website, are "COVID-19, Unemployment, and Retail Risk," and "The Influence of Social Media on Retail Sales of Essential Items During the 2020 Pandemic."

DOJ Acts To Shut Down Fraudulent Websites Exploiting The Covid-19 Pandemic
The enforcement action, filed in Tampa, Florida, is part of the Justice Department's ongoing efforts prioritizing the detection, investigation, and prosecution of illegal conduct related to the pandemic. The action was brought based on an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in coordination with the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security. "The Department of Justice is committed to preventing fraudsters from exploiting this pandemic for personal gain," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. "We will use every resource at the government's disposal to pursue scammers who are stealing money from citizens amidst the ongoing public health crisis." justice.gov

Kroger Health Launches Employer-Focused COVID-19 Testing Program
Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., today announced the launch of COVIDCare Plus, a complete employer-focused health and wellness solution designed to help American companies restart and maintain their business operations. The testing program is centered on Kroger Health's FDA-authorized COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit which combines self-administered testing with virtual supervision by a licensed healthcare provider to help ensure the highest level of accuracy of test results. prnewswire.com

Will CVS build on its COVID-19 test momentum?
While the novel coronavirus pandemic has been rough on retail as a whole, retailers in specific segments have found opportunities. One of those retailers is CVS, whose COVID-19 testing has brought an influx of new, first-time customers to the pharmacy chain. CVS reported having administered two million COVID-19 tests by the end of July, with 40 percent being performed on first-time customers. The chain also launched a B2B COVID-19 testing service for which it has 40 clients with hopes to expand that client base to 1,000. retailwire.com

2nd Surge Shift in CA
Calif. COVID deaths double, rural areas & suburbs hit hard
California's second surge of the coronavirus has resulted in a near doubling of weekly deaths since the spring - with almost 1,000 fatalities in the last week alone - and radically shifted the geography of the outbreak, a Times data analysis found.

Suburban and agricultural areas that had been relatively spared during California's first surge of the virus are now being ravaged. And urban areas such as Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area are reporting fatality numbers just as high, if not higher, than in the spring.

The Central Valley has become home to one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the country.

Health experts said that some
states moved too quickly to reopen society after the first wave of coronavirus cases. Gov. Gavin Newsom, under pressure to lift months-long stay-at-home restrictions in May that had closed vast swaths of the economy, began allowing counties to reopen businesses before meeting his own previously established criteria to reopen safely. latimes.com

Pandemic's Toll on Employees
Returning Employees May Need Accommodations and Support
As worksites reopen, returning employees may require new accommodations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's important that employers not overlook the need to identify and address employee work capacities, limitations and restrictions.

AdvertisementEmployees who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection with lingering symptoms, which may include breathing problems, heart problems, muscle atrophy or weakness, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Employees who were not infected, but who have other diagnoses that place them at high risk for COVID-19 may require accommodations to minimize infection risk.

Employees who were not infected and are not at increased risk for infection, but who have developed behavioral conditions. The available evidence suggests that behavioral health conditions have increased substantially since the emergence of COVID-19: Increased prescriptions for anxiety and depression. Distress Hotline saw an 891% increase in calls. Dramatic increase in call volume. Alcohol sales up 55% with increased drinking while at home working.

Some of these employees may self-identify to their employers prior to returning to work, yet it is incumbent on employers to proactively recognize employees who are struggling and to take action to help them access the appropriate accommodations, even if they are not legally required to do so. shrm.org

Would you use an elevator at work?
If and when workers are prepared to return to the office, will they be willing to step into an elevator? Office building landlords - terrified that tenants will downsize should their employees refuse to return - are working on how many people to allow into an elevator at one time, and implementing rules around masks, button-pressing, talking and even which way riders should face. But one recent Axios poll found 63% of respondents say they are not OK with taking an elevator to get to work, regardless of social distancing measures. linkedin.com

Florida to Open COVID-19 Test Center at Disney World For Park Employees, Public

An employer's guide to masking in the workplace

World Mask Week Aims to Inspire Global Movement to
Wear Face Coverings in Public

FMI Launches SQF Global: Uniting the Worldwide Food Safety Community
The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI - The Food Industry Association, will present a new event, SQF Global, with the goal of uniting the worldwide food safety community. Scheduled to take place online Oct. 27-29, the ambitious event will span two hemispheres, in addition to various languages and time zones.

SQF Global will run for three business days to provide flexibility, with multiple engagement opportunities available through a collaborative technology platform. The program will feature the release of SQF's Edition 9.0 Code, developed to meet the latest GFSI benchmarking standards, in response to retailer and buyer needs. fmi.org

Security Industry Association Opens SIA RISE Scholarship
Opportunity for Young Security Professionals

Applications are now being accepted for the SIA RISE Scholarship, a program presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA) RISE community offering $15,000 in scholarship funds for young security professionals. The RISE scholarship program will help awardees expand their professional knowledge in the areas of business, human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, security engineering and risk management.

Through this scholarship program, five scholarships worth $3,000 each will be awarded. Scholarship funds can be used toward SIA program offerings, such as conferences or SIA's Security Project Management trainings; other education or events related to IT or cybersecurity; and/or relevant courses or programs offered by associations, colleges, universities and private education firms. Learn More Here

2 Biggest Landlords Lead in Buying Penney's
Simon Property & Brookfield Property Team Up & Now Leading Contenders to Buy J.C. Penney
Simon Property Group, the biggest mall owner in the U.S. by number of malls, and Brookfield Property Partners LP, another big shopping center owner, have joined together and are in advanced talks to purchase Penney's retail operations.

The negotiations are fluid, the people said, and aren't certain to produce an agreement acceptable to Penney and its top lenders. Other bidders would have the opportunity to top the lead offer. wsj.com

Stein Mart files for bankruptcy; to close nearly 300 stores
National discount department store chain Stein Mart filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after 112 years in business, and announced that it will close most, if not all, of its 280 stores. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Stein Mart has more than 280 stores in 30 states specializing in clothing, shoes and housewares at discount prices. Many of the stores are located in community shopping centers. As of May 30, the company employed about 8,400 people.

Hawkins said Stein Mart will continue to operate normally "in the near term," and is evaluating the potential sale of its eCommerce business. A going-out-of-business sale will begin Friday or Saturday, according to spokeswoman Linda Tasseff, who said she anticipates all stores will close by the fourth quarter of 2020, with closing dates varying by store. sfgate.com

Walmart Settles Female Applicants' Hiring-Bias Complaint for $20 Million
Walmart and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agreed to settle a nationwide sex-discrimination complaint for $20 million.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit on behalf of female applicants who applied for order-filling roles at Walmart's grocery distribution centers. The agency alleged that Walmart violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by using a physical abilities test that had a disparate impact on female applicants.

Walmart denied any wrongdoing, though the retail giant agreed to stop using the physical abilities test and provide training to employees who hire, manage or supervise grocery order fillers.

"We are glad we could reach an amicable solution," said Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove. "We do not tolerate discrimination, and we're a great place for women to work." He said the company introduced the physical abilities test in 2010 based in part on the recommendation of the EEOC. shrm.org

Simon Property Group to Buy Brooks Brothers & Keep 125 Stores

REI to sell new HQ; Going Remote Work Model

Spirit Halloween brings on infection protection experts as it opens 1,400 stores

New Jobless Claims Dip Below 1 Million For 1st Time Since March

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Retail Disaster Recovery - A Client Story Revisited

InstaKey has plenty of long-standing partnerships with clients. Some began as far back as 20 years ago. On any given day at our headquarters, you'll hear InstaKey employees tossing reminiscent client stories back and forth through office walls and down hallways. Remembering these warm and fuzzy moments reminds us why we get up every morning - to support our client's businesses, making them more secure, in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.

There is one such client story that was being tossed around just a few days ago. It's a 15-year-old story about how InstaKey made a big difference for Sprint (Sprint Nextel, at the time) stores in the New Orleans area, in disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. It still comes up from time to time, especially around this time of year. The situation in which this story was based is not as warm and fuzzy as we would like, but the story has a good ending.

In fact, this story was published in Chain Store Age back in July of 2006.

Here is a re-sharing of that story:

Under Lock and Key: Key management system saves Sprint Nextel time and money






PCI SSC Offers Informational Training via New eLearning Platform
PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has adopted a new eLearning platform to move all informational and certification programs online. With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council took important steps earlier this year to protect the health and safety of all involved by canceling face-to-face, instructor-led training courses for the remainder of the calendar year. pcisecuritystandards.org

Security Spending Takes a Hit
Cybersecurity Spending To Reach $123B In 2020

Spending on Cloud Security is predicted to increase by 33% becoming a $585M market this year.
Security Services forecast to drive $64.2B in global revenue this year comprising 51.9% of total market.
Data Security will grow by 7.2% becoming a $2.8B market this year.

Enterprises' spending on cybersecurity continues to grow, defying the pandemic-driven economic downturn impacting global IT spending. While Gartner predicts IT spending will decline by 8% this year, dropping from $3.7T in 2019 to $3.4T, security and risk management (cybersecurity) is predicted to grow 2.4%, down from a projected growth rate of 8.7% earlier this year. For additional details on Gartner's latest Update to their security and risk management spending forecast please see their recent Update here. Key insights include the following:

89% of all cybersecurity spending will be concentrated in five markets this year. Spending on Security Services, Infrastructure Protection, Network Security Equipment, Identity Access Management and consumer security software will together account for the majority of all investments in security and risk management this year.

Eight of ten cybersecurity markets are projected to grow faster than the market average, with Cloud Security growing the fastest.

Cloud-based delivery models are 12% of all cybersecurity deployments and are a pivotal factor in how resilient spending continues to be in this market

Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Security and Risk Management Spending Growth to Slow but Remain Positive in 2020, June 17, 2020 inhomelandsecurity.com

Hired Hackers Up 56%
Expanding attack surfaces leave security teams stretched thin
30% of businesses globally have seen an increase in attacks on their IT systems as a result of the pandemic, HackerOne reveals.

AdvertisementThis is according to C-Level IT and security execs at global businesses, 64% of which believe their organization is more likely to experience a data breach due to COVID-19.

Researchers have seen a 56 percent increase in hacker sign-ups on the platform since March compared to the same time last year. With budgets and teams cut for a quarter of respondents, it's perhaps no surprise to see that 30 percent of CISOs say they would now be more open to receiving vulnerability reports from third party researchers than before the pandemic.

"Crowdsourcing security testing with hackers is the fastest and most cost-effective way to minimize the risk security vulnerabilities pose. This is a practice recommended by governments and major digital corporations and allows companies to tap into the best security researchers in the world." helpnetsecurity.com

Two Basic Flaws Make it Easy For Hackers to Break In
Ethical hackers and cybersecurity researchers at Positive Technologies perform penetration testing against organisations in a wide variety of sectors, but find common security vulnerabilities across all industries. The findings have been detailed in a new report, Penetration Testing of Corporate Information Systems. zdnet.com

Deepfakes on Steroids
Digital Clones Could Cause Problems for Identity Systems

3 fundamental technologies -- chatbots, audio fakes, and deepfake videos -- have improved to the point that creating digital, real-time clones of people is merely a matter of integrating the systems

The fundamental technologies for creating digital clones of people - text, audio, and video that sound and look like a specific person - have rapidly advanced and are within striking distance of a future in which digital avatars can sound and act like specific people, Tamaghna Basu, co-founder and chief technology officer of neoEYED, a behavioral analytics firm, told attendees at the virtual Black Hat conference on Aug. 6.

While deepfake videos that superimpose a 3D model of a specific person over another person's face have raised fears of propaganda videos, disinformation operations, and smear campaigns, successful digital clones could cause even more problems, especially for systems that use voice or facial recognition for access management or as a way to fool employees into accepting someone's identity. While the current result of Basu's experiment have numerous telltale signs that the subject is clearly not human, the relative success of project demonstrates how close we may be to successfully creating simulated people. darkreading.com

Texas Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for $8M International BEC Scheme
JOSHUA IKEJIMBA pled guilty and was sentenced in Manhattan federal court Wednesday for conspiring to commit wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging, international business email compromise ("BEC") syndicate. During the relevant time period, IKEJIMBA, his co-defendants, and others engaged in a fraudulent BEC scheme that deceived numerous victims, including international companies, individuals, and an intergovernmental organization headquartered in New York City, into diverting payments to bank accounts controlled by the syndicate.

The defendants executed this fraudulent scheme by, among other things, obtaining fraudulent passports in false names, registering and incorporating shell companies, and opening fake bank accounts at various banks throughout the United States. A substantial number of victims were tricked by fake emails and fraudulent wiring instructions into sending funds to the syndicate's bank accounts, and those amounts were then withdrawn by members of the conspiracy and dissipated. During the period from about 2016 through about July 2018, it appears the defendants obtained approximately $8 million by defrauding numerous victims. justice.gov

Johnson Controls Appoints Diane Schwarz As Chief Information Officer

No Search Warrant Required for Records of Bitcoin Transactions, the Fifth Circuit Holds




How to mitigate insider threats to your cannabis enterprise

Key steps to create a program framework and protective intelligence
strategies to reduce risk

given a large amount of cash associated with the cannabis industry, and a product that is quite easy to sell, it is not difficult to see how insider theft and diversion are a problem. However, by its very nature, the industry is in many ways like the pharmaceutical and food industries, and hybrid strains of plants and the specific recipes used to create edibles or vape cartridges are all valuable to competitors, thus rising a corporate espionage threat. Additionally, like every other company, insiders also pose a threat to commit workplace violence, embezzlement, sexual assault, and other crimes.

Mitigating the Insider Threat

The first element is a
robust pre-employment screening and background check process. Another important element is security education and awareness.

Solid physical security measures to include access control and CCTV systems are also important elements to help protect against various types of insider threats. They can help limit access to sensitive material and can also help protect against workplace violence. Proper cybersecurity protocols and procedures are other critical elements, and they must go hand in glove with physical security programs.  securityinfowatch.com

Nebraska Heading Toward Legalization?
Nebraska: An Example of a Decriminalized State On The Verge of Change
Nebraska belongs to one of the first states that have put decriminalization laws in place to handle its cannabis. Decriminalization in Nebraska has delayed the legalization of cannabis but the efforts towards this direction remain persistent. There are a few initiatives with different agendas that are pushing for cannabis legalization, in particular, for medical purpose.

Leaving Decriminalization Behind

Implementing cannabis legalization also means establishing state regulations and stepping out of the "criminal monopoly" that is often associated with decriminalization of cannabis. With this step, a legal framework would be in place for medical patients so they can receive the proper medical cannabis treatment for their serious health conditions, while
stable state regulations would effectively control cannabis production, market and businesses.

Efforts to get on the Ballot: sapphirerisk.com

Labor Unions At the Door
Labor Peace Agreements In The Cannabis Industry
Given the decline in private sector union membership in the United States (currently 6.2%), it should not come as any great surprise that
unions view the growth of the cannabis industry as a golden opportunity to reverse this downward trend. One union in particular, the United Food & Commercial Workers, boasts on its web site that it represents tens of thousands of cannabis workers who are employed in growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing and processing facilities and in laboratories and dispensaries. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

New Weed Street pot shop looted in 2nd burglary in 2 weeks; Highland Park dispensary also hit




Amazon's Counterfeit Crime Unit
Amazon takes more legal action against counterfeiters

Amazon is teaming up with a U.K.-based cosmetics company in a product infringement lawsuit.

The e-tail titan and KF Beauty are jointly
filing a lawsuit against four companies and 16 individuals for counterfeiting KF Beauty's "Wunder2" beauty items and offering the infringing products for sale in Amazon's stores. The suit alleges violation of Amazon's policies and KF Beauty's intellectual property rights and various trademarks.

Amazon has recently engaged in a number of
efforts to prevent and punish sellers of counterfeit goods on its site, including a joint lawsuit against a New York-based counterfeiter with Italian luxury brand Valentino and supporting 3M legal action against Amazon sellers who allegedly sold counterfeit N95 respirators.

And in June 2020, Amazon launched its
Counterfeit Crime Unit (CCU), a global team with specialized experience in investigating and bringing legal action against bad actors. The Amazon CCU works with brands, as it did here with KF Beauty, and supports law enforcement as they pursue counterfeiters. chainstoreage.com

Amazon Accelerate - Biggest-Ever U.S. Virtual Event For Sellers - Sept. 1-3
This free, three-day virtual event will deliver insights, strategies, and techniques for how your small business can thrive on Amazon. Come join Amazon experts, current sellers, and independent online selling experts who will share their insights and ideas for how to prepare for success through the rest of 2020 and beyond!

In 2019, Amazon reported more than 15,000 American SMBs exceeded $1 million in sales in its stores worldwide, and nearly 25,000 surpassed $500,000 in sales. Products from SMBs make up more than half of all items sold in Amazon's stores worldwide. Amazon says it spent $15 billion during 2019 on logistics, tools, services, programs, and people to help SMBs around the globe succeed in its online stores. amazonaccelerate.com

Amazon cuts more than 1,200 delivery contract jobs, even as that part of its business booms







Bucks County, PA: Husband and Wife Admit nearly to Selling nearly $120,000 of Stolen Goods at Q-mart Shop
A Milford Township couple pleaded guilty Monday to a lucrative scheme that involved buying and selling stolen health and beauty items out of their Quakertown Farmers Market-based (Q-mart) business. Michael Gill, 42, pleaded guilty to organized retail theft and receiving stolen property, which are both third-degree felonies, while his wife, Denise Gill, 39, pleaded guilty to solicitation to retail theft and receiving stolen property, both of which are first-degree misdemeanors. Sentencing for the pair has been scheduled for Sept. 21.

The Gills were charged last October following an investigation by detectives from the Quakertown Borough Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force, which "found they had enlisted people suffering from opioid and methamphetamine addictions to steal health and beauty products from retail stores," the DA's office said. "The couple then purchased (the products) at a fraction of the retail value and sold (them) for a profit."

According to the news release, the Gills sold many of the stolen items through an eBay account associated with their store, One Stop Health and Beauty Shop. "The couple sometimes purchased stolen items at the store, and on other occasions took delivery of the items at other locations along John Fries Highway in Milford Township," authorities said. As part of their investigation, undercover law enforcement officers conducted "multiple controlled sales of purportedly stolen items to the Gills," the district attorney's office said. "Police later recovered some of these items when executing search warrants at the Gills' Q-mart store and County Line Road residence."

Michael Gill reported making between $2,500 and $5,000 each weekend in sales, including through the sale of stolen items, and buying about $1,000 in products from private sellers each week, according to a criminal complaint," the DA's office added. "Between March 2017 and March 2019, revenue from the eBay business came in at about $117,000." bucks.crimewatchpa.com

Salisbury, NC: Stolen trailer, $3,200 of merchandise recovered, two people charged
Two have been charged with several thefts from area retailers after a month-long investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office (RCSO). Crystal Dawn Smith and Matthew Aaron Lee, were arrested by deputies,. RCSO began investigating the theft of a utility trailer on July 2. Detectives were able to develop Smith and Lee, as the suspects in this larceny. Smith was located in a suspicious vehicle. Deputies said she had methamphetamine, and several items that had been stolen from retail stores throughout North Carolina.
RCSO detectives were able to track the items to Lowes, Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Loves Travel Stop, Walmart, and Home Goods. The items stolen from these retail stores had a total value of $3,257. The value of the recovered utility trailer is $3000. independenttribune.com

Green, OH: Female suspect wanted for theft of $4,000 in tools
On Aug. 6, loss prevention agents at an Interstate Parkway store reported a woman who has stolen over $4,000 in merchandise from other stores in the chain was in the store Aug. 4 and 5, when she stole electric drills, backpack blowers and chainsaws and fled from employees.

Hoover, AL: Pair Wanted In Academy Sports Theft Case; $1200 in merchandise stolen

Chicago: Jewel-Osco apprehended suspect on theft and trespass charges; $460 of merchandise recovered

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Shootings & Deaths

Fayetteville, NC: Man killed in Gillespie Street convenience store shooting
A 30-year-old Fayetteville man was killed in a shooting outside a Gillespie Street convenience store Wednesday night, police said. Police said officers were called to a Family Fare BP store at 8:36 p.m. after a report of a shooting. The victim was found in the parking lot. fayobserver.com

Long Beach, CA: Suspect arrest for death of Liquor Store Clerk in July
July 24 Anaheim/Magnolia liquor store robbery that escalated to an alleged murder when the store employee grabbed onto the hood of the suspect's vehicle and was allegedly thrown from the vehicle, causing fatal injuries, as the suspect sped off. "On August 12, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., detectives located and arrested 33-year-old Jamal Darby near his residence in Los Angeles," LBPD says in a release.

San Francisco, CA: Man Robbed, Killed At UCSF Medical Clinic; Suspect Arrested


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

University Heights, OH: Whole Foods guard pulls gun on Amazon driver
At 3:40 p.m. Aug. 4, an Amazon delivery driver, 51, was at Whole Foods, 13998 Cedar Road, when he became involved in a dispute with a store-contracted security guard, 73. The guard pushed the driver after the man allegedly uttered racial slurs and assumed a fighting position. The guard then drew his handgun, but did not point it at the driver. The driver quickly retreated to a nearby elevator and left the premises. The driver and guard are known to have had past disagreements. Police are investigating. cleveland.com

Wilmington, NC: Knife-wielding suspect flees Walgreens after clerk
refuses to give him money
According to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office, the incident took place at the Walgreens located at 2401 N. College Road just before 6 p.m. The suspect, brandishing a knife, approached the counter and demanded money. After the clerk refused, he left the store.

Athens, GA: Shoplifter pulls knife on employee at CVS store
The employee told police the man was walking through the store grabbing a headphone, batteries and candy, but before the man could leave, the manager stood in front of him near the door. The suspect then pulled a folding knife and opened the blade half way, police said. Officers said the suspect fled.

Texas: Carrollton, Coppell, and Lewisville Police Working to Identify Serial Robbery Suspects

Kenner, LA: Councilman nearly run over in Walmart parking lot trying to thwart shoplifter

Glenville, NY: ATF raids gun store as part of years-long criminal probe



Bed Bath & Beyond - Madison, WI - Burglary
C-Store - Clay County, KY - Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield County, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bexar County, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
CVS - Columbus, OH - Robbery
CVS - Athens, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Monessen, PA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Cleveland, OH - Robbery
Hardware - Irwindale, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Clarksburg, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Robbery
Liquor - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery
Medical Clinic - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Motorcycles - Rowan County, NC - Burglary
Restaurant - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary (McDonalds)
Restaurant - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Lewisville, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Kitsap County, WA - Robbery (Pizza Hut)
Walgreens - Wilmington, NC - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Burglary - Idaho Falls, ID


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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Beth Lucky named Regional Asset Protection Manager
for Family Dollar

Marc Tirheimer named Area Loss Prevention Manager-ORC
for Ulta Beauty

Xavier Rogers named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Nordstrom

Ricci Cahoy named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Ulta Beauty

Larry Hudson named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Amazon

Dawn Trojan, CFI promoted to Divisional Director of Asset Protection for CarMax

Laura Neal promoted to Fraud Specialist for GoWireless

Amanda Brooks promoted to Market Asset Protection Operations Lead for Walmart

Cory Taylor, LPC promoted to Territory Asset Protection Manager
for Sam's Club

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Senior Asset Protection Specialist
Santa Monica, CA - posted August 6
The Senior Asset Protections Specialist contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...


Asset Protection, Retail Safety and Security Specialist
Bellevue, WA - posted August 6
This job contributes to REI's success by ensuring the security and safety of your store team and members by providing a presence on REI property and at events. Activities include but are not limited to: fostering partnerships with staff and taking action to address shrink and security...

Division Safety and Loss Prevention Manager
Houston, TX - posted July 28
Under the guidance of the Directors of Loss Prevention (LP) and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), the Loss Prevention & Safety Manager is responsible for overseeing and championing initiatives and company programs, processes and controls that builds a culture around continuous improvement in safety/environment incidents, loss prevention, and security outcomes...

Director of Asset Protection
Madison, WI - posted August 11
The Director of Asset Protection develops long- and short-term business strategies (3-5 years) and oversees implementation of safety and security initiatives across the organization. This role manages Goodwill's Corporate Compliance Plan to assure that there are policies, procedures, audits, prevention strategies, training and reporting systems in place...

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