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Cente van der Wende, CFI promoted to Director, Global Corporate Security and Asset Protection EMEA for Ralph Lauren
Cente has been with Ralph Lauren since 2014. Prior to his promotion to Director, Global Corporate Security and Asset Protection EMEA, he served with the company as Regional Manager, Global Corporate Security and Asset Protection for more than five years. Before that, Cente spent more than two years with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein as Group Loss Prevention Manager Europe. Congratulations, Cente!

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The RILA Asset Protection Conference is known for featuring the best educational programming in the business...and we need experts like you to share your leading practices, case studies, and innovative solutions. Submit your session ideas by Tuesday!

Speaker benefits include:
● Complimentary registration for retailers and product manufacturers selected to speak
● Opportunity to share with and learn from peers facing common challenges
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This year, the Loss Prevention Foundation will provide speakers with an LPC/LPQ course scholarship for FREE-a $795 value! Already LPQ/LPC certified? The LPF will waive your recertification fee! And, if that wasn't enough-all speakers will earn 10 CEU credits in addition to what you will earn as an attendee.

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Shelley Holmes to Receive 2019 Retail Council of Canada
Retail Secure Lifetime Achievement Award

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is thrilled to announce Shelley Holmes, Today's Shopping Choice Director, Private Label Credit Cards and Resource Protection, will be honoured with the 2019 RCC Retail Secure Lifetime Achievement Award.

As one of Canada's most respected leaders in direct-to-consumer retail security, Ms. Holmes has demonstrated exceptional depth of expertise in both eCommerce protection as well and credit card security. She has been instrumental in building both tremendous customer trust and business success in her 15 years with Today's Shopping Choice.

"Protecting our interests against loss, fraud and other risks is critical to TSC's bottom line. Shelley manages these critical programs while identifying growth and loyalty opportunities for our Private Label Credit Card customers - certainly not an easy balancing act!" said Anne Martin-Vachon, President, Today's Shopping Choice.

Previous recipients of this esteemed recognition include Don Berozwski, Director Environmental Health and Safety at Walmart Canada, Manuel (Manny) Parreira, Regional Director (Ontario) Bank of Canada, Stephen O'Keefe, President, Bottom Line Matters and Rita Estwick, Director, Security and Investigations at Canada Post.

The award will be presented during Retail Secure 2019, Retail Council of Canada's Loss Prevention Conference on September 24, 2019 in Toronto. newswire.ca


Gun Control Still Center Stage Nationwide News
Strong Background Checks & Red Flag Laws

Chief executives of 145 companies urge Senate to pass gun control laws
Leaders of 145 companies wrote a letter to the Senate Thursday, urging the governmental body to take action on gun safety.

The letter notes recent gun violence in Chicago, Newport News, Virginia and other places, calling it a "public health crisis." But the leaders also say that gun violence is preventable, and lawmakers can step in to prevent tragedies.

"That's why we we urge the Senate to stand with the American public and take action on gun safety by passing a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders," they wrote in the letter. Red Flag laws, which are also known as Extreme Risk laws, allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to prevent someone temporarily from obtaining firearms.

Letter signers include the CEOs of well known companies Uber, Levi Strauss, Gap, Lyft and Beyond Meat.

The letter comes as companies have been forced to reckon with the risk that mass shootings pose to their businesses.

Democrats have been pushing for universal background checks.

Earlier this year, lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed legislation that would would strengthen federal background check laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he wants clear support from Trump in order for the Senate to vote on the measure. cnbc.com

Publix takes big stand to address gun violence

'Publix respectfully requests that only law enforcement officials openly carry firearms in our stores.'

Florida is not an open carry state but Publix is one of the nation's largest grocery chains and its standing in solidarity with a number of other big retailers.

'Moms Demand Action' says recent polling shows a majority of Americans would support businesses that take action against gun violence.

"This is remarkable: Over the last eight days, nine major national retailers have bucked the NRA and taken action to keep their customers safe from gun violence," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. "It's high time for the Senate to take a page from these business leaders - which have their fingers on the pulse of public opinion - and pass strong background check and Red Flag laws." wfla.com

Walmart Staffs New SVP Chief Counsel of 'Digital Citizen Role'
"This Digital Citizenship function will counsel the company on issues related to privacy, use of data and data governance, emerging technologies, cybersecurity and records management." "They will advise not only on whether we may legally use data or technology in a particular way, but also on what effect that use would have on our relationship of trust with our customers and stakeholders. Reporting directly to Rachel Brand, EVP of global governance, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. theshelbyreport.com

Employee Activism on the Rise
Workers feel empowered to protest their employers' business practices
Workers are speaking up through social and traditional media when their employers take actions they don't agree with. Across the country, employees have staged strikes and protests to oppose their employers' business practices.

The majority of U.S. employees, especially Millennials, believe they have the right to speak up about issues that impact society, according to a report from global communications and marketing firm Weber Shandwick.

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers said they have raised their voices to support or criticize their employers' actions regarding a controversial issue affecting society. Most hope to gain the attention of other employees (46 percent) and top leaders at their organization (43 percent)

"Your workforce is starting to care more about what you do to make the world a better place," she noted. "I also think the way work is being done and structured is allowing more of this [activism] because organization styles and structures are less hierarchical." Additionally, social media makes it easier for employees to assemble large groups on short notice and create a media buzz.

While headline-grabbing action so far has been happening at large companies, Kanouse predicts it will also bubble up in smaller organizations.

"Today, in a digital world, your worth is your people. ... You have to put more emphasis on keeping them happy and paying attention to the issues they care about." 

7 Ways Employers Can Respond to Activism

1. Embrace it as a positive force to propel your reputation and your business.
2. Be clear about your corporate purpose and culture.
3. Learn what is on employees' minds.
4. Cultivate a culture of openness and transparency.
5. Establish a response protocol.
6. Clearly communicate your company's values.
7. Make your company's values part of the solution. shrm.org

StarKist Ordered to Pay $100 Million Criminal Fine for Antitrust Violation
StarKist Co. was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $100 million, the statutory maximum, for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for canned tuna sold in the United States. StarKist was also sentenced to a 13-month term of probation. StarKist fix the prices of canned tuna fish from as early as November 2011 through at least as late as December 2013.

"The consequences for greedy companies who cheat the marketplace and American consumers are significant and clear," said FBI San Francisco Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. "The FBI, along with our law enforcement colleagues, will continue to pursue those who conspire to fix prices and bring them to justice." justice.com

How Cashier-less Sites Will Impact the C-Store Industry
At the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, Sept. 8-11 in Minneapolis, panelists discussed how cashier-less sites will impact the c-store industry.

Amazon Go and other cashier-less concepts are no longer a novelty; they're becoming destinations in cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago, and they are challenging conventional convenience stores in the race for time-pressed customers. Beyond retail competition, the concept is also changing consumer behavior to expect a frictionless experience. cstoredecisions.com

Retail Bankruptcies Rise, Store Closures Skyrocket in First Half of 2019
The pace of retail bankruptcies and store closures in the U.S. has accelerated so far this year compared with 2018. More retail bankruptcy filings are expected in the second half of the year, and bricks-and-mortar stores will continue to close at a higher rate, according to a report released Wednesday by professional services firm BDO USA LLP.

Talk of a retail apocalypse has echoed throughout the industry for years as shoppers abandon the nation's malls and flock to online sellers. But the expected increase in bankruptcies and closures means the industry's recent pain shows little sign of easing.

Retailers continue to grapple with excessive debt, over expansion, private equity-ownership pressures and changing consumer behavior. On top of that, retailers were hurt by the 2018 holiday season, which failed to meet expectations, resulting in the weakest retail sales performance since December 2009, BDO found.

For the full year, Coresight Research predicts more than 12,000 stores will close, compared with a total of under 6,000 in 2018. Behind the closures are some retailers going out of business, while others are just reducing their physical footprint.

But it isn't all bad news. Despite the large number of bankruptcy filings and store closures, overall retail sales in the first six months of the year remained solid because of a strong economy, low unemployment and rising wages, BDO said. wsj.com

EEOC Reduces Employee Pay Data Requirements
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will not collect EEO-1 Component 2 data-pay information broken down by job category, race, sex and ethnicity-in the future. The agency concluded that the burden imposed on employers to gather the data outweighs the usefulness of the data for the agency. However, Component 2 data for 2017 and 2018 still must be submitted by Sept. 30 this year and courts might intervene to compel the EEOC to gather the data in future years despite this announcement. The EEO-1 Component 2 online filing system is now available on the EEOC's website.  shrm.org

Does the FCRA Apply to Background Checks for Independent Contractors?
Does the federal
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) apply to the employment background checks of independent contractors? It depends on whom you ask. Recent court decisions have held that it does not, but the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has not budged on its stance that employees and nontraditional workers alike are protected under the FCRA. Because there's no clear answer, experts recommend a hybrid compliance model to avoid misclassification liability. shrm.org

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of Risk Management for Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
- based in Minnesapolis, St. Paul & Bloomington, MN

The Director of Risk Management is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Risk Management team. This position is responsible for developing effective partnerships with all levels of organizational leadership to help curtail loss from accidents, crime and other reasons. The Director will be responsible for developing new preventative programs as well as improving current safety programs for the organization. linkedin.com

Director of Loss Prevention, Safety & Security for Al J Schneider Company
- based in Louisville, KY

We are currently hiring a Director of Hotel Loss Prevention, Safety and Security at the Galt Hotel who will be responsible for the protection of hotel internal/external guests, associates and property. Will be responsible for directing, managing and overseeing the day to day functions of the Loss Prevention, Safety and Security department. Located in the heart of Louisville, we are within driving distance from half the US population and just 10 minutes from the airport. We offer six restaurants and lounges; 130,000 square feet of meeting space; 53 meeting rooms; over 1,300 guest rooms; the city's best fitness center; and six retail outlets. linkedin.com

Balancing 'safe' and 'welcoming' in the era of mass shootings

Paper Receipts Association Applauds Defeat of Proposed California Ban

Forever 21 Says Not Filing Bankruptcy

Growing board focus on cyber risk challenges current thinking

Quarterly Results

RH - Restoration Hardware Q2 sales up 9.9%

Kroger Q2 comp's up 2.2% (excluding fuel), digital sales up 31%, sales up 2.5%

Hudson Bay Corp. Q2 sales down 0.2%
   Hudson's Bay sales down 3.4%
   Saks Fifth Ave comp's up 0.6%
   Saks OFF 5th comp's up 3.4%

Canada's Roots Q2 comp's down 2.9%, sales up 2.5%

Tailored Brands Q2 comp's down 3.6%, net sales down 4.1%
   Men's Warehouse comp's down 4.3%
   Jos. A. Bank comp's down 3.3%
   K&G & Moores comp's down 1.3%

LPRC Announces IMPACT 2019 Guest Speaker to Present on Empathy in LP

Trust is a powerful component and is needed from both the customers in your store AND the employees who tend to them. Without that basis, a business can't succeed. Angela Nino, Founder of Empathic Workplace, will present at LPRC's annual conference, IMPACT 2019, on using the science of empathy to build trust and discuss the applications of this process in LP and the retail setting. This session, made possible by Master Technology Group and Indyme, and more are available at LPRC IMPACT 2019, taking place September 30 - October 2 at the University of Florida. For takeaways that affect not only your team but the success of your entire enterprise, register here!

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West Monroe man faces felony theft after making
$850,000 in fraudulent eBay sales

A West Monroe man faces a felony theft charge after making fraudulent transactions through eBay over several years. Per the affidavit, around May 29, 2019, eBay Inc. contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in reference to a suspected fraud complaint. The FBI requested the assistance of the Louisiana State Police to help with the investigation.

The suspect, 66-year-old Randall Byrd, listed numerous postings for gold bullion and/or gold coins for sale. Byrd would receive the payments and never send the gold bullion/gold coins to the buyers. eBay alleges these types of fraudulent transactions date back several years to 2004. The estimated monetary loss, according to eBay, is approximately $853,836. Read more

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Protos Security and Security Resources Inc. to Combine

Daleville, VA and Cherry Hill, NJ - August 27, 2019 - Protos Security and Security Resources today announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge.

"We celebrate a milestone today as we bring SRI into the Protos family" said Chris Copenhaver President and Co-Founder of Protos Security. "We will draw on our decades of experience and proven technology to continue to raise the standard for the security industry."

The merger brings together the best that the security services industry has to offer by combining state of the art technology with a focus on customer service, while alleviating the security guard management burden from the Loss Prevention Professional. With 450+ clients throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico the company will have unrivaled scale and reach creating enhanced opportunities to serve clients more efficiently and provide professional opportunities for its employees.

"We are very excited to be working together and sharing best practices and our joint commitment to deliver outstanding services to all of our clients," said Joe Malone and Bob Bond Co-Founders of Security Resources. "Instead of competing against each other and spending energy on that, we refocus that energy to serving our clients and expanding into new markets," said Patrick Henderson Vice President and Co-Founder of Protos Security.

The company will be headquartered in Daleville, VA with additional corporate operations centers in Cherry Hill, NJ.





Steve Katz on Reinventing the CISO
World's First CISO Shares Career Advice for the Next Generation

At Citi nearly 25 years ago, Steve Katz was named the world's first CISO. Today he remains active in the field and has a unique perspective on how the CISO role has evolved - and what it will take to be a cybersecurity leader in the future.

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Cybersecurity Summit in New York, Katz discusses:

● How to stay current on CISO-level issues;
● Today's leadership gaps;
● Advice for the next generation of cyber leaders.  careersinfosecurity.com

Data Breaches Elicit Calls for More Transparency
In the aftermath of corporate breaches that expose consumers' personal and financial data, victim companies carefully guard details of what went wrong. They argue the information must stay under wraps because it could provide a blueprint for hackers planning attacks.

But corporations are now coming under increasing pressure to release details about how hackers infiltrate their systems and steal sensitive information.

Marriott International Inc. is fighting to keep private a forensic report about a data breach the hotel chain disclosed in November.

A federal judge recently ordered Marriott to release an unredacted copy of the report, which an outside investigator prepared for the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, a group that sets standards for handling payments data. The group requires its member companies to hire a certified investigator after a breach.

Findings in such investigations could help researchers understand attackers' techniques and determine if they also targeted other companies, security experts said.

"The cybersecurity industry should be demanding some amount of mandatory failure analysis when major breaches occur, if we want to continue to improve," said Sergio Caltagirone, vice president for threat intelligence at Dragos Inc., an industrial cybersecurity firm. "Otherwise, what we're going to do is rely on courts to try to pull out failure analysis or reports from these companies," he said. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

GDPR non-compliance worse than feared
As the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation nears its 18 month anniversary, research by security software supplier Egress has suggested that 52% of UK businesses are not fully compliant with the rules, opening the door to severe penalties if they fall victim to a data breach.

If other, similar reports are accurate, this could suggest that non-compliance with GDPR is not only more widespread than thought, but in some cases, levels of compliance are being obfuscated by security professionals. In July 2019, two separate surveys - one by audit and tax consultancy RSM and the other by data virtualisation firm Delphix - found that 30% of European businesses were not confident they were compliant, and that some businesses were giving their leadership cause to believe they were compliant when this was not necessarily true. computerweekly.com

IoT and RFID: What's the Connection?
The rate at which businesses are connecting through Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in 2019 is rapidly exceeding even the most aggressive forecasted projections. With broadband Internet continuing to be more available and the cost of technology and connecting online decreasing in general, a growing number of devices with Wi-Fi capabilities and IoT connectivity will be an ongoing trend. From the automobile industry and the public sector to wearable technologies and in-home personal use, the world is becoming more digitally connected with each passing day. The additional advancement of 5G technology, which is already leaving its footprint in Asia and Europe and has begun to reach consumers in the United States, will only accelerate IoT functionality and accessibility.

For the radio frequency identification sector, the implications are numerous. rfidjournal.com

Vice President, Technology Procurement for Macy's - based in Johns Creek, GA
Reporting to the SVP, Strategic Procurement, the VP, Technology Procurement is responsible for leading and developing the Technology Sourcing, Category Management and Procurement Operations teams, developing strategies to optimize the company's Technology spend, and helping to drive the company's Fund the Future strategic initiative. This is a highly visible position which will drive value and significantly impact bottom-line profitability. Perform other duties as assigned. linkedin.com



LPNN On Location with Gatekeeper Systems

Craig Greenberg, Sales Management - Product Development, Gatekeeper Systems
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

Gatekeeper Systems knows that a shopping cart is not just a shopping cart. It's the longest point of interaction with your customers, and sometimes it's complicit in crime.

With Gatekeeper's cart-based pushout prevention system, retailers can thwart ORC and shoplifters at the moment a theft occurs. 

Craig Greenberg explains how their smart-device solution retains merchandise, eliminates employee confrontation, reduces the risk of profiling, allows you to cut guard and greeter hours potentially, while still providing a safe shopping environment for your customers.

Learn more about #DramaFreeLP at www.gatekeepersystems.com


4 Ways Online Retailers Can Fight Against Counterfeit Fraud
As today's online retailers look to prevent counterfeiting, there are certain best practices that should be taken into consideration. Here are four tips retailers can use when addressing today's concerns around counterfeiting:

Research and monitor points of promotion. While it's obviously important to identify and shut down counterfeit distribution channels, it's almost certain that counterfeiters will regularly seek new sales venues. It's therefore just as critical to monitor the online promotional channels used by these violators.

Implement minimum advertised price (MAP) policy enforcement and monitoring. Continuous brand protection monitoring is key to both prevention and early detection of counterfeit sales. Leading brands with vast online seller networks are adding brand protection software - also known as MAP monitoring or brand compliance solutions - to their technology stacks, with ROI expected from increased online sales and eliminated MAP violations.

Promote 'Gray Market' customer education and tracking. Unlike the Black Market, the Gray Market, where heavily discounted products are sold without the brand's control, is often technically legal, though it closely toes the line while holding the same negative stigma.

Be proactive and think globally. Counterfeiters enjoy more success when left to operate unchallenged, which is why brands and retailers have a stronger impact when they aren't passive about such violations. mytotalretail.com

Merchants Struggle With The (Un)Certainty Of eCommerce Sales Taxes
The U.S., in particular, has seen a shifting tax landscape in the past several months, in the wake of the June 2018 Supreme Court decision in the case known as South Dakota vs. Wayfair. To summarize that decision, states can tax sales by companies that do not have a physical presence within the state. And yet, tax policy remains a bit of a patch quilt.

In some states, firms are exempt until they generate $50,000 in sales within that state's borders; in other cases (such as South Dakota), that threshold stands at $100,000. All sorts of other considerations come into play, and may even supersede the "dollar threshold." For example, a firm may be taxed if it has a single employee working within a particular state.

As far as collection goes, some states require online marketplaces to handle tax collection and remittance for sellers; others mandate that the sellers process the taxes. Against that fragmented backdrop, Avalara President and Chief Operating Officer Amit Mathradas told Karen Webster that eCommerce firms, especially smaller ones, are navigating a tax collection environment that increasingly needs technology and automation to ensure compliance. pymnts.com

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Exton, PA: Serial Burglars carrying pink scooters ransack Target, Verizon stores up East Coast
Police in four states are searching for masked burglars who have hit nine Target and Verizon Wireless stores, getting away with thousands of dollars in Apple products. Many of the burglaries, from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, have been caught on camera and show the suspects breaking through the front door of each store. The suspects can be seen running to the electronics section and immediately ripping Apple devices from displays and locked glass cases. The burglaries started in July, but the most recent one happened Monday at about 2:30 a.m., at the Target located at 201 Sunrise Blvd., in Exton, according to detective Scott Pezick.

The six locations affected in the area include:

- Exton, PA - Target
- Morrisville, PA - Target
- Langhorne, PA - Target
- Marlton, NJ - Target
- Mt. Laurel, NJ - Verizon Wireless
- Cinnaminson, NJ - Verizon Wireless 6abc.com

Twiggs County, GA: Traffic stop turns up bags of stolen underwear
A traffic stop in Twiggs County turned up bags of stolen Victoria's Secret underwear and merchandise from Bath and Body Works. Major William Stokes says a deputy pulled the vehicle over on Monday for speeding. Deputies identified the vehicle's two female occupants and found them to be in possession of numerous bags of stolen underwear and other items. Both women also had other people's driver's licenses in their purses, Stokes says. They also both had at least $1,500 in stolen merchandise. Stokes says both women could face additional charges. He adds that investigators know some of the stolen merchandise came from a Bath and Body Works at the Dublin Mall but are working on determining where the rest of the items came from.  wgxa.tv


Fresno, CA: Brazen burglar hits Fresno electronics store in just 3 minutes
A local electronics store in northeast Fresno was burglarized in just three minutes on Monday. The owner was shocked to see the guy look at the camera and keep on stealing. "He had the wire cutters in his hand. And he just cut them all off every quickly." In just three minutes exactly, a guy shattered the glass door of EZ Screen in northeast Fresno and wiped out an entire display case full of phones and tablets. kmph.com



Cincinnati Chapter OROCC Meeting Set for Sept. 20

The meeting will be held on Friday, September 20 at 09:30 a.m. at the West Chester Police Department (9577 Beckett Rd, West Chester OH). As always, our goal is to get at least one representative from each law enforcement agency and major retail establishment to these meetings to share Intel, network, and help each other with our investigations. The meeting is extended to cover the southwestern territory of Ohio. .

Please try to bring your recent apprehensions and open cases (w/photos) for group discussion on a thumb drive. If you are not able to share that is fine, we ask that you follow your company/agencies guidelines, but are still more than welcome to attend. We have a laptop connected to the projector to present your investigations. As always, coffee will be provided.


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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Phoenix Armed robber hurt breaking out of Gas Station after being locked inside
Phoenix police say an armed robber was badly hurt after he had to break out of a gas station when an employee locked him inside. Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police said the suspect "was wielding a large pipe, or pole." Police say as the robber stole cigarettes, the employee was able to escape through the front door and lock the man inside. The man was able to get out after breaking through the glass, but police say he badly hurt himself doing so. "Cut himself quite severely, and lost a lot of blood," Lewis said.

Once he got out, the man ran a short distance before collapsing. "First responders arrived, and they treated him. He was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and at this time he's in stable condition," Lewis said.  azfamily.com

Palo Alto, CA: Apple store Burglarized 19 minutes after Closing
Palo Alto Police Department are investigating a burglary at an Apple Store Wednesday night. Police said the incident took place at around 9:19 p.m. when more than one person entered the store located at 340 University Avenue and began taking items before running from the store. There are no suspects in custody, according to police. The store had just closed at 9 p.m. ktvu.com

Oakland, CA: City Employee Resigns From Police Commission Panel After guilty plea to $6,000 Home Depot theft
A city of Oakland employee has resigned from her post as vice chair of the panel that picks members of the city's Police Commission following her conviction on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, her attorney said on Wednesday. Candice Jessie, who works for the city's public works department, was placed on 3 years' probation after she entered her no contest plea on July 1 to a charge that she stole more than $6,000 between Sept. 23 and Dec. 14 in 2018 from a cash register at the Home Depot store in Emeryville where she worked. As part of her plea agreement Alameda County prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor count of grand theft. sfgate.com

Dollar General Manager arrested for setting her store on fire
Kay Yvette Taylor was arrested Tuesday by the Coffee County Sheriff's Office and charged with one count of Theft by Taking and one count of Arson First Degree. The charges stem from her alleged involvement in setting a fire on Aug. 17 at a Dollar General store that she managed. Officials say it was discovered that two separate, unconnected fires were set inside the store (while the store was open/ with customers inside). The outside of the building suffered moderate damage, but damages to the inside of the building were major.

Investigation revealed that a $3,300 cash deposit was taken and that the fires were set to distract from and cover up the theft. It is estimated that the damages to the contents of the store are in excess of $300,000 and damages to the structure are in excess of $399,000. wgxa.tv

Silver Spring, MD: Man armed with knife charged with assaulting Marshall's Loss Prevention
Montgomery County Department of Police officers arrested and charged Dedric Owens, 21, with theft and assault charges after he stole merchandise from Marshall's in Downtown Silver Spring on September 5. Officers responded to the Marshall's store located inside the Ellsworth Place mall last Thursday after reports of a stabbing occurred. According to police officials, Owens stole merchandise after entering the store and was confronted by a loss prevention employee as he was attempting to leave the mall. wusa9.com

Tipp City, OH: Crews extinguish fire at Meijer Distribution Center
Smoking material that was improperly thrown out was discovered in the area where a fire started outside the Meijer Distribution Center Wednesday night, firefighters said. Firefighters responded to the manufacturing facility on County Road 25-A around 7:45 p.m. The fire started in an outside corner of the building, where dried plants, debris and other miscellaneous storage were found. The fire spread to a truck dock overhang and a wall near where the fire started, but the situation was contained within 45 minutes, officials said. A spokesman for Meijer described the fire as a "small one" and added that employees were evacuated and none were hurt. wdtn.com

Hammond, IN: Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to $600,000 Armored Truck Robbery
30-year-old Akeem Jackson pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Hammond to robbery and armed robbery. Federal prosecutors say Jackson, who's a former Brinks armored truck driver, will face at least five years in prison and a maximum penalty exceeding 20 years when he's sentenced. He told the court the other men approached him to join them because he was a former Brinks driver and familiar with the armored truck company's procedures. wbiw.com

Bell County, TX: Man whose sentence was vacated could be going home after spending a decade in prison for Armed Robbery; maintained his innocence since he was accused of robbing a 7-Eleven at gun point more than 10 years ago

Taylor, MI: Security guard tries to tackle one of two men during attempted Kay's Jewelers smash-and-grab at Southland Center mall


Los Angeles, CA: Suspected Cosmetics and Watch Counterfeiter Arrested by LAPD
A 26-year-old La Habra man is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to face charges of selling hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfeit merchandise on eBay and other online platforms. Police arrested Connor Blount Tuesday after investigators conducted several undercover buys and surveillance, then served search warrants at locations in La Habra and Fullerton, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. An investigation determined Blount was a major distributor in Los Angeles County and had over 30 accounts on eBay "deceiving unknowingly consumers of counterfeit name brand facial cosmetics," the LAPD statement said. Officers recovered approximately $100,000 in cash and over $250,000 in counterfeit merchandise, including Yeti mugs, name-brand cosmetics and G-Shock watches, police said. mynewsla.com

Los Angeles, CA: U.S. Border Patrol seized fake NBA Championship Rings at LAX valued at $560,000


Cleveland, OH: FaceTime photobomb at East Cleveland gas station ends in deadly shooting, life sentence
A man who shot a father of four in a random act of violence during a dispute over a FaceTime photobomb at an East Cleveland gas station was sentenced this week to life in prison. Ernest Phillips will first be eligible for parole after serving 19 1/2 years behind bars after jurors on Tuesday convicted him of murder in the November death of 38-year-old Roger Ashley Jr. cleveland.com

Fort Gratiot, MI: 3 teens take plea deals in $20,000 smash and grab robbery at Kay Jewelers



Apple - Palo Alto, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Santa Rosa, CA - Burglary
Circle K - Kirtland, OH - Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Fairfax County, VA - Robbery/ Assault
CVS - Alton, IL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Vidalia, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Electronics - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Motorcycle - Scottdale, AZ - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Jonesboro, AR - Burglary
Target - Exton, PA - Burglary
Theater - Houston, TX- Burglary
7-Eleven - Seal Beach, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Copiague, NY - Robbery



Daily Totals:
8 robberies
8 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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No matter how smart a person is or how good a product or service is, your success always boils down to your attitude - your demeanor - how well you connect with those you're working with. Making that connection - working on that relationship - and approaching your internal and external customers as just that - customers - is critical if you expect to be successful. Remembering one key point all the time may help - they don't have to buy anything you're saying or selling regardless if you're a vendor or an LP executive. Because at the end of the day, there's always someone else close by that can offer the same thing you're offering.

Just a Thought,

Gus Downing

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