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Brian Friedman, CFE, CFI named Director, Assets Protection - Global Supply Chain & Logistics for Target
Brian has been working in the AP industry for nearly two decades. Prior to taking the role of Director, Assets Protection for Target, he spent six years with HD Supply, first as Senior Manager, Asset Protection for over four years and then as Director, Asset Protection & CSO for nearly two years. Before that, he spent nearly 12 years with The Home Depot as Manager, Asset Protection and Manager, Supply Chain Asset Protection. Congratulations, Brian!

Michael Hagenbush, CFI, CFE promoted to Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance for Sherwin-Williams
Michael has been with Sherwin-Williams for nearly 11 years. Prior to being promoted to Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance, he held various senior positions with the company, from Director of International Loss Prevention and Compliance to Director of Corporate Loss Prevention Compliance and Reporting. He also served as Director of Audit and Loss Prevention Integration and Director of Loss Prevention - Mid-Western Division. Earlier in his career, he held LP positions with Target and Dick's Sporting Goods. Congratulations, Michael!

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LPNN On Location with Protos + InstaKey

Kris Vece, Vice President of Client Relations, Protos Security
Cita Doyle, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, InstaKey Security Systems
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

Amber catches up with two of the industry's "leading ladies" to see what's new with Protos Security and InstaKey Security Systems.

Kris Vece, LPQ tells us about Protos' new real-time app offering live incident recording, uploading of pictures, video and anything else that happens when a guard is on-site, QA reporting, and so much more - all from the convenience of your phone.

Cita Doyle, LPQ tells us about InstaKey's Wi-Fi enabled RemoteLock - a cost-efficient access control solution that offers remote smart lock management using cloud-based software, easy integration with your existing door readers and hardware, data trail capabilities, and more.



Retail Knowledge Names Appriss Retail One of the Best Newcomers
in 2019 Australian Fraud Awards

Industry Recognition Showcases Increasing Momentum for Appriss Retail Around the Globe

Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced that the company was named one of the Best Newcomers by Retail Knowledge in its 2019 Australian Fraud Awards. The accolade highlights increasing momentum for Appriss Retail as the company continues to expand its global footprint by helping retailers improve customer service and boost profits by combatting return fraud.  Read more in today's Press Release column below.

Zebra Technologies Introduces New Solutions to Improve
Retailers' Performance Edge

New Android enterprise companion mobile computer and rugged tablet
increase staff productivity and improve shopper experience

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, announces easy-to-deploy, cost-effective solutions to streamline retailers' operations from front-of-store to the warehouse. In today's on-demand economy, these solutions help retailers improve inventory management and increase store associate productivity which ultimately elevates the customer experience. zebra.com

TJX Associates Receive LPQ & LPC Certification Scholarships
Supporting Career Advancement

150 LP Associates Enrolled in LPF Certification Courses

The TJX Companies (TJX), in partnership with The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF), recently awarded course and exam scholarships to employees to support their career and personal development while working at TJX. Through these scholarships, 100 TJX Loss Prevention Leaders will be afforded the opportunity to earn the widely recognized LPQualified (LPQ) certification from the LPF. The LPQ course canvases loss prevention practices, core competencies, foundational tools, business processes, and best practices for today's LP professionals.

In addition to the 100 LPQ scholarships, TJX is awarding 50 LPC scholarships to their World Class Award winners and other top performers. These scholarships will allow the recipients to earn the advanced LPC certification. The LPCertified (LPC) course integrates the business of loss prevention into retail profit center practices and logistics. Read more here

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Kroger Asset Protection Delivers 8th Consecutive Quarter of Shrink Improvement
Since rebuilding the Asset Protection effort and team, they've certainly made an impact since Mike Lamb, Vice President Asset Protection joined the organization in April 2017, just ten quarters ago.

With a relatively new field team and an established corporate support group staffed with subject matter experts, they've worked tirelessly on developing the 'One Best Way' throughout their 2,759 grocery stores. Operating in over twenty banners nationwide this has been a significant accomplishment given their decentralized independent history. And to have the senior team call out shrink improvement in each of the last eight quarters certainly speaks to the teams efforts and accomplishments. As it's a rarity to have it mentioned in one quarter alone. But to have it mentioned in eight consecutive quarterly conference calls is an accomplishment this writer hasn't seen before.

Congratulations to the entire Asset Protection team and to the operators supporting the effort. -Gus Downing

Discrimination Law Suits Have Spent 18 Years in Litigation
Walmart Likely Discriminated Against Female Store Workers, EEOC Finds
Retailer tells agency it is willing to engage in conciliatory process

Walmart Inc.
likely discriminated against 178 female workers by paying less or denying promotions because of their gender, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in memos viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The EEOC documents ask Walmart and the women who filed complaints to come to a just resolution of the matter, which could include a settlement and changes to Walmart's practices, say labor lawyers. If Walmart and the women don't reach an agreement, the
EEOC could file a lawsuit against the retailer.

The determination by the federal regulator
marks a milestone in a nearly two-decade effort by current and former store workers to seek damages from the retail behemoth for discrimination.

In 2001, Walmart workers pursued a sprawling class-action suit against Walmart, alleging the retailer systematically paid 1.6 million female workers less than men and offered fewer promotions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2011 the group had too little in common to form a single class of plaintiffs.

Since then, more than 1,900 women in 30 states have pursued cases and filed charges with the EEOC against Walmart alleging sex discrimination. The EEOC said for 178 women, there is reasonable cause to believe Walmart paid women less or denied women promotions, or both, because of their gender.

The allegations are more than 15 years old and "not representative of the positive experiences millions of women have had working at Walmart," said Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesman. Walmart has urged the EEOC to move forward on the complaints for years, and told the agency it is willing to engage in the conciliatory process, he said. The majority of cause findings "are vague and non-specific," and Walmart has asked the agency to provide details, he said. wsj.com

Landmark Case: Significantly Impacts Securing Enterprise Data
Your LinkedIn Data/Profile is Public Info - Not Protected
Court Rules That 'Scraping' Public Website Data Isn't Hacking

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals shot down LinkedIn's claim that a company that was using its public facing data was violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Scraping public data from a website doesn't constitute "hacking," according to a new court ruling that could dramatically limit abuse of the United States' primary hacking law.

The ruling comes after a lengthy battle between data analytics firm HiQ Labs and Microsoft owned LinkedIn, which have been at each other's throats for several years over HiQ Labs' practice of scraping the business social networking website's public-facing data, then selling it (fused with other datasets) to a laundry list of employers.

In the
ruling by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court shot down LinkedIn's claim that access to this public data violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

In its declaration, the court ruled that to violate the CFAA, somebody would need to actually "circumvent [a] computer's generally applicable rules regarding access permissions, such as username and password requirements," meaning it's not really hacking if you're not bypassing some kind of meaningful authorization system.

Corporations have also taken advantage of the law's poor wording for financial gain.

HiQ Labs makes its money by
scraping information on LinkedIn profiles that LinkedIn users have set be viewable to the broader internet. It packages that data with public data gleaned from other websites, then sells it to employers looking for more insight into the employment pool. Researchers also sometimes scrape data for public interest purposes.

"LinkedIn has no protected property interest in the data contributed by its users, as the users retain ownership over their profiles," the court ruled. "And as to the publicly available profiles, the users quite evidently intend them to be accessed by others, including for commercial purposes."

At its heart, the legal issue is over the
definition of "authorized use" of data - something that security professionals must consider in many cases of deciding whether legal remedies can be sought for individuals and companies accessing data that is available through a Web interface. LinkedIn is likely to appeal this verdict.

Dylan Gilbert, a privacy expert at consumer group Public Knowledge also applauded the ruling, but told Motherboard that the United States still needs a cohesive privacy law giving consumers not only transparency into the scope of datasets being collected, but control over how this data is used. vice.com

Maine rolls out "Track & Trace" requirement for marijuana plants
Office of Marijuana Policy and BioTrackTHC, the Florida software company that landed the 6-year, $275,000 deal to track medical and adult-use cannabis grown, processed and sold in Maine.

The system requires the producer use a single tag for a plant, a second tag that covered the harvest batch (that could cover a whole room full of plants if the grower harvested them all at once), and a third tag attached to the final package sold to the consumer.

Under this system, the financial impact of the tagging system could be limited if a grower can harvest a whole group of plants at once and if the consumer can buy products in bulk, growers and retailers said. But single-serving products, a favorite among new customers, would still be hard hit. pressherald.com

Retail's Hottest Topic: Self-Checkout - Automated Grocery Stores
A Self-Checkout Revolution & Start Up's Are Popping Up Everywhere

The days of supermarket queues are numbered. That's if Amazon and a
slew of well-financed startups' recent activities are anything to go by. Amazon's cashierless automated stores are expanding everywhere, while emerging competitors like Standard Cognition and Grabango are raising sizable sums to bring cashierless technology to more supermarkets.

The general idea is this: Once supermarkets are fitted with an array of cameras, sensors, and computer vision smarts, customers can simply pick items from shelves, put them into their cart, walk out, and have the payment automatically deducted from their account.

While this undoubtedly raises privacy questions - as it is likely as much a massive data-gathering play as it is a customer-convenience exercise - it's clear that supermarkets of the future will be "smarter" and far more connected than those we're used to. This is also why we will continue to see
investors lining up to back startups like Trigo, which launched out of stealth last July with $7 million in seed funding.

"There is
very strong demand globally among grocery retailers to dramatically improve customer experience," added Trigo CEO Michael Gabay. "The common denominator is that everyone is searching for technology to enable the most seamless in-and-out shopping experience. venturebeat.com

What U.S. Malls Forgot About Retail: Community
In April, Thasos, a data analytics firm, released an analysis that showed that mall traffic, after moving back into positive territory briefly in July-December 2018, is back into year-over-year declines. They further found that experiential retailers like Apple, Eataly, or Tesla aren't enough to reverse the declines. And just investing in additional
entertainment destinations like movie theaters or more unique experiences like Legoland or Dave & Busters may not be enough either.

Ironically, malls in other parts of the world are thriving. From my own experience, malls in Mexico City and the Philippines aren't just thriving - they're crowded. It's easy to be dismissive - "oh, people only go for the air conditioning" or "of course they go there, online shopping is just not that entrenched there yet."
But that is missing an essential element of what malls in these regions have, that American malls do not, and that is community. forbes.com

Editor's Note: Great Read for the True Retailer in all of us - After all our livelihoods depend on it. And you might want to read it's companion article 'Have U.S. malls lost their sense of community? and see the discussion. Does it in fact boil down to "chasing out the teens"?

Viewpoint: 8 Things Managers Do That Make Employees Quit
Algorithms are becoming increasingly relevant in the workplace. From sifting through resumes to deciding who gets a raise, many of these new systems are proving to be highly valuable. But perhaps their most impressive, and relevant, capability is predicting which employees will quit. IBM is in the process of patenting an algorithm that can supposedly predict flight risk with 95% accuracy. Given that we are in a candidate-driven market, this is a significant innovation. There are now more job openings in the U.S. than there are unemployed Americans.

It takes an average of 24 days to fill a job, costing employers up to $4,000 per hire-maybe more, depending on your industry. The good news is that only about a quarter of employees that leave do so within their first year. This means you have plenty of time to assess flight risks and address them.

Eight common leadership mistakes that help explain this why. Understanding them, and how they impact your team, will help you identify those who are a flight risk and make changes that may convince them to stay.

Mistake 1:
Setting Inconsistent Goals or Expectations
Mistake 2:
Having Too Many Process Constraints
Mistake 3:
Wasting Your Resources
Mistake 4:
Putting People in the Wrong Roles
Mistake 5:
Assigning Boring or Overly Easy Tasks
Mistake 6:
Failing to Create a Psychologically Safe Culture
Mistake 7:
Creating a Work Environment That Is Too Safe
Mistake 8:
Leading with Bias

It's true there is no way you can control every aspect of your team's work experience. If someone wants to leave bad enough, sometimes they just will. That said, focusing on your own behaviors and what you can control will do wonders to improve the performance and cohesiveness of your team. The better you manage, the more productive, innovative, satisfied, and most importantly, loyal your team will be. shrm.org

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Corporate Asset Protection posted Nashville, Tenn.
Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is a Fortune 200 company with more than 15,400 retail locations in 44 states, 16 distribution centers and 135,000 employees that embody our mission of Serving Others each and every day.

Job Details
Drive shrink improvement through Dollar General's existing programs by educating and partnering with the merchant team and suppliers on the benefits of source-tagging, defensive merchandising, or other means to improve shrink in retail stores.

Enhance safety and security of retail stores through physical security by challenging current vendor offerings and pricing and sourcing new vendors and solutions that align with Dollar General's technology roadmap, strategy, and values.

Improve field leadership productivity by outlining and eliminating time consuming work streams that can be managed centrally via technology enhancements.

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field required. icims.com

Director of Loss Prevention for Bi-Mart - based in Lane, SC
The Director of Loss Prevention will lead the Loss Prevention (LP) team in providing comprehensive support to the Company's retail stores, distribution center, and business office in the areas of: internal and external theft control, OSHA compliance, and liability claim management. The Director will also stay up-to-date on current laws and regulations that impact the Company and partner with other executives to review and update internal loss prevention policies and OSHA regulatory programs as appropriate; the Director is also responsible for providing advice and assistance to the Executive Committee on loss prevention strategies to help achieve company objectives. linkedin.com

Meijer completes mobile checkout initiative

Holiday sales growth could top 5%

Crate & Barrel to Expand its In-Store Restaurant to Up to 15 Locations
We're going to see a lot more of this in-store development of various offerings and services

Destination Maternity exploring sales or merger

Quarterly Results
Destination Maternity Q2 comp's down 10.5%, sales down 12% (closed 61 stores)

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Retail Knowledge Names Appriss Retail One of the Best Newcomers in the 2019 Australian Fraud Awards

Industry Recognition Showcases Increasing Momentum
for Appriss Retail Around the Globe

IRVINE, Calif. (September 17, 2019) - Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced that the company was named one of the Best Newcomers by Retail Knowledge in its 2019 Australian Fraud Awards. The accolade highlights increasing momentum for Appriss Retail as the company continues to expand its global footprint by helping retailers improve customer service and boost profits by combatting return fraud.

"Return fraud knows no boundaries. No matter the country, retailers need resources and technology to help them deliver the best possible consumer experience, while still protecting them from fraudulent activity," said Tom Rittman, vice-president of marketing, Appriss Retail. "We are honored to be recognized by the local retail community in Australia, and we are excited about what's ahead."

Appriss Retail's footprint is expanding globally from its roots in the US and UK. Its solutions are in use in 45 countries and on six continents, including several large, well-known retailers in Australia. The Appriss Retail Performance Platform of solutions incorporates analytics and artificial intelligence to create real-time automated decisions, post-transaction insights, and recommended user actions. These are delivered to its retailer clients via several well-known product brands including Verify® return authorization and Secure exception based reporting.

About Appriss Retail
Appriss Retail, a division of Appriss Inc., provides artificial intelligence-based solutions to help retailers protect margin, unlock sales, and cut shrink. With more than 20 years of retail data science expertise, the company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform generates advanced analytical insights and real-time decisions that drive action throughout the organization, including operations, finance, marketing, and loss prevention. Its performance-improvement solutions yield measurable results with significant return on investment among retail store, ecommerce, and inventory functions. Appriss Retail serves a global base of leading specialty, apparel, department store, hard goods, big box, grocery, pharmacy, and hospitality businesses in more than 150,000 locations (brick and mortar and online) in 45 countries across six continents. For more information about Appriss Retail, visit https://apprissretail.com.





CISO do's and don'ts: Lessons learned
Keeping a business safe from cyber threats while allowing it to thrive is every CISO's goal.

Francesco Cipollone, CISO and director at UK-based cybersecurity consultancy NSC42, says that he has seen his fair share of CISOs who believe they know it all, who focus on only one specific aspect of cybersecurity, who keep the security team segregated from the engineering team and the rest of the organization, and who don't empathize with the business side.

No CISO is infallible, he says - the important thing is to fail fast and to recover even faster.

Also, the CISO and the security team need to understand that the organization is there to deliver products and services as fast as possible, and they must find a way to make their work easier while, at the same time, keeping the business safe.

The goal to shoot for is a happy medium between a secure product and acceptable time frames. Also: bring the Sec into DevOps by introducing pragmatic security as soon as possible in the lifecycle of an application.

"As a security professional, I learned quickly to stop saying 'No' and started replying with options. That is if one of my key advice to CISOs," Cipollone advises.

At the same time, a CISO should find a way to not get frustrated if the board of directors keeps saying "No".

PUMA Creates Digital Product IDs for Greater Engagement
Sensormatic Inventory Intelligence Powers Zebra Handhelds and Fixed Read Points for Receiving and Exits
Global sports brand PUMA has opened its New York City flagship store with customer-engagement features that enable customers to access and share content about products while viewing them or trying them on. The store employs RFID tags applied to every product and a QR code printed on each label to link consumers to a particular product's digital identity.

The RFID functionality enables inventory management, electronic article surveillance (EAS) and a magic mirror solution. The Internet of Things (IoT)-based system leverages Avery Dennison's Janela tags, as well as its Smart Product Platform powered by IoT software company EVRYTHNG's Active Digital Identity (ADI) solution for the QR-code-driven consumer-engagement technology. The solution connects each product item with a unique digital identity in the cloud.

The company utilizes UHF RFID tags on all of its products, as well as handheld readers from Zebra Technologies and fixed RFID readers from Sensormatic, for inventory tracking and security. Most recently, during the final four weeks of preparation, the store engaged EVRYTHNG to link the unique RFID number on each product's tag and the QR code-based serial number with a digital identity so that consumers can use their smartphones to engage with the product, according to Judy Moon, EVRYTHNG's sales VP.

With an assortment of technologies installed at the new store, says Russell Kahn, PUMA's senior VP for retail, "We're trying to increase the dwell time of the consumer, to give them a reason to stay in the store longer and engage with the brand, and to create an emotional connection so that they build a lifelong relationship with the brand." rfidjournal.com

Managing Sell-By Dates Is Easier With RFID
Europe is trying to reduce food waste in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but it's a real challenge without radio frequency identification.

RFID is ideal for managing this process because the sell-by date of each item can be stored in a database. A simple software program could be set up to pull the tag IDs for all items about to expire within two days or only one day. Employees could use the Geiger counter-like feature in an RFID handheld reader to locate those items quickly on shelves.

The U.S. Department of Defense has been researching ways in which RFID sensors could be utilized to dynamically determine the shelf life of food. So, for example, if a shipment of broccoli were left on a shipping dock in 90-degree weather, its shelf life would be shortened because the heat would cause the produce to wilt.

Margins are thin in the food business. Spending money on technology might not seem to be a good option for some producers and grocers, but the industry should be taking a serious look at RFID to determine whether it can deliver an ROI by reducing food waste. And, oh, by the way, that would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  rfidjournal.com

2019 CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors
MITRE has released the 2019 Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors list. The Top 25 is a compilation of the most frequent and critical errors that can lead to serious vulnerabilities in software. An attacker can often exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system, obtain sensitive information, or cause a denial-of-service condition.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Top 25 list and evaluate recommended mitigations to determine those most suitable to adopt. us-cert.gov




Being Smart About Smart Phone Apps

Just got an invitation via text message to download a hot new app for your phone? It's free and it does some really cool stuff. But is it real? It may not be. Lately, scammers have been sending text messages convincing people to install apps that turn out to be malicious. They even use names of reputable companies to try to fool you in believing that it's a genuine offer.

Never install anything from a text message unless you initiated the search. Always download your smart phone apps from the official app stores like the App Store and the Google Play store, and skip unknown sites no matter how great they sound.


Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products
Amazon.com Inc. has adjusted its product-search system to more prominently feature listings that are more profitable for the company, said people who worked on the project-a move, contested internally, that could favor Amazon's own brands.

Late last year, these people said, Amazon optimized the secret algorithm that ranks listings so that instead of showing customers mainly the most-relevant and best-selling listings when they search-as it had for more than a decade-the site also gives a boost to items that are more profitable for the company.

The adjustment, which the world's biggest online retailer hasn't publicized, followed a yearslong battle between executives who run Amazon's retail businesses in Seattle and the company's search team, dubbed A9, in Palo Alto, Calif., which opposed the move, the people said.

Any tweak to Amazon's search system has broad implications because the giant's rankings can make or break a product. The site's search bar is the most common way for U.S. shoppers to find items online, and most purchases stem from the first page of search results, according to marketing analytics firm Jumpshot. wsj.com

Study: Online Shopping Now More Than 6 Percent of U.S. Grocery Spending
Another study shows that while online shopping remains a small percentage of overall grocery shopping in the U.S., it is growing. According to analysis released yesterday by Brick Meets Clicks, in 2019 online grocery sales have grown 15 percent year-over-year and now represent 6.3 percent of total grocery-related spending by US households (h/t Food Dive).

One study doesn't make a trend, but the results are in line with other recent market research. A Gallup survey released in August showed that 81 percent of Americans never buy groceries online. But the number of "nevers" was less than the 84 percent Gallup found in 2018. And in May, Coresight Research found that 35 million more people shopped for groceries online between 2018 and 2019.

While not exactly swift, online grocery shopping is a movement that will accelerate over the next couple of years as retailers build out the infrastructure to facilitate it. thespoon.tech

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Traveling Florida Trio Busted in Wisconsin Hitting Sam's Club Stores
Florida Gang Member Gets 52 Months Fed Prison - in Large-Scale Multi-State Credit Card Fraud

Janoy Garcia-Prieto, 31, Miami, Florida played a critical role in a large-scale multi-state credit card fraud scheme.

Along with Pedro Lorenzo-Concepcion, and Jorge Consuegra-Rojas used fraudulent credit cards to conduct dozens of purchases at
Sam's Club stores throughout Minnesota between September 9 and September 12, 2016, for a total of $20,279.78 in fraudulent charges.

On September 12, 2016, Garcia-Prieto, Pedro Lorenzo-Concepcion, and Jorge Consuegra-Rojas attempted to use a counterfeit credit card inside of a grocery store in Mauston, Wisconsin. The group's vehicle, which had been rented by Garcia-Prieto in New Orleans, was stopped by law enforcement shortly after leaving the store. Officers searched the vehicle and found multiple false identification documents, counterfeit credit cards, multiple cellular telephones, two computers, three flash drives, six credit card skimmers, a credit card reader/writer, and 280 gift cards valued at over $23,000.

In 2018, Judge Peterson sentenced Consuegra-Rojas to 60 months and Lorenzo-Concepcion to 46 months for their respective roles in the conspiracy. justice.gov

Sacramento, CA: 4 arrested in $35K Louis Vuitton theft at Roseville Galleria
Four people were arrested on suspicion of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Louis Vuitton purses from the Roseville Galleria on Saturday. Roseville police arrested 22-year-old Memory Yearby, 18-year-old Dell'lon Downs and two juveniles. All four are from Washington state. They are facing a variety of charges, including felony shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a firearm in a vehicle and resisting arrest, police said. All four suspects were arrested after a brief foot chase. The stolen purses, as well as a stolen firearm, were recovered from the vehicle.  kcra.com

Kennesaw, GA: AT&T worker stole 12 iPhones, valued at $13,000
A 25-year-old Kennesaw woman is facing a felony theft charge after police say she conspired with an Atlanta man to deceitfully obtain 12 Apple iPhones worth over $13,000 from a Kennesaw AT&T store where she used to work. Jasmine Monique Jones was a former employee of AT&T and opened fake company accounts to obtain the iPhones and sell them for personal profit, police said.  mdjonline.com

Allen Park, MI: Three people steal $1,200 in cash from Lowe's
Allen Park police say that what was originally reported as a shoplifting incident at Lowe's was, in fact, a larceny of a different sort. An officer was sent to the store, 23111 Outer Drive, at about 3 p.m. Sept. 2, in response to a retail fraud complaint.

The employee told police he was investigating an extreme shortage of cash from two registers that was reported to him on Aug. 31. On the day he filed a police report, he discovered the reason for the cash shortage by watching surveillance video. At 7:47 p.m. on Aug. 30, two black women and a black man entered the store. The women each obtained a moving box from the rear of the store, then all three suspects approached the cashier lanes at the front of the store.

At 7:57 p.m. the women held up the boxes to obstruct the view on each side of cash registers in lanes 11 and 12. In the surveillance footage, the man is seen using a key to unlock the cash drawer at register 12 and then grabbing all the $20 bills from the drawer. He then moved to register 11 and stole $20 bills from that drawer as well, stuffing the money in his right pocket. A total of $1,200 was reported stolen. Police said photographs of the thieves and vehicle were of poor quality so the officer was unable to determine any physical characteristics of the suspects. thenewsherald.com

Blair County, PA: Four men face felony charges for using 'dump' cards at Target
Four Michigan men were jailed Sunday after Patton Township police accused them of stealing more than $3,300 worth of merchandise and gift cards from Target. Three of the men conspired to steal two Apple Watches, Apple headphones and socks from Target on Sunday. Skaggs said he was paid by Taylor and Ryan to drive while they, along with Fortner, made two purchases using "dump" cards - meaning the transactions appeared as if they were paid to a credit card, though nothing was paid - police wrote. The purchases were recorded on the store's security system, and the items were found in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The items were returned to Target.  centredaily.com

Toledo, OH: Thieves steal $1,200 worth of security cameras from Menards

Eau Claire, WI: C-Store employee accused of stealing a pack of cigarettes everyday for over a year; totaling $5,787

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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Bayonne, NJ: Walmart shoplifter's getaway attempt foiled by
motorized shopping cart
An accused shoplifter trying to flee the Bayonne Walmart Sunday afternoon in her car struck a shopper riding a motorized cart twice before she crashed into a police cruiser and was arrested, Bayonne police said. Siedah S. Smith, 34, of Jersey City, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering apprehension, Bayonne Lt. Eric Amato said. An argument between Smith and the victim ensued, and Smith quickly tried to flee again when she saw the police cruiser, Amato said. Again she struck the shopper in the motorized cart, this time dragging the victim and the cart 10 feet before smashing head-on into the police cruiser. Smith was arrested and the victim was taken to the Bayonne Medical Center to be treated for injuries from the crash.  nj.com

Madison County, AL: Armed Robbers may be tied to 4 others crimes in Huntsville, Athens and Madison county
Four suspects are still on the run after an armed robbery at a Verizon store in Madison. Madison police say two employees were held at gunpoint Monday afternoon, in broad daylight. The two Verizon employees involved said they were zip-tied and held at gunpoint by four people. This is the latest in a growing list of unsolved robberies throughout North Alabama. No arrests have been made in at least five of those cases in the last month and that's why people are on their toes.  waaytv.com

Australia: Supermarkets' controversial step to avoid shoplifting of meat
The Australian supermarket giants have taken a controversial step in their ongoing war against shoplifters by fitting expensive meat cuts with security tags. A photo recently shared by one Coles customer showed a pre-packaged container of lamb cutlets with the security tag attached. The Coles brand chops had a retail value of $40 per kilogram. The shopper shared the image to a Facebook group with the caption: "The things retailers have to do to stop theft and protect profit". Opinion was divided over the store's use of the tags, with some pointing out that the security feature was not new. One woman who claimed to be a former Coles employee said she had "lost count" of the number of empty containers she'd found stashed around the store after they'd been raided of the meat inside in order to get around the security tag.  yahoo.com

Nigeria: Oil giant Shell deploys aerial cameras to track oil theft in Nigeria
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria on Monday said it has deployed state-of-the-art high definition cameras for quick detection of and response to crude oil spills from its facilities. The cameras will also help in tracking vandalism of SPDC assets, Igo Weli, the company's spokesperson told reporters in southern city of Warri in Delta State. The cameras, according to the Shell's spokesperson, are attached to specialized helicopters which carry out daily overflight over it facilities, adding that this measure has improved the surveillance of assets. xinhuanet.com

Hollywood, FL: 2 women arrested after allegedly beating up Checkers manager
The report stated the suspects became irate when informed their food would take a while to prepare since the kitchen was backed up. After a small argument, Olivia and Velez walked away only to walk past all the cars in front of them and approach the pick-up window a few minutes later.The manager said Olivia began to bang on the window with her fists. Through the closed window, the employee warned Olivia she would call the police if she did not return to her vehicle. Olivia then allegedly pushed open the drive-thru window, grabbed the employee by the shirt and began punching the victim on her head. Meanwhile, Olivia made her way into the business, grabbed a cash register and computer monitor and attempted to throw it at the victim.  wsvn.com

Bakersfield, CA: BPD looking for three wanted in TJ Maxx strong-arm robbery

Lincoln, NE: Volunteer steals 11 instruments from Salvation Army, impacting youth programs


Tampa, FA: Man sentenced to 41 years in prison for string of armed robberies
A Fort Myers man found guilty of leading a string of armed robberies at banks and retail stores has been sentenced to 41 years in prison. Rashid Iman Turner, 32, was also ordered to pay $103,782.78 in restitution to the victims, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.  nbc-2.com

Eastern VA.: Serial Robber Gets 12 1/2 Yrs Fed Prison for 13 C-Store & Gas Station Armed Robberies

Tampa, FL: Robbery Crew Leader Gets 41 Yrs For String of Retail & Bank Armed Robberies

Atlanta, GA: Career Offender Gets 39 Yrs For Armed Robbery of 3 Waffle Houses - Motel & Shoot Out with Police



Lancaster County, PA: Police seize more than 500 fake Louis Vuitton items from Green Dragon
A Staten Island, New York, man was charged for trademark counterfeiting after he was selling fake Louis Vuitton merchandise at Green Dragon Market, police said. Ndiaye L. Serignel, 50, was charged on Friday, September 13, after Ephrata police were tipped-off by a representative of Louis Vuitton, police said.  lancasteronline.com




C-Store - Polk County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery (2nd this week)
C-Store - Bristol, VT - Burglary
Dollar General - Limestone County, AL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Morton Grove, IL - Burglary
Grocery - Valdosta, GA - Burglary
Grocery - Lehigh Acres, FL - Robbery
Guns - Jackson, MI - Burglary
Guns - Columbus, OH - Burglary
Jewelry - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Jewelry - Blackwood/ NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - High Point, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Corpus Christi TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Fairfield, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Lowes - Allen Park, MI - Robbery
Pawn - Geneva, AL - Burglary
Restaurant - Morton Grove, IL - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant - Hingham, MA - Burglary
Restaurant - Racine, WI -Burglary
Restaurant - Byron, GA - Robbery
Thrift - Brookhaven, MS - Burglary
Vape - Pittsburgh, PA - Burglary



Daily Totals:
11 robberies
12 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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