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FaceFirst Heads to D.C. to Fight for Face Recognition Privacy

Pictured Above: Peter Trepp, CEO & President (red tie)
Dara Riordan, EVP of Sales & Chief Revenue Officer
Roger Angarita, VP of Product Management (striped tie)

Face recognition company FaceFirst headed to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders with the goal of helping the bipartisan Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act of 2019 (S. 847) move forward. A team of FaceFirst executives, led by CEO Peter Trepp, briefed bill co-sponsor Senator Blunt's office on increasing market adoption and the need for guardrails that protect consumer privacy while not stunting innovation and allowing the technology to improve safety and security. As an example, facial recognition technology is currently being used by retailers to radically reduce in-store violence and diminish external shrink by up to 34%. FaceFirst also discussed various commercial use cases for facial recognition. FaceFirst and lawmakers agree that customer opt-in should be mandatory for commercial use cases to ensure consumer privacy.

During the meeting, FaceFirst highlighted the company's commitment to protecting privacy. In addition to building privacy-focused features into the product, FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp wrote the book on consumer privacy. Peter's book, The New Rules of Consumer Privacy, is the most extensive book ever written that tackles the importance of balancing privacy with security and convenience.

Following the meeting, FaceFirst feels confident that S. 847 will offer the comprehensive privacy protections for retail customers, without sacrificing retail brands' desire to protect customers, employees and merchandise from threats.

NASP Taps Early Champions as Advisory Committee Co-chairs
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) has tapped two asset protection industry veterans in
Rhett Asher, Vice President, Strategy at ThinkLP and Paul Jones, Director of Loss Prevention & eCommerce Fraud at Vitamin Shoppe, as the first to serve as chairpersons of its Retail Advisory Committee.

This move reinforces the organization's effort to connect retailers and criminal justice, encourage collaboration, and actively reduce shoplifting and shoplifter recidivism through education and the support of responsible criminal justice reform efforts thus reducing theft and improving safety in stores and communities alike. shopliftingprevention.org

Vector Security Reaches 10,000 Customer Reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com
Vector Security, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, recently reached a milestone 10,000 customer reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com, a third-party consumer news and resource center that features over 1 million customer reviews across more than 3,000 brands in 300 categories of goods and services.

Vector Security is highly ranked in security by consumers on ConsumerAffairs.com based on its near 5-star rating given by real-life customers. 
Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

LP Furniture Alliance to Host Meeting in Columbus, OH on Oct. 8-9 - RSVP Today

Mission Statement:
"A network of dynamic loss prevention professionals, building business partnerships while serving their respective home furnishings retail and ecommerce verticals in improving profitability and reducing loss related to fraud, theft and operational practices."

The Loss Prevention Furniture Alliance (LPFA) will be conducting their next on-site meeting on October 8th and 9th, 2019 in the Columbus, OH market. The LPFA has now grown to include 6 major furniture retailers who collectively yield hundreds of retail store locations, a dominant e-commerce presence, and numerous distribution centers as well as 3rd party logistics personnel handling in home delivery.

Loss Prevention professionals, vendor and business partners looking to learn more about the LPFA and/or attend the upcoming Columbus, OH meeting should contact Patrick Burns, Vice President of Loss Prevention at Bob's Discount Furniture via email at patrick.burns@mybobs.com or Mike Case, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention at Art Van Furniture, mcase@artvan.com for more details.

Read the event recap from LPFA's last meeting in Chicago back in May here.


Here we go - Who'll be the first shot down?
Walgreens will be first retailer in U.S. to test on-demand drone delivery

Walgreens is set to lift off and make history with a drone pilot in Virginia.

Beginning in October, the drugstore giant and Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, will partner on a pilot of "store to door" delivery of health and wellness, food and beverage and convenience items via drone delivery. (Prescription deliveries are not available in the pilot.) According to Walgreens, customers will receive their orders within minutes of placing orders.

The pilot will make Walgreens the first retailer to offer on-demand drone delivery service in the U.S. The companies will launch the test in conjunction with FedEx in Christiansburg, Va. Eligible FedEx Express customers who live within designated delivery zones in Christiansburg, and who opt in to the Wing delivery service, will be able to receive select packages via delivery drone. chainstoreage.com

Redding, CA: 99 Cents Only store to pay $1.2 million after workers sexually assaulted in walk-in freezer
Employees of the Redding 99 Cents Only store were sexually assaulted in a walk-in freezer there, leading to a $1.2 million settlement, the state announced Tuesday. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said in a statement the former employees filed complaints with the agency in August 2018. One of the former employees said the incidents happened between December 2017 and March 2018.

The former employees said their supervisor, Assistant Manager Michael Wiegel, sexually assaulted them in a walk-in freezer in the back of the store "and subjected them to other forms of sexual harassment," according to the state agency. Wiegel's only past incident in Shasta County Superior Court is a traffic violation, electronic records show.

The former employees also alleged that managers at the Hilltop Drive store retaliated against them when they reported the incidents, and that included "additional scrutiny at work and reduced hours."

The state says an investigation indicated that
violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act had happened, so the business agreed to pay the former employees and the agency a combined $1,225,000.

"Employers must take seriously their duty to provide a work environment that is free from sexual harassment and sexual assault," agency Director Kevin Kish said in the press release. "DFEH will hold to account companies that allow harassment and retaliation against employees who complain."

Commerce-based 99 Cents Only also
will hire an outside monitor to track the chain's compliance with the settlement for the next three years as part of the agreement. Managers also have to complete training, and the business must give annual compliance reports to the state for the next three years, the press release says. redding.com

FTC-CFPB workshop looks at accuracy in credit and background screening reports
When consumers apply for credit, housing, or employment, consumer reports are often used to help decide whether they can get that loan, apartment, or job. With so much at stake, the accuracy of those reports is of the utmost importance.
On December 10, 2019, the FTC and CFPB will host a workshop to discuss issues related to the accuracy of traditional credit reports and background screening reports used by prospective employers and landlords.

A lot has happened in consumer reporting since the FTC's 2012 study on accuracy in credit reports and the follow-up study a few years later. The CFPB has conducted supervisory reviews of large credit reporting agencies, as well as providers of consumer financial products or services that furnish information about consumers to CRAs. Then there was the 2015 multistate AG settlement requiring stricter standards for matching records, removing certain public record information, and restricting medical debt reporting. And tech developments once on the horizon - for example, the use of machine learning and alternative data in making eligibility determinations - are right here, right now.

The FTC and CFPB just posted a list of discussion topics and would like your feedback. Save a step and file your comment online. We'll leave the public record open until January 10, 2020. Interested in volunteering as a presenter or panelist? Email us as AccuracyWorkshop@ftc.gov.

The workshop - it's free and open to the public - is set for the FTC's Constitution Center conference facility, 400 7th St., SW, in Washington, D.C. We'll also webcast it live on the FTC event page.

Mesa, AZ: Nationwide Mall Modeling Agency Exposed;
Parents and children scammed out of thousands of dollars

They thought they were competing for modeling jobs, until the stage disappeared from the mall. Parents say they thought they were working with a talent agency. But after families spent hundreds of dollars, the company packed up and left town.
The Miami Fashion Board states in an ad that it has produced over 5000 events nationwide. When 12 News tried contacting the owner of The Miami Fashion Board, Bill Waldbueser about these discrepancies, he said he was unavailable and would not agree to a phone interview. According to its website, the company is headquartered at the Dolphin Mall in Miami, however a spokesperson at the mall says they have no record of the company being there. 12news.com

Why it was easy for the alleged suspects in video of brazen theft
at the Mall of Louisiana

After the viral video showing a group of people apparently just walking out of a store in the Mall of Louisiana allegedly without paying for an arm full of clothes, plenty of people wondered, why did nobody stop them? People who work or own stores in the mall tell us that other than calling mall security--which they say is often slow--there's not much they can really do. A mall store owner who asked to stay anonymous, says that even though her store has cameras all over, she's still limited in what she can do to stop a would-be thief. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said he hopes the publicity of this case is enough to be a deterrent and if that's not enough, maybe the possible penalties for working together could be. wafb.com

How brands are participating in the climate strike
Unilever, Lush and Burton are among the companies that are closing stores and donating space to the cause.

While the major focus of the strike will be a march led by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg in New York City on Sept. 20,
hundreds of strikes and other actions aimed at rallying support to fight climate change will be happening across the globe, including in nearly 100 Canadian towns and cities on Sept. 20. There will also be events on the "official" Canadian strike day next week on Sept. 27, with more events and actions in between as part of the Global Week of Climate Action.

With the climate and other environmental causes becoming more of a focus for brands, several companies have pledged their support to the strikes. But some have gone beyond boilerplate messages, instead closing their stores and finding other ways to provide support to people who want to participate in the movement.

All of Lush's U.S. stores will close on Sept. 20, with Canadian stores closing on Sept. 27, covering 250 locations and 5,000 staff across North America, along with its corporate offices, manufacturing facilities and ecommerce operations. strategyonline.ca

Madison Reed to open 600 stores by 2024

Serial returners cost UK retailers $1.5 billion in lost sales

Gift Card Sales Report: 2019 Finds 10% Year-Over-Year Increase in Sales

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eBay seller arrested under suspicion of
selling counterfeit cosmetics

Police arrested 26-year-old 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. Read more

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Vector Security Reaches 10,000 Customer Reviews
on ConsumerAffairs.com

Company is a highly-rated security provider with a near 5-star rating
on third-party consumer news and resource website

PITTSBURGH, September 19, 2019 - Vector Security, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, recently reached a milestone 10,000 customer reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com, a third-party consumer news and resource center that features over 1 million customer reviews across more than 3,000 brands in 300 categories of goods and services.

Vector Security is highly ranked in security by consumers on ConsumerAffairs.com based on its near 5-star rating given by real-life customers.

"We are ecstatic about reaching this milestone," said Art Miller, Vice President of Marketing for Vector Security. "We love to get feedback from our customers...the good, the bad and everything in between so we can continue to improve our service delivery and adapt our product and technology offerings to meet our customers' changing needs."

"We care about what our customers have to say; and we read and respond to each and every review," Miller added. "Thanks to all the customers who took the time, and to our employees for their daily efforts to collect these reviews!"

The 10,000th review was a 5-star rating from a customer out of Vector Security's Nederland/Houston branch. "Thanks Vector Security...I recommend you guys to all my friends," the customer wrote.

"Congratulations to Vector Security for reaching this impressive milestone," said Corinne Parkinson, Client Performance Strategy, Consumer Affairs. "As we have watched their presence grow on ConsumerAffairs.com over the last several years, the feedback provided by their customers will help inform consumers as they make important choices about security providers."

Learn more about Vector Security here.





Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit 2019
Denver, 2019 | Sept 24 - 25

For the Federal Employees
It's National Insider Threat Awareness Month
National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) Mission

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Insider Threat Task Force announced that they were partnering with federal agencies to declare September the National Insider Threat Awareness Month. There are lots of exercises and activities planned across the government in September with the goal of educating federal employees about the risk that insider threats pose, as well as some of the telltale behaviors to look out for in fellow feds who may be close to crossing that line. dni.gov

Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches
Huawei Technologies Co. has been suspended from membership in a global trade group of companies, governments and experts set up to tackle computer security breaches and share information about vulnerabilities.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, called "First," was set up in the 1990s to encourage international cooperation in addressing and preventing hacking incidents. It has grown into a sort of informal first responder to big global hacks and cybersecurity incidents.

The step effectively freezes Huawei out of discussions among members of the group over matters such as software glitches. That could slow the company's ability to patch or fix holes in its own systems. Huawei will also no longer have access to sensitive discussions within the group's so-called Special Interest Groups. Those groups share details on cybersecurity vulnerabilities between member organizations. It also won't be able to use an automated platform for sharing information on malware. wsj.com

Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Card Fraud

Gord Jamieson of Visa Canada Offers an Update

Artificial intelligence is playing an important role in the ongoing fight against payment card fraud, says Gord Jamieson, senior director of Canada risk services at Visa. He'll offer a keynote presentation on the latest fraud trends at Information Security Media Group's Cybersecurity Summit in Toronto Sept 24-25.

In an interview with ISMG, Jamieson notes that the explosive growth of IoT and the rise of 5G networks could exponentially increase the amount of potential data exposure - but they also could offer new fraud detection opportunities.

In this interview (see audio link below photo), Jamieson also discusses:

What has changed in the card fraud landscape in the past year;
Why card-not-present transactions are seeing old types of fraud resurface;
The role of AI and machine learning in detecting and mitigating IoT fraud. govinfosecutiy.com

Ransomware: 11 steps you should take to protect against disaster
Ramsomware continues to be one of the biggest menaces on the internet.

Criminal ransomware gangs are well financed (thanks to all those bitcoin ransoms) and employ increasingly sophisticated tactics. Only low-level crooks are interested in encrypting PCs one-by-one: the big gangs seek backdoors into corporate networks and then explore until they are ready to cause maximum chaos (and a big payday) by encrypting as many devices as possible in one go.

What we're seeing is an arms race between the crooks looking for new ways to compromise systems and businesses trying to plug every gap in their defences. This level of threat means there's no way to absolutely protect yourself or your business from ransomware, or indeed any other kind of malware. But there are a number of steps you can take to minimise your attack surface.













Multifactor Authentication Can Stop Hacks But Annoy Employees
Security experts advise multifactor authentication to protect employee and customer accounts, as well as to access sensitive data and systems. But the technique comes with pitfalls, reports Adam Janofsky of WSJ Pro. Companies should streamline how they use such authentication to avoid hurting productivity.

Often this is a code sent as a text message, email or push notification to their phones. This basic step can block most account-compromise attacks-in some cases close to 100% of these incidents-according to separate reports released recently by Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Microsoft Corp.

"Multifactor authentication is the kryptonite to most cyberattacks."

To get around it becoming a negative for employee productivity, companies should consider using multifactor authentication only on their most sensitive data and accounts, Mr. Durbin said. Users also can be prompted to enter a second factor only if the system recognizes a discrepancy, such as a login from a new location or device. cybersecurity.cmail19.com

Impersonation Fraud Still Effective in Obtaining Code Signatures
Fraudsters continue to attempt to fool certificate authorities into issuing valid digital certificates for legitimate organizations by impersonating an authoritative user. The reward? The ability to sign code with a legitimate signature.

Impersonation is also becoming an increasingly used tactic to steal a valuable commodity for the underground market: digital code-signing certificates. The attack is not unique but increasingly used by fraudsters to gain a valuable commodity that is then resold on the Dark Web.

The process highlights weaknesses in the security check that underpins the entire Web of trust model. Certificate authorities, tasked with validating the information behind the certificates, are responsible for the security of the entire system. darkreading.com

FS-ISAC and Europol Partner to Combat Cross-Border Cybercrime
Europol's EC3 signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global non-profit dedicated to reducing cyber-risk in the financial system through intelligence sharing. The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) today announced a partnership to combat cybercrime within the European financial services sector. The purpose of the MOU will be to facilitate and enhance the law enforcement response to financially motivated cybercriminals targeting banks and other financial institutions through a symbiotic intelligence-sharing network. europa.eu

How Cybercriminals Exploit Simple Human Mistakes

More than 99 Percent of Cyberattacks Need Humans to Click


Managing Investigations is a World of Transparency

y Stephen O'Keefe - President, Bottom Line Matters

There are 2 things we can be sure of in today's world of Loss Prevention and Investigations. Firstly when an incident takes place, there is no shortage of CCTV footage or cell phone videographers to draw from. Secondly, when an arrest is made, there is no shortage of folks who claim they were not surprised and knew something.

So why didn't they say something? Well, they may have. But they were heard above the noise.

Many retailers have adopted the practice of "hands off", or "no arrest" for fear of having that footage appear on the front page of the most sourced news or social media channels, as well as safety reasons.

Then there are the regulators; those tasked with policing our operating practices. In essence they are there for the right reasons, to make sure we do what we are supposed to do. How they do this differs from one agency to another, and in some cases when the agency is self-funded and relies on the fines they impose, their ability and motivation to catch us doing something wrong is far beyond our wildest expectation.

So how do we make sense of this new world of investigating in a transparent world? A world that is watching our every move.

I recently tried to help a client navigate through all of this, and thought I would provide an outline of the methodology I used to get them to where they need to be.

The 3 step process to build a management system
Quite simply the three step process is to; (1) conduct a risk assessment, (2) conduct a gap analyst, and (3) implement a process improvement plan.

The risk assessment covers the regulatory requirements of running the business, as well as the operational components to delivering results based on the strategy of the business. I use a heat map to weigh out the most important items, in terms of the impact and probability that they will be a hurdle or have a detrimental effect on the results.



Retail Focus 20/20: Providing Visibility Into Your Greatest Risks

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LPNN On Location with Axis Communications

Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager, Axis Communications
with LPNN MC Amber Bradley

With limited budgets these days, retailers are being tasked to do more with less. That includes leveraging existing technology in stores wherever possible. And nobody owns more technology in retail locations than loss prevention professionals - from cameras and alarms to POS, EAS, RFID, the list goes on.

Hedgie Bartol of Axis Communications tells us how LP/AP teams can integrate technology within their stores to go beyond reducing shrink, adding value to other parts of the business including operations, marketing and sales.

To learn how Axis can help you do more within your store, visit www.axis.com


Online sales may jump 18% for the 2019 holiday shopping season
This holiday season, online sales are poised to grow in the range of
14% to 18% compared with 2018, according to Deloitte's annual holiday retail projections, which were released Tuesday. If the forecasting proves correct, that would be more robust growth than the 11.2% jump in online holiday sales that the consulting firm estimated.

Deloitte expects ecommerce sales to hit
$144 billion to $149 billion during the holiday period, which it defines as November through January. This would be up from $126.4 billion spent online in 2018, according to Deloitte's estimates.

Total retail sales also will pick up from last year, with sales climbing between 4.5% and 5.0%, up from 3.1% in 2018, according to the firm's figures. If that rate holds true, that would mean total retail sales would likely exceed $1.1 trillion this winter, up from $1.09 trillion last year, Deloitte's economists say. digitalcommerce360.com

E-Commerce Made Warehouses Hot. Trade War Could Cool Them Down.
The rise of e-commerce has pushed up warehouse rents and
made industrial buildings one of the hottest sectors in real estate. Now, a slowing economy and trade dispute between the U.S. and China threaten that boom.

In a new report, trade group NAIOP forecasts that less new industrial space will be occupied over the next two years, compared to the past two years. The group says the difference between new space being occupied and old space being vacated will drop to 37 million square feet per quarter over the next two years, down from 60 million over the past two years. wsj.com

Amazon's Answer to Gun Violence: Ban Ads for Books About Ending Gun Violence



Goodyear, AZ: Four person, $200,000 Ink Cartridge theft crew caught
A four-person ink cartridge theft crew from California is allegedly responsible for over $200,000 worth of thefts in three states. Goodyear police report that on September 11, they received information from Target employees that four suspects involved in a previous theft had just arrived at the national retailer located near Litchfield and McDowell roads. The suspects were driving in a red Honda with California plates when police located and stopped them. According to police, they reportedly found four large canvas bags filled with printer ink cartridges. Authorities allege the crew robbed three stores in the west Valley of ink cartridges, including two Target stores, and a CVS near Dysart and Thomas roads. In total, the group allegedly stole over $6,000 in printer ink cartridges.
Target loss prevention officials say the group is responsible for stealing over $200,000 worth of ink cartridges in Arizona, Nevada, and California. abc15.com

Brown County, WI: Four charged in "massive" credit card cloning scheme
Four men have been charged in ""a massive credit card cloning scam." The four suspects are accused of stealing Meijer credit card numbers and encoding them onto gift cards--also known as card cloning. The suspects used the cloned cards to purchase more gift cards or merchandise, according to the investigation. Suspects use a computer or device to code the magnetic strips of the cards.

On Aug. 20, a Brown County deputy was called to the Meijer store in Howard for a report of retail theft. A loss prevention employee said three men suspected of fraud were at the self-checkouts. The deputy spotted the suspects and followed them to their vehicle. Three of the suspects--the Fleming brothers and Robinson-- were inside the vehicle. Osborne was located at the nearby Fleet Farm store. The complaint says he was spotted throwing credit cards and gift cards under a shrub near the parking lot. In addition to the cards discarded under the shrub, investigators found bags containing gift cards in the suspect vehicle. They also found the receipts.
Officers say the suspects had stolen credit cards from 11 Meijer customers. The store says it was not a result of a data breach at Meijer, but "a massive credit card cloning scam." wbay.com

San Diego, CA: Another Optometry business Burglarized; suspects had hit in San Diego, La Mesa, Escondido and Chula Vista in July and August
Thieves broke into a Mira Mesa eyeglasses store this morning and got away with various items, police said. Dispatchers were notified of a burglary alarm around 2:30 a.m. at the business in the 9400 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said. Responding officers found that the front door lock had been broken and an unknown number of thieves had gotten away with various items, Martinez said. No suspect descriptions were immediately available. Police have not determined if the latest break-in is related to a series of burglaries that took place at optometry businesses in San Diego, La Mesa, Escondido and Chula Vista in July and August. kusi.com

10 people arrested after Anderson Walmart sting
Ten people were arrested this week on suspicion of drug, theft and other related charges after an undercover police sting at the Anderson Walmart store. The Anderson Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit conducted the operation Monday to "target retail theft and criminal activity," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. Ten people were arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of stolen property, fraud, drug paraphernalia possession, illegal narcotic possession and active warrants. redding.com

Dover, DE: Macy's Shoplifter at Dover Mall charged with Robbery; $2,800 of merchandise recovered
A 20-year-old New York man was charged after he and another unknown suspect allegedly attempted to steal $2,825 in clothing items from Macy's at the Dover Mall on Tuesday. At approximately 4:38 p.m., Joel Cordero and another male suspect were confronted by store security after exiting the store with the merchandise. The suspects fought with the guard, causing minor injuries to the employee. The unidentified suspect fled in a white Lexus with two other subjects inside the vehicle. Mr. Cordero was apprehended and all of the merchandise was recovered, he was also wanted out of New Jersey on similar charges. Charges included second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree assault, being held on a "Fugitive from Another State" charge for his warrants in New Jersey. delawarestatenews.net

Six Cuban Nationals Indicted for Gas Pump Skimming Scheme at Harris Teeter Stores & Others
According to the indictment, the defendants, all of whom are Cuban nationals, placed skimming devices on gas pumps located in the Eastern District of Virginia. The skimming devices were capable of recording the credit and debit card numbers, along with their PINs, of the customers that used their cards at the gas pumps. In April and May 2018, using the stolen card information, the
defendants traveled between Harris Teeter store locations, among other destinations, to withdraw money from the victims' bank accounts and purchase prepaid debit cards. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. justice.gov

Bossier City, Lo., (Russian) Man Gets 40 months Fed Prison for $180,000 in price changing scheme
Hitting Walmart, Sam's Club & Target Stores & Faces Deportation Back to Slovakia

Peter Stifner, 34, of Bossier City, Louisiana, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to serve
three years and four months in federal prison for using a merchandise price changing scheme to steal more than $180,000. Foote also ordered Stifner to pay $180,117 in restitution and to forfeit thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise that law enforcement seized. Stifner, who previously pleaded guilty on January 7, 2019, faces deportation back to Slovakia because of his legal status.

Stifner conducted a scheme to steal merchandise from
Walmart, Sam's Club and Target by obtaining barcode stickers of lower priced merchandise and placing them over the barcodes of higher priced merchandise in the stores. He would then purchase the merchandise at the lower price and resell it online for a profit. justice.gov

Mount Pleasant, WI: Men stole $1K worth of vacuums from Walmart; sold to re-sale shop for $400

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Shootings & Deaths

Toronto, ON, CN: 2 injured, 1 in life-threatening condition, after shooting in Toronto's north end
Officials say two people have been injured, one of whom is in life-threatening condition, after a shooting in the city's north end Tuesday evening. Emergency crews were called to the area of Jane Street and Yorkwoods Gate just before 8:30 p.m. An update from police said officers received reports approximately 10 shots were fired. A Toronto Paramedics said one of the victims has life-threatening injuries and the second person has serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.  globalnews.ca

Mayfield Heights, OH: Multiple agencies respond to Walmart for report of man firing gun in store
A man discharged an air-powered rifle inside of Walmart Sept. 7. He had left the store before multiple agencies responded and cleared it of all customers. A witness gave a description of the man and he was located the following day walking on Temple Road. He said he saw the rifle and wanted to hear how it sounded but did not expect it to be so loud. He said he handed to a store employee but did not think it was an issue because she did not say anything about it. The Lyndhurst man, 51, was advised to never dry fire a gun inside a store.  cleveland.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Deltona, FL: Three armed men pull daytime Jewelry Smash and Grab
Detectives are looking for three suspects who smashed and robbed a Deltona jewelry store Wednesday afternoon and sped away in a silver Toyota Camry. The robbery happened around 2:08 p.m. at Marsilvia Jewelry, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Three male suspects armed with handguns rushed into the store. One of the suspects pistol-whipped a person in the store before smashing display cases and stealing jewelry, according to the Sheriff's Office.  news-journalonline.com

Phoenix, AZ: Bold Lottery/ Cigarette Thief just pushes C-Store clerk out of the way
A man was arrested Tuesday after admitting to stealing lottery tickets from two separate Circle K convenience stores over the past few weeks, police said. Leonard Smith, 28, was arrested on suspicion of one count of robbery and trafficking in stolen property and two counts of commercial burglary. Smith stole lottery tickets from a Circle K and was seen cashing in some of those lottery tickets at a grocery store later that afternoon. Four days later, Smith stole lottery tickets and cigarettes from another Circle K, pushing the store's clerk. azcentral.com

Woodstock, GA: Manager accused of stealing nearly $32K from Auntie Anne's Pretzel shop
The former manager of a Woodstock pretzel shop faces a felony theft charge after stealing nearly $32,000 from his employer. Leonard Casey, 25, who worked at the Auntie Anne's in the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, was arrested earlier this month after his boss noticed that cash deposits dating to January never made it to the bank. Franchise owner Daniel Trickel came to police after an audit of the business' finances revealed a $31,956 discrepancy, according to a Woodstock police incident report.  ajc.com

Dollar General Manager arrested for $1,000 deposit theft

Dollar General Associate bust for t$1,000 theft, been stealing merchandise for 3 months

Clifton Park, NY: Boscov's employee used stolen credit card, but just needed to use her employee discount

St. Joseph County, IN: Police arrest suspect in multiple armed robberies throughout Michiana

Orland Park, IL: Two men charged in Best Buy burglary /computer theft

Erie, PA: Juvenile charged in Gun Store burglary, 32 weapons stolen


Fredericksburg, VA: Man who committed a string of armed robberies gets 16 years to serve



C-Store - Phoenix, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - Harlem, NY - Robbery/ Assault
Dollar General - St Joseph County, IN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Woodstock, GA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Deltona, FL - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Montebello, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Marijuana -Norman, OK - Burglary
Pharmacy - Honolulu, HI - Robbery
Restaurant - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Griffin, GA - Burglary (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Lorton, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Lorton, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Lorton, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Lorton, VA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
10 robberies
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




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Networking has always been a key to career development and finding that next job. However, if you're not careful it can also limit you, eliminate you and even work against you. If your network is comprised of executives doing exactly what you do, then you may have competition and may even find some working against you. You've got to broaden and expand your network outside your immediate group and establish relationships outside your company and your professional circle. Remembering that quantity is no substitute for quality and, as in any mutually beneficial relationship, what you bring to the table for them is as important as what they bring to the table for you.

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