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Paul Menzer, CFI promoted to Director, Asset Protection - Supply Chain for Advance Auto Parts
Paul has been with Advance Auto Parts for two decades. Before his recent promotion to Director, Asset Protection - Supply Chain, he worked for a year and a half as Manager, Asset Protection Processes & Supply Chain. Prior to that, he worked in various positions for the company, including General Manager, Asset Protection Analyst, Area Asset Protection Investigator & Trainer, and Manager, Asset Protection Analytics. Advance Auto Parts has been in business for over 75 years and has more than 5,200 stores nationwide. Congratulations, Paul!

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Grab-And-Dash Thefts On The Rise in California
Police Blame Prop 47 Law Meant To Make 'Neighborhoods Safe'

You've likely seen the videos on social media or the local news: groups of people rushing into a store, grabbing armfuls of merchandise. The brazen crimes are on the rise and CBS13 has learned, in most cases, the crooks get away from authorities.

"They know the law," said Lieutenant Mark Donaldson, Vacaville PD.
"One of the first things they ask us [is] 'Can't I just get a ticket so I can be on my way?'" He explained many suspects know theft under $950 dollars is now a misdemeanor, meaning most get a written citation, a court date and are released.


Donaldson and the California Police Chief's Association attribute the growing problem to Prop 47. "I think if you would ask most in law enforcement, [it] has had a significant impact on why we're experiencing this," Donaldson said.

Prop 47, known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, passed in 2014. It was intended to keep non-violent criminals out of crowded prisons. And, among other things,
the law more than doubled the amount a suspect could steal before facing a felony from $450 to $950.

Since 2014, police records show the annual loss to retail theft in Vacaville has more than doubled. Records show reports of organized retail theft in Vacaville,
crimes with multiple suspects, are up 40% this year compared to before Prop 47. FBI crime data also shows retail theft state-wide is up.

The National Retail Federation's annual survey found in more than half the states with laws like Prop 47, when the felony threshold increases, so do losses to organized retail crime. According to the survey, "In states where the felony threshold has increased, over half report an increase in (organized retail theft) case value. None reported a decrease. It appears that criminals understand the new threshold and have increased their thefts to meet it."


Prop 47 supporters - like retired police chief and former parole director for the state Thomas Hoffman - note that crime is caused by many factors and they warn that statistics don't prove Prop 47 is to blame.

Hoffman pointed to the new "organized retail theft" law took effect this year that does allow cases with multiple suspects, or multiple stores, to be charged as a felony. "And if that isn't happening that's not because of Prop 47, those are local decisions often made by DAs, city attorneys, whoever is in charge of prosecuting those cases," Hoffman said.

CBS13 reached out to the District Attorneys in more than half a dozen local counties and found, despite the increase in crime,
only two DAs have charged anyone with a felony under the new law. Seven cases total so far this year.


Donaldson said there are many factors that go into to why suspects are not being captured more often. One significant factor: "there seems to be less and less store employees getting involved."

The Police Chiefs Association points to a
growing number of retailers with policies not to engage - or even report these crimes. The National Retail Federation said that the trend is due, in part, to policies focused on employee safety because of more aggressive shoplifters.

"With the advent of more aggressive retail criminals, many retailers do not want their untrained non-loss prevention associates risking their personal safety while confronting suspected shoplifters," said
Robert Moraca, the Vice President Loss Prevention for the National Retail Federation. "We prefer that they observe and report incidents to their loss prevention or management team."


The Police Chiefs Association is now sponsoring legislation that would amend Prop 47,
adding a felony for serial theft with a value of $250 below the pre-Prop 47 limits.

"The Keep California Safe initiative would help California by revising the theft threshold, adding a felony for serial theft. The initiative would require that when a person is caught for the 3rd time stealing with a value of $250, it becomes a felony," said Ronald A. Lawrence, CPCA President. cbslocal.com

Retail Fraud Attempts Double Year-Over-Year and Triple since 2017,
According to LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud Report

Successful fraud transactions grew 84% since 2018, leading to sharply increasing fraud costs

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions has released its 10th annual True Cost of Fraud report for the retail sector. The study, which includes both in-store and e-commerce merchants, shows that U.S. retail fraud grew significantly during the past year for businesses of all sizes, with fraudsters adding small business targets, which typically utilize less anti-fraud solutions than mid-to-large sized merchants.

Overall fraud attempts doubled year-over-year and tripled since 2017. The LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier, which measures the cost for each dollar of fraud loss, found
merchants pay $3.13 per lost dollar on average, up from $2.94 last year, a 6.5% increase.

"There currently exists a perfect storm of increased cross-border, digital and mobile fraud and executives are under pressure to deliver prevention solutions that stem escalating fraud losses," said Kimberly Sutherland, vice president, fraud and identity management strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Less Secure Small Retailers Offer Digital Goods - While mid-to-large sized retailers and e-commerce merchants are more likely to offer digital goods, small retailers offering digital goods more than doubled year-over-year, from 11% to 26%, broadening the landscape for fraudsters.

  • Mobile Commerce - The average monthly fraud volume rose 133% for mid-to-large sized retailers selling digital goods through the mobile channel.

  • Synthetic Identity Fraud - E-commerce merchants who transact through a mobile browser or app believe that the rise of synthetic identities is their greatest challenge fighting fraud during digital goods sales transactions.   prnewswire.com

   Download a copy of 10th annual True Cost of Fraud report for the retail sector here.

Two Men Have Accidentally Shot Themselves at Kroger Stores in Two Weeks, Despite Policy Asking Shoppers to Not Carry Guns
Kroger, a popular supermarket chain throughout the midwest and south, has seen not just one, but two bizarre incidents in which a man has shot himself in the company's stores.

The first incident happened in Huntington, West Virginia on September 9. An unidentified local man was visiting a Kroger gas station when he dropped his gun and was shot in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital, where his condition was listed as stable. No one else was hurt in the incident, though the store was temporarily closed to aide the police investigation.

The second incident occurred Friday, when a man in a Memphis, Tennessee Kroger accidentally shot himself in the leg when a gun strapped to his hip went off. The man told officers reporting to the scene that he was adjusting his pants when he accidentally pulled the trigger and the gun went off. Aside from the wound on his leg and a shredded pant-leg, he was unharmed. However, some level of damage was incurred to the store, as Local Memphis says Kroger declined to press charges against the man for vandalism.

Kroger has requested its customers not to openly carry their guns after two deadly mass shootings in southern Walmart Superstores - one, the infamous El Paso, Texas shooting and another in Southhaven, Mississippi. Those two shootings combined took 22 lives and injured over 20.

Other stores have also asked customers not to carry firearms while shopping, including Walmart. However, there have been a number of cases of Second Amendment activists testing the policy by carrying guns into stores. newsweek.com

   Publix joins retailers closing ranks on gun-carrying customers

"Instead of check out, let's focus on check in"
Are smart carts a smarter way to 'Just Walk Out'?

A new startup is aiming to fix some of the pain points of Just Walk Out checkout technology by thinking smaller. A company called Veeve has built a solution that lets shoppers pay without checking out, but rather than using ceiling-mounted cameras like Amazon Go, it's building all the necessary technology into shopping carts.

Veeve's smart cart addresses a few of the concerns about existing Just Walk Out stores. Since the technology works at the cart level, it can scale to larger stores. retailwire.com

Ahold Delhaize pilots Amazon Go-style portable store

Minor league team makes autonomous checkout history with new store

PwC Fined $7M for Audit Independence Violations
PwC has agreed to pay more than $7.9 million to settle allegations that it improperly performed IT and other non-audit services for audit clients.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said the firm violated auditor independence rules in connection with 19 engagements on behalf of 15 issuers between 2013 and 2016.

In the case of one client identified only as Issuer A, PwC partner Brandon Sprankle allegedly negotiated and supervised two software projects for the company and mischaracterized them to the client's audit committee as audit services.

The services "involved financial software systems that were planned to be implemented in a subsequent audit period and providing feedback to management on those systems - areas outside the realm of audit work," the SEC said in an administrative order.

In its work for other clients, PwC allegedly failed to discuss with their audit committees the scope of its services and the implications of performing the work on its independence. cfo.com

Mass retail store closures will continue to rip through the US: Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs thinks it'll probably get even worse

Store closures are only pushing more people to shopping on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones -which is usually a less profitable transaction for retailers due to free shipping costs and investments in building out digital capabilities.

There are already 11,000 store closures this year, exceeding the annual number of the past several years, according Terry. CoreSight Research, which is cited by Terry, projects the retail store closure number to reach 12,000 by year end. yahoo.com

Holiday Hiring Expected to Stagnate or Fall
Early uptick may not mean a holiday hiring boom this season. According to a recent Challenger, Gray & Christmas report, hiring for the full season is expected to either stagnate or fall this year. Last year added the lowest number of seasonal hires since 2009 despite a record number of announcements. According to data Challenger analyzed from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retailers added 625,600 jobs in 2018, a 6.4% decrease from 2017 when hiring numbers reached 668,400.

rise of e-commerce has driven lower hiring rates than years past, though the firm noted that more retailers will shift seasonal hiring to transportation and warehousing positions. retaildive.com

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Director Security/Risk at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits - based in Las Vegas, NV
The Security Director (SD) will provide a secure environment by developing physical and technical security programs. The SD will implement security programs and procedures to protect company personnel, property and reputation. southernglazers.com

Quality Control Officer of New England Meat Packing LLC - Admits Fabricating E. Coli Test Results

Congress to Vote on Cannabis Industry's SAFE Banking Act Today

Massachusetts to ban sale of all vaping products for 4 months in toughest state crackdown

Arby's to Buy Jimmy Johns

Australia: Franchisors could face penalties in new wage-theft laws

Hong Kong: 9.4% of stores in shopping district are empty as protests continue

Quarterly Results
Ikea 2019 Financial year sales up 5%, online sales up 46%
Nike Q1 sales up 7%

The LPRC's Ultimate Prep Guide to IMPACT 2019
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IMPACT is a two-day event, taking place Sep 30 - Oct 2 at the University of Florida, designed to help participants better understand how they can use research approaches to help reduce crime and loss, and increase sales. This year's conference will explore the theme of Trust, and how customer trust is key through our interactive Learning Labs, panels, presentations, and much more.
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RH-ISAC Names Winners at Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit
The Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit is in full swing in Denver this week, hosted by the Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC). In an award ceremony Tuesday, Benjamin Vaughn of Hyatt Hotels Corporation won "CISO of the Year", and Target won "Cybersecurity Team of the Year" for the third year in a row!

Stay tuned for more updates, and check out RH-ISAC's Twitter page for more pics and info from the show.


Thales study: U.S. retailers remain a top target for high-profile cyberattacks as they rapidly adopt digital transformation
- Over a third of retailers say they were breached in the past year
- Less companies are increasing security spending

According to the 2019 Thales Data Threat Report, U.S. retailers continue to be under siege as nearly two thirds (62%) reported ever experiencing a data breach and over a third (37%) indicating they were breached in the past year.

This high rate of data breaches comes amidst a decline in the rate of growth in security spending. Less than two thirds (62%) said that they were increasing spending this year compared to 84% last year, even as nearly all (96%) of the retailers surveyed claimed they use sensitive data within digitally transformative environments.

As both brick-and-mortar and online retailers continue to evolve, the industry remains a vulnerable target as a result of digital transformation and the disadvantage of being at the crossroad where mobile payments and personal information meet.

"Retailers have a deep well of customer data that includes what people buy, what they're interested in, shopping habits, how they're using mobile apps and more," said Leslie Hand, GVP of retail insights, IDC. "When this data is coupled with the payment information retailers also collect, you've got a perfect storm that creates very lucrative opportunities for cybercriminals. Securing data in this environment is increasingly complicated and retail organizations must be vigilant in protecting against new security loopholes." prnewswire.com

Class actions vs Home Depot, Lowes reminder of reach, scope of IL biometrics law; Companies beware, attorney says
Any company in Illinois that captures anyone's likeness - even on video surveillance cameras - should be aware they could be the next target for a class action by plaintiffs' lawyers suing under Illinois' biometrics privacy law, a lawyer who specializes in cybersecurity and other related issues says.

Recently, the country's two biggest home improvement retailers, The Home Depot and Lowes, were the latest hit with class action lawsuits, alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The suits allege that facial recognition cameras in Home Depot and Lowes stores "augmented ... in-store security cameras with software that track[s] an individual's movements throughout the store using a unique scan of face geometry."

The complaints also allege the national retailers "surreptitiously attempt to collect the faceprint of every person who appears in front of one of their facial-recognition cameras."

"BIPA covers a wide range of entities," said said Michael F. Buchanan, a litigating partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York. "And, unlike biometric privacy legislation in some other states, BIPA (in Illinois) applies regardless of the purpose for which the information was collected. So we could see, and have seen, various businesses face suit under it - including a fast food chain, hotel, social media company, and airline.

"Simply put, BIPA is indiscriminate in its application."

"Companies should be working with counsel to address essential implementation issues," Buchanan said. "Are they covered under BIPA, do they maintain biometric information, and in what form, and what steps do they need to take to ensure they are positioned to comply with the law's core provisions regarding consumer notice, disclosure and storage, among others.

"Businesses also need to be thinking critically about their incident response plans, privacy and data security policies, and ensuring that senior management is involved with the company's cyber defense regime, especially considering BIPA's reasonableness requirement for security measures."

Lowes and Home Depot face statutory damages of up to $5,000 each time a shopper's information is collected in violation of llinois' BIPA law. They join Facebook, Six Flags and others in defending its use of technology to protect its inventory. cookcountyrecord.com

Organizations continue to struggle with privacy regulations
Many organizations' privacy statements fail to meet common privacy principles outlined in GDPR, CCPA, PIPEDA, including the user's right to request information, to understand how their data is being shared with third parties and the ability of that information to be deleted upon request, according to the Internet Society's Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

While the organizations audited were mainly US-based and do not yet have a legal obligation to meet all requirements, these regulations represent general benchmarks for consumer privacy and set the stage for new laws going into effect in 2020, including the CCPA. helpnetsecurity.com

EU's top court sides with Google; 'Right to Be Forgotten' privacy rule limited in scope

Target's systems briefly go down for third glitch to hit shoppers in 3 months


RCC Hosts Successful Retail Secure Conference

The Retail Council of Canada hosted a successful 2019 Retail Secure Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

The event is
Canada's only loss prevention (LP) conference specifically designed for retailers by retailers. With the steep rise in violence and fraud, this timely conference brought together leading retail loss prevention and security professionals to discuss proactive strategies, technologies and best practices for protecting people, property and assets.

Shelley Holmes, Director, PLCC & Resource Protection at Today's Shopping Choice, was also presented with the 2019 Retail Council of Canada Retail Security Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gap's Keith White discusses what retailers
 can do to be more diverse.

Tony Caccioppoli and Patrick McEvoy from
Hudson's Bay talk about the future of LP.

Shelley Holmes presented with the 2019
 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Attendees make new connections in the
RCC Secure networking hall.

Click here to view more pictures from the value-packed event.

Allarco Entertainment launches lawsuit against four major Canadian retailers for promoting content piracy

Lawsuit claims Best Buy, Staples, Canada Computers, and London Drugs promoted, educated, or instructed consumers on how to download and stream illegal content

Super Channel President and CEO, Don McDonald, today announced that Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., has stepped to the forefront in the war against content piracy by launching a lawsuit against four major Canadian retailers complicit in the promotion of the downloading and streaming of illegal content on internet streaming devices ("Pirate Devices") sold to customers in their stores.

The lawsuit comes after a 19-month undercover investigation carried out coast-to-coast, of in-store practices by sales personnel, including supervisors and managers, in Best Buy, Staples, Canada Computers, and London Drugs retail outlets, with over 100 hours of audio and video recorded surveillance, documenting 150 events supporting the claim.

The lawsuit was filed in the Federal Court on September 11, 2019. To view the statement of claim and to view a video of the investigation, visit: www.changetheculture.ca

The lengthy investigation found that all four stores were complicit in promoting, educating, or instructing consumers on how to download and stream illegal content (series, movies, TV channels) onto Pirate Devices using Kodi software, without payment to the legitimate copyright owner or broadcaster. newswire.ca

Concern for staff safety after 300% spike in Edmonton liquor store robberies
Some stores targeted 7 times per day - Thieves selling alcohol for drugs & guns
According to the Alberta Liquor Store Association, there have been 5,000 liquor store robberies in Edmonton in 2019. They say that's a 300 per cent increase over 2018. Alcanna, which owns Liquor Depot, reports some of its stores are being targeted six or seven times in the same day. The suspects will change clothes or face coverings and go to several stores within a small radius.

"This isn't shoplifters, someone putting a mickey into their coat and hiding it. This is organized crime," Alcanna CEO James Burns explained.

The Alberta Liquor Store Association has been in contact with police across the province to discuss the issue. Martinez says they've been told there are two gangs responsible for the robberies and that they turn around and sell the alcohol for drugs or guns. Burns said the brazen thefts are also becoming more violent. At many liquor stores, staff have been told not to engage with the suspects. globalnews.ca

     Liquor store thefts driving Edmonton crime severity: Police

Meat theft: The strange new crime trend taking over Winnipeg grocery stores
Some Stores See 9 Meat Thefts Per Day

The problem? A seemingly growing number of brazen thefts targeting meat, as well as cheese, at his five Food Fare locations. At some of his stores, staff foil as many as eight or nine attempted meat thefts in a day. And he's not alone: grocery stores across Winnipeg are struggling to deal with shoplifters targeting meat coolers, as well as organized gangs complete with diversionary tactics and getaway drivers. Much of it ends up on the black market, either hawked to local businesses or sold online.

Some Winnipeg grocery stores are engaged in target-hardening, putting high-value products behind counters, hiring security guards and changing store configurations. Trevor Houston, grocery manager at Sobey's Cash & Carry in the city's North End, says his location no longer carries small, easily concealable packages of meat, and closes two hours earlier than it used to on Saturdays to avoid what was a high-theft period. Staff are also trained to watch for suspicious behaviour-a challenge, because there's no stereotypical meat thief. macleans.ca

Inside Tim Hortons' new downtown headquarters

Alberta returning CannTrust products following Health Canada suspensions

Saskatoon, SK: Escalating thefts, violence has store owner concerned; Security measures aren't discouraging criminals

Most Canadians expect to keep holiday spending steady

Sporting Goods Behemoth 'Decathlon' Announces 1st Stores in Halifax and Southern Ontario

Shoppers Drug Mart provides same-day home delivery in Calgary

Where Canadian political parties stand when it comes to issues impacting retail

Saskatoon, SK: Gas station employee attacked in alleged racist assault
-Attacker punched store manager, told him to 'go back to his country'

Okotoks, AB: Former Safeway pharmacist, convicted of drug theft, ordered to pay more than $70K

Toronto, ON: Business owners jarred by mall shooting that injured 2 men

Toronto, ON: No injuries reported after multiple shots fired outside Eaton Centre

Toronto, ON: Man's wallet stolen, thieves rack up $30K in mall spending spree

Okanagan, BC: Woman arrested after assaulting store owner & smashing up her business

High River, AB: RCMP Looking For Canadian Tire Theft Suspect

Vancouver book store receives package filled with hard drugs


Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery (same store 5x)
C-Store - Grand Falls-Windsor, NL - Armed Robbery
Cell Phone Store - London, ON - Robbery
Grocery Store - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery
Hockey Store - Regina, SK - Burglary
Snack Bar - Grand Falls-Windsor - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - High River, AB - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Burlington, ON - Armed Robbery

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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




How to Ensure Your Amazon Purchase Isn't Dangerous
The Wall Street Journal examined 4,152 items for sale on Amazon that were declared unsafe by federal agencies, deceptively labeled or banned by federal regulators. Among them, they identified 2,000 listings for toys and medications that didn't have necessary warnings about health risks to children, and 157 items that Amazon said it had banned. It found 116 products falsely listed as FDA-approved. When WSJ tested 10 kids' products it bought on Amazon, four failed based on federal safety standards. The WSJ did not examine listings for counterfeit products, an ongoing challenge for ecommerce marketplaces.

At best, uncertainty about the authenticity or safety of products you find for sale on Amazon is a hassle. At worst, it can be deadly. The WSJ cited one case where a motorcycle rider died after their fraudulently labeled helmet flew off in a collision. The rider's family sued, and while Amazon did not admit fault, claiming "it didn't sell the helmet but merely listed it on the seller's behalf," according to WSJ's explanation of the court documents, it settled for $5,000.

Look for items that are sold by Amazon
Items sold by Amazon are ones that Amazon has bought directly from the manufacturing company to sell, and Amazon requires those brands to have sufficient insurance. To make this determination, look under the "buy" button for text that says "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com."

Don't assume "Amazon's Choice" is your best option
Check the reviews on any "Amazon's Choice" listing to make sure they reflect the product that's being advertised. Some sellers may recycle listings that have received the choice label in order to attract more sales for something else.

Be Critical of Item Descriptions - Watch for Fake Reviews - Check for Product Recalls lifehacker.com

The Future Of Cannabis Ecommerce? Augmented Reality

Evan Gappleberg, CEO and founder of NexTech AR Solutions, describes how his company is changing cannabis e-commerce.

Cannabis retail, like most industries, is slowly but surely adapting and moving towards ecommerce. The benefits of ecommerce are innumerable, and one company is trying to heighten user experience. We caught up with Evan Gappleberg, CEO and founder of NexTech AR Solutions to discuss what his company is doing to update the online shopping experience. greenentrepreneur.com

EBay CEO Devin Wenig steps down as company seeks to sell assets

Marshalls launches e-commerce site with discounted Gucci, Fendi and other designers



Tamarac, FL: "Operation Getting Rich" BCSO Arrest 2 in Pawn Shop raid; over 50% of merchandise believed stolen from Retailers
Two people were arrested Tuesday morning during a raid at a pawn shop in Tamarac, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed in a news release. According to the spokeswoman, detectives executed a search warrant at Richie's Pawn Shop, which is located at 5227 N. State Road 7.
"Today's arrests mark the culmination of a year-long investigation into an organized retail crime operation where the suspects knowingly sold stolen merchandise," Coleman-Wright said in the news release.

"Investigators dubbed the operation 'Getting Rich' as a spin on the name of the pawn shop, Richie's Pawn."
According to detectives, BSO partnered with retailers like Home Depot, CVS, Target and Publix, which all had items stolen and then sold to the pawn shop. "Organized retail crime (ORC) is a serious and growing problem for all retailers," a Home Depot spokeswoman said in a statement. "The Home Depot has dedicated ORC investigators and asset protection staff who worked on this case with law enforcement for over a year. We're grateful to partner with the Broward County Sheriff's Office to shut down this ORC operation." Investigators said the owners of the pawn shop ironically also run rehab facilities, yet many of the people their employees were buying stolen merchandise from are drug addicts. sun-sentinel.com

Fonda, NY: 6 arrested in $90,000 cell phone theft
New York State Police arrested six men allegedly involved in a cell phone scheme in which $90,000 worth of cell phones were stolen using fraudulent information. According to state police, an investigation into a series of cell phone larcenies that have taken place at Walmart stores located in Amsterdam, Colbeskill and Gloversville led to the arrest of six individuals.  leaderherald.com

Athens, GA: Man confesses involvement in Organized Retail Crime ring
A man whom police said confessed to being part of a large shoplifting ring that resells the stolen merchandise on the street was arrested Friday at Lowe's on Lexington Road.
The suspect was also in possession of 10 fake driver's license depicting residents of North and South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and California. The charges of shoplifting, theft by deception and 10 counts of possession of fictitious identification documents were filed against Dhouruba Bin Assante, 50, of Winston, a small unincorporated community in Douglas County.

The arrest followed an incident where a loss prevention officer at Lowe's detained Assante after the suspect brought in merchandise stolen at a Lowe's in Snellville the day before, then proceeded to exchange it for a $1,002 gift card, according to the report. Assante purchased more merchandise with the card and took it out to a vehicle where others were waiting on him, police said. He returned to the store, obtained two backpack blowers and tried to leave without paying, but was detained by the store's loss prevention officer.

During questioning by Investigator Nathaniel Franco, Assante agreed to talk and admitted to the shoplifting in Snellville and using the fake licenses to get refunds at Walmart and Lowe's stores. Assante also admitted being a member of a group regularly committing shoplifting and was involved with the group for upwards of two years, according to the report. The police officer reported they tried to get the other suspects to return to the store, but they refused. onlineathens.com

New York, NY: Duane Reade reports theft of 78 skin care products valued at $2,780

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Shootings & Deaths

Columbus, OH: 1 man shot & killed at McDonald's drive-thru
A 28-year-old man was found with a fatal gunshot wound early Wednesday morning at McDonald's on the Southeast Side. Police were called around 1:15 a.m. to the McDonald's on S. Hamilton Rd. on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found 28-year-old Zachary Roger Hoeft lying between the drive-thru ordering stations. Medics rushed Hoeft the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m. 10tv.com


Columbus, GA: Circle K clerk shot & killed during Armed Robbery
A robbery at a local gas station turned tragic overnight, leaving a store employee dead. Surveillance video from robbery has been released. Records show this isn't the first time police are working a scene at this specific store. In the early morning hours of Monday, a robbery at the Circle K ended in shots fired and store clerk, 26-year-old Dontrell Williams. dead. The corner of Forrest Road and Floyd Road is no stranger to crime. Records show Columbus Police have been called out here more than 100 times in the past year. wtvm.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lawrence County, AL: 7 charged in Dollar General burglaries
The burglary happened early Monday morning at the store on Highway 24 in Lawrence County. Dameion Scales, Ashley Chaney, John York, Michael Atchley, Kathy Gregorio, Emily Crawford, and Harry Boughter have all been charged in this incident. Investigators also believe Boughter, York, Crawford, and Gregorio were involved in the robbery on Pinhook Road in on Monday. A weapon was discharged in the direction of a Moulton police officer. waff.com

Calcasieu Parish, LA: Five Arrested & Warrants issued for 2 suspects in $150,000 ATM Thefts
On Monday, deputies arrested several members of a motorcycle gang responsible for stealing multiple ATMs and forklifts in a sequence of unusual heists. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says the first theft happened July 13 in Westlake. Deputies arrived at a bank to find the ATM missing and a forklift abandoned in the parking lot. Investigators later learned that a group of thieves had stolen the forklift from a nearby business and used it to remove the ATM and load it into the back of a truck, which had also been reported stolen. The truck was later found with the ATM still loaded in the back. A near-identical theft happened Aug. 3 in the very same area. Investigators soon identified the suspects in both crimes as members and affiliates of the Brother East Outlaws motorcycle gang. The sheriff's office says the suspects stole a total of $150,000 from the ATMs. wbrz.com

Boardman, OH: Tattoo, Facebook lead police to woman suspected of macing Kohl's Loss Prevention

Urbana, IL: Former Old Navy employee gets probation for giving herself big discount

St. Martinville, LA: Man stabbed inside convenience store, suspect in custody, victim in stable condition

Honolulu, HI: Walmart Robbery suspect arrested after he returns to same store; pulled knife on LP

Bradley County, AR: Family Farmer reports $16,000 pumpkin theft

Bradley County, IN: Family Orchard reports 20,000 pounds of Apples stolen



C-Store - Ormond Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Toledo, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Georgetown County, SC - Burglary
C-Store - Georgetown County, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery/ clerk killed
C-Store - Coachella, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Benicia, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Lynchburg, VA - Armed Robbery
Coffee - Lawton, OK - Burglary
Dollar General - Enterprise, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Lawrence County, AL - Burglary
Jewelry - Tyler, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Strongsville, OH - Robbery
Liquor - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Liquor - Georgetown County, GA - Burglary
Pawn Shop - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - St Louis, County, MO - Burglary (Buffalo Wild)
Restaurant - St Louis County, MO - Burglary (Church's)
Restaurant - Sioux Falls, SD - Robbery
Restaurant - Bismarck, ND - Burglary
Sprint - Lawton, OK - Burglary
Walgreens - Mobile, AL - Burglary
Walgreens - Davie, FL - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
10 robberies
13 burglaries
1 shootings
1 killed



None to report.

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