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Marty Andrews, CFI promoted to VF Corp's 1st Ever Vice President Loss Prevention Overseeing All VF Brands in the Americas

Marty has been with VF Corporation since 2007 and originally started as a Regional LP Mgr. in their Vans division and worked his way up. Prior to his promotion to Vice President Loss Prevention, he served as Senior Director Loss Prevention for nearly three years. Before that, he held the positions of Director of Loss Prevention & Risk Management for four years and Loss Prevention Manager for over a year for the VF Corporation. His LP team supports Vans, The North Face, Timberland, Kipling, Work Authority, icebreaker, Dickies and Altra, which is about 860 stores, with VF Corporation posting $13.8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2019. Congratulations, Marty!

Mason Keller promoted to Vice President of Asset Protection for Schnuck Markets

Mason has been with Schnuck Markets, Inc. for nearly six years. Prior to his promotion to VP of AP, he spent nearly five years as the company's Director of Security. Before that, he served in various roles, from Store Manager to Director - Strategic Planning Office to Manager of Security. He also spent time as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Missouri - St. Louis, a Police Lieutenant for the St. Louis County Police, and Police Security Detail Supervisor for the St. Louis Cardinals. Congratulations, Mason!

Michael Wolfson named Senior Manager Corporate Security for Gucci North America

Prior to being named Senior Manager Corporate Security for Gucci, Michael served as Director of Loss Prevention for Surf Style Retail Management. Before that, he spent more than a decade at bebe stores where he started as Manager of Loss Prevention Operations and worked his way to Director of Loss Prevention, Social Compliance & eCommerce Fraud. Earlier in his career, he held LP positions at Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdale's. Congratulations, Michael!

Chris Frey named Senior Director of Safety, Security & Loss Prevention for Peloton Interactive

Prior to be named Senior Director of Safety, Security & Loss Prevention for Peloton Interative, Chris spent over five years with Amazon, first as Senior Manager, Security & Loss Prevention and then, more recently, Senior Manager, Loss Prevention Project Manager. Before that, he spent nearly seven years with Target as an Assets Protection Business Partner for two years, Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection for over two years and Executive Team Leader - Logistics for two and a half years. Peloton Interactive, LLC operates fitness and recreation sports centers. Congratulations, Chris!

Russell Barnett promoted to Senior Loss Prevention Manager for Hermes (UK)

Russell has been with Hermes for roughly a year. Before his promotion to Senior Loss Prevention Manager, he served as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager with the company. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years with Yodel Delivery Network Ltd as a Regional Security and Investigations Manager. Earlier in his career, he held the position of Loss Prevention Supervisor for Debenhams, Operations Support Manager for Enigma Security Solutions and Zone Loss Control Manager for JD Sports Fashion, among other roles. Congratulations, Russell!

David Crowther promoted to Sr. Manager - National Investigations Center for Target

David has been with Target for nearly 13 years. Prior to his promotion to Sr. Manager - National Investigations Center, he spent over two years as a Lead Business Partner - Assets Protection for the company. He has also served in other AP roles for Target, including Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection, Sr. Assets Protection Investigator, and Assets Protection Business Partner. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University - San Marcos. Congratulations, David!

Christian Huenke promoted to Head of Investigations & Threat Management, Amazon Studios for Amazon

Christian has been with Amazon for nearly two years. Prior to his promotion to Head of Investigations & Threat Management, Amazon Studios, he served as Head of Corporate Investigations. Before that, he spent nearly 17 years with FedEx in various security roles including Managing Director, Security; Senior Manager, Corporate Security; Manager, Facility Security Design & Technology; and Security Specialist/Security Manager. Congratulations, Christian!

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Inside Guardian's PDQ Award-Winning False Alarm Reduction Techniques
Guardian Protection earned the 2019 Police Dispatch Quality Award by exercising proven best practices to determine if police response is warranted. Here's how.

Batman had Robin, The Green Hornet had Kato and thousands of law enforcement officers have Guardian Protection - only the latter is much more impactful for being a real-life partner in fighting crime. Not only is Guardian one of the nation's largest security systems installation and monitored services providers but also among the most diligent when it comes to managing false alarms and verifying alarm signals before summoning first responders.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Protos Security and Security Resources Merge
Long-time LPF supporters join forces

Two of The Loss Prevention Foundation's (LPF) supporters have announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge. Protos Security and Security Resources have been long-time supporters of the LPF and the combined organization will now be a Doctorate level sponsor.

The merger will bring together state-of-the-art technology with a focus on customer service while alleviating the security guard management burden from the loss prevention professional. Combined, Protos Security and Security Resources have 450+ clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. This merger will provide unrivaled scale and reach creating enha nced opportunities to serve clients more efficiently and provide professional opportunities for its employees. Read More Here

LPF Announces September's LPC and LPQ Professionals

The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here


US blacklists 28 Chinese organizations and companies over Xinjiang camps
Washington is adding 28 Chinese companies, government offices and security bureaus to a United States blacklist over their alleged role in facilitating human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region. Monday's announcement targets some of China's top artificial intelligence companies in a similar way to the US move against smartphone giant Huawei earlier this year, and comes just days before crucial trade talks between the two sides.

In a statement, the US Commerce Department said "these entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in [Xinjiang]."

The organizations targeted by the United States are now barred from buying US products or importing American technology. The list includes 20 government and security bureaus in Xinjiang, and
eight companies, including Hikvision, one of the world's largest manufacturers of AI-driven video surveillance products, and Meiya Pico, a leading digital forensics firm. cnn.com

'It's like whack-a-mole'
US small businesses are fighting an uphill battle against counterfeiters in China

Intellectual property theft is a pervasive issue in China and a central bone of contention in the U.S.-China trade war. In 2018, 87% of all counterfeit products seized at U.S. ports came from mainland China or Hong Kong, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Trade. It's not just a problem for the U.S. Eighty percent of all counterfeit products seized worldwide originated in China, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

While the discussion about protecting intellectual property has largely focused on big tech companies, small-business owners are fighting an uphill battle with limited resources to protect their patents and trademarks - the core of their business - in China's legal system. cnbc.com

Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming
There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry - despite being UL certified. Jeff Zwirn, president of IDS Research & Development, discovered this issue and has produced several videos which show the non-compliance of the panels. The claims are that none of the control panel equipment tested complied with codes UL 985 and NFPA 72. The non-conforming control units are unable to communicate the alarm condition to the central monitoring station, and cannot audibly alert the property owner and those within the property of life safety dangers such as smoke and carbon monoxide, or intrusion. sdmmag.com

TalkLP Welcomes Adrian Beck

TalkLP hosts welcome Adrian Beck, Emeritus Professor at University of Leicester, to talk about what he's seen in the LP industry over the years and his newest research and retail trends. We also talk free research resources for loss prevention professionals (yes, even here in the US!).

Listen Here


Court denies Amazon's appeal on pay for workers in security lines
Amazon.com requires warehouse workers to go through a security line at the end of their work shifts. The time workers spend on lines, which can take up to 25 minutes to get through, is not paid for by Amazon.

A Nevada state law that requires employers to pay for mandatory employee screenings was not to Amazon's liking so the e-tail giant appealed. An appeals court rejected Amazon's bid. retailwire.com

Square Opens Up Payment Processing To More CBD Businesses
With Lack of Financial Services This is a Big Development

In May, Square launched a smaller invite-only pilot program to offer services to a small number of CBD sellers, which apparently went well and led to the new broader roll out.

Although hemp and its derivatives including CBD were federally legalized under the Farm Bill, many financial institutions have remained wary of working with companies selling the cannabis compound.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill last week that would protect banks that work with state-legal marijuana businesses from being punished by federal regulators. Its path in the Senate is uncertain, it stands a good chance of getting to Trump's desk.

Square said that products sold must be hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% THC, in accordance with the Farm Bill's definition of hemp. forbes.com

Walgreens, Kroger to quit e-cigarette sales
The e-cigarette category at two big retailers is going up in smoke. Walgreens and Kroger on Monday issued separate statements hours apart outlining plans to exit the e-cigarette category. The two companies join a growing group of retailers doing away with e-cig sales, including Walmart, Schnucks, and Rite Aid. CVS Pharmacy notably exited the tobacco category entirely in 2014. drugstorenews.com

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Says Company Destroyed $5 Million
Worth of Assault Rifles to Take Them 'Off the Street'

In an interview with CBS News Sunday night, the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods revealed the toughening stance the chain has begun to take on gun control. CEO Ed Stack said that, after deciding not to sell assault rifles, his company has destroyed about $5 million worth of the firearms from their inventory instead of choosing to return them to manufacturers. time.com

Director, Asset Protection - Technology, Integration & Planning
Posted for Sam's Club in Bentonville, AR

Provides overall direction by analyzing business objectives and customer needs; developing, communicating, building support for, and implementing business strategies, plans, and practices; analyzing costs and forecasts and incorporating them into business plans; determining and supporting resource requirements; evaluating operational processes; measuring outcomes to ensure desired results; identifying and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; promoting a customer environment; and demonstrating adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning.  myworkdayjobs.com

Sam's Club has 599 U.S. stores (as of July 2019) with annual volume of roughly $58 billion.

Huge Movement in LP Jobs This Week
8 Senior LP/AP Jobs Removed From Corporate Websites

Obviously being in the 4th Quarter, Retail America is moving on top jobs, nearly wiping the slate clean of top jobs in the U.S. Two of which, the Williams Sonoma and the CISO position at Domino's, being significant positions. It'll be interesting to announce the executives in all eight positions.

All eight will be able to learn a lot about the organizations going through the holiday season with them. They'll quickly see the strengths and weaknesses of the programs.

In some regards, it's good to be going in so late in the year. As performance, good or bad, won't be a reflection of their impact. And they'll be able to start fresh in the New Year. Good luck to all eight.

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:

● VP & Chief Information Security Officer - Domino's - Ann Arbor, MI
● VP Loss Prevention - Williams-Sonoma Inc. - San Francisco, CA
● Sr. Dir. Internal Audit & Inventory Control - Tuesday Morning - Dallas, TX
● Dir. Loss Prevention - Bi-Mart - Eugene, OR
● Zone AP Director - Dollar Tree Stores - Las Vegas, NV
● Loss Prevention Director - Jimmy Jazz - Secaucus, NJ
● Corp. Security Dir., Americas Region - VF Corporation - Denver, CO
● Manager of Logistics Investigations, LP, Global Security Operations - Amazon - Phoenix, AZ

'Joker' Audience Self-Evacuates Long Beach Theater Because Of "Suspicious Subject"

Lumber Liquidators pays $30 million in defective bamboo lawsuit

UPS, Michael's complete rollout of Access Points in 1,100 stores

NRF Survey: Halloween spending to hit $8.8 Billion, down slightly from LY

Quarterly Results
Domino's Q3 U.S. comp's up 2.4%, International comp's up 1.7%. sales up 5.8%

ICSC Webinar: Consumer Safety in Shopping Centers
Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

The safety and security of consumers and shopping center visitors is a priority for the retail real estate industry. Because of this, ICSC leads a task force of retail real estate security professionals and works with the Department of Homeland Security to stay abreast of best practices. Join our upcoming webinar to hear the results from our latest consumer survey and steps you can take if you don't have a dedicated security professional at you site.

● Malachy Kavanagh, Executive Vice President, Global and Corporate Development, ICSC
● David Levenberg, Owner, Center Security Services, Inc.

This webinar is free for ICSC members and non-members, but advance registration is required. Registration will close TODAY at 4pm ET.  

Register Here

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Inside Guardian's PDQ Award-Winning
False Alarm Reduction Techniques

Guardian Protection earned the 2019 Police Dispatch Quality Award by exercising proven best practices to determine if police response is warranted. Here's how.

Batman had Robin, The Green Hornet had Kato and thousands of law enforcement officers have Guardian Protection - only the latter is much more impactful for being a real-life partner in fighting crime.

Not only is Guardian one of the nation's largest security systems installation and monitored services providers but also among the most diligent when it comes to managing false alarms and verifying alarm signals before summoning first responders.

Guardian Protection's consistent execution of proven best practices for the deployment and ongoing monitoring of security systems has helped it deliver on the mission to protect people and property - thereby making the firm and its associates heroes in the eyes of law enforcement and customers alike.

That commitment and posting false alarm dispatch rates of just 0.2 for its residential accounts and 1.1 on the commercial side have led to Guardian being named winner of the 2019 Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award, the company's first such recognition in the program's 14-year history.

Established by SIAC and Security Sales & Integration and officially endorsed by the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR) and the Installation Quality (IQ) program, the PDQ Award annually recognizes a security company that best demonstrates a proactive, cooperative and successful effort in false alarm reduction strategies.

The program's mission is to raise industrywide awareness, promote partnering with responding agencies for public safety, motivate alarm companies to be proactive and provide workable models.

"Historically and to this day, we work side-by-side with law enforcement as necessary to implement false alarm reduction tactics within our company," says Vice President Care and Monitoring Operations Jason Bradley. "We seek input from law enforcement at the beginning of our policy-making processes rather than at the end. We begin those conversations by using our industry's false alarm reduction best practices as a foundation, thereby adding credibility to our working together."

Founded in 1950 as Guardian Alarm Systems of Pittsburgh and in 1991 being acquired by the Armstrong Group of Companies, Guardian Protection has grown to its present status providing a broad range of systems and services to hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial clients.

Continue on to find out more about Guardian Protection and its PDQ-winning program, and check out the slideshow for an inside look at the company. Read More Here





Ascena Retail Group CISO:
A Case For Community & Finding Strength In Numbers

Security Leaders Should Focus On Robust Information Sharing

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (Ascena) is one of the largest women's specialty retailers in the world. Some of its brands include Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherines, and Justice. With around 58,000 associates who work in stores, home offices, distribution centers, and international locations, keeping a company of this stature secure is no easy feat.

Enter Mark Tomallo, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Ascena. His teams are responsible for all cyber, compliance, information security, governance, and risk management functions.

"One of the great things about this organization is there's a lot of support for cyber security and the protection of data, throughout the organization. And I would say, starting from the board to the audit committee to the executive management to the lines of business - all are incredibly interested in protecting our customer data," says Tomallo.

And while he notes that they may not be 100% sure how to do it - they may not understand the dark web or all the intricacies and the complexities that go on in the underground supply chain - there is "phenomenal support" for the IT teams that work on the how, on a day-to-day basis.

Cyber Security Meets Community-Building

"In retail, the different security teams talk on a consistent basis," says Tomallo. "Columbus is an incredibly tight security community where Ascena, LBrands, Abercrombie & Fitch, and others will visit and share trends. Factor in DSW, Big Lots, Cardinal Health, AEP, Nationwide Insurance, Scott's, and Ohio Health all in the same region, and you have a community that helps each other. We're all chasing the same thing."

Tomallo notes that as a CISO and executive leader, information sharing must be robust. The threats witnessed by Ascena's security teams are not unique to its operations. "In the government, sharing of sensitive security information can be detrimental to the mission. We're not in that industry." Tomallo recommends that every CISO should take an active role in their region to meet with other CISOs, executive leadership, in addition to legal partners. "The old mindset of keeping everything close to the vest, and not disclosing security challenges is definitely going by the wayside," concludes Tomallo.

On a national level, trade association National Retail Federation (NRF) hosts an IT Security Council forum for members to exchange information on current cyber threats and industry best practices. Similarly, the member-led Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) built a community to surface and share cyber threats.

Is Cyber Security Maturing?

The Need For Security Risk Compliance With Emerging Technologies

Understanding The Needs Of Your Organization

Nontraditional Workforces To Address The Talent Gap

Target donates $250,000 to Univ. of Minnesota to boost cybersecurity program
Target Corp. is donating $250,000 to the University of Minnesota to help bolster the pipeline of graduates with expertise in cybersecurity. The gift - part of a three-year collaboration with the U's College of Science and Engineering - is being used for scholarships, fellowships and grants, as well as course curriculum and opportunities to connect with professionals in the field.

Rich Agostino, chief information security officer at Target, said the gift from his department isn't specifically about Target trying to recruit more cybersecurity experts for itself right now, noting that it has been able to fill most of its job openings.

"Of course I'll be happy if we get a bunch of energetic, smart students from the U to work here at Target, but really the bigger mission is inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity leaders," he said. "When you see some of the data out there, there's literally hundreds of thousands of open jobs right now in cybersecurity. That's expected to grow to millions in the next few years." startribune.com

Walmart has big plans for drone delivery
Walmart is not ceding drone-based delivery innovation to rivals. The discount giant has filed two recent patents for systems that would help ensure safe delivery and drop-off of packages by drone. One patent filing is for a system that would have a drone land on an outdoor platform and then send a signal that would open a trap door, enabling an automated system to move the package inside.

The second filing is for a window unit including a net that would automatically catch drone deliveries, with sensors confirming the package has been dropped off. Other drone delivery pilots and publicly identified drone delivery patent filings have involved packages being dropped on the ground. supplychaindive.com

M&S's Head of LP, Richard Jenkins to Speak at RFID Journal LIVE Europe 2019
13 Nov. 2019, Training 12 Nov. 2019, Venues County Hall, London, England

A one day event designed to help companies using RFID technologies to address real business challenges.
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RFID: Learning from the UK's Marks & Spencer - MS Stores
$12.7B, 1,487 Food & Clothing & Home Stores in 57 Countries

RFID Journal published its first article about Marks & Spencer's use of passive UHF radio frequency identification technology in 2004 (see Marks & Spencer Expands RFID Trial). Back then, M&S was just tagging men's suits. UHF RFID was in its infancy, but the retailer had earlier tracked food trays with passive HF technology and saw potential benefits for deploying passive UHF to manage suits, casuals and separates.

With 15 years' experience, the company clearly has since learned a lot about the right and wrong ways to utilize RFID in retail (see Marks & Spencer to Expand RFID Item Tagging, Marks & Spencer RFID Expansion Tackles Privacy Issue, Marks & Spencer Leads the Way and Marks & Spencer Embraces Change). That's why I am pleased that Richard Jenkins, M&S's head of loss prevention, security and RFID, and Zara Adato, the retailer's project manager for RFID strategic development, have both agreed to speak at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2019, which will take place on Nov. 13 in London, with RFID Professional Institute certification training to be offered on Nov. 12. rfidjournal.com

FBI warns about attacks that bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA)
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last month sent a security advisory to private industry partners about the rising threat of attacks against organizations and their employees that can bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions. While nowadays there are multiple ways of bypassing MFA protections, the FBI alert specifically warned about SIM swapping, vulnerabilities in online pages handling MFA operations, and the use of transparent proxies like Muraen and NecroBrowser. zdnet.com

Magecart Skimmers Spotted on 2M Websites

California Consumer Privacy Act: Study Shows Initial Compliance Costs Could Hit $55 Billion


Press the Call Button on Your Smartphone to Redial Last Call

Here's a tip that a lot of folks forget about now that we use smartphones more than landlines. Your phone keeps the last number dialed available so you can easily call them back. In both iOS and Android, you can press the call button in the phone app for a quick call-back feature. This is great in dead spots when calls drop, when you get a busy signal or when you are on a conference call.




'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
An Eight-Episode Series Presented by Sensormatic

Assessing The Real-World Impact of LP Efforts
The LPRC Delivers Evidence-Based Solutions and Actionable Results

LPRC Board of Advisors

Industry Impact & Future Direction
Helping to Steer the Industry's Only Academic Research Effort

Brian Bazer, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention, rue21, & Chairperson of the LPRC Board of Advisors
Shannon Hunter, VP, LP, Safety & Sustainability, Office Depot,
& Vice Chair of the LPRC Board of Advisors
Eric Buttlar, Vice President, Profit Protection, Best Buy, & LPRC Board Member

In our 8th and final episode in this LPNN series, we speak with three members of the Loss Prevention Research Council's Board of Advisors who are helping steer the effort with Dr. Read Hayes, Director of the LPRC, and his team.

With years of LPRC involvement, Brian Bazer, Shannon Hunter, and Eric Buttlar talk about why the LPRC has been so successful over the years and what the future holds, as the only academic resource in the LP/AP industry bringing together retailers, solution providers, manufacturers, and government agencies to solve the problems of today and potential problems of the future.

From utilizing evidence-based research to developing peer relationships, learn how the LPRC can help you contribute to your organization at a much higher level.

As a retailer, the LPRC can help you work smarter, not harder, leveraging the wisdom of the crowd without reinventing the wheel. As a solution provider, the LPRC allows you to hear directly from the voice of the customer.

Get involved today! Learn more at lpresearch.org

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'Counterfeit-Vaping Crisis': AMA Urges Tech Giants to Police Illicit Vaping Products Sold on E-Commerce Platforms
The AMA is urging e-commerce CEOs to vigorously enforce their existing policies to keep illicit vaping products off their platforms and be vigilant against the sale of empty vaping cartridges and other items used to create counterfeit vaping products.

"It is time for e-commerce companies to take action to ban the sale of materials fueling the counterfeit-vaping crisis," wrote AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD. "Given the pace at which vaping-related lung illness is expanding, there is no time to waste."

The letter was sent to the CEOs of Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, and cited a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, which reported that "the street" where one used to buy illicit materials "has morphed into a global digital marketplace packed with materials used to manufacture cartridges." ama-assn.org

Second-hand goods sites are biggest source of online fraud
Nearly half of people have paid for an item they never received

Second-hand goods scams are the most common form of online fraud, but victims are reluctant to notify police, according to a survey by national statistics agency CBS.

Most incidences of fraud involved websites selling second-hand goods. 40% of victims said they had never received the product they paid for. Almost a quarter were taken in by fake shop websites.

Among the items that never made it to the buyers' homes were clothes, shoes, and accessories as well as mobile phones and laptops. Tickets were sold but not sent in 5% of cases. In 0.2% of cases the sellers were not paid for a product.

A third of the respondents said they had less faith in digital security as a result of internet fraud. Four in 10 said they had experienced emotional problems, such as anger, sleepless nights and anxiety about being scammed again. dutchnews.nl

You can buy vapes illegally on eBay - and these senators want the practice to end

Bonobos - Walmart's online menswear brand - is laying off dozens in push to rein in e-commerce losses


Tampa, FL: Ties to Cuba: Eight arrested in FL Organized Retail Theft investigation
CVS, Walmart, Ross & Publix LP Staff Assisted in Investigation

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office concluded a successful ORC Investigation with a total of 8 arrests statewide. In the Tampa area investigation, Lee York, the ringleader had 21 prior felony convictions. A total of 26 theft cases were tied to the investigation in the Tampa area. FDLE and Polk County arrested the ringleader and seized nearly $200,000 of merchandise.

At today's new conference, Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody stated her Office and the Office of Statewide Prosecution will continue to diligently work with local and state law enforcement on Organized Retail Theft / Racketeering. Moody said this investigation was responsible for the arrest of 8 individuals, 130 predicate acts, hundreds of thousands of merchandise seized. Moody said some retailers were being hit by thieves 8 to 10 times a day.

Hillsborough County Sheriff, Chad Chronister stated while some of the stolen merchandise is purchased by small c-stores, much of the loot was being shipped to Cuba to be sold at a tremendous mark-up. The Tampa Regional Intelligence Center shares information and identifies trends, working statewide with law enforcement and retail loss prevention. Retail Loss Prevention staffs of CVS, Walmart, Ross, Publix and others assisted in the investigation. facebook.com


Update: Walnut Creek, CA: 5 Arrested in $7,600 Lululemon Grab and Run
A grab-and-run robbery had a captured-and-booked ending, thanks to the Walnut Creek Police Department and an eyewitness who provided officers with vital information. Police say the robbers got away with $7600 in merchandise from the Lululemon store in Broadway Plaza. A witness gave police a description of the vehicle that fled the scene. Police say this exact same vehicle had been involved in a $4,000 theft from Lululemon just a week earlier. WCPD's Special Enforcement Team caught up with the vehicle and the five suspects at a gas station in Antioch. patch.com

North Port, FL: Man steals $850 worth of baby formula, caught on tape
According to North Port Police, the theft happened at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in North Port. The video shows a man selecting 50 cans of baby formula from the shelf and shoving them into a baby carrier in a cart. The value of the stolen formula is listed as $850. fox4now.com

Wichita Falls, TX: Man steals items from Target, tries to sell them in parking lot
Derel O'Neil Largent, 42, was charged with theft of property under $2,500 with two or more previous convictions. The store's loss prevention officials told police the man was in the store's parking lot, attempting to sell the items. Police officers located Largent in the parking lot of the store. In addition to the phone, Roku device and bedsheets, police found a Dallas Cowboys polo shirt, a watch set and a hand towel. The total value of the items was $374.93, police said. fox23.com

Providence, RI: Two bandits stole more than $7,000 worth of Apple Watch Series 5 models from an Apple Store over the weekend

Mifflintown, PA: 2 year theft investigation at Dollar General, $16,000 of stolen merchandise recovered and donated to local charities

New Canaan, CT: Over $8,000 in Merchandise Stolen from Ralph Lauren Store in Three Separate Incidents

UK: Shepparton, Australia: Masked gang steals $20,000 worth of stock from JB Hi-Fi


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Shootings & Deaths

Dallas, TX: Security officer fatally shoots burglary suspect at Apple Store
A suspected robber was shot and killed inside the Apple Store in North Dallas overnight. The fatal shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. at the store on Knox Street. It was actually open at the time because there was some construction going on. A spokesman for the Dallas Police Department said the back door of the business was open so the construction workers could easily go in and out. A security officer was sitting by the door. "The suspect entered the rear of the building wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle in an attempt to commit a robbery. The suspect attempted to disarm the security officer. However, the security officer was able to pull his weapon and fire multiple shots at the suspect," said Sgt. Warren Mitchell. The suspect tried to run away after being shot but collapsed in the alley. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said the case will be investigated by DPD's Special Investigations Unit because it involves a security officer who is also a retired Dallas police officer. fox4news.com

Nashville, TN: Good Samaritan shot during confrontation outside
RiverGate PetSmart
Two people have been arrested after a man reportedly trying to intervene in a domestic dispute was shot in the leg outside of a pet store near the RiverGate Mall. A man and his girlfriend were leaving PetSmart on Gallatin Pike Monday night, when they noticed a confrontation between Martelle Black, 27, and Desirae Sensing, 20, who were in a vehicle parked near the business. The man reportedly confronted Black about "laying his hands on a woman." An argument between the two men escalated and police said Black pulled out a handgun and fired several shots toward the man, hitting him in the leg. wkrn.com

Kansas City, MO: 1 victim of multiple gunshot wounds outside Landing Mall
Police in Kansas City are investigating a shooting outside the Landing Mall Monday afternoon. Authorities said an off-duty officer was working at the mall at Troost Avenue and Meyer Boulevard when he heard several shots outside just after noon. When the officer went outside, police said he was told that there had been a shooting and the victim went to a hospital by private car. Police said the victim suffered multiple life-threatening gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made. kmbc.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Baltimore, MD: Truck hits Cannabis Dispensary; assailants flee empty handed
The occupants of a truck ran after backing into a side wall of a cannabis dispensary in Baltimore Sunday night, police said. City police said officers were called around 11:16 p.m. Sunday to Maggie's Medical Cannabis Dispensary in the 3300 block of Keswick Road in Hampden. According to Maggie's employees, nothing was stolen, and the marijuana was secured to comply with state regulations. Police said no one was hurt and the truck's occupants ran off. wbaltv.com

New York, NY: NYPD Officer revived a Robber who hit CVS pharmacy and then suffered heart attack
A Police Officer revived a man by using chest compressions after he robbed an Upper East Side CVS Pharmacy last week. At around 10:05 p.m. on Sept. 30, police responded to a robbery at CVS at 1032 2nd Ave. Once officers arrived, they were told the thief had already fled. According to police, officers found the perp, 49-year-old Steven Davis, unconscious and face down on the sidewalk less than two blocks away from the store. Officers performed chest compressions until he regained consciousness. The suspect was taken to NY Cornell Hospital and is an stable condition. Davis was later charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police sources said that Davis has been arrested 12 times before for burglary, robbery, assault and criminal possession of marijuana. On Sept. 30, Davis had stolen 8 packs of Ensure, a meal replacement beverage, worth $129. fox8.com

Green Bay, WI: Needed cash:' 2 Longtime employees accused of stealing from Packers Pro Shop
Two longtime employees are accused of stealing from the Packers Pro Shop. Susan Adelbush, 67, and Patty Meyer, 57, each face one misdemeanor count of theft in a business setting. Surveillance video showed Adelbush printing duplicate receipts for items customers had purchased. The video then shows Adelbush scanning the duplicate receipt as if to return the item, then pocketing the money from the cash register.
The 15-year employee of the Pro Shop told investigators she had accumulated debt from online shopping about six years ago and began stealing money to pay off what she owed. Adelbush said she began by taking about $100 per month but more recently had been taking $250 per month. Meanwhile, Meyer, a 22-year employee of the Pro Shop told investigators she had been stealing over a four-year period, and that sometimes she just "needed cash." She estimated she took money about 10-12 times, estimating her total theft at between $1,000 and $2,000. fox11online.com fox6now.com

Bismarck, ND: Shoplifter charged with Felony Robbery after punching a Target employee attempting to flee


Renville County, MN: C-Store Manager who was shot in the face, sees man convicted-sentenced to 15 years

Sandy, OR: Mother of 2 walks in Taco Bell, slashes random customer's throat over minor dispute; sentenced to 7 years

Omaha, NE: Man gets 25 years in prison for postal service truck robbery



C-Store - Williamsport, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Aiken, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Grant County, WA - Burglary
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Memphis, TN - Robbery
CVS - Southside Place, TX - Robbery
CVS - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery
Electronics - San Rafael, CA - Burglary
Family Dollar - Akron, OH - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Cleveland Heights, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Huron Township, MI - Burglary
Gas Station - Ventura, CA - Robbery
Guns - Mansfield, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Kalamazoo, MI - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Baltimore, MD - Burglary
Restaurant - Quasqueton, IA - Burglary
Restaurant - Manchester, NH - Burglary (Friendly's)
Restaurant - Cheyenne, WY - Robbery (Subway)
Shoes - Claremont, CA - Burglary
Speedway - Greenwood, IN - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Niagara Falls, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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