SkyCity casino guards bust alleged card skimming operation

Two eagle-eyed SkyCity security guards have been credited with helping foil an alleged ATM card-skimming operation in Auckland.

The Police Financial Crime Unit told staff at the casino a week ago to be on the lookout for the Canadian man and woman.

Two guards noticed the pair and raised the alarm with police, who arrested them on Wednesday night.

The pair had allegedly obtained close to $200,000 from the skimming operation and had made attempts to obtain around $160,000 more, Auckland City Police said.

The two foreign nationals were now facing a number of forgery-related charges and would be appearing in Auckland District Court.

US Crime-fighting robot gets rolled out of town

Like so many classic Western anti-heroes before him, he rolled (literally) into town with a singular goal in mind: cleaning up the streets, which had become a gritty hotbed of harassment, vandalism, break-ins and grift.

The only difference was that he was a slow-moving, 180kg robot with a penchant for snapping hundreds of photos a minute without people’s permission, and this was San Francisco’s Mission District in 2017.

What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

In the past month, his first on the job, “K-9” — a 1.5m-tall, 1m-wide K5 Autonomous Data Machine that can be rented for US$6 an hour from Silicon Valley startup Knightscope — was battered with barbecue sauce, allegedly smeared with feces, covered by a tarp and nearly toppled by an attacker.

As if those incidents weren’t bad enough, K-9 was also accused of …..

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MLAA’s “Beware of Locksmith Scammers” Campaign

Over the past few months the number of calls received from the general Public and from Members of the Association in relation to so-called “Locksmiths Scammers” have increased dramatically.

Both A Current Affair in Australia and FairGo in New Zealand have covered this issue on National television in an effort to inform the public. International local news programs (US) and security related groups on Facebook (UK) are also publishing information around this issue.

Due to existing regulations in Australia and New Zealand, and the different approaches by the various authorities in both countries, the MLAA is limited to reporting the action by scammers to these relevant authorities (SLED, the ATO, the Office of Fair Trading, etc).

In an effort to better educate the public, and to make more people in Australia and New Zealand aware of such scam activities, the MLAA has developed the “Beware of Locksmiths Scammers” campaign.

This campaign….

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Eight dead, 15 people injured as shots fired in Manhattan after ute mows down cyclists

At least eight people are dead in Manhattan after a man in a rented Home Depot ute mowed down pedestrians and cyclists and then emerged with fake guns in what is now being treated as a terrorist attack.

The ute veered off the road and drove between 10 and 20 blocks down a popular bike path crowded with people, including runners and children heading home from school.

CBS News reports the suspect is …..

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Las Vegas shooting: What we know so far

A suspected “lone wolf” gunman sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more, police said.

More than 22,000 people were attending the performance by country music star Jason Aldean Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman hammered out a window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and began firing with a cache of weapons.

Authorities who stormed the suspect’s room found that he had killed himself.

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Three Auckland dairies suffer violent robberies since Friday

Auckland dairies have been subjected to a spate of violent robberies since Friday involving machetes and, in one case, an iron bar.

Mt Albert
The Harlston Superette on Richardson Rd in Mt Albert was robbed at knifepoint on Friday about 5.45pm.

A shop assistant was attacked with a machete, suffered a cut hand and required surgery at Middlemore Hospital.

Around $600 in cash was stolen from the till and a large quantity of cigarettes was taken.

The police said witnesses saw two males rob the dairy, run out and drive off in a silver Honda.

A panic alarm was activated at the shop counter and police attended directly and managed to gather forensic evidence.

Supporters of the Prasad family, who run the dairy, have set up a crowdfunding givealittle page to help cover the costs of the crime, as insurance excess is said to be too high to make a claim.

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