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Mass Killings in US Hit New High in 2019

Data compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that
there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s. In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed.

According to the data:

● The 41 mass killings were the most in a single year since the AP/USA Today and
Northeastern database began tracking such events back to 2006, but other research going back to the 1970s shows no other year with as many mass slayings. The second-most killings in a year prior to 2019 was 38 in 2006.

California, with some of the most strict gun laws in the country, had the most, with eight such mass slayings. But nearly half of U.S. states experienced a mass slaying, from big cities like New York, to tiny towns like Elkmont, Alabama, with a population of just under 475 people.

Nine mass shootings occurred in a public place. Other mass killings occurred in homes, in the workplace or at a bar. securitymagazine.com usatoday.com

Currently, only journalists and researchers at Associated Press and USA Today have access to the Northeastern University database, but it will soon be available to the public as well, Fox says.

ORC Getting More Press Coverage Than Ever Before
5 Outlets Pick Up NRF ORC Report & Talk to Retailers
Retailers take steps to thwart organized theft as gangs get more aggressive

A recent study from the National Retail Federation has found more than two-thirds of retailers have seen a rise in organized theft in the past year.

Robert Moraca, vice president for loss prevention for the NRF, told the Chicago Tribune companies are pursuing technology that picks up on customers with questionable return patterns, as well as improved camera systems in stores and tags that allow companies to track items.

Retail shrink amounted to $50.6 billion in 2018, with robberies, employee theft and shoplifting or organized retail crime topping the list, per Retail Dive.

Home Depot executives have said the problem could be tied to the opioid crisis, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Carol Tomé, former Home Depot CFO, has said store associates watch members of organized retail crime gangs load carts with merchandise and walk out of the store, knowing they might be armed and could harm customers or employees, reports CNBC.

Home Depot said a rise in shrink hurt its results for the first three quarters of 2019; competitor Lowe's is seeing an increase in shrink, too, per CNBC. bizjournals.com

SIA Applauds NIST Study on Facial Recognition
The Security Industry Association (SIA) released a statement thanking the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its "thoughtful and diligent" work producing a report evaluating the performance of current facial recognition technology across demographic groups.

SIA says that reports from non-biased organizations like NIST are immensely valuable, and commends NIST for encouraging research organizations to examine this issue comprehensively rather than publish incomplete research in order to generate attention. securityindustry.org

NIST Article: NIST Study Evaluates Effects of Race, Age, Sex on Face Recognition Software

Read Full NIST Study - Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 3: Demographic Effects (NISTIR 8280)

New York's New No-Cash Bail Law Goes Into Effect
Why Abolishing Bail for Some Crimes Has Law Enforcement on Edge
Shoplifters Walk Away With Ticket

Democrats are hailing the new law, saying New York's old bail system punished the poor.
Critics say it will put criminals back on the streets. It bans imposing bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.

Summary of Major Components

When Democrats pushed through a law last spring that sharply curtailed cash bail for nonviolent defendants, they hailed it as a landmark measure to stop the poor from being jailed before trial simply because they had few resources.

Now, as the rules take effect on Jan. 1, a backlash has arisen among numerous district attorneys, judges, county legislators and law enforcement officials, who are sounding alarms and raising the specter of dangerous criminals on the loose. Some Republicans are using the issue to paint Democrats as soft on crime.

"Estimates of what's going to happen have ranged from 'Much Ado About Nothing' to something like
the panic in the opening scene in 'Escape From New York,'" said Greg Berman, the director of the Center of Court Innovation, a nonprofit group. "There are still a lot of unknowns."

While New Jersey, California, Illinois and other states have limited the use of bail, New York is one of the few states to abolish bail for many crimes without also giving state judges the discretion to consider whether a person poses a threat to public safety in deciding whether to hold them.

Under the new law, judges will no longer be able to set bail for a long list of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, including stalking, assault without serious injury, burglary, many drug offenses, and even some kinds of arson and robbery.

Thousands of people currently in jail awaiting trial across the state will be automatically released, and about
90 percent of new defendants each year in New York will remain free as their cases move through the courts. Most cities and counties will rely on supervised release programs - in which officials stay in touch with defendants through phone calls or meetings - to ensure people show up to court.

In New York City alone,
20,000 more people would have been released in 2018 under the law, according to a report from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

In recent weeks, courts around the state have begun
releasing batches of defendants from jails under the new rules to avoid a rush as the new year starts, and the law's opponents have pounced on recent cases in which people out on bail committed crimes as harbingers of the future.

Some states, like New Jersey, that have abolished or curtailed the use of cash bail have established a system for assessing the risk that a defendant might commit another crime, and allow judges to hold people to protect public safety. But New York simply eliminated bail for most nonviolent crimes. nytimes.com

National Returns Day: Is your package one of UPS's 1.9 million returns?
The National Retail Federation said more than half (55%) of shoppers plan to return or exchange any unwanted gifts within a month of receiving them.

United Parcel Service is anticipating a record number of shipped returns. UPS said it expects to process 1.9 million return packages on Thursday, what
the shipper calls "National Returns Day," when it expects peak gift returns. That's up 26% from a year ago. usatoday.com

Are return rates out of control?
UPS expects a whopping 26 percent year-over-year surge in the number of returns it processes on
January 2, National Returns Day. Those levels would represent the seventh consecutive record number of returns.

The surging rate of returns is occurring largely due to strong online growth. Estimates for returns of online purchases range from 15 to over 30 percent, with items such as apparel and footwear at the high end of that range. The return rate for physical stores ranges from three to 10 percent.

Some retailers are seeking to offset the cost of online returns by choosing not to provide prepaid mailing labels, requiring a receipt unless an unwanted item is carried to a store and threatening to ban serial returners.
The trend overall, however, has been toward less strict return policies that engender goodwill.

"The problem is that in this kind of competitive environment they have to make life easy," Neil Saunders, retail managing director at GlobalData and a RetailWire Braintrust panelist, told the Financial Times. "The consumer is almost being trained to be wasteful." retailwire.com

UPS Predicts Record-Breaking National Returns Day - UPS
Retailers grapple with $100bn returns problem - Financial Times
Retailers Brace for Bigger Holiday Returns Season - The Wall Street Journal
Retailers gave you free returns and you ruined it - Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times
More online sales mean retailers need to solve a $50 billion returns problem this holiday season - CNBC
CBRE Forecasts Online Returns Could Total As Much As $41.6 Billion This Holiday Season - CBRE
Many Unhappy Returns - The Globe And Mail
Amazon gets more free with free returns - RetailWire
The holiday season promises many unhappy returns for retailers - RetailWire

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Loss Prevention & Inventory Control Director for Cart Mart in San Diego
Cart Mart, Inc. is an award winning, leading dealer of the world's finest golf, commercial and Low Speed Vehicles. We proudly represent Club Car, Carryall, Onward, Garia, Polaris GEM, Taylor-Dunn, and Yamaha brands. Since 1959, Cart Mart has grown into one of the largest (and oldest) dealerships in the world. With five locations in Southern California.

In this role, you'll focus on assessing key security and shrink related gaps within Cart Mart's retail and service environment to design a scalable loss prevention program from the ground up. Through your efforts, you'll get shrinkage below 1% and keep it there.

Vice President, Risk Management for Delaware North in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Vice President of Risk Management is responsible for planning, directing and managing the Corporate Risk Management Department's personnel and activities regarding insurance programs including self-insurance, risk management, safety, and risk control, both domestically and internationally.

Delaware North manages and provides food and beverage concessions, premium dining, entertainment, lodging, and retail at many large venues and special places. These include sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national and state parks, airports, and casinos. delawarenorth.com

The Hayes Report on Loss Prevention Newsletter - Winter 2019-20 (Vol 35 No 1)

Change.org & 460,000 Signatures Calls on Target to Ban Plastic Bags

Greater Acceptance of Contactless Cards Has Led to Mobile Payment Growth in the US

UPDATE: Marc Martir - Son of Enrique Martir, Assistant Manager DC Loss Prevention for Academy Sports + Outdoors - FOUND SAFE


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Wawa Faces Lawsuits After Data Breach
Wawa has said it reported its large-scale data breach to the FBI and doesn't know who launched the cyberattack.

Wawa, which operates more than 850 convenience stores in six states and Washington, DC, is facing at least six lawsuits claiming the company failed to protect consumers from a recent data breach that exposed credit and debit card information, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The lawsuits accuse Wawa of negligence, breach of contract and violations of state consumer protection laws, according to The Inquirer. The suits seek unspecified damages and lawyers fees, but all agree the issue involves more than $5 million.

Wawa found malware on its payment processing servers on Dec. 10 and contained it by Dec. 12, the company said. The malware had been running on its systems since March 4 and was on most of its store systems by April 22, CEO Chris Gheysens said in a statement. The information is limited to payment card information, including debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names, but does not include PINs or CVV2 numbers.

A detailed notice and open letter to customers from Wawa's CEO notifying potentially affected individuals about the incident is available at www.wawa.com/alerts/data-security. cstoredecisions.com

Hospitality Company Landry's Inc. Identifies Malware On Payment System
Headquartered in Houston, Texas. Landry's, Inc. owns and operates more than 600 restaurants, hotels, casinos and entertainment destinations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The company also owns and operates numerous international locations. securitymagazine.com

Historic California data privacy measure leaves companies scrambling
Fines Could Be Retroactive

California will become the first state in the country to have a comprehensive data privacy law on Wednesday when the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect.

Companies are scrambling to figure out how to handle the law, which is expected to require major firms to disclose the personal information they collect from consumers and what they do with it.

Much about the law, which will not be enforceable until six months after either July 1 or the date a final rule is released, remains unclear.

The bill is expected to allow Californians to view the information that companies have collected about them, and to opt out of that collection. The law is expected to forbid companies from discriminating against users who opt out of data collection.

While the law is not enforceable for now, California has hinted that companies could be sanctioned retroactively if they disregard the new rules on Jan. 1.

The CCPA technically applies to businesses with online traffic in California that have annual revenues over $25 million, collect data on 50,000 consumers or receive 50 percent of their revenue from selling data, according to the draft regulation.

Some experts are recommending businesses avoid extending protections to non-California residents to avoid unnecessary liability.

"In California if you don't respond to a request to delete or a request to know adequately the enforcement mechanism is the attorney general's office, but if you've voluntarily extended those rights to somebody outside California what's to say you can't be sued for consumer fraud?" thehill.com

Read Full CCPA Bill Here

Ready for the New York SHIELD Act?
Defines "Reasonable Security Measures"

While California's Consumer Privacy Act has gotten the lion's share of headlines over the past several months when it comes to state privacy laws, enterprises should also pay close attention to New York's Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act, which is bound to have far-reaching implications for CISOs from Wall Street to Upstate.

The law, signed by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 25, will go into full effect on March 21, 2020. The bill updates the state's current cybersecurity laws when it comes to breaches and notifications to residents. In addition, the bill provides more protections for consumers who have had their personal data compromised.

The SHIELD Act also gives the New York Attorney General's Office greater oversight when it comes to data breaches that affect the state's residents and how victims are notified. "This bill is an important step forward providing greater protection for consumer's private information and holding companies accountable for securing that data," Attorney General Letitia James noted when the bill passed in July.

The New York AG's office also played a lead role in the Equifax settlement announced in July. An analysis by PwC finds that New York's AG has already issued over $600 million in fines related to breach and other cyber incidents as of August of this year. That's a number that will likely to go up once the SHIELD Act goes into full effect in March.

In addition to covering data such as Social Security numbers, the law now includes a driver's license number, credit or debit card number, financial account number - with or without security code - and username or e-mail address with a password that permits access to an online account as part of that expanded definition of private information.

While it might be easy to compare the SHIELD Act to CCPA, the New York law actually focuses more on data security, while the California bill is more concerned with consumer privacy, which is a distinction that businesses and security professionals should know, says Ronald Raether of the law firm Troutman Sanders.

Raether adds that New York is now one of only a few states to define what it means for companies to have "reasonable security measures", which can then help CISOs better define what measures they need to take to ensure compliance. govinfosecurity.com

How AI and Cybersecurity Will Intersect in 2020
So much of the discussion about cybersecurity's relationship with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) revolves around how AI and ML can improve security product functionality. However, that is actually only one dimension of a much broader collision between cybersecurity and AI.

As applied use of AI/ML starts to advance and spread throughout a plethora of business and technology use cases, security experts are going to need to help their colleagues in the business start to address new risks, new threat models, new domains of expertise, and, yes, sometimes new security solutions.

Heading into 2020, business and technology analysts expect to see solid applications of AI and ML accelerate. This means that CISOs and security professionals will need to quickly get up to speed on AI-driven enterprise risks. Here are some thoughts from security veterans on what to expect from AI and cybersecurity in 2020.

AI/ML Data Poisoning and Sabotage
Deepfake Audio Takes BEC Attacks into a New Arena
AI-Powered Malware Evasion
Biometric's Cat-and-Mouse Game
Differential Privacy Gains Steam to Protect Analytics Data
Hard Lessons About AI Ethics and Fairness

Europol: 2nd Largest Counterfeit Currency Gang Busted
On Dark Web in 7 Member States - 11 Arrested

Law enforcement authorities from seven EU Member States carried out 36 house searches, detained 44 suspects for questioning, 11 of whom have been arrested, and seized 26,000 counterfeit euro banknotes, drugs, weapons, doping substances, illegally procured medicines, forged documents and virtual currency. A clandestine documents print shop was also dismantled in Germany. Germany carried out 27 house searches and 9 other raids were done in Austria, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg and Spain. europol.eu

Senior Job - Director of Security for Online Merchant Spiraledge in Campbell, CA
Spiraledge (@spiraledge.com) is a company founded on one essential principle: to help people live healthier lives through sports and fitness! As the parent company of fast growing ecommerce sites SwimOutlet.com & YogaOutlet.com, Spiraledge Inc. has been recognized as a GoldLevel FitFriendly Worksite at its headquarters in Campbell, CA. Both SwimOutlet.com and YogaOutlet.com have been named an Internet Retailer Hot 100 Company. SwimOutlet.com has been named an Internet Retailer Hot 100 Company and received Apparel Magazine 2019 Top Innovator Award!

At Spiraledge, we take the responsibility of managing our customer and enterprise data seriously. This position will report to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and work closely with Product Owners, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Legal to drive our security strategy. This role will encompass technology, policy and security operations across the enterprise.

The Director of Security must possess deep technical knowledge, strong awareness of cyber security trends, experience with PCI compliance and the ability to work in a highly matrixed work environment with strong communication and influencing skills. dice.com

Ring and Amazon Faced With Federal Lawsuit Claiming They Failed to Secure Cameras Against Hackers

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Where is marijuana legal in 2020?
Illinois joins 10 other states legalizing recreational pot

Recreational marijuana use became legal in just one more state, Illinois, with the start of the New Year on Wednesday. More states could follow suit in 2020, with several states set to put recreational marijuana on the ballot. Cannabis is still considered an illegal substance at the federal level.

According to an end of the year CBS News Poll, support for legal pot hit a new high in 2019, with 65% of U.S. adults saying marijuana should be legal. And, for the first time in CBS News polling, a majority of Republicans (56%) favored legal marijuana. While people ages 65 and over continued to be the least likely age group to support marijuana legalization, slightly more of them favored it (49%) than opposed it (45%) in the 2019 poll.

The trend has been reflected in state legislatures, albeit piecemeal.
Thirty three states have legalized pot in some form, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Since 2012 - when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational use - 11 states in total have legalized recreational marijuana.

Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in:
Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

On January, 1, 2020,
Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

What's ahead?
Several states are expected to vote on recreational marijuana use measures in 2020, while others are preparing similar legislation.
Read more here: cbsnews.com

Despite Fears, Denver Dispensaries Show Reductions in Crime Rates

By Tony Gallo, Managing Partner & Katharine Baxter, Lead Technical Writer for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Almost every state has legalized cannabis to some extent, whether that be for medical or recreational use. But as cannabis businesses become more common, prejudices remain, and sometimes local officials and the communities they represent fight back. Although legal cannabis use is becoming more prevalent, communities still hold lingering fears of cannabis businesses increasing crime, turning suburban neighborhoods into crime-infested areas. But are these concerns justified or just rooted in bias?

The pushback against legal marijuana dispensaries and businesses has been a major barrier for some business owners looking to open facilities. Many laws in place limit the locations for potential cannabis businesses, and often getting a location approved by the zoning committee can be the most difficult process. Although the reasoning behind the laws will vary, most ordinances were enacted by local officials trying to look out for their community and its interests. Resolute anti-marijuana voices may always exist, but typically restrictions are created out of misguided concern over the impact on community security and safety.
Read more here: sapphirerisk.com

Lab says its marijuana breath analyzer will hit the market in 2020
Despite marijuana's growing acceptance nationwide and its legality for recreational use in California, there is no consensus on how THC, its psychoactive ingredient, affects drivers or what levels constitute driving under the influence. That has left lawmakers, police and users grappling with a critical question: If you're using marijuana, when is it safe to get behind the wheel?

An Oakland company believes it's solved one piece of that puzzle. By mid-2020, Hound Laboratories plans to begin selling what it says is the world's first dual alcohol-marijuana breath analyzer, which founder Dr. Mike Lynn says can test whether a user has ingested THC of any kind in the past two to three hours. Law enforcement agencies already are testing the breath analyzers and competing roadside devices like oral swab tests. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Marijuana: 6 things to watch for in California in 2020

Ann Arbor, MI: One of 3 men tied to marijuana dispensary armed robbery heading to trial



'Making a Murderer': From the Screen to the Hot Seat

Dave Thompson, CFI

VP of Operations,
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates


The Netflix true-crime documentary series "Making a Murderer" highlighted the case of Brendan Dassey and the interrogation that led to a highly controversial "confession" and guilty verdict resulting in Dassey's incarceration.

Worldwide leaders in non-confrontational interviewing techniques, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ), took a stand by highlighting the issues and errors made in these interrogations leading to coerced confessions - and have continued to use this case as an example in their training programs.

Dave Thompson, CFI, discusses the impact "Making a Murderer" has had on the interrogation community and how it's helped push the evolution of this essential skill for practitioners ranging from law enforcement to loss prevention.

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Mastercard SpendingPulse:
E-Commerce Takes Biggest Piece of Holiday Pie Ever
- Getting 14.6% Of Total Retail

According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales increased 3.4% (excluding auto sales) with online sales growing 18.8%, compared to 2018.

The report found that e-commerce took a bigger piece of the holiday pie this year, making up 14.6% of total retail. Specialty apparel led the way in year-over-year e-commerce growth by category, rising 17%, followed by electronics, at 10.7%. Jewelry online sales rose 8.8% over last year, and department stores were up 6.9%.

Total apparel saw a gain, posting 1% growth year over year. e-commerce growth, up 17% compared to 2018.

The jewelry sector experienced 1.8% growth in total retail sales, with online sales growing 8.8%.

Department stores saw overall sales decline 1.8% and online sales growth of 6.9%.

Electronics and appliances were up 4.6%, while the home furniture and furnishings category grew 1.3%.

E-commerce sales grew 18.8% this holiday season compared to 2018. This is up from the 18.4% growth rate last year.

E-commerce share of overall retail spend for Black Friday was 15.4%. chainstoreage.com

Amazon threatens to fire critics who are outspoken on its environmental policies
Amazon tells workers to pipe down or risk being fired

Emails sent to at least two workers by Amazon.com have warned them against publicly criticizing the company over its environmental policies. The communications sent to the employees assert that they could be terminated for violating Amazon's external communications policy.

A lawyer in the e-commerce giant's employee-relations group sent a letter to two workers quoted in an October Washington Post report, accusing them of violating the company's external communications policy. An email sent to Maren Costa, a principal user-experience designer at the company, and reviewed by The Post warned that future infractions could "result in formal corrective action, up to and including termination of your employment with Amazon."

"It was scary to be called into a meeting like that, and then to be given a follow-up email saying that if I continued to speak up, I could be fired," Costa said via email, referring to Amazon's warnings to her. "But I spoke up because I'm terrified by the harm the climate crisis is already causing, and I fear for my children's future." "I've had colleagues, many of them very senior and tenured, say how disappointed they are - that this isn't the company they thought they were working for," Costa wrote. washingtonpost.com

Amazon policy manifesto responds to environmental, workplace and data-privacy critics

Good return policy impacts bottom line
Fifty-two percent of consumers have abandoned an online purchase out of fear of a difficult return process.

The Splitit survey revealed that nearly 60% of consumers have returned an online purchase, with 38% having returned up to 10% of all online purchases they have made. Twelve percent of respondents returned a purchase within the past month, 11% within the last six months, and 18% did so within the last year. Splitit also discovered that 48% of respondents have purchased multiple variations of an item with the intention of returning one or more items, the process known as "bracketing."

The survey demonstrates that a retailer's return policy weighs heavily on web conversion, with returns top of mind for consumers when deciding whether to make a purchase. The survey found that 52% of consumers have abandoned an online purchase out of fear of a difficult return process. This number increases to 67% for millennial respondents (ages 25-34), highlighting the heightened importance of a smooth return process for those who grew up accustomed to online shopping. And with 10% of consumers dissatisfied in some way with their last return experience, the survey results serve as a warning to retailers that returns are high stakes - with customer experience and overall sales at risk.

Splitit's survey also revealed the top qualities consumers look for in a return policy:

● 20% of respondents said a return shipping fee would make them less likely to purchase from a given retailer.
● 39% of respondents ranked "free shipping" as the overall most important feature of a good return policy.
● 30% of respondents ranked "no questions asked" as the most important feature of a good return policy.

Europol: 30,506 internet domain names shut down for intellectual property infringement; 3 Arrested & 26,000 Luxury Products Seized
Law enforcement authorities from 18 EU Member States1 and third parties in a joint investigation with Europol and the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre 2, facilitated by Eurojust and INTERPOL, have seized over 30 506 domain names that distributed counterfeit and pirated items over the internet during operation IOS X. During the investigation, officials arrested 3 suspects, seized 26 000 luxury products (clothes, perfumes), 363 litres of alcoholic beverages, and many hardware devices. They identified and froze more than (EURO) 150 000 in several bank accounts and online payment platforms.

To raise awareness of this growing threat, Europol's IPC³ launched the Don't F***(ake) Up campaign. The campaign aims to inform citizens of the risks of buying fake products online and give advice to help identify illicit websites selling counterfeit goods, as well as other means used by counterfeiters, such as fake social media accounts and fake apps. europol.com

Mattress Direct Office Manager Gets 42 Months Fed. Prison for $1.2M Embezzlement


Nassau County, NY: Third Suspect Nabbed For Stealing More Than $260K In Goods From LI Bloomingdale's
Police have now charged a third suspect in connection with more than $260,000 in thefts from a Bloomingdale's on Long Island. The suspects were responsible for multiple larcenies on multiple dates over the course of a year at the store in East Garden City. Nassau County Police said. Police announced the third suspect, 24-year-old Raphael Julian, of Freeport, was arrested on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1:15 a.m. in Franklin Square. He has been charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny and is due to be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead. According to detectives, the thefts were carried out on numerous occasions. dailyvoice.com

Cedar Rapids, IA: Nordstrom employee accused of stealing $7,000 in merchandise at Fulfillment Center
A Nordstrom investigation determined Abraham T. Tarley, 18, had committed the thefts while employed at Nordstrom Midwest Fulfillment Center, Tarley tried to sell some of the stolen items on Facebook, investigators said. When confronted, Tarley admitted to the thefts and returned some of the merchandise, the complaint states. Tarley faces a charge of second-degree theft, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He is the fourth Nordstrom employee charged with theft in the past year. thegazette.com

Salem, MA: 5 people accused of robbing Danvers clothing store face judge
Five people caught on video with trying to steal more than $13,000 worth of Canada Goose winter jackets from Giblees clothing store in Danvers faced a judge on Friday. All five suspects, four women and one man who are all under the age of 25, appeared in Salem District Court, and many of them broke down in tears. All have previous records -- leading the judge to increase their bail that they posted the day before, the district attorney's office said. nbcboston.com

Knoxville, TN: KPD searching for 3 suspects accused of stealing from Ulta Beauty
Knoxville police said they are on the search for three suspects after two separate thefts occurred at the Ulta Beauty on Papermill Drive. The first theft was reported on Dec. 19, according to KPD. Police said two white male suspects stole from the store on Nov. 11 around 3:13 p.m. The suspects are believed to have committed previous thefts at Ulta Beauty. KPD officials said the second robbery happened on Dec. 18. Police said a white woman stole from the store around 1 p.m. Police released pictures of the suspects from surveillance footage. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the KPD crime hotline at 865-215-7212 or message KPD on Facebook. wvlt.tv

Franklin, TN: $16,000 of tires stolen from Franklin business

San Bernardino County, CA: $5,000 Grand theft at T-Mobile store in Apple Valley leads to search for suspects

Ash Flat, AR: Four charged with $4,000 commercial burglary following theft at Walmart

Baton Rouge, LA: Target employee allegedly caught stealing nearly $2,000 in merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Concord, NC: Suspect arrested in Mall shooting that killed a 13 year old girl
A Charlotte teenager has been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting of a 13-year-old girl outside Concord Mills Mall last weekend. According to Concord Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested 18-year-old Dontae Milton Black Wednesday morning. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and felony riot for the shooting of Aveanna Propst, who was killed when she was shot outside Dave & Buster's in Concord on December 28. Investigators say that Black got into an argument with a 16-year-old boy inside the mall near GameStop before closing time. The argument escalated and the 16-year-old saw Black handling a gun before the teens were told to leave the mall. The 16-year-old, afraid that Black had a gun, exited through Dave & Buster's, police said. When Black saw him outside, he opened fire, striking the two other teens and Propst. wcnc.com

Lancaster, OH: Police Shoot and kill Man Holding Pizza Store Manager Hostage
Body cam video captured an officer trying to talk Kirk into releasing the hostage. After 30 minutes with no resolution, the officer spoke into his radio to tell another officer to take the shot. A shot soon rang out. breitbart.com

Oakland, CA: Starbucks customer dies of injuries after pursuing laptop thief
Authorities did not immediately say how the man was injured. He jumped up from his table after the thief grabbed the laptop and started chasing him, police said. The suspect got into a vehicle which drove off with the victim still trying to chase it, authorities said. It was not clear if there was a driver waiting. Police said the man ended up injured on the roadway, just around the corner from the Starbucks. A crew of Oakland Fire Department firefighters happened to be in the area, and immediately began emergency life-saving measures on the victim, who suffered injury to his head. eastbaytimes.com

Denver, CO: Man walks into 7-Eleven with undetermined wound, dies at hospital
The injured man was taken to a hospital but passed away without relaying any information to first responders about the nature of the wound or the circumstances that caused it. DPD Officer Kurt Barnes said investigators are treating the incident as a homicide. There is no suspect information at this time. cbslocal.com

Kennesaw, GA: Whole Foods employee found dead inside store bathroom
Police told Channel 2's Michael Seiden right now they don't suspect foul play, but they won't know for sure until the medical examiner completes their investigation. Co-workers said Leslie Kochensparger had only been on the job for two weeks at the store before she was found dead inside a locked bathroom. wsbtv.com

Seattle, WA: Multiple shots fired outside Rainier Beach Safeway store
Detectives are investigating after shots were fired Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery in the Rainier Beach area, police said. Officers responded to the scene, in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South, at about 10:40 p.m. after hearing multiple shots fired, said Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police. Officers began searching the area but were unable to locate any suspects or victims. Officers did find multiple shell casings in the grocery parking lot as well as vehicles damaged by bullets. Detectives from the gang unit are now questioning witnesses and are attempting to develop a suspect description, Michaud said. komonews.com

Boynton Beach, FL: 14 year old Arrested for Threatening 'Mass Shooting' at Publix grocery store
Florida authorities took a 14-year-old boy into custody late Monday after the teen posted threats on social media that he would commit a mass shooting at a supermarket. The Boynton Beach Police Department said they learned of the threat Monday afternoon after being contacted by an employee of Publix Super Markets. The post was made on the chain's corporate Instagram page. In his post, the teen wrote that he was "gonna commit a mass shooting" at the Publix store in Boynton Beach. Authorities were able to track down the owner of the account that appeared to have originated the post. When they arrived at the boy's home, the teenager admitted to making the post but told investigators that he meant it as a joke. wesh.com

San Mateo, CA: Police in Fremont Arrest Suspect in Restaurant Parking Lot Shooting
Police in Fremont caught up to a suspect connected to a shooting in a San Mateo store parking lot Monday afternoon that left one person injured. The suspect was identified only as a 21-year-old male from East Palo Alto. Fremont police also detained a 19-year-old woman from Redwood City, they said. nbcbayarea.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Louisville, KY: Kroger Security Guard stabs customer in back
Louisville Metro Police say a Kroger security guard stabbed a man in the back on Tuesday. According to an arrest slip, the victim entered Kroger on Dixie Highway to use a Coinstar machine. Police said the man was stopped by the store's security guard, John Griggs, 62, because the store was closing. Police said the victim became upset because he said it would only take a minute to use the machine and customers were still in the store. Video shows that Griggs and the victim had a heated verbal exchange. The victim begin to turn to leave when Griggs continued to argue with the man. Officials said the video also shows that Griggs initiated a physical altercation by grabbing the victim by the neck. A fight ensued and that's when police said Griggs took out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim in the back. Griggs was charged with assault. wlky.com

Springfield, IL: Man identified in White Oaks Mall shooting case, no injuries
Springfield Police publicly identified him as William Harper Sunday morning. Harper has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. Mall security called Springfield Police about the incident near the entrance to Glow Golf on the mall's southwest end just before 6 p.m. Harper fled into the mall before being apprehended and taken into custody without incident on the second level of Macy's. wesh.com

Brighton, MI: Thieves Pull Off Heist At Target In Less Than 2 Minutes
Police in Brighton are searching for a group of thieves who broke into a Target to steal cellphones and other items. The robbery took place around 5 a.m. Friday at the Target on Challis Road, just off I-96 and Grand River Avenue. radio.com

Everett, WA: Deputies are searching for a man after a Home Depot Armed Robbery Saturday afternoon
Snohomish County deputies were called at 1:20 p.m. to an armed robbery at the Home Depot. Investigators said a 50-year-old man was robbed behind the store and hit in the arm with a hatchet. The man had non-life-threatening injuries to his head and arm and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center. kiro7.com

Chattanooga, TN: 2 wounded in shooting outside a Walmart in Tennessee

Chicago, IL: Three Men accused of taking hostages during attempted Dollar Tree Armed Robbery in East Garfield Park

Eastpointe, MI: Police investigate New Year's Eve Armed Robbery of Family Dollar store

Shiawassee County, MI: Man in police custody following AutoZone Armed Robbery


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Atlanta, GA: Man convicted in Georgia store clerk's death to be executed
A Georgia man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago is set to be executed next month, authorities said Monday. Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, is scheduled to be put to death Jan. 16 at the state prison in Jackson. Meders was convicted of murder and other charges in the October 1987 shooting death of Don Anderson at a convenience store in coastal Glynn County. actionnewsjax.com

Indianapolis, IN: Killer gets 55 years for 2017 Grocery store murder

Albuquerque, NM: Man Sentenced to 20-30 Years In Prison For Robbing Three Businesses

Streetsboro, OH: Teen involved in Verizon store robbery gets 13 years in prison




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