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Jerry Snider, CFI promoted to Director of Loss Prevention
for Bargain Hunt

Jerry previously held the role of Supply Chain Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for Bargain Hunt since last January. Prior, he was the Director of Loss Prevention for Old Time Pottery for over ten years, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Limited Brands for a year, Director of Asset Protection for Dollar General for four years and Assistant Vice President of Loss Prevention for Service Merchandise for 17 years. Congratulations Jerry!

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Hidden Time Bombs
Fighting back against synthetic identity fraud

Over months, if not years, fraudsters build up a good credit record with synthetic IDs. Only when the credit lines are maximized do repayments cease-or, in the jargon of the business, do the synthetic IDs "bust out." Fraud rings sometimes establish thousands of synthetic IDs, all waiting to default. The largest synthetic ID ring detected to date racked up losses for banks of $200 million from 7,000 synthetic IDs and 25,000 credit cards.33."Eighteen people charged in international $200 million credit card fraud scam," US Department of Justice.

To date, there has been no efficient way of uncovering synthetic ID fraud. To crack down on it, every customer seeking credit would have to undergo even more rigorous ID checks than they do already. This article proposes a new approach that, with the help of machine learning, digs deep into vast amounts of third-party data to gauge whether the basic information given by an applicant matches that of a real person, thereby weeding out the small proportion of those likely to be using a synthetic ID. It is on this group that banks, or indeed any organization wanting to stop synthetic ID fraud, can focus their ID checks without inconveniencing other customers. Read Full Article Here: mckinsey.com

Payments Fraud Rides Money Mules Into 2019
It's no surprise that payments fraud is on the rise. Juniper Research, for example, has estimated that retailers will lose as much as $130 billion in card-not-present (CNP) fraud through 2023 - as tech gets more complex and transactions are done across borders.

It's gotten bad enough that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other enforcement agencies globally, sent out warnings late last month about "money mules" - a new(ish) wrinkle in fraudulent activity, where individuals' and companies' bank accounts are used unwittingly to move money to bad actors' accounts, most frequently in money laundering activities.

In December, as a matter of fact, Europol said it had identified more than 1,500 mules, with as many as 168 arrested by that time. As noted by UK Finance in September, nearly £100 million ($126.27 million USD) was lost in the first six months of 2018 alone, and the average losses stemmed across thousands of pounds for individuals and tens of thousands of pounds for businesses.

Through the "Don't Be a Mule" campaign, the FBI has been warning that the fraudsters are targeting companies, schools and nonprofits across the United States. pymnts.com

RFID Enters Early Majority Phase in Retail
Findings from a European study, headed by the University of Parma, indicate that RFID deployments for fashion and apparel companies have passed the early adoption stage and are now poised to expand-in part, most recently to address omnichannel fulfillment.

RFID use for fashion and apparel retail in Europe has reached the early majority phase of adoption, according to a decade-long study led by Italy's University of Parma. The study, titled "RFID Barometer in Retail," examined approximately 160 printed accounts of RFID deployments, ranging from 2001 to 2018. The report finds that in retail, the days of early adoption are past.

The researchers found that the retail industry is far ahead of other sectors when it comes to RFID use. In fact, 75 percent of UHF RFID tags are sold to this industry.

The study offered a review of RFID deployments in fashion and apparel in literature and publications, including articles and case studies published by RFID Journal. The group studied the experiences of companies in RFID pilots and deployments, and also considered the practical implications for the fashion and apparel retailer market throughout Europe. Rizzi presented the study's results at this year's RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2018 conference and exhibition, held in November. "The research [focuses], on one hand, on monitoring RFID adoption status in the industry, and on the other hand, how use cases are evolving over time," Rizzi says. rfidjournal.com

2019 LPF Swing for Certification Golf Tournament Sponsorships sold out!

Registration is now open for retailers

The Loss Prevention Foundation is excited to announce that all sponsorships for the 2019 Swing for Certification golf tournament, being held June 10, 2019, are sold out! Nine levels of sponsorship were offered: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships, as well as, Beverage Cart, Lunch, Post-Golf Reception, Golf Cannon and Beat the Pro sponsorships.

"We are thrilled to have all these terrific partners join us for the 2nd Swing for Certification tournament," said Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of the LPF. "Vector Security Networks, which has been an amazing supporter of the LPF for many years, has once again committed to be our Platinum sponsor for the event."

The tournament, which will be held at Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton, CA, will precede the NRF Protect conference. The event is open to all retailers and will once again be raising funds for the Bob MacLea LPQ & LPC Scholarships and the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund.

Registration is now open, and this networking golf event is sure to sell out. Please visit www.swingforcertification.org for more information and to register.

2018 Holiday Shopper Traffic Was a Gift to Retailers
In-store shopper numbers demonstrate the importance of last-minute holiday shopping for brick-and-mortar

ShopperTrak, a Tyco Retail Solutions' brand, today announced results of shopper traffic and behavior trends during the 2018 holiday season, the period spanning from the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 18, 2018, through Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Traffic data shows that ShopperTrak's initial prediction of the top 10 busiest shopping days aligned with the actual busiest days in-store, with only one change in the order of significance with Dec. 1, versus Dec. 29 rounding out the list. Altogether, the actual busiest shopping days of 2018 accounted for 40 percent of the total season's brick-and-mortar traffic.

Predicted 2018 Busiest Shopping Days
1. Friday, Nov. 23 - Black Friday
2. Saturday, Dec. 22 - Super Saturday
3. Saturday, Dec. 15
4. Sunday, Dec. 23
5. Saturday, Nov. 24
6. Saturday, Dec. 8
7. Friday, Dec. 21
8. Wednesday, Dec. 26
9. Saturday, Dec. 1
10. Saturday, Dec. 29

Actual 2018 Busiest Shopping Days
1. Friday, Nov. 23 - Black Friday
2. Saturday, Dec. 22 - Super Saturday
3. Saturday, Dec. 15
4. Sunday, Dec. 23
5. Saturday, Nov. 24
6. Saturday, Dec. 8
7. Friday, Dec. 21
8. Wednesday, Dec. 26
9. Saturday, Dec. 29
10. Saturday, Dec. 1   businesswire.com

Retail jobs grew 37,600 year-over-year in December
Retailers hired 576,800 seasonal workers for holidays

Retail industry employment in December increased by 15,200 jobs seasonally adjusted from November and 37,600 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The retail gains, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the nation added 312,000 jobs overall, the Labor Department said.

"Today's numbers indicate that labor demand remains strong and signal that the economy is more stable than what the financial markets suggest," NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. "The strong growth in employment confirms that the labor market is still expanding. And while the unemployment rate increased, it did so for the right reason - more individuals are seeking to enter the labor force since wages are growing and more attractive." nrf.com

As wages rise, U.S. retailers focus on efficiency to cut labor costs
Even as they've absorbed higher labor costs, most retailers remain reluctant to pass them on to customers in the form of price increases. So unless companies are willing to eat all or part of their higher labor costs, they need to increase their workers' efficiency.

To that end, retailers, fast food restaurants and other lower-wage employers are boosting investment in technology and redesigning stores. Walmart is automating its truck unloading to require fewer workers on loading docks. Kohl's is using more hand-held devices to speed check-outs and restock shelves. McDonald's is increasingly replacing cashiers with self-service kiosks to free up workers for table service.

"We need ... meaningful improvements" in productivity, said Greg Foran, CEO of Walmart's U.S. division. "Pricing generally isn't going up. It's going to come down as competition intensifies." omaha.com

E-Verify Is Down. What Do Employers Do Now?
Amy Peck, an immigration attorney with Jackson Lewis in Omaha, Neb., advised employers to keep track of all new hires with completed I-9s for whom there are no E-Verify queries due to the shutdown. She also recommended attaching a memo in a master E-Verify file tracking the days that the program was unavailable. "I've seen the discrepancy come up years later during an audit," she said

"Once the system is back up, work with counsel on how much time employees have to resolve their TNCs," Peck said. "Someone receiving a TNC the day before the shutdown is a different case than somebody who had 10 days to resolve their TNC when the shutdown occurred. Those circumstances should be considered on a case-by-case basis." shrm.org

Police Suicides Outnumber On-Duty Deaths In 2018
For the third straight year, the leading cause of death among police officers is not a crazed gunman but rather suicide.

Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit group out of Massachusetts, reported that 159 officers in the United States took their own lives last year.

The statistic, which is compiled by the group in a private self submission is likely much higher than the confirmed number according to Tulsa Police Major Travis Yates. lawofficer.com

Which Cities Have the Fastest Police Response Time?
If you have an emergency, you might wait a while in Denver (average police response time of just under 13 minutes), while a serious emergency call in Chicago will garner a response within 3.5 minutes. On average, though, your best bet is Los Angeles, with an average police response time of 5.7 minutes, according to a report from Safe Smart Living. securitymagazine.com

U.S. retail vacancies remain flat at 10.2%
But more closures from Sears, others on the way

For months, there's been a steady stream of store closure announcements from Sears, Bon-Ton, J.C. Penney and other retailers. And while mall and shopping center owners appear to be holding their own at the moment, that could soon change, with another wave of closures expected in 2019.

The vacancy rate at regional and super regional malls was 9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. That's down from 9.1 percent - a seven-year high - in the third quarter, but up from 8.3 percent at the end of 2017. That's also above a 10-year average vacancy rate for these malls of 8.4 percent during the fourth quarter.

Overall, U.S. retail vacancies remained flat at 10.2 percent during the latest quarter, real estate research firm Reis said. cnbc.com

Lord & Taylor flagship store locks its doors forever
Host of last year's D&D Daily 'Live in NYC' LPNN shoot

After 104 years, Lord & Taylor's flagship store on Fifth Avenue locked its doors forever. The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows closed down Wednesday afternoon, ending a blowout sale that left whole floors empty. By the end, clothes that once sold for as much as $100 were going for $5.99, and $600 designer shoes for $99.

The 11-story building has been sold to the WeWork space-leasing company for more than $850 million.

Forty-five other, smaller Lord & Taylor stores remain open, mostly on the East Coast. In addition, Lord & Taylor-branded merchandise is being sold online through the Walmart website. apnews.com

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Six steps for navigating BOPIS with ease in 2019

Five Below Rolls Out New POS Self-Checkout & Tablet-Based Solution

20K Former TRU Employees Receive Apps for Severance Fund - $200 to $12,000

Toys R Us Asia to open 60 stores in 2019

Clothing Retailer FullBeauty To Restructure In Ch. 11

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By Apprehending Merchandise,
Not Shoplifters

Hear how from Marcus Young with United Supermarkets

Hear from Marcus Young, Director of Asset Protection for United Supermarkets, on how Gatekeeper Systems Purchek, a pushout theft prevention system, protects customers and associates, stops thefts as they occur, and provides confrontation free loss prevention.

Learn how Gatekeeper can help your business apprehend merchandise, not shoplifters here.


Ohio Implements Data Protection Act
The state of Ohio has implemented its Data Protection Act to encourage businesses to voluntarily adopt strong cybersecurity controls to protect consumer data.

Senate Bill 220, the Data Protection Act, was sponsored by State Senators Bob Hackett (R-London) and Kevin Bacon (R-Westerville) and was signed into law in late 2018.

Senate Bill 220 provides different industry-recognized cybersecurity frameworks which a business can follow when creating its own cybersecurity program. In order to receive the benefit of the safe harbor, a business must create its own cybersecurity program.

The legislation provides an affirmative defense to a lawsuit which alleges a data breach that was caused by a business' failure to implement reasonable information security controls. 

Businesses are only required to incorporate one of the frameworks into the business' cybersecurity program. Further, businesses are free to choose whichever framework best fits their information security controls. securitymagazine.com

True Data Privacy Cannot Exist Without Addressing the Insider Threat
Protecting sensitive customer data is a huge priority for today's organizations, which face intensifying regulatory and compliance pressures and unwavering customer expectations.

A truly rigorous and comprehensive approach to customer data privacy cannot exist unless a major source of breaches - privileged insiders - is addressed.

Regardless of the root cause of an insider threat, the risks to customer data privacy are significant. Five best practices for protecting against insider threats including the following:

Monitor insider activity. Some organizations are reticent to implement monitoring, believing employees will view it as intrusive "big brother" behavior. Clearly this must be handled appropriately, but the benefits of insider monitoring - for both the organization, as well as individual workers - vastly outweigh the drawbacks.

Be proactive and constantly analyze. The Ponemon Institute's latest research shows 191 days - more than six months - as the average length of time it now takes organizations to identify a data breach. In the event of malicious insider involvement, this leaves a substantial window of time to wreak havoc by misusing customer data, before the organization is even aware anything is wrong.

Get granular. One reason breaches are so damaging to customer satisfaction and brand reputation is that, in many cases, more customers are notified than may actually be necessary. When in doubt of exactly whose data was accessed, organizations tend to cast the widest net on all customers that may have possibly been impacted. This is especially true in a post-GDPR world, when organizations are now required to report breaches in 72 hours. Achieving this granularity requires more than simply seeing insiders' session durations, but rather, understanding exactly how, when and what data was accessed.

Manage credentials. Many organizations fail to manage privileged insider user credentials properly - meaning that if a user's job function changes and they no longer require access to a sensitive data set, that access is not always terminated.

Focus on where the most sensitive data lives. A typical enterprise has many data repositories spread throughout it. Determining which data sources need to be monitored for insider threats is essentially a matter of identifying where the most critical data resides.

Today's threats to data privacy are always evolving, but one constant is the human element. Even the most seemingly rigorous data privacy initiative cannot be complete unless it addresses the insider threat. Organizations must be on the offensive, especially since these particular threats, unlike those from the outside, are more preventable. securitymagazine.com

Disaster recovery plans, continuity took center stage in 2018
In 2018, disaster recovery weighed heavily on the minds of IT pros, and it's easy to see why. From destructive weather events to well-publicized security breaches and ransomware attacks, disaster in all industries seemed imminent. On the one hand, it's no fun to stress out about potential failures. But on the other, organizations seem to put more emphasis on their disaster recovery plans than ever.

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) was at the center of planning for many, as maintaining continuity and reducing downtime has never been more important. The acceptable amount of downtime has quickly become zero downtime, so the ability to recover quickly and efficiently is a DR priority. The methods of achieving this vary, but it's clear that BC/DR planning was a concern for organizations of all sizes, in all industries.

This article compiles top expert tips on disaster recovery in 2018. Along with major concerns such as BC/DR, readers had a vested interest in improving general disaster recovery plans, responding to ransomware attacks and protecting vital assets. techtarget.com

Podcast: Back up your data for natural disaster protection
From destructive hurricanes to wildfires, it seems like we can't go a few days without hearing about a damaging disaster. Pretty much anywhere in the world is susceptible to at least one kind of natural event. With that in mind, is your backup and recovery strategy ready for the worst?

In this Back Up to Basics podcast, Greg Arnette, a technology evangelist at data protection and security vendor Barracuda, details how you can be prepared, discussing new trends in the industry, as well as historically solid best practices. Listen Here: techtarget.com

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Top 5 LPNN Videos of 2018
#3 Most Watched

LP Industry Evolution & A Look Into The Future

Editor's Message: 

For Most It's a Career. For a Few It's a Profession.

A Professional looks back after 30+ years helping to guide the industry.

With a unique individual style, defined by a quiet strength, level balance, sincere leadership, and depth of knowledge respected by senior management, stores, and AP teams alike, this true professional took the time to share his thoughts and advice for the next generation as he gently closes the door.

Leaving his mark on dozens if not hundreds, with many following his footsteps and hopefully carrying his qualities forward.

Hear his advice that we're honored to share with all of you.

The LP industry has evolved dramatically over the last 40 years. And over the next 10 to 20, it'll evolve to a place we're only getting glimpses of now. While the digital revolution may increase the amount of information you'll be able to manage, it will all still boil down to managing people, data, processes, theft, crisis, and keeping stores safe.

Chad McIntosh, VP of LP & Risk Management for Bloomingdales, has spent the last 40 years developing teams, building programs, delivering shrink results, solving critical issues, and watching the industry evolve. As he now enters retirement, we ask him to look back and look forward in this career-spanning interview full of invaluable wisdom and insight.

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How retailers and brands can fight the online scourge of counterfeit goods
A billion crimes a day. In January 2018, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) released a purchasing study showing the pervasiveness of counterfeit goods sold on websites alongside authentic products.

With nearly 2 billion products listed daily on just Amazon and Alibaba-and dozens of other global marketplaces, social media sites and search engines hosting millions of products each-there are likely a billion counterfeit listings online at any one time. The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced a five-year counterfeit & piracy forecast projecting growth in fakery to $4.2 trillion (!) by 2022. They declared that "measures to fight counterfeiting have not been sufficient," which is an unfortunate truth in a world of high-quality manufacturing, low counterfeiting penalties and cheap shipping from Asia. As a result, easily available fakes are destroying trust and raising transaction costs worldwide.

Your brands. If you sell your own brands online, your very business model is under attack. Counterfeiters consume your advertising budget by constantly bidding against you for your own brands. They divert sales, especially harming companies that offer only a few hit products. Counterfeits erode prices, cause health and safety issues that damage customer relationships and cause false relationship experiences to be forever recorded as negative feedback. Read more digitalcommerce360.com

A 9-point checklist for securing your e‑commerce site
E-commerce worldwide sales have grown from 1.3 trillion dollars in 2014 to 2.8 trillion dollars in 2018-representing a 115% increase. On the other hand, system vulnerabilities and the associated risks have been swiftly increasing too.

No matter what level of security, in-house or outsourced, you have for your e-commerce store, it never hurts to know the basics of e-commerce store security.

Here's a 9-point checklist to keep your e-commerce store secure and give your customers a pleasant, peace-of-mind experience:

1. Take Daily Backups
2. Enable HTTPs
3. Protection against XSS attacks
4. Ensure you don't have default settings
5. Use SFTP instead of FTP
6. Remove outdated permissions
7. Trusted third-party extensions and themes
8. Malware Protection
9. Web application firewall digitalcommerce360.com

Data Shows Boost In Holiday eCommerce Traffic
According to the 2018 Holiday Retail Index by Verizon, average daily eCommerce traffic to the top 25 U.S. retailers increased by 7.5 percent year-over-year on Thursday, Dec. 27 and 7.7 percent year-over-year on Friday, Dec. 28.

And while there was a 20 percent year-over-year decline in U.S. online retail traffic on Sunday, Dec. 30, eCommerce traffic saw a boost every day compared to the previous year between Wednesday, Dec. 26 (0.2 percent) and Sunday, Dec. 30. pymnts.com

Online grocery delivery grows with Web
A rising tide is said to lift all boats, and a new study says rising Internet popularity is lifting online grocery delivery. According to a new market research report from Technavio, the global online grocery delivery market will undergo a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of close to 22% for the period 2018-2022. chainstoreage.com

How To Handle Unauthorized Sellers On Amazon

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SoHo, New York: Burglar wanted for stealing $75K worth of products from Apple Store
Police are looking for the brazen burglar caught on surveillance video breaking into an Apple store in Manhattan on Wednesday. Authorities say the suspect, who didn't cover his face, broke through a window at the SoHo Apple Store and got away with $75,000 in merchandise. The incident took place at approximately 1 a.m. abc7ny.com

Jackson Parish, LA: Women arrested, accused of stealing over $3K worth of items from Walmart
Two Natchez women have been arrested in Jackson parish, accused of shoplifting over $3,000 worth of items from Walmart. According to police, a concerned citizen called the Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office around 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon about two females in the garden center area of Walmart.

The caller told police that one of the females had multiple items in a shopping cart while the other female was talking with an employee. The caller said it seemed like the female talking with the employee was trying to distract the employee while the other female snuck out with the items. myarklamiss.com

St Paul, MN: Man accused of going on burglary spree, hitting over 12 retailers,
faces 8 more convictions

Daniel Nixon has 25 theft and burglary convictions. He faces 8 more after alleged spree. Daniel Edward Nixon's approach was often the same. He would use a tool to break through the store's window or glass doors to gain entry, and rummage around for what he wanted, legal documents say. If it was a gas station, he sometimes stole cigarettes or lottery tickets, according to court records. At other locations, he emptied cash registers or removed safes. The 55-year-old was charged Thursday via warrant with eight felony counts of second-degree burglary. Police used DNA and video evidence to link him to the burglaries. When officers searched his apartment, they found a closet containing some 300 packs of cigarettes, rows of lottery tickets, bent cash register drawers, a hammer and a list of metro-area convenience stores.  twincities.com

Fort Wayne, IN: Kohl's employee uses job for credit card fraud
A woman faces preliminary charges after police say she passed off credit card information to an accomplice, who used them to buy gift cards. The arrest comes after Kohl's Loss Prevention noticed several transactions linked to suspicious accounts. Corporate called customers, finding they did not authorize the transactions. Surveillance video shows customers entering Niakia Baker's line. Shortly after, Baker would text on her phone. A man would come into the store to her register, buying gift cards with the Kohl's Credit Card numbers of customers who had come through Baker's line. The man would later make purchases with some of the gift cards. Police say Baker and another woman would also sometimes use some of the gift cards. Baker would also get Kohl's Cash from the purchases and spend that. The total loss has reached over $1,000. wpta21.com

Great Fall, SC: Brick tossed through 2 Chester Co. gas station doors, $2,500 of cigarettes stolen

Clermont, FL: Woman steals $1000 worth of Target goods; says she has A.D.D.

Lebanon, IN: Three Suspects wanted in connection to Multiple theft from Menards

Champlin, MN: Police chase of Fleet Farm Shoplifters ends in a crash, 3 men and 1 woman arrested

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Shootings & Deaths

Martin County, FL: Teen who threatened to kill Jewelry Store Owner
during Robbery dies, family sues

A teenager who was shot last month by a jewelry store owner on the Treasure Coast has died. The owner said he felt his life was threatened after the teen robbed his store. The State Attorney's office did not press charges against the owner. The shooting happened on Dec. 13 at the Treasure Coast Liquidators when a 17-year-old boy went to the store asking to see gold rings and a gold chain. Barbara Dacey, the owner of the store, said the teen tried on three rings. She told the teen he couldn't try them all on at once, and that's when the teen threatened her life. Dacey's husband, Michael, said the teen ran out of the store with the rings, and got into a Jeep, driven by a 16-year-old. Michael Dacey shot the 17 year old in the head. wptv.com

Detroit, MI: Liquor Store Customer shot and killed as he exited the store
A 36-year-old man was shot to death Thursday outside of a west-side liquor store by two perpetrators. Police said the man and the suspects were inside the store. The victim made a purchase and he left the store, followed by two people who had put on masks. Once outside the store, one of the suspects shot the victim and both suspects fled in a black vehicle. detroitnews.com

Update: Edison, NJ: Speedway Gas Station murder, 2 suspects arrested in South Carolina
Following a nearly two-week manhunt, a man and a woman have been arrested in the robbery and fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk at the Speedway Gas Station on Amboy Avenue in Edison. Marcus A. Wright, 22, was arrested Thursday in South Carolina, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan announced in a news release. Wright is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, both second-degree crimes. mycentraljersey.com

Lumberton, NC: Security guard shot during Sweepstakes Armed Robbery
A security guard was shot in the hand on Wednesday during a robbery of a local retail store. Deputies responded to a call at 6:48 p.m. of an armed robbery at Lucky Clover Sweepstakes, and found the security guard injured. The two assailants escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. The injuries to the guard, Quinton Washington, 30, were not life-threatening. robesonian.com

Glendale, CA: Police Officer fires on cellphone robbery suspect outside Target at Eagle Rock Plaza
Authorities said a woman called police around 1:50 p.m. saying a man stole her cellphone while she was standing in front of the Target. Someone at the mall was able to point out the suspect to an officer arriving on scene. Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department, said the suspect immediately ran away into the mall's parking lot once he saw the officer. "The guy then got into a vehicle and started to drive away," he said. "At that point our officer took four shots at the suspect while in the car. Thankfully the shots didn't hit anybody and no one was injured." latimes.com

Atlanta, GA: Security Guard arrested after allegedly shooting liquor store thief
A liquor store security guard is facing charges after police said he confronted a thief Wednesday night, shot him, chased him in a vehicle and fired more warning shots. The hours-long ordeal started about 10:45 p.m. when a man stole alcohol from Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits on Piedmont Road, Atlanta. Police responded to the area and arrested the guard on charges of Reckless Conduct and Discharging a gun within city limits. A charge of Aggravated Assault was later added. ajc.com

Bakersfield, CA: O'Reilly Auto Part Employee Stabs Shoplifting Suspect in the Chest
An employee at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store allegedly stabbed a possible shoplifter Thursday. Police said the stabbing victim might've stolen some paint and a battery charger from the store. Police said the possible thief, whose name was withheld, had escaped the store and was already in his car when an employee "may have reached through the window and stabbed him" in the chest. bakersfieldnow.com

Cleveland, OH: Argument sets off Shooting inside busy C-Store, 3 wounded
An armed man opened fire inside of a gas station convenience store, sending more than a dozen customers running for their lives. All three shooting victims survived. fox8.com

Hollywood, CA: Update: Security Guard Pleads Not Guilty to Murder
in Walgreens Fatal Shooting

A security guard charged in the shooting death of a homeless man he suspected of shoplifting at a Walgreens in Hollywood pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder. Donald Vincent Ciota II, faces one count of murder with an allegation that he used a firearm as a deadly and dangerous weapon. The Dec. 2 shooting occurred during a confrontation with 21-year-old Jonathan Hart inside the Sunset and Vine store. Ciota is accused of fatally shooting Hart in the back as he ran away. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan ordered Ciota to return to court Feb. 13, when a date is expected to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Ciota faces up to life in state prison, if convicted. He remains jailed on $3 million bond.

Tulsa, OK: Update: Walgreens Clerk won't be charged in fatal shooting
Authorities say they will not bring charges against a former Walgreens clerk in Oklahoma who shot and killed a customer during a confrontation over photographs. Tulsa police Sgt. Brandon Watkins told the Tulsa World that the former clerk's actions were "pretty justifiable" in the shooting of 52-year-old William Adolf Hurley.

A Walgreens spokesman says the clerk is no longer employed by the company but declined to elaborate. Authorities say Hurley went to the store Dec. 19 to retrieve the photos and at some point became upset. He pulled a firearm, took the photos from the clerk and appeared to be leaving before he returned and threatened the clerk. The clerk, who had a concealed carry permit, pulled his weapon and shot Hurley. The clerk's shots also struck another customer and an employee, who were treated for their injuries.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Marshall County, MS: Burglary Ring Busted
May be responsible for 28 C-Store Burglaries in 3 States

Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said his law enforcement team has suspects in two break-ins of convenience stores in Marshall County. They are connected with up to possibly 28 convenience store break-ins in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Authorities in DeSoto, Marshall and Benton counties in Mississippi and in Memphis and Bolivar, Tenn., have busted this burglary ring by sharing information with each other, he said. southreporter.com

Gwinnett County, GA: Police investigate Publix Burglary Ring
Gwinnett County Police are looking for three men behind a theft ring. Investigators said they have targeted Publix grocery stores. Police shared surveillance video of the burglars breaking into three Publix stores. They hit two Publix stores on Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville early Sunday morning. Police say they're the same crew that broke into a Publix on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard on the day after Christmas. Each time the men got away with tobacco products and cash. fox5atlanta.com

Houston, TX: Teens arrested after being linked to Restaurant crime spree: Carl Jr., Denny's, McDonald's, and Jack in the Box
Three teens who were linked to four restaurant robberies Thursday morning and ordered breakfast in the middle of their crime spree have been arrested. Authorities say the oldest suspect is 15. They came behind the counter as soon as nobody was looking and ripped it out," she said, pointing to the bent and broken black cash drawer. The assistant manager said the teens didn't have a gun or threaten any workers. abc13.com

Joplin, MO: Charges filed against woman for attacking Northpark Mall employee
Charges are filed against a woman who assaulted a Northpark Mall employee in Joplin last week. 22 year old Shaveona Jackson, of Tulsa, has been charged with 3rd degree Assault. Around 7 the night of December 26th, a store employee was assaulted after confronting a group of shoplifters. Police were able to find and arrest two males and two females -- including Jackson. Three others were arrested for shoplifting and robbery, but were not charged. Police found numerous items in the vehicle -- all with security tags on them. fourstateshomepage.com

North Riverside, IL: Extra security at North Riverside Mall after social media threats
People under the age of 17 are not being allowed inside North Riverside Park Mall without parental supervision. Police from surrounding departments were called to assist. The mall was forced to shut down on Saturday as big crowds of young people caused major disturbances inside. Two young people were arrested after the melee on Saturday. No one was injured. There has been a lot of social media chatter suggesting it's about to happen again, so everyone at the mall is on a heightened state of alert. wgntv.com

Sacramento, CA: Mayor Pushes Programs For Youth Involved In Arden Mall Melees
Two brawls in three days sent workers and shoppers running, including a toddler, who broke his leg while trying to get away. In each incident, hundreds of teens broke out into fights inside and outside the mall, swarming stores and parking lots. "We're gonna invest like never before in our young people," said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg first suggested the mall ban unaccompanied minors. cbslocal.com


AT&T - Smithfield, NC - Robbery
Antique Shop - Roanoke, VA - Burglary
Apple - SoHo, New York City, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Webster County, KY - Burglary
C-Store - Poughkeepsie, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Garland, TX - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot, wounded
C-Store - Delmar, MD -Armed Robbery
C-Store - Athens, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Concord, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Florence County, SC - Burglary
C-Store - Pocatello, ID - Burglary
Clothing - West Hollywood, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Mount Pleasant, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hot Springs, AR - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Fredericksburg, MD - Robbery
Gun Store - Castle Rock, CO - Burglary
Gun Store - Sedalia, CO - Burglary
Liquor Store - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery/ Shooting - Customer killed
Liquor Store - Atlanta, GA - Robbery
Liquor Store - Earlington, KY - Burglary
Music Store - Luzerne County, PA - Burglary
Pet Shop - Fairbanks, AK - Burglary
Pet Shop - Olathe, KS - Robbery
Pharmacy - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery (Carl's Jr.)
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery (Jack in the Box)
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery (Denny's)
Rite Aid - Spartanburg, SC - Armed Robbery
Sweepstakes - Lumberton, NC - Armed Robbery/ Guard  shot, wounded
T-Mobile - Washington, DC - Burglary
Thrift Shop - Moscow, ID - Burglary
Vape - Chico, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
20 robberies
13 burglaries
3 shootings
1 killing


Weekly Totals:
41 robberies
24 burglaries
4 shootings
2 killings



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