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Staples Cuts Up to 600 Corporate Jobs - Including Top LP Positions
Eliminating VP and Director-Level Positions
Inside sources say up to 600 corporate jobs across the board will be eliminated at Staples. The VP of Global Loss Prevention and Director of Global Loss Prevention Operations/Systems positions have been cut, along with cuts in ORC, field and hourly LP staff positions. framinghamsource.com

Amazon names top 20 finalists in second headquarters race
Who will win Jeff Bezos' Golden Ticket?

Amazon named 20 finalists in the race to win its second headquarters Thursday, narrowing the pool of cities and states competing to secure an expected 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment.

They are:

● Atlanta, GA
● Austin, TX
● Boston, MA
● Chicago, IL
● Columbus, OH
● Dallas, TX
● Denver, CO
● Indianapolis, IN
● Los Angeles, CA
● Miami, FL
● Montgomery County, MD
● Nashville, TN
● Newark, NJ
● New York City, NY
● Northern Virginia, VA
● Philadelphia, PA
● Pittsburgh, PA
● Raleigh, NC
● Toronto, ON
● Washington D.C.

Amazon announced its search for a second, but equal, headquarters in September. Its requirements, laid out in a request for proposals, included that the winner be a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, have a "stable and business-friendly environment," and be in "urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent." At least 238 cities and regions in the United States and Canada applied.

Amazon will now work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership, the company said. It expects to make a final decision in 2018. usatoday.com

Rosamaria Sostilio, VP LP, Barnes & Noble, featured in Retail Executive Magazine
'The New Age Of LP - From Cybercrime To Security's Single Biggest Threat'

Sostilio explains why loss prevention has changed drastically over the years and what retail executives need to do now to protect their assets

To the loss prevention world, Rosamaria Sostilio needs no introduction. Her impressive career in the field spans more than three decades. Due to her work in her various positions within the asset protection pyramid, her industry leadership roles, including former NRF LP council chair, and her current role as VP of LP at Barnes & Noble, Sostilio is synonymous with LP. Yet, one conversation with her will prove she is as humble as she is brilliant. See, Sostilio earned her stripes in loss prevention at a time when very few women worked in the field. And, while she's keenly aware of this fact, which is fodder for another article altogether, she credits her mentors for having helped her along her path to success. As such, she continues to pay it forward to others looking to build a career in loss prevention. Indeed, mentorship is a key part of her multifaceted role, because loss prevention looks very different today from what it did when Sostilio began her career in the '80s. From cybersecurity to domestic terrorism, Sostilio weighs in on how drastically things have changed in the world of loss prevention and what retail executives need to do now to stay abreast of mounting risks and threats.

First of All, LP or AP?
Sostilio cut her teeth in retail the same way as most - by taking a job in retail and getting bit by the "retail bug." "You take a job in retail, not thinking you are going to stay in retail, and then something happens," she says. "I really enjoy the fast, dynamic pace. Through various experiences, one thing led to another, and I found myself in the security department, which is what it was called in the '80s."

From the ground up, Sostilio worked her way through various organizations and became a manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1989. Her tenure with Saks lasted until 2016. "I have had every single job in what is now called the Asset Protection Pyramid," she says. Today, as VP of LP at Barnes & Noble, Sostilio is responsible for all LP functions, and she'll tell you that the LP industry has evolved so much that the term loss prevention, which in itself has a reactionary connotation, has morphed into the commonly accepted proactive term, asset protection. "Technology changed loss prevention; it is evolving and expanding to help retailers protect their assets - their people and their products - as opposed to merely preventing loss. But, the more strategic reason for the move to asset protection stems from three types of programs. Some retailers have a security program, which focuses on theft and access control - the basics and fundamentals of physical security. Others have a loss prevention program, which means LP professionals have more responsibility when it comes to auditing and, perhaps, safety. Finally, some retailers have an asset protection program, which is an all-encompassing, holistic program that focuses on the multichannel environment by assessing risk in a more sophisticated way. I say 'holistic,' but what I really mean is the examination of issues from end to end, as opposed to LP's traditional siloed approach. In my younger years, loss prevention was a siloed group that was only there when needed. But, scarce resources have caused retail executives to do more with less, which has brought about the evolution and involvement of asset protection into the organization. Loss prevention has gained an important seat at the table by evolving into an asset protection philosophy thanks to its strategic approach to mitigating risk."  Read full article here.  retailexecutive.com

LPRC Announces New Podcast, Crime Lab
The Loss Prevention Research Council is excited to announce its brand new podcast, CrimeLab. In this bi-weekly series, the LPRC will explore the science of crime prevention and the practical application of this science for LP/AP practitioners. Episodes will feature guests including fellow practitioners, solution providers, industry thought leaders, and much more! Interested in learning more? Click to hear from LPRC Director Read Hayes on what you can expect from CrimeLab! The first episode, featuring co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes (LPRC) and Tom Meehan (Controltek), and special guest Kevin Larson (Kroger), will explore the theme of Precision LP will air on 1/18/2018.

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First Annual "Swing for Education" Golf Tournament
Hosted by the LP Foundation at NRF PROTECT 2018

"Swing for Education" is the theme for the first annual Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) golf tournament set for Sunday, June 10, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas preceding the NRF PROTECT conference June 11-13.

The event is open to all retailers and solution providers to raise money to fund scholarships for LP professionals who want to advance their careers through obtaining their LPQ or LPC certifications.

Proceeds will also benefit industry charities including the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund and the USS Foundation, the legacy event sponsor. yourlpf.org

LPF Announces New Bachelor Level Partnership with Hikvision

LPF Announces New Associate Level Partnership with CIS Security Solutions

Anne Sullivan, Former VP AP for CKE Restaurants
Named COO for SecurSolution Inc.

SecurSolution Inc. a security company that provides consulting services, mobile patrol and security officer services for commercial and residential security needs has selected Anne Sullivan as the company's chief operating officer. Recently, the vice president of Asset Protection & Risk Management for CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, Ms. Sullivan oversaw loss prevention, security, risk management, safety, operational standards support and cash conveyance for the CKE Brands. prnewswire.com

DTT Appoints New CEO - One Week After Acquiring LP Innovations
A week after securing an $80 million credit facility and completing the first acquisition in its 20 year history, DTT announced the appointment of Mike Coffey as chief executive officer. Sam Naficy, DTT's previous CEO and founder, will assume the position of chairman of the board of directors, where he will focus on strategy and M&A activity, Naficy told Security Systems News. securitysystemsnews.com

Immigration Raids Put Retailers on Alert
Recent raids by U.S. federal immigration agents targeting undocumented workers at 7-Eleven convenience stores across the U.S. should serve as a warning to other businesses to have their paperwork in order before agents arrive at their doors, said one labor law attorney who represents companies in immigration matters. The raids last week at 7-Eleven stores by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resulted in the arrests of 21 people. The raids occurred the same day that the government announced a new worksite enforcement policy built around three tenets. Those are inspections and fines; arrests of undocumented workers and the employers who hire them; and an education component to "instill a culture of compliance and accountability," according to the policy posted on the ICE website.

The emphasis on enforcement can expose employers to fines or even criminal charges for failing to have proper documentation - known as an I-9 form - that proves each employee is legally entitled to work in the U.S., said Shanon Stevenson, a partner at Fisher Phillips and co-chair of the law firm's global immigration practice group. "We're seeing an increase in the number of audits of employers, and this new announcement of policy makes it more important for employers to make sure they are complying with I-9," she said in an interview.

Companies that receive an inspection notice from ICE should take time to review their documents, correct any errors or create I-9 forms for workers, she said, as this will show intent to comply even if failing to have one from the time a worker was hired, which could result in a fine. Ms. Stevenson said companies should conduct self-audits and train their managers on how to properly fill out I-9 forms. Companies cannot refuse to cooperate with a federal immigration agent who shows up with an enforcement subpoena, but they should keep accurate inventory of any files, computers and hard drives agents may confiscate, she said. Finally, it is imperative employers don't help undocumented workers who try to flee during a raid. "That's something that could be seen as a criminal violation," said Ms. Stevenson. wsj.com

Baltimore's Network of 750 CitiWatch Cameras Predicts 7-Eleven Armed Robbery
Police in Baltimore have been using a wide-video network to stop criminals before they do more harm. The network is composed of 750 cameras across the city. A few nights ago, some of those cameras captured a scary scene, where suspected robbers started shooting at officers. Minutes before, a camera above predicted something was going to happen. The system is called CitiWatch and it's been in operation for 12 years.

A worker at a remote location spotted the two suspects lurking outside the 7-Eleven near Charles and Saratoga Streets. The moment they walked in, the camera zoomed in. It was an armed robbery, but police already knew that. Within minutes, officers arrived, and they stormed the store, where the suspects then shot at them. Police say there's evidence that may help detective find the suspects in the 7-Eleven shootout.

Lieutenant Samuel Hood of the department said the monitors' vigilance has prevented attacks in the past.

The CitiWatch center is in an undisclosed location downtown, the staff are all retired police officers and they monitor the cameras 24/7, 365 a year.

Lt. Hood says all the cameras are in public spaces, including the one that captured the shootout. Police are still looking for the suspects, but there's a sigh of relief that the officers are OK.

Officials say many of the cameras are privately owned and certain institutions likes Johns Hopkins have allowed them to tap into that network so that the monitors can watch what's happening across the city. cbslocal.com

Fierce flu season estimated to cost employers $9 billion in lost productivity
If you think you're coming down with the flu, here's advice from all of us: Stay home.

Sick employees could wind up costing employers $9 billion in lost productivity, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an executive coaching firm that crunched the stats.

"The current strain is particularly aggressive and those who are sick can be contagious for up to seven days. Workers who have the flu or need to care for someone with the flu should absolutely not come into work," Andrew Challenger, the firm's vice president of global outplacement consultancy, said in a statement. "This is exactly why employers have sick leave benefits." denverpost.com

Whole Foods' out-of-stocks blamed on inventory management system
Whole Foods employees say stores are suffering from food shortages because of a newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS. Whole Foods says the system reduces unnecessary inventory, lowers costs, and frees up employees to focus on customer service. Employees acknowledge that less food is spoiling in storage rooms, but they describe OTS as a "militaristic" system that crushes morale and leads to many items being out of stock.

"Last week, we ran out of onions and potatoes twice," an employee of a Brooklyn Whole Foods store said. "Entire aisles are empty at times." businessinsider.com

Walmart unveils one-of-a-kind opioid disposal effort
Walmart is taking action to help fight the nation's ongoing opioid epidemic. The nation's largest retailer is launching a first-of-its-kind opioid disposal solution - available at no cost - in its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide, including those at Sam's Club.

Called DisposeRx, the product provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids. It contains ingredients that when emptied into the opioid pill bottle and combined with warm water, creates a biodegradable gel that can be thrown out safely in the trash. The solution will be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to customers on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at a Walmart pharmacy. retaildive.com

Sears Holdings - Sr. Dir, AP Operations & Safety position taken off their website

Walgreens - Manager, Investigations & Internal Audit position no longer listed

Kroger Actively Recruiting for Management Roles

Apple to hire 20K, open new campus and pay $38b tax bill on overseas profits

NRF Big Show: 12 retail execs share their goals for 2018

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TIC Group in a Strategic Partnership with ALL-TAG Corporation Announces the Expansion of Customized EAS Tag Recirculation Program to the Retailer Tesco

BOCA RATON, FLA. - JANUARY 11, 2018 - TIC Group, located in Melbourne Australia, in a strategic partnership with ALL-TAG Corporation announces the addition of Tesco to its list of retailers benefitting from their EAS Tag Recirculation Program that allows the retailers to source tag their apparel at the apparel vendor's location rather than at their stores or distribution centers. Tesco joins TIC's ever-growing list to include companies such as Kohl's.

Reusable EAS tags are shipped to apparel manufacturers anywhere in the world. The apparel manufacturers affix the EAS tags to garments before they are shipped to retail stores. The EAS Tags are removed in the retail stores at the point-of-sale, and they are collected and recovered by TIC Group and ALL-Tag. The EAS Tags are then sent to our processing center where they are inspected, repackaged and recirculated back to the apparel manufacturers for another source tagging Recirculation.

"By implementing EAS Tag Recirculation, retailers achieve higher levels of security through precise tag placement on the garment, as well as far lower labor costs by eliminating in store or distribution center tagging. The combined companies have over 1,100 employees and operate 12 distribution and sorting centers throughout Europe, The Americas and Asia," commented Andy Gilbert, ALL-Tag V.P. of Sales.

Read full press release here


Kroger to roll out digital aisle displays to nearly 200 stores
Kroger is rolling out a new technology, called Kroger Edge, to nearly 200 stores by the end of 2018, the company told Business Insider. The technology digitally displays pricing and nutritional information, as well as video ads and coupons for various products.

It will eventually communicate with customers' smartphones and highlight products on their shopping lists as they walk down store aisles - helping them to quickly select items in a sea of identical-looking items. businessinsider.com

Coming to a grocery store near you: Self-driving shopping carts and smart shelves
U.S. grocers are playing catch-up. Held back by razor-thin profit margins, which have made investing difficult, grocery retailers lagged behind their peers in Europe and parts of Asia in making strides with technology that reduces the time shoppers spend navigating aisles, ringing up purchase and bagging items.

Then Amazon showed up and acquired Whole Foods. Now, there's more pressure to roll out projects that may have been in a pilot phase - or try new things entirely.

The future of America's grocery stores will include more scanning devices, smart shelves with digital displays and self-driving shopping carts. cnbc.com

The Future of Retail Is AI-Powered and 'Merchant-Imagined'
Fashion apparel retailing is being forced to change as consumer preferences shift and technologies such as artificial intelligence power a new breed of company that brings to market products, services and an overall shopping experience that shoppers demand and are delighted by.

This transformation requires a cultural shift of traditional retailers (as well as designers and manufacturers) that is centered on optimizing data and leveraging consumer insights to offer products and services that shoppers want. And the engine that will drive this change is AI. But that doesn't mean the creative merchant and design activities will be replaced by robots. Instead, AI will eliminate redundancies and use automation to free up time to allow merchants to focus on what they do best: create. wwd.com

Mental Models & Security: Thinking Like a Hacker
These 7 approaches can change the way you tackle problems

In the world of information security, people are often told to "think like a hacker." The problem is, if you think of a hacker within a very narrow definition (e.g., someone who only breaks Web applications), it leads to a counterproductive way of thinking and conducting business.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, not least because isolated facts don't stand on their own very well. As legendary investor Charlie Munger once said:

"Well, the first rule is that you can't really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang 'em back. If the facts don't hang together on a latticework of theory, you don't have them in a usable form.

You've got to have models in your head. And you've got to array your experience both vicarious and direct on this latticework of models.

[You've] got to have multiple models because if you just have one or two that you're using, the nature of human psychology is such that you'll torture reality so that it fits your models, or at least you'll think it does."

This is worth bearing in mind for security pros. When we look at the thought process of a (competent) security professional, it encompasses many mental models. These don't relate exclusively to hacking or wider technology, but instead cover principles that have broader applications.

Let's look at some general mental models and their security applications. darkreading.com

Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks
Why use hack-back tactics when you can drop a nuke on your cyber attackers? According to the draft for the Pentagon's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks.

While the Pentagon's proposed policy change suggests the U.S. should "only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners," large cyber attacks are considered "extreme circumstances." csoonline.com

KPMG - Director, Cyber Security Services position taken down from website

Amazon's AI Alexa could let in hackers, experts warn

Some Basic Rules for Securing Your IoT Stuff


Excerpts from Prove 'Em Innocent:
The Art & Science of Workplace Investigations

by John A. Velke III

Part Twelve

One of the most important competencies of a retail loss prevention / asset protection professional is to be capable of conducting a fair, unbiased investigation thoroughly, confidentially, and with absolute professionalism. Velke's book provides new and experienced investigators an opportunity to build on their investigative expertise using real-life examples and exercises derived from more than 40 years of investigative experience.

Twelfth in a series of bi-monthly excerpts: Games & Exercises from Chapter 5.


Poker has experienced explosive growth during the last decade in part due to on-line poker sites and small "hole-cameras" that show viewers what cards are held by each player. What was once a card game appealing mostly to participants has now become a spectator sport with televised tournaments. While watching poker games can be entertaining, playing poker can be instructive and can develop helpful investigative skills. Here is a short list of some of the skills acquired and used by good poker players followed by a sentence or two illustrating the investigative value of these same skills:

1. Good poker players recognize nuances in body language and changes in tone and inflection of voice. They call these "tells". Good investigators do the same thing and benefit by learning how to recognize deception.

2. Good poker players take a disciplined approach to play by calculating odds and playing to win. Good investigators learn to take a disciplined approach to investigations by carefully considering all investigative options and selecting those with the greatest likelihood of success first. Both groups get punished when they act impulsively.

Read today's full excerpt and other parts from John's book here

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#2 Episode from 'Live in DC' at NRF Protect 2017

Developing High Performance Teams

"Good People, Good Everything"

Alisa Dart, VP of AP, Macy's

With all the changes the retail world is facing, there's one aspect of the industry, every organization and every team that's never changed and will never change. And that is the people - the human beings on your team who will determine your success or your failure.

Alisa Dart
, Vice President of Asset Protection for Macy's, oversees their entire field AP team, covering 600 stores nationwide, 5 operating regions and 39 districts. Hear her perspective and experience when it comes to developing high performance teams.

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Angry Alibaba points to 'beefed-up' IP protection initiatives
According to the Chinese e-commerce giant, which announced the measures at an Alibaba Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) gathering of brands and rights holders in Guangzhou, the initiatives will secure its online platforms and further tighten intellectual property rights (IPR) protection.

The move comes just days after the US Trade Representative relisted Alibaba's Taobao online marketplace in its 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for the second year in a row. To back the relisting, the USTR cites issues around accessing and utilising takedown procedures on the platform, particularly for smaller companies, a lack of metrics to identify the scale of the counterfeit problem, and claims that the company's enforcement programmes are "insufficient" to end the sale of counterfeit products on the platform.

In response, Alibaba released a damning 11-page point-by-point rebuttal of the relisting, claiming it was being made a "scapegoat by the USTR to win points in a highly politicised environment".

It also mentioned the various actions undertaken to address the issue of IP infringement, especially after its notorious markets listing in 2016, adding that the USTR "completely ignores" not only the work Alibaba has been doing for many years but also the fact that Alibaba has "met and dramatically exceeded" the USTR's three 2016 recommendations. securingindustry.com

Alibaba shuts down 240,000 online stores selling fake goods in 2017: report
China's e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba shut down 240,000 online stores suspected of selling fake products in 2017, according to a report published by the company.

Alibaba also helped catch counterfeiters in offline cases worth about 4.3 billion yuan (668 million U.S. dollars). The company provided tips about fake products to public security bureaus across the country, which led to the detention of 1,606 suspects.

Alibaba said that as the world's biggest retail platform, the company is committed to the anti-counterfeit battle and protecting intellectual property rights. xinhuanet.com

Amazon commands nearly 70% of online holiday transactions among the top 50 retailers

A new e‑commerce site increases traffic to Hibbett Sports stores
Site accounts for 5% of Q3 revenue

Burberry posts weak holiday sales but says e‑commerce growth is 'good' and led by Asia


Bakersfield, CA: 6 in custody following $30,000 Robbery at AT&T store
Six people are in custody following a robbery at an AT&T store in South Bakersfield on Wednesday night. According to Bakersfield Police, the AT&T store on Panama Lane off H Street was robbed around 8 p.m. Police say at least four suspects entered the store and forcibly removed more than $30,000 in electronics. turnto23.com

Newark, DE: $4,600 in merchandise stolen outside Shoe store
A shoe store in Suburban Plaza lost thousands of dollars in merchandise after someone stole packages that were delivered overnight and left outside. The incident happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 12 at Banana Shoes and Beyond, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, Newark Police. The packages were delivered just before midnight and left near the back door of the store. When employees arrived later, they found two packages opened and placed next to a dumpster. Items worth a total of $4,620 were gone. newarkpostonline.com

Cortland, NY: Women suspected in thefts at Walmarts in Cortland, Norwich
New York State police are looking for two women suspected of stealing several thousand dollars worth of baby products, electronics and cosmetics from Walmart stores in Cortland and Norwich. Thefts took place in September, according to troopers. At the Walmart on Bennie Road in Cortland, the suspects are believed to have stolen $2,847 in merchandise. One of the women is also suspected of shoplifting from the Walmart on Route 12 in Norwich, troopers said. pressconnects.com

Council Bluffs, IA: Shoplifter's attempt to flee authorities at Metro Crossing captured on video
A Nebraska fugitive is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail after police said on Monday he tried to shoplift a sound system from Target, ran from officers after avoiding a police cruiser and was later Tased. In a video recorded by a witness, the man can be seen running from an officer near Target at Metro Crossing at about 1:50 p.m. Seconds later, a police cruiser swerves in front of the man to block his path - coming close to striking the man. He is seen pushing off the cruiser with his hands and continues running before the video ends. nonpareilonline.com

Bozeman, MT: Claire's Employee charged with Felony Theft
A Belgrade woman was charged with felony theft for stealing from her place of employment. Bozeman Police were called to the Gallatin Valley Mall Jan. 15 regarding a scheme where the employee fraudulently returned items for cash. Kaliaah Lynn Young, 20, admitted to stealing about $2,700 from Claire's Jewelry store. belgrade-news.com

Tahlequah, OK: Man jailed after scamming Walmart out of $2,000 in merchandise
Tahlequah Police Department officers arrested a man Jan. 15 after he allegedly fled Walmart after stealing $2,296 worth of merchandise. Upon arrival at Walmart, Police observed one of two known suspects run from the store. One suspect, complied when ordered to stop, but he denied knowing anything about other suspects. Employees observed the two suspects bring several Visa cards and items to a register, have an employee scan them and then load the cards. The other male suspect then distracted the cashier by asking for a selection behind the counter, and as she turned away, he reached behind the register and hit the "cash" button. As the cashier turned back around, the male acted as if he scanned a card for payment. The men left the store, passing all points of sale with the unpaid items and Visa cards with money uploaded on them. The stolen items were reportedly not recovered. tahlequahdailypress.com

Rome, GA: Woman arrested on $791 felony shoplifting charge at Sam's Club
A Rome, GA woman was in jail without bond Wednesday night after being accused of attempting to steal items valued at total of $791.35 from Sam's Club Tuesday afternoon. northwestgeorgianews.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Man Shot 20 Times While Eating Sandwich Inside Philadelphia Grocery Store
Police are investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in North Philadelphia on Wednesday evening. The incident happened around 7:05 p.m. Thursday inside a corner grocery store in the 3300 block of North 6th Street. Police say a 22-year-old man was shot about 20 times at point blank range after eating a sandwich in the store. No one else in the store was hurt. cbslocal.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police Officers shoot, kill man who threatened people with knife at Shell C-Store
Phoenix Police shot and killed a man who had been threatening people with a knife at a gas-station convenience store Wednesday night. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m., when officers responded to multiple calls reporting that a man was acting erratically and reportedly cut someone with a knife. While police were tending to that victim, whose injuries were not life-threatening, a clerk came running out of the store at the gas station and told police the man with the knife was back in the store threatening people. Officers went to the store and were confronted by the man near the front door. Officers shot the man just inside the front door, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. azcentral.com

East Hartford, CT: Early morning shooting outside Grocery store
A man was shot around 1:30 a.m. outside of a Krauszer's Food Store. Police said that there was a verbal argument the preceded the shooting. A man between the ages of 25 and 35 was shot in the leg. The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. wfsb.com

Update: Calgary, Canada: Brother identifies man found dead near Westbrook Mall as search for persons of interest continues
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found near an entrance to Westbrook Mall on Tuesday night and are looking for two people who may have information in the case. Police found the body of a man in his 20s in the parking lot. One of the brothers of the deceased identified the victim as Darby Shade Soop, 26 of Calgary. The brother says Soop was not known to party and was a disciplined MMA fighter who was well-liked. The family is struggling to understand what happened. ctvnews.com

Robberies & Thefts

Gun Store Burglaries continue to rise; 577 stores hit in 2017
Burglaries of gun stores last year rose for the fifth year in a row, as federal firearm officials continue to warn store owners of the need to increase security at their businesses. According to this year's Federal Firearms Licensee Burglary and Robbery Statistics report, released Tuesday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 577 stores licensed to sell firearms were burgled in 2017, up from 558 in 2016. The agency reported 33 robberies at FFLs in 2017, the same number reported in 2016. Over the last five years, such incidents have more than doubled, officials said. In 2013, the agency recorded only 9 firearm store robberies. chron.com

Strongsville, OH: Dramatic video shows high speed chase after attempted Jared's store Robbery
Strongsville police have released dramatic dashcam video of a high-speed pursuit that wound through several west side suburbs. They were chasing suspects who they say tried to rob a jewelry store, but took off when the heist did not work out as planned. This is the second time someone has tried to rob the Jared Jewelry store in Strongsville in the past month. fox8.com

Randolph, MA: Armed Robbery suspect dies after crashing car during police chase
The suspect walked into a C-store on North Main Street at approximately 3 p.m. wielding a sawed-off shotgun and demanding the clerk hand over the money. The 63-year-old store clerk said that the second he saw the sawed off shotgun, he didn't even think twice, he just handed over the money. During the robbery, the suspect fired the shotgun into the floor of the store, but no one was injured. The pursuit ended at around 4:30 p.m. when the suspect crashed head-on into another vehicle. The male driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. fox25boston.com

Kay Jewelers in the Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor, MI reported a Grab & Run on 1/16, items valued at $31,198

Zales in the Mall of Abilene, Abilene, TX reported a Distraction Theft on 1/17, item valued at $1,339

Jared in the Plaza at Southpark, Strongsville, OH reported an Attempted Armed Robbery, no loss or injuries reported

Mappins Jewellers in the Masonville Place, London, ON CANADA reported a Distraction Theft on 1/8, items valued at $3000


Sentencings & Arrests

Milburn, NJ: 3 involved in Short Hills Mall Carjacking Murder set to be sentenced
Three men behind a deadly carjacking at a New Jersey mall will be sentenced Thursday. Three men pleaded guilty for their roles in a carjacking at the Short Hills Mall in December 2013 that led to the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Dustin Friedland. His wife, Jamie Friedland, testified last year against her husband's killers and also delivered a very emotional victim impact statement. abc7ny.com

Grafton, WI: Man arrested after making a threat involving Anthrax at UPS Store
A 44-year-old Grafton man has been arrested and is facing charges after making a threat involving Anthrax to UPS employees. The suspect entered the UPS Store, around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Store employees said the man came into the store attempting to send some electronics equipment back. The suspect also stated that the electronics box had anthrax in it and that he hoped the recipients would all die. The suspect was later identified and arrested. Multiple HAZMAT teams responded, all tests were negative. cbs58.com

Madison, WI: Man arrested after threatening Security at Target
A man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he threatened to shoot security guards at a Target store. Officers were called to the Hilldale location just after 8:30 p.m. when a man was reportedly yelling and knocking items off store shelves. Security officers at Target asked 39-year-old Benjamin Blunt to leave but he threatened to shoot one or both of the security officers. Blunt was arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct. cbs58.com

Bomb Threat

Glen Burnie, MD: All-clear given after Walmart bomb threat call


AT&T - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Ace Hardware - Tucson, AZ - Burglary
BP - North Franklin Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Burger King - Aliquippa, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Randolph, MA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Cambridge, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
C-Store - Earl Township, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Oak Creek, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Raytown, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tacoma, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Robbery
Dollar General - Godfrey, IL - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Goodwill - Bryan, TX - Burglary
Gun Store - Palmyra, PA - Burglary
Gun Store - Randolph, NJ - Burglary
Liquor Store - Allentown, PA - Robbery
Metro PCS - Huntington Station, NY - Armed Robbery
Subway - Helena, WA - Robbery
Walgreen - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
7-Eleven - El Paso, TX - Robbery



Daily Totals:
16 robberies
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




None to report

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