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Dennis Dixon named Manager of the Global Investigations Center - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus for Facebook
Dennis was previously the Investigations Manager Americas Fulfillment and Retail for Amazon before taking this new position. He's held other investigations and loss prevention/asset protection roles including LP Manager for Amazon, Market Investigations Manager for Toys R Us, AP Manager for The Home Depot and Executive Team Leader Assets Protection for Target. Dennis earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Congratulations Dennis!

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Government Shutdown: The Retail Impact

Kraft Opens Grocery Store in D.C. to Provide Free Food to Struggling Workers During the Government Shutdown
The current government shutdown (the longest in history) is impacting 800,000 government workers, according to Forbes, many whom have already missed their first paycheck. Many of the affected workers are based in the Washington, D.C. area, as the federal government is the largest employer. Today, Kraft is opening a pop-up grocery store that will allow those government workers to bring a bag of Kraft products home to their families.

Current federal government workers with a government ID can stop by "Kraft Now Pay Later" to stock up on staples such as Kraft Mac & Cheese, Kraft Singles, Kraft salad dressings, and Kraft BBQ for their families, per a press release. Rather than paying for the groceries, Kraft asks that workers "pay it forward by donating to a charity of choice or someone in need once they are able to do so."

The store will be open through January 20 at 1287 4th Street NE, two blocks from Union Market. yahoo.com

Food stamp recipients stock up on food, clear store shelves during shutdown
Shutdown puts strain on the grocery industry
It's a mad dash to stock up on food as those who receive government assistance try to make their benefits stretch through February and possibly beyond. Jeffery Henderson has received food stamps for six years and says when he heard about the government shutdown impacting SNAP and WIC recipients, he became concerned

The government released its remaining $4.8 billion in SNAP benefits as a precaution, just in case the shutdown does carry into February. SNAP benefits are usually dispersed throughout the month but with the government's mass release, now there's concern people won't budget and instead make mass purchases.

Director of Operations at Field Foods, Joseph O'Toole, told News 4 right now many grocers are stocking up on products to handle SNAP and WIC recipients. The Food Marketing Institute, an association representing grocers, says this puts a stain on the grocery industry. kmov.com

Pawn shops booming as shutdown employees make ends meet
Selling guns & wedding rings to pay bills

Shutdown employees are trying to desperately make ends meet. Some federal employees resort to selling weddings rings and guns to pay their bills. Beach "I'm looking at about a 20 percent increase in the past 25 days," Beach said. Sales are going down. "Seeing a decrease by about 45 percent a week." With no end to the shutdown in sight, he is losing hope. "We're only 25 days in," Beach said. "This is just the beginning. Unless they start getting paid again, it's gonna get worse."  kimt.com

Pennsylvania shopping center gives $20 gift cards to government employees

PayPal Offers Interest-Free Cash Advances To Federal Employees

Analysis: Shutdown clouds outlook for consumer-driven U.S. economic growth

D.C. brewery sues gov't over shutdown; Could lose $15K in stopped shipments

Sears' unsecured creditors file objection to Lampert's deal
On the heels of Sears's decision to accept the $5.2 billion buyout offer by chairman Eddie Lampert's ESL Investments firm, the company's creditors filed an objection to the deal and requested a public hearing to air grievances, CNBC reported. A hearing to approve the deal is scheduled for Feb. 1, at which time the bankruptcy judge hearing the case will review the merits of any objections.

In documents filed with the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court, the committee said it has uncovered facts that demonstrate Sears' downfall was "precipitated by years of misconduct by Lampert, ESL, and others against Sears and its creditors," along with the broader challenges facing the retail industry, the report said. chainstoreage.com

Going Out of Business Sales Start for Gymboree
Following Second Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing in Two Years

Children's clothing retailer Gymboree Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than two years and plans to shut all Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores and start going-out-of-business sales as early as Friday.

The company has 380 Gymboree-branded stores and 154 outlets in North America. Crazy 8 operates 253 stores and 11 outlets, a court filing shows.

The San Francisco-based company said it also entered into an agreement with an existing lender, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. called Special Situations Investing Group Inc. Under the agreement, SSIG will serve as the lead bidder for Janie and Jack, the company's high-end brand, as well as the intellectual property and online platform for the Gymboree brand.

SSIG's $85 million offer is a so-called credit bid, representing the approximate amount of Gymboree's outstanding term loan, meaning the lender would forgive the debt in exchange for the assets.

Janie and Jack operates 102 stores and 45 outlets in North America.

Gymboree is entering chapter 11 with more than $200 million in debt. wsj.com

Macy's on the Brink
Retailer's Turnaround Strategy Questioned after Holiday Sales Bust

After initiating a turnaround plan that entailed shuttering some 100 stores nationwide, bringing up a well-prepared insider to take over as chief executive, investing in avant-garde retail ideas and store concepts and joining the off-price party, Macy's delivered bad news last week: Holiday 2018 was pretty much a bust.

Worse, the bad news isn't likely over, according to GlobalData Retail Managing Director Neil Saunders, who said the holiday report suggests negative comps for the quarter. "The weak holiday performance now raises a big question mark over Macy's recovery strategy," he wrote in comments emailed to Retail Dive, adding that, while the turnaround "had been gaining traction ... it has been let down by Macy's inability to get the basics of retail right across all parts of its business."  retaildive.com

5M Walmart Workers Win Cert. In Background Check Suit
Roughly 5 million people who applied for a job at Walmart Inc. can pursue a class action alleging the retail giant added extraneous material to background check notices it issued to applicants and new hires in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a California federal judge ruled Thursday. law360.com

Sportsman's Warehouse associate claims Henderson PD mistook him for suspect
Beaten, kicked and tased for thinking he was a shoplifter

A store worker alleges that a group of Henderson police officers and their sergeant pummeled him with fists, kicked him and jolted him with a stun gun last year as he tried to stop a shoplifting suspect.

Lawyers for James M. Herndon, an assistant manager at Sportsman's Warehouse, wrote in a federal lawsuit that he was struck with the butt of a rifle and beaten while "attempting to communicate that he was not the suspect" with at least five officers and a sergeant at the outdoor sporting goods retailer.

Herndon suffered a bloody nose, bruised face and body, fractured orbital bones, a concussion, blurry vision, difficulty focusing on distant objects, unusual sensation in the teeth and palate, possible nerve damage, headaches and cognitive difficulty, according to court papers filed earlier this month. reviewjournal.com

Cargo Theft: Mexican truckers fight highway robbery with armored semis
The speeding cars pull alongside a semi-truck, box it in and force it to a halt. Then the robbers, firing AK-47s, hijack its cargo and make their getaway. It seems like something out of Hollywood, but it is happening on a daily basis on Mexico's highways. And the mounting dangers on the road have fueled a booming new business as the trucking industry seeks to fight back: welcome to the world of armored and bullet-proof tractor trailers. Jorge Coronel is one of those trying to stop these highway robberies, which have more than doubled in Mexico since 2015 to more than 30 a day, according to figures from the trucking industry and the government. Coronel runs a company that specializes in transporting high-value cargo such as electronics, appliances, pharmaceuticals and luxury clothes. Many insurance companies operating in Mexico will no longer protect such shipments unless they are transported in vehicles capable of withstanding assault-rifle fire. yahoo.com

Walmart Is Looking for a CEO for a 'Stealth Company' That Doesn't Exist Yet
The world's largest retailer has posted an opening for a "CEO, Stealth Company" who would lead the latest startup housed inside its technology incubator, Store No. 8. The executive will be responsible for "building a business from scratch," the job listing says, working closely with senior Walmart leaders and serving as the "public champion" for the as-yet-undefined business. bloomberg.com

Director of Loss Prevention - Cosentino's Food Market
Based in Prairie Village, KS

Position Objective: to provide strategic leadership and direction to the Loss Prevention Team. Collaboratively partnering across the organization in a consultative manner to help manage, identify, evaluate, control, and minimize exposure to all forms of loss in a way that is financially responsible and operationally sustainable. Reporting Structure : This position formally reports to CFO. jobappnetwork.com

Cosentino's Food Stores currently operates 28 stores in the Kansas City area. cosentinos.com

CVS, Walmart reach an agreement on a pharmacy contract after impasse

Walmart ramps up grocery delivery with 4 new service providers

Democrats Introduce $15 Per Hour Wage Bill

Customers Rapidly Deserting Malls for Ecommerce, Says Former Toys 'R' Us CEO

What It Means When Retailers Close Their NYC Flagships

Five Things Retailers Need Technology to Address


Registration Open for 2019 ISCPO Conference

March 6 & 7 at 7-Eleven Store Support Center - Irving, TX

The International Supply Chain Protection Organization's annual conference brings together loss prevention, security, and protection professionals working within the global supply chain for two days of networking, education, and collaboration. This year's conference, taking place in Irving, Texas March 6 - 7, 2019, will focus on how Ecommerce is transforming the landscape of loss prevention and supply chain risk management.

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Retailers Succeed with Single Smart Sensor Strategy for Inventory Management and Loss Prevention

Innovative Sensormatic RFID solution deployed with global fashion retailer

Johnson Controls announced the first customer deployment of its single smart sensor strategy, using the TrueVUE radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled solution to manage inventory while also leveraging the technology for merchandise protection - traditionally accomplished by two different solutions with different sensors and data capture infrastructures. Sensormatic Solutions now supports a single smart sensor platform as part of its inventory intelligence portfolio to help retailers maintain inventory accuracy, on-floor availability, support omni-channel fulfillment and enhance merchandise protection. By combining insights into retail inventory, shopper traffic and loss prevention, Sensormatic Solutions powers operational excellence at scale with smart offerings for frictionless shopper experiences.

A premier global fashion retailer with 250+ North American stores is one of the first Sensormatic Solutions customers to adopt this innovative smart sensor platform. As a retailer committed to delivering unique and engaging in-store customer experiences it's critical to have a high level of accuracy and visibility into all merchandise styles, colors and sizes across the locations. The iconic retailer chose the TrueVUE solution to gain accurate and timely inventory and shrink visibility across their entire portfolio using a single smart label. With the fast turn in fashion, they need to keep floors stocked at all times to meet shopper demand, while accessing real-time insight into item location across the stores.

"Today's influential global brands are looking for intelligent ways to help increase overall inventory productivity, maximize sales floor assortment and decrease losses due to theft and shrink. All of this leads to a better shopping experience for their customers," said Brent Brown, vice president & general manager of Inventory Intelligence & IoT, Sensormatic Solutions. "In addition, they are looking for the incremental cost savings associated with migrating to a single smart sensor to support these strategic initiatives."

Several other progressive apparel retailers have embraced this smart sensor strategy and are currently in the deployment phase. Sensormatic's RFID-based TrueVUE Inventory Intelligence solution enables sales associates to know the exact number and location of items by style, size and color to ensure on-floor availability and timely sales floor replenishment. These solutions now also include the ability to know exactly what has been lost to help both minimize the problem and maximize on-floor availability. Having a consistently well-stocked merchandise presentation and a real-time view into inventory availability helps retailers keep pace with fashion trends and meet shopper needs.

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Amazon, Alphabet and Walmart Were Top IT Spenders in 2018
Amazon.com Inc. spent more than $13.6 billion on technology in 2018, making it the biggest corporate IT spender in the world, according to new research from International Data Corp. Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Walmart Inc. were in second and third place, respectively, with each spending nearly $12 billion last year on software, hardware, services, telecommunications equipment and staff, IDC says.

Servers and other data-center infrastructure account for much of Amazon's and Google's spending as they build cloud services to sell to other companies often seeking to decrease their own IT budgets, says David Lantsman, research manager for customer insights and analysis at IDC.

In 2018, the top 10 companies accounted for 7% of the estimated $1.1 trillion spent by the 4,800 firms IDC tracks.

Walmart, the only retailer in the top 10, has been spending heavily on technology to improve its supply chain, e-commerce and logistics services, said Jeremy King, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Walmart, speaking with CIO Journal's Sara Castellanos on stage at the National Retail Federation conference in New York on Sunday. wsj.com

2018 Proved Highest Funding Year for Cybersecurity - $5.3B
Despite a 28% decrease in cybersecurity startups during 2017, global venture capital funding for cybersecurity rebounded with record high investments, according to Strategic Cyber Ventures.

Though last year saw $5.3 billion in cybersecurity global ventures, Strategic Cyber Ventures called this an unsustainable investment rate.

Over half of cybersecurity founders of new startups have more than a decade of executive or entrepreneurial experience, as opposed to the past two years in which there was nearly an even split between experienced founders and less-seasoned founders, the report found. infosecurity-magazine.com

The Retail Industry's Third-Party Data Breach Problem
According to Trustwave's 2018 Global Security Report, the retail industry suffered more data breach incidents in 2017 than any other sector as attackers become more organized and targeted with their efforts.

Retailers have increased their security spending to combat cybercrime, but some of the world's top brands have still suffered data breaches because they are not addressing an important monitoring and security threat: third-party services.

In today's competitive digital environment, online businesses rely on armies of third-party services to boost engagement and optimize the customer experience on their websites. From live chats and custom fonts, all the way to product reviews and gifting apps, these add-ons have provided tremendous value to retailers. These same engagement boosters, however, can do more harm than good if hackers can exploit partners' poor security standards or vulnerabilities within their solutions.

While brands should be sure to have the right technologies in place to prevent against things like fraud, data loss and other breaches that they can control, they also need to make sure that they are properly securing and accounting for the third-party applications their websites rely on as well.

There are some fundamentals security experts can utilize to protect themselves from third-party risks.

Pre-Integration Auditing
A great place to start in building up a secure third-party service ecosystem is by auditing and scrutinizing all third-party applications, as well as any additional services they rely on, before they are officially implemented. Beyond ensuring that the roll out goes smooth in terms of performance and overall business value, a rigorous assessment procedure allows brands to gain the visibility needed to fully understand the different entry points attackers could attempt to penetrate.

Plus, thorough auditing can help them answer important questions related to faulty lines of code and potential loopholes hackers could try to slip through.

You Can't Prevent What You Can't See
Many third-party services depend on additional tools to manage properly which then add to a retailer's total attack surface. A pivotal step in preventing data breaches is to gain complete visibility into all of the entities being targeted by online criminals. For retailers, this now includes having a detailed snapshot or a list of all the third-party services operating within their IT ecosystems. infosecurity-magazine.com

Shutdown threatens even more government websites
The list of affected federal sites grows as security certificates expire, giving hackers more opportunities to get between you and the website you're visiting.

The government shutdown, now in its 25th day, continues to affect the security of federal websites, and the number of impacted sites has jumped.

Netcraft, a UK-based web security company, noted last week that it had found more than 80 US government websites operating with expired security certificates, a situation that could put visitors at risk. On Thursday, the company said the number had grown to more than 130 federal sites with expired certificates.

Sites such as those of the Department of Justice and NASA were among those initially affected. The latest round of certificate expirations includes sites for the White House, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Archives and the Department of Agriculture.

As the shutdown drags on, more certificates are likely to expire, because they can require employees to renew them. The certificates have different expiration dates scattered throughout the year, and the workers who would normally renew some of them are likely to be out on furlough.

That leaves the information -- think passwords and credit card numbers -- vulnerable to hackers. cnet.com

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In our 7th episode, hear from one LP executive who's been involved in the Loss Prevention Research Council for quite some time but with a recent move is getting his new company and team involved in the LPRC; and two AP executives who have been involved for a relatively short time but are engaged and adding value.

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Why all data breaches pose a threat to retailers' customer experience
Recently, there has been a flurry of major, highly publicized consumer data breaches. They seem almost like a weekly occurrence. While few of the cases have involved online merchants, the collective threat and publicity have caused a massive problem for retailers.

Because we're curious about the challenges retailers face, we commissioned a third-party market research firm to study 2,000 U.S. online shoppers over the busiest shopping season of the year-Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. The goal was to get a sense of how consumers perceive the security of their own data.

At the same time, we wanted to know more about fraud (i.e. fraudulent charges on consumer credit cards or retailer accounts), which is often the goal and/or end result of cyber criminals hacking into systems for consumer data. Needless to say, the data suggests that online retailers have a problem on their hands. Consider some of the top findings.

The study uncovered that an astonishing 62 percent of consumers aren't confident their personal data is secure with retailers. Of that, approximately 25 percent said they knew their data wasn't safe and 37 percent weren't sure. Nearly half of consumers, 43 percent, report being a victim of a fraudulent charge from a retailer.

Digging a bit deeper into which specific industries consumers report as the most common source of fraud, the top eight most-common industries were electronics (40 percent); fashion and apparel (38 percent); makeup, fragrance, skin and hair care (21 percent); children's items and toys (21 percent); home furnishings and improvement (20 percent); jewelry, watches and accessories (20 percent); sports and recreation goods (19 percent); and pet products (16 percent).

But, here's the rub for all online retailers. A majority of consumers who reported being victims of fraud (52 percent) said that the fraudulent charge-whether on their credit card or direct retailer account-negatively affected their view of the retailer. In short, regardless of who was responsible, how the charge got on there, or if it was easily resolved, most felt that retailers should shoulder some of the blame. That's a significant finding when, as any smart retailer would know, it could have absolutely nothing to do with them. digitalcommerce360.com

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Wichita Falls, TX: Second suspect jailed for theft of more than $40,000 in tires
A second suspect is now jailed here for the theft of more than $40,000 worth of tires from a Wichita Falls tire dealer last January. Myra Mendiola, 31, of San Antonio is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, theft over $30,000. A man previously arrested, Alfonso Sosa, 37, has already been sentenced to seven years in prison. State investigators said they believe Mendiola and Sosa could have been involved in an organized crime ring that had been targeting T&W tire stores in south Texas. In most of the thefts, investigators said a U-Haul truck was first stolen in the same town to transport the stolen tires. texomashomepage.com

Minot, ND: Thefts and fraud attempts by 'Felony Lane Gang ' in Minot & Bismarck
Theft methods like this one have been linked to a national group that's been named the Felony Lane Gang ... and how they got that name is pretty simple. "They'll use the far lane at a bank so it's difficult for the teller to decipher or not whether it is the actual victim or if it is a suspect. In a sense, that makes it a little bit easier for that theft withdrawal to happen at the bank," Captain Sundheim said. The group is also known to steal license plates to use them as they drive through the bank and throw them away after. kxnet.com

Chesterfield, MO: Police form task force to combat rising theft
Police in Chesterfield have formed a task force to combat serial shoplifting and theft. A Chesterfield police sergeant said thieves are taking all types of items from many stores. Items such as soap, deodorant, lotion and toothpaste. In October, police say they arrested 24 people and recovered $15,082 in stolen property. In the days leading up to Black Friday, thieves took laptops, phones and other electronics. Police said they arrested 41 people in November and recovered $36,7085 in stolen property. In December, police say retail stores and clothes were targeted. Chesterfield police say they arrested 30 people and recovered $6,471 in stolen property. Chesterfield police say eight officers have been focusing on the problem of theft. It is not clear if the thefts are related or part of a working gang. kmov.com

Jackson, MS: McDonald's Burglar steal frozen food and cash register; caught pulling cart down the street
The burglary occurred at the fast-food restaurant at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday. A McDonald's employee told WLBT that she and her boss arrived at the restaurant for work when they saw a man run out of the office and out the back door of the business. The man was pushing a dolly with boxes of food down the street. When the man saw the employees, he left the dolly and food on the street, got into a nearby car and left the area. ajc.com

Update: Livonia, MI: Suspects in Oakland County Costco theft accused
in similar crime in Livonia

Livonia police say the suspects arrested earlier this month in Oakland County for "smash and grab" crimes at Costco are suspects in a similar crime that took place Jan. 2. Police say two of the same suspects were arrested after taking police on a chase starting at the Costco in Commerce Township. Suspects Raphael Simmons, 17, and JaJuan Profit, 18, were arrested Jan. 7 after taking police on a chase. Livonia Police say those two individuals, along with others, are suspected of a similar crime Jan. 2 at the Costco at 13700 Middlebelt. hometownlife.com

UK: Hampshire, England: Gang of 4 women who used specially-tailored skirts
to steal $6,000 of perfume from Boots; now facing 1 to 2 years in prison

The four women - who have 25 children between them - travelled from London to Hampshire to target high street store Boots while 'equipped' with the garments adapted by hand, which included pockets which had been sewn into the inside of the skirt in order to conceal the items. dailymail.co.uk

Gretna, NE: Shoplifter goes on $1,400 spree at Nebraska Crossing store

Loveland, CO: Police seek women suspected shoplifting cart full of merchandise...and the cart

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Shootings & Deaths

Knox County, KY: Police identify C-Store murder suspect
who is still on the loose

Kentucky State Police say they have identified a gunman who shot and killed an innocent person during an armed robbery -- but he's still on the loose. That man has been identified as 24-year-old Phillip Lee Lewis III. Police say Lewis entered the A&B Quick Stop in Knox County, Kentucky, early Wednesday morning and pointed a gun at the clerk. Someone in the store tried to leave, and that's when police say the suspect fired several shots at 25-year-old Gary Medlin, killing him. He died at the scene. Several other witnesses were in the store at the time, but no one else was hurt. Lewis is wanted out of Mississippi for a probation violation, and he has ties to Mississippi and Michigan. wkyt.com

Update: Hampton, VA: Man arrested in connection with Hampton C-store parking lot homicide
The shooting happened in the parking lot of Roy's Quick Service II convenience store on Shell Road around 9:09 a.m. Wednesday. After an investigation, police say Overby met with the victim, 28-year-old Isaac Allen Chappell, in the parking lot and a verbal argument took place. The argument became violent when Overby pulled out a gun and shot Chappell. wtkr.com

Las Vegas, NV: Downtown Vegas shooting involved Contract Guard
Police in Las Vegas say a fatal shooting in the downtown Fremont Street Experience casino district involved an armed contract transit bus security guard. says the shooting followed an altercation, and it was not immediately clear in an arrest was made. Police said the man who was shot was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. The Fremont Street Experience is a four-block sidewalk pedestrian mall with an LED-lighted canopy. Officials with the Regional Transit Commission and its security contractor, Allied Universal, did not immediately respond to messages. heraldcourier.com

Charlotte, NC: CMPD releases picture of person of interest in homicide investigation at FixER phone repair center

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Tulsa, OK: Music Store employees risk injury to save $4,000 guitar during burglary
A man tried to steal a $4,000 guitar from a music store near 31st and Mingo. Surveillance video shows the man running for the door with the guitar when one employee jumps over the counter to stop him. Several employees struggled with him at the door then followed him outside. Employees say he then pulled a knife on them as he got into his car. ktul.com

Big Pine Key, FL: Walgreens Pharmacy Tech charged with felony theft of a controlled substance
Jennifer Forehand, 40, of Key West, was arrested on a charge of felony grand theft of a controlled substance after security cameras captured her grabbing pills and dropping them in the front pocket of her work uniform. "They were Percocets," Forehand told police, according to the arrest report, which accused her of stealing 18 pills. Percocet is a narcotic pain medication that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen. The Walgreens manager said the drug store uses a pill counting system and he recently noticed some were missing. Forehand said they were for personal use, when asked by police if she sold them. Forehand started working at the Walgreens in early December. miamiherald.com

Decatur, IL: C-Store Clerk admits $800 robbery was a lie;
gave money to a homeless man

A gas station convenience store clerk told police she felt sorry for a homeless man and handed him $800 out of the till, covering up the donation to make it look like a robbery. The 33-year-old woman was booked Wednesday on preliminary charges of theft and filing a false police report in the incident. herald-review.com

Jared in the Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA reported an Armed Robbery on 1/12, items valued at over $200,000

Kay Jeweler in the Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 1/16, items valued at $4,498

Kay Outlet in the Pike Outlets, Long Beach, CA reported a Grab & Run on 1/14, item valued at $3,910



Texas man pleads guilty to impersonating celebrities to get free merchandise
Under a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney's office, prosecutors will recommend a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence on the aggravated identity theft charges. Barnes will face a separate sentence on the fraud charges, which carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison. According to court documents, from 2015 to 2017, Barnes contacted employees of numerous guitar, sporting goods, clothing and electronics makers posing as managers and members of musical groups and as professional athletes. Barnes allegedly requested complimentary guitars, amplifiers, baseball gloves, clothing and smartwatches to be used in photo shoots, videos and public appearances. In all, Barnes acquired more than $18,000 worth of goods, most of which, when confronted by an FBI agent, he admitted selling at pawn shops because he needed the money, court records say. mcall.com

Sydney, Australia: Evie Amati sentenced to nine years' prison
for 7-Eleven axe attack

Evie Amati has been sentenced to nine years in prison for attempted murder after randomly attacking two people at a convenience store with an axe in inner-Sydney. The transgender woman was found guilty by a jury last August of two counts of wounding with intent to murder and one count of attempted wounding with intent to murder. abc.net.au


Auto Parts - Federal Way, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Paducah, KY - Robbery
C-Store - Newark, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Acadia Parish, LA - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Huntsville, AL - Burglary
Family Dollar - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Hotel - Federal Way, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - San Diego, CA- Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Restaurant - Huntsville, AL - Burglary (Subway)
Rite Aid - Bayonne, NJ - Robbery
7-Eleven - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
8 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
98 robberies
15 burglaries
5 shootings
2 killings




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Great Leadership in 10 Golden Rules, 7 Habits and 1 Skill

7 Habits That All Great Leaders Have
The charismatic and confident speaking leader of Hollywood is nothing like the empathetic and humble leadership styles it takes to really inspire a team. Here are seven habits great leaders have in the real world. The best leaders lead least

Here's what the world's smartest leaders know about what it takes to be successful
Everyone aspires to some sort of leadership, and help on how to achieve such high status is never far. To be a truly great leader, you first must master this art: followership

10 Golden Rules to Become
a Great Leader

When you're given a leadership role, you should always handle with care. No matter if you're a leader of employees, a company, country or anything in between, here are the 10 rules to follow. Have fun

Being a Good Leader Means Mastering This 1 Overlooked Skill
A leader's greatest obligation is to see those around them. Your employees, colleagues, clients or customers, really need to be seen and heard. That's a leader's greatest skill and influence. Here's how you can master this skill. Ask and listen


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Healthy debate in any industry spurs growth, understanding, and challenges the status quo. Without it the normal evolutionary processes which are slow to begin with slow even further. It is those who have the courage to debate that make a difference and create change. However, as in the case of any debate interpreting and understanding the messages is critical in order for it to have a positive impact and facilitate change.

Usually driven by opposing sides, debates are driven by individual experience and environmental influences that are often times invisible and therefore unrealized. But at the end of the day, regardless of opinion all debates spur discussion, thought, and emotion. And that is what causes change and understanding.

While interpretation is an individual experience, the experience itself has the ability to impact and educate.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing


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