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Michael Oren, CFI, CCEP named Senior Manager - Corporate Asset Protection for Dollar General

Michael's previous roles include Sr. Mgr - U.S. Ethics and Compliance for Walmart; Director, Loss Prevention and Internal Audit for Natural Markets Food Group; Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Compass Group North America; and Regional Manager of Investigations - East Coast for Bloomingdale's. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Congratulations, Michael!

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Former exec denies affair with Best Buy CEO Corie Barry
Karl Sanft, who formerly led U.S. retail store operations at Best Buy, has denied an allegation that he had an inappropriate romantic relationship with Corie Barry before she became the consumer electronics retailer's CEO last June. Mr. Sanft left Best Buy last March to become chief operating officer at 24 Hour Fitness.

In a short e-mail to the Star Tribune, Karl Sanft wrote: "The anonymous allegation that I had an affair with Corie Barry is false." He said he had no further comment.

Barry issued a statement then, too, saying the board has her full cooperation and support in the inquiry and that she looks forward to its resolution. startribune.com

Loss Prevention's New Role:
Fighting Counterfeits

U.S. increases liability for online retailers to police counterfeit goods

They're Coming to Your Warehouses

The New Retail Imperative: 'Exercising Duty of Reasonable Care'

Defining 'Private Sector Best Practices'

With news of the U.S. government's plan to step up enforcement of counterfeit goods, law enforcement will have greater rights to inspect warehouses and fulfillment centers of U.S. online marketplaces for counterfeit merchandise.

"It is critical to the integrity of e-commerce and for the protection of consumers and rights holders that e-commerce platforms that operate third-party marketplaces, and other third-party intermediaries assume greater responsibility, and therefore greater liability for their roles in the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods," the report stated.

In addition, the government plans to collect more data about domestic warehouses and fulfillment centers used by third-party marketplaces, and to form a consortium of industry participants to share information on counterfeit merchandise sales. E-commerce retailers are being urged to strengthen their vetting process for third-party merchandise and to make terms of service banning the sale of counterfeit goods very clear. chainstoreage.com

Editor's Note: For years, fighting counterfeits was the purview of outside law firms with expatriate investigators around the globe, with the highest concentration in the Pacific Rim. These investigators were mostly comprised of retired government, military, and law enforcement individuals. But this is about to change. That is if this new fight truly does take off and become a massive effort. And while most, if not the vast majority, of the LP community hasn't really been involved, that is about to change as well.

With third party sellers basically the tip of the sword, Retail America has their work cut out for them, with LP getting more involved than ever before. Supply chain movement and distribution will be the focus of this new effort, and its about time. With numbers exceeding $509 billion in 2016 and doubling in one year alone, this problem needs to be dealt with. And
LP has a major role to play, which is rather detailed in the report itself, with page 27 of the report stating:

The first listed: Immediate Action by DHS and Recommendations for the USG

1. Ensure Entities with Financial Interests in Imports Bear Responsibility

- CBP will adjust its entry processes and requirements, as necessary, to ensure that all appropriate parties to import transactions are
held responsible for exercising a duty of reasonable care.
- CBP will treat domestic
warehouses and fulfillment centers as the ultimate consignee for any good that has not been sold to a specific consumer at the time of its importation.
- DHS will encourage platforms and other third-party intermediaries that own or operate warehouses or fulfillment centers to pursue, in coordination with rights holders, bulk abandonment and
destruction of contraband goods that were not interdicted by CBP but are in the platform's or other third-party intermediary's possession in a warehouse or fulfillment center.
- CBP will require formal entry for
shipments deemed high-risk.
- CBP will address such high-risk shipments within its current bonding regime, developing a framework for a new type of bond specifically for counterfeit risk (like bonds required for anti-dumping and countervailing duties).

Read the full report

eCommerce Delivery - The New Retail Frontier

'Grocery Delivery Goes Small With Micro-Fulfillment Centers'

LP's New Frontier - Micro-Fulfillment Centers

The Store Front With No-Name - Hundreds are Coming Fast

Closer to customers - keep costs down - heavy with automation

Grocers looking to fill online orders more quickly are testing micro-fulfillment systems that can spit out as many as 4,000 orders a week but can still be housed in the back of stores or in urban areas where space is at a premium. The store owners are evaluating whether automation can help tamp down costs while speeding up deliveries and they are turning to a new set of startups aiming to make e-commerce fulfillment more efficient in a small footprint.

Food and beverage is the fastest-growing U.S. e-commerce segment, with an estimated $22.63 billion in sales last year and projected to nearly double by 2022, to $40.04 billion.

The shifts echo broader logistics trends tied to e-commerce, as retailers looking to
speed delivery move inventory closer to big population centers and use automation to build more compact distribution operations.

Kroger Co., plans to build as many as 20 largely automated warehouses range in size from 20,000 square feet to more than 300,000 square feet. wsj.com

E-commerce deliveries will overrun cities in 1 to 3 years

Urban last-mile deliveries will increase 78% by 2030

In one to three years, cities will be "severely challenged" by e-commerce-driven delivery traffic, but existing technology and policy fixes can help quell the resulting carbon emissions and congestion if implemented quickly, according to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) with input from DHL, Llamasoft, McKinsey, Uber Freight, Unilever, UPS and Walmart among others, released Jan. 10.

The study analyzed 24 last-mile technologies including drones, robots and unmanned deliveries, drop boxes, locker systems and other ways of consolidating orders, along with non-tech changes including increased double-parking enforcement, delivery time shifts, traffic light interventions and road lane changes.  retaildive.com

Editor's Note: Don't know if you've noticed in your town, but three weeks before Christmas about 70 Amazon vans showed up parked behind the closed Sears store at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, OH, where I live, and they're using it as a staging area for drivers. Amazon vans have popped up across the country over the last few months after they bought 10,000, according to reports. Well we now have the answer to all those closed stores in the malls. Amazon vans!

U.S. Coronavirus

Cal-OSHA Flash Report: Don't Panic, but Be Prepared
The rapidly developing outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) in central China is sparking fears of a widespread health threat, a pandemic even, but right now there are as many questions as there are answers. Some cities around the world have declared a crisis and closed schools and non-essential businesses.

So far, two Californians have been infected with the virus after traveling from Wuhan, China. The California patients are from Orange and Los Angeles counties and are being treated at local hospitals. Public health authorities in the Southland say there is a low risk for infection from these cases. cal-osha.com

Medical Associations Warning Doctors & the Public on Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Recognize Cases & Protect Yourself

Now, medical associations are warning both their members and the public about the virus, which infects the respiratory system and has so far killed at least 80 people worldwide. At least five cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking dozens more potential onesassociationsnow.com

New York Braces for Coronavirus: 'It's Inevitable'
In Queens, some who recently returned from China have even self-quarantined. But officials have urged calm.

"It's inevitable that we will have someone who is positive with coronavirus," New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said Sunday.

Some people with the virus, Dr. Barbot said, have limited symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, a low-grade fever. But in others, the virus can be lethal.

By and large, the message to the public has been one of reassurance. "We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season," Dr. Barbot said.

But there is considerable anxiety and debate over the proper precautions within the city's Chinatowns. That has only grown in the past few days as more alarming news has emerged out of Wuhan about the virus's spread. So far more than 4,500 people have been sickened and more than 100 people have died. nytimes.com

Coronavirus Scare Has Face Masks Flying Off Shelves in NY's Chinatown

Chipotle Fined $1.3M Over Thousands of Child Labor Abuses in Mass.

Largest Fine Ever in Massachusetts - Violations in 50 Stores

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the
largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week. Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits.

The settlement total is closer to $2 million, including penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages.

Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement and training. nbcboston.com

cstoredecisions.com: Highlights From NRF 2020, 'Retail's Big Show'

Sustainability Tops Retailers Agenda

Listed first in this review: There were noted six sessions with the word "sustainability" in their headlines and session descriptions. Clearly, sustainability is firmly at the top of every retailer's agenda.

Food Waste - Cash-Handling - Managing the Labor Force cstoredecisions.com

A Healthy Consumer Means More Retail Disruption

Don't expect shoppers to stick with the retail incumbents, whether on land or online

The latest monthly retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau recorded December sales (excluding gasoline, automobiles and restaurants) of $384.6 billion. Compared with the prior year's $ 360.5 billion, that's a solid year-over-year gain of 6.7%.

Two interesting issues worth mentioning: Online sales in 2019 reached all-time highs.
E-commerce now accounts for 14% of U.S. retail sales and likely will continue to claim a growing piece of the pie. Worldwide, online sales have nearly tripled during the past five years from $1.3 trillion in 2014 to more than $3.5 trillion in 2019, according to Statista. Projections are for this to more than double during the next five years.

The generation that grew up online doesn't think of e-commerce as anything special; it's simply retail. bloomberg.com

Leading Like LeBron James
LeBron James is disciplined about getting enough rest, working at his craft and using mindfulness to prepare himself mentally for the day ahead, writes Alaina Love. "It's about having a champion's mindset and recognizing that it's actually the preparation to be successful that matters more than the competition," she writes.

James applies his practice in pursuit of three goals: developing mental mastery, preparing adequately for success and ensuring athletic recovery. Even if you're not an athlete, these goals are relevant to maintaining your own leadership stamina. smartbrief.com

Background Check Services Provider T&M Protection Resources, LLC Agrees to Settle
FTC Allegations that it Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Amazon.com Pop Ups - New Retail Concept - 6 Pop-Ups

Suppliers File Involuntary Bankruptcy Papers on Canada's La Senza


The Loss Prevention Foundation Announces Two New Partners

Metro One joins LPF as Bachelor Partner
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announces its newest Bachelor Level Partner, Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group. The Bachelor level partnership allows Metro One to provide LPQ and LPC certification course scholarships, as well as LPF memberships, to loss prevention industry professionals.

Founded in 1984 as a family owned provider of security/loss prevention services, the Metro One LPSG brand has been built upon and recognized for consistent and uncompromising professional security services. Metro One's portfolio of security management solutions includes vulnerability assessment, training and development, loss prevention, and investigations for stores, supply chains and corporate facilities. yourlpf.org

Appriss Retail joins LPF as Associate Partner
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest Associate level partner, Appriss Retail. The Associate level partnership secures LPQ and LPC certification course scholarships, as well as, complimentary LPF memberships for distribution to loss prevention professionals.

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Appriss Retail benefits its clients with advanced analytic solutions and artificial intelligence models that help retailers increase net sales, enhance the customer experience, reduce loss, tackle sales reducing activities, and improve performance. yourlpf.org

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:

● National VP, Child & Club Safety - Boys & Girls Clubs of America - Atlanta, GA
● LP & Inventory Control Director - Cart Mart - San Diego, CA
● Director, Security/Risk - Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits - Las Vegas, NV
● Sr. Loss Prevention Manager - Carvana - Phoenix, AZ
● Sr. Manager of Investigations - Asset Protection - JCPenney - Plano, TX
● Corporate Security Mgr. - VF Corporation - Denver, CO



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StopLift Confirms 4 MILLION Incidents of Scan Avoidance
at Checkouts Worldwide

StopLift Checkout Vision Systems (now part of NCR) has just detected and confirmed 4 million incidents of scan-avoidance at self-service and manned checkouts at retailers and supermarkets in the U.S. and around the world.

StopLift's Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer vision technology automatically analyzes overhead video to detect theft, remove the hassle factor from the shopper experience, and improve operational efficiency at self-service and manned checkouts.

StopLift's Scan-It-All technology detects and determines what occurs during each transaction at the retail or supermarket checkout to immediately distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent behavior. As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, StopLift, which continually scrutinizes 100% of the security video, flags the transaction as suspicious, identifies the customer or cashier as well as the date and time of the scan avoidance incident.

NCR SmartAssist technology (at left), patented by StopLift, detects and deters self-checkout theft and scan avoidance while simultaneously preventing false alerts and unnecessary interventions. As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, SmartAssist alerts the attendant in realtime to assist the customer.

SmartAssist is the rare loss prevention solution that has the added benefit of improving the customer experience. The system recognizes and ignores non-merchandise items (e.g. handbags, cell phones, kids) on the bag scale and other aberrant-but-legitimate situations. It protects the customer from the annoyance of having the transaction interrupted, the embarrassment of having the self-checkout light flash, and the frustration of waiting for an attendant to come and clear it. Honest customers avoid needless delays, spend less time at the self-checkout and more positive face time with attendants. Every self-checkout customer checks out faster and in a shorter line.

Store data shows a substantial reduction in the number of self-checkout interventions with SmartAssist. With fewer false-positive alerts, the attendant can focus on true customer service, acting properly on legitimate alerts and covering a greater number of self-checkout stations. This means greater productivity gains and associated labor savings for the retailer.

Malay Kundu, formerly CEO of StopLift and now General Manager of Computer Vision Solutions at NCR, stated: "Retailers always suspected that self-checkouts would be highly prone to scan-avoidance, and now our technology helps stop it in its tracks - in realtime.

"Using the incidents detected from their own stores, retailers are now able to train staff on the signals indicating when customers are either having problems using the self-checkout or are exhibiting suspicious behavior," he said.





Ransomware Gangs' Rankings Drive The Payments

Average Ransomware Payments More Than Doubled in Q4 2019

From $41K in Q3 '18 to $84K in Q4 '19

By monetizing a mere 2% or so of their attacks, most ransomware operators were able to generate a sizable profit on their investments last quarter, Coveware estimates. Coveware analyzed ransomware victim data collected from its incident response engagements as well as from IR firms using its platform, in the last three months of 2019. The data showed that average ransomware payments soared 104% from $41,198 in the third quarter to $84,116 in the fourth quarter. On average, a ransomware attack cost victim organizations some 16.2 days in downtime, compared to just 12.1 days in the third quarter of 2019. Half of the victims who forked over a ransom paid $41,179 or less, while half paid more. At the high-end, some victims paid up to $780,000 to get the decryption keys for unlocking their data, while at the other end of the spectrum other victims paid as little as $1,500.

Nearly six in 10 attacks last quarter (57%) were enabled through the use of stolen Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) credentials, which are available in underground markets for less than $100, he notes. "This will continue until the profit margins go down for these cheap and simple attacks. As of right now, the margins are great for cyber crime, so it marches on." A Proofpoint survey of more than 600 security professionals around the world showed that slightly more than half of all organizations infected with ransomware in 2019 elected to pay the demanded ransom. darkreading.com

Average ransom for REvil ransomware infection is a whopping $260,000
In today's crowded ransomware landscape, the REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware gang rules supreme, dwarfing any other similar ransomware operations.

Run as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), the REvil gang rents its ransomware strain to other criminal groups.

These groups, known as REvil affialiates, are solely responsible for distributing the ransomware to victims through the channels they prefer, and then ask for the ransom demand they see fit, based on the number of computers they manage to infect on a company's network.

Researcher sinkhole REvil RaaS backend
However, in a report published today and shared with ZDNet, the security team at KPN, a Dutch telecommunications provider, said it was able to sinkhole and intercept the communications between REvil-infected computers and the REvil ransomware's command-and-control (C&C) servers. zdnet.com

How to Get the Most Out of Your Security Metrics
There's an art to reporting security metrics so that they speak the language of leadership and connect the data from tools to business objectives.

The value of metrics comes from their ability to tell larger stories about a business that resonate with key stakeholders. You lose that opportunity if security teams use the wrong metrics - those that are overly technical or detailed - or miscommunicate the right metrics. Here are some of the more common reporting mistakes and best practices for avoiding them.

Generic or Overly Technical Metrics - Connect Metrics to Business Outcomes
A more effective way of reporting to leadership is to speak directly to the risk level associated with critical business functions, the core contributors to this risk, and the actions being taken. For example, security leaders should be ready to answer these questions:

● What kinds of attacks are we prepared to defend against?
● Where do we have deficiencies as an organization, and what risks to business operations are elevated as a result?
● What is being done to reduce such risks (from a business and technology perspective)?
● Has a risk grown in significance?
● What is the proposed strategy to reduce the risk to an acceptable level?

The storytelling needs to focus on business risk rather than technical facts.

Metrics Overload - Focus on the Biggest Risks
Instead, help technical teams understand the most important vulnerabilities that require their attention and what progress needs to be made. Again, this needs to be tied back to key business objectives and prioritized based on those functions.

There is an art to reporting security metrics so that they speak the language of leadership and effectively connect the data from security tools and processes to key business objectives. It's crucial to articulate the metrics well so business leaders understand the significance and recognize the true effect the security program is having. Without this understanding, security teams, budgets, and processes could be overlooked, which increases security risks to the company and could negatively affect brand reputation and customer trust. darkreading.com

Police Bust 3 Suspected Magecart Hackers Gang in Indonesia

12 Different Magecart Gangs Operating

Operation 'Night Fury' Targets JavaScript Skimming Gangs Hitting E-Commerce Sites

The suspects were arrested as part of Operation Night Fury, an ongoing anti-skimming probe spearheaded by Interpol's Cyber Capability Desk, backed by U.S. and European law enforcement agencies, which has also involved Indonesia's "Bareskrim Polri" cyber police team. Interpol says another five Association of Southeast Asian Nations have received attack intelligence and are continuing to pursue Night Fury investigations.

"The suspects have managed to infect hundreds of e-commerce websites in various locations, including in Indonesia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Brazil and some other countries," says Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Group-IB, which assisted with the investigation. "Payment and personal data of thousands of online shoppers from Asia, Europe, and the Americas have been stolen." One suspect subsequently admitted in an interview on Indonesian television that he'd been intercepting card payments since 2017.

Security firms are tracking at least 12 different Magecart criminal groups, and they say such attacks date from 2014. But since 2018, the quantity of Magecart attacks has surged. Victims of Magecart-associated groups have included shoe manufacturer Fila, bedding sites Mypillow.com and Amerisleep.com, as well as British Airways, Ticketmaster and Newegg.

Magecart Attacks Continue - More Suspects at Large - 200 sites Infected & Number Will Rise govinfosecurity.com


Protect Your Personal Information on Social Media

Many social media platforms will automatically set your profile - and therefore all the information on your profile - to public. Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts to make sure you're showing the very minimum about yourself to the public, especially on Facebook. Avoid adding other personal information, such as your home address, birthdate or phone number wherever possible.


New Decade, New Risks: Addressing Emerging Ecommerce Payment Fraud
As the market evolves, fraudsters evolve their tactics to manipulate it. Introducing BOPIS to the food and beverage vertical, for instance, led to a surge in chargebacks for that industry over the last few years. When merchants brought ecommerce elements into their payment model, they inherited various issues such as fraud, chargebacks and a consumer entitlement mentality.

Without the right approach, revolutionary opportunities for profitability could fall victim to advanced ecommerce payment fraud threats:

Open Banking Fraud: Bad actors manipulate the flow of data between banks and third-party service providers.

BOPIS Abuse: Fraudsters take advantage of the fact that many locations don't require ID or payment verification to pick up orders.

Loyalty Points Theft: Loyalty points hold value like cash, but are less stringently protected, making them hot targets.

"Double-Dipping" Travel Chargebacks: After an incident like a carrier collapse, cardholders may file a chargeback, then seek remuneration through insurance bonds.

Recurring Billing Fraud: Subscription services are lucrative, but highly susceptible to friendly fraud. multichannelmerchant.com

Why Nike Cut Ties With Amazon And What It Means For Other Retailers
In November 2019, Nike announced it would stop selling its products on Amazon as a first-party vendor, putting an official end to a pilot program originally designed in 2017. The plan had Nike serving as a direct wholesaler to Amazon in attempts of curbing counterfeit sales and increasing control across the massive e-commerce marketplace. But just six months into the deal, Nike's performance plunged.

Ultimately, the program didn't provide Nike command over the marketplace or, most importantly, their own products. Decreasing third-party sales doesn't guarantee an increase in first-party sales. And as this failed deal indicates, the market will almost always regulate itself.

More than half of all goods sold on Amazon are from independent merchants who pay a commission on each sale. But there's a gray area in the marketplace (quite literally). Up until 2017, the only Nike products sold on Amazon were either counterfeit or "gray market" items.

According to the International Trademark Association, gray-market goods are manufactured by the brand owner (unlike counterfeit products) but sold through unofficial channels. In this case, gray-market channels refer to independent, third-party vendors who sold unlicensed Nike products directly on Amazon. forbes.com

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Update: Menifee, CA: Woman to be arraigned for alleged $34,000 of Burglaries of Inland Empire Ulta Beauty stores
A 20-year-old Perris woman accused of stealing almost $34,000 worth of beauty supplies from several Inland stores is scheduled to be arraigned on burglary and grand theft charges Monday. Jatae Armster was arrested along with Devion Stanch and Anton Mitchell, both 19, on Thursday accused in burglarizing several ULTA Beauty locations in Menifee, Temecula, Rialto and Fontana, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department reported. The investigation began when deputes arrived at 10:53 a.m. Thursday at the ULTA Beauty store in Menifee to a report of three people entering the store and stealing a large amount of perfume and cologne, sheriff's officials said. Investigators later linked the trio to a string of burglaries at ULTA Beauty locations in other Inland Empire cities.
The total loss from the burglaries was $33,900, according to sheriff's officials. On Thursday, deputies served search warrants at locations in Perris and Moreno Valley, and arrested the three suspects. myvalleynews.com

Goodyear, AZ: Pair hurt in Police Shooting outside TJ Maxx was wanted for $25,000 of shoplifting
The two people who were injured in a police shooting in Queen Creek on Friday were wanted in connection with more than 40 shoplifting incidents over the last six months, according to officials. Goodyear Police Department detectives shot Brian Garduno, 30, of Goodyear, while trying to apprehend him Friday night, police said. Megan Revier, 27, of Show Low, was also injured but the extent of her injuries is unclear. Both have been arrested. The shooting, which happened outside of a TJ Maxx near Ellsworth Loop, was part of a follow-up investigation on the two, according to Goodyear Police.

On the afternoon of Dec. 11, 2019, Goodyear police responded to a shoplifting call at the TJ Maxx store in Goodyear. Garduno and Revier were spotted on surveillance exiting the store with nearly $1,000 in unpaid merchandise. They were identified by store security as repeat shoplifting offenders, according to court records. As the suspects fled the store and were pursued at a high rate of speed by Goodyear Police.
It was discovered in a follow-up investigation that they were wanted for over 100 felony charges related to 41 cases of theft and shoplifting throughout the Valley totaling more than $25,000, according to police. The pair allegedly committed retail theft from August to November of 2019 at numerous retail stores, which included Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot and Target throughout Maricopa County. azcentral.com

Vallejo, CA: $15,000 Ulta Beauty thieves arrested in Oakland after high-speed chase
Three suspects were arrested in Oakland early Monday after looting Ulta Beauty in Vallejo, making off with more than $15,000 worth of goods and leading authorities on a high-speed chase, officials said. Shortly before 2 a.m., Vallejo police responded to an in-progress burglary at Ulta Beauty, on Plaza Drive, said Lt. Todd Tribble, Vallejo watch commander. The suspects smashed a store window and grabbed several bags of merchandise. sfchronicle.com

Ocala, FL: 41-year-old woman accused of 41 theft incidents at Wal-Mart
An Ocala woman accused of repeatedly ripping off a local Wal-Mart found herself behind bars on Wednesday. A Marion County sheriff's deputy was called to the store, when he arrived, a loss prevention employee claimed that 41-year-old Leslie Lopez had been stealing from the store for several months.
The employee alleged that Lopez had taken about $2,300 in merchandise. He also claimed to have approximately 41 separate cases of theft from the store and provided the deputy with 29 cases that took place between Nov. 12, 2019 and Jan. 14, a sheriff's office report states. The employee claimed that Lopez would pretend to scan items at self-checkout stations, bag them and then pay less than she owed. The report said that she "made it appear" as if she was scanning the merchandise but she was actually holding the modified debit card under the product, the report says. ocala-news.com

Owasso, OK: Alleged Lowe's shoplifter hospitalized in rollover crash following Police Chase
An alleged shoplifter was hospitalized following a police chase that led to a rollover crash in Owasso over the weekend. Around 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, officers responded to a theft at Lowe's off of 96th Street, where
employees claimed that a man fled the store with over $1,000 worth of power tools, according to the police report. A short time later, an officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, at which time the suspect allegedly accelerated and attempted to flee the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle southbound on U.S. 169, where it exited the ramp at a high rate of speed, lost control and rolled over into a guardrail. The driver, identified as 24-year-old Danny Hamilton, of Broken Arrow, as well as a female passenger, were injured and transported to local hospitals, the report shows. tulsaworld.com

Evansville, WY: Woman Accused of Stealing $15K Worth of Hair Shears from Traveling salesman's van

Del City, OK: Suspect robs CVS of over $6k in drugs with flare gun

Palo Alto, CA: Four Macy's thieves caught with $5,000 of merchandise; help from witness

Florence, SC: Police seek 7 for questioning in shoplifting incidents at Dick's and JC Penney


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Indianapolis, IN: Teen told police he couldn't breathe.
Officers aren't liable for his death, court says

Indianapolis Police officers will not be held liable in the 2015 death of an 18-year-old shoplifting suspect who died in police custody after telling officers he was struggling to breathe. A federal appeals court decision issued this month said Terrell Day did not tell police exactly why he was in distress as he laid handcuffed on the ground the afternoon of Sept. 26, 2015. Attorneys for Day's mother, Shanika, believe the decision could set a "dangerous" precedent for future civil cases alleging police misconduct. They plan to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to reconsider the court's ruling, which attorney Nathaniel Lee calls a "radical departure" from its prior decisions. The ruling could spell the end of a lawsuit that Shanika Day filed against two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers and the city of Indianapolis in 2017. The lawsuit alleges that excessive force and negligence led to her son's death. Shanika Day told IndyStar she wants police to be held accountable for mistreating her son. "I don't care about money," she said. "I just wish they would have (done) what they were supposed to do." Attorneys for IMPD and the city declined to comment on the case. indystar.com

Webster, TX: 7-Eleven ATM thieves pull a potential witness back inside the store
An early morning trip to a nearby convenience store left a Webster man scratched and bruised, but grateful to be alive. James Thomas had been playing video games at home on Sunday into the morning when he drove a few blocks to a newly-opened store on Highway 3. But he knew he was in trouble as soon as he saw a clerk on the floor. A couple of minutes before he arrived, three men showed up with their faces obscured by hoodies cinched tightly around their faces and gloves on their hands. One man was carrying a large orange crowbar. "I saw the clerk and tried to get out without them noticing me," said Thomas. It didn't work. He made it into his car, but before he could lock the door, one of the robbers pulled the driver's door open, and pulled him out of the car. Video obtained by ABC13 shows the struggle. Thomas was pulled back inside. His shirt was torn away as he tried to escape. abc13.com

Staunton, VA: Best Buy Distribution Center employee caught with $13,000 of iPhones and watches
Police arrested a Waynesboro man after he reportedly tried to smuggle a bag of iPhones and other electronics from the Best Buy Distribution Center in Staunton. The Staunton Police Department said the suspect was working at the Best Buy Distribution Center on Friday when he was reportedly caught by an asset protection employee with a bag of cell phones. Police said the bag contained 10 Apple iPhones and two Apple watches. The phones found inside the bag were the new iPhone 11, according to police. The value of the items the suspect allegedly attempted to steal was placed at more than $13,000, police said. newsleader.com

Palatka, FL: Man arrested for stealing Drills, Electonics and Cigarettes to Pay for his Ankle Monitor Fee
A Florida man will face additional charges after being arrested for stealing tools, cigarettes, batteries and other sundry objects to pay for ankle monitor fees accrued during a previous arrest. John Wayne Parker Jr., 32, was arrested in December on an aggravated assault charge in Palatka, Florida. He was sentenced to wear an ankle monitor so that authorities could keep track of his movements. Then Parker, unable to keep up with the monitor's monthly fees, turned to petty crime. The pattern of thefts began on January 20. Parker allegedly first burglarized a local store for $3,000 worth of cigarettes to sell by smashing the front window of a local Hitchcock's Market. Then drills, batteries and other sundry items disappeared from the back of a work truck at a local business. Police were subsequently tipped off that someone was trying to sell the drills to pay off back fees on their ankle monitor-and his name was John. The man also allegedly told these individuals he was considering cutting off his ankle monitor. newsweek.com

Winter Haven, FL: Man falls asleep in Walgreens, wakes up after store closes, steals cigarettes
A man fell asleep in a Walgreens bathroom Sunday night, woke up to a closed store, and stole some cigarettes before leaving, police said. Kendrick Marshall, 33, reportedly told police he fell asleep in the bathroom of the Walgreens When he woke up, the store was closed. Video shows Marshall unlocking the the front door and leaving the store. He returned minuets later, walked over to the counter and allegedly stole some Newport cigarettes. Marshall was later caught by officers and charged with two misdemeanors and a felony charge of burglary. Marshall reportedly told officers that when he woke up and realized he was alone, he "figured the store was [his] at that point." wfla.com

Kalamazoo, MI: Woman sets fire inside Walmart; employees react quickly to minimize damage
Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputies report an arrest following deliberately set fires inside a Walmart store on Kalamazoo's east side. Several fires were started inside the store around 5:30 Monday evening. Employees were able to put all of them out with hand extinguishers. There was little resulting damage. No store customers are reported hurt. Arriving responders found a light haze inside the store. Firefighters assisted clearing the air in the building while deputies were able to track down the female suspect from information provided by store security. The unidentified suspect is facing theft and arson charges. wbckfm.com

Houston, TX: 'It's ridiculous': Houston business owners air frustration about break ins at meeting with police
Bobby Heugel, who runs several restaurants including Anvil and Better Luck Tomorrow, questions the efforts of police officers responding to break-ins during a meeting small business owners organized with HPD chief Art Acevedo regarding frequent robberies of their properties, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at the Heights Firehouse in Houston. houstonchronicle.com

Oakland, CA: Oakland to shut down huge homeless site at Home Depot
Oakland will shut down a large homeless encampment in front of a Home Depot store in the Fruitvale neighborhood next month and, starting Monday, move most of its residents into a new "safe RV parking" site, The Chronicle has learned. City officials will offer shelter beds or space at a community cabin site to others living in tents, cars or small, makeshift homes in a shift expected to be completed by the second week of March. The encampment appeared at least three years ago. Its closure comes after six months of uncertainty for scores of residents of the encampment after the city announced in July that it would shut down the vast site. sfchonicle.com

Arcata, CA: Man Carrying Stolen Mannequin Arrested for Burglarizing Arcata Plaza Storefront

Las Vegas, NV: Murder trial underway in 2016 killing of Liquor Store clerk; could result in Death Penalty



Auto - Covelo, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Athens-Clarke, GA - Burglary
C-Store - El Paso County, CO - Burglary
Clothing - Arcata, CA - Burglary
CVS - Del City, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - - Athens-Clarke, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Gadsden, AL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Burglary
Gas Station - New Albany, GA - Burglary
Grocery - Jacksonville, FL - Burglary
Grocery - Decatur, GA - Robbery
Hardware - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Asheville, NC - Robbery
Liquor - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Liquor - Logan County, KY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Sprint - Kalamazoo County, MI - Robbery
Sprint - Flower Branch, TX - Robbery
Walgreens - Polk County, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Reston, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Webster, TX - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Andrea Soucy promoted to Regional Asset Protection Manager for Lord + Taylor

Vianey Martin named Regional Loss Prevention and Safety Manager - Distribution for The Michaels Companies

John Pabst promoted to Regional LP Manager for The TJX Companies

Jeremy Browning promoted to District Asset Protection Manager for Kroger

Michael Fallon Jr. named District Asset Protection Leader for CVS Health

Eric Mizner Sr., LPQ, CORCI promoted to Distribution Center Asset Protection / HR Coordinator for Five Below

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