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Cheryl Blake promoted to Division President for Verisk Retail
Cheryl previously held the position of Vice President of Business Development for the solution provider. She has also held various senior level positions in the loss prevention industry for retailers including Director of Loss Prevention for GameStop, Director of Loss Prevention for FuncoLand and Director of Loss Prevention for Kids R Us. She's also held positions at Caldor as Manager of LP Operations, Toys R Us as Regional LP Supervisor and Lord & Taylor as Security Manager. Cheryl was also a Steering Committee Member for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Congratulations Cheryl!

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In 2016 Professor Beck published a report on the Total Retail Loss (TRL) concept (https://tinyurl.com/y8v5o2p2) which aimed to provide the retail industry with a new way to define and measure how losses impact upon retail organisations. Since then it has begun to be adopted by retailers around the world to varying degrees.

He is now starting some new research to develop this work further, looking particularly to:

1. Find out about levels of awareness and use of the Total Retail Loss concept.
2. Understand how it should be adapted to keep it fit for purpose.
3. Consider the barriers to its use.
4. Assemble tools and techniques to help those who may want to use it in the future.

The first part of this research is a short online survey of retailers from around the world on their levels of awareness of the TRL concept. He would be very grateful if you could find 10 minutes to complete this survey, which can be found at:


The deadline for replying is 28th February 2019. Thank you very much for taking the time to contribute to this research - your support is very much appreciated. The results of this work will be made freely available in the summer of 2019. Please do contact Professor Beck if you would like to find out more about this research.

New privacy initiative, headed by ADT, to establish home security standards, best practices
Recently, Ring was outed by major news outlets for Ukraine engineers and executives at Ring having "highly privileged access" to live customer camera feeds - both doorbell cameras and in-home cameras - around the world, while a NEST camera was hijacked with a voice warning a California family that three missiles from North Korea were headed to the U.S., which, of course, was not true, but I can imagine sent the family into sheer panic. 

With breaches such as these, among the millions of other data breaches and exposed records in the United States alone, ADT in partnership with SIA, The Monitoring Association, Electronic Security Association, the Internet Society's Online Trust Alliance and TrustArc are creating a new consumer privacy initiative.

"Alongside industry organizations and partners, we will be outlining privacy and ethics priorities for the industry, creating an external and internal advisory board, and updating our promise to customers: 'At ADT we are dedicated to your safety, and helping take care of what you value and cherish most in your life: your loved ones, your property and your privacy," ADT's CEO, Jim DeVries, said in an internal company memo that went out to all 19,000 ADT employees and to SSN, exclusively. securitysystemsnews.com

The Loss Prevention Foundation Announces the First 2019 Learning Day
Learning Day Partnership with the University of Indianapolis Department of Criminal Justice

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) is proud to announce the first LPF Learning Day for 2019. The one-day seminar will be held Tuesday, March 12 at the University of Indianapolis from 9:00am - 4:00pm and is dedicated to the loss prevention industry and the opportunities it affords. This event is being held for anyone interested in a career in public safety, business or related fields, as well as, current LP professionals looking to take their career to the next level.

The agenda includes speakers Kevin Whiteacre, LPQ & Jim Perillo, LPC from the University of Indianapolis, as well as, speakers from Axis Communications, Profitect, Simon Operation Intelligence Center, Simon Malls, Sensormatic, LP Magazine, 7-eleven, Fleet Pride, Sears, Lifeway Christian Stores, Wicklander-Zulawski, LP Media Group, STANLEY Security, Instakey, Protos Security and the Loss Prevention Foundation. These industry professionals will share insights on asset protection, professional development strategies, and security techniques including crisis management, cyber-crime defense and Intelligent CCTV Systems.

Do not miss the opportunity to get a closer look into the LP/AP profession, earn CEUs towards your Loss Prevention Certification (LPC), have a chance to win an LPF Course Scholarship and meet some of the top retail LP/AP leaders and solution providers within the industry. Register Here

A Double Whammy For Retail
It's Going to Impact Q1 Numbers Along With Shutdown
Extreme cold weather's impact on business in the Midwest

The extreme cold weather in much of the U.S. this week means many people are staying home - and it's having an impact on businesses.

The last time businesses faced a similar situation was in 2014 when another polar vortex gripped much of the country. It cost the U.S. economy $5 billion. Walsh does not expect the impact of this one to be as dramatic.

No doubt restaurants that have stayed open are delivering more food this week, while people search for beach vacations online. Once the first glimmer of spring comes into view, "it gets people in the mood to go out and start buying," says Walsh. "That usually happens right around the Easter break." yahoo.com

Polar vortex death toll rises as Arctic blast keeps the Midwest in a deep freeze
Governors in Wisconsin and Michigan declared states of emergency and ordered all state government offices closed; some state agencies in Illinois were closed, as well.

Businesses and schools closed, travel was disrupted and officials warned millions of people to stay inside as temperatures plunged to dangerous depths across several states. washingtonpost.com


Report: Annual Global Risk Forecast
WorldAware's 2019 Global Forecast addresses key threats that may impact your organization's people and operations this year. Compiled by intelligence analysts and security experts, some of the topics in this annual risk report include the possibility of escalating violence in the Middle East, risks of a no-deal Brexit, the growing threat of virtual kidnapping, potential for increased number of airline failures, and long-term hazards posed by wildfires.

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How one savvy startup may be changing the future of food waste
Few things hurt a supermarket's bottom line more than food waste: It costs retailers globally nearly $100 billion annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Put another way, between onethird and one-half of all food produced is wasted worldwide every year, estimates the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

That might explain why three entrepreneurs founded Wasteless, a startup focused on helping supermarkets fight food waste, in 2017. Using its proprietary machine-learning pricing engine, Wasteless prices products dynamically in real time based on a series of variables, including expiration date, shelf capacity, regional factors, brand strength and on-shelf competition. Prices are displayed on electronic shelf labels or online checkouts where consumers can see the product's regular price as well as a discounted price for a specific expiration date. stores.org

Seafood Processor Sentenced to 45 Months for Selling 183 Tons of Foreign Crab Meat Falsely Labeled as Blue Crab From USA
His Security Cameras Actually Filmed His People in the Act
On January 10, 2019, James R. Casey of Poquoson, Virginia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson, in Norfolk, Virginia, to 45 months in prison and a $15,000 fine for his role in conspiring to falsely label millions of dollars' worth of foreign crab meat as "Product of USA."

Casey-who was the owner and President of Casey's Seafood Inc., a wholesale processor of crab meat and other seafood-admitted to substituting foreign crab meat for domestically harvested blue crab. Videos, which were recorded by Casey's Seafood's security camera, and which were filed with the court, show company employees removing foreign crab meat from cans and plastic bags, and repackaging the crab meat into plastic containers labeled "Product of USA." In the filed papers, Casey admitted to directing his employees to substitute and falsely label more than 183 tons of foreign crab meat, which was then sold to grocery stores and independent retailers. justice.gov

It's About Time Somebody Stopped This
Is Eddie Lampert set to 'steal' Kenmore brand?

The U.S. government, major mall owners and other creditors are lining up to block the effort to hold off liquidation, setting up a courtroom clash to decide the fate of one of America's most iconic retailers.

The federal agency that backstops corporate pensions is objecting to Sears chairman, investor and former CEO Eddie Lampert's bid to acquire the retailer out of bankruptcy, a deal that presents the last remaining alternative to going out of business altogether. The agency accused Lampert of structuring the deal to inappropriately obtain ownership of the chain's Kenmore appliance brand and the DieHard tools brand.

That the bankruptcy is coming down to a dramatic clash between Lampert and Sears on one side and the U.S. government and creditors on the other side is fittingly dramatic for a company whose slow-motion collapse has been mourned, mocked and foretold by many observers for the past several years. usatoday.com

Editor's Note: Talk about playing the long game. Lampert and everybody else for that matter, knew exactly what the final act was. And he'll reap billions as he sits in his mansion in Miami - absolutely afraid to fly, shuttling executives to and from Chicago and driving LP absolutely crazy with executive protection details.

The running list of 2019 bankruptcy victims
Last year delivered some of the biggest bankruptcies in retail history, including the Chapter 11 filing of 125-year-old department store, Sears.  

During the fall of 2018, Retail Dive looked at data and FRISK scores from CreditRiskMonitor to predict which retailers could go bankrupt in 2019. Those stores at risk included J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and 99 Cents Only.

Below is a list of the major filings so far this year.

Jan. 16 Gymboree - closing all 800
Jan. 16 Shopko - closing 39+ - Walgreens won 63 stores
Jan. 11 Innovative Mattress Solutions
Jan. 6 Beauty Brands closing 25 & sell remaining 33 retaildive.com

From dead mall to Amazon warehouse:
Shuttered retail stores getting a new life

CBRE finds two dozen examples of properties across the country that were once home to retailers but now have turned - or are in the process of being turned - into industrial centers.

The trend is expected to gain in popularity as more stores and malls go dark, while retailers and third-party logistics providers alike are on the hunt for real estate for warehouses.

Six dead malls across the U.S. are either in the process of being turned into or have been revamped as massive manufacturing plants and logistics hubs. The empty Euclid Square Mall in Euclid, Ohio, for example, is under construction to become home to a new Amazon e-commerce fulfillment center. And that's after Amazon already moved into a new facility where Randall Park Mall used to sit in North Randall, Ohio.

With the demand for warehouse space not expected to slowdown anytime soon, deals like the one where Amazon took over an old mall in Ohio will likely only become more of the norm. cnbc.com

Editor's Note: Randal Park Mall - the only mall to be closed due to crime.

UK's B&Q leaked personal details of thousands of suspected shoplifters
B&Q has launched an internal investigation after swathes of data exposing the names and vehicle descriptions of suspected shop lifters was leaked online. The DIY retailer exposed 70,000 offender and incident logs online on an Elasticsearch server, an open source search engine which can be accessed by anyone, according to a security researcher.

Ctrlbox Information Security's chief executive Lee Johnstone was the first to inform B&Q of the leak, and reportedly sent the retailer numerous messages before the logs were eventually taken down 11 days later.

According to Johnstone's blog, the details included the first and last names of individuals suspected of stealing goods alongside their descriptions, details of their vehicles and other information relating to the incidents. Other details including the value of the goods involved and the associated loss were also part of the leak. retailgazette.co.uk

C-Store Decisions: Safety is a Virtue in C-Stores
It is risks to safety within a store environment that must be guarded against: emergency situations, negligent behaviors and robberies are threats a convenience store operator hopes never creeps up, but must be prepared to stem to protect people and property. Safety is a very broad subject indeed, but broken down, with a clear focus in mind, it's an issue that can be managed properly - with the right strategies in place. cstoredecisions.com

New Job for Robots: Taking Stock for Retailers
Retailers that have been turning to robots to handle inventory in warehouses are testing whether machines can handle a new task: detecting when store shelves need restocking.

Keeping track of inventory and doing it quickly has become one of the most pressing supply-chain concerns for merchants as they try to put into place new strategies for selling and delivering goods under the fast-changing demands of e-commerce.

Services including rapid home delivery and buy online-pickup in store are pushing retailers to blur the lines between distribution centers and stores - and obscure their view of how many items may be in stock and where the goods are held.

The complicated blending of inventories in stores and warehouses has some retailers testing the use of shelf-scanning robots that roam store aisles and send restocking data back through their networks. wsj.com

Holiday returns challenge supply chain flexibility
Relaxed return policies and growing e-commerce drives $400B in annual returns
With the rise in e-commerce has come an annual torrent of post-holiday returns. Millions of packages that flowed one-way through the supply chain to the consumer must now be turned and move back through the supply chain to the appropriate destination. No easy task for a logistics system largely built to deliver. But reverse logistics is not only a feature of the holidays e-commerce rush but an everyday challenge to the supply chain.

It's estimated that returns cost retailers around $3 per package when delivered to stores and approximately $6 when returned to a Distribution Center. But it isn't just about the holidays anymore. With e-commerce, growing returns are becoming a critical feature of the supply chain.

Relaxed return policies and this year's wealth of e-commerce have contributed to a unique and growing trend in retail shopping. Among high-end retailers, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Bloomingdales lead the field in easing their return policies. Online retailers like L.L. Bean, Land's End and Amazon also offer easy returns. Even specialty shops such as Bath & Body Works, ULTA Beauty, and SEPHORA make it simple to give merchandise back. ajot.com

Public stances by businesses raise risk of consumer boycotts
26% of Americans are currently boycotting a company they previously spent $ with
Companies need to take care of the causes and people they publicly support. That's according to a survey by CompreCards in which 53% of respondents said they would no longer shop at their favorite retailer if it publicly supported a person or cause they strongly disagreed with. According to the survey, in the past year, 35% of Generation X and 33% of Millennials have boycotted a company or product they had spent money on in the past. Thirty percent of Gen X and 26% of Millennials are currently boycotting.

The survey found that while many Americans feel that people are too quick to call for a boycott, most think they can be effective and would consider joining one in the future.

Overall, 26% of Americans are currently boycotting a company or product they had spent money on in the past, while 32% had boycotted at some point in the past year. chainstoreage.com

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Agilence Adds 28 Banners, Exceeding 43,000
Deployed Locations in 2018

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ - Agilence, Inc., the leader in Vertical Business Intelligence (VBI) solutions for the retail, restaurant, grocery, convenience, and pharmacy industries, today announced continued growth driven by product enhancements, capital investments, and robust sales of its 20/20 Data Analytics platform. 2018 was marked by the addition of dozens of new customers, improvements to the 20/20 Data Analytics platform, as well as growth to the Agilence team.

In an effort to continue raising the bar on what Vertical BI solutions can accomplish, while also providing award winning customer support to all clients regardless of vertical, Agilence grew their team by nearly 40% in 2018. Many of the additions focused on growing the product development and Stevie Award winning customer success teams, along with the buildout of a product strategy team.

"We've made a lot of enhancements to our team and our underlying technologies throughout 2018. Much of our focus was on streamlining processes and building the groundwork for major improvements to the product," said Brian Harvell, CTO of Agilence. "2018 solidified us as a major player in the data analytics and Vertical Business Intelligence spaces. The foundation we have built will allow us to lead the industry forward, setting new benchmarks and continuing to make segment leading product improvements. 2019 will be a defining year for Agilence and 20/20."

During 2018, Agilence welcomed 28 new banners into their customer community. Among these new clients include brands like Taco Bell, Sally Beauty, Michael's Stores, DKNY, Barnes & Noble, and HMS Host among others. Together, these organizations represent more than 9,000 locations across the US and Canada. To date, Agilence's customer count stands at 165, representing more than 43,000 locations in North America.

"2018 was a transformative year for Agilence, our platform, and our clients," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO of Agilence. "We have exceeded expectations and surpassed many SaaS industry growth benchmarks. We are now at a point in our evolution where we plan to focus 100 percent of our efforts on building VBI solutions for our existing vertical markets, while expanding into new verticals where our technologies can deliver great value."

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Can We Prevent Active Shooters Through AI Technology?
According to the reports of not-for-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, the year
2018 has seen 323 mass shooting incidents as of November 28 in the United States. This number is 346 for the year 2017 and 382 for 2016 (more statistics are available here), with "mass shooting" defined as cases where four or more people are shot or killed in the same time period and location.

Gunshot Detection Solutions
There are several gunshot detection solutions in the security market, commonly used by law enforcement agencies to detect and locate gun fires.

With the development of artificial intelligence in
object recognition, AI weapon detection offers a more efficient alternative to prevent active shooting: AI can visually detect guns based on their shapes before they are fired. The AI is trained to recognize firearms in different shapes, sizes, colors, and at different angles in videos, so that the AI weapon detector can be deployed with existing cameras systems, analyze the video feeds, and instantly notify security staff when a gun is spotted.

Comparison of the advantages for law enforcement and public security agencies.

Cybersecurity Spending Takes Up 6% of the Typical Tech Budget
Standard, widely accepted metrics are hard to find but new research from Gartner Inc. finds that in 2018, companies spent an average of 6% of their total technology budget on cybersecurity.

Companies in different stages of setting up digital business models have different cybersecurity needs that will influence their spending, he said. Spending also varies by industry. Financial services firms spent, on average, 7.3% of the IT budget on cyber tools and services, according to Gartner. At retailers, it was 6.1%, health care 5.0% and manufacturing 4.5%.

The bulk of the cyber budget today is mostly made up of tools. [But] there's not enough people to operate these tools because of the shortage of professionals. This means that a lot of [companies] spend their money on technology and not enough on people and process.

How can I tell if I'm overspending or underspending?

Dive in and look at individual business programs. Identify what technologies are related to that process and which people, what kind and how many are helping run that process. Then do a risk assessment. Look at your threat landscape: What trends are you seeing? Is your organization migrating to the cloud? What's going on in your industry? What are the regulatory trends? Take it all point by point, and match up what you're doing from a cybersecurity perspective in each area.

This seems straightforward. Why is there such angst?

A lot of that angst comes from a disconnect between security and executive management and the board. Cybersecurity has only become a board-level issue over the last five years or so. It began with people not knowing what cybersecurity is. People nodded their heads in meetings and didn't get it. Now, executives understand what cybersecurity is and that it impacts customer satisfaction, financial health and reputation. But they don't understand how it correlates to business outcomes. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

Discover Issues New Cards Following Data Breach
Discover Financial Services has alerted cardholders to a data breach but has not disclosed the extent of personal information compromised or the number of individuals affected.

The incident was detected by Discover on August 13, 2018, when the company learned user accounts may have been affected in a data breach. It reports the breach did not involve any Discover systems but the company is aware of a possible merchant data breach. darkreading.com

2019 Special Report - The Future Store
55% of Retailers Plan to Utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) within Three Years

According to BRP's SPECIAL REPORT: The Future Store, stores must now encompass both the physical and digital worlds as customers expect a personalized experience in every channel.

Customers are willing to try new technologies if it improves their in-store shopping experience. According to the BRP Consumer Study, 32% of consumers are likely to shop at a store offering an augmented reality (AR) experience over a retailer that doesn't offer AR and 29% would like a virtual reality (VR) experience as part of their shopping environment. Consumers are very interested in relying on technology instead of human interaction if it makes the purchase process quicker and easier. For example, 55% are more likely to shop at a store with self-checkout vs. a store without and 57% will choose a store offering automated returns to avoid human interactions and speed the process. brpconsulting.com



The Shrink Story... By the Numbers:
The National Retail Security Survey - 25 Years and Counting

Dr. Richard Hollinger, lead author of the National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) for over 25 years, shares the findings of the 2018 report. Are industry shrink numbers shifting upwards? Do LP executives expect staffing to increase? Hear the numbers and delve into the insights behind the data in this LPNN interview.

Dr. Hollinger also shares some of the key and emerging trends in LP, while Bob Moraca talks about the National Retail Federation's role in the industry-benchmarking NRSS study.

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China's Online Shoppers will Spend $2 Trillion this Year
Set to Surpass the U.S. as World's Top Retail Market

A year ago, over 500 million online shoppers in China spent $1 trillion in purchasing. Thanks to the growth of mobile apps and improving logistics networks, which have helped e-commerce companies reach new customers in smaller cities, the country is on its way to hit the $2 trillion milestone this year.

According to the latest worldwide retail and ecommerce forecast by market research company eMarketer, China is poised to become the world's top retail market by the end of this year, displacing the US. China's retail sales this year will surpass that of the US by more than $100 billion, says the report, which was based on an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from research firms, government agencies, media firms and public companies, plus interviews with executives at publishers, ad buyers and agencies.

Last year, a report by Forrester, another market research firm, one-fourth of all retail sales in the Asia-Pacific region will occur online by 2022, led by China and South Korea. entrepreneur.com

Distributors and Wholesalers View Amazon Business as Biggest Threat
More Than Half Don't Have Strategy to Compete

Distributors and wholesalers overwhelmingly regard Amazon Business as their biggest threat, dwarfing other concerns.

That's one of the findings Unilog released today, after surveying 244 manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. Surprisingly, 52% of those same survey respondents admit they don't have a strategy for competing with Amazon Business. And 43% of manufacturers surveyed said they sell direct on Amazon Business, often bypassing their traditional distribution channel.

The survey spotlighted a number of challenges the respondents face in eCommerce. Notably, more than half of respondents said it took them more than nine months to go live with an eCommerce site. globenewswire.com

Amazon and UPS stop deliveries in several states amid frigid temperatures

Luxury fashion ecommerce spending on the rise

Walmart.com scores Fanatics partnership ahead of Super Bowl

Walmart Removes Products from Google Express, Shopping Actions

eCommerce driving demand for 'big box' space




Charlotte, NC: CMPD Launches "Organized" Shoplifting Task Force
The department announced the formation of the Organized Retail Crime Task Force Wednesday. It's comprised of detectives in nine divisions across the department and is led by Lt. Rob Sprague. CMPD says the task force will study patterns and trends to help identify and arrest offenders.

Charlotte area businesses collectively lose millions of dollars every year through shoplifting, according to the department. CMPD says it investigated nearly 6,000 shoplifting cases in 2018 and that shoplifting is up 13 percent compared to this time last year. wcnc.com

Copperas Cove, TX: Firearms store employee stole 118 guns valued at over $50,000
Sgt. Lester Nace said he was assigned to investigate the case for EJI Firearms, which used to be called Just Glocks, on Sept. 14, 2017. The store's owner had audited a former employee, Tyrell Washington. Documents showed that Washington had transferred a large number of 92 glock pistols to himself, without authorization from the store. Sgt. Nace interviewed Washington, and Washington confessed he took about 84 guns from the store without paying. Washington consented to a search of his residence, and some of the guns were recovered. Sgt. Nace said at least 30 interviews were done during the investigation, and Washington's associates told him that Washington had gifted, sold or traded the guns he stole from the store. kcentv.com

Bethlehem, PA: Walmart Fulfillment Center associate tried to ship himself $6K in merchandise
Angel R. Vargas, a floor supervisor, had allegedly gathered up several items from the warehouse two days earlier and put them in a box. Another employee reported seeing Vargas print FedEx shipping labels that included a local delivery address not commonly used for shipments, according to records. He then proceeded to put the box on a truck that was locked two days before it was scheduled to leave the building. The manager told police that she verified no order existed matching the local address. She tracked down the box and allegedly found inside 11 pairs of Beats headphones, two Series 4 Apple iWatches, 10 pairs of Apple air pods, one drone and eight bottles of Versace perfume. The merchandise totaled $6,663.97. wfmz.com

Indiana County, PA: Pennsylvania State Police seek 4 men suspected of $4K Walmart theft in White Township
Police said that after loading shopping carts and leaving the store without paying on Jan. 26, the four suspects fled in a silver Infinity QX80 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Police believe the men were involved in other recent retail theft incidents at Walmart stores in southwestern Pennsylvania. triblive.com

Beachwood, OH: Dillard's Shoplifter arrested with $3,600 in merchandise

Hempfield Township, PA: Three women arrested attempting to steal $3,200 worth of merchandise at Greengate Centre Walmart

Brevard County, FL: Thieves caught with $3,000 in stolen J.C. Penney merchandise in Merritt Island

Seekonk, MA: Police searching for two people who they say stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Target on Commerce Way

North Haven, CT: Woman charged with stealing over $500 in cold medicine from Walgreens

North Haven, CT: Police searching for 2 women suspected of $500 theft from Ulta Beauty

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Shootings & Deaths

Ottawa, Ont, Canada: Man dead, police officer hurt in Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre confrontation
A man has died after being shot by police during an altercation early Thursday morning at the Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre parking lot, and Ontario's police watchdog is investigating. Ottawa paramedics initially said the man had suffered critical, life-threatening injuries, and was taken to hospital. Later Thursday morning, the Special Investigations Unit said the man, who was 30 years old, died. He has not been identified. A male Ottawa police officer suffered minor injuries, police said. Officers were called to the area of St. Laurent Boulevard and Russell Road for a "suspicious incident" at 7:53 a.m. Shots were fired after they arrived, police said. ctvnews.ca

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Columbus, KS: Two suspects, including store clerk, arrested in robbery plot
Cherokee County sheriff's investigators Tuesday arrested two suspects in the Dec. 14 robbery of The Quik Shop convenience store in Weir, Kansas. Sheriff David Groves said Jeri Davis and Dakota Jones were taken into custody following a lengthy investigation that revealed an alleged plot behind the robbery. Deputies were called to the store Dec. 14 when Davis, who was opening the business for the day, reported being accosted by a suspect who demanded money from the store's cash register before locking her in a walk-in cooler and fleeing out a back door. joplinglobe.com

Williams, AZ: Six hour Police Standoff with armed man ends outside Safeway
A standoff that lasted about six hours ended with a man taken into custody outside a Safeway grocery store in Williams on Wednesday evening, police said. The incident began after an armed man barricaded himself inside his car outside the store. Coconino County Sheriff's Office reported that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported. azcentral.com

Fresno, CA: Handgun pulled on employee as teens steal candy and chips
Fresno Police detectives are asking for the public's help to track down three teenagers tied to a violent robbery. In what's being called a "scuffle" over a bag of potato chips and candy, surveillance video shows one suspect pulling a gun on the store clerk. Police say the robbery happened back on Jan. 18 at the City Wide Market on Fruit and Dakota avenues. The store clerk, who did not want to go on camera, say they nearly "lost their lives" over a couple candy bars and a bag of chips. yourcentralvalley.com

Warren, OH: Family Dollar Armed Robber steals $1,892, drops $1,560 in snow
According to a police report, the suspect went into the back office of the Family Dollar around 10:00 pm Tuesday, where the store manager and an employee were counting money. The employees told police, the suspect came into the room and told them not to turn around or he would "blast them." The suspect took $1,892 and fled. While searching the area, police recovered $1,560 from the snow where the suspect had fled. The store manager told police that $332 was still missing and that the suspect had to have been hiding somewhere in the store because they had locked all the doors and checked the store when closing. wfmj.com

Suspect Arrested in $87,000 Smash & Grab Jewelry Robbery at Dartmouth Mall
Just after 8:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to the Jewelry Express inside the mall for a report of an armed robbery. When they arrived, they learned the suspect had smashed a glass case with a hammer and stole about $87,000 in assorted jewelry. While officers were speaking to eyewitnesses, they were able to get a description of the suspect and a license plate number of the getaway vehicle. wpri.com

Louisville, KY: Armored car driver arrested but the $850,000 in cash is still missing
The Louisville armored truck driver who went missing in December along with an estimated $850,000 was arrested Wednesday in Connecticut, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But authorities have not located the money they say Mark Espinosa took from the truck. Espinosa, 29, was arrested on a federal warrant near Hartford, Connecticut, the FBI said. Louisville Metro Police confirmed his arrest by the Wethersfield Police Department in Connecticut.  courier-journal.com

A Rash of Jewelry Store Robberies Hits Southern California and Colorado
The Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) has recorded eight smash-and-grab robberies at Southern California jewelry stores in the last 10 days, as well as an unsettling string of thefts in Colorado. jckonline.com

Greenfield, WI: Five Suspects hit cellphone stores in 5 jurisdictions in 'smash and grab' incidents; AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all victims

Montgomery County, MD: Police investigate string of CVS robberies in Maryland

Buckhead, GA: Two arrested due to Flat Tire breaking into multiple cars in Publix's parking lot

Halton Hills, ON, CN: Police Searching for Two Suspect in $3,500 Gucci Store Theft at Toronto Premium Outlets

Arson & Fire

High Point, NC: Man Who Captures Walmart Fire On Video Also Helped Catch Accused Arsonist
Daniel Dailey, 26, is accused of setting fire to the men's department of the Walmart store off South Main Street in High Point on Monday. Mike Leonard was just running some errands when he heard someone yell 'fire.' All the sudden I hear someone yell, 'fire' and about 20 feet away from me there's all this smoke coming from the men's department." So Leonard rushed over to see what was happening. "I ran over to see what I could do, everyone was dispersing trying to get fire extinguishers so I thought well maybe I could document it and capture the perpetrator." wfmynews2.com


Atlanta, GA: Super Bowl Brings Out the Counterfeiters & ICE
ICE, CBP operation nets over $24 million in fake sports-related merchandise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that collaborative enforcement efforts led by its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) component and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resulted in the seizure of nearly 285,000 counterfeit sports-related items worth an estimated $24.2 million, and related investigations led to 28 arrests with 21 convictions.

Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, Atlanta police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers. ice.gov


Huntsville, TX: Texas inmate executed for killing a Houston Police Officer during an Armed Robbery
61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago. Robert Jennings received lethal injection for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore that authorities said was part of a crime spree. washtimesherald.com

Tyler, TX: Woman who assaulted a Dollar General employee, stole $100 of merchandise gets 12 years

Dayton, OH: 4th teen sentenced to 10 years for Armed Robbery at AT&T store; 6 of 7 were juveniles, 5 were charged as Adults

Coldwater, MI: Man gets 10 years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of Cellphone store; ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution

New Zealand: Shoplifter pleads Guilty to running over Pak'nSave employee during getaway


AT&T - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Greenfield, WI - Burglary
Bike Shop - Chicago, IL - Burglary (Ravenswood)
Bike Shop - Chicago, IL - Burglary (Lincoln Park)
Boost Mobile - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hopewell, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Clinton County, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tyler, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Laredo, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Laconia, NH - Robbery
C-Store - Calcasieu Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA- Armed Robbery
Clothing - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Freson, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Dartmouth, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Carlisle, PA - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Henderson County, TX - Robbery
Music Store - Lahaina, HI - Robbery
Pharmacy - Chesterfield County, VA - Robbery (Rite Aid)
Restaurant - Benicia, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery (Arby's)
Sam's Dollar Saver - Wichita Falls, TX - Burglary
Sprint - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Burglary
T-Mobile - Columbus, OH - Robbery
T- Mobile - Cudahy, WI - Burglary
Tobacco - Laurel County, KY - Burglary


Daily Totals:
20 robberies
7 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




Daren Adams promoted to Zone Loss Prevention Manager for Bealls Inc.
Brian Franzyshen named District Loss Prevention Manager for Michael Kors
Jesse Putnam named Regional Investigator for Lowe's
Xavier Soule named Recruiter/Loss Prevention Coordinator for HS Brands Global

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