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Coming Early Next Week - 2018 Retail Violent Death Report
The numbers are regretfully up and industry trends continue to plague the industry.

With the nation's retailers being the silent victim of the opioid crackdown and epidemic that virtually no one recognizes or appreciates beyond the retailers themselves, it has had an impact on crime throughout the entire retail industry. With most of the LP and AP industry along with the Law Enforcement community knowing full well the extent of the problem.

Ever since this crackdown started around 2014 and 2015 the nation's retailers have seen an increase in armed robberies, pharmacy robberies, and organized retail theft. All used to fuel and feed the nation's opioid addiction.

Couple that with the increased mass shootings and workplace violence and you have a volatile mixture that's increased retail violent deaths significantly since 2015.

Given this finding and the fact that we're the only team collecting and mining this publicly reported data our team is continuing to review and audit the information.

RetailROI and The Essential Retail Technologies of 2019
RFID Investment Up 20% over LY - 12B Apparel Items RFID Tagged in 2018

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

Each Saturday just prior to the January NRF Big Show, retailers, industry analysts and solutions providers gather in New York City for a unique IT conference. This fast-paced full day is a special blend of emotionally filled stories of the RetailROI (Retail Orphan Initiative) global charity work and the latest insights on the state of the retail industry.

From this year's SuperSaturday edition of this memorable event, here is a summary of the altruistic work of RetailROI, the latest research on the 2019 essential retail technologies, and an inspirational close on the power of branding transformation.

The Essential Retail Technologies of 2019
According to IHL research, USA retail had a very good year in 2018 with sales up close to 6%, after an increase of 4.5% in 2017. Counter to all the over-hyped retail apocalypse, 3600 net new stores opened in 2018.

Retail now has a substantial focus on emerging technologies and adding more sensors and intelligence inside the store. Note the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning. RFID also had a tremendous jump versus the 2018 study (20% versus 1.3% last year).

RFID Finds its Retail Growth Niche
In 2014, approximately four billion retail apparel items were RFID tagged. By 2018, twelve billion apparel were RFID tagged. tonydonofrio.com

Sprint Food Stores Reaps Benefits From Advanced Surveillance Camera System
Sprint Food Stores has achieved significant advances in deterring theft and fraud while improving store management through its partnership with ERC, a supplier and integrator of surveillance and point-of-sale (POS) systems, the retailer said. Network surveillance systems enable operators to monitor store conditions from any location with an Internet connection.

"With an advanced surveillance camera system, a convenience store chain could achieve ROI within a year through better prevention of theft, fraud and unjustified claims, as well as improved operational oversight," said IT Director Todd Harrison, who oversees loss prevention camera surveillance for Sprint Food Stores.

Augusta-based Sprint Food Stores operates 20 convenience stores in Georgia and South Carolina. csnews.com

Why Risk Management Should Be a Higher Priority
Businesses have more data than ever, but often they don't have the full range of capabilities required to analyze that data and turn it into insights on risk mitigation and probability. Enterprises need someone to take the lead in breaking the data, and the risk management functions it informs, out of the siloes they sit in today.

Too Often, Risk Management Is Undervalued

In a 2018 study by North Carolina State University and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, fewer than 20% of organizations said they successfully integrated their enterprise risk management (ERM) function with their strategic and business planning.

More worryingly still, 65% of organizations said they had recently experienced an "operational surprise" arising from unanticipated risk.

In the past, that might have been a tenable, even if less-than-ideal situation. But in a business environment that's more complex and faster moving by the day, it's no longer sustainable.

Research by IDC, also from 2018, indicated that the volume of data available to businesses would grow more than five-fold by 2025, and the value of that data would increase. Simply by existing, this data creates a new risk factor for businesses. Even holding all other competitive variables constant - were that possible - enterprises that respond to the ubiquity and volume of data by developing market-leading analytics capabilities will gain an edge over those that don't. cfo.com

Facial Recognition ID'ing Shoplifters in Plano, TX
North Texas law enforcement facial recognition use varies widely by agency

More than half a dozen law enforcement agencies in North Texas are using facial recognition, with little public awareness in some cases, CBS 11 News reports.

The technology has been used recently by Plano Police to identify a shoplifting suspect, and by Arlington Police to identify a wanted felon at a local motel. biometricupdate.com

IARPA and NIST offer $50,000 for best activity detection in extended video
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is holding an Activities in Extended Video (ActEV) Prize Challenge in collaboration with NIST, offering $50,000 for the technology that proves the best at identifying what people are doing.

The challenge opened in December, and the first stage ends February 28, 2019, with the eventual winner announced in May, and presenting at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in June. biometricupdate.com

"Retail Robocalypse"
Robots & AI: Changing the Face of Retail

From robots in the aisle to customer service bots and simulation modeling across the supply chain, a new "Industrial Revolution" is upon us. Are you ready to embrace this robotic culture?

Technologies that can think, learn and adapt will increasingly be part of our lives and sooner rather than later, according to KPMG's report "Robocalypse: Now? What the 'Fourth industrial revolution' means for retail."

This AI and robotic technology can also transform retail by streamlining labor, improving customer service, upselling new items and yielding a treasure trove of data that helps you sell more, both to new and existing customers.

Amelia, an advanced chatbot that is considered the most human AI, was created by IPSoft and is used by a variety of institutions. 'She' can answer calls and handle simple requests, such as for an address or store hours. Most importantly, she knows when to bring in a human to respond to more complicated inquires. In one study, Martin told NAG attendees, she cut down 80% of the calls that wasted employee time.

Of Amelia, Forbes magazine wrote, she will inevitably cause "mass disruptions that will require workforce retraining." Those are strong words that should have garnered retail attention.

There's no doubt that the current technological revolution is a time of great innovation. But, for many, it may also paint a more worrying picture of the future where armies of unemployed drift from one menial task to the next. In the same way that the Industrial Revolution transformed society, so robotic technology has the potential to change the face of retail. cstoredecisions.com

FDA pulls up Walgreens & Circle K - Violating Tobacco Laws - Selling to Minors
Walgreens is the to violator with 22% of stores inspected selling to minors.

"I will be writing (to) the corporate management of Walgreens and requesting a meeting to discuss corporate wide issue related to non-compliance. They've sent 1,550 warning letters and 240 civil money penality actions against its stores nationwide. reuters.com

From 3,500 to Only 200 Viable Stores Left
Sears saved from liquidation:
Judge approves bankruptcy sale to ex-CEO Eddie Lampert

As sales cratered over the last roughly 15 years, Sears has closed more than 3,500 stores and cut about 250,000 jobs. Now they have about 425 stores and 45,000 employees that will be transferred to ESL.

Judge Robert Drain acknowledged that Lampert had been portrayed as a cross between the American railroad baron Jay Gould and bumbling fictitious character Barney Fife.

Greg Portell, partner and retail adviser at consultancy A.T. Kearney, said the company probably has about 200 stores that can be successful. usatoday.com

U.S. Convenience Store Count at 153,237 Stores - Down 1.1% from '17
Mergers & Acquisitions - Key Trend in C-Stores
"With expanded competition for the convenience customer and an active M&A environment, retailers increasingly need to up the ante on delivering a quick and exciting shopping experience by investing in their core offer of convenience. "With one in seven stores getting remodeled every year at a cost of $400,000, that can put pressure on some stores whether to modernize operations or exit the business."

The last five years (2013-2018), the top three states-Texas (+554), California (+742) and Florida (+66)-have grown the most.

The U.S. store count has risen 28.3% since 2000. This year marks only the fourth time the U.S. convenience store count has declined during that time. convenience.org

Background Check Disclosure Forms Must Be Clear, Standalone
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made clear that a prospective employer violates the standalone requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including extra material, such as state disclosure requirements, that goes beyond basic and clear authorization language.

Reiterating its 2017 decision in Syed v. M-I, the Ninth Circuit issued another decision Jan. 29 in Gilberg v. California Check Cashing Stores finding that before procuring a consumer report on a job applicant, the employer must provide a "clear and conspicuous disclosure" that is "in a document that consists solely of the disclosure."

The Standalone Requirement The FCRA requires employers who obtain a consumer report on job applicants to disclose that process "in a document that consists solely of the disclosure."

Litigation results in 2018 showed that companies are still at risk of significant judgments and/or settlements for violating 1681(b)(2)(A):

Costco paid nearly $2.5 million to end an FCRA class action lawsuit alleging the company failed to use proper standalone disclosure notices to obtain background reports about job applicants.

Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve the claims of approximately 37,000 individuals, based on allegations that its web-based application contained an FCRA disclosure containing a broad authorization for "any person" to provide "any and all information" to the consumer reporting agency, in addition to information relating to the laws of seven different states.

Gilberg confirmed that this trend of rulings against employers will continue into 2019 and potentially beyond. The lesson learned from these rulings and settlements is to act quickly in updating your FCRA disclosure and authorization forms. Employers should pay special attention to the Ninth Circuit's disapproval of the "all-encompassing" disclosure language used by CheckSmart. shrm.org

How Should HR Set the Stage for Workplace Investigations?

Handbag Reseller - Rebag - To Open 30 Stores

Legislative Update: Florida HB0589 Increasing Felony Threshold remains in Committee

Quarter Results

Hermes Q4 revenue up 9.6%, full-year revenue up 10.4%
LVMH (Louis Vuitton) Q4 revenue up 9%, full-year revenue up 11%

Columbia Sportswear Q4 net sales up 18%, full year net sales up 14%

Skechers Q4 company-owned comp's up 1.1%, retail up 7.5%, wholesale up 18.4%, total sales up 11.4%
Skechers full yr. company-owned comp's up 9.2%, retail up 12%, wholesale up 18.8%, total sales up 11.5%

Ingles Markets Q1 comp's up 3.9%, sales up 4.7%

Yum Brands Q4 comp's up 3%, sales up 6%, full yr. comp's up 2%, sales up 5%

Urban Outfitters Q3 comp's u 3%, net sales up 3.7%

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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WEBINAR: How RC Willey Converted Sushi to Sales:
A Tale of Measuring ROI

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST

Register Now!

Are your stores' promotional marketing events driving conversions? Tracking return on investment for marketing strategies can be challenging for retailers without actionable data. In this webinar, you'll see how furniture retailer, RC Willey, integrated network camera analytics with their POS system to reveal a deeper analysis of store productivity.

You'll hear from Rod Mosher, Director of Loss Prevention and Safety at RC Willey, who implemented Axis network surveillance technologies to track conversions during a free sushi night promotion.

Through their analysis, they were able to determine that the promotion brought in 30% more foot traffic and resulted in a 10% increase in sales. Data like that is hard to ignore - with reliable business intelligence, it's easier than ever to optimize retail stores with faster decision-making and a wealth of analytics data.



Third Party Attack: Demands $2.6M Ransom
Ransomware Attack Via MSP Locks Customers Out of Systems

An attacker this week simultaneously encrypted endpoint systems and servers belonging to all customers of a US-based managed service provider by exploiting a
vulnerable plugin for a remote monitoring and management tool used by the MSP.

The attack resulted in some 1,500 to 2,000 systems belonging to the MSP's clients getting cryptolocked and the
MSP itself facing a $2.6 million ransom demand.

Discussions this week on an MSP forum on Reddit over what appears to be the same - or at least similar - incident suggest considerable anxiety within the community over such attacks, with a few describing them as a nightmare scenario.

"From the MSP's standpoint, the tool they use to manage everything was just used against them" to inflict damage on customers, says Chris Bisnett, chief architect at Huntress Labs. "Everyone is looking at the attack and saying, 'This could have been me.'"

After an initial investigation showed that the MSP's systems itself had not been compromised, researchers from Huntress did some further digging and eventually linked the attack to a vulnerable plugin for a remote management tool from Kaseya.

Many MSPs use Kaseya's VSA RMM tool to remotely monitor and manage client systems and servers. The vulnerable plugin for Kaseya that was exploited in the MSP attack itself was from ConnectWise and is used to manage support tickets raised in Kaseya, Bisnett says.

Kaseya urged customers using the ConnectWise plugin for VSA to upgrade to the patched version immediately or, alternatively, to remove the plugin altogether. darkreading.com

Police: "Using Darknet Cybercrime Services Doesn't Guarantee Anonymity"
Europol - Arresting Hackers Continues Worldwide -
Webstresser Stresser/Booter Users
Retail 4th Largest Sector Targeted By DDOS Attacks

international operation to target users of Webstresser, a notorious stresser/booter service launched in 2015 that allowed customers to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks on demand, is underway and has resulted in arrests, according to Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency. The police message: Using darknet cybercrime services doesn't guarantee anonymity, even if you pay with bitcoin.

Using stresser/booter services is illegal. Nevertheless, Europol said Webstresser.org boasted 136,000 registered users and had been used to launch more than 4 million attacks against websites - ranging from banks and government agencies to police forces and gaming sites

Webstresser offered subscriptions that started at just $14.99 per month, security experts say.

But the site's dominance as the
world's biggest stresser/booter service came to an end in April 2018, when six of the site's suspected top administrators were arrested in the United Kingdom, Croatia, Canada and Serbia. Authorities in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States also seized Webstresser's servers, resulting in a full takedown of the service.

In Australia, Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K., police also have arrested or questioned some of the site's top suspected users (see: Police Seize Webstresser.org, Bust 6 Suspected Admins).  

FBI Shutters Quantum Stresser

In the U.S., the FBI is also working to disrupt stresser/booter services.

In December 2018, the FBI seized 15 DDoS-for-hire websites, including Downthem and Quantum Stresser.
The U.S. Justice Department said the timing of the seizures was not accidental. "The action against the DDoS services comes the week before the Christmas holiday, a period historically plagued by prolific DDoS attacks in the gaming world," it said (see:
Feds Disrupt Top Stresser/Booter Services).

Romanian police have also been investigating two more small-scale DDoS services and have seized evidence, including customer lists, Europol says. govinfosecurity.com

4 Payment Security Trends for 2019
Visa's Chief Risk Officer Sees Positive Changes in '19

Trend 1: Continued growth in E-Commerce and M-Commerce will drive the need for secure digital payments.
While chip technology has significantly reduced fraud in stores, we need a similar security defense for the digital channel. Tokens can be that solution.

With tokenization, merchants no longer have to store sensitive data, like primary account numbers, greatly reducing risk for people who store their card information on mobile devices, in mobile apps, or online with e-commerce merchants.

Trend 2: Password insecurity and consumer frustration will lead to increased adoption of biometrics.
Cardholder verification methods have evolved, including the optional removal of signatures in 2018. The use of biometrics for authentication for in-person and online shopping causes less friction for consumers and offers stronger identity verification for issuers and merchants. A survey commissioned by Visa showed that 86% of consumers are interested in using biometrics to verify identity or to make payment.

Last year, issuers piloted on-card biometrics programs in which a fingerprint scanner was built directly into a payment card because consumers still prefer the plastic card form factor to other available options. I expect more pilot programs to emerge in the year ahead.

Trend 3: Sharing of cyber threat intelligence will Continue to chip away at attempted fraud.
Although collaboration already exists among partners in the payment industry and law enforcement, I believe you will see more collaboration in the coming year because it yields results. Most notably, three senior members of the Fin7 cybercrime group - one of the largest known cybercrime organizations, responsible for stealing roughly $1 billion over the years from some well-recognized retail and hospitality companies - were arrested last year because of a public-private partnership between payment networks (including Visa), financial institutions, merchants, and law enforcement.

Trend 4: Advanced technology in risk-based decision-making will help reduce CNP payment fraud.
This year the payment industry will be introducing advanced, risk-based decision-making for e-commerce to reduce CNP fraud using updated standards from EMV 3D-Secure. This will enable financial institutions to better assess whether a transaction is legitimate or fraudulent by examining 10 times more risk factors than before, including browser type, device type, and location of a transaction, among other factors to help decide whether step-up authentication is required. In addition, companies that facilitate digital payments will likely layer 3D-Secure with other advanced analytics technologies like artificial intelligence, to help analyze for fraud.

In 1965, Gordon Moore of Intel predicted that the increase in computing power and the decrease in relative cost would occur at an exponential pace. The pace of digital innovation over the years has been fast, but so has the evolution of payment security and risk management. I'm optimistic about the future. darkreading.com

IBM Data: U.S. Average Data Breach Cost $7.91M - Global Cost $3.86M
Passwords Becoming Corp.'s Own Worst Enemy
Rising frustrations with passwords have churned up excitement over sophisticated technologies, like biometrics, to safeguard data. However, in the enterprise world, implementation of those tools is no easy feat.

The reliance on passwords means those credentials become more of a security liability than protector, as cyberattackers attempt to infiltrate enterprise systems.

In one tactic, Pedersen explained, hackers can take the top-500 weakest (i.e., most common) passwords and check them against millions of accounts. In another, phishing scams will fraudulently request an employee login to Uber or LinkedIn to steal those credentials.

"It may not seem so risky to give up a LinkedIn credential," said Pedersen, "but people use their password for more than one thing." Uber password as well.

Considering the risks: It's surprising that organizations remain so ill-prepared to mitigate the threat. Yet, according to Pedersen, most professionals are still not educated on how to spot a phishing attack. Furthermore, among OneLogin's own customer base, it's about a 50-50 split between organizations that use multi-factor authentication - now considered an essential standard of enterprise security - and those that don't.

Unfortunately, despite the warnings, Pedersen said corporates thinking about data security are often like consumers thinking about insurance: they don't realize they need it until something bad happens. pymnts.com




CONTROLTEK has been in the industry news a lot lately, introducing new asset protection solutions at a rapid pace - from their recently launched AM systems, to the wide selection of EAS and RFID tags in their catalog, to the full set of RF and RFID systems they offer together with their European partner Nedap.

Rod Diplock, CEO, and Steve Sell, VP of Global Sales & Marketing, tell us how CONTROLTEK has been able to offer so much innovation in such a short period of time, what sets them apart from their competitors, and what the industry can expect from them next.

Bryan Lewis - Intellicheck - Quick Take 11

Bryan Lewis, President & CEO of Intellicheck, tells us why their Retail ID solution is 99.9% effective in preventing transactional fraud, while delivering instant identification authentication for retailers. And then Bryan takes on Amber and Joe's "Lightning Round".



How eBay and Alibaba Say They're Making Sure the Billions of Listings
on Their Sites Aren't Counterfeit

At a seminar during FN Platform in Las Vegas, executives from eBay Inc. and Alibaba Holdings Ltd. - the latter of which has faced particularly high criticism over its perceived lack of vigor in protecting both sellers and buyers using its platform - said they have thrown new resources behind protecting the IP rights of sellers and buyers using their platforms. (The news comes at the same time competitor Amazon finally admitted to its own struggles with counterfeit goods on the website.)

Daniel Dougherty, senior director of global IP enforcement at Alibaba, said the mega e-tail firm has moved aggressively to launch (and enhance) a number of IP protection initiatives including a partnership with Washington, D.C.-based International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition as well as a program that allows trademark and patent holders to report alleged counterfeits and have them taken down quickly - often within 24 hours - as a good-faith measure.

Julien Dudouit, global IP brand manager of legal intellectual property at eBay, said its efforts to protect sellers and buyers are also motivated by a greater awareness that the platform's success hinges on protecting its reputation.

Dudouit added that eBay has "a lot people [who] work 24/7" to keep its anticounterfeit measures running smoothly and that the site monitors transactions and reports suspicious activity to law enforcement. Like Alibaba, the company has a system, the Verified Rights Owner program, that allows patent and trademark owners and their representatives to report potentially infringing eBay listings. footwearnews.com

Amazon Using 5-Second Video Using Facial Recog. to ID Vendors
A vendor was presented with a prompt to record his face when signing up. The site wants to use five-second snippets of video to record a person's face.

It will use its Rekognition tech to remember and identify them later on. The software will likely be used to crack down on fake sellers and counterfeit goods being peddled on the site. dailymail.co.uk

Amazon is trying to regulate itself over facial recognition software
- before Congress does

The company joined Microsoft in calling for regulation on its own technologies.

Amazon released a blog post yesterday proposing ethical guidelines around the use of facial recognition technology and called for national legislation on the topic.

The note, penned by Amazon VP of Global Public Policy Michael Punke, is in direct response to privacy concerns. vox.com

20 indicted in multimillion-dollar online fraud scheme
Federal prosecutors have indicted 20 people in a multimillion-dollar international online fraud scheme. The case announced Thursday stems from a lengthy investigation out of Kentucky led by U.S. Secret Service agents.

The scheme unfolded on websites like Craigslist and eBay, and the fraudsters would post false ads for expensive items like cars that didn't exist. Prosecutors say they'd persuade American buyers to send money to fictitious profiles, duping them in some cases into thinking the sellers were U.S. military and about to be deployed. They handed over money, but goods never showed up. The suspects were based mostly in Alexandria, Romania. Prosecutors say they laundered the money using cryptocurrency. ajc.com

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Nashville, TN: Man accused of stealing identity, trying to buy watch worth $640,000
Metro Police worked with a local bank, high-end watch store in California and a national shipping company to track down a man accused of identity theft. Michael Simmons, 55, was arrested Thursday and charged with criminal simulation, identity theft and attempted theft over $250,000. Pinnacle Bank and Police contacted Westime, a luxury watch store in California, saying a fraudulent check was written by someone pretending to be a customer to buy a watch valued at $640,000.

Police say Westime agreed to send an empty box to the imposter customer so they could find out who it was and arrest them. Thursday afternoon, Metro police say UPS delivered the box to Simmons and say he gave a fake ID and signed for the package. Officers were nearby and arrested Simmons. Officers say Pinnacle Bank would have lost $640,000 if Westime cashed that check. It's unclear if Simmons knew the victim or how he was able to steal his identity, like police suspect he did. wkrn.com

Chicago, IL: $100K worth of high-end bikes stolen
Police seek suspects in string of burglaries

Chicago police are investigating a string of thefts of high-end bicycles from shops across the city. More than $100,000 worth of high-end bikes have been stolen from at least seven bike shops in Chicago and Evanston since the end of 2018. The most recent burglary was reported Thursday at Big City Bikes at 2425 N Ashland Ave. Security camera footage showed a pattern in which two to three men with their faces shrouded in masks and hoodies get in and get out of the shops quickly. wgntv.com

Newark, DE: Officer Finds Stolen Merchandise Valued At $16,000, Two Arrested
On Tuesday morning, Newark Police Officer Carter McKennon was on patrol conducting a property check of the Red Roof Inn. McKennon observed a van backing into a parking spot in the parking lot with a person asleep in the front seat. When the subject rolled down the window, officer McKennon immediately detected an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.

Officer McKennon conducted a search of the vehicle and found the back-passenger area and cargo area of the vehicle were filled with bags of clothing. It was observed that many of the articles of clothing had price tags, plastic security tags...several of the tags were wrapped in aluminum foil. Additionally, Officer McKennon also recovered several Booster Bags. The inventory discovered that the merchandise totaled approximately 226 items and was estimated to be valued at approximately $16,000. firststateupdate.com

Lexington, SC: Man arrested and charged for purchasing stolen goods
from law enforcement agent

Lexington County deputies have arrested Mohamid A. Khamis, 45, of West Columbia, charged with purchasing stolen goods from an agent of law enforcement. This investigation began in October 2018 when detectives of the Lexington Police Department were working on a series of shoplifting cases that involved merchandise being stolen from multiple businesses in the Town of Lexington. Through their investigation they were able to identify a subject who admitted shoplifting merchandise stolen from businesses and re-selling these items to support an addiction to cocaine.

As a result of this investigation, detectives were able to identify Mohamid Khamis as he was known to purchases stolen goods from those who shoplift. Mohamid Khamis would then re-sell the stolen merchandise at the US #1 Metro Flea Market in Lexington County, SC and to other buyers around the state. Detectives and Asset Protection investigators conducted a series of successful controlled sales of merchandise, valued at approximately $2,500 in total. In December 2018, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Mohamid Khamis and a storage unit rented by him where numerous items of stolen merchandise was recovered. The items recovered were mainly power tools and accessories which had a retail value of over $3,000.00. wltx.com

Update: Vancouver, WA: Men accused of stealing 50 plus cellphones ($30,000) from AT&T store appears in court
Millican and Abbott were both arrested Wednesday, according to the affidavit. They were booked on suspicion of two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree theft. Both men admitted to committing burglaries so they could purchase drugs. Millican added he also wanted to buy food, the affidavit said. columbian.com

Jackson, MS: Richland Police arrest woman suspected of shoplifting after high speed chase; hits a house
A woman was arrested after a high speed chase from Richland into Jackson Friday morning.
The woman was chased by police until she hit a house on Jones Avenue. Inside the car, police found two new televisions and a pair of jeans. wlbt.com

Wake County, NC: 2 women accused of using fraudulent cards to go on $10,000 shopping spree
The two women went on a week-long shopping spree at seven retail outlets, including Raleigh-Durham International Airport. cbs17.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Gainesville, FL: Businessman, philanthropist shot, killed outside CVS
Jack Hough, local businessman and philanthropist, was fatally shot in the torso in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on Park Hill Drive around 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Hough was pronounced dead at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville about an hour later. Police are still looking for a suspect. No motive has been established. gainesvilletimes.com

New Orleans, LA: After months on the lam, man arrested in killing of Little Woods store clerk

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Placer County, CA: Best Buy employee, fired for tackling burglary suspect, to receive medal from Sheriff
The Placer County Sheriff's Office will honor a second citizen with a medal next week, recognizing a man who aided deputies in restraining a suspect in the parking lot of a Roseville Best Buy store last month. Tyler Metildi, a 26-year-old working in asset protection with the store, was outside assisting a customer on Jan. 11 when undercover law enforcement agents began to chase Timothy Trujillo of Reno, a man wanted for multiple burglaries in Nevada and in Placer County, through the parking lot. Trujillo punched a deputy in the face and began to run away. That's when Metildi gave chase, tackling the suspect to the ground. sacbee.com


Tampa, FL: Multiple 7-Eleven gas station possibly targeted in cigarette theft crime spree
Deputies in three counties - Pinellas, Manatee and Hillsborough - are investigating a series of 7-Eleven robberies and they believe all could be connected. The spree ended on U.S. Highway 41 in Apollo Beach. A "BOLO" was issued for a suspect vehicle, and stop sticks were deployed on the highway following a quick pursuit, deputies said, and four juveniles were arrested. fox13news.com



Lawrenceville, GA: Cellphone Store Robbery
Two men in custody after a fiery crash following a police pursuit

The crash happened around 3:15 a.m. early Friday morning in Lawrenceville. Police say the chase spanned multiple jurisdictions before the crash happened. Firefighters discovered that the vehicle hit an above-ground gas valve and caused a line to rupture. The driver of the fleeing vehicle sustained minor injuries. No officers were hurt. cbs46.com


Houston, TX: Same man believed to be responsible for string of Armed Robberies
Five bold and brazen robberies on the west side of town were all committed by the same person, according to investigators. Detectives are now releasing surveillance video from the robberies. click2houston.com

St. George, UT: Man charged with stealing cars from Las Vegas employer, selling them in Utah
A Washington City man is in jail on a dozen felony charges after he allegedly transported vehicles from Las Vegas and sold them to car dealerships in St. George, even though he never owned the vehicles - his employer did. Jacob Brann, 42, was arrested and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility Thursday morning and charged with 12 second-degree felony counts of theft by receiving stolen property. stgeorgeutah.com

Houston, TX: Masked man robs Armored Car Guard at gunpoint

Franklin, TN: Walmart Loss Prevention key to arrest of traveling smash-n-grab thefts

Ingham County, MI: Stolen Cement Truck driver arrested after hiding out in a Menards

UK: Renewed concerns about police response to shoplifting spark calls for retailers to do more

Kay Jewelers in the Hillside Village, Cedar Hill, TX reported a Robbery on 2/7, item valued at over $100,000

Kay Jewelers in the Bechtle Crossing, Springfield, OH reported an Armed Robbery on 2/6, no value released

Kay Jewelers in the Brazos Town Center, Rosenberg, TX reported a Grab & Run on 2/5, items valued at $11,199

Pagoda in the Westfield Mall, Hialeah, FL reported a Grab & Run on 2/6, items valued at $7,999

Cargo Theft

Miami, FL: Reward offered for capture of man charged in $5M Gold Heist
Federal prosecutors have formally charged a fugitive in the 2015 robbery of a tractor-trailer carrying almost $5 million in gold bars. U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami announced Thursday that 56-year-old Pedro Santamaria has been indicted on robbery and gun charges. The FBI is officering up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction. whnt.com


Murrieta, CA: Man found Guilty of Murdering Lake Elsinore Circle K clerk
during Robbery

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Jon Brandon, Coon went to the Circle K at about 5 a.m. on June 14, 2017, intending to kill the lone clerk ( Eric Whitecomb ) at the counter, steal whatever cash was on hand and take whatever items he could grab. A Murrieta jury deliberated less than two hours before finding 27-year-old James Curtis Coon guilty of the 2017 slaying of Eric Whitecomb. mynewsla.com

Greenblet, Maryland, Serial Robber Gets 10 Yrs Fed. Prison for 4 Armed Commercial Robberies

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty Robbing Orange, NJ Mobile Communications Store


Bike Shop - Chicago, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Shelbyville, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - South Bend, IN - Armed Robbery
Grocery  - Laurens, SC - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Purdy, MO - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Jewelry Store - Ashland, OH - Burglary
● Jewelry Store - Cedar Hill, TX - Robbery
Liquor store - Fresno County, CA- Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Saginaw, MI - Robbery
Marijuana - Venice, CA - Burglary
McDonald's - Bartonville, IL- Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Pemberton Township, NJ - Armed Robbery
Thrift Store - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Tilton, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Apollo Beach, FL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
78 robberies
32 burglaries
5 shootings
0 killings




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