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Paul Jones, LPC named Vice President Asset Protection
for Ralph Lauren

Before being named Vice President Asset Protection for Ralph Lauren, Paul served as Director of Loss Prevention & eCommerce Fraud for the Vitamin Shoppe since last year. Prior to that, he held various over senior positions in the retail LP industry, including Director Asset Protection - Risk Management for CKE Restaurants, Executive Director of Global Asset Protection for eBay, Senior VP for Limited Brands, and VP of LP for Luxottica Retail, among other roles he's had over the years. Congratulations, Paul!

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RILA & NASP Impact Tenn. Supreme Court Ruling on Serial Shoplifters/ORC

Tenn. Supreme Court Upholds Felony Conviction for Serial Shoplifters

The Tennessee Supreme Court decided yesterday that the state of Tennessee can use its burglary statute to prosecute serial shoplifters who have been issued no-trespass warnings banning them from re-entering retail stores.

"This is a significant victory for leading retailers who are doing all they can to combat the growing problem of shoplifting," said Deborah White, President of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) & General Counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. "Retailers are grateful to the state of Tennessee for recognizing the gravity of the problem and utilizing the prosecutorial tools at their disposal to make a difference."

The RLC along with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) and the Tennessee Retail Association (TRA) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to permit the enforcement of felony burglary statutes to cover habitual shoplifters who ignore no-trespass notices and then re-enter retail establishments to try to steal more products - in this case, the defendant had followed this pattern for 5 years.

Compelled by our arguments, the court cited the amicus brief in the majority opinion:

"As pointed out by amici curiae Retail Litigation Center, Inc., National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, and Tennessee Retail Association, "no trespass" letters are critical to breaking the cycle of recidivist shoplifting. If individuals comply with the letters, they serve to avoid future encounters between loss prevention officers and "serial shoplifters." However, "no-trespass letters serve little purpose if they are effectively voided any time a person manages to re-enter a store in defiance of being barred from the premises." The "more sensible approach," as advocated by amici, is the one adopted in this case and others in Tennessee and several other states. It "recognizes that shoplifters who re-enter a store to steal (again) after being formally barred have committed a serious crime, which will be deterred only with serious penalties."

The case before the court was State of Tennessee v. Abbie Leann Welch.  rila.org

Mass Shootings Update:
Jan 1 - Feb 21, 2020

41 Shootings reported and
verified & 52 Deaths

SIA Education@ISC West Program Focused on Converged Security Issues
ISC West, the largest converged security event in the United States, introduced the lineup for its 2020 SIA Education@ISC sessions, in collaboration with premier partner the Security Industry Association (SIA).

Together, SIA and ISC West will be making educational sessions available during ISC West, taking place March 17-20, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The comprehensive program includes nearly 100 accredited sessions covering a range of industry topics, such as connected security, unmanned systems, smart cities, loss prevention and supply chain and more, designed to provide the necessary knowledge security professionals require to prevent threats and make a real-world impact in an increasingly converged security landscape.

See the full list of education sessions here. sdmmag.com

Coronavirus Impact

ISC West Cancels Chinese Dedicated Pavilion
ISC West Modifying Venetian Ballroom Layout in Absence of Chinese Companies

ISC West is being affected only minimally by the COVID-19 coronavirus, which is having an impact on international business travel, specifically to and from China. One consequence of coronavirus travel restrictions is a decision by Reed Exhibitions International not to proceed with a dedicated pavilion for Chinese companies at ISC West, March 17-20. In the main hall, however, some Chinese companies will remain in the show and staff their exhibit booths with U.S. office personnel and resources.

"Our clear focus is on the health and safety for our entire ISC community, and empathy and compassion for our Chinese customers relative to personal health and safety, and the very challenging business predicament for these companies," says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security & Gaming Portfolio, Reed Exhibitions. securityinformed.com

Coronavirus Having A Major Global Impact Financially - Costing Billions
What Apple, P&G, Walmart and other U.S. companies are saying about the coronavirus outbreak

Corporate Dominant Theme in Earnings Releases & Conference Calls of S&P 500's
Investors Pressing for Answers on Financial Impact

A FactSet search of the 364 earnings call that were held in the period stretching from Jan. 1 through Feb. 13 found 38% included the term "coronavirus" at least once. The industrial, IT and health-care sectors accounted for the highest number of companies discussing the topic, according to FactSet.

While many were asked to quantify the negative impact on their businesses, 34% said it was too early to say and did not include the virus in their financial guidance. As a result, "it is possible that there will be an increase in the number of companies issuing negative guidance later in the first quarter as these companies gain clarity on the impact."

- Apple Inc. is not expecting to meet second-quarter financial guidance because production has slowed or been halted.

- The Estée Lauder said the third quarter will be most impacted by the sales decline of luxury beauty products in China.

- Hasbro continues to have office and third-party factory closures = 2/3rd's of global sourcing shut down.

- Procter & Gamble expects the outbreak to materially impact earnings for the January to March quarter.

- Ralph Lauren said fiscal 2020 sales could be hurt by up to $70 million & operating income in Asia could take a $35 million to $45 million hit.

- Under Armour expects to lose between $50 million and $60 million in sales.

- VF Corp. which owns the sneaker brand Vans, has closed 60% of its owned and partner stores in China.

- Walmart anticipates a financial impact in the first quarter & potentially the second quarter to its China business.

- Walt Disney said if its shuttered Shanghai and Hong Kong theme parks remain closed for months, it would shave $175 million off operating income in the current quarter. marketwatch.com

Rabobank Predicts Coronavirus to Cost China Retailers Anywhere From $31B to $125B

Coronavirus Could Push Companies to Stop Relying on China, But It's Easier Said Than Done, Experts Say

Former Coca-Cola Sales Director Gets 1 Yr Prison & 25 Months Home Detention For $750,000 Embezzlment
Anne Gronek-Gibbs was a sales director who used her position to obtain personal goods and services from suppliers of the Coca-Cola Company and have the company pay for those goods and services. She ordered luxury goods, tickets, and gift cards and also booked first class travel, and had Coca-Cola pay for luxury hotel accommodations for personal trips. Gronek-Gibbs modified electronic versions of quotes, purchase orders, and invoices from vendors that she then submitted to Coca-Cola for payment. Ultimately, she purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of gift cards, jewelry, handbags, and purses using this system and, all told, embezzled over $750,000.

Anne Gronek-Gibbs, 42, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Boulee to one year in prison and 25 months of home detention, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $753,551. Gronek-Gibbs was convicted on these charges on November 19, 2019, after she pleaded guilty.

"Gronek-Gibbs believed her invoice-changing scheme would cover her theft. Instead, she is headed to prison." justice.gov

EU Plans Rules for Facial-Recognition Technology

Coming regulations could restrict use of cameras in public places to collect biometric data, identify people

European Union officials plan to regulate certain applications of facial-recognition technology later this year because it can violate privacy rights. The commission is accepting public comments on the plan until May and will use those to draft rules.

New regulations could restrict whether companies and governments can use cameras in public places to collect biometric data and identify individuals, according to a strategy paper on artificial intelligence published Wednesday by the European Commission, the EU's executive body. It won't affect use of the technology as a form of secure authentication, such as to unlock smartphones using facial images, the paper said. It won't affect use of the technology as a form of secure authentication, such as to unlock smartphones using facial images, the paper said.

Legal changes will not apply to less risky applications of facial recognition. One example could be an employer's use of the technology to identify workers who need access to a secure area. Such authentication systems match a person's face to a stored photo, instead of to a large database of facial images. Employers can justify their use of facial recognition for security reasons. wsj.com

Judge Upholds New York City's Predictable-Scheduling Law
Fast-food and retail employers in New York City must comply with both the city's predictable-scheduling law and the state's wage and hour laws, according to a recent court ruling.

State Trial Judge Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit on Feb. 18, finding that the city's scheduling regulation isn't pre-empted by state law. Covered employers in the Big Apple, therefore, must continue to ensure that their policies and practices align with employee-scheduling rules outlined in the 2017 Fair Workweek Law. shrm.org

2020 Retail Sales "Starting Off on Strong Footing," NRF Chief Economist
U.S. retail and food services sales increased by 0.3% over the previous month to $529.77 billion in January. U.S. retail sales got off to a strong start in January. Four U.S. retail companies went bankrupt in late January and early February, bringing the total bankruptcy count for 2020 to five.

Clothing and clothing accessories stores saw the sharpest decline in sales in January at 3.1% to $22.27 billion. The retail sector lost 8,300 jobs in January, down to 15.7 million jobs.

Most vulnerable public US department store & apparel companies (as of Feb. 18)

1. Christopher & Banks Corp.
2. RTW Retail Winds Inc.
3. Destination XL Group Inc.
4. L Brands Inc.
5. Francesca's Holdings Corp.
6. Tailored Brands Inc.
7. Stage Stores Inc.
8. Stein Mart Inc.

9. Ascena Retail Group Inc.
10. Centric Brands Inc.
11. Vince Holding Corp.
12. J.Jill Inc.
13. JC Penney Co. Inc.
14. The Children's Place Inc.
15. Nordstrom Inc.

7-Eleven Owner in Talks to Acquire Speedway
Tokyo-based Seven & i Holdings Co., which owns 7-Eleven, is in exclusive talks to acquire Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s Speedway stations for approximately $22 billion.

Seven & I Holdings is Japan's largest c-store operator, with around 70,000 stores in 18 countries and regions. Marathon Petroleum is looking to spin off Speedway, with about 4,000 stores in the U.S. cstoredecisions.com

How Business Travel Can Affect Mental Health

Are You Taking Care of Your Frequent Travelers?
Do you even have an assistance program?

A recent study from YouGov and NexTravel found that more than 22 percent of survey respondents said that business travel had some kind of impact on their mental health. And speaking to Skift, medical assistance organization International SOS noted 40 percent of its calls were related to mental health.

Risks involving anxiety and depression are making up a larger and larger chunk of first calls to risk management companies. This trend likely won't slow until companies make fundamental shifts to their corporate culture.

With stress-induced symptoms of anxiety and depression as one of the top issues travelers report. International SOS, perhaps the largest medical assistance and security company worldwide, fields 4.5 million calls a year. As the frequency continues to rise, companies are becoming increasingly aware of a need to change the corporate support systems in place.

A 2018 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that executives that spent more than 14 days a month traveling were 60 percent more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also noted that issues of insomnia, anxiety, and alcohol dependence were common among frequent business travelers. "Poor behavioral and mental health outcomes significantly increased as the number of nights away from home for business travel rose."

"Companies need to understand that this is an epidemic," he told Skift. "It's impacting all of us. It doesn't matter whether you're a senior vice president or a COO, or whether you're somebody on the frontline, nobody's immune. And so they need to first and foremost talk about it. They need to openly talk about it. They need to provide resources to HR, benefits, the Employee Assistance Program, medical assist programs, and they need to educate everybody." associationsnow.com skift.com

Coresight Research
Retail Store Databank - Week 8

2020 YTD Closures 1,252
2020 YTD Openings 2,026

Modell's to Close 24 Stores of its 141

Quarterly Results
Canada's Loblaw Co's Q4 Food comp's up 1.9%, Food sales up 2.7, Drug comp's up 3.9%, Pharmacy comp's up 6.1%, Front Store comp's up 2.2%, Drug sales up 4.2%, consolidated revenue up 3.3%

Kirkland's Q4 comp's down 2.7%, sales down 3.1%, full yr comp's down 7.1%, sales down 6.6%

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Protos Security launches new logo

Logo reflects company's expansion in managed, monitored and direct guard services

Protos Security, a nationwide leader in security guard services, today announced a new logo and brand identity system. The new branding reflects the company's expanded portfolio of managed, direct and monitored guard services from its acquisition of Security Resources Inc in August 2019. It also reinforces the combined company's modern approach to delivering security guard services and next-generation technology that put clients in control of their loss prevention and risk management programs.

"This is an exciting time for us and for our customers," said Patrick Henderson, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Protos Security. "We are linking our industry-leading technology with a vast portfolio of remote monitoring and on-site guarding options to bring customers the easiest, most flexible and most innovative guard management experience in the industry."

"The new logo and brand identity system emphasizes this wide portfolio of business solutions." added Chris Copenhaver, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Protos Security. "But, it also reflects our previous Protos logo because our core belief hasn't changed. From the beginning, our goal was to deliver innovative technologies and services that leverage valuable data to improve the accountability and efficiency of loss prevention programs. Our entire expanded portfolio of services will leverage this technology to give our current clients the visibility and control they've come to expect from Protos

Protos offers direct guard services, managed guard services and remote monitoring services for retail, corporate facilities, manufacturing, logistics, commercial real estate, hospitality, residential and entertainment applications. Its unique technology and guard management services combine real-world knowledge with real-time information to reduce the burden of loss prevention, so customers can better manage their risks and budget while freeing their time to spend on other priorities.

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What to Look for at RSA 2020 Conference

Keynote Preview, Important Themes and Health Tips

This special edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a preview of keynote presentations at the RSA 2020 conference, which begins Monday in San Francisco.

In this report, you'll hear (click on player beneath image to listen):

ISMG's Mathew Schwartz offer a rundown of his picks for the hottest keynote sessions;

Retired RSA Chairman Art Coviello discuss this year's conference theme, "The Human Element," and other key topics;

Pandemic and disaster management expert Regina Phelps offer tips on how to stay healthy at this year's big event. govinfosecurity.com

RSA Conference 2020: ISMG Spotlights Security Leaders

Over 200 Video Interviews With Experts Planned

Information Security Media Group, a premier media partner at the annual RSA Conference, will conduct over 200 video interviews at this year's event with cybersecurity thought leaders, executives, CISOs and sponsors.

Security Thought Leaders
Over the course of four days, ISMG editors will conduct interviews with dozens of subject matter experts. Our guests will include:

Sam Curry, the chief security officer of Cybereason;
Gen. Keith Alexander (retired), the CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity;
Dr. Anton Chuvakin, the head of solution strategy with Chronicle;
Art Coviello, partner with Rally Ventures and the former chairman of RSA;
Andy Purdy, chief security officer of Huawei Technologies USA;
Allan Friedman, director of cybersecurity initiatives at the U.S. Commerce Department;
Zulfikar Ramzan, CTO at RSA.

In addition, ISMG editors will host three exclusive executive roundtables at the 2020 RSA Conference, which will the themes: New CISO Stress Research: Causes, Consequences and Conversation and Driving Partnership Between Security & Development as well as Digital Transformation in Healthcare - The Impacts & Benefits of Digital Identity."

Watch for frequent updates on our RSA Conference news page. careersinfosecurity.com

Are CISOs ready for zero trust architectures?
Zero trust is a concept that is gaining an increasingly large and dedicated following, but it may mean different things to different audiences, so let's start with a definition. I refer to an excellent post by my friend Lee Newcombe and I agree with his definition of zero trust:

"Every request to access a resource starts from a position of zero trust. Access decisions are then made and enforced based on a set of trust metrics selected by the organization. These trust metrics could relate to the user, their access device, the resource to be accessed, or a combination thereof."

The concept of zero trust architectures is not new. During my career, I was a member of the Jericho Forum, a group that essentially invented the concept. At that time technology was not mature enough to support a true "zero trust architecture". This has changed and I firmly believe that today, technology is at a suitable level for enterprises to move to architectures without perimeters.

That said, a true full-scale transition to a zero trust architecture will require more than just changes to network, application and supporting technologies - it will also need to drive large scale security and general IT policies or be driven by a large scale transformation program. And as usual, training will play a big role.

In my opinion, CISOs should prepare for zero trust architectures by:

1. Engaging expert advice
2. Evangelizing lower cost of exposure

Finally, and probably most importantly, if we accept that the formula of zero trust equals to:

Access granted if [Sum(device score),Sum(user score), Sum(resource score)] > [required device score, required user score, required resource score]

Zero trust architectures are only possible when organizations know exactly what their users, device assets and applications are, and how these are configured, interrelated and secured. helpnetsecurity.com

Microsoft Announces General Availability of Threat Protection,
Insider Risk Management
Microsoft today announced the general availability of its Threat Protection and Insider Risk Management platforms, as well as the decision to bring Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection to iOS and Android. The announcements come amid a wave of security product news ahead of RSA Conference.

When Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) arrived in public preview last December, it was described as an "integrated solution" built on the Microsoft 365 security suite: Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for endpoints, Office 365 ATP for email and collaboration, Azure ATP for identity alerts, and Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) for software-as-a-service applications.

MTP is designed to bring the capabilities of all of these Microsoft systems together into a single tool and, in doing so, to coordinate threat detection and response. darkreading.com

Companies Face Steep Litigation Risks Under California's New Privacy Law

The California Consumer Privacy Act has put businesses at substantial risk of data breach litigation and litigation from technical noncompliance.

Data Breach Litigation

The CCPA has a private right of action for data breaches, without any express causation requirement. If a business had inadequate data security, plaintiffs can recover statutory damages between $100 and $750 "per consumer per incident or actual damages, whichever is greater." Thus, a data breach affecting 50,000 California residents has a potential exposure of $37.5 million.

Litigation From Technical Noncompliance

Businesses also face litigation risk from technical noncompliance with the CCPA. Although the CCPA does not have a private right of action for noncompliance claims, plaintiffs will likely enforce noncompliance through class actions under the "unlawful" prong of California's Unfair Competition Law (Business & Professions Code, Section 17200) ("UCL"). The UCL law "borrows" technical violations of other laws and treats them as unfair business practices. It also allows for restitution and injunctive relief. Courts also have awarded prevailing plaintiff attorney's fees in UCL class actions.

Additionally, businesses face class action risk for violations of the CCPA under common law theories, such as negligence or invasion of privacy.

Given the anticipated litigation arising out of the CCPA, it is critical that companies review their cyber insurance policies to determine whether they adequately cover CCPA claims. jdsupra.com

European Union Releases Strategy Paper on Artificial Intelligence

University of Alabama to Offer Degree in Cybersecurity


Sports Unlimited Retail to roll out RFID to 100 multi-brand stores

JD Sports Plc. subsidiary will be able to ship-from-store source tagged items
from a.o. Nike and Asics second half of 2020

Nedap today announced that the Dutch multi-brand athletic footwear and apparel retailer Sports Unlimited Retail (SUR) has selected Nedap's !D Cloud software for the RFID roll-out to their 100 stores in the Benelux. The roll-out starts second half 2020.

!D Cloud is a Software-as-a-Service solution specifically developed for retail RFID applications, giving retailers the quickest route to implement RFID and improve their in-store stock accuracy to over 98%. The roll-out decision at SUR was preceded by a proof-of-concept in selected stores to confirm the effectiveness, user-friendliness and scalability of the !D Cloud solution. For the roll-out, all stores will be equipped with the Nedap !D Cloud software and Zebra RFID readers. Read More Here




PBS Frontline: Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

The definitive account of Amazon's perilous ambition: Key scenes from
PBS's epic investigation

At every turn, Frontline uses facts, public records, and interviews with former insiders to question and in some cases debunk Amazon's time-worn responses to its critics related to issues such as worker treatment, privacy, and antitrust.

The documentary serves as a reminder of Amazon's influence, spanning retail, cloud computing, digital media, advertising, logistics, and perhaps much more in the future, based on its current trajectory.

Filmmakers James Jacoby and Anya Bourg conducted 57 on-the-record interviews to produce the show. Amazon execs including consumer chief Jeff Wilke; devices chief Dave Limp; AWS chief Andy Jassy; and others make appearances.

Bezos did not sit for an interview, but Frontline dug up numerous videos of the CEO to illustrate his perspective and philosophy, along with his transformation from a "small, nondescript sandy-haired man sitting at a desk," as described by an early employee, to "a figure out of folklore" and world's richest person.

The Washington Post summed up the documentary well: "It's not chock full of new information, but it smartly and effectively builds toward a disturbing conclusion - that Amazon is in sore need of some corrective regulation from a government that seems, at best, indifferent to intervening and, at worst, submissively technocratic."

Here are some key moments from the Frontline episode, which you can watch on YouTube and on PBS.org.

Concern from employee No. 1 - Amazon is a data company - Is Alexa listening? - NYC mayor blasts Amazon - Anti-union - Facial recognition geekwire.com

Who's responsible for what you buy on Amazon? A court is about to decide
On Wednesday, the case "Oberdorf v. Amazon" will undergo a rare hearing in Philadelphia by all the federal judges on the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The closely-watched case hinges on the question of whether Amazon can be held liable for damages caused by goods sold in its third-party marketplace, where outside sellers sell their products alongside Amazon's own offerings.

The decision, which is subject to appeal, could influence numerous other cases and, ultimately, the way Amazon runs its business.

According to Amazon's 2018 annual report, 58% of its sales came from its millions of third-party sellers, many of whom ship directly to consumers. US courts have routinely held that Amazon is not liable for defects or intellectual property issues related to these third-party sales, viewing Amazon as a platform that connects buyers and sellers. Court hav eheld that plaintiffs seeking damages must sue the third-party seller directly. cnn.com

Josephine County Man Pleads Guilty for Threatening Mass Shooting at YouTube Headquarters
William Gregory Douglas, 37, of Cave Junction, Oregon, pleaded guilty today for threatening to shoot YouTube employees at the company's San Bruno, California headquarters after his account was removed for violating the video-sharing platform's terms of service.

Sometime on or before August 22, 2018, YouTube removed Douglas' video channel for violating the platform's terms of service. In response, on August 23, 2018, Douglas posted five tweets threatening violence against YouTube employees. In one of the tweets, Douglas threatened a "bigger mass casualty" event, appearing to reference a prior shooting incident at YouTube's headquarters in April 2018 that injured three employees.

Later, on September 8, 2018, Douglas posted a tweet stating "Hey why do you guys keep ignoring me would it be better if I leave you with no other options like your [sic] leaving me...I'm beyond pissed...I wonder how I should deal with this frustration." Finally, on September 17, 2018, Douglas tweeted a direct threat at one of YouTube's senior leaders saying "...I'm coming for you today #pray."

On October 4, 2018, a federal grand jury in Medford, Oregon returned a one-count indictment charging Douglas with cyberstalking. Later, on January 14, 2020, he was charged by criminal information with one count of making interstate communications with the intent to extort. Douglas pleaded guilty today to the latter charge.

Douglas faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years' supervised release. He will be sentenced on May 14, 2020. justice.gov

As Walmart grows in e-commerce, investors look for a plan to stem the losses



Knox County, TN: Man charged after Knox Co. businesses lose thousands in scam
The Knox County Sheriff's Office said a six-month investigation resulted in charges for a man allegedly connected to a scheme that has cost local retailers thousands of dollars. Juan Martinez-Perez was charged with theft over $2,500 and violating the Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act. Investigators said multiple businesses have lost tens of thousands of dollars in connection to a fencing operation. The sheriff's office said they executed a search warrant on a residence in Blount County where they found $50,000 in new and like-new power tools and other equipment. Representatives with Kroger and the Home Depot attended the search warrant execution, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office said Martinez-Perez is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond. wvlt.tv

Jeffersonville, IN: Two charged with stealing $10K-plus in merchandise from Kroger
Two Louisville women have been charged with stealing upwards of $10,000 in merchandise from a Jeffersonville Kroger and reselling the items. Sara J. Dunn, 31, and Gloria Walcott, 25, both are charged with nine felonies and one misdemeanor after police say they visited the Kroger in Jeffersonville on five separate occasions in September, stealing between $688 and around $5,000 in merchandise per trip. On several of the occasions, police say the two also took a juvenile with them, who was also arrested.

Court records show that police were dispatched to the store on Sept. 18, on a report of shoplifters. The following day, police met with loss prevention staff, who provided them with video surveillance and Kroger card purchase history of the two women being there on Sept. 9, 11, 13 and 17 and leaving without paying for merchandise. Police say the group would often enter the store and go either to the health and beauty section or women's apparel area and put items in a cart. They would later select a storage bin from another area and put the items in it. To clear security, they would go through the self-checkout lane and scan only a few items and leave with additional merchandise for which they didn't pay. Court records list the price of items they took on each trip as $1,866.50; 5,060.01; 688.30 and 2,514.12. During the investigation, police linked the two women to a wholesale shop in Louisville, where it is believe they were pawning many of the items after taking them.

Warrants were issued Tuesday for Walcott and Dunn; online court records show Walcott was arrested Wednesday and appeared for an initial hearing Thursday where a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf. She has a pretrial conference set for March 18 with a jury trial scheduled for Aug. 14.  heraldbulletin.com

Aventura, FL: 2 men sought in string of electronics heists in South Florida
Surveillance video shows two daring burglars sought by detectives in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for snatching electronics and running away without paying for them. Detectives said the thieves have targeted the same AT&T store in Aventura three times in October, January and this month. The brazen duo is also accused of a burglary at a Sprint store in Aventura and stores in Hollywood and Miami Gardens. local10.com

Scottsdale, AZ: 3 Men wanted in connection to $10K Jewelry theft

Lincoln, CA: Police say same man may have stolen more than $2100 of baby formula from Target store


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Shootings & Deaths

Long Beach, CA: Officer Opens Fire After Man Shoots 2 People in Long Beach, Leaving 1 Dead and 3 Injured
A suspect was killed and two of his victims and an officer were hospitalized after a shooting took place in Long Beach on Thursday night, officials said. Officers were dispatched to a shooting with a victim outside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen around 9:15 p.m. As officers were on route to the scene, they learned that there was now a second victim of a shooting in the same area. The first responding officer arrived alone and encountered the suspect, who was armed with a shotgun, coming out of a nearby liquor store, officials said. The officer then shot at the suspect, according to Luna.

Then while a second officer was driving towards them, the suspect shot at least two rounds at the incoming officer, striking the police vehicle, officials said. The second officer then struck the suspect with the vehicle. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene but officials were not yet able to confirm whether he died from being struck by the car or from the gunfire, according to Luna. The first victim that was shot by the suspect outside of Popeyes is in critical condition at a local hospital, officials said, while the second victim was hospitalized in stable condition. A shot gun with a pistol grip believed to belong to the suspect was recovered at the scene, officials said. ktla.com

Pearl, MS: Coroner identifies employee stabbed to death during fight at Wendy's
A man is dead after a fight at a Wendy's restaurant in Pearl. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth identified the victim as 25-year-old Herbert Redmond of Jackson. Greg Flynn, Public Information Officer with the City of Pearl, said the man was stabbed after a fight with his coworker in the kitchen of the Wendy's restaurant on Pearson Road. Officials said that customers were inside the building at the time. One person is in custody. wlbt.com

Madison County, MS: Arrests made after shots fired during shoplifting attempt at Madison Walmart
Three people are in custody after a shoplifting incident at the Madison Walmart. Madison police said that it happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Loss prevention employees at the store noticed a man shoplifting in the store. When they confronted him, the man left the store produced a handgun and fired several shots into the air. The man got into a car where another man and woman were waiting. The woman jumped out of the car and tried to run away. Stephanie Collom, 27, was arrested at a Gas Station near Walmart. She and the get-a-way driver are facing charges of Accessory to Felony Shoplifting. to Felony Shoplifting. Approximately $2,000 worth of Walmart merchandise was recovered from the car he was driving. The man who shot the gun, got out of a car and tried to run as well. He was eventually arrested behind Walmart. This man remains unidetified. He was transported to the University of MS Medical Center after admitting to taking illegal drugs. Upon his release from the hospital he will be charged with Felony Shoplifting, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Resisting Arrest. A .380 semi-automatic pistol, was recovered from this man. wlbt.com

Update: Los Angeles, CA: Suspect in Silver Lake Trader Joe's shooting to undergo psychiatric exam
A judge today ordered a court-appointed psychiatrist to examine a man accused of engaging in a 2018 gunfight with police that resulted in the death of the assistant manager of the Trader Joe's store in Silver Lake. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench declared a doubt about the competence of defendant Gene Evin Atkins' at the request of defense attorney Michael Morse and suspended criminal proceedings in the case pending the psychiatrist's evaluation of the defendant, who is due back in court April 15. Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told the judge that she believes Atkins is "pretending" and "totally understands" what is going on in court. At a hearing about a year ago in which Atkins said he had been "sent here by Jesus" and didn't understand anything, the prosecutor told another judge that "what you're witnessing here today is an act" to delay the proceedings. theeastsiderla.com

Suspect charged in shooting of police officer at Ferguson Walmart; first-degree assault, armed criminal action and robbery
20-year-old who had warrants out for his arrest has been charged after police said he shot an off-duty Calverton Park police officer three times, while the officer tried to stop him from shoplifting at a Ferguson Walmart. St. Louis County prosecutors charged Fhontez Mitchell of St. Louis Wednesday after St. Louis County police said he shot the off-duty officer, who was working as a security guard at the store Sunday. Mitchell stole women's pajama pants and as he was trying to leave the store, the officer stopped him. Mitchell fired multiple shots at the officer, according to court documents. The officer was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, which stopped two of the shots to his torso. One of the shots struck him in the arm, but he has since been released from the hospital and is at home recovering. ksdk.com

Hammond, IN: Two Men Charged with Federal Murder Charges Stemming from Killing of Pizza Delivery Man


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Walnut, CA: Bizarre standoff at Walnut gas station ends with no arrest, man refuses to leave car
An hours-long standoff at a gas station in Walnut ended Wednesday night after police left the scene making no arrests. Police originally responded to the gas station near Grand Avenue and Amar Road Wednesday afternoon for a call of a robbery that led to a standoff with a man inside of a red car parked at a gas pump. Cell phone video shot by a witness showed deputies surround the vehicle and fire foam bullets through the windows of the vehicles. At one point, the man in the car put a note on the dashboard that read, "Why are there only three police cars here?" Ultimately the standoff ended once deputies realized it was the man inside the vehicle who made the initial call and there was no threat to the public. Police left the gas station but remained stationed nearby as the man remained in his vehicle at the gas station. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Ballwin, MO: Thieves broke into Lowe's by backing SUV into front doors
Police are looking for two thieves who got inside a Lowe's Home Improvement by backing an SUV into its front doors early Friday morning. The Ballwin Police Department said surveillance footage showed the thieves backing into the glass sliding doors of Lowe's around 1 a.m. Police said the mask-wearing thieves stole several tool kits of unknown value and took off. The store's burglary alarms went off during the theft, but the suspects were gone by the time police arrived. ksdk.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Senate panel advances two bills aimed at cracking down on theft related to pawn shops
 Two bills designed to crack down on theft are headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1689 would prohibit a pawn shop from selling something as new unless the pawn shop had the receipt. SB 1691, would prohibit pawn shops from selling gift cards. The Oklahoma Pawnbrokers Association opposes the two measures, said Curt Roggow, the organization's lobbyist. tulsaworld.com

Yakima, WA: $20000 Reward Now Offered for Info to Arrest Pot Store Robbers

Sentencings & Charges

Market owners who redeemed more than $10M in food stamp, WIC benefits charged in fraud conspiracy
In total, Hassan and Abdurahim Nuriso are alleged to have redeemed in excess of $8 million of SNAP benefits and nearly $2.1 million in WIC benefits at Somali specialty market Towfiq Market in Columbus, OH., between 2010 and November 2019. The government alleges a majority of those redemptions were fraudulent. justice.gov

San Francisco, CA: Man sentenced to 8 years for knocking out a Police Office as he fled Ross Dress for Less; Police union, public defender take shots at DA
District Attorney Chesa Boudin is getting hit from both sides over a man being sentenced to eight years in prison for punching a police officer. The Public Defender's Office and police union each took shots at Boudin on Thursday for his perceived inaction on a request to reduce the sentence of 27-year-old Tyler Gress. While defense attorneys wanted Boudin to support their request for a lighter sentence, the San Francisco Police Officers Association wanted him to oppose it. But the District Attorney's Office, which had previously recommended the eight-year sentence, did neither. 

The case at issue stems from Gress knocking out a police sergeant who was working security at a Ross Dress For Less on Fourth and Market streets last February. The sergeant, Alex Kwan, was working an overtime shift at the Ross when Gress walked out and the store's alarm went off. Gress, who was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine, knocked Kwan unconscious with a single punch when the officer followed him out and detained him. At trial, Longoria argued that Gress hit the sergeant because he mistakenly believed he was a loss prevention officer - and not a member of the San Francisco Police Department. "In truth my client really didn't know it was a police officer," he said. "The issue for the jury was, was it reasonable for him to know it was a police officer, and obviously that defense didn't work for us." Gress left the scene but later returned and surrendered to officers, Longoria said. He noted that Gress was not charged with theft and said his client did not steal from the store. sfexaminer.com

Hot Springs, AR: Habitual offender sentenced to 13 years for restaurant burglary; convicted in 1997, 2004, 07, and 08

Greenwich, CT: Jaws of Life ATM burglar gets 8 years in prison

Philadelphia shoplifter's 7-year prison sentence for a probation violation was improper, appellate court says





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