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Appriss Retail Acquires LP Software to Expand Retail Solutions

Adding the LPMS product line and client base increases
Appriss Retail's market leadership

Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced the acquisition of LP Software, a leading developer of loss prevention and risk mitigation solutions. LP Software has a broad, diverse, and global customer base of more than 150 retailers, many new to the Appriss Retail family. This combination expands Appriss Retail's premier analytics position in the market, as well as increases the resources and capabilities available to LP Software.

Established in 1998, the Chicago, Illinois-based company is best known for its case management system (LPMS) and its compliance and store audit solution (CAMS). A strong brand name and a team with a wealth of experience in case/incident management solutions, LP Software's products and expertise provide a complementary fit to Appriss Retail's existing solutions, including Secure Store. Appriss Retail and LP Software already have a successful, jointly-developed integration to build upon.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

Payless Shoe Source Bombshell
New bombshell accusations surface nearly 1 year after toddler's death at Payless

"Remove the mirrors and destroy them so the little girl's family/attorney could not get them"

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A local contractor told Channel 2 Action News that his company was ordered by a vendor to destroy metro Atlanta-area Payless store mirrors soon after a Riverdale toddler was killed in one of its stores.

An attorney for Payless denies allegations that the now-bankrupt chain tried to cover up any signs of negligence, noting the actual evidence from the store where the child died has been preserved for trial. The vendor accused of issuing the instructions also denies the claims as the contractor seeks payment for services.

On Thursday evening, Channel 2 Action News received an email from Donnie Cobb with C&C Services, an Austell-based contractor. Cobb and other workers, as well as an invoice and email communication, confirm they were hired to remove mirrors and replace them with panels in Payless' Austell location.

Cobb told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr that Xtreme was hired by Vixxo in a third-party agreement to remove mirrors in several metro Atlanta stores, and he said he and others had direct contact with a team lead for Vixxo who was based in Texas, according to an email screengrab.

"My instructions were to remove the mirrors and destroy them so the little girl's family/attorney could not get them," he wrote in an email to Channel 2. In a phone interview, Cobb said the initial instructions for the project also seemed odd, and that group had not connected the project to 2-year-old Ifrah Siddique's death. "What struck me as odd is that they wanted them destroyed," Cobb said. wsbtv.com

Drug Epidemic Driving ORC Increases Looks the Exact Same in Canada
"Meth Crisis" Driving ORC Up 150% in Winnipeg, CA

From facial recognition to extra staff: High and low tech tools used to combat shoplifting in Winnipeg

Stats from Winnipeg police show a steady increase in shoplifting over the past three years. In 2016, there were 1855 reported incidents of shoplifting. That number jumped to 2790 shoplifting incidents in 2017. In 2018, from January to November, there were 4465 incidents.

Patrol Sgt. Phil Penner told CTV News the increase can largely be attributed to the meth crisis.

"People are out in the community, they're trying to get some money for their next fix," Penner said. "Shoplifting is certainly a way to go about that. They're going to go in, grab what they can and sell it for a quick buck."

Meanwhile, six Canadian Tire stores in Winnipeg are now using facial recognition software to combat the issue.

In a statement to CTV News, a Canadian Tire spokesperson wrote:

"Facial Recognition software is currently being used solely for loss prevention in six Canadian Tire stores in Winnipeg, and approximately 15% of stores nationally. Each Canadian Tire store is independently operated and it is up to the associate dealer to determine what security measures are implemented in their store."

When asked if customers are alerted to the use of facial recognition software, a Canadian Tire spokesperson said all stores have visible signage to notify customers about video surveillance.

With privacy laws in place to protect personal information, Pitblado partner Andrew Buck said it's important to understand how a piece of software works and if customers know about it.

"So if you've got a machine that's taking an image and instantly converting it into a bunch of numbers that can't be used to determine who the person actually is, then arguably that's not personal information and so by-the-book privacy laws aren't going to apply," Buck said. ctvnews.ca

Opioid Epidemic Hits New Heights
You're More Likely to Die from an Opioid Overdose Than in a Car Crash

What employers should know about opioid addiction

If you live in the United States, your chances of dying in a car crash are 1 in 103.
Your chances of dying from an opioid overdose? One in 96

In other words, for the first time in U.S. history, opioid overdoses have surpassed vehicle crashes as one of the leading causes of death in the country, according to the National Safety Council's (NSC) latest report analyzing 2017 data on accidental deaths. shrm.org

IJIS, IACP joint task force releases facial recognition use case catalog for law enforcement
Public sector technology non-profit IJIS Institute announced today the release of the Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Use Case Catalog (PDF), a joint effort by the Law Enforcement Imaging Technology Task Force (LEITTF) which is comprised of IJIS Institute and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) members.

LEITTF created the white paper as a catalog of facial recognition use cases for criminal justice agencies, which includes uses by police officers, sheriff's deputies, investigators, and supporting personnel wherever they exist. The examination of uses covers typical settings where law enforcement interacts with persons such as large venues, transportation hubs, correctional facilities, motor vehicle stops, crime scenes, and other everyday situations.

The report concludes with four recommended actions for law enforcement leaders: fully informing the public; establishing use parameters; publicizing the effectiveness, and; creating best practice principles and policies.

Earlier this month the IJIS Institute, the National Police Foundation, and the Center on Policing at Rutgers University launched a partnership to offer training to executives, managers, and staff at all levels of law enforcement on emerging and enhanced technologies including predictive policing solutions, body cameras, license plate readers, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and communication technologies. biometricupdate.com

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move
BuzzFeed News has learned that the US House Oversight and Reform Committee is considering holding a hearing on facial recognition, which has been widely implemented across the country despite growing concerns about the technology's potential privacy and civil rights implications. While lawmakers have not had a committee-wide conversation on the subject, other committee members have also signaled they would be supportive of investigating it. buzzfeednews.com

Dueling Washington State facial recognition bills spark regulation debate

Congress Considers Nationwide Ban on Salary-History Questions
The proposed Paycheck Fairness Act would prohibit employers nationwide from asking job applicants about their salary history and require employers to prove that pay disparities between men and women are job-related. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced the bill in January. It has been reintroduced many times since 1997 but has failed to pass both chambers of Congress. shrm.org

The 7 Left Standing
'Retail defaults to ease' - Culling the Herd To Slow
Only 7 Retailers Make Up Majority of Default - Distressed Debt

Four companies make up 71% of the $22.8 billion in outstanding distressed retail debt: Academy, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and Petsmart. Three companies represent 59% of rated debt for B3 retail and apparel issuers: J.C. Penney, Rite Aid and Petco Animal Supplies. retaildive.com

Will the 'c' in c-stores soon stand for cannabis?
Convenience stores have been selling beer, tobacco and related accessories for years, so it probably isn't a major surprise that, with marijuana being legalized for recreational use in many places, these merchants are seeking to cash in on a market worth billions of dollars.

The clearest example is the announcement that Alimentation Touche-Card, the largest operator of convenience stores in Canada with nearly 7,800 stores in the U.S. (Circle K), has formed a strategic partnership with Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis and hemp producer, to open its very first location selling cannabis and related products. prnewswire.com

New Report Ranks Top Retailers' Buy Online, Pickup In-Store Experience
The findings in the report are based on the feedback provided by 300 secret shoppers that explored the BOPIS shopping journey at 10 top retailers across the U.S. The secret shoppers rated their experience in the three phases of a BOPIS experience: online purchase, notification, and in-store pickup. globenewswire.com

National Loss Prevention Manager for Holt Renfrew in Toronto - 12 month contract
Under the general supervision of the Divisional Vice President (DVP), Loss Prevention & Risk Management is responsible for the effectiveness, maintenance and enhancement of the Physical Security Programs, for all Holt Renfrew locations across Canada. linkedin.com

Signet Jewelers Asking 2,600 Akron & TX Employees Voluntary Buyouts

Southeastern Grocers to Close 22 More Stores After Closing 94 in '18

HBC Closing Canada's 37 Home Outfitters Brand & Some Saks Off Fifth Stores

Amazon to fund computer classes in more than 1,000 U.S. high schools

Quarterly Results
Domino's Q4 U.S. comp's up 5.6%, Global sales up 6.5%, full yr U.S. comp's up 6.6%, global sales up 10.6%
     Opened 560 stores in Q4, 1,058 in 2018
Sprouts Q4 comp's up 2.3, sales up 11%, full yr comp's up 2.1%, sales up 12%
Canada's Loblaw Q4 retail segment sales up 1.7%, consolidated revenue up 2.1%
     Food Retail Q4 (Loblaw) comps up 0.8%
     Drug Retail Q4 (Shoppers Drug Mart) comp's up 1.9%, pharmacy comp's up 0.6%, front end comp's up 2.8%

Canada's Loblaw full yr. retail segment sales down 0.1% , consolidated revenue up 0.2%
     Food Retail full yr (Loblaw) comp's up 1.1%
     Drug Retail full yr (Shoppers Drug Mart) comp's up 2.4%, pharmacy comp's up 1.2%, front end comps up 3.5%

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Adding the LPMS product line and client base increases
Appriss Retail's market leadership

IRVINE, Calif. (February 22, 2019) - Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced the acquisition of LP Software, a leading developer of loss prevention and risk mitigation solutions. LP Software has a broad, diverse, and global customer base of more than 150 retailers, many new to the Appriss Retail family. This combination expands Appriss Retail's premier analytics position in the market, as well as increases the resources and capabilities available to LP Software.

Established in 1998, the Chicago, Illinois-based company is best known for its case management system (LPMS) and its compliance and store audit solution (CAMS). A strong brand name and a team with a wealth of experience in case/incident management solutions, LP Software's products and expertise provide a complementary fit to Appriss Retail's existing solutions, including Secure Store. Appriss Retail and LP Software already have a successful, jointly-developed integration to build upon.

"The acquisition of LP Software allows Appriss Retail to serve 250 of the largest, most advanced retailers in the world," said Krishnan Sastry, president of Appriss Retail. "We committed ourselves to deliver the most comprehensive retail analytics platform to help loss prevention and store operations executives to continue to improve the competitiveness and profitability of their companies. LP Software's expertise in compliance and audits, in addition to their long-standing position in case management, will lead to further product innovation for our customers."

"We are excited about the acquisition and the ability to combine LP Software's expertise in case and incident management with Appriss Retail's skills in artificial intelligence," said Brian Eskra, president and CEO of LP Software. "This will enhance the ongoing service and value we deliver to our clients. In fact, we have compiled an extensive dataset of more than 6 million cases, which gives us deep insight into the fraud, compliance, and audit work space that will help drive future innovation."

With more than 20 years of retail data science expertise, Appriss Retail's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform targets the retail Global 1000 and generates advanced analytical insights and real-time decisions that drive action throughout the organization, including operations, finance, marketing, and loss prevention. Its performance-improvement solutions yield measurable results with significant ROI among retail store, ecommerce, and inventory functions.

About Appriss Retail
Appriss Retail, a division of Appriss, Inc., provides artificial intelligence-based solutions to help retailers protect margin, unlock sales, and cut shrink. With more than 20 years of retail data science expertise, the company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform generates advanced analytical insights and real-time decisions that drive action throughout the organization, including operations, finance, marketing, and loss prevention. Its performance-improvement solutions yield measurable results with significant return on investment among retail store, ecommerce, and inventory functions. Appriss Retail serves a global base of leading specialty, apparel, department store, hard goods, big box, grocery, pharmacy, and hospitality businesses in more than 125,000 locations (brick and mortar and online) in 45 countries across six continents. For more information about Appriss Retail, visit https://apprissretail.com.

About LP Software
LP Software provides customizable software to help companies of all sizes, by providing innovative product solutions, and delivering results that increase your bottom line. Our proven solutions will help you manage Loss Prevention incidents, HR incidents, Compliance Auditing/Checklists, Accidents, OSHA reporting, Award Management, and Task Management. As a leading provider of software solutions, LP Software provides both on premise installation as well as On-Demand service. With our On-Demand service, you experience the benefits of an integrated management solution without large upfront costs or having to build a large IT infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.LPguys.com



We've Changed Our Name, but the Mission Remains the Same

R-CISC Changes Name to Retail and Hospitality ISAC to Reflect Expanded Membership

The R-CISC was built to create a secure place for retailers to share cybersecurity information and intelligence to not only better protect their own companies, but to also strengthen the entire sector - a rising tide lifting all boats. What started with about 30 companies coming together in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2014 has now grown to include 120 Core Members (retailers, restaurants, hotels, gaming casinos, consumer product companies and more) sharing not only the threat information that they are seeing but their cybersecurity journey, as well, so others can learn, grow and continue to mature. It also includes 20 Associate Members who share their insights and provide key services to our community.

What started with building trust one meeting at a time has led to a vibrant sharing community in which, last month, 50 percent of member companies shared something and last year the community collected more than 40,000 indicators of compromise that could be ingested automatically into members' systems.

In building the R-CISC, we also created the Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail ISAC), but housed it under the broader name for concerns of government over-reaction during those heady days of 2014. But, to be honest, the name has always been a bit of a stumbling block, requiring an extra step of explanation of who we are.

That's about to change.
Effective this week, the R-CISC is now the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC).


What is an ISAC - Information Sharing and Analysis Center?
ISACs provide real-time threat and attack intelligence sharing, training and curated reporting to their members, who may pay an annual fee depending on the market sector. Information sharing through ISACs is usually protected by legal agreements that protect against non-disclosure and attribution back to the reporting organization, providing some protection for their members against inappropriate disclosure. In addition, the advent of automated sharing platforms hosted by some ISACs can allow for consistent collaboration between member organizations and some may be able to respond and share actionable threat intelligence more quickly than the government. acscenter.org

CISO = "chief information scapegoat officer"
The CISO's Days as Scapegoat Could Be Coming to an End
Battle Worn - Battle Tested - Experience Counts

Many chief information security officers fear that a data breach will cost them their jobs, but there is a growing recognition among companies that this strategy can do more harm to businesses than good, according to executive recruiters and cybersecurity experts.

Getting rid of security leaders, who often know the company's systems better than anyone, can slow recovery after a breach, disrupt the company's technology organization and add to management's headaches on top of urgent repair work.

CISOs who have experienced big cyberattacks first-hand can be valuable, executive recruiters said.

"It's not universal yet, but companies are starting to recognize that those who successfully live through an incident bring some scar tissue with them," said Aileen Alexander, co-leader of executive-search firm Korn/Ferry International's cybersecurity practice. "If you did the right things and were proactive, it can make a CISO candidate more desirable." cmail19.com

California To Strengthen Data Breach Laws, Close Loopholes
California, which has some of the strongest data breach notification laws in the U.S., thinks it can do even better.

The golden state's attorney general Xavier Becerra announced a new bill Thursday that aims to close loopholes in its existing data breach notification laws by expanding the requirements for companies to notify users or customers if their passport and government ID numbers, along with biometric data, such as fingerprints, and iris and facial recognition scans, have been stolen.

California remains, however, one of only a handful of states that require the provision of credit monitoring or identity theft protection after certain kinds of breaches. techchrunch.com

92% of organizations rank users as their primary security concern
On average, 81% of organizations had some degree of concern around security issues, according to the results of a new research: What Keeps You Up at Night - The 2019 Report, released by KnowBe4.

92% of organizations rank users as their primary security concern. And at the same time, security awareness training along with phishing testing topped the list of security initiatives that organizations need to implement.

Organizations today have a large number of attack vectors to prevent, monitor for, detect, alert and remediate; in terms of attacks, 95 per cent of organizations are most concerned with data breaches. helpnetsecurity.com

The Hot, Lucrative Market in IT Security Talent
A shortage of talent is driving up salaries in the cybersecurity field as companies try to lure new hires.

Here's a look at who's making what and you can see more pay trends here. cmail19.com

Now For the Bad News
Cyber Extortionists Can Earn $360,000 a Year

Extortion scams capitalize on compromised credentials, sensitive data, and technical vulnerabilities on Internet-facing applications to pressure victims to pay up.

Cybercriminals seeking sensitive data on high net-worth individuals will pay aspiring extortionists an average of $360,000 per year to target executives, lawyers, doctors, and other prominent figures, researchers discovered.

The extortion landscape is broader and more diverse than any of us thought before we started," says Rafael Amado, senior strategy and research analyst with Digital Shadows.

Today's extortionists are getting creative and finding new ways to earn cash. They're after details of victims' personal lives and/or sensitive corporate data. Sextortion scams, in which criminals claim to have evidence of targets watching sexually explicit content, have skyrocketed. Between July 2018 and Feb. 2019, Digital Shadows collected and analyzed 792,000 sextortion attempts targeting 89,000 recipients. Criminals amassed $332,000 USD in payments; analysis of Bitcoin wallets linked to attacks shows they could earn $540 per victim, on average.

Many cybercriminals are looking for members to collaborate with so they can grow their operations. There are many ways to jump into the game, and you don't have to be technically savvy: aspiring extortionists with weak skillsets can find tutorials on the Dark Web. Some experienced attackers sell DoS and ransomware-as-a-service models to novice hackers.

"Extortion campaigns aren't the most sophisticated from a technical perspective, but you still need people to create spoof emails, to mine for personal data like compromised credentials," says Amado. "You need someone to manage Bitcoin transactions, someone to launder money."

The extortion skillset is broad. Researchers found admin panels, network and website access, and sensitive data being sold on the "accesses" sections of top-tier criminal forums. For these, extortionists would need technical skills to move laterally inside target networks and find data. On the other end of the spectrum are entry-level buyers and sellers of data trading credentials.

Is Your Business at Risk?

Extortion can affect any organization, says Amado, but the type of threat you're likely to encounter depends on the type of business you are.

All businesses should be asking themselves: Do I have public-facing infrastructure? Should it be public-facing? If it does need to be open to the public, are there vulnerabilities?

Researchers recommend treating sextortion emails as spam, discovering breached accounts and passwords on HaveIBeenPwned, and securing email end-users, developing a ransomware playbook, and applying best practices for user permissions: remove local admin rights, restrict execution privileges on temporary data folders, and implement whitelists application lists. darkreading.com



NRF On The Current State of E-Commerce Supply Chains
The rapid growth of e-commerce is driving deep changes in our industry, from tightening up trucking capacity to elevating the importance of final-mile delivery processes. To respond, supply chain managers now need to leverage diverse systems, thereby making processes more efficient.

Jonathan Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy for the National Retail Federation shares his insights and observations on e-commerce in this exclusive interview.

Supply Chain Management Review: How is e-commerce changing the way we approach logistics/distribution network strategy?

Jonathan Gold: By eliminating the physical constraints of how much merchandise will fit into a physical store, e-commerce allows a retailer to offer a virtually unlimited selection of merchandise. But the more merchandise that's offered, the more challenges there are in where it is sourced from, how it gets to the retailer, how it is sold to the customer and how it gets delivered to the customer. As retailers expand into options like selling products that are drop-shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer or selling their products through third-party online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon, the complexity is even greater. Delivery and opening the box also take on greater importance. The way a company ships the product - is it traceable while on its way, does the customer get alerts, is shipping quick, when the box arrives is the product well-packed and does it arrive in good condition - is all part of the customer experience and can color how the customer feels about the transaction. Since an online customer doesn't have the opportunity to visit a store or interact with a store associates the arrival of the box is the first tangible interaction with the company. It can make the difference between a good and bad brand experience. Read full interview here. scmr.com

Legit Brand Creative Is Getting Hijacked -
And Advertisers Need To Start Paying Attention

Walmart, Nike, Amazon, Dell, Honda, Lowe's - all brand advertisers you can trust, until a bad actor steals their ad creative to use as a vehicle for spreading malware. The problem grows during periods of higher traffic, like the holidays, said Maggie Louie, CEO and founder of DEVCON, a cybersecurity startup focused on fraud detection.

Even if the first incident doesn't affect an advertiser's bottom line, turning a blind eye allows more fraud to be seeded into the open ecosystem over time, and that will eventually show up at their doorstop.

Ads are hijacked when fraudsters take real creative assets, usually basic banner ads, and inject them with bad code to run exploits and then deploy the reconfigured ads through programmatic pipes. If an ad network's or exchange's quality assurance process isn't robust enough - perhaps they're only looking at the images and text rather than the code within - the fake ad can slip through.

DEVCON came across a Hollister ad in the wild offering users a 50% discount that was really a trojan to distribute malware. Ad Lighting discovered a Wacoal banner during the 2018 holiday season in which the click-through URL was replaced with a malicious domain. Users who tried to "X" out were redirected to the phony site.

Digital marketers do need to be alarmed, he said. Performance display represents a lot of dollars and it's all centered on getting people to click and buy - yet maybe that's actually part of the problem. Click-based strategies don't work, Heimlich said, whose research into the matter suggests that traffic coming from people who click on ads is not incremental. adexchanger.com




Houston, TX: Man accused of stealing $164,316 worth of alcohol from his job
John Henderson III is charged with theft after authorities say he stole 1,386 cases of liquor from Settegast Rail Yard on Dec. 31. Henderson, who is a contract employee for the Rail Yard, reportedly stole a cargo container loaded with alcoholic beverages. The cargo was being moved from Houston to Illinois when the alleged theft occurred. A Rail Yard employee told investigators that after all of the contract workers left for the day, a semi-truck attempted to enter the property. Henderson allegedly approached the driver and let him through. Henderson told investigators that he did not allow the semi-truck to leave with the cargo container, but his phone records showed large amounts of calls made to numbers not consistent with his job. Investigators say cell tower data also showed Henderson went to the Acres Homes area, which is the same area the stolen cargo container was located. Henderson was arrested, but later released on bond.  abc13.com

Omaha, NE: Stolen goods are funding gangs; Detectives say 'boosters' could be funding gang activity
For the past year and a half, Omaha police have been busting aggressive shoplifters known as "boosters." "This is a different type of theft than a child stealing a Snickers bar at the local Walgreen's," Sgt. Aaron Hanson said. Police said boosters swipe as much expensive merchandise as they can and even threaten store managers. Retail Crime Detective Jerrod Galloway said he noticed a pattern. "The same suspects keep showing up across the area and stealing large amounts of clothing," he said. Some of these suspects include Nenzhingha Davis, Montashia Montgomery and Kasandra Rolling. Galloway said they started a boosters ring in 2017, when Rolling was pregnant. He said they boosted 17 times in one month, stealing thousands of dollars in clothing. Galloway said the women turn around and sell the items on social media to make a profit, but police suspect the crimes may go beyond that.  ketv.com

Los Angeles, CA: High-End Makeup Thieves Target Studio City Shop
Police Thursday released video of suspected members of an organized theft ring that has targeted high-end makeup stores in the Los Angeles area. An investigation was launched in January by the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section. "The suspects enter the businesses with empty purses or shopping bags," according to a police statement. "The suspects conceal high dollar fragrances in the empty bags and leave the store without paying for the merchandise. In some incidents, the suspects were confronted by employees who attempted to retrieve the merchandise and were overpowered by the suspects." Losses have been in the thousands of dollars, according to the LAPD, which reported that the suspects have struck stores at the Beverly Center and in Studio City, Marina Del Rey, Tustin and Glendale.  patch.com

Butler County, OH: Court docs detail FBI investigation into alleged stolen baby formula scheme
Three men allegedly used drug addicts to steal from retailers in Butler and Hamilton counties, going as far as requesting specific types of baby formula, and then shipped the stolen goods to other parts of the country, according to federal court documents. Khalil Yacub, 44, Khalil Jaghama and Jasser Saleh, 41, are all charged with federal crimes of transporting stolen goods, conspiracy to commit the crime and unlawful possession of a means of identification, according to court documents from the United States Federal Court in Cincinnati.

Yacub's family owns and operates the convenience store The Pit Stop in Colerain Twp., and much of the alleged criminal activity centered around that store, although a confidential person told investigators she has sold stolen formula at two other Cincinnati businesses run by Yacub. Employees of the Pit Stop, including Yacub, Jaghama and Saleh, would allegedly pay individuals, many of them drug addicts, to work as "boosters" to steal baby formula.  journal-news.com

Philadelphia, PA: 4 Arrested at Wawa Spree, two Wawa Employees assaulted

Gainesville, FL She stole three TVs from one Walmart. Then she stole four more; total over $1,500

Lexington, SC: Police are trying to identify a young woman for $1,000 Credit Card Fraud

Guilford, CT: Two wanted for theft at Ulta Beauty

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Shootings & Deaths

Elizabethtown, KY: One dead, two wounded in C-Store Shootings
Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Elizabethtown police received several calls about shots fired on Warfield Street. Shortly after officers arrived on scene, there were more 911 calls about shots fired at the T-Mart Convenience Store. Officers found two men who were shot inside the gas station. One was deceased and the other was in critical condition. A female shooting victim called 911. She told police she was shot in the leg outside the gas station and drove to the park to get away. Police officers found the male suspect when they returned to Warfield Street, still armed with a handgun. Officers ordered him to drop his weapon, but then proceeded to fight and resist arrest. The suspect was taken into custody. Officers found the body of a fourth victim, in between two houses on Warfield Street. The victim is a female and pronounced dead at the scene.  kfvs12.com

Honolulu, HI: HPD Chief defends Officers in fatal shooting of a Shoplifting suspect
The 26-year-old man shot dead by police at a busy intersection near the Mililani Walmart was a shoplifting suspect, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said at a news conference. Ballard defended the decision of three plainclothes officers with the Crime Reduction Unit in unmarked cars to stop the suspect at a busy intersection in a residential neighborhood. "If the driver of the car - the suspect- had just listened to the orders of the officer, there would have been no danger," she said.

The officers happened to be at the Walmart investigating another case when they heard the description of the suspect, and went after a man they thought matched the description. The three stopped him in the pickup truck he was driving, boxing him in with their unmarked vehicles at an intersection, but the suspect struck two of the vehicles trying to escape and nearly hit one of the officers. Two of the officers fired their weapons and struck the 26-year-old, killing him at the scene. The pickup truck he had been driving continued down the road and crashed into a tree, critically injuring both passengers, a man and a woman. The two remain hospitalized in critical, but stable condition. The Chief said police are "reasonably certain" that the man who was shot was the shoplifting suspect.  staradvertiser.com

San Diego, CA: Shots Fired Inside and Outside During Adult Store Robbery in Midway District
Police were on the lookout Thursday night for a man accused of firing multiple shots during a robbery at an adult store in the Midway District. A sales clerk at the adult Depot was not injured, but she told NBC 7 a shot fired inside missed her only by a couple of feet. She was too shook up to speak on camera, but the clerk said the suspect pointed a large caliber semi-automatic handgun at her and demanded cash. Fearing for her life, she opened the cash drawer and turned away. As the strong-armed robber was emptying the drawer, the clerk says he saw himself in the security system monitor and shot it.  nbcsandiego.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Chicago, IL: Nordstrom Loss Prevention Officers tackle, help Police disarm gunman in Mag Mile store
Two Nordstrom loss prevention officers tackled and helped police disarm a man who was holding a gun inside the retailer's Magnificent Mile location on February 12. The store's agents were watching as a known scam artist tried to purchase merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill just before 8 p.m., according to police. But when the guards moved in to detain Phillip Smith for police, Smith pulled away and grabbed for his waistband to pull out a gun. One of the security guards then pried the Glock semi-automatic from Smith's left hand, police said. The police officer handcuffed Smith and took him into custody.  loopnorth.com

Las Cruces, NM: Good Samaritan detained Walmart Shoplifter after stabbing Loss Prevention Agent
The suspected shoplifter accused of stabbing a Walmart employee who tried to prevent him from leaving the store was detained by a Good Samaritan. James Lawrence, 43, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of shoplifting.  kvia.com

Osage Beach, MO: Two Dick's Sporting Goods Shoplifters led Police on High Speed Pursuit; spike stripe and a helicopter

Palestine, TX: Man Arrested accused of setting customer on Fire during C-Store Armed Robbery

Sunrise, FL: Police officer identifies Walgreens robbery suspect after seeing him on Local 10 News; Officer had arrested the suspect this past weekend

St Clair Township, OH: Second suspect in Kay Jewelers 2018 heist at Summit Square now in custody

Granby, CO: Woman pleads guilty to stealing over $12,000 from City Market

Sunrise, FL: Three Arrested & Charged with Armed Robbery; threatened to shoot manager


Richmond, VA., Man, Robbery Crew Member, Gets 27 Yrs. Prison for 5 C-Store Armed Robberies

Lakeland, FL: Man Gets 12 Years for Death of Friend Killed in Robbery

Centennial, CO: Mom, Son Sentenced To Life In Prison For the Murder of a Marijuana Store Robbery Witness


Miami, FL: Pair Found With Skimmer, Dozens of Credit Card Numbers at MIA: Cops

Newark. NJ: Member of ATM Skimming Conspiracy Targeting Multiple Bank Locations Pleads Guilty


Adult Store - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Bakery - Niagara Falls, NY - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Asbury Park, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Westminster, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rochester, NH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kissimmee, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dillon County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
C-Store - Palestine, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lawton, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery/ Assault
CVS - Quincy, MA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Elmwood Park, NJ - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Family Dollar - Grand Junction, CO - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Canyon County, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Antelope, CA - Burglary
Souvenir Shop - New York, NY - Robbery/ Assault
Ulta Beauty - Guilford, CT - Robbery
Walmart - Las Cruces, NM - Armed Robbery/ employee stabbed
7-Eleven - Ormond Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery / same store on 2/5



Daily Totals:
24 robberies
1 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
93 robberies
18 burglaries
5 shootings
5 killed




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