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Will Powell named Chief Executive Officer for American Freight Furniture and Mattress
Will Powell started his retail career in LP, first as a Regional Manager - Loss Prevention for Builders Square and then as Director of Corporate and Distribution Loss Prevention for OfficeMax. He also spent nearly four years at Things Remembered, first as Director of Sales and Operations and then Senior Director, Distribution and e-Commerce/Catalog Fulfillment. Most recently, he held numerous senior positions at Sears, including Director of Loss Prevention Operations, SVP & President of Sears Hometown Stores, and his latest position as CEO & President for Sears Outlet Stores. Congratulations, Will!

Debbie Maples named Vice President Global Loss Prevention, Corporate Security & Facilities for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Before her latest promotion, Debbie served as VP Global Loss Prevention & Corporate Security for Williams-Sonoma since November 2019. Prior to that, she spent more than two decades with Gap Inc, starting there as Director of LP for Banana Republic for more than two years, then serving as Sr. Director - LP Investigations & Training for over a year, and most recently she spent 18 years as VP Global LP & Corporate Security. Before Gap, she was with Macy's West for over four years as Director of Security Operations and other roles in the retail/LP industry. Congratulations, Debbie!

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CDC Issues Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Recommended strategies for employers to use now:

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
Separate sick employees.
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
Perform routine environmental cleaning.
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.

Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure. cstoredecisions.com

Coronavirus Fears Reverberate Across Global Economy
The stock market had its worst week since 2008, signaling that one of the longest expansions in history could be ending. Policymakers said they were ready to act.

Investors, fearing that the spread of the coronavirus is tipping the global economy into a recession, handed the stock market its largest weekly loss since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday amid worries that one of the longest economic expansions in history may be coming to an end. nytimes.com

Retailers go into business triage mode as coronavirus enters the U.S.
The fallout from the coronavirus outbreak has so far been minimal for American retailers, but some near-term and potentially much worse long-term disruption is expected as the disease spreads to the U.S.

The potential impact on U.S. retail includes:

Shortages: Incidents of out-of-stocks of many medical supplies, particularly hand sanitizers, face masks and antibacterial wipes, have been reported in recent days. Consumers have also been seen stocking up on bottled water, toilet paper, dry goods and medications.

Supply chain disruptions: Many industries also rely heavily on factories in China for parts and materials, and that could affect sourcing from other regions. Retailers and manufacturers face potential delays and increased air freight as China is expected to take months to return to full capacity.

Fear of public places - Tourism revenues - Work-travel restrictions - Scams - Macro slowdown: The stock market last week had its worst week since 2008, signaling that one of the longest expansions in history could be ending. retailwire.com

Coronavirus is already impacting malls
Growing unease around the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by a member of the coronavirus family, is already keeping people from public spaces and thinning store traffic, according to a report last week from Coresight Research. Some 27.5% of U.S. respondents told Coresight that they're avoiding public areas at least to some extent, and 58% plan to if the outbreak worsens here, Coresight found.

Of those who have altered their routines, more than 40% say they are "avoiding or limiting visits to shopping centers/malls" and more than 30% are avoiding stores in general, according to the report.

Shopping centers and malls are the third most likely to be shunned, just behind public transportation and international travel, Coresight said. For those most likely to change their daily habits if the situation gets worse, avoiding malls becomes their first priority, with 74.6% expecting to limit such visits. retaildive.com

How coronavirus may accelerate the future of work
The coronavirus is forcing enterprises to rethink the way they do business and dust off policies for security, business continuity, and remote workers. Chances are that some of these efforts will stick. The coronavirus outbreak may speed up the evolution of work and ultimately retool multiple industries as everything from conferences to collaboration to sales and commercial real estate are rethought.

The Centers for Disease Control in the US indicated that quarantines and other measures are likely in the US. Travel abroad and to conferences has also been limited and impacted other businesses ranging from airlines to restaurants to retail.

Simply put, the coronavirus scare may just show us a better way to work. How enterprises navigate the coronavirus and changes to work will be telling. One thing is certain: The coronavirus is likely to mean the definition of business, as usual, will change.  zdnet.com

Covid-19: How can your supply chain respond?
Speaking recently at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) LINK2020 supply chain conference, David Shillingford, chairman of the data and analytics company Resilience360, outlined possible near- and long-term impacts and best practices going forward. dcvelocity.com

FMI Coronavirus Resources and Preparedness Checklist

Coronavirus: Effective strategies and tools for remote work during a pandemic

Coronavirus having major effect on tech industry beyond supply chain delays (free PDF)

Coronavirus 2020 tech conference cancellations list - Dozens Cancelled


Sneak Peek: Trends & Technologies to Expect at ISC West
Building on 2019’s trends of smarter integrations, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the 2020 show promises huge leaps in cyber security, access control, cloud-based security, and ML & AI.

Since last year’s show, all industries have been placing a greater emphasis on the integration of smarter technologies. The capabilities of cyber security, machine learning and artificial intelligence are emerging, allowing security personnel to better understand how their businesses are operating. Additionally, advancements in cloud-based security and access control are helping end users create a future-ready, efficient and secure environment, helping to protect their people and assets better than ever before. So, what can we expect to learn more about at ISC West? Read on to learn more about the main trends and technologies. sdmmag.com

String of Sonoma County retail heists part of a trend targeted by
new state task force
The high-profile string of thefts is part of a broader Bay Area and California crime trend - organized heists from retailers - increasingly tied to an online black market, where name-brand clothes especially are proving lucrative for crooks and difficult for investigators to trace.

“The biggest thing with the Lululemon stuff is that none of it is serialized, there’s no way to track this," said Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Marconi, who oversees the agency’s property crimes unit. “A lot of those stores have a hands-off policy to keep their employees safe, which I agree with, but at the same time, the people who are committing the crimes also know that and that allows them to be a bit more brazen."

Quick escapes needed

Locally, the crimes have targeted areas with shopping centers or stores near highways offering quick escape - like the recent grab-and-go robberies at Petaluma clothing retailers, including two thefts in January at the American Eagle Outfitters at the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets that amounted to a total of $13,000 worth of stolen merchandise, authorities said. The outlet mall is located next to Highway 101.

The pattern, repeated far and wide across the state, has spurred the creation of a California Highway Patrol task force charged with identifying organized retail theft rings and the distributors who drive the black market for the stolen goods, said CHP Lt. Kevin Domby, who oversees the Bay Area-based unit.

Protecting employees

The organized thefts are prompting retailers to create a stronger line of defense while at the same time adopting policies to protect their employees, said Rachel Michelin, the president of the California Retailers Association.

Big box retailers are increasingly hiring security guards for their stores to deter thieves from targeting their businesses in the first place and to quickly relay information to police when they do.

Lululemon a target - Finding a balance pressdemocrat.com

Retailers blame some fraud on easy resale online
Michigan Retailers Association wants to require sites to delist stolen items

The Michigan Retailers Association wants to hold online marketplaces accountable in an effort to combat the sale of stolen goods. One of its top priorities this year is convincing the Legislature to update the state law on organized retail crime.

William Hallan, the president of the retailers group, said that while no legislation has been introduced, the goal is to require the operator of an online marketplace to delist an item if it’s determined to be stolen, and to create a system to report fraudulent items and verify that they were stolen.

It would have the benefit of protecting retailers as well, he said. “It won’t be as lucrative to steal property from retailers if it’s not so easy to sell that on the secondary market."

The National Retail Foundation’s 2019 study of organized retail crime found that the surveyed businesses lost $703,320 on average for every $1 billion in annual sales. One-quarter reported a significant increase in organized retail crime at their companies, while 43% reported a slight increase in the previous 12 months. msu.edu

HB 488: New ORC legislation in Georgia targeting gift card fraud and organized theft with new investigative tools and offenses
HB 488, authored by Rep. Martin Momtahan (R-Dallas), amends Titles 10 and 16 relating organized retail crime. Among other things, the bill addresses gift card fraud and organized theft with new investigative tools and offenses.

Rep. Josh McLaurin (D-Atlanta) expressed concerns about the minimum sentences in the bill, as well as the need for a mens rea requirement for participation in an organized theft scheme. Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) offered an amendment to create a $500 floor for gift card thefts triggering investigative tools and organized retail fraud, which was adopted. Rep. Bob Trammell (D-Luthersville) offered an amendment to effectuate the mens rea point made by Rep. McLaurin, but the amendment was lost.

Rep. Trammell offered an additional amendment to change a reference to $20,000 to $24,999, which was also lost. Rep. Trammell offered a third amendment to change the mandatory minimum sentence range from 5-20 years to 2-20 years, which was also lost. The Subcommittee recommended the bill Do Pass with the Setzler amendment and be sent to the full Committee.  Read the bill here. jdsupra.com

What the CFO's Are Reading:
CFOs See Tech Grabbing Larger Share of a Shrinking Budget

- "Management expectations in the coming year may outstrip finance’s resources," said The Hackett Group.

- The Hackett Group’s study, “Balancing Cost Reduction with Adding Value"

Each year, it seems as if finance is asked to do more with less. This year will be no different, according to the 2020 Finance Key Issues research from The Hackett Group. Most finance executives expect to see a 3.4% decline, on average, in finance’s operating budget. At the same, other parts of the organization continue to expect finance to provide more value to them.

The five biggest enterprise “asks" of finance in 2020, all of which were ranked as highly important by a majority of executives, were:

- Support enterprise cost-efficiency improvement
- Support enterprise growth strategies
- Enable/augment enterprise analytics capability
- Enable enterprise digital transformation

- Support enterprise customer-centricity

The high expectations are helping to drive an increase of 5% to 10% in the share of the finance operating budget dedicated to technology. The uptick is the first in 10 years, said The Hackett Group. “Our research shows that executives are setting aggressive year-over-year targets for digital technologies’ adoption."

Study respondents projected a rise of 26% in the adoption of data visualization tools, 24% in RPA implementations, 20% in migration to next-gen cloud-based core finance applications, and an 18% increase in the adoption of advanced analytics solutions. cfo.com

Resilience360 Annual Risk Report Reveals Impacts of 2019 Supply Chain Disruptions
Predicts 2020 Supply Chain Risks

The annual Risk Report from supply chain risk management platform Resilience360 summarizes the significant supply chain challenges of the last 12 months and analyzes their impact.

Over the past year, Resilience360 analytics identified thousands of major events that resulted in significant supply chain disruptions. These included industrial fires and explosions, industrial action, civil unrest and protests, port disruptions, cargo and border delays, trade disputes, production halts, and natural disasters.

In addition, the annual Risk Report predicts the Top 10 supply chain risks for 2020: a summary of threats that deserve particular attention throughout 2020 and beyond.

Eight of the ten predictions from the 2019 Resilience360 Risk Report created significant disruptions to supply chains over the last 12 months. sdcexec.com


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Supply Chain Distributor to Grocery Market

Asset Protection Director job posted for McLane in Temple, TX
Responsible for directing and administering security operations and initiatives to help ensure the safety and security of all McLane teammates and locations. This position works closely with and supports local leadership to ensure the safety and security of McLane teammates, guests and property.

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. mclaneco.jobs.net

Sr. Director, Voice Theft/Fraud job posted for Comcast in Greenwood Village, CO
Responsible for strategic leadership, planning, managing and coordinating across business, technical, and legal teams all strategic activities in the areas of voice network fraud assurance and risk management. Conducting a variety of governmental legal request tracebacks and investigations associated with cross voice platforms at Comcast. Manages professional employees and/or analysts and business support/technical staff. Has accountability for managing financial risks from voice fraud. Responsible for the development of voice fraud & security recommendations to facilitate the protection of subscribers, networks and company property and assets. jobs.comcast.com


FBI Partnerships and the Office of Private Sector (60 Seconds)
Leaders in the private sector and the FBI describe the need to work as partners. The FBI's Office of Private Sector builds, enhances, and supports strategic relationships with private industry and academia to protect economic and national security.

Brenda McAdoo: As private sector coordinator, I'm here to listen to a corporation's concerns, help them identify risks, and then, through partnership, mitigate those risks. Start your partnership today by calling your local field office and asking for the private sector coordinator.  fbi.gov

The D&D Daily's Gus Downing to Keynote the Second Annual Midwest Loss Prevention Conference - May 20 in Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis’ Department of Criminal Justice invites you to attend the second annual Midwest Loss Prevention Conference on May 20th, 2020. This day event is dedicated to the field of loss prevention and will feature industry leaders who will share their vision and expertise, including keynote speaker Gus Downing.

This event is being held for anyone interested in a career in public safety, business or related fields, as well as, current LP professionals looking to take their career to the next level.

Click here to learn more & register.

Mobile Payments In The U.S. Will Exceed $130 Billion In 2020

Get Ready, 3rd State: New York: The Plastic Bag Ban Is Starting

After Factory Disaster, Bangladesh Made Big Safety Strides. Are the Bad Days Coming Back?

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Former Amazon Regional Loss Prevention Manager Claims the Company Racially Profiles Job Seekers

- Lisa McCarrick claims she was fired for refusing to profile
- Former regional loss prevention manager sues over firing from retailer

A former Amazon.com Inc. manager says she was fired after she complained to higher-ups that her supervisor told her to scan the social media accounts of prospective hires to determine their race and gender.

In a wrongful termination suit filed Monday in Alameda Superior Court in Oakland, Lisa McCarrick, a former regional loss prevention manager in California, said she knew Amazon had been criticized publicly for its lack of diversity in the workplace.

McCarrick "reasonably believed that scouring social media accounts for the purpose of ascertaining race and ethnicity was unlawful," according to the lawsuit.

The 38-year-old California woman said she was fired in November, two months after submitting the complaint, despite having earned positive job evaluations during her 16-month tenure at the company. During the termination meeting, she said she was told that her direct supervisor had admitted to using social media accounts to determine race and ethnicity.

McCarrick also claims she was paid less than her male counterparts for essentially doing the same job.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. bloomberg.com


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Two eBay AP & Security Executives Promoted

Christian Hardman promoted to Supervisor Global AP for eBay
Christian has been with eBay for 10 and a half years, starting with the company in 2009 as a Global Asset Protection Investigator. Before his latest promotion to Supervisor Global Asset Protection, he spent nearly three years as Senior Asset Protection Investigator. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly six years on the Best Buy LP/AP team. He currently serves on the board of the Utah Organized Retail Crime Association (UTORCA) and the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR).

Jeffrey McGuire promoted to Senior Investigator for eBay

Jeffrey has been with eBay for nearly 12 years, starting with the company in 2008 as a Fraud Investigator. Before his latest promotion to Senior Investigator, he spent nearly seven years as an Asset Protection Investigator for the company. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University.

For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to PROACT@eBay.com.









Walgreens Mobile App Leaks Personal Data
Walgreens says their investigation determined that an internal application error allowed certain personal messages from Walgreens that are stored in a database to be viewable by other customers using the Walgreens mobile app. Once they learned of the incident, "Walgreens promptly took steps to temporarily disable message viewing to prevent further disclosure and then implemented a technical correction that resolved the issue." securitymagazine.com

FBI unit recovered $300M of $3.5B in reported cybercrime losses last year
A special unit inside the FBI, The Recovery Asset team, an IC3 unit established by the FBI in February 2018, helped victims of cybercrime recover $300 million of the roughly $3.5 billion in reported losses in 2019, according to a top bureau official.

Tonya Ugoretz, a deputy assistant director in the cyber division at the FBI, said Monday the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) responded to more than 467,000 complaints in 2019, up from 351,937 complaints in 2018. Each one of the nearly 500,000 complaints submitted to the FBI was analyzed by an individual human who then determined whether to begin an investigation and, in some cases, try to recover stolen funds, Ugoretz said. cyberscoop.com

SEC Recommendations to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE") issued a detailed report on January 27, 2020 regarding various ways for organizations to safeguard data and protect against security and data breaches. Cyber threat actors are now invading data in a more sophisticated manner than ever before, and implementation of the SEC’s recommended practices are essential in order to protect from outside vulnerabilities.

Organizations should strive to implement as many of the SEC’s recommended protection measures as possible. Ensuring that senior members of an organization are leading the initiative in increased awareness about cybersecurity threats through training of employees will lead to greater cyber safety for the overall organization. jdsupra.com

New Cybersecurity Approach From Academia
University Fools Hackers into Sharing Tactics

New Rapidly Growing Field: Deception Technology

Researchers at the University of Texas have found a way to bamboozle malicious hackers into giving away their secrets.

AdvertisementThe DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging) method tricks hackers onto a decoy site set up to record whatever sneaky tactics are thrown at it. This information is then fed into a computer, where it is analyzed to produce clues on how to identify and fend off future hacking attacks.

Furtively obtaining information from hackers that can later be used against them is a rapidly growing cybersecurity field known as deception technology. This cunning approach encourages those working in cybersecurity to view cyber-attacks in a whole new light.

“There are criminals trying to attack our networks all the time, and normally we view that as a negative thing," said Dr Kevin Hamlen, Eugene McDermott Professor of Computer Science.

Instead of blocking them, maybe what we could be doing is viewing these attackers as a source of free labor. They’re providing us data about what malicious attacks look like. It’s a free source of highly prized data."

Privacy restrictions can make it difficult for researchers to obtain sufficient data on attackers' tactics to create effective defense strategies. DEEP-Dig functions like a spy in the attacking camp, gathering up valuable real-time information on how hackers strike.

“We’re using the data from hackers to train the machine to identify an attack," said Ayoade. “We’re using deception to get better data." infosecurity-magazine.com

Educating Educators: Microsoft's Tips for Security Awareness Training
Microsoft's director of security education and awareness shares his approach to helping train employees in defensive practices.

RSA Conference 2020 - San Francisco - The process of developing and implementing a cybersecurity awareness program is tricky. How do you enforce regular trainings? How do you convince employees to change their behaviors? How do you teach best security practices when the people in your organization are using more applications and services on a daily basis?

"We're asked to do a lot of things; we're pulled in many directions," said Ken Sexsmith, who heads up security education and awareness at Microsoft, in a session at this week's RSA Conference. "We're using the same technology, but we're busy doing multiple things. We have to find ways to get people interested and motivated to do things differently than they've done." darkreading.com

New CISO View Report Highlights the Importance of Risk Reduction for Robotic Process Automation
A new report, “The CISO View: Protecting Privileged Access in Robotic Process Automation," shares recommendations from information security executives at Global 1000 enterprises. The CyberArk report discusses how to securely drive innovation through robotic process automation (RPA).

Less than half of organizations have a privileged access management strategy in place for digital transformation technologies, like RPA. The CISO View examines attack techniques and provides practical advice from early RPA adopters on how organizations can mitigate the risks associated with non-human privileged access, including providing robots with more privileges than required to perform functions and tasks. The report recommends tightening access to RPA tools and mandating secure practices for developing robot scripts and emphasizes integrating RPA and enterprise security technologies in order to automate the management of credentials and detect misuse. securitymagazine.com

A European Strategy for Data - The EU Commission reveals its data strategy
Shaping Europe’s digital future" and a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence.

What Companies Need to Know to Comply with the NY SHIELD Act




With Sales Slowing, China’s Ecommerce Giants Pivot to Coronavirus Assistance

Ecommerce platforms provide technology, donations, and jobs

As the Chinese government takes steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak-like extending the Lunar New Year holiday, canceling transportation, keeping schools closed and encouraging companies to allow employees to work from home, China’s two ecommerce giants, Alibaba and JD.com, are responding with efforts of their own.

Developing new diagnostic tools

On Feb. 21, Alibaba said it had developed an AI algorithm that can identify coronavirus cases. Based on 5,000 CT scans, the platform said its algorithm can make a diagnosis within 20 seconds, with a 96% accuracy rate.

Alibaba is also working with the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention on analysis and diagnosis. Its cloud computing arm has offered to work with global research institutions to speed up viral gene sequencing, protein screening and the search for treatments. This, said Dr. Sun Yin, head of the Zhejiang CDC, is narrowing the diagnostic criteria to confirm cases and will hopefully lead to the development of vaccines and other drugs.

Donating items and logistics

Both platforms are also soliciting and transporting donations of medical supplies, including 5 million masks, 500,000 gloves, 40,000 sets of protective clothing, 20,000 goggles, 7,000 cases of disinfectant, 30 tons of intravenous drips and 40 tons of food. adweek.com

Walmart is quietly working on an Amazon Prime competitor called Walmart+

Amazon Prime has devastated traditional retail. Walmart is about to fight back.

As soon as next month, Walmart plans to start publicly testing a membership program called Walmart+, according to sources. The program is expected to essentially launch as a rebrand of Walmart’s existing Delivery Unlimited service, which charges customers $98 a year for unlimited, same-day delivery of fresh groceries from one of the 1,600-plus Walmart stores in the US where the program is available. The company is also considering launching Walmart+ with a feature that would allow customers to use text messaging to place orders. Sources said that the amount of the Walmart+ fee could still change or the company might test multiple price points.

But the long-term vision for Walmart+ is for the program to add more perks, which could include discounts on prescription drugs at Walmart pharmacies and fuel at Walmart gas stations, as well as a Scan & Go service that would allow shoppers to check out in Walmart stores without waiting in line - a tool Walmart briefly tested but discontinued nearly two years ago.

Still, no additional perks beyond grocery delivery are set in stone, which has led some insiders to worry that the pressure to simply act might be supplanting a strong rollout plan and business case, according to sources. It’s unlikely that a $98 annual program built exclusively around grocery delivery would be enough to successfully compete with Amazon Prime. Those overseeing the program, however, believe that testing different perks and learning from those tests will benefit both customers and the business in the long term. vox.com

Online accounts for more than 25% of Best Buy sales in Q4

Lowe’s says redesigned website will help it catch up, fend off rivals such as Home Depot







Update: Truck driver sentenced for $250,000 cargo theft caper involving 900 laptops
A truck driver has been sentenced to prison for stealing hundreds of laptops computers worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars, according to authorities in Georgia. Fifty one year old Decatur, Alabama-based truck driver Gevorg Kevliyan was sentenced to a year in prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia. He was also ordered to pay $245,000 in restitution. Georgia prosecutors say that Kevilyan took part in a cargo theft scheme in the summer of 2017, which is detailed in the news release. cdllife.com

Manteca, CA: Police snag another suspect in organized retail theft
According to police, 44-year-old Freddy Earl Burgess didn’t even bother to slow down when he walked out of a local retailer last month with more than $1,000 in merchandise that he didn’t pay for. Now he’s being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges or organized retail theft and outstanding drug warrants. While Burgess was able to walk away from the Manteca store in January with the merchandise - even after a store employee tried to intervene as he walked to his car and loaded everything in before driving away - he apparently didn’t factor in the communication of law enforcement agencies that are working together to eliminate these types of crimes.

With Manteca Police Detective Dave Brown working with loss prevention officers throughout the city as well as other agencies to thwart organized rings, Burgess appeared on Manteca’s radar when he was spotted by a loss prevention officer in Walnut Creek when attempting a similar heist earlier this month. Burgess was taken into custody by Walnut Creek Police. The arrest marks that the third major apprehension of somebody involved with the costly crime in the last month - a sign of headway against the rising number of brazen thefts that cost retailers each time somebody is successful before passing those costs back on to the consumers. According to police, the pilot program that Manteca has launched - putting a detective on the case in close cooperation with loss prevention officers - includes facets of proactive policing and routine patrols to prevent thieves from attempting the heists.  mantecabulletin.com

Perryville, MO: Woman posing as Walmart employee wanted for $3,000 electronics theft
Police in Perryville, Missouri are asking for the public’s help in identifying a theft suspect portraying herself as a Walmart employee. According to police, a woman entered the Perryville WalMart store, put on a Walmart vest she brought with her and convinced an electronic associate to unlock a cell phone case. Once the cell phone case was opened, police said the suspect removed four phones, worth $2,996, and later walked to the outside Garden Center of the store. At this section of the store, the suspect put the four cell phones and the Walmart vest into a store plastic bag. Police said the woman then left the store with the Walmart bag without paying for the cell phones. A Walmart Asset Prevention Specialist told Perryville Police that the same woman has ‘completed this con’ at several Walmart stores in our area. kfvs12.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Man wanted for $5,000 identity theft at Fashion Square Mall

Macon, GA: Man tries to steal almost $100 worth of Tide Pods in Macon Kroger

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Shootings & Death

Cheektowaga, NY: 7-Eleven Store Employee Shot and Killed during 911 call
A gunman inside a 7-Eleven shot and killed a female employee inside the store Sunday morning while dispatchers were still speaking with a caller reporting the man with the weapon. Police said the shooting occurred shortly after 11 a.m. when Cheektowaga police received a call about the gun-toting individual at the 7-Eleven at 475 French Road. Travis J. Zukic, 27, of Cheektowaga, has been charged with murder. Officers arrived as the suspect was leaving the store, confronted the shooter and fired at him, Gould said. The suspect was then arrested uninjured.  buffalonews.com

Riverside, CA: 7-Eleven Clerk shot and Killed, discovered by Customer
AdvertisementPolice are looking for a gunman who killed a 7-Eleven clerk during an attempted robbery on Friday morning. The incident was reported around 3:30 a.m. near Arlington and Indiana avenues, according to Riverside Police Department. Police say a customer found the clerk. They believe the suspect was trying to rob the store. Police say the shooting may be connected to two other crimes in Moreno Valley and Perris. abc7.com

Greensboro, NC: Teen Robbery suspect shot and killed by Tobacco store patron
An 18-year-old died in a hospital Saturday following a shooting and attempted robbery in Greensboro. Malik Harris, 18, was reportedly trying to rob NC Tobacco when a patron intervened and stopped the robbery. At 11:05 a.m., police responded in reference to an attempted robbery. The suspect was found at the scene and taken to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. myfox8.com

Update: Sioux Falls, ID: $25,000 Reward offered in death of pizza delivery driver
Casey Bonhorst, 30, was making the delivery to an east side home Wednesday night when he was killed. The suspect, wearing a light-colored hoodie sweatshirt and light-colored pants, fled the scene. Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a release they have teamed with the Sioux Falls Police Department to provide $15,000 in reward money. Domino’s Pizza is offering up to $10,000 from various franchises across the U.S., according to ATF officials. washingtontimes.com

San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines: Around 30 people held hostage inside Mall; one person shot
The Philippine police ended a 10-hour hostage incident in Metro Manila on Monday, convincing the gunman to free all hostages and surrender to the authorities. The hostage-taker was identified as Archie Paray, an ex-security guard of the V-Mall in the San Juan City of Metro Manila. He exited the building and surrendered to the police at around 8:18 p.m. The gunman released all the hostages before he left the mall and agreed to leave his pistol and grenades behind. Paray entered the mall at around 10:00 a.m. local time, shot a guard, who was later sent to the hospital, and took around 30 hostages. According to a statement from the mall, Paray is a former Safeguard Armor Security Corporation security guard who lost his job at V-Mall. news.cgtn.com

St Louis County, MO: Shooting outside grocery store in Country Club Hills; one wounded

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Wichita Falls, TX: Possible Walmart ‘Active Shooter’ incident ends without a shot and no injuries
"This guy had a purpose; I knew he had a purpose when I looked into his eyes," Walmart attempted theft witness Jamie Pruett said. “He wasn’t there to rob or steal something-he was there to hurt and kill people." One Central Freeway Walmart shopper came face to face with a man Friday night who now has multiple charges in Wichita County. According to WFPD Officer Sgt. Harold McClure, officers responded to an attempted theft call about 11:20 p.m. Friday to a possible theft.

McClure said store surveillance footage showed a Comanche County Sheriff’s Office unit dropped San Antonion Ken Esparza, 38, off at the Walmart Friday night. When they arrived, officers were told a man was attempting to break into the gun cabinet and was armed with a baseball bat. They were also told it was possibly an active shooter situation. Officers said when they reached Esparza, they say broken glass from the gun cabinet and a gun missing from the cabinet and Esparza holding a baseball bat. As officers attempted to arrest Esparza, McClure said he resisted arrest.

As for why he was dropped off in Wichita Falls, Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said the deputies were called to a Lawton mall about Esparza allegedly stealing a knife. Stradley said no charges were filed from that incident, and he said Esparza didn’t meet the criteria of a threat to himself or others at that time. Stradley said Esparza told deputies he was headed to a Texas city, so Stradley told deputies to drop Esparza off at the Walmart in Wichita Falls instead of letting Esparza walk on the road. “A person in Esparza’s mental condition should have never been brought in from OK and dropped off in Texas at a Wichita Falls Walmart, placing our citizens in extreme danger and forcing WFPD officers to deal with this highly volatile situation, which they handled with professionalism," McClure stated. Esparza is charged with five felony and two misdemeanor charges, including Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Terroristic threat to a public servant. Despite social media posts about the incident, WFPD officials and Walmart store management said the situation was handled quickly by officers and no shots were fired. ktsm.com

Newton County, AR: Former employee charged with theft of over $81,000 from grocery store
Mary Spencer is facing charges in connection with the alleged theft of $81,600 from Harp’s Foods. According to the probable cause affidavit filed Thursday, earlier this week the store manager told the Jasper police chief Spencer had allegedly admitted to the theft. He said Spencer had told him she would ring up sales, take money from the customers and then void the transaction. At the end of the night, when the register total showed over, she would take out funds on her way to the bank to make the store deposit. Spencer reportedly admitted to the practice over the past four years. Store officials were able to review records over the past year and discovered Spencer had allegedly taken $81,600 from December 2018 until January 2020. ktlo.com

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Montgomery County , TX: 22-year-old gets life sentence for Armed Robbery of Circle K in Porter
Following four days of testimony, including from one of two alleged rape victims and accomplices, a Montgomery County jury on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old Houston man to life for robbing a Circle K cashier at gunpoint. Marquis Deshawn Clark Jr. was convicted of aggravated robbery by a jury.. Clark will have to serve 30 years before he is eligible for parole. Prosecutors depicted Clark as the lead perpetrator of the operation as it struck 12 businesses in three Houston-area counties two summers ago. chron.com

Denver Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Federal Prison; robbery of 2 Gun Stores





C-Store - St. Charles Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rochester, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Opelousas, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Wichita, KS - Robbery
C-Store - Kankakee, IL - Burglary
Cellphone - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Cass County, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Farm & Fleet - Cedar Rapids, IA - Robbery
Grocery - Brevig Mission, AK - Burglary
Jewelry - Scranton, PA - Burglary
Jewelry - Eldridge Parkway, TX
Jewelry - Meriden, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Arlington, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Sarasota, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Pasadena, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Brea, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Brookhaven, PA - Burglary
Shoes - Cincinnati, OH - Burglary
Tobacco - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery / Suspect killed
Thrift - Newport News, VA - Burglary
Zumiez - Chicago, IL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Riverside, Ca- Armed Robbery/ Clerk killed
7-Eleven - Cheektowaga, NY - Armed Robbery / Clerk killed


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 3 shootings
• 3 killed



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