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Debra Martin named Director of Asset Protection for Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Debra was previously the Sr. Director Operational Improvement for The Fresh Market before taking on this new role. Debra has held a variety of senior level positions in asset protection and operations such as Director Loss Prevention for The Fresh Market, Director of Asset Protection - Safety and Compliance for Harris Teeter, Senior Director of Global Security Operations, Interim VP of Global Security Operations and Divisional AP Director for Walmart, VP of Asset Protection Risk and Safety for Raley's, VP of Loss Prevention and Safety for The Home World - China, and VP of Loss Prevention for Winn Dixie. Congratulations Debra!

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ADT Expands Commercial Capabilities with Acquisition of Aronson Security Group
Move Marks ADT's Commitment to New Solutions, Services and Enhanced Experience for Commercial and National Accounts Customers

ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT), the leading provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, today announced the completed acquisition of Aronson Security Group, Inc. (ASG).

Headquartered in Renton, Washington, and in business for 55 years, ASG employs nearly 170 team members, including Risk and Security program consultants, Advanced Integration Services, Consulting and Design Engineers and a National Program Management team, as well as technicians and business development and project managers, who work from locations across the United States. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Preparing for ICE Immigration Raids
7-Eleven raid a 'first of many,' with more 'large-scale compliance inspections' likely
Raids Took Place Day After Trump Meeting on Immigration - Coincidence or Intentional?
Did Trump Administration Use 7-Eleven Raids as an Example?
The 7-Eleven raids came just one day after Trump met with lawmakers from both parties to negotiate a compromise toward immigration reform. Trump appeared to offer a softer view on the subject during that meeting, but the raids may have been intended as a display of strength on the issue.

"If ICE hoped to make a bold statement, it could hardly pick a more iconic target than 7-Eleven," The New York Times said.

"[January's] actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable," ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan said. The raids were "to be the first of many" targeted at employers, Derek Benner, acting head of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

This is what we're gearing up for this year, and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters," Benner said. "From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation."

Special agents of HSI served notices of inspection-also known as I-9 audit notices, used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired in the United States-to 98 7-Eleven franchise stores in 17 states before dawn on Jan. 10

Agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally, but the action was primarily aimed at management, according to reports; most or all store franchisees were served notices to produce hiring records.

ICE said the sweep was a broadening of a 2013 investigation in New York and Virginia under the Obama administration that led to indictments against nine men and women for conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities and concealing and harboring undocumented immigrants employed at 7-Eleven franchise stores. cspdailynews.com

Dublin, Ireland: Nine charged in Lidl Supermarket looting raid
Irish police have charged nine people after looters raided a Lidl supermarket and smashed through the roof with a mechanical digger during a national red alert for freezing weather. Video footage posted online showed the digger breaking through the roof of the German retailer in west Dublin on Friday night while most stores were closed due to ice, snow and winds brought by Storm Emma. Nine men, aged 24 to 47, appeared in a Dublin court yesterday to answer charges including theft, burglary, trespassing and handling stolen goods linked to the supermarket and a smaller store nearby, the police said. menafn.com

Lidl wheelie-bin looting was on an unprecedented scale, say gardai
Looters 'knew they were safe' because weather
The Garda was called in to deal with a second wave of disturbances in Tallaght, in southwest Dublin, at the weekend, after looting and vandalism there on Friday.

The previous day, looting at the Lidl on Fortunestown Lane had sharply escalated. A mechanical digger was used to damage the supermarket's roof and walls so that a safe could be taken out of a cash room. The Garda says some looters brought wheelie bins into the store to fill with goods. "It was looting like we haven't seen before. They knew they were safe, because for a long time we couldn't get to them," said one officer.

A Centra store near Jobstown was also looted, and at least eight cars were set on fire. In other incidents, construction vehicles were stolen from building sites in the area. irishtimes.com

ASSE to Develop Active Shooter Guide
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is collaborating with safety and health experts to develop an active shooter technical report.

The report would help companies and organizations take steps to prevent hostile events and create safer work environments, according to ASSE.

"We are reminded far too often that workplace safety planning is never a finished product," said Jim Smith, ASSE president, in a statement. "There are critical concerns that need our help in finding solutions, especially on the topic of active shooters because those occurrences in the workplace can have deadly consequences."

Incidents of workplace violence caused 866 deaths in 2016, which was a 23 percent increase from the 2015 total of 703. Workplace violence was the second-leading cause of on-the-job fatalities in 2016, trailing only transportation-related deaths, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The development process is expected to be completed before the end of the year, with the final report made available nationwide following its registration with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ASSE began writing the technical report after its members and other stakeholders requested technical insight and guidance addressing active shooter events from the perspective of the occupational safety and health professional. ehstoday.com

98 Overdoses Linked to Retail Theft
Legislation addresses retail theft and its strong link to Tennessee's opioid crisis
Retailers Legally Required to Report Info - This is a first

A major bill which aims to cut off the flow of funds used in the purchase of illegal drugs was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as legislation addressing Tennessee's opioid crisis moves front and center in the Tennessee General Assembly. Senate Bill 1717 addresses the use of gift cards obtained through retail theft which has been heavily linked to the purchase of opiates.

The proposal follows a new law passed by the General Assembly last year defining organized retail crime and creating two new theft offenses for the purpose of prosecuting individuals who return stolen merchandise to receive gift cards, money or store credit.

It is estimated that Tennessee loses over $14 million in sales tax dollars and retailers lose over $200 million each year related to return fraud. The National Retail Federation has estimates the loss at $12 to $15 billion nationwide, with almost all being related to illicit drug trade.

From April to June of last year, 98 overdose cases resulting in death or hospitalization were linked to individuals involved in retail theft. Investigative reports, like one done by CNBC entitled Gift Card Crime Fueling Opioid Addiction across the U.S., continue to lend validity to the strong connection of the use of gift cards obtained through retail theft and illegal drugs. The report took a firsthand look at the problem with the Shelby County Sheriff's Area Law Enforcement and Retailers Team (A.L.E.R.T).

The bill proposed this year would give local law enforcement the tools they need to make sure businesses comply with the law passed in 2017 by: enhancing penalties for those convicted of Organized Retail Crime; establishing penalties for businesses that do not report; clearly stating what information is to be collected; and, making all identifying information confidential, to be used only by the state and law enforcement. Local law enforcement would decide how to notify businesses affected and what method they should use to report the data. columbiadailyherald.com

Tucson, AZ., Police, businesses call program to fight serial shoplifters a success
The Coalition Against Retail Theft, or CART, continues to work to get serial shoplifters off the streets

The Tucson Metro Chamber launched the program about a year ago.

Sgt. Nancy Fatura with the Tucson Police Department said they are targeting people who are stealing expensive items like liquor or laundry detergent to sell them on the street.

She said the people that are coming in over and over again are usually using that money from the stolen items to participate in illegal activity.

Repeat offenders are the people we really need to focus on," she said. "Those are the people who we are trying to get held responsible or locked away for a period of time, if that is the requirement, and we have been very effective with that."

CART has also been working to go after harsher penalties for offenders.

"People who have be arrested hundreds of times are now being charged with a felony instead of a hundred misdemeanor charges," she said.

They have been able to catch some of these people by holding monthly meetings with staff at local businesses. Frank Valadez, Kroger training asset protection specialist, is part of that group and is happy with the results so far.

"What we have seen is a growing epidemic in heroin and opioids and ... that's part of the game; that's how they make their living. They come into our stores and they take high-dollar items like Tide, liquor, things to support their habit or make a living," he said.

Tucson Metro Chamber says retail theft costs people in Pima County nearly $6 million a year. tucsonnewsnow.com

Checkpoint RFID-Enables Its Security Solution to Protect Electronics, High-Value Products
With the use of EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology increasing in stores for inventory management, and more recently for electronic article surveillance (EAS), Checkpoint Systems has developed an RFID-enabled version of its Spider Wrap line of products. These alarming devices for high-value items allow users to trigger alerts and capture inventory-management data when a product is removed from a store, based on RFID tag reads. rfidjournal.com

Global EAS Systems Market 2018: Checkpoint Systems, Nedap and Tyco Retail Solutions
Global EAS Systems industry research report starts with an elemental introduction to EAS Systems market along with product definition, product scope, market overview, product classification, and specification. Basic segment classification of the EAS Systems market includes leading marketing players, major geographical regions, product types, and applications. chiefobserver.com

TJX Uses Trump's Tax Refund on Bonuses to Non-Bonus Eligible Associates
TJX will spend about $100 million on the bonuses, increased retirement fund contributions and donations to its charitable foundations, and the majority will go to bonuses.

TJX Cos. Inc. announced it would use federal tax reform savings to give one-time cash bonuses to non-bonus-plan associates globally, increase its contribution to all associates' retirement plans, and institute paid parental leave and enhanced vacation benefits for eligible U.S. workers. It will also accelerate planned investments in technology, store growth and upgrading its store experiences, and raise its quarterly dividend. bostonherald.com

Macy's makes HR layoffs as part of restructuring
Cincinnati-based retail giant Macy's Inc. has laid off a number of its human resources staff as part of a larger restructuring of its corporate workforce.

Macy's (NYSE: M) cut a number of human resources positions at the local and regional levels across the U.S. as part of continued restructuring efforts. The company did not disclose the number of positions that were cut.

"In order to maximize efficiency and increase profitability within our stores, Macy's has redesigned our Human Resources department, recently transitioning to a new HR system," Macy's spokeswoman Jacqueline King said in a statement. "As a result, a number of our HR associates were impacted. Macy's remains committed to treating our displaced HR associates with respect and openness. Associates displaced were offered a position in nearby stores whenever possible.

King declined to share how many HR employees lost their jobs because of the changes. King said the human resources moves are part of a $300 million restructuring push Macy's announced in January.

Editor's Note: According to our multiple sources this was done at the same time Macy's reorganized Asset Protection and included most single unit HR Managers. bizjournals.com

Daring Midday $368K Diamond Heist on Paris Metro
Duo Ambushes Two Diamond Dealers at Metro Turn-stiles With Tear Gas

Reading like a scene from a crime novel, thieves attacked two Indian men as they returned from a business deal at the 10th arrondissement of Paris on Sunday afternoon, fleeing with a suitcase containing dozens of diamonds.

The attackers hurled a tear gas canister at the diamond dealers as they were about to exit the turn-stiles at Cadet metro station, according to a report by weekly French political magazine Le Point.

The thieves are still at large, after being "perfectly informed about the route of the two diamond dealers, and preparing their hit perfectly", Le Point.

The attack took place less than two kilometres from Paris' Hotel de Pourtales, where thieves held reality TV star Kim Kardashian at gun point, making off with $11 million in jewels, including a $4 million 20-carat diamond engagement ring in October 2016.  verdict.co.uk

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eBay seller pleads guilty to selling $230k worth of stolen car parts

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced John Labarbera of Poughquag, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree before Judge Barry Warhit. Scarpino said Labarbera was employed as the Parts Manager for the Curry Acura dealership on Central Park Avenue in the Town of Greenburgh. According to the charges, from approximately May 5, 2011 through Mar. 5, 2015, Labarbera allegedly stole parts from the dealership and sold them for profit. Read more here

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ADT Expands Commercial Capabilities with Acquisition of Aronson Security Group (ASG)

Move Marks ADT's Commitment to New Solutions, Services and Enhanced Experience for Commercial and National Accounts Customers

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 2, 2018 - ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT), the leading provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, today announced the completed acquisition of Aronson Security Group, Inc. (ASG).

Headquartered in Renton, Washington, and in business for 55 years, ASG employs nearly 170 team members, including Risk and Security program consultants, Advanced Integration Services, Consulting and Design Engineers and a National Program Management team, as well as technicians and business development and project managers, who work from locations across the United States.

"Our commercial growth strategy incorporates acquisitions that bring both talent and resources to ADT that will not only extend our capabilities, but also serve as the right cultural fit with our customer-centric philosophy," said ADT President, Jim DeVries. "We see Phil Aronson and his team at Aronson Security Group a great add to the ADT family in those regards - highly experienced in the integrated security solution market, tremendous leadership capabilities, and a true passion for the customer - all the right components as we focus on strategic growth."
"Our goal from the beginning was to create exceptional value for the security executive and their team, and change how the industry advanced that value into the business," said Phil Aronson, ASG CEO and President. "ADT provides a unique platform for us to continue to focus on customers with scale in new geographic and vertical markets. I share a great deal of excitement with our leadership team for our employees and our customers to come together with an industry leader like ADT."

Read more here.

SEC's new cybersecurity guidance falls short
Post Equifax, those who hoped that the US Securities and Exchange Commission would impose tougher rules (and consequences for breaking them) around reporting breaches will be disappointed.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance in February, urging senior executives and board members to pay closer attention to cybersecurity. However, the recommendations, while more stringent than what was in place before, don't go far enough, critics say, and, more importantly, lack teeth.

No consequences for failure

Since that guidance was first released, there's been no significant changes in companies' disclosures, she said -- a sign that guidance alone is not enough. Meanwhile, the risks and costs of cyber attacks are going up, Stein said. For example, the SEC could have considered more stringent disclosure requirements, as well as going beyond just disclosures to setting minimum cybersecurity standards and procedures. Instead, the guidance that was released "may provide investors a false sense of comfort that we, at the Commission, have done something more than we have," she said. csoonline.com

Retailers are still struggling to secure data effectively, confirms new research from Claranet
Keeping data secure remains a top priority for retail businesses, and as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25 May 2018, there is an increased urgency to improve the way data is managed and secured. However, despite this impending deadline, the rapidly evolving threat landscape and a growing struggle to encourage consumer spending, new research from managed services provider Claranet has found that many companies are still not managing their data as well as they could.

The research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne who surveyed 750 IT decision-makers for Claranet's Beyond Digital Transformation research report, identified that security is an area that many are struggling with. Worryingly, 69 per cent of respondents stated that they were not able to secure customer data effectively, with almost half (45 per cent) encountering challenges around securing customer details when trying to improve the digital user experience for customers. This points to a distinct lack of capability when it comes to managing security in a reliable manner. retailtimes.co.uk

Due Diligence on Cybersecurity Becomes Bigger Factor in M&A
Close scrutiny of tech operations can uncover cybersecurity gaps before deals close.

Companies are intensifying due diligence of acquisition targets to avoid costly cybersecurity surprises, particularly when intellectual property, such as software code or customer data drive the deal. Scrutiny will continue as merger and acquisition activity heats up on expectations of extra cash from lower corporate tax rates.

Gaps in data protection, undiscovered breaches, regulatory violations and other holes in a company's technology operations can threaten transactions. Such problems can also decrease the value of a deal or leave an acquirer liable for problems after a merger.

Now data compromises can diminish the value of a transaction, he said. Suspected theft of sensitive data uncovered through due diligence "becomes a business issue," he said.

Home Depot Inc. HD +1.00% performed cyberrisk due diligence before buying retailer The Company Store and tool-rental firm Compact Power Equipment Inc. in 2017, said finance chief Carol Tome.

"Our plans are basically to integrate these companies," Ms. Tome said. Their operations will be moved to Home Depot's platforms and networks, she said. "So we're closing down any little holes that the threat actor could take advantage of."

The company has assessed cyberrisk on potential deals for the past decade, according to a spokesman. Getting breached in 2014 elevated cybersecurity concerns among senior leaders at Home Depot, Ms. Tome said. Hackers stole email and payment-card information of up to 56 million customers.

Home Depot's due diligence playbook includes penetration testing, Ms. Tome said. "We have a heightened sense of awareness in this area and our due diligence is exhaustive." wsj.com

How & Why the Cybersecurity Landscape Is Changing
Comprehensive new report from Cisco should "scare the pants off" enterprise security leaders

Cisco recently published its 2018 annual cybersecurity report. The study is far more comprehensive than previous surveys and includes threat research from its Talos group and a number of technology partners, along with a survey of 3,600 chief security officers and security operations managers from all over the world. Even more important: the report underscores the need to change the way cybersecurity is done. It should scare the pants off today's security leaders.

Highlights of the study include four key assertions:

1. Malware is becoming self-propagating.
Historically, malware required a user to click on a link, open an attachment, or take some other kind of action before it could spread. Today, newer forms of malware, like ransomware cryptoworms, are network-based, which obviates the need for humans to spread it. Self-propagating malware is much more difficult to find and can propagate at network speeds. Cisco warns that self-propagating malware has the potential to take down the Internet.

2. Ransomware isn't only for ransom.
In security circles, 2017 may well be remembered as the year of ransomware.
The Cisco security report indicates that some hackers aren't just looking to make a few bucks from the ransom threat. Rather, their main goal is the destruction of systems and data. The recent Nyetya (NotPetya) threat posed as tax software but was actually something called "wiper malware" that killed organizations' supply chain systems.

3. Adversaries are stepping up their evasion capabilities.
The ability to skirt sandboxes has been something that the bad guys have been getting steadily better at executing. In no way am I saying sandboxes don't work. They do, but some malware has gotten smart enough to evade detection. A growing technique is to hide the threat in encrypted traffic. The use of encryption has grown as a way of protecting payloads but it can also conceal bad traffic from security systems. Threat actors are also using popular cloud services for command and control, making malware very difficult to find with traditional security tools because it looks like normal traffic.

4. The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a significant threat vector.
Businesses of all sizes are deploying IoT devices at a furious rate. This may be a critical component of digital transformation, but it also poses a number of new security problems, according to the study, because of the following:

60% of IoT devices are deployed by operational technology not IT.
Many IoT devices are unmonitored.
IoT devices created "back doors" to other systems.
Patching for IoT devices is often done poorly.
IoT endpoints often have no inherent security capabilities.

The lesson of the report is that the bad guys are getting smarter, are creating more damage, and have more tools at their disposal. But the big issue for security professionals is what to do about it. Clearly, doing what you did before isn't going to protect your business. If the hackers and threats keep evolving, so must an organization's security strategies. darkreading.com

RFID as a Strategic Tool
RFID should be seen as a strategic tool that can be used to enhance your company's core strategic advantage.

If you are a retailer that provides a high-end experience to well-heeled shoppers, RFID can be used, first and foremost, to ensure your product is always available, no matter when, where and how your customer wants to buy it. But it can also be used to create interactive displays on the store floor, where a customer can pick up an item and immediately view a video or a screen containing complimentary items. It can be used to make smart changing rooms, in which shoppers can see information about that item, find out what other colors and sizes are in stock, and call a store associate to bring a different size.

The high-end retailer, for example, might use data about which items were tried on in the fitting room but not purchased to make changes to the cut or fit of a dress. They might use data about where items were picked up in stores to optimize store configurations. And they might compare local demographic data and sales of particular items in stores against other stores, to optimize their products for different customer sets. rfidjournal.com

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Amazon faces criticism for being 'complicit' with counterfeiters
Senator Orrin Hatch plans to convene a Senate hearing on the issue

Amazon pledged to tackle counterfeiting in 2017, but its lax policies are still hurting inventors and small companies, one supplier says. In a blog post, Elevation Lab founder Casey Hopkins wrote that a Chinese manufacturer ripped off its popular under-desk headphone stand, "The Anchor" and is selling it cheap on Amazon and taking all its sales. Worse, he claims that Amazon is effectively abetting such counterfeiters and could do away with it via a simple change.

And yet the fix is simple, Hopkins says. To stop counterfeiting, Amazon established a registry of approved sellers in 2016, aka the "Brand Registry." All it has to do to help small inventors is add a check box for suppliers that only sell directly to Amazon and don't use wholesalers. "Anyone else would have have to get approval or high vetting to sell the product," Hopkins said. On top of that, Amazon needs to increase its Brand Registry team so it can swat away counterfeit scammers more quickly, he believes.

Amazon has been regularly criticized for being too lax on counterfeiters, a problem that has kept the fashion world well away from the site, for instance. Chanel recently won a judgement against counterfeiters, but only after it persisted following a court setback. Smaller companies, though, are ill-equipped to take on expensive lawsuits.

The feds might soon wade into the fray, however. The US Government Accountability Office recently completed an investigation and was able to purchase 47 counterfeit products from Amazon, Walmart and other companies. Senator Orrin Hatch plans to convene a Senate hearing on the issue.

Update: Amazon has replied to Engadget, and though it didn't address the specific complaints from Elevation Lab, said "we work closely with vendors, sellers and rights owners to strengthen protections for their brands on Amazon." Its full statement is here. engadget.com

Amazon adds photo confirmation for deliveries
Amazon has started having package delivery personnel take photos of packages that have been delivered, unattended, to a customer residence to confirm to customers that the package was delivered and where it was left, according to a USA Today report and a recent post on Amazon's website.

The Photo on Delivery option is being used in Seattle, San Francisco and Northern Virginia, where contracted delivery drivers working for Amazon use a mobile device and app to record the photo and other delivery details, the USA Today story stated. retaildive.com

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Hattiesburg, MS: Jurors find Physician guilty in Pharmacy
Multi-Million dollar fraud case
Jurors have found a Mississippi Gulf Coast physician accused of writing improper prescriptions guilty on all 16 counts in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. After hearing four days of testimony, the jury delivered the verdict late Friday against Gulfport-based Dr. Albert Diaz. Diaz, 78, of Ocean Springs, was charged in a federal indictment alleging he was involved in scheme to defraud TRICARE out of millions of dollars. Those charges include fraud, conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation. mysanantonio.com

Allentown, PA: Warehouse manager stole nearly $190,000 in appliances
The manager of an Upper Macungie Township warehouse was charged Thursday with stealing nearly $190,000 in appliances from his workplace. Upper Macungie Township police charged Davone S. Morris with six counts of burglary and two counts of theft after he allegedly swiped several appliances from RAS Delivery Services. Morris was charged with six counts of burglary, two counts of theft, unauthorized use of an automobile and driving with a suspended license. wfmz.com

Elizabethtown, KY: Woman arrested for stealing, selling $74,000 worth of Belk items
A Radcliff woman was arrested Thursday for stealing and selling more than $70,000 of merchandise from Belk department store in Elizabethtown. Betty Mitchell, 57, was caught on Belk surveillance multiple times stealing merchandise in large quantities. The thefts took place for a period extending one year - between Jan. 18, 2017, and Feb. 22, 2018. Within days, the items would be taken to a consignment shop across the street. Police said consignment shop owners were not aware their consignee was selling stolen merchandise. A search warrant was executed Feb. 23 for Mitchell's residence and a total of 94 items belonging to Belk department store were recovered. thenewsenterprise.com

Farmington, MA: Former Lowe's employee accused of stealing $33,000
Jason Stalter, 48, was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony count of larceny and a fourth-degree felony count of burglary, according to court documents. He is accused of taking about $33,040 from a safe at the Lowe's home improvement store at 5431 Pinon Hills Blvd. on or around Dec. 3, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. daily-times.com

Cleveland Heights, OH: Three Home Depot cashiers arrested in
$13,000 Grand Theft
At 12:10 p.m. Feb. 22, police were called to Home Depot, 3460 Mayfield Road, where loss prevention had detained a female cashier. The cashier was suspected of taking cash from a store register, in addition to snacks. Further, the woman allowed a man, later identified as a landscaper, to take merchandise from the store at greatly discounted prices. The man allegedly offered the cashier $150 cash so that she would not charge him more than $300 for me Feb. 22. police were again called to Home Depot where the cashier's female cousin, also a cashier at the store, was also accused of allowing the landscaper to leave without fully paying for merchandise. The total amount of stolen goods in this cashier's case was $7,553.

Finally, at 4:10 p.m. the same day, police were again called to Home Depot. Once more, a female cashier was accused of not ringing up merchandise totaling $1,051. Merchandise he bought over the course of several trips to the store since early January. In all, the theft amounted to $13,739. cleveland.com

Ventura, CA: Three arrested in $3,000 theft from Pacific View Mall

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Shootings, Deaths & Terror Threats

Hopkinsville, KY: Man accused of threatening to commit 'mass murder' at Walmart
Authorities have charged a Kentucky man with terroristic threatening following an accusation that he threatened to commit "mass murder" at the Hopkinsville Walmart.

According to an arrest report obtained by WHOP NewsRadio, Robert Carl Palmer contacted the Emergency Communications Center in Christian County and said he was going to the Hopkinsville Walmart "with two AK's" and full magazines and he would "create another mass murder."

The radio station said Palmer reportedly told police he was angry after being disconnected during a phone call to the Walmart service department. Hopkinsville police located Palmer at the Rodeway Inn where officers said his phone rang when the number that called ECC was dialed back.  wkrn.com

Nail-salon murder suspect killed by police in Mesa
A man suspected of murdering a woman in a Mesa nail salon last month was fatally shot by an officer Friday morning, Mesa police said. The 36-year-old man, who was not immediately identified, had been under surveillance by police and a U.S. Marshals Service task force. azcentral.com

Fort Worth, TX: Security Guard Shot In Arm At Whataburger
Officers responded to a shooting call at 955 North Beach Street just before 4 a.m. Sunday. Police believe a disturbance occurred at the Whataburger when a person pulled out a gun and shot a security guard in the arm. Police say the security guard refused medical treatment and drove himself to the hospital. cbslocal.com

North Hollywood, CA: Auto Parts Store Employee Questioned In Fatal Shooting Of Man He Believed Was Breaking Into Car

Charlotte, NC: Homicide investigation underway after teen fatally shot outside QT store

Santa Ana, CA: Garden Grove Police shoot, kill alleged probation violator outside 7-Eleven

Cherry Valley, IL: Police presence stepping up in wake of shooting outside CherryVale Mall

Nashville, TN: Gunfire rang out outside of an Antioch strip mall near the Global Mall at the Crossing

Chicago, IL: Gun Fired During Dispute At Water Tower Place, no injuries

Spokane, WA: Police arrest a man for brandishing gun near River Park Square

Robberies, Thefts & Disturbances

Eureka, CA: Man and woman rob Walmart via note to clerk with threat on it
At 8:26 p.m. Friday night, Eureka Police said a man and a woman robbed the Walmart at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka. According to officers, the suspects left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Eureka Police have issued a BOLO alert for the Walmart robbery suspects. krcrtv.com

Moreno Valley, CA: Man Arrested for 14 C-store Burglaries & Two Robberies

Memphis, TN: Arrests made in string of 12 Armed Robberies, carjackings across Memphis

New York: Armed duo wreaks havoc in string of 9 Queens, Brooklyn robberies; $17,000 stolen in past 2 months

Memphis, TN: Memphis man wanted for 3 armed robberies across the city

Peoria, IL: Fights close Peoria's Northwoods Mall Saturday night

Winston-Salem, NC: 3 Teens arrested Saturday night at Hanes Mall; 100 teens were there in violation of the mall's curfew

North Riverside, IL: 'Large disturbance' involving juveniles at North Riverside Mall

Kay Jewelers in the Colonie Center, Albany, NY reported a Burglary on 3/3, items valued at $1,000

Zales in the Oak Court Mall, Memphis, TN reported a Grab & Run on 3/2, item valued at $10,669

Littman Jewelers in the Broward Mall, Plantation , FL reported a Grab & Run on 3/2, item valued a $15,185


Jackson, TN: Suspect in a 2015 C-Store Clerk murder found guilty, could face death penalty

Atlanta, GA: Serial robber sentenced for role as organizer in commercial armed robbery spree spanning five counties

Los Angeles, CA: Duo sentenced for C-Store Robbery spree in Southern California; 9 charges, sentenced to 23 years

San Diego, CA: 'Red Wig Bandit' gets 20 years for robbery spree; hit gas stations and restaurants over 3 months in 2016

Wichita, KS: Pair charged federally for armed robbery spree



BP - Kettering, OH - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - South Bend, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Enid, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Albany, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Waterloo, IA - Robbery
C-Store - Fond du Lac, WI - Robbery
C-Store - Florence, SC - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jackson, MS - Robbery
Kay Jewelers - St Clair Township, OH - Burglary
Kmart - Bellingham, WA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Hope Mills, AR - Armed Robbery
Raising Cane - Jefferson Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - West Palm Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery/ employee assaulted
Turkey Hill- Allentown, PA - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Eureka, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - New Hyde Park, NY - Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
1 burglary
0 shootings
0 killings




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