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Walmart's Ken Senser Announces Retirement
Brian Murphy Named VP of Global Security and Aviation

Ken Senser, Senior Vice President of Global Security, Aviation, and Travel (GSAT) for Walmart, has announced his retirement. Brian Murphy has been named Vice President of Global Security and Aviation, effective March 2019.

During his 15-year-tenure with Walmart, Senser established an integrated, risk-based program to protect Walmart's people and assets. He led the development and implementation of the company's emergency management and response processes and the creation of Walmart's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He has also led the response to a diverse array of crises, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. According to the company, "Senser set the foundation for the current investigative program and led the development of governance for our aviation and travel programs."

Senser joined Walmart in September 2003 as Vice President of Global Security. Over time, his responsibilities expanded to include Aviation and Travel, leading to his promotion to Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Walmart, Senser worked 20 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and served on a detail assignment as the first Assistant Director of the FBI for Security following the arrest of Robert Hanssen for espionage.

The company also announced that Brian Murphy has been named Vice President of Global Security and Aviation, effective March 2019. Murphy joined Walmart in August 2017 as Vice President for Global Security. Previously, Murphy worked for the CIA for more than 28 years. He served primarily in the Middle East, Europe, and in Washington D.C., and has extensive experience leading large global organizations and programs. securitymagazine.com

S. Earl Watson named Vice President - Physical Security for Lyft
Earl has worked in the retail industry for more than 28 years. He has held a number of loss prevention and administrative positions throughout his career, including Vice President of Global Security and Loss Prevention for Levi Strauss & Co., his most recent position which he held for over six years, Business Unit Leader for Wal-Mart, and Vice President of Loss Prevention and Corporate Security for Gap Inc. Earl holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's College of California. Congratulations Earl!

Chris Boling named Vice President of Store Operations for Casey's General Stores
Most recently, Chris was the Vice President of Store Operations for Dollar General before taking this new role. While at Dollar General for over 13 years, Chris held various positions in Operations and Loss Prevention including Senior Director Store Operations - Field Loss Prevention, Senior Director - Corporate Loss Prevention and Shrink Improvement and Senior Director of Operations. Congratulations Chris!

Ryan Arensberg promoted to Divisional Director - Asset Protection, Operations & Safety for Lowe's
Ryan has been with Lowe's Companies, Inc. for the past eighteen years, holding various Safety and Loss Prevention positions including Corporate Safety Manager, and most recently, Regional Director for Loss Prevention, Safety and Hazmat. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Congratulations Ryan!

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Jury hits Walmart with $16.9M verdict in 2015 shoplifter apprehension incident
Walmart found 30% responsible for customer's injuries

A Wood County, Virginia jury returned a verdict of $16,922,000 against Walmart on Monday as a result of its failure to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition when attempting to apprehend a shoplifter in February 2015 which led to injuries to one of its customers Diane Ankrom.

In 2015, a shoplifter was arrested at the Parkersburg Walmart. However, while Walmart employees were trying to detain him, the man ran into a woman inside the store and injured her. A lawsuit was filed against the shoplifter, as well as Walmart, for not properly handling the shoplifter, which led to the shopper's injuries.

The jury in Circuit Judge J.D. Beane's court listened to five days of testimony and deliberated for less than two hours before reaching its verdict, which included $6.5 million in past and future medical expenses and over $10 million in general damages. The jury found Walmart to be 30 percent responsible for the incident and the shoplifter to be 70 percent responsible.

Jamie Bordas of the Wheeling-based law firm of Bordas & Bordas who served as lead counsel for the plaintiff at trial commented, "We are hopeful that this jury's verdict sends a message to large corporations that they are not supposed to put profits over safety. The shoplifter in this incident had merely stolen gloves and had already given them back before Walmart persisted in attempting to detain him in an inappropriate manner that ultimately led to one of its customers being injured." wtov9.com bordaslaw.com

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal
Japanese startup's 'Minority Report'-like software detects suspicious behavior

It's watching, and knows a crime is about to take place before it happens.

Vaak, a Japanese startup, has developed artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters, using footage from security cameras for fidgeting, restlessness and other potentially suspicious body language.

While AI is usually envisioned as a smart personal assistant or self-driving car, it turns out the technology is pretty good at spotting nefarious behavior. Like a scene out of the movie "Minority Report," algorithms analyze security-camera footage and alert staff about potential thieves via a smartphone app. The goal is prevention; if the target is approached and asked if they need help, there's a good chance the theft never happens.

Vaak made headlines last year when it helped to nab a shoplifter at a convenience store in Yokohama. Vaak had set up its software in the shop as a test case, which picked up on previously undetected shoplifting activity. The perpetrator was arrested a few days later.

"I thought then, 'Ah, at last!'" said Vaak founder Ryo Tanaka, 30. "We took an important step closer to a society where crime can be prevented with AI."

"If we go into many retailers whether in the U.S. or U.K., there are very often going to be CCTV cameras or some form of cameras within the store operation," said Thomas O'Connor, a retail analyst at Gartner. "That's being leveraged by linking it to an analytics tool, which can then do the actual analysis in a more efficient and effective way."

Because it involves security, retailers have asked AI-software suppliers such as Vaak and London-based Third Eye not to disclose their use of the anti-shoplifting systems. It's safe to assume, however, that several big-name store chains in Japan have deployed the technology in some form or another. Vaak has met with or been approached by the biggest publicly traded convenience-store and drugstore chains in Japan, according to Tanaka. bloomberg.com

Inventory mishaps behind staggering revenue loss in physical retail
Could inventory management robots help?

There's a big inventory problem in retail. Can robots help?

The root of the issue is inventory mismanagement. Physical retailers are painfully aware of revenue they lose due to theft, and all major retailers have loss management protocols to minimize the bleeding. But general inventory mismanagement could be a far more pressing issue. According to a new survey, inventory management issues account for far more lost revenue than theft.

The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by robotics company Bossa Nova, includes perspectives from dozens of corporate retail professionals with a title of Director or greater at companies with $500m+ in annual revenue. The results suggest an ongoing catastrophe in how inventory is tracked and forecast in the $1.3 trillion retail sector.

Over 70 percent of those surveyed, for example, stated that inaccurate inventory forecasting is a major issue, resulting in costly supply-demand mismatches. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed reported some difficulty tracking inventory through the supply chain.

It's not for lack of trying. Over 90 percent of retailers surveyed reported their stores spend more time identifying inventory issues than they do implementing solutions. On ground level, retail employees typically spend more time filling out-of-stock holes on shelves than interacting with customers.

Bossa Nova, the company that commissioned the survey, believes shelf-scanning robots are a crucial part of the answer. Bossa Nova's robots roam stores autonomously and scan merchandise on shelves to help retailers keep track of inventory more efficiently than employees with scanning guns. zdnet.com

Sam's Club tests Scan & Go system that uses computer vision instead of barcodes
In October, Walmart-owned Sam's Club opened a test store in Dallas where it planned to trial new technology, including mobile checkout, an Amazon Go-like camera system, in-store navigation, electronic shelf labels and more. This morning, the retailer announced it will now begin testing a revamped Scan & Go service as well, which leverages computer vision and machine learning to make mobile scanning easier and faster.

The current Scan & Go system, launched two years ago, requires Sam's Club shoppers to locate the barcode on the item they're buying and scan it using the Sam's Club mobile app. The app allows shoppers to account for items they're buying as they place them in their shopping cart, then pay in the app instead of standing in line at checkout.

The new scanning technology will instead use computer vision and ML (machine learning) to recognize products without scanning the barcode, cutting the time it takes for the app to identify the product in question, the retailer explains. techcrunch.com

Indiana's jail population increasing more than any other state, research finds
A non-profit research group looking into jail incarceration rates found that Indiana is among the worst states in the country when it comes to jail overcrowding. The Vera Institute works with justice systems, stakeholders, communities and policy makers to "reimagine and improve justice systems." Jack Norton and Jasmine Heiss took it upon themselves within the last couple of years to visit small and rural counties across the country. They were investigating incarceration trends and who was behind bars.

"The jail incarceration rate rose 32 percent in the last two years," Norton said. "That 32-percent increase in Indiana is the first time that has happened in the state since 2003." The Vera Institute found that no other state had seen their jail population grow as rapidly as Indiana's in the last 15 years. "Indiana, we found, sort of engaged in some prison reforms. They wanted to get the prison incarceration rates down," Heiss explained.

Heiss referenced House Bill 1006, which former Governor Mike Pence signed in 2015. It forced low-level felons to be housed in county jails rather than at state prisons. "Now in Indiana, you have a situation that counties across the state are facing. Their jails are overcrowded and they're needing to build bigger jails," Heiss said.

Researchers pointed to nearby cities and states that have successfully shifted their approach. Chicago, for example, has reportedly seen a 40-percent decline in their jail population in recent years.

Editor's Note: In 2014, Indiana raised the Felony Threshold for Theft to $750. Currently in the neighboring state of Illinois the threshold is set at $500, but Cook County (Chicago) is set at $1,000.

Georgia, Nevada, California, Florida and Texas are the top 5 in most frequent incidents of fraud, according to the FTC
Reports to the FTC suggest that Americans lost $1.48 billion in 2018 to fraud, an increase of 38 percent over 2017. The top reported incidents in 2018 were imposter scams, debt collection and identity theft. Younger people lost money more often than older people, but elderly people tended to lose a greater amount of money when they did get scammed. The median loss for people in their 70s was $751, compared to $400 for people in their 20s. Credit card fraud was up 24 percent from 2017 to 2018. The most frequent payment method reported in scams was wire transfers.

Survey: 71% of Shoppers Are Spending More In-Store Than Online
Both men and women are spending significantly more in-store than online during a typical shopping visit according to a new report, by First Insight, Inc. The survey found that 71 percent of respondents (72 percent of men; 70 percent of women) typically spend more than $50 when shopping in-store. In contrast, only 54 percent of respondents (59 percent of men; 49 percent of women) are spending more than $50 when shopping online.

Of note, 34 percent of respondents (36 percent of men; 33 percent of women) reported spending more than $100 during a typical in-store shopping visit, compared to only 21 percent (26 percent of men; 17 percent of women) who reported spending more than $100 when shopping online. chainstoreage.com

Amazon, Long Seen as a Threat to Malls, Is Now a Hot Tenant
Shopping center owners have long blasted Amazon.com Inc. as a destroyer of their business. Now some are starting to view Amazon as a potential savior. At a time when Sears Holdings Corp. and Macy's Inc. are shutting down stores, and many malls are struggling to attract high-profile tenants to fill empty spaces, the giant online retailer has been ramping up its presence in physical retail.

"When Amazon comes knocking, it feels like Apple has showed up," said Jay Luchs, vice chairman at Newmark Knight Frank, a real estate consulting firm. Apple Inc. has a huge pull on mall traffic and the clout to negotiate for lower rents with landlords.

Amazon has become a much sought-after retail tenant. In November 2015, the company opened its first physical bookstore in Seattle and rolled out pop-up stores in malls and shopping centers. It opened about 20 pop-up stores in malls the following year, each one occupying a few hundred square feet of space that showcased devices such as voice assistant speakers, tablets and Kindles.

Amazon's website says it now has three 4-star stores in New York, Colorado and California; and more than 80 pop-up stores and 18 bookstores across 22 states as well as Washington, D.C. wsj.com

'Momazonians' press Amazon for backup daycare benefits
A group of more than 1,800 working mothers at Amazon calling themselves the "Momazonians" are pushing the ecommerce giant to provide a backup daycare benefit. The women are set to meet with senior managers at Amazon to argue the company should provide daycare options for its employees who require childcare assistances during school closures or illnesses, Bloomberg reported. The "Momazonians" argue that a lack of backup daycare options can stunt the career growth of female employees and make it more difficult - and expensive - for Amazon to fill positions through recruitment. foxbusiness.com

Home Depot Hiring 80,000 Workers This Spring

Art Peck: 'We're opening Gap stores'

Papa John's founder Schnatter to exit board in settlement

Lenders Say Charlotte Russe Ch. 11 Bonuses Too Easy To Get

Activist Hedge Fund Urges L Brands To Consider Separating Bath & Body Works From Struggling Victoria's Secret

Quarterly Results
Target Q4 comp's up 2.9%, revenue flat; full-year comp's up 3.2%, digital sales up 36%, revenue up 3.6%
Kohl's Q4 comp's up 1%, net sales down 3.4%; full-year comp's up 1.7%, net sales up 0.7%

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Marriott CEO to testify before U.S. Senate panel on data breach
Thursday hearing to examine 'causes and scope' behind private sector hacks

Marriott International Inc Chief executive Arne Sorenson will testify before a U.S. Senate panel Thursday about a hacking incident it reported in December that exposed the records of up to 383 million customers in its Starwood hotels reservation system and 5.25 million passport numbers.

The Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing "to examine the causes and scope of private sector data breaches that expose the most sensitive information of millions of Americans."

The hearing will also include Equifax Inc Chief Executive Mark Begor, who will discuss the company's 2017 disclosure of the hacking of sensitive data of about 148 million people. That massive breach sparked calls for changes by Congress to the credit reporting agencies' handling of data. reuters.com

Florida considers biometric data privacy law with private action rights
similar to Illinois and New York state laws

A pair of Florida lawmakers are proposing legislation to require private companies using consumers' biometric data to obtain informed consent and apply protections to it in storage, WJCT News reports.

Florida Biometric Information Privacy Act, brought by Senator Gary Farmer and Representative Bobby DuBose, proposes requiring written notice of biometric data collection, use, and storage practices, considering the data as confidential and sensitive information for the application of industry standards, and making businesses liable for the unauthorized distribution of biometric data.

An assessment of the proposed law by Freeborn & Peters LLP Partner Robert A. Stines (PDF) notes that the legislation includes a right of private action from $1,000 to $5,000, which is the same as Illinois' controversial BIPA, as well as a proposed New York City law.

The law is proposed to take effect on October 1, 2019. biometricupdate.com

Study: Only 11% Of Consumers Trust Retailers To Handle Data Breaches Properly
Retailers face a significant mistrust issue when it comes to data breaches: only 11% of consumers trust retailers to properly handle data breaches, according to a survey by First Data. High-profile events, such as the HBC data breach that affected as many a 5 million shoppers in 2018, can erode trust across the entire industry. But retailers have many tools to help them build up shoppers' trust.

The most important step retailers can take to build trust with shoppers is also the most straightforward: protect themselves from data breaches before they can happen. While this is a complex process with no single solution, adhering to best practices can help retailers rise to the challenge:

Ensure anti-fraud efforts are properly funded. The first step in building trust is making sure infrastructure is up-to-date, data is properly encrypted, the right third-party solutions are implemented and other basic security measures are in place;

Let shoppers know security is in place. People care about their data, and telling customers that their concerns are being taken seriously (while also explaining how it is being protected) can help build goodwill and trust;

Protect shoppers from themselves. Retailers need to recognize that customers often practice poor security management and act accordingly. Tools like two-factor authentication and one-time passwords, while potentially inconvenient, can keep shoppers from accidentally exposing themselves to fraudsters; and

Use machine learning to ease friction. Harnessing AI can help retailers not only detect fraudulent activity but also determine when regular shoppers access a site, which allows inconvenient security protocols to be waived at checkout. retailtouchpoints.com

Companies are Sacrificing Mobile Security & Face Greater Mobile Threats
Verizon study finds half of respondents sacrificed security to "get the job done"

Verizon's second Mobile Security Index finds that more organizations are compromising mobile security in order to "get the job done", and in turn are facing a greater risk of data loss, downtime and damage to their reputation and customer relationships.

The study shows that despite companies saying they see risks growing, companies' defenses aren't keeping up. Almost half (48%) of respondents said that their organization had sacrificed mobile security in the past year. Up from 32% from last year. What's more, the index found those that had sacrificed security were nearly twice as likely to suffer a compromise - 46% versus 24%. And the majority (62%) of those affected described the event as "major". securitymagazine.com

Encryption Offers Safe Haven for Criminals and Malware
The same technology millions depend on to protect personal and confidential information - and that browsers highlight as crucial for secure browsing - is being used by threat actors to hide malicious payloads and criminal activity targeting corporations and individuals. And in many cases, organizations aren't doing anything to find out precisely what's going on inside their encrypted network tunnels. darkreading.com

New cybersecurity tool lets companies Google their systems for hackers

Phishing alert: One in 61 emails in your inbox now contains a malicious link


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Big Data: The Treasure Trove for eCommerce Industry
In today's cognitive world, data is the new oil. Every digital business in every corner of the world wants to leverage data to offer differentiated customer service and fuel business growth. This is especially true for the ecommerce sector that has emerged as the game-changer in the technology-driven economic landscape.

Personalizing User Experience
The biggest positives that ecommerce businesses offer are the ability and convenience for customers to view, compare, and buy items using a payment option convenient for them. Since the users-both buyers and sellers-are tech-savvy, ecommerce businesses must harness data in a way which enhances user experience. As a result, players in the business are using big data to analyse user behaviour on their platforms and offer personalized services.

Fighting Fraud
Since ecommerce platforms entail large-scale spending and acceptance of money, there are greater chances of fraudsters trying to abuse the platform for stealing money and conning unsuspecting genuine users. Harnessing the data they possess, ecommerce businesses can gain insights into the behavioural patterns of the users and differentiate between genuine users and bad actors.

Key Constituent of Business Strategy
Increasingly, ecommerce businesses are realizing that the data they possess can not only enhance customer experience, but also increase revenues, reduce operational costs, efficiently manage risks, and comply with the changing regulations. Therefore, they would do well to include big data analytics as an essential component of their overall business strategy given the fact they are operating in a digital world. dqindia.com

Consumers are spending a lot more time in retailers' apps
Shoppers spent more time and money in retail apps in 2018, according to recent findings from mobile analytics firm App Annie and app technology vendor Button. 70% of app shoppers during Cyber Week who made a purchase had not previously made a purchase with that retailer before, and 33% of those customers shopped again with that retailer during the holiday season.

U.S. consumers spend 60% more time in shopping apps in 2018 compared with 2016, according to data released in app analytics firm App Annie's report "The State of Mobile 2019."

The firm attributes the growth to more consumers shopping on mobile devices and opening apps more frequently. For example, sessions, or when when a shopper opens an app, increased 70% to more than 60 billion sessions in U.S. retail apps in 2018 compared with 2016, according to App Annie. As shoppers spend more time in shopping apps, overall ecommerce sales increase at a nearly proportional rate, according to the firm, meaning that time spent in mobile shopping apps correlates highly with overall e-commerce sales, a spokeswoman says.

Ranked by time spent in app in 2018, here is how Android's digital-first retail apps stacked up:
1. Amazon
2. Amazon (outdated version)
3. Wish
5. AliExpress

Store-based retailers' Android apps ranked by time spent in 2018:
1. Walmart
2. Target
3. Kohl's
4. Kroger
5. Home Depot digitalcommerce360.com

Happy Returns Launches Self-Service Return Solution to Eliminate the Pain of BOPIS for Omni-Channel Retailers and Their Customers

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Greenville, SC: Two Business owners who sold $1.5M in stolen merchandise on eBay found guilt of fraud
The owners of a used electronics store, Reboot LLC, in Greenville were convicted on fraud charges last week after they allegedly sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen items.

Reboot owners Jonathan E. Field, 41, and Shena J. Field, 40, both of Mauldin, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud by a federal jury.

Through Reboot, the Fields were part of an organized operation where shoplifters, many of whom suffered from drug addiction, unloaded stolen items for less than the items' retail value, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The Fields posted the stolen items for sale on e-commerce website EBay where purchasers would buy the items not knowing they were stolen.

"The evidence showed that the Fields welcomed the shoplifters' business by not requiring production of sales receipts and implementing a no-questions-asked policy at Reboot," a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. "The Fields and store employees would also meet the shoplifters after hours at gas stations and other spots to receive stolen goods."

The owners would also instruct shoplifters on what to obtain if they oversold an item on EBay, in order to avoid negative online feedback, the press release stated. The Fields face up to 20 years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of court-ordered supervision. greenvilleonline.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Burglars had 'inside information' of stolen merchandise
A Fort Lauderdale clothing store burglary has been called an inside job by the store's owner. It happened at Exist Clothing Store near Northwest 16th Street and 23rd Avenue, Sunday night. Crooks took off with two large container trucks full of merchandise that police found early Monday, still packed with boxes, in South Miami-Dade. "No. This was definitely ... someone had inside information about the fact that the containers were here, and that, you know, they had a pretty good idea. They knew clothing was inside. I don't think they could have possibly known which particular items were inside," store owner Stephen Feldschuh said. wsvn.com

Louisville, KY: Grocery Store employee accused of stealing $75K in beef tenderloin
A store employee in St. Matthews is accused of stealing at least $75,000 worth of beef tenderloin over eight months. An arrest report states Billy Wethington, 42, worked at Paul's Fruit Market in Chenoweth Square six days a week. Wethington is accused of smuggling eight to ten tenderloins on each of his shifts by putting them in a trash bag and taking them to his vehicle. Wethington was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on March 1 and is facing felony theft charges. wave3.com

'School Of Rock' Star Facing 4 Felonies over
Stolen Guitars

"School of Rock" star Joey Gaydos Jr., who played lead guitarist Zack, in Jack Black's fictional school band, is facing felony charges in Florida for larceny and grand theft ... after cops busted him 4 times in the last 5 weeks for allegedly stealing guitars and an amplifier. According to cops, Joey is making a bad habit of walking into stores, asking to test guitars, walking out with the instrument without paying ... and then unloading them at pawn shops. Police say Joey's string of heists began early this year ... when he allegedly nabbed a blue Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy valued at $800, a black Fender Stratocaster worth $699, and a Gibson Les Paul gold top with a $1,900 price tag. tmz.com

Lake Forest, IL: Man busted trying to steal over $500 of Cold Medicine from CVS

Elko, NV: Woman arrested at The Home Depot; Felony theft/refunding cart full of stolen merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

West Palm Beach, FL: A Security Guard-involved shooting outside of Sunshine Flea Market leaves one man dead
Saturday evening, Sunshine Flea Market on South Military Trail in West Palm Beach was blocked off with yellow crime tape. Palm Beach County Sheriff's office confirmed there was an altercation between two individuals that resulted in a man being shot in the torso before being transported to a local hospital. Bystanders watched as Palm Beach County Fire rescue worked against the clock. Trisha Prehay was inside the flea market shopping. Prehay said moments before she overheard a man at a nearby restaurant arguing with the security guard after he was asked to take his drink inside. "The guy was beating up on the security guard so the security guard had to draw his weapon to defend himself." Prehay said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. wpbf.com

Portsmouth, VA: Homicide in Portsmouth at Cock Island Bar & Grille
An overnight shooting at a Portsmouth bar left one man dead, police say. Portsmouth police said officers responded to the Cock Island Bar and Grille on Airline Boulevard just after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. Police said medics pronounced the man dead on scene. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Officers also had crime scene tape around a nearby 7-Eleven store, but did not say if that scene was related to the shooting. wavy.com

Richmond, CA: Police Respond to Shooting at Hilltop Mall; one person wounded
Police were investigating a shooting Monday night that prompted a lockdown at Richmond's Hilltop Mall, according to Richmond police. One person suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They were unsure whether the shot was self-inflicted or if it was fired by another person. First reports of the shooting came in about 5:50 p.m., police said. One shot was fire, and no other injuries were reported. The incident started as an argument in front of the Shoe Palace store in the middle of the mall, police said. Investigators were poring over surveillance video to try to determine who fired the shot and where the suspect fled. nbcbayarea.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts


Tucson, AZ: Target evacuated following
nearby bank robbery

The Super Target on Oracle Road near Roger Road had been evacuated Monday in connection to a police situation. According to Tucson Police Department, a bank robbery occurred at a nearby Chase Bank at around 11 a.m. Monday. The suspect then fled to the Target across the street and allegedly left a suspicious package, police say. According to TPD, the suspicious package has been detonated and disposed of. kvoa.com


Coral Springs, FL: Lowe's clerk attacked
trying to stop female robber

Coral Springs police are searching for a woman who was caught on camera punching a store clerk as she robbed a Lowe's last week. Police said the woman removed an undisclosed amount of money from a cash register at the store on Turtle Creek Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. When the cashier confronted the woman as she tried to leave the store, the woman punched him in the face several times. local10.com

St Louis, MO: Woman charged with robbing three Walgreens stores
Monica M Wells, also known as Monica Williams is facing charges in two states after police said she robbed three different Walgreens stores over the course of 10 days. Wells was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in St. Louis and two counts of armed robbery in Madison County for her alleged roles in three different incidents. ksdk.com

Salisbury, DE: Food Lion shoppers subdue man accused of snatching purse, pepper-spraying victim

Youngstown, OH: Woman accused of shoplifting AK-47 pistol from Warren gun show

UK: Carlisle, England: Homeless man breaks into high-end retail House of Frazer to steal over $10,000 in in clothing and perfume

Piercing Pagoda in the Galleria at Sunset Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 3/2, item valued at $849

Zales in the Arrowhead Mall, Muskogee, OK reported a Grab & Run on 3/3, item valued at $11,469

Zales Outlet in the Premium Outlets Mall International Drive, Orlando, FL reported a Grab & Run on 3/3, item valued at $29,800

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Nassau County, NY: Former NFL prospect busted in $1M Identity Theft Ring
A former tryout for the New York Giants was among five people busted in Nassau County for an alleged million-dollar identity theft ring that prosecutors say was highly sophisticated and massive in scope. Nyantakyi Boateng, 32, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey - an undrafted wide-receiver who attended the Giants rookie mini-camp in 2010 - and his co-defendants face anywhere from five to 15 years prison. The five allegedly used stolen bank account data to pay for their car loans, rent and plane tickets.

"Over the course of a year, these defendants allegedly operated a highly sophisticated and organized loan and identity theft ring," said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. Some 20 victims in at least six states were robbed of $250,000, Singas said, but prosecutors believe other people were targeted. In all, the ring members were trying to steal more than $1 million, the DA said. nypost.com


Charlotte, NC: Man charged in slaying of Charlotte cellphone repair store owner back in NC
The man accused of murdering an east Charlotte business owner will face a judge on Tuesday. Tyrone Miller will make his first court appearance since being extradited back to Mecklenburg County following his arrest in Texas. wsoctv.com

Santa Ana, CA: Verizon store Robbery ringleader pleads guilty
10 robberies of Verizon stores in CA and AZ

The ringleader of a crew that staged 10 robberies of Verizon stores in Southern California and Arizona has pleaded guilty to federal charges and is facing a possible sentence of life in prison. Authorities say Zachary Wade of Long Beach pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy and other crimes for his role in armed holdups in 2017 and 2018 that netted some $340,000 in smartphones and other merchandise. Authorities say Wade acknowledged choosing the stores, planning the robberies and providing guns. The robberies took place in Tarzana, Torrance, Fullerton, Long Beach, Corona, San Pedro, Corona del Mar and Tucson, Arizona. Eight other Southern California men have pleaded guilty to federal crimes for their roles in the robberies. Most await sentencing. startribune.com

Jefferson City, MO: 1 of 3 Walgreen's Armed Robbers pleads guilty to theft of over 3000 Oxycodone pills


Advance Auto - Bryan, TX - Armed Robbery
Beauty Supply - Los Banos, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Dothan, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Rockford, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Hattiesburg, MS - Armed Robbery / shots fired
C-Store - Greenwood County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Luck, WI - Armed Robbery
Clothing Store - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Burglary
Comic Book store  - Merrimack, NH - Burglary
Cricket Wireless - Puyallup, WA - Burglary
Gas Station - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Greencastle, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery store - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery
Grocery  store - Rockville, MD - Robbery (Bank inside Safeway)
Lowe's - Coral Springs, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Hollywood, FL - Armed Robbery (Wendy's)
Sprint - Claremont, CA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Prairieville, LA - Burglary
Verizon - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Verizon - Peoria, IL - Robbery
Walgreens - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery (1 of 2)
7-Eleven - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
17 robberies
7 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed





Candice Caldwell named District AP Manager for Stage Inc.
Brent Cohen, CFI promoted to Global Investigations Manager for Amazon
Rizwan Mohammed promoted to Market Investigator for Target
Patrick Turner promoted to Area LP Manager in Training for Ross Stores
Andrea Buckles promoted to Division AP Assistant Manager for Kroger
Brian Wildman, CFI named Regional LP Manager for SSP America
Scott Kamlet named Regional LP Manager - Supply Chain for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Tina Larsen named LP & Safety Manager for Lowe's

Danielle Butler named Asset Protection Assistant Store Manager for Walmart

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