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Joe & Amber Discuss ORC - Part 2

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LPNN Co-MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley continue their conversation on Organized Retail Crime, discussing the importance of educating the C-Level executives at your company about ORC and partnering with law enforcement and local ORCAs to help fight the growing epidemic.




3xLOGIC Announces New Training Manager, 2019 Training Schedule, and Expanded Resources
3xLOGIC, Inc., a leading provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, today announced the company's 2019 schedule for onsite and online training. All onsite courses come with the added bonus of BICSI CECs for course completion.

Under the leadership of new Training Manager, Brandon Harless, the company continues to make significant investments in upgrading and expanding training resources during 2019. Harless is a highly motivated, dedicated Learning and Development professional. With over 15 years in the technology industry, he brings a vast array of experience. Roles in leadership, personnel management, project management, and training development and delivery have helped construct his professional DNA. Harless has taught overseas, in the classroom, and for the last 10 years has been training in the corporate environment. He will be based in the company's Indianapolis office. Congratulations Brandon! Read more here

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British Retail Consortium (BRC) Study: Retail crime is costing the industry 20% of its annual profits, or $2.5 Billion a year
Crime and crime prevention cost the retail industry 12% more in the last financial year than the year before, the annual Retail Crime Survey has revealed. Losses from customer theft rose 31% to $917M. Of those surveyed, 70% regarded the police response to retail crime as "poor" or "very poor". It noted that 115 retail employees are attacked at work every day. Knife crime was also highlighted as a growing concern.

Chief executive of the BRC Helen Dickinson said: "Violence against employees remains one of the most pressing issues retailers face, yet once again we have seen an increase in the overall number of incidents. "We hope this report will act as a catalyst for police and crime commissioners around the country to take action. Retail crime should be explicitly addressed by police and crime plans. Furthermore, parliament must play its part in stemming this tide of crime by creating a specific criminal offence to protect retail employees from assault at work, as has been done for emergency workers." drapersonline.com

Nike Hit With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Third Wave of Racial Discrimination Suits

Nike Inc.'s corporate culture continues to face legal scrutiny almost a year after CEO Mark Parker admitted to internal behavioral challenges at the brand.

Ahmer Inam, who worked as a senior director in data analytics at Nike, filed suit against the company on Tuesday alleging it racially discriminated against him, The Portland Business Journal reported.

In the suit, the third in a wave of recent litigation the firm has faced alleging discrimination, Inam claims he was denied a promotion in favor of a white executive who had less experience. He further alleges a white co-worker with similar qualifications received a salary $75,000 higher than his, the Journal reported.

Among his other claims, the former Nike executive - who joined the firm in 2016 - alleges the company subjected him to a "pattern of hostile and intimidating treatment, which differed markedly from the way [his former supervisor] treated the white members of her team." Inam also claims a former supervisor criticized employees of color, didn't value their work and "generally [treated] them like second-class citizens," per the publication.

In August 2018, less than four months after an exposé in The New York Times described a "toxic" boys' club culture at Nike, two former employees, Kelly Cahill and Sara Johnston, filed a lawsuit against the sportswear giant alleging that it "intentionally and willfully" discriminated against women with regard to pay and promotions, and that its majority-male executives fostered a hostile work environment at its Portland, Ore., headquarters. (Since then, several other women were added to the suit as plaintiffs, and the group is seeking class action status for the claim.)

A second sweeping suit came in September when three Nike shareholders sued Nike founder Phil Knight, CEO Mark Parker and former Nike brand president Trevor Edwards, as well as the company's board, alleging that they "facilitated and knowingly ignored the hostile work environment that has now harmed, and threatens to further tarnish and impair, the company's financial position." footwearnews.com

Sam's Club Now - Walmart's Answer to Amazon Go?
CEO: What We've Learned From Cashierless 'beta lab' Store

The store is smaller than the average Sam's Club, and it has zero cashiers. Customers use their smartphones and an app to shop instead.

In the past few months, Sam's Club Now has tested new features for Scan & Go's cashierless checkout system and digital shelf tags, which are seeing wider tests.

Opened in November 2018, Now is a functioning Sam's Club, 32,000 square feet warehouse store in Dallas, Texas, where Sam's Club members can shop with zero cashiers.

Instead, shoppers use the Scan & Go functionality of Sam's Club's shopping companion app, adding items to their cart both virtually and physically. After they pick their items, they scan a bar code with the host, Sam's Club's new name for the employees posted at the exits.

Still, Now has as many employees in the store as a regular Sam's Club warehouse store does, when scaled down proportionally.

"They have time to talk to you and to serve you and to help you, where before they were wrapped up" in other tasks, Furner said.

Every four to five weeks, new functionality designed to be used in Now is put into Sam's Club's shopping app. If successful, it gets rolled out to the rest of Sam's Club's almost-600-store fleet.

Examples of this is Now testing adding all products in the store to the Scan & Go service - even beer and wine - and rolling out computer vision in the app in order to identify items without needing to scan a barcode.

"It was never designed to be, from our view, a format that we would expand. If we did, we'd make that decision later, but that's not why we did it," Furner said. "It was really just to learn." businessinsider.com

New Zealand: After Mosque Attacks, Immediate Ban of 'Military-Style' Guns
Government 'buy back' program could cost $140 Million

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban Thursday on sales of "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines in the wake of a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers. Ardern said the sales ban was effective immediately to prevent stockpiling and would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws were rushed through. She said people could hand over their guns under an amnesty while officials develop a formal buyback scheme, which could cost up to 200 million New Zealand dollars ($140 million). nbcdfw.com

America's Cannabis & New Security Jobs
Part One

Green Team Opens Michigan & California Offices
to Manage Increased Marijuana Business

State & City Regulations Driving Growth for Integrators - Video -
Alarms & On Premise Guards

With the states and in California the cities setting the regulations for compliance they've been focused on three basic elements. Video, alarms, and access control. With the video storage piece being the one with the greatest variance between states. In the beginning a few were requiring up to six months of video storage. However now the general tendency is hovering around 30 - 60 - 90 days.

The one significant variance is Pennsylvania's requirement for facial recognition software.

The video principal applied seemingly nationwide is that anywhere the marijuana can be moved to or stored in must be covered by video.

As it relates to access control the states are requiring security guards in all locations. Whether it's an actual dispensary/retail store or a growth & cultivation facility. With a number of these facilities costing as much as $15 to $20 million dollars to build out. With the actual state license costing anywhere from $30k to $500K.

The application process is a lengthy extremely detailed process that requires an extensive security program/plan that could take thirty to sixty pages to complete, along with a physical security floor plan.

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Thanks to Joe Malone, Jr., of Security Resources and Tony Gallo of Sapphire Risk for assisting with this series of articles.

211,000 Marijuana Jobs in U.S. & Is Booming
Marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the US job market

The US added 64,389 full-time legal cannabis jobs in 2018, according to a new report from the cannabis website Leafly and the consultancy Whitney Economics. That represented a 44% increase in total positions, which rose to 211,000. That outpaces growth in other sectors in the job market.

And that's not counting jobs indirectly related to the marijuana industry, like lawyers, accountants, security consultants, media companies, and marketing firms. With those included, the report said, there were 296,000 payrolls in the sector last year.

The report estimated that jobs in the industry would grow by at least 110% from 2017 to 2020, outpacing what are often seen as the top sectors. Job openings in the cannabis industry listed on the careers site Glassdoor rose to 1,512 last year from 858 in 2017.  businessinsider.com

America, cannabis may be this year's brightest spot in retail.
Cannabis Sales Reach $10.5B in 2018

As of February, Colorado had 550 active retail marijuana licenses. California currently has 625 licensed retail locations, and Oregon has 606. Together, the three states alone rival the 1,981 U.S. Home Depot stores open for business as of Q3 2018. Legal in 10 states for recreation and medical usage legal in 33 states. A detailed analysis of the business itself. msn.com

The blunt truth: Cannabis retail is here - Detailed Perspective By Retail Dive

The Reality - Getting High at Work
Survey Shows 25% of Cannabis Users in Legal States Consume at Work

And it looks like a lot of you are still aren't out of the marijuana closet. A new study of cannabis users in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon found that 79 percent agree that marijuana is still viewed in a negative light.

Employers will be keen to note that one in four respondents said that they've gotten high at work, and that an equal percentage copped to using marijuana while on the job.

The study suggested that marijuana use across the population is evenly distributed in terms of age, marriage status, income, political orientation, race, and ethnicity. One area in which cannabis use skewed high was among men - the study found that cannabis users were about 60 percent male. hightimes.com

State Legalization of Marijuana Presents Thorny Issues for HR
● Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second most frequently found substance in drivers involved in fatal car accidents.

● Employees who test positive for marijuana have 55 percent more industrial accidents, 75 percent higher absenteeism and 85 percent more injuries than those who test negative for the drug
. shrm.org

Vector Security is First Alarm Company to go Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) in Roanoke, VA
Vector Security is the first alarm company to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) in the City of Roanoke, VA on March 12. ASAP is technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers. Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for alarm users and first responders:

Less phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch.

Quicker processing times. Data doesn't have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error, and faster responses.

Greater accuracy of information transmitted. Electronic transmission of data reduces chances for errors. vectorsecurity.com

StarKist Settles Tuna Price-Fixing Claims With Kroger, Others
StarKist Co. announced Friday that it has agreed to a settlement with Kroger Co. and other retailers to resolve allegations of a widespread tuna price-fixing conspiracy that have been the focus of multidistrict litigation in California federal court. StarKist didn't disclose financial details of the deal, which a Friday press release said would apply to claims brought by 33 companies, including Kroger. But the packaged seafood company said the agreement was another step toward leaving the price-fixing scandal in the past. law360.com

Report: Walmart to stop mobile price-matching
According to Business Insider, Walmart will stop offering Savings Catcher in its app on Monday, May 14. Savings Catcher enables customers to scan their Walmart receipt and have prices they paid automatically compared to advertised prices on the same items at other area retailers. If Savings Catcher detects a lower price from a competitor, it automatically issues the customer a Walmart gift card worth the total of the difference. chainstoreage.com

How Sears Lost the American Shopper
An oral history of its undoing from executives and employees who lived it

It was the 1970s and Sears was at its peak. It dominated American retailing. Its corporate headquarters was the tallest building in the world. A job at Sears was a ticket to a long and lucrative career. But rivals like Walmart were bearing down, shopping patterns were changing and Sears started making a series of wrong bets.

Over the last four decades, a succession of CEOs have tried to reinvent, reimagine and, finally, save Sears. One discussed merging with rivals Best Buy and Home Depot, talks not previously reported. Another opened the door to hedge-fund billionaire Eddie Lampert, who went on to slash spending with little investment in stores. Amid new consumer habits, technology shifts and Sears's own missteps, customers fled.

What were the turning points when it lost its grip on the American shopper? Here is the story, told by eight people who lived it (edited from interviews). Mr. Lampert, who is poised to steer a vastly shrunken Sears out of bankruptcy, declined to be interviewed. wsj.com

When Elon Musk Tried to Destroy a Tesla Whistleblower
It started with a Twitter meltdown and ended with a fake mass shooter.
A former security manager says the company also spied and spread misinformation.

By the larger-than-life standards of Elon Musk, the story was far from a blockbuster. On June 4, 2018, Business Insider reported that Tesla Inc. was scrapping or reworking 40 percent of the raw materials at the Gigafactory, its huge battery plant in the Nevada desert. The article cited a source who figured the inefficiency had cost Musk's electric car company $150 million, describing giant piles of scrap materials in the factory. Tesla denied the report, and a few hours later, the world moved on. The world, that is, except Elon Musk.

Cut to June 20. Tesla has identified the leaker as employee Martin Tripp and has sued him for $167 million. Later that day, Tripp heard from the sheriff's department in Storey County, Nev. Tesla's security department had passed a tip to police. An anonymous caller had contacted the company to say Tripp was planning a mass shooting at the Gigafactory.

When the police confronted Tripp that evening, he was unarmed and in tears. He said he was terrified of Musk and suggested the billionaire might have called in the tip himself. bloomberg.com

L.L. Bean Dodges Suit Challenging Return Policy Restrictions
A California federal judge on Thursday once again tossed a proposed class action that claims new limits on L.L. Bean Inc.'s century-old lifetime warranty violate consumer protection statutes, finding the company's most recent policy does not actually affect the customer's purchases.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said lead plaintiff William A. Shirley has not shown he was harmed by L.L. Bean's new return policy. The judge said the new one-year limitation policy that replaced the store's popular lifetime product warranty does not affect Shirley because it does not apply to purchases made before Feb. 9, 2018. law360.com

TJ Maxx Not Responsible For Shopper's Slip-And-Fall Injury
A Pennsylvania magistrate judge granted summary judgment to TJ Maxx Inc. on Friday in a shoe shopper's slip-and-fall suit, saying the shopper failed to make out a case beyond claiming that the store floor was "slippery." U.S. Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge granted summary judgment to the retailer in the suit by shopper Divya Varghese, who said that as she was trying on a pair of high-heels on April 30, 2016, a slippery floor caused her to fall. law360.com

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New: Senior Director I, Security Posted For Walmart in Bentonville, AR
Senior Director, Risk & Strategy - Global Security
In this role, you will lead major change initiatives and strategies with multi scale teams employing analytical skills with the goal of accurately forecasting current and future security risk and formulating mitigation strategies in order to minimize or avoid identified threats. This process will include collecting information from multiple sources and generating insights and analysis in the form of finished products for use by security practitioners and corporate leadership. Finished analysis will inform the process of identifying solutions and mitigation strategies which will aid business decisions regarding avoidance or minimization of security risk.

Specifically, we are looking for candidates that have a desire to design a comprehensive Risk & Strategy program that determines the strategic approach for risk mitigation that employs analytical, statistical, and other research techniques in ways to provide meaningful insights and help our business to continually become stronger, more resilient, and reduce costs. walmart.com

Walmart Career Area: Corporate - Global Investigations and Security
Our Global Investigation and Security Team ensures safety for our associates, suppliers, and our shoppers - in our stores and in our offices. They investigate potential threats and risk, uphold safety protocol and procedure, and physically patrol our facilities, responding to emergency situations as needed.


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Please join eBay's Global Asset Protection team for Connect & Collaborate 2019, our biennial opportunity to host some of the nation's leaders in combatting organized retail crime at the eBay facility in Draper, Utah, just fifteen minutes south of Salt Lake City. The event provides retailers, law enforcement, and eBay an opportunity to "Connect and Collaborate" on challenges, strategies, tools, and solutions related to organized retail crime.

More details to follow, including an agenda and suggestions for travel accommodation. Please feel free to send the invitation to any Law Enforcement or Retail Investigator that would be interested in attending!

Please send your RSVP by April 1st, with number and names of attendees, to: proact@ebay.com

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EUROPOL Press Release

Collaboration is a Worldwide Effort in order to Stop Transnational Organized Crime
Law enforcement agencies across the EU prepare for major cross-border cyber-attacks

The possibility of a large-scale cyber-attack having serious repercussions in the physical world and crippling an entire sector or society, is no longer unthinkable. To prepare for major cross-border cyber-attacks, an EU Law Enforcement Emergency Response Protocol has been adopted by the Council of the European Union. The Protocol gives a central role to Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and is part of the EU Blueprint for Coordinated Response to Large-Scale Cross-Border Cybersecurity Incidents and Crises1. It serves as a tool to support the EU law enforcement authorities in providing immediate response to major cross-border cyber-attacks through rapid assessment, the secure and timely sharing of critical information and effective coordination of the international aspects of their investigations.

In 2017, the unprecedented WannaCry and NotPetya cyber-attacks underlined the extent to which incident-driven and reactive responses were insufficient to address rapidly evolving cybercriminal modus operandi effectively.

It strives to complement the existing EU crisis management mechanisms by streamlining transnational activities and facilitating collaboration with the relevant EU and international players, making full use of Europol's resources.
It further facilitates the collaboration with the network and information security community and relevant private sector partners. europa.eu

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform using Tor or l2P

The DOJ Refuses to Let Them Hide
Bringing Foreign Hackers to Justice
Companies & Government Wait Years For Extradition Processes

Companies that suffer cyberattacks from hackers abroad often wait years before suspects are extradited and move through the U.S. legal system.

Legal and political battles slow extradition, say former federal prosecutors and investigators. Obstacles include managing political relations with foreign governments, seeking approval from foreign judges and tracking down hackers who live in countries that don't cooperate with the U.S. Investigators use tactics such as monitoring social media for signs of a suspect's movements and trying to persuade local judges that specific individuals are a threat.

U.S. authorities monitor suspects' online activity and try to figure out when they are travelling to a country that may be likely to extradite them, Mr. Horn said.

U.S. officials sometimes win cooperation from accused hackers who turn each other in, said, Arkady Bukh, a New York-based lawyer who has represented Russians accused of hacking.

Defendants in a handful of high-profile cases recently were brought to the U.S. to be tried for crimes several years old. These include a 2012 cyberattack against
LinkedIn and a fraud scheme dating back to 2014 that exploited eBay Inc.

"The Department of Justice refuses to allow cybercriminals who commit crimes against U.S. citizens to use the perceived anonymity of the Internet or their location in a foreign country as a shield for their crimes," a Justice Department spokeswoman said in an email. cybersecurity.cmail20.com

What the CFOs are reading
Vendor Risk: The Second-Class Citizen of Cybersecurity

Here's how companies can give vendor risk management the attention it deserves for warding off cyber attacks.

Other than in the heavily regulated banking and health care industries, vendor risk management remains cybersecurity's second-class citizen, getting far less attention than it deserves.

Attacks originating from insecure vendors and other third parties generate more than half of reported breaches, yet
most companies under-address that source of vulnerability.

Target's breach in 2013 via an insecure HVAC vendor popularized the notion that a company is only as secure as its weakest link. The incident was a catalyst for the development of the vendor risk management (VRM) programs in place today. However, other factors also drive the need for VRM.

For one, data privacy regulations require companies to carefully track sensitive data entrusted to vendors and carry huge penalties for non-compliance.

No two vendor risk management programs are alike. The factors to consider in assessing the maturity of a VRM program include:

Risks covered. Cybersecurity is one risk, but how likely is the vendor to go bankrupt? What safeguards are in place to minimize reputational risk or events that could compromise brand value? Does the vendor comply with sanctions regulations?

Process ownership. Mature programs have clear process ownership, with committee representation from across the organization.

Vendor coverage. Many companies lack a comprehensive inventory of their vendors. The 80/20 rule applies to vendor risk management, so the vendor list should be bucketed into tiers, with greater resources applied to the more sensitive ones.

Coverage persistence. Stage of involvement.

Why Is It Such a Challenge?

Cyber risk ratings services are revolutionizing VRM by offering a scalable, cost-effective means of continuously monitoring the security posture of vendors. These firms measure all the risk factors that are visible from the outside, and can even predict a data breach. These services promote cyber transparency that can influence B2B market share. cfo.com

VIDEO: Ex-RSA Chair Weighs in on the 2019 State of Security
Retired RSA Chairman Art Coviello is optimistic about the rise of privacy and the progression in how enterprises secure their critical, expanded networks. But he also has significant concerns.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, Coviello discusses: The state of the industry; Threats that concern him most; Encouraging security technologies. govinfosecurity.com

Houseware Maker's Finger Scans Violate Illinois' Biometric Law: Suit
At least 200 employees of a Chicago-based home products manufacturer are required to scan their fingerprint for timekeeping purposes without giving the company informed consent under the state's biometric privacy law, according to an Illinois state court suit filed Monday.

Raul Pedroza's lawsuit claims Home Products International Inc., whose Homz houseware products are sold by major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, collects its employees' biometric information through a fingerprint scanner for timekeeping and worker authentication. But the company never provided its workers the information regarding its collection, storage, use, and destruction that Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act requires so they could give informed consent to the data collection, his suit says. law360.com

Combatting DNS Hijacking Requires Improved DNS Security
DNSSEC authentication helps to ensure that a compromised DNS server won't send you to a hijacked server when you point a browser to a specific domain name.

Global DNS hijacking is becoming an increasingly troublesome security threat for the entire Internet. Calls for secure domain authentication using DNSSEC specifications have been ongoing for years. But while added security is a step in the right direction, we all must understand that a huge portion of our Internet security lays at the feet of a single, private entity called the Internet Corporation for Assignable Names and Numbers (ICANN). networkcomputing.com



Online retail fuelling rapid rise in sales of fake goods, says OECD
Counterfeits worth $590B a year made up 3.3% of global trade in 2016, report finds

The rise of online platforms for buying and selling goods has fuelled a rapid increase in fake merchandise sold around the world, the value of which has reached $590bn (£384.4bn) a year, according to a report.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union's intellectual property office (EUIPO) found illicit goods, from designer handbags to luxury watches, accounted for as much as 3.3% of total international trade in 2016, up from 2.5% ($461bn) in 2013.

The surge, identified using the latest available customs seizure data from the EU and several other border forces around the world, came even as global trade volumes fell over the same period, suggesting a rapid escalation in trading of fake goods.

Customs officials noted the most frequently seized imported fakes were items of footwear, followed by clothing, leather goods and IT equipment, with postal parcels the most popular way to ship counterfeit and pirated products.

The boom in fakes comes as technology makes it easier to buy and sell goods online, with the report highlighting "digital platforms which help connect supply and demand globally" as having a particular impact. theguardian.com

New Malvertising Attacks Highlight Growing Risk of Ad Fraud
The next time you're tempted to click on an online ad, think again. That innocent-looking ad for a reduced price Spring Break vacation might actually be part of a sophisticated malvertising attack. The latest malvertising ad fraud technique, highlighted by researchers at Devcon, involves polyglot images used by advanced groups of cyber criminals.

What makes these polyglot images such an effective form of malvertising ad fraud is that they do not require an external script to extract the malicious payload. The decoder script unlocks the hidden malvertising and redirects the unassuming victim to third-party phishing sites controlled by the cyber criminals. Typically, these third-party sites involve promotions like a "Spin the Wheel" game to win a gift card or other reward. In one example shared by Devcon, for example, the promotion was for a $1,000 Walmart gift card.

In a worst-case scenario, of course, this malvertising ad fraud might extend all over the Internet, thereby degrading the experience for any online user who spends time on any website owned by an online publisher. Moreover, if users wake up to this malvertising scam and simply decide to stop clicking on any ad (fearful that any new ad might be a form of ad fraud), then it could have serious repercussions for the entire online advertising space. cpomagazine.com

February's warm weather prompts strongest online sales in 6 months
According to the latest eRetail Sales Index by IMRG and Capgemini, online retail sales in February increased by 9.4 per cent year-on-year. This is a marked improvement on the 7.7 per cent year-on-year growth that was recorded for the month of January. retailgazette.co.uk

Instagram enters the retail race




Phoenix, AZ: 3 women accused of stealing $21,000 worth of alcohol in Phoenix, Scottsdale
Court documents state that the 3 women were arrested after they were seen on surveillance video stealing multiple high dollar bottles of liquor from a Safeway in Scottsdale. Police said multiple Safeway locations in Scottsdale reported a total of over $21,000 in loss with over seven different thefts. When the three were arrested, the vehicle used in previous thefts was parked outside the Safeway. When officers looked inside the vehicle they found more bottles of expensive liquor that Safeway valued at $10,000 combined. Safeway told police they had over 30 extra loss prevention officers working in the north Phoenix and Scottsdale area due to the recurring thefts. azfamily.com

Pittsfield, MA: MSP Troopers, Pittsfield Police Arrest Two Suspects in $2,000 Shoplifting Scheme; 1 suspect has warrant in AZ
Police were seeking two male suspects who fled after attempting to return stolen merchandise worth nearly $2,000 to a Walmart. Following a short Police chase, Arnold Chapman and Shannon Brown were arrested. During the booking process, Troopers located $4,210 in cash on Brown, who stated that he was unemployed and just passing through Massachusetts. Further investigation revealed that Brown and the second suspect, Chapman, were allegedly involved in a shoplifting scheme in North Adams and Pittsfield. Troopers also determined that Brown was the subject of a Phoenix, Arizona warrant charging him with the crime of fraudulent schemes, artifices and theft. Troopers notified Arizona authorities of Brown's arrest, and they indicated their intention to expedite him to face charges in their state. live959.com

Boise, ID: Man facing 18 felonies in string of computer thefts
A Boise man was arrested Wednesday after investigators say they linked him to a series of computer thefts at a local business. Antony Alzola, 49, faces one felony charge of grand theft and 17 felony charges of burglary in the case. According to Boise Police, the business notified officers that one of their computers had been stolen in February. Police were able to locate the stolen computer after a person who had purchased it online called the business asking for a code to unlock it. ktvb.com

Lexington, KY: Police recover $1,500 in stolen quarters
A chunk of change, a handful of suspects, and a whole heap of trouble. Authorities in Kentucky recovered nearly $1,500 in quarters they say were stolen from coin-operated air pumps. Five people are facing charges in a spate of air-pump robberies going back months. The coin caper came to an end Sunday when police say they saw a man taking money from a gas station air machine. Officers say when they pulled the man and his girlfriend over, ten dollars in quarters fell out of the man's lap. A vehicle search turned up hundred more dollars in change, plus a stolen license plate and tools. The ensuing investigation led authorities to charge the three additional suspects. wfla.com

Update: $5K of merchandise bought with stolen credit card in Newport News traced to Russian city
A credit card reported stolen in Newport News was used to buy more than $5,500 worth of merchandise at a local Best Buy, which police say has been traced to Russia. Newport News police say they were notified about a city resident's credit card being stolen on Jan. 31, which she said was taken from her wallet at a Costco. Police say they learned the card was used at a local Best Buy to purchase more than $5,500 worth of merchandise, and the merchandise has since been traced to a city in Russia. wavy.com

St Francis, WI: Police search for Pick 'n Save baby formula thief who has hit multiple stores

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Shootings & Deaths

Mount Vernon, WA: Shoplifting suspect killed fleeing Police
A shoplifting suspect has died after being struck by a vehicle while fleeing police. Mount Vernon police were called to the Walmart on Freeway Drive after a reported shoplifting just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A witness saw a male fitting the shoplifter's description, carrying a plastic bag, just south of the store. When an officer contacted the suspect, he fled on foot. The officer pursued the suspect and deployed his stun gun as the man began to run across Freeway Drive. The suspect fell to the ground and was struck by a southbound driver. The suspect died at the scene. komonews.com

Fort Worth, TX: Murder suspect caught in Gainesville, TX after shooting Fort Worth Liquor store employee
A man accused of fatally shooting a store attendant during a robbery in Fort Worth on Wednesday was later apprehended in Gainesville, police said. Officers were called just before 11 a.m. to the 4600 block of Benbrook Highway, where they found a man dead from a gunshot wound. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office identified the man as Aszal Barhai, 51, of Hurst. Police said a man had shot and killed Barhai during a robbery, then fled the scene. nbcdfw.com

Sandy, UT: Suspected gunman in fatal C-Store shooting found dead
near Sandy school

The suspected gunman in a fatal shooting at a Midvale convenience store was found dead in Sandy following a late-night chase with police. Jose Luis Garcia, 24, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and his car rolled through the fence of Peruvian Park Elementary School, and down a steep hill into a field, police said. It was not known Thursday if Garcia shot himself before he crashed, but Unified Police. The incident began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Maverik, 7720 S. Main in Midvale. Ray Paul Willie Vasquez, 40, had just bought a drink and was sitting in the driver's seat of his car when a black Jeep Wrangler pulled up and parked next to the victim on the passenger side, Gray said. The driver of the Jeep, Garcia, got out of his vehicle and shot and killed Vasquez, she said. Investigators say the men knew each other and do not believe the attack was random. deseretnews.com

Chamblee, GA: Gunman on the run after strip mall shooting
A shooting at a Chamblee strip mall early Thursday morning sent one man to the hospital. The gunfire rang out after 1 a.m. Thursday at the Little Saigon strip mall in the 4100 Block of Buford Highway. Arriving police officers found a man, described in his late twenties to early thirties, having been shot in the parking lot. fox5atlanta.com

Las Vegas, NV: Auto Zone Robbery suspect shot by Police reached for his gun
The man shot and injured by Metro Police on Saturday is identified as 20-year-old Steven Aguirre. During a Wednesday news briefing, police said Aguirre was a suspect in an Auto Zone armed robbery and was shot when he reached for his gun. Aguirre is currently hospitalized. According to Assistant Sheriff Zimmerman, officers issued verbal commands at gunpoint for Aguirre to put his hands up, turn around and get on his knees. Video from officers' body worn cameras shows Aguirre complying. "When Aguirre was on the ground, he attempted standing up and pulling his firearm out holster on his right hip. Officer Milanovic fired one round striking Aguirre in the left thigh." lasvegasnow.com

St Croix, USVI: Man shot dead inside Grocery Store as violent Crime Re-Escalated
in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Wednesday night's shooting brought the total territory-wide to four since Sunday, three of which occurred in St. Thomas, a re-escalation in violent crime since the January flare up that left five people dead on St. Croix. viconsortium.com

Nashville, TN: Second suspect arrested in O'Reilly Auto Parts shooting

Robberies & Thefts

Hackensack, NJ: Suspects in NJ Burglary ring make court appearance; hit over 20 Cellphone and cosmetic stores
A burglary ring that hit more than 20 cellphone and cosmetic stores throughout New Jersey yielded $300,000 in stolen goods, prosecutors revealed Wednesday as the first wave of suspects appeared in Superior Court. The caper spanned from late November through March and ended last Thursday, when a coalition of state agencies announced the arrest of 10 people from New Jersey, New York and Illinois. Authorities charged the group with committing 27 burglaries in eight counties, including several in Bergen County that shattered the glass storefronts at Verizon and AT&T stores in East Rutherford, Ridgewood, Paramus and Lodi. northjersey.com

Chino, CA: 3 Arrested in SoCal Bike Shop Robbery, critical injuries to the Store Manager

Duncanville, TX: North Texas Stores Raided, CBD Products Seized

Oklahoma City, OK: 19-year-old Arrested in connection to Armed Robberies at Walmart, CVS and a Donut shop



New Orleans, LA: Jury convicts gunman in N.O. East gas station murder
An Orleans Parish jury Tuesday night convicted the shooter in a 2017 New Orleans East gas station murder. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated 50 minutes before finding Charles Monroe, 36, guilty as charged of second-degree murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Lance McCormick. The same jury acquitted Monroe of a second charge of obstructing justice in a homicide investigation. The verdicts were announced around 10:10 p.m. Monroe faces a mandatory lifetime prison term when Criminal District Judge Paul Bonin imposes his sentence on March 29. fox8live.com

Evansville, IN: Teen found guilty of murder, other charges in death of Kevin Colon last year
A jury finds a teenager guilty in a deadly shooting last July in Evansville. Sixteen-year-old Paris Cornell was found guilty of murder and attempted robbery in the death of 23-year-old Kevin Colon. Colon was shot and killed at Sam's Food Mart on Washington Avenue. Sixteen-year-old Jahkei Mitchell has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to two years in prison. Cornell has been found guilty for a firearm enhancement charge that could add five to 20 years to his sentence. tristatehomepage.com


AT&T - Fairfax County, VA - Burglary
Auto Parts - Middleton, WI - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Monticello, AR - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Williams, OR - Armed Robbery
CVS - Lancaster County, PA - Robbery
CVS - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Niles, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Tulare County, CA - Burglary
Liquor - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot, killed
Liquor - Newtown Township, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Jefferson City, MO - Burglary
Spa - Laconia, NH - Armed Robbery (3rd x in 3 months)
Walmart Neighborhood Market - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Tucson, AZ - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Crofton, MD - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
15 robberies
5 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killed


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