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Ethan Sommer promoted to Director of Technology - Asset Protection & Corporate Security for Target

Ethan has been with Target for nearly four and a half years, starting with the company in 2015 as Director Engineering - Container as a Service and External Cloud. Before being promoted to Director of Technology - Assets Protection & Corporate Security, he spent over a year as Director Technology - Asset Protection & Legal Affairs. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Code 42 Software, Gustavus Adolphus College, and IBM. Congratulations, Ethan!

Frank Benesz, LPC named Central Investigations Manager for Bloomingdale's

Before being named Central Investigations Manager for Bloomingdale's, Frank spent nearly 20 years with Sears, starting with the company as Territory Loss Prevention Manager in 2000 and holding various LP/AP roles with the company, including Divisional LP Manager, District LP Manager, Market Asset & Profit Protection Manager, and National Manager AP Learning & Development. Earlier in his career, he spent 13 years as Vice President of Loss Prevention for Tops Appliance City. Congratulations, Frank!

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LP/AP Leaders:
Take Part in NRF's 2020 LP Risk Survey

Help Support the Industry - Receive $10 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card

The NRF LP Council is asking for LP & AP leaders' participation in NRF's 2020 LP Risk Survey. The results are critical to help NRF produce our annual National Retail Security Survey (NRSS), along with additional content regarding our Organized Retail Crime Survey including cyber issues. In light of world events, we have also added a few question on retailer preparation on Pandemics like the Coronavirus.

(A PDF copy of the 2020 survey is available here for your convenient use prior to clicking on the active link below)

3 reasons to contribute besides the need for our LP Council to drive this research:

1. Your participation is important: Without you, we're missing an important piece of the retail industry. This data has proven to be an invaluable benchmarking tool to the retail community and law enforcement partners for many years. Your answers will be completely anonymous and analyzed in combination with other responses - your participation ensures benchmarks are representative of the retail industry.

2. It's easy: The survey should take only 20 minutes to complete.

3. What's in it for you: In addition to receiving benchmarking data specific to the retail industry, we'll send you a $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card as a thank you for completing the survey in full.

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRFRiskSurvey2020

ADT Provides Update on Maintaining the Safety of Our Customers and Employees During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT), a leading provider of security, automation, and smart home solutions serving consumer and business customers in the United States, today provided an update on the measures it is taking to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis.

"As COVID-19 is testing our nation's resolve, it's also bringing out the best in many people and businesses, and this is especially true at ADT. Since we began preparing for the potential impact of COVID-19, I've seen a tremendous outpouring of compassion and commitment from our team members to support each other and help keep our customers safe," said
Jim DeVries, President and CEO at ADT. "With the hard work of the ADT team and the support of state and local governments, we remain open for business and continue to secure our more than 6 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country." adt.com

Mission 500 Names ADT Winner of 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Mission 500, a charitable non-profit organization engaging security professionals to assist families in crisis across the USA, has announced the winners of its
annual Humanitarian and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards. This year's recipients are George Fletcher, President of DMF Consulting and ADT, respectively.

With a dedicated Week of Service and many events throughout the course of the year including Seasons of Service events around the holidays, ADT provides numerous opportunities for its employees to participate in community service. During the 2019 Week of Service, thousands of ADT employees and their families donated over 22,000 volunteer hours, impacting nearly 200 communities nationwide. In 2019, the company presented LifeSaver awards to 46 ADT employees who helped rescue customers from near-death experiences involving fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other emergencies in the home. ADT also awarded $105,000 in grants in 2019 to more than a dozen police and fire departments that were involved in these events.

At ADT's Corporate Headquarters in Boca Raton, FL, employees assembled 1,000 Care Kits for veterans and donated over 15,000 pounds of food as part of a food drive in November. Also, in 2019, ADT contributed $40,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council and several volunteer departments to raise awareness and recruit more volunteer firefighters across America. mission500.com

Coronavirus Update: March 26

US: 75K+ Cases, 1,069 Dead -- Globally: 489K+ Cases, 22K+ Dead


Retailers Win In Stimulus Bill

Retail came up as a big, but very subtle, winner in the economic stimulus package passed by the Senate last night (March 25) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While most of the focus has been on the $1,200 payout to consumers, retailers will also gain from the bill's
revision of two key points from the 2017 tax bill.

The first change prevented retailers and restaurants from depreciating building improvements within a tax year. It was meant to be the opposite in the 2017 bill, but was never fixed until last night. Now retailers can depreciate business improvements within a year, instead of waiting for 39 years, which is how the bill read.

The second fix concerns deductions for net operating losses. In the 2017 law, the intention was to limit the ability of firms to claim tax breaks that occur when deductions exceed income. But they didn't mean to apply that limitation retroactively. The fix will allow loss carrybacks for up to five prior years. When retailers now use losses to offset prior taxes paid, they can still file revenue from when they were profitable without forfeiting refund checks.

The economic stimulus bill will also make it easier to keep employees. It includes an
employee retention tax credit on wages up to $10,000 per employee per quarter. Retailers must have fully or partially suspended operations and suffered a significant decline in revenues to qualify. pymnts.com

Unemployment Claims Skyrocket to New Historic Record
Weekly claims for unemployment insurance rose to
3,283,000 between March 15 and 22, spiking from the 281,000 applications for jobless benefits filed between March 8 and 14.

The flood of jobless claims has overwhelmed state unemployment application systems across the U.S. and threatened to crush municipal budgets facing stark revenue shortfalls. The one-week rise in jobless claims shattered the record of 695,000 applications set in October 1982.

"This morning's jobless claims confirm that the United States is in the thralls of a
catastrophic unemployment crisis, the likes of which we haven't seen since the Great Depression," said Andrew Stettner, senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank. "This represents the single worst one-day piece of labor market news in America's history." thehill.com

America's First Responders Testing Positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus Continue to Hit NYPD: Over 300 NYPD cops test positive
More than 300 cops have tested positive for the coronavirus - with many more are awaiting test results for the pandemic COVID-19 as the illness continues to spread through the NYPD, officials said Thursday. nypost.com

12 LAPD officers test positive for coronavirus

At least 9 Chicago officers have now tested positive for coronavirus

Five New Orleans PD cops contract coronavirus, more quarantined

At least 2 San Francisco PD officers test positive for COVID-19; SFPD responds

2nd cop in Miami-Dade County tests positive for coronavirus

'Unspecified Number' Of Members Of Philadelphia PD Test Positive For COVID-19

Retail Layoffs & Furloughs

Tailored Brands Cuts Senior-Manager Pay, Furloughs Staff and Extends Store Closures

Nordstrom Will Furlough Some Corporate Employees

Designer Brands furloughs over 80% of employees

CVS tapping furloughed hotel workers to fill jobs

US Foods responds to COVID-19 with hiring freeze, furloughs, and shift to retail

Restaurants turn to retail during pandemic shutdown
As the clampdown on commerce spreads due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants have gotten creative in an effort to replace dine-in revenue. Many have simply transitioned to takeout-only models, serving their usual menu (or a slightly abbreviated version) through delivery services or direct pickup from customers. Quite a few have begun to sell alcohol on a takeout basis as well. And some restaurants are going so far as to change their entire business model by transitioning to retail. ajc.com

4th Avenue & Fresh Value in Alabama Installed Sneeze Guards & Floor Decals
At the company's 4th Avenue Supermarket & Fresh Value banners in Alabama, six-foot social distancing floor decals and sneeze guards were installed weeks ago in preparation for the COVID-19 outbreak now unfolding across the country, according to a company loss prevention executive. These locations were "way ahead" of other chains across the U.S. in implementing the measures, the executive noted.

As the coronavirus outbreak has become more widespread in the U.S., other big retailers, including Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons, have followed suit and enacted similar social distancing measures to protect store employees and customers.

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New York's coronavirus death toll jumps 100 in just one day to 385

NYC outlines street closures to promote 'social distancing' during coronavirus shutdown

Coronavirus is a Waffle House 'Index Red': Restaurant chain shutters 418 stores

Hanover Township, PA: Gerrity's Supermarket has to throw out $35K of produce and meat after woman coughs on it

Stores banning reusable bags, putting up shields to keep workers safe

'Total disregard for people's lives': Hundreds of thousands of fake masks flooding markets as coronavirus depletes world supplies

Iowa Attorney General calls major companies to step up to prevent price-gouging

Real ID license deadline pushed back one year to Oct. 1, 2021

Industry Associations' Coronavirus Response

ASA, RILA Address Need for Retail Workers During COVID-19
American Staffing Association and the Retail Industry Leaders Association are joining forces to offer an innovative solution to address the immediate, acute need to fill openings for retail workers at essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies that provide critical services during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASA now provides an online, searchable directory to connect RILA member retailers to ASA member staffing agencies that can fill high-demand roles like warehouse workers; store clerks for unloading, stocking, cleaning, and sanitizing; cashiers and greeters; forklift selectors and pickers; and delivery drivers. The directory is also available on the RILA COVID-19 resources for retailers website. rila.org

SIA & ASIS International Develop COVID-19 Webinar Programs;
Seeking Speakers/Experts

Security Industry Association (SIA) and ASIS International are co-developing a webinar series to provide essential training and informational content on COVID-19 responses for security practitioners, systems integrators and employees of companies providing solutions and services within the security industry. Webinar program content will be delivered in the near future and will be freely available to SIA and ASIS members. sdmmag.com

Electronic Security & Life Safety Industry Associations call on state leadership to ensure essential emergency services are not suspended or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

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The Psychology Of Leading In Uncertain Times

Stepping up in the coronavirus era

From global boardrooms to small start-ups, right now there is a demand across all workplaces for level-headedness, empathy, and effective leadership. Are there causes for concern? Absolutely. From hitting numbers, to juggling family responsibilities, and the economic outlook, more burning questions keep emerging every day.

As we know, unpredictability is bad for business and team morale, and coronavirus is causing tremendous uncertainty in our work and private lives. Yet, adding to the confusion is not going to solve any of these problems. Nor is it going to contribute to the recovery of our businesses, economy, or our health and happiness.

In unsettled times, leaders must take a closer look at their own behavior and ask if they are contributing to the panic. Or are we leading our teams and our communities into a more productive conversation?

Now more than ever, most leaders understand the importance of stepping up and demonstrating responsibility. But, where to start?  oliverwyman.com

Kentucky Senate Committee approves raising felony threshold for theft charges; $500 to $1,000
A bill that would increase the monetary threshold on felony theft charges passed a Senate committee Thursday, although the bill faced opposition from the Fraternal Order to Police. House Bill 424 is sponsored by Rep. C. Ed Massey, a Hebron Republican. Currently, a charge of theft by unlawful taking becomes a felony when the value of the stolen items exceeds $500. Massey's bill would increase the amount to $1,000.
Massey, an attorney, told the Senate Judiciary Committee the majority of cases he has worked with clients who are charged with theft over $500 "were always resolved" with plea agreements and the charge was amended to a misdemeanor.

Cases of theft by unlawful taking over $500 take "a lot of time on the docket, a lot of time in court, and (they were) being resolved as misdemeanors anyway," Massey said. The idea behind the bill is to keep people who are not career criminals who had a single theft over $500 from being saddled with a felony record for the rest of their lives, he said. Drew Fox, government affairs director for the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, said the bill would give a "pay raise" to people who commit theft by allowing them to steal larger dollar amounts without fear of a felony charge. messenger-inquirer.com

Target comp sales up over 20%, but expects more than $300M million in added Q1 costs

The UK Jewellery Awards 2020 moves from July 2 to September 3, 2020

Business Schools Are Offering One-Year MBAs for Those in a Rush

LP Job: Manager, Asset Protection Solutions Supply Chain job posted for Walgreens in Windsor, WI
Develops, recommends and implements programs, procedures, techniques, and equipment, which will ensure the safety and security of DC and Central Pharmacy facility employees. Proactively identifies, investigates and reports potential and actual exposure to loss of Company assets. Develops means to minimize risk, ensure compliance to Company policy and provide guidance to DC store/personnel on detecting and preventing loss.

Establishes and maintains communication avenues with Distribution Center Management, Store and District Management, the Loss Prevention Department, and other Company and outside agencies to ensure that established Asset Protection goals and objectives are met to minimize loss of profits. jobs.walgreens.com

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New Risk Edition of Tom's Tek Tips Launches in D&D Daily

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Mar. 25, 2020) - Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK and author of the weekly mini-column Tom's Tek Tips, published in the D&D Daily, introduces a new edition on mitigating risk.

Tom's Tek Tips are bite-sized lessons on technology focusing on retail asset protection. Each tip is written so that it can be read in under 30 seconds. The new Tom's Tek Tip: Risk Edition will focus on tips for mitigating physical and cybersecurity risks that many business professionals are faced with and which are heightened during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

"The column was designed to provide quick insights around the challenges LP professionals face and ways to protect themselves." said Gus Downing, publisher and editor of the D&D Daily. "Pulling from his broad experience in risk management, physical security, investigations and data analytics, Tom delivers ways to keep us armed for what's ahead."

"This unprecedented time has us all faced with unique business challenges, said Meehan. "I think it is important, now more than ever, we come together and care for one another. I hope these tips provide value to retail LP professionals as we prepare for and mitigate the everchanging trends in physical and cybersecurity."

Tom's Tek Tip: Risk Edition will be published every Tuesday in the D&D Daily beginning next Tuesday, March 31st.






COVID-19: Getting Ready for the Next Business Continuity Challenge

What comes after you've empowered your remote workforce in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic? Dealing with a large portion of that workforce getting sick at the same time.

Business continuity planning (or resiliency) consists of preparing for how to operate if we lose our technology, facilities, or people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, so far, we are mostly dealing with losing our facility and having to have employees work remotely. What could come next? How do we prepare to deal with a large portion of our workforce getting sick at the same time and requiring isolation?

Generally, the solution for the loss of personnel is cross-training and documentation, but many companies function on tribal knowledge and relationships. This can work fine when everything is normal, but when we start to lose key resources (those human routers that know how to connect to critical institutional knowledge), we need documented processes to reference.

Once you identify the folks who are the only ones who know how to keep a key technology or process running, you need to determine if you can get someone cross-trained and then use that training to document the function. If cross-training will not work, then the individual will have to automate or document everything needed to ensure continuity of operations. I have found this to be one of the hardest challenges but, considering the current pandemic, would say now is the time to pull your critical human and technology resources off of current operations, before you have to develop a crisis management plan instead.

Support phone trees for key functions are vital. It is important to know who the experts are for different key functions. This could include third parties and vendors. darkreading.com

NIST Updates and Expands Its Flagship Catalog of Information System Safeguards
Revision to SP 800-53 includes more useful safeguards for protecting system security and privacy

After your organization forms a general plan for tackling its cybersecurity and privacy risk management issues, it needs particular state-of-the-art tools to make that plan a reality. Computer security and privacy experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have the answer with an updated toolbox of safeguards for protecting an organization's operations and assets, as well as the personal privacy of individuals.

NIST Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-53 Revision 5, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations, is a collection of hundreds of specific measures for strengthening the systems, component products and services that underlie the nation's businesses, government and critical infrastructure. One of NIST's flagship risk management publications, the document is undergoing its first update in seven years, and the agency is accepting public comments on the draft until May 15, 2020. nist.gov

How CSOs Can Strategically Keep Security on the Map, Part 2
This series is focused on a step-by-step approach for security leaders to design, implement and measure a physical security program that supports organizational priorities and operates with buy-in from organization's leadership team. The first installment covered the key steps of understanding the organization's business drivers and quantifying risk.

AdvertisementEstablish Relationships with Key Business Leaders
It is crucial to understand the political dynamics in the organization and establish strategic relationships. In most organizations, the most influential roles are those which own Profit and Loss and through their responsibilities drive revenue and create shareholder value. These include business unit leaders, division presidents, the CEO and other executives.

Physical security provides an internal service to the organization; the key business leaders (and their teams) are your "customers." You should meet with these business leaders to discuss your mandate. Some of them might not even know what physical security is, how much funding it receives, and how it helps or impacts their group. These internal customers need to understand and concur with a yearly Service Level Agreement (SLA), which details what programs and/or services your team will provide on a yearly basis.

Your ultimate objective is to build relationships with these individuals and determine the best way to articulate the value of your security programs - the indispensable ways in which the security team serves and protects their key functions and operations.

Suggested Topics and Questions to Discuss with Key Business Leaders

What are their goals, business drivers, observations and KPIs?

What are their priorities?

What are the costs of operational downtime?

What kind of events/incidents have been disruptive in the past? What type of disruptions did they cause (e.g., costs, delays, injuries, etc.)?

What factors determine when a new supplier is engaged? To what extent are suppliers replaceable, and what kind of lead time is needed? Who and how are suppliers vetted? Are any suppliers/facilities single-sourced (e.g., component made only in one place) or mission-critical?

Formulate Your Short-Term, Intermediate and Long-Term Objectives into a Plan
As you create and document your security programs, it is crucial to relate your objectives to the organization's strategic objectives. Include timelines, associated costs, potential delays or pitfalls, projected benefits and ROI and the KPIs that will be used to measure success. Focus most on the short-term aspects but relate them to the longer-term components - for example, ongoing intelligence-gathering activities as a foundation for future business continuity and crisis management planning.

Click here to read Part 1. securitymagazine.com




Cannabis sales hit new highs in US and Canada

Cannabis shops listed as 'essential services', allowed to remain open

Cannabis sales are touching new highs as customers across the US and Canada stockpile weed to prepare for long spells of isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Between March 16 and March 22, sales of recreational cannabis across key US markets, including California, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, were up 50 percent and medical marijuana sales rose 41 percent from the same period last year, figures obtained from cannabis point of sale and data platform Flowhub show.

Several US states and Canadian provinces have taken steps to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus by issuing stay at home orders, restricting business operations, or closing down borders as death toll in both countries approaches 600. While many businesses have been ordered shut, cannabis stores have been listed as essential services and allowed to remain open. nypost.com

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect The Cannabis Industry
As difficult as it is to think about the cannabis industry and reform movement at a time like this, the reality is that the coronavirus' impact on our economy and society is also impacting cannabis, with the effects likely to get significantly worse in the coming weeks and potentially months.

Protect Patients First
It should go without saying that medical cannabis patients are the most vulnerable cannabis consumers, and the most at risk of serious complications from Covid-19. Dispensaries must take care to protect their patients, and states must enact emergency regulations designed to help businesses serve patients without compromising their health.

As states force the closure of more and more businesses to enforce social distancing, medical cannabis dispensaries should be treated like other essential businesses such as pharmacies and grocery stores. The lives of thousands of patients depend on it. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

2020: Medical Cannabis Legalization
According to the National Institute of Cannabis Investors, 33 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes and 11 states have legalized the plant's recreational use. It's only a matter of time before more states follow suit and legalize cannabis to treat medical patients in their state, attract out-of-state tourists, and stimulate their economy. Two states that are likely to legalize medical marijuana in 2020 are Nebraska and Mississippi.

Although the outbreak of the coronavirus has interrupted the economies of many of the states in which cannabis has been legalized, it appears that cannabis sales are surging. So far, it is yet to be seen how the virus will impact the legalization efforts of states across the country. Read more here

Cannabis Industry Leaders Worldwide Unite to Address Health and Economic Crisis
Amidst the global COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing cancellation of worldwide conferences, New Frontier Data, the authority in data, analytics and business intelligence on the global cannabis industry, unites industry leaders from the four corners of the globe for a one-day virtual meeting to discuss new realities for one of the world's fastest growing industries. Global Cannabis Town Hall: New Economic Realities will be held virtually on April 2, 2020 and is presented in collaboration with international partners ExpoCannaBiz (Latin America), CannaTech (Middle East and Asia Pacific), New West Summit (North America), RASB Media (Europe) and CannabisBPO.

Click here to get an access pass for the event. businesswire.com

Reading the Tea Leaves: Looking at the History of Hemp and CBD to Predict the Future




Amazon and eBay failing to stop coronavirus profiteering, according to investigation

Despite promises by both Amazon Marketplace and eBay to crack down on coronavirus-profiteering, a Which? investigation has found plenty of sellers charging inflated prices for goods such as hand sanitiser

Online retailers Amazon Marketplace and eBay are struggling to deal with the scourge of coronavirus-profiteering, as unscrupulous sellers and hoarders try to offload items such as hand sanitiser, cleaning products and toilet paper at inflated prices, according to an investigation by consumer association Which?.

This is in spite of warnings from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which at the start of March 2020 warned online traders against exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to take advantage of consumers, and has since launched a Covid-19 Taskforce to tackle the problem head on.

The snapshot investigation by Which? found that third-party sellers are still brazenly ripping off consumers and listing overpriced items that are currently hard to find - albeit not necessarily in short supply.

"Online marketplaces have taken some action against coronavirus price gouging, but our investigation shows unscrupulous sellers are still cashing in on people's fears by selling essential items at extortionate prices on eBay and Amazon," said Which? head of consumer protection, Sue Davies.

"These companies must make good on their pledges to stamp out coronavirus profiteering, and if they fall short the CMA must be ready to take strong enforcement action. computerweekly.com

Amazon takes extra precautions across its vast enterprise for COVID-19
Amazon is adjusting a wide variety of fulfillment, delivery, and in-store practices to ensure it can continue operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online giant has implemented a series of preventative health measures to increase the frequency and intensity of cleaning at its retail stores, fulfillment centers and other sites around the globe.

The measures, undertaken with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), include regular sanitization of door handles, handrails, touchscreens, scanners and other frequently touched areas. chainstoreage.com

Amazon has finally shut a US warehouse indefinitely after 3 workers tested positive for COVID-19
Bloomberg reported the closure, and the fact that workers felt their facility wasn't doing essential work and it wasn't worth the risk of coming in. The Kentucky facility primarily processes returned items, rather than shipping items out to customers, employees told the publication. businessinsider.com

Amazon warehouses are getting hit with coronavirus cases

Do more to stop coronavirus price gouging, U.S. states tell Amazon, Walmart, Facebook

Instacart will bring on 300,000 new full-service shoppers due to coronavirus

Despite govt clearance, ecommerce companies find it difficult to deliver essentials







'2019's Top 10' ORC Cases Countdown

#7 (from April 3, 2019)
Los Angeles, CA: YouTuber Jeffree Star reveals $2.5M in makeup was stolen from his beauty brand's warehouse by 'black market sellers'
Jeffree, 33, has built his cosmetic empire with the help of his 14 million YouTube followers. But he experienced the downside to his success after a team of people robbed his warehouse two weeks ago. The people reportedly broke into the warehouse through the ceiling and then used trucks to remove more than $2.5 million worth of product. Local Law Enforcement and the FBI are working the investigation. tmz.com

COMING APRIL 6: The D&D Daily countdown of the Top 10 ORC Cases of the past 5 years


Moultrie, GA: Suspect charged in Walgreens Armed Robbery; stole over 100 oxycodone pills
A man was arrested on multiple charges after botching an armed robbery midday Saturday at a Moultrie drug store. The Moultrie Police Department arrested Xachare T. Nurez, 37, on five charges: False imprisonment, aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm or knife while attempting to commit a crime and violation of Georgia controlled substance law. He stole 100 oxycodone pills from the Walgreen's located on First Avenue Southeast. moultrieobserver.com

Warren County, NY: Warrensburg man charged with theft of electronics
A Warrensburg man was arrested Monday for allegedly committing multiple thefts of electronics from the Target and Walmart stores in Queensbury since February. Joshua Lee Briggs, 25, is accused of stealing more than $6,000 worth of merchandise, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office. Briggs was charged with three counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket and is due back in Queensbury Town Court on May 11. poststar.com

Suffolk County, NY: Woman Accused Of Using Five Counterfeit $100 Bills At Long Island Target
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers issued an alert as they attempt to locate a woman who was caught on camera using counterfeit cash at Target on East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station in January. According to police, the woman entered Target at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and proceeded to use five counterfeit $100 bills to purchase merchandise. dailyvoice.com

University Heights, OH: Cleveland woman nabbed for stealing nearly $1,000 worth of Target goods

Beachwood, OH: Two men arrested for $620 Dillard's merchandise theft at Beachwood Place Mall

New York State Police Investigate Another Theft from Westover Home Depot

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Shootings & Death


Lewis County, WA: Washington State Trooper killed deploying spike strips to stop a C-Store Robbery suspect
Washington State Trooper, 28, is struck and killed as he tried to spike speeding vehicle's tires during a chase before SWAT team fired tear gas into the car and driver surrendered. Washington State Patrol trooper Justin Schaffer, 28, was struck and killed trying to stop fleeing suspect on Tuesday. William Thompson, 39, was charged with vehicular homicide and attempting to elude. Thompson was a suspect in earlier shoplifting incident during which he allegedly threatened a convenience store owner. seattletimes.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Avon, OH: Man charged for theft also faces criminal charge for violating Ohio Governor's stay-at-home order
Avon Police say a theft suspect is now facing an additional charge for violating Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order. According to the Avon police report, a known shoplifter fled from an area store with merchandise that he did not pay for on Tuesday afternoon. Officers arrived and took Eric Bates in custody in connection to the store theft. The 39-year-old Lorain man was booked at the Lorain County Jail on charges that include theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing, and violating the Governor's orders, according to Avon police. DeWine's stay-at-home directive, which limits Ohioans to conduct only essential business and travel, went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. cleveland19.com

Garden Grove, CA: Rite Aid / Walgreen Pharmacy Robbery Suspect In Custody
Authorities arrested a Paramount man in the act of robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Garden Grove at gunpoint, they say. Investigators believe he was involved in a series of similar robberies in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Judge Thomas Jr., 32, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Sunday by members of a multi-agency task force after "he was observed holding a cashier at gunpoint and committing an armed robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy in Garden Grove," according to a statement from the ATF.

"During the investigation, the ATF task force developed evidence tying Thomas to several other robberies of Walgreens and Rite Aid pharmacies in Los Angeles and Orange counties dating back to Feb. 12," an ATF statement said. The ATF's Orange County Violent Crime Task Force includes detectives from the Brea and Fullerton police departments, assisted by personnel from the Buena Park Police Department. patch.com

Niagara Falls, Canada: Police Recover Guns stolen from Bass Pro
A Niagara Falls man facing a laundry list of charges after a break in at Bass Pro in Niagara on the Lake. Officers were called to the Taylor Road retailer Monday evening after someone smashed a glass window out of a garage door. The suspect fled empty handed in a Ford pickup, but came back Tuesday morning and forced his way inside stealing five firearms and some other merchandise. Officers later determined the Ford truck the suspect was driving, had been stolen from a dealership in Toronto. Shortly after the theft, police located the stolen truck at a home on Dixon Street in Niagara Falls. A search of the home turned up the guns and property believed stolen from a local chiropractor's office earlier this month. iheartradio.ca

AdvertisementWilliamsport, PA: Woman/ Employee jailed on charges after allegedly threatening sister inside Wegman's
A 38-year-old woman was jailed after confronting her sister in Wegmans, 201 William St., and allegedly telling her that she was "going to get a knife and kill her," according to city Police. The confrontation occurred about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday while the store was closed, Police said, adding that both women work at the store. sungazette.com

Mexico City: Mexico police investigate store robberies as virus spreads
Mexican authorities in multiple states are investigating a spate of robberies and lootings at large stores that may be connected to incitement circulating on social networks as the country's coronavirus caseload grows. On Wednesday, Mexico City police reported four robberies in different parts of the capital overnight. In a statement, police said that many false reports of lootings were being posted on social media, leading others to emulate them. Dozens of people looted a grocery store in Mexico State Monday and overnight men broke into a large box store in the southern state of Oaxaca, smashing its large front windows. lasvegassun.com

Israel: Supermarkets see more shoplifters amid outbreak; most are regular customers
Guards say culprits mainly say they're not able to make ends meet after layoffs; most commonly stolen items have been canned goods, pasta.  timesofisrael.com

Chicago, IL: Three 7-Eleven stores the victim of Armed Robbery on Tuesady, no injuries

Macon, GA: Man accused of robbing 2 Family Dollar stores arrested after fight with deputies

Decatur, IL: Man accused of CVS Armed Robbery, burglary arrested





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Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Lake Isabella, CA -Burglary
Pharmacy - Falls Church, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Washington, DC - Burglary
Restaurant - Harlem, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Madison, WI - Burglary
Rite Aid - Garden Grove, CA - Armed Robbery
Vape - Decatur, IL - Burglary
Walgreens - Sacramento, Ca - Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Spokane, WA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 8 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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