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Walmart Brings Artificial Intelligence to a Real Store

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. - Inside one of Walmart's busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, high resolution cameras suspended from the ceiling point to a table of bananas. They can tell how ripe the bananas are from their color. When a banana starts to bruise, the cameras send an alert to a worker. Normally, that task would have relied on the subjective assessment of a human, who likely doesn't have time to inspect every piece of fruit.

Welcome to Walmart's Intelligent Retail Lab - the retail giant's biggest attempt to digitize the physical store. Walmart hopes to start scaling some of the new technology at other stores in the next six months, with an eye toward lowering costs and thus lower prices. As the shopping experience improves, the retailer expects to see higher sales.

The thousands of cameras are a key feature of the lab, which officially opened inside this 50,000-square-foot store on Thursday. Walmart envisions using them, combined with other technology like sensors on shelves, to monitor the store in real time so its workers can quickly react to replenish products or fix other problems. The technology, shown to The Associated Press, will also be able to track when shelves need to be restocked or if shopping carts are running low. It can spot spills on the floor and even detect when cash registers need to be opened up before long lines start forming.

Mike Hanrahan, CEO of Walmart's Intelligent Retail Lab and co-founder of Jet.com, says the cameras are programmed to focus primarily on the products and the shelves at this point. They currently do not recognize faces, determine the ethnicity of a person picking up the product or track the movement of shopper, he says. A glass enclosed data center at the back of the store houses nine cooling towers, 100 servers and other computer equipment that processes all the data.

There are signs throughout the store alerting and educating shoppers about how the store is being used as a lab. Still, all the cameras could raise privacy concerns. apnews.com

CONTROLTEK Offers New Concealed EAS System

CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail loss prevention, now offers a new AM EAS system, in addition to their floor and door systems. The SAM-I is an "invisible" system installed inside the door frame, which makes this system completely hidden from view and complies with possible restrictions for a retail space.

"The SAM-I system is our solution for retailers who cannot install standard EAS floor antennae," said Tom Meehan, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK. "This loop system is made to be hidden underneath the floor, so as not to interfere with regulations for the retail space."

"With the launch of our loop system, we can now proudly say we offer an AM system for every retailer," said Steve Sell, vice president of global sales and marketing at CONTROLTEK. "Our customers can choose an AM system based on their aesthetic and installation needs." controltekusa.com

Staying Relevant - The Importance of Innovation in Asset Protection

"If you've always done it that way it's probably wrong" - Charles Kettering

One can only imagine the number of failures it took before Kettering had enough successes to create his famous quote. To be as successful as Kettering, one would truly have to believe there is a better way to do everything even if the current method, device, program or policy seems to be working just fine. The most successful Loss Prevention/Asset Protection (LP/AP) executives embrace this concept, which is why they are constantly searching for innovative solutions providers with whom to partner.

The Evolution of LP/AP
Is there a better way to address shoplifting? The evolution of LP/AP is fascinating. Gone are the days when shoplifters were hauled into backrooms by store managers and roughed-up a bit. The modern retail LP/AP landscape has become too violent and litigious to deal with criminals in that fashion. Today, shoplifter violence is so prevalent that LP/AP executives are considering not apprehending shoplifters at all. This seems like a frightening prospect, but with an increasing number of deaths and serious injuries to employees, this option will become a reality sooner rather than later.

The Innovation Equation
As LP/AP executives toy with the idea of banning the apprehension of shoplifters, they quickly run into a behemoth obstacle: stopping shoplifting without apprehending shoplifters. This is no easy feat.

The belief that banning shoplifter apprehensions will increase shoplifting is a popular one - even if that belief may be untrue. Many premier solutions providers have been trying to help LP/AP executives solve this dilemma, but only a select few have created comprehensive solutions that actively prevent stolen merchandise from leaving stores without the need for employees to confront dangerous shoplifters.

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Sweetgreen Scraps Its Cashless Policy as Criticism Grows
Backlash against cashless stores growing around the country

The salad chain Sweetgreen said Thursday that it would start accepting legal tender, amid a growing backlash to "cashless" stores around the country. The move came on the heels of Amazon Go's confirmation this month that it, too, would begin taking cash.

Critics say cashless stores discriminate against people without access to bank accounts or credit cards, or who simply prefer to pay with cash. Some have also raised concerns about privacy and data security. Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey passed laws banning cashless stores last month, and New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington are considering similar bills.

Sweetgreen was at the forefront of the cashless trend when it announced in 2016 that it would accept only credit and debit cards. At the time, it said eliminating cash would make transactions faster, easier and safer for customers and employees.

On Thursday, the company said the move "had the unintended consequence of excluding those who prefer to pay or can only pay with cash." It plans to put the change in place at its 94 locations around the country by the end of year, the statement said. nytimes.com

Dollar Tree Not Liable For Peeping Worker, Calif. Panel Says
A California appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a suit from several women accusing Dollar Tree of negligently hiring a man who filmed female customers and employees in a restroom, saying it could not have foreseen the employee's criminal conduct.

The women presented evidence that former store manager Carlos Martinez had been fired from two previous jobs after receiving warnings about personnel turnover and "harassing treatment based on national origin or sexual orientation." But the state appellate panel on Wednesday affirmed Dollar Tree Inc.'s summary judgment win in the case, finding that his past work history did not create a triable issue of whether the retailer was negligent for hiring Martinez. law360.com

Retail hiring fell 8.1% in 2018
Gross hiring decreased by 2.9% across all U.S. industries last year, according to a Reboot Digital Marketing analysis of LinkedIn's March 2019 Workforce Report. While hiring decreases between February 2018 and 2019 were most significant in the arts (-13.7%) and agriculture (-11.1%), hiring in the consumer goods and retail industries dropped by 8.4% and 8.1%, respectively in 2018, the analysis found.

The dips in hiring for consumer goods and retail are particularly noteworthy because both industries have struggled in their recruiting and retention efforts in a tight labor market. To attract applicants and reduce the normally high turnover rate in the retail sector, major retailers like Walmart and Target have raised their minimum wages and others like H&M and Lululemon have extended benefits to hourly workers. Automation has creeped into retail and grocery, however. Giant and Walmart have both recently integrated robot helpers into their workforces. retaildive.com

McDonald's is teaming up with AARP to hire older workers
The partnership will mean that all U.S. job postings from the fast-food giant will be featured on AARP's job board. With the AARP Foundation, McDonald's U.S. division is also piloting a program in five states to match McDonald's and any franchisees who opt into the program with older Americans looking for jobs.

McDonald's likes to tout itself as "America's best first job." But student workers lack the availability or the willingness to work breakfast and lunch hours. The Chicago-based company is also dealing with a tight labor market as it gears up to hire 250,000 people this summer. So instead, McDonald's is turning to a demographic eager for jobs: baby boomers. cnbc.com

Domino's CEO: 'Some random third party' won't deliver our pizza
Domino's CEO Ritch Allison tells analysts the pizza chain will not switch to a third-party delivery service like Uber Eats or DoorDash. "It is absolutely critical in my mind that we control the quality and the safety around our product versus handing to some random third party and then having no visibility into what happens to that food before it gets to the customer," Allison said Wednesday. cnbc.com

'Welcome to Walmart. May I take your order?'
Innovative restaurant chains and food delivery apps pose a rising threat to grocers, who have fought back with their own creative meal offerings ranging from grab-and-go sandwiches to made-in-house pizza. As the battle continues to evolve, some retailers are probing a question that's become increasingly commonplace in the industry: If you can't beat them, why not partner with them? grocerydive.com

Toys 'R' Us plans to return for the holidays with downsized stores
Toys 'R' Us is plotting a comeback -  but with stores that are much smaller than the ones the iconic retail chain operated in the past. Tru Kids Brands, a licensing firm formed last year by creditors following the toy chain's September 2017 bankruptcy filing, plans to open a handful of US stores in time for the holidays that will span about 10,000 square feet each, The Post has learned. That's downsized sharply from the 600 stores that were shuttered for good last spring, which had typically spanned 20,000 to 50,000 square feet. nypost.com

Pier 1 expresses confidence in its plan; disputes S&P bankruptcy report

Activist investors detail their stance against Bed Bath & Beyond and its CEO

Shopko Creditors Say Retailer Should Liquidate

Sears is closing its store of the future just 6 months after it opened, and it's an ominous sign for the company's recovery

UK: Debenhams to Close 22 Stores Next Year, Threatening 1,200 Jobs

UK regulators block Sainsbury's £7.3B takeover of Walmart's ASDA

Quarterly Results
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Will the US Adopt a National Privacy Law?
Probably not before the 2020 election. But keep an eye on this Congress as legislators debate how to define personal data and what limits to place on how companies use it.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Congress is again considering whether the United States should join Europe (and most major economies) by adopting some form of national data privacy and security regulation. In February, the House and Senate each held hearings on data privacy, and for the first time in years there appears to be at least some interest among the different stakeholders for national legislation.

The nation's first state-level generally applicable data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), is scheduled to take effect in 2020. Several other states have proposed similar data privacy laws, causing businesses to grapple with the fact that they may shortly need to comply with a patchwork of complicated and conflicting state-level regulations.

What Might Be in a US Privacy Law?
Though it is highly unlikely that Congress would model any US law after GDPR or even the CCPA, it is likely that the debate about such a law would force Congress to address some of the same issues. For example, GDPR defines a series of "rights" that individuals maintain in data about them, such as the right to know what data companies hold about them, to correct that data, and to erase it in certain circumstances. Though the United States is unlikely to elevate these kinds of protections to the level of a "fundamental human rights" (as GDPR describes them), Congress will need to consider whether to grant individuals any power to determine how or when their data is used by companies.

Similarly, the United States has so far avoided mandating general security standards and does not have a national data breach notification statute; instead, each state has its own such statute. A new privacy law might well include such a national standard.

Probably the two biggest challenges facing legislators considering a national privacy law is how to define personal data and what limits ought to be placed on how companies can use such data. darkreading.com

Proposed Massachusetts Consumer Data Privacy Law
Takes Lessons From Illinois' Biometric Law

After Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act in 2008 ("BIPA"), other states have begun enacting legislation regulating business activities relating to biometric information. Texas and Washington were next, followed by California in 2018. Now, Massachusetts has proposed legislation regulating the use of a consumer's personal and biometric information.

Bill SD.341, "an Act relative to consumer data privacy," draws much of its language from the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ("CCPA"), and also has some parallels to BIPA. However, there are several differences between the Bill and BIPA worth noting. natlawreview.com

Report: 42% of Used Drives Sold on eBay Hold Sensitive Data
A new report from Blancco Technology Group has warned that those looking to make some money by selling used storage drives may be putting themselves at risk of falling victim to cybercrime. The study analyzed 159 leading brand drives purchased through auction site eBay in the US, UK, Germany and Finland, discovering that almost half (42%) still held sensitive data.

What's more, 15% of the drives assessed were found to contain personally identifiable information (PII), despite sellers surveyed by Blancco as part of the research stating they had used proper data sanitization methods to ensure no data was left behind. This worrying finding suggests that although sellers recognize the need to remove any data before looking to sell-on a storage drive, the methods they are using are inadequate. infosecurity-magazine.com

Enterprise Trojan Detections Spike 200% in Q1 2019
Enterprise cyberattacks mean big bucks for cybercriminals, who targeted businesses with a wave of Trojans and ransomware attacks throughout 2018 into the first quarter of this year. Trojan detections on business endpoints in the first quarter of 2019 increased more than 200% from the fourth quarter of 2018, and almost 650% from the first quarter of 2018, researchers found in the Malwarebytes Q1 Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report.

"The biggest takeaway from this report is the continued increase in business detections we see and business-focused attacks we see." darkreading.com

Only Half of Businesses Believe They Have Achieved Cyber Resilience

Research Discovers that 81% of Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities Mitigated by Removing Admin Rights


Nedap and MishiPay join forces to accelerate market adoption of secure mobile self-checkout

Nedap, the global leader in RFID-based retail solutions, teams up with MishiPay to present its mobile self-checkout integration solution at RetailEXPO, May 1-2 in London. The deep integration with !D Cloud, Nedap's cloud-based RFID platform, enables a seamless shopping experience with state-of-the-art shrink reduction, and increased stock visibility.

Mustafa Khanwala, Founder & CEO of MishiPay: "Merging RFID and our mobile self-checkout technology sets the pace for a new, frictionless shopping experience which benefits both retailers and brick and mortar shoppers. Our integration with Nedap will facilitate significant improvements in the in-store customer experience".

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As shoplifter apprehensions have turned more violent in recent years, Gatekeeper Systems, the international leader in cart containment and Pushout Theft solutions, has stepped up to address this dangerous problem. CEO Robert Harling explains how Gatekeeper's Purchek anti-theft solution not only reduces retail employee injuries and shopping cart replacement costs, but also helps avoid violent shoplifter confrontations that statistics prove are becoming more prevalent.

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Amazon Prime plans to replace free two-day shipping with free one-day shipping
Amazon plans to make one-day shipping the new standard for Prime members, CNET reports the company said in an earnings call Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said they are working away from two-day shipping.

"We're currently working on evolving our Prime shipping program, which has historically been a two-day program, to a one-day shipping program," Olsavsky said during the company's first-quarter 2019 earnings call, according to CNET. There is not currently a set date for the launch, but Olsavsky said "it will take us a significant amount of time to achieve."

Amazon expects to spend $800 million next quarter to make the transition. That investment will go toward improving warehouses and delivery infrastructure. Due to the large investment, Amazon predicts its earnings will drop below expectations next quarter.

Olsavsky said that the new plans will expand the program to more products and more zip codes. Additionally, one-day shipping will become the default, not the exception. cbsnews.com

Amazon's Profit More Than Doubles on 17% Rise in Sales
Amazon.com notched a
best-ever $3.56 billion quarterly profit as it continued to lean on higher margin businesses and put a lid on costs. Expenses, however, are expected to jump in the second quarter in part because Amazon said it would invest $800 million to make one-day free shipping the standard for Prime members, instead of two days.

The e-commerce company's bottom line got a big boost in the first quarter from its cloud-computing unit and burgeoning advertising business, helping to offset sluggish growth from the core online retail business.
The profit more than doubled to well above what analysts were expecting.

Still, sluggish retail sales overseas and flat performance from Amazon's Whole Foods grocery chain dragged down revenue growth for a fourth straight quarter. Revenue rose 17% to $59.7 billion. Growth was 43% in 2018's first quarter, though it was boosted by the acquisition of Whole Foods. wsj.com

Some Amazon Sellers Are Paying $10,000 A Month To Trick Their Way To The Top
For the millions of third-party sellers on Amazon's marketplace, maintaining a successful business is a constant battle to rank high in search results, collect positive product reviews, and keep up with Amazon when it releases its own branded versions of sellers' most successful products. This intense competition has led to the emergence of a secretive, lucrative black market where agents peddle "black hat" services, sometimes obtained by bribing Amazon employees, that purportedly give marketplace sellers an advantage over their rivals, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The most prominent black hat companies for US Amazon sellers offer ways to manipulate Amazon's ranking system to promote products, protect accounts from disciplinary actions, and crush competitors. Sometimes, these black hat companies bribe corporate Amazon employees to leak information from the company's wiki pages and business reports, which they then resell to marketplace sellers for steep prices. One black hat company charges as much as $10,000 a month to help Amazon sellers appear at the top of product search results. Other tactics to promote sellers' products include removing negative reviews from product pages and exploiting technical loopholes on Amazon's site to lift products' overall sales rankings. buzzfeednews.com

Study: 'Bad bots' pose threat to e-commerce
Everyone loves a bad boy, but a new study indicates online retailers should not love the phenomenon of "bad bots" visiting e-commerce sites.

According to the 2019 Bad Bot Report from online security provider Distil Networks, "bad bots," or bots that interact with applications like a legitimate user but enable high-speed abuse, misuse, and attacks on websites and APIs, are a persistent problem for e-commerce retailers. Bad bots provide an avenue for malicious online activities such as web scraping, competitive data mining, personal and financial data harvesting, brute-force login and digital ad fraud, spam, and transaction fraud.

In 2018, 37.9% of all Internet traffic wasn't human, and there were year-over-year decreases in both bad bot (-6.4%) and good bot (-14.4%) traffic. Human traffic increased by 7.5% to 62.1%

However, bad bots represented a higher percentage of non-human traffic (20.4%), than good bots which perform legitimate functions (17.5%).

Of the top five industries affected by sophisticated bad bots, three are verticals that could be considered retail or retail-related. chainstoreage.com


Bowling Green , KY: Man found 'Not Guilty' in Lowe's Felony Theft
Brooks Houck was found not guilty on all counts of felony theft Thursday afternoon following a three-day trial in Warren County. Houck's defense attorneys opted Thursday morning to call no witnesses to dispute prosecutors' accusations of theft from Lowe's last April. In his closing arguments, Houck's attorney, Brian Butler,
criticized the quality of the police investigation as well as the big-box store. "You heard from one police officer. One," Butler said. "He drove to Lowe's, picked up some slides, then drove to the grand jury. He didn't do anything." "He didn't even interview any witnesses."

While the Bardstown Police was the charging agency on four counts of felony theft, the investigation was largely carried out by the store's loss prevention department. Thursday morning's closing arguments followed a day and a half of testimony by the prosecution's witnesses, mostly employees from Lowe's who interacted with Houck last year as he purchased roofing shingles. Houck purchased shingles on four occasions in April in which he received significantly more than he paid for in what prosecutors and Lowe's called a "double-dip" con. He would pay for bundles of shingles, but when the product was loaded, it was loaded in "squares." One square equals three bundles. Over the course of two weeks, spread over four separate occasions, Houck paid for 250 bundles of shingles, but took home 484.

Prosecutors presented video surveillance footage (without audio), receipts and witnesses confirming the events. But one year after the events, none of the witnesses could recall him specifically lying to them about how many shingles he bought. Houck's defense attorneys repeatedly emphasized that the prosecution's witnesses could not recall specific conversations with Houck and therefore could not say that Houck intentionally misled them.

They also attacked the store's operations, claiming it failed to adequately train its employees who were forced to use an outdated and inadequate inventory system that resulted in confusion on the part of the staff as well as their client. He said the multi-billion-dollar company put the system in place as a business decision to save money, and his client was paying the price. "They have employees they typically underpay, which causes high turnover, and they don't adequately train them," Butler said. "They put in place a system that guarantees mistakes," he said. "If you've got an inept store with inept employees, you are going to get mistakes all the time." Prosecutors contended that Houck knew what he was doing, and carried out a calculated scheme that preyed on young and inexperienced cashiers.

Prosecutors began presenting their closing arguments shortly before noon Central time in the Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, and the jury returned its verdict around 3 p.m.  kystandard.com

Fresno, CA: C-Store Employee arrested with $130,000 in scratcher tickets
Investigators said the 37-year-old man, Mantej Singh, was caught on camera taking tickets at his workplace and redeeming the winners for months. Surveillance video shows the store clerk ripping ticket after ticket and scanning each one of them in hopes of hitting the jackpot. In total, Singh stole more than $100,000 worth of lottery scratchers, police said. Scanning machines can quickly determine winning tickets and police said that's how Singh was able to go through rolls of scratchers without scratching them first. Singh would then cash in the winning tickets either at work, or several other locations around the city.  wtol.com

Palos Heights, IL: Parolee Arrested 12th Time For Retail Theft
A Chicago man was arrested for shoplifting after he walked out of Jewel-Osco with two boxes of over-the-counter medicine, prosecutors said. Robert Wise, 39, appeared before Cook County Judge John Mahoney on a charge of felony retail theft. The prosecutor said this was Wise's twelfth arrest for the same offense. Police said that Wise provided a false name and birth. In addition to Wise's twelfth shoplifting arrest, he also has 17 bond forfeitures, the prosecutor said. Wise is currently on parole for retail theft, according to state records.  patch.com

Speedway, IN: $30,000 Cell phone store robbery sparks warning to online buyers
Speedway Police are searching for a pair of armed thieves caught on camera robbing a cell phone store. No one was hurt during the robbery; managers and police agree the story can serve as an important reminder about the perils of buying cell phones on the secondary market. Wearing hoodies with bandannas covering their faces, two robbers stormed into a Verizon store in Speedway with guns. The crooks stole close to $30,000 in phones and electronics, but employees cooperated and lived to tell the tale.

Less than two miles away from that Verizon store, someone stole a car from an apartment parking lot. Police reports show that thief used the stolen car during an armed robbery at a Sprint store on Indy's south side and a half hour later the same armed crook hit an AT&T store. It's not clear if all three crimes are connected, but employees at the three stores say stolen phones often end up on the secondary market like OfferUp, before being bought by people who don't realize the phones are useless. "We see that all the time. I mean when someone brings in a phone to activate it, it's a roll of the dice. I can't give you exact stats, but one out of four phones I would say bought on the street are ones we can't even activate," said Wethington. "While it may seem like a great deal at the time, you're spending 4 or $500 dollars on a paper weight."  cbs4indy.com

Minnehaha County, SD: Walmart employee accused of 'under ringing' $1,500, charged with grand theft

Vancouver, WA: Thieves distract store clerk, steal $500 worth of cognac

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Shootings & Deaths

Peoria, AZ: Sally Beauty Shoplifter was wanted for Manslaughter
Shoplifting suspect found to be wanted for manslaughter in Peoria car-pedestrian crash. On Monday, Phoenix police arrested 38-year-old Justin Seth Stasierowski. He was accused of stealing hair product from Sally's Beauty Supply. Stasierowski is also a wanted man with a warrant for manslaughter stemming from a deadly car-pedestrian crash last year. Peoria police officials say 65-year-old Eliazin Ramirez Velazquez was struck by a vehicle near 67th and Olive avenues on March 4, 2018. He later died from his injuries. Police identified Stasierowski as the suspect that allegedly hit the victim after driving onto the sidewalk. Police say Stasierowski was also believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. abc15.com

Kansas City, KS: Police shoot, wound CVS robbery suspect
The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Thursday after officers responded to a reported robbery at a CVS store. Police Chief Terry Zeigler says the suspected robbery came out of the store and shot at police. Officers then returned fire, hitting the suspect. Zeigler said later in a tweet that the suspect was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition. His name wasn't immediately released.  hayspost.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

UK: London, England: Smash & Grab raid at Tiffany & Co. jewelers in Knightsbridge
Smash-and-grab raiders drove a van into the front of top-end jewellers Tiffany & Co before stealing valuables from the shop window. Police were called at 2.56am on Friday to reports of a break-in at a jewellers in Sloane Street, west London. Scotland Yard said a van was reported to have been driven into the front of the store before a number of people on mopeds stole items from the shop window.  itv.com

Fort Worth, TX: CVS Employee Hospitalized, Stabbed by Customer following transaction
A CVS employee was hospitalized after being stabbed in the neck at a Fort Worth store Friday morning, police said. Police responded about 1 a.m. to the CVS Pharmacy at 3614 Camp Bowie Blvd. where the suspected person made a purchase and left the store, police said. The person returned, stabbed the employee in the neck and ran out of the store, police said. The motive for the attack is unclear and it was not a robbery.  nbcdfw.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Arrests made in series of robberies that started on April 6
CSPD says its Robbery Unit noticed more than one pattern to the robberies and detectives learned two groups were operating independently. The first set of robberies took place from April 6-9. Suspects armed with handguns or other weapons approached victims on the street or in convenience stores and demanded property.
Five arrests were made in these robberies, including 18-year-old Charles Jackson, Jr., of Colorado Springs, and three juvenile males and one juvenile female. The list of Robberies and Car Jackings include two 7-Elevens and a Kum & Go store.  koaa.com

UK: Retailers urged to report theft as recorded shoplifting incidents drop
Retailers are being reminded to report all incidents of shop theft after new official figures revealed that the number of shoplifting crimes recorded by police in England and Wales fell by 3% in the 12 months to December 2018. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) report revealed the number of shoplifting incidents declined 3% to 374,895 last year, following an 8% increase for the year ending December 2017. However, the Association of Convenience Store (ACS) said there was a "significant" under-reporting of incidents.  conveniencestore.co.uk

Lebanon, IN: Verizon Armed Robbery leads to police chase; 2 innocent victims injured in crash

Pierce County, WA: Burglary-Theft Ring Foiled; Five people are facing more than 30 counts of burglary and other charges



Lowe's copper thief gets 18 months in jail
A man charged with twice stealing thousands of dollars in copper wire and other merchandise from Lowe's was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Brandon Lee McKenrick, 34, formerly of Brunswick, Md., pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of $1,500 to $25,000. heraldmailmedia.com


Covina, CA: Two suspected of importing, selling fake Ray-Bans and Pandora Jewelry
Two Covina men imported counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses and Pandora Jewelry items from Hong Kong and China to several San Gabriel Valley cities, and sold them off to online customers in Maryland, federal authorities said in a criminal complaint filed this week. If convicted on all charges, Xu and Zhu face more than 30 years in federal prison. sgvtribune.com


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C-Store - Gardiner, ME - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Modesto, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Peoria, IL - Robbery
C-Store - El Reno, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mayfield, KY - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Orange, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Kansas City, KS - Armed Robbery/ shots fired
Gas Station - Asheboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Vancouver, WA - Burglary
McDonald's Miami, FL - Robbery
McDonald's - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Michael Kors - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Sprint - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Lebanon, IN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Washington, DC - Robbery
7-Eleven - Oakfield, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Sterling, VA - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
19 robberies
1 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
101 robberies
27 burglaries
6 shootings
1 killed




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