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April's Moving Ups

10 New Senior LP's - 9 Promotions - 1 Appointment

Amazon promoted David Rozhon, LPC to Program Manager - Global WHS Design, Construction & Start Up
Amazon (United Kingdom) promoted Nathan Oldacres to Senior Investigations Manager
Amazon (France) promoted Othmane Khelouani to Senior Investigations Manager EMEA
Amazon Web Services named Jayson Sutton Senior Leader - New Regions
BJ's Wholesale Club promoted Mike Geoffroy to Asset Protection Operations Manager
Coinstar promoted Paul LaBlanc to Sr. Director, Business Enablement
Lowe's Companies promoted Luke Moeller, LPC to Corporate Asset Protection and Safety Manager
Macy's promoted Jessica McGowin, CFI to Senior Investigator
Michael Kors promoted Mike Jordan to Director, Distribution Safety & Security - USA, Canada, Netherlands
Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) promoted Joe Box, MBA, CFE promoted to VP, LP & Safety

See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here   |   Submit Your New Corporate Hires/Promotions or New Position


GLPS 'Where Are They Now?' Series

Find Your Old Friend & Colleagues - Where Have They Gone?
Take a Look Down Memory Lane
1st Correct Answer Becomes Eligible to Win a Pizza Party!

Who are these folks?

Team Pictures Submitted in July & August 2014

Here's some hints:

Pic #7 (left): I guess the polar bears got this group. But, hey, I'm sure they swam off to calmer seas.

Pic #8 (right): Nice lookin' boat, I wonder if they owned or rented it. Word is the captain took a dive off the poop deck.

Rules: 1st person to name all team members in a picture gets entered into the drawing. Once we reach 10 correct answers, we'll pick one winner for a GLPS team pizza party with drinks - delivered to your door by Domino's. All parties must be for retail LP or AP teams. Submit your answers here.

Visit Memory Lane - see previous pics


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Send in your team's 'Group LP Selfie'



Filmed in January 2016 at the Daily's 'Live in NYC at the NRF Big Show 2016' event

Profitect, now Zebra Prescriptive Analytics, is the leading global provider of prescriptive analytics for the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries, allowing retailers to easily understand and act on their data. Their solution looks at all aspects of the retail supply chain to identify opportunities for sales and margin improvement, such as: training, vendor and cashier compliance, fraud, inventory accuracy, and customer behavior. In this LPNN interview, Guy Yehiav, General Manager & Vice President for Zebra Analytics, tells us how their solution goes beyond traditional exception-based reporting. Later, Mike Limauro, Senior Director of Asset Protection for Whole Foods Market, tells us how it can help LP departments transform into a profit hub for their organization.

Note: Zebra Technologies acquired Profitect in May 2019.


Stay tuned as we continue to count down LPNN's All-Time Top 10 LP Leader
and Top 10 Solution Provider videos. See who's made the list so far here.






Coronavirus Tracker:
May 1

US: Over 1.1 Million Cases - 65K Dead - 157K Recovered
Worldwide: Over 3.3 Million Cases - 237K Dead - 1M Recovered

U.S. Law Enforcement Deaths | NYPD Deaths: 37
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 82+


Retail Workers Nationwide Stage Coordinated 'Sick-Out'
to Protest Poor Virus Protections

On May 1st, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, FedEx, Target, and Walmart joined together in a series of work stoppages to protest conditions and equipment in the face of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The actions have been organized by a range of groups within the various companies, but are timed to coincide with International Workers' Day. The groups are encouraging customers to boycott the stores and services for the duration of the day.

Organizers at Amazon said thousands of employees are participating in the actions nationwide. The groups are calling for better practices and equipment to protect frontline workers from contracting the disease at work. Amazon delivery service partners are asking for professional cleaners to sanitize vehicles at the end of each shift. Currently, drivers are provided with cleaning supplies and asked to sanitize the vehicles themselves. Amazon has refused to disclose the number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, communicating only individual cases to the employees affected.

At Target, workers complained it took too long for the company to provide workers with personal protective equipment, and little is being done to enforce social distancing within stores. According to Target Workers Unite, over 100 stores and some distribution centers are represented in the sickout.

Whole Foods workers organized their first sick-out protest on 31 March, and are joining the 1 May day of action calling on more workers to join the sick-out and participate in organized protests. The sick-out includes demands such as increased hazard pay, paid sick leave for workers who choose to isolate or self-quarantine, and the closure of stores in response to confirmed coronavirus cases among workers.

Shoppers at Instacart organized their first sick-out protest on 30 March, and Shipt shoppers launched their own independent sick-out protest on 7 April. theverge.com theguardian.com

Amazon Response to Friday's Worker Strikes:
"While we respect people's right to express themselves, we object to the irresponsible actions of labor groups in spreading misinformation and making false claims about Amazon during this unprecedented health and economic crisis," an Amazon spokesperson said. "What's true is that masks, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, increased time off, increased pay, and more are standard across our Amazon and Whole Food Market networks already." retaildive.com

As Covid-19 deaths mount in retail, Walmart workers take matters into own hands with contact-tracing plan
A national labor non-profit on Wednesday launched a virtual tracker (areyousafe.work) for coronavirus cases in Walmart stores around the country, citing the retail giant's inaction in the face of the pandemic in the midst of rising infections and deaths of employees.

"The rise of deaths and infections of Walmart associates show clearly that the company is not only failing to keep its associates and customers safe, but also failing to communicate clearly about store conditions," Michigan Walmart worker Ruby Ann Woolwine said in a statement. "We can't wait for more half-measures-we're taking matters into our own hands to get the information we deserve to know."

The Covid-19 tracker "will allow associates nationwide to report infections and store safety conditions" in a publicly available database, United for Respect said in a press release. rawstory.com

Click to view the Walmart worker COVID-19 tracker

Logansport, IN: Nearly 900 workers at a Tyson Foods pork plant test positive
Nearly 900 workers at an Indiana Tyson Foods pork processing plant have tested positive for the coronavirus, a report said. The meat processing facility in Logansport is one of several Tyson plants across the country that have voluntarily closed due to virus outbreaks.

County officials have been working with Tyson, the largest US meat supplier, to develop a reopening plan, according to WISH-TV. The plan gained steam after President Trump on Tuesday invoked the Defense Production Act to mandate meat plants stay open during the pandemic, the report said.

The Logansport plant employs 2,200 people - 890, or 40 percent of which, have tested positive for the illness.

Tyson has also voluntarily idled its meat processing facilities in Waterloo and Perry, Iowa, and beef plants in Pasco, Washington and Dakota City, Nebraska while it completes cleaning of the facilities and workers there undergo screening. nypost.com

U.S. States Roll Back Restrictions as Lockdowns Ease Across Asia

Nonessential retailers are set to reopen in Alabama, Iowa and Texas,
but California and New York remain cautious

The U.S. government's social-distancing guidelines expired Thursday, replaced by recommendations that leave it up to each state to decide when and how best to reopen their economies.

Governors and local officials across the country took varying approaches, reflecting the virus's uneven spread. By the end of the week, more than half the states in the country will have, in differing forms, relaxed restrictions enacted during the first days of the pandemic.

Nonessential retailers in Texas, Alabama and Iowa are set to reopen with capacity restrictions on Friday.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state planned to hire "an army" of up to 17,000 contact tracers to follow the path of those infected and determine whether their contacts should be isolated as restrictions eventually ease. wsj.com

NYC: Javits Center hospital to close after treating nearly 1,100 patients

The temporary US Army hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Center is closing Friday after treating nearly 1,100 patients with coronavirus, federal officials said. The makeshift, 1,000-room hospital - converted from four sections of exhibition space on Manhattan's West Side - opened in late March after Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested the US Army Corps of Engineers to build at least four field hospitals and the Navy to deploy its USNS Comfort hospital ship to the city.

"Planning is ongoing for the drawdown of federal resources that are no longer needed due to the flattening of the curve," the spokesperson wrote in an email. "The remaining patients at the Jacob Javits Center are expected to be discharged or transferred today."

Vital medical equipment and other supplies at the Javits Center and the three other completed facilities will remain in place in case there's a second wave of COVID-19, WABC reports. nypost.com

Pay Them If You Send Them
A Guide to Employee Temperature Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18. But will taking temperatures really work?

"Generally, measuring an employee's body temperature is a medical examination," the EEOC stated. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits medical examinations unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity.

Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, and have issued related precautions, "employers may measure employees' body temperature. However, employers should be aware that some people with COVID-19 do not have a fever," the agency stated. And some people with a fever do not have COVID-19.

Jeff Nowak, an attorney with Littler in Chicago, added that if employers want to take workers' temperatures, they should pay employees sent home for high temperatures to limit any legal risk, if they can afford to do so. shrm.org


Shoppers are flouting grocers' one-way aisle rules

Shoppers seem to be disregarding directional policies with particular abandon

They have waited patiently in line to get in, stared down empty shelves and even donned face masks. But telling consumers which way to walk through the supermarket might be asking too much.

Getting customers to follow all of the new safety guidelines they've put in place over the past two months has been challenging for retailers. But shoppers seem to be flouting one-way aisle policies many supermarket operators have put in place with particular abandon. Social media sites are bubbling with posts from irate customers who complain that other shoppers routinely disobey directional signage and violate social distancing protocols as they shove carts around stores. Analysts interviewed by Grocery Dive also say they've seen shoppers and employees disregarding one-way aisle rules in their local stores.

Disheartening trip to grocery store. Many people not wearing masks,
not obeying one-way aisles, hard to maintain six feet, people
fondling merchandise. We are terrible at cooperation.

Large chains like Walmart, Albertsons, Hy-Vee and Publix are among the grocers that have told shoppers they cannot reverse course when walking down aisles as a way to keep people from getting too close to each other. Stores are primarily relying on signage and their employees to direct customers once they enter.

Telling people not to walk freely while food shopping can be challenging for grocers because people are so accustomed to making their own choices in a supermarket, Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said in an interview. "In this country, people don't like being told what to do ... it takes a lot of conscious thought not to behave in that way. grocerydive.com

What the CFO's Read
How to Prepare Your Workplace for Employees to Return

Planning and making good use of the remaining time employees are working from home can get your workplace up and functioning more quickly.

Until there is a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, it's clear that workplaces, particularly dense offices in major cities, will have to make some changes for employees to return. This need to adjust the office environment for employee safety comes at a time when budgets are straining under a recession and lost revenue. Planning and making good use of the remaining time during which employees are working from home can help reduce costs and get your workplace functioning more quickly.

Imagine the Post-Pandemic Office - Begin Taking Action - Pursue Landlord-Tenant Partnerships cfo.com

There's Hope For the Older Folks
Researchers pinpoint the ideal age for entrepreneurs, and it's not twentysomething

Silicon Valley's idolization of smart young upstarts is misguided, according to a fascinating meta-analysis of 102 studies of entrepreneurs. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) found that people who launch businesses in their 50s have greater financial success and higher satisfaction levels than younger entrepreneurs. fastcompany.com

Watch Out For Upcoming Video Requests
LinkedIn Adds New Video Intro and Interview Assessment Tools

to Improve Digital Recruitment

The Future of Interviewing is Here

LinkedIn's adding a new way to help employers and candidates connect via video - an increasingly important consideration during the COVID-19 lockdowns - while it's also launching a new, AI-enabled assessment tool that can help interview candidates better prepare for the interview process.

First off, with more job interviews being conducted in isolation, LinkedIn is fast-tracking the launch of its new video introductions process, which enables recruiters to ask candidates to submit a video response to a question, which can help to assess their communication skills and presentation. socialmediatoday.com

Editor's Note: Staging is everything! BTW - Have your spouse review before you push that button. If anything like mine, you'll do better. And remember West Point - No dress-down - If anything dress-Up. Just some thoughts

As explained by LinkedIn:
Get to Know Job Candidates Better and Faster with LinkedIn's New Video Intro

Chicago Police Say Overall City Crime Was Down 30% in April

Double-digit drops in robberies, burglaries, thefts and other crime

Overall crime in Chicago fell by 30% in April 2020 compared to the same month last year amid a statewide stay-at-home order, according to statistics released by Chicago police. Despite the overall reduction in major crimes, the 207 shootings in April 2020 marked a 1% increase from the 194 shootings in April 2019, police said in a statement Friday. The number of murders fell by about 8%, from 61 in April 2019 to 56 in April 2020.

The city saw the most violent five-day period of 2020 so far between April 5 and 9.

The 30% drop in overall crime comes largely from double-digit reductions in criminal sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated batteries, burglaries, thefts and carjackings, police said.

There have been 625 shootings and 154 murders in Chicago so far this year, police said. Those are climbs of about 16% and 8%, respectively, through the same time period last year. suntimes.com

436+ Chicago police officers have tested positive for COVID-19; three have died

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Safety Manager job posted for Wakefern Food Corporation in Woodbridge, NJ
The Safety Manager will be responsible for the development and successful implementation of corporate distribution and retail safety programs. Creating and setting corporate goals, standard and metrics to measure progress and performance for safety. This role will also provide leadership, support, and direction to create a culture of safety throughout the organization and our retail space.

We are seeking a dynamic and safety focused professional to join our team as a Safety Manager.
This is a corporate role reporting to the Director of Risk Management & Safety. indeed.com

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:
  Dir. of Security - Grassroots Cannabis - Chicago, IL
  National Mgr, ORC & Special Investigations - Rite Aid - Camp Hill, PA

Apparel Retailers Sales Down 50% in March & Are In Trouble

Macy's to reopen 68 stores on Monday & 50 More May 11

Whole Foods offering free masks to all customers nationwide - Read Amazon's blog post

Reopening Considerations for Retail & Mixed-Use Property Owners

CDC May 1st: Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19

Dollar General Announces Additional $25 Million Investment in Employee Appreciation Bonuses

Trudeau announces Canada is banning assault-style weapons, following deadliest shooting in country's history

Quarterly Results
Amazon Q1 net sales up 26%, hits $75.5B
$41B product sales and $33B in services

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WEBINAR: The Impact of COVID-19 on Retail
and How Prescriptive Analytics Can Help

May 13, 2020 @ 1:00pm EST

Join the Loss Prevention Foundation as we partner with Zebra Prescriptive Analytics, formerly Profitect, as they shed light on current consumer purchasing trends, explain how the retail market is shifting and provide recommendations and insights on leveraging prescriptive analytics to help your organization adapt to that shift.

Your Host:
Mat Schriner, LPC - Director of Operations at The Loss Prevention Foundation

Our Distinguished Guests and Speakers:
J.R. Werner - Director of Sales (Americas) - Zebra Prescriptive Analytics
Scott Pethuyne - Customer Success Analyst - Zebra Prescriptive Analytics

At the end of the session, Zebra Prescriptive Analytics will also give away 5 free LPC Course Scholarships to random webinar attendees! Winners will be notified the day following the Webinar via email.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Zebra Prescriptive Analytics and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.






National Security Agency / Cybersecurity Information
Selecting and Safely Using Collaboration Services for Telework

During a global pandemic or other crisis contingency scenarios, many United States Government (USG) personnel must operate from home while continuing to perform critical national functions and support continuity of government services. With limited access to government furnished equipment (GFE) such as laptops and secure smartphones, the use of (not typically approved) commercial collaboration services on personal devices for limited government official use becomes necessary and unavoidable. defense.gov

An Overall Security Industry Perspective
COVID-19 and Enterprise Security's Response

What challenges has COVID-19 presented to enterprise security?

As of this writing in mid-April, more than 167,000 people have died worldwide of COVID-19, the flu-like disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States had the highest confirmed death toll, with more than 35,000 fatalities.

During the COVID-19 crisis, enterprise security executives are busier than ever - standing up business continuity plans, enacting broader contingency plans, mitigating risks with employees working at home and more - all to keep businesses humming as the coronavirus outbreak has spread.

To date, what challenges has the coronavirus presented to enterprise security, especially as stay-at-home orders went into effect and most enterprise employees telecommuted? How did business continuity plans evolve as the crisis progressed? And what lessons have enterprise security learned to date?

Note: From Hospitals to University's to Data Centers to Yum Brands and GoDaddy, the article covers the entire security industry and finds common variables that supports the industry's key lessons "that just as the proverbial phrase "culture eats policy," so too does "principles trump playbooks." And:

"Building relationships in our profession really count, as well. The personal contacts we make at events sponsored by Security magazine, ISMA and ASIS and our involvement in the public-private alliances, such as the FBI's Infragard program, are invaluable to exchanging valuable insights. We can all learn from one another's experiences."  securitymagazine.com

Coronavirus Lockdowns Lead to Surge in Digital Piracy

Black-market television & film sites traffic jumps 30%+

Pirate website operators have also capitalized on this spike in demand by enticing users into buying subscription packages, offering deals marketed as Covid-19 and self-isolation discounts, experts say.
"Criminals are very flexible," said Sergio Tirró, head of Europol's Intellectual Property Crime Coordination Center, which, along with other European law enforcement agencies, has been tracking the growth in piracy. "Organized crime groups have increased their marketing [around coronavirus]."

Social media companies have cracked down on piracy by banning certain content and URLs, while law-enforcement agencies have arrested people behind online piracy in various countries. But experts say such criminal groups, which often cut across borders and constantly adapt to avoid censors, are hard to track.

In a recent advisory, Europol warned consumers that black-market streaming could also expose users to cyberattacks.

Pirated content could carry malware that infects computers and allows hackers to access users' home networks and personal information, said Mark Mulready, vice president of cybersecurity services at Netherlands-based security company Irdeto BV, which briefed European officials on April 6 about similar concerns in the videogame industry. wsj.com

Fortinet Makes All Online Cybersecurity Training Courses Available
for Free to Address Skills Gap

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, this week announced it is opening the entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced Network Security Expert training courses for free.

Fortinet is making 24 advanced security courses available for free that cover topics ranging from Secure SD-WAN, public cloud security and secure access, among others.

The courses will be free for the remainder of 2020 to help address the rapidly evolving needs of organizations securing highly distributed and remote workforces. These courses also provide students and anyone looking to start a career in cybersecurity the opportunity to learn new skills or upskill.

Fortinet's NSE Institute now offers multiple levels of free training either for broad cyber awareness learning or technical upskilling. fortinet.com

Ransomware: Average Business Payout Surges to $111,605



Sean Donnelly is Senior Director Global Retail Asset Protection and Investigations at Under Armour
In this session, we will dive into the following topics:

Benefits of RFID for Loss Prevention
Lessons learned by Under Armour's asset protection team
Roadmap to create complete loss prevention strategy
Observations from the lock-down situation and future potential to respond more effectively using RFID
How the reopen process looks like and what challenges and opportunities are






Interrogating Bezos - What An Interview
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Called to Testify Before Congress

Did Amazon use data about independent sellers on its platform
to develop competing products?

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee called on Amazon.com Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos to testify on its private-label practices, citing a Wall Street Journal investigation that found Amazon employees used data about independent sellers on its platform to develop competing products.

The House panel has been investigating the market power of Amazon and other giant large technology firms.

Testimony by Mr. Bezos would give lawmakers a public forum to interrogate him on the private-label practices as well as other subjects. Bipartisan concerns about the company stretch across a range of issues, from its market power and its impact on small businesses to the safety of its workers and sales of counterfeit products on its platforms.

The online giant has launched an internal investigation following the Journal's report, and the company said employees using such data to inform private-label decisions would be violating its policies. In response to previous antitrust scrutiny, Amazon has said it follows all laws and has emphasized that it accounts for less than 4% of the U.S. retail market.

After The Journal report, Sen. Josh Hawley (R.,Mo.) pushed the Justice Department to open a criminal antitrust investigation into the company. wsj.com

Spending $4 Billion on Worker Safety & Product Delivery
Amazon Says It Will Forgo Billions In Profits To Invest Into Worker Safety Measures

Amazon said that it will give up its profits this quarter as it spends billions on worker safety measures and makes a sweeping attempt to demonstrate that it is protecting frontline employees tasked with getting millions of packages to consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The e-commerce juggernaut said on Thursday that while it would typically expect to make $4 billion in operating profits in the second quarter, it will spend "the entirety of that $4 billion, and perhaps a bit more" on expenses tied to keeping workers safe and getting products to customers during COVID-19.

"Providing for customers and protecting employees as this crisis continues for more months is going to take skill, humility, invention, and money," said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. "If you're a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we're not thinking small."

The money will go towards personal protective equipment like masks, enhanced cleaning of its warehouses, a less efficient layout that better allows for social distancing and higher wages for hourly workers. It also plans to spend $300 million to develop its own COVID-19 testing capabilities.

Amazon had introduced a raft of worker safety measures in the last several months in an attempt to protect the health of their employees. It extended two weeks of paid time off for employees who have coronavirus or have come into contact with someone with coronavirus. Workers who are unable to come into work, or prefer not to, have also been given unlimited unpaid time off. The company also stepped up the frequency and intensity of its cleaning efforts, including the regular sanitization of door handles, handrails, touch screens, scanners and other frequently touched areas. It has eliminated in-person meetings during shifts and staggered the timing of shifts and break times.

"The service we provide has never been more critical, and the people doing the frontline work - our employees and all the contractors throughout our supply chain - are counting on us to keep them safe as they do that work. We're not going to let them down," wrote Bezos on Thursday. forbes.com

Amazon Q1 net sales up 26%, hits $75.5B
$41B product sales and $33B in services

eBay's US sales drop 3.8% in Q1 2020




D&D Daily Survey:
How will COVID-19 impact Loss Prevention & Organized Retail Crime at your stores as the nation prepares to reopen?

The industry values your input! The D&D Daily wants to hear your thoughts as retail prepares to reopen following mass closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the past seven weeks, we've all had a chance to think about what is going to happen as we reopen the doors, but are we prepared for the impact the pandemic will have on Loss Prevention and Organized Retail Crime?

What does ORC look like in the coming months? How are your stores preparing?

Click here to take a two-minute survey and share your thoughts!

Top ORC Cases from 2017 - By Dollar Amount

We at the D&D Daily compiled the top ORC cases we reported in 2017, ranked by dollar amount. Here are cases 6-10 of the year. Click here for the #1 case of 2017 and here for cases 2-5.

6. $7.2M - Medinah, IL, Man Gets 13 Yr's Prison for
$7.2M Credit Card Fraud

Sebastian Deptula, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud after an FBI investigation. He also was ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution to victims and another $3.6 million in forfeiture to the government. As part of the scheme, Deptula applied for credit cards using the names and personal information of other cooperating individuals. Typically, they obtained several credit cards for each person to maximize the total amount of credit available. When the co-conspirators received the credit cards, they would rapidly purchase items, including expensive electronics, so the limits could be reached before the card was frozen. dailyherald.com

7. $6M New York, NY: Thieves steal $6M in jewels while ball drops
on New Year's Eve

A trio of Midtown burglars waited for the stroke of midnight to pull off a $6 million New Year's Eve heist, law enforcement sources said Monday. "They laid in wait until the ball dropped," said a law enforcement source. The three hooded and masked men broke into a West 36th Street jewelry wholesaler at 12:01 a.m. Sunday in what appears to be an inside job - while 7,000 cops were distracted protecting Times Square revelers just a few blocks away. The source said the thieves "100 percent" planned the heist to coincide with the ball drop. They made off with around $6 million in gems and are still at large, police sources said. nypost.comm

8. $6M - Woman Sentenced for $6 Million "Mystery Shopper" Fraud Scheme
A Houston, Texas, woman, Timeiki Hedspeth, 39, was sentenced today to nearly 15 years in prison for her role in a $6 million fraud scheme involving "Mystery Shoppers." justice.gov

9. $5M - Providence, RI: Jeweler pleads guilty to $5M scheme using fake invoices
A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Wednesday to what federal authorities described as a long-running $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store. Prosecutors said the scheme focused on a deal Kent made with a so-called "factoring" firm in Chicago. Factoring firms buy invoices from companies at a discount to help those businesses get the capital they need to grow without having to wait for outstanding invoices to be paid. lancasteronline.com

10. $4.5M - Chatsworth, CA: Burglars steal nearly $5 Million of Anastasia Beverly Hills make-up products
Between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, LAPD detectives said unknown suspects cut a hole in the roof and broke into a warehouse located within the LAPD Devonshire Division, where Anastasia Beverly Hills Inc. stored the cosmetics. The thieves got away with more than 100,000 "Modern Renaissance" eye shadow kits valued at $4.5 million. dailynews.com

Macon, GA: Bibb County Burglary ring bust recovers stolen electronics, vehicles, cash, and guns
Bibb County deputies busted a burglary ring that led to four arrests and recovered several stolen items. Bibb County deputies investigated a number of business burglaries throughout Macon-Bibb that occurred over the past few months. In many of these burglaries, exterior walls of the businesses were breached with either a sledgehammer or some type of saw. Crowbars or other prying tools were also used to enter other businesses. Bibb County deputies report those arrested were charged with the Georgia RICO Act because it is believed that in this spree of burglaries they collectively engaged in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

Safes in many of the businesses were either cut open or removed altogether. Surveillance video or witnesses indicated that the suspects wore dark clothing and masks. Similar items were also taken from multiple businesses. Investigators also found many items fitting the description of goods taken from the businesses burglarized. These items include cash, clothing, cigarettes, TV's, and an assortment of electronic devices. Also seized were six guns and three vehicles. wgxa.tv

Middletown, DE: Troopers Make Arrests in Recent Liquor Store Thefts
The Delaware State Police have arrested three subjects, all from Philadelphia, on Organized Retail Crime related charges, in connection with recent thefts from southern New Castle County liquor stores. On Tuesday, April 28, a theft took place at Summit Liquors. A second theft then occurred at Smith Liquors in Townsend. In each incident it was reported that two females and two male suspects entered the businesses and proceeded to conceal multiple bottles of high end liquor in bags, and then fled without paying. A combined total of approximately $1700.00 in alcohol was stolen. On Thursday April 30, Troopers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle matching prior information, at which time three occupants of the vehicle were taken in to custody without incident. During a search, Troopers recovered multiple bottles of liquor, valued at $1000.00. Also discovered shoplifting tools, to include multiple bags and a security tag removal device. dsp.delaware.gov

Lake Zurich, IL: Thieves take 60 champagne bottles, valued at more than $4,000

Bakersfield, CA: BPD searching for two Target thieves stealing over $700 in merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Little Rock, AR: Family Dollar employee shoots, kills man outside store
A man killed outside a Family Dollar in Little Rock on Wednesday was shot by a store employee, police said. Officers responded around 5:35 p.m. to the Family Dollar, on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and found 45-year-old Keith Cobbins suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said in a news release there was a "disturbance" in the parking lot between Cobbins and an employee of the store, 42-year-old Shalonda Nelson, that escalated into the shooting. Nelson was interviewed and released pending further investigation, police said. Department spokesman officer Eric Barnes said investigators were still reviewing the store's video evidence to decide if Nelson's actions were justified. arkansasonline.com

Perth, Australia: Police fatally shoot man who stabbed 7 at Mall
AdvertisementAustralian police fatally shot a man who stabbed and slashed seven people at and near a shopping mall on Friday, officials said. None of the victims of the rampage in the northwest coastal town of South Hedland suffered life-threatening injuries. Five were hospitalized with stab wounds, including two who remain in serious but stable condition, officials said. Police have not revealed a motive. There was no indication the assailant, aged in his 30s, was politically or ideologically motivated, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

The assailant first stabbed a man at a motel near the mall and then another man who was sitting in a car at a nearby fast food restaurant, police said. He then knifed two men and three women at the mall, including a woman pushing a baby carriage. The child was not injured. Two police officers Tasered the man but he still lunged at them with the knife, Dawson said. A policeman fired several shots and killed him, he said. expressnews.com

Memphis, TN: One Employee dead, another in critical condition following argument / shooting inside a Jewelry Store
One person has died this morning after a shooting in Whitehaven, another person was taken to Methodist South in critical condition. The shooting happened in Whitehaven at The Jewelry Box. Officers received a call about an incident at a business that was open. Store workers were arguing and shots were fired, according to police. Police said the store owner will be held accountable for the business being open during COVID-19 restrictions. fox13memphis.com

League City, TX: Galveston Co. Deputy shoots and kills suspected Armed Robber of C-Store
A deputy-involved shooting in League City overnight left a suspected robber dead outside of a convenience store. Galveston County sheriff's deputies responded to a possible robbery call at a convenience store along Tuscan Lakes Boulevard and FM-646 around 9:30 p.m. The deputy involved was 100 yards away and said the suspect came out of the store with a handgun. That's when authorities say the shootout began. abc13.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

'It's a lawless city': Philadelphia merchants alarmed by Mobs of people Shoplifting
A group of 20 merchants in Philadelphia say policies set forth by the city during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an alarming epidemic of shoplifting, and in some cases, mobs of people. In one incident at the 7-Eleven store at 22nd & Market streets, video shows a group of about 8-10 kids come in and spread out throughout the store. Each starts collecting items from different shelves and refrigerators before suddenly running for the door. The owner says this has happened two to three times since the pandemic.

"Actually, I've been facing a lot of shoplifting. Every day I try to call and sometimes when I call 911 nobody answers," said Mohammed Karim, a store owner. At another store, another mob enters a store, including a young boy. Within minutes, the same thing happens with people running for the door with various items, the clerk running after them to no avail. Due to the pandemic, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw ordered arrests be delayed for non-violent crimes such as theft, drugs or prostitution. "I think broadcasting no arrests for retail theft was the biggest mistake the city ever made," said store owner Sukhvir Thinb. 6abc.com

Dothan, AL: Police respond to Armed Robbery at Dollar General; store employees locked in break room
Police are responding to an armed robbery call at the Dothan Dollar General located at Fortner Street. Around 9:15 p.m., Dothan police responded to the armed robbery call. When police arrived, they found store employees locked inside the store's break room. The suspect had fled the scene. No injuries have been reported. dothanfirst.com

Salisbury, NC: Man who held people at gunpoint at Harris-Teeter pleads guilty in court
In 2018, Cody Schimmels held people at gunpoint inside Harris-Teeter. The situation ended when he was shot by police. On Thursday, Schimmels was in court where he entered a guilty plea to five counts of felony first degree kidnapping and one count of felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to a minimum of 204 months (17 years) to a maximum of 282 months (23.5 years) in prison. wbtv.com

Mobile, AL: Police Hunting for Screwdriver-Wielding Shoplifter

Vallejo, CA: Shoplifting suspect coughed in Target workers' faces to make getaway




Opa-locka, FL: Five Trucks Torched outside Flea Market
Five tractor-trailers caught on fire Friday morning at the Opa-locka Flea Market. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the fire initiated in one of the trucks parked in the lot and spread to the other four. A person who lives in a recreational vehicle parked in the same lot was burned trying to run away from the fire. He was treated on the scene. No word on what sparked the fire. miami.cbslocal.com






Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 46 robberies
• 50 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed


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