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Sensormatic Solutions launches new offerings in response to COVID-19 to help retailers protect employees and customers

Real-Time Occupancy, thermal imaging and physical barrier solutions help create a safer store environment now and for retailers reopening in the future

Johnson Controls today announced Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, expanded its offerings to help retailers protect its employees, customers and assets in brick-and-mortar store operations and warehouses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, these new offerings help retailers to adhere to recommended store occupancy and social distancing guidelines during the current situation and in preparation for the reopening and recovery period. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

WEBINAR: Reopen Plans: Retail Trends Around the World
Last week, hundreds of retailers tuned in to ShopperTrak's webinar: "Reopen Plans: Traffic Trends Around the World." With an overwhelming response from retailers including shopping centers, resorts and casinos, ShopperTrak part of Sensormatic Solutions, is hosting an encore webinar this week. Register today and learn more about traffic trends in China, South Korea and US reopening, how to manage occupancy and human mobility data in the 'new world.' May 14 @ 1pm EDT - Register Here

The Challenging Post COVID-19 Economic & Retail 'New Normal'

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

This article summarizes the latest data from multiple leadership sources on the near term economic and retail challenges from COVID-19. All the trends confirm a post pandemic "New Normal".

What will be the 2020 GDP impact to key economies? Which consumer categories are positive? Which continent will lead the recovery? How many USA stores have reopened? Will it be a V, U, or L shaped retail recovery? How long will it take for key USA retail sectors to recover? Is online retail permanently eating the consumer world? Where do we go from here?

The Uneven USA Retail Recovery Journey

Weekly Neil Saunders from GlobalData.com has been sharing an insightful chart on the status of USA retail operations.

As of May 6th, nearly 51% of USA stores are still closed. Note the negative monthly forecasts, especially in April. The hardest negatively impacted sector for 2020 is apparel with -25.5% growth. The only positive sector is Food and Grocery, up 8.4%.

USA retail will have an uneven return to growth as demonstrated by this latest forecast from the IHL Group.

Overall retail recovery to 2019 levels will not be reached until December 2022. Food, drug, convenience and mass merchandisers will stay positive, but their growth rates will substantially decline from the current spikes. Department stores and specialty stores including apparel will not recover until 2023 at best. Restaurants will recover in 2022.

Read More Here: tonydonofrio.com

Coronavirus Tracker: May 12

US: Over 1.4M Cases - 82K Dead - 274K Recovered
Worldwide: Over 4.3M Cases - 290K Dead - 1.5M Recovered

U.S. Law Enforcement Deaths | NYPD Deaths: 41
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 95+

Employers Rush to Adopt Virus Screening. The Tools May Not Help Much.

Symptom-checking apps and fever-screening cameras promise to keep sick workers at home and hinder the virus. But experts warn they can be inaccurate and violate privacy.

Business leaders racing to deploy new employee health-tracking technologies in an effort to reopen the economy and make it safer for tens of millions of Americans to return to their jobs in factories, offices and stores. Some employers are requiring workers to fill out virus-screening questionnaires or asking them to try out social-distancing wristbands that vibrate if they get too close to each other. Some even hope to soon issue digital "immunity" badges to employees who have developed coronavirus antibodies, marking them as safe to return to work.

But as intensified workplace surveillance becomes the new normal, it comes with a hitch: The technology may not do much to keep people safer.

Public health experts and bioethicists said it was important for employers to find ways to protect their workers during the pandemic. But they cautioned there was little evidence to suggest that the new tools could accurately determine employees' health status or contain virus outbreaks, even as they enabled companies to amass private health details on their workers.

Over the past month, companies have started marketing a slew of employee-tracking tools to combat the virus.

PwC, the financial services firm, has developed a contact-tracing app to help employers "provide a lower-risk workplace for employees." It will automatically log proximity between employees and can be used to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus at work.

Salesforce, the giant software company, is offering a new tool, Work.com, to help employers "safely reopen." Among other things, it will enable companies to create online employee health surveys and map the workplace locations visited by employees with coronavirus infections.

Clear, a security company that uses biometric technology to verify people's identities at airports and elsewhere, plans this week to start marketing a health-screening service that can be used to vet and clear employees to enter workplaces. The service will take employees' temperatures with a thermal camera, as well as verify the results of their medical tests for the virus, sharing the results with employers as color-coded scores like green or red.

Yet many of the tools - including certain infrared thermometers and antibody tests that would be needed for employee "immunity" certificates - can be wildly inaccurate. Public health experts said the tools could create a false sense of security, leading workers to spread the virus inadvertently.

Fever-screening devices, for example, could miss many of the up to one-quarter or more people infected with the virus who do not exhibit symptoms. Or they could inadvertently expose employees who are running higher temperatures because they are under stress or have other health conditions, issues the workers may have preferred to keep private. nytimes.com

Bed Bath & Beyond's digital pivot continues; most stores staying closed for now
The company, which expects the majority of stores across its banners to remain closed until at least May 30, 2020, is expanding buy-online-pickup-in-store and contactless curbside pickup services to at least 200 additional stores, for a total of 750 stores, or approximately 50% of its store fleet across the U.S. and Canada. chainstoreage.com

Half of Simon's malls to reopen within a week
Simon Property Group on Monday said that 77 of its U.S. retail properties have reopened with certain protocols and limitations to protect customers and employees from the coronavirus. Plans are to open half of the company's U.S. shopping centers within the next week, CEO David Simon told analysts, according to a transcript from Motley Fool. retaildive.com

Simon faces some local pushback as it seeks to reopen malls

Under Armour CEO says some US stores that reopen could have to shut again

Genesco reopening Journeys, Johnston & Murphy stores

Inside Pilot's push to keep the trucking industry afloat during the COVID-19 outbreak

GNC says Ch. 11 is a possibility as pandemic hits sales and profits

Violence In Stores

Los Angeles, CA: Video shows 2 men allegedly assaulting Target security guard over face mask rule

Monroeville, PA: Man charged after physical encounter at Giant Eagle over not wearing mask

Leander, TX: Man Sought After Attack On HEB Cashier Over Meat Limits

ASIS International Shares Details Of The Ongoing Talks To Host Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020 Online Due To COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the way of life of security professionals and citizens around the globe, ASIS International is currently tirelessly exploring options for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2020, scheduled to take place September 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

At this stage, the company is evaluating their means of safely accommodating attendees at the Georgia World Congress Center in accordance with health and safety recommendations, and their means of potentially moving the event, in part or in full, to a virtual environment that offers the same high quality content, instructors, and dynamic interaction that the visitors have come to expect from the in-person GSX gatherings. It is the event organisers' plan to confirm whether GSX 2020 will take place live on or before June 22. securityinformed.com



$310M Fraud @ China's Biggest Coffee Chain

Luckin Coffee fires CEO, COO after sales fraud investigation
Luckin Coffee said Tuesday that it fired its CEO and COO as part of an internal investigation into sales fraud. Jenny Zhiya Qian, Luckin's former CEO, and Jian Liu, its former COO, also resigned from the company's board. The changes to the company's board and senior management went into effect on Monday.

On April 2, the Chinese coffee chain disclosed that an internal probe found that Liu had fabricated 2019 sales by about 2.2 billion yuan ($310 million). The coffee chain previously said net sales for the first nine months of 2019 were 2.9 billion yuan ($413 million). The company placed six other employees, who were either involved in or had knowledge of the fraud, on suspension or leave.

The 2½-year-old company has tried to build a customer base in China with smaller locations formatted for convenience and offering steep discounts. In January, the company said that it had more than 4,500 locations in China, several hundred more than rival Starbucks. Starbucks has responded to the competitive threat by opening cafes in China designed for quicker pick-up and delivery and less seating. cnbc.com

Survey: What Elements Add the Most Value to Security Leaders?

Top 3 Security Program Desires: Validation, Measurement, Communication

If you could choose three things that would enhance your security program, which three would you choose? In a new poll, the Security Executive Council (SEC) wanted to find out what elements would add the most value to security leaders and their teams.

Participants in this poll could select up to three wishes. The ability to validate the security program, the ability to effectively measure it, and the opportunity to communicate the value of security are the top three items on security leaders' wish lists.

See how the same question was answered 10 years ago: securityexecutivecouncil.com

AI-powered background checks making errors with criminal record reporting
Checkr is one of many companies automating aspects of the hiring process and cutting down on costs. Some of these companies are using artificial intelligence to scan through resumes, analyze facial expressions during video job interviews, compare criminal records, and even judge applicants' social media behavior. And in a pandemic, where the companies still hiring are likely already seeing a surge in applications and eager to find ways to streamline the recruiting process, technology that makes hiring quicker and easier sounds appealing.

But experts have expressed skepticism about the role that AI can actually play in hiring. The technology doesn't always work and can exacerbate bias and privacy problems. Inevitably, it also raises bigger questions of how powerful AI should become.

In recent years, Checkr has faced a slew of lawsuits for making mistakes that have cost people much-desired opportunities to work, according to legal records. One complaint from a man hoping to drive for Uber alleged that he was wrongly linked to a murder conviction that actually belonged to someone with a similar name. Another person hoping to work for the ride-share giant complained that he was erroneously reported to have committed several misdemeanors - including the possession of a controlled substance - crimes that belonged to another person with the same name. vox.com

The Body Shop embraces an 'open hiring' model
Imagine if retail workforce challenges could be solved in three simple questions. The Body Shop is betting that it can be. The retailer will hire based on the responses to three questions: Are applicants authorized to work in the United States, can they stand for eight hours, and can they lift 50 pounds. Three yeses, and a job awaits.

The Body Shop tested the program in its distribution center and found a 60 percent reduction in monthly turnover. It also was able to reduce the number of temporary employees. More broadly, studies have shown that those given a second chance often are more productive and loyal than the average employee.

The Body Shop says its new hiring process will have additional benefits, including savings in recruiting, interviews and background checks. It plans to redirect those into programs that will help its employees succeed. nrf.com

Justice Department Releases $61 Million in Awards to Support Efforts
to Combat Violent Crime in Seven U.S. Cities

Today, the Justice Department announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have awarded more than $61 million in grant funding to support the Attorney General's Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP) initiative.

Launched on Dec. 18, 2019, ORP aims to intensify federal law enforcement resources into seven American cities with violent crime levels several times the national average - Albuquerque, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, and Milwaukee.

"While violent crime is down across the country as a whole, some communities remain caught in the grips of violent actors," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "That's why I launched Operation Relentless Pursuit last December - an initiative to combat violent crime in seven cities where it remains stubbornly high. Today's grant awards are critical to our mission. We cannot succeed in eradicating crime without resources - the most vital of which are the brave men and women who serve and protect our communities each day. These funds will boost the forces that need them most." justice.gov

National Police Week Recognizes Those Killed in Line-of-Duty
Across the United States this week, cities plan to recognize members of law enforcement in honor of National Police Week.

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Based on data collected and analyzed by the FBI's Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted Program, 89 law enforcement officers nationwide were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2019. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored law enforcement officers' courage and unwavering devotion to the communities they swore to serve. foxbaltimore.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Reposted on LinkedIn:
Director, Loss Prevention Stores - Tractor Supply Co. - Brentwood, TN
This position is responsible for supervision of multiple regional loss prevention managers throughout the country to include staffing, development, performance oversight and budgeting for the assigned regions. This position will develop, maintain and manage exception-based reporting review for the regional loss prevention manager team and drive shrink reduction initiatives in all stores. Evaluates accounting and operational processes and recommends programs to reduce risk and losses. This position may also directly cover a set number of stores in all aspects of loss prevention for a geographic area to reduce and control shortage and other financial losses. careers-tractorsupply.icims.com linkedin.com

Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:

 Director, Global Asset Protection - eBay - Draper, UT
 Investigations Manager - Counterfeit Enforcement - Amazon - Arlington, VA



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Sensormatic Solutions launches new offerings in response to COVID-19 to help retailers protect employees and customers

Real-Time Occupancy, thermal imaging and physical barrier solutions help create a safer store environment now and for retailers reopening in the future

Johnson Controls today announced Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, expanded its offerings to help retailers protect its employees, customers and assets in brick-and-mortar store operations and warehouses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, these new offerings help retailers to adhere to recommended store occupancy and social distancing guidelines during the current situation and in preparation for the reopening and recovery period.

"As retailers face their new reality as a result of COVID-19, we [Sensormatic Solutions] believe that the industry needs to begin to restore consumer confidence, and that starts with helping to ensure the store is a safe environment," said Bjoern Petersen, president, Sensormatic Solutions. "Never before has there been a greater need for retailers to be equipped with the right technology along with real-time insights to make business critical decisions."

Sensormatic Solutions meets urgent COVID-19 needs with the following solutions:

  • Real-Time Occupancy and Social Distancing - The ShopperTrak Real-Time Occupancy solution assists retailers with understanding shopper density within a store for compliance with social distancing guidelines or ordinances, and to meet maximum limits. It helps optimize cleaning schedules for common facilities or high-touch areas, such as self-checkouts, and provides prompt up-to-the-minute understanding of staffing needs for efficient fulfillment of buy online, pickup in-store (BOPIS) or curbside pickup orders.

  • Thermal Imaging to Screen for Elevated Body Temperature - These solutions quickly provide thermal and color images of individuals or crowds entering the store. If the camera detects elevated temperatures above defined thresholds, a notification will be sent to store or warehouse managers in order to help maintain proper health and safety measures.

  • Physical Barrier Partition and Containment - Sensormatic Solutions provides CoronaGuard partition and containment solutions in areas requiring person-on-person interaction, such as point-of-sale, pharmacy counters and customer service windows, in collaboration with Polymershapes. The lightweight, see-through, and impact-resistant acrylic sheets and ready-to-install "sneeze guard" systems form a barrier to help protect retailers' most valuable assets: employees and customers.

  • Consumer Mobility Insights for Retail Recovery Planning - Sensormatic Solutions leverages consumer mobility data to help retailers plan their store reopening and recovery strategies, in partnership with Unacast and complementary to ShopperTrak's in-store Market Intelligence traffic benchmarking. Unacast's opt-in, location-based data provides insights to when and where retail will recover by understanding consumer mobility patterns and people's comfort with public spaces. As a value-add, a Social Distancing Scoreboard layers statistics related to new reported cases with changes in mobility and non-essential store visits, and provides daily community grades (A to F) to help retailers evaluate reopening individual store locations across their enterprise.

For more information and the full portfolio of current Sensormatic Solutions products and offerings in response to COVID-19, please visit Sensormatic.com. Additional solutions are expected to be launched in the coming weeks as well.






COVID-19 pandemic accelerates transformation in enterprise security

Organizations must retool their policies and invest in security programs
to acclimate to a post-COVID-19 business landscape.

Aside from essential workers, nearly everybody is working remotely during the current public health crisis, posing unprecedented security and privacy challenges. In a new ISACA survey on COVID-19 business impacts, 87 percent of respondents say the rapid requirement to work from home increased the risk of data privacy and protection issues. For organizations that already had a substantial percentage of remote workers, the shift was not as jarring, but many companies are accustomed to the majority of employees working in a traditional office setting. Abruptly, they have had to acclimate not only to equipping employees to be productive while working from home, but to provide guidance to help guard against an uptick in phishing and denial of service attacks increasingly being perpetrated by opportunistic cybercriminals.
The pandemic also has placed increasing pressure on IT departments to function in agile fashion. As noted in Diginomica, "At times of crisis, the time horizon for action is short. Nobody at the moment is thinking about multi-month IT projects, unless it's how to put them on hold. Instead, IT leaders should be looking at much shorter timelines, falling into two waves. The first priority is rapidly redeploying resources for immediate needs, whether that means putting in tools to support people working from home, accelerating information gathering and analysis to get in front of stresses in the business, or switching to lower-cost alternatives."

It's not only the immediate period, though, that ultimately will be reshaped by COVID-19. In the early days of the pandemic, many understandably clung to the notion that several of these major changes would be short-term inconveniences as opposed to lasting overhauls to organizations' ways of conducting business. But while the public health risks should continue to lessen with vigilance and with time, the related shifts to business processes will extend well into the future. csoonline.com

6 ways attackers are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis
While organizations can take plenty of steps to ensure employees are well-equipped to work remotely in a secure manner, threat actors of all stripes are already taking advantage of the COVID19/coronavirus situation. Never ones to miss an opportunity, attackers are ramping up operations to spread malware via Covid19-themed emails, apps, websites and social media.

Here's a breakdown of potential threat vectors and techniques threat actors are using to attack organizations:

1. Phishing emails
2. Malicious apps
3. Bad domains
4. Insecure endpoints and end users
5. Vulnerabilities at vendors and third parties
6. Targeting healthcare organizations


The Era of Weaponized Data Breaches
Global tensions are at an all-time high, with state-sponsored adversaries, cybercriminals and hacktivists targeting each other using data packages traded in underground communities, says a new study. According to 4iQ's Identity Breach Report 2020, the number of new identity records and the depth of personal information available in exfiltrated data are expanding, creating a blueprint of our digital identities that threat actors can weaponize and exposed identity information is now more intimate - fueling identity-based attacks across the globe.

4iQ's latest report offers a unique perspective on how the underground Breach Economy reflects the severity of targeted public/private sector cyber intrusions and provides exclusive insight into what is reported (and not reported) in the news headlines today.

4iQ continued to see the trend of cybercriminals rereleasing big combo packages with aggregated credentials gathered from newer, large-scale breaches: every time these big combo packages surface, billions of email addresses or usernames associated with clear-text passwords recirculate in underground communities, making the data increasingly accessible for malicious use, such as account takeover, Business Email Compromise, and other identity-based attacks.

There was an increase in the percentage of breach packages containing identity information beyond just credentials: 2019 saw a 10 percent increase in emails and passwords contained in data breaches, and a 14 percent increase in PII, compared to 2018. This is concerning since passwords can be easily changed but many identity attributes are permanent or very difficult to change, says 4iQ. securitymagazine.com

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Fake COVID-19 Credit Union Profiles

Scammers are impersonating credit unions on Instagram. These bad actors are creating fake profiles on Instagram that contain financial institutions' names, logos and links to their websites along with mentions of COVID-19. They send direct messages (DM) to followers to inform them that they have been selected for a cash prize.

Source: Phish Labs team revealed to Security Boulevard




Organized Retail Crime - The Great Debate

John Matas, Corporate Principal - Fraud & Profit Protection
Millie Kresevich, Director of Asset Protection
Scott Sanford
, Director of Loss Prevention

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

How big is the ORC problem and how should it be defined? How accurate is the $30 billion estimate? What are the implications of the NRSS' finding that external theft has surpassed internal theft for the first time ever? And how are the current decriminalization trends going to impact ORC long-term? Three senior LP/AP leaders -- John Matas, Millie Kresevich, and Scott Sanford -- join us to tackle these complex questions.

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eBay Accused of Price Gouging COVID-19-Related Products
Online auction retail marketplace eBay has been accused of facilitating the sale of excessively priced COVID-19 -related products in a class action complaint. eBay allegedly violated California's Unfair Competition Law, California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act, as well as and unjust enrichment.

Plaintiff Jeanette Mercado states that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic "unscrupulous sellers opportunistically prey upon the public by gouging prices of essential items," such as masks, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers" to unconscionably profit off of vulnerable and fearful consumers during these unprecedented times." Mercado stated that eBay's efforts to stop price gouging on its platform have not been fruitful. "While eBay publicly states that it is trying to stem the use of eBay's platform by sellers who have charged, and continue to charge, gouging rates to consumers across the country, eBay's very business model not only allows but encourages such price gouging to eBay's financial benefit.

"[I}n addition to charging fees for initially listing items, eBay charges a 'final value fee' when items actually sell, which is calculated as a percentage of the total amount of the sale. Thus the higher the sale price, the more profit eBay stands to earn." Mercado noted that brick-and-mortar stores have been experiecning scarcity for certain products, which has benefitted online retailers during this pandemic.

In an effort to stop price gouging, eBay banned essential items by "blocking new listings and removing existing ones." eBay also added a price-gouging reporting tool. However, the plaintiff claims that this ban was "insufficient and ineffective to halt the rampant price gouging that pervades its platform." Mercado cited its business model as an incentive for eBay to ignore the price gouging on its platform. lawstreetmedia.com

How Amazon Could Boost Covid-19 Testing While Crushing E-Commerce Rivals
n announcing first-quarter earnings, Amazon.com (AMZN) said it expects to spend $4 billion or more in the second quarter on expenses related to its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other things, the company is spending "hundreds of millions to develop our own Covid-19 testing capabilities."

Amazon (ticker: AMZN) also said a team of scientists, programmers, procurement specialists and software engineers have shifted from their normal jobs to "a dedicated team working to build incremental testing capacity." barrons.com

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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 share your thoughts!

Tracy, CA: Police search for suspects who stole $150K in jewelry from Costco
Tracy Police are looking for two suspects behind a smash-and-grab robbery at a Costco. Last Thursday around 8:30 p.m., Tracy police say two suspects wearing face coverings and sunglasses walked into the Costco on West Grant Line Road. One of the suspects began smashing display cases with a sledgehammer and grabbing jewelry while the other suspect parked a getaway vehicle outside the store, according to police.

Police report employees tried to run at the suspect with the sledgehammer, who fled the store and got into the tan, four-door sedan parked outside. As the two suspects drove away, police say one pointed a handgun at a Costco employee. Police say the suspects got away with an estimated $150,000 worth of jewelry. fox40.com

Morresville, NC: 3 arrested for thefts at Lowe's stores spanning a 6-year period
Three people were arrested and charged after stealing from a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Mooresville. An off-duty Iredell County deputy was at the store on April 25 when he saw an employee attempting the stop a man who was pushing a cart with electrical wire and other items into the parking lot. The employee told the deputy that the man did not pay for the items, so the deputy intervened and assisted in stopping the man. The stolen inventory was recovered without incident and returned to the store. The off-duty deputy recorded information from the man's vehicle before he fled the scene.

The Lowe's Loss Prevention and Regional Asset Protection Teams told the deputy they were investigating numerous thefts involving the same suspect. The thief was identified as Kody Ryan Wells. In addition, Ryan Wade Yoder, was identified as an accomplice. Deputies opened up an investigation and found out that Wells and Yoder had committed numerous larcenies from several Lowe's stores spanning a six-year period. The vehicle, a black Ford Explorer, was used in the thefts belonged to Jessica Nicole Hawkins.
A deputy attempted to make contact with Hawkins and Yoder at their home and observed numerous items consistent with the reported stolen property from Lowes, stored throughout their yard of the residence. Based on the investigation, detectives received search warrants for homes in Mooresville. Officers recovered more than $8,000 worth of stolen property that belonged to Lowe's Home Improvement. wbtv.com

Mercer County, KY: Man suspected of $20,000 theft from 7 area Lowe's stores
A Harrodsburg man is busted in a shoplifting ring that included more than $20,000 in thefts from Lowe's stores throughout the region. Investigators believe he had an elaborate operation selling the items online and using forged vehicle registrations to help cover his tracks. According to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, T.W. Freeman was arrested Friday after a Mercer County deputy, working with Lexington Police, spotted him in the Burgin community. Deputy Sean Brown stopped Freeman's vehicle and arrested him on three outstanding warrants.

Stolen items were found in the vehicle, according to Mercer County deputies. He is suspected in thefts from seven Lowe's during the last three months, authorities said. During a search Freeman's home, investigators say they seized computer equipment they think Freeman used to sell the items online, making false vehicle registration plates to conceal the identity of the vehicles he was using, along with additional Lowe's property. wtvq.com

Police nab NY trio they say stole $10,000 worth of liquor from Paramus Stew Leonard's
For more than a week and a half, a trio of New York thieves returned to a Stew Leonard's store and allegedly stole $10,000 worth of liquor before they were caught, according to police. The Stew Leonard's store in Paramus experienced a series of bold daytime thefts beginning on April 9 and continuing until 136 bottles of alcoholic merchandise had been pilfered from the store's liquor department, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. Working with store security, Ehrenberg's investigators identified the getaway car, which they linked to Richard Caldwell, 54, of Brooklyn, Yolanda Emery, 60, of Yonkers, and Tonya Hanner, 53, of Mount Vernon, New York.  northjersey.com

Trussville, AL: Police arrest man for stuffing stroller box with over $2K worth of stolen merchandise at Walmart
Justin Brian Wiggins, 34, is facing the charge after a loss prevention officer at the store said Wiggins removed a stroller from a box, placed the stroller back on the shelf and stuffed the box with assorted merchandise. According to a police report, Wiggins tried to leave the store without paying. The loss prevention officer at Walmart was able to stop Wiggins before he left, and police responded to the scene. The items in the stroller box had a total value of $2,225.14. trussvilletribune.com

Morris, IL: Man With 5 Prior Retail Theft Prison Terms Facing 4 new Felony theft charges
Several felony charges have been filed against a Grundy County man. Carl LaFever, 46, of Minooka was recently charged with four counts of retail theft, all class four felonies; retail theft, a class three felony and three counts of burglary, all class two felonies. Court records show LaFever allegedly burglarized Menards in Morris on December 30th and Wal-Mart in Morris on February 14th and March 5th. LaFever is also accused of stealing merchandise from a business in the 2,000 block of South Ridge Road in Minooka as well as from a gas station in Morris on January 1st. wcsjnews.com

The Villages, FL: Homeless man arrested after loading up backpack with nearly $500 of merchandise at Wal-Mart

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Family Dollar murder suspect waives extradition, will be brought to Flint
Larry Teague was in a Texas courtroom Monday morning for an extradition hearing. "While in the court hearing, he waived his extradition and agreed to return to Michigan," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Teague was arrested in Houston last Thursday, wanted in connection with the murder of 43-year-old Calvin Munerlyn on May 1. Police say the security guard at the Family Dollar store was shot after he told a relative of Teague's that she couldn't enter the store without a protective mask, as required to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Leyton said he was pleased his office will not have to prepare for an extradition hearing. "Even though they are jailed and incarcerated, they like to get back to their home turf," Leyton said of why a murder suspect would decide not to fight extradition. He said talks have started on how to bring Teague back to Flint. Teague's step-son, Ramonyea Bishop and Bishop's sister and mother are also charged in the case. The two people who police say helped Teague get to Texas, also face criminal charges in Genesee County. wave3.com

Las Cruces, NM: Police identify Landis Boot and Shoe Service owner
as victim in fatal shooting
The owner of a leather shop and a long-time resident of Las Cruces was shot and killed at his business. Authorities identified Oscar Amezquita, 79, as the victim in Saturday night's shooting. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Las Cruces police were dispatched to reports of a shooting at Landis Boot and Shoe Service. Amezquita was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound. lcsun-news.com

Hickory, NC: 2 shot to death at North Carolina convenience store
Two people were shot and killed as they sat inside a car at a convenience store, police said Monday. The Hickory Police Department said in a news release that a 911 caller told dispatchers that a man with a handgun walked up to a car at the convenience store late Sunday night and shot into the car. Police said the suspect fled on foot. Investigators think the suspect knew his victims and targeted them. washingtontimes.com

Tulsa, OK: Arrest made in Gas Station Clerk's 2011 murder
Peggy Gaytan, 55, was working at the Shell gas station near 36th Street and Harvard Avenue three days before Christmas when she was killed.  tulsaworld.com

Milwaukee, WI: Man charged in the shooting death of Cathy King outside Walgreens
According to a criminal complaint, King was being dropped off by her daughter-in-law at Walgreens, where she was a pharmacy technician. Prior to King exiting the car, the two had a brief conversation about King's ex-boyfriend, whom the driver knew as "Bill." King and Jones were allegedly in an "on-again, off-again relationship," according to another family member. When King started to leave the vehicle, the driver noticed Jones standing behind a pillar and attempted to let King know. After King was fully out of the car, Jones started shooting her, according to the complaint. fox6now.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Florida Keys, FL: Burger King manager stole $61,000 from the safe to pay for car, rent and a new TV, police say
A Florida Keys man was jailed after police said he stole $61,500 from a fast-food restaurant while working as the general manager. Patrick Lunique, 42, was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft after police said he admitted to stealing deposits from the safe at Burger King, between October 2019 and March 2020. Lunique said he made $46,000 a year and regularly asked for a raise, but it wasn't enough to pay his bills. And it was easy to steal the cash, Lunique explained to Monroe County Sheriff's deputies. It started one day when Lunique said he found a cash deposit in the safe from months ago that never made it to the bank. "He realized no one missed the money so he kept it," deputies wrote in the report. No one in accounting seemed to notice the missing cash so he continued to steal, he said. flkeysnews.com

Melbourne, AU: Shocking twist in a $3.9million gold heist as employee who was believed to be the victim is accused of being the mastermind behind the theft
Man believed to be victim of a gold heist robbery is alleged mastermind. A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple offences on Tuesday. Alleged armed hold-up unfolded at Melbourne Gold Company in the CBD. Karl Kachami allegedly pointed pistol at workers head on morning of April 27. He escaped with the entire contents of a safe, adding up to total of $4 million. dailymail.co.uk

La Crosse, WI: Suspect Accused Of Stealing 170+ Firearms from Licensed Firearms Dealer storage unit



Chicago, IL: 35 Counterfeit Super Bowl Rings Seized at O'Hare Airport Mail Facility; suggested retail price $350,000, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection





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• 10 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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