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Daily Internet Job Postings Down 14% in Q1
1,391 vs. 1,196

Q1 2018 Job Postings Decline 14%
Without Sears New Jobs in Q1 '17 - Job Postings Only Declined 2.8%
Yes we're in a bad job market - but it could get worse if March is any indicator

In Q1 '17 Sears Holdings created 200 new Area IRT (Interdictive Response Team) AP jobs and eliminated 700 AP positions in the field. Sears posted 160 of those new jobs on the internet. Obviously inflating that quarters results.

However they were new positions and as such must be included and makes March '18's 39% decline explainable.

Even without Sears 160 job postings last March, March postings this year declined 19.8%. Which may be an indicator if the decline continues into Q2.

Take Sears out of the totals and we only see a 2.8% job postings decline in Q1.

So in essence while we've seen some drastic activity in job cuts and senior level job eliminations the industry overall is still maintaining new job postings and not reflecting a bad LP/AP job market yet. However, as stated above, if the March 19.8% (without Sears) decline continues we will be in a very bad job market rather quickly.

Additionally, this past February 2018, the retail sector cut over 6,000 jobs; 60% higher than the same time last year.

With bankruptcies piling up, more store closings coming and predicted, retail automation rising, robots on the sales floor, scan-n-go, self-serve checkouts, mobile pay, kiosks replacing cashiers in the fast-food industry, and more Amazon Go's on the horizon worldwide it's predicted that automation alone puts 30-50% of the world's retail industry jobs at risk. All of these factors obviously, also contributed to Q1's 14% decline.

Q1 Featured Jobs: 2018 & 2017

In the Featured Jobs column in Quarter 1 of 2018 we posted 36 featured jobs:

● 2 VP, AVP or SVP positions
● 12 Director positions
● 1 Senior Director level positions
● 1 Regional, Market or Field Director positions
● 6 Senior Manager or Corporate Manager positions

In Quarter 1 of 2017, the Daily posted 34 featured jobs:

● 12 Director positions
● 5 Regional, Market or Field Director positions
● 10 Senior Manager/Corporate Manager positions

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Introducing the LPFA - Loss Prevention Furniture Alliance

LPFA Mission Statement: "A network of dynamic loss prevention professionals, building business partnerships while serving their respective home furnishings retail and ecommerce verticals in improving profitability and reducing loss related to fraud, theft and operational practices."

After a few months of preliminary networking the LPFA was officially launched in December 2017 with its inaugural conference call. Participants attended additional calls in which topics of e-commerce, card not present and logistics concerns were discussed. Following this series of calls the first in-person meeting was organized and held last week at the Bob's Discount Furniture Distribution Center in Shorewood, IL.

Pictured here, seated left to right are charter members: Tommy Walters - Director Asset Protection at Living Spaces, Jeff Popovich - Distribution LP Manager Bob's Discount Furniture, Don Ward - Regional LP Manager American Signature Furniture, Mike Case - Director Loss Prevention Art Van Furniture.

Standing left to right are charter members: Patrick Burns - VP Loss Prevention Bob's Discount Furniture, Joe Hlavac - Director Loss Prevention Bob's Discount Furniture, Laura Donohoe - Regional LP Manager Art Van Furniture, Armando Martinez - Regional LP Manager Bob's Discount Furniture and Mark Zibel - Regional LP Director Bob's Discount Furniture.

During the meeting, participants outlined their departmental structures, core responsibilities, opportunities and successes within this specialty retail vertical. Other topics included phone orders (card not present) fraud, general investigations, operational auditing, safety, logistics and inventory control.

The LPFA would like to express their thanks and gratitude the identity verification vendors that participated in and educated us on their products and services:

  ● Fraud Fighter / Uveritech (www.fraudfighter.com)
  ● Intellicheck (www.intellicheck.com)
  ● Moby (www.gotmoby.com)

For general inquiries, additional information or to join this dynamic growing retail vertical group contact Patrick Burns, Vice President Loss Prevention Bob's Discount Furniture at patrick.burns@mybobs.com

American Legion Gives First Responder Award to Dallas Police Officer Killed in April 24th Home Depot Shooting
Royse City's American Legion Post 100 has selected its 2018 First Responder Award recipients, naming slain Dallas Police Department officer Rogelio Santander, Jr. its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in a surprising move.

The late Santander, who was 27, responded to a shoplifting incident at a Home Depot in Richardson with his partner, Crystal Almeida, the night of April 24. Santander, Almeida and the store's loss prevention officer Scott Painter were shot by the suspect. While Almeida and Painter recovered, Santander died the next day. roysecityheraldbanner.com

Guaranteed Supplier Compliance from Industry Leader ReposiTrak
ReposiTrak, Inc., the industry leader in compliance, food safety and risk management for the retail supply chain, today announced a new compliance guarantee for suppliers that is unlike any other in the industry today. ReposiTrak now guarantees suppliers compliance success within the first year or the second year of service is free. Currently, no other provider in the market offers this kind of promise to customers. businesswire.com

Burger King Hit With $1 Million Civil Rights Suit Over 'Fake' $10 Bill
Burger King Corp. was hit with a nearly $1 million civil rights suit Tuesday in a Massachusetts state court by a homeless black man who says he was arrested and jailed for three months after trying to buy breakfast with a $10 bill a restaurant employee said was fake, but turned out to be real. law360.com

Amazon has finished visiting the top 20 contenders for its new HQ
Some cities are already seeing a 'halo effect'

Amazon has completed the process of visiting all 20 cities that are finalists in the e-commerce giant's search for a second headquarters, sources close to the process told NBC News on Wednesday.

Regardless of who wins the golden ticket, several cities in the top 20 have already noted that simply making it onto Amazon's final list has led to an uptick in interest from other companies.

Newark, Philadelphia, and Austin all reported a surge in economic development inquiries since the HQ2 Top 20 List was released from Amazon in January. Development officials cite the publicity surrounding Amazon's search for a new space as creating buzz around their communities. nbc.com

CargoNet's Q1 North America 2018 Cargo Theft Trend Analysis
239 Supply Chain Events - 159 Cargo Theft Events - Down 23%

CargoNet also noted a marked decrease in the average value per event, which dropped to $90,883 per event in first-quarter 2018 from $164,185 in first-quarter 2017.

Food and beverage remained the most stolen commodity category, but thefts of this commodity decreased 39% year-over-year. Household cargo and electronics cargo were the second and third most stolen commodities. Thefts of household cargo remained the same when compared with first-quarter 2017, but thefts of electronics were up 64% year-over-year.

Data from first-quarter 2018 shows that recent law enforcement action in New Jersey has been very successful. Cargo theft in the state dropped 60% compared with first-quarter 2017. Most states recorded decreases in cargo theft in first-quarter 2018. ajot.com

Macy's 2nd Straight Strong Quarter - After 11 Negative Q's
Macy's thinks it has a 'winning formula' as it crushes in Q1

Macy's Q1 comp's up 3.9%, net sales up 3.6%. Net income nearly doubled, to $139 million in Q1 from $78 million in the year-ago period. The company's stock rose nearly 10% in premarket trading as Macy's blew away many estimates.

Macy's Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement Wednesday that the retailer performed well across all three of its nameplates: Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Bluemercury.

Macy's turnaround efforts appear to be bearing fruit as they continue into 2018. In recent weeks, the company acquired the retail concept Story. retaildive.com

Walmart drops mobile Scan & Go checkout
Expanding BOPIS to 2,000 Stores

Walmart ended its Scan & Go service that let customers pay for items while they browsed stores and skip the checkout line, the retailer confirmed to Business Insider. Shoppers could use a mobile app on their smartphone or handheld scanners provided inside stores at about 150 U.S. locations.

Walmart said it would use insights from Scan & Go to support other tests like Check Out With Me, a service announced in April that gives employees mobile point-of-sale devices that can ring up items and provide a receipt on the spot.

Walmart is finding it harder than it may have originally anticipated to convince customers to adopt new tech and engage with the retailer through digital and mobile platforms.

The checkout service that has seen the greatest traction among Walmart customers so far is its grocery pickup. Shoppers can still avoid checkout lines by ordering items online and picking them up at stores where an employee will load them into their car. Walmart is expanding this service to more than 2,000 stores this year to ramp up convenience. retaildive.com

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Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. Our portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and over 66,000 employees around the world. Our leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium's only department store group Galeria INNO. monstermediaworks.ca

Arecont Vision to Shed Debt Burden Through Chapter 11 Sale

Starbucks Adding 3,000 New Stores in China by 2022

Viral footage shows a man insulting a Muslim woman at a coffee shop before being forced to leave for 'being very racist'

April retail sales jump 0.4% as e-commerce climbs 9.6% from last year

Amazon launches special Whole Foods discounts for Prime members

Quarterly Results
Boot Barn Q4 comp's up 12.1%; full year comp's 5.2%, net sales up 7.6%
Macy's Q1 comp's up 3.9%, net sales up 3.6%

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Forecast: Stormy with a chance of sunshine.

"Not my network." Do you think a cybersecurity breach couldn't happen to you? The truth is scary. The infographic here shows some surprising and alarming statistics about cybersecurity and the reality that many of us may not be as secure as we think. Realizing your vulnerabilities is the first step to a more secure network.

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Cybersecurity Whistleblowers Are Growing Corporate Challenge
Signals from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over how seriously it takes cybersecurity, combined with a Supreme Court ruling on whistleblower protections, are putting pressure on companies to be more careful about how they deal with potential tipsters, lawyers say.

The securities regulator issued guidance in February on how companies should handle cybersecurity issues.

"It's going to incentivize people inside an organization to step forward and disclose," said Brian Mahany, a whistleblower lawyer and founder of Mahany Law LLC. "I think the SEC is saying to companies, 'We're taking this seriously. You take it seriously.'"

"I definitely think this is a growth issue," for companies, said Dallas Hammer, an attorney at Zuckerman Law who represents employees in whistleblower matters. "We're getting [inquiries] about this every week."

To ease the path for workers to raise concerns internally, companies should open multiple channels for reporting, Mr. Keating said. Another step would be to train managers to know part of their job is to to recognize and deal with whistleblowers' concerns, and to evaluate them on how good they are at handling complaints. wsj.com

Organizations Embracing Europe's GDPR as Opportunity to Improve
Privacy & Security

A new study from IBM reveals that nearly 60 percent of organizations surveyed are embracing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an opportunity to improve privacy, security, data management or as catalyst for new business models, rather than simply a compliance issue or impediment.

To reduce their exposure, the study indicated that the majority of companies are being more selective in the data they collect and manage, with 70 percent disposing of data ahead of the deadline for compliance.

Companies' preparation for GDPR comes in the wake of increased scrutiny from consumers on businesses' management of personal data. A separate poll of 10,000 consumers, conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of IBM, found that only 20 percent of U.S. consumers completely trust organizations they interact with to maintain the privacy of their data.

● 84 percent believe that proof of GDPR compliance will be seen as a positive differentiator to the public

● 76 percent said that GDPR will enable more trusted relationships with data subjects that will create new business opportunities

● Despite this opportunity, only 36 percent believe they will be fully compliant with GDPR by the May 25 deadline

"GDPR will be one of the biggest disruptive forces impacting business models across industries - and its reach extends far beyond the EU borders," said Cindy Compert, CTO, Data Security & Privacy, IBM Security. "The onset of GDPR also comes during a time of huge distrust among consumers toward businesses ability to protect their personal data. These factors together have created a perfect storm for companies to rethink their approach to data responsibility and begin to restore the trust needed in today's data-driven economy."

100 Percent of Organizations have Active Insider Threats, Research Shows
Dtex Systems, a leader in user behavior intelligence and insider threat detection, today announced availability of its 2018 Insider Threat Intelligence Report. Findings are based on threat assessments from global organizations in public and private sector industries.

Dtex found active insider threats in all assessed organizations. This is clear proof that no businesses have been able to eliminate the insider threat blind spot. Failure to gain visibility is allowing malicious and negligent employees to engage in undetected high-risk activities on every endpoint, on and off the network. Malicious employees are users that intentionally harm their organizations through theft, sabotage, and blatant disregard for security policies and controls. Negligent employees are often times trusted users that hurt their organizations due to a lack of awareness, error, or because they are not defended against attacks. prnewswire.com

What an Apple phishing attack looks like

Watch an Apple phishing attack from start to finish, including a look at what the criminals see and the code that drives these types of scams.

Credential theft a top priority, Rapid 7 report shows
Credential theft is still a top priority for organisations to address in terms of making it more difficult for cyber attackers to gain unauthorized access to their networks, report reveals.

Credential theft, reuse and subsequent suspicious logins are the most commonly reported significant incidents across both small and large organizations, the report said.

Data shows that adversaries attempted to steal credentials from employees at larger organizations at nearly three times the rate of smaller organizations, but much of that is likely due to the number of employees available to target, the report said. computerweekly.com

Global Security Compliance Program Mgr. Position Posted for Amazon Web Services in Seattle


Circle K grassroots CPTED initiative growing, reducing crime
Sales up $65K per year, violence down in stores with murals

A grassroots CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) initiative to help reduce crime in convenience stores is in growth mode, thanks in part to interest from some major academic institutions.

Sean Sportun, manager of security and loss prevention, started a project to paint murals on Mac's convenience stores more than five years ago to help spur community support and reduce the incidence of violent crime in stores. The murals were hugely successful; Sportun was recognized for his creative approach by his employers and also by Canadian Security magazine, which awarded him Security Director of the Year in 2013.

What soon developed was an academic project, partially funded by a Harvard University grant and a case study published by Harvard Business School with a detailed background on the Mac's organization (now known as Circle K after a rebranding exercise) focused on the mural project.

The project needed to be scaled up to increase its impact and create more data points that could be used for further research. It wasn't a tough sell to Mac's management. Not only was crime going down but sales were going up $65,000 a year in the stores that had murals painted on their exterior walls. Read more here canadiansecuritymag.com

Legalization of cannabis a groundswell of opportunity for security providers
"This is a huge business opportunity," says David Hyde, when asked how the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis under The Cannabis Act will impact the security business.

Hyde, owner and principal consultant at David Hyde and Associates, a risk management and security services consultancy based in Toronto, is not alone in this belief. Even prior to legalization, companies and consultants have seen opportunities to expand their business under the ACMPR, or the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation.

Expanding growth opportunities
Despite the difficulties of entering a new, somewhat "unconventional" industry, there is plenty of evidence to indicate the cannabis market will provide opportunities for growth.

"Within a six-month span, we have grown from just under 20 staff to more than 100 Canada-wide, and we project that we will exceed 200 by the fall of this year," says the owner of 3Sixty Secure.

Retail = revenue
For security service providers looking to enter the market, Hyde says he believes there are plenty of new opportunities. Today, there are 90 cultivation sites that are federally regulated, he says, and this will grow to 150 by mid-summer. Each of these sites will need security systems and guards.

Regulatory gaps
Part of doing your homework includes being aware of regulatory gaps that impact security, particularly transportation security. In fact, under the ACMPR, there are no regulations regarding the transportation of medical cannabis. As a result, the industry, particularly providers of secure transportation services, are setting their own security standards.

Holistic security
To capitalize on the cannabis market, not only is it important to be aware of regulatory gaps, but also of the strict physical security regulations under the ACMPR. The ACMPR focuses on barriers, doors, gates, ceilings and other aspects of the physical security of cannabis facilities. It is also focused on technological security and systems, including cameras, access control, intrusion, and more, explains Hyde. canadiansecuritymag.com

Halifax startup making waves in facial recognition
RetailDeep, the Halifax startup that used to be known as Skyline, is currently in the running for some big prizes and was shortlisted to the Top 20 at the XRC Labs innovation accelerator in New York City.

RetailDeep equips stores with facial-recognition software that identifies customers who have digital accounts and tracks what they select from shelves. It automatically bills them for each item before they leave the shop. The system allows small and medium-sized retailers to compete with automated shops being pioneered by such corporate giants as Amazon. It lets consumers purchase things without waiting in line for a cashier and also helps retailers track data on their customers.

The company, which started in Shanghai, China, is expanding its eight-store pilot with Chinese retailer Pocket Noir to include 100 locations across China. It is also piloting locally, testing its AI at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and several other businesses in the city. thechronicleherald.ca

The Home Depot Canada's Jeff Kinnaird named RCC's Excellence in Retailing 2018 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year
Retail Council of Canada has announced that The Home Depot Canada's President Jeff Kinnaird and his team will be presented the prestigious Excellence in Retailing Awards' 2018 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award. The award will be given out at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on the evening of May 29, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: retailawards.ca/content/gala-tickets.

Mr. Kinnaird is responsible for overseeing the sales and operations of 182 stores and approximately 30,000 associates. retail-insider.com

Store Openings in Canada
ECCO Shoes continues Canadian expansion with 7 stores in 2018
Costco to open new Moncton store this fall
HomeSense opening new store at former Target location
Goodness Me aims to open four more stores
Giant Tiger coming to Tecumseh Mall
Baker Lake opens thrift store with a plan to run food bank on the profits
Choom gets rights to eight retail locations in Alberta
Salvation Army to open new store in Vanderhoof
Planet Organic Market opening two new Edmonton stores
O'Leary cannabis shop will now be standalone store
Luxury Eyewear Retailer 'Oliver Peoples' to Enter Canada with Multiple Stores

Canada's Metro Acquires The Jean Coutu Group - C$4.5 billion acquisition

Canadian Tire to buy sportswear brand Helly Hansen in C$985 million deal

Trudeau to Trump: Let's strike a practical NAFTA deal, end the uncertainty

2nd Annual Axis Canada Retail Leadership Forum
May 23 - 24 in Toronto, ON

The Retail Landscape is changing and with these changes providing safety and security for your customers, staff and business is of utmost importance.

This 2-day exclusive seminar will cover topics ranging in a variety of spaces including, but not limited to:
Organized retail crime
Cybersecurity and brand
Leadership styles during unlikely events
Workplace safety in a time of legal cannabis

If you are interested in attending this two-day complimentary seminar please email Rick Snook or call him at (647) 444-4672 for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Langley, BC: Man dead after gas station shooting
One man is dead after a shooting at a Langley gas station. It happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday at a Chevron gas station just off Highway 1 on 232nd Street. First responders rushed to the scene to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds near a vehicle. "Unfortunately he died of his injuries," said RCMP Insp. Ben Rodrigue. "IHIT has been called out and also does not appear to be a random act ... there's no reason to believe right now that the public is at risk." cbc.ca news1130.com

Calgary, AB: 2 arrested, third suspect with nationwide warrant following violent armed robbery
Two men have been arrested and charged for a violent armed robbery that took place in Calgary last year, and a third man now has a Canada-wide warrant out for his arrest. Three masked men entered Hempisphere, a Tobacco shop in southeast Calgary, armed with handguns and a machete on January 20, 2017. The men put a gun to the store manager's head, instructing her to give them the keys to the safe. The men also ripped phone cords out of the walls, forced employees into the back of the store, and stole merchandise before fleeing. dailyhive.com

Edmonton, AB: Comic store broken into, money stolen after refusing to sell book that opposes 'diversity' in comics

Montreal, QC: Montreal police seek suspect in brutal c-store robbery; Owner struck in face with beer bottle

Mississauga, ON: Man struck with pipe, sent to hospital after Mac's armed robbery

Robberies and Burglaries

C-Store - Brampton, ON - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mississauga, ON - Robbery
C-Store - Montreal, QC - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Northumberland, ON - Robbery
Hempishpere - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery

Mac's - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery
Shell - Cobourg, ON - Armed Robbery








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Whack-A-Mole: Inside The Fight Against Knockoffs, Counterfeits & Fake Sites
Manufacturers with patents have long been subject to intellectual property theft, which is now a cornerstone of the ongoing trade war with China. Culprits that mimic a company's technologies or designs are able to sell knockoffs and counterfeits more cheaply to price-conscious consumers by using inferior materials and taking advantage of lower shipping costs.

Because of these practices and the piles of money to be made, fake products pour into the U.S. from overseas daily. And while it's difficult to say how much money U.S. manufacturers are losing in the process, the amount of bogus goods entering the country, most notably from China, is staggering, according to Patrick Hedren, vice president, labor, legal & regulatory policy, National Association of Manufacturers.

Add to this scenario schemers claiming to sell a company's products via websites that look legitimate but instead take consumers' money and don't deliver the goods, and it's easy to see that businesses are battling a host of nefarious entities out to steal their money and sully their reputation.

There is only so much a company can do to mitigate-prevention is difficult-counterfeits, knockoffs and scam websites that tarnish their brand and financial standing. In-house or outside legal counsel is one way. Filing patents on intellectual property in a timely fashion is another.

Trade associations' regulatory or international trade committees can keep you apprised of steps to take and current lobbying efforts being undertaken, such as how to best prevent intellectual property theft.

More than anything, vigilance is critical. Monitor sites like Amazon and Alibaba for potential counterfeits and knockoffs. Work with retailers and distributors on what they're seeing and what could be a potential threat. sgbonline.com

CNP Expo Keynote Recap: Striking a Balance between UX and Fraud Prevention
How do merchants resolve the natural tension between enabling a frictionless online purchasing experience and effective fraud prevention? According to Discover Global Head of Product, Jamie Uppenberg at a Tuesday morning keynote address at CNP Expo, in the current commerce environment, digital experience is the most important thing and "if you don't know what your most important customers consider to be the most important thing, you won't have much to manage soon enough."

"When you start thinking about protecting the digital experience, you have to ask a few questions," she said. "You have to first understand how much you want to impact your customers. And then, begin to layer in what your risk parameters are and your budgeting. You have to start there and you have to know before you start looking at services." cardnotpresent.com

US online sales increase an estimated 16% in April
Nonstore sales, which are mainly online sales, reached $55.91 billion in April, according to the Department of Commerce. digitalcommerce360.com

US e-commerce sales grow 14% in Q1 2018

Luxottica Group alleges individual is selling counterfeit Ray-Ban products online

Lord & Taylor's Store On Walmart.com To Launch Soon

Home Depot Shoplifter Injures Motorcycle Deputy attempting to flee; now facing multiple Felony charges
Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of theft in progress at the Home Depot in Goleta. When Sheriff's deputies arrived, they located the shoplifting suspect, 29-year-old Jeffrey Morgan, attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle. In his attempt to evade authorities, Morgan jumped out of his running vehicle which struck a Goleta Motor Unit causing minor injuries to the deputy. The suspect then fled on foot, across the parking lot but was ultimately apprehended by deputies in a hotel parking lot. Morgan was determined to be on parole for armed robbery and the vehicle he was driving was stolen. noozhawk.com

Colvill, WA: Former employee accused of stealing more than $10k from vision store
A former employee of the Colville Vision Source store in Colville is accused of stealing more than $10,000 going back to February 2017. Rhea Vining was first suspected of the theft after another employee informed the owner of the business that they noticed money from a cash payment was missing and could not be located. After further investigation into past deposits, it was noted that $10,895.66 in cash discrepancies were found between February 2017 and February 2018. chewelahindependent.com

Grove City, PA: Warrants issued for 2 suspects in $4,500 Michael Kors Grab & Run
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating after a robbery at the Grove City Premium Outlets where several purses were grabbed right out of a store manager's hands. The incident happened on Valentine's Day at the Michael Kors store just after closing time. Police said they have now identified the culprits who allegedly stole the merchandise. Kendal Morris Jr., 19, and Aquiria Bowers, 20, have warrants issued for their arrests and are charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and retail theft. Police said the two entered the store and grabbed purses on display, the manager grabbing them to stop them from being stolen. The suspects then forcibly removed them from her grasp and fled the store with 16 purses valued at $4,500. wfmj.com

San Carlos, CA: 3 Arrested in $1,000 theft from CVS
The incident was reported about 5 p.m. Sunday at the CVS Pharmacy on San Carlos Avenue. San Mateo County sheriff's deputies arrested the 3 suspect following a short chase. Police recovered more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise. One suspect was also wanted on a felony warrant. mercurynews.com

Mooresville, NC: 3 men arrested for multiple ID theft incidents at Harris Teeter stores across the region; $12,000 in cash seized
The three men, Yariel Monsibaez-Ruiz, 26, and Denis Monsibaez-Diaz, 34 and Ariel Mora-Quijada, 23, have been charged with five counts of Felony Identity Theft, Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and Conspiracy to Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Officers responded to the Harris Teeter at Town Center Drive on Monday afternoon, after being alerted by store managers that the suspects were in the store and using multiple debit cards to make several transactions. Officers recovered more than $1,000 in property purchased with the cloned debit cards, as well as nearly $12,000 cash and other evidence found inside their vehicle. mooresvilletribune.com

Denver, CO: ORC Ringleader targeting Home Improvement stores pleads guilty; expected sentence of 16 years
The ringleader of a plan that resulted in the theft of over $35,000 of merchandise from Denver metro area and Front Range home improvement stores pleaded guilty last Friday, according to the Denver District Attorney. Christopher Rodriguez, 31, pleaded guilty to the main charge of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. As part of the terms of his plea, Rodriguez is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison. The indictment alleges that between December 2015 and December 2016, Rodriguez participated in and directed fellow members to steal merchandise from Home Depot and Lowe's stores, then return the stolen items back to the stores for merchandise credit cards, which were in turn sold for cash to pay conspirators in the crime in cash or drugs.

A Denver Grand Jury last October indicted Rodriguez and 24 co-defendants on various additional charges, including money laundering, theft, and violation of bail bond conditions. The DA said the indictment was the result of a months-long investigation and collaboration by the local Economic Crime Unit, Denver Metro Gang Task Force, Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department, and the Lakewood Police Department. kdvr.com

Update: Rhode Island: Man pleads guilty in Target, CVS rooftop robbery case
An Albanian man living in New York pleaded guilty in a Rhode Island federal court to cutting his way through a Target department store roof last October, prying open an ATM and stealing more than $14,000. Epirot Krasniqi of Brooklyn appeared before a U.S. District Court judge Friday and pleaded guilty to larceny charges and burglary of controlled substances. Krasniqi went on to cut through a wall of the store into a CVS pharmacy, where he stole a prescription package of Oxycodone from a locked cabinet. Liridon Gashi allegedly helped him with the break-in. The two were equipped with portable two-way radios. Police responded to a tripped burglary alarm, and found the men hiding inside air conditioning units on the roof. After a federal indictment was issued in November, Krasniqi was arrested by FBI agents in New York. Gashi was arrested by FBI agents in San Francisco in March. Krasniqi will be sentenced in August. No plea agreement was filed for this case. crookstontimes.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Dover, DE: Suspects in murder had shoplifted bullets from Dick's Sporting Goods
Two teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Smyrna man early Sunday morning allegedly shoplifted ammunition from Dick's Sporting Goods in Dover Mall two days earlier, Dover Police said when announcing their arrests Tuesday. Eugene Riley, 18, of Milford, and Ahmir Bailey, 19, of Lincoln, were arrested without incident during a Monday morning traffic stop regarding the death of Jameir Vann-Robinson, 20, following a house party. Mr. Vann-Robinson died from a wound to his lower left back.

Officers recovered four 9mm and six .40 caliber shell casings at the scene. Dick's surveillance footage allegedly showed the defendants concealing four boxes of 9mm and .40 caliber handgun ammunition and leaving without paying at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to an affidavit. Police valued the ammunition at $13.99 per box. delawarestatenews.com

Dekalb, GA: Police search for Suspects and Motive; Man shot and killed outside a gas station
A gas station clerk said that one of the men bought gas with an ATM card, then they both came inside the store to buy drinks. "They walked in to buy something. A few seconds later, I heard a sound of pop and that's it," the clerk told reporters. "We just heard a gunshot and saw people running outside and I called the cops." wsbradio.com

Manteca, CA: 7-Eleven Clerk shot 4 time; 3rd Robbery in 30 days
A 32-year-old clerk was hit by gunfire four times in the third robbery in 30 days at the 7-Eleven store on West Yosemite Avenue at 1 a.m. Monday. The gunman emptied shots into the soda machine and a shelf below the front counter holding soft fruit drinks. Money was taken in each of the three robberies over the last 30 days.

Manteca Police were able to recover the 9 mm rounds. The wounded clerk was taken to the hospital for treatment. The wounds up and down his right side and leg were reportedly not life threatening. mantecabulletin.com

Memphis, TN: Man carrying daughter out of McDonald's shoots robbery suspect
MPD said four men tried to rob a man leaving the McDonald's near the intersection of S. Trezevant Street and Lamar Avenue. The man was carrying his daughter in his arms when the robbers approached him. He pulled out a gun and opened fire on the robbers. One of them was shot. The suspected robbers drove off. One of them showed up later at a nearby fire department. He was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. wmcactionnews5.com

South Fulton, GA: 19 year old man in Critical condition after shooting outside a Shell Gas Station

Robberies & Thefts

Deptford, NJ: Game over for con who resumed robbing GameStop stores after prison
Michael A. Hall Jr. was no noob when it came to robbing GameStop stores. He was caught doing it 10 years ago and served time in prison. Last year, he decided to try his luck again, but the result was the same. He lost. The 35-year-old Glassboro man has pleaded guilty to robbing eight GameStop locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during a two-month spree last year. He faces more than 27 years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 15. nj.com

Chicago, IL: 3 men charged with trafficking dozens of guns bought over Armslist.com to Chicago gang members

Fort Walton Beach, FL: Dollar General employee arrested for cash theft of $720

Augusta, GA: AutoZone employee scams customer loyalty program; $160 theft of merchandise

Jacksonville, FL: Gun Store Thefts: High risk and even higher reward; About 95 guns are stolen every day in Florida

Denver, CO: GPS Ankle Monitor Leads To Arrest Of Suspect in 5 7-Eleven Robberies

Houston, TX: Adult Novelty Shop Shoplifting turns into Robbery after fight with Clerk

Jared in the Baybrook Gateway Shopping Center, Webster, TX reported a Grab &Run on 5/14, items valued at $25,441

Jared in the Westfield Plaza Bonita, National City, CA reported a Grab & Run on 5/6, item valued at $1599

Kay Jewelers in the Tanger Outlet Center, San Marcos, TX reported a Grab & Run on 5/14, items valued at $30,367

Kay Jewelers in the Southern Pines Village, Southern Pines, NC reported a Grab & Run on 5/12, item valued at $2,699

Kay Jewelers in the Chesterfield Premium Outlets, Chesterfield, MO reported a Grab & Run on 5/14, item value at $8799

Kay Jewelers in the Clackamas Town Center, Clackamas, OR reported a Grab & Run on 5/9, item valued at $1,699

Kay Jewelers in the Richmond Plaza, Rockingham, NC reported a Grab & Run on 5/11, item valued at $4,049

Piercing Pagoda in the Las Vegas Premium Outlet South, Las Vegas, NV reported a Burglary on 5/13, items valued at $17,409

Piercing Pagoda in the Valencia Town Center Mall, Valencia, CA reported a Grab & Run on 5/2, items valued at $1,280

Zales Jewelers in the College Mall, Bloomington, IN reported a Grab & Run on 5/15, item valued at $10,669

Zales in the Baybrook Square, Webster, TX reported a Grab & Run on 5/11, item valued at $16,150

Fire & Arson

San Gabriel, CA: Massive 2-Alarm Blaze Engulfs San Gabriel Strip Mall
A large two-alarm fire broke out at a San Gabriel strip mall Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at 6:19 a.m. at Valley Boulevard and New Avenue, according to Verdugo Fire Communications Center dispatchers. Plumes of black smoke and flames could be seen shooting hundreds of feet into the air. There were no reported injuries, officials said. At least three restaurants in the strip mall had been damaged. cbslocal.com


Adult Store - Houston, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Boston, MA - Robbery
C- Store - Ashville, NC - Armed Robbery (Sunoco)
C-Store - Ashville, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Burley, ID - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hartford, CT - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Fullerton, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Louisville, KY - Robbery
Econo Lodge - Aurora, CO - Armed Robbery
Furniture - Thomasville, GA - Burglary
Game Arcade - Baytown, TX - Burglary
Nutrition Store - Manchester, NH - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Scottdale, GA - Armed Robbery
• Piercing Pagoda - Las Vegas, NV - Burglary
Restaurant - Lee County, FL - Armed Robbery
Marijuana store - Sequim, WA - Burglary
Safeway - Fremont, CA - Robbery
Speedway - Springfield, OH - Robbery
Thrift Store - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Title Loan - Cartersville, GA - Armed Robbery
Verizon -Harnett County, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Manteca, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
17 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings



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