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Mike Triesch promoted to Director Business Resiliency and Operations for Nordstrom
Previously, Mike was Nordstrom's National Loss Prevention Director. In his current role, his focus areas will include safety compliance and injury prevention, emergency response and preparation, crisis programs, business continuity and legal operations. He started at Nordstrom in 1993 as a Region Investigations Manager and various LP Manager positions, and has held various other roles while there including Regional LP Manager, Divisional LP Lead, National Investigations Manager, Divisional LP Manager and National Program Director - LP. In 2007 Mike worked as Region Director LP - West Region for Sears Holdings Corporation for over two years. He also served in the United States Marine Corps for over four years. Congratulations Mike!

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Facial Recognition
Industry Milestone - National Acceptance
Major News Outlets Come Out in Support of Public Safety Benefits

New York Times

NYC "Bringing Policing to the Modern Age"
"Facial Recognition: Dawn of Dystopia, or Just the New Fingerprint?

Facial recognition technology raises fears of a dystopian surveillance state, with vanishing privacy and a high potential for abuse. Such concerns led San Francisco this week to ban any use of facial recognition by the police and other city agencies.

But it is also a powerful and efficient tool that, much like DNA analysis, offers a way to bring policing into the modern age and help catch wrongdoers or solve crimes that have gone cold.

It has been used to arrest men accused of child sex abuse, including a fugitive who had fled to Nepal and a man in Oklahoma who had been at large for two decades. It has helped nab a trio of jewel thief suspects and people who the authorities said were trying to enter the country under fake names.

But since the San Francisco ban, several agencies have come forward to argue that it is counterproductive to forbid any use of what they call a valuable tool that generates investigative leads.

But there are no national guidelines for how facial recognition should be used. Private companies may offer to run images against photographs collected from more disparate sources, like social media.

The technology has been most effective in solving property crimes, like package thefts, pulling images from video doorbells and surveillance cameras, he said. the sheriff's office has used it for cases ranging from "murder to shoplifting and in between." nytimes.com

Editor's Note:
To a certain extent this NY Times article came out in support of its public safety use with a valid concern towards the need to establish national guidelines. As the entire industry itself has all agreed it's needed.

The biggest point here being that this is the first time we've seen a traditionally left leaning international leading news outlet clearly supporting the technology and its public safety benefits.  A real first step towards its inevitable acceptance and usage.

Also of special note here is that Peter Trepp, CEO of FaceFirst, is really the first industry leader in that space to author a book on the subject and take such a strong position on the need for regulations and privacy guidelines. Reassuring the retailers that their organization's culture is grounded in leading the industry in best practices and standards.

This is the article senior management across North America should read as it represents an industry milestone. Just a thought Gus Downing


Don't Ban Facial-Recognition Technology. Regulate It
Concerns are understandable. But with rules in place, the benefits will far outweigh the risks.

San Francisco, long a vanguard of digital enlightenment, has just made a regressive mistake. This week, it became the first major city to prohibit its police force and government agencies from using facial-recognition technology.

Such a ban has an understandable appeal. Concerns about facial recognition are widespread among the public. In just a few years, the technology has advanced at a startling rate. Other countries are using it to repress their citizens, while Americans are accustomed to anonymity in public spaces. Abuses - accidental and otherwise - are all too easy to envision.

Simply banning the technology, though, is the wrong response to these worries.

The fact is, properly used, facial-recognition tools are a boon for governments and citizens alike. In some places, they've been deployed to protect borders and other vulnerable sites. In others, they're helping to fight sex trafficking and find missing children. Police use them to identify suspects, track down fugitives, and speed up investigations. Last year, authorities used the technology to quickly identify the perpetrator in a horrific mass shooting in Maryland.

Down the road, the public benefits could be even more pronounced. It has great potential for improving public health. As the software improves, its benefits should only expand.

The question, then, is what further rules are needed to maximize the benefits of this technology while minimizing harm.

Access to such data should be limited to clearly defined purposes and subject to regular audits.

A set of federal standards for guarding against bias. With testing and certifying such systems would help.

Like all new technologies, facial recognition can be used for good or for ill. Regulating its use in the private sector will be equally challenging, if not more so. But it's up to policymakers to strike the right balance. Simply banning a tool with so much promise amounts to an abdication of that responsibility - and threatens to let fear stand in the way of real progress. bloomberg.com


How US companies stack up in AI Facial Recognition
In January a study compiled by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization found that China and the U.S. both dominate the AI industry, with both countries leading in patents and academic research. Tech giant IBM has the largest AI patent portfolio, with 8,920 patents, ahead of Microsoft with 5,930.

Yet with respect to facial recognition, there have been more than 900 facial recognition patents filed in China - almost 10 times more than the number of patents filed in the U.S., according to data analysts CB Insights.

Through advances in artificial intelligence, facial recognition is expanding beyond law enforcement and into other sectors. Retailers across the country are integrating facial recognition technology into cameras to estimate a customer's age, gender or mood so stores can target them with ads on in-store video screens; banks are relying on facial recognition software to improve security and eliminate fraud.

Peter Trepp is CEO of California-based FaceFirst, a facial recognition software platform that works with law enforcement and across several industries, including transportation and retail, to prevent theft, violence and fraud. He believes that software providers have to be vigilant about security at all times.

In his book "The new rules of consumer privacy: Building loyalty with connected consumers in the age of face recognition and AI," he says, "We can't pretend that it is 1974, or even 2014. We have entered a new era that demands a new set of rules for both companies and customers." cnbc.com


#MeToo Backlash
Sad survey: 60% of male managers are "uncomfortable" working around women

LeanIn.org and SurveyMonkey just released the results of a survey on the state of men and women interacting in the workplace in the age of #MeToo. The results are frustrating. The data reveals that 60% of male managers say they are uncomfortable performing common workplace activities such as mentoring, working one on one, or socializing with a woman. That's a 32% increase over last year.

To add insult to insult, senior-level men who were surveyed are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior female colleagues than junior male ones, across a range of basic work activities. The men were 12 times more likely to hesitate to have one-on-one meetings, nine times more likely to hesitate to travel with a junior woman for work, and six times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior woman.

That means the many, many women in this world who are just trying to do their jobs and make progress in their careers are being stymied by men who are terrified of being, I dunno, unable to control themselves while talking to a woman in the conference room. It's an infuriating addition to the challenges that women already face in the workplace.

While male managers may feel like they are insulating themselves in the age of #MeToo, cutting off women's access to mentoring and access to senior-level managers is just another form of discrimination and sexism. Companies need to address this to help women feel confident and comfortable at work. fastcompany.com

Drone Delivery - Solving Early Drop-Off Challenges Safely
In order to successfully launch and safely operate such programs, firms will need to tackle various operational issues.

One such issue is how to safely drop parcels from the sky to the ground undamaged. A number of companies in the logistics space - both major players and niche startups - are formulating solutions:

Amazon has been awarded a patent for a system that enables drones to recognize and avoid objects in a yard that might get in the way of a falling package. The firm has also been awarded a patent for a technology that enables drones to recognize human movements, which could be used to drop parcels directly to humans, for example.

Valqari, a startup founded in 2017, has created purpose-built mailboxes for drones to drop parcels on top of. The firm's mailbox (pictured below) utilizes smart technology to communicate with a drone and guide it to the landing pad.

Other firms working on drone deliveries - such as UPS and FedEx - could also develop ancillary drone tech, though they haven't revealed such plans as yet.

If each drone delivery company creates a proprietary system or technology for package drop-offs, it could limit which services consumers use, as installing multiple systems could be unwieldy.

To remedy this, public entities like the United States Postal Service (USPS) may need to create standardized mailboxes or landing pads for drone delivery parcels. The USPS owns and regulates all mailboxes in the US, allowing itself and all third-party delivery firms to deliver mail and parcels to a standardized receptacle. But losing $2B last quarter alone means they have other priorities.

Alternatively, an intra-industry consortium or standards group could work to create a universal drone delivery mailbox, but even that could be time-consuming. Ultimately, a universal standard for drone delivery tech is a far way off. businessinsider.com

Carriers Finally Stop Selling Location Data
Letters to FCC Show

Reports emerged a year ago that all the major cellular carriers in the U.S. were selling location data to third-party companies, which in turn sold them to pretty much anyone willing to pay. New letters published by the FCC show that despite a year of scrutiny and anger, the carriers have only recently put an end to this practice.

Carriers took their time shutting down the arrangements they had in place, and communication on the process has been infrequent and inadequate. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been particularly frustrated by the foot-dragging and lack of communication on this issue (by companies and the commission).

"The FCC has been totally silent about press reports that for a few hundred dollars shady middlemen can sell your location within a few hundred meters based on your wireless phone data. That's unacceptable," she wrote in a statement posted today.

To provide a bit of closure, she decided to publish letters (PDF) from the major carriers explaining their current positions.

Location data is obviously valuable to consumers and many services can and should be able to request it - from those consumers. No one is arguing otherwise. But this important data was clearly being irresponsibly handled by the carriers, and it is probably right that the location aggregation business gets a hard stop and not a band-aid. We'll likely see new businesses and arrangements appearing soon - but you can be sure that these too will require close monitoring to make sure the carriers don't allow them to get out of hand... again. techcrunch.com

Predicting 95% of Your Turnover Within 6 Months
How to Identify Your Company's Flight Risks

Human resources can reduce employee attrition and improve engagement when equipped with predictive data analytics that point out where turnover risk is highest.

Flight risk models help identify what types of employee profiles are the most likely to leave the company, enabling HR to make strategic decisions about whom to target for retention and where to invest in development opportunities.

"A flight risk model determines the people characteristics, demographics and attitudes that are most strongly related to whether or not employees voluntarily exit the organization," said Scott Mondore, a data analytics expert and co-founder and managing partner of Strategic Management Decisions, based in Atlanta. "It provides a profile across every job function or seniority level of attributes that exhibit impact on turnover. For example, it compares all the people who have left the organization in the past 12 months against all the people who have stayed over that same time and surfaces the reasons why the people who left did so and why the people who stayed, stayed."

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty recently made a splash when she said that the technology pioneer can now predict with 95 percent accuracy which employees are likely to leave their jobs within six months. shrm.org

Former CFO, The Body Store, Bryan Vonderahe, 45, Kirkwood, MO Charged Embezzling $3.8M
The indictment charging Bryan Vonderahe alleges that beginning during January, 2012 and continuing through January, 2019, Vonderahe schemed to defraud a local company where he was employed as chief financial officer and controller. Vonderahe is alleged to have issued approximately 500 company checks to himself during that period of time, totaling approximately 3.8 million dollars, without the knowledge or authority of the company's ownership. If convicted, as to each charge Vonderahe faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Restitution is also mandatory. justice.gov leadferret.com

The Monitoring Association (TMA) announces twelve finalists for 2019 TMA Excellence Awards
In alphabetical order by company within each category, they are:

2019 TMA Monitoring Center of the Year
Lydia (COPS)
2019 TMA Operator of the Year
Cierra Cannon, Universal Atlantic Systems
Jane Starkey, Habitec Security
Charles White, Affiliated
2019 TMA Manager of the Year
Tracy Ehrsam, Habitec Security
Patricia Morse, Richmond Alarm Company
Sarah Murphy, Sonitrol
2019 TMA Support Person of the Year
Adam Crowe, Alarm Systems
Ben Perry, Universal Atlantic Systems
Robert Rodriguez, Affiliated

"Each year, we take tremendous pride in recognizing Monitoring Centers who demonstrate their commitment to excellence, as well as those working in key support roles within the monitoring industry whose dedication, skills, and abilities set them apart from their peers," said Leigh A. McGuire, director of Marketing and Communications, TMA. "Our finalists this year represent the best-in-class within the monitoring industry today and we extend our sincere congratulations to each company and professional." tma.us

Coresight: 12K stores could shutter in 2019
6,378 store closures so far this year, over 500 more than all of 2018's closures. Coresight estimates that as many as 12,000 stores could close by the end of the year.

The news isn't all bad, though. Retailers have also announced 2,726 store openings this year.

The lists of closing stores this year tell a range of stories, from decades-old retailers that suddenly found themselves irrelevant and financially unviable. And then there are the retailers somewhere in between on that spectrum, not in bankruptcy but quickly moving to jettison stores as they face sales declines.

While discounters and off-price retailers continue peppering the world with their stores, other retailers - many of them over-stored to begin with - are still shrinking as they look for the right balance between physical and digital retail, and shutter unprofitable stores. retaildive.com

Sears' Seven Decades of Self-Destruction
Sears' bankruptcy filing last year sparked torrents of criticism for its current leaders. But the problems that brought down this former Fortune 500 stalwart date way back to the Eisenhower era. Here's what leaders can learn from an icon's slow-motion collapse  fortune.com

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Two pawn shop managers federally charged with fencing stolen items on eBay

Two managers at what used to be Portsmouth Pawn have been federally indicted for selling stolen goods out of the shop.

According to court documents, Joseph Poling and Raisa Ison worked together to buy stolen goods for less than retail value and then resell them for a profit. The stolen items ranged from power tools, pet supplies and computer routers to shaving razors and personal electronics, documents report.

In the nine page indictment, prosecutors said that Poling and Ison worked with people who stole items from retail stores like Walmart and Sam's Club and then sold the stolen items to the pawn shop for cash. Then prosecutors said the duo resold the items for a profit.

As part of the conspiracy, Poling and Ison created eBay accounts where they posted advertisements for goods and offered them for sale or auction, according to court documents. Documents further state they would receive the money via electronic wire transfer, PayPal. Read more

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"Even a Little Bit?"

Unfortunately, some interviewers may do more harm than good when questioning a victim of a crime. Recently, this clip was released of an RCMP investigator interviewing a 17-year-old victim who had reported a sexual assault. In the interview, we can hear the investigator asking the question "Were you at all turned on during this at all, even a little bit?" among other inappropriate statements. Questions like this, and other statements made during the interview only contribute to the reasons that victims don't feel comfortable reporting these types of crimes. Showing disbelief in the victim's story, or placing blame on the victim are often attributed to the style of the interview structure used. Truth be told, the same issues still exist in the private sector regarding discrimination, workplace violence, and sexual harassment.

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Cybersecurity's Week From Hell
Fix WhatsApp, Windows, Cisco and CPUs From Intel - Pending Patch Availability

Last week, multiple flaws - all serious, all exploitable and some already being actively exploited in the wild - have come to light. Big names - including Cisco, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft - build the software and hardware at risk. And fixes for some of the flaws are not yet available.

Is this cybersecurity's new normal - prepare to be surprised, more frequently, and likely perhaps also more alarmingly, and with less time to respond?

Facebook Fixes WhatsApp - Intel Battles ZombieLoad - Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop Services - Thrangrycat Bites Cisco

What's notable about the above flaws is that they're just the especially high-priority ones. Another problem is that while security experts have for years been warning businesses and consumers to prioritize patches and then install them as quickly as possible, patches may arrive in deluges, and some of the flaws that have come to light in the last week cannot even be fixed. At best, they can be mitigated. But in the case of the Cisco vulnerabilities, some updates aren't available and any suitable workarounds have yet to be identified. govinfosecurity.com

AI & 5G will create an explosion in cybersecurity risks
Says FBI agent & Marsh & McLennan GC

AI and 5G will create an explosion in cybersecurity risks over the coming years, which law enforcement and companies will need to grapple with.

AI and 5G will make it easier for bad actors to attack internet-connected devices, potentially leading to catastrophic attacks on sensitive infrastructure like nuclear power plants. The technology could also make deepfakes a threat at a corporate level, with attackers able to impersonate CEOs and get employees to wire funds.

"We're engaged in a race without a finish line," Beshar says of the threat. "Cyber is a unique threat that poses a threat to both government and industry both sectors have been breached repeatedly. Neither one of us is immune."

You can think about these two new technologies as essentially two accelerants that are being poured on the cyber fire. businessinsider.com

Q1 Smashes Record for Most Reported Vulnerabilities
The New Norm or Are We Just Reporting More - Like ORC?

Once again, 4-in-10 (38.2%) of the reported flaws have no current fix, according to Risk Based Security.

Web-related vulnerabilities as usual accounted for most (56.8%) of the reported vulnerabilities, an almost 10% increase from Q1 of 2018.

"With some days seeing hundreds of disclosures, IT simply cannot patch all the vulnerabilities right away," Martin notes. They need to triage that process and prioritize the high-impact vulnerabilities using more than just the risk rating provided by vendors and others. "They need to make more informed decisions based on their own deployment, availability of exploits, and more," he notes.

Sixty-three percent of the security vulnerabilities disclosed last quarter affected product integrity. Bugs that fall into this category include those that enable data manipulation, SQL injection, and code execution. Over half could be attacked remotely and one-third were user-assisted or context-dependent, meaning the ability for attackers to exploit these flaws depended on user actions and specific context.

Analysis showed that some 14% were critical, with severity ratings of 9 or higher on the CVSS scale. Typically, these are bugs that are remotely exploitable, provide unauthenticated access, or give attackers a way to gain root access to a critical system or data. Thirteen percent of the reported flaws last quarter could only be exploited if attackers had local access to a system or a device. darkreading.com

GDPR: Europe - 65,000 Data Breach Notifications So Far
$63 Million in Fines Imposed Since 5/25/18 Privacy Law
So says a new European Data Protection Board report that provides the "first overview on the implementation of the GDPR and the roles and means of the national supervisory authorities," or SAs.

The report draws on data provided by many countries in the European Economic Area, which includes all 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, which also comply with GDPR.

Data in the report covers the first nine months of GDPR having gone into full effect. "The total number of [GDPR] cases reported by SAs from 31 EEA countries is 206,326," the report says.

"The majority of the cases are related to complaints, notably 94,622, while 64,684 were initiated on the basis of data breach notification by the controller," the EDPB report says. Of these cases, 52 percent have been closed and 1 percent are the subject of lawsuits before national courts.

"The Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom came top of the table with the largest number of data breaches notified to supervisory authorities with approximately 15,400, 12,600 and 10,600 breaches notified respectively."

More breaches are simply being brought to light thanks to GDPR's mandatory breach notifications. "What has massively changed is awareness," he said. "People are much more interested in preparing for breaches, and we have seen people preparing for what they want to do after a breach." govinfosecurity.com

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Just how big is Amazon's ethics challenge?
Axios Harris' 2019 poll of the 100 Most Visible Companies shows that just 41 percent of U.S. respondents agree Amazon.com shares their values, 39 percent feel Amazon rewards its employees fairly and only 19 percent feel the corporation speaks out on social issues important to them.

Amazon dropped out of the top 10 rankings for Ethics and Culture in the study "amid a year of tabloid attacks on its CEO, backlash from Whole Foods employees and rising reports of fake products being sold online." Fallout from the last-minute cancellation of its New York City headquarters was also cited.

The overall study found Amazon dropped from the top spot in Corporate Reputation rankings - albeit only to number two, behind Wegman's. Amazon still ranked as the leading company in trajectory, growth and vision.

Axios said its study "reveals Americans are torn between the ethical side-effects and the elevated Prime lifestyle they've grown accustomed to from Amazon's innovation. People are often noted in research for saying one thing and doing another. And here, Amazon's growth shows no signs of abating. But how long will Americans look away?" retailwire.com

Fighting Ecommerce Fraud with Smarter Data
Data is essential for every ecommerce transaction. Information about the customer is collected at various stages of interaction. When an account is created, customers enter in their name, date of birth, email id, phone number, etc. Similarly, when a customer makes a purchase, they enter their credit card details as well as personal details such as their shipping address. Without this data, no transaction can be completed. This data is also used by companies to personalize their services and improve customer relations. However, that's not all this data is capable of doing.

The data provided by each individual helps create a unique profile for the person. This data can be used smartly to detect and prevent ecommerce fraud by verifying identities before completing transactions. It can keep fraudsters from gaining access to ecommerce accounts and simultaneously authorize legitimate transactions. Thus, it maintains the balance between protecting the company's interest and the ease of making purchases.

Card-not-present transactions are the most common type of fraud plaguing ecommerce websites. This refers to transactions that take place online wherein the merchant is not presented with a physical credit/debit card. These fraud transactions typically occur when hackers gain access to someone else's card details. This stolen data is then used to create fake online accounts for bogus transactions.

Smart data can help verify accounts and identities without complicating the process. Here are a few ways this can be done. techbullion.com

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Orange County, FL: Disney World employee charged with sale of over $7,000 of stolen Disney merchandise
Patrick Spikes is a former Disney World employee who is accused of stealing and re-selling more than $7,000 in costumes and other memorabilia from the Orlando, Florida, theme park, the Orange County Sheriff's Office says. Spikes founded BackDoorDisney to post online about his exploits as he explored backstage areas at the Walt Disney World parks.

After the 24-year-old was arrested on felony grand theft charges on May 16, Spikes deleted his personal and Disney World-themed social media pages. Spikes had been under investigation for several months and news of the alleged thefts had spread throughout communities of Disney fans online. In a statement, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said, "Spikes, 24, sits behind bars and faces charges of burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. According to financial records obtained by police, Spikes received $29,451.70 through Paypal from two people between July 2018 and September 2018. clickorlando.com

Urbana, IL: Former Target seasonal associate admits to $13,000 gift card scam
Another woman who admitted her role in a gift card theft scheme from a local box store has been sentenced to probation. Lakeya Miller, 30, who listed an address in the 400 block of Glenn Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to theft over $10,000. Miller admitted that she was one of a group of women responsible for stealing several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and merchandise from Target, 2102 N. Prospect Ave., C, between Dec. 13 and Jan. 3. A Champaign police report indicated that Poke was employed as a seasonal cashier at Target and was accepting counterfeit motion picture bills from the women, who took about $13,176 worth of gift cards and merchandise from the store in December. news-gazette.com

Moorpark, CA: Two charged with Organized Retail Theft for $3,700 of merchandise from multiple Targets
Deputies arrested two people Thursday accused of partaking in an organized theft scheme at the Moorpark Target store, authorities said Friday. Deputies said they arrived and made contact with the suspect, identified as Zachary Colcord, 26, and found he was in possession of stolen merchandise and burglary tools. Deputies said they later witnessed an accomplice, identified as Rachel Posternak, 25, attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle. Authorities pulled the vehicle over and detained Posternak.

Authorities said they found stolen merchandise worth an estimated $3,700 inside the vehicle, as well as undisclosed amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed Colcord had stolen from multiple other Target stores earlier in the day and was planning to sell for currency and illegal narcotics. vcstar.com

Rhinelander, WI: Police search for two suspects in $3,000 Walmart electronics theft

Cape Coral, FL: Two women facing charges in $600 Burlington theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Cedar Rapids, IA: 2 killed, 2 wounded in gunfire outside Iowa Smoke Shop
Gun violence erupted into a double killing early Saturday after an assailant fired "multiple shots" into a vehicle outside a southwest Cedar Rapids tobacco store, authorities said. Two others were badly wounded in what police described as a "targeted" - and not random - altercation about 1:20 a.m. outside the Iowa Smoke Shop. thegazette.com

Charlotte, NC: Police arrest, charge suspect after man stabbed to death
at gas station

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested and charged a suspect after a man was stabbed to death in a South End gas station parking lot early Saturday morning. Police said they have charged Richard Grier, 55, with the murder of 32 yr. old Andrew Allen. The stabbing happened just before 2 a.m. at a Shell on East Blvd. wsoctv.com

Salt Lake City, UT: Update - Deadly confrontation: Police Release Body Cam Video In Ace Hardware Shoplifting Case
A would-be shoplifter, stopped by store employees and bystanders. A struggle ensues outside and one man ends up dead. Now, police body cam video, reveals what officers found when they arrived on the scene of what would soon be a complex investigation. Was a crime committed in the shopping center parking lot that afternoon? If so, who is the criminal? These are the questions that hang over an investigation of the events of May 2, 2019. abc4.com

Memphis, TN: Tire Shop Employee charged with killing his boss and co-worker
Prosecutors in Tennessee say a 36-year-old man has been indicted on charges that he killed his boss and a co-worker at a tire shop. The Shelby County district attorney's office says Rickey Hull Jr. was indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder stemming from a shooting at Third Tire Shop in December in Memphis. wate.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts


Dekalb County, GA: Police offer $25K for information leading to arrest of man targeting Ross stores
Police are increasing the reward for information that leads to the arrest of an armed robber they said is targeting Ross Dress for Less stores around Atlanta. Perimeter Place in Dunwoody, was the latest store robbed on May 4 after 9 p.m. Police said the robber shot his way into the store after it was closed and took off with more than $1,600. wsbtv.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Armed robber strikes Apple store at Scottsdale Quarter

Davie, FL: Four men Ransack a 7-Eleven; shaken employee uninjured, $3,500 in store damage

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Broward Sheriff chases down and catches shoplifting suspect

Montgomery County, MD: Family-owned jewelry store accused of knowingly buying stolen $203,000 diamond ring

Moberly, MO: Woman arrested for shoplifting at Gordman's, gave false info, has 2 outstanding warrants and syringe with meth

San Francisco, CA: Safeway security guard stabbed during apprehension: minor injuries and suspect arrested

Williamsburg, VA: Former Popeye's employee arrested Friday, charged with credit card theft

Stockton, CA: Series of Armed Robberies keep Police on alert; 4 separate incidents on Thursday

New Kensington, PA: Couple accused of stealing merchandise from Habitat ReStore

Gainesville, FL: Suspect arrested for multiple Burglaries at Dollar General, Metro PCS and Walmart

Jim's Sports Owner, Springfield, OH, Pleads Guilty Selling 200 Firearms to Deceased Individuals



International Falls, MN: More than 1,300 counterfeit items with an estimated retail price of more than $2.4 million dollars were seized by U.S. Customs



Richmond, VA: Man sentenced to 12 months for grabbing Zaxby's employee, 'politely' requesting she get in his car trunk
A man whom his attorney described as having a learning disability was sentenced to 12 months in jail Friday for grabbing the wrist of a teenage Zaxby's employee and "politely" asking her to get into the trunk of his vehicle after she had finished loading his large takeout order. Authorities said Marquise L. Bailey, 30, was trying to abduct the woman last November as she helped him carry several boxes of food to his car outside the fast-food chicken restaurant off Midlothian Turnpike in the Stonebridge Shopping Center. richmond.com


AT&T - Montgomery, AL - Robbery
Apple - Scottsdale, AZ - Armed Robbery
Archery store - Medford, OR - Burglary
C-Store - Nashville, TN - Robbery
C- Store - Nashville, TN - Robbery
C-Store - Lexington, KY - Robbery
C-Store - Baton Rouge, LA - Armed Robbery/Employee shot suspect
CVS - Valparaiso, IL - Robbery
Dollar General - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Kansas City, KS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Decatur County, GA - Robbery
Edible Arrangements -Collinsville, IL - Robbery
Gas Station - Providence, RI - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Grocery store - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Gun Shop - Milan, TN - Burglary
Jewelry store - Dayton, OH - Burglary
Jewelry store - Great Falls, MT - Burglary
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery (Waffle House)
Restaurant - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery (Domino's)
Restaurant - Collinsville, IL - Robbery
T-Mobile - Odessa, TX - Robbery
7-Eleven - Suffolk, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Islip Terrace, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Melville, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
21 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed



None to report.

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