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Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade: How an Old-School Tradition is Meeting Modern-Day Security Threats

Macy's AP & Law Enforcement join forces to keep a storied NYC tradition safe
for the 3.5 million people in attendance

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition that millions look forward to each year, whether it's watching it in person or on their television screen - this year will be no exception.

On Nov. 22, when the retail giant hosts its 92nd annual parade kicking off the holiday season, more than 3.5 million people are expected to flood the streets of New York City to get a glimpse of the event's 17 giant character balloons, 26 parade floats, 12 marching bands, and 1,100 dancers featured along the 2.5 mile route.

While the parade has evolved into a star-studded, must-see holiday spectacle for many people, it also poses a slew of security threats - especially during a time when terrorism fears run high.

From an LP/AP perspective, Macy's Asset Protection team is on the front lines before and during the event.  They prepare access routes for ticket holders, protect parade performers during rehearsals, and coordinate crowd control as the event happens.

Over 50 Macy AP executives team up with the FBI's JTTF, FDNY's Hazmat and Rescue units and thousands of New York's finest which include ESU/Counter Terrorism units to ensure that the parade goes according to plan without incident and that Santa arrives at Herald Square promptly at 12 noon.

For their part, the NYPD handles the event like a presidential visit. As we reported in the Daily in 2016, police in New York ordered 81 sand trucks to line the parade route and block intersections during the 2016 parade. Preventative measures like this are even more critical for the parade, especially after last year's truck attack in New York, which left eight people dead and nearly a dozen injured.

During the parade, thousands of law enforcement officers and police dogs will be on hand to keep an eye on the route and sniff out any possible chemical weapons.

This all-hands-on-deck approach by law enforcement, security personnel, and LP/AP teams is the culmination of six months of preparation time meant to ensure that the parade goes as planned and those in attendance feel secure.

It is this diligent, behind-the-scenes work that has allowed a storied New York tradition to continue for nearly a century, giving millions of families a chance to safely cheer on the start of the holiday season.

This article was originally published in the Nov. 22, 2017 Daily.


81 Dead, 50,000 Homeless, 870 Missing, 11,713 Homes Destroyed,
472 Businesses Destroyed

The Camp Fire, 75 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, has burned through more than 152,000 acres, killing at least 81 people to date. But the true scale of the human catastrophe will be clear only months down the line, once search crews finish turning through thousands of burned homes and businesses, some of which are now mere ash. Experts fear that the final number of fatalities could reach well into the hundreds and that the remains of some will never be found.

Sheriff Thomas D. Allman of Mendocino County, who lived through the wine country fires last year, said he expected the true human cost of the Camp Fire to continue growing in the weeks and months to come.
"I think we are going to have a lot of elderly people who were wiped off the face of the earth because they were sleeping and they never got awakened," Sheriff Allman said. The death toll, he predicted, would "clearly go into the hundreds unfortunately."

For now, 870 people are listed as missing by the sheriff's office, a shocking and fluctuating number that underscores the chaos sown by the blaze. The number peaked at more than 1,200 over the weekend and was revised as survivors were located. nytimes.com napavalleyregister.com

California Wildfires - Red Cross Caseworkers Help with Next Steps
During this holiday season, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers will be lending support and comfort to victims of the California wildfires throughout the Thanksgiving week. It's been nearly two weeks since the fires began and the American Red Cross is still there, providing shelter, food and comfort for people in need as the fires continue to burn.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Entire communities and families have been left reeling from these deadly wildfires. Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. redcross.org

85 Percent of US Consumers Surveyed Believe Holidays Are a Riskier Time to Shop
More Worried about Identity Theft Than Holiday Overspending

According to a new study from Capital One, identity theft and financial fraud are the biggest concerns for the holiday shopping season. Thirty-seven percent of respondents were worried about identity theft, even more than spending too much money. Forty-one percent of respondents said they had been a victim of fraud during the holidays or knew someone who had experienced it. This was the driving factor behind their concerns. The most common experiences were credit card fraud (48%) and identity theft (33%). One in six consumers said they were more worried about fraud this year than last year. Consumers believe the holidays are a risky time to shop. A staggering 85% said this time of year is riskier than most, and 26% said Cyber Monday is the most dangerous day of the year. lowcards.com

Hikvision facing potential disruption from U.S. component ban
Shares in Hikvision have declined 37% from a high earlier this year

The U.S. government is considering extending a ban on its agencies buying facial recognition and smart camera products from Chinese CCTV giant Hikvision to a ban on U.S. suppliers selling components to the company, over its use in surveillance systems related to the detention of thousands of minorities in the Xinjiang region, the Financial Times reports.

Several core components of Hikvision products are produced in the U.S., and the government is report to be considering sanctions against Chinese companies and officials over the situation in Xinjiang, which could result in a ban on importing components from the U.S. An industry analyst told PYMNTS.com that such a ban would be a major disruption for the company, at the least. Hikvision Vice President Huang Fanghong told said during an earnings call earlier this year that the company is not dependent on American suppliers, however. Shares in Hikvision have declined 37 percent from a high earlier this year.

Hikvision cameras have been used in many applications in the U.S., and the firm hired public relations help to determine the impacts of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on it in August. biometricupdate.com

Gap to Close Hundreds of Stores 'Quickly & Aggressively'
Gap Inc. is considering shutting hundreds of its namesake stores at shopping malls as sales at the Gap brand continue to slide. The retailer said Tuesday evening that it still has 775 Gap-branded stores globally, in addition to those under the Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta banners. Gap Inc. has more than 3,000 stores around the world. The namesake brand, however, has been the weakest unit of the company of late. In the third quarter, sales at Gap stores open for at least 12 months fell 7 percent, while those at Old Navy and Banana Republic were positive.

"There are hundreds of other stores that likely don't fit our vision for the future of Gap brand specialty store, whether in terms of profitability, customer experience, traffic trends..." CEO Art Peck said Tuesday evening during a call with analysts. "The range from the very best to the very worst stores is extremely broad."

Peck said that should the company "address" the bottom half of its fleet of Gap stores, it could contribute more than $100 million to earnings. He added the company is looking to make decisions about shutting stores "with urgency," including looking at closing some of Gap's "amazing flagships." Peck told analysts. "But I plan to exit those that do not fit the future vision quickly. I'm going to move thoughtfully but aggressively." cnbc.com

Alberta, Canada: Police agencies across Alberta united in effort to thwart Organized Retail Crime
According to the Calgary Police Service, a total of roughly $10 million in merchandise has been stolen from retailers in Calgary and the surrounding communities in 2018. The most commonly targeted businesses sell: High-end fashion and fragrances, Cosmetics, Athletic-wear, Book stores, Electronics, Groceries, and Liquor. ctvnews.ca

Kwik Trip 2018 Chain of the Year
Convenience Store Decisions Publication

With its unsurpassed vertical integration and decades-long commitment to co-workers, guests and the communities it serves, the chain exemplifies what it means to be a "people company."

Kwik Trip remains one of the country's fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains. Today, it operates 640 stores in three states and should get to 700 by the end of 2019. Its 22,000 employees serve about 1.2 million customers daily. cstoredecisions.com

Ikea To Cut 5% of Workforce - 7,500 Administrative Jobs
The group, which owns 367 IKEA stores, estimates that at the same time it will create 11,500 new jobs in the period as it expands with new store formats and online, grows its service offering and invests in digital capabilities. cnbc.com

Retail Buyers Are 61% More Likely to Listen to Vendors
When They Come to Meetings With Data Backed Recommendations

Askuity releases the 2019 Point of Sale (POS) Data Study that explores how brands are using data to build stronger retail relationships and drive faster business growth. The third annual industry report comes out ahead of Black Friday and the holiday season, retail's busiest time of the year.

The study finds that brands who are not actively analyzing and managing POS data are already behind the competition and are reporting lower sales growth.

Brands need to be leveraging point of sale data to improve promotional effectiveness, ensure on-shelf availability and optimize merchandise assortments. These business drivers are even more important during peak selling seasons like the holiday shopping period. prweb.com

How Black Friday Shopping Behaviors Are Changing 
The number of omnichannel Black Friday shoppers continues to rise-from 24.3% in 2017 to 35.6% this year, according to BestBlackFriday.com-while the number of in-store shoppers remains relatively steady. According to a McKinsey survey, nearly half of shoppers (48%) plan to shop both online and in-store on Black Friday, while 14% said mostly in-store and 4% said in-store only. emarketer.com

New York's Attorney General issues consumer alert for Black Friday
and Cyber Monday

As New Yorkers prepare for the holiday shopping season, Attorney General Barbara Underwood recently issued tips to help consumers protect themselves on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. "As holiday shopping season begins, New Yorkers should be on alert that sometimes bargains may not be as good as they seem," Attorney General Underwood said in a news release. "When purchasing gifts for family and friends, we encourage consumers to use our tips to protect themselves against fraudsters and scams." saratogian.com

Director Compliance Investigations Posted For Walgreens in Deerfield, IL
Provides strategic direction and global oversight of processes relating to investigations including the intake, triage and conduct of investigations. Coordinates with Compliance Officers and Legal Department for all business units to ensure appropriate management and prompt resolution to internal investigations. Responsible for implementation of case management system and global compliance hotline. Provides substantive guidance relating to investigation matters. Collaborates with cross-functional partners including Asset Protection, Employee Relations, Privacy, Legal and Audit relating to investigation handling and reporting. Provides strategic direction relating to design of monitoring metrics and KPIs relating to investigations, including assessment of root cause and remediation. Identifies opportunities to enhance processes relating to compliance hotline and case handling. Oversees development of case handling protocols and provides training to cross-functional colleagues on a global basis that conduct investigations. walgreens.com

Got the Flu? Don't Be a Superhero―Stay Home!
Last year's flu season was severe, with a record-breaking number of cases reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year the CDC projects it to be even worse.

Recent survey conducted by Staples Business Advantage (SBA), an arm of the office-supply chain, found that of the respondents who reported contracting the flu last year, 45 percent blamed their illness on colleagues who came to work with the flu. 

Workers need to know that getting the flu shot is important even when the season's flu shot is not considered particularly effective. The flu vaccine doesn't offer complete protection; the CDC estimates that the vaccine reduces the risk of getting the virus by about 40 percent to 60 percent. Still, if one does contract the flu after getting a flu shot, it will likely be a milder case, the CDC reports.

There will still be those who come to work with the flu. To help prevent the spread of germs, health experts suggest distributing hand sanitizer to each employee, posting signs in break rooms and restrooms that encourage frequent hand-washing, encouraging employees to keep work spaces clean, and even reminding workers to use tissues or disinfecting wipes when touching shared objects such as telephones, elevator buttons, doorknobs, sink faucet handles and the like.

"We did see an increase in deaths [from the flu in 2017] ... and probably the biggest factor was and is the low rate of immunization." shrm.org

What stores are open on Thanksgiving? List of major retailers' hours for Black Friday deals

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The Daily's 'Canadian Connections' column will not be publishing today.
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Quarterly Results
Gap Q3 sales up 7%
   Global Old Navy comp's up 4%
   Gap Global comp's down 7%
   Banana Republic Global comp's up 2%

Caleres Q3 Famous Footwear comp's up 2.8%, Brand Portfolio sales up 8.5%
BJ's Wholesale Q3 comp's up 1.9%, sales up 4.3%
Stage Stores Q3 off-price comp's up 9%, department stores down 5.5%, total company down 2.8%

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Shrink Management as a Service provides UK retail chain Asda with real-time intelligence in the cloud

Tyco Retail Solutions today announced its Sensormatic Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS), is delivering clear visibility into Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and loss prevention systems for all 642 Asda stores in the UK. For the first time a UK retailer has a fully connected estate and a browser-based, real-time view of its entire shrink management ecosystem, enabling increased reliability and performance of EAS systems for a new generation of innovative loss prevention.

Sensormatic SMaaS is a Google Cloud-based service that provides both device management and predictive analytics to manage shrink while addressing underlying root causes. With easy to navigate dashboards, it helps makes sense of the data enabling retailers to identify problems earlier and make better business decisions.

The SMaaS implementation with Asda is part of a wider five-year strategy that one of Britain's leading retailers is carrying out with Tyco Retail Solutions to refresh its EAS solutions and tagging eco-system, as well as drive meaningful alarm action at the store level. Using SMaaS, Asda's loss prevention professionals receive real-time, exception-based, automatic notifications to help identify serious issues that need immediate attention. By taking preventative measures, Asda can begin to streamline operations and help ensure their investments are futureproofed, through initiatives focusing on centralized management processes, optimizing store labor and possible training gaps.

"Building upon our EAS foundation, we now have new insights and centralized management which provides efficiencies with our EAS equipment, allowing us to refocus our efforts and more proactively manage our estate in real-time across 642 stores. The true benefit will be realized when we can act predictively to support our stores with this new level of visibility SMaaS delivers," said Andrew Rees, senior manager, Asset Protection, Asda.

"Sensormatic Shrink Management as a Service delivers actionable intelligence for operations and merchandising," said Catherine Walsh, senior vice president and general manager, Tyco Retail Solutions. "By examining this data, Asda is now in a better position to understand the potential impact on shrink, and make effective data-driven decisions that will positively influence bottom-line results."

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Report: Tens of Thousands of E-Commerce Sites at Heightened Security Risk
Report delivered at Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council meeting flags issues in deployments of Magento, a popular e-commerce platform.

Magento is a popular e-commerce platform, used by nearly 74,000 web sites in North America alone. And according to new research, 79% of them are at heightened risk from cyber criminals.

Researchers at Foregenix analyzed more than 170,000 Magento websites and found that 90% of those using Magento 1 are at this heightened risk, while roughly 30% of those with Magento 2 are at the elevated risk level.

The heightened risk comes from unpatched vulnerabilities, including 2.3% of all the Magento websites that have not yet patched for Magento Shoplift, a vulnerability that was disclosed (and a patch made available for) in January of 2015. Foregenix delivered the results of their research in October at the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council European Community Meeting in London. For more, read here. darkreading.com

SSN News Poll: Readers weigh in on cyber trends
The Security Industry Association recently released a benchmarking study that outlined potential cyber risks and the emerging technologies that could help protect systems. Security Systems News' readers shared some of their opinions on end user attitudes and rising threats that were outlined in the report.

Sixty percent of poll respondents said that they are seeing end users budgeting more for cyber risks and cybersecurity. Ten percent said that they are seeing a small increase, while 30 percent said that end users are not yet budgeting.

When it comes to risks, 80 percent predict that attacks through partners, customers and vendors will be a main concern in the future. An additional 20 percent are keeping their eyes on the supply chain.

Behavioral analytics stand to help reduce cyber risks in the future, according to half of all respondents. Thirty percent pointed to smart grid technologies, while the remaining 20 percent said that deception technologies are most likely to help. securitysystemsnews.com

Consumers Are Forgiving After a Data Breach, but Companies Need
To Respond Well

A solid response and reputation management program will go a long way in surviving a major breach.

According to Chris Morris, principal of the Advisory Financial Services Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice at PwC US, although no one action will win back every customer, some measures are more likely to resonate. These include compensation for victims, a detailed explanation of what happened, and a clear description of the privacy policies in place.

In PwC's "Digital Trust Insights" survey, only about half of midsize and large businesses in important vertical sectors say they are building resilience to cyberattacks and other disruptive events to a large extent, Morris adds. And fewer than half say they are very comfortable their companies have adequately tested their resistance to cyberattacks.

"Consumers want businesses to be responsive, transparent, and take steps to ensure a breach does not happen again," Morris says. darkreading.com

Six Quick Wins for Detection and Protection to Fight ATO
Account Take Over (ATO) attacks remain one of the most persistent threats to the R-CISC community. ATO continues to be highly successful as a result of large data breaches that provide information threat actors need to conduct reconnaissance and ATO attacks on a massive scale. Successful data breaches are flooding the market with compromised username/password combinations, which threat actors continually use to test (and compromise) additional accounts across the retail industry. Analysis from cybersecurity firm Shape Security indicated that 90% of the login attempts made at online retailers' websites were hackers using stolen data. As part of the R-CISC's 2018 Holiday Guidance effort, the Fraud Working Group has outlined six quick wins for detection and prevention of ATO.

You can review the TLP: White infographic on the R-CISC website today. r-cisc.org

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We have promising cybersecurity strategies, now the hard part: implementation
The Trump administration recently published two papers defining its cybersecurity vision and strategy for the nation. While many of the broad objectives for protecting U.S. interests in cyberspace are not new, some specific actions are worth noting. thehill.com

The threat of shadow admins in the cloud to enterprises
Having shadow admins in the cloud means unauthorized users can access everything a legitimate administrator can. Expert Ed Moyle explains how this works and how to stop it.

Engineers at CyberArk Software Ltd., an information security company based in Newton, Mass., highlighted one such potential issue in a session at RSA Conference 2018, in which they outlined the problem of shadow admins in the cloud. They pointed out situations where, even though a given user didn't appear to have administrative-level access -- something along the lines of the AdministratorAccess permission in AWS -- they still had sufficient rights to grant themselves administrator-level permissions, compromise the security of cloud resources or otherwise perform privileged functions.

The CyberArk researchers pointed out 10 different permissions that can be used to give a user full admin rights that, when viewed by a casual reviewer or by someone who does not fully understand what the permissions do, don't appear to be administrative in nature.

CreatePolicyVersion and SetDefaultPolicyVersion are both examples from the AWS parlance that fit the description from the CyberArk research. Those roles are effectively the same as having administrator-level permission because the user can create and apply a new version of the policy that does grant them administrative rights. So, even though they're not an admin now, they can become one by virtue of the permissions they already have.

Situations like that can be hard to see in on-premises deployments, but in the cloud, they can be even more difficult to find and address. techtarget.com



Auror is a crime intelligence platform that empowers store teams and police with the information they need to stop organized retail crime. Auror's software makes it easy for retailers to capture information about incidents, connect the dots on offenders, and collaborate to build strong cases.

Co-Founders & Co-CEOs Tom Batterbury and Phil Thomson tell us how Auror's platform works, what results their customers have seen, and what their plans for expansion are in the North American market.

Tom Batterbury and Phil Thomson - Auror - Quick Take 18

In this LPNN Quick Take, Tom Batterbury and Phil Thomson share how New Zealand-based Auror got started, where the name of the company comes from, how their crime intelligence platform empowers retailers, and how the platform easily integrates with other existing security technologies.



Emotion and accent voice recognition capabilities patented by Amazon concern privacy experts
A recent patent issued to Amazon which would allow Alexa to recognize a range of user characteristics, including accent and emotional state, which The Intercept reports could raise similar civil rights issues to facial recognition technology, including concerns over surveillance, privacy, and discriminatory advertising.

The capabilities described in the patent include identifying user's ethnicity, accent, emotional state, gender, age, and background noise.

In response to queries from the publication, Amazon said it will follow its privacy policy, and that the patent is exploratory. biometricupdate.com

Sacramento Amazon center reopens one week after Camp Fire smoke
led to closure

Following a weeklong closure brought on by horrible air quality in the area, Amazon's fulfillment and warehousing center at Sacramento International Airport has reopened, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed.

The center went back online Saturday evening, according to an automated phone line giving status updates to its more than 2,000 employees. Amazon spokeswoman Lauren Lynch confirmed Monday in an email that the building has reopened.

Workers were evacuated from the fulfillment center about 3 p.m. Nov. 11, as smoke from the devastating Camp Fire still burning in Butte County made its way to the region, Lynch and a warehouse employee told The Bee last week. The air quality conditions at the center were poor enough to prompt lead management at the site to close the building as a safety precaution and keep it closed.

Employees of the center were then notified on a day-by-day, shift-by-shift basis whether they were expected to report to work.

Lynch said last week that associates' pay would not be impacted by the site closure. Leaders at individual sites determine whether a building will be temporarily closed, Lynch explained. sacbee.com

Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate
Labor organizers and researchers said they had not heard of Amazon previously coming to the table after worker pressure, even for private discussions.

Now, tied together by a close cultural connection and empowered by a tight labor market, East African workers appear to be the first known group in the United States to get Amazon management to negotiate.

Last week, Amazon offered some compromises at its facilities in the Minneapolis area. The company said it would require a general manager and a Somali-speaking manager to agree on any firings related to productivity rates, designate a manager to respond to individual complaints within five days and meet with workers quarterly.

By Saturday night, though, a group of about 40 workers had decided the compromises were insufficient, with a primary concern being the pace at which they are expected to work. They voted to stage a large protest and walkout on Dec. 14, in the thick of the holiday season.

Sixty percent of Amazon's 3,000 workers in one region are East African, Awood estimates. More than 46,000 Somali-born residents and their children live in the state.

Amazon recruited East African immigrants heavily with local advertisements and billboards. Hundreds signed up through the Confederation of Somali Community, a nonprofit. For a while, Amazon ran buses to Shakopee from the Minneapolis neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, known as Little Mogadishu, and the company has spaces at local warehouses dedicated to prayer and the ritual washing custom in Islam.

No unions represent Amazon workers in the United States, although a group is trying to organize employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon owns. In Awood the East Africans have begun organizing. nytimes.com

Fake Black Friday apps and websites are now out in full force
A new report from cybersecurity firm RiskIQ reveals that criminal activity involving Black Friday scams have significantly increased since 2016.

The company ran a query of popular retailer brand names alongside the keywords "Black Friday" against its global blacklist and mobile app database and found that 237 (5.5%) of the total 4,324 results are malicious. Running the same query with "Cyber Monday" instead yielded 44 malicious apps out of 959.

Although RiskIQ did not reveal the top retailer brands that they tested, their analysis revealed 6,615 malicious apps that were pretending to offer holiday shopping deals but in reality, they are scams. And don't even think that you're safe if you're using apps from the official app stores. RiskIQ noted that the Google Play store hosted most of the blacklisted apps found in the second quarter of 2018.

Another method that crooks are employing to victimize deal hunters is through malicious websites. RiskIQ's analysis outed more than 1.451 blacklisted web addresses and URLs that referenced "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday." These sites are dangerous since they are known for malvertising, malware and phishing scams. komando.com

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Sarasota County, FL: 15 People Arrested in a 3-day Operation in targeting Retail Theft
Sarasota County Sheriff Deputies team with Loss Prevention professionals in a Retail Blitz Operation, Lt. Dan Tutko, Special Investigation Section, coordinated the recent 'mop up' operation, arresting 15 suspects. mysuncoast.com

Palm Bay, FL: Vero Beach man charged with stealing $16K from Home Depot stores from Stuart to Palm Bay
A Vero Beach man who deputies believe stole $16,000 from Home Depot stores on the Treasure and Space coasts was arrested and charged with 17 felonies, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

The man would enter stores empty-handed, select pricey power tools and attempt to return them, his arrest warrant said. He would either receive a refund or, if denied, simply walk out with the merchandise. Many of the stolen items were later pawned. tcpalm.com

Erie, PA: Detroit Man Charged, Second Suspect Still at Large in $200,000 Jewelry Store Robbery
State Police have made an arrest and had been searching for a second suspect in a jewelry store robbery. Police say as many as four suspects in two vehicles may have been involved in the heist. It all started around 9 p.m. Monday at the Jared jewelry store on Interchange Rd. in Millcreek. Police say two men used hammers to smash multiple glass cases and made off with a large amount of jewelry in excess of $200,000. Witnesses gave police a description of the getaway car - a red van stolen out of Detroit - seen speeding away. A few minutes later, State Police started a chase along I-90.

It ended when the suspects crashed the mini-van along the interstate near East Springfield; no other cars were involved. Both people inside jumped out of the van. Police arrested one suspect, who has since been identified as Roderick D. Brown, 19, of Detroit. The other robber took off into the woods. Millcreek Police Lt. Mike Little said Tuesday afternoon that investigators are looking into whether four suspects with two vehicles were part of the smash-and-grab robbery. goerie.com

Lyndhurst, OH: 3 arrested for stealing nearly $3,000 in goods from Dick's
Dick's Sporting Goods reported that two women had shoplifted and then left the premises in a SUV bearing temporary tags. Police located the SUV and conducted a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle were three suspects who were all arrested. The suspects included women, 30 and 42, and a man, 24, all from Toledo. The suspects stole merchandise worth $2,924. cleveland.com

Centerville, GA: US Marshalls arrest Victoria Secret shoplifter who nearly run down a Police Officers
A southwest Georgia woman is accused of almost running over law enforcement officers as she fled Galleria Mall in Centerville. Deandrea Shanise Bailey, 24, of Nona Road in Albany, was arrested at about 3:45 p.m. Monday. Members of the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force captured Bailey, who had eluded authorities for nearly four months, Centerville police Capt. Billy Boney said. Police were called to the mall after more than $1,000 in merchandise was taken from the Victoria Secret at the mall in late July. macon.com

Evesham, NJ: 'Crime crew' arrested in South Jersey cell phone store burglaries
Three men suspected in a South Jersey cell phone burglary spree have been arrested. "In October of this year, a dozen South Jersey towns were hit by an organized Philadelphia crime crew who were targeting cell phone stores, stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The trio would have one member distract the store employees while the others utilized cutting tools to remove security measures on the high-end cell phones," police said in a statement. On Sunday, an officer walking in the Marlton Specialty Shops on North Route 73 saw the three men exiting the Sprint Store. 6abc.com

Lethbridge, Alberta, CN: Police have charged 7 teenage boys in connection to an "organized" theft from Park Place Mall
Police alleged that on Nov. 16 a group of five teens entered the iWorld store and stole nine iPhones in less than a minute, then moved on to the nearby Staples store where two more iPhones were stolen. Police said a Staples employee who attempted to intervene was threatened before the teens fled. globalnews.ca

Menomonee Falls, WI: 2 women steal nearly $300 in Nike merchandise from Kohl's

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Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX: Teen arrested and charged in murder of store clerk gunned down during robbery
A teenager has been arrested for the murder of a beloved convenience store clerk. Jose Bonilla-Ortiz, 18, was arrested Saturday and charged with shooting Faruk Bhuiya during a robbery on Nov. 10 at the Metro Food Mart in the Spring Branch area. According to details released in court, Bonilla-Ortiz and Bhuiya struggled over a security door that the victim tried to close after Bonilla-Ortiz ran to the cashier area. Bonilla-Ortiz put his weapon between the door and door jam, fired once and struck Bhuiya in the face, court records show. Bhuiya died at the scene. abc13.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Santa Ana, CA: Woman attacks McDonald's Manager over Ketchup
Police are looking for a suspect in a violent attack on a McDonald's manager after the suspect requested ketchup. According to authorities, on Oct. 27, a woman entered the employee back door of the restaurant, located in Santa Ana, California, around 11 p.m. and asked workers for ketchup. The store manager informed the woman that she could not be in the employee area of the McDonald's, and the woman became violent, kicking, punching and choking the manager. 6abc.com

Cleveland, OH: FBI joins search for woman wanted in Woodmere Village
Armed Robberies

The FBI is now involved in the search for a woman who committed a brazen armed robbery in Woodmere Village. The woman first targeted the Cleveland Consignment Shoppe November 15. In that incident investigators now believe the woman was checking the store's security. Investigators say she returned the following day at 11:50 a.m. You can see in surveillance pictures the woman was armed with a shotgun. cleveland19.com

Miami, FL: "Honest Mistake", No theft charge for Florida Prosecutor
in shoplifting case

Authorities have decided not to pursue theft charges against a veteran Florida prosecutor in a shoplifting case involving beauty products. The SunSentinel reported Tuesday that prosecutors in Miami decided against moving ahead with the misdemeanor theft case against 56-year-old Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stacey Honowitz. Aventura police said Honowitz put three items in her purse worth about $43 at a Publix supermarket in September and left without paying. Her lawyer says it was an honest mistake. Honowitz has been a prosecutor for three decades and is a supervisor in her office's sex crimes and child abuse unit. Officials say Honowitz has been restored to her $108,000-a-year job after a temporary suspension. citynews1130.com

Columbia, SC: Man arrested for CVS Armed Robbery, charged with six additional Armed Robberies

Jefferson, PA: Police search for suspects in string of Greene County robberies

Fort Pierce, FL: Dead alligators seized in Walmart shoplifting case

UK: Cheltenham, England: Smash & Grab Armed Robbers hit Bakers Fine Jewellery

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Happy Valley, OR reported a Grab & Run on 11/18, item valued at $1,785

Jared in the Millcreek Market Place, Erie, PA reported a Smash & Grab Armed Robbery on 11/19, items valued at over $200,000

Zales in the Tanger Outlet Center, Washington, PA reported a Grab & Run on 11/20, item valued at $6,667

Sentencings, Indictments & Charges

Grand Rapids, MI: After more than a dozen store robberies, trio sent to Federal Prison; sentenced to 87 to 102 months

Solomons, MD: Woman to serve 4 years for 7-Eleven Armed Robbery

Keene, NH: Manager of Vape Store pleads guilty to faking Burglary to cover debts; sentenced to 1 year


Book Store - Smyrna, DE - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Nacogdoches, TX - Armed Robbery
C- Store - New Madison, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Columbia, SC - Armed Robbery
Clothing Store - Woodmere Village, OH - Armed Robbery
Cellphone Store - Evesham, NJ - Burglary
Cellphone Store - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Cellphone Store - Seffner, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Rogers County, OK - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Medford, OR - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Humboldt County, CA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Levittown, PA - Robbery ( bank inside)
Jewelry - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Jacksonville, NC - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Levittown, PA - Robbery
Target - Powell, OH - Burglary
Walgreens - Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - North Syracuse, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dale City, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - San Angelo, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
23 robberies
2 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




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