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What's on the Horizon in 2021?

Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communications and inventor of the world's first network camera, predicts what's to come for the security industry in 2021
The security industry has a long history of pushing the technology envelope. Whether taking quantum leaps or building incrementally on past achievements, we're in constant forward motion. While no one can guarantee how that will play out in 2021, here are a few observations about where I think we are going.

COVID-19 will continue to have a major impact on how the world operates in the coming year. To help their customers remain safe and protected in this new reality, security professionals will find themselves creatively adapting traditional surveillance and security devices to new roles and employing new technologies offering solutions for touchless entry, social distancing and virtual interactions designed to contain the spread of the virus. With lessons learned and resourcefulness in mind, technological advancement, integrated network solutions, and future challenges will increasingly create opportunity for IP solutions to add value.

It is no secret that trust in business, government, media and NGOs has been eroding for a while. Trust comes in many forms: being an honest and transparent partner, standing behind your products and following a consistent business model. Furthermore, it's crucial to deliver products that can capture, process and store data responsibly and protect against cyberattacks. This starts with forward-thinking and best practices in the design, development and testing of products in order to minimize risks.


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Axis Retail Open Mic:
Weekly Forum Provides Retailers with Connections & Community During Crisis

Each week Axis Communications hosts a Microsoft Teams call for the loss prevention community to share ideas, tackle problems, and just have a good laugh. Hosted by Hedgie Bartol and Rick Snook, Axis' Retail Business Development Managers for the U.S. and Canada, the call is a great way to take a mental break during the week and network with industry peers.

The weekly Axis Retail Open Mic (AROM) is open to all retail professionals and kept confidential. If you'd like to join the conversation and help share knowledge with other teams, email Hedgie to get on the invite list.

More from Axis Communications:

Axis Communications honored with three 2020 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards

Security Industry Association names Axis' Kelsey Carnell as vice chair to help lead SIA RISE community for young professionals


COVID Update

US: Over 17.1M Cases - 311K Dead - 10M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 74M Cases - 1.6M Dead - 52M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 225   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 164
*Red indicates change in total deaths

How Full Are Hospital I.C.U.s Near You?

Click NY Times' interactive map below to zoom in around the country to see how the coronavirus pandemic has affected recent hospital capacity

Are retailers facing a no-win decision in mandating vaccines for workers?
Surveys continue to show that between 40 and 50 percent of Americans are reluctant to take the coronavirus vaccine, likely including many of retail's frontline workers.

Black Americans, people living in rural areas and Republicans are being found to be more hesitant about getting the shots.

Unfortunately, experts say that until the country reaches herd immunity (minimum 70 percent vaccination rate), outbreaks remain a threat, masks and social distancing will be urged, and any economic recovery will be restrained.

One option employers are privately exploring to speed the inoculation process is making masks mandatory for employees. With exceptions for disabilities or religious beliefs in some cases, vaccinations can be required for employees for such a threat.

Writing for the New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin said, in addition to showing leadership in helping to end the deadly pandemic, establishing a fully-vaccinated staff could be a competitive advantage. He wrote, "A service like Uber, for example, would be more attractive to customers if the company said that all of its drivers were vaccinated. The same could be said for Walmart, Starbucks or any other store or restaurant."

For employees, coming to work would feel safer if all co-workers were vaccinated.

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McKinsey & Company Report
92% of Americans Have Concerns

How Americans report feeling about COVID-19 vaccinations
In McKinsey's most recent consumer survey, more than half the respondents in the United States report they are likely to delay or decline vaccination despite regulatory approval, with safety concerns being the main driver of vaccine hesitancy.

The #1 concern is - side-effects with 39% of respondents. While 27% want to wait and see how it impacts others and 26% believe the development of the vaccine was rushed. mckinsey.com

Why would you be unlikely to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

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LA County Hospitalizations 6 Times Higher Than Mid-October

L.A. County has fewer than 100 ICU beds available, and the worst is yet to come, officials say
Intensive care unit beds across Southern California are plummeting to critical levels, with capacity falling to 1% in Ventura County and 0% in Riverside County while Los Angeles County - home to 10 million people - had fewer than 100 beds available. On Sunday, there were 935 coronavirus patients in L.A. County's limited supply of intensive care unit beds - more than quadruple the number from Nov. 1.

But the worst of the surge is still to come, experts say. L.A. County has more than 4,400 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and officials said that number could rise to 5,000 by the weekend.

The shortages come as the coronavirus continues to rage across the state. A Los Angeles Times county-by-county tally showed an unprecedented 42,129 cases reported Monday. That number breaks the single-day record set Dec. 8, when 35,400 coronavirus cases were recorded.

"The numbers are getting to be astronomical. People are going to die that don't need to die," Levin said Monday. latimes.com

CA Orders 5,000 Body Bags
California Preparing For Surge in COVID Deaths
According to the governor, the state has 60 53-foot refrigerated storage units on standby in various counties and at various hospitals, ready to receive bodies if necessary. The state has also ordered 5,000 additional body bags, which are being distributed in Los Angeles, San Diego and Inyo counties. Over the last week, an average of 164 Californians died from COVID-19 every day, roughly quadruple the level seen a month ago. latimes.com

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: Restaurants to remain open amid COVID-19
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that restaurants will remain fully open despite COVID-19 ravaging the state during the pandemic.

DeSantis also said the majority of COVID infections occur in people's homes, citing a recent New York government report that found 1.4 percent of new cases have been traced back to restaurants and bars. Indoor dining in New York shut down again Monday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the hefty restriction to curb the surge of the coronavirus in the state.

"The vast majority of infections are occurring in people's homes, particularly if you have people getting together," DeSantis said. "Closing a restaurant to indoor dining is going to lead to more people doing that in private homes anyways."

Florida has seen more than 1,140,000 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, according to the state's COVID-19 data and surveillance dashboard. nypost.com

NYC restaurant owners protest in Times Square to reopen indoor dining
Hundreds of restaurant owners, workers and industry leaders held a rally in Times Square Tuesday morning to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent closure of indoor dining and demand a bailout that'll save their livelihoods.

"Save our restaurants! Save our jobs!" the protesters bellowed from Father Duffy Square before leading a march across town to Cuomo's Midtown East office where they briefly blocked traffic.

"The situation continues to get more and more dire, and the shutting down of indoor dining during the holidays, when New York City restaurants are providing the safety measures, is the straw that broke the camel's back," Jeffrey Garcia, president of the Latino Restaurant Bar and Lounge Association of New York State, railed to the crowd.

The protest comes a
day after Big Apple eateries were forced to suspend indoor dining even though the state's own contact tracing data shows restaurants and bars account for a mere 1.43 percent of recent known COVID-19 exposures.

Cuomo has been quick to point to outdoor dining as a half-baked panacea for the flailing industry but with temps continuing to dip below freezing - and a
monster snowstorm that'll close al fresco dining Wednesday - restaurant owners say it's not enough. nypost.com

OSHA fines linked to COVID pandemic top $3.5 million
OSHA on Friday said that from March through Dec. 3, it had issued citations in 263 cases for various kinds of violations, including failures to record or report illnesses and fatalities and violations of the "general duty" under federal law to maintain safe workplaces. reuters.com

4th Cir.: ADA doesn't protect workers who can't comply with safety rules

SHRM: HR News: Answers to the Most Common COVID Questions & Vaccine FAQ's


Massachusetts bill banning facial recognition rejected by governor
A new police reform bill which calls for a state-wide ban on police and public authorities using facial recognition technology has been passed by lawmakers in Massachusetts, yet rejected by State Governor Charlie Baker. Baker has refused to sign the bill, maintaining that the use of facial recognition has helped to convict several criminals including a child sex offender and a double murderer, according to Tech Crunch. biometricupdate.com

Facial recognition deployed in convenience stores in Mexico, England, Singapore
New York City tightens retail biometrics rules
Convenience stores around the world are turning to facial recognition and computer vision to reduce theft and facilitate biometric payments, among other applications. A new Vsblty partnership and an existing Facewatch deployment particularly show momentum in the sector.

Businesses in New York City will be required to post a public notice if they use facial recognition after city council voted to enact new restrictions on retail biometrics, VentureBeat reports.

Violations of the public notice rule could face fines of $500, while selling customer's biometric data is worth a fine of $5,000. The new law still has to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to come into force on January 1, 2021.

Mexico to Deploy Facial Recognition in C-Stores

VSBLTY is partnering with Mexico-based Grupo Modelo and Retailigent Media to build an international network of in-store media installations in up to 50,000 Modelorama stores and independent bodegas in Mexico.

The planned network will integrate advertising, analytics, real-time point-of-sale reporting and real-time security, the companies say. The deployment will begin with 5,000 Modelorama stores and 15,000 neighbourhood bodegas. The companies plan to reach other countries in Central and South America by 2027, according to the announcement.

In the UK - In Singapore biometricupdate.com


How the Security Guard Industry Weathered 2020
COVID-19, Shutdowns and Unrest Cascade Across the Guarding World

In a typical year, guarding companies are focused on threats like active shooters, potential terrorism and natural disasters - and those concerns still remained in 2020. But the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic shutdown, and social and civil unrest surrounding the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the 2020 U.S. election and more, were top of mind for guarding firms and impacted them in a wide variety of ways.

Pandemic and Shutdown

COVID-19 and stay-at-home mandates have meant that fewer employees are coming into office buildings and workspaces. Fewer, and in some cases zero, patrons are entering restaurants, bars, movie and music venues, and sports stadiums. In some verticals, that has meant the need for fewer guards in the first place.

But wherever people are entering buildings, for work or play, guards are often being called upon to handle
unusual duties like temperature checks and enforcement of mask wearing, and they have needed protection against on-site exposure to COVID-19 themselves. All of this has meant the need for additional screening and PPE protocols, as well as in-depth training on these new procedures and technologies.

Social Unrest

While the economic shutdown may have reduced the need for guarding for some locations, the social unrest in the wake of street-level protests that ramped up earlier in the summer, likely has and will increase the need for private security.

The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority has been geared up for the possibility of civil disturbances. "We're seeing that all over the country in areas large and small," says Gregg McDuffee, executive director of the DWJBA. "It creates
further danger [beyond COVID-19] and stress in an urban area. Where people are working remotely, getting them to come back to the workplace when things improve is going to be exacerbated" due to fears of disturbances.

Tech Trends

Ofir Rosenblum, Global Head of Security Field Operations based in Israel, says he sees
guarding units relying more than ever on technology such as access control and intrusion alarm systems, particularly with sites standing empty. An alarm going off in the middle of the day would receive far greater priority now than before, he notes. "We may also utilize technology to assist with things related to COVID-19, contract tracing and so forth," he says. "In the case of a need to investigate close contacts, if the case is in the workplace, we will use site security technology to investigate that."

In addition, companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise have needed to provide training and awareness around cybersecurity for those working from home, using personal devices outside of corporate networks, to protect critical assets.
Read more here: securitymagazine.com

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November Retail Sales Give Holiday Season Solid Start
November retail sales dipped from the month before but still showed the sixth consecutive monthly year-over-year gain by government calculations and set the stage for a healthy holiday shopping season compared with last year despite the pandemic, the National Retail Federation said today.

The U.S. Census Bureau said today that overall retail sales in November were down 1.1 percent seasonally adjusted from October but up 4.1 percent year-over-year. That compares with a monthly drop of 0.1 percent but a yearly gain of 5.5 percent in October.

NRF's calculation of retail sales - which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants to focus on core retail - showed November was down 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from October but up 8.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year. That compared with a decrease of 0.1 percent month-over-month and an increase of 10.5 percent year-over-year in October. NRF's numbers were up 10.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year on a three-month moving average.

On a year-over-year basis, retail sales have increased each month since May under NRF's calculation and since June under the Census Bureau calculation. Retail sales during the first 11 months of the year were up 6.6 percent, according to NRF's calculation.

November saw year-over-year gains in seven out of nine retail categories, led by double-digit increases for online sales, building materials and sporting goods stores. nrf.com

Europol in Brief - 2019 Annual Review
It's mission, it's efforts, it's team and it's budget

Europol statistics and updates of year 2019.

Europol: the EU's response to serious and organized crime and terrorism.
Europol is the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. It is the place where European police work together.

Europol began as a small office working to stop drug trafficking and has grown to become the central point for criminal information in the EU. If a crime affects two or more EU countries, Europol can help police officers join the dots. There are 27 countries in the EU, with hundreds of police organizations. Europol brings them together to fight crime as one.

With 1,299 staff members located in 46 countries with an annual budget of $168.4M U.S.

There are more than 250 liaison officers at Europol's headquarters from almost 50 different countries and agencies. Liaison officers meet and network daily, building strong international working relationships, coordinating operational cooperation, creating links, and securely sharing crime information and best practices. europa.eu

Grocery store worker crushed to death by illegally installed elevator in Manhattan supermarket
An employee was crushed by a freight elevator at a Midtown Manhattan supermarket on Tuesday afternoon, authorities and police sources said. The woman, 39, was found around 4:10 p.m. at the bottom of the elevator shaft inside the Food Emporium. The freight elevator that crushed the worker was illegally installed, according to officials. nypost.com

It's a record! 11,000 closed stores and 40 retailer bankruptcies in 2020

Quarterly Results
H&M Q4 net sales down 10%, full year net sales down 18% - no comp's reported
Zara parent company Inditex Q3 sales down 14%, online sales up 76%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Job Reposted: VP of Shortage Control for Burlington Stores in Burlington, NJ
The Vice President of Shortage Control will be an accomplished Asset Protection executive with extensive experience and proven credentials as a key executive within a large organization. The successful individual will have experience building/transforming an Asset Protection organization and culture that is focused on driving solutions, delivering results, and is resilient and agile. Reporting to the EVP of Supply Chain, Corporate Services, and Asset Protection, the Vice President of Shortage Control will lead strategies that foster a culture of continuous improvement, accountability, innovation, and productivity.  burlingtonstores.jobs

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4 Examples of Subtle Omnichannel Fraud
and How Analytics Can Root Them Out

Join the LPF & Zebra for a New Webinar on January 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

The most successful retailers know omnichannel is the future of retail - and so do retail criminals. Every year, the losses retailers suffer to omnichannel fraud grow. Credit increasingly savvy retail criminals who are constantly finding new ways to exploit the gaps in oversight, communication and more that frequently exist between channels of commerce. Unfortunately, retailers are completely unaware of many of these gaps, meaning that a good portion of omnichannel fraud goes unnoticed.

This is not the case with prescriptive analytics. This cross-channel analytics tool empowers the modern LP professional to identify the most subtle cases of external retail fraud by identifying telltale patterns of behavior across data streams and alerting the appropriate stakeholder exactly how to respond.

Join this webinar to hear Molly Pollard of Zebra Technologies explain how retailers like Walgreens, The Home Depot, Dollar Tree and others are using this robust solution to root out cases of BORIS fraud, stolen credit cards and more - and how you can too!






Microsoft and industry partners seize key domain used in SolarWinds hack
Microsoft and a coalition of tech companies have intervened today to seize and sinkhole a domain that played a central role in the SolarWinds hack, ZDNet has learned from sources familiar with the matter.

The domain in question is avsvmcloud[.]com, which served as command and control (C&C) server for malware delivered to around 18,000 SolarWinds customers via a trojanized update for the company's Orion app.

SolarWinds Orion updates versions 2019.4 through 2020.2.1, released between March 2020 and June 2020, contained a strain of malware named SUNBURST (also known as Solorigate).

Once installed on a computer, the malware would sit dormant for 12 to 14 days and then ping a subdomain of avsvmcloud[.]com.

Earlier today, a coalition of tech companies seized and sinkholed avsvmcloud[.]com, transferring the domain into Microsoft's possession.

Sources familiar with today's actions described the takedown as "protective work" done to prevent the threat actor behind the SolarWinds hack from delivering new orders to infected computers.

By seizing the domain, Microsoft and its partners hope to identify all victims, but are also preventing attackers from escalating intrusions in currently infected networks. zdnet.com

Human Error & Deliberate Actions Top Risks
42% of security leaders said pandemic has changed their cybersecurity priorities
Fudo Security published the results of it survey, enlisting the unique perspectives of a diverse, select group of CISOs, senior cybersecurity executives and industry decision-makers from around the globe including the US, Europe, Asia and MENA. More than 42% said the pandemic has changed their cybersecurity priorities.

AdvertisementAn overwhelming majority are relying on multi-factor authentication (84.3%) and SSL VPNs (81.9%) for secure remote access. 57.8% utilize identity and access management (IAM), and 50.6% deploy privileged access management (PAM).

Rounding out the top remote access security solutions in use are virtualization systems with remote access (49.4%) and session monitoring and recording (37.3%).

Pandemic cybersecurity priorities: Key findings

22.9% experienced a remote attack or disruption since the beginning of theCOVID-19 period in March 2020

The greatest perceived threats were malware (28.9%), misuse by staff (26.5%) and threats related to vendors and other third parties (21.7%)

28.9% said they have invested in new tools but still feel inadequately protected

"Human error, combined with deliberate actions by employees and contractors are the biggest cybersecurity risk for any organization. Multi-factor authentication and SSL VPNs top the list of most-used solutions, but are proving to be insufficient," said Patryk Brozek, CEO of Fudo Security. helpnetsecurity.com

Phishing Emails Skyrocket 13 Times in 6 Weeks

The Halo Effect: How Hackers are Targeting Employees This Holiday Season
The same way consumers are trying to find the perfect gifts for friends and family this holiday season, hackers are stuffing inboxes with high volumes of spam and phishing, hoping to find vulnerable employees that are susceptible to attacks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in the work-from-home era where users have increased their screen time yet are prone to more distractions and higher levels of anxiety. According to a recent Google report, hackers have taken advantage over the last several months, delivering more than 240 million daily spam messages related to COVID-19 and at least 18 million daily phishing and malware emails.

This is especially relevant for retail customers looking for online bargains and fast contactless delivery. According to a new Check Point Software report, phishing emails have increased by more than 13 times in the last six weeks. Currently, one in every 826 emails delivered is a phishing attempt, compared to less than one in 11,000 at the start of October.

In this article, we will explore how hackers are using cognitive bias techniques to target employees with high volumes of spam and phishing, based on their roles in the organization; as well as key suggestions for engaging end-users so they can identify and report suspicious emails.

Social Engineering Tactics: Taking Advantage of Trusted Brands rhisac.org

Defining IoT Cybersecurity Requirements:
Draft Guidance for Federal Agencies and IoT Device Manufacturers

An incredible variety and volume of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are being produced. IoT devices are ever more frequently becoming integral elements of federal information systems. The NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Team is releasing public drafts of four documents providing guidance for federal agencies and IoT device manufacturers on defining IoT cybersecurity requirements, including supporting non-technical requirements, so that federal organizations can procure and integrate IoT securely and continue to meet their FISMA obligations. These four new documents expand the range of guidance for IoT cybersecurity.

The new 800-series Special Publication (SP) and the three new documents in the NISTIR 8259 series that are being released as drafts for comment provide guidance to federal agencies and IoT device manufacturers, complementing the guidance in the initial foundational documents:

Draft NIST SP 800-213, IoT Device Cybersecurity Guidance for the Federal Government: Establishing IoT Device Cybersecurity Requirements

Draft NISTIR 8259B, IoT Non-Technical Supporting Capability Core Baseline

Draft NISTIR 8259C, Creating a Profile Using the IoT Core Baseline and Non-Technical Baseline

Draft NISTIR 8259D, Profile Using the IoT Core Baseline and Non-Technical Baseline for the Federal Government  govdelivery.com

Individual Pleads Guilty to Participating In Internet-of-Things Cyberattack in 2016







Crime in Canada Surges During Pandemic

Retail Crime on the Rise in Canada
Crime increase adds to woes of main street retailers

Survey of downtown blocks reveals rise in vandalism, break-ins during pandemic

A new study on main streets in B.C. and Ontario released December 7 by Vancity shows that rising crime has added to the troubles of B.C. downtown retailers struggling through the pandemic and is the No. 1 concern in Victoria and East Vancouver.

The survey, done during October and November by Vancity Community Investment Bank and the Canadian Urban Institute, focused on Government Street in Victoria, Strathcona and East Hastings Street in Vancouver, the Newton area of Surrey and Tranquille Avenue in Kamloops, plus downtown shopping streets in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. It followed up on a similar survey conducted in April as the pandemic expanded.

While street crime was a non-issue along Lawrence Avenue in Toronto and a relatively minor concern in downtown Hamilton, it was among the biggest issues in three of the four B.C. blocks surveyed.

According to the Bring Back Main Street study, Government Street in Victoria saw a massive drop in "feet on the street," with nearly one million fewer visits this year to the retail block between Humboldt and Johnson streets between April and September. Yet the main concerns for 77% of merchants on the strip were crime and safety issues.

In Vancouver's Strathcona survey, which studied a block of East Hastings Street, the study found that consumer traffic had dropped by 48% from April to September, and that street crime was the No.1 issue for nearly seven of 10 local businesses.

The study said small businesses in all the areas studied are dealing with the increased effects of the opioid crisis and vandalism, but that these concerns were much more widespread in B.C. than in the Ontario samples. biv.com

Canadian Pharmacies Targeted
Police warn Calgary pharmacists after rash of armed robberies

Since September, there have been 21 reported pharmacy robberies across Calgary.

Calgary police are warning pharmacists after a series of robberies by armed thugs. "Since September 2020, there have been 21 reported pharmacy robberies across Calgary. Four have occurred in the northeast, five in the northwest, seven in the southwest, and five in the southeast," said the Calgary Police Service in a statement. There were two more robberies Tuesday in which staff were threatened with a gun.

"Detectives are working to determine if several individuals or groups are responsible for the robberies, or if this is a general crime trend across the city," said CPS

"In most cases, the suspects approach the pharmacist, brandishing a firearm or indicating they have a weapon before walking behind the counter and obtaining drugs and cash. Often they are carrying a bag to contain the bottles they steal, and in many cases a second suspect stays at the door. Many different types of drugs are being taken, ranging from cough syrup to codeine. westernstandardonline.com

Overall crime numbers down in Regina, but arson and homicide up sharply


COVID Update


Tough Tactics Used to Enforce COVID Rules
Toronto, ON: Six 'mall cops' restrain one man after COVID violation
The group takedown arrest of Josh Walker, in front of his pregnant girlfriend at the Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket on Friday, illustrates the stress and madness stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

It wasn't a murder, jewelry store robbery or even shoplifting. It was merely a couple asked to leave by security enforcing provincial orders deeming the dining area off-limits for consumption.

"There were other people in the food court doing the same thing," said Walker's partner, Samantha-Lynn Johnson, in a statement sent to the Toronto Sun. A security officer, she said, instead zoned in on them.

Whatever the motivation, the request by security was appropriate since this area was closed to mall patrons. But what happened in the moments following is troubling. "They the threw him to the ground and smashed his face," Johnson wrote. "It was six white men against one black man. This was a racial attack." torontosun.com

Retailers vs. COVID Lockdowns

Hudson's Bay seeks judicial review of 'crippling' retail closures in Toronto area
Hudson's Bay Co. is asking an Ontario court to review the province's decision to temporarily close non-essential retailers in Toronto and Peel Region.

In a judicial review filed on Thursday, the Toronto-based retailer called the province's approach "unreasonable" and "unfair" and asked to recognize that there is a need for a solution that prioritizes health and safety without jeopardizing the livelihood of thousands of retail workers and the future of many businesses.

The company argued the province's health data shows shoppers are not contributing to the spread of the novel coronavirus in any significant way and pointed out that Premier Doug Ford has even said his regulations are "100 per cent ... not fair."

"The regulations are incoherent and devoid of logic and consistency," HBC wrote in its court filing. "Although purportedly designed to maintain the public's access to essential goods and keep non-essential retailers closed, the regulations do not do that. thestar.com

  Ontario Retail Shutdown into 2021 will Cause Severe Harm to Industry: Experts

Retailers Need Vaccine to Survive
Mass Vaccinations Critical to Save the Canadian Retail Industry: Experts
Having a vaccine in place in a timely fashion will be critically important for the future of many retailers across the country, say industry experts. That alone may be the key to whether thousands of small business owners survive the COVID-19 pandemic or shut their doors permanently.

As the country's economy continues to struggle during this crisis, business owners across the country are hoping that a vaccine will boost consumer confidence to go out and spend money in the thousands of establishments that have felt the economic pain this year.

Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said it is absolutely critical to get the vaccine widely distributed not just to end the incredible health challenge associated with COVID-19 but also the economic challenge associated with it too.  retail-insider.com

COVID Vaccine Supply Shortages in Canada?
Canada begins vaccinations, but officials fear supply issues due to global scramble
Canadian officials are the first to admit that the vaccine rollout will not be as widespread as in the United States or the United Kingdom because of what they describe as a "fiercely competitive" global scramble for early doses.

"We are dealing with an incredibly competitive global environment," said Anita Anand, Canada's minister of procurement at a news conference Monday, adding, "We've been able to negotiate hard, with fortitude, to bring early doses into this country."

While Trudeau told Canadians last week that the country would receive 249,000 doses before year's end, Anand made it clear the number could actually be less than half that. cnn.com

Canada's Stores Face Uncertainty with Declining Foot Traffic During Pandemic

Canada's Retail Version of Epstein Arrested & Indicted
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard charged in Canada amid sexual assault allegations
Peter Nygard, the Canadian fashion executive, has been charged with sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy and other crimes that involved dozens of women and teenage girls as victims in the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Tuesday.

Mr. Nygard, 79, used his company's influence, its money and its employees to recruit adult and "minor-aged female victims" over a 25-year period for the sexual gratification of him and his associates, according to a nine-count federal indictment. He was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday. He is now being held in a Manitoba jail.

The indictment accused Mr. Nygard of targeting victims from disadvantaged economic backgrounds and, in some cases, with a history of abuse. Mr. Nygard sexually assaulted some, it said, while his associates assaulted or drugged others "to ensure their compliance with Nygard's sexual demands." nytimes.com

Canadian Fashion Executive Peter J. Nygard Charged With Sex Trafficking And Racketeering Offenses

Halifax, NS: Store owner shocked after customer told him 'I just killed a man'
The owner of a Halifax convenience store says he was shocked after a man entered his business Tuesday afternoon and seemingly confessed to killing someone. "He came in around three o'clock ... he said exactly, 'Can you call the police? I just killed a man,'" Khallaf, who runs Nova Grocery on Clyde Street, told CBC News on Wednesday evening. Khallaf said the man was a regular customer. He seemed "very calm" during their interaction. Khallaf called 911 and asked the man to step outside. The operator told him to keep an eye on him, so he followed him out. A customer showed up and Khallaf went back in to assist them. When he returned, the man was gone. This incident happened at around the same time police responded to a weapons complaint in the area. Halifax Regional Police are currently investigating the suspicious death of a 61-year-old man. A 71-year-old man was also injured. cbc.ca

Toronto, ON: Three people injured after shooting, crash in Scarborough's Cedarbrae Mall parking lot
Three people were injured, one seriously, after the occupants of a car were shot and later struck a pole in the parking lot of Scarborough's Cedarbrae Mall on Saturday night. A sergeant with 43 Division said a Blue Kia Forte pulled up to a victim's vehicle and two suspects opened fire, and two occupants of the victim vehicle were hit. Up to eight shots were fired and the victim vehicle lost control and struck a pole near Markham Road and Greenbriar Circuit, east of the mall. Toronto paramedics said three people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries and two with minor injuries. ctvnews.ca

Edmonton, AB: Man charged after 2 women in hijabs attacked in mall parking lot
Officers were told that a man approached two Somali women wearing hijabs sitting in their vehicle and began yelling racially motivated obscenities at them. Witnesses told police the man then punched the passenger-side window, shattering the glass. Fearing for her safety, the passenger ran from the vehicle and the man chased her, police said, then pushed her to the ground and began assaulting her. The second woman tried to help and was also shoved to the ground, before several bystanders intervened and stopped the attack. cbc.ca

(Update) Nova Scotia gunman had grenades, handguns equipped with laser sights

Cornwall, ON: Teen charged with fraud after trying to return store item

Burlington, ON: Shoplifter who allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of goods from Fortinos arrested

Robberies & Burglaries

Bar - Etobicoke, ON - Burglary
Gas Station - Airdrie, AB - Armed Robbery
Unnamed Story - Pine River, MB - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Strathcona, AB - Armed Robbery

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Selfie Biometrics Verification - Five Times More Likely to Catch New Account Fraud
Companies using selfie biometrics to verify new customer identities are five times more likely to catch new account fraud than those that rely only on an ID document, according to Jumio's 2020 Holiday New Account Fraud Report.

In an analysis of onboarding attempts by its ID Verification and Identity Verification solutions, Jumio found that fraud was detected in 1.41 percent of ID-only verifications, but the use of selfie biometrics with an official ID document made the fraud detection rate much higher, at 7.15 percent. The despite an overall decrease in new account fraud based on ID verification of 23.2 percent worldwide in 2020.

Nicolls also notes that with the proliferation of stolen data, cybercriminals can now acquire "fulls" which include selfies along with identity documents and other information, which he says shows why liveness detection is so critical.

The results show significant progress in stopping new account fraud through biometrics and presentation attack detection (PAD) technologies. biometricupdate.com

Why e-commerce retailers need a chief returns officer
Dan Nevin, chief revenue officer, global retail at Doddle, maps out why retailers should have a chief returns officer as part of the e-commerce team as returns rate can be anywhere from 20% to 40%. Even a small fluctuation in returns can make a colossal financial difference.

So, it's time to make the argument for a new role in e-commerce - the chief returns officer (or, for smaller businesses, a dedicated role focused on returns).

You may have a fantastic, clear leadership structure, but which one of these leaders owns returns? Chances are they all share some partial responsibility, which often means that nobody truly owns returns. This is where the need for a CRO/returns leader becomes crystal clear. Returns rates can be staggeringly high online - it's not unheard of for them to reach 40%, especially in fashion, but let's say 20% for the sake of generalizing. Imagine you had a business unit worth 20% of revenue with no executive owner and no leader, and you didn't even have particularly good visibility on its performance and impact on customers. That situation wouldn't last very long!

No one in charge of returns overall means there's nobody to quickly identify the root causes of returns and introduce solutions. Issues may go unresolved until they reach levels that require firefighting. In many organizations, it's left solely in the hands of the logistics team, who can only do so much, and may struggle to discover why returns are happening without buy-in and insight from other teams.

What does a CRO look like? Your CRO will need to be: retailcustomerexperience.com

E-Commerce to Total a Quarter of Global Retail by 2024, GroupM Forecasts
E-commerce spending is expected to grow by low-double-digit percentages through the next six years even after the end of social distancing measures forced by the pandemic, according to a new forecast from media-buying giant GroupM, part of WPP PLC.

Global retail e-commerce will amount to $3.9 trillion in 2020, or 17% of global retail sales, according to GroupM's report. The figures exclude food and delivery services to ensure consistency across markets, GroupM said.

GroupM anticipates that sum will rise to $7 trillion by 2024, or 25% of retail sales, and reach $10 trillion globally by 2027.

"Brands will need to switch strategies to be more about the brand experience and values rather than just the functional convenience of e-commerce." wsj.com







NYC Russian Mobster Pleads Guilty
"Thief-In-Law's" Money Launderer Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court
Daniel Daniel Used Fake Vodka Business to Conceal the Criminal Proceeds of a Powerful Vor v Zakone

DANIEL conspired with Razhden Shulaya to launder the proceeds of the illicit activities of the Shulaya Enterprise, a prolific criminal organization dismantled in June 2017 upon the arrests of Shulaya and over twenty-five other members and associates of the Shulaya Enterprise. DANIEL faces a maximum term of twenty years in prison.

The Shulaya Enterprise was an organized criminal group controlled by Razhden Shulaya, a "vor v zakone," which is a Russian phrase translated roughly as "Thief-in-Law," and which refers to high-level criminal figures from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals and laypersons within the vor's protection, license criminal activity by others, and resolve disputes between members of the criminal community. Shulaya and the Shulaya Enterprise engaged in widespread criminal activities, including the transportation and sale of stolen property, wire and bank fraud, illegal gambling operations, extortion of debtors to its gambling operation, and the use of false identification documents and counterfeit credit cards in order to illegally purchase merchandise. Shulaya operated the Shulaya Enterprise in and around the New York City area, including in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in other parts of the country, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Southern Florida. justice.gov

Two Bay Area Residents Charged In Nationwide Scheme To Engineer $400K+ in Fraudulent Credit & Debit Card Refunds

Defendants Allegedly Used Over 90 Credit Card Readers to Defraud Merchants,
Including U.S. Army

Robert Kohlman and Gabriel Riddle have been charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to use dozens of fraudulently programmed credit and debit terminals to make unlawful transactions.

Kohlman, 38, and Riddle, 34, both of Novato, Calif., obtained more than 90 point-of-sale terminals, which are devices used by merchants to read and process credit or debit cards to accept payments for goods or services. Kohlman and Riddle then programmed the terminals to believe they were associated with an actual merchant, and then submitted requests for refunds even though there was no initial purchase. The merchant's bank or processing company, believing a legitimate refund was being requested, then transmitted money to accounts controlled by Kohlman and Riddle. Kohlman and Riddle then depleted the accounts by making purchases, making ATM cash withdrawals, or purchasing money orders. The affidavit indicates that Kohlman and Riddle initiated at least 100 fraudulent refunds that transferred more than $400,000 to their personal bank accounts.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate. justice.gov

Unsealed 14-Count Indictment Charges Six Individuals In Connection With $400K+ Bluetooth Gas Skimming Scheme
Salt Lake City: A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday morning charges six individuals with conspiracy to steal money from customers at various gas stations in Utah and elsewhere. The indictment alleges the defendants and their co-conspirators executed the conspiracy by using Bluetooth enabled skimming equipment that they installed on the motherboard of the internal computer that controls the gas pumps. Victims of the alleged scheme lost at least $200,000.

Charged in the indictment are Yosbel Delgado-Valdes, age 40, Iraldo Pereda-Mendez, 32, Emmanuel Nina-Perez, 28, Jandry Artigas-Reyes, 35, and Yarislani Padron-Cruz, 35, all of Salt Lake City, and Yofre Napoleon Almonte, 47, a citizen of the Dominican Republic currently being held in the Davis County Jail on unrelated charges

The skimming equipment contains a Bluetooth card reader/recorder that records information - such as customers' credit card numbers and the name and zip code associate with the card - from the magnetic strip of customers' cards as the customers insert the cards into gas pumps, according to the indictment.

After making the cloned cards, and testing them for $1 dollar, the co-conspirators moved to what the indictment calls the "cash out" phase. The "cash out" phase generally involved large purchases of fuel, though they did make other purchases at gas stations and other retail stores.

The fuel purchases were typically for vehicles they were driving, or for trusted associates/purchasers the defendants would meet, using the cloned cards to fill up their tanks. The defendants further used the cloned cards to fill external fuel tanks installed in the beds of their pickup trucks - later offloading that fuel into the tanks of semi trucks or into larger storage containers for future use or resale.

Using the cloned credit or debit cards, the defendants also obtained at least $200,000 in funds from multiple financial institutions, the indictment alleges. justice.gov

New York Man Gets 27 Months Prison for Defrauding Sprint Corporation
Ramses Nathaniel Acosta, 39, was sentenced on two counts in a multi-state scheme, defrauded Sprint Corporation by using counterfeit drivers' licenses to purchase cell phones and electronics in the identities of existing Sprint customers. justice.gov

ORC Gang of 4 Hitting Liquor Stores Busted

Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy Targeting Virginia ABC Stores
Tyrell Jackson, 44, Norfolk, Va., joined together with three other men to defraud Virginia ABC stores by using debit and credit cards re-encoded with the stolen financial information of identity theft victims. Investigators have identified 20 direct victims of identity theft from Jackson's role in the conspiracy, and at least 82 victims of the broader conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on Dec. 9th to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft as part of a scheme to purchase alcohol for resale.

The conspiracy to commit wire fraud offense carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and the aggravated identity theft offense carries a mandatory two years in prison. justice.gov

Two CC Fraudsters Get Fed Prison
Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Using Counterfeit Credit Cards
In December 2018, Charles Harris, 37, and his co-defendant, Bryan Boley, used counterfeit credit cards at Maine retail outlets. The credit card numbers were purchased online.

Harris faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces up to three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. Harris's co-defendant Boley was sentenced on November 15, 2019, to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release. justice.gov

Myrtle Beach, SC: Myrtle Beach Police charge 16 people in shoplifting operation
This multiple-day operation was made to identify and target shoplifters of retail establishments. MBPD worked with local loss prevention professionals during this operation and took seven people into custody following the investigation. This operation is the first in an ongoing partnership and continued initiative," said Chief Amy Prock." "This crime impacts our City considerably. We will continue to hold those accountable by working with our community business partners, our law enforcement partners, and our Intelligence Unit. If you see something, say something. wpde.com

San Mateo, CA: Suspects busted at Ross store linked to Bay Area retail theft spree
Four suspects, including a 12-year-old girl who is a ward of the court out of San Francisco for juvenile human trafficking, were detained Saturday in connection with an attempted theft at a Ross department store in San Mateo. Police believe the suspects are connected to numerous retail thefts throughout the Bay Area. At 4:46 p.m., while San Mateo police officers were patrolling the parking lot of the Ross store at 640 Concar Drive, they were flagged down by a store employee about a theft in progress, police said. Additional officers saturated the area and detained four suspects believed to be stealing from the business. Officers reviewed security footage and confirmed the theft occurred, and also discovered the getaway vehicle was related to numerous thefts in the Bay Area, police said. climaterwc.com

Enfield, CT: Man charged in $3600 theft from Costco, accomplice flees
One man was arrested and another is still ay large after more than $3,6000 worth of electronics was stolen, fleeing out the back door of Costco on Sunday. Michael Amaro was charged with 3rd degree larceny and conspiracy to commit that crime. He was held in lieu of $10,000 cash bond and arraigned on Monday. journalinquirer.com

St. Augustine, FL: Alleged thieves lead Florida Highway Patrol Troopers on chase; $2,000 of Polo merchandise recovered
Alleged thieves accused of stealing from the St. Augustine Outlets led Florida Highway Patrol troopers on a chase through St. Johns and Duval counties on Interstate 95 on Monday afternoon. FHP said three people were caught by Troop G stealing from the Ralph Lauren store. Troopers recovered over $2,000 of stolen merchandise. actionnewsjax.com

Update: Lincoln, NE: One of four people accused in a theft and pursuit in eastern Nebraska has been sentenced
Lancaster County court records said Dauhtria Giles, 20, was sentenced to 120 days in jail on an amended charge of theft by shoplifting between $500 and $1,500. She was involved in a pursuit after she and three other women allegedly stole clothing items at Dick's Sporting Goods in Lincoln that ended in Omaha. The alleged driver of the vehicle, Valaria Hogan, 21, is facing charges of theft by shoplifting and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. nebraska.tv

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Shootings & Deaths

Waukena, CA: Community grieves for market owner shot and killed during robbery
Waukena, on the western edge of Tulare County. More than just a store, Lilly Onofre says it's a community hub.At the center of that community was Manuel Martin, the happy and helpful co-owner of the market. On Monday night, Martin was working behind the counter when two men came inside and demanded money. Sheriff's detectives say as Martin was getting the cash, there was a dispute. "During the robbery, a confrontation did occur between the store clerk and the suspects, which ultimately led to the shooting," Tulare County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Sanchez said. Sanchez says one of the men opened fire, striking Martin multiple times. He died at the scene. At the time of the shooting, there were no customers inside.  abc30.com

Portland, OR: Employee killed during in Dispensary robbery
A Portland man was shot and killed Monday during a robbery at the marijuana dispensary where he worked, police said. Michael Arthur, 44, was working at Cured Green, on North Lombard Street and Washburne Avenue, when police were called to a report of a shooting at the business around 10 p.m. When officers arrived, they found Arthur had been shot. Police did not specify whether Arthur died at the scene or at the hospital.  oregonlive.com

Los Angeles, CA: No Charges Filed Against LAPD Officers Who Shot, Killed Trader Joe's Assistant Manager
Two Los Angeles police officers acted lawfully when they engaged in a gunfight with a suspect outside of a Silver Lake Trader Joe's and killed an assistant store manager in 2018, according to a report released Tuesday by the District Attorney's office. In the 22-page assessment of the shooting, the office found that officers Sinlen Tse and Sarah Winans were "justified in using deadly force in an attempt to stop" the suspect, Gene Evin Atkins. Atkins was shot in the left elbow as he ran into the store after prosecutors said he crashed an allegedly stolen vehicle and opened fire on police. Assistant store manager Melyda Corado was "accidentally struck by gunfire when she ran towards the front doors," of the Trader Joe's upon hearing the crash. The District Attorney's Office stated in the report that there were no bystanders visible behind Atkins or in the line of fire when the officers shot at Atkins. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Louisville, KY: Man convicted of killing 2 at Kroger gets Life term
A white man convicted of fatally shooting two Black shoppers at a Kentucky grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. Gregory Bush, 53, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Jefferson Circuit Court to two counts of murder, criminal attempted murder and wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting at the Kroger in suburban Louisville in 2018. A judge sentenced him to two life terms to be served concurrently without the possibility of parole. Police said Bush first stopped at a historically Black church nearby before heading with his handgun to the busy grocery store. Bush then walked into the store, pulled a gun from his waist and shot a man in the back of the head, then kept shooting him multiple times, according to an arrest report. The report said Bush re-holstered his gun, walked outside and killed a woman in the parking lot. Each victim died of multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators said the two victims had never met Bush. startribune.com

Shelby, NC: Mall theft chase ends in suspect being fatally shot by hourly associate
One person is dead and another in jail following a shooting near the Hampton Inn and Suites in Shelby. Jacob Wesley Isenhour, of Grover, has been charged with first-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm inside city limits. According to the Shelby Police Department the victim, whose name has not yet been released, was leaving the Cleveland Mall via Dunham's Sports when the store security alarm sounded. Isenhour, an employee of the sports shop who was working at the time, allegedly chased the victim through the mall parking lot in an attempt to confront them. Isenhour located the victim near a wood line at the opposite end of the mall parking lot, where he allegedly shot at him. When Shelby Police arrived at the scene they located the victim near the hotel and placed Isenhour under arrest. Cleveland County Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene where the victim was pronounced dead. shelbystar.com

East Point, GA: No ill feelings: Walmart LP Associate shot by man hopes he 'makes the next right decision'
"I just want to get back to my job because catching shoplifters isn't about getting people to punish. It's about finding people that I can relate to and show them there's a way to the other side." Scurry works as a loss prevention employee at an East Point Walmart. He was shot by an alleged shoplifter, police said. "You expect to get punched in the face from time to time, but I never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get shot."

On Friday, Dec. 11, one of Scurry's coworkers noticed a man on their cameras taking items from the store. Scurry said he went to talk to the man and tried to get him to go to their loss prevention office. Initially, he said he was going to let the man go.  "He just needed a few small items. He spent most of the time in the store eating while he was shopping so it was mostly a hungry situation." But when another coworker starting walking towards the two, that's when Scurry said the man more than likely panicked. "After he felt cornered, he ended up firing the shot. He had a 50/50 shot and I'm glad it was taken at me." The bullet went through Scurry's arm, entered his upper right chest, damaging his lung, diaphragm and liver.  11alive.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Espionage or Trade Fraud the DOJ Will Prosecute
Houston: Super Tire Inc. Smuggles in $26M in Undervalued Chinese Tires

'15 Named In $26 Million International Trade Fraud Scheme'
A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas, has returned a criminal indictment against eight individuals, while a related civil complaint has charged 14 individuals and one company relating to international trade fraud violations stemming from a decade-long scheme involving tires from China.

The complaint further alleges U.S.-based defendants (Chinese nationals) conspired with defendants in China to obtain falsified invoices and entry records of Chinese tire companies that were subject to a lower duty rate than the actual manufacturers of these tires. Defendants submitted these falsified records to U.S. Customs officials when importing tires into the United States, so that Winland could avoid paying the higher duty rates, according to the allegations. The indictment and complaint also allege they used these falsified records to understate the value of these tires, further lowering the amount Winland owed in duties.

The value of these tires allegedly exceeded $20.9 million and resulted in the deprivation to the United States of more than $6.5 million in import duties.

"For more than a decade, Zhou and her co-conspirators are alleged to have sought to gain an unfair competitive advantage at the expense of U.S. companies and consumers through a series of schemes in violation of fair trade practices and U.S. import regulations,"

China and its industries want to rob, replicate and replace American made good and technology," said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick for the Southern District of Texas. "Illegally importing and dumping these goods is one way to systemically weaken American competitors. Whether direct espionage by the Chinese government or trade fraud like in this case, we will continue to investigate and prosecute every case we can." justice.gov

Hammond, IN: Detroit man gets 39 months for $1M Jared jewelry heist
A federal judge sentenced a Detroit man to prison for robbing a Southlake Mall jewelry store last year. U.S. District Court Judge Theresa L. Springmann imposed a 39-month sentence Tuesday on 30-year-old Darren S. Bell. Bell pleaded guilty in February to taking part in an armed robbery Jan. 25, 2019, at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in Southlake Mall. Bell gave up his right to a jury trial in return for a promise from the U.S. attorney to recommend Bell receive less than the maximum penalty under law - 20 years in prison. Federal prosecutors alleged Bell, Altonio D. Benson, 41, of Detroit, and a third unidentified man entered the store around 7 p.m., smashed open display cases with sledge hammers and ran away with more than $1 million worth of jewelry. nwitimes.com

Michigan City, IN: Alleged shoplifter flashes gun when confronted by Meijer employee

Springfield, OR: Man arrested after stealing from a Fred Meyer and threatening an employee with a knife

Williamsport, PA: Police officer exchanged sex for not filing retail theft charges




Adult - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
C-Store - Waukena, CA - Armed Robbery/ Owner killed
C-Store - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store -New York, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Marcos, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dundalk, MD - Burglary
Dollar General - Carroll County, MS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Tioga County, NY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - La Grange, NC - Robbery
Dollar General - Wylie, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Mobile, AL - Robbery
Gas Station - Dover, DE - Burglary
Grocery - Michigan City, IN - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Springfield, OR - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Wilkes Barre, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Winston Salem - NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Plano, TX - Robbery
Marijuana - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery/ employee killed
Pet - Murfreesboro, TN - Robbery
Restaurant - Bulls Gap, TN - Burglary
Thrift - Salisbury, NC - Armed Robbery
Video - Billings, MT - Burglary
7-Eleven - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Central Point, OR - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 5 burglary
• 2 shootings
• 2 killed

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