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Chris Olney, CFI, PCI promoted to Senior Manager, Asset Protection for HD Supply Construction & Industrial
Chris has been with White Cap since 1991, starting his career in one of the first White Cap branches in San Diego, CA. He has worked in numerous roles throughout his time with White Cap & HD Supply where he found his home in Asset Protection. Those of you who have worked with Chris can attest to his dedication, integrity and relentless pursuit of excellence. In Chris's expanded role, he will continue driving execution for both the White Cap business along with the ongoing development of the Home Improvement Solutions Asset Protection program. Congratulations, Chris!

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Fraud Fraud Fraud

Three more ex-Pilot Flying J execs sentenced to federal prison for diesel fraud plot
Reduced sentences for cooperating give each exec 21-30 months

Three more former Pilot Flying J sales executives faced the judge Wednesday for their roles in that fraud case, which bilked small-time trucking companies out of millions of dollars in diesel rebates for at least five years. Each got a reduced sentence for admitting guilt early and working with federal prosecutors to convict Pilot's ex-president, Mark Hazelwood, and two others at trial earlier this year. But each still got prison time.

Arnold Ralenkotter, Jay Stinnett and John Spiewak each worked their way up through Pilot's sales ranks in a corporate culture that prized competition and winning at all costs. Ralenkotter, 57, served as a regional sales director in Hebron, Ky.; Stinnett, 46, as a regional sales manager at Pilot's corporate headquarters on Lonas Road in West Knoxville; and Spiewak, 51, as a regional sales manager in Centerville, Ohio.

Their jobs included approving contracts they knew Pilot didn't plan to honor with smaller trucking companies that sales execs hoped wouldn't be sophisticated enough to spot the deceit. They'll serve a total of six years in federal prison - 21 months, or just under two years, apiece for Ralenkotter and Spiewak; 30 months, or a little shy of three years, for Stinnett. knoxnews.com

   Read our PFJ scandal timeline of events going back to 2013 here.

Seafood Fraud 'Rampant Across New York'
The fishy business of seafood fraud and mislabeling in supermarkets

A new report revealed the fishy business of seafood fraud and mislabeling in New York State supermarkets. The investigation, which included DNA testing, found more than one in four samples purchased for the investigation was not sold under a federally-recognized market name for that species of fish, according to the report released by Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood's office.

"It's clear that seafood fraud isn't just a fluke - it's rampant across New York," Underwood said. "We're taking enforcement action, and consumers should be alert and demand that their supermarket put customers first by taking serious steps to ensure quality control at their seafood counters."

Some of the chains from which 10 or more samples were tested had rates of suspected mislabeling that exceeded 50%, including Food Bazaar, Foodtown, Stew Leonard's, Uncle Giuseppe's and Western Beef. crainsnewyork.com

Retailers Chop Chicken Of The Sea From Tuna Price-Fix MDL
Thirty food retailers including Kmart, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have cut Chicken of the Sea from massive multidistrict litigation in California federal court accusing packaged seafood producers of fixing prices for canned tuna.

The grocery companies said in court papers filed Tuesday they had reached an agreement with Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, the U.S. arm of a Thai company that owns the tuna brand, to voluntarily dismiss it from the case. Many other parties, including consumers, are still suing Chicken of the Sea and other tuna companies, among them Bumble Bee Foods, for what they say was a plot over several years to keep canned tuna prices inflated. law360.com

Food Safety in 2018 - A Collision of Public Health and Common Sense
Sometimes, even when companies have strong food safety programs, a robust food safety culture and well-developed supplier verification programs, unpredictable events that are disruptive and costly still happen. This year was filled with such events -- some of them were explainable, others incomprehensible.

Two words sum up food safety in 2018: Romaine Lettuce. Say those words in front of your peers in the food industry and you will be met with heads in hands, eyes rolling, heads shaking and deep sighs. You might even end the conversation before it has a chance to start. fmi.org

Facial Recognition & Security

Amazon Patents Facial Recognition for Suspicious Persons
Amazon has patented facial recognition technology that could create a neighborhood network for suspicious persons. Facial recognition could be used to compare subjects to a criminal or "most wanted" database, and could allow users to access suspicious persons' identifying information.

Amazon's patent, filed in May of 2018, will allow users to "flag" suspicious persons like someone breaking a neighbor's window or a hostile co-worker. Aside from what their cameras have captured, users can upload images of the person from other sources. From there, users can receive alerts about the suspicious persons, even if they're not in any criminal databases. On the other hand, users can flag people as authorized persons who can also be added to the neighborhood database. securitybaron.com

Amazon's plans for facial recognition doorbell concerns ACLU
Amazon has a video doorbell product called Ring, which allows you to see who's at the door, and they're talking about adding facial recognition to that. This has raised the concern of the ACLU.

"We see it [face surveillance] as a uniquely dangerous and game-changing technology that - at least at the present time - shouldn't be sold to the government," said Shankar Naryan, Director of the Technology and Liberty Project ACLU Washington. "Because it gives the government this unprecedented power to track people and surveil where they go and who they associate with across geographies and across time."

Amazon is currently marketing their facial recognition product, Rekognition, to police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Naryan says the government wouldn't have to choose who they follow around anymore, since the facial recognition technology layers on top of existing surveillance infrastructure. In theory, the technology could be applied anywhere, including video feeds, body camera feeds, or drone footage. mynorthwest.com

The Surprising Global Forward March of Facial Recognition
Four-Part Series By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

Originally published as a four-part series, this is the long-read version consolidating the latest research of the global forward march of facial recognition technologies. From Apple normalizing its acceptance, to disruption in the retail / security / healthcare industries, to the emergence of China as the FaceID innovation laboratory, and the ever-growing new global applications, we stare into your auspicious Internet of Things (IoT) future. Read more here.

Facial recognition technology speeding up US fast food service
Pioneered for law enforcement and border security uses, facial recognition applications are beginning to enter shopping and dining spaces, helping companies use your purchasing histories to customise your customer service experiences. The South Florida-based BurgerFi chain has installed touchscreen ordering kiosks with facial recognition capabilities at 22 of 108 locations, including in Boca Raton, Doral, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach. It started rolling out the technology about two and a half years ago. thestar.com

UK Trials Facial Recognition Tech in Major Shopping Areas During The Holidays
Police in the United Kingdom are planning to use facial recognition over the holidays in highly-populated areas to find criminals, according to reports. Police plan to use the technology to scan shoppers' faces in London - particularly in Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, which are all major shopping areas. pymnts.com

Google lauded, Amazon slammed for approach to facial recognition

Robocop-style security guards capable of recording video and detecting mobile devices are being used in an LA shopping mall
A shopping centre in Los Angeles has introduced its first robot security guard to patrol the mall to help identify potential shoplifters. The robocop-style guard is capable of picking up video footage and sending information back to security headquarters, so they can respond quickly. It is equipped with a 360-degree camera, WiFi, sensing units and can stream live video, read license plates and detect people. The objective of the machine is to differentiate between a harmless passerby and a possible criminal. The retailer says that the robot will begin patrols at The Bloc open-air plaza in downtown LA in two weeks.

Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope manufactures the bot similar to the one deployed in LA. The tech company was co-founded in 2013 by a former police officer after the Sandy Hook tragedy. The company says that the aim of the robot is not to replace human police officers and private security guards but to provide a fill-in for blind spots. dailymail.co.uk

Robots Wander Retail Aisles
Bleeping and whirring through the aisles of a sporting goods store in downtown San Francisco, Tally - a tall, wheeled robot bristling with sensors - was doing what it promises: It was counting. The bot, made by Simbe Robotics and trundling through a Decathlon store, uses its sensors to read electronic merchandise tags, twirling this way and that to pinpoint products.

The big picture: Robots have long helped to assemble cars and move products around enormous warehouses. But Tally is the latest in a slow bot invasion into increasingly visible spaces, like sidewalks, malls and restaurants.

"They're taking up the roles of delivery workers, security guards and waiters. Their makers insist, in a familiar line, that they're not stealing jobs as much as freeing up humans to do better or more interesting work. That may be the case now, as the bots are tested, but not for long if they're taken up in droves." axios.com

Mall of America's hologram concierge offers gift suggestions
For the holiday season, the Mall of America introduced what it claims is the "first-ever Shopping Hologram Concierge." Ellie the Elf, a 3D-avatar located at the mall's Holiday Cottage, offers gift advice and supports other shopping needs.

For instance, if shoppers ask Ellie to list gifting categories for a "teen" or "husband," the character offers categories and asks the shoppers to choose which they would like help with. Further prompts from Ellie help identify the ideal gift suggestions from the mall's holiday shopping guide. Ellie is also already proving popular with selfie takers. retailwire.com

Enterprise video to generate $12 billion in value-added services revenue by 2023
Enterprise video surveillance camera connections will top 348 million by 2023 and these systems will generate value-added services revenues of $12 billion, according to new research from ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm based here.

ABI Research noted that as the video surveillance industry continues its transition toward IP camera systems with edge and on-device analytics capabilities, solution providers continue to offer connected products and services with vastly stronger value propositions than traditional, legacy analog systems. securitysystemsnews.com

Study: Unplanned employee absences impact staff productivity, manager stress
Frequent unplanned absences by employees are taking a toll on store operations. That's according to a global study by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. in which 78% of retailers said they believe that while employee engagement is important to organizational success, they are challenged by the corrosive impact that rampant unplanned absence has on staff productivity (58%), manager stress (55%), and team morale (46%). And it's a vicious cycle: More than half agree that poor employee engagement causes increased absenteeism. chainstoreage.com

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Gymboree Shops for Bankruptcy Financing as It Prepares Filing

Bankruptcy court approves Rockport liquidation plan

Pier 1 CEO out amid ongoing loss

U.S. Shoppers To Spend $26B On Dec. 22

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Retailers Can Avoid Equifax Identity Theft Data Risk This Holiday Season

Personally identifiable data stolen during the Equifax breach is a problem for retailers this holiday season with fraudsters poised to take advantage of high-volume consumer shopping. In data breach scenarios, fraudsters typically wait 12 to 18 months before using the information. Based on the date of that breach, it is expected that this will be a very dangerous holiday shopping season as the data in hackers' hands should be hitting the market now, just as the as the holiday shopping season is underway.

To put the amount of data available in context, there were 145 million names, social security numbers and dates of birth compromised during the Equifax breach last year. Now, consider that on average, an identity was stolen every 1.88 seconds in the U.S. in 2017 and consider the more than 57 million records have been exposed thus far this year according to The Identity Theft Resource Center. Add to that the 500 million records breached in the Marriott hack.

Whether it's the treasure trove of Equifax data fraudsters will use to defraud retailers in store, online or via mobile devices or any of the data that has come from the ongoing incidents of data breaches and identity theft, the risks are high. And the holiday season is a fraudsters playground. Large volumes of transactions and new account openings that retailers experience during the holiday shopping season and the larger number of purchases consumers make gives the advantage to identity thieves unless the proper protections are in place.

Retailers can protect their customers as well as their own bottom line from the costly losses associated with identity theft with Intellicheck's Retail ID suite of identification authentication products. Intellicheck's cutting-edge Retail ID SaaS technology solutions are proven weapons in combating fraud.

For every transaction, online, mobile or POS, Retail ID technology solutions provide a new level of transaction safety, preventing fraudulent retail purchases while providing a more engaging, customer experience with an easy, quick process that enhances consumer confidence.

Retail ID products have proven 99.9% effective in identity authentication, preventing transactional fraud including fraudulent account openings, account take overs, card not present fraud, gift card fraud, cash off card, and fraudulent check transactions. These state-of-the-art technology solutions are equally effective in preventing buy online and pick up in store (BOPIS) and non-receipted return fraud. And Retail ID stops a fraudulent transaction every 90 seconds.

Retail ID product solutions are preventing fraud for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 retailers including nationally recognized department stores, jewelry, furniture, and tools and equipment retailers across the country.

For more information visit www.intellicheck.com or call 516-992-1900.


One of Marvin Ellison's Omnichannel Priorities: Transforming the Supply Chain
Lowe's meets customer expectations with highly automated DC

In an era when retailers are striving to get merchandise into their customers' hands as quickly as possible, Lowe's Companies is banking on a state-of-the-art automated warehouse to step up its game.

When Marvin Ellison came aboard as the home improvement giant's new CEO in July 2018, he wasted no time in updating the company's strategic playbook. Among the top priorities: transforming the company's supply chain to meet the needs of omnichannel customers.

Coinciding with this mission is Lowe's newest initiative - adding a new direct fulfillment center (DFC) in Coopertown, Tennessee, to its distribution fleet. The 1.1 million sq. ft. facility, which had its grand opening in December, is equivalent in breadth to 22 football fields. It features 22 shipping doors, uses hydrogen fuel to power its forklift fleet, and has 1,800 tons of HVAC equipment. (The building rounds out the company's network of 35 United States-based distribution centers, three millwork facilities, and five delivery terminals.)

"It is the most technologically advanced supply chain facility that Lowe's has ever operated. It uses state-of-the-art automation that improves our efficiency, and ensures we get products to our e-commerce customers when and where they want it. It opens as we are building a supply chain that can pivot quickly to meet changing customer expectations." chainstoreage.com

How Computer Forensic Examiners Help Investigate Digital Misconduct
Computer forensic examiners have seen an increase in business litigation related to breaches of loyalty and fiduciary duties by employees. Employees are jumping to greener pastures or deciding to start their own competing business. Unfortunately, when employees leave, they frequently are leaving with a part of the company. Customer lists, marketing plans, product designs, bid sheets and invoices can go out the door with them.

A sound HR policy should include a procedure for the preservation and examination of digital media for key employees leaving the company. Suspensions, terminations or unusual resignations should trigger the policy. The policy should include securing any company cellphones, network e-mail archives, cloud accounts and, more important, the hard drives of any employee desktop or laptop.

It is not unusual to discover months after a termination or resignation that a breach of loyalty, theft of proprietary documents or embezzlement has occurred. In addition, individuals can file sexual harassment or discrimination litigation at any time before the civil statute of limitations runs out, which could be months later, as well.

Working with Computer Forensic Examiners
If you choose to hire a computer forensic examiner, do your homework. Ensure any examiners have experience testifying as expert witnesses with regard to the type of issues that you have in litigation. Make sure they can present technical evidence in a clear and understandable way to a judge or jury.

It is also important to understand costs. Is there a monthly maintenance (storage) fee for holding on to your digital evidence until it is no longer needed? Will specialized software specific to your company data be needed? These questions should be answered prior to an engagement. Does the examiner use cloud accounts for storage or processing? Depending on how sensitive your data is or government regulations, you may not want your data in a third-party cloud. Despite encryption, cloud accounts have been hacked. The safety of your data should be discussed as part of the process. shrm.org

Two State-Sponsored Chinese Hackers Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaigns Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information
Defendants Were Members of the APT 10 Hacking Group Who Acted in Association with the Tianjin State Security Bureau and Engaged in Global Computer Intrusions for More Than a Decade.

Through their involvement with the APT10 Group, from at least in or about 2006 up to and including in or about 2018, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong conducted global campaigns of computer intrusions targeting, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business and technological information at managed service providers (MSPs), which are companies that remotely manage the information technology infrastructure of businesses and governments around the world, more than 45 technology companies in at least a dozen U.S. states, and U.S. government agencies. justice.gov

Facebook Data Deals Extend to Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix
An explosive new report sheds light on data-sharing deals that benefited 150 companies as Facebook handed over unknowing users' information.

If you shared data with Facebook over the past few years, there's a high chance Facebook handed it to Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, or any of the other 150 companies that benefited from extensive data-sharing deals with the social media giant, The New York Times reports. nytimes.com

Harris Poll Reveals American Attitudes Towards Cybersecurity and Privacy
When asked if it is ever acceptable for retail companies to conduct digital activity monitoring over shoppers to provide defense against threats and data breaches, 60 percent of Americans indicate it is. globenewswire.com

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E-commerce fraud costs persist for e-tailers,
according to 2018 LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud Study

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a part of RELX Group, today released its 2018 True Cost of Fraud study for the e-commerce sector. The study finds that fraud has risen 35 percent, year over year, among mid to large-size ($10M+ in sales) e-tailers, a significant increase. According to the LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier, the cost of fraud for mid to large-size companies remains higher than for smaller companies. Every $1 of fraud results in $3.20 in fraud-related costs, compared with $2.32 for smaller businesses, which includes chargeback fees, merchandise replacement and labor costs for employees.

"E-tailers must remain vigilant in battling fraud, because the threat has grown since 2017. Larger e-tailers have seen nearly a doubling of successful fraud attempts targeted at their companies year-over-year, which reflects this danger," says Kimberly Sutherland, senior director, fraud and identity management strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. "Increased levels of successful fraud attempts indicate clearly that despite ongoing efforts, the solutions implemented by e-tailers may not be optimal. As these businesses grow and expand into digital goods and m-commerce, so does the opportunity for fraud, which makes the need for increased intelligence around both the digital transaction and the consumer that much more critical." prnewswire.com

Chanel accuses 94 online entities of counterfeiting
French fashion brand Chanel has accused almost 100 (94) online entities of producing and distributing counterfeit goods through internet-based stores.

In this instance, the 94 defendants are believed to be individuals conducting business through marketplaces such as Bonanza.com, eBay.com, Etsy.com, and/or iOffer.com, according to the complaint.

All of the defendants allegedly offer goods bearing "counterfeit and infringing trademarks that are exact copies of one or more of the Chanel marks" through e-commerce stores. worldipreview.com

A very counterfeit Christmas
Holiday season rife with accidental purchases

Some 68 percent of counterfeit products unintentionally purchased throughout the year are later given as Christmas presents, according to a MarkMonitor study.

The research, conducted by independent survey organisation Virteous World, surveyed around 2,600 consumers spanning the UK, US, France, Italy and Germany in order to identify attitudes towards online shopping and the importance of brand protection.

One area of the study found that fears of fakes are heightened during Christmas time, with 45 percent of consumers surveyed worrying about buying a counterfeit product as a gift, and a further 53 percent refusing to buy Christmas presents via social media for this reason.

The survey identified consumers' preferred methods of purchase to be online marketplaces, links from search results and smartphone apps. These methods were cited for their apparent security, despite them being the "prime source" of counterfeit merchandise.

Statistics show that 26 percent of consumers who unintentionally purchased counterfeit products did so through online marketplaces, with a further 17 percent via smartphone apps and 11 percent through sponsored social media advertisements. ippromagazine.com

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Collinsville, AL: $500,000 in Counterfeit Merchandise Seized from Dekalb Home
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office has confirmed that agents executed a search warrant at South Valley Avenue home in Collinsville in which $500,000 worth of merchandise was seized, including stolen counterfeit handbags. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama will decide if federal charges will be filed. No further information is available at this time. whnt.com

Washington County, UT: Utah Highway Patrol stop seizes $27,000
of stolen merchandise

Utah Highway Patrol said an SUV occupied by Fernando Vega-Gort and Mario Vargas was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 15. The trooper smelled an odor of burnt and raw marijuana. Since neither person had a medical marijuana card or valid driver's license, the SUV was searched. The search yielded many large garbage bags filled with name brand clothing and merchandise. The merchandise still had security tags and price tags affixed. The driver and passenger were both arrested without incident for the stolen goods. Investigators said the estimated value of the merchandise is nearly $27,000. abc4.com

Cartersville, FL: Two busted at Ross, accused of stealing 'thousands of dollars worth' of merchandise
According to a Cartersville Police Department Facebook post, the Cartersville Police Department was contacted on Dec. 16 after Marta Martinez and Alexander Suarez were observed concealing merchandise inside of Ross Dress for Less, located at 51 N. Morningside Drive, Suite 100, in Cartersville. Officers arrived and located two suspects hiding inside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was located that is believed to have been stolen from Ross and multiple other department stores in multiple states. The CPD posted a photo on Facebook of dozens of shoes confiscated in connection to the crime. daily-tribune.com

Downers Grove, IL: Best Buy Employees Pepper Sprayed during $5,000 theft
Two employees were pepper-sprayed in the face and five iPhones reportedly were stolen Dec. 16 at a Best Buy in Downers Grove, according to a police report. The phones were valued at about $5,000. mysuburbanlife.com

Toronto, Canada: Toronto Police investigating $200,000 in thefts by group hitting the Liquor Control Board stores
Officers from 14 Division, in collaboration with LCBO investigators, began an investigation into a series of thefts between August and December, 2018, across the city at several LCBO locations. It is alleged that this series of thefts was committed by a group of up to 12 people. There are up to 10 people still outstanding. torontopolice.on.ca

Bethlehem Township, PA: Shoplifter who took taxi to Walmart, Best Buy then pawn shop faces multiple charges; nearly $1,000 of merchandise

Peoria, IL: Man suspected of stealing over $3,000 in meat from multiple Kroger stores

Grundy Center, IA: $2,000 theft of Power Tools from Norbys Farm Fleet


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2018 in Review:
The Daily's Top-Read Crime Cases of the Year

#1 - March 27, 2018

Video goes Viral - 154,000 Views since Saturday
Toledo, OH: Kroger Loss Prevention wrestles a 16-year-old robbery suspect
to the ground

Roughly 10 to 12 other customers gathered around the area and shouted throughout the incident. The other juvenile fled the scene and had not been arrested as of Monday afternoon, police said. Much of the altercation was captured on video recorded by 24-year-old Toledo resident Tevin Ford, who spoke to The Blade Monday. As of Monday afternoon, Mr. Ford's video had been viewed roughly 145,000 times on Facebook and had been shared by more than 3,500 users. Many on Facebook took issue with the video's depiction of how Mr. Clingo handled the situation, accusing him of being too rough with the juvenile. Others criticized those seen watching the altercation but not intervening, while some defended Mr. Clingo's actions as warranted given the circumstances. toledoblade.com

#2 - January 2, 2018
Gang of Thieves Hitting Stores at Plaze Meave Shopping Center, Mexico City
Responding Riot Squad Starts Looting Store Themselves

#3 - September 4, 2018
Santa Ana, CA: Good Samaritan takes out Stater Bros. shoplifter with 1 punch

#4 - May 21, 2018
Jackson, MI: Dashcam video of Dollar General Armed Robbery suspect shot and killed as he draws his gun at Police

#5 - January 17, 2018
(Update) Baltimore, MD: Dramatic footage shows shootout between armed 7-Eleven robbers and police


Shootings & Deaths

Tulsa, OK: Walgreens Pharmacy worker with concealed carry kills would-be robber
Authorities say a man who tried to rob an Oklahoma pharmacy has been fatally shot by a store worker. The shooting occurred Wednesday at a Walgreens in Tulsa. Police say the worker who had a state-issued concealed carry license shot the suspect, fatally wounding him. They say a second person inside the store was grazed by a bullet that was fired from the suspect's gun as he fell to the floor after being shot. The person grazed by the bullet was taken to a hospital. The person's condition was not immediately known. fox59.com

Erie, PA: Suspect shot and killed by State Police
in undercover buy of a stolen chainsaw

A Union City man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 27 year old Keith Hawley was shot and killed by undercover VICE unit troopers after Hawley pulled out a handgun and tried to rob them. According to a news release, troopers were trying to conduct a controlled purchase of a stolen chainsaw from Hawley in the parking lot of the Dollar General store on Route 8 in Union City when the shooting happened. Hawley was pronounced dead at the scene.There were no troopers injured.

Edison, NJ: Speedway clerk shot and killed in Armed Robbery, suspect at large
A search is underway for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a gas station convenience store clerk during an armed robbery early Thursday morning. Edison police responded to the Speedway Gas Station, 789 Amboy Ave., at 4:02 a.m. where they found the victim, John Bertram had been shot. Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 a.m., authorities said. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the gas station and held up Bertram with a handgun. Bertram handed the cash register drawer containing currency to the suspect, after which the suspect fired one shot, apparently killing Bertram, authorities said. mycentraljersey.com

Indianapolis, IN: Burglary suspect dies after jumping into icy pond fleeing Police
The Marion County Coroner's office says 30-year-old Darrius Middleton died following Tuesday's incident on the city's north side. Police spokesman Michael Hewitt says officers were investigating a burglar alarm at the Clearwater Shoppes Shopping Center about 5 a.m. Tuesday when they found two suspects taking items from a rental store. Both of them fled from a back door and jumped into the pond. Officers rescued one suspect from the pond, and he was treated for exposure to the cold. Hewitt says divers from the Indianapolis Fire Department pulled the second suspect from the pond after he'd been in the water about 30 minutes. He died later at a hospital. indystar.com

Fort Wayne, IN: Man gunned down inside Kroger, multiple shots fired
A man is critically hurt following a shooting at a Kroger on N. Clinton Street Wednesday night. Police responded to a report of shots fired and one person down in the store around 6:30 p.m. As officers were on the way, dispatch received more calls that multiple shots were fired and that someone ran away from the store. Once officers arrived, they assembled a team to enter the store and another group to help people inside escape. Police found the victim down in the back of the store. They were able to secure the store after no suspect was found. wane.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Tucson, AZ: Johnny Bravo arrested for pulling knife on Nordstrom Rack LP
24-year-old Johnny Bravo (his real name) was arrested without incident on Friday, Dec. 14. Bravo was linked to an incident that occurred on Oct. 21, when he and a female accomplice began concealing items at the Nordstrom Rack. According to TPD the female returned the items she had concealed when she was confronted by a Loss Prevention Officer, she left the store. Bravo attempted to leave the store, but was confronted by the Loss Prevention Officer. It was at this point he took out a knife and pointed it at the officer, leaving the store with items he had taken. Bravo is charged with one count of Attempted Robbery, one count of 3rd Degree Burglary, two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and two counts of 1st Degree Burglary.

Rockwall, TX: Police Arrest Kohl's Shoplifter After Brief Standoff
On Wednesday, at 2:20pm, the Rockwall Police responded to a report of a possible shoplifter located at Kohl's Department Store. When officers arrived, the suspect entered his vehicle parked in front of the location and refused commands to exit the vehicle. The suspect threatened to harm himself with a knife and a brief standoff ensued. Kohl's and a nearby elementary school were locked down as a precaution. After approximately 30 minutes, the suspect surrendered peacefully and the lockdowns were lifted. The suspect was transported to an area mental health facility to be evaluated and the investigation into the theft is ongoing. blueribbonnews.com

Stevensville, MI: Police seek 4 suspects in Armed Robbery of Meijer
The Lincoln Township Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Stevensville Meijer store - and searching for four suspects. It happened around 12:25 a.m. Wednesday at the Meijer store, 5019 Red Arrow Highway. That's in Berrien County. The Lincoln Township Police Department says in a news release the "suspects were able to obtain numerous electronic items along with additional items, from the business. The exact amount and value of the items is still to be determined." fox17online.com

Rutland, VT: Woman steals $230 of merchandise from Price Chopper, leading Police on 120 mph Police Chase
Nicole L. Vadnais, 38, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of negligent driving while trying to elude law-enforcement officers and one misdemeanor count each of retail theft, unlawful trespass and driving with a suspended license. A Price Chopper employee of told police Vadnais had left the store with more than $230 in items for which she had not paid. rutlandherald.com

Man indicted for multiple Family Dollar Armed Robberies in Colorado and Missouri
One of two men believed responsible for a string of nearly identical Armed Robberies of Family Dollar stores in Fruita, Parachute, Colorado and Boonville, Missouri, was in Mesa County Court on Wednesday, advised on numerous high-level felony charges related to the Fruita robbery. gjsentinel.com

Raleigh, NC: 5 men indicted for 2 Armed Robberies of Jewelry stores during Tropical Storm Michael
A federal grand jury has indicted five men for various offenses related to armed robberies of Kay Jewelers locations in Garner and in Elizabeth City. cbs17.com


Marion County, IN: Prosecutors seek Adult Court for 14-year-old charged in Dollar General Murder
A 14-year-old boy accused of killing a man during a Dollar General robbery in Cumberland last week could face murder and robbery charges in adult court. Marion County prosecutors on Wednesday afternoon sought to waive jurisdiction for the teenager, which, if granted by a judge, would send his case from juvenile to adult court. The boy was ordered to remain held in juvenile detention. In Indiana, a juvenile as young as 12 can be tried as an adult on a murder charge. Prosecutors must first ask a juvenile court judge to waive the case into the adult court. The judge holds a hearing, with prosecutors and defense lawyers presenting evidence, before making a decision. In this case, the hearing was set for Jan. 15 in Juvenile Court. indystar.com

Clare County, MI: Frequent felon gets prison for role in theft ring
A 40-year-old McBain man with a long history of theft was sent to prison by a Clare County judge for his role in a multi-county theft ring. Joseph Cruson II pleaded guilty in August to breaking and entering, home invasion and being an habitual offender. Cruson was sentenced by Judge Thomas R. Evans on Monday to 4.5 to 20 years for the breaking and entering and the same sentence, to run concurrently, for home invasion. Clare Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said Cruson was part of a theft ring working in multiple counties that was investigated by the Michigan State Police and the Clare County Sheriff's Department. His co-defendants are James Berube and Daniel A-C Weaver. Daniel Weaver was recently sentenced. themorningsun.com


Aaron's - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Appliance store - Douglas County, NV - Burglary
Barber Shop - St Matthews, SC - Burglary
Boutique - Lakewood, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Gresham, OR - Armed Robbery
Cellphone Store - Baton Rouge, LA - Robbery
Clearwater Shoppes - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary/Suspect dies while fleeing police
CVS - Fresno, CA- Armed Robbery
Dillard Dept Store - Waco, TX- Burglary
Dollar General - Cordova, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Normal, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bloomington, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Gas Station - Edison, NJ - Armed Robbery/ Shooting -
Clerk killed

Grocery - Tulare County, CA - Burglary
Grocery - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Gun Shop - Austin, TX - Burglary
Hardware - Grundy Center, IA - Burglary
Jewelry - South Pasadena, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Homer Glen, IL - Burglary
Pharmacy - Norcross, GA - Armed Robbery
Sign Shop - Butte, MT - Burglary
Smoke Shop - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Waynesburg, PA - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
14 robberies
13 burglaries
2 shootings
2 killings




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