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Rhett Asher Named Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Solutions for Fortalice Solutions
Founded by former White House CIO, Theresa Payton, Fortalice Solutions, LLC, has been recognized as a premier cybersecurity firm who has assembled the sharpest minds in cybersecurity to protect people, businesses and nations from the world’s most sophisticated adversaries.

In his new role, Rhett will be responsible for enhancing the company’s strategy within the retail industry as Fortalice is becoming the preferred cyber firm for retailers. He will also work with the Fortalice team to develop and refine service offerings specific to the retail industry, including Fortalice’s marketing and events strategies.

Rhett has 30 years of Retail Operations, Business Development and Trade Association experience in the retail industry. He served as Director of Business Development for CONTROLTEK USA; Vice President of Asset Protection, Data Security & Crisis Management for the Food Marketing Institute; Vice President of Loss Prevention for the National Retail Federation; Vice President, Loss Prevention for the Retail Industry Leaders Association; and was co-founder of the Loss Prevention Foundation.

To learn more about Fortalice, LLC, attend NRF Protect June 11 – 13 to see Theresa Payton’s Keynote session entitled, Cyber Risk: Following Digital Breadcrumbs.

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FBI: Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017
50 Shootings - 221 Killed - 722 Wounded - '17 Highest Year On Record

50 active shooter incidents occurred in 21 states

6 in Texas (in the Top 5 in robbery rates & ORC cases)
5 in California & Florida (Top 5 in ORC & Violent Deaths)

4 in Ohio
3 in Maryland & Washington
2 in Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Penn., Tenn., Virginia, and Wisconsin
1 in Arizona, ILL., Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, and South Carolina

Law Enforcement/Security Personnel Engagement and Casualties
Law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter at the scene of 14 incidents. They sustained casualties in eight of those incidents. A total of 33 law enforcement officers were killed or wounded in 12 incidents. Of note, 14 of the 33 casualties occurred in a single incident (five law enforcement officers were killed and nine were wounded as a protest in Dallas, Texas, was winding down).

Thirteen law enforcement officers were killed in six incidents.
Twenty law enforcement officers were wounded in eight incidents
Security personnel confronted the shooter at the scene of two incidents. One security guard was
     -Two armed, non-sworn security personnel in one incident exchanged gunfire with the shooter
      causing the shooter to flee the scene.15 He was arrested a short time later at another location.
     -One unarmed security guard was wounded as he struggled with the shooter.16 The security guard was
      able to flee and alert an off-duty law enforcement officer working nearby. The shooter committed
      suicide at the scene as additional law enforcement officers arrived.

The Shooters
The 50 shooters were all male. Each acted alone.
The shooters ranged in age from 14 years to 66 years. Seven shooters were in their teens, 18
were in their 20s, nine were in their 30s, nine were in their 40s, three were in their 50s, and four
were in their 60s.
Three shooters wore body armor.24
●Thirteen shooters committed suicide (eight at the scene before law enforcement arrived, three at the
scene after law enforcement arrived, and two at another location).
Eleven shooters were killed by law enforcement. Ten were killed at the scene (two of the 10 were
wounded at the scene and died a few hours later, and one of the 10 was killed at the scene by a
bomb-carrying robot). One shooter was killed by law enforcement at another location.
Eight shooters were stopped by citizens.
Eighteen shooters were apprehended by police.

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More active shooter situations in 2017 than any other year: FBI
FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017
A new report released by the FBI says there were 30 active shooter situations in 2017, which is more than any year previously recorded. The bureau defines an active shooter situation as one or more individuals "actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area" with the use of one or more firearms.

The report said there were 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017. They left 221 people killed and 722 people wounded. All of the shooters were male and each incident was a "single-shooter event." Three events made those numbers skyrocket: the 2017 Las Vegas strip shooting (58 killed, 489 wounded), the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting (49 killed, 53 wounded), and the 2017 church shooting in Sutherland, Texas (26 killed, 20 wounded).

The FBI said the report was undertaken "to provide clarity" to federal, state and campus law enforcement, educators and the general public as they "seek to neutralize threats" and save lives during active shooter incidents.

The report said officers exchanged gunfire with shooters in 14 incidents. Thirteen officers were killed in six incidents and 20 were injured in eight events. It said the most came from the 2016 shooting at a protest in Dallas, Texas, in which five officers were killed and nine were injured.

There were 10 incidents where citizens confronted the shooter. In eight of those incidents, one or more citizens successfully ended the shooting. In four of the incidents, citizens possessed valid firearms permits and successfully ended the incident.

FBI: Latest Internet Crime Report Released
IC3 Says Victim Losses Exceeded $1.4 Billion in 2017

Today, the IC3 is releasing its latest annual publication—the 2017 Internet Crime Report—which reveals that the center received more than 300,000 complaints last year with reported losses of more than $1.4 billion.

● Most common crime types reported by victims were (top 3 were non-payment and non-delivery, personal data breaches, and phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming scams);
● Most common crime types in terms of dollar loss were (top 3 - business e-mail compromise/e-mail account compromise, non-payment/non-delivery, and investment scams);
● Top States - California - Texas - Florida

Target Making the News on the Internet

Target’s CSI Labs and Other Insider Secrets
Target Employees Want You to Know About

Target has more than 1,800 stores. This means there are countless current and former employees ready to spill the beans on the juiciest Target secrets shoppers must know to save time and money. For instance, are you aware there are eyes on you from the moment you walk in the store?

6. Target employs its own forensic investigators

Did you know Target invests heavily in shoplifter forensics? That’s right, it seems CSI: Target is a real thing. The chain runs two forensics service laboratories where top-rated investigators solve cases through “video and image analysis, latent fingerprint, and computer forensics.”

Not only do the secret labs in Minneapolis and Las Vegas investigate in-store fraud and theft, but they’ve also been known to lend technology to law enforcement agencies for high-profile cases. The labs have historically assisted with kidnapping, armed robbery, and homicide cases for nothing in return according to Minnesota Public Radio.

7. They take camera surveillance seriously

One of the biggest retailers in the world is not immune to data hacking and theft. That we know. So, it should come as no surprise that many Target stores are equipped with state-of-the-art camera surveillance to watch your every move. They operate one of the largest and most advanced camera networks - including a system that automatically sends alerts when shoppers dilly dally in front of merchandise for too long or loiter outside stores after closing time.

Former employees on Reddit claim “the resolution on those things was insane.” Another said Target was so serious about surveillance, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they weigh me as I enter and as I leave to determine if I’m shoplifting.”

11. Employees can’t chase you if you steal something

Sure, Target’s security policy may be one that rivals The Pentagon, but that doesn’t mean employees have a lot of power when it comes to thwarting theft. According to a Reddit thread, Target workers are not allowed to chase you if they catch you stealing from the store. Could this be why the U.S. has one of the highest rates of shoplifting in the world? Possibly.

On the flip side, should you get caught stealing from Target, know that it is not uncommon to be handcuffed then paraded through the store during a shoplifting “walk of shame.”

Water Tower Place officials privately apologize to black teens booted from mall
On Saturday afternoon, officials at Water Tower Place personally apologized to the teens for wrongfully kicking them out of the trendy mall.

Kevin Berry, executive vice president of human resources and communications for General Growth Properties (GGP) — which owns the popular mall — appeared on Episode #9 of the Zebra Sisters podcast, vowing to publicly apologize to the teens if they could be located.

“I’m here on behalf of the company to say we are very sorry for what happened. We want you to come back. Please forgive us,” Berry told the gathering that included two of the teens kicked out on March 3rd, and a member of the Kenwood Academy basketball team that was put out of the mall in 2017 because security officers said they hadn’t bought anything.

Emilio Pledger, 14, called his ejection from the Mag Mile “messed up,” but said he was used to it.

“That is the way the world is today. That is just the way some people are,” Pledger told me. “I pretty much come here every weekend and most of the time I do buy something.”

“They look at us and they assume certain things. We are well cared for and look good. I can’t imagine how other teens are treated who don’t look so good,” Moffett said.

“I feel we get kicked out just because of stereotyping,” he said.

Stanley Parton, vice president of the retail division for Andy Frain Services, said a “no loitering” policy put in place after Michigan Avenue was hit with a string of retail flash mobs in 2009, was reassessed after Hightower’s intervention.

“We are now addressing what we should have addressed all along, and that is behavior,” Parton said.

Under the previous policy, security guards asked teens to leave the mall if they hadn’t made a purchase within one hour.

An apology is nice, but parents are concerned that the racial profiling will continue.

“To help make progress, we recommend that your company provide the boys and girls with scholarships ... and internship opportunities,” Hightower said in an earlier email to GGP officials.

Major cities loosening rules to deal with a new threat:
Terrorists in trucks mowing down and killing pedestrians

Police in Washington, New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas have begun allowing officers to fire at moving vehicles to stop such ramming attacks. While concern about the tactic remains, authorities say that, in extreme instances, trying to shoot the driver might be the only way to save lives.

“We have to balance the threat to the community with the idea we don’t want to use fatal force unless we absolutely have to,” said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Even with the practice of shooting at moving vehicles largely banned, it has proved a difficult tactic to stop. Between January 2015 and May 2017, The Post found that police across the country fatally shot at least 193 people who were inside vehicles. In 76 of those cases, the person killed was not armed and only the vehicle was considered the weapon. Police acknowledged that in 17 of those cases, the person shot was fleeing.

eBay openly selling magnet tools shoplifters use to remove security tags from clothes for as little as £3 ($4 US)
Devices used by shoplifters to remove security tags from stolen goods can be bought on eBay for as little as £3, The Sun can reveal. The tools - known as magnetic bullets - are disguised to look like miniature torches and can be attached to key-rings. They feature powerful magnets, which sellers claim can disable stores’ security measures in seconds. They range in price from £2.72 to more than £14.

In a listing on the auction website, one seller boasts: "The variety of security tags is so large I cannot possibly list every variety."

When approached by The Sun, eBay removed the items from sale.

A spokesperson said: “We work closely with law enforcement authorities and sellers to make sure we have the right restrictions in place and we have banned the sale of these types of item on our platform. Listings that don’t comply with our policies will be removed.”

It comes as The Sun revealed this week how video-sharing giant YouTube was found to be hosting shoplifting tutorials. One shoplifting video, viewed 202,125 times, showed how to line a bag with foil and clingfilm so that security tags did not trigger alarms.

Companies Need to Look Deeper at Supply Chains
Many organizations continue to struggle to fully understand their supply chains, with 53% saying they don’t have enough information about their fourth- and fifth-party partners, a survey found.

A Deloitte survey on extended enterprise risk management, or EERM, found one in five respondents among 975 senior leaders in 15 countries said their organizations don’t identify, review or monitor fourth or fifth parties. Deloitte sponsors the WSJ Risk & Compliance Journal. Just 2% said they regularly monitor subcontractors at the fourth or fifth levels of their chain, while 10% do so for subcontractors they classify as critical. The rest rely on their third-party partners to provide oversight.

“Third parties are closer to the core of businesses than ever before,” said Chuck Saia, chief executive of Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory, in a statement. “Organizations that step up to the challenge of developing programs to better manage third-party risk can elevate their position in the market by unleashing with confidence the reach, expertise and relationships that third parties can bring.”

Nearly half the respondents (48%) cited the desire to reduce costs as a main reason for investing in EERM. Twenty-six percent cited greater flexibility to navigate market uncertainty and 21% looked at EERM spending as a way to boost revenue. Forty-nine percent said they were somewhat confident they would gain tangible results from EERM investments.

Excess Chargebacks Put 25% Of Retailers At High Risk For Fraud
One in four merchants have chargeback rates of greater than 1%, which puts them in the "high-risk" category as defined by card-based payment companies. That's despite the fact that 80% of merchants dispute at least some illegitimate chargebacks, according to the State Of Chargebacks Survey 2018 report. Unfortunately for the retailers (or fortunately for the fraudsters), only 18% of surveyed merchants reported an average win rate above 60% when they dispute friendly fraud. Registration required.

3 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana This Year
Thirty states plus the District of Columbia now allow legal use of medical marijuana. Eight of those states, along with D.C., also have legalized recreational use of marijuana. The numbers in both categories could be higher in the not-too-distant future.

Michigan already allows patients to use medical marijuana. The prospects of the Wolverine State also legalizing recreational marijuana now look better than ever.

It was clear nearly a year ago that New Jersey could be headed down the path to legalize recreational marijuana.

Oklahoma currently has no laws broadly allowing legal use of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. However, that could change on June 26. Oklahomans will vote that day on State Question 788, which proposes legalization of medical marijuana.

FedEx hit with 'serious' safety violation following worker's 2017 death
A months-long investigation into a death at the FedEx Hub in Memphis revealed FedEx failed to create procedures protecting some employees from situations "likely to cause death or serious physical harm." Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) conducted the investigation and released a 230-page report citing FedEx for a "serious" violation. According to the report, the violation played a role in the death of Ellen Gladney, a grandmother and FedEx employee who died on the job.

Tennessee – ORC Legislation
Legislation that increases the recommended sentence for participation, financing and/or supervision of organized retail crime, as defined in current law, passed both chambers and heads to the governor for an expected signature. The bill also requires pawn shops and other second-hand stores to report the resale of gift cards (via the established gift card database) to law enforcement within 24 hours.

Key Recent Legislative Takeaways
The decriminalization and broader use of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, in a number of states is causing some employers to relax testing standards. Maine has banned employers from testing for marijuana and prevents employers from taking adverse action against employees for after-hours use. Other states are likely to consider following Maine’s path. Employers should be cognizant that this conversation is likely to escalate quickly and should be planning accordingly.

GoFundMe page for Scott Painter, Home Depot AP Specialist shot last month, reaches $28,397 of $30,000 goal
On Tuesday April 24th, Scott Painter and two Dallas police officers were shot at a North Dallas Home Depot. A shoplifter opened fire on the police officers and civilians. Scott did every selfless act he could think of to get people to safety and out of harms way. Scott is now in the ICU with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder. He will be in the ICU for probably a week. During this difficult time, there will be many things to take care of. We would like to make this time as easy as possible for Scott and Scarlett. This is a long recovery and any little bit helps. Click here to donate to Scott's fund

Wells Fargo Settles Sales Scandal Lawsuit; To Pay $480M

Analyst: Amazon's share of all retail sales could reach nearly 10% in two years

Food Lion to remodel 105 stores

Quarterly Results
Ruth's Hospitality Group Q1 comp. owned comp's up 1.1%, total revenue up 10.4%

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Jacksonville, FL: Toys “R” Us Manager charged with stealing up to $15,000
Former LP at Bealls, Sears and Toys “R” Us

John Lippy, 43, is charged with felony organized fraud and three counts of employee theft between $399 and $4,999. Lippy declined to be interviewed at this time while he seeks legal representation.

An account under the same name appears on LinkedIn. The last job on the profile is an assistant store manager at Toys "R" Us. The page includes stints in loss prevention at Bealls and Sears, as well as numerous other positions with Toys "R" Us, including "regional investigator" in charge of camera installation, cash controls and managing store detectives.

The very first job that appears on the profile is Toys "R" Us associate in 1993. The year coincides with criminal justice studies at Carroll Community College, according to the LinkedIn page.

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Nigeria's Internet Fraudsters Zero In on Corporate Email Accounts
From the "Yahoo Boys" to the "Black Axe" Gang

West Africa's infamous internet scammers have evolved, dropping their impersonations of online love interests, princes and U.S. soldiers in favor of hijacking corporate emails, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

It is a much more lucrative venture that works by gaining access to corporate email login details or passing off almost-identical addresses as the real deal, a scam known as Business Email Compromise (BEC), according to a report by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike issued on Thursday.

These Nigerian rackets now dwarf other types of online criminal theft, amounting to at least $5.3 billion of losses between October 2013 and the end of 2016, said CrowdStrike and the U.S. FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

"There's a disproportionate amount of criminal gains they get from it," Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at California-based CrowdStrike, told Reuters. "The lion's share of ill-gotten, fraudulent money is around these business email compromise attacks. It's a huge problem for our customer set.

"Nigeria has become one of the hubs of BEC. Nigerian online fraudsters, known as "Yahoo boys", became notorious for trying to pass themselves off as people in financial need or Nigerian princes offering an outstanding return on an investment.

Behind the fraudsters is an organized crime network with its hands in human trafficking, drugs, prostitution, money laundering and email fraud and cybercrime, the CrowdStrike report said. "The magnitude of this criminal threat has only recently begun to be understood," it said.

The Black Axe gang sprang from Nigerian universities and now extends from Africa to North America, Europe and Asia. Its targets have ranged from semiconductor makers to schools in U.S. states including Connecticut and Minnesota, passing themselves off as executives and lawyers to trick employees into wiring sometimes millions of dollars a day into bank accounts.

Tech firms fret over push to legalize 'defensive' hacking
Georgia May Be The 1st to Legalize "Hacking Back"

The debate around whether companies should be able to engage in “active cyber defense” is heating up.

Legislation awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal in Georgia would allow individuals to engage in “active defense measures” in the name of cybersecurity, potentially clearing the way for companies and private citizens to hack into other networks for the sake of protecting their own systems.

Google, Microsoft and others in the technology industry have mounted a campaign against the bill, warning of the potential for grave ramifications. They have urged Deal to veto it before the May 8 deadline.

The fight in Georgia is being closely watched in Washington, where Reps. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have introduced legislation that would allow companies and private citizens to engage in some “active defense measures” against hackers.

Proponents of the concept of “active cyber defense” say these methods would help companies protect their networks from attacks and identify hackers who have breached their systems to steal information or conduct other nefarious activity.

The defensive actions could include techniques like using beaconing technology to determine the location of a hacker, deploying honeypots to fool adversaries or leaving one’s network to track down stolen data.

In late March, Georgia’s State Assembly approved Senate Bill 315, which would amend state law governing the crime of “unauthorized computer access” to carve an exemption for those who engage in “cybersecurity active defense measures that are designed to prevent or detect unauthorized computer access.” The bill does not detail what these measures could include.

Ticketmaster hopes to speed up event access by scanning your face
Ticketmaster envisions a future wherein you no longer need either a physical or a digital ticket to get into a venue. Its parent company Live Nation, has announced that the ticket sales giant has teamed up with and invested in a face recognition company called Blink Identity. In its first quarter financial report (PDF), Live Nation has explained that Blink has "cutting-edge facial recognition technology, enabling you to associate your digital ticket with your image, then just walk into the show."

While some might find value in a ticketing system that relies on facial recognition, others are understandably concerned about its implications. Facial recognition is far from perfect and still has issues recognizing PoCs, which could lead to some event attendees not being able to enter venues they were supposed to have instant access to.

Facial recognition is a growing technology, though, and we'll probably have to get used to the idea of non-tech companies like Live Nation and Delta moving into the space. We'll just have to wait and see how things work out from a privacy perspective.

Using Machine Learning to Fight Fraud, Redirect Security Strategies and Protect Users
Machine learning-based technology can analyze far more signals than what rules-based systems can handle, and look at them all simultaneously to form a more complete picture. This is a far more effective approach, because fraudsters can alter text to avoid triggering the rules, but it’s harder to alter signals such as what device they’re using, or the speed at which they’re posting. For example, if someone signs up for 15 accounts and starts posting to each of them within two minutes of signing up, the machine compares that to the behavior of an average user and flags it as an anomaly.

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The Future is Now & The Next 60 Days:
Surviving Rapid Change?

Steve Mick, VP of Asset Protection, Victra - a Verizon Authorized Retailer
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As the retail landscape changes, so too does LP. With the retail footprint in limbo and technology impacting every aspect of the retail world - from buy online, pickup in store to mobile wallets, online returns, credit card and gift card fraud to data breaches and insider threats - the demands on the LP world have been completely redefined.

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Amazon is starting to scan customers’ bodies in the name of online shopping
Things with Amazon are about to get really intimate. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the online retailer, which already knows more than its fair share about you and your shopping preferences, is about to learn something more — your exact size. Amazon is reportedly inviting customers into a New York office in order to keep tabs on their body shape and size over a 20 week time period.

Twice a month, volunteers (chosen from a survey) will visit the office in order to allow Amazon to better understand “how bodies change shape over time,” as per the survey. In return, participants will receive Amazon gift cards worth up to $250.

The new endeavor seems to come as part of Amazon’s recent acquisition of computer vision startup Body Labs, and the company’s subsequent development of a 3D body scanning team. The idea, it would appear, is for Amazon to be able to help you find a pair of pants that fits you perfectly, or aid customers in visualizing exactly how a dress might suit a particular body type. This could reduce the number of returns that Amazon has to process, which is always a risk when dealing with online shopping (particularly for clothes).

Amazon is currently building up its body scanning team, which will be focused on creating “statistical 3-D models of human bodies, which it will then match to images and videos of people via deep-learning algorithms and other tactics,” the Journal reports. This will ultimately see a “wide range of commercial applications” for Amazon customers, the retailer says in its job postings.

Report: Amazon will keep growing at ‘amazing’ rate
Amazon is poised to take an ever bigger share of the overall retail market

The company’s investments in new and existing categories, including grocery, could help it grab nearly 10% of total retail sales within two years, reported CNBC.

"We believe food and drug presents the largest multi-year growth opportunity for Amazon," Feldman wrote. "The rollout of Prime Now grocery, a service that delivers products in one-hour and two-hours, should be a game changer."

Alibaba Full Year Revenue Up 58%, Commerce Revenue Up 60%

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Fergus, Falls, MN: Six identified in $400,000 multi-state Walmart theft ring
Six people have been identified in connection with a multi-state electronics theft ring which spanned six states and left Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota with a combined loss of nearly $400,000. After at least six months of extensive investigations by countless agencies across the Midwest, the operation appears to have been brought to an end three months after the suspects made their final heist in Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls law enforcement are pulling the wraps off of the story behind the elaborate operation which resulted in $180,000 of stolen merchandise for Walmart stores in Minnesota and $40,000 taken in Fergus Falls. Six people in total have been identified in connection with the spree of incidents. All six are said to be residents of the Twin Cities area.

Greenville, NC: $11,000 worth of cellphones stolen from Walmart
Two Henderson men stole more than $11,000 worth of cellphones from Walmart, according to Greenville police. Police said the phones were taken early Thursday. After nabbing the phones, the men fled the scene but were caught a short time later. An officer responding to the scene saw a vehicle matching the description of the men’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The men threw some of the stolen merchandise out the window but the officer located additional phones in the back of the car.

Petaluma, CA: Man arrested for stealing over $4,500 in baby formula from Safeway stores
30-year-old man was arrested Friday for stealing over a hundred cans of baby formula from Safeway stores. Police were dispatched to a Safeway on Sonoma Mountain Parkway at 5:38 p.m. to reports of a "habitual shoplifter" loading an empty stroller with baby formula, police said. Police contacted the man as he was about to drive away from the store. He initially provided false identification to officers, police said, but they later identified him as Jerry Young.

Gwinnett County, GA: Burglar Crew hit 5 gas stations in 1 night; over $20,000 in cash and cigarettes

Columbus, OH: Man stole $2,200 worth of OSU merchandise from Macy’s

Greece, NY: Bald man steals $400 worth of Gillette razors from CVS

Wilton, NY: Repeat Walmart Shoplifter charged with Felony Burglary after being banned from store

Greenport, NY: NY State Police arrest man changing bar code; investigation begun in March

UK: York: Judge tells Shoplifting Gang 'York is closed to thieves'

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Shootings & Deaths

Bountiful, UT: Pawnshop clerk shoots and kills suspect in attempted Robbery
The two men, one carrying a handgun, came in as the clerk, who had been alone, opened the store. One of the men reportedly pointed a gun in the clerk’s face and ordered him to get on the ground. The second man walked along the glass cases with a hammer “as if he was going to break open the display cases,” Police said. When the man looked away briefly to close the shop door, the clerk retreated to a storage room and pulled out his own weapon. The 40-year-old followed him into the storage room, where the clerk shot him.

Garland, TX: Man Arrested For Fatal Shooting in parking lot of Cicis Pizza
A 19-year-old man has died after a shooting at a Cicis Pizza in Garland Saturday afternoon. Police say officers responded to a report of gunshots at the Cicis shortly after 4 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a Hispanic man had been shot several times in the parking lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are calling the incident a murder.

Washington, D.C.: Shoplifting Suspect Grabbed Officer's Gun, Got Shot at Safeway
An 18-year-old man suspected of shoplifting from a Southwest D.C. grocery store tussled with an officer and was shot, police said. Miguel Smith, of Southeast D.C., tried to leave a Safeway with several grocery items he didn't pay for; the groceries were worth about $14.96. A special police officer tried to stop Smith. Smith and the officer then got into a fight. During the fight, police say Smith tried to grab the officer's weapon. As Smith lifted the gun out of the holder, the security guard grabbed his hands and a shot was fired. The bullet hit Smith's leg and he fled the area only later to be arrested by Police.

Tucson, AZ: Metro PCS Armed Robbery triggers shootout when Customer pulls gun
Police say the male suspect walked inside the store on Sunday and immediately pulled a mask over his face. When the suspect pulled out his handgun, another customer pulled out his own handgun. That's when gunfire exchanged between the suspect and the customer inside the store. Some of the windows of Metro PCS were shot out during the gunfire. Police say multiple rounds were fired by both people. The suspect ran away and it is unknown if he was injured by the gunfire. No one inside the store, including the customer who fired his handgun, were injured.

Birmingham, AL: Man suffers life-threatening injuries in gas station parking lot shooting

Philadelphia, PA: C-Store Owner Shot After Spraying Armed Robber With Hose

Las Vegas, NV: Man shot in leg at park near Boulevard Mall

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Pasco, WA: Suspects Arrested in the Macy's Robbery and Attempted Kidnapping of Loss Prevention Agent
Two theft suspects wanted for pulling a firearm on a Macy's loss prevention agent during a robbery and then attempting to kidnap him have been arrested by the US Marshal's Fugitive Apprehension Team. Jaime Larios Miranda, 22, and Kameron Grey Mullaly, 20, are suspected in an April 24 incident in which a Macy's loss prevention agent attempted to detain a man for shoplifting. Police say the man pulled a gun and tried to take the LP Agent hostage before fleeing in a stolen car driven by a second person. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, investigators learned the suspects were hiding in the Tri-Cities where they were arrested at a Pasco business park following several surveillance operations. Miranda and Mullaly face charges of armed robbery, attempted kidnapping, assault, threats to kill, eluding, hit and run and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Houston, TX: Masked Men Rob Galleria Walmart; manhunt
Police swarmed a Walmart in the Galleria area early Friday morning after learning three suspects were robbing the giant retail store. The suspects robbed the Walmart cash registers only, and not any cash from the bank inside the store. HPD also got reports of gunfire, but after investigation, warned that to be false.

Buena Park, CA: Off-Duty Cop Pulls Gun On Mentos-Buyer
An internal investigation is underway after an off-duty police officer pulled a gun on a gas station customer who was buying a pack of Mentos mints. Surveillance video obtained by the Orange County Register shows Jose Arreola buying the stick of Mentos for $1.19 at a Chevron station in Buena Park. He hands the cashier a $20 bill and puts the Mentos in his pocket as he waits for his change. An off-duty police officer who had just walked into the station and got in line sees Arreola pocket the mints and wrongly suspects him of stealing them.

Nashville, TN: Gunman On The Run After Liquor Store Murder; female victim killed in parking lot

Lake Jackson, TX: Man arrested after pulling gun on Loss Prevention during an attempted apprehension; now facing 99 years

Memphis, TN: Metro PCS employee set up Robbery, cousin carried it out

Memphis, TN: Suspect dressed as employee when robbing Walgreens

Seattle, WA: Robber uses bear spray in Home Depot getaway

Crown Point, IN: Police use facial recognition software to ID suspect in Check N Go robbery

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KH Jewelers in Fresno, CA reported and Armed Robbery and Assault

Kay Jewelers in the Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, CA reported an External Diamond Switch on 5/3 , value at $7,799

Kay Jewelers in the Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run

Kay Outlet in Orange County, CA reported a Grab & Run

Jared in the Gilroy Prem Outlets, Gilroy, Ca reported a Grab & Run

Zales in the Clinton Crossing Outlets, Clinton, CT reports an Attempted Distraction Theft

Cargo Theft

Pulaski, TN: FBI and Homeland Security join with Sheriff’s Department investigating almost $1M of Cancer Drug stolen from Semi
According to the Giles County Sheriff's Department, an 18-wheeler hauling two pallets of the drug stopped for fuel just after 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pilot on Interstate 65. When the truck's driver went inside to pay, authorities believe someone traveling in a red Volvo 18-wheeler gained access to the truck and drove it back on to the interstate. Deputies later found the stolen rig off I-65 in Frankewing, but its cargo was missing. Authorities believe those responsible loaded the medication onto the other 18-wheeler and possibly headed south after destroying the tracking device for the drugs. The medication, which is temperature sensitive and could be dangerous if taken without regulation, was being hauled from Kentucky to an oncology company in Dothan, AL.


Tacoma, WA: $1.5 million in counterfeit items seized at Port of Tacoma, officials say

Chinese police seize fake Penfolds, Swisse, Blackmores in multi-million-dollar counterfeiting crackdown


Bakersfield, CA: Party City manager accepts plea deal in $25,000 embezzlement case; to be sentenced in July

Chicago, IL: Man gets 6 years for role in Christmas morning Crash-and-Grab at Best Buy

Waterloo, IA: C-Store ATM Thief sentenced to 15 years


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Bakery – Tulsa, OK – Burglary
C-Store – Dayton, OH – Burglary
C-Store – Greensboro, NC – Armed Robbery
CVS – Elkridge, MD – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Albany, GA – Armed Robbery
Home Depot – Seattle, WA – Robbery
KH Jewelers – Fresno, CA – Armed Robbery
McDonald’s – Phoenix, AZ – Armed Robbery
McDonald’s – Youngstown, OH – Armed Robbery
Metro PCS – Memphis, TN - Robbery
Metro PCS – Tucson, AZ – Armed Robbery
Motorcycle Shop – Collier County, FL – Robbery
Pharmacy – Sunman, IN – Robbery
Speedway – Springfield, OH – Armed Robbery
Subway – Tulsa, OK – Burglary
T-Mobile – Antioch, CA – Armed Robbery
Walmart – Houston, TX – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Garden Grove, CA – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Napa, CA – Armed Robbery

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16 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings

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