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Intellicheck aces independent fake ID detection test

An independent assessment of Intellicheck's ability to detect fake IDs indicates 100 percent accuracy, according to a company announcement. International fraud consultancy Greenway Solutions produced the report from customer research and laboratory testing.

Greenway's Fraud Red Team procured
20 fake driver's licenses and tested them against Intellicheck's identity document validation technology, using a barcode scan, and an alternative document verification solution, which required scans of the cards' front and back. While Intellicheck successfully identified all 20 as fakes, the competitor incorrectly passed one.

Read more here


LPRC: AP investigator assisted by FaceFirst at least eight times
more efficient

Latest research analysis reveals investigator assisted by face matching technology identified twice the number of incidents, delivered four times the case value

An AP investigator using FaceFirst face matching technology was at least eight times more efficient than his unassisted colleague working the same case, according to new research. The AI-assisted investigator identified twice as many affected stores and delivered more than four times the case value.

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) researches how retailers can effectively prevent retail crime, reduce losses, and improve store safety. Dr. Cory Lowe, LPRC senior research scientist, presented his case study research results on October 3, 2023, during the annual IMPACT conference hosted at the University of Florida.

In a presentation titled "ORC Case Study: The Difference Face Matching Makes," Lowe explained how an unaided investigator fared against a fellow investigator using FaceFirst's face matching technology. The investigators are employed by a retailer that's a FaceFirst client, and both worked the same active gift card fraud case. Here's an overview of their respective results:

Unassisted using traditional CCTV
Investigation time: 18 hours, 34 minutes
Locations identified: 11 stores
Case value: $8,800
Identified one related vehicle; no plate
Identified one suspect
Did not identify possible accomplice
Assisted using FaceFirst
Investigation time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Locations identified: 22 stores
Case value: $37,475
Identified two vehicles, plates for both, VIN
Identified one suspect
Identified possible accomplice
Foiled four attempts to place tampered cards
Deterred an additional $8,600 loss
Ongoing real-time face match monitoring

Gainesville (FL) Police Detective Sgt. Nick Ferrara joined Lowe for the presentation. "Nick was the Florida Retail Federation Officer of the Year in 2022," Lowe said. "He has been using facial recognition technologies for many years. He's widely recognized as someone who's doing it right and winning the fight."

Ferrara said efficiency is more vital than ever for short-staffed law enforcement agencies and retailers. "This case study is a textbook example of working smarter and not harder," Ferra said. "Time is precious, and this technology is a force multiplier. Spend two hours on an investigation versus 18 hours, then devote that extra time to other cases. The unassisted one-it's a decent case, but the assisted one is one hell of a case to present to a prosecutor."

Lowe addressed several extrapolations that could be made from the data, including additional efficiency calculations. "You can use case value as a common metric," he said. "The assisted investigator built a $37,475 case in 1.97 hours. That's 19,022 case dollars per hour. The unassisted investigator built an $8,800 case in 15.067 hours, not counting the initial search for the suspect. That's 584 case dollars per hour. In terms of case dollars per hour, the assisted investigator was 32.57 times more efficient."

FaceFirst considers the use of AI with human oversight vital for retailers. Consider the risks of being caught unaware when a known offender enters your store. If you knew there was a proven solution to keep your valued customers and associates safer from violent offenders, would you implement it? The real risk is answering no. FaceFirst's solution is fast, accurate, and scalable-learn more today at facefirst.com.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

'Crime on the Rise: How Lawlessness is Impacting Main Street America'
Another Congressional Hearing on How Crime is Hurting Businesses

Retail Crime Is Rising: NACS Expresses Concerns to House Committee

NACS urges Congress to pass the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023.

In response to the alarming spike in crime across the nation and its detrimental effects on small businesses, the House Committee on Small Business held a full committee hearing today titled "
Crime on the Rise: How Lawlessness is Impacting Main Street America." Witnesses testifying before the Committee include small business owners, activists and law enforcement representatives.

In advance of the hearing, NACS, along with industry partners NATSO and SIGMA, sent a letter to Committee Chairman Roger Williams (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) expressing concern that the level of violence and frequency associated with crime in their members' stores has evolved drastically over recent years.

In addition to the amount of crime and theft at retail stores, the nature of those crimes has changed as thieves have become more brazen and more violent when conducting their crimes. Citing NACS's 2023 Crime & Loss Prevention Survey, the letter states that
one of the fastest-rising areas of concern for the industry is the "potential for violent crime against employees."

"It is imperative that customers and employees feel safe in our stores.
The Associations' members have therefore invested in ways to combat crime and promote security in their locations-resources that negatively impact on their bottom line. Our members have spent resources on security cameras, alarm systems and technology solutions and, for some, security guards."

The associations
urge Congress to pass the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023, which would increase the federal enforcement of organized retail crime. They also ask Congress to explore potential avenues to make the reporting of crimes easier and less burdensome for businesses and law enforcement, and to investigate how substance abuse and mental health issues also contribute to rising levels of crime.

The full letter to the Committee can be found here.

The hearing can be viewed online here.

Sparks Fly in New York's Debate Over Retail Crime Surge

'Too Early' for the NYC Mayor to Declare Victory Over Crime
Shoplifting in the city is up 64% since 2019

Editorial: No, Mr. Mayor, NYC hasn't 'turned a corner' on crime
Overall crime in New York City dropped in 2023 over 2022; we're still the "safest big city in America," as Mayor Adams boasted recently - but that's cold comfort when we're still far behind 2019, the last year before the destructive effects of our criminal-justice "reforms" made themselves visible.

Crime is up 31% overall since 2019, with big jumps in felony assaults (almost 35%), shootings (27%) and robberies (26%).  Yes, crime fell in 2023 over 2022 in five of the seven major crime categories, including a 12% drop in homicides and 25% in shootings. But that's still a 21% rise in murders over 2019.

these numbers don't even touch our shoplifting plague, which led the country from mid-2019 to summer 2023 with a 64% increase (does anyone think it's gotten better since then?).

It's left retailers (those that haven't closed)
locking up goods and their employees vulnerable to unstable repeat offenders, all efforts to accommodate a new reality created by progressive indifference to the plight of average New Yorkers.

And the
overall bad vibes that are keeping tourists away from Broadway: 2023 ticket sales are down 17% versus the 2018-2019 season (the last full season per COVID) - with a big chunk of older visitors from the suburbs, a key demo, saying they are now staying away for safety reasons.

Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban are fighting the good fight on crime; this is ultimately
a problem caused by the leftist ideologues who dominate Albany and our own City Council.

But with the NYPD's ranks shrinking and those lefties looking to pump out more justice "reforms," it's
far too early for the mayor to crow "We have turned the corner of crime in our city."  nypost.com

New York Governor's Anti-Theft Proposals: Empty Slogans?
Congressman Lawler Offers Sound Solution for Ending $4B in Retail Theft in NYS
Following Governor Kathy Hochul's
declared war against shoplifters in her 2024 State of State address yesterday, Congressman Mike Lawler offers the logical solution that should be obvious to anyone with an honest intent to stop shoplifting.

"If you want to stop shoplifting," Lawler states on X, "here's novel concept:
prosecute criminals and implement jail time. $4 billion in retail theft last year with no end in sight."

The sound logic was posted this morning in response to the governor stating the obvious regarding the fact that shoplifting has gotten so bad that many products in stores re kept under lock and key. Yet,
her solutions do nothing to get to the root of the problem.

While Hochul's big revel yesterday of how she is going to combat escalating retail theft includes additional penalties for offenders who assault retail workers, there is
no mention of the simple solution Lawler brought up after hearing all of the governor's empty slogans.

Other empty initiatives that will do nothing to address the fact that catch-and-go practices do nothing at all to hinder the explosion in crime that is driving honest businesses into the ground include:

Providing tax credit to help store owners cover security costs and the financial loss resulting from shoplifting.

• Forming new joint state, local, and federal retail theft operation.

• Expanding the work of Crime Analysis Centers, which collect evidence from retailers victimized by organized crime.

Nothing was mentioned bout tougher penalties. All of the many new initiatives re simply bandits for the gaping wounds shoplifting is wreaking cross the state
. rocklanddaily.com

80+ Cities in California Band Together to Fight Retail Crime
California cities unite to tackle soaring retail theft crisis

The cities' actions are driven by alarming statistics and a statewide response.

The California Contract Cities Association (CCCA) is
taking a bold stand against the rising tide of retail theft plaguing local communities. Committed to fostering safer neighborhoods and shielding businesses from harm, the CCCA is actively engaging in the pursuit of policy solutions.

Its proactive stance is now evident as it seeks participation in discussions led by the California Assembly's Select Committee on Retail Theft. CCCA legislative chair, John Erickson, reveals startling figures:
California law enforcement has made more than 1,250 arrests linked to retail theft since 2019, with recovered stolen goods valued at a staggering $30.7m.

Statewide response and advocacy

California authorities are allocating $267m through the governor's Real Public Safety Plan to bolster law enforcement capabilities and combat organized retail theft. The funds aim to
enhance patrols, acquire surveillance equipment, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Formation of select committee marks turning point

The CCCA commends the establishment of the Select Committee on Retail Theft, scheduled to convene throughout the 2024 legislative session. This initiative aims to engage stakeholders and formulate policy solutions to address the crisis.

A unified front for safer retail environments

By working collaboratively with the State Legislature, the CCCA seeks to advocate for robust policy solutions.
Representing more than 80 cities in California, the association aims to create a safer retail landscape and foster a secure environment throughout the state. retail-insight-network.com

UK Retailers Using Facial Recognition to Fight 'Shoplifting Epidemic'
London shops deploy facial recognition in theft epidemic
London is in the grip of a shoplifting epidemic that's seen a huge spike in crimes over the past year. Evening Standard crime correspondent Anthony France reports how s
tore theft in the capital now costs retailers over £9 million every month as offences soared by almost 50 per cent.

It comes as the head of the British Retail Consortium, writing in this newspaper, reveals how "
violence, abuse and theft are all significantly up on pre-Covid levels". Helen Dickinson says thieves are becoming bolder and more aggressive, contributing to what she calls "a torrent of violence and abuse" against shop staff".

But Dickinson adds that only seven per cent of violent and abusive incidents leading to prosecution - with the figure even less for shoplifting. Increasingly brazen thieves are bursting into stores with wheelie bins, suitcases and holdalls to clear shelves of items.

Staff who try to intervene are subjected to racist and sexist slurs, threats and violence. One inner London Co-op supermarket was looted three times in one day by organised gangs.

Facial recognition technology trials are being promoted as a possible solution to help stop shoplifters - although privacy campaigners warn increasingly saturated CCTV comes at the expense of the civil liberties.

Meanwhile, out on the capital's streets,
Londoners with high-value watches continue to be targeted in violent robberies. uk.news.yahoo.com

50% Decrease in Law Enforcement Deaths - 124 Deaths in 2023
12 Deaths in December: 4 Gunfire, 3 Heart Attack, 5 Auto/Vehicle-Related
In December, twelve law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (December 2023 only) is: 4 gunfire, 3 heart attack, 3 automobile crash, and 2 vehicular assaults. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 124, a 50% decrease from the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death this past month. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers who died in the line of duty. odmp.org

Another State Rolling Out Legislation to Fight ORC
Maryland: Lawmakers passing legislation to reduce retail organized crime
Retail owners have expressed concerns to Maryland lawmakers about organized retail theft that they say is going unpunished. State Senator Ron Watson is sponsoring SB 100. The legislation aims to
combine multiple individuals working together to steal, as one offending group. The idea is to reduce the repeat offenders who are using the law to their advantage, say lawmakers.

The bill
would also include the damage caused during smash and grab thefts, with the price of the stolen merchandise, for felony offenses of theft over $1,000.

"When there are a group of folks that work together in tandem to go and steal from our retailers, the arrogate amount of what they steal, if it hits $1,500 or above,
everyone involved gets charged with felony theft," Sen. Watson said.

Retailers are also asking for an amendment to the legislation to allow tying theft charges across state lines; they say some organized theft operations are stealing from store in different counties to avoid the felony theft charge. wmdt.com

'It's going to make people safer'
DC Councilmember Pinto introduces crime legislation
Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Brooke Pinto introduced public safety legislation on Wednesday that she says will
fill several gaps and make you safer. Members of the D.C. Council introduced multiple pieces of legislation last fall that got hearings and public input, with violent crime top of mind with a 39% increase last year.

The bill addresses what Pinto calls continued gaps in public safety. There's an accountability component for adults and juveniles:
New felony firearm offenses, making permanent an assumption of pre-trial detention for those charged with violent crimes, establishing a new crime for organized retail theft, expanding the definition of carjacking to include if someone is near their vehicle and not necessarily in it, creating the possibility for harsher penalties for crimes involving guns. It includes more holistic components too: establishing career training programs at the D.C. Jail to improve outcomes when people are released, grant programs to improve safety in commercial corridors, giving police the ability to declare drug-free zones in crime hotspots.

Pinto says there are around
100 components in this bill meant to improve all things public safety. fox5dc.com

Oklahoma tries to tackle trend of shoplifters targeting local stores

The View from the Left: The Shoplifting 'Epidemic' is a Lie



eBay Fined $3M Over 'Harassment Campaign' By Security Executives
eBay Inc. to Pay $3 Million in Connection with Corporate Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Massachusetts Couple
BOSTON - eBay Inc., the global ecommerce company, has agreed to pay a $3 million criminal penalty for an August 2019 harassment and intimidation campaign targeting a Massachusetts couple in retaliation for their online coverage of eBay, and for its obstruction of the investigation that followed.

eBay was charged criminally with two counts of stalking through interstate travel, two counts of stalking through electronic communications services, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of justice and has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, eBay admitted to a detailed recitation of all the relevant facts about its conduct and agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $3 million, which is the statutory maximum fine for these six felony offenses. As part of this resolution, eBay will also be required to retain an independent corporate compliance monitor for a period of three years and to make extensive enhancements to its compliance program.

"eBay engaged in absolutely horrific, criminal conduct. The investigation led to
felony convictions for seven individuals, all former eBay employees or contractors, and the ringleader was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison."

Levy continued, "Today's criminal resolution with the company imposes the
maximum fine that the law allows under the statutes, holding eBay accountable for a corporate culture that led to this unprecedented stalking campaign. The corporate monitoring of eBay will be in place for the next three years and will ensure that eBay's senior leadership sets a tone that makes compliance with the law paramount, implements safeguards to prevent future criminal activity, and makes clear to every eBay employee that the idea of terrorizing innocent people and obstructing investigations will not be tolerated."

According to eBay's admissions, between approximately Aug. 5, 2019 and Aug. 23, 2019,
Jim Baugh, eBay's former Senior Director of Safety and Security, and six other members of eBay's security team targeted the victims for their roles in publishing a newsletter that reported on issues of interest to eBay sellers. Senior executives at eBay were frustrated with the newsletter's tone and content, and with the comments posted beneath the newsletter's articles. The harassment campaign arose from communications between those executives and Baugh.

Baugh and his co-conspirators executed a harassment campaign intended to intimidate the victims and to change the content of the newsletter's reporting.

Click here to read the full story, including the list of ex-eBay Security executives involved, pleas, sentences & awaiting sentencing + previous coverage. justice.gov

Walmart Hit With $100M Lawsuit Over 'False Shoplifting Incident'
Texas man suing Walmart asks for $100M or unlimited free shopping for life
A Texas man is suing Walmart in federal court and
seeking $100 million in damages or free unlimited shopping at any of its stores for life.

Roderick Jackson, of Waskom, Texas, filed two handwritten complaints saying he was
suing Walmart for an incident that took place at a store in Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2021.

One complaint was
over a "false pretense of shoplifting" and the other claims he "suffered civil rights violations based on race/color."

In addition to money,
Jackson is asking for Walmart to pay all court fees associated with the lawsuit. Court records show that Walmart has not yet been served with the lawsuit.

Nexstar's KNWA reached out to Walmart for comment, and the retail giant released the following statement: "
We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We are aware of Mr. Jackson's complaint and intend to defend the company against the allegations once we have been served. wgntv.com

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Newsweek ranks Prosegur among the most trustworthy companies in the world

Prosegur is the only company in the "Business & Professional Services" category, of "Most Trustworthy Companies in the World 2023" ranking.

Prosegur, a global leader in the private security sector, is the only Spanish company in the "Business & Professional Services category of Newsweek's "The World's Most Trustworthy Companies 2023" ranking, reflecting Prosegur's commitment to its customers, investors and employees.

In conjunction with Statista, the statistics and market research company, Newsweek has, for the first time, assessed 1,000 companies from 23 different sectors and 20 countries to rank them on their trustworthiness. Prosegur ranks eighth in its category, securing a place among the top 10 Spanish listed companies to join the select group of the "Most Trustworthy Companies in the World 2023", along with Santander, Acciona, Iberdrola, Telefónica and Mapfre.

Welcoming the news, Antonio Rubio, Secretary General of Prosegur, said: "This recognition is a testimony of the commitment and dedication of our entire team to providing services of the highest quality. Trust is an invaluable asset, and we are committed to maintaining and strengthening it at all times."

The "World's Most Trustworthy Companies 2023" measures confidence in companies based on three key pillars: customer, investor and employee. Only companies with revenues above $500 million were included, and a survey was then conducted with more than 70,000 participants to choose up to six companies that they knew well, who then rated the three points of trust (customer, investor and employee). This produced 269,000 evaluations. Finally, more than 975,000 media mentions of the selected companies were analyzed in order to evaluate the social listening of their impact, as well as media mentions (positive, negative or neutral).

Prosegur's recognition illustrates the trust placed in it by its customers, investors and employees as it continues to extend its commitment to innovation and technology.








Feds Falling Short on Sharing Cyber Threat Info with Private Sector
Age-old problems to sharing cyber threat info remain, IG report finds

Over-classification, a deluge of data and insufficient human and technological resources all hinder the sharing of threat data.

AdvertisementOver-classification, a lack of policy guidance and tensions between private sector cybersecurity firms are continuing to hamper federal government efforts to share cybersecurity threat information, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. intelligence community's top watch dog.

Friday's report, released by the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, concludes that while federal agencies have broadly improved their ability to share threat information and defensive mitigations long-standing policy and technical concerns are providing
barriers to rapid information sharing.

The IG's report examines how relevant federal agencies
shared cyber threat information and defensive measures over the past two years through a framework created by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The report finds that the "policies, procedures, and guidelines" for sharing information are "sufficient" to carry out the requirements of the legislation and noted that "sharing has improved" in the last two years.

However, a section on barriers to sharing information among federal entities describes a set of familiar issues - to cyber pros at least - that have long been a rallying cry for improvement, including
failures to be more forthcoming in sharing threat information with private sector entities. cyberscoop.com

Security Experts Warn About 'Shadow ID' Challenge
Organizations Undercount APIs by One-Third, Experts Warn

API Requests Comprise 57% of Global Dynamic HTTP Traffic, Cloudflare Reports

A majority of dynamic traffic flowing across the internet involves two or more software components interfacing with each other via application programming interfaces. But
as API use grows ever more pervasive, many organizations lack visibility into how many APIs they've opened, whether those APIs are secure or who's meant to have access to them.

Cloudflare said the
amount of API traffic crossing the internet continues to surge, and API requests account for 57% of the dynamic HTTP traffic - meaning traffic that "changes based on factors specific to the user, such as time of visit, location and device."

Industries last year with the greatest share of API traffic - comprising 70% or more of their dynamic HTTP traffic - included IoT platforms; rail, bus, taxi and ride-sharing services; legal services; multimedia and games; and
logistics and supply chains.

One well-documented "shadow IT" challenge is that
not all organizations that use API maintain an accurate inventory or have good visibility into their APIs, what they're doing or why, security experts warn. These zombie APIs can slip through the cracks of oversight by the CIO or CISO. bankinfosecurity.com

Nigerian-Based BEC Ring Busted
BEC Gang Conspirator Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

The Nigerian national, who was living in the US, also must pay over $1 million in restitution.

A man in the US who assisted a
Nigeria-based criminal organization has been sentenced to a decade in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.46 million in restitution for his role in the group's business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes.

Indianapolis-based Olugbenga Lawal worked with the
criminal organization to defraud individuals and businesses across the United States using BEC and romance-based scams, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

Lawal, who is a Nigerian national,
laundered money by converting the fraud dollars in multiple US bank accounts into Nigerian currency for the cybercrime group. He and his co-conspirators operated between January 2019 and June 2020, handling over $3.6 million in deposits.

Lawal was s
entenced to 10 years and one month in prison in the US. darkreading.com

The expanding scope of CISO duties in 2024

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'Largest Drone Delivery Footprint of Any Retailer'
Walmart unleashes 'largest drone delivery footprint of any U.S. retailer'

Service will handle orders covering stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery service, claiming it now has
the largest drone delivery footprint of any U.S. retailer thanks to partnerships with Wing and Zipline.

Wing and Zipline are drone delivery providers and
will allow Walmart to cover 75% of the Dallas-Fort Worth population as stores in 30 towns and municipalities will now offer drone delivery service. Wing already handles drone deliveries at Walmart Supercenters in Frisco, Texas, and the Dallas area.

Wing and Zipline have been approved by the FAA to fly drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight, which means a dedicated observer does not have to always watch the drones. This allows the coverage to be extensive.

Since 2016,
Zipline has flown more than 60 million commercial autonomous miles and delivered millions of products. The company currently completes a commercial delivery every 70 seconds and has operations on four continents. Meanwhile, Wing comes with four years of commercial residential service in the U.S. and on three continents.

Walmart has tested its drone delivery service over the last two years and
claims to have made over 20,000 safe deliveries. The retailer says snacks and beverages are the most popular items sent by drone. The delivery radius for stores offering the service is up to 10 miles.

"Our first few months delivering to Walmart customers have made it clear: Demand for drone delivery is real," said Wing CEO Adam Woodworth. "
The response has been incredible from customers ordering drone delivery from Walmart every day, and it's a testament to our partnership that we're now expanding our footprint to bring this innovative delivery option to millions of Texans. If this milestone is any indication, we believe 2024 is the year of drone delivery."  supermarketnews.com

What Surging Online Reminds Means for the Planet
When You Return Those Pants, the Planet Pays the Price
By some estimates,
returning purchases in America reached record levels in 2022; the portion of purchases returned has jumped twofold, to 16 percent from 8 percent of sales between 2019 and 2022 .And returning things online has become so easy - just scan the downloaded QR code! - that people return items bought online at three times the rate they return things purchased in stores.

Because it's easy and free on our end, it's tempting to think our unwanted shoes whiz off to whichever Oz from which they came, neatly refurbished like the Tin Man and sent on to the next customer. But the actual process is far from a virtuous circle of retail recycling. As is true for many things online - bullying, disinformation, conspiracy theories - when something is easy and "free," it usually exacts
a terrible, if largely hidden, cost.

The massive costs of return packaging, processing and transportation are easy to imagine. But what many online shoppers don't realize is that
many returned goods don't get resold at all. nytimes.com

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Los Angeles, CA: Stolen goods worth $300,000 recovered by LAPD task force after targeting illegal 'fencing' operation
Police in Los Angeles have seized dozens of stolen luxury items, cash and a gun tied to a business allegedly selling stolen goods, authorities announced Wednesday. The LAPD's Organized Retail Crime Task Force served a search warrant in the 400 block of West 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 9, according to the LAPD. Investigators were targeting a "fencing" operation in which items that had been stolen from stores were then sold to consumers.
The operation recovered more than $23,000, a 9-millimeter Smith & Wesson firearm, and dozens of luxury goods from brands including Victoria's Secret, Gucci, Fenty, and Versace. The value of the stolen property has been estimated at $300,000, but that amount could be much higher once the investigation is complete. The gun found does have a serial number, according to the LAPD, but whether or not it was used in other crimes is unclear. The LAPD has also not confirmed if any of the stolen goods were taken forcefully. An investigation into the fencing operation is ongoing. Authorities say they are working to identify all of the victims.  dailynews.com

Operation Heavy Lift: Arkansas retail theft ring responsible for thefts in 10 states, police say
Nine people have been arrested, and police are looking for several others they say stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tools and heavy equipment from businesses in 10 states. Arkansas State Police, the Osceola Police Department, the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, the Lebanon, Tennessee, Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Memphis Police Department were all involved in the investigation that resulted in 21 arrest warrants. Blytheville Police said the group was responsible for 48 separate thefts at stores like Home Depot and Sunbelt and said representatives from those businesses helped them tie the crimes back to the Blytheville area. Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin said taking the criminals off the streets of Arkansas was a huge win for justice in the state. "Fighting organized retail crime is one of my top priorities because these criminals are stealing from retailers, and Arkansans are paying the price. Also, organized retail crime is often a funding source for criminals who engage in more illicit activity, including violent crimes like human trafficking and even murder," said Griffin. "I am extremely proud of all the law enforcement and retail partners who have worked together on this case." Jamardre Foreman, 29; Tavaruse Priest, 36; Zamion Sharkey, 30; Justin Gale, 28; Keontaye Collins ,27; Norderres McKillion, 29; Jeramey Golden, 20; Jimmy Davis, 36; and Reginald Thomas, 28, were taken into custody. Police are still looking for Nathan Vornes, 25; Amos Holliman, 43; Renaldre Toliver, 28; Randon James, 33; Devyontae Loving, 28; Deondra Taylor, 29; Kenqua Hoskins, 29; Ricky Carter; 57; Charlie Hill, 45; James Hodges III, 31; George Mosby, 43; and Travis Kennedy, 29. Investigators said they also recovered guns, drugs, and vehicles used to move the heavy equipment. 

Burton, MI: Update: Michigan men charged with stealing 25 guns in Dunham's break-in
Three Flint men have been charged with stealing 25 guns from a Burton Dunham's Sporting Goods store according to the US Attorney's Office Eastern District of Michigan. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Eben Gray II, 19, Jermain L. Williams, 18, and Donald R. Carson, 21 for breaking into the store, according to US Attorney Dawn Isom. The three men were charged with conspiracy to steal firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and to possess stolen firearms, theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer, and possession of stolen firearms. Investigators say they allegedly conspired with others to break into Dunham's, steal firearms, and then sell those firearms for profit afterward. On Dec. 15, 2023, Investigators say Gray and Williams went to Dunham's to learn about their gun shop and to get information to assist them in planning the burglary. Later that day, and into the early morning hours of Dec. 16, the three men and two juveniles drove to an area near Dunham's, where they parked their car and approached the store on foot. The group, all of whom were wearing masks, broke a window at the store and forced their way through a metal security gate. Inside the group broke a glass display case and stole 25 firearms. They placed the firearms into bags and then fled the scene. 

Memphis, TN: Update: Tracking signal leads officers' trail to GameStop smash-and-grab thief
Officers followed a tracking signal on a stolen PlayStation video game to a man arrested for allegedly breaking into a GameStop. Toreka Reed, 30, was charged with burglary of a building, and theft of property $2,500-$10,000. Following another smash-and-grab burglary of a GameStop, this time on Winchester Road om Jan. 10, a security company coordinated with Memphis Police to track one of several stolen video-game electronics. About $6,000 in goods were reportedly taken from the store. Officers first followed the video game's signal to a location on the 600 block of Mississippi Boulevard about 4 a.m. When officers arrived they identified two cars matching the description of the same ones that were seen racing away from the GameStop. Several people ran from officers initially, and Reed was caught and given a citation for evading arrest and criminal trespass, police said. Officers released him, as police were unable to positively connect him to the alleged crime. But about 11 a.m. officers at the Ridgeway MPD precinct tracked the device again moving through the Wendy's drive-through line on Covington Pike. Officers followed its signal as it moved into a nearby neighborhood, then stopped in the driveway of a home on the 2100 block of Longmeadow Drive, police said. The driver got out of the car, then placed a Wendy's sack into a trash can, officers said. Reed was arrested and the Playstation's signal led officers to finding it inside the car's trunk, police said. 

Portsmouth, VA: Detectives have tied the same suspect to a series of larcenies at an ABC store in Portsmouth
A man who goes by @giftwrap_thegame online was at the store in the 1100 block of London Boulevard, where police say the crimes happened, when he heard some clanking and started recording. He gave WAVY permission to use his video in our coverage of the arrest. In the video, you see the suspect turn the corner with his pants stuffed with what appears to be alcohol bottles. Someone in the background on the video states "we hear it, we see it; you look stupid." The suspect then walks out the door and down the sidewalk. The Portsmouth Police Department confirmed to WAVY they've identified the man in that video as 41-year-old Diante E. Jackson. He's been charged with grand larceny and one misdemeanor. 

Canton County, CA: $3,000 Of Merchandise Stolen From Dick's Sports Goods

Nashville, TN: Shoppers react after another case of retail theft hits Zara in Green Hills mall

Lexington, SC: Police ask for public's help identifying three alleged shoplifters

Barrie, ON, Canada: Toronto pair charged in $3,200 electronics theft at Barrie store

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Buffalo, NY: Update: Dept. of Justice to make a major announcement in case of Buffalo grocery store mass shooting
The gunman who opened fire inside and outside of Tops supermarket on May 14, 2022, could learn about a major development in the federal case.
Payton Gendron is expected in federal court at 2 p.m. court on Friday. Families of the ten black people killed along with those injured by gunfire have been asked to be in court Friday morning. Officials from the U.S. Justice Department are also going to be in town. Attorney John Elmore who represents some of the victims families said "the case has been adjourned several times for the Justice Department to make a determination whether or not they're going to seek the death penalty. It's a possibility that that's what the announcement is, but they have not disclosed what the announcement is other than to say that it's a very important announcement." He said family members have met with members of the Justice Department. Meanwhile, the shooter's lawyers have made a presentation to some lawyers in Washington, D.C. for mitigation. "The ultimate decision is going to be made by Merrick Garland himself. It's possible that we'll have this decision tomorrow. I can't say for certain," said Elmore. The families are anxious to find out what the announcement is on Friday. Gendron was sentenced in Erie County Court in February 2023 to life in prison without parole for the domestic terrorism charge and all 10 first degree murder charges. He had pleaded guilty to the state charges in late November 2023.  wgrz.com

Columbus, OH: Update: Deadly Ohio AutoZone robbery was latest target of 'enterprise,' investigators say
Delaware County deputies have arrested a third suspect they connected to a string of robberies in 2023, including one that turned deadly in Polaris South. Anthony Blakely, 27, was apprehended Wednesday in connection to a robbery that turned fatal on Aug. 24 at an AutoZone store on Sancus Boulevard. When 43-year-old customer Alejandro Fajardo-Torres tried to intervene, one of the suspects shot and killed him. Blakely is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Jan. 16. A total of 17 charges have piled up against Blakely, Zackeyis Davis and Darius Wynn, who are suspected of committing multiple robberies in 2023.  nbc4i.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Oklahoma City, OK: OKC Liquor store employee attacked with expensive bottle of Tequila
An attack involving pricey bottles of liquor landed three people in the Oklahoma County Detention Center. Oklahoma City Police said one of the suspects used a bottle as a weapon to get past a liquor store employee. Officers arrested Jakia Greer, 21, on Tuesday on suspicion of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said all three suspects were booked in jail on robbery charges. Police were called to a liquor store on the corner of Northwest 29th Street. An employee told officers three people came in together and a short time later, the group attempted to leave with pricey bottles of Tequila without paying. "Trying to conceal them in their clothing," said Msgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. Police said the store's security video showed the employee first tried to stop Greer at the door. Greer fell and broke the bottle. According to court documents, Greer grabbed another bottle and used it as a weapon. "Smashes it over the victim's head and then they flee," said Knight. "At that point, it becomes a robbery. They used force in order to steal their items."  news9.com

Fresno, CA: Hundreds of Pounds of Illegal Marijuana Seized at Fresno Garden Supply Store
A raid on a southeast Fresno garden supply store ended with 811 unlicensed marijuana plants and hundreds of pounds of cannabis seized. On Wednesday morning, Fresno City Code Enforcement, partnered with the Fresno Police Department, the California Department of Cannabis Control, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Tax and Fee Administration, served a search warrant at Gro More Garden Supply, 2686 N. Clovis Ave., near Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The garden supply distributor sells fertilizers, grow lights, and other growing equipment.  gvwire.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Man Charged Attempted Theft of $250,000 of Works by Warhol, Picasso and Keith Haring From Scottsdale Gallery

Yarmouth, ME: String of burglaries hits small businesses in southern Maine

Wall, NJ: Ex-employee accused of trying to break into 2 Jersey Mike's locations

Pickering, ON, Canada: Trio sought after drugs stolen from Pickering pharmacy at gunpoint



AT&T - Montgomery County, MD - Armed Robbery
Auto - Stafford County, VA - Burglary
C-Store - South Orange, NJ - Burglary
C-Store - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Loveland, CO - Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hollister, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Foster, RI - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Clothing - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Dollar - Montgomery County, MD - Robbery
Grocery - New Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Portland, ME - Burglary
Hardware - Davenport, IA - Burglary
Jewelry - Cedar Hill TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Tacoma, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Lancaster, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Plano, TX - Robbery
Laundry - Fairfax County, VA - Burglary
Liquor - Portsmouth, VA - Robbery
Liquor - Oklahoma City, OK -Robbery / emp beaten
Marijuana - Lake Forest Park, WA - Burglary / 2x this month
Pharmacy - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Daphine, AL - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Madison County, NY - Burglary
Saks - Tysons, VA - Robbery
Sports - Canyon County, CA - Robbery                            


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 75 robberies
• 41 burglaries
• 9 shootings
• 4 killed

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