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NRF 2023: Retail's Big Show Kicks Off
Feeling social? Get together at NRF 2023: Retail's Big Show

Connect with friends and colleagues over store tours, table talks, happy hours & more

Stock up on business cards and practice that elevator speech, because the networking and connecting opportunities will be endless at NRF 2023: Retail's Big Show.

From the opening party to invitation-only dinners to activations on the Expo floor, there are spontaneous moments to get together around every corner.

It all kicks off with NRF Retail Week, a week-long celebration of parties, high-profile partner events, innovative store tours, experiential tech, workshops, educational sessions and more. The festivities, which take place throughout New York City, will start on Friday, Jan. 13 and end Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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Face matching prevents deadly violence, ORC loss

Retailers note public, political support for face matching technology

Baltimore residents endured 333 homicides and thousands of other violent crimes in 2022. The new year brought the city a ray of crime-fighting hope: Baltimore's short-lived facial recogntion ban expired December 31, 2022. It's the latest example of the legislative trend away from outright bans and toward use of the technology with appropriate guardrails.

The guardrail model's already proven. The influential 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides clear facial recognition guardrails for retailers and privacy safeguards for the public. A majority of Americans surveyed support facial recognition's enhanced safety benefits and accuracy. According to independent polling firm Schoen Cooperman Research, 68 percent of respondents say facial recognition can make society safer.

Other states have followed California's lead, including Colorado and Utah. In April, Virginia legislators reversed a facial recognition ban for the commonwealth's law enforcement agencies. The measure passed with bipartisan support from the majority of each party.

New Orleans, which led the nation in murders halfway through the year, embraced facial recognition technology in July. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell supported the city council measure, which reversed a law enforcement ban in effect since 2020, and signed the ordinance July 28.

Add Cobb County, Georgia, to the list of jurisdictions embracing face matching technology, too. In December, the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allow its police department to use facial recogniton as a crime-fighting tool. Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said the department's first use of the technology helped identify a murder victim.

Practically speaking, retailers can deploy face matching technology in every state except Illinois.

Here's what you need to know: Modern face matching technology transforms security cameras from passive, reactive tools to proactive, real-time violence prevention tools. FaceFirst's face matching software provides retailers with immediate notifications when ORC thieves, violent offenders, and other known threats enter—a vital situational awareness advantage when seconds matter.

Retailers using facial recognition software have matched active-shooter threats, disgruntled ex-employees, violent ex-spouses, members of ORC syndicates, murder suspects, arsonists, and sex offenders. They have also helped find missing Amber Alert children, missing elderly citizens, and human trafficking victims.

FaceFirst considers the use of AI with human oversight vital for retailers. Calculate 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 ethical—take action today at facefirst.com.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

'Collective Action to Protect our Stores'
NYC grocery coalition seeks action on retail theft

The group, Collective Action to Protect our Stores, seeks new laws targeting repeat offenders

A new coalition of grocery store operators based in New York City is asking state and city leaders to crack down on shoplifting. In a letter to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and other state and municipal leaders, the group, Collective Action to Protect our Stores (CAPS), outlined specific measures for reducing retail theft, including:

• Creating units in the New York City Police Department and District Attorney's office dedicated to retail theft

• Setting bail for repeat offenders by using so-called "harm on harm" provisions in the state's bail reform laws

• Making assaults on store owners/workers a Class D felony

• Enacting legislation that would allow prosecutors to combine charges to elevate petit larceny to grand larceny

• Enacting legislation that would create new offense, "fostering the sale of stolen goods," a Class A misdemeanor

The group, which includes the National Supermarket Association, the Bodega and Small Business Group, and the Metro Supermarket Association, also said the city should run a public service campaign against shoplifting.

In a recent WABC radio interview, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said his office is seeking to tackle retail crime from two angles: by directing repeat offenders who are stealing to survive toward resources where can obtain food and other assistance, and by working the district attorney's office to pursue organized retail crime rings that often hire people to steal specific products that can then be resold, often online. supermarketnews.com

ORC Surge Driving Demand for EAS Technology
Electronic Article Surveillance Market Is Likely to Experience a Tremendous Growth in Near Future

Global Electronic Article Surveillance Market to reach USD 1.2 billion by 2027.

Global Electronic Article Surveillance Market is valued approximately at USD 0.97 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 3.60% over the forecast period 2021-2027.

In the electronic article surveillance market, APAC is projected to have the fastest growth rate. An increasing number of apparel and fashion accessory retailers, as well as supermarkets and mass merchandisers, are projected to drive increased demand for EAS systems.

Major market players included in this report, among others, are:

Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Sensormatic Solutions
All-Tag Corporation
Nedap N.V.

The EAS system prevents theft from shops, bookstores, and libraries, as well as the removal of property from office buildings. The market is driven by the key factors such as high adoption of Acousto Magnetic System for wider protection in retail stores and protection against inventory losses, shoplifting, and theft.

Organized retail crime (ORC) costs the retail industry about USD 30 billion per year, according to the NRF (National Retail Federation). Shoplifting is also a major cause of shrinkage in the retail market, according to the National Retail Security Survey (NRRS).

All of these incidents have prompted retailers to install a theft-prevention system, resulting in increased demand for EAS. However, disruption in retail sector affecting the demand may impede market growth over the forecast period of 2021-2027.   digitaljournal.com

Shopkeepers Fear Criminals More Than Ever
Opinion: We all pay for grocery theft

Cases of grocery store theft are grossly under-reported, and obtaining food theft data is extremely challenging

Grocery theft has always been a major problem, but with food inflation as it is, shopkeepers now fear the wrongdoers more than before. Most such incidents are handled by store management itself. Cases of grocery store theft are grossly under-reported, and obtaining food theft data is extremely challenging.

Most thefts are in-store, off-the-shelf, of only a few products, and usually thefts by people driven by desperation, negligence, or a mixture of both. But the most troublesome and financially damaging incidents for grocers are those carried out by internal employees. These cases rarely make headlines due to their sensitive nature, as the optics can be embarrassing.

Theft, in general, in food retail is taboo. But with the food inflation rate exceeding the prevailing inflation rate for more than a year now, the industry realizes that its theft problem is worse than before.

Some stores are increasing security to prevent theft these days. There are certainly security guards at the entrance, but there is also more security personnel dressed in civilian clothes, patrolling the stores all day pretending to do their shopping.

Elsewhere in the world, certain methods are much more visible. Some stores in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere have even installed anti-theft alarms directly on certain products, especially on meat cuts, cheese, and confectionery.

The other challenge facing grocers is self-checkouts. In a recent survey by our Lab, more than 65 per cent of consumers now prefer to use a self-checkout with an order of fewer than 20 items. They are increasingly popular. But monitoring at the point of service is challenging: the technology is still not yet ready to limit theft. thespec.com

Restricting Guns in Public Places - Including Stores?
Supreme Court Leaves New York's Gun Law in Place for Now

The law, enacted in response to a decision in June striking down a restrictive gun control law, imposed new requirements on carrying guns in public.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed New York to enforce, for now, a law placing strict limits on guns outside the home that was enacted in response to a landmark ruling in June.

The law, enacted in July, requires people seeking gun licenses to show that they have "good moral character" and bans guns in many public locations. In addition, the law bans guns on private property unless the owner consents to their presence.

After the Supreme Court decision, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York convened an extraordinary legislative session to seek an alternative law, vowing to combat a "gun violence crisis."

"They may think they can change our lives with the stroke of a pen, but we have pens, too," she told reporters during the session, in July. State lawmakers ultimately passed a new law that they said protected public safety while complying with the Supreme Court's decision. nytimes.com

Another Major Mall Facing Theft Explosion
Concerns about thefts around Wolfchase Galleria after latest smash & grab
This latest crime makes around 10 thefts at the Wolfchase Galleria since Jan. 1, 2023. The data of thefts, robberies, breaking and entering and property crime at the mall increased by about 100 incidents from 2021 to 2022. Memphis police said officers routinely patrol the area around Wolfchase Mall.

During heavy shopping seasons, they work alongside the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Bartlett Police Department. When we went to the mall Wednesday, there weren't any Memphis police officers patrolling the outer perimeter, but there are three Skycop cameras setup around the mall area.

Memphis police also encouraged everyone to lock their cars while shopping but said they do have an auto theft task force working to combat crime in the area. localmemphis.com

Crime is Top Issue Facing NYC Businesses
Citadel's Griffin Tells NYC Mayor That Crime Is No. 1 Priority
The hedge fund founder and other business leaders attended a roundtable with Mayor Eric Adams to discuss issues facing New York.

Citadel's Ken Griffin told New York City Mayor Eric Adams and other business leaders that public safety is the top priority, and that the city can't be attractive to companies if crime is an issue.

New York has the highest density of financial talent in the world, including more than 1,500 Citadel employees, but crime trumps everything, Griffin said, according to people at Thursday's roundtable meeting, which was closed to the media. bloomberg.com

In some zip codes, men face more risk of gun deaths than those deployed in wars
A study led by Brown University researchers puts the risk of firearm-related death in perspective and calls attention to the urgent need for violence reduction interventions in the U.S.

Retailers are Locking up More and More Items in Texas Stores

How does a child become a shooter? Research suggests easy access to guns and exposure to screen violence increase the risk



COVID Update

665M Vaccinations Given

US: 103.3M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 100.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 670.1M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 641.2M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 828

The Pandemic's Retail Impact
COVID's Impact on Shopping, Supply Chain Remains Profound
The coronavirus pandemic had a profound impact on how shopping and supply chains operate, experts said Jan. 10 during a session at Transportation Research Board's annual meeting.

"During COVID, because we were at home, e-commerce, online shopping, received a huge jump in how much sales they got," Miguel Jaller, a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies at Davis University of California, said. "Now back in the last quarter of 2022 they're almost all already at the same trajectory as they had been before the pandemic. And there are many things that are affecting those values."

Jaller noted that at the start of the pandemic, online retail sales jumped in three months nearly as much as they did in the prior decade. But then the trends started to change as the pandemic progressed. The availability of vaccines and relaxation of pandemic restrictions led to the trends beginning to normalize. In the last year, market pressures furthered that.

"There are things like inflation, there are things like the money stopped flowing on the financial incentive that were provided in the U.S.," Jaller said. "We have supply chain issues. Life is returning to a little bit normal. It's now basically still growing at a double-digit, e-commerce is still getting a large market share, but it is not as profound as during those cases in the pandemic." ttnews.com

COVID's Risk in the Workplace
Workplace requirements a strong tool to reduce COVID-19 risk: expert
Workplace requirements are one of the strongest tools for changing behaviors, especially when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and masking, according to a cognitive psychologist who spoke Wednesday during a LeadingAge membership call.

Many people were "gleefully happy" to put away their masks, she said, arguing, however, that the increasing number of cases and highly transmissible variants means that it is time to mask up again. But, Chapman said, mask-wearing is an example of the "power of situation."

"We behave in different ways in different situations depending on the context. The important part of context is social norms, or what other people are doing," she said. "If we can structure the situation so mask-wearing looks like the normative thing to do, then a lot of folks are going to follow along and follow that norm."

"Workplace requirements are one of the strongest tools we have for changing behavior," Chapman said. "Psychology shows that when you're trying to persuade someone to take a behavior that they're not super committed to, that even small differences in convenience can make a difference.". mcknightsseniorliving.com

"Long COVID" Grips the Workplace: 2023 Predictions
2023 Workplace Predictions from The Workforce Institute at UKG show that the pandemic's impact is still being felt deeply by employees, leaders, and HR practitioners

China is 'heavily underreporting' number of COVID-19 deaths, WHO says

China's Precarious Moment: Covid Everywhere and Few Restrictions

Another Example of Facial Recognition Improving Security
Facial recognition will transform airport security checkpoints

Imagine using technology that never forgets a face, while improving airport security and shortening lines. Such technology exists and may be coming to an airport near you.

Every flyer over the past two decades knows that airport security procedures involve a lot of unpacking, screening and repacking. This is the price that must be paid for using commercial air travel.

Yet, it does not need to be this way, and the Transportation Security Administration has the right idea in testing and deploying biometrics such as facial identification technology at airport security checkpoints.

Although travelers believe that the most important task undertaken by the TSA is detecting threat items, the true role of airport security screening is ensuring that you are the person you claim to be.

The launch of facial identification technology enhances such efforts and has the potential to revolutionize the way that airport security checkpoints are designed and operated.

Facial identification technology ensures that you are who you claim to be. When presenting yourself at a checkpoint, your face becomes your entry pass, based on a repository of pictures that you have voluntarily provided in the past.

After more than two decades in a post-9/11 world, most travelers believe that airport screening is about stopping threat items from getting onto planes. In reality, the focus on detection is a surrogate for stopping bad people from inflicting harm to the air system. By elevating identity validation, the need for threat item detection is reduced. chicagotribune.com

The Blueprint for How to Respond to Union Organizing
How Businesses Should (and Shouldn't) Respond to Union Organizing
Today, more workers than ever say they would join a union if given a chance, and public approval of unions is at its highest level in more than 50 years.

If you respond to worker organizing in a combative or dismissive way, you might be putting your company at risk: tarnishing your brand for consumers, poisoning productive workplace relationships, and deterring future talent from joining. If a union does eventually form at your company, you'll have thrown away an opportunity to build a collaborative relationship. You'll start from a place of dysfunction. Such problems can burden your company for decades.

When your workforce organizes, it can feel like a direct attack on your leadership. You may feel defensive, confused, or angry, especially if organizers single you out, as some do. That may prompt you to lash out or to blame a "third party." After all, your workers couldn't possibly feel this way, so national union operatives or somebody must be fomenting their resentment.

So set your pride aside, try not to take organizing personally, and definitely don't tell workers what's in their interest. They're experts at their own lives and interests, and they're unlikely to accept that you — a powerful leader whose reality may be removed from theirs — know what's best for them. Avoid condescension. hbr.org

Big Lots is closing stores in 2023 — see the full list
The retailer is closing stores in and around big cities and opening them in small towns.

CEOs Say They Expect a U.S. Recession, but Most Think It Will Be Short
Most executives surveyed expect growth to return in 2024 and are trying to weather a slowdown without widespread job cuts

Subway reportedly looking to put itself up for sale in deal that could exceed $10B

Morphe parent company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Workers at REI store in Orange Village seek union representation

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NRF & RH-ISAC Partnership in the News
NRF forms cyberthreat intelligence partnership

The association will work with the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center to help combat cyberattacks and protect consumer data.

The National Retail Federation is forming a partnership with the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) to boost the industry's efforts to combat malicious cyberattacks and better protect customer data.

NRF, the world's largest retail trade association, and RH-ISAC will share threat intelligence, plan virtual threat exercises, coordinate efforts with federal regulators and collaborate on research related to cybersecurity, the group announced Tuesday.

The partnership comes at a time of heightened threat activity against the retail sector following an accelerated consumer shift to omnichannel purchasing as the economy recovers from multiple years of impact from the global pandemic.

A November report from Veracode indicated three-quarters of retail and hospitality applications contained security vulnerabilities, and one in five of those vulnerabilities were considered high severity.

NRF will phase out its existing threat sharing portal, the NRF Cyber Risk Exchange, as it ramps up the collaboration with RH-ISAC. The two organizations already have a large number of members who participate in each organization, including medium to large-sized retailers.

"What we will help bring to the table is the information and intelligence of the threat sharing that goes along with our member companies," said Suzie Squier, president of RH-ISAC. retaildive.com

Click here to read the Daily's exclusive Q&A with Suzie Squier, RH-ISAC President

Millions of Consumers & Organizations Exposed in Massive Breach
LastPass breach exposes how US breach notification laws can leave consumers in the lurch
On Thursday, Dec. 22., as Americans prepared for the holidays and braced for massive winter storms, the password manager LastPass announced to its 33 million customers that it suffered a major security breach.
But even those paying attention to emails or tech news may not have grasped the full scope of the breach, which exposed encrypted password vaults and put millions of individuals and organizations at risk of having their most sensitive data exposed to criminal hackers.

As is so often the case in the aftermath of a major data breach, users were left to figure out exactly what happened and what to do about it — with very little guidance from the company to whom they had entrusted their most sensitive data.

When major data breaches occur, companies in the U.S. are typically required under state law to report it and notify users (though this depends on the details of the breach), but that breach notification regime, experts say, has become so convoluted that consumers are often left in the lurch.

The U.S. famously does not have a federal privacy law — something that might determine the rights of consumers to know their personal data has been stolen. What it has instead are 50 different state laws governing breach notification. When a company realizes its systems have been breached and data inappropriately accessed, it must examine the affected users state by state and determine whether the data stolen and belonging to them qualifies for notification under each user's state data-breach notification regime.

Under the United States' fractured data breach notification regime, the company's public statement may satisfy its notification requirements, Frascella said. But that depends on the details of what was compromised — something the company is loath to disclose to its users and the public as it sorts through exactly what happened.  cyberscoop.com

Cybersecurity: Top Risk for Most Major Companies
T-Mobile CSO: One wrong decision can wreak havoc

Adversaries attacked a T-Mobile honeypot 65 million times a day

Despite all the digitalization of tools and advancements in automation, humans are often described as the most important element in cybersecurity, and for good reason.

"Security is a people business," Timothy Youngblood, SVP, CSO and product security officer at T-Mobile, said Friday at CES in Las Vegas.

"I call all of my partners in this my human firewalls because at the end of the day all it takes is one person to make the wrong decision," he said.

Youngblood, who previously served as CISO at McDonald's, Kimberly-Clark and Dell, is acutely aware of the risks confronting the world's largest enterprises. He joined T-Mobile about four months before the mobile network operator suffered a massive data breach in August 2021, widely considered the largest carrier breach on record.

The cyberattack exposed personal data on at least 76.6 million people, and T-Mobile in July 2022 agreed to pay $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from the incident.

Cybersecurity is a top three risk for most major companies, according to Youngblood.

"Let's face it, this is a very high risk and intense job in cybersecurity. There's a lot of pressure and I think it's important to provide team members that are in this position to know that they're not in it by themselves and that it's OK to ask for help," Youngblood said.  cybersecuritydive.com

Illicit Cryptocurrency Tied to Criminal Activity
Report: Illicit cryptocurrency activity reached all-time high in 2022
Illicit cryptocurrency activity reached an all-time high of $20.1 billion in 2022, increasing from $18 billion the previous year in large part due to escalating U.S. sanctions targeting digital currencies, according to a report released Thursday by researchers at Chainalysis.

Last year saw the U.S. government more aggressively sanction cryptocurrency-related entities and individuals, and nearly 44% of the $20 billion in transactions classified as illicit by Chainalysis can be attributed to transactions linked to sanctioned entities.

In classifying illicit cryptocurrency activity, Chainalysis included transactions tied to child sexual abuse materials, human trafficking, ransomware, stolen funds, terrorism financing, scams, cybercriminal administrators, dark net markets and sanctions. cyberscoop.com

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Fake Reviews Continue to be a Problem
Consumers often can't detect fake reviews – and underestimate how many negative reviews might be fakes
Consumers generally trust negative reviews more than positive ones. In evaluating whether an online review is genuine, consumers frequently underestimate the number of negative reviews that can be fake, while assuming that some positive reviews might be fake.

When we asked our participants why they thought a negative review was trustworthy, we found that they didn't fully take into account that the writer might be motivated to post the review out of a desire to harm the business – for example, hostile competitors or angry customers.

We also found that readability, length and content affected perceptions of the review. Study participants were more likely to trust positive reviews when the sentences were short, and more likely to trust negative reviews when the sentences were long.

Consumers consider online reviews to be among the most important sources of information for making buying decisions. However, according to a 2019 report by Which?, the U.K.'s consumer champion organization, many of these reviews on popular websites such as Amazon are fakes.

But consumers are consistently bad at detecting fake reviews in their buying decisions.

Spotting phony ratings isn't always easy. And they're everywhere, skewing rankings on some of the biggest retailers, including Amazon and Walmart. myjournalcourier.com  cnbc.com

The Risks of Buy Now, Pay Later
Should you use 'buy now, pay later' plan when shopping online?
The offer sounds enticing. You can buy something, get it delivered and pay for it later with no interest and no fees. But there are some really important things to know before you click and agree to buy now and pay later.

Javier Chairez bought some golf gear last year, and paid for it using a buy now pay later plan with a company called Affirm. There was just one problem. "The retailer claimed that I received it. I didn't. So I started making phone calls," Chairez said.

"I said, you know, 'I'm not going to pay for this. I don't have the merchandise.' And I called Affirm, and I said, 'look, I don't think it's fair. Everybody has a recourse, except the consumer. I'm hung out to dry,'" he said.

According to a Consumer Reports survey, 28% of people who used a buy now, pay later service reported having at least one problem, including being overcharged and having difficulties returning products or getting refunds. newschannel5.com

Amazon Downplays Its Retail Might With This One Number, on Repeat
The e-commerce giant won't stop pointing out that it's only 1% of global retail -- but advocates say that's sleight of hand.

Rent the Runway to sell secondhand luxury on Amazon as it chases profitability




Livingston County, MI: Five Ulta Beauty Shoplifters arrested, car crash, shots fired
Another Ulta beauty products store was targeted by thieves after multiple suspects attempted a robbery at one location in Livingston County. The incident led to five people being arrested after shots were fired and police were forced into brief pursuits with at least two attempting to flee before being caught. The wild scene unfolded around 8 p.m. in Green Oak Township, which is south of Brighton. Along with the arrests came a flurry of police cars that did not go unnoticed by pedestrians. "I saw the cop cars from the road so I was like 'something's gotta be going on'," said one woman. "I saw a woman running obviously, and then a cop was chasing after her. Then I saw her drop a bag," said another. That bag dropped by the woman was likely filled with merchandise, which police said the suspects had targeted during their robbery attempt. According to police, the suspects were stuffing bags with products when they arrived. Two suspects tried fleeing when police arrived and one made it into a vehicle before attempting to drive away. A news release from the Green Oak Township Police said the suspect struck a vehicle before crashing into a wall, preventing their escape. During the escape attempt, police fired shots at the vehicle - but nobody was injured. Currently, all suspects are lodged in the Livingston County Jail and are awaiting arraignment for charges of organized retail fraud and felonious assault.   fox2detroit.com

Smithfield, NC: Burglar Steals Merchandise Valued At $14,175 From Adidas Outlet
Police detectives are searching for a burglar who stole 247 clothing items from a Smithfield business. Around 5:30am December 23rd a Smithfield police officer doing routine business checks discovered a break-in at Adidas at 1025 Outlet Center Drive. A review of the store's security footage revealed the burglary took place around 3:03am. The male suspect, of average height and thin build, is seen wearing a dark hat, dark face mask, dark sweatsuit and blue latex gloves. The suspect has a light complexion but police could not determine their race or ethnicity. The suspect smashes open a glass door and gains entry. They grab a large amount of clothing items and make multiple trips to a vehicle with the merchandise. The manager estimated the items were worth $14,175.  jocoreport.com

Bath Township, OH: Update: How investigators tracked down suspects in smash-and-grab robbery at local gun shop
A Cleveland teen is in federal custody, accused of being one of three people responsible for a daring smash and grab robbery at a local gun shop in November. Authorities say Zaveeyon Teasley participated in the robbery in which a Kia stolen from Cleveland was driven through the reinforced front windows of the Summit Armory. Security video shows three masked figures quickly smashing the glass on a display case and, within about 60 seconds, fleeing the store with 30 weapons, including handguns and rifles. Police arrived within minutes of the alarm, but the three had already fled in what authorities now also believe was another stolen car. A federal document now states that two days later, Cleveland police found Teasley sleeping in another stolen car. He was arrested and found to be carrying a handgun with a registration number matching one of the guns stolen from the Summit Armory. Records show he was charged with receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon but was released on personal recognizance bond.  fox8.com

Kent, WA: Retail theft emphasis patrols net 8 arrests, recovery of nearly $4,000 of merchandise at Kent Target
Retail theft emphasis patrols at Target in Kent netted eight arrests and the recovery of nearly $4,000 worth of stolen merchandise, the Kent Police Department announced Thursday. Police said it's the third time the department has collaborated with a store on retail theft operations in the past year. KPD said one suspect tried to run away but was unsuccessful. Many of the suspects who were arrested are repeat offenders, with some hitting stores for thousands of dollars of merchandise in one week several times. "We won't say where, and we won't say when, but we will be back at another location soon," the department said in its Facebook post.  kiro7.com

Clearfield, PA: Charges filed in Walmart theft ring
An Altoona man accused of being involved with a theft ring targeting Walmart stores waived his right to a preliminary hearing during Centralized Court in Clearfield County Wednesday. John Wayne Setser, 32, is charged with felony conspiracy, retail theft and receiving stolen property in relation to thefts at the Clearfield Walmart. Previously, Tammi Marie Koch, 37, also of Altoona, was arrested after she returned to the Clearfield Walmart in December. According to Koch's affidavit of probable cause, she was part of a larger investigation into thefts at several Walmart stores both in and out of Pennsylvania. Koch was identified as the "main female involved."

A Walmart employee on a task force told police Koch and a man later identified as Setser "pushed a cart full of merchandise worth $1,664.49 past all points of sale" and made no effort to pay on Sept. 23. Surveillance video reportedly shows the pair filling up a cart with clothing, household items, computer accessories and other items before they walk out through the self-checkout area with their cart and leave the store. The alarm went off, but they did not stop and continued to the parking lot where they loaded everything in a white Toyota sedan. In November, Koch and two others were allegedly in the store together and took over $2,100 in merchandise. Later Koch admitted the man with her at that time was Travis Scott Chichy, 43, of Altoona, according to Chichy's affidavit.

She stated that he put "makeup on his tattoos and covered them to avoid being identified." On that November day, he reportedly filled a cart separate from Koch with merchandise totaling $1,582.83. Chichy is now also charged with felony conspiracy, retail theft and receiving stolen property, according to online court documents that list the case as inactive.  altoonamirror.com

Boulder, CO: Robbers make off with $10K in food, beer from Backcountry Pizza

Fort Myers, FL: Florida Man Brazenly Steals $5,500 In Vacuums From Bed, Bath & Beyond

Calabasas, CA: Two Men Accused Of Stealing $5K In Items At Ulta Beauty Store

Oakley, CA: 4 men arrested after $2K worth of items stolen from grocery stores in Oakley

Fort Myers, FL: 2 suspected of attempted grand theft from Home Depot at the Forum

Matthews, NC: Man steals more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from North Carolina Target

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Waller County, TX: New surveillance video captures alleged murder suspect stealing beer from convenience store
New surveillance video captured the moments after police say an alleged murder suspect killed his 21-year-old wife. In the video provided to FOX 26, you can see 21-year-old Jared James Dicus walked into a convenience store just before noon Wednesday. In the video, convenience store workers said the time stamp on the video is off by about an hour. The video captured Dicus walk into the store, steal a beer, walk past the counter without paying, then open the beer in the parking lot. This all started Wednesday afternoon when Waller County deputies were called out to the home just after 4:15 p.m. Further investigation revealed the woman was found inside a second home behind a residence in the 200 block of Oak Hollow Boulevard. Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry explained the scene during a news conference on Thursday. "It was a portion of a body dismembered and a residence that was covered in blood. So a gruesome scene at best," says Guidry.  fox26houston.com

Los Angeles, CA: One Person Dead, Another Injured After Shooting at Shopping Center in Valley Glen
Two people were shot, one of them is dead and another is critically injured in Valley Glen Wednesday. No one has been arrested in the connection to a shooting at a popular shopping center in Valley Glen with a gym, grocery store and several places to eat. For the second time in the past few months there was a crime scene after a shooting left one person dead. LAPD officers and paramedics rushed to the Valley Plaza Shopping Center around 3:40 p.m. "It was reported that numerous shots were fired," said Detective David Peteque, from the LAPD Homicide Bureau. The deadly shooting outside the pizzeria and hookah lounge involved two groups of people. "The information that we have is that they stepped outside and they were approached and gunfire erupted between both parties," Peteque said. nbclosangeles.com

Las Vegas, NV: Update: 18-year-old facing murder charge in 7-Eleven shooting
An 18-year-old is accused of firing a gun several times into a 7-Eleven, killing a person inside, documents the 8 News Now Investigators obtained said. Edwin Medrano-Sanchez faces charges of open murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy murder, and two other charges, documents said. On Nov. 20, Las Vegas Metro police responded to a 7-Eleven near Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway, documents said. Officers discovered a shooting victim inside the store with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The victim, Ricardo Ruiz, 37, later died at the hospital from his injuries, the Clark County coroner's office said. Police said four young men were fighting inside the store earlier in the day, documents said. Six hours later, two suspects came back to the store and fired multiple gunshots into it, police said. Investigators suspected the shooting was gang-related. On Nov. 26, officers saw a man spray-painting a gang sign on a wall. The man got into a car and officers attempted to follow it, but lost visual contact, they said. Police ran a records check of the car's license plate, finding the car was parked at the store while a group of young people was inside on Nov. 20, they said. 8newsnow.com

Kansas City, MO: DOJ: Woman Sentenced for Armed Robbery of Pizza Delivery Driver; Suspect Killed in Shootout with Police Officers
A Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver, after a suspect involved in the robbery was killed during a shootout with police officers. Rochelle E. David, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 14 years in federal prison without parole. On April 28, 2022, David pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Her brother, Samuel M. David, 20, has pleaded guilty to the same charges and awaits sentencing.  justice.gov

Edmonton, Canada: Shots fired during robbery; police believe it's related to shooting of pawn shop workers


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San Antonio, TX: Man crashes vehicle purposely into Circle K c-store to hit someone
24-year-old man has been arrested after police say he purposely crashed his vehicle into a convenience store in an attempt to hit someone early Thursday morning. The crash happened around 3 a.m. at a Circle K store in the 400 block of Perrin Central Boulevard, not far from Perrin Beitel Road and Wurzbach Parkway on the city's Northeast Side. According to police, the man had gotten into an altercation with someone outside the store just before the crash occurred. Police said the suspect, in an attempt to hit the unknown man, drove the vehicle into the store, but no injuries were reported. The man was taken into custody and booked on a driving while intoxicated charge, police said. His name has not been released. ksat.com

Bethesda, MD: Suspect in custody after stabbing CVS employee during attempted robbery
Authorities say a suspect is in custody after stabbing a CVS employee in the shoulder during an attempted robbery in Montgomery County Thursday. The stabbing happened around 4 p.m. in the 7800 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Officials say the worker was taken to a nearby hospital. The investigation is continuing at this time.  fox5dc.com

Chicago, IL: Thieves smash windows at 4 businesses in NW Side strip mall
Four businesses in a strip mall on the Northwest Side were burglarized Thursday morning, Chicago police said. Police responded to a burglary alarm at about 3:08 a.m. at the strip mall in the 5300-block of North Cumberland Avenue. Officers arrived and found that thieves had made entry into four businesses that had their windows shattered. No one is in custody, police said. Area Five detectives are investigating. cbsnews.com

Waco, TX: Teen pleads guilty in violent crime spree, sentenced to 20 years in prison
A Waco teen who authorities say was part of a violent crime spree in late 2021 was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday. Gregory Jackson, 18, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a building and two counts of aggravated assault in a series of crimes Jackson committed when he was a juvenile. Judge Susan Kelly of Waco's 54th State District Court accepted Jackson's plea agreement with prosecutors and sentenced him to seven concurrent 20-year prison terms. Because Jackson used a deadly weapon in some of the crimes, he must serve at least 10 years in prison before he can seek parole.  kwtx.com

Portland, OR: Man charged with attempted murder in New Year's Day convenience-store robbery

Chicago, IL: Reward offered after 4 recent robberies of USPS mail carriers in Chicago

Alberta, Canada: Wetaskiwin RCMP search for suspects in Armed Robbery of Millet Cannabis store

Austin, TX: Neighbors say 7-Eleven store uses loud Opera music to push away homeless

Jefferson County, CO - Ringtail returned to wild after being stuck inside Kohl's store for 3 weeks



Beauty – Chicago, IL - Burglary
C-Store – Americus, KS – Robbery
C-Store – Richmond, VA - Burglary
C-Store – Tacoma, WA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Madison, WI – Burglary
C-Store – Houston, TX – Armed Robbery
C-Store – New Ipswich, NH – Burglary
C-Store – Columbus, GA – Robbery
Cellphone – Stratford, CT – Armed Robbery
Cellphone – Coventry, RI - Robbery
Clothing – Chicago, IL – Burglary
Clothing Smithfield, NC – Burglary
Grocery - Oakley, CA - Robbery
Hardware – Cicero, NY – Burglary
Jewelry – Cadillac, MI – Burglary
• Jewelry – Wichita, KS – Robbery
• Jewelry - Pleasanton, CA - Robbery
• Jewelry - Wesley Chapel, FL – Robbery
Liquor – Dover, DE – Burglary
Pharmacy – Bethesda, MD – Armed Robbery
Pharmacy – Macon, MS – Burglary
Restaurant – Chicago, IL – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant – Brooklyn, NY – Robbery
Restaurant – Lake Elsinore, CA – Burglary
Restaurant – Haverford Township, PA – Burglary
Restaurant – Haverford Township, PA – Burglary
Restaurant – Chicago, IL – Burglary (Dunkin)
Restaurant – Boulder, CO - Robbery
Restaurant – Excelsior, MN – Burglary
Target - Matthews, NC - Robbery
Ulta – Livingston County, MI – Robbery
Ulta - Calabasas, CA: Robbery
Walmart – Clearfield, PA – Robbery


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


Weekly Totals:
• 94 robberies
• 53 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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