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Matthew Crow promoted to Senior Manager of Supply Chain
Safety for Target

Matthew has been with Target for more than a year, starting his latest stint with the company in December 2019. Before his promotion to Senior Manager of Supply Chain Safety, he served as Supply Chain Safety Manager. Prior to joining Target, he held safety and LP/AP roles with Procter & Gamble, DB Schenker, Sears Holdings Corporation and Target. Congratulations, Matthew!

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Checkpoint White Paper: What does a global pandemic mean for shoplifting?

Retailers have been forced to adapt, as well as make long term predictions and plans. In this white paper, Checkpoint looks at several topics surrounding retail loss during the pandemic.

Maintaining and adapting loss prevention strategies is essential.
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Genetec shares its top physical security trends predictions for 2021
Genetec Inc., a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, shared its top five predictions for the physical security industry in 2021:

● Innovative security solutions will help businesses thrive post pandemic
● Businesses will focus on privacy protection
● Cybersecurity risks will continue to rise
● Greater focus on trust in the supply chain
● Demand for hybrid cloud solutions will continue to grow  Read More Here

Protests & Violence

Tacoma, WA: Destructive protest Sunday night following police cruiser incident
About 150 people gathered in downtown Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday to protest the city's police department after a police officer drove into a crowd Saturday night, Tacoma Police Department public information officer Wendy Haddow told CNN.

The 58-year-old
police officer was placed on administrative leave after running over at least one person and possibly striking others, according to a press release from TPD. He had been with the department for nearly 30 years. Two people were taken to the hospital following the incident, however none of the injures are believed to be life-threatening.

Some of the protesters Sunday night blocked streets with signs and traffic cones near where the incident occurred. Others overturned trashcans and lit the contents on fire, while a few
smashed windows of cars and buildings. Officials are still working to assess the damage, Haddow said.

Officer drove through crowd after he was surrounded, police say  cnn.com king5.com

Portland anti-ICE protest Saturday prompts federal law enforcement response
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland, Ore., was once again the target of protesters on Saturday night, according to news reports and posts on social media. "No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!" the crowd chanted at one point, according to video footage from the scene.

Law enforcement officers from the Federal Protective Service were he
ard declaring an "unlawful assembly" around 10 p.m. local time and ordering the crowd to leave the area. The FPS is a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. The federal agents were seen responding to the crowd with tear gas and other crowd-control tools. foxnews.com

Seattle police chief announces tougher policy on prosecuting rioters
Seattle police will start cracking down on rioters who damage businesses, the city's interim police chief warned Saturday. Chief Adrian Diaz's pledge came
days after anti-Biden rioters left Pike Place Market's original Starbucks coffee shop with its windows smashed and numerous downtown business owners feeling abandoned by the city, according to reports.

Like his predecessor, Carmen Best -- who departed last September, claiming a lack of support for police from some city officials -- Diaz said he doesn't believe rioters who smash windows and tag businesses are promoting a cause. foxnews.com

After Capitol riot, police chiefs work to root out officers
with ties to extremist groups

The revelation that the Capitol mob - covered in emblems of extremist groups - included off-duty law enforcement officers possibly assisted by working police is
escalating pressure on sheriffs and police chiefs nationwide to root out staff with ties to white supremacist and far-right armed groups.

Law enforcement leaders have faced criticism in the past for failing to police their own officers' involvement with extremist groups. However, the selfie photos that off-duty officers took inside the Capitol during the violent siege, which left one police officer dead and dozens of others injured, were a wake-up call for many who have long denied the extent of the problem within policing.

National Sheriffs' Association President David Mahoney said many police leaders have treated officers with extremist beliefs as outliers and have underestimated the damage they can inflict on the profession and the nation.

More than a dozen off-duty law enforcement officers were allegedly part of the Jan. 6 mob and are under investigation, according to a Washington Post analysis using news accounts and police and FBI reports. At least a dozen Capitol Police officers are also under investigation for possibly playing a role in the rioting by assisting or encouraging the mob. washingtonpost.com

Impeachment trial to keep 5K National Guard troops at Capitol thru mid-March
Former President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate impeachment trial poses a security concern that federal law enforcement officials told lawmakers last week requires as many as 5,000 National Guard troops to remain in Washington through mid-March, according to four people familiar with the matter. The contingency force will help protect the Capitol from what was described as "impeachment security concerns," including the
possibility of mass demonstrations coinciding with the Senate's trial, which is slated to begin the week of Feb. 8. politico.com

National Guard soldiers ordered home by some governors amid outrage over being moved to parking garage

Allied Universal Security Guard Fired Over Social Media Videos Referencing Capitol Riots

Minnesota man, 25, pleads guilty to role in police precinct fire during May 28 riot that caused $12M in damage

COVID Fallout Following D.C. Events
Covid-19 Contracted by Scores of National Guard Members in Washington
Nearly 200 members of the National Guard deployed to Washington in the days leading up to Wednesday's presidential inauguration have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and some officials fear cramped rest and working quarters contributed to the spread, defense officials said.

Since Guardsmen arrived at the Capitol in the days following the attack, images have emerged of hundreds of troops inside the Capitol or other sites, sometimes close together and occasionally not wearing masks. Reports that Guardsmen were working and moving in tight quarters raised concerns Covid-19 protocols can't be maintained, a defense official said. Every Guardsman deployed to Washington was screened for Covid-19 before arriving, but not all were tested, unless required under the screening process. wsj.com

38 Capitol Police officers test positive for Covid-19 after Capitol riot
More than three dozen Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirus since the Capitol riot on January 6, the union representing the Capitol Police told CNN Sunday. It's unclear how many of the 38 officers may have been on duty during the attack or when they contracted the virus. But health officials have worried that the mass of largely unmasked people, many shouting and pushing, would result in the spread of the virus. cnn.com

Pentagon Nixed Request to Give COVID Vaccine to National Guard Before Inauguration

COVID Update

US: Over 25.7M Cases - 429K Dead - 15.4M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 99M Cases - 2.1M Dead - 71M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 267   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 204
*Red indicates change in total deaths

New Research Estimate:
17% of Americans - 55 million people - have been infected with COVID-19
Approximately 17% of people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus, a model by researches at the University of Washington estimates. Current data suggests that at least 7% of Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, but the model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation assumes that testing isn't detecting all of the cases present in the population.

The model, updated Friday, estimates that the U.S. will report another 168,000 COVID-19 deaths before May, bringing the total to 569,000 deaths.

In that period, at least 40 states will have high or extreme stress on hospital beds, and 46 will have high or extreme stress on ICU capacity, according to the model.

Taking public health precautions can help lower those devastating projections. If nearly everyone wears a face mask between now and May, 22,000 fewer people will die from COVID-19, the model estimates. usatoday.com

Biden To Implement Travel Restrictions To Combat New Coronavirus Variants
President Biden will reimpose a ban on many non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the country. The move is an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 and contain new variants of the disease that have cropped up in several countries around the globe, according to media reports Sunday.

The ban, expected to start Monday, would prohibit travelers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders, called the Schengen Area, according to Reuters. It will also block entry to travelers from Brazil and South Africa, where researchers discovered new variants of the virus.

Tests before flying: The CDC said that starting Tuesday it would also require all travelers flying to the U.S. from abroad to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before getting on a plane. The CDC is declining to consider temporary waivers requested by U.S. airlines that would exempt some travelers coming from countries with limited testing, Reuters reports. npr.org

California may have its own highly contagious homegrown COVID-19 strain

Could a homegrown coronavirus strain be partly to blame for California's surge?
California scientists have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant on the loose in the Golden State. Two independent research groups said they stumbled upon the new strain while looking for signs that a highly transmissible variant from the United Kingdom had established itself here. Instead, they found a new branch of the virus' family tree - one whose sudden rise and distinctive mutations have made it a prime suspect in California's vicious holiday surge.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that although the strain had been barely detectable in early October, it accounted for 24% of roughly 4,500 viral samples gathered throughout California in the last weeks of 2020. latimes.com

Stay-at-home orders lifted for all California regions
Stay-at-home orders for all regions across California have been lifted amid
improving coronavirus conditions, the California Department of Public Health said Monday. The decision comes with improving trends in the rate of infections, hospitalizations and intensive care unit capacity as well as vaccinations. Now that stay-at-home orders are lifted, counties in California revert back to following the county tier system, which loosens restrictions depending on COVID-19 case rates and test positivity. With the stay-at-home order lifted, restaurants in the Bay Area, Southern California and San Joaquin Valley can resume outdoor dining. kcra.com

NYC to Miss 1 Million-Shot Goal, Delay Megasites Amid Shortage
New York City will delay opening vaccination megasites at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field as shortages leave the city unable to meet its goal of 1 million doses by the end of January. The city has administered 628,831 doses so far, after receiving about 100,000 fewer last week than it had expected from the U.S. government. New York has about 19,000 designated first doses left and is expecting 107,000 more this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at a briefing. De Blasio said the city is equipped to vaccinate 500,000 people a week if it gets a supply increase. In the meantime, it's rescheduling appointments, he said. bloomberg.com

   54 ZIP Codes in New York City Have Positive Test Rates Over 10%

   New York lost 1 million jobs in 2020 due to COVID-19


Retailers Supporting Vaccine Efforts

Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon and other corporate giants
moving to speed up coronavirus vaccine rollout

A growing contingent of big-name companies - including Walmart, Starbucks and Microsoft - is teaming up with local governments and medical providers to get coronavirus shots in more people's arms.

Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, has been preparing to offer the vaccine at 5,000 U.S. locations. Starting this week, the retailer is making inoculations available through its stores in seven states, plus Chicago and Puerto Rico.

This week, Washington Gov. Jay Insle announced a
public-private alliance with Starbucks, Microsoft, Costco and other homegrown brands to deliver vaccines in the state "as effectively and efficiently as possible."

Amazon said it is partnering with a Seattle hospital to deliver as many as 2,000 vaccinations to the public this weekend through a pop-up clinic.

"Big retailers are in an ideal position to help with the vaccine rollout because their core businesses are already geared around serving millions of customers day in and day out. They have locations right across the country and they have national distribution and logistics networks that are efficient and effective in getting products to every corner of the nation," Neil Saunders, managing director of Global Data Retail in New York, said in comments emailed to The Post.

"They're basically already doing what the government needs to do with vaccines. Moreover, a lot of the very big firms like Amazon and Walmart employ so many people that they can kick-start the program by vaccinating their own staff." washingtonpost.com

Walmart to leverage its scale to distribute COVID-19 vaccines
In a blog post on Friday, Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of health and wellness at Walmart, said the retail giant expects to be able to
deliver 10 million to 13 million doses of coronavirus vaccine per month at full capacity, depending on government allocations and manufacturer supply.

She noted that Walmart has been readying for the vaccination buildup by
training thousands of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, creating a new digital scheduling tool for vaccine appointments, and partnering with state and federal agencies on vaccine allocations. supermarketnews.com

CVS, Walgreens complete first COVID-19 vaccine doses at nursing facilities
Walgreens and CVS hit a milestone Monday, completing the first round of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at partnering nursing facilities across the country. Both companies had established their goal to finish the first round of doses by Jan 25. after being tapped by the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services to administer vaccinations to the
high-priority populations. CVS said that it had already begun administering second doses, which are expected to be completed within the month. Meanwhile, Walgreens announced last week that it had administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations and was also on track to complete the first doses in nursing facilities by Jan. 25.

Both companies have reached an agreement with federal health officials to distribute free vaccines to the
general public once they become available. The goal is to make getting a COVID-19 vaccine similar to getting a flu shot. Walgreens plans to expand access to the general population at over 9,000 stores "once COVID-19 vaccines become available more broadly in 2021," the company said. Likewise, CVS expects to offer the vaccine to CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide "subject to product availability and prioritization of populations," the company said. foxbusiness.com

Photos: Inside Amazon's pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at its Seattle HQ

HS Brands Enters Strategic Partnership with FenixVerify
to Offer Covid Hygiene and Sanitation Audits

HS Brands announced today its strategic partnership with FenixVerify to provide independent on-premises Covid Sanitation Audits. The pandemic has elevated the priority of customers' safety and well-being. Covid Health and Sanitation Audits have become an essential business practice as company's take an active role as stewards of the public health.

"There are a lot of companies providing Covid audits, but we wanted to ensure we weren't just checking boxes for our clients," said Raymond Esposito, President of HS Brands Loss Prevention and Brand Protection Services. He goes on to say, "FenixVerify's methodology, designed in partnership with a medical advisory board is comprised of a renowned professor of Epidemiology, a former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Officer, and several medical industry experts. It's an incredible brain trust that ensures we're delivering the best audit content to our clients." prunderground.com

Google plans vaccination clinics at some of its sites
Google is launching an initiative to provide more than $150 million to promote education and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the company announced today. It's going to make some Google facilities - buildings, parking lots, and open spaces - available as vaccination clinics, with plans to open sites in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kirkland, Washington, and New York City first, and expand nationally as vaccines become more widely available. theverge.com

CDC director says federal gov't does not know how much Covid vaccine the U.S. has

Moderna vaccine protects against British and South African variants, company says

Pfizer to ship fewer vials of COVID vaccine to US after extra doses discovered

Merck Stops Developing Both Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates

'Healthy, young' Americans will likely get vaccine in mid- to late summer, expert says

Texas doctor fired, charged with stealing COVID-19 vaccine to give to his friends, family

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$230K Security Company Employee Fraud
Lynnwood, WA: Bookkeeper sentenced in $230K embezzlement scheme

The bookkeeper said she took the money from her work to support a gambling habit. She intended to pay it back, she said, but she never came out on top. In all, an internal investigation and followup detective work determined more than $230,000 had gone missing from Absco Solutions, a Lynnwood company that helps companies and agencies install security systems.

Sheryl Rucker, 46, of Monroe, was sentenced on Jan. 15 in Snohomish County Superior Court to two months in jail and ordered to pay more than $244,000 in restitution. She pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.

According to charging papers, she used her accountant position to manipulate financial records at Absco. Among the company's clients are theaters, hotels, schools, stores like Nordstrom and Rosauers Supermarkets, Lumen Field in Seattle and federal government facilities.

Rucker's bosses didn't notice she had been taking money until after she resigned in June 2018, when she took a different job so she could work from home, deputy prosecutor Bob Hendrix wrote. Others at the company noticed the payroll accounts looked odd. 

Fifty-five entries on the company's QuickBooks accounting software had been manipulated or deleted, according to court papers. At least 29 paper checks had forged signatures and were made out to Rucker. She gave herself commission bonuses, even though her position didn't qualify for commission.

On her last day, June 6, 2018, shredding services were scheduled. Vendor statements and other documents had gone missing. It turned out that she made fake bills to nonexistent vendors and made a direct deposit for herself. heraldnet.com

Racial Profiling Case
Target apologizes after Black teens are detained & handcuffed at California store

Seventeen-year-old Malik Aaron went with some friends to Target last weekend, looking for snacks after their weekly high school ministry at Calvary Community Church. Minutes later, sheriff's deputies had arrived at the Westlake Village store, placing him and one of his friends in handcuffs and detaining another, according to his mother, La Shaun Aaron. The three teens, all of them Black, were eventually released.

Now, Target is publicly apologizing for its handling of the incident, a portion of which was captured in a widely viewed video. The retail giant said it had fired a security staffer and would require that other employees at the store retake mandatory security and racial bias training.

Aaron, who posted video of the incident involving her son, said Target's apology was not enough. Both the store's employees and the responding deputies engaged in racial profiling, she said, resulting in the mistreatment of her son and his friends.

Lst Sunday, while her son and his friends were looking for snacks, a group of Black men shoplifting iPhones in the electronics section was confronted by store employees, she said. A Target worker soon approached the teens, all of whom are 16 or 17, and accused them of loitering. When the teens tried to leave, store employees moved shopping carts in front of the exits, assuming wrongly that they were also involved in the criminal activity, she said. latimes.com

'Operation Safe Pump': Chicago: In effort to thwart carjackings,
private security firm to post guards at gas stations

To combat a rash of carjackings, a private security firm will be stationing guards at gas stations in areas of the city and suburbs that have been particularly hard hit.

William Kates, CEO of Kates Detective and Security Agency, said that beginning Friday between 25 and 30 guards would be posted at various gas stations, mostly on the South Side, in an effort dubbed "Operation Safe Pump." The guards will be in security vehicles with the lights flashing between 6 and 8 p.m. The operation is expected to last for 30 days but could be extended.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said Thursday there had been 144 carjackings since the beginning of the year. The skyrocketing figure from the first three weeks of 2021 comes after the number of carjackings more than doubled to 1,417 carjackings in 2020. suntimes.com

42% of retailers expect to restructure as industry revenue declines persist
Following a record year for retail bankruptcies, 42% of retail CFOs reported that they expect to restructure or reorganize as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic persists into 2021, according to BDO survey data. Many of those companies continue to operate in a difficult financial environment, with 44% reporting that they expect their revenue to decline over the next 12 months.

At the same time, many retailers are making investments in their business, with 48% reporting that they are pursuing "digital transformation" in 2021. Nearly two-thirds said they are making some kind of investment in e-commerce, while 39% said they are investing in physical stores. retaildive.com

Executives from Jeff Bezos to Ford Motor Co.'s Bill Ford tell Joe Biden:
Fighting climate change means job creation

More than 150 world leaders, including Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford, signed an open letter to President Joe Biden to pledge their support to the new administration's goals to combat climate change. In particular, the open letter, released Sunday, underscored the potential job growth new climate change mitigation technology will provide. cnbc.com

Amazon Union Drive Takes Hold in Unlikely Place
Workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are to vote next month on whether to unionize, the largest and most viable effort of its kind involving the technology giant.

Google workers unionize in 10 countries

Target gives employees bonuses after strong holidays, extends Covid-related benefits

U.S. toy sales surged 16% in 2020 as parents looked to entertain kids during pandemic

Can the restaurant industry bounce back in 2021?

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Improper Pat Down in Home Depot LP Office Results in Shooting Death
of PD Officer, Puts LP Officer in Critical Condition

- Shooter is Sentenced to Life Without Parole
- Family Sues Over Improper LP Search & Detainment
- Loss Prevention Office - Apprehension Safety Practices

Armando Juarez, who shot and killed Dallas police Officer Rogelio Santander Jr. in April 2018, pleaded guilty Friday to capital murder and was sentenced to life without parole.

Juarez fatally shot Santander and wounded his fellow Officer Crystal Almeida and security guard Scott Painter at the Home Depot store near Forest Lane and North Central Expressway on April 24, 2018.

The families of the officers allege negligence by Home Depot. At the center of the suit is the allegation that security officers at the retailer "failed to perform an adequate search" and properly detain shoplifting suspect Armando Luis Juarez.

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Stop High Demand Winter Products from Disappearing Off Your Shelves!

4 Key Points to Protecting your Inventory

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Tech Giant's Online Newsroom Breached
Chipmaker Intel Confirms Unauthorized Access of Earnings-Related Data

Intel shares on Friday at one point dropped by as much as 9% from Thursday evening's close at least partly because of reports the chipmaker was forced to release its Q4, 2020 results a little early because someone illegally accessed earnings-related data from the company.

The Financial Times Thursday quoted Intel CFO George Davis as saying
an individual had accessed material pertaining to Intel's financial results from the chipmaker's corporate website before the company's scheduled earnings announcement.

Specifically, the individual accessed an infographic containing information on the results from a staging area on Intel's PR newsroom site. Upon discovering the illegal access, Intel decided to release its Q4 earnings about six minutes ahead of schedule, the FT reported Davis as saying.

Davis did not offer any further details on how the alleged intruder might have gained access to the infographic on Intel's PR website or whether other information had been illegally accessed as well. darkreading.com

Are you vetting your managed security service providers?
Enterprises were already moving toward digital transformations at the start of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly threw everything into high gear. Telework, virtual meetings and a host of online transactions - from retail purchases and food ordering to interviewing and onboarding employees - went from being occasional occurrences to being the norm.

AdvertisementWith enterprises using the cloud for more and more of their operations, the adoption of "as-a-Service" offerings has grown swiftly in nearly every aspect of technology, including cybersecurity.

The move toward managed security services has some distinct advantages but may also create security gaps for organizations relying on a provider to secure their data.

The security services provided by
managed security service providers (MSSPs) tend to be reactive. In the event of an attack, a provider will generally detect and remediate the threat, but the line of defense ends there. A provider may not dig into the motivation behind an attack, get to the bottom of why a particular machine was targeted, or think about how such an attack can be prevented in the future.

Proactive services tend to be missing, especially with regard to threat hunting and information sharing, which are just as critical to securing an organization's data as detection and response are. helpnetsecurity.com

How to reboot a broken or outdated security strategy
An enterprise security strategy should be like a weather report: subject to frequent updates. Allowing a security plan to fall out of sync with current and emerging threats, as well as evolving enterprise technologies and interests, can open the door to financial and reputational catastrophes.

Many elements contribute to a comprehensive security strategy and just as many factors can break or outdate a once-formidable security blueprint.
"People, process, and technology are the key areas," says Greg Carrico, senior cybersecurity manager at business and technology consulting firm Capgemini North America. "Companies that don't maintain a pulse on current events, process automation, review cycles and current technical skillsets may continue to struggle with the protection of their most critical items without even realizing that threat actors have set their proverbial sights on them." csoonline.com

Five emerging fraud threats facing businesses in 2021
1. Putting a face to Frankenstein IDs
2. "Too good to be true" COVID solutions
3. Stimulus fraud activity, round two
4. Say 'hello' to constant automated attacks
5. Survival of the fittest for small businesses


323,277 Cook County, Illinois court records exposed

Cyber Security As A Service Market - How The Market Has Witnessed Substantial Growth In Recent Years




Online Retailers Brace for Changes from Biden, Democrats
How might President Joe Biden impact ecommerce?

The new Biden administration must address trade relations with China, and that could impact online retailers, say industry executives.

With the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the Democratic Party now controls the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in several years. Ecommerce executives are especially watching how the new administration and its congressional allies will regulate technology giants and address trade with China, as both could impact online retailers directly.

Other issues of concern include the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, minimum wage legislation and consumer protection laws.

One question likely to be on the agenda is a key provision of federal law that has protected online social networks and marketplaces, Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which says that website operators are not responsible for content posted on their sites by others.

There is considerable sentiment on both the left and right to rein in tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook, says Stuart Rose, a partner at Mirus Capital Advisers Inc., who has advised catalog and online retailers on acquisitions and fundraising for years. "They each may face antitrust actions due to their size and dominance of their individual markets," Rose says.

Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Kodali says weakening the Section 230 protections could force marketplaces like those operated by Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. to ensure merchants don't sell dangerous goods. She says current state laws vary on who is responsible and court rulings have been inconsistent. If retailers have to more carefully assess the safety of the goods they sell, that could increase their costs, Mulpuru says. She adds that retailer costs could go up if the Democrats push U.S. companies to diversify away from manufacturing in China. digitalcommerce360.com

Inauguration Counterfeits
Better Business Bureau warns of fake inauguration gear sold online
Buyer beware: That merchandise you are looking to purchase in commemoration of the inauguration of President Joe Biden might be fake. The Better Business Bureau is warning about gear tied to the inauguration that's not authentic as well as vendors accepting payments for items that never arrive.

"There will be plenty of look-alike, counterfeit merchandise that resembles the official gear," says the agency in a statement. "Look out for red flags, such as significantly lower pricing and poor-quality images."

The BBB advises purchasing inauguration merchandise directly from the official Presidential Inaugural Committee Store. The agency also warns about buying inauguration merchandise appearing in ads on social media sites. usatoday.com

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Greenwich, CT: Plainclothes police unit highlights crime-fighting efforts 
Two years ago, Greenwich police bolstered its detail of plainclothes officers working on Greenwich Avenue to target a rise in shoplifters, bank fraud perpetrators and organized retail-theft rings. As police administrators and elected officials work out plans for the future of law-enforcement on the Avenue and debate the use of police officers to direct traffic, the plainclothes unit has been deemed a success.

The program is called ORCA, an acronym for Organized Retail Crime Activity, police said. The unit aims to be proactive in confronting perpetrators, and it keeps a low profile. Its deployment was not publicly announced until recently. According to Capt. Mark Zuccerella, the department's spokesman, improved cooperation with the local business community has been a key component of the initiative.

"One of the main functions that has allowed ORCA officers to achieve success has been the ability to engage with local business owners, managers and employees. ORCA officers have been able to instruct employees and business owners in ways of detecting and deterring fraud, in the trends and strategies utilized by shoplifters, and in sharing information regarding the criminal groups operating in the tri-state area," he said in a statement.

"Through these relationships built with local businesses, ORCA officers have been able to make arrests that have included members of violent gangs and organized retail theft organizations," he said. " They have stopped crimes in progress and created an omnipresence in the Greenwich central business district. ORCA criminal cases will frequently become intertwined with federal law enforcement investigations, as well as thief of the New York Police Department and other surrounding state police agencies." nhregister.com

Madisonville, KY: Woman faces theft charges after operating online boutique
Hundreds of women across the Tri-State who bought items from 'Hello Beautiful Boutique' are worried they be saying goodbye to their merchandise or refunds after ordering products from their Facebook page. The concern grew once the page became inactive this past summer. Lacie Turner, the woman police say is responsible for the transactions, has turned herself in to police after realizing she's being charged with 93 counts of theft. Jessica Traylor said she started placing orders with Hello Beautiful Boutique in March, but by August she had a bad feeling she'd never get her stuff or a refund. She said she's out $1,795. tristatehomepage.com

Dallas County, AL: Man charged in theft of over $50,000 from Tractor Supply
Eric Read, 39, was charged with first-degree theft of property on Jan. 20, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson. Read was arraigned for theft over $50,000 from Tracter Supply on Highway 80. Jackson said Read has charges in Greenville and will have a preliminary hearing on March 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dallas County Courthouse. selmatimesjournal.com

College Station, TX: Target employee helps College Station Police identify man wanted for previous theft charge

Bloomington, IL Man jailed for Felony Burglary for Target electronics theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Berks County, PA: Suspected Target shoplifter flees Police, dies in quarry
A 23-year-old Minersville man died after he went over a fence surrounding a quarry and was found in the water in Berks County. Kevin Neiswender, assistant chief deputy with the Coroner's office, said Sunday Joshua Fontanez-Rodriguez was pronounced dead on scene at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The quarry is located in Muhlenberg Township. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. Muhlenberg Township Police said they were dispatched at 10:34 a.m. Friday to the Target store for a suspected shoplifter. They encountered Fontanez-Rodriguez who police said was the suspected retail theft suspect. He later ran from the store. tnonline.com

Lake Charles, LA: 15-year-old girl stabbed to death in grocery store
during fight with 4 younger girls

A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death at a grocery store during an alleged fight with four other girls, all of whom were younger than she was, police said. The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at a grocery store in Lake Charles, Louisiana. "In last night's case, they stole knives from the actual store where they were at. It is really heart-breaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged after this," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso at a press conference on Sunday night. abcnews.com

Dallas, TX: 15-year-old killed outside Family Dollar, man in custody
A 15-year-old was shot and killed outside of a Family Dollar store on South Beckley Avenue Friday night. Police arrested Javius Williams, 20, in the death of Braylin Alexander Martinez, who was found shot multiple times sitting inside a 2005 Nissan Altima. Williams is in the Dallas County jail, charged with murder, and bail has not yet been set. advocatemag.com

Louisville, KY: Man admits connection to murder in 2020 while being investigated for multiple carjackings; 1 of the cars stolen was outside Walmart
According to four different arrest citations, a Louisville man is facing multiple charges after confessing to being complicit in a homicide while being questioned for several carjackings. One of the arrest citation says, 18-year-old Ethan Maddox admitted to being present in a October 2020 murder while being investigated by Middletown Police for recent carjackings. The murder occurred Oct. 27 in the 4000 block of Senn Road. Dalton Doggrell, 23, was pronounced dead on the scene after succumbing to multiple gun wounds.

In the citation, Maddox admitted to participating in taking the victim's vehicle and setting it on fire. He is facing a complicit in murder charge and tampering with evidence. Additionally, Maddox is facing robbery charges for his involvement in a string of carjackings.

According to three other arrest citations, the 18-year-old brandished a handgun and stole vehicles from different locations. The vehicles were stolen from parking lots of a Louisville Athletic Club and Walmart, both on Westport Road, and a residence in West Louisville. In total, Maddox is facing three robbery charges, a complicit in murder charge and tampering with evidence. whas11.com

Houston, TX: Man, woman wounded in drive-by shooting
outside local grocery store in Third Ward


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Quincy, IL: Man sentenced to 19 years for firearm store burglaries
A 19-year sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections was handed down to a Quincy man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Quincy firearms store three times in 2018. Darrion L. Simms faced up to 20 years in prison, though he was eligible for probation, when he was sentenced by Judge Amy Lannerd on Friday in Adams County Circuit Court. whig.com

Humboldt County, CA: 3 Suspect sought for burglary at Legend of Big Foot Gift Shop

New Orleans, LA: Operation Sideswipe Spotter Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Stage Automobile Accidents In Order to Defraud Insurance and Trucking Companies

Chicago, IL: O'Hare's invisible man. How does someone live at the airport undetected for nearly 3 months?




C-Store - Felton, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York County, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / Clerk wounded
C-Store - Warner Robins, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Pittsburgh, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Terre Haute, IN - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Brooklyn, NY - Burglary
Dollar General - Dallas County, AL - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Franklin, TN - Burglary
Game Stop - Lawton, OK - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Decatur, IL - Robbery
Gas Station - Killeen TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Portland, OR - Burglary
Gift Shop - Humboldt County, CA - Burglary
Grocery - Florence County, SC - Armed Robbery (Food Lion)
Grocery - Brooklyn, NY - Burglary
Liquor - Broward County, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Lee Summitt, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Greensboro. NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Concord, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Downey, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Orlando, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Grandville, MI - Robbery
Marijuana - Kitsap County, WA - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Arlington Heights, IL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Walgreens - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Floral Park, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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